Saturday, 19 November 2016
In an article titled, “The Innovators: devices and services to improve maternal and child health” published on its website on Thursday, the Financial Times listed Kwara Community Health Insurance among few projects with the potential to ease the burden of maternal and child mortality around the world.
The Financial Times noted that the scheme, which is operated in collaboration with Hygeia Community Health, the Netherlands government and Charity PharmAccess Foundation, was established as the first state health insurance programme in Nigeria, to provide affordable and quality healthcare for poor people.
Additionally, it stated that the scheme allows beneficiaries to access primary quality healthcare services all year round for a premium of N500. The insurance scheme is subsidized by the Kwara State government with support from the Dutch Health Insurance Fund.
While reacting, the Executive Secretary of the Kwara Community Health Insurance Scheme, Mr. Razaq Abdulsalam said the endorsement is a clear recognition of the impact of the scheme. He disclosed that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed recently approved the release of N100m for the scheme.
Among the accolades the scheme has received are the 2016 Financial Times/IFC Transformational Business Award, finalist prize at OECD Development Assistance Committee awards in 2014, the United Nations and Bill Gates Foundation recognition for its creative approach to pro-poor healthcare.
Inspirational Singer, Biyi Samuel was full of gratitude to God as he held another successful musical concert tagged ADURA. The concert attracted the who is who in the music and entertainment world generally.
Ajagunmale is an epitome of praise. And praise as we all know, remains the best supplication to God- Gani Adams
Friday, 18 November 2016
L-R: From left to right; Staff of Diamond Bank ,Grace Arua, (In the Middle) a Teacher at Owerri City Secondary School , Branch Manager of Diamond Bank Owerri branch,Ifeoma Nwuke, a student of the School and staff of Diamond Bank,Kingsley Eke.
Diamond Bank on World Savings Day.
L- R: Joseph Odufala , Ibironke Bello Kuburat , Business Manager, Abeokuta branch, Abdulhameed Mukhtarall of Diamond Bank Plc and a Student of the Nigerian Customs Secondary School, Idiroko, Ekpe Jim Mfonobong
Diamond Bank Plc on World Savings Day.
L-R: A Staff of Diamond Bank ,Samuel Kor, (In the Middle) Vice Principal of Ibeku High School, Umuahia, Mr. Ukanwoko and Business Manager,Diamond Bank, Umuahia Area, Uzoma Enyinnaya
Diamond Bank Plc on World Savings Day.
Students of Mercyland International School in Ogun State and Staff of Diamond Bank at the just concluded World Savings Day which held on the 31stof October 2016
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Manu Dibango Receives First Ever African Award At AFRIMA 2016 ....Sunny Ade, Papa Wemba Get Recognition Awards
Cameroon-born saxophonist, Manu Dibango, has revealed that the Legendary Award, conferred on him at AFRIMA 2016, was the first award of any kind in music, to him, from Africa.
The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, held its third edition on November 6, 2016 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, in Lagos, which is the official host city of the prestigious awards ceremony.
For Dibango, who has won nearly all global music laurels, honouring him for the first time in Africa, was indeed historic. In his acceptance speech, he said, "I thank AFRIMA for this award because it means so much to me. This is the first award I have ever gotten in Africa."
Manu Dibango stormed the world with an Afro rock hit tune, Soul Makossa, in the mid 1970s and with his characteristics saxophone tones, went on to hold the music world spellbound with the Makossa Rhythm and Dance, in the years following the release of that hit tune.
The 83-year-old was completely in his elements on the AFRIMA stage, as he reenacted the fire of yesteryears.
In the same vein, Sunday Adegeye, aka King Sunny Ade (Nigeria) is also counting AFRIMA Special Recognition Award as one of his career's blessings.
The musician who clocked 70 years in September 2016 bagged the AFRIMA Special Recognition Award for his influence on world music.
KSA witnessed at AFRIMA 2016, a Tribute Session which was headlined by African music acts, Brymo and Seyi Shay, who churned out a remix of one of his hit tunes. Alongside the duo's performance, KSA did a dance medley to the tune. Dancing with him on stage was Africa's Waka Queen, Salawa Abeni. The sheer dexterity of Sunny Ade's shuffle to the song, left guests in awe.
KSA arguably, would go down in history as one of African musicians who deliberately embarked early in life, on the commercial repackaging of Africa's music for the western market.
His collaboration with Chris Blackwell's Island Records, after the death of Bob Marley, is indeed the first concerted effort by a foreign music investor to deliberately want to tinker with creativity of home-grown African native music, for western dancehall tastes.
This opened another vista in the West's interest in African native music, beyond FELA.
Sunny Ade, who was full of praises for AFRIMA and the Lagos State Government for the special recognition accorded him, remains an enigma, and has been nominated twice for the World Music Category of the Grammy. He is still a master of the stage and a dance star.
However, the tempo of the evening wore a somber look when Africa's Jules Shungu Wemabadio Pene Kikumba, aka Papa Wemba, was mentioned for a post-humous Special Recognition award. He was honoured for his influence on world music. His wife, Mama-Marie Loxolo and daughter, Orphèe, received the award on behalf of the family.
Papa Wemba, who was called the King of Rumba Rock, long before boxing all time legend, Mohammed Ali, made the name popular in his historic fight "Rumble in the Jungle".
Papa Wemba was one of the most popular musicians of his time in Africa. A fashion icon who popularised the "La Sape" look and style through his musical group, "Viva La Musica," he died at age 66, while on stage at the FEMUA URBAN Music Festival, on Sunday April 24, 2016 in Abidjan, Cote Di'Voire. END.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
…. Matter Adjourned till December 7, 2016
A senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Ahmed Raji and counsel to the detained former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki has taken the Federal Government to task on the purported offer granted Dasuki to allow him travel to Sokoto to attend the burial of his late father and 18th Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki who was buried on Tuesday.
The counsel who spoke with the judiciary journalist at the FCT High Court Abuja said that the purported offer was doubtful because none of his lawyers was contacted on the issue.
He said: “As his counsel, we are not aware of that offer. Our client has not told us anything of that nature. We would have expected that if such a gesture was going to be made to him we as his counsel should have been involved so that we can advise him properly. As I am speaking to you, I am hearing of this for the first time.”
Raji said there was no basis for the continued detention of Dasuki by government having being granted bail by three different high courts in Abuja in the charges against him as well as the order of the ECOWAS court for his unconditional release in the case for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to freedom of liberty.
He said “Dasuki has been granted three bails and one outright judgement for his release by the ECOWAS court which is binding in honour on Nigeria
The lawyer appeal to the Federal Government to set a good example by according respect to the rule of law and the principle of fairness and natural justice by ensuring the immediate release of the EX-NSA in compliance with various court orders.
Meanwhile, the trial of former National Security Adviser on the alleged arms deals filed against him by the Federal Government at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has been adjourned to December 7, 2016.
The trial was put off at the instance of lawyers from the prosecution and defence sides who jointly agreed that the mood was not proper for the trial of the Ex-NSA whose father and the 18 Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki was just buried on Tuesday in Sokoto.
Dasuki was not brought before the court for undisclosed reasons but his counsel Mr. Ahmed Raji told the judiciary journalists that the former NSA was still mourning the sudden passage of his father.
The counsel hinted that although the matter was not officially mentioned before Justice Baba Yusuf who was billed to conduct the trial, all lawyers involved in the matter felt that the period was not good for the trial and hence their joint agreement for an adjournment till December 7, 2016.
Apart from Dasuki all other defendants in the matter comprising former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, former Minister of State for Finance, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, Director Finance and Supply in the Office of the National Security Adviser Salisu Shuaibu and Alhaji Aminu Baba Kusa were present in court.
An attempt to kidnap a Nigerian oil magnate, Femi Otedola, has been foiled by the Nigeria Police Force.
The IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) accomplished this task when it arrested a three man notorious kidnap gang on the 23rd June, 2016.
The arrest was achieved through coordinated intelligence gathering and deployment of technical investigative tools that spanned several weeks.
The Principal suspect, one Ikechukwu Daniel, a 28 year old indigene of Imo State, who is the mastermind of the gang, was rusticated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria due to his cult related activities on campus in 2009/2010. He also doubles as the IT guru of the kidnap gang with mastery of Computer applications. He made damning revelations of their criminal exploits in the South West of the Country.
Another member of the gang, 29 year old Adeyemi Kayode, a serving officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corps and a native of Ojoo in Ibadan, Oyo State serves as a Personal Assistant to the Commandant, NSCDC Oyo State Command. The suspect took undue advantage of his office to obtain the GSM number and location of their would be victim. He hatched the plan on how to kidnap the business magnate to make a demand of one billion naira ransom.
The third suspect, Ayodele Temitayo, a native of Oyo in Ibadan, Oyo State who is the marksman and armourer of the gang, claimed to have been dismissed from 213 Battalion Maiduguri of Nigeria Army as a Private in 2015.
All the suspects made confessional statements revealing that they had successfully carried out several high profile kidnappings and two AK47 rifles loaded with live ammunition were recovered from them.
While efforts are currently being intensified to apprehend other members of the gang and extend investigation to their other criminal enterprise, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, wishes to restate the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to clamp down on all criminal activities across the country and reassures law abiding citizens that criminal elements would be eventually apprehended and charged to court.
The IGP urges Nigerians to avail the Police with relevant information that will help in the crusade against crime; as such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.
Atanda, a computer science National Diploma holder of a popular computer school based in Ikeja, was arrested on Thursday by the Decoy Team of the Rapid Response Squad after about five days of baiting and monitoring.
Atanda, an ex – convict and a father of three, had collected N121,000:00 from his four girlfriends with the threat but wanted the ladies to pay more or face the consequences of leaking their nude pictures on social media.
Operating as Segun Bayo on facebook and a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile – Ife, Atanda said he went about adding several ladies on facebook. And, that after two weeks, he would start chatting with them.
“The profile picture on my facebook account is that of a guy based in London, and so as part of my introductions to ladies, I tell them that, I am a Construction Engineer as well as that my parents and I are living Europe" the suspect said
He continued that " After sometime, I would lure them into sexual conversations during which, I persuaded them to send their nude pictures to me. They would send and I would send mine to them too" .
" Before that I would pretended that I was seeking a serious relationship with them, and that very soon, I would be coming to Abuja on a business trip, during which I would see them”, he stated.
The suspect continued that “I would again feign my seriousness by calling them with the aid of computer software that transforms my Nigerian line into an international line.
Meanwhile, I would warn them that I was calling through a public phone booth. As soon as they have sent their nude pictures, I would come up with all manners of stories. I would begin to extort and blackmail them.
Through this means, I have collected over N121, 000:00 from my latest victims.
I was jailed last years in a similarly circumstance after fraudulently collecting N700, 000:00 from a lady I met through a dating site. I was eventually bailed but the case is still pending in court" he confessed.
He further confessed that " I have collected only 10,000:00 from Funmilola, Motunrayo, N6,000, Joy, N5,000 and Lizzy, N100,000:00”.
A source within RRS disclosed that apart from Lizzy, who reported the incident but declined to press charges, three other suspects, who were discovered during investigations, acknowledged on phone calls they have been paying the suspect so that he doesn’t leak their nude photographs online.
The source added that even though, investigators have reached out to more victims after checking the suspect’s facebook conversations with a number of ladies.
All of them have refused to come forward, after confirming they were paying the suspect through his bank statement.
The source added that out the 210 friends on his Facebook, over 195 are young ladies.
Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Suprintendent Dolapo Badmos, said that the Police were carrying out a thorough investigation on the case to aid prosecution.
The suspect has been transferred to SCID for further investigations.