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Buhari rules out amnesty

for bandits, insurgents

•Northern govs caution southern counterparts, leaders against unguarded

utterances •Afenifere, Adebanjo, Agbekoya, MASSOB, PANDEF blast

northern govs •We’ll react appropriately —S/WEST GOVS FORUM

AIR FORCE

PLANE CRASH:

You left

me, our

two sons

just like

that, thank

you, well

done, wife

of Flight

Sgt

Olawunmi

laments 6

NORTHERN GOVERNORS FORUM AND TRADITIONAL RULERS ...

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Governor Nasiru

El-rufai of Kaduna State, and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar at the extra- ordinary meeting

of the Northern Governors Forum and Traditional Rulers in Kaduna, yesterday. Photo: Olu Ajayi.

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INSIDE

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2023:

Agitators for

power shift to

South behind

north’s

security

challenges

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Buhari rules out amnesty

for bandits, insurgents

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 — 5

POCKET CARTOON

By Anayo Okoli,

Dapo Akinrefon,

Davies Iheamnachor,

Chimaobi Nwaiwu,

Chinonso Alozie &

Ibrahim

HassanWuyo

AMuhammadu

BUJA—President

Buhari, yesterday, ruled

out amnesty for bandits

and insurgents

terrorising the country.

The President stated

this at the meeting of

northern governors and

traditional rulers in the

north over the security

situation in the region at

Sir Kashim Ibrahim

House in Kaduna.

Present at the meeting

were the Chief of Staff to

the President, Prof.

Ibrahim Gambari, who

represented Buhari, The

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji

Abubakar Sa’ad

Abubakar111; Inspector

General of Police,

Mohammed Adamu;

Director-General of

Department of State

Service, DSS, Yusuf

Bichi; and Minister of

Information and Culture,

Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Also in attendance

were the Senate

President, Ahmad

Lawan; Deputy Speaker

of the House of

Representatives, Alhaji

Idris Wase,the

leaderships of Northern

Elders Forum, NEF, and

Arewa Consultative

Forum, ACF.

The governors of Kano,

Kaduna, Katsina,

Jigawa, Nasarawa, Yobe,

Plateau, Sokoto and

Kebbi states were

present at the meeting,

while others were

represented by their

deputies.

President Buhari’s

rejection of amnesty for

the bandits and

insurgents came against

the backdrop of demands

by popular Islamic cleric,

Sheikh Gumi, and

Zamfara State governor,

Bello Mattawale.

Both have been in the

forefront in the agitation

for amnesty for bandits

and insurgents in the

north.

At the meeting, the

Northern Governors’

Forum also cautioned

their southern

counterparts and leaders

in the south to refrain

from unguarded

utterances that could set

the country on fire.

The northern

governors’ statement

drew the ire of South

West governors and some

leaders in the south.

NEGOTIATING

WITH BANDITS

Addressing the

meeting, President

Buhari ruled out

negotiating with

bandits, saying that his

government would

continue to deal

decisively with

insurgents, bandits and

kidnappers who have

continued to hold the

country to ransom.

Buhari, who was

represented by his Chief

of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim

Gambari, also asked

Nigerians to stop the

ethnic profiling of

criminals, adding that

criminals should be

treated as criminals.

He said his

administration would

continue to deal

decisively with

insurgents, bandits,

kidnappers, and other

violent criminals

terrorising innocent

Nigerians, stressing that

he had asked the new

service chiefs to device

new strategies to deal

with the threats of

hoodlums and other

criminals to Nigerians.

The President said:

“This meeting is coming

at a time the nation is

making steady progress

in addressing the many

challenges impeding

development and

progress.

“We are providing

critical infrastructure

such as roads, railways,

airports among which are

critical to economic

prosperity of our people

as well as opening up

economic opportunities

for our citizens to pursue

legitimate aspirations

that grow the economy.

“At the same time, we

are confronting the

various dimensions of

security challenges that

continue to slow down

the emancipation of our

people from poverty and

economic deprivation.

“The government shall

continue to deal with

insurgents, bandits,

kidnappers and other

criminals who constitute

a threat to innocent

NEW EFCC BOSS MEETS BUHARI—President Muhammadu Buhari

receives in audience, newly appointed EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa

in State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

citizens across the

country.

“Criminals are

criminals and should be

dealt with accordingly

without resorting to

ethnic profiling.

“I have already tasked

the new service chiefs to

devise new strategies

that will end this ugly

situation where the lives

of our people continue to

be threatened by

hoodlums and criminals.

“I expect that at this

meeting, your Forum will

also discuss and devise

ways of building

stronger collaboration

with the security

architecture and the

people in defeating

criminality across the

region and the nation at

last.

“It is pertinent to note

that the increased

realization of our

security, democracy and

development indices are

inextricably linked.

Democracy and the rule

of law promote stability

and in turn, reinforces

the power to assert

freedom and economic

progress of our people.

“This thread of

interconnection needs

the support of the

Northern State

Governors Forum and

the entire citizenry of the

country as any amount of

positive sacrifice would

be beneficial in bringing

about national

development and

security of our nation.”

Sultan of

Sokoto

On his part, the Sultan

of Sokoto, Mohammed

Sa’ad Abubakar 11, who

spoke on behalf of

Northern Traditional

Council, urged

northerners to be patient

with the regional

governors.

He noted that the

governors were trying to

rebuild what had been

destroyed in the north

over a decade ago,

assuring that traditional

council in the region

would continue to

defend the action of the

governors.

The Sultan decried the

almajiri menace in the

North which, according

to him, is povertydriven.

Lalong

In his opening remarks

at the meeting, chairman

of Northern Governors’

Forum and governor of

Plateau State, Simon

Lalong, said: “Our

region continues to carry

perhaps the heaviest

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By Yinka Latona

Should FG grant amnesty to bandits? (5)

Bandits don’t deserve

any amnesty. If they

are granted amnesty, then

you are going to be

meeting with different

groups and new ones will

continue to spring up here

and there. The best way is

to appeal to them to drop

their arms and embrace

peace. A rehabilitation

programme should be

established to teach them

vocations or farming. It

should never be monetary.

——Tomiwa Adediran,

Entrepreneur

Why would you want

to grant amnesty to

people who maim and

kill innocent Nigerians

and destroy their

property without any

reason?

I am of the opinion that

the life sentence that is

being adopted by all the

State Houses of

Assembly for rapists

should also apply to

kidnappers and bandits.

——Funmilola John,

Analyst

If the Federal

Government will agree

to grant amnesty as

suggested by the

northern elders, then

same should be applied

to Indigenous People Of

Biafra, IPOB members

and prisoners who have

been in jail for long.

——Victor Yobo,

Fashion designer

In a country where

security has failed,

blanket amnesty to

bandits becomes

thinkable.

It’s unfortunate that

Nigeria as a country,

with all its military

might, would go on her

knees begging a group

of miscreants.

——Mrs. Desola

Desire, Fashion

Designer

Idon’t understand why

the northern elders are

asking for amnesty for

bandits who have

wreaked havoc on

innocent citizens. This

call is not ideal at all and

it is very pathetic that the

government is paying

attention and

channelling resources

towards that.

——Mr. Kehinde

Ogunjobi,Photographer

Giving amnesty to

bandits is anathema

which directly or indirectly

gives legitimacy to

criminality. What are the

agitations of the criminal

elements you want to pay

with taxpayers’ money?

What are they fighting for?

If the FG wants to grant

amnesty to criminals, then

let every youth turn to

banditry, so that we can

receive free money.

——Mrs Farotimi Ronke,

Health practitioner


6— Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Motorist

knocks

policeman

into Lagos

canal to

evade arrest

Sunday Okodo

By Evelyn Usman

A

38-year-old motorist,

Sunday Okodo,

Wednesday evening,

knocked a policeman off the

bridge into a Lagos canal,

along the International

Airport road, in his bid to

evade arrest for driving

against traffic.

The policeman attached to

a team of the Lagos State

Traffic Management

Authority, LASTMA, had

stopped Okodo, apparently

to arrest him and impound

his vehicle, a Toyota Sports

Utility Vehicle, SUV.

In the video that went viral

on social media, the

enforcement officers’ vehicle

intercepted Okodo’s. A man

in mufti, a LASTMA official

and an armed policeman

with his unarmed colleague

were seen trying to force

Okodo’s car open, from the

driver’s side. But he resisted

and attempted to reverse and

escape. However, in the

process, the vehicle knocked

the policeman off the bridge,

into the lagoon.

In the uproar that ensued,

the man in mufti picked the

policeman’s rifle, which

dropped on the floor, used it

to hit the glass of the vehicle,

with an order to Okodo to

alight.

Fear stricken Okodo was seen

crying as he opened the door.

He was dragged to the edge of

the median from where he saw

the policeman struggling inside

the canal. He was thereafter,

handcuffed and whisked away

in one of the team’s vehicles.

The Lagos State Police Public

Relations Officer, CSP

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who gave

the name of the policeman as

Inspector David Zapania, said

he did not die.

Adejobi explained: “The Police

Inspector was rescued and

rushed to the Lagos State

Emergency and Trauma Centre

where he was attended to and

discharged. But he sustained a

fracture on his left hand.

“The reckless driver, Sunday

Okodo, of 38 Alose close, Bony

Crescent, Apapa, has been

arrested and his vehicle

impounded. The driver will be

arraigned today (yesterday)

before a mobile court at Oshodi.

You left me, our 2 sons just like that; thank

you, wife of late Flight Sgt Olawunmi laments

•As victims of NAF jet crash are buried

•NAF still in palpable shock over loss of gallant officers —CAS.

•Says their death’ll spur military to expose, fight agents of destabilisation, extremism

By Kingsley Omonobi

ABUJA—MRS

Omolola

Olawunmi, mother of two boys

and spouse of late Flight Sergeant

Olasunkanmi Olawunmi, the

electronics and radar maintenance

expert attached to the ill-fated

Beechcraft King Air 350i, described

her deceased husband as a teacher,

very loving and very caring.

On his demise, Omolola said: “It

is so painful that I have missed a

loving husband. He is a loving and

caring husband. He is a nice man,

very quiet, and intelligent. He is a

brilliant man.”

Noting that the last discussion she

had with him was on that Sunday

morning, she said: “We spoke on

phone. He said to me, okay, before

saying he was going to Minna on

that day. I will never forget him.

Earlier at the graveside, Mrs

Omolola Olawunmi was seen

weeping uncontrollably and

shouting Olasunkanmi’s name:

“Sunkanmi, so you left me and

these our boys alone just like that.

Well done, Thank you. But I

promise you I will take care of them

with the support of God. Thank

you.”

Flight Sgt. Olasunkanmi

Olawunmi was one of the seven

personnel of the Nigerian Air Force

who died in a plane crash in Abuja

last Sunday and was laid to rest,

yesterday.

The other late officers include

Flight Lt Haruna Gadzama; Flight

Lt. Henry Piyo; Flying Officer

Michael Okpara; Warrant Officer

Basset Etim; SGT Ugochukwu

Oluka and Aircraftman Adewale

Johnson.

The personnel were on a

surveillance mission to Niger State,

over the abducted students and staff

of Government Science College,

Kagara, Shiroro, when their aircraft,

a Beechcraft 350 KingAir, suffered

engine failure and crashed near

Nnamdi Azikiwe International

Airport, Abuja.

Attendance

The solemn occasion had in

attendance Chairman of Nigerian

Governos’ Forum, NGF, Governor

Kayode Fayemi; Minister of

Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi

(retd); Minister of Women Affairs,

Paulen Tallen; Chief of Defence Staff,

CDS, Maj Gen Lucky Irabor; and

Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Major

Gen Ibrahim Attahiru.

Also in attendance were the Chief

of Naval Staff, CNS, Rear Admiral

AZ Gambo; Chief of Air Staff, CAS,

Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao; Chief

of Defence Intelligence, Maj Gen

SA Adebayo; members of the

National Assembly, families and

friends of the deceased.

NAF still in palpable

shock over loss of

gallant officers — CAS

Speaking on the occasion, the

chief mourner and Chief of Air Staff,

Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao,

in an emotion-laden voice, declared

that the Nigerian Air Force was still

in palpable shock and grieving very

deeply over the loss of its personnel,

describing them as gallant and

courageous heroes.

He said the death of the

courageous and professional young

Family members of one of the victims of the crash during the burial, in Abuja, yesterday.

Photo: Kingsley Omonobi.

officers and airmen must spur the

military not only to rededicate itself

to the service of the nation but also

resolve to relentlessly expose and

fight all agents of destabilisation and

extremism in the society.

“We must throw everything that

we have into this fight to ensure that

our departed colleagues did not die

in vain,” he added.

Amao, who was visibly in tears,

said: “It is with a heavy heart and

deep sense of loss that I stand here

today (yesterday), bearing my grief

as well as that of the entire Nigerian

Air Force, as we lay to rest the

remains of our fallen colleagues.

“The untimely death of these very

promising gentlemen occurred on

Sunday, February 21, in Abuja while

they were on active duty in service

to our fatherland.

“I must confess that, even at this

moment, the Nigerian Air Force is

still in palpable shock and grieving

very deeply upon this loss of our

gallant and courageous heroes, in

whom we had so much confidence,

with our expectations now suddenly

and painfully cut short.

"We salute the supreme sacrifice

of these young men, whose lot it

became to give their lives in the

defence of the peace which we all

enjoy and often take for granted.

“These intelligent and disciplined

young officers and airmen flew their

quota of ongoing surveillance

missions in the North East, North

West and more recently in the North

Central over Niger State and its

environs in connection with the

concerted efforts to secure the

release of the staff and students

abducted at Government Science

College, Kagara, Niger State.

“The loss of these confident,

courageous and professional young

officers and airmen must spur the

rest of us not only to rededicate

ourselves to the service of our nation

but also to resolve that we shall

relentlessly expose and fight all

agents of destabilisation and

extremism in our society.

Their death’ll spur

military to expose, fight

agents of

destabilisation,

extremism

“We must throw everything that

we have into this fight, to ensure

that our departed colleagues did not

die in vain.

“This solemn event, in addition

to honouring the sacrifice and

memory of our fallen comrades,

offers us all an opportunity for sober

reflection as we pray for the eternal

repose of the gentle souls of our

departed heroes.

“Their death is a huge loss to the

Nigerian Air Force family and,

indeed, the entire nation. They will

be greatly missed but fondly

remembered for their invaluable

services to the nation and humanity.

“Today, as our late colleagues go

to their final resting place, may the

Lord be with them forever and may

they be rest assured that the

Nigerian Air Force and indeed the

Nation will remain ever grateful to

them for their service and sacrifice.

“To the families of our deceased

brothers, our prayers are with you

at this time, as also those people

from everywhere, both within and

outside the country.

“The overwhelming show of love,

solidarity and support from

everyone is a clear indication that

the nation, and, indeed, the entire

globe, shares in this grief with you.

“I, therefore, encourage you to be

consoled by the knowledge that the

entire nation grieves with you on

the loss of these shining, amiable

and patriotic Nigerians who have

laid down their lives in the service

of their fatherland. I also pray that

time eases the pains of today.’’

Fire razes timber market, houses in P-Harcourt

By Davies

Iheamnachor

TRADERS

wailed

uncontrollably as they watched

their goods and property destroyed

by a fire that gutted the timber

market at Marine Base in Port

Harcourt City Local Government

Area of Rivers State, Wednesday

night.

The fire also razed down some

residential buildings within the

market vicinity.

An eyewitness, who gave her

name simply as Gift, said activities

had closed for the day when the

fire engulfed the makeshift market.

Gift noted that they called the fire

service in the state when the fire

started, but that the agency said it

could not turn up because of lack of

personnel.

She said: “There was a heavy fire

last night at Marine Base market.

Scene of the inferno. Photo. Nwankpa Chijioke

The fire burnt down the market.

“The fire started around 10 pm

when the market has already closed.

Nobody died in the incident but

traders lost everything they have in

the fire.

“When the fire started, we called

the fire service and they said they

would come. After about 30 minutes

we called the line again, a lady

picked the call but said they could

not come because their men were

not on ground that they had gone

for another duty.

“People lost goods worth millions

of naira. Some of the shop owners

came in around midnight and met

their shops razed, while some came

and saved a few of their goods.”


Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021—7

Hoodlums kill 4 policemen in Calabar,

5 suspects nabbed

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABAR—THE Cross River

State Police Command was,

yesterday, thrown into mourning

as two inspectors and two

sergeants were reportedly shot

dead by hoodlums at an illegal

checkpoint along MCC-

Idundung road, Calabar

Municipality Local Government

Area.

A resident, who said the incident

occurred about 1 a.m, noted: “I stay

just 100 metres from the Police

checkpoint where the incident

happened. I finished watering my

garden of vegetables at about 11 pm

and went to bed, at about 12:50 a.m

I started hearing gunshots.

“It lasted for a few minutes and

more than the usual because they

Unemployed

man sentenced

to one-month

community

service for

assault,

N42,000 theft

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS— A Lagos

Magistrates’ Court sitting in

Ejigbo, yesterday, sentenced an

unemployed man, Taiwo

Merayegbu, to one-month of

community service for attacking

a man and stealing his N42,000.

The Magistrate, Mr E.

Ogunkanmi, sentenced

Merayegbu, 25, with an option

of N50,000 fine.

Ogunkanmi had found

Merayegbu guilty after listening

to the review of facts stated by

the prosecutor, Inspector

Benedict Aigbokhan.

Before the sentence was

handed down, the convict

pleaded for leniency.

The convict promised the court

that he would not indulge in

crime again, adding that it was

the handiwork of Satan.

Merayegbu was arraigned on

February 22, 2021, and he

pleaded guilty to a three-count

charge bordering on assault and

stealing.

At the resumed hearing of the

case, yesterday, the prosecutor

told the court that on February

7, 2021, at about 7.30 p.m, the

complainant, Mr Akinfolarin

Olowojoseku, made a complaint

at Area M Police station.

According to him, the

complainant said he was

attacked by the convict and

others still at large at Ikotun

Road, Lagos.

The prosecutor stated that the

complainant was attacked while

fixing his truck that had a

mechanical problem.

He said the convict, while

attacking the complainant, stole

N42,000 belonging to the

complainant.

The prosecutor said the

offences are contrary to Section

172, and punishable under

Sections 287 and 411, of the

criminal law of Lagos state 2015.

usually shoot in the air at night as a

way to show they are on guard.

When we woke up this morning,

we learned that four policemen

were killed and two rifles carted

away.

“A joint team has come to inspect

the place and also pick up the

remaining two rifles at the scene of

the incident.”

5 suspects nabbed

But, yesterday, the Cross River

State Commissioner of Police,

Sikiru Akande, revealed that five

persons were arrested following

the killing of the four police officers.

Akande, who also confirmed the

incident, said the four policemen

were on mufti when they were

killed.

He said: ”Their target is to

dampen our spirit. But we are

resolute and we are going to strike

back at them. It is often said, he

who laughs last laughs best; Let

Cross River people wait for that

last laugh. It will make us happier.

“We have arrested five persons

who are connected with the

development. We will still arrest

more. We had an inkling that it is

a group of suspected cultists that

is working hard to get weapons

for their initiation that is coming

up very soon. So, in four days

maximum, we will get all of those

involved in this dastardly act.”

He said the Police has recovered

some of the weapons that were

taken at the spot.

Illegal checkpoint

He also revealed that the

checkpoint that was attacked was

not known to the state Police

Command Headquarters.

His words: “If it was known to

us we would have found a way of

giving them cover. That checkpoint

is not this command’s

arrangement. If you were there

you will see that they were in

mufti.

“By God’s grace, we will get all

our guns back. It is only the lives

we will not get back. For the

names of the officers, we have to

inform the families first before

making the names public.

“I want to assure you that our

spirit is not dampened. We are

going to continue to work very

hard after the incident.”

Vanguard learned that two guns

were carted away by the gunmen

while two were also recovered by

the police.

PARADED: Some of the 48 suspected kidnappers, Yahoo Boys and other criminals

being paraded by Police Public Relations Office, Mr Frank Mba, in Abuja, yesterday.

Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

6 suspected Army imposters arrested in Delta

By Festus Ahon

SIX impostors parading

themselves as military

personnel, intimidating and

defrauding members of the public

have been arrested by troops of

Operation Delta Hawk in Delta

State.

Director of Army Public Relations,

Brigadier-General Mohammed

Yerima, in a statement, said: “On

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at about

11:10 pm, the troop of Operation

Delta Hawk (OPDH) in Delta State,

acting on intelligence report,

arrested six suspected Army

imposters along Midwifery School

Road at Okpanam general area of

Asaba, Delta State.

“The suspects arrested were Mr

Nwokoye Chidera Emmanuel, 20;

Mr Nwokoye Francis, 24; Mr

Chigozie Arinze, 23; Mr Kingsley

Ndukuba, 32; Mr Chidera

Anichukwu, 21, and Mr Chinedu

Akwali, 29.

“During the arrest, the following

items were recovered: one

Mercedes Benz GL350, Toyota

Corolla with number plate ABJ 49

AA ABUJA, one Fabric Nationale

bayonet and pairs of military kits

from one of the suspects, Mr

Chidera, who claimed to be a cadet

from Southern Maritime Academy

at Ugheli, Delta State and the

suspect confessed to have got the

military kits from one Mr Hassan

nicknamed, Commander.

“Meanwhile, the suspects have

been handed over to 63 Brigade

The suspects.

Military Police Group for further

investigation and prosecution.

“Consequently, the brigade wishes

to call on the general public and

law-abiding citizens of the state to

be wary of such people who parade

themselves as military personnel

and to report any suspicious

person(s) to any nearest military

formation/ security agencies.”

2 lovers found dead in room in Delta

By Francis Efe

WARRI—BODIES of a 33

year-old man and his 25

year-old girlfriend were,

yesterday, found dead in their

one-room apartment at Uvwie

in Uvwie Local Government

Area of Delta State.

The bodies of the lovers,

identified as Emmanuel

Oshiotu and Amaka Okafor

were found dead in their

apartment located at 2, Ojigbo

Crescent, off Sapele-Effurun

Road.

Though the cause of their

death could not be ascertained

at press time, it was, however,

learned that a bottle of sniper

insecticide and a knife were

found beside their bodies, with

neighbours and police

suspecting suicide.

The suspected suicide, it was

gathered, was reinforced by

Emmanuel’s post on his Facebook

page on Wednesday depicting

someone facing frustration.

One of the neighbours of the

deceased told journalists that at

about 5 a.m. they heard Emmanuel

shouting for help and that on

2 feared killed

as militants

raze 40 houses

in A-Ibom

By Harris Emanuel

UYO—TWO persons have

been allegedly killed in a

gunfight between security

operatives and militants following

the invasion of the Enwang

community, headquarters of Mbo

local government area of Akwa

Ibom State.

Our correspondent, who visited

the once-bustling riverside

community, yesterday, met a

deserted town.

Houses and shops were locked

with a sprinkle of residents seen

standing in clusters on the major

road discussing in hush tones.

Thousands of residents were

also seen transporting their

belongings across Mbo bridge to

Oduo Ebughu, the neighbouring

town to seek refuge.

The local government

secretariat was under lock and

key as workers stayed away from

work, even as the four primary

and secondary schools in the area

were not opened.

Among the property burned by

the militants are the country

homes of the former Inspector

General of Police, late Etim

Inyang and former member of the

National Assembly, late Martin

Effiong.

Sources in the community told

Vanguard that the communal

conflict between Uda and

Enwang over disputed land

rekindled on Wednesday when

the armed youths from Uda

invaded Enwang in a midmorning

sting operation burning

and destroying several property

in their wake.

According to an eyewitness,

who identified himself as Antai,

the Enwang community never

expected the sudden invasion,

which caught them napping,

sending many running helterskelter.

A community leader, who spoke

on condition of anonymity, said:

"In my over 60 years, I have never

seen anything so devastating as

this, that a small community in

Uda would import mercenaries to

attack Enwang community over

farmland that rightly belongs to

Enwang.

“It is appalling and it smacks of

rascality. Maybe they are

emboldened by their kinsman in

government. We call for security

operatives to come to our rescue.”

A call and text message sent to

the Police Public Relations Officer,

Odiko MacDon were not

responded to at press time.

breaking the door found him

vomiting white foam while his

lover's lifeless body laid a few

distance from him.

He said the deceased was

rushed to Central Hospital, Warri

where they were both confirmed

dead and bodies deposited in the

morgue.

It was gathered that on closer

scrutiny of the room, a sniper

insecticide and a knife were found,

giving suspicion of suicide.

Delta State acting Police Public

Relations Officer, Edafe Bright,

confirmed the incident to Vanguard

in Warri.


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Kagara kidnapping: Niger gov

accuses FG of abandonment

PRESENTATION: Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila (2nd left), House Spokesman,

Benjamin Kalu (2nd right) Chairman, House Committee on Healthcare Services, Tanko Sununu (left) and

Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Health Institutions, Martins Oke at the presentation of the Green

Book (a report of the 9th House Sectoral Roundtable Session on Health) at the National Assembly yesterday.

NSA warns against 5G Network, expresses

national security concerns

•Nigeria ready for it, almost at final stage — FG

•Says 5G has no link with COVID-19

By Henry Umoru

A BUJA—THE

National Security

Adviser, (NSA),Major General

Babagana Monguno, retd,

yesterday expressed serious

concerns over the 5th Generation

(5G) Network, and cautioned

against its deployment.

According to him, if wrongly

deployed and left in the hands of

wrong persons, it can be a threat

to national security.

Speaking during Senate

investigative hearing on the

present status of 5G Network in

Nigeria and its Technological

impact on the citizens,

Monguno, who spoke through

his Director of Communications,

Bala Fakandu, said 5G Network

would

require

telecommunications operators in

Nigeria to upgrade their

equipment to the new

technology adaptable (5G)

network which, if not properly

deployed, could serve as tools for

eavesdropping, cyber attacks and

espionage by external forces.

The hearing was organised by

the Senate Joint Committee on

Communications, Science and

Technology, ICT and Cyber

Crimes and Primary Health Care

and Communicable diseases, led

by Senator Oluremi Tinubu,

APC, Lagos Central.

He said his office shared its

fears with the Nigerian

Communications Commission,

NCC, during its initial trial of the

technology in the country and

expected that the concerns would

be properly addressed in the draft

national policy when it is ready.

The NSA said: “I will agree with

the position of the Minister that

we were contacted at the office of

the NSA before the deployment

of the initial trial of the 5G

Network.

‘’I can affirm that the trial has

taken place and from our

assessment, there has been no

approval for licence to deploy

such facility so that at least, we

can allay the fears of citizens.

“I am going to talk about the

national security concerns. We are

aware that the deployment of 5G

will come with different types of

equipment and so we

understand that the stakeholders

in the telecommunications

industry will make effort to ensure

that they upgrade their systems

in order to meet up with the new

technology.

“But we are concerned about

the deliberate vulnerabilities and

backdoors within the 5G

network equipment. That is one

of the key concerns we have and

this will make the infrastructure

highly susceptible to

eavesdropping, tracking, cyber

attacks, military and industrial

espionage and other malicious

activities by foreign actors.

‘’We understand these are

things that will be put in place,

particularly in the policy, that the

Minister has talked about but I

need to emphasise it so that the

stakeholders in the

telecommunications industry will

understand where we are coming

from because the national

security concern is the concern

of the Office of the National

Security Adviser and the

President as well.

‘’In that guise, we urge the

2023: Agitators for power shift to South

behind security challenges in North — CNG

Minister to carry the office along

in the development of the policy,

so we can have a robust

framework to take care of these

areas.’’

Meanwhile, the Federal

Government on its part, told the

Senate that Nigeria was ready

for the 5G Network, adding that

the country was almost at the

final stage of its realisation and

implementation.

Speaking at the hearing,

Minister of Communications and

Digital Economy, Isa Pantami,

said there was no need for

Nigerians to express fears, saying

5G had no link with COVID-19.

On whether it has negative

impact on the lives and health of

citizens, Pantami said all available

research, including that of World

Health Organization, WHO, and

I n t e r n a t i o n a l

Telecommunications Union, ITU,

had shown that there were no

adverse health effects.

Pantami said: “We have not got

there yet as to whether we will

deploy 5G but we are on track

conducting research,

investigations, engaging

stakeholders and definitely if all

issues are addressed, the

executive will support the

deployment of 5G in Nigeria.''

•Says politicians benefiting from insecurity working against

Gumi’s amnesty proposal for bandits

By Luminous

Jannamike

A Coalition BUJA—THE

of Northern

Groups, CNG, has blamed the

country’s security challenges on

those it described as desperate

southern political power seekers.

The group also noted the

weakness of the Federal

Government to deal decisively

with instigators of the insecurity

being felt, especially by

Northerners, in their region and

elsewhere across the country.

CNG spokesman, Abdul-

Azeez Suleiman, who stated this

at a briefing in Abuja yesterday,

didn’t, however, give specific

details on how the southern

politicians instigated the security

challenges, but maintained that

the North was not unaware of

their design and would not

succumb to any form of power shift

under threat.

Suleiman stated the North’s

response to the situation was an

unwillingness to remain at the

receiving end of any attempt to

force a transfer of power by

shattering its cohesion or by

agitating for the violent breakup

of the country.

He said: “We note the alarming

rise in political militancy by a

desperate self-serving section of

political leaders that believe the

only path to gaining the

presidency is by threatening

other sections of the country and

in particular, targeting the overall

viability of Northern Nigeria.

“The pervasive insecurity being

felt by northerners in the North,

and elsewhere, manifesting with

the deliberate profiling and

systematic alienation of

particularly the Hausa/Fulani,

essentially represents a plot by

unscrupulous politicians to force

a transfer of power by whatever

means and tactics.

“The indiscriminate attacks on

northerners that have left untold

numbers of dead and displaced

persons are symptoms of the

disquiet in the southern plank

that has been exacerbated by

political opportunism and power

corruption in build up to the 2023

presidential ambition of southern

political interests and their

northern collaborators.

“The resurgence of ceaseless

antagonism against the North is

also part of a wider agenda to

cause greater instability and

rendering the country practically

ungovernable, and the setting in

of anarchy as the strategies

employed to achieve the results

that the coupists of the First

Republic failed to realise.''

By Wole Mosadomi

M

I N N A —

GOVERNOR

Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger

State has accused the Federal

Government of abandoning the

state to its fate in efforts to rescue

abducted students and staff of

Government Science College,

Kagara.

At least 27 students, three

teachers and 12 family members

were abducted by bandits who

stormed the school penultimate

Wednesday.

The governor, who expressed

frustration when Chief Whip of

the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, paid

him a sympathy visit at

Government House, Minna,

yesterday, said though the federal

government sent a delegation to

the state in the wake of the

kidnap, the state government had

been left to shoulder the financial

responsibility alone.

He said: “The Federal

Government has sent a

delegation to the state and

deployed additional 300 mobile

policemen but the government

has been left to shoulder all the

financial responsibility, so where

is the support.

“At the moment, we have

not seen any federal support

here since this incident

occurred. Yes, we had a

delegation that came to

commiserate with us but we

are left to our fate.’’

We’re working on policy to make

it mandatory for MDAs to buy

locally-made vehicles — FG

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A federal BUJA—THE

government said

yesterday it was working on a

policy to make it mandatory for

Ministries, Department and

Agencies, MDAs, to purchase

locally manufactured vehicles for

official use.

The government also disclosed

that it has already reduced

duties on imported vehicles from

35 to 5 percent, explaining that

its action was aimed at reducing

the high cost of transportation

which has effect on inflation.

Minister of Finance, Budget

and National Planning, Zainab

Ahmed, who disclosed this at the

maiden special media briefing by

MDAs, organised by the

Presidential Communications

Team at the Presidential

Villa,Abuja, said state

governments would also be

engaged to go for locally produced

vehicles for their operational

activities.

She said: “Yesterday,

(Wedneday), I had said the

Nigerian Customs Service has

sent out guidelines to all its posts

to begin immediate

implementation of the new rates

as approved by the Finance Act

2020 and I explained to you that

when a bill like Finance Act is

passed, it is first conveyed by the

Parliament to the President.

‘’The President conveys it to

the ministry and the agencies

that have the various

amendments as it affects their

laws. Each agency reviews and

The governor, however, gave

assurance that with or without

the support of the Federal

Government, the state

government had already taken

steps to rescue unhurt the

abducted students, staff and their

relatives in captivity.

“We will use whatever means

and resources available to make

sure the children return home

safely,” he assured.

Governor Bello said he could

not say the exact time the

children would be released but ‘’I

am very sure, they will be

released very soon.”

Earlier, the Chief Whip of the

Senate, Orji Kalu, said he was in

Minna to commiserate with the

government and people of Niger

State over the recent security

challenges and the abduction of

innocent school children by

bandits.

Kalu called on the Federal

Government to, as a matter of

necessity, establish a joint

security committee in the state

and other troubled parts of the

country to battle the bandits to a

stand still.

“We sympathize with you and

share in your grief at the moment

because we know what you are

passing through.

‘’This is why I am calling on

the Federal Government to set

up a joint security committee in

the state to wage a total war

against the bandits and defeat

them, finally,’’ he said.

•Reduces duties on imported vehicles

from 35 to 5 %

releases guidelines for

implementation.

“So Nigerian Customs has

reviewed these guidelines and

has notified all its operational

posts to start implementing the

new rates, so it has taken effect.

“The federal government is

committed to buying made in

Nigeria products and made in

Nigeria vehicles, in particular. So,

we will be hoping to have a

Federal Executive Council, FEC,

approval to compel federal

government agencies to buy

made in Nigeria vehicles as much

as is practicable.

‘’So, when the security

agencies need a security vehicle

that is specially designed, and you

don’t have it in Nigeria, we will

still need to buy the ones that is

outside.

“We’re hoping to also engage

states and encourage them to

take similar measures. It is

important for us because we want

to make sure the automotive

industry survives and grows.

‘’The Federal Ministry of

Industry, Trade and Investment

has just finished a review of

automated policy, which has

been running now for seven

years.

‘’I must say that the policy has

not been reviewed before, so this

is the first review that is being

done and the essence of the

review is to see whether it has

achieved the designed targets.

‘’Once the ministry gets its

approvals, then the review will

be announced and perhaps

there will be a refreshing of

the measures that are

contained in that policy.”


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PRESENTATION: From left; Member, Panel of Inquiry on ENDSARS, Oluronke Adeyemi; Secretary, Alhaji

AbdulGaniyu Shuaib; Jumoke Olaoye (member); Chairman, Hon. Justice Issa Babatunde Garba (retd); Abubakar

Isiaka Kamil (member); Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; Nafisat Musa Buge (member); Barr. Idris Gana

Jibril (member); Hajia Fatima Audu Jumai (member); Olawuyi Olamidayo; and AIG Issa Ojibara (retd); during

the presentation of report on ENDSARS to the Governor at Government House, Ilorin on Wednesday.

Don’t call bandits criminals if you want

them to surrender — GUMI

POPULAR

Islamic

scholar, Sheikh Ahmad

Gumi, has warned against

describing bandits as criminals, if

they must lay down their

weapons.

Gumi had come under scathing

criticisms for canvassing the

bandits terrorising the country,

especially the north be granted

amnesty.

But speaking in an interview

on Arise Television yesterday,

Gumi said the media was adding

to the insecurity problem by

describing the bandits as

criminals.

According to him, if the media

wants the bandits to surrender,

they should not be castigated and

referred to as criminals.

Gumi, who advised that nice

words should rather be used to

describe the bandits, said: “You’re

emphasising on criminality, even

the press are criminals too

because they are putting oil into

fire. These people are listening

to you, you should not address

them as criminals if you want

them to succumb.

“Youths are ready to put down

their weapons, now you are

calling them criminals. How do

you want them to cooperate?

‘’So you have to show them

they are Nigerians, that they

should not hurt children, be lawabiding.

This is the language we

want to hear, the press should

assist us in getting the boys.

“You see when we talk with

them with nice words, they are

ready to listen to us, put down

their weapons but when the

language is about criminality,

killing them, then this is what we

will keep having.”

On the recent threat made by

Niger-Delta militants, the cleric

said Nigeria was facing a

nationwide problem, stressing

that the country should listen to

their demands and strike out the

word “criminality”

“Let me show you something,

I don’t wish you harm but if you

are stopped by armed robbers on

the road, you will not use the

word criminal on them.

‘’Tell them good things so that

you will save yourself. We are

trying to save the nation from

these youths that have a false

sense of authority. The language

we use is very important.

“We have a problem now,

proliferation of arms, and there

are drugs and semi-illiterate

population. How do you deal with

it? By castigating them and

abusing them in the media?

“You’re talking to yourself, they

don’t even listen to you, so the

best for us is for clergymen,

respected people, elderly to try to

reach them.

‘’Put sense into them, when

you go, they lower their heads,

they will listen, they will start

giving excuses, accept their

excuse but show them the way

out. We are trying to nurture

them out of this criminality.

“You have the power of

media, you should use it to

bring people together, not try

to spread things that divide

people,” he said.

Gumi said the attacks have

subsided, saying “even the

Maiduguri case, I don’t think it is

a big threat because the military

has surrounded the town.

“There is no continuous

bombardment, just sporadic

attacks. But yet, negotiations

are important in seeing that

we get these boys or youths,

get sense into their heads.

Just admonish them and

show them the fear of God

and it will work.”

ICPC recovers $919,207 from Federal High

Court staff •Arraigns Director, 3 others for bribery

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

A Independent BUJA—THE

Corrupt

Practices and Other Related

Offences Commission, ICPC, said

yesterday it has secured the final

forfeiture of $919,202.07

fraudulently kept in an interestyielding

bank account by some

staff of the Federal High Court,

Port Harcourt.

The commission in a statement

signed by its spokesperson, Mrs.

Azuka Ogugua, said it recovered

the money from three

Respondents that included the

Chief Registrar and Deputy

Registrar of the High Court, as

well as the branch of an old

generation bank in Port Harcourt.

“In the course of investigating

a petition written against some

officials of the court for alleged

violation of ICPC Act 2000, the

commission’s special

investigation team uncovered the

money, being the sum of

confiscated, value and sold vessel

hidden in a bank account.

“To allow any interested

persons show cause why the

money should not be forfeited

finally to the federal government,

ICPC immediately filed an exparte

motion for an Interim Order

of Forfeiture in November 2020.

“While ruling on the Interim

Order of Forfeiture, Justice

Mohammed Sani of the Federal

High Court, Port Harcourt

granted the commission’s prayers

for interim forfeiture of the sum,

pending the final hearing of the

case.

“In his ruling on the Motion on

Notice for the final forfeiture of

the money, Justice Sani held that

he was satisfied that ICPC

had placed sufficient evidence

before the Court to justify a

final forfeiture of the

contentious money.

“He, therefore, ordered the

bank in Port-Harcourt to

immediately pay the money into

the Federal Government’s

Treasury Single Account as the

money in question rightly

belonged to the Federal

Government of Nigeria,” the

statement read.

In another development, the

ICPC has arraigned a former

Executive Director of National

Horticultural Research Institute,

Ibadan, Dr. Ademola Idowu, and

three others for allegedly

conferring undue advantage

upon themselves.

Other Defendants in the eightcount

charge are Mr. Isaiah

Kayode Ajisafe, Mr. David Ikyobo

and a company, Sterling Designs

& Associates.

ICPC alleged that the

Defendants received the sum of

N1,800,000 as benefit for

appointing Sterling Designs &

Associates Limited as Consultant

to the Institute, contrary to and

punishable under Sections 9, 19

and 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices

and Other Related Offences Act,

2000.

Ajisafe, a former head of

accounts department of the

Institute was also accused of

receiving N1,200,000 to appoint

the company as a Consultant to

the Institute.

ICPC alleged that the 3rd

Defendant, Mr. Ikyobo who is a

Director at the company, bribed

the other Defendants to the

tune of N3 million.

Meanwhile, the Defendants

pleaded not guilty to the charge,

persuading the court to release

them on bail pending the

determination of the case against

them.

In his ruling, Justice Muktar

Abimbola of the Oyo State High

Court, granted the Defendants

bail in the sum of N10 million each

with one surety in like sum.

The court held that the surety

must swear to an affidavit of

means and ensure that the bail

conditions are met within 10 days.

Alleged N2bn Fraud: Ex-Pension

boss, Maina loses bid to secure

fresh bail

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

Economic, security situation,

sign Nigeria’s collapsing

— Presidential aspirant

By Gabriel Olawale

Benue, other northern states with large Christian

population under severe persecution since 2015

— CAN

By Peter Duru

M AKURDI—THE

President of Christian

Association of Nigeria, CAN,

Reverend Samson Ayokunle,

Thursday observed that Benue

state particularly and other states

with large Christian population

especially in the north have

suffered so much persecution in

the last six years.

He urged all patriotic Nigerians

to speak out against what he

described as persecutions and

illegalities being meted out

against Christians in the country.

Reverend Ayokunle who spoke

during the breakfast meeting of

the National Executive

Committee and General

Assembly meetings of the

association in Makurdi declared

that the association's support for

Governor Samuel Ortom’s call for

social justice for all groups in the

country.

He commended Governor

Ortom for his courage in speaking

out and urged other patriots to

emulate him.

According to the CAN

President, “Benue State is among

the most persecuted States in

the last six years just as States

with large population of Christians

especially in the North have faced

the most severe persecution ever

A

B

U J A —

ERSTWHILE

Chairman of the defunct Pension

Reform Taskforce Team, PRTT,

Abulrasheed Maina, yesterday

lost his bid to secure fresh bail

from the Federal High Court in

Abuja.

The court, in a ruling by trial

Justice Okon Abang, held that

Maina, whose initial bail was

revoked after he fled to Niger

Republic midway into his trial on

12-count money laundering

charge, is a “proven flight risk”.

Justice Abang dismissed

Maina’s fresh bail application as

lacking in merit, stressing that

though it was at the discretion of

the court to grant bail, the

Defendant had by his conduct,

proved that he does not deserve

the exercise of such judicial

discretion in his favour.

The trial Judge held that the

Defendant failed to place

sufficient materials to justify why

he should be released from

detention after he jumped the

bail previously granted to him.

Besides, he noted that a medical

report Maina brought from the

University of Abuja Teaching

Hospital, indicated that he was

not under any medical

emergency or suffering a life

threatening ailment.

“Having considered the facts

placed before me, I hold that the

first Defendant cannot be trusted

with another bail. He is not only

a potential flight risk, but a proven

flight risk.

“A Defendant, who fled the

A

Presidential

aspirant on the platform

of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

in 2023, Orefo Onochie, has

expressed displeasure over the

economic and security situation

in the country, describing it as

sign of a collapsing country.

Onochie, who was former

Delta State Commissioner on

Special Duties, said to resuscitate

the economy and address the

issue of insecurity,

“government need to focus

on key areas like electricity

generation, cost of living, and

education, among others.”

seen in the history of Nigeria.

“It is disheartening and most

disappointing for some leaders to

come out boldly to support the

gross injustice being perpetrated.

What type of audacity in

supporting evil and illegality are

we witnessing today?”

He commending Governor

Ortom for his forthrightness

despite all manner of intimidation

and persecution,

Responding, Ortom stated that

he would not be intimidated to

accept the injustice which was

being meted out against

vulnerable groups in the country.

He said the recent letter he

wrote to the President was a call

for justice for various groups.

•Fails to vacate order for his

trial in absentia

country to Chad and Niger, while

his travel documents were

deposited in court, cannot be

trusted with another bail”, Justice

Abang held.

The court equally refused an

application Maina filed to retrieve

some of his property, including a

BMW car, which he said were

confiscated by the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission,

EFCC, even as it declined to

vacate an order it made on

November 18, 2020, which

okayed trial of the Defendant in

absentia.

Maina, who is facing a 12-count

money laundering charge

alongside his firm- Common

Input Property and Investment

Limited - had in his fresh

application, prayed the court to

grant him bail on health ground.

He told the court that his

health condition worsened at the

Kuje Correctional Center where

he was remanded upon his

extradition to the country by the

Interpol on December 3, 2020.

In the application he filed

through his team of lawyers led

by Mr. Sani Katu SAN, the former

pension reform boss told the court

that he is suffering unbearable

pain due to a knee surgery we

underwent while he was in Niger

Republic.

He told the court that

complication from the surgery

could lead to the amputation of

his leg if his request for bail to

allow him to seek better medical

attention, is refused.

The EFCC had opposed

Maina’s bail application, insisting

that he would escape abroad if

released from detention.

He promised that as the

President of Nigeria, he will

ensure the construction of

electricity generation plants and

supply packages for the next 15

years.

Onochie said his

administration would also focus

on reducing cost of living and

service by 32 percent in the first

phase to eliminate suffering and

living in near permanent

economic hardship that breeds,

inspires corruption and general

insecurity.

“We are going to promote free

education and training of all

Nigerians from kindergarten up

to university level. We are going

to put an end to strikes or

stoppages of national or sectoral

education calendars,’’he said.

Onochie who is the Chairman

of Nadam Holding Co Ltd, said

that he would ensure that petrol

price returned to N75 per litre and

retain commercial bank lending

rate at four percent for borrowing

and credits.

He added: “We are going to

reverse the GDP growth rate from

current 0.15 percent to 8 percent,

while recession and stagflation

will be entirely eliminated. I am

going to pursue zero foreign loans

emanating from deeper desire to

grow, sustain, and re-invigorate

our domestic natural

endowments and resources.’’

He, however, pledged to

ensure true federalism to ensure

all the federating units become a

dominant force to re-enact

economic growth.


10 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Economic Growth in focus as

Banks’ CEOs Summit holds today

Herbert Wigwe, Access

Bank

Segun Agbaje, GTBANK

Ebenezer Onyeagwu,

Zenith Bank

Adesola Adeduntan, First

Bank

Hassan Usman, Jaiz Bank

Nneka Onyeali Ikpe,

Fideity Bank

Olukayode Pitan, Bank of

Industry

Ifie Sekibo, Heritage Bank

Banjo Adegbohungbe,

Coronation Merchant

Bank

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu,

Citibank

Mudassir Amray, Titan

Trust Bank

Kayode Akinkugbe,

FBNQuest Merchant Bank

Michael Labie, Rand

Merchant Bank

Walter Akpani, Providus

Bank

Tomi Somefun, Unity

Bank

Nath Ude, Nova Merchant

Bank

By Babajide Komolafe

Nigeria’s aspiration for a

robust and sustainable

economic growth will receive

a major boost as the top

echelon of the banking

industry and government

converge today at the Banks’

CEOs Summit.

Organised by Vanguard

Newspaper in collaboration

with the CBN and the

Bankers Committee, the

summit will hold virtually

and physically at the

prestigious Eko Hotel.

Discussion at the summit

will be led by Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo, as the

Special Guest of Honour,

Finance Minister, Zainab

Ahmed as the Guest of

Honour, and the Governor of

the Central Bank of Nigeria,

Godwin Emefiele.

The summit is

inspired by the

quest for bold

and innovative

policy

prescriptions to

address the

trend of weak

economic growth

The summit will also be

attended and addressed by

Dr Kayode Fayemi,

Chairman, Governors’

Forum and Governor of Ekiti

State; Governor Babagana

Zulum of Borno State; and

Governor Babajide Sanwo-

Olu of Lagos State.

With the theme, “How to

Overcome the Pitfalls of

Recession: Bankers

Perspective

and

Prescriptions for An

Enduring National Growth

Path”, the summit is inspired

by the quest for bold and

innovative policy

prescriptions to address the

trend of weak economic

growth confronting the

country since 2014 worsened

by two bouts of economic

recessions.

Background

Since 2014, the country’s

economy has been growing

below its population, a trend

with grave implications for

efforts to reduce

unemployment and poverty.

While the population has

been growing at 2.8 percent,

the average Gross Domestic

Product (GDP) growth rate

for five years, 2014-2019,

stood at 2.45 per cent, down

by four percentage points

from 6.45 per cent for the

previous five year, 2013 to

2009.

This trend was aggravated

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Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 — 11

Economic Growth in focus as Banks’ CEOs Summit holds today

Kennedy Uzoka, UBA

Abubakar Suleiman,

Sterling Bank

Halima Buba, SunTrust

Bank

Continued from page 10

last year by the COVID-19

inspired lockdown in

economic activities and

social distancing measures,

which pushed the nation’s

economy into another

economic recession, with

two consecutives GDP

contractions of -6.10 per cent

in Q2’2020 and -3.62%

Q3’2020. Although the

economy exited the recession

in the fourth quarter of last

year (Q4’2020) with GDP

growth of 0.11 percent, the

country still ended with full

year economic contraction of

1.92 per cent, down from 2.21

per cent GDP growth

recorded in full year 2019.

Furthermore, the outlook

for the nation’s economic

growth for 2021 by leading

investment analysts is about

2.7 per cent while the world

Bank and the International

Monetary Fund projected 1.5

percent and 1.1 percent

respectively.

This worrying economic

growth trend and outlook,

amidst macroeconomic

Emeka Emuwa, Union

Bank

Olaniran Olayinka, Keystone

Bank

Ademola Adebise,

Wema Bank

challenges of 27.1 per cent

unemployment rate, 41

percent poverty rate and

inflation rate of 16.47 per

cent, the highest in 17

months, has increased the

need for new policy

prescriptions, especially

from top decision makers in

the banking industry, to

complement the Economic

Sustainability Plan of the

Federal Government, that

will set the nation on the path

of higher and sustainable

GDP growth path.

The above sets the stage for

discussions at the Bank’s

CEO Summit holding today.

The Summit

Among other things, the

summit will feature a

keynote address by three

state governors, a special

session on ‘Road Map to

Economic Recovery’, and

executive syndicate sessions

of banks’ CEOs.

Keynote speakers at the

summit include: Dr Kayode

Fayemi, Chairman,

Governors’ Forum and

Governor of Ekiti State;

Demola Sogunle,

Stanbic IBTC

Hamda Ambah, FSDH

Merchant Bank

Lamin Manjang,

Standard Chartered Bank

While the

population has

been growing at

2.8 percent, the

average Gross

Domestic Product

(GDP) growth rate

for five years, 2014-

2019, stood at 2.45

per cent

Governor Babagana Zulum

of Borno State; and Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State.

Fayemi will speak on

“Rebuilding the Economy

Through

State

Governments”, Zulum will

speak on “Rebuilding the

Economy of Northern

Nigeria”, while Sanwo-Olu

will speak on “Rebuilding

Patrick-Akinwuntan,

Ecobank Nigeria

Innocent Ike, Polaris Bank

Yemisi Edun, FCMB

Lagos and the Southern

Nigeria Economy”.

The session on “Road Map

to Economic Recovery” will

be addressed by Mr. Ben

Akabueze, Director of

Budgets in the Presidency,

who will speak on “The Road

Map to Economic Recovery:

The role of Planning for a

Desired Future”. On his part,

HRM Alhaji Sanusi Lamido

Sanusi will speak on “The

Road Map to Economic

Recovery: Towards Positive

Social Impacts”, while Dr.

Doyin Salami, Chairman,

Nigeria’s Economic Advisory

Council will speak on

“Insights on the Economy:

Towards Sustainable

Development and Growth

Paths”. The session will be

moderated by Mr Bismarck

Rewane, MD/CEO,

Financial Derivatives

Limited.

Banks’ CEOs Sessions

The executive syndicate

sessions will feature six

groups of banks’ CEOs.

Group A will address

“Exploring Agro and Agro

Allied Businesses as a

Booster to Economic Growth”.

The discussants are the

Managing Director/CEOs of

Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Patrick

Akinwuntan; Fidelity Bank

Plc, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe;

First Bank of Nigeria

Limited, Adesola Adeduntan;

and FSDH Merchant Bank,

Hamda Ambah.

Group B will address

“Resuscitating Nigeria’s

Manufacturing Capabilities

for the Next Level”. The

discussants are the

Managing Directors/CEOs

of FCMB Plc, Yemisi Edun;

GT Bank Plc, Segun Agbaje;

Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc,

Demola Sogunle; Citibank

Nigeria Limited, Ireti

Samuel-Ogbu; and Nova

Merchant Bank Limited,

Nath Ude.

Group C will focus on

“Funding for the Telecom and

Oil & Gas Sectors”. The

discussants are the

Managing Directors/CEOs,

Polaris Bank Ltd, Innocent

Ike; Standard Chartered

Bank Limited, Lamin

Manjang; Sterling Bank Plc,

Abubakar Suleiman; United

Bank for Africa Plc, Kennedy

Uzoka; and Titan Trust

Bank, Mudassir Amray.

The syndicate session

Group D will address

“Harnessing Economic

Potentials Through Integrated

Rural Development”. The

discussants are the

Managing Directors/CEOs

of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc,

Emeka Emuwa; Unity Bank

Plc, Tomi somefun; Wema

Bank Plc, Ademola Adebise

and Bank of Industry,

Olukayode Pitan.

Group E will focus on

“Road to Sustainable

Infrastructure Development”.

The discussants are the

Managing Directors/CEOs

of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie

Sekibo; Access Bank Plc,

Herbert Wigwe; FBNQuest

Merchant Bank, Kayode

Akinkugbe; Providus Bank

Limited, Walter Akpani; and

Rand Merchant Bank

Nigeria Limited, Michael

Labie.

The syndicate session

Group F will address

“Empowering the People

Through Retail Lending”.

The discussants are the

Managing Directors/CEOs

of Zenith Bank Plc, Ebenezer

Onyeagwu; Jaiz Bank

Limited, Hassan Usman;

Suntrust Bank Limited,

Halima Buba; Coronation

Merchant Bank, Banjo

Adegbohungbe and

Keystone Bank, Olaniran

Olayinka.


12 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Interventions in

Non-Oil sector

and exit from

recession

By Babajide Komolafe

The importance of the nonoil

sector as a critical driver

of Nigeria’s economy was

once again reinforced in the

fourth quarter of 2020,

Q4’2020.

During the quarter, the nonoil

sector helped the economy

to record its first growth in

three quarters, and also come

out of recession following the

contractions recorded in

Q2’2020 and Q3’2020, which

sent Nigeria into its second

recession in five years.

The non-oil sector include

telecommunication services;

financial sector (banking and

insurance) services; tourism

service (hotels, restaurants,

parks, carnivals, movies;

wholesale and retail trade;

Health services; export trade;

agricultural activities; mineral

activities; power(conventional

and

renewable);

Manufacturing;

environmental services like

cleaning, waste collection and

recycling.

According to the National

Bureau of Statistics, NBS’

Gross Domestic Product, GDP

report for Q4’2020, while the

oil sector contracted with

-19.76% (year-on-year) GDP

growth in Q4 2020, the nonoil

sector expanded,

recording 1.69% GDP growth

in Q4 2020.

Furthermore, the

contributions of the oil sector

to the nation’s economy rose

by 1.45 percentage points to

94.13% in Q4’2020 from

92.68% in Q4’2019.

As a result, “Nigeria’s Gross

Domestic Product (GDP) grew

by 0.11%(year-on-year) in real

terms in the fourth quarter of

2020, representing the first

positive quarterly growth in

the last three quarters.

“On a quarter on quarter

basis, real GDP growth was

9.68% 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%, a decline

of –4.20% points when

compared to the 2.27%

recorded in 2019”, the NBS

stated.

While the impressive

performance of the non oil

sector and its huge impact of

the GDP in Q4’2020 were

driven by the removal of

COVID-19 restrictions and

further reopening of

the economy during the

period, investment

analysts, however,

cited the various

monetary stimulus

measures of the

Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN

g r e a t l y

stimulated

activities in the

non-oil sector.

This, they

noted, is more

reflected in the

agricultural and

the services sectors which

were the major focus of the N3

trillion CBN intervention

measures to facilitate the

recovery of the economy from

the COVID-19-induced

recession.

CBN Interventions

Realising the likely impact of

the COVID-19 pandemic on

the economy especially the

impact of the prolonged

lockdown of the economy, the

Central Bank of Nigeria rolled

out some measures to

stimulate economic activities.

Most of the interventions

which were designed to inject

about N3.5 trillion into the

economy through activities

mostly in the non-oil sector

include: Regulatory

forbearance to banks to

restructure terms of facilities in

affected sectors; additional

moratorium of one year on

CBN intervention facilities

and interest rates reduction

on intervention facilities from

9 per cent to 5 per cent.

Other measures include:

Creation of N50 billion

targeted credit facility for

affected households and Small

and Medium Enterprises,

SMEs; provision of

additional N100 billion

intervention in healthcare

loans to pharmaceutical

companies, healthcare

practitioners intending to

expand/build capacity; and

provision of N1 trillion in

loans to boost local

manufacturing and production

across critical sectors.

According to the CBN

Governor, Godwin Emefiele,

the apex bank as at January

this year, had injected about

N2 trillion through these

measures into various sectors

of the economy.

Speaking at the end of the

Monetary Policy Committee,

MPC, meeting in January, he

said: “In light of the on-going

synchronized efforts by the

monetary and fiscal authorities

to mitigate the impact of the

COVID-19 pandemic, the

bank has committed

substantial amounts of money

towards this objective. Indeed,

total disbursements as at

January 2021 amounted to

N2.0 trillion.

“COVID-19-Targeted Credit

Facility, TCF meant for

household and small

businesses, wherein we have

disbursed N192.64 billion to

426,016 beneficiaries.

“We have also disbursed

N106.96 billion to 27,956

beneficiaries under the

AgriBusiness Small and

Medium Enterprises

Investment Scheme,

AGSMEIS, while in the

Health Care Support

Intervention Facility, we have

disbursed N72.96 billion to 73

projects that comprise 26

pharmaceutical projects and

47 Hospitals and Health Care

Services Project in the

country.

“To support the provision of

The argument

still holds but

it could now

be that the

credit

interventions

of the CBN,

state

development

banks and

others are

starting to

have an impact

•Godwin Emefiele,

CBN Governor

employment opportunities for

the Nigerian youth, the

Central Bank of Nigeria also

provided financial support

through the Creative Industry

Financing Initiative and

Nigerian Youth Investment

Fund amounting to N3.12

billion with 320 beneficiaries

and N268 million with 395

beneficiaries, respectively. On

enhancing power supply, the

bank has so far, provided

N18.58 billion for the

procurement of 347,853

electricity reading meters.”

Analysts comments

Citing the role of the apex

bank’s intervention as a factor

in the growth recorded in the

non-oil sector especially in

agriculture in Q4’2020,

analysts at Vetiva Capital

Management Limited said:

“The agricultural sector

maintained a clean sheet in

2020, supported by

intervention efforts of the

Federal Government and the

development finance activities

of the Central Bank. This was

despite the interruptions to

farming activities and food

transportation, caused by

floods and lockdown measures

respectively experienced

during the year.

Analysts at FBNQuest

similarly credited the

interventions of the CBN and

others for the surprised GDP

growth in Q4’2020. They said:

“Our expectation was a

slowdown in contraction to -

1.95% and was undone by

robust growth of 3.42% for

agriculture, the sector’s best

showing since Q4 ’17. Several

times we have made the point

that Nigeria’s performance

would be more muted than that

of most emerging markets due

to the protection its large

informal economy enjoys from

global headwinds (such as

COVID-19). The argument

still holds but it could now be

that the credit interventions of

the CBN, state development

banks and others, are starting

to have an impact.”

Also noting the contributions

of the agriculture sector,

analysts at Afrinvest Securities

Limited, said: “The Nigerian

economy grew marginally by

0.1% y/y in Q4:2020,

surprisingly shrugging-off a

technical recession brought

about by the pandemic

according to the GDP report

released this week. The fragile

recovery was mainly driven by

the non-oil sector which rose

1.7% y/y from -2.5% y/y in the

previous quarter, supported

by the agriculture and services

sectors,” said analysts at

Afrinvest Securities Limited.

Elaborating on the

contributions of the non-oil

sector to GDP growth in

Q4’2020, analysts at United

Capital similarly said: “The

non-oil sector’s contribution to

real GDP improved during the

period, accounting for 94.1%

(vs 92.7% in Q4-2019 and

91.3% in Q3-2020).

“The rebound in non-oil

GDP was broadly supported by

faster growth in Agriculture

(+3.4% y/y), sustained

expansion in ICT (+15.0% y/

y) and smaller contractions in

sectors like Transportation

(Q4-2020: -6.0% y/y vs Q3-

2020: -43.0% y/y),

Accommodation & Food

Services (Q4-2020: -15.0% y/y

vs Q3-2020: -22.6% y/y), Trade

(Q4-2020: -3.2% y/y vs Q3-

2020: -12.1% y/y), and finally

the recovery of the Real Estate

sector (+2.8% y/y), after a 6-

quarters long recession. On a

broader classification, the mild

growth in Q4-202 was

supported by an improved

outing in the agricultural and

services sectors. Clearly, the

sectors that drove the recovery

were sectors that benefited

from the reopening of the

economy which allowed

people to go back to their

normal life at a decent level.

The impact was consequently

felt on movement of goods and

people (Transportation),

return of social gatherings and

use of Quick Service

Restaurant outlets (Food

services & Agriculture).

“On a broader classification,

the mild growth in Q4-202 was

supported by an improved

outing in the Agricultural and

services sectors.

“The Agricultural sector

grew by 3.4% y/y in Q4 2020,

110bps larger than the growth

recorded in Q3 2020. Overall,

the sector recorded an annual

growth of 2.2% in Full Year-

2020. The stronger growth in

the Agriculture sector was

underpinned by improved

crop yields due to the harvest

season and stronger demand

along the food value chain

which supported improved

harvests and supply. ”


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HEARING—From left: Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Professor

Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC;

Dr. Kashifu Abdullahi, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency;

Engr. Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards & Network Integrity, NCC, during the investigative

public hearing of the Senate Joint Committee on Communications, Science and Technology, ICT

& Cybercrimes and Primary Heath Care & Communicable Diseases, on 'The Present Status of 5G

in Nigeria', yesterday, at the National Assembly, Abuja.

Restructuring: Nigeria, failed state

—Edwin Clark •Says 1999 Constitution a scam

By Victoria Ojeme &

Fortune Eromosele

A BUJA—SOUTH-South

leader and former Federal

Commissioner for Information,

Chief Edwin Clark

has said that Nigeria is a

failed state, adding that the

1999 constitution Nigeria

currently operates on is a

scam.

Clark during a National

Restructure Actualisation

Summit, RAS in Abuja,

where he was represented by

Chief Ominimini Obiuwevbi,

Ughelli-National Chairman,

Oil Producing Area Association

of Nigeria,

OPAAN, said, "Nigeria is a

failed state, failed state in the

sense that nothing works

anymore. Bring the best expert

to come and manage

Nigeria under the 1999 constitution,

it will not yield any

result because the 1999 constitution

is a scam.

"The last constitution we

had in this country was the

1963 constitution, the 1999

constitution was dictated by

the military and handed

down to Nigeria and that is

why nothing works. Some

people who run Nigeria were

beneficiaries of the 1963

constitution, beneficiaries of

true federalism."

Further, he said that the

South-South is the breadwinners

of Nigeria, adding,

"Nobody can dispute that

fact. But we do not control

our resources. What we people

of Niger Delta want is restructuring

through federalism.

"We want a situation where

we can control our resources

and pay tax to the centre.

Other regions have enjoyed

this before. We have suffered

the most in Nigeria, we are

not saying we should have

everything that belongs to us,

but we the people of Niger

Delta believe in restructuring

through true federalism.

"When groundnut, Cocoa,

palm oil were the basic economic

activities in Nigeria,

from the 1963 constitution,

they retained 20 per cent of

what they produced to the

state and paid 50 per cent to

the centre.

"Even from the 50 per cent

they paid to the centre, the

Federal Government retained

20 per cent and the

remaining 30 per cent was

shared between the federating

units and the Federal

Government. That was

when oil was not in control

of the Nigerian economy

but today oil is in charge of

the Nigerian economy.

"We the people of Niger

Delta are being given only

13 per cent even the 13 per

cent is not actually 13 per

Security: Obaseki reassures on

partnership with military, others

By Gabriel

Enogholase

B ENIN—GOVERNOR

Godwin Obaseki of

Edo State, has reassured

that his administration will

sustain the robust relationship

between the state government,

the military and

other security agencies to

ensure peace and security

of lives and property in the

state.

Obaseki, gave the assurance

when he received the

newly posted Commander

of 4 Brigade, Nigerian

Army, Brig. Gen. Musa

Sadiq in his office.

The governor said, "Our

country is under attack as

what we are experiencing

today might be orchestrated

by series of players

causing instability in the

country.

"We are witnessing security

challenges across the

country, it's part of the

building process but we are

lucky to have a 4 Brigade

Commander in Edo State

at this time.

"Nigerians are peaceloving

people. Edo people

are accommodating

and welcoming. Every

Nigerian has a right to

live in Edo, likewise every

Edo person has a right

to live in any part of Nigeria."

Charging the new commander

on security of the

cent of production, it is 13

per cent of project.

"Our people do not even

work in the oil establishment,

today all the Directors

of Human Resources in

NNPC and all the oil parastatals

in NNPC are from

other parts of the country, we

do not know where people

are recruited from. So, do

we actually belong to this

country? We belong to a

country where we are treated

as second class citizens,

lives of Edo people, Obaseki

said, "With your coming,

we will work together to

protect every Nigeria living

in our territory in Edo.

"We have enjoyed a very

robust relationship with the

military. You are a part of

our security architecture

and we solicit for continued

close collaboration."

Earlier, Brig. Gen. Sadiq

said, "I have the responsibility

of the Army to pilot the

Brigade and assist you to

maintain stability in terms

of security."

Delta monarchs urge FG to rebuild 5

federal highways

that is very unacceptable.

"There is no sector in Nigeria

that you can actually

say is working well, be it the

education sector for instance,

this sector has failed

woefully. A situation where

private universities graduate

students faster than federal

universities, that tells

you that Nigeria is going

towards the drain.

"Anything other than true

federalism, Nigeria will collapse,"

he added.

By Emma Amaize,

Regional Editor,

South-South

A EIGHT SABA—TWENTY-

traditional rulers

from five oil/gas producing

kingdoms of Ijaw, Urhobo,

Isoko, and Ndokwa in

Delta State, have asked the

Federal Government to reconstruct

four deplorable federal

highways that criss-cross the

state before the rains set in.

The royal fathers speaking

under the auspices of Traditional

Rulers of Oil Minerals

Producing Communities of

Nigeria, TROMPCON, Delta

State chapter, made the call

in a communique at the end

of an enlarged meeting in Effurun,

Uvwie Local Government

Area of Delta State.

In the communique by chairman,

TROMPCON, Delta

State and Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom,

HRM Emmanuel Abe I

and secretary, TROMPCON,

the Ebenananoowei of Kumbbowei,

HRM Jackson Angalabiri,

the monarchs also

urged the Federal Government

to analytically scrutinize

the 10 per cent equity

share advocated by oil and

gas producing communities

in the Petroleum Industry Bill,

PIB, 2020, rather than forcefully

foist two per cent equity

on them.

The five federal roads are:

Warri-Benin federal highway,

Amukpe-Ewu federal

highway, Agbor-Effurun federal

highway and the all-important

East-West Road.

"TROMPCON, Delta State

chapter believes sincerely

that Mr President should inaugurate

the already

screened and confirmed

board of the Niger Delta Development

Commission,

NDDC, to reduce the current

tension in the oil/gas

producing region of the

country.

"TROMPCON sincerely

and wholeheartedly supports

the intention of the

Federal Government to

carry out a forensic audit of

Sapele federal constituency:

How I pushed for House of

Reps'recognition, reinstatement

—Efe Afe

By Onozure Dania

WARRI—A member of

House of Representatives,

representing Okpe,

Sapele and Uvwie Federal

Constituency, Mr Efe Afe, has

explained how he convinced

his colleagues to recognise

and 'reinstate' Sapele Federal

Constituency as a separate district

from the current configuration

of Okpe, Sapele and

Uvwie Federal Constituency.

Recall that the House of Representatives

passed a resolution

to recognise the existence

of Sapele Federal Constituency

and the two Sapele state constituencies,

"as stipulated by the

1999 Constitution as amended."

The House also directed the

Independent National Electoral

Commission, INEC, to conduct

elections into Sapele Federal

Constituency and the two

state constituencies to bring

the resolution in conformity

with the provisions of the constitution.

According to the lawmaker,

Urhobo bizman, Uba Michael,

visits Ughelli monarchs, calls for

oneness, unity

By Emmanuel

Okogba

UGHELLI—CIVIL society

and good governance advocate,

Uba Michael, has

called for unity among the

Urhobo nation, saying it was

the surest way of attracting

more development and advancement.

Michael, made the call

when he visited monarchs in

Ughelli Kingdom, Delta State

in preparation for the confirmation

of a chieftaincy title

and consultations on how to

move the Urhobo nation forward.

the books of NDDC in the

past 20 years," the monarchs

said.

They complained about

the inactivity at the Osubi

Airport, Effurun, near Warri,

appealing to the Federal

Government to prevail on

the Minister of Aviation "to

bring the airport back on

stream without further delay."

Insecurity: Human effort failed,

we need prayers —Prophet Ituen

By Gabriel Olawale

L and AGOS—FOUNDER

Leader of Christ Deliverance

Ministries in Lagos,

Prophet Ekong Ituen has

called on Nigerians to be

prayerful in order to overcome

the present insecurity

across the country.

Ituen who urge the Federal

Government to restructure the

security architecture said, that

human efforts have failed,

hence "Prayers of men of God

who are spiritually inclined

should be inclusive in order

Speaking after his meeting

with the Ovie of Ogor Kingdom,

His Royal Majesty, Okiemute

Igere, the entrepreneur

said, "The Ovie and I deliberated

on the needfulness of

Urhobo oneness and unity,

which will ensure that Urhobo

gets what Urhobo truly deserves.

A divided Urhobo nation

will be cheated and defeated

easily in the scheme of

things. Therefore, we must

unite and speak with one voice.

"We must act in a timely

manner to resolve conflicts in

Urhobo as soon as possible.

The little grievances we allow

to fester among Urhobo will

eventually grow to a bigger

one and may eventually destroy

us.‘‘

Okpe youths go to polls Saturday

he led a debate on the motion,

arguing that Sapele Local

Government Area of Delta

State, had two state constituencies,

namely Sapele Rural

and Sapele Urban constituencies

and one federal constituency,

Sapele Federal Constituency,

"prior to the reconfiguration,

which is the basis of

the general election in 1998

and subsequent elections."

He expressed concern on

the floor of the House, that

Sapele council is the only local

government area in Delta

State, "that has suffered

abridgement from two state

constituencies to one state constituency

and the scrapping of

her federal constituency, while

other councils of her status migrated

from two to more constituencies."

Afe informed the House

that INEC decided that Sapele

Federal Constituency be reinstated,

via a memo, after a

series of substantiated presentations

from Sapele council

to INEC in 2004, noting that

the decision for reinstatement

was duly communicated to

the National Assembly for

further legislative action.

THE OKPE Youth Associa

tion, the group that maintains

law and order in Okpe

Kingdom, Delta State is set

to hold its elections on February

27, 2021.

According to a statement by

Douglas and Obaro Egagifo

Chairman and Secretary

of the Electoral Committee

respectively, the sale of

form will last between February

15 to 23, 2021, while

screening comes up on

February 24.

According to the release,

February 12, and March

13, 2021, will be for the

manifesto and presentation

of certificates.

to achieve result sooner than

expected."

He warned that Nigerians

need to be prayerful to forestall

the comeback of the military

to power through the

windows that the politicians

and government have left

open, adding "We should also

pray against the revolution in

future."

Ituen tasked the government

to prioritize food security in

order to avert another chaos

that may be worse than the

EndSARS saga because a

hungry man is an angry man.


14 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

COMMISSIONING—Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (second right); Commissioner

for Environment and Natural Resources, Lateef Oyeleke (right); Chairman, Oyo State

Waste Management Agency, Seun Adelore (second left), and Project Consultant, Idowu

Salawu, during the official commissioning of Awotan landfill and unveiling of Clean

and Green Waste Trucks, held at Apete Awotan Akufo road, Ibadan.

Apapa Customs intercepts 554 cartons

of tramadol, others worth N223.2m

By Godfrey Bivbere

LAGOS—THE

Apapa

Command of the Nigeria

Customs Service, NCS,

yesterday, intercepted 554 cartons

of tramadol and unregistered

drugs with a Duty Paid Value of

N223.2 million, imported into the

country.

The 554 cartons of tramadol

were concealed in 1,000 cartons

as ceramic tiles stocked in a 40-

foot container, while the sacks of

mosquito coil loaded in a 40-foot

container was falsely declared as

ground paper and packaging

paper bag.

The Customs Area Controller of

the Command, Malanta Yusuf,

who disclosed this in Lagos, said

that the container, with number

Ooni unveils local COVID-19 remedy approved by

NAFDAC

By Shina Abubakar

OSOGBO—THE Ooni of Ife,

Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi,

yesterday, unveiled herbal

remedies capable of boosting

human immunity against the

Coronavirus.

Unveiling the products,

produced by Yem-Kem

International Group, in

collaboration with Ojaja Global

Outreach, at the Ile-Oodua

Palace, Ile-Ife, the monarch said

the products were approved by

the National Agency for Food,

Drug Administration and Control,

NAFDAC, and were tested on

COVID-19 positive patients in the

country.

He commended the Federal

Government and other relevant

agencies for their supports

Cleric calls for fast as atonement

against crime

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—ARCHBISHOP of

Lagos Methodist Church

Nigeria, Revd Isaac Olawuyi, has

called on Nigerians to fast, as an

antidote against the incessant

crimes in the country.

The cleric said this during a

sermon, while marking the 2021

annual Ash Wednesday

devotional service at Wesley

Cathedral, Olowogbowo, in

Lagos.

He also urged Nigerians to be

SEGU 1793504, was intercepted

through the deployment of its

new Manifest Management

System which enabled them to

track the consignment manifested

as ceramic tiles.

Yusuf said: “Acting on the

Manifest Management System,

we were able to track and

intercept a container with N0.

SEGU 1793504 manifested as

ceramic tiles. Upon examination

to ascertain its true contents, it

was found to contain 554 cartons

of Tramadol capsules (120

milligram) concealed with 1,000

cartons of ceramic tiles.

“Furthermore, with the support

of my management team we can

make the following intervention:

One 40 foot container loaded with

sacks of mosquito coil products

....As NARD sets up tele-health initiative

towards the successful production

of the product.

He said: “We have been on this

research for almost two years, and

we had an alliance with different

organisations including the

Federal Government but this is a

100 percent private initiative and

to the glory of God, NAFDAC

gave us all approval level last

year September. We assure you

that the products are effective.

“We have started using it for

COVID-19 positive victims,

including political office holders

since last year September.

“Now we are convinced that

something good is coming out of

Nigeria. No one travels far and

wide across the country and has

even been in the midst of

thousands of people and what I

have been using to boost my

fervent in their continued prayers

for lasting and enduring peace

in the nation and for a sober

reflection of their relationship with

God.

Olawuyi said: “Lent is a period

for mankind, more importantly,

Christians, to willingly submit to

the Lord Jesus, to humbly

rededicate yourself to God.

“It is a time to deliberately deny

ourselves of some pleasures of

life, to seek the face of God in

prayers. It is also a time to sacrifice

for others in good works. It is also

a time to show mercy to others

and also help the needy.”

but declared as ground paper and

packaging paper bag; seven

containers loaded with bales of

used clothing and shoes and one

container of unregistered

pharmaceutical product (989)

cartons of Mixagrip tablets)

wrongly declared as winches and

gaskets.

“It is noteworthy to state that the

consignments are out-rightly

seized for breaching the

provisions of sections 46, 47 and

161 of the Customs And Excise

Management Act, CEMA CAP

C45 LFN 2004 and provision of

schedule 4 (17) of the Common

External Tariff.

“The total DPV of the

aforementioned seizures stood at

N223.2 million without the value

of the illicit tramadol drug.”

immunity is these drugs. This is

our vaccine to combat COVID-19.

Today, we are launching these

products for the benefit of

Nigerians and also of all mankind

globally. We are celebrating

Verozil today, it is approved by

NAFDAC and it is proven to be

from the most organic product in

Nigeria.”

Earlier in his address, the

Chairman of Yem-Kem

International Group, Dr.

Akintunde Ayeni said Verozil is

an immune booster which takes

care of new infection including,

the ravaging COVID-19.

Ayeni said: “The major product

is Verozil, it was researched by

the Ooni and myself to help

humanity. It is a natural vaccine

that boosts the immune system to

fight any disease including the

deadly COVID-19.

NARD sets up telehealth

initiative

Meanwhile, the National Executive

of the National Association of Resident

Doctors, NARD, has set up a tele-health

solutions initiative to cater to the health

needs of one million vulnerable Nigerians

as the world battles COVID-19.

In a statement by the NARD President,

Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, and Chairman,

NARD Telehealth Committee, Dr.

Kenneth Uwajeh in Lagos, the

association stated that: “Our solution

aims to reduce the brain drain to body

drain by providing access to doctors

licensed in Nigeria irrespective of where

they are physically located.”

This is the type of reply women love!

The Naija baby makes the difference...in

strength!

Tell BABA GOD where He went wrong when

you return!


Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 — 15

:Vanguard

News

COVID-19: Osun traditional

medicine practitioners proffer

orthodox solution

By Shina Abubakar

O SOGBO—THE

National Association

of Traditional Medicine

Practitioners in Osun State,

yesterday, hinted at the

efficacy of traditional

solutions to the COVID-19

pandemic.

This came as the state

government said it has

fashioned out modalities

that would promote the

traditional medicine

industry for international

recognition.

The practitioners stated

this at a meeting with the

Special Adviser to Governor

Adegboyega Oyetola on

Civic Engagement, Mr.

Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, at

the Centre for Civic

Engagement in Osogbo.

Speaking on behalf of the

association, its Chairman,

Mr. Olatunji Maruf, said:

“As a body, we are

continually research-driven

to give a lasting solution to

NUC approves Mass Comm,

others for Augustine varsity

LAGOS—THE National

Universities

Commission, NUC, has

approved seven new

courses at the Augustine

University, Ilara, Epe, Lagos

State.

In a statement by the

Communications Officer,

Nicolas Obayi, the approval

was contained in a letter

sent by the Executive

Secretary of the

Commission, to the vicechancellor

of the university.

The seven new courses

are B.Sc. Biotechnology,

B.Sc. Cybersecurity, B.Sc.

Fisheries & Aquaculture,

B.Sc. Information

Prince Otuedon

for burial

THE families of Mene

Edema-Otuedon of

Ugbolokposo town and

Madam Comfort Otuedon

of Bateren, Warri North

LGA of Delta State, have

announced the death of

Prince Lucky Edema

Otuedon, after a brief

illness.

He will be buried

tomorrow at Otuedon Hall,

Ugbolokposo by 11am.

A thanksgiving service

holds on Sunday, at

Mountain of Fire and

Miracles Ministries,

Ifiekporo, Warri, by 8am.

• Late Otuedon

the virulent nature of the

pandemic.

“Our efforts, so far, have

been productive, as our

products have been taken

to relevant stakeholders

and agencies for thorough

evaluation and approval

which we are of strong

optimism to be result

oriented.

“It should be noted that

traditional medicine which

is as old as any form of

health care system is

organized into levels of

specialty; divination, spiritualism,

and herbalism, which is viewed

as a combination of knowledge

and practice used in diagnosing,

preventing, and eliminating the

disease. As a result, it should be

given premium attention to

attract special recognition in the

international market.”

In his remarks, Oyintiloye said:

“Osun is the hub of cultural

heritage and value for Yorubaland

and this is why the association

cannot be undermined in the

history of Yorubaland.

Technology, B.Sc. Mass

Communication, B.Sc.

Political Science and B.Sc.

Software Engineering.

“This approval was

granted following a

verification exercise carried

out by the commission to

ascertain the readiness of

the university in

commencing these

programmes. The approval

confirms the readiness of

the Augustine University to

deliver world-class higher

education services to youths

within and outside Nigeria

with the State-of-the-Art

facilities readily available to aid

qualitative learning,” Obayi said.

Esamagu for

burial Feb 26

BEAUTY

Okpako

Esamagu is dead,

aged 61.

Burial rites would be held

at her family compound at

Orhoakpo, Ethiope East

LGA in Delta State,

tomorrow, after funeral mass

at St. Gregory Catholic

Church.

A family statement said

entertainment of guests

follows immediately at

Orhoakpor Primary School,

Orhoakpor, after interment,

while thanksgiving service

would be held on Sunday,

at St Gregory Catholic

Church, Orhoakpor.

• Late Esamagu

:@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058

LAGOS—MINISTER of

State for Petroleum

Resources, Mr. Timipre

Sylva, said, yesterday, that

the passage of the

Petroleum Industry Bill,

PIB, would unlock several

midstream gas

opportunities and enhance

domestic gas utilisation.

Sylva spoke at the

ongoing 12th Nigerian Gas

Association, NGA,

International Conference

2021, in Lagos.

He said the Federal

Government was ready to

collaborate with all

Passage of PIB’ll unlock

midstream gas opportunities,

says FG

stakeholders to initiate

national activities that

would make Nigeria

actualise its declaration of

2021-2030 as the 'Decade of

Gas Development'.

The theme of the

conference is: “Powering

Forward: Enabling

Nigeria’s Industrialisation

via Gas.”

Sylva, represented by his

Technical Adviser, Gas

Business and Policy

Implementation, Mr.

Justice Derefaka said that

Nigeria’s over 200TCF

proven reserves of natural

gas must be utilised for

economic growth and

development.

CRISIS: Call PDP legal adviser to

order, Makinde tells NWC

By Adeola Badru

I BADAN—GOVERNOR

Seyi Makinde of Oyo

State, yesterday, asked the

National Working

Committee, NWC, of the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, to call its National

Legal Adviser, Mr.

Emmanuel Eneidem, to

order, to ensure a rancourfree

zonal congresses in the

party.

Governor Makinde, who

stated this, while briefing

newsmen at the

Government House, Agodi,

in Ibadan, said that the

South-West zone of the

party was ready for its zonal

congresses, adding that

party leaders in the zone

were already working

towards a united party.

The governor said: “I

specifically put on notice

that the National Legal

Akeredolu

commissions

16.75km

road

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—AS part of

activities to mark his

second term inauguration,

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

of Ondo State, yesterday,

commissioned the 16.75km

Akure-Idanre Road.

Akeredolu, who

described the project as

novel, said no previous

administration has thought

it expedient to construct the

road.

His words: “To put the

records straight, what has

transformed into a worldclass

infrastructure before

our very eyes, today, used

to be a footpath between

Akure and Idanre,

accessible only during the

dry seasons.

“This project that is being

commissioned is providing

a new lease of life for our

people by increasing the

value of the adjoining

property, increasing their

disposable income by way

of reduction in the wear

and tear of our vehicles,

reducing the travel time

and accessibility to the city

centre of Akure because the

Oba Osupa Road–Hospital

Road- Ijoka Road, when

completed would be

connected to this road."

Adviser of PDP has not

done well. When the issue

of the party structure in

Lagos came up, I met him

personally and advised him

that, look; we have

alternative dispute

resolution mechanisms in

this country, especially

when it is an internal affair

of the PDP.

He said, no, we are going

to defeat them in court, but

I thought that if we defeat

them in court, what exactly

are you going to get out of

it? Now, he has started the

same antics with the South

West zonal congress. How

can you file a case and then

instruct

legal

representation for the

plaintiff and the

defendants? I don’t think

that is acceptable. So, we

expect the National

Working Committee of the

party to deal with that

decisively.

“I came here to brief you,

first, on the meeting of the

South-West caucus of the

PDP that was held here two

days ago and also to discuss

briefly the happenings

within the PDP National

Working Committee as they

relate to upcoming South-

West zonal congress of the

party.

“At the meeting, we

reaffirmed the zoning

arrangement for the

positions of the South West

zonal executives, and also

each state, by now, has been

able to put together a unity

list, which we intend to take

to the congress proper."

He said: “Our efforts will

continue to focus on gas to

transmute Nigeria from the

conventional dependence

on white products to a

cleaner, more available,

accessible, acceptable and

affordable energy use in

gas.

“This will not only

cushion the effects of

current deregulation but

also create enormous job

opportunities for Nigerians.

“For this reason, we are

proposing grand-fathering

in the new PIB.

“The proposed PIB now

before the National

Assembly, when passed

will also unlock several

midstream gas

opportunities to further

enhance domestic gas

utilisation

“The revised PIB

framework is based on core

principles of clarity,

dynamism, neutrality, open

access and fiscal rules of

general application.”

Besides, the Minister

said: “As a government,

we are pursuing

programmes to grow

our gas economies

through

the

development of

industrial and transport

gas markets, in

juxtaposition with gasto-power

initiatives,” he

added.


16— Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Anything goes!

MY Governor, Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State,

has - in his inimitable nononsense

style - criticised the

National Assembly for

confirming hated former service

chiefs as worthy of

ambassadorial postings.

I recently, on this page,

accused them of allowing

Nigeria to be overwhelmed by

security challenges and said

that they (ex-Chief of Army

Staff Tukur Buratai in

particular) should hang their

heads in shame for letting us

down badly. So I really don’t

blame Wike for complaining

about this bizarre and morally

indefensible development.

Talk about rewarding failure!

For the past couple of years,

we have seen film clip after

film clip on social media

platforms in which brave,

earnest young soldiers, who

have been pushed to the brink

of desperation, risk court

martials and extra-judicial

assassinations by highlighting

the ways in which some of their

military bosses have a)

deprived them of weapons and

basic welfare benefits that will

make them more effective and

b) just generally paralysed this

country’s attempts to deal with

the insurgency in the North

East and other security

calamities.

When the Chief of Naval Staff

Ibok Ette’s removal was

announced, a video of junior

officers wildly celebrating went

viral on the internet.

Long story short, these former

service chiefs were often

accused of incompetence and

corruption and widely

condemned by frustrated

subordinates, journalists,

public affairs commentators

and National Assembly

personnel (who demanded that

they be sacked).

Yet, when Mr. President sent

their names to the Senate for

clearance that would enable

them to represent us

internationally, they scaled

through the clearance exercise

with ease.

The Senate President, Ahmed

Lawan, ignored, dismissed

and silenced petitions and all

who tried to raise objections in

the chamber.

The Senate Minority Leader,

Enyinnaya Abaribe, robustly

pointed out that the Senate

had passed resolutions in the

past, calling for the removal of

this set of service chiefs. To no

Instead of firmly

kicking these totally

unsuitable diplomatic

nominees into touch and

overdue retirement on

behalf of the Nigerian

People, the Senate

leadership retreated into

Elite Cronyism Mode

and dished out feeble

excuses

avail.

Instead of firmly kicking

these totally unsuitable

diplomatic nominees into touch

and overdue retirement on

behalf of the Nigerian People,

the Senate leadership retreated

into Elite Cronyism Mode and

dished out feeble excuses.

The Senate president pointed

out that the Senate resolution

demanding the removals of

Buratai et al was in no way

related to President Buhari’s

request for the Senate to

confirm them as ambassadorsdesignate,

adding that: “These

are two separate roles.

“Without prejudice to what the

Executive will do, where we

•Former service chiefs...confirmed as non career ambassadors by the Senate

need to fight the Boko Haram

insurgency and banditry,

because of their experience in

the field, they should be able

to interact very closely…to

advise and create the

atmosphere for working

together, for…cooperation

between Nigeria and those

countries.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of

PROFESSOR

Phillip

Shekwolo is from Kogi

State. He is the Acting

Coordinator of HYPREP (the

Hyrdocarbon Pollution

Remediation Project, which

was formed to address

environmental disasters in the

Ogoniland segment of the oilproducing

Niger Delta

region).

Shekwolo worked for Shell

for over 30 years and was a

Shell employee when Ogoni

anti-Shell agitations were at

their peak. Shekwolo is

currently the Acting

Coordinator of HYPREP. And

his fans are trying to ensure

that he either continues in this

role for the foreseeable future

or becomes the substantive

coordinator.

While all this lobbying is

going on, I am putting my foot

down, for the record, and

saying “no, no, no, no, no,

hell no!!!” I don’t know

Shekwolo or have anything

against him. I am willing to

believe that he is a

consummate professional and

jolly good fellow.

And, in an ideal world, I

would be the first to say that it

doesn’t matter where a project

leader comes from, as long as

he or she is smart, ethical and

good at managing stakeholder

communications.

But I’m an Ogoni myself and

the Committee on Foreign

Affairs, Adamu Muhammad

Bulkachuwa, said their

appointments were made in

line with section 171(40) of the

1999 Constitution as amended.

According to Bulkachuwa:

“Their experiences as Service

Chiefs…have made them

eminently qualified…”

I think that most Nigerians

The Ogoni cleanup, Ogonis boss

closely involved in the issues

at stake; and I can assure

anyone who is interested that

HYPREP is a highly sensitive

project and potentially

explosive political hot potato

that needs to be handled with

extreme caution by the

authorities.

HYPREP’s formation was

recommended by the United

Nations because of the

environmental calamities that

have befallen Ogoniland as a

result of oil exploration and

production.

In some parts of Ogoniland,

drinking water contains

benzene levels that are 900

times higher than the amount

the World Health Organisation

regards as safe for human

consumption.

The formation of HYPREP

was also inspired by the tragic

death of Ken Saro-Wiwa

will laugh or fume when they

hear Lawan and Bulkachuwa’s

lame balderdash…and that

most Nigerians will say “hear

hear!” to Wike’s comment:

“Most Nigerians are

disappointed at the Senate for

that decision…What kind of

country are we in?...”

•Hydrocarbon remediation project in Ogoniland

Senior, the Ogoni eco warrior

who was hanged by the

Abacha regime in 1995.

The cleanup exercise is now

domiciled in a part of the

troubled Niger Delta region

that has been successfully

specialising in domestic and

international activism for more

than a quarter of a century;

and I can assure anyone who

wants to impose a non-Ogoni

boss on HYPREP that Ogonis

will not tolerate a non-Ogoni

boss.

Responses To

Donzol2002@Yahoo.co.uk

Or To 0802 747 6458 Or 0811

675 9752. Please kindly note

that unless you specifically

request anonymity, your email

or text message may be

published with your name and

contact details attached.


The Fidel Castro children are here

CLARA Margarita Pulido

Escandell is a 61-year-old

Cuban who breathes Africa. When I

first met her and she discovered I had

a trade union background, she

enquired about the African Labour

leader, Alhaji Hassan Sunmonu, the

founding President of the Nigeria

Labour Congress, NLC. Sunmonu

had spoken at the university in Legon,

Accra, Ghana when she was a

Masters degree student. His pan-

Africanist exhortation continues to

ring in her head over three decades

later.

Fidel Castro as Cuban leader

believed in children and youths and

was confident that once the country

took good care of them, the Cuban

Revolution can never be defeated.

Pulido was one of those Cuban

youths who came close to Fidel. Her

choice of education in Africa after

her first degree in Havana was

deliberate.

In turn, her country made good use

of her preferences, enthusiasm,

revolutionary spirit and pan-African

inclinations. Her proficiency in

Spanish, French and English also

stood her in good stead. The Pulido

story is a study in how a country

works at its overall interests while

developing its citizens.

She rose from being a 1982 official

of the Cuban Institute of Friendship

with the Peoples (of the World) to

By OGHOGHO OBAYUWANA

THIS really, is about a paradigm of nonresolution

of the aboriginal question in

Nigeria. It came to light that a certain

community known as Ologbo in Edo State

had been engulfed by communal tension with

reports also of clashes, killings, kidnappings

and arrests, etc. Now, is it the modular refinery

with its great expectations and the

opportunities for jobs creation that puts the

place in the news? Not nearly. And is it the

necessity of attracting ancillary factories,

foundries and workmen’s cottages to keep

people at work, which is fuelling the tension?

Again, far from it.

At an age when people should be conceiving,

believing and achieving together, it is rather

rent and tributes collection that is majorly

behind the feuds in parts of Nigeria!

Disturbingly, what may yet continue to

resonate in ethnic confrontations loom large

in the days ahead, in the area where war drums

had been beating, and diatribes flying about.

But these untoward happenings necessitate

reason and restraint. Clearly, a way must be

found which fosters healthy coexistence as

prescribed by the poorly acknowledged, yet

adamantine higher laws of nature which

regulate the affairs of men; men who ought to

be conscious of the necessity for continuous

development and evolution.

Now, the diatribes as a result of the clashes

in this Edo community, have not spared any

institution. The police, the state and federal

governments, oil and gas services companies

and even royal houses. Concerning the royal

houses, there were reports of people trooping

(as they have become accustomed) to the

palace of the revered Benin Monarch, the Oba,

urging palace action as the Oba owns all land

in his domain. But beyond the well-founded

sentiments, there is some level of unintentional

damage being done to the enterprise of the

custodian of the old monarchy thereby.

These people remind one of modern

religionists who when troubled by headache,

seek miracles from the Creator instead of first

Deputy Head of Mission in the

Cuban Embassy in Ghana by 1999.

Later, she was promoted the Director

of the Centre for African and Middle

Eastern Research.

In 2008, she was back in Africa,

this time as ambassador to Ethiopia

and the African Union with

concurrent accreditation to Djibouti

and South Sudan. She stayed four

years; then in 2017, returned to

Africa, this time as ambassador to

Algeria with concurrent

accreditation to the Saharawi Arab

Democratic Republic.

When in 2019, then Cuban

ambassador, Carlos Trejo Sosa,

informed some of his Nigerian

friends he was leaving, we expressed

some sadness because he was like

an elder brother who was never tired

explaining the historical links

between Cuba and Africa; between

this continent and Latin America.

Whenever we discussed the sacrifice

of thousands of Cuban youths who

laid down their lives in Angola

fighting the forces of Apartheid, he

would tell us stories of people of

African descent like the ‘Bronz

General’ Antonio Maceo who were

among the leaders of the liberation

forces in the Cuban and Latin

American wars of de-colonisation.

When we raised concerns that with

his recall, we are going to lose a wellgrounded

African, he would chuckle

reaching out to an analgesic! Now, it would

seem that a people are suffering from over

centralisation! And as that was happening, a

traditional ruler from Delta State, in a rather

curious move, purportedly set up a committee

to resolve the matter between “owners” and so

called tenants in a community domiciled in

Edo State!

What has happened is that, with years turning

into decades and centuries(and ancient times

without pure written records turn into modern

era), the shoulders of “settlers” got broader

and what lawyers call adverse possession, set

in. Today’s claimants of “host” community

land, began to take more pie from the pan. It

should, therefore, now be high time for the

“owners” of the land to look in the mirror and

reinvent themselves! Failing which they may

now continue to be like butterflies who run

into spikes, constantly being dealt a bad hand!

When people mock history, contest

ownership of land and make opportunistic

claims everywhere they settle and this also

include Ologbo, one can only ask, where were

these people when the British came? Why were

they completely anonymous then while the

martyred real owners tried to defend their

land? Where there has been an old empire for

instance(even when Rome bestrode), there

would be thriving communities in and around

the fringes of the empire(or Kingdom) capable

of holding their own. Such that the centre gets

involved only when things are beyond the grip

of the local chief of centre of delegated power,

not that issues are dragged to the centre, first

hand.

And as if over-centralisation has not caused

enough havoc, people do not inhabit their

lands but regularly drift to the centre or flee

abroad to allow for the swelling of the numbers

of so-called “stranger” elements in their lands

and thus set up a perfect stage for conflicts in

the face of the failure to properly implement

the provisions of citizenship in the Nigerian

constitution. But what should really be said

here is that ownership of communities is

ordinarily consolidated by possession. When

you own, it is right and fitting to also possess.

as if to say, she who is coming after

me is even more African. Pulido’s

knowledge of African history and

politics are truly wide. When she met

journalists in Abuja on Thursday,

February 18, 2021, she walked in

wearing half boots, knee length

overall jacket and confidence; the

message and the messenger rhymed.

She began by thanking Africa for

its continuous support of the Cuban

people in the face of a six-decade

aggression and bullying by its giant

neighbour, the United States, US.

She acknowledged the February 7,

2021 resolution of the African Union,

AU, Heads of State Summit which

expressed “serious concern about the

continuous and illegal economic,

commercial and financial blockade

imposed by the United States of

America against Cuba.” The AU in

expressing “its solidarity with the

people of Cuba”, had acknowledged

The Pulido story

is a study in how a

country works at

its overall

interests while

developing its

citizens

that the “blockade is the main

obstacle for Cuba’s implementation

of the United Nations 2030 Agenda

for Sustainable Development…”

On behalf of the Cuban people,

she also expressed appreciation to

leaders of the Caribbean

Community, CARICOM, the

African, Caribbean and Pacific

Group, ACP and the Non-Aligned

Movement whose 2019 Summit of

Heads of State in Baku, Azerbaijan,

strongly condemned the blockage.

The Cuban ambassador also

Benin, its neighbours and the ‘law' of movement

What you cede, successive generations help

you to lose! A people cannot own a land or an

island and leave it to be occupied by certain

persons or even “tenants” as occupants are

sometimes referred to, and retreat to a famed

centre and then shout from time to time about

the history of how they own the land. Now, if

old Benin exchanged Ambassadors with

Portugal in the 15th century it, therefore,

follows that the people should have by now

also evolved sound diplomatic models with

advanced templates for beneficial neighbourly

relations and inter-communal coexistence

within Nigeria. If the men of hard biceps and

mechanically inspired citizens of the time could

build the great moats and walls around the

capital city of the empire, then hard work,

resilience and engineering in its varied forms

should be second nature to the people

complementing their artistic accomplishment

as today’s gift to Nigeria. Yet, people must learn

to live together, integrate, acculturate and allow

the flourishing of more positive human traits

as other races in the northern hemisphere have

since realised. What is needed for development

are the best traits inherent in the gene pool.

Progress for a people, city or nation state is

achieved when its fortunes are driven by good,

hardworking, committed, honest and virtuous

persons irrespective of whether they are

classified as sons of the soil or not. A people in

any soil will do more harm than good if they

have become contemptuous of work, decent

labour and technical abilities, as they tolerate

or acquiesce to thieving and grabbing and

attempting to mock justice. A people who yearn

for the grand life but avoid the nitty-gritty of

life’s rung of progress, must suffer from

creeping retrogression despite perching on the

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expressed profound appreciation to

countries across the world who at the

annual United Nations General

Assembly, UNGA, reject the

American blockade and unilateral

sanctions against Cuba. She

particularly highlighted UNGA

Resolution 74/7 on the necessity to

end the blockage, and noted that:

“The United States has ignored, with

arrogance and contempt, the 28

resolutions adopted by the UN

General Assembly condemning the

blockade…”

The blockage, she said, means that

Cuba cannot import or export

anything to the US, receive

American tourists, use the US dollar

for foreign exchange, use credit from

financial institutions or import lifesaving

medicines.

Pulido who was a one-year-old

baby when the US imposed the

blockade, revealed that just between

April 2019 and March 2020,

contrary to the United Nations

resolutions, the Americans carried

out about 90 coercive economic

actions against Cuba “with the

intention of intervening in the

country’s internal affairs and in clear

violation of the freedom of

international trade and navigation.”

These, she said, included imposing

punitive sanctions against 27

companies, 54 vessels and three

individuals for transporting fuel to

Cuba despite the fact that none of

them were of US origin. In the one

year period, the US blockage, she

said, cost Cuba an estimated

$5,570,300,000 while the

accumulated quantifiable cost over

the past 60 years is

$1,098,008,000,000.

The blockade, she said, is so

inhuman that when in 2020, the

Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma (Ali

Baba) sent emergency COVID-19

supplies to various countries,

including Nigeria and Cuba, the

When people mock history,

contest ownership of land and

make opportunistic claims

everywhere they settle, one can

only ask, where were these

people when the British came?

airlines, for fear of American

sanctions, refused to deliver those of

Cuba. To her, the blockage is actually

a genocide.

Pulido said despite these pains,

Cuba in true solidarity with the rest

of humanity in 2020, sent over 3,000

medical workers, including doctors

and nurses in 38 medical brigades

to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in

28 countries and three nonautonomous

territories. This, she

said, has led to various international

figures and organisations like the

Nigeria Labour Congress,

nominating the Cuban White Shirts

for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

The ambassador said while the

Biden administration promises to be

better than that of Trump, even under

the Obama administration, the

Cuban Embassy in US was not

allowed to use the banks.

She, however, said Cuba is always

ready to relate with all countries

provided that this is based on mutual

respect. She added that Cuba is an

ever hopeful country: “We are ever

optimistic; were we not, we won’t be

alive.”

Despite the stifling blockade and

sanctions, Cuba, is a model of

development. Its 14-15 year olds are

100 per-cent literate; life expectancy

is 77.87 years while it has run free

and qualitative healthcare and

education for over 50 years. Its

physicians are 5.91 per 1,000

persons; infant mortality rate is 4.1

per 1,000 live births; unemployment

is 3.8 per-cent; government debt is

17 per-cent while 1.5 per-cent live

below poverty line compared to

about 11 per cent in the US.

So why is Cuba insistent that the

blockage must be ended? Pulido

replied: “We are not requesting this

just for ourselves, but mainly for our

children; children everywhere, are

the future of any country.”

pedestal of a once glorious past. It is for this reason

that great minds and inventors who make

contributions to the growth of the society in

whatever sector, be it the arts, education, music,

the sciences, etc., are knighted by the royal courts

and given national honours in Europe and such

other places. Just think of Mozart, Leonardo da

Vinci, Albert Einstein and many more greats.

These people were usually born in one city or

country, raised in another and are accepted

(adopted) by yet another. It is the contributions

that you make, not the heavy indigeneship blood

running through your veins. Everywhere people

have elevated their minds, they look at what you

can offer, what you are bringing on board to

improve existing conditions of anywhere you

inhabit.

If a person loves a land, makes meaningful

contributions as a testimony to that, and the

land he occupies flourishes with his gifts and

talents and brings blessings to his fellowmen,

such a fellow should become a son of the

land! Acceptance should be based on noble

deeds! Wise people and societies keep

attracting the best thereof from any clime and

the people gain by so doing! The entire land

area of Edo and Delta states in Nigeria does

not measure up to the Alpine stretch. The Alps

are the most extensive mountain range in

Europe, reaching approximately 1,200

kilometres across France, Switzerland, Italy,

Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany and Slovenia.

Today, these countries find a way to

cooperate, especially technologically. We can

cite clean energy as an example. And this, for

the benefit of their citizens who are (for this

purpose), united for the common good despite

their own ethnic, linguistic and cultural

differences. Conversely, our peoples - Edo, Ijaw,

Urhobo/Isoko, Itsekiri and the rest, keep

bickering over nothing, and over excited about

meaningless ethnic “differences” ostensibly

unaware of the higher natural laws

necessitating healthy exchanges, even unions

among homogeneous peoples.

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•Obayuwana, a former Foreign Affairs

Editor of The Guardian, is now with the

ECOWAS Commission in Abuja.


18 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

SINCE Second Republic Governor of

Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode

Jakande, LKJ, answered the call of

mortals, it has been tributes galore.

This is not surprising given his life of

exemplary leadership that won him the

reverence and goodwill of a vast

majority of Lagos residents.

Babakekere, as he was fondly called, Tribune and eventually became the first

died on on Thursday, February 11, President of the Newspaper

2021 at the ripe age of 91. So, while Proprietors Association of Nigeria,

his death has been described as a great NPAN.

loss to his family and the nation, the In politics and administration,

rites of passage were also seen as Jakande modelled his leadership style

celebration of a life that mirrored after that of his political mentor, Chief

simplicity, integrity and outstanding Obafemi Awolowo, the Premier of the

achievements in journalism, politics defunct Western Region between 1952

and service.

and 1959. He passionately pursued a

Jakande touched and transformed people-oriented vision of leadership

many lives through his visionary anchored on social welfare.

leadership, selfless and spartan For instance, as the Governor of

outlook to life.

Lagos State between October 1, 1979

As a journalist, he was a fearless and and December 31, 1983, he had

gifted writer. He rose to the position transformed the key sectors of

of Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian housing, public transportation and

Lateef Jakande’s indelible footprints

education. In housing, LKJ promoted

affordable accommodation for the

masses by building low-cost estates

across different locations in the state.

He also pursued Awolowo’s free

education policy and built several new

schools while upgrading old ones to

absorb the army of new students in the

state. No other regime has come close

in the pursuit of the people’s welfare

in the state since then.

For the transportation sector, LKJ

initiated a mass transit revolution which

included a potentially game-changing

metro line project which was truncated

following the termination of his

administration by a military coup in

December 31, 1983. Many years after,

most Lagosians continue to rue the loss

of that project.

Under his administration, Lagos State

witnessed the kind of infrastructural

development that remains unrivalled till

date. His performance as governor

became a reference point and benchmark

for successive elected and

appointed public office holders in the

state, though some will argue that his

foray into the late General Sani

Abacha’s cabinet as Works and Housing

Minister fell short of expectation.

As we join millions of Nigerians to

mourn his passage, we remember the

words of the eminent entrepreneur,

academic and author, Prof. Pat Utomi,

that the solid landmarks left behind by

LKJ in his four-year foray assures that

his name “has become a non-perishable

item”.

We hope that a new era of peopleoriented

leaders will reopen in Nigeria

soon.

‘Somebody, help me!’

By TAYO OGUNBIYI

THAT night, as I headed home, I was

uncharacteristically exhausted. My

singular focus was on getting home to get a

well-deserved rest. Traffic had built up a bit

along my route, Lateef Jakande Way, Agidingbi.

But as usual, the dedicated and dutiful

LASTMA officers in the axis were in their

element, ensuring that sanity and orderliness

prevailed. It was a moving traffic, so we were

steadily making progress.

In my front was a truck. For obvious reasons,

I don’t usually love driving behind trucks.

Experience has shown that most truck drivers

are reckless. Initially, my intuition was to

negotiate my way and move to the other lane.

But I jettisoned the thought, choosing rather to

be as distant as possible from the truck.

Somehow, I looked at the car’s dashboard

and it was 8.00pm. I am a news freak. I quickly

tuned to my favourite radio station to listen to

the news. As I was ruminating on the headlines,

most of which centred on the herdsmen crisis

and its fallouts, suddenly I heard a loud cry.

“Somebody, help me,” a child yelled in utter

pains. It happened so quickly that it took me

some time to really figure out what was

happening. Yet, the cry persisted. This time in

rapid succession and in more agonising tone.

Before I could really fathom what was

happening, I saw drivers and commuters

rushing out of their vehicles. By now, quite a

crowd had gathered in front of my car, while a

few chaps ran toward the truck driver ahead of

me, violently urging him to come down or else

they would get his truck burnt.

Still confused, I put the car to a halt, right in

the middle of the road as did almost

everyone. Upon getting down, I saw a girl of

about 10 years old rolling on the ground in

excruciating pains. Intermittently, she

screamed: “Somebody, help me!”

By now, I was beginning to get the picture.

The girl rolling on the ground was a child

hawker. Her goods, roasted groundnuts, were

spilled all over the road. What happened? Well,

the gist is that while rushing to attend to a

customer who was in a commercial bus in

front of the truck, she slipped and got bruised

by the truck’s tyres. Luckily, she was not run

over by the truck. She only fell by the median,

albeit with seriously bruised legs.

She was hurriedly helped by sympathisers

to a nearby clinic for urgent medical attention.

By now, traffic has become a bit chaotic. As I

got back into the car, to continue the homeward

journey, I could not but keep thinking about

the hapless little girl and the severe pains she

Government must show the

political will to ensure

compliance and there must be

consistency in government

policies towards zero tolerance

to child-hawking

suffered. I was so pained that I nearly missed

the junction that led to my home.

As my mind was pacing back and forth, my

conclusion was that the ill-fated little girl

wouldn’t have been a victim of such mishap if

she had not been subjected to the rigour of

hawking.

Hawking by children is a form of child labour

and it contravenes the Child Rights Act which

stipulates that children under the age of 18

should not engage in any work that is mentally,

physically, socially or morally dangerous and

harmful to them, preventing them from going

OPINION

to school; causing them to leave school

prematurely or to combine schooling with

excessively long or heavy work.

According to the International Labour

Organisation, the number of working children

under the age of 14 in Nigeria is estimated at

15 million. Research has it that street hawking

by children constitutes one of the major forms

of child labour, by implication a larger

percentage of these children are on the street.

This trend is quite disturbing, especially with

the number increasing daily.

In many cities across the country, it is not

uncommon to see little children, ranging from

age 9 to13, hawking various goods on the

roads. Some even take up the hazardous task

of a bus conductor.

These children, who hawk by the roadsides,

usually suffer from fatigue, irregular

attendance at school, if enrolled at all; lack of

comprehension and motivation, improper

socialisation, exposure to risk of sexual abuse,

high likelihood of being involved in crime.

Many have argued that severe economic

pressure is responsible for this heinous practice.

But then, when placed side by side the inherent

dangers associated with child hawking,

engaging children in such highly volatile

practice, under whatever disguise, should be

condemned and discouraged by all and sundry.

In Lagos State, as part of efforts to enforce

the law and get children off the streets,

government has employed quite a number of

strategies to reduce the trend and dissuade

parents and the society at large from sending

children to hawk on the streets.

However, this has not actually brought about

the desired result as the number of childhawkers

continue to increase on the road. Their

number continues to increase at evening time,

till late hours in the night, which is quite risky

as most of these children are exposed to

unimaginable perils. When it comes to the issue

of children, everyone is a stakeholder since

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children are future leaders. Hence, it is

important that parents, community leaders,

traditional rulers, faith-based organisations,

NGOs, the media, among others, partner with

government to ensure that hawking among

children is discouraged in our society.

Child hawking is a form of child abuse and

it must not be condoned under any guise. The

laws protecting the rights of the child must be

active and alive to safeguard the rights of the

child. A recent FRSC data reveals that in Lagos,

about 40 per cent of road accident victims are

traffic traders, either on the road or by the road

side, and some of them are vulnerable and

helpless children. This trend must not be

allowed to continue.

It is, indeed, inhuman for anyone to engage

a child in money making venture as seen every

day on our roads with children running after

moving buses and cars to hawk goods. Aside

that, such children are denied basic education

which is another important right of every child.

Many children have sustained lifelong injuries

through street trading and hawking. Moreover,

children who engage in hawking or other forms

of hard labour may physically wear away

before they actually reach the productive age

in the economy. Many of them had died as a

result of hawking on the highways.

We must respect all laws concerning childhawking.

Government must show the political

will to ensure compliance and there must be

consistency in government policies towards

zero tolerance to child-hawking. All

stakeholders must work with the government

to fight every form of child labour in its

entirety. Our collective efforts should be

geared towards securing a better future for

our children. This can, definitely, not be

achieved via child labour.

•Ogunbiyi is Deputy Director, Public

Affairs, Ministry of Information & Strategy,

Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.


Bonny Light hits $65.36pb, as OPEC+ mulls

oil production increase

By Prince Okafor

ENERGY

NIGERIA’S grade of crude

oil, Bonny Light, yesterday,

witnessed a marginal rise

of $1.63 cent, or 2.56 percent

rise to $65.36 per barrel from the

previous day, giving further relief

to the nation’s budget

benchmark, even as

Organisation of the Petroleum

Exporting Countries Plus

(OPEC+) mulls oil production

increase. This development, according

to global crude oil

prices sighted by our correspondent,

places the nation’s

Excess Crude Account, ECA,

on a positive trajectory.

The ECA is the actual oil price

minus the oil price benchmark.

The value is sent to the Sovereign

Wealth Fund, SWF, to be

saved for the future generation,

utilize as infrastructure fund, as

well as stabilization fund.

The current robust recovery in

oil prices over the past months

is driving the idea of a new commodities

super cycle in which

prices remain above-trend for

many years to come.

According to international

prices of commodity seen by

Vanguard, Brent Crude traded

at $67.01, a decline of 0.03 cent,

while the United States West

Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude

gained $0.22, or 0.35 percent,

to $63.44 a barrel. Nigeria’s

grade of crude oil Bonny Light

traded at $65.36 per barrel.

Meanwhile, the Organisation

of the Petroleum Exporting

Countries Plus (OPEC+) will

discuss the possibility of increasing

its oil production levels

at the next meeting, OPEC+

sources told Reuters on

Wednesday.

(OPEC+) is a loosely affiliated

entity consisting of the 13

OPEC members and 10 of the

world’s major non-OPEC oilexporting

nations

CURRENCY BUYING SELLING

US DOLLAR

POUNDS

EURO

FRANC

YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

RAND

137.80 -0.50

1,835.00 -1.00

17.15 +0.14

66.84 +1.47

65.36 +1.63

379 379.5 380

533.8973 534.6017 535.306

460.6366 461.2443 461.852

420.8773 421.4325 421.9878

3.6006 3.6054 3.6101

0.6819 0.6919 0.7019

545.9805 546.7008 547.4211

58.6297 58.7075 58.7853

101.0505 101.1838 101.3171

25.8178 25.8519 25.8859

CBN Exchange rate as at 25/02/2021

BRIEFING — From Left: Business Director, Jerry Sawyerr; Group Managing Director, Yomi

Badejo-Okusanya and Lead, Business Innovation & Strategy, Sunkanmi Ogunniyi, all of CMC

Connect Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) at the media briefing to announce the launch of the Crisis

Action Plan in Lagos.

The group is set to meet on

March 4, where it will discuss

raising output as much as half

a million barrels per day starting

in April, the sources said.

OPEC+ members are currently

suppressing oil production

by more than 7 million barrels

per day, but with oil prices

now on the rise and the markets

getting the idea that the

market could be tightening,

Cryptocurrency: CBN should float sovereign

digital currency —Expert

By Peter Egwuatu

MONEY MARKET

AN economist, Tope Fasua,

has advised the Central

Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to float

a sovereign digital currency

given the rise in value and global

acceptability of

cryptocurrencies.

Fasua, who is also Chief Executive

Officer of Global

Analystics, stated this at a virtual

forum organized by the Finance

Correspondents Association

of Nigeria (FICAN).

Speaking on the topic, “Ban on

Cryptocurrency-related accounts

in Nigeria and concerns

of global central banking,”

he said that Central

Bankers have no

option than to start issuing

their own digital

currencies.

According to him, five

countries namely

China, Ecuador,

Senegal, Tunisia and

Singapore, have issued

independent digital

currencies, as opposed

to Cryptocurency, being

fully aware of the potential

danger

cryptocurrencies pose

to traditional currencies.

He said quite a number

of bankers have invested

in cryptos just to

hedge their bet. But the

traditional financial system

is deeply rooted, organized

and backed by

the government, unlike

the Cryptocurrency mining

space.

Fasua however said the advocates

of cryptocurrencies believe

that there is a need to push

back and do something different

that will mimic the attributes

of a gold-backed currency in

durability and scarcity, but better

than the current system in

terms of being smart, secure and

not possible for central banks to

issue at will.

He said “If it started as a rebellion

(which is the case), then

you must think of the incentive

for the global economy to sign

on to that rebellion with you

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OPEC+ may consider loosening

the reins. The last Joint Ministerial

Monitoring Committee

Meeting of OPEC+ met in the

first week of February ended

without many surprises.

against the devil they know.

This then means that until there

is global acceptance of the currencies,

it will continue to be

easy to create panic in the

crypto world and big players

can dump the currency when

they have achieved gains.”

According to him,

cryptocurrency is heading to

global single currency but one

major challenge is that there are

a lot of losses in it and that when

most coiners die, no one is able

to access their investments

which are encrypted with passwords,

passphrases.

Corruption in ports batters Nigeria’s

global rating — NSC

By Godfrey Bivbere

MARITIME

THE Executive Secretary of

the Nigerian Shippers

Council, NSC, Hassan Bello has

said that the negative global corruption

rating of the country is

not unrelated to the activities in

the nation’s ports.

This is even as the nation commenced

joint boarding of visiting

vessels to curb all forms of sharp

practices associated with boarding

of ships in the past.

Bello disclosed this in Lagos

yesterday at the commencement

of joint boarding of visiting vessels

to curb all forms of sharp

practices associated with boarding

of ships in the past.

He said that the level of corruption

at the port is connected with

lack of known processes and procedures

in the sector.

The NSC boss explained that

Nigeria needs

private security

on vessels to

tackle piracy

— Report

By Godwin Oritse, with

agency report

MARITIME

NIGERIA has been advised

to review its maritime security

rules and enlist the support

of private security companies

to tackle rampant piracy on its

waters.

A report published by London

based maritime intelligence company

Dryad Global noted that

seas off the coast of Nigeria are

the most perilous in the world for

seafarers, accounting for almost

all kidnappings by pirates in recent

years. Nigeria doesn’t allow

private armed guards on ships,

leaving them reliant on escorts

by licensed boats manned by

naval personnel.

The report stated: “Seafarers’

lives are at risk from ever-increasing

violent attacks and Nigerian

pirates are operating with

increased impunity.

“Nigeria must strike a balance

between restrictions for the sake

of national security and creating

space for third-party security providers

to complement the Nigerian

navy’s security activities in

support of commercial operations.”

While Dryad credited the country

for being the region’s frontrunner

in combating piracy, noting

that its planned deployment

of $195 million’s worth of aircraft,

boats and vehicles should bolster

its response, the firm warned that

Nigeria couldn’t address the

scourge on its own.

Nigerian authorities are opposed

to allowing ships in the

nation’s waters to carry weapons

even if they are in transit, claiming

recent investment in equipment

and training will phase out

the need for private security providers.

Nigeria’s waters are in the centre

of the Gulf of Guinea, a vast

expanse of the Atlantic Ocean

stretching from Senegal to Angola

that is the source of ever-greater

anxiety for ship owners, operators

and their crews.

Last year, the region accounted

for 95 percent of the 135 seafarers

seized worldwide in 22 separate

incidents, according to the

International Maritime Bureau.

Dryad also criticized Nigeria’s

implementation of a law, the first

of its kind in the Gulf of Guinea

that was adopted in 2019 to punish

pirates with heavy sentences.

The only people prosecuted so

far under the legislation were

from a private company involved

in handing over a ransom payment,

the report said.

“The government appears more

focused on holding the commercial

balance of power over thirdparty

security providers than

combating piracy,” it said.

there have been complaints about

the activities of government agencies

boarding visiting vessels,

further noting that with the joint

boarding all forms of sharp practices

will be eliminated.

He also stated that there will be

zero tolerance to any form of corruption

in the ports going forward,

stressing that Nigeria has

gotten a bad reputation in the past

from boarding activities. Bello

pointed out that the task team is

expected to give monthly report

to NSC and the Nigerian Ports

Authority, NPA, adding that the

task team will report on the number

of vessels that visited the

nation’s ports, number of people

from the various agencies that

boarded visiting ships and how

long each of the agencies stayed

on board.

According to him, the joint

boarding by all the relevant agencies

will help efficiency of the process

which will lead to integrity

of the process.

Also speaking at the event,

General Managing, Private, Public

Partnership, NPA, Eniola Williams

who represented the Managing

Director, Hadiza Bala

Usman, said that the Authority is

working at making the nation’s

ports the leading ports in Africa.


20— Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

By Yinka Kolawole

Come March 1, 2021,

Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi

Okonjo-Iweala will

mount the saddle as the Director

General of the World Trade

Organization, WTO, the first

woman and African to occupy

the position. She was elected by

members of the global trade

bloc on February 15.

Her appointment has been

greeted with great applause

from all over the world, and

deservedly so going by her

antecedent as an economist and

international development

expert.

Biography

Born on June 13, 1954,

Okonjo-Iweala is from the

Obahai Royal Family of

Ogwashi-Ukwu. She was

educated at Queen’s School,

Enugu, St. Anne’s School,

Ibadan and the International

School Ibadan. She studied

Economics at Harvard

University (1973-76) and

earned a PhD in regional

economics and development at

Massachusetts Institute of

Technology (MIT) in 1981.

She spent 25 years at the

World Bank, rising to the

number two position as

managing director, operations

(2007-11). She also served twice

as Nigeria’s Finance Minister

(2003-2006 and 2011-2015) - the

first woman to hold the post, and

briefly served as Foreign Affairs

Minister in 2006, also the first

woman to do so.

Recognitions

Okonjo-Iweala sits on the

boards of Twitter, Standard

Chartered Bank, the Global

Alliance for Vaccines and

Immunization, GAVI, and the

African Risk Capacity, ARC.

She is also a member of the

International Advisory Board,

Japan International

Cooperation Agency, JICA;

member of the International

Advisory Panel, Asian

Infrastructure Investment Bank,

AIIB and; member of the Board,

OECD/UNDP Tax Inspectors

without Borders, TIWB.

In 2005, Euromoney named

her Global Finance Minister of

the year.

One of her greatest

achievements was leading a

team which negotiated a

whopping $18 billion debt

write-off in 2005 for Nigeria,

helping the country obtain its

first ever sovereign debt rating.

The country’s debts had dated

back to the early 1980s, and had

ballooned to more than $35

billion due to penalties and late

fees during the 1990s.

Daunting challenges

But after the euphoria that

greeted her appointment comes

the daunting tasks of tackling the

various challenges bedevilling

the global trade body.

WTO was set up in 1995 to

facilitate global trade by

reducing tariffs and fostering

predictable market conditions

among countries.

Okonjo-Iweala is taking over

as WTO struggles to remain

relevant amid growing global

protectionism and trade tensions

and an economic crisis

unleashed by the coronavirus

pandemic.

Okonjo-Iweala

@WTO:

The

challenges

after the

euphoria

From reviving WTO’s dispute

settlement process to policing

China, the new director general

has her task cut out as she looks

to restore global faith in the trade

body.

Experts say that a lot of her

success would depend on how

she deals with the growing

mistrust among prominent

members.

Okonjo-Iweala believes she is

equal to the task. “What the WTO

needs is someone who has the

capability to drive reform, who

knows trade and who does not

want to see business as usual.

And that is me,” she asserted

while canvassing for support for

her appointment.

Growing protectionism

WTO said that in 2019,

governments introduced trade

restrictions, including tariff

increases, stricter customs

procedures, and the imposition

of import taxes and export

duties, on $747 billion (•615

billion) worth of global imports,

the highest since 2012,

prompting businesses to

postpone investment and hurting

growth, job creation and

purchasing power around the

world, WTO said.

Protectionism tendencies have

been on display during the

COVI-19 pandemic with

governments unilaterally closing

borders and hoarding medical

supplies, including vaccines, for

their own populations.

Dispute settlement

The dispute settlement process

of WTO has been crippled since

December 2019 when the Trump

administration in the US blocked

the appointments of new

members after blaming it for

overreaching its mandate. The

action meant the crucial panel,

the Supreme Court for global

trade disputes, no longer had the

minimum number of members

needed to hear a case.

WTO, which has hardly

produced any international trade

pacts due to a lack of consensus

between discordant members

like China, India and the US,

relies heavily on its dispute

settlement system for a muchneeded

credibility boost. With the

trade referee on life support,

•Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Incoming DG, WTO

countries have got a free

pass to slap tariffs on

each other.

One reason WTO

has struggled to

make progress in

many areas is

because of the

insistence that

decisions be made by

the consensus of all 164

members.

When asked if decisions should

be taken on a majority, rather

than consensus basis, she said:

“It will not be easy because we

also have the issue of lack of trust

among members which has built

up over time, not just among the

US and China and the US and

the EU, but also between

What the WTO

needs is someone

who has the

capability to drive

reform, who

knows trade and

who does not

want to see

business as

usual, and that is

me

developing and

developed country

members, and we

need to work

through that,”

Okonjo-Iweala

said at a press

conference after her

election

Expectations from

Nigeria

Members of Nigeria’s

organised private sector, OPS,

welcomed the appointment of

Okonjo-Iweala with cautious

expectations, noting that she has

a lot to do to ensure a level

playing field, especially for

developing countries.

Segun Ajayi-Kadri, Director

General, Manufacturers

Association of Nigeria, MAN,

said: “The African Continental

Free Trade Area Agreement,

AfCFTA, would need the support

of her expertise for a smooth

take-off 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.”

President, Lagos Chamber of

Commerce and Industry, LCCI,

Mrs Toki Mabogunje said:

“These are not the best of times

for many multilateral institutions

given the groundswell of

economic nationalism and

unilateralism in recent years.

This is even more so in trade

matters. But we are confident

that Okonjo-Iweala has the

capacity to manage the

enormous responsibilities of an

increasingly complex global

trade situation.”

Director General, LCCI, Dr.

Muda Yusuf stated: “There is

a need to manage expectations

around the outcomes for the

Nigerian economy given the

numerous productivity and

competitiveness issues the

country is grappling with.

Ultimately, these are the factors

that would determine the

benefits that would accrue to the

economy from global trade.”

Nigeria’s former Consul

General to the United States and

former Permanent Secretary,

Federal Ministry of Foreign

Affairs, Amb. Joe Keshi, pointed

out that the only way Nigeria as

a country can benefit from

Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment is

by being productive.

“WTO is an organisation that

regulates global trade and

ensures that you get a fair deal

and that you are not cheated in

the whole process. If we want to

benefit from her being the WTO

Director-General, we need to up

our game in terms of being

productive.”

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Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021—21

FG maps out 30 grazing reserves

for NLTP project implementation

•Says pastoralists ready to stop migration

•Charges state govts to embrace plan

By Gabriel Ewepu, Abuja

AS conflict between herders and

farmers continues to rage, the

Federal Government, said it has

mapped out 30 grazing reserves for

implementation of the National

Hope rises for Taraba-based

$5.8bn Mambilla hydro project

Continues on page 22

By Obas Esiedesa

WHEN in November, 2017,

the Federal Government

formally signed a $5.8 billion

contract for the Mambilla

Hydroelectric Power Project in

Taraba State, it was seen as a

watershed in the long history of the

project that was billed to become

Nigeria’s largest electricity producer

with installed capacity of 3,050

mega watts.

With the engineering, procurement

and construction, EPC, contracts

awarded to a consortium of Chinese

companies, led by China Gezhouba

Group, 85 percent of the financing

for the project was to be provided by

the China Exim Bank, while the

Federal Government was expected

to bear 15 per cent of the cost. Despite

the contracts agreement, work on the

project has been delayed following

legal issues and other bureaucratic

bottlenecks.

But following the intervention of

the Minister of Power, Sale

Mamman, most of these issues have

now been resolved through the work

of Mambilla Project Delivery

Committee, PDC, and work is set to

commence on the project first

conceived 35 years ago. The first

concrete evidence of this is the

commencement of demarcation and

survey of lands for the project,

following the release of N700

million last year for the purpose.

Speaking on the latest milestone,

Mamman, an engineer who hails

from Taraba, said the

commencement and completion of

the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power

Project should be a source of pride

for not just for the people of Taraba

State, but all Nigerians.

He explained that since his

assumption of office in August 2019,

the Mambilla Project has been top

on the agenda at the Ministry of

Power, adding: “Our priority has

been to see that the project is a

bankable one for Nigerians. My

dispensation initiated the land and

aerial survey enumeration currently

taking place, which when completed,

will give a valuation of the land assets

and lead to the formal acquisition

of the land titles”.

In an update on the current scope

of the project, he explained: “The

project has been redesigned down

from three dams to two dams. This

will not change the annual energy

yield of the project when completed.

We are increasing plant factor from

less than 20 percent to around 40

percent. Tariffs from the power plant

nameplate capacity will come

down by half to achieve cost

•Released abductees on arrival at Government House, Minna.

•Some surveyors at work in Kakara area of the project site in Taraba. INSET: Mambilla host community members after stakeholders meeting

efficiency.

“By conducting a project review, we

have had a significant deduction of

over N1 billion from the overall

project sum, saving Nigerian

taxpayers a lot of money,” he added.

He further stated that President

Muhammadu Buhari has recently

directed the Nigeria Sovereign

Investment Authority, NSIA, to

undertake value engineering review

of the redesign of the Mambilla

project carried out by the Mambilla

Project Delivery Committee, which

is expected to facilitate release of

funds for the project “precommencement

Activities” to start

on site.

He said the Ministry last year also

signed an MOU with the Taraba

State Government and also recently

completed the Local Content

Strategy, which involves manpower

sourcing, local resources utilization

Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP,

as a lasting solution to the crisis.

Senior Special Assistant to the

President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew

Kwasari, announced this while

addressing journalists on the move

by government to solve the protracted

conflict over competition of land,

water and pasture by herders and

farmers.

Kwasari said the NLTP is cardinal

under the Green Initiative project,

because it is a sure way to permanently

settle the lingering crisis, adding: “The

and stakeholders’ coordination with

host communities. The Project

Implementation Manual, PIM, for

the Mambilla project has since been

developed by the PDC to guide

financial, operational, technical,

administrative and stakeholders’

management of the project to ensure

transparency and accountability in

line with best practice.

He said the project’s “pre-

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Minna bus kidnap: Our close shave with death—Victims

By Wole Mosadomi energy had been sapped by the in a long while; it is a painful be another routine trip for the 60

T

traumatic experience unleashed on experience that may haunt them for passengers in the luxury bus that was

HEY have nasty tales to bear! them by their captors, popularly the rest of their lives. Indeed, even to convey them to their destination.

And the tales are many and known as bandits. They were on their after their release, these unfortunate Made up of men, women and

varied: Some can wrench the mind way from Kontagora to Minna, the victims of the Niger State Transport children, some of them were on their

and melt stony hearts. As they state capital when they were captured Authority, NSTA, are yet to way to a wedding, while others were

breathed the air of freedom after about two weeks ago and taken into comprehend the fate that befell them going for a burial.

nearly a week in captivity, they were the forest until ransom was when their journey was abruptly There was no premonition that

indeed a pathetic sight. With dusty negotiated and paid for their release. terminated by gunmen who their journey would be ill-fated one.

heads and wrinkled visage, they Narrating their story, it is obvious proceeded to inflict pain, tears and But barely an hour later when they

could barely speak as all their that they may never forget their ordeal agony on them. It was supposed to were close to the Zungeru Bridge, the

evil men, all armed to the

teeth, struck like demons

from hell and ended their joy.

They flooded the highway

and forced the doors of the

bus open and descended on

the occupants. And that was

the beginning of their misery.

The heartless bandits did

not care about the nursing

mothers and their babies as

well as pregnant women

among their victims. All in

the bus were dealt with

mercilessly and threatened

with death if they failed to

cooperate with them. One of

them women lost her three

months pregnancy in the

process as she could hardly

•Mrs. Bunmi Oyerinde, one of cope with the harsh

•Rescued Bello Adamu and his three

released passengers

Continues on page 23

children-Musa,Adnan and Bello


22 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

•Yam market in Taraba State

Taraba Yam Market comes alive as

Tiv/Jukun crisis ebbs

•Traders gradually returning to commence business —Official

By Femi Bolaji

JALINGO—FOR over one

year, the Wukari Yam Market

has been left desolate. The everbubbling

market became a shadow

of itself on account of the feud which

pitched the Tiv against the Jukun in

Taraba South spreading to its

domain. Wukari Town, in the

Wukari Local Government Area of

Taraba State where the Yam Market

is situated, was one of the

flashpoints of the ethnic feud that

lasted over a year.

Lives and properties were lost to

the bloody conflict, sending jitters

to both buyers and sellers who used

to flood the multi-million-naira

Yam market that was once the pride

of not only Taraba but the entire

country.

Though there are several yam

markets around this axis, the

Wukari Yam Market stands out

because it is central and brought

together traders from the Southern

and Northern parts of the country.

However, with the return of peace

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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

and suspension of hostilities among

the warring tribes, the once desolate

market has started picking up, and

economic activities have resumed

in earnest.

Arewa Voice investigation reveals

that yam merchants have started

thronging the market from different

parts of the country and farmers who

were once scared to bring their

produce to the market have

returned. Also, those that engage in

manual labour like loading

vehicles, pushing carts, among

others, have resumed their hustle.

Speaking with Arewa Voice, the

secretary of the yam market,

Shedrack Shishi, said the revenue

lost to the conflict runs into millions

of Naira during the period the

market was deserted.

He, however, said economic

activities had started to pick up and

urged those who are still afraid of

coming into the market to conduct

their business to return. “There is an

improvement in the turnout of yam

merchants in our market but not as

it used to be before the crisis. You

know we used to have a lot of

patronage from the North to the

South because Wukari Yam Market

is strategic. With the peace that has

returned, we are seeing more people

coming into the market to continue

their business,” he informed.

Speaking on some of the

challenges currently facing the

market, Shishi said some

merchants, especially those coming

from the East, find it difficult to get

vehicles to move their purchases to

their domain. He listed other

challenges to include lack of

banking services, scarcity of water,

among others.

He said: “Most of the vehicles that

come from the East have not

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Continues from page 21

National Livestock Transformation

Plan is a sure way in solving

permanently the issue of the farmerherder

conflict; the real farmers and

herders that have conflict, and mark

my words, real farmers and real

herders that are in crisis today is

triggered for resources of land, water

and pasture.

“The 19 Northern states have

grazing reserves. So far we have

mapped out over 30 grazing reserves

and on paper we have over 400

grazing reserves. So the northern

governors have to be committed in

working with the Federal

Government, Federal Ministry of

Agriculture and Rural Development,

supervision with the NEC, to make

sure that wherever those grazing

reserves are found that we are able

to convert them into lush green

models specifically for pastoralists

and the pastoralists will not migrate

anymore. The land is there, we don’t

need to look for land anywhere.

“The traditional rulers we

consulted, like the Gbom-Gwom

Jos, clearly advised and said the low

hanging fruit for federal and state

governments is that we make sure

we settle pastoralists in gazette

grazing reserves. This takes away any

notion of land-grabbing or taking

land from communities and giving

to pastoralists because we are in

volatile situation, hate speech and

all of that.”

He further said that Nigerians need

to understand and embrace the

NLTP by following modalities of the

plan. “If we are going to achieve this

first of all Nigerians have to follow

the signs that is clear to the NLTP,

methodology of NLTP as clearly

pointed in the NLTP, and every state

resumed; so it is very difficult for

yam merchants who come from

there to move their purchase. We are,

however, appealing to them to

return because the market has

started booming.

“Also, the absence of banking

facilities within the market is

another problem because most

people coming to buy are scared of

moving about with money. If this

can be addressed, I believe more

people coming from far places

would patronise this yam market

than others spread across the

country.”

Also speaking with Arewa Voice,

Taraba state chairman of the

National Association of Yam

Farmers, Processors and Marketers

Association of Nigeria, Jerry

Tyolanga, said the bolstering

atmosphere of the market which

according to him is occasioned by

the relative peace that has returned

to Wukari and environs excite Yam

farmers and marketers.

He explained that even though

there are various yam markets

spread across Taraba South, the

Wukari Yam market is central

because of the patronage it enjoys

from merchants coming to buy from

different parts of the country.

He was also optimistic that in a

few months, the market will start

operating in full capacity and

economic activities would once

again peak just like it was before

the crisis. “There is peace and buyers

are now coming in, especially

merchants from other Northern

states and those in the South. The

challenge is that some people are

still having fear but we are building

people's confidence and with time,

the market will be full again,” he

said.

that adopts NLTP is to its own reality;

it is not conscription but if they do it

this way it will modernise livestock

production, modernise crop

production, remove conflict, create

dialogue, and create cohesion in

communities.

“One of the targets we are working

on here in the National Livestock

Transformation Plan, and we know

that working at the National

Economic Council; the governors

working with technical experts crafted

this policy. I have been secretary to

that committee and I have been to all

the states to collect data and meet

with the stakeholders. I understand

that if we implement the NLTP, truly

as it was designed, over the next 10

years we will handle the issue of

genuine farmer-herder crisis

completely because, one, NLTP is

crafted to offer opportunity on how

livestock production is done and also

how farm cropping is done. The

By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

KADUNA State Government

has called on the general public

to note that its Ministries,

Departments and Agencies, MDAs,

will not offer services to any person

who does not have the Kaduna

Residents Card or the National

Identification Number, NIN, as from

May 1, 2021.

The Executive Secretary of the

Kaduna State Residents Registration

Agency, KADSRRA, Dr. Zayyad Tsiga,

made this known, yesterday.

Tsiga said: "Kaduna State has the

second highest number of enrolments

into the National Identity Database,

NIDB, with 3,130,857 enrolments

against the projected population of

9,476,055 million people giving us a

coverage of about 33 per cent as at

February 15, 2021. This new policy

is being implemented with a view to

further improve service delivery at all

MDAs, the state’s digital economy

Hope rises for Taraba-based $5.8bn

Mambilla hydro project

Continues from page 21

commencement activities have been

defined, which involves access roads

to dam sites and Power House, air

strip construction and contractors’

camps; these are awaiting release of

funds from the involved parties”.

In order to ensure that the project

gets the required local manpower,

the Ministry in January began the

training of 500 youths under the

Youths Empowerment and Skills

Acquisition Training, YESAT, for the

Mambilla Hydro through the

Mambila Project Delivery

Committee. The minister who

officially flagged off the training in

Taraba explained that the

programme will address the

MHEPP’s manpower development

needs and adequately prepare host

communities and the entire state to

derive maximum benefits from the

project.

He said that YESAT was designed

to train and empower 500 youths

from each state of the federation,

beginning with Taraba. “The

training shall be under five core

courses, namely: electrical house

wiring, ICT essentials, catering

management, masonry, bricklaying

and plumbing as well as pipe-lifting

for plants and buildings. The

training shall be carried out in four

batches of 125 participants each. The

selection into the four batches of

training will be based strictly on

merit and distributed among the

local government areas of the state,”

he said.

Mamman explained that the

NLTP starts by training and armholding

the pastoralists in the

northern livestock production

system, teaching them how to grow

the pasture, settling them in a

systematic way and environmentally

friendly pattern. Our pastoralists are

willing to learn,” he added.

Kwasari also expressed optimism

that with the collaboration between

the Federal and State Governments

following the recent announcement

of the Minister of Agriculture and

Rural Development, Mohammad

Nanono on take of the the NLTP there

will be solution to the crisis. “I hope

with the move being made by both

state and federal governments,

particularly by the recent

announcement made by the Minister

of Agriculture. The NLTP will take

off fully so that we can demonstrate

that there is a new way to find a

solution between the pastoralists and

farmers in the NLTP”, he said.

Kaduna announces mandatory use of

Residents Card, NIN

and e-governance initiatives, social

and financial inclusion, and much

more, to the benefits of our dearest

residents."

To achieve 100 per cent enrolment

of Kaduna State residents into the

national database in the nearest

future, Dr. Tsiga said that there will

be additional enrolment centres in

all the 255 wards in the state. The

executive secretary added that the

model Primary Health Care Centres

will be used for the exercise in

addition to the current 73 enrolment

centres across the State.

He added: "The State, through its

Residents Registration Agency,

KADSRRA, plans to begin the

distribution of the State Residents

Card in the first quarter of this year.

The card seeks to eliminate the need

for multiple ID cards across various

use cases in the State. Some key

examples of such cards include

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application process will be done

online and shall be opened for three

weeks for applications while

participants for each training will

select the courses of their choice.

Meanwhile, the intervention of the

minister has also led to the

completion and commissioning of

the Gagarawa 2X60MVA, 132/

33KV Substation Jigawa State built

by the Transmission Company of

Nigeria, TCN, to boost power

supply to the area. Mamman said

the completion of the project was

another demonstration of the

Muhammadu Buhari

administration's desire to reposition

the nation's energy sector for

maximum performance.

He explained that the project was

designed to upgrade power supply

to the industrial hub of the area, in

order to promote economic

activities and increase revenue

generation in Jigawa State and its

environs. “In our efforts to address

challenges of the critical power

infrastructure in the country, the

Federal Government, through the

Ministry of Power, has inaugurated

several projects such as the recently

commissioned 150MVA 330/

132KV Kumbotso transmission

Substation in Kano; the

construction of a 132/33KV

Transmission Substation at Kabba,

Kogi State; and the commissioning

of the132KV Katampe-National

Stadium transmission line project

and the new 330/132/33KV

substation, New Apo, Abuja,” he

stressed.


How two sisters are changing Child Rights’ Act narrative with book

By Dirisu Yakubu

THEIR exposure to the

incredible mileage of

newspapers very early in life

prepared them for the noble cause

they’ve been championing in the

past few years. For Theresa

Okparame Onokpasa and Lydia-

Mary Orume Onokpasa, nothing

justifies the endless incidences of

child rights violations Nigeria has

become infamous for.

Aware of the premium placed on

the lives of children, particularly in

advanced nations of the world, the

teenage sisters set out quite early in

life to drum awareness on the need

to protect children across the land

from all forms of abuse, perpetrated

not only by criminal agents, taking

advantage of poverty that is the lot

of many families, but also by foster

parents subjecting their children to

untold hardships.

At 16 and 15 of years of age

respectively, Theresa and Lydia-

Mary have continued to inspire

millions of kids with their advocacy

of a world where children, being the

leaders of tomorrow, occupy a pride

of place. Not long ago, the kid sisters

authored What Happens, a novella

exposing the ills of child abuse in

the country. Thus far, the book has

helped galvanize inputs of

governments at the three tiers on the

imperative of domesticating the

Child’s Right Act, to checkmate the

menace that is fast becoming a thing

of worry for all and sundry.

Not surprisingly, Theresa and

Lydia-Mary Onokpasa recently

brought the Federal Government

and stakeholders to a table at a

workshop they organised under the

auspices of the Kidsright

International Foundation in Abuja.

The need to protect the rights of

children, create a living condition

to pave way for the realisation of

their God’s given talents was the

focus of the workshop, which had in

attendance representatives of a

cabinet Minister as well as the Office

of the Executive Secretary, National

Human Rights Commission.

They specifically drew the

attention of the public to Section 15

(Right of a child to free, compulsory

and universal primary education,

etc) of the Child’s Rights Act,

wondering why the law prescribed

that in the event of failure of a parent

or guardian to enrol a child under

his care in primary school, such a

person would pay a fine of N2000

or spend a month in prison in lieu of

fine or both.

Addressing participants at a

workshop on child abuse, organised

by Kidsright International

Foundation, child’s rights activist,

Theresa, who spoke on child

trafficking, forced labour amongst

sundry violations, urged abused

children to muster the courage to

speak up and tell their stories.

“As a child, looking into the world,

especially our country Nigeria, it is

difficult to see children going

through sexual molestation and not

being empatic. So, I am trying to

spread awareness and advocate for

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conditions and brutality

unleashed on them inside the bush.

Bitter experiences: Most of the

victims said they were convinced the

bandits wanted to kill them on the

third day of their captivity as the

•L-r: Theresa Okparame Onokpasa and Lyria-Mary Onokpasa at the

workshop on Child Abuse, facilitated by Kidsright International, in Abuja

change because of my human

empathy. I want children in Nigeria,

particularly those that have been

victims of molestation to know that

they are empowered. I want them to

know that the law supports them and

that as long as they have a voice,

they should be able to speak about

their cases. They should not be

limited because of what they have

passed through.

Similarly, Lydia-Mary told Arewa

Voice her journey to the world of

activism, saying: “From the age of

six, we were brought up to read

newspapers and we did this

regularly. Every then and now, I

come across children, particularly

the girl-child, being molested. At

that young age, I developed the zeal

to rise up and speak for them,

especially those who do not have a

voice.”

She, however, frowned at the slapon-the-wrist

N2000 fine meant as

sanction for child’s right abusers,

noting that with the paltry sum,

those who see rights violation of

children as sports would only

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 — 23

Minna Bus Kidnap: Our close shave with death—Victims

ransom they asked for failed to

arrive. This was after the hoodlums

had collected all the cash, phones

and all other valuables they found

on their victims. One of them,

Mohammed Ndagi, who is a civil

servant with the state government,

said: "We were a few metres to the

#EndSARS: Kwara Gov receives panel report, to set up implementation committee

By Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin

KWARA State Governor

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

has received a three-volume report

from the Justice Tunde Garba-led

Panel of Inquiry on #EndSARS

protest, promising to set up an

implementation committee on its

recommendations.

AbdulRazaq told newsmen while

receiving the report from the

chairman of the panel Retired Justice

Tunde Garba at the presidential

lodge Ilorin, that Kwara State is one

of the few states that are turning in

their reports.

He said: "It shows that we are on

track. We will also set up an

implementation committee to look

into the recommendations of the

panel. I thank the committee for

doing a very delicate work. You were

able to bring your experience and

expertise to bear on the difficult task.

We understand from the size of the

document you are submitting that a

lot of work has gone into it. You

needed more time which we acceded

to.”

AbdulRazaq commended the

Police and the entire security agencies

in Nigeria for their services to the

nation, and urged them to continue

to do their duties diligently and in

line with the law. “We must thank the

Police and other security agencies for

their services to Nigeria for keeping

us safe. We encourage them to do

their work diligently. Some of the

demands of #EndSARS are already

being met by the president. Salaries

and emoluments of the police are

being looked into. President

Muhammadu Buhari is also rolling

out a lot of programmes through the

social investment programme for the

youths and indigents to ensure there

is prosperity in the country. We need

to remain focus and maintain law

and order to tame the current

insecurity in the country. We need to

live together peacefully for the

progress of the country,” he added.

For his part, retired Justice Garba

said if government adopts the

recommendations of the panel, it will

help to support victims of identified

cases of police brutality and also

improve the living conditions of

serving and retired police officers.

"The panel’s report was based on

various petitions received, bordering

on alleged police brutality, unlawful

arrests, extortion, violation of

fundamental human rights, and

impunity," the retired judge said.

He noted: “The report is in three

volumes: volume one is the main

report, volume two contains the

petitions received and adopted by the

panel, while volume three contains

the list of all the exhibits tendered

and admitted during the panel’s

proceedings. The main report

contains proceedings, our findings

and recommendations on each of the

25 petitions received and treated

holistically by the panel. It is,

therefore, our hope that the

recommendations therein if adopted

by the government will wipe the tears

and put a smile on the faces of all the

victims of police brutality and even

the serving and retired police officers

inclusive.”

The panel recommended, among

other things, that some erring F-

SARS operatives named in unlawful

activities be prosecuted and

legitimate petitioners compensated

with varying sums.

Kaduna announces mandatory use of

Residents Card, NIN

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hospital, university, and employee

ID cards."

Dr Tsiga clarified that only

residents "who have an NIN, with a

valid Kaduna State residential

address, will be issued a State

Residents Card", adding: "This is to

ensure that the data of our residents

is only collected once. Residents who

have obtained their NIN using an

address of another state, and now

reside in Kaduna, are required to visit

any enrolment centre to update their

NIN with their current Kaduna

address in order to get a State

Residents Card."

He recalled that KADSRRA has

been "working closely with the

National Identity Management

Commission, NIMC, since this

administration came into office in

2015", adding that the working

relationship is "to foster the orderly

development of an identity sector in

order to build a modern identity

management system for Nigeria,

while specifically expediting

enrolment of Kaduna State

Residents into the National Identity

Database, NIDB."

continue in the nefarious act.

She continued: “I am not

happy with the stipulation of

N2000 fine for abusers of

children. The fine and prison

term will only serve to

encourage this evil practice.

These laws should be

reviewed to make provision

for stiffer sanctions,” she

added.

Minister of Women Affairs,

Mrs. Pauline Tallen, decried

the fact that some states in the

country are yet to domestic

the Child Right’s Act.

Represented by Adekunle

Balogun-Ashry, the Minister

counselled parents and

guardians to accord child’s

right a pride of place, noting

that until children are

protected from the ills of the

society; they would struggle

to realise their potentials

early in life. On her part, Sa’adetu

Baba Shettima, Deputy Director,

National Human Rights

Commission dismissed insinuations

in some quarters that Northern

states are reluctant to adopt the

Child’s Rights Act, stressing that on

the contrary, some of the governors

were only concerned about the

culture of the people which the act

may not have fully covered.

She said: “Since 2020, there has

been tremendous encouragement

from the governors of Northern

states. I am not sure there is a state

in the North that is saying it is not

interested in the Child’s Right Act. I

spoke with Governor Babagana

Zulum last year and he told me he

was overseeing the process of

having the Act take firm roots in

Borno state, in such a way that it

will suit the people’s norms and

culture. Most of the governors in the

North are already working on the

Act.” She called for sustained

awareness campaign to get

Nigerians acquainted with the

rights of the child.

Zungeru Bridge when the bandits

jumped from the bush into the road

and forced the driver to open the

doors and marched us group by

group into the bush.

We trekked for three days: "We

trekked for several kilometres and

they asked us to wait under a mango

tree. They went back to escort others

to the same spot. There were

motorcycles already parked at a

distance from the highway but the

motorcycles were only used to ferry

the women and children to their

final destination, which was in the

thick forest. We the men were forced

to trek several kilometres before

getting to the designated spot. The

journey took us three days, trekking

day and night, though we were

allowed to rest intermittently.

No water to drink for days:

“There was no food or water for the

first three days and some of us nearly

gave up the ghost as we were tired.

They beat us mercilessly and

inflicted serious injuries on us.

They almost killed me because

of my Yoruba tribal marks—

woman

A caterer, Mrs. Oyerinde, said she

was engaged by the bereaved family

to cook for the invited guests at the

burial in Rijau. But that was not to

be as she was kidnapped with others

during the ill-fated journey. "The

bandits separated us the women and

children from the men and carried

us on their waiting motorcycles

batch by batch to their first stop over.

"For the men, they were made to

trek the same long distance along

with some cows which the

kidnappers had rustled from

different villages. For the first day,

there was no food or water and we

slept on the rock in the very harsh

weather. Children were crying

everywhere and nobody could give

them any attention. The second day,

we started another journey to

another unknown destination as we

were ferried on motorcycles while

the men also trekked again."

Mrs. Oyerinde said the bandits for

the first time asked if they would

want to take tea and that out of joy,

most of them, including the men and

children chorused loudly in

affirmation, not knowing that their

own tea was lashes of cane and that

this led to severe beating by the

bandits, with the men suffering the

worst of it. "They later served us

cooked rice without pepper,

seasoning or salt. Though each of

us got portions of between one and

two spoons we were happy because

we were almost dying of hunger

having not taken any food for days.

"Some of the women broke into

uncontrollable weeping and

mourning as the small quantity of

rice could not go round. In my case,

my tribal mark gave me out as a

Yoruba woman among the rest and

they started threatening me with gun

and I broke down, crying. They

wanted to kill me because of my

tribe and I lost hope at that point."

My saddest days in life so far—

Adamu

An immigration Officer, Adamu,

in his own account, described the

unfortunate episode as the most

traumatic and saddest days of his

life as he was kidnapped along with

three of his kids. "We were ordered

to cook by ourselves. We cooked only

rice without the basic ingredients

like salt and other form of seasoning.

They only sprinkled it with drops of

palm oil. For water, we were only

provided a bottle for about 10

persons. The water was drawn from

any available pond or stream. This

is the same water they and their

animals drink and we were also

forced to take it and did not

complain since there was no other

option.


24 —Vanguard

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, , 2021

Rajab, gateway to Ramadan

By Haroon Ishola Balogun

RAJAB is here and Ramadan

is just less than seven weeks

away!

Every year, when the month of

Rajab arrives, I recall the

supplication: “O Allah, bless us in

the months of Rajab and Sha`ban

and enable us to witness and observe

Ramadan.”

It is high time everyone had a

re-think and assess his or her

readiness for the blessings of Allah

in the upcoming blessed months,

Rajab, Sha‘ban, and Ramadan. In

his Fayd al-Qadir, the great scholar

al-Minawi says: "Ibn Rajab said

that the (above-mentioned) hadith

proves the recommendation of

du‘aa’ for an extended life until one

reaches the good blessed times of

goodness.”

In Blugh al-Amani, Ahmad al-

Banna says: “The Prophet’s du`aa’

for barakah (Allah’s blessings) in

these three months indicates their

high position and great merits.”

A Muslim should seize the

opportunity and spare no effort to

bring himself or herself closer to

Allah in this season of goodness.

Throughout the year’s months,

a Muslim leaves no stone unturned

in order to attain Allah’s blessings.

With the start of Rajab, we look

forward to the ultimate blessings

of Ramadan. Rajab, therefore, is

an important station and gateway

to Ramadan. As one of the sacred

months, Rajab enjoys special

merits and blessings.

Observing voluntary fasting in

the sacred months, including

Rajab, is recommended. Abu

Dawud reported on the authority

of Mujibah al-Bahilyyah that the

Prophet (peace and blessings be

upon him) said to her father or

uncle: “Observe fasting for some

days in the sacred months and

leave fasting for other days.”

He (peace and blessings be upon

him) said this three times, folding

three fingers of him and then

unfolding them each time. The

Prophet’s using three fingers here

is meant to assert his

recommendation of fasting during

these months, and not to indicate

the number of the days to observe

fasting therein.

Hence, observing fasting, as well

as other good deeds, in Rajab is

generally praiseworthy like doing

so in the rest of the sacred months.

Upon the commencement of

Sha‘ban, our hearts yearn for the

long-awaited guest, Ramadan. As

the great month of Sha‘ban falls

between Rajab and Ramadan, it is

recommended that we should

devote ourselves to engage in

extra devotions.

An-Nasa’i reported that

Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be

pleased with him) asked the

Prophet (peace and blessings be

upon him), “I have never seen you

offer fast in a month as much as

you do in Sha`ban.” The Prophet

said: “It is a month people

disregard that is between Rajab

and Ramadan. In that month,

deeds are presented to the Lord of

the Worlds, so I like my deeds to

be presented while I am fasting.”

Rajab 13, 1442 A.H.

Sha‘ban is the time for the

final preparations before

Ramadan. Among significant

acts that one may do in Sha‘ban

are fasting, particularly in the

first half of Sha‘ban, reciting

the Qur’an, engaging in dhikr,

and preparing for Ramadan.

There are authentic hadiths

about the virtue of fasting

during Sha‘ban, among which

the hadith recorded in Sahih

Muslim on the authority of

‘A’ishah (may Allah be blessed

with her) who said: “Allah’s

Messenger (peace and blessings

be upon him) used to observe

fasting (continuously) that we

would say he would not break

fasting, and he used not to fast

(continuously) until we would

say he would not fast.

“O Allah, bless us

in the months of

Rajab and Sha`ban

and enable us to

witness and observe

Ramadan.”

And I did not see Allah’s

Messenger (peace and blessings

be upon him) completing the

fast of a month, except

Ramadan, and I did not see him

fasting more in any other month

than in Sha‘ban.”

The hadith indicates that the

Messenger (peace and blessings

be upon him) used to fast many

days in Sha‘ban that ‘A’ishah

(may Allah be blessed with her)

said in another narration: “He

[the Prophet] used to fast

(almost) all of Sha‘ban; he used

to fast Sha‘ban except for few

(days).”

Below are some pointers for

Ramadan preparation:

1. Dua: Start making dua for

good physical health and a

healthy imaan to carry out good

deeds in the month of

Ramadan. Ask Allah SWT to

allow you to see Ramadan, give

you the ability to do good deeds

and accept it from you.

Moreover, make a list of duas

you are going to ask during the

month of Ramadan, at the time

of Iftar and on the night of Qadr.

2. Islamic Knowledge:

Decide and collect all the

Islamic lectures and books that

you aim to listen to and read

during Ramadan.

3. Quran: Ramadan and

Quran are two inseparable

friends. Increase your time

with the Quran from now and

plan your relationship with the

Quran in Ramadan; how much

recitation you will do each day,

which tafseer you’re going to

read and how much time you

will spend on recitation and

contemplation.

4. Gain Knowledge about

Ramadan: Read books about

Ramadan; the virtues of this

month and the rulings of fasting.

This way, we can avoid making

mistakes and spend the month

in the manner most loved by

Allah.

5. A productive Taraweeh: In

these two months, try and read

the summary of each Surah/Juzz

in the Quran so that you get the

gist of what you’ll be hearing in

the Taraweeh.

6. Activities for Children:

Plan the special activities you’ll

be doing with kids and what

you’ll be teaching them. For

example, reading the tafseer of

particular Surahs, doing some

charity work, or activities about

the phases of the moon etc.

Many Ramadan activity books

are available on the Internet for

free.

7. Laylatul Qadr: Plan how

you’ll be spending the last ten

nights. What adhkar will you do?

What duas will you make? What

type of ibadah will you perform?

How will you engage your

whole family to make this night

productive?

8. Making up obligatory fasts:

It was narrated that Abu

Salamah said: "I heard Aishah

(may Allah be please with her)

say: “I would owe fasts from the

previous Ramadan and I would

not be able to make them up

except in Shaban.”"

Scholars comment that from

her keenness to make up her

fasts before Ramadan. it may be

understood that it is better not

to delay making them up until

another Ramadan begins.

9. Fasting in Shaban: Train

yourself for fasting by practising

for a few days in Shaban. The

Messenger of Allah SAWS used

to fast a lot in Shaban.

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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 the

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.

— Dr. Adewale Adeeyo, OON

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*From left: Manager for MITC, Umar Ahmad; Paramount Ruler of

Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; Chairman, European Chapter,

International Association of Ahmad Architectural and Engineers (IAAAE),

Arc. Akram Ahmed and Amir Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Alhaji

(Barr.) Alatoye Folorunso Azeez, during a courtesy visit to Paramount Ruler

of Yewaland in IIaro, Ogun State.

*From left: Sadr Majlis Ansarullah Nigeria, Alhaji (Engr.) Adeoye Abdul Waheed; Amir Ahmadiyya Muslim

Jama’at Nigeria, Alhaji (Barr.) Alatoye Folorunso Azeez; Chairman, European Chapter, International Association

of Ahmad Architectural and Engineers (IAAAE), Arc. Akram Ahmed; Missionary-in-Charge, Maulana Afizaal

Ahmad Rauf; Project Manager for MITC, Umar Ahmad and Naib Amir, Finance/Admin. Alhaji Mufadhil

Bankole, during a special prayer before commencement on journey to IIaro on inspection at Ahmadiyya Science

College at Jamia, Ogun State.


Rajab 13, 1442 A.H.

Ogun launches Hajj Savings Scheme, says

it' ll make pilgrimage seamless

IN line with the Federal

Government's determination

to make the dream of Hajj

pilgrimage a reality for Muslim

faithful, a seamless easy-payment

plan tagged: Hajj Savings Sheme, has

been launched in the state.

Officials of the National Hajj

Commission of Nigeria,

NAHCON, hosted by the state

government highlighted the ease that

comes with the savings scheme as it

would afford interested intending

pilgrims to plan ahead for hajj,

thereby helping them live their

dreams.

The state Governor, Prince Dapo

Abiodun who was represented by

his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-

Oyedele, in her remark said the

scheme, initiated by NAHCON,

was a laudable one that would allow

more Muslims to participate in the

pilgrimage.

Governor Abiodun emphasized

that hajj being the last pillar of Islam,

that is performed at least once in the

life time of a Muslim, should be

given utmost attention, saying it is

an innovation that promotes savings

culture towards hajj, as well as

establishing other future

developmental processes.

"Hajj is an aspect of Islam that must

be given utmost attention, and the

present government in the state will

not hesitate to support and promote

any programme that encourages

massive participation of Muslim

faithful without hindrance. Ogun

State on its part, will ensure success

of the scheme'', he assured.

On his part, the Chairman,

NAHCON, Alhaji Zikirullah

Hassan, represented by the South-

West Commissioner, Alhaja Basirat

Akintunde noted that the scheme

was designed to promote a longterm

savings platform for Muslims

who intend to perform hajj,

appealing to the league of imams

and Alfas to continuously raise

awareness by disseminating

information on the initiative

especially at congregational

prayers. In his contribution, the

National Coordinator, HSS, Dr.

Aliyu Tanko said the scheme

which began in Malaysia in

1963,was to help intending

pilgrims to either enroll through the

State Pilgrims Welfare Board or

log on to its official website

hajjsavings.jaizbankplc.com.

In their separate responses, two

of the participants, Mr. Olasupo

Muideen and Mrs. Hafsat

Olorode appreciated NAHCON

on the initiative, saying it would

avail them the opportunity to

embark on holy pilgrimage, at

least once in their life time without

being overwhelmed by the

financial demands that come with

pilgrimage.

Sheikh Al-Sudais inspects ongoing

projects in Grand Mosque

THE General President for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque

and the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Abdul-Rahman bin

Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, made a field tour of the Al-Mukabariah

project in the Grand Mosque.

Al-Sudais said that the state - may God protect it - is in a

continuous bid to provide everything that serves the two Holy

Mosques and those who intend them, stressing that the duty towards

the projects of the two Holy Mosques is to be of the highest level of

efficiency, quality and mastery, while harnessing the latest technical

means for them, asking God Almighty - everyone has constant

help, success and repayment. Al-Sudais was accompanied during

the tour by the Under-General for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque,

Dr. Saad Al-Muhaimid, the Vice-President for Scientific and

Intellectual Affairs, Sheikh Dr. Nasser bin Othman Al-Zahrani,

His Excellency, the Under-General of Projects and Engineering

Studies, Engr. Sultan bin Ati Al-Qurashi, and His Excellency, the

Assistant Under Secretary for Field Affairs, Mr. Muhammad Bin

Hassan Bati. It is noteworthy that the Al-Mukabaria project, on the

southern side of the old portico, is on the same side as the old Al-

Mukabariah, which was removed in favour of the Mataf building

expansion project, over an area of 200 square meters, and includes

an advanced sound system and its own control devices, in addition

to audio and video broadcasting systems. To transmit the call to

prayer and the imam’s prayer for duties and funerals, and it contains

the spaces designated for the muezzin and the imam and direct

transmission, and work is underway to complete and prepare the

site according to the schedule prepared for him.

Erdogan, emerges 2020 Global Muslim Personality Award

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip

Erdogan has emerged winner

of the 2020 Global Muslim

Personality, a global award organised

by Nigeria’s most authoritative

Islamic newspaper, Muslim News

Nigeria.

Erdogan was declared the winner

of the prestigious award, tagged

#MNAwards2020 for the third

consecutive time, at exactly 1:00am

Nigerian time (GMT+1) on Friday,

February 26, 2021, by the Publisher

of the newspaper, Mr. Rasheed

Abubakar.

The maiden edition of the award

created in 2018 to celebrate Muslim

achievers across professions

including governance and

administration, was won by

President Erdogan; as he

astonishingly recorded a similar feat

in 2019, when the newspaper

declared him the winner, for the

defence of the rights of the oppressed

Muslims around the world.

Mr. Abubakar, in a press

statement jointly signed by the

Chairman, nomination committee,

Mr. Shakiru Yekini, said though the

year 2020 was very challenging for

the world due to the outbreak of

Covid-19 pandemic which has

affected all facets of human

endeavour, President Erdogan

remained committed to a just

cause, and his achievements

surpassed that of the previous

years. The statement noted that the

emergence of President Erdogan

as a visionary and pragmatic leader

has been a blessing not only to

Turkey but to the extended global

Muslim community (Ummah)

which has fallen prey to the

belligerence of predator nations.

"Vanguard,

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, , 2021 —25

DSCIA gets new 15-member execu-

tives in Delta

DELTA State Council for Islamic Affairs, DSCIA, has elected

and inaugurated a 15-member executives to run its affairs for

the next three years.

Sheikh Muhammad Ufuoma Yahaya, who emerged as Chairman

and Mallam Musa O. Ugasa also emerged as Secretary of the body

after a keenly contested election in the Warri Central Mosque,

Warri, Delta State.

Sheikh Muhammad, in his acceptance speech asked for maximum

cooperation and support of the entire Muslim Ummah in the state to

succeed.

He thanked Almighty Allah for his emergence, the officials of

the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA and the

Shurah Committee for the peaceful and fair conduct of the selection

process.

“It is not out of place that we, the elected officers, will continually

want the support of the League of Imams, Ulama and the entire

Muslim Ummah to enable us achieve our goals.”

He also promised to run an open-door policy to ensure that all

Muslims in Delta State have a sense of belonging, stressing that all

Muslims would be carried along irrespective of social, economic

or political class.

Also speaking in the same vein, the State Secretary, Mallam Musa

Ugasa, who spoke on behalf of other elected officers, stated that the

executives would spend the next 36 months of the tenure focusing on

holistic reforms in the council to boost the welfare of Muslims across

the state.

He said: “We must remain united as one family which is the only

way the Council could be revitalized. I solemnly plead with the

entire Muslim Ummah to bear the philosophy of unity in mind and

always speak with one voice because a ‘divided body is definitely

a defeated body.’

Other elected officers were Alh. Ismaila Isitua, Assistant

Secretary; Alh. Mutairo Mahabiru, Financial Secretary; Alh.

Sulaiman Jauro, Treasurer; Alh. Isa Edogamhe, Publicity Secretary;

Barr. Muhammad Elunor, Vice-Chairman (Delta North); Ishaq

Ughegheruvwe, Vice-Chairman (Delta Central); Alh. Abdulkadir

Oritola, Vice-Chairman (Delta South).

*From left: Mallam Musa Ugasa, State Secretary; Mallam Ishaq Ughegheruvwe,

Vice-Chairman (Delta Central); Alhaji Isa Edogamhe, Publicity

Secretary; Sheikh Muhammad Ufuoma Yahaya, State Chairman; Barr. Alhaji

Muhammad Elunor, State Vice-Chairman during the inauguration of

the new executives of DSCIA in Warri recently.

*From left: Mrs. Shabi Ajara; Mrs. Maryam Nabiri; Hajia Mrs. K.B.O. Alegimenlen; Mrs. Hasana

Rasheed; Mrs. Aisha Queen Isa and Mrs. Fatima Okotie, all members of the Women Wing of Delta

State Council for Islamic Affairs, DSCIA at the event.

From left: Alhaji Rasak Oladejo; Alhaji Ahmed Mustafa and Alhaji

Nasir Uhor; during the event at Warri Central Mosque, Warri, Delta State.

Photo by : Musa Ugasa.


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Governors take fools’ ride to next level

IF there was any doubt that

governors are underworked

and overpaid, this week proved

it. This is not the old, familiar

sitting governor versus godfather

nasty fight. It’s a brawl mostly

among serving governors of the

same party and even the same

region, who have no qualms

airing their dirty laundry as

entertainment.

What started as a sitcom starring

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom

and his Bauchi counterpart Bala

Mohammed in a bizarre farmerherdsmen

exchange, later zigzagged,

morphed and swept

across the country in an expanded

theatre of the absurd. At least four

other governors have now been

engulfed in the flame.

Ortom set the stage in a noholds-barred

video in which he

called out President Muhammadu

Buhari for being “soft” on

herdsmen and bandits. He

accused the leadership of the

association of cattle herders,

Myetti Allah, of enabling and

arming criminal herdsmen with

automatic weapons, while the

Presidency turns a blind eye.

Ortom show

As of Wednesday, the Ortom

video had received 65,000 views,

with a trail of vitriolic comments

on both sides, long enough to

strangle a herd of trespassing

cattle. Mohammed responded

that Ortom was incompetent and

irresponsible. He said if the Benue

governor had done his homework,

he would have found that some of

the Fulani herdsmen were also

victims and only carried weapons

to protect themselves from cattle

rustlers.

Short of accusing Ortom of

intolerance, he asked the governor

to find a place in his heart for

persons from other parts of the

country, the same way Benue

people are welcome in Bauchi.

As Mohammed was counting his

teeth after his bizarre and twisted

patronage of armed herdsmen,

which a) ignored rampant cases

of violent trespass and b) source

of the automatic weapons and the

legality of their use, the proverbial

old woman in Ortom knew that

Mohammed’s gesture was aimed

at him.

Ortom responded in kind. He

accused Mohammed of

incitement and warned that the

Bauchi governor would be held

responsible if any harm came to

him. The two governors, both

members of the same party and

cousins in the Northern

Governors’ Forum, descended into

the gutter, with their aides

cheering. While the exchanges

between Mohammed and Ortom

made headlines - which was

precisely what they wanted - it’s

also a reflection of how governors,

used to endless supply of drama

on demand, have perfected the art

of milking public frustration to

unleash our worst instincts. And

they’re succeeding and diverting

attention from their

incompetence. Criminal

herdsmen - Fulani or not - are a

menace and must be rooted out

not through the microphone, but

by force and intelligence. But

while we’re at it, governors must

also do their jobs.

All talk

Ortom talks a good game. Yet,

anyone who wants to know what

he has done six years after

assuming office will have to be

content with the renovation of the

palace of the paramount

traditional ruler, the Tor Tiv; and

the wheelbarrows he distributed to

empower the youth as evidence of

performance. Beyond that, there’s

not much else to show for an

average N4 billion which the state

gets monthly from Abuja.

He’s still owing salaries and even

though teachers now work a threeday

week and have to farm to

make ends meet, life in Benue, for

the most part, is still very hard. It’s

a far cry from what Ortom

promised when he first came to

power on the platform of the All

Progressives Congress, APC, in

2015. Of course, Ortom can

It’s a brawl mostly

among serving

governors of the same

party and even the same

region, who have no

qualms airing their dirty

laundry as

entertainment

argue, justifiably, that two things

have compounded his misery: the

politics of George Akume, one of

the state senators whom he has

accused of diverting every good

thing coming the state’s way from

Abuja; and the sinister activities of

herdsmen, which he insists have

jeopardised farming. It appears

that he would also have to add

Mohammed to his list of

distractions.

Two of a kind

But there’s no need. Mohammed

has never claimed to be anything

other than a permanent distraction

in public service. He had a

disastrous outing as Minister of the

Federal Capital Territory, but since

politics rewards the indolent, he

has managed to advance to the

next level. Ortom and Mohammed

are like Tweedledum and

Tweedledee: as far as performance

goes, it’s hard to choose one above

the other whether in their current

or previous lives.

They’re not alone. The proxy war

between Kogi State governor,

Yahaya Bello, and Abia State

Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, over

the role of champagne in public

administration tells yet another

depressing story. How a discussion

about Safe School Initiative on the

floor of the Senate could descend

into name-calling and bitter insults

among proxies of the two

governors is a reflection of the

dangerous

reach and

egregious

influence that

governors have

in our politics.

But the story

that takes the

cake for travesty

is the Sunday

drama between

Imo State

Governor, Hope

Uzodimma and

f o r m e r

Governor

R o c h a s

Okorocha. Only

a few months

ago, both men were on the same

side, united against a “common

enemy”, Emeka Ihedioha, who

was then governor. As soon as

Uzodimma and Okorocha

toppled Ihedioha and retrieved

their daggers from his back, most

observers knew that Ihedioha’s

ouster was only the end of the

beginning: Imo is not big enough

to contain the ego and vanity of

the two men. What played out on

Sunday was largely a territorial

war, even if it was executed in the

name of saving the people from

Okorocha’s matchless greed.

Uzodimma show

For eight years in Okorocha’s

Imo, the only oasis of prosperity

was the Okorochas. The man

helped himself to whatever he

fancied. Whatever he could not

take for himself, he took for his

daughter. Whatever he could not

take for his daughter, he took for

his son-in-law. And whatever he

could not take for his son-in-law,

like the awe-inspiring world-class

leisure park, called the Royal Palm

Estate, he took brazenly for his

wife. It was government of the

family by the family for the

family.

Uzodimma knew of this sordid

record, but politics being politics,

he still went ahead to forge a

marriage of convenience with

Okorocha and Ifeanyi Ararume to

topple Ihedioha. Now, all three

conspirators, who are also

members of the same party, can’t

see eye-to-eye. Okorocha is on his

way to exile from the APC, while

Ararume remains in political

limbo, fenced off from his

senatorial ambition by

Uzodimma’s deadly insecurity.

That drama on Sunday about the

sealing of Okorocha’s wife’s leafy

playground, and the video of the

former governor’s brief arrest by

the police mean nothing beyond

Uzodimma’s personal

gratification. A government that is

really serious about holding its

predecessor to account, in the

interest of the public, knows what

to do and how.

The next time you’ll hear about

Okorocha’s wife or any of the

priceless jewels the man

appropriated for family and

friends, is when he crosses

Uzodimma’s line again. Any other

sin would be forgiven, but the full

price for this one is saved for

another day. That’s the way our

politicians play. That’s the way the

governors roll. One day, they

condemn bandits and banditry,

and the next they say there’s

absolutely nothing wrong inviting

bandits to lunch or even paying

them handsomely to keep us

safe.

We’re not fooled by this attempt

to give delinquency a new name.

We know these folks are members

of different factions of the same

party. And from the look of things,

the Class of Governor Ben Ayade’s

Olympotic Idiocy may well have a

larger collection than was once

thought.

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UPU blows hot over concession of

Asaba Airport

By Paul Olayemi

UGHELLI—THE President

General of Urhobo Progress

Union, UPU, Chief Joe Omene has

condemned the idea to concession

the Asaba International Airport by

the Delta State government.

On Tuesday, the Delta State

government has signed off the Asaba

Airport facility to concessionaires in

a deal that will earn the state, at least,

N100 million in concession fee

yearly.

The strategic move to further

develop the airport and make it run

profitably (the first of such concession

in the country), will also earn the

state 2.5 per cent yearly revenue

earnings over the next 30 years that

Delta trains 170 enumerators for

COVID-19 economic recovery program

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—DELTA State Micro

Small and Medium Enterprises

Development Agency, DEMSMA in

collaboration with the Bank of

Industry, BOI, and the World Bank

have trained 170 youths drawn from

the 25 Local Government Areas of the

State as enumerators for the COVID-

19 Action Recovery Economic

Stimulus Programme.

The one day training programme

was organized by Delta State

Government at in Asaba.

The State Commissioner for

Economic Planning, Dr Barry Gbe,

who declared the one day training

programme opened, reaffirmed the

state government's commitment to

revitalizing and repositioning micro,

small and medium Enterprises for

the concession agreement would run.

However, Omene on Wednesday

condemned the idea adding that

what the governor has done clearly

shows he(the Governor ) came to the

office with an agenda,

" This airport was built with over

30 billion of tax payers money and

now you are giving it out for the next

30 years for 3 billion, it does not add

up and I am still finding it hard that

this is true, we expected the Governor

to leave behind a legacy of

industrializing in the state, not

selling off or leasing out our pride.

Omene also said the proposed

University of Education at Agbor

was now a full fledged University,

that the Governor was not sincere in

his approach to development of

Deltans, saying, it's a shame that an

airport that gulped over 30 billion is

now being downgraded.

Commissioner inspects oil, gas facilities

over compliance

ASABA—DELTA

State

Commissioner for Oil and Gas,

Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba

recently led the monitoring team of

the ministry to ascertain the level of

compliance with safety standards by

oil and gas businesses operating in

the state.

He harped on the need for the

companies to meet their financial

obligations to the Delta State

Government, describing the visit as

an opportunity to discover and

proffer solutions to their operational

challenges.

The companies visited were

Ebenco Global Link Limited and

Taurus Oil and Gas Limited, both

located in Koko, headquarters of

Warri North Local Government

Area. Others were Rainoil Depot and

Nepal Oil and Gas Services, which

are located in Oghara, headquarters

of Ethiope West Local Government

Area of Delta State.

Amgbaduba was accompanied by

the Permanent Secretary of the

ministry, Mrs. Gladys Puegeren and

some directors. The challenges

enumerated included, the failure to

dredge the Escravos channel by the

Federal Government, forcing vessels

aground, with huge costs paid as

demurrage, while the poor state of

some of the Federal roads prevented

trucks from assessing the depots.

Amgbaduba recounted past

attempts to get the Federal

Government to dredge the Escravos

River and assured that efforts would

continue to get the Federal

Government to do the needful.

He commended the companies for

their resilience, which is manifest in

employment creation and discharge

of their corporate social

responsibility to their host

communities, while he reiterated the

preparedness of the Delta State

Ministry of Oil and Gas to work with

the companies in the interest of the

welfare of communities and

development of the state.

economic stability in the state.

Gbe listed the importance of the

training to include ensuring the

survival and growth of small

businesses across the state, lamenting

that they were worst hit by the COVID-

19 pandemic.

The Executive Secretary of the

DEMSMA, Mrs Orezi Esievo, who

gave an overview of the Delta Cares

COVID-19 Action Recovery

Economic Stimulus Programme,

explained that the two and a half years

programme would impact greatly on

MSMEs in the state.

Esievo said the Cares programme

was Federal owned that's being

domesticated here in Delta as "Delta

Cares because Governor Okowa cares

about his people.

798 small businesses will benefit

from the programme this year 2021,

800 in 2022."

100 DPOs'll not change anything in

Sapele except... —Group

S APELE—A

Bring back our Sapele, group,

BBOS,

has condemned the report that the

police authority in Sapele, Delta

State are collecting bribes as bail

from arrested cultists caught with

guns thereby compromising the

war against cultism in the town.

In a press conference on Tuesday,

the chairman of the group

Comrade Ovokeroye Agbama said

it was obvious those who have no

one to speak for them are being

targeted while community leaders

and politicians are being

exonerated.

"We are not supporting the police,

but according to our personal

investigation some of those cultist

are been released from Asaba and

not in Sapele. So we want the

Commissioner of police to

investigate properly, pointing

accusing fingers at where none is

existing is our concern, we stand

for the truth" adding that everyone

need to come clean to curb this

incessant blood letting.

The Secretary of the group, Com

Atomire Blessing said "not until we

tell ourselves the truth, Sapele will

continue to be like scenes from

cowboy films, not a 100 DPOs will

change anything if things are not

done right" alleging that why the

leaders have kept mum was

because most of their aides are

involved"

"Some of the problem we have

are men of the Sapele Area

Command, it's a common fact and

nobody is talking about it, let the

Area Commander call his men to

order, their activities has been

worrisome too, let them call a spade

a spade'" Atomire said.


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OKAFOR

I, formerly known as Miss

Okafor Chinwendu Linda, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Anyanwu Chinwendu Linda

(Nee Okafor). All former

documents remain valid.

General public should please

take note.

EZEKOKA

I, formerly known as Miss

Ezekoka Oluchi Uchechi, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Okonkwo Oluchi Uchechi. All

former documents remain

valid. General public, banks and

all concerned authorities to

take note.

ANTHONY

I, formerly known as

Amrevwodia Akpevwe

Anthony, now wish to be

known as Ogheneovo

Akpevwe Salvation. All

former documents remain

valid. The general public should

please take note.

ABAJUE

I, formerly known as Miss

Njideka Frances Abajue, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Njideka Frances Anyogu. All

documents bearing my former

name remain valid, general

public please take note

ADEOLA

I, formerly known as Miss

Adeola Blessing Yetunde, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Dawodu Blessing Yetunde.

Former document remain

valid. General public should

take note.

UZOUKWU

I, formerly known as Miss

Uzoukwu Blessing Chinasa,

now wish to be known and

addressed as Mrs. Chinasa

Blessing Otutu. All former

documents remain valid. The

general public should please

take note.

AKPANKE

I, formerly known and

addressed as Mrs. Akpanke

Lyoa, now wish to be known

and addressed as Mrs.

Agiabekong Lydia Iroshi. All

former documents remain

valid. The general public should

please take note.

MINARUME

I, formerly known as Miss

Favour Userhumu Minarume,

now wish to be known as Mrs

Favour Userhumu Erewa. All

documents bearing former

names remain valid, general

public please take note.

IGOCHE

I, formerly known as Miss

Kate Ehiowoicho Igoche, now

wish to be known as Mrs. Kate

Ehiowoicho Amaechi. All

documents bearing my former

name remain valid. General

public please take note.

OJO

I, formerly known as Ojo

Blessing, now wish to be

known as Augustine Blessing

Okiemute. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

PEPPLE

I, formerly known as Pepple

Emmanuel, now wish to be

known as Jacob Emmanuel

Afekhokhale. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

IKPE

I, formerly known as Miss

Ngozi Udochi Ikpe, now wish

to be known as Mrs. Ngozi

Udochi Olih. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

OBIKU

I, formerly known as Miss Obiku

Oritselaju Rukeme, now wish to be

known as Mrs Hwabejire Oritselaju

Rukeme. All former documents remain

valid. General public, banks and all

concerned authorities to take note.

ONOME

I, formerly known as Miss

Onome Mercy Omotumuno,

now wish to be known as Mrs

Onome Mercy Oderhowho. All

documents bearing former

names remain valid, general

public please take note.

AGBAGWU

I, formerly known as Miss

Agbagwu Winifred Ifeyinwa,

now wish to be known as Mrs

Winifred Ifeyinwa Isaac

Duvwiama. All documents

bearing my former name

remain valid, general public

please take note.

KOKO

I, formerly known as

Mohammed Koko, now wish

to be known as Mohammed

Bello-Koko. Former document

remain valid. General public

should take note.

OT OKON

I, formerly known as Miss

Okon, Promise Oduak, now

wish to be known as Mrs.

Adebiyi Promise Uduak. All

former documents remain

valid. The general public should

please take note.

JUKPOR

I, formerly known as Miss

Love Amarachukwu Jukpor,

now wish to be known and

addressed as Mrs. Love

Amarachukwu Obodozie. All

former documents remain

valid. The general public should

please take note.

URIAMALA

I, formerly known as Miss

Eunice Uriamala, now wish to

be known as Mrs Eunice

Oghenegweke Onoyume. All

documents bearing former

names remain valid, First

Bank, Sterling Bank and

general public please take note.

CHANGE OF NAME

JACKREECE IGOMETI NNOLI

DECKER

I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Miss Igometi

I, formerly known as Decker

I, formerly known as Nnoli Chukwuemeka

Jackreece Ima-Obong Charity,

Olamide Narachi, now wish to

Oghenefejiro, now wish to be known Chukwuebuka and Nnoli Emeka

now wish to be known as Mrs.

be known and addressed as

Chukwuemeka Ima-Obong as Mrs. Oghenefejiro Micheal Chukwuebuka, now wish to be known as

Charity. All documents bearing

Chukwuemeka Chukwuemeka Decker Olamide Narachi

Ewhubare. All documents bearing

my former name remain

Chukwuebuka. All documents bearing my Stella. All former documents

my former name remain valid. General

valid. Banks and general public

former name remain valid. WASSEC and remain valid. General public

please take note.

public please take note.

general public please take note.

please take note.

EHIEDU

ONWUSORIBE

BALA

KEMEKOROGHA

I, formerly known as Miss

Ehiedu Anthonia, now wish to

be known as Mrs. Alohan

Anthonia. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

EGHAGHA

I, formerly known as Miss Misage Sarah

Eghagha, Misage Sarah Sunday, Sarah

Sunday and Sunday Sarah, now wish

to be known as Sunday Sarah Eghagha.

All former documents remain valid.

General public please take note.

ENWEREM

I, formerly known as Miss

Margaret Aghata Onyemaechi

Enwerem, now wish to be

known as Mrs Okobi Margaret

Agatha Onyemaechi. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

ODIH

I, formerly known as Miss Odih

Ndidiamaka Vivian, now wish

to be known as Mrs Ofor

Ndidiamaka Vivian. All former

documents remain valid.

General public, banks and all

concerned authorities to take

note.

ANN

I, formerly known as Ann

Ejuwevwo, now wish to be

known as Annabel Tega

Ejuwevwo. All documents

bearing former names remain

valid, general public please take

note.

EGBORO

I, formerly known as Miss

Egboro Faith Ogagaoghene,

now wish to be known as Mrs

Enajero Faith Ogagaoghene.

All documents bearing my

former name remain valid,

general public please take note.

OYELEYE

I, formerly known as Miss

Oyeleye Kehinde Adewunmi,

now wish to be known as Mrs.

Idowu Kehinde Adewunmi. All

former documents remain

valid. The general public should

please take note.

ADERETI

I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Adereti

Adeola Oluwaseyi, now wish

to be known and addressed as

Mrs. Tijani Adeola Oluwaseyi.

All former documents remain

valid. The general public

should please take note.

UKOR

I, formerly known and addressed

as Miss Obae Oreva-Oghene

Judith, now wish to be known

and addressed as Mrs. Ukor

Ayeroghene Judith. All former

documents remain valid. The

general public should please

take note.

SOSANYA

I, formerly known as Miss

Rashidat Ajoke Sosanya, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Rashidat Ajoke Agbaje. All

documents bearing former

names remain valid, general

public please take note.

I, formerly known as Miss

Onwusoribe Harrieth Ijeoma,

now wish to be known as Mrs.

Nnadozie Harrieth Ijeoma. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

ONYEKA

I, formerly known as Okeke

Sarah Onyeka, now wish to be

known as Okeke Virgenia

Onyekachi. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

ONOTA

I, formerly known as Onota

Seffi Isah, now wish to be

known and addressed as Onota-

Isah Aze Seffi. All former

documents remain valid.

Nigeria Custom Service and

general public please take note.

ODUDU

That in my First bank account I used the

name Odudu Happy, I now wish to add my

middle name DAFE to my account details

that the name Odudu Happy and Odudu

Happy Dafe is one and same person. but

now wish to be known as Odudu Happy

Dafe. All former documents remain valid.

First Bank plc, general public and to whom

it may concern should take note.

EKAIDEM

I, formerly known as Ekaidem

Christiana Asuquo, now wish to

be known as Mrs. Christy Uduak

Jimmy. All documents bearing

my former name remain valid.

General public take note.

GREGORY

I, formerly known as Miss

Gregory Ighomena Hope, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Egboro Ighomena Hope. All

documents bearing my former

name remain valid, general

public please take note

MAJIYA

I, formerly known as Majiya

Latifat Oluwatosin, now wish

to be known as Godwin -

Oamen Latifat Oluwatosin.

Former document remain

valid. General public should

take note.

KALU

I, formerly known and addressed

as (Blessing) Ezinne Amadi

Kalu, now wish to be known and

addressed as Ezinne Amadi

Success Levi. All former

documents remain valid. The

general public should please

take note

EMMANUEL

I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Emmanuel

Temitope Dinah, now wish to

be known and addressed as Mrs.

Collins Temitope Dinah. All

former documents remain

Valid. The general public should

please take note.

ITEBU

I, formerly known as Miss

Itebu Esegbuyota Faith, now

wish to be known as Mrs.

Etienajirhevwe Esegbuyota

Faith. All documents bearing

former names remain valid,

general public please take

note.

I, formerly known as Bola

Orifo Bala, now wish to be

known as Bola Fortune Lucky.

All former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

NSONWU

I, formerly known as Miss

Cynthia Ugonma Nsonwu, now

wish to be known as Mrs.

Cynthia Ugonma Nsonwu

Woka. All former documents

remain valid. General public

please take note.

NWACHUKWU

I, formerly known and

addressed as Nwachukwu

Chibuike Francis, now wish to

be known and addressed as

Nweke Chibuike Francis. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note

UMOH

I, formerly known as Miss

Umoh Evelyn God’slove, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Obache Evelyn Richard. All

former documents remain

valid. The general public

should please take note.

OLERE

I, formerly known as

Imhoagene Omegie Olere,

now wish to be known as Otele

Omegie Imhoagene Olere. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

EZEOFOR

My name was wrongly written as

Ezeoffor Obiageri Christiana,

instead of my correct name as Ezeofor

Obiageri Christiana. All documents

bearing my former name remain valid,

general public please take note.

DOYAH

I, formerly known as Doyah

Posi Clement, now wish to be

known as Doyah Tiemo

Clement. All former

documents remain valid. The

general public should please

take note.

IBRAHIM

I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Ibrahim

Shadiat Yetunde, now wish to

be known and addressed as Mrs

Akintunde Shadiat Yetunde. All

former documents remain

valid, the general public should

please take note.

ABDULRASAQ

I, formerly known as Zainab

Omolara Abdulrasaq, now wish

to be known as Zainab

Omolara Abdulrasaq Kehinde.

All documents bearing former

names remain valid, general

public please take note.

MORKA

I, formerly known as Miss Morka

Augustina, now wish to be known

as Mrs Ayidu Augustina. All former

documents remain valid. Nursing and

Midwifery Council of Nigeria,

Hospitals Management Board,

Asaba and the general public please

take note

I, formerly known as Miss

Kemekorogha Dorcas Sounme, now

wish to be known as Mrs. Lawyer

Dorcas Sounme. All former

documents remain valid. University

of Calabar, NECO and general public

please take note.

UZOWULU

I, formerly known as Miss

Uzowulu Chizoba Nchedoka,

now wish to be known as Mrs

Ajoku Chizoba Nchedoka (Nee

Uzowulu). All former

documents remain valid.

General public should please

take note.

TAGBO

I, formerly known as Miss

Tagbo Chinelo Christiana,

now wish to be known as Mrs

Nnaluo Chiamaka Ann. All

former documents remain

valid. Bank, General public to

take note.

ASOGWA

I, formerly known and

addressed as Asogwa

Chidimma Valentina, now

wish to be known and addressed

as Ayogu Chidimma Valentina.

All former documents remain

valid, bank and general public

take note.

IKEBUDU

I, formerly known as Miss Ikebudu

Florence Kosisochukwu, now wish

to be known as Mrs Otuya Florence

Kosisochukwu. All documents

bearing my former name remain valid,

general public please take note

OGBOGHO

I, formerly known as Miss

Ogbogho Sandra Omoye, now

wish to be known as Mrs.

Oyamienlen Sandra Omoye.

All former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

UCHEHARA

I, formerly known as Miss

Uchehara Jane Chikaodi, now

wish to be known as Mrs.

Amaefule Jane Chikaodi. All

former documents remain

valid. The general public

should please take note.

FEJOKWU

I, formerly known and addressed as

Miss Fejokwu Chukwunonyelim

Nelly, now wish to be known and

addressed as Miss Fejokwu

Nonyelim Nelly. All former

documents remain valid. The general

public should please take note.

ABUKA

I, formerly known as Abuka

Mary, now wish to be known

as Abuka Smile Excellent. All

documents bearing former

names remain valid, general

public please take note.

AHMED

I, formerly known as Miss

Ahmed Sadia Precious, now

wish to be known as Mrs Otedo

Sadia Precious. All documents

bearing former names remain

valid, general public please

take note.


SAMBO IBORDOR ADAMU

I, formerly known as Miss The names Ibordor Oghodafetite I, formerly known as Adamu

Sambo John Blessing, now wish Sefia, Ibordor Sefeia, Dafe Ibordor,

Ibrahim Rakiya, now wish to

to be known as Mrs. Okpomo Sefia Dafe-Ibordor and Ibordor Sefia

belongs to one and same person, be known as Ademu Rakiyetu.

John Blessing. All documents

wish to be as Ibordor Oghodafetite

bearing former names remain

All former documents remain

Sefia henceforth. Former documents

valid, general public please

valid. The general public should

remain valid. General public take

take note.

note.

please take note.

EMEJIAKA

I, formerly known as Miss

EDET

I, formerly known as Miss

JEBILLA

I, formerly known as Jebilla

Ngozi Geraldine Emejiaka,

Idorenyin Christopher Edet, Mary, now wish to be known

now wish to be known as Mrs

now wish to be known as Mrs as Joseph Mary. All former

Ngozi Geraldine Okoroji.

Idorenyin Ededet Akpan. documents remain valid. The

Former documents remain

Former documents remain general public should please

valid. General public take note.

valid. General public take note. take note.

OBOHWOTU

AGONI

ROWEYIN

I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Agoni I, formerly known as Anna

Ufuoma Obohwotu, now wish Favour Omono, now wish to Laju Roweyin, now wish to be

to be known as Mrs Victoria be known as Ebhomienlen A. known as Mrs. Anna Laju

Ufuoma Paul Ojo. Former Favour Omono. Former Atigbin. Former documents

documents remain valid. documents remain valid. remain valid. General public

General public take note. General public take note. take note.

AKENEBHOR

I, formerly known as Miss

Ibhade Gloria Akenebhor, now

wish to be known as Mrs Gloria

Ibhade Ojes. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

IYOHA

I, formerly known as Miss

Cordilia Titi Iyoha, now wish

to be known as Mrs Cordilia

Titi Ibharokhonre. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

AGHEGBE

I, formerly known as Aghegbe

Agatha Oyeonoye, now wish

to be known as Aghegbe

Agatha Oyeonoye Okojie.

Former documents remain

valid. General public take note.

OGUNDIPE

I, formerly known as Miss

Ogundipe Grace Enitan, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Wellington Grace Enitan.

Former documents remain

valid. General public take note.

ABUBAKAR

My name was erroneously

written as Abubakar Aishat,

instead of my correct name as

Abubakar Aishat Jallor. All

former documents remain

valid, general public, to whom

it may concern should please

take note.

OKEZUE

I, formerly known as

Chukwuekpe Mathew Okezue,

now wish to remove

Chukwuekpe, to be known as

Okezue Mathew. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

AIGBE

I, formerly known as

Christopher Blaze Aigbe, now

wish to be known as Cris Blaze

Shekinah. Former documents

remain valid. General public

take note.

ILLAH

I, formerly known as Illah

Emmanuel Oyakhiome, now

wish to be known as Illah-

Williams Emmanuel

Oyakhiome. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

IYAYI

I, formerly known as Iyayi

Maria, now wish to be known

as Essang Maria. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

SAMUEL

My name was wrongly written

as Arebanmhen Samuel,

instead of Arebanmen Justice

John Omon. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

WILSON

I, formerly known as Miss

Roseline Wilson and Edafe

Rose, now wish to be known

as Mrs. Jitoma Roseline.

Former documents remain

valid. General public take note.

ODOH

I, formerly known as Miss

Odoh Calister .C., now wish

to be known as Mrs Mamah

Calista Chinagorom. All

former documents remain

valid, general public, to whom

it may concern should please

take note.

MBONU

I, formerly known as Miss

Mbonu Ukamaka Blessing,

now wish to be known as Mrs

Duru Ukamaka Blessing.

Former documents remain

valid. General public take note.

TASIE

This is to confirm that the name; Tasie

Monica Nkechinyere and Obioha

Monica Nkechi Nkechinyere refer to

me. I now wish to be known as Tasie

Monica Nkechinyere. Former

documents remain valid. General

public take note.

ADEBAYO

I, formerly known as Adebayo

Elizabeth Temitope, now wish

to be known as Adesipo

Elizabeth Temitope. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

OKPOKO

My name was wrongly written

as Okpoko Osamudiamen

Paul, instead of my correct

name as Okpoko

Osamudiamwian Paul. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

CHANGE OF NAME

EKECHUKWU

I, formerly known as Gladys

Ekechukwu, now wish to be

known as Gladys Chinyere

Ekechukwu. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

CONFERENCE

I, formerly known as

Conference Victoria Oghene-

Othome, now wish to be

known as Akpose Victoria

Oghene-Othome. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

MORDI

I, formerly known as Mordi

Eucharia Chiamaka, now wish

to be known as Megwai

Eucharia Chiamaka. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

SANGODEYI

I, formerly known as Miss

Sangodeyi Abiola Ayokomi,

now wish to be known as Mrs.

Afolabi Abiola Ayokomi.

Former documents remain

valid. General public take note.

TEGA

I, formerly known as Otor

Tega, now wish to be known

as Otor Oghenetega Ebenezer.

Former documents remain

valid. General public take note.

ABISOYE

I, formerly known as Abisoye

Oladejo Wosilat, now wish to

be known as Oladejo Abisoye

Isiaq. Former documents

remain valid. General public

take note.

OTUEDON

I, formerly known as Miss

Alero Otuedon, now wish to

be known as Mrs. Alero

Otuedon Edon. Former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

SPACE

FOR SALE

MUSTAFA

I, formerly known as Mustafa

Sherifat Ayelegualo, now wish to

be known as Olutaji Sherifat. All

former documents remain valid.

General public please take note.

SANI

I, formerly known as Sadiya

Ahmed, now wish to be

known as Sadiya Ahmed

Sani. All former documents

remain valid. General public

please take note.

IBRAHIM

I, formerly known as Miss

Ibrahim Adejoke Olubunmi,

now wish to be known as Mrs.

Ogundeji Adejoke

Olubunmi. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

SUNDAY

I, formerly known as Sunday Joseph,

now wish to be known as Sunday

Kaatsuk Joseph. Wrong date of birth

25/01/1987. Correct date of birth is

15/03/1993.All former documents

remain valid. General public please

take note.

OKOYE

I, formerly known as Miss Okoye

Adaku Francisca, now wish to

be known as Mrs. Nwire Adaku

Francisca. All former documents

remain valid. Banks and general

public take note.

OSADOGAN

I, formerly known as Miss

Blessing Temitope Osadogan,

now wish to be known as Mrs.

Adedotun Blessing

Temitope.All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

ORJI

I, formerly known as Miss Orji

Christianaukachi, now wish to be

known as Mrs.

Templechristianaukachi. All

former documents remain valid.

General public please take note.

YAHAYA

I, formerly known as Ibrahim

Yahaya Bara’u, now wish to be

known as Ibrahim Yahaya. All

former documents remain valid.

General public please take note.

DENNIS

I, formerly known as Dennis

Friday, now wish to be known

as Otugo Friday. All former

documents remain valid. General

public please take note.

OBURO

I, formerly known as Miss Oburo

Nne-amaka Susan, now wish to

be known as Mrs. Onodaho Nneamaka

Susan. All former

documents remain valid. General

public please take note.

ENYOJO

I, formerly known as Joseph

Luckystar Enyojo, now wish to be

known as Lucky Michael Ojonugwa

and Michael Lucky Ojonugwa. UBA

PLC,Keystone Bank PLC, Sterling

Bank PLC and general public take

note. All former documents remain

valid. General public please take

note.

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 —31

COLLINS

I, formerly known as BENSON

COLLINS EKECHI, Now wish to

be called and addressed as

BENSONCOLLINS EKECHI.

All Former documents remain

valid. Any Authority concerned

and the General public to please

take note.

MAKERI

I, formerly known as VERA

MAKERI, Now wish to be called

and addressed as VERA

CALLISTUS PHILIP. All Former

documents remain valid, Any

Authority concerned and the

General public to please take note.

ADEDUGBA

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS MISS

ADEDUGBA JOY IREKPITAN

NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN

AND ADDRESSED AS MRS

NJOKU JOY IREKPITAN. ALL

FORMER DOCUMENTS

REMAIN VALID. GENERAL

PUBLIC PLEASE NOTE.

AKPOWOWO

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS MISS

AKPOWOWO PRECIOUS

EROGHENE NOW WISH TO BE

KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS

MRS OYINBO PRECIOUS

EROGHENE. ALL FORMER

DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID.

GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE

NOTE.

BELLO

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS MISS

BELLO ANNE OMOSALEWA

NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN

AND ADDRESSED AS MRS

AYOADE-AJAYI ANNE

OMOSALEWA. ALL FORMER

DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID.

GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE

NOTE.

TEMITAYO

I, formerly known and addressed as

Hassan Yemisi Temitayo, Now wish

to be known and addressed as

Hassan Oluwayemisi Abiodun. All

former documents remain valid

General public and authority

concerned please take note.

GBENGA

I, formerly known and addressed as

Hounkanlin Gbenga Gabin, Now

wish to be known and addressed as

Hounkanlin Alain Gabin. All former

documents remain valid. General

public and authority concerned

please take note.

OGUNDELE

I, formerly known as

OGUNDELE JOSHUA

OLAJIDE, now wish to be

known as OLUWADARE

JOSHUA OLAJIDE. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

JOHN

I, formerly known as

DOOSHIMA JOHN

AONDOKA, now wish to be

known as HEMBAOR

JOHN BUNDE. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

SHERIFATI

I, formerly known as ADEKUNLE

B. SHERIFAT and ADEKUNLE

SHERIFATI BALOGUN date of

birth 1/1/1978, now wish to be

known as BALOGUN SHERIFAT

ADEKUNLE date of birth 6/6/

1978. All former documents remain

valid. General public please take

note.

ABDULLAHI

I, formerly known as RAUBILU

ABDULLAHI, Now wish to be

called and addressed as ALIYU

RABILU HAIDAR DOB is 23/

MAY/1997 and NOT 10/AUG/

1997. All Former documents remain

valid Any Authority concerned and

the General public to please take

note.

:Vanguard News

DBN set to

celebrate Int'l

Women's Day

By Victor Ajiromanus

L DEVELOPMENT

A G O S —

Bank of Nigeria is joining the

world in amplifying the voice

and advocating for gender

equality and the rights of

women in Nigeria and all

over the world by hosting an

event to celebrate this cause.

The celebration which will

be held on March 8, 2021,

will reveal the social,

economic, cultural, and

political achievements of

women in different spheres

of human endeavor.

In line with this year's

theme, “Choose to

Challenge,” participants will

draw attention to issues of

gender parity and the

difference individuals can

make in making the world a

better place for all.

To this end, accomplished

women professionals across

various spheres of human

callings like Mojolaoluwa

Aderemi Makinde, the

Head, Brand, and Marketing

of Sub Saharan Africa

Google, Layla Othman C.E.O

L & N Kitchen and Interiors,

Nkem Okocha, Andrew Alli

CEO South Bridge and

Amina Oyagbola Founder

WISCAR together With

Funke Okpeke, MD/CEO of

IT a renowned Company,

MainOne as Keynote

Speakers, will share their

wealth of experience and the

challenges that they have to

deal with to brace it to top.

Siemens

Energy

Nigeria

appoints Seun

Suleiman as

MD

By Prince Okafor

SIEMENS ENERGY, an

energy technology

company focused on

energizing society and

accelerating decarbonization

has announced the

appointment of Seun

Suleiman as Managing

Director.

The company disclosed that

Seun joined them in 2014,

bringing over 15 years’

experience and deep

expertise in the private sector

across Europe and West

Africa.

As Managing Director of

Siemens Energy Nigeria, he

will be responsible for the

entire management of

operations and decisions on

business policies and

corporate strategy, while

creating shared value for all

stakeholders.

Commenting on his

appointment, Seun

Suleiman said, “It is an

absolute honour to lead the

business for Siemens Energy

Nigeria and I look forward to

delivering on the brand’s

promise of excellence. ‘‘

•Seun Suleiman


32—Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

•Barrister Pascar Elimian

•Agatha Elimien

Lagos lawyer’s wife raises alarm

over threat to life by husband

•Alleges infidelity, battery, neglect of babies

•She lied; she threatened to kill me — husband

By Evelyn Usman

IT is a typical case of love going sour for a

couple who once swore to live together for

better for worse until death do them part. Things

certainly have gone awry as the wife of a member

of the Ikeja, Lagos branch of the Nigeria Bar

Association, Ikeja, Mrs. Agatha Elimian, has raised

the alarm over alleged attempt by her husband,

Pascal Elimian, to kill her and abduct their two

children. She has, therefore, called on the Nigeria

Police Force, the Lagos State Government, the

Nigeria Bar Association and other concerned

authorities to come to her rescue before he carries

out his threat.

She also alleged that her husband did not only

batter her but invited his relative to beat her,

adding that he had stopped providing money for

the upkeep of their two children who are less than

two years old. Describing her marriage as a living

hell and a death snare, she said that her husband

deceived her into investing all she had worked for,

into completing a three- bedroom flat on a plot of

land he claimed was his at Baruwa area of the

Lagos State, in addition to the completion of six

flats in the same premises, only to be making

attempts to frustrate her out of the house.

She traced the genesis of her marital trouble to

2007, immediately they tied the nuptial knot,

alleging that her husband became withdrawn and

picked quarrels with her at the slightest

provocation. Agatha said: “He immediately

became distant and was returning home late

between 8.00 pm and 10.00pm daily. He kept to

himself and avoided communication with me by

always staying glued to the papers, television and

his phones.

"He became unnecessarily aggressive and

unforgiving for weeks. We barely stayed two weeks

without Pascal's trouble which led to my asking

him why he relished so much in trouble and unrest.

He would even report each misunderstanding

staged by him to my sister, Jovita, and other people,

with a twist of the story in his favour.

Peace move: “Several attempts to talk it over

yielded no results. He avoided deep conversations

regarding his sudden change of attitude. Upon

the realisation that his troubles and picking

offences on me were mostly unfounded, I decided

to worry less and pray more about his wickedness

and antagonistic attitude towards me. My job also

was a great relief as I tend to completely forget his

issues once I took off for work.

"My mom and two siblings repeatedly told me

to always plead with Pascal, as our childlessness

was the reason for his disregard and other negative

attitudes he exhibited. As problems increased, I

decided to tackle the childlessness to fill the gap and

loneliness I felt and also to end Pascal's wickedness

since most people advised it was the reason behind

his attitudes. Taking this decision, therefore, involved

lots of consultations, especially with medical

professionals. Assisted fertility was also attempted

without success and other cost-consuming

procedures and tests.

“In all of these, Pascal never contributed financially,

he rather left the bills for me with the quick response

that he didn’t have money each time we agreed to

take up any process. I took no offence since I felt it

was for our good and also had the capacity to take

care of the bills in addition to the medical welfare

from the company I worked for that covered for

couples and four children”.

Construction: “In

2010, Pascal requested

that we relocate to his

piece of land in

Baruwa, Ipaja instead

of paying rent. I later

accepted and assisted

him with some money

to complete the three

He said he

owed me

nothing and that

I have no right in

the house and

the property

bedroom flat where we

live till now. After relocation in 2011, he couldn't

continue with the building but rather pleaded with

me to assist him when I pressured him to save the half

deck that has become damp. My immense desire to

save the building made me not to think otherwise.

Secondly, I felt investing in the one-storey building

with six flats will be a great investment for the future,

especially with the plan of resigning from work due

to childlessness. This rather became one of my biggest

mistakes as Pascal had ulterior motives.

Resignation: “Having raised the other half of the

building and roofed it with a little contribution from

Pascal, I relaxed and the choice of resignation from

work was made open after ten years. As usual he

accepted and we agreed that after two or three years

I will get another job or go into business.

Surprisingly, the decision turned out to become

another avenue for Pascal's wickedness and

antagonism. Some months into my resignation, my

husband started shouting at me that I am unproductive

and he wasn't going to continue with the marriage

any longer. I decided to ignore him as it was

unbelievable and to avoid being distracted from my

focus. This focus blinded me towards some of the

changes he began to exhibit but helped me finally

achieve my aim.

Accusation: “Pascal didn't just say he had left

the marriage but went ahead to accuse me of

killing his mother in 2017, so as to convince his

community of his several blackmails on me. He

kept me in the dark about the accusations

alongside the plan for me to swear about my

innocence during the burial.

Surprisingly during the burial, one of his

former secretaries was seen parading so

intimately with Pascal and some of his siblings

in the recorded video. On arrival in Lagos I

decided to ask Pascal what the relationship with

his secretary was and he boldly told me that she

was meant to perform as his wife if I had not

come for the burial. That meant that his attacks

and sudden isolation from me when the burial

plans commenced alongside the swearing was

intentionally planned to frighten me so as not to

travel for the burial.

Burglary: “Our house was burgled in 2015

and 2018. The last one got me thinking. For

instance, both took place on Sunday between

9:30 am and 12 noon while we were in church.

They both occurred only when we had new

laptops in the house. In each case, the burglars

went straight to where the laptops were kept

which made me strongly believe it was an insider

information robbery, since only Pascal and I were

living in the house during these periods.

Thirdly, they carted away my belongings

without taking any of Pascal's things. They took

away my new laptops, phones, cameras, power

banks, etc. In each case, I was surprised Pascal, a

lawyer, didn't want the case reported to the Police

until I persisted. These got me worried then, but

I decided to let go, though Pascal's actions were

so suspicious."

Babies at last: In December 2018, eleven years

into her marriage, the couple expectations came

through, with the arrival of a set of twins. But she

lamented that the arrival of the children never

brought the anticipated change. Rather, she

alleged that it became worse. Agatha said: “On

arrival from the hospital, he demanded that the

children be taken to his eldest sister’s place, to

take care of them on the pretext that we were

novices. What an unbelievable demand, as I

couldn't marry it with the joy in me and what

should be expected of a 51-year-old man who

just became a father.

Neglect: “I intentionally decided to ignore his

continuous show of contrary attitudes as

attending to the twins alone was enough work to

avoid breaking down. Gradually, he stopped

providing for the children and helping at home

and insisted I fed them with adult milk

immediately they were six months.

Construction of the

building project

After my pleading fell on deaf ears, I took over

that responsibility for the children's sake. A month

later, he returned home and began to shout that

he was tired and could not go on with the

marriage. He said he had to move on with

another woman, hence the need for me to leave

him alone and move on with my life. I simply

tried finding out why he chose to become

unhelpful when he knew I had no source of

income”.

Threat to life: She said on January 28, 2021,

she approached her husband to provide money

for the essential needs of the children, having

exhausted the little savings she had but that he

rebuffed her. Again, she said she requested for a

refund of the money she contributed to the

construction of the building project, or an equal

share of the rent, which she intended to use for

the children’s upkeep. But she said she got more

than she bargained. According to her: “He

immediately rebuffed it, he said he owed me

nothing and that I have no right in the house and

the property."

Accuses Police: Vanguard gathered that she

had reported a case of threat to life, attempt to

kidnap her children and negligence by the

husband at the Idimu division and at the Juvenile

Welfare Centre, JWC, at the Ipaja division. But

she expressed displeasure at the way the matter

was handled, claiming that: “The JWC

department of Ipaja Police station headed by

Supo Abalaka concluded after seeing some of

the injuries inflicted on me by Pascal that there

was nothing else the Police could do; that my

complaints on attempted manslaughter and

kidnap threat on my children were baseless.

"She referred me to the courts to sue for divorce

if I am tired of the marriage, while supporting

Pascal that the police can't stop him from

accommodating his brother in his house. I,

therefore, appeal for the intervention of

government and relevant authorities through

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Lagos lawyer’s wife raises alarm over

threat to life by husband

Continues from page 32

this publication so as to avert further harm

on my children and myself by my husband

Pascar”.

Husband reacts: But when her husband,

Pascal Elimian, was contacted, he described

his wife’s allegations as baseless, stating

rather that she was the one who threatened

to snuff life out of him. Elimian who expressed

shock over his wife’s claim to have

contributed money to the construction of the

six flats, dared her to get proof of her claims.

He also clarified that the land in contention

did not belong to him but his elder sister,

adding that his sister only allowed him and

his family to occupy the initial three-bedroom

flat after their previous place was sold to a

new owner.

He also expressed dismay over claims by

his wife that he was getting married to another

lady, stating that: “I married her in 2007. It

was not until 2018 that we had a set of twins.

I stayed with her for 11 good years without a

child and didn’t marry another woman,

neither did I have a girlfriend outside.” At

first he declined to speak further on the phone.

After much persuasion, he opened up on what

he described as his marital woes.

Elimian said: “I am the first son of my family.

This woman chased out everybody, even her

own people. I thought she just wanted to be

comfortable. She would wake up and say she

saw somebody in her dream and accused my

family members of being the cause of her

inability to take in. She accused my little niece

who was staying with us, too. My wife said

my niece transformed into a cat. I had to take

the little girl very early in the morning, in

tears, to Abaranje."

Denies negligence: Describing further

claims of negligence by his wife as false,

Elimian explained that his wife left the house

on two different occasions without his consent.

He said he came back home in one of those

days and met her absence. On enquiry, he said

her brother in-law in Benin told him his wife

was with her sister. He said he was sending

her N30,000 monthly for the children’s

upkeep but that she insisted on being given

N90,000. While with her sister, Elimian

alleged that: “She

would come to the

house, break

down my gate,

pack everything.

This happened

more than twice. I

even went to the

station to report.

Harassment:

“She went to my

office to fight and

sack a secretary.

She said the secretary was wearing pants. By

the way, the office is not close to her. She went

there, chased her away and locked up the

office, without my consent and this is the place

I work to feed the family. The next day, I went

to the office and told the secretary she could

no longer work with me. I calculated the

number of days she had worked and paid her

off. After about one or two hours, my wife

came to the office. I told her the secretary had

gone and asked what she came to do.

She asked if she was not part of the office

and I demanded to know how that was

possible when she was not a lawyer. I further

told her to write a letter of employment that I

would employ her as secretary. She flared

up and created a scene. A neighbour came

outside and my wife told her that the secretary

had given me poison.

“As I attempted to leave the office, she held

my cloth in the public. She told me to give

her the car keys, that the car belongs to her.

•The house in contention

She would wake

up and say she

saw somebody in

her dream and

accused my family

members of being

the cause of her

inability to take in

You know what I did? I went to the car, removed

everything I had in it and handed over the

key to her. I did not go home because I didn’t

want trouble. I slept in the office for three days.

The fourth day, she sent me a text which read:

‘I am travelling, go and take care of your dog’.

When I got home, she had left with the car.

The following day when I got to the office, a

neighbour asked where my wife was, I said I

didn’t meet her at home and the neighbour

suggested I call to find out where she was. I

didn’t call her line. Rather, I called her

brother’s who informed me she was with the

sister and incidentally, her mother was in

Lagos and her people said they would not

allow her to go back home until the tension

died down.

“She stayed there for three months before

driving back home around 11.00 pm. She

came with a long list of reasons why she came

back. She said I must change the secretary of

the office and must employ a new one, that I

must carry her along in all I am doing, that I

must not expect her to say thank you anytime

I did anything for the children. She read out

more than 14 points.

"In another instance, she accompanied me

to my sister’s daughter's introduction. On our

way back, my sister begged me to help her

take some people in the car. Midway into the

journey, my wife said one of the women in the

car was the lady my sister arranged for me to

marry and they started fighting inside the car.

Threat to life: “ She told me to my face that

it won’t take her much time to eliminate me.

At that point, I concluded I won’t eat her food

again, since that was the only way she could

make good her threat without any struggle

from me. I bought a camp gas and a bag of

rice. I shared the bag of rice, dropped half for

her and the children and took the rest to the

flat upstairs.

Invitation to

the flat upstairs

I also bought a set of pots as she claimed

everything in the house belonged to her. As I

was going upstairs, she stood in my way,

insisting I must remain in the flat with her

and that we must eat together until the

marriage is dissolved. I didn’t eat her food on

Christmas and New Year.

“When my brothers came on my invitation

to the flat upstairs, she said I had gone to hire

thugs. She started shouting, causing

neighbours to come out of their flats. She

insisted my relatives must leave. She went to

the police station to report that I had hired thugs

to kill her. My brother never beat her as she

claimed, nor did I chase her with a knife.

Everywhere she had reported me, I had

honoured the invitation and after listening to

me, they would not find any blame on me but

she would end up saying I had gone to bribe

them. The church has intervened, both

families have, yet she will not change. On her

last visit to the Police, she told them she needed

permission to publish our story.

“As I speak, the children are not in school.

She said the Holy Spirit has not directed on

the school they are to attend. I got to a school

where I discussed with the proprietors and

they agreed to collect N50,000 for both

children. When I got home, she refused to take

them there. I brought forms from three

different schools, where I could afford the fees

but she said she wanted them to go to where

she chose, where each child would pay

N47,000. I told her I don’t have that much. I

intend giving her what I have for her to make

up and take the children to school. She does

not allow the children to come close to me.

This afternoon( last Sunday) on arrival from

church, she locked me out. I have reported to

the Priest, yet she wont let me have peace.”

Many Nigerians today

will want to acquire

alternative citizenship or

residency as an insurance

policy, but going about it is

difficult as there are very few

countries that are willing to

open their doors to Nigerians

without demanding for visas.

But, a Nigeria/Danish,

Henry Olofin says if those class

of Nigerians have money to

invest, then it makes sense to

do so in countries that will give

them a formal status in return.

He said many countries

encourage immigration

through citizenship by

investment or residency by

investment schemes – often

known as golden passports

and golden visas respectively.

These are characterised by the

provision of access to

citizenship or residency in

exchange for specified

investments via a delineated

process.

Olofin, who has made a

mark in the construction

sector in Nigeria and

Denmark, said his

company, Meibach

Venture International, is

providing Nigerians

with that opportunity to get

that citizenship by investing in

property in Europe and the

Caribbean.

“What we are offering is the

flexibility to travel more freely,

as and when one chooses

without visa restrictions;

investment in a country with

clear ownership laws, stable

currency, an effective legal

system and consistent tax

rules; access to improved

healthcare, education and

infrastructure and improved

long-term opportunities for

the investor’s family.”

Olofin said this program

will allow people to tap new

ideas and bring to Nigeria.

“If you look at statistics, we

have had several thousands of

Nigerians going overseas to

study, many more people still

want to have such opportunity

but are faced with visa refusal,

or they didn’t have the

opportunity but with this

programme, your children

don’t even need a visa to study

in Europe because your

investment and green passport

covers them. They can go to

where they wish.

On how Nigerians can key

into the services, Olofin said:

“In the specific term you can

invest in property, you buy

property for yourself or

commercial purposes.

Secondly, you buy shares in the

company for a certain amount

of money, or you sign a

partnership agreement with a

FRIDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 — 33

Why Nigerians should explore

citizenship investment — OLOFIN

company for a certain

amount. Those are

some of the investment

requirements.

He added that

Nigerians don’t need

to travel until

everything they need

for investment or the

green card is ready.

“We do everything for

you, our company is

here in Nigeria and

people can reach us

without stress, you can

continue doing

your business

while we

take

care of other aspects and when

we need you, we will call on

you. We have an international

reach.”

He said they are currently

focusing on countries like

Spain, Portugal, Turkey,

Cyprus and the Uk for an

investment visa, as well as

Antigua in the Caribbean. It

is an easy process and has

fantastic opportunities right

now for investors.

On the choice of Cyprus, he

said most other parts of

Europe are saturated in terms

of investment, “it is easy for

Nigerians in the sense that it

is a new frontier where the door

is still open and you can do a

lot of things within a very short

time.

“The Republic of Cyprus is

a European Union country, so

once you are resident in

Cyprus, you have freedom of

movement and business in

European Union countries just

like every other person. It is a

simple opportunity, no

restrictions.

“When you have a Cyprus

passport, you don’t need a

permit to enter any country in

Europe, you are considered as

a local in any country within

the European Union.

“You will become successful

faster than going to Spain

where what you want to offer

is already in existence.

It is a terrain where you can

define who you are and make

•Olofin

your mark easily. It is good to

be a big fish in a small pond

than to be a small fish in a

giant pond. Cyrus is a very

small country where you can

make a good impact on your

innovation and the

opportunity is there.

Other countries have some

level of complication in the

process but that doesn’t mean

they are not possible; the

process can be addressed. I

am only offering a personal

advice; Cyprus offers quicker

access to success.

“At the tendering of the

application, your background

check will be done by Cyprian

and respective authorities to

make sure the individual

involved is cleared in the

international protocol or

financial institution that he is

a genuine individual.

"If everything is cleared, in

six months you will have your

paper. We have other

Caribbean countries we

operate with but the cheapest

is Antigua which is relatively

cheaper than the other

countries, a lot of people have

been using that opportunity.

The amount required for

investment is cheaper than

other countries, you need to

invest to have green card or

residence permit, so the

demand in terms of volume of

money you need to bring is less

in Antigua.


34 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021


Continues from Page 5

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

The naira yesterday appreciated to N408.67 kobo

per dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E)

window even as the volume of dollars traded fell by

79 percent.

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the window dropped to N408.67

kobo per dollar from N408.80 kobo per dollar on

Wednesday, indicating 13 kobo appreciation for the

naira.

The volume of dollars (turnover) traded in the

window yesterday fell by 79 percent to $43.97 million

from $212.43 million on Wednesday.

vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews

Buhari rules out amnesty

for bandits, insurgents

burden of development

in the country where the

indices for quality of life

are low within a large

percentage of our

population.

‘’Statistics have shown

that we have a long way

to go in terms of

education, healthcare

delivery, infrastructural

development, food

s e c u r i t y ,

industrialization and

human capital

development among

others. All these are

exacerbated by the

insecurity that has

bedeviled us and the

entire nation for many

years now.

“This is why at several

periods, we set up

various committees to

look into specific issues

and advise us on what

kind of measures to

adopt in changing the

narrative. I am glad that

at this meeting, we shall

be receiving and

considering several

reports from those

committees, with a view

to charting a new way

forward. Some of the

reports we are receiving

are from the

committees.’’

He said the committees

had done substantial

work on the assignments

given to them and would

give them (governors) a

lot to work with in

resolving some of the

challenges confronting

the region.

“Besides, their

recommendations will

also help us project a

common position on

national issues in such a

way as to strengthen

national unity and

galvanise support

towards a wholistic

approach that will

guarantee results.

“May I, therefore,

remind us all that some

of the issues mentioned

above are not peculiar to

our region, but the ways

we handle them will to a

large extent shape how

they are resolved at the

National level.

“For instance, the issue

of insecurity has become

a clog in the wheel of

progress such that

farming which is a major

preoccupation of our

people is being

hampered. The result is

that the economy of the

nation is gradually being

affected and food

security also

jeopardized.”

“That is why we have

remained resolute is

supporting and advising

the Federal Government,

collaborating with

relevant security

agencies and also using

opportunities at our

disposal to work for a

more secured nation.

“Just last week, we met

here in Kaduna to

engage the heads of

security agencies on the

way forward just as we

did during the tenure of

the former service chiefs.

We shall continue to

engage other

stakeholders as we seek

solutions to the cases of

insurgency, banditry,

kidnapping, and other

criminal activities.

“The recent ugly

incidences of kidnap

school children in

Government Science

Secondary School

Kagara, Niger State, as

well as travelling

passengers further

reminds us of the

difficult situation we face

and the need for us to

redouble our efforts in

overcoming them. This

meeting provides us the

opportunity to do so.

“ On the issue of

herder-farmer clashes

which has in recent

weeks generated serious

concerns because of the

harsh rhetoric from

various parts of the

country, we remain firm

that this is a matter that

must be carefully

addressed with an open

mind and without

sentiments.

‘’While we agree that

open grazing is no

longer sustainable for

obvious reasons, the

Forum has also keyed

into the National

Livestock Transformation

Naira appreciates to N408.67/$ in

I&E window

Programme, NLTP as a

veritable option that will

go a long way in ending

these clashes through

organised ranching.

“We, therefore,

continue to appeal to our

colleagues in other parts

of the country and,

indeed, all Nigerians,

particularly opinion

leaders, to be cautious in

their utterances and

actions so as not to

provide the oxygen for

the exploitation of our

fault lines to the

detriment of our nation.

‘’At all times, we must

identify, isolate and

punish crime no matter

who commits it rather

than resort to labeling

and generalization that

shields the criminals and

generates tension for the

innocent.’’

This aspect of Lalong’s

speech elicited the

response of some leaders

and groups in the south,

including the Pan-Yourba

socio-political group,

Afenifere, Chief Ayo

Adebanjo, Agbekoya,

Movement for the

Actualization of

Sovereign State of Biafra,

MASSOB, and the Pan-

Niger Forum, PANDEF.

The South West

Governors Forum said it

would

react

appropriately after its

meeting.

They’re talking

like colonial

masters -

Afenifere

In its reaction, the pan-

Yoruba socio-political

organization, Afenifere,

said the governors spoke

like colonial masters.

Afenifere’s National

Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Yinka Odumakin said:

“They are overreaching

themselves talking like

colonial masters. We are

not slaves to them; we

have to solve these

issues once and for all.”

I’m not

surprised—Ayo

Adebanjo

Also reacting, elder

statesman, Pa Ayo

Adebanjo, said:

“Whatever happens from

the north, I am not

surprised. These people

have been getting ready

to Fulanise us (South),

they are only pretending

and I have been telling

you that.

‘’They are ready for

war, it is left for the

Southern governors to

take action. No word

comes from the north to

show unity, it is always

war because they are in

control of the security of

the country. The army

and police are with

them.”

Do they expect

us to keep

quiet?,

Agbekoya asks

On its part, the

Agbekoya Farmers

Society accused the

northern governors of

using diversionary

tactics and also

trivializing the issue of

insecurity, wondering

whether they want the

South to remain quiet

when being attacked.

Agbekoya’s National

Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Olatunji Bandele, said:

“The Northern governors

are just using

diversionary tactics,

instead of being

responsive to the solving

of the real problem on

the ground, which is

tackling the problem of

criminal herdsmen

carrying arms and

ammunition, bandits and

kidnappers terrorizing

Nigerians.

‘’They are trivializing

the issue of insecurity of

lives and properties,

among all other problems

confronting Nigerians.

“Yes, the Southwest

governors should guard

their utterances, but do

they expect them to keep

quiet when their people

are being kidnapped and

killed on a daily basis by

other tribes?

“The fundamental

question is: How did we

get to this stage? The

answer is simple: cattle

rearing is an exclusive

and popular business in

the Northern part of

Nigeria but the Northern

governors have

abdicated their

responsibilities of

modernizing and

developing it in such a

way as it is done in other

parts of the world like

America and Europe

where cattle are reared

in ranches.

“Open grazing of cattle

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is outdated and should

be totally phased out all

over the country because

it is the major cause of

farmers/herdsmen

clashes. The Northern

governors must come to

realize that their tribes

are the ones being

accused by the

Southwest and Southeast

governors and their

people.

‘’So, they must

urgently proffer solutions

rather than engaging in

counter- accusations with

Southwest governors.”

Similarly, the

Movement for the

Actualization of

Sovereign State of Biafra,

MASSOB, cautioned the

northern governors to

watch their language,

saying it been

monitoring the meetings

and selfish plot by

Northern leaders against

the south.

Noting that nobody can

intimidate or subject the

people of south again,

MASSOB in a statement

by the leader, Comrade

Uchenna Madu, said:

“The tendency and

complex of being the

owner of the Nigeria

state is completely over.

‘’Nobody can intimidate

or subject the people of

the south again. Northern

leaders have no power to

caution the leaders of the

south. We know that they

are jittery over 2023

election. They have

caused a lot of mess

against the southern and

middle belt regions.

“MASSOB advises

northern leaders to focus

on how to redeem their

region from the

deteriorating and failed

governance of their land.

Southern Nigeria is not

their problem.”

PANDEF

lambasts

Northern govs

In its reaction,

PANDEF in a statement

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by the National Publicity

Secretary, Ken Robinson,

said: “Where is the

inflammatory statement

governors of the South

are making. That

governors of the South

are trying to leave up to

their responsibility of

protecting lives and

property of the people

who voted them into

power cannot be

c o n s i d e r e d

inflammatory?

“The problem is that

some people think they

own this country, while

others should just keep

quiet. It is out of place

and it is high time they

got off that mentality and

superiority complex.

“They have failed in

their responsibilities as

governors of their

various states in the

North and have brought

into the country

miscreants, murderers

and killers who have got

out of control and are

now infesting the whole

country with terrorism.

“They give themselves

different colourations. In

the North East, they are

Boko Haram; in the North

West, they are bandits and

when they come down to

the South, they are killer

herdsmen. That is what

North has done to Nigeria

for failing to provide

responsible governments

in their various states.

“That is what we are

saying about

restructuring. Let every

state manage its resources

and pay tax to the federal

government.

“There is too much

concentration of power at

the centre which has been

abused to the detriment of

the rest of the country.

That is why some

governors will stand up

and begin to caution

others, it is unacceptable.

They should stop such

comments in the interest

of peace and stability of

the country.”


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Manfred, Chairman/CEO, SunnyFred Global, at the media chat and project roadmap presentation of the Ashama

200mw solar PV-Delta State, held in Lagos, yesterday.

Kalu kicks against dialogue with bandits

•Negotiating with them dangerous for the country

By Wole Mosadomi

THE CHIEF Whip of the

Senate and former governor

of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor

Kalu has kicked against government

negotiating with terrorists

ravaging the country as this he

said will be dangerous for the

country.

Instead of negotiating with

them, he said they should be

"smoked" out of their hideouts

in order to restore peace to the

country.

Answering questions from

Journalists shortly after paying

a "private" visit to a former military

President, Ibrahim Babangida

in his Uphill residence, Kalu

said any move towards this by

any government should be discouraged.

"If I am in charge, I will not

negotiate with bandits. I will

smoke them out. I cannot negotiate

with terrorists. Never,"Kalu

declared.

The Chief Whip commended

the federal government over

steps it has taken so far in waging

war against the bandits

across the country and called on

it to sustain it.

"The way out in battling the

bandits is what the federal government

is doing especially with

the strategy of the new service

chiefs.

"The bandits will be surprised

at what will happen to them in

three months time. Presently,

the government is strategising

very well. They are building up

momentum, building up the force

to intervene and save all Nigerians

from the present crisis,"he

remarked.

He however called on all Nigerians

to be more security conscious

and not to leave the security

of the land in the hands of

the government alone.

The former governor described

rotational presidency as the best

step that can help the country.

"Rotational presidency will

surely help the country. If it continues,

it will bring peace. Sometimes,

it is even good for capacity

building. So, if rotational presidency

continues, it will surely

help the country," he advised.

The former governor who is

being rumoured to be nursing a

presidential ambition in 2023

when asked to speak on his

ambition said it will be unfair to

start discussing 2023 now.

"It will be very unfair to start

talking of presidency now when

President Muhammadu Buhari

is still sitting there. The moment

everyone starts coming out now

to indicate his/her ambition, it will

bring some problems. So, allow

Buhari to go half way into his

second tenure. By the time you

ask me this same question in

December or early next year, I

will be able to answer you better,

" he declared.

"Buhari still has about three

years to go. We should allow him

to finish the issue at hand. Afterall,

the issue of presidency is about

the party because the party is in

charge. I am a good party man

and a strong believer in the party.

So, the party will decide where

the presidency will go to when

the time comes," he remarked.

Earlier, he had a closed door

meeting with a former military

President, General Ibrahim Babangida

in his Uphill residence.

He also visited a former head

of state, General Abdulsalami

Abubakar in his Uphill residence

and also the Emir of Minna, Alhaji

Umar Farouk Bahago in his

palace.

Abia uncovers plot to attack Arochukwu

Correctional Centre, police station

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe

UMUAHIA—TWO days

after the attack on the

Abayi police station in Aba,

the Abia State government

has uncovered plans to attack

the Arochukwu correctional

centre and police station

in Arochukwu council

area of the state.

Commissioner for Information,

Chief John Okiyi

Kalu, explained that intelligence

reports available to

government and security

agencies in the state indicate

that there are plots by some

hoodlums to stage an attack

on the facilities in the area.

He urged citizens of the

state to be vigilant and report

suspected movements, especially

strange persons to security

agencies.

“Intelligence reports available

to government and security

authorities in the state

indicate that there are plots

by some hoodlums to stage

an attack on the Arochukwu

Correctional Centre and a

police station in the area.

“Intelligence acquisition of

the development is being intensified

and appropriate enforcement

readied by all rel-

evant security agencies to

forestall such attack.”

The Commissioner enjoined

residents and visitors to

Kellogg’s celebrates superstars scholarship winners

KELLOGG’S, the cereal

brand from the staple of

Dufil Prima Foods, has once

again fulfilled the promise of

giving out N10 million

scholarship award to children

who participated and emerged

as winners in the second edition

of its flagship scholarship

scheme “Kellogg’s Superstars

Scholarship contest”.

Kellogg’s hosted the winners

at a moderate ceremony in Ikeja,

G.R.A Lagos, along with their

guardians, who were present to

receive the N100,000

educational grants, among other

prizes.

Kellogg’s Superstars contest is

an essay writing competition

initiative designed for children

within the age bracket of five to

twelve years to sharpen their

writing skills while also

stimulating the creative

uniqueness in them.

Couple of months back, entries

were declared open nationwide

with the task to write a short and

concise essay of not more than

the State to go about their

normal businesses as measures

have been put in place

to ensure their safety.

FG targets lifting 100m

Nigerians out of poverty in

10 yrs —Minister

By Steve Oko

ABA—MINISTER of Hu

manitarian Affairs, Disaster

Management & Social

Development, Sadiya Umar

Faroug, has hinted that the

Federal Government is targeting

to lift 100 million Nigerians

out of poverty in 10 years.

The Minister made the disclosure

Friday in Umuahia

Abia State while flagging off

the training of National Social

Investment Programme,

NSIF, monitors.

The 70 independent monitors

are to evaluate the various

social investment programmes

of the federal government

in the 17 Local Government

Areas of the state.

She decried the level of poverty

in the country occasioned

by many global challenges including

Covid-19 pandemic,

100 words on the topic “Why my

Mum is a Super Mum”. Up to

49,989 entries were generated

across the nation over which a

panel of judges sat to determine

the final hundred children who

emerged winners to receive a one

hundred thousand worth of

scholarship each.

Speaking at the event, Mr.

Darlington Igabali, National

Marketing Manager, Kellogg’s,

said the motive of the initiative is

to support and improve

educational output.

but assured that the federal

government was making frantic

efforts to cushion the effect

of hardship and navigate the

country out of the woods.

The Minister who was represented

by Abdulkarim Iliyasu,

Special Adviser to the Permanent

Secretary, FM-

HADMSD, said governmet

floated the Social Investment

Programmes, SIPs to serve as

the vehicle for actualising the

lofty objective.

The SIPs include Conditional

Cash Transfer to Small and

Medium Enterprises Project;

and the N-POWER which she

said, "is a window for youths

who have used it as a stop-gap

to establish and increase goals

of becoming part of the engine

that would make Nigeria great

again".

Others include Government

Enterprise Empowerment Programme,

GEEP; and the National

Home Grown School

Feeding Programme, NHGS-

FP

Ṫhe Minister urged the

monitors to approach their

assignment with absolute patriotism

and due diligence to

enable governmet accurately

guage the level of success in

the programme.

"Deliver your mandate as

patriotic citizens", the Minister

urged them.

Speaking earlier, the Special

Adviser to the Governor on

Social Investment, Mr.

Chinenye Nwaogu, thanked

the federal government for its

interventions through SIPs.

Oando to appeal court

judgment in SEC's favour

By Obas Esiedesa

ABUJA—OANDO

Plc,

yesterday, said it would appeal

Thursday judgment of a Federal

High Court sitting in Abuja,

which declined jurisdiction to hear

three fundamental rights suits by

the Group Managing Director of

Oando Plc and its Deputy, against

their sack from the company by

the Securities and Exchange

Commission, SEC.

Justice Giwa Ogunbanjo of the

court, had in his judgment, struck

out the case instituted by Oando

Plc and three of its directors

against the Securities and Exchange

Commission, SEC, for

lack of jurisdiction.

It will be recalled that Oando

Plc and three of its directors namely,

Adewale Tinubu, Omamofe

Boyo and Olufemi Adeyemo had

instituted these cases against the

SEC over the action taken

against the company and the affected

directors in its letter dated

May 31 2019, for violating the

SEC Code of Corporate Governance,

the provisions of the

Investments and Securities

Act (ISA) 2007 and the SEC

Rules and Regulations.

Oando Plc and the three

directors had prayed the court

to hold that their fundamental

human rights were violated

because according to them,

SEC did not give them fair

hearing in investigating some

of the petitions received by the

SEC in 2017 from some shareholders

of Oando Plc.

In a judgment, yesterday,

Justice Ogunbanjo, struck out

three cases and held that the

Federal High Court cannot assume

jurisdiction in a matter

where the subject matter falls

outside its jurisdiction under

the guise of enforcing fundamental

human rights.

Oando, saying that it would

appeal the judgment, noted

that "The basis for the court's

decision is Section 36(2) of the

Constitution which allows aggrieved

individuals to first approach

any tribunal or administrative

agency to determine civil

rights and obligations as long as

that process and the resulting

decision is not final.

"The court also reiterated that

the IST has primary jurisdiction

over applicants (Oando and its

principals) in respect of capital

market issues and not the

Federal High Court."

An Oando official explained

that as much as they respect

the decision of the court, in

their opinion, the court did

not address their concern

thus the battle was far from

over as they have lodged an

appeal with the courts in

Abuja, contesting the court's

decision to refer the case to

the IST.

Oando and its affected directors

argue that the powers

conferred by the constitution

of the Federal Republic

of Nigeria on its citizens

to enforce their fundamental

rights supersedes the provisions

of the Investment and

Securities Act 2007.

Amnesty adopt hands-on model

for delegates

By Olayinka Ajayi

THE PRESIDENTIAL Am

nesty Programme, PAP, has

launched an empowerment programme

that will transform delegates

into skilled entrepreneurs

who will contribute meaningfully

to the economy of the Niger

Delta region, and the nation at

large.

In a statement, yesterday, the

Interim Administrator of the programme,

Col. Milland Dikio

(retd), described it as an end-toend

empowerment model capable

of training delegates, employ-

TWO lucky couples, Osho

Ganiyat Kofo and Gift

Ajirioghene Efeteha won N1

million each in the Techno’s Blue

Valentine promo held recently in

Lagos.

The promo tagged: Tecno

Mobile organized 2 Million Naira

Couple Anniversary is organized

by Tecno Mobile to celebrate St.

Valentine Day and reward

couples. St. Valentine’s Day is

held every February 14 of every

year.

Reacting, PR & Strategic

Partnership Manager, Tecno

Mobile, Jesse Oguntimehin said:

’For some weird reason, this

year’s Valentine came with a

bigger buzz than it usually does.

Everyone everywhere was

talking about Valentine’s day

before it actually arrived; what

they would get, what they

shouldn’t be given, whether or

not they were going to get

anything.

ing successful trainees and mentoring

them to achieve post-training

proficiency.

He said, "We designed a holistic

high-quality empowerment

package that will reduce delegates'

dependence on monthly

stipends.

"We cannot continue to say we

are empowering our delegates

when they cannot boast of anything

to do or even find suitable

jobs that suit the skills they have

learnt.

"This is the model that is used

by most businesses and organisation

in the South - East and

this has proven to be highly successful

and effective.

2 Lucky couples emerge

Tecno’s blue Valentine winner

‘Without a doubt, Valentine’s

day is a big deal all over the world.

It is a day for lovers to celebrate

and flaunt their love while the

singles offered up numerous

“God when” petitions. No

wonder brands worth their salts

joined their fans in marking the

day.

‘’This year, Tecno played the

ultimate lover to its fans,

serenading them with lots of gifts

and cash to the tune of N2

million.’’

The smartphone brand

called for Nigerian couples in

romantic relationships to tell their

love stories as each participating

couple shared beautiful stories

and records interactive videos

with their partners telling how

old their love journey was, their

experiences, and the things they

admire in each other. Some of

the couples posted pictures

instead, writing the details of

their love journey as captions.


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38 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

City plan £100m

raid for Haaland,

Reyna

Manchester City are

planning an audacious

double swoop for Borussia

Dortmund pair Erling Braut

Haaland and Giovanni Reyna.

Haaland’s next career move is the subject

of much speculation following another stellar

campaign at the Westfalenstadion, with Chelsea, Manchester

United and Real Madrid all believed to be in the hunt for his

signature.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Reyna is also regarded as one of the

top prospects in European football after breaking into the Dortmund

first team, scoring three goals and banking five assists in 21

Bundesliga appearances this term.

Despite a recent report claiming that Chelsea were confident of

securing Haaland’s services, 90Min reports that City are hopeful of

landing Haaland and Reyna for a combined fee in excess of over

£100m.

The former could be available for £68m in 2022 due to his release

clause, but it is believed that Pep Guardiola’s side are determined to

land Haaland this summer rather than engage in a fierce battle with

other teams for his signature next year.

U-17 AFCON: Rohr, Amoo warn

Eaglets on tough task ahead

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, and Golden Eaglets

coach Fatai Amoo, have sounded a note of warning

to the Eaglets to prepare for tough battles at the U-17

Africa Cup of Nations starting on March 13 in Morocco.

Nigeria was drawn in group B of the tournament

alongside Tanzania, Algeria and Congo and both

coaches believe that it would not be a push over for the

Eaglets.

“We are not going to underrate any of our opponents,

we are going to take them as if we are playing Bayern

Munich or any other good team.

“We know it’s a tough call and we are not going to

underrate anyone in our bid to ensure we move to the

next stage of the competition,” Amoo said.

Speaking in the same vein when he visited the camp

of the Eaglets in Abuja Rohr noted that it was not an

easy group.

“It’s not an easy group.

“Algeria and Congo have very strong teams, while

Tanzania are outsiders.

“So, you have to be careful because there are no small

tams and all teams are well prepared.”

Okocha: Ronaldinho copied some of my skills

Former Super Eagles

captain Austin Jay-Jay

Okocha has revealed he had

some influence on

Ronaldinho’s career.

There’s this myth among

Nigerian football fans that the

former Bolton Wanderers star

taught Ronaldinho the skills

that made him arguably the

most gifted footballer of his

generation.

Okocha has now confirmed

the story, saying

Ronaldinho

learned from

him during

their time

together at

PSG.

Okocha and

Ronaldinho

p l a y e d

together for the French

champions in the 2001/

2002 season. The

Brazilian legend arrived at

the Paris based club from

Gremio as an exciting

youngster, while Okocha

was already an established

star at the club.

Although they only

played for one season

before Okocha moved to

Bolton in 2002, the

Barcelona legend was still able to learn some

skills from the ex-Nigerian international.

“Ronaldinho tried to imitate some of my skills

and dribbles, he was still a young player before

I left for England, and he joined Barcelona,”

Okocha told ‘On-time sports, per AS.

The Brazilian legend learnt well as he went

on to dominate the sport for two years after

leaving PSG for Barcelona.

UEFA are planning a radical

move to take the Champions

League final out of Europe and to

New York as part of plans to widen

the competition’s global appeal.

Europe’s governing body are

already in the process of making

radical revamps to the

competition that will see it

extended to 36 teams from 2024 -

up four from the long held 32-

team format.

But according to the Sun, the

new format will also see the final

taken to New York as part of a

process to extend global

commercial interests and appease

existing sponsorship deals.

This year’s final will be staged

in Istanbul, with the following

events to be held in St Petersburg,

Munich and then Wembley, for

the final time in the current

Tokyo 2020: 1000

volunteers quit over

sexist remarks

A

bout 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit over

the past month, organisers said, during which

time organising committee president Yoshiro

Mori quit due to sexist remarks and a new

president was chosen to replace him.

Volunteers are the backbone of any Games,

performing everything from guiding people to

venues, translating and driving visitors around.

A significant drop in their numbers could be

another hurdle for Tokyo 2020, already hit by an

unprecedented year-long postponement and a

lack of public support fuelled by concerns over

the coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo 2020 organisers said not all those

volunteers who stepped down recently were

quitting due to Mori’s comments. Surveys have

shown volunteers repeatedly expressing concerns

about the coronavirus.

The total number of volunteers recruited by

Tokyo 2020 is 80,000 and organisers have said they

don’t expect running the Games will be affected,

since the number quitting is only about 1% of the

total.

Another 30,000 volunteers have been recruited

separately by the Tokyo Metropolitan

Government, which was unable to immediately

comment on how many have quit.

The Olympics are due to run from July 23 to

August 8.

Basketball: Hennessy

partners NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and

Hennessy, the world’s best-selling cognac have

announced a global expansion of their partnership,

making Hennessy the “Official Spirit of the NBA”

worldwide.

The multiyear agreement, which marks the

league’s first-ever global partnership with a spirits

brand,ushers in the next chapter of Hennessy’s

relationship with the NBA and expands on the

North American deal that was announced in

February 2020.

“We are honored by the distinction as the first

global spirit partner in the NBA’s history,” said Julie

Nollet, Hennessy global CMO. “The NBA is more

than basketball, and Hennessy is more than cognac.

We represent global communities, and this

partnership empowers us to support a game and

culture that brings people together through

entertainment and camaraderie despite the current

challenges faced by fans around the world.We share

the NBA’s core values of integrity, teamwork, respect

and innovation, which are more powerful than ever

as we work to inspire and unite people across the

globe.”

“This partnership expansion marks an exciting

milestone for the league as Hennessy becomes the

NBA’s first-ever global spirits partner,” said Dan

Rossomondo, NBA Senior Vice President, Media

and Business Development. “We look forward to

continuing to celebrate the game of basketball

alongside this iconicbrand and our fans around the

world.”

UEFA could host

Champions

League final in

New York

format, in 2024.

But from the 2024-25 campaign,

UEFA aim to overhaul the

competition and the alteration of

finals could see take global

venues into account.

The new 36-team format would

see two of the extra four places

awarded to teams based on

‘historical coefficients’ which

allow teams with strong European

pedigree from past performances

to get into the competition

through the back door.

It’s a move that would likely

benefit any of the ‘so-called’ bigsix

in the Premier League if they

were to miss out on a top four

place, but would have significant

advantages to any traditional elite

team across Europe’s top leagues

who could struggle domestically

too.

Don’t hesitate

on Barca deal,

Okocha tells

Salah

Former Super Eagles captain,

Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has

urged Egypt and Liverpool’s

striker Mohamed Salah to sign

for Barcelona FC.

Okocha who played with

several clubs in Europe stated that

it was time the former African

Player of the Year made a switch

after making a mark at Liverpool.

Salah has won the Champions

League and a Premier League

title with Liverpool under coach

Jurgen Klopp.

“If there is a chance to join

Barcelona, I advise Salah to go

there. His energy has run out with

Liverpool,” Okocha was quoted

by Kingfut.

“The situation is now

regressing in Liverpool, and

Salah must leave the Premier

League. If there is any chance to

join Barcelona, I advise him to go

there.”

Salah will be expected to

continue his sparkling

performances when Liverpool

take on Sheffield United in their

next Premier League game on

Sunday.