Thursday, June 5, 2014

LASU students storm Fashola’s office with beds, pots

In a letter to Fashola, titled, ‘Save our future’, which was made available to PUNCH Metro, the students alleged that the tuition hike had taken education beyond their reach.  President of the LASU Student Union Government, Mr. Yusuf Nurudeen, said the students had resolved to fight their cause until their demands were met by the government.
He said, “Our school has been shut down. Students are dropping out of the university on a daily basis. We decided not to engage the party leaders because the people in government do not understand any language. The only language they understand is protest.
“We have resolved to fight this struggle by ourselves. We are a pressure group in the country. We can do this alone. We do not want any person to fight for us. We elected Governor Fashola. We elected all the members of the House of Assembly. They must listen to us.
“Fashola promised us a ‘Better Rewarding Future’. How can we have a rewarding future without education? He has denied us education by the tuition hike. Section 3(1) of the law that established LASU stated that the university should be made available for all people irrespective of their socio-economic background and status. Now, the governor has made LASU the university of the rich.
“We will not leave until we hear something from the government. We have gone everywhere and the police shot at us. That is why we decided to come here today and tell the governor what is on our minds. Also, our colleagues arrested by the police must be released unconditionally.
“If the governor refuses to come out, we will remain here until he comes out. If the governor can respond to issues that are less important than this, he should come out and respond to the students of the state he governs.”
As of press time, no official of the state government had attended to the students.
Fashola was said to have left for Port Harcourt to join his colleagues for the Nigerian Governors Forum retreat holding at the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge on Friday (today).
However, the commissioners for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, and Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, had on Wednesday, said the government would not be able to reach a conclusion on the tuition till June 9.

Shale Oil Not a Threat to Nigeria

Contrary to general concern, George Osahon, director, department of petroleum resources, says the discovery of Shale oil in the US and other countries won’t affect Nigerian oil

GEORGE Osahon, director of department of petroleum resources, DPR, has dismissed the concerns that the discovery of shale gas by some countries would affect the export of Nigeria’s conventional gas. Instead, he opined that the new discovery would rather stimulate competition among oil and gas exporting countries. Osahon, who was speaking in Abuja recently, said the discovery of shale gas would help countries to employ relevant technology to identify their competitive advantages over other countries.

US Stops Importation Of Nigeria's Crude Oil

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke yesterday disclosed that the United States (US) has finally stopped the importation of crude oil from Nigeria. The US has recently begun stepping up its utilisation of shale oil and this might be the main reason for the shift away from Nigerian oil.

Must read: List of things Parents need to take note of!

1: Warn your Girl Child Never to sit on anyone's laps no matter the situation including uncles.
2: Avoid Getting Dressed in front of your child once he/she is 2 years old. Learn to excuse them or yourself.
3. Never allow any adult refer to your child as 'my wife' or 'my husband'
4. Whenever your child goes out to play with friends make sure you look for a way to find out what kind of play they do, because young people now sexually abuse themselves.
5. Never force your child to visit any adult he or she is not comfortable with and also be observant if your child becomes too fond of a particular adult.

Boko Haram Bombed Gombe State Government House.

Report from Gombe State Capital is saying that the Government House in Gombe is under a heavy attack. An explosion rocked Governor Ibrahim Dakwambo's private house, which also serves as his official residence in Gombe State Government house. The blast targeted a Police Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) that was stationed in front of the Government house. The bombing also touched-off multiple explosions and had rocked the district where the Governor resides.
The explosion is typical of the activities of the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram. As at the time of reporting this, Its has been confirmed that 3 Military personnel are dead and Many other injured.
Hmmm this whole thing is not getting any easier, this is getting out of hand. Even the seat of power is being sabotaged, meaning one thing, Nigeria is on the brinks of collapsed. Which way do we go?

Russian PM Medvedev calls G7 attitude to Ukraine's Armed Forces 'cynical'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed the G7 countries' statement about "the restrained actions" of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the country's southeastern regions as "infinitely cynical".

"The Ukrainian authorities are refusing to see any humanitarian problems. They are even speaking about the absence of refugees. It is a lie," Medvedev said at a Russian government session on Thursday.
"The so-called G7 even dares to talk about the "restrained actions" of the Ukrainian army against its own people. Cynicism knows no limit in this case," he said.

Russian and French leaders to discuss Ukraine crisis, Iran, Syria - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on Thursday to discuss the Ukrainian crisis, the situation in Syria and Russia's relations with the European Union and NATO.

"The international agenda for the Putin-Hollande meeting includes detailed discussions on the crisis in Ukraine, including [the need for] the Kyiv authorities to stop the "punitive" operation in the southeast of the country, and the May 25 elections of Ukraine's head of state. In this context, the sides will also address issues concerning Russia's relations with the EU and NATO," the Kremlin press service said, according to Interfax reports.

Donetsk militia claims to have shot down Ukrainian army's plane, 2 helicopters over Slavyansk

Militiamen of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" claim they have shot down two helicopters and one airplane of the Ukrainian Armed Forces over Slavyansk in the past 24 hours. "Occasional random artillery strikes have been launched in Slavyansk. An airplane and two helicopters belonging to Ukrainian security forces have been brought down over the city in the past 24 hours," "Southeast Front" spokesman Kostyantyn Knyrik told Interfax on Thursday.

Pentagon moves three strategic bomber aircraft over to Europe

The US has relocated three Boeings B-52 bombers to Britain. The bombers are not equipped with any type of weaponry, ITAR-TASS says, citing the press service of the US Strategic Command.

The bombers will be stationed at the Royal Air Force Fairford(RAF Fairford) in Gloucestershire for two weeks. During this period of time, the bombers will perform training flights in compliance with the US European Command in regards to strategic responsibility. The bomber's crewwill also get acquainted with military bases in the regions and military operations, they are to perform.

US threats of military action follow Cold War logic - military expert

US threats of military action follow Cold War logic, director of Veterans For Peace told RIA Novosti Thursday.

"We are always looking at what the US does when threatening the use of military force and this reminds us of the Cold War era," Michael McPhearson said, commenting on Obama's criticism of Russian 'dark tactics' and 'aggression' during a speech he made to mark 25 years since the fall of communism in Poland.
 "The US continues to advocate policies of pushing NATO closer and closer to the Russian border ' and Russia has reacted to that," McPhearson said.

US Justice Dept refocuses on domestic terrorism as hate crimes swell in number

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center.

The Justice Department is reconvening a committee to continue addressing domestic terrorism threats after it ceased to exist in the wake of 9/11 tragedy, which immediately shifted the Justice department focus on to international terrorism.

Russia urges US to stop involvement of mercenaries in conflict in Ukraine

Russia is calling on the United States to take steps to curb involvement of foreign mercenaries in the ongoing military operation in Ukraine, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

 "We would like the US administration to take efficient measures to curb participation of mercenaries from abroad in Kiev's punitive operation against the protesters, against the people fighting for their rights in southeastern regions of Ukraine," Ryabkov said in an interview with Interfax.

Fuel Tanker somersaults On Tema Motorway

According to an eye witness who spoke on Rainbow radio,the tanker was coming from Tema to Accra when it skidded off the road,turned over and landed in the middle of the road where the street lights are positioned.  He indicated that the petrol in the tanker is now spilling posing danger to road users….as at now,neither the police nor the fire service is arround to handle the situation… 

Doyin Okupe adds more shots to already fired ones at Oby Ezekwesili

 A day after accusing her of refusing to greet him when he approached her at Heathrow airport, Senior Special adviser to the president Doyin Okupe has fired more shots at former minister Oby Ezekwesili. This time he says Mrs Ezekwesili's biggest problem is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.   Meanwhile Mrs Ezekwesili tweeted that she did reply Mr Okupe when he greeted her at the airport, but just refused to shake his hands because of the'falseness '. See her Tweet after the break.

Between Oukupe & Stephen on "hardTalk" (Video)

"Stephen was not giving him the chance to answer the question straight forward... Stephen was not trying to understand the situation... He as made-up his mind about the situation and all he was trying to was to propagate his thoughts to the world using Okupe as a catalyst and object of ridicule... Okupe knows very well the damage that was done to the government due to the gentle postures taken by other spokespersons... moreover all of us cannot talk in a similar manner, just like the way McCain is not an orator like Obama"


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