Wednesday 31 August 2016

Photos From Obalende!

On Friday 4th and 25th March, 2016, we published pictures of the decrepit state of the Obalende  round about area of Lagos state, Nigeria. 

See Photos below: 

We revisited the area on Tuesday, 30th August, 2016, to our delight, it is wearing a better look as seen in photos below:

Kudos to the Lagos State government.

Sunday 28 August 2016

Blocked Drainage - Lekki, Lagos Flooded As Rain Persists!

Most of Lekki, area of Lagos state, Nigeria, flooded as a result of blocked drainage systems  as the rain persists.

Salem bus-stop, Lekki- Epe express way, Lagos

Salem/ House on The Rock Church Road, Ikate- Lekki, Lagos

Lekki- Epe express way

Mobile road, off Lekki - Epe express way, Lagos

Mobile Road, off Lekki - Epe express way

Mobile Road, off Lekki - Epe express way

Blocked drainage opposite Emerald estate (Mobile estate), off Lekki-Epe express way, Lagos

Alaguton junction, off Mobil road, off Lekki-Epe express way, Lagos

Ikate- Elegushi road, off Lekki -Epe express way, Lagos

Over flowing blocked drainage, opposite Emerald estate, off Mobil road, Lekki, Lagos 
Ikate - Elegushi, Lekki, Lagos

Mobile Road, off Lekki -Epe express way, Lagos

Ikate-Elegushi, Lekki, Lagos

Ikate-Elegushi, Lekki-Lagos

Salem area, Lekki -Epe express way, Lagos

Salem/ House on The Rock Church Avenue, Ikate - Elegushi, Lekki - Lagos

The rain started on Saturday August 27, 2016, through Sunday,  August 28, 2016...and still on.

Saturday 27 August 2016

Rio 2016 Brouhaha - Samson Siasia Quitting?

Rio 2016 might have come and gone, but the story of how the Nigerian Under- 23- football team brought home the only medal the country boasts of in the competition, despite the challenges encountered, can make a 'Best Seller' any day. One would have expected that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the Sport's Ministry, put aside any differences that hitherto existed between the leadership of both the county's football governing bodies, and the Under-23-team, rolled out the drums, threw red carpets, in reception of a team that did the country proud. Instead, it appeared the team was quietly dispatched, any pat-on-the-back received by the team was either from state governments, individuals acting on their own accord, or organizations. 

Information revealed in a recent interview (see excerpts below) granted by the Under 23- team coach, Samson Siasia, indicates that perhaps this might be the end of the road as it concerns his contract with the Nigerian Football Federation; and a wake-up-call for the present administration to revamp the structure of  the Nigerian football and in Siasia's word,  "by extension sports in general". 

Welcome from Rio Olympics. How does it feel?

It feels good because the end justifies the means. We wanted the gold but     we are still happy with the bronze because it made Nigerians happy. 

The minister accused you of child trafficking for taking the team to Atlanta without his knowledge or consent? 
How can I take a national team out of the country without their knowledge of the NFF and the Sports Ministry? I really don’t know were that was coming from.We had the plan to travel from Atlanta to Brazil on the 29th of July. But the agent who was handling that did not get us the chartered flight or pay for our tickets, but nothing actually happened and that was when I, on my own, decided to contact an agent, Greg. But the guy said he would not do anything until he saw that the money was paid into his account. After three days, the guy said he was no longer interested and even told other operators not to deal with us that we were not a serious people. 

Back to the camp in Atlanta. How was it? 
The first 10 days was like a hell because we had to struggle to pay for hotel accommodation and feeding because the person, Bunmi, who opted to assist us did not get the necessary support he expected. But after the fist 10 days the Ministry came through the NFF and paid for our bills. But we were stranded in Atlanta because the money they said they paid to one Poopola for us to travel never came and nobody has heard anything about it. 

What was your level of communication with the both the NFF and the Ministry while in Atlanta? 
No, nobody called me from the ministry. The Minister was dealing with Mikel may be because he was the captain of the Olympic team. But when we had the plane issue, the Vice President called and I spoke with him like two times, the Finance Minister called and indeed the first person to call was the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed. I must say he did a nice job to see how to solve our problem because I think the President heard about our plight and instructed that they should find a way to solver the problem. They were, I believe, embarrassed because the issue was even on CNN every time. However, the chartered flight thing never worked out because the guy they were discussing with called me and we tried to see how to arrange the fight but there was no money sent to him and so it didn’t work out too. So the option we had was to arrive Rio the very day we were to play and that could have resulted in a walk-over of our team. We had a chartered 36-seater flight that was to take us to arrive Rio by 2 o’clock while our game was at 9 o’clock. But the players were afraid of that flight because it was very small and when we got to the airport, Delta called thought the same Bunmi guy. In fact, they were supposed to partner with Delta but I don’t know what happened. When they heard of our plight they called him to offer a big plane to fly us the next day so as to arrive five hours before the match. Indeed we were already at the airport to fly that small plane which was paid for by a friend of mine, but when the players heard that Delta was coming, they insisted that we should watt for it. In fact they were almost dying out of fear. When I called Mikel to tell him about the development, he said ‘I beg, please let us wait for tomorrow for the bigger plane which is safer and better’. All the players were happy and excited that we were not going to fly that small plane and perhaps that is the reason they came out to play the way they did with all their mind. Indeed Delta did a great job. Even when the CBN 46 came to the hotel, we refused to tell them about our problems because it was about Nigeria, even though every thing was already in the public domain. Talking to them would not have changed anything. Now Delta said the cost of flying us was about $250,000 dollars but that they were not charging us. They said if we had it the money could be paid to any charity organization of mine or Mikel but we have not seen anything and that appears like another fraud. We took pictures with Delta to promote them and thank them for their support. I am telling you what actually happened. We are still waiting to see where the money that was meant for us to fly to Brazil has gone to. Nobody has said anything. The federal government sent the money to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and the NOC said they sent the money to the airline in Florida which up till now they have not received anything, even the airline is planning to sue them for breach of contract because they were supposed to pay some money to them even if they were to cancel the arrangement. That is even another issue. We don’t even know how they are going to settle that. 

The Minister categorically said he never knew where you were and that you were engaging in human trafficking, is that true? 
(Laughs) I don’t know what he was talking about. When I first heard about human trafficking and such stuff, I was angry because the Minister knew that we were going to Atlanta. If not that they stole my phone, I would have shown to you his text message to me before we travelled. That day the U-20 defeated us 3-2 in our last warm-up match, the Minister sent me a text that I should come so that we can chat but when I went they said he went to the Villa. He knew exactly what was going on because there was no way he would not know because the Olympic team is statutorily under his control, it is his baby and that has been the way it is. So I don’t understand why he should say I was engaging in child trafficking. 

How did you feel about that statement? 
As I said before I felt very bad but later I didn’t want it to bother me because I know it is not true and I had other more important things to worry about than such comments. 

Would you say that yours trip to Atlanta has been justified? 
Yes because they say that the end justifies the means and if not for that it would have been very annoying because after working very hard for two years without anything to show for it would have been disastrous. It would have been a waste of time and effort. I am happy because in spite of all that we went through both here at home and in Atlanta, this is the only team that won a medal for the country. It felt so good when the Nigerian team was called alongside the Brazilian and German national teams with the Nigerian flag hoisted there, that is what we were talking about, putting Nigeria where so many other countries didn’t have the chance to be and that is why I say that these boys need to be commended for what they did. This is something that money cannot even buy. 

What did you really play for? 
We didn’t play for money and in fact there was even no money to play for. So what I told the boys was to ensure they played for their country and for their pride and future so that they could get better clubs because that is the only thing to point to motivate them, given our situation.

What was it like in camp?
We were on and off the camp for two years with only two training jerseys. You know everything was just wrong from the beginning. The only good thing from this camp is the fact that the boys really came out to play and Mikel showed character and leadership among the younger boys. We worked together to ensure that we got something out of them. 

It appears that the team has been disbanded because there was no official reception and send forth of the team, so what is the next thing for Samson Siasia? 
Personally, I was not really surprised that they did not welcome us because most of them were actually waiting and praying for us to fail but we disappointed them by winning that medal. But most sports loving Nigerians who were not on the saddle came out on their own and they were the ones that really appreciated what we did.   Look at this way, if things were done properly, they should have at least informed the Lagos State government that the Olympic team was arriving so that they could welcome us on behalf of the government but nobody told them anything. There was no connection from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) or the Ministry of Sports. They knew we were coming. It was only one staff of the ministry that was sent to take us to hotel. 

What is your next step with the national team? 
My next step is that I am done with Nigeria for now. You can’t keep going to a place where they don’t appreciate you. It does not worth it. Sometimes it is not about the money but the approach. They seem not to appreciate the sacrifices. I know how much I have sacrificed since the team began camping two years ago. How can you keep going to people who don’t appreciate you? It does not make sense, so I am done for now. I have to go somewhere else where they will appreciate what I have done and what I can do and pay me the respect that I deserve. 

But many Nigerians out there still appreciate you. 
I know and that is why I keep coming to do the dirty jobs for them because of my numerous fans out there but I can’t just continue because those fans are not the policy makers. How can you keep toiling for five months without even your salary? Nothing has changed in the last two years. It has been from bad to worse, so we must sit down and do something about the structure of Nigerian football and by extension sports in general. It doesn’t worth it to work with the people running sports now in Nigeria. From the Federation to the sports ministry. They don’t have it and will not give what they don’t have. It feels bad. 

Read more on Vanguard news.
Interview Excerpt source: Vanguard newspapers.

Friday 26 August 2016

Italian Quake!

Friends and families of victims of Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, 6.2 magnitude earthquake, and a 4.7 magnitude aftershocks which struck three central Italian townsare still trying to come to terms with what eye-witnesses described as apocalyptic scenes "likeDante's Inferno,"

Amatrice, Accumoli, about 100 kilometers northeast of Rome, and Pescara del Tronto, about 25 kilometers further east, are the three towns severely hit in the disaster that claimed over 250 lives including children, about 400 injured and brought the towns to rubble.

World Leaders and individuals from across the globe continued to show supports to the Italian government in the rescure efforts, and to  affected families
Photo credit: Gregorio Borgia

Sunday 21 August 2016

Photo Speaks!

Photo speaks: What a way to the bronze medal Judo finals in Rio, 2016.

Saturday 20 August 2016

Omran's Brother Ali Did Not Survive Qaterji Airstrike!

Ali Dagneesh, (pictured on the left) ten -year- old elder brother to Omran Daqneesh,  (picture on the right) whose heartrending  image got the whole world talking, reportedly died at the M10 hospital as a result of injuries sustained from the airstrike in Qaterji area of  Aleppo, on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, that injured five- year- old Omran and other children, including a woman and two young men.

This is a wake up call for the world to stand up against this madness going on in Syria.

Eight Gang Members Arrested In Connection To Fire Outbreak That Killed 13 Babies In Baghdad!

Iraqi security committee have confirmed the arrest of an eight-member gang, who believably  set fire in Al-Yarmouk hospital, one of the biggest hospitals in Baghdad leading to the killing of 13 premature babies, and stealing 100 million Iraqi dinars ($84,602).

Information revealed that security cameras captured images of the gang, who acting on information that there was about a 100 million dinars in the hospital’s contract room, entered the hospital identifying themselves as an audit team or something of that sort, they put on masks when they stormed the room. 
They stole the money and then set the room on fire to hide the theft of money, the fire spread to the premature babies’ lobby, which was adjacent to the contract room, killing the babies. 
An initial investigation found the presence of flammable materials at the site.

Tunde Bakare Visits Buhari!

Running mate to Muhammadu Buhari, in Nigeria's 2011 presidential elections, Pastor Tunde Bakare, paid a courtesy visit to President Buhari recently in Aso Villa, Abuja, Nigeria.

Photo Speaks: Aftermath Of Jakande Illegal Structures Demolition!

Pictures of the remains, after demolition of illegal structures, built on the Right of Way, RoW, of high tension power cables, at Jakande, in Lekki Peninsula area of Lagos state.

In May, 2016, the Lagos state government resolved to establish zero tolerance, when its issued an ultimatum to owners, occupiers or developers of structures, built on the Right of Way, RoW, of high tension power cables across the state, to vacate such properties or face demolition.

Such structures the government says, contravenes its Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2010. 

More so, dangerous, illegal and a source of serious concern to the state government.

The exercise which is ongoing, is jointly carried out by Lagos State Task Force, Lagos State Building Control Agency and Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

Thursday 18 August 2016

World's Largest Airship Completes Maiden Flight!

Described by the Hybrid Air Vehicles's CEO, the airship's manufacturer, Stephen McGlennan as a mixture of: Airplane, Airship and Helicopter technology

The world's largest, 92-metre long airship, Airlander 10, completed its first flight on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Ethicists Frown At Host Choice For 26th ICTS Venue!

As medical experts prepare to hold the 26th International Congress of the Transplantation Society  in Hong Kong, Ethicists and medical practitioners frowns at the choice of Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, as host for the conference. 

Their reason for disapproval it was gathered, springs from the believe that against it's claims to have stopped a decade long practice, there is no independent and objective evidence of a complete cessation of China's unethical organ procurement from prisonersThis move the group believes, indicates that the organization have neglected a longstanding embargo intended to pressure China into changing.

Chinese health officials on their part said they have stopped the practice since January 1, 2015, and currently building a voluntary national donation system that does not include prisoners, howbeit, prisoners can still donate organs.  "The task is heavy and the road far, but we are walking on a path of light,”. Chinese former deputy minister of health and senior transplant official, Huang Jiefu, said in a recent  interview on China's move to stop the practice.  

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Wednesday 17 August 2016

Children Paying The Price For Desperate Power Control In Syria!

The distressing image below of a Syrian child injured in the head, identified as Omran Daqneesh, shortly after an attack, unveils the extent the toll of desperation for power control in Syria is taking on the innocent

According to information provided alongside the video by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center, Omran seen in an ambulance, looking disoriented, was among the five children, a woman and two young men wounded in an airstrike, in Qaterji area of  Aleppo, on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.  

The five year old, and about 12 other children injured in the attack, all under the age of 15, were treated at the M10 hospital and released later Wednesday night.

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Photo Speaks: Lagos State Embark On Fly Over Construction Projects To Ease Traffic Situations!

On-going fly-over construction at Abule -Egba area of Lagos state, Nigeria.

One of the projects embarked on by the present administration to ease traffic situation and boost socio-economic activities across the state.