Saturday, March 2, 2013

No Time For Slow Motion: Nigeria, Governor Oshiomhole's Cabinet - Who's in, Who's Out?

Edo State Government policy, under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole s being carefully implemented by an elite group of un-elected men, and the Comrade Governor is their indispensable public face.
These men who secretly control the State government simply transcend the rules that govern ordinary people, and their hidden agenda is beyond the scope of mainstream thought.
In a recent bumper package of his cabinet list submitted to the State House of Assembly, Oshiomhole dropped a couple of players such as Osagie Obayuwana, Justice Ministry; Mrs. Cordilia Awezie, health Ministry; Miss Anita Evbuomwan, Sports Ministry; Comrade Didi Adodo, Special Duties; Barrister Anslem Ojesua, Ministry of Lands; among others.

Expanding contraceptive options for Nigeria’s women

I recently met a young woman named Mercy who had five children and was struggling to make ends meet. She had tried oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, but admitted that she often forgot to take the pill every day. She then tried injectable contraceptives, which required her to visit the health centre every quarter, but she often did not have enough money for transport. In fact, she became pregnant with her fifth child after missing one injection.

Nigeria: Cleansing the Judiciary

A glimmer of hope came from the third arm of government, a few days ago, with the report that the National Judicial Council (NJC) had removed two judges - Justices Charles Archibong of the Federal High Court, Lagos, and Thomas Naron of the High Court of Plateau State - for ethical misconduct.
A third judge, Justice Abubakar Talba of the FCT High Court, is being probed over allegations of delivering controversial judgements. Also, the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) has stripped Chief Ajibola Aribisala of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) because of his involvement in the wrong handling of a case involving a financial institution.

I Never Imagined I Could Become A Governor… I Had Preferred To Be A Soldier – Sokoto State Governor

Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has urged the people of the state to embrace peace and the fear of God, noting that their usual good conduct would continue to earn the state more respect. The governor also prayed for peace and prosperity of Sokoto State and the country at large.
Wamakko’s message was made available to Nigerian Tribune, and the governor, who clocks 60 today, said the peace of the north that had been ruptured by acts of terrorism could be overcome with concerted efforts, as he urged Nigerians never to think the problems was meat only for the north to solve. He said Nigeria as a country would need to operate as one body in which case, whatever happened to a party must be the concerned of all the others. He said the ability of Nigeria to take a cue from that would fast-track the process of the country becoming a true nation.

Six Dead Following Outbreak Of Measles In Niger State

Niger State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Sule, says no fewer than six persons are confirmed dead following the outbreak of measles in some parts of the state.Sule made this known on Thursday in Minna, saying that the outbreak was reported within the last two weeks in four local government areas.
“I can confirm that six deaths were recorded due to the outbreak of the disease in the state so far, but the situation is under control at the moment,“ he said.
The commissioner listed the affected council areas as Mokwa, Edati, Bosso and Chanchaga, saying that Chanchaga was worst hit.

SHAMELESS: Nigerians Generate 518MW More Electricity Than FG’s Power Stations – UNILAG VC

The embarrassing state of electricity generation and supply in the country was again brought to the front burner when the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Professor Rahaman Bello revealed that Nigerians are currently generating far more electricity through the use of generators in their homes, corporate offices and industrial places than what the Federal Government is producing through its power stations across the country.
“An estimated 6000 MW is generated via individual and corporate outfits to meet their minimum demands for electricity,” Bello disclosed yesterday, at the Nigerian Institute of Management, NIM, inaugural ‘Nigeria: Arise and Shine’ annual lecture.

Prophet Accused of Having Unlawful S*xual Intercourse With Woman

An Ejigbo Magistrate Court in Lagos on Friday granted bail to one Samson Egbeola in the sum of N250,000 for allegedly having series of unlawful sexual intercourse with one Franca Bajou, a business woman.

Egbeola, 43, a self acclaimed prophet, was facing a 3-count charge of being an impostor, unlawful sexual intercourse and charming.

Lagos Police Spokesperson Receives Query Over Public Fight With Superior Officer

Despite receiving a Junior Chambers International award for her "monumental leadership" the spokesperson of the Lagos police, Ngozi Braide, has been issued a query for fighting and attempting to stab a senior police officer, SaharaReporters has learned.
It was gathered from a reliable source at police headquarters in Ikeja that Miss Braide is undergoing interrogation for allegedly fighting with a Chief Superintendent of Police identified as Cynthia Ibeama.
"It is obvious that JCI who presented the award to Miss Braide last week did not know that she has a query to answer,” a police source said.

Police Nabs Man For Raping 4 Year Old To Death

The Imo state police command has arrested a 30-year old man, Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye who allegedly raped a 4-year old girl to death in Omuma Oru east local government area of Imo state.
Parading the suspect at the command headquaters in Owerri the state capital, the Imo State Commissioner for Police Mr. Mohammed Katsina revealed that his team caught Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye while he was trying to bury the corpse of the 4year old girl after raping her to death.
Mr. Katsina also paraded some kidnap suspects, armed robbers as well as fraudsters who had been terrorizing the peace of the state.
He called for the cooperation of Imo citizens by giving the police meaningful information regarding to criminal hide outs and their movement.
He advised criminals in the state to go into hiding as he will not take it likely with their lot.
Source: Channels

Killers of 15 year old Nigerian boy, Junior Nkwelle, found guilty of manslaughter

The 14 year old girl who ordered the stabbing of 15 year old Nigerian boy, Junior Nkwelle, for being ‘disrespectful’ was found guilty of manslaughter yesterday March 1, 2013. 

Junior and his friends had been playing football near his home when an argument broke out. The teenage girl claimed Junior had insulted her during the argument. She then called her 16 year old boyfriend on the phone to a housing estate in Brixton and ordered him to ‘teach Junior a lesson’. The boyfriend thrust a carving knife once into Junior's chest, killing him. This happened in September 2012.

The teenage girl and her boyfriend were cleared of murder by a jury yesterday, but they are facing long prison terms after being  found guilty of manslaughter.

Nigeria’s Federal Reserve Rose To $47.02 Billion

For the first time in four years, Nigeria’s external reserves grew by 3.8 per cent month on month to $47.02 billion as at February 21, 2013. This increase is coming amid claims by prominent Nigerians that the external reserves is being squandered – the government will have something to boast about now. The latest data from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) revealed that the country’s forex reserves were $45.26 billion a month earlier while they rose by 34 .99% from a year ago when $34.83 billion were recorded.

“I Am Not A Nigerian” – Femi Kuti

There are artistes who only got noticed because of a popular parent, but for Femi Kuti, whatever he has achieved today, he has worked hard for it. His father’s influence was key though, but Femi deserves everything he has in music today.
Award winning Femi Kuti, eldest son of legendary Afro beat pioneer Fela Kuti, says Afro beat is growing in leaps and bounds in several parts of the world despite its seeming gradual death in Nigeria.

Fraudster Steals N3.1m From Redeemed Church

The police detectives attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Lafia, arrested a 52 years old man, Moses Inobeme, native of Irakhor, EsatkoL.G.AEdoState.
The suspect who presented himself as a civil engineer before pastor Lemikan Adewale of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lafia province and fraudulently collected sum of N3.1 Million on the pretext of procuring a Land for the church.
According to the police spokes man in Lafia, CSP Michael Ada who told Vanguard that after the suspect duped the church, he relocated to unknown place with his family, changed his phone number, thinking that he will never be traced again.

Gunmen raid varsity hostel, rape two

About six gunmen yesterday invaded Paul University, Awka, Anambra State, raping two female students at gun point.
The invasion infuriated other students of the institution who barricaded the three gates leading into the university for several hours to protest what they termed insecurity on the campus.
It took the intervention of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Gaius Igboeli, and the Anglican Bishop of Awka, the Rt. Rev. Alex Ibezimhe, to stop the protest.
The VC had spent about 45 minutes persuading the students to let him into the campus.
He was followed by Bishop Ibezim who addressed the students.
The situation almost got out of hand when the students dared the police and insisted that no one would be allowed entry into the campus.

Three fraudsters attempt to swindle Benue State Government of ₦495 Million

An attempt to defraud the Benue State Government of three million dollars (about N495 million) by three men who posed as Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officials has been foiled by the Department of State Security (DSS) operatives in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Parading the suspected fraudsters before journalists, DSS Director, Rashidi Adedirun, disclosed that the conmen were apprehended by men under his unit.
He added that they pretended to be EFCC operatives while trying to blackmail some top government officials in order to actualise their objective of extorting funds from them.
Adedirun revealed the identity of the culprits as Mark Gbaa from Buruku Local Government of the state and Bulus Ashom and Nuhu Bawa from Plateau State.

Soldiers, policemen brutalise ABSU students

Soldiers and policemen yesterday descended on students of the Abia State University ABSU, for protesting the planned revocation of the degree awarded former governor of the state, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu by the institution. Kalu had completed his first degree programme at ABSU when he was governor and earned a bachelors degree. Surprisingly, the Abia State government recently threatened that the state s university would revoke the degree, in a move believed to be the continuation of the persecution of the former governor. Yesterday, when ABSU Senate was expected to meet over the matter, hundreds of students had converged on the administrative block as early as 7am.

Nigerian Anti-Tobacco Advocates to Push for Higher Tobacco Taxes

Nigerian anti-smoking advocates are getting behind a renewed push for stiffer tobacco control and higher tobacco taxes in Nigeria.
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, over the week, trained anti-tobacco advocates including government officials, members of the civil society, and Non-Governmental Organizations on effective strategy to get the "most comprehensive tobacco control law passed in Nigeria."
The Nigerian government is preparing a new tobacco control act after its first attempt, a civil society driven process in 2011, failed to get President Goodluck Jonathan's assent. The new tobacco bill is still at the conception stage in Nigeria's health ministry.

Nigeria records 2nd highest Youtube figures in Sub Saharan Africa in 2012

Music, Nollywood among most viewed videos
There is little doubt that the Internet is having a profound effect on the way Nigerians do things - from business, to searching for information, to enjoying and sharing entertainment, the contemporary Nigerian's approach now wends towards using online tools. Since its launch in 2011, YouTube has warmed its way into the hearts of Nigerians, resulting in its extensive use across different sectors and groups.

In 2012, the number of views in Nigeria grew by an amazing 125%, making Nigeria the country with the 2nd highest viewership growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the new figures which place Ghana in the top position with 140% viewership growth, Nigeria is ahead of the other Sub-saharan African countries with local YouTube domains- Kenya 95%, South Africa 80%, Uganda 75% and Senegal 75%.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, To Pay an official visit to Nigeria

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, will pay an official visit to Nigeria from March 4 to 7, his second as secretary-general.  This is a consultative visit ahead of November’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It will enable the secretary-general to consult with President Goodluck Jonathan and senior officials on national, regional and international preoccupations. It will also allow him to be informed of Nigeria’s priorities ahead of CHOGM.
Richard Uku, spokesperson and director of communications and public affairs at the Commonwealth secretariat said: “Nigeria is a founding member of the Commonwealth and plays an important leadership role in Africa. It is appropriate that the secretary-general consults with Nigeria as preparations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting are made.” Sharma will be received in audience by President Jonathan. He also looks forward to meeting with Senate President David Mark and House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.

Ihejirika Hails Nigeria’s AFCON Success

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.General Onyeabo Azubike Ihejirika Thursday praised the Nigeria Football Federation for its hard work, diligence and perseverance that ensured Nigeria’s success at the 29th Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.
Speaking during a Thank You visit to his office by the leadership of the NFF, General Ihejirika said he is aware of the daily challenges that the NFF is faced with, as every Nigerian is an expert, an analyst and a seasoned commentator on football all at once.
“By this victory at the Africa Cup of Nations, you have surely uplifted the name of Nigeria internationally. Let me tell you that football contributes in no small way to national security, and this is enhanced when our football teams win on international front.

Cross River Governor Liyel Imoke returns to Nigeria after 61 Days

After three months away from Nigeria to receive treatment for a supposedly minor health concern in the US, governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke is back in the country. He came into the country around 6:50 this evening via a British Airways flight. He will resume office next week!

How To Talk To Her In Ten Minutes

Many things run through a woman’s mind when you meet.
Here’s how to go from “hello” to “oh my.”
Your Approach
Her brain quickly vets your height and facial symmetry the moment you meet. Now convince her of your character. Approach confidently; don’t pretend to bump into her. Men tend to talk to each other at angles to avoid confrontation. But women face each other head-on and maintain eye contact.


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