Rice Smuggling: 45 bank accounts frozen by Court
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By Kelechi Ogunleye

A Federal High Court on Monday in Abuja ordered the temporary freezing of 45 bank accounts belonging to three companies allegedly involved in smuggling of rice into Nigeria.

The companies whose accounts were domiciled with ten commercial banks in Nigeria are Sun Sam A1 International Limited, Sun Sam International Limited and Sunchrist O. Trans Nigeria Limited.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed directed the Head offices of First Bank Nigeria PLC, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Union Bank PLC, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Zenith Bank PLC, Sterling Bank, Access Bank, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Polaris Bank and Eco Bank Nigeria to freeze forthwith all transactions from those accounts for 45 days.

Justice Mohammed said that this was pending the outcome of the investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Ruling on an ex-parte application on behalf of the apex bank by its counsel, Nosike Nicholas, to freeze the accounts for 90 days, the Judge granted the apex bank permission to freeze the accounts for only 45 days.

He said that the order of freezing for 45 days was subject to renewal for further days upon an application by the CBN, in the event that its investigation could not be concluded within the first 45 days.

Nosike anchored the application on section 60, Paragraph (B) of the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 1991 as amended.

He told the court that there was an ongoing investigation against the defendants who are customers of the commercial banks.

According to him, transactions under the accounts can cause significant financial loss to the rice industries in particular and the Nigeria economy in general.

The case was adjourned to Dec. 12 for further hearing.

Source: NAN

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How to block your missing/stolen debit/ATM card
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The advent and adoption of debit or ATM cards have made it easy for us to do certain banking transactions - from making payments to merchants online to fund transfer and making cash withdrawal without stepping a foot into the banking hall; the benefits of debit/ATM cards are obviously there for all to see. However, as these cards are valuable in the hands of an individual who has a legal possession of one or more (of them), so are they useful to unscrupulous individuals who are out to rob an unsuspecting carrier.

The common factor, of course, is money, and since this legal tender [which makes obvious needs elude you] is involved, it behooves that anyone who has a possession of a debit/ATM card will, no doubt, treasure it to a great extent. It is for this reason one has to be careful about guarding his/her card from getting into the hands of a person - a third party - with malicious intentions.

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Notwithstanding, in case you eventually lose your card or peradventure, it gets stolen, you have to act very fast so that you do not end up losing it all - your hard-earned money. Plus, do not let the fact that you have never revealed your password to a third party give you a ‘false sense of security‘ that the cash in your account will be intact as fraudsters might use your card to make online payments on merchant sites that do not require your password or OTP to complete a particular transaction.

Hence, I have elected to share how you can go about blocking your debit card - with respect to the bank that may be involved - in this article. So, read on to see the code or number that will address your need in case your card gets missing.

Access Bank: CALL: +2341-2712005-7; +2342802500; 07002255222377.

Ecobank: Send STOP [SPACE] [Account number linked to the card] to 08063262265 OR CALL: +2347005000000.

Fidelity Bank: Dial *770*911# OR CALL: +23414485252; +234800344335489.

First Bank of Nigeria Plc: SMS BLOCK to 30012 from your registered phone number OR CALL: 0700347782668228.

First City Monument Bank (FCMB): Dial *329# OR CALL: +234(01)2798800.

Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB): Dial *737*51*10# OR CALL: +2348039003900; +2348029002900.

Heritage Bank: CALL: +234-1-236-9000.

Keystone Bank: CALL: +234-1-448-5742; +2347080605000.

Polaris Bank: CALL: +2348069880000; 070075932265; +23414482100; +23412705850.

Stanbic IBTC: Dial *909# OR CALL: 014222222; 070022557826242. Optionally, you SMS BLOCKCARD [SPACE] NUBAN[linked to the card] to 30909.

Sterling Bank: Dial *822# OR CALL: 070078375464. Union Bank of Nigeria: Send BLOCKCARD [SPACE] NUBAN[linked to the card] to 20123.

United Bank for Africa (UBA): Dial *919*10# OR CALL: +2347002255822.

Unity Bank: CALL: +2347080666030.

Wema Bank: CALL: +2348039003700.

Zenith Bank: Dial 96660# OR CALL: 0700286936484.

Alternatively, you can also block your missing/stolen ATM card through your bank’s mobile banking app or internet banking platform. However, it has to be emphasized here that your move towards securing your account after losing your debit card should not end with the blockage of the card through the phone alone. You should follow this up by visiting the nearest branch of your bank to request for a new (debit/ATM) card and also confirm that the stolen/lost card has been rendered ‘inactive’.

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White Sneakers - Size 38 and Bag
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5 wonderful beach resorts in Nigeria
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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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Do-It-Yourself Autocare


A smooth-running automobile can make your day as fulfilling as you might have imagined- barring any traffic congestion though. However, what would you make of having your car suddenly stop in the middle of the road while you are looking to meet up with an appointment? – Frustrating, I guess. I have seen [on a number of occasions] car owners/drivers become discomfited as their externally good looking cars just refused to move. But, as events are often preceded by a number of factors so does every problem developed by any car traceable to one or more component parts. And it is in the light of this that we shall be looking into some maintenance tips.

Taking care of your car’s engine
The engine being the ‘heart’ of an automobile requires a great deal of attention. First of all, you should make it a point of duty to check the oil at regular intervals; seeing to it that the oil level falls between the 2 notches on the dipstick- remember that your car has to be parked on a leveled surface in order to get accurate reading- and you should also change the oil when need be- oil that has become murky or dark overtime, is not good for the functioning of your car.

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Again, considering the possible accumulation of debris- which could be made to stick due to oil leaks- in some delicate parts of your car’s engine, it is advisable that you judiciously inspect the engine from time to time. Whenever you notice debris clogging up; you should make use of a soft cotton cloth and detergent [mixed in water] to degrease and properly clean up the engine [while it is cool]. Then, gently rinse off the lather and dry up the engine as much as you can with a towel. While cleaning up the engine, you should be careful with the cables in order not ruin your car’s electrical system.
Additionally, dirty air filters should be replaced with new ones, and you should always pay attention to the condition of the car’s drive belt. One more thing; never allow your car to run when the engine coolant is below the normal level to avoid overheating.

Spark plugs
A good spark plug is highly beneficial to your car’s health and also boosts fuel economy. On the contrary, a worn spark plug or one that has deposits on it, will not only make the fuel to burn relatively faster but could also affect the car’s acceleration and even make it to break down suddenly. So, you should give the spark plugs a check before hitting the road, and have it changed as at when due- in most cases, spark plugs are to be replaced after covering a mileage of about 48,000 kilometers or 30,000 miles.

Battery
Though there isn’t much to be done when it comes to battery maintenance but paying heed to little details is yet essential. You may need to check the battery’s terminals to ensure that they are not loose and also see if there is any mineral buildup around them. You should clean up the deposits [with wire brush] once you notice them. But you should always remember the golden rule when disconnecting the car’s battery: you should disconnect the negative terminal first and then the positive; the reverse is however the case when reconnecting- positive first and then negative.
You should use distilled water to top off the electrolyte should it fall short of the normal level. One more piece of advice: try as much as you can not to run your car’s electrical system while the engine is off- this will help to preserve the life of the battery.

Brake
To ensure that the braking system is functioning at optimal level; you should make sure the brake fluid is full, and that worn out brakes are replaced as soon as possible. When it is time to change the brake fluid, see to it that the recommended type is used.

That is how much we can go for now but it is important to leave you with this: that you are well informed about some DIY tips on car maintenance, does not mean you should not take the automobile [to an accredited or trusted auto-mechanic shop] for routine check- say once every 6 months.

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NOUN Governing Council approves 15 new undergraduate, postgraduate courses
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By Emmanuel Afonne

The Governing Council of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has approved 15 new courses for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to give opportunities to Nigerians wishing to study in the institution.

Prof. Peter Okebukola, the Chairman, Governing Council, NOUN, said this in Abuja on Thursday while briefing newsmen.

He noted that three of the courses, International Relations, French as well as Development Studies, were approved for undergraduate programmes.

Okebukola explained that 12 of the programmes including Master of Law, Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MILD), Public Health, Economics and Mass Communication were approved for postgraduate programmes.

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Others courses approved for postgraduate programmes were Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Management Information System.

Okebukola said: Council noted that University Senate has approved a whole range of new undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes in order to provide more opportunities to thousands of Nigerians who would not have been able to study these programmes due to their individual circumstance.

According to him, six of the programmes that have to do with Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Management Information System will take place at the institutions World Bank funded Africa Centre for Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL).

The NOUN Council Chairman also said that the institution was gradually achieving its target of one million enrolment going by its current enrolment of 550,000 students.

He commended the Managements of National Universities Commission (NUC) and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for their support and interventions in the university which led to the increase of students enrolment.

Council is happy to report that Government of Belarus has requested the permission of NOUN to hold an education fair in December 2019 due to importance of NOUN as a national nerve centre for educational dissemination and quality assurance.

Council also approved the recommendation of Senate for the appointment of Prof. Uduma Orji Uduma of the Department of Philosophy as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

We also noted the election of Congregation representatives to Council of Mrs Margaret Merari and Alhaji Isa Shehu for the period specified by law.

It is gratifying to note the increasing number of enrolment of women in NOUN; second semester registration indicated 58 per cent of those taking examination in NOUN are female.

This is commendable as it provides women with an opportunity for gaining world-class education at their place and their pace, Okebukola added.

Source: NAN

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Scholarships & Aid

150 UK and EU postgraduate placements At University of the Arts London, 2019-2020
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The University of the Arts London is seeking outstanding aspirants and wants to give them an opportunity to pursue higher studies by applying to the postgraduate placements program in theUK.

With complete pleasure, this educational award is available for all the high achieving UK andEUparticipants and aims to support their masters studies at UAL.

University or Organization:University of the Arts London

Department:NA

Course Level:Postgraduate

Award:Total 7,50,000

Access Mode:Online

Number of Awards:150 (5,000 each)


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Nationality:The UK and EU

The program can be taken inthe United Kingdom

Language:English

Eligibility

Eligible Countries:The UK and EU participants. Acceptable Course or Subjects: Available for pursuing a masters degree program at the university. Admissible Criteria: Must be a full-time participant.

How to Apply:If you are interested in this program, then you must have to take admission in a masters degree program at the university. The university will let you know the details about how to apply for the award in your offer letter.

Supporting Documents:You need to submit your application form and all supporting evidence listed in your course letter before the deadline. Admission Requirements:A successful participants must hold a bachelors degree for studying a masters degree program. Language Requirement:The applicants must be very proficient in the English language.

Benefits:Total 150 awards (7,50,000) will be granted and each will have the value of 5,000.

Application Deadline:August 30, 2019, for September 2019 entry and December 6, 2019, for January 2020 entry.

Source: Scholarships And Aid

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U.S. firms pledge support for Nigerias agribusiness development
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By EricJames Ochigbo and Itohan Abara-Laserian

Some U.S. agencies and private firms have pledged support for a U.S.- Nigeria co-creation strategy to upscale financing, capacity development and technology transfer in agribusiness in Nigeria.

Dr Tony Bello, Chief Executive Officer of Shine Bridge Global, a U.S. based firm, made the plan known in a statement in Abuja on Sunday after an Agribusiness Finance Roundtable.

The roundtable was organised by AfricaGlobal Schaffer (AfGS) and Shine Bridge Global Inc, both U.S-based firms, in Washington DC on Saturday.

Bello said the groups had been working with departments and agencies of the government to bridge the gap in deal origination and promotion of partnerships between the U.S. and Nigerias agribusinesses.

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Bello said the organisations pledged support for import and export trade promotions with sharp focus on Business-to-Business and Government-to-Agribusiness activities and transactions.

He said the firms were working to transform cassava and oil palm production and processing into global industrial food ingredients and new products for export and import trade between the two countries.

Bello said the private sector investors present at the roundtable included Dufil, Agritek, SaroAfrica and Afri Invest, Fayus Inc, Sacramento California, Pacific Ring West Africa Ltd, Abuja and Elephant Group Plc, Lagos Nigeria.

Others were H2AFoods with focus on food technology transfer, WQS/QIMS with focus on food safety and quality and Fayus with focus on cassava and oil palm investments in Edo.

Bello said Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo had earlier wooed private sector agribusiness investors and U.S. government departments and agencies at the roundtable to partner with the state.

Obaseki called for partnership with the Government of Edo in agriculture, food processing and export market development and also opened up on the on-going policy reforms and industrialisation programmes in the state.

According to Bello, the governor seeks to align and extend demands for cassava and oil palm value chains development to other parts of Southern Nigeria.

Bello quoted Obaseki as saying: What we need from the Agribusiness Finance Roundtable is to articulate the framework for collaboration and cooperation between the U.S. and Edo as a sub-national model for Africa.

I want this group to focus on food and agriculture, health, education and technology; we need to promote partnerships to attract private sector investments while balancing the political versus business interest of the state.

Obaseki lauded the programme organisers for the convening of private and public sector stakeholders in attracting investments to Edo. (NAN)

Source: NAN

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The ever lurking dangers on Nigerian roads

Accidents are definitely not exclusive to Nigeria but something we get to see from time to time, are the incidences whereby little life-saving details are frequently ignored. About a week ago, a truck carrying planks fell off the bridge at Ojuelegba and just a couple of days back, a horrific inferno involving a petrol tanker and several other vehicles claiming many lives occurred the Ojodu-Berger axis. These are just a few among numerous mishaps that happen on Nigerian roads.
If one decides to take a stock of the number of accidents that have occurred in June alone, there is a high probability that the list will not come up short in any way. However, the objective of writing this piece is to minute on the lurking dangers that abound on our roads. When you take a look at the road and the ensuing traffic, it is rare not to see one or more telling sign(s) that point to imminent danger. From the recklessness of commercial bus drivers down to the error of judgment that could be exhibited by other road users and the flouting of traffic laws – not to even mention the existence of ‘road-unworthy’ vehicles plying the road, you will probably identify one thing or another pointing to disaster. And it is quite unfortunate that law enforcement agencies do not seem to have cue on how map out strategies that would help to bring a far-reaching solution to the issue.
Though I am not oblivious of the fact that some persons might have attributable the two terrifying occurrences I cited earlier to fate but the truth remains that those accidents could have been prevented had the law been enforced in the first instance – and on a consistent basis. Putting the petrol tanker into perspective; an eyewitness account has it that the driver of tanker was trying to avoid an on-rushing commercial bus that had previously parked [and dropped off a passenger] at an unaccredited bus-stop before the tanker hit a barrier and spilled its content (petrol) which eventually caused the blast. The exercise of drivers parking illegally to pick up or drop off is now commonplace on our roads today. Those (drivers) that are caught are, most of the times, left to get off the hook after the hand of the traffic regulatory official have received some ‘manna of doom’ – this, in itself, is a catalyst for disaster.
The truck that fell off Ojuelegba Bridge must have been due to overloading but it is really perplexing that the vehicle was not stopped from discontinuing the journey at any point in time. And what about the prevalence of having trucks with loose containers running up the road without being apprehended? – There is so much mess on the road that has got to be cleared, and it is important that those in the appropriate quarters squarely stand up to their responsibilities to ensure the safety of lives on the road.
What has become of the regulation regarding heavy-duty vehicles moving at night or the directive for them to stay off the bridge? How well has been enforced? Your guess is as good as mine – these (regulations) have been colossally ineffective thus far since those saddled with the responsibility do not appear to be up to the task.

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Housing expert calls for State of Emergency on housing sector
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By Franca Ofili

Mr Festus Adebayo, the Chief Executive of Fesadeb Communications Ltd., on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the housing sector to address effects of population growth on the sector.

Adebayo, who was the convener of the just-concluded 13th Abuja International Housing Show, made the call in Abuja during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

According to him, the population of the country is growing at a geometric rate, while the government is working at arithmetic progression.

He said the Federal Governments efforts could not match the countrys population growth rate.

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The 18 million deficit cannot still be same, everyday we are increasing in number without increasing in ideas, policies and political will.

The government should declare state of emergency in the area of housing; you cannot be selling cement for N2,500 and then ask one to deliver a house for two million naira.

The cost of building is very high, so government should act now before it will be late, said.

Adebayo said that government should not be involved in building houses, rather it should come up with policies that would encourage people to invest in the sector.

He advised relevant authorities to focus more on what is called Rental Housing Scheme which he defined as own and pay accordingly .

Adebayo also called on the government to ban importation of building materials so that Nigerians can use local materials.

NAN reports that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Leilani Farha, when she visited the country, advised that Nigeria must address its housing problem.

According to her, the United Nations estimates that Nigerias population will double by 2050 to around 400 million people to make it the worlds third-largest nation after India and China.

She said that there was lack of adequate housing in a country where most inhabitants lived on less than two dollars a day in spite of being Africas largest economy. (NAN)

Source: NAN

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Neglect of technological innovations: Emboldening security challenges
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It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen - John Wooden

Whenever discourse on insecurity arises, it is not out of place to see people pinpointing such things as the slack policing, high rate of unemployment and the straitened state of the Nigerian economy [in general] as the underlying reasons that the lives and properties of unsuspecting citizens are usually endangered. While these factors cannot be waved aside, permit me to spare some thoughts on aspect that has often been overlooked.

It has to do with the optimization of technology in taming the scourge of insecurity. As we already know technology is quite vast and in this article, I shall be narrowing the option to the very little things which could have aided in the fight against insecurity in no small measure. The ‘little things‘ here are closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and solar-powered street lights.
It is really alarming that in this age, government across different states and corporate organizations [with CSR initiatives] find it difficult to install these basic amenities within their areas of influence. They seem to have lost grasp of the little details that could have massively doused the menaces which further contribute to insecurity in the land. Moreover, security operatives ought not to have neglected these small things as they canvass for more comprehensive/sophisticated security frameworks.

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The lack of these technological innovations is there for all to see; for one, the gross darkness that results from poor lighting is simply undeniable. At least, on my part, I have had to stare through the window of my apartment [at night and during the early hours of the morning] to be faced with this thick darkness that is capable of concealing the most grievous of evil. And come to think of it; we have got street lights installed - but they are not functional, and this is even in an area that is known for notorious activities like gang war and petty theft. Mine is just one of the many places with poor lighting within Lagos state and probably Nigeria as a whole.

So, what will it cost to have solar street lights installed to improve security in these communities? Inasmuch as these lights may not quell the danger entirely or dissuade maligned individuals from carrying out their heinous acts, it could prevent a host of prospective victims from falling prey. Hence, in essence, it is of utmost necessity that these lights be made available within every 100 - 200 meters and should be regularly monitored to ensure proper functioning.

Now unto CCTV camera; have you ever imagined how the installation of CCTV cameras will be beneficial on our roads? The issue of highway robbery has been on for awhile now - particularly on roads with high traffic congestion. Motorists on these roads have been left to their fate as the men of underworld strike time and again. It is understandable that the Nigerian Police Force may be short-staffed if it embarks on posting its officers to designated spots - not just the ones that are known for nefarious activities - on our highways. But with CCTV cameras installed around, events within various road networks will be closely monitored. More so, even though the perpetrators may carry out their operations at a certain instance, the chances of apprehending them will be higher upon reviewing the video captured by the cameras.

While complaints keep rending the air over the increasing rate of insecurity in the land, we cannot shy away from the fact that the continued neglect, exhibited by those in authority, in incorporating and optimising technological innovations - especially at the basic level - has further emboldened the security challenges that the citizens are faced with.

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Nigeria ready for 5G Communication Minister
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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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Anglican Bishops converge on Asaba to elect new Primate
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By Ifeanyi Olannye

The House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) is set to elect a new Primate for the Church, two senior bishops confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Asaba.

Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, the Anglican Bishop of Asaba, told NAN the tenure of the current Primate, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, would end by March 2020.

According to him, Okoh was elected Primate of the Church in September 2009 and presented in March 2010.

He said under the Constitution of the Church, a successor Primate would emerge at least six months before the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent.

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Mogekwu, whose Diocese is hosting a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Church, hinted that the Episcopal Synod of the Church would likely meet on the margin of the meeting to take a decision on the matter.

We are hoping that the election of a new primate will take place during this meeting and the exact date we are not sure yet but most likely Thursday.

Nobody applies for this position (Primate) but nominations are done prayerfully though you cannot rule out persuasions.

But the point is that we pray about it.

I think the most important quality is that such a person must be evangelical and committed to the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We also have this problem of the new move in the Anglican World Gays.

We cannot accept that. So, whoever is going to be Primate must be ready to affirm our stand according to the Bible standard without looking left or right, he said.

The cleric explained that the Standing Committee is the highest decision making organ of the Church and convenes twice a year.

Also speaking on the issue, the Rt. Rev. Gbenga Babatunji, Bishop of Osun Diocese, said the big news that could emerge at the end of the meeting at St Peters Cathedral Church, Asaba would be the election of the 5th Primate for the Church.

The Standing Committee works for the Church of Nigeria and comprises House of bishops, clergy and House of Laity.

It works for the General Synod, it is in charge of the administration and the running of the Church of Nigeria.

There are other matters that will come up in the meeting and I also guess that this meeting may elect the next Primate.

If a new Primate emerges, then that will be the big news from this meeting, though it has not been announced.

NAN reports that a highpoint of the gathering of Anglicans in the capital of Delta was the consecration of six new bishops and presentation of a new Archbishop of the Province of the Niger on Tuesday.

The new bishops are: Foluso Taiwo for the Diocese of Oke-Osun, Gbenga Babatunji for the Diocese of Osun, Geoffrey Ibeabuchi for the Diocese of Umuahia, Seyi Pirisola for the Diocese on the Coast, Benjamin Okeke for Orlu Diocese and Ndubuisi Obi for Nnewi Diocese.

While Bishop Alex Ibezim of the Diocese of Awka was presented as the new Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger

NAN also reports that the Primate, Nicholas Okoh presided over the consecration ceremony which marks the beginning of a week long activity as the members of the committee arrived Monday.

Mogekwu, while congratulating the new bishops cautioned that coming into the bishop fold was a call to duty and a battle field.

Every ordained man of God should know that it is a warfare and that there is a battle to be fought.

They must not look for personal comfort or gratification because there are lots of temptations that you must face as a bishop. They must live a life of self denial, he said.

Source: NAN

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Benefits of Fibre
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Food should be more than a substance that fills up the belly; eating a meal ought to be primarily about adding value to the body or boosting one’s well-being. In most cases however, we tend to put the cart before the horse - we just want to ingest anything edible. Notwithstanding, it pays that one gets educated or be in the know about the nutrients that a particular meal/food contains and what these nutrients can do in one’s body.

So, today in this article, I will like to shed some light on dietary fiber and its benefits to human body. Fiber is used to describe plant-based carbohydrates that cannot be broken down by the enzymes in the digestive system. Fiber can also be obtained from meat albeit in a relatively minute quantity.

Despite the fact that it is not usually broken down, it plays a significant role in the way other nutrients are absorbed in the digestive system. Fiber is basically categorized into two - soluble and insoluble fiber - based on its dissolution or non-dissolution in water. Examples of foods that are high in fiber include oats, oranges, whole grain, vegetable, apples, banana, tomato, nuts, etc.

Improves gastrointestinal health: One of the major benefits of regularly taking a meal that are rich in fiber is that it improves the health of the gastrointestinal system, especially as fiber enhances bowel movement with ensuing increase in faecal mass. This is probably one of the ways fiber aids in the prevention of constipation. Furthermore, fiber supports the growth of probiotic bacteria which contribute to the overall health of the gut. Reduces cholesterol level: Fiber has also been found to reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream. More specifically, fiber sourced from edibles such as oats, beans and whole grain are particularly (more) valuable in this respect. Improves cardiovascular health: This can be viewed as an offshoot of the role fiber plays in lowering cholesterol level. Besides, fiber aids in the prevention of heart disease and also lowers blood pressure. Generally, it is good for maintaining a healthy heart. Minimizes the risk of diabetes: With the high prospect of controlling the level of blood sugar, fiber does help to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes occurring. Examples of high fiber foods that are useful here include cereals and vegetables. Protects against cancer: Fiber has also been reported to be effective in preventing certain types of cancer like colon cancer and stomach cancer. This is traceable to the bulky faecal mass that is achievable with the regular intake of dietary fiber. Aids in weight control: Fiber can also be highly beneficial for anyone that is going through a weight-loss/weight-control routine. This is due to the fact that fiber - especially one gotten from flaxseed, oats, broccoli, banana, beans, etc - tends to be more filling and gives you the energy needed to run your activities for a considerable amount of time. In essence, with fiber in your system, the craving for more (food) to munch is quenched.

Culled from WalkRigid
Source: https://walkrigid.com/2019/10/15/6-benefits-of-fiber/

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Review of Bitcoin Exchanges
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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
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
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
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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Luno
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

NaiaraEx
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
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
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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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Which agencies are in charge of disaster management in Nigeria?
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Disasters are rather better imagined than being a reality as we hope to spend our days in wholeness/soundness of mind and body with loved ones. But as mush as we would like to abandon disastrous events in the recesses of our mind, we cannot outrightly deny the fact that disasters do happen. And this is why we have to seek ways of managing - or probably preventing - such occurrences. This is what shall form the fulcrum of this discourse as we look at the agencies that are in charge of disaster management in Nigeria, and also shed some light on the problems facing disaster management in the country.

First and foremost, the major agency in charge of disaster or emergency management in Nigeria is the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), with its efforts being complemented in all states - except five - of the Federation by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Besides this, NEMA has zonal offices in Kaduna, Plateau, Borno, Rivers, Lagoos and Enugu.

The National Emergency Management Agency was established in 1999 under Act 12 as amended by Act 50 of 1999, and is saddled with the overarching objective of managing disasters in Nigeria. Broadly speaking however, NEMA’s statutory functions also include [but not limited to]:

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Formulation of policies that are related to the management of disasters in Nigeria; this is central to the fulfilment of the agency’s overall mandate.

Monitoring/evaluating the state of the nation’s preparedness against the occurrence of disasters, and making moves towards reducing and/or curtailing risks associated with disaster.

Leading sensitization/awareness campaign against sudden disaster in the country; with the aim of educating the populace on steps to take in the event(s) of sudden disasters. Provision of relief materials for persons victimized by disasters. Also, NEMA is to develop joint humanitarian programs/plans [with other stakeholders] to mitigate disaster-related risks. Coordinating training and human capacity development programs in order to equip staff members for disaster management tasks.

Other stakeholders involved in the management of disaster in Nigeria include the Nigeria Fire Service, Nigeria Armed Forces, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and the Red Cross amongst others.

Challenges of disaster management in Nigeria

Disasters in themselves do portend huge challenges that are not always easy to curtail, and these could eventually throw those in charge of managing the situation in a tight and/or helpless state in some instances. In the case of Nigeria however, there are a number of issues that could yet add to the problems arising from catastrophic situations or make recovery efforts grossly ineffective on the whole, and some of these are discussed as follows:

Lack of coordination among stakeholders: Stakeholders involved in the management of disasters apparently lag in the area of forging good coordination as their mandates do not appear to properly laid out when it comes to managing emergencies. Lack of proper evaluation/assessment: Another challenge encountered in the management of disasters in Nigeria is that which hovers around the inability to accurately evaluate disaster situations. This may be due, in part, to the inadequate supply of evaluation tools/equipments. Owing to this, there is a need to invest hugely in equipments that will be valuable in forewarning (about) and managing the situations. Misrepresentation of data: More often than not, we have seen authorities and eye-witnesses giving contrasting accounts [especially in the aspect of casualty figures] after disaster struck. This is one major challenge that could hamstring efforts to get adequate relief materials to those affected by disasters. Slow response time: Most of the times when disaster breaks out in developed nations, one of the reasons - aside from the deployment of advanced technological equipments - damages are usually limited is due to the proactive nature as well as minimum response time of the agencies overseeing disaster management efforts. However, in the case of Nigeria, it could reach up to hours or even days before aids get to the victims. Diversion of relief materials/aids: It is not out of place to see relief materials from humanitarian organizations diverted and sold in the markets, and as such, being use for monetary gains. So, invariably, corruption yet rear its ugly head in this very regard.

NEMA’s Regional Offices

North-Central Office: Direct labour compound, Vom Road, Jos, Plateau State. Phone number: +234092905903

North-East Office: Medical store premises, Baga Road off Auno street, Maiduguri, Borno State. Phone number: +2348039149667

North-West Office: 15, Wurno Road, Unguwan Sarki, Kadunai, Kaduna State. Phone number: +234092905896

South-East Office: 55a, Ezillo Avenue, Independence Layout, Enugu State. Phone number: +234092905781; 08037020447; 08077634188; 08062960563.

South-South Office: 51, Ikwerre Road, Diobu, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

South-West Office: Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way opposite Ikeja Plaza, Lagos State. Phone number: +234092905789

Headquarters: 8, Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.
Phone number: 080022556362

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Ugandas Cheptegei wins 10,000m gold
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(Reuters/NAN) Ugandas Joshua Cheptegei triumphed after a close battle in the 10,000 meters on Sunday, winning his first world title and bringing his country their second medal of the championships.

Cheptegei remained near the front of the pack for most of the race and surged in the final kilometer to pass leader Rhonex Kipruto.

He held off the challenge of Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia to finish in a world leading time of 26 minutes 48.36 seconds.

Kejelcha finished just under one second behind Cheptegei, clinching silver with a personal best time of 26:49.34.

Kenyas Kipruto had to settle for bronze after having led for most of the race, crossing the finish line in 26:50.32.

Source: NAN

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Bride, Undergoes Surgery 24 Hours Before Her Nigerian Dream Wedding
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A 33-year-old bride preparing for two weddings suffered a grueling medical emergency that required surgery just one day before she was set to exchange her vows.

When it came time for longtime sweethearts Rhema Gaines and Eze Nnadi to marry, the Orlando, Florida, couple wanted to throw two separate weddings for their families. The first would be a traditional Nigerian ceremony on May 24, followed by a Western wedding on May 26.

With the big weekend approaching, Gaines had her sights set on piecing together the final wedding details — until something wasn’t right.

“I had come down with a flu or upper respiratory infection. I went to the ER, and they kept me for a really long time,” Gaines, who shares a 2-year-old daughter with Nnadi, tells PEOPLE. “Eventually symptoms of the infection were going away, but I was still there. They were still running scans, and I didn’t know what was going on.”

Doctors ultimately found a cyst resting on Gaines’ ovaries, but this was no typical growth — it was a dermoid ovarian cyst, a noncancerous lump that often contains a buildup of hair, fluid, teeth or skin glands since they form from embryonic cells, according to Mayo Clinic. Dermoid cysts are rare, and even more so on the ovaries. The growths will typically begin during a woman’s reproductive years.

Gaines’ cyst either wasn’t noticed by doctors when she was pregnant two years earlier, or it simply hadn’t grown yet.

“There we were two years after giving birth, and they’re seeing this mass grow inside of me that’s the size of a melon,” Gaines says. “That’s not normal.”

The team’s plan was to remove the cyst via an operation to minimize any risk it would rupture and cause an infection, but because her dual weddings were approaching, the doctors assured her the surgery could wait. One doctor even said he had never seen a cyst like hers burst in his 30-year career.

Gaines went on with her wedding preparations, confident that her medical scare could be put on pause. Then things went wrong once again.

“With the wedding planning, all the stress of having not one but two weddings is going on, and the Sunday before that wedding I started to not feel well,” she says. “By Tuesday I was really ill. By Wednesday I couldn’t even walk. I was hunched over, and I’m still trying to do last-minute wedding stuff.”

By 10 p.m. that night, Gaines was back in the emergency room, where doctors discovered the melon-sized cyst had ruptured.

“At this point I’m scared. Because I’m thinking, am I going to miss my wedding?” says Gaines, adding that doctors were worried she could develop sepsis. “I’m like, I don’t think I’m gonna make it. They told me, ‘Sweetie, you’re past that point. You’re going to have emergency surgery. We have to do this to save your life.’ “

Once in the operating room, the surgeons made three incisions in Gaines’ abdomen, one on her side and another near her belly button.

“They got it out, everything,” she says. “The surgery went very well, thankfully. But everything leading up to the surgery was a nightmare.”

Gaines was released from the hospital shortly after the operation, with only 24 hours to go before the first of her ceremonies.

“Everybody was at the house trying to organize everything, and then the next morning I had to go to the rehearsal walk through — and I could barely walk,” she says.

“I had to pull it together to get hair and makeup done. But they had me on pain killers, which helped me get through Friday,” adds Gaines. “Friday was the worst, though, because I was in so much pain, and Nigerian weddings are all about dancing and it’s all about the bride.”

The second wedding, which was captured by Orlando photographer Anesha Collins of Unashamed Imaging, went off without a hitch, and now Gaines and Nnadi are settling into married life after an eventful start.

“I’m so happy. Even though there was that black mark on the situation, it just feels really good to walk away with a legacy that we had one of the best weddings in our family, like wow, we did it,” Gaines says of the situation. “I’m so grateful that I was able to triumph.”

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N-Power Beneficiaries to Increase to 500,000 by August 1st 2018
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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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BBNaija: Watch Mercy receive SUV from Innoson Motors
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The Big Brother Naija 2019 winner, Mercy Eke popularly known as Lamborghini has been made Innoson Motors brand ambassador.

The announcement was made by a company representative of Innoson while handing her over the N25 million car she won on Sunday.

Mercy was all smiles as she received the car.

Mercy emerged the first female to win the BBNaija competition after beating fellow housemates Mike, Frodd, Omashola and Seyi to win the coveted grand prize worth N60 million.

After 99 days of excitement, intrigues, suspense, and nail-biting drama, Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem season came to a rousing end at the final live eviction show on Sunday night.

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Watch video of the SUV presentation below:

Source: NAN

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Public shaming on social media: Bringing the opprobrium of the justice system to limelight
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Day against Death Penalty: NGO makes case for children
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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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Many stabbed in Manchester shopping centre
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The Arndale shopping centre in Manchester on Friday has been evacuated after reports of stabbings.

According to the BBC the UK ambulance service was treating four people after the incident at the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester.

Five people have been stabbed and counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation, British police said in a statement.

We are on the scene, we are treating four patients, a spokeswoman at the North West Ambulance Service said.

Manchester Police said on twitter that they were responding to an incident at the shopping mall.

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According to media reports, armed police officers are patrolling inside the shopping mall.

UK police said that a man has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault over the incident at the shopping centre.

A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault. He has been taken to custody for questioning.

Footage from outside the shopping centre, shared on social media, shows police vehicles arriving at the scene. (Sputnik/NAN)

Source: NAN

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