By Victor Ahiuma-Young TWO-term Vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Issa Aremu, who Saturday emerged as Labour Party, LP, governorship candidate in Kwara State in 2019 general election, has assured citizens and residents of the state of true dividends of democracy via democratic socialism, if elected governor of the state in 2019. Mr. Aremu, who is also the General Secretary of National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, was unanimously endorsed as LP flag bearer through affirmation, vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews Issa Aremu clinches Kwara LP governorship ticket, promises democratic socialism since he had nobody contesting against him on the platform of the party. The motion for the affirmation was moved by the Kwara Central Deputy Chairman of the party, Adedayo Salahu, and seconded by the North Central Deputy Chairman of the party, Abdulrahaman Ibrahim. ‘My agenda’ An elated Aremu told Vanguard that the support and confidence reposed in him as the right man for the job will further spur him to use his wealth of experience and international connections to liberate Kwara from poverty and joblessness. The LP candidate, who is also the Vice President of IndustriALL Global Union, African Region, promised to work in line with the ideals of LP, which centered on the principles of equality, justice, sincerity, and uprightness. According to him, “the principles of our party shall be humanistic, patriotic, pan-African and democratic socialism, because it is established to promote and defend the rights and welfare of the masses and humanity.” He added that details of agenda and programmes to take the state back to the road of development will be unfolded. Roll call Among dignitaries at the event were NLC President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba; former Green Eagles Captain and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Labour Party in Ogun State, Mr. Segun Odegbami, and National Chairman of LP, Mr. Abdulquadri Abdulsalam. Other that witnessed the LP primaries and registered their solidarity with Aremu included the LP National Vice Chairman, North Central, Mr. Adi Adi; the National Organising Secretary, Mr. Clement Gbazuoaagu; representative of the Emir of Ilorin, Sheriki Fawa of Ilorin, Alhaji Baba Eleran; state LP executives; delegates from all the 16 local government areas of the state teeming members and supporters from the state and beyond. NIGERIAN AUTHORS: From left— First Chair, Dr. Tolu Ajayi; Chairman of the occasion, Senator Olu Adetunmbi, and special guest and Patron, Chief Sinatu Ojikutu, at the patrons' evening of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Lagos chapter. Kwara teachers protest, threaten strike over 4-month salaries arrears By Demola Akinyemi I LORIN—PRIMARY and secondary school teachers across the 16 local government areas of Kwara State, yesterday, protested four months unpaid salaries and threatened not to resume on Monday, if they are not paid. The teachers, who went around Post Office, Unity, Taiwo and other major parts of the state capital, said the protest became necessary as 10 of their colleagues died as they were unable to pay their medical bills. Deceased teachers They listed the dead to include Mrs Oyedepo Funke, Asa Local Government; Mrs Bola Ajeigbe, Ilorin South; Mr. Isaiah Adio, Moro; Mallam Abdulrahman, Imam Ilorin West; Mallam Akanni Kareem, Moro, among others. Their spokesman, Mallam Abubakar Abdulwha’ab, told journalists, “we have been patient enough. Our people are dying. How do you expect a hungry teacher to go to the class and discharge his duties effectively? “We heard that President Muhammadu Buhari gave out Paris Club bailout to the By Peter Duru M AKURDI—A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Theresa Igoche, yesterday, granted the interlocutory injunction restraining the impeached Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange, former Deputy Speaker, James states. The President later said to the governors, ‘I wonder why you governors can sleep with all eyes closed while your workers are dying of hunger’. “Kwara SUBEB teachers have turned to beggars. We implore the Kwara State Governor, and the Senate President to come to our aid. If they do not pay us, we will not resume academic activities. We are Okefe, and former Majority Leader, Benjamin Adanyi, from parading themselves as principal officers of the Assembly, pending the determination of the substantive suit by the new leadership of the House. Justice Igoche, who ruled on the application filed by the new Speaker, Mr. Titus Uba, and 21 other members of the Assembly against the tired. “We have not been promoted since 2010. They gave us two letters without money. They cannot bring their wards to our school. “It is as if they do not have blood in their veins. We are tired. We are supposed to resume by September 17. But if they do not pay us, we are staying at home and no one can force us to resume.” former Speaker and seven others, also restrained the Director of State Services, DSS, from again sealing up the assembly complex. She, however, ordered that “for now, the Speaker, Titus Uba, should not use the Benue State House of Assembly Complex for legislative business, pending the determination of the substantive suit.” Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018—35 By Oboh Agbonkhese THERE is need for a specialised bank that will go to rural women farmers, find out their needs and help them access interest-free loans and other empowerment services. This was the position of Mrs Afoma Adigwe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Business Women, CBW, Nigeria, at a briefing in Lagos yesterday, on its activities and the forthcoming business meeting in New York and Canada, noting that “agriculture is the new industry and Nigeria’s future.” According to Mrs Adigwe, “we will establish Farmgate Micro-Finance Bank, focused solely on rural women farmers. And, as such banks do in other NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 Buhari's re-election 'll ensure opportunities for youths —APC Woman Leader ALL Progressive Congress, APC, National Woman Leader, Hajia Salamatu Bawa, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019 is the best option that can provide the enabling environment and hope for youths as stakeholders in the Federal Government. She spoke while addressing youths who came to condole with her over the death of her mother, at Ayamgba, Kogi State. She said only President Buhari can encourage and stimulate youths participation in politics. Hajia Bawa said: “Buhari is strong, virile and democratic. He will help nurture accountability, transparency and productivity that will make Nigeria a better place for all and to further protect and Adigwe advocates special agric bank for rural women She then adjourned the suit to October 4, stating that “the case shall be given accelerated hearing and all subsequent interlocutory applications heard at the hearing of the substantive suit.” She also held that all objections will be ruled on in the final judgment. In the suit filed by Governor Samuel Ortom countries, we will go to them to find out their needs; not them looking for us.” Adigwe, Founder of Uplifting Women Through Farming, UWTF, an NGO that is pioneering CBW Nigeria, also told newsmen that their focus on providing the rural women farmers with skills, especially in processing and packaging, informed the organisation’s close relationship with traditional rulers. On the Commonwealth African Forum Canada 2018, she said CBWN is the Forum’s Country Focal Point, adding that CBW, endorsed by Queen Elizabeth II and recognised by 52 governments, exposes women to trade opportunities, multilateral trade missions, trade policy makers and billion procurement tenders across 40 sectors, globally. Makurdi court extends restraining order on impeached Benue Speaker, others promote the integrity of our country among comity of nations. She added that Buhari's re-election will provide youths the enabling environment to realise their skills and visions, as well as becoming contributors in the sociopolitical and economic development of the country, while he also creates job opportunities through agriculture and other non-oil sectors, businesses and markets that will ensure entrepreneurship. On his part, National Coordinator of Committee for the Defense of Democracy, CDD, Dr. Pat Anyanwu, urged youths to “rise for the defense of our nascent democracy,” saying their political potentials constitute 80 percent of voting strength for Buhari’s re-election, who has signed the bill of Not-Too-Young-to-Run. and 24 others against the former Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange and 18 others, counsel to Nigerian Army, Mr. Martins Shaagee, filed an application for extension of time so he can file his defence. The case was also adjourned to October 4, as well as the one instituted by the former Speaker against the current one and 21 others.
36 — VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 WITH CHARLES KUMOLU firstname.lastname@example.org 08052140865 (sms only) NWOGBE:Aba boy who turned passion into wealth in Lagos IN Nigeria where waiting for paid employment is the norm, the determination of the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Xhibit Logistics, long ago, not to work for anyone, is paying off. He reveals how he converted his passion into a flourishing business conglomerate that owns premium lounges X-Factor, X- Arena and Gravity in Lagos.Excerpts: In the beginning: Assertive and clad in trendy wine-coloured native attire, Charles Nwgobe, welcomed this writer to Gravity, an exquisite high-end lounge located in-between Lekki and Ajah. Apart from being urbane, he is colourful. These qualities which shone like stars during this encounter, combined to make a loud statement about his personality. Nwogbe’s sophistication, wealth, fame and contacts hardly overwhelm his imagination. He wasn’t born rich, neither was he born poor. Truly, he knew what not knowing where the next meal would come from and not having money means. 'Growing up was not a bad experience for me but I will not say I am from a very rich home. I have seen the other side of life. I have seen what it means not to have money, I have seen what it means not to be sure of the next meal,' he noted at the commencement of this chat. Those were just some phases in his formative years in Aba, where he was born and raised and Lagos where struck gold by not abandoning his passion for hospitality business.'I have always been passionate about this business since my days in the university. I have been doing this for a long time. When I was at the University of Lagos, I belonged to a group, called, Theatre 15. We organised shows with commercial value. I discovered I could succeed in it and persisted when I graduated. Today, I am the CEO of Xhibit Logistics Limited. We own X-Factor, X-Arena and our new baby, Gravity,’’ the Abia State-born socialite added. Self-reliant early life Growing up in eastern Nigeria in a home where his parents, who were civil servants, were often on transfer taught him self-sufficiency, which remains the bedrock of his success.'I grew up in Aba and Port Harcourt in a family of four. I attended primary and secondary schools in Aba and Port Harcourt. My parents were civil servants who were frequently on transfer to different places. Sometimes, we didn’t stay with them, because PERSONALITY ETHICS * Self-denial got me this far *Everyone has a unique mark of greatness *I make more friends than enemies *People should save before spending of this.When they relocated to new stations, we didn’t move with them and this made us self-reliant early in life', he explained adding 'You don’t just have to work for anyone to be successful, because I never dreamt of working for anybody and I don’t think I will ever do it'. That was indeed a tall dream in a society where many go to school with the mindset of being employed after graduation but he abided by his decision with optimism. Even while studying Political Science at the University of Lagos, Nwogbe was convinced that his certificate was not for job-hunting and that he had acquired requisite knowledge for wealth creation.Realising that none but himself can make him achieve greatness given this mindset, he saved money while on campus and when he participated in the compulsory National Youth Service, NYSC, scheme. His savings were literally the seeds which germinated to become the startup capital for the multi-million naira business empire he owns today.“With the little money I saved when I was in the university and the time I was serving, I incorporated a clothing line, Xhibit, after which, I diversified into the hospitality business. The government doesn't have any business being in business. In western countries like America, people try to carve a niche for themselves early in life. They already know what to do or become in life at this stage but such is not obtainable here where many people are waiting for the government to employ them. All of us cannot be employed by government or other employers of labour. People •Nwogbe should be creative by thinking about what they can do to make money from the advantage that our large population offers. Nigeria is a large market but people are not taking advantage of this. People should think of how to add value to the economy because by doing so, they'll add value to their lives.There are so many people, who didn’t work for anyone and are still doing well. To everybody, there is a unique talent given by God and that's why I advise people should try to discover themselves. Whoever discovers himself, always finds the sky as his starting point', he explained. Tackling competition 'When I incorporated X-Factor, the competition was stiff. I didn’t have the kind of money I needed to compete but by sheer grace and persistence, I was able to make a big impression within a short time. I will describe the period I hosted Femi Anikulapo- Kuti as the turning point in the business. I hosted him on his 50th birthday. I considered it a turning point, because bringing him to X-Factor to mark his 50th birthday gave us the traction we never had. Since that day, we have been flying high.The beginning was very rough,because Nigerian banks are quite strict on start-ups. We virtually generated all we needed for business. Banks require start-ups to provide real estate and other property as collateral without considering that for someone, to have property, it means the person is rich. Sourcing capital was a big challenge'.Many would wonder how he was able to grow his business without strong financial support. Saving before spending Nwogbe explained this thus: “I always tell people to nuture the habit of saving. If I made N10, I always saved a fraction of it. No matter how little an income is, something can still be saved. In fact, people should save before spending. Saving should not be done after spending, because this is not a country where people can easily borrow start-up capital. Even when someone succeeded in borrowing, the business might not survive, because of the hitherto outrageous interest rates. Whatever anyone plans to do, the person should develop a saving culture. It does not matter whether a project is longterm or short-term, the necessary thing to do is to save towards it. There is nothing wrong for an individual to deny himself of so many things because of the goals he wants to achieve. Self-denial should be applied because when someone is successful, he can be able to afford those things he denied himself. Books about successful people 'Some will say they were mentored in business but I'm not one of them. I'm just a man, who reads a lot of books and I prefer reading books about successful people. I read about their lifestyles and how they were able to get to where they are. That has been the source of my inspiration. However, I attribute everything I am to God , because I'm not really someone that takes things seriously. I don’t see anything as a do or die affair. I make more friends than enemies and I do that by being a loyal friend. I relate to all manner of people. I don’t care about class, tribe or religion. Even when I am employing people, I dislike being told by prospective employees that they are from a certain tribe or state. I'm more concerned about what an individual can offer. I was taught by my parents never to look down on anyone, because that Read concluding part on www.vanguardngr.com