Following calls for the government to simplify the process of homeownership, more states are taking steps to reform mortgage and land administration, MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI writesTo make access to land, housing and mortgage less cumbersome for their indigenes, about 13 states are expected to adopt the Model Mortgage and Foreclosure Law between now and the first quarter of 2019. The MMFL is an initiative of the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company which calls for the creation of a state mortgage board as a single window clearance mechanism to facilitate accessible and affordable mortgages for residents of the state. Ogun State, on the other hand, is awaiting the governor’s sign-off to adopt the law while four other states are said to be looking at adopting the law by the first quarter of 2019. Lagos and Kaduna states have enacted their own mortgage model law, and have worked on their property rights and land digitisation. If the states are adopting a new mortgage law, it should be encouraged because we need more people to take mortgages.
August 19, 2018 23:03 UTC
Abacha is an Eastern Nigeria dish made using dried, shredded cassava. You can eat it as a snack or a full meal. There are many variations to making this salad, but the more ingredients you add, the tastier the dish is. Whichever way you prepare or eat it, warm or cold, it will still come out delicious. Ingredients600g abacha2 cups ugba or ukpaka1 cup palm oil2 tbsps powdered potashFish, spiced and cookedPonmo, cooked and sliced1 large onion, chopped1 medium onion, sliced (to serve)6 garden eggs, dicedGarden egg leaves, choppedSalt and dry pepper (to taste)4 tbsps ground crayfish2 seasoning cubes1 tsp ground Ehu seeds (Calabash nutmeg)1 tsp ogiri or iruFresh utazi leavesBoiling waterMethod
August 19, 2018 20:15 UTC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the demolition of a building belonging to the musical maestro, Yinka Ayefele, in Ibadan, by agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Oyo state government. The PDP noted that Aiyefele’s building was demolished for allegedly singing songs considered to be against the interest of the APC, even when our Constitution allows all citizens right to free speech, freedom of opinion and association within the ambit of the law. The party alerted Nigerians of a dangerous trend whereby the current clampdown on the media is now being extended to other public opinion moulders, including musicians and perhaps actors. The main opposition party, therefore, called on all public-spirited groups and individuals and groups to condemn the emerging assault on free citizens for no just cause. “Nigerians must, at all time, be free to hold and canvass opinion, politically associate and aspire, as long as their actions are within the ambits of our laws,” it stated.
August 19, 2018 20:09 UTC
The Presidency on Sunday heaped the blame for the delay in passing the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Senate President Bukola Saraki who it said led the National Assembly to delay the passage of the 2018 budget. “It is not true that INEC submitted their draft budget to the Presidency in February. “A supplementary budget cannot be submitted until the main budget is passed, and so the delay in passing the main budget was the reason for the delay. The National Assembly passed the 2018 budget seven months after the document was submitted to the National Assembly by President Buhari. “Unless someone has forgotten, the budget was submitted to the National Assembly and it took the Saraki-led National Assembly seven months to release it.
August 19, 2018 20:09 UTC
A former Texas doctor who was found guilty on Thursday of raping a heavily sedated patient will not serve time in prison for his crime. A 12-person jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a patient five years prior, the Houston Chronicle reported. She was in the hospital overnight and sedated when Sheikh came to her room several times during the night and sexually assaulted her. DNA evidence was collected from a rape kit — but it took two years for charges to be filed against Sheikh. Read more: Doctor sexually assaults patient(Visited 2,216 times, 578 visits today)
August 19, 2018 19:41 UTC
When Pope Francis kissed baby Gianna Masciantonio in 2015, some saw it as an encouraging sign. Doctors had not expected that she would make it to her first birthday, but she overcame the odds — and days after her birthday, Pope Francis kissed her head, Yahoo News quotes CBS Philadelphia as having reported. Gianna was treated with chemotherapy, and CBS Philadelphia reports that now, Gianna is in good health and will begin pre-school this year. Grace is Gianna’s middle name, and the foundation is dedicated to helping children with brain tumours and histiocytosis. Read more at: Baby with brain tumour miraculously recovers(Visited 1,210 times, 172 visits today)
August 19, 2018 19:07 UTC
Some Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are at loggerheads with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the partyover moves to ratify the direct primaries method of selecting candidates ahead of the 2019 general elections. A Governor who was particularly touched was said to have threatened to defect from the APC if the measure was ratified. But party sources insisted that the direct primaries option was included in the APC Constitution, adding that it was a way ofreturning power to the people. “The idea of direct primaries has been ratified by the NWC and I am aware a memo is already being drafted to be presented to the NEC whichwould hold later in the month. A source said that he believes that some power brokers in the party were trying to hijack the party structure from him through the backdoor.
August 19, 2018 19:07 UTC
A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Dr Bawa Shitgurum, has promised to provide purposeful leadership that will turn the fortunes of the state around if elected as governor of the state comes 2019. Dr Shitgurum who stated this while declaring for the governorship of the state at his ward in Kwande, Quan’Pan local government area of the state said he joined the race to make a difference in the lives of the people using both his local and international business connections to make Plateau a business destination in Nigeria. According to him, Plateau is blessed with both human and natural resources that cut across the 17 local government areas of the state and these need to be tapped by a well focused leaders for the benefit of the people of the state. Shitgurum said Plateau State remains a stronghold of the Peoples Democratic Party in the country, stressing that those of them that left for APC in 2015 because of the refusal of the former governor of the state, Senator Jonah Jang, as at then to allow a power shift from Plateau North to the Southern part of the state. Shitgurum, said he has the experience and what it takes to bring lasting peace to troubled communities in his state through purposeful dialogue and compromises among the warring parties to Plateau conflicts.
August 19, 2018 18:22 UTC
He said: “We have read the rumour that Deacon Udom Emmanuel plans to defect to APC. “Last week, stakeholders from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District met with Governor Udom Emmanuel and he said emphatically that he had no plans to defect to the APC. “As far as we know, Governor Udom Emmanuel is not defecting to the APC. Despite persistent denials, the rumoured defection of the Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom, from the PDP to the APC has continued to gain ground in the state. This state has been a PDP state since the inception of this democracy in 1998.
August 19, 2018 18:21 UTC
AS part of as part of efforts to boost cocoa production in Ondo State, the State government has established another Cocoa Plantation at Ijugbere in Owo Local Government Area of the state. The governor who disclosed this at the weekend during his visit to the Cocoa plantation said the establishment of the plantation became imperative to reposition the state as one of the best cocoa growers in the state. We use to be the leading Cocoa Producer in at least, Africa, if not the world. ” President Muhammadu has always felt that there must be a Cocoa revolution so that we can really try as much as possible struggle to be where we use to be as the leading Cocoa Producer in the world. “So, when he gave his words and he’s to come here for Cocoa revolution, we decided to look for a site and we got this Ijugbere area so that we can have several hectares of Cocoa plantation.
August 19, 2018 18:00 UTC
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the open directive by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to quickly conclude the investigation and prosecution of key opposition leaders before the 2019 elections, has further confirmed that the agencies have been compromised and are being teleguided by the ruling party against the opposition. In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary In Abuja on Sunday, the party particularly drew the attention of Nigerians and the international community to APC’s direct directive to the EFCC to drag in Deputy Senate Ike Ekweremadu on trumped-up charges, stampede his prosecution and put him out of circulation before the 2019 elections. The PDP noted that it was not a mere coincidence that EFCC’s invitation to Ekweremadu was dated July 24, 2018, the same morning his residence and that of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, was simultaneously besieged by EFCC operatives and hundreds of policemen, in a failed attempt to illegally impeach them. ALSO READ: Governors hire lawyers to challenge EFCC in security votes probe“Being unable to find Ekweremadu wanting in its many probes, the APC now relies on procured cooked-up allegations in a bid to get at him at all cost. “While the PDP is not in any way against the war against corruption in our country, we reject the illegal use of the EFCC and ICPC as political tools by the APC to harass, intimidate and drag down opposition members, in their failed bid to weaken the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.”The party urged Nigerians to hold the APC and Buhari Presidency responsible, should any harm befall any PDP leader as we approach the 2019 elections.
August 19, 2018 18:00 UTC
The pro-Biafra group also threatened to call for a mass protest on Monday, August 20, in Igbo land if the women are not released by the Army authority. ” No Fulani terror herdsmen has ever been arrested by the Nigerian army or police. “As with other conspiratorial atrocities in Biafraland perpetrated by the Nigerian army, DSS and police, Igbo governors as the chief security officer of their states alongside Ohaneze Ndigbo, must be held responsible. Even in the North where Rochas Okorocha comes from, they don’t arrest elderly women on a protest march. The self-acclaimed leader of BZF, Mazi Benjamin Onwuka had last month vowed to declare an independent state of Biafra on August 20, this year.
August 19, 2018 17:35 UTC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it welcomes President Muhammadu Buhari’s renewed declaration to jail treasury looters but challenged him to show integrity by starting with immediate investigation and prosecution indicted members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). The main opposition party maintained that President Buhari should immediately allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence Oshiomhole’s investigation, which has been stalled despite his indictment for allegedly stealing billions of naira belonging to Edo state. “These are the people Nigerians have been expecting President Buhari to investigate, prosecute and if found wanting to be sent to jail. Unfortunately, Mr President has been pursuing perceived political enemies, and innocent opposition members while dining and wining with corrupt persons, a development that has completely called to question the integrity of his anti-corruption fight. “Since President Buhari came into office, he has not allowed any investigation into the corrupt activities under his Presidency, instead he has been attracting to himself, all manner of corrupt persons and giving them the perfume of sainthood, once they identify with his APC.”
August 19, 2018 17:26 UTC
FORMER Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has lauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for improving the lives of the people through aggressive road network and other social amenities. Akpabio, who is representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in the National Assembly, also expressed delight with the relationship between Governor Ugwuanyi and his predecessor, Sullivan Chime. Senator Akpabio gave the commendation during the funeral ceremony of his grandmother-in-law, Madam Mercy Uduoku Neife Igwenagu, in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, at the weekend. Our prayer is that God will give you (Ugwuanyi) more resources as you continue to add to the development of Enugu State. “I am very proud you have been not just an in-law but a great son of Enugu State.
August 19, 2018 16:55 UTC
IT was all cries and wailing as the only son of a family in Uruoji village, Ogidi, (names withheld) and one other person, (name withheld) in Idemili North Local Government Area of State, were on Sunday electrocuted while trying to refix fallen Television, TV, antenna pole in a public club centre. TribuneOnline gathered that the incident, which occurred along Onitsha-Ogidi-Awka old road, Ogidi, attracted large turn out of sympathisers who trouped to have a glimpse of the two corpses lying on the ground. As he was refixing it with the help of a customer, who had just finished his Post- Primary School Certificate Examination, the pole touched the high tension wire that passes through the front view of the club centre and both got electrocuted instantly. The father of the only son is said to be bedridden for years now as a result of High Blood Pressure, HBP. Confirming the incident, the Ogidi Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr Mark Ijarafu, said, “we are on the ground, planning to deposit the corpses at Iyi-Enu Mission hospital morgue, Ogidi”He urged club centre owners and others to always be wary of electrical appliances where ever they may be to avoid sudden death.
August 19, 2018 16:55 UTC