Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Forex market reform

Wale Ajomale, 10 Ilojo Crescent, Obanikoro, Lagos State. +23480330346: I appreciate Mr. Henry Boyo’s efforts at ensuring the forex market reform in Nigeria. The Central Bank of Nigeria should be a regulator and not allocate to sell the dollar earnings of the tiers of government but keep dollar certificates in trust for their spending or conversion. I suggest that Messrs Boyo and Ojemaikhire should engage beneficiary stakeholders like the Governors’ Forum, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Manufacturers, Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Nigerian Economic Society and other Civil Society Organisations. They will pressurise the Federal Government and the CBN to reform the market and deliver us from World Bank/IMF.

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NYSC, please pay us

Akenosi Igbanor, Babington Ashaye Street, Omole Ikeja, Lagos State. +23480932538: It is so disheartening that the National Youth Service Corps has yet to pay some corps members in Lagos State their allowance for the month of September to October after passing out last week. Most of the affected corps members have accounts with Access Bank and Ecobank. We don’t know if the problem is from the Federal Government or the banks. Others received their allowance two weeks ago while we have yet to receive ours. There have been rumours that we might not be paid. I hope this message gets to the right authorities.

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Fighting in Edo community over manhood initiation

Many residents of South Ibie Kingdom, near Auchi, Etsako East Local Government, Edo  State  on Tuesday fled the community as fighting broke out between youths and the police.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the fight broke out following a dispute between the monarch and some sections   of the kingdom on whether to hold the Manhood Initiation Celebration during Eid-el-kabir.

FG sacks consultant, hands over contractor to ICPC

Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesome Wike, has ordered the sacking of the consultant supervising the construction of the Girl Child Secondary School in Ebonyi State.

He also ordered that the contractor handling the project be handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission for investigation

Firm, NMA propose 21-day campaign against communicable diseases

Reckitt Benckiser and the Nigerian Medical Association have called on government and other stakeholders involved in the fight against communicable diseases to promote a 21-day hand washing campaign across the country.
According to them, this campaign will educate Nigerians and increase awareness on hand washing as a means to killing bacteria and germs which cause communicable

AWC: Nkwocha sets 15-goal target

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Super Falcons striker, Perpetua Nkwocha, has set a target of 15 goals for the upcoming African Women’s Championship in Equatorial Guinea.
The tournament is slated for Equatorial Guinea from October 28 to November 11, 2012,

Gunmen kidnap Rep’s mother in Ogun

Six gunmen on Monday night seized the mother of the House of Representatives member representing Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency, Abiodun Abudu Balogun, from her home.

The federal lawmaker is the deputy chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Internal Security.

The suspected gunmen invaded the Ita-Otu, Ijebu Waterside Local Government Area residence of the woman, Alhaja Obedatu Abudu Balogun, at about 9:30pm on Monday and forcibly took her away to an unknown destination.

This is the latest incident as sundry criminals terrorise the people of the state.

Between Sunday and Monday, robbers killed about 10 persons in different attacks in Ibafo and Abeokuta.

The situation forced banks operating on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to shut shop by 2p.m on Tuesday.

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Ondo PDP castigates Jonathan, national leadership

Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday castigated leaders of the party at the national level for congratulating Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who won the October 20 election in the state.
Immediately after Mimiko was declared winner of the poll, President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP national leadership issued separate congratulatory messages to him.

Re: Achebe and trouble with truth

Abimbola Adelakun’s incisive and dispassionate write-up concerning Chinua Achebe’s latest book, “There Was A Country”, at the back page of The PUNCH edition of Thursday, October 18, 2012, has convinced the reading public (inclusive of this writer) that one cannot stand logic on its head.  Adelakun demonstrated this by her cogent analysis of Achebe’s  ‘impression’ of Chief Obafemi Awolowo because

Motorcyclist sells nurse to ritual killers for N10,000 ($63)

A commercial motorcyclist, identified simply as Ifeanyi, has been arrested for allegedly handing over a nurse, Mrs. Helen Ilonge (picture above), to ritual killers after collecting N10, 000.

Punch Metro learnt that Ilonge had on Tuesday last week took Ifeanyi’s motorcycle on her way to Igoli along the Ogoja-Ikom Highway in Ogoja LGA. Ilonge, the coordinator of Primary Health Care in Bekwarra Local Government Area of Cross River State, was coming from a programme at the Assemblies of God Church, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, and had alighted from a vehicle at Okpongrinya junction before taking the bike.

It was gathered that Ilonge (51) was beheaded while her other vital reproductive parts such as breast and vagina were removed for ritual purposes.

Man Responsible For Arik Bomb Scare Released From Custody

The man responsible for Arik Air bomb scare has been released from police custody. The man, identified as Aminu Galadima, is an interior decorator with a history of mental illness. Mr Galadima was released after investigators were satisfied that he had no intentions of blowing up the plane and also had no ties to any terrorist group. A statement from the SSS when you continue...

This is a brief highlight of the incident that occurred on the Arik Air flight from Maiduguri to Abuja.
On Friday, 19th October, 2012, Wife of the SSG to the Borno State Government, Hajia Yachilla JIDDA, travelled to Maiduguri in company of one Aminu S.

Eid-el-Kabir: Osun govt. offers free train service

Osun State Government is to provide a free train service for its people during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, according to the Commissioner for Commerce and Cooperatives, Mr. Ismail Alagbada.

He said in a statement on Monday in Osogbo that the free service would be offered between Wednesday and October 28.

Alagbada said the train would by 9a.m convey people from Lagos to Osogbo on Wednesday and Thursday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The return journey to Lagos would start by 10a.m on October 27 and October 28, the commissioner added.

According to him, the gesture is aimed at facilitating stress-free homecoming for the people during the Muslim festival.

The state government had made similar arrangements for people of the state in 2011.

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Arrested currency smuggler forfeits over N100m to federal govt

You guys remember the bulk currency smuggler, Abubakar Tijani Sheriff, who was arrested on the 27th of September at the Murtala Muhammed International while attempting to smuggle about $7million out of the country? Well, he appeared before a Federal High Court today in Lagos and he got some of his seized money back, and lost quite a lot to the federal government of Nigeria.

The court asked EFCC to return the $4.5million he declared at the airport when he was traveling while he should forfeit 25 percent of the money he didn't declare to the Federal Government.

Updated:Boko Haram Commander is my nephew – Senator

The controversy surrounding the arrest of a “high profile Boko Haram commander” continues as a former governor of Borno state and a serving senator in whose home the arrest is alleged to have taken place, engage in accusations and counter-accusations.

Ahmed Zanna, the Senator for Borno Central in whose Maiduguri home an alleged Boko Haram top commander was arrested two days ago, “is a drowning man” who must be fully investigated Senator sheriff said in a statement today.

Senator Modu Sheriff, the former governor of the state, called on the security authorities to fully investigate


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