Friday, 3 July 2015

My husband’ll improve your conditions, Aisha Buhari assures Nigerians


Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, on Friday assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will do everything possible to improve their living conditions.
She therefore asked them to give the President all the needed support to succeed.
Mrs. Buhari spoke during the traditional breaking of Ramadan fast she organised for the less privileged inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
She said, “I want to assure you that my husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, will do everything possible to improve the living conditions of every citizen.
“I also want to acknowledge your contributions in various fields to the socio-economic development which are very important to the survival of our nation.
“You know that the nation is passing through a transition, therefore, there is need for all to support this government to succeed.”

Fraudsters impersonating me on social media, Ambode cries out

   The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday raised the alarm on the activities of some impostors, he alleged had been impersonating him via various social media platforms to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, the governor said some dubious characters were attempting to capitalise on his goodwill to dupe members of the public, particularly his associates.
He said he had been inundated with complaints from his associates, alerting him of the rapid proliferation of his identity in the cyberspace under different platforms, especially the social media, with obvious intents to defraud Nigerians.

`Get Ready To Sell Your Private Jets’

   Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo on Friday advised public officers and politicians to get rid of their private jets as President Muhammadu Buhari had begun blocking financial leakages in the country’s economy.
Oshiomhole made this known at a public lecture titled “Labour and the Nigerian Economy: What needs to be done”, held at the University of Port Harcourt.
He said that businessmen who connived with some officials of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to defraud the nation through subsidy claims would be probed.
“Few people (in Nigeria) are taking away so much wealth, while majority of the people are going home with almost nothing.

Friday Bomb: Female highway bombers kill 10 in Borno – Police

highway suicide bombings in some parts of the state.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun, confirmed this to newsmen in Maiduguri.
Opadokun said a suicide attack occurred at Malari village along the Bama/Konduga highway, involving a suspected female bomber.
The Cp added, “The first attack happened at Malari village along the Bama/Konduga highway when a female suicide bomber detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, strapped to her body, killing herself and seven others.
“Thirteen persons sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital for help.

President Buhari Nine Appointees So Far

   While many Nigerians have been clamoring for President Muhammadu Buhari to appointment all his ministers since he assumed office on May 29, the former head of state has only named some key personnel. 
President Buhari Nine Appointees So Far
Many believe, in the coming days, the president would announce more appointments., however, brings to you the appointments made so far:
1. Femi Adesina (SSA)
Femi Adesina is the Senior Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the president. Adesina is the current President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and serves as the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun newspapers.He is a pioneer staff of The Sun newspaper where he became the editor, and later the managing director and editor-in-chief, a position he will be quitting for the new position.

How Tinubu, Akande Boycotted APC NEC Meeting

   There are strong indications that the crisis in the All Progressives Congress is far from over as two influential leaders of the party, boycotted the National Executive Committee meeting attended by President Muhammadu Buhari today, July 3.
A former governor of Lagos state, Ahmed Tinubu, and the party’s former interim chairman, Bisi Akande, shunned the party’s meeting on Friday, raising fears that the party may be nowhere near resolving a leadership crisis.
However, in the absence of both leaders (Tinubu and Akande), President Buhari appealed to APC members to respect the supremacy of the party and allow the “system to work”.
Addressing journalists on the absence of Tinubu and Akande, the APC national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, said invitation to the meeting was at the discretion of the national working committee of the APC, or its executive committee.
How Tinubu, Akande Boycotted APC NEC Meeting
Chief Bola Tinubu And Chief Bisi Akande
He said the leaders were not members of the party’s exco, as such, it was the discretion of the APC working committee to decide who to invite.
Mohammed will, however, dodge a question by a reporter who reminded him that identification tags for Tinubu had been seen at the venue of the meeting, Premium Times reports.

The media outfit confirmed that Tinubu was in the country as of Friday.
At the end of the meeting, Mohammed said all sides had agreed that the party was supreme, and must be respected.

Senator Zappone publishes findings of the Civic Forum on One Parent Families


Click here to watch my speech from the Seanad today about Lone Parents

Welfare changes, better job prospects and training, accessible child care identified as key concerns of lone parent families
Statement by Senator Katherine Zappone
The voices of lone parent families need to be heard as welfare changes which will cut income and job prospects for many come into force from midnight July 1st 2015. The Independent Senator is seeking the establishment of a special working group to give voice to lone parents in the preparations for the Budget – including the National Economic Dialogue which will be hosted by the Government later this month.
Senator Zappone made her call as she published a range of recommendations from a Civic Forum of Lone Parent Families and their supporters at Leinster House.
In its recommendations the Forum is seeking affordable and accessible early childhood education and after school care as well as opportunities through training and higher education to improve the job prospects of parents.
Publishing the Civic Forum's report, Senator Zappone insisted that "the Government should urgently consider our findings and I believe should respond by:
• Establishing a special working group as a matter of urgency to include lone parent representatives, civil society as well as TDs and Senators which can contribute to the planned National Economic Dialogue meetings and other preparations for the Autumn budget
• Ensure families are not out of pocket by immediately resetting the Income Disregard level for the Job Seekers Transition Allowance to that of the One-Parent Family Allowance
• Give those families impacted by the new changes priority in accessing quality childcare, including the provision of a special allowance when the only option is a private service"
Senator Zappone added “From this week the reality of the welfare changes will hit lone parent families with threats to income, reduced access to training and education as well as access to work. The unintended consequences of the Government’s welfare changes have caused confusion, anger and fear for many under-pressure families in our local communities – and have even attracted the critical attention of a United Nation’s Committee.
Today I am proud to publish the recommendations of a special Civic Forum for lone parent families I hosted at Leinster House earlier this year – not surprisingly the threat posed by the welfare changes loomed large but there are also other more wide-ranging proposals which require action. Even at this late stage I am asking Ministers to listen to the voices of those I brought to Leinster House.
By acting now we can reverse the unfairness of the current changes and also ensure that supports and opportunities are provided which are of a standard to be expected in a modern European democracy.”

Click here to read the outcome report from the Lone Parents Civic Forum.


From all indications, all efforts that has made by Nigerian juju music superstar, King Sunny Ade, to make his upcoming US tour a success have met with troubled waters.
The veteran star, known as the King of Nigerian juju music, was scheduled to kick off his trek in few days; July 15, but the ongoing visa delay has left him with no choice but to put off the gigs, including a set at Chicago, Illinois’ Square Roots Festival.

In pictures, Maheeda reveals her 3 favourite sex positions


Pictured: When fuji stars, Saheed Osupa & Pasuma, reconciled yesterday!

   Pictured: When fuji stars, Saheed Osupa & Pasuma, reconciled yesterday!
Music stars Saheed Osupa and Pasuma are in the league of Nigeria’s hottest fuji musicians. For many years, the duo were close allies till rivalry and superiority war tore them apart. This led to personal confrontations and the use of abusive lyrics, violent eruptions among their fans. The good news is that in the spirit of Ramadan, Saheed Osupa and Pasuma, who are both Muslims, have now reconciled. The music stars reconciled yesterday at a Ramadan lecture.



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