Monday, 22 September 2014

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Scottish Referendum Results & Reactions

This morning the world got the answer for a crucial question, especially for separatist movements in various parts of the globe, “Shall Scotland Regain Independence From The Crown?”

According to information provided by BBC, Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected the independence during the referendum on September 18, 2014, Thursday.
With the results processed in all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes (55.3%) over 1,617,989 (44.7%) for “Yes”. The decision has been accepted by both sides.

All You Need To Know About Scottish Independence Referendum

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said in his speech this morning: “The people of Scotland have spoken. It is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together. Like millions of other people, I am delighted.”

The prime minister added that this referendum had been hard-fought. It had stirred strong passions. It had electrified politics in Scotland, and caught the imagination of people across the whole of United Kingdom.

Finally, he said words full of hope for the whole country: “Now we must look forward, and turn this into the moment when everyone – whichever way they voted – comes together to build that better, brighter future for our entire United Kingdom.”

2015: Why PDP Picked Jonathan As Sole Candidate

Fresh facts have emerged on why the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) decided President Goodluck Jonathan should be their sole candidate in the forthcoming 2015 presidential election.

Speaking with The Nation today, a PDP who chief who crave anonymity said with the opposition, All Progressive Congress (APC), the last thing PDP needed was a competitive primary which could lead to rancor in the party.
According to the source, the PDP stakeholders after analyzing the political situation critically were of the opinion that the already existing North-South divide in the party would aggravate if other candidates were allowed to contest against the President in a primary election.

“We are in an era of strong political opposition and we cannot afford internal rancour ahead of the 2015.

“We discovered that with the APC on board, having a competitive primary will further divide the party and place PDP on the path of losing the Presidency,” he said.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

TERRIBLE: Security Agents Arrest Boko Haram Members In Borno.

About seven members of the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram were reportedly arrested on Monday at Shaffa town in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno state.

A resident of the town, Mallam Zakariya Shizhawu, who made this known to Vanguard said, the suspects have been terrorizing Shaffa town and its environs.

Ebola: NUT Directs Teachers Not To Resume September 22 2014

The umbrella body of all teachers in the country, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has directed it members to ignore the September 22, resumption date as directed by the Federal government.

The National President of NUT, Comrade Micheal Olukoya, gave the directive while briefing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, September 16, Vanguard reports.

According to him, teachers should only resume after they have been trained sufficiently and provided with the necessary preventive and protective gadgets in case of any possible outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.

He said: “But where the federal government insists on the 22nd September, 2014, date in spite of the wise counsel, the union will rather direct teachers to resume schools whenever they are sufficiently trained and their schools have been provided with the necessary preventive and protective gadgets.

Scholarship: PRESSID 2015/2016 Presidential Scholarship Award

 2015/2016 Pressid Scholarship Award Form is out. The Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) Implementation Committee now invites applications from qualified candidates for the 2015/2016 academic session (third edition) scholarship award of the scheme.
As part of efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda, the Federal Government of Nigeria plans to develop a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts of change and agents of scientific and technological advancement, as well as sustainable economic development.
This would be achieved through the sponsorship of outstanding students for postgraduate studies in the top 28 universities in the world. To this end, the Federal Government has instituted the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development.
Eligibility/Criteria for Application:
Interested candidates should be graduates from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions, who would have completed their National Youth Service by October 2014.They must have obtained First Class Honours degree from any recognised and approved University in the following disciplines and aim at postgraduate degrees in the specified and allied disciplines:
1)Sciences: Nuclear Physics, Operations Research, Industrial Chemistry, Quantitative Genetics, etc;
2) Basic Medical Sciences: Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Biochemistry, etc;
3) Special Aspects of Biology: Biometrics, Molecular Biology, etc;
4) Economics: Econometrics, Development Economics, etc;
5) Engineering & Technology: Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronics, Metallurgy, Material Science and Production Engineering, 6) Nanotechnology, Cyber-Security, Software Engineering, etc;
7) Medicine: Oncology, Human Genetics, Hepatology, Nuclear Medicine, Geriatrics, etc.
Exceptions: In the case of Medicine, candidates must have a minimum of 2 Distinctions in their Part 3 and Part 4 MBBS examinations;
In all cases, candidates must:
i) be below 30 years of age by October 2014;
ii) be computer literate; and
iii) be ready to be bonded and to work, preferably, as academic staff in any public university or research institute for a minimum period of five (5) years.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  18th October 2014.
How To Apply:
Qualified candidates are to visit the PRESSID Application Portal.
On the top of the website, click on “Apply” and follow the instructions to apply for the presidential scholarship award.

Please note that universities in the United States of America require candidates to sit for the Graduate Record Exams (GRE) before they can secure admission.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Researchers Discover Drug That Might Cure Ebola.

Barely 24 hours after a report released by the World Health Organisation, WHO, says about 4,269 people have been infected and no fewer than 2,400 others killed by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, this year in West African countries, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone, some good news has appeared.

This is according to an announcement made on Saturday, 13 September, 2014, by researchers at the University of Liverpool that they have made a discovery that can lead to a cure for the deadly Ebola virus.

It would be recalled that since the epidemic outbreak in the West Africa early 2014, scientists and medical experts have been trying hard to fight the deadly Ebola virus and limit it’s outspread.

But it’s a long way to announce a cure for Ebola virus till date.
Only experimental drugs are been used to treat the victims of this deadly virus though some of the drugs have shown some positive results.

However, a team from the Health Protection Research Unit at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health, said they have stumbled across an existing drug used in the treatment of severe heart disease, which could be adapted to fight the contagious Ebola virus.

According to Xinhua reports,  in collaboration with Public Health England, the team has been looking at how Ebola virus hijacks proteins inside cells, and then seeking ways to stop this from happening.

It was gathered that the experts looked at what proteins inside a cell are critical for the functions of Ebola virus and are hijacked by the virus to help with infection. One of the proteins they have targeted is known as VP24.

This protein disrupts signaling in infected human cells and disrupts the body’s immune system and the fight against the virus.

The Liverpool team then tried to find out if any existing drugs are available that could block the function of this particular protein.

And to their amazement they found the heart drug ‘ouabain’. This drug when administered can reduce the virus’ replication.

According to the team, further tests need to be done to ascertain the efficacy of the drug, but as the heart drug is already in use, much of the work to test whether it is safe for humans has already been completed.

This, they said, would potentially speed up the time it could take get the treatment to Ebola patients in need.

Nigeria Awaits Delivery Of Mi-Helicopters From Russia.

The new contract for delivery of several state-of-the-art Mi-35 and Mi-171Sh helicopters has been recently signed between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Russian Federation.

This has been confirmed by the Deputy Director General of Rosoboron export, Sergei Goreslavsky, in a statement obtained by

The contract was signed in August this year. Unfortunately, the official did not confirm the exact number of helicopters subject to delivery. According to previous statements by Nigeria’s DHQ, the most likely quantity is 6 or 7.
He emphasized that the models are in demand on the African continent, noted that Mozambique is also among the customers. Mr Goreslavsky revealed that Mi-171Sh flying machines are in demand on global markets. They can be delivered in various configurations, with air defense, reconnaissance equipment and missile weaponry.

The helicopter can carry a cargo of 4 tons maximum, or transport up to 36 paratroopers, or carry 12 injured on stretchers.

The offered models are on service in the Russian Armed Forces since 2009.

At the same time, several experts have expressed concerns over ability of the Russian side to carry out timely delivery due to crisis in Ukraine and US/EU sanctions imposed on Moscow.

Absolute majority of engines for Russian-made helicopters were supplied from Ukraine. Due to current crisis in the relations between the two countries, such cooperation is no more possible.

The order to procure extra helicopters was given by President Jonathan himself.

Amaechi addressed the Federal Government, Not to Dire Our Schools.

Rivers State Government has told the Federal Government to not dissolve its planned renovation of some Rivers State owned schools.

Last week, Nigeria’s minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike revealed plans to begin renovation of some schools in the state.

READ ALSO: Stop Harassing My Supporters, Amaechi Tells Police

Wike said these during the foundation laying of the Federal Junior Model Secondary School in Ogu/Bolo, and then revealed that the FG plans to increase the number of classroom blocks at the Birabi Memorial Secondary in Bori, Khana Local Government Area.
The minister the pledged to also add more class blocks at Community Secondary School in Ubima, the hometown of Amaechi, and Saint Aquinas Secondary School, Elele.

READ ALSO: Governor Amaechi’s Cousin Murdered In Rivers

She said that the FG ought to pay more attention to its own schools for example the Federal Government Girls College, Abuloma, that had no dining hall.

Scholarship: Students of USA are eligible for this Boren scholarship 2015-2016.

Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate Students to Study Abroad, 2015-2016
National Security Education Program (NSEP) is funding undergraduate scholarship for US students to study in abroad except Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The scholarship is available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students must be high school graduates and must have applied to study abroad. Preference will be given to students who will study abroad for longer periods of time and highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. Online application should be submitted by February 4, 2015.

Study Subject(s):

Scholarship is awarded in Geographic areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing undergraduate degree in abroad including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Scholarship Provider:
National Security Education Program (NSEP).

Scholarship can be taken at:
Study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students. You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if you are: -A U.S. citizen at the time of application -A high school graduate, or have earned a GED -Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete. -Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

Scholarship Open for International Students:
Students of USA are eligible for this Boren scholarship.

Scholarship Description:

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

News on Ebola: Governor Mimiko Reacts To Resumption Date.

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has advised schools proprietors and parents to stop agitating for early resumption of schools across the country.

This was announced at the weekend in Akure, the state capital by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, at the public presentation/investiture ceremony of Mr. Bode Akinwumi as the 28th President of the Akure/Owena Lions Clubs for 2014-2015 Lions year, This Day reports.

READ ALSO: Medical Practitioners Advise Hospitals Over Ebola Virus

He said the governor urged parents and proprietors to allow the Federal Government exploit all necessary measures in ensuring that the country is free from the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Adeyanju further revealed that the state government has already put in place measures to contain the spread of the disease in the state. He urged residents to always abide by instruction from medical practitioners in order to avoid contracting the deadly disease.

The commissioner, who expressed optimism that Ebola will be fully contained, said there had been other deadly diseases that have come and gone in the past, and advised that all the was needed is for people to follow the instructions about the disease. He said residents should call if there is any suspicious case of Ebola, and pleaded to residents to always ask questions.

READ ALSO: Ebola: FG Bows To Negative Pressure

“If our students must go back to school, they should not go back in trouble, we should not forget that only one case in Lagos brought problem to the whole country, so there is need for us to be in a hurry about our children’s resumption date” he said.

Terrible:Boko Haram Kidnap 50 Women In Adamawa.

Reports coming in states that Boko Haram fighter have reportedly kidnapped hundreds of people including women and children across Northern Adamawa State.

According to Daily Trust, Residents who got free and ran away said that the group kidnapped at least about 50 young women in Gulak town on saturday as the victims were assembled at a preaching ground.

Moreover: Boko Haram Attack Maiduguri Market, Kill Traders

Boko haram has been controlling the areas of Madagali, Gulak and Michika, damaging lives and properties in the area.

One man known as Tija told reporters that he was trapped in a village near Gulak before his subsequent escape on Sunday.

Furthermore: Nigeria Army Aircraft Used Against Boko Haram Lost

He said that the women were loaded on to several vans and then taken away.

He said: “Some women brought the news that Boko Haram forcefully took some of them away including a sister in law to a friend of mine. The situation is getting worse by the day, our hope is that this problem will end one day”.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Scholarship: Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board 2014 Student’s Special Assistance Scheme

This is to inform the general public, particularly students of Delta State Origin studying in tertiary institutions, that the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board has commenced the registration of students for the Student’s Special Assistance Scheme 2013/2014 academic session from 1st Sept – 30th Sept.

Applications are expected from students of students with the following qualifications:

- Must be of Delta State Origin

- Full Time Undergraduates [Registered full–time Students and not part time Students. (Diploma, Masters and PhD Students are not eligible) all applicants must be in year two and above in recognized Federal, State and Private Universities.

- Must have a valid JAMB registration number

- Must have a minimum GPA of 2.2 and above

- 200 level and above University Undergraduate

- HND I & II Polytechnics Undergraduate

- 200 level and above NCE Students

Scholarship: Chevening Awards in Nigeria

Applications for 2015/2016 Chevening Scholarships in Nigeria are now open, and will close on 15 November at 23:59 GMT.

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to talented professionals who are potential future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. The scholarships offer financial support to study for a Master’s degree at one of the UK’s leading universities, and the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network. 

The following awards are available in Nigeria:
    Chevening Nigeria Scholarships
    Chevening Central Partnership Awards

What can I study?

For Chevening Nigeria Scholarships, we accept applications from a wide range of subject areas, and particularly welcome applications in the following fields:

    Security including counter terrorism
    Prosperity including Business and key government departments
    Human Rights

What does a Chevening Scholarship in Nigeria include?

    A monthly stipend
    Travel to and from your country via an approved route
    An arrival and excess baggage allowance
    A thesis or dissertation grant
    The cost of an entry clearance visa
    Tuition fees

There is also a global Chevening fee cap for £13,000 for MBA and Masters in Finance. If the tuition fees of your chosen university course exceed this amount, you will be required to fund the remainder of your tuition fees.

How do I apply?

    Please read this important information before you apply.
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According to Snopes, some ads for work at home Google jobs purported to charge $2 as a nominal fee to help Google find the serious applicants, but really ended up charging $80 a month to the scam victims' credit cards. In addition to scams that promote non-existent Google jobs from home, there are also home business kits promising big money with little effort by using Google Adsense.
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Nigeria's Economy Triumphs Over Ebola.

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Thursday said the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease EVD in West Africa did not affect Nigeria’s economy.

The minister, who made this known to Bloomberg TV Africa on Thursday, revealed that following the outbreak of the disease, the federal government had a team monitoring the impact on the economy, which she said at the moment, does not have any huge impact on the economy.

READ ALSO: FG Starts Scheme To Give Out 10,000 Houses

 “There’s been some fall-off in hotel occupancy, in Lagos in particular, some meetings have been postponed, but you still have other business people who are arriving,” Okonjo-Iweala said.

The minister further disclosed that the country’s Excess Crude Account, where a portion of oil revenue is stored to cushion the economy against volatility, stands at $4.11 billion. She also hinted that in January, there was concern that a decline in the account balance to about $2.5 billion then, made the economy vulnerable and is expected to be restored before the end of the year

She also revealed plans to open the Development Bank of Nigeria by March next year, adding that the bank is would be capitalized with $2 billion which may rise to $10 billion with the expectation of sealing the gap in Nigerian business lending.

“It’s very difficult for business people, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, to find any money for five years, seven years,” Okonjo-Iweala said. “Mostly they can borrow for a year to three years. If you want to build a business sustainably and you want your economy to have sustained growth you’ve got to fix access to finance.”

PDP Denies Kalu’s Membership.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Southeast zone has denied the membership of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.

The denial was contained in a statement issued on Friday in Enugu State, by the party’s South East zone National Vice Chairman, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), a copy obtained by The Nation.

READ ALSO: Former Abia state Governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu Speaks On Terrorism In The Country

Akobundu, who revealed that Kalu has not been readmitted into the PDP, insisted that the rumours making the round that the ex-governor has returned to the party were false, and described it as the figment of the peddlers’ imagination.

The national vice chairman further explained that the information made available to him from both Bende local government area and Abia State chapters of the party showed that Kalu is not a member of the PDP.

“He is neither registered in his Igbere ward nor recognized as having done so in Bende local government area, let alone being accepted at the state level of the party as a returnee” Akobundu said.  “For the avoidance of doubt, Orji Uzor Kalu is not member of PDP.”

He stated that despite the fact that the ex-governor visited some friends at the national secretariat of party in Abuja, where he took photograph with some naïve national officers and former political office holders as published in two national dailies does not make him a member of the PDP.

I See No Reason Why Schools Should Remain Closed – Health Minister.

Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu had yesterday revealed that there really is no reason school should remain closed after september.
He was talking in a media briefing in Lagos and said: “It is for the commissioners of education to advise the principals, at least for public schools, as well as private schools on when they can reopen. “The ministry of health is like what the weather people are to the nation.

READ ALSO: The Untold Story Of Ebola Virus

“They will tell you that the weather will be sunny, stormy or there will be heavy downpour, but they can never directly, for example, stop any plane from flying.

“It is for the aviation people to take the advice and combine with other factors to decide whether flights will take off or not.

READ ALSO: Nigeria’s Economy Triumphs Over Ebola

He went on to reassure parent and the society that soon their loved one could go back to school and start their studies.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

PDP Made Ribadu A Laughing Stock - Kwankwaso

Governor Rabi’u Kwanwaso of Kano State said the former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu has been made a laughing stock by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) who dropped him from the Adamawa gubernatorial race.
The governor stated this yesterday, September 10, at the Government House in Kano while receiving merit awards from two NGOs namely, APC Kwankwasiyya Amana, Bauchi state chapter and Nigeria 774 Kwankwasiyya Merger: Kwankwaso for President, Leadership reports.

Ribadu who recently defected from the APC and seven other governorship aspirants stepped down last week from the race for the gubernatorial ticket, under the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Kwankwaso said: “After he left the APC for the PDP, his new party did not find him worthy of its gubernatorial ticket. I am sure the PDP stakeholders in Adamawa are now laughing at him. We sympathise with him”.

According to him, the Adamawa state PDP chose a candidate whom most of their supporters see as incompetent, while pointing out that APC had come up with a credible candidate in person of Senator Muhammad Jibrila Bindaw who can rule the state.

Read Also: Another PDP Bigwig Joins Adamawa Guber Race

He therefore appealed to the people to think wisely in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state, dump the PDP which caused hardship within the 5-years they’ve been in power and vote for the APC which is ready to bring about positive and realistic changes in the whole country.

The Adamawa governorship election is about a month away and the political parties are gearing up for the competition.

Reported by great Researchers: Ebola May Hit 15 More Countries.

A new research has revealed that the deadliest Ebola outbreak in the history of mankind could spread to no fewer than 15 countries in West and Central Africa.

The research, carried out by the University of Oxford, also stated that up to 70 million people would be at risk of infection.

It was gathered that the study compared historic outbreaks to the virus’ possible transmission in bats and chimpanzees to predict how the disease could spread through its vast animal reservoir.
According to reports, it is the first time scientists have attempted to explain how the virus, which is contracted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has traveled westward across Africa.

READ ALSO: 7 Reasons Ebola Spreads Rapidly

The resulting map shows how the populations of the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Ghana and a dozen more countries could be hit by the outbreak, which has already killed nearly 2,300 people in 2014, according to latest estimates released on Tuesday, 9 September, 2014 by the World Health Organization, WHO.

Earlier studies on the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, have revealed that several species of bat are suspected of carrying the virus through the jungles of West and Central Africa without showing symptoms, passing the disease onto other animals which are eaten by some communities as “bush meat”.

Researchers said transmission to the human population was not “inevitable”, but that environmental factors in many more countries than previously considered made it possible for further Ebola outbreak outbreaks.
According to the latest research conducted by the University of Oxford, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Angola, Tanzania, Togo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Malawi could also join those countries already affected.

We Will Implement The Creation Of More States – David Mark.

Nigeria’s Senate President, David Mark had yesterday declared that the Senate will instill the creation of additional states after it was brought forth by the recently ended national conference.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh in the federal state capital, Abuja.

It read that the idea for the creation of more state’s matched the President’s idea was due to the mass populace desire to end the imbalances created by the current system.

He said this new creation will give Nigerians a more instilled sense of belonging.

READ ALSO: Jonathan Meets Obasanjo On Insecurity In Nigeria

It read: “Even if it takes my last breadth, I want to pursue the creation of state. I will put in my last breadth to ensure the creation of Apa State for my people” .

Mark revealed that the Senate has already advocated for the creation of more states, but some members have opposed with the notion that the existing ones can barely be maintained.

The 2015 National conference had proposed the idea for the creation of additional 18 states to increase the number of states in Nigeria from 36 to 54.

APC Accuse PDP, Zagbayi Nuhu Of Purchasing Votes.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the result of Niger East Senatorial bye-election, accused their opponents from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in unfair practices.

This message was delivered by party’s spokesperson in the state, Jonathan Vatsa, who declared that the result announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was unacceptable to the party, Punch reports.

“In some instances, people’s votes were purchased for N30,000 each. District, village and ward heads were intimidated and ordered to ensure victory for the PDP at their places of influence or have their appointments terminated,” Vasta declared.

The APC noted that top government officials in Hilux trucks were stationed at polling units and openly induced voters with cash and fabrics.

READ ALSO: What Jonathan Really Knows About Boko Haram – APC

However, the Returning Officer for the election, Prof Wole Moreniekeje, did not confirm such allegations, said that Zagbayi of the PDP have certified the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes and was declared an undisputed winner.

Governor of Niger State, Babagida Aliyu, is also sure that the result was fair. In his reaction, he dedicated the victory of the PDP to the people of the state. He said that Zagbayi’s victory was a reflection of the confidence the people have in the party.

The main opposition force of Nigeria wondered what moral right Governor Aliyu had to say that the victory for PDP was a reflection of the confidence the people have in the party, when he knew that the conduct of the election contravened the Electoral Act.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Nigeria Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID), 2015

The Federal Government of Nigeria invites application for Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) for the third edition (2015/2016 academic session). PRESSID Scholarships are available for qualified candidates to pursue postgraduate studies at the top 25 universities in the world. Applicants must be graduates from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions, who would have completed their National Youth Service by October 2014 and have obtained First Class Honours degree from any recognized and approved University. The application deadline is 18th October 2014.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in the specified and allied programs: Sciences: Nuclear Physics, Operations Research, Industrial Chemistry, Quantitative Genetics, Biometrics, Molecular Biology, etc; Medicine: Clinical Sciences, Dentistry, Oncology, Human Genetics, Forensic Medicine, Physiotherapy, Hepatology, Nuclear Medicine, Geriatrics, ophthalmology, etc.; Veterinary medicine*: Veterinary Parasitology, Theriogenology, Public Health, etc; Basic Medical Sciences: Biochemistry, Physiology, Dentistry, Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Human Nutrition, Nursing Science, Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Microbiology, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, etc; Pharmaceutical Sciences: Drug formulations, Natural products, Drug design, Phytochemistry, Ethnopharmacology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, etc; Accounting/Actuarial Science: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Petroleum Accounting, Cost & Management Accounting, Environmental Accounting, etc; Economics: Econometrics, Development Economics, Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Applied Economics, Labour Economics, etc; Engineering: Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronics, Control Systems, Material Science and Production Engineering, Nanotechnology, Process Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Refinery Design and Operations, Subsea Engineering, Thermal Power (Gas Turbine Option), Reservoir Analysis, Drilling Optimization, Chemical Process Dynamics & Control, Process Modelling and Simulations, etc; Computing and Information Technology: Intelligent Robotic Systems, Computer Systems and Software Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber-Security, etc.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing postgraduate studies at the top 25 universities in the world (University of Cambridge, UK, Harvard University USA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Yale University, USA, University of Oxford, UK, Imperial College London, UK, University College London, UK, University of Chicago, USA,University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), USA, Columbia University, USA, Stanford University, USA, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA, Princeton University, USA, University of Michigan, USA, Cornell University, USA, Johns Hopkins University, USA, McGill University, Canada, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland, Duke University, USA, University of Edinburgh, UK, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA, University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong, University of Toronto, Canada, Northwestern University, USA, The University of Tokyo, Japan. The following 3 universities can be applied to in addition to the aforementioned 25 universities: University of California, Los Angeles, USA, Carnegie Mellon University, USA and University of Washington, USA.
Scholarship Provider: The Federal Government of Nigeria
Scholarship can be taken at: USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and Switzerland

Eligibility: Presidential Special Nigeria Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID)Interested candidates should:
-be graduates from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions, who would have completed their National Youth Service by October 2014;
-have obtained First Class Honours degree from any recognized and approved University in the following disciplines and aim at postgraduate degrees in the specified and allied programs: Sciences: Nuclear Physics, Operations Research, Industrial Chemistry, Quantitative Genetics, Biometrics, Molecular Biology, etc;  

Medicine: Clinical Sciences, Dentistry, Oncology, Human Genetics, Forensic Medicine, Physiotherapy, Hepatology, Nuclear Medicine, Geriatrics, ophthalmology, etc.; Veterinary medicine*: Veterinary Parasitology, Theriogenology, Public Health, etc; Basic Medical Sciences: Biochemistry, Physiology, Dentistry, Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Human Nutrition, Nursing Science, Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Microbiology, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, etc; Pharmaceutical Sciences*: Drug formulations, Natural products, Drug design, Phytochemistry, Ethnopharmacology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, etc; Accounting/Actuarial Science: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Petroleum Accounting, Cost & Management Accounting, Environmental Accounting, etc; Economics: Econometrics, Development Economics, Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Applied Economics, Labour Economics, etc; Engineering: Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronics, Control Systems, Material Science and Production Engineering, Nanotechnology, Process Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Refinery Design and Operations, Subsea Engineering, Thermal Power (Gas Turbine Option), Reservoir Analysis, Drilling Optimization, Chemical Process Dynamics & Control, Process Modelling and Simulations, etc; Computing and Information Technology: Intelligent Robotic Systems, Computer Systems and Software Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber-Security, etc.
-In the case of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, candidates must have a minimum of 2 Distinctions in their Part 3 and Part 4 MBBS examinations or in their final results. In all cases, candidates must: not be above 30 years of age by October 2014; be computer literate; and be ready to be bonded and to work, preferably, as academic staff in any public university or research institute for a minimum period of five (5) years.

Scholarship Open for International Students: PRESSID Scholarships are open for citizens of Nigeria.

 Scholarship Description: As part of efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda, the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently developing a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts of change and agents of scientific and technological advancement, as well as sustainable economic development. This is being achieved through the sponsorship of outstanding students for postgraduate studies in the top 25 universities in the world. To this end, the Federal Government has instituted the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID).The Scheme, which sponsors graduates that have obtained First Class Honours degrees from any recognized and approved university, was established in January 2012 and has awarded a total of two hundred and five (205) scholarships under two editions (the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions).

Duration of award(s): Scholarships are awarded for the duration of one academic year, i.e., for 2015/16.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted online.

 Scholarship Application Deadline: Application closes on 18th October 2014.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Timaya Says He Can Never Go Broke Again.

Nigerian singer and songwriter, Enetimi Alfred Odom, popularly known as Timaya has sparked outrage of many when he took to his Instagram page to announce that he can never go broke again.

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Yesterday, the Odi, Bayelsa State-born, Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa, took to his IG page to say he can’t go broke no more. According to Timaya, he has lost the ability to go broke and it’s all God’s blessing. It however tuned out that one of his fans who has had an encounter with him, didn’t like the statement at all so he vented his anger on the singer’s IG page.

Timaya’s reply was however hilarious. See below the picture he posted with the words…..and check out the comments of the angry fan thereafter.

Ebola Spread By Taxi Passengers

In spite of global effort to wage war against the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has warned that the Ebola virus is spreading exponentially in Liberia.

The United Nations agency said that motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are “a hot source of potential virus transmission” because they are not disinfected in Liberia, where conventional Ebola control measures “are not having an adequate impact”.

It added that aid partners needed to scale up efforts against Ebola by three- to fourfold in Liberia and elsewhere in West African countries battling the epidemic.
According to WHO statistics released on Friday 5 September, the Ebola virus has killed 1,089 people among 1,871 cases in Liberia, the highest among the five West African countries affected by the current outbreak, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal and Liberia.

The report stated that in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, 2,097 have died out of 3,944 cases. Another 18 cases and seven deaths have been recorded in Nigeria and one non-fatal case in Senegal.

BOKO HARAM: What Herbalists Have Threatened To Do.

Following the allegations made by Australian Negotiator, Stephen Davis that former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ex Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika are Boko Haram sponsors, the Council of Babalawos in Northern Nigeria has urged security agencies in the country to investigate them.
The Council of Babalawos who gave a 40 ultimatum said if Modu Sheriff and Gen Ihejirika are not investigated they  would be forced to sue the men for allegedly financing terrorism.

In a statement made available to Punch and signed by its chairman, Mr. Fabunmi Aiyesoro and vice chairman, Mr. Ogunwale Ogunshola, the Council lamented the death of 48 of its members in the hand of the Boko Haram since 2011.

Nigerian Bar Association enlighten FG to Fight Boko Haram

Nigerian lawyers in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, under the umbrella, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, the Maiduguri chapter, has urged the Federal Government to adopt some of its strategies against the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in fighting Boko Haram.

The Chairman of the group, Malam Abdulwasiu Alfa, made this statement in Maiduguri on Monday, 8 September, 2014, while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

Alfa stated that the tactics and vigour the FG is currently using to fight the Ebola virus if directed towards the Boko Haram insurgents would go a long way in ending insurgency in the country.
“We commend the Federal Government for gallantly curbing the spread of the Ebola virus. We urge the government to do so toward ending the Boko Haram reign of terror in the country,” he said.
Alfa said that if government had adopted the same strategy in fighting the insurgency the problem would have been solved long ago.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Chibok Girls: Pst Tunde Bakare Defends.

Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly and Convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG) has come under criticism for his recent photo which surfaced online in which he was smiling wholeheartedly while holding a banner asking the Government to rescue the abducted girls.

The banner had the inscription, ‘Rescue Our Girls Now’, a campaign by the Women Arise movement, led by prominent Nigerian female activist, Joe Okei-Odumakin.

A lot of people were bothered why he had to smile over worrisome issue of terrorism in the photograph.
Speaking to Sahara Reporters on why he smiled, he said it is because he knows God is bigger than Boko Haram and the Federal Government of Nigeria as a whole.

How JTF Recruits Children To Fight Boko Haram.

As the Federal Government continues its war against terrorism in Nigeria, a new report, “Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict”, has accused the Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF and the Boko Haram sect of using children to fight each other.

According to the report published in New York, United States at the weekend, “Children as young as 13 are being recruited by both sides of the conflict and have nowhere to turn”.

The report added that the Islamist sect has subjected boys and girls to forced recruitment, detention, attacks at school, abductions, rape, and other forms of sexual violence.

The 64-page report stated that the gravity and scale of violations perpetrated by both the Civilian JTF and the Boko Haram warrant urgent action from the Federal Government, the United Nations, and other child protection actors.

The report titled “Who Will Care for Us?”  reveals grave violations by some parties to the conflict since December 2012 and recommends how to protect Nigerian children.

“While the abduction of over 200 girls in Chibok, Borno State, has shed some light on how children are affected by the conflict in the northeast, most abuses are still poorly documented, understood, and addressed by key actors,” Janine Morna, Researcher at Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, stated in the report.

The report added that security forces who encounter child soldiers in Boko Haram’s ranks often detain these children in unofficial military detention facilities known for the mistreatment of detainees, instead of protecting and rehabilitating them, in accordance with international standards.

“The government of Nigeria should denounce the recruitment of children by all armed groups, take immediate steps to release child soldiers in their custody, and develop procedures to transfer child soldiers to civilian actors,” said Morna.

READ ALSO: Nigerians Will Hear From Us Soon – Boko Haram

According to a media survey conducted by Watchlist,  attacks on schools in northern region has resulted in the death, injury, or abduction of at least 414 students, teachers, or other civilians on school premises between January 2012 and July 2014.
Morna stated that : “Continuous attacks on schools have devastated education in the region, creating a climate of fear for students and teachers, and leading to school closures from as early as April 2013. Relevant actors must bolster school security through programmes like the Safe Schools Initiative.”
Some of the documented abductions of boys and girls by Boko Haram, according to Watchlist, included Christian girls who were forced to convert to Islam and coerced into marrying members of the group, along with other female abducts.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Recruitment Manager at General Electric ( GE )

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at

Recruitment Manager

    Job TypeFull Time
    Experience 5 years
    Location Lagos
    Job Field Human Resources 

Relocation Expenses

Role Summary/Purpose
Our resourcing teams are at the heart of our ability to attract and hire the very best talent available to drive our continued growth. As a result of our strategic recruitment planning, business focus and increasing regional growth we are seeking to hire a Recruitment Manager to lead Oil and Gas Recruitment for West Africa based in Nigeria.

Essential Responsibilities
• Partner with business to gather specific customer needs related to recruitment and develop and execute recruitment plan focused on commercial growth
• Ensure delivery of metrics, particularly hiring cycle time and localisation
• Develop talent sourcing strategy for O&G in w. Africa utilizing multiple hiring channels to deliver local candidates
• Partner with internal customers to develop long term talent pipelining
• Drive proactive talent acquisition activity and headhunting in region
• Lead process transformation, process improvement and simplification projects
• Share best practice to develop team and customer knowledge and skills
• Support University and development program hiring
• On time delivery of all required Government reporting relating to Recruitment

• Minimum 5 years' plus relevant recruitment/HR experience
• Extensive people leadership; experience of leading and managing HR/Recruitment teams
• Strong communication, influencing and interpersonal skills
• Excellent consultative account management and business partnering skills with stakeholders at all levels
• Must be detailed oriented, organised and able prioritize complex multiple tasks and projects
• Proven ability to work well in a fast paced and complex organization
• Must be able to develop and implement complex processes across multiple locations
• Metric and SLA focused
• Process and compliance focused
• Demonstrable strategic thought-leadership, vision and innovation to drive improved performance, recruitment processes and tools
• Strong business acumen
• Expert in current technology which supports the identification, acquisition and on boarding of top talent using a broad range of creative sourcing channels, including data mining, advertising, direct research, networking and internet and database search
• Must possess right to live and work in Nigeria

Bare-Net Scholarship Award 2014

BARE-NET is a network NGO open to well-meaning individuals and partner organizations,existing to facilitate seamless communication with the people of this great Nation – Nigeria, especially the poor and disadvantaged in the communities,Towns and villages. Our principal intention is to provide a common voice and platform for sustenance of the livelihoods of the people,and all-round improvement of their well-being.

2014 Bare-Net Scholarship Programme


    The Baraza Renaissance Network, (Bare-Net Initiative) a Non-Governmental, Non-Political, Non-Religious and Non-Profit making Organization is hereby calling on all indigenes of Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas, in line with its motto “taking you from distress to greatness” who are in their first or second year in any UNIVERSITY in Nigeria in every discipline to go to the organization’s website: to apply for their scholarship that covers Tuition Fees and Stipends for every Semester covering the duration of their courses in the University.
    The Bare-Net Scholarship Award is for Tertiary Institution Students Indigenes of Sagboma LGA and Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa State. Interested candidate from the said LGA should fill the form below appropriately.
    Double entries per candidate will automatically disqualify you.

Application Closing Date
Entries for this award closes on Saturday 6th September, 2014.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to Apply online

N/B: There will be a test for all successfully shortlisted applicants on the 13th of September 2014 at the Federal Technical College Tungbo by 11:00am prompt.

Fight For Bama: Military Deploy Nigeria's Warplanes.

Nigerian military allegedly use country’s warplanes for carrying out air strikes in Bama previously seized by Boko Haram insurgents.
After the insurgents had recently taken over the strategic town of Borno state displacing locals and forcing soldiers to flee from the area, the military were said to continue counter-strike attacks on Boko Haram bases in Bama, this time deploying warplanes.

READ ALSO: US Reveals Boko Haram’s Next Attack

It was disclosed by a senior official, who pleaded anonymity while speaking with Reuters yesterday. According to him, air strikes have been carried out “on all the Boko Haram bases”, which he said reflected President Goodluck Jonathan’s order for a “fully-fledged war” against insurgents operating in the North-East.

Within a short period of time Boko Haram captured several strategic towns, including Gwoza, Bama and several others. Inspired by their success, the militants are believed to move further in an attempt to seize Maiduguri. It would be noted that after capturing Gwoza Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed Islamic Caliphate in the area. Now the terrorists’ aim is apparently to expand the caliphate.

On situation in Bama, Vanguard also reports referring to Reuters interview with Musa Sumail, a human rights activist in Maiduguri who said:

“Even today, we can see so many people leaving … the buses are going out plenty now.”

I Will Rule Oyo With The Fear Of God - Alao Akala.

Former Governor of Oyo State, Alao Akala who has made his intentions to run for Governor known has said he will rule the people of Oyo with the fear of God if re-elected.

He made his intentions known yesterday, September 4 while speaking at a  rally in Ibadan, the former governor listed the achievements of his administration when he was Governor of Oyo state.

Read his speech below:

I have received hundreds of telephone calls, thousands of text messages and personal visitations from all and sundry asking me to come out once again to contest for the post of the Governor of our dear Oyo State.

Military Vows To End Boko Haram.

Following incessant attacks by the dreaded Boko Haram Insurgents, the Nigerian military has said they are determined to put an end to the sect.
The Nigerian Military on Friday, in a statement signed by the Defence Spokesman Chris Olukolade read:

“In the light of the current challenges in the counter-terrorism efforts in the north east which has understandably elicited a sense of apprehension among citizens and even foreign allies, the DHQ wishes to reiterate the pledge and commitment it made while briefing the Joint Committee on Defence of the National Assembly to the effect that everything will be done to reverse the situation and defeat the rampaging terrorists.

“While welcoming all the concerns shown by Nigerians and a section of the international community following the increased menace and activities of terrorists, it is necessary to reassure all that the Nigerian Armed Forces is more than ever determined and committed to the defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, regardless of any odd.

READ ALSO: Civilian JTF To Storm Sambisa Forest And Fight Boko Haram

“It is not only the pride and reputation of the military that is at stake but that of the entire nation. We therefore urge our citizens not to lose hope or be disenchanted but to remain steadfast and supportive of the military as all steps are being taken to ensure the success of the counter-insurgency operations, especially at this crucial time when our sovereignty is being challenged.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Shock: Gunmen Kidnap Health Workers In Rivers.

Seven health workers working for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State have been reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen.

Punch reports that the health workers, four medical doctors, a pharmacist, one dentist and a nurse, were said to have been taken away by their captors at about 11pm on Saturday in Okolomade community.

Residents in the community informed newsmen that the unknown gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, stormed the community with AK-47 rifles and shot sporadically to scare away indigenes before going for their victims.

READ ALSO AS Gunmen Robs Pastor, Rapes Daughter In Ibadan

A member of the community also informed that the gunmen came in two speed boats and escaped with the health workers through the waterways in the area.

It was gathered that the incident caused confusion in the area as some members of the community, who ran into the bush to avoid being killed, only returned the following morning.

Shock: Police Barracks Razed In Lagos.

Latest reports indicate that fire has razed at least 40 apartments at Ijeh Police Barracks in Obalende, Lagos state.

According to a report published by P.M NEWS, the cause of the fire outbreak is still unknown.
The Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaq Fadipe, while speaking with newsmen, confirmed the fire incident.

He said: “An outbreak of fire is on now at Ijeh Police Barracks, Obalende. 24 rooms were consumed by fire.”
He however informed that, “two fire trucks from Onikan and Sari Iganmu are on ground to douse the fire.”
Details on what caused the fire are still being expected…..

Meanwhile, it would be recalled that on 29 August, 2014, a police inspector and his wife fell from the balcony of their apartment on the second floor of a two-storey building during a fight at the same barracks.

The officer was later reported to have died at a private hospital following serious head injuries he sustained.

The widow of the late police officer was to be in intensive care unit as doctors battled to save her life.

Poly Student Petitions Patience Jonathan.

Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has been petitioned by the former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Oludare Ogunlana, over the alleged rape of a female student of Ibadan Polytechnic, Eruwa Campus by a soldier.

Related: Patience Jonathan Donates Relief Materials In Borno

Leadership reports that Ogunlana, said the female student was allegedly raped at the weekend for over five hours by a soldier attached the joint anti-crime security outfit of the Oyo State government, code named “Operation Burst.”

He said the crime was committed within the premises of the agency located beside INEC office on local government secretariat Road, Eruwa area of the state. He lamented that the young lady has been left to her fate despite the overwhelming evidence and oral confession of the rapist soldier.

“The randy soldier assaulted the lady, detained, molested, harassed, threatened her life to instill fear, and raped her mercilessly under the mango tree in the vicinity of the ‘Operation Bburst’ office from 10.00 pm. to 3.00a.m.on Saturday 30th August, 2014.” he said.

The NANS former president, who alleged that there is an ongoing attempt to silence the victim and deny her justice, called for the urgent intervention of the first lady. He disclosed that despite threat to the victim’s life, she still gathered the courage to report the incident to the police on Saturday morning.

Ogunlana further revealed that rapist was identified among his colleagues and was arrested by the police, but was later handed over to the Nigerian Army authority for further investigation, with his name concealed.

Terrible: Kaduna Suspected Ebola Case Negative.

The first Ebola suspect in Kaduna State has allegedly tested negative to the deadly tropical virus.

September 2 a 19-year-old student of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) was admitted to hospital with EVD symptoms. However ABUTH Public Relations Officer Bilyaminu Umar said that the health workers were “still studying the development. He has already been quarantine. And all safety measures are in place. “

Commenting on the situation, Kaduna State Health Commissioner Thot Dogo said Tuesday that they were expecting lab results Wednesday afternoon.

FG Requests 2 Trial Ebola Drugs From Japan

According to the information already obtained by Premium Times (PT), the student is Ebola-free, which means there is currently no registered case of infection with the virus in Kaduna.

The source from the authoritative group of volunteer professionals working on Ebola interventions in the country was quoted saying:

Terrible: INEC Suspends Electoral Officers For Fraud.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  has suspended two of its top electoral officers in Osun State for their alleged involvement in electoral malpractices during the 9 August, 2014, governorship election in the state.

According to a report published by Punch online on Wednesday 3 September, 2014, a source close to Senator Iyiola Omisore, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Osun polls, told journalists of the suspension of the two INEC officials.
“INEC has suspended two electoral officers for electoral malpractices during the August 9 governorship election. Their offences included: sale of ballot papers to the APC, manipulation of form EC8 series to favour the APC and voiding of PDP votes counted in favour of the APC.

As associated with above:
Two INEC Officials Caught Cheating

“INEC headquarters tried them and found them culpable of working for the APC to rig the election,” the source informed.

It was gathered that form EC 8 series are forms where election results are entered into from the unit level to ward, local government and state.

The Supervising National Commissioner Osun governorship election, Ambassador Mohammed Wali, confirmed the suspension of the two electoral officers.

Wali, however, said the officers were suspended to enable the commission to properly investigate them.

“Presently, the electoral officers are under suspension. They are not guilty yet but they are being investigated,” Wali opined.

Reality: Another American Doctor Tests Positive To Ebola.

The Christian missionary group ‘SIM’ on Tuesday announced that another American health worker attending Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive to the virus.

According to AFP, this was made known by the group’s president, Bruce Johnson, who declined to give the name of the doctor.

Related: How Ebola-Infected Patients Are Cured

He said the victim has been working in obstetrics at the SIM-funded ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

However, the group said the new victim has not been working directly with Ebola patients, and wondered how he might have gotten himself infected. The doctor is said to have been isolated in the hospital dedicated to Ebola cases.

“My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola,” Johnson said. “We have gifted Liberian doctors, medical staff and support staff who are carrying on the fight.”

It would be recalled that two Americans who also worked at ELWA, Doctor Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol, were reported to have contracted the virus but were flown to the states from Liberia were they were successfully treated.

Narrattion by the US "President Obama" on Ebola Virus Disease : Stopping Ebola Won't Be Easy

US President Barack Obama has said stopping the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) won’t be easy but it can be achieved.

In a video, which appeared on the White House website and was aimed especially West African countries struggling in their fight to stop the outbreak of the Ebola virus, particularly residents of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria, Obama took out time to explain facts of the Ebola outbreak.

The president said: “Stopping this disease won’t be easy. But we know how to do it.

“You are not alone, together we can treat those who are sick with respect and dignity.

“We can save lives and our countries can work together to improve public health so this kind of outbreak doesn’t happen again.”

Obama warned Africans not to touch the dead bodies of people infected with Ebola, referring to the widely practiced tradition of touching and kissing the body before burial, as the virus is passed through bodily fluids of an infected person.

“You can respect your traditions and honor your loved ones without risking the lives of the living,” Obama said.

Here is a proof on APGA Pulling out of APC In Lagos.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA,  has pulled out of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, this is according to Prince Adesina Olayokun, APGA chairman in the state.

The Daily Sun reports that Olayokun made this disclosure through a statement he issued in Lagos at the weekend after a meeting of the party.

According to the statement, the APGA chairman said he and over 2,000 other members of APGA in Lagos State were dumping APC to return to their original party following series of unfulfilled promises by APC leadership at the peak of the merger of the three political parties that metamorphosed into APC.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

APGA Aspirant Trades Words With Governor Orji.

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State and a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the state, Chief Chikwe Udensi have engaged in a war of words over the 2015 general elections.

According to a report published by Punch online on 2 September, 2014, Udensi had in a recent media chat accused Orji of non-performance, adding that infrastructures have totally collapsed in Abia under the governor’s watch.

The APGA governorship aspirant also alleged that there was nothing to justify the huge resources accruing to the state from the federation accounts, promising that if given the opportunity he would salvage the state from “misrule and transform its collapsing economy.”

“There are no roads in Aba, and education has failed; the masses are suffering because of bad leadership,” he said.

While reacting to Udensi’s allegations, the Chief Press Secretary of Governor Orji, Charles Ajunwa, described Udensi’s comments as “malicious and the ranting of a political neophyte seeking relevance.”

According to the release signed byAjunwa, it stated that Governor Orji was so committed to delivering “on his covenant with Abians and transformation agenda that he would not be distracted by the antics of detractors like Udensi and his cohorts.”

The release reads in part: “The attention of Abia State Government has been drawn to the ranting of a political lilliput who thinks the only way to achieve popularity is to attack the government in power.

“Political jobbers like Udensi should be reminded that governorship of Abia State is not for opportunists but for men with vision and character.”

Orji also described Udensi as “clueless” for his critical stance on the Governor’s airport project which he said amounted to a misplaced priority.

How Ebola-Infected Patients Are Cured.

Dr.Bruce Ribner, who is the  Medical Director of Specialised Infectious Disease unit at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, has revealed that patients who recover from Ebola virus infection will generally develop a high immunity to the virus.

It was reported that Ribner was the leader of the team that took care of  the  two American aid workers, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were released after being pronounced “recovered” from Ebola contracted Ebola while working in west Africa, hence, the validity of this report.

Still Linking: How Elderly Woman Contracted Ebola In Port-Harcourt

Ribner made it known that Ebola survivors are totally immuned against the deadly disease by developing antibodies that helps fight the virus. The Medical Doctor said:  “In general, the finding is it’s basically like being immunised-it would be unusual to get infection with the same strain. We are still evaluating that in our two patients”.
Ribner made it known that although his claims are exact, there are two outpatients who are on evaluation to drive home the point.  “They have agreed to undergo additional testing so we can better understand immunity to Ebola virus. We are meeting with them periodically”, he explained.

“What we found in general is that among our Ebola patients, because of the amount of fluid they lost through diarrhoea and vomiting, they had a lot of electrolyte abnormalities. And so replacing that with standard fluids without monitoring will not do a very good job of replacing things like sodium and potassium. In both of our patients we found those levels to be very low.

Finally: Arsenal Sign Danny Welbeck of Man United.

Arsenal have last night completed the signing of English Striker Danny Welbeck from English rivals Manchester United.
The 23 year old had made 90 appearances, scoring 20 goals. Since making his senior debut in 2008, Welbeck has also won 25 England caps.

Moyes Fines Wellbeck For Partying

Welbeck plays as a forward or at the wing position and came through the youth camps of Manchester United and had successful loan spells at Preston North End and Sunderland.

BRAZIL 2014: Top Floppers We Expected More From

The transfer was kept on as late as they two clubs could, because Manchester United was clearing out the necessary work papers to sign Radamel Falcao.

Ebola: 39 Arrested Foreigners Released

ThisDay reports that the Commissioner for Health and Head of the Ebola Virus Task Force, Ayebatonye Owei, has refuted the claims, describing it as the work of rumour mongers.

He said there was no iota of truth in the speculation, and assured members of the public that government had made adequate preparation to contain any outbreak of the disease in the state.

Owei further explained that the government has no reason to hide such information from the people as any outbreak of the dreaded disease is capable of spreading to all irrespective of status.

While assuring residents in the state who had been gripped by panic since last week, Owei categorically stated that there is no case of Ebola in Bayelsa State and described the speculations as purely false.

Liberian Health Workers Protest Over Ebola.

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa got to another height on Monday, 1 September, 2014 when nurses at Liberia’s largest hospital went on strike over the deadly disease.

According to a report published by the AFP, the health workers were demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against the Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African nation.

Speaking on their demands, John Tugbeh, spokesperson for the strikers at Monrovia’s John F Kennedy hospital, said the nurses would not return to work until they are supplied with “personal protective equipment (PPEs)”, the hazmat-style suits which guard against infectious diseases.

“From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs,” he said.

The Ebola virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has killed more than 1 550 people in four countries since the start of the year – almost 700 of them in Liberia, according to a recent report published by the World Health Organisation, WHO.
A high proportion of the deaths – almost a tenth – have been among health workers and the WHO has warned that the outbreak is set to get a lot worse, predicting up to 20 000 cases before it is brought under control.

It was gathered that the surgical section at JFK is the only trauma referral centre in Liberia and a long-term dispute would severely damage the country’s capability to respond to the Ebola crisis.

It would be recalled that the hospital closed temporarily in July over the infections and deaths of an unspecified number of health workers who had been treating Ebola patients.

“We need proper equipment to work with [and] we need better pay because we are going to risk our lives,” Tueh said.

As at the time of compiling this report, management of the hospital has not make a statement over the crisis, hence it is not clear how large the striking group was, or what contingency plans were in place at the hospital.

Meanwhile, in a statement released earlier on Monday, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered most civil servants in the country to stay at home for another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Ebola: Six Quarantined Persons Released In Enugu.

Residents of Enugu State heaved a sigh of relief on Monday, following the release of six persons who had been quarantined on suspicion of having Ebola virus after coming in contact with a nurse who had travelled to the city from Lagos.

This Day reports that the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. George Eze, made this known during the opening ceremony of a two-week certificate course organised by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing held in Enugu.
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The Commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Medical Services in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Ndubuisi Ejeh, said the six remaining persons who had contact with the nurse had been certified free of the dreaded disease following the outcome of their test result.

Eze, however, reiterated the need for people  to keep their environments clean at all times, and stressed the need to continue the sensitization on the Ebola virus, warning that presently it had no known cure.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Vice President Sambo Wants PDP Defectors To Return

Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi is unassuming, courageous and dependable. He has handled so many committees, local and state assignments with utmost loyalty credibility and commitment. He was a member of the defunct Social Democratic Party, (SDP), Ward B3, Ojo Local Government Area from 1991-1993, while in 1996-1997, he was the publicity secretary of the defunct National Centre Party of Nigeria (NCPN), Ojo Local Government. He had also handled the portfolio of the Local Government Area secretary under the platform of the National Centre Party of Nigeria (NCPN), Ojo Local Government from 1997-1998.

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Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent at the weekend, he accused the President of paying more attention to his re-election bid in 2015 than the insecurity currently bedeviling the nation.

He stated that the President’s concentration on winning the 2015 election may be dangerous for Nigeria.

Reality: Pastor Kumuyi Counsels Nigerians On Ebola

While speaking on Sunday, 31 August, 2014 during a worldwide satellite broadcast to members of  his church, "The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, has spoken once again on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria. He urged Nigerians to develop good health habits to avoid contracting the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
Kumuyi also challenged Nigerians to do more for their safety and health, aside praying.

“Many people have the idea that it is only prayer that gets them well and make them whole and healthy.

“If you look at the Scriptures, you will discover that there are a number of things that contribute to our healing and health.

“These things include our habits, holiness, hope, home, happiness, hospitality and hygiene,” Kumuyi said while speaking on the topic, ‘Healing and Health for the Whole Man’.

Shock: GovernorAmaechi Replies Alamieyeseigha On Jonathan

Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has dismissed the call by former Bayelsa State Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha  for him to beg President Goodluck Jonathan and return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Alamieyeseigha, who was convicted for money laundering but later granted pardon by Jonathan had made the call at the weekend.
The PDP chieftain said: “I think there is no problem between Governor Amaechi and  President Goodluck Jonathan. I think Amaechi should be humble enough to go to the President and say, ‘I am sorry’, because he has no place to go.

“A child that is not respectful will also not deserve respect from anyone. I have spoken to both of them. Jonathan has no issues. President of Nigeria is very powerful. I even told Amaechi: the first entity you cannot fight is Almighty God and the second entity is the government(President Jonathan).


The APC says that if Ebola Spreads, citizens should hold President Jonathan Responsible.
The minister said that it was expected that a few more contacts could develop the EVD, especially in River state, before Nigeria could see the last case of the disease.

Chukwu explained that the strategies for containing the disease in the country were focused on appropriate information, education, communication and sustenance of the surveillance systems.

He also mentioned reduction in harmful practices that promote the spread of the virus, provision of adequate care for confirmed cases and active contact tracing as strategies for containing the deadly virus.

Chukwu said the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had received approval for the re-production of copies of the protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for management of Ebola cases.

He said that the approval also included protocols for submitting samples to the laboratories and burying of victims of the disease.

He disclosed that Ebola virus could be diagnosed in five states in the country and Abuja and listed the states as Lagos, Oyo, Edo, Ogun and Rivers.

Chukwu said that the ministry had planned to procure additional mobile laboratories for Abakaliki, Port Harcourt, Bauchi, Jos and Sokoto.

He added that the ministry had also proposed a special fund to support affected private hospitals that complied with the policy of seeing all patients and reported suspected cases.

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“The three confirmed cases not treated in Lagos comprise a surviving primary contact of the index case (Patrick Sawyer), an ECOWAS Commission staff; a private medical practitioner and a female patient.

“An ECOWAS Commission staff who became symptomatic, evaded surveillance in Lagos, travelled to Port Harcourt and infected his attending physician,’’ he said.

Chukwu said that the number of Ebola virus cases in the country was 16, adding that number of cases treated in the isolation centre in Lagos was 13 while number discharged was seven.

He said that total number of deaths among those treated in Lagos was five while those still receiving treatment in Lagos were two.

Meanwhile a new Ebola virus case in Portharcourt was reported today of a female doctor who was on admission at the Green Hart hospital where late Port Harcourt doctor, Iyke Enemoah, was treated after he got infected with the deadly virus by an ECOWAS official, has tested positive to Ebola.

On Thursday, August 28, Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu confirmed the first recorded death from Ebola in Portharcourt.

Late Dr. Iyke Enemou, who treated ECOWAS diplomat Olu Koye who was already infected with the Ebola Virus Disease died on August 22 in Port Harcourt after his health got worse.

Meanwhile it was reported, yesterday, that ECOWAS diplomat Olu Koye who was already infected with the Ebola Virus Disease may face manslaughter charges for fleeing to Portharcourt and spreading the deadly disease.

According to World Health Organization,WHO, the Ebola outbreak is the worst ever, as it has reported more than 1,550 cases of people infected with the deadly disease

Latest onEbola Virus: 271 Under Surveillance

Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday, September 1 announced that 271 people suspected to have contracted the Ebola virus were under surveillance in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
The Minister who the suspected Ebola victims as at Sunday were placed under surveillance made this known in Abuja at the second emergency National Council on Health meeting on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Nigeria.

THANKS GOD: Allison-Maduke Aide’s mother Escapes Kidnap Attempt.

Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke Personal Assistant’s mom was almost kidnapped by armed me today, but thanks to the work of the state security outfit, Operation Door-Akpor.

The security men and troops from the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield are said to have rescued 73 year old Madam Nwokoya from the grip of the armed men.

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    prepare quarterly time schedule for SQI assessment

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    Perform safety audits and inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance
    Investigates industrial accidents, near-miss incidents and occupational injuries to determine causes, install preventive measures and manage return- to- work activities
    Supervises the regular inspection of fire fighting, safety and emergency response equipment

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Upcoming 2015: U.S Promises Free And Fair Election.

The United State of America Ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, at the weekend revealed that his country has promised to deliver a credible electoral process that would enable Nigerians to freely express their wishes.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the U.S envoy made the revelation during a visitation to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other party chieftains.

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Responding, Odigie-Oyegun, who thanked the U.S government for its various supports to Nigeria, also requested the US envoy to help sensitise other politicians on the need to allow the people have free, fair and credible elections.

It would be recalled that the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, on August 20, 2014, revealed that the U.S. was supporting Nigeria because of the long standing relationship between both countries, and went ahead to explain other aspect the country should still expect further support.

Following the forceful conscription of youths by Boko Haram to fight against the Nigerian and Cameroonian army in the border areas and in Gambouru town, thousands have now fled their homes, flooding the north of neighbouring Cameroon.

Over 200 youths were said to have fled to the Cameroonian border town of Fotokol and three other villages yesterday morning as anyone who refused to be conscripted was slaughtered by the insurgents.

2015: Jonathan Gets Endorsement, Key PDP Members Absent.

The North-West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election slated for February.

Punch reports that the endorsement took place at a stakeholders’ meeting held at the late Gen. Hassan Katsina Hall, Kawo in Kaduna State.

The leadership and members of the party in the zone urged the president to surrender himself for the continued service to the nation in 2015.

Assurance: NYSC to stop Ebola Outbreak in Camps.

It also added that prospective corps members deployed to the affected states scheduled for the exercise are to report at the designated orientation camps reflected in their call-up letters for registration.

The affected states, according to the advertorial, are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Lagos, Osun and Yobe.

“In order to ensure a seamless exercise, prospective corps members are advised to report on the dates indicated in the timetable presented here-under.

“The grouping is in accordance with the geopolitical zones where the corps members come from.

“Prospective corps members are to report within the dates indicated against their geopolitical zones for documentation, registration and collection of kit items only.

Report: NYSC Reduces Orientation Camp Over Ebola.

In a bid to curb the spread of Ebola Virus in Nigeria, the directorate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced that the 2014 Batch B orientation program will last for between 1 to 2 days instead of the usual 21-day program.

This is according to an advertorial published in a national daily on Saturday, 30 August, 2014, by NYSC management.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government made a pronouncement last week that all schools in the country should not reopen until October 13, 2014 due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in the country.

According to the advertorial, the reduced version of the 2014 Batch B orientation course will run between September 1 and  8, 2014.

Shock: PDP Accuses Fayemi Of Fraudulent Activities.

A news states that the Peoples Democratic Party known as "PDP", announced that; PDP Ekiti State chapter, has accused the incumbent governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi, of selling valuable assets and properties of the state at give away prices.

The opposition party in Ekiti said this in a statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti by its Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole on Sunday, 31 August, 2014.

According to the statement, the PDP alleged that Ekiti properties are being sold to chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and cronies of Governor Fayemi.
The party also accused some top officials in the state’s Housing Corporation and the Directorate of Lands and Planning of conniving with APC leaders and top functionaries of the administration to perpetrate the fraud.

The PDP added that the fraudulent sale of properties included government assets in the state as well as some located in Abuja and Lagos.

It listed the affected properties to include parcels of land and houses at Irewolede Estate Phases I and II, Ado-Ekiti as well as pieces of land and houses at Obasanjo Housing Estate, Ikere Road, Ado-Ekiti, while vehicles and state properties in Abuja and Lagos were not left out.

“Lands at Irewolede and Obasanjo Estates are for Housing Development Scheme, not Site and Serviced, with Certificates of Occupancy (CofO) of the estates already used by the Ekiti State Housing Corporation to apply for N1.5 billion mortgage facility from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) out of which less than N1 billion has been approved, waiting for payment to the Ekiti State Housing Corporation.