ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMED IDF N.G.O NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR THE YEAR 2016:ENGR BUILDER EDMUND MEZUE

THANKS ALOT TO ENGR. BUILDER EDMUND MEZUE Our IDF N.G.O will not forget your salient contribution to the forum. Its obvious your the type that works for results and we are glad you are one of our senior admin and Chairman IDF Educational Committee and has performed credibly well via your contribution to IDF AND EDUCATIONAL SECTOR. Thanks also for all your efforts during the IKEMBA SUPER CUP TOURNAMENTS AND ALSO REPORTS ON ESCAPE CHARITY SCHOLARSHIP TO THE FORUM AND IDEANI...YOU ARE ONE IN A MILLION AND ALWAYS THERE TO ADVICE US AND PLANS TO BUILD THE FORUM. …

Mothers are the best! Check out this heartwarming photo of UNILAG graduate and his mother at convocation ceremony

Jibola Jegede posted this heartwarming photo of his mother celebrating with him during the convocation ceremony at the University of Lagos. He wrote; 'A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us;   when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Thank you so much mama for the unfailing and undying love you showed me on my day. we turn up together like kilode, love you plenty MY MAMA IS THE BEST MAMA IN THE WHOLE WORLD WIDE WORLD. …

Digital Switch-Over: BON Chairman Initiates Stakeholders’ Meeting

Ahead of the June 2017 deadline for digital switch-over, the federal government is hoping to facilitate a meeting of players in the broadcast industry to resolve issues affecting digitization in the country.  During a meeting with the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed in Abuja, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Mr John Momoh, suggested that the meeting be held to aggregate the challenges affecting digitization and proffer solutions to them. He told Channels TV that the digital switch-over was on course but there were gray areas that need to be resolved. He said: “He (Minister) has an ear to the ground and knows what he is doing as regards the digital switch-over and he welcomed the idea of a stakeholders’ meeting which I put forward. “The stakeholders’ meeting will be such that will get (together) people like the fiber companies, the broadcasters, the platform carriers, signal distributor, content aggregators and producers as well as the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) who should actually be one of the stakeholders since they monitor the kind of setup boxes that would be manufactured in the country. “We will all come to the table and address the issues confronting the DSO.” The Minister admitted that the meeting was necessary and should be held regularly until the target date. He hoped that the meeting would be called soon as it would “not only discuss issues that are strategic and important to the process”. “We are talking about channels owners, setup box manufacturers, the distributors, the aggregators; everybody. “We need to meet regularly so that as we move forward, we would ensure nobody is left behind,” the Minister said. …

Salary Will Always Make You Be On A Waiting List By SirKinx Ify Nwadike

WORDS ON MARBLE - SALARY!!! Research has it that the poorest groups of people in the world are Salary earners. They live in a vicious cycle of poverty. Salary is continuously being awaited every month and any slight delay brings about heartbreaking anxiety and disappointment. Salary alone cannot solve your money problems. You need a Secondary Source of income to balance. Salary is the MEDICINE for managing POVERTY, it doesn't CURE it. Only your BUSINESS or INVESTMENT Cures Poverty. The difference between those beggars on the street and salary earners is one month salary. Truncate the flow of their salary for one month and you will realise majority belong to the lower class. I therefore urge every one of us to be FINANCIALLY INTELLIGENT and delve into entrepreneurship because Salary is a lifetime disappointment.For more investment info inbox me, it does not matter what you earn. # Kinx …

ESCAPE CHARITY N.G.O SCHOLARSHIP NEWS/ALERT UPDATE FROM IDF NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN:ENGR EDMUND MEZUE AND IDF NATIONAL PRESIDENT VIA IDF NATIONAL SECRETARY TO ALL IDEANIANS AND MEMBERS OF THE FORUM.

We wish to bring to your notice that in line to the scholarship scheme of the Escape Charity International N.G.O launched last year, Arc. Mrs Ijeaku Mezue shall be taking care of the Jamb exams of 2017 for 27 students of the Ideani Community Secondary including las t sessions senior prefect. So, if your wards is among the Escape Charity Scholarship Awardee who is in SS 3 and shall be writing Jamb this year 2017, Please take note and do not give him or her money for jamb as Escape Charity International N.G.O headed by Arc. Mrs Ijeaku Mezue has taken care of it. IDF N.G.O has taken it up to be updating Ideanians on all the outcome of the Scholarship …

HOLIDAY TRAGEDY AVERTED: Shocking Details Of How FGC Students Survive Ghastly Accident Along Abuja Road [Photos]

Six students of Federal Government College, Abaji, Abuja, cheated death on Thursday, when the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a truck along the Abuja-Lokoja Road. It was learnt that the students were on their way home for the Christmas and New Year holidays when their vehicle ran into a truck belonging to Dangote Group. The students sustained varying degrees of injuries and were taken to Abaji General Hospital for medical attention. No life was lost in the accident which occurred around 9.45 am. An eyewitness, who declined to identify himself, said the vehicle conveying the students was trying to overtake another one when it rammed into the Dangote truck parked by the roadside. The vehicle was damaged and its windscreen shattered by the impact of the crash. The Head, Media Relations and Strategy, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bisi Kazeem confirmed the incident, saying eight persons were involved in the…

Storing Web Pages, and Much More, in Google Keep

Q. Is Google Keep just for making lists? Is it possible to save web pages I browse on my Android tablet in there, and if so, how? A. Google Keep is the company’s own version of the all-purpose organizer for notes, lists, photos, drawings and reminders. You can also record and store audio clips and save webpage links within the Keep repository. From the Keep toolbar, you can quickly search for notes you have saved, and the program can even recognize text in photos and convert it to editable type — just choose the image, tap open the Menu icon in the top-right corner and select Grab Image Text. Photo Google Keep can store notes, links, images and more. To save a webpage from Android’s Chrome browser, open the Share menu and select Keep from the options. Credit  The New York Times To turn a webpage into a note within your Google Keep files, open the tablet’s browser and call up the page you want to save. Tap the Share button or icon on the screen, or tap the More menu (which looks like a vertical stack of three dots) in the upper-right corner and choose Share from the menu. In the Share menu options, find and tap the yellow Google Keep icon. You should see a miniature version of that webpage in your Keep files. Later, when you are perusing your Keep notes, tap the web page preview to open that page Google Keep works with Android, iOS, Chrome and other desktop browsers. As with similar note-organizer apps (like Evernote, Zoho Notebook, Microsoft OneNote and Apple’s iCloud Notes), the software can sync up across devices so your note collection is readily available on the screen you happen to be using at the moment. …

Bill To Establish Maritime University Passes Second Reading

A bill to establish the Maritime University of Nigeria Okerenkoko and another bill to upgrade the maritime academy of Nigeria Oron to a degree awarding institution has passed the crucial second reading in the Senate. The bills, which were sponsored by Senator James Manager and Senator Nelson Effiong, were unanimously supported by Senators. Presenting the lead debate on the bill, Senator Manager said the bill was a bold step that would address the educational challenges of the people of the Niger Delta region and also provide a platform for training of top class manpower for the maritime industry. “The ‪Maritime University Bill seeks to provide a Legal Framework for the maritime University. It will encourage the advancement of learning. “And if sited in Okerenkoko, it will bring the huge desired development to the oil sector and curb the violence in the Niger Delta by providing employment,” Senator Manager told the lawmakers. Giving his opinion on the bill, Senator Foster Ogola said that “the University is well located, considering the provisions of all enabling departments. “Nigeria will make a huge return on this investment because ‪the Maritime University is established for all Nigerians and it will be the first of its kind in West Africa”. …

PROPENSITY: THE BANE OF SPIRITUAL ASCENT BY ENGR. EDDY MEZUE

The activity of the Will of God permeates everything in Creation and develop itself as the natural laws. Propelled by motion which bears life, power and love these laws maintain order and show the way. The law of spiritual gravity is the lever in the whole evolution and process of development of the human spirit. The law of attraction of homogeneous species ensures that one species can only recognise the same species and experience with them wherever the lever brings one. The law of reciprocal action ensures unconditional reaping by one of what one sows within one's kinds in the place the lever places one. These three laws are the corner-stone of the Will of God and works out reward and punishment for a human spirit. Development of propensity is hinged on these laws. Propensity can be said to be a strong inclination, predisposition, predilection, tendency, preference, or attraction for something good or bad. Propensity is developed from within outward through the intellect and instincts of the body: The spirit(the core of man) guiding the intellect of the frontal brain arouses the instinct of the body such as thirst, hunger, urge, etc for a particular thing. The instinct working back with the intellect arouses feelings in the body. The feelings working still with the intellect causes imagination. The imagination arouses the feelings the more and pushes one to act either in words or deed. If the intellect refuses or ignores or blocks itself from the promptings or guidance of the spirit (intuition or conscience), the feelings generated from imagination will lead to wrong actions. The action starts from nibbling(desire to taste) to real tasting and to enjoying until it gradually develops to passion: The enjoyment gradually ceases one's entire being and makes one dependent or inclined or predisposed to what caused it. i.e. what caused the enjoyment becomes the individual's preference, tendency or point of attraction. It becomes the person's passion i.e. great, strong, powerful emotion which if base results to evil deeds that forms one's dark karma (fate, destiny). Thirst for drinks, drugs, etc or hunger for material things, etc or sensual urges can through the process of tasting, enjoying become abnormal in one and develop to propensity. Propensity for drinking, drugging, in most cases lead to unrestrained expression of one's weaknesses and faults like fighting, sexual orgy, rape, suicide, incendiarism, careless negligence, lasciviousness, licentiousness, etc Propensity for sensual urges, in most cases, lead to unrestrained acquisition of material things at all cost which can lead to killing, enviousness, jealousy, lies, greed/avarice, stealing, fraud, backbiting, evil practices, covetousness, slander, gossip, hypocrisy, Pharisaic, orgy for entertainment, fun, sports,etc Propensity makes one's weaknesses and faults manifest easily and cause or attract more faults that can further develop to more propensity: when, for instance, drinking becomes a propensity, evil emanating from drinking can also develop to propensity. Drinking alcohol can lead to alcoholism, a propensity. And then the alcoholism leads to vices and the vices develop to propensity. The instincts of the body of the contemporary man has through the overcultivated intellect been aggravated so many folds that man now becomes slave to them and therewith develop a lot of dark propensities. Propensity as an experience of the spirit, the inner man, is carried into the beyond by the soul (spirit as its core) at the death of the earthly body. The spirit never dies but can loose self-consciousness already acquired (spiritual death) at the last judgement. The soul could return to earth (reincarnate) to parents with the same propensity as its in accordance with the laws of gravity, attraction of homogeneous species and reciprocal action. So whereas the earthly body inherits what is strengthened in it by constant use e.g. the instincts, the soul does not inherit anything but retains, as personal to it, its faults & weaknesses and whatever it attracted to itself in its experiences. The natural laws draw a soul to where it will amend its faults, weaknesses and other guilts it attracted to itself in other to become free. Dark or base propensity has the following effect on a human spirit: 1. Free Will is enslaved making one servant to his instinct and his passion. 2. Destiny is developed by sowing what one will one day reap and which will only be redeemed by one himself through reaping the ripening fruits of what the one sowed. 3. Ascent to luminous heights is prevent by spiritual gravity. 4. Becomes focal point for temptation to approach. The tempter approaches one through one's propensities. 5. Becomes route to/for demon influence and base spirit possession. 6. Reduces the earthly life span. May we ever strive to always permit our spirit to guide our intellect so that everything that emanates forms us will accord as God, the Almighty Father, wills. The above explanation is from my own personal understanding of the work '' In the Light of Truth, the Grail Message'' by Abd-ru-shin …

It Christmas Season; Make All Your Millions While It Last Using MMM: By Engr. Prince Jonathan

As a blogger, I have not seen network that pays like the MMM and that motivated me to have a taste of the MMM network and its wonder pay of over 30% every month as you rends help to people. Alot of Information has been published about the scheme of MMM and its debatable applications of  the pondzi system and how its working to change the lives of the Nigerians and contradicting most speculations earlier formated. Yes lots of Nigerians has made millions via the over 30% profit accrued for giving help. Yes I was one of the blogger that criticized the modus of operation of the MMM but out of curiousity and predetermination, I decided to test the network and between February and October, I have made over 30% of the money I used in giving out help for Nine (9) months and a friend of mine used borrowed 5million from Bank and used 3 million for MMM to make 4.5million at the end of the month and have paid the bank with its interest. Wow, If me and my friend are making money every month and it paid me more to see you succeed with the team of winners. Do not procrastinate for delay is dangerous. As a blogger, I need to verify the MMM before introducing the world, friends, business partners and allies into the  MMM Network. Winners take action but please do not let the business of MMM to make you a lazy folks for its also your another streams of Business. For those that want to join or wish to register, click on http://nigeria-mmm.net/?i=sirchidiplus@gmail.com or call me on 08034685084 for details and registration. The Federal Government cannot stop the network because its helping Nigerians in Recession. Welcome to the world of winners. …

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Inquiry Widens to Top Levels

FRANKFURT — The investigation into emissions fraud at Volkswagen reached the very top of the company on Sunday after the carmaker said that the chairman of the supervisory board, Hans Dieter Pötsch, is suspected by German prosecutors of violating securities laws. Mr. Pötsch, the former chief financial officer at Volkswagen, is accused of failing to notify shareholders quickly enough of the financial risks of the diesel emissions cheating scandal, which has already led to a $15 billion settlement in the United States and caused the stock price to plunge. The disclosure that Mr. Pötsch is the subject of an investigation is likely to intensify criticism that Volkswagen remains in the hands of many of the longtime insiders who were in charge while the company was producing millions of cars that were deliberately designed to cheat on air-quality tests. More than a year after the company was accused of wrongdoing, the scandal is still widening and the damage to Volkswagen’s finances and reputation continues to expand. The investigation of Mr. Pötsch could also provide ammunition to investor groups and mutual funds that are suing Volkswagen in the United States and Germany. The lawsuits claim that Volkswagen managers were aware of the impending scandal and failed to notify shareholders as required by law. The suits could cost the company additional billions of euros. A confidant of the Porsche and Piëch families, who own a majority of Volkswagen’s voting shares, Mr. Pötsch was elevated to chairman of the supervisory board in October 2015. That was a few weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency accused the carmaker of manipulating engine software to conceal illegally high levels of nitrogen oxide emissions. Mr. Pötsch had been the chief financial officer of Volkswagen since 2003 and a member of the company’s management board. As chairman of the supervisory board, Mr. Pötsch oversees the management board. In a statement, Volkswagen said that its management board “duly fulfilled its disclosure obligation under German capital markets law.” Volkswagen is also under investigation in the United States, not only for programming cars to cheat but also for orchestrating an elaborate cover-up starting in early 2014 after tests first cast doubt on what the company claimed were “clean diesel” cars. In fact, the Volkswagen cars emitted as much as 40 times the permitted levels of nitrogen oxides, a family of gases that can cause health problems including asthma and cancer. Nitrogen oxides also contribute to global warming and acid rain, and are a leading cause of the smog that chokes cities like Los Angeles. Volkswagen engineers went so far as to concoct fake engineering data to try to explain a huge discrepancy between the readings in official laboratories and how much the cars polluted on the road, said Alberto Ayala, deputy executive officer of the California Air Resources Board, which did much of the detective work that led to Volkswagen’s exposure. “They lied through their teeth,” Mr. Ayala said in an interview in California last month. The cover-up, which lasted more than a year, ultimately raised the cost of the scandal to Volkswagen. It has not been able to take advantage of lower financial penalties normally available to corporate wrongdoers who are forthcoming with information and who swiftly take disciplinary action against the responsible employees. Volkswagen has portrayed the malfeasance as the work of midlevel engineers and managers acting without knowledge of top management. But that position has become difficult to defend as more information becomes available from court documents. Lawsuits against Volkswagen by car owners as well as state attorneys general portray a vast conspiracy involving hundreds of Volkswagen employees as well as suppliers like Robert Bosch, the German company that manufactured engine computers for affected vehicles in the United States. The identification of Mr. Pötsch as a target of the investigation could also intensify criticism of the Porsche and Piëch families, descendants of Volkswagen’s founder, Ferdinand Porsche, who own a majority of Volkswagen’s voting shares. Mr. Pötsch is closely associated with the family and is also chief executive of Porsche Automobil Holding SE, the holding company for the family’s shares in Volkswagen. Other investors have criticized the families for poor oversight of Volkswagen and helping to create the corporate culture that led to the wrongdoing. Just one person has been formally charged in the case. In September, James Liang, a Volkswagen engineer, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to defraud regulators and car owners. Mr. Liang agreed to cooperate with investigators and has not yet been sentenced. Mr. Liang was in the United States, but most of the other potential suspects are in Germany. Attempts to work out plea agreements with the others have so far foundered on differences between German and American laws. In Germany, prosecutors have much less scope to offer defendants reduced sentences in return for guilty pleas. Many of the potential suspects are being careful not to leave Germany, lest they be arrested on American warrants, according to lawyers as well as engineers who have been questioned by investigators. Germany does not usually extradite its citizens, but there is no protection for Germans traveling in other European countries. Prosecutors and Volkswagen have previously disclosed that Martin Winterkorn, the former chief executive of Volkswagen, and Herbert Diess, a member of the management board responsible for the Volkswagen brand, are also under investigation for violating the company’s duty to disclose information that could affect the company’s share price. Mr. Winterkorn resigned shortly after the E.P.A. accused Volkswagen of wrongdoing in September 2015, but Mr. Diess remains a member of the management board. Volkswagen shares have lost a quarter of their value since the scandal came to light. The state of Lower Saxony, which owns 20 percent of Volkswagen shares and occupies two seats on the supervisory board, said on Sunday that Mr. Pötsch was innocent until proven guilty and that it would be wrong to arrive at “rash conclusions.” In a statement, the state said that members of the supervisory board were briefed on Friday on the latest findings by internal investigators. The report provided “no occasion for further measures,” the state said. …

See Why Fiscal Responsibility Commission To Begin Verification of FG Projects

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission is set to begin its physical verification exercise of federal government capital projects across the federation.   Acting chairman of the commission, Mr Victor Muruoko, speaking at a press briefing said that this exercise is aimed at finding out the challenges in the execution of projects and to fashion out ways to ensure they are completed and put to immediate use. He also appealed to ministries and government agencies involved in the exercise to play their roles effectively or face the full wrath of the law. He said “Most projects have been poorly executed and abandoned. A lot of them have not been completed on schedule in line with the terms of the contract. “On record we have about 50 projects scattered in the six geo-political zones. They are all in the states, communities and local governments. “I want to tell you that this is one core assignment the act has saddled this commission to carry out. Why? Because it’s our duty to ensure that every kobo of the government is well spent to ensure that citizens of this nation get value for the money spent by government. “Please let us join hands and support the government. Let us secure government properties and projects. Let us stop vandalism and destruction of government properties and let us stop colluding with contractors or consultants.” …

A Wake-Up Call To CEOs And Marketers: The Perfect Cyber Security Storm Is Approaching

When the Target data breach occurred in 2013, the response was surprising as it took too much time to manage the consumer fallout. Watching communications unfold over time, I assumed that lawyers must have managed the response, because marketers would have handled it differently–focusing effort on mitigating consumer trust damage, brand damage, and negative financial consequences. And so I’ve been interested in this topic—marketing’s role in data breaches—for some time. I came across an exceptionally knowledgeable individual on the topic, Holly Rollo, the CMO of RSA,  a Dell Technologies business . RSA solutions enable customers worldwide to deliver business-driven security strategies. After listening to her, I decided to create a multi-part series on why CEOs and marketers need to wake up to the cyber security storm that is approaching. The following is the first post on the topic–focusing on the basics of cyber security as described by someone in marketing. Kimberly Whitler:   What does a data breach mean? We use this term a lot, but how would you define it? Holly Rollo : Put simply, a data breach is a disclosure of information to an unauthorized party.  Oftentimes, people use terms like breach, compromise, or intrusion interchangeably. However, precision is critical, as there are consequential differences between these terms and the risk each presents to an organization. We think about three types of security incidents: Intrusion: Unauthorized access to networks or systems Compromise: An attacker is able to manipulate systems/applications and circumvent security measures or controls.  It is important to note that a compromise can be as or more damaging as a loss event Breach: A loss event where information has been exfiltrated (taken out of) from a system or application. Whitler : Why do these differences matter? Rollo:  It has to do with characterizing the scope. We sometimes use a simple analogy of robbing a bank. In this case, the goal of a bank robber is not to enter the front door of the bank, but to leave with the money in the vault. They frankly don’t care how they get into the bank—their goal is simply to get the money and get out. The same sentiment applies in cyber. They don’t care how they get access, but depending on their “goal,” they will do different things that companies need to spot and stop. In another case, maybe someone wanted to manipulate information, not take it out. Whitler : How can data be breached? Holly Rollo, CMO of RSA, the Security Division of EMC Rollo : A breach can be intentional or unintentional. It can be a result of deliberate action by an insider or an outside hacker, but it can also be the unintended result of something an employee does, a system failure, or a third –party application error. It is important for organizations to think through all of these dimensions. A hacker may compromise someone’s password, send spear-phishing emails, or steal a laptop. An employee may misuse access intentionally, or mistakenly send information to the wrong location (e.g. a healthcare company sending patient records to the wrong address). At the end of the day the result is the same –information is put into the wrong hands. Also, damage doesn’t necessarily mean data is taken; it could just be that it is manipulated nefariously. Whitler : Why do people hack systems and go after data? Rollo : It depends on the goal. Information is one of the most valuable assets of an organization – whether intellectual property, personal data, or sensitive business information, most organizations have something that is valuable to someone else. Hence, every organization is a potential target.  But, attackers aren’t always looking to steal information. Remember, the intrusion is a means to an end, not the end itself. In the past, many hacks focused on taking financial or personal information, but objectives continue to expand. There is a surge in ransomware, hackers blocking access to your data until you pay them to unlock it. And now there is hactivism, where a cyber attack is a means to draw attention to a cause or grievance. The DNC hack is an example of an attempt to potentially disrupt or manipulate the election—by publically exposing secret emails to discredit the DNC and the Democratic nominee. Also consider the Snowden breach in 2013 where the goal was to expose surveillance activity by the US Government.  These examples illustrate how various actors can have much more far-reaching impact than simple fraud. The implications of this are enormous. …

Chairman’s Speech Presentation on the Escape Charity Scholarship, Ideani by Engr. Chidiebere Okafor

THE SPEECH PRESENTED BY ENGR. CHIDIEBERE OKAFOR (PRINCE JONATHAN) ON THE OCCASION OF ESCAPE CHARITY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS TO SOME SPECIAL STUDENTS OF IDEANI COMMUNITY SECONDARY SCHOOL HELD ON 27TH JULY, 2016 AT THE IDEANI COMMUNITY SECONDARY SCHOOL HALL, OPIEGBE. The Host, Escape Charity N.G.O, The Anambra State Commissioner for Education, The Idemili North Educational Representatives, The Local Government Interim Chairman, The Principal, Ideani Community Secondary School, The Ideani President General, The IDF N.G.O Chairman, The Special Guests, The Ideani Interim Councillor, The Local Organising Committee Members, The Staffs, Ideani Community Secondary School, The Parents present, The distinguished guests, The Friends, Students and loved ones, Ladies and Gentlemen. What an incredible honour and privilege it is for me to stand here before you today as the Chairman on the Escape Charity Scholarship Award presentation to some Ideani Community Secondary School Students. My thanks to the Principal and the Local Organizing Committee members for the invitation to address you today. Let me start with a phrase, which I haven’t been able to find the source of, but which resonates with me. “The sea of knowledge knows no boundaries.” That phrase reminds me that learning does not begin or end with a university education. All of us here today are swimmers in the sea, on our own continuous journey of learning, without boundaries, whether at home or at work, whether paid or unpaid, whether planned or by chance, whether we are here to sponsor the scholarship or to encourage them, whether we are receiving scholarship today or are here to support those receiving the awards. Some years ago, when I was the President of Ideani Student Forum, which was later occupied by Onyedika Onwughalu and today by Emeka Agbaleke Jackson, I had the experience of sitting and discussing proudly with who is who in Ideani. During those moments and periods, the main center points was the quest to revive our educational system, build a stronger forum for the needed change and to make our youth have a better focus for the future through the elites caucus. I wish to cease this oportunity to appreciate the efforts of Late HRH Igwe H.O.Okoye, Chief Jeremiah Udolisah and his Lolo, Dr. (Sir) Emeka Ezika, Chief Stanley Mezue, Chief T.I Ikenwa, Engr.(Sir) and Lady Irene Udolisah, Prof and Dr. Mrs Afam Ebeogu, Chief Leon Mezue (Idezue Idemili), Chief Dr. Obi Okafor, Dr.(Sir) and Lady N.B Onwughalu, Mrs Eunice Ezika, Engr. Eddy Mezue, Sir S.O.D Onyekwere, Hon Egbuna Atuokoye, Hon. Obidi Mgbemena, Sir Seed Chukwukelu, Chief Cletus Uwaezuoke, Chief Charles Okeke, Nze C.C Mezue, Ichie Ikenze, My able IDF Chairman, Chief Col. A.C Mezue and others not mentioned, for all their efforts in the past to foster the needed change in our educational system in Ideani and they are still in the business of beautifying our educational system till date. It gladdens my heart to see them on this wonderful occasion today, to contribute and make it fruitful. May the good Lord keep blessing you all for Ideani sake, Amen. Today, we are gathered here to witness an epic/remarkable event that shall stand the test of time in the history of Ideani and beyond, seeing our children and youths, limp in happiness that tomorrow is even more brighter. The Escape Charity, an International N.G.O, under the chairmanship /tutorage of Mrs Ijeaku Mezue has decided to bring joy to most homes through helping the young people to achieve more. I need not to remind you that Lady Irene Udolisah, Dr. Mrs Elochukwu Ojekwu, Late Uzochukwu Okafor to name but a few are seriously in the business of giving scholarship to the ideani students and pupils but what we are celebrating today are landmark event that shall give room to more youth empowerment programmes in the near future. Recently, the school won the Abioko Cup Tournament, where her students emerge as the best keeper and second runner up to the most valuable players. This indicates that the students of the school are not only trained morally and academically, but also in physical or outdoor activities. Kudos to the Escape Charity, Kudos to Mrs Ijeaku Mezue for coming-in to aid the brilliants students of ideani to achieve their long time quest to be who they dreamt to be in life. Thanks a lot ma. I wish to also remind you (Mrs Ijeaku Mezue) that there are also some ideanians suffering in the universities due to lack of resources or have gotten admission but lack sponsors, I prayed you, to also consider them as cited on the motto of your N.G.O. More kudos to the staff and administrators of the school, who are working tirelessly to see that the school regain its rightful place in the map of the world, May the good God reward you all. Further I appreciate the more recent advent of our IDF N.G.O social media and Ideani News, its ability to gather information from a huge variety of sources on any number of topics, deliver it literally into the palm of ideanians has also created a huge sensitivity to our people, to connect them with others both locally and globally. Based on that, the activities of the Escape Charity shall always be one of our key notes to inform the people as its programmes unfolds as we have been doing till date. This action witnessed today, shall build on the strengths as a person and prior experience, and is a launch pad for further learning. First is the good news, accompanied with continuous flow of information and knowledge, can be enlightening and empowering. But this continuous flow of knowledge does have a downside. The sheer volume can be frankly distracting and anxiety producing. And it is sometimes hard to know what is important anymore, when the significant and the trivial are kind of given equal status. An example, if you switch on your digital TV tonight, and watch the international news, and an item comes up about a humanitarian crisis overseas, there will also be scrolling text at the bottom of the screen with updates on tennis scores from the Australian Open, share prices etc. I find that disconcerting because I need to feel differently about those things. I need to be able to separate them. To ‘Reach your potential’ is a great motto. To do so, we have to navigate the sea of knowledge. And we sink or swim together. My fellow Ideanians, Escape Charity has indeed depicted that actually, Ideani people has started a journey to regain its rightful place in the map of the world through its investment to the upcoming generations. Hurray our pride is awakened and let those who are still sleeping wake-up to build our dear community. Thank you. Long Live Escape Charity N.G.O, Long Live IDF N.G.O, Long Live IDU, Long Live Ideani.…

Social Media Is As Destructive As It Is Instructive and Educative, University Dean Warns

A university dean on Wednesday cautioned secondary school students in Anambra State to be guided in their use of social media, warning that it is as destructive as it is instructive. This assertion was made at a Mass Media Literacy Conference organised by the Department of Mass Communication of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra State in conjunction with Anambra State Ministry of Education for secondary schools in the state. In his speech, the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Stella Okunna, says it is imperative for the young generation to be guided in the use of the Social Media in the areas of ability to access, analyse, evaluate, and disseminate information sourced from the internet for intellectual and social upliftment and stability. Students from various secondary schools across Anambra State converged on Nnamdi Azikiwe University Auditorium, Awka, to be part of the conference. At the conference, it was highlighted that promoting critical media literacy is essential to students in their understanding of the Mass Media and its impact on the events that shape their daily lives. The growing interest in the new form of Mass Media, the Social Media, by the young ones has shown clearly that it has definitely become an integral part of their life and other young adults. According to 2015 Pew Research Centre Study, a staggering 90 per cent of college students use social media and this informs the decision of the organisers of the program to undertake the conference where the impact of social media on youths and how to use it are discussed. While a large number of students and young ones know about the Social Media, some others do not. Other resource persons note the need for every student to know about the social media as well as the positive and negative activities that go on it. For the organisers of the conference and some of the participants, a new knowledge had been sent out and gained. With the Social Media, everyone is connected to one another and a lot of pieces of information pass through them massively, thus creating the world in the image of a global village. Any information, either by audio or video sent can hardly be retrieved, a situation that made the conference resource persons cautioned the students on the use of the social media, warning that it is as destructive as it is instructive.…

See Why Canada Seeks Partnership With Nigeria To Address Child Marriage

The Canadian government is seeking a stronger partnership with the Nigerian government to reduce the burden of child marriage in Africa’s most populous nation. The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Christopher Thornley, who spoke at a forum in Abuja on the growing international concern about child marriage, pointed out that Nigeria had more cases of child brides in sub-Saharan Africa. He also explained the commitment of the Canadian government to assisting Nigeria’s efforts at reducing the burden of child marriage. When the Child Rights Act was passed into law in 2003, many people celebrated it as a law that would finally put the issues of child marriage to rest because it puts the minimum age of marriage at 18. Almost 13 years after, the burden of child bride is still heavy on Nigeria, as statistics from the Canadian government reveal. At a photo exhibition by the Canadian High Commission in Abuja, the burden of child marriage was highlight as a global issue, with focus on what could be done to end it. At the event was a teenager who was a victim of child marriage in Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria. She dropped out of primary school at 12, the same year she was married off. This situation is what the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria said his country was trying to address and reduce the burden on Nigeria. For the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, the problem is endemic in some states despite the existing federal laws that protected the child rights. She, however, assured the Canadian government of Nigeria’s efforts to ensure that states domesticate laws that would protect the girl child rights. Statistics by the Canadian government reveals that over 15 million girls are married every year before they turn 18, an alarming figure that the Sustainable Development Goals hope to reduce by the year 2030.…

Sahara Reporter :“Mohammed Buba Marwa Delivered The Letter Bomb That Killed Dele Giwa” — Dr. Taiyemiwo Ogunade

This is a throwback to an exclusive interview between SaharaReporters and Professor Taiyemiwo Ogunade in 2009 explaining who assassinated renowned journalist Dele Giwa. On Sunday, Professor Taiyemiwo Ogunade gave a bombshell interview to the NATION newspaper in which he made startling revelations about those who killed Dele Giwa in 1986. In a subsequent chat with SaharaReporters, he spoke specifically about the role of former military administrator of Lagos State Buba Marwa in the assassination of the journalist. Dr. Ogunade disclosed that soldiers loyal to the slain General Mamman Vatsa identified Marwa as the person who delivered the parcel bomb that killed Giwa, the Newswatch magazine founder. He said the revelation came from a confidential discussion he had with one of the military boys who came to the City University of New York (CUNY) to press the college to train Nigerian military officials in “Peace and Conflict Resolution”. He said that Vatsa gave a four-hour long testimony to the military tribunal that tried and later sentenced him to death for a phantom coup plot against former military dictator, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. SaharaReporters : Do you know who delivered the bomb that killed Dele Giwa? Ogunade : I believe that Buba Marwa did it. Some Mamman Vatsa boys told the full story in New York during a visit to my college to lobby our college to accept to train Nigerian military officers. Ambassador Olusola was on that entourage. [My informant] told me Dele Giwa was killed because he was in possession of a tape containing Vatsa’s testimony before the military tribunal. For four hours, Vatsa requested to tell the full story about how the Babangida regime was operating and his knowledge of the workings of IBB’s mind. He pointed out that after Halilu Akilu and Col. A.K Togun of the military intelligence prepared the parcel it was handed over to Buba Marwa to deliver to Dele Giwa. Marwa is a well–known “IBB boy”. But I was the one who gave Dele Giwa the tape. SaharaReporters : How did you get the tape? Ogunade : Vatsa had a copy made by his friends in the tribunal and smuggled out to me and I “loaned” it to Dele Giwa who got on the case immediately. I still don’t know how Dele Giwa found out that I had the tape till this day. SaharaReporters : Do you still have a copy? Ogunade : Yes, but you know I left Nigeria hurriedly after the death of Dele Giwa. I left [the tape] with my aged mother, who did not know the value then. I won’t say more, let the military release that tape to the Nigerian public. Saharareporters : Did Dele Giwa return the tape to you? Ogunade : Yes, he returned it after 24 hours. Don’t forget that I loaned it to him; I think he went and played it to Babangida’s people and they eliminated him after they heard the tape. SaharaReporters : What about Gloria Okon? It’s been said that Dele Giwa’s discovery of her was the reason he was killed? Ogunade : Gloria Okon is actually Chinyere, that’s her real name. She married Charles "Jeff" Chandler, the fellow who killed Nzeogwu and was killed a day later. Chinyere, Maryam and Princess Atta were young friends who hung out together. They all married into the military, because the military was a proud and respectable profession then. Charles Chandler, who was Tiv, married Chinyere who I think is from Imo State. IBB married Maryam from Asaba and Mamman Vatsa married the princess. So Chinyere became a widow and resorted to trading between UK and Nigeria. And then she was caught with drugs; Mamman Vatsa was the person who put Chinyere on the next available flight from Kano to London – and then claimed that she was dead by parading a dead woman picked out of the mortuary. Dele Giwa later found out that she was in London having delivered a baby by another man. He sent a French photographer to the place and they saw Maryam Babangida at the event. Kayode Soyinka brought back the photographs. Dele was sitting across the table from Kayode examining the photos taken of “Gloria Okon” (Chinyere, Richard Chandler’s wife) at the naming ceremony in London. Maryam Babangida was there. And then a letter parcel was delivered to him and he said excitedly that it must be from “Mr. President” referring to the discussions he had with IBB days earlier. The bomb exploded and severed his lower abdomen; he died a few hours later. SaharaReporters:  Did you ever meet Marwa again? And did you ask him about his involvement? Ogunade : Yes, Marwa was very active in the Nigerian embassy in New York. For a long time he was the “military attaché” to the Nigerian mission in New York while I was a professor of Black Studies at the City University of New York. He came to my college to sign a $30 million contract with the college so that members of the Nigerian military could attend a “Peace and Conflict Resolution program” and then be awarded a masters degree upon completion of the program. I fought bitterly against it, but the chair of the department, John Muyibi Amoda, badly wanted the money. I kept fighting and one day the college authorities acceded to my request. When I got home the college had dismissed me, but also I got a fax message saying the $30 million had been returned to Marwa. But between Marwa and Abacha they never returned that money to the Nigerian treasury. They shared it. I heard between him and Abacha, over $250 million was laundered through an account used by the New York mission of the Nigerian embassy. Marwa later set up an airline with his share of the loot. When he showed up to run for president I was the one who petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate him. He confessed to money laundering in handwritten statements to the EFCC, but today he is the ambassador of Nigeria to South Africa. The police officer that investigated him, Ibrahim Magu, is permanently suspended from the police force after he was humiliated by the EFCC. It is a shameful country. SaharaReporters : What else did you do? Ogunade : We helped start the Obama phenomenon in Chicago. SaharaReporters : How? Ogunade : We fought and exposed Carol Mosley-Braun who was Abacha’s agent in the US Senate. She was removed from the US Senate because she took $5 million from Abacha to help cover his tracks in the US. We exposed her, which was how it became possible for the brilliant Obama to become the US president today. We set the stage for it.…

See How Hackers Handle Stolen Login Data By Mark Ward, Technology Correspondent, BBC News

Yahoo suffered a massive breach that saw information on 500 million accounts go astray We've all had them. Those emails you read with a growing sense of dread which tell you to change the password you use on this account, that social network or one of the many other online services you use. Those emails are common given that almost one billion login credentials have been stolen and shared online in the last year. Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Tumblr, have all been hit and the list goes on and on. The worst part is the uncertainty that comes in the wake of the warning - do you panic now or later? Computer scientist Jeremiah Onaolapo and colleagues from University College London decided to find out how quickly criminals react once they get access to an online account. The team set up 100 Gmail accounts and then accidentally-on-purpose shared their login credentials on forums and sites that data traders are known to frequent. Active login and password pairs are being eagerly sought by cyberthieves The accounts were made to look "live" by having message threads, alerts and updates flow through them. They were also surreptitiously locked down to limit abuse. Mr Onaolapo was sure the webmail accounts would be tempting because of the way people use them. More often than not, he said, they have data from other accounts, such as bank details, passing through them. "It's information that can be used for ID theft," he said. Quiet period They did indeed prove tempting. By the end of the study, 90 of the accounts had been visited by people who were not their rightful owner. "Judging by the activity on the accounts, I would say that the majority of the visitors did not know they were faked," he said. Staying secure Use two-factor authentication where possible Use a sentence or a string of random words as a password Do not re-use passwords across sites or services Consider using a password manager for all your accounts Change the default passwords on gadgets you own Regularly check where account activity originates What was surprising, he said, was that the cyberthieves did not instantly take over and ransack the accounts for saleable data. Instead, he said, there was initial activity by "curious" people who checked that the login details worked and that the account was live. And then it went quiet. "For some of the accounts, where someone checked them, we did not see any more activity for some time," he said. As far as he could tell, the accounts were being monitored to let thieves assess the value of the information flowing through them. "If they find they are not valuable they do not get accessed again," he said. "For them, there's no point." Valuable accounts would be overflowing with messages and information from banks and other online services. By contrast, spammers sought accounts that are in good standing with an internet service or webmail provider and which can support lots of messages being pushed through them. Malicious hackers who wanted to send malware through the accounts were most keen to hijack them and shut out the original owner, he said. But no matter which type of cyberthief was interested, he said, there was often a period of days or weeks between the first access and the time when the account actually started to be abused. Testing times Dr Stephen Moody from security firm ThreatMetrix said the pattern of activity made sense given the way cyberthieves operate. "If you have got hold of data from a breach, if you have bought it or tapped it yourself, you have to test those creds," he said. Knowing that one set of credentials works, spurs hackers to test the same login name and password combinations on other sites, he added. "Most people have about 36 online accounts and far fewer passwords," he said. "There's a reasonable likelihood that if you get into one account you will get into others. "They automate the first part of the process and get the machine to run through them all," he said. A password safe can help manage your growing list of account credentials Evidence of the checking being done could be seen in the "huge rise" in attempts by bots using stolen credentials to login to online accounts, he said. ThreatMetrix helps companies monitor logins to help them work out which ones are legitimate and which are not. "We've seen 450 million login attempts by bots in the first half of the year as hackers test the combinations across as many sites as they can," he said. That testing produces a list of "live" accounts associated with a given login/password pair. These, he said, are then compiled and then put up for sale on underground markets. Once data is sold off then it take a while for a separate thief to work through the list, he said. Hence the delay between initial test and subsequent action. The time between initial exposure and subsequent attack means people have a chance to shut out the hackers, said Dr Moody. "Changing your password is a very good first step," he said. "But it's never too late to change it, unless there has been fraud committed against that account." Dated data Password and security expert Per Thorsheim painted a more sober picture and said vast amounts of breach data had appeared this year for one good reason. "They put it up for sale so they can get the last bit of value out of it, the last few thousand dollars," he said. A sentence makes a better password, said security expert Per Thorsheim The data surfacing in 2016 was stolen years ago and had been steadily been worked over almost unseen, he said. "It's not just one hacker that does the initial breach and then exploits the data," he said. "The lists are split up and sold off to other brokers. They go through many different hands." The only upside of the massive amount of data being shared is that it will take the criminals time to process it all, he said. To protect themselves people should, where possible, set up two-factor authentication, he advised. That provides an extra layer of protection even on those accounts where people re-use a login name and password. "No matter how many times we talk about this people still re-use the same password across sites," he said. It was also worth people changing how they choose a password. "Use a sentence or a number of random words as your password," he said. "All services today should be able to handle a normal sentence with spaces between the words." "It's a good step, because length creates complexity," he said.…

See Why You Have To Always Be Yourself By Admin Chinasa Ezeanya Our IDF N.G.O P.A

The easiest way to a miserable life is to think everybody is talking about you. Learn to ignore and overlook many things if you truly want happiness in life. Never allow anyone to steal your joy from you. Never worry yourself about what people say behind your back because its none of your business as long as you are true to yourself. Sometimes minding your own business does not keep people out of your business. No matter your situation in life people will always talk. You can never stop people from talking about you, what you can do is to stop giving them what to talk about. There is a time limit for every rumor in life. Never allow freelance broadcasters put your life in hold. Do what makes you happy. Anyone who cannot feel your pain, has no right to judge you in life. 70% of those who talk bad about you behind your back, wish to be like you. When people can't be like you they try to bring you down and condemn what you have. Those without money will sarcastically say money is not everything in life. (Is poverty anything?) Never allow anyone to put you in a position of depression and self pity in life. Those whose life has no joy will always find every means to remove happiness from other peoples life. Enemies are inevitable if there's GRACE of GOD in your life. If no one has never gossiped or talked bad about you means nothing good has ever happened to you. Grace can turn an old friend to a new enemy. Never feel bad when old friends become new enemies. They are just tired of acting painfully like enemies as friends. Never allow the opinions of people who didn't see your tears stop your laughter in life. You don't owe anybody an explanation to be happy. Never see yourself through the eyes of those who don't value you. To be beautiful means to be you. To stand out is to be out-standing. You do not need to be accepted by others. You just need to accept yourself. Never beg anyone to accept you for who you are. Anything you acquire through begging will require begging to maintain. Be humble but selective. Being selective doesn't mean you are arrogant or proud. It simply means you know your worth. If you are conscious of your personality avoid too much familiarity. Sometimes when you treat people too much like celebrities, they end up treating you like ordinary fan. You are equally important. Never downgrade yourself while trying to upgrade anybody in life. Anyone who sees you like an option doesn't deserve to be a priority in your life. The dream of a fool is for everybody to become a bloody fool. Avoid negative people if you have a dream. Those without mission will say your vision is just an illusion. Negative minds will never give you a positive life. Anyone who is always reminding you about what is wrong with you has a personal problem which he/she wants to take out on you. Most people spend half of their entire life analyzing the faults in other peoples life, when their own lives need. urgent repairs. Never worry yourself about enemies and friends, because everybody in your life will eventually fall into one of two categories. Some will hate you and some will love you. Loving you or hating you are both in your favor. When people love you, you live peacefully and happily in their heart; and when people hate you, you become the landlord in their head living painfully in their brain everyday and giving them sleepless nights. Never allow negative people to rent a space in your life, kick them out of your life and increase the rent. May God continue to guide our lives on the right path even if our souls does not want to be so. Amen …

See How First Class Graduates Of Crescent University Bags Instant Job Placements

First class graduates of Crescent University may not have to worry about unemployment as the Ogun state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, has promised them automatic placement in the state civil service. This was the commitment made by the Governor during the 8th graduation ceremony of the private institution in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. The Proprietor of the institution, Mr Bola Ajibola, affirmed that the institution is producing excellent students in terms of both academics and morals. At the occasion, some eminent Nigerians were equally awarded with honourary degrees for their contribution to human development. Among them was former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Mohmoh, who was awarded an honourary doctorate degree in Mass Communication. Other prominent Nigerians present at the occasion were the former Head of Interim Government, Chief Ernest Sonekan, Traditional Ruler Of Egba Land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Former Governor of Ogun state, Chief Olusegun Osoba among others. The event also witnessed the induction of a new chancellor, the traditional ruler of Oyo state, who has promised to take the school to greater heights.…

Lawyers Advocate Free Legal Service To Decongest Prisons

A group of lawyers and civil society groups in Nigeria are asking the Nigerian Bar Association to make it mandatory for lawyers to offer free legal services, as part of efforts to decongest the nation’s prisons. They made the request over the weekend at Kuje Prisons in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The lawyers and civil society organisations led by the initiator of the free legal aid, Mr Abubakar Ndakene, believe that the congestion of the nation’s prisons is largely responsible for the several attempts at jail-breaks. They said the detention of prisoners without any hope of being tried in a court of law fueled such prison-break attempts. After taking a tour of the prison facilities, the Chief Executive Officer of Lyngrace Foundation, Lynda Yusuf, also appealed to Nigerians to help in the re-integration of ex-prisoners in the society. She added that stigmatisation of ex-prisoners should be discouraged in order to facilitate their smooth re-integration. There have been series of efforts to decongest prisons in Nigeria, but the number of inmates awaiting trial has continued to increase. On September 24, a prison official in Ilesa Prison in Osun State, said 454 out of 582 inmates were awaiting trial. He told Channels Television that the situation was as a result of huge challenges facing the Prisons Service. The officer in charge of the Prisons, Deputy Comptroller Ope Fanimikun, said that presenting 454 inmates for trial in 72 courts was a huge challenge for officers. He explained that the Prisons service had just four vehicles, the newest of which was given to the prisons four years ago. The Deputy Comptroller sought the support of Nigerians in form of vehicles’ donation to ensure that inmates were presented for trials to decongest the prisons. He disclosed that the prison needed at least 20 vehicles, medical facilities and consumables. After that request was made, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) set aside 3.5 billion Naira to procure 320 made-in-Nigeria vehicles to aid prisons decongestionacross the country. The approval was in response to the request in a memo presented at a FEC meeting on Wednesday by the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahaman Dambazau (rtd). General Dambazau noted that the procurement of vehicles was part of requirements needed to strengthen the Criminal Justice System. He told State House correspondents after the meeting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that at least 75% of an estimated 65,000 inmates were awaiting trial. The Interior Minister also blamed their continued detention on lack of logistics and availability of vehicles to transport them to at least 5,000 courts from prisons within the country.…

See Reasons Why You Should Make It Warm: Read Details

BENEFITS OF WARM WATER 👉👉👉 A group of Japanese Doctors confirmed that warm water is 💯 % effective in resolving some health problems👇, including: Headache, migraine, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, pain of joints, sudden increasing and decreasing of heartbeat, Epilepsy, increasing level of cholesterol, cough, bodily discomfort, golu pain, asthma, hooping cough, blockage of veins, diseases related to uterus & urine, stomach problems, poor appetite, also all related diseases to the eyes, ear & throat. HOW TO USE WARM WATER 👉👉 Get up early in the morning and drink approximately 4 glasses of warm water when the stomach is empty. Do not eat anything 45 minutes thereafter. You may not be able to make 4 glasses at the beginning, but slowly you will.✍ The warm water therapy will resolve the health issues within reasonable periods:👇 👉 Diabetes in 30 days 👉 Blood pressure in 30 days 👉 Stomach related issues in 10 days 👉 All types of cancer in 9 months 👉 Blockage of veins in 6 months 👉 Lack of hunger (Poor appetite?) in 10 days 👉 Uterus and related diseases in 10 days 👉 Nose, Ear & Throat problems in 10 days. 👉 Women problems(?) in 15 days, 👉 Heart diseases in 30 days 👉 Headache/Migraine in 3 days 👉 Low blood pressure in 30 days. 👉 Cholesterol in 4 months 👉 Epilepsy and paralysis continously in 9 months 👉 Asthma in 4 months. COLD WATER IS BAD FOR YOU: 🌻In the past, people used to say that if cold water does not affect you at young age, it will harm you at old age👇 👉 Cold water closes 4 veins of the ♥ heart and causes heart attack 💔; Cold drinks are main reason for Heart Attack. 👉 Cold water💦 creates problems in liver; makes fat stuck with liver. Most of the people waiting for the transplant of liver are victims of cold water drinking. 👉cold water affects internal walls of stomach. 👉cold water affects stomach and big intestine and results in cancer. 👉please, do not forget to share, tell someone to tell someone.…

…See Why Senate Recommends 3-Year Validity For Jamb Result

The Nigerian Senate has extended the validity of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination results for three years from the date of the examination. Federal lawmakers took this decision to amend the JAMB Act during Thursday’s legislative proceedings. The Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund, Senator Jibrin Barua, read the report of the committee which was mandated to work on the act. The committee recommended that a candidate who meets the requirements for admission and is duly qualified shall remain so qualified for three years. The committee also recommended that a candidate awaiting admission shall be given preference in the succeeding year over fresh applicants who shall only become eligible when the backlog has been cleared. The committee also recommended that the matriculation examinations conducted by the board shall be the sole examination required for admission and entry into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to the exclusion of any other institution or body. The Senate approved these recommendations.…

See Why Ibru Family Condemns EFCC Claims, Says Goodie Ibru Not On The Run…

The family of businessman, Mr Goodie Ibru, has reacted to the announcement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), declaring him wanted over alleged “capital market fraud, money laundering and diversion of funds”. In a statement on Thursday, the family described the EFCC’s action as scandalous, misleading and unfortunate and created the impression that Mr Ibru was on the run. They added that the businessman had earlier responded to the agency’s invitation for an interview on July 25. The family explained further that he was in the United Kingdom for medical treatment, but promised to honour the invitation on his return in the first week of November. They described the announcement by the EFCC as an indication of bias into an investigation of an issue that borders primarily on family misunderstanding, which they said the anti-graft agency was fully aware of. A publication on the anti-graft agency’s website had said Mr Ibru was declared wanted in connection with various crimes. The EFCC said Ibru allegedly “diverted billions of Naira and assets of Ikeja Hotels Plc, owners of Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, Federal Palace Hotel and Capital Hotel and owners of Sheraton Hotel, Abuja to his personal benefits”.…

A Must Read On Twitter’s Fate: Marc Benioff of Salesforce Addresses Acquisition Talk

SAN FRANCISCO — Marc Benioff, the founder and chief executive of Salesforce.com, showed up onstage on Wednesday afternoon at his biggest customer event of the year to talk up his business technology company’s products and strategy. But what was arguably the higher-stakes meeting was held later that day. At the plush St. Regis San Francisco Hotel, Mr. Benioff presided over a gathering with Wall Street analysts and investors. His aim: to assuage their concerns about his plan to buy Twitter, the struggling social media company. “We look at a lot of things,” Mr. Benioff told the room, without directly mentioning Twitter. “The number we acquire is very few.” Still, he said, “it gives us ideas” to look at companies. For weeks, the technology world has been buzzing about Mr. Benioff’s intentions, after it emerged last month that Salesforce was interested in bidding for Twitter. At first glance, the two companies could not be more different. Twitter is where celebrities, politicians and countless other individuals broadcast their thoughts in 140-character messages. Salesforce, on the other hand, makes online software for salespeople and marketers. Yet Twitter would fit into a vision that Mr. Benioff has had for Salesforce, which he founded in 1999, as a company that can help enterprises with all of their customer needs. Twitter, in Mr. Benioff’s eyes, is already a powerful customer service tool that airlines, restaurants, banks and many other companies use to field consumer complaints and requests. Companies can also use what people post on Twitter to glean consumer habits. “This is a huge messaging and communications service,” Mr. Benioff, who turned 52 last month, said on Wednesday in an interview on his way to the St. Regis. He added, “I use mergers and acquisition activity to think about the market.” Mr. Benioff faces a battery of challenges in buying Twitter. Skeptical investors have pushed Salesforce stock down about 5 percent since news broke that the company was considering bidding for the social media company. Behind the scenes, investors have been grousing about a potential purchase. Any deal would very likely be Salesforce’s largest, with Twitter valued at about $14 billion. Salesforce, which is unprofitable, has a market capitalization of about $48 billion. Twitter investors appear dubious, too. The company’s stock dropped more than 20 percent on Thursday as speculation about other suitors seemed to dissipate. “This would be a disaster,” said Joel Fishbein, managing director at BTIG, a financial services firm. “Benioff is a visionary, but this could blow up. Engineers could leave Salesforce, and it would send the stock down 30 or 40 percent.” Mr. Benioff acknowledged that Salesforce would face difficulties in taking over Twitter, given that Salesforce sells software to businesses while Twitter is a consumer technology company. The chief executive, who is an activist in areas like gay rights and gender equality, also said he was troubled by the amount of hate speech on Twitter. But it is not unusual for Mr. Benioff to go against the grain. A San Francisco native, he worked at Oracle, the business software company, for years before founding Salesforce as an online software firm in 1999, when online software was still unproven. Salesforce soon became the largest maker of so-called customer relationship management, or C.R.M., software sold over the cloud, which is used by salespeople and marketers at companies like American Express andGeneral Electric. Salesforce went public in 2004. Along the way, Salesforce became one of the largest employers in San Francisco and Mr. Benioff became one of the city’s richest men. He has turned part of his fortune toward philanthropy, donating millions of dollars to a new children’s hospital in San Francisco that bears his family’s name, as well as pledging money to the city’s public schools. “Marc wants to be well thought of, to feel like he’s doing things the right way,” said Adam Bosworth, a Salesforce executive who left in August to work at Amazon. Mr. Bosworth recalled once disagreeing with Mr. Benioff on a management issue and sending him an email with the subject line, “You are not being a mensch.” “It was the fastest response I ever got from him,” Mr. Bosworth said. Mr. Benioff has courted attention as Salesforce has grown. San Francisco’s tallest building, which is now under construction, is set to have the Salesforce name. The chief executive has publicly crusaded for political causes like gay rights in Indiana, where Salesforce has a big office. He holds mindfulness workshops with Buddhist monks from a group that has been staying at one of his San Francisco mansions for the last year. This week, the streets of his city are jampacked with people attending his company’s annual conference. To increase Salesforce’s business, Mr. Benioff has been on a buying spree, purchasing companies that can help build up data or capabilities in technologies like artificial intelligence, as well as features that broaden how Salesforce can serve customers. This week, Salesforce said it was buying Krux, a little-known advertising company with over 30 petabytes of information on 3.5 billion devices, in a deal valued at more than $700 million. That followed a $750 million purchase in August of Quip, a maker of real-time collaboration software. Quip co-founder Bret Taylor, a veteran of Google and Facebook, is on the board of Twitter. Much of the data that Salesforce is gaining through acquisitions can help power artificial intelligence, which Mr. Benioff says will soon be everywhere. “We’ve bought about a dozen A.I. companies, built whole new teams,” he said in a recent interview. But the biggest deal was one that got away. Earlier this year, Mr. Benioff tried to acquire LinkedIn, the professional social networking site, which has data about professionals and jobs. Salesforce lost to Microsoft, which is paying $26.2 billion for LinkedIn. Salesforce has since raised concerns over the deal with Europe’s antitrust authorities. Without LinkedIn, Mr. Benioff turned his sights to Twitter, which has been trying to figure out how to rev up its growth. Mr. Benioff, who is himself a power user of Twitter, said on Wednesday that while it was essential that Salesforce be in A.I., there was more to Twitter than that. “It’s a huge customer-service platform,” used by companies like Dell, Apple and Bank of America, he said in the interview on the way to the St. Regis. “It’s not a reason to buy it, but it’s a reason to look at it. I’m not saying I’m buying it, but I’m not saying I’m not buying it.” Later, at the investor meeting where analysts shied from mentioning the name Twitter, Mr. Benioff tried to explain where he was coming from. “I see things in a different kind of way,” he told them. “I hope someday to sit down and say how I think about that which shall not be named.” Eventually, though, Mr. Benioff could not resist a more direct reference to Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey. “I wish Jack well with his company,” Mr. Benioff said at the end of the investor meeting.…

Why World Bank, NEWMAP Partner On Imo Erosion Control

The people of Umueze Eziala Obizi autonomous community in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state are excited about the gully erosion control and site rehabilitation project by the World Bank and Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP). This is because they will in no distant time heave a sigh of relieve as gully erosion, which used to displace many lives and properties in the community will soon become a thing of the past. The cheering news was shared at a town hall meeting organized by NEWMAP in the community to create a rapport between the World Bank project team and the indigenes of the area to ascertain the level of work done on the Obizi gully erosion site. The meeting was to also educate the people on further precautionary measures to be taken to prevent further occurrence of gully erosion while urging them to also cooperate with the contractors handling the project. Before the intervention of the World Bank through the Nigeria Watershed Erosion Management Project (NEWMAP), the dangerous Umueze Eziala Obizi gully erosion site had claimed many lives and property. The erosion site was identified as one to be rehabilitated under the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project and seven months after, the rehabilitation and control work on the erosion site reached 75-80% completion. The traditional ruler of the community, Stephen Azubuihe commended the NEWMAP team for the progress made so far on the rehabilitation works. He acknowledged the role expected of the community in ensuring the success of the project and promised that residents would cooperate with the World Bank to see the project through. Some of the indigenes of the community whose properties and farmlands were affected by the gully erosion also commended the World Bank. One of them is the chairman of the farmers’ cooperative in Obizi autonomous community, Justus Uha, who noted that the quick financial intervention and compensation has enabled them to start life over again. The Urualla erosion site in Ideato North and Umuezelibe Isu erosion site in Njaba local government areas are also under the rehabilitation watch of the NEWMAP team. They have also promised to complete work in these sites in no distant time.…

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See How FEC Approves N3.5b For Car Purchase To De-congest Prisons. It Will Amaze You

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of 3.5 billion Naira to procure 320 made-in-Nigeria vehicles to aid prisons de-congestion across the country. The approval was in response to the request in a memo presented at a FEC meeting on Wednesday by the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahaman Dambazau (rtd). General Dambazau noted that the procurement of vehicles was part of requirements needed to strengthen the criminal justice system. He told State House correspondents after the meeting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that at least 75% of an estimated 65,000 inmates were awaiting trial. The Interior Minister blamed their continued detention on lack of logistics and availability of vehicles to transport them to at least 5,000 courts from prisons within the country. On September 24, an official of the Prisons Service in Ilesa Prison in Osun State, said 454 out of 582 inmates are awaiting trial, a situation he said was as a result of huge challenges facing the Prisons Service. The officer in charge of the Prisons, Deputy Comptroller Ope Fanimikun, said that presenting 454 inmates for trial in 72 courts was a huge challenge for officers. He said that the Prisons service had just four vehicles, the newest of which was given to the prisons four years ago. The Deputy Comptroller sought the support of Nigerians in form of vehicles’ donation to ensure that inmates were presented for trials to de-congest the prisons. Enugu Prisons He disclosed that the prison needed at least 20 vehicles, medical facilities and consumables. To meet this demand the FEC approved monies for procurement of vehicles. On his part, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, briefed reporters on pending infrastructural projects as well as the state of power generation and transmission in Nigeria. In the light of increasing dilapidation of Federal Roads, he said no new road contracts had been awarded besides inherited projects. Mr Fashola further disclosed that the Federal Executive Council approved a memo for the provision of three 150 MVA transformers in three sub-stations in Oshogbo, Shiroro and Ondo. He said the demand was made by the transmission company of Nigeria, in order to increase electricity transmission in the country.…

Why Court Made The Orders: Informing AMCON To Pay Capital Oil And Gas 26bn Naira.

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Asset Management Corporation Of Nigeria (AMCON) to pay Capital Oil and Gas Limited the sum of 26 billion Naira as contained in the consent judgment delivered in 2013. Justice Abdul Kafarati in his judgement held that the court has powers to enforce its judgment or the verdict of any lower court in the country. The trial judge also restrained AMCON from exercising any power over Capital Oil and Gas Limited and its assets and from processing any assignment and transfer among others. Justice Kafarati, who resolved all four issues canvassed by Capital Oil, advised the agency to live up to its statutory responsibility of reviving the nation’s economy through positive support for businesses to thrive. A Federal High Court in Lagos had on May 6 struck out a suit commenced by AMCON against Capital Oil and Gas Industries on the grounds that the suit was premature. AMCOM sought to circumvent existing suits in different courts on issues relating to the alleged indebtedness of Capital Oil and Gas which was currently under dispute.…

Latest Update On The Rev. Fr. Attacked By Fulani Herdsmen In Enugu State, Nigeria-IDCC Report

Previously, it was published of the Fulani herdsmen on the Reverend Fathers that were attacked in Enugu state. Today we wish to bring the updates of the latest reports on how the situation of the events. Read below for the latest updates: Praises and appreciation to God for the miracles he did, We Thank God Rev. Fr. Jude Chetanna Chukwuneke, Rev. Fr. Prof Jude Ezeokana and Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Dim are all  alive, free and healthy. On Monday, September 26, 2016, these three Catholic priests escaped death in the hands of suspected Fulani herdsmen in Akachine, Nsukka LGA of Enugu State, around 6pm on their way from a condolence visit. My Cousin Rev Fr. Jude Chetanna Chukwuneke (who was driving) with bullet wounds in the head; see his Blood soaked soutane on the Photo attached. He is alive after a Successful Operation. Rev. Fr. Prof. Jude Ezeokana who sustained injuries after their car fell into a bush, has been discharged from the hospital. And Rev. Fr Dim was also released by his kidnappers. The Brothers And Sisters of their parish are in joyful mood and giving thanks to God while praying for their quick recovery. …

Marriage Tips As Important As It Concerned The True Values And Gods Institute-IDCC

Marriage is a sacred entity and when your there, there is no going back. The important tips as cited by the IDCC married Clan Don't Marry Because of SEX, Don't Marry because you are getting OLD, Don't Marry because you are of AGE, Don't Marry because you are LONELY, Don't Marry because you Need someone to Support you FINANCIALLY. Don't Marry because you Mistakenly Got PREGNANT for Him, Don't Marry because you don't want to LOSE the PERSON, Don't Marry because of Family PRESSURES, Don't Marry because you Like the IDEA Of Marriage, Don't Marry because of PITY or Out of PITY, Don't Marry because of TRIBE, Don't Marry because you Admire of WEDDING GOWN you See, Don't Marry because you Love KIDS, Don't marry because all your Friends are getting Married, Don't Marry because of Physical/ Academic Qualifications. But marry because you want to fulfill destiny. I pray to God almighty to give the Best Life Partner to as many who truly Desire to marry with the Right Motives in God…

Can Attacks On Oil Facilities Be The Cause Of This Nigeria Recession? Its Unbelievable..

The recession was a result of the drop in the price of crude oil and the attacks on the nation’s oil facilities by some militant groups in the Niger Delta region. Some militants under the umbrella of the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks which have drawn the attention of the Nigerian Government and some other foreign governments. Disturbed by the spate of the militants’ activities, the Nigerian Army launched a special team code named “Operation Crocodile Smile”, as the government agreed to dialogue with the militants after a ceasefire agreement from both sides. In spite of the development, both military and militants have continued to point accusing fingers, alleging a breach of agreements as the military said it would not hesitate to repel militants’ attack in the region.…

W.H.O:HIV/AIDS Cure Finally Found, Doctors Confirm Say Condom Era Is Over:

Previously, it was gathered that religion was used as a tool to propagate on the deadly disease called HIV/AIDS but following the recent development, it seems over. Doctors in Barcelona, Spain believe they have found the cure to HIV – the AIDS-causing virus that affects the lives of more than 34 million people worldwide, according to WHO. By using blood transplants from the umbilical cords of individuals with a genetic resistance to HIV, Spanish medical professionals believe they can treat the virus, having proven the procedure successful with one patient. A 37-year-old man from Barcelona, who had been infected with the HIV virus in 2009, was cured of the condition after receiving a transplant of blood. While unfortunately the man later died from cancer just three years later, having developed lymphoma, the Spanish medical team is still hugely encouraged by what it considers to be a breakthrough in the fight against HIV and related conditions, according to the Spanish news source El Mundo. Doctors in Barcelona initially attempted the technique using the precedent of Timothy Brown, an HIV patient who developed leukemia before receiving experimental treatment in Berlin, the Spanish news site The Local reported. Brown was given bone marrow from a donor who carried the resistance mutation from HIV. After the cancer treatment, the HIV virus had also disappeared. According to The Local, the CCR5 Delta 35 mutation affects a protein in white blood cells and provides an estimated one percent of the human population with high resistance to infection from HIV. Spanish doctors attempted to treat the lymphoma of the so-called “Barcelona patient” with chemotherapy and an auto-transplant of the cells, but were unable to find him a suitable bone marrow. “We suggested a transplant of blood from an umbilical cord but from someone who had the mutation because we knew from ‘the Berlin patient’ that as well as [ending] the cancer, we could also eradicate HIV,” Rafael Duarte, the director of the Haematopoietic Transplant Programme at the Catalan Oncology Institute in Barcelona, told The Local. Prior to the transplant, a patient’s blood cells are destroyed with chemotherapy before they are replaced with new cells, incorporating the mutation which means the HIV virus can no longer attach itself to them. For the Barcelona patient, stem cells from another donor were used in order to accelerate the regeneration process. Eleven days after the transplant, the patient in Barcelona experienced recovery. Three months later, it was found that he was clear of the HIV virus. Despite the unfortunate death of the patient from cancer, the procedure has led to the development of an ambitious project that is backed by Spain’s National Transplant Organization. October 2016 will mark the world’s first clinical trials of umbilical cord transplants for HIV patients with blood cancers. Javier Martinez, a virologist from the research foundation Irsicaixa, stressed that the process is primarily designed to assist HIV patients suffering from cancer, but “this therapy does allow us to speculate about a cure for HIV,” he added.…

IDF N.G.O B.O.T Member And Top IDF Forum Adviser And Admin Chief Sydney Ezika In Partnership With IDF L.O.C To Train Idf Youths(Male/Female) On Skills

The IDF N.G.O Board of trustee member, senior admin and IDF top adviser Chief Sydney Ezika to partner with the IDF N.G.O LOC to enhance an acquisition skill to the people of Ideani. The skill acquisition shall cut across enhancing the people way of life through proper acquisition training. In a discussion with the Ideani News, He revealed that the IDF Secretary General should prepare the mode and forward to him saying that he love what IDF N.G.O is doing despite the shallow life of our Community. The Ideani news and Idf National Secretary General was delighted that the plans of the IDF BOT shall seriously impact in the life of our IDF youth in rural and urban resident. The programme shall kick start as soon as the mode is activated and we are happy that one of the IDF forum member Mr. Koci Slim of Agbaleke family has shown he is talented and we shall work with him as Prince Joe has written his name in that cadre. Other Details Shortly....…

What An Exceptional Leaders Never but Always Do This Instead Read Carefully..

Your business is a reflection of yourself--it's time to take self-development seriously. The best leaders have a unique opportunity to create an environment that reflects their own values while maximizing individual strengths. Unfortunately, many individuals in leadership positions lack the self-awareness necessary to become exceptional at inspiring others. If you want to take the next step in your leadership development, avoid these 20 mistakes: 1. Speaking like a politician instead of a person. Between Trump, Clinton, and congress, we have enough masquerades to last until 2020. What employees crave is someone who's authentic, genuine, and not afraid to answer questions with honesty and transparency. 2. Putting people on the spot in front of others to make them feel embarrassed. Calling someone out in front of their peers leads to isolation and shame, quickly creating a dynamic of secretes instead of open communication. 3. Using titles or experience to justify your behaviors instead of logic. The best way to convey your values and philosophy to your company is explaining your thought processes behind important decisions. Hiding behind your resume is an appeal to authority that builds resentment and divides team members. 4. Seeking arguments with coworkers you know you'll win. We get it--you know more than the rest of us, there's no need to go the extra mile--it only builds resentment. 5. Allowing negativity in your personal life to infiltrate the workplace. When you have a bad weekend and then bring that negative energy into the workplace it decreases productivity and makes everyone feel on edge. 6. Blaming others instead of taking ownership and responsibility. The best leaders hold themselves accountable because it models the ability to own up to your mistakes and shows that no one is except from personal and collective responsibility. 7. Telling people to do something that you haven't done. When you haven't experienced something, it's important that you value the opinions of people who have. 8. Displacing your frustration onto employees rather than its source. Having control over the workplace but not your personal life leads to the re-creation of family-like chaos in a corporate environment, which is bad for business and emotional wellbeing. 9. Enforcing policies without explaining the reason for their implementation. Stop wasting opportunities to get people on the same page. No one wants to do something that feels arbitrary and without reason. 10. Reducing employee satisfaction to a dollar value instead of prioritizing workplace cohesion. Give back to your employees instead of pinching them for every dollar and cent. When you make employees feel valued and aligned with your core values, they want to work for you instead of the competition. 11. Not being approachable. Whether it's the cleaning staff or the investors, leaders need to be open and actively seeking out engagement with others. 12. Not taking action to solve and resolve employee complaints. When you ask for feedback and then do nothing about it, you're communicating that people's opinions don't matter. Even something as simple as showing the top complaints and your plan to address it is sometimes enough validation to buy time and respect. 13. Excessively emphasizing the company's bright future to minimize current suffering. Stop dangling the carrot and start acknowledging what's happening right now. 14. Not truly listening to their employees. Great leaders listen and value the opinions of their employees. 15. Shaming workers for lacking your same level of dedication to work. Expecting other people to care as much about their work as you do is setting yourself up for frustration. 16. Being out of touch with the experiences of entry level workers. When you're driving a car, you need to know what's happening on the ground so you can avoid potholes. 17. Saying one thing and then doing another. If you want your words to be valued, you need to increase not decrease your integrity. 18. Failing to acknowledge and reward above-and-beyond performance. When you go above and beyond acknowledging and appreciating good performance, it becomes a great recruiting tool and motivates current employees to work harder. 19. Keeping underperforming friends and family in the business. Establish a meritocracy. If your friends and family don't keep up, you can't reward them without undermining everyone else. 20. Being rude and inconsiderate in digital communications. Be thoughtful with your words--they set the precedent for everyone else. Exceptional leaders do what they say, practice what they preach, and lead by example. They immerse themselves in self development practices because they know that they must embody the values they wish to instill in others. They behave according to their values, treat all people with warmth and respect, encourage conversation, and they recognize their own limitations. If you want to be the best leader you can become and have the most significant impact on your company, then you need to work on refining yourself--because your business is a reflection of yourself.…

At Last My Good People! Presidency Sales Off Two Presidential Jets See Details Below:

At Last My Good People! Presidency Sales Off  Two Presidential Jets See Details Below: Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, has confirmed the sale of two private jets in President Muhammadu Buhari’s fleet Shehu said this is in line with the directive of the president that aircraft in the presidential air fleet be reduced to cut down on waste The president’s senior special assistant also said some of the aircrafts will be handed over to the Nigerian Air force to boost their operations On Tuesday, October 4, the federal government advertised the sale of two aircraft in the presidential fleet. Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, confirmed this in a series of tweets from his Twitter handle @GarShehu. He said this is in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that aircraft in the presidential air fleet be reduced to cut down on waste. The fleet is believed to hold as much as 10 airplanes, and the president has been criticised for maintaining the large fleet in the past. The Office of the National Security Adviser advertised the sale of two airplanes in a national daily, adding that the aircraft that are currently up for sale are Falcon 7x and Hawker 4000 and are to be quoted in dollars. The president’s senior special assistant also said some of the aircrafts will be handed over to the Nigerian Air force to boost their operations. It was earlier reported that interested buyers were asked to inspect the Falcon at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Airport, Abuja, and the Hawker at Cessna Zurich Citation Service Centre, Zurich, Switzerland.…

World Teachers Day In Nigeria?: Where is the Nigerian teacher globally? By Dayo Adesulu

AS Nigerian teachers join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate the World Teachers’ Day, stakeholders in the teaching profession have lamented the precarious state of Nigerian teachers in the comity of teachers globally. The 2016 World Teachers’ Day with the theme -‘Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status’ was described by teachers as most apt for the Nigerian where our teachers deserved to be celebrated for being the pivot of socio-economic development. Nigerian teachers who spoke to IDCC decried their poor teaching conditions, stressing that teachers are not so treated with disdain globally. According to them, whereas the Nigerian teachers are still using blackboards and chalks for teaching in the 21st century, their counterparts in other countries are using whiteboards and markers, noting that many countries of the world have even gone beyond the use of whiteboard to interactive classroom system, coupled with teaching aids. While teachers in many countries of the world are well remunerated, they maintained that teachers in Nigeria were not only poorly paid, but many were being owed several months of unpaid salaries. Overloaded classrooms Comparing teachers in Nigeria to their counterparts globally, they described in Nigeria working conditions as appalling, adding that the average Nigerian teachers, apart from few private schools, were working under poor conditions of service. According to Vanguard investigations, many teachers, especially in public schools are compelled to work in overloaded classrooms of 80 to 100 pupils without electricity, and comfortable office chairs and tables.  They argued that the manner in which the federal and state governments handled teachers makes the society to hold teachers and the teaching profession in low esteem. “How many teachers in Nigeria are computer literate and what is the government doing to upgrade teachers’ knowledge in computer literacy,” they quarried. Making allusion to what a typical teacher and the teaching profession were like in those days, stakeholders noted that in the good old days, teachers were highly regarded in the society as they exerted great influence and authority on the people and were subsequently ranked second in command after the traditional chiefs. “That informed the reason many teachers in those days were given free accommodation and scholarships for further studies,” they said. They pointed out that in those days, a student would rather prefer his mother beats him when he commits an offence at home, than she reported him to his class teacher, the punishment and the shame at the assembly ground could be better imagined. The question begging for an answer is: Where did we begin to get it wrong and how did our teachers suddenly lose their prestige? In his reaction, the Provost of Michael Otedola Primary College of Education (MOCPED), Professor Olu Akeusola, said that the day we abrogated Grade II teachers colleges in Nigeria was the time we killed teachers education and subsequently education. Akeusola who maintained that the standard of education was not falling, but the quality, explained that what was instrumental to a very good foundation in the past, was our being able to develop teacher education. He noted that if teacher education was developed, it would create a methodology of passing the information to the younger generation adding, “unfortunately, we have destroyed that solid pillar foundation of teacher education. Teachers can only be what the society or government wants them to be. In those days, teachers were highly respected and compensated. Since the colonial teachers brought education, we were able to discover the purpose of education. But now, we cannot maintain the purpose. In those days, teachers were second in command to the colonial masters because they taught teachers to become interpreters in palaces. “What we had in the past was a very good and solid teacher education. That was the time we were having Grade III, Grade II, Grade I and the like. By then, these teachers that were more co-ordinated with methodology were able to use their knowledge to teach the pupils. The students that were well trained at the primary and secondary levels now went to the university. Any student who does not have a good primary and secondary foundation cannot be lectured at all in the university. Let us bring back Grade II as senior secondary school education so that anybody that finishes will either go to college of education or university. We must train our teachers right away from secondary school level. If not, we will keep on going backward.” On the way forward, he said: “Government should spend 25% of our budget on education. Education is that sector that will develop every other sector. If education is messed up, the entire sectors of the economy will be messed up. If education is developed, it will develop economy, technology and every other thing. The federal government should see to the development of education in Nigeria.’’ On his part, former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Peter Okebukola, said that if we assert that teachers make up the fulcrum of the education lever, the conclusion is that the story of Nigeria’s development over the last 56 years is largely the story of its teachers. According to him, if we take quality teachers out of our development equation, Nigeria will be in the backwaters of nations in the world. “Here we are today, boasting of being the second largest economy in Africa and among the leading countries in the region on many development indicators. To all Nigerian teachers past and present, we should say “all hail”, the teachers, he said. Sadly, he observed that our teachers were hardly valued, stressing that in more than half of the states of the federation, teachers were being owed salaries running to several months. He said: “So, they will mark the 2016 World Teachers’ Day on empty stomachs unable to pay school fees of their children as schools resume; and unable to wear decent clothes and live in homes with minimal comfort. He, however, urged government in Nigeria at all levels to pay more attention to the plight of teachers in terms of improving their welfare. At the federal level, he pointed out that the Buhari administration is doing its best in the circumstance, adding that State governments are most guilty in terms of not giving teachers their due. Status of teachers His words: “Improving the status of teachers is beyond money. It includes building their capacities to ensure they deliver better quality education. Today, almost half of the teachers in Nigeria have severe quality deficiencies. Government at all levels must take steps to improve the quality of teachers through better pre-service and in-service training. Agencies concerned with registration of teachers and regulating their training should evolve more vibrant methodologies for delivering on their mandate. Here we are looking at Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). Many of our teachers are sub-standard and we need to tighten quality assurance. We need to tool teachers better in a fast-evolving ICT world to enable them take full advantage of ICT to deliver the curriculum. We need to better resource our schools so that Nigerian teachers will have more clement environment with which to work. Mr. Goke Gbadebo, a teacher at New Christfield College, Ikorodu said that he is proud being a teacher adding that whenever he imparts knowledge to students, he feels fulfilled. He, however, frowned at the attitude of the government and the society, lamenting that teachers were not treated with the respect they deserve. ‘’Government and the society must place value on the teachers, commend and celebrate them. Teachers should be well remunerated and made happy because if they are not happy, they will not be able to give their best.’’ Challenge of recession For Mr. Paul Oguchi, a teacher at Dampress Schools, Lagos, salaries of teachers should be reviewed so as to meet up with the challenge of recession in the country. He said though he was not happy being a teacher, he was, however, glad that he was imparting knowledge. On her part, Mrs. Yetunde Oresanya, a teacher at Okota Junior High School, Lagos applauded Governor Ambode for prompt payment of teachers’ salaries in the State. She said: “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is trying for us. On 22nd of every month our salaries are paid, making us to be happy. For me, if it is possible, Ambode should continue till the next 12 years because of the prompt payment of our salaries.” Oresanya, however urged the government to replace retired teachers with new ones for better productivity. Asked, how many students in her class, she said, 40.…

Recession Saga As Lamentation Book Was Opened Saying Bogus Salaries, Allowances of Principal Officers Affecting Us As Nigerians The Most (Please Read Carefully)

Bauchi – Economic and finnancial experts, mostly dons and industrialists nationwide have given the Federal Government some clues, basically on creativity, diversification of economy and human development to quickly recover from the current economic recession in Nigeria. Nigeria recently slipped into its first recession after more than two decades. According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Africa’s largest economy has witnessed a 2.06 per cent decline in the second quarter of 2016 after the 0.36 per cent fall in the first quarter. The two consecutive quarters of deteriorating growth have clearly pointed at a recession. The situation is largely due to the persistently low crude oil prices. Crude oil sales account for 70 per cent of government income and 90 per cent of export earnings. Experts say Nigeria has been dealt a heavy blow by the collapse of oil prices from the highs of about 112 dollars a barrel in 2014 to less than 50 dollars at present. A cross section of the experts, mostly economists in the universities and other stakeholders, hold the views that the ways forward for Nigeria include reducing emphasis on oil and re-directing attention to the agriculture and solid minerals sector to retool the economic. In the North Eastern part of the country, respondents in Gombe, Adamawa, Yobe, Jigawa and Bauchi states, said that government needed to match its words with actions to quickly get Nigeria out of the doldrums Mr Malik Daniel, Deputy President of Adamawa Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture, said a major step out of it was to diversify the economy by tapping other abundant mineral resources in the country. He urged government to pay more attention to agriculture by supporting rural farmers with soft loan through the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, advising that similar gesture be extended to small scale miners and other business entrepreneurs to ginger the economy. But a cleric in Yola, Malam Abubakar Ibrahim, called for fear of God and patriotism in tackling the recession. “Nigerians need to change; we must have fear of God by being honest, patriotic and be ready to make sacrifice for the country. Alhaji Safiyanu Sulaiman, the Managing Director of Dutse Micro-Finance Bank (DMFB) in Jigawa, urged the Federal Government to provide palliatives to cushion the effect of the economic hardship. Dr. Yusuf Bachama of the Economics Department, Gombe State University (GSU), said there was the need for the economy to move away from being import-dependent and become exporter of products. “The recession being experienced is not a new thing to an economy that solely depends on oil; it is quite natural that once the price of crude goes down, recession sets in. Halilu Usman, a graduate of Business Administration and Bureau-de-Change operator in Yobe, said with its large population, Nigeria needed viable market for the economy to thrive. “The country is succeeding in the war against corruption; we now have a leader with a committed political will to promote good policies to develop the economy,” he said. Abdullahi Shehu, former General Secretary, National Union of Bank, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) in Bauchi State, called for the suspension of some portions of the Nigerian constitution to enable the president to use emergency powers in tackling the problem.  “United States and Japan had recession some time ago but because they love their country, a law was approved and implemented, making them to get out of the problem quickly,” he said. Alhaji Adamu Jatau, Zonal Coordinator, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Reseach, Bauchi, said a short term plan was for the government to expand on taxable items and for the people to pay such taxes. A long term solution is for the government to revamp all ailing industries to commence production of local goods and place restriction on importation Experts in South East proffer solutions to economic recession In the South East, experts want the government to cut down on allowances of officers by 80 per cent and channel the fund to agriculture to reboot the economy. They also called for the removal of multiple taxation and provision of stable electricity to enable cottage industries to thrive. The Head of the Department of Economics at the Imo State University, Prof. Zik Anolu, said that at a critical period such as now, allowances should be cut to cushion the effect of the recession. Anolu said though government had earlier cut down some allowances and placed embargo on frivolous travels, the percentage was insignificant to compare with the current situation. “What is affecting the nation most is the bogus salaries and allowances paid to principal officers,’’ he said. He also advocated for a strengthened mechanised farming to help boost the economy. The HOD, however, faulted the government for placing embargo on importation of certain goods which had caused more problems than good to the economy. “When a country places embargo on goods that they don’t produce, it will lead to high level of smuggling of goods, which has serious effect on the price tags. He said government should encourage investors to establish manufacturing industries and for the country to harness its raw materials. The Economic Adviser to Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Mr Ikechukwu Njoku, said the government should first address the problem of oil vandalism. He also advised government to open sectors such as the Nigerian Railway as a key sector in the country. “Nigerians are feeling the impact of the recession more due to high cost of transportation as a result of fuel increase. “When we make the railway service permanently functional, it will ease the difficulties of transportation thereby reducing the pressure on the people”, he said. Another business expert in Imo, Dr. Anayo Ikemba, said government should kill all form of bottlenecks that hindered discoveries of oil. He said there were high deposits of crude oil in some areas, but wondered why government had not started exploring them. From Enugu, university teachers and economists called for a bi-directional to overcome the recession. Prof. Cletus said “we need fiscal and monetary policies that would stimulate foreign investment and job creation to take care of the millions of youths out of job”. Contributing, Dr Nathaniel Urama, a lecturer at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, said the immediate solution was a dialogue with the Niger Delta militants. He said that this would enable the Federal Government to get immediate fund to plan ahead for the future. The Executive Director, Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, Dr Ifediora Amobi, noted that Nigerians must do away with the attitude of focusing on stomach or wasteful spending. According to him, what is needed now is productivity and cutting of all financial wastage; adding that an individual having financial scale of preference is important today. “Today, China is out of recession and has the highest number and base of cottage or family mini-industries and ventures. Rev. Fr. Innocent Ekeagwu, a lecturer of Economics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia, suggested the injection of funds into the industrial and manufacturing sectors of the economy. According to him, the measure will act as a tonic to the economy. He said that for the nation to achieve economic greatness, government needed to borrow to fund the real and critical sectors of the economy and make them productive. A legal practitioner, Mr Suleiman Ukandu, advised the government to give incentives, including tax holiday and favourable import conditions, to manufacturers and industrialists in the country. “For agriculture to play the critical role of saving the country out of the current economic malady, government needs to invest in mechanisation,” he said. The President, Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (OCCIMA), Dr Uche Akpakama wants the Federal Government to revive the Industries as a sustainable measure to take the country’s economy out of the recession. He said the interest rate of 14 per cent at interbank rate was high and not realistic to help the country out of recession because it could not support investment in the real sector. “How can you grow an economy out of recession when you have 14 per cent at the interbank rate. “It cannot work, wouldn’t you set up industries, wouldn’t you get this running, at what interest rate will get that done, and the private sector employs most Nigeria and the industries carry a lot of weight on that employment. Dr Tagbo Maduagwu, an economist, said that the solution might not necessarily be increasing workers’ pay but ensuring that workers were paid. He said that increasing salaries was usually accompanied by price upheaval (inflation) which should be put in check. “When the firms are operating, they would earn profit and expand capacity; this would create manpower demand and employment,’’ he said. From Ebonyi, stakeholders want the Federal Government to inject the funds recovered from public officers into the economy. They said the measure would check the current economic recession and cushion the hardship on Nigerians. Dr Onyeka Okwara, a don, noted that Nigerians now realised that the economy needed to be injected with funds to check the recession. South West states and Kwara, that experts opined that the nation’s production capacity was totally externally dependent, putting pressure on available foreign exchange. Eminent academic, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, said that there was clearly a glaring need for government and all stakeholders to focus on policy development and articulation. He said that the was need to look into the seeming dissonance in policies to stimulate the growth and expansion of the real economy. Mabogunje said such could be done through a low interest rate policy and the prevailing Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) initiatives to promote price stability and curb inflation Prof. Bola Okuneye, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agric Economics at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, suggested that the level of production must be greatly increased for Nigeria to quit recession. “Our major problem is that we are consuming more than we are producing, so we must encourage production. “When production is improved, then we need to ensure that people are really assisted in participating in consumption.’’ Mr Adewale Raji, the Group Managing Director of Odu’a Investment Limited, said in Ibadan that “we cannot afford to feed from overseas in terms of what we eat, wear and use. I think improving local availability, quality, standards and patronage are ways through which our demand for foreign exchange will reduce”. Dr Tunji Olaopa, the Executive Vice-Chairman, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy, said that the nation needed to reflect its “ Made in Nigeria’’ campaign with the fundamental elements of its development plans. A university lecturer, Dr Tolani Hassan, advised the Federal Government to reflate the economy, stabilise the oil sector and create employment opportunities to reverse the recession. Hassan, a lecturer in Economics at the College of Management and Social Sciences, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu-Odeo, Ogun, urged government to increase spending on capital projects to stimulate the ailing economy. Hassan urged President Muhammadu Buhari to engage more economic managers, including seasoned economists, to chart viable economic pathways for the nation. Dr Samuel Nzekwe, a former President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), advised the Federal Government to invest massively in infrastructure to stimulate the economy. “Enabling environment in terms of stable power supply, good roads, macroeconomic stability and strong legal frameworks are vital to attracting foreign investors and getting out of the current recession.” he said. Mr Olusola Bankole, the Chairman, Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, called for increased collaboration between government and the private sector. Government, he said, should stop being a “monopolist provider of infrastructure and should seek to work more closely with credible partners to bridge the infrastructure gap and unlock Nigeria’s potential’’. Dr Titus Okunronmu, a former Director in the Budgetary Department, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), warned against the sale of the country’s assets. Another don, Dr Michael Oke, said that drastic reduction in government expenses would be a practical way out of the current recession. Oke noted that the reduction should be on consumption and public office holders’ allowances which had major impact on personal expenditure of public office holders rather than public interest. He applauded government’s decision to source for loan from the World Bank, China’s Exim Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency to tackle the recession. “Our foreign reserve as of today is less than 30 billion dollars to a population of over 170 million. “We need to invest massively in locally produced goods, especially in the area of agriculture for us as a nation to come out from this recession,” he said. The lawmaker added that promoting locally produced goods would also help the government and the private sector in creating jobs for youths in the country. A former consultant to the Federal Government on MDGs, Mr Tosin Yusuf , said there was need to overhaul the whole fiscal policy of the government and make it “home-grown’’. According to him, the western economic theory of forces of demand and supply as a sole determinant of price mechanism should be jettisoned for practical economic reality. Yusuf said fiscal policy of the government should first take care of the immediate needs of the citizenry as a result of high poverty rate and boost the economy internally.  “One of the proactive measures against the present economic recession in Nigeria is to internalise our fiscal policy and boost the economy with home-grown logics. In the same vein, A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the Fountain University, Osogbo, Dr Goke Ilori , called for the thorough deregulation of certain sectors to facilitate efficiency and effectiveness. Ilori, said certain sectors of the economy like the aviation, maritime and oil sectors should be deregulated to reduce financial burden on the government and ensure efficiency and effectiveness. The Head of Economics Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Philip Olomola, said government should sell some of the unproductive national assets to stimulate the economy. A professor of Economics, Gholahan AbdulGafar, called for more improvement in export of commodities as a way out of the recession. “Naira will continue to crash until export improves and leakages are blocked in Nigeria,’’ the economist said. Chief Samuel Oni, a retired financial expert with Central Bank of Nigeria, shared the same view. “The high level of political interference had been a major problem, in spite of the numerous gifted economic experts,” he said. “The grassroots, especially the towns and communities with their economic and tourism potentials, were always at the receiving end of government’s socio-economic development plans,” he said. Also, Dr Joseph Falaye of the Finance and Account Department of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara, urged government to prioritise entrepreneurship development to solve the nation’s economic challenges. He said the appointment into the headship of the nation’s financial institutions like the CBN should be based on merit. “This is the body that drives the nation’s economy and such appointment should be based on competence and expertise devoid of political influence to move the economic forward. “There is the need for proper and adequate coordination between the major economic policy makers to achieve the desired success,” he said. A legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), suggested a return to an agric-based economy, with a bias for promotion for commercial farming. “For Nigeria to overcome the present economic problems, we must add business to agriculture A don, Prof. Chris Taiwo, also advised that the same approach would revive the economy. “Enough of all the big retail chains carrying 95 per cent foreign agriculture-based products; let us give them the benefit of stocking our well processed and packaged products,’’ he said. Chief Kolade Oyewole, the Chairman of Ekiti Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mining and Agriculture, shared the same view but emphasised the need for massive industrialisation through support to small and medium enterprises. However, economists in the North Central states, including Plateau, say creativity among industrialists and experts is needed to take the nation out of the woods. Some of them, who spoke with NAN in Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger and Taraba, called for more investments in mechanised farming, deeper and practical interest in the exploration of the abundant mineral resources to create jobs, feed the nation and facilitate exports. Dr Sylvanus Ade, an economist and university teacher, said the current challenges should be seen as “a positive development”. “Our leaders should minimise the waste, plough all holes usually exploited to cheat the system and invest the resources into farming and mechanised exploration of the massive mineral resources in states like Plateau, Nasarawa and Kogi. Mrs Gina Gabriel, a large scale potatoes farmer and an official of the All Farmers Association, advised leaders to pay more attention to more farming activities and quality seeds with better yields and additional value. From Nasarawa State, economists and experts appealed to the three tiers of government to give priority attention to agriculture as a way of boosting the nation’s economy and pulling it out of recession. Two of such experts, Alhaji Yakubu Hauwa, former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Mr Sunday Malkus, an economist, said “it was very wrong for Nigeria to heavily depend on a monolithic source of income Dr Jessy Asumate, the Taraba Commissioner of Finance, said the state alone could feed the nation if adequate attention was paid to agriculture. Similarly, financia experts in Kogi, including Dr Hussein Oju, said Nigeria should immediately start exportation of natural products, either semi processed or raw materials. The expert urged the government and the people to look inward and be creative and innovative in their thinking. “For instance, Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Company can produce numerous useful metallic products which we currently import daily from China, Korea and so on. Oju, therefore, advised government to create an industrial-based channel where anyone, who has creative ideas, could come and be financed to start projects. “The Federal Government should, as a matter of urgency, channel funds towards promoting industrialisation and agriculture, and not selling of national assets.” Dr Femi Adebayo, a lecturer at Federal University of Lokoja, said that government should invest more funds into the country’s educational structure to produce independent and productive graduates. Meanwhile, Mr Peter Chieshe, an industrialist and President, Newland Group, has blamed the economic recession on the rise of Nigerian billionaires who had no business establishments. Chieshe, who has diversified interests in the agricultural value chain, said growing number of Nigerian billionaires without a single productive business was responsible for the current recession. According to him, lack of productive businesses in any country ultimately leads to economic recession. He noted that economic development would not happen by chance but through smart policy measures pursued over a sustainable period by committed leadership. “Nigeria must undergo structural economic transformation from traditional agriculture toward an industrial economy which will begin with light manufacturing,” he said. A cross section of stakeholders advised the states and the federal governments on the necessity of retooling the economy to overcome the recession. …

Buhari, Jonathan, Jega meet in Abuja tomorrow By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

Perhaps for the first time, President Muhammadu Buhari and the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, will meet under one roof after the election midwife by Jega. The point of convergence of the trio will be the annual Conference and Awards Ceremony of LEADERSHIP, scheduled to hold on Thursday October 6, 2016, at the Abuja Transcorp Hilton Hotel by 10am. The three important men, whose actions have shaped the Nigerian political scene, according to a statement from the newspaper, have already confirmed their participation in the annual awards event. This year’s event is significant as it will bring together a serving and two former presidents, governors, legislators, members of the diplomatic corps and elder statesmen to discuss the theme: ‘Democracy, Political Transition and the Challenge of Leadership in Africa.’ The keynote address will be delivered by the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel. The Group Managing Director, Dr Cletus Akwaya, in a statement yesterday, disclosed that former head of state and elder statesman, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, will be chairman of the occasion and is scheduled to present the Persons of The Year awards to the winners. The trio of President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan and immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, are LEADERSHIP’s Persons of the Year 2015. The Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, will be the royal father of the day at the event, with Senate President, Bukola Saraki as guest of honour while the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello is co-host. In a letter of confirmation signed by his chief of protocol, Sani Musa Daura, the minister said he would personally grace the event. “Their selection followed a critical review of their various contributions to the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria and the peaceful and seamless manner in which the three eminent Nigerians handled the 2015 democratic transition without derailing the country’s democracy to the admiration and commendation of the global democratic community,” the statement pointed out. It further stated that the LEADERSHIP Awards would be honouring President Buhari “for making history by being the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president after three attempts.” In the case of former President Goodluck Jonathan, he would be recognized by the newspaper “for achieving the improbable and for conceding defeat in an election in which he was a contestant – a first for Nigeria.” The former INEC boss is to be honoured “for his courage, doggedness and fairness even in the face of threats to his life in the conduct of the 2015 elections,” to global acclaim. Explaining the criteria employed by the newspaper’s Board of Editors in arriving at the choice of the trio LEADERSHIP said: “It always seems improbable until it is done. We may now take for granted the watershed of the 2015 presidential election but who could have thought it would come to pass? It was far from being so before it was done. When Nigeria held her presidential poll on March 28, 2015 – the fifth since civilian rule was restored in 1999 – it had all the elements of a do-or-die affair. “Providence and three key personalities – Jonathan, Jega and Buhari, turned the tide. They jointly midwifed and protected the people’s mandate and the nation’s democracy from the pernicious machinations of contending interests. In choosing the LEADERSHIP Person of the Year, the Board of Editors could not separate the three central characters who defined 2015. We celebrate these icons of democracy for their role in the nation’s proper initiation to true democracy.” According to the statement, Abdulsalami was chosen to present the Persons of the Year awards because of his role before, during and after the 2015 general elections, particularly in the National Peace Committee, where he, together with other statesmen, got the presidential candidates of the major political parties in the election to sign peace accords. The management noted that Abdulsalami was largely instrumental to the peaceful conduct of the candidates, a role he played using his experience in 1999, when he midwifed the peaceful transition of power from the military regime to a democratically elected government. The board and management of LEADERSHIP stated that the venue for the event was chosen in view of the high-powered guests who would be attending it. The board assured that all logistics had been put in place to accord the event deserving honour and prestige. The Presidency had earlier confirmed that President Muhammudu Buhari will personally attend the event. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, confirmed to LEADERSHIP, that the president will grace the occasion as guest of honour. Similarly, LEADERSHIP also confirmed that former president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, will be attending the annual awards. The former INEC chairman currently based in the United States had also confirmed that he would attend the event. Fifteen other individuals and organisations will also receive awards at the event. They include the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwabo, House of Representatives Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara, former Managing Director/CEO of Bank of Industry (BOI), Mr Rasheed Adejare Olaoluwa and chairman of Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko. Others are: Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corp Marshal/CEO of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Managing Director of Intelsat Nigeria Limited, Mr Simone Volpi, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Dangote Cement, Heritage Bank, Access Bank, SystemSpecs, Zenith Bank, Chibok Girls, the Golden Eaglets and the rave of the moment artiste, Mr Korede Bello. …

What Senate Says On IDPs’ Condition, Decried Worrisome As Probes On Presidential Committee Sets In.

The Nigerian Senate has launched an investigation into the utilisation of funds allocated to the Presidential Initiative on North East. The lawmakers said the probe was to ameliorate the conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the insurgency. President Muhammadu Buhari had inaugurated the Presidential Initiative on the North East in 2015 to address the crisis in the north east. The Senate consequently set up an ad-hoc committee at their first legislative proceedings for the week on Tuesday at the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. They expressed concern that funds appropriated to the committee for the displaced persons have been allegedly used to take care of other interests. Subhuman existence The lawmakers also resolved to investigate the purported diversion of grains and other food items from the strategic grains reserve, the National Emergency Management Agency and other sources for the IDPs. They asked the committee to ascertain how much has been released to the committee and how the funds have been utilised from inception till date. The Senate noted that the displaced persons had fled their homes as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency and were living in IDPs’ camps scattered across the northern part of Nigeria. They were sad that despite the fact that the insurgency victims lost their loved ones and all their property, they were contending with horrific living conditions in their various camps. UNICEF has raised concerns of acute malnutrition in children, nursing mothers and pregnant women in the region that has seen over six years of insurgency. While the military decimate Boko Haram militants in the region, the United Nations agency said it had become difficult for aid materials to get to the displaced persons. IDMC maps the flow of IDPs within the North Eastern region. The agency fears that if nutritious food items do not get to the IDPs in the region, 49,000 severely malnourished persons were at the risk of death. A grim situation The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, a leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement worldwide, in its latest figures stated that about 2,096,000 people have been displaced in armed conflicts along the North East axis of Nigeria. This agrees with figures listed by the Displacement Tracking Matrix of the International Organization for Migration. IOM says between 2014 and 2015, some 200,000 refugees fled across the borders from north-east Nigeria into Cameroon, Niger and Chad, many of whom have since been repatriated and are now among the IDPs in Nigeria.…

How Tinubu Against Oyegun Dispute Takes Another Differentials After Edo Poll, See What Jagaban Could Do.

The quarrel between the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, assumed another dimension on Tuesday. While Odigie-Oyegun took his case to President Muhammadu Buhari, some party youths protested Tinubu’s vituperative call on Odigie Oyegun to resign from office. The crisis in the party blew open recently when Tinubu, in a statement, called for the resignation of the party chairman. The bone of contention was the party’s governorship primary in Ondo State, which produced Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu as the candidate for the November 26 governorship election in the state. Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, had faulted Odigie-Oyegun for overruling the decision of the party’s National Working Committee that upheld the decision of the Appeal Committee which recommended the cancellation of the primary. The party chairman, who had said he was engrossed in the preparations for the Edo State governorship poll, which was won by APC’s Godwin Obaseki, however, refused to take issue with Tinubu, who he said he held in high esteem. Odigie-Oyegun lost his ward to the Peoples Democratic Party in the governorship election, held on September 28, 2016. On Tuesday, however, Odigie-Oyegun took his grievance to President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting between the President and the party’s national chairman, who is also a former governor of Edo State, was held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting with Buhari, Odigie-Oyegun said Tinubu was too harsh on him. He, however, said the situation between the two of them could not be described as a rift but a difference of opinion. “There is no rift with Asiwaju. We have difference of opinions, difference of perception and I think that is normal. Yes, I agree that the nature of the (Tinubu’s) statement was a bit harsh,” he said. When asked if he would resign as demanded by Tinubu, the ex-governor said, “The methods of getting rid of a national chairman, if that is what I will call it, are spelt out in the constitution. They don’t take place on the pages of newspapers.” He said it was proper for all arms of the party, including the National Executive Council, to meet and the meeting would hold at the appropriate time. Odigie-Oyegun denied being the brains behind the youths who protested against Tinubu at the party’s national headquarters earlier in the day. He, however, promised to investigate the matter. “God forbid (that I sponsor the protest)! Anybody who knows me knows that it is not my style. I am equally shocked and I am going to look into it and find out why and who is behind it. “Do people know how far back our association goes? Do they know that we were in the trenches together in the NADECO days? Why can’t people, who have mutual respect for each other, have different opinions? “All we had was difference of opinions. Yes, it was expressed a bit harshly but that doesn’t remove the basic fact that we have worked together for a very long time,” he added. Odigie-Oyegun said all that transpired in the party’s primary election in Ondo State were contained in the report of the chairman of the primary committee. When asked whether the party would consider a change of mind since the result is generating controversy, the party chairman said, “It is only INEC (the Independent national Electoral Commission) that can make a U-turn on the Ondo primary.” Odigie-Oyegun described the recent governorship election in Edo State won by the party’s candidate, Godwin Obaseki, as a referendum on the performance of Governor Adam Oshiomhole and on the quality of the party’s candidate. Earlier on Tuesday, a group of youths stormed the APC National Secretariat to protest what they claim was Tinubu’s overbearing influence on party’s affairs. The party’s youths, who came under the aegis of the APC Democratic Youth Frontiers, held several banners with anti-Tinubu posters. Some of them read, ‘We are united in APC; Tinubu can’t separate us’; ‘Tinubu is not God’; ‘Greed is not democracy’; ‘No room for an emperor’. Leader of the protesters, Mr. Lookman Salaudeen, said the APC national leader should be told to either toe the party line or be shown the way out. He said, “We call on Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to either leave the APC, (or) curtail his greed (and) toe the line and exhibit the kind of loyalty needed for party cohesion whether from ordinary members or national leaders. “Nigeria is bigger than Lagos State, where you control affairs like a god; whose words are sacred and must be obeyed at all times.” The group leader said he and members of the group were compelled to stage the protest when it became apparent that attacks on Buhari’s appointees and other party leaders were coming from within. Salaudeen added, “We had initially thought this was the handiwork of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, who wanted to continue with the unjustified attacks on the administration of Mr. President. “We are unusually perplexed that our leader, who parades himself as the national leader of our great party, the APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, is the one now whistle-blowing against the same party he claimed to have brought into prominence. “Had any other member of the party done something like this, it would have been classified as an anti-party activity; it remains the same anti-party act, an offence from whatever perspective it is considered. “He is apparently not seeing reason as he again launched an attack on our national chairman, Chief John (Odigie-) Oyegun, whom he asked to resign, the same way his proxies have been demanding the resignation of the appointees of Mr. President. “He did this without any thought on how the call on the national chairman to resign would affect our party in the Edo State governorship election that was taking place just hours away from when he made that error of poor judgment.” When contacted, Tinubu’s spokesman, Mr. Tunde Rahman, promised to get back to The PUNCH. His response was still being awaited as of the time of filing this report. Also, a pro-APC group, ‘APC Disciples in Edo’, has warned against plots by some leaders of the party to force Odigie-Oyegun out of office by all means. The group, in a statement by its leader, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, on Tuesday, said no amount of conspiracy would remove the national chairman. It stated that Oyegun had not committed any offence warranting such calls for his resignation when it was so evident that he had delivered on his mandate as results of different elections held under him had testified. It added, “it is unfortunate that Chief Bola Tinubu, our National leader, whom we all respect so much and Timi Frank to have asked Oyegun to resign from office, as both of them never disclosed any offence that Oyegun committed to warrant his resignation. “Oyegun was not an aspirant in the Ondo APC primary; so, it is unnecessary for anyone to direct his anger to Oyegun. It is not fair to put all the blame on the head of Oyegun.”…

The Fears Of Massive Net Attacks As Codes Are Shared Online—BBC News

Computer code used to mount one of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been released online. Security experts fear the release will prompt more massive attacks that knock sites offline by swamping them with data. The attack tool seeks out smart devices in homes that are weakly protected with easy-to-guess passwords. Net monitoring firms said they had already seen an increase in scans that seek out vulnerable devices. The "Mirai" source code was released on a widely used hacker chat forum over the weekend. The same code is believed to have been used to target security blogger Brian Krebs in late September in an attack that pointed more than 620 gigabits of data every second at his site. Mr Krebs said the release "virtually guaranteed" that the net would soon be flooded with similar incidents as it made it easier to mount such large-scale attacks that abuse access to the consumer gadgets. 'Collateral damage' When Mr Krebs' site was attacked, the amount of data with which it was hit was believed to be the biggest ever seen. However, it was eclipsed later the same month by an attack on French hosting firm OVH, which suffered a malicious datastream that peaked at more than one terabit per second (1,000 gigabits). Research by security firms suggests that both attacks managed to generate so much data by seeking out insecure devices that make up the "internet of things". These are smart devices such as webcams, thermostats and other gadgets that owners can control via the net. Scanners built into the attack code seek out vulnerable devices and enrol them into a network, known as a botnet, that a malicious hacker can then use in what is known as a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. "There is already a surge in botnet operators attempting to find and exploit IoT devices in order to gain access to uniform and sizable botnet networks," said Dale Drew, chief security officer at net firm Level 3, in an email to Ars Technical. The Mirai botnet and the one used to attack OVH are, between them, believed to control more than 1.2 million vulnerable devices. Post-attack analysis suggests the DDoS deluges aimed at Mr Krebs and OVH used only a fraction of the total number of devices on these botnets. Stephen Gates, chief research intelligence analyst at NSFocus, said the growth of such large IoT botnets could mean chunks of the net get knocked out. In addition, he said, those owning compromised gadgets could see their browsing speeds slow significantly as their home net connection is used to send attack data. "This is all collateral damage caused by a failure of good judgement by using the same factory default passwords on IoT devices in the first place," said Mr Gates in a statement.…

IDF N.G.O Group Birthday Celebration For 3rd/4th October Born Courtesy Of IDCC

Its Birthday Showers for some members of the IDF N.G.O forum members.... Those whose birthday are on the 3rd and 4th of October are : Onyinye Cherry Ebeogu, Atuokoye Chike, Chisom Uchegbu, Cherish Uchegbu, Chukwuebuka Echelu and our good friend on the forum JohnPaul Yen Onyeka......Lets celebrate and wish them a happy Birthday...Its Indeed wonderful that majority of our members are celebrating today...Thanks be to God    …

See What Daily Report Have To Say: Google’s Slow Response to Amazon’s Echo is a Warning

Google, for all its financial success and world-beating technology, has a problem: It often lags or is never even a player in markets it could have dominated. As Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nick Wingfield write, that’s been the case with artificially intelligent home appliances. Two years ago, Amazon introduced its Echo device. The Echo is essentially a personal assistant. You can tell it to do things around the house, like play music or control internet-connected lights. The Echo became a surprise hit. And on Tuesday Google will finally release its competitor, called Google Home. That Google is two years behind Amazon with a competing home appliance is puzzling to some people in tech. It has some of the most advanced A.I. technology in the world and an unmatched database of terms thanks to its search engine. Photo So what happened? As some people inside Google tell it, an A.I. home device fell through the cracks, in part because the company was so focused on building this sort of technology into mobile devices that use Google’s Android operating system. There is plenty of time for Google to reel in Amazon. But the early miss on home A.I. tech shows that the company is vulnerable to new ideas — or different ways of thinking about older ideas. It can’t afford to allow that to happen too many times. Silicon Valley veterans sometimes say the tech industry is built on the bones of older companies. Google executives must know this well, since part of the company’s headquarters used to be the home of Silicon Graphics, a computer company that peaked two decades ago. The trick is to never become one of the dinosaurs.…

Search For Super Star Hunt: West Ham storms Nigeria, meets NFF, FC Ifeanyi Ubah For Technical Discussions

Fast rising Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL side and first African partner of West Ham United FC of England, FC Ifeanyi Ubah will this week host their London-based partners, West Ham United FC in Lagos and Nnewi in a bid to take the partnership between both football clubs to the next level. Proprietor, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah (L) at the signing of the partnership deal with West Ham United Top executives at West Ham United led by the Managing Director, Angus Kinnear and President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah will on Wednesday unveil the blueprint that will guide the hunt for the next Nigerian superstar. The project which aims to identify talented kids between the ages of 6 – 15 years will kick off in December with coaches and scouts of West Ham United in regular attendance to offer technical support throughout the duration of the project. Selected kids will be enrolled into Ifeanyi Ubah football academy with the aim of harnessing their talents, thus providing West Ham United with a pool of talented players to pick from on a quarterly basis.  Recall that FC Ifeanyi Ubah recently signed a long term partnership with West Ham United back in August that will see the two football clubs join forces on a number of football-related projects led by FC Ifeanyi Ubah, from best-practice coaching initiatives to establishing grass roots football programmes in Nigeria, all with a view to improving the standard of football across the region. Speaking to newsmen at the weekend in Lagos, Dr. Ubah explained the aim of the ‘Talent Hunt Programme’ and how that will metamorphose into a football Academy run by both West Ham United FC and FC Ifeanyi Ubah.  The President Capital Oil & Gas said: “Our discussions since the unveiling of this historic partnership has always been centred on football development, with the discovery of future football stars in a country so rich in football talents waiting to be harnessed top on the priority list.  West Ham are known to have one of the best academies in the world having produced players like Sir Trevor Brooking, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick to mention a few and they are eager to identify and handpick talented African players that they can develop. The search for the next Lampard, Payet, Kanu and Okocha just begun and we believe this talent hunt will help us achieve our goal”. Dr. Ubah further revealed that many more details on the next level of the collaboration between FC Ifeanyi Ubah and West Ham FC will be unveiled during the week in Lagos when executives from the London Club will be entertaining questions at a press Conference in Lagos at Eko Signature, Victoria Island by 3pm. There will also be a dinner in honour of the contingent from West Ham by 6pm on Wednesday at the same venue where major football stakeholders and personalities will be in attendance after which they will be heading to Nnewi, Anambra state on Thursday for another press conference at Ifeanyi Ubah Games Village by 1:45pm. Their visit will end with an appearance on “Naija made” by 7:30pm on Supersport9 where they will be discussing in details, the benefits of West Ham’s deal with Capital Oil and Gas and FC Ifeanyi Ubah, as well as the blueprint and goal of the talent hunt.…

Breaking News: The 2016 Nobel Prize Award In Physics.

BREAKING NEWS: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz ”for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter” They revealed the secrets of exotic matter The 2016 Physics Laureates opened the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange states. They have used advanced mathematical methods to study unusual phases, or states, of matter, such as superconductors, superfluids or thin magnetic films. Thanks to their pioneering work, the hunt is now on for new and exotic phases of matter. Many people are hopeful of future applications in both materials science and electronics. Kosterlitz and Thouless have studied phenomena that arise in a flat world – on surfaces or inside extremely thin layers that can be considered two-dimensional, compared to the three dimensions (length, width and height) with which reality is usually described. Haldane has also studied matter that forms threads so thin they can be considered one-dimensional. Their discoveries have brought about breakthroughs in the theoretical understanding of matter’s mysteries and created new perspectives on the development of innovative materials.…

‘Invisible Hands’ Attack At Umuahia Hotel: Survivors Suffer Memory Loss- By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—THREE of the survivors of last week’s ‘invisible hands’ attack in a hotel on 44, Uyo Street, Umuahia metropolis, Abia State, have regained consciousness, but cannot recall what happened to them. Two persons were confirmed killed and four others rushed to hospital, following an attack at the 50-50 Hotel.  Three of the four survivors regained consciousness and the state Police Command said they would help with information of what actually happened. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, who had transferred the matter to the CID, said investigation would reveal what transpired.   The little information pieced together from the survivors indicate that none of them could actually pin-point where their trouble came from. According to one of them, a female victim, Chika Obi, who said she hails from Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, “honestly, I cannot remember what happened, all I can tell you is that I slept in my room as usual. “I was alone that night, because I did not get any client. Then I woke up here in the hospital.  I do not know if it was a spiritual attack. I cannot explain. I cannot even remember where my phone was. “I do not have any relative here. But I thank God, I survived this mysterious attack— be it spiritual or not. The night before that incident, I did not take any drink. Please, I want to be discharged. I want to go home,” she added. For Ikechukwu Udemba from Ohuhu, in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, he could not recall what happened. According to him, “this was a place we usually stay to drink and watch football.  So on that Tuesday night, I went there as usual, and called one of my brothers to meet me there. I had not even taken any drink, so there is no room to suspect that I was poisoned through drink. “I went there with the food I bought outside and had neither eaten it nor drank anything in the place before whatever happened occurred.  I was sitting at the bar. “Whatever happened there, I don’t know, except that yesterday, I woke up and found myself here at about this time. I did not drink anything in that place.” However, it was learned that the owner of the place suspects foul play from the association of hoteliers with who she allegedly had issues with. …

See Latest Photos Of How Mad Man Is In Love With Mad Woman

A mentally handicapped man and woman have been seen displaying affection for each other in the streets of Lagos while on-looker watched in amazement. The woman is seen with pregnancy alleged to be the work of her mad lover. Mad man in love with mad woman see photos …

See Some Important Health Tips That Shall Be Beneficial To You.

Important Health Tips: 1. Answer phone calls with the left ear. 2. Don't take your medicine with cold water.... 3. Don't eat heavy meals after 5pm. 4. Drink more water in the morning, less at night. 5. Best sleeping time is from 10pm to 4 am. 6. Don’t lie down immediately after taking medicine or after meals. 7. When phone's battery is low to last bar, don't answer the phone; the radiation is 1000 times stronger. Also avoid these Tablets, they are very dangerous: * D-Cold * Vicks Action-500 * Actified * Coldarin * Cosome * Nice * Nimulid * Cetrizet-D They contain Phenyl Propanol-Amide PPA which causes Strokes and are banned in…

Beware And Be warned-Causes Of Kidney Diseases: How To Avert The Menace Of Kidney Disease.

Many young people are increasingly dying as a result of kidney disease and see what you must do to keep safe of the menace: 1. Stop Delaying Going To a Rest Room: Keeping your urine in your bladder for too long is a bad idea. A full bladder can cause bladder damage. The urine that stays in the bladder multiplies bacteria quickly. Once the urine reflux's back to the urether and kidneys, toxic substances can result in kidney infections, then urinary tract infections, and nephritis, plus uremia. When nature calls do it as soon as possible. Eating Too Much Salt: You should eat not more than 5.8 grams of salt daily. Eating Too Much Meat: Too much protein in your diet is harmful for your kidneys. Protein digestion produces ammonia – a toxin that is very destructive to your kidneys. more meat equals more kidney damage. Drinking too much caffeine: Caffeine is a component of many sodas and soft drinks. It raises your blood pressure and your kidneys start suffering. You should cut down the amount of Coke, Pepsi, Red Bull, etc that you drink daily. Not drinking water: Our kidneys should be hydrated properly to perform their functions well. If we don’t drink enough, the toxins can start accumulating in the blood, as there isn’t enough fluid to drain them through kidneys.  Drink more than 10 glasses of water daily. There is an easy way to check if you are drinking enough water: Look at the colour of your urine; the lighter the colour, the better. Late Treatment: Treat all your health problems properly and have your health checked regularly. …

See What IDF N.G.O Forum Member and IDU Lagos President Chief Sir and Lady Patrick Sunny Udolisah Have To Say On 14years Of Marriage (See Photos).

He Says the following on his facebook account: Today marks 14yrs of my marriage with my lovely wife Edna. We thank God for what He has done for us in these years of marriage and what He will yet do. To Him be all the Glory. …

Why State Attorney General Orders Donald Trump Foundation to Cease Raising Money in New York- Reporter

The office of the New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, has issued a “notice of violation” to Donald J. Trump’s foundation, ordering it to immediately stop soliciting charitable donations in the state. The letter, which was sent on Friday and released on Monday morning by Mr. Schneiderman’s office, said its charities bureau had determined that the Donald J. Trump Foundation had been fund-raising in New York this year when it was not registered to do so under state law. “The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fund-raising activities in New York,” wrote James Sheehan, the chief of the charities bureau. Mr. Trump’s foundation has come under increasing scrutiny amid questions about his fulfillment of large charitable pledges and his lack of financial support in recent years. The foundation’s compliance with the rules that govern nonprofit groups has also been a concern. The New York Times reported last month that Mr. Trump’s foundation does not show up on the charity registers in many states, and The Washington Post subsequently reported that the foundation did not have the certification necessary to solicit money in New York. “While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind A. G. Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation,” Hope Hicks, Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman, said in a statement on Monday. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time.” Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has previously deflected criticism about his charitable giving, saying that he makes contributions personally and that he has been supportive of his foundation. Mr. Schneiderman’s office is investigating Mr. Trump’s foundation to determine if it is in compliance with state laws, including how it spends its money and courts donations. The attorney general’s office was particularly interested in a fund-raiser held by Mr. Trump this year to benefit veterans in lieu of attending a Republican primary debate. The event raised $5.6 million, including some money from wealthy donors, and the Trump Foundation said $1.67 million had come from online donations. The foundation did not break down the sources by state. Over the years, Mr. Trump has donated $5.4 million to his charity, according to the organization’s tax filings. But the last of those contributions was in 2008, and in recent years, the foundation’s coffers have been filled by outside donors — including organizations and people in New York. (The foundation’s most recently available filing was for 2014.) From 2009 to 2014, the foundation raised $4.36 million, with $2.5 million from New Yorkers, records show. State rules require nonprofits raising more than $25,000 a year in New York to register and file audited financial statements and annual financial reports to the attorney general’s charities bureau. In the letter, Mr. Schneiderman’s office provided notice to Mr. Trump’s foundation that it must provide those financial documents within 15 days. It also must file any “delinquent reports” for past years within that time frame. “The failure immediately to discontinue solicitation and to file information and reports” with the charities bureau, Mr. Sheehan said, “shall be deemed a fraud upon the people of the state of New York.” Mr. Schneiderman, a Democrat and a supporter of Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, has also asserted in a separate pending case that Mr. Trump defrauded students who participated in Trump University, his for-profit educational program. …

Congratulations To All Our German Friends As You Mark Germany Unity Day, 2016 In Grand Style….The write up of the news so far

The news so far are entailed below: The Day of German Unity (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit ) is the national day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, when the goal of a united Germany that originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled again. Therefore, the name addresses neither the re-union nor the union, but the unity of Germany. The Day of German Unity on 3 October has been the German national holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed. It is a legal holiday for the Federal Republic of Germany. An alternative choice to commemorate the reunification could have been the day the Berlin Wall came down: 9 November 1989, which coincided with the anniversary of the proclamation of the German Republic in 1918, and the defeat of Hitler's first coup in 1923. However, 9 November was also the anniversary of the first large-scale Nazi-led pogroms against Jews in 1938 ( Kristallnacht ), so the day was considered inappropriate as a national holiday. Therefore, 3 October 1990, the day of the formal reunification, was chosen instead and replaced the "Day of German Unity" on 17 June, the national holiday of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1954. Days of Imperial Germany Before 1871, in the area where the single state of Germany now exists, different kingdoms and principalities existed. After the unification of Germany, and the Founding of the Empire 1871, there was still no common national holiday. The Sedantag was, however, celebrated every year on 2 September, recalling the decisive victory in the Franco-Prussian War on 2 September 1870. After the founding of the Empire in 1871, there were calls for a national holiday, and there were three suggestions. No decision was made. Until 1873, the Sedantag was moved to 18 January or the day of the Frankfurt Treaty (10 May 1871). The Sedantag would soon also be celebrated at the universities and in many German cities. It never occurred to them to think about "Empire Parade" or "Emperor's Birthday". Some Culture Ministers of the states, especially in Prussia, decided that the Sedantag would be an official festival in schools. Upon many suggestions, the date of the Emperor's proclamation on 18 January would be established as day of remembrance. Emperor Wilhelm I declined this: "This was also the day of the first Prussian coronation of the king, which should not fall into the shadow of a united German holiday." Days Of Weimar Republic On 31 July 1919, the Weimar Constitution would be accepted in its form by the Weimar National Congress. In memorial of this "Hour of birth of democracy", the 11 August was created as Constitution Day, because the President of the Empire, Friedrich Ebert, signed the constitution on this day. Days Of National Socialism Shortly after the Nazis took power in 1933 (the so-called Machtergreifung), May Day (1 May) was established as a national holiday in the German Reich . It was already celebrated as a "Day of the Labor Movement" since 1890, and also was part of the tradition for the May dance commemorating the Walpurgis Night. Immediately after the establishment of the holiday in 1933, the Nazis banned trade unions on 2 May 1933 and occupied their buildings as offices for the Nazi Movement. On 1 March 1939, Hitler declared 9 November (the day of the failed Hitler Putsch in 1923) as the "Memorial Day for the movement" as the national holiday. Federal Republic of Germany From 1954 to 1990, 17 June was an official holiday in the Federal Republic of Germany to commemorate the Uprising of 1953 in East Germany, even with the name "Day of the German Unity".Since 1963, it was proclaimed by the President of the Federal Republic as "National Day of Memorial of the German People". Therefore, in the year 1990, the "Day of German Unity" was celebrated twice. German Democratic Republic In East Germany, the Founding Day in 1949 would be celebrated on 7 October as Day of the Republic, until the 40th anniversary in 1989. Decision for GDR's unity with the Federal Republic The motive for setting the date of 3 October as the possible Day of Unity was decided by the Volkskammer (GDR Congress) on the impending economical and political collapse of the GDR. The Helsinki Conference was set for 2 October, at which the foreign ministers would be informed of the results of the Two-plus-Four talks. At the beginning of July, the governments of both German states decided on the schedule: elections in the GDR would be held on 14 October, and a common election for the entire country on 2 December. The decision on the date was finally made on 22 August by the GDR's Minister-President, Lothar de Maizière, at a special session of the Volkskammer, which began at 9 pm. After a heated debate, the President of the Volkskammer, Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, announced the results at 2:30 am on 23 August: "The Volkskammer decides on the accession of the GDR to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany according to Article 23 of the Basic Laws effective as of 3 October 1990. In the matter Nr. 201 there have been 363 votes. There were no invalid votes. 294 deputies have voted 'yes.' (Strong applause from CDU/DA, DSU, FDP, partly SPD and the deputies standing up in their seats.) "62 deputies have voted 'no', and 7 people abstained. This is a historic event. Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe that we have not made an easy decision, but today we have acted within our responsibilities of the voting rights of the citizens of the GDR. I thank everybody that this result was made possible by a consensus across party lines." Gregor Gysi, Chairman of the SED-PDS, was visibly moved and made a personal statement: "Madame President! The Parliament has no more and no less decided on the downfall of the German Democratic Republic as of 3 October 1990".(Jubilant cheers from the CDU/DA, DSU and SPD.) Attempt to change the date of national holiday On 3 November 2004, the Federal Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, suggested that the "Day of the German Unity" be celebrated on a Sunday, for economic reasons. Instead of 3 October, the National Reunification should be celebrated on the first Sunday of October. This suggestion received a lot of criticism from many sides, amongst them from Federal President Horst Köhler as well as the President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Thierse. The demand worried a part of the population because of discontent for an increased working hours would be seen as a provocation and devaluing the national holiday. In addition, fixing the Unity Day on the first Sunday of October would have meant that it would sometimes fall on 7 October, which happens to have been the national day of East Germany; this date would thus have been seen as commemorating the division of Germany rather than the reunification. The idea was dropped after a short but angry debate. Day of Celebrations At Last Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck at the Bürgerfest (German Unity Day festivities) in Hannover in 2014 The Day of German Unity is celebrated each year with a ceremonial act and a citizens' festival ( Bürgerfest ). The celebrations are hosted by a major city, usually the state capital, in the German state presiding over the Bundesrat in the respective year (a sequence determined by the Königstein Agreement ). After Bonn in 2011, Frankfurt am Main was the second non-state capital to host the celebrations in 2015; however, both cities bear a significance for German history (Bonn as former capital of West Germany and Frankfurt Parliament of 1848/49). 1990 in Berlin, capital of Germany, reunited that year 1991 in Hamburg 1992 in Schwerin, state capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 1993 in Saarbrücken, state capital of Saarland 1994 in Bremen, state capital of Bremen 1995 in Düsseldorf, state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia 1996 in Munich, state capital of Bavaria 1997 in Stuttgart, state capital of Baden-Württemberg 1998 in Hannover, state capital of Lower Saxony 1999 in Wiesbaden, state capital of Hesse 2000 in Dresden, state capital of Saxony 2001 in Mainz, state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate 2002 in Berlin 2003 in Magdeburg, state capital of Saxony-Anhalt 2004 in Erfurt, state capital of Thuringia 2005 in Potsdam, state capital of Brandenburg 2006 in Kiel, state capital of Schleswig-Holstein 2007 in Schwerin, state capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2008 in Hamburg 2009 in Saarbrücken, state capital of Saarland 2010 in Bremen 2011 in Bonn, former federal capital, instead of the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf (Motto: „Freiheit Einheit Freude – Bewegt mehr“ - "Liberty Unity Joy - Make a bigger difference") 2012 in Munich, state capital of Bavaria 2013 in Stuttgart, state capital of Baden-Württemberg 2014 in Hannover, state capital of Lower Saxony (Motto: „Einheit in Vielfalt“ - "Unity in Diversity") 2015 in Frankfurt, largest city of Hessen (Motto: „Grenzen überwinden“ - "Overcoming borders") 2016 in Dresden, state capital of Saxony (Motto: „Brücken bauen“ - "Building bridges") 2017 planned in Mainz, state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate 2018 planned in Berlin In addition, various celebrations are held in the federal capital Berlin, mainly based on the Straße des 17. Juni and around the Brandenburg Gate. State capitals and also other cities often have additional festivities. Furthermore, the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, which traditionally runs until the first Sunday in October, now runs until 3 October, if the Sunday in question falls on the first or second day of October. The celebrations in the host city always includes a festival and fireworks show. Zipfelbund: compass communities At the 1999 Day of German Unity celebration in Wiesbaden the Zipfelbund (de) (Compass Confederation) was formalised. The Zipfelbund are the four communities at the cardinal compass points of Germany: North – List on the island of Sylt, West – Selfkant, South – Oberstdorf and East – Görlitz. Together, they always participate in the respective annual celebration to represent the modern borders of Germany. List Selfkant Görlitz Oberstdorf Zipfelbund – Compass Communities – locations Direction Community State Coordinates Population North List auf Sylt Schleswig-Holstein 55° 1′ N, 8° 26′ O 2,462 West Selfkant North Rhine-Westphalia 51° 1′ N, 5° 55′ O 10,263 East Görlitz Saxony 51° 9′ N, 14° 59′ O 56,461 South Oberstdorf Bavaria 47° 25′ N, 10° 17′ O 9,974 See also Uprising of 1953 in East Germany References Karl Erich Born: Preußen im deutschen Kaiserreich 1871–1918. Führungsmacht des Reiches und Aufgehen im Reich . In: Wolfgang Neugebauer (Hrsg.): Handbuch der preussischen Geschichte . Bd. III: Vom Kaiserreich zum 20. Jahrhundert und Große Themen der Geschichte Preußens . De Gruyter, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-11-014092-6 S. 37 www.buzer.de – Article 3 of the Treaty of German reunification ("Einigungsvertrag") Kosmidou, Eleftheria Rania (2012). European Civil War Films: Memory, Conflict, and Nostalgia . pp. 9–10. ISBN 1136250646 Deutsche Welle (dw.de) (9.11.2004). Schicksalstag der Deutschen Fritz Schellack: Nationalfeiertage in Deutschland 1871 bis 1945 . Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main u. a. 1990, ISBN 3-631-42524-4 (zugl. Dissertation, Universität Mainz 1989 …

See How A Filipino Doctor Discovered The Solution That Can Cure Diabetes in Just 5 Minutes

According to the International Diabetes Federation, Philippines is one of the world’s developing diabetes hotspot, and more than 4 million Filipinos were diagnosed with the disease. Diabetes is the biggest single cause of amputation, blindness, stroke and end stage kidney failure. More than half of all deaths from diabetes result from cardiovascular disease including stroke and heart attack. Despite of thousands of researches conducted all over the world, there was a Filipino doctor who conduct his own study to kill this disease. He is Dr. Jaime Dy-Liacco, 82 years old, doctor of Metabolic Medicine. He discovered a very effective way to treat the disease in less than 5 minutes. According to him, after taking the formulation you can already eat any sweet foods no matter how much you like since sweets are not the main reason why people develop the conditions but due to mineral deficiency in our body. Ingredients: 12 pieces Native chilli pepper [siling labuyo] 2 pieces Raw eggs ½ Teaspoon sea salt Procedure: Cut and grind the chilli  peppers Combine the peppers with raw egg Add ½ spoon of tea salt Time to drink the formula Jaime E. Dy-Liacco, DMM is doctor degree from College of Metabolic Medicine in Kansas USA 2001. He is a graduate of the Colegio de Sta Isabel 1943,  Ateneo de Naga 1950, Ateneo de Manila 1952 and Northwestern University in Illinois, USA 1957. In 2015 he was awarded by “BRAVO FILIPINO’ a monthly magazine as one of the brightest Filipino Doctor.…

See How The World Celebrates Cuban Doctors To Have Achieved To The Cure For Vitiligo

This disease is also known as leucoderma and its main features are depigmentation of skin areas, especially in the face, limbs or genital area. It can spread quickly throughout the skin and de-pigment it completely. The destruction of melanocytes, which are the cells that are responsible for producing melanin, is the cause for this disease. As you know, melanin is the pigment that gives color to our skin. Cuban doctors found the cure. Also, they developed a complete treatment for the disease. If you want to start the treatment, you need to consult the International Clinical Service and to stay in Cuba for minimum 3 days. You can consult the medical personnel every day from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The price is 120.00 CUC. Also, you need to take a biopsy result of the skin. It can be performed in the centre for a price of 150.00 CUC. Moreover, every treatment session is 40.00 CUC. Patients do not have to stay at the hospital. They can stay in a hotel because the treatment is ambulatory. Patients are treated in order of arrival, so there is no need of reservation. Histotherapy Centre is located at Calle 18 No. 4302 corner to 43. Miramar, Playa, Havana, Cuba. Patients can go home after a couple of sessions and continue the treatment at home.You will take the prescribed amount of drugs for the home treatment. The amount of drugs depends on the degree of extension of the disease on the skin. The medicine is called Melagenina Plus and each bottle costs 36.00 CUC. The drug is not sold freely. First, you need to undergo a medical examination and have a prescription by the Centre. The price of the treatment includes a consultation and three treatment sessions. The medicine is an alcoholic extract of human placenta. It has the power to increase the production of melanocytes. Also, the remedy speeds up the process of melanin production in these cells.…

See What Engr. Edmund Mezue Has To Say On The Grace Of God In The Law Of Sowing And Reaping (Reciprocal Action)

THE GRACE OF GOD IN THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING (RECIPROCAL ACTION) The law of Sowing & Reaping is the only natural law commonly spoken of in every religion but the interpretation differs. The right interpretation can only be derived from observation of the natural procedural process of or the trend of development to ripeness & harvest of the agricultural seeds sown on earth, and then relating it to the swiftness, fineness and consistency of the beyond. Natural laws are expressions of the Will of God and they are immutable, inviolable and non discriminatory The Law of Sowing & Reaping gives everyone exactly what one puts into Creation and in multiples too if cared for well. Spiritual seeds are sown with one's volition(intuitive & thought), words and actions. Spiritual seeds just as seen in agricultural seeds give one exactly what one sowed at harvest time. Likewise the time of harvest depends on the type of seed; some soon, some in a short period, some long time, some very long time and some even beyond one's earth life. Also the harvest is bumper or plentiful if the seeds are cared for or nourished well. No miracle can change this order. Spiritual seed must be reaped by only the one who sowed it unlike the agricultural seeds that can be reaped by another through either stealing, death of the sower, donation by the sower, etc. Also quantity of the spiritual seed reaped at any time depends on how the sower stands at the harvest time; if the seed is bad and the sower reasonably changes to good at harvest time he reaps less bad. This is called symbolic redemption. The reaping of agricultural seeds does not depend on how one stands. The lighter or purer or more chaste a human being is, the faster his spiritual seeds ripe for him to reap or the shorter the time of harvesting his seeds becomes. This enables him reap off his bad seeds fast enough for his ascent. This is often wrongly understood by many that God chastises His own or those He loves. With the above knowledge of the impeccable operation of this law, one can now see that the grace of God in it lies in the love, justice, perfection, forgiveness, mercy, vengeance/recompense and providence which the law bears. ASK YOURSELF is it not love for one to harvest/reap what one sowed in multiples, i.e. plenty, abundance? Is it not justice for one to reap exactly what one sowed e.g. good for good, bad for bad, maize for maize? Is it not perfection for one not to reap any other thing apart from what one sowed no matter how much one prays for change? Is it not forgiveness when once one reaps what one sowed it will no longer be recorded or remembered for one i.e. it will be completely effaced for one? Is it not mercy when one is presented a harvest of what one sowed in accordance with how one stands at the time of harvesting? Is reaping evil sown by one not revenge, not retaliation, not retribution, not reprisal, not recompense, not corrective or reaping good sown by one not reward, not compensation, not pay back, not restitution? Is it not careful guidance, manifestation of care(prudence care) when what one sowed determines one's future or prepares one's future? When it makes one conscious of the effect in future? When it urges one to live in the present consciously & rightly? The Ten Commandment of God mediated through Moses swings in the Law of Sowing & Reaping. The commandment admonishes one on every of one's faults, weaknesses and guilts so as to enable one to always sow good seeds May the Grace of God inherent in this law urge each one of us to strive more to live In His Will. This explanation is based on my understanding of the work ''In the Light of Truth, The Grail Message'' by Abd-ru-shin. You may wish to examine it for clearer perception. …

Hear What IDU President; Comr. Emma Iykema Okpala Have To Say On 56th Independent Anniversary To Ideanians.

Happy Independent to you all and especially the to all ndi ideani from me the President, Ideani Development Union. Ideani has come a long way in search of development and we are glad that together we shall be victorious on our quest to make ideani a better place. Its 56th Independent anniversary for Nigerians and silver jubilee celebration for the people of Anambra. Ideani as a micro society need a drastic change to be on the lime light of greatness and i wish to inform the ideanians on this day on our works this far: The #20million naira state community infrastructure project has been approved for ideani (A mini civic center and the re-channeling of electric power from abatete. Ideani Day comes up on 29th day of December, 2016. It will be fun, a cultural heritage which will have in attendance among all, the governor of the state. It will feature cultural dances, traditional wrestling, award presentation  to deserving ideanians and friends of ideani and fund raising. Please support this noble project. The ceremony shall be ushered in by an all night christian crusade which shall hopefully be anchored by Rev. Fr. Emma Obinma (Ebube Muo Nso) on the 28th December night. The  C.E.C has levied all the branches various sums of money to enable us execute this project.  Contact the PG  or IDU Secretary or the Ideani Information Manager or your branch president or village chairmen and secretaries to know more on the details of all the preparations.  Finally, we cannot stop thanking you enough for you are  always there for us, Lets Join hands to make ideani great. Thanks and Long Live Ideani. From ideani PG, Comr. Emma Okpala Iykema. …

NPFL: Enugu Rangers Confirmed NPFL Champions

Chisom Egbuchulam scored a hat-trick, as Enugu Rangers sealed their Nigeria Professional Football League title win, with a 4-0 thumping of El-Kanemi Warriors. It is their first NPFL title in 32 years. Imama Amapakabo’s men could have been named champions last week, after they beat Ikorodu United in Abeokuta, but were made to wait until the last game. The Flying Antelopes finished on 63 points from 36 matches, three points ahead of second-placed Rivers United. Both teams will represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Champions League, while third-placed Wikki Tourists will play in the CAF Confederation Cup. …

Signs People See In You To Be A Great Leader

In the movies, amazing leaders can frequently be seen making life-changing speeches — sometimes whilst riding a horse back and forth before a mass of armored, sword-wielding soldiers. In real life, leadership is a much quieter trait. In fact, you may not always even realize that others see you as a great leader. Here are some signs that people view you as a leader in the office: 1. Everyone seeks out your opinion This is probably the most obvious sign that your peers view you as a leader. Whether or not you're the boss, you're a fixture in the office when it comes to giving insight and opinions. If this sounds like you, then your coworkers clearly value your wisdom. 2. You're a good communicator People won't think you're a great leader just because you've got good ideas. You've got to be able to communicate those ideas too. "There has to be a sense that the person themselves believes in the project or idea," leadership expert Hugh Kearns said in an interview with Science magazine. "If they are wishy-washy or not very committed to the idea themselves, then it will be very hard to bring other people along. The other people will have the concern that the project will collapse at the first obstacle or setback." 3. Your boss ignores you sometimes "Sometimes, bosses want to see how proactive and self-starting their future leaders are. Those who need less care and feeding may have the edge over those who need constant reinforcement and direction to be productive," Jim Morris writes for the Daily Muse. Having your supervisor "neglect" you sometimes might not be the best feeling in the world, but it's probably a pretty good sign. 4. You never scramble to take the lead In an article for Inc, Les McKeown wrote that there's a difference between take-charge-type posers and real leaders: "Always opinionated, usually impatient and frequently brusque, these gotta-be-in-fronters get so used to other people describing them as natural born leaders that sooner or later — to their own and everyone else's detriment —they begin to believe it." Real leaders only take the helm when it's necessary. This trait goes back to one of the heroes of ancient Rome. A general named Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus was called to serve the state as dictator during an invasion (in those days, "dictators" were appointed during military emergencies and held full authority for six months). He was so competent that he routed the invasion in a matter of weeks. Afterwards, instead of taking advantage of his term, he resigned, went back to his small farm, and became a legend in his own lifetime. People generally prefer selfless leaders like Cincinnatus over ambitious, grasping ones like Caesar. 5. You help people grow Whenever someone messes up, you're the first one on the scene helping them to fix things. Coworkers seek you out for help and your boss frequently asks you to mentor others. "If people are coming to you, they either figured out you excel at something, or they were sent to you as a knowledgeable resource. Either way, it's a good sign," Morris says in an article for the Daily Muse. 6. You're firm, but not close-minded Moderation is key. You don't want to come across as a pushover, of course. No one is going to view a weak-willed person as a potential leader. That being said, the best leaders aren't lone wolves. They take their team members' suggestions and concerns into consideration before acting. If you stand up for your own ideas, but fairly weigh every option before proceeding, then odds are your coworkers consider you an effective leader. 7. People come to you for advice If people are actually soliciting your insight at work, that's a clear sign they respect your judgment. They're looking to you for guidance. Think about it this way. Who do you turn to when you need advice? Some random colleague whose work you don't respect? Or someone you aspire to become more like? 8. You always do your homework A good leader doesn't have to give amazing speeches or even have a ton of charisma. People will perceive you as as promising leader if you have insightful solutions and prepare well for workplace projects. Instead of trying to wow others with fake charisma, focus on being the best you can be at your job. "I think most people have unrealistic ideas about leadership," Kearns said an interview with Science magazine. "They tend to think they have to be Nelson Mandela or some such inspirational character. In reality leadership is much more mundane: for example, preparing for your meeting, communicating with people, and listening." 9. You're confident, but not arrogant Arrogant people believe themselves to be excellent leaders and workers — without having much evidence to back up that hypothesis. They just feel like they should be in charge. No one wants to take orders from an arrogant leader. Confident people know their strengths and work on their weaknesses. They trust in their own competence and work hard. People are usually happy to follow confident, competent individuals.…

Delta State Again As Fear Returns In Gbaramatu Kingdom Over Oil Spillage Caused By NNPC (Must Read)

A fresh oil spill has occurred in 12 communities of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri, South-West Council Area of Delta State. The development has worsened the already devastated environment and caused panic among residents. The oil spill, which occurred on Thursday night, was as a result of a ruptured trunk line reportedly belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Some of the affected communities included Ikpokpo, Tebujor, Okpeleama, Meke-Ama, Opuedebubor, Atanba, Oporoza federated communities, Oto-Gbene, Okerenkoko-Gbene, Opuede, Opuede-Zion and Gama-Zion –  all in Gbaramatu Kingdom. A similar incident occurred in the area on August 17 from a pipeline belonging to the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company. The spill rendered many residents homeless. A statement signed by Yabrade Moses and Edward Odudu on behalf of Gbaramatu communities on Saturday read in part, “The fear of people in the Gbaramatu Kingdom came to reality again in the early hours of September 30 as crude oil was discovered gushing out from the ruptured trunk line when the NNPC pumped crude oil through the trunk line from the morning of Thursday.”…

How A Boxer Died After A Head Triggered Blow That Caused His Brain To Swell And Bleed See Photo

Scottish prizefighter Mike Towell has died from injuries sustained in the ring, his manager says. The 25-year-old boxer was carried out by stretcher after going five rounds with Welsh fighter Dale Evans in Glasgow. The Scottish boxer died early Saturday after suffering severe bleeding and swelling to his brain during a televised Friday night fight at a Glasgow hotel. His St Andrews Sporting Club tweeted the tragic news early Saturday. Towell was knocked down twice in the fight before referee Victor Loughlin stopped the bout in the fifth round. He had been undefeated prior to the fight, a British welterweight title eliminator, with 11 wins and one draw on his professional record. His opponent has yet to comment on Towell’s death but described the figher as a “true warrior” in a statement issued after he was taken to the hospital. “The ingredients were there for an entertaining fight and it was that, we are both punchers and so sadly for Mike he came out the wrong side,” Evans said. “I never wanted to see my opponent being stretchered out of the ring. Who would ever want that sight? That was so hard for his family and my heart goes out to them.” Towell’s partner Chloe Ross – and mother of his child – suggested that Towell may have been suffering from a previously undiagnosed injury. “Michael had severe bleeding and swelling to his brain. He had been complaining of headaches for the last few weeks but we put it down to migraines with the stress of his fight,” she wrote on Facebook. “It has been the longest 24 hours of our lives. My baby has lost his daddy. But he will be so, so proud of his dad in what he achieved.” Loughlin, the fight’s referee, had also been in charge of the British middleweight title fight in March between Chris Eubank Jnr. and Nick Blackwell, which ended Blackwell’s career after he suffered cranial bleeding before the fight was stopped at 10 rounds. …

See What Ex-Anambra State Governor; Mr Peter Obi Said That Is Making Waves

Former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi on Saturday spoke at The Platform, an annual event on leadership, business, creativity and national empowerment- and everyone has been talking about it. Obi spoke on cutting the cost of governance especially during this time of recession, while sharing his experience as a governor. He talked about how he cut cost during his tenure by visiting Abuja alone when the need arises. He also advised governors to scrap the Office of the First Lady which he said gulps N2bn monthly. He said, “It costs an average of N2 billion to run the office of the First Lady in every state in Nigeria. Multiply by 36. “Nigeria can still function on its income if only we learn how to cut cost. “We need to cut the cost of governance. No governor needs a house in Abuja; governors don’t live in Abuja. “Government house is not a restaurant, I told my cook to cook for only one person.”…

Flashy Kicking News!!! Death Strikes In The Movie Industry Again As Legendary Nollywood Actor Elder Maya Passes On

Kindly take out 3 seconds of your time to Pay your last respect to him by typing RIP in the comment box.. Read details of how he died below… Popular Nollywood actor, Martins Njubuigbo, popularly known as Elder Maya has Just passed on. After battling a prolong liver-related ailment for months. May his soul rest in peace, May his gentle soul rest in peace Amen…Source: Gossip Mill Nigeria …

Catholic Priests, Sisters Protest Violent Activities Of Herdsmen In Enugu Held In July, 2016. Its For Your Update (See Photo)

The Catholic Church in Enugu State on Saturday held mass rallies protesting violent activities of herdsmen in the state. The three Catholic dioceses in the state, Nsukka, Awgu and Enugu, staged separate rallies and  expressed their anger at the menace posed by herdsmen. Priests and lay members of the Catholic Church turned out in their thousands for the peaceful rallies in Nsukka and Awgu dioceses. However, the Enugu Catholic diocese shelved its plan to march to the Government House, where they intended to deliver a petition to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The Diocese had earlier announced that it would march from the Holy Ghost Cathedral, through the streets of Enugu metropolis, to the Government House on Saturday. The march was tagged “Diocesan peaceful prayerful protest march.” But the planned march failed to hold after Ugwuanyi and some members of the state executive council visited the church. Our correspondent learnt that the church leadership called off the march after they were informed of an alleged plan by miscreants to hijack the event. The miscreants allegedly including pro-Biafra activists, planned to use the protest march to cause a breakdown of law and order. Addressing the Catholic faithfuls at the cathedral during the visit, Ugwuanyi said his administration was determined to protect lives and property in the state. He said, “On the issues you have raised in this rally, I wish to state that I address you today not only as a Catholic but as your governor and the Chief Security Officer of Enugu State.  While taking my oath of office, I swore to do everything within my powers to preserve the security of lives and property of the people of Enugu State. “You can therefore be assured that I will not fail in this responsibility and be further assured that whatever message you convey through me to the appropriate authorities at Abuja, will be promptly delivered.” The church also made known its opposition to the proposed grazing bill in a joint press statement read by the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Callistus Onaga, and the bishops of Awgu and Nsukka dioceses. “The free grazing of cattle in our area has now become a threat not only to the growing of crops, which is the mainstay of our sedentary people, but also to our lives. The nomadic lifestyle makes policing and the pursuit of criminals much more complex and hazardous, while providing terrorists like Boko Haram operatives with ready cover for penetrating every nook and cranny of our country,” the statement said.…

Fulani Herdsmen Again, Strikes Priest From Anambra Community – What They Did To Three Catholic Priests Will Make You Cry For Days

The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, yesterday alleged that suspected Fulani herdsmen armed with dangerous weapons including guns, attacked and kidnapped the Rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Rev. Fr. Dr. Emmanuel Dim, while two other priests Rev. Frs. Jude Chukwuneke and Jude Ezeokana who were in the same vehicle with him escaped with various degrees of gun shot wounds. Addressing reporters at the Nnewi Catholic Diocese Media House, located in Assumption Cathedral Nnewi, Director of Communication of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Hyginus Aghaulor, alleged that the herdsmen called, and demanded for a ransom of N2.5 million. He said: “Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has decided and directed that ransom should not be paid for the kidnap of any of its priests and anybody that is demanding for ransom for the release of any priest kidnapped is wasting time. “If anybody or group goes ahead to pay ransom for the release of any priest, the person or the group is on his own.” In a statement issued after addressing reporters, titled “Fulani herdsmen kidnap Rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, demands for ransom,” the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi said the incident happened on the September 26, 2016, around 7pm along Nkpologwu/Nimbo Road Enugu State. According to the statement, “the three Catholic priests were returning from Nsukka to Onitsha and Nnewi, after a condolence visit to Rev. Fr. Uchenna Ezeh of Nsukka Diocese who lost his mother, before they were attacked and while Rev. Fr. Dim is still being held by the herdsmen- kidnappers who are demanding a ransom of N2.5 million, Rev. Fr. Ezeokana, who lectures in both Fr. Tansi Major Seminary Onitsha and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, received treatment briefly at a hospital in Nsukka, but is now recuperating at Awka his home Diocese. “Rev. Fr. Chukwuemeka, who is the Chaplin of St Camillus de Lellis Chaplaincy, College of Health Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi ,who was shot on the head has been transferred from Memphis Specialist Hospital Enugu to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, where he is currently receiving treatment.” “On a separate place the same Monday 26th September, 2016, a Vincentian priest whose name is yet to be confirmed was also kidnapped with his brother along Abuja Lokoja express way, another Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ugwu was kidnapped on August 9,2014 along Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi and few weeks back a senior seminarian was killed in cold blooded in Attakwu, Enugu State, and one begins to wonder if Catholic priest have become endangered species”. The visibly angry Rev. Fr. Aghaulor lashed out on South East Governors for doing nothing to protect people they are governing, “while their counterparts in the North are influencing the Federal Government in spending billions of naira to contain the Boko Haram insurgents, when something more worrisome and sinister than the activities of Boko Haram is being done in the South East by the Fulani Herdsmen”. “The South East Governors and their Chairman have done nothing to protect the people of South East, the Enugu State Governor whose state is where the menacing activities of the of the herdsmen is worst and the state legislators have not done anything to protect the people there, they should borrow a leaf from Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State. “We are in Federalism, and each state have right to make certain law governing them, what prevents Enugu State Government from making laws that can protect the people there, Governors of South East and their State Assembly’s should make laws that will protect their people”. Rev. Fr. Aghaulor lamented that since the existence of Nigeria, nobody has seen the level of killing spree that is being perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen, adding that “while innocent people are left unprotected, we have seen barrage of military wares and personnel protecting the pipelines in Niger Delta, as if oil is more important than people’s life. Why should people be killed without provocation in their own traditional lands? “We are asking the government for how long would this continue, is this the type of country we all signed up for, is this part of the change, is there no rules and laws in this country , all over Nigeria women are being raped, people are intimidated, innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered and property worth billions of Naira destroyed by the suspected Fulani Herdsmen”.…

Photos Of President Buhari, VP Osinbajo, Saraki & Others At Independence Day Celebration In Aso Rock

Pesident Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, ex-Military leader Abdulsalami Abubakar, Ex-vice president Alex Ekwueme and others participated in the 56th Independence Anniversary Presidential Change of Guards Parade which held in Aso Rock, Abuja this morning to commemorate the independence day celebration. More photos below… …

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele Thanks Buhari, Security Agencies Over Wife’s Release

Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has expressed gratitude to God, President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies for the rescue of his wife, Margaret, from the hands of kidnappers. He was however silent on whether any ransom was paid to secure her release. Mrs Emefiele was kidnapped last Thursday by kidnappers along Agbor-Benin road and taken to unknown destination. The Central Bank Governor, in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday morning, said his joy knew no bounds when the news of his wife’s rescue reached him Friday night. He praised security agencies for their gallantry in bringing his wife back home within 24 hours in compliance with the directive of President Buhari. He also expressed his gratitude to the Delta and Edo State Governments, friends and well wishers who, through their actions, prayers and goodwill, helped to bring this harrowing experience to a joyful end. He reaffirmed his resolve to continue to serve the nation diligently and with all his heart without any fear of intimidation. Recall Mrs Emefiele’s kidnapper‎s had initially demanded N100 million as ransom for her release but increased it to N1.2 billion when they discovered she was a ‘big catch’. …