A Governorship aspirant in Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, a wealthy politician who spoke to Journalists yesterday insisted that it was regrettable that many people share the view that politics in the country is “dirty” and have therefore kept away from participating in active politics. He then appealed to “ credible and capable” Nigerians with such opinion to discard it and participate actively in politics to contribute their own quota towards turning the misfortunes of the country around. In his opinion, that is the only means to “rescue the nation from self centred leaders”. He is among 27 other aspirants who have so far indicated their intention to contest the State’s number one seat.
August 19, 2018 06:00 UTC
According to the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Basorun Muyiwa Oladipo, there is no iota of truth in the allegation of unsavoury relationship between both parties. The former state House of Assembly speaker, who is one of the gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said Governor Ibikunle Amosun always acknowledges workers’ contributions as being critical to the successes recorded by his administration and so has no reason to be against them. Oladipo, who spoke against the backdrop of complaints of neglect and lack of regard for workers’ welfare, non-payment of outstanding deductions, all statutory bonuses, increment, and gratuities, among others, explained that the state’s financial re-engineering is far better compared to other states, irrespective of the biting economic situation confronting the nation.
August 19, 2018 05:48 UTC
The Guardian gathered that the incidence took place in the early hours, while the soldiers were patrolling the area on Gbajimba-Iyordye- Akaahena Road, when the herdsmen militia suddenly ambushed them. Eye witnesses stated that the militia herdsmen, said to be heavily armed and in large numbers, on sighting the military personnel of ‘Operation Whirl Stroke,’ engaged them in a gun duel, resulting in the death of one of the soldiers and injured two others, who were conveyed to the Airforce Military Hospital in Makurdi. Consequently, there were heavy deployment of more troops and a combined team of security operatives, including Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Nigerian Air Force, among others, to forestall further attack in the area. Tension was high in the vicinity as people, especially women and children, were seen moving out of the area with their belongings for fear of the unknown.
August 19, 2018 05:37 UTC
Ohanaeze said it has become common for IPOB to accuse its leadership for its woes, adding that it has resisted temptation to join issues with the agitators. In a statement in Enugu, yesterday, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said it was sad that IPOB could accuse it of silence over the proposed military exercise ‘Operation Python Dance 3,’ even when its National Publicity Secretary, Uche Achi-Okpaga had condemned the exercise and called for its cancellation. Signed by Mr. Emeka Attamah, the Media Aide to the President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the statement explained that Ndigbo was not ready to be made a laughing stock by other sections of the country.
August 19, 2018 05:37 UTC
The unrest, which led to wanton destruction of lives and properties would, many fear, no doubt lead to food scarcity as the displaced persons, who are now taking refuge in various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state are predominantly farmers. As concerned ethnic groups continue to count their loses, no fewer than 73 persons were allegedly killed in the crisis, which lasted two weeks, while about 50 villages were burnt down. While the clashes lasted, farm produce, houses were not only destroyed, several women, children and the elderly were also killed. Tukur described as “unfortunate,” the fact that since the displaced persons arrived the Muslim Council Secretariat, in Jalingo, no government official has visited the camp or provided any relief material to the victims. Artimas alleged that militia from neighboring Adamawa State have infiltrated Babagasa, a border village between Taraba and Adamawa states and have been wrecking havoc on surrounding villages in Lau Local Council.
August 19, 2018 05:26 UTC
Reason: most of us are beginning to discern that despite their assurances since May 2015, they are set to tinker ruthlessly with press freedom for their ‘Project 2019’. President Buhari can reinstate Daura and nothing will happen. In the same vein, before we quote our only Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka who in June this year at the same IPI convention curiously noted that President Buhari would not tamper with press freedom again, we should also remember that even in global context, strong men would always temper with press freedom. The veil is not there as it is obvious Nigeria’s state actors would like to limit press freedom through that subterfuge approach. So, as the lion returned at the weekend from the U.K, we will remember that in 1984, he fulfilled his promise in a Sunday Concord interview that he would tamper with press freedom.
August 19, 2018 04:41 UTC
Chairman, Cycling Lagos, Mr. Soji Adeleye, who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos, said the minister confirmed his participation in the 2.5km race between Teslim Balogun Stadium and the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos through his aide. “We are excited to receive the news of the participation of the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi in the Cycling Lagos’ Celebrity Race, one of the various race categories that includes, Corporate Race, Professional Race, Children/Youth Race, Amateur Race and the Club/Veteran Race,” he said. Amaechi on June 3, 2018 joined other cyclists on a ride in Abuja to mark the World Bicycle Day declared by the United Nations (UN).
August 19, 2018 04:41 UTC
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is used to public shows. But as it turned out, President Oshiomhole was only building the social capital to catapult himself to be the next governor of Edo State after Mr. Lucky Igbinedion. It is like the Presidency has outsourced the supervision of the cabinet, and perhaps, the civil service to Chairman Oshiomhole. They moved against the PDP on one hand and on the other gave Oshiomhole a heavy push in all ramifications that made him Edo State Governor. All said, Adams Oshiomhole remains the chairman of the ruling party, APC.
He also insisted he is still the deputy governor of the state. In a statement signed by his media aide, Uche Onwuchekwa, Madumere urged the public to disregard widely-circulated rumour. The statement reads in part: “The Deputy Governor is not just a member of APC, but a founding member of the party. Hence, we view the material being circulated around as not only mischievous, but also a mere figment of the conceiver’s imagination.
The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, during celebration of the Day in Abuja, lamented that a lot of resources that should have been applied for economic and social development programmes are diverted to addressing these crises. He said Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast region has become one of the most challenging crises, adding that the Federal Government is committed to ending the menace, and that the rights and protection of civilians and humanitarian workers will be guaranteed. He said: “As the world becomes more volatile, it is imperative to stand in solidarity with humanitarian actors, working in risky and hazardous environments around the world to assist vulnerable people affected by disasters or conflicts, giving them hope and ensuring their speedy recovery.”Mustapha, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Gabriel Aduda, said early warning systems and forecasting have very important role to play in the reduction of the impact of natural or human-induced disasters. He said: “In the spirit of the celebration, I call on all Nigerians to not only show support and solidarity to aid humanitarian workers, but to also volunteer in supporting the vulnerable and those caught in the web of humanitarian crisis.”
He said this at an event organised by the University of Benin, Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI). Delivering a lecture titled: “Sustainable Development Goal and the Nigeria University System,” Baniro said problems associated with African continent could be solved through adequate and sustained research at universities. He lamented that university curriculum is a disconnect from industries in terms of skill for employment, adding that the curriculum should be run in such a way that it would build right skills for industries. He also noted that Nigeria has not taken advantage of its youthful population for technological advancement and unemployment.The Vice Chancellor of the University of Medical Science, Prof. Friday Okonofua, said the lecture was to create public awareness about CERHI and its services, in order to ensure that the public and university community benefit from its work in the provision of reproductive health education and related social services. He said CERHI is one of 22 African Centres of excellence projects established by the World Bank in universities in the West and Central African regions in 2014 for the purpose of rejigging universities to deliver effective and innovative postgraduate educational systems that will improve their ranking, as well as proffer solutions to regional developmental challenges.
August 19, 2018 04:18 UTC
He said this, while receiving the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who was on a solidarity visit to him, assuring his visitors that the party was still regarded as a religion in the state and that there was no cause for alarm. He said: “I want to assure you that we still have the party 98 per cent intact: The state Assembly 24 over 26, the state executive council 100 per cent, 31 local government council chairmen and councilors 100 percent, among others. With all these, we can only say that these men are leaving something behind for coming Akwa Ibom children to learn from.”Udom, who described Saraki’s visit as unprecedented, urged him not to be cowed by challenges facing him. The governor thanked his visitor and the National Assembly for their resilience, noting that their stance on some national issues was a clear sign of mentorship for younger Nigerians.
August 19, 2018 04:18 UTC
Dudafa, a lecturer with the Sociology Department, was abducted on July 12, 2018 and taken away via the waterfront close to his house. Dudafa said his abductors abandoned him at the Onuebum waterfront in the Ogbia Local Government Area, and released him in the early hours of Friday. The lecturer, who said he was blindfolded before being dropped at the waterfront, said no ransom was paid by his family. He also declined to give reason for his abduction. He said: “I wish to thank the press and all well-wishers, who played one role or the other that led to my freedom.”The Bayelsa State Police Command, Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butwat could not be reached for comments, as at the time of filing this report.
August 19, 2018 04:07 UTC
The major reason for failure is unbelief, while the missing ingredient in their prayer is faith. Prayer without faith is like soup without salt. No amount of ingredient will make soup palatable without salt as a savouring agent (Matthew 5:13). In like manner, no amount of shouting and physical exertion in prayer can bring answers without faith. That was the ingredient that was missing in the disciples’ prayer.
August 19, 2018 03:56 UTC
It began with a surreptitious effort to regulate the social media. NBC also accused AIT and Raypower FM of exceeding its transmitting threshold of 100.5Hz. The recent siege laid to the National Assembly was curtailed by citizens journalism and pervasive influence of social media. Freedoms, both of speech and for the press remain the defining features of democratic system of government. As such, regardless of the pernicious or negative uses media could be subjected to curtailing social freedom is tantamount to dismantling democracy.
August 19, 2018 03:45 UTC