World Cancer Day 2014: 10 ways to prevent cancer

Don’t Believe The Myth!!!

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Cancer can be prevented and treated more effectively if diagnosed early (more than 30% of cancers can be prevented) which is why it is vital to be aware of risk factors and ways to reduce the cancer risk.The prevention of cancer all starts with making smart lifestyle choices.

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Here are 10 tips:

• The conditions in which people live and work, as well lifestyles, influence their health and quality of life, which is why it is important to lead abalanced lifestyle whether at work or at home.

•Organisations of all sizes can create environments that  protect and promote the health of their employees, by providing: 100% tobacco and smoke-free environments; provision of and access to healthy food options; workplace health education programmes; and policies that create awareness of cancer risk factors and the importance of early detection.

• Physical activity helps to maintain a healthy weight that will assist in lowering the risk for various types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney. So get active and maintain a healthy weight.

• Healthy choice sat the grocery store and at mealtimes will help reduce the risk for cancer, so be sure to eat ahealthy diet.

• Skin cancer is the most common cancer caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun, but is also a cancer that is most preventable. Whenever you are out in the sun or exposed to harmful UV rays in any form, be sure toprotect your skin.

• Avoid tobacco productsand do not expose yourself to second-hand smoke.Tobacco-related diseaseskill over 44 000 South Africans and 5.4 million people worldwide annually. That is, one person every six seconds.

• Hepatitis B&C viruses, as well the Human Papilloma and Herpes Human cause up to 20% of cancers in Africa.Getting vaccinated against these viruses, and those that can cause cancer, can help prevent the offset of cancer.

• Getting regular medical care and doing self-examinations make a big difference. Conducting regular self-examinations and going for screening tests for various types of cancers – such as cancer of the breast, testicles, skin, colon, prostate and cervix – will increase one’s chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful. Ask a doctor about the best cancer screening available.

• An effective strategy in assisting to lower the risk for cancer is to avoid risky behaviours that can lead to infections which, in turn, might increase the risk for cancer.

• Practise safe sex, limit the number of sexual partners and use a condom when having sex. The more sexual partners, the more likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection – such as HIV or HPV.People who have HIV AIDS have a higher risk for cancer of the anus, liver and lung. HPV is most often associated with cervical cancer, but it might also increase the risk for cancer of the anus, penis, throat, vulva and vagina.

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#RELATIONSHIPFRIDAY: (Ladies)10 Signs He’s Not Good Enough For You


1. He’s Flaky
If you’re both in a pre-planned location, at any stage in the relationship, you should acknowledge each other’s presence. This means, no Irish goodbyes accepted. Seriously. It takes two seconds to say ‘bye’ to someone, regardless of your reasoning. But don’t bounce with no warning.

2. He Lies
This can extend beyond just male suitors, because anyone who lies to you isn’t worth your time anyway. But, if you catch them in a bold-faced lie, you should recognize that you deserve better and should not have to be treated like you’re second priority. Or third, fourth, fifth, etc.

3. He’s Passive
You know the type here. He takes hours to respond to a text, when you know he’s always on his phone. Or he never initiates the conversation, when you can’t stop thinking about him. In a relationship, it should be a compromise – so meet in the damn middle. He should be excited to hear from you; talk to you; see how things are going. While I don’t want to feel completely suffocated by constant messages, it’s truly only considered ‘effort’ if frequency is more than once a week.

4. He’s Cheap
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – the man should always pay for the first date. Afterwards, you do what you’re comfortable with. But if you’re always paying, or he’s always bringing you to McD’s, maybe you should reconsider where this is going.

5. He’s Unimpressed
I’m not asking to be treated like a Disney Princess, or like I’m an angel that landed on planet Earth. But, I do want to feel like he has some kind of interest in me. If he seems to just treat this like another date this week, that’s probably all it really is to him, and you should cut him loose.

6. He’s Inappropriate
We all swear, but there’s a time and a place. Like, for example, when your fantasy team is getting crushed and your top running back gets injured. That’s a totally acceptable time to drop a royal curse word (or three). I’m just asking that maybe texts from men don’t include words like ‘boner’ and phrases like ‘fuckery’ when they are trying to woo me via text. This is a friendly request, please and thank you.

7. He’s Exhausting
If you constantly feel like you’re riding the positive train for two, it takes a lot of energy. People have bad days – I get that. But if this is a regular occurrence, you may want to think about how much time you’re dedicating mentally as this person’s therapist. I don’t have a PhD, so I’m not qualified to iron out your woes on the daily. It’s also a glaringly obvious sign if you make a loud sigh when you receive another message (that’s typically in the form of a complaint) from him.

8. He’s High
Some people have a tolerance for dating people who are heavily into drugs. I’m not one to participate, but I can deal with non-hardcore drug use here and there. HERE AND THERE. This means, I don’t want to date your bong, cocaine addiction, heroine needle, or the like. If he’s constantly under the influence of drugs, who is the man you’re actually dating? Lord only knows. Oh, and if he’s hiding a prescription medication from you, find that shit out ASAP – he’s probably hiding it for a reason.

9. He’s Inconsiderate
People have feelings, you know? If he doesn’t take that into consideration before saying, ‘you’re fat. You should lose some weight’ to your face, he’s a big, stinking (also, on a semi-related note, if he literally smells…drop him) LOSER. This probably stems from some insecurities he has, but you shouldn’t be the dumping ground for his criticism; he should love you for you, and request nothing more, and nothing less. Send him packing if he doesn’t.

10. He’s Spineless
If he has difficult conversations with you through text, like, for example, that he’s breaking up with you, you deserve a lot better. That is a conversation that should take place in person, face-to-face; no matter how hard it will be, it’s over a lot quicker with a phone call, too.

#RELATIONSHIPFRIDAY: The One Who Needs To Go


Sometimes, we get stuck in the wrong relationships, not because we are not smart to know what is best for us, not because we don’t know how to move on, but because we keep holding on, hoping somehow, somewhere, someday, the asshole we are stuck with, given our all and treated like a goddamn royal will change for the better and realize we are amazing peoples.

Guess what? That aint gonna happen. You see, according to my ever growing dictionary of the types of people there are, a man or a woman who acts like an asshole on purpose and makes you cry more often than he/she makes you cry is never gon love you or be good for you. NEVER.

People like these would only stay with you because they know no matter their bullshit, you will keep taking them back. But the truth is you deserve better than this and there is no reason you should be stuck with these kinda people.

So my darlings, if your man or woman falls into any of the categories I am about to list, drive him/her to third mainland bridge, kick him/her out of your car and dump them into the lagoon. Okay, maybe that is too wicked, but at least tie them up before driving them there and leave them naked with no hope of getting home.

-The Partner who has no respect for family. You see my people, even if your parents have no self respect, even if they go out of their way to make a fool of themselves in public and have lots of videos to show for this, your partner has no reason whatsoever in heaven and on earth to disrespect them.

A man or woman who has respect for your parents or siblings deserves the treatment I mentioned above. Lets call it the Tomi Treatment for the purpose of this article.

-The Partner who is such a douche on social media. Especially Twitter which is made up of so many young clueless people and who half of them have no bearing. If you have a boo who fights on there constantly, please knock him or her on the head before applying the Tomi Treatment.

-The Partner who doesn’t exactly respect you. That one who would never take you into consideration or doesn’t give a rat’s ass that his/her friends don’t respect you needs to go, like now.

-He or she that never tells you he or she loves you. Don’t stay with this one for any reason, he or she either needs to feel it and say it or he or she has to get lost forever.

-The Partner who doesn’t care about meeting your friends and whenever he or she does, becomes highly hostile or worse, flirts with them. If there is anyone who needs to be kicked to the curb it is this person.

-The one who cheats. This one is the only one on this list I don’t have to explain why he needs to be kicked to the curb, beaten, picked up and given the Tomi Treatment. You deserve better than a whoring spouse.

Source: 360nobs

The Metropolitan Institute Of Art To Rename Costume Institute After Anna Wintour


Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief for vogue US. Wintour is an icon, well known for her pageboy hairstyle –known in Nigeria as ‘Shut up and drive’- and her oversized glasses. She has a huge sense of style, is very hardworking and commands a lot of respect; she can be regarded as the ‘ultimate bitch’. This was portrayed quite well in the film ‘Devil wears prada’.

The Met announced that it is naming the building housing its costume institute after her. The Anna Wintour Costume Center is scheduled to reopen to the public May 8 after extensive renovations.

Museum officials said the curatorial department will continue to be known as the Costume Institute.

Wintour has served as a trustee of the Met since 1999 and has helped the museum raise approximately $125 million for the costume institute. She has chaired and co-chaired numerous benefits for the museum since 1995.

Anna Wintour has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue US since 1988. A fixture at fashion shows and society events, She can be regarded as the most powerful person in the fashion industry.

#RELATIONSHIPFRIDAY: 11 signs a shy guy likes you


When he is caught looking at you, he pretends to look behind you or past you, then notice carefully, he is still looking at you!
1. He tends to choose a place where you are always in front of his sight: If he has many options but always chooses to sit or be at a spot where he can easily and silently watch you, then, ‘ahem ahem’, there is a possibility that he likes you! Does that happen in your case? Well if it does, the shy guy is into you signs are at their beginning!

2. There is frequent eye contact: You always notice him watch you, and then, when you look back at him, he pretends to look behind you or starts looking elsewhere, like the floor for example! That seems to be their favorite spot for escape. This is the topmost among the signs a shy guy likes you! When he is caught looking at you, he pretends to look behind you or past you, then notice carefully, he is still looking at you! You can make out from his eyes that he wasn’t just looking at you, he waswatchingyou.

3. His body language is different towards you: Notice the body language. He is all cool and open with others, but, when it comes to you, he turns out to be very quiet, shy, hesitant and reluctant to be friendly with you. Now, you will tend to misunderstand this as if the guy is trying to ignore you and that the guy doesn’t like you. But he is madly head over heels for you! That’s why he can’t get the courage to speak to you or even look at you when he knows you are looking at him. If you notice carefully, his face will go red and palms will go all wet when you are around. Don’t try to touch his palms to check on that, he will definitely freak out!

4. Ends up asking dumb questions: It’s not that he is going to purposely try to start a conversation with you, but if (unfortunately or fortunately for him) a situation occurs wherein he needs to say something, he just ends up asking a dumb open ended question!! and when you give a reply (figuring out in your mind what was he meaning to ask you), he just stays quiet and takes an excuse from you after a period of silence. Bottom line is, if he is not able to start a conversation with you, but has no intentions to end it too, he definitely likes you. Don’t forget to notice the smile on his face and the glitter in his eyes. The guy will be blushing all the time he is around you.

5. Bumps into you all the time: You end up seeing him almost everywhere you go! You can’t miss out on this sign because it cannot be a coincidence. I mean do you expect him to be at all the places that you visit, at the same time as yours and then believe it to be coincidence? Wake up! This is a sure sign that he likes you and that’s why is following your schedule so that you notice him and that he doesn’t get to miss a chance to observe you closely! (So sweet)

6. Do you get anonymous notes?: This is something that a shy guy would think 1000 times before doing! But then he wants to tell you how he feels about you but yet doesn’t want it to be too obvious. If you see notes on your desk saying,”you’re beautiful” or “you look pretty”, your shy guy is flirting with you signs are on!

7. Becomes loud so that you notice him: As I mentioned earlier, he will make sure that you are within his line of vision wherever he sits or settles, be it school, workplace or social gatherings. He is too scared to tell it to you on your face, but within, he wants your attention desperately! So, while he is talking to his friends, colleagues, he will try to be a little louder than required so that your attention goes to him, even if for a minute, at least you noticed him, didn’t you?

8. You are his all time favorite topic: If he can’t stop talking about you to his close friends and can go on and on and on with it, he is definitely got the hots for you! If you guys happen to have some common friends, check with them. It might surprise you that the shy guy is attracted to you signs are genuine and that you are the only one in his mind and he is desperate to enter your heart!

9. He does small and sweet gestures: One of the signs a shy guy likes you is the small favors and gestures that he will do for you even when they are not required. For Example, he will help you pick up things that you might have dropped. Or he will keep the lift waiting for you. Or may be compliment you each and every time, even when not required! (ha ha) Get coffee for you at your desk, the list can go on and on and on.

10. He gets uncomfortable when other guys talk to you: If you are still confused as to how to tell if a shy guy likes you, this can be the sign to look for, and he is totally, surely, madly into you, and that’s why can’t even bear the sight of you being with someone else! There is this feeling of insecurity in his mind that someone else might just sweep you away from him, and so he gets all uncomfortable and weird.

11. Avoid you in the group: The next sign to check for is this. If you and your ‘shy guy’ happens to be in one group, and he ends up talking to everyone but YOU, don’t think that he hates you. It’s an obvious sign that he has feelings for you and that he gets paranoid and shaky from the thought of even talking to you. I know it’s weird, but I don’t know what makes the shy guys think that girls are unapproachable. I think, that they think you are their angel from heaven and the thought of you rejecting him scares the hell out of him.

Did You Know: Health benefits associated with eating banana


Potassium found in the bananas is a good source to improve brain function and keep alertness. So add a banana to your breakfast before you start the day.

1. Allergies:

Banana is very useful for those who are allergic to certain foods. Unlike other protein foods, which contain amino acids that those people can not tolerate and may causes allergy. Bananas contain only benign amino-acids which in many cases are not allergic.

2. Anemia:

Being high in iron content, bananas are beneficial in the treatment of anemia. They helps stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood.

3. Boost Energy:

Fructose, glucose, and sucrose contained in bananas will give an instant and sustainable amount of energy. This is the reason why athletes often eat bananas.

4. Constipation and Diarrhea:

Bananas are a good remedy for constipation and diarrhea as they can help normalize bowel functions. They also have the ability to change the harmful bacteria in the intestines become the beneficial acidophilic bacilli.

5. Dysentery:

Mashed banana together with little salt is an excellent medicine for dysentery. Ripe bananas are also useful in treatment of dysentery on children, but they should mashed and process to cream before apply it.

6. Hangover:

The mixture of banana milkshake with honey is A good medicine for hangover. Banana calm your stomach, along with milk, it helps rehydrates your system. Honey is also comfort your stomach and control your blood sugar and potassium levels back to normal. 7. Helps to stop smoking:

Nutrients contain in banana such as vitamins A1, B6, B12, C, magnesium, and potassium helps withdraw nicotine from the body

8. Improve Mood:

Bananas contain Tryptophan, an essential amino acid which is responsible for the production of Serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is known to overcome depression and improve mood.

9. Intestine Disorder:

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its easy to digest. This is the only raw fruit which can be eaten without distress in chronic ulcer cases. Ripe bananas are very useful to treat ulcerative colitis. Being a soft, smooth, and easily digested, they help out acute symptoms and support healing process.

10. Improve brain function and keep alertness:

Potassium found in the bananas is a good source to improve brain function and keep alertness. So add a banana to your breakfast before you start the day.

11. Kidney Disorders:

Being of their low protein and salt and high carbohydrate content, bananas are valuable in kidney disorder. They are useful in uremia, a toxic condition of the blood die to kidney congestion and dysfunction. In such cases, a diet of banana should only be taken for 3 to 4 days with consuming 8 to 9 banana a day. This diet is suitable for all kidney problems, including nephritis.

12. Menstrual disorders:

Cooked banana flower and eat with curd is considered an effective medicine for cure menstrual disorders like excessive bleeding and painful menstruation. Banana flower helps increase progesterone hormone which reduces the bleeding.

13. Over weight:

Diet consists of bananas and skim milk are considered as an effective remedies for weight loss.

14. Reduce the risk of Heart Attack and Stroke:

Bananas are an excellent source of potassium which helps keep body electrolyte and fluids balance in body cells and helps in controlling blood pressure, thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Research has shown that regular intake of bananas can reduce the risk of stroke by 40%.

15. Urinary Disorders:

Juice from banana stem is well known remedies for urinary disorders. It increases the kidney and liver function, thus reducing discomfort and pain conditions in it. It has been found very helpful to remove stones in the kidney and prostate.

Introducing Nigeria’s first online learning platform – TUTOR.NG


Tutor.NG is an Online Tutoring Platform providing tools and resources for engaging and teaching learners anytime, anywhere. It provides the technology for tutors to transform any environment into a learning space. Tutor.NG Platform is a robust system that provides everything you need to take your teaching online – a virtual classroom, functionality to create and deliver courses with assessment tools, ability to work with different document formats – doc, pdf, ppt., content sharing features, live interactive sessions and a payment system that helps you monetize your content.

Organization can save cost on technical infrastructure to conduct online meetings, deliver lectures and trainings, the platform also provide tools to collaborate from different locations. For organizations, multiple teachers and instructors can log in, schedule, and deliver online classes in real time to unlimited number of students across the world, on your personalized e-learning space.

Tutor.NG helps you to monetize what you know and ready to teach. Content owners now have a platform to express their creativity and teach without having to spend so much on IT Infrastructure. Tutor.NG provides guaranteed security and access control to your materials and other contents.

Some of the features to create effective learning are:

White Board: the tutor can use the whiteboard to illustrate, annotate and demonstrate key points

Live Video Sessions: interact face-to-face online with your student with standard collaboration tools

Live Session Recording: videos and other activities during the live session can be recorded to be watched at a later time by users.

Real Time Virtual Classroom: Users from remote locations can participate in real time in a virtual classroom

Content Creation: you can upload and publish courseware in any format PowerPoint, PDFs, Documents, and Videos

User Management: manage learners and multiple teachers to deliver and schedule classes

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STELLA ODUAH SAYS SHE’S GOING ON MEDICAL LEAVE.


The Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, has not returned to Abuja after Sahara Reporters broke the news of her certificate scandal.

It was disclosed that the minister informed President Goodluck Jonathan that she was attending to her “medical needs” in Brazil, following which she apparently left for an undisclosed country.

Oduah, who was also embroiled in a BMW purchase scandal prior to the certificate mess, reportedly took off from Nigeria after the report of a presidential panel indicting her for a string of corrupt practices was leaked to her. The panel reportedly went beyond its initial brief to unravel a string of corrupt acts of the minister including how she connived with commercial banks to receive kickbacks for renovation projects initiated at airports across the country.

The panel, set up by President Jonathan in October to look into how she squeezed the cash-strapped Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to purchase two armored BMW cars for $1.6million. The story was also broken by Sahara Reporters.

Rather than face the consequences of her own actions, Mrs. Oduah has been telling anyone willing to listen that she merely “stepped on powerful toes” in the country.

Get well soon Aunty Stella, I hope the Doctors help take away your “Nigerian Wahala”

How To Make Your Skin Glow Coconut Oil Body Butter

Coconut oil contains healthy fats that are great for your skin.

Body butter is one of the best DIY skin care remedies, as it is creamy and soothing to your skin. This coconut oil-based one will make your skin absolutely glowing. Coconut oil contains healthy fats that are great for your skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with puffiness.

This moisturizing cream has only 2 ingredients and is appropriate for anywhere on the body. The addition of lime makes this smell amazing, and adds some vitamin C and antioxidants that are great for clearing the skin.

Ingredients:

½ cup Coconut oil

15 drops of lime oil (or your favourite essential oil; you can try fresh lime juice too)

Directions:

Whisk the solid coconut oil in your mix-master, electric whisk or stick blender.

When it starts to soften add the lime or essential oil drops and keep mixing until nicely whipped.

Label it and take note of the best by date on the coconut oil bottle.

It’s best not to apply things with citrus oils to the skin before going out into the sun, as they can make the skin more photo-sensitive.

Store the oil in a cool, dark place.

25-year-old man remanded in prison for allegedly raping woman on farm


An Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday remanded 25-year-old Adeniji Ojo in Agodi Prisons over alleged rape of a 23-year-old woman.

The Chief Magistrate, Alhaja Fatima Badrudeen, ordered that the accused should be kept behind bars pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the court did not take the plea of Ojo, whose address was not given.

The prosecutor, ASP Grace Akinsehinwa had told the court that the accused committed the offence on Jan. 2 at 2.00 p.m. at Sanusi Village, Idi-Ayunre in Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State.

He said Ojo met the woman on the farm and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

The accused also assaulted the woman and tore her underwear before raping her, Akinsehinwa alleged.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 357 and 358 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The case was adjourned to Feb. 7 for mention. (NAN)

Source: NAN

President Jonathan Signs Same s*x Marriage Prohibition Bill into Law


In spite of protests from some countries, groups and activists President Goodluck Jonathan has signed into law the Bill which outlaws same s*x marriage.

The assent to the bill was devoid of fanfare to reduce diplomatic tension, which it may likely attract.

Some foreign embassies were shocked by the development leading to ‘curious’ inquiries from the Federal Government. Despite the inquiries, the Federal Government said there was no going back.

The signed bill says the gays, lesbians in Nigeria will risk a 14-year jail term if they do not retrace their steps and renounce such marriage.

Also, any person who operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations directly or indirectly will earn 10-year imprisonment. Those who administer witness, abet or aid the solemnisation of a same s*x marriage are going to bag 10-year jail term.

The Senate previously passed the bill in November 2011. Lawmakers in Nigeria’s house of representatives affirmed the decision by the Senate on May 29, 2013.

The President assented to the Act last week, on January 7, 2014, but the details on this action have just leaked the web.
“I certify that this Bill has been carefully compared by me with the decision reached by the National Assembly and found by me to be true and correct decision of the Houses and is in accordance with the provisions of the Acts Authentication Act Cap. A2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. I assent,” The assent note read.

“The President has signed the Same s*x Marriage (Prohibition) Bill into law. This has foreclosed any pressure on President Jonathan not to assent to the bill.

“We received inquiries from some foreign embassies on why the bill was signed into law. But we told them that our cultural values do not tolerate same s*x marriage.

“Also, we made it clear that since most Nigerians were opposed to the bill, the parliament acted in line with the wish of the majority. We are in a democratic setting, the President has no choice than to bow to the wish of the people.

“These embassies were shocked but there is no going back. We hope they will also abide by the decision of Nigerians,” a source close the President revealed.

According to some abstracts, obtained by The Nation, the Act reads:

“A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same s*x: (a) is prohibited in Nigeria; and (b) shall not be recognized as entitled to the benefits of a valid marriage.

The Act also stipulates the volume of the sanctions awaiting the violators of the new law.

“A person who enters into a same s*x marriage contract or civil union commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 14 years imprisonment.

“A person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations directly or indirectly makes public show of dame s*x amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.

“A person or group of persons who administers, witnesses, abets or aids the solemnization of a same s*x marriage or civil union of supports the registration, operation and sustenance of gay clubs, societies, organizations, processions or meetings in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.

“The High Court of a State or of the Federal Capital Territory shall have jurisdiction to entertain matters raiding from the breach of the provisions of this Act.”

Womb Transplant Successfuly Carried Out In Sweden


Doctors at the University of Gothenburg Sweden have successfully carried out womb transplant for 9 women who were born without a womb and are waiting for them to get pregnant.

This amazing new kind of surgery is geared towards helping women who are born without wombs, a medical condition called MKRH or had there uterus removed due to severe medical conditions such as cervical cancer.

The wombs received were from mothers or female relatives of the recipients. All nine women are currently ovulating which is a good sign that the wombs are doing fine inside the women. Continue..

Saudi Arabia is the first country in the world to have carried out womb transplant in the year 2000 but the recipient recorded blood clot and so the womb was removed.

Turkey was the 2nd country to try the womb transplant were they took womb from dead people and transplanted into this women but the process also failed as the women lost their babies after 2 months of conception. England is preparing to also carry out the process.

Head surgeon for this process Dr Mats Brannstrom said “This is a research study. It could lead to the women having children, but there are no guarantees …what is certain is that they are making a contribution to science.”.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2013 FIFA Ballon D’Or


Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2013 Ballon D’Or, the second of his career.

Ronaldo scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year, and his stunning hat trick against Sweden in a decisive World Cup playoff was perhaps the defining individual performance.

Ronaldo was sobbing in tears as he accepted the award with his son beside him, saying ”there are no words to describe this moment.” He defeated Barcelona’s Messi and France winger Franck Ribery, who helped Bayern Munich to a sweep of major titles.

Voting was done by national team captains and coaches, plus selected journalists, in FIFA’s 209 member countries.

What to expect from Microsoft in 2014


The last year for Microsoft may have been one of its most historic. In 2013, the company launched Windows 8.1, began shipping its own PC hardware, released the Xbox One, acquired Nokia’s devices and services business, announced a company-wide reorganization and prepared to lose its CEO of 13 years.

2014 looks to be even bigger, with the company expected to ship a number of major updates to existing products as well as expanding into new product lines thanks to the Nokia acquisition.

Phone

Windows Phone 8 was originally released in October 2012 but it’s seen little love since then. Other than small, incremental updates under the “GDR” name, Microsoft has remained quiet about future plans for Windows Phone.

Even as the company released Windows 8.1 for the desktop, it did not comment on plans for Windows Phone. In 2014, it’s widely expected that the company will unveil Windows Phone 8.1 at BUILD in April.

Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to include a number of improvements such as a notification center, a personal assistant similar to that of Siri dubbed “Cortana,” quick settings functionality, on-screen button support, Skype improvements and integration and other UI enhancements. The company recently confirmed that all current Windows Phone 8 handsets will receive the update sometime in 2014.

In terms of hardware, the Nokia acquisition should start to bear fruit as well. The company has a number of handsets in the works and these will likely be released under the Microsoft brand rather than the Nokia brand going forward.

Future handsets might even be merged into the Surface moniker over time but it’s unlikely since the Lumia name has so much klout in the market right now.

Nokia/Microsoft were rumored to be working on a smartwatch in 2013 and since almost everyone seemingly wants a piece of the action it’s a possibility that the company will attempt to release one in late 2014 after the acquisition is completed. Live tiles on a watch? Yes please.

Windows

Microsoft has a problem on its hands: Windows 8. While the OS has been available for over a year now, it isn’t gaining as much traction as the company would have liked.

Recently, Paul Thurott reported that “Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public” and that less than 25 million PC’s have upgraded to Windows 8.1. This spells disaster for Microsoft when you look at the considerably slowed adoption rate of Windows 8 compared to the release of Windows 7.

This year, Microsoft’s BUILD conference will be held in April where it’s expected that the company will unveil an update for Windows entitled “Windows 8.1 Update 1.” It isn’t known what’s actually in the update yet but rumors suggest it will only contain minor changes ahead of “Threshold,” which is expected to be released in 2015.

“Threshold” is a major new version of Windows that reportedly be released with the name “Windows 9″ and will refine the Modern interface, add the classic start menu, separate the OS into consumer and enterprise versions and begin building a converged platform for Windows Phone and Windows RT.

Threshold/Windows 9 is unlikely to be released in final form in 2014, but we do expect Microsoft to announce the new version and preview some parts at BUILD this year. Since Windows 9 is reported to be released at BUILD in 2015 we’d expect a beta or release candidate version to be made public before then.

Tablet

2014 may be the year we finally get to see the ‘Surface Mini’ that’s been rumored for some time, as OEMs continue to build smaller tablets to rival the iPad mini and Nexus 7. There aren’t many details known, but we reported late last year that the device was likely to go into mass production by the end of 2013 so it may appear around BUILD, where hardware is traditionally distributed to developers as an incentive to develop for the platform.

On top of this, the company is likely to announce hardware revisions to the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 but it’s unlikely they will be significantly refreshed until 2015. The Surface 2 will also get 4G LTE sometime in Q1-Q2 this year as well, as previously announced.

What we may see is the fruit of Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition. Nokia announced a Windows RT tablet in late 2013, which seemed like an odd move for a company that was busy being acquired. It?’s unlikely we’ll ever see a Nokia branded tablet again, but Microsoft could release an addition to the Surface family using acquired Nokia hardware.

Entertainment

The Xbox One entered the market in late 2013 so this year will see a number of updates to the console to build out existing features and add new functionality. There are already major updates planned to fix a number of complaints from the console’s launch as well as add features such as the ability to stream games on Twitch.tv.

A number of exclusive games that are expected to launch this year for the Xbox One: Project Spark, Fable Legends, Below, Quantum Break, Cobalt, Sunset Overdrive, Fantasia: Music Evolved, Halo 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, D4, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Plants vs. Zombies and Titanfall, among others.

Reports suggested in 2012 that Microsoft would release a set-top box titled the “Xbox TV” in 2013 but the device failed to surface. There aren’t many details available on the box, but a report from The Verge in 2012 suggested it would be based on Windows 8 and would support casual gaming titles as well as TV and streaming services.

Perhaps this device could launch in 2014, but it’s hard to say if it will, based on the lack of news about the device over the last year and the TV support that the Xbox One currently has.

Office

Last year, Office 2013 was released to the world missing one giant thing: a Modern UI version of the product. It’s a gaping hole, with tablet users being dragged into desktop mode to use Office products.

Reports suggest we should see the Modern version of Office in 2014. Codenamed “Gemini,” it’s expected to ship in ‘late spring’ 2014 so it’s likely Microsoft will announce either a preview or availability at BUILD in April.

The company has also neglected its Mac Office suite for some time, with the last release being made in October 2010. Reports suggest that Office:Mac is included in the “Gemini” suite and will receive a refresh in late spring 2014 alongside the release of Modern Office for Windows.

iOS and Android versions of Office have long been rumored and even surfaced a few times but were never made available outside of a basic Office365 application. It’s expected the company will announce these products in late fall 2014, according to ZDNet, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about them.

The CEO search and management changes

An emotional Steve Ballmer took to the stage in 2013 to farewell the company he loved after announcing his plan to step down within 12 months. Ballmer was CEO at Microsoft for 13 years and the search to replace him began in 2013. The company has not shared many details about the search but many rumors emerged about those in the running, which included Alan Mulally, Stephen Elop, Satya Nadella and Tony Bates.

Some candidates, such as Alan Mulally, have confirmed they are not in the running but others such as Stephen Elop seem much more likely to get the job (considering that Nokia was conveniently acquired by Microsoft). We’re likely to discover who the next CEO will be in the next few months, but until then it’s simply a guessing game fuelled by snippets of whispers that leak from the boardroom.

In 2013, the company also announced its ambitious plan to unify itself, called “One Microsoft.” It was Steve Ballmer’s last major move as CEO and is intended to break down divisional firewalls and encourage working together for common goals. The intention is to help unify strategy and help the company move faster; it’s in more danger than ever since being late to both the mobile and tablet spaces and has been playing catchup.

These plans should begin to be realized in 2014, though it’s unlikely there will be obvious evidence in the near future. That said, expect products to work better together in the future due to the changes in departmental collaboration, beginning with products like Threshold/’Windows 9′.

A big year ahead

The year ahead will be a big one for Microsoft; it faces more challenges than ever before with continually declining PC shipments and consumers continuing to look elsewhere thanks to Windows 8.

2014 may work to repair many of these issues. The company will be revitalized with a new CEO at the helm, a new management plan in place and a number of strong products under its belt. A lot more will become clear after the announcements at BUILD, but it looks like the company has a big year in store.

Photos: Senator Magnus Abe shot as Rivers police disrupt APC rally


Senator Magnus Abe, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and the Chief of Staff to Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Tony Okocha were reportedly both hit with rubber bullets shot by Rivers police this morning Sunday January 12th during a political rally in Port Harcourt.

The Senator had led members of the Save Rivers Movement to a venue where a pro-APC rally was to hold, and the police fired rounds and released teargas in a bid to stop the event. Several people were wounded and have been reportedly transported to the hospital.

One of those wounded Tony Okocha said Rivers police was trying to militarize the state and blamed the attack on Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, who he claimed told police to stop the rally.

PDP crisis: Jonathan calls OBJ, begs him to rethink withdrawal decision


Nigeria president, Goodluck Jonathan, has reportedly telephoned former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, to deny responsibility for promoting a controversial member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Buruji Kashamu, as an influential party leader in the south-west geo-political zone, a situation that has infuriated the former president.

Those familiar with the matter said that Obasanjo was travelling in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, at the time of the conversation.

It was learnt that Jonathan had hurriedly called Obasanjo on Thursday, shortly after he received the former president’s letter, informing him and the National Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur, that he was suspending participation in party activities for as long as the party continues to treats Kashamu, who is believed to be a fugitive, with reverence.

According to Premium Times report:

Our sources said during the telephone exchanges, Mr. Jonathan appealed to Mr. Obasanjo to reconsider his decision to suspend himself from the party, saying he would personally prevail on Mr. Tukur to stop fraternizing with Mr. Kashamu and imposing him on the South-West PDP as a rallying point.

The president, according to our sources, told Mr. Obasanjo that he had never met Mr. Kashamu and had never instructed anyone to accord the controversial Ogun politician a special or preferential treatment in the party.

“Baba, believe me, I don’t know Kashamu,” our sources quoted Mr. Jonathan as saying. “I think it is the chairman (Tukur) that knows him. Personally, I have nothing with him. But I will ask chairman.

“Kindly consider your decision again. The PDP belongs to us all and we need to correct whatever is wrong together.”

The president then promised to “hear from” Mr Tukur, and to “do something” about the matter, those informed about the discussion said.

In his response, Mr. Obasanjo is said to have explained to the president his frustration at explaining to world leaders how an alleged criminal, wanted by the United States authorities, ended up as a leader of Nigeria’s ruling party.

He reportedly told the president that his assurance of action might amount to nothing as he believed not much could be done as of now.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media, Reuben Abati could not be reached to comment for this story. Several telephone calls to him failed to connect.

But three separate presidential aides, who do no want to be named for fear they might be sanctioned, however confirmed details of the conversation between Mr. Jonathan and Mr. Obasanjo.

Contacted, Mr. Obasanjo’s spokesperson, Tunde Oladunjoye, said he had no permission from his boss to confirm details of his conversation with anyone.

An aide of the former president however confirmed the exchanges.

Mr. Obasanjo had in a January 7 letter to Mr. Tukur announced that he was withdrawing from the activities of the PDP for as long as Mr. Kashamu, whom he accuses of being a “wanted habitual criminal”, remains a leader of the party in the south west, the former president’s geopolitical zone.

In a letter to Mr. Tukur on Tuesday, Mr. Obasanjo said he would remain a “card-carrying member” of the governing party, but will no longer participate in the party’s functions at all levels.

“Politics played by any national political party must have morality, decency, discipline, principles and leadership examples as cardinal practices of the party,” the former president’s letter, published on Saturday, read. “I have attached here recent documents that clearly indicates that you extolled PDP zonal leader in the South West of Nigeria and an indigene of Ogun State, who is, to say the least, not a credit to the party as a member let alone being a zonal leader.”

Mr. Obasanjo, a native of Ogun State, as Mr. Kashamu, said while he believed that a truly national political party should, as a microcosm of a nation, bear all forms of characters as members, he however found no justification in extolling a “known criminal” wanted abroad on drug-related charges.

“Since I stick in my practice of party politics to the hallowed and cherished principles enunciated above, I take this opportunity to let you know that while I continue to remain a card-carrying member of PDP, I cannot and I will not subscribe to a wanted habitual criminal being installed as my zonal leader in the party; a criminal for whom extradition has been requested by the US government,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

Mr. Kashamu dismissed Mr. Obasanjo’s letter as a “cocktail of lies” and a “campaign of calumny” inspired by the former president’s loss of political relevance in the Southwest.

“Let me state from the outset that contrary to Obasanjo’s claim, I am not the leader of the party in the South West,” he said in a statement on Saturday. “I am just one of the party’s foot soldiers in the zone and it is in that capacity that I am made the chairman of the Organisation and Mobilisation Committee for the party in the zone.”

Mr. Kashamu said it was “preposterous” to be referred to as the leader of the party in a zone that parades Bode George, Shuaibu Oyedokun, Lekan Balogun, Iyiola Omisore, Teslim Folarin, Yekeen Adeojo, Clement Awoyelu, Ayodele Fayose, Bode Olajumoke.

He denied being wanted in the US.

Officials close to President Jonathan and Mr. Obasanjo said the president contacted the former leader by phone after being informed of Mr. Obasanjo’s letter to the PDP chairman. He denied responsibility for Mr. Kashamu’s appointment, a decision he blamed on Mr. Tukur, who has been at the centre of the PDP’s months of intractable internal crisis.

Coming about a month after Mr. Obasanjo penned a scathing letter accusing Mr. Jonathan of being inept and corrupt –allegations the president rejected in his reply-, the telephone communication over Mr. Kashamu appears partly a fence-mending move by the two leaders as their party’s troubles escalate in the face of credible threat from the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

PRESS RELEASE: AMAECHI NOT ABE WAS MBU’S TARGET AT THE SAVE RIVERS RALLY – RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT


Today Sunday January 12, 2014, Rivers State witnessed another senseless attack on innocent citizens in a continuous rape of democracy by the Joseph Mbu led Rivers State police command.

Today’s attack on members of the Save Rivers Movement, a non governmental association at the College of Arts and Science, Rumuola, Port Harcourt Rivers State and especially the unprovoked shooting of Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, the senator representing Rivers South East senatorial district is cause for worry and an indication of the length that the PDP is willing to go to silence opposing views.

The Rivers State government has it on good authority that Senator Abe took the bullet originally meant for Governor Chibuike Amaechi who was billed to be present at the event. This is disconcerting especially in the light of recent revelations that the presidency may be training snipers ahead of the 2015 elections and that Governor Amaechi is top on the list of those to be eliminated.

The Rivers State Government wishes to request the Federal Government and its agencies to respect the rules of democratic engagement in their misguided fight against the people of Rivers State and especially save our nation from the unnecessary chaos into which federal agents like Mbu want to plunge it ahead of the 2015 elections.
The Rivers State Government therefore reiterates its call for the re deployment of CP Mbu from Rivers State before he turns the state into a graveyard because of his intolerance and unprofessional behaviour.

The Government of Rivers State understands that Mr. Mbu would prefer to be a “policetician” rather than a responsible police officer but would request that he attempts to at least protect the lives and properties of the poor Rivers taxpayers who pay his salary, and who are the real employers of the officers and men of the Rivers State police command.

The Rivers State Government condemns the disruption of the Save Rivers Movement rally especially since the disruption is selective seeing that the police do not only allow members of the PDP Grass root Democratic Initiative (GDI) to hold rallies but indeed provides them with protection. The Rivers State government believes in the freedom of association and freedom of expression guaranteed to all Nigerians by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wishes to ask the Inspector General of Police, the Chairman Police Service commission, the Chairman Nigeria Human Rights Commission and Mr. President on whose table the buck ends as Commander in Chief and the Nation’s Number One citizen to call Mr. Mbu to order and bring an end to this impunity in Rivers State, and restore the hope of Rivers people that they have not been marked as enemies and lamb for slaughter in their own country.

Despite the shenanigans of Mr. Mbu and his cohorts, the Rivers State Government wishes to reassure Rivers people of its commitment to fight on the side of the people and on the side of truth. We appeal to our people to remain law abiding and not to take the laws into their own hands as we promise to continue to use all legitimate and legal means to guarantee the safety of our people and their rights to exist in Nigeria.

Signed

Ibim Semenitari
Commissioner of Information and Communications,
Rivers State
January 12, 2014

Source: RVSG Facebook Page

Man caught after raping neighbour’s pregnant wife, offers her N500


A 30-year-old man identified as Adeji, is being detained in a cell at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Oyo State Police Command, Iyanganku, for allegedly raping his neighbour’s pregnant wife.

The victim, a 23-year-old mother of 2, identified as Mary, who is also about 3 months pregnant.

The suspect waylaid the pregnant woman when she was returning from the stream in Sanusi village, at Idi-Ayunre, Ibadan,where they are both neighbours.

According to a report by The Sun:

It was gathered that Mary attempted to escape but was overpowered and raped by Adeji, despite her pleas that she was pregnant.

After the illicit act, Adeji attempted to bribe her not to spill the beans, offering N500. He then fled the scene, leaving behind his pair of slippers.

Prior to the incident, Sunday Sun learn that the suspect had been luring and making advances to Mary.

Mary’s husband had earlier lodged a complaint with the village head who issued Adeji a serious warning to desist from the damnable act, but he was not deterred.

After the incident, the victim was rushed to Adeoyo Hospital for medical examination after which a report was made at the Idi-Ayunre Police Division.

Policemen later visited the crime scene and eventually apprehended the suspect.

Adeji, however, told Sunday Sun that the housewife was his girlfriend and that they had been in a relationship before the incident.

A top police source who confirmed the incident told Sunday Sun that the suspect would be charged to court once investigations were concluded.

He added that the police would not relent in its drive to rid Oyo State of rapists terrorizing women in the state

13 Things Guys Need To Know About Suits


Suits are the one classic outfit that can transform a guy from ghetto trashy to classy, suave and dapper however alot of guys dont know how to wear a suit.

Wearing a suit is serious business, a well tailored suit is one that should look like it was moulded on you not like you were thrown into a boxy trash bag.

Here are some tips to bear in mind when wearing a suit.

•Your tie bar/clip should never be wider than your tie.
•Always unfasten your jacket buttons when you sit. No exceptions.
•Your pocket square should not match your tie or suit at all, let is stand out, create extra effect. •Your belt and shoes have to be the same colour.
•When you go without a tie, it’s best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side.
When your jacket is buttoned, you should be able to fit a fist between your chest and the fabric—no more, no less.
•Your jacket sleeves should reveal about half an inch of shirt cuff. If they don’t, try a short size instead—you could save yourself a trip to the tailor later on.
•Your pants should sit at your waist (not your hips). You should be able to fit one finger into the waistband comfortably.
•The black single-monk is the sleekest, most sophisticated, most versatile shoe around. •Don’t forget tp cut open the thread on the back vents and the pockets.
Invest in suit accessories like ties, bow ties, pocket squares, tie clips and cufflinks.

• A tie bar should not be worn with a waistcoat or cardigan as the purpose of a tie bar is to hold the tie in place. If you are wearing a waistcoat or cardigan that’s already taken care of and at that point, a tie bar just becomes redundant.

• Light tan shirts match with brown tie
• Light pink shirts match with burgundy or navy blue tie
•Light blue shirts complement red, navy, yellow or burgundy ties
•When dealing with striped shirts, determine what its base color is and coordinate with colors as above. Just make sure the stripes on the shirt do match the stripes or pattern on the tie.

St Paul’s College Confirms Stella Oduah Earned Bachelors Degree, But Not MBA


Authorities of St. Paul’s College in Lawrence ville, Virginia, in the United States today confirmed to Sahara Reporters that Mrs. Stella Oduah did obtain a first degree in Business Administration at the institution in 1982, with concentration in Accounting.
St Paul’s registrar, Ms. Helen Jackson, reiterated however, that the school has never had a postgraduate program.
Ms. Oduah would have been 16 years old at the time of admission. Asked to make that confirmation, Ms. Jackson said she could not offer personal information about the student.

Sahara Reporters began a series of exposes on the minister’s educational background on Monday night. By Tuesday she had removed any mention of St. Paul’s College, the institutions where she initially claimed in citations, on Wikipedia and several personal websites that she earned a Masters Degree.

By yesterday, SaharaReporters obtained her curriculum vitae but it curiously made no mention of the widely, previously-claimed MBA. However, she claimed to have obtained an “honorary Ph.D” from Christian Pacific University in Glendale, California. That claim has also now been found to be false.
The Minister’s claim to an MBA in 1983 also conflicts with the year in which she supposedly served in the National Youth Service Corps.

Meanwhile, earlier today the ministry of Aviation disabled Ms. Oduah profile page which claimed she had “Bachelors and Masters Degree (in Accounting and Business Administration respectively) in the United States” only to restore the page apparently caught pants down with the false claims on her resume still intact.

Stella Oduah’s Ministerial Position In Doubt: As President Jonathan Prepares Imminent Purge Of Federal Cabinet


A purge of the federal cabinet appears imminent as President Goodluck Jonathan prepares to send a list of ministerial nominees to the Senate next week for confirmation.
Although the plan is ostensibly to fill the vacancies created by the exit of some ministers,there were indications last night that the President might drop more ministers to make way for the incoming ones. 12 vacancies currently exist in the cabinet.

The slots are those of Kebbi, Sokoto, the North East, the South West, Kaduna, Kano, South South, Jigawa, Akwa Ibom, Osun, Niger and Borno.
However, the actual number of the ministerial nominees to be sent to the Senate was kept secret last night.
Some members of the cabinet, especially those said to have scored low on President Jonathan’s ministers performance card, are now gripped by fear.

The fate of Aviation Minister Stella Oduah was shaky last night following pressure on the President either to drop or retain her.
The report of the Administrative Panel on the N225m bullet-proof cars scandal at the National Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will play a key role in determining her fate,it was gathered.
The panel was chaired by the immediate past Head of Service of the Federation (HoS), Sali Bello Isa.
Other members of the panel were the National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki, and Air Vice Marshal Dick Iruenebere.

But contrary to expectations in some quarters, Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike,stands a good chance of remaining in office.
Wike may, however, leave the cabinet either in June or July to pursue his governorship ambition in Rivers State.
Some of the new hands likely to come on board include the Chairman, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, Engr. Olajide Adeniji; ex-Governor Boni Haruna; Senator Umar Gada (Sokoto); ex-Speaker Umar Ghali Na’aba (Kano); ex-Governor Abdulkadir Kure (Niger).

It was gathered that some ministers may be asked to go based on either poor performance or political expediency. But the actual number was kept under wraps as at press time.
A Presidency source said: “The President might drop some ministers owning to either poor performance or political expediency.

“The role of Wike in Rivers State crisis has earned him a retention ticket from the President because the minister is seen as fighting a ‘strategic’ cause.”
On the fate of Oduah, the source said: “It is still shaky because the President is under pressure from pro and anti-forces. Oduah has also succeeded in making the presidency to believe that she is being persecuted for politics sake.

“I think the report of the Administrative Panel will go a long way to give direction on the President’s decision on Oduah.”
Besides the sack of nine ministers a few months ago, there are three other vacancies occasioned by the removal of Mohammed Haliru Bello as Minister of Defence and Inuwa Abdulkadir as Minister of Youth Development, as well as the resignation of Dr. Ali Pate as Minister of State for Health.

Also dropped were Olugbenga Ashiru (Foreign Affairs); Hadiza Mailaifa (Environment); Shamsudeen Usman (National Planning); Ama Pepple (Lands, Housing and Urban Development); Rukayyatu Rufai’ (Education); Ita Ewa (Science and Technology); Minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada; Minister of State for Power, Zainab Kuchi, and Minister of State for Agriculture, Bukar Tijani.

#RELATIONSHIPFRIDAY: How to Attract the Woman of Your Dreams (No Joke): Andrew Schwab


When I was in college, I lived across the hall from a guy named David. He was a great friend who was solid believer. He was a spiritual mentor to me in many senses, but he had an acute Achilles heal: He seemed to have a knack for finding girls who were trouble.
At one point during our junior year, David showed up at my door saying he really needed to talk to me. He looked like he was about to be sick, so I invited him in. He proceeded to tell me that he was sure he had met the love of his life, a girl he was convinced was his soul mate. Her name was Lindsey, and she was someone I knew fairly well. She was a girl who, in my opinion, seemed to have less-than-stellar character. It was pretty obvious that David was on the fast track to drama, if not total disaster.
He asked my advice, and I told him the truth—that he should slow down a bit and get to know Lindsey a little better before he jumped into anything. I told him to wait and pray about it. But, like most men, he became too excited to put the brakes on. He told me he had never felt anything like this before. He said she was “hot, smart, and funny,” the perfect combination of traits he was looking for. A week later David and Lindsey were in a serious relationship.
Everything seemed to go well for the first month or so. Then, David showed up at my door again. This time, he had tears in his eyes. He was upset and confessed that he had lost his virginity to Lindsey. He said he felt empty and lost, like God was “a million miles away.” He said he thought they should take a break from the relationship, but he felt very attached to her. When he had shared his thoughts with Lindsey she became very angry at him. For both of their sakes, I advised him to slow things down a bit. We prayed together, and when he left that night it seemed like he was clear-headed. He seemed focused on renewing his relationship with God, and taking some space from his girlfriend.
But instead, David just became more entrenched. More “screw-ups” followed, along with many break-ups, and knocks at my door. The further their relationship went, the more it became characterized by fights, jealousy and deception. In the end, Lindsey ended up cheating, and when he couldn’t take any more, David finally ended things. He was a shadow of his former self as he sat in my apartment, holding his head in his hands, asking me, “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I find a good girl?”
I didn’t have an answer for him at the time, but since then I have learned a few things, mostly from making my own mistakes along the way. And it turns out there is an answer to the great mystery of how to find a girl that is not only what you want, but what you need. The right girl. The answer is, we attract what we project.
Here is what I mean: If we are broken, we will attract broken people. We will also be attracted to broken people. Even if our brokenness is not apparent or obvious to others, we still “broadcast” our wounds. Most of the time this happens subconsciously. If we have not allowed God to heal our deep sources of pain, then they will undoubtedly influence who we “connect with.”
In David’s case, he came from a broken home where his mother cheated on his father and divorced him. In her place, his stepmother was distant and cold. He grew up never receiving the comfort and nurture from a mother figure that he needed. Lindsey’s father left her mother when she was very young. So, David was essentially drawing and being drawn to someone who would echo his unique set of issues. When put together, they formed a dysfunctional, insecure union.
If you haven’t yet met the right girl yet, if you have a history of broken relationships, or if you are currently in a dysfunctional situation with another, it’s time to start paying attention. If you are always drawn to troubled members of the opposite sex, it’s time to allow God to change not only your tastes, but your broadcast signal. Your relationship troubles are illuminating the fact that there are areas in your life that need growth and healing. It’s time to allow God to heal your wounds so you can have a healthy relationship. It’s time for you to take a step back and focus on becoming the person God wants you to be. It’s time to get serious about personal and spiritual growth.
This is the best advice I have encountered on how to attract the right girl: You must become the type of person you want to attract. And for Christians, this means allowing God significant access to your deepest character flaws, scars, and insecurities, that he can begin changing you. He can do this if you are willing to be intentional about drawing near to him in prayer, meditation, the reading of his word, and the seeking of good counsel. It is not an overnight formula, but if you commit yourself to this process, you will put yourself in position to draw in a person who is loyal, trustworthy, and most of all, righteous. He desires for each of us to heal from our wounds so we can become balanced, confident, and secure. In so doing, He can change not only the type people you attract, but the type of people you are attracted to.

David eventually met the right girl and got married. He is finally in a healthy, God-centered relationship. But he didn’t find the right girl until he took time to first focus on his own healing process.
The drama and difficulty with relationships you have experienced in the past can be used for a purpose: To reveal to you how God wants to change you to be more like him. To start the process, begin with this prayer: God, reveal to me the areas I need healing and growth so I can be more like you. Help me to be the person of character you want me to be. Help me to attract and be attracted to someone who values you above all else.

She is out there. Now, you must allow God to prepare you for her.

Source: Andrew Schwab
(Tin Soldiers).

#RELATIONSHIPFRIDAY: Building A Healthy Relationship From The Start


The Beginning Stages

While the early months of a relationship can feel effortless and exciting, successful long-term relationships involve ongoing effort and compromise by both partners. Building healthy patterns early in your relationship can establish a solid foundation for the long run. When you are just starting a relationship, it is important to:

**Build. Build a foundation of appreciation and respect. Focus on all the considerate things your partner says and does. Happy couples make a point of noticing even small opportunities to say “thank you” to their partner, rather than focusing on mistakes their partner has made.

**Explore. Explore each other’s interests so that you have a long list of things to enjoy together. Try new things together to expand mutual interests.

**Establish. Establish a pattern of apologizing if you make a mistake or hurt your partner’s feelings. Saying “I’m sorry” may be hard in the moment, but it goes a long way towards healing a rift in a relationship. Your partner will trust you more if he or she knows that you will take responsibility for your words and actions.

As the Months Go By: Important Things to Recognize as Your Relationship Grows

**Relationships Change. Changes in life outside your relationship will impact what you want and need from the relationship. Since change is inevitable, welcoming it as an opportunity to enhance the relationship is more fruitful than trying to keep it from happening.

**Check in Periodically. Occasionally set aside time to check in with each other on changing expectations and goals. If a couple ignores difficult topics for too long, their relationship is likely to drift into rocky waters without their noticing.

What to Do When Conflict Arises

Disagreements in a relationship are not only normal but, if constructively resolved, actually strengthen the relationship. It is inevitable that there will be times of sadness, tension, or outright anger between you and your partner. The source of these problems may lie in unrealistic/unreasonable demands, unexplored expectations, or unresolved issues/behaviors in one partner or in the relationship. Resolving conflicts requires honesty, a willingness to consider your partner’s perspective even if you don’t fully understand it, and lots of communication.

Healthy communication is critical, especially when there are important decisions regarding sex, career, marriage, and family to be made. The following are some guidelines for successful communication and conflict resolution.

**Understand Each Others’ Family Patterns. Find out how conflicts were managed (or not managed) in your partner’s family, and talk about how conflict was approached (or avoided) in your own family. It is not unusual for couples to discover that their families had different ways of expressing anger and resolving differences. If your family wasn’t good at communicating or resolving conflict constructively, give yourself permission to try out some new ways of handling conflict.

**Timing Counts. Contrary to previous notions, the best time to resolve a conflict may not be immediately. It is not unusual for one or both partners to need some time to cool off. This “time-out’ period can help you avoid saying or doing hurtful things in the heat of the moment, and can help partners more clearly identify what changes are most important. Remember – if you are angry with your partner but don’t know what you want yet, it will be nearly impossible for your partner to figure it out!

**Establish an Atmosphere of Emotional Support. Emotional support involves accepting your partner’s differences and not insisting that he or she meet your needs only in the precise way that you want them met. Find out how your partner shows his or her love for you, and don’t set absolute criteria that require your partner to always behave differently before you’re satisfied.

**Agree to Disagree and Move On. Most couples will encounter some issues upon which they will never completely agree. Rather than continuing a cycle of repeated fights, agree to disagree and negotiate a compromise or find a way to work around the issue.

**Distinguish between things you want versus things you need from your partner. For example, for safety reasons, you might need your partner to remember to pick you up on time after dark. But calling you several times a day may really only be a “want.”

**Clarify Your Messages. A clear message involves a respectful but direct expression of your wants and needs. Take some time to identify what you really want before talking to your partner. Work on being able to describe your request in clear, observable terms. For example, you might say, “I would like you to hold my hand more often” rather than the vague, “I wish you were more affectionate.”

**Discuss One Thing at a Time. It can be tempting to list your concerns or grievances, but doing so will likely prolong an argument. Do your best to keep the focus on resolving one concern at a time.

**Really Listen. Being a good listener requires the following: (a) don’t interrupt, (b) focus on what your partner is saying rather than on formulating your own response, and (c) check out what you heard your partner say. You might start this process with: “I think you are saying…” Or “what I understood you to say was…” This step alone can prevent misunderstandings that might otherwise develop into a fight.

**Restrain Yourself. Research has found that couples who “edit” themselves and do not say all the angry things they may be thinking are typically the happiest.

**Adopt a “Win-Win” Position. A “win-win” stance means that your goal is for the relationship, rather than for either partner, to “win” in a conflict situation. Ask yourself: “Is what I am about to say (or do) going to increase or decrease the odds that we’ll work this problem out?”

Healthy and Problematic Expectations in Relationships:

Each of us enters into romantic relationships with ideas about what we want based on family relationships, what we’ve seen in the media, and our own past relationship experiences. Holding on to unrealistic expectations can cause a relationship to be unsatisfying and to eventually fail. The following will help you to distinguish between healthy and problematic relationship expectations:

1. Respect Changes. What you want from a relationship in the early months of dating may be quite different from what you want after you have been together for some time. Anticipate that both you and your partner will change over time. Feelings of love and passion change with time, as well. Respecting and valuing these changes is healthy. Love literally changes brain chemistry for the first months of a relationship. For both physiological and emotional reasons, an established relationship will have a more complex and often richer type of passion than a new relationship.

2. Accept Differences. It is difficult, but healthy, to accept that there are some things about our partners that will not change over time, no matter how much we want them to. Unfortunately, there is often an expectation that our partner will change only in the ways we want. We may also hold the unrealistic expectation that our partner will never change from the way he or she is now.

3. Express Wants and Needs. While it is easy to assume that your partner knows your wants and needs, this is often not the case and can be the source of much stress in relationships. A healthier approach is to directly express our needs and wishes to our partner.

4. Respect Your Partner’s Rights. In healthy relationships, there is respect for each partner’s right to have her/his own feelings, friends, activities, and opinions. It is unrealistic to expect or demand that that he or she have the same priorities, goals, and interests as you.

5. Be Prepared to “Fight Fair.” Couples who view conflict as a threat to the relationship, and something to be avoided at all costs, often find that accumulated and unaddressed conflicts are the real threat. Healthy couples fight, but they “fight fair” – accepting responsibility for their part in a problem, admitting when they are wrong, and seeking compromise. Additional information about fair fighting can be found here.

6. Maintain the Relationship. Most of us know that keeping a vehicle moving in the desired direction requires not only regular refueling, but also ongoing maintenance and active corrections to the steering to compensate for changes in the road. A similar situation applies to continuing relationships. While we may work hard to get the relationship started, expecting to cruise without effort or active maintenance typically leads the relationship to stall or crash! Though gifts and getaways are important, it is often the small, nonmaterial things that partners routinely do for each other that keep the relationship satisfying.

Outside Pressures on the Relationship

•Differences in Background. Even partners coming from very similar cultural, religious, or economic backgrounds can benefit from discussing their expectations of how a good boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse behaves. What seems obvious or normal to you may surprise your partner, and vice versa. If you are from different backgrounds, be aware that you may need to spend more time and energy to build your relationship. Take the time to learn about your partner’s culture or religion, being careful to check out what parts of such information actually fit for your partner.

•Time Together and Apart. How much time you spend together and apart is a common relationship concern. If you interpret your partner’s time apart from you as, “he or she doesn’t care for me as much as I care for him or her,” you may be headed for trouble by jumping to conclusions. Check out with your partner what time alone means to him or her, and share your feelings about what you need from the relationship in terms of time together. Demanding what you want, regardless of your partner’s needs, usually ends up driving your partner away, so work on reaching a compromise.

•Your Partner’s Family. For many students, families remain an important source of emotional, if not financial, support during their years at the university. Some people find dealing with their partner’s family difficult or frustrating. It can help to take a step back and think about parental good intentions. Families may offer well-intentioned advice about your relationship or your partner. It’s important that the two of you discuss and agree on how you want to respond to differing family values and support one another in the face of what can be very intense “suggestions” from family.

•Friends. There are some people who seem to believe that “I have to give up all my friends unless my partner likes them as much as I do.” Giving up friends is not healthy for you or the relationship, except in circumstances where your friends pressure you to participate in activities that are damaging to yourself and the relationship. At the same time, keep in mind that your partner may not enjoy your friends as much as you do. Negotiate which friends you and your partner spend time with together. You might ask: “Which of my friends do you enjoy seeing and which ones would you rather I see alone or at other times when I’m not with you?”

Eight Basic Steps to Maintaining a Good Relationship:

1. Be aware of what you and your partner want for yourselves and what you want from the relationship.

2. Let one another know what your needs are.

3. Realize that your partner will not be able to meet all your needs. Some of these needs will have to be met outside of the relationship.

4. Be willing to negotiate and compromise on the things you want from one another.

5. Do not demand that a partner change to meet all your expectations. Work to accept the differences between your ideal mate and the real person you are dating.

6. Try to see things from the other’s point of view. This doesn’t mean that you must agree with one another all the time, but rather that both of you can understand and respect each other’s differences, points of view, and separate needs.

7. Where critical differences do exist in your expectations, needs, or opinions, try to work honestly and sincerely to negotiate. Seek professional help early rather than waiting until the situation becomes critical.

8. Do your best to treat your partner in a way that says, “I love you and trust you, and I want to work this out.”

Fake Ph.D: More Troubles For Aviation Minister, Mrs.Stella Oduah


The American National Centre for Education Statistics has confirmed that the Pacific Christian University, Glendale, which Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, claimed awarded her a doctorate degree, does not exist. This confirms that the minister’s purported honorary Ph.D is fake.

The National Centre for Education Statistics is an agency under the United States’ Department of Education.
Responding to an inquiry by newsmen, the spokesperson for the agency, which maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date database of all American public and private educational institutions, said, “thank you for your inquiry. I do not see a university in our database that is Pacific Christian University in Glendale”.
She, however, suggested that the closest to Pacific Christian University in the database might be Hope International University in Fullerton, which she believed used to be known as Pacific Christian College.
Contacted, Ever Delarosa of the registrar’s office at Hope International University confirmed that the institution used to be known as Pacific Christian College and not Pacific Christian University as Stella Oduah indicated in her resume.
Even at that, Ms. Delarosa insisted that Stella Oduah could not be referring to Hope University because the institution changed its name from Pacific Christian College in 1997 while Mrs Oduah claimed she was awarded a doctorate in Business Administration 1998.

The Hope University official also explained that the institution, even when it was known as Pacific Christian College, had never had a campus in Glendale, but was based in Long Beach City at the time.
According to her, “we do not have any records of any candidate by the name Stella Oduah or related names,” Ms. Delarosa said, after pouring through the university record.
“Whether now that we are Hope University or in the past when we were Pacific Christian College, we did not give any such person a degree here”.

It would be recalled that the aviation minister had lied on oath to the Senate, by claiming that the Pacific Christian University awarded her an honorary doctorate degree in 1998.
Oduah had made the claim in a 7-page resume she distributed to the 109 senators during her confirmation hearing on July 2, 2011.
On page four of the document, the minister claimed the university, which she said was based in Glendale, awarded her an honorary doctorate in Business Administration.
But investigations indicate that no university called Pacific Christian University existed in the United States.
The US Department of Education, through its National Centre for Education Statistics, keeps an up-to-date database of all public libraries and educational institutions in the country – public, private and colleges.
However, a search by state (California), city (Glendale) and name of institution (Pacific Christian University), could neither track Stella Oduah, nor the honorary doctorate degree she claimed to have obtained.

According to the database, there are six colleges (universities) in Glendale, a city of 191,719 inhabitants in Los Angeles County, in the state of California.
The colleges are American Medical Sciences Centre, Brand College, Glendale Career College, Glendale Community, and North-West College, a search that confirmed that there is no such university known as Christian Pacific College as claimed by the minister.
Efforts by to get the comments of the spokespersons for the minister were unsuccessful, as her Special Assistant on Media, Joe Obi, neither answered nor returned calls put across to his phone.
Although spokesperson for the aviation agencies, Yakubu Datti, did pick the call but immediately said he would call back. But as at the time of going to press, he was yet to respond to our enquiries.
Investigations show that Stella Oduah, and her associates have been cleaning up her biographies on the Internet, since the allegations emerged that she lied about her academic qualifications.

The minister had claimed she obtained Bachelor and Masters degrees from St. Paul’s College.
But after it became clear she might not have earned a Masters from that institution, Mrs. Oduah edited her biography on the website of the Ministry of Aviation, and removed the references to St. Paul’s College.
The Wikipedia page of the minister was also edited and it now has no reference to the university Mrs. Oduah attended, with the last edit on the Wikipedia page done at 14:41 p.m. Nigerian time on Tuesday.
All links and reference materials on the Wikipedia page capable of linking the minister to the university were also deleted.
Even the minister’s personal website was reviewed to remove any reference to St. Paul’s College.

Mrs. Oduah had since October been enmeshed in a N255 million armoured cars scandal in which she was accused of compelling the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to buy her two exotic bulletproof cars at clearly inflated prices.
The purchase of the cars generated outrage for weeks because its cost was inflated, and it was neither listed in the government-approved budget nor did it comply with the public procurement law.
The House of Representatives has since asked President Goodluck Jonathan to sack the minister but the president has failed to act, even as a panel he set up to probe the purchase has since submitted its report.

$49.8bn Scam: Jonathan Orders Sanusi To Resign


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In a move that may be bad for the image of a leader that has been criticised for his lackadaisical stance on corruption, President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to resign immediately.

The Tide gathered that the president allegedly took the decision on the grounds that the letter Sanusi wrote to him on the unremitted $49.8 billion oil revenue to the Federation Account was leaked to former President Olusegun Obasanjo by the CBN governor.
Just months to the end of his tenure as governor, Sanusi has, however, refused to resign, even as he denied leaking the letter to anyone.
He was said to have informed the president during the heated telephone exchange that he could only be removed by two-thirds of the Senate as required by law.

The president was reported to have called Sanusi and accused him of leaking the letter to Obasanjo, which enabled the latter to use it as one of many allegations he levelled against him in his letter titled: “Before It is Too Late”.
According to a Presidency source, the president was very angry and was not prepared to allow Sanusi proceed on his terminal leave in March, and therefore, asked him to tender his resignation before the close of business last Tuesday.
Angered by the president’s position, Sanusi, who denied that he had leaked his letter to Obasanjo, made it clear he would not be forced out, except he is removed by two-thirds of the Senate.
Faced with that difficult choice since majority of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members have decamped to the All Progressives Party (APC), the President and his aides have allegedly decided to suspend the CBN governor, and use security operatives to prevent him from entering the premises of the bank until the end of his tenure in June, 2014.

The meeting yesterday, sources said had perfected strategy to allow Sanusi go to court to seek redress while the President appoints current Deputy Governor, Financial Systems Stability, Kingsley Moghalu as interim CBN governor to oversee the affairs of the bank until a substantive governor is appointed in June.
But Sanusi had told the president that the letter was available in the Presidential Villa, Finance Ministry and the Central Bank of Nigeria, and wondered how he (Sanusi) could have leaked the letter, which was so widely circulated, to a former two-term president of Nigeria who has his people all over the place.

Sanusi also expressed surprise that the president could ask him to resign instead of the president looking for those responsible for the non-remittance of the funds.
Sources say his response threw the president aback, degenerating into a heated exchange during which Sanusi told the president that as the Federal Government’s Chief Economic Adviser, mandatorily required to bring issues of critical economic importance to the attention of the president, he had done a patriotic duty to his country.
“He informed the president that it is necessary to deal with the issues and not the letter that had been leaked since it has been established that it was not $49.8 billion that had not been remitted to the Federation Account, but $10.8 billion, which was still in dispute.
“Sanusi felt he was being forced out for doing his patriotic duty to his country by drawing attention to the unaccounted funds. He only has two months to go, so this was a ploy to force him out and destroy his career and reputation.
“He knew this and for this reason, refused to throw in the towel as requested by the president,” a source told newsmen.

The president was said to have however remained adamant and insisted on the CBN governor’s resignation.
The Presidency is reported to be worried that Sanusi has remained adamant in exposing the corruption in NNPC by insisting that a proper audit of the account of the corporation be carried out by an external auditor, especially after the NNPC could not still account for $18 billion in crude oil sale between January 2012 and December 2013 in recent accounts reconciliation meetings between the CBN and NNPC.
It would be recalled that Sanusi had written to the president in September informing him that, among other issues, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had not remitted $49.8 billion of oil revenue to the Federation Account over a 19-month period.

Although the letter was not made public until December 4, 2013 when it was leaked, Obasanjo referred to it in his letter dated December 2, 2013, to the president.

Source: The Tide

Yaya Beats Mikel To Win 2013 African Player Of The Year As Nigeria Sweeps CAF Awards


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Ivorian Midfielder, Yaya Toure, has beaten Nigerian Super Eagles and Chelsea FC midfielder, John Mikel Obi to win for the 3rd consecutive year, the coveted ‘African Footballer of the Year’ Award, at the Glo CAF Awards 2013 held in Lagos.

Mikel Obi was highly favoured by many Nigerians who saw his exploits and team successes with club and country in 2013 as the best credentials to claim the award which has eluded Nigerian footballers since Kanu Nwankwo won it in the year 1999.

While Nigeria confirmed its status as the number 1 footballing country on the African continent during the year 2013 by winning in five categories, the loss of the ultimate crown would cast a gloom on the other successes.

The Nigerian Super Eagles won the award for the ‘National Team of the Year’, while the national Under-17 team, Golden Eaglets, also won ‘Youth National Team of the Year’ at the Glo CAF Awards 2013.

Both teams had been expected by many pundits to claim the awards, having won major tournaments at continental and global levels during the year in review.

The Super Eagles won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 for the first time in 19 years, while the Golden Eaglets won the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament in United Arab Emirates.

Golden Eaglets’ wonder kid, Kelechi Iheanacho, unsurprisingly won the ‘Most Promising Talent’ Award. Ihenacho was the most decorated at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, winning the tournament’s Adidas Golden Ball Award for the overall best player, alongside the Silver Boot Award for being the second highest goal scorer, as he helped Nigeria to its 4th title to become the most successful team in the history of the age grade competition.

The Nigerian Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, was also named ‘African Coach of the Year’ for his exploits with the African Champions. Keshi became the first Nigerian to win the Nations’ Cup as player and coach, and only the second African coach to do so after Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary.

Fair Play Award went to the Nigerian Supporters Club, globally popular for their constant playing of music and dancing while supporting the Nigerian national teams.

Other winners at the awards were Egyptian, Mohammed Aboutreika, who beat Nigeria’s African Nations’ Cup final hero, Sunday Mba, to win the ‘African Player of the Year based in Africa’, while the ‘Club of the Year’ went to Al Ahly FC of Egypt.

The ‘Referee of the Year’ award went to Algerian, Haimoudi Djamel, who officiated the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso, and also officiated the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup play-off for third place between Uruguay and Italy.

The African Team of the Year is made up of Vincent Enyeama (NIG), Ahmed Fathy (EGY), Mehdi (MOR), Kevin Constant (GUI), Mikel Obi (NIG), Mohammed Aboutreika (EGY), Yaya Toure (CIV), Jonathan Pitroipa (BFA), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB), Emmanuel Emenike (NIG), Asamoah Gyan (GHA) Coach Stephen Keshi (NIG)

Five Nigerian players from the successful AFCON 2013 Eagles were nominated for the now lost ‘African Player of the Year’ Award; they include Emmanuel Emenike, Ahmed Musa, Mikel Obi, Sunday Mba and Vincent Enyeama.

Only Mikel Obi made the final 3 man nominees list alongside the 3rd time winner, Ivorian, Yaya Toure and his Ivorian counterpart, Didier Drogba.

Winners were announced in Lagos on January 9, 2014.

Yaya Toure Wins CAF African Footballer of the year award for the third successive year


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Last night, Cote d’Ivoire international and Manchester City’s midfield powerhouse – Yaya Toure won the Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Footballer of the Year Award for the third successive year.

Yaya saw off competition from Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, and Cote d’Ivoire compatriot and Galatasaray’s striker, Didier Drogba to pick the award at the Glo/CAF award ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday night.

Upon receiving his award, Toure declared: “I am very proud and very happy to receive this award, but would also like to congratulate my brothers, John Obi Mikel and Didier Drogba.”

Yaya Toure had earlier won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award in December 2013.

By winning the 22nd CAF African Footballer of the Year award, Toure, 30, emulates Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto’o with a hat-trick of wins.

Ghanaian legend Abedi Pele won his three in a row between 1991 to 1993 while Cameroonian striker Eto’o did his from 2003 to 2005.

Toure who only won the FA Cup with Manchester City last year, won based on his pure class which shone through at both domestic level and for the Elephants of Ivory Coast and also saw him being the only African to be included on the 23-man shortlist for Fifa’s World Player of the Year.

Many had believed that Mikel, 26, who helped Nigeria win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and also won the Europa League in 2013 with his club Chelsea, deserved the award more.

Drogba, 35, has also won the prestigious award twice in 2006 and 2009 and was a runner-up in 2012. The last Nigerian to win the award was Nwankwo Kanu in 1999.

Recent Caf Player of the Year winners
2013 Yaya Toure
2012 Yaya Toure
2011 Yaya Toure
2010 Samuel Eto’o
2009 Didier Drogba
2008 Emmanuel Adebayor
2007 Frederic Kanoute
2006 Didier Drogba

Congratulations Yaya Toure.

Pregnenolone: a naturally occurring hormone that blocks marijuana buzz



SCIENCE TODAY:

A group of scientists from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research may have discovered the buzzkill in hormone form. It’s called Pregnenolone, and a new study suggests it may be released as a natural response to counteract the mental effects of marijuana. Researchers discovered the effect by administering massive doses of marijuana to lab rats. Monitoring the rats’ brains, they discovered elevated quantities of Pregnenolone being metabolized in response to the marijuana, which in turn reduced many of the mental effects of the drug. The same effect was replicated in human cell lines, indicating the human brain might show the same response.

It’s not the first time researchers have isolated the intoxicating effects of marijuana or found ways to counteract them, but this study has drawn particular interest because of its mechanism. Unlike synthesized compounds, Pregnenolone occurs naturally in the body, which potentially means doctors could stimulate the body into producing more of it in response. According to the researchers, it could open the door to a new generation of addiction treatments or on-the-stop intoxication remedies. According to AFP, the group will begin human trials in a year and a half.

COMING SOON: NOKIA ANDROID PHONE(PHOTOS)


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Nokia has been building its own Android phone according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Codenamed Normandy, and known internally at Nokia under a number of other names, the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the Finnish smartphone maker. We understand that Nokia has been testing “Normandy” with a special “forked” variant of Android that’s not aligned with Google’s own version, akin to what Amazon does with its Kindle Fire line.

WILL IT EVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY?

An image of the handset was published in November by @evleaks, showing a Lumia-style device with no apparent capacitive buttons for navigation. We’re told that Normandy supports Android applications like Skype, and other popular top apps. Nokia has been developing the Android-powered phone despite Microsoft’s plans to acquire the company’s handset business. It’s now unclear whether Nokia will release the handset before the Microsoft deal is finalized, or whether Microsoft will continue with the plans for the device.

Multiple sources have revealed to The Verge that Normandy is designed as an Asha equivalent to push low-cost devices with access to more traditional smartphone apps — something the company has struggled to achieve for its Series 40-powered Asha line. Nokia’s effort is similar to Amazon’s own use of Android, allowing the company to customize it fully for its own use. Nokia employees working on Normandy were informed the device is planned as a 2014 release, and one insider described the Normandy effort as “full steam ahead.” Unless Nokia manages to release Normandy ahead of its Microsoft deal, we can’t imagine Microsoft is interested in using Android to target the low-end over its own Windows Phone operating system.

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Benevolent Governor: Adams Oshiomole Gives Bold Child Plantain Hawker N1million


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Governor Adams Oshiomole is all shades of benevolent now, his latest act of kindness coming yesterday.

The former NLC chairman reportedly gave a N1million cheque to a girl hawking plantains at New Benin by Total filling station in Benin City.

The Governor and his entourage were reportedly passing by and as usual, he was on foot, while his cars were on the move when some children hawking (with their goods on their heads), got scared and took to their heels.

However, a little girl hawking Plantain chips stood still and greeted the governor instead of joining others to escape.

Stunned by her boldness, Gov. Oshiomole allegedly walked up to her, brought out his pen and wrote her a cheque of one million naira.

Excitedly, she threw her plantain chips away and began to scream with joy, and at same time thanking the governor for his kindness and generosity.

Stella Oduah Is A Disgrace To Nigeria & Africa As A Whole By Femi Fani-Kayode


Here is what the former Minister of Aviation said this morning on his Facebook page about the on-going reports that Stella Oduah forged her MBA certificate. He says, ‘this woman, this government, this President and all those that support them are an utter disgrace to Nigeria and to Africa’.

Caught in the act: Man arrested in Lagos for hiding hard drugs in palm oil (PICTURED)


A man resident in Lagos has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after being found in possession of illicit drugs.

Okwuokei Peter is said to have attempted to conceal 9.2 kilogrammes of methamphetamine inside palm oil which was heading for South Africa.

The drugs contained in 41 parcels were discovered and the culprit arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

PM News reports:

The discovery was made during screening of cargoes on a South African Airlines flight at the Airport.

“A taxi driver who brought the consignment has been apprehended by anti-narcotic officials,” NDLEA said in a statement.

NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Hamza Umar was quoted as saying that the suspect, Okwuokei Peter, packed the drug in 41 parcels and hid inside a gallon containing palm oil.

The suspect was also quoted as saying in his statement said that he was sending the drug to his regular passenger.

“One of my regular passengers asked me to send the gallon of oil to him. I thought I was doing him a favour but little did I know that it will land me in a big trouble,” the suspect was quoted as saying.

“The suspect who hails from Delta State lives in Lagos with his wife and four children,” said Mitchell Ofoyeju, the NDLEA spokesperson.

Chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade was quoted as urging members of the public not to get involved in drug trafficking.

“Members of the public are advised in their interest to shun drug trafficking. Ignorance is not an excuse under the Act. If you are not sure that consignment is drug-free, then do not take it for export otherwise you are liable. People must be cautious,” Giade said.

Section 11, sub section b of the NDLEA Act states that anybody who without lawful authority export, transports or otherwise traffics in the drugs popularly known as cocaine, LSD heroine or any other similar drugs shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to be sentenced to imprisonment for life.

Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah Scrambles To Cover Up Certificate Forgery Scandal(Photos)


From PremiumTimes:
Embattled Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, and her associates have spent the last several hours today scrambling to clean up the minister’s biographies on the Internet, following allegations that she lied about her academic qualifications.

An apparently troubled Minister Oduah removed all traces of St. Paul’s College from her social media accounts.The minister has returned to revise her Wikipedia page multiple times today. The latest revision was done at 9pm Nigerian time.
Her biography on the website of the Ministry of Aviation has also been revised, with references to St. Paul’s College now wiped out.

The minister is yet to respond to the allegations. Efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to get her to comment on this story were unsuccessful.

See below screenshots of her unedited Facebook page,her Facebook profile (after the revision) and her wikepedia page.

2014 River State Budget Presented By Governor Amaechi To State Assembly

2014 BUDGET SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR OF RIVERS STATE, RT. HON. CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI, PRESENTED TO THE STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ON 7th JANUARY 2014

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The Rt. Hon Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Honourable members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, it gives us great joy to be able to present the appropriation bill for 2014, a year of sustained action. We are thankful that today has been made possible by the grace of God and your very kind support and encouragement. During our presentation of the 2013 Budget of the State to this great House on the 24th of December 2012, our position was that:

          i.            The 2013 Budget was to ensure the timely completion of all ongoing projects, as we do not intend to leave any project uncompleted within the tenure of this Administration. This is a commitment we promise to pursue to its conclusion as the Government is gradually coming to a close.  

        ii.            The Government has never been reckless in managing the resources of the state as we continue to make transparency and accountability our guiding principle. To this end, we have been very committed and disciplined in all our endeavors.

      iii.            We will always put the interest and the well being of the state first and above politics.

      iv.            We will continue to fulfill our electoral promises and meet citizen’s expectations even at this time of enormous political, economic and social challenges.

The preoccupation of the 2014 budget would therefore be to vigorously pursue the earnest completion of all on-going projects and open minimal windows for exigent and necessary ones which span must not exceed the tenure of this administration. This shall be our policy position in 2014 and 2015.

On behalf of the Rivers State Government, I would like to record our gratitude to Rivers people for supporting and defending the mandate given us in October 2007 to continue to lead the state. In return we shall unwavering in our determination to deliver on every promise made to you to deliver good governance and sustainable development. Neither our personal comfort nor any threat to our persons would us from reaching our collective goals as Rivers people. In the midst of these provocations we will fulfill the promises of our mandate, and make our people proud.

In the light of this, the 2014 budget will not accommodate new projects. This is in the light of current realities and out of a resolve to guarantee efficient service delivery. The economic realities arising from already dwindling revenues since mid 2013 suggest a need for prudence and good sense this year. Government will continue to demonstrate good sense of management by making more money available to finance the ongoing projects for completion next year.

In the process of formulating this budget, we kept with our tradition of consulting widely with all relevant stakeholders in the state. These consultations have helped us remain focused on our commitment to set goals and targets. Policy Makers and civil servants from all MDA’s with the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning worked together to produce this proposal. The entire approach was participatory.

 
2013 ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE AND 2014 PROSPECT
As the state with the second largest domestic economy in the country, the performance of our budget is highly predicated on the Nigeria macro-economic environment and global economic developments particularly developments in the international oil market. In 2013, the country lost substantial revenue because of oil theft and pipeline vandalisation. Average production has been 2.3mbpd against 2.5mbpd projected in the 2013 budget. This affected revenue inflows. The projected budget revenues were not realized due this significant production shortfall. With politics dominating in 2014, we are less likely to make progress in tracking oil theft. The expected dwindling of oil revenue is likely to affect the 2014 FAAC allocation to the states, as the nation may not meet its production targets in 2014.
 
Despite the aforementioned challenges the country was facing which negatively affected the nation’s revenue base, the Nigerian economy is rated very strong. According to IMF, real GDP growth is projected at 7.4 percent in 2014, which is higher than 6.2 percent projection for 2013. Higher oil prices at the international oil market expected in 2014, may indicate strong economic prospect for Nigeria. The country’s oil production is projected at 2.3883mbpd in 2014, against 2.5260mbpd in 2013 a drop of 5.54 per cent with a benchmark price of $77.5 per barrel. Also, forecast for inflation shows that the rate will remain within single digit through to 2014, despite the pre- election spending that may threaten price stability. Therefore Economic outlook for 2014 appears mixed. Tightening of monetary conditions is likely in 2014.
 
As a key subnational economy, we are very mindful of these challenges. Our budget estimates is based on a benchmark price of $67.5 to create a safety net of  $10. This is because of the inconsistent nature of the international oil market prices to enable us accommodate any shocks resulting from possible fluctuation.  We expect our FAAC and IGR revenue profile in 2014 to be realistic based on our modest projections and the reforms and improvements going on in the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR). These strategies coupled with improvements in the implementation of policies and programmes in 2014 are designed to handle these eventualities.

Therefore our working assumptions shall include a benchmark Oil Price of $67.5 per barrel; an estimated Oil Production of 2.3883 million barrels per day; Average Exchange Rate of N160 per dollar; Real GDP Growth Rate of 7.4 percent and single digit inflation rate that does not significantly deviate from the 2013 levels.

REVIEW OF THE 2013 BUDGET
Revenue Performance (January-September 2013)
 The 2013 Budget of N490.3 billion was to be funded by Federation Account Receipt of N245 billion; Year 2012 Closing Balance of N28.3 billion and Proposed Bond/Loan of N120billion plus an IGR of N80billion. The N245billion Federation Account budget Revenue for the 2013 has the following components: Statutory Allocation (N38billion); 13% Mineral Fund N139billion); VAT (N15billion); Excess Crude Oil Fund/Arrears (N21billion); Fuel Subsidy Revenue (N15.25Billion); Others (N16.75billion)
As at the end of third quarter of this year ending September, we have realized N206.991 billion (84.48%) of the year’s Federation Account Budget. We have also actualized N61.142 billion (76.43% of the year’s IGR Budget as against N80 billion proposed for the year. This is shown in the table as follows:
 
TABLE 1: 2013 REVENUE BUDGET PERFORMANCES
S/N
Revenue Components
Revenue Budget
Revenue Actuals
Percentage Performance
 
Statutory Allocation
N38b
N32.134b
84.56
 
Mineral Fund (13%)
N139b
N99.797b
79.80
 
VAT
N15b
N11.138b
74.25
 
Excess Crude Oil Fund/Arrears
N21b
N12.748b
60.70
 
Fuel Subsidy Revenue
N15.25b
N10.920
71.60
 
Others(Refund from Akwa Ibom and by NNPC)
N16.75b
N8.220b
49.07
 
Augmentation

N32.032b
 
 
Total Federation Account
N245b
N206.991b
84.48
 
IGR
N80b
N61.142b
76.43
 
Total Revenue Aggregate
N325b
N268.133b
82.50
 
 
 
Further analysis of the above shows the following:
·         Overall revenue performance was 82.5 percent for IGR and FAAC put together (N268.133billion) as at September 2013 against N325 Billion estimated for the entire year.
·         On FAAC budget of (N245billion) for 2013, we have achieved as at September 84.48 percent performance while IGR (N80billion) which recorded (N61.142billionn) as actual, has 76.43 percent performance within the same period.On the aggregate, as at the end of the third quarter, 2013, we are only 17.5 percent short of achieving our 2013 revenue budget. This achievement is attributed to our modest assumptions in the preparation of the budget and the strengthening of our IGR machinery. For example we benchmarked our revenue budget on $65pd against Federal Government of $75pd in 2013.
 

2013 BUDGET EXPENDITURE PROFILE AS AT THIRD QUARTER (JANUARY-SEPTEMBER)

Expenditure
The N490.3 billion aggregate expenditure proposed for 2013 fiscal year was made up of a Total Recurrent Expenditure of N177.924billion and a Capital Expenditure of N312.396 billion. Combined actual total expenditure (recurrent plus capital) is (N314.871billion) for the period ending September showing a performance rate of 64.22 percent.
 
Recurrent Expenditure
As at the end of third quarter of the year under review, we have spent a total of N98.262 billion as recurrent expenditure. This represents 55.23% of the estimated N177.924 billion) to be spent as recurrent by the State for the year. Salaries and pension benefits are paid as at when due and our overheads are released to MDAs promptly and as budgeted.
 
Capital Expenditure
Capital expenditure for 2013 is estimated at N312.396 billion. The Capital projection for 2013 represents 63.71 percent of the total Budget for the year under review. Capital expenditure releases to MDAs, as at third quarter 2013 is N216.609 billion. This shows a capital budget performance of 69.341 percent as at September this year.
 
 
Highlights of Our achievements

 We cannot elaborate all we have been able to achieve in the six years of this Administration. Last year‘s budget was designed to sustain and consolidate our earlier projects and programmes. As our administration begins to prepare its hand over notes, our priority is to complete our ongoing projects in works, power, health, education transports and water amongst others. It is gratifying to note we have recorded favourable strides in this regard, although we haven’t been without our challenges.

AGRICULTURE
Things have stabilized in this sector with the SIAT Firm-Risonpalm project and Rivers Songhai Initiatives coasting on. In year under review however, we projected N4billion as capital expenditure for agriculture, but as the end of the third quarter, N0.941b expenditure was made, representing a percentage performance of 23.53 percent.
Two of our key projects in this sector, the Buguma fish farm, banana farm came under immense pressure arising from the current political crisis but we have regained traction and are meeting our expectations of job creation and food security for our people. In the same way government has made progress in the Etche farming families project, which would provide jobs for over 300 families. Work is progressing well on the Andoni fish farm project while the ground preparation is on at the Opobo fish farm projects. So far we are pleased with the progress report on these projects. Other major projects under agriculture were implemented under RSSDA.
 
WORKS AND TRANSPORT
 Roads And Transport subsectors continued to receive priority attention in 2013. The Mono Rail construction work has continued to progress at a considerable pace. We are committed to completing this project to give our people  value for money and our city a deserving landmark. The project is novel but one that excites us because of its long term prospects.

Government completed most of the ongoing road project  in this year and some will be completed next year.The commitment to provide all communities with accessible quality roads and infrastructure all year round led to the execution of these projects. They include: construction of Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo road; Oduoha-Ogbakiri-Rumuolumeni – Eagle Island road; Trans Kalabari Highway and bridges;) Bridge construction (Woji road); Dualization Airport – Isiokpo/Omerelu road; Rumokwuta – Choba East West road; Reconstruction (Kpopie –Bodo road); Recanalization (Abonnema Wharf – Eagle Island) as well as the reconstruction of the Trans Amadi road amongst others. Significant maintenance work was carried out on roads in D/Line and Town as well as parts some parts of Diobu.

 
 
POWER AND ENERGY
 The N25billion spent on power this year was to consolidate and deepen our achievements in this subsector. Already this is yielding results with us recording between 18 to almost 24-hour power supply in towns like Buguma, Ndele, Mpogu and Abua. Many areas of Port Harcourt have also reported improved power supply. Although we still have not met our desired goals, we are pleased to note that our efforts in this sector are yielding modest gains.
 
EDUCATION
Our projects in education speak for itself. Needless to highlight all we have done and are currently doing in this subsector. We can all attest to that. In the period under review, Ministry of Education received N20.236 billion out of N47 billion budgeted. We made significant progress at rebuilding our Schools infrastructure. Our yearly scholarship programme continues to be sustained (N0.6billion estimated and N0.500 spent). We also projectedN300million to be spent at Ignatius Ajuru University, this has been overspent (N500m); UST was provided N300million in the budget but actual release as at September is N200million. Our free primary and secondary education is on course. Nne Krukubo Model Secondary School at Elem became operational since January with the conclusion of admissions. We have also concluded the construction of our vocational Training Institute to address the skill gaps among our youth, and commenced the process of recruiting students and personnel. Our German partners have long since arrived and are finalizing all details with regards to the training of our young people. Our investments in education continue to yield amazing results, with children from our public schools bringing back laurels from national competitions and improvements in our performance at external examinations. Now with the employment of 13,201 teachers, the first of its kind in our nation’s history at both state and national level, it is certain that we can only expect even better results from this sector.
 
HEALTH
In 2013, health care continued to receive our priority attention as it has been from the inception of this administration. Again the focus of the budget was on completing ongoing projects. We sustained and improved on our efforts to curbing the menace of malaria and HIV (N100million was provided in the budget, N112.5million already spent as at September, 2013). All our health projects and programmes scattered around the state were improved upon and sustained. N10billion was earmarked for Ministry of Health. Three new hospitals were earmarked to be built in the year under review and construction has begun in Etche. The mother and child hospital is 50 per-cent completed as well as 40 additional primary health care centres. The hospital in RSUST has also been equipped and furnished and ready for use. Expectedly patients will soon begin to use the hospital once all administrative and staffing issues are concluded.
 
ENVRONMENTAL SECTOR
The amount proposed for capital expenditure in 2013 was N37.60billion. This includes allocation to Waste Management Agency (N3billion and N4.892billion spent); Ministry of Land and Survey (N800 million); Urban Development spent N1.109billion out of a total allocation of N1.8billion and Ministry of Housing (N2.986billion budgeted but only N1.581billion appropriated); Water (N20.050billion proposed and N1.502billion appropriated); Ministry of Environment (N3billion earmarked N0.672billion spent). In the year under review, the reform programmes initiated in urban development, Land and Waste Management continued to yield positive results.
2014 BUDGET THRUSTS

The 2014 Budget is formulated to achieve the Agenda of this Administration with the overall objective of prospering the state and promoting the well being of the people: The 2014 budget was prepared and will be implemented based on the following policy thrust and assumptions.

·         Commitment to aggressive and sustainable Internal Revenue drive and moving towards financing recurrent spending from internally generated revenue;

·         Completion of  all critical on-going capital projects that are central to the vision of this administration;

·         Open a few widows for exigent and necessary ones which span must not exceed the tenure of this administration.

·         Improve functionality and efficiency of the healthcare system in the state

·         Improve the quality of education;
·          Building agriculture as the main driver of our subnational economic growth and job creation
·         Improvement in physical infrastructure; roads, transport, water supply     and power;

·         Maintenance of efficient, effective and well-motivated Public Service for enhanced productivity;

·         Sustenance of good governance through budget discipline, probity and accountability in the utilization of public fund.
·         Reforming and maintaining a robust public financial management structure, system and processes that brings about efficiency and effectiveness of use of resources.
·         Improving the business environment.
 
Rt. Honourable Speaker, with due consultations with relevant stakeholders within and outside the public service, we are proposing an aggregate Budget of N485.524 billion for the year 2014. This is N4.797 billion (0.98%) lower than the 2013 budget of N490.320 billion. The focus of the budget will be on completing ongoing projects in Health, Education, Roads, Transport, power, Water and Agriculture and other critical infrastructure. Capital and Recurrent provisions are N247.573billion and N237.950billion respectively. Our Capital to Recurrent ratio is 76:24 for the financial year 2014 as against 70:30 achieved as at September, in this outgoing year.
 
FINANCING THE BUDGET
The Proposed 2014 Budget of N485.524 billion will be funded by: FAAC Allocation of N241.243billion; IGR of N92.420billion; Prior year balance of N10.717billion; proposed loans N100billion; credit from World Bank- N6.983billion, EU grant of N0.660 billion and sale of assets of N33.5billion

TABLE 3:2014 DETAILED FUNDING PROJECTIONS

S/No.

Fund Source
Amount (N billion)

Percentage (%) of the total budget

1 Statutory Allocation
42.846

8.82

2 Mineral fund (13%)
130.105

26.79

3 Excess crude oil fund/arrears
21.852

4.5

4 VAT
18.998

3.9

5 Fuel subsidy
15.800

3.25

6 Others-refund from Akwa Ibom
6.128

1.26

7 Others- refund by NNPC
5.514

1.13

8 Total FAAC
241.243

49.68

9 Capital receipts-EU grants for SEEFOR
0.660

0.14

10 IGR
91.424

 

11 Miscellaneous
1.476

Total IGR
92.920

19.04

12 Sales of assets
33.500

6.90

13 Prior year balances
10.717

2.21

14 Proposed loans
100.000

20.60

15 Credit from the world bank-SEEFOR/ministry of water resources
6.984

1.44

 

 
 

TOTAL AVAILABLE TO FUND THE BUDGET
N485.524

100

 Recurrent Expenditure

A total sum of N117.09 billion has been earmarked for the recurrent expenditure of government in the 2014 against N177.924 billion for 2013. By this proposal, recurrent expenditure is 24.12 percent of the total budget. With this, Government expects to meet salary, overhead and debt service obligations: Out of the amount proposed for recurrent expenditure, N66.96 billion is for salaries. Overhead is put at N23.34 billion.
 
Capital Expenditure proposal for 2014 is N368.43 billion against N312.396billion in 2013 and represents 75.88 per cent of the total budget.
 The fund allocation to key MDAs across the sectors as follows:

ECONOMIC SECTOR

This sector is of priority to this administration. Our objective is to deliver sustainable infrastructure to drive economic growth. Our commitment to our ongoing agricultural projects will continue, being our hope of generating employment. It is expected that most of road projects will be completed in 2014. The prospect of our 24HR power supply target looks achievable in 2014 considering the level of investments so far and the new investments in  planned for this year. We are continuing with the network upgrading through provision of 20 Nos injector substation/33∝11kv OHL, 280 distribution – Transformers ∝TDC Rumuosi transmission substation. Also we will continue the construction of New Afam 180mw GTS phase II. Completion of construction of 6 injector substations at various location (6x15MVA) 33/1kv, New Afam 18mw Gas Turbine power station, Transmission line at 132KVA.

 We will be finalizing construction of the first phase of the monorail project before the end of this coming fiscal year.
Below is the highlight of the fund allocation to Sub- sectors of the Economic Sector:
 
S/No.

MDAs
Amount (N billions)

1 Min of Works
60.000

2 Min. of Power
7.000

3 Min. of Agriculture
2.000

4 Min. of Transport
10.000

5 Ministry of Commerce and Industry
0.400

6 Min. of Energy and Natural Resources
0.150
 
 

SOCIAL SERVICE SECTOR

Education and Healthcare services have remained cardinal programmes of our Administration. This government is raising the standard of education and healthcare in the State. Significant resources will continue to be provided to improve and sustain these efforts. All outstanding projects here will be completed, in the area of furnishing of 2 model secondary schools, procurement of ICT equipment in school furnishing of 250 model primary school, completing of 100 new schools which was started in 2009 among others. This will also include amongst others: construction of Chief A.K. Hart hospital; upgrading of 3 zonal hospitals; and construction of 10 new health centres among others.  The operation of free medical services to all residents of the state will continue to be our focus.

In view of our commitment to gender equality and youth development, we shall continue to provide the required attention and support to strengthening existing gender based programmes, youth employment and empowerment programmes in the State.   Sports development in the state that witnessed resurgence in the last few years will have to be maintained including the infrastructure.

 
S/No.

MDAs
Amount (N billions)

1 Min. of Education
30.000

2 Min. of Health
4.000

3 Min. of Sports
8.995

4 Min. of Information
1.600

5 Min. of Women Affairs
0.450

6 Min. of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation
0.600

7 Min. of Employment Generation and Empowerment
0.500

8 Min. of Local Govt. Affairs
0.100

9 Min. of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs
0.120

10 Min of Youth Development
0.200

 

 
 

Environmental Sector

This Administration shall maintain a greener and cleaner environment across the state. Considerable attention is being given to Port Harcourt and its surrounding areas. The de-flooding and drainage clearing and maintenance project will continue to receive our attention in 2014. Housing and water projects will be pursued with vigour. We expect to conclude our financing arrangements with the World Bank this year for the water project.
 
 S/No.

MDAs
Amount (N billions)

1 Min. of Environment
1.300

2 Min. of Housing
1.500

3 Min. of Urban Development
1.100 

4 Waste Management Agency
6.500

5 Min. of lands and Survey
0.600

6 Min. of Water Resources
8.000

7 R/S Urban Beautification, Parks and Garden
0.080

General Administration 

We have made adequate provision in the 2014 Budget for the running, proper functioning and maintenance of all government institutions in the state. This is especially so because of the critical role of public institutions in guaranteeing sustainable development. Capital expenditures have been proposed for the functioning of legislative activities, the judiciary, and the public expenditure management systems in the state. It is our resolve to facilitate efficiency in human resources management in the public service and to adopt global best practice in auditing, public procurement, budgeting and financial management to promote accountability and transparency. The State Integrated Financial management Information System (SIFMIS), a World Bank supported initiative to link the public expenditure management systems leveraging on ICT will be pursued with vigour.

                                                                                                                           

S/No.

MDAs
Amount (N billions)

1 Min of Budget and Economic Planning
0.400

2 Min. of Finance
0.400

3 Auditor-General (State)
0.080

4 Head of Service
1.000

5 Min of Justice
0.400

6 Government House
6.500

7 Office of the deputy Governor
0.450

8 ICT Dept
0.400

9 Bureau on Public Procurement
1.000

10 Greater Port Harcourt City Authority
20.000

11 R/S Sustainable Development Agency
10.000

12 Rivers state House of Assembly
6.100

13 Secretary to the State Government
11.000

Conclusion

 Mr. Speaker, distinguished members, our administration remains indebted to you and grateful for all for your support, encouragement and good sense of judgment particularly at this great moment of our political history. We urge you to sustain the tempo in the interest of our people. Posterity will judge your stance fairly even as today you have become hallmarks and bastions of our democracy. We at the Executive, reaffirm the commitment of this administration to our people and our stand for justice and equity and fair play. We are grateful also to all who made this Budget Presentation possible. May I therefore respectfully lay before the 2014 Budget proposal before this respected House for consideration and passage into law?

 I wish you all God’s blessings and a prosperous New Year in advance.

 Thank you Mr. Speaker.

CES 2014: Apple may launch ‘iPad Pro’ later this year


Rumors are swirling at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas that Apple could be planning an “iPad Pro,” maybe as large as 12 inches.
Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners, said in a report that Apple would go “enterprise” this fall, meaning that they would launch a product to target corporate clients.

He believes that they would emulate Microsoft’s Surface and build a two-in-one product, coupling a tablet and a laptop to reach “productivity” users. This would signal a change of heart at Apple, as they’ve spent the last few years dismissing the Surface.

Also the the arrival of the new quad-core A8 processor form Apple would be a big blow to Intel, which at present accounts for 22 percent of the cost of the Macbook Air, whereas the Apple’s own processors only account for only 4 percent of the iPad Air’s cost. This would be a big challenge for Intel in the coming year.

BENEFITS FOR USING AIRTEL BIS DATA PLAN FOR BLACKBERRY AND ANDROID


Benefits of using Airtel Unlimited Plan
1. Access To Blackberry Protect
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3. When you subscribe, you get the next month subscription free. Which in other words means that can subscribe with 1,500 this month and get free subscription for next month. Am sure Mtn don’t do that except for automatic blackberry renewal which is not up to a month.

4. It can browse on every device including Java phones.

5. The speed is super high where there is 3.G services

How Can I Get 4Gb on Airtel Unlimited Plan
1. Load your phone with #1,500

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For 2Gb, dial *440*16#

To use it on Android, iPhone, PC
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#iPGN: DONALD TRUMP’S INAUGURATION SPEECH

​Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. 
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you! It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.  

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. 
Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops RIGHT HERE and stops RIGHT NOW. We are one nation – and their pain is our pain.  Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;

And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.  We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected. 
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done.  No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator. 
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Wealthy Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again….

and Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.
Donald J. Trump

45th President of the United States

#iPGN: STRONGER TOGETHER,MAKE NIGERIA GREAT AGAIN(Revised Edition)

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Nigeria@57 is not 57days but 57years of Independence. Nigeria got her independence 1st October 1960. A lot has happened in this past years; the highs and lows,the good, the bad and the ugly but we keep moving on. I know for sure God has a plan for Nigeria and no man can doubt that.

Those of you complaining that Nigeria is bad If you take a survey there are so many Nigerians out there doing exploits. So before you complain what’s your contribution in making Nigeria great? Have you asked yourself am I  affecting Nigeria positively or negatively?

Everyday on the news you will hear of corruption by our leaders who are suppose to pilot the affairs of this great country Nigeria. All they want to do is share the “national cake”.  The salaries of our political leaders are so outrageous; they earn so much and do so little. Mr political office holders where is your conscience?

Niger Delta Militants always bombing pipelines and destroying the aquatic world forgetting that all these are loses that will take time to build thereby taking the country backwards. If you really want to prove a point use dialogue and other forms to reach out to the government.

Boko Haram killings and Biafra issues are issues that will take the nation backwards if not properly handled.

In this period and season we should understand the times and know that we can make Nigeria great again if we work together.
STRONGER TOGETHER – MAKE NIGERIA GREAT AGAIN  

Come let’s all put our hands together, bring our different ideas and implement them properly.
God has embedded in you wisdom to make our nation great.

My friend complaining about the leaders have you prayed for them? Have you done your own part by being a law abiding citizen?

Let’s embrace peace,love and lend a helping hand to the next person. We need each other to survive and succeed.

Wherever you find yourself do the right and don’t compromise that’s the first thing you owe this country.

God bless Nigeria.
Happy Independence Nigeria!!!
Great People! Great Nation!

#iPGN: NOUN to grant scholarships to 1,000 less privileged students

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) says it has finalised arrangements with the World Bank to grant scholarships to 1,000 less privileged students selected from every state in the country.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Abdallah Adamu, said in a statement on Friday in Lagos that the move was part of the mandate of the Education for All (EFA).
The statement said Mr. Adamu made the disclosure when he received members of the Arewa Students’ Forum (ASF) who visited him in Abuja.

The university said it was also targeting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the society.
According to the statement, married women, who suspended their education due to some reasons, were also among the university’s priorities.

The statement quoted Mr. Adamu as urging members of the forum to join in the campaign to ensure that access to tertiary education was taken to the grassroots around the country.
It said in doing this, it would go a long way in the forum’s drive to contribute their quota to nation building and spread the activities of the university.
“It will also go a long way in attaining the Education for All (EFA) agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and the Federal Government.’’

“I urge members of the forum to step up efforts in ensuring that more students from the 19 northern states are registered in the institution as part of the beneficiaries of the World Bank/NOUN 1,000 scholarship initiative,’’ the statement said.

It said the president of the forum, Habib Ahmed, lauded the vice-chancellor for his contributions to the education sector.
(NAN)

#iPGN: 10 Things You Need To Know This Sunday

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning.

  1. The Nigerian U-23 Team, otherwise known as Dream Team V1 Saturday night defeated Denmark 2 – 0 at the ongoing Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. Goals from Mikel Obi and Sadiq Umar made sure the Nigerian team qualified for the semi-final stage of the competition.

  2. Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has fired 16 out of the 17 local government education secretaries in the state. The affected workers were accused of conniving with ex-council chairmen in the State to perpetrate fraud. Also relieved of his duty is the general manager of the State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency for poor performance.

  3. President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to create opportunities for youths to achieve their dreams and ambitions. Buhari in his International Youth Day message to Nigerians recalled that he rode to power on the wings of the youths and would ensure they benefit immensely under his administration.

  4. Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Church, popularly called MFM, has denied that eight Nigerians arrested by Cambodian authorities for alleged drug trafficking attend the church. The accused are: Nnamezie Victor, 30; Francis Nnamdi, 30; Sunday Nwabuisi, 31; Tony Mmaduka Chukwuonye, 34; Okorom Kizito, 35; Favour Nnabuife Okorom, 36; Maduka Simon Ukandu, 37; and Izuchukwu Chukwuma, 40.

  5. The Executive Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Adetokunbo Mumuni, has demanded for the immediate resignation of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in order to save the image of the National Assembly over the alleged padding of the 2016 budget. Mumuni said the best thing to do is to resign from his position to pave the way for thorough and unhindered investigations.

  6. A chairmanship hopeful and former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, as called on the Lagos State governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2015 election, Jimi Agbaje, to step down for him. George said he was disappointed that Agbaje is trying to drag the seat with him after he supported is governorship ambition in 2015.

  7. The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Mr. Jackson Adebayo who was last Friday attacked by gunmen has described the attack as political. Adebayo said he was accosted by three armed men on a motorbike at Federal Housing Estate in Ekiti at about 9 pm while he was on his way to attend a church vigil.

  8. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on governments at all levels to give equal rights to Muslims as part of the efforts to promote unity in the country. The Sultan spoke during the General Assembly meeting of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs held in Benin, the Edo State capital, on Saturday.

  9. Governors, leaders and other members of the Peoples Democratic Party have resolved to shun the factional National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, as they have agreed to go ahead with the party’s national convention slated for August 17 in Port Harcourt. This followed their inability and that of the Board of Trustees to pacify Sheriff to support the holding of the convention as scheduled.

  10. The death has been announced of Ayodele Adu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on economic matters, deployed to the Vice-President office. Adu died in an Indian hospital on Friday after battling undisclosed ailment.

#iPGN: Iloabuchi Vivian Chinonyerem Made 9 A1s In 2016 May/June WAEC Examination(BEST WAEC RESULT).

They say no good thing can come from Aba but I tell you its not true, my colleague Mrs Ngozi Igwe has an amazing sister Iloabuchi  Vivian Chinonyerem. She has lifted the face of Aba in Abia state by making nine A1 in the just concluded WAEC Exam.

In an era were students in secondary school are shivering when they hear the acronym WAEC,  Iloabuchi Vivian Chinonyerem gave West African Examination Council flawless victory by having A1 in all nine subjects she registered for.

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The name Iloabuchi Vivian Chinonyerem is trending on social media and local news in Nigeria because of her hard work and success.

This is an eye-opener to all secondary school students that hard work pays off and A1 in the nine subjects is achievable.

Vivian Iloabuchi Chinonyerem did not achieve A1 in the nine subjects she registered for by folding her arms and spending (wasted) time on social media, She achieved it via hardworking and giving herself to studies and prayers.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ILOABUCHI VIVIAN CHINONYEREM:

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My name is Iloabuchi Vivian Chinonyerem. I was born on the seventh day of July in the year 1999 into the family of Sir&Lady A.E. Iloabuchi. I am the last of six children.

I just graduated from Dority International Secondary School, Abayi, Aba on the 23rd day of July, 2016. The school is owned by an African-American, Mrs. Zovannah Onumah.

Dority is quite challenging and stressful; but it exposes students to a great deal of knowledge and opportunities. I got enrolled into Dority from a school in Abuja in jss2. I wasn’t happy with my parents for a really long time for making that decision. But now, I’m very thankful that they did.

In Dority, I was exposed to a lot of competitions and conferences.
I attended NISSMUN(Nigerian International Secondary School Model United Nations) conference while in Dority and was appointed a director for the next year. I participated in the PAMO-G(Pan African Mathematics Olympiad for Girls) and won a bronze medal. I participated in school elections and once emerged as the Assistant Labour Prefect for the academic year. I also participated actively in interhouse sports competitions in games such as: handball, volleyball, basketball etc and led my house to victory on some occasions.

My final year in secondary school brought forth a lot of challenges to me. I asked a lot of predecessors that I admire for their smartness what I was to do to make an excellent result. Some people told me to read and read. But someone told me to start praying as she was talking to me and I did. I even asked people to pray for me. God’s grace has gotten me thus far.

I took a lot of exams; both internal and external. In Dority, final year students take a lot of mock examinations to prepare them for the main ones. I took the UTME in march and made a score of 260. This really disappointed me; because I thought I deserved better. Later, I discovered that the examination is not a certificate examination so they don’t give students their raw scores but a normalized one. Before the end of March, the long-awaited WASSCE commenced and everyone was tensed up. But we had been prepared, so we(my set mates and I) entered the examination hall with confidence and knowledge of what to expect due to previous mock exams. There is no room for malpractice in Dority; before we move in, we are searched to the skin to make sure we are free of any implicating material.

Speaking on how I prepared for my exams. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. I downloaded every syllabus I needed and tried to eliminate topic by topic.  I read a lot; at least more than I’ve had to read in my entire life. Some nights I’d read till dawn because I needed to cover the entire syllabus of a particular subject. I was robbed of sleep for so many days, but it was a sacrifice that had to be made. Alas, my hardwork paid off. But I can’t take credit for it. I believe in the ability of God’s grace to do wonders in one’s life and that’s what has been working for me.

I have so many dreams and aspirations. I’d like to be a medical doctor in future in the field of genetics. There are so many diseases or syndromes caused by genetic mutation and I’d like to help people that are suffering from illnesses like: Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anaemia and so on.
Also, I’d like to be a writer and activist. In order to speak against oppression and enlighten the populace on their rights and obligations.
                      

              Thankyou.

Iloabuchi Vivian Chinonyerem  is also a good writer and she is spiritually rooted in God.

I want to use this medium to call on our leaders,philanthropist and those that have the mind of  God to celebrate and support  Iloabuchi Vivian Chinonyerem in achieving the great future that she has. She deserves a scholarship from the Government or NGO’s that support education.
She has a lot to offer to our great nationa Nigeria and the rest of the world.

Congrats to you Vivian.

#iPGN: FG Scraps Post-UTME, Pegs Cut-Off Mark At 180

The Federal Government has scrapped post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, as a pre-condition to gaining admission into universities in the country.

The government and stakeholders in education sector also pegged 180 as benchmark for 2016 admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to improve quality of education in Nigeria.

‎These decisions were reached at the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria.

The Minister of Education ,  Malam Adamu Adamu, while declaring open ‎the meeting, said since the federal government and stakeholders had confidence in the examinations conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriulation Board, JAMB, there was no need for other examinations to be conducted by universities after JAMB exams.

He said: “As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing, the universities should not be holding another examinations and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it.

”But if JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test, then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission.

#iPGN: Shocking Message From Niger Delta Avengers Reveals

This message shows how Niger Deltans are disallowed from enjoying their birthrights…

CONGRATS TO ALL STRIKE TEAM OF THE NIGER DELTA AVENGERS.

From the high command of the Niger Delta Avengers we congratulating all strike teams of the Avengers without taking any innocent life or that of the Nigeria military we were able to shut down 50% of crude production.

We have been seeing a lot on the media about us. Some are asking, “Who are you avenging?” some calling us empty heads, ex-agitators have been condemning us on daily basis. Our criticizer from other part of the country, we don’t have any thing to tell you because you clearly don’t know how life is in the region.

To our criticizers from the region we want you to know you are all cowards and afraid to stand for your people.

To ex-agitators of the likes of Tompolo, We know why you people are after us. Our agitation is more civilize than yours the Niger Delta Avengers is more concern with people of Niger Delta unlike you (ex-agitations) that were into kidnapping, killing of Nigeria soldiers, sea pirates, vessel and tanker hijacking. But we were able to carry out all our operations without killing a fly. We havesophisticated arms far better than what you use to have during your kidnapping days.

After the amnesty Programme you (ex-agitators) has been enjoying patronize from the government and royalty from multinational oil companies. While we (Avengers) have been strategizing on how the voice of the Niger Deltans can be heard. we are fighting a radical fight without taking any life.

Lets make it clear, to you our elder brothers (ex-agitators) that we are not begging you to join this agitation. We are young, educated, well traveled and most of us were educated in east Europe but don’t worry when we achieved our goal (sovereign state of Niger Delta) then you people will be proud of us. In as much as we respect you as our elder brothers (ex-agitators) please don’t dare to stand on our way because if you do we will crash you.

To the citizens of the Niger Delta who share same idea with us we thank you all. Just know that no amount of criticism within and outside the region can stop us.

For the record the Niger Delta Avengers is enjoying the blame game going around.

To the Nigeria military the Niger Delta avengers is among you. And we know all your plans so we will always ten steps ahead of you. In our meeting comprising all heads of the strike teams, which was held in Bayelsa. The Niger Delta Avengers high Command comes to the conclusion that, if the military harass or invade any community in the region then you (Nigeria military) will get a feel of the Avengers.

If you smart or intelligent enough you will look inward not outside. We know when you are vulnerable but not take our calmness for granted.

To our brothers from Easterner Nigeria, whom have been condemning and calling us names. The simple fact you are living comfortable doesn’t mean we like you.

The Commander of Strike team 9 of the Niger Delta Avengers is from Eastern Nigeria so no body should limit this struggle to the Ijaws of the Niger Delta only. The leader of the strike team 6 that blew up chevron valve platform is Itsekiri. The Commander of our elite team strike team one is from Akwa Ibom.

So if you are calling us empty heads just know you brothers are part of Niger Delta Avengers as well.  Avengers is different from former agitators who limited the struggle to just the Ijaws

To international Oil Companies, this is just the beginning and you have not seen anything yet. We will make you suffer as you have been made the people of Niger deltans suffered over the years from environmental degradation, and environment pollution.

To the President of Nigeria Buhari, we are sure you have not been to the creeks of the Niger delta before and 90% of your cabinets does not know how the region looks like. You think the Niger delta region is full of animals, who are going to frustrate your government. Your government that is not following rule of law, unlawful detention of innocent people just likes of Nnamdi Kanu. All he wanted was to let his people go. Nnamdi kanu didn’t carry any arm against this country but was incarcerated. We want you to know that’s no civilize President will behaves this way. If that is how you devised to run the country we will prefer you do that in the northern region.

When couples are tired of living together to make peace they go their separate ways. That is what Nnamdi kanu and the Niger deltans are asking.

You always say you fought for the unity of this country during the civil war. You haven’t been to the Niger delta, how can you know what the people are facing I believe your Vice will tell how the region is suffering and under developed when he visited the Forcados Terminal. That is if he ever looks out of his helicopter window.

1.     Apo Well was award to Sapetro Oil owned by Gen Theophilus Y Danjuma .Apo field is capable of producing 300,000 barrels per day and crude reserve of 500 million barrels.

2.     OML 110 Obe oil field own by Alhaji Mai Daribe, Cavendish Petroleum with an estimated 500 million barrel of crude oil that worth $50 billion dollars after tax.

3.     Akpo condensate field was awarded to Sapetro Oil owned by Gen Theophilus Y Danjuma. This field worth $100 billions of dollars.

4.     OML 112 and OML 117 were awarded to AMNI International Petroleum Development Company owned by Colonel Sanni Bello. Son inlaw to former Head of State. Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar. Its worth $150 Dollars after tax.

5.     OML 115 also known as Oldwok field and Ebok field was awarded to Alhaji Mohammed Indimi.  Inlaw to former Head of State Gen. Ibrahim Babangida the two fields worth $200 billion Dollars.

6.     OML 215 was awarded and operated by Nor East Petroleum Limited owned by one Alhali Saleh Mohammed Gambo. The field worth $100 billion Dollars after tax.

7.     OML 108 awarded to Express Petroleum Company owned by Alhaji Aminu Dantata. This field worth $128 billion Dollars.

8.     OML 113 was allocated to Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Limited owned by Alhaji W. I. Folawiyo. Net worth is $150 billion Dollars.

9.     Prince Nasiru Ado Bayero cousin to the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanisu, owns ASUOKPU/UMUTU marginal oil fields. It worth $110 billion Dollars.

  1. Inter is owned by Atiku Abubakar, Yara dua and Ado Bayero has a substantial stakes in the oil and gas exploration in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.
  2. AMNI International Petroleum Company owns OML 112 and OML 117. Former Minister of Petroleum and OPEC Chairman Rilwanu Lukman has major stakes in AMNI International Petroleum Company.

  3. OML 67 is operated Afren Plc. Rilwanu lukman also has a major stakes and the field worth $180 billion Dollars.

  4. OPL 245 is awarded to Malabu Oil and Gas owned by Dan Etete. Former President Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abukbakar all has major shares. It worth $50 billion Dollars.

  5. OPL 289 and OPL 233 was awarded to Cleanwater Consortium, the two fields worth $200 billion Dollars. Former Governor Peter Odili of River State, Obasanjo and Sultan of Sokoto has major Stakes.

  6. OPL 288 was awarded to focus Energy Senator Andy Uba, Obasanjo, and Gen Theophilus Y Danjuma are the major stakeholders. The field worth $70 billion Dollars.

  7. OPL 291 was awarded to Starcrest Energy Nigeria Limited owned by Emeka Offor. The field worth $100 billion Dollars.

  8. Mike adenuga’s Conoil controls and operates Six (6) oil blocs and exports about 500,000 barrels of crude oil daily. These 6 oil bloc worth $500 billion Dollars.

From our analysis above, 90% oil blocs are allocated to individuals from northern Nigeria and some confused elements from the region are calling the Niger Delta Avengers names, some are calling us criminals. Our question to these groups of individuals calling us names are; where were you when all these atrocities were happening to the people of the Niger Delta? IT’S A PITY.

To owners and operators of these oil blocs in our region the Niger Delta Avengers is giving you two weeks ultimatum to shut down your operations and evacuates your staff. If at the end of the ultimatum and you still operating. We will blow up all the locations. It will be bloody. So just shut down your operations and leave.

There is rumor that oil has been discovered in the North East. How will you feel if this found oil is been managed by Niger Deltans. We are very sure the Niger deltans wont even have 2% oil bloc if oil is really found in the Northeast. If you didn’t shut down we will shut your stations permanently for you.

No agent or representative of the Avengers has called the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Group Managing Director, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to threat his life.

To all International Oil Companies, Indigenous Oil Companies and Contractors if anyone called saying there members of Avengers please not listen or take them serious because our ideology and belief is far from that.

Once again on behalf of all the commanders of the avengers strike teams we congratulate our loyal and gallant soldiers who put human life before their targets. On behalf of the Niger Delta people we said congratulation as we have cripple the Nigeria economy by 50% by the grace of God we will make it 100% if our demands are not met soon.

By October 2016 we will display our Currency, Flag, Passport, our ruling Council and our Territory to the world.

To the United Nations, we are not asking for much but to free the people of the Niger Delta from environmental pollution, slavery, and oppression.  We want a country that will turn the creeks of the Niger delta to a tourism heaven, a country that will achieve its full potentials, a country that will make health care system accessible by everyone. With Niger delta still under the country Nigeria we can’t make it possible. So we are calling on the Ban Ki-Moon Secretary General United Nations and all Heads of the government of the five Permanent Security Council members to come to the aid of Niger delta people. We are calling on world leaders to come to the Niger delta to see the atrocities committed by the Nigeria government

Long Live the Niger Delta Avengers.

Long Live the Niger Delta.

Col. Mudoch Agbinibo

Spokesperson

From Ini-Obong Uto

Publication from Niger Delta Avengers Web site. http://www.nigerdeltaavengers.com/