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DESPITE HARSH ECONOMY, LAGOS GENERATED N503.7BN IGR IN 2017 – AMBODE

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Read more: DESPITE HARSH ECONOMY, LAGOS GENERATED N503.7BN IGR IN 2017 – AMBODELagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commended residents of the State for supporting his administration to deliver on key projects in various sectors and sections, revealing that the State generated a total of N503.7billion revenue in 2017 despite the harsh economic climate in the country.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the first quarter Town Hall Meeting in 2018, the 10th in the series since his assumption of office, held at De Blue Roof, LTV Complex in Agidingbi, Ikeja said while the State was entering into the new year with confidence of being on a solid prosperity footing and interesting prospects for all Lagosians, it was indeed gratifying that the support of the people enabled government to achieve a lot and commenced the transformation of the landscape of the State.

He said: “As we celebrate entering a new year, we thank you all for your support and cooperation last year. It was your backing that enabled us to achieve the modest successes we recorded last year and commence the transformation of the landscape of our State. In the last year, we delivered on our promises to Lagosians despite the harsh economic climate.

“Despite the harsh economy, our State budget performed at 82 percent. Total Revenue Generated was N503.7bn representing a performance of 78 percent; Total Recurrent Expenditure was N281.33bn representing a performance of 92 percent, while Total Capital Expenditure was N387.60bn or 76 percent performance.”

The Governor listed some of the key projects delivered last year to include the new Tafawa Balewa Square Bus Terminal, new Ojota Pedestrian bridge, Aboru – Abesan link Bridge and adjoining inner roads, Ojodu Berger Slip Road and Pedestrian Bridge, Jubilee Bridges in Ajah and Abule Egba, Freedom and Admiralty Road in Lekki, new Lands Registry, newly upgraded Jubilee Chalet in Epe, among others.

In addition, Governor Ambode said as at December 2017, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (ETF) had disbursed a total of N4.5billion to 5,500 beneficiaries who also received training on financial literacy and business management, while keys were presented to beneficiaries of the first set of allottees of Lagos State Rent-To-Own Housing Scheme, as well as creation of Neighbourhood Safety Corps and beautification of the State with the erection of monuments, parks and gardens.

Giving a report of activities of his administration in the last quarter in line with tradition of the meeting, Governor Ambode said between the period under review, the State Government commissioned the first State-owned DNA Forensic Centre in Nigeria and West Africa, and in the coming weeks would sign a contract to upgrade the facility to offer toxicology services, which will make it the first in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“In fulfillment of our promise to our students in tertiary institutions across the State, this administration disbursed a total sum of N635.5million to 8,419 students across the State.

Our government acquired healthcare equipment worth N2.5 billion. The equipment will strengthen the capacity of our health facilities to render improved health services and also facilitate smooth take off of the Lagos State Health Scheme which is designed to enable residents enjoy unfettered access to qualitative healthcare.

“Since the last Town Hall meeting, we have continued the renovation and upgrade of our Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and our people at the grassroots have started to witness a revitalized healthcare delivery. In order to meet the needs of the youth in the area of technical and vocational development, we have approved the establishment of three other Technical Colleges bringing the number of Technical colleges in the State to Eight,” he said.

While reeling out the outlook for the year, Governor Ambode assured that he would sustain the momentum of development and vigorously pursue all on-going projects, with special focus on health and education.

Already, in the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N1.046trillion budget size awaiting approval of the House of Assembly, the State Government has earmarked N92.676billion for health representing 8.86 per cent and N126.302billion for education representing 12.07 per cent of the budget.

He assured that the State Government in the coming weeks would pay compensation to all those whose structures gave way for construction of the 1.4 kilometre Pen Cinema Flyover/Bridge, as well as those in Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Owutu and other areas where construction activities are ongoing.

The Governor, who also entertained questions from residents, ordered the Public Works Corporation to immediately move in to fix bad roads in Computer Village, Abesan Estate, Oriade, Abule Egba, among others, while the office of the Special Adviser on Primary Health Care was directed to make the PHC in Resettlement Area of Eti-Osa functional in two weeks.

While also revealing that the Market Development Board would be inaugurated in coming weeks, the Governor expressed optimism that when functional, the board would address issues of market relocation for developmental projects, just as he said that the Onikan Stadium will be ready in January 2019.

Besides, Governor Ambode urged all taxpayers to be alive to their responsibility of fulfilling their obligations to the State, saying regular payment of taxes remained the major source of funding infrastructures, and assured that the government on its part would judiciously utilize the taxes to make life comfortable for the people.

“I urge all taxpayers to be alive to their responsibility of fulfilling their obligations to the State.  Regular payment of taxes remains the major source of funding the infrastructure being put in place to ease transportation, provide security build new roads and refurbish existing ones,” the Governor said.

Responding to a question from a resident on efforts made to forestall any invasion by herdsmen, Governor Ambode allayed fears, saying that the State Government had taken precautionary measures to ensure safety of lives and property of residents.

“We have already prayed at the beginning of this year, herdsmen would not be our portion, but after prayer, we will work. So, all the issues that you have raised, I am not taking them for granted, I will look at them and also make sure that all our security agencies are on alert and up to date to mitigate any action or intrusion that may arise from that particular quarters,” he said.

 

Dangote Remains Richest Man In Africa.......Forbes

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Read more: Dangote Remains Richest Man In Africa.......ForbesFor the seventh year in a row, the President and Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, was adjudged as the richest man in the continent of Africa with a net worth that Forbes pegged at $12.2 billion.
Dangote’s net worth increased by $100million in one year to retain the title.
Bill Gates maintained his position as the richest in the world with a net worth of $86 billion, while Warren Buffet and Jeff Bezos were second and third consecutively with net worth of $75.6 billion and $72.8 billion.
Forbes further stated that “Dangote is looking beyond cement –his most valuable asset – and has been investing in a fertilizer production company and a large oil refinery. Dangote Fertilizer is expected to start operations in the second quarter this year.”
It would be recalled that Dangote was also recently the only African selected among Bloomberg’s world 50 best persons in the year 2017
While names of notable Nigerians dropped from the billionaires lists, Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga, with a net worth of $5.3 billion, was adjudged the fifth richest man in Africa and Folorunsho Alakija, also a Nigerian, whose estimated $1.6 billion fortune lies in oil exploration firm, was adjudged as the 15th richest person in Africa.
Number two on the list of African richest people is diamond mining heir Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa, with a net worth of $7.7 billion, up $700 million from last year.
Oppenheimer is one of eight South Africans on the list, making it the African country with the most billionaires.
Nigeria has just three.
Last year, South Africa and Egypt tied with six billionaires each.
Boosting the South African ranks this year: newcomer Michiel Le Roux, the founder and former chairman of Johannesburg-listed Capitec Bank Holdings, whose stock has climbed more than 50 per cent in the past year, making Le Roux a new billionaire worth $1.2 billion.
South African mining tycoon Desmond Sacco, Chairman of listed Assore Group, returns to the list following a stock price surge of some 60 per cent in the past 12 months.
Sacco last appeared as a billionaire on the Africa’s Richest list in 2012 with a $1.4 billion fortune.
He also appeared on the 2014 Forbes list of the World’s Billionaires, worth $1.3 billion One South African list member wouldn’t have made the cut a month ago.
In December 2017, the share price of retailer Steinhoff International plunged after the company divulged accounting irregularities.
That pushed the net worth of Steinhoff’s then-chairman Christoffel Wiese below $1 billion on December 7.
Wiese resigned as chairman in December.
In early January, the company said it would restate its financial results as far back as 2015 and the share price rebounded enough to put Wiese back in billionaire territory, at least for the moment.
Forbes calculated his net worth on January 5 at $1.1 billion, down substantially from $5.5 billion a year ago.
Zimbabwe gets its first billionaire this year: telecom magnate Strive Masiyiwa, who chairs the Econet Group.
Shares of Zimbabwe-listed mobile phone network Econet Wireless Zimbabwe have surged in value over the past year.
Masiyiwa owns more than half of that company.
He also has a majority stake in fiber optic firm Liquid Telecom, which raised $700 million in a bond offering in July 2017.
Forbes estimates Masiyiwa’s net worth at $1.7 billion.
Just two of the 23 list members are women, unchanged from last year.
Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s longtime former president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, is worth an estimated $2.7 billion this year, down from $3.2 billion a year ago.
Her net worth dropped in part due to a lower value for Banco BCI, an Angolan bank.
Its book value plunged in 2016 amid a tough year for the oil producing country.

MITROS Rice: Ogun Prepares Ground for Increased Rice Farming

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Read more: MITROS Rice: Ogun Prepares Ground for Increased Rice FarmingTowards increased cultivation of the MITROS rice, launched last December, the Ogun state government has stepped up land preparation in Eggua, in the Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.
Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, when he visited the farm yesterday, on an assessment tour, said several thousands of hectares of land suited for dry season rice farming are in the state.
He commended the state Ministry of Agriculture, under the leadership of Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo, for working tirelessly at ensuring the success of the rice production, saying this could only be achieved by a leadership that is hard working and passionate.
Councillor, Eggua ward in Yewa North Local Government Area, Hon. Olukokun Anthony, while speaking with news men, disclosed that all the bags of MITROS rice were planted, harvested, processed and bagged in Ogun State.
"I was personally on ground to monitor the local farmers during the planting and harvesting period", he said, 
According to him, 5000 hectares of land were cultivated, adding that, during the dry season, there will be irrigation system on ground for crop survival.

 

JAMB fixes date for deadline of UTME registration

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Read more: JAMB fixes date for deadline of UTME registrationThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has fixed February 6, as deadline for the sale of registration form for this year’s unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME).

JAMB Registrar Prof. Is-haq Oloyede spoke at a meeting on strategic planning, supervision and evaluation of the conduct of 2018 unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) in Abuja yesterday.

He said only 283,319 candidates had registered for the examination.

The board also fixed March 9 to17 for the conduct of the UTME in 620 computer based test centres across the country.The registrar said: “Because of the criticisms that trailed the sale of entry form for a month in the past years, the board has decided to earmark two months so that every willing candidate will be able to purchase, fill and submit the forms.

“We opened entry from December 6, 2017 to February 6, 2018, but one month later, only less than a quarter of the two million candidates expected for the examination this year have registered.”

Prof. Oloyede said its mock examination slated for January 22 would now hold in first week of February.

He blamed the shift of the mock examination on the strike embarked on by members of NASU, noting that the strike made the CBT centres in affected tertiary institutions not available for accreditation.

The JAMB registrar also banned the use of wristwatches, biros, pencils and other devices from the examination hall.

He added that the ban affects both candidates and examination officials. Oloyede said: “The Board has prohibited additional materials during the 2018 UTME in the examination hall. These include wrist watches, biros, calculator, biros, pencils except the common HB pencil, and any other device that can store data, transmit or receive signal no matter the form. These prohibitions are not only applicable to the candidates but to all examination officials. The reasons for this will be provided shortly.

“Scanned pictures of candidates are no longer accepted for registration, except live capture at the accredited CBT Centres as part of the Registration Procedure. Furthermore, candidates’ pictures will be embossed on all candidates’ documents generated by JAMB henceforth,” he said.

The registrar also disclosed that Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu has queried 42 institutions for charging candidates more than N2000 for their post-UTME.

“There is nothing wrong with post-UTME provided that our candidates are not extorted. The honourable minister of education queried about 42 institutions for charging more than N2000. We made recommendation to the minister and the minister said all of them should refund the money. He gave them two weeks and all of them are making refund now.

“He has put his feet down that all excess charges should be refunded and people can testify to the fact. Where they have the list they are paying them directly and in this case where Vice Chancellors proved clearly that those candidates could not be traced the minister has given appropriate directive.

“Candidates are reporting back to us. In one case where they could not, the minister directed that they should pay the money to a non religious orphanage, orphanage owned by the state or anything because those people couldn’t be traced,” the registrar said.

According to him, the figures being paraded as qualified candidates to write its examination was not true.

 

REAL REASON CONTROVERSIAL ODUDUWA UNIVERSITY BOSS, ADEDOYIN IS AFTER OONI OF IFE......Why He May Get Into Trouble

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Read more: REAL REASON CONTROVERSIAL ODUDUWA UNIVERSITY BOSS, ADEDOYIN IS AFTER OONI OF IFE......Why He May...The spate of antagonistic gesture being displayed against the greatness and goodness of Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, by Dr. Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin, founder and president of Oduduwa Universiy, Ile Ife, Osun State, may at the long run degenerate to hurt the acclaimed educationist going by spiritual power attached to the throne of Ooni seat if he did not desist.  Many have described the malicious campaigns of calumny Dr Ramon has been mounting on Ojaja 11, as a sacrilege that should not be associated with any Oduduwa born soul. 

Information revealed that Dr Ramon has started his shrewded attitude from the  one of the demise of the immediate past Ooni Of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, in July, 2015 which opened  intense jostling for the possible next successor to Sijuade. The billionaire businessman, Dr. Adedoyin, who was among the over 60 candidates from different ruling houses, angling for the exalted  title, as the paramount ruler of Ile Ife, the cradle of Yorubaland. In the course of the succession tussle, many under-currents and sharp practices were said to have come to play by the candidates who presented themselves for the plum post. Principal and most ambitious among them was and is still, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin; even when there were crystal clear evidences that by virtue of his maternal genealogy, he did not readily qualify to contest the Obaship of Ile Ife, except some magic happens we gathered.

 This we learnt made  Adedoyin going for the broke, as he was hell-bent on becoming the next Ooni of Ife, despite all the odds against him; thus his discomfiture and get-it-all-costs approach to the succession race. But stark reality dawned on him when the 16 official kingmakers pruned down the ruling houses to present the next Ooni-elect to Giesi Family, which of course, Adedoyin does not belong to. It was indeed a big blow to the highly-ambitious Adedoyin, who had hitherto been bragging about town with the false claim and belief that, come what may, and either by fair or foul means, he will get the slot, banking on his stupendous riches and wide connections among the High Chiefs, especially now late High Chief Omisakin, the Obalufe, who was then the de facto head of the kingmakers. Unknown to many, Adedoyin, who knew fully-well the role Omisakin would play in the final selection of who becomes the next of Ooni, has been secretly warming himself to the heart of Omisakin, by splashing sundry gifts of substantial cash gifts and other essentials on the High Chief, with a stealthy move to influence other High Chiefs to arbitrarily favour him, as the next Ooni in the final analysis.Read more: REAL REASON CONTROVERSIAL ODUDUWA UNIVERSITY BOSS, ADEDOYIN IS AFTER OONI OF IFE......Why He May...

 Even with the Giesi Family, that the king makers eventually picked to present the next Ooni-elect, Adedoyin was still not moved, because he believed he could turn back the hand of the clock, with his sinister buying over of Omisakin and his cohorts among the High Chiefs, who Adedoyin was also waiting in the wings to buy over when the time comes for the real game. But no sooner than the hand of the clock changed, when Prince Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi was eventually selected as the next possible successor to the late Oba Sijuade, Adedoyin’s adrenalin was allegedly said to have risen abnormally, pronto, he began an intense series of campaign of calumny to discredit and disparage the youthful Monarch, who the Ifa Oracle had traditionally picked, courtesy of the kingmakers, who had all jointly sworn to an oath, not to alter the choice of the Ifa Oracle. Since then, Adedoyin has repeatedly smeared the person of Enitan, before and even after Enitan was eventually installed the Ooni of Ife, sometime in December, 2015, by the Executive Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in the full glare of those who matter in the traditional, political and government circles. As it were, there have been many instances and incontrovertible facts to allegedly show Adedoyin’s resentment to the choice of Enitan Ogunwusi as the Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Ojaja 11. Thus, since the Ooni’s ascension to the throne, Adedoyin has stopped at nothing to launch vile attacks and derogatory remarks on the person of Oba Ogunwusi and his impropriety to occupy the plum throne. Till date, Adedoyin is allegedly believed to have spent, and is still spending tons of Naira, to make real his campaign of calumny against the unusually calm and people’s king, Enitan Adeyeye, who is not miffed at Adedoyin’s evil machinations, which have always come to naught. Even at that, the unrepentant Adedoyin still remains adamant, wallowing in self-discontentment. Worse still was the case of High Chief Omisakin, who was allegedly believed to have received many largesse from Adedoyin in the run down to the selection of the next Ooni, to make good his dream; sadly enough, the High Chief Omisakin died even before the new Ooni was officially installed. It was mythically believed that the Ifa Oracle vented its spleen on him (Omisakin), over a possible betrayal, after joining other kingmakers in the oath-taking exercise that was carried out before the selection. 

Meanwhile, over time, still not done, the who has been accused in many quarters to have strted his University fradulently, is believed to have allegedly sponsored many campaigns to run down the image and personality of the widely-accepted Oba Enitan Ogunwusi. Recently, a popular Ewi exponent in the South West, popularly known as Ologundudu, was said to have allegedly gone on air serially on the sponsorship of Adedoyin to castigate and disparage the person of Oba Ogunwusi, using many vile and unprintable adjectives to describe the Ojaja 11, saying the Ooni was not fit to wear the coveted crown, and that he (Enitan) is a land grabber, visa racketeer, fraudster, a man of unquestionable character etc.; but it just only took the sensible to discern where all these missiles were coming from and who they were being directed at, and were quickly dismissed by a wave of the hand, as they saw the broadcast as the architect of a disgruntled element, carried out by a misguided and hungry folk in person of a hitherto admired on-air-personality. Some are even wondering whether Ologundudu was in his right senses to have accepted such a dangerous hatchet man’s job from an obviously sinking man, at the expense of his flourishing career. They queried: How much could his traducer of a boss have paid him to embark on such a satanic journey. Other poignant instances in Adedoyin’s alleged indiscriminate vendetta of a campaign against the Ooni, were his stupid remarks when at an occasion, the Ooni had a warm and friendly handshake with the billionaire oil magnate, Femi Otedola. Adedoyin was allegedly said to have dismissed and kicked against the gesture from the Ooni to have gone down so low as to have a handshake with someone without royal blood in his veins, claiming that by that singular gesture, the Ooni had desecrated and decimated the revered stool, adding that the Ooni had belittled the position of Ooni of Ife. The always visibly embittered Adedoyin, is also alleged to be the sponsor of and masquerade behind most of the campaigns of calumny and chastisements of the Ooni of Ife on the social media, to the extent that many do not even need to shudder to know who is beating the drums of discord and fanning the embers of disunity in his native hometown. He his accused of paying heavily for intense hate speeches against the amiable Ooni by the educated but morally bankrupt Adedoyin. . According to High Chief Adekola Adeyeye, the Lowa Adimula of Ile-Ife, who was the traditional aide-de camp ,(ADC), to the last but one Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuade for 14 years, and the present second-in-command to His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in an extracted telephone interview with a popular online medium, ‘Adedoyin is just like a helpless lone ranger shouting in the wilderness; and despite all his ranting, pull-him-down antics, baseless and unfounded assertions in the social media and other organs of communication, to discredit the Alaiyeluwa, HIM Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni’s credibility and eligibility to the throne have continued to wax stronger, and attract worldwide acceptance, and not about to wane, for any reason without any iota of doubt, not even Adedoyin’s tantrums and annihilations. The genesis of Ramon Adedoyin’s deep-seated animosity for the status quo stemmed from the very first day Oba Sijuade went to join his ancestors. First and foremost, he has never hidden his insatiable thirst for the Ooni’s throne, even before Oba Sijuade passed on in 2015, shortly after which he falsely claimed that Oba Sijuade had proclaimed him his successor while still alive. Shamelessly enough for him, barely a day after the demise of Oba Sijuade, the non-remorseful Adedoyin called me and said he was to be the next Ooni, and that the kingmakers should not change the wish of Sijuade; and I specifically told him that it was impossible; and that in Yorubaland, and in Ile-Ife in particular, a king does not appoint or impose his successor. After this, he went on with his plan B, saying that he was ready to give all the kingmakers five million naira each if they could assent to his wish to become the next Ooni. Again, I told him that the Ooni stool was not for sale, that he would be wasting his money if he went about giving any body money to any body for whatever selfish reason. To boot, he still went ahead to increase the amount to N50 million each, with an addition of a car each to all the 16 kingmakers. Still, I told him to go to blazes with his money. I told him point blank that, apart from the fact that he naturally did not hail from the Giesi family, he was not the one the Ifa oracle picked, and more so, he is not a son in kinship in his ruling house, as he stemmed from his grandmother to mother; in other words, he has no legitimate right to the kingship.Read more: REAL REASON CONTROVERSIAL ODUDUWA UNIVERSITY BOSS, ADEDOYIN IS AFTER OONI OF IFE......Why He May...

But still, Adedoyin will not stop in his blind aspiration to the Ooni stool; he still went about employing many un-procedural and crooked means to achieve his ulterior aim, most of which we in the council were privy to, and were ready to circumvent him at all costs through our transparency and fairness of purpose. At this juncture, when we saw the tacit desperation, we the 16 kingmakers, determined to do a clean job, resolved to swear to an oath, that anyone who went against the wish of the oracle will have himself to blame, and will not live to see the next Ooni crowned on the throne. Perhaps, this was what happened to High Chief Omisakin, who had a very chummy relationship with the desperado Adedoyin. Again, in the course of the heated succession tussle, the Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, summoned all of us the 16 kingmakers to his office for a meeting in the presence of a handful of top government functionaries like the Attorney General, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs and so on, where we were told against our pre-conception that the governor had a candidate; but we were amazed to hear from His Excellency, that he didn’t want to hear of any problem arising from the succession to the throne, that everything should go smoothly as the tradition prescribes, without any of the candidates cutting corners. This averment by the governor actually emboldened most of us kingmakers and we were determined to do a thorough job, no matter whose ox was gored. According to the Lowa Adimula Ife,'Ramon Adedoyin is only crying wolf where there is none; and besides, traditionally in Yorubaland, anyone who contested for a vacant throne and lost, should leave the town as soon as a substantial king is installed, but Adedoyin still remained in town, fomenting trouble and using his stupendous wealth to disrupt the peace of the town, and he is yet to abate, causing ripples everywhere and throwing tantrums at every perceived person who obstructed his crooked way to the throne. Never in the history of the town has anyone so brazenly and vehemently attacked the choice of the Gods and the people. There was even a time he was attacking me on the social media using very vindictive language on me because I rejected his overtures. Anyway, I have already told my family that if anything should happen to me, Adedoyin should be held responsible, because one cannot know really the next thing on the game plan of somebody with the kind of Adedoyin’s ultra-high  desperation that knows no bounds. One wonders why Dr. Ramon Adedoyin has been so vexatious about the whole thing; he is simply so inordinately ambitious, and the high time he realized this, the better. Ascension to any kingship throne is not by proxy, force or demand; it is by divine authority, and Adedoyin had better retrace his steps and stop all his vindictive, calumnious and uncivilized ways of trying to get what may never reach his hand, except if providence and God decree it. If he doesn’t know how to spend the stupendous money at his disposal, he should look in the direction of the less privileged in the society, especially in his native town Ile Ife, or by sponsoring indigent students via scholarship in his privately-owned Oduduwa University in his same town'.

Buhari, Bindow, Sylva meet in Aso Rock

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Read more: Buhari, Bindow, Sylva meet in Aso RockPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with Adamawa State Governor, Jubril Bindow, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, also arrived the President’s office at about 12:00 p.m.

However, it is not clear if the duo were holding separate meetings or a joint meeting with the President.

Bindow and Sylva were still in the President’s office at the time of filing this report.

 

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Remember Personnel Welfare As $1billion Is Being Disbursed - Olumide Wole-Madariola

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Read more: Remember Personnel Welfare  As  alt=Prominent national security analyst & diplomacy scholar Wole Madariola Olumide has advised the Federal Government to pririotize the welfare of Security officials, both in the Nigerian Police, Army as well as other security agencies as they disburse the approved $1billion to up the fight against security challenges in the country.
The Isreali-trained Weapon Expert who was the Guest Lecturer at the Crimeworld Security Award held in Lagos recently where he delivered a paper on : The Socio-Economic Impact of Kidnapping on developing nations - Nigeria a case study, was honored at the event alongside  Inspector-General of Police Idris Ibrahim, Former IGP Mike Okiro, Solomon Arase among others. 
He  emphasized that acquisition & procurement  of hardware without improving the welfare of military personnel is maladministration. Food, clothing, allowances ,medical supplies and temporary accommodation are all important. The erstwhile President of the Nigeria Shooting Federation  admonished the government to let complaints disappear and ensure morale is boosted. According to Wole Madariola "this will help deployment functionally and flexibly, while good performances should also be rewarded"

 

LASU Gives Deadline For New Students To Be Screened

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Read more: LASU Gives Deadline For New Students To Be ScreenedAuthorities of the Lagos State University said on Thursday that students offered provisional admission for the 2017/2018 session who miss the ongoing screening might forfeit their admission.
The spokesman of the university, Adekoya Martins, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
Martins said the screening of new students had started on January 2 and would end on January 15.
LASU had offered 3,500 students provisional admission for the 2017/2018 academic session.
NAN reports that the university increased the acceptance fee to be paid by the new students from N10,000 to N20,000 payable once, while its tuition remains N25,000.
Martins said so far, the turn-out, screening and registration of the new students had been impressive.
He said candidates offered admission and unable to register before the deadline may only be given grace if they have genuine reasons for their inability to register.
“But for those who refuse to register before the deadline on January 15 without a genuine reason, they may have to forfeit the admission,” he said.
One of the new students, who pleaded anonymity, however, said some of them had not been able to register since they came around on Tuesday.
The student said there had been challenges in retrieving their data.
Martins, however, said the institution was aware of the challenges and had directed candidates faced with such problems to appropriate offices.
He said they had been told to lodge their complaints or call some designated phone numbers for help.
Martins also said the university would soon announce a new date for the matriculation of the new students.
According to him, the earlier proposed date is no longer feasible.

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