Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed yesterday openly disowned the N398 million being part of the budget estimates by his ministry meant for the purchase of computers. Speaking at a budget defence session before the Senate Committe on Information, Mohammed noted that the total sum of N398 million proposed in the budget for the purchase of computers was strange to him.
Health workers under the aegis of Joint Heath Workers Union, Ogun State chapter at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, on Thursday began an indefinite strike, accusing the management of turning the centre “from centre of life to that of death.”
The Elegushi Royal Family has revealed plan for the establishment of a $300 million new Imperial International Business City (IIBC). The new 200 hectare city will be built on reclaimed Lagoon extension of the kingdom and will also be the first eco-friendly smart business city in Africa.
Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), wants members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to support the anti-corruption war effort of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that some lawyers are acting as “vandals of the temple of justice”.
A 36-years-old man, Felix Omokhoa is facing murder charge at Ekpoma Magistrate Court, Ekpoma-Edo State, for allegedly stoning to death his neighbour, one Richard Ikekhua over electricity bill. The accused who allegedly committed the crime on January 16, 2016 in Ukpoke-Uhiele, Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area, hit a piece of cement block on the deceased’s forehead during a fight, resulting in his death.
All Progressives Congress members of the House of Representatives clashed with their Peoples Democratic Party colleagues today over the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi appeared before the joint Committee on Marine/Land Transport to defend the 2016 budget proposals of the ministry, but lawmakers tried to turn the session into a venue for political party supremacy battle.
Kenya has missed a deadline to prove to the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) it is tackling cheating in athletics. It comes after a spate of positive drugs tests among the country’s athletes and fresh allegations of corruption. Kenya has not been able to provide the assurances Wada is seeking and will be placed on a ‘watch-list’ of nations at risk of breaching the agency’s code.
David Oyedpo, founder and presiding bishop of Living Faith Church World Wide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, says the supreme court validation of the election of Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom state, is the triumph of “light over darkness”.
Speaking on Wednesday at Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom, during an interdenominational thanksgiving service held in honour of the governor, Oyedepo said it was the supreme hand of God that made it possible for the apex court to rule in Udom’s favour. “We are celebrating the victory of light over darkness.
What we are celebrating here is the supreme hand of God in the affairs of men. And I also want to say it is important to know why we need to do this. Thanks giving is a debt we owe for every act of God we experience,” he said.
Ohood Al Roumi has remit to push national agenda to make the UAE the happiest of all nations, prime minister announces. A woman will lead the United Arab Emirates’ attempt to secure happiness for its citizens after being named the country’s first ever minister of state for happiness.
The 2016 US presidential campaign is turning out to be dramatic. Many analysts have predicted a something close to an easy victory for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton to have an easy ride in the primaries. I also recall severally downplaying the chances of Republican top-notch, Donald Trump, in some of my write-ups. I was proven all wrong as the results of recent primaries turned in.
I kept a vigil with CNN as the results turned in on Tuesday night hoping fighter Hillary will turn Bernie Sanders’ lead in New Hampshire around only to wake up that morning to know I was living in the world of my dreams-people are “feeling the Bern”. Not until I watched my beautiful-looking Hillary concedes defeat to Bernie, I didn’t believe it even though the major headline was “New Hampshire primary results: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win”!
A relatively unheard of variety of pepper is growing in popularity among chefs. Could this citrusy variety replace black pepper on our dinner tables?
A wild pepper called tsiperifery has been winning over food connoisseurs around the world.
President Muhammadu Buhari is not in an enviable position right now. Just a year ago, Nigerians were chanting “FeBuhari” and piling their mountains of soteriological expectations on him. In about six weeks, it would be one year since he won the presidential election and if anything, Nigeria has proved tougher than what body language, or mere force of the President’s much touted incorruptible personality, can successfully heal.
For a man who became President by surfing on the wave of democratic discontent lunged at his opponent, it was clear from the start to any perspicacious observer that his administration would be weighed down by the burden of proof: to show the crowd of fawning admirers, supporters and believers that he was in charge, that their truth in him was not misplaced, and that he was indeed winning the war against bad governance.
That day in which the world celebrates the memory of St Valentine, that day in which Nigerians show the world their bent to accept foreign ideas without reservation and surpass the initiator of such ideas in the execution of same. You have to take your hat off to Nigerians when commemoration allows for frolicking.
That is why on every Valentine’s Day, something happens that makes the previous year’s celebration insignificant. Things seem a bit drab this year though, apparently because of the downturn in the economy. Corporate entities, hurting from the sting of a near prostrate economy have bigger fish to fry this season than feed the indulgences of youths and delinquent adults who have twisted the import of an otherwise sombre event in the celebration of true affection for humanity.
As a push back to critics of President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in constituting a cabinet about four months into his administration, the President reportedly retorted that ministers were “noise makers” and the job of running the bureaucracy was actually carried out by civil servants; so, why the hurry?
Indeed, the delay in forming the cabinet was essentially because Buhari was consulting with permanent secretaries who trooped in droves, into Aso Rock to keep our newly minted President abreast of the business of governance or statecraft.
Beauty, the saying goes, is in the eye of the beholder. How true this aphorism is can be seen from the different ways we react when we see a thing of beauty, particularly a woman. Most men drool over a beautiful woman. Those specially crafted by God earn our compliments because whether we like it or not they are irresistible, be they men or women.
As much as we appreciate beauty, we are not always in one accord in picking a thing of beauty. What is beautiful to one may not be beautiful to the other. Some will see an ugly woman and scream ”what a beauty” to the amazement of onlookers. Others may see an acclaimed beauty like Miss World and not take a second look at her. What do you make of that? Can we then say that a woman chosen as the most beautiful woman in the world is not pretty?
The Nigerian press has an impressive record of which it can be justifiably proud. In the colonial era it was in the vanguard of the long and difficult struggle to rid our country of the degradation of colonialism. This era produced such fine writers and editors as Ernest Ikoli of the then Daily Times,owned then by the Alakija family, Anthony Enahoro of the West African Pilot, owned by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and S.L. Akintola of the Daily Service, of which the Doherty family were the proprietors. The latter eventually became a politician and controversial premier of the old Western Region. A succession of bright, fiercely independent and determined journalists has since maintained this fine tradition of the Nigerian press.
Yes, matters miscellaneous. This is how our inimitable columnist and teacher of mass communication, Professor Olatunji Dare, would put it if confronted by weighty issues, numerous, compelling and urgent enough, all competing for his attention, and in his fair minded disposition, he decided to take all of them in one fell swoop. Today, I am confronted by numerous issues, urgent and compelling enough and I have no choice but to borrow the art patented by the aforementioned Dare.
The economy, yes the economy. A hitherto scary and complicated subject better left severely alone in the hands of the egg heads in the academia and their soul mates trumping the corridors of power as advisers on sabbatical, has now been forced down our throats. Today, all of us, both the laymen and the initiated have claimed some expertise in the matter.
It was just about three weeks after I assumed office as Spokesman to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2007 when I received a memo from the office of the Permanent Secretary, State House, seeking the input of my department for the 2008 budget that was under preparation. Because both the Deputy Director and the Assistant Director for Information in my office were people I knew way back from my days as a State House Correspondent, I always deferred to their experience and wise counsel. For that reason, it was easy for me to learn very fast about how government works. The explanation for the memo was that I had the power to initiate project(s) that would be accommodated in the national budget.
The Oyo-Yoruba people, the group from which Chief Akintola hails, are now Oyo and Osun states and one wonders how Chief Akintola would have greeted this news. For in spite of all the efforts made by Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu to persuade the Oyo-Yoruba to demand the creation of this state in 1957, Chief Akintola seems to have been vehemently opposed to the idea of fragmentation of the Yoruba.
But by 1965 when he was already under the strain of violent opposition to his regime from Ijebu, Abeokuta and Ondo provinces, he started making insinuations about the traditional hostility of these groups to the Oyo-Yoruba. What has happened since the end of the Civil War, particularly the fact that the federal cabinet has within it representatives of every state and therefore of the major and minor ethnic groups, has confirmed Chief Akintola’s belief that there can be no peace until there is a feeling of belonging to a ‘Commonwealth’, in which every group has a share, even though his party, the NNDP, never managed to rise above its origins as an opportunistic amalgam of personalities and power blocs.
Akintola in a brutally frank way made it quite clear that Nigeria belonged to all of us and that a policy of exclusiveness and nepotism manifested by one group could not help but draw appropriate reaction from those who feel shut out of the normal run of things and the attendant ethnic or regional benefit accruing from shared revenue and shared risks and responsibilities of living together in a federation.