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Saturday, 10 November 2018

What To Do If You're Waiting On God For Something Better

The truth is, most of us are waiting on God for something. And sometimes it can be hard. But even though it can be hard, I believe that's when we have to come to grips with the biblical reality that nothing is too hard for God. He is faithful and He is at work.

So let Him work it out. Let Him prepare His best for you. Let Him work out your life's circumstances - He's very good at it.

As human in a fast-moving world, when we don’t see things moving right away or the way that we'd like, we can sometimes feel like we're just wasting our time. Maybe even thinking, "Nothing is working. It’s just not happening for me."

However, I’ve learned over the years to continue to trust God. That's when I have to believe that my waiting is not wasted. He's just working things out to match His perfect plan.

God never fails His own. 
Therefore, I want to encourage you to continue praying while you wait. Don't get bitter while you wait. Grow personally while you wait. Train while you wait. Let God mature you while you wait. Prepare yourself while you wait. Love others while you wait.

Most importantly, believe God no matter how long you have to wait - for His perfect timing - and you will be glad you did.

Here's What You Should Do Before Eating Beans

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has advised Nigerians to wash their beans and cook same very well before consumption. This is due to reports making the rounds that retailers now use snipers to preserve beans.

The Council in a statement released by its Director General, Mr Babatunde Irukera, advised consumers to also make sufficient enquiries before engaging in new purchases.

CPC said consumers should sufficiently wash their food items before cooking, noting that “in any and every case, thoroughly washing food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted method of protecting and promoting safety.”

"CPC has recently confirmed by credible information that retailers, mostly in the open market are using a pesticide, 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP) compound, otherwise marketed and known as 'Sniper' to preserve beans, and more particularly to eliminate or protect same from weevils.”

While cautioning consumers on the dangers of using unauthorised chemical to preserve food items, Irukera, said though cooking significantly reduces risk of exposure from pesticides, “as most are diminished under extended periods of direct heat in excess of 100 degrees, the best possible caution is to avoid subjecting food items to pesticides not in accordance with prevailing food safety regulations”.

He added that the Council was also collaborating with other relevant regulators to address the emergent situation.

Refusal To Obey Court Order Is Corruption – Emir

The Emir of Gummi, Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi (retd.), says refusal to obey a court order is another form of corruption, noting that government must exemplify the change it promised before expecting citizens to follow suit.

He said disrespect for the rule of law, bad governance, disobedience to court orders, non-compliance with electoral regulations by political parties, godfathers hijacking the electoral process and dwindling confidence in the justice system posed threats to Nigeria’s democracy.

The monarch, who was the keynote speaker at the Barewa Old Boys Association annual lecture, held at the Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto, spoke on the topic, ‘The challenges of the judiciary to democracy: The Nigeria perspective.’

The 97-year old college, located in Kaduna State, is reputed for producing five out of Nigeria’s past leaders, including General Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, late Umaru Yar’adua, late Gen. Murtala Mohammed and the late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

It has also produced three Chief Justices of Nigeria, three Inspectors-General of Police and four Secretaries to the Government of the Federation.

But in his address, Gummi described the judiciary as the watchdog of democracy, without which “reckless marauders will attack the society,” adding that an insecure judiciary is one of the greatest threats to democracy.

He said, “Orders of court are disobeyed at will in the name of fighting corruption. No one institution, no matter how highly placed, should flout the laws of the land, not even under the guise of fighting corruption. Refusing to obey an order of court is another form of corruption in itself.

“The executive cannot play the role of both the accuser and that of the judge at the same time. It is an aberration in a democracy. National security cannot take precedence over the rule of law; rather, it should be guided by the rule of law.

“Any democracy where the executive tries to intimidate and harass the legislature and/or the judiciary into doing its bidding is a democracy under threat. In the same vein, it is not right in a democracy for the National Assembly to make governance difficult for the executive for pecuniary reasons.

“We all agree that we need change as promised by the government, but that change must first begin with them, then, you and me.”

PHOTOS: Dubai Police Now Training On Flying Bikes

A year after California-based startup Hoversurf showcased its hoverbike at tech expo GITEX in the white and green livery of the Dubai Police, the company has returned with a new model and evidence its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle might be, well, taking off.

Making good on a deal signed in 2017, Hoversurf has now gifted Dubai Police its first serial production unit of the S3 2019 Hoverbike and has begun training officers to fly it.

Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, general director of Dubai Police's artificial intelligence department, described the eVTOL vehicle as a first responder unit used to access hard to reach areas. He said he aims to have hoverbikes in action by 2020.

"Currently we have two crews already training (to pilot the hoverbike) and we're increasing the number," he told CNN.
Hoversurf chief operating officer Joseph Segura-Conn explained that ideal candidates will be able to ride a motorcycle and have drone operating experiences. 

If you're not a member of the force and have a spare $150,000, the hoverbike could still be yours. Orders are open to civilians, but Segura-Conn cautions that buyers are screened to ensure they can handle the new tech.

In the US, the hoverbike has met Federal Aviation Administration guidelines which mean you do not need a pilot's license to fly the vehicle.

Dino Melaye and Senator Adeleke All Smiles In The Senate

As seen in this pic, Senator Ademola Adeleke is alive and well. He was at the Senate plenary this week, where he was pictured with fellow PDP senator, Dino Melaye.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Okorocha Replies APC's Uzodinma: You Can't Win Election In Imo State

Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that the Adams Oshiomole-backed governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma, will never win governorship election in the state.

According to Daily Post, Okorocha claimed that there was jubilation within the opposition parties in the state when Senator Hope Uzodinma was named the candidate of the APC in the state because of how unpopular he (Uzodinma) was.

The Governor said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo on Thursday.

He added that the lawmaker was still a full fledged member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

“He should face his two most recent criminal charges over the issuance of dud cheque and non-declaration of assets. We won’t talk about other similar cases.

“In 2011, he took the Senate seat for Orlu Zone from Chief Osita Izunaso, through the court. In 2015, Nigerians knew what transpired in Imo.

“The state was invaded with armed security personnel by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders like Uzodinma, and the rest is history. So, Uzodinma can never win election in Imo, in a free and fair election.

“And that is why the PDP and APGA members are those celebrating his K–leg governorship candidature for Imo APC.

“If Uzodinma was to be a known member of the party, there would have been celebration in Imo.

“The chieftains of the party in Abuja, who are backing him, are elite politicians, who have no relationship with the grassroots,” he said.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

APC Using Nigeria's Money To Buy Voters? Female Senator Makes New Revelation

The plenary session at the floor of the Nigerian Senate in Abuja, on Wednesday, turned ‎rowdy over Federal Government's Social Intervention Programme (SIP).

The fracas started when the Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi alleged that the programme which was introduced by the Federal Government with Nigeria's moneu is 'biased'.

She said it's being run like it belongs to APC and Bunari. 

The Ekiti female lawmaker alleged that beneficiaries of the programme were being asked to provide details of their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in the application form.

While presenting a copy of the form as Evidence, she further alleged that ‘I Stand with Buhari’ was written on it, and that the APC is using it as a means to fool voters as if they are getting money to vote for Buhari, when in fact they should receive the SIP money as Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or political affiliation.
before the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who defended the Buhari-led administration and the programme could speak, the chamber had become noisy.

It was gathered that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) exchanged words across the divide.

Wonderful! Nigerians Scramble For Made-in-Ghana Soup At Lagos Fair

Ghanaian entrepreneurs are making serious fortunes, selling sachet soup, known as "Shito" at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair, with special innovations.

Many women were seen on Wednesday besieging the Ghana stand at the fair, to buy Shito, packaged in 500 grammes and selling for N1,000 per sachet.

Queuing to buy the soup, a banker, Mrs Tessy Imagoro, said the already made soup had saved her from having to be making soup after her daily office work on the Lagos Island.

The soup in sachet saves time for me from going to the kitchen to make soup after my busy schedule daily. I like this innovation,’’ she said.

Her colleague, Mrs Taiye Odu, described the soup as creative, saying that she had never seen that kind of innovation before.

I am buying the soup because I see others buying it. Since it can be kept in freezer and microwaved later, I think it can save a lot time."

A business woman, Mrs Nneka Williams, said she bought the soup out of curiosity and that she planned to start making a similar delicacy to deliver to Nigerians, who might be interested in such delicacies.

The idea looks good. I want to look at the possibility of introducing it to a larger segment of the Nigerian consumer market," she said.

The Ghanaian maker of the soup, Mr David Amoah, said that the soup was patronized mostly by corporate women, whom she said hardly found time to go to the kitchen after their daily chores.

“The sachet soup is moving more than I anticipated. I never knew that Nigerian women would be so interested in Ghana soup.

“The soup is already cooked with ingredients and there is no need to cook it any longer. It can be eaten hot or cold,’’
Amoah said.

NAN reports that the soup is packaged in red sachets with description of its contents as pepper, tomato, onion, fish, crayfish and sauce.

Good news----Workers Celebrate As FG Endorses N30,000 Minimum Wage

Many workers were excited yesterday over the coming N30,000 minimum wage. “I am fully committed to having a new national Minimum Wage Act in the very near future,” President Muhammadu Buhari said.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba led the way in hailing the presentation of the N30,000 minimum wage recomendation report to Buhari.

He said payment of the new wage might be difficult at the beginning of implementation, but “if there is the will, we are certain that there will be a way out.”

He told reporters at the Villa after the Tripartite Committee submitted its report to the President: “When the N18,000 was actually implemented in 2011, most of the states emptied their treasury. They had difficulty.”

Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Director-General Muda Yusuf said although the private sector was paying above the current minimum wage, “there may be different challenges for the SMEs as they may adopt different models for engagement. Rather than keep all the staff, they may rationalise them by inviting only those that they need at a particular time. The big corporations have nothing to worry about as they are already paying the minimum wage.”

He praised the government for working successfully with the private sector and labour to arrive at an acceptable figure and averting a strike.

Workers were jubilating over the new wage. In Kano, Ibadan and Abakaliki, they were delighted at the approval of the new pay.

A cross section of the workers who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan said the successful meeting of the tripartite committee was appreciated.

Mr Peter Ojelakin, of the National Population Commission (NPC) said a good welfare package was the wish of every civil servant, adding that a dedicated worker would not have interest in embarking on a strike.

“So, the suspension of the strike that supposed to begin today is a good development,” he said.

Mr Rasheed Abdulwahab was happy over the agreement labour reached with the government but noted that increase in wages, might lead to inflation, a development he said called for an improved economy.

He, however, called on workers to justify the salary increase by putting in their best to ensure the desired improvement in the social and economic development of the country.

Mr Lekan Dojutelegan, a surveyor at the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing, hailed the government for shifting ground on its earlier proposed N24, 000.

He urged civil servants to be more diligent and committed to their duties, saying that optimum performance would enable the government to pay the new minimum wage with ease.

Kano State NLC Chairman Kabiru Ado Minjibir, praised the national leaderships of NLC, TUC and ULC, “for standing firm on the decision of the Central Working Committee and their resilience to protect the interest of Nigerian workers, especially at this trying period.”

Skye Bank’s Takeover Saved 6,000 Jobs, N949bn Deposits

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has said the takeover of the defunct Skye Bank PLC has been able to save more than 6,000 jobs and over NN949.60 billion in customers’ deposits as at June 2018.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the NDIC had in September this year withdrew the operating licence of Skye Bank and transferred its assets and liabilities to a newly licenced bank, Polaris Bank owned by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), for failure of its shareholders to recapitalise the bank.

Speaking at the NDIC special day at the ongoing International Trade Fair in Lagos, the managing director and chief executive of NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim, noted that the option of a bridge bank was reached as it is less costly to the macro economy.

Explaining that bridge bank is a temporary bank created to operate a failed bank until a buyer can be found, Umaru who was represented by the head of corporate communications, Muhammed Kudu, said the resolution option was reached as is less disruptive to rendition of bank services, unlike outright liquidation or depositors’ payoff.

“The staff are retained in the bridge bank and with this expert arrangement, Polaris was able to continue banking operations in the 277 branches of the bank, over 6,000 jobs were saved and depositors have unhindered access to deposits in excess of N949.60 billion as at June 2018," he said.

He noted that all those that contributed to the failure of the bank are being investigated by relevant agencies of the government and would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent for others.

“As provided for in the NDIC Act 2006, When financial institutions fails, depositors of Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), Non-Interest Banks (NIBs) and Primary Mortgage Banks (PMBs) are reimbursed up to a maximum unit of N500,000, while the maximum insured coverage for depositors of MFBs is N200,000.

“However, it is important to stress that depositors who have funds in excess of the insured limits are paid dividends from the liquidation of failed banks depending on the quality of their assets and outcome of debt recoveries by the NDIC.

“The changing landscape of the Nigerian financial sector brought to fruition the broadening dimension of Mobile Money Operators (MMOs) in Nigeria. Although, this effectively altered the scope and depth of regulatory/ supervisory interventions, but the NDIC remains resolute in its determination to safeguard depositors’ funds.

“As it stands, the number of licensed MMOs by CBN is currently 23, with eight being Bank-Led and the remaining 15 Non-Bank Led. As at 2017 year end, the number of accounts in the MMOs stood at over 153 million. The NDIC provides deposit insurance coverage to subscribers of MMOS to the maximum limit of N500,000 through the Pass-Through Deposit Insurance Framework. This is to further promote financial inclusion drive across the broad spectrum of the Nigerian economy.”

We are watching! Nigerian Governor Spotted Eating Eba At Local Mamaput Joint

Could it be that he was hungry and decided to help himself or he's just trying to romance the poor people ahead of campaigns for the 2019 general elections?

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello was captured on camera having lunch at a local restaurant in Minna, the state capital, to the delight of many around.

This is coming few days after Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon was spotted eating a loaf of bread by the road side in Edo state.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Funny Pics Of Obahiagbon Munching Bread By The Road Side

Mr. big grammar Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon was spotted eating bread with a bottle of soft drink by the road side, ahead of a strategic political meeting in Edo state.

Some say he's just being natural. But others say it's the usual trick by politicians during election period. More photos...

He is contesting under the APC for Edo south senatorial district.

Labour Leaders Shun Presidency, Declare Total Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress has said it will no longer enter into any negotiation with the federal government on a new minimum wage for workers.

NLC, an umbrella bodies for workers, made the position of labour known on Sunday, even as it declared that workers would commence a total strike on Tuesday as scheduled.

The General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, disclosed this during an interview with The Punch on Sunday.

He said, “The strike is going on. Nothing has changed. The strike will begin on Tuesday. That is the directive that has been given. It will be a total strike.”

Asked if oil workers would join the strike, Ozo-Eson said, “All trade unions in the country have agreed to go on strike and we expect every union to go on strike from Tuesday.”

On negotiations between the Congress and the Federal Government, Ozo-Eson said, “Negotiations have ended. Yes, we have a meeting of the tripartite committee on Monday and we will attend as long as it is to sign the report of what has been agreed. We will sign that so that it can be submitted to the government. We will not change our position.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 27, 2017 approved the appointment of a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for negotiations on a new national minimum wage for the country.

The committee comprised representatives of the government, organised labour and the private sector.

The organised labour collectively demanded that the minimum wage be increased from N18,000 to N65, 000 but all parties were said to have agreed to N30,000 after over a year of negotiations.

However, the government announced N24,000, a move which caused the unions to declare a strike.

The crisis deepened last week when the Nigeria Governors Forum reviewed the minimum wage further to N22,500.

When reminded that the National Industrial Court had reportedly barred the unions from embarking on strike, the NLC general secretary said the body had not been served with the court processes and was therefore unaware of the development.

He said, “We are not aware of any court order and we have not received anything from the courts. We have not been put on notice and so we are not aware of any court order. We have given the required notice of strike; we have given the required time of notice and we will after the expiration of that notice proceed on strike unless the government does what it is expected before the strike begins.”

Justice Sanusi Kado of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja had on Friday reportedly given an order stopping the strike following an ex parte application moved on behalf of the Federal Government by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata.

The judge said the order of interim injunction was made due to the urgency of the matter and the need to protect the overall interest of the public. He directed that the orders stopping the planned strike be immediately served on both the NLC and the TUC.

Labour leaders shun parley with FG 
Just as labour leaders made the position of workers known, Abuja members of the organised labour on Sunday shunned a meeting called by the Federal Government as part of efforts to stop the nationwide strike.

But despite the failure of representatives of the labour unions to attend the meeting, some government officials and members of the organised private sector met behind closed doors at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, and some permanent secretaries.

Mustapha, who spoke before the meeting went into closed session, gave an indication that the tripartite committee on national minimum wage set up by the Federal Government would be concluding works on its report on Monday.

He said the Federal Government was waiting for the report to commence processes leading to the enactment of a law on the new minimum wage. He explained that the report would still go through the National Economic Council and the Council of State before an Executive Bill would be sent to the National Assembly on the issue. The SGF said the outstanding issues left for the committee were to harmonise the 15th chapter of the report, harmonise figures and submit report to the President.

Mustapha said, “I assure you that the government is waiting for the report and will immediately set up processes required for implementation. Hopefully, their work would be concluded when they meet tomorrow (Monday) and append their signatures to the report.

“They will then transmit to me and I will seek an audience with the President to present it to him. The report will go through NEC, Council of State before a draft executive bill will be sent to NASS.

“I am awaiting the report of the committee. They will meet tomorrow (Monday) at 11am. Mustapha said ability to pay was critical in taking a decision on the minimum wage. He noted that a lot of states were still finding it difficult to pay the current minimum wage. He recalled that the Federal Government instituted bailouts for the purpose of helping the states to meet up.

Judiciary workers declare intention to join 
Meanwhile, judiciary workers under the aegis of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria said on Sunday they would abide by the directive of the NLC to proceed with the industrial action.

Fayose Is Our Leader - Ekiti Reps Members Shun New Leader

The Peoples Democratic Party’s five House of Representatives members from Ekiti State have expressed their confidence in the leadership of the Chief Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Working Committee (SWC) of the party.

They dissociated themselves from Saturday’s meeting of some stakeholders held at the instance of the Senate Minority Leader, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, which called for the dissolution of the SWC.

The House of Representatives members are: 
Kehinde Agboola (Ekiti-North Federal Constituency I), Thaddeus Aina (Ekiti North II), Ayo Oladimeji (Ekiti Central I), Segun Adekola (Ekiti South I) and Akin Awodumila (Ekiti South II).

Stating their loyalty to the immediate past governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, the legislators said there was no leadership vacuum in the PDP in Ekiti State, advising those desperate for political leadership to wait for their time.

The members called on the Senate leadership to caution Olujimi against causing a crisis that could affect the party’s chances at the 2019 general elections.

In a statement signed on their behalf by Adekola, the caucus said they were not consulted before the meeting took place, adding that most of those who attended worked against the party in the July 14 governorship election.

“While we agree that individuals or groups have rights to hold meetings, we are miffed that Senator Olujimi is taking her selfish agenda of collapsing the party structures to the extreme.

“We were not consulted before the meeting was held and most of those who attended the meeting were those who worked against our party in the July 14 governorship election. Some of them were even governorship candidates of other parties, and collectively, they could not get up to 1,000 votes in the election.

“Also, leaders like Chief Bola Olu-Ojo, who attended the meeting innocently have started dissociating themselves from its outcome and by Saturday this week, a proper meeting of stakeholders will be held in the state,” the statement read.

It added, “Most importantly, is Senator Olujimi also claiming leadership of the PDP in the South-West since they said she was the highest-ranking elected official in Ekiti State and the South-West?

“We, therefore, call on our party’s members and supporters to disregard the meeting and its outcome, bearing in mind that it was a gathering of dissidents, most of whom contested the July 14 governorship election under other parties with some of them getting less than 200 votes.”

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Nationwide Strike Will Go On - Labour Reacts To Court Order

The Organised Labour has insisted on embarking on a nationwide strike over the refusal of the states and federal government to agree on N30,000 as the new National Minimum Wage, in spite of the National Industrial Court ruling in Abuja.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress, said this in an interview with NAN on Friday in Abuja.

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja has restrained the organised labour from proceeding on a nationwide strike on Friday.

The strike by organised labour is scheduled to commence on Nov. 6 over the new National Minimum Wage for workers in the country.

According to Wabba, we are not aware of any court ruling and we have not been served any notice.

“We have just concluded our joint organ meetings of the Central Working Committees of the Labour Centres of the NLC, Trade Union Congress and the United Labour Congress here in Lagos.

“The meeting is the final preparation for a full engagement with the government on the new National Minimum Wage and we have taken our decision to go on the strike.

“Our decision is to go ahead with the nationwide strike unless the government does the needful,”
he said.

Also, Mr Musa Lawal, TUC General Secretary, also said the centre was not aware of any court ruling concerning the planned strike by organised labour.

We are not aware because we have not been served any court order; we have taken our decision and we are going to stand by that,” he added.

Labour had earlier called on its members to mobilise in preparation for the commencement of an indefinite strike on Nov. 6, unless necessary steps are taken to adopt the recommendation of the Tripartite Committee.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

ATIKU: Why Selling Assets To Fund The Budget Is Irresponsible

PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has condemned the plan by the Federal Government to dispose of some national assets and use the proceeds to fund the 2019 budget.

The former VP described the plan as irresponsible.

Reacting via a statement in Abuja on Wednesday through his media office, Atiku said it was ridiculous that the Buhari administration was planning to sell assets that were built by the PDP despite the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that the successive PDP governments from 1999 to 2015 did not build any infrastructure.

The statement said, “The attention of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation has been drawn to a policy statement by the Muhammadu Buhari administration evincing a plan to sell national assets to fund the 2019 budget.

“Our first response would be that this action by the Buhari government has the effect of ridiculing their principal.

“It will be recalled that on Monday the 29th of October, 2018, President Buhari accused past leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party of not building public infrastructure, while delivering the 75th Anniversary Business lecture of the Island Club, Lagos.

“However, some of the assets listed for sale in the policy document of the Buhari Administration, were assets built or established under the PDP administrations that governed Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.

“Some of them were the brainchild of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

“Our question is this: If the PDP did not build infrastructure as alleged by President Muhammadu Buhari, who built these assets that this administration wants to sell to fund their 2019 budget?”

The former Vice President added that as the head of the Economic Management Committee during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, Atiku supervised the successful policy of privatisation.

He added that privatisation worked because it was seen as a long-term strategy to engender efficiency in the economic system and expand the frontiers of the private sector activity.

He said that its (privatisation) primary goal is not to raise money for short-term stabilisation of what is clearly a fragile fiscal system.

The government’s planned sale of assets, he said, would cause long-term pains and only provide short-term gains.

He, therefore, warned that it makes no sense to sell public assets simply to fund a ‘business-as-usual’ budget that is essentially 70 per cent recurrent.

He said, “It is irresponsible to part with valuable assets simply to consume the proceeds (Like selling your family house to take a trip overseas on holiday).

“We knew that such a day would come, which is why Atiku Abubakar has on various occasions made it clear that what is needed at this time is fiscal restructuring to eliminate our addiction to oil revenues and strengthen our internal revenue generating capacity and a restructuring of the budget in favour of capital spending.

“For instance, last month, the PDP Presidential candidate questioned the wisdom behind the Federal Government sharing $322 million Abacha loot to certain Nigerians, only to obtain a $328 million loan from China, allegedly for ICT development."

Minimum Wage: Labour Talks Tough, Hits FG Ahead Of Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused the federal government of resorting to threatening members of the organised private sector to disown the N30,000 figure agreed to at the end of the meeting of the tripartite committee on the new National minimum wage.
If the threat continues, Labour has warned that they may be forced to revert back to its original demand of N66,500.

President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba who spoke at a news conference in Abuja, denounced the current stand of state governors under the Nigeria Governors Forum, challenging them to go back to their various states, gather their workers and tell them that they cannot pay the new minimum wage and how much they can pay and see the reaction of their workers.

Wabba said the current grandstanding by the governor was a way of seeking more money from the federal government and a subtle blackmail against the federal government as they want to go back home and tell their workers that it is the federal government that is not willing to pay the new figure.

He drew attention to comments by individual governors that they will be willing to pay whatever is agreed upon by the tripartite committee, stressing that throughout the process of negotiation, the governors were fully represented by six governors.

He reminded the governors that the Nigeria Governors Forum is not known to law and the process of collective bargaining, adding that what is known to law is the individual states, pointing out that the offer of N22,500 by the governors was not accepted by Organised Labour.

He said further that since the government is now presenting fresh figure, Organized Labour May be forced to revert back to the old figures it presented before N30,000 was agreed upon through a process of collective bargaining.

Wabba said: “we wish to state that the Nigeria Governors Forum is not a negotiating body but merely a political organization for the convenience of state governors. The tripartite committee from inception sent letters to each state government to send in their memoranda as their contributions to the new national minimum wage negotiating process. 21 States sent in their memorandum quoting figures.

“Second, the demand of organized labour is not N30,000. Our demand is N66,500. N30,000 is the compromise figure arrived at the end of negotiations by the tripartite partners – Government, Employers and Organized Labour. The new minimum wage was a product of intense negotiations that lasted for almost one year.

“It was mutually agreed at the concluding meeting of the negotiating committee on the 5th of October this year. So, this is the stand of organised labour. Minimum wage is not an allocation or an award. It is negotiated,. So, the long process of arriving at a figure is a tripartite process.

“The figure that has come out of the governors forum is a mere pronouncement and has no place in a collective bargaining machinery provided by the various ILO conventions and our national laws. What the law recognises is a tripartite negotiation. Six governors represented the governors and so, they have been part of the process where decision was made.

“At this point, labour wants to reiterate that the figure that has been allocated by the governors is hereby rejected because it has no place in collective bargaining process.

“One more thing we need put in proper perspective isn’t he claim by thgovernors that workers in Nigeria are merely five percent. But the question is what is the population of the political class compared to the population of Nigeria. These five percent workers constitute the workforce and therefore you cannot over look their contribution to national development.

“Health workers take care of the entire population and therefore is about human beings and not only about building infrastructure. You build infrastructure so that human beings can use it. You cannot undermine the contribution of Nigerian workers who create the wealth.

“It is very petty to say that the working class is merely five percent. Let them tell us the number that they constitute in the context of Nigerians workforce. Globally, it is this same workers that service the economy.

“For example, you cannot advance issues mod education without looking at the centrality of the teacher. It is crude to now denigrate and undermine workers and call the, merely five percent of the population. This is unfortunate and therefore, we stand by our earlier position that on what was agreed we stand. Outside that, we will revert to our earlier demand of N66500.

“We are also aware that intense pressure has been out on some members of the organised private sector especially NACCIMA who were forced to issue a statement under duress. I spoke to the lady, Haha Maheeba who disputed what was published today by many newspapers as her position.

“I am aware that NECA, the umbrella body of organised private sector will issue an official statement. Nobody can go out of a collective bargaining process and begin to advance falsehood or bend he truth.

“We stand by that and all of us just be careful the way we report information. She told me that somebody high in government called her to do a statement because sent he conclusion of the exercise, she was not there and cannot make any statement to that effect.

“I am sure NECA will make a forma, statement to confirm whether there was a conclusion of the meeting and an agreement reached. I want to say that just just as as the NLC has pronounced that without making sure the issue of N30000 which was mutually agreed through a well known process is accepted send put into law, the action that has been proposed from November 6 will take effect.

“We are in a society where people use every opportunity to extort money and I think that is what the governors have tried to do. They want to explore the demand for a new minimum wage to see if they can get more money from the federal government.

“The current minimum wage of N18000 has expired since 2016 and workers have been patient and unions have played their role. So, workers should not be taken for granted for being patient.

“Therefore, we want to say clearly now that every governor should go back to their state which is he entity recognised by law, gather their workers and say they cannot pay N30000 and not come to Abuja hide under a forum that is not recognised by law and say they cannot pay N30000.

“Interestingly, individual governors have gone back to answer their names by saying whatever is agreed, they are ready to pay. I want to call on Mr. President to be aware of this mischief. They want to go back to their states and tell their workers that it is the Presidency that is not willing to pay, but that they will be willing to pay whatever is accepted.

“Let there be this understanding that this forum has non legitimacy whatsoever in the context of collective bargaining process of law. What is recognised by law is individual states. So let them go back and tell their workers what they will be willing to pay and see the reaction. This will put the whole argument into contest and every body will know where things are.

“We will continue to respect collective bargaining process and whatever has been agreed through that process will be respected. Aside that, if they are not willing to respect that, labour is willing to revert back to our initial demand of N66,500 which wasn’t he initial demand nor labour. We want to tell Nigerians that workers have been very patient despite the very difficult challenges.

“In the entire West Africa today, despite being the best economy, our minimum wage is the least, yet, out political elites including the governors receive the highest salary in Africa. Where is the justice and fairness.

“Where is also the issue of ability to pay if state governors and mother political office holders across the county near the same salary. Who is more Important? We are resolute that there must be fairness and justice and there must be respect for the rule of law.

“Let me say that if this minimum wage is not reviewed with the context of collective bargaining, the law has been violated because we are already two years in arrears. Even if we are to pay interest on the new figure, what will that Be? We should put the facts before the public.

“We must expose this idea of threatening the private sector like they did with NACCIMA must be exposed because that is not what is expected in a process of free collective bargaining.

“What is going on is an attack on workers rights and trade union rights and this is unprecedented because this has never happened before because collective bargaining agreements are usually respected in other to have industrial peace and development.

“Like I say, we stand by the figures that has been agreed upon, but if everyone is reverting to figure prior to when we agreed in 30000 then organised labour will have no choice than to revert to our earlier demand. If governor will now start advancing new figures and then federal government doing same, nothing stop organised labour from doing same.”

Okorocha, Son-in-law Lose Out As APC Adopts Uzodinma

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has adopted Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governorship candidate of the party for Imo state.

The final decision on the issue was taken during a meeting of the NWC held on Wednesday in Abuja.

Accordingly, APC has concluded all arrangements to 
send the name of the senator to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ahead of the November 2 deadline for the submission of governorship candidates.

A source who was privy to the outcome of the meeting of the NWC told Vanguard that the meeting again reviewed the conduct of primaries in the states especially in areas where there were challenges and decided to weigh its options before arriving at major decisions.

“Although, the chairman was summoned to the villa in the middle of the meeting, but the decision on Imo was almost unanimous. Hope Uzodinma is the man”, said the source.

Vanguard had earlier reported how the party leadership had asked the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha to chose between his senatorial ambition and his desire to have his son in-law, Mr Nwosu as his successor.

The governor was reported to have explained why he and Mr Nwosu were the best candidates for the governorship and senatorial seats, arguing that no one could win election in the state as presently constituted without his backing.

Before then, the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had advised the governor to cede 45 percent of the party structure to the Sen. Uzodinma group in a bid to cater for the interest of the contending forces within the party.

How I Became Poor To Establish Afe Babalola University - Chief Babalola Tells His Story

Chief Afe Babalola has disclosed that he sold his properties in Ibadan, Lagos, Abuja and London as well as emptied his bank account to establish the Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD).

The university is one of the very best in Nigeria today.

The founder of ABUAD stated this at the weekend during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Afe Babalola University Agriculture Expo (ABUA-EX) where 48 farmers across the 16 councils of the state received N6 million from the legal icon to expand the scope of farming.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) described himself as a fulfilled man, having succeeded in touching lives positively.

While warning on the consequences of neglecting agriculture, the university administrator said that Nigeria risks becoming a beggarly nation by taking farming for granted.

He lamented that the youths were not interested in agriculture, noting that they were already having the wrong notion that farmers belong to the lowest rungs of the social ladder.

Appealing to the Federal Government to re-establish the moribund Education Bank and rename it Education and Entrepreneurial Bank, for undergraduates to have access to loans for their education and go into enterprises after graduation, to reduce unemployment and hunger.

“It is imperative that we revive agriculture to ensure that Nigeria regains its lost glory in that all-important realm and in the overall interest of the people, as any nation that pays little or no attention to agriculture does so at its own peril of becoming a beggarly nation.

“When I started, virtually all the courses were subscribed to by admission-seekers, with the exemption of agriculture.

“Even the second year, we had less than 10 students and then thought of how to give incentives to our youths. This made me to reduce the tuition fee by 50 per cent; and if you graduate with good grades in the College of Agriculture, you will get N250,000 to go into farming, because I believe in the slogan ‘no farmers, no nation’.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Nnamdi Kanu: I was evacuated out of Nigeria during Operation Python Dance

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has revealed how he escaped from his home and smuggled out of Nigeria, during the military clamp down on the secessionist group.

In an interview with Israeli TV Channel 1, Kanu said he was “smuggled out” of the country with the help of relatives.

IPOB was the target of a Nigerian army operation code-named Operation Python Dance, launched in the south-east.

While the group was banned, Kanu went out of public glare until two weeks ago when video of him in Israel resurfaced on social media.

In the interview, Kanu alleged that 28 persons were killed during the army operation, which was largely felt around his father’s residence in Umahia, Abia state.

“When I came out (of prison), I continued to preach to my people. I continued to practise my Jewish religion,” he said.

“And one day, the Nigerian army came to my house to kill me. They killed 28 people in their attempt to kill me.

“My people evacuated me before they came to my bedroom. They took me away and smuggled me out of Nigeria. I needed some time to recover which I did and then, had to make my way to Israel.”

The IPOB leader added that he feels “relieved” that he “managed to make it” to Israel, “the only place I feel safe in the world.”

He said he could have gone back to England (where he had been for years) “but I still don’t feel safe in England. That is why I stayed back in Israel.”

Ex-Governor's Son Helps 8yrs Old Boy With Spinal Cord Issue To Walk Again (Photo)

The Chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Government, Oyo State and Ex-governor Alao Akala's son, Olamiju Akala has helped a young 8-year-old boy walk again, after he and his mom walked up to him. 
Sharing the good news on social media, he wrote;

''This is Mohammed he is 8 years old. He came to me a little while back with his mum unable to walk because of a spinal cord problem.

This is him now able to walk on his own after his operation.Sometimes it’s about helping the masses and sometimes it’s about touching an individual life. 
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a society work, a civilization work, Nigeria work!.”

It’s a shame to see Osinbajo celebrate bailouts as achievement - Oby Ezekwesili

Madam Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), says it’s a colossal shame to see Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo celebrate bailouts to states as an achievement.

She said Buhari’s legacy is the destruction of Nigeria’s wealth.
Speaking at the ACPN press conference in Lagos on Monday, and unveiling her party’s roadmap for winning the 2019 presidential elections, Ezekwesili said “Let us talk about the present administration; what is the primary legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari? It is the destruction of our nation’s wealth — presiding over the worse economic recession Nigeria has seen in decades,” she said.

“Even now that the economy has come out of recession, the growth is as sluggish as its government. Four out of every 10 adults are either unemployed or underemployed and Nigeria is now the poverty capital of the world.

“In the midst of this, its vice-president was celebrating last week at the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES24) that handing bailouts to state governors who cannot pay salaries is an achievement.

“Wow, what a big shame, what a colossal shame!”.

She said she is now a politician and she’s in the polity as a candidate, so Nigerians no longer have to choose between “the devil and the deep blue sea”.

Ezekwesili, who served as vice-president of the World Bank, said she was a cabinet member before she was 40 years old, adding that power has never and can never confuse her.

She said she terminated the powers of the minister — her own power as a minister — to discretionarily allocate mining licences.

The former minister, who said that she understands economics and nation-building, said she will lift a minimum of 80 million Nigerians out of poverty if voted into power in 2019.

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Comedian Akpororo Surprises His Mum With Brand New Car On Her Birthday

Popular Nigerian comedian Akpororo has surprised his mother with a beautiful present on the day she turned a year older.

He said his mom just turned 50 years old and he decided to surprise her with a car gift in church. He wrote;

"Little surprise/gift at church in warri to my super mum, thanks for believing in me, for your advice and prayers.

"I pray for more strength, favour, grace, peace, health, wealth to fall on you happy 50th birthday to my number one fan.

"I love you so much bcos you are the best #roroking #roronation #roroteam

Yoruba Youths Warn Tinubu Over President Buhari

A group of Yoruba youths known as the Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association has warned Asiwaju Bola Tinubu against supporting President Muhammadu Buhari reelection in 2019.

The President of the YYSA, Mr Olalekan Hammed, made the position of the group known in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday.

He said it had become obvious that the All Progressives Congress and Buhari did not value the contributions of Tinubu towards the party and the emergence of Buhari as the President in 2015.

Hammed said the position of former President Olusegun Obasanjo that Tinubu did not hold any post within the APC was justifiable, saying Buhari had written the Independent National Electoral Commission to state that he was the national leader of the APC.

The statement said, “The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari deliberately wrote INEC to affirm his position as the APC national leader vindicates the former President Obasanjo who had sometime challenged the former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to state his roles in the APC as the national leader of the party.

“Constitutionally, APC has no reasonable provision for him (Tinubu) in the party and he has been used and dumped.

“It would have been better and respectable, provided Mr Buhari did not write to INEC or talk about the issue. The letter he wrote to the electoral umpire to attest that he is the party’s national leader was aimed at ridiculing Tinubu.

“Yoruba people understand body language more than any other tribe in Nigeria. There is no sense in staying with people who do not appreciate your presence or feel your impact. The YYSA implores Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to think twice before supporting Buhari’s re-election bid. There is no difference between someone who steals your property and someone who shows no gratitude for all the favour rendered to him.”

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Friday, 26 October 2018

Apply Now--Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) 2019

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Call for applicants 2019

The speed and quality of the development of science capacity in Africa and the rest of the developing world depends not only on infrastructure and the technical training of people, but is intimately linked to the quality of leadership to lead change. It is widely accepted that the future of scientific development lies in enabling interdisciplinary, interconnected and often large, international teams. Training structures are, however, often not set up to prepare a next generation of scientists for the complexities that an interconnected, interdisciplinary approach to science entails. There is an internationally emerging paradigm that recognizes that the focus on individual leadership is often inadequate to address complex challenges, which require skills across many sectors and collaborative processes. The ASLP will therefore focus on developing collective leadership skills that will help fellows contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Overview of the Programme
The ASLP is an initiative of the University of Pretoria in partnership with the Global Young Academy, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It serves early- to mid-career researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. The programme aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team development, engagement and collaboration, with the intention of enabling them to solve the complex issues that face both Africa and the global community. 
The leadership programme:
  1. Identifies early- to mid-career academics who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in developing key leadership skills
  2. Supports them to apply the acquired skills to projects that are relevant to the academic development on the continent and its impact on society
  3. Creates a network of academic leaders on the continent, spanning not only across countries, but also across disciplinary boundaries
  4. Advances a curriculum for academic leadership development, which can be utilised in institutions in Africa and beyond.
Programme Structure
The programme will use a highly interactive approach to training, application of skills to a leadership project, peer support, and mentorship. Fellows will attend an initial 5 day, intensive on-site programme in Pretoria, South Africa from 16-21 March 2018 (departing on the 22nd). The process will involve an approach that cycles between theory, application and reflection. Participants will be challenged to work collaboratively to design initiatives that advance a new paradigm for African science.
The training will cover:
  1. Core elements of collective leadership
  2. Creative and systems thinking
  3. Development of effective networks
  4. Stakeholder engagement for change
  5. Maximising the efficiency and impact of collaborative efforts
  6. Advanced dialogue and communication skills
  7. Effective problem solving and decision making
Following the first training week, fellows will apply their skills to a project relevant to their context and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As described above, projects will aim to contribute to a new paradigm for Africa science. During the year, participants will continue to engage with the group and have access to professional support. The costs incurred during the workshop (training, relevant travel, meals and accommodation) will be covered by the programme. In March 2020, fellows will complete their projects and present them at the second in-person training, which will consist of 3 days.
Expected commitment
The ASLP is seeking candidates who are committed to developing leadership in Africa. The training itself requires the time commitment of the two multi-day training sessions. Furthermore, fellows will be expected to develop their leadership project and engage with other fellows for peer support.
There will be some costs, which are not covered by the programme, such as visas, vaccinations or local transport expenses, for which you may need to seek support from your local institution or fund personally. You will also be required to provide us with your personal travel insurance details as a condition of participation. 
Selection criteria and application process
To be selected, applicants need to display a compelling vision of their future involvement in the development of research projects, programmes, human capacity, specific policies or societal structures. The selection process will consider individual qualities but also focus on ensuring a diversity of culture, subject background (Natural and Social Sciences, Humanities) and gender among the fellows. Where possible the programme will also attempt to create small ‘cores’ of leadership; multiple strong applicants from the same centre or country will thus be considered.
The following criteria are used as a guide for the nomination and selection of fellows:
  1.  A PhD degree or equivalent qualification;
  2. A faculty or a continuing research position at a research institution;
  3. Active in research and teaching at an African institution of higher education or research;
  4. A sustained record of outstanding scientific outputs;
  5. Interest in translating and communicating the results of their work for impact in society;
  6. Demonstrated leadership ability in research and beyond;
  7. Interest in the role of research in addressing complex issues affecting society;
  8. Interest in collaborations across disciplines and sectors (e.g. industry, government, etc.);
  9. Commitment to participate in all the activities of the fellowship; and
  10. Intent to share what is learned in the programme with their broader networks.
All applicants have to provide two support letters by academic referees (details are provided in the application form). One of the two referees has to commit to be involved in future communications and mentorship in case of selection of the applicant into the programme. This referee will be informed about the progress of the fellow and should be willing to support the fellow if he or she requires it.
All applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by representatives of the University of Pretoria, the Global Young Academy, national young academies, and ASLP Management. The ASLP Management team will make the final selection of candidates.
A special part of the 2019 programme is that it will culminate in the official opening of the Future Africa campus. We would like to request that you stay up to the 29th to celebrate this moment with us. 

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