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Posted by: Gr8willy - 24-11-2017, 08:12 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The former President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said he won’t be able to sleep well if the People Democratic Party(PDP) does not return to Power in the coming election 2019.
    He said he wants to take the responsibility for the poor performance of the party in that election, and also take PDP to its former position.
    He said this when he received a chairmanship aspirant of the PDP, at his Otuoke residence in Bayelsa state.

    “Whether I like it or not, I must take responsibility for the defeat because I led the party to the election,” the media team of George quoted Jonathan as saying.
    The former president said he was working with other stakeholders to ensure that the party was well organized to take back power.
    Promising that the mistakes of the past would not be repeated, Jonathan advised the party to take steps to regain the confidence of the electorate.

    Quote:“My priority now is how to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party regains the presidency in 2019… The only thing that will make me sleep well is to ensure that the PDP comes back to power.”


Posted by: Gr8willy - 24-11-2017, 08:08 AM - Forum: Celebrities - No Replies
  • [Image: Pulse-Psquare-Jude-Okoye-1-1.jpg?resize=608%2C310&ssl=1]

    Peter Okoye in this recent interview just disclosed his own side of the story of the separation between him and his brother and his plans moving forward.

    Mr. P also fielded phone calls from fans who wished him well with his new journey. He came out openly for his fans to know what went wrong.

    He said that his family is more important, and singing together is breaking his family bond, which he doesn’t want.
    He added that he’s done with doing business (i.e music) with his family.
    Some other points he made:

    • It’s not about us singing together that really matters because that’s what you guys know, but think about family
    • This could be a blessing in disguise.
    • I’m not trying to break the family or make anyone look bad. I don’t hate anybody and I’m not trying to make my brothers feel bad.
    • I wish everybody the best. Everybody is doing well now, let’s just keep it that way.
    • I came out to sing alone to show people I can sing because if I hadn’t done so people will keep thinking otherwise.
    • My mother, if she was alive, would have said we should remain together but not do music (business) together.
    • I’m doing my best to settle with my family but they (family) are not ready. However, for the business aspect, I’m done.
    Mr. P also disclosed he wrote the lyrics to remix of “Bizzy Body.” A fan sang the line: “Peter and Paul dem be one no be two” when he said he actually wrote the song.
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    Asked why he still uses the name P Square, he answered that it is impossible to tell his story without mentioning the story. He said: “I’m still using P Square on my social media because you can’t talk about my story without mentioning P Square.”
    He also said he can perform any of P Square’s songs on stage since he contributed to making them, adding that his brother (Paul) can do so as well.


Posted by: Sholzy - 24-11-2017, 07:51 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
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    Ibadan—Despite the offensive odour from the blue plastic bucket that contained human parts, many still waited to hear what the suspects will say as the Oyo State Police Command paraded three people caught in possession of two fresh human heads and legs, as well as the alleged killer of a former member of the House of Assembly in the state.

    The three young men informed the Police that their unbridled desires to get rich quick prompted them to get the human parts for money rituals.

    The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude, during the parade, said the suspects were arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Command on November 11, following a tip-off by a member of the public. Odude added that the suspects confessed to have severed the body parts from corpses at a Muslim cemetery in Isale General Area of Ogbomoso.

    The three arrested suspects are Alfa Kareem, 37; Bello, 22, and Adebayo Yusuf. Confessions One of the suspects, Kareem, noted that this was his first attempt at using human parts for money rituals. The second suspect, Bello, said: “We went to Isale General at Ogbomoso to exhume the bodies at about 8p.m. On our way back, two inquisitive boys, who accosted us on the road, demanded to know where the offensive odour was from. “We tried to deceive them, but they were insistent. So we had to run.

    They caught Kareem before the Police arrested us at our homes.” Asked what they intended to do with the human parts, Taofeek said: “We wanted to use the parts for money rituals. If we had succeeded in taking them to our place, we would have dried and burnt them.

    “After burning the parts, we will grind same to powdery substance and mix some of it with soap to take our bath in the morning and to take pap at night. After we have done this, some weird creatures, who we generally call spirits, will bring the money to us— usually at night.”

    All of them, however, claimed it was the first time they would do such a thing. Asked how they got the knowledge of the ritual, they remained evasive in their responses. Lawmaker’s killer The Police Command also paraded a runaway killer of a member of Oyo State House of Assembly, Gideon Aremu, representing Oorelope Constituency, July last year.

    The commissioner said the suspect, who escaped to Ekiti, his country home, shortly after committing the act, had been on the Police wanted list. His words: “Nemesis caught up with the suspect when he was arrested in his criminal hideout after sneaking into the state and led another robbery gang to snatch a motorcycle from its owner at Egbeda area of the state.”

    The suspect, Arobiole, popularly called Judgment, did not deny when asked if he was the one that pulled the trigger. ‘How we killed him’ Narrating how he and two others committed the crime, Judgment said: “It was Toiheeb, who initiated the idea.

    The lawmaker was described as a very generous man, who always gave people in the neighbourhood money.

    “We trailed him to his house and as he tried to alight from the car, we pointed guns at him. The lawmaker was surprised to see his neighbour among us. He held him by the shirt and said ‘Even you.’ “We collected his phone then I shot him because he was struggling with us. We thought since he knew one of us, he would expose us sooner or later.

    It was after we killed him that we knew he was a very important person in Oyo State.”

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Posted by: Sholzy - 24-11-2017, 07:37 AM - Forum: E-Commerce - No Replies
  • Abuja — Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said Nigeria has recorded significant improvements in the Global Ease of Doing Business ranking.

    The Vice President disclosed this in Abuja, at the launch of a book titled: "From Consumption to Production: The Whys and Ways out of Failed Industrialisation in Nigeria," written by Prof. Banjo Oyelaran-Oyeyinka.

    Osinbajo noted that the improvement of Nigeria in the ease of doing business index was a positive landmark for the federal government's Ease of Doing Business and Investment Climate Reforms Programme, which it is currently implementing in partnership with the World Bank and DFID.

    He opined that the Muhammadu Buhari's administration would continue to ensure that Nigerians find it easier to do business.

    He added that for Nigeria to be fully industrialised, there is a need for the country to invest massively in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

    Osinbajo noted that considering its importance to national development, Nigeria must be ready to promote and embrace STEM education.
    He argued that there is a need for the country to focus on key areas of the economy, and allocate adequate resources to them, adding that the achievements of the Buhari-led administration in the agriculture is an indication that Nigeria has the capacity to develop other sectors of the economy.

    He said: "If it has a clear target, Nigeria has the capacity to be a highly industrialised country."

    In his remarks the author, Oyelaran-Oyeyinka decried that most industries, which started in the 70's have all left Nigerian due to the hostile business environment in the country.

    He emphasized the need for Nigerians to patronise made in Nigeria goods in order to help grow the economy of the nation.

    "A nation that imports goods that is within its ability to produce can be rightly described as a consumer or a consumption nation. Nigeria has descended into a nation that imports the most basic agricultural and manufactured goods.

    Osinbajo noted that considering its importance to national development, Nigeria must be ready to promote and embrace STEM education.

    He argued that there is a need for the country to focus on key areas of the economy, and allocate adequate resources to them, adding that the achievements of the Buhari-led administration in the agriculture is an indication that Nigeria has the capacity to develop other sectors of the economy.

    He said: "If it has a clear target, Nigeria has the capacity to be a highly industrialised country."

    In his remarks the author, Oyelaran-Oyeyinka decried that most industries, which started in the 70's have all left Nigerian due to the hostile business environment in the country.

    He emphasized the need for Nigerians to patronise made in Nigeria goods in order to help grow the economy of the nation.

    "A nation that imports goods that is within its ability to produce can be rightly described as a consumer or a consumption nation. Nigeria has descended into a nation that imports the most basic agricultural and manufactured goods.

    While reviewing the book, Secretary-General, Committee of Vice-Chancellors, Prof. Michael Faborode, disclosed that "the book traced how traced how policy dysfunctions and delays led to Nigeria's gradual descent from a prospective 'production' to a 'consumption' nation.

    "The book has recommended, among others, that the country's transformation from consumption to a production economy should be an explicit policy sub-sector of the diversification of the Nigerian economy."
    Faborode expressed optimism that Nigerians are capable of providing home-grown solutions to the problems confronting the nation.

    "It is our contention that Nigerians and Nigerian institutions/agencies should be continually challenged, supported and encouraged to be creative and innovative garb to bring fort feasible solutions that will enhance the nation's productivity, competitiveness, economic prosperity and societal well-being.


Posted by: Sholzy - 24-11-2017, 07:19 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • [Image: Gov.-Obiano.jpg?fit=860%2C569&ssl=1]

    Anambra is synonymous with political godfatherism. The reputation was gained from a trend that started from the first governorship election in 1999. But on Saturday, the tides turned as a virtual “orphan” carried the day in a manner that left nothing to dispute.

    The old trend had led to recurrent instability in the state. As soon as an election is over, the godfather and the godson begin an unending battle for supremacy at the expense of the people.

    The political godfather usually brings the godson to the limelight of politics and introduces the latter to the people that matter. However, the godson having clinched the seat with the support of the godfather both financially and otherwise, seeks to side-line the sponsor and renege on their agreements.

    This maybe as a result of over-lordship by the godfather wanting to dominate the government, giving directives and controlling the administration. In fact, for each electoral cycle in Anambra, there was a godfather.

    Relations between Mr. Ngige and Mr. Uba deteriorated rapidly after the polls. In July 2003, Governor Ngige after rejecting some of Mr. Uba’s demands, was kidnapped by armed police officers and forced at gunpoint to sign a “letter of resignation.” Mr. Ngige earned the unenviable reputation of being the first governor in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic to be kidnapped from the Government House.

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    Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the late Biafra warlord, was one of the most revered Igbo leaders. He led his people into the civil war in 1967.

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    Though he did not go far in his own presidential bid in 2003, there is no doubt that his influence helped the then relatively unknown Peter Obi to win the governorship contest in Anambra State in 2003. That victory was not upheld until the court ruled that the election was won by the candidate of Mr. Ojukwu’s All Progressive Grand Alliance.

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    Mr. Ojukwu’s name and image became even more iconic as Mr. Obi sought re-election in 2010. “Vote him, this is my last wish”, the aged and dying Mr. Ojukwu pleaded with the voters of Anambra on behalf of Mr. Obi who was re-elected despite the strong financial and political forces marshalled by his challengers.


    Willie Obiano who left the banking sector to join politics in 2013 was no doubt a novice on the political terrain and unarguably a new name to the people. Just like in the other cases, Governor Obi, who was about to leave office, handpicked and introduced Mr. Obiano to the state’s electorate after helping him to secure the APGA governorship ticket. He won the election and was sworn in on March 17, 2014 to succeed Mr. Obi.

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    However, as usual, trouble broke out between the two shortly after Governor Obiano’s inauguration. Mr. Obi claimed he left N75 billion in the government’s coffers but Mr. Obiano said he only met N35.5 billion. Mr. Obi left APGA after an internal crisis hit the party and joined the PDP, which was at the time in power at the federal level.


    It was not surprising that watchers had the forgoing at the back of their minds while predicting the outcome of Saturday’s election.

    In all the previous governorship elections in the state, a godfather and his godson had manoeuvred their way into office. This changed on Saturday.

    The squaring up in the build up to the election was quite spectacular. Mr. Obi, already a kingmaker, anointed Oseloka Obaze, the PDP candidate whose emergence left many stalwarts of the party disgruntled. Mr. Obi’s main aim was to unseat the incumbent governor who, according to him, had not performed well. Many viewed Mr. Obi’s move as political vendetta at the expense of the people of Anambra.


    “We finally broke the jinx of godfatherism, which has been existing in the state from the beginning”, Allison Onyeji, the traditional prime minister of Ufuma community in Anambra said after the poll.

    Mr. Onyeji explained to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Obi was the godfather of Mr. Obaze, the PDP candidate, while Arthur Eze sponsored the APC candidate, Tony Nwoye. He said Mr. Obiano was on his own.

    “The only godfather I will say he has is the people and so we voted him according to our wish. Even though many collected money, after collecting they still voted their conscience”, Mr. Onyeji added.

    “What we decided it was that we don’t need anybody to show us a good leader. We the people have eyes to assess you and if we see you have performed well and is equal to the task, we will vote you and that is what happened on Saturday,” Mr. Onyeji said.

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    Another governorship aspirant in the state who backed Mr. Obiano in this election told PREMIUM TIMES about how the campaign success was achieved.

    First we let the people know that “APGA is our (Igbo’s) own,” he said. Then we spread the slogan that “if it’s not broken, why change it” especially as everybody knew Obiano was performing well, the source, who asked not to be named, said.

    The source, a core supporter of the governor, explained that long before the day of the election, Mr. Obiano had penetrated “98 per cent of churches” market unions and town union.

    “We knew there was no way we would lose,” he said.


    Out of the 422,314 valid votes, Mr. Obiano won in all the 21 local government areas of the state to poll 234,071 votes.

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    Mr. Obiano was followed from a distance by the APC candidate, Nwoye, who polled 98,752 votes.


    After the return to democracy in 1998, Chinwoke Mbadinuju became the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for Anambra State governorship after a stiff competition with A. B. C. Nwosu, a professor who later became Minister of Health under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Mr. Mbadinuju was elected governor of in April 1999 and is still derided as posting the worst performance in the office since the creation of the state in 1991.

    Mr. Mbadinuju had been sponsored by Emeka Offor, a businessman. After a fall out between godson and godfather, the face-off between the two men crippled the machinery of government in the state. By September 2002, unpaid teachers had been on strike for a year and civil servants and court workers had been on strike for months.


    Among the politicians Chris Uba, an oil magnate, “sponsored” in 2003 was PDP gubernatorial candidate, Chris Ngige. The terms of their relationship were spelled out in remarkably explicit fashion in a written “contract” and “declaration of loyalty” that Mr. Ngige signed prior to the election. It is widely believed that a copy of the contract was authenticated at the infamous Okija shrine.

    Mr. Obaze of the PDP returned third with 70,293 votes, while Osita Chidoka of United Progressives Party, UPP, came a distant fourth after garnering 7,903 votes.

    This shows that Governor Obiano trumped all his opponents and their sponsors in their various local government areas.

    Interestingly, none of the vanquished challengers is contesting the results. Instead, they have congratulated Mr. Obiano on his ground breaking victory in the polls.


Posted by: Sholzy - 24-11-2017, 07:08 AM - Forum: Celebrities - No Replies
  • Leading actress Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Ali Nuhu and popular film maker, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen are the recipients of the Best of Nollywood Awards 2017 Special Recognition award, the organizers have announced.

    [Image: Omotola-sexy.jpg]

    The event holds on Saturday, December 16, at the Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The chief host is the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

    Speaking on the choice of the awardees, Seun Oloketuyi, executive producer, BON Awards, said “We are glad to announce Omotola Jalade Ekehinde, Ali Nuhu and Lancelot Oduwa-Imasuen as recipients of this year’s Special Recognition Awards. You would concur that they deserve it for their achievements and contributions to the industry.” Continuing, Oloketuyi said “in the last decade, no actor from the northern part of the country has broken barriers and crossed over to the mainstream Nollywood like Ali Nuhu.

     Apart from that, he has inspired an entire generation of Northern youths to see a career in Nollywood. He is a true and constant Northern legend, not just a star.” Describing Omotola as Nigeria’s biggest cinematic export, Oloketuyi said, “There was no contest in her choice in spite of her relatively young age.

    Here is a lady who broke into the industry before she turned 18 and two decades after, is still a veritable box-office face in an industry known for ephemeral stars. It goes beyond luck.

    The recognition from TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential 100 people in the world in 2013 is a pointer to her relentless artistic enterprise and ingenuity. And we, at BON Awards are happy to be associated with such iconic actor.”

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Posted by: Sholzy - 24-11-2017, 07:05 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a thirty-member tripartite committee for the negotiation of a new National Minimum Wage for the country.

    The committee is made up of persons from the public sector, (Federal and State Governments) and the private sector made up of the largest private employer group, the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME).

    The committee is chaired by Ama Pepple. Other members are; Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige (Deputy Chairman), Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule (Member/Secretary).

    Others are; Minister, Budget and Planning Udo Udo Udoma, Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mrs Winifred E. Oyo - Ita and Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Dr. Roy Ug.

    Representing the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) are; Governors Rauf Aregbesola (Osun, South West), Rochas Okorocha (Imo, South East) Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe, North East) Nyesom Wike (Rivers, South South), Simon Lalong (Plateau, North Central) Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi, North West) and A. B. Okauru, Esq., DG, NGF as observer.

    Representatives of trade unions are Ayuba Wabba, President Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Peters Adeyemi, Kiri Mohammed, Amechi Asugwuni, Peter Ozo-Eson, Bobboi Bala Kaigama President, Trade Union Congress, Sunday Olusoji Salako, Alade Bashir Lawa and Igwe Achese President, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).

    On the employers' side are; Olusegun Oshinowo, Director General, Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA), Timothy Olawale, Chuma Nwankwo, Mrs Olubunmi Adekoje, Director General, Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI), Alhaji Ahmed Ladan Gobir, Chairman, Kaduna East Branch, Manufacturers' Association (MAN), Francis Oluwagbenro, Hajia Muheeba Dankaka, President, Kano Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Prince Degun Agboade, President, Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME).

    The Committee will be inaugurated on Monday 27th November, 2017 at the Council Chambers, Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.


Posted by: Sholzy - 24-11-2017, 07:02 AM - Forum: E-Commerce - No Replies
  • Nigeria's economy went into recession in 2016 because relevant authorities largely ignored data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) pointing out that the economy was heading in the wrong direction.
    Speaking at the 2017 African Statistics Day held in Abuja, yesterday, the Statistician General of the Federation, Dr. Yemi Kale, said the NBS was proactive in identifying the dysfunctional state of the economy but the warning signs were ignored.

    "Prior to our entry into recession in the 3rd quarter of 2015, careful monitoring and application of the data would have shown that the economy was heading in the wrong track but this was largely ignored, and the result was a very difficult recession, which affected the lives of households and their businesses across the country," Kale, who was represented by the Director, Field Services and Methodology Department of NBS, Mr. Babayo Samanja, said.

    Nigerian economy has returned to a growth path, growing at 1.40 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, from the 0.72 per cent recorded in the second quarter of the year.

    The NBS boss said Nigeria must be cautious now that the country is out of recession as this is another opportunity to apply the economic statistics being published to measure the heart pulse of the economy.
    "As a nation, these economic statistics are so critical in not just assessing the macroeconomic performance of our economy, but also in unlocking those hidden opportunities within our economy that need to be fully exploited and harnessed, in order to transform the lives of our citizens," he said.

    He observed that statistics on macroeconomic variables such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate, savings, investment, interest rate, inflation, trade, unemployment, poverty, exchange rate, revenue and money supply are needed to guide decision-making processes.


Posted by: Sholzy - 24-11-2017, 06:59 AM - Forum: Oil/Gas - No Replies
  • Oil marketers on Thursday declared that the country’s refineries would not work as expected despite the billions of dollars being spent by the Federal Government on rehabilitating the facilities.

    According to the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, a body consisting of big players in the oil and gas sector, the billions of dollars pumped into the rehabilitation of refineries by the government are just being wasted.

    The body also announced that the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria and Deposit Money Banks had seized more than 15 tank farms belonging to oil marketers due to the inability of the dealers to pay back the loans they collected from banks.

    Speaking on behalf of MOMAN during a live television programme monitored by our correspondent in Abuja, the association’s Executive Secretary, Obafemi Olawore, said Nigerian refineries would not work until they were privatised.

    When asked to state what he thought was happening to the refineries, Olawore said, “I think that question can best be answered by the NNPC, but my guess is that the refineries are not doing much. Each time one tells the truth, the truth is sometimes bitter.

    “As presently owned, the refineries cannot work until they are privatised. Monies will be pumped into rehabilitation and maintenance, but they won’t take us anywhere. It’s not the first time that monies were budgeted for the refineries. Why should we continue to waste such monies?”

    On why private investors were not building refineries, Olawore explained that no investor would invest in a business when he was unsure of recouping his investment.

    He said, “You don’t build refineries when you are not too sure of recovering your cost. I’m very optimistic that Dangote has done his homework very well and he is very sure that one thing will happen.

    “And that is, by the time he (Dangote) finishes the refinery and it is opened, there will be privatisation, or he will be allowed to treat his refinery as being in an export free zone and he will be operating as if he is outside the country.”

    Olawore said the indebtedness of marketers to banks was due to the failure of the government to clear the $2bn debt which it owes the dealers.

    He stated, “We’ve been discussing with the government; remember we had a meeting with them in January this year. The government directed that we meet with the Finance minister to reconcile, which we did. We had another meeting in February, and we’ve had some three other meetings.”


Posted by: Sholzy - 24-11-2017, 06:55 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The Federal Government through its social investment scheme, N-Power, has employed over 200,000 people and plans to hire another 300,000 graduates, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said.

    He also said the government would use part of the N500bn social investment scheme to provide credit to at least one million entrepreneurs, market women and artisans under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.

    He spoke during the inauguration of a one-stop-shop for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and GEEP in Ilorin, as well as the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College in Ajase Ipo, Kwara State.

    The VP commended the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed for his achievements, adding that Kwara remained one of the leading states in the federation in the provision of employment, creation of enabling environment for businesses and provision of necessary platforms for the development of youths.

    At the inauguration of IVTEC, Osinbajo canvassed the establishment of technical centres to cater for aggressive talents among Nigerian youths and the needs of the country.

    He condemned importation of skilled artisans from neighbouring West African countries into Nigeria, adding that Nigeria had a high number of talented youths with aggressive minds to succeed in trade, commerce and entrepreneurship.

    The VP described IVTEC as one of the major important projects any government should be proud to undertake.

    The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, said his administration had invested heavily in the provision of infrastructure and enabling environment for businesses to thrive as well as the development of the youths.

    He stated that the vision to establish IVTEC was to equip youths with skills for self-reliance; to tackle unemployment, and ensure easy access to vocational training of international standards.

    Osinbajo also inaugurated the HMA Medical Limited in Ilorin, a $15m syringe and needle production plant with an installed capacity for 200 million syringes and 350 needles annually.


Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 03:59 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • [Image: Goodluck-Jonathan-Obua.jpg]
    Former President Goodluck Jonathan has taken responsibility for the Peoples Democratic Party’s defeat in the 2015 presidential election.

    He, therefore, said his priority now “is how to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party regains the Presidency in 2019.”

    Jonathan said this when Chief Olabode George and his campaign team paid him a courtesy visit in his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State on Tuesday.

    A statement by Bode George Media Office after the meeting quoted the ex-President as saying it was his responsibility to ensure that the PDP rose again as a strong political platform to win the next elections.
    Jonathan said, “Whether I like it or not, I must take responsibility for the defeat because I led the party to the election. The only thing that will make me sleep well is to ensure that the PDP comes back to power.”
    The former President said he was working with other stakeholders to ensure that the party was well organised to achieve this purpose though he preferred to work from the back seat.

    He said the party must begin to take the right steps in the right direction to regain the confidence of the electorate, adding that the mistakes of the past would not be repeated.

    Speaking earlier, George, a former deputy national chairman of PDP who is currently on a nationwide campaign for the chairmanship election in December 9, had congratulated the former President on his 60th birthday.

    George urged the ex-President, as the leader of the party, to ensure that the PDP emerge stronger from the forthcoming national convention.

    George, however, told the former President that the failure to apply the micro-zoning principle to the PDP chairmanship position had caused ripples capable of dividing the party.

    He lamented that the party appeared to be drifting as there was no reasonable justification offered by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee for jettisoning the principle, which was applied to all previous elections to the position.

    George also paid a courtesy call on Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State at the governor’s office.
    He commended the governor for sustaining the confidence, goodwill and support of the people in his administration and the party.

    The governor described the December 9 national convention as a window of opportunity to put the PDP’s house in order, urging all aspirants to elective positions as well as the leaders of the party to show tolerance and patriotism and work together to make the party proud.

    He said it was important to ensure a free, fair, credible and acceptable election.

    George was given a rousing reception at the state party secretariat in Yenagoa where he met with party stakeholders and delegates to the convention led by the State Chairman, Chief Cleopas Moses.

    Others at the meeting included members of the state House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Friday Benson and local government chairmen.


Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 03:55 PM - Forum: Job Vacancies - No Replies
  • [Image: npower.jpg]

    The Federal Government empowerment scheme, has called on the general public to report candidates who already have a job and went ahead to apply for the voluntary job.

    According to N-Power, such persons will immediate be removed from the list of the pre-selection candidates for the physical verification.

    The scheme also said selection of candidates was done based on information submitted by the applicants.
    It wrote on its twitter handle, “Know anyone who has been pre-selected and has a job already, report them NOW.

    “Know anyone who has been pre-selected and has a job already, report them let us make room for the unemployed.

    “We pre-selected based on the information given. A shock is waiting for those people at the physical verification stage.”

    The scheme had earlier released the criteria used in pre-selection of candidates for the physical verification.


Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 03:52 PM - Forum: Events - No Replies
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    Number of locations/sites
    Name of location/site
    Type of location/site
    10 locations
    1. Emmanuel Anglican Church, Dutse
    2. ECWA Church, Dutse
    3. United Evangelical Church, Dutse
    4. Victory Baptist Church, Dutse
    4. All Souls for Christ Church,
    1st & 3rd Dec, 2017 ( 1 day)
    2 Juma’at Mosques in Kubwa
    3 Juma’at Mosques in Dutse
    5 locations
    Bwari- Site
    Area councils/ Towns/ Villages
    1st -8th Dec, 2017
    (7 days)
    4 locations
    Gwagwalada:   Anagada,Angwan Dodo                                        
    Mpape:    Berger Quarry Road, Mashafa, Mpape Market Junction, Katampe Junction.
    Kuduru, Zuma, Bwari Market, Barangoni.
    University Of Abuja Mini Campus, FCE
    Zuba, Fruit Market, Zuba.
    Area councils/ Towns/ Villages

    6 locations
    Area councils/ Towns/ Villages


    Utako market

    3 locations in FCT
    Area councils/ Towns/ Villages

    Federal Ministry of Power, works & Housing (Power Sector)
    2 locations
    Fed. Secretariat phase 1
    Power House TCN building.
    2nd – 3rd  Dec, 2017
    (2 days)
    1 location
    Garki Market

    3 locations
    Tasha Village
    Gbiduwyi Village
    Angwa Chetta Village. (secondary school)
    Area councils/ Towns/ Villages
    28th – 29th Nov, 2017 (2 days)
    1 location
    FME Hqtrs
    20th  – 22nd Nov, 2017 (3 days)
    Federal Road Safety Corps, Federal Character Commission, Federal Civil Service Commission and the Custom services
    1 location
    FRSC HQ Zone 3 Wuse
    28th Nov, 2017    (1 day)
    1 location
    Abuja- DHQ MC
    1st-2nd Dec, 2017 (2 days)
    2 locations

    Area councils/ Towns/ Villages
    1st Dec, 2017 (1 day)
    3 locations
    Lugbe (Chief Palace),
    Old Dei-Dei (Chief Palace)
    Zuba (Chief Palace)
    Area councils/ Towns/ Villages
    4-5 Dec, 2017 (2 days)

Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 03:44 PM - Forum: Health - No Replies
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    Abuja, 22 November 2017 — Events to commemorate the 2017 World AIDS Day have commenced with a call on all stakeholders to work towards realising the right to health for all Nigerians as a means to ending AIDS by 2030.

    This year’s commemoration is taking place under the theme: Right to health – Making it happen.
    “Every Nigerian has a right to good health. We have a responsibility to ensure that this basic right is available to all Nigerians. The Government is committed to enhancing ownership and sustainability of the HIV/AIDS response,” said the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Sani Aliyu.

    One of the highlights of this year’s national commemoration will be a formal ceremony with participation high level government officials, representatives of people living with HIV, development partners, as well as adolescents and young people. Participants will listen to discussions on issues related to funding and ownership of Nigeria’s HIV response.

    Other events lined up for this year’s commemoration include HIV counselling and testing at selected sites, a candlelight event, football and other games, social media engagement with adolescents and young people, as well as awareness talk-shows on radio and television.

    Quote:World AIDS Day is commemorated on 1 December each year to unite people around the HIV/AIDS response, show support for People Living with HIV, and remember people who have died of AIDS.

    Ahead of World AIDS Day, UNAIDS launched a new report titled Right to Health showing that access to treatment has risen significantly, globally, from just 685,000 people living with HIV accessing to antiretroviral therapy in 2000 to 20.9 million in June 2017. South Africa had the largest number of people on treatment, at 4.2 million, followed by India, Mozambique, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Uganda, which all had more than one million people on treatment.

    However, Nigeria’s HIV response remains largely donor driven.

    “Nigeria’s government should own up to the HIV and AIDS response. Putting money into the national response is an investment in humanity. Our continuous access to medication and our right to healthcare is a fundamental right. Government should make it happen,” said National Coordinator of the Network for the People Living with HIV, Victor Omoshehin.

    Quote:“UNAIDS recognises President Muhammadu Buhari’s new commitment to maintain 60,000 people living with HIV on treatment and place an additional 50,000 more on treatment each year, using domestic resources. But we must work as quickly as possible to ensure that Nigeria funds and owns the HIV response,” said the UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria, Dr Erasmus Morah.


Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 03:37 PM - Forum: Job Vacancies - No Replies
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    The National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC ) will soon launch a job portal that would help employers find corps members with requisite skills and qualifications that match their needs.

    The Lagos State NYSC Coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh told The Nation in an interview yesterday at the Swearing in of 2,482 Batch B corps members that the portal had been approved by the NYSC Director-General, Brig-Gen Sule Kazaure, after a test run.

    “We piloted a job portal in Lagos. After perfecting it, we have deployed it. It has been approved by the DG ansd should be launched in the course of the year,” he said.

    Momoh thanked the Lagos State government for renovating the 2,500-bed capacity orientation camp located in Iyana- Ipaja, Lagos.

    “We appealed to the Governor and he came to our aid. He mobilised a contractor to give us this renovation.

    He not only re-painted the building but repaired the toilets and the electrification. Every part of the camp was touched,” he said.

    In his speech, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mr Oluseye Oladejo, counseled the new corps members to take advantage of public funds to start businesses after being trained in camp.

    “I enjoin you to pay special attention to the Skill Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) initiative which is part of activities developed to empower and prepare you for life after service.

    The Lagos State Government has established the Employment Trust Fund which provides financial support to Lagos State residents and National Youth Service Corps members serving in Lagos State and who have received camp and post-camp SAED training.

    Through this fund, you stand to benefit from a start-up capital to ensure you become job creators and not job seekers upon the completion of your national assignment,” he said.

    The oath of allegiance was administered on the corps members by the Chief Judge of Lagos, justice Opeyemi Oke represented by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye.

    Corps members who spoke with The Nation praised the facilities on the camp.

    Jennifer Okpala, a Law graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) said she was enjoying her time on camp.

    “It has been fun meeting lots of people. The facilities are okay. I will say this is the best camp in Nigeria,” she said.

    Jesufemi Ayodele, another Law graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said the officials were courteous to corps members.

    “They treat us with respect,” he said.


Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 03:32 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Bolaji Abdullahi is a liar. Dr. Jonathan also said that the APC’s spokesman’s book, On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’ which attempted a narration of how he (Jonathan) lost the 2015 election, is equally “a tissue of lies.”

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    Jonathan who spoke through his former aide and bestselling author, Pastor Reno Omokri, also said that Mr. Abdullahi’s book claimed that he (Jonathan) had convened a meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, elites to renege on his decision, after earlier conceding defeat to the then candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, party, who is now President Muhammadu Buhari for emerging winner in the 2015 presidential election.

    Dr. Jonathan, in the statement, also said that Abdullahi’s book “is as Shakespeare described in Scene 5, Act 5 of his play ‘Macbeth’ that It is “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. According to him,

    “Two months ago when I got details of the contents of the book by the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Bolaji Abdullahi, I described him as a liar and his book as a tissue of lies meant to defame former President Jonathan as the 2019 elections draw near and the yearning for a return to the years when the Peoples Democratic Party governed Nigeria reaches fever pitch. Now that the book is out, I can prove those claims and challenge Mr. Abdullahi to sue me in court for libel or defamation if I have lied.

    In Bolaji Abdullahi’s new book, ‘On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’, he alleges that former President Jonathan, after calling to concede to then candidate Muhammadu Buhari, reneged on his concession by calling a meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party elite at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, with the sole aim of getting the party to reject the results of the election he had conceded.

    In the book, Mr. Abdullahi revealed that he was basing this claim on the hearsay report of an unnamed SouthSouth Governor, and wrote, and I quote: “One South-South governor disclosed that this banquet hall meeting was not the president’s original idea. He said soon after the president made the telephone call to Buhari, some governors had gone to him to express their reservations about it. They felt he had conceded too cheaply.

    Their argument was that if the president and the party had rejected the outcome of the election, they would have gained a stronger platform to negotiate their exit.” Mr. Abdullahi further said: “Present at the meeting were Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Senate President David Mark and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu; as well as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, who had also just contested and lost the governorship election in Imo State and was challenging the results. Others included: the People’s Democratic Party Board of Trustees Chairman, Tony Anenih; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke; Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, and former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi.

    All members of PDP National Working Committee (NWC) were also present, led by the party chairman, Adamu Mu’azu. The meeting was chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan”. In the book, Mr. Abdullahi revealed that this meeting held “four days” after the election on a Tuesday Evening .

    Nigerians would remember that the 2015 Presidential elections held on March 28, 2015. It would further be recalled that former President Jonathan called then candidate Buhari to concede the election at precisely 5: 15 PM on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. This timeline was also verified by the camp of the then candidate Buhari in a statement to the BBC’s Mansur Ali. If, as Mr. Abdullahi claims, former President Jonathan called the so called meeting to renege on his concession on Tuesday the 31st of March, 2015, it would mean that Jonathan called the meeting only 45 minutes after he conceded. Because he conceded at 5.15 PM on March 31st 2015 and Mr. Abdullahi claimed the meeting held at 6 PM of March 31st 2015.

    How would it have been possible to call each participant and summon governors, Senators, Representatives, members of the PDP BOT and “ALL members of PDP National Working Committee (NWC)” who were at different parts of the country and have all of them gather at the State House in just 45 minutes? Mind you, former President Jonathan conceded while the results were still being counted and long before they were even announced.

    It was not even public knowledge that President Jonathan had conceded. In the book, Mr. Abdullahi further said: “By 6:00pm, all the President’s men and party bigwigs began to gather at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa. Many had rushed back to Abuja for the meeting, anxious to know the next line of action.

    They had all heard the audio of the phone call, but opinions were sharply divided on whether the president had thrown in the tow.” But how could this be true when the audio of the call had not yet been leaked and published by the British Broadcasting Corporation?

    The audio was leaked (probably by the Buhari camp) and published on April 2, 2015, two clear days AFTER the ‘meeting’ described by Mr. Abdullahi. Also, according to Mr. Abdullahi, present at the meeting was “Emeka Ihedioha, who had just contested and lost the governorship election in Imo State and was challenging the results”.

    How could this have been possible when the gubernatorial elections did not hold until April 11, 2015, 11 clear days AFTER this purported meeting? Can Mr. Abdullahi explain this? Did Emeka Ihedioha travel to the future in a time machine and return to the past with a prophecy? You see, no matter how far and fast falsehood has traveled, it must eventually be overtaken by truth.

    The fact remains that it is doubtful that any SouthSouth Governor could have told Mr. Abdullahi such tales and even if he had been fed such fantastic stories, then the onus was on Mr. Abdullahi as a journalist to verify any hearsay or gossip he heard before rushing to the press to embarrass himself. In conclusion, Bolaji Abdullahi’s book is as Shakespeare described in Scene 5, Act 5 of his play ‘Macbeth’.

    It is “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. Ironically, Macbeth is a play about the political ambition of those who seek power for its own sake. What a fitting description of Mr. Abdullahi and his puppet masters in the APC.”

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Posted by: Gr8willy - 23-11-2017, 02:14 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The Senate, yesterday, lamented what it described as the total failure of the country’s security architecture.
    It noted that the prevailing unhealthy security situation in parts of the country is responsible for the wanton destruction of lives and property.
    The lawmakers after a lengthy debate of the worsening security situation in the country, resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to comprehensively review the security infrastructure in the country.

    Some of the contributors spoke about the need to create state police to tackle internal security and maintain law and order in the country.

    They agreed that urgent measures should be taken by the government to halt the seeming drift to anarchy.
    The consideration of a motion entitled “Urgent need to look into killings and arson that took place in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State” sparked what could be called state of the nation debate.
    Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura (Zamfara North) who sponsored the motion noted that an unfortunate attack in Zamfara State left 23 people dead in Mallamawa and Tungar kahau villages.

    He added: “Similarly four villages, namely Maikamarimi, Gidan Anna, Mallamawa and Tungar Kahau were burnt to ashes including all their farm produce worth about N385,000,000.
    “Zamfara State is surrounded by two major forests of Sugugu and Rugu. Sugugu Forest stretches through Anka, Bakura, Kaura Namoda, Maradun, Maru & Shinkafi L.G.A, while Rugu forest runs through Zurmi, Bimin Magaji & Tsafe LGAs and these forests provide adequate cover for the bandits, making Zamfara State more vulnerable to such attacks than any other State in Northern Nigeria.”

    He expressed concern that the military operation Harbin Kunama that was lunched by President Muhammadu Buhari to flush out the bandits is still in force while the attacks continued.

    More than 15 senators including Ike Ekweremadu, Godswill Akpabio, Dino Melaye, George Akume, Joshua Lidani, Danjuma Goje, Magnus Abe, Kabiru Marafa, Kabiru Gaya, Abdullahi Adamu, Mao Ohuabunwa, Samuel Anyanwu, contributed to the debate.
    After the debate, Senate President Bukola Saraki deferred the constitution of the ad-hoc committee to today.

    It was learnt that naming members of committee was deferred to enable the Senate leadership to consult widely and to formulate the terms of reference for the committee.
    Also yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a military crackdown on bandits operating in rural communities in Zamfara State.

    He approved the request by Minister of Defence Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) for the stationing of a full battalion of Special Forces in Zamfara State, and the operationalisation of the newly-established 8 Division of the Nigerian Army in Sokoto in the new Order of Battle (OBAT).

    According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the President also approved the movement of the 1 Brigade of the Nigerian Army from Sokoto to Gusau upon the take-off of the 8 Division.

    To tackle the desperate actions of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east, through the use of mostly female, underage girls as suicide bombers, President Buhari has approved the setting up of an intelligence fusion centre in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for the purpose of gathering and sharing intelligence among the security agencies in the country.

    “This phase of the war will be intelligence-driven and the new centre is expected to intensify the harvesting and sharing of intelligence so as to bring to an early closure, the desperate last-minute activities of the terrorists.” it stated


Posted by: Gr8willy - 23-11-2017, 02:11 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to put in place measures to check embezzlement and diversion of recovered assets.
    He gave the assurance while inaugurating the Audit Committee on the Recovery and Management of Stolen Assets within and outside Nigeria at the First Lady Conference room in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    Stressing that recovered assets must be accounted for, he directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and corporate bodies to give the committee the necessary support.
    The committee, which has three members including Mr. Olufemi Lijadu, Mrs. Gloria Chinyere Bibigha and Mr. Mohammed Nami, was given one month to carry out its assignment.

    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting started immediately after the inauguration ended, with one-minute silence observed for the late former Vice President Alex Ekwueme.
    Buhari said: “Members of the committee may recall that pursuant to the resolve of this administration since its inception to pursue a strong and effective anti-corruption regime, and in view of the multiple cases of mismanaged and misappropriated national assets identified by this administration upon our assumption of office, the Federal Government embarked on tracing and recovery of all such stolen assets within and outside Nigeria, using all legal and diplomatic resources at our disposal.

    “The gains of our initiatives over the past two and a half years have been very obvious to all Nigerians. This is clear from the level of investigation, prosecution and forfeitures involving both public and private sector officials in the country.
    “The message has, therefore, been passed loud and clear that never again as a nation are we going to allow the wanton diversion and embezzlement of public funds to private pockets.

    “Nigerians will further recall that pursuant to requisite directives, recovered assets are progressively being returned to designated accounts by the anti-graft agencies and other agencies of government involved with the process.”

    The President added it was in realisation of this and due to his administration’s determination to ensure that in pursuing the anti-graft war, “we do not create new room for dishonorable conduct by any individual or agency that I directed, earlier in the year, that all agencies should send in detailed reports of all their recovered assets as at March, 2017”.

    Buhari added that the decision to inaugurate the audit committee was the next step in ensuring that all returns filed by the various agencies were accurate and consistent with actual recoveries made.
    He said the committee is expected to judiciously undertake an audit of all recovery accounts established by government agencies from the date of opening such accounts up to April 10, 2017.


Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 02:11 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The Senate on Thursday approved the nomination of Ambassador Rufus Akeju (Lagos) and Dr. Mahmuda Isah (Kebbi) as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

    The lawmakers however rejected the nomination of Ahmad Bello Mahmud based on the recommendation by the Senate Committee on INEC in its report which was adopted.

    Mahmud was alleged not to be an indigene of Zamfara State but Sokoto State.

    Details later…


Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 02:06 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • [Image: IPOB-lai-mohammed.jpg?resize=681%2C362]

    Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stated that the successful conduct of the governorship election in Anambra state last Saturday shows that the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is dead and gone.
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    According to the Information Minister, the turnout of voters during the polls has diminished the IPOB.
    Lai said this while addressing reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Wednesday, against reported call by the pro-Biafra group for indigenes to stay away on the election day.

    His words, “I think what that proved really is that IPOB does not represent the good people of Anambra or any state in the South East.”

    He said the IPOB propaganda about the election really showed that they are not on ground.

    “The people of Anambra have shown that there is no alternative to democracy and that they believe in one Nigeria and federal system of government. If there are issues to be resolved, let us resolve it. But terrorism and separatism is not the answer.

    “I think the Anambra election has sounded the death knell on IPOB because they said election will never hold. The election has come and gone, the turnout was quite reasonable.

    “Every party competed very competitively and at the end of the day, the people of Anambra have decided who is going to be their governor''


Posted by: Gr8willy - 23-11-2017, 02:06 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Ibrahim Magu says he was not discouraged about Tuesday’s failed attempt to arrest former Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS) Ita Ekpeyong and former Head of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ayo Oke.

    He spoke with State House reporters after he attended the inauguration of the committee on assets recovery by President Muhammadu Buhari at State House, Abuja.
    Stressing that no one is above the law, he said the agency has concrete evidence against the former heads of DSS and NIA.
    He insisted that the law will take its course.

    Ekpeyong is being investigated for offences bordering on alleged theft and diversion of public funds in the arms deal saga involving a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) and other service chiefs, who have since been arraigned.
    Oke, who was recently sacked by President Buhari for allegedly stashing away N13 billion in the Ikoyi apartment, is reported to have refused not to honour invitations for over three weeks.

    But senior lawyers and Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) yesterday condemned the action of the security officials attached to Ekpeyong and Oke for obstructing their arrest.

    They described  the “face-off between the EFCC officials and the security officials of the two other security agencies as counter-productive to the fight against corruption.
    The senior lawyers who spoke on the issue include Sebastine Hon (SAN), Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), Seyi Sowemimo (SAN) and Babatunde Fashanu (SAN).
    They urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently instruct the leadership of the SSS and NIA to allow anti-corruption agencies to carry out their mandate without any interference whatsoever.

    Hon said: “The officials of the DSS and the NIA have no right, moral or legal, to prevent the EFCC from performing its statutory functions. Their action amounts to a breach of their oaths of office and their avowed allegiance to the Constitution and the rule of law.
    “Officials of the security agencies involved in this ugly saga bear arms; and supposing the EFCC officials attempted to force their way into the residences of the indicted persons, what would have been the result?”

    Owonikoko described the situation as “a matter of grave security implication”.
    He condemned the unhealthy inter-agency rivalry between DSS and EFCC, which, he said, started with the damning security report against confirmation of Magu as a substantive chair of EFCC by the Senate.

    According to Sowemimo, “It sends a terrible message that the anti-corruption war is failing. Some people are above the law. Impunity is still manifests in Nigeria.”
    Fashanu said what transpired was a total disregard for rule of law and court order since the EFCC officials were trying to effect a court order.

    SERAP, in a statement issued yesterday by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale, said the face-off was contrary to Nigerian law and international standards.
    The organisation added: “Nothing more fundamentally undermines public confidence in the fight against grand corruption and trust in government than to see state security agencies paid for by public funds apparently aiding and abetting those suspected of engaging in corruption to escape justice.”

    “Buhari must wade in to end this face-off if his government is to successfully stop the spread of corruption in the country and protect the integrity and authority of anti-corruption agencies.”


Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 02:02 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • [Image: M-Buhari-360x350.jpg]

    COUNCIL Chambers normally used by President Muhammadu Buhari for large meetings is ready for his use again following the rectification of its faulty sound system which had forced him to move Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings to the First Lady Wing of the presidential villa, Abuja.
    He also performed the inauguration of the Audit Committee on the Recovery and Management of Stolen Assets Within and Outside Nigeria at the same venue.

    With the rectification of the fault, the president is now expected to resume his use of the venue for his coming engagements.

    It had been reported that the president had moved all his official engagements to the First Lady’s Wing on Wednesday because of technical reasons.

    But Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said on Thursday that it was only FEC meeting that was moved while the president used his office situated in the same place as the chamber for his other Wednesday’s engagements.

    He confirmed to Tribune Online that the technical fault was fixed as at Wednesday even as he pointed out that the venue would host the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.


Posted by: Gr8willy - 23-11-2017, 02:01 PM - Forum: Health - No Replies
  • The Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) have expressed worry about the coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) which is currently at five percent in the country, and taking care of mostly Federal Civil servants.

    Addressing reporters in Calabar Thursday ahead of its 20th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference which kicks off today, President of the Society, Col (Dr) Akin Moses, said most state governments are yet to implement the NHIS for its work force and are far from community coverage.

    “The NHIS services can only be offered in a functional health system hence the need to ensure that the primary and secondary health services are functioning. The Family Physician is geared towards providing universal access in a cost-effective manner due to his polyvalent medical skills by ensuring that all Healthcare levels are functioning and the current paucity in healthcare delivery at the primary and secondary level of health care is bridged.

    “The breadth of knowledge and skills of family physicians can be utilized at all levels of our healthcare services, at the same time these skills should be more concentrated at the currently primary and secondary levels of health care,” he said.

    He said the theme of the conference “Combating the Menace of Infectious Diseases in Low Resources Settings” was chosen in response to the emergence and re-emergence of devastating communicable diseases in the face of increasing population, global human movements and dwindling resources.

    “In Nigeria, several geopolitical zones have experienced displaced persons from conflict, flood, erosion, communal disputes etc with their health and social consequences. The Family Physician needs to anchor appropriate responses to these needs beyond his consultations but liaise and tap all resources available to mobilize other health professionals for control strategies. We shall continue to collaborate and partner with the government and relevant agencies in combating the menace of infectious diseases in Nigeria,” he said.

    He said the Senate Committee Chairman on Health, Dr Lanre Tejuoso, would be chairman of the conference, while Cross River State deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, would be the keynote speaker. The Memorial Lecture would be delivered by an icon of Family Medicine, Dr Matie Obazee.

    Moses said the SOFPON is the academic body of Fellows, resident doctors and postgraduate diplomates of the Faculty of Family Medicine, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and the West African College of Physicians, which was formed to promote the practice of Family Medicine and to contribute to the advance to the advancement and transformation of Healthcare delivery in Nigeria.


Posted by: Sholzy - 23-11-2017, 01:58 PM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
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    BEVERLY HILLS, November 23, (THEWILL) – The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.

    Anyim regained freedom less than two days after the anti-graft agency announced that it has secured a court warrant to detain him for 30 days.

    However, the former SGF has been instructed to report to the Commission every two weeks after meeting his bail conditions.

    Anyim, who is a former Senate President, is being investigated for allegedly collecting N520million from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki and awarding contracts worth N13billion to companies he had interests in.

    He is the most senior official under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan to be arrested by the EFCC.

    THEWILL recalls that Anyim had also been summoned by the House of Representatives over his role in the controversial centenary city project of the Jonathan administration.


Posted by: Gr8willy - 23-11-2017, 01:55 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • The National Film and Video Censors Board ( NFVCB ) has seized pirated materials worth N150 million at Alaba International Market in Lagos and arrested five suspects.
    Mr Adedayo Thomas, the Director-General (DG)of the board in Lagos on Thursday that the seizure was made between May and October.

    He said that the pirated materials seized include: CDs, Videos CDs and literary works.
    He said that the seizure followed the information the board gathered from some people at the market regarded as the hub for piracy.

    “We have our informants that spy the market on a regular basis, once they notice any form of piracy operations going on there, they inform the board.

    “The seizure of the N150 million worth of materials is a result of the information giving to the board on the mass productions of some films that are yet to be made public.
    “When our anti-piracy squad assisted by some police men got to the market, we saw pirated copies of films yet to be produced littering the whole environment and were being sold it at cheaper prices.
    “By Nov. 30, the board will start the court proceedings of those arrested for piracy,’’ he said.
    Thomas likened piracy to a murder case, robbery or economy sabotage where the suspect wanted to reap where he or she did not sow.
    He said that the legitimate owners were usually subjected to huge debts and loss.

    “The board is going hard on piracy. We are working seriously to reduce piracy to its barest minimum in our environment.

    “The board will go on street campaigns and to secondary schools to enlighten them not to patronise pirated materials and explain the implications of doing so on the rightful owners,’’ he said.
    The DG said that the board also frowned at nude movies adding that it was not part of its culture.

    He said that nude movies always had negative impacts on the lives of the masses and an abuse on the society.
    “We are not going to accept that as we had not done in the past. We are going hard in banning such movies from being shown on air,’’ he said.

    Thomas said that the board was also looking at reviewing some of its policies and laws to suit contemporary situations.

    He advised Nigerians not to buy pirated materials on the streets or from any unlicensed people selling such works.

    The DG said that the industry was worth billions of naira, and urged government and stakeholders to utilise the opportunity in the sector judiciously.
    “The industry is generating billions but losing more to piracy.

    “Actors, actresses, producers, marketers and other stakeholders are not happy with the loss to piracy.
    “The board is doing all it can to sanitise the industry for producers, film makers and other relevant stakeholders to enjoy the fruits of their labour,’’ he said.


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