Wednesday, 25 November 2015

FG Confirms Payment Of N5000 Stipend To Unemployed Youth Next Year

The All Progressives Congress, APC, led Federal Government yesterday said that the payment of the N5000 stipend to the unemployed Nigerians will commence next year.

It regretted that the payment could not take off now due to non budgetary provisions.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalong revealed this yesterday in Abuja when he paid a condolence visit to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at the nationL secretariat in Abuja on the demise of Prince Abubakar Audu, the erstwhile governorship candidate of the party in Kogi State election.

Dalong who spoke with Journalists assured that APC government would also create more jobs to fulfill its campaign promises.
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Only 48 Nigerians Were Deported - Immigration

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has denied reports that 500 Nigerians were on Wednesday morning deported back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, stressing that only 48 persons were actually deported.

The Nigerian media space had been awash with the news, after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that 500 Nigerians were deported from the UK on Tuesday evening on a chartered plane which took off from the London Stansted Airport and landed around 6am at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

According to a spokesperson of the NIS, Mr. Ekpedeme King, the 48 Nigerians were deported for overstaying their visa validity period and other immigration-related offences.

On the other hand, another spokesperson told The Punch that the 48 deportees had nothing to do with the 29,000 Nigerians the UK government is planning to deport back to Nigeria.
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PHOTOS: Gov Fayose Pays Unannounced Inspection Visit To Site Of Ongoing Project

Earlier Today: Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose paid an unannounced inspection visit to the ongoing 2nd phase dualization of the Ado - Ikere Road. It was also gathered that the Governor had ordered the repair of damaged parts of the 1st phase of the same road. The repairs has already commenced.


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Federal Government To Adopt New Job Creation Measures — Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has revealed that the Federal Government will design a new approach that will tackle the massive youth unemployment in the country and assist in moving the economy forward for the benefit of the people.

Ngige, who made this known in Umuahia when he paid a courtesy visit to the Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, assured that the government would depart from the old ways of tackling the perennial problem of youth unemployment, as his ministry will give attention to skill acquisition to enable people to be self employed as against being job seekers.

The Minister, who was in the state to commission an ICT skill acquisition centre completed by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, at Ugwunagbo Local Government Area, LGA, explained that the directorate was committed to combating unemployment in addition to formulating policies on employment.

He revealed that the NDE would keep a database of employed, unemployed, employable, under-employed and gainfully employed youths of the country for easy assessment.

“Government cannot give employment to everybody, but we can teach people how to employ themselves. The NDE established the skills acquisition centers where people are trained on how to do things with their hands and earn a living for themselves,” Ngige said.
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I won't renege on paying N18k minimum wage- Amosun

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun says he will not renege on his promise to pay the N18, 000 minimum wage despite calls by some other state governors to have the minimum wage reduced due to the reduced Federal allocation.

Governor Amosun stated this during the presentation of the 2016 Appropriation bill to the members of the State House of Assembly in Abeokuta yesterday November 24th.

He said his administration which had been consistent in paying its workers in spite of dwindling revenue from the Federation Account was committed to increasing the minimum wage if the economy improves. Amosun added that Ogun State remained the only State that pays marginally above minimum wage, assuring that government’s attention would be shifted to rural roads to complement the ongoing urban infrastructural projects in the next fiscal year.
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PHOTO: Emir of Kano Sanusi's Rolls Royce seen in UNIBEN today

Heard he was in University of Benin today to be installed as the chancellor of the school...
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PHOTOS: Kidnappers caught and beaten in Lagos

Two men were apprehended and beaten up by a mob in Agege, Lagos around 11am this morning after someone identified them as they allegedly tried to dupe a woman on the streets. The man raised alarm and claimed the men had also tried to swindle and kidnap him and people descended on them. See more photos after the cut...

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Photo of late Prince Audu Abubakar as a young man

He died at age 68 on November 22nd. May his soul rest in peace, amen!
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Photo of VP Osinbajo as a pupil of Corona School

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (1st from left - front row) as a pupil of Corona School. Photo credit: Corona Schools
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Power Generation Records A Peak Of 4883.9 MegaWatts

Transmission Company Nigeria (TCN) yesterday said it has acheived a new record peak generation of 4883.9megawatts (Mw) and the highest maximum daily energy delivery of 106,288.48Mw.

A statement signed by the Asst. General Manager (Public Affairs), Clement Ezeolisah, explained that the new feat was achieved at 21.15hours on November 23.
The previous peak generation was 4810.7Mw attained on August 25. The previous highest maximum daily energy wheeled was 104,794.26Mw, attained on September 23.

The Managing Director, System Operation/Market Operation, TCN, Engr. Dipak Sarma attributed the achievement to the improvement in the supply of gas to the power generating stations and enhanced cooperation among all the stakeholders.

TCN assured that it will continue to strive at improving the network capacity to deliver more quality power to the electricity distribution companies.
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PHOTOS: HID Awolowo Was Buried Beside Her Husband Chief Obafemi Awolowo In Ikene

Late Mrs Hanah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo was finally laid to rest today in grand style at Ikenne, Ogun state. The matriarch who was buried in a gold casket was placed beside her husband/former elder statesman -Chief Obafemi Awolowo at their Ikenne residence..

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PHOOS: Ooni Of Ife, Ogunwusi, Builds New Mansion 'Paraki White House' In Ife

The newly crowned Oba of Ife, Enitan Adeyeye
Ogunwusi has finally moved into his new mansion
in Paraki area of Ile Ife Osun State.The mansion named White house was built under 6 weeks.The real estate mogul turned monarch tarred the
road leading to the gigantic mansion.

Right from the Paraki junction, Oba Ogunwusi’s new mansion is one of the conspicuous buildings on that street because its an all white magnificent edifice nestled on the hill. The mansion will serve as his temporary palace where he will receive visitors after his coronation.

Congrats to him

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President Buhari Will Leave Abuja Tomorrow For Malta

President Muhammadu buhari will leave Abuja tomorrow, Thursday, November 26 for malta to participate in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which begins in the island nation on Friday.

The Commonwealth is made up of Britain, Nigeria and 51 other countries that work together to pursue common goals and promote development, democracy, peace, security and good governance.

A statement on Wednesday, by the Special Adviser to the President on (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, said President buhari and other Heads of State and Government who will be in malta for this year’s summit are expected to deliberate on fresh Commonwealth initiatives on development and climate change with a view to adding greater value to ongoing global efforts in these areas.
A new Secretary-General of the Commonwealth who will take over from the incumbent, Kamalesh Sharma, will be announced at the summit, which will also feature the presentation of a progress report on the eradication of polio.

The Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will formally declare the summit open and host a banquet in honour of President buhari and other participating Heads of State and Government.

At the conclusion of the Summit on Sunday, President buhari will leave malta for Paris where he will present Nigeria’s statement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled to open in the French capital on Monday, November 30.

The President will join over 100 other world leaders at the Leaders Event on the opening day of the conference which will be hosted by President Francois Hollande of France and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon.

President buhari will also participate in a summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic which has been scheduled to take place on December 2 in Paris on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

Deliberations at the Paris meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic will focus mainly on the war against Boko Haram and other security issues of common interest to participating countries.

President buhari will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed and the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.)
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PHOTOS: Facts About Kogi State

• Kogi State is popularly known as the Confluence State because the confluence of River Niger and River Benue is at its capital, Lokoja, which is the first administrative capital of modern-day Nigeria.

• The state was created on the 27th of August 1991 from Kwara/Benue state. In 2005 an estimated 3,595,789 people live in kogi state.

• There are three main ethnic groups and languages in Kogi namely Igala, Ebira, and Okun (A Yoruba Group) with other minorities like Bassa, a small fraction of Nupe mainly in Lokoja, the Ogugu subgroup of the Igala, Gwari, Kakanda, Oworo people (A Yoruba Group),ogori magongo and the Eggan community under Lokoja Local Government.

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PHOTOS: Akwa Ibom State Gov. Throws Party To Celebrate Akwa United FC Victory

The Akwa Ibom state Government today 25th November, threw a massive party to celebrate Akwa United F.C victory over Lobi Stars of Benue in the just concluded federation cup final, which held last Sunday 22nd November, 2015. The Akwa Ibom champions were welcome back home in a grand style by the Government and its citizens. The event was covered live by AIT, AKBC TV, etc.

The players are all smiling back home as they were given cash reward by the state government. Meanwhile The former governor of the state Senator Godswill Akpabio who was at the stadium last Sunday to cheer the players to victory was rumoured to had given them 300,000 cash reward each. This massive welcome party took place at the popular Wellington bassey road, just few blocks away from the state government house. LiveFromNaija team was on ground and here are photos from the event.

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Police Arraign Four Women For Prostitution In Lagos

A 58-year-old woman, Sandra Akomake, was on Wednesday remanded in Kirikiri Prison by a Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere after pleading guilty to a one-count charge of prostitution.

Akomake and four other women – Helen Ugwu (34), Chika Okoro (40), Roseline Jebba (43) and Ordega Theresa (61) were arrested by police on Tuesday night for allegedly soliciting for sex in exchange for money.

They were arraigned before Mrs. S. K. Matepo and the prosecutor, Sergeant Nicholas Akeene, told the court that the five women committed the offence at about 11:00pm at Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi on Tuesday.

He said their offence contravened Section 142 (1) (a) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

Ugwu, Okoro and Jebba pleaded guilty to the single count charge, but 61-year-old Theresa, the fifth defendant, denied the allegation.

“I know nothing about this,” the sexagenarian said.

Her counsel, S.A. Owhoraye, said she was a trader and applied for her bail.

The magistrate, Mrs. Matepo, granted Theresa bail in the sum of N50,000 and two sureties in like sum.

She remanded the other women in prison and adjourned the case till November 30 for facts and sentencing.
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Kogi Election: Buhari Setting Nigeria On Path Of Anarchy – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has said that President Muhammadu Buhari was setting Nigeria on the path of anarchy by using his personal lawyer and member of All Progressives Congress (APC) who is the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to induce the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) decision on the inconclusive Kogi State Governorship election.

He accused President Buhari of “fraudulently using the AGF to carry out an act which amounted to amending the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2010 to advance his ambition and that of his party to turn Nigeria to a one party state.”

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose, who vowed to use all legal means to fight the kangaroo decision on the Kogi State election, noted that “only the Supreme Court can resolve issues not envisaged by the Constitution like the one that happened concerning the Kogi State governorship election.”

He added that “INEC further exposed its partisanship and undependability by relying on legal advice from the AGF, a man who has disobeyed the court severally and an interested party in the Kogi State election being a personal lawyer of President Buhari and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

The governor said President Buhari and APC took to illegal amendment of the Constitution and the Electoral Act owing to the fear of facing a fresh election as a result of the malpractices perpetrated by the APC in the inconclusive election.

Governor Fayose noted that it was shameful that the first election held by the new INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu ended in controversy, adding that the manipulation of the Kogi State election and INEC illegal position on the substitution of APC candidate was a vindication of his earlier position that the INEC chairman was appointed just to do the biddings of President Buhari and his party.

The governor, who said the fact that Prince Abubakar Audu died in the early hours of last Sunday and his death was kept secret until later that day pointed to the sinister plot of the Presidency and the APC, added that, “Having manipulated the election substantially, what they plotted by covering up Audu’s death for hours against Islamic injunction, was to declare a dead candidate as elected governor of Kogi State so as to pave way for the emergence of his running mate as the governor-elect.”

He called on Nigerians to rise against what he described as systematic dictatorship, saying, “If all noble men should keep silent and get cowed by this rampaging beast that is ready to consume democracy and rule of law in Nigeria, ordinary Nigerians will sooner than later end up in the belly of the beast.”

He said he was aware of the various sinister plots against him by those he said were plotting to turn Nigeria to a one party state, but declared that “the Lord will consume anyone plotting against me as He has always done.”

Governor Fayose, who said only two options were available to INEC on the Kogi State election crisis, noted that; “INEC should either conclude the election with APC not having a candidate or hold a fresh election with APC nominating a new governorship candidate. Anything outside these two options will mean that the Supreme Court must intervene.”

According to him, “Section 33 of the Electoral Act only provided for substitution of a dead candidate before election, not during election. Also, the running mate would have become the governor-elect if the governorship candidate had been duly elected before he died. But in this case, the election was still in progress, meaning that Audu was a candidate like others when he died.

“Therefore, what INEC has done will mean that votes have now become an inheritance that the late APC governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu has willed to whoever that emerges as his substitute.

“It is like saying that Audu’s votes in the inconclusive election will now be inherited by another person. How logical is that?

“In a democracy, how can the Attorney General of the Federation and INEC turn themselves to the National Assembly that amends laws and the judiciary that interprets laws?

“The implication of all these is that it has become obvious that no one can get justice under this APC government and if this is the change they promised Nigerians, it appears that Nigeria is in serious trouble.”
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Senate Summons Fashola Over Falling Bridges

The Senate on Wednesday invited the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, over recurring cases of bridges’ collapse in parts of the country.

The upper chamber specifically wanted Fashola to brief its committee on Works on plans for reconstruction of all Bailey bridges In the country.

This followed the adoption of a motion on “Recurring collapse of Bailey bridges nationwide” sponsored by Senator Gilbert Nnaji (Enugu East).

Following the adoption of the motion, the Senate mandated its Committee on Works to undertake an inventory of all Bailey bridges nationwide with particular attention to their years of construction and current status.

It called on the Federal Roads Maintenance Authority (FERMA) to urgently reconstruct the collapsed Bailey bridges across Ebenyi River at Ikem in Isi-Uzo local government area of Enugu State as well as other collapsed Bailey bridges across the country.

Nnaji in his lead debate noted that he is aware that Bailey bridges, developed and used during the Second World War, were built in Nigeria during the pre-independent era up to few years after the Nigerian civil war, to provide temporary crossing for foot and vehicle.

He noted that many of the bridges, made from pre-fabricated metal truss and installed in various parts of the country either cave in or collapsed due to age and pressure, thereby causing untold hardship to commuters, motorists and other road users.
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APC Official Statement On Fuel Scarcity

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the party is aware of the hardship Nigerians are passing through over the current fuel scarcity.

The party on Wednesday made this statement following the ongoing fuel scarcity, saying the situation is being addressed.

“Let’s be a little more patient with the new cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. Most importantly, be assured that this government will surely deliver!

“Nothing good comes cheap. Sacrifices are required. By the time we pass through the foundation stage, Nigerians will see a new Nigeria!
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PHOTOS: LASTMA Officer Dies While Trying To Help Motorist In Distress

A lastma official by the name Prince Shenuga Sunday Segun (aka: Ss) lost his life yesterday while trying to assist a motorist in distress yesterday on third mainland bridge.

The official who was knocked down by another vehicle while he was trying to help the broken down vehicle on the third mainland bridge to be on a safer side of the bridge and also notify other motorists of the impediment ahead.

information gathered indicated that he is the monitor that always give situation report of what is happening within the axis and also all other beat within the area.
The government will not consider this to be news worthy and don't know what the management is doing but this man died while trying to help other's. he left his family and promise to come back home. may his soul rest in peace.

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Woman Drags Ex-Lover To Court For Duping And Refusing To Marry Her

A 42 -year- old man who dumped a 49 -year-old lover and secretly went and married another woman has landed in prison custody after he failed to refund the money the ex -lover allegedly gave him to set up his business in Lagos State, western Nigeria .

He was charged before Isolo Magistrate ’s court with obtaining under false pretence and remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri.
According to police , Gerald Onuimo allegedly defrauded his jilted lover , Christiana Ojukwu, by obtaining N450 , 000 from her under false pretence.

P .M . NEWS gathered that Onuimo met Ojukwu five years ago and he gave her false hope of marrying her, which prompted her to give him the money to invest in his business.

The incident happened at Fasehun Street in Ago Palace Way Okota , Lagos where they met and lived.

When Onuimo ’s business eventually picked up , he secretly went and married another woman without Ojukwu’s knowledge and later informed her that he had got married.

Jolted by his betrayal , Ojukwu asked Onuimo to refund the money she gave him to equip his shop in 2011 since he had breached their agreement.

Onuimo reportedly refused to refund the money and told her that he had offered her his services worth more than the amount over the years.

He also said there was no agreement between them that he would refund her money .

Ojukwu went to the police at Ago Palace Way and reported the matter and Onuimo was arrested and charged to court where he pleaded not guilty .

The presiding Magistrate , Mrs Joy Ugbomoiko , granted him bail in the sum of N 100 , 000 with one surety in like sum.
Onuimo was remanded in prison pending when he will perfect his bail .

The matter was adjourned till 12 December , 2015.

When our reporter contacted Onuimo on why he breached their agreement , he said Ojukwu was far older than him and too fat, as such his family did not want her.
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See Buhari's Tweet On Fuel Scarcity Under Jonathan Government

Ahead of the presidential elections earlier this year, President Buhari tweeted in response to the biting fuel scarcity that plagued the later days of former President Jonathan’s government. The people loved the message. Many who were frustrated by that government felt it was time for CHANGE. Sai Baba!

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More Photos From Mama Awolowo's Burial Ceremony In Ogun State

Here are more photos from Mama HID Awolowo's burial in Ikenne, Ogun state which saw lots of notable top-shots in the country attend.

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PHOTOS: Pope Francis arrives in Kenya

Pope Francis arrived Kenya for his state visit this afternoon and was received by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, his wife, Reverend Fathers and other top government functionaries. See more photos after the cut...

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