Buhari meets Service Chiefs in Abuja over insecurity

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday held Special Consultation meeting with Service Chiefs at the State House, Abuja.

This might not be unconnected with the rising wave of insecurity in the country, especially Boko Haram’s rampage in the North East.

Those in attendance were the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. – Gen Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar; the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, also attended the meeting believed to centre on security challenges.

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CBN Says Banks no longer allowed to sack more than 5 staff without approval

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has given a stern warning to all banks that they must seek its approval if they must sack more than five staff. This was stated in the communique released by the Bankers Committee after its meeting on Friday.

The committee, in a circular signed by Director, Financial Markets Department, CBN, Angela Sere-Ejembi, emphasized that all banks should send sample of Contract Letter issued to outsourced staff + SLA with the company being used to run outsourced staff.

It stated, “Banks should note and be guided by the CBN circular in respect of laying off staff that is more than five. This requires apex bank’s notification and approval going forward.”

The Bankers’ Committee had said the mass sacking in banks would be reduced in the shortest time possible.

The committee noted that while it was working on how to reduce the level of job losses in the sector, there would always be reasons people would have to be sacked from their workplaces.

It explained that while the decision to sack bank workers had elicited a lot of sentiments from both the public and private sectors of the economy, the banks understood the implications of having to relieve workers of their jobs in view of the current economic situation in the country.

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5 wonderful beach resorts in Nigeria

Living life to the fullest does not just happen; we have got to work it out. This means finding a balance between work and rest. And what better way is there to do this than finding a place to relax and enjoy what nature has got in place for one. Talk about somewhere you can slip into and let the pressure of life struggles off your mind.
This is exactly why beach resorts are there for you and in the light of this, we shall be looking at five (5) amazing beach resorts we have around – in Nigeria.

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Abraka Beach Resort
Abraka Beach Resort is no doubt a wonder in the Niger. The resort is located along Agbor-Sapele road, in Abraka, Delta state, and it is right on the coastline of River Ethiope. The resort has got white sandy beach and the things you need to relax [there] as you sink into the tranquillity of its natural space. But should that not be enough, taking a cruise through the river or engaging in some sporting activities will ensure that you do not have a dull time-out on the beach.

Finima Beach Resort
Finima beach resort is situated on Bonny Island, Rivers State. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and it is a choice vacation spot for a host of pleasure seekers. The extensively stretched beach and the cool sea breeze on offer at this resort make it a place to spend a day out with your family.

Inagbe Beach Resort
This resort may not be a very popular one among folks but it is no pushover when considering excellent spots for relaxation in Lagos state – and even Nigeria as a whole. It is located on Inagbe Island, and it is just a 15-minute boat ride from Victoria Island. Besides the ‘goodies’ nature has to serve you while on this island, you will also get to utilize the classy amenities provided therein. There are accommodation spaces, swimming pool, spa among other exciting add-ons. Plus, security is well guaranteed at this very (relaxation) spot.

La Campagne Tropicana
The first thought that crosses the mind of many persons when Lagos is being talked about is a busy city [filled with commercial activities]. But there is more to Lagos than that, and a visit to an exotic resort like La Campagne Tropicana will let you in on what I mean. This resort is located at Ikegun, Ibeju-Lekki along Epe Expressway in Lagos. The facilities at La Campagne Tropicana are top-notch, and there are chalets available for anyone who desires to spend the night within this beautiful natural space as he/she beholds the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean. A good zone for a couple to spend some time together.

Whispering Palms
All the way down to Badagry, Lagos state – in Iworo town to be precise – is a serene resort known to be surrounded with tremendous natural endowments, the Whispering Palms Resort. It lies on the lagoon, and it is encompassed by lush green vegetation. It provides a great getaway for those who desire to escape from routine ‘busyness’ of life. The cool, breezy atmosphere around this resort is second to none. There are also facilities as well as rooms available for vacationers’ use.

This is definitely not an exhausting list [of wonderful beach resorts] around the country; there are a whole lot more, and these, we hope to talk about in subsequent reviews.

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Tips on how to boost fuel economy

Most times, we overlook little details that could possibly help us save some cost on a couple of things and eventually feel the weight of irretrievable spending bearing down on us after a while. In line with this, I am moved to discuss how you can save cost on fuel - using less(er) volume of fuel to cover more mileage. Tips such as putting off the air conditioner while on the move and turning off the engine whenever your car is stuck in traffic are about the most common measures people resort to when it comes to preventing the fuel from burning out fast. Spare me some seconds before I delve into the article proper: it pays - more economical - to wind up the windows and allow the a/c breathe while at high speed than shutting it off and leaving the windows open. The reason is that leaving the windows at a high speed increases the probability of drag - I will shed more light on this as the article progresses - occurring and this, in turn, causes the fuel to get used up quickly.

Now, I shall be sharing the other tips that should help you help optimize the fuel in your car’s tank and save you some cash.

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Unclutter the boot: A lot of persons are fond of packing extra luggage in their cars thus turning it into some form of mobile wardrobe or store. But here is what you should know: the more weight you have in your car’s boot, the lower the fuel economy. As such, it would be wise to take whatever (items) that significantly add(s) to the carriage and save some penny on fuel.
Well, just to let you know; the physics behind this is that weight increases aerodynamic drag - which is the force exerted on an object moving against the wind - and this consequently increases fuel consumption. The need to limit the effect of aerodynamic drag is one of the major reasons pick-up truck owners usually install tonneau cover over the (truck’s) bed.

Invest in the right engine lubricant: The hard truth here is that ‘quality‘ might not be enough to give you optimal performance when one considers the impact of engine lubricant on fuel economy - and by extension, the overall functioning of the car’s engine. The perfect word here is ‘right‘; you have to use the engine lubricant that has been recommended for your automobile’s model/type. Hence, in case you do not have the car’s instruction manual with you, there may be an urgent need to do research to know the right engine oil for your car.

Ensure proper inflation of tyres: Tyres that are not well inflated will ultimately lack enough pressure to roll smoothly on the road - even though the car may be moving somewhat unhindered - and this tells (negatively) on fuel economy. Therefore, you should make sure that your car’s tyres are properly gauged before setting out. Do your checks [with the aid of a pressure gauge] and make necessary fix when need be.

Back to cruise control: Without an iota of doubt, there are many speedy temptations on our roads, and the truth is that we, more often than not, fall for them. But before you get tempted to hit the pedal (accelerator) and ‘make your car fly‘ just like the other road user(s) right ahead of you, you should consider utilizing the cruise control feature to stay at a steady speed range and burn less fuel.

Monitor the air filter and fuel injectors: Accessories such as air filters and fuel injectors also play some important roles in improving fuel economy. So, make it a point of duty to check them and do proper cleaning regularly; more so, replacement should be done as soon as it may be required - when these accessories are worn out.

Let the brake be: An incident during your learning (how to drive) years or some other unfortunate occurrence might have made you form the habit of having your foot on the brake pedal; that may be fine by you - moreover, who wouldn’t go for safety first? That aside, some persons have unrepentantly resorted to driving this way since they got their first automobile. It is, however, important to state here that such an act normally causes fuel to be used up fast(er) - and even cause you to seek a replacement (brake) more often. In essence, you should not be so ‘brake-fastidious‘ that you keep placing your foot on the pedal when you do not need to.

Ensure proper alignment: Uneven/imbalanced alignment makes the work of an automobile daunting and also results in increased fuel consumption. Hence, any time you observe that your vehicle is jerking towards one side [than the other], your car’s tyres are making squeaking noise or wears out rather too easily, it might be high you took it to an expert to correct the alignment before you spend more (money) on fuel.

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5 lucrative courses for a thriving future

Remaining relevant in the future will be incumbent upon the level of your preparedness and how well you are able to maximize your time now - before then. As it is often said: “Our today is a consequence of our many yesterdays“, so would “our tomorrow be a consequence of our many ‘todays‘. it’s all about the future. Looking into the future, there will be certain skills that would be highly revered and this is due to the trends that we are presently seeing. Hence, some courses are of huge importance and it would be wise if you could just take note and act [on the information] that will be shared hereby as you envision a better and brighter future - this is even more significant if you are yet to find your passion or decide on the way to go into your career.

Artificial Intelligence: There is an ever-rising urge to make technology better and even more interactive; this is where Artificial Intelligence(AI) comes in. But this does not just happen; there are brains behind it. In other words, AI can be learned, all you need is to develop an interest in it. Automation is fast gaining precedence in our world and being at the front-line of making machines perform beyond its fundamental attributes will definitely pay off.

Business analytics: In years to come, with men still existing on the face of the earth and irrespective of the fields/areas that are making waves, businesses will remain highly relevant. However, individuals who have studied the performance and data related to business in order to plan out new workable strategies for improved and sustainable profitability are the ones that are bound to make the most of the opportunity. There is certainly a great prospect here - and the pay (salary) is quite rewarding.

Cybersecurity: The ever-increasing tendencies to have hackers on the prowl coupled with the inclination towards digitalization means there is a need for business organizations, particularly those with massive online presence/audience to make certain comprehensive security measures. This opens up tremendous avenues for anyone who is vast in cybersecurity. And, it is already a giving that security agencies and other organizations will have a great need for cybersecurity experts in the future. So, you have got to give this a thought before the space gets flooded.

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Coding: We are in a computer age and there’s a language that is very essential [in this age] - though this language is not known, its impact is felt by all. How, [you may ask]? - whether you are switching from one interface to another or playing that favourite game on your smartphone, chatting, posting videos or what-have-you on Facebook or just utilising the browser in some ways, you have benefited from this language. Apps are being generated, improved on and reinvented, and this has only been made possible by programming codes. The yearning for something different or new will always make humans lookout for the latest and/or more advanced app(s) that can satisfy their need or pleasure; herein, is where the work of a coder finds significance, and this is bound to be in the future.

Data science: Here is the big one in this section that deals with maximizing data - whether structured or unstructured - in order to gain valuable insights about specific concepts. Going by the way our world is evolving, data has become [and will continually be] a big ‘deal‘; this means anyone with skills in this area will not be out of jobs now or in the future - it presents a wonderful avenue for you to succeed provided you put your heart to it.

To bring this to a conclusion, that we have touched on these five courses - with a bias towards computer science/technology - does not, however, mean we posit that are other courses are going to be irrelevant in the future. In fact, there are a whole lot of skills we would have loved to discuss but for want of space and time. Notwithstanding, we hope that you ponder on all that we have shared.

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Scholarships & Aid

Anchorship Skills Training Program From Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, 2019

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mabushi, Abuja in collaboration with Jiadnis Consultancy Services Limited is inviting applications from new entrants, artisans and craftsmen in the Building industry for core skills training program in Lagos and Abuja.

Applications are invited for:

Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Anchorship Skills Training Program for Artisans and Craftsmen


The training package is aimed at giving the participants the knowledge and approaches needed to ensure effective delivery of their Trades relevant to the Building Industry.

Scope of Training
A total of 240 participants will be trained in 2 Locations for 4 weeks (Lagos and Abuja) for the following Trades:

Painting and POP Design Plumbing Carpentry/Furniture/Woodwork Masonry/Concreting Tiling and sub-divided into 2 segments: Course 1 For New Entrants Course 2 For Craftsmen and Artisans


Professional Certificates will be issued to participants atter relevant evaluations.

Eligibility Requirements and Entry Qualifications
Interested Participants are to submit copies of their Identity Card alongside their certificates:

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Course 1 Minimum of:

Secondary School Modern III Certificate Trade Test III. WAEC S.75 Certificate JSS III Certificate

Course 2 Minimum of:

WAEC Technical Certificate C&G Certificate Part 1 or intermediate Craft Training School Certificate Trade Test I and II.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates are to submit 2 hard copies of their credentials in sealed envelope clearly marked as “Course 1” or “Course 2” and addressed to:
The Principal,
Building Crafts Training School,
Harvey Road,
Yaba, Lagos State.
The Principal,
Architectural Technicians and Building Crafts Training School,
Kuje, Abuja.

Furthermore, the reverse of each sealed envelope should have the name, address, phone number and email of the Participant.

General Information

Applicants cannot apply for more than one course

All submission costs will be borne by the participants

Documents submitted after the deadline will be returned unopened

All shortlisted candidates will be contacted at a later date for details of Training.

Application Deadline: 2:00 pm, 18th October, 2019.

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Farmer wants border closure sustained

An Enugu-based rice farmer, Mr Ekene Uzodinma, has lauded the Federal Government for mustering the political will to close the country’s borders to check smuggling and other cross border crimes.

Uzodinma, who is the Manager of Excellent Integrated Farms Ltd,Enugu, made the commendation in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Wednesday.

According to him, the Federal Government should sustain the measure in view of its positive impact on the nation’s economy policy.

He said that prior to the border closure, rice farmers had unfair competition with foreign rice being smuggled to the country through land borders.

According to him, the measure has tackled the age-long illegal importation of weapons and ammunition that hitherto aggravated the state of insecurity in the country.

“Border closure; I want to first of all congratulate Nigerians and thank the government for taking that bold step to close the borders.

“Beyond the positive effect it has on rice, it has positive effects in so many other things; ammunition and fire arms and a lot of things being smuggled into the country, not just rice.

“Secondly, the Federal Government also loses so much revenue to smugglers, not just rice.

“On the other hand, that closure has also created opportunities for farmers in Nigeria; that means our products are being purchased this time around.

“Our rice is the best anywhere in the world. We have the best rice because of the kind of texture of land in Nigeria. The taste of our rice is different and nutritious, it is very beautiful.

“It is unfortunate; we also unduly regard imported goods; which made it almost impossible for us to sell our products.

“Foreign rice enjoys higher patronage than the local rice, whereas the local rice is better off.

“So, the border closure will also help the farmers to boost their production, increase their earnings and also promote the made-in-Nigeria goods.

“For me, I am trusting God that the Federal Government will sustain the border closure to the point where our rice can now be exported abroad,’’ he said.

Uzodinma, whose brand of rice is called Elfrida Premium Quality, noted that youths could take advantage of the recent development to maximise the opportunities and profits in the agricultural sector.

“I will also want youths in Enugu state to take advantage and participate in the free-of-charge `One Youth, One Hectare’ of farmland project being organised by my Non-Governmental Organisation, The New Enugu Project (TNEP).’’ (NAN)![0_1572454594540_Mr Ekene Uzodinma.jpg](Uploading 100%)

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Shippers Council, transport agencies move to eliminate corruption in maritime

By Lucy Ogalue

Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) is collaborating with agencies under the Ministry of Transportation to develop strategies to curb corruption in Nigeria and Africa.

The Executive Secretary of NSC, Hassan Bello,said this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.

The maritime and transport sectors are strong catalysts for socio-economic development of any nation, particularly as it concerns businesses, markets, countries and people/citizens.

Despite the gains recorded in the fight against corruption in all sectors of the economy, the maritime transport sector has remained vulnerable to unwholesome practices.

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Capital flight and fiscal leakages that have plagued sector are worrisome.

Therefore, NSC, agencies of Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC) is organising a One-Day Summit.

The theme of the summit is, Zero Tolerance for Corruption in the Maritime sector.

And it aims at highlighting the areas of corrupt practices in the sector and collectively develop strategies to curb the menace threatening the economies of most African nations, he said.

Bello expressed optimism that a road map that would reduce considerably corrupt practices would be generated at the end of the Summit and sustainable structures that would guarantee predictability, efficiency and transparency in the industry achieved.

NAN reports that the Summit, scheduled for Dec. 9 will have in attendance President Muhammadu Buhari, Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, legislature, financial institutions and critical stakeholders in the Maritime Industry.

The Summit will begin with a road walk at 7 a. m. at the EFCC Zonal Office, Wuse 2 and begin proper at the Banquet Hall, State House, Aso Rock at 9 a.m, according to Bello. (NAN)

Source: NAN

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Lagos State to tackle unauthorised real estate practitioners

The Lagos State Government says it will tackle the menace of unauthorised real estate practitioners across the state.

The Special Adviser (SA) to the Governor on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, said this in a statement in Lagos on Monday.

Benson-Awoyinka said that the state government had planned a stakeholders forum for real estate practitioners, aimed at tackling the menace.

She said that the one-day stakeholders engagement slated for Wednesday, had as its theme Lagos Real Estate: Achieving 21st Century Compliance.

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The special adviser said that the theme of the forum showed that the state government was making frantic efforts to eradicate the dubious practices of some real estate practitioners in the state.

According to her, the forum will help restore sanity and orderliness to the housing sector.

Benson-Awoyinka said that a legal approach alone might not be enough to solve the problem of fraud in the real estate business in the state, without the commitment of all the stakeholders.

She, however, said that the present administration was determined to ensure conducive environment for seamless operation within the sector.

I implore the real estate/agency businesses to cooperate with the state government, so that the state as a smart city would be made investors haven, not only in Africa, but the world at large, she said.

The SA called on all interested stakeholders across the state to register for attendance through the link: http://lasretrad.eventrite.com free of charge. (NAN)

Source: NAN

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Payment platforms for freelancers

Thanks to the internet, there are now many prospects/avenues through which one can get himself/herself employed - and gainfully at that. But how would it be if after you must have completed a particular job/project online with your client ready to pay, there is no medium through which you can obtain your due payment? Or as it had usually been in the past, the payment platforms available do not allow transactions between your country of residence - Nigeria in this case - and your client’s country? - Then frustration sets in. Not to worry, if your online freelancing adventure, at one time or the other, impeded or short-circuited due to payment concerns, you should read on to know where to turn:

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Skrill: Skrill is a highly secure payment portal through which individuals can send and receive money - forty different currencies are currently supported on Skrill. Beyond this, however, you can also use the platform to do other transactions like buying and selling cryptocurrencies, running forex trade and so on. Skrill is based in the United Kingdom and started its operations way back in 2001 when it was known as ‘Moneybookers‘ - the company’s name until it was re-branded to Skrill in 2011. This online payment platform is owned by Paysafe Group and it has over 25 million users registered on it.

Procedure for signing up
To register on Skrill; you will need an active email account, and you can either sign up as an individual or as a business - your company. Mind you, the services and charges achievable with each of these two accounts vary to some extent.
Upon the verification of your email address, you will be able to access the platform albeit temporarily because you will have to verify your identity using a valid means of identification - either driver’s licence, international passport or national ID card. Again, you will also need to provide a proof of address (that is, your residence or wherever you are operating from) - a utility bill or bank statement should suffice in this regard. Failure to do the identification and verification means you will be barred after reaching a set limit [of fund withdrawal].

Furthermore, you will need to link up a debit card to your account, and also provide your NUBAN account number wherefore you will make available your bank’s name, as well as the SWIFT CODE. This would enable Skrill to send money into the account after you must have initiated a withdrawal in the times to come. Lest I forget, all your client needs to send payment to your account is your email address, the very one you registered with on Skrill.

Still on withdrawal; withdrawal comes in two forms. There is an option whereby you can receive your fund in local currency - Naira in this case - into your bank account through your debit card and the fund is usually wired almost immediately - though it may take longer (hours) on some occasions. Note that the money will be charged from whatever currency it had been available into your local currency using Skrill’s exchange rate.

With the second option, you will be able to receive foreign currency but it is expedient that you must have opened [and submitted on Skrill] your domiciliary account beforehand. This second option does take between 2-5 working days, and you will only be able to withdraw cash (foreign currency) from the cashier at your bank. It is important to state here that there are attached to every withdrawal you made; you can long on to www.skrill.com to find out more and get started.

Payoneer: Payoneer is another reliable and trustworthy portal through which freelancers can get their hard-earned money. This internet payment service provider was launched back in 2005 and has its headquarters in New York, USA. It only recently extended its operations to Nigeria, and already has over four million registered users spread across 200 nations around the globe.

Through Payoneer, you can request payment from such freelancing sites like Fiverr, Upwork and Envato. Just as with Skrill, you need an active email address to open an account - either personal or business - on Payoneer. The mode of operation - as it regards withdrawal, verification and all - is quite similar to Skrill, but the charges do vary. You can visit Payoneer to find out more.

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Nigeria ready for 5G Communication Minister

By Ijeoma Olorunfemi

Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Oct. 7, 2019 (NAN) In line with global requirements of communications, Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications, said Nigeria was ready to deploy 5G network across the country to ease network flow.

Pantami said this on Monday at the ongoing 39th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) holding in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

GITEX is a global technology exhibition that brings together over 200,000 trade visitors, investors, innovators, IT experts, countries, Information Communication Technology startups from over 145 countries of the world, to share trends of ICT and ways of advancing technology innovations.

Nigerias participation in GITEX, which is spearheaded by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is a week long programme holding from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10.

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5G mobile network is the next-generation standard for wireless communication, set to start taking over the mobile network environment in 2019. 5G delivers vastly increased capacity, lower latency and faster speed.

The minster said Nigeria is ready for 5G network but preparation is key. We are ready but need deployment and before that we need pre-deployment and post-deployment.

We are working to handle the challenges of pre-deployment but the approval has been given for the trial.

Nigeria is not yet into the 5G network deliberately. Some of the telecom operators are ready to deploy the 5G network but the proposal was put on hold, so we can be productive and proactive.

There could be potential challenges that could obstruct 5G network, which include regulations. You cannot just rush into it without preparing your ground, he said.

He said that the Federal Government is engaging some security agencies like the National Intelligence Agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Nigeria Police, among others to ensure a seamless process, while establishing regulations on deploying the 5G network.

The minister also said that 5G network cannot be deployed across the country yet due to some gaps in citizens being unable to access 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

At the pace we are moving, some places do not even have 2G, there are over 200 cluster areas in the country and with this you cannot say we can move to 5G when some people are yet to access 2G, 3G.

The gaps are already there, it is not a new one but you cannot delay advancement because other people are not benefiting, what we should do is to bridge the gap.

He added that Nigeria was not doing badly in technology, however, patriotism and confidence in indigenous products and services was lacking.

Pantami recalled that a Nigerian in the UK was the first person globally to develop, build and design first real time 5G network dedicated to self-organised networks in the UK , using general purpose processors.

According to him, we usually fail to deploy what we produce, we are so much addicted to foreign products and whenever we hear anything local it appears to us as inferior.

That perception of undermining our effort is what we need to change.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria Postal Service, Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited, Nigeria Petroleum Exchange Commission, Petroleum Equalisation Fund Management Board are some agencies representing the country at GITEX. (NAN)

Source: NAN

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Your Root and your Destiny

Matthew 7 v 24 - 27
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 3 v 10
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 15 v 13
But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

The root of a thing or the foundation is very important. The way you get born again is very, very important. There is a difference between a man who got born again and the first message that confronted him was the message of brokenness and holiness and a man that got born again and the first message that confronted him was dancing, there is a difference. When they start to grow in their christian life you can see the difference because there is something somebody with a holiness background cannot just do. It is showing, we have many of them on the streets. The white man who said, God first, knows what he was talking about. Once God is the foundation, even if you go and put something which is bad on top of God, it cannot stay, it will fall off. This is why some of us are very restless anytime we are doing something bad and if care is not taken they catch you.

The root is a very important part of a plant, it anchors that plant to the ground. It supplies food from the ground to that plant. If the root now has a problem, it would seem to be seen on the whole of the plant. That is, the root will determine the destiny of the plant. When there is a sick root, there would be a sick life.

When there is a polluted root, there would be a polluted life. When there is a cursed root there would be a cursed life. Gehazi was in the school of the prophets and he thought he was going to be very smart there, he wanted to outsmart the Almighty. He tried to deceive the man of God but that day was the end of his destiny. And that made Gehazi and the whole of his lineage to be a lineage of lepers.

If somebody from the family of Gehazi comes for prayers and he begins to pray fire prayer on the leprosy, it will not work until somebody goes back to the curse of that prophet. What I am saying is that something done by our grand, grand parents can determine our destiny. If then you do not know how to send your axe back to the root, the person would just suffer for nothing, not really know what is going on. Most of these problems have been in families for five thousand years., so you need desperation to uproot them out of your life.

For example, in the black man's country, when you get married, you must marry everybody then problem starts. I know a family, in that family all men marry witches and it is because that is what is there. The kind of women they would find attractive are witches. The ones that are not witches they would find one fault or the other. Either they would say the legs are crooked or they would say the girl is slim, because of that they would throw them out. But when they meet the witches, they'll say she is a wonderful woman and they go and marry them. Therefore if you have strong roots aligned to God your growth would be stable. As it is for plants, so it is for human beings. It is the root that would strengthen and support us when the evil winds of life begin to blow. It blows on everyone, no exception and ninety percent of people do not survive it.

As far as these storms are blowing, if you do not have adequate response, there would be trouble. The fact that you are a child of God, you are born again, coming to a Bible believing Church is good. But it does not purge the root, it has given you a door to go and purge it, but it is not the purging itself. Been born again gives a door for solution. When terrible winds begin to attack us without warning, it was our network of solid roots that would hold us firm and keep us straight. All the beautiful branches, nice leaves, no matter how attractive they are, they cannot fortify us when the attack by the mad winds of life start. It takes deep and powerful roots to keep us standing.

The reason many fall so easily is because those roots are weak, so that is why they cannot stand. it is time for iron to enter into our roots, it is time for holy stubbornness to come into our roots. It is time for our roots to become stubborn against satanic adversity. These are very, very serious matters especially if you are a black person.

Prayer point:- Let holy stubbornness come into my roots, in the name of Jesus

There are many people in our world been harassed by satanic rays of sun but when they have the strongholds they can stand. So there is a powerful relationship between the root of our lives and destiny.

What is your Root?
The root includes the foundation of your life. It is that on which the totality of your life is built. The root is the platform prepared for you to sit upon by your ancestors. Gehazi prepared the platform for his children and they sat on it. So the root has an important role to play in the life of anything because it holds the whole structure. It is just like somebody building a house, you cannot build a good house on a wrong foundation, the foundation of the house is the building. If the foundation of the house is bad, no matter which building you're building on it, it will soon collapse. Therefore it is time for us to thoroughly examine our foundation and pray violently concerning it.

Ninety percent of spiritual and physical problems are due to this sick root. A lot of people right from the time they were born have placed the ladder of their lives on the wrong wall and that has been the problem. They want to build a holy structure on it. Many are trying to build on contaminated and polluted foundation. Many have already placed their building on that kind of foundation. It is true that our past is gone but it is not quite dead. Unless you have been washed in the Blood of the Lamb, in the Word of God and in the fire of the Holy Spirit, your past would be busy reporting you to the present. Until your are completely washed by that Blood of the Lamb, soaked with the Blood of God, baptized with Fire, the past will condition the tomorrow of the person.

So the faulty root or the sick root is a universal gossip trying to tell the future what punishment we are entitled to from our past mistakes or our so called forgotten mistakes.

Jesus said to the Israelite's in John 5:45, Do not think that i am the one going to accuse you, that Moses that died that you believe in, and you are reading his law, is the reporter. Little did they know that the Moses of their past accused them.

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What is happening to many lives started very early in their lives. Some of these things that were introduced to the root of many lives are still in place. In some cases the wicked who introduced these things are dead. It is only the power of the Holy Spirit that can go back to those dead people and do something on your behalf. So you and I have the authority to demand what belongs to us and Jesus would hearken to it. There are many blessings that we have not acquired which we must fight for and receive. Many of us have been fighting battles all our lives, in fact if not for that fight some would not come to Mountain of Fire.

Some fought with the wrong weapons, they eventually discovered that their weapons cannot really match their enemies. The root has to be dealt with to attain what God wants you to achieve. There are some people who do not want their children to be female so they took some actions to make them male, but now the child is still female, that child is in trouble. They would generally become tomboys, iron ladies, no control, no marriage, going all over the place behaving like men. Beating up the husbands, it is the root that is the cause of it.

The foundation of the sex life of a person is very important too. The first contact of a woman to sex is very important to your marriage and the totality of your life thereafter. If it is corrupt you have to send the Fire of God to your foundation. If it is a business, the root too is very important. Most of the black man's roots have been contaminated by curses, covenants, spiritual deposits, satanic seeds and satanic weight. A lot of people who are above fifty years in this country were probably born in the herbalists home.

Some people's parents open the door and they just enter, maybe when they were trying to protect them. Because of that all kinds of things begin to happen to them. This is why you find a lot of people inflicting injuries on themselves, continuous business failures, abnormal sex life, all kinds of terrible things. The area where you grow up may have effect on you. You need to pray about environmental root. That is why some find themselves in the village in the dream. A whole family could be under a curse and you, trying to escape the strong man would gather this arsenal together to harass the person.

There were two men who lived in the same period, one is Jonathan Edwards. For those of you who study church history, you would know that Jonathan Edwards was the first person to take what we now call altar call. He was a priest of a formal church and he was looking at the congregation and they made him cry every day. People are just coming to church, no change in their lives, no fire, they had turned the church to a ceremonious place. The man read the Acts of the apostles, by the time he compared it with what he was seeing in the church, he found that it was a far cry from what it was supposed to be in the book. Then he went to tell the congregation that if they are not doing what is in the law there is no light in them. One day he arrived on Sunday and changed his message, he preached this message. Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God. He told them that as they were sitting down on their pews, hell fire is just below and it would not take a second to enter inside. For the first time some of them who came to church were genuinely born again. That was the beginning of the American revival of the 18th century.

There was another man that lived at that time called Max Juxes, he was a terrible person, a drunk, very wicked. Then years after their deaths an analysis was carried out on these two men to see what their offspring would be like. For Max Juxes, they counted 767 offspring and about 100 were alcoholics, 7 were murderers, 310 were beggars, 200 were prostitutes, 150 were criminals. For Jonathan Edwards, they analyzed 339 people. One of them was vice president of America, 13 were judges, 60 were medical doctors, 65 were university professors, 100 were lawyers, 100 were pastors and missionaries. Now you can see the root has decided their destinies.

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If you grow up in a polygamous home where there is open hatred; if as a young person you stay with a herbalist and he was teaching you charms and incantations, it would affect your destiny. If as a young lady you cannot count more than three boyfriends that you have slept with before you now settle down with another man, you need to pray. If you know that your mother was possessed with evil spirits and she died confessing as a witch, you need to pray. If you a re given a bad name, like darkness or dog, you need to pray. If you notice that as a young person, you see strange things others cannot see, you need to pray. If you're participating in oral sex, or kissing sex organs, putting male organs in your mouth, you need to pray because it is a perversion of divine order, and God places the person under a curse. Maybe you have something from India, you read the seven books of Moses, you need to pray. Maybe you have been kidnapped before or fortified with charms, you need to pray.

Perhaps you were abandoned as a child and you know it, you need to pray. The reason i want you to know all these things if for you to see the relationship between the root of a persons life and the eventual destiny of that person. It does not matter who you are, if you do not address it, things would begin to happen that you do not like. Likewise, no matter how a meeting is, if somebody has a terrible root you may come there and go home untouched. A plant with a bad root would have bad growth, such people may not experience spiritual growth.

How to Know a Sick Root

When miracles are passing you by without locating your life.

When your spiritual growth is minimal or non-existent no matter how hard you try.

When anything you lay your hands on are not prospering.

When your health is very poor.

Unfruitful spiritual life. Having confused and frustrated life.

When your life is full of worries and anxiety.

When a life is filled with bad habits and addiction.

Unable to resist evil temptations.

Way out to Purge your Root

Search your spirit and see that you do not harbor any malice or unforgiveness against anybody.

Ask the Lord to show you where things went wrong.

Repent from all known sins.

Eject the strangers at the root.

Prayer Points

Every foundational evil seed, die in the name of Jesus.

Every satanic cage holding my blessing, release it and die, in the name of Jesus.

Every evil seed planted by dead relatives, catch fire in the name of Jesus.

Every evil seed planted by witchcraft in my destiny, catch fire in the name of Jesus.

Culled from Sound the Battle Cry

Sound the Battle Cry is a bi-monthly spiritual warfare bulletin of messages by Dr. D.K. Olukoya (The General Overseer, Mountain of Mire and Miracles Ministries) for prayer warriors and intercessors, ublished by the Battle Cry Christian Ministries, Lagos Nigeria. All enquiries should be addressed to the Editor: 'Sound the Battle Cry', P. O. Box 12272, Ikeja Tel: 08033044239, 08161229774

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Coronavirus spreads to Africa

Africa recorded its first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday as a foreigner who had been put in isolation at a hospital in Egypt tested positive for the disease.

In a statement, Egyptian Health Ministry said it had informed the WHO and had taken all necessary preventative measures.

It did not give the nationality of the affected person or any other details.

A total of 17 African countries, including Nigeria, have confirmed having facilities where the disease can be detected.

Apart from Egypt, other countries where the virus has been confirmed are Singapore, UK, Malaysia, Taiwan, Spain, Vietnam, Germany, UAE, France and Japan.

Other countries where cases of the disease have been reported are Thailand, Canada, Australia, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Cambodia, and the United States.

WHO said it could take 18 months for the first vaccine for coronavirus to be ready.

Meanwhile, the WHO says in the last 24 hours China has reported 1,820 laboratory-confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 46,550.

Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said this in a statement posted on the agency’s website on Friday.

Ryan gave the figures while briefing newsmen on COVID-19 at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

“China reported 13,332 clinically confirmed cases in Hubei province.

“ We understand that most of these cases relate to a period going back over days and weeks and are retrospectively reported as cases, sometimes back to the beginning of the outbreak itself.

“So this increase that you have all seen in the last 24 hours is largely down to a change in how cases are being diagnosed and reported.

“So, in other words, in Hubei province only a trained medical professional can now classify a suspected case of COVID-19 as a clinically-confirmed case on the basis of chest imaging, rather than having to have a laboratory confirmation,” he said

According to him, this allows clinicians to move and report cases more quickly, not having to wait for lab confirmation, ensuring that people get to clinical care more quickly.

“It also allows public health responses in terms of contact tracing and other important public health measures to be initiated.

”You have noticed with suspect cases, there have been some backlogs in testing and this is also going to help ensure that people get adequate care and adequate public health measures can be taken.

“So we are not dealing, from what we understand, with a spike in cases of 14,000 on one day,” he said.

According to him, to an extent this is an artefact of the reporting and we are working with our colleagues in China, and our team there are working very hard.

“They are working hard to see exactly how many days and weeks and how those numbers are spread across those days and weeks.

“In the rest of China and the rest of the world, laboratory confirmation for reporting is still required,’’ he said.

According to him, WHO will continue to track both laboratory and clinically-confirmed cases in Hubei province.

“We have seen this spike in the number of cases reported in China, but this does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak.

“Outside China, there are 447 cases from 24 other countries, and now two deaths. In addition to the death in the Philippines, there is now one more death in Japan ,’’ he said.

Source: NAN

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Review of Bitcoin Exchanges

You might have heard of Bitcoin and the business that have evolved out of it. Owing to this, your interest in the business has been aroused and you will like to give it a try but then you do not know how you can get your own Bitcoin. This is where this write-up become valuable. Before I proceed, I will like drop this: though you might have had people introduce the business to you in person, the buying of Bitcoin remains an online transaction. This is understandable by the virtue of the fact that the item is an e-currency. However, you can definitely get to link up with a few trusted companies who have been in the business of buying and selling Bitcoin for a while.

Bitdelia is one of the most trusted exchange platforms where you can buy and sell cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. The company, through its user-friendly website presents customers with an avenue to seamlessly carry out transactions without having to worry about safety. Security is shored up by the integration of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology and cryptocurrency traders [on the platform] are provided with multi-sig encrypted wallets. Plus, trading on the website takes only few minutes to be completed. There is also aa highly responsive live support available to cater to customers’ enquiries and/or complaints.

BitPesa was founded in 2013, and its headquarters is in Kenya. This platform operates in seven (7) different African countries, Nigeria inclusive. On this exchange platform, customers can buy and sell Bitcoin at considerably low rates, and the medium is yet very convenient and fast to use. Visit www.bitpesa.co/# to find out more.

Coindirect scores high in terms of reach and the number of cryptocurrencies that can be traded – it is possible to buy and sell 43 different cryptocurrencies on this platform; these definitely include Bitcoin. Coindirect could be said to be a pacesetter when it comes to providing exchange services and making available the right peer-to-peer trading system for anyone who desires to go into the business. Again, Coindirect is among the few that have developed mobile app for the use of its customers.

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Here is another cryptocurrency trading company with global presence. People can buy Bitcoin and Ethereum through this platform using local currency. And as with other top trading platforms, it has a highly secure and user-friendly website in place for customers to do transactions. Luno has got the right mix of technology and expertise to help you have a hassle-free (trading) experience. It also provides wallets for storing cryptocurrencies, and Luno’s mobile app is operable on iOS and Android operating system. Go to www.luno.com for more information

NairaEx is a trading company established by Nigerians for the Nigerian residents. Apart from Bitcoin, you can trade Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin cash on the platform. With a strong distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection, NairaEx ensures that activities/transactions are done under a secure network. Again, the speed of doing business as well as the responsiveness of the customer support is quite impressive.

Remitano ticks all the right boxes when discussing about the best exchange platforms around. It has presence in more than 50 countries with a vibrant customer base in excess of 1.5 million persons. The company offers top class services which makes it difficult to see negative remarks in reviews on Remitano. While the trading of six different cryptocurrencies is feasible through its platform; storage (wallet) is only available for Bitcoin. To ensure the convenience and satisfaction of its customers, Remitano has set up a very responsive live chat support, and mobile app is in place for iOS and Android device users. Visit https://remitano.com/btc/ng

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The Tinubu I know – MC Oluomo

Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo has bared his mind on what he knows about the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

MC Oluomo described Tinubu as a man whose quality leadership has been an inspiration to him.

“Your leadership and words of encouragement mean a lot to me. I’m very grateful for the opportunities you have given me,” he said.

He said Tinubu has been a great father, leader, mentor, teacher and guide to him, a role model and an inspiration

“Your support and advice have helped shape my professional career.Thank you Sir,. The great Leader of our time, HE ASHIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU JAGABAN BORGU,” he wrote on his Instagram page.

MC Oluomo also expressed gratitude to the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and others for the role they played in his life.

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Ighalo kicked out of training by University of Manchester female team

The University of Manchester women’s team kicked out from the school’s field Manchester United new signing Odion Ighalo while he was participating in a solo training session during the winter break observed by his team.

The Sun reported that the ladies were angry that Ighalo was training at a time alloted to them.

And besides, they didn’t know him.

Ighalo did not travel to join up with his team-mates in Spain over fears about increased immigration control due to coronavirus.

Instead, he had sessions back in Manchester, with one falling at the same time a University of Manchester women’s team was due to use a pitch at Wythenshawe playing fields.

None of them recognised the Nigerian, and his identity had to be confirmed by support staff before they allowed him to finish up his training.

One onlooker reportedly said: ‘Nobody knew who this guy was and there was a bit of back and forth between them. The girls were pretty feisty about him being on their pitch.

‘The team just wanted to start their own session but it all ended amicably and a few had their pictures with him,’The Sun reported.

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Woman begs court not to dissolve marriage after accusing husband of infidelity

A divorce-seeking woman, Mrs Blessing Abu, who accused her husband, Benjamin, of infidelity makes u-turn and begs the Igando Customary Court in Lagos not to dissolve her marriage.

When the case came up on Wednesday for judgment, the petitioner came up with a letter, informing the court of her intention to withdraw the case.

She begged the court to discontinue the case that she and her husband would work to resolve their differences and reconcile.

The court president, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, while striking out the case, admonished the couple to maintain peace and to continue to live in love and harmony.

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The court has received a withdrawal letter to that effect, therefore, the case is hereby struck out.

I urged both of you to go home and live in peace and love. he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mrs Blessing Abu had approached the court to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage over husbands infidelity.

My husband is cheating on me; he got a girl pregnant on two occasions.

I have gone to several hospitals and herbal homes, just to have another baby but my husband is busy making babies with another girl, she lamented.

The 36-year-old tailor accused her husband of denying her the pleasure of having sex with him.

My husband refused to sleep with me, in spite of the fact that I desire another baby, he told me to look for another man to sleep with me and vowed that he will not sleep with me again, she alleged.

Blessing accused her husband of posing serious threats to her life.

Benjamin told me that I am eating poison in his house, that I should pack out, else he will kill me or cause me to run mad, she told the court.

The petitioner said that her husband had abandoned her with the only child of the marriage.

The mother of one begged the court to terminate the marriage, adding that she had long lost interest in it.

While responding to the allegations, the 42-year-old technician, Benjamin said that his wife pushed him into adultery.

My wife always tells me that I cannot impregnate another woman and that if I try to make love with another woman, my male organ will get stuck inside that woman, that she had done something concerning my male organ.

I was afraid initially, but later I decided to try it to know if she is saying the truth.

But luckily, the girl I met got pregnant and had a baby, when my wife got to know, she told me that the baby was not mine.

After some months, I decided to do it again to prove her wrong, and the girl took in again.

Since then, Blessing made the house unbearable for me by fighting me regularly. She called the Police to arrest me and when I could no longer bear it, I packed out of the house, he told the court.

The respondent said that his wife starved him of sex, claiming that sex gives her headache.

He urged the court not to grant his wifes wish by dissolving their marriage, saying that he still loves her. (NAN)

Source: NAN

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N-Power Beneficiaries to Increase to 500,000 by August 1st 2018

The Muhammadu Buhari administration has concluded arrangements to deploy 300,000 new beneficiaries in the second batch of its N-Power Volunteers Corp. The deployment will be effective from 1st August.

With 200,000 beneficiaries currently benefitting from the programme, this means that by August, 500,000 unemployed Nigerian graduates will be beneficiaries of the scheme, which is a crucial part of the administration’s National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).

The N-Power Volunteer Corp scheme is designed to benefit all Nigerians irrespective of their backgrounds and is currently in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), according to Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity.

“President Muhammadu Buhari made it clear that the SIP would be a major programme of the administration because he was concerned about poverty and unemployment,” Vice President Yemi Osinbajo once said.

In conjunction with all State N-Power partners, the new beneficiaries will be promptly deployed to their assigned Primary Places of Assignment (PPA) on or before the said date.

The final selection lists broken down in States/Local Government Area (LGA) for each of the (3) N-Power component would be circulated to all focal persons in the states and FCT by July 20, 2018.

All successfully deployed N-Power beneficiaries in the second batch will be engaged for two-years starting from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2020.

In order to qualify for their first monthly payment stipend of N30,000 by August 31, 2018, all deployed volunteers are expected to upload on their N-Power portal page their stamped and signed confirmation of resumption on or before Friday, August 10, 2018.

Through the N-Power scheme, hundreds of thousands of young, unemployed Nigerian graduates have been empowered through training and skills acquisition in different areas of public services, including education (N-Teach), health (N-Health), agriculture (N-Agro), and building/construction (N-Build).

Each N-Power beneficiary learns entrepreneurial skills to enable him become a business person and become a professional on his own, while beneficiaries are given electronic devices to enhance their work and paid a N30,000 monthly.

State-based N-Power partners comprise, but are not limited to the following: N-Teach – State Universal Board for Education (SUBEB); State & Local Government Area (LGA) Offices for Adult Education Centres; State & LGA Offices for Nomadic Education; N-Agro – State & LGA Offices for Agriculture Development Programme (ADP); and N-Health – State & LGA Offices for Primary Health Care Board.

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Chiweta Agu debunks rumours about being sick and in need of money

Veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu has opened up on a viral reports that he is sick and in need of money and prayer to aid his recovery.

Few days ago, a photo of a frail looking Chiwetalu Agu surfaced on the internet, with his numerous fans in Ghana and Nigeria questioning what could be wrong with him.

But Agu, on his Instagram page rubbished such report, saying that he is hale and hearty.

He urged his teeming fans to disregard any foolish Facebook post by anybody that he was sick and in need of money.

According to him, he is in perfect condition and did not need the help of anybody.

“Good morning my people ❤️ Please disregard any foolish post on Facebook by anybody saying am SICK and SOLICITING for MONEY, I’m in a perfect good health condition.

“I will never ask anybody for A DIME neither am I on FACEBOOK,” he said.

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Public shaming on social media: Bringing the opprobrium of the justice system to limelight

The cliché that ‘anything goes‘ is one that we are quite familiar with in this part of the world; it is a saying that clearly highlights the poor state of the reverence for the rule of law and/or justice system. Time and again, we have seen and heard of how perpetrators of dastardly acts walk free and left off the hook as though nothing happened. This has often left those have been directly short-changed - with respect to having an unbiased judgement - as well as a number of concerned Nigerians frustrated about the unbalanced/ineffectual structure of the justice system.

While the voices of many persons might have been drowned by the prominence of the ‘high and lofty‘ subverters but there remains a few that would not be silenced and with these ones have found a great help in a ‘lousy and never-tiring‘ medium called the Internet.
As you read the topic of this particular discourse, you must have perceive or have an inkling of what inspired the write-up that is about to follow, and as the persons involved have no hiding place to save their shamed faces so has the hand-writing been made profound.

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Long before I became a University undergraduate, the issue of sex-for-grade had pervaded the university community and while I traversed my university campus, the matter was never unheard of - then, with the news currently trending, it could be assuredly concluded that the last of the such incidences is yet to be seen or heard of.

The common thing about these events is that we kept hearing the stories of different students that have been alleged abused but never got to hear of concrete disciplinary action(s) being taken against the ‘high-handed‘, erring lecturers that were involved. This alone makes the whole issue look like a norm - a course that further highlights the rot that exists in the justice system firstly in the universities and then the country at large.

It is the lacunae that is noticeable in seeking justice for (female) students who have been picked on by lecturers with wanton desires that spurred Kiki Mordi - with the backing of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) - into action to unravel the faces of perpetrators as we now have on videos that have gone viral on the internet. And, the vastness of this ‘unforgiving‘ tool (that is, the internet), has now drawn huge attention with many persons now raising their voices to call for justice. But then how much of an elixir could this act of public shaming be in a system with long history of unresolved cases surrounding social justice?

It is quite obvious that the purpose of the one-year investigative journalism anchored by Kiki Mordi has achieved its aim - maybe in the interim though. However, in order to achieve a far-reaching outcome, it is incumbent that the authorities [in various universities and other tertiary institutions], as well as, the government take issues hovering around sex-for-grade to heart and work out an effective means of curtailing such incidences in the future. More so, avenues to have students safely report lecturers with illicit advances should be put in place, and such students should be given assurances that there will be no reprisal attack(s) to their life or academics. The ethics committee in these institutions has to be proactive in dealing with these cases to adequately protect the interest of the student body and the institution on the whole.

Beyond sex-for-grade
Without making any attempt to water down the magnitude of the infamy attached to sex-for-grade, it has to be emphasized that there are other forms of abuses that lecturers often subject students to without them (that is, lecturers) being call to order. In such circumstances, these lecturers play ‘god‘ over the students and end up putting students that dared to cross their path into some sort of academic misery. This kind of scenario has sometimes driven some students who could not handle the problem suicidal. All these abuses obviously show the lapses that exist in institutions of higher learning where you expect a high degree of sanctity.

In the meantime however, it is apparent that it is no longer business as usual and issues like we have in the sex-for-grade cases cannot be swept under the carpet. Even if there be any attempt to do so, those that are aiming to do so should be reminded that the internet never forgets.

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NNPC, Belema oil inaugurate 400,000 Litres water project in Katsina

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Belema oil petroleum company in collaboration with Jack-Rich Tein Foundation has commissioned 400,000 litres capacity solar powered water treatment plants in Daura and Musawa local government areas of Katsina state.

Mr. Jack Rick-Tein, President and founder of Jack-Rich Foundation who stated this during the commissioning ceremony of the projects in Musawa and Daura, said the initiative was based on the fact that water is a fundamental human need.

He maintained that each citizen required no less than 20 to 50 litres of clean, safe water daily for drinking, cooking and other domestic activities, hence the decision to construct the water treatment plants in Musawa and Daura towns.

“We also constructed 100,000 litres water treatment plants at Daura airstrip, water treatment plant at Musawa and potable water facility with 100,000 litres capacity tanks at Central Mosque, Daura,’’ he said.

He said that the company was ready to collaborate with other relevant stakeholders to execute more developmental projects in Nigeria.

NAN reports that Mr. Rich-Tein used the occasion to preach oneness among Nigerians irrespective of tribal, religious and political affiliation.

In his remarks, Gov. Aminu Masari, urged stakeholders in the areas and people of the community to setup community-ownership committee to safeguard the facilities from beingm vandalised.

Masari warned that anyone found vandalising the facilities would face the wrath of the law, adding that protecting the facilities remained the core responsibility of the community members.

“Gone are the days when government property will be destroyed by citizens. Water is life, so you most do everything humanly possible to protect these facilities.

“I thanked Mr. Jack Rich-Tein and NNPC for bringing these important projects in Katsina state,’’ Masari said.

Earlier, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, represented by Mrs. Tolu Adefuwa, admonished the benefiting communities to use the facilities judiciously.

She added, however, that the Corporation has embarked on numerable empowerment programmes aimed at ameliorating the plight of rural dwellers in the country.

As part of the highlight of the commissioning ceremony of the projects, the Emir of Daura, Dr. Umar Farouq Umar, bestowed a chieftaincy tittle of Sarkin Ruwan-Hausa on Mr. Jack Rich-Tein and urged him do more for the country. (NAN)

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Serena dons Nigerian Kimono designer jacket

Tennis star, Serena Williams stunned fans with a black sleeveless Kimono jacket by a Nigerian designer, Jane Michael Ekanem

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the jacket was part of her fashion ensemble for the cover of Essence Magazine’s latest issue.

Essence is a popular monthly magazine for African-American women. It was first published in 1970.

Ekanem is a popular Nigerian fashion designer who has styled Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage and other celebrities.

Serena paired the Kimono with a floor-length skirt, white shirt, and strappy heels and has raved about how much she loves the design.

According to Ekanem, the Kimono represents light and energy which Serena is known for globally.

The kimono featured inked artwork on the lapels by Laolu Senbajo, another Nigerian designer, was also responsible for Serena’s face art on the magazine cover.

Laolu, who is a popular name in the international fashion scene, is also a renowned face artist.

He has worked with notable brands like Nike, Bvlgari, Beyoncé, and most recently a Grace Jones-inspired bodysuit for Hollywood actress, Taraji P. Henson.

In the cover feature interview, Serena spoke about her take on the fashion world following the launch of her own fashion line ‘Serena’ in 2018.

Reacting to the cover, an excited Jane Ekanem, on Instagram @janemichaelekanem appreciated Serena for rocking the designs.

She wrote, “About this same time 4 years ago, I posted a video of Serena Williams of how she said ‘I want other people to be like me’ when she was asked who she would like to be like.

“It’s not far fetched from mine as I always tell people I want to be a better version of myself.

“Today, at this same period, I have my piece worn by @serenawilliams, one of the most powerful and most accomplished women in the world wear my Kimono piece.

“(The piece was) tailored and made here in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria in a global magazine, @essence, in a global fashion edition.

“No matter who you are and where you are, when your time is here, your universe will come for you. Keep at what you are doing. Do good relentlessly.

“I am just that young black girl who is trying to keep the dreams alive. And as @lupitanyongo would say ‘your dreams are still valid’.

“I have never doubted my journey even though sometimes I got angry and impatient.

“My life is a work in progress and I will trust the process. A huge thanks to @laolunyc for being the bridge. The art you put on the lapel made it even more attractive.

“The kimono was inspired from the #EnergyGod kimono made by @janemichaelcollection for @do2dtun during his photoshoot. The Kimono symbolizes energy and light,” Ekanem said.

NAN reports that the outfit is the latest design in the Jane Ekanem’s eponymous brand collection.

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Mr Bigg’s rebrands in grand style

In its quest to remain in the hearts and minds of its old and prospective customers, Mr. Bigg’s, Nigeria’s pioneer quick service restaurant (QSR) has commenced what industry watchers have described as a first-of-its-kind revolution in the sector aimed at redefining the brand as well as guarantee improve quality of service.

At a guided tour of some of the model restaurants in parts of mainland, island Lagos and its environs, recently, Mrs. Ethel Mba, Marketing Manager, UACN Restaurants led selected journalists to have enjoy a feel and look of the new-improved Mr. Biggs, an arm of UACN of Nigeria, which has existed for about 33 years.

Justifying the need for the new-look Mr. Bigg’s, Mrs. Mba who noted that there are over 100 restaurants under the brand, said the whole idea is to remodel the restaurants into a centre of excellence in the 21st century.

Speaking at one of the model restaurants located at Northwest Filling Station by the Victoria Garden City, VGC, Lekki, Lagos, Mba said the new approach promises to sustain excellence in wide variety of dishes, pastries and confectionaries to the delight of its teeming consumers, which is the heritage of Mr Bigg’s

Mba assured that apart from the VGC outlet, which was opened on the 9th of July, 2019, two more restaurants will spring up at Amuwo Odofin in Festac town and Abule Egba along Lagos Abeokuta Express Way and other parts of the country very soon .

“The new restaurants will be patterned after the structure of the Lekki restaurant to deliver high-quality food and good ambience as the basic standard. Aside this, the menu range will be equal and well-balanced in terms of meal choices depending on customers’ tastes or new trends,” she said.

Mr Bigg’s history began with the coffee shops inside Kingsway Department Stores in the 1960s. In 1973, these shops were rebranded as Kingsway Rendezvous, which became Mr Bigg’s in 1986. The chain saw rapid expansion after becoming one of the first Nigerian companies to sell franchises to investors and subsequently adopted a full franchising business model in 2012, making it the first to establish franchise restaurants in QSR.

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Operators fault MTN Nigeria listing over free float

Some stakeholders in the capital market have faulted the listing of MTN Nigeria Communications Plc. on the nation’s bourse in spite of unavailability of the mandatory 20 per cent free float.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that the price of MTN Nigeria shares would continue to skyrocket due to their scarcity at the detriment of retail shareholders.

The stakeholders blamed the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) for approving the company’s listing without the mandatory free float.

Free float or public float refers to the shares of a company that can be publicly traded and are not restricted.

In other words, the term is used to describe the number of shares available to the public for trading in the secondary market.

NAN reports that free float for companies listed under NSE Premium Board is 20 per cent.

Mr Ambrose Omordion, the Chief Operating Officer, Invest Data Ltd., expressed disappointment at the development, saying that the listing was at the expense of retail shareholders.

Omordion urged that market regulators should be committed to the protection of retail investors to encourage their participation in the market.

He claimed that the shareholding structure of MTN Nigeria showed that the 23.92 per cent, said to be floating, were held by institutional and individual high net worth investors.

According to him, the investors are using the exchange to enrich themselves at the expense of retail investors who want to be part owners of the company.

“The 20 per cent minimum free float is one of the listing requirement, but it seems to be post a listing requirement since companies are listed and given time to meet the minimum free float.

“The companies that got listed recently apart from MTN Nigeria that failed to meet the requirements are Global Spectrum, Notore Chemical,” Omordion noted.

He told NAN that the existing shareholders of MTN Nigeria were making it difficult for new shareholders to buy due to the tight holding structure and small float.

Omordion claimed that the high demand was currently causing problem at the exchange.

He said that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), NSE and brokers would benefit from the situation, leaving potential local shareholders to buy the shares at a high rate.

The Founder of Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Mr Sunny Nwosu, described the listing as dissatisfactory.

“Our conclusion as shareholders is that they have come to play us a game which is not far from a fraudulent game; the nominal value of MTN shares is not certain.

“These are areas SEC should ask NSE questions rather than the issue of gift sharing at AGMs and ban of pre-AGMs.

“Up until now, no prospective shareholder can tell you this is what MTN Nigeria stands for,” Nwosu said.

He said that the exchange set a bad precedence in the market by allowing some companies to list without meeting the free float requirement.

“There have been very bad precedents recently in the market; Dangote Cement and some other companies were given preferential treatment.

“Whenever any company wants to come for listing by introduction, that free float which they have agreed with, must be open and for the investing public.

“Let everyone scramble and get from that, and not a situation where you will be listed by introduction and the shares are not available,” Nwosu said.

The ISAN Publicity Secretary, Mr Moses Igbrude, described the listing as a welcome development, but urged the management of exchange to ensure compliance with the minimum free float by all listed companies in the market.

“If the requirement is not met, there will be artificial scarcity of the company’s shares, making new investors to buy at high price which is not supposed to be.

“The exchange managers should not allow such a behaviour because it can erode investors’ confidence in the market.

‘’They must be seen to be transparent as well as treat all companies equally,” Igbrude said.

NAN reports that MTN Nigeria on May 16, listed a total of 20.35 billion shares at N90 per share.

The stock at the first trading day rose by nine naira or 10 per cent to close at N99 per share.

It increased on the second trading day, on May 17, by 10 per cent to close at N108.90 per share.

The shareholding structure of MTN Nigeria shows that the controlling entity is MTN International Ltd., which owns 15,485,544,050, representing 76.08 per cent of the shares.

On the other hand, the non-controlling entities in the telecommunications company include: Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd. with 1,962,349, 050 (9.64 per cent), Chief Victor Odili, 806,886,900 (3.96 per cent) and Mobile Telephone Network N.I.C.B.V with 559,720,150 (2.75 per cent).

Others are: Government Employees Pension Fund (represented by Public Investment Corporation SOC Ltd., 355,281,650 units (1.75 per cent) and Mr Pascal Dozie with 340,409,900 units (1.67 per cent).

Other non-controlling entities are: Mr Sani Mohammed Bello, 265,092,150 (1.30 per cent); Mr Babatunde Folawiyo, 218,815,100 (1.08 per cent); Mr Gbenga Oyebode with 181,776,250 units (0.89 per cent).

The others are Malam Ahmed Dasuki with 177,717,850 units (0.87 per cent) and Mr Karl Toriola with 920,000 units (0.005 per cent). (NAN)

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Psychology of Children

Day against Death Penalty: NGO makes case for children

By Sandra Umeh

As the World marks Day Against the Death Penalty, Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) and Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) on Thursday drew attention to the negative impact of the death penalty on children.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oct.10, is slated as World Day Against the Death Penalty.

It is a day set aside every year to advocate the abolition of the death penalty and raise awareness on the conditions and the circumstances which affect prisoners on death sentence.

The day was first organised by the World Coalition against the Death Penalty in 2003.

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To commemorate the day, two Human Rights Organisations, HURILAWS and LEDAP have drawn public consciousness to the effect of the penalty on children in the society.

In a statement jointly signed by Mr Collins Okeke and Mrs Pamela Okoroigwe, representing both organisations, they, among others, called on government to put in place modalities with focus on children.

In its 2018 global report on death sentences and executions, Amnesty International recorded that in Nigeria; at least 19,336 people were on death row.

Many of these people have children connected to them either as daughters, sons, nephews or nieces.

The death penalty does not only affect the person who is sentenced, as family members of the sentenced persons are also collateral victims.

HURILAWS and LEDAP call on the Federal and State legislators and executives in Nigeria to:

Put in place an official moratorium on the imposition of death sentence and the carrying out of executions on the parent of a child.

Conduct a child rights impact evaluation of the actual impact of the implementation of current legislation and policies in their state, related to the death penalty, to assess the impact on children of the parental death penalty, the organisations said.

The organisations said there should be consideration of all aspects of childrens rights in this evaluation, including the right to be free from inhuman treatment and the rights to health, education, and an adequate standard of living.

They suggested engagement in thorough communication with children to facilitate their meaningful participation in this process and to identify their best interests, using child-friendly procedural safeguards.

Develop transparent and objective processes for legislative decisions made concerning the death penalty to ensure full consideration and respect of the human rights of children.

Enact legislation that requires in law the detailed procedural steps for conducting a best interests of the child assessment as set out in the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

General comment on the best interests of the child and include a provision explicitly requiring that such an assessment be conducted before any sentencing decision is made that impacts a child.

Ensure that all the procedural requirements set out in this legislation are disseminated to both prosecutors and judges, they said. (NAN)

Source: NAN

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Australian Open: Djokovic defeats Federer to reach final

By Babajide Awoyinfa

(Reuters/NAN) Novak Djokovic once again defeated his great rival Roger Federer at a Grand Slam on Thursday in a three straight sets of 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the Australian Open final and remain on course for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park.

It was the 50th act of one of the greatest rivalries of the sport and the odds were heavily stacked against Federer as the Swiss had not beaten the Serb at a major since 2012 on the grass courts of Wimbledon.

Federers journey on the blue courts of Melbourne Park had been far from smooth as he was two points from losing against John Millman in the third round and then saved seven match points to get past American Tennys Sandgren in Tuesdays quarter-final.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner, however, got out of the blocks briskly on a hot evening to wrest early initiative as Djokovic struggled with his service games.

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Federer was up 4-1 and 40-0 on Djokovics serve, but the Serb managed to save all three breakpoints to win his first service game as his opponent made an array of unforced errors.

The Swiss, who had to take a lengthy medical timeout against Sandgren for a groin problem, was not keen on engaging Djokovic in rallies and hit an incredible 26 winners in the first set.

But the count of his errors also started creeping up as Djokovic regained control to get the set back on serve and then played and took the set with an imperious display in tiebreak.

Both players received medical attention at the end of the first set and it was once again Djokovic who raised his game up a notch to convert his fourth breakpoint chance with a forehand winner at the net to grab the second set.

Djokovic kept up the pressure on the 38-year-old Swiss in the third set and the crucial break came for him in the sixth game with a forehand groundstroke winner for a 4-2 lead.

The 32-year-old, winner of 16 Grand Slam titles, sealed his 27th win over Federer with his first match point when the Swiss found the net with a backhand for his 35th unforced error of the night.

In Sundays final, Djokovic will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Alexander Zverev of Germany and Austrian Dominic Thiem, who beat world number one Rafa Nadal in the quarter-finals. (NAN)

Source: NAN

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Nigeria, Vietnam sign visa waiver agreement

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja, proposed a toast for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The vice president’s toast was proposed at a dinner organised in honour of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Prof. Vuong Hue.

Osinbajo, had earlier, at the Presidential Villa, received Hue and his team and witnessed the signing and exchange of the Memorandum of Understanding on waiver of visa requirements for holders of Valid Diplomatic and Official Passports.

The vice president, during the toast on a lighter note, said that Hue was his long lost brother as both of them were born on same year and same month– March, 1957.

Osinbajo said more so, that he and Hue were both lecturers and professors.

He said that Nigeria and Vietnam had maintained long standing diplomatic relations since 1976 but there were no high level engagements.

“So, this visit is very significant because we will be looking at the possibility of setting up a bilateral commission between Vietnam and Nigeria so that we can concretise the existing areas of cooperation that we discussed earlier today.

“ I am confident that we can build on the successes recorded in the past while we work on boosting cooperation in business, trade and investment and social and cultural relationship between both countries.

“We agreed on promoting a friendly football match between Vietnam and Nigeria.

“The Super Eagles and the Vietnamese National Team and as well the Female National Team of Vietnam and our Super Falcons.

“First toast to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; Long live the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; the next will be the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he said.

In his response, Hue said that Nigeria and Vietnam had a lot of things in common.

He said that aside boosting economic and trade ties, there was need to enhance cultural relationship.

Hue said that the Vietnamese national team was a strong side in Asia as he was looking forward for a friendly match between both male and female national teams of both countries.

In his welcome address at the dinner, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, said that the Vietnamese delegation, led by Hue, had demonstrated willingness to strengthen relationship between Nigeria and Vietnam.

He said that the delegation had the opportunity of meeting people that matter in Nigeria, especially on the area of trade, commerce and investment.

“Indications are that their engagements are very fruitful and they are willing to take the relationship to the next level.

“On our part, we are, ready and willing to reciprocate; to pick up the challenge they have thrown to us.

“This evening, we, signed an agreement on waiving Visa for people carrying diplomatic passport,” he said.

Dada said that the dinner was put together by the vice president to introduce the Vietnamese delegation to Nigerian cuisine.(NAN)

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