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Buhari Appoints Osinbajo As NEMA Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as the board chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Femi Adesina, spokesman of the president, confirmed this in a statement issued on Friday.

Adesina said Mustapha Maihaja hade been appointed as the new director-general of the agency, and that other members of the NEMA board are: Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Talba Alkali representing the transport ministry, Rabiu Dagari, representing foreign affairs and Ngozi Azadoh representing health ministry.

He also said new appointments had been made in the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

“Duro Onabule is the new board chairman of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA),” the statement read.

“Other executive directors of NTA include Dr Steve Egbo, Administration and Training; Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Marketing; Mohammed Labbo, News; Fatima M. Barda, Finance; Stephen Okoanachi, Engineering; and Wole Coker, Programmes.

“At the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Aliyu Hayatu is new chairman, while Buhari Auwalu and Yinka Amosun, are Zonal Directors, Kaduna and Lagos, respectively.”

He said in the ministry of information and culture, Chika Maduekwe is the head of the Nigerian Film Corporation, while Folorunsho Coker is the new director-general of National Film and Video Censors Board, and Olusegun Runsewe is the new artistic director; National Council for Arts and Culture

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Nigeria Ranks 4th In Soft Drinks Consumption Globally

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German Engineering Federation has today ranked Nigeria as the fourth country with the most sales of soft drinks globally.

The fact was revealed by Mrs Martina Claus, Head of Market Development, while speaking at the ongoing Third International Trade Exhibition on Agrofood, Plastics, Printing and Packaging in Lagos, reports NAN.

She said that the statistics on soft drinks sales were sourced from the Euromonitor International, a global market intelligence publisher.

The market developer said the statistics showed that 38.68 million litres of soft drinks were sold in Nigeria in 2016.

“This puts Nigeria behind only the United States (114.75), China (88.18) and Mexico (45.30) in the top markets ranking.

“Also, 1.98 million litres of alcohol was sold in Nigeria in 2016, while the total volume of milk products sold was 147 tons.

“Nigeria’s fast-growing population brings with it a continuing demand for soft drinks, especially as the climate is quite hot.

“Urbanisation also drives demand for ready to drink soft drinks amongst busy, on-the-go consumers.

“Lack of potable water is largely responsible for the consumption of 36.08 million litres of bottle water in 2016,’’ Claus explained.

According to her, the Nigerian food and beverage market remains viable for investment in spite of the challenges of high energy cost and volatile raw material prices.

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Breaking Records: Nigerian Pilot, Ademilola, Makes History As First African To Fly The World Solo

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Nigerian pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin, makes history as first African to fly the world solo.

A Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world.

Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday  afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The pilot completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September.

The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances.

Ademilola said after the historically amazing feat,

“Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of one day flying around the world. We have a responsibility to lead by example and follow our dreams. I want African children to think: ‘I can do this too!’

“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Air Djibouti’s Chairman, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, and Cardiff Aviation’s Chairman, Bruce Dickinson, who have supported me throughout this journey. Without them, this would not have been possible.”

 

The Ambassador of Djibouti to the United States, His Excellency, Mr. Mohamed Siad Doualeh; Senior Director of Strategic Planning for Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority, Mr. Dawit Michael Gebre-ab; and Chief Operating Officer of Air Djibouti, Mr. Moussa Houssein were part of a high-level delegation that received the historic aviator on the tarmac at Dulles Airport.

Other distinguished guests included the CEO Africa World Press, which plans to publish a book on the journey.

The Nigerian has logged over 4,000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot since earning his pilot licence six years ago.

The Chairman of Air Djibouti, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, said, “By supporting initiatives like Lola’s flight around the world, Air Djibouti hopes to inspire a new generation of pilots in Africa and help to pave the way for the aviation industry to thrive in the region.

“The benefits will be felt within the region, as this will encourage more intra-African trade and sustainable economic development.

“With the commencement of the Single African Air Transport Market set for June 2017, air travel in the continent is positioned to grow rapidly and become a key contributor to the region’s economic and social development.

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Buhari Cancels Medical Trip To London, Invites Physicians To Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday changed a plan by which he was due to return to London this weekend for another round of medical treatment, barely two weeks after his return from a hospital there.

Instead, his doctors will be arriving on Friday to carry out further medical examination on him.

According to the SaharaReporters, the president’s advance party had already left Abuja earlier in the day by Ethiopian Airlines before they were recalled to Abuja.

They also say the hawks within the presidency advised against taking the president abroad so soon after his seven weeks away, as that would begin to feed the rumor mill all over again about his ailment.

In a short televised address upon his return, Buhari had hinted about returning to the hospital shortly, saying there might be a need “for further follow-up within weeks.” Given the controversial political climate in the country, however, his advisers felt it was unwise to allow him to stay away for too long.

The president has traveled to London several times since coming to power for a medical reason before traveling earlier this year for a prolonged medical treatment. He had also traveled there in June 2016, reportedly consulting with an ear, nose and throat specialist after he contracted an ear infection.

The latest developments come as pressure is mounting on the presidency to disclose how much was spent on his 49-day “medical vacation” in the United Kingdom, with Nigerians saying they have a right to know.

Activists, including well-known lawyer Femi Falana, and civil society groups such as the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, and the Campaign for Democracy, among others, argue that the medical bill is of public interest because Buhari touted transparency and change in public affairs when he ran for the presidency

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Nigeria Loses As Foreign(US) Oil Attracts More Buyers

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Nigeria has lost some of its market share in Europe, its biggest regional market, as crude oil exports from the United States penetrate more destinations.

The US had in December 2015 removed the 40- year -old restrictions on its crude exports following the rapid growth of its oil production from 2013 to 2015.

The US Energy Information Administration opined on Tuesday that the country exported crude oil to 26 different countries in 2016, compared with 10 countries the previous year.

Among the countries were buyers of Nigeria crude including Netherlands, China, Italy, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Singapore, Peru, France and Spain.

The US crude oil exports averaged 520,000 barrels per day in 2016, 55, 000 bpd or 12 per cent above the 2015 level, despite a year -over – year decline in domestic crude oil production, the EIA said.

According to the agency, in 2015, 92 per cent of the US crude oil exports went to Canada, which was exempt from the US crude oil export restrictions. After restrictions were lifted , Canada remained the top destination but received only 58 per cent of the US crude exports in 2016.

The EIA said, “ Aside from Canada, European destinations such as the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, and France rank high on the list of the US crude oil export destinations.

The Netherlands , which is one of the biggest European buyers of Nigerian crude , received 38, 000 bpd of the US crude oil in 2016, making it the second -largest destination after Canada.

The country’ s monthly import of Nigerian crude oil plunged to an average of 3.7 million barrels last year , up from 9.1 million barrels in 2015, data from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation showed.

Here’s to hoping that this does not affect the rise of the Nigerian currency

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Bola Tinubu- Ambode Gave Me A Good 65th Birthday Gift

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Still on the former governor’s birthday..

Former Lagos-State governor and National Leader of ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said that he got a good birthday present from the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, as he turned 65

The APC’s national leader Bola Tinubu said this while commissioning network of roads, link bridge and health centre in the Alimosho area of the state as part of activities to mark his 65th birthday.

Tinubu, said that he got worried when Ambode took over the reins of power in Lagos, said the governor’s sterling performance in the last 22 months has made him proud.

“ Today, you (Ambode) have given me a good birthday present. This is a great opportunity for me to be very proud again. Therefore, if we can continue in this direction of infrastructural development in the manner Governor Ambode is moving, Lagos will soon match international states or country anywhere in the world. Ambode is very quiet, very peaceful, not a noise maker, but he is delivering on the job.”

Continuing, he said:

“I want to say thank you because experience is a great teacher and I am experienced. I am on the spot and I have watched things in Lagos since my tenure ended,” he said.

“I was worried hell when you (Ambode) took over, not because of your credibility, character or capacity, but because however wise or smart a man is, if there is no resources to back the ideas, production would be zero, progress would be zero.

“When you (Ambode) took over, I know you inherited a burden of debt. The debt profile of Lagos was high, I was wondering how you will reengineer and face the challenges to make progress.

Today, I can see your report card, you have scored well, and you have shown prudency especially in the judicious use of resources of the state.

“You didn’t disappoint us. Ambode is silently achieving, meticulously planning, religiously executing and brilliantly giving results for Lagos State. All over Lagos, we are seeing the results. At Oshodi, on our way down here, you can see what is happening there, that place is a construction site. It used to be a den of robbers but what is going on there now is developmental activities for the benefit of the entire country,”Tinubu said.

On his part, Gov Ambode said Tinubu’s blueprint for Lagos has helped him in achieving the Lagos dream.

Furthermore…

Here is a photo of statue of APC Chieftain Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at a bridge he commissioned today in Lagos.The bridge was named after him


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Senate Invites Prof. Itse Sagay Over His Comment On Delayed Screening Of RECs

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The presidential aide is expected appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to explain why he allegedly described senators as “childish and irresponsible” for pushing President Buhari to sack the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, within two weeks.

The PACAC chairman is also expected to explain why he allegedly said the Senate is “filled with people of questionable character who put personal interest ahead of the nation.”

The lawmakers said it is necessary to invite the professor of jurisprudence to name the questionable characters in the Senate.

The resolution followed a motion of privilege by Senate Deputy Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South), who told the Senate that Sagay infringed on his integrity, character and privilege as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay on Wednesday said the Senate lacks the power or authority to summon him to appear before its committee on Ethics over alleged disparaging remarks he made against the senators. He claims that the Senators lack the power to summon him because he does not fall under the category of persons they can summon.

His words

“They have neither power nor authority to summon me. I don’t come within the group of persons or officials they can summon. I will advise them to ask their lawyers to look very, very closely at the provisions of Sections 82 to 89 of the Constitution”.

Sagay’s invitation is seen as further escalation of the current face-off between the Senate and Presidency which blew open on Tuesday with the Senate’s suspension of the consideration and confirmation of 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

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Jungle Justice : Couple Burn Manhood Of 17-year-old Boy For Raping Their 4 Year Old Daughter

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I am quite torn as to whether the parents of this child should be commended or chastised. But then, in a country where the legal system is too slow to enact justice and you have a child who will probably be traumatized for the rest of her life, what is to be done to the rapist? Money doesn’t solve problems like this. Getting settled out of court would not settle your soul.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Sokoto state, says it has arrested a couple for allegedly burning the manhood of a 17-year old boy following allegation that the boy raped their four-year-old daughter.

The Commandant of the Corps, Babangida Abdullahi, confirmed the arrest in an interview with journalists in Sokoto on Wednesday.

The Commandant pointed out that the couple, were arrested on Tuesday, at their Sama residence, Sokoto.

According to him, “They alleged that the teenager, a Senior Secondary School three students, raped their four-year old daughter.

“So, they sponsored some boys who seized him on March 24, took him to the suspects’ house, the suspects severely tortured him and burnt his manhood.

“They also locked him up in a toilet up to the following day, March 25.

“The victim was later taken to the Specialist Hospital, Sokoto, where he is responding to treatment.”

According to Abdullahi, the couple was arrested yesterday for allegedly taking the law into their hands.

The commandant further explained that the suspects would soon be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigations.

The Father of the victim, Abdullahi Ibrahim, a teacher at Sultan Bello Secondary School, Sokoto, called on the state government to assist the family in seeking justice for his son.

He also appealed to the Sultanate Council of Sokoto, local and international human rights groups, among others to intervene.

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Highlights from Bola Tinubu’s 65th Birthday and 9th edition of his Colloquium

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So today,political icon Bola Ahmed Tinubu marked his birthday today with Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium #BATC17 at Eko Hotel Lagos and a small celebration. Many dignitaries were in attendance to celebrate this man who is so actively involved in the affairs of Nigeria.

A message from Governor Fayose

Fayose, in a video uploaded by his special assistant, Lere Olayinka described Tinubu as an “outstanding leader in Yoruba Land”.

The governor who dressed in an attire of a Yoruba King said his respect for Tinubu goes beyond party lines.

Watch below;


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At the Colloquium..

With the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Ambode, Governor Akeredolu, Segun Osoba, MAmora, Gbajabiamila and other top dignitaries in attendance…

 

The birthday cake..

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Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Launched By Ambode (Photos)

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday inaugurated the Neighbourhood Safety Corps at Agege Mini Stadium, Lagos. See photos below…

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, with the newly unveiled Neighbourhood Safety Corps logo during the inauguration of the Corp at the Agege Mini Stadium, Lagos, on Monday Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left); Chairman, Board of Neigbourhood Safety Corps, D.I.G Israel Ajao, Rtd. (left); Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (2nd right) and Commissioner for Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr, Oluseye Oladejo (right) during the inauguration of Lagos Neigbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) at the Agege Mini Stadium, Lagos, on Monday

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday launched the rebranded Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, with a pledge that the security of lives and property in the State is non-negotiable.

A total of 177 salon cars and vehicles equipped with communication gadgets, 377 motorcycles, 377 helmets, 4,000 bicycles, metal detectors for ensuring that illegal weapons are not smuggled into public places, among other operational equipment were handed over to the Corps by the governor.

Speaking at the official launch held at Agege Stadium, Governor Ambode said the move was another giant step towards enhancing security all over the State and a vital part of the ongoing efforts of his administration to reform the security and justice sector.

The governor, who on August 15, 2016 assented to the law that created the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, said the Corps had been designed to provide a second layer of policing in order to ensure that the state and communities are more secure.

He acknowledged the fact that the Nigerian Police had been very supportive to the State Government especially in fighting crime, but that the need for the Neighbourhood Corps arose from the identified security challenges confronting the State due to huge population, adding that the members of the Corps would complement police especially in areas of community policing.

“Let me, however, make it abundantly clear that the Neighbourhood Safety Corps is not in any way in competition with the regular Police Force.

“In actual fact, they are expected to assist and complement the Police by providing useful intelligence for crime prevention and to facilitate the arrest of perpetrators of criminal activities in our communities,” Governor Ambode said.

He added that in realisation of the fact that nothing can be more important in law enforcement than educating the people in charge of enforcing the law, the rebranded Neighbourhood Corps have been trained and equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to complement the good work of the Nigerian Police

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Chief of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Burutai Leads Government Delegates To Sambisa Forest

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  The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Burutai is currently leading the federal government delegates to the vast Sambisa Forest to declare open this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship in Borno. Hon Abdulkadir Rahis member representing Maiduguri federal constituency is pictured in Army uniform ready to join the executive Governor of Borno state Hon Kashim Shettima, the Hon minister for Defence, Distinguished senators and Hon Betara .

They have since left to Sambisa as directed by president Mohammadu Buhari.

Is it just me or does Sambisa look completely different and posh now?

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Yet Another Suicide Attempt From Another Man Into Lagos Lagoon

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The increasing spate of people committing suicide especially jumping into the Lagos Lagoon is becoming alarming.It leaves us wondering what could be the possible cause of all this. Is it all just an attention seeking scheme or is there something more to it that we do not know about?
According to media personnel at the Nigeria Police Force, Malik Nasir, this man was rescued yesterday while trying to commit suicide. He was rescued before he could plunge into a Lagos Lagoon…

Malik Nasir wrote;

Yet Another Suicide Attempt At the Lagos Lagoon today. He was rescued before he could take the plunge. An Ifa Priest has said in a national daily that “the Lagoon is Angry. How do we appease the Lagoon Please.

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Buhari Cancels Trip To Sambisa,Appoints Minister To Go In His Place

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President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled a trip to Sambisa he earlier scheduled for Monday –
He has delegated defence minister, Mansur Dan-Ali to represent him at the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship holding in Sambisa forest – Chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai disclosed this on Saturday March 25
Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, will represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship holding in Sambisa forest on Monday March 27.
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