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Friday, 23 June 2017

UK deploys 66 Air Force operatives in Nigeria


The British Government on Thursday said it had deployed its Royal Air Force to Nigeria.

 The deployment, according to a statement made available to our correspondent, was requested for by Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Abubakar stated that the request was necessary to forestall possible attacks on the country’s airbases.

The British government stated that a 66-person Short Term Training Team from “No 5 Royal Air Force (RAF) Force Protection Wing was deployed from RAF Lossiemouth to Nigeria for a six-week period to train the Nigerian Air Force Regiment.”

 The detachment, the third undertaken by 5 Force Protection Wing in a five-year programme, comes after a request from Abubakar to assist in capacity building for the NAF Regiment.

Abubakar said, “Given the importance of bases in the airpower delivery matrix, it is not inconceivable to expect our adversaries to target our airbases. As a matter of fact, we have had an attack on one of our airbases in the recent past, and current intelligence reports keep highlighting the possibility of attacks on our bases.

 “All these reinforce the need to emplace a robust base defence concept that is capable of providing guidance for responding to a wide range of situations that may threaten our bases.”

 Similarly, the Officer Commanding 5 Force Protection Wing, Commander John Rees, expressed the British government’s readiness to support Nigeria.

 “We are delighted to be here again and, as always, humbled by the warmth of the Nigerian welcome. We are proud of our Royal Air Force heritage and the opportunity to represent our service in the Defence Engagement arena,” Rees stated.

 The STTT is expected to deliver a training package which enables students to operate effectively in the Complex Air Ground Environment by understanding their role to provide security and Force Protection operations both inside and outside an air base.

UTME: Police arraign cyber- café operator

Folashade Adebayo

A cybercafé operator, Emeka Anugwo, was on Thursday arraigned on a two-count charge of fraud and impersonation at the Igbosere High Court in Lagos.

Anugwo, who runs a CBT centre close to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board office in Ikoyi, Lagos, was arrested in May for allegedly collecting between N3,000 and N3,5000 from 70 UTME candidates to generate a Remitter Code and effect changes in their ages, course and institutions.

The 37-year old had pleaded not guilty and was granted N100,000 bail. He was also asked to produce two sureties in like sum, who must be resident in Lagos State and show evidence of two years tax payment.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Okete Ejime, told the court that Anugwuo had collected the money impersonating JAMB officials, noting that the offences contravened Sections 323 and 376(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. The case was, however, adjourned till July 27.

In a statement released by the Head of Press and Public Relations, JAMB, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, the examination body said it would not condone examination malpractice. He added that those caught cheating before and during the examination would be prosecuted.

“We are committed to restore the dignity of JAMB and its examinations. This trial is only to prove to others that we are not joking about this at all.”

FG declares Monday, Tuesday public holidays


The Federal Government has declared Monday, 26th and Tuesday 27th June, 2017 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), announced this on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and to pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood.

The statement by Dr. Rufa’i  Attahiru, a director in the ministry, admonished Nigerians to “shun hate speeches and divisive tendencies and join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria.”

This, the minister said, would guarantee fundamental freedoms, including the right of residence in any part of the country as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

Dambazau reaffirmed the determination of the government to protect all lives and property of Nigerians and warned trouble-makers against testing the will of the Buhari administration.

UK deploys Air Force to Nigeria

The British Government on Thursday said it had deployed its Royal Air Force to Nigeria.

The deployment, according to a statement made available to our correspondent, was requested for by Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Abubakar stated that the request was necessary to forestall possible attacks on the country’s airbases.

The British government stated that a 66-person Short Term Training Team from “No 5 Royal Air Force (RAF) Force Protection Wing was deployed from RAF Lossiemouth to Nigeria for a six-week period to train the Nigerian Air Force Regiment.”

The detachment, the third undertaken by 5 Force Protection Wing in a five-year programme, comes after a request from Abubakar to assist in capacity building for the Nigerian Air Force Regiment.

Speaking on the development, Abubakar said, “Given the importance of bases in the airpower delivery matrix, it is not inconceivable to expect our adversaries to target our airbases. As a matter of fact, we have had an attack on one of our airbases in the recent past, and current intelligence reports keep highlighting the possibility of attacks on our bases.

“All these reinforce the need to emplace a robust base defence concept that is capable of providing guidance for responding to a wide range of situations that may threaten our bases.”

Similarly, the Officer Commanding 5 Force Protection Wing, Wing, Commander John Rees expressed the British government’s readiness to support Nigeria.

“We are delighted to be here again and, as always, humbled by the warmth of the Nigerian welcome. We are proud of our Royal Air Force heritage and the opportunity to represent our service in the Defence Engagement arena,” Rees stated.

The STTT is expected to deliver a training package which enables students to operate effectively in the Complex Air Ground Environment by understanding their role to provide security and Force Protection operations both inside and outside an air base.

This forms a key part of a layered defence system in deterring and defeating an enemy away from the airfield while also assuring the internal security of a base.

In addition, the RAF will give Nigerian commissioned and non-commissioned officers the opportunity to enhance their tactical leadership and planning skills, “while the junior airmen and airwomen build on the skills they learned during basic training.”

“During time away from delivering training, STTT personnel have taken opportunities to expand their cultural awareness. A small group attended their first Nigerian church service, meeting local people and celebrating together. Others burn the midnight oil, thinking tactics and formations for the first of the UK vs. Nigeria Air Forces football series.

“Having already delivered the Train the Trainer package to 50 non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers, a further 250 students will now begin the Foundation Phase, bringing a total of around 300 Nigerian personnel to be trained across a mixture of ranks,” the statement added.

The programme which will end by midJuly, will feature a demanding final exercise at a live airfield to validate the understanding of all skills taught in a realistic environment prior to the graduating students deploying to their first operational assignment in the Nigerian Air Force.

Airports ready for Sallah celebration – FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on Thursday assured air travellers that the nation’s airports were fully ready for use, especially during the forthcoming Sallah celebration.

FAAN gave the assurance in a statement signed by Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, the FAAN Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs.

Yakubu said that airport security and other logistics had been upgraded and strengthened to provide for the expected increase in passenger traffic, in and around the airports.

“New directional display units have been provided to guide travellers, especially new ones, at our airports.

“Airport dos and don’ts banners have also been displayed at strategic locations to educate newcomers,” she said.

Yakubu advised the general public and intending travellers to make early preparations to enable them to complete the travel requirements in good time.

She said that FAAN was committed to providing water-tight security, guaranteed safety and improved facilities at
the airports.

Reps give OAU ultimatum over procurement Act


The Federal House of Representatives has expressed worry about the low level of compliance of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and other public universities in the country with the Public Procurement Act.

The Chairman, House Committee on Public Procurement, Wole Oke, said this in an interview with journalists in Ile-Ife on Wednesday after he led the members of the committee to check the level of compliance of the OAU management with the Act.

Although the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede, was not present, he was represented by the Chairman, Committee of Deans, Prof Adeagbo Amusan; who was in company with the registrar, Dotun Awoyemi; and the bursar, Mrs. Ronke Akeredolu, as well as some directors.

Oke described the act as a tool which could assist all anti-corruption agencies in the country to effectively check corruption, saying a violation of the law was the easiest way to the prison.

The lawmaker said the committee was at the OAU to check its procurement records between 2011 and 2016 but said the university did not provide all the documents.

Oke said, “What we are planning to achieve is to bring this law to the front burner. The shortest way to the prison is by violating this act; ignorance is not a defence in the law.

“We are educating MDAs that this law exists. To be frank, the level of compliance with the Act by the universities is very low. One of our colleagues, whom we wrote this law together, Bala Ngilari, fell victim of this act. Some of our leaders also suffered in the hands of this Act.

“We are educating them not to fall victim of this law; Section 20, subsection (1) stated that a chief senior officer should manage the activities and Section 58, subsection (5) clearly states the sanctions if anybody violates the Act.

“The law also mandates procurement entities to make their procurement plans ahead of time because procurement plans dovetail into budgets.

“We do not have all the documents we need to check here now and we are given the university till July 6 to make them available.”

The lawmaker said the level of compliance of government ministries with the Act was much better than the compliance of universities and departments and agencies.

He stated that the committee had spent the last two years educating the public about the existence of the Act, saying the next two years would be used for enforcement.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, had earlier lauded Oke and his colleagues for establishing the Public Procurement Institute inside the OAU

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Etisalat repays 42% of loan, not under probe


Etisalat has repaid 42 percent of the debt owed Nigerian banks and is not owing the humongous $1.2bn, as being reported in the media.

The clarification was made by the troubled telecommunications company today.

“As at today, we can categorically state that the outstanding loan sum to the consortium(of banks) stands at $227m and N113bn, a total of about $574m if the naira portion is converted to US Dollars. This, in essence, means almost half of the original loan of $1.2bn, has been repaid.

“Etisalat continued to service the loan up until February 2017, when discussions with the banks regarding the repayment restructuring commenced,” Ibrahim Dikko, vice-president, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs of Etisalat Nigeria said.

The company also denied it was under any investigation by the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The denial was spurred by reports Tuesday that some of the banks have asked the EFCC to probe the use of the loan by the company as they claimed they could not see proof that the money was used by the company.

Etisalat fired back to debunk the story.

“The attention of Etisalat Nigeria has been drawn to media reports that the management of Etisalat Nigeria is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following a petition to “the Federal Government asking that Etisalat be investigated” on how the funds from the syndicated loans were utilised.

“Etisalat wishes to categorically affirm for the avoidance of doubt that the reports are patently false and most unfortunate considering the damage such misleading information can have not only on our business but indeed on the telecommunications industry and the country as a whole. A simple interrogation of the rigorous process for securing a syndicated loan from a consortium of reputable banks would have exposed the truth to the original writer of this story and other media channels who have subsequently re-circulated the falsehood without interrogation or verification.

“Concerned parties have access to our books and do not require an investigation into how the loan sum was utilised. All of the infrastructure investment and services for which the loan was secured, were paid through our banks and these are verifiable.”

Etisalat said it obtained the $1.2bn loan, a medium-term seven-year facility to expand its network and improve the quality of service on its network.

The company said the economic downturn of 2015 and the sharp devaluation of the naira negatively impacted on the dollar-denominated loan by driving up the loan value, thus prompting Etisalat to request a loan restructuring from the consortium of banks.

Etisalat said it had consistently and conscientiously met up with its payment obligations, before the twin crisis of 2015.

Lagos to become largest mega city in Africa by 2035


Researchers have predicted that no fewer than 30 million people can live in Lagos by 2035 turning it into the largest mega city on the African continent.
According to a statement by the African Property Investment (API) in Abuja on Thursday, researchers also predicted that by 2030, Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa would each have a population of 20 million.Luanda, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg were also predicted would have a population of more than 10 million by 2030.

The API noted that with rapid population growth in African cities, urban planning had proven to be ineffective with private development often deterred by `opaque or inappropriate regulations’.
The property development and investment organisation added that African cities had, until recently, failed to keep pace with the concentration of people.“When it comes to investments in infrastructure, industrial and commercial structures, and affordable formal housing, African cities have, until now, failed to keep pace with the concentration of people.

“In Dar es Salaam, 28 per cent of residents live at least three to a room; in Abidjan, that number rises to 50 per cent.In Lagos, Nigeria, two out of three people dwell in slums,” it said.

The API pointed out that the World Bank’s African Cities report found that in several cities, built-up areas were scattered throughout the centres, with more than 30 per cent of land within five kilometres of the city centres still left undeveloped.
The organisation also noted that the rapid growth of Africa’s urban populations would place a new demand for infrastructure, housing and other physical structures, and amenities in the next 20 years.
It said that to meet the new demand, city leaders and planners needed adaptable strategies.

The group said it had commenced plans for a summit where experts, Africa’s real estates valuers, environmental developers and investors would debate and craft a vision of what an African city should look like.

“The API Summit and Expo 2017 Future Cities Africa Sub-Conference will look at how African governments and institutions can help formalise land markets, clarify property rights, and better leverage of land values.Managing Director for API events, Kfir Rusin said the continent could not move forward without proper discussions on the planning, infrastructure and urban development requirements of African cities.

Rusin explained that such discussion and information sharing would enable African cities thrive and grow.
“The Future Cities Africa sub-conference will take an in depth look into how African Cities can better open its doors to the world, while creating more economically dense and inclusive urban areas,” he added.

The Africa Property Investment Summit and Expo would hold in South Africa from 24 to 25 August.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

DHQ to sanction erring officers in navy, police clash

The Defence Headquaters, Abuja, on Tuesday said a committee had been set up to investigate the clash between naval and police operatives in Calabar, Cross River State, with the aim of sanctioning the culprits.

The DHQ Director of Information, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said the mandate of the committee included recommending the sanctions to be meted out to erring navy ratings and civilians behind the incident.

Some naval ratings and policemen had on Tuesday, May 30, clashed at the Akim Police Station along the IBB Way, Calabar, during which at least two persons were shot dead.

Enenche said on Tuesday that the panel comprised senior officers from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Navy.

He said, “The Defence Headquarters has set up a high-profile committee to investigate the causes of the clash between personnel of the Nigerian Navy and the police, which led to the destruction of lives and property. The committee comprises senior officers from the three services.”

Fashola Farms

The Oyo State Government has commenced the process of resuscitating and transforming Fashola Farms, Oyo, and the International Cattle and Produce Market, Ogbomoso, with a view to transforming them into viable ventures for the state’s economy.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr Oyewole Oyewumi, who stated this on Tuesday, reaffirmed the readiness of the state government to partner private investors and organisations in order to revive its moribund industries.

He gave the assurance that government properties and assets would be adequately utilised.

“The essence of partnering private agro-allied companies is to ensure that government’s  existing farms serve their purposes, which include increase in food production, employment generation, training centres for self-development, among others,” a statement by Oyewumi said.

 He said five bids were received from agro-allied companies which intended to partner the state government on transforming Fashola Farms and two were received for the ICPM, Ogbomoso.

He assured the people that the government would continue to provide an enabling environment for would-be investors, adding that necessary support would be given to enable them succeed.

The commissioner appealed to the seven-man technical review committee led by the Director of Veterinary Services, Oyo State, Dr Adegbite Adegunwa, to carry out the assignment given to them accordingly and present their recommendations in two weeks.

Igbo must produce president in 2019 – Ohanaeze youths

Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council on Tuesday said the Ndigbo must produce the country’s President in 2019.

A northerner could be the Vice-President in 2019, according to the Igbo youths.

The Ohanaeze youth wing spoke after a meeting in Enugu.

“It is Igbo Presidency in 2019 or Biafra 2020,” the OYC, the umbrella body of Igbo youths, declared in a communiqué signed by its General Secretary, Okwu Nnabuike.

Stressing that the Igbo would no longer play the ‘second fiddle in Nigerian politics,’ the Ohanaeze youth wing said it had mobilised all its resources towards the actualisation of the quest for an ‘Igbo President’ in 2019.

The youths noted that their position on the 2019 presidential election was largely informed by the North’s opposition to calls for restructuring as well as the quit order given to Igbo living in the North by a coalition of Northern groups.

“More annoying is the fact that the North, a major beneficiary in this direction, has bluntly refused to heed the call for restructuring, which has been identified as the panacea for the many socio-political problems plaguing the nation.

“Besides, they (North) have also not only continued to express disdain over the demand for Biafra by IPOB and MASSOB, but have also ordered the Ndigbo out of the North based on these agitations,” the communiqué said.

Although the major pro-Biafran groups, the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, had said they were not interested in the ‘Igbo Presidency project’, the Ohanaeze youth wing said a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction would pacify all Igbo, including the agitators.

“Remember that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Nigerians to beg Biafra agitators; only a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction will appease the Igbo. Otherwise, Biafran agitation will be inevitable,” the communiqué added.

TMCL introduces Tennis Majors

A Lagos-based sports marketing firm Tennis Management Company has introduced  the Nigerian Tennis Majors to the national calendar.

The organisers told reporters in Lagos on Monday that their  plan was  to  organise four tennis majors in four Nigerian cities annually.

The Managing Director of the company Kenneth Ezaga promised a new era for sports in the country, saying the firm would organise two tournaments next year.

He said the Abuja Open would be organised  in May,  with  the Lagos Open coming up  in October.

Ezaga said  while Lagos and Abuja had  been confirmed as hosts of two of the slams, the other two cities would be decided later.

The chairman of the company Anire Kanyi expressed his confidence  that the initiative would  help the government in its bid to diversify the economy and create new jobs and wealth in the country.

He said, “Government alone cannot solve all our problems. Now is when we must all rise to create a more compelling future for our young people. Sport offers a great opportunity for us to make an impact – to unite our people, engage our youths, create thousands of new jobs and stir up a deeper love of country.”

FG begins preparation for 2018 budget

Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja

Barely 24 hours after signing the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday in Abuja started preparatory activities for the 2018 budget based on the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

Anchored by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the process is to ensure that the 2018 budget aligns with the provisions of the ERGP and is ready for presentation to the National Assembly by early October this year.

Osinbajo and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, who addressed ministers, permanent secretaries and head of government agencies, spoke of the need to reinvigorate the budget preparation process and ensure that the 2018 and subsequent national budgets were ready for implementation by January of each fiscal year.

Udoma said personnel budget call circular had been issued to those concerned since April and that work had already commenced on the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper.

According to him, the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 prescribes certain deadlines for budget-related activities, which the government must endeavour to comply with.

These objectives, he said, were particularly important, adding that “delayed national budgets are generally considered as indicative of poor public financial management, which is not good for the image of the government.”

Tuesday’s session, he explained, was aimed at sensitising all top government functionaries and other stakeholders to the ERGP implementation roadmap and the critical guidelines for the preparation of the 2018 budget.

This, he added, would help to ensure that the 2018 budget was fully aligned with the ERGP.

Osinbajo, on his part, expressed disappointment over the inability of the National Assembly to pass the 2017 budget on time despite the fact that it was sent by the Executive to the lawmakers in December last year.

He also faulted the insertion of new projects into the budget by the National Assembly, noting that this had left an unanswered question as to who was to do what when on the issue of budget preparation.

Osinbajo said, “This last budget, the President presented it last December. Despite the assurances that it would be passed in by February, it was not until May. As it turned out, we were quite disappointed that it spent a bit of time before it was approved. And, thereafter, we had to go into negotiations with the National Assembly in order to get it right.

“There are issues about who can do what. Now, there are these two broad issues about who can do what. The first report is about who can do what. When you present a budget to the National Assembly, it is presented as a bill, an appropriation bill.

“And secondly, do not introduce entirely new projects and all of that or modify projects. This is something that we experienced last year and this year again. It now leaves the question about who is supposed to do what.”

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Terry tha Rapman declares his love for BBNaija’s housemate Marvis (Video)


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In an edition of TheNet’s ‘NetSecretQuestions’, the rapper talks about his long standing crush for her, his last visit to the strip club and who he prefers between Ikechukwu and Naeto C.

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Cristiano Ronaldo welcomes twins

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has become a father to twins with a surrogate mother, Portuguese media reported Saturday.

Reports said the babies — a girl and boy named Eva and Mateo — were born on Thursday to a woman living on the US West Coast.

The captain of Portugal’s victorious Euro 2016 team had his first son Cristiano Junior in June 2010 — also reportedly with a surrogate mother, although he has never confirmed it.

British tabloid The Sun had reported in March that the quadruple Ballon d’Or winner was expecting twins.

The 32-year-old striker is currently dating Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez.

The reports come after a twin-heavy week in the celebrity world, after George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal welcomed newborns Ella and Alexander.

Don’t leave North, APC tells Igbo


The All Progressives Congress in the South-East has called on Nigerians of Igbo extraction living in the North not to flee from the region.

The APC made the call in a statement in Enugu by the party’s National Vice Chairman, South-East, Chief Emma Eneukwu on Monday. The party dismissed the quit ultimatum issued to the Igbo in the North as a ‘joke taken too far.’

The statement partly read, “The attention of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in the South-East has been drawn to recent outburst by some youths in northern Nigeria, under the name of ‘Coalition of Arewa Youths’, urging the Igbo to vacate their habitats in the North on or before 1st October, 2017.

“In our opinion, this call is a joke taken too far. It is an ill wind that blows no good to anyone.

“We urge all Igbo people living in any part of Nigeria to go about their normal business without fear, but in loving disposition towards their neighbours and environment,” the statement read.

The party expressed concerns over ‘hate speeches’ emanating from various sections of the country and urged Nigerians to love one another.

The statement added, “We hereby call on all well-meaning Nigerians to rise and condemn this and other outburst by some people from other sections of this great country, Nigeria.

“It is high time we all stood in one accord to put a stop to the growing hate speeches and bickering going on now in our dear country from all quarters.

“Let us love all and hate none as love is the panacea to peaceful co-existence, economic and social growth.”

 Meanwhile, the National Association of Seadogs on Monday urged the Federal Government to avert impending disaster that might follow the threat of expulsion issued to the Igbo people by northern youths.

The National President of NAS, Mr. Arthur Boje, in a statement on Monday, said every Nigerian citizen was guaranteed the right under the constitution to move freely, reside, acquire and own immovable property in any part of the country.

The statement read, “The National Association of Seadogs condemns in the strongest possible terms the ultimatum given by the so-called Coalition of Northern Youth Groups and the support that the group appears to have received from otherwise respectable quarters.”

Don’t leave North, APC tells Igbo


The All Progressives Congress in the South-East has called on Nigerians of Igbo extraction living in the North not to flee from the region.

The APC made the call in a statement in Enugu by the party’s National Vice Chairman, South-East, Chief Emma Eneukwu on Monday. The party dismissed the quit ultimatum issued to the Igbo in the North as a ‘joke taken too far.’

The statement partly read, “The attention of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in the South-East has been drawn to recent outburst by some youths in northern Nigeria, under the name of ‘Coalition of Arewa Youths’, urging the Igbo to vacate their habitats in the North on or before 1st October, 2017.

“In our opinion, this call is a joke taken too far. It is an ill wind that blows no good to anyone.

“We urge all Igbo people living in any part of Nigeria to go about their normal business without fear, but in loving disposition towards their neighbours and environment,” the statement read.

The party expressed concerns over ‘hate speeches’ emanating from various sections of the country and urged Nigerians to love one another.

The statement added, “We hereby call on all well-meaning Nigerians to rise and condemn this and other outburst by some people from other sections of this great country, Nigeria.

“It is high time we all stood in one accord to put a stop to the growing hate speeches and bickering going on now in our dear country from all quarters.

“Let us love all and hate none as love is the panacea to peaceful co-existence, economic and social growth.”

 Meanwhile, the National Association of Seadogs on Monday urged the Federal Government to avert impending disaster that might follow the threat of expulsion issued to the Igbo people by northern youths.

The National President of NAS, Mr. Arthur Boje, in a statement on Monday, said every Nigerian citizen was guaranteed the right under the constitution to move freely, reside, acquire and own immovable property in any part of the country.

The statement read, “The National Association of Seadogs condemns in the strongest possible terms the ultimatum given by the so-called Coalition of Northern Youth Groups and the support that the group appears to have received from otherwise respectable quarters.”

At last Osinbajo signs 2017 budget, explains delay

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday finally signed the 2017 Appropriation Act into law in the presence of the principal officers of the National Assembly and other top government officials.

The budget, christened: ‘Budget of Economic Recovery and Growth’, has a revenue projection of N5.08tn and an aggregate expenditure of N7.44tn. The projected fiscal deficit of N2.36tn is to be financed largely by borrowing.

Shortly after signing the document into law at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo described the budget as an important milestone in the nation’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan that was unveiled in April by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He commended the Ministry of Budget and National Planning for preparing a good document, and the National Assembly for the rancour-free manner in which it was passed.

Osinbajo, however, explained that he delayed the signing of the budget because of the disagreements the Executive had about the changes introduced to the document by the Legislature.

He said the Executive’s stance was that the changes would affect some of the Federal Government’s priority programmes and would make implementation difficult or even impossible.

Osinbajo explained that he finally decided to sign the document after the leadership of the National Assembly gave a commitment to reinstate the budgetary allocations for all the important Executive projects, such as the standard gauge railway projects, the Mambilla power project, the Second Niger Bridge and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, among others, which the lawmakers had reduced to fund some of the new projects they introduced.

He noted that the reinstatement would be by way of an application for virement by the Executive, which the lawmakers had agreed would be expeditiously considered and approved.

The acting President stated, “The final presentation and the signing of the budget has been considerably delayed. This was largely due to disagreements we had about the changes introduced to our 2017 budget proposals by the National Assembly. The Executive took the view that the changes fundamentally affected some of our priority programmes and would make implementation extremely difficult, and in some cases, impossible.

“I must say that the entire leadership of the National Assembly led by the Senate President and the Speaker adopted a commendably patriotic and statesmanlike approach to our engagements on resolving these critical issues.”

Osinbajo added that during the discussions with the leadership of the National Assembly, it was resolved that the nation should return to a predictable January-to-December fiscal year.

Describing it as a particularly important development, he said it was in accord with the financial year of most private sector companies, underscoring the crucial relationship between the government and the private sector.

To this end, Osinbajo said on the understanding that the Executive would be submitting the 2018 budget proposals to the National Assembly by October this year, the leadership of the National Assembly had committed to working towards its passage into law before the end of 2017.

He said the budget he signed into law reflected the government’s commitment to ensuring strong linkage between the ERGP and the annual budgets.

Osinbajo also replied those who had been expressing concerns over the nation’s rising debt profile, saying the borrowings were still within sustainable limits.

He stated, “Let me assure those who have expressed concern about the growing public debt that we are taking several actions to grow government revenues as well as plug revenue leakages.

“This is because, notwithstanding the fact that our borrowings are still within sustainability limits, we are determined, in the medium term, to reduce our reliance on borrowings to finance our expenditures.”

The acting President explained that the nation’s economy was already showing signs of a gradual recovery as growth was headed towards a positive territory.

He noted that the first quarter Gross Domestic Product growth of -0.52 per cent compared favourably with -2.06 per cent in the first quarter of 2016.

He added that inflation was declining to 17.24 per cent from 18.74 per cent as of May 2016, while the external reserves were now $30.28bn as of June 8, 2017, up from $26.59bn on May 31, 2016.

Osinbajo added, “We are also gradually instilling confidence in our exchange rate regime. This improvement in the GDP growth and other macro-economic indicators are largely attributable to our strategic implementation of the 2016 budget as well as stronger macroeconomic management and policy coordination.

“To demonstrate our commitment to following through our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, the 2017 budget allocates over N2tn to capital expenditure, principally infrastructure.

“For instance, we are committing over N200bn to improve transport infrastructure such as roads and rail; over N500bn for investments in works, power, and housing; and N46bn for Special Economic Zone projects to be set up in each geopolitical zone.”

The Acting President said the signing of the budget would trigger activities in the domestic economy, which would lead to job creation and more opportunities for employment, especially for the youth.

He said it was because of the reality that government alone could not achieve the goal of delivering inclusive growth that the 2017 budget provided opportunities for partnerships with the private sector.

The National Assembly had on May 9 passed the budget estimates submitted by the President last December.

Don’t leave North, APC tells Igbo


The All Progressives Congress in the South-East has called on Nigerians of Igbo extraction living in the North not to flee from the region.

The APC made the call in a statement in Enugu by the party’s National Vice Chairman, South-East, Chief Emma Eneukwu on Monday. The party dismissed the quit ultimatum issued to the Igbo in the North as a ‘joke taken too far.’

The statement partly read, “The attention of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in the South-East has been drawn to recent outburst by some youths in northern Nigeria, under the name of ‘Coalition of Arewa Youths’, urging the Igbo to vacate their habitats in the North on or before 1st October, 2017.

“In our opinion, this call is a joke taken too far. It is an ill wind that blows no good to anyone.

“We urge all Igbo people living in any part of Nigeria to go about their normal business without fear, but in loving disposition towards their neighbours and environment,” the statement read.

The party expressed concerns over ‘hate speeches’ emanating from various sections of the country and urged Nigerians to love one another.

The statement added, “We hereby call on all well-meaning Nigerians to rise and condemn this and other outburst by some people from other sections of this great country, Nigeria.

“It is high time we all stood in one accord to put a stop to the growing hate speeches and bickering going on now in our dear country from all quarters.

“Let us love all and hate none as love is the panacea to peaceful co-existence, economic and social growth.”

 Meanwhile, the National Association of Seadogs on Monday urged the Federal Government to avert impending disaster that might follow the threat of expulsion issued to the Igbo people by northern youths.

The National President of NAS, Mr. Arthur Boje, in a statement on Monday, said every Nigerian citizen was guaranteed the right under the constitution to move freely, reside, acquire and own immovable property in any part of the country.

The statement read, “The National Association of Seadogs condemns in the strongest possible terms the ultimatum given by the so-called Coalition of Northern Youth Groups and the support that the group appears to have received from otherwise respectable quarters.”

At last Osinbajo signs 2017 budget, explains delay

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday finally signed the 2017 Appropriation Act into law in the presence of the principal officers of the National Assembly and other top government officials.

The budget, christened: ‘Budget of Economic Recovery and Growth’, has a revenue projection of N5.08tn and an aggregate expenditure of N7.44tn. The projected fiscal deficit of N2.36tn is to be financed largely by borrowing.

Shortly after signing the document into law at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo described the budget as an important milestone in the nation’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan that was unveiled in April by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He commended the Ministry of Budget and National Planning for preparing a good document, and the National Assembly for the rancour-free manner in which it was passed.

Osinbajo, however, explained that he delayed the signing of the budget because of the disagreements the Executive had about the changes introduced to the document by the Legislature.

He said the Executive’s stance was that the changes would affect some of the Federal Government’s priority programmes and would make implementation difficult or even impossible.

Osinbajo explained that he finally decided to sign the document after the leadership of the National Assembly gave a commitment to reinstate the budgetary allocations for all the important Executive projects, such as the standard gauge railway projects, the Mambilla power project, the Second Niger Bridge and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, among others, which the lawmakers had reduced to fund some of the new projects they introduced.

He noted that the reinstatement would be by way of an application for virement by the Executive, which the lawmakers had agreed would be expeditiously considered and approved.

The acting President stated, “The final presentation and the signing of the budget has been considerably delayed. This was largely due to disagreements we had about the changes introduced to our 2017 budget proposals by the National Assembly. The Executive took the view that the changes fundamentally affected some of our priority programmes and would make implementation extremely difficult, and in some cases, impossible.

“I must say that the entire leadership of the National Assembly led by the Senate President and the Speaker adopted a commendably patriotic and statesmanlike approach to our engagements on resolving these critical issues.”

Osinbajo added that during the discussions with the leadership of the National Assembly, it was resolved that the nation should return to a predictable January-to-December fiscal year.

Describing it as a particularly important development, he said it was in accord with the financial year of most private sector companies, underscoring the crucial relationship between the government and the private sector.

To this end, Osinbajo said on the understanding that the Executive would be submitting the 2018 budget proposals to the National Assembly by October this year, the leadership of the National Assembly had committed to working towards its passage into law before the end of 2017.

He said the budget he signed into law reflected the government’s commitment to ensuring strong linkage between the ERGP and the annual budgets.

Osinbajo also replied those who had been expressing concerns over the nation’s rising debt profile, saying the borrowings were still within sustainable limits.

He stated, “Let me assure those who have expressed concern about the growing public debt that we are taking several actions to grow government revenues as well as plug revenue leakages.

“This is because, notwithstanding the fact that our borrowings are still within sustainability limits, we are determined, in the medium term, to reduce our reliance on borrowings to finance our expenditures.”

The acting President explained that the nation’s economy was already showing signs of a gradual recovery as growth was headed towards a positive territory.

He noted that the first quarter Gross Domestic Product growth of -0.52 per cent compared favourably with -2.06 per cent in the first quarter of 2016.

He added that inflation was declining to 17.24 per cent from 18.74 per cent as of May 2016, while the external reserves were now $30.28bn as of June 8, 2017, up from $26.59bn on May 31, 2016.

Osinbajo added, “We are also gradually instilling confidence in our exchange rate regime. This improvement in the GDP growth and other macro-economic indicators are largely attributable to our strategic implementation of the 2016 budget as well as stronger macroeconomic management and policy coordination.

“To demonstrate our commitment to following through our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, the 2017 budget allocates over N2tn to capital expenditure, principally infrastructure.

“For instance, we are committing over N200bn to improve transport infrastructure such as roads and rail; over N500bn for investments in works, power, and housing; and N46bn for Special Economic Zone projects to be set up in each geopolitical zone.”

The Acting President said the signing of the budget would trigger activities in the domestic economy, which would lead to job creation and more opportunities for employment, especially for the youth.

He said it was because of the reality that government alone could not achieve the goal of delivering inclusive growth that the 2017 budget provided opportunities for partnerships with the private sector.

The National Assembly had on May 9 passed the budget estimates submitted by the President last December.

Musicians Versus Bloggers Silent Noisy War.

For long they have been a silent war or dispute between bloggers and Musicians in Nigeria. 

The silent war in the sense that the community don't really take note of this disputes. It is also a noisy war because we read about this disputes or listen to song about this Dispute coupled with the fact that bloggers and Musicians are one of the most popular people in the country and world.

We have many cases were bloggers blast musicians and songs on their blog and also many cases were musicians blast bloggers and blogs in their song.

CAUSE OF THE DISPUTE
The fact is that every body has a good, bad and ugly side of him or her either you are a celebrity or not. For celebrities, their case is different because every body wants to know the good, bad and ugly side of them. The duty to publicise the every affairs of celebrity either rumor or not, bad or good, public or private is left to the  bloggers. When things go wrong for musicians they take it up and express it in their songs.
Nevertheless some bloggers do not take their time to confirm  some stories. What most bloggers care about is generating headlines that will trend even if it is true or false because that is were they make their money from.
 
We now throw this question to people outside, how best do they think issues like this can be resolved? because it may lead to unhealthy rivalry and many more atrocities.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Dammy Krane Has Always Been Fraudulent – Close Source Reveals

Since his emergence on the scene a few years back, this week is the first time ever singer Dammy Krane, became a hot topic on all social media platform and this is due to his arrest for  credit card fraud and grand theft in far away US.

On how his troubles started, a source close to the embattled artiste said it all began after his expulsion from Tuface’sHypertek records.

According to a source close to the singer who spoke with Saturday Beats, Dammy Krane, was kicked out of the label about two years ago and has since then found it extremely difficult to revive his dying career as he searched helplessly for sponsors, who were nowhere to be found. This new development caused him to travel to the US in hopes of finally reigniting whatever fire is left of his career.

On why Tuface ended his contract with the label and why it was a quiet affair:

“Dammy Krane had left Tuface’s Hypertek record since February 2015. Tuface is trying to build a reputable company and they do not want any negative news. That is why they did not announce his exit from the label. They had issues with him over the way he was doing collaborations with other artistes. It was not part of the contract that he signed, so technically it is a breach of contract. They gave him several warnings which he did not adhere to, so they had no choice but to terminate the contract that they had with him. They did not make any noise about it because they did not want anything that would dent his image and that of the company. He was in the US to get new investor to help his career and also shoot some videos because he already had new material. He was also meant to use the opportunity to embark on his US tour,” the source said.


PREMIERE: D’Banj – It’s Not A Lie ft. Wande Coal & Harrysong [New Video]

D’Banj – It’s Not A Lie ft. Wande Coal & Harrysong. After teasing us with bits in the past week, DKM & DB Records premiere the highly anticipated video toD’Banj’s first cut in a while titled It’s Not A Lie which features Wande Coal &Harrysong.

This is quite a brilliant attempt from the Koko master.

So without much ado, stream and download below and tell us if it’s a hit or miss.

D’Banj – It’s Not A Lie ft. Wande Coal & Harrysong

D’Banj – It’s Not A Lie ft. Wande Coal & Harrysong [New Song]

D’Banj – It’s Not A Lie ft. Wande Coal & Harrysong. Certainly, the King Don Come. This is really a grand entry from D’Banj as he thrills with this star studded one titled It’s Not A Lie which features Black Diamond, Wande Coal & Alterplates, Harrysong.

Could this be D’Banj’s come back track? Listen below and share your thoughts.

D’Banj – It’s Not A Lie ft. Wande Coal & Harrysong

 

Things Nigerians were good at but are not more good at.


Nigeria the largest country in africa in terms of population has been the giant of Africa for many years, not only in terms of population but also in terms of other things. This brings us at certifiednaija.com to write on the  things Nigerians were good at but are not more good at.

1 FOOTBALL:

Nigeria was formerly the home of Africa football. Nigeria was once 4th in the world and 1st in Africa in fifa Ranking. But Nigeria we know as of today is now 35th in the  world  and 5th in Africa. Nigeria was known in football for beating several notable countries in football such as beating Argentina and Brazil in the Olympics. Nigeria we know as of today hardly qualify for world cup and nations cup. Nigeria has missed the last two nations cup and failed to qualify for 2011 world cup.

2 Farming:


 Before the advent of crude oil, agriculture was the major source of Nigeria's income. Nigeria produces lot of ground nut in form pyramid, cocoa etc. But it is unfortunate that now a days Nigeria is not even to be considered in the International agriculture market, Malaysia produces much more palm kernels than Nigeria.

3 International and internal politics:
Nigeria was well known to have had great leaders in the past who fought for her independence and other  countries in Africa independence. But today corruption, embezzlement and unhealthy rivalry are the other of the day amongst her rulers.  Nigeria was known with viscous leaders like Obafemi Awolowo, MKO Abiola, Nnamdi Azikiwe, king Jaja of Opobo and many more.

4 Education:
Nigeria education used to be one of the best in the continent. But now you can hardly find Nigeria universities in the top universities in Africa with South Africa universities domimating. Nigeria best university now rate about 16th in Africa.

6 Development:
Nigeria was known for development during the period of oil boom of 1970's and 1980's in which most Nigeria infrastructures were built like airports, major roads etc. Nigeria development was remarkable that the government of Yakubu Gowon said that Nigeria has money but don't know how to spend it. Nobody always wanted to leave Nigeria before and people are always eager to come back to Nigeria after studying abroad.

7 Boxing: Nigeria was known as a great nation in boxing, either in the professional boxing competition or the Olympics. Nigeria produced great boxers in the  past such as Bash Ali and the likes. In the last Olympics Nigeria couldn't claim any medal from boxing.

8 Table Tennis: When we talk of table tennis we mention China first then Nigeria. But it is unfortunate that is not the case again with Nigeria been relegated to the bottom and China monopolising table tennis. The best Nigerian in table is Haruna which is ranked 35th  in the world. And Portugal having a great presence on the table as 3rd and 4th.

To be frank Nigeria is still good at some things and even better now like.
1 Music.
2 Movies and general entertainment.
3 Fashion
4 Fraud, scam or 419.
5 ICT (new)

Things you can sell in Nigeria without losing.


Nigeria as we all know ventures into consumable goods and services. Producer goods hardly sell in Nigeria as they is little production company in Nigeria to purchase them.
If you are considering to sell something in Nigeria, here are  some products people venture into because of the high demand for it, some of which are legal and some are illegal.
This piece is a source of information and we do tell anybody to venture  into it, especially the illegal once.
1 Raw food stuff:

They is an adage in yoruba that says if hunger is out of poverty the remaining is little problem. Yes, that is true, food is the first thing to be considered in any once life and I don't think this should be applicable to Nigeria alone but also to other  countries. With growing rate of Nigeria poverty people divert most of their resources to feeding alone neglecting other aspects. Guess what the market for raw food is not yet exhausted in Nigeria.
2 Restaurant and Eatery:

Like number one is still based on feeding but the only difference is that it is already cooked for eating. With the difficult and ash economy, majority of Nigerians are hustlers and most don't really have time to cook or eat at home. Especially buss drivers or office workers. They prefer to eat at restaurants or order food to save their time.

3 WEED: This is highly illegal in Nigeria to smoke or trade, the fact cannot be denied that it is one of Nigeria most consumed goods. It is even common among the youths of today and influential people in the country.

5 Cloths: After feeding the next thing to consider of cause is clothing. But in Nigeria clothing is of different types. They is New original clothes which are very expensive and this can be sold in the elite or rich areas like Lekki,  Ibeju lekki, Abuja, VI etc., they is the fake new once which are common every were, they is also the bend down select, akube, okirika Which ever way you call it.
Cloth selling is a big deal that is why you have the big clothes market of super (katagura), Oshodi, idumota, Oluwole, Yaba etc.

6 Cement: The real estate sector in Nigeria is growing fast rapidly especially around Abuja,  Portharcourt, Ogun state, Ibeju lekki and many more places. With most rich people investing in real estate. Apart from real estate an average Nigerian would love to build his own house even if it is a three bedroom bungalow. Cement has always been the major instruments in building a house or in construction of bridges or roads.

7 Alcoholic Drinks and Wine: Opening a bar has been one of the major trending business in Nigeria. That is why most alcoholic drinks companies do not make losses in Nigeria. Most religious virtues kicks against drinking especially in Christianity and Islam but we still find people finding their way to the bar. Most Nigerians spend significant proportion of their income buying alcoholic drinks.

8 Petrol: I would have mention petroleum output but that is not the case here. People don't really demand for kerosene and diesel again like before. People fuel their car alot in Nigeria with a transport system heavily dependent on road network. Also people use generator as alternative to government supply of electrical energy and this generators are also fueled too.

9  Mobile devices, Laptops and it's Accessories:
It is already known every were that Nigerians love gadgets. The advent of Chinese products popularly called Chinko has made it easier for Nigerians to buy these products at a cheaper and affordable price with the same function and less durability. People tend to buy gadgets and it's accessories frequently in Nigeria.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

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VIDEO: Conductor, passenger fight in canal

VIDEO: Conductor, passenger fight in canal

A video of two men who were described as a conductor and a passenger engaged in a fight inside a Lagos canal has gone viral on social media.

As seen in the video, none of the onlookers was willing to enter into the canal to separate the fighting and all entreaties for them to stop were abortive until policemen arrived the scene.

See video:

Dammy Krane Released! To Appear In Court Again On June 23

Dammy Krane Released! To Appear In Court Again On June 23
Nigerian social media had started a ‘Free Dammy Krane’ hashtag online in a bid to fight and protect the cause of the fuji-pop music star who certain sources claimed his innocence over the 9-count charge levied against him by a Federal court in Miami USA, which majorly sum up to forgery, manipulation and theft.

Although Dammy Krane, who is signed to Usual Suspekt music label, has been released on bail having met up with the bail requirements as prescribed by the Miami ruling court, he is however expected to appear again for a second hearing come the 23rd of June.

Wikzid Talks Drake, M.I, OJB Jezereel, And Hell ”NO” Baby Mama

Wikzid Talks Drake, M.I, OJB Jezereel, And Hell ”NO” Baby Mama

Starboy Worldwide CEO, Wizkid, has again found himself in the news and of course, did not disappoint with his ability to always hit the nail on the head when necessary.

The singer, was recently on US radio station, Real 92.3 FM where he talked about how he stared music, M.I, his sons and of course baby mamas.

Speaking on how he started making music,Wizkid, revealed that he started off in church at the age of 11, same year he met the late OJB Jezereel, who later gave him several beats to work on.

On his first record, the COME CLOSER crooner, gave a shoutout to M.I Abaga, whom he described as one of the biggest hip hop acts in the country, saying M.I gave allowed him record the hook to his Fast Money, Fast Cars, record, a record that introduced him to the millions in the country.

Asked what he feels about Drake’sreputation of always stealing people’s sound, Wizkid, stylishly declined to answer that.

Falz – Jeje (Prod. By StudioMagic) [New Song]

Falz – Jeje (Prod. By StudioMagic) [New Song]

Falz – Jeje. Over time, Bahd guy, Falz has proven himself to be the main guy  as he does something magical on this new record titled Jeje. The sound Jeje is an afro-beat mix with a touch of high-life and some mixture of other Afro flavours.

The StudioMagic produced tune might just be the much awaited hit from Falz. Enjoy below and share your thoughts.

Falz – Jeje (Prod. By StudioMagic) [New Song]

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Please what should micheal do.

Hi, my name is micheal. I graduated from economics department in Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in 2003. After my graduation i got a good job, i got married to my wife Esther and built a bungalow in which me and my wife stays. After many years I was promoted.
I became one of the senior executives at were i work so i was given the opportunity to interview new people for employment. The interview was one on one in my office, suddenly a beautiful young lady entered my office, it was her turn to be interviewed. I couldn't take my eyes off this lady because of her beauty, she started seducing me and i told her she already  got the job.
Out of anxiety and joy she hugged me suddenly my wife came in. My wife was shocked and quarrel with me for sometime over the issue.
Since i have told the girl that she already got the job and i  know deeply that she is the best for the job and i still have affection for her. I don't know what to do may be to still give the girl the job or not. Pls help me what should i do.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Jonathan’s godson threatens EFCC with N10bn suit

Mr. George Turnah, the embattled businessman and godson of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has threatened to slam N10bn defamation suit on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Turner, who is currently detained at Port Harcourt Prison in Rivers State is being investigated by the anti-graft agency for alleged involvement in a case of obtaining money by false pretence, money laundering and abuse of office.

He is also being investigated for being in possession of funds running into N2bn allegedly siphoned from the Niger Delta Development Commission while serving there as an Adviser on Youths between 2012 and 2015.

The EFCC operatives, led by the Zonal Head of the Commission, Mr. Ishaq Salihu, were recently in Bayelsa State to enforce an order of interim forfeiture of buildings and other property belonging to Turner by the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.

But Turner has written to the EFCC claiming that he was innocent of allegations of corruption levelled against him by the commission.

He gave the anti-graft agency seven days to pay him N100m compensation and tender public apology to him for what he described as a media trial that had tarnished his image.

At the expiration of the ultimatum, Turner in the letter dated May 30, 2017, threatened to slam N10bn defamation suit on the commission.

Also, Turner, in the letter by Amuda Kannike (SAN) & Co signed by O.N. Anugbum denied getting multiple contracts from the NDDC.

He asked the Managing Director, NDDC, to release details of the contracts and make clarifications on the alleged jobs he secured such as the building of Ogbia Brotherhood Village and electrification of Ogbia, but failed to execute them.

Relying on the Freedom of Information Act, the 33-year-old, whose properties had been placed on temporary forfeiture by EFCC, appealed to NDDC to make public details of the projects.

He demanded names of the companies that got the projects, the scope of the job, monetary valuations of the said contracts, and the amount of money released so far to the contractors.

Turner insisted that the Zonal Head of EFCC, South South, Mr. Ishaq Salihu, made defamatory statements and publication against him.

He said that Salihu, on May 23, 2017, at the zonal headquarters of EFCC in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, addressed a group of protesters accusing him of contributing to the under-development of Niger Delta by receiving and refusing to execute a number of projects from the NDDC.

The letter reads in part, “In the light of the foregoing and in the spirit of second chance, we have our client’s instructions to give you an ultimatum of seven days from the receipt/ date of this letter to issue an apology in three national dailies, your Facebook page, two widely read blog sites and payment of N100m compensatory damage to avoid a N10bn defamation suit.”

Turner also sent a similar letter to a blogger, claiming that his Facebook publications misrepresented the matter and lowered his reputation in the eyes of the public.

He demanded similar compensation from the blogger threatening to initiate a similar N10bn law suit against him.

Turner, who is facing trial over allegations of corruption, has filed applications seeking bail and reversal of an interim order of forfeiture of his properties issued by the FHC in Port Harcourt.

Manchester United 2-2 All Star XI LIVE: Michael Carrick bags late leveller as his testimonial ends all square

A few eyebrows were raised when Sir Alex Ferguson paid £16million to take Michael Carrick to Old Trafford in 2006.

But for the ex-United supremo, Carrick was "a certainty" to be a success at the club.

The now 35-year-old has been with the Red Devils for 11 years, winning five Premier Leagues, three EFL Cups, the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League.

According to Ferguson, it's not a surprise.

"One of the things that stuck out to me when we were profiling him and preparing to make a bid was that as a young boy, 16 years of age, he left home to play for West Ham," Ferguson said, as quoted by United's official website .

"That tells you that the boy had the confidence that he was going to make it. A 16-year-old kid from Newcastle going to east London, that's a trek, and it impressed me.

"From the minute we bought Michael in 2006, his character has always been outstanding. He's a football man and that character, coupled with his ability, made him a certainty to be a big success at United."

Sunday afternoon sees Carrick honoured, after a remarkable time in Manchester.

Man United XI: Van der Sar; Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick; Park, Rooney, Giggs

All-Stars XI: Given; Salgado, Carragher, Terry, Abidal; Senna, Seedorf, Mendieta, Duff; Keane, Owen

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KEY EVENTS
Man United '08 2-2 All-Stars: Guest of honour levels with a cracker
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FT: Man United 2-2 All Stars
16:30
Man United 2-2 All Stars (Carrick)
16:22
Man United 1-2 All Stars (Keane)
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Back underway
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MATCH REPORTKEY EVENT
Man United '08 2-2 All-Stars: Guest of honour levels with a cracker

Michael Carrick isn’t even hanging up his boots yet but his testimonial match on Sunday will show how much the Manchester United faithful will miss him.

The midfielder gathered a veritable cast of superstars to Old Trafford, divided into Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man United ‘08 side and an All-Stars line-up led by Harry Redknapp.

Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar and more provided a blast from the past in a good natured kick-about.

John Terry captained the All-Stars, with Clarence Seedorf, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher among his number.

Gaizka Mendieta scored the first for the All-Stars, cancelled out by Nemanja Vidic’s header from a pin-point Giggs cross.

Robbie Keane then made it a game with a classy finish over Van der Sar’s head.

And commentator Sam Matterface said you couldn’t write it, but really you could. It’s exactly how you’d write it.

The ball sits up for Carrick himself on the edge of the box and his right-footed drive rockets into the back of the net off the post.

Cities with the most hard working people in Nigeria


After the recent Lagos at 50, were every body told their Lagos story, how they hustle hard in Lagos State.
I was inspired and motivated to write this article.
So let go straight to the article.
1Lagos:

Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, sprawls inland from the Gulf of Guinea across Lagos Lagoon. Victoria Island, the financial center of the metropolis, is known for its beach resorts, boutiques and nightlife. To the north, Lagos Island is home to the National Museum Lagos, displaying cultural artifacts and craftworks. Nearby is Freedom Park, once a colonial-era prison and now a major venue for concerts and public events.
2 Onitsha:

Onitsha (Igbo: Ọ̀nị̀chà Mmílí  or just
Ọ̀nị̀chà) is a city located on the eastern bank of the Niger River , in Nigeria's
Anambra State . A metropolitan city, Onitsha, is known for its river port , and as an economic hub for commerce, industry, and education.
As the Nigerian economy has expanded, so too has Onitsha played a central role in the trade and distribution of manufactured goods from Lagos and food produce from various northern towns to buyers from all over Eastern Nigeria and across the West African region.
Consequently, Onitsha has grown to become one of Nigeria's most significant market towns and its Main Market, one of the largest markets in West Africa, a center point where billions of naira are transacted every day.
Today, Onitsha has grown into a modern-day urban city in Anambra State with a population approaching a million.
In 2012 the state government, through a joint venture, attracted SAB Miller to invest in Onitsha Brewery , which started production in August. It was the first large-scale investment in Onitsha since Premier breweries, makers of the Premier Beer, established production in Onitsha in the early part of the 1980s. In January it was announced that upgrades to the value of $110 million would triple the output of beer and malt drinks.
Other factories have sprung up in the popular Harbor Industrial Layout including Orange Drugs, a soap-making factory; Krisoral, a bottle cap manufacturing company; and PZ Cussons.
The Nigerian federal government's initiative to expand transportation on inland waterways is expected to benefit Onitsha. Already, a small port has been constructed on the Banks of the River Niger.

3 Aba:
Aba is a city in the southeast of Nigeria and the commercial center of Abia State . Upon the creation of Abia state in 1991, Aba was divided into two local governments areas namely; Aba South and Aba North. Aba south is the main city centre and the heart beat of Abia State, south-east Nigeria. It is located on the Aba River . Aba is made up many villages such as; Aba-Ukwu, Eziukwu-Aba, Obuda-Aba,Umuokpoji-Aba and other villages from Ohazu merged due to administrative convenience. Aba was established by the Ngwa clan of Igbo People of Nigeria as a market town and then later a military post was placed there by the
British colonial administration in 1901. It lies along the west bank of the
Aba River , and is at the intersection of roads leading to Port Harcourt , Owerri ,
Umuahia , Ikot Ekpene , and Ikot Abasi . The city became a collecting point for agricultural products following the British made railway running through it to Port Harcourt . Aba is a major urban settlement and commercial centre in a region that is surrounded by small villages and towns. The indigenous people of Aba are the Ngwa . Aba is well known for its craftsmen. As of 2006 census, Aba had a population of 534,265.
Aba is surrounded by oil wells which separate it from the city of Port Harcourt , a 30 kilometres (19 mi)
pipeline powers Aba with gas from the Imo River natural gas repository. Its major economic contributions are
Textiles and Palm Oil along with pharmaceuticals, plastics, cement, and cosmetics which made the Ariaria International Market to become the largest market in west Africa seconded by the Onitsha Main Market . There is also a brewery, a glass company and distillery within the city. Finally, it is famous for its handicrafts.
4 Kabba:
Kabba is a town in Kogi State in mid west Nigeria. It lies near the Osse River, at the intersection of roads from Lokoja , Okene, Ogidi, Ado-Ekiti , and Egbe. The town is near Abuja .
Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan , of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja , based in Abuja, Nigeria, was born here, according to his Wikipedia article.
5 Zaria:
Zaria is a major city in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria, as well as being a
Local Government Area . Formerly known as Zazzau , it was one of the original seven Hausa city-states . Today it is known for housing Nigeria's largest university, Ahmadu Bello University, as well as being home to a number of prominent Nigerians.
Zaria's economy is primarily based on agriculture. Staples are guinea corn and millet . Cash crops include cotton ,
groundnuts and tobacco.  The city is considered by some to be a main center of Hausa agriculture. [who? ] Not only is Zaria a market town for the surrounding area, it is the home of artisans, from traditional crafts like leather work, dyeing and cap making, to tinkers, printshops and furniture makers. Zaria is also the center of a textile industry that for over 200 years has made elaborately hand-embroidered robes that are worn by men throughout Nigeria and West Africa.
6 Ibadan:
Ibadan (Yoruba: Ìbàdàn ) is the
capital of Oyo State , Nigeria and the most populous city in the state with a population of over 3 million. It is the third most populous city in Nigeria, after Lagos and Kano; it is the country's largest city by geographical area. At the time Nigeria's independence in 1960, Ibadan was the largest and most populous city in the country, and the second most populous in Africa after Cairo .
The city and its environs is home to several industries such as Agro allied, Textile, Food processing, Health Care and Cosmetic, Tobacco processing and Cigarette manufacturing, Leatherworks and furniture making Etc. There is abundance of clay , kaolin and aquamarine in the city environs, and there are several cattle ranches , a dairy farm as well as a commercial
abattoir in Ibadan. There are dozens of banks and Insurance firms spread out across the cityscape that service the city's millions of inhabitants.
The main economic activities engaged in by the Ibadan populace include Agriculture, Trade, Public service employment, Factory work, Service sector/Tertiary production, Etc. The headquarters of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have extensive grounds for crop and agricultural research into key tropical crops such as bananas, plantains, maize, cassava, soybean, cowpea and yam. According to a report, Ibadan is the 3rd cheapest Nigerian city to live in.
7 Port Harcourt:
Port Harcourt (Ikwerre : Ígúọ́cha;  Pidgin : Po-ta-kot
[Note 1] ) is the capital and largest city of Rivers State , Nigeria. It lies along the Bonny River and is located in the Niger Delta. As of 2016, the Port Harcourt urban area has an estimated population of 1,865,000 inhabitants, up from 1,382,592 as of 2006.
Port Harcourt is a major industrial centre as it has a large number of
multinational firms as well as other industrial concerns, particularly business related to the petroleum industry. It is the chief oil-refining city in Nigeria and has two main oil refineries that process around 210,000 barrels of crude oil a day, both operated by the Port Harcourt Refining Company . Rivers State is one of the wealthiest states in Nigeria in terms of gross domestic product and foreign exchange revenue from the oil industry, crude oil being its principal export earner. Face-me-I-face-you architecture is quite common in certain parts of Port Harcourt. The Point Block of Rivers State Secretariat is an icon of the city. An 18-story building, it is the tallest building in the South East and South South geopolitical zones combined.
8 Warri:
The city of Warri is an oil hub in South- South Nigeria and houses an annex of the Delta State Government House . It served as the colonial capital of the then Warri Province. It shares boundaries with Ughelli/Agbarho,
Sapele , Okpe , Udu and Uvwie although most of these places, notably Udu, Okpe and Uvwie, have been integrated to the larger cosmopolitan Warri. Osubi houses an airport that serves the city.
Effurun serves as the gateway to and the economic nerve of the city.

These 7 Nollywood Actresses Gave Up Their Acting Career For Marriage

Some relocated to be with their husbands outside Nigeria while others are still in Nigeria but hardly in the public eye.

We presents 7 Nollywood actresses that left the movie industry for family.

1. SANDRA ACHUMS

 

Former Nollywood actress, Sandra Achums resides in Germany with her husband and is currently blessed with four children.

Achums was a well known face in most  Nollywood movies, Sandra left the Nollywood scene after getting married to her German based lover.

She sure has paid her dues in the industry before leaving her first love to make a family.

2. REGINA ASKIA

Former beauty queen and former Nollywood actress, Regina Askia left the Nollywood scene in the late 90’s. She was once amongst the ‘Glamour Girls’ of the movie industry before relocating to the US and taking up a job at a New York hospital.

The social critic is happily married to Rudy Williams and has a daughter and son.

3. LEPA SHANDY

 

 

Nollywood actress, Folashade Omoniyi known as Lepa Shandy in 2012 got married to her Dublin based boyfriend, Dayo David Adewale. She has since been minimal on the movie scene due to her spending quality time with her family.

4. VICTORIA INYAMA

Victoria was one of the most promising starlets of her time, till she decided to give it all away for marriage in the states.

5. DOLLY NWACHUKWU

 

Fair skinned beauty, Dolly Nwachukwu acted in movies like ‘Bitter Encounter’ and ‘Deadly Affair’ before leaving our TV Screen for marriage outside the country.

She hasn’t been heard from ever since.

6. MAUREEN SOLOMON

Maureen Solomon married her husband, Okeke on December 6, 2005, however, the actress took a break to concentrate on her family.  She may not be so active at the moment, but she was once one of Nollywood’s popular faces.

7. CAROLINE EKANEM

Caroline Ekanem who married Musa Danjuma was one of the pretty Nollywood faces back in the day. Since her marriage to Danjuma in 2007, she was hardly seen on movie scenes.

‘Don’t feel sad for me, I let a Good man go’ – Eva Alordiah splits from fiancé, Caesar



It is now official – Nigerian rapper Eva Alordiah and fiance, Caesar have split after nearly 18 months of engagement.

Eva announced the split on her Instagram page last night with a heartfelt note stating she was the one that ended the relationship. She also asked ladies who may be interested in having her man to go ahead and take him now, while acknowledging he was a really good man.

What caused the split, Eva categorically didn’t say but she clarified that the split happened just a day ago contrary to rumours that the couple broke up about four weeks ago.

You also recall Iyanya mocked the couple’s engagement after news of their split went viral. And Eva’s fiance, Caesar lashed out at him.

Read Eva’s note confirming she’s now a single lady below:

Single Again and not quite sure I was ready for the other side. Feels so familiar, this Single life, yet so new.
I have been single for only 1 Day and I already feel 

My friends always used to Tease me and tell me I love ‘Love’.
I have finally accepted this is True. I do Love Love. What LEO Woman doesn’t?

#ThatWasAReallyGoodMan and I may be silly to let him go but it’s okay cause now #YouCanHaveHimSister!  My head feels wobbly.
I write a great deal don’t I ?
Maybe this happened so I can find a way to get back in my head and stroke the balls of my sleeping muse.
I want a Cat.
I have had dogs all my Life and they made for best of Friends those years I was Single.
Should I get a Cat?
I feel like If I finally do get a Cat it would be an all black one with Eyes that Gleam in the Darkness.
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Darkness: What lies in the wake of a Love never to be felt again.
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I want a Cat and I want to Write.
No not Write Rap. Not that.
It would be so wonderful to write a new Novel.
I’d think about this in the coming days and let you know what I decide.

Hey don’t feel sad for me. I let a Good man go, that must be a good thing no?
I want to write a Novel.
I have to write.
I am going to Write.
I need to Write.
I am Writing.
Don’t Ask about me, I have gone to Write.
I AM a Writer.


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