Thursday, 23 May 2019

Special Report: "The Quality Of Lives Of Nigerians Has Degenerated Even More In All Aspects Of Human Development"----Olusegun Obasanjo


1.  Let me begin by saying that it is quite an honour for me to be chosen to give the keynote address at this most distinguished gathering of the people of God.  Before continuing, please permit me to commend and congratulate Yourlordship the Bishop of Oleh Diocese, Rt. Rev. (DR.)John U. Aruakpor, the clergy, and, indeed, the entire laity of the Diocese for sustaining the time-honoured tradition of and requirement for annual synods.  As all of us are well aware, synods such as this affords us all including the bishop, the clergy and the laity the opportunity, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to rejuvenate our relationship with Almighty God by reviewing the events and activities of the diocese over the previous year, and then map out the events for the coming year. I sincerely pray that by the time the synod ends, the aims and objectives for which it was called would have been realised a hundredfold.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

News Release: Withdrawn Certificates-Of-Return & Moves Against May 29 Handover

The Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law is again strongly calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, various parties in the 2019 Election Petitions Tribunals (pre and post election litigations) and the electoral courts handling the electoral disputes to strictly follow due process and stop observing laws in breach. The named must also avoid bastardization of the fair hearing principles clearly outlined in the country’s Constitution 999 as amended and stop being clever by half or cutting corners in matters of dispensation of electoral justice in Nigeria or any part thereof.

Intersociety also strongly stands against and will continue to stand against persons, bodies and forces working through courts or using other despicable means to stop or scuttle the inauguration or swearing in ceremonies next week, being 29th May 2019, of the newly INEC declared elected public office holders in Nigeria; be they Governors and their deputies, Senators, House of Rep Members, State Legislators or President and Vice President.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Thursday, 16 May 2019

News Release: Africa50 Launches Its Innovation Challenge To Help Increase Access To Internet In Africa

Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, launched the first edition of its Innovation Challenge at the 2019 Transform Africa Summit holding in Kigali from 14 to 17 May. Through this initiative, Africa50 will crowdsource innovative solutions to help increase access to high-speed internet in under-served areas in Africa.

The call is open for ICT developers, innovators, engineers, entrepreneurs to submit workable solutions, via an online platform, to be assessed by the Africa50 investment team and its partners. The winning solutions will receive cash prizes and/or will be considered for project development funding. Projects will be rolled-out in Rwanda as the pilot country, with the objective to scale them up to other countries in Africa.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Article: Microfinance Banks And NIPOST’s Core Mandate

By abiodun KOMOLAFE

I read an interesting Editorial piece in The Nation Newspapers of Monday, May 6, 2019, entitled: ‘Postmaster or Banker.’ The newspaper specifically advised the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to “focus on its core mandate”, instead of venturing into the “trickiest” business of ‘opening 2,000 Microfinance Bank (MFB) outlets.’ As a concerned Nigerian, I have decided to make some few comments.

To begin with, Nigeria is an interesting country which drama will not stop amazing the world. The interestingness of her Nigerianness derives its oxygen from the fact that previous governments have been known to spew out policy statements and ideas as if they are going out of fashion. In most cases, these policy pronouncements and rhetoric are more for political effects than their stated, intended objectives and projections. However, the Muhammadu Buhari-led government has chosen to be different and the results are already showing!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Article: Nigerian Police Extra-Judicial Killings

By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

Recently, Nigerians woke up to what could be considered joke of the century. Abayomi Shogunle, an assistant commissioner of police,was quoted as saying that" another way of avoiding being killed by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is not to speak Queens English to police officers".

Unfortunately, Shogunle's ridiculous advise came on the heels of a recent murder the alleged murder of Kolade Johnson  by the operatives of  Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad(FSARS). This has renewed the fears of Nigerians that the fear of trigger happy cops is the beginning of fear in Nigeria, lending credence to the notion that Nigerians, with whose taxes these policemen are paid, are living on the mercies of these security who derive joy in sending innocent Nigerians to their early graves.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Article: The Increasing Rate Of Illegal Adoptions

By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

An illegal adoption takes place when the adoption of a child is done in violation of stipulated laws regulating adoptions. These constitute abuses such as abduction of children, the sale of children, traffic in children, and other illegal or illicit activities against children. Put the other way, an adoption fraud, an alternative term for illegal adoption, takes place  when a person or institute attempts to either illegally adopt a child or illegally give up a child for adoption.

Before now, adoptions were basically viewed from the perspective of the childless married couples attempts to normalise their relationships, but the  current trend has stretched beyond this. In the present times the mindset has accommodated adoption to mean an institution that helps children from a less improved environment to an improved environment .In Nigeria however, the old mentality still prevails. While one has no problems with the reasons, especially if they are genuine, what bothers the well-meaning public now is the rate at which illegal adoptions are proliferating.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

News Report: Security Cordon At Emir of Kano's Palace

Entrance To Emir's Palace

There is currently a deployment of heavily armed policemen around Kano Emir’s Palace and personal residents of some senior council members of the emirate, Daily Trust observed. Our reporter observed that about 10 Police Hilux Vans, which conveyed security personnel to the place, were stationed at Kofar Kudu emir’s palace, another 10 around personal residence of Chief of Staff to the Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sanusi along Iyaka road.