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Court sentences student to 2 yrs imprisonment for breach of trust

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Court sentences student to 2 yrs imprisonment for breach of trust

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A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Abattoir area in Jos, on Wednesday, sentenced a 22-year-old student, John Nanden, to two years in prison for breach of trust and cheating.

The Magistrate, Hanatu Gokwat, however, gave the convict an option of N50, 000 fine and also ordered him to pay a compensation of N37, 000 to the defendant.

Gokwat said that the judgment would serve as a deterrent to those who would want to indulge in such a criminal act.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Karim Bashir, told the court that the complainant, Boniface Nandok of Rayfield area Jos, reported the case on May 3, at the Anglo Jos Police Station.

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Bashir said that the complainant gave the defendant, a resident of Gold and Base area in Jos, N37, 000 for business, but he absconded with it and every effort to reach him proved abortive.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 297 and 309 of the Plateau State Penal Code.

The defendant pleaded guilty and begged the court for mercy, saying he would never be involved in such a criminal act again.

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CBN disburses N16.4m to farmers in Edo

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday distributed farm inputs and started the disbursement of N16.4 million loan to cotton farmers in Edo.

“Ninety-seven farmers are expected to benefit from the farm inputs,’’ Mr Morris Oluwole, the state Chairman of National Cotton Association of Nigeria made this known during the distribution at Akoko Council Area.

The items were 743 bags of fertilizers, 110 Knapsack Sprayers, 106 improved cotton seeds and 110 cartoons of chemicals.

“A total of 97 farmers have been screened and CBN will immediately start disbursement of N170, 000 to each farmer.

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“We want to thank the CBN for the farm inputs and for giving us the opportunity to access the fund directly; very soon individuals will be receiving the money credited to their accounts in readiness for the project,’’ he said.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Monday Osaigbovo urged the beneficiaries to use the loans judiciously.

“The farm inputs and the money was given to you is for the cultivation of cotton in the state.

“And the state the government has set up machinery in place to monitor your farms and to ensure the increase of cotton production in the state.’’

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Oyo govt declares entry forms free for secondary schools

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Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has directed that entry forms into the state’s Schools of Science and Junior Secondary Schools be made free henceforth.

This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.

”Gov. Makinde, in a directive issued through the State Head of Service, Mrs Amidat Agboola, stated that placement/screening exercise forms for students into Junior Secondary Schools be made free.

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”It also indicated that registration forms for admission into Schools of Science in the state be free for all candidates.

”Fees earlier paid by the categories of students mentioned above be refunded by the management of the respective schools immediately, ” the statement said.

It said that the governor’s directive was in fulfilment of his electioneering campaign promise to promote free and quality education to citizens of the state.

“Gov. Makinde appealed to stakeholders to co-operate with his administration to ensure that the state assumes its pacesetter status in the education sector,” the statement said.

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Singer, D’banj to launch YouTube reality show

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SUPERSTAR singer, Daniel Oyebanjo aka D’banj is set to launch a reality show ‘Adventures of a Kokomaster’ on YouTube.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that D’banj, who is also known as the ‘Kokomaster’, announced the upcoming show on his Instagram page @iambangalee on Wednesday.

He said, “Adventures of the Kokomaster launches on YouTube on August 2019. Who wants to feature in it. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel.”

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NAN reports that the show comes after he was hosted and honoured by YouTube with a silver plaque to mark his 100,000 subscribers on the platform.

The musician, entrepreneur and television personality on Monday received a ‘Silver Creator award’ from YouTube and was a panellist at the ‘YouTube Week’.

At the event, D’banj revealed some tips and tricks behind his impact in various sectors of the Nigerian economy through his multiple award-winning music career.

NAN reports that in 2016, he launched the Creative, Reality, Entertainment, Arts and Music (CREAM) platform to support upcoming Nigerian talents.

He revealed that the ‘CREAM’ platform has generated over 15 million dollars and gathered over 3.5 million subscribers since its inception in 2016.

D’banj has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2007 and Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2009.

He also won the Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards and Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards.

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CSO faults SEC over Oando sanction

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A Civil Society Organisation, Initiative for Leadership and Economic Watch in Nigeria, has faulted the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its decision to penalise Oando PLC over alleged infractions.

SEC had recently directed Oando Plc to suspend its Annual General Prior to the directive, it also ordered Oando’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Wale Tinubu, and other affected board members to resign.

However, the company immediately replied, saying the alleged infractions and penalties were unsubstantiated, ultra vires, invalid and calculated to prejudice the business of the company.

Reacting to the development, the Executive Director, Initiative for Leadership and Economic Watch in Nigeria, Mr Splendour Agbonkpolor called on SEC to be an unbiased umpire by being transparent in the discharge of its duties.

He argued that the failure of the Commission to make public its findings of the investigation is carried out before sanctioning the oil company has created the impression that it is acting a script.

Agbonkpolor said: “The stakeholders of OANDO PLC demanded for the content of the investigation report which took two years to compile but the Commission refused to oblige the stakeholders’ access to the investigation report.

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“This invariably implies that there are cookies in the investigation report thus it could be inferred that the Commission may be acting differently from the content of the report that supposedly indicted the chief executive and the second in command of the company.

“The clarity that is needed by the public and Oando stakeholders, is yet to be made available by SEC, this we also seek as Civil Society Organisation in line with Freedom of Information Act, but still not made available, which brings scepticism in the entire processes and procedures that were followed during the course of investigation.

“There is the need for SEC to be even in carrying out its statutory responsibilities, not to be seen as being lopsided and haphazard is more pressing than the selective economic fiasco that is seen in operation.

“Securities and Exchange Commission is highly revered by all that knows the capacity that it carries, not to be seen as being unprofessional in a manner that paint the Commission in a negative light in the public domain, because of one selfish interest somewhere playing the political tunes, while SEC dances to it for their amusement and for the calamity of all.”

The CSO further urged SEC to review its sanctions on Oando Plc in order to clear her questioned integrity rather than waiting for the interpretation of the Court before it withdraws her sanctions.

” We call on Securities and Exchange Commission to obey the order of the Court and allow the law to take is a full course in addressing the injustice melted on Oando Plc, that there was no fair play in the entire processes of investigation and to decline sanctions on earlier imposed.”

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Yobe govt commences process of implementation of state of emergency in education sector

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The Yobe government on Wednesday kick-started the process of the state of emergency declared on basic education with a forum to analyze the problems of primary and secondary education in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Mai-Mala Buni had, in his inaugural address declared a state of emergency on primary and secondary education.

Declaring the forum open in Damaturu, Buni said the objective of the  declaration was “to build a solid, vibrant and robust foundation for the development of education to address emerging challenges.”

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He said the forum would address issues bordering on primary education “with the key players at the grassroots,  implying a bottom-up approach to solve the problems at hand.”

The governor, who was represented by his deputy Alhaji Idi Gubana, assured that his the administration would do everything possible to chart a new course for educational development in the state.

He urged the participants to strategies and offer suggestions that would assist various agencies of education in the state with a view to enhancing service delivery in the education sector.

NAN reports that officials of the state Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), principals, teachers, parents, local government chairmen and Education Secretaries, constituted the forum. 

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Investment: FG to restructure power sector for improved supply — Osinbajo

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The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government is discussing with stakeholders on ways to restructure Nigeria’s power sector with a view to improving supply and attracting more investment to the country.

Osinbajo stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at a Breakfast Meeting of the Lagos Business School.

He expressed the Federal Government’s commitment to creating “a willing buyer, willing seller” situation in the power sector market.

According to Osinbajo, the same old ways where Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) controlled territory that they could not service cannot continue.

“I think that what the Distribution Companies will argue, and what also we have to accept, is that we really have to have a cost-effective tariff one way or the other.

“The way it has worked in the experiments we have seen and what we have done is, for example, what we call the energising economies projects that we have done where we have enabled private power in markets,” he said.

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The vice president noted that private power projects had been executed at the Sabon Gari Market in Kano; the Ariaria Market in Aba; the Sura Market in Lagos; and in Ondo.

He said that the arrangements enabled the private power supplier to provide power to shop owners and businesses at an agreed cost-effective tariff.

Osinbajo observed that the current regulatory framework of the power sector in the country had to take into consideration the effective model of power supply.

“I think the current regulatory structure just has to accommodate the realities and we have got to make sure that we move ahead, otherwise we are going to have ourselves – as we are at the moment – regulating 4,000 megawatts of power for the next four years, which obviously is a disaster.

“We can’t sit here complaining about some people, who are complaining about power and saying we should cancel the licences of people who are providing power.

“It’s not going to work.”

The vice president further said that the Federal Government was also working to attract more investment to the gas sector.

On industrialisation, he said the government was planning to develop Special Economic Zones nationwide with the aim of creating special places that would have different atmospheres conducive for processing, manufacturing, and industrialisation.

He said that economic zones were being built in Lagos, Aba, Katsina, and other places.

Osinbajo said that there were also plans to build up infrastructure in small, medium, and large industrial clusters already existing across Nigeria.

He said that government was looking at the leather hubs in Aba in Abia; Ogidi in Anambra, and Kano state as well as iron works and fabrication clusters in Nnewi, Anambra State and in Bauchi.

“The whole point is that we want to make sure that where we have existing economic clusters, we go in there to assist with power and other infrastructural needs that they may have there.

“So, we are not necessarily creating new zones or new clusters, but building up those that we have so that they can be much more productive.”

The vice president, who also spoke on human capital development in the “Next Level” of the Buhari administration, especially in relation to education and health, said that Nigeria would have a problem if something drastic was not done about them.

He said that the Federal Government and the states were considering how to enforce the nine-year free and compulsory education policy in the country.

“This is a policy of the Federal Government and we believe that it must be enforced, especially because we know that this is the critical years of the child’s life,” he said.

He said that enforcing the policy would ensure that the number of out-of-school children in the country dropped.

According to him, the Federal Government’s policy on education also involves the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics programmes, which will deal with the whole question of teacher training for digital literacy.

Osinbajo said that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would expand the Social Investment Programmes, including the N-Power scheme, the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, the Conditional Cash Transfer, and the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme so that it would include more Nigerians.

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OCP Africa, ABU Zaria partner to assist 5000 farmers on maize production

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A Fertiliser company, OCP Africa and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on Wednesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost Maize production in the Kaduna State through providing fertiliser, seeds, funds and extension services to farmers.

The MoU which targets 5000 farmers in communities in the environ will have 15 postgraduate students of the university who would be trained by OCP Africa as extension officers.

“The approached us as faculty, requesting that they are interested in boasting Maize production in Nigeria and want to use some areas in Kaduna State and they felt they should do that in the campus, and they have chosen ABU as the pilot.

They are going to make use of the Postgraduate students, the students have started the training program,” the Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Professor Olufunmilola Alabi said.

The Country Manager of OCP Africa, Mr Caleb Usoh while signing the MoU at the office of the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, said the company decided to use universities for the project following the robust departments of Agriculture and access to land which some universities enjoy.

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Mr Usoh further said that if the project was successfully executed in universities, it would spur the interest of the students towards engaging in agribusiness after graduation.

“We reckon that many of the universities have very robust agriculture faculty and they also have access to land, so instead of keeping those land their, probably we can engage with the school to use those land to farm, and tap knowledge from the faculty of agriculture to train and offer extension services, by that the students are a bit away from only academics and books to the practicals.

“I think that if we do that it will also spur their interest in agriculture as a business so that beyond graduation, they could also see opportunities to take a career in agriculture, so that’s why we are doing what we are doing in Agribooster Campus Offer, and we chose your institution as a pilot to start this,” he noted.

He said the students would be equipped with tools and knowledge on agriculture extension, while about 5000 farmers are targeted within the communities to boost their maize production.

“We are targeting 5000 farmer community to reach out to within the environ, and also 15 of your students we will act as extension training partners, they will be equipped for that, we are going to expand on this as the year goes by.

“The knowledge we get from this will be replicated in other universities. Beyond this, we are also looking towards other opportunities for collaboration with the school that can spur agribusiness,” Mr Usoh added.

While receiving the delegates, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ibrahim Garba said the school would play its own role in assisting OCP Africa in achieving the target.

He urged the company to always approach the school whenever they are in need of partnership that would drive development in the agricultural sector.

“The university and the immediate region is a very well known agrarian environment, much of what we do in our small ways under our Micro Finance Bank and our Institute for Agriculture Research, we are doing it in our small ways, so what you brought in is to help us boost it and have mutual benefit,” Professor Garba said.

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Burnt market: Ortom promises donation of N50m to traders

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Governor  Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday paid a visit to the burnt Modern Market in Makurdi.

The market late hours of Tuesday was consumed by fire, the cause still remains a mystery.

Goods worth billions of naira were said to have been destroyed in the over 200 shops razed down by the inferno.

Ortom who was on the spot assessment of the market lamented the level of destruction in the market and promised to release the sum of N50 million to the affected traders while he admonished the traders to have faith in God saying,  ‘when there is life, there is hope.

According to him, ‘this is one incident too many,  recalled that we had fire incidence in Gboko market, Wadata market and now Modern market.

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” And for the Modern market, this is the third time it is happening within a few years.

“This alone is one too many and we do not deserve it again. We pray it never happens again and we must take some proactive steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

The governor who promised the traders that the state government would not abandon them said that a commission of inquiry would be set up to identify the immediate and remote causes of all the fire incidences in the market so as to ensure that such incident does not happen again.

He said that the Commission would among other things look into the issues surrounding the suspension of the market Union as well as seek ways to ensuring that all parts of the market which had been burnt down are rebuilt.

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Speaking earlier,  the Ter Makurdi, HRH Sule Abenga who sympathized with all the affected traders urged them not to despair but trust in God to bring them out of the predicament.

The traditional ruler who noted that the fire incidence had affected the economy of the state also called on the federal government to assist the state government in ameliorating the plight of the people.

Some of the traders lamented the fire incident saying that traders have all closed for the day when the fire started.

“At the time I raced to the market, the who shops on our lane had been burnt down, so I could not salvage anything from the shop” one of the traders, Madam favour lamented.

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AfCFTA: Nigeria lacks capacity to stop dumping of goods

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday assured that Nigeria will be guided by ‘‘national interest’’ in taking any decision on the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), but noted that Nigeria lacks the capability to ensure other African countries are not used to dump goods into the country.

‘‘I don’t think Nigeria has the capacity to effectively supervise and to ensure that our colleagues in AU don’t allow their countries to be used to dump goods on us to the detriment of our young industries and our capacity to utilise foreign exchange for imported goods,’’ he said.

Receiving National Council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) led by its president, Engr Mansur Ahmed, President Buhari noted that he was ready to receive the report of a Committee set up to assess the potential costs and impact of signing the agreement establishing the AfCFTA for Nigeria.

According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), the President recalled that the Presidential Steering Committee on the AfCFTA Impact and Readiness Assessment Committee was inaugurated on October 22, 2018, with the mandate to assess the extent to which Nigeria was ready to join the agreement, and what the impact of doing so would be.

The Committee was initially given 12 weeks to conclude its assignment, after holding wide consultations with industry groups and stakeholders, including the MAN.

The President told National Council of MAN the AfCFTA was on the agenda for the upcoming AU Summit in Niamey, Niger Republic, in early July.

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He promised to look into the presentation by MAN highlighting issues of concern to the manufacturing sector, namely the AfCFTA, Export Expansion Grant and other incentives, challenges with the 2019 fiscal policy measures, recent increase in NAFDAC charges, the Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) (Amendment) Act, 2019, among others.

The statement further quoted Buhari’s as saying: ‘‘I assure you that I know the enormity of our problems in terms of population growth rate and teeming young people.

‘‘We need to move very fast, and the government will try and encourage you as very much as possible so that the problem of unemployment and the provision of other services relative to our population and state of development can be tolerated.”

Earlier in his remarks, the MAN president outlined some credible policies that have driven the economy forward in the first term of President Buhari.

In an interaction with Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Dr Kamorudeen Ibitoye Yusuf President/CEO of KAM Holdings Group Nigeria Ltd, spoke on the ongoing KAM Integrated Steel located at Jimba-Oja, Kwara State, noting that when completed, it would a activate Federal Government’s backward integration policy in Steel Industry.

According to him, “It will no doubt enhance Foreign exchange savings of about $200 million annually thereby contributing immensely to the nation’s economy.

“Small and Medium Enterprise Scheme, (SMEs) would gain more attention because about there is going to be empowerment platform for more than 500 distributors and stockists as part of efforts towards boosting the economy.”

Yusuf noted that the project when completed, will generate jobs for not less than 1000 Nigerians and also promote African Regional Trade by enhancing exports of Steel products to earn foreign exchange.

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UPDATE: How Four gunmen kidnapped Dayo, ex-minister Adewole’s son in Oyo ― Police

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THE Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo Police Command, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, has revealed that four unidentified gunmen on Tuesday evening, abducted Dayo

Adewole, son of the immediate past Minister for Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, in Iroko, near Fiditi, Afijio local government of Oyo state.

Fadeyi disclosed that “the man, Dayo Adewole, was abducted by four gunmen around 6:30 pm at Iroko. The Area commander in Moniya and other patrol teams had been alerted and are presently giving the armed men, a hot chase.

“We are on their trail as I speak with you and more deployments had been made to rescue the guy and track down the abductors,” Fadeyi said.

He added that a vehicle with which the gunmen abducted Dayo had been discovered.

The ex-minister was reportedly alerted and is on his way back to Nigeria from his short his trip abroad.

The abductors were yet to contact the family on their motive and the condition of their victim.

A source said Dayo was waylaid at gunpoint on his farm in Iroko.

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Although there were some staff with Dayo, the abductors went for him as a prime target.

It was gathered that the kidnappers later took Dayo away to an unknown destination.

A source said, ”The villagers were alerted by the staff who survived the ordeal. Local hunters were mobilised by the Oniroko of Iroko.

“The hunters were said to have located the car of the abductors along the road to Iware village near Iroko.

“But they are yet to locate Dayo’s whereabouts. It was suspected that the kidnappers might have changed their vehicle following persistent announcement on radio after Oniroko had raised the alarm on air.”

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NIWA to partner military, others to secure waterways

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has it will partner the military and para-military agencies to strengthen security in the waterways.

Warri Area Manager of NIWA, Mr Shaba Afeso, made the disclosure on Wednesday in a chat with journalists in Warri.

He said that synergising with the relevant security agencies was necessary to effectively curtail the activities of the criminal elements perpetrating evils in the maritime domain.

Afeso noted that insecurity was not peculiar to NIWA, but a national phenomenon that was currently being addressed by the government.

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According to the area, cautions security of life and property in the waterways was paramount to NIWA, hence the need to provide adequate protection.

“In spite of the fact that government is on top of the situation, we want to synergise with the Navy, Nigerian Army, Marine police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and others.

“The whole essence is to have our waterways adequately secured. We also want to have an enlarged Joint Task Force to secure the life and properties of those using the waterways.

“Having an enlarged Joint Taskforce will go beyond cowing bandits. It is going to be a physical confrontation for those who do not want to be law-abiding,” he said.

Afeso, who assumed duty in May, said he had also put in place other security-related programmes in the creeks to educate the locals on the need to be security conscious.

According to him, a monitoring team had volunteered to educate the residents in the coastal areas within his jurisdiction to enable them to know that security begins with them.

“We are putting a human relationship to this insecurity issue by engaging the stakeholders in dialogue. For those who will not embrace dialogue, they will be met with the toughest resistance.

“We want to beat their imagination knowing the dynamics of the Niger Delta, their hideouts and when they will probably strike,” he said.

The NIWA boss said that the authority had concluded plan to buy and distribute safety jackets to some boat operators and also educate them on the dangers of overloading to minimised boat mishaps.

“It is not all about wearing Life Jackets, we should also try not to overload our boats to avoid mishaps and possibly loss of life,” he said.

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PDP chieftain admonishes Deltans, charges Delta Assembly to make people-friendly legislation

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A chieftain of the People’s  Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Henry Ofa, has called on Deltans and other residents of Delta State to support the Okowa administration to consolidate the peace, security and progress already attained in the state.

This is just as he charged the newly inaugurated 7th Assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly to focus on enacting laws that will strengthen the peace and unity in the state.

Dr Ofa, the patron of the Oghara Elite Forum and one-time member of the Board of the State Post Primary Education Board, made the call in Asaba on the prospects of the next four years of the Okowa administration.

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He said the unity in diversity displayed by Deltans in the last governorship election was instructive of the fact that Governor Okowa’s first tenure significantly touched on the lives of many, irrespective of tribe, religion or political leaning.

Dr Ofa cited the over 1, 000 kilometres of roads across the three senatorial districts, the prudent management of the state’s resources, the empowerment of youths and women as some of the key areas that the Okowa administration did well in the past four years.

The PDP stalwart commended Deltans for their commitment to the prosecution of the stronger Delta project and expressed optimism that the next four years would yield better dividends of democracy for the state and Deltans.

Dr Ofa felicitated with Governor Okowa and his Deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, for their successful inauguration for a second term and prayed to God to see them through their onerous responsibilities.

Meanwhile, Dr Ofa, who congratulated Honourable Sheriff OborevworI and Honourable Ochor Ochor on their emergence as Speaker and Deputy Speaker, noted that the Assembly had a good number of knowledgeable and experienced members whose contributions to legislative business would carve a niche for the House.

He said achieving a strong Delta was not negotiable, adding that the state assembly could do a lot to make it possible.

The former commissioner of DESOPADEC reminded the legislators that they were elected to represent their people at the assembly, urging them to consult widely with their constituents in order to succeed.

The PDP chieftain commended the 6th Assembly for the robust relationship it had with the executive arm of government and enjoined the 7th Assembly to build it.

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Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, set to launch new kitchen talk show

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NOLLYWOOD star, Mercy Johnson Okojie is set to launch her new ‘kitchen talk show’ called Mercy’ s Menu in July.

Okojie, who disclosed her plans, said she has completed the shoot for the new cook-talk show, adding that it would kick off in July.

The actress said that after some months of teasing fans, coupled with the 5.5 million followers on Instagram with her new focus, Okojie’s media managers confirmed that 13 episodes of the show have been completed.

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According to her media managers, the 13 episodes featured Liz Benson, AY, Chigul, Omawumi, Niniola, Ufuoma McDermott, Lolo 1, Maraji, Busola Dakolo.

Others were Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Ill Bliss and Munachi, Lagos House Wife (Rayo), Prince Odi Okojie, Purity, Henry, and Angel.

According to her, the new cooking/talk show would focus on talking to fellow celebrities on their lifestyle, their opinion on life issues and their intimate secrets while cooking.

Johnson is considered to be one of the richest actresses in Nigeria, due to her net worth of $1 million.

She earns money in her position as brand ambassador for the iodized salt company, Mr Chef with Kogi State governor apart from acting.

Johnson got married to Prince Odianosen Okojie in 2011 and their marriage is blessed with three kids.

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Envoy assures bi-monthly Korean Movie premier in Nigeria

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KCCN

Mr Lee Jin Su, the Director of Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria, (KCCN) says the Centre will maintain the bimonthly Korean movie premiere to further deepen bilateral relation between Koreans and Nigerians.

Su made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

The KCCN director said that Korean movie premiere form parts of its cultural day activities to enhance and deepen the relationship between Koreans and Nigerians.

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He said that the movie “Treasure Island’’ recently premiere at the centre was part of its strategy to make Nigerians understand the Korean Culture.

“The movie, Treasure Island, is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “The Treasure Island’’ which is well known as Jekyll and Hyde.

“The novel was a story written for fun, a thrilling and exciting adventure of a boy named Jim Hawkins.

“With a deadly charm, John Silver is a wonderful villain in the story who can’t easily be forgotten by anyone who had read the novel.

“The Treasure Island, a novel with exotic backgrounds and peculiar materials, feature tremendous courage and enthusiasm with pirates of impressive characters, written in series with suspense.

“It is also selected to be one of the 1001 books that must be read before death.

“Korean actors displayed talents and skills in the movie which fascinated Nigerians movie lover; they enjoyed it.

“We will continue to a maintained movie premiere in the Centre to encourage interaction and improve relations between Nigerians and Koreans,’’ Su said.

However, su said he hoped that the relationship between Nigeria and Korea would be extended to Nollywood and Korean Movie Industry.

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No APC-controlled state is fighting corruption ― Falana

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No APC-controlled state is fighting corruption ― Falana

Falana

The human rights activist and lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, has accused the state governments, especially those being controlled by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), of insincerity in the fight against corruption in the country.

He said that was why none of them (except Kano State) out of the 20 states being controlled by the party, constituted a formal structure to fight corruption.

Falana stated this, on Tuesday, in Kano, while delivering a keynote paper at a two-day stakeholders’ dialogue on corruption in Nigeria. The programme, organised by the ActionAid Nigeria, with the theme: “Enhancing Citizens’ Effective Participation in the Fight Against Corruption,” has representatives from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission(ICPC), National Orientation Agency and so forth, as discussants.

According to Falana, only Kano State among all the 20 APC controlled states and indeed in the entire country that has been able to establish Anti- Corruption Commission as an agency to fight corruption at the state level.

“But if we are to fight corruption effectively as a country, the job shouldn’t be only that of the Federal Government, ” he said. “Even at the federal level too, Federal Government has too much control over EFCC and ICPC such that they are selective in their probes.”

Falana however, believes that even at that, what government would need to be more concerned about is wealth creation rather than pursuing corruption here and there.

He also asked Federal Government to give at least N1 billion each from the N606 billion recovered through the whistleblowing policy and other looted funds to every local government council for development purposes.

He said Nigeria real problem started with the introduction of the Structural Adjustment Programme by the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida in 1986 when public assets were sold to wealthy individuals who he said had no interest of the masses at hearts.

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He, however, urged citizens to start demanding for their rights as enshrined in the constitution from public office holders rather than folding their hands watching, saying that is the only way to cause real development in the country.

Earlier, the Chairman, Kano State Public Complaint and anti- Corruption Commission, Malam Magaji Rimingado, on a sideline, said, his led agency is only awaiting the police findings on the recent case of Gorila swallowed N6.8 million and that of robbery incident at the state zoological garden.

He said once the police concluded their investigations on a case of robbery at the place, the agency would find out why such huge amount of money should be kept in the zoo when it is not a bank and ensured it gets to the root of the matter.

On why his led commission spared the state governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje , from investigation and possible prosecution over an alleged bribery collection from state contractors, he said apart from the fact that governor had immunity covering him from such action, the commission was not carried along by the journalists who investigated the governor.

On her part, country’s director, ActionAid, Nigeria, Mrs Ene Obi, said the issue of corruption in government circle and also in private sector was not only disturbing but increasingly killing us to death as a country.

She said corruption had distorted competition and trade, reduced investments and slowed development, widened economic and social inequalities, heightened injustice and insecurity and that it was high time for citizens to rise up and demanded accountability, especially from the public office holders across tiers of government.

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World Music Day: France sets to hold concert in Nigeria

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THE Institut français du Nigéria on Tuesday said it is set to hold a musical concert to celebrate this year’s World Music Day in Nigeria.

Ms Cécile Mercier, Cultural Programme officer of the Institut, said in a statement that the celebration, scheduled to hold on Friday would boost relations between France and Nigeria.

The World Music Day “Fête de la musique, in French” is an annual music celebration that takes place globally on the 21st of June, every year.

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According to her, on this Day, the citizens of a city or country are allowed and urged to play music outside in their neighbourhoods or in public spaces and parks.

“Free concerts are also organized, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.

“The first all-day musical celebration on the day of the summer solstice originated by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang and Maurice Fleuret and was first celebrated in Paris in 1982.

“The day is now celebrated in over 120 countries around the world; this year, the Institut français du Nigéria decided to put a spotlight on electronic music, inviting the French DJ Praktika.

“He has been living in West Africa; Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and now Mali, for 5 years, which explains the breadth and originality of his music style.

“He infuses African tones into his electronic productions, and the result is definitely worth it,” she said.

She further revealed that after a two-day workshop and co-creation with local artists “talking drums and other instruments” there would be two-hour DJ set by Praktika at the Institut.

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Naira Marley hints on plans to help prisoners get fair hearing

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Naira Marley

Nigerian Singer, Naira Marley, reminiscing on his 35 days experience in detention, has disclosed intentions to help inmates awaiting trial get a fair hearing.

He revealed this in a post he shared on his Instagram account,@nairamarley, saying that there were several other inmates in jail without trial nor conviction who might need help.

Marley, who was arrested over allegations of cyber fraud on March 10, was released from EFCC custody on bail on June 14, in the sum of N2m with two sureties in like sum.

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However, the musician seems to have had a hard time with both suspects and convicts in prison going by the experience he shared on social media.

“I have to help a lot of niggas in jail. I met one guy, he has been in jail for 9 years but never been to court, as they haven’t found him guilty yet. What if he is not even guilty?.”

With the benefit of hindsight, Naira Marley feels their frustration and has hinted at helping such persons get justice.

“I met another nigga who has been in jail for over 2 years because he is in a relationship with one rich woman’s daughter and the woman locked him up for not leaving her daughter”

However, the 30-year old singer said he went to prison as a form of sacrifice for cybercriminals popularly known as yahoo boys, adding that Yahoo boys owed him for his imprisonment in a live video on Instagram.

Naira Marley was released after 14 days following a bail granted him by Justice Nicholas Oweibo, on condition of two sureties in like sum on May 31.

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Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson set to lunch new cook- talk show

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Mercy Johnson

NOLLYWOOD star, Mercy Johnson Okojie is set to lunch her new ‘kitchen talk show’ called Mercy’ s Menu in July.

Okojie, who disclosed her plans, said she has completed the shoot for the new cook-talk show, adding that it would kick off in July.

The actress said that after some months of teasing fans, coupled with the 5.5 million followers on Instagram with her new focus, Okojie’s media managers confirmed that 13 episodes of the show have been completed.

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According to her media managers, the 13 episodes featured Liz Benson, AY, Chigul, Omawumi, Niniola, Ufuoma McDermott, Lolo 1, Maraji, Busola Dakolo.

Others were Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Ill Bliss and Munachi, Lagos House Wife (Rayo), Prince Odi Okojie, Purity, Henry, and Angel.

According to her, the new cooking/talk show would focus on talking to fellow celebrities on their lifestyle, their opinion on life issues and their intimate secrets while cooking.

Johnson is considered to be one of the richest actresses in Nigeria, due to her net worth of $1 million.

She earns money in her position as brand ambassador for the iodized salt company, Mr Chef with Kogi State governor apart from acting.

Johnson got married to Prince Odianosen Okojie in 2011 and their marriage is blessed with three kids.

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Buhari commends Nigerians for living peacefully abroad

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Nigerians residing in foreign countries for living peacefully with their host communities.

Giving the commendation on Tuesday when a delegation of the Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (PAN) led by its National President, Comrade Jasper Emenike, paid a courtesy visit to the State House, Abuja the President enjoined Nigerians in the Diaspora to “bear in mind the sensitivities of their host communities” and forge harmonious relationships.

According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), while expressing delight at the visit by members of the Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria, President Buhari also lauded their choice of name and “for flying high the green-white-green flag.”

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He also commended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigeria Diaspora Commission for positively interfacing with the members of the Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria in particular, and Nigerians living abroad in general.

Earlier, Comrade Emenike, who described his organisation as “a Pan-Nigerian non-governmental and non-profit” group, had congratulated President Buhari on his re-election and successful inauguration.

He said his members were on a “thank you, solidarity visit”  to “formally convey our heartfelt appreciation to Mr President and Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on your swift intervention leading to the reopening of over 400 Nigerian Traders’ Shops in Ghana last October by the host government, over some trade policy disputes arising from the enforcement of the Ghana Local Investment Promotion Act in clear violation of the letters and spirit of the ECOWAS Free Movement Protocols.”

According to Comrade Emenike, the President’s intervention was a “loud demonstration” of his sense of leadership, character and commitment to the principles of ECOWAS regional integration.

He also applauded the anti-corruption campaign of the current administration, while pledging his organisation’s commitment towards grassroots mobilisation and support.

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