Monday, 21 May 2018

SGF Boss Mustapha Unviels new N64 million Naira Website

SGF Boss Mustapha Unviels new N64 million Naira Website
Boss Mustapha

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, on Monday inaugurated what he described as the upgraded website of his office, www.osgf.gov.ng


Speaking at a brief event in his office in Abuja, Mustapha put the cost of the upgrading, which he said included procurement of laptops, training of officials and consultancy services, at N64m.

The Federal Government had allocated N 65 m for the project in the 2017 Budget. “There was a contract in 2017. The figure in public domain. It is about N64m including procurement of laptops, training, consultancy services. “The contract was awarded by the Bureau of Public Procurement in accordance with the Procurement Act, "Mustapha said when he was asked the cost of the upgrade.

The SGF explained that the desire of his office to operate a functional website that will deliver information and policy thrust of the present administration formed the decision to upgrade the old website which he said was based on old technology, hence limited features and security of content.

He said it was important to make information on government activities readily available to Nigerians and other stakeholders because information drives investment and development worldwide. He described the revamped e-participation platform as the major achievement of the new website.

Through this platform, Mustapha said members of the public would be free to
request for information from government, submit ideas, and lodge complaints. Such requests, ideas or complaints, he explained, would elicit timely response from government.

He said arrangements were being concluded to train officials from Ministries, Departments and Agencies who will be handling the different segments of the website.

Mustapha said those who criticise government do not necessarily hate the government. “When people criticise government, it is not that they hate government. They want government to do better and for them to see improvement, ” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, General Services, Office of the SGF, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, said the decision to upgrade the website was taken so that it can serve better. Adekunle said the upgrade would add value to the dissemination of information of government activities.

He added that each of the six offices in the SGF’s office will have content managers before they can upload content He said there was a plan to train initial 50 officers for the six offices
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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Omisore Finally Dumps PDP For SDP, Set To Run For Osun Governor

Omisore Finally Dumps PDP For SDP, Set To Run For Osun Governor
Iyiola Omisore

The former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore on Saturday announced his exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and formally declared for Social Democratic Party (SDP).


Omisore, in a press statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, gave a vivid historical allusion to his political career since 1999, saying his new political move would remain irrevocable and irreversible. He stressed that his personality combines toughness and flexibility, which according to him make a good leader in all standards.

Omisore argued that those who have “misconstrued” his personality to be arrogance are weak personalities with intent of mischief and practically visionless.

His statement read: “It is pertinent to note the historical pathway of my engagement in the political affairs in Osun state, and indeed at regional and national levels. I played a pivotal role in the creation of the now defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD) when the country returned back to democratic ruling in 1999 and I became the Deputy Governor of this great state.

“It is intrigues, dishonesty and loss of vision in vociferous attacks on my person that led to my departure from the AD and foray in the PDP. My pathway of commitment to state as a distinguished Senator, and Chair of the Committee on Appropriations speak very loudly of my commitment to Osun state, evidenced in the volume of allocations andi projects in the state.

“This record remains without a parallel. My commitment to its citizens is without contest as over many years, I have reached to provide access to jobs, enterprise and social assets for our people through my political, professional, business and social networks.

“In moving forward, and way from the PDP, this commitment to Osun state shall remain resolute and unshaken. It is my state of origin, the people my people, and where ever I go, I shall remain their dutiful son, and leader. Nothing can change that.

“Notwithstanding my enormous contributions over the past years or so to building the PDP, after very deep thought and the widest consultations with my God, my family, my supporters in and outside Osun state, It is with great concern that I have made a very expedient decision today, to withdraw my membership from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and join the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

“On the platform of the SDP, I shall with the support of my supporters, followers, and the electorate of the state, seek the nomination to contest for, and by His grace, be elected as the Executive Governor of Osun state on September 22, 2018.

“While I have always regarded the entire state as my constituency, as a democrat, I will continue to align with the forces of change that would guarantee justice, prosperity, peace and happiness for our peoples”, the statement reads in part.
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Saturday, 19 May 2018

A List Of All The Political Parties In Nigeria

A List Of All The Political Parties In Nigeria
Nigeria

This is a comprehensive list of all the political parties in Nigeria . Nigeria has a multi-party system, with two or three strong parties and a third party that is electorally successful.



  • Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP)
  • Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD)
  • Alliance for Democracy (AD)
  • Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN)
  • Action Democratic Party (ADP)
  • All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM)
  • All Progressives Congress (APC)
  • African Democratic Congress (ADC )
  • Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA)
  • All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
  • All People's Party (APP)
  • African Renaissance Party [ARP]
  • Conscience People's Congress [CPC]
  • Communist Party of Nigeria (CPN)
  • Citizens Popular Party (CPP)
  • Democratic Alternative (DA)
  • Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
  • Fresh Democratic Party (FDP)
  • Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP)
  • Labour Party [LP]
  • Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN)
  • National Conscience Party (NCP)
  • National Interest Party (NIP)
  • New Democrats (ND)
  • New Generations Party of Nigeria (NGP)
  • National Democratic Party (NDP)
  • People's Democratic Party (PDP)
  • Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA)
  • People Progressive Party (PPP)
  • People's Redemption Party (PRP)
  • People's Salvation Party (PSP)
  • Action Alliance (AA)
  • Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP)
  • Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN)
  • Social Democratic Party (SDP)
  • United Nigeria People's Party (UNPP)
  • United Progressive Party (UPP)
  • Mega People Political Party
  • Young Progressive Party (YPP)
  • kunlexso party (YPP)
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How to Join Politics

How to Join Politics
Politics

Having convinced you that you can actually be actively involved in politics without contesting elections, let's consider the steps you need to take to get started.


1. IDENTIFY YOUR WARD:
The ward is the smallest unit of Government in Politics. The Political Head of a Ward is called Councilor. Every politician must compulsorily be a card-carrying member of a political party at the ward level. This however is with the exception of those who choose to contest election as or support independent candidates. Your ward is not necessarily your home town but the locality where you will most conveniently carry out your political activities. It is also advisable that you also register with INEC as a voter in this ward.

2. MAKE THE CHOICE OF POLITICAL PARTY:
Consider the available political parties in your area and make a choice. I advise you study the manifesto and constitution of the party you want to join and agree that you align with her. Unfortunately, in Nigeria's nascent democracy, ideology is not well defined in the existing political parties, therefore, they almost share basic ideologies.

3. GET INVOLVED IN WARD ACTIVITIES:
The least you can do as a politician is to attend your ward meetings. Get deeply involved at this stage. Contribute at meetings and assist once in a while in footing party bills either in kind or cash. This not easy and takes time and plenty of efforts. Once in a while, sponsor refreshments at meetings or volunteer to transport some members to meetings or other activities.

4. IDENTIFY LIKE-MINDED BELIEVERS IN THE PARTY TO RELATE WITH:
This is very important as decision are taken in politics based on majority of opinions. It is important that you align with your own class of people to ensure that decisions taken are not to the disadvantage of your interest.

5. RELATE WELL WITH THE LEADERS:
That you want to make changes in the politics of your environment does not mean castigating existing leaders. Celebrate them for the good they have done and be silent on their evils, at least for a start. Success in politics is about who you know and not necessarily what you know.

6. VOLUNTEER TO BE PART OF CAMPAIGNS  AND PARTY ACTIVITIES:
Every political campaign and political activity needs hard workers. If you want to get an idea of how politics really work, walk into any campaign office of a candidate and offer to help out. You'll likely be asked to do what appears to be menial work at first, things like helping to register new voters or making phone calls and/or test messages on behalf of a candidate. But if you do the job well, you'll be given more responsibilities and more visible roles in the campaign.

7. PAY ATTENTION TO POLITICAL INFORMATION:
Unfortunately many are political illiterates. Before you get into politics, you ought to know what you're talking about and be able to hold an intelligent and thoughtful conversations about the issues. Local politicians and indeed the community respect you when you have better information at hand. That alone makes you a point of reference in your locality. Therefore, read your local newspaper(s), statewide newspapers and national newspapers. Be alive on the social media for information.

8. GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
Attend Landlords/Residents meetings. Network with and be in good terms with local groups e.g The Vigilante, etc. Build coalitions dedicated to changing and improving your town such as the CDA or Tribal Unions. PTA meetings and Cooperative Societies are equally good places to be for upcoming politicians.

9. BUILD CHARACTER AND GOOD NAME:
A good name is better than silver and gold. As corrupt as our society is, a good name still speaks volume. Strive to build for yourself and generations after you a good name. In whatever capacity you are entrusted with responsibility, make a good opportunity to leave a lasting impression in the hearts of the people.

10. IF YOU MUST CONTEST, START SMALL:
There is no spirituality in insisting that certain offices are too small for you. Start from the grassroots and gradually work your way to the top. "All politics is local."
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Turkish President Calls On OIC Leaders To Unite And Face Israel

Turkish President Calls On OIC Leaders To Unite And Face Israel
Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslim leaders to unite and confront Israel, days after scores of Palestinians were killed by Israeli snipers as they marked 70 years of Israeli occupation.


Speaking at an extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday, Erdogan said Israel should be held accountable over the killings which drew widespread international condemnation and triggered a wave of protests from Asia, through the Middle East, to North Africa.

"To take action for Palestinians massacred by Israeli bandits is to show the whole world that humanity is not dead," Erdogan told the group of Muslim leaders gathered in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul.

The Turkish president described Israel's killing of Palestinians as "thuggery, atrocity and state terror," and said the US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital would inevitably haunt it. 'US part of the problem'

On Monday, just as the US went ahead with the controversial relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem, 62 Palestinians, including five children, were killed and more than 2,700 wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters who had assembled hundreds of metres from a 1949 armistice line between Gaza and Israel.

The protesters in the besieged enclave had gathered to commemorate Nakba Day - an event in 1948 when Zionist paramilitaries ethnically cleansed Palestinian cities and towns. About 750,000 people were forcibly expelled from historical Palestine.

The Istanbul summit was attended by several heads of state, but Saudi Arabia, the host of the 57-member OIC, sent only a senior foreign ministry official. Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE also deployed lower level ministers.

Speaking at the conference, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said the Palestinian cause had "become a symbol for oppressed peoples everywhere" and condemned Israel for "brutal massacre" of peaceful demonstrators. "Who among us does not know the declared siege forced on Gaza Strip and collective punishment against its population?" the emir said.

"The Gaza Strip has been transformed into a large concentration camp for millions of people who are deprived of their most basic rights to travel, education, work and medical treatment.

"When their sons take arms they are called terrorists, and when they stage peaceful demonstrations they are called extremists, and are shot dead with live ammunition." For his part, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said the US had become "part of the problem and not the solution" and called the relocation of the embassy "an act of aggression against the Islamic nation, against Muslims and Christians".

Jordanian King Abdullah II urged for the adoption of urgent measures to back "the resistance of Palestinians", while Iranian President Hasan Rouhani called for economic and political measures against the US and Israel.

Late on Friday, the OIC issued a final communique calling on the United Nations to form an international investigation into the killings in Gaza; the creation of an international protection force for Palestinians, and for the OIC to place economic restrictions on any countries, companies or individuals who recognise Israel's annexation of Jerusalem.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan told a raucous crowd of more than 10,000 people in Istanbul's Yenikapi fairground that the Muslim world had to unite and "pull themselves back together".

"Muslims are way too busy fighting and disagreeing with themselves, and shy away when confronted by their enemies," he told the audience. "Since 1947, Israel has been free to do what it likes in this region. They do whatever they feel like. But this reality can be undone … if we unite."

Earlier this week, Turkey recalled its envoys to Israel and the US following the killings of the Palestinians and the relocation of Washington's embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Tolgar Memis, a German-Turk, said he came to the rally to support Erdogan's recent remarks and policies against Israel.

"What we've seen over the last few years, all the injustice, and what happened earlier this week - it's simply unacceptable. "Erdogan has made great strides in defending the Palestinians, something he is obligated to do, and hopefully other leaders will follow his cue."
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Friday, 18 May 2018

Araraume, Uzodinma, Izunaso Want Gov. Okorocha Expelled From APC

Araraume, Uzodinma, Izunaso Want Gov. Okorocha Expelled From APC
Gov. Okorocha

THE crisis in the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, escalated yesterday after leading chieftains of the party called on the national leadership of the party to expel Governor Rochas Okorocha from the party.


The demand made by Senators Ifeany Ararume, Hope Uzodinma, Osita Izunaso among others came as the confusion on ground deepened with different factions of the party suspending leading lights of each other.

The stakeholders in a petition to the national leadership of the party affirmed that for the party to be repositioned to win the Southeast in 2019 that the party must get rid of Governor Okorocha.

Consequently, they asked the president to declare a state of emergency in Imo as a way of halting further violence in the area. In a strongly worded letter to the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the stakeholders said;

“As our party chairman, kindly bring to the notice of our dear President that should the governor in his megalomania procure further violence in his child like tantrums, a state of emergency in Imo State would be a natural consequence. There’s no other state that the president visited five times to appeal to its people and yet we wobbled.

Our party must rid itself of this incorrigible worm, he is indeed a cankerworm.” “This attempt to drag the state into further violence in the face of a non-existent state assembly only points to the complete breakdown of an already non-existent governance for which the state of emergency envisaged in the Section 305 of our Constitution is to be declared”.

Those who signed the letter on behalf of Imo APC stakeholders include Senators Ben Uwajimogu, Hope Uzodinma, Ifeanyi Araraume, Osita Izunaso, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Hon. Mike Ohia and Hon. Austin Chukwukere. The APC chairman in Oguta Local Government who is the leader of all the APC local government chairmen in the state, Hon. Cassidy Ohamara equally aligned his group with the contents of the letter.

They thanked the National Working Committee of the party “for standing firm to the rules and guidelines of our party and upholding our duly conducted and video recorded congresses across our State, inspite of the unruly and unlawful conduct/misconduct of our state governor, who happens to be one of our party members”.

“You may thus be alarmed that with the near bankruptcy of our state, reeling in this wanton misgovernance, is yet the subject of the threat contained in the governor’s letter to you stating that he is aware of the burning of the Secretariat of our party. Whilst threatening further mayhem. He also has forwarded to you his videos of those he caught with result sheets (which the party did not report missing).

The governor having arrested those people (who are contractors of Government House, Owerri), and having called the police and the media himself, proceeded to conduct the investigation himself”. The letter was copied the President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chairman and Deputy Chairman (South) of the Party, National Assembly, all State Governors, the National Security Adviser, the Inspector General of Police, DG, Department of State Services as well as members of the National Working Committee NWC of the party for necessary action.
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Facebook Shut 583 Million Fake Accounts In The First Quarter Of 2018

Facebook Shut 583 Million Fake Accounts In The First Quarter Of 2018
Facebook logo

Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday, detailing how it enforces “community standards” against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech.


Responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook said those closures came on top of blocking millions of attempts to create fake accounts every day.

Despite this, the group said fake profiles still make up 3-4 percent of all active accounts. It claimed to detect almost 100 percent of spam and to have removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period.

Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on nearly 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech during the first quarter.

Improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017. In 85.6 percent of the cases, Facebook detected the images before being alerted to them by users, said the report, issued the day after the company said about 200 apps had been suspended on its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data.

The figure represents between 0.22 and 0.27 percent of the total content viewed by Facebook’s more than two billion users from January through March.

“In other words, of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence,” the report said. Responses to rule violations include removing content, adding warnings to content that may be disturbing to some users while not violating Facebook standards; and notifying law enforcement in case of a “specific, imminent and credible threat to human life”.

Improved IT also helped Facebook take action against 1.9 million posts containing terrorist propaganda, a 73 percent increase. Nearly all were dealt with before any alert was raised, the company said. It attributed the increase to the enhanced use of photodetection technology.

Hate speech is harder to police using automated methods, however, as racist or homophobic hate speech is often quoted on posts by their targets or activists.

“It may take a human to understand and accurately interpret nuances like… self-referential comments or sarcasm,” the report said, noting that Facebook aims to “protect and respect both expression and personal safety”.

Facebook took action against 2.5 million pieces of hate speech content during the period, a 56 increase over October-December. But only 38 percent had been detected through Facebook’s efforts — the rest flagged up by users.

The posts that keep the Facebook reviewers the busiest are those showing adult nudity or sexual activity — quite apart from child pornography, which is not covered by the report. Some 21 million such posts were handled in the period, a similar number to October-December 2017.

That was less than 0.1 percent of viewed content — which includes text, images, videos, links, live videos or comments on posts — Facebook said, adding it had dealt with nearly 96 percent of the cases before being alerted to them.

Facebook has come under fire for showing too much zeal on this front, such as removing images of artwork tolerated under its own rules.

In March, Facebook apologised for temporarily removing an advert featuring French artist Eugene Delacroix’s famous work “Liberty Leading the People” because it depicts a bare-breasted woman. Facebook’s head of global policy management Monika Bicket said the group had kept a commitment to recruit 3,000 more staff to lift the numbers dedicated to enforcing standards to 7,500 at the start of this year.
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Nigerian Government Destroys 5,870 Illegal Arms Recovered In Zamfara State

Nigerian Government Destroys 5,870 Illegal Arms Recovered In Zamfara
Illegal weapons

The Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Gusau on Monday destroyed 5,870 illegal arms and ammunition recovered by the Zamfara Government.


The exercise marked the launch of the pilot stage of the destruction of arms and weapons recovered from persons who illegally held them. The recovery in Zamfara was made from repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons to the state government Committee for Peace, Reconciliation and Disarmament, headed by the deputy governor, Ibrahim Wakkala.

The exercise which took place at Zamfara Trade Fair Complex in Gusau, was chaired by the chairman of the Presidential Committee, Emmanuel Imohe. The event was attended by Zamfara governor, Abdul’aziz Yari and his deputy, Wakkala, representatives of international agencies such as the EU, ECOWAS and UNDP as well as security agencies and traditional rulers.

In his remark, Mr Imohe said the exercise was aimed at destroying a total of 5,870 arms and ammunition received under Zamfara state disarmament initiative. “Apart from the destruction of illegal and recovered arms, one of the mandates of this presidential committee is also to improve livelihood of the people and communities that surrendered their weapons.

“Zamfara is one of the seven states in the country selected by the Federal Government for a pilot programme. “This programme is also a flat form for raising awareness of dangers associated with the circulation of illegal weapons that have killed, injured and terrorised people all over the world,” he said.

Mr Imohe commended Zamfara for initiating the disarmament programme which resulted to the recovery of over 5,000 small arms, ammunition, grenades, automatic and semi-automatic weapons. “I am happy to be associated with this laudable efforts made by Zamfara State Government.

“I consider this as one of great achievements recorded by this committee, I thank the state disarmament committee led by the state Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, and all stakeholders who contributed to the success recorded.

“You know, this committee was inaugurated in April 2013 by the Federal Government with the mandate to be the focal point in the efforts of the country to address the movement of illicit illegal arms and light weapons. “We are working with international organisations to conduct practical disarmament at border communities in the country and provide a support for repentant bandits,’’ he said.

In his remark, Mr Yari thanked the Federal Government for setting up the presidential committee and international organisations for their efforts for peace and stability in the state and country. Mr Yari said the state had recorded many deaths, casualties and huge losses in economic activities as result of cattle rustling and banditry.

He said such losses necessitated the setting up the Peace, Reconciliation and Disarmament Committee by the state government. “The Committee since inception has recorded great successes of recovering over 5,000 illegal arms and large number of repentant bandits across the state.

“We are witnessing the destruction of these illegal weapons today, we are going to continue to give all the necessary support to Federal Government and all stakeholders as regard to improvement of security in the state and country at large.

“We are going to provide authentic lists of repentant bandits and those who surrendered their arms and submit it to the Federal Government for assistance with the aim of changing their livelihood,” he said.

The Zamfara Government in an effort to address security challenges in the state in 2016 set up the Peace, Reconciliation and Disarmaments Committee. Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in March ordered the recovery of all illegal arms across the country to check the deteriorating security situation.
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Monday, 14 May 2018

Super Eagles Coach, Rohr, Releases 30-Man List For FIFA World Cup 2018

Super Eagles Coach, Rohr, Releases 30-Man List For FIFA World Cup 2018
Gernot Rohr

Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has named Captain Mikel John Obi, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile and Leon Balogun, as well as midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses in Nigeria’s 30-man provisional list for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.


The list also includes Spain –based goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and Olaoluwa Aina, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Joel Obi and John Ogu and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi.

Chelsea wingback Moses was Nigeria’s top scorer in the qualifying campaign with three goals, while Captain Mikel Obi, Iwobi, Simon and Iheanacho weighed in with two goals each.

All invited players have been told to report at the Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo on Monday, 21st May. Uyo, as home ground, was the conquering terrain for the Super Eagles during the qualifying series.

Super Eagles Coach, Rohr, Releases 30-Man List For FIFA World Cup 2018
The List
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy); Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars)
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Buhari Reveals What The Federal Government Will Do With Abacha's Loot

Buhari Reveals What The Federal Government Will Do With Abacha's Loot
President Buhari

The federal government of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja announced that $320 million stolen funds by late military dictator, Sani Abacha, would be spent on the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of the administration to support the poor.


Declaring open the 8th Commonwealth Conference of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa, Mr Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said it was one condition given by the Switzerland authorities for the repatriation of the funds.

Mr Buhari said that The Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) after its inaugural meeting in Washington, DC, in December 2017, had facilitated efforts toward asset recovery and return.

“The GFAR saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and the Government of Switzerland for the return of an additional $320 million of the Sani Abacha loot. “Included in that agreement is the commitment that the funds would be invested in one of the Nigeria’s flagship social investment programmes, the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme targeted at the poorest and most vulnerable households in our country.’’

The president declared that corruption had continued to be one of the greatest challenges in the continent and called for international collaboration to stem the “scourge”.

He quoted a 2014 report by the One Campaign titled: “One Trillion Dollar Scandal”, which claimed that developing countries lost $1 billion annually to corporate transgressions, with most of them traceable to activities of companies with secret ownership.

The president recalled another report in 2015 by the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, which stated that Africa had lost over $1 trillion over a 50-year period.

The report added that Africa had lost more than $50 billion annually to illicit financial flows mostly perpetrated in the extractive sector and through companies with hidden ownerships. Mr Buhari noted that the cost of corruption imposed on all African countries and governments a moral obligation to fight it with vigour and political will.

He said it should be done by strengthening all institutions and systems involved in law enforcement as well as in promoting a culture of transparency and accountability.

According to him, while public sector corruption is the usual focus, the private sector’s complicity is significant, such as when large multinational corporations engage in tax evasion or transfer pricing. He noted that it was the complex web of public-private collusion and connivance that resulted in proceeds of corruption ending up in foreign countries and especially in their financial institutions and systems.

“Dismantling the conspiracies that facilitate export of stolen assets is probably as important as the theme of this conference, “Partnering towards Assets Recovery and Return.” “It underscores the fact that fighting corruption is futile if we do not ensure that the proceeds of corruption find no safe haven.

“Recovering stolen assets not only accomplishes the goal of restitution, it also serves as a potential deterrent to future corruption,’’ he stated.

Mr Buhari decried the absence of a legal basis for cooperation in some countries, differences in legal and procedural frameworks, language barriers, bank secrecy, jurisdictional issues, a lack of funding as obstaclestoeffective mutual legal assistance.

He, however, expressed gladness on the renewed commitment to collectively identifying the most effective means of overcoming all of the existing legal and technical obstacles to asset recovery and return. The president urged African countries to come together to keep the issue of asset recovery and return on the front-burner of international discourse and also work hard to build cooperation and mutual understanding with global partners.

“We must insist that recovered stolen assets be returned to the country of origin, without any preconditions, in line with Article 51 of United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC),’’ he added.

Mr Buhari said that states should agree to apply the highest standards possible of transparency at all stages not just of the recovery and return process, but also in the management and disposal of recovered and repatriated assets.

He also called on governments of African States to adequately fund their anti-corruption agencies as the fight against corruption was far more sophisticated, vicious and nuanced than ever before. “We must provide adequate resources to investigate, adequately equip operatives, protect their families, protect whistleblowers and witnesses.

“Let me say to you Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa that you have found yourselves in roles that could change the destinies of your nation if you deliver on your mandates. “You simply cannot afford to fail; on our part as the Government of Nigeria we are irrevocably committed to the fight against corruption,’’ the president declared.
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Muslim Group, MURIC, Blasts Pastor Adeboye Over 2019 Doom Message

Muslim Group, MURIC, Blasts Pastor Adeboye Over 2019 Doom Message
Ishaq Akintola

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, on Monday urged Nigerians to ignore the “message of doom” by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.


Adeboye had last week Friday said Nigeria may not live to see 2019 elections if religious war breaks out in the country.
The clergyman issued the warning while reacting to killings of Christians in some parts of the country.

Reaction, however, MURIC rejected Adeboye’s declaration, saying nations are not “run on prophecies and divisive messages but on industry, love, fortitude, unity, honesty and determination.

A statement by MURIC’s Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said Adeboye should refrain from making inflammatory statements.
The body also admonished the clergyman to persuade his, “Junior priests to water down their firebrand proselytisation.” The statement reads, “MURIC The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye last week warned that Nigeria as it is presently constituted may cease to exist if killings continue. He also added that 2019 elections may not hold.

“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects this message of doom. Nations are not run on prophesies and divisive messages but on industry, love, fortitude, unity, honesty and determination. “We recall that killings and cattle rustling did not begin yesterday. These attacks have been there since the early 60s. It was not Nigerians who were attacking themselves but cattle thieves and criminals from neighbouring countries like Niger, Chad and Mali. These invasions from other countries have continued till today due to Nigeria’s porous borders. But Nigerians exploit religious rivalry and acrobatic religiousity instead of engaging in diligent investigations. We are blaming ourselves for nothing.

“Still going along the lanes of history, a few years back Nigerian Christian leaders initially accused Muslims in the country of sponsoring Boko Haram to kill Christians. All denials fell on deaf ears. Foul language was used. Provocative statements were issued. Nigerian Muslim leaders exhibited patience throughout those terrible days. Today the picture has become clearer to the Christian leaders as Boko Haram has killed more Muslims than Christians (including an Emir) and destroyed more mosques than churches.

“The truth is that both Christians and Muslims are victims of killings, though Christians may have the advantage of media support to use killings on its side as a propaganda tool. The Nigerian media hardly hypes reports of Muslim deaths, nor do they report them correctly with their religious affiliation. Meanwhile Muslims do not use their dead victims for propaganda because, as a rule, Muslims bury their dead speedily whereas Christians delay the burial of their dead and openly display them. But the fact is that the monkey is also sweating but the hair on its skin may not allow people to see it.

“Nigeria has become a land where Shakespearean lines must be actualized: “When beggars die, there are no comets seen. The heavens themselves blow forth the death of princes.” “Thus when Muslims are killed, the Nigerian media uses captions like “85 killed in Maiduguri Explosion” or “76 Die as Hoodlums Invade Zamfara Village”. But when Christians are killed, the language and style change. The caption is “Fulani Herdsmen Murder 22 Christians”. It is for this reason that Pastor Adeboye needs to direct his warnings at the Nigerian press, not at the government.

Government is not escalating the crisis, but the press is. Their assymetrical reportage poses great danger to peaceful coexistence in a multi-religious Nigeria. “Pastor Adeboye should also note that things are not usually what they look like from a distance. Benue militias have been caught disguised as Fulani herdsmen. None of the hoodlums caught by the military in the ongoing operation in Benue could speak Fulani language, yet they dressed like Fulani herdsmen and carried AK47 rifles.

“Fake military camps have also been exposed in the same Middle Belt. Militiamen arrested have confessed that the Christian state governors are their sponsors. So why does Adeboye refuse to acknowledge the killing of Muslims? Who are the Benue and Taraba militiamen killing?

“We appeal to Pastor Adeboye to refrain from making inflammatory statements. The Redeemed Church Overseer should also persuade his junior priests to water down their firebrand proselytisation. There is a world of difference between prayers, threats and illwill. Let us concentrate on prayers when we organize assemblies ostensibly for prayers. Let us not use such occasions to incite followers in any manner. That is criminal digression. Preachers should not just be playing to the gallery.

“As religious leaders, our influence on our followers is immense and they take our admonitions as commandments, we must therefore lead responsibly. Let Christian and Muslim leaders preach love, tolerance, forgiveness and, most especially, unity. We all stand to lose if there is war or if Nigeria breaks.

“Statements accusing government of lukewarm attitude to the ‘killing of Christians’ mislead the outside world. It paints the wrong picture and robs the Nigerian authorities of friends and allies who are willing to supply sophisticated weapons needed to stop the killings. In essence, we are cutting our noses to spite our faces. We are simply helping Boko Haram to sustain its propaganda.

“Let us therefore stop making sectarian, parochial and myopic public speeches. Let us support government’s efforts at stopping the killings. Let us appeal to foreign governments to assist our own government at home in combating terrorists and insurgents.

“On a last note, we contend that the current noise about the killing of Christians is diversionary, hypocritical and counterproductive. Both Muslims and Christians are being killed and the solution lies in uniting men and women of all faiths to face the reality on ground. We must all resolve to expose our killers. We must support our government and pray for our gallant security men who are battling the killers day and night.

We must also appeal in unison to foreign powers to come to our government’s aid in the war against insurgency. The Federal Government should also strengthen the borders, particularly in the North West and North East and recruit more soldiers and policemen.”
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Sunday, 13 May 2018

U.S Embassy In Jerusalem To Open Tomorrow

U.S Embassy In Jerusalem To Open Tomorrow
U.S old Embassy

The U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem will be dedicated on Monday, May 14, 2018, the Department of State has announced.


The Office of the Spokesperson for the Department said it was proud to announce the dedication adding Amb. David Friedman would preside over the dedication ceremony.

It added that Deputy Secretary John Sullivan would lead the Presidential Delegation to the historic opening along with Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin. Other members of the presidential delegation are Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Adviser Ivanka Trump, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

“As the President stated on December 6, 2017, the historic opening of our embassy recognizes the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of its government. “Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Harry S. Truman, became the first nation to recognize the State of Israel.

“Moving our Embassy is not a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal; rather it is a necessary condition for it. “We are not taking a position on final status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders,” the department said.

It added that Consulate General Jerusalem would continue to operate as an independent mission with an unchanged mandate responsible for U.S. relations with the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority.

The department said: “The United States continues to support the status quo with regard to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. “The Administration is firmly committed to pursuing a lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians that promises a brighter future for both”.

While in Jerusalem as the Head of Delegation, Sullivan would also meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Yuval Rotem, and members of both U.S. Embassy and Consulate General staff.

The Department would livestream the Dedication Ceremony on www.state.gov and www.facebook.com/usdos it said.
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How States Withdrew N593.1bn From Federation Account In First Quarter Of 2018

How States Withdrew N593.1bn From Federation Account In First Quarter Of 2018
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The 36 states of the federation have so far withdrawn about 593.1 billion from the Federation Account as revenue generated in the first quarter of 2018.


 The breakdown is contained in the monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) report obtained by newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.


The key agencies that remit funds into the federation account are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Nigerian Custom Service. In January, the 36 states of the federation shared N196.99 billion, in February, N195.25 billion and N200.86 billion in March.

The allocation was made using the revenue sharing formular, Federal Government, 52.68 per cent; states, 26.72 per cent and local governments 20.60 per cent. The report showed that before distribution, state liabilities were deducted. The liabilities paid by the states in the first quarter, included external debt, contractual obligations and other deductions.

The other deductions covers National Water Rehabilitation Projects, National Agricultural Technology Support, Payment for Fertilizer, State Water Supply Project, State Agriculture Project and National Fadama Project.

To sum it up, here is what each of the 36 states got in the first quarter of 2018, after all deductions were made. Abia N13.09 billlion, Adamawa N11.82 billion, Akwa Ibom N50.88 billion, Anambra, N13.01 billion, Bauchi, N13.04 billion, Bayelsa, N38.89 billion, Benue, N12.98 billion, Borno, N14.82 billion and Cross River, N8.41 billion. Delta got N49.43 billion, Ebonyi, N10.73 billion, Edo, N15.86 billion, Ekiti, N8.75 billion, Enugu, N12.27 billion, Gombe, N10.17 billion, Imo, N12.72 billion, Jigawa, N14.2 billion, Kaduna, N16.15 billion and Kano, N19.65 billion.

Similarly, Katsina’s share from the federation account in three months was N13.99 billion, Kebbi, N12.78 billion, Kogi, N12.39 billion, Kwara, N10.62 billion, Lagos, 29.99 billion, Nassarawa, N11.18 billion and Niger, N13.44 billion.

Finally, Ogun state got N9.4 billion, Ondo, N15.27 billion, Osun, N4.98 billion, Oyo, N13.83 billion, Plateau, N10.15 billion, Rivers, N42.74 billion, Sokoto, N12.43 billion, Taraba, N11.1 billion, Yobe, N12.42 billion, and Zamfara, N9.16 billion.

Newsmen report that the FAAC comprises commissioners of finance and Accountants-General from the 36 states of the federation. The Minister of Finance, is the chairman of the committee, while the Accountant General of the Federation, seconds, with representatives from the NNPC. Other members are representatives from the Federal Inland Revenue Service; the Nigerian Custom Service; Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The federation account is currently being managed on a legal framework that allows funds to be shared to the three tiers of government under three major components. These components are the statutory allocation, Value Added Tax distribution; and allocation made under the derivation principle.

Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/05/states-withdrew-n593-1bn-federation-account-q1-2018/
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The New Infinix Hot 6 Pro Specifications And Price In Nigeria And Kenya

The New Infinix Hot 6 Pro Specifications And Price In Nigeria And  Kenya
Infinix hot 6 pro

Infinix Hot 6 Pro is a bigger sibling to Infinix Hot 6 as both Android devices were recently made officially available in the Nigerian market as well as Kenyan and Ivory Coast online and offline markets.


In terms of features and specs, the Hot 6 Pro packs all the features found on Hot 6 including the design but the major difference between the two smartphones is in the device memory department as the Pro version comes with bigger internal memory and RAM; otherwise, every other thing remains the same. There is one major unusual thing about the new Infinix Hot 6 phones and it’s the fact that they are powered by Snapdragon Chipset instead of the usual MediaTek chip Infinix is known for.

As for the cost of buying this phone, Infinix Hot 6 Pro price in Nigeria is N60,000 while the price in Kenya and other African countries are provided below.

INFINIX HOT 6 PRO SPECIFICATIONS

WIRELESS NETWORKS

  • 2G: GSM, GPRS, EDGE 900 / 1800 MHz
  • 3G: UMTS, WCDMA, HSDPA 900 / 2100 MHz
  • 4G: LTE unspecified frequency bands
  • SIM Type: Dual Micro-SIM


PLATFORM
OS

  • Android 8.0 Oreo + XOS


DESIGN

  • Dimensions: mm
  • Weight: 153 g
  • Display: 6 inches, 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD display.
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, barometer
  • Colours: Sandstone black, Magic gold, Bordeaux red, City blue


HARDWARE

  • Processor Type: 64-bit Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53.
  • Processor Name: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Graphics Processor: Adreno 308


MEMORY

  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 128GB


CAMERAS

  • Rear: Dual 13 megapixels + 2 megapixels, f/2.0 aperture, auto-focus, dual LED flash, dual tone.
  • Video recording: 1080 @ 30fps
  • Front-facing: 5 megapixels, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash.


MULTIMEDIA

  • Music Support: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • Audio: Loudspeaker: Mono
  • Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player.
  • FM Radio: Yes

The New Infinix Hot 6 Pro Specifications And Price In Nigeria And  Kenya
infinix hot 6 pro


CONNECTIVITY

  • Bluetooth: v4.0
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
  • GPS: Yes
  • USB: microUSB v2.0, USB-OTG


MISCELLANEOUS

  • Charging: Regular
  • Battery Type and Capacity: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh.
  • Announced Date: May 12, 2018
  • Availability: May 2018
  • Smartphone Price: You can buy Infinix Hot 6 for 72,000 FCFA in Côte d’Ivoire and Ksh. 13,699 in Kenya. The Pro version costs Kes.15,699 in Kenya


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFINIX HOT 6 AND HOT 6 PRO
1. Where they are different is in terms of internal storage and RAM.
2. While Infinix Hot 6 has 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storrage for your files, Infinix Hot 6 Pro has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage
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Nigeria’s Capital Importation Grows By 594%

Nigeria’s Capital Importation Grows By 594%
Money

The total value of capital imported in the first three months of 2018 (Q1) stood at $6,303.63 million, which represents a 594 percent increase (year- on–year) from $908.3 million in Q1 2017, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).


The first quarter in 2018 saw a continuous growth in total capital importation into Nigeria, the fourth consecutive quarterly increase since Q2 2017. This increase in capital inflow in Q1, 2018 was driven mainly by Portfolio Investment, which grew from $3,477.53 million in the previous quarter to $4,565.09 million, accounting for 72.42 percent of the total capital importation during the quarter.

Capital importation can be divided into three main investment types: foreign direct investment (FDI), portfolio investment and other investments, each comprising various sub-categories. Since 2017 Q2, portfolio investment has been expanding faster than the other two categories, remaining the largest component of capital imported in Q1, 2018 at 35 percent of total capital imported.

Foreign direct investment and other investment accounted for 3.91 percent and 23.67 percent of total Capital Importation into Nigeria in the quarter under review.

Capital inflow in the form of Shares in the first quarter increased by 3.05 percent from $3.68 billion reported in Q4, 2017 to $3.79 billion in Q1, 2018. This component has recorded a steady rise since the first quarter of 2017, with Q1, 2018 being the fifth quarter of its consecutive rise. The percentage share of Shares investments to total Capital Imported however, decreased from 68.37 percent in the previous quarter to 60.17 percent in the first quarter of 2018.

In the first quarter of 2018, Banking remained the leading sector for foreign capital Inflow which attracted the most considerable amount of capital investment. During the first quarter, $1.18 billion overseas investment flowed to the Banking sector, which accounted for 18.7 percent’s of the total Capital Importation.

Financing exceeded production, servicing and telecoms sectors to become the second leading sector to receive capital investment, attracting $485.41 million during the quarter. This was followed by the Servicing sector with $328.15 million, Production sector with $144.09 million and Agriculture with $130.90 million.

These five economic sectors mentioned above together attracted more than 90 percent of foreign capital investment in the first quarter of 2018. Telecommunications, which ranked fourth in Q4, 2017, only had a total of $87.25 million foreign capital investment in the first quarter of 2018, declining by 54.32% from $191.01 million recorded in the last quarter.

Capital inflow to other sectors including drilling, electrical, marketing, oil and gas, and trading increased significantly compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, although the absolute values to these sectors remained.

Also in the first quarter of 2018,Abuja remained the leading state to receive foreign capital inflow after it overtook Lagos in the fourth quarter of 2017, recording an amount of $3.54 billion. This was an increase of 32.24 percent from the figure recorded in the previous quarter, when it reported $2.68 billion.

At the same time, capital importation to Lagos increased marginally by 4.59 percent from $2.55 billion in the last quarter to $2.67 billion in Q1, 2018, while capital Importation to Akwa Ibom was $43.62 million, which is a decline of 65.05 percent from the figure reported last quarter ($124.85 million).

The United Kingdom kept its leading role in capital investment in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2018, with $2.25 billion capital invested in Nigeria. This inflow accounted for 35.73 percent of the total of capital inflow in Q1, 2018, it was also a 39.89 percent increase from the previous quarter and a growth of 644.55 percent over the corresponding period of last year.

The country to account for the second most significant value of capital importation was the United States. The US accounted for $1.26 billion in the first quarter of 2018 or 19.99 percent of the total quarterly capital importation.

The next two largest investors in the first quarter of 2018 were South Africa and Ghana, which recorded $493.22 million and $380.14 million capital inflow into Nigeria in the first quarter. Capital is imported through financial institutions into Nigeria. In the first quarter of 2018, the bank through which the highest share of capital flowed was Standard Chartered Bank. The amount of capital imported through Standard Chartered Bank accounted for 25.49% of the total foreign capital inflow (up from the 15.1 percent share recorded in the last quarter of 2017).

This was followed by Access Bank, Ecobank, Zenith Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank and Guaranty Trust Bank, which accounted for 16.62%, 14.87%, 10.48%, 9.12% and 5.32% of the total capital importation in the first quarter of 2018 respectively. A total of 81.90% of the foreign capital in 2018 Q1 was imported through the six banks stated above.

Source: http://www.businessdayonline.com/nigerias-capital-importation-grows-594/
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