Nigeria Offers Fresh 9-Month Amnesty For Tax Evaders

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The Nigerian government on Thursday launched its voluntary asset and income declaration scheme (VAIDS) to broaden the country’s tax base and offer incentives for tax evaders.

The VAIDS scheme was launched at the Banquet Hall of the State House which was presided by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

It was witnessed by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Governors of Ogun, Kaduna, and Zamfara among others.

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According to the Ministry of Finance, the tax amnesty will run for the next nine months, effective from July 1, 2017.

The Finance Ministry also said that from July 1 to December 31, the government would offer “waiver of interest and penalty, no prosecution of tax offences and no tax audit” to all tax evaders who declare their “hidden assets”.

While also from January 1 to March 31, there will only be “waiver of penalty, no prosecution of tax offences and no tax audit”.

“We are doing two things today: we are sending a clear signal to tax evaders in our country that the party is over,” Kemi Adeosun, the minister of finance, said.

“We’re also calling on these evaders to do the right thing and rapidly come clean for the good of their country or face the full consequences of the law. This window of opportunity will never be offered again.

“The proceeds of this scheme will not disappear. They will be invested in key infrastructure projects and for clearance of pension arrears.”

Osinbajo also declared every Thursday “Tax Thursday”, to create awareness among Nigerians on payment of tax and accrued benefits.

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Billionaire Kidnapper Evans Sues Nigerian Police Over Illegal Detention

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Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, has dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged illegal detention.

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The plea was contained in a fundamental rights enforcement suit he filed at the court on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Those who were included as respondents are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police Lagos State, and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.

In his fundamental rights suit filed by his lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, the kidnap kingpin pleaded with the court to coerce the police to either charge him to court immediately or release him from custody unconditionally.

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He further accused the police of infringing on his rights by detaining him.

In the suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, Evans is contending that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, without a charge, or release on bail is an infringement on his fundamental rights.

Evans, in the suit, further argued that the respondents ought to have charged him to court in accordance with the provisions of Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

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In a 27-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion deposed to by Evan’s father, Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that the applicant has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.

Onwuamadike further averred that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded fair hearing before a court of law.

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The deponent also averred that since his son’s arrest, all his family members have been denied access to him while media practitioners have been granted unfettered access to him.

NAN reports that the new suit has not been assigned to any judge and no date has been fixed for the hearing.

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Osinbajo Declares “Tax Thursday” In Nigeria, Signs Executive Order On Asset Declaration Scheme

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has declared every Thursday “Tax Thursday”, to create awareness among Nigerians on payment of tax and accrued benefits, Premium Times reports.

Speaking today at the launching of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) in Abuja, the acting president said the programme will last one year, and will target at least 4 million new taxpayers from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

In an attempt to buttress the declaration, Osinbajo also signed an Executive Order to Back the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).

The Punch reports that the signing of the Executive Order was also done during the formal launch of the VAIDS scheme at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

It was witnessed by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Governors of Ogun, Kaduna, and Zamfara among others.

The Acting President said the new initiative is targeted at increasing tax awareness and compliance, as well as grant tax payers a time-limited opportunity to regularise their tax status without penalty.

He said the scheme will be jointly executed by the Federal and State Governments, and would concentrate on the obligations of all Nigerian companies and citizens to pay their taxes, wherever their income is earned, wherever they reside and no matter how rich they are.

Details later..

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Senatorial Election: APC’s Uchendu Declared Winner As Rivers Tribunal Sacks PDP’s Sekibo

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The Rivers state elections petition tribunal has sacked PDP’s George Thompson Sekibo, Senator representing Rivers East.

This is just as the Tribunal declared Andrew Uchendu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the senatorial election.

It also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Sekibo and issue a fresh certificate of return to Mr Uchendu.

The Tribunal’s decision was hinged on the fact that Mr Uchendu won the lawful majority vote cast during the Rivers Re-run legislative election.‎

Uchendu had approached the tribunal with a petition asking the court to declare him winner of the poll, alleging that INEC failed to take into cognisance the results of some wards and polling units before declaring Sekibo the winner of the polls.

NAN reports that the Tribunal hinged it’s decision on substantial non compliance with the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines.‎‎

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Governor Lalong Sacks 17 LG Transition Committees In Plateau

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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has approved the dissolution of the existing Local Government Transition Committees with immediate effect.

Although the details of the reason for the dissolution were not given, it was gathered that the decision was to pave way for election in the 17 local government councils.

According to a statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Affairs in Plateau State Government House, Dr. Emmanuel Nanle, in Jos, the state capital, the dissolution takes effect from Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Nanle, in the statement, quoted the governor as directing the chairmen and management committee members to immediately hand over the running of affairs of the local government councils to the Directors of Personnel Management pending further actions in line with the provision of law.

The statement reads: “The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, has approved the dissolution of the existing Local Government Transition Committees with effect from Thursday, June 29, 2017.

“The chairmen and management committee members are to immediately hand over the running of affairs of the local government councils to the Directors of Personnel Management pending further actions in line with the provision of law.

“It will be recalled that the Executive Governor had in exercise of his Powers under the Edict providing for the establishment and administration of the Local Government Councils 2005 (as Amended) and subject to the ratification of the House of Assembly constituted the management committees whose tenure expired by effluxion of time on June 28, 2017.

“The Governor wishes to express his profound appreciation to all members of the dissolved council management committees for their selfless service in the two years of their stewardship. He further wished them the best in all their endeavours and urges them to be available in the future for service when called upon.”

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360Recommends: Boogey – Liquor Nights ft. Tay

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Highly rated Nigerian rap artiste, Boogey, releases his first official single of 2017. “Liquor Nights” tells a tale of moral conflict and internal battle with addiction, within the mind of an alcoholic.

He narrates an experience (In Marrakech, Morocco) of a fun night that might have gotten out of hand and provides details with the right balance between fuzzy and vivid.

The song features vocals from fast rising singer, Tay Iwar aka Tay,  and a jazz-themed hip hop production by Sencosonic. It is the first official single from the “Nouveau Niveau” LP which is expected to be released this year.

 


 

 

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Hearn: Las Vegas Could Host Next AJ-Wlad Fight

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Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that Las Vegas is leading the locations for a possible host of the rematch between Joshua and Klitschko.

Joshua beat the Ukrainian boxer in a stunning fight in Wembley, back in April and is waiting on a decision from Klitschko.

Hearn, who promotes Joshua, has spoken with the veteran boxer’s camp and is yet to hear anything.

“I have been in talks with Bernd Boente and the team,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ. “We’re getting close now to identifying the real options in terms of venues and locations.

“Vegas has taken a little bit of a frontrunner in those. I know the British fans would love to do a trip out there for Joshua-Klitschko.

“Nigeria is still in the mix, Dubai as well, and of course Cardiff. But like I said, Vegas has probably got its nose in front at the moment.

“I think in the next week, we’re looking to present all those opportunities to Wladimir Klitschko and his team. Speaking to Bernd Boente this morning, I feel like it’s going to take that special event to make this fight.”

Hearn hopes a final decision will be made in the next fortnight about the venue for the fight.

“I would like to keep it in Britain,” said Hearn. “The fans have been incredible to Anthony Joshua, but if it means travelling to make sure this fight happens for world boxing, and it means taking a few plane loads to Las Vegas for a night and an experience they won’t forget.

“Anthony Joshua is the world heavyweight champion, he’s not the British heavyweight champion. He wants to break boundaries and so do we.

“To see Anthony Joshua’s name up in lights on the Las Vegas strip is certainly something that appeals to us all.

“Yes, I would say the next couple of weeks, we’ll be looking to make a decision in terms of the venue and location.”

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Ronaldo Is Angry, But He Is Not Leaving Madrid

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Florentino Perez admits Cristiano Ronaldo is angry at the moment, but insists he will not be leaving the club.

The Portuguese is reportedly enraged and tired with life in Real Madrid and Spain, after he was accused of tax evasion.

Perez says Ronaldo is angry on the matter, but believes he will not leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

“He has a contract with Real Madrid and, when he stops playing at the Confederations Cup, we will talk,” Perez said on esRadio’s El Primer Palo.

“He’s angry, that’s for sure, because he is an honest person who fulfils his obligations.

“I have not talked to him but we are delighted that he is in Madrid. I think he will continue in Madrid.”

Asked further about Ronaldo’s tax affairs, Perez added: “We all have to fulfil our fiscal obligations. Madrid is not responsible for the players’ declarations, but there has never been a concealment. Cristiano does not have to deny anything he has not said.”

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Karsdorp Joins Roma For €19 Million

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Roma has confirmed the signing of Netherlands defender, Rick Karsdorp from Feyenoord for €14 million, with €5 million in add-ons.

The 22-year-old right-back joins the Serie A side, after signing a five-year contract with the club.

After rising through Feyenoord’s youth system, the 22-year-old made over 100 appearances for the first-team. After playing a key role in the Rotterdam side’s Eredivisie title win, he spoke of his excitement at making the switch to the Italian capital.

“Moving to Roma is a big step for me,” he told the club’s official website. “I come here with great desire and enthusiasm to play and realise my dreams.

“I know I still have room for improvement and I hope to do that here.”

Roma sporting director Monchi said he is confident he can flourish in new coach Eusebio Di Francesco’s team.

“Despite his young age, Karsdorp has already shown his qualities,” he said. “We are delighted to be able to count on his performances and we are confident that he will fit Eusebio Di Francesco’s style.”

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Nigeria Police Announces Date For ‘5th Regular Course’ Examination, Conditions And Requirements

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has announced date for examination into its 5th Regular Course of degree programme at the Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the FCT Police Command spokesperson, Usen Omorodion, the police said the selection into the academy for applicants in Abuja is scheduled to hold on July 8.

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In the statement, the spokesperson also added that the venue for the 2017 selection exercise in Abuja is Powa International School, Area 11, opposite Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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It is understood that the examination will commence by 7 a.m.

“All candidates for the exercise should note that lateness will not be tolerated. Candidates should not bring their phones to the examination centre,” Mr. Omorodion said.

Meanwhile, based on the information published on the website of the Police Academy, the Wudil Selection Examination, may be Computer Based Test (CBT) or Pencil and Paper.

  • The examination shall comprise of a General Paper (Section A) which is compulsory for all candidates.
  • It will cover areas such as general knowledge and current affairs, English Language and Mathematics.  Other sections are to be selected according candidate’s Faculty of choice.
  • It will be conducted on Saturday the 8th July, 2017.
  • Only candidates who obtained the minimum national cut-off marks or above will be eligible to sit for the Nigeria Police Academy Selection Examination at 12 designated Centres.
  • The list of Centres is in the Academy Website.
  • Eligible candidates are to bring along to the examination venue their Acknowledgement Form, Examination Card, JAMB Result Slip and two Postcard size photographs (3.5 x 5 Inches) which should show only from the chest upwards.
  • At the back of each of the two Postcard size photographs, the candidates must write their name, State of origin, examination centre and signature.
  • Only candidates who are successful in the Selection Examination will be invited for the Nigeria Police Academy Selection Board Interview.
  • The list of successful candidates will be published on our website and in some national newspapers.

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Between Nigerian Igbos And Biafran Agitators: A Northerner’s Perspective

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Between Nigerian Igbos And Biafran Agitators: A Northerner’s Perspective, By Yushau A. Shuaib

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The sweet memory of my youth service year in the Igboland of Asaba, Delta State, in the 90s, is what I have continued to relish whenever a discourse on tribalism, sectionalism and the likes are on the front burner in my beloved country, Nigeria. As non-indigenes, especially young Northerners, we were well-received, accommodated and accorded respect and dignity. In fact, we freely walked into the palace of the paramount ruler, the Asagba of Asaba, Professor Chike Edozien for support and guidance whenever the need arose.

This article was written by Yushau A. Shuaib. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Since then, I have had a proper perspective and understanding of the Ndigbo, many of who I have as friends. In this tension-soaked period when various sectional groups are issuing reckless and unguarded threats, it is necessary to further distinguish between a peace-loving Nigerian Igbo from a secessionist Biafran agitator.

The Ndigbo, as I know them, are spread across every nook and cranny of Nigeria. The Igbo generally tends to speak the local dialect and respect the culture of his host community. He believes that every part of Nigeria is a home away from home and adopts it as a place of residence. Experience has shown that if one goes into any community and does not find an Igbo person there, its better to leave that place immediately. Any city without an Igbo person cannot be business-like. On the other hand, a Biafran agitator is not likely to have been exposed to other parts of Nigeria besides Igboland, or might have grown in the diaspora where he only learnt the distorted history of Nigeria through myopic and eccentric points of view. The agitator hates other Nigerians and possibly believes in violent confrontation as the means towards the actualisation of his dream of the Republic of Biafra.

Meanwhile, the successes of Igbo entrepreneurs are more visible outside the shores of Igboland, with their enormous investments in hospitality, housing estates, spare parts assemblage, the sales and manufacturing of automobiles, and industrial concerns, among others, in different regions of the country. However, the business enterprise of a Biafran agitator is usually restricted to ‘Biafra-land’, without a vision of expansion outside the South-Eastern region. The primary activity of an agitator is the constant incitement through hate speeches, the making of empty threats and arrogant posturing. This is not core of the Ndigbo that I know so well.

A true Igbo politician is a bridge builder, who establishes and sustains friendship across the Niger. The likes of the Uzor Kalus of Abia, Rochas Okorochas of Imo, Peter Obis of Anambra, among others, are clear examples of successful Igbo businessmen who have transcended the geographic boundaries of Nigeria in making wise investments in the productive sector, before venturing into politics to support Igboland.

Unfortunately, the Biafran agitator has completely lost touch with the reality of our existence. The secessionist has forgotten that the map of the South-Eastern region of the 60s has completely changed in the new millennium. The Biafran politician fantasises about annexing other resource-endowed territories by drawing in territory belonging to the Ijaw, Urhobo, Kalabari, Ibibio, Ikwere, Efik, Igala, Idoma and Edo into his illusionary map of a Biafran Republic. Some of these ethnic nationalities have, in recent times, come out to dissociate themselves from the so-called Biafra agitation and cartography.

The Nigerian Igbo believes in the oneness and indivisibility of the country; he speaks Nigeria, breathes Nigeria and will never leave Nigeria. An obvious example is the fact that Igbos in Kano populate the vast Sabon Gari District, whose population is more than those of most big cities in the South-East. Apart from occasional sectional skirmishes which may not necessarily be their fault, the Igbos in the North are well loved by Northern leaders, and are even protected by the Arewa youth.

The Igbos are allowed to acquire property and establish businesses in every Northern part of the country, but the Biafran sympathisers have continuously denied outsiders the ownership of land for business related activities in the South-East. This glaring discrimination currently creates the disparity of the inequality in business ownership, where an average Northerner can quickly relocate without losing a dime, while the sheer volume of investment of a South-Easterner can never be easily recouped or transferred even in decades.

It is necessary to point out that the modern day Biafran agitators hate Nigeria and Nigerians and keep describing the country as a zoo. The main agitator and supreme leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has not only publicly threatened to wage war against Nigeria in a bloody and violent confrontation but has also described any Christian that attends “a Church with a Yoruba Pastor as an idiot, imbecile and not fit to be a human being and worse than Boko Haram.”

In a series of his video and audio releases that are available online, Nnamdi Kanu engages in unfortunate intimidation and totally misguided statements. It is simply ridiculous! However, rather than condemning and bringing him to order, some respected Igbo leaders, who have built bridges across the length and breadth of this country, celebrate and even stand behind him despite his case of treason in the court.

While the rantings of Biafran agitators had gone on for a while without a reply, sadly it was the equally reckless declaration of the ultimatum issued by the so-called Arewa Youth as a counterbalancing response to the inciting statements, that reawakened the consciousness of Nigerians to the danger of hate campaigns.

While it may be justifiable to unleash a ferocious dog against a neighbour’s untamed mad dog, we should nevertheless tame the fury of the Arewa youth who might also be harbouring the exact mindset of Kanu and his IPOB.

As Nigerians, we should deploy common sense through dialogue to resolve the contentious issues of our nationhood. After all the hullabaloo and threats, I am so sure that no one is going anywhere. We should remain united and stop the dirty politics of ethnicity, widely played by sponsored and misguided youth. The ill-advised agitators from both parties must have read slanted history books, since they were not direct witnesses to the earlier gory history, the encore of which they are calling for.

Yushau A. Shuaib is publisher of PRNigeria; www.YAShuaib.com; yashuaib@yahoo.com.

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Nigeria Approves Inclusion Of NYSC Corps Members In Health Scheme

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the inclusion of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) across the country.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the council’s meeting presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said the approval was given in order to put a stop to unnecessary deaths being recorded among youth corps members across the country.

His words: “The other memorandum has to do with how we will prevent unnecessary death among youth corps members across the country.

“Council approved the memo that henceforth, we will include NYSC members in the National Health Insurance Scheme across the country.

“This will guarantee access to quality care across the country, prevent unnecessary deaths and also ensure our youth corps members receive the highest attainable level of care across the country.”

The development is coming on the back of the death of a corps member, Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo at the Kano State Orientation Camp last year while Ukeme Asuquo also died at the orientation camp in Zamfara State.

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Adewole said the council also approved the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between his ministry and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities on the procurement and distribution of contraceptives commodities across the country.

“The Federal Government has the policy of free distribution of contraceptives commodities and services across the country.

“We have renewed the MoU today (Wednesday) to last for the next four years between 2017 and 2020. And that we also continue to provide effective safe voluntary contraceptives services across the country,” he said.

The minister also said the Federal Government has formally declared the Meningitis outbreak over in the country.

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NANS To Resist Increase Of School Fees By Tertiary Institutions

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has today vowed to resist plans by some tertiary institutions to increase school fees.

A press statement signed by the National president of NANS, Comrade Chinonso Obasi reads

“NANS received the report that about 38 tertiary institutions have concluded plans to jack up tuition fees in their institutions with utter pain and disgust, because over the years Nigerian students have been made to bear the brunt of poverty ideas and administrative ineptitude of managers and chief executives of tertiary institutions.”

“In a saner climes, education funding include revenue from researches and consultative collaborations.”

“Implementation of UNESCO strategies, particularly commercializing research findings should occupy Nigeria educational institutions rather than constant hike in tuition fees payable by helpless students”

The statement added that NANS believed that the planned hike in tuition fees would be the last straw that would “break the cycle of obnoxious levy on learning and pursuit of education.”

“We regret to note that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has not done much to justify the confidence of Nigerian students within the two years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in power. This oversight becomes very painful despite the positive contributions of Nigerian students to the success of the administration’s key policies and programmes, such as, the fight against corruption, maintenance of peace and unity of the country, as well as campaign for local government autonomy.”

The statement further reads, “NANS feels that Nigerian students do not merit such harsh punishment as fee increases, which would further limit the capacity of the students to dream of a better future. Consequently the National President, Comrade Chinonso Obasi, in concert with the national executive of NANS wish to serve notice to the authorities concerned that Nigerian students will never endure any increase in tuition at this time of the nation’s socio-economic challenges.”

“If administrators of Nigeria’s educational institutions have run out of ideas of funding education in the country, they should feel free to liaise with students to explore new ways of funding, instead of the usual resort to internal revenue generation through increased tuition fees”, the statement stated.

“However, NANS wishes to reiterate the fact that Nigerian students have been patient with PMB administration and our patience has reached the elastic limit.

“President Buhari should recognize that it is time to reward the understanding and cooperation of Nigerian students with education subsidy, proper funding of education and adequate welfare initiatives for students and resisting the temptation to increase tuition fee.

“NANS wishes to inform Nigerians that any attempt by this administration to increase tuition fee in our tertiary institutions, will leave Nigerian students with no other option than passing a vote of no confidence on the APC led Federal Government.

“We therefore call on all well-meaning individuals and stakeholders of education to hasten and find lasting solutions to the deplorable attitude towards education in the country and put smiles on the faces of the most marginalized group of Nigerians, the students”, the statement stressed.

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JUST IN: Ex-Governor Of Taraba State Danbaba Suntai Is Dead

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A former Governor of Taraba state, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, who survived an air crash at the Yola Airport in 2012, is dead.

According to the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN), he died at home today, June 28, 2017.

Suntai’s death was announced by Mr. Emmanuel Bello, a former Commissioner for Information in the state, some hours ago.

It is understood that he died as a result of the brain injuries sustained from the plane accident.

The former governor, who flew the light plane, crashed in October 2012 and had not recovered fully since then.

He became governor of Taraba state in 2007 and was sworn again on May 29, 2011 for a second term.

A pharmacist by training, Suntai enrolled for training as a pilot at the Nigerian College of Aviation in Zaria in 2010 and was thus licensed.

Prior to his plane crash in 2012, Suntai had been flown to Germany for medication after returning from his annual leave in August 2009, following a sudden ailment that was suspected to have developed from food poisoning.

On his return from Germany, Suntai spoke at the opening of a three-day regional convention of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International in Jalingo, where said his meal was actually poisoned.

He had had several successful flights with his private aircraft even while piloting the affairs of Taraba State as governor.

But his current travails started precisely on October 25, 2012, when a private plane he piloted crashed in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

After receiving the initial treatment at the Adamawa Standard German Hospital in Yola he was later transferred to the National Hospital Abuja on October 26, 2012. From there he was flown to Germany and was later taken to a rehabilitation centre in the United States for further medication.

After 10 months of medical sojourn overseas, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai finally returned to the country on August 23, 2013.

After weeks of political intrigues in the North-East state based on claims and counterclaims over his health status, it was revealed that the former Taraba State governor was not healthy enough to live in Nigeria without adequate treatment, or to govern a state.

He was subsequently flown abroad again for treatment, even as his then deputy, Garba Umar, was empowered by the Taraba State House of Assembly to fully take over the ship of the state in acting capacity.

He was brought back in the build-up to the 2015 elections and remained confined in Jalingo until after the change of guards on May 29, 2015.

Suntai was born June 30 1961 and attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied pharmacy.

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Fast And Furious Star, Michelle Rodriguez Threatens To Leave Franchise If They Don’t Show More Love To Women

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Michelle Rodriguez who plays Letty, the love interest of Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto character on the Fast and Furious franchise has spoken out about her future in the franchise.

The Fast and Furious franchise is preparing for their ninth and tenth movies and Michelle has spoken out about the roles of the women in the franchise. She has played the role of Letty Ortiz in six “Fast” films to date, and she had to push to even get as much screen time and activity as she’s had while also pushing for the other women of the franchise, and they all benefit.

The actress took to Instagram on Tuesday and announced that she was prepared to leave the franchise if the next installment doesn’t bring women more into the spotlight.

She wrote on Instagram, “F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love.”


Michelle Rodriguez

 

Speaking during EW’s spotlight on the women of Fast & Furious, Michelle Rodriguez said “I’ve been making movies with Jordana, who plays the sister of Dom Toretto, for 16 years and I can count on one hand how many lines I’ve had to say to her,” “

“I think that’s pathetic and it’s lack of creativity.”

“Fast 9” is scheduled for April 19, 2019 and “Fast 10” is scheduled for April 2, 2021.

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Geniuzz Releases #ASOG Documentary & New Single “Show Me Love”

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Following the success of his debut extended play; Geniuzz releases a documentary about his journey thus far, a track-by-track breakdown of his #ASOG E.P, collaborations, life since he moved from Jos to Lagos, his record label, future endeavours and more.

The Effyzzie Music act also releases a new single from the project, which is the infectious DreyBeatz produced “Show Me Love”. The track has gained praised since the release of the E.P, and it features background vocals from Yemi Alade.

Check on “Show Me Love”, and watch the #ASOG documentary, also do not forget to stream/download the “A Slice of Geniuzz” extended play.
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Federal Government Signs MoU With UNFPA On Procurement Of Contraceptives

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The Federal Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU yesterday with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, for the procurement of contraceptive in the country for four years.

The Federal Executive Council also approved the inclusion of member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Odewale said this while briefing the State House Correspondent in Abuja. According to him, “Council received memoranda from the Federal Ministry of Health. One has to do with the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU between the Federal Ministry of Health and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA.”

“This MoU has to do with the procurement and distribution of contraceptive commodities across the country. The Federal Government has a policy of free distribution of contraceptive commodity and services across the country and we have renewed the MoU today to last for the next four years between 2017 and 2020. We will also continue to provide effective voluntary contraceptive services across the country. The other memorandum taken at today’s meeting has to do with how we will prevent unnecessary death among youth corps members across the country. Council approved the memo that henceforth, we will include NYSC members in the National Health Insurance Scheme across the country and this will guarantee quality care across the country to prevent unnecessary death and also ensure that our youth Corps members receive the highest attainable level of care across the country.”

 

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Unitaid: Prominent Health Agency Set To Roll Out Latest AIDS Drug In Nigeria

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Unitaid is to roll out a generic version of the latest AIDS drug that can improve and prolong the lives of tens of thousands of people who suffer severe side effects and resistance to other treatments in Nigeria.

Unitaid, a global health initiative, said a generic of Dolutegravir (DTG), first approved in the U.S. in 2013, is being given to 20,000 patients in Kenya before being rolled out in Nigeria and Uganda later in the year.

DTG is the drug of choice for people with HIV in high-income countries who have never taken antiretroviral therapy before and for those who have developed resistance to other treatment.

Kenya is the first African country to start using the DTG.

“I had constant nightmares and no appetite,” said Nairobi resident Doughtiest Ogutu, who started taking the drug this year because of her resistance to other treatments.

“My appetite has come back… My body is working well with it.”

Ogutu, who has been living with HIV for 15 years, said her viral load, the amount of HIV in her blood, has fallen tenfold from 450,000 to 40,000 since she started on DTG.

Sub-Saharan Africa has been at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic for decades and home to nearly three quarters of all people with HIV and AIDS.

UNAIDS aims for 90 per cent of people diagnosed with HIV to receive antiretroviral treatment by 2020.

The brand name version of DTG is Tivicay, produced by ViiV Healthcare, which is majority-owned by GlaxoSmithKline.

About 15 per cent of HIV patients are resistant, which means the medicines do not work on them, said Sylvia Ojoo, Kenya country director for the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who is monitoring the introduction of DTG.

UNITAID works to bring medicines to market quickly and to reduce manufacturing costs by allowing generic companies to access patents for a small royalty and produce them cheaply for the developing world.

Kenya, with one of the world’s largest HIV positive populations, has made great strides in addressing HIV in its public medical facilities.

“The health systems we have in place allow for rapid deployment,” said Ojoo.

“It makes it relatively easy to introduce new interventions.”

About 1.5 million Kenyans are HIV positive, with more than two-thirds on treatment, said Martin Sirengo, head of Kenya’s National AIDS and STI Control Program.

The number of new infections in Kenya has almost halved over the last decade to 80,000 a year, he said, thanks to increased testing, treatment and awareness.

(Reuters/NAN)

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Edo State House Of Assembly Confirms Obaseki’s Commissioner Nominees

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The Edo State House of Assembly has confirmed 18 nominees ‎sent to it by Governor Godwin Obaseki as commissioners on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

The nominees were cleared ‎eight days after the list was read during plenary on June 20, 2017.

In a letter dated June 19 and addressed to the Speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, the governor had urged the House to facilitate the confirmation of the nominees.

In his reply, the Speaker also had promised that the House would not delay in the screening and confirmation of the nominees.

Meanwhile, those on the list include Yekini Idaiye (Akoko Edo), Ohonbamu Paul (Egor)‎, ‎E. Agbale (Esan Central), Emmanuel Usoh (Esan North-East), Magdalene Ohenhen (Esan South-East) andAmiolemen Osahon (Esan West).

Also nominated were Joseph Ughioke‎ (Etsako Central),Mika Amonokha (Etsako East), Mariam Abubakar‎ (Etsako West)‎ Osagie Inegbedion‎ (Igueben) Erimona Oye‎ (Ikpoba-Okha), Prof. Yinka Omoregbe‎ (Oredo).

Others are Osaze Osemwegie-Ero (Orhionmwon),Monday Osaigbovo (Ovia North-East)‎, Christopher Adesotu (Ovia South-West)‎, Jimoh Ijegbai‎ (Owan East), Okun Reginald (Owan West)‎ and David Osifo‎ (Uhunmwode).

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Open Call Casting For Models – Nigerian Student Fashion And Design Week 2017

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Here’s an opportunity for aspiring models to walk the runway for the 5th anniversary edition of Nigerian Student Fashion & Design Week 2017.

Read eligibility specifications below;

For Female Models :

Minimum height 5’9ft.
Wear jeans, black tank top & high heels

For Male Models :

Minimum height 6ft.
Wear jeans and black tank top

 

Nigerian Student Fashion

DATE:   1st July, 2017
TIME:    11am – 3pm
VENUE: LightHouse Studio, 20/22 Alfred Olaiya Street, Salvation bus stop, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos.

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Perez: Hard To Find A Place For Mbappe At Real Madrid

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Florentino Perez believes it would be quite hard to find a place for Kylian Mbappe at Real Madrid.

The Monaco youngster attracted interest from top European clubs, after an impressive outing with the ligue 1 club.

Reports have it Real Madrid are willing to let one of their stars go to make room for Mbappe, but that will be hard.

“Mbappe is a very good player,” he told esRadio. “This situation reminds me of last year when they told us to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.

“The summer is long. Zidane has been close to him for several years.

“Not many players play for Real Madrid at 18 years old. We must be patient. Zidane has him in mind.

“It’s not enough to say we can bring players in and then have them sitting on the bench. We are thinking about Mbappe, but his age makes it difficult to find a place.”

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Perez: No Talks With United On Morata

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Florentino Perez insists Real Madrid are not in negotiations with Manchester United over the sale of Alvaro Morata.

Reports suggest Morata has agreed to join Manchester United for a record fee , with the 24-year-old looking for more playing time.

However, Perez has denied negotiations with Manchester United and an agreement has been reached.

“I think we’re not in negotiations with Manchester United, which is not to say that there are people around you who are talking, which is normal,” he told esRadio.

“I have read that we have reached an agreement I do not know how many million times, but it isn’t true.”

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Perez: New Zidane Deal Is Important

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Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez has stated the most important thing for Madrid now is to extend Zidane’s contract.

Perez had previously stated Zidane could stay at the club forever, after he won back-to-back UCL trophies.

And the re-elected president, Perez, would like to tie him down to a deal as soon as he resumes from break.

“Sure he is safe and the first thing we are going to do after he comes back from holiday is renew him,” Perez said to esRadio.

“No one knows the club and the dressing room better than him. It is an advantage that he has over the rest and that has made him succeed for 17 months.

“Many times he has said that he does not know if he will continue so that they [the press] do not ask him about the future of the players.

“But I would have continued with him even if we had not won.”

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360Hawt: Flavour ft. Phyno – Loose Guard | “Ijele (The Traveler)” Album Out NOW!

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Flavour finally released his fifth studio album “Ijele (The Traveler)”, The 17-track playlist features Phyno, Sarkodie, Terry Apala, Chidinma, Zoro and few more rising musicians.

“Ijele” is one of the rarest and biggest masquerades in Igbo culture. Whilst smaller masquerades show up at every occasion, Ijele’s appearance is only at notable events where it brings that extra spice.

“The album title, reflects my journey as a musician metaphorically. As a musician, I’ve transformed, evolved and transcended within my music and social responsibilities, and I am proud to share this journey with my fans and listeners far and wide. Music is in my blood, it’s all I know. Music is my life.”

Off the “Ijele (The Traveler)” here we dish out “Loose Guard” which he features the Play-maker – Phyno. The song comes with a strong love lyrics rendition.

Loose Guard was produced by Young John, and this is another flavour certified club banger.

Cop “Ijele – The Traveler” here

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“Ijele – The Traveler” Album Tracklist!

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PENGASSAN: Nigerian Govt Cautioned Against Sale Of Refineries

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has warned the Federal Government against the full concession or plans to privatise the nation’s refineries.

There have been speculations that the federal government plans to sell or privatise some refineries in the country, especially the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries.

However, the Group Executive Chairman, NNPC Branch of PENGASSAN, Mr. Abdullahi Sale, while speaking on Tuesday, shortly after a tour of the Port Harcourt Refinery, said it would be wrong for any government to hand over its energy for privatisation.

He pointed out that government could decide to hold 20 per cent equity, adding that such action had to be gradual.

Sale further insisted that like security, the energy sector should not be fully privatised.

His words: “We are not averse to concessioning or privatisation of the refineries; however, what we are saying is that no nation would like to toy with its issue of energy.

“Our position is that we don’t want a situation where 100 per cent of our energy sector is given to private hands. We want to maintain some level of security. Because energy is security, just like we cannot hand over our security 100 per cent to private hands, we also should not totally privatise our energy.

“We are not supporting the sale of the refineries in totality, however, the PIGB being passed in the Senate has provided room for 20 per cent of government equity to be in the hands of the BPE. That means that eventually 20 per cent would go off.”

On the proposed operation of modular refineries in the country, Sale noted that such refineries would not be able to meet the 40 million litres per day demand of Nigerians.

He added: “Our national demand on a daily basis is within the range of 40 million litres, which modular refineries cannot provide. However, it will be able to provide us some level of sufficiency, but not up to what we desire.

“Modular refineries are quick ways to get products available to Nigerians, but in the real sense, they are not the final solutions because they are not going to take us to where we want to be.”

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