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“He had an opportunity to make real reforms early on, to boldly reshape Nigeria’s path. He wasted it,”
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
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When ASUU embarked on a strike in 2011 over the same demands, appeals from from concerned Nigerians to end the strike with the assurance that the matter would be looked into urgently was persuasive. He ended the strike then and two years later the same issue with even an unconcerned government remains.
Fagge is different. You want to play politics lets play politics. Hopes of the current administration winning in the 2015 general elections has been narrowed since the strike. Mr Fagge stressed that rather than prevailing on ASUU to call off the strike, Nigerians should look at its demands and see their relevance to national development.
“Why is it that when issues like this come up, Nigerians will start begging ASUU to call off strike in the interest of the children and the country in general, rather than prevailing on government.
“I want to state here that we have a lot of respect and appreciate the concern of all Nigerians who have prevailed on ASUU to reconsider its stand and call off the strike.
“But sincerely, I think if people really care about this country and want to move it forward, they should refocus their thinking to government and prevail on them to implement the agreement and then we can start from there.
“The National Assembly had in the time past appealed to us to bend over and we did in the interest of the country– while negotiations lasted– but look at what is happening now”, he said.
Monday, October 28, 2013
In a joint statement Monday, Abudu said the African version of the popular series will be filmed in Lekki Lagos, Nigeria.
Disney EMEA general manager Giovanni Mastrangelo said it offers “the opportunity to engage African audiences through locally relevant and entertaining storytelling.”
- South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe,
- Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture ,Akinwunmi Adesina,
- Africa’s richest man ,Aliko Dangote,
- ECONET founder, Strive Masiyiwa and
- West Africa’s second largest financial service provider, Jim Ovia .
The letter was signed by one of the aides of the Senator, Mr. David Sawyer, the South-East Texas Regional Director in his office.
The letter of apology reads in parts: “Earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz made a joke in which he used the term ‘Nigerian email scam.”
“Senator Cruz regrets that it is unfortunate that we’re living in a time where just about every joke can be misconstrued to cause offense to someone.”
“Cruz has never, nor would ever use a blanket term in a derogatory fashion against such a vibrant and integral part of our community. This usage was never directed to the Nigerian community as a whole.
“To the good people of Nigeria – a beautiful nation where my wife lived briefly as the child of missionaries – no offense was intended.
“I am fully appreciative of the range of mutual economic and security interests that make Nigeria an important friend to the United States,” Cruz said apologetically.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti appealed to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the classrooms in the interest of their students.
He made the appeal at the inauguration of the College of Engineering Complex at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Ekiti State.
Jonathan urged ASUU members to heed his appeal saying that whatever their grievances might be, keeping students out of school for four months was unpatriotic.
“I once again appeal to the entire membership of ASUU to pause and ponder on the adverse effect of their action on the future of the vibrant youths of this great nation.
“The collective destiny of tens of thousands of tomorrow’s leaders should not be held hostage to vagaries of labour disputes.
“As long as we are humans, as long as we are a developing society, this labour dispute must come up.
“I always say that even in the developed societies we hear about labour dispute; and there is no society, even the most developed, that has provided the facilities for every worker.
“Our security services, the Police, the Armed Forces, Navy, Air Force and para-military, intelligent services are also operating in an environment that is not the best.
“If all of us should go on long strike because our environment is not at its optimum, then definitely we can never get the Nigeria of our dream.
“So, let me use this unique opportunity that I am interfacing with our future leaders, our students, to plead with ASUU members.
“If it is a genuine strike keeping students out of classrooms for almost four months, by that they have demonstrated to everybody that they have a case.
“And if the strike is motivated by some other interests, they have also achieved that by keeping students out of schools for more than a semester,” he said.
“These are the outstanding issues, otherwise other issues have been agreed on and we believe that by next week we should be able to agree on all the issues and, probably, ASUU will call off the strike,’’ he said.
“If you go into our universities you will agree with me that there are a lot of infrastructure deficit; so, we have agreed that all the funding agencies will meet with ASUU,” he said.
The chairman of ASUU in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Comrade Prof Ike Odimegwu said, “Nigeria as a country has never had a shortfall in revenue since the 1980s, but the government keeps insisting that it has no money. We are aware that there is more than enough money.
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“We want to tell Nigerians that if the ASUU strike fails, there will be negative consequences for the Nigerian education sector. An average Nigerian will pay N200,000 as tuition in a federal university, and over 80 percent of parents will not be able to train their children in University.
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“We are, therefore, calling on Nigerians to joins us and question the Nigerian government, and call them to place priorities right. Trillions have been allocated to build a centenary village, but here we can not meet the UNESCO approved 26 percent budget for education. We must tell the government that 8.2 percent budget for education is not enough”.
The international human rights organization Human Rights Watch welcomes the campaign by the Saudi Arabian women drivers on Thursday.
"It's hard to believe that Saudi Arabia in the 21st Century women still prohibits driving a car, "said Middle East analyst at the organization Rothna Begum. It is high time to address the discrimination enshrined in the system; driving could pave the way for reforms. (Sda)
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Everything you wanted to know about sex and never have dared to ask, the Germans will see on TV in November . On the public network MDR Make Love will air from 3 November at 22.30 in the evening. The show will feature about five episodes for a total of 225 minutes will be transmitted from November 6 to 22, also from public broadcaster SWR, covering the southern part of the country.
"The program aims to help viewers to discover their own sexuality," explains Mrs. Henning,
The program manager of the show added that "we do not only talk but also show things directly. "
The fact is that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West plan to sign a prenuptial agreement.
TMZ reported Kardashian and West will sign a prenup to keep their assets separate and form a joint account for living expenses. While other reports have pegged West's net worth about $100 million and Kardashian's about $40 million, TMZ says, "[W]e're told Kim's actually worth more than Kanye."
Currently, West ranks at No. 59 on Forbes' "Celebrity 100" list. As of June 2013, he has made $20 million. Forbes notes that his new album and tour will certainly increase this amount.
Meanwhile, Forbes ranks Kardashian at No. 66. As of June 2013, she has made $10 million from her reality show and business ventures. However, this is much lower than what she made in 2012 from cash related to her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries. Another (made-for-TV?) wedding could be just the thing to boost that bank account back up.
On Thursday night, Kimye made their first public appearance since their engagement. They looked blissfully happy at Spago in Beverly Hills for the Dream for Future Africa Foundation Inaugural Gala, and Kardashian wasn't shy about flashing her 15-carat engagement ring for the paparazzi.
Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno, colombian, 45, was arrested this week together with a 51-year-old contractor who police believe impregnated one of the young daughters.
She broke down in tears when she stood in front of the cameras after being arrested in Bogota, the Colombian capital. The Bogota Metropolitan Police say Zapata sold the virginity of 12 daughters to much older men seeking to have sex with young virgins.
Authorities also say the suspect would begin selling her daughters to men as soon as the girls turned 12 years old. She charged anywhere between 300,000 and 400,000 Colombian Pesos ($160 to $212) for a virgin.
But Zapata strongly denies the accusation. Colombian authorities often show high-profile suspects to the media shortly after arresting them. When Zapata was standing in front of the cameras Wednesday, one of the reporters shouted a question to her: "Did you prostitute your daughters?" She answered: "No, my darling."
The investigation took more than a year to complete because the only witness willing to testify, the 14-year-old girl, now 16, disappeared, apparently because she feared her mother would kill her for going to the police.
After she reappeared, she also told authorities about a man who had sex with her and got her pregnant.
Police arrested a 51-year-old man who investigators say fathered the son of the girl who was 14 years old when the baby was born. The suspect declined to comment at Wednesday's police presentation.
Police are asking the rest of the daughters to provide more information about this case. "Those who are watching or listening to us, we would like to ask them to come to the police so that they give us information about transpired in this case," Melendez said.
Police investigators say Zapata also forced her older daughters to drink alcohol and do drugs. Some ended up working as prostitutes and are missing, police said.
Police say those two arrests are only the beginning. Investigators say they will also build cases against the men who were having sex with these minors.
According to authorities, only two of Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno's 14 children were not forced into prostitution. They were the two youngest -- an 11-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl -- and they have been placed in the custody of a Colombian government child protection agency.
Friday, October 25, 2013
“You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately,” Cruz said at a gathering with supporters in Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website,” he joked.
But the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, also known as CANAN, isn’t laughing. The group blasted Cruz, calling his comments distasteful and disparaging.
“Cruz has maligned all hardworking, decent and outstanding Nigerian-Americans who add value and bring goodwill to their different communities, especially in Texas, with the largest concentration of Nigerian-Americans in this country,” the group said in a statement released Thursday.
The Nigerian ambassador to the United States also wants an apology from the senator.
“We deplore the statement, and we demand an apology, and we demand it be withdrawn,” Adefuye said.
“We consider it an insult that a senator who should be representing the people of his state could turn against some of his very own constituents in what is clearly a reckless and offensive remark,” CANAN said.
The first photographs in 120 years showing four generations of present and future British monarchs
Queen Elizabeth II flanked by three future kings; her son Prince Charles, grandson Prince William and great-grandson George
Photograph taken by Jason Bell at Charles's official London residence, Clarence House
The last photograph showing four generations of current and future British monarchs was taken in 1894, at the christening of the future Edward VIII.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Zuriel is becoming the fresh face of African youth, power, influence, edginess, focus, leadership, talent, and vigor. She just turned 11. In the last many months, she has met with leaders of 9 African countries including Kenya, Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana and Tanzania. She has also met with and interviewed the worlds renowned civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson, the wealthiest businessman in Africa - Aliko Dangote, Tennis power sisters Venus & Serena Williams, leadership of the Danish Delegation to the United Nations, appointed honorary Ambassador by the First Lady of Tanzania in October this year, featured in Forbes Africa Magazine August 2013 edition as the youngest person ever, and last week in was celebrated in Todays Woman [TW] magazine.
As an award winning documentary film maker, circuit speaker, and a writer, she is truly, an inspiration to the African Girl Child, and an aspiring Nigerian Brand Ambassador. Her Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up program in partnership with the US Embassy has been launched in  African countries already [Nigeria, Malawi & Tanzania], and she is set to be the face of one of Africa's most successful airlines with global reach, in the coming days. What a rising star and yes good things comes from Nigeria
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
"If you are looking for love and you're dead, Ghost Singles is for you," is the slogan that can be read on the home page of the new American dating site.
To join the chat open 24h/24, 7 days / 7, the ghost simply fill out a short form to describe and indicate their preferences for relationships.
To become an "active" Ghost Singles member, you must be between 18 and 180 years. Warning, the site does not accept anyone in its ranks. No place to live, zombies or vampires.
Blackberry has announced that starting Tuesday you can download Blackberry Messenger for Android and iPhone. After several problems and delay the launch because of an unauthorized version, the Canadian company has announced that it's official application, BBM can now be downloaded at. [Download Link Apple Store] and[Download Link in Google Play] .
Since this announcement, users can already see the update on Google Play, the App Store and at select Samsung, where the download is free.
Despite the controversy generated over the weekend following the photoshoot in a mosque in the UAE, Rihana returns to another good girl gone bad in Greece sharing these naked images.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Fuse ODG aka Nana Richard Abiona, the `Antenna' singer, hit some of the biggest acts of Africa to win the most popular award.
Fuse ODG held off competition from are Seun Kuti (Nigeria), Spoek Mathambo (South Africa), Liquideep (South Africa), Mafikizolo (South Africa), WizKid (Nigeria) and many more to win the best African act..
Singer Laura Mvula and Shahid Khan, Naughty Boy, also won two awards each for their wonderful performance. Mvula won the award for `Best Female' and `Best RnB/Soul Act', whereas Shahid Khan won the award for the `Best Song' and the `Best Video'.
Sean Paul also won the award for the best reggae act, and Tinie Tempah, British-Nigerian rapper, picked up the MOBO award for the Best hip hop/grime act.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Has the ASUU Strike damaged the reputations of Education in Nigeria? No doubt, It has. The majority of Nigerians are fed up with the ongoing four months strike. The only winners in this case is Education, the losers are the federal government and ASUU.
Few grudges here and there that the Academic Union of Universities ASUU is becoming too selfish and self centered for the ongoing strike.
To address the root etiology of the strike, government must, without delay, honor the agreement it signed with ASUU and make available the funds. According to ASUU, the strike is to register the displeasure of university teachers over government’s failure to honor a Memorandum of Understanding it signed on January 24, 2012 to comprehensively implement the 2009 Agreement signed by both parties. The main thrust of that agreement include: funding for infrastructure; university autonomy and academic freedom; improved staff welfare and condition of service. These conditions are not for ASUU but to improve the advancement of Education in Nigeria. So far ASUU has failed to persuade the government to do so.
It is a lack of integrity on government’s part to renege on its promise. One of the hallmarks of good governance is integrity; and this is an all-important virtue required of those who claim to superintend such an important sector as education. The excuse that the government cannot afford to adequately fund university education is dishonest in the face of the unconscionable pillaging of state funds by public officials. It is a shameful representation of the leadership quality of those in the corridors of power in this administration
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The gesture was part of the Dr Olusegun Mimiko’s administration’s Free School Shuttle policy where buses are provided for students in the state to convey them to school free of charge.
The people of the Nigerian state upon hearing of the development trooped out to usher in the new buses which were delivered to them on behalf of the Governor by his Chief of Staff , Dr Kola Ademujimi.
Traditional rulers, parents and students alike upon sighting the buses showered praises on Governor Mimiko for a promise kept.
The state’s Commissioner for Transport, Otunba Nicholas Tofowomo said the buses were part of Governor Mimiko’s electoral promises to the people of the town.
He added that the gesture will take off from parents the financial burden of transporting their wards to and from school.
Informing that the government will still do more to improve education of the students in the town, Dr Ademujimi said as part of the gestures, the Governor will commission a mega school in the town on Tuesday.
The ministry’s own budget too, had no plan to purchase any car for the minister, or other officials.
Spending public funds on unbudgeted projects attracts three years in jail and a fine of N100, 000 the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences law stipulates.
Also, contracts involving public funds without due procurement processes- basically open advertising and bidding- draws a minimum of five years, and a maximum of 10 years in jail, the Public Procurement law says.
A spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission, Folu Olamiti, said the anti-graft body would make its position on the matter known later. A representative for the Bureau of Public Procurement, said the “law was clear” on this case. He did not want to be named because he was not authorized to speak.
After its initial denial of a contract that has shocked a nation with majority of its population poor, the ministry of aviation, on Sunday, admitted that two reinforced BMW sedans had been purchased for Mrs Oduah at the total cost of N255 million, a sum enough to deliver at least five of such cars.
Joe Obi, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, said the cars were to protect Mrs Oduah from “imminent threats” bred by the minister’s purported radical reforms in the aviation industry, the Punch newspaper reported.
“When she came on board as the minister, she inherited a lot of baggage in terms of concession and lease agreements in the sector, which were clearly not in the interest of the government and people of Nigeria,” Mr Obi said.
“And so, she took bold steps and some of these agreements were reviewed and some were terminated, and these moves disturbed some entrenched interests in the sector, and within this period, she began to receive imminent threats to her life; therefore, the need for the vehicles.”
Mr. Obi did not elaborate on the processes leading to the procurement of the cars, whether it followed due process or not; or why the minister chose to mandate an agency under her supervision to deliver the cars, or still, why the contract was directly awarded to Coscharis Motors-the company that supplied the cars- in breach of government procurement laws.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
The Secretary of State for Immigration, Mark Harper, also defended the policy, saying he had "no problem telling people who are there illegally they should no longer be." He also said that another controversial campaign, called "Go Home" and tested in London in July, could be extended to the whole territory. The campaign used two trucks circulating in the streets hit the message "In the UK illegally? Go home or you run the risk of being arrested."
The unemployed couple has been arrested and charged in China. The couple began posting online ads offering the girl for the month of June this year.They asked for up to 50,000 yuan, 6,000 euros in exchange for releasing the child. As was revealed after the arrest, the couple decided to give birth in their own homes for themselves conceal the birth of the child.
The law, which amended the Kidnapping Prohibition Act 2009, also prescribed the death penalty for those who aid and abet kidnappers, Governor Adams Oshiomhole told reporters after he signed the bill in the state capital of Benin on Friday.
"This law is signed in good faith; the government has the will to implement it in totality, no special task-force or tribunal will be constituted to try defaulters," Oshiomhole said.
He said the government was concerned about the increase of kidnapping in the state just as it was aware of the pain kidnappers had inflicted on their victims and families.
"This administration has taken necessary steps to effectively police all the security flash points in the state as we have discovered that the major criminals are migrants who visit the state and escape after committing crimes," he said.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
bail was granted to ALUU 4 Suspects.
A Port Harcourt high court on Thursday morning October 17th granted bail to four out of the twelve suspects facing trail in the murder case of the four Uniport students. The four released on bail are: Omoikiri Aluu monarch: Alhaji Welewa, Okoghiroh Endurance, Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Evans Samuel.
Presiding Judge, Justice Letan Nyordee granted them bail on grounds that their offense is not a capital offense and is bailable. They were granted bail to the tune of N2 million and asked to submit their passports.