Tuesday, 28 February 2017

FG offers farmers cheaper fertilizer

The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative of the Buhari Administration has started yielding results, with the production of more than 4,000 metric tonnes of locally-blended fertilizer in the first week of operation.
The Initiative was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2016, to achieve the local production of one million metric tonnes of blended Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK) Fertilizer for the 2017 wet season farming.
Prior to December 2016, Nigeria’s stock of blended Fertilizer was shipped into the country as fully-finished products, even though Urea and Limestone, which constitute roughly two-thirds of the component of each bag, are available locally.

Presidency: 'Those hailing Osinbajo and criticising Buhari are enemies of the government who are trying to create division between the two topmost state officials'

The Presidency  yesterday described those hailing Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and criticising President Muhammadu Buhari as enemies of the government who are trying to create division between the two topmost state officials.
President Buhari has been on vacation in the United Kingdom since January 19. He is also undergoing medical tests. Vice President Osinbajo has been acting for him.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the situation in the country since Osinbajo started acting for his boss, claiming that things are better.
But Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters Babafemi Ojudu said Nigerians were seeing results of the policies introduced by the government, under the same Presidency.
He said Prof. Osinbajo consults with President Buhari and that since it is a joint ticket, all achievements should go to the government.

Monday, 27 February 2017

PDP wins all seats in Gombe Council polls

The ruling  People Democratic Party (PDP)  in Gombe state  has won all the seats contested in the Council polls conducted on Saturday
Announcing the result in Gombe on Sunday, Mr Caleb Maina, Chief Returning Officer and Chairman of the Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) stated that PDP won all the 114 councillorship and 11 chairmanship positions.
Maina listed those who won the chairmanship positions as Alhaji Jani Bello   (Akko), Alh.Bakari Kaltuma (Balanga), Mr Faruk Lawining (Billiri), Alhaji .Abdulqadir Rsheed (Dukku), Alaji.Yusuf Ibrahim (Funakaye) and Alhaji Sani Dogarai (Gombe)

350,000 more graduates to be hires under N-Power Volunteer Corps Scheme - FG

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will hire 350,000 more unemployed graduates under the N-Power Volunteer Corps Scheme.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, stated yesterday that Buhari had requested N157.75 billion in the 2017 budget estimates for the scheme.
Akande said part of the fund would be spent on the recruitment and training of 350,000 graduates and 50,000 non-graduates youths to be engaged as artisans.
He said N4.5bn had been earmarked for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programme to support young Nigerians in building skills in those disciplines.

“Whatever anybody says, President Buhari has not disappointed me from what I know of him,’’ Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has rated President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance  high in  security and the battle against corruption.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, at the weekend, Obasanjo said the president had done his best to develop the country.
“Whatever anybody says, President Buhari has not disappointed me from what I know of him,’’ he said.
Obasanjo said the president had delivered on his core areas of strength and ability, particularly in the anti-corruption crusade and the war against insurgency.
“In my book, I have said that Buhari is not strong on the economy and I did not write this to run him down.

No link between Acting President’s visit to MMIA and reorganisation in aviation agencies — Hadi Sirika

The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, says there is no link between the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, and the ongoing reorganisation in the aviation agencies.
Sirika said this in a statement signed an released to newsmen by Mr James Odaudu, Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation in Abuja.
Sirika said that the visit of the Acting President on Thursday was to assess the state of facilities at the nation’s number one airport.
It was also to identify possible areas that needed the government’s immediate attention, he said.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Abducted Germans Regain Freedom

The German archaeologist, Prof. Peter Breunij and his associate, Johannes Buringer who were abducted ‎by gun men in Jenjela village, Kagarko local government area of Kaduna state have been freed.
Polices sources in Kaduna revealed ‎that the Germans were released by their abductors in Kateri village, along the Kaduna-Abuja road on Saturday evening following an intense manhunt of the abductors by the police.
The sources said Breunij‎ and Buringer were taken to the German embassy in Abuja after their release.

BUA Group partners Kano farmers to boost local rice production

In fulfillment of the Federal Government’s policy of boosting rice production in Kano State, the BUA Rice Ltd, a subsidiary of BUA Group, is partnering the state branch of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), to actualise the dream.
The Group Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, of the company, Kabiru Rabi’u, said it remains committed to the government’s resolve to reduce the nation’s dependence on imported rice by boosting local capacity to produce, process and package.
According to him, the partnership would support the rice farmers to take advantage of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor-Borrowers Scheme, adding that BUA will provide end-to-end support to the value chain in ensuring that its milling facilities are being utilised optimally.

Borno PDP splits between Sheriff, Makarfi

The Borno State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by Alhaji Shettima Shehu, on Saturday held a solitary meeting in support of the Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the party.
The meeting, attended by wards and Local Government Chairmen of the party, declared its total support to Sheriff.
Shehu said: “Today we all gathered to celebrate and rejoice with our hero Sheriff whose emergence as the authentic leader of the party has been affirmed by the Federal Court of Appeal.
“The recent developments in the party resulting in court cases were part of politicking, but as a one big family we can still understand ourselves and of course strive hard to move to the Promised Land.”
Shehu said that the victory of Sheriff was a victory for all urging all party supporters to team up with the group.

FG recovers N37b, $666m from looters

The anti-corruption crusade of the Federal Government has so far yielded N57.9b and $US666.676m, according to Attorney General of the Federation (AGF)/Justice Minister Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Of this amount, N7billion and $10million cash was recovered  from private residences of former public officers, the minister said in an update on the crusade.
Malami revealed the figures while defending the 2017 Appropriation bill of the ministry before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters at the National Assembly in Abuja.
But he was silent on the identity of the individuals in whose houses the money was recovered.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

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I met Alhaji when he was a slim eager young man. He was a young hotheaded firebrand student union leader at Ahmadu Bello University, during the late 70s and the early 80s when student activism was at its peak in the country.
I married him when he was a corper. We literally started out with nothing. We lived in a tiny flat in low cost area of town. Alhaji liked to be in control and over the years I let him have total control, for peace to reign. We have two daughters. To God be the glory.
I was a loyal wife, loyal to a fault. I was loyal beyond even my own reasoning. I was not allowed to work or go to school and so I was a housewife. I took my duties seriously. I was an upstanding wife though I wasn’t the perfect mother.

Dogara commends world leaders for Oslo summit on food crisis in North East

Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has expressed delight over the meeting held by some world leaders in Oslo, Norway, which saw donors pledging $672 to tackle food crisis in the North-East for the next three years.
In a statement he issued on Saturday through his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara said the initiative was heartwarming and signified the collective will of leaders and donors across the world to tackle food crisis in the North East.

Graphic Photos: Woman empties boiling water on husband for marrying a second wife

 A husband has been scalded by hot water, emptied on him by his wife who was angry with him because he took a second wife.

 Mubarak and Hafsat, have been married for 8 years, after 6 years of courting and are also
proud parents of 3 children. However, trouble started after Mubarak disclosed his plans of marrying a second wife to Hafsat. This got Hafsat angry, as she begged for divorce, but he reminded her that he's entitled to more than one wife as a Muslim. Mubarak went ahead to marry his second wife, and that was how the Jos incident happened.

Here's how Bello narrated the incident;

"For marrying a second wife, this was what this young girl Hafsat did to her husband in Fill-in Ball area of Jos .
Mubarak and Hafsat have been married for eight years after courting for six years. They have three children between them. 

Trouble however started when Mubarak decided to take a second wife. This did not go down well with Hafsat who became mad, enraged, infuriated and pissed off. 
She told the 37 year old Mubarak to divorce her but he

Motorists in Sokoto express their anger as petrol sells for N180/litre

Motorists are groaning in Sokoto metropolis and its environs as a litre of petrol is now selling for N180, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN gathered in Sokoto on Friday that the commodity was only available in few filling stations owned by independent petroleum marketers.
NAN also saw long and snaky queues at the stations owned by the major marketers.
NAN further learnt that a four-litre gallon of the commodity was selling for between N1,000 and N1,500, depending on the location of purchase.

#OsloHumConf: 14 donors pledge $672m for Boko Haram crisis

The Oslo Conference on Boko Haram humanitarian crisis realised $672 million in pledges from 14 donors, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.
The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Mr Stephane Dujarric, at a press briefing on Friday, said Guterres welcomed the donors’ pledges.
He explained that the donors pledged $458 for 2017 and 214 million U.S. dollars for 2018.
“The Secretary-General welcomes donor pledges made today at the conclusion of the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region.

Frozen chicken causes kidney disease, says FG

The Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri told State House correspondents that the warning was given Friday during a meeting Acting President Yemi Osinbajo held with the president of the Poultry Farmers' Association of Nigeria Mr Ayoola Oduntan.

The minister noted that many Nigerians had got kidney diseases from frozen chicken consumption, saying "Most times, they use what they use to preserve dead bodies (to preserve frozen chicken) and it causes harm to the kidney."

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ahmed Ali.

Lokpobiri said the meeting specifically charged the Nigeria Customs Service to
improve its surveillance in order to stop importation of frozen chicken.

FEC Approves N38bn For Completion Of Kaduna’s Eastern Bypass

The federal executive council, yesterday approved the sum of N38billion for the resuscitation and completion of the Kaduna eastern bypass.
This is just as the council held a valedictory session for the outgoing minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed who was appointed last year as the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations.
Speaking to state house correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola disclosed that the Kaduna eastern bypass project was first awarded in 2002 at N16 billion, but the ministry had to get approval for N22 billion which brings the total project cost to N38 billion.
Fashola said, “We also presented a memo for the resuscitation and completion of the Kaduna eastern bypass highway, which was started in 2002 and was initially planned to be completed within three years but 15 years after, it remains uncompleted.
“The project was first awarded in 2002 at N16 billion, we have had to get approval for N22 billion verbatim and so that takes that project cost now to N38 billion. The contractor was paid N5.5 billion in 2002, if we had paid the contractor N11 billion then when exchange rate was N109 it would have fetched us $96 million, if you multiply $96 million today even at official, rate of N305 it will now be N29 billion.”
He also disclosed that his ministry presented a memo to construct the Cameroon-Nigeria border link bridge, at Ikot Efiom under the African Development Bank support for improving relationship between Cameroon and Nigeria post ICJ judgement over Bakassi and council approved that bridge.
“It is part of the link road between Enugu Abakiliki way which is already completed and part of larger Lagos-Mumbasa highway. $38 million is for the construction contract and $9 million for the consultancy and this was done under ADB procurement guidelines,” he added.
On her part, minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed said her ministry took a memo to council for the revised national policy on environment which was first formulated in 1991 and last revised in 1999.
She said it has become imperative that they have this new policy framework because what they really wanted to do is to capture some of the emerging issues that came up  since then as regards to environment.
She said concerns such as climate change, coastal erosion, desertification, erosion, pollution and insecurity which have been exacerbated by the struggles for environment resources, were being witnessed in country at all levels.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Ethiopian airlines to fly Kaduna route with daily frequency – Official

The Ethiopian Airlines says it will fly Kaduna route with daily frequency with its Dream Liner aircraft during the six weeks closure period of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Firiehiwot Mekonnen, Traffic and Sales Manager of the Airline in Abuja, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Mekonnen spoke after a closed door meeting between the Minister of State, Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika and representatives of foreign airlines operating in the country in his office.
She said that the airline’s team of experts had inspected the airport, urging the Federal Government to address the areas of concern raised by the team in order to ensure smooth operation in Kaduna.
“Ethiopian airlines have been flying to Nigeria since independence and never suspend or reduce its flights since then rather we have increased our flight for both passenger and cargo.

Lassa fever kills four in Alkaleri and Ganjuwa local government areas of Bauchi state

The Bauchi State government has confirmed the death of four patients out of the five cases of Lassa fever in Bauchi, Alkaleri and Ganjuwa local government areas of the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Halima Muqaddas, made the confirmation on Friday while addressing journalists in Bauchi.
“We have confirmed five cases of Lassa fever from January 24 to date. Three cases from Bauchi local government area and the three are dead,” the commissioner said.
“In Alkaleri, we had one case and the patient died while in Ganjuwa, it was only one case and the person is alive and is being treated.

Naira sustains gain as dollar crashes at parallel market

The Naira on Friday sustained its gains against the dollar as liquidity boost by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had forced a crash in the price of the greenback.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports in Lagos that the Naira exchanged at N460 to a dollar at the parallel market, gaining 40 points from N500 it recorded on Thursday.
NAN also reports that the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N575 and N480 respectively

Police to recruit 10,000 personnel annually -IGP

Mr Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, says the force will henceforth recruit no fewer than 10,000 personnel annually to enhance its operations. Idris disclosed this in Sokoto on Friday when he addressed officers and men of Zone 10 of the force in Sokoto, comprising: Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara state commands. He said, ‘’The yearly recruitment will be based on local government basis to reflect federal character and equity. ” The communities will be engaged meaningfully in the exercise in tune with the principles of democratic policing.”
Idris also promised that the police would continue to accord top priority to training, retraining, promotion, welfare, housing, logistics and other operational needs of its personnel to boost their productivity.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

30,000 farmers sponsored by Bagudu and private company in lagos to produce soya beans in Kebbi

Over 30, 000 farmers have been sponsored by the Kebbi state government and a private company in Lagos to produce soya beans in nine local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Garba Muhammed Garba said another 10,000 farmers across the areas of Danko/ Wasagu, Zuru, Fakai, Ngaski,Shanghai, Yauri, Koko/Besse and Bagudo are being sponsored to produce soya beans, maize and sorghum.
Speaking at a press briefing, Garba added that the ministry had set up a committee to look into the communities that produce crops such as tomatoes, pepper and water melon with a view to improving them in line with the state government’s agreement with Lagos state.
“The state with regards to its agreement with Lagos has decided to improve on the production of these crops. The committee is to identify the communities that produced the crops,” he said.

Distribution of Dietary supplements provided by UN World Food Program WFP at Dalori 11 IDP camp Maiduguri Borno state

Distribution of Dietary supplements provided by UN World Food Program WFP at Dalori 11 IDP camp Maiduguri Borno state.

Kaduna People Register in the first #StartUPFriday in 2017

The Sixth Edition of the StartUP Friday Program is here. This edition comes up in Kaduna on March 31st, 2017 at 2:00pm. StartUP Friday is a program of the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a subsidiary under NITDA. It's designed to promote and encourage new start-ups and foster relationships with investors, mentors and successful start-ups. StartUP Friday is a “meet-up” designed to bridge the gap that exist amongst  startups, investors, mentors, buyers and other players in the Nigerian entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is to promote and foster resultant relationships that will help startups to grow and scale their businesses. We have had five editions in February, March, April, July and September 2016. You are invited to register for the Sixth Edition of StartUP Friday Kaduna.
Venue: Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Race Course Road, Kaduna, Nigeria
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
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IGP deploys Special Forces in Southern Kaduna

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has ordered the deployment of Police Special Forces in Kaura and Jema’a Local Governments of Kaduna State following renewed attacks on them.
He directed the Special Forces to flush out perpetrators of the violence and restore peace in the area.
In a statement in Kaduna by Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, the IGP directed aerial surveillance of the area by the Police Air Wing to detect movement of the criminals.

Stop referring to Nigeria as "Naija"- National Orientation Agency appeals to Nigerians

The National Orientation Agency NOA has appealed to Nigerians to desist from referring to Nigeria as "Naija. Director General of the agency, Garba Abari, made the appeal when he spoke at a news conference in Abuja yesterday. According to him, it is becoming worrisome that some Nigerians are changing the original name of Nigeria.

President Speaks to Ganduje, Says He’s Feeling Better

 President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday spoke to the Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje and extended his appreciation to Nigerians for their goodwill messages and prayers, saying he was on the mend.
Buhari, who spoke on the phone in Hausa for about three minutes with the governor while a prayer session was going on at the Government House, Kano, said he was feeling better.
“Alhamdulillah (all praise be to Allah),” he said when Ganduje enquired, “how are you feeling now Your Excellency?”

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Air Peace to launch Sokoto route

Air Peace has taken delivery of its twelfth aircraft, a 114-capacity Boeing 737-500 with a plan to open Sokoto route in few days to come. 
The airline said the arrival of the aircraft will greatly boost its expansion drive.
It would be recalled that the carrier last Thursday commenced its daily Lagos-Accra-Lagos flight operations.
It had earlier entered the Lagos-Benin-Lagos, Abuja-Benin-Abuja and the Lagos-Uyo-Lagos routes, adding that Sokoto, the seat of caliphate is the next local route to be launched.
The new aircraft arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport on Tuesday amidst excitement by staff of the carrier.
Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide disclosed that two of its aircraft are also arriving from C-check. “We intend hitting more regional and international destinations, including Abidjan, Douala, Niamey, Dakar, Johannesburg, South Africa, Dubai, Mumbai, Guangzhou-China, Atlanta and London”, she said.

We are praying for PDP to be alive – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has prayed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) resolved its leadership crisis soon to be vibrant to provide the critical opposition.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja on Tuesday, the party said  “we pray for them to put their house in order soon because we believe that democracy is better served when the opposition is alive.
“However, we also know the PDP can only begin to take steps towards recovery if they stop peddling conspiracy theories and blaming imaginary enemies.’’
It recalled that Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the party had alleged that the APC instructed the Police to prevent its members from meeting at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja. Makarfi, according to it, had also alleged that the APC had somehow influenced the Appeal Court decision which ruled against him as the PDP National Caretaker Committee Chairman.

PDP Crisis: 'I didn’t endorse Senator Ali Modu Sheriff for chair' - Goodluck Jonathan

Former President President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday he did not endorse Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The former President’s media aide Ikechukwu Eze, in a statement said: “The issue of endorsement never came up in the course of the visit, not at the closed door session with Sheriff nor during the former President’s interview with newsmen”, the statement said.
Jonathan who repeatedly addressed Sheriff as “my chairman” during the visit, accused the media of infusing mischief in their report, stressing that he welcomed Sheriff to his house in line with a mediation role he was playing towards undying and strengthening the PDP.
According to the statement, the ex-president opened his doors to Sheriff upon the latter’s request, just as he had earlier done to the Makarfi-led caretaker committee members.
It added that the former President was prepared to broker more talks until the issues in the leadership of the PDP were finally resolved.

Emir of Kano clarifies proposed Islamic Family Law to deter men who are not financially incapable from polygamy

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll said the proposed Kano Islamic Family Law was not meant to stop Muslims from marrying up to four wives as prescribed by Islam.During the 50th anniversary of Ambassador Wali in Abuja last Sunday, the monarch said a committee he has set up is seeking to propose a law which will expect men to fulfill certain conditions before they can marry more wives.  The law will also address outlaw forced marriages, make domestic violence illegal, maintenance of of children and inheritance. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Katsina State Assembly passes 2017 budget of N140.1bn

The Katsina State House of Assembly on Monday passed N140.1 billion appropriation bill for 2017.
The budget’s capital expenditure is N96.3 billion, while the recurrent expenditure is N43.8 billion.
Gov. Aminu Masari had earlier presented N140.2 billion to the house for deliberation, proposing N92.5 billion as capital and N47.7 billion for recurrent expenditures.
Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Alhaji Hambali Faruk, from Katsina constituency, explained that few amendments were made on the revenue and expenditure in the budget.

Southern Kaduna Crisis: El-rufai orders Army Commander, Police Commisioner to relocate to affected areas

 The Kaduna State Government has confirmed reports of renewed attacks in some villages in Southern Kaduna. The state governor Nasir El-Rufai in a press statement released by his media aide, Samuel Aruwan, says unknown gunmen in a coordinated attack invaded Bakin Kogi, Kaninkon Village in Jemaa Local Government Area in the State on Sunday 19th February, 2017 at about 5:30pm.
They were repulsed by Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol Teams and Operation Harmony Patrol Teams. Further attacks were recorded today in Kaura local government. Fatalities were recorded and some houses were burnt in the attacks.

“I have been in touch with the security agencies and I have been studiously following the situation in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas over the unfortunate attacks. I want to, first of all, extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and relations that lost their loved ones and properties in these unfortunate attacks. 

Police Bust Kidnappers’ Gang In Kano

Kano State Police Command has upon tip off raided a kidnapping gang and arrested two of the suspects. According to the Kano State Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Yusuf due to persistent reports of child kidnapping in and around the state a special team of detectives was constituted and strategically deployed to arrest the culprits.
During a press conference held at the Police Command, Bompai, Kano, CP Yusuf disclosed that places in the metropolitan Kano such as  Hotoro, Kawo, Tishama, Wala Lambe areas and surrounding environment were notorious for kidnapping activity.

“There’s only one PDP and there is only one national chairman; so we are putting everything together to make sure the party is united" Sheriff

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has met with former President Goodluck Jonathan to seek how to unite the party.
After the meeting held on Monday behind closed doors in Abuja, Dr. Jonathan and Senator Sheriff told reporters that the current leadership crisis in the PDP would soon be settled.
PDP Will Become Stronger
The former president said “the ability of resolving these differences is what makes us human beings and what makes us leaders. I’ve met with sheriff and leaders of the party.
“I’ll meet with others and at the end of the day, PDP will become stronger so that we will be able to do what is expected of us as a political party”.
On his part, Senator Sheriff declared that there is only one party, and that they are working hard in ensuring that the party is united once again.
“There’s only one PDP and there is only one national chairman; so we are putting everything together to make sure the party is united.
“We are not fighting with anybody; it is not time to join issue with people; we need everybody to come back,” said the former Borno State Governor.
It is the second time in one week that leaders of the party are meeting with the former president on how to resolve the leadership crisis in the PDP.
Dr. Jonathan had hosted the leadership and Strategy Review Committee of the PDP at his home in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The visit was to inform the former president of the issues surrounding the party’s leadership and winning elections convincingly under the current leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Dr. Jonathan expressed belief that the loss of power at the center was only temporary, insisting that the PDP would do better in the next general elections.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

UniAbuja students block Airport Road in protest against student's death

Students of the University of Abuja on Monday morning blocked Abuja - Gwagwalada highway, the main expressway into #Nigeria's capital city as they protest against the killing of their colleague.

The students alleged that a wreckless driver had killed a student while he ran over another four students who were seriously injured yesterday.
The protesters blocked both entrance & exit sides of the highway since around 6am, causing traffic gridlocks on the ever-busy Abuja expressway.

Former NNPC boss, Andrew Yakubu, seeks court to order EFCC to return his $9.8m, £74,000 seized from his Kaduna home

Former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu has asked the Federal High Court to discharge the order temporarily forfeiting  his $9,772,800 to the Federal Government.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recovered the money from Yakubu’s house in Sabon Tasha, Kaduna on February 10.
In a motion on notice file before the Federal High Court sitting in Kano, Yakubu is praying for an order setting aside, discharging or vacating the ex-parte order made on February 13, which ordered the interim forfeiture to the Federal Government of $9,772,800 and £74,000,000 belonging to him.
Yakubu said the court lacked the territorial jurisdiction to entertain the matter, being one related to a crime alleged to have been committed in Abuja, which is outside the court’s territorial jurisdiction.
According to him, by Section 45 of the Federal High Court Act, an offence shall be tried only by a court exercising jurisdiction in the area or place where the offence was committed.

Kaduna Assembly establishes Gender Technical Unit

Kaduna State House of Assembly in collaboration with the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have resolved to set up a Gender Technical Unit (GTU) in the Assembly complex and integrated in the system within a year. 
Rising from a meeting in Kaduna at the weekend, stakeholders including the State Assembly House committees on women affairs, information, pensions, judiciary,  security and intelligence and house committee on public accounts as well as Civil Society Organisations including Gender Working Group, Gender Awareness Trust, LEADS Nigeria, Affirmative Action Initiative for Women (NCAA) and Connecting

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Daura emirate council prays for Buhari

A special prayer session was held yesterday for President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura town, his birth place.
Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that different groups from the five local government areas of the emirate converged on the town’s Eid prayer ground.
The Emir of Daura,  Faruk Umar Faruk, who led the session also directed all Islamic scholars in the emirate to intensify prayers for the president.
The emir maintained that the president needs prayers to enable him deliver on his campaign promises.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

FUTMinna Management impose 2 weeks break on students as they commence investigations on the death of their student

 Following the death of a student of Federal University of Technology, Minna, which led to a riot and destruction of the school's clinic, the management of the school has imposed a compulsory two weeks break on all students. In a memo signed by the Ag. Academic Secretary, Dr. Shakirudeen .I. Yusuf, the students are to vacate the school premises by 16th February, 2016 and academic activities will resume on March 2, 2017.
The management has also commenced investigations into the death of their student, Yeye Emmanuel Olalekan who slumped while playing football in the male hostel.

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DSS Arrests Audu Maikori, Chocolate City Boss

Men of The Department of Security Services, DSS, have reportedly arrested the President of the Chocolate City Music Group, Audu Maikori.
The arrest come after Audu Maikori took to his social media page n Twitter to reveal a story of how five secondary school students were killed in the Southern Kaduna crisis.
Audu Mikori some days after tweeting the story took to his page to issue a statement retracting the claim as he added that his driver had fabricated the story to extort money from him.
Men of the DSS were reported to have arrested the Chocolate City President in Lagos and has since been transported to Abuja.

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Ali Modu Sherrif’s Victorious Return Home In Photos

A Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday confirmed the former Borno State governor Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The ruling, which came in a split decision, where two judges, Justice B. G. Sanga and Justice A. A. Gumel delivered judgement against the Makarfi-led PDP while the third judge, Justice T. S. Orji-Abadua, ruled against Sheriff, who is the first appellant in the matter.

Divorce Diaries Season 4 Episode 6

I was married to my wife Halima for more than two decades years before our union crashed. No one could have predicted that our marriage would become what it became. In the beginning it seemed like the best thing ever. A match made in heaven. Even throughout majority of the years we spent together all seemed well. Halima was the most understanding woman, she was the kindest soul ever. For the longest time I felt like the luckiest man in Nigeria.
That is not to say we didn’t have our challenges as a married couple. We went through it like most people but we always pulled through. Halima was always so full of grace and forgiveness. Sometimes even if I wanted to do something bad, I would remember how gracious my wife was and I would immediately stop myself.