Pen Cinema Flyover Construction: Lagos Announces Movement Restriction In Agege From Jan 4

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The Lagos State Government has announced plans to enforce partial restriction of movement for motorists in the Agege axis to accelerate the ongoing construction of Pen Cinema Flyover starting from January 4, 2018.

In a statement on Monday, January 1, by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr Olujimi Hotonu, the State Government said there would be a complete closure of the roads in the axis at some point during the construction but that it would start with partial restriction of movement.

He also assured that adequate arrangements have been put in place to mitigate the impact of the closure of the roads on motorists and residents, adding that traffic diversion routes have also been created to ensure ease of movement along the corridor.

Hotonu further said the construction of the flyover across the Pen Cinema intersection at Agege embarked upon by the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was part of the continuous drive to ease traffic within the metropolis and improve on the State economy.

His words: “To ease the construction of the Pen Cinema flyover, the State Government will be diverting traffic at the Pen Cinema intersection starting from Thursday, January 4, 2018.”

Hotonu further said that the restriction of movement is expected to last for an estimated period of three and six months to enable the contractor take full advantage of the weather and space to deliver seamlessly the critical aspect of the flyover construction that falls within the Pen Cinema roundabout and railway crossing at Old Abeokuta Road junction.

“The routes for the diversion for the flyover are as follow; Vehicles coming from Ogba/Oba Ogunji except Articulated vehicles are expected to come in through Ijaiye Low Cost Housing Estate to link Iju Road, while Articulated Vehicles and other vehicles plying this axis have the option of either turning right towards Iju Road at the Pen Cinema intersection or left towards Moshalashi Alhaja.

“Similarly, vehicles coming from Iju Road should go towards Moshalashi Alhaja or turn towards Oba Ogunji/ Ogba as the turning towards the right to the Railway crossing will remain closed.

Continuing, Hotonu said there would be a complete closure of the road for vehicles coming from Moshalashi Alhaja towards the Railway crossing, while vehicles coming from Moshalashi Alhaja axis would be expected to either move towards Iju Road or turn right towards Oba Ogunji/Ogba Road.

“All vehicles coming from Old Abeokuta Motor Road are enjoined to go straight towards Agege Motor Road or turn right towards Afa Nla/Oke Koto roads, while vehicles coming from Agege Motor Road are enjoined to go straight towards Old Abeokuta Motor Road or turn into Afa Nla/Oke Koto roads. No vehicle from these axes will be allowed to pass through the Pen Cinema intersection,” Hotonu said.

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Pen Cinema Flyover Construction: Lagos Announces Movement Restriction In Agege From Jan 4

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The Lagos State Government has announced plans to enforce partial restriction of movement for motorists in the Agege axis to accelerate the ongoing construction of Pen Cinema Flyover starting from January 4, 2018.

In a statement on Monday, January 1, by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr Olujimi Hotonu, the State Government said there would be a complete closure of the roads in the axis at some point during the construction but that it would start with partial restriction of movement.

He also assured that adequate arrangements have been put in place to mitigate the impact of the closure of the roads on motorists and residents, adding that traffic diversion routes have also been created to ensure ease of movement along the corridor.

Hotonu further said the construction of the flyover across the Pen Cinema intersection at Agege embarked upon by the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was part of the continuous drive to ease traffic within the metropolis and improve on the State economy.

His words: “To ease the construction of the Pen Cinema flyover, the State Government will be diverting traffic at the Pen Cinema intersection starting from Thursday, January 4, 2018.”

Hotonu further said that the restriction of movement is expected to last for an estimated period of three and six months to enable the contractor take full advantage of the weather and space to deliver seamlessly the critical aspect of the flyover construction that falls within the Pen Cinema roundabout and railway crossing at Old Abeokuta Road junction.

“The routes for the diversion for the flyover are as follow; Vehicles coming from Ogba/Oba Ogunji except Articulated vehicles are expected to come in through Ijaiye Low Cost Housing Estate to link Iju Road, while Articulated Vehicles and other vehicles plying this axis have the option of either turning right towards Iju Road at the Pen Cinema intersection or left towards Moshalashi Alhaja.

“Similarly, vehicles coming from Iju Road should go towards Moshalashi Alhaja or turn towards Oba Ogunji/ Ogba as the turning towards the right to the Railway crossing will remain closed.

Continuing, Hotonu said there would be a complete closure of the road for vehicles coming from Moshalashi Alhaja towards the Railway crossing, while vehicles coming from Moshalashi Alhaja axis would be expected to either move towards Iju Road or turn right towards Oba Ogunji/Ogba Road.

“All vehicles coming from Old Abeokuta Motor Road are enjoined to go straight towards Agege Motor Road or turn right towards Afa Nla/Oke Koto roads, while vehicles coming from Agege Motor Road are enjoined to go straight towards Old Abeokuta Motor Road or turn into Afa Nla/Oke Koto roads. No vehicle from these axes will be allowed to pass through the Pen Cinema intersection,” Hotonu said.

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OPINION: ‘Dead’ President And Dead Men in His Cabinet

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‘Dead’ President And Dead Men in His Cabinet By Erasmus Ikhide

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The discovery of dead persons names on President Muhammadu Buhari’s boards’ appointments made last weekend signposted a nation in constant trauma, plagued by inept leadership and a stubbornly disoriented clique that has held Buhari’s Presidency hostage, while the people who are at the receiving end languish in abject penury. We are talking about dead; its meaning and those in President Buhari’s government. Termination or expiration of existence sounds most profound — a dead government, organisation, organism or a person is dead to reasoning; emotion, recognition and feeling — or when leadership can no longer put a face to its name.

This piece was written by Erasmus Ikhide. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Literarily speaking, President Buhari has been a dead ‘man’, as much as his presidency. He fails to put a face to his presidency by ensuring that he fulfils all or some of his electoral promises to the mass of Nigerian people. Buhari is ‘dead’ for refusing or failing to fulfil his 2015 Presidential manifesto to revive and reactivate our minimally performing refineries to optimum capacity.

The president is ‘dead’ for his inability to see through his promise to ensure that the oil industry becomes one of the world leading/cutting edge centres for clean oil and gas technology by producing leading world Oil and Gas technologist, scientists, and owing mega structure installations, drilling, processing, and production facilities and engineers. He is ‘dead’ because Nigerians are yet to see the fulfilment of his promise that these facilities and scientists will be supported with the best services and research facilities.

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President Buhari is ‘dead’ since the promise to fully develop the oil sector’s capacity to absorb more of the nation’s new graduate in the labour market has not come to fruition. He is ‘dead’ governmentally because he told us that the oil sector will be funded to produce more home-grown, but world-class engineers, scientists, technologist, etc, and nothing has happened. Buhari government is ‘non-existence’ because his pledges to modernise the NNPC and make it the national energy champion has not been actualised. Buhari is ‘dead’ because he vowed to breakup NNPC into more efficient, commercially driven units and strip it of its regulatory powers, so as to enable it to tap into the international capital market, and Nigerians are still waiting three-year down the road.

Mr. Buhari is ‘dead’ since his promise to enforce the government master plan for oil companies to end flaring that pollutes the air and damages the communities and people’s health and ensure that they sell at least half of their gas produced within Nigeria has failed. His presidency might just be alive because he advocated speedy passage of the much-delayed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and ensure that local content issues are fully addressed. But he is ‘dead’ because he vowed to make Nigeria the world’s leading exporter of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) through the creation of strategic partnerships. President Buhari is completely ‘dead’ because he promised to stabilise oil price and the same oil price has quadrupled.

This President is ‘dead’ for not initiating policies to ensure that Nigerians are free to live and work in any part of the country by removing state of origin, tribe, ethnic and religious affiliations from documentation requirements in our identification of citizens and replace these with State of Residence and fashion out the appropriate minimal qualification for obtaining such a state of residency, nation-wide in accordance with his party manifesto.

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President Buhari is ‘dead’ since he could not put in place a N300bn Regional Growth Fund with an average of N50bn in each geo-political region to encourage private sector enterprise and to support places currently reliant on only the public sector, to migrate to a private sector reality, as he promised. Buhari government is ‘dead’ for not creating a Social Welfare Program of at least Five Thousand Naira (N5000) that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens upon the demonstration of children’s enrolment in school, create 5 million jobs and evidence of immunisation to help promote family stability.

This government has ‘expired’ for not providing free antenatal care for pregnant women; free health care for babies and children up to school going age and for the aged; and free treatment for those afflicted with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The APC government is at its ‘tipping’ point for not creating an Insurance Policy for our Journalists as the nation faces hard times and our Journalists face more dangers; for not establishing zonal world-class sports academics and training institutes and ensure that Nigeria occupies a place of pride in global sports and athletics as it promised.

Buhari cabinet is truly and ethically ‘dead’ for not assisting Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry that can compete effectively with Hollywood and Bollywood in due course; guarantee that women are adequately represented in government appointments and provide greater opportunities in education, job creation, and economic empowerment, and for not using the party structures to promote the concept of reserving a minimum number of seats in the States and National Assembly, for women.

This government is in abeyance for its refusal to create shelterbelts in states bordering the Sahara Desert to mitigate and reverse the effects of the expanding desert. There is a ‘carcass’ of government presently since Buhari refused to create 20,000 jobs per state immediately for those with a minimum qualification of secondary school leaving certificate and who participate in technology and vocational training.

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President Buhari antigraft war is a mere ‘cadaver’ for not placing the burden of proving innocence in corruption cases on persons with inexplicable wealth. His anti-corruption crusade is a cynical mockery of due process because he refused to pursue legislation expanding forfeiture and seizure of assets laws and procedure with respect to inexplicable wealth, regardless of whether there is a conviction for criminal conduct or not.

The ‘demise’ of President Buhari and his government are loudly amplified by his failure to provide free tertiary education to students pursuing Science and Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), a promise he stoutly made to Nigerian students in 2015, prior to his presidency. His presidency is not ‘alive’ to provide free tertiary education to education majors and stipends prior to their employment as teachers, as contain in his manifesto; create incentives and dedicate special attention to the education of girls, ensure every child attending primary school is properly nourished and ready to learn by providing a Free Meal a Day.

Buhari government is a ‘skeleton’ for not achieving the construction of one million low-cost houses within four years for the poor; stop all travel abroad at government expense for the purpose of medical treatment. In fact, the president has been unexampled in this regard since independence! This government can’t be said to be ‘alive’ for not providing incentives for Nigerian doctors and health practitioners working abroad to return home, to strengthen the health care industry in Nigeria and provide quality care to those who need it, and making sure people at a local level benefit from mining and mineral wealth by vesting all mineral rights in land to states.

Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, former Lagos State Governor and currently the Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing echoed one of his party’s manifesto when he jabbed at former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wobbling government that “a serious government will fix power problem in six months”. “There is a danger that very soon, we will miss the lesson we have learnt over the years. This is because if a government makes a public commitment, the government must fulfil that promise. Electricity was not discovered yesterday, it is over 100 years old and no excuses will be acceptable from the federal government for not providing electricity.
“We are the only nation that has oil and gas and no electricity to its citizens. Angola and Gabon don’t have the kind of oil we have. There are many countries that do not produce oil and they enjoy electricity. Very soon we will make a choice on the next set of leaders and this will be done through the ballot papers.”

By a twist of fate, Fashola has been made minister over the last two-year and has been aping at electricity generation and has failed woefully. Fashola is one of the ‘dead’ members of President Buhari’s cabinet. He has failed himself and failed Nigerians who he deceived to vote for Buhari. Buhari, Fashola and the likes of Ibe Kachikwu, Maikanti Baru, Mr. Abubakar Malami, Abba Kyari and other cabinet members are not different from the truly dead Senator Francis Okpozo; Rev. Fr. Christopher Utov, DIG Donald Ugbaja (rtd), Garba Attahiru, Umar Dange, Dr. Nabbs Imegwu, Magdalene Kumu and many more to be discovered in the disjointed appointments that took nearly three-year to materialised.

While we await national rebirth of some sort, it is of the essence that we think our way out of the present leadership conundrum offered by the PDP and the APC for nearly two decades, respectively. No nation can make meaningful progress when when her political, civil, economic and spiritual wellbeing is disorderly yoked together by military Fiat without the people’s input. Nations are doomed when the people lazy away in their irresponsibility to call leaders to account and sanction them with a verdict of rejection at elections. President Buhari deserves just that in 2019.

Erasmus, Public Affairs Analyst, writes from Lagos.
Email: ikhideerasmus@gmail.com
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New Year Tragedy: 21 Killed As Gunmen Attack Residents Returning From Crossover Service

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At least 21 persons have been feared killed in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State after unknown gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at people returning from their various churches in the early hours of Monday where they had gone to attend the New Year crossover night service.

Speaking on the incident, the police spokesperson in the state, Omoni Nnamdi, said it was difficult for the police to give the exact number of people killed in the shooting.

“We can only confirm the incident, but we can’t confirm the number of casualties. We are still working on that because some people were taken to the hospital and some of them are recuperating,” said Mr. Nnamdi, a deputy superintendent of police.

The state police spokesman however disclosed that normalcy has returned to the area and that they would let the public know the number of casualties after an investigation.

However, the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, who is an indigene of the state, said that 21 people were killed in the incident.

The NIMASA chief said the incident was as a result of the fight for supremacy among rival cult groups in the area.

Mr. Peterside told Premium Times that cultism and cult-related killing thrived in the area because of the backing from powerful politicians.

“My heart goes the people of ONELGA and the immediate families of the deceased. This is an act that must be condemned. The good people of Omoku have suffered enough and this has dealt a further blow on their sufferings,” he said, adding that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, lacked the capacity to tackle the state’s security challenge.

“I have said it time and again that Governor Wike lacks the capacity and competence to guarantee the safety and security of Rivers people.

“It is unfortunate that over 1,000 persons have been killed in questionable circumstances in the last two years under his watch. He should stop playing politics with the lives of Rivers people and face governance.

“Since the governor is not rising to the occasion to show competence, we will henceforth partner with all relevant security agencies to bring peace, law, and order to ONELGA and other parts of Rivers State.

“This is indeed a sad day for the people of ONELGA and the only way we can assuage their feelings is to ensure that this does not happen again. Governor Wike can rise above his partisan politics and display the hallmark of a statesman by openly condemning this murderous act and stop at nothing to arrest the criminals,” Mr. Peterside said.

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Schalke: Goretzka Transfer To Bayern Not Done Yet

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Schalke insist the reported transfer of Leon Goretzka to Bayern has not been completed, as he has not informed the club of his desire to leave.

 

Goretzka’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and has been linked with Liverpool and Juventus.

 

Reports in Marca say a deal has been agreed with Bayern Munich and he will link up with the squad.

 

But Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel told Sport 1 there is no done deal to discuss at this stage.

“Leon has not informed us so far that he has decided to leave us,” Heidel said.

“I trust Leon and his agent, with whom I was in contact yesterday [Sunday].”

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Making Calls At Filling Stations Now A Criminal Offence, Could Land You In Jail – Police

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The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has told Nigerians that making phone calls at filling stations is now a criminal offence which could land the culprit in jail.

According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, an offender could be prosecuted and jailed for attempted arson.

The Punch also quoted the Force spokesman as saying that police officers have the authority to arrest anyone found making phone calls or smoking at filling stations.

He described the filling station as a public facility where motorists cannot act as they like on account of the inflammable products like petrol and other petroleum products being dispensed there.

Moshood, therefore, cautioned the public against violating the safety rules forbidding smoking and phone calls at filling stations.

He said, “Making phone calls or smoking at filling stations is a criminal offence and the police, of course, could arrest anyone violating the safety rules put in place to safeguard life and property at the filling stations.”

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Why 2017 Was The Greatest Year Of My Life – Paul Okoye Reveals

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Popular Nigerian Singer, Paul Okoye, aka RudeBoy of the defunct Psquare group has revealed that 2017 was the greatest year of his life following the birth of his twin, Nadia, and Nathan.

The singer who broke up with his twin brother to dissolve the Psquare group in 2017 took to his Instagram page to share the photo of his babies with caption;

“The reason why 2017 is da greatest year of my life �� Nadia and Nathan �� #doubledouble #amgrateful #happynewyear”

See what he posted below;

 

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I Am A Fraudster, Tell SARS To Come And Arrest Me – Singer, Dotman Declares

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Nigerian singer, Dotman has pulled what seems to be a risky stunt after publicly declaring himself to be a Fraudster otherwise called Yahoo Boy during one of his recent performance

Despite the news of brutality and dreadful act of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Dotman who spoke in Yoruba Language in the middle of his performance dared the crowd to call the SARS officials to come and arrest him after declaring himself as a fraudster.

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Pastor Adeboye Reveals 11 “Powerful” Prophesies For 2018

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The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has prophesied that proverbial “significant goliaths will fall” this year in a list of eleven “powerful” prophesies he revealed for 2018.

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He made the eleven revelations, which were divided into 3 groups – individual prophecies, predictions for Nigeria, and what the world should expect in general – while speaking at the Crossover Service at the Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the early hours of Monday morning.

The man of God also prophesied that significant Goliath would fall this year and that erstwhile stubborn mountains would move before the children of God.

On the international scene, Adeboye said there would be less fire outbreaks, but more floods globally.

Here are the prophesies below:

Individual

  1. Erstwhile stubborn mountains will move.
  2. Many people will wake up to realise that their future is not in the hand of any government and as a result a lot of lost ground will be reclaimed.
  1. Sabotteurs will be disgraced and displaced.

Nigeria

  1. Significant goliaths will fall.
  2. Before the end of the year, there will be rays of hope that all will still be well.

International

  1. This year there will be less fire outbreaks but there will be more floods.
  2. There will be misunderstandings amongs nation but no major wars.
  3. Pray against assasination attempts globally.
  4. There will record breaking temperatures both high and low.
  5. There will be a handful of breakthroughs both scientific and medical.
  1. The count down to the end has started.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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SPAIN

Real Madrid are shelving any plans involving a move for Eden Hazard and putting their faith in Marco Asensio. “Why would we bring in the Belgian if we have Asensio?” one senior board figure is reported to have said in a meeting. In 14 games he has four goals and three assists, but should see his minutes increase in 2018. (Marca)

Valencia’s Rafa Mir is expected to join Real Madrid in the next few days. The clubs have agreed a deal for around €500,000 and he will initially join their youth team. The 20-year-old managed five minutes in La Liga last season. (Marca)

Barcelona will not give up on Philippe Coutinho during January. Although the Spanish side want someone to boost their Champions League squad, after trying so hard to sign him in the summer, they don’t want to ignore the Brazilian. He would only be able to play in La Liga games, a competition Barca are firm favourites to win, sitting nine points clear of Atletico Madrid. (Marca)

The move by Liverpool to sign Virgil van Dijk for £75m is giving Barcelona cold sweats. Their own centre-back Samuel Umtiti has a release clause set at £53.5m and after reports linking him to Manchester City, the Spanish club are hoping to secure him to a new deal with a much higher clause. (Marca)

With Besiktas not interested and Arsenal ruled out as a possible destination, two alternatives for Barcelona’s Arda Turan have opened up. AC Milan have not ruled out a move for the Turkey international and he is also mentioned as a possible Everton transfer target. (Mundo Deportivo)

ITALY

A known Manchester United transfer target, Benfica’s Alejandro Grimaldo is close to sealing a €30m move to Napoli in January. (Tuttosport)

Napoli are lining up a €40m move for Fiorentina’s Enrico Chiesa. The 20-year-old signed a contract until 2022 recently and has four goals and four assists in Serie A this season. (Il Mattino)

Bologna forward Simone Verdi is another player linked with a move to Napoli in this window. The 25-year-old has scored six league goals and would cost the Naples club around €25m. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Marko Pjaca will be allowed to leave Juventus on loan this winter. The club would prefer him to join a club still competing in the Europa League, putting Zenit St Petersburg and Schalke as favourites. (Tutto Juve)

FRANCE

Marseille are contemplating a move for Crystal Palace full-back Pape Souare. The defender knows OM boss Rudi Garcia well from his time at Lille. After recovering from a serious car accident, he needs minutes and Marseille are looking to replace the recently departed Patrice Evra. (France Football)

Once a known target for Arsenal, Paul-Georges Ntep could be on his way back to Ligue 1. Failing to make an impact for Wolfsburg, he is available on loan and Saint-Etienne are favourites to land him. The only sticking point is his €300,000 per month salary (France Bleu)

GERMANY

Despite interest from Barcelona, Leon Goretzka will join Bayern Munich in the summer. The Liverpool transfer target, although intrigued by a move to England, has picked the German champions as his next home and the deal will be finalised shortly. (Bild)

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Soyinka Breaks Silence On Fuel Scarcity, Buhari’s 1977 Statement

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Prominent Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Saturday said he can only wish Nigerians less miseries in the New Year.

In a message titled, “Blame passing: The New Year Gift to a Nation,’’ he also called on the Nigerian government to end the current fuel scarcity in the country rather than resort to blame passing.

The Nobel laureate said government must not be fooled by the quietness in major cities, adding that Nigerians are going through pains to get petroleum products.

“In the accustomed tradition, I wish the nation less misery in the coming year. A genuine Happy New Year greeting is probably too extravagant a wish,” he wrote Saturday.

Soyinka stressed that prevailing socio-economic circumstances in the country make a genuine happy New Year greeting an extravagant wish, adding that 40 years after the country passed through the same problems associated with scarcity of fuel, the ugly development is still rife.

Making reference to a Daily Times publication of June 7, 1977, when President Muhammadu Buhari was then minister of petroleum and natural resources, the laureate said:

“The accompanying news clipping from June, 1977 came into my hands quite fortuitously. It is forty years old. It captures the unenviable enigma that is the Nigerian nation. It is however a masterful end-of-year image to take into the coming year, not only for the individual now at the helm of government, General Buhari, but for a people surely credited with the most astounding degree of patience and forbearance on the African continent – except of course among themselves, when they turn into predatory fiends. When many of us are blissfully departed, an updated rendition of this same clipping – with a change of cast here and there – will undoubtedly be reproduced in the media, with the same alibis, the same in-built panacea of blame passing.”

He recounted what he experienced at filling stations when he travelled through Lagos, Ibadan and Abeokuta, describing the situation as traumatising.

“Even with ‘unorthodox’ aids of passage, this was no task for the faint – hearted,” Mr. Soyinka wrote of efforts to get fuel around the cities.

“Just getting past fuelling stations was traumatising, an obstacle race through seething, frustrated masses of humanity, only to find ourselves on vast stretches of emptied roads pleading for occupation. As for obtaining the petroleum in the first place – the less said the better.

“I suspect that this government has permitted itself to be fooled by the peace of those empty streets, but also by the orderly, patient, long -suffering queues that are admittedly prevalent in the city centres. It is time the reporting monitors of government moved to city peripheries and sometimes even some other inner urban sectors, such as Ikeja and Maryland from time to time to see, and listen!”

The Nobel laureate argued that pronouncements such as the one contained in the 1977 Daily Times newspaper’s viral headline are “a delusion at best, a formula that derides public intelligence.”

He described it as attempts to buy time and pass blame, adding that the current hike must be remedied quickly.

“It is time the reporting monitors of government move to city peripheries and sometimes even some other inner urban sectors, such as Ikeja and Maryland from time to time to see, and listen ! Pronouncements – such as the 1977 above – again re-echoing by rote in 2017– are a delusion at best, a formula that derides public intelligence. Buying time. Passing blame. Yes of course, the current affliction must be remedied, and fast, but is there a dimension to it that must be brought to the fore, simultaneously and forcefully? This had better be the framework for solving even a shortage that virtually paralyzed the nation.”

He wondered for a moment, “what became of the initiatives by some states nearly two decades ago – Lagos most prominently – to decentralize power, and thus empower states to generate and distribute their own energy requirements? Frustrated and eventually sabotaged in the most cynical manner from the federal centre! The similarity today is frightening – for nearly four days on that earlier occasion, the nation was blacked out near entirely. We know that one survival tactic of governments is to keep their citizens in the dark over decisions that affect their lives, but this was literal! And yet each such crisis, plus lesser ones, merely reiterate again and again that this national contraption, as it now stands, is simply – dysfunctional!

“What this demands is that, in the process of alleviating the immediate pressing misery, we do not permit ourselves to be manipulated yet again into forgetting the main issue whose ramifications exact penalties such as petroleum seizures and national power outage. These are only two handy, being recent symptoms – there are several others, but this is not intended to be a catalogue of woes. Sufficient to draw attention to the Yoruba saying that goes: Won ni, Amukun, eru e wo. Oun ni, at’isale ni. Translation: Some voices alerted the K-legged porter to the dangerous tilt of the load on his head. His response was – Thank you, but the problem actually resides in the legs.”

“The providential image above sums up a defining moment for both individual and collective self-assessment, places in question the ability of a nation to profit from past experience. Vast resources, yes, but proved unmanageable under its present structural arrangements. As the tussle for the next round of power gets hotter in the coming year, the electorate will again be manipulated into losing sight of the base issue. Its noisome claque in the meantime, the automated mumus of social media, practiced in sterile deflection and trivialization of critical issues, unwittingly join hands with government to indulge in blame passing and name calling – both sides with different targets. From the anguished cry of Charley Boy’s Our Mummu Don Do! to expositions from academics such as Professor Makinde’s recent intervention, the public is subjected daily to a relentless barrage of awareness, underlined in urgency. Nobody listens. One wonders if many people read. And certainly, very few retain or relate – until of course the next crisis. The Labour movement declares that it awaits a guarantee of the ‘people’s backing’ before it embarks on any critical intervention. Understandably. There is more than enough of the opium of blame passing on tap to lull mummus into that deep coma from which – give it a little more time – there can only be a rude awakening.”

“Sooner than later, but not as soon as pledged, the fuel crisis will pass. And then of course we shall await the next round of shortages, then a recommencement of blame passing. What will be the commodity this time – food perhaps? Maybe even potable water? In a nation of plenty, nothing is beyond eventual shortage – except of course, the commonplace endowment of pre-emptive planning and methodical execution. Forty years after, the same language of re-assurance? “There is something rotten in the state of Naija!”

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Apostle Suleman Releases 50 Shocking Prophesies For 2018

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Apostle Johnson Suleman, the founder and senior Pastor of the Omega Fire Ministry, Auchi, has released 50 shocking prophecies for the year 2018.

Daily Post reports that the cleric spoke about the sacked President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Nigerian economy and series of bombing in the country.

He also prophesied about manhunt for the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose and killing of political enemies by the current political leaders.

Here are the prophesies below:

  1. Economy to get better in Nigeria in 2018

  2. Year of serial bombings in Nigeria

  3. Imo State Governor to make governorship a family affair

  4. Donald Trumps health needs attention

  5. A new strategies of killing perceived political
    enemies in Nigeria will arise

  6. Wildfire outbreak in an American state

  7. Manhunt for Ekiti state Governor by the Federal Government of Nigeria

  8. Government of Nigeria to disobey court orders

  9. God says ” Let Sambo Dasuki go”

10.President Buhari to be flown abroad on emergency

  1. A former Nigerian military President laid to rest

  2. Many bloggers to be arrested and jailed

  3. Bola Tinubu to have public showdown with President Buhari

  4. Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe, rest in peace

  5. Political blackmail to be on the rise

  6. I saw two great northern kings in open conflict

  7. Church buildings collapse, tears, tears

  8. EFCC boss to have major setback

  9. Nollywood, new stars to take over

  10. 2018 budget, Senate and presidency lockjam

  11. NAFDAC to pray against fire disaster

  12. Senate President To Be harassed embarrassed. Many publications and threatened arrest.

  13. DSS boss, to attend to his health

  14. Fresh charges against Abubakar Atiku and friends to be embarrassed

  15. I saw major bombings in Egypt

  16. Attempt on the life of Chief Femi Fani Kayode’s wife

  17. South African Jacob Zuma to be humiliated

  18. Atiku’s men will betray him

  19. U.K bombings, biggest in history

  20. Channels TV in court crisis

  21. America, Canada, Asia, to experience hurricanes.

  22. Ibe Kachikwu to be removed and replaced

  23. NTA to pray against losing a top boss

  24. Shoprite Lagos to beef up securities, I see a major raid.

  25. I see Fulani herdsmen entering Lagos and Rivers State massively

  26. Oh America, I see war in 2018

  27. Let’s pray against train accident. I saw a train going out of the rail

  28. I saw the naira gaining relevance

  29. I see a new political party that will divide APC and PDP

  30. 2019, power will not move from the North

  31. I see serious politics against Osibanjo

  32. Nigeria pray against air crash

  33. I saw a young Nigerian musician experiencing major media attack sponsored by a fellow musician of same genre

  34. Kardashian family, topsy-they in 2018

  35. I see some Nollywood stars permanently leaving Nigeria for better opportunities

  36. 2018, the year of the Army. So much military presence and control

  37. Good luck Jonathan should pray not to be bereaved

  38. Nnamdi Kanu to be embarrassed both locally and internationally

  39. God will give people good health and there will be cure to incurable diseases

  40. I see a group rising in the North and asking for their own nation.

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Report: Arsenal Interested In Signing Chelsea’s David Luiz

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Arsenal are said to be leading the pack in the race to sign out-of-favour Chelsea defender David Luiz, according to the Daily Express.

David Luiz has struggled for a start at Stamford Bridge and the Gunners are among those interested in taking him on.

Antonio Conte has since ruled the 30-year-old out of action due to a knee problem, but he is expected to return to full fitness within the next week.

The Express claims that Arsenal want Luiz to strengthen their backline, though Chelsea are awaiting a bid from fellow interested party Juventus as they would prefer to sell to a foreign club.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked, as they are both said to be in the market for a new centre-back.

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Antonio Conte Defends Mark Hughes Decision To Rest Key Players

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Antonio Conte has defended Stoke City’s manager Mark Hughes for choosing to field a weakened Stoke City side during the 5-0 defeat by Chelsea on Saturday.

Mark Hughes left key players Xherdan Shaqiri and Joe Allen out of the defeat at Stamford Bridge, admitting that he had one eye on Stoke’s match at home to Newcastle United on New Year’s Day.

Teenagers Tom Edwards and Josh Tymon were drafted into Hughes’s starting XI as the Potters were routed in West London.

Conte, who himself rested Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, insists that rotation is inevitable during the busy winter period.

“You can be surprised but am I? Not at all,” Conte told Chelsea TV. “Stoke has to play another game in two days against Newcastle and they played three days ago.

“It was the same for us. When you play a lot of games in a few days it is important to rotate and find different solutions.

“Today, for example, Hazard was rested. You know very well the importance of this player. Fabregas was rested. Bakayoko, if you look at the previous game, was also rested.

“It is important to make the best rotation but you have to make sure you don’t lose the balance of your team.”

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Nigeria To Stop Rice Importation This Year – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his administration will put an end to rice import in 2018.

The president said this in his New Year broadcast on Monday, January 1, 2018.

He said: “The government is slowly stabilizing the economy.”

“It was in order to change the steady and steep decline that we adopted the more sustainable policies and programmes captured in the Economic Recovery Plan. Diversification efforts have resulted in improved output particularly in agriculture and solid minerals sectors. The relative exchange rate stability has improved manufacturing sector performance.”

“We have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management. The days of business as usual are numbered.”

“Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy. Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on.”

“By the same token, I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector. Great nations are built by enterprising people who turn their hands to anything that circumstances dictate.”

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‘I Can’t Do Anything About The Price’- Virgil Van Dijk

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Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool is the “perfect match” for him after his world record move from Southampton was officially completed.

The 26-year-old’s switch from the Saints was agreed last week, but with the January transfer window now open his deal, understood to be worth £75m – the highest fee ever paid for a defender, is now sealed.

Virgil Van Dijk told Liverpool’s official website:

“I think the most important thing is the size of the club, the culture of the club, the players, the manager and obviously the fans, who make the club this special,”

“With the history at the club and everything around it – even the training ground and stuff – it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and for my family as well. I think this is the right time for me to be here and to develop all sorts of aspects of my game. I am looking forward to doing that, that’s the main thing.”

“Obviously there is a lot of money being paid but I can’t do anything about that money, I can’t do anything about the price – nobody can,” Van Dijk added. “It’s only the market. The only thing I can do is just work hard, do the good things and be 100% every day. That’s what I definitely want to do – and I am going to do.”

Virgil Van Dijk is unavailable for Liverpool’s New Year’s Day game at Burnley because his registration will not be concluded in time but he could make his debut in Friday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Everton at Anfield.

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Pep Guardiola Expects Alexis Sanchez To Stay At Arsenal

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Pep Guardiola believes Man City target Alexis Sanchez will stay at Arsenal beyond the January transfer window.

City attempted to sign Alexis Sanchez in the summer, launching a £60m bid on August’s Deadline Day, but the Gunners refused to let him leave because they could not land Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.

“I don’t know (what’s going to happen) but he’s a player of Arsenal and I think he is going to stay there,” he said.

“There is some time to ask me that but I have a lot of things to think about, because in two days we have another game.

“In the internal meetings we are going to decide what is best. But my feeling now is that he’s an Arsenal player and he will be.”

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Tottenham Remain Calm Over Toby Alderweireld’s Contract Situation

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Mauricio Pochettino has seeked to calm Spurs fans’ fears over the future of Toby Alderweireld, telling them to trust club chairman Daniel Levy.

Toby Alderweireld has not played since suffering a hamstring injury during Spurs’ 3-1 Champions League win over Real in November and his current contract, which contains a one-year extension option – scheduled to activate in the summer of 2019, will expire next summer.

“This is a message for our fans and for everyone: Toby still has two-and-a-half years of contract,” Pochettino, who referenced Lionel Messi signing a new Barcelona contract in November which was due to expire in the summer of 2018, said.

“Messi was six months left on his contract. Messi! If something happens [on Alderweireld], the club is going to communicate.

“But I don’t understand all these things when the players are all under contract.”

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Leicester City Finally Allowed To Register Adrien Silva

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Leicester have completed the registration of Adrien Silva with Fifa, but he will not be eligible to play against Huddersfield this afternoon.

Leicester bought Silva from Sporting Lisbon for £22m on Deadline Day in August, but his registration documents arrived with Fifa 14 seconds after the cut off. Leicester’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport failed, and Silva has been in limbo ever since.

Leicester lodged all the necessary paperwork with the FA once the window opened at midnight, and this has now been passed on to Fifa.

It means that Adrien Silva is now eligible to play competitive matches for Leicester, four months after the club first bought him. FA rules mean he can’t play on the day he is registered, so he can’t feature against Huddersfield at King Power Stadium this afternoon. But we understand he is likely to make his debut and play some part in the FA Cup match against Fleetwood on Saturday.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Dreams Of Having A Movie Career

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he has dreams of a career in the movie industry once he decides to retire from football.

“I am focused right now because my football career will finish one day – we all have to retire one day,” Ronaldo told Sky Italia.

“I know that day will come. But right now, I am enjoying the moment. When I am retired, I think I will have a good life. I don’t say that because of money.

“I want to try other things; for example, to do movies. I started to plan my future when I was 27, 28 – a long time ago, I began preparing.

“I have a good team, who work in my company, who start to build good things going forward. In football, I am very calm because I know they depend on me.”

Cristiano Ronaldo insisted that despite coming towards the twilight years of his career, he remains as driven as ever to succeed.

“The main point is to be motivated,” Ronaldo added.

“If you are motivated, the other things come (to you) easier. To be in this sport, you need to dedicate yourself to your work. You have to work hard with your ambition and your passion.

“You have many factors that you should put in all together. I still have a lot the passion for football and I love to win and I feel capable of getting more every year.

People sometimes speak about the age – sometimes I do not agree because you have younger players who always have injuries or do not take of their body.

“I am 32, nearly 33, but I feel good. I am not young anymore – I know – but in my mind I am still fresh and feel motivated with the power (to succeed). I think this is the key.”

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Full Text Of President Buhari’s 2018 New Year Address To Nigerians

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As earlier promised, President Muhammadu Buhari, in the early hours of Monday, January 1, welcomed Nigerians into the New Year.

In a live nationwide broadcast, the president assured Nigerians that the year 2018 promises to be pivotal in the nation’s quest for change.

Read full text below:

I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for CHANGE. 

 Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.

 The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again.

Such unpatriotism will not divert the Administration from the course we have set ourselves. Our government’s watch word and policy thrust is CHANGE. We must change our way of doing things or we will stagnate and be left behind in the race to lift our people out of poverty and into prosperity.

 My address to fellow Nigerians this morning is devoted mainly to informing you about the intense efforts this Administration is putting to address our country’s huge infrastructural deficit.

 We are going to make significant in-roads in advancing road, rail and power projects across the country. 

 The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is one of the drivers of this Government’s commitment to renew and increase Nigeria’s stock of infrastructure in order to achieve global economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

With regards to Railways, we have set ourselves ambitious targets. Already in construction stage is the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway.   

 The line should reach Ibadan from Lagos by the end of 2019 and will carry two million passengers per year and five million tons of cargo will be transported every year giving a substantial boost to the country’s economy.

Construction of the Kano – Kaduna segment is expected to commence this year and reach Kaduna by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021 the two ends will be joined so that we will have standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route.

The Abuja – Kaduna route will be boosted by additional rolling stock next Thursday and will be able to handle one million commuters annually.

At the same time I have approved and negotiations will be concluded in the first part of this year for the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri line covering Aba, Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Awka, Abakaliki, Makurdi, Lafia, Jos, Bauchi, Gombe, Yola and Damaturu.  The Abuja to Itakpe line will go through Baro and terminate in Warri with construction of a new seaport at Warri.

Negotiations are also advanced for the construction of other railway lines, firstly from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic passing through Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibia to Maradi.

Secondly, Lagos to Calabar the “Coastal Rail”  through Ore, Benin, Agbor, Asaba, Onitsha, Sapele, Ughelli, Warri, Yenagoa, Otuoke, Port Harcourt, Aba, Uyo and Calabar.  In the next few years, all these Nigerian cities will be linked by functional modern rail systems, giving enormous boost to the social and economic life of our people.

With respect to the Abuja Capital Light Rail, progress has reached 98% completion, as at 64% completion when we assumed office.  Only test runs remain before start of operations.

This train service will stimulate economic activities in the Federal Capital and provide residents with an efficient and safe transportation system.  Twelve railway sub-stations around the capital over a 45.2 kilometre route will serve as a catalyst and a pull factor to the economy of the area.  The Light Rail System will reduce traffic congestion and carbon emission in line with the Administration’s policy on climate change.

Management of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has been reconstituted and has been charged with a 12 week rapid intervention in road repairs to cover all the geo-political zones. Government is undertaking repairs and maintenance of 44 roads within the six geo-political zones.

Twenty five major highways will be funded under the N100b SUKUK facility. Each geo-political zone will benefit by an equal amount of N16.67b. The following major highways are to receive special attention:

a.  Oyo – Ogbomosho,

b.  Ofusu – Ore – Ajebandele – Shagamu,

c.  Yenagoa Road Junction – Kolo Otuoke – Bayelsa Palm,

d.  Enugu – Port Harcourt Dual Carriage Way,

e.  Onitsha – Enugu Expressway,

f.    Kaduna Eastern Bypass,

g.  Dualization of Kano – Maiduguri Road,

h.  Dualization of Abuja – Lokoja – Benin Road,

i.    Dualization of Suleja – Minna Road.

In addition, Government has approved work to start on the re-construction of Abuja – Kaduna – Zaria – Kano road which is in a state of disrepair. Work will soon start and is expected to be completed in 2019.

 More Nigerians across the country are experiencing improved power supply to their homes and businesses.  However, power remains a concern to this government because too many people still do not have regular and reliable supply.

The Payment Assurance Guarantee Scheme which started in January 2016 has enabled the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader to raise so far N701 billion to assure Generation Companies of at least 80% payment for any power delivered to the national grid.

Consequently, generation has now reached 7,000MW. On December 8, 2017 the country achieved 5,155MW of power delivered to consumers, the highest level ever recorded.

Several moribund projects have been revived.  Repairs of Afam Power Station added 110MW in 2017 and another 240MW will be added this year through a private investment partnership.

Katsina Power Project is now being tested and producing 10MW of power from wind for the first time in Nigeria.  It should be fully operational this year.

The Zungeru 700MW Hydroelectric Power Project, stalled by court cases is due for completion in 2019.  The transmission and other requirements to operate the 30MW Gurara Phase 1 Hydroelectric Plant, the 40MW Kashimbilla Hydroelectric Plant and the 215 MW Kaduna Gas/LPG/Diesel Power Plant will also be completed this year.

A landmark project, Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project is at last taking off.  This project has been on the drawing Board for 40 years, but now the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 3,050MW project has been agreed with a Chinese joint venture Company with a financing commitment from the government of China.  Completion is targeted for 2023.

As I mentioned earlier, the Transmission Company of Nigeria can now distribute all the 7,000MW that can be generated.  TCN and the Niger Delta Holding Company have added 1,950MVA of 330 down to 132KV transformer capacity of 10 transmission stations and 2,930MVA of 132 down to 33KV transformer capacity of 42 sub-stations including Ikot Ekpene, Aba, Alagbon, Ajah, Ejigbo, Funtua and Zaria.

  This Administration is working with the privatised distribution Companies to overcome the continuing challenges of distribution.

 These massive public works should spearhead the recovery and lead millions back to employment. You will recall that it was not until last year that we got out of the economic recession into which the country had fallen as a consequence of past unsustainable economic policies which projected short-term illusory growth.

The government is slowly stabilizing the economy.

It was in order to change the steady and steep decline that we adopted the more sustainable policies and programmes captured in the Economic Recovery Plan. Diversification efforts have resulted in improved output particularly in agriculture and solid minerals sectors. The relative exchange rate stability has improved manufacturing sector performance.

 We have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management. The days of business as usual are numbered.

 Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy. Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on.  

By the same token, I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector. Great nations are built by enterprising people who turn their hands to anything that circumstances dictate. 

 In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the on-going debate about “Restructuring”. No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments. We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities. When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.

 We tried the Parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now there are shrill cries for a return to the Parliamentary structure. In older democracies these systems took centuries to evolve so we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes. We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.

 However, there is a strong case for a closer look at the cost of government and for the public services long used to extravagance, waste and corruption to change for the better. I assure you that government is ever receptive to ideas which will improve governance and contribute to the country’s peace and stability.

 As the electioneering season approaches politicians must avoid exploiting ethnicity and religion by linking ethnicity with religion and religion with politics. Such must be avoided at all costs if we are to live in harmony.

In this respect the rest of Nigeria could learn from the South Western States who have successfully internalized religion, ethnicity and politics.

Political discourse should be conducted with civility, decorum and in a constitutional manner. We all have a collective responsibility to strengthen our democracy and entrench the rule of law. We should draw encouragement from the series of bye-elections conducted by INEC last year which were generally violence free and their outcomes adjudged to be free and fair. 

 Before I conclude my address I must reassure my fellow citizens that security of life and property is still top of our government’s agenda. We have since beaten Boko Haram. Isolated attacks still occur, but even the best-policed countries cannot prevent determined criminals from committing terrible acts of terror as we have seen during the past years in Europe, Asia, Middle East, elsewhere in Africa and in America. 

Our government remains determined to protect all Nigerians in line with our election pledge and promises. On behalf of all Nigerians let me offer our thanks to the Armed forces, the Police, other para-military forces and traditional authorities who are working round the clock to ensure that you and I go about our normal business in reasonable safety.  

 Terrorism and urban crimes are world-wide phenomena and our security forces are continuously adapting their responses to changing threats.

 With regard to rampant cases of kidnappings, we are taking immediate short-term measures to combat this new evil creeping into our societies.  Tighter police methods and swift and severe punishment for those proved to be engaged in kidnapping are on the way.

 With respect to Niger Delta, Government is still engaging responsible leadership of the Communities to help in identifying and addressing genuine grievances of the region. Our clean-up programme in collaboration with the United Nations is making satisfactory progress.

 I am grateful to all the Governors and other Political & Community leaders of the Niger Delta States for their part in bringing relative peace to the areas.

 Finally let me again express my heartfelt thanks to all Nigerians who prayed for me during my illness last year. I feel deeply humbled by your prayers and good wishes and I am more determined than ever to serve you to the best of my ability.

 Good morning. And I wish everyone a Happy New Year. 

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Real Madrid are preparing an opening bid of £130m for unsettled Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
  • West Ham have been told they will have to pay £40m to land Swansea defender Alfie Mawson.
  • Rangers are trying to lure highly-rated Arsenal teenager Marcus McGuane on loan to Ibrox.
  • Derby, Birmingham and Sunderland have joined Cardiff in the race to sign Norwich striker Cameron Jerome.
  • Jose Mourinho wants to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in January to salvage Manchester United’s season and is urging the club’s board to trigger his £86m release clause.
  • Southampton are pushing to sign Theo Walcott on an initial loan deal from Arsenal.
  • Turkey striker Cenk Tosun has been pictured in London ahead of completing his move to Everton from Besiktas on New Year’s Day.
  • West Brom have enquired into the availability of Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, with Crystal Palace and West Ham also keen.
  • Nottingham Forest are looking to Aitor Karanka to replace Mark Warburton, who was sacked on New Year’s Eve.
  • West Brom are preparing a fresh offer for Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson, who would be their No 1 target to replace in-demand Jonny Evans.
  • Watford are confident of winning the battle to sign Leicester striker Islam Slimani.
  • Adrian is ready to commit himself to signing a new contract at West Ham now he has won his place back from Joe Hart.
  • Burton Albion are keen on little-used Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch.
  • Arsenal forward Mesut Ozil is a doubt for the clash with Chelsea after missing the draw at West Brom.
  • Celtic are set to step up their bid to bring highly-rated Dundee defender Jack Hendry to the club.
  • Burnley could make a January move for Celtic centre-back Jozo Simunovic.
  • St Johnstone have ripped up the contracts of striker Graham Cummins and defender Ally Gilchrist.

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