Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Unforgettable Things That Kogi State Benefited From Late Prince Audu «

- He built the Obajana cement factory which he later handed over to Dangote.

- The Kogi State Confluence Radio Station.

- He provided hundreds of transformers that was shared among the 21 LGAs of the state.

- He built the State Confluence Beach Hotel.

- He constructed the Lokoja township road as well as those of "Most" of the LGAs.

- He Built the Kogi State University.

- He renovated some of the water boards in some of the LGAs and built some for other LGAs.

- He built thousands of housing units for the State workers.

- He facilitated the mounting of several police post across the state to beef up security.

- He built the Kogi state Diagnostic Hospital.

- He renovated all the state General Hospitals across the 21 LGAs.

- He created the additional LGAs that were later scrapped.

- He built high standard State Secretariat for the workers.

- He built the State Government House in Lokoja.

- He Renovated and constructed some Governor's Lodges across the state.

- He constructed the State Motor Park and donated buses to all LGAs, individuals and groups in the bid to empower them.

- He employed thousands of youths into the state Government, First Bank etc.
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CBN Reduces Lending Rate To 11 Percent

The Central Bank of Nigeria ended its Monetary Policy Committee meeting in Abuja on Tuesday with a resolution to reduce Monetary Policy Ratio, popularly called lending rate, from 13 per cent to 11 per cent.

The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, who announced the resolution of the Committee at the end of its meeting, also said members agreed to cut down on Cash ​Reserve ​Ratio for public and private sectors from 25 to 20 per cent.

The CRR is a monetary policy tool used to set the minimum deposits commercial banks must hold as reserves, rather than lend out during any given period.

Mr. Emefiele said that part of the key resolutions during the meeting was for the CBN to focus on playing its primary role of stimulating the growth of the economy by providing the needed funds commercial banks would use to to promote the continued operation of the real sectors of the economy.

He identified the sectors that would benefit from the special funding support from the CBN to include infrastructure (with emphasis on power), agriculture and the solid minerals.

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Photos of Senate President Saraki, with former Senate President David Mark

Photos taken at the plenary today. More when you continue...

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PHOTO: Nigerian Man Honored In USA For Saving Children From Fire

Samuel Agunbiade was honored for saving the lives of all 30 kids on his bus. He has been a school bus driver for over 21 years, so been honored for doing something brave was a surprise to him.

"They're calling me a hero. I said hero? I just did what I was supposed to do you guys are mine I'm supposed to take care of you," said Sammy Agunbiade.

He said he saw smoke coming out of the tailpipe in the bus, packed the bus immediately and rushed all the kids to a safe place so that they won't be hurt. Congrats Mr Agunbiade, you deserve this honor.

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APC Will Only Substitute Audu For Kogi Supplementary Election - Attorney General

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said for the inconclusive Kogi State governorship election, the All Progressives Congress will only need to substitute its candidate, Abubakar Audu, who died on Sunday.

Malami, who spoke in Abuja at a seminar organised by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission on the reform of the National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (Establishment) Act‎, said the election has to be concluded.
Malami said the APC would have to substitute its candidate for the purpose of the supplementary election.

He however did not say that the party’s deputy governorship candidate, James Abiodun Faleke, would automatically step in as the candidate.
He said: “The issue is very straightforward.

“Fundamentally, Section 33 of the Electoral Act is very clear‎ that in case of death, the right for substitution by political a political party is sustained by the provisions of section 33 of the Electoral Act.

“And if you have a community reading of that section with Section 221 of the Constitution, which clearly indicates that the right to vote is the right of a political party and and the party in this case, the APC has participated in the conduct of the election.
“It is therefore apparent that ‎the combination community reading of the two provisions does not leave any room for conjecture.
“APC as a party is entitled to substitution by the clear provisions of section 33 of the Electoral Act.

“Also Section 221 of the Constitution is clear that the votes that were cast were cast in favour of the APC.
“Arising from that deductions, it does not require any legal interpretation.
“The interpretation is clear: APC will substitute, which right has been sustained by Section 33 of the Electoral Act.
“So be it.
“The supplementary election that has to be conducted along the line.”
Asked if ‎that substitution should automatically benefit Faleke, Malami said: “It all depends on the appreciation of issues arising from the primaries conducted before now.

“There was a first and a second candidate.“That primaries that had taken place over time had not by anyway been nullified.“And it is recognized by law. “But then a further consideration would be the idea of conducting another primary but that is not envisaged in view of the sustainability of the first primaries.‎”
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INEC Releases Statement On Audu's Death & Replacement

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PHOTOS: Mrs Aisha Buhari in her 'Wife of the President' official office

She may not have taken the First Lady title but she's using the official office. Another pic of her at her conference room where she meets with people...

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PHOTOS: Minister of Foreign Affairs in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart

Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama had a bilateral meeting with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif yesterday November 23rd. Onyeama is in Iran with President Buhari for the 3rd Gas Exporting Countries Forum. Continue to see more photos...

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Photos of Senators present at the Senate plenary today

Photos of Senators at the Nigerian Senate plenary today, November 24th. See more after the cut...

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PHOTOS: Senate launches Speak to Senate President Suggestion Boxes

Senate President Bukola Saraki was joined by other senators to launch the Speak to Senate President suggestion boxes at the National Assembly Complex today November 24th. The boxes will help staff and members of the public to send their suggestions directly to Saraki.

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Senate asks Nigerians if they should invite Buhari over the Fuel scarcity

During plenary today, the senate deliberated on the current Fuel scarcity and one particular Senator suggested that President Buhari, who is also the Minister of Petroleum resources, should be summoned to the Senate to explain why the fuel scarcity has persisted. Should they or Should they not invite him? If I hear...lol
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PHOTOS: Container Falls On A Toyota Hiace Bus Along Ilasa-Oshodi Expressway

Many People Feared Dead as Container falls on a Toyota Hiace bus along Ilasa-Oshodi Expressway this afternoon November 24th 2015 , God Have mercy.

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PHOTOS: El-Rufai Donates 107 Patrol Vehicles & Security Gadgets To Kaduna Police

Kaduna State Government under Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai has today 24/11/2015 donated 107 Security Operational Vehicles (Hilux) and other Security Gadgets to Nigeria Police and other Security Agencies which are all inaugurated today by the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase to enhance security in the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.

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NCC To Sanction MTN, Airtel, Globacom Over Auto Data Service Migration

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said it would sanction MTN, Airtel and Globacom for defying its directive on automatic migration to Pay-As-You-Go data bundle.

The Commission made this known in its ‘2015 third quarter Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Report’ obtained pasted on its website.

NCC said it had continued to receive complaints from subscribers on automatic migration of data bundle package to Pay-As-You-Go Billing on depletion of their data bundle.

‘’Consequently and pursuant to section 53(1) of the NCC Act, 2003. The commission on 3rd August 2015 directed all mobile service operators to comply with the data bundle directions.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), NCC said “where a subscriber’s data bundle account is fully depleted before the due date, service providers should notify the subscriber via SMS, giving information regarding the tariff/ billing rate for automatic migration.

‘’That all service providers should henceforth stop auto-migration of subscriber’s data service to the Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) account upon depletion of the data bundle account, except with the express consent and authorisation of the subscriber via SMS.’’

NCC said that a follow-up compliance check was carried out which revealed that Etisalat was in compliance with the directives, adding that Etisalat through SMS, notified its subscribers of depletion of their data bundle accounts, before due dates.

The telecoms regulator also said that Etisalat sought the consent of subscribers before automatically migrating them to the Pay-As-You-Go data service.

It pointed out that ‘’Globacom is in compliance with Direction No. One as subscribers receive SMS detailing tariff rate for auto-migration on depletion of their data bundle, stating however, that Globacom failed to obtain express consent from subscribers before migration to PAYG and therefore in violation of Direction No. Two.

NCC explained that ‘’MTN is in compliance with Direction No.One, but failed to highlight the tariff rate for PAYG billing. In addition, data service is not suspended on depletion of the data bundle account even without an authorisation via an SMS from the subscriber.

It said ‘’Airtel is not in compliance with the above directions, stating that consequent upon the above, “the Commission has issued a notice of intention to sanction the concerned service providers.”
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PHOTOS: Prisons Are Better Than Our Hostels - OAU Students Cry Out

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, which is owned by the federal government is one of the first generation universities in Nigeria, and it prides itself as the leader among other universities in the country.
In fact, the alumni of the university often claim that OAU is the most beautiful campus in Africa. Founded in 1961 as the University of Ife by the regional government of Western Nigeria and renamed Obafemi Awolowo University on 12 of May 1987, in honour of the first premier of the Western Region of Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, OAU is ranked as the most productive university in Nigeria by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The campus has an eye-catching landscape built on about 5,000 acres out of a total of 13,000 acres of land belonging to the university. Unfortunately, some of the facilities that once portrayed OAU as a beautiful campus, especially the students’ halls of residence, are decomposing and the rot bedevilling the university is now enormous.
The beauty of the OAU students’ halls of residences has given way to decay due to neglect.

There are 8 halls of residence including Fajuyi, Awolowo, Angola and E.T.F for male students, while Moremi, Akintola, Alumni and Mozambique halls of residence are for female students. Signs of wear and tear were very visible on the long stretch of buildings when Daily Trust visited.
The living condition of the students in these halls of residence is pathetic. At the Awolowo Hall, our correspondent observed that the toilets were in bad state in most of the blocks. In one of the toilets, the closet had broken and the bathrooms reeked of fermented urine. The students lamented that the university authority was not carrying out renovation on the hostels. The motto of the university is, “For learning and culture” but owing to the bad condition of their hostels, the students have parodied this motto to “For learning and suffering.”

Mr Oladapo Rasheed, a 200 level student of the Linguistics department is the General Secretary of Awolowo Hall of residence. He told Daily Trust that bedbugs have colonised the hostel “Our mattresses are full of bedbugs owing to non-fumigation. We brought our mattresses from our respective homes, but over the time, the bedbug penetrated the mattresses because the environment is dirty. I once watched the movie titled prison break and the prison that I saw in that movie is better than our hostels in Ife.”

A 400 level student of Psychology, Mr Amos Ajileye said he has spent 4 years on the campus, and that he has never witnessed renovation of the hostels since he was admitted to OAU “I have spent 4 years in this university and I have never seen any renovation on our hostels, except the cleaners that usually come to sweep the floor and they don’t come during weekends. This is too bad and we want the authority to renovate the hostels,” he said.

Another 300 level student of Religious Studies, Mr Ifedapo Akinola also lamented the rot in the infrastructural facilities.
According to him, “There is serious infrastructural decay in our hostels. The condition of our toilets and the tank where we are fetching water is too bad. A section of the hostel collapsed recently, and that is the place where we wash and bath. No one was there when it collapsed. It would have killed some of us if any of us had been present . Should the management wait until we are killed before they would repair our hostel? It is better they do the repairs now.”

Mr Nwanegwo Uzor Amaka, a 400 level Civil Engineering student, also said their hostels could be mistaken for prison yards. Nwanegwo said “Prisoners are better than the condition here. I stay in block 5.We have no toilet and more than 10 students stay in a room meant for two students. We have 10 rooms on the block making 100 students in that block. Yet, there is no toilet for us. We bath outside because the condition of our bathroom is very bad.”

At the female hostel, the situation was similar to that of the male students hostels, in terms of infrastructural decay, but the environment was not too dirty. The female students were taking care of the surroundings of their hostels, unlike their male counterparts who relied solely on the cleaners to help them sweep the surrounding.

At Mozambique Hall, a 200 level student of Public Administration, Miss Adetayo Adetorera Anna is the hall chairperson ,and she was not happy about the living conditions in the hostels. She said, “The condition of our hostels is not pleasant. Our hostels are overcrowded. Take for instance, 24 students share one toilet. We fight to get water. We are battling with bedbugs. In fact, it was our hall warden that helped us to fumigate one of the rooms recently, when the issue of bedbugs became unbearable, and we had to go and report to the hall management.”

At Moremi Hall of residence, Miss Babanumi Oluwadamilola, a 300 level Law student also expressed worry over the living condition in their hostels. She was particular about the issue of toilets and urged the authority of the university to act on time and fix the infrastructures at the hostels. “Our toilets are in very bad shape and as a matter of fact, the hostels need repair. We are suffering seriously. We are not enjoying electricity and other facilities and it should not be so. Actually, the cleaners are trying, but there is a little they can clean on the rotten facilities,” Oluwadamilola said.

A 500 level Chemical Engineering student, Mr. Omotayo Akande is the President of OAU Student Union and he is not oblivious of the horrible living condition in the hostels. Akande is not relenting in the struggle for the welfare of the students. Speaking with Daily Trust, the Student Union President said that there is need to renovate the hostels and guard against overcrowding.

His words, “You can see the level of decay in our overpopulated hostels on the campus, that is supposedly the most beautiful campus in Africa. Under normal circumstances , a room is supposed to be occupied by the number of wardrobes you find there, and there are 2 wardrobes in most of the rooms. However, the rooms are allocated to 6 students officially, while squatters would also join the legal occupants.
Students are complaining of bedbugs. There are no good toilets and we are subjected to a condition that is not favourable to learning. In fact, we are afraid of an outbreak of diseases on this campus.”

“We have met the university authority and pleaded with them to take our welfare serious, but they haven’t done anything. I have spent five years on this campus and they have never renovated any of the hostels since I came to OAU. Imagine, OAU hostels cannot boast of stable power supply and potable water, yet, they said ours is the most beautiful campus in Africa. As student Union leaders, the students are harassing us, blaming us for not confronting the management over this issue, but we are helpless since the university authority turned deaf ears to our cries,” Akande lamented.

Reacting to the development, the Public Relation Officer of the university, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju faulted the students’ claims as he blamed them for abusing the facilities in their hostels. He said the students overcrowded the hostels and overstretched the facilities.
“Everything that the students told you is not true. They caused the problem for themselves by overcrowding the hostels more than the capacity of the facilities in those buildings. In a situation where the university authority allocates a room for only four students, we will eventually realise that 12 students are living in that room and that puts unnecessary pressure on the facilities. They usually accommodate squatters in the rooms ,and it would be difficult for the university authority to chase out the squatters when the occupants of the rooms are not complaining. The students should stop blaming the university authority for the problem they caused themselves. On the issue of renovation, I can assure you that the university authority usually renovates the hostels during long vacations, and the students will meet the hostels neat.But they would dirty it within a few weeks of resumption. You know the students, if we allocate dirty hostels to them, they would protest. So, the hostels are usually neat at the beginning of the session but our students are in the habit of misusing the facilities in the hostels,” Olanrewaju said.

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PHOTOS: Fayose's Wife Distributes Delivery Kits & Milk To Expectant Mothers

Governor Fayose's wife Mrs Feyisetan Fayose, has commenced the distribution of another round of delivery kits (Mama Kit) and milk to some expectant mothers in the state.

While presenting the gifts to them,she pleaded expectant mothers in the state to properly book or register in hospitals for antenatal.According to her,regular antenatal visit is paramount for safe delivery.She also urged them to practise family planning and child spacing.This she said will make them healthy and promote the effective care of their children.

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Looters Have Started Returning Stolen Money Voluntarily - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari during his working visit in Iran has disclosed that some treasury looters have commenced returning stolen money voluntarily.

Meanwhile, the president stated that he was not pleased yet as his administration would stop at nothing to confirm all stolen funds and not a fraction was returned.

The president revealed this during a communicating session he had with members of the Nigerian community living in Iran.
The Nigerian leader didn’t list the names of the former government officials who have so far returned parts of stolen assets.

Buhari also did not reveal how much had so far been returned to Nigeria’s treasury.
The president stated that unlike what was appropriate in 1985 when he was a military head of state that suspects could be imprisoned while being probed, democracy and rule of law do not encourage that.

He said: “ On corruption; yes, they (the past government officials) are still innocent.
“But, we are collecting documents and some of them have started voluntarily returning something. But we want all.

“When we get those documents, we will formally charge them to court and then we will tell Nigerians to know those who abused trust when they are entrusted with public funds.
“So, the day of reckoning is gradually approaching.”

President Buhari also pledged to deal conclusively with saboteurs who are destroying pipelines and stealing crude oil.
“I believe if you are in touch back at home, you would have been told that already there is some improvement in power,” he noted.
“ We haven’t said anything to them yet. I think they only find it sensible or appropriate for them to try and improve the power.

“I’m sure you know about the privatisation of the power sector; your old friends NEPA or Power Holding Company of Nigeria have been sold to a number of interest groups.
“Those who normally steal Nigerian crude and those who blow up installations, whether they call themselves militants or whatever, they are still there,” he said.

Nigeria and other GECF members now account for 42 % of global gas production, 70 % of global gas reserves, 40 % of pipeline transmission of gas and 65 % of the global trade in Liquefied Natural Gas.

President Buhari is expected back to Nigeria on November 24, Tuesday.
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PHOTOS: IGP Arase Visits Obasanjo

The Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase paid former president Olusegun Obasanjo a courtesy visit at home in Ogun State.

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Alfred Akawe-Torkula, Tor Of Tiv Is Dead

The paramount ruler of the Tiv tribe in Benue State who is also the Tor Tiv, Dr Alfred Akawe Torkula, has died.

MAKURDI—Chairman of Benue State Council of Chiefs, Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv IV, died yesterday in an Abuja hospital.

Vanguard learned that Chief Torkula was rushed to Abuja a week ago for medical attention after taking ill in Gboko and the news came as Northern monarchs expressed regrets over his passage.

Tor Tiv IV, Alfred Akawe Torkula
Tor Tiv IV, Alfred Akawe Torkula
News of the death of the paramount ruler filtered into town yesterday morning but at the time of filing this report, his rumoured death had not been confirmed by the traditional council.

The rumour was further heightened by the summoning of an emergency meeting of the Tiv Traditional Council in Gboko yesterday

It was gathered from an insider that after the meeting in Gboko, a delegation of the Tiv Traditional Council would depart for Makurdi to brief Governor Ortom on the development.

“It is after the briefing that the Tiv Traditional Council will announce whether The Tor Tiv, Begha-U-Tiv Orchivirigh Dr Alfred Akawe Torkura,The Tor Tiv IV, has in actual fact joined his ancestors or not,” a source said.

Meanwhile, Northern monarchs yesterday regretted the passing away of Tor Tiv, Dr. Alfred Akawu Terkula.

Chairman of Northern Traditional Council of Chiefs, the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr. Abubakar Sa’ad II, announced the demise of Tor Tiv, who was also Chairman, Benue State Traditional Council of Chiefs, during a meeting of the council in Kaduna yesterday.

Sa’ad described the late Tor Tiv as a bridge builder who has led his people into prosperity and peace in his chiefdom and the Northern region.

He said: “It is with a sad heart we announce the demise of one of our own royal father the Tor Tiv, Dr. Alfred Akawu Tukula who recently passed away.

“It is a sad moment to the Council but we take solace that during his reign he contributed immensely to the development of Tiv kingdom and the Northern region. Our only prayer is that whosoever succeeded him will continue with good works he set on ground.

“We console the people of Benue State in general and the Tiv in particular. We know that losing someone like the late Tor Tiv is not easy but they should seek solace in the fact that he was a traditional ruler of exception.

“An educationist who ensure that his people move from the level of illiteracy to literacy; a businessman who create avenues for incomes for many of his subjects.”
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Throwback Photo Of Princess Diana With Maryam Babangida

Taken by Getty Images. Late Princess Diana and late Maryam Babangida pictured at the Rural Women's Fair in Tafawa Balewa square, Lagos in 1990. Stylish women!

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PHOTOS: Keke Napep Bursts Into Flames On Abuja Expressway

Accident Involving a tricycle popularly known as Keke Napep or Marua to some people is currently in flames at Apo Bridge in Abuja Nigeria The cause of the inferno could not be ascertained at the time of writing. The incident has caused traffic problems in the area as motorists are now avoiding the route. see photos from the Incident Below.

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Caption This Photo Of Saraki And Remi Tinubu

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