Saturday, 4 June 2016
MURDER OF MRS BRIDGET ABAHIME- IGP SOLOMON ARASE CONDEMNS THE INCIDENT, REEMPHAISES THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIVES AND ASSURES OF SPEEDY JUSTICE
In furtherance to this firm commitment, it is confirmed that the Kano State Police Command has succeeded in arresting two key suspects in connection with the unfortunate incident. Those arrested include Dauda Ahmed and Subeiru Abubakar.
In order to ensure a diligent and professional investigation, the Inspector General of Police has directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in- charge of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) to deploy the Homicide Section of the Department to immediately take over the investigation of the case and ensure a meticulous investigation and speedy prosecution of the arrested suspects.
The Inspector General of Police has also directed the Commissioner of Police of Kano State to sustain the community engagement actions which he is currently initiating with all strategic security stakeholders and community leaders in the State with a view to dousing the tension being generated by the condemnable incident. In addition, detachments of Mobile and conventional Police as well as the intelligence assets of the Force have been deployed to protect law abiding citizens, reassure the public, prevent the incident from degenerating into a major security threat and aid the Homicide Section being deployed in the location and apprehension of other suspects who are currently at large.
The Force leadership empasises the sanctity of human lives and condemns in the strongest possible terms the violation of the right to life of citizens under any guise. The Inspector General of Police and the entire Nigeria Police Family, therefore, condole the family, friends and colleagues of the late victim and stressed that the Force shall uphold its Mandate touching on criminal justice delivery in the most firm and speedy fashion in this instance and in other cases of this nature.
While the members of the public will be updated on progress of investigation into this case, they are advised to go about their normal activities and resist any temptation to capitalize on the incident to threaten national security as any such attempt will be firmly dealt with. The Inspector General also calls on Kano State residents and indeed, all citizens to imbibe the culture of tolerance, rule of law and peaceful co-existence and to trust and cooperate with the police as we strive to ensure justice in this case.
Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC) has attributed the degenerating level of electricity supply to its customers in its operational areas of Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti States to low power generation received from the national grid occasioned by gas shortage due to pipeline vandalism.
This was disclosed last Friday by the company’s chief head, Edo State, Engr. Fidelis Obishai at a meeting between the company’s management team and the governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Obishai noted that the serious drop in power generation was affecting BEDC’s ability to distribute power to customers despite its installed capacity of 800 megawatts, stressing that what it gets as a distribution company hovers between 130 and 150 megawatts daily.
“We take no joy in not giving power supply to the people but due to the present low power generation, we are constrained,” Obishai said.
On disconnected communities, Obishai disclosed that any communities affected were based on non-payment of electricity bills, adding that once the people comply, power supply would be restored immediately.
“We do not disconnect indiscriminately but those who owe debts. For instance, in Auchi, there was a violent protest that resulted in damage of nine operational vehicles and offices and there is a recorded threat to life which is a major challenge.” BEDC is very disposed to engaging such communities in dialogue on the best way to resolving such issues no matter the level of grievances,” he added.
According to him, BEDC has submitted a formal petition to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Federal Ministry of Power and the Edo State commissioner of police.
On high electricity bill to consumers, Obishai said that there was a tariff review with effect from February 2016 approved by the regulatory agency, NERC, pointing out that the tariff regime was essentially designed to salvage the power sector and encourage continuous investments.
“BEDC has put in place a process to avoid arbitrary billing of customers, be it industrial or residential, and we ensure that customer complaints on billing are addressed with urgency. On metering, we have a robust metering programme which is being implemented religiously. However, the metering gap is huge and could not be covered within a short time. For customers without meters they are being billed on estimation in line with NERC approved estimated billing methodology,” he concluded.
Governor Oshiomhole had complained over poor supply to Edo State, the recent disconnection of some communities in Edo north and high billing to its consumers.
Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
“Most people don’t listen until they are in the classroom. But the best lessons are taught along the way…in the ordinary course of daily life,” said Dr Femi Paul at the event.
He further noted that “aspiration fuels Pertinent Enquiries and Propels People; admiration only generates simplistic applause and awe.”
“Your promised land is where your passion lies. It is where your heart quickens, where you feel an almost supernatural hunger to intervene and improve a situation,” said Bukky George.
“Seek out a gap in a product or service delivery that you have the qualification, skill, experience, inspiration and passion to fill. Fill the gap excellently.”
...Cautions Against Sensational Journalism
The Lagos State Governor on Saturday denied media reports claiming that a kidnap attempt was made on his mother, Mrs Christianah Ambode at her residence in Gbagada area of the State on Friday evening.
The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, denied the media report, saying that it was not a true reflection of what transpired at the residence of his mother.
An online newspaper had claimed that heavily armed gunmen invaded the Governor's mother's residence and disarmed the octogenarian’s police detail in an apparent attempt to abduct her.
Responding, Aruna said: "Whilst it is true that a commotion occurred at the residence of the Governor's mother on the fateful day, it was however far from the truth that it was a kidnap attempt.
"What really transpired was that a man parked his vehicle in front of the residence of the Governor's mother and the security detail attached to the building asked him not to park there so as not to block the entrance.
"The man who claimed to be a military personnel was not in uniform as at the time of the unfortunate incident but he insisted on parking in front of the building on the ground that he was a military personnel.
"He then went on to invite military personnel attached to Operation MESA to beat Mrs. Ambode’s police details after he was advised not to park his vehicle outside the building.
"The unfortunate part was that the newspaper rightly reported this aspect of the development in the body of the story but still claimed in the lead paragraph that it was an apparent kidnap attempt.
"While we would like to put on record that the disturbance was not a kidnap attempt on the Governor's mother as nothing untoward happened to her, we also like to caution against needless sensational journalism which could cause unnecessary panic.
"At the moment, officials of the State Government are taking appropriate steps to sanction the unruly military personnel who joined their colleague to disturb public peace," Aruna stated..
Led by the Head of Culture, African Union Commission (AUC), Ms. Angela Martins and the President/Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada, the AFRIMA team also had members of its international committee, The AFRIMA Jury members, Partners and Sponsors, African superstars who were winners at AFRIMA 2015 in Lagos (Adekunle Gold (Nigeria), Stanley Enow (Cameroun), M'Vula(Angola), Stonebwoy (Ghana), Vyper (Gambia) and Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) among others) as well as journalists from the five regions of Africa.
The AFRIMA president, Dada, thanked the school for welcoming the team and said the motive of AFRIMA in visiting the school was to inspire, motivate and encourage the pupils who would be the future leaders.
He said, "One of AFRIMA's Corporate Social Responsibility goals is to inspire African youths and raise the consciousness of African identity for growth and development. We cannot waste the future; Africa is not a home of sickness and diseases but the home of culture and ideas, hardworking and hospitable people.
"As long as we have the will and mind to achieve, we will get there. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can also achieve."
The AFRIMA President also encouraged the pupils to hold on to their dreams and never give up no matter the prevailing negative circumstances.
While presenting the gifts to the headmistress, Mrs. Sainabou Jobe, Dada expressed opinion that the gifts acted as a symbol of encouragement to the school which recently emerged first place winner in a national government-organized drama and music competition held among schools in the Gambia.
Also in attendance at the event was a delegation from the Gambian National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) whose director, Sheikh Omar Jallow, was once a pupil of the school some thirty-five years ago. The National Youth Council (NYC) of the African Union (AU) was also represented.
The headmistress enumerated on the achievements of the over 35-year-old school and gave account of how it had won various awards as a result of hard work and thirst for excellence. She also encouraged her teachers and students not to rest on their oars.
She thanked AFRIMA, AU and the NYC for their recognition of the school's excellent results.
Speaking on behalf of NYC, Mr. Abdullahi Faye expressed happiness at AFRIMA's selection of Bakoteh Proper Lower Basic School in Banjul as well as having the interest of the youth and needy at heart. He also informed the audience that the AU celebrated its 10th anniversary with the acronym, 'Banjul+10.'
He said, "I thank people from all the countries here today and urge them to always remember the school and render it any help possible because the school had a population of 3, 550 pupils with 132 teachers. This makes it a big task which the government cannot manage alone."
In the same vein, the pupils showed appreciation to AFRIMA, the AU and other stakeholders present when they presented two brilliant drama sketches on cultural marriage and the transatlantic slave trade. These were followed up with an emotional poetry rendition and some goodbye songs that brought many to tears.
The visit ended with a photo session of the visitors with the staff and pupils of the school.
With the daily bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta by the militants in the area, especially by a group known as the Niger Delta Avengers, the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is losing grip on governance.
The party said in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr. Malik Olamilekan Ibitoye that the whole incident confirms the saying that Nero sleeps while Rome burns, which it said comes from a story about the Roman emperor Nero, who played violin, while Rome burns.
"Our belief is that the Federal Government now occupies itself with unimportant matters and neglect priorities during this emergency period.
"To say that Nigeria is going through her worst moment is to say the least, and the lack lustre approach of President Muhammadu Buhari to issues is condemnable.
"The bombings of the facilities of Chevron Oil, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mobil Oil and the latest bombings in Bayelsa State amongst others are appalling, disgusting, unprecedented and should be condemned by all right thinking members of the public," the statement read.
Malik added in the statement, which was made available to the media, that a government that claimed to have defeated the hydra-headed monster called the Boko Haram in the northern part of the country should not find it difficult to crush the Niger Delta Avengers to prevent anarchy and break down of law and order in that part of the country.
According to him, the bombings are capable of further plunging the nation into serious economic crisis at this time that the price of crude oil has fallen to all time low in the international market, adding that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is trivialising serious issues that are confronting the nation.
"It is now clear that the Nigerian government should go back to the report of the National Constitutional Conference organised by former president Goodluck Jonathan as this addresses various issues affecting the country.
"We cannot fold our arms when issues that are threatening the very existence of Nigeria is playing out daily and we wonder why Buhari has failed to make hays, while the sun shines.
"Some of the happenings in the country are rubbishing what the PDP achieved for Nigeria from 1999 to 2015 and we must all join hands to put a stop to this mess if we are serious about nation building," he said.
The party added in the statement that the military must rise to the occasion and battle the Niger Delta militants headlong, while urging President Buhari to call an emergency security meetings amongst stakeholders in the sector so that normacly can return to the country.
He said further in the statement that security should be given all the attention it deserves and that the Nigerian populace did not bargain for what they are experiencing in the hands of Buhari and his co-travellers in the corridor of power.
"We are not deceived by the antics of this government. They are using delay tactics everyday and blaming the past government for their shortcomings and inadequacies after spending one year in office.
"What Buhari should do now is to seek advice as we cannot afford another one year of wastage, when we should rise to the occasion to move the nation forward," the party said.
Port Harcourt, Nigeria. June 03/ -- The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, operator of the SPDC JV, has confirmed signs of a leak on the 48inch Forcados export pipeline at a location between shoreline and the Forcados terminal in the western Niger Delta, coming on the heels of a reported attack on the pipeline in the early hours of Friday, June 3.
We are yet to fully evaluate the potential impact and damage to the pipeline resulting from this latest incident. We have however mobilised appropriate oil spill response measures and will be conducting a joint investigation visit to the leak site with relevant stakeholders.
We are currently focused on securing the pipeline to protect the environment. Given this latest incident and the wider security situation in the Niger Delta, we are unable to determine probable timing of resumption of exports from the Forcados terminal.
SPDC is the operator of the export line on behalf of the joint venture partners comprising NNPC (55%), SPDC (30%), Total E&P Nigeria Ltd (10%) and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (5%)
The Nigerian Police Force has released a list of successfully screened indigenes of Lagos State that applied for recruitment into the Police Force.
According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tunji Bello on Friday, all indigenes-candidates who applied for employment should go to the 13 Zonal Police Area Commands across the State from Saturday 4th of June, 2016 to pick their letters.
The statement adds that all categories of candidates from Cadets, Recruits, Constables and Specialists that are affected should proceed to the Police College, Ikeja from Monday 6th of June, 2016 for the interview session, which will commence as from 9.00am.
The Lagos State Government on Friday announced the commencement of the construction of Ajah Reinforced Concrete Flyover, just as it said that vehicular movement in and Around Ajah roundabout would henceforth be disallowed from Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
The State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson, in a statement he signed said the Bridge which would be constructed by Messrs. Hitech Construction Company Ltd, on completion, would alleviate the traffic gridlocks been experienced by motorists in Ajah and its environs.
He said as part of the traffic management strategies to minimise the effects of the closure on motorists during the construction period, several diversion/alternative roads have been made available for use by motorists.
He listed the diversions to include: “Main Diversion/By-pass: The newly constructed 2-lane dual carriageway running between the existing carriageway of the Eti-Osa/Lekki/Epe Expressway and the fence of Royal Garden Estate shall serve as the main diversion in both directions.
”Alternative Routes Outward Lekki Scheme 1 Inward Ajah Roundabout: Turn off Eti-Osa/Lekki/Epe Expressway at Ilaje bus-stop, onto Mobil Road to connect the road network within Lekki Scheme II to Ogombo Road and return to the Expressway at Abraham Adesanya roundabout.
“Turn off at Ikota 1st Gate Bus Stop onto Gbola Gas Road after Mega Chicken to link Mobil Road, connect the road network within Lekki Scheme II to Ogombo Road and return to the Expressway at Abraham Adesanya roundabout.
“Alternative Routes Outward Abraham Adesanya Estate Inward Ajah Roundabout: Turn off Thomas Estate Road to Kemfat Road after Ajiwe Police Station onto Modupe Young Street to connect Ado-Badore Road.
“Turn off St. Gregory Road beside PHCN Substation onto Modupe Young Street to link Ado-Badore Road.
“Alternative Routes Outward Ado-Badore Road Inward Ajah Roundabout: Turn off Ado-Badore Road to link Market/Ayetoro Road and connect Eti-Osa/Lekki/Epe Expressway at Berger Bus Stop/Ikota junction.
“This notice serves as awareness information on the closure of Ajah Intersection. Motorists and other Road Users are therefore advised to use any of the diversion roads.
“The State Government appeals for caution and co-operation from all road users by obeying all traffic regulations and ensuring free flow of traffic during the construction period. Finally, the State Government, while regretting any inconvenience, has directed all relevant Agencies to ensure free flow of traffic”, Johnson said.
An Appeal to Ondo State Workers: Strike, Solidarity, Understanding and Way forward for States. - Kayode Ajulo
NIGERIAN AIR FORCE DEPLOYS ADDITIONAL AIRCRAFT TO SOUTH-SOUTH REGION IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION PULO SHIELD
Following credible information on the presence of Boko Haram terrorists, their camp and other facilities at Chukungudu, a carefully planned and deliberate attack comprising troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, and 153 Task Force Battalion of 7 Division and 8 Task Force Division as well as Nigeria Air Force Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) and some Civilian JTF, was carried out on Boko Haram terrorists stronghold and camp at Chukungudu on Friday 3rd May 2016.
During the encounter at the camp, the troops killed 19 Boko Haram Terrorists including their notorious leader in the area called Ameer Abubakar Gana.
They also discovered and destroyed the terrorists Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making factory, discovered and successfully detonated 4 primed IEDs. The troops also recovered 2 Anti-Aircraft Guns, 1 AK-47 Rifle, a Pistol, 1 Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) Bomb, 1 AK-47 Magazine, 267 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) metal links ammunition and 23 rounds of 12.7mm belt ammunition. Other recovered items include a Canter truck, 1 Gun truck, 1 Land Rover vehicle and a Toyota Hilux vehicle.
Unfortunately, 2 soldiers suffered gun shot wounds as a result of enemy action. However, it is gratifying to state that both of them are very stable and responding to treatment at the Field Ambulance.
Friday, 3 June 2016
..... speaks on why she is offering IVFtreatment at 50% discount
Can you tell us a little about the fertility center?
Grabbo fertility center is a clinic located on number 2, 3rd avenue Gwarimpa in Abuja
For how long have you been running this fertility clinic?
We’ve been doing fertility treatments for quite some time now for over two years, even though this center came to be two years ago, I’ve been into fertility treatments in various places where I’ve worked before this center opened, and for over five years now, I have been into gynecological practices and management of fertility
What specific services do you offer here?
In Grabbo Fertility Clinic, we render wide range of services, we do treatment of any form of fertility generally and other aspects of gynecology, and any form of infertility which is both male and female infertility, we do detailed investigations of infertility and its causes and manage every form of infertility. We render services like In Vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer which is our major cause here. We also render other advanced fertility management like intracytoplasmic sperm injection for men that have problems with their semen like low sperm count or low motility or low morphology, we need advanced form of Invitro fertilization to help select the best semen for their wives so they can have their own biological children. We also do other forms like embryo donation, like women we notice don’t have eggs in their ovaries as a result of disease like endometriosis or as a result of age because we discovered that some people who have age on their side and they can’t produce eggs any longer, their ovaries are exhausted, so what we do for such women is that we look for donors that match their characteristics and we also get semen from their husbands and use to treat the egg and transfer into them instead of adoption, they get to carry these babies by themselves so they have the bond right from the uterus and are able to have their own children. For men, there are men who actually don’t have spermatozoa at all, we call it complete exospermia, and we’ve check their testis and they actually do not have. We also have services like sperm banking where people can actually have the semen to use to treat their wives so they can get pregnant and have kids. We also help with in Eggpreservation which is a very key aspect of fertility management because some people by virtue of not being married or something, they want to preserve their eggs so it doesn’t get wasted or something so we do oocyte cryopreservation and for such we stimulate them and harvest the eggs and help them to preserve it until such a time they are ready to use the eggs. For some women their husbands are not in town and yet they want to get treated, their husbands are abroad so what we do is that we get their husbands to come down and produces the semen and then we freeze it and use it for treatment anytime they are ready. Those are just some of the services we render here at Grabbofertility clinic.
If I should take you back, you mentioned women who have reached menopause or for some reason or another, are not able to menstruate anymore, so that means that any woman at that stage can still carry a baby
Yes, a lot of people don’t know this but it’s very possible. Menopause means a woman’s ovaries have stopped producing eggs but the uterus is still there. All we need to work on the uterus and give them drugs to help their endometrine which is the essential part of the uterus that carries the baby, we give them drugs that will make the endometrine grow and then get donors, young girls that have very viable follicles in their ovaries, we stimulate them and get their eggs. Get their husbands semen, fertilize the eggs and then we put into this women and their able to get pregnant. The bond is there and the blood is here and they deliver and have their children
Is there an Age limit to IVF?
With IVF there is no age limit except the person doesn’t have interest. So for that we offer another service which is surrogacy, not that some people don’t have uterus but from problems in the past, their uterus is damaged from either dilation in the past and uterus is damaged and she cannot carry babies any more. What we do for such women is surrogacy, we get people who can help them carry their baby they have the eggs and the eggs are viable and then we harvest the eggs, we then get their husbands semen and get the eggs fertilized, get a surrogate mother who will carry the baby for them
Can you explain to us what IVF means?
IVF means Invitro fertilization, in full it is IVF and ET that is Invitro fertilization and Embryo transfer. IVF is a form of assisted reproductive technology that helps to overcome the problem of infertility in couples. We notice that in our environment, the leading cause of infertility is infections. Where most women’s have blocked tubes and we need the sperm to swim from the vagina where it is deposited to the uterus through the tube and the egg produced from the ovaries swimming into the tube were fertilization will take place before the embryo will swim into the uterus for further growth but by virtue of infection or some other causes, this is not naturally possible for some couples and IVF helps to overcome this, what it does is it stimulates the women and we harvest the eggs and bring them out and get their husbands semen, mix it together and give it some time for fertilization to take place and growth , development will occur and this growth and development goes on in special machines called incubators. We put them in an incubator and give them time to develop and in 3-5days, we bring them out and see the ones that really growing and are actually viable, and by 5 days they would have produced the blastocyst and this blastocyst is really the baby, that’s the embryo. It’s now transferred into the woman’s uterus and in twoweeks we expect a positive pregnancy test.
What has been your success rate so far?
Success rate in Grabbo fertility clinic has been wonderful. Worldwide success rate is about 40%, this because there are some batches you do that could be 80% and some are not up to 80%. In Grabbo fertility clinic it has been very wonderful because of the sophisticated equipment we use here, we have recorded as high as 60% which even beats the worldwidesuccess rate. So our clients and customers are very happy
We know you’re giving out a promo right now, we would like to know what informed that decision
Overtime in the management of infertility in Nigeria, we discover that infertility is there among our people, It has eaten deep into our people and so many marriages have crashed because of infertility. We noticed that this problem is not because the people don’t want to use the IVF for management of their infertility, we discover that their major problem has always been cost, because the drugs, media, consumables, IVF settings in the lab and bringing in these equipment is very expensive and we noticed that so many Nigerians are not able to use this facilities. We need to help the people out there that have these problems and don’t have money to run the cycle. For example each cycle costs 1-1.500, 000. That’s how much a couple will spend to treat infertility so in order to help the masses, we have to find a way to bring down the cost and we had to collaborate with companies that produce the consumable which is the drugs and they offered to give materials to us at a ridiculously low price that would help us to help us to bring down the price of IVF and make it accessible to couples that need it.
When does the promo start?
The Promo starts on the 1st of June and is supposed to last for 3 months and by the 31st of August we expect the promo to have expired. This is because the materials they are sending are limited. Within this period of time we expect women to comeuse up these materials and take advantage of the promo. Currently we are giving it at 500,000 naira. This is something that ordinarily costs 1-1.500, 000. But we are giving it at 500,000 which we think will help our women overcome their problems
What’s the response so far?
It has been wild, we weren’t expecting this much. That also helps to confirm that the reason people haven’t been using it is because of funds. So many people have been calling and sending in money, people we haven’t even met, because they know the space is limited. We expect people that are hearing this now to quickly come use it because after the promo it will go back to its original price
So what is the process of IVF?
The process of IVF practically for every woman should take up to 4-5 weeks because the woman has to come and we run some tests and all. The good thing about this promo is that both the drugs and the lab test the woman is doing are included. All you need to do is make the 500,000 payment and your treatment is done. If the woman comes for a visit, we access the woman which is called the initial assessment, within the time that the treatment will start. The treatment is a long protocol and usually we start on day 21 of the woman’s cycle and we down regulate for about 2-3 weeks depending on the woman’s respond to the drugs given after which we add another drug to stimulate for another 10-14 days then thereafter we do our harvest, wait for fertilization and we transfer after 5 days and the rest is history.