My first reaction will be; please keep your distance because I know that my storehouse will be under severe threat. Perhaps, you want to do something that is a shift from the norm, meaning that this has something to do with extra money market decisions. A lot of factors, which we had marshalled out earlier expose our pension funds to great risks. Why would money meant for retired workers that have worked for 35 years be the ideal fund for infrastructure improvement? We are all stakeholders, but we cannot mortgage our future which the pension funds represent.
February 23, 2020 04:30 UTC
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Nigeria ranks as one of the largest plantain producing countries in the world. But despite its prominence, the country does not feature among plantain exporting nations because it produces more for local consumption than for export. Statistics from worldatlas ranks Nigeria fifth in the world, behind Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda and Colombia in plantain production. The Guardian learnt that aside boiling, plantain could be processed into pastry, pastry mixed with beans, fried plantains, plantain fritters and chips. “The increased health consciousness amongst Nigerians today means there is a phenomenal demand for plantain flour, Plantain fufu, unripe plantain derivatives like chips etc.
February 23, 2020 04:30 UTC
According to Branch, the briefing, which held recently, is to raise awareness for the maiden edition of Femi Branch Playfest, a celebration of theatrical writing of the actor, playwright and poet. Thereafter, he said, the tour would then resume from June 12 and end on 21 in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Kunme the Musical is the story of Queen Esther in the Bible. According to Branch, the musical is a corporate endorsement of the war against discrimination of young women. This is my biggest effort.“He added, “the festival is a two-fold initiative, which firstly is a mentorship programme to develop and nurture young acting talent selected from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, through the Femi Branch masterclass, and secondly, in commemoration of my 50th birthday anniversary,” Femi Branch revealed.
February 23, 2020 04:18 UTC
A digital crowd funding platform, Giving.Ng, with the support of 241 individuals and corporate bodies have provided support for families at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in New Karu, Nasarawa State. During the presentation of the items, the First Lady of Nasarawa State, Hajia Silifat Sule, said the initiative exemplifies true spirit of the Nigerian people. He commended Giving.ng for the timely initiative, while promising more support to the needy in the society. In her remarks, the Founder of Ella’s Foodbank, Emmanuella Chimdi Ibeawuchi said her organisation partnered Giving.Ng because the platform has shown commitment to the social initiative using an uncommon approach. Earlier in her address, Giving.Ng Project Manager, Mrs. Peju Ibekwe, lauded the support of Nigerians and corporate partners who supported the effort of her team.
February 23, 2020 04:18 UTC
Title-chasing Inter Milan’s clash against Sampdoria on Sunday was one of three Serie A football matches postponed over coronavirus fears in northern Italy. Third-placed Inter, who lie six points behind Serie A champions Juventus, have a home Europa League match scheduled for Thursday. The Serie B game between Ascoli and Cremonese was also postponed. “Today we had goals scored using VAR when VAR wasn’t working,” said Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri. Ante Rebic scored his sixth goal in as many league games in the 56th minute to give Milan the lead.
February 23, 2020 02:15 UTC
A top official at the health ministry said attempts to get the President’s chief of staff to reverse the situation had not yielded any positive results. There is no way the suspension of our procurement powers will not affect our capacity. Documents obtained by Sunday PUNCH showed that whenever the ministry of health wants to make procurement, the permanent secretary would raise a memo which would be sent to the permanent secretary of the agric ministry. When contacted on the telephone, the Permanent Secretary of the health ministry, Abdullahi Mashi, told Sunday PUNCH that indeed the ministry had been barred from making procurements. The permanent secretary, however, said the preventive measures put in place to tackle a potential Coronavirus outbreak were adequate despite the ministry’s procurement challenge.
Weird as it is, Daibo was not the first person to willingly jump to their death on the Third Mainland Bridge. Creepy suicide on alluring lagoonStretched on 11.8 kilometres length (7.3 miles), the nation’s longest bridge cuddles the sprawling lagoon to reveal astounding scenery. Though disturbing, bridge suicide is not only in Lagos. This ugly trend prompted the construction of a suicide barrier, called the Luminous Veil along the bridge. Ironically, it is also infamous as the busiest suicide bridge in the country with 140 deaths recorded so far.
Our CorrespondentsFresh revelations have emerged on how Boko Haram insurgents attacked Garkida town in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State for six hours on Friday night. After looting, they burnt down a police barracks, police station, two churches; Living Faith and EYN, and a shopping mall. He wrote, “The attack by Boko Haram against lives and properties of innocent Nigerians is unbecoming. My prayers are with the people of Garkida in my home state of Adamawa over the cowardly attack that happened over the weekend. “Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its attack aircraft to engage both locations, damaging the meeting venues and neutralising the terrorists,’’ Daramola said.
John AmehThe Presidency on Saturday doused speculation of political undertones in the series of meetings the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, had held with her predecessors lately. Mrs Buhari lately started inviting former first ladies to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where they would hold lengthy talks. The last of the first ladies to meet with Mrs Buhari was her immediate predecessor, Mrs Patience Jonathan, who visited her on Monday, February 10. He explained that the learning process would help ensure that her own pet projects would outlive her stay in office. “The difference is, there is now Aisha Buhari Foundation, then there is the Future Assured Initiative as a vehicle and others on the foundation.
And that is why in the history of Nigerian jurisprudence, only three instances have come before the Supreme Court. There were five sitting members of the Supreme Court and in all judgements of the Supreme Court, all judges must sign. Now, Senatorial, House of Reps and governorship elections now get to the Supreme Court and that is why the Supreme Court judges are being overworked. The law should be amended to allow the Supreme Court deal with constitutional matters of very serious nature. I have stated it many times that we need a review of the judicial system involving election matters.
GODWIN ISENYO, MAIHARAJI ALTINE, OLAIDE OYELUDE, and GBENGA ODOGUN examine renewed attacks by bandits in the North-West despite state governors’ amnesty to the brigandsrenewed attacks by bandits in the North-West have in recent times forced state governors in the region to accuse opposition parties of sponsoring insecurity against their administrations. Last year, the north-western states achieved relative peace, after negotiations between state government and bandits culminated in amnesty by the governors. The most dangerous spots in Kaduna State are Kaduna-Abuja road; Birnin Gwari road; and Kaduna-Kachia- Keffi road, among others. In Katsina, the February 14 attack by bandits on Tsauwa and Dankar has instilled fears on residents of the state. A visit to Tsauwa village painted the image of a war-torn community as its larger part was razed.
February 23, 2020 00:56 UTC
The Nigeria Wrestling Federation will on Monday, February 24, open camp for the forthcoming Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital; this is according to the president of the federation Hon. The qualifiers will take place in the Moroccan city of El Jadida from March 13 to 15. During the camping exercise, the wrestlers will be guided by coaches Purity Akuh, Victor Kodei, Joe Oziti and Happiness Burutu. The NWF boss stated that there are no automatic places for athletes as selection will basically be on merit. However, the NWF is confident that no fewer than six more athletes will join Adekuoroye in Tokyo.
February 23, 2020 00:53 UTC
Eze, 32, reportedly siphoned adulterated oil into empty Total Oil Company jerry cans and branded them with the company’s label – Total Quartz. Sunday PUNCH learnt that Eze sold the fake product wholesale to his accomplice customers in Oyo and Anambra states at prices below the market rate. A police source told our correspondent that another 110 jerry cans of different litre sizes were recovered from Eze’s shop in Iyana Ishashi. In 2017, I learnt how to produce adulterated Total Quarts oil for four months and early 2018, I started my own business. “I bought the Total jerry cans I used from a truck driver.
February 23, 2020 00:45 UTC
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, was among the eminent Nigerians who witnessed the event. If a man with such means had one wife, then he was happy and lived in peace. I am sure that the lines fell unto the late Dr Lekan Are in pleasant places and he had a goodly heritage. Ajimobi said he got there 30 minutes late and Are asked him to wait somewhere as a punishment for arriving late. A former Oyo State governor, Omololu Olunloyo, said during a documentary at the event that the late Are was honest.
February 23, 2020 00:44 UTC
Ebenezer BajelaBoxer, Taiwo Agbaje, popularly known as Esepo, has threatened to dump Nigeria and represent another country after Nigerian boxers failed to attend the qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, despite camping in Lagos for the event. In a video that went viral on social media, Agbaje, who spoke in Yoruba, decried government’s ill-treatment of Nigerian boxers. How can the (boxing) federation tell us (boxers) that we don’t have money to prepare for the Olympics qualifiers? “I’m looking for an opportunity to leave the country and once I do, I will totally deny Nigeria. And if Nigeria brings any boxer to challenge the country that I will represent, I promise that I will knock the person out.
February 23, 2020 00:33 UTC