Wednesday, 30 November 2016

NCC suspends data price increase

The Nigerian Communications Commission on Wednesday announced the immediate suspension of the new minimum pricing template for data services by mobile operators.

The new rate, which would have led to price increase in data for some Nigerians, was scheduled to take effect from December 1.

The NCC said the decision is to allow for further consultation.

The NCC’s decision comes a few hours after the Senate ordered a stop to the planned increase.

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Mourinho issued one match touchline ban

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match touchline ban and fined £16,000 after he was sent off in his side's 1-1 draw against West Ham on Sunday.

It means Mourinho will be absent for Wednesday's EFL Cup quarter-final against the Hammers at Old Trafford.

The 53-year-old was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss after kicking a water bottle in frustration.

He admitted the Football Association's charge of improper conduct.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

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Plane Carrying a Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes in Colombia, Killing 76

Seventy-six people died when a chartered plane carrying members of a Brazilian soccer club crashed on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia, the authorities said early Tuesday.

Five of the 81 people onboard survived the crash, according to Brig. Gen. José Gerardo Acevedo, the police commander for the area surrounding Medellín, news agencies reported.

Colombia’s civil aviation agency said the flight was operated by a small airline, LaMia, and carried the soccer club Chapecoense de Brasil.

The team was traveling from Bolivia to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana tournament when the plane crashed about 10 p.m. on Monday.

Lagos Residents Waste Three of 10 Years in Traffic – Report

At least three of every 10 years spent in Lagos is lost to traffic, a survey by a Lagos-based transport firm, Planet Projects, has shown. It, therefore, means that residents of Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, spend an average of seven hours 20 minutes in traffic every day.

The Managing Director, Planet Projects, Biodun Otunola, who spoke on the issue at a press briefing in Lagos, said 70 per cent of the city’s traffic bottlenecks could be located on road junctions. He said this was taking a heavy toll on the health of the road users, reducing their lifespan and adversely affecting their productivity as well as the economy of the nation.

Wikileaks: “Spirit Cooking” Clinton Campaign Chairman Invited to Bizarre Satanic Performance

In what is undoubtedly the most bizarre Wikileaks revelation to date, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was invited to a “spirit cooking dinner” by performance artist Marina Abramovic, to take part in an occult ritual founded by Satanist Aleister Crowley.
In an email dated June 28, 2015, Abramovic wrote, “I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining? All my love, Marina.”

GSM subscribers to pay more for data from Dec.1

Subscribers of the Global System of Mobile telecommunications across the country would pay more for data with effect from December 1, 2016.

Although the telecoms companies declined to speak on the matter, top management workers across the networks confirmed the development to Punch newspaper, saying that the directive was from the Nigerian Communications Commission.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior management employee of Etisalat Nigeria said, “The NCC issued the directive late last week on the orders of the Federal Government. We have not announced it yet because most of the major telcos have been meeting the NCC on how to reverse this policy, because it will be too harsh for Nigerians.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Senate denies clearing President Buhari's nominee into the board of NCC

The attention of the Senate has been drawn to media reports with the headline that suggests that the Senate has dropped a nominee of Mr. President, Mr. Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla, as a non-executive commissioner on the Governing Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) after he was purportedly cleared by the Senate.

For the avoidance of doubt, the nomination of Mr. Obla was never confirmed or voted for since no decision of the Senate is said to be approved if not adopted during the consideration of the Votes and Proceedings of the Senate at the next legislative day.

Buhari jailed me 18 months for being wealthy —Anenih

A former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, says the military administration of President Muhammadu Buhari kept him in jail for 18 months between March 1984 and August 1985 because he was a rich man.

Anenih said this in his biography titled, ‘My Life and Nigerian Politics’ which was launched in Abuja on Saturday.

He said when Buhari came into power through a military coup in December 1983, he went about arresting politicians arbitrarily and he was one of those picked up because he was the Chairman of the defunct National Party of Nigeria in old Bendel State.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Saraki Congratulates Akeredolu ...Says Ondo Could Not Have Made a Better Choice

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, congratulated the Governor-Elect of Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, over his victory in the Saturday governorship election in the State.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, said  Akeredolu's victory did not come to him as surprise going by his excellent credentials and years of preparedness for the business of governance.

He urged the Governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory by ensuring that he works with all relevant stakeholders  in the arduous task of moving the Sunshine State to the next level.

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Protest trails INEC's declaration of Akeredolu as winner of Ondo State governorship election

There is protest from the the agent of the Peoples Democratic Party at the declaration  of the final result of the Ondo State governorship election’

Mr. Ayo Fadaka, had protested the result of the Saturday election which was won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu.

The  Returning Officer, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, who is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin declared Akerodolu the winner of the election with a total vote of of 244,842.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Fidel and Che: a generational farewell by Owei Lakemfa

The tiny island of Cuba with no major natural resources, military prowess or strong economy, produced two of the most famous and charismatic leaders of the last one hundred years; Ernesto Che Guevara and Fidel Castro Ruiz. Both have lasting legacies and assured places in world history as people who defined their generation and had global cult-like followership. Though contemporaries, both had unique farewell addresses fifty one years apart; while Che made his on April 1, 1965, Fidel gave his on Tuesday April 19, 2016.

North East: Senate Panel Vows To Unravel Alleged Diversion of Funds

The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on the Humanitarian Crisis in the North East has vowed to unravel the massive corruption allegedly perpetrated by public officials saddled with the management of the North East humanitarian crisis. 

Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Senator Shehu Sani disclosed this in Maiduguri  during a courtesy visit to Governor Kashim Shettim​a​ after the panel arrived Borno on Friday to meet with state and local leaders, conduct interviews with domestic and international stakeholders in the humanitarian community, and receive testimony from internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps.

Former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro dies aged 90

Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said.

"The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday)," President Raul Castro said.

Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost 50 years before Raul took over in 2008.

His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. But he was also accused of suppressing opposition.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Obasanjo is the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria - Reps

For describing the National Assembly as being peopled by a gang of unarmed robbers, the House of Representatives has lashed out at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, calling him the grandfather of corruption.

The Reps described Obasanjo as the most corrupt Nigerian that ever held a public office, adding that he, however, saw himself as the only clean human being.

Specifically, the House called Obasanjo the “grandfather of corruption” in Nigeria.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

That awkward moment when you can’t find your flight ticket

I had to cancel a business flight to Lagos last summer because I forgot my passport and ticket on the coffee table.  You must be wondering “who does that?”, based on a recent survey of tourists and business travelers most of us do.
Moment after booking a hotel, taking a taxi, riding the airport shuttle or even in the plane over 87% of travelers have reported  remembering that “thing”.
Believe me I realize how frustrating this could be, that's why I started making use of travel checklists.

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria moves 10 places up

Nigeria were one of the big movers in the latest FIFA world rankings, while Ghana have dropped a massive eight places.

The Super Eagles have shot up to eighth in Africa – and 50th overall – after jumping 10 places; the same as Egypt, who are up to fourth in the continent.

However, the biggest African movers were Burkina Faso, who jumped 17 places to go level with Nigeria.

Saraki Seeks Media Partnership to End Economic Recession

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Wednesday urged the media to collaborate with the upper chamber in its efforts aimed at pulling the nation's economy out of recession. 

Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, while presenting a keynote address at the 2016 Awards/Dinner for Senators and Journalists covering the Senate, organized by the Senate Press Corps.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

We lost a Comrade of inestimable value - NLC President mourns late Henry Odugala

A tribute on Comrade Henry Odugala by Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni, the President of Nigeria Labour Congress during the tribute session held for Comrade Odugala at Labour House, Abuja on

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016

It is with shock and disbelief that we received the news of the death of one of our most reliable, vocal, principled, intelligent and consistent Comrades, the General Secretary of one of the affiliate unions of NLC, Comrade Henry Odugala in the early hours of Friday, 4th November 2016.

Ondo governorship election: Ekweremadu Hails Jegede's Reinstatement 

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has hailed the decision of the Court of Appeal, which reinstated Mr. Eyitayo Jegede,SAN, as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2016 Ondo State governorship election.

Ekweremadu, who described the decision as “just, courageous, and expeditious”, commended the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal for their promptness in handling the matter, noting that democracy could only thrive where there is respect for the rule of law.

Ondo election: Jubilation as Appeal Court declares Jegede PDP candidate

There was wild jubilation in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Wednesday following the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Saturday governorship election.

On hearing the court judgement, women in the state trooped to the streets of Akure while some went to the office of the INEC and the PDP secretariat, Alagbaka to jubilate.

Watching too much TV can make men infertile

For many couples who are trying to achieve pregnancy, the solution might lie in watching less TV and spending more time, not necessarily on the bed, but in physical activities!

Researchers at the University Department of Growth and Reproduction, University of Copenhagen, have said that men who spend five or more hours watching TV daily risk 29 percent lower sperm concentration and 34 percent lower sperm count than men who don’t watch any TV.

What this translates into is that watching too much TV can lower your sperm count, which in turn can result in infertility!

Ekweremadu Sponsors Presidential Inauguration Bill

The first reading of the Bill for an Act to provide for the inauguration of the President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, also known as Presidential Inauguration Bill, 2016, was taken by the Senate in plenary, Tuesday.

The Bill, sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, seeks to move the inauguration of the President and the Vice President from the Eagles Square to within the precincts of the National Assembly, in tandem with international best practices as obtained in the United States of America, USA, and many other democracies.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan (middle) in the 1970s...

Travel Gift: Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Explorer in your life

The favourite shopping season is here!!
As the end of the year draws nigh, a time to show our loved ones just how much we care with our token of appreciation and love. We often become so worried about the perfect way to make an impression.
So what are the perfect gift items for travel junkies?When looking for the perfect holiday gift for that special someone, you can be tempted to get an expensive iPhone 7 or a PS4 but remember those may not be the most ideal gifts items for a person consumed by wanderlust.

Monday, 21 November 2016

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So true...

Former Senate President Mark, Ndume, Ashafa, nine others to receive 2016 Senate Press Corps awards

* Six Journalists to receive awards for reportorial excellence 

Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark and Senate Leader Ali Ndume with nine other serving senators are to receive awards of legislative excellence for their contributions to lawmaking and good governance in Nigeria on Wednesday November 23 at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

In a statement on Monday, Chairman of the Senate Press Corps, Mr. Cosmos Ekpunobi said the awardees emerged after a rigorous process based on Bills sponsored, motions brought on the floor, point of orders raised, legislative activism at committee levels, vibrancy on the floor, knowledge of Senate rules and fidelity to parliamentary duties in the 8th Senate.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

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Ekweremadu Donates Transformer to Constituency

…Says government alone cannot shoulder development

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has donated an electricity transformer to boost power supply in Umulumgbe community in Udi local Government of Enugu State.

He said the donation was informed by the desire to bring development to his constituents and also to compliment the efforts of the state and local governments in providing critical infrastructure to the people.

How Nigerian Army ‘killed’ kidnapped pastor and labelled him militant

A man the Nigerian Army said its soldiers killed as a senior militant in the restive Niger Delta, was actually a clergyman who had been kidnapped days before.

The Army said the man, Andrew Anthony, was killed late August when soldiers raided a hideout of militants in Rivers State ahead of the formal launch of “Operation Crocodile Smile”.

But a Premium Times investigation showed that soldiers who went for the operation knew Mr. Anthony was a kidnap victim, yet the Army, in its official statement, circulated his photograph to the media as one of five top militants killed in the area.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Economic recession: Nigeria structured for wealth sharing and guzzling - Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has blamed Nigeria’s economic woes on wrong federal structure, which he said had predisposed the country to wealth sharing, indolence, and poor governance since the fall of the First Republic.

He reiterated that restructuring remained the true and lasting solution to the nation’s many woes, as it would promote wealth creation, productivity, good governance, and national development.

He made the assertions at the investiture of Dr. Omede Idris as the 15th President of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, APBN, in Abuja, Thursday night.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

$29.9bn Loan: Saraki Advises Politicians, Media Against Empty Speculations

***Says we never discussed the issue during my visits to Presidency

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has advised politicians and the media to stop peddling empty speculations about his recent visits to the Presidential Villa and linking such visits to the request by the Buhari administration for approval of the National Assembly to get $29.9bn loan from foreign sources.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that in all his recent meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the issue of the proposed loan has never come up for discussion.

BBC to broadcast in Yoruba, Igbo, others

The BBC World Service is set to broadcast in 11 new languages, among them are Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin.

Others are Afaan Oromo and Amharic, spoken in Ethiopia; Tigrinya, the main language of Eritrea; Gujarati, Marathi and Telugu and Punjabi.
The World Service started out in 1932 as a radio channel for English-speakers in the British empire but has transformed over time into a respected provider of news to global audiences.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Former Abia State Governor Orji Kalu Joins APC

Former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has formally joined the All Progressives Congress, APC, a move some persons in the state say is meant to get a soft landing for his corruption charges.

Speaking with an online news medium,  Per Second News over the phone Chief Emeka Obiora, a PDP chieftain said that “The APC is being subtly turning into a sanctuary by shady characters from all political parties who want to escape the long arm of the law."

"The deluge of defections into the ruling APC should be a matter of concern for discerning and well-meaning Nigerians who want a country founded on justice, equity and the rule of law."

Kalu was received by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party at the National Secretariat Wednesday.

The former governor of Abia State, has been accused of laundering about N3 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

Child marriage becoming a ‘cloud of crisis’ – Northern Nigerian Christian leaders tell President Buhari

Abduction, forced conversion and forced marriage of Christian minors goes under-reported in N. Nigeria, where Islam is the main religion.
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When the Northern States’ Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) recently met President Buhari at his Presidential Villa (3 Nov), they asked him to warn Northern Nigeria’s traditional rulers against child marriage. They said the trend was already gathering “a cloud of crisis” and would cause a serious crisis if not checked. They cited one recent abduction and forcible conversion to Islam of a Christian school girl in Northern Nigeria as symptomatic of the trend.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Sambo Dasuki declined offer to attend father’s burial – FG

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Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau, said former National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, on Monday declined an offer to visit his late father, Ibrahim Dasuki, in an Abuja hospital.

Similarly, Danbazau said Sambo had declined another offer to be in Sokoto throughout the mourning of his Father.

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Atiku avoids US trips over fears he could be arrested on corruption charges-ElRufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State Tuesday said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is wanted in the United States on corruption charges, as a result the former VP has avoided trips to the U.S since 2008.

“Can Alhaji Atiku explain the findings in the report of the United States Senate Permanent Sub-Committee on Investigations which detailed a pattern of wire transfers of more than USD 40 million from offshore companies like Siemens into bank accounts controlled by him and one of his wives. 

Michelle Obama called 'ape in heels' by government officials

Senior officials in West Virginia have become embroiled in a race row after a county employee published a Facebook post likening Michelle Obama to an “ape in heels”. 

Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Ramsey Taylor published the post to celebrate Donald Trump’s election victory, commenting it would be “refreshing” to have a “classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House." 

Late Sultan Dasuki was an Ambassador of Peace- Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has joined well-meaning Nigerians in mourning the former Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, describing him as an elder statesman and ambassador of peace.

Ekweremadu, who described the death as shocking and saddening, noted that Alhaji Dasuki’s demise had created a huge void that would be hard to fill.

Obasanjo wanted life Presidency not just third term - Atiku

Former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar has insisted that ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo wanted to pave the way for a lifetime presidency and not just a third term in office.

Atiku said this in an interview with a quarterly magazine published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Zero Tolerance.

The former vice-president said, initially, it was assumed that the plan was to modify the constitution so that Obasanjo could serve a third, four-year term as President.

He, however, said the aspect of tenure limitation was carefully removed so that Obasanjo could be President for life.

Former Chief of Defense Staff Badeh, forfeits $1m to FG

A former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh (retd.), has permanently forfeited $1m to the Federal Government.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, while investigating the arms scam in ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, had searched Badeh’s mansion located at 6 Ogun River Crescent, Maitama, on March 6, 2016 and found $1m cash.

The house, which is worth about N1.1bn, was subsequently seized by the EFCC while the cash was taken seized as evidence.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Saraki Urges State Assemblies to Adopt Amended Procurement Law

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advised State Houses of Assembly in the 36 states to adopt the recently amended Public Procurement Act and enact it in order to help local manufacturers in their respective states.

Saraki who was addressing the first set of beneficiaries of the Skill acquisition Training and Empowerment Programme (STEP) initiated by him to empower youths in his home state, Kwara, said the adoption of the new Procurement Act in the states will ensure that state government agencies will join their federal counterparts in putting money in the pockets of citizens while helping to encourage the development of private initiatives among fellow country men and women.

The war has just begun - Boko Haram leader warns Trump

The leader of the jihadist group Boko Haram has reacted to the election of Donald Trump to the White House with a warning that “the war has just begun” against the West.

“Do not be overwhelmed by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and everywhere,” Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message posted on YouTube late Sunday.

“We remain steadfast on our faith and we will not stop,” he said in the hour-long message. “To us, the war has just begun.”

Manchester United are Football's top payers - survey

Manchester United pay the highest wages in world football, according to the latest edition of the Global Sports Salaries Survey.
Average basic first-team pay at the Premier League club has been calculated at £5.77 million ($7.27 million) per year or 110,962 pounds per week.
United are ranked fourth in the overall sporting pay league behind the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, which pays an average annual salary of $8.7 million, baseball's New York Yankees ($7.68 million) and another NBA team, the LA Clippers ($7.65 million).

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Trump: I didn’t give fixed date for tearing my green card, says Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday, came hard on those asking him to tear his US Green Card as he vowed to do once billionaire businessman, Donald Trump, won the US presidential election.

Online commentators have been daring the revered playwright to carry out his threat which he reportedly made few days before the election since Trump had won.

But Soyinka, in a statement he signed titled, “Red card, green card– Notes towards the management of hysteria”, described the online commentators as “noisome creatures” whose ignorance resonates largely on whatever they comment on.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Nine reasons women stay with cheating husbands

Janet and her two children kept cuddling on the bed while her husband’s phone rang for the seventh time in five minutes. It was a Saturday afternoon.

Soon enough, the sound became “deafening” and she had to answer the call to tell the person to call back in few minutes when he would have finished in the bathroom.

“The contact of the person calling was saved as ‘James office’ so I felt the person should be one of his colleagues and so I didn’t hesitate to use ‘sir’ when I answered the call, but I was surprised to hear a female voice,” she recalled.