155 Nigerian World Cup Supporters Stranded In Russia Arrive Abuja

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155 Nigerian World Cup Fans Stranded In Russia Arrive Abuja

A nursing mother and 154 out of 230 Nigerian football fans stranded in Russia after the 2018 FIFA World Cup arrived the country on Friday night.

The stranded football fans came through Ethiopian Airline flight number ET-ALP that arrived Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja at about 9.12 p.m on July 20.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who was at the airport to monitor their arrival, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort to ensure their safe return.

He said the president had directed that Nigerians, who were stranded in Russia after the 2018 World Cup tournament, should be evacuated immediately.

According to him, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been monitoring the process of the evacuation, which is under the coordination of the Mission of Nigeria in Moscow.

He said 155 stranded Nigerians had been cleared to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja.

“The aircraft departed Domodedovo Airport in Moscow with the stranded Nigerians in the afternoon and arrived in Abuja this evening.

Mr Onyeama said he had been working very closely with the Minister of State for Aviation following President Buhari’s directive on the exercise.

He recalled that some Nigerian football fans who were stranded had besieged the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow on July 12.

“They were among the fans who travelled to the Russian Federation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament and were stranded after the events due to lack of funds for their upkeep,” he said.

The minister explained that there was also an allegation that some airline travel agents cancelled return tickets of their customers without informing them.

Mr Onyeama commended the good gesture of Mr President, saying those stranded were never part of government delegates to Russia.

According to him, the Nigerian Mission had been supportive by making arrangements for the feeding and accommodation of the stranded Nigerians in hostels around Moscow.

One of the returnees, Bamidele Fatai, was full of praises for President Buhari for making their journey possible.

He also thanked the Nigerian Mission in Moscow for giving them necessary support.

Another returnee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was swindled by an agent who cancelled his return ticket.

He said he was in Moscow to support the Nigerian Football Team and to catch fun only to discover that his ticket had been cancelled when he was ready to return home. (NAN)

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2019: Atiku Declares Presidential Bid, Accuses Buhari Of Bloodshed (WATCH VIDEO)

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2019: Atiku Declares Presidential Bid, Accuses Buhari Of Bloodshed

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has formally declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The ex-VP stood before a cheering crowd during a mega rally of the PDP held at Ribadu Square, Yola the Adamawa State capital on Saturday, July 21, to make the declaration.

During the declaration, Atiku while addressing thousands of supporters berated the Buhari led government for its inability to tackle insecurity and unemployment in the country and promised to confront these challenges if elected.

While lamenting the large-scale killings that have touched many parts of the country in recent months before thousands packed at theb square, the former VP said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government would be remembered more for its bloodshed than any development it brought to citizens.

“Today, we are witnessing the most insecure atmosphere,” Mr Abubakar said of the killings largely blamed on herdsmen, bandits and militias, before promising to tackle them headlong if elected.

“More people died under APC than people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“Today, we have the highest unemployment rate in history of this country, more than one million of our youth are unemployed,” Mr Abubakar said, adding that the PDP would secure the country, ensure unity and security of life and property.

The former VP also hit Mr Buhari at one of his most vulnerable areas, saying “today, we are more divided than at any other time in Nigeria’s history.”

Ben Murray Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa east, Uche Secondus, PDP chairman, were some of the dignitaries present at the grand rally.

Watch video by TheCable below:

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2019: Atiku Declares Presidential Bid, Accuses Buhari Of Bloodshed (WATCH VIDEO)

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2019: Atiku Declares Presidential Bid, Accuses Buhari Of Bloodshed

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has formally declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The ex-VP stood before a cheering crowd during a mega rally of the PDP held at Ribadu Square, Yola the Adamawa State capital on Saturday, July 21, to make the declaration.

During the declaration, Atiku while addressing thousands of supporters berated the Buhari led government for its inability to tackle insecurity and unemployment in the country and promised to confront these challenges if elected.

While lamenting the large-scale killings that have touched many parts of the country in recent months before thousands packed at theb square, the former VP said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government would be remembered more for its bloodshed than any development it brought to citizens.

“Today, we are witnessing the most insecure atmosphere,” Mr Abubakar said of the killings largely blamed on herdsmen, bandits and militias, before promising to tackle them headlong if elected.

“More people died under APC than people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“Today, we have the highest unemployment rate in history of this country, more than one million of our youth are unemployed,” Mr Abubakar said, adding that the PDP would secure the country, ensure unity and security of life and property.

The former VP also hit Mr Buhari at one of his most vulnerable areas, saying “today, we are more divided than at any other time in Nigeria’s history.”

Ben Murray Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa east, Uche Secondus, PDP chairman, were some of the dignitaries present at the grand rally.

Watch video by TheCable below:

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Nigeria Qualify For U-20 AFCON After Beating Mauritania

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Nigeria Qualify For U-20 AFCON After Beating Mauritania

The Flying Eagles on Saturday beat Mauritania 5-0 to qualify 6-1 aggregate for the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that in the match played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles completely overwhelmed their opponents.

Nigeria were quick to take off from where they stopped a week ago in the first leg match of the fixture in Nouakchott which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Wasiu Alalade put them in front with a well-taken shot in the 15th minute and, after a flurry of missed chances, the national under-20 male football side doubled their lead.

This was through Nafizi Yahaya in the 33rd minute, who went on to complete his brace with a cool finish after being one-on-one with the visiting goalkeeper in first-half added time.

Aniekeme Okon scored the fourth goal in the 67th minute while the fifth goal came in the 90th minute through Afeez Aremu.

Ikouwem Udoh, Flying Eagles captain, later attributed the victory to hard work and the belief he and his teammates had in themselves that they could do the job.

The final competition is scheduled for Feb. 2 to Feb. 17.

(NAN)

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‘270 Shops Destroyed, Properties Worth N70M’ Lost As Fire Guts Jos Terminus Market

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‘270 Shops’ Destroyed, Properties Worth Millions Of Naira Lost As Fire Guts Jos Terminus Market

Over 270 shops were destroyed with properties worth millions of naira lost after the Terminus main market in Jos, Plateau state capital, was razed down by an inferno in the early hours of Saturday.

Confirming the incident, Adie Undie, Plateau State Police Commissioner, who said the fire started around 1:30am, added that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

“This incident happened around 1:30.a.m and our men and that of the Department of Fire Service responded promptly,” he said.

“The nature of the market really hindered the men of the fire service from accessing it with ease, but they did their best.

“My officers were able to cordon the arena and ensure hoodlums didn’t take undue advantage of the situation to loot.”

“Some of the things we have salvaged were secured at the police post. We are liaising with the chairman of the market so that we can identify those who suffered losses.”

Before the latest incident, the market, which is mostly populated by Igbo businessmen, was said to have been destroyed some years ago following a bomb explosion which was allegedly linked with the Boko Haram Islamic sect.

Meanwhile, in his part, the chairman of petty traders in the market, Mustafa Ibrahim, told newsmen that “about 217 temporary shops were burnt. Estimatedly, we have lost more than N70 million in the incident.”

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Okonjo-Iweala Becomes First Nigerian To Be Appointed By Twitter

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Okonjo-Iweala Becomes First Nigerian To Be Appointed By Twitter

Social networking company, Twitter, has announced the appointment of a former Nigerian Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as one of its boards of directors.

This is just as Marjorie Scardino, the first female board member who joined Twitter in 2013, will be stepping down for personal reasons.

Okonjo-Iweala, who served as the Finance Minister, during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, was appointed alongside Robert Zoellick as new independent directors with immediate effect.

The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, using his verified twitter handle @Jack, made the announcement on Thursday.

“We’re adding Ngozi (@NOIweala) and Bob (@authorzoellick) to the Twitter board. Welcome! Sadly we’re also saying farewell to our friend Marjorie (@marjscar). She’s been an amazing advocate for journalists everywhere and pushed us constantly to better inform people. Thank you M,” he posted.

Mrs Okonjo- Iweala, in her response, acknowledged that she is thrilled by the appointment and assured Twitter of maximising its influence for the good of the global society.

“Excited to work with @Jack and an incredible team on the Board of Twitter, a global platform that is such a strong connector of people and ideas. Thanks for the privilege, Jack,” she said.

“It’s a privilege to work again with Bob. ‘Look forward to contributing to the strong and visionary future for @Twitter,” she said.

With this, the ex-minister becomes the first Nigerian to be appointed in Twitter board of directors.

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“Leave The Other Room!” – Obasanjo Charges Nigerian Women To Fight For Political Rights

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“Leave The Other Room!” – Obasanjo Charges Nigerian Women To Fight For Political Rights

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has charged Nigerian women to fight for their political and economic rights instead of accepting to be confined to the other room.

The former president made this known when he spoke on the topic, ‘My understanding of women aspiration in business and politics’ at an event organised by Initiative for Information, Arts and Culture Development in Nigeria and The American Corner, Ibadan on Friday.

At the programme, which was held in support of women’s participation in government, political processes and the work place, Obasanjo said it was a huge shame that no woman was among the 50 people that drew the Nigerian constitution.

He said he encouraged women to join politics by ensuring that nine women were chosen to serve in his cabinet when he was the president.

According to him, “No longer should our women allow themselves to be consigned only to the ‘other room’ and the kitchen. In 2017, according to the United Nations, gender inequality cost Africa $95bn. That is a tremendous waste.

“We cannot continue heaping up waste and expect that we will not maintain our poor record of being the world’s poverty headquarters. The starting point is girl child education. Child marriage must be made unlawful.”

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NYSC Tells Corps Members To Declare Health Status In Osun

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NYSC Tells Corps Members To Declare Health Status In Osun

The Osun State branch of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has pleaded with prospective graduates posted to the state for NYSC to declare their health status for better management.

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Mr Emmanuel Attah, the Osun State Coordinator of NYSC, made the appeal in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Osogbo, on the corps preparedness to accommodate and camp new set of graduates for the NYSC scheme.

He said that the Osun NYSC orientation camp, located at Ede, would be opened on Tuesday through to Wednesday for the graduates posted to the state to report and register.

He added that the camp would be closed for registration by Wednesday midnight for the 21 days orientation, while registered members would be sworn in as 2018 Batch B corps members on Thursday.

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He, therefore, appealed to graduates coming for NYSC not to hide their health status and avoid coming to the camp with fake medical certificate of fitness to deceive NYSC officials.

Attah said “knowing their health status would help us to assist them properly.

“Their health condition would not stop them from serving their fatherland, but concealing their health condition would make it difficult for us to attend to them properly.

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Dwarf Boko Haram Fighter Says He “Gets N5,000 For Facilitating Each Bombing”

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Dwarf Boko Haram Fighter Says He “Gets N5,000 For Facilitating Each Bombing”

Abubakar Kori, a dwarf, who facilitated the suicide bombing activities of Boko-Haram insurgents, said he was paid not less than N5,000 for each suicide bomb attack carried out in Maiduguri.

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Kori, 25, is among the 22 people arrested by the police in Borno and Yobe for their alleged involvement in suicide bombing activities carried out by the insurgents.

“My role is to keep the Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) for onward delivery to another person who will carry out the attack”, he told NAN.

“On different occasions, two of my acquaintances gave a parcel to keep for somebody, who will come and take it.

“I normally kept the parcel in my duty post; the appointed person would come and picked it; after successful delivery, they paid me N5,000.

“We reside in the same neighborhood in Maiduguri; they always told me that the parcel was given to them by one Ba’Adam, and asked me to keep it.

“They introduced me to Ba’Adam, who is the mastermind of the attacks,” he revealed.

On his part, Adam Mustapha, a.k.a Ba’Adam, admitted that he coordinated various suicide bomb attacks, which resulted in the death of hundreds of people in Maiduguri.

Ba’Adam, 20, narrated that he had coordinated several bomb attacks at Bulukuntu, Baga road, 333 Artillery gate, Customs, Post Office and Muna Garage areas of Maiduguri.

“On two occasions, I was paid N200, 000 for the successful execution of bomb attacks.

“Most of the time, I had to pester them before payment could be made to me,” he said.

When asked whether he had cause at any time to regret his actions, Ba’Adam said that he was never remorseful at any given time.

Another suspect, Ibrahim Mala, 48, also admitted to aiding suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri, sales of rustled animals and supply of logistics to the insurgents in the bush.

Mala, a butcher and resident of Dalori-Kakere village in the outskirts of Maiduguri, revealed that the insurgents were supplying sheep and provided him with N180, 000 loans, to enable him to run his business.

“They paid me N5, 000 for safe keeping of IEDs, and they also sent me on errands to buy consumable items for them.

“I bought the items at the market and kept it at my home; some persons would come at night, pick and deliver same to members of the group hiding in the forest.

“Some of the items included torch lights, matches, sandals, kola nuts, cubes and clothing materials.

“I saved money in dealing with the group and bought a plot of land worth over N420, 000.

“I know that they are Boko-Haram insurgents and my wife was not happy with my dealings with them; she asked me to stop but it is too late,” he narrated.

Commenting on the arrest, Mr Abba Kyari, the DCP, Intelligence Response Team (IRT), said that the suspects were apprehended by the police in various communities in Borno and Yobe.

Kyari called on members of the public to report suspicious persons and movement to the security agencies.

NAN

 

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Disaster As Train Collides With Passenger Bus In Lagos (See Photos Here)

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Saraki, Tambuwal, Others To Dump APC Next Week – What We’ve Heard So Far

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Saraki, Tambuwal, Others To Dump APC Next Week And What We’ve Heard So Far

Except for any last minute changes of plans, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, may dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) and seal his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the end of next week.

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Asides the Senate President, it is believed that some members of the splinter Reformed APC (R-APC) will be dumping the APC next week as the National Assembly embarks on a long vacation preparatory to the parties’ primaries for various elective offices.

“Just watch out before we leave for the annual recess next week, many of our members (R-APC) will denounce their membership of the APC. We are going to join a party that will guarantee us return ticket for 2019,” a source told New Telegraph.

Sahara Reporters also gathered that the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal will be joined by some APC governors, among whom are Ahmed Abdulfatah of Kwara State, and Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who already announced his departure from APC on Monday saying he had been ‘red-carded”.

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Ahead of the move, Saraki, Tambuwal and some of the APC governors met on Wednesday with PDP leaders and were together at the burial of the mother of Abubakar Baraje, Chairman of the New Peoples Democratic Party (n-PDP) bloc that spearheaded the defection of six governors from the PDP to APC in 2013, ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the PDP; Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State and n-PDP’s Baraje were among the notable PDP leaders who received Saraki and the renegade APC team two days ago.

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There is no gainsaying that the planned defection of the APC bigwigs will further depletes the ranks of the ruling party, already hit by the breakout of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) and the union of close to 40 political parties to form the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

However, in his attempt to avert what seems to be the exodus of its bigwigs to the leading opposition party, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with Saraki and some APC governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

In what appears to be a peace initiative, the president pleaded with the senate president to stay back in the party.

Saraki’s meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday was set up by APC governors, including Alhaji Aminu Masari (Katsina State), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State) and Senator Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State), who after initial discussions with the Senate president at his Abuja residence on Wednesday night, prevailed on the president to meet with him and persuade him not to defect from the party.

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President Buhari is also likely to to meet with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

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Don’t Defect To PDP, Buhari Begs Saraki

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Buhari Begs Saraki Not To Defect To PDP

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

This Day gathered that the President, who spearheaded the peace initiative, pleaded with the Senate President, who seems to be the arrowhead of the impending mass movement, to stay back in the party, in an attempt to avert an impending exodus of its bigwigs to the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It was learnt that Saraki and other aggrieved top members of the APC massed in the reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), including Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) had met with the leaders of the PDP on Wednesday in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, to consider the absorption of the rAPC.

It was also gathered that although, the outcome of the meeting between the president and the senate president is yet be officially made public, there was a similar meeting between Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State – who had indicated on Tuesday that he had technically left the APC – and the National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole.

The former Edo State governor publicly appealed to Ortom not to return to the PDP.

The online newspaper also said that Saraki’s meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday was set up by APC governors, including Alhaji Aminu Masari (Katsina State), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State) and Senator Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State), who after initial discussions with the Senate president at his Abuja residence on Wednesday night, prevailed on the president to meet with him and persuade him not to defect from the party.

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EXPOSED: Nigerian Agency Spent N5.7bn On DSTV Subscription, Fuel Allowance

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Nigerian Agency Spent N5.7bn On DSTV Subscription, Fuel Allowance

A startling report has emerged that staff of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) spent N5.7 billion on pay TV subscription and fuel allowance.

The Cable quoted the administrative panel of enquiry set up by the Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, as making the discovery after the minister received the report on Wednesday.

The chairman of the panel, Ishaya Awotu, said that there were irregular allowances totalling N5.7 billion paid to staff and management.

His words: “These allowances were paid without the approval of the National Salary, Incomes and Wages Commission.”

“Some of the allowances were management staff allowance, staff education allowance, DSTV subscription allowance, and dressing allowance.”

“The others were generator and motor vehicle fuelling allowance which were not provided for in the Condition of Service of the fund.”

The chairman of the panel further revealed that the internal audit department of the fund did not audit the accounts between 2013 and 2017, which violates section 1701 of the financial regulations.

He continued: “There were several transfers of funds in bank accounts without authorisation and approvals. The sum of N15, 737,757,697.91. was transferred from one account to another.”

“Evidence to show the approvals and payment vouchers authorising the transfers were not presented to the panel.

“The panel observed that N2.9 billion was expended on computerisation and other related lCT equipment.

“Despite this expenditure, not much was achieved on computerisation of the Fund”

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FG Releases List Of 300,000 N-Power Beneficiaries Today As Buhari Employs 500,000 Unemployed Nigerian Graduates

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FG Releases List Of 300,000 N-Power Beneficiaries Today As Buhari Employs 500,000 Unemployed Nigerian Graduates

The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to engage additional 300,000 beneficiaries in the second batch of its N-Power Volunteers Corp effective from 1st August.

But first, the 2,543,079 unemployed Nigerian graduates, who submitted applications for the Federal Government-run empowerment scheme will have to check their names in a list that will be circulated today, July 20, by the N-Power to see if they have been shortlisted in the final selection.

FG releases list of newly-employed 300,000 Nigerians on FridayWith 200,000 beneficiaries currently benefitting from the programme, this means that by August, about 500,000 unemployed Nigerian graduates will be beneficiaries of the scheme initiated by the Muhammadu Buhari administration, which is a crucial part of the administration’s National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).

The N-Power Volunteer Corp scheme is designed to benefit all Nigerians irrespective of their backgrounds and is currently in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), according to Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity.

“President Muhammadu Buhari made it clear that the SIP would be a major programme of the administration because he was concerned about poverty and unemployment,” Vice President Yemi Osinbajo once said.

In conjunction with all State N-Power partners, the new beneficiaries will be promptly deployed to their assigned Primary Places of Assignment (PPA) on or before the said date.

The final selection lists broken down in States/Local Government Area (LGA) for each of the (3) N-Power component would be circulated to all focal persons in the states and FCT by July 20, 2018.

All successfully deployed N-Power beneficiaries in the second batch will be engaged for two-years starting from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2020.

In order to qualify for their first monthly payment stipend of N30,000 by August 31, 2018, all deployed volunteers are expected to upload on their N-Power portal page their stamped and signed confirmation of resumption on or before Friday, August 10, 2018.

Through the N-Power scheme, hundreds of thousands of young, unemployed Nigerian graduates have been empowered through training and skills acquisition in different areas of public services, including education (N-Teach), health (N-Health), agriculture (N-Agro), and building/construction (N-Build).

Each N-Power beneficiary learns entrepreneurial skills to enable him become a business person and become a professional on his own, while beneficiaries are given electronic devices to enhance their work and paid a N30,000 monthly.

State-based N-Power partners comprise, but are not limited to the following: N-Teach – State Universal Board for Education (SUBEB); State & Local Government Area (LGA) Offices for Adult Education Centres; State & LGA Offices for Nomadic Education; N-Agro – State & LGA Offices for Agriculture Development Programme (ADP); and N-Health – State & LGA Offices for Primary Health Care Board.

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Dangers Of Food And Water In Plastics

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Dangers Of Food And Water In Plastics – Kayode Ojewale 

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Sir: Many Nigerians did not understand where the Agriculture Minister Audu Ogbeh was coming from when sometime ago he warned his compatriots against the use of cellophane in their food regime. He was speaking from a scientifically informed position we should align with for the good health of society.

This piece was written by Kayode Ojewale and was first published on Nigerian Guardian. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The minister raised an alarm that Nigerians who are eating beans pudding (‘moinmoin’) cooked in cellophane (nylon) bags risk serious health challenge as the product is poisonous. According to him, cellophane bags contain large doses of dioxin that are harmful to health. Let me also add that liquid milk tin is also dangerous for packaging ‘moinmoin’ when cooking as leaching of chemical from the milk tin into the content will still occur. The healthy alternative for packaging or wrapping ‘moinmoin’ when steaming is the use of local green leaves which do not contain poisonous substances. These leaves rather add flavor, antioxidants and aroma to the ‘moinmoin’.

Plastics, no doubt, have become a part of our daily lives especially in the kitchen. The role of plastics as packaging and storage containers for our food cannot be overemphasized. Plastics are light-weight, readily available and cheap, hence their heavy demand in the kitchen. Plastics like PET bottles also become handy for packaging water in various sizes. Cooking oil is also packaged in plastic kegs, jerry cans and bottles of different sizes. Some electric jugs, insulated food warmers, food flasks, food serving spoons (for staple and swallow foods) – spatula and ladle for soup, sieve and many other kitchen utensils are made of plastics. Plastics can however be hazardous to human lives depending on the plastic type, how it is used and what it is used for.

Sadly, we hardly can do without plastics touching in our food chain–from production, preparation, processing up to packaging, plastics are involved. In addition, storage and reheating of leftover foods are done mostly in plastic containers. Findings have also revealed that almost all plastic packaging materials used for food contain substances that can leach into the food. Leaching, in this context, is the release of harmful chemicals from plastics or cellophane (nylon) bags into the contents it carries, be it food or liquid when heated.

On the basis of recycling symbol or code, plastics can be grouped into seven. It is also on this basis that plastics are regarded as harmful or safe and eco-friendly. You may not have noticed this – every plastic bottle or container has a recycling symbol. The symbol is a number which ranges from one to seven and written in a triangle drawn with a chasing arrow symbol. Just look around the bottom of any plastic product, imprinted somewhere on the underside is a number inscribed in the arrow-chasing triangle and with acronym or symbol just below the triangle.

Plastic products labeled code #1 stands for PET (Polyethylene terephthalate); code #2, HDPE (High-density Polyethylene); code #3, PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride); code #4, LDPE (Low-density Polyethylene); code #5, PP (Polypropylene); code #6, PS (Polystyrene) and code #7, PC (Polycarbonates).

Food safety experts and toxicologists say plastic products with recycling codes #3, #6 and #7 are toxic and should be avoided particularly if using them for food and drinks because they leach harmful chemicals. Some experts have argued that plastics labeled code #1 are not safe because they leach antimony trioxide (a possible carcinogen) when heated, while others believe PET bottles are safe. Other plastics with recycle codes #2, #4 and #5 are likely to be free of Bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates and other dangerous chemicals of concern. The consumption of sachet and bottled water exposed to sunlight with temperature over 28 degrees celcius is hazardous and can damage the immune system, lead to failure of kidney and liver.

In order to live and lead a healthy life, avoid eating hot food from plastics. Also remember to use plastics with recycle codes #1, #2, #4 and #5 only for food and drinks purposes, while plastics with codes #3, #6 and #7 should be avoided when it comes to food. However, to play safe and be extra cautious, avoid taking hot food from any plastic irrespective of the recycling code under it.

Those in the habit of habit buying food in cellophane bags and then eating from it should desist from such practices as large doses of dioxin enter the body through the food. Same is also applicable to people who buy and drink freshly prepared hot antimalarial herbal concoction (“agbo iba”) from road side sellers inside nylons or plastic cups. Taking hot coffee or water from Styrofoam (disposable) cups is similar as well.

To ensure an all-round awareness at all levels for rural and city dwellers, government should sensitize its citizens on harmful consequences of plastic toxins when leached out into our food and water after exposure to heat. When citizens are well educated and informed on plastic toxins, they will take healthy and informed decisions.

Kayode Ojewale, an industrial chemist, wrote from Idimu, Lagos.

This piece was written by Kayode Ojewale and was first published on Nigerian Guardian. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Bukari Makes New Appointments In Ministry of Mines and Steel Development

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Buhari Appoints Directors-General Of 3 Agencies Under Ministry of Mines and Steel Development

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, July 19, ratified the appointment of three Directors-General/Chief Executive Officers of three agencies under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

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The information was contained on the verified Twitter handle of Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media.

The appointees are: Umar Albarka Hassan (DG/CEO, National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency, Kaduna); Prof. Linus Okon Asuquo (DG/CEO, National Metallurgical Development Centre, Jos); and Prof. Suleiman Bolaji Hassan (DG/CEO, Nigeria Institute of Mining and Geosciences, Jos).

Bear in mind that the President also today approved the appointment of former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Tunde Lemo, as the new Chairman of the Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

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Bukari Makes New Appointments In Ministry of Mines and Steel Development

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Buhari Appoints Directors-General Of 3 Agencies Under Ministry of Mines and Steel Development

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, July 19, ratified the appointment of three Directors-General/Chief Executive Officers of three agencies under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

FG Orders All Public Officers In Nigeria To Submit Credentials For Screening

The information was contained on the verified Twitter handle of Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media.

The appointees are: Umar Albarka Hassan (DG/CEO, National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency, Kaduna); Prof. Linus Okon Asuquo (DG/CEO, National Metallurgical Development Centre, Jos); and Prof. Suleiman Bolaji Hassan (DG/CEO, Nigeria Institute of Mining and Geosciences, Jos).

Bear in mind that the President also today approved the appointment of former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Tunde Lemo, as the new Chairman of the Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

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FG Orders All Public Officers In Nigeria To Submit Credentials For Screening

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FG Orders All Public Officers In Nigeria To Submit Credentials For Screening

The Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, has made a directive that all public office holders must submit their credentials for screening in the ongoing nation-wide verification of personnel records.

Mustapha, who stated this on Tuesday, after his own screening, further explained that the directive was part of the implementation of the 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP).

He said it would enable government to maintain an accurate and up to date data of employees, which would enhance transparency in personnel emolument costs.

Mustapha thereby urged all office holders to participate in the exercise by presenting themselves and their documents for screening.

The exercise which began on Monday, 16th July 2018 with the Federal Ministry of Information, Health, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) and Ministry of Defence (MOD) is scheduled to run for two weeks.

From July 23 to 27, it would be the turn of the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, Accountant-General of the Federation, State House, Federal Ministry of Environment, Power Works and Housing and others.

The verification exercise is expected to end on August 3.

Last Friday, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, had announced the verification exercise.

It is understood that the verification exercise will capture 330,820 employees in 486 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) being paid salaries through the Integrated Pay-roll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform.

This is coming at a period of time when the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, is caught in an allegation that she falsified her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate.

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2018 Recruitment: FRSC Reacts To Misleading Report On ‘Shortlisting Candidates’

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FRSC Reacts To Rumour That It Has ‘Shortlisted Candidates’ In Ongoing Recruitment

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has described as false and misleading a report that some applicants have been shortlisted in its ongoing recruitment.

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Daily Post quoted the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, as saying this in a statement issued on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

He said, “The attention of the FRSC has been drawn to a false and misleading publication ‘FRSC Recruitment 2018 Shortlisted candidates in All States is out-Check your. Name here.

“The public should be informed that this is totally false and fabricated by some misleading miscreants.

“Hence the Corps would like to disclaim and refute the said publication on the above website and any other such publications circulating in other media”.

FRSC recently announced that it will recruit additional 4,650 officers and procure new logistics vehicles to improve road safety management in the country.

“In the next few months we should be able to procure all these items and we are also injecting additional personnel of about 4,650 to the system.

“This is unprecedented in the history of the corps and we appreciate this from the president,” Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, had said on July 8.

 

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INEC Announces Date For Bauchi South By-Election, Reads Riot Act To Parties, Politicians

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INEC Announces Date For Bauchi South By-Election, Reads Riot Act To Parties, Politicians

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed August 11, 2018 as the date for the commencement of the Bauchi South Senatorial election.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting held at the INEC headquarters on Thursday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Bauchi State, Ibrahim Abdullahi, explained that the Commission had received a letter from the Senate declaring the Bauchi South Senatorial seat vacant on July 13, 2018.

The Punch quoted him as explaining further that based on the Senate’s action and in line with section 76 (2) and 25 (2) of the Electoral Act, INEC is mandated to conduct a by-election to fill the vacuum within 30 days.

Abdullahi also stated that the commission will not hesitate to apply appropriate punishment to whoever causes violence during the forthcoming Bauchi South senatorial bye-election.

The REC appealed to all political parties to conduct themselves in line with the electoral guidelines.

“INEC cannot afford to allow trouble makers to initiate violence during campaigns and during the election. However, kindly orientate your subjects on the need for free and fair election,” he said.

According to him, elections will be held in 445 voting points, 1, 499 polling units in 75 wards of the seven local government areas of Bauchi, Toro, Dass, Tafawa Balewa, Bogoro, Alkaleri and Kirfi that make up the Senatorial District.

The stakeholders included various political parties under the aegis of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, security agencies and the media.

The Bauchi South Senatorial seat became vacant Senator Ali Wakili died on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

 

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NYSC: Batch ‘B’ PCMs Orientation Begins On July 24 | Checkout Locations Of All Camps In Nigeria

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NYSC: Batch ‘B’ PCMs Orientation Begins On July 24 | Checkout Locations Of All Camps In Nigeria

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that it will commence the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Orientation course for Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) nationwide on July 24.

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Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, the NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to her, the course would hold in all orientation camps from July 24 to August 13.

She urged all State Coordinators to pay adequate attention to security issues and general welfare of corps members.

Mrs Adeyemi also advised the coordinators to ensure strict compliance with management’s directives on healthcare, feeding, accommodation and camp sanitation during the course.

She said that the Director-General of the scheme, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, had urged the state coordinators to step up efforts at sensitising state governments and other stakeholders on their statutory responsibilities to NYSC.

“State governments are responsible for providing and upgrading camp facilities. Details regarding the conduct of the Stream II edition of the orientation course will be released in due course.

“I was impressed with what I saw in some states during the last orientation.

“Some states ensured on the implementation of the skills acquisition programme, feeding of corps members, camp sanitation as well as the quality of accommodation.

“Notwithstanding, the successes recorded, the states faced some challenges which I expect we will chart a way forward,” Kazaure said.

Below Are Locations And Addresses Of All NYSC Orientation Camps In Nigeria

1. ABIA (AB)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Umunna, Bende Local Government Area, Abia State.

2. ADAMAWA (AD)

Adamawa State Polytechnic, Jimeta, Yola North, Adamawa State.

3. AKWA IBOM (AK)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.

4. ANAMBRA (AN)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Progressive Senior Secondary School, Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State.

5. BAUCHI (BA)

NYSC Permanent Orientation camp, KM 60 Wailo, Ganjuwa Local Government Council, bauchi State

6. BAYELSA (BY)

Kaiama Grammar School , Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma L.G.A Kaiama Grammar School, Kaiama, Kolokoma-Opokuma Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.

7. BENUE (BN)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Wannune, Tarka Local Government Area, Kilometer 35 Makurdi Gboko Road, Benue State.

8. BORNO (BO)

College of Peace and Disaster Management, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Babbar-Ruga Batsari Road Katsina, Katsina State..

9. CROSS RIVER (CR)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Obubra, Obubra Local Government Area, Cross River State.

10. DELTA (DT)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp Former Martins TTC, Issele-Uku, Aniocha North L.G.A. Delta State.

11. EBONYI (EB)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Macgregor College, Afikpo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.

12. EDO (ED)

Okada Grammar School, Okada, Ovia North-East Local Government Area, Edo State.

13. EKITI (EK)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ise-Orun/Emure Local Government Area, Ekiti State.

14. ENUGU (EN)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Awgu Local Government Area, Enugu State.

15. FCT (ABUJA) (FC)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Kubwa, Bwari Area Council, FCT.

16. GOMBE (GM)

NYSC Temporary Orientation Camp, Science Technical College, Amada, KM 21, Gombe-Bauchi Highway, Near International Airport, Gombe State.

17. IMO (IM)

NYSC Temporary Orientation Camp Former Girl’s Model Secondary School Eziama Obaire Nkwerre Local Govt Area, Imo State.

18. JIGAWA (JG)

NYSC Permanent Camp, opposite Army Barrack, Fanisua Dutse Local Government Area, Jigawa State.

19. KADUNA (KD)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Kaduna – Abuja Road, Kaduna State.

20. KANO (KN)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Kusala Dam, Karaye, Karaye Local Government, Kano State.

21. KATSINA (KT)

Youth Multi-purpose Centre/ NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Mani Road, Katsina State.

22. KEBBI (KB)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Dakingari Local Government Area, Kebbi State.

23. KOGI (KG)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Asaya, Kabba Local Government Area, Kogi State.

24. KWARA (KW)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Yikpata, Edu Local Government Area, Kwara State.

25. LAGOS (LA)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Iyana Ipaja, Agege, Lagos State.

26. NASSARAWA (NS)

Magaji Dan-Yamusa Permanent Orientation Camp, Keffi, Nasarawa State.

27. NIGER (NG)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, (Former Abubakar, Dada Senior Secondary School), Paiko, Niger State.

28. OGUN (OG)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikenne Road, Sagamu Local Government Area, Sagamu, Ogun State.

29. ONDO (OD)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko Local Government Area, Ondo State.

30. OSUN (OS)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Aisu College Hospital Road, Ede North Local Government Area, Ede, Osun State.

31. OYO (OY)

Government Technical College, Iseyin Local Government Area, Iseyin, Oyo State.

32. PLATEAU (PL)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Mangu, Mangu Local Government Area, Plateau State.

33. RIVERS (RV)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Nonwa-Gbam Tai Local Government Area, Rivers State.

34. SOKOTO (SO)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Wamakko, Wamakko Local Govt Area, Sokoto State.

35. TARABA (TR)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Sibre Airport Road, Jalingo, Taraba State.

36. YOBE (YB)

College of Administration and Business Studies, Potiskum, Yobe State.

37. ZAMFARA (ZM)

NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Beside FRSC Office, Tsafe Local Government Area, Zamfara State.

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BREAKING: Buhari Appoints Tunde Lemo As Chairman Of FERMA

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Buhari Appoints Former CBN Deputy Governor Tunde Lemo As FERMA Chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Tunde Lemo, as the new Chairman of the Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

The president also appointed a new managing director and six members of the board of FERMA.

Senate president Bukola Saraki, Thursday, July 19 at the plenary read a letter from Buhari seeking the National Assembly’s approval for the appointments.

Details later..

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Open Letter To All Africans

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Open Letter To All Africans – Patrick Chiazor (Lavieleptic)

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Dear beautiful Africans,

Like me, you’ve probably wondered why we Africans are always behind the rest of the world in almost everything: sports, science, entertainment, technology, research, education, entrepreneurship – you name it.

This piece was written by Patrick Chiazor and was first published on Lavieleptic. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Well I’ve come to conclude that there’s one thing that still holds us back from really becoming all that we can be, individually and collectively. It has to be one major underlying thing that cuts across every area. How else do you explain this lag?

If a child passes 7 out of 10 courses, it’s understandable – he’s simply not good in the 3 he failed. What happens when he fails the 10? You start to check his living conditions, the school itself, his mental state, etc, because there has to be a more fundamental problem.

We cannot continue to attribute our position globally to bad leadership anymore, or corruption. Just isn’t enough to answer why we are behind in almost everything.

This one thing is so deep-rooted, making it a bit hard to change, but because it’s just one main thing that encompasses all others, it’s still easy to change – it’s simply our mentality!

I believe it ties to almost, if not everything! Corruption, the bad leadership we complain about, poverty, illiteracy, all tie to our mentality. Women’s rights – our belief that women belong in the kitchen and ‘the other room’; the belief that only women should be the ones doing the chores; where a girl is raped and people are asking what she was wearing that made the man rape her – mentality!

It’s our mentality that makes us so judgemental and sometimes hypocritical. If you doubt that we are hypocritical, watch this:
92% of the Kenyan population agree that homosexuality is ‘unacceptable’, while having sex “against the order of nature” in the country can carry a prison sentence of up to 21 years.

Yet, Kenya once topped the Google trends rankings for both ‘gay sex pics‘ and ‘gay porn pics‘, with an extraordinarily high search index.

South Africa came second, followed by Nigeria (ah, our holy Nigeria) and Pakistan – with the US and UK (the ‘Western’ world that are imposing their ‘bad morals’ on us😂 ) ranking a distant seventh and eighth. How do you explain this?

We need to stop judging others. I’m different from you doesn’t mean I’m better than you. Variety remains the spice of life. If it doesn’t hurt, why am I so bothered. Live and let live.

Do not mistake mentality for culture, tradition, roots. I’m ALL for Africa. I love Africa. No one should lose sight of their origin, but still, you should drop the things that are stopping you from moving forward.

Dear beautiful Africans, with regard to this mentality, here are some things to note:

Not everything shoved down your throat must be accepted

Open letter to Africans - Patrick Chiazor (lavieleptic)Hook, line, sinker, and even the fisherman himself – that’s how gullible we can be. We need to ask more questions. I’ve noticed that we are many times, okay with the status quo. We are not explorers, we are not adventurous. Don’t say, ‘Oh that’s who we are, why must we change to be like the Westerners’. I’d tell you why. Because that’s what you need to invent. That’s how you discover, that’s how you survive. That’s how we got to the Moon! We will continue to play catch-up until we start to get more inquisitive and discover more things on our own.

Ask any student who discovered the river Niger, and up till date, they’d say Mungo Park. It wasnt until centuries later that the legendary Fela argued that Africans were already using, living by and around the river long before Park came. Vice President of Nigeria, Osibanjo also recently said that people were already fishing there before Park’s grandfather was born. Our teachers never stopped to ask, ‘how did a man discover a river that had been there with people around it for years upon years’.

We cannot simply swallow everything we have been told. Answers are only gotten when questions are asked.

Dear beautiful Africans, please let’s ask more questions.

Religion is not going to save you

Open letter to Africans - Patrick Chiazor (lavieleptic)I’m writing more extensively on a different post on religion, so I won’t dwell on it here – simply stay tuned.

Here’s the thing – the more you can achieve without help, the less you depend on another; the richer you are, the less likely you are to ask another for money; the more you prepare for an exam, the less likely you are to ask someone for answers during the exam.

Can you tell where I’m going?

The more advanced a society is economically, socially, politically, mentally, the less likely you are to search for ‘supernatural’ help.

Imagine you had good roads, electricity, food, jobs, good housing… everything going for you, what will your prayer point then be? Mostly thanks giving and lifestyle preaching. You won’t need to spend 3 hours per service because you have 1001 things to ask for.

Here, we have more to pray about, because we have very little going for us. Then we add ‘enemies’, because of course, we cannot be the cause of our own problems – some supernatural forces (that are not in advanced climes, somehow) have to be behind our backwardness.

I’m not at all saying you should not be religious, all I’m saying is that there is more to life, to success, to moving forward, than religion – than prayer.

Dear beautiful Africans, religion will not save you.

Suport your own

Open letter to Africans - Patrick Chiazor (lavieleptic)After a lot of struggling in your local country, you finally become a rich man, with a lot of disposable income. Your new car is German, your clothes are now Italian, all of a sudden, Egusi and Oha soup now taste funny, so you only eat Chinese. You send your kids to school in London, your chairs are Italian leather, your perfumes are Arabian – and you’re wondering why the economy is not growing. Meanwhile, your friends, relations, neighbours, are struggling to sell their items to you, but you will rather buy on Amazon. You’re only making the struggle of the next man even harder than yours.

Picture a tug of war between two teams – Africa and the rest of the world. Now this is a ‘trade war’. Buying these foreign things means you are queuing behing the rest of the world to throw in all your weight, against your own people. That’s exactly what it is!

See what Trump is doing in America. They will do everything they can to ensure their money stays within their economy. Just ask any economist, the dangers of excessive importation.

We have to believe in our own and then show support. Was very impressed by the hashtag that trended a while ago – #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira. We should never forget that!

Dear beautiful Africans, don’t only show support when it’s soccer or jollof war.

Parents, stop inhibiting your children’s self-expression

Open letter to Africans - Patrick Chiazor (lavieleptic)Many of our children are simply not exposed. Put the average Nigerian child (remember the average Nigerian is POOR) beside the average American, and the Nigerian child will stare at the American child in utter amazement, like he were an immaculate conception.

We teach our children not to talk when we go out, all in the name of self discipline – they end up timid. We do not let them ask certain questions because we think it’s ‘rude’ – they end up lost and confused in a mysterious world. We let them go through life without answers; answers that we could easily provide them with, forgetting that they will simply go elsewhere to get these answers – answers that may be wrong.

We do not let them live their lives, we do not let them love who they want, we do not let them be what they want. We, many times, do not give them much of a choice. We tell them the tribe, religion, type of family to marry from, and expect them to be happy. Even when we realise they’re unhappy, we force them to stay back for the selfish reason of not tarnishing your image.

How can they be who they should be? How can they fulfil their potential? How can they compete with their peers in other climes? How?!

We do not teach them about financial literacy. We believe exposing them to money at an early age will make them become ‘greedy’.

We do not ask them how they feel. Sometimes when we do, we do not care how they feel.

We do not randomly remind our kids sometimes, that we love them…..

It’s a common saying among Nigerian parents: ‘you have grown wings right?’. Yes, dear beautiful African parent. How else is your kid supposed to fly? How?

Respect should not be by age alone

Open letter to Africans - Patrick Chiazor (lavieleptic)So obviously I’m just throwing this in. It’s not one of the main problems of Africa😏. This is my blog anyway, not the NY Times🚶‍♂️.

So, why should I respect you? Is it because you are 5 years older than me? In Africa, yes! Here’s the thing – everyone deserves what I call a ‘base level’ of respect. For example, for being human, we all start at say, 20 out of 100. So if one has achieved absolutely nothing in life, I will still treat them with that base level respect because he is human and deserves to be treated right.

Now, for every 5 years you add in age, I may add say 5 level points. So if this man is 60 years old and has achieved nothing, I’d still call him ‘sir’, get up for him to sit down, etc. Why? Because his age has ‘earned’ (pay attention to this word) him ‘extra’ respect.

So, a 20 year old boy, who is CEO of a multi-million dollar company will have more respect than a 20 year old boy who is in 300 level and has good grades, who will have more respect than a 20 year old boy who sits at home doing nothing, and with no source of income, and not willing to work.

The point is, respect is EARNED! Yes, your age will add you some extra points to your base level respect, but you have to do something with your life to add even more points and earn people’s respect. Do not think that because you are 3 years older than someone, automatically, you will be worshipped. That’s the mentality I grew up with in Africa – people thinking age is everything.

In reality, besides age, people need a reason to respect you. When they call your name, what can be said about you? ‘Oh that guy is 40 years old’, is not enough anymore.

I’m not obligated to greet you first because you are older than me. Anyone can acknowledge the presence of the other. The way we treasure greeting is just amazing to me. Maybe it’s just me.

Africa truly is blessed – abundant resources, beautiful people, so much potential, but the way we think at times, stops us from moving forward.

In conclusion, picture a situation where, as Africans, based on the points raised above:

1. we are asking questions, doing more research, and not swallowing everything and being okay with what we know and where we are

2. we are not relying solely on the supernatural, but we are equally proactive and forward thinking

3. we are allowing our children to fulfil their potential, and everyone is performing at optimum level, with passion and drive

4. we are supporting our own 100% – 1.2 billion Africans behind your business. Do you think anything will change?

The whole idea of this post is not to condemn anyone, as no one is perfect, the idea is to sensitize us to change the way we think, so we can move forward.

What do you think our problem is? Have a different view? Please let me hear from you.

Do you know any African that needs to read this? Then please share!

This piece was written by Patrick Chiazor and was first published on Lavieleptic. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Fire Guts UBA ‘Branch’ In Victoria Island (WATCH VIDEO)

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Fire Guts UBA ‘Branch’ In Victoria Island

One of the branches of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) located along Engineering street in Victoria Island, Lagos state is reported to be on fire.

The UBA Pensions Custodian Limited – a wholly-owned subsidiary of UBA Plc – is located at 22B Idowu Taylor St, Victoria Island, Lagos state.

While the cause of the fire remains unknown, it was gathered that men of the Lagos state fire service are currently at the scene to put out the fire.

The incident, it was also learnt, caused pandemonium as staff, as well as people in neighbouring buildings and on the streets, were said to have scampered for safety.

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Meet The 8 Boko Haram Insurgents Behind Chibok Girls Kidnap And 14 Others Arrested

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Meet The 8 Boko Haram Insurgents Behind Chibok Girls Kidnap And 14 Others Arrested

The operatives of the Borno State Police Command have arrested 22 suspected Boko Haram members including eight of them who participated in the abduction of Chibok school girls in 2014.

The insurgents were arrested by the special intelligence squad of the inspector general of police IG Ibrahim Idris.

The eight arrested with other insurgents by the team led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari were paraded before newsmen Wednesday afternoon in Maiduguri.

Borno State, Commissioner of Police Demien Chukwu told newsmen that the arrest of the seven including a mastermind of bombs in the state totalling twenty-two form the largest catch of important insurgents since 2019.

Chukwu also disclosed that 8 of the suspects were Boko Haram members and top commanders responsible for the Kidnapping of Chibok School Girls, and over 50 suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri and parts of Adamawa.

He said that the arrests were made in the past two weeks in Borno and Yobe. He listed those who participated in the abduction of the school girls as a 23-year old Mayinta Modu, aka Abor, Adam Mohammed, 20; Gujja Jidda, 21 and Mamman Wardi, 25.

Others suspects were: Modu Jidda, 29; Ajiri Bulama Dungus, 22; Mohammed Abba, 20; and Fannami Mustapha, 22.

Chukwu said that the suspects had confessed to have participated in the Chibok School Girls abduction and coordinated various suicide bomb attacks.

With this, it is hoped suicide bombings around the state capital loaded with sympathisers harbouring these be pole will enjoy some calmness.

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