Monday, 29 August 2016
AIT Staff Gbenga Aruleba has lost his last daughter, Rereoluwa. She turned 13 years on August 27th. Gbenga and Rereoluwa became an internet sensation last year when photos of him blow drying her hair surfaced online. The sad father announced her passing on via his Facebook wall this evening.
May her sweet soul rest in peace Amen.
Sunday, 28 August 2016
I have been on call, 24/7 for the last 365 days, no weekends no leave. Why? Because the community hospital where I work in cannot afford to pay many doctors at the same time. Why? Because the patients cannot afford to pay for basic healthcare services. Why? Because the economy is bad. And if they can't pay, how can you give them QUALITY healthcare?
I handle emergencies with rechargeable lanterns.
I site intravenous lines with my phone torchlight.
“There is neither truth nor goodness nor knowledge of God in the country; only perjury, lies, murder, theft and adultery, with continual bloodshed. That is why the country is in mourning with all who live there wasting away; the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, even the fish are dying. But let no one apologize or accuse the other, for it is you, priest, whom I single out!” - Hosea 4:1-4.
In 2004, a BBC report noted that Nigeria is the most religious country in the world. “Over 90% of Nigerians said they believed in God, prayed regularly and would die for their belief.” A year earlier in 2003, a study carried out in more than 65 countries and published in the UK New Scientist magazine reported that Nigerians are the happiest people on earth (even though the World Happiness Report recently indicated that Nigeria’s place has dropped). For many years, Transparency International corruption perception index has put Nigeria on the list of the most corrupt countries of the world. Nigeria is also one of the world’s poorest countries. Forget about the rebasing of the economy hoax, a 2013 National Bureau of Statistics report observed that 120 million Nigerians are living below the poverty line. That is simply a recipe for disaster. It reminds me of the verdict passed on the Nigerian economy in October 2015 by Walter Carrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria. He said: “Nigeria is confronting one of the most confounding contradictions in development economics - growth without development.”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has urged all unemployed Nigerians to register at the online job portal of the Social Intervention Scheme of the Federal Government in order to benefit from different categories of programmes which government is offering. The registration on the portal, (www.npower.gov.ng) ends Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
The Minister made the call over the weekend while flagging off the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) School-to-Work Programme in Calabar, Cross River State.
Saturday, 27 August 2016
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday stated that the Senate will investigate the severe hunger and nutrition crisis in the IDP camps in the North East. Last Thursday, hundreds of women from camps in Borno State took to peaceful protest and barricaded the Maiduguri-Kano/Jos Road.
While reacting to the protest, Saraki described the development as desperate and reiterated his calls for better coordination amongst government and international aid agencies. He again emphasised the need for Nigeria to quickly operationalise a more effective and efficient humanitarian response infrastructure to address the dire situation.
Below is a story typical of the massive unemployment in Nigeria, Please read.
I graduated from the university in 2011 and finished my NYSC in 2012. I had already planned my life I didn’t want to waste much time before going for my master’s degree if I didn’t get a good job.
A month before my POP in 2012, I got a job offer in an oil firm in Port Harcourt that I served. With a salary of N50,000 they offered, I wasn’t satisfied with it. I wanted better even when part of me insisted on taking the offer. I had to tell my mom that I wanted to sell some of my late dad’s property to raise money to go to U.K for my masters. My mom totally refused. She objected on me selling any of my dad’s property to go abroad for my master. And she has also refused to give me money for school fees. She no want make I travel. She said she would only support me if I wanted to start a business.
Uche Anichukwu, the Special Assistant (media) to Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu is marking his10th year marriage anniversary.
Writing on his Facebook page he said:
"It has been 10 years of soaring on the wings of God's grace, favour, and testimonies. To God we return all the praise and glory. Amen".
Congratulations bro, wishing you many awesome years of love and unity ahead.
Dr. Kalu Nwachukwu is a gynaecologist well-known to his female patients. Now the 47-year-old is in police custody for the way he is alleged to have acted with them: he drugged, then had intercourse with them. Police arrested him on August 4 after a report of “unethical conduct”.
A police statement said the gynaecologist was “in the habit of taking undue advantage of his female patients who come to him for treatment to sexually abuse the patients.”
Coach of the National U-23 team, Samson Siasia is certainly not new to Nigerian football. His latest foray where he led the team to win Nigeria’s only medal at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympic Games was not the first time the former Super Eagles striker will be on the saddle.
Before now he had coached the same team to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games where he won the silver medal after another silver medal in Under 20 World Cup in Holland. In this last assignment for the Rio Olympics, the sports minister Solomon Dalung called him names for taking the team to Atlanta for preparation.
Before then the same minister publicly condemned him for dropping some players who played in the African Championship in Senegal. The minister wanted all those who played in Senegal to be in Rio their fitness level or injuries notwithstanding.
The Nigeria Football Federation owed him salaries running up to five months. He never got the support he needed from the ministry to the federation. In this interview with Vanguard Correspondent Jude Opara, Siasia speaks on his future in Nigeria and many more.
Friday, 26 August 2016
The Enugu State Police Command has arrested the suspected mastermind of the herdsmen attack on Ndiagu Attakwu Akegbe Ugwu community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.
A statement from the command’s spokesman, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, in Enugu on Friday gave the name of the suspect as Umaru Isah from Gusau, capital of Zamfara State.
Some aggrieved residents on Friday stoned Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, as he emerged from a mosque where he observed Jumat prayer in Lokoja, the state capital.
Premium Times reports that it is not immediately clear why the residents carried out the attack against Mr. Bello, but witnesses said the incident occurred at the Lokoja Central Mosque in the old market area of the capital.
A source who confirmed the development said the disgruntled persons also carried few placards while chanting anti-government slogans. The source also said Mr. Bello was pelted with rotten fruits and vegetables.
Four months after herdsmen invaded Nimbo village in Enugu State, killing and maiming the villagers, another village in the same state was, yesterday, attacked by, at least, 50 herdsmen leaving death and tears in their wake.
The invaded village was Ndiagu,Attakwu, Akegbe-Ugwu in Nkanu-West Local Government Area of the state. Some of the victims include 26-year-old Seminarian, Lazarus Nwafor, on a year apostolic work, who was slaughtered and a six month pregnant woman whose stomach was ripped open.
Frustrated by the failure of the present administration to rescue their children, parents and relatives of the missing Chibok school girls have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
The relatives, who spoke in Abuja on Thursday, accused the President of not fulfilling his promise to rescue the Chibok during the 2015 electioneering campaign.
It would be recalled that more than 200 girls of Chibok secondary school were abducted from their hostel in April 2014 by the Boko Haram sect, sparking international outrage and pressure on government to ensure their release.