Monday, September 19, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

Obaseki seeks World Medical Association collaboration

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has called for collaboration with the World Medical Association to strengthen delivery of quality and affordable healthcare to Edo people across the state.

According to statement by the media aide to the governor, Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki made the call during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the World Medical Association, led by its President-elect, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, at the Government House in Benin City.

He said: “Your positive acknowledgement of our modest contribution in the state has gone a long way in helping our government in terms of reforms in the medical space.

“As you know, we are undertaking reforms in the healthcare sector. The amount of resistance we have faced might be quite discouraging but when we hear voices like yours, we know we are on the right track. That is quite encouraging and l want to thank you immensely for the support.

“Except people like you lend your voice to support the decentralisation of the health care system in this country and strengthen it from the foundation, particularly the emphasis on primary healthcare.”

we may be heading towards catastrophe going by the wave of epidemic outbreak in the world today. The foundation of our healthcare system in the country is just too weak. It is not about infrastructure or the building. It is about the people.”

Enabulele commended the state government on its massive infrastructural development in the healthcare sector.


Monday, September 19, 2022

EPL: Iwobi wins MOTM, hails Lampard


NIGERIAN midfielder Alex Iwobi was voted Man Of The Match as Everton beat West Ham 1-0 at Goodison Park to end a six-game winless run.

The 26-year-old provided the assist for Neal Maupay, who fired in to hand Everton the only goal of the encounter in the first half.

Iwobi has assisted Everton’s last two goals in the Premier League.

The Toffees ended their winless run of six games with a hard-fought victory over West Ham at Goodison Park, their longest wait for their first league victory in a season since 2010-11.

Iwobi has been in fine form since the appointment of Frank Lampard as Everton manager.

In his post-match conference, the former Arsenal man, who joined The Toffees in 2019, hinted at Lampard’s impact on his career.

“I’ve always had the mindset that I can try to prove people wrong. The manager has given me faith to do so, and how to express myself as I always do in training.”

Former Brighton striker Maupay netted his first goal in royal blue as Everton’s wait for a deserved first Premier League win of the season came to an end at Goodison Park.

Speaking about his team’s performance and the fans’ reaction, Lampard expressed delight over the win and praised the fans, assuring them the team would get better.

“The reality is we have worked hard this season and deserved more. Our fans are amazing. To hold on, fight, dig in, we showed a lot of parts. We will get better. This team has to be a reflection of the fans. The passion of the fans, they demand things and they’d better see them. We have players who can deliver those characters,” Lampard said.

“Hopefully our football can get even better, the fans are happy. Nobody is getting carried away. At the moment there is a decent feeling around the place.”

The win means Everton head into the international break boasting a six-match unbeaten run, five in the Premier League, and with the joint second-best defensive record in the top flight.

Five league defeats from seven games will be a concern for West Ham manager David Moyes, whose side host fellow strugglers Wolves in their next match on 1 October.


Monday, September 19, 2022

Niger: March in Niamey against presence of French army

Several hundred people demonstrated peacefully Sunday in the streets of the Nigerien capital Niamey, to protest against the French anti-jihadist force Barkhane, while praising Russia, a journalist from AFP noted.

With cries of "Barkhane out", "Down with France", "Long live Putin and Russia", the demonstrators went through some streets of the capital before holding a meeting in front of the headquarters of the National Assembly.

Some demonstrators carried Russian flags and held up signs hostile to France and Barkhane.

Some of the placards read "Get out of the criminal French army" or "The colonial army Barkhane must go" in this demonstration authorized by the municipal authorities of Niamey.

Some 3,000 French troops are still deployed in the Sahel - including Niger, one of Paris' main allies - after their total withdrawal from Mali.

The Barkhane force had been ousted by the junta in power in Mali since 2020, which is suspected of working with the Russian paramilitary group Wagner.

In April, Niger's deputies had largely voted in favor of a text authorizing the deployment of foreign forces on the territory, including French, to fight jihadists.

"There are anti-French slogans because we demand the immediate departure of the Barkhane force in Niger, which is alienating our sovereignty and destabilizing the Sahel," Seydou Abdoulaye, the coordinator of the M62 Movement, which is organizing the demonstration, told AFP.

Wearing a T-shirt bearing the image of Burkina Faso's former revolutionary president Thomas Sankara, he accused the former colonial power of "active support" for "jihadists who have spread terrorism from Mali," which borders Niger and Burkina Faso.

Last month, the Malian government accused France of supporting jihadist groups, statements that were "insulting" to Paris.

In recent months, several anti-French demonstrations have taken place in the Sahel, notably at the end of November 2021 when a Barkhane military convoy was blocked and stoned in Burkina Faso and then in Niger.

Three demonstrators were killed in Téra, in western Niger, in shootings blamed by the Nigerien government on its forces or on French forces.

Sunday's demonstration was also aimed at protesting the cost of living in Niger, where a recent increase in the price of diesel fuel has quickly affected the price of some commodities. According to M62 leaders, another demonstration took place Sunday in Dosso, a town in southwestern Niger.

Niger faces regular and deadly attacks by jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group in the Sahel in the west and by Boko Haram and the Islamic State group in West Africa (Iswap) in the southeast.

The country has for years been home to several foreign military bases, including French and U.S. bases, dedicated to the fight against jihadists in the Sahel.


Monday, September 19, 2022

African leaders pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

The heads of state of Ethiopia, and Ghana paid tribute to the late British monarch Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday as they signed her book of condolences at Lancaster House in London.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said the queen had overseen the "dramatic transformation" of the Commonwealth into a global "force for good" during her 70-year reign

Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde said Elizabeth had been a "towering woman leader" who would be remembered for her public service.

Dignitaries from across the world have travelled to the UK capital ahead of the queen's state funeral on Monday.

The state funeral will begin shortly before 11am (10:00 GMT) when the queen’s coffin will be placed on a gun carriage and pulled by 142 Royal Navy sailors to the abbey, the finale of 10 days of national mourning for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.


Monday, September 19, 2022

Students to ground Lagos airport

Men of the Lagos State Police Command, Lagos Airport Police Command and students, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students, may be set for a showdown over the students’ plan to ground the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Monday (today).

The students’ planned mass action is in continuation of their protest against the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

While the students told The PUNCH on Sunday that they will commence the grounding of the nation’s airports with that of Lagos on Monday (today), police authorities said the students “are free to come out and see what awaits them.”

NANs National Taskforce Chairman, Olumide Ojo, told one of our correspondents that the association was aware of the Federal Government’s plan to mobilise the military against its protest.

He said the move would, however, not stop the association’s protest at the Lagos airport.

Ojo said, “We can secure ourselves against external forces. We are aware that the Federal Government is mobilising the military to the venue of our protest but that will not stop us from barricading the airport.

“Since last Tuesday, we have been grounding the major highways from Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to Guru Maharaji, we blocked Gbongan and so on. These are the roads being used by the masses, so we decided to focus on the routes government officials use most, which are the international airports and others.

“Nigerians should reschedule their flights because tomorrow (today) will be grounded. No one will go out, no one will come in.”

 NANS Coordinator, Zone D, Adegboye Olatunji also confirmed the development in a separate interview.

He noted that the Lagos airport would be the first among the airports to be grounded by the students.

“The Lagos airport will be grounded on Monday (today). All we want is for the government to answer us. We want an end to the strike


Monday, September 19, 2022

BBNaija: Allysn speaks on being Hermes’ third girlfriend

Big Brother Naija housemate, Allysn has said she will figure out her relationship with Hermes when the show ends.

Allysn said this after her eviction on Sunday.

She was asked by Ebuka if she will become Hermes’ third girlfriend after the show.

Recall that Hermes had said he had two girlfriends.

According to him, both women were aware of each other.

Responding, Allysn, who claimed she only had romantic feelings towards Hermes and not Adekunle, added that their relationship will only be figured out when the show ends.

”We will figure it out when he comes out,” she said.

She added that she would continue modeling and would also work in the entertainment industry.


Monday, September 19, 2022

Olojo Festival: Ooni Of Ife To Discuss ASUU Strike, 2023 Elections With ‘Spirits’


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, yesterday said he would dedicate the annual seven days seclusion marking the beginning of Olojo festival to end the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Recall that the strike had paralysed academic activi- ties in the nation’s universities.

Ooni, who appeared in his usual white traditional attire lace with colorful ancient beads, made this known to journalists on his way out of the Ile Oodua Palace of Ife. Olojo festival connotes a strong indication of God’s creation and the day of the first dawn on earth. It is celebrated annually in Ile-Ife by all descendants of Oduduwa globally.

The traditional ruler said he would also use the highly spiritual moment of seclusion as “a point of contact to God Almighty toward resolving all issues in Nigeria, as the country gears up for next year’s general election”.

Ogunwusi, who is also also the Co-chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), said government must, as a matter of urgency, end the ASUU strike to avert the looming anger of Nigerian youths.

He said: “Youths are angry and no one can blame them for that. Just imagine the number of months they have been kept out of schools.”


Friday, September 16, 2022

Friday, September 16, 2022

Introducing Community Chats: Connecting Your Community in Real Time on Messenger and Facebook


We’ve helped more than a billion people connect with loved ones in a trusted space on Messenger, and we know that people want to engage in real time with larger communities over shared interests. Today, Mark Zuckerberg announced we’ll begin testing the ability for people to start Community Chats in Messenger in the coming weeks, allowing people to create a Facebook Group, start chats and audio channels, and invite others to join their new group all within the app. We’ll also be expanding Community Chats to even more Facebook Groups.




Why Community Chats?


Community Chats let people connect more deeply with communities in real time around the topics they care about in multiple formats, including text, audio and video. The experience seamlessly blends Messenger and Facebook Groups to allow people to connect when, where and how they want. Admins can now start a conversation about a topic and get in-the-moment responses instead of waiting for people to comment on a post. And, rather than navigating multiple topics in a single Messenger group chat, the person who creates the Community Chat can organize chats into categories so group members can easily find what’s most interesting to them. For example, a band’s fan group could have a “Breaking News” category with chats dedicated to new album drops, tour dates and group activities.




How It Works


Check out how Vanessa Yaeger, admin of the Women Who Surf Facebook Group, uses Community Chats to bring her members together in real time for a spontaneous IRL meetup.


Admins can choose from several options to help their communities connect. They can start a chat for group members around a specific topic, an event chat for an outing or meetup, a view-only broadcast chat for admins to announce group-wide updates and an admin-only chat to collaborate with admins and moderators. Admins can also create audio channels so group members can share live commentary or receive real-time support. Participants also have the option to enable video once they’re in the audio channel. For example, the admin of a Facebook Group for chemistry students could create audio channels for study groups during finals season, and participants can turn on video for live tutoring. Community Chats are only accessible to members of a group. To learn more about how to use Community Chats




Given the more public nature of Community Chats, we’ve developed a robust suite of tools to help admins easily manage both chat and audio experiences. This includes moderation capabilities like blocking, muting or suspending group members, and removing members or messages, as well as Admin Assist, which allows admins to set custom criteria that will automatically suspend users, remove reported messages, and stop messages from ineligible authors or containing violating content from being sent. Members of Community Chats can also report messages to group admins or Meta, block users or leave a chat at any time. 


What’s Next


We’re committed to building messaging experiences that help people connect with their communities, friends and families. As Community Chats rolls out to more people and groups around the world, we’ll continue exploring new features and capabilities to make it easier to connect with one another.


Friday, September 16, 2022

Angolan President João Lourenço is inaugurated for a second term

Angolan president João Lourenço pledged on Thursday to be "the president of all Angolans" during his inauguration for a second term in the capital, Luanda.

The ceremony took place under a heavy security presence after elections whose results were disputed by the opposition.

The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), in power since independence from Portugal in 1975, won the elections held on the 24th of August with 51.17% of the vote, its lowest ever score.

The main opposition party, the National Union for Independence (UNITA), which received 43.95% of the vote according to the electoral commission, claimed to have won the election according to its own count.

The opposition rejected the results and appealed to the Constitutional Court.

The appeal was rejected earlier this month.

Some 15,000 strictly selected Angolans were invited to the ceremony, which was to be attended by some 50 heads of state and government, including Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The MPLA lost the two-thirds majority in parliament, which allowed it to pass laws without the support of another party.


Friday, September 16, 2022

Anger as 2,000 people bid for 134 seized vehicles

It was like a commodity market, yesterday, as about 2,000 people made bid for 134 vehicles auctioned by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice and the state’s Task Force through Crlimited Auction House at the Task Force yard, Ikeja, Lagos.

 The vehicles were seized in the last one year by the Task Force for various offences, ranging from obstruction of traffic, one-way driving, dangerous driving and others.


To qualify for the bid, the Auction House charged a non-refundable fee of N2, 000 each to applicants. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Auction House, Onanuga Adewunmi started the bid of each vehicle at N100,000.


While the exercise was on, an elderly man alongside his wife came forward with a vehicle particulars to plead for his car to be released, but his plea fell on deaf ears as his commercial bus known popularly as Danfo was bid for N370,000.


Bidders,  who were not pleased with the process, accused the Auction House and the Task Force of fraud and running a non-transparent bidding. They also accused them of selling at higher prices.


An angry bidder, Animashaun Adesina,  who came from Ibadan, Oyo State, said: “This is far from the auction that we  are  used to. The price is too high. N800,000 was offered for a mini-bus,  but we don’t know its condition, they  also bid N3.2 million for a vehicle, currently being sold for N3.5 million.


Another man, Ogundele Ajayi, said: “They have concluded on the prices before making the bid public. My friend bought a Highlander Sports Utility Van (SUV) Limited for N120,000 at Alagbon three years ago. So, why are they selling a korope for N1.5 million? They just wasted our time and collected N2, 000 from each person.


But,  the man whose bus was offered for N370,000, Lateef Kolapo told The Guardian that he had visited the Task Force office severally,  but he was told that the chairman had taken over his vehicle and nothing could be done.


He claimed that officers collected N94,000 from them, when the person who drove the bus was arrested. But coordinator of the mobile court told The  Guardian  that his claim is not possible.


Speaking on the process, Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offence Unit (Task Force), Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Sola Jejeloye, said: “The process started more than a year ago, because the process needed to be scrutinised and challenged. At times, because of confrontation with owners of vehicles we will feel like they cannot suffer two punishments. So, most of the vehicles have been in the yard for more than a year.


“If a person commits a minor offence,  he or she should be bold to come,  but there are some abandoned vehicles whose owners left because of a N25,000 fine, but they ran away because of fear.


“When they commit an offence, they should go to court because nobody is interested in another man’s vehicle. We are in this position today and we will go back to the public tomorrow. So, that is why we try to follow due process. We are not doing this for personal gains. All the money is going into the government’s coffers.”


On the number of vehicles auctioned, he said: “We are auctioning 134 vehicles, out of that number, we have 10 tricycles and others in different categories.


“ I am warning motorists to be careful because many people, as we can see here today, are waiting to buy their property and they might not be lucky to get them back.


“Most of our operations are not friendly. So, people should be careful. Traffic offences are not critical offences. When you commit a traffic offence, be bold to come to the office to clear yourself in the court and tell the magistrate why the offence was committed. There are several cases that were struck out because the offenders were able to convince the magistrate. So, vehicle owners must know how not to accept defeat before the battle starts.”


On  the ban on Okada’s operation, he said: “We can sense some peace in Lagos since the ban. Okada ban enforcement is not abstract, everyone can see it and it is above 95 per cent compliance, and it got better when the second phase was released. It became better when the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi said both the riders and passengers would be prosecuted. So far, a medical doctor became a victim and was sent to a correctional centre. Lawyers are also victims.


Also,  Coordinator, Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile Court) Arinola Ogbara-Benjoko, said: “We appointed a proper auctioneer and went through the proper procedure.


“Everything was transparent. The registration started on Monday and we have over 1,000 bidders.” 


Friday, September 16, 2022

Suspected cultist shoots student dead in Yabatech

An unidentified student of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos was shot dead, Thursday evening, around 9 pm, by suspected cultist.

Our correspondent, who was in the school at the time of the incident, noted that the student was shot twice while other students ran for safety.

A student, Tayo Aina, noted that she was behind the student that was shot.

In a jittery voice, she said, “I was going for night class because my final exam is tomorrow and the next thing I heard was a gunshot and the guy behind me fell.

“I can’t say exactly but they were about two to three guys who were standing and I could see one with a gun as I ran for safety.”

Another student, who only identified herself as Mujibat stated that the level of cult shootings and killings in the school had to be stopped.

She stated, “It was a day to our matric during my National Diploma days when someone was also killed. It’s not the first time this is happening and no development has been made towards the issue at all.”

Mujibat noted that she was also on her way to the night class when she heard gunshots and students running helter-skelter for safety.

Confirming the story, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, stated that the incident was true.

He stated, “The DPO of the area already visited the scene and confirmed that the incident did happen.”

He also noted that further details would be released by the police after investigations.

All efforts to reach the school’s Rector proved abortive.


Friday, September 16, 2022

Why I am still single 1 year after breaking up with Burna Boy – Stefflon Don opens up (Video)


Stefflon Don, a singer and former girlfriend of Nigerian artiste, Burna Boy has opened up about her relationship life.

Recall, the singer who was in a relationship with Nigerian afrobeat star Burna Boy cut ties with him over undisclosed issues.

Speaking during a recent interview, Stefflon said she broke up with Burna Boy about a year ago, but however refused to reveal what caused the break-up.

She also made it clear that she has been single since then because she wants to see a future with anyone she agrees to date again, and not for fun.


Friday, September 16, 2022

‘I’ve destroyed household properties and equipments at different times’ –  Chacha Eke opens up on her struggles with mental illness


Embattled Nollywood actress, Chacha Eke Fanni has opened  up on her struggles with  her mental health. 

The mother of four says she recognises herself in the boy who destroyed his mother’s house.

Chacha Eke-Faani while reacting to the viral video of the damage a boy did to his mother’s house in a fit of rage, made some shocking revelations.

The initial reports claimed the boy is 12 and he destroyed properties in his mother’s house because his phone was seized. 

The boy’s mother later spoke up to clear the air. She said her son is 15 and has a mental health crisis. 

Reacting to the video, actress Chacha said she “recognises” herself in the boy because she has done the same thing the boy did. 

She added that she has destroyed properties and damaged many items when she’s having a mental health crisis. 

“I have watched the viral video of the 12 year old boy who literally wrecked his mum’s house because she siezed his phone. Here I am making this video, hoping that somehow this video will get to the mother of the boy. Contrary to the popular opinion in the comment section of the video, all I have to tell you is that your son is sick. He is mentally unstable. He has mental imbalance. I know this because I recognize myself in your son through his actions. I have wrecked household properties, equipments, damaged all sorts, different times; material and immaterial,” she said. 

Chacha Eke-Faani’s mental health issues were brought up a couple of years ago when she revealed she was leaving her marriage and hinted at being abused by her husband. 

She later denied being abused by Austin Faani and said she has a mental illness called bipolar disorder and it gets worse when she’s pregnant. 

This year, she announced again that she’s leaving her husband to preserve her life.  


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Man calls off wedding with fiancée over refusal to say who gifted her iPhone 13 Pro Max (Video)


A man has reportedly called off wedding with his fiancée after she refused to tell him who got her a phone.

According to a lady who narrated the incident, her friend decided to end things between him and fiancée.

The fiancée had supposedly received an iPhone 13 Pro Max and when her man asked who gifted her the phone she had claimed it was a family member that got it for her.

The man seeking to know more asked for the identity of the family member who had bought the expensive gadget; the fiancée, however refused to say.

The narrator revealed that the man decided to cancel their wedding over her refusal to disclose the identity of the generous family member.


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

NNPC seals gas pipeline project agreement with Morocco, ECOWAS


The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd will, on Thursday, seal a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on gas pipeline project with the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines of Morocco and the ECOWAS Commission. The MoU is expected to drive the execution of the 7,000km Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project.

In preparation of the signing of the agreement scheduled to hold in Rabat, Morocco, the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd, Mele Kyari, paid a courtesy visit to the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Omar Alieu Touray.

During the meeting, NNPC and the ECOWAS Commission reaffirmed their commitment on the project to provide gas to the West African countries through the Kingdom of Morocco and subsequently Europe.

NNPC and ONHYM will also sign two MoUs with SMH of Mauritania and Petrosen of Senegal to participate in the project.

A statement by NNPC Ltd said once completed, the project will supply about three billion standard cubit feet of gas along the coast of West Africa from Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’ Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania to Morocco.

Other benefits include improvement of living standards of people, integration of the economies within the sub-region, and mitigating against desertification through sustainable and reliable gas supply.

The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) Project is an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco and was conceived during the visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to Nigeria in December 2016.

The NMGP Project is aimed at monetisation of Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources, thereby generating additional revenue for the Country, diversification of Nigeria’s gas export routes, elimination of gas flaring.

It will assist in supplying gas to Morocco, 13 ECOWAS countries and Europe, integration of the economies of the sub-region, improvement of living standards of people within the Sub-region, creation of wealth and poverty alleviation, assisting in the fight against the desertification through sustainable and reliable gas supply as well as providing avenue for other countries along the pipeline route to develop and export their gas.

The pipeline is a 48-inch X 5,300km (Offshore from Brass Island-Nigeria to Dakhla-Morocco) and 56” X 1,700km (onshore from Dakhla-Morocco to MEP), with a total length of about over 7,000km and about 13 Compressor Stations.

The pipeline will originate from Brass Island (Nigeria) and terminates at North of Morocco, where it will be connected to the existing Maghreb European Pipeline (MEP) that originates from Algeria (via Morocco) to Spain.


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