Friday, May 20, 2016

Manny Pacquiao elected into Philippines senate

 WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, 37, who retired from boxing to join politics won big when he got elected into the Philippines' senate on Thursday. He was declared among 12 new members of the upper house of Congress by the Philippine's elections commission.

How Chibokgirl, Serah Luka, Was Rescued — Nigerian Army

Hours after Amina Ali, one of the Chibok girls rescued on Wednesday from the insurgents, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Nigerian Army announced the rescue of another of the girls on Thursday evening.

Army spokesperson, Usman Sani, a colonel, who confirmed the rescue, gave the name of the rescued girl as Serah Luka, said to be number 157 on the list of abducted school girls.

Mr. Usman later narrated how the abducted girl was rescued.

Sarah Luka 2nd Chibokgirl Rescued

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the rescue of another of the over 200 girls abducted in Chibok Local Government of Borno State over two years ago.

This is coming barely a day after Amina Ali, also one of the abducted girls, was rescued.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, confirmed the rescue to our correspondent via a text message.

It was gathered that there was a major military operation in a part of the area, but it is not clear if this rescue is a fallout of the said exercise.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Light Up Lagos Project - 600km Of Roads And 366 Locations Completed

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said that so far, about 600km network of roads and streets in 366 locations across the State has been lit up under the ‘Light Up Lagos’ project initiated by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration in the last one year.

The State's Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, who disclosed this at the ongoing Ministerial Press Briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, said the project has seen the lighting up of major areas of the State including the Third Mainland Bridge, Ikeja and environs, Berger to Iyana Oworo axis, Muritala Muhammed Airport Road, Oshodi axis amongst others.

How Amina Ali Was Found, Pregnant Again

Emotions ran high in Chibok yesterday as the first of 219 school girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents over two years ago was brought to the village for identification.
Amina Ali was rescued on Tuesday night in Bale village at the edge of the Sambisa forest by a Chibok vigilante group which handed her over to the military.

FG To NLC: Return To Negotiation Table

The Federal Government on Wednesday said it was prepared to reopen negotiation with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the fuel price hike.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said in a statement on Wednesday night that the strike action called by the NLC to press for the reversal of fuel price will neither earn more money for the government or repair the refineries.

He, however, debunked claims by the leadership of the NLC that government did not consult the union before announcing the new pump price, adding that government and labour met twice on the issue with organised labour offering its own suggestions on the template presented by the Minister of Petroleum.
Ngige appealed to the NLC leadership led by Ayuba Wabba to return to the negotiating table, saying he has obtained the mandate of the government negotiating team to reopen negotiation with them.

NLC Strike Flops, Partial Compliance In States

The nationwide strike action called by the Ayuba Wabba faction of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) took off yesterday across the country with mixed responses. The industrial dispute was not effective in Lagos and Abuja. Commercial activities went on unhindered in both cities and many states.

While business activities were crippled in some states of the federation such as Cross River, Plateau, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Imo, Kwara and Delta, there was partial compliance in some other states such as Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Ogun, Edo, Ebonyi, Benue and few other states. But in some other states such as Lagos, Kano, Bauchi, Adamawa and most states in the northern part of the country, there was no strike action at all.

"Chibokgirls Are Well Secured & Protected To Stop The Army From Rescuing Them"

Abuja—One of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from their school dormitory in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014, has been rescued from Sambisa Forest. This came as troops of 7 Division of Nigerian military special clearance and rescue operations, otherwise known as Operation Crackdown, Tuesday, cleared Boko Haram terrorists out of their Njimia camp within Sambisa forest.

The girl, Amina Alli, was reportedly found near the edge of the large forest, close to Cameroon’s borders. The girl is said to have escaped while on a mission to gather firewood to prepare meal for one of the leaders of the Boko Haram leaders keeping her. A statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, confirmed that one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls was among those rescued by troops at Baale, near Damboa.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Falmata Mbalala, Amina Ali, Aisha Ali, Different Names To Found Chibok Girl

Confusion As Army, Youth Leader, Principal Give Diff Names To Found Chibok Girl

Following reports, Wednesday, that one of the 276 Chibok School girls abducted on April 14, 2014 by the Islamist group, Boko Haram has been found, controversy however emanated as to the real name of the girl. While the activist who found the girl gave her name as Amina Ali, the Nigerian army, in a confirmatory statement issued on Wednesday gave her name as Falmata Mbalala.

One Of The Missing Chibok Girls Found By Civilian-JTF - Ezekwesili

According to tweet by former minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, one of the abducted Chibok girls has been and identified. The girl was found by the civilian Joint Task Force. More than 200 Chibok girls were abducted from their School in Maiduguri on April 14, 2014. This is really good news.
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Amina Ali, Chibok Girl Rescued, Now A Mother Of One

Members of the Civilian Joint Force operating in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State have rescued one of the abducted Chibok girls.

Amina Ali was abducted along with over 200 of her schoolmates in the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in the middle of the night in April 2014.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FG Drags NLC And TUC To Court Over Planned Industrial Action

The National Industrial Court, Abuja presided over by Hon. Justice Babatunde Adeniran Ademjumo, OFR, President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Suit No.NICN/ABJ/179/2016 between Federal Government of Nigeria and the Attorney-General of the Federation versus Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress (T.U.C) this morning granted an Interim Order of Injunction restraining the Defendants/Respondents, their agents, privies, employees, workmen, or servants from embarking on industrial action, demonstrating or engaging in any action that may disrupt the economic activities of the country pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Court Stops Labour From Going On Strike Over Fuel Price Hike

The Nation Industrial Court has restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other labour unions from embarking on their proposed strike on Wednesday.
The Federal Government had on Tuesday dragged the NLC, TUC and their affiliates before the National Industrial Court seeking to stop the looming strike threatened by the Labour group over the fuel pump price increment.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) was said to have led the federal government's team before the industrial court led by Justice Babatunde Adejumo, the President.
When asked by the presiding judge, how the AGF knew the NLC was planning to go on strike Malami said he saw a statement issued by the labour union on their website and that the statement had been published by the media.

Lagos Now Officially An Oil Producing State- Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday declared that Lagos has officially joined the League of Oil Producing States in Nigeria following the discovery of crude oil by Tunde Folawiyo Petroleum Company Limited in Badagry, Lagos.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), receiving a sample of the Crude Oil discovered in the State by the Group Managing Director, Tunde Folawiyo Petroleum Company Limited, Mr. Tunde Folawiyo during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Monday, May 16, 2016.
Governor Ambode who made the declaration when the management of the company led by the Group Managing Director, Mr. Tunde Folawiyo paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, commended the firm for their doggedness to achieve the feat after 25 years of hard work, saying that by the provision of Section 162 Sub-Section 2 of the Nigeria Constitution, Lagos has become an oil producing State.

Nigeria Lost N9t To Fuel Subsidy In Four Years-PDP Senators, Reps

The Peoples Democratic Party federal lawmakers caucus on Monday disclosed that Nigeria lost nothing less than N9 trillion to fuel subsidy between 2012 and 2016.

This is even as the caucus‎ set up a 12-man committee to unite the party ahead of its National Convention this Saturday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The PDP federal lawmakers disclosed this after a closed-door meeting which was held at the House of Representatives wing of the National Assembly.

FG Proposes N120 Per Litre, Labour Leaders Kick

Indications have emerged why the talks between the Nigerian government and the leaders of organised labour hit the rocks Monday night.
The federal government had announced the deregulation of the petroleum downstream, a development that has jerked up the price of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as fuel from N86 to N145 per litre.

Following the development, labour leaders threatened to embark on nationwide strike if the price was not reversed within 96 hours.
In a bid to stop the strike action, the government called for a dialogue with the workforce Monday.

Monday, May 16, 2016

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EFCC Investigates Aregbesola Over Diverted LG Funds

The Economic and financial crimes commission is currently investigating governor of osun state, Rauf Aregbesola over the diversion of local government funds.

A petition was written by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) to president Buhari to order the EFCC to investigate Argbesola and his aides over the diverted funds.

The petition read;

“To affirm this illegality and unconstitutionality, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola suspended the democratic system in the constitutionally recognised 30 Local Government Areas of Osun State by appointing the grade level 14 local government staff as ‘council managers’ to man the council areas of the state instead of ‘democratically-elected chairmen and councilors’ as stipulated in Section 7(1) of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in order to give Aregbesola a leeway in the criminal diversion of local government funds.That the Federal Government, the National Assembly and its anti-graft agencies should investigate the acclaimed road projects embarked upon by Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola on behalf of the local government areas of the state without following the due process of the Public Procurement Act.

Military Confirms Arrest Of Niger Delta Avengers, Masterminds Of Chevron Attacks

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed the arrest of suspected members of the resurgent militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) who were allegedly responsible for the attacks on oil pipelines.

The latest arrest, which is the first since the new group emerged, was disclosed on Sunday by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, who has in several instances vowed to apprehend the perpetrators.

“This is to confirm the arrest of some suspected members of Niger Delta Avengers. Investigation is currently on going,” Abubakar said .

He assured that the “military will continue to do its best to guard strategic facilities and provide security to lives and property”.

Federal Government to propose N45,000 minimum wage to labour leaders

According to reports from Guardian newspapers, indications shows that the Federal Government would meet organised labour today in Abuja over the issue of the threatened mass action against government’s increase in the price of petrol, dangling a carrot before labour leaders. The Guardian learnt that at the meeting slated for 3:00 p.m. at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Federal Government will be coming to the parley with the proposal for a new minimum wage that is fixed at N45, 000.But the increase comes with some conditions including reduction in the number of civil servants and merging ministries and agencies.
The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba confirmed the scheduled meeting saying he got a text message inviting him and other labour leaders to the meeting.
A source in the Presidency told The Guardian that ministers had been told to lead the initiative on the downsizing.Also, the Efficiency Unit in the Federal Ministry of Finance, which is saddled with coming up with cost reduction strategies is working on the template for the reduction.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Obama gives directive to all public schools in the US to allow transgender students use bathroom they identify with

The Obama administration yesterday recommended that all public school districts in the entire country allow transgender students to use whatever bathroom and locker-room that matches their gender identity. In the letter sent to all school districts in the US, transgender students should be allowed to use wherever they want without been asked for documentation to prove their preferred sexuality or medical diagnosis.

In a letter outlining guidance for schools that were sent out yesterday, the administration said as a condition of receiving federal funds, "a school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity."

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Is In Nigeria, Kills One, Another Hospitalized

The Federal Minister of Health, Issac Adewole, has revealed that there is a new disease in Nigeria which has killed a Nigerian while another is currently undergoing treatment at the National Hospital Abuja.
Briefing journalists in Abuja, on Friday, Mr. Adewole said the health condition known as Stephen Johnson Syndrome (SJS) was an unusual allergic reactions in Nigeria and some parts of Europe.

He said, “We have to find a means to communicate with Nigerians,so they should all be aware of this dangerous disease and it is the sole business of government to enlighten the society by trying to increase their awareness, knowledge and to improve their quality way of life.”

Dr. Olanrewaju Falodun a Senior Consultant Physician/Dermatologist at the National Hospital, Abuja, shed more light on the disease and the cases being handled in his hospital.

Goodluck Jonathan Founded Niger-Delta Avengers – Ex-Militants' Leader, Akpodoro

THE National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A, has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of founding the new militant group known as Niger Delta Avengers.

The NCNDE-A claimed that the group was formed in January last year ahead of the March 2015 presidential election, which Jonathan eventually lost to Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.

Mark Zuckerberg Commends Jobberman Founders As Free Basics Launches is a partnership between social networking services company Facebook and six companies (Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia and Qualcomm) that plans to bring affordable access to selected Internet services to less developed countries by increasing efficiency, and facilitating the development of new business models around the provision of Internet access.

The app delivering these services is named Free Basics.

CBN Denies Naira Devaluation

Nigeria’s Apex bank, The Central Bank of Nigeria has denied reports that the Naira was secretly devalued to N290 to a dollar. The CBN also denied reports of plans to devalue the Naira in the future.

The bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okoroafor, stated that the naira was never devalued further, saying the speculations are unfounded.

He said; “Naira has not been devalued. The naira devaluation rumour is untrue,”. Nigeria’s current economic crisis might not go away very soon due to fluctuating oil prices, devaluation uncertainties and shortages of forex. Although the CBN as has stiffened its defense of its exchange-rate policy, Devaluation might be a last resort if things don’t go as expected in the future.

Fuel Subsidy Not Removed - Osinbajo

Contrary to popular knowledge that the federal government has expunged oil subsidy from the Nigerian oil and gas system, Vice President, Yemi Osinabjo refuted the claim, saying it was not true. Osinabjo said that what the government did was to withdraw the monopoly hitherto enjoyed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC to allow free market sales. He said that “at $40 a barrel, there isn’t much of a subsidy to remove.”

In a statement tilted “The Fuel Pricing Debate: Our story”

Fuel Price: NLC To Begin Strike Wednesday

BEARING any last minute alteration, organised labour and its civil society allies have resolved to shut down Nigeria from Wednesday, May 18, over the hike in the pump price of petrol announced by the federal government last Wednesday.

Recall the Federal Government on Wednesday announced a new regime of price that took the pump price of petrol to N145 per liter from N86.50.

Vanguard gathered that labour leaders will not later than Sunday send a letter to government demanding a total reversal to the N86.50 pump price of petrol before 12 am on Wednesday, falling which all economic and others would be shut from Wednesday.

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