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Saturday, 13 January 2018

2019: I have not withdrawn from presidential race – Fayose

January 13, 2018 0

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, yesterday insisted that he has not withdrawn from the 2019 presidential race in spite of the fact that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had zoned the ticket to the North.
Fayose said he decided to soft-pedal on his campaign because of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship poll, saying the campaign will begin to gain traction after the state election.
The governor added that he would repeat a resounding victory against Dr Kayode Fayemi if he is picked as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he is not threatened by his rumoured ambition.
On the agitations of some PDP aggrieved aspirants that Fayose should be prevented from interfering with the primary, the governor assured that the state has no role to play in the shadow election, saying it remains the prerogative of the Chief Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee.
Some aggrieved PDP aspirants like; former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Senator Biodun Olujimi , Amb Dare Bejide Owoseeni Ajayi, had at a joint press conference on Monday advised Secondus to checkmate Fayose and ensure that credible primary is conducted in Ekiti.
Speaking during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools at the government house in Ado Ekiti, Fayose said: “I am still in the presidential race I am only waiting for the time Ekiti governorship election will hold so I can have the time. Though, I am making contacts, I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country”.
On the primary election in Ekiti, Fayose said: “I have no role to play, only the NWC will present the delegate lists for them to elect the candidate, so I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof Kolapo Olusola.
“I have no regret supporting Olusola , if it were those people I had supported, they won’t be abusing me. But they remain our brothers and sister and we are going to put our house in order at the right time so that we can be on the same page”, Fayose added.
Addressing the teachers, Fayose appealed to them to support Olusola the way they did to him in June 21, 2014 governorship election , where he defeated Dr Kayode Fayemi.
He promised not to owe the teachers a dime at the expiration of his tenure on October 15, 2018, saying 1000 teachers will begin to benefit certain financial benefits from him commencing from the end of this month to give them a sense of belonging in his government..
“Don’t vote for those that will come here and sack you. When they sacked your colleagues in Kaduna State, an APC leader in Ekiti said it was a right step in the right direction and I believe such person is not good for Ekiti teachers.
“Prof Olusola is a man of integrity, very hardworking and dependable, he won’t betray you. He will protect your interests and I want you to support him”, he said.
Fayose added that all the outstanding salaries, allowances, bonuses and pensions shall be paid before he finally bows out as a governor.
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Friday, 12 January 2018

Fulani killings: Blackface weeps over attacks on Benue people

January 12, 2018 0
Dancehall king and former member of the defunct Plantashun Boyz, Garuba Austine Ahmedu, otherwise known as Blackface has cried out over the killings of innocent people in Benue State by Fulani herdsmen.
The singer, a native of Agatu, Benue State called on the relevant authorities to rise to challenge of the massacre of people in the state, asserting that the issue has nagged for too long.


The singer was reacting to the mass burial of over 73 persons recently killed by Fulani herdsmen in Logo and Guma LGAs of the state.
In a Facebook post, the Hardlife crooner averred that it was high time the authorities looked inwards to secure the future of the food basket state.
He wrote:
“Oh #Benue! Why have they turned our father land into a political battlefield ?
Killing of the innocent people of #benue has gone on for too long
Its about time we secure ourselves and look inward to secure the future of our beloved #benue
#Myheart bleeds for #mypeople
#blackthursday #nevertobeforgotten
#heros #benueheros
#RIP.”
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Trump appears to deny using vulgar term to describe immigrant countries after backlash

January 12, 2018 0
WASHINGTON – After international backlash, President Trump appeared Friday to deny using a vulgar term to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, and instead sought to put the redirect the focus on what he called unacceptable Democratic proposals on immigration.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump tweeted. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"

The attempt to clarify came after The Washington Post reported that Trump questioned in a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday why the U.S. would accept immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti or in Africa rather than in places like Norway. Trump had met the previous day with the prime minister of Norway.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump reportedly told lawmakers during negotiations over DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program designed to block deportation of young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents.
In a subsequent tweet, Trump denied saying anything derogatory of Haiti in particular. "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country," he said, and suggested he would record future meetings.
Trump has threatened to kill the DACA program unless Democrats agree to a host of new security measures designed to block illegal immigration, including a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 
More: ‘Sh**hole countries,’ UN respond to Trump's ‘Sh**hole countries’ comments
More: Report: Trump uses crude term while attacking protections for immigrants
More: 'Divisive,' 'elitist,' 'racist': Reactions to Trump's immigration comments
Yet upcoming negotiations between the White House and Congress on immigration are likely to be shadowed by the reported presidential comments, which some lawmakers and human rights officials denounced as racist. 
"The President’s statement is shameful, abhorrent, unpresidental, and deserves our strongest condemnation," said Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "We must use our voices to ensure that our nation never returns to the days when ignorance, prejudice, and racism dictated our decision making."
Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, demanded Trump apologize, calling his comments "unkind, divisive, (and) elitist," and that they "fly in the face of our nation’s values."
The government of Haiti has demanded that U.S. officials provide an explanation of the president's remarks.
Rupert Colville, a human rights spokesman for the United Nations, said: "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States, I'm sorry but there is no other word for this but racist."
During his Friday tweet storm, Trump also rejected a bipartisan congressional proposal on DACA, saying it lacked funding for the U.S.-Mexico wall and did not end programs like "chain migration."
While some Republicans supported the proposed compromise, Trump put the blame on Democrats.
Saying he wanted a "merit based" immigration system that blocks drug dealers and criminals, Trump said the bipartisan proposal would somehow force the United States to "take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly."
Democrats said Trump's goal, reflected in his alleged comment, is to allow immigration from predominantly white countries and block it from predominately black and brown countries.
Some congressional Democrats have threatened to block a new government spending plan unless the DACA program for young people is addressed, risking a government shutdown that also drew Trump's ire.
"Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA," Trump tweeted. "Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST!"
If it happens, a government shutdown would not cut off funding for troops or military operations; only non-essential personnel would be affected.
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Linda Ikeji dating, not getting hitched now!

January 12, 2018 0
The reports flying around that driving blogger, Linda Ifeoma Ikeji has at long last found the cherish of her life may not be genuine after all. A source near to the blogger debunked the gossip to WG recently, saying “there is nothing like that.” In spite of the fact that the source affirmed that Linda is right now in a relationship, he, in any casefamous that she’s not talking almost marriage at slightest for presently. News went viral on the Web recently that prevalent blogger, Linda Ikeji is at long last prepared to walk down the walkway





The rumour further highlighted that while the 37 year-old Linda is keeping the good news under wraps, her would-be husband is too excited to keep it a secret and the preparations for the wedding is already under way.
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Trump allegedly calls Africa ‘shithole’, orders 259,000 immigrants out of US

January 12, 2018 0

President Donald Trump has allegedly questioned why the US would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as “shithole countries”.
This is contained in a new Reuters report, weeks after alleged similar comment by Trump triggered outrage.
In December, New York Times reported that Trump, in reaction to the rising number of migrants in the US, said “Nigerians never return to their huts after seeing America and Haitian immigrants to the United States all have AIDS”.
Trump’s latest remarks allegedly made in the White House, came as Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on a newly drafted immigration bill being touted by a bipartisan group of senators.
The lawmakers were describing how certain immigration programs operate, including one to give safe haven in the United States to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife.
Reuters quoted one of the sources who was briefed on the conversation said that Trump said, “Why do we want all these people from Africa here?
“They’re shithole countries…We should have more people from Norway.”
The second source familiar with the conversation, said Trump, who has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration, also questioned the need for Haitians in the United States.
Many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers slammed the president for his remarks.
Republican U.S. Representative Mia Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, said the comments were “unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values”.
Love called on Trump to apologise to the American people and to the countries he denigrated.
Another Republican Representative, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and whose south Florida district includes many Haitian immigrants, said: “Language like that shouldn’t be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn’t be heard in the White House.”
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president’s comment “smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy.”
In an apparent response to his critics, Trump took to Twitter late on Thursday night.
Trump tweeted: “The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border, risking thousands of lives in the process.
“It is my duty to protect the lives and safety of all Americans. We must build a Great Wall, think Merit and end Lottery & Chain. USA!”
The programme that was being discussed at the White House is called Temporary Protected Status.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration decided to end the status for immigrants from Haiti and Nicaragua.
It gave the approximately 59,000 Haitian immigrants who had been granted the status until July 2019 to return home or legalise their presence in the U.S.
Nicaraguans were given until January 2019.
On Monday, Trump moved to end the status for immigrants from El Salvador, which could result in 200,000 Salvadorans legally in the United States being deported, beginning in September of 2019.
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Goodluck Jonathan speaks on ‘756 Nigerians dying under his watch'

January 12, 2018 0
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the claims by the presidency that 756 Nigerians were killed under his administration. 
Jonathan in a statement issued by his media office to DAILY POST on Thursday, described the statement as mischievous and false.
He blasted the special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina for trivalizing such heinous crime.
He further condoled with victims of Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and Nasarawa states, over the recent spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen.
The statement reads “Former President Jonathan wishes to express his condolences to the government and people of Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and Nasarawa states, over the recent spate of killings occasioned by herdsmen/farmers clashes.
“His heart bleeds for the sufferings of Nigerians and he calls on the authorities to do everything in their power to put an end to these needless killings.
“Having said that, let it be known that we find the statement by the Presidency stating that 756 Nigerians were killed by Fulani herdsmen in two years under the government of former President Jonathan as a mischievous assertion by a callous Presidential spokesman who thinks that death is something to be trivialized.
“For the avoidance of doubt, let it be known that the figure of 756 is wrong. But the issue is not that it is a false figure, the issue is that former President Jonathan was not inactive in the face of Fulani herdsmen killings during his Presidency.
“While in office, the former President knew that the capacity of the Nigerian police would be challenged by the sophistication of arms available to the herdsmen and so after he was elected President and sworn in on May 29, 2011, former President Jonathan summoned a National Security Council meeting and ordered that Fulani herdsmen attack must be decisively dealt with.
“In July 2012, the Plateau state government reported that herdsmen killings had reached a head in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area leading to tens of deaths of Nigerian citizens by Fulani herdsmen, many of whom were not even Nigerian citizens.
“Then President Jonathan, when briefed about the situation insisted that there would not be such impunity under his leadership and immediately ordered the army and the Air Force to go to the affected communities and fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.
“The military immediately obeyed the then President’s orders and sent troops and helicopters to Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. They ordered all residents to leave their residence for temporary accommodation provided for them so they could conduct a joint air and ground operation to flush out the armed herdsmen who had been suspected of killing innocent Nigerians.
“The residents complied and the soldiers went in and not only did they clear the area, they made arrests which led to trials and convictions.
“We wish to remind Nigerians that when this episode was being carried out, it was precisely members of the opposition who later became the All Progressive Congress that heavily criticized then President Jonathan’s orders.
“In fact, a prominent member of the APC and now the Governor of Kaduna State and a known confidante of the President, Malam Nasir El-Rufai tweeted his now infamous tweet on the 15th of July 2012 threatening that “We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.” (his exact words).
“So the question Nigerians need to ask instead of allowing themselves to be distracted by the statement from the Presidency is this: Are Nigerians now repaying the ‘loan’ that El-Rufai threatened to make Nigeria repay?
“If the then President was not active in decisively sending the military after herdsmen, why would El-Rufai have been so pained to have made such a statement? Let it be known that the former President views herdsmen who kill unprovoked and with the intention of advancing their own economic and other interests as terrorists, pure and simple. Not only did he treat them as terrorists, he also put the military on high alert to protect Nigerian lives.”
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Thursday, 11 January 2018

10 Things Every New Believer Should Know

January 11, 2018 0
Recently, a 20-something friend became a Christian, and he asked me, “What are the top 10 things for a new Christian to learn within the first year?” (Apparently, he is a David Letterman fan.)


This is a wise question because if you are off by a few degrees at the start and you travel that path for a while, you will be off by miles later. I know that from experience. I have been a Christian for over 25 years, and God has had to redirect me on multiple things because of what I mistakenly believed early on about being a Christian. And it is better to learn sooner than later.
So here are the 10 things (not necessarily in any particular order) that I thought my new Christian friend should sink down deep into his heart, head and hands as he travels his first year with Jesus:
  1. The one thing that the Bible emphasizes more than us loving God and people is that God loves us. He loves us first and most. God isn’t in heaven plucking a daisy saying, “I love you” when you obey and “I love you not” when you sin. He cannot not love you (Rom. 5:8 and 1 Jn. 4:16).
  2. Your motivation to and the purpose of learning, serving, worshipping, giving, reaching, reading, praying, etc. is to grow relationally more in love with God and people (Mt. 22:36-40).
  3. You not only are saved by grace, but you grow by it, too. A common trap for new and growing Christians is trying to clean up their lives without God’s help. This is a false equation: The less you sin = the less you need God’s grace. You can’t sin less and love more without the strength of God’s grace.
  4. Don’t trample all over the Great Commandment (love God, love people) trying to obey the Great Commission (go and make disciples). New and enthusiastic Christians often do this. Instead, lead people to Jesus by loving people to Jesus (1 Cor. 13:1-3). If they ask you why you live the way you do, humbly and simply share with them why you put your hope in Jesus.
  5. Love your neighbors—your literal neighbors—the ones you have, not the ones you wish you had. Do this because you are a Christian, not just because you want them to be Christians.
  6. Focus on Jesus, His cross, His resurrection and His kingdom. When you confessed Jesus as the living Lord and Messiah, you never said—and will never say—anything more meaningful. Jesus is God with skin. No other “religious leader” (Moses, Buddha, Muhammad) is His equal. They were mere men; Jesus is God who became a man. He is the center and circumference—the hub and rim of all of life and creation. All of the world’s greatest gifts—love, life, truth, grace, etc.—have a name. Jesus.
  7. God cares about your whole life, not just your “spiritual life.” It is a mistake to think that God is only concerned about a section of your life called “your soul” or “your spirit.” God cares about and is to be Lord of all of your life—personal, emotional, social, familial, financial, physical, vocational, sexual, intellectual and so on.
  8. Love other Christians who go to different churches (or no church at all) and who aren’t like you. Unfortunately, many Christians and churches view their “brand” of Christianity as the only true or most true type of Christianity. They may not think they are the only Christians, but they do think they are the best or most right ones. This is a prideful and sinful attitude that grieves Jesus and dismembers His body. Strive for unity in the body of Christ by praying humbly and thankfully for other Christians.
  9. Pray with your Bible open. There are many different spiritual exercises (fasting, solitude, serving, etc.), but the two most important ones are communicating and communing with God through prayer and listening to and learning about God through the Scriptures. Prayerfully read about Jesus (in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Prayerfully read about the beginning of the church in a book called Acts. Prayerfully read some letters written by Christians for Christians—some good ones to start with are James, Philippians and Ephesians.
  10. Find a Christian mentor. You will need help and encouragement in this journey with Jesus. Ask an older Christian (of the same gender as you) to mentor you. Look for someone who displays the attitudes and actions that were described above. Be a blessing to them in return.
Christianity is not a list, but a life; it’s not a chart, but a charter. But new Christians will learn new things. Some of those things will be true but not important. Some things will be off by degrees that can lead them astray. Other things will be just plain wrong. Help new Christians learn to follow Jesus by being their best at what matters most to Him.
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Once more, NNPC close down Escravos gas pipeline

January 11, 2018 0
By Michael Eboh The epileptic power situation witnessed across the country since the beginning of the year is expected to worsen further, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Thursday, announced another closure of the Escravos to Lagos Pipeline, ELP, due to an explosion on the facility.




However, the NNPC, in a statement in Abuja, said its Group Managing Director, Mr. Maikanti Baru, had directed that repair works should be executed immediately on the pipeline to ensure that gas supply is restored today (Thursday). Baru said the pipeline was ruptured by an explosion Thursday, along Egbokodo-Omadino, in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. He further directed that gas supply from other sources like Oben, Oredo, Sapele, Ughelli and Utorogu be stepped up to augment any shortfalls as repair works have commenced on the pipeline. The NNPC explained that Escravos pipeline supplies gas to power plants, in addition to feeding the West Africa Gas Pipeline System. It said, “It should be recalled that ELPS-C (downstream) of this pipeline was incinerated by a bush fire January 2 at Abakila, in Ondo State, which had since been rectified and brought back to service. “The earlier fire incident had affected gas supply to customers in Ondo, Ogun and Lagos State with subsequent shutdown of some power plants with a combined generating capacity of 1,143 megawatts, MW.”

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Tonto Dikeh turns evangelist, talks approximately sins, repentance[PHOTO]

January 11, 2018 0
Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has revealed that she is now born again, saying the bad things she did in the past, will remain in the past.

Tonto, who recently underwent plastic surgery to fix some parts of her body, preached as though she has become a pastor.
The mother of one took to her Instagram account on Thursday morning and wrote: “An Entirely New Life! Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“The term “born again” isn’t a religious cliché, which connotes turning over a new leaf. When you ask some Christians how they know they’re born again, some would reply: I know I’m born again, because the bad things I used to do, I do them no more. I’ve changed my ways, and now, I behave differently.
“Being born again is much more than that. What you receive when you’re born again is an entirely new life. There’s no such thing as “The bad things I used to do, I do them no more,” because the person who did those things is dead. He doesn’t exist anymore.
“When you received Christ into your life, something actually happened: your spirit was recreated. You were born of the Word of God and of the Spirit of God. You now have the life, nature and character of God. And when a man has the life, nature and character of God, he can only live like God. So, being born again is actually receiving the God-nature; becoming an associate of the God-kind.
“Romans 6:6 says, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Your old life or nature isn’t suspended; it’s dead; you’ve come up a new man; a new species of being; one that never existed before; one without a past. In the presence of God, everything you were before you were born again, and everything you did before you were born again has no record. This isn’t a promise. This is a statement of fact in the Word.
“If you’re ignorant of this, you could be struggling with your past or with the sins you committed before you were born again. This, invariably, could make you ineffective in the things of God. No; you’re not a sinner. You’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, because you’re born again (2 Corinthians 5:21). Walk in the consciousness of your righteousness, and new life in Christ: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father.”
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Fulani herders: Witness Johnson Suleman blows hot, pledges to battle those murdering Christians

January 11, 2018 0
Apostle Johnson Suleman, of Omega Fire Ministry, has vowed to fight those fighting Christians, across the country.
Suleman gave the warning while declaring that he’s not afraid of being arrested.

In a tweet via his verified twitter handle, the fiery preacher berated pastors who have been silent over the killing of Christians in the North.
Stressing that he is, “born for this,”the controversial clergy man stated that, “true Christians” will join him in his fight.
He wrote: “I don’t fear media or arrest.. not any threat. Am born for this. I will fight those who fight Christians and true Christians will join me.
“Pastors in Nigeria are quiet at the killings of northern Christians cos dey are afraid of arrest and media been set up against them. Shame.”
The Auchi-born Pastor also berated foreign media outlets for their silence on the killings of Christians in Benue, Taraba States respectively.
“Shame that @CNN,@BBCBreaking news are silent at the killings of Northern Christians…It was Adamawa, Benue and now it’s Taraba. where next?, he tweeted.
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Aisha talks on herders killings

January 10, 2018 0
Aisha Yesufu, co-convener of BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to be more proactive in his response to unabated killings by Fulani herdsmen.
The activist also wondered why only governors go to the presidency to present security reports.

According to her, Buhari should also state where people are being killed to get first hand information from victims’ families, relatives and friends.
She wrote on Twitter, “Dear Nigerians, a country where the life of a cow is more important than the life of a citizen is a country that the citizens need to sit down and have a talk. Time for #TheNigeriaTalk.
“What I want him (Buhari) to do is visit every place there is crisis, commiserate and reassure the people, access the situation, talk tough to the security chiefs that they either get the situation checked, apprehend the perpetrators to face the law or get fired!
“There is something inherently wrong with Governors having to go see the President to report insecurities in their State. Can’t the President go to the States?
Can we just have Community police, State police and stop this charade?
“Our security agencies must be reformed and given the required autonomy for their allegiance to be to the Nigerian State and the people and not to the President and the ruling party.
“We must stand for Nigeria. It’s not going to be easy but we would make it better for us and the next generation. Our parents failed us by not doing the needful. We can’t also fail our children”.
Meanwhile, Senator Joseph Waku, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure, has pointed out those he believes were behind the killings nationwide.
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Buhari chairs first 2018 FEC meeting

January 10, 2018 0
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the first Federal Executive Council, (FEC), meeting in 2018 at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa Abuja.
The meeting that started exactly 11am with virtually all the Ministers in attendance is the first FEC after the Christmas and New Year holidays

Present at the meeting were the General Manager of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hajia Adiza Bala Usman and the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakukuku Peterside alongside other staff of the agency who are expected to make presentation to the FEC.
Also expected to make presentation to the FEC is the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu who is also present.
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Mercy Aigbe admits hiring lady’s wedding gown for birthday party

January 10, 2018 0
Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe has finally spoken on controversies surrounding her birthday dress.
An aggrieved bride @rettypety, whose wedding was scheduled for 29th December 2017 had called out her designer, Maryam Elisha (@rikaotobyme) for giving out a gown meant for her wedding to the Nollywood actress for her 40th birthday photos.


The actress in a post via her Instagram page @realmercy said she had no idea the dress was for a bride as her stylist was responsible for the dress.
She wrote: “I have followed events as they unfold following a particular dress I wore for a photoshoot. First, I must say that I sincerely sympathise with the bride as this situation is painful, unfortunate and regrettably avoidable.
“I hired and paid Seun @styledbyseun for the photoshoot as a stylist and got four dresses for the shoot. Seun and I were unaware that one of the dresses was meant for someone else. I am embarrassed that the designer was not professional enough in handling events leading to this moment. It is also painful that a bride is made to go through what the bride has been made to go through.
“I have reached out to both the stylist and designer (whom I have never met nor HIRED directly) to express my displeasure.
“I have instructed my lawyer to look into this and see how best to approach this from a legal point of view without festering an already open wound.”
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How I was offered a vessel to stop Senate hearing on petitions against Total – Senator Olamilekan

January 10, 2018 0
Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola representing Lagos West Senatorial district disclosed on Tuesday in Abuja, that he was offered a vessel to kill a petition brought against Total Upstream Nigeria Limited for deliberately flouting the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.
A petition against Total Upstream was forwarded to Senate Committee on Local Content by the Indigenous Vessels Operators Association of Nigeria asking it to intervene in the cancellation of the bidding contract entered by the association members in 2014.


The Solicitor, Barr Bassey Offiong had told the senate that, “it all began in 2014 when Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, a joint venture partner with the Nigerian Government in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry published a tender with reference no. NTD 0001632 for the provision of Platform Support Vessels (PSV) and Terminal Support Vessels (TSV) by Indigenous vessels operators.”
‘’The bid process which had the participation of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS),NNPC and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB)attracted bids from a variety of Nigerian owned ships and vessels operators.
‘’The biding process duly complied with the provisions of all extant laws such as the procurement Act and the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act. This bid also underwent all the stages of the process remaining only the award to the deserving winners.
Offiong reported to the senate that the Total Upstream Nigeria Limited had resorted to steps to frustrate the ongoing process and short change local participation by offering to restart another bid process which is against the letter and spirit of the local content Act.
‘’Noteworthy is the fact that the unjustifiably stalled bid process had a contract validity of 12 tears which gives local vessels operators ample opportunities and the benefit of long term planning with increased capacity’’
Offiong averred that under the proposed new bid Total Ltd is seeking NAPIMS approval to carry out, the proposed tenure of the contract is one year with the option of another one year extension.
‘’This will only benefit established and most likely foreigned owned vessels participation to the detriment of local vessels operators’’
The lawyer said his clients have incurred huge expenses, mostly made up with bank loans obtained to procure vessels, training of local manpower in maritime operations and sundry financial commitment to third parties.
‘’To scuttle the bid exercise will have negative reverberations within the nation’s economy. The earlier bid process beyond its transparency, adhered to all the industry regulations for such Call For Tender (CFT) for indigenous vessels and tug operators
‘’The completion of the existing bid process will be a major milestone for the Federal Government in its quest to encourage the participation of indigenous vessels owners in the upstream sector of the nation’s oil industry which has been the exclusive preserve of foreign owned vessels.
While responding to the call of the petitioners for the senate committee to investigate the matter to determine the overall propriety, whether there are interests other than national interest at play, Senator Adeola said he is aware that there are forces trying to scuttle the contract validly entered into between the Total Upstream Nigeria Limited and members of the Indigenous Vessels Operators Association of Nigeria.
”They offered me a vessel to abort this senate committee of local content’s probe and I refused. We have received ample information to take decision or resolve this matter, but for the sake of the principle of fair hearing, it’s the very reasons we want to hear from the representatives of the Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, NAPIMS and other stakeholders involved in this case.’’
The committee consequently directed that the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to give National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) a waiver in order to allow the 10 indigenous vessel owners who bided initially and adjudged pre-qualified to bid again.
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