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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Check Out Emirates' 'Diamond-encrusted' Airplane Going Viral Online (Photos)

When Emirates posted an incredible image online appearing to show a diamond-encrusted aircraft, it unsurprisingly sent the internet into a frenzy.

The stunning picture showed one of the Dubai-based carrier's Boeing 777s with what appeared to be a bling-y festive makeover.

But it turned out that all was not as it seemed - the image was actually the result of some very clever Photoshop work.

It was the handiwork of Sara Shakeel, who came up with the idea for the image after capturing a photo of an Emirates aircraft before flying to the Italian city of Milan.

The former dentist often posts pictures to her Instagram account that she edits to give them a bejewelled makeover.

When she posted the 777 picture it quickly became very popular indeed, garnering hundreds of thousands of views, and the airline itself even re-posted it with the caption 'Presenting the Emirates "Bling" 777. Image created by @SaraShakeel.'

This led to some on social media believing that it was a real plane with 'sanat_pr' asking: 'Is this real or Photoshop', while 'manasatluri' added: 'Is this real or am I dreaming? Please say this is real, it's so beautiful.'

But others, according to Dailymail UK, questioned how the plane would be able to fly with the added weight of the diamonds.

In a bid to clarify the viral news, she shared another photo and wrote: "So My plane has been on the news lately, confirming whether it’s real or not, so before I took off I took another picture just to let you guys know it’s real.

P.s thank you guys! I truly and honestly made the diamond plane for the love of the trip and the excitement! Never in a million years did I know it’ll end up on news/tv/trending on #twitter all over the place! So thank you a million times!"

I Weep For President Buhari, His Wife Has Cried Out Endlessly - Dele Momodu

Popular publisher Dele Momodu says he wishes President Muhammadu Buhari could liberate himself from the cabal that has held him and his government hostage.

Momodu said this in reaction to the critical comments Aisha Buhari, the president’s wife, made about him the slow progress of his administration.

She had asked Nigerians to stand up to the two people who are allegedly hindering the progress of Nigeria under the leadership of her husband.

“If 15.4 million people can bring in a government and only for the government to be dominated by two people or three people, where are the men of Nigeria? Where are the Nigerian men? What are you doing? Instead of them to come together and fight them, they keep visiting them one after the other licking their shoes (I’m sorry to use those words),” she had said.

Aisha has repeatedly alleged that Buhari's government had been hijacked.

Taking to social media, Momodu described Buhari as a man in “gilded cage”.

He said while he likes Buhari’s personality, he does not like his leadership style.
“I like BUHARI as a simple, humorous personality but his leadership style leaves much to be desired and his cabal won’t let the competent people around him function,” Momodu Wrote.

“His wife has cried out endlessly… I weep for the man in the gilded cage. I wished he could liberate himself!”

After 33yrs Of Marriage Woman Gives Birth For The First Time ...she delivered triplets

The excitement of family and friends is out of this world as the woman pictured above, Mrs Samba Dokubo Briggs delivers triplets (2 boys and a girl) in Port Harcourt at the age of 62.
She has been married for 33 years. Wow! More pics...


52yrs Old Woman Celebrates Birthday In Style After Giving Birth For The First Time (Photos)

Lagos beauty entrepreneur, Vivian Chiologi-Shittu has everything to be grateful for as she clocks 52, on December 10. She is now a proud mum of one.

Vivian, who's married to NFF licensed player agent, John Shittu, took to social media to express her gratitude. Her words and more photos...

"My Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Creator of heaven and all that is on earth therein I worship you. All praises, honour and adoration be yours. Thank you for thine mighty hand and favour upon me for answering my prayers, for elevating me to the club of motherhood and honoured me with this cherub.

I called upon you and you answered and you continue to answer those who call upon him in truth. Thank you for completing me. Thou turned for me, my mourning into dancing. Thank you for girding me with gladness, as you add another year to my life.

I will sing praise and give Thanks to you forever. I commit her this day of my birth unto thine house to be baptised and christened in the Name of the Father and of The son and of the Holy spirit.. (psalm 121). In Jesus mighty name. πŸ™πŸ™ Happy birthday to me.

Baptism blessings my little cherub πŸ‘ΆπŸ’πŸŽ‚πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸŽπŸ’ƒπŸ˜‡πŸŽΆ my joy is full

Reasons Senate, Reps Should Override Buhari On Electoral Act; by Olisa Agbakoba

Former NBA president, Olisa Agbakoba, has asked the national assembly to override President Muhammadu Buhari and pass the electoral act amendment bill, 2018, in the interest of the nation.

In a letter sent to the national assembly, Agbakoba said the bill would improve the credibility of elections conducted by INEC and also give legal backing to the use of card readers in the polls.

Agbakoba who disclosed that President Buhari’s claim for refusing to grant his assent to the bill was baseless, said that the “2018 amendment is intended to give INEC a legal basis to use Smart Cards and Electronic Technology”, and faulted Buhari’s claim that INEC will not be familiar with the bill if assented into an ACT.

The letter reads: “The decision of the President to withhold Assent in respect of a Bill to enact a Law to amend the Electoral Act makes no sense.

The Final draft Bill considered by NASS, was agreed with the President, precisely to avoid challenges, such as now occurred.

The President states that part of the reason he has withheld Assent is to avoid confusion as to the applicable legal framework for 2019 Elections and the administrative capacity of INEC to cope with the new Electoral Act, as it is all too close to 2019 elections.

Distinguished and Honourable Members will recall that the major amendment to 2018 Electoral Act relates to electronic technology for the conduct of the 2019 elections.

The 2015 elections were partly conducted by INEC, using smart cards (card readers) but the Supreme Court held that smart cards are not allowed, not been included in the Electoral Act 2010.

The 2015 elections were also partly conducted by INEC using Incident forms; in effect smart cards and Incident Forms were both used to conduct 2015 elections.

Distinguished and Honourable Members of NASS, will recall that there was a lot of controversy about the use of Incident Forms as it enabled non accredited persons to vote, questioning the credibility of the elections.

In order to remove constraints that will impact the credibility of future elections, such as 2019, the Electoral Act 2010, was amended by the 2018 Bill, to formalize the legal basis of the Smart Cards which was already in use for elections by INEC anyway.

It will be recalled that the Supreme Court declared use of Smart Cards as contrary to the Electoral Act 2010, so the 2018 amendment is intended to give INEC a legal basis to use Smart Cards and Electronic Technology.

The 2018 Bill also introduced the extremely important procedure of transmitting results of votes from Polling Units by electronic means.

Electronic transmission will remove rigging and enhance the credibility of the Vote Count. INEC says it is familiar with the amendments contained in the 2018 Electoral Bill.

INEC has used smart cards at all elections from 2015. INEC has submitted an election budget which provides for Smart Cards and transmission equipment.

The President claims that part of the reason for withholding Assent, is that INEC will not have enough time to become familiar with the 2018 Bill and that a new Act will generate confusion.

This is simply incorrect and flies in the face of INEC’s announcement that it will not use Incident Forms or manual voting in 2019 elections. In other words, INEC is ready to deploy electronic technology for 2019 elections, and only requires that the Electoral Act provides a legal framework.

The 2018 Amendments will help to improve the credibility of our Elections and also give legal basis for INEC to deploy electronic technology in 2019 elections, following doubts cast by the Supreme Court about the legality of the use of card readers because it was not provided in the old Electoral Act of 2010.

Distinguished and Honourable Members of NASS, are please urged to override Mr. President and enact 2018 Electoral Act.”

Why I Refused To Sign Amended Electoral Bill - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate, explaining why he refused to assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.
His action had led to a lot of reactions from Nigerians.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the President’s letter at the plenary on Tuesday.

President Buhari’s letter to the senators reads: “Pursuant to Section 58 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision on 6th December 2018 to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.

“I am declining assent to the Bill principally because I am concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general elections, which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainty about the applicable legislation to govern the process.

“Any real or apparent change to the rules this close to the election may provide an opportunity for disruption and confusion in respect of which law governs the electoral process.

“This leads me to believe that it is in the best interest of the country and our democracy for the National Assembly to specifically state in the Bill that the Electoral Act will come into effect and be applicable to elections commencing after the 2019 General Elections.”

Continuing, Buhari explains, “It is also important for the following drafting amendments to be made to the Bill:

”A. Section 5 of the Bill, amending section 18 of the Principal Act should indicate the subsection to which the substitution of the figure ’30” for the figure “60” is to be effected.”

“B. Section 11 of the Bill, amending Section 36 should indicate the subsection in which the provision is to be introduced.

“C. Section 24 of the Bill which amends Section 85(1) should be redrafted in full as the introduction of the “electing” to the sentence may be interpreted to mean that the political parties may give 21 days’ notice of the .. intention to merge, as opposed to the 90 days provided in Section 84(2) of the Electoral Act which provides the provision for merger of political parties.”

“D. The definition of the term “Ward Collection Officer” should be revised to reflect a more descriptive definition than the capitalized and undefined term “Registration Area Collation Officer.”

The President concluded his letter with greeting to the lawmakers: “Please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
After Saraki finished reading the President’s letter, Senate Leader moved that all items on the Order Paper be stood down to another legislative day.

Minority Leader seconded the motion and the Plenary adjourned to Wednesday, 12th December, 2018.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Buhari Under Fire; SANs, National Assembly Slam President Over Electoral Act

The National Assembly, Peoples Democratic Party, the Coalition of United Political Parties, and some prominent Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) on Friday kicked as President Muhammadu Buhari finally withheld his assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 passed by the National Assembly.

The President had earlier on Friday announced his decision to withhold his assent to the crucial electoral bill which the National Assembly transmitted to him on November 7.

The controversial bill has been returned to the National Assembly after the President refused to sign it the fourth time.

The President had earlier rejected it for the third time and returned it to the legislature on August 30.

Confirming Buhari’s latest decision in Abuja, his Senior Special Assistant, National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said the President gave his reasons in a letter to the National Assembly.

Enang, a member of the All Progressives Congress from Akwa Ibom State, merely said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has taken decision on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 in accordance with his power under the 1999 Constitution and has communicated that decision to the Senate and the House of Representatives in accordance with the law.”

We will veto bill, Senate vows 
However, uncertainty may be looming over the conduct of the forthcoming 2019 general elections as the Senate has vowed to veto the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018, following President’s decision to assent to the vital bill.

The Senate on Friday vowed to veto the bill saying the new electoral draft was very significant to the conduct and outcome of the 2019 elections.

The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, told The Punch that the upper chamber of the National Assembly would lobby members of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, in the chamber to veto the bill.

Murray-Bruce, who had initially withheld the Senate’s reaction on the subject matter in order to get brief from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, later spoke to The Punch after getting in touch with Saraki.

Murray-Bruce, who said the amendments to the bill would guarantee free and fair general elections in 2019, said the Senate would do everything possible to veto the bill.

The Senate’s spokesman said, “First of all, we think it is a mistake not to sign the bill. We think Buhari should have signed it. We want the APC senators and all Nigerians to understand that, that bill was the right thing to do at this period of our national life.

“We will do everything possible to work with the progressive APC senators to get the right number of votes to override it. We will override it.”

He added, “We want credible elections and that was why we hoped the President would sign the (amended) Electoral Act. Now that he has refused to sign it, we will talk to the APC members in the Senate to look at Nigeria and not their party. They should look at Nigeria and not their party.

“There are aspects that INEC can implement on their own without the law.”

When asked later if he was reacting in his personal capacity as a senator or as the Senate’s spokesman, Murray-Bruce said, “It was the Senate reacting, I told you.”

Reacting, the House of Reps said it would take action on the assent withdrawal after Dogara had read the letter to lawmakers in plenary.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazak Namdas, who spoke to The Punch on phone, said, “The House can only take a decision after the letter had been read on the floor of the chamber.”
PDP, CUPP, SANS urge NASS to override Buhari
But the PDP Presidential Campaign Council on Friday urged the National Assembly to immediately override the President’s refusal to assent the bill.

The Director, Media and Publicity of the council, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said overriding Buhari would save the nation’s democracy

He added that the legislative action had become imperative as Buhari’s decision was a calculated attempt to inject crisis into the electoral process.

According to him, Buhari’s refusal to sign the Act could ultimately scuttle the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

Ologbondiyan said, “President Buhari’s repeated refusal to sign amendments passed to check rigging in the election, raises issues of his sincerity of purpose and has the capacity to trigger political unrest and violence, which can, in turn, truncate our hard-earned democracy.”

According to him, Buhari is afraid of the amendments because they essentially checked the APC’s alleged rigging plans.

He also charged all political parties, other critical stakeholders and Nigerians in general, to rise in the interest of the nation and demand the entrenching of rules and processes that would guarantee the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

Why Buhari Rejected Signing Of Electoral Amendment Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari says he rejected the electoral amendment bill because it could affect the 2019 elections. The president said this in a letter sent to the national assembly.

In the letter, Buhari said signing the bill into law could “create uncertainty and confusion” during the forthcoming elections.

“Pursuant to section 58 (4) of constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the House of Representatives, my decision on 6th December 201 to decline Presidential Accent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill , 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly,” he wrote.

“I am declining assent to the Bill principally because I am concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general election which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainty about the applicable legislation to govern the process.

“Any real or apparent change to the rules this close to the election may provide an opportunity for disruption and confusion in respect of which law governs the electoral process.”

Buhari appealed to the lawmakers to revise some clauses in the bill, expressing optimism that it would take effect after the elections.

“This leads me to believe that it is in the best interest of the country and our democracy for the national assembly to specifically state in the Bill, that the Electoral Act will come into effect and be applicable to elections commencing after the 2019 General Election,” he said.

“It is also important for the following drafting amendments to be made to the Bill: section 5 of the Bill, amending section 18 of the Principal Act should indicate the subsection to which the substitution of the figure “30” for the figure “60” is to be affected.

“Section 11 of the Bill, amending Section 36 should indicate the subsection in which the proviso is to be introduced.

“Section 24 of the Bill which amends Section 85 (1) should be redrafted in full as the introduction of the “electing” to the sentence may be interpreted to mean that political parties may give 21 days notice of the intention to merge, as opposed to the 90 days provided in Section 84 (2) of the Electoral Act which provides the provision for merge of political parties.

“The definition of the term “Ward Collection officer” should be revised to reflect a more descriptive definition than the capitalized and undefined term “Registration Area Collation Officer.”

This is the third time that the president would reject the bill. In March, Buhari withheld assent to the bill saying the proposed law would usurp the constitutional powers of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to decide on election matters.

In September, Buhari turned down the bill for the second time, asking the national assembly to revise some clauses.

The national assembly had passed the bill on July 24 and transmitted to the president on August 3.

Among the controversies on the bill are the reordering of the sequence of the 2019 elections, placing the presidential poll last, instead of the governorship and state assemblies, and also exclusion of the use of card readers during elections.

Why Nigerian Lecturer Disguised As Spiderman To School

A lecturer of Anambra State University, now known as Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, wore Spiderman costume to teach students during the ongoing strike by ASUU across Nigeria.

The man was pictured coming out of his car and walking into class on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, for a lecture with his postgraduate students.

When the lecturer entered the lecture hall, he refused to
acknowledge students who called his real name, pretending to be Spiderman.
According to reports, he had earlier told his students, who wanted to have a final discussion with him ahead of their project defence, that they should await the coming of Spiderman to assist them in their final preparations.

Are you Serious? 13.5m Nigerians Voted Without PVC In 2015 - 75% In States Won By Buhari

According to a new report, at least 13.5 million Nigerians voted manually in the 2015 presidential election, as seen on data from the Independent and National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Based on an analysis of the data, 75 percent of votes cast without PVC were in states won by President Muhammadu Buhari, then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The data, obtained by DeepDive Intelligence, also shows that Buhari won in nine of the 10 most-affected states.

The 2015 presidential election had two major contenders; Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s first incumbent president to lose a re-election bid.

Of the 31,746,490 accredited voters in the election, 13,536,311 representing 42.6 percent of voters voted without biometric accreditation.

Out of this number, 10,184,720 votes are from states won by Buhari and 3,351,591 votes came from states won by Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, representing 75 percent and 25 percent of accredited voters respectively.

There are insinuations that this is why Buhari is refusing to sign the Electoral Bill that will make card reader mandatory, as most of his votes came without card reader verification.

Father Mbaka Publicly Apologizes To Peter Obi

Catholic priest and spiritual director of Adoration Ministries, Father Ejike Mbaka has apologized to the PDP vice presidential candidate and former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi.
Mbaka was criticised for 'embarrassing' Obi recently at the church's bazaar ceremony over his refusal to disclose what he would donate to the church, for which the priest has now apologised.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Why Pastor Adeboye Ran Away From His Village For 13 Years

The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye has revealed that he ran away from his village for 13 years.

He made the disclosure on Monday — the first day of the 2018 Holy Ghost Congress at the Redemption Camp.

Preaching about the power of God’s light over the darkness of evil forces, he disclosed that in the early 1960s, he ran away from Ifewara, then a village in Osun state, where he was born and raised because his father’s enemies threatened to kill him – an only son.

He said after 13 years in exile, during which he gave his life to Jesus Christ and was filled with the light that overpowers the forces of darkness, he went back to Ifewara, and nothing happened to him.

Adeboye said: “There was a misunderstanding between my father and other members of the family over the issue of which party to belong to and the people in the family threatened to kill me.

“When my father came home to tell us what transpired at the meeting, I ran away from home for 13 years till I met the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank God for Jesus.”

He also spoke of how he had sought superior charms to counter the forces in his village.

The cleric said: “While in exile, it occurred to me that if the village people claimed they had charms to kill me, there could be superior charms elsewhere. Somebody took me to a village, somewhere not too far from Akure, Ondo state. They took me to the head herbalist there and I told him I wanted to be fortified so that nobody would be able to harm me.

“No problem, I will fortify you!” he said.

“He listed the requirements and told me the total cost. That was not a problem because I had the money to pay. He performed all kinds of rituals and kept on insisting I come back and get more. Then one day, the juju man looked at me and asked, “What is the name of that your town where they say you shouldn’t go back to?”

I told him.

“Ah!” he shouted. “You are from that place?”

I said, “Yes sir.”

He said, “If they ask you not to come, don’t go”.

“What are you talking about?” I asked.

“Let me tell you the truth. My father was the chief herbalist in this village, his grandfather was the chief herbalist before him and he inherited everything from them. When my father was taught everything he knew, he sent me to your village to get more powers.

“Whenever I was visiting your village, before I got to the outskirts, I would go into the bush to bury everything and then when I am going back, I would go back into the bush to pick it up. Any power you take into that village will turn to water as soon as you enter.

“I was surprised to hear all that because I thought I had been fortified. If you put your trust in the devil, not only will you die but you will die miserably.

“For a long time, I kept running from home until I met Jesus. When I did, my flight from home stopped. Praise God that the forces of darkness that hitherto put me to flight now take to their heels when they see me because I now carry the Lord inside of me.”

Buhari Loses 59 Support Groups As They All Declare For Atiku

Grassroots Mobilisers for Buhari (GMB) and 58 other political-support groups have said they have decided to withdraw their support for President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of 2019 presidential elections.

The groups which claimed to have five million registered members comprising transport workers, tricycle and okada operators, market men and women among others, said they had lost confidence in the ability of Buhari to pull Nigeria out of the pity of poverty and underdevelopment.

The group’s coordinator, Yusuf Musa Ardo, told journalists at a press conference in Abuja, that they decided to move their support base to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, because of the obvious failure of the present government.

He said: “We bought into the ‘change agenda’ of Buhari in 2015. We toured Nigeria, campaigning vigorously for his victory. We coordinated other support groups for APC and championed grassroots mobilisation of Nigerians.

“Regrettably, the government we put in place has failed to fulfill the promises it made to Nigerians. (So), it will be unwise to reinforce the failures of this administration.”

The groups said, “Nigeria’s economy which was the fastest-growing economy in Africa has gone comatose due to mismanagement.

“Nigerians are attacked and killed by unknown gunmen daily, while kidnapping cases (continue to) rise significantly.

“Most worrisome is that Nigeria is now more divided and acrimonious than ever before, with its unity being threatened by nepotism and religious bigotry."

The groups further stated that: “Unemployment has risen to an alarming level instead of reducing as was promised during 2015 campaigns. Millions of jobs are being lost quarterly, with many SMEs folding up due to unfriendly economic policies and harsh business environment.

“To this end, we have decided to officially renounce our membership of GMB and APC, and have to move our support base to the PDP presidential candidate who is more tested and trusted.”

2 Powerful Men Behind Buhari’s Slow Progress, People Go To Them At Night – Aisha Buhari

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Wednesday lamented that two powerful personalities have constituted themselves as a cog in the wheel of speedy development of the country, under the watch of her husband.
Who are these powerful men and why can't Buhari take action?

Mrs. Buhari, who spoke at a conference organized by Project 4+4 in Abuja, however, did not mention the names of the powerful persons.

The event was also attended by the VP's wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo.

The First Lady explained that the government had achieved a lot but could have achieved more or even achieved all it had in one year but for two people in government who will never allow things to move fast.

The President’s wife said that she was disappointed in men (in government) who rather than fight these two men will go to them in the night begging for favour.

She said: ”I have realized that Senator Babafemi Ojodu, Special Adviser, political, to the President, and Dr. Hajo Sani, and wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Osinbajo, are not comfortable with my saying this and want me to confine myself to my prepared speech but we must say the truth.”

The President’s wife insisted that the powerful duo were retrogressive elements preventing the government from moving forward.

The First Lady, known for her frank talk when it comes to issues concerning her husband’s administration, had in October 2016, told the BBC in an interview, that her husband was being held hostage by a cabal.
“The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.

“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position,” she had said.

The First Lady had also threatened not to vote for Buhari, saying “he is yet to tell me, but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again”.

Seriously? Canada Looking To Fill 430,000 Vacant Jobs

6A business group warned on Tuesday that a labour shortage in Canada is deepening, with more than 430,000 jobs at small and medium-sized firms remaining unfilled for at least four months.

This is “above the records set before the 2008 financial crisis, and businesses are really feeling the pressure,”
said CFIB chief economist Ted Mallett.
The job vacancy rate has risen to 3.3 percent, from 2.9 percent a year ago, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said in a report.

According to the government statistical agency, the unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points in October to a near-record low of 5.8 percent.

The labour shortage, according to the CFIB, is particularly acute in the services, construction, agricultural, and oil and gas sectors, and is putting upward pressure on wages.

The data release comes as the federal and Quebec governments spar over immigration targets.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has pledged to cut immigration, despite the mostly French-speaking province being hit hardest by a lack of skilled workers.
“What I hear across Quebec is entrepreneurs, businesses concerned about the labour shortage, so I’m not sure it’s the best time to cut immigration,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

UNN turns out highest number of Ph.D graduates in Nigerian university history

Access Bank MD Wigwe, Stanley, Chukwudozie bag honorary doctorate degrees.
Zik’s wife becomes Professor Emeritus.

Four hundred and eighty (480) graduands on Saturday received Postgraduate degrees and diplomas of the University of Nigeria in what the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Benjamin Ozumba, described as “the highest by any Nigerian university in one year.”
The university also conferred honorary doctorate degrees on three distinguished Nigerians. The Group Managing Director of Access Bank Herbert Wigwe, former executive secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Mr. Reginald Chika Stanley, and then the Managing Director of the Dozzy Group, Sir Daniel Chukwudozie, who bagged the degrees, said they felt ‘greatly honoured’ to be associated with the University of Nigeria in such capacity. Ozumba in an exclusive chat with The Guardian, said the honour conferred on the three Nigerians was “not a knee-jerk decision” but a product of careful appraisal of their contribution to the nation and mankind. He specifically pointed out Wigwe’s successful efforts in moving Access Bank to its “present status as one of the top banks from 16th position to number six in just 10 years.” He said the banker’s idea of establishing a chair for the university was worthy of emulation.
The vice chancellor also described Reginald Stanley as a successful Nigerian who served the country as a technocrat and has, since his retirement, continued to make a positive impact in the private sector. Ozumba said the third awardee, Chukwudozie, was a philanthropist who had made an immense contribution to the growth and welfare of many Nigerians.
At least, 480 of the 2,113 graduands, who were conferred with postgraduate degrees of the university by the Chancellor and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Akande, were Ph.D candidates.

Eleven retired professors of UNN, one of who were Professor Uche Azikiwe, the wife of the founder and wife of Nigeria’s first president, the late Nnamdi Azikiwe, were elevated to the university’s club of “Emeritus Professors of the University of Nigeria.”
Vice-chancellor Ozumba said the 480 doctorate degree awardees represent 22.7 percent of the 2,113 postgraduates who, like their 9,702 first degree and diploma counterparts, had fulfilled the standard requirements of character and learning as stipulated in the school’s regulations. Describing the figure as ‘unprecedented’ and ‘remarkable,’ the vice chancellor explained that the significant increase in the number of postgraduate degrees awarded at last weekend’s graduation “reflects a deliberate response to the mandate given to first-generation universities to increase the enrolment of postgraduate students. “I’m quite pleased that my staff have been able to adapt to the additional challenge placed upon them by the increased enrolment without necessarily compromising on the standard for which the university was known,” Ozumba told The Guardian in a chat on Sunday.
The (grand finale) second day of the 48th convocation ceremony was set aside for the purpose of conferring the postgraduate degrees and diplomas. It followed the previous day’s event at which 9,702 were awarded first degrees, diplomas and certificates of the university.

Source: Guadian


Atiku Receives US Visa?... Obasanjo Intervenes, Makes Peace

All is now set for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, to visit to the United States following the issuance of a visa to him.

Atiku had received the visa to enable him to travel to US.

Atiku on Tuesday appeared at the US Embassy in Abuja, where he was interviewed and his fingerprints taken.

Sources close to him told The Punch in Abuja on Saturday night that Atiku was delighted with the issuance of the visa.

Atiku had stopped visiting the USA after the FBI investigated a bribery scandal that involved a former US congressman, William Jefferson.

The former Vice President was accused of demanding a kickback of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecommunication firms in Nigeria.

During the investigation, the FBI had searched Atiku’s residence in Maryland, but it was gathered that no cash was found.

Despite Atiku’s claim to innocence, the controversy had continued unabated with his opponents daring him to visit the country and see if he would not be arrested.

Atiku’s former boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have played “significant role” in the issuance of the visa.

The desire of Atiku to secure the visa had caught the attention of the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress and the Federal Government last week.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had called on the US not to grant the visa, saying doing so now could be interpreted as endorsement for Atiku’s presidential ambition.

In a swift reaction, the USA had replied, saying Atiku’s desire to secure the visa was private and that politicians should focus on issues.

Meanwhile, Obasanjo and the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, have agreed to intervene in the crisis rocking the PDP Presidential Campaign Council.

It was learnt on Saturday that the two men would engage different stakeholders who felt agreed following the composition of the party’s presidential campaign council.

Recall that the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, on Thursday in Abuja, inaugurated the party’s presidential campaign council.

The event was attended by different stakeholders in the party, including Atiku.

However, The Punch gathered that some members of the party considered critical to its success in the February presidential election had expressed reservations about the running of the campaigns.

One of them was the Governor of Rivers, Chief Nyesom Wike, who is the party’s South-South zonal coordinator for the campaign.

Wike, who supported Tambuwal during the presidential primary, had claimed that he was being sidelined in the campaign council.

He was said to have threatened to resign his position as the zonal coordinator for the presidential campaign.

However, it was gathered that the national leadership of the party and Atiku had spoken with the governor to rescind the decision.

As a follow up, the party and Atiku were said to have asked Tambuwal to visit Wike and convince him on the need to work together with the party for the general elections.
The source said that Obasanjo would also speak with some other aggrieved members of the party, especially from the North.

Obasanjo, it was gathered, had agreed to meet with the aggrieved persons in Abuja this week.

Do You Know A Phone Could Be Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat?

Toilet seats are far cleaner than the average mobile phone – a shocking new study has revealed.

Initial Washroom Hygiene took swab samples from smartphones and found the average device is nearly seven times dirtier than a loo seat.

Those clad in leather cases harboured the most bacteria
and even phones in easier-to-clean plastic cases have more than six times the germs found on loo seats, reports Mail Online.

Initial Washroom Hygiene took swabs using a handheld device which highlights live microbes on the surface.

While loo swabs showed bacteria on around 220 areas around the seat, the average mobile phone boasted a disgusting 1,479 such spots.

Experts have warned that mobiles become filthy because people take them into the bathroom.

Professor Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen told the Mail: “Swabbing a smartphone is almost like checking your handkerchief for germs.

“You are likely to find them because of the close physical contact you have with this device several times a day.”

He said that the bugs on mobiles will “probably be people’s own bacteria so the likelihood of passing on disease is low”.

However, Prof Penning added, “it might be ill-advised to pass smartphones around between people.”

Earlier this year, disgusting pictures were released showing smartphones covered in bacteria.

Swabs were taken from an iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy 8 and Google Pixel to test for the levels of aerobic bacteria, yeast and mould present.

The phones’ screens had the highest levels of bacteria, with 100 colony forming units (CFU) per cm2 for the Samsung Galaxy, 40 CFU for the iPhone, and 12 CFU for the Google Pixel.

The study, carried out for Insurance2go, said this compared to 24 CFU on a toilet seat and flush.

According to The SUN, other heavily affected areas for the phones include the back of the handset, the lock button and the home button.

Meanwhile, a beauty blender was found to have 24 CFU per cm2, while a make-up brush had 0.4 CFU, with high levels of mould, the MailOnline reported.

The study found 5 CFU per cm2 of yeast and bacteria on an office keyboard and mouse.

A third of people in the UK admit to never cleaning their phone, with one in 20 cleaning their phones less than once every six months.

Dr Shirin Lakhani, from Elite Aesthetics, said: “Our smartphones are a really big source of skin contamination and skin problems, namely acne.

“High concentrations of microscopic bacteria from your phone's screen mixed with oil and makeup from the skin, along with heat from the phone, breeds more bacteria.

“This can clog pores and often result in inflammation and acne.
To combat these problems use a headset when on the phone for a lengthy period of time and regularly wipe your smartphone with an alcohol wipe to remove as much bacteria as possible before using it."

How Super Falcons Set New Record By Winning 9th AWCON

Nigeria won the ninth Africa Women Cup of Nations after a 4-3 penalty shoot–out defeat of South Africa following a goalless 120–minute attrition in Accra on Saturday night.

The Super Falcons played a clever, controlled game at the Accra Sports Stadium and certainly looked quite impressive.

Goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi was the heroine as she saved one kick in the shootouts.

Heading to the final Nigeria won nine, drew one and lost two games.

The Super Falcons gave Banyana Banyana all sorts of problems with their quick passing system in the opening 20 minutes.

South Africa goalkeeper Kalyin Swart dived low to save a goal bound grounder from Ngozi Sonia Okobi in the 23rd minute.

Seven minutes before half time, Francisca Ordega skillfully beat her marker before sending a poor cross to the box.

In the second half, South Africa were more purposeful in their approach to the game.

But it was Nigeria that had the chance to pull ahead after a goal bound Ordega was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Swart.

Oshoala failed to score from the penalty spot as the game dragged to extra time.

In the fourth minute of extra time, Oshoala out muscled two defenders before sending a low drive which was well dealt with by Swart.

Striker Chrestinah Kgatlana went on a solo run in the 98th minute after beating Onome Ebi and Rita Chikwelu for pace. Her weak effort was saved by Oluehi.

South Africa continued to look dangerous on the counter. Linda Motlhalo had a well whipped shot well taken by the agile Oluehi.

Oluehi kept her side in the game with another world class at the dying moment of extra time from Bambanani Mbane’s long range free kick.

Lady Excited As She Emerges UNN Best Graduating Student

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has announce her best graduating student for 2017/2018 academic session. UNN best graduating student was promulgated officially by the university's management on the 30th of November, 2018.

According to the university, her best graduating student for 2017/2018 academic session is Mba Amarachi. She is from the faculty of pharmaceutical science with CGPA: 4.94.

Apparently, this stupendous faculty (pharmaceutical science) has produced the best graduating student of UNN two times (consecutively). Last year, the best graduating student of UNN was from same faculty.

Congratulations to you, Mba Amarachi.
All of us at Success Tonics Family celebrate you my daughter's namesake

Jimi Agbaje Petitions Lagos CP Over Destruction Of Billboards

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, over his torn campaign billboards.

Agbaje posted a video of the torn billboards on the social media on Saturday, lamenting what he described as lack of level-playing field for candidates in the state.

“Early this morning, our boards were vandalised and removed just as campaign commenced. Some of our staff were also threatened with violence.

“Fellow Lagosians, we must stand against this sort of tyranny. This is no ordinary election. This is a fight for freedom. A fight for democracy. A fight for Lagos. We will not be silent and we will not be oppressed or suppressed into a corner. This time round, democracy must win,” 
he wrote on his Twitter page.

He was said to have also petitioned the police over the matter.

The police spokesperson, Chike Oti, who confirmed the PDP candidate’s petition, said there was no way the command could deploy policemen to monitor all campaign materials in the state. He noted that the command would rather adopt the ‘Aberdeen System.’

Oti, who released a statement on the incident, said the commissioner of police had decided to invite the Independent National Electoral Commission, party candidates and chairmen to a meeting.

He said, “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Edgal Imohimi, this December 1, 2018, at about 9.15am, received a complaint from the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Mr Jimi Agbaje, to the effect that his campaign billboards were vandalised and removed by unknown persons.

“The complainant went further to post his concern on the social media alleging the vandalism and removal of the aforementioned items. To this end, the commissioner of police directed the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to set up a monitoring team comprising the command’s Riders Unit, to monitor daily and arrest anybody seen vandalising or defacing campaign posters or boards.”

Which way APC? 2019: APC Battling Crises In Ogun, Imo, 6 Other States As INEC Deadline Ends

The All Progressives Congress was still battling with crises in at least eight of its state chapters despite the expiry of the deadline for the replacement of candidates on Saturday.

INEC, in its notice of the 2019 general elections, gave political parties December 1 deadline to substitute their candidates for governorship and state assembly elections.

The deadline ended midnight on Saturday. Although many political parties met the October 7, 2018 deadline given to them to conclude their primaries, a lot of them were still battling with crises arising from the shadow elections.

Investigations by The Punch across the country showed the APC was concerned about crises in states including Ogun, Delta, Imo, Zamfara, Oyo, Ebonyi, Katsina and Ondo.

A top official of the APC in Ogun State, who confided in The Punch, said that a faction of the party, led by an ex-governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, produced the governorship candidate, Mr Dapo Abiodun, but the executive council of the APC was firmly controlled by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

He said, “There is confusion in the party because many are still waiting to see how Abiodun will run his campaign without the backing of the state executive of the party. Also, can the state governor campaign against the governorship candidate of a party, where he is contesting a senatorial seat?”

According to the source, the situation has been worsened by the defection of Amosun’s preferred candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, from the APC to the Allied Peoples Movement.

When contacted, the state Chairman of the APC, Chief Adebiyi described the crisis in the party as a family affair, saying he and other party officers in the state had not been contacted by Abiodun and his group.

But when contacted on whether his group had reached out to Adebiyi or not, the Director-General of Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organisation, Prince Segun Adesegun said his group would contact those that mattered.

He said, “It is a party issue and I will not want to be specific about it. But I can assure you that everyone that matters will be reached out to.”

Peter Obi Meets With Pope Francis (Photo)

Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican City. The visit is believed to be for prayers ahead of 2019.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Do You Know Why Some Have Bad Breath? See The Answer

A Nigerian doctor, Innocent Osazuwa, who is based in Benin, Edo state says persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth may be a warning sign of gum disease.

Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Bacteria cause the formation of toxins to form, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.
Osazuwa, a dentist at the Calvary Estate Hospital, made the disclosure in an interview with NAN.

He said that bad breath, also called halitosis, could be embarrassing and in some cases might even cause anxiety.

“Bad breath is often caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth that causes inflammation and gives off noxious odors.

“Cleaning between teeth daily once a day is very important.

“Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach.

“This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line too,” he said.

He said that brushing of the teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and replacing your toothbrush every three or four months helped to eliminate bad breath.

The dentist said the symptoms of bad breath vary, depending on the source or the underlying cause.

According to him, some people worry too much about their breath even though they have little or no mouth odor, while others have bad breath and do not know it.

He said the causes of bad breath includes food, poor dental hygiene, tobacco products, lack of balanced diet, wrong medications, dry mouth and lack of drinking water.

He advised anyone with such problems to see a dentist for treatment.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Groom Broke His Leg Before Wedding Day... shows up with his groomsmen like this

Solidarity! The groom tears his Achilles’ tendon on his left foot right before the wedding. In celebration of friendship, his groomsmen supported him by wearing a boot along with him, attracting a lot of commendation.

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