Sep 3, 2020

‘Life Is Hard’ – BBNaija Star AntoLecky, Cries Out

Munirat Antoinette Lecky, the ex-BBNaija housemate popularly known as Anto Lecky has revealed that people tend to expect so much from Nigerian celebrities.

She aired her thoughts through her official Instagram account, stating how she hates to show vulnerability.

According to her, there is a certain pressure for celebrities to know and have it all.

Anto, however, advised that her fellow influencers and celebrities accept that they are enough.

BBNaija Star, Khloe Confirms She Had Butt Surgery

Abike “Khloe” Abiri, the Big Brother Naija Reality TV star, popularly known as Koko by Khloe has finally confirmed that she underwent cosmetic surgery to enhance her butt.

After rumors of her doing a liposuction surfaced online, the reality star denied it.

However, in a new post on her Instagram page, Khloe shares a sexy photo of herself with her massive backside on display.

She then wrote: ‘Straight outta Boya ke ni nice night. Kidbro with the lens ( sorry I posted the unedited one, since I’m plastic, my pics should be straight out of camroll).’

Confusion As Petrol Marketers Fix Price At N162 A Litre

Barely two days after electricity tariff was increased by about 300 per cent, oil marketers yesterday fixed the pump price for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol, at N162 per litre.

The marketers fixed the new price following the Federal government’s announcement that the product would now be sold to marketers at the depot price N151.56.

But no sooner had the government and marketers announced the new price regimes than a hail of attacks and criticism greeted them.

Among those that rejected or kicked against the hikes were the minority caucus of the House of Representatives, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), and Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED).

Marketers’ new price announcement came as Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), the agency expected to modulate the price monthly, failed to announce the new retail price.

They claimed the absence of the PPPRA’s template created confusion coupled with the issuance of two conflicting statements by a subsidiary of the NNPC, Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC). The two statements fixing two ex-depot prices: N147.67 and N151.56.

The PPMC, in the first statement dated September 2, 2020, with reference number PPMC/IB/LS/020, notified stakeholders that the price had increased to N151.56 per litre.

The same agency, in the second statement, with reference number PPMC/MOD/SALES/346, put ex-depot price at N147.67 for petrol.

With an ex-depot price of N151.56, some marketers noted that additional charges for distribution margin, transporter allowance, retailer margin, bridging fund, marine transport as well as administration charges would push the retail price up to an average of N162 per litre, based on market fundamentals.

As of the time of filing this report, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) was uncertain of the price as the association’s Vice President, Abubakar Shettima, told The Guardian the situation was being weighed.

The Southwest Zonal Chairman of IPMAN, Dele Tajudeen, however, told The Guardian the association had directed its members to dispense the product at N162 per litre.

Tajudeen alleged that the NNPC had been selling to their retail outlets at different prices, bringing disparity in the system, especially for other marketers.

“This pits us against the masses. Government has been insensitive to people’s plight”, he said.Reacting to the hike, the minority caucus in the House ofRepresentatives, in a statement by its leader, Ndidu Elumelu, described price increase as unacceptable.

The caucus said the hike would worsen high cost of consumer goods and services and economic hardship suffered by Nigerians.

Elumelu said: “The minority caucus in the House of Representatives rejects the announced increase in the pump price of fuel.

“This is because such increase will directly result in more hardship on our citizens, particularly at this critical time when the majority of Nigerians, across the country, are struggling to survive under the burden of the high cost of living and low purchasing power occasioned by the prevailing economic challenges.’’

The caucus asked PPMC to revert to former price.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the increase as callous, cruel and punishing.

The party called on the National Assembly to caution the APC Federal Government and prevent it from plunging the nation into chaos.

The party demanded reversal of the prices to avert national crisis, stating that the increase “will result in upsurge in costs of goods and services and worsen the biting hardship faced by Nigerians, who are already impoverished and grappling with high cost of living in the last five years.”

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said increasing fuel price from N87 per litre to N151 and hiking electricity tariff from N30.23 per kwh to over N66, had left no one in doubt that APC’s agenda was to inflict pain and hardship on Nigerians to satisfy their selfish interests.

The party challenged the APC and the Buhari administration to publish parameters with which they arrived at the increase of fuel price, arguing that with the prevailing values in the international market, the appropriate price template for domestic pump price in Nigeria ought not to be above N100 per litre

SIMILARLY, Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemned the price increase.

The party, in a statement signed by its acting National Chairman, Abiodun Bamigboye, and National Secretary, Chinedu Bosah, described the increment as one too many. It called on the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), not to only issue statements but to mobilise to fight back.

It said, “SPN strongly condemns this increase and demands its immediate and unconditional reversal to pre-May 2020 price. But condemnation in words alone will not be enough, especially for an obdurately anti-poor capitalist regime which has made it clear to everyone it is desperate at offloading economic catastrophe on the heads of working class and poor Nigerians.

“We, therefore, call on the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) not to simply issue statements as it has been doing for months now, condemning in strong terms one anti-poor government policies or another without taking any serious action to mobilise to fight back, thus effectively allowing the capitalist ruling elite to condemn the masses to suffer in silence while disarming the advanced layers of the working class and youths who are rearing to fight back but need bold and militant leadership.”

Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) described the hike as “draconian anti-masses policy by a heartless administration.”

In a statement on Wednesday by its Director of Media and Publicity, O’Seun John, the organisation urged the Federal Government to revert to old price and tariff.

The statement read, “We received with shock the report of yet another increase in the price of petrol at the depot just two months after it was hiked.’’

A Professor of Economics, at the Babcock University, Segun Ajibola, noted that hiking prices of essential products such as electricity and petrol would worsen the standard of living and increase poverty level.

Idayat Hassan, who is the Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), noted that the hike would undermine efforts to reduce cases of COVID-19, saying the masses would be forced to look for means of survival in the absence of palliatives from the government.

“Income has not increased but prices of basic amenities are going up at a time when people are losing jobs. It shows our government is not thinking,” she stated.

Source:- Guardian ng

Femi Fani-Kayode On N162 Fuel Price: Nigerians Should Expect More From Buhari

A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has said Nigerians should expect more hardships from President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Reacting to the increase in pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol to N162 per litre with effect from September 2, 2020, Fani-Kayode in a post on his social media handles said he predicted that Nigerians will be worse off if the All Progressives Congress (APC) was elected in 2015.

He also said that he warned Nigerians in 2015 but they rejected the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He also said that he warned Nigerians in 2015 but they rejected the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Fuel =N87
ECA =$2.5bn
Dollar =N200
Bag of rice =N8,500
External debt =$9.7bn

Fuel =N150
ECA =$72m
Dollar =N475
Bag of rice =N25,000
External debt =$27bn
“In the 2015 presidential campaign I warned Nigerians that this would happen if Buhari was elected.

“I shouted it on the rooftops morning day and night but the people refused to listen. Instead they insulted me & rejected GEJ. Let them continue with their insults and enjoy their plight. This is a sad testimony but worse of all is that there is far more to come. Sai Baba!”

Source:- Independent ng

NLC Rejects Hike In Petrol Price, Electricity Tariff As Protest Looms

There may be demonstration nationwide as the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday rejected the hike in prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as petrol and electricity tariff.

Ayuba Wabba, the president of the NLC while rejecting the increase yesterday said his organisation has began consulting state organs on the next line of action.

While the price of petrol was increased to N162 yesterday, electricity tariff which doubled more than twice was enforced nationwide on Tuesday. Several groups including the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the increase, calling on the All Progressive Congress (APC) led administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari to backtrack on its decision.

“It is like Nigerians are being taken for a ride,” Mr Wabba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday.

“The increase in price of petroleum is like adding salt to injury.

“The increase in price of petroleum has happened now more than three times in three months.

“Only yesterday they hiked the tariff of electricity.

“The organised labour therefore rejects the increase in price of the product in the strongest terms.

“At the end of the day, Nigerians are becoming poorer and poorer.

“In fact, many people are already on the edge.

“Many workers are already on the edged.

“Certainly, we cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony, and we will have to call our organs and we will have to also react, but we reject it in its entirety.

“They have betrayed the trust of Nigerians.

“For Nigerians to be protected against the economic challenge that is affecting us,” the NLC president said.

Nigerian Politician Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Becomes American Citizen

Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is now an American citizen. 

According to Bloomberg, Okonjo-Iweala actually took US citizenship in 2019 as she fought for the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

 According to Bloomberg, most of the candidates battling for the position with the Nigerian boast of dual citizenship, which experts believe may boost their chances at getting the much-coveted job. 

The other candidates for the position, such as Jesús Seade Kuri, is Mexican and Lebanese. 

Also, Amina Mohamed, a Kenyan minister, is also Somali and Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh is both Swiss and Egyptian. Nigeria’s former finance minister worked in the US for well over 25 years without taking up its citizenship.

 However, this affected her when she ran for the president of the World Bank in 2012 because she was not backed by the US, losing the seat to Korean-American Jim Yong Kim.

Naira Rebounds Against Dollar.See Latest Exchange Rate

The naira has rebounded against the dollar at the parallel market to exchange N420/$ on Wednesday. 

According to Punch, this was as a result of the intervention made by the Central Bank of Nigeria in the Investors and Exporters window. Prior to CBN’s renewed intervention in the I&E window on Monday, the naira exchanged for as high as N480 to the dollar. Speculators in Nigeria’s foreign exchange market would count huge losses as the naira continued to surge against the dollar, experts have said. 

The CBN had said that it would also resume the sale of foreign exchange to operators of Bureau de Change from September 7. Speaking on the issue in a statement entitled, “Forex: Speculators set to count losses,” the Director, Corporate Communications Department at the CBN, Isaac Okorafor, said the bank had concluded plans to inject liquidity into the foreign exchange market by selling forex to licensed BDC operators.

 He said the sale to BDCs would be gradual and be done twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, and that the BDCs had been directed to ensure that their accounts with their banks were adequately funded to ensure seamless transactions. While warning speculators to desist from what he termed unpatriotic tendencies, Okorafor urged registered BDCs to comply with the CBN guidelines as the bank would not hesitate in sanctioning any erring dealer. 

He also assured that those requiring foreign exchange for purposes of travel, educational fees and other invisibles could obtain such over the counter from their respective banks.

BBNaija: Did Erica Just Confirm Having Sex With Kiddwaya? Check Out What She Told Neo (Video)

Erica, a Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, has confirmed having intimacy with fellow housemate, Kiddwaya.

Erica, who is the current Head of House, HOH, disclosed that she and Kiddwaya did everything “intimate” in the HoH room.

The housemate disclosed this during a conversation with Neo in the kitchen, on Wednesday.

“I and Kiddwaya did everything intimate while in the HoH room,” 
Erica told Neo.

Recall that a video had emerged of Erica and Kiddwaya under the duvet with Nigerians believing they had sex.

However, Kiddwaya told fellow housemates, Brighto and Trikytee that what they did under the duvet cannot be tagged as a s*x tape.

The billionaire son explained that housemates and viewers could only see movement under the duvet and cannot be certain about what happened.

Oba Of Benin Reprimands Obaseki For Refusing Overtures For Peace With Oshiomole

Oba of Benin reprimands Governor Obaseki for refusing all overtures for peace with comrade Adams Oshiomole, thereby allowing the Edo political crisis to degenerate further.

See video below:

Pastor Adeboye Buys New Helicopter For Rural Evangelism

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has just received a brand new helicopter. Church Gist can authoritatively reveal that the Helicopter with registration marking ‘5N-EAA’ representing ‘Enoch Adejare Adeboye’ arrived Nigeria very recently, precisely about 2 weeks ago.

Recall that in December 2019, the 78 year old General Overseer of the Church with the ‘most ambitious evangelism drive globally’ according to News outfits Al-Jazeera and American News Outfit ‘Cable News Network’ (CNN) went on an apostolic/evangelical visit usually known as ‘LET’S GO A FISHING’ to about 20 towns around Nigeria within 4 days preaching and winning souls to Christ.

Church Gist stated then that the only possible way for such to be achieved was through an easy means of transportation such as a helicopter. The G.O, Pastor Enoch Adeboye had stated in 1981 as a 39 year old leader of the RCCG that the Church intended to plant Churches within 3 minutes driving distance in the developed world and 5 minutes walking distance in the developing world. This has led the Church to grow from 38 Churches when he stepped into office to over 40,000 Churches in the last 39 years and as old age finally arrives, the easy and sensible way to spearhead the continuing expansion is to the make use of an easy mode of transport to access the hinterlands.

Recently, the Bishop Oyedepo led Living Faith Church also acquired a new helicopter. The Living Faith Church is also planting 10,000 new churches in 2020 with over 5,000 already planted around Nigeria and in some other African countries inspite of the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The RCCG and the Living Faith Churches who are usually maligned ‘ignorantly’ on social media are the Churches presently spearheading the most aggressive evangelism move with massive church planting the World has ever witnessed from all records available.

The Church in Nigeria has recently come into the eye of the public as a result of issues raised by Bishop David Oyedepo regarding controversies over the recently signed CAMA (Company and Allied Matters Act) Law while 2 day’s ago, Pastor Adeboye visited the Seat of Power to meet the Nigerian President at the Aso Rock Villa in what was touted to be a meeting to among other things resolve the CAMA Controversy.

The brand new helicopter ‘5N-EAA’ is presently parked in the Winners’ Chapel owned hangar‘Dominion Aviation Center’ at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Pastor Adeboye had famously stated to Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow in an interview monitored by Church Gist on 13th April 2013…”There are things you need…when you have to oversee churches in 160 nations, you can’t do that on a bicycle”. Today, the RCCG has churches in over 190 countries of the world.

Mohammed Adow of Al-Jazeera had ended that interview report by saying “More and more Nigerians have convinced themselves that their government has gone to sleep, so to their pastors they run for help”.

States With Less Than 10 Coronavirus Patients On Admission In Nigeria Revealed

At least eight states in Nigeria have less than 10 COVID-19 positive cases currently on admission, as of the morning of Thursday, September 3.

They are: Taraba (9), Jigawa (3), Kebbi (3) Sokoto (1), Cross River (1), Zamfara (0), Yobe (0) and Kogi (0).

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday night, confirmed 216 new cases from 16 states: Plateau (59), Rivers (27), Abia (22), Lagos (20), Oyo (18), Enugu (17), Kaduna (11), FCT (11), Ogun (10), Ebonyi (4), Osun (4), Ekiti (4), Delta (3), Edo (3), Akwa Ibom (2) and Bauchi (1).

It brings the tally in the country to 54,463.

Of that number, 42,439 have been discharged, while 1,027 deaths have been recorded.

NCDC added that “A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities.”

Man Invited By A Father To Discipline His 19-Year- Old Son, Stabs The Teenager To Death In Lagos

A 27-year-old man identified as Felix Ezike has been arrested by the Lagos state police command for allegedly stabbing a 19-year-old boy, Deji Animashaun, to death in the Egbe area of Ikotun, Lagos State on August 28.

According to police report, Deji’s father, Dada Animashaun, had invited Felix to his house to help him discipline his son who was allegedly caught stealing and has refused to change his ways. It was reported that Deji put up resistance when Felix tried to discipline him. Felix got angry and brought out a jack-knife which he allegedly used to stab the teenager on the head and his
Deji’s father immediately rushed him to the hospital where he died while receiving treatment.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana, said;

“On August 28, 2020, around 4.30pm, one Dada Animashaun, of Rasheed Bello Street, Egbe, Ikotun, allegedly invited one Felix Ezike, 27, to his house to discipline his son, Deji Animashaun, 19, for stealing and becoming a defiant.

In the process, the son resisted the punishment and was stabbed with a jack knife in the head and body by the said Felix Ezike. Consequently, the boy collapsed and was taken to hospital for treatment, where he later died. Our detectives have visited the scene of the incident and the corpse was evacuated to the IDH Morgue in Yaba for autopsy
.”he said.

Bala added that the father of the deceased boy as well as Felix has been arrested. He said a detailed investigation into the matter is ongoing.

UI Ranked Among Top 500 Varsities Globally, Named West Africa’s Best.

The University of Ibadan (UI) has been named among the top 500 varsities in the world in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) rankings.

On Tuesday, THE released its rankings for the year 2021 wherein UI emerged in the 401- 500 band and the best in West Africa, a rating that comes as the institution’s best in comparison to its previous numbers over the years.

Reacting to the feat in a statement, Idowu Olayinka, vice-chancellor of UI, emphasised THE’s criteria of teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions,” the statement read.

“We acknowledge with thanks the support of the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the Federal Ministry of Education under Mallam Adamu Adamu, and its agencies.

“We trust we can always count on your invaluable assistance and encouragement in the years ahead. Congratulations to all of us in the UI Project.”

THE had realised its rankings using 13 “carefully calibrated” performance indicators to provide comparisons, “trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.”

While figures for 2016, 2017, and 2018 ranked the institution in the 601-800, 801-1000, and 801-1000 respectively, UI emerged in the 601-800 and 501-600 band for 2019 and 2020 accordingly.

Source:- The Cable

Lagos Picks Badagry As Location For Proposed Coconut Factory

The Year 2020 Coconut Day Celebration organised by the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority at Lagos Farm Centre, Agege.

The Lagos State Government has stated that it will soon establish a coconut processing factory in Badagry to further optimise the use of coconut and harness the economic potentials in the value chain.

The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, who disclosed this today at the Year 2020 Coconut Day Celebration organised by the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority at Lagos Farm Centre, Agege, said that the factory would be exclusively dedicated to the processing of coconut husk to coir and coco peat, among others, under a Public-Private Partnership arrangement in the State’s Y2021 Annual Work Plan and Budget.

She noted that these initiatives further reinforce the State’s position as the number one coconut producer in Nigeria, in addition to providing employment opportunities for the teeming citizens, stressing that the processing factory would also catalyse the entire industry, such that more people will come within the sub-sector and create additional business opportunities in the value chain.

The Acting Commissioner revealed that Lagos State is the largest coconut producing State in Nigeria, contributing over 70 percent to what the nation produced, saying “I believe Nigeria as a whole produces over 350,000 tonnes of coconut annually but it is far behind what the likes of Philippines, Malaysia and other Asian countries are producing on an annual basis”.

“It is believed that with all these efforts, Lagos State will continue to be the number one coconut producer in Nigeria. This will, to a great extent, provide jobs and employment for teeming citizens. The support will also lead to various job creation in other areas aside from the above mentioned and contribute to export and foreign exchange earnings for Nigeria”, she said.

While reiterating Governor Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to adopting a much more robust food security strategy for the State next year, the Acting Commissioner said the theme of this year’s celebration “Coconut in the 21st Century Economy” was aimed at creating awareness for the promotion of production, processing, utilisation and commercialisation of the coconut value chain.

She said that the occasion takes into cognisance the fact that Nigeria ranks l8 among over 92 coconut producing countries of the world, of which Lagos State contributes about 70 percent of national production of coconut and its products.

“This occasion, therefore, serves as another timely wake up to go back to the basics and rekindle the interests and values of coconut and its plethora of products for social, environmental, economic and wellness advantages as seen to be practised and enjoyed sustainably by coconut driven economies. Lagos has a comparative advantage for coconut production, processing, utilisation and commercialisation and as of today, remains the hub of Coconut in Nigeria and all coconuts traversing the West Coast of Africa”, she said.

Olusanya noted that implementation of many initiatives in the coconut sub-sector by the State Government is to further bring awareness of the potentials of coconut that have not been fully tapped.

She congratulated all the coconut value chain actors and assured them of government’s continuous support in providing an enabling environment to unleash potentials of the wonder crop to an enviable level.

In his presentation, Dr. Joshua Odewale of the Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), Benin City, Edo State, urged the government to set up an endowment fund for coconut and coconut products, national consumption and export for about 20 years, noting that the Philippines set a 25-year endowment fund goal.

He expressed the need for government to take coconut as a personal crop, know the crop and identify the genuine stakeholders in the coconut industry as well as the secondary product needs of the industry.

Food Security Threatened As Floods Destroy Farms

Fear of food crisis is heightening in Nigeria following massive floods that are ravaging crop farms in many parts of the country.

Many farmlands were reportedly destroyed by floods in Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger, Rivers, C/Rivers, Sokoto, Bauchi and some parts of Kwara State.

Rice and maize farmlands were most affected and farmers fear this could further hike the prices of the staple food in the country.

A Daily Trust market survey showed that prices of food items are already going up in the market.

In Kano, a 100kg of maize now costs N20,000, N22,000 in Benue, N24, 000 in Abuja and as high as N25,000 in Lagos State.

The same size of maize sold between N9, 000 and N11, 000 last year across the country.

Also, 100kg of local rice now costs N55,000 in Kano, N58,000 in Abuja, while prices of beans range from N22,000 to N24, 000 per 100kg depending on the market and state.

– The warnings –

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) had warned that the current water level in the Middle Niger of the Niger Basin portends some level of concern for Nigeria as there could be a likelihood of river flooding in the states contiguous to River Niger.

The states, according to the Agency, are Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Rivers and Bayelsa.

The Director-General of the agency, Engr. Clement Onyeaso Nze said the country through Kebbi State might be flooded beginning from September 6

Reports from Kebbi had shown that several hectares of rice farms were washed away by flood and similar incidence was also reported in some parts of Zamfara, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kwara, Cross Rivers, Rivers and Niger states.

The incident is already a source of concern for stakeholders in the food sector as they are expressing fears that if the ugly trend continues, there might be food crisis in the country.

In Kebbi State, over 500,000 hectares of farmlands were reported to have been destroyed by flood.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Sani Dododo, who announced the incident said rice farms accounted for about 450,000 of the hectares while the remaining 50,000 were for other crops.

Source:- Daily Trust

IGP Lauds Enugu State Government’s Commitment To Security

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu Abubakar, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his outstanding commitment to the security of the state.

IGP Abubakar also applauded the governor, who he described as “a very security-friendly governor” for “always making the security agencies in the state comfortable to be able to discharge their duties without fear of favour”.

The IGP spoke when Gov. Ugwuanyi inspected a befitting office complex for the newly created Force CID Annex for the South East geo-political zone located at the Command’s Detective College, Enugu, which was renovated and furnished by his administration.

The Police Chief, who was represented by the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdurrahman, described the edifice as “a very good architecturally magnificent office”…, which we are going to hand over to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, who will be the Commander of this very highly investigative outreach of the Nigeria Police Force”.

CP Abdurrahman, on behalf of the IGP, thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for his timely intervention, when Nigeria Police Force was looking for an office for the new unit, disclosing that the governor “came in handy without hesitation and said CP, tell the I.G that I will take full responsibility and I will give them a befitting office that will house them.

“I am therefore here representing the Inspector General of Police to receive the renovated edifice”, the CP said, thanking God for the life of the IGP “who in his wisdom found it very expedient to locate this office here in Enugu for the South East investigation unit”.

Enugu State is in the hands of God! #amokelouis

Source:- IgbereTv

Udom Promises To Make Akwa Ibom Aviation Hub In West Africa

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has promised to transform the state into an aviation hub in the West African subregion.

He made the vow while announcing the arrival of the latest Bombardier CRJ900 recently acquired by the state owned airline – Ibom Air. He further disclosed that contracts have been mobilized to commence the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, MRO, facility and other upgrade works at the Victor Attah International Airport to attain this status before he leaves office.

He assured that the new terminal is designed to meet the highest intelligence, smart standard and will match any of the internationally ranked terminals when completed.

The new Bombardier CRJ900, with registration number 5N-BXO is the fifth aircraft to the fleet of the Akwa Ibom State-owned airline, Ibom Air.

The State Governor expressed delight for the addition and thanked God that while others are battling with the doomsday occasioned by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Akwa Ibom people are celebrating expansion in their aviation business.

On behalf of the government and people of Akwa Ibom State, including those in the diaspora, we appreciate God and everyone who has contributed in making this possible and we look toward to many more. ”We welcome the latest in our fleet, registration number 5N-BXO, CoVID-19 compliant”, the Governor said.

He commended the management and staff of Ibom Air for their commitment and show of professionalism, as he announced the assumption of duty of Ibom Air’s first female pilot, Captain Ruth Adebanwo, as pilot of the new aircraft.

“I want to most sincerely register my appreciation to the management team of Ibom Air. They’ve actually made us proud. I really want to thank them for their commitment and the professionalism they have displayed to make Ibom Air an airline to beat. It is an airline to beat anytime, anywhere”, Governor Emmanuel assured.

He described the accolades already trailing the qualitative customer service in the state-owned airlines as expected, stating that Ibom Air has already surpassed the customer satisfaction benchmark and now building customer enthusiasm as a stock in trade.

“When I came into office as Governor, I inherited just one private aircraft, but I thank God I will not leave office with anything less than eight to nine more aircrafts, so that people can see progress and I’m sure the person that will come after me will not leave office with less than twenty five aircrafts”, Governor Emmanuel said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman, Ibom Airport Development Company Limited, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga rtd., commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for developing the aviation sector in the state, adding that the governor has delivered on his promises to the people as captured in the completion agenda.

He said “…we still have MRO, we still have the cargo coming up, and we have the Ibom International Terminal we have so many things coming up at this airport how else you could define progress, how else could you define governance more than what we are witnessing. Today we are going to unveil the 5th in the series of our aircraft”.

Nkanga stated that the Governor who is committed in his developmental drive will increase the number of fleets in the airline, noting that “Calabar route has commenced while Ibom Air will be airborne from Enugu International Airport from 14th September”, he said.

Source:- TheNationOnline

Enugu Government Moves To Recruit More Nurses

Enugu State Government has fixed Thursday, September 3, 2020, for interview of all nurses of the state’s origin who had submitted their applications to the State Ministry of Health, Enugu.

The venue for the interview, according to a statement by the Head of Service, Ken Chukwuegbo, is ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, at 9.00am

Chukwuegbo added that candidates are advised to come with the originals and photocopies of all their credentials, including their Local Government Area identification letters.

“Successful candidates are expected to start work immediately after the interview session”, the Head of Service said.

Enugu State is in the hands of God! #amokelouis

Zainab Ahmed: AfDB Should Step Up Job Creation Efforts

The Federal Government on Tuesday said the African Development Bank should step up its efforts in helping African countries to create jobs for youths across the continent.

Governor of Nigeria to AfDB and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said this in her congratulatory message to Akinwumi Adesina on the occasion of his swearing-in ceremony for a second term as AfDB President.

Ahmed said projects in the areas of infrastructure development, the use of guarantee instruments to de-risk investments and promote trade, as well as private sector development were vital for job creation.

She appreciated the quick action of the bank, with the support of the Board of Directors, in providing emergency COVID-19 assistance to regional member countries towards stabilising their economies as they dealt with the health and economic emergencies of the pandemic.

Ahmed said the bank’s relevance to its regional member countries was directly related to its preparedness and ability to stand with them in challenging times.

“I wish to use this opportunity to urge the bank to also consider intervention in the area of health infrastructure, as this will help both in coping with the present crisis, as well as in preparing for possible future episodes,” the minister said.

She further noted that the recent uplift of the bank’s capital base under the GCI-7 and ADF-15 provided an opportunity to scale up its interventions in member countries.

Ahmed observed that with the various domestic reform efforts in African countries in the areas such as resource mobilisation, public finance management and improving the environment for doing business, Africa was well positioned for a new era of growth.

Source:- Punchng

“Ghana Persecuting Us Since 2007”, Nigerians Tell Gbajabiamila

THE leader of Nigerian traders in Ghana, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji, on Wednesday told the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, how Nigerian traders had been subjected to hardship by the Ghanaian authorities since 2007.

He added that Nigerian traders had their businesses registered with appropriate agencies while they pay their taxes as and when due, yet they were still subjected to harsh treatment by the Ghanaian authorities.

Nnaji said many Nigerian traders could not afford the latest $1m trade registration fee, adding that those who could not pay the sum still had their shops under lock and key.

Nnaji was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, titled, ‘Gbajabiamila hopeful of mutually acceptable resolutions to Ghanaian diplomatic face-off… as Nigerian traders narrate ordeals to Gbajabiamila.’

The Speaker, who led a delegation of members of the House on a “legislative diplomatic mission,” said the two-day visit to Ghana was meant to explore legislative diplomacy towards resolving the issues affecting both countries.

The Nigerian delegation was received by the Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, as they arrived in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

The Ghanaian Speaker, while receiving his Nigerian counterpart, expressed confidence that an amicable resolution would be reached on the issues.

Responding, Gbajabiamila said he was hopeful that Nigeria and Ghana would arrive at mutually acceptable resolutions on the trade dispute.

He said, “Brothers will always have squabbles , healthy ones. National interests on both sides will always come to play. But it is not the misunderstanding that matters; it is how you resolve it that matters.”

Source:- Punchng

216 New COVID-19 Cases, 429 Discharged And 4 Deaths On September 2

216 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Says He And His Family Had All Contracted COVID-19

The former wrestler, who is now the world’s highest-paid actor, said he, his wife and two daughters caught the virus despite being “disciplined” about health protection.

He said the positive tests were “a kick in the gut”.

Now, he added: “We’re on the other end of it and no longer contagious. Thank God, we’re healthy.”

Johnson, 48, said he. his wife Lauren, 35, and their daughters Jasmine and Tiana, aged four and two, contracted the virus about two-and-a-half weeks ago.

They caught it from “very close family friends” who, in turn, had no idea how they had been infected.

“I can tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family,” Johnson said in a video posted on his Instagram account .

“Testing positive for Covid-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries, or being evicted or even being broke, which I have been more than a few times,” he added.

“My number one priority is to always protect my family.”

“We are counting our blessings right now because we’re well aware that it isn’t always the case that you get on the other end of Covid-19 stronger and healthier,” said Johnson.

“It baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, will take this idea of wearing masks and make it part of a political agenda.

“It has nothing to do with politics. Wear your mask. It is a fact. And it is the right thing to do.”

Dwayne Johnson followed his father Rocky to become a professional wrestler and a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star.

He became a huge success in the sport before turning to acting, starring in blockbuster movies such as The Scorpion King, Fast & Furious 6 and the Jumanji franchise.

The former wrestler reportedly earned $87.5m (£67m) in the year to June, including $23.5m for the Netflix thriller Red Notice.

Source:- BBC

BBNaija 2020:- I Saw Erica Trying To Kiss Laycon – Praise (Video)

BBNaija 2020:- I Saw Erica Trying To Kiss Laycon – Praise (Video)

Praise throw more light on Erica and Laycon kiss saga. He claims that he saw Erica trying to kiss Laycon and he told her to her face that she tried to kiss Laycon but she said she didn’t try to kiss him.

Video below…

Sep 2, 2020

Oxford University Loses Bid To Stop Nigerian Lawyer’s N10m Lawsuit Over ‘Wrong Definition’

Oxford University’s application to stop a N10 million lawsuit filed against it by a Nigerian lawyer identified as Ogedi Ogu, has been struck out by Lagos state high court in Igbosere.

Ogu had filed the lawsuit against the UK university over the wrong definition of the words “mortgagee” and “mortgagor”, which he relied up to offer legal advice to a professional colleague.

The lawyer who maintained that the dictionary’s definitions of “mortgagee’’ as the borrower in a mortgage transaction; and “mortgagor’’ as the lender were wrong, said his professional colleague pointed out that the words were wrongly defined.

Ogu averred that this caused him a huge embarassment as all his professional colleagues stopped seeking legal advice from him, hence his claim to N10 million in damages.

However the defence counsel, Mrs Funke Adekoya (SAN) asked the court to strike out the lawsuit as “incompetent” because the lawyer did not comply with Section 97 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act in issuing and serving his writ of summons.

Justice I.O. Harrison who upheld the SAN’s submission that Oxford University Press was not a juristic entity and struck out its name from the suit, also pointed out that the the writ was validly issued and service was lawful and regular.

The Judge Said;

“The court finds that not being a juristic person, the 2nd defendant can’t be sued and since they are a department of the 1st defendant, whatever affects the 1st defendant will naturally affect and bind on their departments.

“The notice of preliminary objection succeeds partially.”

President Buhari’s Closest Aide Reportedly Contracts COVID-19

According to Sahara Reporters, Sarki Abba, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Abba, who is the President’s closest aide tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago and had not been seen on the Presidential Villa since then. 

The online outlet reports that persons who came in contact with Abba had also been asked to self-isolate, adding that his current status is unknown. One of the duties of Abba at the Presidency was to pick visitors when they arrive at the Presidential Villa to see President Buhari. 

Back in April 2020, the President lost his closest ally and Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari to COVID-19.

Pastor Reveals Buhari’s Hidden Agenda For Introducing Controversial CAMA Law

The Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has accused Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari of trying to take over the funds of churches through the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAMA, 2020.

 He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to perish the thought of controlling the church. Pastor Giwa claimed that Buhari wants to take over church treasury after allegedly selling Nigeria to China. In a statement, the clergyman warned that Buhari could only control the “church in his dreams.” 

He said, “Didn’t I say it on April 22 this year that President Buhari and others in the APC have sold Nigeria to China?“We all saw what happened thereafter; the Chinese have taken over every nook and cranny of this country. If you borrow money from them and you are unable to pay, they take over your nation.“Nigerians should ask them what they used the money they borrowed for.

Did they use it on poor electricity supply or economy or roads?“They have empied the nation’s treasury, re-looted all loots and all our savings have disappeared. Now, they think they can get money from the church.“They want to reap what they have not worked for.

Somebody should tell them that they can only control the church in their dreams. We are answerable to God, we are not answerable to Buhari or anybody.“In as much as God gives me strength, I shall continue to say the truth, no matter whose ox is gored.”

Coronavirus Spikes In Plateau, Strikes 10 Nigerians Dead In A Single Day

It has been reported that Plateau State recorded Coronavirus spike on Tuesday, as the pandemic killed 10 Nigerians in the last 24 hours.

The state posted 116 new coronavirus infections, almost double the national figure of 239 cases on Tuesday, as reported by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

With this development, emphasis has shifted from Lagos, which recorded just 19 new cases, to Plateau as the new epicentre of the virus.

The State tripled the 35 cases it raked in on Monday, with the new infections it posted on Tuesday.

The NCDC also confirmed 10 people dead in the last 24 hours across the country.

Till date, 54,247 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been recorded, with 42,010 survivors discharged.

With the 10 new deaths, the total deaths arising from Coronavirus have reached 1,023 in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Nnamdi Kanu: I Challenge Pastor Adeboye To Reveal What He Saw In Aso Rock

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has made claims about Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s refusal to speak with the press after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.

DAILY POST reported that pastor Adeboye met with President Buhari behind closed-door on Monday.

And after the meeting, the revered Christian leader shunned the eagerly awaiting State House correspondents as he made his way out of the Presidential Villa.

Although details of the meeting have not been made available to the press till this moment, there are indications it was in connection to the controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAMA, which the President signed into law on August 7, 2020.

But Kanu is claiming that what the Pastor saw in Aso Rock his mouth could not speak.

“The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church Of God Pastor E.A Adeboye declined to speak with state house correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Common live interview they cannot do. Deception in the name of Christ.

“I challenge Adeboye to tell the world if he met the old brutal dictator Buhari or somebody that looks like him,” he claimed

Source:- Daily Post

BBNaija Fans Want Organisers To Disqualify Erica For Doing This

It has been reported that some aggrieved fans of the Big Brother Naija reality show have called on the organisers of the show to disqualify Ngozi Nlewedim, popularly known as Erica from the lockdown edition for canvassing for votes.

This is coming after her conversation with Kiddwaya on Monday night after he was put up for possible eviction.

Erica was heard telling Kiddwaya that her fans will vote for him and would not let her down.

She said: “Don’t worry, I know my fans will vote for you and save you because they know you’re important to me.

“They will vote for you. This nomination process is even different from previous years’ where they picked just two people up for eviction.”

Some viewers took to Twitter pages, describing her conversation with Kiddwaya as a way of campaigning for votes from her fans which is against the house rules and should get her a third strike from Big Brother.

Erica was issued a second strike and stern warning from Biggie. Another act of disobedience of the house rules will get her disqualified from the reality show just like Tacha of ‘Pepper Dem’ season.

Here are some comments from viewers demanding Erica’s disqualification;

@SirAdult ” Erica just campaigned for kiddwaya. This is wrong @Ebuka wetin they sup with BBNaija. Na Erica and Kiddwaya don get the house now?

@Ifylxo “She is not supposed to be indirectly telling ‘fans’ to vote for Kiddwaya. This is where ‘Big brother is always watching’ should come to play o.”

@Nengi_Ninja “Erica was seriously campaigning for votes and it’s against the rules @BBNaija they were specifically warned after praise did the same thing the last time.”

@Pearlkarenice “Sounded like soliciting for votes for Kiddwaya. Erica just wan chop disqualification unconsciously.”

@Jenevive “She just canvassed votes for Kiddwaya and she knows the rules.”

@Eomatthew “It’s definitely an infringement that must not go unpunished.”

@Audrey10042 “They need to check this o!! How can she be using style to campaign @BBNaija.”

@Roselyn “It is against the rules. This should earn Erica a disqualification.”

@Jennygodswill “Erica to Kidd : “If you leave, I won’t remain the same, so don’t worry, my fans will vote for you. Biggie it’s time for one more strike. This lady is a clown.”

@Bimsbaby “It will definitely earn her the 3rd strike. You are not allowed to talk about your fans and Erica saying that her fans will vote for Kiddwaya is totally against the rule.”

@MrFisher “Sometimes, she is just too annoying, imagine discussing the nomination process with Kiddwaya after Big Brother’s warning.”

BBNaija: Laycon Leads As OPPO Ask Fans To Vote For Their Next Brand Partner

OPPO mobile Nigeria, one of the sponsors of reality TV show, BBNaija decided to allow fans have some fun by voting for who should be OPPO’s next brand Partner.

The housemates had their pictures taken with an OPPO Reno 3 Series smartphone during last week’s party and fans were asked to vote by liking and retweeting.

This has led to Laycon trending worldwide at some point, Erica trending in Ghana and other spontaneous popularity (well BBNaija is a popularity contest anyway).

Housemates such as Kiddwaya, Ozo and Nengi also pulled votes which is still going on as at the time of this write up.