Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Photos From Ike Ekweremadu's Wife's 50th Birthday Celebration In Enugu

Lady Nwanneka Ekweremmadu, the wife of the deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu celebrated her birthday on Sept 24 at her residence in Amachara Mpu in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State.

In attendance were her husband Ike Ekweremadu, Senate president Bukola Saraki, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Senator Samdaddy Anyanwu, HRH Eze Dr Sir Cletus Ilomuanya, Chief Assams Victor,other PDP members as well as well wishers of the family and others.

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Buhari Gets $1bn Loan From Adesina’s Led African Development Bank

THE African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $1 billion loan towards meeting the deficits in Nigeria’s 2016 Budget, believed to partly responsible for the country’s economic crisis.

AfDB President, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Monday after meeting with Vice President and other members of the Economic Management Team (EMT) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Stressing that Nigeria is the largest shareholder of the bank, Akinwunmi said the bank is in Nigeria to offer its strong support to the country as it faces tough time.

He said: “African Development Bank (AfDB), we have a very strong delegation team to meet Vice President and the economic management team. The bank’s largest shareholder is Nigeria. It is very important for me to be here and to talk to the Nigerian government about the challenges and opportunities that are in Nigeria.

“I’m not here to lecture the Nigerian government. I’m here to support very strongly. We have said that we are going to support the Nigerian government with the budget support to be able to deal with some of fiscal imbalance that they have. We are looking to consider for an award of $1 billion to help to deal with that particular deficit.”

Commenting on the loan, Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun said what had been a great relief to the economic team was the synergy between “what we’re trying to do and what the AfDB, repositioning under Adesina, is trying to focus on. And most of the sectors, the specific programmes that the bank has are the very areas we want to focus on the economy.”

She said while the government was looking unto the AfDB for $1bn budget support, “but beyond that, there are lots of loans and initiatives around agriculture, job creation or the youths, solid minerals, women empowerment and women’s access to finance, access to finance to the SMEs.”

Asked about the interest rate on the loans, the minister responded: “Its concession is way below two%. It’s about 1.2%. We’re not over borrowing, what we’re trying to do is to ensure that this money we’re borrowing, we use it on the key infrastructure that will drive the economy.”
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VIDEO: Popular Dancer, Kaffy, And Her Cute Children Dance On Stage

Popular Nigerian dancer and CEO of IMAGNETO Dance Company, Kaffy and her lovely children grace the stage with an incredible performance in an event over the weekend. It seems like they inherited their mum's skills.
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Photos From Sports Minister, Dalung Birthday Party

Today marks another turning point in my life as I remember the day I arrived this planet called Earth. On this day a young woman had her first pilgrimage to the traditional labour room in Sabongida village in the then Resettlement Area now Langtang South Local Government Area in Plateau State.

Life has not been too friendly to me as I navigate these five decades with different and challenging experiences. My parents could only give me the education they could afford which was also limited to their standard. I had to get the rest for myself, with varying difficulties alongside frustrating hardship I decided to drive it to the end. It took me nine years to study a five year law course due to unsolicited donation of four years from ASUU Strikes, from 1991-1999. I was full of joy and praises to God for realizing my ambition of been a graduate.

Proceeding to Nigerian Law School Bwari was another Miracle because how I raised the huge budget of registration requirements is left to be imagined, but I remembered receiving contributions from friends, associates and kind hearted Nigerians. At least, I made the Law School and graduated and was called to Nigerian Bar as the first person to be a Lawyer in my native Local Government Area.

Since then it has been from one thing to the other. From been a reformation officer to Personal Assistant to lecturing to being Chairman of Local Government back to the classroom then finally to politics. It has been life worth living but great trials full of ups and down. Being the only child of my mother, I lack the comfort of either juniors or senior siblings. Every decision is usually subjected to the armed forces ruling council of my mind. If it works fine but where it fails then I learn to live with it. This contributed much in my depending more on God than any other effort or man.

The name Solomon Selcan Dalung means different things to different people. I am not admired by the elites because many detested my self opinionated lifestyle and wonder what was my source of confidence. Many see me as controversial personality while to some I am a radical. There are many who hate my guts hence referred to me as a pompous personality. Some have even expressed it publicly that I am a wicked person and there are those who believed that I am a good and kind human being. Whichever way you look at it people are free to hold opinions about you but my request is that people should be honest enough to express same opinions when I finally bow out. Please do not come and lie on that day or sing hypocritical praises of me.

Despite all odds God has been faithful to me in all trials. He had proved to me that He is God. In my mind every day I say thank you Lord. I would have venture into celebrating it this year as the society would expect but ironically the economic reality does not encourage it. Instead of organizing celebrations spending so much in the name of my birth, I am appealing to all those who love me to kindly show love to other people who are in need by assisting with anything your mind convinces you do. It could be food or foodstuff to anybody you know is in need that will be the greatest birthday gift. All those rushing for expensive and customized birthday cards are also advised to deploy the money into charity, I will appreciate more.

Fo me I will preferred to die with my ideas because I had travelled with them all through these years. I will concentrate on promoting peace, justice, love and equity in our society. I will re-dedicate my life to preaching religious harmony amongst Nigerians and also ensure that I serve my country selflessly having been given this opportunity. The secret of my life is forgiveness and it has been my source of strength. I always put everything behind me and move on with life. I stand with Nigerians during this period of hardship and pray to God to grant us the grace of overcoming it. I love you all and God bless Nigeria'

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PHOTOS: Governor Okowa's Aide, Prince Otemu Escapes Gun Attack In Ughelli

The Delta State government will once again has additional reason to continue to thank God for delivering one of her own from the attack of unknown gun men.

Hon. Prince Otemu (SA to the Governor on Youth Development) this evening escape gun attack from unknown armed men in front of Sokadje Hotel, Ekredjebor, Ughelli.

We thank for the safety of the life of the SA, Hon. Prince Otemu as the plan of the evil ones has been shattered.

The State government and security agencies are called upon to look into the dwindling secury situation in the State especially Warri, Ughelli and environs.

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PHOTOS: Corper Kidnapped In Rivers State Rescued

The NYSC member that was kidnapped in Omudeme, in Kelga, in Rrivers state has regained her freedom.

Helen who was kidnapped at the corpers’ lodge in Omademe, Ikwerre LGA of the state, at about 3am on Friday was rescued today,, by the men of security agents in collaboration with the Ikwerre Local Government council and assisted by the immediate past ctc chairman of the council and State PDP publicity secretary, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike.

She has been taking to the clinic for treatment.

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PHOTOS: Dangote Truck Crashes At IMSU Junction In Owerri

It would have been a tragic experience for some passersby and residents who were at Imo State University junction yesterday night -after a Dangote cement truck crashed in a horrible accident. According to reports, no life was lost in the crash.

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Assets Sale: NLC Plans Nationwide Protests, Enlists 20 Lawyers

The Nigeria Labour Congress has said it will mobilise Nigerians for nationwide protests to resist the plan by the Federal Government to sell strategic assets under the guise of using the funds to be generated to get the country out of recession.

The President of the NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said the consequences of the proposed sale of the strategic assets would be more grievous if Nigerians did not stop the government from carrying out the policy.

He made the comment on Monday in Abuja while inaugurating a think-tank of the NLC and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, entrusted with the responsibility of leading the intellectual engagement with the Federal Government on the contentious move to sell the country’s assets.

According to him, the NLC is making preparations to battle the Federal Government in courts to prevent the planned sale of the assets, explaining that the congress had secured the services of 20 volunteer lawyers, who had offered their services to the NLC on the issue.

The members of the 10-man NLC’s ‘Think-Tank on Socio-Economic Issues’ are a former President of ASUU, Dr. Dipo Fashina; Prof. Toye Olorode, Dr. Mohammed Aliyu, Dr. Mustapha Usman and Dr. Isaac Nwogugu.

Other members of the committee are Dr. Yemisi Bamgbose, Mr. Issa Aremu, Mr. Sonny Atuma, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, and Mr. Auwal Mustapha, who is the secretary.

Wabba stated, “While it is important to rescue our country from the current economic recession, sale of our commonwealth and strategic assets is certainly not a move in the right direction, and all Nigerians must have the courage to oppose it.

“All the (national) assets are under threat depending on the interest of who is speaking; the NLNG, refineries, all the assets are presently under threat. If we work together, then we can try to defend these assets. It will take the effort of all of us to stop them.

“Nobody will buy what is not profitable. That is why people are looking in the direction of the most profitable.”

Wabba stressed that the problem with Nigeria was corruption, which had become endemic in both the private and public sectors, and not the economic model to use.

The NLC president believed that politicians, who stole so much money and had been hiding the loot, were looking for ways to buy the assets with their looted funds.

Wabba assured Nigerians that organised labour was united in the quest to preserve the nation’s strategic assets for Nigerians and future generations.

“We are sure of ourselves; this is of concern to every citizen. We should not allow the bidding of those few who don’t mean well for the country. On the issue of selling out, we are on the same page, we will do everything possible to try to work together.

“We shouldn’t be discouraged because of the fact that we envisage sabotage or an effort to undermine the struggle. In every struggle, there would be moves to sabotage such,” he added.

ACF, economists oppose sale of national assets

Meanwhile, opposition against the plan of the Federal Government to sell some national assets continued to mount on Monday as the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Nigerian Economic Society condemned the proposal, asking the Federal Government to rescind its decision to sell the assets.

The NEC stated that the decision of the government did not make economic sense in the face of the current challenges.

It faulted the argument by the government that the proceeds of the sale would be used to fund the 2016 budget, noting that the sale of the assets would further widen the level of income inequality in the country.

The President, NES, Prof. Ben Aigbokan, stated this in an interview with journalists on the forthcoming national conference of the society on Monday in Abuja.

Aigbokan described the approach being adopted by the government as “generationally irresponsible”.

The conference, scheduled to commence on Tuesday (today), has as its theme ‘‘The developmental state and diversification of the Nigerian economy’’.

The NES president added, “It is an irony that the government is planning to sell some of our national assets at this time because it is a contradiction of one of the policies of government, which is sustainable development.

“The economics of selling national assets now at a time of economic recession is very poor because we will not get a good value for these assets, because people understand that the county is in need of money.

“If you sacrifice our national assets now because we are in need of money, what do you leave for the future generations?

“So, generationally, it is irresponsible to sell these assets without subjecting the decision to a referendum because all Nigerians have a stake in them.”

Also, the ACF on Monday argued that it was needless for the Federal Government to sell off national assets to bail out Nigeria from its current economic woes.

The pan-northern socio-political organisation, through its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammadu Ibrahim, argued that the bloated allowances of public officers, which he said accounted for 40 per cent of the national budget, should be converted to capital allocation to boost the economy.

The ACF argued that selling off national assets to service the economy was completely “unwise” as such move never yielded the desired results in the past.

The statement read in part, “The growing calls by some prominent politicians and business tycoons on the Federal Government to consider the selling of strategic, viable national assets as an option to take the economy out of recession at this material time are inappropriate.

“Past privatisation did not yield the desired result in terms of judicious use of proceeds by the government or management of the assets by the new owners. Moreover, the amount to be realised is not worth the exercise.

“Government enterprises like the Nigeria Airways, Nigeria National Shipping Line, Ajaokuta Steel Company, NITEL, PHCN, etc, that were sold to selected Nigerians and their foreign collaborators in the spirit of privatisation, only succeeded in converting public enterprises to private ones, and some later became comatose. The ones that survived, their service delivery cannot be said to be better.

“ACF therefore considers it unwise for the Federal Government to contemplate the selling of our major national assets like the crude oil refineries, federal airports, NLNG, while we can use them as security against needed funds to boost the economy, as the recession is considered to be temporary.

“In addition, ACF wishes to suggest that unnecessary allowances of public officers and overhead cost that form over 40 per cent of our annual budget should be converted to capital allocation to boost the economy.

“This is the time for national sacrifice in order to bequeath an enduring legacy to the next generation. Positive change usually comes with painful necessary sacrifice.”

On its own, the National Union of Textile, Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against the sale of the nation’s assets.

A member of the National Executive Council of the NLC, Mr. Issa Aremu, in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, said Nigeria was not short of resources, arguing that the nation lacked “genuine resourceful leaders at all levels”.
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PHOTO: Gov. Ugwuanyi Poses With Kelechi Iheanacho And His Best Friend In Enugu

Governor of Enugu state; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (middle) pictured with Nigerian and Manchester City forward; Kelechi Iheanacho (right) and his best friend; Kingsley Ogbodo -during Iheanacho's visit to the government house some months back.

Meanwhile, coach Pep Guardiola has hailed Iheancho for his "sense of goals" after three strikes in his first seven appearances and showed his confidence in the 19-year-old by allowing Wilfried Bony to leave on loan.

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"Buhari's Government Is Corrupt" - Militants

A militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, on Monday said it would not join in the ceasefire declared by other militant groups in the Niger Delta owing to the alleged insincerity of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

The militant group also alleged that the current Federal Government was too corrupt to be trusted, threatening that attacks on oil facilities would continue until the government and oil firms operating in the region turn from their ‘oppressive tendencies’ against the people.

The spokesman for the militant group, Aldo Agbalaja, in a statement issued on Monday asked the multinational oil companies and the military “to watch out for the next big statement. It shall shake your imaginations.”

The statement also condemned another militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, for being too quick to have announced a ceasefire with the government.

The statement added, “The chickens seem to be coming home to roost now. The truth is dawning on the blacklegs that are working to short-change their people will always backfire.

When the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate said we were out to engage the oppressors to the last, some snickered and bluffed, their indignation became most annoying when those pretenders called Avengers gave life to our prediction and announced a ceasefire. Now they are all coming back to the basics; falling back in line after seeing, first hand, that we have been right all along about the Nigerian Federal Government; it is a corrupt system that should never be trusted.

“However, we are using this medium to warn the Nigerian Armed Forces to properly advise their leadership; militarisation of our region can only lead to an avoidable armed confrontation and if this happens, we swear by the gods and ancestors of our land, we shall ensure it is a long and tedious campaign that the Nigerian state will forever regret.”

The Niger Delta Greenland Justice mandate further threatened to launch what it termed ‘Operation Hammurabi Code’, adding, “Until we see a sincere and genuine step towards a just and equitable mending of the injustices of all the years past done to our people, this war shall persist and we can guarantee that they cannot win this one, even if they get all the world’s arsenal assembled behind them.

“Operation Crocodile Tears is the mildest of what the world should expect from us, by the time we initiate the phase II and get started with ‘Operation Hammurabi Code’ only God knows what will then become of these plains called Nigeria.”
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