Friday, 10 February 2017

Corruption in Nigeria is wealthy, powerful, influential – Osinbajo

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The Acting President Yemi Osinbaj has said that corruption in Nigeria is wealthy, powerful, influential. 
 
Osinbajo made this known during the protest rally by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) targeted at harsh the economic realities and the unprecedented hardship in the land in Abuja on Thursday. 
 
Though the protesters, many of whom were workers led by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba and President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Boboi Kaigama were not allowed entry into the Presidential Villa, Abuja as they were blocked by the security operatives at the Federal Secretariat, but the doors of the State House were however opened for their leaders to meet with Osinbajo in his office at the Villa.
 

Adamawa Govt dedicates Friday, Sunday for Buhari’s special prayers.

Adamawa State Government has declared a two-day special prayer session for President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The state governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, made the declaration on Thursday after the state executive council meeting which held at the state government house in Yola, the state capital.

He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari needs the prayers of all Nigerians to enable him pilot the affairs of the country effectively.

Interesting - Enugu govt. to adopt town unions as fourth tier govt

 
The Enugu State Government says it would adopt town unions as the fourth tier of government in its efforts to develop the rural communities.

Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Poverty Reduction, Obinna Mbaeke, made this known in an interview, in Enugu, on Friday.

According to him, the essence of the town unions is for development to trickle down to rural communities.

EFCC operatives arrest 8 Councillors in Adamawa

 
Officials of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) have arrested eight councillors of Yola North Metropolitan Council of Adamawa State.

Confirming the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Chairman of council, Alhaji Mahmoud Mamman, said the Councillors were detained at the Adamawa Police Command headquarters.

“I was informed that eight councillors were arrested by EFCC and I had to rush with my Vice Chairman to the police headquarters to see what is happening.

Why I returned to Nigeria - Tiwa Savage

 
This week ‘African Voices’ meets one of Nigeria’s biggest stars, Tiwa Savage, whose vocal talents have taken her from humble roots in a church choir to singing in Los Angeles with some of the industry’s biggest stars.


The programme reports from Lagos, where ‘African Voices’ discovers what made Savage return to Nigeria and build her career at home.

‘African Voices’ learns that finding success at home was an uphill climb, as Savage explains: “When I first moved to Nigeria, I got a lot of people discouraging me about being a female artist, and a lot of people didn't want to invest money or time because they didn't think I was lucrative…. Female artists are huge in other parts of the world. It shouldn't be different in Africa."

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Valentine: Decorating an "I LOVE YOU" Interior!

Don’t get it twisted love is a beautiful thing, and the full mystery of it is yet to be unraveled. For me love is that which adds meaning to living and oh how miserable the world will be without love. This will turn your home and life to a love haven. 
 
Like charity, practically everything begins from your home, especially love. It’s most appropriate that the people we love are the ones closest to us, the ones we share our lives and apartment with but just too sad to mention people have lost the value of a loving and happy home. There is just so much bitterness in our homes that members of the family will rather spend longer time outside hanging out with friends, colleagues, business partners, make a lot of trips and make lots of enemies in the process just to get away from the chaos at home and isn't that sad?

Buhari is hale and hearty, worried over food security in Nigeria – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has claimed that he received a call from President Muhammadu Buhari from the United Kingdom where he is enjoying his vacation.

Dogara says President Buhari is concerned about food security for Nigeria in 2017.

Dogara confirmed this in a tweet on Thursday’s afternoon, February 9, noting that President Buhari had some concerns about food security for the country.

How banks kill Nigerian Farmers – Ogbeh

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said that high interest rate from banks remained the bane of financing of agriculture and the development of good agricultural practices.

The minister made the remark while delivering a keynote address at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Food and Safety Investment Forum held at the Eko Hotels and Suites.

Nigerian Government Takes Over Arik Airlines

 
The Federal Government today took over Arik Airlines and announced the appointment of a new management in a bid to save the country’s aviation industry from total collapse.

Under the new arrangement, Roy Ilegbodu, a veteran aviation expert, has been named to take over the management of the airline under the receivership of Oluseye Opasanya, a senior advocate of Nigeria.

President Buhari may return on Saturday February 11th

 
Have really missed blogging or updating my blog.....
 
According to report on Leadership, President Buhari may return to Nigeria this Saturday or just before the weekend is over. The update is said to have been given by a Senior official in the presidency.

“Barring any last minute change, we are expecting the president back this weekend, probably on Saturday.”the source is quoted to have said
The source added that President Buhari was supposed to have an interview with a foreign media organisation on Tuesday but had to cancel it. He may likely grant an interview in London before the weekend.

Friday, 3 February 2017

It’s Sad That Buhari’s Government Has Become Intolerant- Oby Ezekwesili

The BBOG Group leader said this on twitter this morning, while asking that the Federal Government and Police should have a rethink and let the #istandwithnigeria protest hold. She concluded by saying FG should call the Nigerian police to order on this very protest. More tweets below...

Fayose faults police on Tuface’s planned protest, Says; “Nigerians don’t need any permit to protest”


Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose has faulted the police over its position that it will not allow the planned protest against the Federal Government slated for February 6 to hold in Lagos State, saying; Apart from Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution, which provided that “Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons…”, the Court of Appeal already affirmed that protest or gathering do not require police permit or interference. 

The governor, who described claim by the Lagos State Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni that criminals might hijack the process as puerile, added that; “The duty of the police to secure Nigerians is mandatory, and not optional.

Osinbajo Wants State Police Introduced

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, in Abuja, advocated the introduction of state police, adding that there were ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to reform the Criminal Justice System in Nigeria. This, he said, will help in repositioning the courts and the entire judiciary.

According to him, the reforms would also take into consideration the methods of appointing judges, their salaries and other welfare packages. Osinbajo said the new justice system will ensure stiffer penalties for corruption. The acting President who fielded questions from participants of Course 25 of the National Defence College, NDC, Abuja, after he delivered a lecture entitled “Economic Dimension of the National Security: The Nigerian Experience,” said, “The criminal justice system as you know is policing, it is prosecution. It touches on our jails and so on. One of the most important things that we have always talked about in the criminal justice system is community policing. State police is very important because there is no federation of our size that does not have state police. You need community policing to be able to be more effective just in detection.

Airforce Contingent To Gambia On Jammeh’s Ousting Returns To Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) contingent that joined the ECOWAS force to The Gambia to reinstall democracy and possibly, militarily oust the former and embattled President of The Gambia, Yahaya Jammeh who lost the December presidential election to the current President, Adama Barrow but refused to step down has returned home.

The contingent returned to Nigeria on Thursday from Dakar, Senegal.

Police arrest man for inhumane treatment on employee(Photos)

Officers of the Lagos state Police Rapid Response Squad RRS, arrested a man for dehumanizing an employee of his by tying his hands and legs to the back and transporting him to Abuja on Hilux.‎ What a heartless man. Read the full story after the cut...

Thursday, 2 February 2017

What has love got to do with this?

Love for country is love for self.
From observation, there are too few Nigerians who show any form of patriotism and love towards our great country. We are rather very swift in pointing out it's problems and generating interest vested attacks on each other. 

Been a Patriotic Blogger, my focus is to generate a good amount of positive energy for positive change and increase patriotism and love for Nigeria by Nigerians. In so doing, we will be able to stand in unity and bring about the Nigeria of our dreams. It's always good to love your country. After all, it's where you live. Here are some tips that can help you discover how great your country(Nigeria) really and truly is!

Police ban Tuface from protesting in Lagos

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Fatai Owoseni, has disclosed that popular hip-hop star, Innocent Idibia, also known as Tuface, would not be allowed to embark on any protest in the metropolis.

The artiste recently announced his plan on his Instagram page, stating that he intends to lead a nationwide protest on February 5. Tuface said he would lead the protest against the Federal Government’s handling of the economy among other issues.

Owoseni said the police command was not ready for that kind of demonstration. He stated that the police have received an intelligence report that criminals were planning to hijack the process to wreak havoc on Lagos.

Osinbajo sets up Task Force to reduce food prices

The federal government has assured that it would enhance affordability of food prices across country.

In line with this, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has constituted a Presidential Task Force to urgently consider measures that would ensure a steady flow of produce to the market and reverse recent price increases.

At the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, expressed concern at some of the inflationary rates of food prices, noting that the Task Force would explore options to promote availability and affordability of food items to Nigerians.

Ambode Okays Death Penalty For Kidnappers, Signs Bill Into Law





Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday signed into law the anti-kidnapping bill recently passed by the State House of Assembly, with a pledge to ensure its full implementation to eradicate kidnapping once and for all in the State.

The Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping Law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment on kidnapping for ransom. The law also stipulates that where a victim dies in the course of kidnap, the suspect is liable on conviction to death. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

AS 2FACE IDIBIA LEAD NIGERIANS AGAINST BAD GOVERNMENT ………

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In a country full of myriad challenges anything is expected from anybody but did we expect this one from Nigerian’s foremost artist 2Face Idibia?

Social Media have been agog since the iconic singer declared his intention to lead a national protest against the Federal Government for its continual failure to deliver good governance to the people of Nigeria. While a good number of Nigerians who are tired of been tired welcomed the idea, some opined that the planned march is a sheer waste of time and an idea conceived out of the illiteracy of an uneducated artist. Hmmmm, who could have said that, BlackFace did!

Songs of freedom as Burundi free 568 prisoners to reduce prison congestion.

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The Burundian government on Monday, January 30, 2017, released 568 prisoners to reduce prison congestion. The 568 detainees, including members of MSD party and protesters that protested against the President's third term bid in 2014, were all released from the Mpimba Central Prison.

According to the Minister of Justice, Aimée Laurentine Kanyana, she said the move was made to reduce prison congestion up to 60 percent in 2017.

The Mpimba Central Prison alone is said to be home to 3605 prisoners whereas it has the capacity to receive 800 prisoners.

Source: Iwacu-burundi

Global Innovation: World's first 3-D printed bridge erected in Spain

The world’s first printed footbridge has been erected in Madrid by a team made up of the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and contractor Acciona.

With a total length of 12m and a width of 1.75m, the bridge was printed using micro-reinforced concrete. It was completed last month in the urban park of Castilla-La Mancha in Alcobendas, a suburb of Madrid.

The IAAC, which has been researching the use of 3D printing in construction for the past 15 years, commented in its press statement that the technology had not previously been applied for a complete civil engineering project.

Amaechi seeks National Assembly’s approval to borrow $1.5billion from China

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, is seeking the National Assembly’s approval for the federal government’s borrowing plan.

Amaechi revealed that the China Exim Bank was ready to loan Nigeria $1.5billion for the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, but approval was needed before any agreement is signed.

He stated this while appearing before the Senate Committee on Land Transport on Tuesday.

"Because I'm Happy" singer, Pharrel William becomes the happy father of triplets

Pharrell Williams ' wife has given birth to triplets. The Happy star and spouse Helen Lasichanh who also have son Rocket, eight, together welcomed three babies into the world earlier this month, a spokesperson for the singer has confirmed to Vanity Fair.

The representative declined to reveal the gender or names of the tots, but said the family are all "healthy and happy".

UK Deports 85 Nigerians, Some To Continue Prison Terms Here

The National Emergency Management Agency has said that about 85 Nigerians were to be deported by the United Kingdom today. The agency spokesperson said the deportees are expected to be in Nigeria at 5am today.

NEMA’s Ibrahim Farinloye speaking to reporters said the deportees were expected to be in the country at 5am and that the information was that the deportees from the United Kingdom were about 85 Nigerians.

Some of them he said were Nigerians who haven’t completed their prison sentences in the UK. ‘They would be taken to Nigerian prisons to complete their terms’, he said.

Photo: A Nigerian turns a motorcycle into a mobile huge shoe.

A 23 year old man named Danladi Ibrahim who is a Kaduna resident converted a motorcycle into a high-heeled shoe, that is mobile. I am tempted to say Wow or WIT- What is this? 

Photo credit: Splufik Nigerians

Pres Buhari calls Sports Minister on phone to condole with him on the death of his first wife

President Buhari who is currently on Holiday in the UK, yesterday called Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, to condole with him on the death of his first wife, Briskila. She died on Sunday January 29th.

Welcome To February 2017, my top two wishes for you this month are........

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February is one month that is synonymous with love. It's also a good time to tell my viewers I LOVE YOU. Here are my special two wishes for you in this month of love:

1. Love is a beautiful thing and I wish it happens to you in it's real form - TRUE LOVE. May all your relationship be pure, true, lovely, void of deception and heartbreak. 

2. I wish you results that are lovely. May all your effort yield great results that will fulfill your dreams and aspiration.

Never accept any limitation, got for it and soar on!

HAPPY FEBRUARY DEAR MEBERS - Mercy Ebute Blog Readers

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