Saturday, 6 February 2016

Photos : Gov. Ambode at Lagos City Marathon


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left); Group Managing Director, Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe (right), jointly presenting a cheque of $50, 000 to the 1st Prize Winner of the Lagos City Marathon, Abraham Kiptom from Kenya, while the 2nd Prize Winner, Hosea Kipkemboi from Kenya and the 3rd Prize Winner, Debebe Kolosa from Ethiopia, watch, during the Lagos City Marathon at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, today Saturday, February 6th. More pic after the cut...










Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal pictured with his new wife, Maryam Mairo Mustapha


The pair reportedly got married yesterday...

Nollywood actress, Omotola gets surprise birthday gifts and cake


Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde who turns a year older tomorrow, February 7, got lovely surprise gifts and cakes on the set of her shoot in Ghana...


Beautiful photos of Cynthia Obianodo in her Vera Wang wedding dress


Cynthia Obianodo, daughter of billionaire CEO of Young Shall Grow Motors, Vincent Obianodo, is getting married to TV personality, Ebuka in Abuja today...more photos after the cut...

Photos: Ebuka Obi-Uchendu & his squad at his white wedding today



#OBI2016 media personality Ebuka Obi - Uchendu will be marrying Cynthia Obianodo, daughter of billionaire CEO of Young Shall Grow Motors, Vincent Obianodo, today in Abuja. More photos after the cut...


Photo: Meet Hajara, the first Hausa Muslim female wing commander


Hajara began her career as a non-commissioned officer in 1986. She rose to become the first Hausa Muslim woman from a core Northern state to reach the rank of Wing Commander, equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel in the Army.

Hajara, a daughter of late Marafan Birnin Kudu, Colonel Bashari Umaru, from Birnin Kudu in Jigawa State, is currently the Chief Matron of Armed Forces Medical Hospital, Kano. She has been to war in Congo, served at Ibadan, Kaduna, among other places within the country.

She was born in Dorayi Quarters on March 19, 1964, and grew up in Yakasai quarters of Kano, and later began her early education at wagwarwa Primary School, and later joined St. Louis Primary School.

Being a bright student, Hajara gained admission into Queen’s College, Lagos and St. Louis Secondary School, Kano. She would have chosen the former option but for her dad’s transfer to Kano. After completing her secondary education, she joined School of Nursing, Kano.

It was at that school that she took the decision to join the Nigerian Air Force, following recruitment drive for medical personnel.

"It was actually a dramatic situation. My mom Hajiya didn’t like it at all. And my dad pretends that he also didn’t like it in order to please her. But he actually encouraged me and respected my choice," the widow said.

Source: Jaafar Jafaar

Delta State Police hands over a rescued trafficked 10yr old boy to his parents


SARS operatives in Asaba arrested some human traffickers and rescued seven trafficked children including 10 year-old Sunday Michael, last year and handed them over to the Ministry of Women Affairs Asaba for care.

On January 26, 2016 one Michael Elijah Johnson of Nukind, Ibesikpo L.G.A of Akwa Ibom state reported to the Command and identified Sunday Michael as his biological son.
Having ascertained his claim to be true, the rescued boy was handed over to him by the Commissioner of Police, CP. Alkali Baba Usman.

According to a statement issued by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestine Kalu, there are still three years old girl and four babies aged between 3-12 months yet to be claimed by their parents. He advised parents whose children/wards within the aforementioned age bracket are missing to report to SARS office Asaba to check if the children are theirs with adequate proof for collection.

The Command appeals to parents to be watchful over their children/wards at all times.

We’re making progress in anti-corruption war – ICPC boss


The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, has said the war against corruption by the present administration is gaining momentum, saying more Nigerians are keying into the project.
He attributed the progress made so far to the anti-corruption disposition of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the President had been leading by example.
According to a statement by the ICPC on Friday, Nta spoke on a television programme where he said the international community had started reckoning with the anti-corruption drive of the government.
He added that the anti-corruption fight had also been generating interest from the grassroots in Nigeria as even local communities had willingly been reporting people they suspect as living above their means, unlike when indigenes of some communities used to be hostile to operatives of law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies, including ICPC, anytime they want to make arrests.
The statement partly read, “The seriousness with which the war is being fought in Nigeria has been eliciting responses from countries that have been promising to offer assistance to Nigeria in its fight against corruption.
“ICPC has long taken preventive measures towards advancing the course of the fight against corruption through the promotion of ethics and integrity from childhood. We have also alluded to the launching of National Values Curriculum in schools since 2007 to inculcate ethics in students at primary and secondary schools, which is in collaboration with the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council.”

Economic crunch: States suspend corps members’ allowances


Most state governments have suspended the monthly allowances being paid to members of the National Youth Service Corps due to the economic crunch affecting the country.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that some of the states stopped paying the allowances more than one year ago. Before the economic downturn, most states of the federation were paying stipends to the NYSC members deployed in their areas of jurisdiction in order to augment the N19, 800 the Federal Government was giving to the corps members.
But as the reality of the economic downturn is biting harder,we learnt that some states suspended payment of the stipends, thereby leaving the corps members to depend solely on the N19,800 the Federal Government is paying to them. This has forced the corps members to lament.
The situation is more pronounced in Kwara State, where the government has not paid corps members serving in the state for more than two years now.
The NYSC Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Oladipo Morakinyo, confirmed to one of our correspondents on Thursday in Ilorin that the corps members had not received a dime from the state government for many years.
He, however, claimed that the non-payment of the corps members’ allowances was not as a result of the state’s dwindling revenue.
Morakinyo could also not give specific reason for the non-payment, but only said the development had lasted for many years. Corps members serving in Ondo State said they had waited endlessly for the government’s promise to pay them the allowances. According to some of the corps members who are serving directly with the ministries and other government agencies, the state promised to pay them at the end of their service, but said this promise was unreliable because their predecessors were promised the same thing and got nothing after they finished the national assignment.
It was, however, gathered that some corps members serving at the local government secretariat were being paid between N3,000 and N5,000, but they were currently being owed three months allowances just as the government owes the civil servants.
One of the corps members, who simply identified himself as Mayowa, told one of our correspondents that the last time he and his colleagues were paid was October 2015.
He said, “We have not been paid a dime since November last year. What we were told at the beginning was that the government would pay us after the end of our service year, but we later learnt that the promise was just fake.”
Corps members serving in Bauchi State have organised extra-mural classes for primary and secondary school pupils following non-payment of their allowances by the state government.
A corps member, who did not want her name in print, told one of our correspondents that the last time the state government paid them was December last year.
She said, “No explanation has been given as to why we have not been paid our allowances. We have not been paid for January. We don’t know what is happening; all the state government just told us is that we should bear with it.”
Asked how she and her colleagues had been coping, she said, “Some of us organise extra-mural lessons for primary and secondary school pupils.”
Another corps member, who simply gave her name as Joy, said she had been finding it very difficult to survive as a result of the failure of the authorities to pay them their January allowance.
“We have not been finding things easy here. Our January allowance has not been paid,” Joy said. Corps members in Delta State are owed two months’ allowances. Some of them who spoke to one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity appealed to the state government to pay the allowances.
But the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said the state had been meeting the needs of the corps members despite the current financial stress in the state.
“We have been doing our best to pay as of when due in spite of the current financial hiccup,” he said.
Investigation, however, revealed that corps members serving across the state have resorted to doing menial jobs to meet their financial needs.
One of them, Peter Ugoh, said, “We have to engage in doing menial jobs to keep body and soul together. At least, it is better than stealing or not doing anything at all.” NYSC officials in the state declined comments.
Those serving in Ekiti State said they had not received anything since they were deployed in the state last year.
A corps member posted to one of the ministries who does not want his name mentioned, said, “Since I was deployed in this ministry last year, I have not received anything. My predecessors said they were being paid N1,250 before it was increased to N3,000, but since our batch came, we have not received anything from the state government.”
Another corps member serving at a primary health care centre, who also declined to mention her name, shared a similar experience.
She said she had not received any allowance from the state government since she was deployed in the state.
But, another female corps member said, “My predecessors were not paid while serving, they were only paid N15,000 after their service as parting gift.”
Batch “A” and batch “B” corps members deployed in Osun State also said they had not received a dime from the state government since May and October, 2015 respectively.
we learnt that the situation is a bit different in Abia State where the state government only paid some corps members deployed there N5,000 and neglected the rest.
A batch ‘A’ corps member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for the fear of being reprimanded, said since June 2015 when she was posted to a local government, she had yet to receive any allowance.
She added that only those posted to public schools were paid skeletal allowances by the government.
Another corps member, who wants to be identified as Okoli, urged the state government to pay them, considering the economic situation in the country.
“It will go a long way in augmenting the N19,800 allowance being paid by the Federal Government,” Okoli said.
Corps members in Niger, Rivers, Cross River, Edo and Sokoto states also complained that they had yet to be paid by the state government.
A corps member in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, told one of our correspondents that those serving with the state government had not been paid for six months.

Reverend impregnates seven church members, two married women

            
A randy man of God identified as Dukes (surname withheld) in Umunede, Delta State who has been accused of sleeping with his church members in the past two years, has allegedly impregnated seven of his single female church members and two married women.
While trouble is currently brewing over the act, it was reliably gathered that the self-acclaimed man of God had also allegedly seduced several young girls in neighbouring communities: Ute-Ukpu, Otolokpo under the guise of providing them with suitors before he moved into Umunede after his cover was blown.
He was said to have been arrested and detained at Agbor Police Station by aggrieved parents of his victims for two days before granted bail.
A member of his church “Light Of God Ministries” Josephine Ogor said, “The self acclaimed reverend uses preaching, choirs and organised youth fellowship to get young girls.”
“That was what he did in Ute-Okpu, Otolokpo neighbouring communities before he moved into Umunede and he was driven away by the elders of the communities, he likes girls of 15, 16 and 17 years he sleeps with,” she added.
Investigation revealed that until some married women started carrying their marital problems to him, the self-acclaimed man of God allegedly known for magical powers, specialises in mind-blowing prophecies for unsuspecting members of his church including some highly placed politicians and businessmen across the state.
His victims, some who claimed they were hoodwinked into sexual intercourse with him via magical powers, Awele John, Marble Ogoan and Rosemary Iwendi said: “Please Mr. Pressman don’t use our pictures.”
“The man is fake, he uses magical powers to woo young girls he sleeps with, that was how we fell into his net, and our eyes were opened”.
Another victim, a married woman who did not want her name in the print said she had gone to the reverend’s house to seek advice on constant quarrels between her and the husband for possible solution when Dukes allegedly gave her anointed oil for her to rub and take from it but this was not to be, when she found herself in love making with the reverend during the night.
She said: “I saw myself having sexual intercourse with the Reverend in my sleep and I was shocked before I made it known to my husband”.
Further investigation revealed that his modus operandi is to give out olive oil bottles to unsuspecting female miracle seekers, young girls looking for suitors, a situation that keep them glued to him before taking them to bed.
But in swift reaction, the Reverend dispelled on telephone as untrue and attempts to blackmail him as true man of God, adding that those who claimed to have been impregnated by him designed a plot to kill him.
He said: “I am not responsible for their pregnancies, they are lairs”.
At Agbor Police Division, two investigating police officers who did not want their names in the print said: “We are currently investigating the Reverend after some parents of the girls he allegedly seduced reported the matter at the station, we have earlier arrested and released him on bail while investigation is ongoing.”

Lassa Fever: Ogun puts 110 persons under watch, says commissioner


The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, has said the number of the primary contacts with the first index case of Lassa fever in the state, a 28- year- old lady, has increased from 60 to 110, and they have all been placed under watch.
He said this on Saturday at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Sagamu, when he went to check on the victim of the viral disease kept in an isolation centre in the hospital.
He said the Ministry of Health had tracked 50 more of the former patients who were on admission “before and after the victim was brought into the two private hospitals” for treatment.
Ipaye while addressing journalists on Thursday on the first reported index case of Lassa Fever in the state, said the 28-year-old lady travelled to Ebonyi for a burial programme and returned to Ogun State on January 15, when she started manifesting the symptoms of the disease.
He said she had been taken to two private hospitals in Ota, Ruby Medical Centre and Central Specialist Hospital, both in Ado Odo/Otal Local Government Area of the state.
Ipaye added that it was the management of the Central Specialist Hospital that called the state Ministry of Health on Wednesday night, and reported that the victim was manifesting symptoms of Lassa fever.
He said the ministry swung into action immediately,  carried out confirmatory tests on her and she was later moved to the isolation centre at the OOUTH, Sagamu
However, Ipaye said the victim was responding to treatment at the centre.
He said, “The increase in number of those under surveillance was due to the fact that those that have been on admission before and after the lady in question was brought into the two private hospitals have also been tracked down and put under surveillance.
“All the 110 persons have been given a thermometer each to monitor the level of their temperature with one Surveillance Officer attached to each of them.”
The 60 persons earlier put under watch were made up of health workers of the two private hospitals, and family members of the victim.
Ipaye said 35 were from the first hospital, 22 from the second one and three family members of the victim.
While appreciating the two private hospitals involved, the commissioner said the hospitals had been decontaminated by the state health workers and would be reopened  as soon as possible.
He added that the government regretted any indirect inconveniences that the closure might have caused them.
Also confirming the state of health of the victim, the Senior Registrar, Internal Medicine Department, OOUTH, Dr Olaitan Abimbola, directly attached to the lady, said she was brought in with a confirmed case of Lassa Fever with temperature of 39. 8 degree centigrade.
 She said when the required drugs were administered on her, the temperature had reduced to 38. 4 degree centigrade.
She said the persistence abdominal pain, restlessness, and breathlessness suffered by the victim, had gone down drastically, adding that she could now eat and drink with no sign of vomiting, diarrhea and no discharge from any parts of her body.
She said, “The victim has since been placed on Revavirin and other drugs and will be monitored until she has completed the 10 doses.
“Now that she is perfectly responding to treatment and no more abdominal pain, dizziness and any other complication, after  she will be handed over to the Surveillance Officer for further necessary action.”
The Director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Yusuf Quudus, said the 110 persons under surveillance would be watched closely between 6-21 days incubation period before they would be released to their family members.

Police avert PDP, APGA clash in Abuja


The Police on Saturday averted a political crisis in Kuje Area Council, Abuja, over campaign billboard, ahead of the forthcoming council elections in the area.
It took the intervention of a team of policemen from Kuje station to settle fracas between supporters Peoples Democratic Party and those of the All Progressive Grand Alliance.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, trouble started over anattempt to remove the campaign billboard with the image of Mr Shabab Tete, the council chairman who is seeking re-election on the platform of the PDP.
The billboard was mounted in front of the Council secretariat.
Speaking on the clash, Kuje PDP Youth Leader, Adamu Dogo, told NAN that the billboard was mounted by some PDP supporters who later decamped to APGA.
Dogo said the fight started when the decamped members attempted to replace the board with the image of Haruna Yerima, the APGA candidate, in the forthcoming election.
Dogo told NAN that APGA supporters had no right to change the image on the board.
“The billboard was mounted by PDP and the APGA people have no right to remove the image of our candidate, and put their own.
“Even if the decamped supporters of PDP were among those that mounted the billboard, the finance came from the ruling party, PDP.
“They should wait till after March 19 after the people have decided who they want as Kuje Chairman,’’ he said.

Zika outbreak: UN warns against laws restricting pregnancy

                          
The United Nations has called for the repeal of laws and policies that restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services in contravention of international standards.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in New York.
The statement said the UN position was in response to advice to women by some governments to delay getting pregnant due to the possible link between the rampaging Zika virus and neurological disorders affecting newborns.
According to the statement, upholding women’s human rights was essential if the response to the Zika health emergency would be effective.
“Clearly, managing the spread of Zika is a major challenge to governments in Latin America.
“However, the advice of some governments to women to delay getting pregnant ignores the reality that many women and girls simply cannot exercise control over when they become pregnant.
“The circumstance is made more difficult in environment where sexual violence is so common,” the statement said.
The statement noted that, “In situations where sexual violence is rampant and sexual and reproductive health services are unavailable, efforts to halt Zika crisis will not be enhanced by stopping women from getting pregnant.”
It stressed that, amid the continuing spread of the virus, authorities must ensure that their public health responses were pursued in conformity with human health-related rights obligations.

68-year-old woman completes Lagos marathon

                 

A sexagenarian, Abiola Oshodi-Adeniyibada, who not only participated in, but completed the 42km Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Saturday has commended the sponsors and organisers of the event.
Oshodi-Adeniyibada, 68, told the News Agency of Nigeria at the Teslim Balogun Stadium starting point of the race that her aim was to reach the finishing point.
She said it was not her first time of participating in sporting activities, adding that she had taken part in marathons outside the country in the past.
The retired civil servant said, “I am very happy to be part of this historic marathon which is the first of its kind in Lagos and the organisers deserve commendation.
“I did track and field when I was in high school and my love for sports brought me out to be part of this.
“If I get tired on the road, I will rest or probably enter one of the official buses, but I will definitely get to the finish point.
“I’m not here for the money but to exercise my body and also catch fun while participating.”
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Oshodi-Adeniyibada had already crossed the finishing line as of the time the news agency got to the point.
It also reported that Military, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Lagos State Traffic Management Agency provided adequate security and orderliness.
The report also said the roads leading into the routes were blocked to prevent vehicles from causing obstruction, a development that caused gridlock all over the metropolis.

Rancour in Kogi Assembly over choice of new Speaker

The Kogi State House of Assembly has been plunged deep into controversy over who takes over as the speaker from the  incumbent Momoh Jimoh Lawal .
The incumbent speaker Momoh Jimoh Lawal is expected to step down from office as he is from the same Senatorial District as the Governor which is against the House rule.
Consequently, the house which was  scheduled to resume sitting last week could not.
It was gathered that the People’s Democratic Party which is in majority were absent on both occasions leaving the house with only seven member far below the  the number that should have formed the quorum for sitting.
Sources close to the Assembly said that the National Secretariat of the People’ s Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday summoned members in the state House of Assembly to Abuja for an emergency meeting.
Our Correspondent reliably gathered that members of the national working committee, including state committee of the party were in attendance in the meeting chaired by the acting National Chairman of the party, Chief Uche Secondus, who told PDP state assembly members that the statue quo should be maintained for now.
According to him, since PDP is majority in the state House of Assembly with fourteen members, he saw no reason why they should allow APC with seven members to resume leadership of the House.
He therefore directed that Honourable Momoh Jimoh Lawal should remain Speaker of the House, Hounourable Ali Aku Deputy Speaker, Honourable Prince Kolawole Olusola majority leader and Honourable Friday Sani as the Chief whip of the House.
It was alleged that the Speaker, Hon. Momoh Jimoh-Lawal, held a meeting with the Governor over his replacement with one of the seven Assembly’s members of All Progressives Congress last Monday.

Buhari on vacation, says ‘my doctors are based in UK’


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday started a six-day vacation.
He is expected back on duty on February 10.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, while the President is away, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will perform the functions of the President.
Adesina said Buhari had already transmitted a letter to that effect to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has begun a short vacation from today, February 5 to February 10, 2016.
“While President Buhari is on vacation, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will perform the functions of the President.
“In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, President Buhari has dispatched a formal notice of his vacation to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Our correspondent however learnt on Friday that Buhari may use the opportunity of the short holiday to undergo medical check-up in London, United Kingdom.
The President is currently in London where he attended Supporting Syria and the Region conference on Thursday.
He had left Nigeria on Tuesday for France where he addressed the parliament of the European Union.
According to his itinerary released earlier in the week, Buhari was scheduled back in the country over the weekend.
But our correspondent learnt on Friday that some members of his delegation were already on their way back to the country while the President stayed back in the city.
“Some of the President’s close aides are already on their way back to the country,” the source said.
Buhari had told some Nigerians resident in United Kingdom earlier in the day that his doctors who he has been using since 1978 are based in London.
He said this while telling them the reason why he missed three court sittings when he was contesting the result of the 2003 presidential election in court.
Our correspondent obtained the transcript of his interaction with the Nigerians.
He had said, “The court process during my first attempt at the Presidency lasted 30 months. I only missed four sittings.
“One, when we went to bury late Chuba Okadigbo, my vice presidential candidate.
“The other three times, I came here (London) to see my doctors who I have been using since 1978 when I was in Petroleum.”
Meanwhile, as of the time the Presidency issued a statement on Buhari’s vacation, Osinbajo was not in Abuja.
He was said to be in Lagos where he was expected to attend the monthly vigil of The Redeemed Christian Church of God among other engagements.

Actor Hugh Jackman shares photo of himself when he was 4


He is known for his tough guy, all-action style in the movies but you won't think it's the same chubby little boy the picture. The 47-year-old actor shared a photo of himself at four-years-old. He is seen digging holes in the sand while at the beach. He captioned the pic: 'September 1972 on babe watch'.

Adekunle Gold lightens up G12 this Sunday


Adekunle Gold would be hosting his numerous fans to a frenzy this Sunday February 7th,2016 at the thrill spot G12BAR Oniru private Beach.

The YBNL act has been the only artist in recent who has been consistent in dropping back to back hits from his first single in 2014 "Sade" to the heavy new banger "Pick Up" has been on all airwaves across the nation.


Due to his very humble nature,kind personality and excellent word play the headies winner has been getting shows and events across the nation including weddings, it is no surprise he was selected to thrill the crowd this love season at the renowned G12bar in Oniru which his known for unrivaled excitement and entertainment.Still last weekend it played host to international superstar WALE and YBNL Honcho OLAMIDE.

Also would be playing would be seasides finest DJAYS including DJPRINCE , Dj Ownga ,Dj Dotwine & Dj Kennzy

Keep a date with us this Sunday and anticipate a wonderful week ahead.

Ghanaian couple resident in the UK welcomes third consecutive set of twins (photos)

Abigail and her husband Shaibu Abu-Adama have welcomed their fifth and sixth children, after she gave birth to her third consecutive set of twins. The couple, both 30, already had four children and was surprised when they found out they are expecting another pair of twins.
 
"We thought we were done with two sets, and then all of a sudden I realised I was pregnant again; it was a big shock and I cried because I was not expecting it." Abigail, who gave birth at Bradford Royal Infirmary told The Telegraph.

"The doctors cannot believe our run of twins, they ask if we have had any fertility treatment but we have had none at all. I think three sets of twins is enough for now; my husband wants to go for names that have something to do with giving thanks, but we have not made any decisions yet."

Their other sets of twins are Ohene and Ohenewa, four, and Okese and Nana-Oye, one and a half.
"The other kids are so happy to have two new baby sisters and could not wait to see them for the first time."  She added.
Mrs Adama said that all the nurses and midwives at the Women's and Newborn Unit at BRI were shocked to find out it was her third set of twins.
"They all wanted to come and see me and the babies, and said I should be in the Guinness Book of Records," she said.
Mr Abu-Adama, who works as a customer service advisor in Leeds, said that the whole family was feeling blessed, and while at first it came as a shock they are all now very happy and full of joy.
"The doctors cannot believe our run of twins, they ask if we have had any fertility treatment but we have had none at all. The other children have been telling their friends at Fearnville School about their new sisters and said they look gorgeous."

The couple moved to the UK from Ghana in 2010, then moved from Slough to Bradford in 2013. She said that she probably won't want any more children following this pregnancy, and that she and her husband are still trying to think of names for their newborns.
"I think three sets of twins is enough for now; my husband wants to go for names that have something to do with giving thanks, but we have not made any decisions yet."
Cooperation, NNPC had over 45 accounts scattered in different banks. The same situation, the president said, was also pervasive across the branches of the military. He said: “We are really in trouble. What we discovered was that we tried to enforce what we called treasury single account, TSA. And the reason was simple. This government did not initiate it. It was the previous government. But it was so unpopular to the bureaucracy and the previous government for its own reasons couldn’t enforce it. But when we came and found that we were broke, we said this is the way to do it. And I will just tell you two examples to convince you. “First, NNPC, the cow that was giving the milk had more than 45 accounts, ministry of defense, that is the military Army, Navy and air force had over 70 accounts. Tell me which account we can trace in these several accounts. So we enforce TSA. We said there must be TSA. “By the end of December, coming to January this year, that is last month, we mopped up more than N2.2trn which we have used through the bureaucracy system to raise vouchers and sign cheques so that they don’t go into the next budget.” Speaking further on the state of the economy, the president revealed that some Nigerians were behind the crisis. The president stated that most directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN owned and operated some of the Bureau De Change outfits through which they raked in the foreign exchanges. He said he was determined to stop the ill development and make every Nigerian accountable. “We found out, when I say we, I mean present federal government, that some of the directors in the central bank own the bureau de change businesses. So when the foreign exchange comes, they take it and give government the change. So we stopped the Federal Government giving bureau de change foreign exchange. “Fellow country men and women, I am giving you a tip of the iceberg of the problem we inherited and we are getting so hard because we have no other way of running the country unless we make everybody accountable”, he said. While underscoring the importance of education, president Buhari asked the audience to support his administration by educating their children for a better future. On giving diaspora Nigerians a chance to participate in elections, president Buhari said his government was studying the scenario, stressing that what was utmost was to make the process more credible. “We are critically looking at the system itself. We must make sure that the election process itself is credible”, he said

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/02/tsa-we-realised-n2-2trn-in-3-months-buhari/
PRESIDENT Mu-hammadu Buhari has revealed that his administration has within three months saved N2.2 trillion for the nation through the enforcement of the Treasury Single Account, TSA. The president made the revelation in London during a meeting with Nigerians resident in the city on Thursday night. President Buhari who was in the United Kingdom for the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London, British capital was speaking of the problems bedevilling the oil and gas sector of the economy which he said were part of the challenges he inherited upon an assumption of office. PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI According to him, the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC had over 45 accounts scattered in different banks. The same situation, the president said, was also pervasive across the branches of the military. He said: “We are really in trouble. What we discovered was that we tried to enforce what we called treasury single account, TSA. And the reason was simple. This government did not initiate it. It was the previous government. But it was so unpopular to the bureaucracy and the previous government for its own reasons couldn’t enforce it. But when we came and found that we were broke, we said this is the way to do it. And I will just tell you two examples to convince you. “First, NNPC, the cow that was giving the milk had more than 45 accounts, ministry of defense, that is the military Army, Navy and air force had over 70 accounts. Tell me which account we can trace in these several accounts. So we enforce TSA. We said there must be TSA. “By the end of December, coming to January this year, that is last month, we mopped up more than N2.2trn which we have used through the bureaucracy system to raise vouchers and sign cheques so that they don’t go into the next budget.” Speaking further on the state of the economy, the president revealed that some Nigerians were behind the crisis. The president stated that most directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN owned and operated some of the Bureau De Change outfits through which they raked in the foreign exchanges. He said he was determined to stop the ill development and make every Nigerian accountable. “We found out, when I say we, I mean present federal government, that some of the directors in the central bank own the bureau de change businesses. So when the foreign exchange comes, they take it and give government the change. So we stopped the Federal Government giving bureau de change foreign exchange. “Fellow country men and women, I am giving you a tip of the iceberg of the problem we inherited and we are getting so hard because we have no other way of running the country unless we make everybody accountable”, he said. While underscoring the importance of education, president Buhari asked the audience to support his administration by educating their children for a better future. On giving diaspora Nigerians a chance to participate in elections, president Buhari said his government was studying the scenario, stressing that what was utmost was to make the process more credible. “We are critically looking at the system itself. We must make sure that the election process itself is credible”, he said.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/02/tsa-we-realised-n2-2trn-in-3-months-buhari/
PRESIDENT Mu-hammadu Buhari has revealed that his administration has within three months saved N2.2 trillion for the nation through the enforcement of the Treasury Single Account, TSA. The president made the revelation in London during a meeting with Nigerians resident in the city on Thursday night. President Buhari who was in the United Kingdom for the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London, British capital was speaking of the problems bedevilling the oil and gas sector of the economy which he said were part of the challenges he inherited upon an assumption of office. PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI According to him, the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC had over 45 accounts scattered in different banks. The same situation, the president said, was also pervasive across the branches of the military. He said: “We are really in trouble. What we discovered was that we tried to enforce what we called treasury single account, TSA. And the reason was simple. This government did not initiate it. It was the previous government. But it was so unpopular to the bureaucracy and the previous government for its own reasons couldn’t enforce it. But when we came and found that we were broke, we said this is the way to do it. And I will just tell you two examples to convince you. “First, NNPC, the cow that was giving the milk had more than 45 accounts, ministry of defense, that is the military Army, Navy and air force had over 70 accounts. Tell me which account we can trace in these several accounts. So we enforce TSA. We said there must be TSA. “By the end of December, coming to January this year, that is last month, we mopped up more than N2.2trn which we have used through the bureaucracy system to raise vouchers and sign cheques so that they don’t go into the next budget.” Speaking further on the state of the economy, the president revealed that some Nigerians were behind the crisis. The president stated that most directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN owned and operated some of the Bureau De Change outfits through which they raked in the foreign exchanges. He said he was determined to stop the ill development and make every Nigerian accountable. “We found out, when I say we, I mean present federal government, that some of the directors in the central bank own the bureau de change businesses. So when the foreign exchange comes, they take it and give government the change. So we stopped the Federal Government giving bureau de change foreign exchange. “Fellow country men and women, I am giving you a tip of the iceberg of the problem we inherited and we are getting so hard because we have no other way of running the country unless we make everybody accountable”, he said. While underscoring the importance of education, president Buhari asked the audience to support his administration by educating their children for a better future. On giving diaspora Nigerians a chance to participate in elections, president Buhari said his government was studying the scenario, stressing that what was utmost was to make the process more credible. “We are critically looking at the system itself. We must make sure that the election process itself is credible”, he said.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/02/tsa-we-realised-n2-2trn-in-3-months-buhari/

Chelsea's move for Amadou Diawara set to be hijacked by Bayern Munich

Amadou Diawara has impressed for Bologna this season
Bayern Munich are preparing to hijack Chelsea's plans to sign Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara, Sky sources understand.

It is understood the Blues are very interested in Diawara and were keen on a deal to sign him in the summer.
Chelsea have scouted the player regularly this season but a summer move to Bayern now appears his most likely destination.
The highly-rated midfielder has received widespread praise for his performances for the Serie A club this season and is being tracked by some of Europe's elite clubs.
The 18-year-old has made 20 appearances for Bologna in his maiden senior season and now, according to sources in Italy and Germany, Bayern Munich are eyeing his signature.
Diawara began his career in his native Guinea with FC Sequence before moving to San Marino Calcio in Serie D in 2014.

Jamie Vardy close to doubling wages with new Leicester deal - Sky sources

Jamie Vardy broke a Premier League record by scoring in 11 successive games
Jamie Vardy is close to agreeing a new three-and-a-half year contract with Leicester City which could see him double his existing wages.

Vardy, who has scored 18 goals for the Foxes this season, is currently on a £40,000-per-week deal which runs until the summer of 2018.
His form had led to transfer interest from several clubs but manager Claudio Ranieri was consistently firm in his view that the England international would not be sold and, with the January window now closed, Leicester have moved quickly to improve Vardy's contract.
Vardy is the Premier League's leading scorer with 18 goals this season
With maximum bonuses from appearances, goals, England caps and any potential European qualification, it is believed the Sheffield-born striker could earn as much as £80,000-per-week with the new deal.
There has been no official comment from Leicester, but it is understood both parties hope the deal can be finalised and signed by the end of the week.
In November, Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy's record by scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games, and the striker featured in England's final two Euro 2016 qualification matches against Estonia and Lithuania in October.

Strong quake hits Taiwan, killing 3; 221 rescued from rubble

Rescuers in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan pulled out 221 people and three dead from a residential high-rise complex that collapsed when a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck before dawn Saturday, leaving still others trapped inside.
Firefighters and soldiers scrambled with ladders, cranes and other equipment to the building that folded like an accordion in a pile of rubble and twisted metal and extracted dazed survivors.
The emergency response center told The Associated Press that three people were killed, including a 10-day-old infant, a 55-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. Taiwan's official news agency said the infant and the man were pulled out of a 17-story Wei Guan residential building and that both were later declared dead. The agency said 256 people were believed to have been living in 92 households.
Dozens more people have been rescued or safely evacuated from a market and a seven-floor building that was badly damaged, the Central News Agency reported.

A bank building also careened, but no injuries were reported, it said.

Most people were caught asleep when temblor struck about 4 a.m. local time (2000 GMT Friday). It was located some 22 miles (36 kilometers) southeast of Yujing, and struck about 6 miles (10 kilometers) underground, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

As dawn broke, live Taiwanese TV showed survivors being brought gingerly from the high-rise, including an elderly woman in a neck brace and others wrapped in blankets. The trappings of daily life — a partially crushed air conditioner, pieces of a metal balcony, windows — lay twisted in rubble.

People with their arms around firefighters were being helped from the building, and cranes were being used to search darkened parts of the structure for survivors. Newscasters said other areas of the city were still being canvassed for possible damage.
Men in camouflage, apparently military personnel, marched into one area of collapse carrying large shovels.

The Taiwanese news website ET Today reported that a mother and a daughter were among the survivors pulled from the Wei Guan building and that the girl drank her urine while waiting for rescue, which came sooner than expected.

The quake was felt as a lengthy, rolling shake in the capital, Taipei, on the other side of the island. But Taipei was quiet, with no sense of emergency or obvious damage just before dawn.

Residents in mainland China also reported that the tremor was felt there.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage.
However, a magnitude-7.6 earthquake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

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