Wednesday 27 January 2016

Lagos Bans Parties,Social Functions In Public Schools!

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs Idiat Oluranti Adebule, on Tuesday, 26th Januray, while briefing the media on the strategic focus of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration on education for 2016, disclosed that Lagos State Government will no longer allow social functions and parties in public schools. 

This is coming as just as owners of private schools across the state have been warned to comply with rules and regulations guiding their operations.
In her word Mrs Adebule said “The Governor has directed that schools will no longer be used for social activities any longer. We want to implore members of the public to report any school that violates this directive and we would ensure that defaulting schools are sanctioned accordingly.”
...“Much as private schools are partners in the sector, we would not fold our hands and watch the standard flopped. Some schools even operate without registering with the government. We want to urge such schools to do the right thing or government will have no choice but to do what it has to do,” she said.

 While giving a detailed presentation on the policy thrust of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration for the education sector, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh stated that the Ambode administration was already at the planning stage of constructing a massive library, while the actual establishment of the project would commence in the next quarter of the year. 

Bank-Olemoh further revealed that the administration will build 10 new model schools with state of the art facilities, while two new technical colleges will be built in the course of the year in areas where such facilities are urgently needed.

On the Ibile Tablets, the Special Adviser said 324,000 tablets to Senior Secondary School (SSS) students, adding that plans have been concluded to register all students in both public and private schools in the state under the Lagos State Student Personal Administration Number (LASPIN) project to aid proper planning. Concerning the free meal in schools project, Bank-Olemoh said the state government is currently perfecting its framework for the eventual take off, adding that the project is expected to enhance the learning capacity of the pupils and boost the economy of the state.

United States, African Business Leaders Meet To Discuss Commercial Opportunities And Challenges In Nigeria!

Looks like this is a season of Economic investments opportunities in Nigeria.

The United States Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, recently hosted  a round-table with Nigeria's Vice President, United States and African business leaders...

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Buhari Embarks On A 3-Day Visit Kenya And Addis-Ababa For Bilateral Talks!

According to a statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday, 27th January, embark on a three-day state visit to Kenya.
During his visit President Buhari will attend the memorial service in Eldoret for Kenyan soldiers who were killed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia on January 15, with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries.
President Buhari is also expected to visit Kenyan capital city Nairobi for bilateral talks on Thursday with President Kenyatta and Kenyan Government officials.
Chief among President Buhari's visit will be the Kenya-Nigeria Business Forum slated to hold Nairobi and presided over by both presidents. 
President Buhari will be accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, and Industry, Trade and Investment.
At the conclusion of his visit to Kenya on Friday, January 29th, President Buhari will proceed to Addis Ababa for the 26th Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government; and the African Union's Peace and Security Council meeting before returning to Abuja- Nigeria on Sunday, January 31st.

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Photo Of Bernie Sanders In A Solidarity March With Martin Luther King -Jr Emerge!

Wordless Photo: 

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NNPC Bursts Pipeline Vandalism In Lagos!

Pipeline vandalization as seen during Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) boss, Ibe Kachikwu's visit to Robert Island in Lagos for an assessment visit.



Rights Group Condemns South Africa's Scholarship Awards To Virgin Girls!

The Women’s Rights Group People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) have criticized the recent scholarship awarded to 16 young women who voluntarily pledged to remain virgins thereby encourage students to be “pure and focus on school.” POWA argued that “Virginity testing will never stop the spread of HIV and AIDS,” adding that testing girls to see if they were virgins violates “the rights and dignity” of the girls.

South Africa Broadcasting Corporation reported that South Africa’s Department of Basic Education recorded 20,000 pregnancies among girls and young women in schools during 2014, with 223 occurring at primary schools.

With 5.6 million people, which represents about 17 percent of the population living with the disease, the country is the site of the world’s largest HIV epidemic, 

Mfanozelwe Shozi, the chairman of South Africa’s Commission for Gender Equality, told AP that she appreciated the mayor’s intentions but that “there is an issue around discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, virginity and even against boys.”

Monday 25 January 2016

Alas...Work Commenced On The Construction Of Ajah Fly-Over Bridge!

It's looking like work has commenced on the construction of the much anticipated Fly-over bridge across Ajah round-about at the Lekki - Peninsula area of Lagos state.


It's timely and successful completion will relief commuters of the notorious gridlock on that axis.

On-Going Constructions Of Investment Infrastructures Across Nigeria's Largest Economic Center!

On going construction of the rail project, in its current stage, as seen at Ijora - Olopa area of Lagos, to boost economic development in Nigeria's largest economic center (Lagos), and environ.  

When completed, the rail project which is built in stages, and which is expected to connect across Lagos city, and lead to Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Cost, Senegal and other countries in the ECOWAS, will facilitate economic activities and development in the West African region

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Bill Gates In Kaduna!

World wealthiest man and  American business magnate, Bill Gates with Africa's wealthiest Man, Aliko Dangote, Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Kaduna state governor, Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai and other influential Northerners during Gates's visit to Kaduna state, Northern Nigeria. 

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Buhari Urge All Islamic Countries To Support Fight Against Terrorism In Nigeria, As Nigeria Signs Six Agreements To Boost Bilateral relationships With UAE!

Nigeria signs agreements on Trade, Finance and Judicial Matters on Tuesday, 19th January, in Abu Dhabito enhance bilateral relations with United Emirates.

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Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun and the United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Obaid Attayar signed the Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement.
The Agreement on Trade Promotion and Protection was signed by Nigeria's Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, and the UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs.
Also Nigeria's Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and his UAE counterpart, Sultan Bin Saeed Albadi signed the Judicial Agreements on Extradition, Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters, and Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal and Commercial Matters, which includes the recovery and repatriation of stolen wealth. 

The  agreement was witnessed by the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Nigeria's President UAE President Muhammadu Buhari. 

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In his remarks, Crown Prince Zayed Al Nahyan said that the relationship between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirate will be strengthened by President Buhari’s visit and the signing of the agreements.
President Muhammadu Buhari urged all Islamic countries to support the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and denounce the atrocities of Boko Haram as un-Islamic and against the teachings of the Holy Prophet.

Nigeria's Minister Of Environment Appointed News Chair Of WSSCC!

Nigeria's Minister of Environment, Amina J. Mohammed, appointed as the new Chairperson for Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Appointment will take effect from 2nd April.

10-Year-Old Girl Married Off To A 28-Year-Old Man!

The picture below is of a 10- year- old girl who was recently married off to a 28-year-old man in Kano, Northern Nigeria.

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NUC's List Of Nigeria's Best Universities!

List of Nigeria's best Universities according to The National University Commission (NUC) rating.

1. University of Ibadan, UI
2. University of Lagos, Unilag
3. University of Benin, Uniben
4. Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU
5. Ahmadu Bello University, Abu
6. University of Ilorin, Unilorin
7. University of Jos, Unijos
8. University of Port Harcourt, Uniport
9. University of Maiduguri, Unimaid
10. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,
11. Lagos State University, Lasu
12. Federal University of Technology, Futo
13. Covenant University, CU
14. University of Nigeria, UNN
15. Federal University of Technology, Futa
16. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Unizik
17. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Esut
18. Pan African University
19. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. lautech
20. Modibbo Adama University of Technology
21. African University of Science and Technology
22. University of Uyo, Uniuyo
23. Bayero University Kano, Buk
24. Ambrose Alli University, AAU
25. Redeemer’s University,
26. Babcock University
27. Federal University of Technology,
28. University of Calabar, Unical
29. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,
30. Ajayi Crowther University
31. Bowen University
32. Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Rsust
33. Lead City University
34. Crawford University
35. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU
36. Abia State University, Absu
37. Usmanu Danfodio University,
38. Igbinedion University
39. Imo State University, Imsu
40. Niger Delta University
41. Bells University of Technology
42. Kwara State University
43. Nasarawa State University
44. Caleb University
45. Obong University Obong
46. Adekunle Ajasin University
47. Ekiti State University,
48. American University of Nigeria
49. Joseph Ayo Babalola University
50. Veritas University Abuja
51. Afe Babalola University
52. Kaduna State University Kaduna
53. Osun State University Oshogbo …
54. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University Katsina
55. Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ndufu-Alike
56. Salem University Lokoja
57. Novena University Ogume
58. Achievers University, Owo Owo
59. Benson Idahosa University Benin City
60. Ebonyi State University Abakaliki
61. University of Abuja Abuja
62. University of Mkar Mkar
63. Madonna University Okija
64. Bingham University Auta Balifi
65. Plateau State University Bokkos
66. Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun
67. Federal University, Dutse Dutse
68. Nigerian Turkish Nile University Abuja
69. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai
70. Landmark University Omu-Aran
71. Delta State University, Abraka Abraka
72. University of Agriculture, Makurdi Makurdi
73. Renaissance University Enugu
74. Federal University, Otuoke Otuoke
75. Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu-Ode …
76. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Oye …
77. Kano State University of Technology Wudil
78. Tansian University Umunya …
79. Akwa Ibom State University Uyo
80. Baze University Abuja
81. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero
82. Benue State University Makurdi
83. Adeleke University Ede
84. Ondo State University of Science & Technology Okitipupa
85. Kogi State University Anyigba
86. Western Delta University Oghara
87. Federal University, Wukari Wukari
88. Paul University Awka
89. Caritas University Enugu
90. Federal University, Lafia Lafia
91. Cross River University of Science & Technology Calabar
92. Fountain University Oshogbo
93. Al-Hikmah University Ilorin
94. Godfrey Okoye University Ugwuomu-Nike
95. Oduduwa University Ile Ife
96. Anambra State University Uli
97. Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye
98. Federal University, Lokoja Lokoja
99. Federal University, Kashere Kashere
100. Rhema University Obeama-Asa

Tuesday 19 January 2016

In Honor Of Those Who Paid The Price For Equality, Civil Right And Freedom!

The world marked Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on 15th January, a day set aside not only in recognition of King's birthday, but also to celebrate the life and achievements of an influential American civil rights leader, who is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr Day, is combined with other days in different states of the United States. 

For example, in Arizona and New Hampshireit is combined with Civil Rights Day.

The day is known as Wyoming Equality Day in the state of Wyoming.

In Idaho, it is observed together with Human Rights Day.

 It is also a day that is combined with Robert E. Lee's birthday in some states. 

Monday 18 January 2016

Nigerian Entrepreneurial Training School Opens Admission For 2016!

FATE FOUNDATION is Nigeria's foremost non-governmental entrepreneurship training organisation which fosters wealth creation by promoting business and entrepreneurial development among Nigerians

Founded in March 2000, by Fola Adeola (OFR), FATE Foundation through it's Entrepreneurship Education, Business Supports, and Research and Policy programs furnishes aspiring, emerging and experienced entrepreneurs with training, knowledge and information on how to start, grow and sustain their businesses in the Nigerian economic environment.

Application is on-going for FATE FOUNDATION's 2016 Aspiring Entrepreneurs Program (AEP):

For more information on FATE FOUNDATION, please visit:

Saturday 16 January 2016

Lassa Fever Awareness!

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an acute viral illness that occurs in West Africa. The illness was discovered in 1969 when two missionary nurses died in Nigeria, West Africa. The cause of the illness was found to be Lassa virus, named after the town in Nigeria where the first cases originated. The virus, a member of the virus family Arenaviridae, is a single-stranded RNA virus and is zoonotic, or animal-borne. In areas of Africa where the disease is endemic (that is, constantly present), Lassa fever is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. While Lassa fever is mild or has no observable symptoms in about 80% of people infected with the virus, the remaining 20% have a severe multisystem disease. Lassa fever is also associated with occasional epidemics, during which the case-fatality rate can reach 50%.

The reservoir, or host, of Lassa virus is a rodent known as the "multimammate rat" of the genus Mastomys. It is not certain which species of Mastomys are associated with Lassa; however, at least two species carry the virus in Sierra Leone. Mastomys rodents breed very frequently, produce large numbers of offspring, and are numerous in the savannas and forests of West, Central, and East Africa. In addition, Mastomys generally readily colonize human homes. All these factors together contribute to the relatively efficient spread of Lassa virus from infected rodents to humans.

Signs and symptoms of Lassa fever typically occur 1-3 weeks after the patient comes into contact with the virus. For the majority of Lassa fever virus infections (approximately 80%), symptoms are mild and are undiagnosed. Mild symptoms include slight fever, general malaise and weakness, and headache. In 20% of infected individuals, however, disease may progress to more serious symptoms including hemorrhaging (in gums, eyes, or nose, as examples), respiratory distress, repeated vomiting, facial swelling, pain in the chest, back, and abdomen, and shock. Neurological problems have also been described, including hearing loss, tremors, and encephalitis. Death may occur within two weeks after symptom onset due to multi-organ failure.
The most common complication of Lassa fever is deafness. Various degrees of deafness occur in approximately one-third of infections, and in many cases hearing loss is permanent. As far as is known, severity of the disease does not affect this complication: deafness may develop in mild as well as in severe cases.

There are a number of ways in which the virus may be transmitted, or spread, to humans. The Mastomys rodents shed the virus in urine and droppings. Therefore, the virus can be transmitted through direct contact with these materials, through touching objects or eating food contaminated with these materials, or through cuts or sores. Because Mastomys rodents often live in and around homes and scavenge on human food remains or poorly stored food, transmission of this sort is common. Contact with the virus also may occur when a person inhales tiny particles in the air contaminated with rodent excretions. This is called aerosol or airborne transmission. Finally, because Mastomys rodents are sometimes consumed as a food source, infection may occur via direct contact when they are caught and prepared for food.

Primary transmission of the Lassa virus from its host to humans can be prevented by avoiding contact with Mastomys rodents, especially in the geographic regions where outbreaks occur. Putting food away in rodent-proof containers and keeping the home clean help to discourage rodents from entering homes. Using these rodents as a food source is not recommended. Trapping in and around homes can help reduce rodent populations. However, the wide distribution of Mastomys in Africa makes complete control of this rodent reservoir impractical. When caring for patients with Lassa fever, further transmission of the disease through person-to-person contact or nosocomial routes can be avoided by taking preventive precautions against contact with patient secretions (together called VHF isolation precautions or barrier nursing methods). Such precautions include wearing protective clothing, such as masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles; using infection control measures, such as complete equipment sterilization; and isolating infected patients from contact with unprotected persons until the disease has run its course. 

Lassa fever can be treated with Ribavirin, an antiviral drug, has been used with success in Lassa fever patients. It has been shown to be most effective when given early in the course of the illness. Patients should also receive supportive care consisting of maintenance of appropriate fluid and electrolyte balance, oxygenation and blood pressure, as well as treatment of any other complicating infections.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Iran Releases Dual Nationality Prisoners!

Coming at the heels of Iran/ international community Saturday's deal in which Theran verifies the curtailment of its efforts to build a nuclear weapon in exchange for getting back $100 billions in frozen assets.

Iran state TV on Saturday announced the swap of four dual-nationality prisoners, and the fifth separately without revealing names.
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation those freed are Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three Iranian Americans.

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Reports also states that an American pastor Saeed Abedini is also among those being released.

Clinton Vs Sanders Interview On Sunday, 17th January, 2016!

Clinton  vs Sanders interview on Sunday, 17th January, 2016.

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Angélil To Be Buried In Montreal!

René Angélil's funeral will be held on Friday, 22nd January, in Montreal - Canada. 

His obituary reads."According to his final wishes, his funeral will be held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where 21 years ago, he chose to marry the one who will remain as the great love of his life, the artist for which he had the most respect, the woman who gave him light and happiness until his very last breath," .
Angélil's and Celine met when the singer was 12-years of age, Angelil become her mentor having predicted she would become a world star.
The manager/singer relationship thereafter blossomed into romance and the duo got married in 1994.
Upon learning that her husband had cancer, Celine Dion famously halted her musical career in 1999, at the height of her success, she returned to the music industry in 2002.

Reports says Angélipassed in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer on Thursday, 14th January, on the eve of his 74th birthday.