Saturday, 18 February 2017
A car has plunged into the lagoon near the Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, Lagos, the National Emergency Management Agency has said.
The number of occupants in the vehicle is yet to be identified, as an emergency rescue official said rescue efforts are currently ongoing.
Friday, 17 February 2017
Ahmed made the call on Wednesday in Ilorin during her visit to the Children Hospital at Centre Igboro in Ilorin to influence immunization on children, as well as vision screening.
She stated that under the proposed law ministries in the state would be made to key into the programme of vision screening for Kwara children to ensure preventable blindness.
The Governor's wife who is Founder of Life Empowers Anchors Hope (LEAH) encouraged mothers to take children to immunization centres and also undergo vision screening as it is free of charge.
"Vision is important and we must ensure that out of negligence or ignorance our children are not exposed to blindness when we can take them for screening and get help," she said.
She said some of these cases of blindness are avoidable, adding that a child that is blind in young age will not have a qualitative life.
Ahmed also explained that recently over 200 blind citizens were empowered and N150,000 cheque given to them each to help them in their trade.
Speaking earlier at the occasion, Prof. Dupe Ademola-Popoola, an Ophtalmologist with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hosital (UITH) explained that the state government has enacted law that makes vision screening compulsory for children zero to five years.
She said because of the effort of the state government, a foundation; the USAID has shown interest in the project where they donated some equipment worth thousands of dollars.
The Ophtalmologist pointed out that a survey of 100 blind people carried out in the state suggested that, seven out of 10 where blind from childhood, while being hidden in that condition, till they are old enough to come out to beg for a living.
"Some years back, Nigeria rose to the challenge of fighting deficiency in Vit A and measles among children and they were successful," she said.
Ademola-Popoola disclosed that four health facilities have been designated as centres for the vision screening of children, adding that these centres would also act as training of staffs as well as centres for prevention of blindness and enhancement of sight.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Gudu, has fixed March 2, 2017 for further proceedings in the trial of Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau State. He is facing a N1.162 billion fraud charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The state governor, Dr Ahmed who disclosed this at Government House, Ilorin during a visit by members of Joint Tricycle Association of Kwara State (JOTAKWAS), said his administration's initial capital of N250million for the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises has grown had grown to over N2.5billion.
Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed promised more support for SMEs with a pledge of more subsidised tricycles for transporters in the state as part of the administration's effort at creating packages for organised associations "so that they can begin to meet their economic obligations to themselves and the state in the area of prompt payment of taxes to government."
He also promised to support the association with take-off grant, a bus and an office secretariat with a view to seeing the association growing to become reliable, stronger and critical stakeholder in the state economic environment.
“We are going to workout on a clear need assessment to determine how many tricycles are required and begin to work on this. Hopefully we will begin to see a more focussed association, well structured, well organized with specific service rendering to the system," he stated.
The Governor advised them to guide against infiltration by miscreants and criminals so that they will not be creating problem in the name of association for the state government stating the need to maintain law and order and pay their taxes regularly.
Earlier, chairman, JOTAKWAS, Duro Oyebade said restructuring of Tricycle Association by the state government has led to a reduction of violence and an improved revenue generation by the state government. Oyebade commended the governor for a purposeful leadership and efforts aimed at moving the state forward.
First annual lecture of Freedom Online at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. In attendance...governors, deputy governors, politicians, policemen, activists, media chiefs, businessmen, opinion leaders. The roll call include, Lagos Deputy Governor,Abia Deputy Governor,Former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel,PDP South West leader, Chief Bode George among other notables.
Court gives ex-minister Obanikoro seven days to settle defamation suit against Premium Times, Sahara Reporters
The judge said Mr. Obanikoro should give a progress report on the suit on April 7, the next adjourned date.
The former minister had instituted defamation charges against the two media companies for their reports implicating him in the Ekiti State governorship election rigging scandal.
The lawmakers, including House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, suggested there was a decision to exclude members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the visit even though one of them – Ike Ekweremadu – is the Deputy Senate President.
Notwithstanding, the PDP lawmakers —exactly a half dozen in total— who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES in separate telephone interviews ,Thursday evening, said they were happy to learn from the media that the visit was productive and the president was in good health.
The reactions came a day after Senate President Bukola Saraki travelled to the United Kingdom with Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, to see Mr. Buhari in London.
The trio arrived in London around Wednesday evening and met with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Buhari left Nigeria for London on annual vacation January 19, with a promise to return on February 6. He also noted that he would see his doctors while there and handed over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
But on February 5th, a day before he was due to return, the president sent another letter to the National Assembly, informing lawmakers of his intention to extend the trip until his doctors complete ‘a cycle’ of medical examination on him.
The prolonged absence, which came amidst raging economic crisis, got many Nigerians worried.
But the visit by the National Assembly leaders on Wednesday helped convince many Nigerians that the president was not dead or bedridden.
Mr. Saraki declared in a Twitter update shortly after seeing the president that there was “no cause for alarm.”
Mr. Dogara reported Mr. Buhari was “fit as a fiddle.”
Because Fascism in the world died 72 years ago and hasn't been heard from since. For sure.
In an unnecessarily convoluted prank; the leading lights of the alt-right would have you believe that they're convinced this purple bird sticker that's available on Facebook Messenger is a Fascist symbol - and therefore you shouldn't be using it.
Yeah. Sounds about as worth it as it is.
Maybe it's a Bohemian Grove thing.
So what's this bird?The purple bird, nicknamed 'Trash Dove' because of all the food in its mouth, seemingly from bins, is just a sticker.
You can use it to chat to your friends.
It's not as good as DJ Pusheen, but nothing is. DJ Pusheen is a unchallenged classic.
The affectionately named 'Trash Dove' was created by Florida artist and Adobe creative resident Syd Weller.
It was released to fly freely through Facebook on 31 January 2017.
It went viral in Thailand and then it was used by lots of other people to respond to comments in an 'amusing' way.
Then this innocent fowl was corruptedThe alt-right are good at social media. Very good.
A study of white nationalist and neo-nazi Twitter accounts in 2016 found the most clicked on links were for apps such as 'Crowd Fire' which help increase your number of social media followers.
Using their powers for evil, weirdos on 4chan decided to freak out the anti-facists by pretending to appropriate the sticker.
And now we all have to have an opinion about it.
Or not. It's entirely up to you.
A Facebook sticker.
Those on the right have been having some fun with us.
Buzzfeed records numerous posts in which a the eagle emblem of Nazi Germany is dyed purple, and made to resemble the Trash Dove.
The Neo-Nazis of 4Chan (Read: folks in their bedroom staring into the glow of their Dell) endeavoured to share Trash Dove enough times in order to associate themselves with it.
Predictably the censorship brigade began warning one another that Trash Dove was now a 'Nazi symbol'.
Which, it kind of was, because Neo-Nazis had appropriated it for their own use, even if they were just doing it for the banter this time.
Nazis are good at appropriating symbols. Take the Swastika, which has origins in several cultures that predate the National Socialist movement.
Unfortunately for some, the 'hoax' worked. Buzzfeed catalogued users on groups such as Occupy Democrats, warning one another not to use the symbol.
Elsewhere, groups warned users they'd be blocked if they used the 'white nationalist' symbol.
A Facebook sticker.
Culture wars used to be about something.
Light and darkness. Knowledge and ignorance. Humility and pride.
Now we're just arguing over the image we use in place of words, on the largest social media network in the world.
Capitalism has won. We can all go home now.
You could try and elevate this to a discussion of 'What is art', 'Can an image really be owned by one interpretation?', and 'Does the intention of the artist matter?'.
But this is a Facebook sticker.
Not sure how many times that needs iterating.
•Laffmattazz is a brand created by Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st; a name synonymous with comedy and entertainment in Africa
•For years, he has provided entertainment to the people of Nigeria through different mediums – comedy shows and television being his most popular
His annual Comedy Concert Laffmattazz with Gbenga Adeyinka and Friends was borne out of leaving the virtual space, and bringing comedy in its raw form to the people of Western Nigeria
For 6 years he has produced premium Comedy Entertainment for the people of Ibadan, Osogbo and Abeokuta. Where he entertained over 25 000 people annually.
This year for an encore, the cities of Ibadan, Abeokuta, Akure and Ilorin have been slated to host the Season seven of the successful and always sold out laffmattazz Series.
Discussion is already on with A class Artistes and corporate sponsors to make Season 7 bigger than all others so far.
Priest Light Monyeki from Soshanguve, South Africa, took it upon himself to prove his follower’s were superhuman and immortal, with a seriously dangerous stunt.
The priest declared to his congregation they should not fear death, as they will not die, before proceeding to pour bottles of water contaminated with rat poison into their mouths…
We do not need to proclaim faith because we are believers. Death has no power over us.Horrifyingly, many of his followers ran forward to take a fatal drink from the treacherous bottle.
The priest took a swig from the poison fluid before pouring it down the throats of his loyal congregation.
Disastrously, yet predictably, the members of his church started to complain of stomach pains and by the evening, five of them were tragically dead.
A further 13 more were taken to hospital for the ingestion of the lethal drink, but despite all of this Monyeki allegedly denied responsibility.
This is extremely dangerous and beyond stupid.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command say they arrested the 36-year-old this afternoon, in line with Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, after he arrived into the airport.
He is in custody at a west London police station.
A Met Police spokesman said they could not speculate as to whether he will be charged with an offence overnight.
It follows a 50-year-old man being arrested on suspicion of committing a terrorist act, after arriving from Cairo, at the busy airport hub last month.
A 29-year-old man was also arrested under the Terrorism Act last year before he was due to fly to Saudi Arabia.
Thursday, 16 February 2017
The co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to remain in the United Kingdom, UK as Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo was doing well.
The activist, who had recently called on the president to resign, said the best Buhari could do as President was ‘to assign the best people to work, while he supervises.’
Recall that Buhari had been on a 10-day vacation in the UK , during which he said the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo would be in acting capacity, as the President.
The Presidency had also announced that Buhari wrote to the senate to extend his vacation indefinitely due to ‘health issues,’ , an action that has drawn so much condemnation from Nigerians.
In a series of tweets @AishaYesufu, she said, “All President Buhari @MBuhari needed to do was to get the best people while he supervises and provides a vision using @ProfOsinbajo to work.
“Even my business I run it that way. Get the best people to do the work. I strategize and provide vision while chilling out lazily.
“I say it always @ProfOsinbajo was the person that won me over to the ticket.
“He hit the campaign trail even before GMB did.
“It is for me and that PMB is not putting his best foot forward is so irritating.
“PMB has never been known to do the work he delegates.
“Forexgate and idpgate is the corruption of this administration same way we once had armsgate and subsidygate as…
“The “witches” that escape today because they are today’s power will wake up to one morning where power is out of reach!
“They should also use technology to determine the “age” of the signature. Many backdate these deeds…”