Nov 26, 2020

AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina Defends Yakubu Gowon Over Allegation of Looting CBN

Corruption and stealing allegations against a former Nigerian militaray ruler, Yakubu Gowon has been dismissed by Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB). 

The economist took to his Twitter to defend Yakubu Gowon over allegations that he looted the CBN when he was overthrown in 1975. Few days back, a member of the United Kingdom parliament, Tom Tugendhat, Yakubu Gowon, stole half of the Central bank of Nigeria, CBN. 

Speaking at the parliament’s debate on the #EndSARS crisis on Monday, the lawmaker alleged that Gowon stole the money while he was leaving office and moved to London. 

The MP disclosed that some Nigerian politicians have stolen from the coffers of the government and moved to London to hide their loot. He, however, asked the UK government to call out the corruption in Nigeria and use its power to stop the looting happening in Africa’s most populous country, Politics NGR reports. 

Tugendhat also asked the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the UK parliament to stop corrupt Nigerian politicians from profiting from the wealth of Nigeria and hiding it in England. He also urged the UK government to stop funding some Nigerian security agencies which he described as corrupt.

 However, Adesina who is Nigeria’s former minister of agriculture described the allegation as misinformation in a tweet he posted on Thursday, November 26. He wrote: “Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility and integrity. I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable.”

Gov Akeredolu Advocates Population Control Law To Curb Growing Unemployment In The Country

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has advocated for population control to tackle the issue of unemployment in the country.

He cited China as an example for the law.

While speaking the ‘Summit On Youth Unemployment, #ENDSARS and Aftermath: The way Forward’, Governor Akeredolu lamented that the population is increasing daily in the country, Akeredolu pointed out that a nation that has no population law is not prepared for growth.

“We must be able to control our population through population law. We are almost the size of China population. But in China today, there is a law that you can’t have more than one child. We must be deliberate about this population law.”
 he said.

Governor Akeredolu also called for establishment of technology schools and trade centers to produce self-reliance youths who would be employers of Labour.

Akeredolu, who noted that the country must chart a new course to address the issue of youth unemployment, stressed that no state government, whether national or sub-national, can employ all the unemployed youths in the country.

He said that the country must also look into the continuous registration and approval of Universities, adding that establishment of technology institutions and trade centers should be encouraged to provide self-sustainable employment for the youths.

According to the Governor, the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) must be retooled to engage the youths productively in a way that part of the service year should include mandatory military training for self defense and more months for entrepreneurship through technical and technological training and trade centers.

He said the move would empower the youths and discourage the massive number of youths jostling for government jobs across the country.

Acting DG Of NABDA Arrested By ICPC Over N400m Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC has arrested Mr Alex Akpa, The acting Director-General (DG) of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) for allegedly defrauding the federal government of N400 million.

Mr Akpa who is a professor of microbiology, was arrested by operatives of the commission to answer questions on how the said amount was misappropriated under his watch. He is currently being investigated for abuse of office.

It was alleged that the Acting DG of NABDA claimed the money he diverted was an intervention fund for the biotechnology agency and he allegedly shared the money with top management staff of the agency.

The commission said the offence committed by Akpan whose appointment came in June, is contrary to and punishable under sections 19 and 26 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

What Gowon Has To Say After Being Accused Of Looting ‘Half Of CBN’ By UK Lawmaker

Retired General Yakubu Gowon, a former military Head of State, has reacted to the allegations leveled against him by a UK lawmaker.

Gowon described the allegations levelled against him by a United Kingdom parliament member, Tom Tugendhat that he stole half of Nigeria’s money stocked in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during his regime as “mere rubbish fallacy”.

General Gowon, who told the BBC News Pidgin that he served Nigeria with utmost fear of God said his legacies were visible to everyone.

“What the MP said was just mere ridicule and I don’t know as to where he cooked up such statement. I served Nigeria as much as I could and my achievements during those years are available to everyone,”
 he said.

He, however, promised not to engage in any form of argument over the matter as people who knew him very well would speak in his defence.

“I don’t want to talk over the matter since those who know me very well say that the MP’s statement is nothing but a mere fallacy,”
 he added.

On Tuesday, British MPs passed a vote for UK’s government to sanction some Nigerian government officials were involved in brutalising EndSARS protesters.

While debating, Mr Tugendhat alleged that bribery and corruption were the causes of Nigeria’s underdevelopment, citing an example that Gen. Gowon stole more than half of country’s worth in its central bank and stashed the sum in London when he was toppled.

Gen. Gowon ruled Nigeria from 1966 to 1975 before his government was overthrown while he was away from Nigeria.

He was directly flown to the United Kingdom and enrolled in a studentship at Warwick University.

How SARS Bullet Killed My Three-Day-Old Daughter, Heartbroken Man Laments In Port Harcourt

Norde Sylvester, a 50-year old man, has told of how his daughter died after being hit by SARS bullet, The PUNCH reports.

The man on Wednesday said a bullet from the gun of personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad killed his three-day-old daughter in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Sylvester, a civil servant with the Universal Basic Education, spoke at the hearing of the Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Police Brutality in Port Harcourt.

He said the incident occurred on October 15, 2015, at his residence in Rumuohalu, near Port Harcourt.

“On that day, I was with my family in our house at no. 9 Hon Close, off Omodudoro, few metres away from the SARS office on Nelson Mandela Road.

“There had been shootings by SARS men which continued till we went in to sleep. We woke up in the morning to discover that one of their bullets penetrated the roof and killed my only daughter, a three-day-old baby.

“I picked up the bullet and went to the SARS office. When I got there, I told them that they have killed my daughter.

“Two of the SARS men ordered me to go back, threatening that if I did not leave, I would join my daughter,”
 he said.

However, the counsel for the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Mercy Nweke, during cross-examination, faulted the petitioners claim, wondering why he did not report the matter at the police station, noting that the bullet was not enough evidence that his daughter was killed by SARS men.

Nweke said, “This is ammunition (referring to the bullet). It has not been used. Something that has not been used cannot kill anybody.”

But the counsel for the commission, S. O. Inko-Tariah, objected, saying Nweke was not an expert and could not determine if the bullet was used or not.

The commission’s chairman, Justice Chukwunenye Uriri (retd.) said the evidence provided by the petitioner was of public interest and admitted it as an exhibit, asking Sylvester what he wanted.

 “All I need is justice for my baby that they killed and also my house that was damaged,”
 Sylvester replied.

Also, a 40-year old  man, Tamunodiepreye Akalugogbo, told the panel that SARS men killed his 14-year-old son during the #EndSARS protest in the Oyigbo Local Government Area in October.

Akalugogbo explained that following the deployment of soldiers to Oyigbo following the protest, people ran helter-skelter, but his son was nowhere to be found.

“So, we started looking for him and found him on the road in a pool of blood with bullet wound,”
 the petitioner said.

We Will Shock Political Space With Unprecedented Defections – APC Threatens

THE National Leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has threatened Nigerians that the party will soon shock Nigeria’s political space with what it described as the massive and unprecedented defections ever witnessed in the political history of Nigeria as a country.

Speaking yesterday at the National Assembly when he met with the Senate Caucus of the APC at Senate Hearing Room 1, Caretaker Committee Chairman of APC and Governor of Yobe Srate, Mai Mala Buni has also boasted that the party will remain the country’s leading political party.

The Chairman said, “In fact, I want to assure you all that APC will soon shock Nigeria’s political space with massive and unprecedented defections ever witnessed in the political history of our great country, and by the grace of God, APC will undoubtedly remain Nigeria’s leading political party.”

Buni who is both the Chairman, Caretaker/ Convention Committee said that the party was working assiduously to carry out a holistic membership revalidation exercise against the backdrop that the APC has no authentic register in the thirty- six states of Nigeria and the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The Chairman said, “It is regrettable that since the initial membership registration exercise of 2013, the party today lacks authentic register in all the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Source:- Vanguard

Ooni Of Ife Names His Newborn Prince Adesoji Aderemi (Photos)

The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has named his newborn son after the 49th Ooni Oba Adesoji Tadenikawo Aderemi as promised

The highly-respected monarch tweeted on Wednesday to inform the public of the prince’s name.

He wrote: “In accordance with the traditional rites lasting for 21 days with today marking the 8th day, and in keeping to my promise of naming our first prince after my predecessor the 49th Ooni of Ife in the 3rd dynasty of Ife.

“Our prince is hereby named “Tadenikawo, Adesoji, Aderemi, Eri-Ifeoluwasimi, Adeiwa, Inioluwa, Ademide, Adegbite, Diekoloreoluwa Ogunwusi Ojaja II.”

Oba Ogunwusi urged the public to “pray to God to guide and keep him in fulfillment of his destiny.”

The prince was born on November 18. He is the Ooni’s first child with Olori Moronke Silekunola.

The monarch’s only other biological child is Princess Adeola Ogunwusi who is in her 20s. The king had her when he was 19.

Start Saving Money, Don’t Let This Industry Lifestyle Deceive You – Kiddwaya Advises His Celebrity Friends

Kiddwaya, the Nigerian reality TV star and billionaire son, has sent out a piece of advice to his celebrity friends on the importance of savings.

In a tweet posted this morning, Kidd asked his celebrity friends to start saving their money and not be deceived by industry lifestyle.

His tweet reads: ”Advice to all my celebrity friends. Start saving your money now.

“Don’t let this industry lifestyle deceive you. Basket of tatashe going up.”

Start saving your money now. Don?t let this industry lifestyle deceive you- Kiddwaya advises his celebrity friends

Erica’s Manager Blasts Laycon, Calls Him Manipulative

Mr Don Mike, the manager of reality star, Erica has lambasted Laycon after he described her as “amazing and wonderful” in an interview.

Erica was disqualified from the BBNaija show, following disregard of the house rules, and one of the episodes that led to her disqualification, involved eventual winner, Laycon.

Since the show came to an end, many had suggested the pair are at war, a claim the rapper has tried to downplay since.

At a recent interview, Laycon spoke highly of Erica regardless of the long-lasting feud between them. Recall the rapper cum reality tv star was friends with Erica before they fell out with each other over a disagreement during their stay in the BBNaija house.

Responding to a question on what he would say to Erica should he have the chance to speak with her, Laycon replied saying, he would tell her how wonderful and amazing she is.

Reacting to his statement, Erica’s manager Mr Don Mike, called out Laycon, as he tagged the rapper a manipulator.

According to him, both Laycon and Erica are in the same group chat but and also he has her personal contact but he has never said anything to her. He wrote on Twitter;

“They are in the same group chat. He has never said a word to her and he has her number. And now he’s coming live on tv to say all that. Do not fall for his PR stunt. Manipulative as ever people.”

Prince Curses Dorathy and Lilo For Making Him Pay Their Bills After They Took Him Out

BBNaija’s Prince has jokingly asked thunder to fire Dorathy and Lilo after they took him out and made him pay the bills. 

The incident happened yesterday at a fancy restaurant in Lagos. The former BBNaija reality star, Prince shared a video calling Dorathy and Lilo out for making him pay their bills after they were the ones that invited him

“This girls brought me out and made me pay the bills” Prince wrote in the video he shared.

 Lilo also shared a video saying; “We made him pay. So pained” Prince then cursed them saying “thunder will fire both of you”

“You’re Wonderful And Amazing” – Laycon To Erica

BBNaija Lockdown winner, Laycon has said amazing words about his fellow housemate, Erica.

He described her as one of the amazing and wonderful people he has known.

Erica was disqualified from the BBNaija show, following disregard of the house rules, and one of the episodes that led to her disqualification, involved eventual winner, Laycon.

Since the show came to an end, many had suggested the pair are at war, a claim the rapper has tried to downplay since.

At a recent interview, Laycon spoke highly of Erica regardless of the long-lasting feud between them. Recall the rapper cum reality tv star was friends with Erica before they fell out with each other over a disagreement during their stay in the BBNaija house.

Responding to a question on what he would say to Erica should he have the chance to speak with her, Laycon replied saying, he would tell her how wonderful and amazing she is.

UI VC Crisis: FG Appointees, Other Council Members Walk Out Of Meeting

Two external Governing Council members appointed to oversee the process of appointing new Vice Chancellor for the University of Ibadan, Dr Jaju Muhammad and Prof Mande Samaila yesterday staged a walk-out from the meeting organised to address petitions against the Senate of the institution.

Other council members who left the meeting were Professor Ademola Aremu and Professor Abel Olorunnisola.

Our correspondent gathered that they walked out after about five and a half hours when the meeting had commenced.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Tunji Oladejo, said he was not at the meeting, saying he has nothing to say about the development.

A source in the council told Daily Trust that members walked out after efforts to ensure that the council maintained absolute control and acted according to the letter from the Federal Government through the National Universities Commission and Federal Ministry of Education which asked the council to review the entire process including re-inviting shortlisted 18 candidates for the VC position.

It was gathered that the council was discussing the validity of the election being conducted by the ougoing Vice Chancellor despite the instruction by the Federal Ministry of Education that the council should take charge.

“You see those who staged walk-out were asking for the letter from Federal Ministry of Education and NUC. They were saying the Senate was wrong to have hurriedly met and ordered election within 24 hours. They were worried that the election did not follow due process. In fact, the election is already generating fresh crisis as many contestants pulled out of the election citing violation of FG directive and illegal process as reasons.

“The fundamental allegations levelled against the candidates have not been independently verified and a thorough investigation conducted. The petition was addressed to the Council and not the Senate. They left when it was obvious that due process will not be followed. I think they don’t want to be used to endorse illegality.”

Source:- Daily Trust

Enugu State Builds The First Christian Chapel In Government House

The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, delivers to standard, the first ever Christian Chapel of Worship, at the Government House, Enugu.

What a magnificent edifice!

It truly pays to serve and trust in the Lord.

Enugu State is in the hands of God.

Niger Delta Youths In Ukwuani Shut Down Oil Facilities At Night (Video)

VIDEO: Furious Delta Youths Shut Down Oil Pipeline In Ukwuani Over Unfair Treatment Of Host Community


El-Rufai Kicks Against Zoning Of Leadership Positions, Says ‘It’s Absurd’

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has again kicked against zoning of political leaders, saying no country progresses with such an arrangement.

Speaking at the Nigerian Economic Summit (#NES26) in Abuja, the governor said every qualified person should be given equal opportunity to contest for political positions.

In Nigeria, political offices — especially the presidency — are rotated on the basis of geographical zones, from the time of Olusegun Obasanjo up till the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari who is from Katsina state.

With the 2023 election roughly two years away, some Nigerians have started clamouring that the presidency should return to the south.

But speaking at a plenary session at the summit on Tuesday, el-Rufai said Nigeria has failed to make serious progress over the years because of the culture of rotating leaders.

The governor, who said leaders should not be selected by zones or political parties as this “will lead to inefficiency”, added that what can be done is “to give every society a framework of equal opportunity to take advantage of and prosper”.

“I do not believe that we should be driven in our politics and economics by distribution whether or not there is a logic behind it,” he said.

“In my honest view, Nigeria went wrong when we focused on distribution rather than production. We like to distribute and it has gone as far as saying that in a state, governorship should rotate; that is absurd.

“There is no country in the world that has made progress in the last 50 years that rotates its leaders. I think if we move away from this fixation about distribution to selecting or picking the best person to get the job done… when the job is done, everybody benefits.

“Right now, we are distributing this and we are not making any progress because the focus is on distribution.”

El-Rufai also said there is the need to have more youth in political offices, faulting a system where the majority young population is governed by “old people like me”.

“We can’t have a country with 90 percent of our population below the age of 40 all ruled by old people like me,” he said.

“We must have young people in government being trained to take over from us.”

Source:- The Cable

SUG Awards To Cultists By Offa Polytechnic (Photos)

When you thought you’ve seen it all in Nigeria, just wait a minute, you’d be in for a shocker 

The Student Union Government of Federal Polytechnic Offa has taken this mockery of our educational institutions to a whole new level.

This time, it’s an award to secret cults that have been outlawed in our institutions.

What a shame. 

In this same soro soke generation, Offa polytechnic Student Union awards cult group Sneezing face.

When you think you have seen it all… Student Union Government of Offa Polytechnic gave merit Awards to Secret Cults in the school. Hey Lawd!!! Face with tears of joy

For that merit awards….. The students union government of federal polytechnic, offa, need to be sanction, the organizing committee of their event and the executives should be prosecuted as well.

Sanwo-Olu: Obedience To Law Crucial For Our Development

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has urged Lagosians to be law-abiding as the State can only prosper in an environment of peace and security.

Sanwo-Olu made the plea today, while speaking during the passing out parade of the Year 2020 graduating participants of the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) held at the Public Service Staff Development Centre, (PSSDC), Magodo.

Speaking through his deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, the Governor stressed the need for citizens to always obey the law, adding that his administration recognises the need for an effective security system that promotes a peaceful and prosperous society.

According to the Governor, “Our administration recognises the need for an effective security system as sine-qua-non to a peaceful and prosperous society. This is why Security and Governance represents a key pillar in our administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda. It goes without saying that effective security and safety of lives and property can only be achieved with a qualitative blend of men and materials”.

The Governor added that in order to further enhance the capacity of the State’s law enforcement outfits, such as the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA), Neighbourhood Safety Corps and Vehicle Inspection Services among others, his administration established the Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) for personnel to acquire expertise in maintaining peace in the State at all times using state-of-the-art equipment and cutting edge knowledge.

He disclosed that part of the re-engineering process was the deployment of technological tools of law enforcement such as Body Worn Cameras (BWC) and Body Shields in the training of the security personnel, stressing that the equipment will further enhance effective law enforcement in line with modern global trends.

Disclosing that the curriculum of the Institute has also been reviewed in response to the challenges and dynamism of the 21st-century law enforcement, Sanwo-Olu said the overall objective is to always be a step ahead of criminals and lawless elements in Lagos.

He commended the law enforcement officers for their doggedness, courage and tenacity at all times, especially during the recent upheavals that engulfed the whole nation and the State in particular.

The Governor also enjoined the graduating officers to discharge their duties with all due diligence and professionalism, and must be civil in their approach while refraining from any act that would violate the rights of citizens.

Earlier in his address, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), who was represented by the Director of Litigation, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Akinkunmi Idowu, enjoined the graduating law enforcement officers to be polite, decent, humane and firm in the discharge of their duties, emphasising the importance of contributing their own quota towards achieving a better Lagos.

He commended the management of the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute for its continued orientation of enforcement personnel towards reducing liabilities of the State for infraction of the law by the enforcers themselves.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Head of the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute, Prince Ifalade Oyekan thanked the State government for supporting the Institute.

He said as a way of enhancing the skills and the training needs of the law enforcement outfits, the Institute has restructured its training module to reflect the peculiarity of each outfit.

Prince Oyekan, therefore, called on the State government to assist the Institute in the provision of more equipment to achieve a 21st Century Law Enforcement workforce.

Osun: Aregbesola, Loyalists Bow To Pressure, Cancel 10th Anniversary Celebration

Following interventions by Asiwaju Bola Tinu­bu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and other leaders of the party, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, and his loyalists have canceled plans to cele­brate 10 years of progressive governance in Osun State scheduled for Friday.

The event was set to clash with the second anniversary of Governor Gboyega Oyeto­la, Aregbesola’s successor and has also pitched their support­ers against one another and has also polarised the APC in the state.

The APC caucus of the National Assembly members in a statement issued by Mr. Remi Ibitola, Senior Adviser on Media to Senator Basiru Ajibola representing Osun Central federal constituency in the National Assembly, said they decided to cancel the lec­ture following interventions at the national level.

The APC caucus which stated that the lecture was or­ganised by them and not Areg­besola as believed in some quarters, said, “Although the legislators viewed their contribution from a broader perspective, hoping to make it an epoch-making occasion to boost the morale of their members and the progres­sives family in the state, the effort was misinterpreted and misconstrued to be an affront to the governor.”

It stressed also that, “The legislators have earlier agreed to the topic of the lecture as ‘Ten Years of Uninterrupted Progressive Government in Osun’ and it was a form of social awareness and sensiti­sation of the good people of Osun to know and appreciate the concepts and benefits of the state’s administration un­der our progressive party.

“But unknown to the law­makers, their innocent contri­bution was not well received in some circles where the legislators’ efforts were seen as disruptive to the activities marking the two years of the governor in office.

“This has generated a lot of undercurrents of misgiv­ings which contributed in sponsorship of stories in the newspapers, alleging that the legislators may be planning to cause civil unrest.

“The first sign that mis­chief-makers may have pol­luted the genuine motive of the lecture which was conceived and considered to have the capability to further the unity of the party in the state and mobilise the party was the emergence of an un­signed statement emanating from some members of the House of Representatives, who appeared under intense pressure put up a rather terse statement that they are com­mitted to 2nd anniversary of Governor Oyetola as if the public lecture was not the event planned by the caucus as its contribution to the 2nd anniversary programme of the governor, as it was done for the first year with a foot­ball tournament.

“The decision to have the public lecture was taken on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 by the caucus in a meeting held in the Office of Senator Oriolowo at the Senate Wing of the National Assembly about 4p.m.

“The meeting decided that it was necessary to sustain the gains of an earlier solidarity visit to the governor by follow­ing up with the public lecture.

“At the meeting, Senator Oriolowo and Hon. L. B. Ayeni were nominated to liaise with key stakeholders like Chief Bisi Akande, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, and Prince Gboyega Famodun. Hon Tai­wo Oluga was expected to tidy up the use of one of the two facilities nominated at the meeting, namely, the Centre for Black Culture or the WOC­DIF building.

“Therefore, the lecture was a decision of the legislators and not organised by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as falsely re­ported by some sections of the media, traditional and social.

“To err on the side of peace and to defer to different inter­ventions by party leaders at the national level, particu­larly, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the legislators have decided to step down the lec­ture so as to make room for party cohesion.”

Also on Wednesday, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun, called for calm in the state fol­lowing the tension generated by reports about the parallel events.

Prince Oyinlola, in a state­ment, said he noted Aregbes­ola’s explanation that he was coming to the state to engage with the people on the End­SARS crisis as directed by President Muhammadu Bu­hari but advised that the inte­rior minister could do that on another day.

“It is necessary that I put my own experience on re­cord. I took over from Chief Bisi Akande in May 2003 and, I can say that throughout my almost eight years in govern­ment, and despite our politi­cal differences, Akande never gave me any problem.

“It is common knowledge that Mr. Aregbesola took over from me, and, despite the cir­cumstances of his coming to that office, I did not do any­thing to undermine his au­thority throughout his eight years in government.

“That is the spirit with which I appeal that the Inte­rior Minister (Aregbesola) avoid doing anything that will suggest a plan to make the state ungovernable for Mr. Oyetola.

“As a former governor of that state, I plead that we give peace a chance. The state has witnessed enough unneces­sary crises in recent weeks coupled with the coronavirus pandemic which has upended people’s economy and gener­al well-being. Our people are suffering; they deserve a re­spite from all forms of crises as they struggle to make ends meet.

“All of us former gover­nors, as leaders of our people, we all have a stake in making Osun State to work for the good of our people who have had to deal with one hardship or the other.

“We will be seen as doing that when we avoid making the job of the incumbent gov­ernor difficult for him. May God help our state and its people in this difficult time,” Prince Oyinlola said.

He also counseled Gover­nor Oyetola to, at all times, let the welfare and wellbeing of the people remain his priority as he crosses over to the sec­ond half of his term.

Investigations revealed that trouble started between the two political gladiators who are from the same politi­cal camp when Governor Oye­tola reversed some of Aregbe­sola’s unpopular policies like his education policy that was roundly rejected by the people of the state.

It was also learnt that Governor Oyetola rejected the decision taken by the for­mer governor, five days to the end of his administration by launching what he called Osun Development Plan 2019- 2028, a 10-year development plan.

The resistance by the governor, according to an in­formed source, was because “Oyetola has his own devel­opment plans and his own template for the people of the state.”
The plan of Aregbesola to celebrate the 10th anniversa­ry simultaneously with that of the marking of the present administration’s second year in office without the knowl­edge of the incumbent Gov­ernor Oyetola has raised the temperature of politics and security in the state

Source:- Independent Ng

Lagos Begins Recruitment For Agripreneurship Programme

The Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, began the recruitment of eligible and interested candidates for the Batches 4, 5 and 6 of its Lagos Agripreneurship Programme (LAP) under its Agriculture-based Youth Empowerment Scheme (Agric-YES).

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, who disclosed this in Lagos today, noted that the programme was in furtherance of the State Government’s objective of training no fewer than 15,000 youths and women in the various agricultural value chains by the year 2023.

She pointed out that the one-month training exercise is aimed at improving capacity, creating wealth and employment in the agricultural value chains – poultry, piggery, aquaculture and vegetables.

According to her, the strategic inclusion of the LAP Programme would efficiently reduce unemployment, create jobs and alleviate poverty in the State, as well as attract and pay more attention to the creation of jobs for women in agribusiness.

In her words: “Following the training of a total of 400 participants under three batches of the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme, L.A.P, Lagos State will begin the recruitment and shortlisting of interested candidates for the Batches 4, 5 and 6 of the Programme”.

“The current reality and exigencies of job creation for the teeming youth population and attainment of food security requires that a more aggressive, strategic and efficient approach be employed in the training and empowerment of women and youth, if Lagos State is to achieve a significant reduction of unemployment, create more jobs and wealth and also significantly enhance food security in the State by the year 2023”, Olusanya said.

The Commissioner noted that the significance of the training would be the creation of 2000 Agro-Entrepreneurs who would, in turn, become job creators, promote food security, improve nutrition and general well-being of Lagosians, as well as create at least 4000 indirect jobs per beneficiary annually.

Other expected impacts, according to her, are the enhancement of the economic activities of the surrounding communities, reduction in the overall rate of unemployment, reduction in crime rate within the State and promotion of the State’s target of producing at least 25% of the food consumed by residents before end of the year 2025.

The Commissioner maintained that the Programme has been specifically tailored for men between the ages of 18 and 35 years and women between the ages of 18 and 55 years, adding that candidates are expected to collect and submit application forms between November 24 and December 8, 2020.

Olusanya added that interested participants are also expected to sit for a written examination on Monday and Tuesday, 14th and 15th of December, 2020, while oral interviews would take place on Friday and Saturday, 18th and 19th December, 2020.

She, therefore, urged interested and eligible candidates with a passion for agriculture and a minimum of Senior Secondary School Certificate, who are also in good physical and health conditions, to collect the application forms free of charge at the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe; Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority, Oko Oba, Agege; Lagos Agricultural Inputs Supply Authority, Odogunyan, Ikorodu; Coconut House, Mowo, Badagry and Ministry of Agriculture Area Office, Ajah, Eti Osa between Tuesday, 24th November and Tuesday, 8th December.

Shortlisted successful candidates would start the formal training at the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe, on Tuesday, 5th of January, 2021.

Source:- Ajasainfo

TCN: Nigeria Requires ₦1 Trillion For Efficient Electricity Transmission

The Transmission Company of Nigeria has said Nigeria requires nothing less than N1tn to effectively wheel electricity through the national grid.

The Executive Director, Transmission Service Provider, TCN, Victor Adewumi, said this at the 52nd Power Dialogue of the Nigeria Electricity Hub on which held online in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said TCN would require the sum to make the country’s power grid stable, adding that the $1.6bn which the transmission company was getting from international agencies would not be enough to stablilise the grid.

When asked to state how much would be needed to get the grid to transmit electricity effectively, Adewumi replied, “Simply put, TCN requires nothing less than N1tn to make the grid to be very stable.

“For the project that TCN is financing internally, relying on our IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) and the Federal Government budget system, TCN requires nothing less than N600bn.

“So when you look at the total, you will be talking about N1tn. This is a huge sum of money and if you look at it critically, there is no way that even the Federal Government can provide this kind of fund.”

He said investors were invited to come and fund some of the projects in TCN, as they would recoup their investments over time.

Adewumi said, “So the alternative way is to look at project financing, where those who have the money can come to TCN and finance probably the transmission lines and then look at the cost of energy to be wheeled on that line, spread it over a period of time and then get their money back.

He said, “But with the current kind of fund that is entering TCN, there is no way TCN can embark on that.

“This is because the Discos are not giving us the required money; we are getting less than 60 per cent of TCN tariff.0

He added, “That is even after the Nigerian Electricity a Regulatory Commission forced them to do it.”

He, however, stated that the Discos would not receive all the blame as many power users were involved in electricity theft.

This came as senior officials of the African Development Bank and the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company stated that the Nigerian power sector was not bankable.

Source:- Punch ng

Dapo Abiodun Reads Riots Act To Ogun State Water Corporation

The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has given a marching order to the General Manager of the Ogun State water corporation, Engineer Oluseye Maku, and his team, to be up and doing or face dire consequences.

The Governor who expressed anger at the state of public water supply by the corporation gave the warning at the two-day Treasury Board meeting on 2021 Budget held at the Obas Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Governor’s warning came when Maku appeared the Board to defend the Corporation’s Budget proposals for 2021.

Abiodun advised the leadership of the water corporation to ensure the immediate supply of pipe-borne water to all the nook and cranny of the state.

A visibly angry Dapo Abiodun had interjected the GM who requested for additional four weeks to put measures in place for good pipeline construction, saying he hoped that Maku would be the person to execute the water project and not someone else.

This apparently sent a message that sent a message to the GM and his team to sit up or face the axe, as the governor further engaged the water boss on the ways and manners of raising internal revenue without unnecessarily placing the burden on consumers.

In his contribution, Special Adviser on Water, Engr Kunle Otun, informed the governor that many damaged pipes arose as a result of the rehabilitation of roads embarked upon by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and that these construction works had adverse effects on water supply.

The General Manager, Ogun State Water Corporation had said the Corporation was working towards rehabilitating various water scheme and also constructing 20 water hubs to serve the people.

Abiodun there and then instructed the Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, who doubles as the chairman of the State Tenders Board, to always ensure that all connecting infrastructures are included in any contract that links two or more agencies.

“You are the chairman of Tenders Board, from now, you must ensure that any contract to be awarded must include the repairs of damaged infrastructure. All associated matters must be looked into and be included in any contract henceforth”, he said.

“No road contract must be awarded without consideration for public infrastructures like water pipes, electric wire and poles. Make sure every infrastructure along the right of way is factored into the contract and must be restored back to its former state or even better than how it was.

Prince Abiodun who described water as a basic necessity of life, decried the damage done to water supply in the State as a result of the dislocation of water pipes during the expansion of roads in the state capital and other parts of the state, noting that, ” there should have been a provision in the contract for the restoration of the pipes by the contractor”.

“Commissioner for Finance, you are the Chairman of the State Tenders Board, I want to publicly admonish you that never again must a road contract be awarded without due consideration to any other infrastructure that the construction will affect. Those questions must be asked, which other infrastructure, be it electrical poles, power lines, water infrastructure – all that must be captured in the scope of that contract”

“You cannot, on one hand, be awarding contracts to improve on-road infrastructure, whilst you are now damaging water infrastructure. I mean, what are the gains there? Is it more important for us to travel than to have water?” Abiodun asked rhetorically.

The Governor berated the Corporation for non-performance, said it was a critical sector whose services were very important to the well-being of the people, urging the management to brace up for the task of ensuring that the people have access to potable water supply.

On housing, Governor Abiodun while reiterating his administration commitment to building 2,500 housing units in the first two years of his administration and implementing the 10, 000 Federal government Housing Scheme, said that the sector was important for economic sustainability as it generates employment and provides accommodation for the people.

In their support submissions, the Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Akande Omoniyi said the Ministry was currently constructing 150 housing units at Kobape, Prince Court phase 11, while 100 housing units are being constructed at Sagamu and Ijebu-Ode.

The houses under these schemes, the commissioner said would be ready in 2021

Source:- Brandspurng

EndSARS: CACOVID To Rebuild 44 Police Stations, Donates ₦100 Billion For Arms

The Central Bank Governor , Godwin Emefiele, has said the Coalition Alliance Against COVID- 19 will rehabilitate all the police stations that were damaged in the country as a result of wanton destruction and lootings that followed the recent #EndSARS protests .

Emefiele spoke during a press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday at the office of the CBN.
He also disclosed that CACOVID had so far spent N43 .27bn on the acquisition of medical equipment and supplies, and food palliatives for the vulnerable, among others.

The CBN governor said the alliance planned to spend N 150bn on youth empowerment.
He said , “ CACOVID has committed to fully rehabilitate all 44 damaged and destroyed police stations nationwide in a bid to restore provision of security in affected locations .

“ To further strengthen the security apparatus in the country , CACOVID has committed to provide over N100 bn to procure equipment and gadgets for the Nigerian Police Force over the next two years; as our contribution to fully modernise the Nigerian Police .”
He said its preliminary analysis indicated that unemployment , particularly among the youth, was a critical factor behind the unrest.

As a result , he said , CACOVID had committed to create a high impact youth development programme that would provide technical and vocational education to over four million Nigerian youths over the next five years.
“ Over N150 bn is expected to be deployed towards the set up and implementation of the youth development programme , which will be available at select training centers across the country ,” he said .

Emefiele said selected students on conclusion of the programme would be certified by the appropriate standards board and would be eligible to receive loans to support their entrepreneurial pursuits .

So far , he said , over N25 bn would be domiciled in a fund to support these entrepreneurial pursuits , which would also include acquisition of related equipment to conduct business activities.

According to him , these efforts represent some of the essential steps that were important in rebuilding trust and preventing future unrest within the communities.

Source:- Punch ng

COVID-19 Update For November 25 2020 In Nigeria

198 New COVID-19 Cases, 182 Discharged And 0 Deaths On November 25

198 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
FCT -53
Akwa Ibom-20

On the 25th of November 2020, 198 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 66,805 cases have been confirmed, 62,493 cases have been discharged and 1,169 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 198 new cases are reported from 13 states- FCT (53), Lagos (48), Ogun (40), Akwa Ibom (20), Bauchi (9), Plateau (cool, Kaduna (5), Kano (4), Benue (3), Jigawa (3), Nasarawa(3), Edo (1), Kwara (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities

Nov 25, 2020

Woman Slumps And Dies In Plateau Hours After Hearing News Of Her Only Child Death

Family and friends of 52-year-old woman Theresa Nyorong Yohanna Bwai and her only son, Bweifar Isaac, 22, are mourning their demise, IgbereTV reports.

It was gathered that 22-year-old Isaac, said to be a popular recording artist, photographer and student, was shot dead by suspected cultists in Jos, on Tuesday night, November 17.

Upon receiving news about her son’s death, Mrs Bwai was said to have collapsed and died the following morning, November 18.

Mother and son will be laid to rest in their hometown, Daffo, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Meanwhile friends of the deceased persons have taken to Facebook to mourn them. See posts below.

Sule Mato wrote:

“The mother died a day after hearing of her son’s death Mother’s Love: The greatest unconditional and infinite love we will ever experience.. The son was shot dead shortly after he resumed school in Jos, according to reports.
May their souls rest in peace with the Lord.
What a great tragedy for the family they left behind.”

Ogbonnaya Onu: Crude Oil And Minerals Are Valued More Than Nigerian Youths

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has observed that crude oil and other natural resources are valued more than the lives and potentials of Nigerian youths.

Dr Onu made this divulgence on Tuesday at the book launch of the former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, titled: “Africa’s Security Challenges In The 21st Century; Power, Principles and Praxis in Global Politics”.

According to the Minister: ‘Nigeria is endowed with very intelligent youths. They are a national asset rather than a curse and this asset needs to be converted for the economic benefits of the country.

‘Unfortunately, today, natural resources such as crude oil and minerals, are more appreciated and valued than our youths. These resources do not add up to the value which the youths can bring. Our youths have tremendous potentials that need to be encouraged.’

Dr Onu added that science, technology and innovation have the capacity to educate and provide youths with the skills they need to bring out their potentials, while describing the author, Prof. Adeniran, as ‘a star that guides people to shine.’

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, lamented over the increasing number of insecurity cases in the country, describing the situation as ‘a tragic story to tell and a nightmare.’

Also speaking at the event, the former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Olusegun Adebayo, acknowledged insecurity as a threat to governance, while he appeals to the government to handle it more seriously.

‘Insecurity is a disaster to any government, including Nigeria, but if we commit more time and strategies to it, we will bring it to submission.’

However, the book reviewer, Professor Jideofor Adibe, a publisher of professional journals, noted that the book deserves to have a place in every library.

He said: ‘I see it as a reference source and not just a book. Another point is that it is a very detailed examination of the sources and drivers of security concerns in Africa with contextual and historical discussions on each driver,’ adding that ‘the book approaches history from a strictly African perspective.’

In his closing remarks, the President of the Nigerian Folklore Society (NFS), Dr Bukar Usman, spoke passionately about the unity of Nigeria, insisting that the government and all citizens must do all they can to endure that the country does not break up.

Source:- Sunnews

Sister Pours Hot Water On Brother Over Disagreement About Married Man (Graphic)

My friends sister is following a married man, and the married man’s wife knows about it, and she has threatened to pour hot acid on my friends sister.

My friend now had to talk to his sister about it, so it all boiled down to this. They had a strife and she poured hot water on him.

I do not know the kind of home training parents give their daughters today and this generation of girls are becoming promiscuous and wayward. 

This is so sad.

Jay-Z And Beyonce’s Daughter, Blue Ivy Becomes Youngest Grammy Awards Nominee In History

The famous daughter of Jay-Z and Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter has become the youngest nominee of the prestigious Grammy Awards for her contribution to “Brown Skin Girl.”

This is coming after she made history at the BET Award earlier this year.

Earlier today, the list of nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards was released, and it saw Beyonce get the most features.

Her hit, Brown Skin Girl, was nominated in the ‘Best Music Video’ category, and Blue Ivy has made history as a result.

Despite being just a child, Blue Ivy has already established quite the recording career. She’s appeared on her father, Jay-Z’s songs “Glory” and “Family Feud,” while also guesting on her mother’s tracks “Daddy Lessons” and “Blue.” She appeared with both of them on their joint project, The Carters, on “SALUD!” and “BOSS” as well.

The eight-year-old won the Her Award at the BET Awards for her contribution to “Brown Skin Girl,” along with her mother Beyoncé, SAINt JHN, and WizKid.

The Her Award celebrates R&B and neo soul, having previously been won by Beyoncé in 2016 for “Formation.” Beyoncé’s sister—and Blue’s aunt—Solange won the following year for “Cranes in the Sky.”

Former Nigerian And Biafran Soldier, Col. Emmanuel Nwobosi Is Dead

A former war hero, Col. Emmanuel Nworah Nwobosi is dead. 

The ex-soldier served as a Nigerian and Biafran soldier, The elder statesman died at the age of 82 on Tuesday. Col Nwobosi was formally Captain in the Nigerian Army, and Colonel in the defunct Biafran Army, as well as Chief of Staff to the late Biafran leader, General Emeka Ojukwu. 

He died on Tuesday at his Obosi in Idemili North Local Government of Anambra State, his country home. Hon. Emmanuel Nwobosi (jnr) on behalf of the family, said that the patriarch died after a brief illness associated with old age. He said further that the family will give details of his funeral arrangement later.

“Yes, my father, Col Emma Nworah Nwobosi, is dead. He died today (Tuesday) after a brief illness, reasonably associated with old age,” he said, according to the Sun.

Zenith Bank Manager In Trouble After Allegedly Stealing N179.4m (Photo)

A bank manager has been ordered to be remanded in police custody. The order was given by a Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday.

The court ordered that the Asaba branch manager of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Fidelis Egueke, be remanded in custody till December 1, pending hearing and determination of his bail application. 

Justice Austine Chuka Obiozor ordered that Egueke be kept in the custody of Force Criminal Investigation Department (Force CID) Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos. The order followed Egueke’s plea of ‘not guilty’ to three counts of conspiracy and N179million fraud. 

Prosecution counsel Morufu A. Animashaun, told the court that between May 14, 2010 and December 31, 2019, at No. 2 Balogun Close, Ikoyi, Lagos, the defendant and others on the run conspired to obtain the said sum from a firm, Global Select Investment Services Ltd, “by false pretence that he will help the firm sell some goods and remit money to its bank account.” 

Animashaun alleged that the defendant, upon selling the goods, diverted the proceeds to his Zenith Bank Account Number 1020019782, but told Global Select Investment Services that most of the goods imported from the USA were inferior and of low demand.

 The court heard that the alleged offences contravened Section 8(a) and 1(1)(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006 and punishable under Section 390(7) Criminal Code Act of 2004.

Don’t Share Bills With A Man – Nigerian Lesbian, Amara Warns Ladies

Amara the Lesbian, a Nigerian gay rights activist has a piece of advice for ladies who share bills with men.

She explained that men make more money because they have more power in society, therefore they should keep paying the bulk of the bills until there’s a balance in earning power.

She Wrote:

“Do not split bill with a man. Not yet. Men are still the more empowered specie. splitting bills now will only make men richer and more empowered. and also, life is bigger than men or women. so men should pay everytime. cause statistics say men have more power and money.”

“Dear men, if you want to split bills with women. then join the chat. women want to pay. we like power too. we want it. this is why we should all be feminists. this is why we should all want equality for all humans. power for all humans. money and job opportunities for everyone!”