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VOL. 27: NO. 64275 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021

24HRS AFTER KAGARA SCHOOL INVASION:

Bandits kill one, injure 2,

abduct 10 in Niger State

5

Niger govt releases names of abducted students, teachers •How my daughter,

seven others in her house were abducted by bandits—Mother of abducted teacher

•We took information about attack as rumour — Resident •IGP deploys 4 additional

rescue assets to Niger State •Says ‘we are committed to the safe rescue of all abductees

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for victims of

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of ethnic,

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EMPTY KAGARA COLLEGE CLASSROOM

Empty classroom of the Government Science College where gunmen kidnapped dozens of students

and staff, in Kagara, Rafi Local Government Niger State, Nigeria, yesterday. Photo: AFP.

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24HRS AFTER KAGARA SCHOOL INVASION:

Again, bandits kill one, injure

two, abduct 10 in Niger

Niger govt releases names of abducted students, teachers •How my daughter, seven

others in her house were abducted by bandits—Mother of abducted teacher •We took

information about attack as rumour — Resident •IGP deploys 4 additional rescue

assets to Niger State •Says ‘we are committed to the safe rescue of all abductees

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021 — 5

POCKET CARTOON

By Kingsley

Omonobi & Wole

Mosadomi

ABUJA — Twenty-four

hours after the killing

of one student and

abduction of 42 others at

Government Science

College, Kagara in Rafi

Local Government Area of

Niger State by bandits on

Wednesday, one person

was again killed yesterday

by the bandits who also

kidnapped 10 others after

invading communities in

Shiroro LGA.

It will be recalled that the

bandits in the Wednesday

attack, abducted 27

students, three teachers

and 12 members of a

particular teacher’s family,

aside from the student

killed in the attack.

The new onslaught came

as Niger State government

yesterday released the

names of students, teachers

and their families

kidnapped in the Kagara

attack.

Meanwhile, mother of

one of the teachers

kidnapped by the bandits

in the Kagara abduction

yesterday narrated her

ordeal.

A source told Vanguard

yesterday that the latest

attack on Sarkin Zama,

Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko,

Kokki and other adjoining

villages, all in Gurmana

ward of Shiroro LGA,

occurred in the early hours.

Two persons were also

said to have sustained

injuries, as the bandits shot

sporadically, prompting

residents to flee into the

bush.

Co-convener of

Concerned Shiroro Youths,

a pressure group, Sani

Kokki, who confirmed the

attack, said the bandits

stormed the villages in

large numbers, heavily

armed.

He said the attack which

lasted for hours, claimed at

least one life, while two

persons were injured.

“Countless deadly attacks

have become daily

occurrences, thereby

compelling the affected

victims to live at the mercy

of hydra-headed monsters.

Defenceless, unarmed,

and peaceful locals have

been abandoned to their

fate,” Kokki added.

One person was said to

have been shot in the eye,

while the other was shot

around the armpit.

Kokki said those who

sustained injuries were

rushed to Kuta General

Hospital for treatment.

Niger govt releases

names of abducted

persons

The Niger State

government yesterday

released the names of those

abducted by bandits during

the attack on Kagara school.

Releasing the names

yesterday, the government

identified the dead student

as Benjamin Habila, while

the 27 others abducted

included Jamilu Isah;

Shem Joshua; Abbas

Abdullahi; Isah Abdullahi;

Ezekiel Danladi; Haliru

Shuaibu; Mamuda

Suleman; Danzakar

Dauda; Abdulsamad

Sanusi; Bashir Abbas;

Suleman Lawal; and

Abdullahi Adamu.

Others are Habakuk

Augustine; Idris

Mohammed; Musa

Adamu; Abdulkarim

Abdulrahman; Abubakar

Danjumma; Abdullahi

Abubakar; Bashir

Kamalideen; Mohammed

Salisu; Yusuf M Kabir; and

Isah Abdullah Makusidi.

Also on the list were

Polineous Vicente; Lawal

Bello; Mohammed K

Shehu; Mubarak Sidi; and

Abdulsamad Nuhu.

The names of the

abducted teachers include

Hannatu Philip; Lawal

Abdullahi; Dodo Fodio;

Mohammed Musa; and

Faiza Mohammed

How my daughter,

others were

abducted — Mother

Meanwhile, Hajiya

Kamis Ahmed, mother of

one of the kidnapped

teachers, who said she

received news of the

abduction with shock,

recounted her ordeal

yesterday: “I was told that

my daughter is among the

kidnapped people when I

received a phone call at

about 5am on Wednesday.

“Immediately after my

prayers, I moved to the

college to confirm it, only

to realise that she and her

four children and other

three co-workers living

with her were among those

taken away.

“One of those taken away

from my daughter’s house,

Malam Dodo, has just been

posted to the school from

another school.”

She said her daughter’s

husband managed to

escape from the bandits

when they were taking the

students out of their hostel.

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‘We didn’t take

rumours of attack

serious’

A resident of the area,

who is a teacher at Salihu

Tanko Secondary School,

said they had information

that the bandits were

planning to attack the

school but didn’t take the

information seriously.

He said: “We had been

hearing that bandits were

planning to invade the

school but we took it as a

rumour until the reality

came on Wednesday.

“From all indications, the

school is not secure because

there is no fence to secure

the students and staff. We

only hope that government

will do something

immediately to fortify the

security of the school and

the entire area.

“The local government is

being deserted because the

bandits are seriously

disturbing us almost on

daily basis.

“We don’t have a

functional hospital because

most staff here are work for

a few hours due to the

insecurity in the area.

“The only existing

commercial bank in the

town was invaded some

months ago and it has

closed down. Now that

Government Science

College has been attacked,

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By Providence

Adeyinka

On arrest of Lekki Tollgate protesters by Police (5)

I

believe the citizens have

a right to protest and

make their grievances

known. It is constitutional

and legitimate. However, I

also feel the government

has a duty to protect every

citizen of the country. And

if the government deems a

protest as a threat to the

peace of the country, the

government has a right to

curb such protest and effect

arrest.

—Tiwalade Adedeji,

The police who we

thought would save

the day, were the ones who

turned on us and showed us

the darker side of reality. Not

all police are evil, however,

we see majority as evil.

Threatening people shows

their weakness. The youths

are fighting for a better

nation; unfortunately, those

we thought would be on our

side are the ones fighting

against us.

—Adebola Aderonmu,

It is a pity that the

government cannot

correct itself of wrong

doings.

Let government come out

and tell Nigerians the

outcome of the panel of

enquiry they had set up and

then meet the demands of

#EndSARS protesters

before talking of reopening

the tollgate.

—Holy Man,

It’s the fundamental

human right of the

citizenry to gather in

public places to

demonstrate and make

demands from their

rulers as the constitution

grants them liberty.

Hence, those arrests at

the peaceful protest are

uncalled for if they are

within the ambits of the

law.

—Ben Omage,

The arrest and

dehumanisation of

Lekki protesters shows that

Police is just a hammer for

the government. A hammer

can be used to build homes

or beautiful pieces of art

and can also be used to

destroy property or take

someone’s life. The choice

of building things or

destroying them is now left

to the government. In due

time, posterity will judge.

—Ore Afolayan,

What is the rationale

behind keeping

mute on the incessant

killings by Fulani

herdsmen on citizens but

you can deploy over 200

policemen to disrupt a

peaceful protest by

unarmed protesters? I

think that is the height

of misplaced priority,

insensitivity and self

deceit on the part of the

government.

—Nwajiaku Francis,


6— Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Osun shuts

school as

hoodlums

invade, injure

student

By Shina Abubakar

Othe SOGBO—FOLLOWING

invasion of lfeoluwa

Grammar School in Osogbo,

Osun State by armed hoodlums,

Tuesday, the state government,

yesterday, ordered the closure

of the school.

It was gathered that Egbatedo

boys numbering about 20

invaded the school, brandishing

cutlasses and other weapons

before sacking staff and pupils

from the premises.

A source said: “One person

sustained machete cut and was

taken to the hospital before the

arrival of the police to the scene.

But the police arrested one of

those hoodlums.”

Spokesperson of Osun Police

Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola,

confirmed that one of the armed

hoodlums that invaded the

school was arrested.

She said: “Our men swiftly

moved to the school that was

invaded by armed youths, we

arrested one of the suspects, who

was cut on his head and left arm.

We took him to Osogbo Central

Hospital for treatment and we are

monitoring him closely”.

Subsequently, a statement by

the Coordinating Director of the

Ministry of Education, Mrs

Kehinde Olaniyan, announced

the closure of the school

yesterday.

It reads in part: “This step is

necessary to prevent the

breakdown of law and order

occasioned by the invasion of the

school by hoodlums and cultists

masquerading as students.

Parents and guardians are

advised to keep their wards at

home while the closure lasts.

Government is working to ensure

the arrest of the hoodlums.”

Gunmen kidnap

businessman in

Sapele

By Paul Olayemi

A

businessman, Kenneth

Akabuo, was reportedly

kidnapped, Wednesday, from

his business premises around

Itsekiri area of Sapele, Delta

State, by unidentified gunmen.

The incident is coming barely

four days after a pregnant lawyer,

Nkiru Agbasu, was shot dead

along Sapele-Warri road in a

foiled kidnap attempt.

A source told Vanguard that the

four armed men came in a

Mercedes Benz 190 at about 6

pm and forcefully took him

away.

According to the source,

“they forced him into their

vehicle and when he was footdragging,

they pummelled him

with their guns and fist before

pushing him into their vehicle

and zoomed off.

“The police came just when

they were leaving and they were

given a hot chase by policemen

and the vigilante,”the source

who craved anonymity said.

Probably as a result of his

kidnap, traders dealing in

building materials in the town

closed shops.

18-yr-old SS2 student arrested with pistol in

•She came to shoot VP for asking her to cut her dyed

C’River school

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABAR—A

female

student (names withheld)

has been apprehended by the

authorities of Government

Secondary School, Ikot Ewa,

Akpabuyo Local Government

Area of Cross River State for

unlawful possession of a locally

made pistol.

The student, who Vanguard

learned is an SS2 Arts student

in the school, was cautioned by

one of her teachers to cut her hair

because the colour of dye on it

was inappropriate and

prohibited.

Further findings also showed

that she came to school on a

faithful day with the intent to

shoot the vice-principal.

When contacted, the Principal,

Mr Inyang Inyang, declined to

make any comment on the matter

as he was not authorised to

speak to the press.

However, an impeccable

source at the school disclosed

that the student had been under

the watchful eyes of the school

authority because of some

unusual character traits she

exhibited.

According to the source, “From

inception, I noticed the way she

greets and we decided to take a

hair —Student

Scene of the accident.

closer look at her

personality and

activities in school.

“On the said day,

she was asked by a

teacher to cut her hair

she dyed during the

festival period

(December), the

teacher also

confiscated her

sandals, so that after

cutting the hair she

would pick them up.

“But after she had cut

the hair, she came to

show the teacher and

then collected her

sandals back, but we

discovered she has

become rude.

“When she got there,

the principal tried to

calm her down, but

when she got talking,

we discovered she was

heavily drunk, she was

not stable at all.

“At that point, her bag

was searched and a

very expensive gold

plated phone, gold

necklaces including a

locally made pistol

were recovered and

she confessed that it

was given to her by her

'man-friend' who she

has been having an

2 babies, 4 others die in Delta auto crash, 6

injured

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—SIX

persons,

including two newborn

babies were, yesterday, killed in

a road accident by Ibusa bypass

close to ADP farm on Ughelli/

Asaba road, Oshimili North Local

Government Area, Delta State.

It was gathered from an

eyewitness that 16 persons – six

male adults and 10 female adults

— were involved in the accident

involving a truck belonging to a

popular fast-food company

(names withheld) and a

commercial bus.

He said four persons and an

infant died instantly while the rest

passengers sustained some

injuries.

“The crash involved a mini

truck with number plate ABH-

534XA and a bus with number

The girl with the gun.

plate AJL-551YQ. The brake of

the mini truck failed, the driver

lost control of the vehicle and

rammed into the

bus,” he said.

He said the injured

had been taken to the

hospital before the

arrival of FRSC

rescue team.

“The accident

occurred at Ibusa

bypass close to ADP

Farms. Due to the

ongoing construction

work on the road,

vehicles are made to

use one lane in some

sections of the road.

Effort to reach the

Head of Operations,

Federal Road Safety

Commission, FRSC,

Delta State

Command, Mr

Bakare Adesina, for comments on

the accident, was unsuccessful.

Murder of 2: Court orders market leader, 6 others to

appear

By Evelyn Usman

A

Federal High Court sitting

in Ikoyi, Lagos has insisted

that the Baba Oloja of Aswani

market, Alhaji Taoridi Faronbi,

and six others standing trial over

the murder of two persons, must

appear before the court.

The Attorney-General of the

Federation had charged

Farounbi, alongside Alhaji

Olusegun Akeem Akinde (A.K.A.

Echo), Mr Ayokunle Fakiyesi,

Mr Idowu Akinde, Musilu

Oladejo, Mr Lekan Matthew

and Mr Adeleke Akinjeji, before

Justice Sule Hassan on a threecount

charge of conspiracy to wit

terrorism.

The AGF in a charge marked

and numbered FHC/L/279c/

2020, alleged that Faronbi,

popularly called Baba Alado and

others, on March 19, 2020,

conspired among themselves

and participated in a terrorism

act, which led to the killing of

two men: Debo Olohunyo and

Chibuzor Daniel, at the White

Sand area of Isheri-Osun, Lagos

State. They were also accused of

causing attacks which led to the

destruction of many properties in

the area.

Counsel to the accused

persons, Jimoh Akogun, had at

the last hearing of the case on

November 30, 2021, undertaken

to present the defendants at the

next hearing fixed for January

28, 2021, but the court could not

sit on that day because of the

death of a judge and the case

was adjourned till yesterday.

At the resumed hearing,

yesterday, the defence counsel

filed an application seeking the

court to strike out the case on the

ground that it lacked the

jurisdiction to entertain the case.

He also informed the court that

the accused persons were

seeking a re-investigation into

the case

But the Presiding Judge,

Justice Sule Hassan, refused to

grant the application, rather, he

requested to know why the

defence counsel did not present

the accused persons in court as

undertaken during the last

adjournment.

Justice Hassan adjourned the

case till March 4, 2021, for the

hearing of the application, with

a directive that the accused

persons must be presented by

their counsel on that day.

affair with.”

Further findings by Vanguard

showed that the girl’s boyfriend,

who allegedly gave her the pistol,

is in his late 60s and has been the

one influencing the teenager.

A source close to the family told

Vanguard that the supposed “manfriend,”

a notorious cultists in his

late 60s have also been sleeping

with the girl in their house because

she has her room.

“The boyfriend, who gave her

that gun, is not a middle-aged

person but an elder in his late 60s.

Sometimes when they play

masquerade, the girl holds the

gun for him.

“The mother is aware of what

her daughter was doing with

the old man. She (the mother)

is even claiming that since her

daughter started dating the old

man, she has been calm and

non-violent.

“But I must tell you she is a

bright child with great potentials

if she can be properly guided. I

think the problems is at the

family level. Her mother has not

been the best mother any young

girl could wish for.”

Some of her classmates, who

spoke on the condition of

anonymity, told Vanguard that

she came to shoot the vice

principal because she was asked

to cut her colour hair or dye it

back to black.

Boko Haram

attacks 2 Borno

LGAs, scores

feared dead

By Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI—Barely two

days after the invasion of

Egiri, Zira I & II communities of Biu

Local Government Area of Borno

State by the dreaded Boko Haram

sect where over 100 residential

buildings were destroyed, another

set of coordinated attacks took place

Tuesday night in Marte and Gubio

Local Government Areas of the

state.

It was gathered that the

insurgents stormed one of the

Vigilante/Hunters Checkpoint in

Gubio Local Government Area

where they reportedly killed one of

the hunters while others sustained

gunshot wounds before they were

repelled by military troops.

In Marte Local Government Area,

a source said the armed insurgents

dislodged a military base before

invading New Marte community,

brandishing weapons and shooting

sporadically as residents scampered

for safety.

The source, however, said due to

lack of telecommunication network

in Marte, the number of casualties

from both sides of security operatives

and the insurgents is not

ascertained.

The source added that the

insurgents took over control of the

town Tuesday but were dislodged

by security agencies, Wednesday.

Member Borno State House of

Assembly, Marte constituency,

Mohammed Gambomi, who

confirmed the attack, said he

received a distress call that Boko

Haram sect invaded Marte, but did

not have details on the number of

casualties, only that some few

residential houses were torched.


Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021—7

Suspected herdsmen kill 7 persons in Edo

•As community protests killings

By Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN CITY — GUNMEN

suspected to be criminal

herdsmen reportedly killed seven

persons in Ovia North-East Local

Government Area of Edo State,

Wednesday.

It was gathered that the killings

took place at Ugboke, Oshodi,

Okokodo, Ariyan and Yoruba camp,

which are majorly farming

communities in the local

government area.

An indigene of the area, Mrs Janet

Ighodaro, said yesterday that the

suspected herdsmen took over the

popularly Yoruba camp located in

"Ovia North-east as a base to launch

attacks on various communities in

our state.”

Ighodaro, who said she was lucky

to escape stray bullets during the

attacks, said she is now taking refuge

with her family in Benin City.

She said four of the victims were

returning from the farm when they

were shot dead.

Ighodaro lamented that no

presence of security agents in the

farming communities, adding that

when the police were contacted they

stopped at a neighbouring

community, Okhokhua, and insisted

that they would not go further into

the bushes but instructed that the

villagers should bring the dead

bodies to them in their location.

Ighodaro, therefore, called on

security agents to come to their

rescue as a matter of urgency.

The Police Public Relations Officer

of the Edo State Police Command,

Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the

incident and said efforts were being

made to arrest the perpetrators.

He said: “The state Police

Command is aware of the incident

that happened within the

jurisdiction of Ekhiadolor Divisional

Police Command. The DPO and his

operatives visited the crime site and

evacuated the bodies and moves are

on to ensure that the place is calm

and life returns to normalcy.

“Also, the Police is carrying out its

investigation to effect the arrest of

the herdsmen who perpetrated the

dastardly acts. The command is bent

on using every legal means to fish

out the criminals.”

Community

protests killings

Meanwhile, hundreds of

community dwellers from the

affected local government area,

yesterday, protested at state

Government House with the corpse

of a victim killed by suspected

herdsmen where they gave a three

days ultimatum to the state

government to ensure the security

of lives and property in the state.

They said they brought the corpse

to Government House because

police only told them to go and

deposit the body in the mortuary.

The people said they have

experienced several killings by

herdsmen and that Governor

Godwin Obaseki has visited them

several times with the latest being

last week where he assured them

of safety and security which they said

is hard to come by.

One of the leaders of the

protesters, Michael Idahosa, said

the communities could no longer

bear the incessant attack of killer

herdsmen on the farming

community, and have decided to

bring the dead body to Government

House so that the governor can see

their plight.

He said: “We are here to protest

the killing by herdsmen in our

communities. The governor came

to Ovia North East in 2017 when

herdsmen killed one of our persons

and promised to tackle the problem

of herdsmen in our local

government, but the government

did not.”

Receiving the protesters, Edo

State Deputy Governor, Philip

Shaibu, reassured them that the

government would intensify efforts

at providing adequate security to

check the rising spate of herders’

activities in the state.

Shaibu said: “As a state, we have

made up our mind not to lament

but look for solutions on how to

protect our country and our state.

“There was also an attack in the

early hours of today (yesterday) in

Niger State; it’s a national problem.

As we speak, Governor Godwin

Obaseki and other governors are in

Abuja to discuss this insecurity issue

in our country.

“You will remember that we are

bringing in local vigilantes to

collaborate with law enforcement

agencies; we are strengthening our

system and will still need your

support.

“We don’t want to take laws into

our hands but at the same time, we

cannot fold our hands and watch

the people kill us. Take it easy; some

bodies are yet to be found, I have

discussed with the security

agencies. They will move into that

area.

"I can assure you that they will

recover the bodies and we will

intensify the security in that area.

We will categorise that area as one

of the flashpoints so that you can

sleep with your eyes closed.

“At the same time, for the young

men, we need you not to sleep with

your eyes closed so that you can

understand what is going on in your

areas. We want you to give us

information that will be useful to us.”

2 suspects in police net for impersonation

By Esther Onyegbula

TWO suspects, Anya Okorie and

Usman Aliare, are currently

cooling off in one of the police cells

in Lagos for impersonation.

45-year-old Anya Okorie was

arrested by policemen attached to

Ketu Division, with incomplete

police uniform with the rank of

Inspector of Police while

suspiciously parading himself,

while 21-year-old Usman Ali was

arrested by police operatives

attached to Surulere division with

the Nigerian Army camouflage

vest.

The two suspects have since

confessed to being fake police

officer and army personnel

respectively. Usman further said he

is an Okada operator.

Some of the items recovered from

Okorie are two MOPOL berets, two

lanyards, two mobile police khaki

trousers, three MOPOL T-shirts,

Sgt rank and Mobile Squadron

badges, while Army camouflage

vest and jackknife were recovered

from Usman.

The suspects

Meanwhile, the Commissioner

of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem

Odumosu, has condemned the act

of impersonation by some

individuals, who parade

themselves as security operatives

in the state and ordered the

Divisional Police Officers and

detectives to be on the lookout for

impersonators.

Suspected ritualist dies inside grave in Enugu

By Ikechukwu Odu

NSUKKA—A witch-doctor,

who was contracted to

exhume the dead body of a

woman, collapsed and died

inside the woman’s grave.

The witch-doctor, Idike

Ezikanyi, from Uwani-

Amaogbo, Amabokwu village

in Aku town, Igbo-Etiti Local

Government Area of Enugu

State, was allegedly recruited

by one Chukwuma Nnadi

and other members of his

family to secretly dig up the

dead body of his wife, late

Stella Oriaku Nnadi, who was

buried within her husband’s

compound about five years

ago.

Vanguard gathered that on

the fateful night, the Nnadi

family got more than they

bargained for when the witchdoctor

they recruited for the

ugly job suddenly shouted

from the grave, begging the

ghost of the dead woman to

have mercy on him.

However, before those

lagging around knew what

was happening, Idike

Ezikanyi, who tried to jump

out of the half-dug out grave

fell back and died instantly.

Sources revealed that

Chukwuma, the husband of

the late woman, recently

yielded to pressure by his

family members to secretly

exhume the body of his late

wife and throw it away so that

her spirit would be blinded

from disturbing those living in

the house, which she built.

The sources said the family

members of the husband

hated his late wife with

passion and even disinherited

their son because the late wife,

Oriaku nee Egwete from

Oshigo village, was physically

challenged.

She suffered a serious

infection in infancy, which

affected her leg permanently.

They didn’t want their son to

marry her even though the son

depended on the lady, who

was very industrious despite

her deformity to survive.

Despite their pressure and

blackmail, the man and lady

stuck to each other until they

finally got married and to the

surprise of their detractors, the

young couple started and

completed a three-bedroom

house of their own.

The sources further alleged

that the jealousy and

recrimination against her

subsequently escalated as it

was revealed that the lady

stepped on a charm laid for

her in her house and after a

protracted illness died.

It was gathered that after she

died mysteriously, the

husband’s family refused to

pay her full bride price, which

was outstanding before her

death and also failed to accord

her full burial rites.

Time ticked away and when

the family members, who

despised her felt that

everything has quietened,

they decided to pack into the

house she built. It was

discovered that out of a feeling

of guilt and fear of spiritual

repercussion, they contracted

the witch-doctor, who was

notorious for attacking graves

in the dead of night to exhume

her body and throw it into an

evil forest.

It was during the bizarre

occasion that her ghost fought

back and instantly killed the

violator of her resting place.

In another intriguing

development, one of the

sisters of the husband, who

was part of those who

arranged for the witch-doctor,

visited the ritualist’s house to

mourn with them.

It was revealed that

immediately the lady finished

crying she instantly suffered

a stroke and was evacuated

back to her home in Umuidu

Amabokwu.

The family of the wife, whose

body they attempted to

exhume has since gone to the

scene, but the husband,

Chukwuma, has reportedly

fled from his home.

Alleged

trafficking: IGP

slams criminal

charge on '

43-year old

widow

By Joseph Erunke

ABUJA—THE

Inspector

General of Police, Mr

Mohammed Adamu, has dragged

a 43-year old widow before a Federal

Capital Territory (FCT), over

allegations of trafficking and

abduction of an eight-month-old

baby.

Specifically, the IGP accused the

defendant, one Stella NdidiAmaka

Ekwerekwu, of falsely presenting

the baby to her late husband, Victor

Ekwerekwu, as theirs, thereby

committing an offence that is

contrary to section 27 (1) of the

Child’s Right Act (2003), and

punishable under section 27 (2)(b)

of the same act.

Charged alongside Ekwerekwu

is her accomplice, one Nkechi

Hellen Ogbonankwo, who is said

to be at large.

The criminal charge, which is

being prosecuted through the Force

Intelligence Bureau (FIB), as well

as the Intelligence Response Team

(IRT), said both suspects, who are

of F16 Court Road, Onitsha,

Anambra State, criminally

conspired to perpetrate the crime.

There has been a protracted battle

between the family of late business

mogul, Ekwerekwu, and his widow,

Ndidiamaka, over the paternity of

a nine-month-old baby, Chidera.

The development had compelled

the IGP to order that the child be

subjected to a DNA test.

The businessman died in October

last year, under what his family

described as suspicious

circumstances, with his body still at

the morgue, following a dispute over

his death.

His family had petitioned the

Police Chief, claiming that late

Ekweremadu’s widow,

Ndidiamaka, brought the baby after

her husband’s demise, claiming he

was theirs.

They also claimed that the

deceased never had any child with

his widow in their 18 years of

marriage, alleging that the widow

proceeded to the probate registry,

where she registered the child

formerly known as Ezenwa

Onochie Ekwerekwu, as next of kin

to the deceased.

But the widow through her lawyer,

C. Obikwelu in Onitsha, Anambra

State, had instituted a suit at the

Anambra State High Court, Onitsha,

against the Police chief and her late

husband’s family, seeking a

restraining order against the test on

the child.

She argued that the act of

subjecting the child to a DNA test

“amounts to slavery, servitude and

degrading treatment, which is a

gross violation of his fundamental

rights as enshrined in Section 34 of

the 1999 Constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria (as amended).”

She prayed the court presided over

by Justice D. Onyefulu to declare

any result arising from the paternity

test a nullity, just as she prayed that

she be paid N6 billion in damages

by both the police and her late

husband’s family for subjecting

them to the test against their wishes.

In the event of conviction on

trafficking offences, the accused

persons risk a jail term of five years

each.


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NLC rejects import-driven

deregulation of oil industry

•Asks FG to protect Nigerians from vagaries international

market price •Demands review of template in

determining the pump price of PMS

By Victor

Ahiuma-Young

A BUJA—NIGERIA

Labour Congress,

NLC, has rejected importdriven

deregulation of the

downstream sector of the

nation’s Petroleum

Industry, asking the federal

government to find ways

and means to shield

Nigerians from the

volatilities in the

international crude oil

market.

Leaders of NLC in a

communiqué issued

yesterday after their

National Executive Council

NEC, meeting on

Wednesday, also demanded

that the template used in

determining the pump price

of Premium Moto Spirit,

PMS, commonly known as

petrol, which includes

inbuilt charges and

inflationary trend, should

be reviewed to the benefit of

Nigerians.

The communique read:

“NEC observed that the

issues driving incessant

increases in the pump price

of Premium Motor Spirit,

PMS, otherwise known as

petrol and other refined

petroleum products in

Nigeria remain the same.

‘’These factors include

Nigeria’s dependence on

imported refined petroleum

products owing to the near

comatose of all of Nigeria’s

public refineries, sea freight

charges, the use of import

parity prices to calculate the

landing cost of petrol and the

unbearable pressure

occasioned by the persistent

volatility in foreign

exchange rates, additional

costs owing to the absence of

critical infrastructures in

our ports to handle

imported refined petroleum

products, the cost of

demurrage, and taxes by

different regulatory

agencies.

‘’The NEC also expressed

worries that previous

promises made by

successive governments to

fix refineries have never

been fulfilled.

“The NEC resolved to reject

deregulation of the

downstream sector of

petroleum industry as long

as it is import-driven. NEC

reiterated the traditional

position of congress that

government should

rehabilitate and revamp

Nigeria’s local refineries as

a sustainable solution to

incessant increases in the

pump price of petrol.

‘’NEC posited that

Nigeria’s refineries can be

made to work in a short time

once government asserts the

political will to do so. NEC

also urged the Nigerian

government to find ways

and means to shield

Nigerian citizens from the

volatilities in the

international crude oil

market. ’NEC also

demanded that the template

used in determining the

pump price of PMS, which

includes inbuilt charges and

inflationary trend should be

reviewed to the benefit of

Nigerians. NEC called for

modular refineries in order

to bring down the price of

diesel."

Amnesty for bandits: PANDEF,

Afenifere, Ohanaeze, M-Belt

leaders blast Gumi

•As CAN asks Presidency to proscribe all Miyetti

Allah groups, stop visa on arrival policy

By Dapo Akinrefon

& Peter Duru,

Makurdi

THE The Southern and

Middle Belt Leaders

Forum, yesterday,

lampooned Sheik Gunmi

who called for amnesty.

Gumi had said bandits

were fighting against the

injustices Nigeria has done to

the north.

But in a statement, titled

‘’Gumi Removes The Veil’’, the

forum asked Gumi whether

the Hausas were protesting the

injustices Fulanis “are doing

to them and the rest of

Nigeria.”

The statement, signed by

Yinka Odumakin (South

West), Chief Guy Ikokwu

(South East), Senator Bassey

Henshaw (South South) and

Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt),

read: “The Southern and

Middle Belt Leaders Forum is

not in the least surprised by

Sheik Gunmi unveiling of his

real being on AIT this morning

asking for Amnesty for Bandits

whom he said are fighting

against the injustices Nigeria

has done to the north.

“Part of those injustices

must have been electing

Buhari twice as President in

spite of his regard for the

sensitivity required of a

multiple country like

Nigeria.

“The country, for almost 6

years, has been soaking all

manners of lopsidedness,

nepotism and running the

country like a Fulani

Republic.

“As part of the injustices to

the north, Fulani herdsmen

have been killing people with

reckless abandon in all parts

of Nigeria with the

administration defending

them and giving them soft

landing with the open bias of

Mr. President.

“Fulanis are daily pouring

into Nigeria to change our

demography and Nigeria is

doing more in Niger Republic

than Nigeria at the moment

with resources from non-

Fulani areas.

The injustices Nigeria has

done to the North is so much

for the bandits to do what they

are doing to the rest of us and

for Buhari to be looking the

other way.

We want to know from

Gumi if the Hausas are

protesting the injustices

Fulanis are doing to them and

the rest of Nigeria or if it is

Nigeria that is doing any

injustice to the north.

“We know Fulani bandits

are doing crimes in all non

Fulani communities but

Gumi should not confuse us

with North except he is on

deception all along.

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meeting with the President, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, yesterday.

NEC agrees on compensation for herders/

farmers clash victims

•Asks states to include non-indigenous/minority residents in security initiatives

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA—THE National

Economic Council, NEC,

yesterday resolved that

states should incorporate nonindigenous/minority

residents to local security

initiatives to ensure adequate

representation.

NEC also agreed that

victims of herders/farmers

clashes whose properties were

destroyed in their various

jurisdictions should be paid

compensation.

This was part of the decisions

reached at the Council’s

meeting presided over by

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

at the Old Banquet Hall,

Presidential villa, Abuja.

Briefing State House

correspondents at the end of

the meeting, the governor of

Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun,

noted that many people

suffered losses in targeted

attacks and must be made to

have a sense of compensation.

He said the council has recommitted

to the protection

of all residents without

discrimination, adding that

governors would also ensure

that criminals were arrested

and prosecuted.

Governor Abiodun, who

was flanked by Governor

Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State,

said further that NEC resolved

that there must be public

condemnation of hatred

against minority groups, as

it advised that members of

non-indigenous groups

should be incorporated into

local security groups.

Abiodun said the council

also deliberated on ways to

better manage forests to deter

criminals from inhabiting

them for nefarious activities.

The council also

encouraged states to promote

the modernization of livestock

farming.

Giving the update on

general security and

implementation of

community policing, the

Ogun governor stated:

“Chairman Nigeria

Governors Forum and

Governor of Ekiti State

updated Council on Security

situation and Community

Policing as follows:

He said: “On the issues of

security which is very big if

not the biggest issue of concern

to all the country today and

justifiably so. The council

recommitted to the following

principles.

“Protection of all residents

in all states including non

indigenous communities and

religious and ethnic

minorities within states

jurisdictions. The arrest and

prosecution of all perpetrators

of crime.

“In collaboration of federal

authorities, reconstruction of

destroyed homes and

payments of compensation

where appropriate by state

authorities for damage to

property and livelihood,

sustained during targeted

attacks on communities

within a state jurisdictions.

“We are also committed to

ensuring that deceased

victims of such violence are

It’ll take 20yrs to resolve insecurity in

Nigeria, Buratai tells Senate

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—THE Immediate

past Chief of Army

Staff, Lieutenant General

Tukur Yusuf Buratai, retd,

told the Senate yesterday

that it will take Nigeria the

next twenty years to resolve

the challenges confronting it.

Buratai stated this in

Abuja when he appeared

before the Senate Committee

on Foreign Affairs, led by

Senator Adamu

Muhammad Bulkachuwa,

APC, Bauchi North, for

screening as ambassadorial

nominee.

It was however a season of

lamentations from the

immediate past service

chiefs on why the problem of

insecurity in the country got

worsened under their watch,

from November 2015 to

January 2021 and could not

be nipped in the bud.

The former service chiefs

who were appointed

ambassadorial nominees by

President Muhammadu

Buhari appeared yesterday

for the screening by senators.

They include General

Abayomi Olonisakin, retd;

Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, retd;

Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas,

retd; Air Marshal Sadique

Abubakar, retd; and Air Vice

Marshal Muhammad S.

Usman, retd.

Giving reasons for the

unabated problem of

insecurity in the country,

particularly the Boko

Haram insurgency in the

duly accorded dignified burial

rites. The immediate public

and unequivocal

condemnation of all

manifestations of hatred,

targeted violence and other

hate crimes against ethnic,

religious and minority

groups.

“Ensuring that local

security initiatives whether

they are states, government...

agencies or local

vigilante groups or the

community policing

programme of the Nigerian

Police are inclusive are

inclusive and are composed

with consideration given to

adequate representation of

non indigenous minority

resident communities.

North East, Buratai said that

it might take the country 20

years to eliminate Boko

Haram insurgency because

the sect had won

communities to its side.

He said it would require a

multi pronged approach,

noting that military warfare

was just one aspect.

According to him, the sect

has, through indoctrination,

been winning more

communities to its side, aside

the problem of ungovernable

spaces in the area and across

the country.

Buratai said : “My state

(Borno) is an epicentre where

this indoctrination has

penetrated so deep. They

(insurgents) have won the

communities to their side.

That is why they

(communities) keep Boko

Haram.

‘’So it is complex, it requires

a whole of government

approach to solve this.

Military action or activity is

just one aspect. One mistake

we have been making is to

think that only the military

can solve this. It is not true.

There are political, social,

economic aspects that need

to be addressed.

“Development should be

progressive, there should be

road everywhere, there

should be employment,

schools, hospitals all over.

Yesterday ( Wednesday) , I

counted five local

government areas in Borno

State that do not have good

access road to those places.

“In North West, North

“Also we resolved to ensure

that all states, local and

community security

initiatives operate according

to guidelines consistent with

state legislation and the

constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria and other

relevant laws that are

subjected to rigorous

oversight.

“We are also committed to

ensuring that innocent

citizens and the entire

communities are not

slandered, harassed or

victimized for the crimes

perpetrated by criminal

elements within those

communities on the basis of

ethnic or religious

affiliations.

Central, there are so many

ungovernable spaces, which

the insurgents are

penetrating. The places

don’t have schools, hospital

and so on and education is

very fundamental.

“Unless these things are

done, this insecurity will

continue because the truth

must be told. It may take

another 20 years for the

country to surmount the

problem of insurgency and

that is the truth.”

On his part, the immediate

past Chief of Defence Staff ,

General Abayomi Gabriel

Olonisakin, retd, who was the

first to lament the worsening

security situation in the

country, attributed the

problem to the over 1,000

forest reserves in the country

not well managed and

secured by respective state

government.

According to him, the

problem at hand requires

well galvanized national

approach for it to be

surmounted since it is more

of an asymmetric cum

hybrid warfare, against the

conventional ones that can

easily be confronted and

defeated.

Olonisakin said, “I want to

say that the solution to

insecurity is multi-pronged.

We talk about conventional

warfare and asymmetric

warfare. We are talking

about hybrid warfare where

every one is involved. It is not

about kinetics. Kinetics gives

only 35 per cent success rate

in any war we are fighting.


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MEETING: Senator

Liyel Imoke (left) and

Senator Abubakar

Bukola Saraki at the

Peoples Democratic

Party,

PDP

Reconciliation &

Strategy Committee’s

meeting with highly

respected members of

the PDP Board of

Trustees at Legacy

House, Abuja.

COVID-19: NAFDAC approves AstraZeneca/

Oxford vaccine for use in Nigeria

By Sola Ogundipe &

Joseph Erunke

A National BUJA—THE

Agency for

Food and Drug Administration

and Control, NAFDAC, has

approved the AstraZeneca/

Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for

use in Nigeria.

The approval came on the heels

of the World Health

Organisation’s listing of the

vaccine for emergency use on

Monday.

Under the WHO Emergency

Use Listing, EUL, the quality,

safety and efficacy of COVID-19

vaccines are assessed as a

prerequisite for the COVAX

facility vaccine supply.

Announcing the approval at a

media briefing in Abuja yesterday,

NAFDAC Director-General, Prof.

Mojisola Adeyeye, said the

evaluation of AstraZeneca/

Oxford vaccine, codenamed

Covisheild (AZD1222), showed

it was effective against the variant

of the coronavirus first discovered

in the UK, several cases of which

•Says vaccine effective against UK variant

had been reported in Nigeria.

Adeyeye said the agency

obtained the dossier of the

vaccine last week and its safety

committee immediately began

evaluating its safety and efficacy

for Nigerians.

She said the recommendation

for emergency use authorisation

was based on rigorous scientific

considerations.

Adeyeye said: “NAFDAC

received the AstraZeneca/Oxford

COVID-19 vaccine dossier from

Serum Institute of India on

February 10, 2021. The

NAFDAC Vaccine Committee

commenced the expedited

review immediately and the

members of the committee have

worked assiduously to ensure

that review was done as planned.

“The active substance is

manufactured and controlled by

Serum Institute of India Private

Limited (SIIPL). A GMP

certificate and manufacturing

license issued by the India

National Regulatory Authority

(NRA) has been presented and

found to be authentic and valid.

“The multidose (2 dose or 10

dose) vial is stored at 2-8 degrees

Centigrade, one dose (0.5ml)

contains 5 x 1010 virus particle.

On available stability data, the

applicant has proposed a drug

product shelf life of six months.

“From the phases 2/3

conducted, Covisheild was found

safe and well-tolerated in adults

above 18 years of age. The

incidence of solicited, unsolicited

AEs and SAEs was comparable

in the study control. groups. No

causally related SAE was caused

by the study vaccine.

“Safety of the vaccine is

premium to NAFDAC and a lot

of efforts are being put into this

regulatory function. The agency

initiated multi-stakeholder

collaboration with National

Primary Health Care

Development Agency,

NPHCDA, Nigeria Centre for

Disease Control, NCDC,

UNICEF, GAVI, WHO and

Govs demand prosecution of criminals,

irrespective of ethnic, religious affiliations

•Condemn ethnic profiling, endorse national livestock plan

A

B U J A —

GOVERNORS of

the 36 states of the federation

have demanded comprehensive

prosecution of crime and

criminality, irrespective of ethnic

and religious colouration of those

involved.

Acting under the aegis of

Nigerian Govrnors’ Forum, NGF,

the governors also kicked against

ethnic profiling, even as they gave

endorsement to the federal

government’s national livestock

plan.

Rising from an emergency

meeting of the NGF at the

Presidential Villa, Abuja, on

Wednesday night, chairman of

the forum and governor of Ekiti

State, Kayode Fayemi, told

journalists early yesterday that

state governors remained

committed to the protection of

lives and property in the states.

He said while sympathising

with victims of the recent security

challenges in parts of the country,

that the NGF had provided some

financial support to victims of the

conflicts in Oyo and Ogun states

where its delegation visited last

week.

Fayemi said: “Nigerian

governors also are very clear that

crime and criminality should be

comprehensively prosecuted

wherever they may occur without

ethnic, religious or any other

coloration.

“Governors are totally opposed

to ethnic profiling of crime.

Knowing what has transpired in

other parts of the world, whether

we are talking of the way youths

were profiled in Germany leading

to the World War, or the way Tutsis

were profiled leading to the

genocide experienced in

Rwanda, we do not believe that

crimes are associated with a

particular ethnic group.

“To that extent, we

unreservedly condemn any

attempt to profile any ethnic

group on account of a

particular crime.

“Governors are also totally

opposed to the proliferation of fake

news, and the abuse of social

media.

‘’Many of us have seen those

fake videos that have almost led

to reprisals in other parts of the

country and we want to explore

both our mainstream media

organisations as well as

individuals to apply restraint in

the manner issues relating to the

security of lives and property are

reported.”

Fayemi said the meeting

reviewed the challenges of

retooling the nation’s military

institutions, welcomed the

appointment of new services

chiefs, and expressed the hope

that a new security architecture

would emerge from the new

leadership.

“On our part, we are prepared

to support the dedication of

portions of the Excess Crude

Account and the Natural

Resource Development Fund

and the Economic Stabilisation

Fund to providing the necessary

Ministry of Health.

“The focus is to use a holistic

approach for the effective

immunisation or delivery of the

vaccines and monitor any

Adverse Events Following

Immunisation, AEFI.

‘’The multi-stakeholder

technical working groups have

been meeting to address different

issues, from access to distribution

to traceability (track and trace) of

the vaccines, to monitoring of

adverse events following

immunisation.”

Three other COVID-19

vaccines are being evaluated by

the agency. The AstraZeneca/

Oxford vaccine is the second

COVID-19 vaccine to receive the

WHO authorisation, after Pfizer-

BioNTech vaccine.

The World Health

Organisation listed two versions

of the AstraZeneca-Oxford

COVID-19 vaccine for

emergency use, giving the green

light for these vaccines to be rolled

out globally through COVAX

facility.

The approved vaccines are

being produced by the Serum

Institute of India, and by SKBio

in South Korea.

Nigeria has been allocated 16

million doses of the Oxford-

AstraZeneca vaccine under the

COVAX facility, while more doses

are being expected under the

Africa Union arrangement.

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of

the Access to COVID-19 Tools

(ACT) Acceleratoris, jointly led by

The Global Alliance for Vaccines

and Immunisation, GAVI, the

Coalition for Epidemic

Preparedness Innovations

(CEPI) and the World Health

Organization (WHO), aims to

accelerate the development and

manufacture of COVID-19

vaccines, and to guarantee fair

and equitable access for every

country in the world.

COVAX is also poised to ensure

that 92 eligible Low- and Middle-

Income Countries get access to

COVID-19 vaccines through

GAVI.

Adeyeye said the agency will

be using its recently launched

Med Safety App for Active

Pharmacovigilance of the

vaccines in collaboration with the

sister agencies.

“The App is free, and millions

of healthcare workers can

download it free for Adverse

Drug Reaction (ADR)

reporting,'' Adeyeye said.

Herdsmen crisis: Abdulsalami

warns govs against

inflammatory remarks

•Asks them to take full responsibility

for protection of lives, property

FORMER Head of

State, General

Abdulsalami Abubakar, has

warned state governors to guard

against making utterances

capable of inciting communal

clashes in the country.

Abdulsalami, who is the

Chairman of the National Peace

Committee, spoke on Arise TV’s

‘The Morning Show’ yesterday.

He regretted that Nigerians

have not learnt from past

mistakes of inter-tribal wars. He,

therefore, called on members of

the Nigeria Governors’ Forum

governors to take full

responsibility of securing lives and

properties as well as embrace

dialogue.

Abadulsalami, who spoke

against the backdrop of the

exchange between Governors

Bala Mohammed and Rotimi

Akeredolu of Bauchi and Ondo

states respectively, said: “The

governors have found

themselves in a difficult situation.

It is their responsibility to guard

their states regardless of who and

who is in their states.

‘’ Ethnic disharmony is rearing

itself all over the place. You could

see where the herders are being

chased from some of parts of the

Southern states and their cattle

are being killed. Certainly, this

heightened tension in the

country.

“Some people are also

migrating from one part of the

country back to their states where

they feel safer. God forbid this is

taking us back to the 1960 where

we had a problem that resulted

in the civil war. That is why myself

and the peace committee are

calling for caution so that we do

not go back to that road.”

On what the governors must

do to quell the tension in the

country at the moment, he said:

Access Bank, LASG unveil

N2bn funding support for

women entrepreneurs

By Nkiruka Nnorom

ACCESS Bank Plc in

conjunction with Lagos

State Employment Trust Fund,

LSETF, has unveiled a N2 billion

funding package to support

women entrepreneurs and other

female customers of the bank to

help them get their businesses

off the ground.

The partnership, which is

being executed through

“LSETF ‘W’ Initiative” offers

collateral-free loans to women

for as low as N250,000 at 10

per cent annual interest rate,

and targets businesses with

not less than 50 per cent

women ownership.

Under the initiative, Access

Bank and LSEFT will provide N1

billion matching fund each to

kick-start the project.

Speaking at the virtual press

conference to announce the

project, Ayona Aguele-Trimmel,

Group Head, W Initiative, Access

Bank, said that after some years

of supporting women

entrepreneurs through the W

Initiative, the bank had

discovered critical knowledge gap

among women entrepreneurs,

“They must make sure there is law

and order in their states and they

should watch their utterances because

what they say, people will

take it as an order.

“They as governors should be

aware of what they say; they

should not say anything that will

be misread that they are fighting

people who are not from their

state origin.

“Having said that, there must

be dialogue between the people

who they feel are committing

crimes in their areas. Certainly, if

some people commit crimes, they

should be arrested and

prosecuted. It is their

responsibility to save lives and

properties of all Nigerians living

in their states.”

Some governors in the country

including Bauchi State

Governor, Bala Mohammed; and

his Ondo State counterpart,

Rotimi Akeredolu, have disagreed

lately over the use of AK-47 rifle

by herdsmen. While Mohammed

said the herders bear arms to

protect their cattle from being

rustled by bandits, Akeredolu

disagreed, saying the statement

of the Bauchi governor could

usher Nigerians “into the next

level on the path to anarchy.”

On claims that the 1999

constitution was largely

responsible for the problems in

the country, the former head of

state disagreed, saying the

document was mainly framed

after the 1979 constitution which

most Nigerians were comfortable

with.

He said before the 1999

constitution came into being,

eminent jurist and then

chairman of the constitution

review committee, Justice

Nikki Tobi, took it to all the

zones of the country to seek

the input of Nigerians.

which the partnership with

LSETF is seeking to bridge

through capacity building.

“We found that start-ups like

one year old companies find it

difficult to come up with

documentations required for

getting funding. The second

thing we found out in the last six

years of running W Initiative is

that micro and small businesses

were not able to access the

funding.

“So, what the ‘LSETF W

Initiative’ does is that we provide

funding and capacity building to

companies that are one to five

years old and they can take loan

for as low as N500,000 and lower.

What we are doing through our

partners is to offer women loans

at any point in their journey,” she

said.

Also speaking, Teju Abisoye,

Executive Secretary, LSETF,

said: “Our partnership with

Access Bank aligns with our core

mandate of supporting micro,

small and medium

enterprises through access to

affordable financing and other

services that can help them

increase productivity and

employ more people.''


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News

PDP crisis: Fayose more of a

liability, says Agboola,

Senate's ex-deputy chief whip

By Adeola Badru

IBADAN—THE

crisis

rocking the Southwest zone

of the Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, is far from being over, as a

former Senate deputy chief whip,

Senator Hosea Agboola,

yesterday, descended on former

governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele

Fayose, describing him as more

of a liability than asset to the

umbrella party.

Both Fayose and Agboola are

PDP elders in their respective

states of Ekiti and Oyo.

Speaking while welcoming to

the PDP, some loyalists of a

former governor of the state and

leader of the Zenith Labour Party,

ZLP, Senator Rashidi Ladoja at

the government House, Agboola

popularly called Alleluyah said it

was uncharitable for Fayose to

call Oyo State Governor Seyi

Makinde a baby Governor in a

recent viral video.

Promasidor, Ekiti’s Jersey-Breed

cows arrive for Ikun dairy farm

AS part of its commitment at

boosting local milk

production in Nigeria, the Ikun

Dairy Farm Limited, a joint

venture between Promasidor

Nigeria Limited and the Ekiti

State Government, has taken

delivery of the first batch of

pregnant Jersey cows from the

United States.

This is part of a minimum preordered

pool of over 500 heifers,

which will now add to the

biological pool of 192 indigenous

and cross breeds available on the

farm.

Promasidor Nigeria, a leading

food manufacturing company in

Nigeria, entered into partnership

with the Ekiti State Government

to float Ikun Dairy Farm Limited

with the support of the Central

Bank of Nigeria.

All the parties are frantically

working to ensure that more of

Defend yourselves against attackers,

Igboho tells Yoruba people

By Adeola Badru

YORUBA Rights Activist,

Sunday Adeyemo, popularly

known as Sunday Igboho, has

urged Yoruba people to defend

themselves when attacked, saying

all he wants is peace in

Yorubaland.

Igboho spoke, yesterday, when

former minister of Aviation and

chieftain of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, Femi Fani-

Kayode, visited him at his Soka,

Ibadan residence in Oyo State.

He spoke as Fani-Kayode asked

the Federal Government to allow

all Nigerians carry fire arms, if the

government could make a case for

Fulani herdsmen to carry AK-47

rifles to protect themselves and

their cows.

After a three-hour closed door

meeting with the former minister,

Igboho said: “I don’t have

anything to say for now, my uncle

(Fani-Kayode) has said everything

for me. What we want in

Yorubaland is peace. We don’t want

banditry, we don’t want Fulani

herdsmen to continue to kill our

people, we want our people to be

free.

According to Agboola: "such

statement from Fayose to a

serving governor and leader of

the PDP in the South-west, was

‘most uncharitable and in bad

taste."

He said: “Governor Makinde

before venturing into the public

service had made tremendous

successes as a businessman of

note. He rose from there to win a

landslide victory as gubernatorial

candidate of the PDP in the 2019

election.”

“And the 2019 electoral victory

came at a time both the State

and Federal Government were

being controlled by the

‘almighty’ All Progressives

Congress (APC), yet Makinde

triumphed and won to prove the

bookmakers wrong.”

“And today, Oyo State is

witnessing all round

developments in education,

health, infrastructure, economy

and lots more."

these breed of cows arrive Nigeria

in the next few weeks, with the

objective of making the dairy

farm a model of backward

integration in the sourcing and

use of local raw materials for milk

production.

Promasidor Nigeria’s Director

External Relations, Mr Andrew

Enahoro, said despite logistic

challenges bothering in airlifting;

the delivery of all the 500 Jersey

breed cows was on course, saying

“Current milk production from the

animals on Ikun Dairy Farm is

being utilised by the calves, as

the farm tries to ramp up volumes

in preparation for processing.”

Meanwhile, Promasidor

Nigeria has also embarked on the

adoption of out growers for milk

collection as supplement to Ikun

Dairy Farm’s direct milk

production.

Allow all Nigerians to carry arms, if herders are licensed

to carry AK-47 rifles, Fani Kayode tells FG

“My message to my people in

Yorubaland is that they must try to

defend themselves. Don’t let

anyone come to your farm or your

home to kill you, you must try to

defend yourself, which was what

the minister said too.”

On his part, Fani-Kayode, who

said Yoruba people are behind

Igboho in his recent actions

against Fulani herdsmen,

added: “A good friend of mine,

the Governor of Bauchi State,

Bala Mohammed. We served

together as ministers, said a few

days ago that Fulani herdsmen

should be given the right to carry

AK-47. I disagree with that but

that was his opinion and, like I

told him, he is entitled to his

opinion and he can voice it.

“If you go by that principle, then

it makes absolute sense that if

Fulani are allowed to carry AK-47

to defend their cows and their lives

if they feel threatened, then it is

also logical for members of the

local communities, farmers and

each and every one of us should

also have that right to defend

ourselves against killer Fulani

herdsmen and against those that

are coming to kill us and rape our

women.”

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CONDOLENCE—From left: Widow of the first Executive Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Abimbola

Jakande, with Secretary to the Lagos State Government, SSG, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, during the

SSG's condolence visit to Jakande’s family, at their Ilupeju residence, in Lagos. Photo: Kehinde

Shonola.

Akerodolu created Amotekun to kill

Fulani —Miyetti Allah

....Backs Bauchi Governor on possession of AK47

By Ibrahim

HassanWuyo

THE Miyetti Allah Kautal

Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural

association, has alleged that

Governor Rotimi Akerodolu of

Ondo State masterminded the

creation of Amotekum to deal

with the Fulani.

The association also threw its

weight behind the Bauchi State

Governor, Senator Bala

Mohammed, over his comments

that herders should bear AK-47

rifles for self-defence.

National Secretary of the

association, Saleh Alhassan, in a

statement, described the Bauchi

State governor as the only lone

voice among other governors in

the North defending Fulani

pastoralists, who were allegedly

being persecuted in Nigeria.

They chided Governor Samuel

Ortom of Benue State for his

perceived hatred for the Fulani

race.

“Ortom’s achievement in office

since 2015 to his impoverished

citizens is his obnoxious antiopen

grazing law in the state,”

they said.

They accused Akeredolu of

being “the brain behind the

creation of Amotekun allegedly

unleashing terror on herders and

northerners in the Southwestern

states of Ondo and Oyo.”

The statement read in part:

“Bala Mohammed’s intervention

on the ongoing farmer/herders’

conflict was simply to state the

obvious devoid of the current

'politicisation'.”

“Governor Bala Abdulkadir

Mohammed has gradually

emerged as the only lone voice

among his peers in the North to

come out openly in the defence

of the Fulani pastoralists that are

being persecuted across many

states through enactment of

negative obnoxious laws against

their means of livelihoods and the

issuance of illegal eviction notices

from their places of abode against

the constitutional provisions.

“Governor Bala Abdulkadir

Mohammed has treaded where

angels are scared to tread in the

past. He has taken what every

politician will consider as political

risk in the past by holding

divergent views where others

have failed or chickened out. So

his current position on the

herders /farmers conversation is

not strange or out of

context...Those attempting to

Avoid extra-judicial killings, Ooni

implores factional OPC leaders

By Shina Abubakar

IFE—Ooni of Ife, Oba

Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has

charged factional leaders of

the Oodua People’s

Congress, OPC, to steer

clear of extra-judicial

killings in their bid to make

Yorubaland peaceful.

In a statement by his

media aide, Moses Olafare,

yesterday, the monarch gave the

By Dayo Johnson

ONDO—AHEAD of his

second term inauguration,

next

week

Wednesday, Governor Rotimi

Akeredolu has dissolved the

state's Executive Council.

Akeredolu announced this,

yesterday, at the valedictory

executive council meeting, held

in Akure, the state capital.

He commended the council

members for their support in the

last four years and appreciated

them for their dedication to duty.

Meanwhile, a public lecture

towards the second term

inauguration with the theme:

'Towards A New Nigeria: From

Federal Fatherism to a

Commonwealth', has been slated

for next week Tuesday, February

23

Ṫhe event is scheduled to hold

at The DOME International

Event Centre, Igbatoro Road,

Akure, Ondo State by 10am

The guest speaker is the

President African Development

silence him are only undertaking

an exercise in futility as the

majority of the northern masses,

particularly the pastoralists that

have seen a leader and saviour

at this critical times are solidly

behind him.

charge, while receiving members

of the OPC, under the leadership

of Aare Prince Osibote, at his

palace.

Asking the group to be law

abiding, Oba Ogunwusi described

the association founded by late

Dr. Frederick Fasehun, as a great

promoter of the Yoruba tradition,

ethics and principles.

“I am glad that you said you

are the light for the government

and security agents to combat

Akeredolu dissolves state

executive council

• Lecture to be delivered by Akinwumi Adesina

• Ondo adopts indigenous Oodua Anthem

Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

while the Chairman of the

occasion is the Chairman

Caretaker and Convention

Planning Committee of All

Progressives Congress, APC,

Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji

Mai Mala Buni.

The State Executive Council

has approved the adoption of an

Indigenous anthem which

projects the tradition and culture

of the Yoruba tribe.

FORMER governor of

Akwa Ibom State, Obong

Victor Attah, has

congratulated Nigeria’s

former minister of Finance,

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on

her appointment as the

Director General of the World

Trade Organisation.

In a statement, Obong

“Govenor Bala Abdulkadir

Mohammed has refused to be like

Governor of Benue State, H.E

Samuel Ortom whose only

achievement is the rising of

ethnic militia and gang leaders

that have been visiting mayhem

of killings in his state. Whose only

evidences of dividends of

democracy to his impoverished

citizens is the creation of

obnoxious anti-grazing laws.

crimes, please continue to

dinner the light so that we can

have peace and tranquility

across Yoruba land.

“Do not involve yourself in

extrajudicial practices that could

create more problems than we are

trying to solve.” Ooni

admonished.

“For the sake of the sweet

memories of your late founder;

Frederick Fasehun, I am

appealing to all of you to have a

rallying point so that you can be

United. You can have several

leaders all over, what I am

appealing for is a unity of purpose

and common interest towards

developing the Yoruba nation.

“If you know the meaning of

the name ‘Oduduwa’, you would

place it high above all forms of

selfish interests. I urge you all to

be conscious of your words and

actions, because the people out

there are watching.” Ooni added.

In his response, Prince Osibote

who described himself as a

believer in the ‘one Nigeria’

project, revealed that the OPC is

made up of responsible persons

who are well groomed as

Omoluabis.

Ex-gov Attah lauds

Okonjo-Iweala over her

appointment as WTO’s DG

Attah said: “Those of us who

have been working on the

idea of making her the first

female President of Nigeria

are pleased to know that her

qualities have been

recognized by the whole

world. Cream always rises to

the top. Congratulations

once again.”


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• The traffic gridlock continued unabated on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, yesterday.

Apapa gridlock: Lagos reads riot act, to

enforce sanity ....AS NPA certifies 7000 trucks for

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

LAGOS—AS motorists and

commuters continue to suffer

from the harrowing and

intractable gridlock on Oshodi-

Apapa expressway, including

Ports access roads in the Apapa

environs, newly constituted

Lagos State Traffic Management

Enforcement Team, yesterday,

announced its readiness to

impound heavy duty vehicles

parked indiscriminately, to restore

sanity on the road.

Special Adviser to the Governor on

Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka,

who is also the chairman of the traffic

team, announced the planned

commencement of enforcement at a

stakeholders’ meeting, with

representatives of the Nigerian Ports

Authority, NPA, Petroleum Tanker

Drivers, PTD, branch of the Nigeria

Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Workers, NUPENG, and truck owners'

unions, on Wednesday evening.

The meeting also included other

members of the team, the Senior Special

Assistant to the Governor on Central

Business Districts, Sola Giwa, Senior

Special Assistant to the Governor on

Political Security Intelligence, Ayodeji

electronic call-up system

Access Bank, Lagos unveil N2bn funding support

for women entrepreneurs

By Nkiruka Nnorom

LAGOS—ACCESS Bank Plc., in

conjunction with Lagos State

Employment Trust Fund, LSETF, has

unveiled a N2 billion funding package to

support women entrepreneurs and other

female customers of the bank to help

them get their businesses off the ground.

The partnership, which is being

executed through “LSETF‘W’ Initiative”

offers collateral-free loans to women for

as low as N250,000 at 10 percent annual

interest rate, and targets businesses with

Deregulation: Group seeks palliatives for vulnerable

Nigerians

By Henry Ojelu

LAGOS—NIGERIAN Natural

Resource Charter, NNRC, has

advised the Federal Government to

provide palliatives for vulnerable

Nigerians, to cushion the impact of

deregulation of downstream sector of the

oil industry.

The NNRC, a non-profit policy

institute that promotes the effective

management of natural resources for

Laurent, Lagos State Commissioner of

Police, Hakeem Odumosu and General

Manager, Lagos State Traffic

Management Authority, LASTMA,

Olajide Oduyoye.

Fayinka, who warned that any truck

outside the call up list generated by the

NPA would be impounded if caught

obstructing the flow of traffic.

He disclosed that petitions from

residents of Apapa, Ijora, Tincan and Mile

2 received by the Ministry of

Transportation, had been forwarded to

his team against truck drivers’ unruly

behaviour on the road preventing other

road users from accessing their

destinations with ease.

He appealed to stakeholders to

cooperate with the state government in

restoring sanity, warning that any breach

by truck drivers would be met with full

weight of the law.

Fayinka advised stakeholders and

truck drivers to utilize the grace period

before February 27, and do the needful

to avoid the wrath of the law and directed

owners and drivers of trucks in poor

conditions to keep away from the road.

He informed that NPA, the Nigeria

Police, Federal Road Safety Corps and

Lagos State Traffic Management

Authority were cooperating with the task

not less than 50 percent women

ownership.

Under the initiative, Access Bank and

LSEFT will provide N1 billion matching

fund each to kick-start the project.

Speaking at the virtual press briefing

to announce the project, Ayona Aguele-

Trimmel, Group Head, W Initiative,

Access Bank, said after some years of

supporting women entrepreneurs

through the W Initiative, the bank had

discovered critical knowledge gap among

women entrepreneurs, which the

partnership with LSETF was seeking to

public good, gave the advice in a

statement issued by its Programme

Coordinator, Ms Tengi George-Ikoli,

yesterday, in Lagos.

George-Ikoli said that if the 2020

deregulation is implemented, Nigerians

would now be used to the natural ebb

and flow of price changes reflected by a

commodity traded on the global market.

“That opportunity was lost and

Nigerians have not had the opportunity

to benefit from low prices and would no

doubt bulk at increasing prices beyond

what they may potentially be able to

force to arrest the situation.

“We will continue to engage you, truck

unions and other stakeholders towards

eliminating the traffic congestion on that

corridor and in the state at large,” he

stated.

On his part, Odumosu, assured that

the Nigerian Police would back up

enforcement team and agencies, adding

that touts activities would be checked

and the issue of unnecessary check point

at the ports axis would also be collapsed

to checkmate sharp practices and other

illegal business activities.

The representative of the NPA,

Ayodele Durowaye, among others,

disclosed that the electronic call up

system would begin on February 27, and

7000 trucks had been certified for the

system

According to him, from February 27,

2021, trucks must come to the ports from

a holding bay or truck park with a bar

code to access the ports.

He said: “All holding bays will be

required to install closed circuit

televisions, CCTV cameras, with 24 hours

coverage, access control and 24

hours power supply, to ensure adequate

monitoring of the activities and

movement of articulated trucks, trailers

and tankers

bridge through capacity building.

Aguele Trimmel said: “We found that

start-ups like one year old companies find

it difficult to come up with

documentations required for getting

funding. The second thing we found out

in the last six years of running W Initiative

is that micro and small businesses were

not able to access the funding.

Also speaking, Teju Abisoye, Executive

Secretary, LSETF, said: “Our partnership

with Access Bank aligns with our core

mandate of supporting micro, small and

medium enterprises through access to

affordable financing and other services

that can help them increase productivity

and employ more people.”

afford.

“The government must now put in

place palliatives that may directly impact

the Nigerians that the price hike may

affect,”George-Ikoli said.

According to her, such palliatives

include tax reliefs for small businesses,

electricity credits and transportation

targeted reliefs in general in the short

term.

She also advised the government to

support initiatives to get more resources

into the hands of Nigerians in the long

term.

Ignorant!

Something must have happened!

Yes. What goes up, comes down, except...


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Edo'll not cede any land for grazing

—Govt

By Gabriel

Enogholase

BENIN— EDO State

government has said it

would not cede any part of

its land for cattle grazing in

the state.

A statement in Benin City,

yesterday, by Secretary to the

State Government, Mr

Osarodion Ogie, said the

government’s position on the

matter was clear and has not

IGP posting

CP to Rivers

on political

patronage,

not

competence

— Wike

By Davies

Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT—

Governor Nyesom Wike

of Rivers State has alleged

that the Inspector General of

Police, IGP, was posting

Commissioner of Police to the

state for political patronage

rather than competence.

The governor said

competence and genuine

efforts at fighting criminality

and insecurity in the country

were often undermined by

political inference in the

posting of Commissioners of

Police.

It will be recalled that on

Monday, the state

Commissioner of Police,

Joseph Mukan, who was

recently promoted, was

transferred out of the state and

his replacement yet to

resume.

However, Wike said it was

very disappointing that the

IGP would compromise

competence in posting a CP

to Rivers State because a

politician had approached

him for such patronage.

The governor in a

statement by his media

assistant, Kelvin Ebiri, after

he (Wike) led the Chief Whip

of the Senate, Senator Orji

Kalu; former Minister of

Works, Mike Onolememen,

and other dignitaries on

project inspection tour in Port

Harcourt and ObioAkpor

Local Government Areas of

Rivers State, said with such

handling of touchy issues like

insecurity makes it difficult for

him to partner the Federal

Government often, especially

because they weere not

committed to solving the

security challenges in the

country.

He said: “Why should the

Inspector General of Police

grant such demand of

posting a CP to compromise

competence. There is so

much insecurity in Nigeria.

There are killings everywhere

and they (All Progressives

Congress, APC) told

Nigerians that they will solve

the problem."

shifted, insisting that it would

not cede its land to herdsmen.

He said: “Our attention has

been drawn to misleading

and false media reports

claiming that the Edo State

governor, Mr Godwin

Obaseki, has agreed to

provide grazing land for

herders in the state.

“Our position on the matter

of grazing land is clear and

has not shifted, which is that

there is no free land for

grazing in Edo State.

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“Grazing is an economic

activity just like poultry and

piggery or any other

agricultural enterprise. The

Edo State government will

not cede any land in the state

for grazing. The governor has

continually warned against

the politicising of security

issues.”

Ogie said some political

actors were trying to instigate

the type of killings witnessed

in some states in the country

just because they were

embittered by the heavy loss

they suffered in the political

space.

“Thankfully, their plans

have failed because of the

pre-emptive actions taken by

Governor Obaseki and the

security agencies. We

condemn, in the strongest

terms, the current futile efforts

by these defeated politicians

in the state to cause mayhem

and chaos among our people.

“All peace-loving people of

Edo State are enjoined to

dedicate this Lenten period

to pray for peace at this

difficult time in the life of our

dear country.”

NEC MEETING: Benue State Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu

(left) and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State during the National

Economic Council, NEC, meeting at the State House Conference

Centre, Abuja, yesterday.

Top official, ex-police commissioner forged

warrant of arrest against me —Gbagi

By Emma Amaize

ASABA—

FORMER

Minister of State

(Education) and Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

governorship aspirant in

Delta State, Olorogun

Kenneth Gbagi, has said a

top government official and

ex-police commissioner

counterfeited a warrant of

arrest against him (Gbagi),

last year, in a calculated bid

to tarnish his image and

derail his governorship

ambition.

Gbagi in an interview with

newsmen, said: “It is now

discovered that he (official)

by his own hand-forged a

warrant of arrest with no

name of the magistrate that

signed the arrest warrant, no

jurisdiction of where this

warrant of arrest is coming

from and nobody swore to the

affidavit of the warrant of

arrest.

“It was all forged. So, it is

embarrassing now that the

court is telling him that this

is a forged document. He

forged the so-called warrant

of arrest with the former

Commissioner of Police. It is

their case to answer and they

would now have to tell the

world who signed that

warrant of arrest. Which

magistrate, which

jurisdiction of the judiciary

did that?

“They are asking us now

to please settle and that they

have so much respect for my

person and character and

that this does not mean

anything. It is a shame that

God gave you power and

you could go to that extent

to get me arrested and

continue to extend my

incarceration in prison with

handcuff and cameras

anytime I am coming to

court just to smear and dent

my person.

“Whoever had attempted

to dent my image, person

and character that I have built

over decades, God will dent

his own. However, we

should thank our God that

earlier in their game, they

did not fabricate that we

were sleeping with women

to embarrass our person. We

are happy that God has

disgraced them, we are

happy that Deltans were not

fools."

Onuesoke urges FG to sell moribund

Ajaokuta Steel over lack of production

By Ephraim Oseji

THE Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, chieftain and

former Delta State

governorship aspirant,

Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has

appealed to the Federal

Government to sell the

moribund Ajaokuta Steel

Company and allow private

sector expertise restructure it

for the benefit of Nigerians.

He said no Nigerian

would visit Ajaokuta Steel

Company to see the

investments of more than $8

billion rotting away in the

African sun and not cry,

noting: “I went there, I cried

and asked what exactly is the

problem with us.”

Onuesoke, who spoke to

newsmen in Ajaokuta, Kogi

State after a private tour of

the steel complex, lamented

that Ajaokuta Steel company,

that had reached 98 per cent

completion as far back as

1994, had not produced

single steel till date, while

the government was wasting

over N2 billion on payment

of staff salaries every year for

doing nothing.

He recalled that the

Federal Government

budgeted N3.9 billion in

2016 and N4.27 billion in

2017 for the resuscitation of

the moribund steel company,

despite an earlier business

case in the last

administration showing that

the complex could only work

if properly privatised.

He said: “I am calling for

the outright sale of the

company because it has for

years remained a white

elephant project, swallowing

billions of our scarce

Establishment of 3 varsities:

Bills pass second reading in

Delta Assembly

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—BILLS for the

upgrade of three higher

institutions in Delta State to

university status have

passed second readings on

the floor of the state House

of Assembly.

The motions for the second

reading of the three

education bills were moved

by the Deputy Majority

Leader, Mr Kenneth Preyor,

who also led debates on their

merits at the plenary

presided over by the

Speaker, Chief Sheriff

Oborevwori.

The three bills were

forwarded to the state House

of Assembly on January 27,

2021, by Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa, who solicited the

cooperation of members of

the House for immediate

legislative actions on the

bills.

A-Ibom group accuses

Emmanuel of bias in board

appointments

By Harris

Emanuel

UYO—A pressure group,

Oro Think Tank, has

accused Governor Udom

Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom

State of marginalising the

Oro ethnic group in his recent

board appointments.

Chairman of the Oro Think

Tank and former

Commissioner for

Information, Prince Chris

Eyo, in a statement,

yesterday, expressed dismay

over the governor’s exclusion

of Oron federal constituency

from board appointments.

He described as an unfair

that nobody from Oron

federal constituency,

comprising five local

government areas was

included in appointments

into the various boards.

Eyo said: ‘’Recently, His

Excellency constituted the

resources in project funds

without benefit to Nigerians.

"Besides, the project has

become a cesspit of

corruption from dispensation

to dispensation. It has been

concessioned to shadowy

foreign and local firms under

dubious conditions several

times. The politics behind

inept Ajaokuta Steel

Company is worst than

NNPC refineries.”

Onuesoke pointed out that

the steel project will never

see the light of the day under

the terrible federal public

service, advising that any

government, which is

genuinely interested in the

take-off of the laudable

project must personally

supervise its concession

under a PPP to a big

international company with

a good track record of

performance.

The bills include the Delta

State University of

Education, Agbor,

Establishment Bill, the Delta

State University of Science

and Technology, Ozoro

Establishment Bill and the

Delta State University of

Science and Agriculture,

Anwai, Establishment Bill.

Opening debates on each

of the proposed law, Deputy

Majority Leader of the

House, Mr Oboro Preyor,

described the bills as apt and

timely, and commended the

governor for his foresight

and wisdom to upgrade the

existing institutions to full

degree awarding

universities.

Preyor said the proposed

upgrade of the universities

was aimed at advancing the

course of learning in Delta

State and beyond, stressing

that the state government,

was preparing the state for

a better future.

Board of the State Universal

Basic Education, SUBEB. It’s

difficult to know what

formula the governor uses to

ensure fairness in the

distribution of these projects,

industries and appointments.

In fact, it seems while each

announcement of

appointments gives joy to

other parts of the state, it

heightens pains and sorrow

in Oro nation.

"For purposes of

appointments and in the

interest of justice and fairness,

boards, agencies and

commissions are usually

graded and governments

ensure that the different

ethnic and political

configurations of the state are

taken into account in the

distribution of these offices."

EITECSAA

confab holds

THE International Training

and Exposure

Conference for School

Owners and Administrators

will take place between

February 23 and 24, 2021 at

Lead City University, Ibadan.

A statement by Mr. Adebare

Egunjobi, the CEO of EIN,

Educational Services,

Nigeria and Chairman of

Initiatives for Educational

Development and Literacy,

said the two-day conference

was put together by EIN

Education Services in

conjunction with ITECSAA

Dubai and ITECSAA

Finland.

The theme of the

conference is: "Attaining

International School Status:

The Practical Approach."

Egunjobi, convener of the

conference, said the

programme would begin

from 9am to 3pm daily,

adding that, “the conference

is a capacity building

programme of selected

schools from Nigeria and

other West African countries.”


Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021 — 13

:Vanguard News

63 Obigbo abductees regain freedom

after 4 months in captivity

By Ikechukwu Odu

ABUJA—AT least, 63 resi

dents of Obigbo in Rivers

State have regained their freedom

after four months of captivity

in different security personnel

dungeons in Abuja.

The abductees who were

rendered incommunicado

throughout their period of

captivity were freed following

the consideration of a bail

application filed on Wednesday,

10th February, 2021 before

an Abuja Grade 11 Magistrate

Court sitting in Wuse by

a human rights lawyer, Barr.

E.R Okoroafor.

This was contained in a

statement made available to

Vanguard by an Onitshabased

human rights group, the

International Society for Civil

Liberties and Rule of Law,

Intersoociety, on Thursday.

According to the statement

which was signed by the rights

group's Chairman of Board of

Trustees, Emeka Umeagbalasi

and other principal officers,

53 other abductees have been

located in the DSS dungeons

while searches are on to trace

and free the remaining 140

others who were part of the 400

law-abiding residents of Obigbo

abducted while they were

going about their lawful businesses

between October and

November, 2020.

Part of the statement read:

"The International Society for

Civil Liberties & Rule of Law-

INTERSOCIETY is happily

announcing another major

breakthrough in its campaigns

to expose and end a

booklet of crimes that have

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MEETING: Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu (right) and Head of

Political Desk, British High Commission, Jonathan Bacon, during the diplomat's meeting with the

lawmaker in Abuja, yesterday.

Military destroys Eastern Security Network

camps in Imo

By Anayo Okoli,

Chidi Nkwopara &

Chinonso Alozie

Oof WERRI—HUNDREDS

military operatives

yesterday, launched heavy attacks

on the camps of the

Eastern Security Network,

ESN, in some parts of Forest

Umunna in Orlu and Orsu

Local Government Areas of

Imo State.

Vanguard's investigation revealed

that the military

launched the attacks on hearing

that the members of the

Eastern Security Network,

ESN, had set up a base in the

forest from where they would

execute their operations.

An insider who would not

want his name mentioned explained

how the military invasion

started: "The military

first visited the camp of the

ESN in Umunna in Orlu local

government area and before

they got there, our men

got the information and relocated.

They also visited another

but did not see anybody.

So, the military destroyed the

camps of the ESN. Nobody

was killed in this operation.

But our people are living in

fear.”

Residents of the affected areas

told Vanguard that the

ravaged the Nigerian Army

particularly under the immediate

past Chief of Army Staff,

Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

This time, the major breakthrough

recorded was the release

on Monday, 15th Feb

2021, of 63 abducted Obigbo

residents-all males. They

were abducted by the Nigerian

Army at Obigbo in Rivers

State and held incommunicado

for four months or since

October 2020 in Mogadishu

Barracks and other security

dungeons in Abuja. Their abduction

and confinement

clearly amount to unspeakable

illegality and unconstitutionality.

"Their release followed the

landmark consideration of

their bail application filed on

Wednesday, 10thFeb 2021

before an Abuja Grade 11

Magistrate Court sitting in

Wuse. They were freed from

four different Army, DSS and

Police dungeons in Abuja and

environs; namely: Mogadishu

Army Barracks, Annex B

at Asokoro, DSS Training

Center at Central Business

District and its abandoned

facility at Zuba and the Nigeria

Police College at Suleja

in Niger State. The freed

victims were part of over 400

innocent and defenseless

Obigbo residents including

over 60 girls and young women

abducted between October

and November 2020 at their

work places or on their way

home from work or while engaging

in other lawful social

activities.

"The release of the 63 abductees

was made possible

military started with a show

of force.

Another villager who introduced

himself as Chief Thomas

Ndudi, gave his own side

of the story. According to him:

"On Tuesday, we saw over 30

trucks of the military moving

in their convoy in and out

of Orlu in search of the members

of the Eastern Security

Network. They kept searching

for them through out Wednesday

and yesterday, they discovered

their camps and

started destroying them.

"The first day, they even used

helicopter to hover around the

forest locating their

camps.The truth is that villages

close to the forest are living

in fear as the sound of

guns and airstrikes made

through the lawyerly and activist

doggedness of Barr E.R.

Okoroafor. Barr E.R. Okoroafor

is a British citizen of Igbo

nativity and international human

rights lawyer. The efforts

of the leadership of IPOB in

this respect are also worthily

recognized and appreciated.

While it is hopeful that the

newly located 53 young

women in the DSS dungeons

will soon regain their freedom,

bringing the total number

of the located or freed to

261; searches are still on to

locate the remaining abductees

numbering over 140. This

is owing to the fact that the

Nigerian Army and DSS have

refused to speak publicly on

the whereabouts of the abductees,

the freed ones and

why the over 400 residents

were abducted at the first

place and kept out of public

knowledge till date."

them run inside their houses

and some of them abandoned

their homes out of fear of being

hit by stray bullets."

Reacting to the development,

the Chidi Ibeh- led

Ohanaeze Ndigbo condemned

the invasion of Orsu

forests by soldiers and other

security operatives in search

of the members of the Eastern

Security Network, ESN, and

called on the chief of Army

Staff to immediately withdraw

the troops.

According to the publicity

Secretary of the group, Comrade

Temple Chika, why

should the army and other security

operatives single out the

ESN to clamp down when

they are not molesting anybody

but protecting Igboland

against the activities of destructive

Fulani herdsmen.

"We see ESN as part of community

policing, helping to

maintain security in the hinterland

of Igboland.

"Although we are not supporting

IPOB, we support any

security outfit that will protect

Ndigbo and their property until

the South East Governors

wake up to their responsibility

and put a regional security

outfit that will protect Ndigbo"

In its reaction, Imo State,

Chief Press Secretary/ Media

Adviser to Governnor Hope

Uzodimma, Oguwike

Nwachukwu said: "People are

just getting worried and afraid

for no just cause.

"Orsu local government

area where security personnel

are combing shares boundary

with Anambra State; they are

just combing, not molesting

anybody.

"People have no need to get

agitated and afriad. They are

trained for what they are doing".

Buhari's NSIP programme takes

off in Enugu

Nnamdi Kanu directs ESN to provide security for POS

operators in Aba •Bars 'Biafrans' from joining street protests

By Steve Oko

UMUAHIA—LEADER of

the Indigenous People of

Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi

Kanu, has directed the Eastern

Security Network, ESN,

which he floated recently with

a mandate to curb the growing

insecurity in the Eastern

region, to quickly provide security

to operators of Point of

Sale, POS, in Aba, who have

come under incessant attacks

by hoodlums in the recent

times.

Kanu who gave the directive

during a live broadcast on Radio

Biafra, expressed rage over

the fate of POS operators in

Aba the commercial hub of

Abia State following constant

raids by criminals.

No fewer than five POS operators

have been reportedly

killed and scores critically injured

during attacks by hoodlums

since January.

Kanu who was responding

to an open letter by one Tony

Chukwu who sought his intervention

over the menace,

vowed that no criminal would

be allowed to terrorise any legitimate

resident of Biafra.

Kanu told the perpetrators

of the crime as well as any cult

By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU—THE Federal

Government's National

Social Investment Programme,

NSIP, has kicked off its implementation

in Enugu State.

The NSIP was created by the

President Muhammadu Buhari

administration in 2016

with the mandate of lifting citizens

out of poverty through a

number of social interventions

including the job creation programme

-NPOWER, National

Home-Grown School Feeding

Programme (NHGSFP), Conditional

Cash Transfer Programme

(CCT), and the Government

Enterprise and Em-

MEDICAL

Director

and Chief Orthopaedic

Surgeon, Sapele Clinic, Sapele

Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Sagay

is dead, aged 91.

According to Ambassador I.

Sagay, Professor Itse Sagay, Mrs

Ogbitse Ossai of the Sagay family

of Aja Sagay Amukpe/Sapele,

Prof Itse Sagay, he was

survived by a widow, three

children and four grandchildren.

The family said for over 50 years,

he ministered sacrificially to the

medical needs of his beloved

Amukpe Sapele, indeed the

entire indigenous community of

the Ethiope.

“Many of his patients regarded

Sapele Clinic as “an Hospital”

and expected to pay only what

group operating in the commercial

city to immediately

desist from their atrocities or

be ruthlessly dealt with.

The IPOB Leader vowed to

"completely obliterate" any cult

group or gang involved in the

dastardly act.

"We have come to save lives.

We must provide security to

everyone living in any part of

Biafra.

"Since the security agents

have failed to secure our people,

I hereby direct ESN operatives

and our volunteers in Aba

to provide protection for POS

agents in Aba.

"They must arrest anyone that

powerment Programme

(GEEP).

Declaring open a training

workshop for independent

monitors of the programme in

the state; Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

said the government has

continued to show commitment

to ensure that the people of the

state fully benefitted from the

social interventions.

Represented by the state focal

person, NSIP, Dr. Innocent

Ogbonna, the governor noted

that Enugu was one of the first

five states that welcomed the

social investment programmes

of the federal government, adding

that the state will soon start

benefitting from all of them.

Minister of Humanitarian

Affairs, Disaster Management

and Social Development,

Sadiya Umar Farouq disclosed

that the ministry was

partnering with anti-graft

agencies to ensure that the implementation

of the social investment

programmes was not

marred by corruption.

She explained that it was expedient

to thoroughly monitor

the programme at the grassroots

given its scope of about

13 million citizens across 36

states and the Federal Capital

Territory benefiting from it.

Charles Anaelo, a Deputy

Director who represented the

minister said: “Today, we are

training independent monitors

that will monitor the programme

at the community level.

The independent monitors

will be assigned to monitor

programme beneficiaries within

their locality in schools,

households and market clusters

with the focus of ensuring

that the primary objectives of

these programmes are

achieved.

“You will be closely supervised

by officials of the Ministry

and your activities will also

be monitored by the Ministry

and other stakeholders at the

state level."

Emmanuel Sagay passes on

THE death has been announced

of a renowned philanthropist,

Mrs Azuka Anugwom, aged 70.

The deceased, who ran an NGO

for the widows and orphans, died on

January 19, 2021, at Government

Hospital, Owerri after a brief illness.

She was survived by a widower,

Dr B. Anugwom, and had nine

children and 16 grandchildren.

Service of songs holds February

23, 2021, @ 4pm at St Agnes

Catholic Church, 2 Ikorodu Road,

Mende Maryland.

Sending forth for the deceased

Late Sagay.

they could afford. Indeed it was

generally known that nobody

was denied medical attention at

Sapele Clinic, for lack of financial

ability to pay. He was to them

truly, Emmanuel “God among us”

may he rest peacefully in the

Lord’s bosom.

Azuka Anugwom is dead

Late Mrs Anugwom.

holds on February 26, 2021 by 9am

at husband’s compound in

Umuowa, Orlu LGA, Imo State.

Interment follows immediately.

launches attack on POS

agents in Aba and we will deal

with anyone we catch perpetrating

this crime".

On the renewed protests

against police brutality otherwise

known as#EndSARS at

Lekki, Kanu said Biafrans

would not be part of the protests

until the protesters begin

to make the right demands

capable of producing the right

change.

He barred his followers

from joining any street protests

until he was sure that the Nigerian

youths were ready for

change and a rebranded country.


14— Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021


Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021—15


16— Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Every cloud has

a silver lining

I

’VE just returned from a

two-month sojourn in the

UK; and it was a pretty grim

experience. Two days after I

arrived, hoping to enjoy a

relaxed and jolly Christmas

break with a whole bunch of

beloved friends and relatives

I hadn’t seen for ages, the

British government decided to

force the country into

lockdown mode, in a

desperate bid to control the

alarming spread of the

dreaded COVID-19 virus.

I have already grumbled, on

this page, about the

depressing realities I had to

contend with during the

lockdown, but I will provide a

quick recap for Vanguard

readers who are new to this

column. We weren’t allowed to

visit anyone or receive visitors

or entertain or invite anyone

to stay for the weekend or

whatever. We could only hang

out with members of our

households.

Holiday

season

I was lucky because my son

is based in my London

residence, so I had company.

But people who live alone had

to spend the entire Yuletide

holiday season alone.

Meanwhile, there was no

question of sitting down in a

buzzing bar or stylish

restaurant to have a nice drink

or meal; and the only shops

that were allowed to open

were those selling essentials

like food and medication. And

because of social distancing

rules, there were long queues

outside major supermarkets.

And the weather was awful.

A tiny handful of

concessions, aimed at

enabling frustrated UK

residents to maintain their

sanity, were offered: For

example, though restaurants

weren’t permitted to welcome

customers, they could accept

telephone/online orders and

deliver takeaways.

It was also okay to go for

daily walks (healthy exercise

was grudgingly encouraged)

with one person you didn’t

live with (if you were willing

to tolerate icy wintry winds,

constant rain and nasty

slippery snow!)

I accidentally

wound up

being in the

right place at

the right time

within the

context of

access to the

COVID-19

vaccine

But despite the UK feeling

like a boring funeral parlour

in recent weeks, I am so glad

I happened to be there last

month because there is so

much more to life than the

enjoyment, comfort and

instant gratification we can

gain from freedom of

movement; and I accidentally

wound up being in the right

place at the right time within

the context of access to the

COVID-19 vaccine.

The global COVID-19

vaccination programme

commenced on December 8,

2020 when Margaret Keenan,

a 90 year-old British

grandmother, became the first

person in the world to be

given the Pfizer jab.

Mrs. Keenan, who was due

to turn 91 shortly afterwards,

described the injection as “the

•Margaret Keenan, a 90 year-old British grandmother, became the first person in the world to be given the

Pfizer jab

best early birthday present.” I

totally empathised with her

because ever since scientists

in different countries

announced that they had

developed vaccines, I had

yearned to benefit from the

protection that vaccines offer.

But I wasn’t expecting to

join Mrs. Keenan on the

privileged protected list until

later on this year because I

wasn’t on the UK

government’s priority list.

The vaccine is, quite rightly,

not for sale in the UK…which

The anti-vaccine brigade

HAVING said this, the

reason I was offered

an early vaccine appointment

is disturbing: Long story

short, there are a lot of

Africans and West Indians in

the UK; and most of them are

refusing to be vaccinated, so

the queue is moving more

quickly than the UK

authorities anticipated.

It worries me that so many

black folks in the UK, in the

US, in Africa, in Nigeria, etc,

are so suspicious of the

vaccine. There is a

widespread fear that white

folks are going to use it to

harm us. But I deeply doubt

that this is the case.

I don’t think that I am being

naïve when I say that I don’t

see why the mentally balanced

white majority (as opposed to

Donald Trump’s deranged

racist fans) would want to

sterilise or mass murder us at

this point in time. What would

they gain if Nigerians are

wiped out or zombified or

prevented from producing a

future workforce?

I hope that all Vanguard

readers will shine their eyes

and take the vaccine if it

becomes available here.

means that no matter how rich

you are, you have to wait until

the government decides that

it is your turn to be vaccinated

free of charge. Because I grew

up in the UK and have worked

and paid taxes out there, I am

entitled to use the British

National Health Service.

But when I arrived in London

in mid-December, people who

are older than me and/or

suffering from serious lifethreatening

ailments were at

the front of the multi-million

queue; and I was told that my

•COVID-19 vaccine

After all, some of us have

received multiple vaccinations

since birth. Long before the

COVID-19 vaccine, there were

vaccines for smallpox,

cholera, measles, mumps, et

cetera. And we are still alive!

And, by the way, I really

don’t understand why Nigeria

– which is supposed to be the

Giant Of Africa – cannot

produce its own vaccine and

is begging Oyinbo and

Chinese to share their

vaccines with us.

We frequently boast about

the number of brilliant brains

in Nigeria and about superage

group would not be

vaccinated until April/May or

later.

But I got a phone call at the

end of January, inviting me to

take the vaccine early; and I

jumped at this unexpected

opportunity. And I’ve had no

side effects or bad reactions;

and I feel so happy and

grateful about the fact that I’ve

been given a weapon with

which to fight the most

pernicious virus the world has

seen in the modern era.

clever Naija boys and girls

who beat whites in classrooms

at blue-chip foreign

universities like Harvard and

Oxford.

So why can’t these geniuses

come up with an African

Vaccine?

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The corona vaccine wars: The

poor will die first

UNITED Kingdom, the

small but mighty country

which has the history of

invading 178 or 90 per-cent of

the countries on earth, has taken

on the European Union, EU, in

a COVID-19 vaccines war. The

war which is the first of

expected post-Brexit wars, is on

account of the former’s

voracious nature and age-long

tendency to acquire far more

than it can possibly need. The

UK with a population of

67,886,011 or 0.87 per-cent of

total world population, has

turned itself into a world

coronavirus vaccine super

power by mopping up vaccines

around the world.

It acquired 100 million of the

vaccines from the British based

Astrazeneca company, another

100 million from the French

Valneva, 40 million from Pfizer,

17 million from the American

Mordena and 60 million doses

from another American

producer, Novavax. It also

placed orders for 30 million of

the vaccines from Janssen, a

subsidiary of Johnson &

Johnson and 60 million from

GSK/Sanofi making it a total

407 million COVID-19 vaccines

for its less than 68 million

citizens.

Given its own needs, the

knowledge that Britain has far

more vaccines in excess of its

immediate and future needs,

Requiem River Niger

By PAUL ORIE

THE River Niger and Ase Creek, a

major tributary of the former, remain

my homes. I was raised at both banks of

the river where I received my primary and

secondary school education. My passion

for them remain undiluted. This makes me

monitor closely the menacing effects of the

spectre of flood and coastal erosion in most

of the communities of west bank of River

Niger from Abala Osimili through Utchi -

Asaba Ase to Patani Local Council,

including Ashaka and other communities

along the bank of Ase Creek.

Sadly, there has not been any cheering

news since the past decade as a result of

the massive devastation of the

communities I spent the whole of my

childhood years that have been in the

seedbed of poverty. The disquieting

developments on that part of the Niger

which will definitely affect other parts of

the river has the potential to stagnate the

economic wellbeing of not only my people,

but the entire communities of the River

Niger.

The nation’s economy will not be spared

because the communities being discussed

here share common boundaries with Okpai,

where crude oil is regularly carried to Port

Harcourt export terminals. Furthermore,

the Niger connects several communities

in many states - Kogi, Edo, Delta, Rivers,

Bayelsa, etc., through its tributary and

distributaries where trade had flourished

and stimulated the national economy.

The said news emanating from there is

the stunning buildup of huge sand dunes

on the River Niger that have thrown the

and the announcement by

Astrazeneca that it would cut

vaccine deliveries to Europe

before the end of March from

80 million to 31 million, the EU

asked that tens of millions of

COVID-19 vaccine doses

earmarked for Britain be

diverted to Europe to meet its

shortfall in deliveries. This

shortfall was already

snowballing into a political crisis

in the EU with some members

like Hungary threatening to

break ranks by going on their

own to shop for vaccines.

Although the EU’s order with

AstraZeneca came three

months after the British, the

Europeans felt in the

circumstances they found

themselves, Britain should

accommodate their needs. The

EU Commissioner for Health

and Food Security, Stella

Kyriakides, a Cypriot, argued:

“We reject the logic of ‘first

come, first served' - that may

work at the neighbourhood

butchers but not in contracts.”

However, Britain refused. A

British senior Minister,

Michael Gove said: “I think we

need to make sure that the

vaccine supply that has been

bought and paid for, procured

for those in the UK, is

delivered...Our priority has to

be making sure that the people

in our country who are

vulnerable and who have been

people of the communities along the east

and west banks of the river into panic and

dilemma they cannot explain. The

unexpected and frightening phenomenon

has subdued socio-economic activities in

that part of the river, particularly with the

shrinking of the Niger with lightning

speed.

This development is more pronounced

in the west bank of River Niger where

communities of Ndokwa East Local

Council are located, from Abala Oshimili

to Utchi. This heart-rendering

development has also grossly affected

shuttle carriage of passengers and farm

products across the river to the

communities on the east bank such as

Umunakwo to Ogu of Anambra State. The

effect of this on boat traffic is tremendous:

trading on the river dropping precipitously

with only canoes and smaller outboard

engines of 10 horse power are seen

navigating the river. Can that be an end to

water transport on the River Niger?

A development that has become more

worrisome is that the River has receded to

a disturbing point, shrinking its size to that

of narrow creeks meandering through the

Niger Delta forests and communities. Also,

the sorry state of the river at Ndokwa East

Local Council Area and the

oppositeOgbaru Local Council of

Anambra State presents a grisly spectacle,

leading everyone to a more troubled

destination.

We have indeed been driven to a point

where navigation of boats of various sizes

would be halted soon. Already flat bottom

badges no longer sail along the river as

they did uptill the eve of the Nigerian civil

targeted for vaccination, receive

those jabs in those arms.”

In retaliation, some EU

lawmakers threatened to stop

some of the 40 million British

orders for Pfizer vaccines

produced in Belgium. They are

also considering a review of the

open border agreement

between the EU and Northern

Ireland (part of the UK) which

provides for no controls on

exported products.

But the EU-UK vaccines ‘war’

is like a siblings spat. The real

wars are between the rich or

developed countries and the

poor or underdeveloped

countries. The World Health

Organisation, WHO, estimates

that 95 per cent of the COVID-

19 vaccines available are in the

hands of ten rich and powerful

So long as COVID-19

continues its rampage in

the world, the rich will

also be infected or reinfected

and die later;

no country in the world

will be safe from

COVID-19 unless all

countries are safe

countries. Out of the world’s 29

poorest countries, only Guinea

in West Africa has witnessed

some token vaccination; only 55

persons in a population of

more than 12 million!

Seychelles with a population

of about 100,000 on January 10,

was the first African country to

begin the vaccination of its

populace. Morocco followed

ten days later, having received

two million doses of

AstraZeneca vaccines. Rwanda

with a population of 12 million,

was the first East African

country to administer the

vaccine having acquired 1,000

doses of the Moderna vaccine.

war in 1967. The big question often asked

by coastal communities along the River

Niger is: was it dredged up to two metres

deep to allow flat bottom badges to

navigate? The management of the

National Inland Waterways, NIWA, with

aplomb repeatedly assures Nigerians that

it had dredged the river from the lower

Niger at Baro in Niger State to Warri in

Delta State, adding that it had completed

capital dredging and what was left was

maintenance dredging.

The claims by the NIWA’s management

have remained unacceptable to citizens of

the banks of River Niger. To them, what

NIWA said contradicts what they see with

the sprouting of sand dunes, islands and

lakes leading to the shrinking and perhaps

the disappearance of the river.

These developments have been on before,

during and after the “false” claims of

dredging the river beyond Onitsha. These

also threw them into utter disbelief that

the river was dredged as claimed by

NIWA .

It is worth mentioning that the former

Managing Director of the Authority,

Ahmed Yar’Adua, confidently told

Nigerians, including the press that a vessel

carried 400,000 tonnes of tiles from Lokoja

to Onitsha within three and half hours. He

added that a 23-seater passenger ferry boat

in 2012 had carried passengers from

Lokoja to Onitsha. These disclosures

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Zimbabwe has joined South

Africa in the South Region in

vaccination after receiving

200,000 Sinopharm vaccines

donated by China.

Additionally, it purchased

600,000 doses of the Sinopharm

vaccines due for delivery in

early March. But it has a

population of 16.4 million which

means it requires millions of

more vaccines. Zimbabawe

wants to buy 20 million doses

at $100 million to immunise 60

per-cent of its population. That

is $5 per vaccine. In contrast,

Senegal wants to buy 200,000

doses of the Sinopharm

COVID-19 vaccine at $3.7

million. That is $18.5 per jab.

The rich-poor divide is best

reflected in European and

African countries. For instance,

where the UK has access to 407

million COVID-19 vaccines for

its 68 million people and has

vaccinated 15 million of its

citizens, Nigeria, the largest

Black nation in the world with

a population of over 200 million

persons, has zero vaccines and

no vaccination. The handful of

Nigerians that might have been

vaccinated did so abroad with

some travelling to Dubai for the

jab.

In fact, as at this week, only

seven of the 55 countries in

Africa have received vaccines,

some of them, as shown in the

case of Guinea, are in tiny

experimental numbers. Perhaps

the African countries are waiting

for the promises of the African

Union which says it is

procuring 670 million doses for

the continent.

But the situation of the poor

countries is different from those

on whom powerful countries

imposed unilateral sanctions to

the extent of denying them basic

drugs to fight COVID-19. This

is the case of American

sanctions against countries like

Why is it that we do not have

canoe activities on the River

Niger from Onitsha

downstream the Niger

through Okpa-Onya, Torofani,

Patani to Warri?

Iran and Venezuela. Yet, this

category of countries are

different from poor and

powerless countries which are

at war and for whom even the

provision of free vaccines may

not lead to vaccination.

Ironically, the UK which is

involved in COVID-19 vaccine

imperialism and is actively

involved or is a major instigator

in the unending wars in Syria,

Libya, Afghanistan and Yemen,

is presenting itself as the

leading crusader to vaccinate

people in those countries. Its

Foreign Secretary Dominic

Raab said: "Global vaccination

coverage is essential to beating

coronavirus …We have a moral

duty to act, and a strategic

necessity to come together to

defeat this virus."

Perhaps the UK and other

countries hoarding the vaccines

want to release some to the war

torn countries. But the essential

step is for the powerful

countries to end these needless

wars which will directly save

lives. Secondly, they can open

the warehouses where they are

hording the vaccines and allow

them flow through the world.

Thirdly, they can allow generic

production of the vaccines just

as it happened to the AIDS/

HIV retroviral drugs. This will

not only lead to crashing the

prices of the vaccines, but would

also encourage mass

production across the universe.

Today, we face two basic facts.

First, with massive vaccination

in rich countries, the poor

around the world are likely to

die of COVID-19 first. But the

second truth is that so long as

COVID-19 continues its

rampage in the world, the rich

will also be infected or reinfected

and die later. No

country in the world will be safe

from COVID-19 unless all

countries are safe.

gladdened the minds of people that heard

of the events. Why is it that we do not have

canoe activities on the River Niger from

Onitsha downstream the Niger through

Okpa-Onya, Torofani, Patani to Warri? Was

the Niger really dredged to Warri as

claimed by NIWA’s management?

This is doubtful because it has not

reflected on the volume of economic

activities upstream or downstream the river

from Onitsha to Patani and vice versa.

Business remains drab. This was the river

that Ijaw, Isoko, Ndokwa secondary school

students in the 1950s through the 1960s

made several voyages to Onitsha to attend

the famous Denis Memoral Grammar

School and Christ The King College, all in

Onitsha.

Parents of these students also ferried their

fish, yams and other farm products to

Onitsha markets to sell. Similarly, Port

Harcourt and Onitsha women fish traders

made voyages through the River Niger,

meandering through creeks to lakes in Ijaw

and Ndokwa lands to purchase large

quantities of fish to sell to the Eastern

Region buyers. There was economic

posterity. Also, we saw UAC and John Holt

badges carrying bags of palm kernel, palm

oil drums, timber logs from their trading

posts in the areas mentioned here to

Burutu, Warri, Forcados, Koko and Lagos

sea ports.

Those useful roles of the river have been

pummeled. This is why the rivers,

particularly the River Niger today with its

sorry state, cannot play that role of

decongesting Lagos sea ports through the

unnavigable waterways. Hope that rivers

and others are not paling into

insignificance?

•Orie, a public affairs commentator,

wrote from Lagos


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FELA Anikulapo Kuti conducted his

illustrious career with personal

integrity. He never played for the sake

of money; and best of all, Fela never

played at parties. He was exclusively

the big stage performer!

Having been described by pundits

and AllMusic as one of Africa's most

"challenging and charismatic music It is commendable that several

performers" and a "musical and Nigerian celebrities like Burna Boy,

socio-political voice of international Mr. Macaroni and Don Jazzy have

significance”, we urge the teeming tweeted calls to their fans to vote for

fans of Rock & Roll worldwide to vote Fela Kuti, and Nigerians are voting

for Fela and make this posthumous massively. But it should not be

honour a reality.

reduced to nationalism because Fela

Already, as at the last view of the is an international star.

2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan Fela’s nomination for this

voting official page nearly a week prestigious award brings to focus the

ago, Fela was topping the voting chart importance of our labours in life. It

with 75,538 votes, while Tina Turner marks the difference between our

was following with 56, 464 votes. Foo 'work' and 'job'. `The lifespan of our

Fighters trailed with 44, 934, while works exceed our lifetimes, while our

Iron Maiden was doing 34, 876 votes. jobs are engagements that merely put

Inducting Fela in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2)

food on our tables.

"Works" have somewhat spiritual

qualities. No wonder the Bible says

that everyman's work shall be tested

by fire. If the products of our labours

are consumed when subjected to the

fire test, such labours cannot be called

'works'.

The works of musicians like Fela

and many scientists and inventors who

bequeathed mankind with scientific

inventions, for instance, cannot die

because their essences go beyond the

physical.

The lesson in this is for us to devote

our efforts to works that can live long

after we are gone from this world.

The Nigerian youth who are rushing

to vote for Fela must emulate his life

of dedication to a career that is still

being appreciated throughout the

world long after his death. Greatness

is not in money or material things. It

is in our creative contributions to the

advancement of humanity.

The music of Wolfgang Amadeus

Mozart (1756-1791) who suffered

huge financial challenges before his

death, for instance, are still being

performed at concerts across the

world and studied in universities, 230

years after his death. Today, also,

millions of dollars are made annually

by different recording companies

that bought the copyrights to sell

Mozart’s works.

Vote for Fela and also strive for

greatness.

OPINION

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s triumph and lessons for Nigeria

By C. DON ADINUBA

LIKE the rest of humankind, the

government and people of Anambra

State are delighted that Nigeria’s former

Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,

who has also been the Foreign Minister as

well as the World Bank Managing Director,

has finally emerged the Director General of

the World Trade Organisation, WTO. It is

remarkable that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is the

first African and the first female to lead this

important organisation with 164 members

and 24 observer governments which was

formed on January 1, 1995 to regulate

international trade.

Her triumph shows Nigeria’s foreign

policy is regaining the dynamism of the past

decades, as Governor Willie Obiano stated

in three separate letters last October 30 to

President Muhammadu Buhari; Foreign

Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama as well as

Information and Culture Minister, Lai

Mohammed. The Buhari administration

has done three remarkable things since last

year which show Nigeria is returning to the

global stage with regained self-confidence

and strategy.

It stood up to Ghana when it was

maltreating thousands of Nigerian

businessmen and women and pumped sense

into the heads of the Ghanaian authorities.

The only offence by the Nigerians in Ghana

was that they were far more competitive than

their Ghanaian counterparts in the

globalised world marked by acute

competition. Ever since the Buhari

administration demonstrated to the

Ghanaian government that “enough is

enough”, the harassment of Nigerian

businessmen and women and the imposition

of discriminatory levies against them have

ceased. Protection of its citizens everywhere

in the world and the defence of their wellbeing

and interests are the primary purpose

of every government.

The Buhari administration also scored a

bull’s eye when it refused to kowtow to the

Donald Trump’s intimidating excesses and

rather insisted on Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina’s

reelection as President of the African

Development Bank, AfDB. Trump’s

government had made all manner of

allegations against Dr. Adesina which were

completely false. Trump probably has

something against Africans on international

assignments. He accused the World Health

Organisation Director General, Dr. Tedros

It is when the development of

our country is made the corner

stone of our foreign policy that

Nigeria can benefit maximally

from having our citizens like Dr

Okonjo-Iweala as the WTO

Director General and Dr

Adesina as the AfDB President

Adhanom of Ethiopia of being a China

puppet without evidence and even went on

to pull the United States out of the WHO in

the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Of

course, the administration was vehemently

opposed to Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s leadership

of the WTO, in spite of the massive support

she enjoyed from WTO member states.

That Nigeria triumphed over Trump’s

America in having Dr. Adesina reelected as

the AfDB chief executive and in having Dr.

Okonjo-Iweala as the new WTO director

general shows that President Buhari and his

foreign policy team have a good

understanding of diplomatic charm. Rather

than capitulate to the United States on each

occasion, they continued to lobby the critical

stakeholders.

The second lesson is the need to always

put our best candidates forward on the

international scene. The credentials,

knowledge, skills, personal integrity and

other leadership attributes exhibited by both

Dr. Adesina and Dr. Okonjo-Iweala are

unimpeachable. If Nigeria’s candidate for

the International Court of Justice at The

Hague last year had been solid like Dr.

Okonjo-Iweala or Dr. Adesina, Nigeria

would have had a judge at the ICJ now. It is

noteworthy that an eminently qualified

Nigerian, The Honourable Justice Chile

Eboe-Osuji, is the current President of the

International Criminal Court of Justice at

The Hague. Any country which wants to win

the World Cup must assemble the best

players, and not the second eleven.

The third lesson is that even in domestic

matters meritocracy is the way to go. Neither

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala nor Dr. Adesina earned

global respect as a result of primordial

considerations. Each won international

acclaim purely on merit. Each was the best

candidate at any point. Countries like

Singapore, which have no mineral deposits

- including drinking water- have today

become development miracles because they

run merit-based systems.

The fourth lesson from Okonjo-Iweala’s

victory is the imperative to have a

development-driven foreign policy. For

decades after independence in 1960,

Nigerian foreign policy was afrocentric.

Fighting racism and apartheid and helping

African nations under foreign occupation

to gain freedom were the fulcrum of our

foreign policy. We thus made no economic

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gain from being a frontline nation in the

struggle for the independence of Zimbabwe,

Namibia, South Africa, Angola and

Mozambique while foreign powers,

including those we fought gallantly at a

huge cost, became the beneficiaries of the

new order in each of these countries.

Nigeria can learn from such countries as

Malaysia whose foreign policy in over three

decades has been preoccupied with how to

use its relations with the rest of the world to

benefit its citizens and organisations in

economic terms. This strategy may be called

development diplomacy.

It is when the development of our country

is made the corner stone of our foreign policy

that Nigeria can benefit maximally from

having our citizens like Dr. Okonjo-Iweala

as the WTO Director General and Dr.

Adesina as the AfDB President. Given the

acute development challenges facing our

nation, we need to embrace development

diplomacy as a matter of urgency.

To conclude, the government and people

of Anambra State rejoice with the rest of

Africa on the emergence of a great pan

Africanist as the WTO director general, in

spite of all odds. We commend Dr. Okonjo-

Iweala for her steadfastness and focus. We

laud President Buhari for standing by her

every step of the way.

Governor Obiano and his administration

supported her unabashedly because we were

convinced she would do a brilliant job if

given the opportunity. We, therefore,

commend Foreign Minister Onyeama and

the Trade Minister Niyi Adebayo for being

proactive in the campaign for Okonjo-

Iweala. There is nothing Nigerians cannot

achieve in the world when we work as a team

and as a united people. Truly, Nigeria is a

miracle waiting to happen.

•Adinuba is Commissioner for Information

& Public Enlightenment, Anambra State.


Nigeria’s economy rebounds with 0.11% GDP

growth in Q4’20 •LCCI lists measures to sustain recovery

By Yinka Kolawole &

Elizabeth Adegbesan

ECONOMY

NIGERIA’s economy rebounded

in the fourth quarter

of last year (Q4’20) as the

nation’s Gross Domestic Product

(GDP) grew year-on-year (y/y) by

0.11 percent, with aggregate GDP

at N43.5trillion.

The development represents the

first positive growth in the last three

quarters of 2020 where GDP stood

at 1.87 percent, -6.10 percent and

-3.6 percent respectively. The

economy however contracted by

1.92 percent for the full year 2020.

The return to positive GDP

growth was driven by the Non-Oil

sector which recorded 1.69%

growth in Q4 2020, as against

2.51 contraction recorded in

Q3’2020.

Disclosing this in its GDP Report

(Q4’20) released yesterday,

the National Bureau of Statistics

(NBS) noted that the positive

growth reflected the gradual return

of economic activities in the

country, following the easing of

restricted movements and limited

local and international commercial

activities in the preceding quarters

of the reviewed period.

The report stated: “Nigeria’s GDP

grew by 0.11 percent (y/yr) in real

terms in the fourth quarter of 2020,

representing the first positive

quarterly growth in the last three

quarters. “Though weak, the

positive growth reflects the gradual

return of economic activities following

the easing of restricted movements

and limited local and international

commercial activities in the

preceding quarters.

“As a result, while the Q4 2020

growth rate was lower than growth

rate recorded the previous year by

2.44 percent points, it was higher

by 3.74 percent points compared

to Q3’20.

“On a quarter on quarter basis,

real GDP growth was 9.7 percent

indicating a second positive consecutive

quarter on quarter real

growth rate in 2020 after two negative

quarters.

“Overall, in 2020, the annual

growth of real GDP was estimated

at –1.92 percent, a decline of 4.20

percentage points when compared

to the 2.27 percent recorded in

2019.

“In the quarter under review,

aggregate GDP stood at N43.5 trillion

in nominal terms. This performance

is higher when compared

to the fourth quarter of 2019 which

recorded a GDP aggregate of

N39.5 trillion, representing a y/y

nominal growth rate of 10.07 percent.

This growth rate was lower

relative to growth recorded in the

fourth quarter of 2019 by –2.26

percent points but higher than the

preceding quarter by 6.7 percentage

points with growth rates recorded

at 12.3 percent and 3.4 percent

respectively.”

“The oil sector contributed 5.9

percent to total real GDP in Q4’20,

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Managing Director, Lekki Port, Du Ruogang and Head of Commercial & Legal, Lekki Port, Yi

Ray Chengwei at the plenary breakout session on “Lagos, the Industrial Hub” during the 8th

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down from the corresponding period

of 2019 and the preceding

quarter, where it contributed 7.3

percent and 8.7 percent respectively.

For 2020, the Non-Oil sector

contributed 91.8 percent to real

GDP, higher than 91.2 percent recorded

in 2019.”

Commenting on the nation’s return

to economic growth, the Lagos

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

(LCCI) said that the nation’s

economic recovery seem be faster

than expected but warned that the

pace of recovery is expected to be

subdued within the region of one

and two percent.

In a statement made available to

Vanguard yesterday, said: “LCCI

notes the improvement in quarterly

output performance as real GDP

ECONOMY

growth rose by 0.11 percent in Q4-

2020, compared to 3.62 percent

contraction in the preceding quarter.

The quarterly performance was

a pleasant surprise.”

On the outlook for 2021, he said:

“The current downturn is expected

to be short-lived going forward.

There are indications that recovery

might be faster than expected

however the pace of recovery is

expected to be subdued within the

region of one and two percent.

“The country’s recovery prospects

in year 2021 will be dependent

on five key factors including:

effective management of the pandemic

locally and globally; widespread

vaccine rollout; direction of

global oil market; fiscal and monetary

policy direction; and ease of

Ehingbeti: Sanwo-Olu pledges to

double investment in youth

By Babajide Komolafe

THE 8th Lagos State Eco

nomic Summit was concluded

yesterday with Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos

State pledging to double investment

in youths.

Meanwhile stakeholders at the

Summit have passed eleven resolutions

for joint execution of the

public and private sector in the

quest to build the Lagos of our

dreams.

Sanwo-Olu, in his closing address

read virtually from Abuja,

said the State Government had

started to look into the future and

was ready to implement resolutions

that would make Lagos

adaptable to the new culture of

business interactions occasioned

by technology and unpredictable

pandemic.

Sanwo-Olu said the State

Government’s investments in

youth-focused initiatives, such as

Lagos Excel Project, Lagos State

Employment Trust Fund (LSSTF),

Lagos State Science Research and

Innovation Council (LASRIC),

were pointers to the readiness of

the State to improve youth inclusion

in governance and raise their entrepreneurial

skills.

He said: “We must now begin to plan for the

next summit, even as we also take action on

the resolutions of this one. I call on the private

sector to be aggressive in seeking out opportunities

to partner with and support the Lagos

State Government. Ehingbeti speaks to what

Governments, the private sector and civil society

can come together to accomplish through

deliberate bilateral and multilateral partnerships.”

Before presenting the summit resolutions,

the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi

Hamzat appreciated President Muhammadu

Buhari for his goodwill and commitment to

supporting Lagos State because of its special

status, while acknowledging the World Trade

Organisation (WTO) DG, Dr. Ngozi Okojo-

Iweala, the Africa Development Bank (ADB)

President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Mo Ibrahim,

British High commission; United State embassy,

Consulates of France, Netherlands,

Norway and United Arab Emirate for their

support and contributions to the success of the

summit.

According to him, “the summit examined six thematic

areas the state must work on as: destination

Lagos: shaping-up as world best investment destination;

strengthening governance institutions and

legislations; Fourth Industrial Revolutions: imperative

and prospect for a decent economy; roadmap

for a shared economy: ensuring inclusive human

capital development; funding growth sustainably

and sustainability resilience and impact”.

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WTO: OPS tempers

expectations from

Okonjo-Iweala’s regime

By Yinka Kolawole

doing business reforms.

Yusuf added that accelerating the

pace of economic recovery will require

fiscal and monetary authorities

to be well coordinated to promote

growth-enhancing and confidence-building

policies that

would encourage more private

capital inflows into the economy.

“Investment-led growth strategy

is critical for inclusive and sustainable

economic growth. Strong

commitment to key reforms will not

only boost output recovery but will

also put the nation on a path of

macroeconomic

stability,”

h e

noted.

ECONOMY

MEMBERS of the Organise Pri

vate Sector (OPS) have welcomed

the announcement of Dr.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new Director

General of the World Trade Organization

(WTO) with cautious expectations,

noting that though

teminently qualified she has a lot to

do to ensure a level playing field, especially

for developing countries.

In his reaction, Segun Ajayi-Kadri,

DG, Manufacturers Association of

Nigeria (MAN), said: “The African

Continental Free Trade Area Agreement

(AfCFTA) would need the support

of her expertise for a smooth takeoff

and steady success as a huge component

of the world economy.

“While not guaranteeing unmerited

advantages and disproportionate

treatment, having an African at the

helm of affairs in the WTO should give

some comfort of understanding and

assuage the noticeable anxieties of

African countries in the world trade

parlance. It may embolden the exploits

of African nations when striking

deals with the rest of the world.”

Also reacting, Director General,

Lagos Chamber of Commerce and

Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf

noted that Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence

comes at a time when the global trading

system is faced with numerous

challenges including supply chain disruptions

precipitated by the

coronavirus pandemic, rising protectionism

and unilateralism, growing

economic nationalism, imposition of

trade restrictions covering substantial

amount of international trade, as well

as trust and credibility concerns

among members.

On her part, National President, Nigerian

Association of Chambers of Commerce

Industry Mines and Agriculture

(NACCIMA), Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu

said: “We are convinced that under her

regime, the call for a level playing field

and support by WTO for developing

countries, especially Africa to benefit

from global Trade will come to fruition.

“It should be mentioned that this development

also comes at a time that Africa

has been repositioned to increase inter-

African trade through a landmark trade

Agreement, the AfCFTA.”


20 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Can this grandmother save the world?

AS the World Trade

Organisation, WTO,

formally announced the

appointment of Dr. Ngozi

Okonjo-Iweala as Director

General this week, a Swiss

newspaper received her

with a disgraceful headline:

“This grandmother will

become the boss of the

WTO,” with her

photograph under the

headline. The headline

sparked an outrage, forcing

the editors to modify their

position: “This 66-year-old

Nigerian will head WTO.”

At least, three Swiss

newspapers - Luzerner

Zeitung, Aarguaer Zeitung

and St. Galler Tagblatt -

fetched their headlines from

the gutter, making slight

changes only after they

were called out for racism.

They removed the sting

but left the poison. That’s

their grief. The candidacy

of Okonjo-Iweala for the

position of Director General

has been one of the most

contentious in the history of

the 26-year-old

organisation. And partly for

the sort of maliciously dumb

reason reflected in the

headline of the Swiss

newspapers.

Getting it

Some folks just can’t wrap

their heads around the fact

that a woman is taking the

position. That a Black

woman is taking over only

compounds their misery.

Yet, Okonjo-Iweala is not

just any Black woman.

She beat eight of the

world’s best contenders

from four continents to

clinch the position. And

yes, two women reached

the final round, shattering

the glass ceiling of

chauvinism in the global

trading system.

Since its founding in

1995, the WTO has been an

exclusive boys’ network

running errands for the

world’s richest countries

who won’t play by fair

trading rules and its

poorest who have no

interest in the rules because

they believe the system is

rigged against them.

But even among the rich

countries, there’s no

agreement on the rules.

Donald Trump spent four

years of his presidency in

a fierce trade war with

China, claiming unfair

practices, currency

manipulation and outright

stealing of US patents and

copyright by Chinese

companies.

Trump did many things

wrong, and precipitously,

too - including, for example,

the tearing up of the Trans-

Pacific Partnership trade

deal; the violation of the

North Atlantic Free Trade

Agreement and everything

else in between. His

obsession with

protectionism perpetually

kept the world on the verge

of a global trade war. Yet, a

few of his complaints about

China, especially on

intellectual property rights,

were spot on.

Of course, China, ever so

eager and pleased to be

underrated, also had its

own complaints against

what it described as

Trump’s hard-headed

protectionism, claiming in

a legal case lodged with

the WTO two years ago,

that US tariffs had affected

$300billion of Chinese

exports.

Elephants at war

In the fight between the

two elephants, worsened by

Brexit, the grass of shared

Previous heads

of the WTO did

what they could

but Africa

remained

squarely at the

fringe of their

map; if it will

take a

grandmother to

shake things up,

then Okonjo-

Iweala’s tenure

is long overdue

global prosperity has

suffered. At heart, WTO is

a network of 164 members

and 25 observer

governments with a deeply

ingrained male culture that

behaves as if stability in the

rules-based system is

measured by brawn and

testosterone.

We have seen what that

culture is costing the world.

It has endangered the

collective wisdom that

produced the General

Agreement on Trade and

Tariffs, GATT, after the

Second World War derived

from the understanding

that shared prosperity

through free international

trade could keep the world

from another catastrophe.

GATT failed because it

lacked the mechanism to

negotiate and settle legal

disputes on trade,

especially those related to

agriculture and textiles,

among its members.

A series of negotiations,

famously called the

Uruguay Rounds which

started in 1986, led to the

birth of the WTO - a rulesbased

system that is

supposed to help liberalise

international trade and

settle disputes among

member states.

WTO has done its best,

helping, among other

things, to promote free trade

which has led to a rising

tide that has lifted hundreds

of millions from poverty

across the world. British

MP and also one of the

contenders for the DG

WTO, Liam Fox, said in

Rising Tides, that WTO “is

the best mechanism we

have so far devised” in

managing global trade.

Yet, its predominantly

masochistic instincts have

prevented it from looking

beyond pandering to the

interests of its rich and

powerful club members.

The fear among political

leaders that WTO tends to

promote globalisation and

the “loss” of sovereignty,

has not helped matters.

Between the arrogant

pride of rich club members

who moan that WTO is not

paying enough attention to

the critical issue of services

and intellectual property

and the mass of the

developing countries

complaining about unfair

trade and the fallouts of

globalisation, the future of

the WTO hangs on a

precarious balance.

The absurd sentiment

expressed in the Swiss

newspapers about a

grandmother taking the job

was not just a gender slur,

it also reflected the

desperation of an old

entitled guard determined

to either permanently

hijack the WTO or else

push it over the cliff. They

fear that with the

confirmation of Okonjo-

Iweala, their cozy world

may fall off a cliff.

Love grandma

But love her or despise

her, this grandmother has

come to stay. And while we

recognise that the gender

bias is only a part of the

problem of the old boys’

network, there’s also a clear

hint of racial prejudice

which the Swiss

newspapers, based in the

same country where the

WTO has its headquarters,

were not ashamed to wear

proudly on their sleeve.

The newspapers could

also not endure the fact that

not just a Black woman, but

a Black African woman, is

at the helm. So, they had

to exhume the worst

metaphor possible from

their closet of scarecrows to

make the point.

As conservationist, Linda

Klare-Repnik, said on

LinkedIn: “If it had been a

White man, the title would

have been along the lines

of ‘Harvard Economist, ex-

World Bank Managing

Director and ex Minister of

Finance…’”

But Okonjo-Iweala is not

White and would be

judged, in the end, not by

her skin colour. She would

be judged by her promise

to reform the “broken”

system of international free

trade, and by her pledge

to build bridges and create

a platform “where all

members, big and small,

believe and trust in the

system and can use it”, as

she told TIME.

Not that she’s on

probation as she more than

proved herself as

managing director at the

World Bank and Nigeria’s

two-time minister of

finance. That Nigeria

emerged nearly debt-free

and Africa’s largest

economy in the 2000s are

largely credit to her and the

economic management

team on her watch as

finance minister.

The point is that she’s

coming to her job at a time

when confidence in the

global trading system is in

shambles, partly inflicted

by the conflict between the

US and China, worsened

by indifference among

developing countries, and

gravely compounded by

the fallout of the COVID-

19 pandemic.

Joe Biden’s victory in the

US presidential election

may lessen the trade

conflict between of WTO’s

largest economies – the US

and China – but

indifference to the

organisation among

developing countries and

COVID-19 are still present

clear and present dangers.

Yet these factors are also

opportunities - at least in

Africa where the impact of

the pandemic has been

relatively under control.

Also, the commencement

of the African Continental

Free Trade Agreement,

AfCFTA, signals a greater

zeal for more intra-regional

trade.

For decades, the

continent has been

shortchanged just as much

as it has shortchanged

itself with leaders who trade

empty ideologies in the

morning and peddle

begging bowls by night.

They expect Chinese

brains to build their roads

and factories, yet have no

qualms implementing

policies that impoverish

their countries, while they

stash money away in

economies that fund the

grandmother insult.

It’s a long road to

redemption, but hopefully,

AfCTA is the beginning of

the end of making barriers,

instead of making wealth

through trade and

innovation. Previous heads

of the WTO did what they

could but Africa remained

squarely at the fringe of

their map. If it will take a

grandmother to shake

things up, then Okonjo-

Iweala’s tenure is long

overdue.

Delta monarch's absence

stalls arraignment of

suspected killers of Adjogbe

By Festus Ahon

UGHELLI—THE failure

of Ovie of Evwerni

Kingdom in Ughelli North

Local Government Area of

Delta State, HRM

Oghenekevwe Kumane, to

appear at the Federal High

Court, Warri, on Wednesday,

stalled the arraignment of

suspects arrested over the

murder of late Sylvester

Adjogbe, in the crisis that

rocked the community in

2020.

The traditional ruler,

Oghenekevwe Kumane is the

first defendant while Atiri

Stephen and Kelli

Omojugheri are the 2nd and

3rd defendants in the suit

number FHC/WR/95C/2020

between them and the

Inspector General of Police.

No reason was however

advanced for the monarch's

absence from the court. The

police prosecutors led by DSP

:Vanguard News

Irabor, Samuel Mallum and

Michael Uye had announced

their appearance when the

matter was called, while Barr

S B Olorogun appeared for

the defendants, Omas

Ogedegbe appeared for the

nominal complainant.

Presiding Judge of the

Court, Justice Emeka Nwete

adjourned to March 15, 2021

on account of the traditional

ruler's absence from the court

and granted the police

counsel's application that the

2nd and 3rd defendants be

remanded at the Nigeria

Correctional Center, Sapele.

Late Sylvester Adjogbe, a

34-year-old younger brother

of former Executive Director,

Projects of the Niger Delta

Development Commission,

NDDC, Engr Sam Adjogbe

was killed at their family

compound at Evwreni

community, on July 1, 2020

following the crisis that

engulfed the community.

Bawa has no hand in sale of

EFCC seizures —Saidu

By Jimitota

Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT—AN

auctioneer in the South

South and spokesman of

northern traditional rulers in

the south, Alhaji Musa Saidu

has dismissed allegations

linking the newly appointed

Chairman of the Economic

and Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, Mr

Abdulrasheed Bawa with sale

of seizures at the Port

Harcourt office of the

commission.

Alhaji Saidu told Vanguard

on phone that those who

came to auction the trucks

were sent from Abuja, adding

that though Bawa was the

Commission’s head then in

the South South with the

office in Port Harcourt, he had

no hand in it.

He recalled that Bawa was

even not happy that

auctioneers in the South south

were not part of the process.

“I am an auctioneer in the

South south. We knew what

happened. They want to

tarnish the image of the acting

Chairman of the EFCC. He

has no hand in the sale of the

seizures. What they are saying

about the man is a lie.”, he

said.

“They sent people from

Abuja to come and auction the

things. He had no hand in the

sale. Those who don’t know

what happened are

commenting on it. The people

that auctioned the things were

sent from Abuja. He was even

not happy that we auctioneers

in the South south were not

part of the process”, he said.

The Spokesman, Northern

Traditional rulers in the South

Alhaji Saidu also called on

Igbo to be very mindful of their

claim that Ika in Delta state

where the newly appointed

Chief of Defense Staff, CDS,

Major General Lucky Irabor

is from is no longer part of

Igbo nation.

He said he had been

disturbed with the way Igbo

elders had been lamenting

that none of the Service Chiefs

was from Igbo extraction.

He said he was surprised

because various Igbo groups

had been saying that Delta

Ibo was part of Igbo nation.

Delta govt urged to prosecute

people threatening to stop

SEEPCO's opreations

By Ochuko

Akuopha

OKIA—CHAIRMAN, Okia

Community, Burutu Local

Government Area, Delta State,

Mr. Pius Gbeneyei, has called

on the Delta State Government

and the State Commissioner of

Police, to arrest and prosecute

any individual or group of

individuals threatening to stop

the operations of Sterling

Exploration & Energy

Production Company Limited,

SEEPCO, in the council area

over a purported GMoU.

He emphasized that there was

no group called Agge Federated

communities in Delta State but

in Ekeremor Local Government

Area of Bayelsa State.

Gbeneyei, while reacting to a

media report credited to one Mr.

German Irou on behalf of the

group with the caption, "We

won't be intimidated by your

delay tactics, host communities

warns SEEPCO," wondered

why a community in

neighbouring Bayelsa State

could be issuing threat notice

to a company operating in

Delta State.

He reminded Mr. German

Irou identified in the said

publication as the Chairman

of Agge Federated

Communities that the land

upon which SEEPCO operates

belongs to Okia Community in

Burutu Local Government

Area of Delta State and not

Agge as he (German) would

want the public to believe.

He said: "To put the record

straight, there is no kingdom

called Kou nor Agge

community in Burutu Local

Government Area but in

Ekeremor Local Government

Area of Bayelsa State. We took

them to court when they made

attempt to cross to claim our

land and we won. We are in

Appeal Court in Asaba where

they went to challenge our

resounding victory and we are

waiting for judgement.‘‘

C

M

Y

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WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2021

Empty containers: NPA empowers Port Manager to sanction shipping companies

By Godfrey Bivbere

NIGERIAN

Ports

Authority, NPA, has

empowered port managers to

sanction shipping companies

that are unwilling to return empty

containers, as well as stop

collection of illegal money for

depositing empty containers at

their holding bays.

Vanguard Maritime Report

learnt that most of the shipping

companies are still collecting toll

of between N5,000 and N10,000

from importers and truck drivers

to be allowed to drop their empty

containers.

Delay in the return of

containers result in the loss of

container deposit fee deposited

by importers before taking

delivery of their consignments.

Importers are forced to deposit

N100,000 and N200,000

respectively for 20 foot and 40

foot containers.

A source in one of the nation’s

ports told Vanguard Maritime

Report that the gridlock around

the ports in Lagos are man-made

which is why the Managing

Director of NPA has empowered

the port managers to sanction

any shipping company that acts

against the smooth transfer of

empty containers.

The source told Vanguard

Maritime Report that the NPA

management is unhappy with the

huge amount paid annually by

importers, stressing that the

management is determined to

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NPA moves to dredge Escravos channel

as more vessels run aground

By Godwin Oritse

FOLLOWING the shallow

depth of the Escravos

channel, a development that

has reduced the number of

vessels calling at the Warri

port, the Nigerian Ports

Authority, NPA, has

commenced moves to dredge

the channel for increased port

activities.

Speaking to Vanguard

Maritime Report, Managing

Director of the Escravos Ship

Pilots Nigeria Limited, ESPL,

Capt Charlie Tobi, said that

vessels run aground in the

port almost daily.

Tobi explained that when

these vessels run aground, it

has to wait until there is high

tide before the vessel can

move again.

He also stated that with

what is going on, the port has

been recording low ship

traffic just as the agency

revenue profile from the

Warri port has also dwindled.

He said: “With the shallow

waters, there is less vessel

traffic at the port; this has

also put a stain on the

projected revenue from the

port.

“Anyway they are working

and they have said they want

to dredge the channel and

we are waiting for them to

start the process of dredging,

fix the breakwater and other

needfuls.”

Some of the effected ship

owners who spoke

to Vanguard Maritime

Report amid fear of being

victimised, said the low draft

has become a source of worry

for them because of the

damage the shallow waters

does to their vessels.

Speaking to Vanguard

Maritime Report, Assistant

General Manager, Marine

and Operations, NPA, Capt

Jerome Angyunwe, said that

vessels did run aground

before the Channel was

dredged.

Angyunwe also said that the

Escravos Channel cannot be

dredged in isolation adding

that all channels that are

managed by the NPA are also

going to be dredged.


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Expert calls for all inclusive implementation of NPPM

By Godfrey Bivbere and

Providence Adeyinka

A

MARITIME expert has

said that for Nigerian Port

Process Manual, NPPM, to be

seen as a document of high value

beyond the paper on which it was

printed, its initiators and drivers

must continually practice an all

inclusive implementation mode

devoid of personal interest and

overbearing influence of

THE Rector, Maritime

Academy of Nigeria, MAN,

Commodore Duja Emmanuel

Effedua, retd, has said that

workers in the nation’s maritime

and oil and gas sectors no longer

have any business going abroad

for training in simulators,

following the commissioning of

the Academy’s multifunctional

simulators, last weekend.

Aside the state of the art

simulators, Effedua said there are

resident qualified and certified

instructors to deliver any kind of

training needed in the maritime,

oil and gas industries.

Minister of Transportation,

Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, had on

Friday commissioned the sets of

multipurpose simulators, assisted

by the Permanent Secretary in the

Federal Ministry of

Transportation, Dr. Magdalene

Ajani, and other top officials of

the ministry.

Effedua described the machines

NPA extends Lagos Channel Management Contract

By Godwin Oritse

THE Nigerian Ports

Authority, NPA, has

extended the technical

partnership agreement with

the Lagos Channel

Management Company

Limited, LCM, managers of

the Lagos ports Channels by

12 months.

The agreement which,

according to NPA sources,

expired sometime in June 2020

was extended to end of last

year, is now extended again

till June 2021 pending the

government agency.

The expert, National President,

Association of Nigeria Licensed

Customs Agents, ANLCA, Iju

Nwabunike, said it is a shameful

and backward trend that almost

all the government agencies

operating in the port are

complicit in corrupt acts one

way or the other.

A statement from Nwabunike

stated: “Since the manual itself

and the ports economic

as possessing remarkable

capacities to launch Nigeria’s

local maritime, oil and gas

sectors into new frontiers of

possibilities, while saving

Nigeria huge foreign reserves

that would otherwise be lost to

foreign training.

He stated: “We have the

multifunctional, Full Bridge and

Engine Room Simulators. The

Multi-Functional Classroom

Simulator is a combination of

eight additional Simulators

which have their softwares

installed for specific purposes.

“For instance, if the instructor

wants to teach on Rules of the

Road or Global Maritime

Distress and Safety System,

GMDSS etc, all he needs to do is

change the settings and he is

good to go. Everything you saw

at the Full Bridge Simulator

room can be achieved from the

multifunctional classroom. This

is the latest technology in the

conclusion of the procurement

process that will lead to the

re-award of the Channel

management contract that

LCM has so far managed for

about 15 years.

Reacting to the development,

Mr. Nasiru Ibrahim, Assistant

General Manager, Strategic

and

Corporate

Communications department

of NPA, said the latest

extension was to ensure that

there is no vacuum in the

marine aspect of port

operations pending the

regulator (Nigerian Shippers

Council) that is to implement it

are not backed by any law, except

by executive fiat, it is important

that its provisions are not in

conflict with any extant law

governing our maritime

activities.

“The process of making

Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC,

a stronger economic regulator by

an Act of the National Assembly

should be activated and

VISIT: From left - Jide Oduyoye, General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Mr.

Toyin Fayinka, Special Adviser to Governor of Lagos State on Transportation listening to Hassan Bello,

Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council when some members of the newly-inaugurated

Special Traffic and Enforcement Compliance Team paid a courtesy call to Nigerian Shippers’ Council.

Simulators’ launch will redefine maritime, oil and

gas training —MAN Rector

world and it is not easily accessed

in the market.

“Outside of this country this

kind of training goes for $2, 000

or more but here we will give the

same training, same certification

using same simulators for far

less.

“The Federal government

wants to build capacity for

Nigerians. It is not about profitmaking,

so we are going to crash

the cost of training to enable as

many Nigerians as possible, take

advantage of these modern

simulators that we have to

develop the maritime and oil and

gas industries for the good of the

country.

“Why pay for flight,

accommodation and training

fees when you can get same

training, using the same kind of

equipment, if not better, right here

at the Maritime Academy of

Nigeria?”

conclusion of procurement of

another contract.

Ibrahim also said that

stakeholders should be

patient until the procurement

process is concluded adding

that while the process is

ongoing, marine operation

cannot come to a halt. He

stated: “Let us wait until

expiration of the second

extension before we start

raising issues but I am sure

before then, the procurement

process would have been

concluded”.

expedited. In tackling insecurity,

government should deliberately

engage youths of coastal

communities close to the Gulf of

Guinea in fighting maritime

crimes in a manner similar to

the Civilian Joint Task Force,

JTF, it is presently deploying in

fighting insurgency and

terrorism in the North East part

of the country.

“Interventionist organisations

such as Niger Delta Development

Commission, NDDC, Presidential

Amnesty Office and other similar

bodies could be contracted as

first line of communication with

the youths to make piracy, sea

robberies, kidnapping of crew

members and attack on ships

less attractive and difficult to

carry out as indigent youths will

be enlisted into the fight against

these maritime crimes.”

Additiinally, he said that

individual and corporate

attitudinal changes are also very

crucial for a more robust inter

ministerial interface in making

the NPPM work better, faster

and more seamlessly.

“Most of the agencies of

end what it sees as exploitation.

Speaking with Vanguard

Maritime Report, Assistant

General Manager, AGM in

charge of NPA’s public affairs,

Ibrahim Nasiru, said he was not

aware of any such collection but

assured that NPA will engage the

shipping companies and stop it

if it is true.

He said: “If any shipping

company does not comply, they

will be sanctioned. It is not as if

the managing director gave port

managers power, it is a general

thing that they have to comply

with the directive. The sanction

will come into play when the e-

call up system commences. The

shipping companies will be

responsible for taking their

empty containers to their

holding bays.

“The situation where you see

trucks lining the road saying

they are returning empty

containers is not acceptable. It

is only when you are called upon

that you can come into the port

to pick up your container. On

returning the empty, the truck

driver is expected to return the

empty to the various holding

bays of the shipping companies.

“It is the responsibility of the

shipping company to carry the

empty from the holding bay to

the port. If any shipping

company does not comply with

the above, then such a company

will be sanctioned. The shipping

companies are not supposed to

collect money from importers

and truckers because in the first

place they are supposed to

provide holding bays were empty

containers are to be delivered.

“Why should they charge extra

money, which is why shipping

cost is high and NPA is looking

government operating in our

ports are under different

ministries with various chains of

command. In this regard the

transport ministry should seek

and sustain support of other

ministries such as health, trade,

internal affairs, agriculture,

police affairs,justice and others to

enjoy counterpart support of other

ministers .

“The NPPM is in itself not an

end but a means to an end which

should be flexible and adjustable

with time in line with current

realities. At ANLCA where I lead

as National President, we have a

resolve to support government in

achieving its laudable objectives

for setting up the NPPM.

“We should critically pursue

solutions to the problems of

security on our waters, strengthen

our use of technology for faster

and more secured system as well

as resolving to pursue national

interest beyond personal gains.

“When people don’t get

punished for corruption,

tendencies are that they will come

back to commit the same

‘profitable’ crime over and over

again. Meeting illegality with

stiff sanction is the way to go,” he

said.

NPA empowers port manager

to sanction shipping companies

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for ways to lower the cost of

shipping in the country. NPA is

talking to the shipping

companies to apply the law but I

do not know about the charges

and two they are not supposed to

collect it. We will not say what the

sanction will be, let them go

against the law first then we will

apply the law.”

Statistics provided by the NPA

shows that 192,164 Twenty

Equivalent Units, TEUs of

containers were handled at the

nation’s ports in the first quarter

of 2019. NPA also gave the figure

of container throughput for 2017

and 2018 as 667,826 and

808,516 TEUs respectively.

The Executive Secretary of the

Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC,

Hassan Bello, had earlier said

that importers were annually

subjected to payment of N1.7

billion as container deposit fee to

foreign shipping companies.

The NSC boss said that the

Council will work at stopping the

payment of container deposit

before the end of the first quarter

of this year.

According to the NSC boss,

“every shipper pays N120,000

each as container deposit fee to

foreign shipping companies,

cumulating at N1.7 billion every

year for container deposit. This

is adding to the cost of doing

business in our ports and is not

the fault of the importer since he

cannot return the container

within the specified time because

the roads are clogged, and the

holding bays are not working; so

why must the importer pay for

these failures?

“We want indemnity system and

we have already spoken with

NAICOM (National Insurance

Commission) to bring insurance

penetration into our port system.”


By Godwin Oritse

THE Maritime Workers

Union of Nigeria,

MWUN, National Joint

Industrial Council, NJIC,

alongside other stakeholders

in the maritime labour

industry have commenced

negotiations of the increment

By Godwin Oritse

IN order to keep

international trade

unhindered, the Federal

Government has been urged

to prioritise access to COVID-

19 vaccination for Nigerian

seafarers and dockworkers.

Spokesman of the Seaport

Terminal Operators

Association of Nigeria,

STOAN, Dr. Bolaji Akinola,

who made the call in a

statement in Lagos said

seafarers and port workers

have been designated as

essential workers by the

Nigerian Maritime

Administration and Safety

Agency, NIMASA.

He said priority vaccination

of dockworkers’ wages and

entitlements.

Vanguard Maritime

Report learnt that series of

meetings have been held

before as the negotiation on

the issue was still ongoing at

the time of filling this report.

Confirming

the

development, Comrade

for these categories of maritime

workers will ensure

sustenance of the logistics

chain.

He further stated: “Seafarers

and dockworkers are underrecognised,

under-publicised

and unsung economy heroes

despite their significant

contributions to keeping our

nation afloat during the

economic dislocation caused

by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is, therefore, imperative

to ensure continuity of the

Regulations & Policies

NIMASA, MWUN, NJIC begin negotiations of

dockworkers pay increase

Abdullahi Eroje, said that the

negotiation is ongoing adding

that most of the stakeholders

that were supposed to meet

travelled abroad and that as

soon as they are back, the

negotiations will continue.

Eroje also said that the

moment all the parties

involved in the negotiation are

maritime workforce through

the continuous provision of

protective health supplies,

rapid testing supplies and

priority access to vaccination.

“Ensuring priority access to

COVID-19 vaccines to these

critical maritime workers is

vital to keeping the supply

chain active. If our seafarers

and port workers are

unprotected, the supply chain

will become vulnerable.”

The STOAN spokesman also

said that contrary to

around another meeting will

be called.

Similarly, President of the

National Association of

Stevedoring Companies,

NASC, Comrade Bolaji

Sunmola, said the increment

is the normal biennial

exercise.

Sunmola also confirmed that

PARADE: From left – Minister of State, Power, Goddy Jedy Agba; DG, Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr.

Bashir Jamoh and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, at the pulling out parade of the former Chief

of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas in Apapa, Lagos.

insinuations in certain

quarters, Nigeria has

abundant logistics capacity to

transport and store the

COVID-19 vaccines at the

required temperature.

“We have abundant

refrigerated containers, also

called reefer containers, for the

transportation and temporary

storage of temperaturesensitive

cargo including

vaccines.

“These refrigerated

containers are capable of

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the negotiation was still

ongoing adding that figures

for increment have been

proposed and tendered by all

parties involved.

He noted that the

negotiation is dragging, a

development he also said is

not pleasant to members of the

Maritime Workers Union of

Nigeria.

He said: “It’s the normal

NJIC

biennial

negotiations, negotiation is

still ongoing nothing has been

agreed yet, proposal have

been tendered by all parties

which include the workers,

unions and government that is

midwifeing the process on the

side of the Nigerian Ports

Authority and the Nigerian

Maritime Administration and

Safety Agency, NIMASA.

“The proposals have been

submitted and are being

looked into, though the

negotiation is dragging which

the Union do not like.”

Sunmola also disclosed that

the negotiation should be

concluded in the next one or

two weeks adding that a

meeting must be held this

week as about four or five

meetings have held over the

matter.

The stevedore also disclosed

that the issue between

stevedoring companies and

International Oil Companies

will also be resolved at the

meeting after that of dock

workers.

He added that whatever is

agreed between OICs and

stevedoring companies and

government will now become

part of the NJIC’s laws.

COVID-19: Government must prioritise vaccination of

seafarers, dockworkers — STOAN

controlling temperature

ranging from -65 °C up to 40

°C. Reefer containers allow the

transportation of cargo in a

way that preserves its

freshness and efficacy all year

round,” he added.

Recently, the World Health

Organisation, WHO, said a

total of 16 million AstraZeneca

doses of COVID-19 vaccines

out of the 88 million allocated

to Africa will soon arrive

Nigeria.


WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2021

Terminals & Ships 4

Apapa gridlock: Lagos Task Team seeks collaboration with

Shippers’ Council

By Godfrey Bivbere

THE newly inaugurated

Lagos State Government

Task Team on Restoration of Law

and Order on Apapa Ports Access

Roads has solicited the

cooperation of the Nigerian

Shippers’ Council, NSC, to

enable it solve the traffic

problem in Apapa.

Chairman of the Task Team,

Toyin Fayinka, during a courtesy

visit to Nigerian Shippers

Council’s headquarters in Lagos,

said the essence of the

delegation’s visit to NSC was to

introduce the team to the

Council, emphasising that the

Committee cannot succeed in its

assignment without the support

of the NSC, Nigerian Ports

Authority, NPA, and other

agencies in the maritime sector.

General Manager, Lagos

Traffic Management Authority,

LASTMA, Jide Oduyoye, who is

a member of the team, said

LASTMA will not hesitate to

sanction any case of

indiscriminate parking of trucks

on port access roads.

He lamented the lack of

regulation of truckers and truck

ownership, pointing out that

most trucks are second hand and

unserviceable. He said

minimum standards are required

for truck drivers and trucks.

Responding, the Executive

Secretary/CEO of Nigerian

Shippers’ Council, NSC, Hassan

Bello, described the Apapa traffic

situation as an international

embarrassment.

The traffic in Apapa, he said, is

affecting the efficiency of the

port. He assured the Team that

the Federal Ministry of

Transportation has prioritised the

solving of the Apapa traffic

situation.

Evidence of this, he said, is the

on-the-spot assessment visit to

the ports by the Minister of

Transportation, Chibuike

Amaechi, the Permanent

Secretary, Magdalene Ajani, and

The Customs Area Controller, CAC of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone C, Yusus Lawal

displaying some seized contraband item during a press briefing in Owerri recently.

New CNS, flags off ‘Exercise Secured Waters’ to

address maritime illegalities

•Deploys 14 ships, 2 helicopters, others

By Evelyn Usman

THE new Chief of Naval

Staff, CNS, Rear Admiral

Awwal Gambo, Monday, flagged

off his first quarter sea excercise

code named ‘ Execise Secured

Waters’, aimed at cubbing

maritime illegalities such as

piracy , sea robbery among

others, in the nation’s maritime

domain. Fourteen Naval

warships, two helicopters and

elements of the Nigerian Navy

Special Boat Service, SBS, were

deployed for the three days sea

excercise.

The ships included: NNS

Thunder, NNS Obula, NNS

Prosperity, NNS Nwamba,

Nguru, Ekulu, Karaduwa,

Andoni, Sagbama, Ose, Zaria,

Okpoku and TUG Dolphin Rima.

Speaking during the flag off

ceremony held onboard NNS

Thunder, the CNS explained that

the excercise was conceived to

test a broad spectrum of maritime

operations in order to enhance

the security of Nigeria’s

maritime domain to check

criminality at sea”.

He said it was also part of his

strategic intent to position the

Nigerian Navy firmly, towards

his articulated vision, in order to

align strategic intent with

execution.

He recalled that on taking over

as the 21st indigenous CNS,

his vision for the Nigerian Navy

was “ To leverage on all factors

of national location, technology,

training, teamwork and synergy,

to re-energise the NN and

enhance her as a well motivated

and ready force , in the discharge

of her constitutional mandate

and other assigned task, in

fulfilment of her national security

objectives.”

He noted that over the past

years, the Navy had made

significant progress in the fight

against various forms of

maritime crimes, adding

that exercise Secured Waters

was a demonstration of the

navy’s resolve to strengthen and

consolidate on previous gains, by

acting decisively against pirates,

sea robbers and other enemies of

the state. Such commitment, he

opined, would further reassure

the nation’s regional and

international partners of the

Navy’s readiness to weather

ongoing partnerships and

collaboration towards our

collective regional security.

To put up an exercise of such

magnitude, the CNS said, a lot

of logistics was required. He,

therefore, appreciated President

Muhammadu Buhari, for “his

kind understanding and tireless

provision for the Navy even in

such difficult fiscal times.”

Rear Admiral Gambo

further informed that “one of

my cardinal priorities is to

improve the operational

efficiency of the Nigerian Navy’s

fleet in terms of sea readiness and

availability for operational

deployments, in order to speedily

boost our capacity to meet our

statutory

maritime

commitments.

“This is in line with the

mandate of President

Muhammadu Buhari, for the

Service to urgently restore

normalcy in the nation’s

maritime domain and emplace

a conducive environment for

maritime business to flourish”.

Earlier in his remarks, Flag

Officer Commanding, FOC

Western Naval Command, Rear

Admiral Oladele Daji, informed

that Exercise Secured Waters’

involved deployments of assets

from all the three operations

commands, the Naval Training

Command as well as adequate

support from the Logistics

Command and autonomous

units.

Being the first CNS’sea

exercerise on assumption of

command, Daji said,

the exercise presented an

opportunity to evaluate and

revise the Navy’s operational and

projected fleet response plans,

with a view to attaining a focused

alignment with the strategic

guidance issued by the by CNS

in his vision and mission

statement.

The Exercise according to

him, also provided the platform

to align the Navy’s training

objectives with it’s operational

requirements, as well as

to provide a test bench for the

planning and execution of

its coordinated strike

capabilities. It is also pertinent

to state that the Exercise comes

against the backdrop of cases of

other top officials of the Ministry

to Apapa in December 2020.

He said the Implementation

Committee on the Ministerial

Directives to decongest traffic

gridlock along the Port Access

Roads and Lagos Maritime

Logistics Ring would work in

tandem with the Task Team as a

permanent solution to the Apapa

piracy in the Golf of Guinea,

GoG and the recent efforts to

rejig the maritime security

,particularly in the Lagos Area,

Daji said.

Continuing, Daji, said, “within

this context, maintaining our

strategic deterrence posture and

influence in the maritime

environment is critical to our

economic prosperity and

regional stability. It is my firm

belief that the Excercise will give

additional impetus to our overall

maritime combat experiences in

order to ensure that the

Navy remains relevant not only

in the defence of the territorial

integrity of Nigeria but also in

other contributions to the

nation’s economic prosperity.”

The fleet deployed for the

sea exercise would conduct

several exercises which includes:

Anti-Piracy Operations,

Protection of oil and gas facilities,

fleet

maneouvres,

communication, Vessel Board

Search and Seizure, Search and

Rescue among others, according

to Daji.

While appreciating the CNS

for providing the leadership,

logistics and necessary support

for the execution of the sea

exercise, the FOC West said, “on

our part, we will continue to

work with our interagency

partners to stamp out

criminalities in our maritime

domain and assure you that

Exercise Secured Waters will

reinforce our quest for a safe and

secure maritime environment”.

traffic problem will benefit all

Nigerians by eliminating the

distortions in prices of goods

imported into Nigeria.

Talod Ocean

Airfreight bags

WCO Certificate

of Merit award

By Providence Adeyinka

A

LAGOS based freight

forwarding firm, Talod

Ocean Airfreight Limited, has

clinched the World Customs

Organisation, WCO, Certificate

of Merit Award.

The award was presented by the

Comptroller General of the

Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,

Colonel Hameed Ali (retired) at

the just concluded International

Customs Day Celebration which

took place in Abuja recently.

It was a moment of joy as freight

forwarding practitioners, friends,

business associates and wellwishers

across the country poured

encomiums on the firm.

They also poured accolades on

the Managing Director and Chief

Executive Officer of the firm, Aare

Hakeem Olanrewaju. Apart from

being the pioneer vice chairman

of the maiden Governing Council

of the Council for the Regulation

of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria,

CRFFN, the Talod Ocean

Airfreight Limited helmsman was

also the Chairman, Governing

Council of the CRFFN during its

second tenure.

The Certificate of Merit Award

was presented to Olanrewaju by

the Secretary General of WCO,

Mr. Kunio Mukuriya at an

impressive ceremony at the

Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

recently.

The WCO certificate award is

an international recognition

through merit to private

organisations endorsed by the

national customs having

obtained a clean bill of

professional practices by

the International Federation of

Freight Forwarders Associations,

FIATA, for outstanding trade

compliance, qualitative logistics

services and participation in the

global trade initiative

programmes which in the local

parlance is referred to as

“compliant declarant/trader”.

The WCO certificate of merit

award is an international award

every

duly

established professional freight

forwarding firms or practitioners

aspires and look forward to earn

in the course of their professional

career.

It is on record that during the

International Customs Day

cerebrations every year, national

customs are encouraged to

nominate a national organisation

which meets the stipulated

criteria to represent Nigeria

private sector in this category.

As stated in the certificate, the

award is usually given in

recognition for “rendering

exceptional services to the

international customs

communities”.

Olanrewaju in his remarks

expressed delight at the award just

as he lauded WCO and the

management of the NCS for

considering his company worthy

of the honour given to the

company.


By Godfrey Bivbere &

Eguono Odjegba

FOLLOWING Comptroller-

General of Customs,’ CGC,

directives to various formations of

the Nigerian Customs Service,

NCS, to rid warehouses and

markets across the South-West of

smuggled foreign rice and

contrabands smuggled into the

country, the CGC Strike Force has

seized 1,930 bags of 50kg

smuggled rice evacuated from

various warehouses in Lagos and

Ogun states.

The co-ordinator of the Strike

Force, Zone A, Ahmadu Bello

Shuaibu, said the directive was

aimed at boosting local

production of rice in the country.

Shuaibu who lamented the high

rate of false declaration of imports

aimed at evading Customs duty

and levy, said the unit generated

N708millon in the last two weeks.

According to him, 1,227 rolls of

chiffon textiles materials, 18

pallets of perfumes, cosmetics and

bags, 2,064 cartons of electric

bulbs as well as 1,810 cartons of

alcoholic and non-alcoholic wines

Customs & Imports

Customs raids 1,930 smuggled rice from warehouses,

seizes N708m contrabands

were seized and will be forfeited

to the Federal Government.

He stated further that due to the

heat from the unit, smugglers have

found it difficult to move smuggled

foreign rice from the border in

large quantity but in batches

through motorcycles also known

as Okada but, we have restricted

them and stopped their

operations.”

Speaking on infractions, the

strike force coordinator said: “We

have various degrees of infractions

on cargoes that were seized.

Cargoes such as perfumes, nonalcoholic

wines, electric bulbs,

foot wears, bags and shoes that

were falsely declared as

machineries and washing

machine.

“Perfumes, non-alcoholic wines,

electric bulbs, textiles are dutiable

but foreign footwears, bags are

banned because we have factories

investing heavily and employing

Nigerians to produce so, we must

encourage them to do more and

must not discourage them through

importation of those items into the

country.”

Shuaibu further stated that the

falsely declared cargoes have been

seized out-rightly and will be

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forfeited to the government.

According to him, “We are still

appealing to our stakeholders that

they should work hand in hand to

ensure proper declaration and

they should join hands and change

their habit. Perfume is dutiable but

once it is falsely declared it is liable

to seizure. Also, non-alcoholic

wines are liable to seizure, we have

factories that produce wines so, we

should patronise them to boost the

economy.

“Chiffon materials brought in as

sealing machines when we have

textiles companies all around the

country closing down but, we will

plead for genuine declaration and

patriotism though, it was dutiable

but because it was falsely declared,

it remained seized.”

SEIZURE: The Co-ordinator of the CGC Strike Force, Zone A, Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu, displaying some of the seized items,

including unregistered drugs in Lagos.

Govt to slash duties on cars, other vehicles — Customs

By Providence Adeyinka

ASSISTANT Comptroller-

General Kathleen Ekekezie,

Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘A’

Headquarters, Nigeria Customs

Service, NCS, said on Wednesday

that the duty rate on cars and

other vehicles would come down

very soon.

Ekekezie made this known while

receiving executive members of the

Nigeria Union of Journalists,

NUJ, in her office in Lagos. She

said that the zone was awaiting

Federal Ministry of Finance to

issue the circular for Customs to

implement. She noted that the

service was now fully automated,

saying that importers could no

longer come with doctored Bill of

Lading. According to her, now once

the valuation of the vehicle is done,

it is in the system.

She urged importers to be

compliant with import rules and

regulations. “If you have brand

new vehicles, you must have the

Pre-Arrival Assessment Report,

PAAR,” Ekekezie said. On donated

items coming into the ports, she

said that the Federal Ministry of

Finance had automated the grant

of Import Duty Exemption

Certificate, IDEC.

The Customs chief explained

that the consignee would write the

Federal Ministry of Finance for

IDEC. According to her, the next

thing is to approach the Customs

Service and make proper

declarations. She added that the

service could curb smuggling,

saying that the service had good

relationship with community

leaders and telling them not to

support smuggling.

Ekekezie, however, suggested

that for the border communities,

there should be good roads, more

hospitals and schools as well as

cottage industries to create

employment. “African Growth and

Opportunity Act, AGOA, industries

can be sited along the border

areas. If government can do this

THE Nigeria Customs

Service, NCS, has said that

armed smugglers attacked its base

in the Ohumbe border community

of Ogun State, leading to the

burning of properties and

destruction of other items

belonging to the Service and

operatives of its Joint Border Drill.

According to the NCS, the attack

followed the attempted seizure of

petroleum products from

suspected smugglers, leading to

arms offensive by both sides, which

led to the shooting and killing of

one Tunde Alabe, a native of

Ohunbe community said to have

been involved in the attack.

Alabe’s death reportedly led to

within a short period of time,

smuggling will no longer be

attractive,” the customs chief said.

She described the media as

friendly and a very important part

of the service. Ekekezie added that

customs intervention units were

meant to check revenue leakages,

curb smuggling, ensure security of

lives and property as well as trade

facilitation.

Chairman, Nigeria Union of

Journalists, NUJ, Lagos State

Council, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi,

commended the service for

Customs accuses smugglers of attack, arson

By Eguono Odjegba

riot and the blockade of Oja-

Odan/Obelle Road. Subsequently,

the riotious youths allegedly burnt

down all Customs checkpoints and

that of sister security agencies from

Olajogun to Hanger and Ohunbe

Areas of Ogun State.

A statement by the NSC signed

by Hammed Oloyede, Public

Relations Officer, Ogun 1

Command of the Service, said:

“On February 10, 2021 at

about 1723hours, the Joint Border

Drill Operatives stationed at

Olajogun in Oja-Odan area of

Ilaro intercepted several kegs of

25 litres capacity of Petroleunm

Motor Spirit ,PMS, destined for

smuggling outside Nigeria.

“In an attempt to seize the said

petroleum products, some

exceeding the N1 trillion mark

since 2017. He lauded the service

for recording a total revenue of

N1.5 trillion in 2020 and exceeded

the target of N1.38 trillion target

set for the command in the period

under review. Ajayi also

commended the customs

management for the ongoing

reforms in the service, automation

process, Nigeria Customs

Integrated System (NICIS 11)

software platform, robust

stakeholders’ sensitization and the

commitment of officers to work.

smugglers armed with assorted

dangerous weapons such as

cutlasses, guns and charms

unleashed deadly attack against

lawful officers leading to a

crossfire. In the ensuing exchange

of fire between smugglers and the

patrol team, one Tunde Alabe,

male, a native of Ohunbe

community also involved in the

attack sustain a gun injury leading

to his untimely death.”

The statement listed items

destroyed by the smugglers/

hoodlums to include, two Customs

Patrol Toyota Hilux, one patrol

Toyota Hilux belonging to Nigeria

Immigration Service, one

Mercedes Benz SUV and one

Peugeot 206 model.

Customs impounds

unregistered drugs,

contraband worth

N869m

By Godfrey Bivbere

THE Federal Operations Unit,

Zone ‘C’ of the Nigeria

Customs Service, NCS C’ has said

that it intercepted various

contrabands with a Duty Paid

Value, DPV, of N869.5 million in

January 2021.

The seized items include 1,024

cartons of unregistered

pharmaceutical products, 1,046

bags of foreign parboiled rice of

50kg each, 290 cartons of imported

Eva Soap, 62 jumbo bales of

second-hand clothing, and one

Toyota Corolla 2018 model.

Disclosing this in Owerri, the

Customs Area Controller, CAC of

the Unit, Yusus Lawal, stated, “The

1,046 bags of foreign parboiled

rice were trailed and evacuated

from an unnamed warehouse

along Elelenwo Road Port

Harcourt based on intelligence,

following lay down operational

procedures, rules of engagement

and ensued professionalism

backed by section 147 and 151 of

Customs and Excise Management

Act Cap C45 LFN 2004.

“It’s our responsibility to ensure

full implementation of the

Government Policy banning the

importation of rice through land

borders and following

headquarters directive on same,

we re-strategised our operational

modalities and beam our

searchlight at the Creek, Water

side, and at various locations in

South-south, South East zones and

hence the reason for the massive

rice seizure within the month

under review.”

He further stated that the

interception of the 1,024 cartons

of unregistered Colcaps

medicaments imported from India

without NAFDAC certification is

a source of worry.

“Our concern now is to unravel

those behind the importation,

their accomplices and their antics

of scaling through unapproved

routes. The negative effects of

unlicensed drugs if gotten to the

wrong hands cannot be over

emphasised.

“The drugs were intercepted

along Ofosu-Benin Expressway

based on shared intelligence.

Equally, the 290 cartons of soap

were intercepted along Aba-

Owerri Road based on intelligence.

You may recall that soaps and

detergents are still on the Import

Prohibition list, which falls under

schedule 3 of Common External

Tariff (CET).”


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NPPM: Policy change across

port operations

By Martin Nwamadi

LARRY Norman in his

treatise: Confluence of

Paths said… “Two roads

diverged in the middle of my

life, I heard a wise man say; I

took the road less travelled by;

And that made the difference

every night and every day.”

I believe that Nigerian Ports

Process Manual, NPPM, a

new policy change across port

operations will build the road

that will bring about the

difference in our pursuit to a

seamless port operations in

Nigeria.

In December 2020, the Vice

President, Professor Yemi

Osinbajo, launched the

Nigerian Port Process Manual

in Abuja. According to the vice

president, the process manual

on port operations is expected

to be one of the key indicators

for the effective

implementation of Executive

Order I.

On Tuesday February 2,

2021, the Minister of

Transportation, Rotimi

Chibuike Amaechi, and key

agencies in the ministry

alongside stakeholders in the

maritime industry, customs,

immigration, SON, Ministry of

Finance and Budget, MAN,

NACCIMA, freight forwarders,

diplomatic corps assembled in

Abuja to take a holistic view on

the document. The findings

and assessment revealed that

the document if religiously

implemented will usher a new

vista in Nigeria’s drive to

becoming the maritime hub in

sub Sahara/Central Africa

region.

Essential for

port operations

What then is Nigerian Port

Process Manual, NPPM? The

manual is in a nutshell a set of

step by step instructions

compiled by patriots in the

industry to help workers or

port users carry out routine

operations. The manual lists

all the tasks that are essential

for port operations, how to do

these tasks and who is

responsible for the tasks so

listed. It presents a simplified

detail of how port operations

can bring about a robust and

enhanced productivity while

reducing micro managing of

operations in the industry. It

just ensures that clients get the

best possible experience in

their various dealings NPPM

from all projections is an

answer to correct the way we

were doing things which could

not lift our economy or place

us where we are supposed to

be.

The NPPM is designed to

enable us to optimise our

resources, promote ingenuity,

•Hassan Bello, Shippers Council DG

create strong institutions while

providing an environment that

promotes excellence and

creativity. Since after the

launch, some critical

stakeholders, by standers

along the port corridors and

industrialists are posing

questions that need

clarification. Some of the

posers are, is the country ready

for this vision? Yes. We are. Is

the vision realistic or

conceptualized with local

flavor that will make Nigeria a

maritime superpower in

Africa?

Yes. It has all the intrinsic

values. Is the interest of our

business community, maritime

stakeholders, industrialists,

etc. fully espoused in this

vision? Yes. They were all

consulted and taken into

consideration. Did the

document allay the fears of

‘supremacist theories’ in the

agencies? Yes, to an extent. Is

the government cum private

sector teams assembled to

drive this vision capable of

taking Nigeria to the promised

land? Yes. They are sound

professionals

cum

management experts well

grounded in the industry. Will

the government and Ministry

of Transportation be consistent

and strictly adhere to the

principles without shifting the

goal post. We hope so.

From the posers above,

people’s expectations are high

on this manual. The primary

goal now is to focus on how to

achieve and utilise the basic

norms in the manual to greater

glory of the land. The

institutions laid out in the

manual must be strengthened

to ensure its sustainability.

The manual must, therefore,

be part of the functioning

system of the maritime

industry and must be seen as

the guide to achieving a

seamless port operations.

I am excited that the manual

has specified team spirit,

customer service, efficiency

and productivity as its

hallmark of excellence but we

have to add patriotism as the

catch phrase. Once we drop

our egoistic tendencies for the

greater glory of all, the nation

will benefit from the new port

The greatest

challenge that may

prevent NPPM from

realising the full

potentials will be from

government agencies

and their ‘supremacist’

theories

order.

The greatest challenge that

may prevent NPPM from

realising the full potentials will

be from government agencies

and their ‘supremacist’

theories. The tendency of

agency officials ascribing

superiority roles or rankings in

the industry may create

stumbling blocks on the way.

The ‘supremacist’ attitude of

NPA may not go down well

with that of the customs or

marine police and vice versa.

What this may portend is that

institutions saddled to deliver

on the key principles of the

manual are already against

each other and the resultant

effect is that the manual and

its intendments may crash

before takeoff. We must avoid

rancour.

Furthermore, the Federal

Government should use this

window offered by the manual

to ensure full automation at the

ports. This has been a crusade

championed by Nigerian

Shippers Council that for our

ports to remain competitive,

efficient and assume the

leadership role in sub-Sahara/

Central Africa region, our

ports must be automated and

fully digitalised. Port

automation is a sine qua non

in a 24 hour port operations

and will add value while

drastically reducing the cargo

dwell time in Nigerian ports.

Also, our global ranking will

appreciate tremendously. The

Federal government must

endeavour to install scanners

in all Nigerian ports for this

manual to achieve its goal.

The crisis in our ports is

basically that we have all

failed to do what we were

supposed to do at the right

time. We had deficit in

leadership and there was no

co-ordination in our mission.

Infact, interests of some top

bureaucrats, policy makers,

politicians sometimes were

overriding national interests

hence our port system

remained comatose. But with

NPPM, it is a new dawn in the

offing.

The Executive Secretary/

CEO, Nigerian Shippers

Council, Bello, succinctly said

that a nation’s economic

growth is shouldered by the

government, the public and

private sectors including the

entire people of the nation.

Everybody must be linked to

the chain.

Bello whose agency is set to

derive the NPPM has been

emphatic and resilient that the

manual will deliver on its

promises by promoting

efficiency, ensuring

predictability, accountability,

reduction of corruption in the

port process, eliminate

bureaucratic bottlenecks while

also reducing the opportunity

for illegal demands in the

ports. It will change the

narrative and perception that

our pots are a cesspool of

corruption. The NPPM is

intended to accelerate

exponentially the maritime

industry as next to oil sector.

Maritime

industry

The foundation as premised

in the manual will encourage

ship acquisition by Nigerians

and equally boost business for

shipping companies, freight

forwarders, logistics chain

operators while attracting

huge foreign direct investment

into the country, Bello added.

In conclusion, we must

advise Nigerian Shippers

Council that this is a huge

responsibility. NSC should

appreciate that port operations

are complex due to various

behavioural tendencies. The

Council has a renowned

pedigree and institutional

principles that drive its

regulatory roles in the industry.

The vice president was firm

in stating that Nigerian

Shippers’ Council was chosen

to drive this manual because

it is endowed with

professionals and staff with

integrity whose past are not in

doubt. He implored the

Council not to disappoint the

country in their expectations.

Corroborating the vice

presidents assertion on

Nigeria Shippers Council

integrity, the Minister of

Transportation, Chibuike

Amaechi commended the

Council for the integrity test

and popular belief that it has

the capacity and wherewithal

to drive NPPM. He promised

every assistance to ensure that

this goal is achieved. Amaechi

also commended the group

that took time to bring this

intellectual piece of work to

reality. The patriotic group has

demonstrated that the shortest

way to expanding knowledge

lies in creativity and

pioneering spirit. The NPPM

as a document will surely

increase output in our ports,

uniformity of performance

while

reducing

miscommunication and failure

to comply with industry

regulations. It is not yet dawn

for its assessment.


WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2021

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Review

77

Why shipping industry

should remain in a state of

emergency — MWUN boss

The maritime labour groups have seen some major

developments since last year. In this interview the President

General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN,

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, gave some insights in what has

happened since last year and what to be expected in the medium

term. Excerpts

By Eguono Odjegba

LAST year, the union

declared state of

emergency in shipping. What

is the update?

The emergency is still in

place. I am still reemphasising

on that. We have

not suspended our state of

emergency in shipping. Even

when the executive branch of

shipping came in large

numbers three days ago, I

reiterated my stand on the

state of emergency in shipping

because they are not well

taken care of in terms of

remunerations. In relation to

welfare packages, they are the

least paid workers in the

industry.

Jobs they can do are being

out sourced, a whole lot of

unacceptable things is going

on there. I told them in the

meeting that I have probed

and investigated deep to know

what is going on in shipping.

I discovered that they are

using our brothers, the human

resources mangers against us

when they are supposed to be

on our side and let the higher

hierarchy know that the

workers need to be well taken

care of.

Delegate

election

So the state of emergency is

still on because we were

unable to do much about it last

year due to the corona virus

pandemic and its restrictions.

They wrote to us, giving us

excuses about that and we

replied towards the end of last

year to let them know that we

are still on the issue. So, the

matters have not been

resolved. After the delegate

election we will activate the

emergence which we merely

relaxed, and we will review

lots of areas in the sector.

Collective Bargaining

Agreement (CBA) came in

some two years ago. Between

then and now, will you say that

you are 100 percent satisfied

with the processes as it affects

the welfare of dockworkers?

CBA is a continuous exercise

that is to be reviewed after

every two years, is in line with

the national judicial industrial

council, NJIC. We will not

hesitate to go back to the

drawing board concerning any

area we are not satisfied with.

The CBA main business is to

review, and it can only be

upward. We thank God that

CBA has come to stay for dock

workers and other branches.

The seafarers have gotten it,

shipping have it, and they

review theirs every year. The

NPA already has the correct

standard, it is only the other

job segments that are still

developing that have need for

CBA. So for any of the three

branches that have CBA with

their various employers, if I

am not satisfied with it

whenever they bring it before

me, I ask them to go back and

renegotiate.

The dock workers are

meeting soon again, to

commence work on areas we

were unable to treat last year.

We are meeting to review their

CBA upward, not downward.

The important thing is that

dockworkers are moving

gradually an acceptable

permanent standard. We are

yet to get there, but we will

very soon. So when you are

leaving the industry as a dock

worker, you will know that you

have contributed to the growth

of the system and leave with

happiness and something to

fall back on. Today dock

CBA is a continuous

exercise that is to be

reviewed after every

two years, is in line

with the national

judicial industrial

council

workers are pensionable; they

have gratuity and terminal

benefits. If you have those

three components as a worker

in a reputable terminal, then

your life will change. That is

why you are seeing the

elements of changes that we

are talking about, because an

average dock worker in the

port knows that they are

engaged, and there is a rule

binding on them.

We have three modes of

operation in the port which

are, payment by tonnage,

permanent employment and

time related wages for those

working on containerised

operations. That is why you

see the present level of

changes.

•Comrade Adewale Adeyanju

Sometime last year, you said

NIMASA will roll out

dockworkers biometric

identity cards before the year

end, and that as a technocrat,

the then newly appointed DG

NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh

will make it a priority. The ID

didn’t roll out, what

happened?

The DG NIMASA called us

over the biometric ID card, he

did. But you know things like

this take a lot of processes. I

remember that Jamoh just

came onboard when we had

the interview; he needed time

to clear up his table. However,

I was informed in December

that the project has been

awarded. I believe it will be

done because he is a man that

keeps to his words.

I still believe it is not too late

to do the right thing by issuing

out this biometric ID cards to

responsible and bonafide dock

workers in the port. The way

the port is now, you cannot

identify who the real dock

worker is. There is high level

of infiltrations from different

places. Some people will tell

you they are port workers,

working with clearing and

forwarding agents, but we

need to identify who is who.

It is very important that the

real dock workers are

identified. The era of picking

anybody on the road as a dock

worker is no longer the case.

Dock workers of today are

gainfully employed by

responsible terminal operators

with well spelt out conditions

of service. So I think the

biometric ID will come, we

have very good understanding

with the DG NIMASA over

this.

With your recent

endorsement by all the four

branches of the union, one

can say that the Nigerian

labour movement has taken

a positive shift. What is going

to be your main focus in the

next four years?

The focus is to maintain the

tempo to do more. Awareness,

understanding, peace,

dialogue, restoration and

welfare, these are my next

agenda. I want to leave a

union of peace, not one of

crisis. I want to be

remembered as someone that

gave his all. The endorsement

came as a surprise to me too,

because number one, I am a

disciplinarian, where

something is wrong, I don’t

say it is right. I also believe in

workers welfare and

happiness, honestly I didn’t

know that my style of

leadership and way of life

affected the majority. So, all of

them coming together to say I

should continue is a good

sign. This is the first in the

history of MWUN where you

have all four arms of the union

coming together to say that the

incumbent set of leaders

should all continue in their

positions for the second term

in office.

Normally, when an election

of this magnitude is

approaching, some Osho

Drive residents temporarily

relocate. But here we are with

just a month to go, everywhere

is peaceful, no rancor. I am still

seeing it as a dream and

wondering what I have done

so far to warrant such

goodwill. It is a first of its kind

situation, and I believe I will

not let them down. We will

continue to do the right thing

at the right time in the interest

of all maritime workers.


WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2021

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VESSELS EXPECTED AT LAGOS PORT DISTRICT, AS AT FEBRUARY 1, 2021

MOTOR VESSELS AWAITING BERTH AT LAGOS PORT DISTRICT, AS AT FEBRUARY 1, 2021

VESSELS EXPECTED AT CALABAR PORTS, AS AT FEBRUARY 1, 2021


Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021—21

How Boko Haram terrorists plunged

Maiduguri into darkness

Continues on page 23

•Prices of ice block, frozen foods soar

•Artisans lament, count losses

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

RESIDENTS of Maiduguri

Metropolitan Council, Jere

Local Government Area and the

entirety of Northern Borno

Senatorial District have been

forced into darkness since January

25, 2021 when armed insurgents

used an improved explosive device

to destroy the only functional

electricity transmission line along

Damaturu-Maiduguri highway

that supplies light to many towns

and communities in Borno State.

The latest attack by the

malevolent elements came as a

final blow to the electricity supply

system to the state in that before

then the main source of power to

Maiduguri was through the old

transmission line from Biu-

Damboa-Maiduguri.

Following incessant

vandalisation of the lines by

insurgents, the Federal

Government opted for the

installation of a new transmission

line along Damaturu-Maiduguri

Road, which was also vandalised

immediately after completion.

Before its destruction, it was

supplying power to the Borno

State capital and some parts of

nearby Niger Republic.

The destruction of the power line

during the dry season, coupled with

the arid nature of Borno State, has

heightened the suffering of the

By Wole Mosadomi

MINNA — A property

belonging to the Deputy

Governor of Niger State has been

attacked by traders protesting the

demolition of their stores, which

government described as ‘illegal

structures’. The demolition of

structures for not conforming to

the building requirements of the

state, was carried out by the Niger

State Urban Development Board,

NSUDB, which has statutory

powers to regulate buildings and

sites in the state.

Arewa Voice correspondent in

the state reports that the master

plan of Minna, the state capital,

residents, especially through

suffocating heat during the

daytime. Similarly, the attack has

cut off the supply of iceblocks

which many use in cooling water

and other drinks for sale to

consumers and households.

Since the unfortunate onslaught

which took place near Jakana

Village, a distance of less than

35kilometres to Maiduguri, it has

become very difficult to source for

ice block for use or getting chilled

drinks and frozen foods for

consumption as the hot weather

bites harder. Likewise, mechanics,

welders, among others, who rely

solely on public power supply for

their work have been thrown out

of work for the duration of the

power cut.

However, disturbed by the

problem, Governor Babagana

Zulum, has liaised with the

Transmission Company of Nigeria,

TCN, and Yola Electricity

Distribution Company, YEDC, to

restore electricity to Borno. With

the intervention of the governor,

TCN engineers have been working

round the clock to restore power to

the state, which has remained the

epicentre of Boko Haram attacks

for over a decade.

An ice block seller near the

Dep Gov’s house attacked in retaliation over ‘illegal

structures' demolition

has been significantly distorted

by developers many of who do not

obtain approvals before

embarking on construction of

property, a situation that has left

the capital littered with illegal

structures, thus defacing its

beauty.

Minna is also replete with

unapproved motor parks,

roadside markets, shops and

mechanical workshops that

distort the city landscape

and create traffic chaos for

residents and visitors, a

development the state

government now wants to

put an end to.

As the illegal structures are

springing up everywhere, traders

now display their wares on

available spaces, just as mechanics

occupy any space, not minding the

nuisance created in the process.

What is happening in the state

capital is also being gradually

extended to other major

commercial towns such as Suleja,

Bida, Kontagora among others by

the recalcitrant builders and

•Some of the demolished 'illegal structures' .INSET: Niger State dep gov's property..destoyed by traders

Tofa, other eminent Northerners warn

of looming genocide

•Say reducing criminality to an ethnic group a threat

to national cohesion

By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

PRESIDENTIAL candidate of

defunct National Republic

Convention, NRC, in the 1993

presidential election, Alhaji Bashir

•Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum with government officials at the site of the transmission line

destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents

popular Post Office Junction in the

Maiduguri metropolis,

Mohammed Usman Abba,

lamented that he had been forced

to stay home since there is no light

for him to produce ice blocks for

his business.

He said: "Some wealthy residents

and the state government are

currently relying on generators,

while business activities have been

grounded for three weeks,” calling

traders.

But the Niger State Government

has said that it is ready to put an

end to distortions in the state’s

master plan by pulling down all

illegal structures and reshaping

the landscape to cope with

dynamics of a modern city. The

state government through the

Niger State Urban Development

Board has repeatedly warned

owners of illegal structures to

remove and vacate such places

before its bulldozers move in but

it was largely ignored by the

owners.

On Tuesday, officials of the board

finally rolled in their earth-moving

machines and crushed the illegal

structures anywhere they were

found while the owners cried foul.

Roadside markets, stores,

mechanical workshops and motor

parks were cleared by the

bulldozers on the orders of the

NSUDB.

The Acting General Manager of

NSUDB, Town Planner

Muhammed Bawa, defended the

action, telling journalists that

owners of the demolished

structures had been given adequate

notice to remove them before the

machines moved in.

Bawa said: "What we are

Tofa and other eminent Northerners

have warned against looming

genocide in Nigeria.

The group which also included

Ambassador Fatimah Balla, Alhaji

Sule Yahaya Hamma, Hubert

Shaiyen, Dr. Abubakar Siddique

Mohammed, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim,

Mallam Bilya Bala, Dr. Usman

Bugaje, Professor Jibrin Ibrahim,

Sani Zorro, Commodore Naibaida

for urgent efforts to restore power

to the state.

While lamenting incessant

attacks on power lines, another

resident of Gomari Airport, Audu

Isa, said: “The disruption of

electricity supply by terrorists has

plunged us into darkness. For how

long can we continue this way?"

But the visit of Governor Zulum

to the site of the destroyed tower

Continues on page 23

presently doing in the state is

carrying out part of our statutory

functions including removal of

illegal structures that are on road

reservations for right of way.

Development control is a routine

activity. We started the activity last

week, it is ongoing and it will

continue. It will be a continuous

activity until all the illegal

structures are removed. If you talk

about development control, it

covers all the urban centres in the

state. We started from Minna, the

state capital and from here; we are

planning to move to Suleja too and

other urban centres in the state.

"We had notified them earlier to

remove the illegal structures

before we started the demolition

and by law, we are not obliged to

notify them because if you are

occupying an illegal piece of land

that is not yours, then you don't

have any right of claim as far as

government is concerned.”

However, the demolition was

met with resistance by some youths

who attacked some officials of the

board. It was almost a free for all

between the irate youths and staff

of the board as the bulldozers were

bringing down the structures,” one

of the security outfits told Arewa

Continues on page 23


22 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 20201

• Midnight fire which razed a mall in Bauchi. INSET: Bauchi State governor, Bala

Mohammed, at the scene of the fire incident

How midnight fire razed famous Bauchi mall

By Charly Agwam, Bauchi

BAUCHI residents woke up

early in the week to a

devastating news of the fire

outbreak that the destroyed the

famous Bababa Shopping

Complex in the city centre with

goods worth hundreds of millions

of naira destroyed within the six

hours the inferno lasted. Although

investigation is on to ascertain the

cause of the fire, several

eyewitnesses told Arewa Voice that

it started from a corner shop, but

was first noticed around 11.30pm

the previous day.

Alhaji Murtala Maiyadi,

Chairman, Bababa Shopping

Complex pointed out that the

unfortunate fire outbreak that

destroyed no fewer than 90 shops

and many other property could

have been averted if the Bauchi

State Fire Service was proactive.

But the Public Relations Officer,

Bauchi State Fire Service,

Abubakar Baba, said that three

vehicles were deployed to the

scene to curtail further damage by

the fire.

Maiyadi said: “Although

officials of the Bauchi State Fire

Service came to the scene almost

immediately they were called,

they couldn't do much because

they came with only one truck and

the water was exhausted before

the fire could be extinguished. I

am sure that if they had come

really prepared, we would not

AREWA VOICE TEAM

Editor: Soni Daniel

Correspondents:

Wole Mosadomi, Minna

Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin

Bashir Bello, Kano

Aliyu Dangida, Dutse

Umar Yusuf, Yola

Ibrahim HassnWuyo, Kaduna

Peter Duru, Makurdi

Marie-Therese Nanlong, Jos

Abdul Murtala, Kano

Femi Bolaji, Jalingo

David Odama, Lafia

Charly Agwam, Bauchi

Boluwaji Obahopo, Lokoja

have recorded all these losses

because as at the time they arrived,

only five shops had been affected.

Fire service should have water

points within the metropolis for

easy access to water."

Also speaking with Arewa Voice,

Sada'atu Ibrahim, a sales' girl who

had worked in one of the razed

shops, said that her case was

hopeless because she depended on

the salary she got from working

in the mall to help her aged

mother and young siblings. She

said: "It is really difficult to accept

this reality. When I left here on

Friday night, I didn't know that

we would lose our shop and job

the next morning. I depended on

this job to help my family, for

everything. Thank God we still

have life."

However, Bauchi State

Governor, Bala Mohammed, who

was present on the night of the

incident had, while sympathising

with the victims of the fire

incident, pledged to support them

with capital to restore their

businesses. The governor, while

assessing the damage on a second

visit, said the victims will be the

first to benefit from the state

government's financial assistance

plans for traders in the state.

He said: "On behalf of the

government and people of Bauchi

State, we are here to commiserate

with members of the market

associations and traders that were

affected and the owner of the

plaza over the the monumental

loss of property that happened

yesterday night. I regret all the

inconveniences and the loss that

occured here. It has come as a

wakeup call to us as government.

The fire service agency is not

working in tandem with my vision

for a new Bauchi State, but I want

to assure you that we will take

proactive measures to overcome

the challenges."

Governor Mohammed, who

expressed concern at the level of

damage caused by the fire

incident, said the state

government will take an estimate

of the affected buildings for

immediate rehabilitation. Even

though the Bauchi State

Benue tribal leaders urge FG to legalise ownership of firearms

•laud NASS over call for state of emergency on security

By Peter Duru, Makurdi

BENUE tribal leaders have

urged the Federal

Government to legalise the

ownership of firearms in the country

to enable

Nigerians

properly defend

themselves against

bandits as advised

by the Minister of

Defence, Maj.

Gen. Bashir

Magashi.

Reacting to the

minister’s advice,

yesterday, in

Makurdi,

Chairman of

Benue tribal

leaders and

President General

of Mzough U Tiv,

World Wide, Chief

Iorbee Ihagh, said

it was the

responsibility of

the military and

security agencies

to defend

Nigerians; “but if

we must heed his

advice, how can

we resort to self

Emergency Management Agency,

SEMA, has been on hand to assess

the extent of damage caused by

the midnight fire, the fate of

traders whose goods were lost in

the midnight inferno still hangs

in the balance.

Arewa telecoms operators petition FG over

suspension of SIM Card registration

•Say: ‘You’re sending us out of jobs'

•warn action will worsen insecurity

By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

AS sound and reasonable as

the Federal Government’s

policy stopping indiscriminate

issuance of Subscribers

Identification Modules, SIM, to

those desiring to own a Global

System of Mobile

communication phone may be,

the action has created some

unease among Arewa youths.

The youths claim that the policy

has thrown them out of work and

created hardship for them and

their families who depend on

them from selling unregistered

phone numbers to users.

Under the previous

arrangement, which the Federal

Government stopped in

December last year, a SIM

owner was not required to be

logged into the national

database and issued with a

National Identification

Number, NIN, by the Nigerian

Identity Management

Commission, NIMC.

But in the first week of

December 2020, the Federal

Government ordered the

Nigerian Communications

Commission, NCC, to embark

on the audit of the subscriber

registration database, a process

requiring all mobile

telecommunication subscribers

to link their NIN with their

mobile lines.

Minister of Communications

and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali

defence when the government has

disarmed all Nigerians and allowed

herders to move about with

automatic weapons. So to achieve

that the government should without

delay license everyone to own guns

to defend themselves which

Governor Samuel Ortom had in the

past also advocated.”

Speaking further, Chief Ihagh

said: “On the call by the National

Assembly that President Buhari

By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

IN a bid to promote peaceful

co-existence between the North

and the South West, a team of

religious leaders have sought for

close ties with a Yoruba monarch in

the North to promote peace and

strengthen good relationship

among all the tribes living in the

North.

The visit was also to encourage

understanding among the diverse

people in the 36 states of the country,

irrespective of their tribe, culture,

religion and ethnic background.

During the visit, the Chairman

Yoruba Council of Obas and chiefs

in Northern Nigeria, Ambassador

Mohammed Aribgabuwo,

emphasised that Nigeria is home to

all and sundry.

According to the team leader of

the delegation, Pastor Yohanna

Buru, who is the founder of a nongovernmental

organisation, Peace

Revival and Reconciliation

Foundation of Nigeria, the essence

of the visit was to strengthen good

relationship among Northerners

and the leaders of Yoruba in the

North, to spread the message of love

and unity.

Ibrahim Pantami, said the

objective of the audit exercise

was to verify and ensure

compliance by mobile network

operators with the set quality

standards and requirements of

SIM Card Registration.

In carrying out that ministerial

directive, all Mobile Network

Operators, MNOs, were directed

to immediately suspend the sale,

registration and activation of

new SIM cards until the audit

exercise is concluded.

The move, according to

government, is done for security

reason, believing that

harmonising all phone numbers

through the NIN will help curb

rising cases of terrorism and

banditry. And by so doing even

criminals would have no option

but to link their phone lines to

the NIN or lose their numbers.

But concerned Nigerians and

other stakeholders in the

telecommunication sector have

raised the alarm that the

measure could trigger more

security challenges. They

observed that the suspension of

the new SIM registration for

over two months now has

rendered about two million

telecoms traders who are mostly

youths, jobless.

In Northern Nigeria, the Arewa

Telecom Operators Agents and

SIM Card Dealers Association,

ATOASDA, has registered its

displeasure over the

development and appealed to

government to have a re think.

should declare a state of emergency

on security, I must commend the

lawmakers for reiterating what the

likes of Governor Ortom, myself and

other prominent Nigerians had also

harped on in the past. We expect

President Buhari to immediate

make that declaration and also

speak up on the raging herdsmen

crisis to save Nigeria because the

country is teetering on the precipice

of anarchy.”

Northern clergy seek ties with Yoruba

leader to promote peace, unity

He described the visit as an avenue

for promoting peace, brotherliness

and togetherness, adding: “We must

accommodate each no matter the

differences in order to live in peace

and harmony.”

He said, despite the ethnoreligious,

political crisis threatening

peace and stability in the region, the

people in the region are God-fearing

and they listen to their religious

leaders and traditional title holders,

adding: “Peaceful co-existence and

religious tolerance imply the

capacity to live together in

harmony.”

Buru said they came to meet with

the Yoruba leaders residing in the

North, in order to promote peaceful

coexistence and to pray for lasting

peace and unity among all the

citizens of the region, irrespective

of their tribe,religion or cultural

background. He added: “There

should be tolerance for ethnic

diversity, we should tolerate one

another, say 'no' to any form of

violence, say 'no' to any form of

inhuman behavior is the goal of the

mission.”

President of Arewa Telecom

Operators, Hassan Yakubu, who

spoke for his members, said the

directive by the Minister of

Communications and Digital

Economy to suspend sale,

registration and activation of

SIM Cards had rendered over

two millions youths jobless

across Nigeria.

“We are aware of the Federal

Government’s intention to

address security challenges

through linkage of National

Identity Number with mobile

numbers and suspension of new

SIM cards registration, but our

fear is that rendering two

million youths jobless might

worsen the security challenges,”

Yakubu said.

He said that as a registered

association under the Corporate

Affairs Commission of the

Federal Republic of Nigeria

with registration number CAC/

IT/NO131761 and with Nigeria

Communications Commission

volume number as NCC/CAB/

2019/VOL.1/011, they were fully

in support of government's

measures to protect the lives

and properties of the citizenry.

Yakubu added: “But the

Federal Government must tread

carefully considering that all

available research works on the

causes of insecurity across the

country have been linked

primarily to youth

unemployment. The income of

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Cancer Survivor births 1st Cancer Treatment Centre In Taraba

By Femi Bolaji, Jalingo

FOR most people, cancer is

something to dread but for a

few others, just like every other

illness, cancer is surmountable.

According to the World Hhealth

Organisation, WHO, cancer is the

second leading cause of death

globally. The global body also

identifies late presentation of cases

and inaccessible diagnosis and

treatment as the major culprits for

most patients of cancer which

ultimately lead to their death.

However, one of the lucky few who

survived the horrifying experience

of living with cancer and is today

free of the disease is Hadiza Bello-

Yero. The seasoned architect, whose

story has created more awareness

for the silent killer in Taraba State,

has gone a step further to change

the way people see cancer by

establishing and equipping a centre

in Taraba State for the screening

and treating of cancer patients in

the country.

Bello-Yero’s journey through the

phases of diagnosis and treatment

of cancer was agonising but has

brought a glimmer of hope to those

who are currently in similar

conditions in Taraba and the country

at large, especially now that the

cancer treatment centre is

domiciled in the state.

Taking Arewa Voice down

memory lane of how she scaled the

hurdle, Bello-Yero explained that the

news of her diagnosis with cancer

initially hit her like a tsunami. The

architect said: “When the doctor

told me that I had cancer, I stood up

from the bed I was lying on and

looked at him. Then I asked what

was next? He then told me the

cancer had not reached an advanced

stage and that surgery could be done

to remove the growing tumour.

“I asked him who would do it for

me; he said he would. I went home

feeling miserable. Since I got

married to my husband, I have never

gone to his office to discuss personal

Dep gov’s house attacked in retaliation over ‘illegal

structures' demolition

Continues from page 21

Voice.

The Public Relations Officer of

the Nigeria Security and Civil

How Boko Haram

terrorists plunged

Maiduguri into

darkness

Continues from page 21

has restored hope of restoration

of power to the town. Already, the

governor has directed the

Commissioner of Housing and

Energy, Saleh Yuguda, to liaise

with TCN and YEDC to restore

electricity immediately after

fixing the electric tower.

After the governor’s

instruction, many top

government officials have

been sighted around the area,

working tirelessly to restore

electricity to the metropolis.

“You have seen the level of

destruction caused by the

insurgents who used IEDs to

destroy this tower. But we are

making frantic efforts to

prevent future occurrence,”

Zulum said.

issues with him, but immediately I

knew of my condition, I went straight

to his office to break the news. He

calmed me down and that was how

the long walk to surviving cancer

began.

“After the surgery I thought it was

all over, not knowing that the

tumour was still there. The doctor

advised my husband to take me out

of the country for further treatment.

I travelled to Dubai and settled at

an American hospital for further

check-up. It was there that I finally

broke down when the doctor told

me that the tumour was still there. I

felt hopeless at the time because I

thought I was only in Dubai for

further follow-up treatment, not

knowing the tumour was still there.

“While I was there drowning in

my thoughts and hopelessness, I met

a cancer counsellor who cheered me

up having told her what the doctor

said. Her story gave me hope, and

immediately I determined within

Defence Corps, NSCDC, in the

state, Nas Abdullahi, confirmed

the attack on some officials of the

agency by angry youths opposing

the exercise. Apparently to

retaliate the demolition of their

shops and other property, irate

youths descended on the private

mansion of the deputy governor

of the state, Alhaji Mohammed

Ketso, and brought down part of

the building.

The angry youths wondered

why the newly built mansion of the

deputy governor was not also

demolished since it was also

erected along the same way the

demolished shops were standing.

"For fair play and justice, the house

of the deputy governor should

either be demolished or

government should pay us

compensation for destroying our

own structures and goods which

they destroyed," one of the shop

owners, who preferred anonymity,

declared.

However, another shop owner,

simply called Mallam Murtala,

broke down in tears, saying that

government has wrecked him and

his business. "I was not given any

notice by government. Even if we

were served before, is this how they

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Arewa telecoms operators petition FG over of SIM card

Continues from page 22

the telecoms business partners,

staff and agents, majority of

whom are within the age bracket

of 20 to 40 years in the value

chain, is determined by the

me that I was going to beat this

cancer. She told me she had colon

cancer and that in her own case 20

centimetres of her intestine had to

be removed for her to stay alive. The

removal of her intestine and the

combination of other therapies

eventually led to the total

elimination of the cancer cells from

her body.

“But one thing she told me was to

avoid worrying because anxiety and

worry complicates treatment. At that

point, I became relaxed and went

sight-seeing around Dubai. I did

four courses of chemotherapy after

which I went through some other

therapies at the time. And during all

these processes, I always inquired

about the machines I was being

treated with, which I noted down.

“One year after the various

therapies that I undertook and the

management of my condition, I was

then certified cancer-free. I was very

happy with the cheering news that I

should deal with us, especially

during this economic hardship?

They only came early today,

(Tuesday morning) and they asked

me to come out of the shop and

started demolishing my shop

without even allowing me to pack

my cash, goods and other

valuables. Within a twinkle of an

eye, they brought down my entire

shop without allowing me to take

anything out," he said, wiping his

face.

As the exercise continues in

Minna, and with plans to extend

same to other urban cities in the

state, the popular feeling is that

government should tread with

utmost caution bearing in mind

the tension arising from the

prevailing economic hardship,

banditry and kidnapping in most

parts of the country, especially in

Niger State.

For instance, former Head of

State, General Abdulsalami

Abubakar, recently warned that

state governors should take all

precautionary measures to stem

the trend of violence being

experienced across Nigeria in

order to save the country to a point

of no return.

number of activations/SIM

registrations carried out within

the month.

"On December 7, 2020, there

was directive by the Federal

Government to NCC to carry out

•Cancer survivor, Hadiza Bello- Yero (r) explaining a point at the commissioning of the first Taraba

Cancer treatment centre

would return to Nigeria as a cancer

survivor. Before finally leaving for

Nigeria, the oncologist told me that

he knew a lot of Nigerians battle

with cancer and might not have the

money to come abroad for

treatment just like I did. So, he

advised me to establish a small

cancer centre where people can have

access to treatment. He also

promised to help by training those

that would be attending to patients

and make himself available at the

centre once or twice a year.

“On getting back, I thought about

what he told me and gradually we

started acquiring the machines for

the centre, and today we now have

the first comprehensive cancer

treatment centre in Nigeria, here in

Jalingo, Taraba State capital under

FHAMAS Cancer Foundation. We

commenced screening and

treatment at our temporary site

since February last year.

“I passed through a terrible

situation. I don’t want anybody to

have such an experience and or die

of cancer in this state and the

country again. I have already laid

out the plan for a world-class cancer

treatment centre where I will

replicate exactly what I saw in Dubai

when I was receiving the treatment.

I have already acquired four

hectares of land for the permanent

site of the treatment centre and

already the building plan of all the

facilities that would be built on that

site including hotels for those

coming for treatment has been

done.”

The survival strategy of Bello-Yero

and her patriotic zeal in setting up

the first private cancer treatment

centre in Nigeria has drawn the

attention and commendation of

well-meaning Nigerians. For

instance, Vice President of Nigeria

Cancer Society, NCS, Elijah H.O

Elijah, lauded Bello-Yero and her

foundation commended the

FHAMAS Cancer Foundation for

their foresight in bridging the gap

between death and life for cancer

patients.

Elijah explained that NCS and the

Civil Society for Cancer Eradication

in Nigeria, CISCANEN, being the

largest umbrella bodies for the

eradication of cancer are partnering

with FHAMAS Cancer Foundation

to get rid of cancer in Taraba and

Nigeria at large.

an audit of the subscriber

registration database to ensure

compliance to set quality

standards and requirement.

Consequently, mobile network

operators were directed to

suspend the sale, registration

and activation of new SIM

Cards until the audit exercise is

concluded which the telcom

companies adhered to.

"The government also gave

December 31, 2020 as a deadline

for all subscribers to link their

SIMS to their NIN or face

disconnection. By December 30,

2020, Minister of

Communications and Digital

Economy postponed the

disconnection until mid

January, 2021. By the mid of

January, 2021, the minister once

again postponed the

disconnection until February 9,

2021.

"In all of this, the telecom SIM

registration partners, staff and

their agents remain jobless for

over two months. Furthermore,

the telecoms sub-sector is

severely affected by the directive

and attendant postponement but

not limited to the following. Our

fear is that the suspension of

SIM card registration may

trigger another form of

insecurity, especially in zones

most affected by the insecurity.

In fact, the growth in the telecom

sector is determined by the very

sub-sector that was suspended

and the much celebrated 17 per

cent contribution by telecom

sector on the GDP was as a result

of the activities of the sub-sector

under suspension."

Tofa, other

eminent

northerners warn

of looming

genocide

Continues from page 21

(retd), Malam Murtala Abubakar,

Professor Mustapha Gwadabe,

among others, said reducing

criminality to a particular ethnic

group was a threat to national

cohesion.

In a statement they also frowned

at what they perceived as “the

deliberately engineered ethnic

disharmony currently going on in

the Southern states”, contending

that as Nigerians, “we must always

be ready to resist the profiling of any

group as evil or the sole source of

any crisis.”

According to them, the on-going

profiling of the Fulani and the

Hausa as being responsible for the

current challenges facing the

country must be condemned by all,

noting: “The words and action of

certain individuals and a section of

the media reducing criminality to a

particular ethnic group is a serious

threat to national cohesion. In spite

of the current propaganda,

emerging, evidence is clearly

showing that kidnapping and

banditry is neither restricted to one

particular ethnic group or one

region in Nigeria.

“Ritual killings, armed robbery

and kidnappings for ransom have

become an equal opportunity

activity for all sections of the country

and as they are being arrested and

prosecuted around the country, the

profiling of groups is limited to

northerners. While we commend

attempts by some national leaders

to douse rising tensions, the silence

of the Federal Government whose

constitutional role it is to protect

lives and properties is worrisome."


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In support t of Sheikh Gumi and Gov

Matawalle's reconciliation move

By Murtadha

Muhammad, Gusau

DEAR brothers and sisters! The

Islamic way of life always

emphasises a strong sense of

brotherhood in such a way that a

community should be maintained

to ensure that mutual understanding

pave way for the peace and harmony,

As long as individual or

group of individuals failed to recognise

and identify their variations,

colours, nations and tribes, peaceful

co-existence will no longer exist

among them, and this will lead to

series of violence and conflicts. In

this regards Islam is a religion

which adores peace rather than violence;

and love, compromise, dialogue

rather than confrontation. In

line with this, the principle of reconciliation

should be given attention

to address the gabs caused by

lack of mutual understanding. Consequent

upon this, this sermon

reveals that reconciliation, patience

(Sabr) and forgiveness will serve

as tools for negotiation to reach an

equitable settlement and to restore

peace and security for the wellbeing

of our country.

Dear brothers and sisters! In a bid

to tackle the armed Banditry and

kidnappings in his State Zamfara,

His Excellency Governor

Muhammad Bello Matawalle has

decided to use the Carrot and Stick

approach, in order to deal with the

problems of armed banditry and

kidnappings, which we all supported,

and praying tirelessly for him

to succeed in his mission by the

Grace of Almighty Allah!

The Zamfara State government

has described its peace and reconciliation

initiative as the best way to

address the armed banditry, and

which is true according to what we

are witnessing now and before their

coming.

Muhammad Bello Matawalle's

Government has also said that it has

no regrets negotiating with bandits,

a move that every right thinking

person must support!

Respected brothers and sisters!

Also A renowned and respectful

Kaduna cleric, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad

Abubakar Mahmud Gumi came up

with an effective initiative towards

reconciliation with the several

groups of the dreaded armed bandits,

daredevil kidnappers and

armed robbers in some parts of Kaduna

State, Zamfara State, and In

Shaa Allah Nigeria generally. The

Sheikh organised discussion sessions

with the leaders of these miscreants

with a view to cajoling them

to lay down their arms and ammunition

so as to give peace a chance.

Education, enlightenment and appeals

are used to entice these

daredevil individuals to see reasons

to abandon their nefarious acts and

embrace peace. No ransom, gifts

or any enticement or inducement

is involved thus far! Yet, he has so

far been able to receive thousands

of repentant bandits who have voluntarily

surrendered along with

their commanders. As at today,

more cells of kidnappers and bandits

have sent their emissaries with

white flags indicating their readiness

to abandon jungle life and reintegrate

with people in the cities.

Alhamdulillah.

Rajab 6, 1442 A.H.

Fellow brothers and sisters!

Reconciliation is a process in

which two people or two groups

of people become friendly again

after they have quarreled or have

not been in contact with each

other. According to this definition

reconciliation is a reuniting and

harmonising of two hostile people

or groups by calling them to

come together within the context

of understanding and respect in

order to foster mutual understanding,

stimulate communication,

correct stereotypes, work on

specific problems of mutual concern,

explore similarities and differences,

and facilitate means of

witness and cooperation between

them.

On the other hand, the reconciliatory

methods are available

“No good is there

in much of their

private conversation,

except for

those who enjoin

charity or that

which is right or

conciliation between

people. And

whoever does that

seeking means to

the approval of

Allah – then We are

going to give him a

great reward.”

(Qur'an, 4: 114)

at individual, family, group,

community, national and international

level. This unit intends

to introduce these methods.

The peaceful methods exist in

two broad categories. The first

is the proactive category, which

entails methods that aim to prevent

the occurrence of conflict

in the first instance. Example include

undocumented community-based

trust and confidence

building measure, communication,

good governance, inter

party collaboration, etc. the

second category is reactive,

dealing with responses to situations

that have already turned

conflictive, or conflictive, or are

potentially so these include

third party interventions like

mediation, conciliation, arbitration

and litigation.

Resolution is a community

priority that involves elders,

local leaders and family members

who put pressure on the

parties and guarantee the implementation

of the agreement;

the process is guided by established

norms that include honour

restoration, face saving,

avoiding shame, saving dignity;

relationships are key and

their restoration is paramount;

the third party keeps litigants

separate while being their only

channel of communication and

reconciles them only when an

agreement has been successfully

negotiated.

Some sees resolution as a variety

of approaches aimed at terminating

conflicts through the

constructive solving of problems.

As such any of the approaches to

be apply should be acceptable by

the parties involved and it should

be best and relevant to parties involved.

Some said that conflict

resolution as a sense of finality,

where the parties to a conflict are

mutually satisfied with the outcome

of a settlement and the

conflict is resolved in a true sense.

Respected servants of Allah!

Wallahi no doubt, one of the most

honourable morals is reconciling

people. It is highly recommended

and it has been stated on more

than one occasion, as Allah Almighty

says:

“So fear Allah and amend that

which is between you.” [Qur'an,

8: 1]

Reconciling people or group is

one of the acts that yields great

reward because it allows grudges

to be removed and hearts

cleaned. Allah Almighty says:

“No good is there in much of

their private conversation, except

for those who enjoin charity or

that which is right or conciliation

between people. And whoever

does that seeking means to the

approval of Allah – then We are

going to give him a great reward.”

[Qur'an, 4: 114]

Reconciling people or group is

so important that a Muslim

should regard it as an important

aim in his worldly life. It is

through reconciliation that hearts

become one and unity and peace

is encouraged.

Read further online:

www.vanguardngr.com

BARKA JUMAH

The beauty of today

Today is special. “ Jumat and New Year day converged

to issue the noblest day that match our life's journey with d

Jumat and New Year blessings.“ May the beauty of today

help us dare to attain the highest level of the possible.“ May

the powers of our faith preserve each of us in the goodness

of deep obeisance that enliven humbleness which fasten each

of us to the fear of Allah; nudging us to forever do good

deeds that, in the highest, pleases Allah.“ Happy Jumat

and Happy New Year. 'eyo

— Dr. Adewale Adeeyo, OON

Mudathir Cesse emerges Osun

Grand Khalifah of Tijaniyyah

AN international Islamic

Scholar, Sheikh (Alhaji)

Mudathir Kolawole Sulaiman

(Cesse), has emerged the new

Grand Kalifah of Tijaniyyah in

Osun State.

The position became vacant

after the demise of the last occupier,

Sheikh Ibraheem Alakoniyi

Idowu from Ila-Orangun.

Mudathir Sulaiman Cesse, after

a series of intensive deliberation

found to be competent and

eminently qualified for the vacant

stool, hence, the letter of appointment

was issued to the great

scholar with universal followership

at Ogbaga, near Iwo town

after a brief turbaning ceremony.

The brief letter reads thus: “Sequel

to the meeting of the above

association held on 24th January,

2021, at Ogbagab in Iwo area of

Osun State of the whole house on

the above subject matter, and the

decision which unanimously

elected you as the Grand Khalefah

of Osun State Tijaniyyah Association.

“We pray to God Almighty to

assist you and be with you to further

the development and the

growth of the association bi-karamoti

Maolana Sheikh Ibraheem

NYASS. ”The letter, dated January

24, 2021 and signed by the

association’s Secretary, Alhaji

Adam Hamed on behalf of the

Osun State Tijaniyyah Association

of Nigeria, copies of which

were sent to the Governor of the

State of Osun, Alhaji Isiaka

Gboyega Oyetola.

Others that received copies

were: “Our sheikhs in Kaola,

Senegal, Grand Assembly for Faydah

Tijaniyyah South-West, Nigeria,

Osun League of Imam and

•Sheikh Mudathir Kolawole

Sulaiman Cesse

Alfas, South-West,Nigeria,

All Muslim Obas in Osun

State, Associations of Tijaniyyah

of Nigeria and All

Muslim Associations in

Osun State.““When contacted

on the phone, the newly

turbaned cleric, who spoke

from his Igbaye home town

in Odo-Otin Local Government

of Osun State confirmed

the development,

saying, “elaborate ceremony

to further celebrate the title

on the way after the COVID-

19 protocols.

Some of the 23 pilgrims on Umrah to Saudi Arabia during the inaugural flight

in South-west Zonal at Murtala International Airport Lagos, yesterday.


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•Senator Anyim Pius Anyim @60 ... quiet family man

TRIBUTE

Anyim @ 60 - More to life than politics

By Ikeddy ISIGUZO

COULD life start at 60 for

former Senate President

Anyim Pius Anyim? The

indications so suggest. For a

man who first became a senator

at 37, made Senate president

at 39, and voluntarily did not

seek re-election to the Senate

at 41, Anyim has shown that

the tides and waves of life can

be turned to one’s advantage

at different points on the

stretched spectrum that life can

be.

He is re-starting that life

with packs of experience. He

is a new Anyim rooted in his

principles about getting things

done.

Anyim hardly speaks, works

behind the scene, and belies

the depth and breadth of his

grasp of issues with affinity to

privacy. He is an unusual

politician, one who has

shunned the din and dithers

of politics for his practice, law.

He is bereft of the attributes

of politics, among them noise,

especially when there is

nothing to say. Anyim’s silence

has often been misconstrued as

timidity. He opts for salience

in speech and pitch, points

that are often lost on

opponents.

While many have dwelt on

duplicity in contending for a

Nigerian President of Igbo

origins in 2023, Anyim

brought crystal clarity to the

issue during his World Igbo

Congress lecture at Gregory

University, Uturu last

December.

The case was for an Igbo

President from the South East,

the only zone in the South that

had not produced the

President. He listed the

political and social capitals of

South East presidency if the

2023 presidential election

were to reflect equity, justice,

and the imperatives of

building a nation where every

part is wielded into place by a

sense of belonging.

In his Uturu lecture,

“Identifying the political

interest of the Igbos of the

South East geo-political zone

in Nigeria and strategies for its

actualisation”, he narrowed

the issues and navigated them

to an anchor that stripped

every beclouding.

Pius' birth on February 19,

1961 did not elicit much

excitement. His mother had six

other male children who never

lived beyond two years. Pius

has three sisters. The young

Pius was expected to continue

the “ogbanje” circle that was

held responsible for the earlier

deaths. He survived to the

delight of his parents.

In a life fraught with

daunting challenges, he

missed school sometimes

because there was no money

to pay his fees, went hungry

for most of his school days,

hawked bread, worked in a

brewery but remembers that

the Almighty God was ever

present through his mother,

elder sister and other

Anyim could easily

be credited with

laying the foundation

of the operational

structure and frame

of the National

Assembly

benefactors, especially after his

father took a fourth wife and

left the challenges of fending

for the children to each wife.

His education at Ishiagu

High School, Federal School

of Arts & Science, Aba and Imo

State University where he read

Law, finishing in 1987, left him

with a thread of enduring

lessons about life.

The National Youth Service

Corps programme with the

Directorate for Social

Mobilisation, a Federal

Government agency, in its

Sokoto office, pointed him to a

career in the civil service. The

National Commission for

Refugees, NCR, was his next

destination after a stint at the

Abuja headquarters of the

Directorate for Social

Mobilisation. At NCR, he

headed the Protection Unit.

Few noticed Anyim’s first

arrival on the political scene by

his election under United

Nigeria Congress Party, UNCP,

to the Senate in 1998. He was

just 37! The phase passed with

General Sani Abacha’s

demise.

The election strengthened

Anyim’s convictions that the

Almighty God ordered the

ways of humanity once one

was attentive to His voice.

Unknown, without resources

Dave Umahi. “His allegations

against me were too weighty

to be ignored otherwise I

would have kept quiet,” he

said.

Away from politics since his

departure in 2015 as Secretary

to the Government of the

Federation under President

Goodluck Jonathan, Anyim is

reluctant to discuss politics

whether of today or tomorrow

in any meaningful depth. He

retorts that answers to the

questions are in his coming

book. Again, Anyim

discharged the responsibilities

of his office as SGF with

uncommon patriotism and

diligence.

How does the quiet family

man feel at 60? Gratitude to the

Almighty underlines every

answer. From the vagaries of

his earlier life, he never knew

he would attain the heights he

has. Will he run for President

in 2023? Anyim would give a

certain answer when he hears

from that clear voice that told

him to run in 1998.

Anyim, you are one of a kind.

Congratulations on your

birthday.

•Isiguzo, a major commentator

on minor issues, wrote from

Abuja

Pius Anyim Pius: Still impacting his milieu @ 60

By JAMES UME

HE is no less a child of

providence, wielding

influence with alluring humility

and exemplary focus. He has

spoken and continues to speak to

both regional and national

uncertainties and fears with

courage and conviction. He has

demonstrated with his life’s

trajectory that law, spirituality,

politics and philanthropy

fundamentally address

transformation of the human

condition for good. To date, he

unabashedly maintains this

unique philosophy and footing.

Little wonder, the famous

American poet and essayist Maya

Angelou observed that: “Nothing

can dim the light that shines from

within.” Angelou’s captivating

insight into the existential

challenges that confront great

personalities fundamentally

captures the life story of Nigeria’s

storied politician, former

President of the Senate, ex-

Secretary to the Government of

the Federation, exemplary

bridge-builder and foremost

humanist - Chief, Senator Anyim

Pius Anyim, GCON, fondly called

the gentle giant.

As he turns 60 today, his high

vision of humanity and deep

belief in Nigeria, quest for justice

and positively impacting society

have grown even bigger.

The enthralling odyssey of

Senator Anyim Pius Anyim further

goes to validate the enduring

wisdom that the human journey

guided by faith often leads to

beautiful destinations. An

unwavering sense of loyalty and

duty, rigorous professionalism,

stern discipline, demonstrable

integrity and almost a child-like

faith in his beloved God had

activated and enlisted those

mysterious principles that guide

progress.

Five qualities arguably match

his famed big frame - generosity,

simplicity, warmth, philanthropy

and wit. Highly detribalised and

for politics, his victory was at

the expense of more

experienced politicians.

“I act with the belief that the

Almighty God is behind me,”

Anyim told a journalist in his

remarkable humility which he

exhibits in his relationships,

not minding the high offices he

has held.

Collaterals for

venturing into politics

“When I won a Senate seat

in 1998, God made it possible.

I heard His voice clearly

asking me to contest,” Anyim

states in his biography that is

in the works. “He made things

possible again in 1999, when

I later became Senate

President ahead of more known

politicians.” Anyim could

easily be credited with laying

the foundation of the

operational structure and

frame of the National

Assembly.

Anyim has had his political

battles. He brushes them aside

as collaterals for venturing into

politics. He can fight but

prefers to speak only when it

is necessary. He acted in the

same way in his most recent

tiff with his State Governor,

a deep man of faith, his broadminded

style of inclusive politics

has seen him play an elder

statesman’s role for the common

good and sustainable

development of Ndigbo and

Nigeria as a whole. As a known

and tested bridge builder, his

relationships are truly national -

even as higher political

responsibilities beckon.

Anyim was born on February

19, 1961 in Ishiagu, a dominantly

Catholic community in the Ivo

Local Government Area of Ebonyi

State. He attended Ishiagu High

School (St. John Bosco), the

Federal School of Arts and

Science, Aba and later, Imo State

University, Uturu (1983–1987).

For his youth service he served as

the co-ordinator, Youth

The enthralling

odyssey of Senator

Anyim further goes to

validate the enduring

wisdom that the

human journey

guided by faith often

leads to beautiful

destinations

Mobilisation Programme in

Sokoto State. In 1992, Anyim

became the Head of Protection

Department at the National

Commission for Refugees, Abuja,

a job that included provision of

legal services and political

protection for refugees. In this

capacity he traveled to various

parts of the world.

As the political impulse

flowered, in 1998, he joined the

United Nigeria Congress Party,

UNCP, and won a Senate election.

However, the death of General

Sani Abacha on June 8, 1998

nullified the result. During the

transitional regime of General

Abdulsalami Abubakar he joined

the Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, and again ran successfully

for election to the Senate in 1999.

Anyim took office in the Senate

in May 1999, and was elected

President of the Senate in August

2000, after Chuba Okadigbo had

been impeached. He creditably

held the office until May 2003.

With remarkable foresight, he did

not seek reelection in 2003 -

correctly reading the political

barometer at the period.

He was appointed by former

President, Goodluck Jonathan to

head the centenary celebration of

the proclamation of Nigeria as a

nation by colonial Britain.

In January 2010, he led a

delegation of 41 eminent

Nigerians that called on President

Umaru Yar'Adua to urgently

transmit a letter of his

incapacitation to the National

Assembly to salvage the nation's

democracy from danger. This

willy-nilly led to the Senate

passing a resolution on February

9, 2010, to make Vice President

Goodluck Jonathan Acting

President. In May 2011, he was

appointed as Secretary to the

Government of the Federation,

SGF, by President Jonathan.

Chief Anyim has bagged the

following qualifications and

honours: LLB. Honours 1987

(Nigeria), BL. 1989 (Nigeria),

LLM. 1991 (Nigeria) etc. He holds

a national honours of Grand

Commander of the Order of the

Niger, GCON, second highest

National Honour in Nigeria.

In his Ishagu community, state,

region and beyond, Senator

Anyim's kindness and succour to

his kinsmen and wider citizenry

are boundless. Presently, Anyim is

the management partner of

“Prestige Law Resource Partners”

a fully integrated and multidimensional

business law

practice. He is happily married

and blessed with three children

and indisputably continues to

impact his milieu.

•Ume, a journalist, wrote from

Abuja


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Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021 — 29

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winner of 2020 Vanguard Valentine Love Notes; Mr Adebanji Ola, PR &

Communication Manager, Arik Air Limited and Mr Adebowale Ojo, Advert

Manager, Vanguard at the prize presentation to the winners of 2020 Vanguard

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consolation prize winner; Mr Adebanji Ola, PR & Communication Manager, Arik

Air Limited and Mr Adebowale Ojo, Advert Manager, Vanguard Newspaper.

LAUNCHING: From left; Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.

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ENOH

KONYEHAN

ADEYEMI

OKOYE

OKUDO

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DA

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FR

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JACOB

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EZEDOM EMILY

I, formerly known as Mrs

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AGU

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EBERE

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Steve, now wish to be known and

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EZEDOM SARAH

I, formerly known as kehinde

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Suleman Mosunmola

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FESTUS EJERE

I formerly known as MISS

UJIRO EJERE now wish to be

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GARVEY ODUMENYA. All

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AMADI

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RUKEVWE RITA, now wish to

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AKHERE

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NKEMDILIM GRACE. now

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ONYEGBULE

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FAVOUR OT

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EJEH

That I formerly known called and

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ALPHONSUS. That I now wish

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OCHUBA

I, formerly known as Elizabeth

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Palla. That Elizabeth Uduorugbo

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OKORO

I was formerly known as MISS

OKORO PATRICIA

NWAKAEGO. now wish to be

known as MRS PATRICIA

NWAKAEGO OBICHETA. All

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OZIWO

I formerly known and addressed as

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EZEH

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EKPEDEKUMO

I, formerly known as

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ASIEGBU

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Caroline, now wish to be known

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DOGHUDJE

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Miss Ejiroghene Doghudje, now

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JESSICA

I, formerly known and

addressed as Eze Chidinma

Jessica, now wish to be known

and addressed as Eze Gloria

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DJEMERHOMU

I, formerly known as Miss

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BRIGHT

That I formerly known called and

addressed as BRIGHT TOCHUKWU

CHRISTIAN. That I now wish to be

known called and addressed as

TOCHRIS CHRISTIAN NDIFE. All

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UYIVWEN