He died Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C. He would have turned 100 years in November. Billy Graham was the world’s most widely heard evangelist.
At least 3 pupils of the LEA primary school, Kubwa, Abuja, have been confirmed dead after allegedly eating biscuits shared by a student during school hours. .
According to DailyTrust, the late students identified as Na’imat Yahaya, 14, and Yahaya Garba, 14, both in primary four, died after returning to their homes.
The third late student identified as Moses Sunday of primary one, was said to have been taken to the Kubwa hospital along with two other school pupils namely Aisha Isa and Hasiya Haruna on the day of the party. .
He died on Wednesday while the two others are said to be in stable condition. The development has led to confusion in the area, with parents storming the school to pick their children.
Senator Shehu Sani has given some insights into why Sen. Abdullahi Adamu was removed as chairman Northern Senators Forum. .
Mr. Sani said about N70 million belonging to the group was claimed to have been carted away by monkeys in a farm house. .
Adamu’s removal was announced in a letter read by the presiding officer, Ike Ekweremadu, shortly before the end of the plenary on Wednesday. .
The letter signed by the forum’s Public Relations Officer, Dino Melaye, noted that Mr. Adamu was removed for ‘financial mismanagement and misadministration.’ .
Responding to questions on why the senator was removed, Mr. Sani said the financial mismanagement borders on a N70 million belonging to the forum. He said the money was rumoured to have been carted away by monkeys in a farm house. .
“There are some things some of my colleagues will not say but I’m not used to holding back. When we assumed office, Senator Ahmed Lawan tendered the sum of N70 million to the 8t Senate. .
That N70 million was money gathered from the 7th Senate. It was handed over to northern senators of 8th Senate. .
The rumors going round, which I don’t know whether it’s true but I believe other senators know, is the fact that there were allegations that some monkeys raided the farm house of some of the executives of the northern senators forum and carted away some of these money. .
I think, this country is becoming a huge joke. First of all, it was the rodents that drove away the president and then we now have snakes consuming about N36 million and now we have monkeys raiding farm house. So, they don’t want this to be said but I believe that we should be very clear.”
The abducted Yobe schoolgirls have been rescued by the military. They were rescued at Jilli-Muwarti, a border village between Gaidam in Yobe state and Borno State. .
Daily Trust learnt from a security source that the students are on their way to Gaidam in Yobe state for medical check-up before proceeding to Damaturu, the state capital. .
The girls were abducted on Monday, when suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, in Yobe State.
… Says Lagosians are at Greater Risk of an Epidemic
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has described the heaps of refuse that has recently characterized Lagos as a disaster, an eye-sore and a shame to be associated to a strategic state like Lagos. The party has warned of a possible outbreak of an epidemic in the state.
The party through its Lagos spokesman, Prince Adelaja Adeoye has drawn the attention of the Lagos state governor to the health risks that the refuse on the streets present to the residents of Lagos urging the governor to wake up from his slumber and avert a possible outbreak of avoidable diseases like cholera, diarrhoea and so many others that can be caused by dirty environments.
ADP said that it is really sad that with the massive resources that is available to the state under Governor Ambode, including technological advancements made worldwide in refuse clearing and recycling, that Lagosians will still be exposed to this kind of tragedy. The party stressed that it was wrong for the government of the state to discard a working PSP system that had effectively curtailed the refuse dumps across the state and also created jobs for local vendors.
The party says that Lagos should have been developed to a stage where such refuse can innovatively be used for renewable energy to further help in the generation of stable electricity which will create more jobs for the growing population of Lagos. ADP alleges that the APC has lied to Lagosians a lot.
The party also condemned the incessant demolitions of property in the state, claiming that most of the time, the property destroyed to pave way for construction of roads are not necessary. ADP said in many other cases, victims are not duly compensated; citing the Otodo Gbame case as one out of many.
ADP has called on Lagosians and Nigerians in general to support it; because the party is the true alternative political platform and it is a pro-masses party with the plan to make Nigeria a place of pride for all. They have said that if Lagosians support the party, they will bring them a better deal after 2019.
The Ooni of Ife and Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has said that survival of the African people rests heavily on the sustainability of the Traditional Culture saying government and the people must collective utilize the culture as a way to greatly record productive economic advancement.
Ooni Ogunwusi who is the Spiritual leader of the Yoruba race worldwide made the disclosure on Monday during the celebrations of annual Aje Festival (deity of wealth) at Ile-Ife.
He said that Nigeria is abundantly blessed with cultural tourism potentials capable of turning the country to a viable economic nation.
The African foremost monarch added that the county’s cultural potentials should be productively showcased as culture does not affect religions saying Culture does not even have a specific religion.
“As Christians or Muslims, we all need to respect our cultural heritage.”
“In 2017, we prayed during the Aje Festival and we centered our prayers on the economic recession, and within one week, we surprisingly experienced dollar crash from about #480 to #350. ”
” We have prayed and very soon, the economy will improve tremendously “. Ooni said.
“AJE is the spirit of market profitability. That is why it’s festival is very important to all humanity, because nobody can survive without it”.
“If we do business, profit is expected, if you work you expect stipends at the end of the month, so that is simply ‘Aje’, ” , he expressed.
The Co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria implored Youths to be agents of peace and refuse to engage in brigandage as election period is drawing nearer. He also prayed for the peace and progress of Ile-Ife, State of Osun, Nigeria, Africa and the world as a whole.
“Don’t let politicians use you for thuggery or election violence as you too can be in their positions if you discover yourself and remain focused and full of determination. ” he counselled.
“As we are gathered here today to celebrate AJE the festival of wealth, the Almighty Olodumare(God) will answer our prayers, he will abundantly give us peace and economic progress in Ile-Ife, in the State of Osun, in Nigeria, in Africa and. the world at large.”Ooni prayed
In her speech, the Iyalaje of Apapa, Lagos and the Chief Promoter of 2018 AJE Festival, Princess Toyin Kolade, said that Yoruba culture is too important and rich to be ignored if we a must be seen as a serious people who care for the future generations because it depicts a significant perspective.
According to her, Aje is a festival of wealth which radiates on all the nooks and crannies of the world from its root at Ejigbomekun market, the world’s oldest market located at Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yoruba race.
She called Nigerians to value their cultural heritage, rather than ignoring them in favour because of foreign Culture and religion.
Veteran Yoruba Film Actress, Mrs Idowu Philips popularly called “Mama Rainbow” who led other Nollywood actors/actresses including Saheed Balogun in her short speech eulogised Ooni Ogunwusi for his unprecedented strides especially in Peace making and Cultural tourism revolution. Mama Rainbow urged all the other Traditional rulers in Yorubaland to emulate the Ooni who she described as “uncommon king”.
Nigeria’s 2019 leading presidential hopeful under the platform of the peoples Democratic party (PDP), Chief Bobby Tochukwu Ukadike has sent a message of solidarity to Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike in appreciation of the governor’s spectacular performance in the capacity of a state chief executive.
Ukadike who declared Nyesom Wike as the best governor in Nigeria at a press conference in Abuja expressed satisfaction over the governor’s achievements in less than three years in office.
Ukadike popularly addressed as Apitti Ndigbo and Dankano of Nigeria stressed that the power-packed Rivers State governor had within a short time in office restored peace to the state , having successfully brought the scary problems of militancy and youths unrest under control.
He further observed the governor has taken tangible and meaningful infrastructural development to all parts of Rivers State Particularly areas hitherto neglected and abandoned by past clannish administration since the creation of the state in 1967.
According to Apitti Ndigbo, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital has under the wike administration regained its lost glory as the beautiful garden city of Nigeria, having undergone all-round physical and environmental transformation.
The 2019 Presidential aspirant also noted that wikes style of governance has given rise to unprecedented cordial relationship between the state government and civil/public servants in the state and also promoted industrial harmony as well as best of friendly relationships amongst people of all groups resident in the state.
“If you look at the pace of development already experienced the the state and the projects being rolled out, you will agree that the future is indeed Bright for every Rivers Indigene. The realities are there to testify that governor wikes style of governance is in devoid of fraudulent deception. Wike to the best of my knowledge does not play to the gallery.
Democracy is truly in action in Rivers State unlike in situation of government of the people by one family and for the same family.
He further reasserting his early declaration the Nyesom Wike today ranks as Rivers State best governor since creation in 1967. Chief Bobby Tochukwu Ukadike who hails from Abbah in Nwangele LGA of Imo State challenged the entire people of Rivers State to be wise enough to retain Nyesom Wike as governor in 2019.
On his ambition to succeed President Buhari in 2019, the Dankano maintains he has all it takes to govern Nigeria
By Festus Fifen.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has called for closer collaboration among African nations not only in oil and gas but across all sectors so as to overcome the economic in the continent.
Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, ho made this submission during his goodwill message at the opening ceremony of the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) at the International Conference Center in Abuja with The theme: “Leading Africa’s Response to Global Oil and Gas Challenges.” challenged the participants to come up with practicable solutions to effectively develop Africa’s hydrocarbon resources, saying that discussions and interests alike would stir up strategies and actionable items that would crystalize into a veritable roadmap for the energy future of the African continent.
Quoting Baru in a statement, The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division Ndu Ughamadu said “Our expectation is that at the end of this summit a communique will be issued out as action points for current and potential African oil and gas countries for better collaboration and development.”
According to the NNPC Boss, discussions were expected to cut across the industry value chain with focus on deepening collaboration across and within the African oil and gas space; modern technologies in the industry; innovative strategies to survive after a global downturn; current trends in the oil and gas markets; gas to power; prospects and opportunities; policy and regulation; sustainable socio-economic development of the Niger Delta; as well as lessons learnt so far from the Nigerian experience.
Dr. Baru pledged the support of the NNPC to nurture the summit into a full-fledged international summit like the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in Houston, USA and Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference held annually in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
He applauded the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, for working tirelessly and for ensuring the fruition of the summit, stressing that his good works would not go unnoticed.
The GMD noted that NIPS was expected to be Africa’s largest and most important industry platform and linkage to the world, adding that after six decades of petroleum exploration and exploitation in Nigeria, the summit was long overdue.
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the interventions of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) as the catalyst for achieving the desired knowledge-based economy for Nigeria by the present administration.
The President who spoke during the 2nd and 3rd Combined Convocation of Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State urged TETFund to continue in its meaningful and purposeful interventions to all public owned tertiary institutions in the country.
According to him, “I am also happy with the special role of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in the physical and academic development of this young university. It is clear, that since the establishment of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, the TETFund has remained the single, largest development agent in the institution.
“I urge the TETFund to continue to offer meaningful and purposeful interventions in Nigeria’s higher education institutions to help in realizing our government’s desire to create a knowledge based economy in Nigeria”
Speaking further, the President who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed expressed delight over the completion and commissioning of multi-billion Naira physical infrastructure projects sponsored by TETFund at the University.
He explained that the physical projects ranging from Senate Building, Buildings for Faculties of Agriculture and Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Complex, Library building, Faculty of Agriculture Laboratories, Students’ Hall of Residence (Hostels) for Male and Female which were commissioned by the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa as part of the convocation ceremony was clear indication of the resolve of his administration to tackle the problem of access to tertiary education in the country.
Reiterating the commitment of his administration to wean the country from over dependence on the oil sector towards achieving sustainable economic prosperity, President Buhari promised that he would continue fighting the challenge of unemployment, particularly graduate unemployment through the creation of a thriving and dynamic labour market that would enable young people achieve their full potentials as self-employed entrepreneurs and employers of labour rather than merely job seekers.
“I want to challenge all Nigerian Universities to come out of their shell to build constructive linkages and collaborations with the industrial sector of the society. This remains the vibrant way we can enhance the socio-economic and technological transformation of our society.
“Government on its part will continue to give maximum support to University Education despite dwindling resources available to it. However, all Universities should seriously consider more efficient ways of resource mobilization and also find ways of attracting funding for research from across the world.
Also speaking at the event, the Chancellor of the University, His Majesty, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, and the Ag. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi thanked the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for the facilities at the university while urging for more intervention to help the university move to its permanent site soonest.
On his part, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa who spoke while commissioning the projects, lauded management of the University for delivering quality works with TETFund interventions and promised that his management will not rest on its oars in pursuing interventions that will meet the desires of the Federal Government under the direction of the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
Dr. Baffa explained that provision of infrastructure for conducive teaching and learning activities were aimed at ensuring that the dream of increased access to quality higher education for all Nigerians by Mallam Adamu Adamu becomes a reality.
It is pertinent to state that aside the normal annual interventions from TETFund to the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma since inception, the university had benefitted to the tune of about N5billion as Special Intervention for Take-Off Grant, Proto-type Hostels, Academic Buildings etc.
A total of 837 students graduated during the convocation with 42 bagging First Class degrees.
As Preparations for 2019 General Elections continue to gather momentum a pro democracy youths Organisation under the umbrella of United Youths coalition of Nigeria has set criteria for the emergence of next President of Nigeria come 2019.
The Youths Organisation said the next President must demonstrate the ability to the lead the Country from its present economic level of pre modernity to hypermodernity.
Addressing Journalists over the weekend in Abuja Chairman of the group Engr. Robert Chenge saying that the President will elect in 2019 must show evidence of youth mentoring as a teacher and have a robust testimony of youth resources.
The Chairman of the group also noted that leadership of the Country in the last 20 years of democracy have not meet up the expectations of Nigerians hence the need for new crops of Leaders with bright and focused minds.
The Youths organisation condemned in the strongest terms the willful abuse of democracy by the politicians and ruling class since return of democracy in 1999
“We totally condem the soaring growth of pre-modernism, cronyism, and the shameful promotion of nepotism and violence against the citizens. Governance today has become a charade and a racket far removed from the original noble vision of founders”, the group said.
The organization explained that the original vision of the nation’s founding fathers have been misplaced by politicians who were interested in paraphernalia of office rather than the interest of citizens, a situation, they posited, gave credence to corruption, cronyism and nepotism.
According to the Group, the 21st century Nigeria needed to key into global economy by driving virtues which Africans were known for, while tipping a Playwright and a professor of Theatre for development, Iyorwuese Hagher to contest 2019 elections.
The Group believed that Prof Hagher would bring his wealth of experience to bear on the polity, noting that his middle belt origin would promote unity, while the nation stand to command huge investment from his ambassadorial experience.
Meanwhile the Youths organisation called on the entire youths in the country to take part in the on going voter registration exercise ahead of 2019 general elections.