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FG to end recession by increasing workers salary

- The federal government is set to review the current minimum wage for Nigeria civil servants

- The committee will be set up after the submission of a report from a palliative committee next week

- The government also said the new committee will comprise of federal, state and Nigerian Labour Congress members

The Nigerian government has set up committee to review the minimum wage
The federal government is set to make moves to review the current minimum wage for civil servants in Nigeria.

This review comes on the heels of several demands made by the Nigerian Labour Congress on the increase of the minimum wage from N18,000 to N90,000.

While the Nigerian government had also proposed a benchmark of N45,000, the NLC in its quest insisted on receiving N90,000 as minimum wage.

But in an interview with Punch, the special assistant to the minister of labour and productivity Nwachukwu Obidiwe said the federal government will set a tripartite committee for the review process.

Obidiwe said the com…

Just In: Governor of IMO state launches airline!

Officially, Imo state is the first state in Nigeria to own and operate an airline company. The news of the inauguration of Imo Air is spreading fast with the citizens of the state rejoicing over the new achievement.

Imo Air kicks off.
This is indeed a new achievement for the Igbos as they have made an impressive landmark for the tribe and the nation as a whole.

The Imo airline would be operated by Dana Air. Governor Rochas Okorocha has ordered his stakeholders in the state to deliver the first batch of the aircraft to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in Owerri, the state capital.

Governor Rochas Okorocha inaugurates Imo Airline.
The carrier name of the airline is Imo Air; it would compete with other operators in the Nigerian aviation sector. It is hoped that it would boost the revenue of the state and provide massive employment for the citizens of the state and promote business opportunities.

The Ndi Igbo and Imolites are expected to benefit largely from the operation of th…

See what happened to Super Eagle's Captain John Obi Mikel [SO SAD]

Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel has lost his father-in-law on Tuesday, January 24 2017.

Late Diyachenko with his grandchild and also with her daughter Olga and Mikel Obi
The Russian damsel who had Mikel's twins confirmed the death of her business tycoon father Mr Diyachenko on Instagram. She posted a picture of her late father carrying one of her children while alive.

''We said our last goodbye to you today daddy, you were not just extraordinary as so many said today.

"You were a legendary man, father, friend, companion, husband and grandpa. Your strong

hand is holding my hand for life. I love you.️ My rock, my life my Dad. Rest in Peace monkeypops,'' Olga wrote.

It was disclosed that the former Chelsea player is emotionally down as he was said to be close to his 'father-in'law'

Buhari is alive, says presidency

The Presidency on Saturday said there was no truth in the news making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is dead.
An online report had claimed that Buhari who began a medical vacation on Thursday died in a London hospital where he was receiving medical attention. “The report is a hogwash,” the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, simply said when our correspondent contacted him.
Adesina also denied the report on his Twitter handle, praying for those behind it to repent.
“Best wishes to all who wish PMB well. As for those who carry evil rumours, may they receive grace to repent,” he report.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also took to his Twitter handle to deny the report.

Shehu wrote, “He is alive and well. President Buhari is not magical. He cannot be holidaying in the UK and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time.

[NEWS] Help Africa achieve its goals, Jonathan tells Trump.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the new President of the United States, Donald Trump, asking him to help Africa maximise its potential.

Jonathan said in a Facebook post that he was hopeful that the US would prosper under a Trump presidency.He said, “I congratulate you, the 45th President of the United States, as you begin your tenure today. I pray that God will bless your tenure and enable you to actualise your vision and commitment to building a better and more secured America and the world.
“Let me seize this opportunity to express my hope and desire that your administration will work with Africa to help her people realise their achievable great future and harness the God given potential domiciled in the land and people of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town.”
The ex-President said being a successful businessman and billionaire, Trump would be able to bring his spirit of success into governance.
Jonathan said the world would be a better place under a Trump presidenc…

The Niger Delta As A Microcosm Of Nigeria | Eugene Abels | TEDxPortHarcourt

Despite being abundant in human and natural resources, violence and decline in development prevail in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. In this talk, Eugene Abels invites us to stop pointing fingers at governments, unite and reflect on our history and also, to change our thought patterns, attitudes and habits in order to create the community/nation we want.

A deliberate Change Agent and technocrat committed to international best practices who has in three decades traversed the Real, Banking and Public Sectors of the Nigerian Economy, Eugene Irefa Abels was born, bred and schooled in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. He hails from two oil producing Communities, Nembe and Finima and believes that they are a microcosm of the Niger Delta Region.

An exponent of the need to exorcise our Colonial past from the souls of our public servants and elected officials, he believes the art of governance has been reduced to the single person pronoun ‘I’ whereas ‘we the people’ holds no relevance.

[NEWS] Protester sets himself on fire outside Trump’s hotel

An anti-Trump protester caused a scare on Tuesday night when he set himself on fire outside Donald Trump’s hotel.
The unidentified man suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital by the police, who along with fire fighters were called by workers in the hotel, according to a report by Mail Online.
The report said the man had set himself on fire around 9:30pm, yelling ‘Trump’ repeatedly with flames on his back. He was quoted as saying in an interview with NBC, “I tried to light myself on fire as an act of protest. ‘(I’m protesting) the fact that we’ve elected somebody who is completely incapable of respecting the constitution of the United States.”

[NEWS] 43 years old man allegedly defrauds church of N3.2m

A 43-year-old man, Femi Dasaolu, was on Wednesday arraigned at an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State for allegedly defrauding End Time Christ Ministry, Abeokuta, N3.2m.
Dasaolu, whose address is unknown, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretext and fraud.
The prosecutor, Inspector Sunday Eigbejiale, told the court that the accused committed the offence in September of 2014 at Obada-Oko area of Abeokuta. Eigbejiale further said the accused deprived and defrauded the church of N3.2m under the pretext of selling a five-acre piece of land to the church, for building its permanent site at Obada Oko.
The prosecutor also said that Dasaolu fraudulently converted the money to his personal use.
He said the offence contravened sections 419, 383, and 390 (9) of the Criminal Law of Ogun, 2006.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty and the magistrate, Mrs. Oriyomi Sofowora, granted him bail in the sum of N250,000; with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned th…

Mavrodians panic as MMM cancels requests for payment

But the scheme had another excuse ready; a system upgrade is to be blamed. It explained that the site was not fully shut down for the upgrade because that would cause panic.
They said, “Please note that the GH orders were not cancelled because if cancelled, you will see it at the right hand side as deleted. It was removed because of the following reasons:
There is an ongoing upgrade because programmers are always working on the MMM system every day so the promised New Model can be unveiled as soon as possible.”
It added, “There is no cause for any alarm over the removed GH orders, if you check your Mavro, you will notice the value of the removed GH order has been restored and had also increased though it is still showing pending withdrawal.”
But for many participants, there was call for alarm. For instance, a user pointed out that contrary to the claim in the statement there was no pending sign on his account.
“My mavro isn’t showing pending o. And I hope the order will be restored a…

[SPORTS] Xabi Alonso to retire in June

Spanish World Cup winner and double European champion Xabi Alonso is set to retire at the end of the season when his Bayern Munich contract expires, a report in Germany said.
Leaders Bayern kick off the second half of the Bundesliga season at Freiburg on Friday in their bid for a fifth straight German league title with the 35-year-old Alonso poised to end his playing career in June.
It would mean the German giants could lose significant experience for next season with club captain and ex-Germany skipper Philipp Lahm also reportedly considering retiring in June to take over as Bayern’s team manager. According to Sport Bild, Alonso has already told club bosses he does not want to sign a contract extension.
Having joined Bayern for the 2014/15 season, Alonso is bidding to finish with a third straight German league title with Munich currently three points clear in the table.
Alonso has won 16 titles for clubs and country, including the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European champi…

Foods that are beneficial to sickle cell patients

The role of nutrition is very important in the life of someone living with sickle cell. Since I started writing this column, I have received numerous emails from readers with questions like, ‘I will like to know about food that can help so that one do not go into crises, some ask for themselves and while others ask on behalf of their kids.
This is something that I would like to address in today’s column.People living with sickle cell disease have increased need for calories and micronutrients (for example, vitamins and minerals). A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes will provide a greater proportion of the essential nutrients and appropriate supplementation they need for the formation of blood cells.
Sickle cell, as you know, is an inherited disorder, characterised by lifelong anaemia and painful crisis. A good diet is of essence in the life of those with the disorder.
Sometimes we are so busy, we forget to eat, or we lose our appetite for food because of other …

[Music] Mr Era - Aproko

Mr Era is a young and a talented artist that has been in the music industry for a while, ruling the underground music in grand style for a while now. He has decided to put it up again, and keep the vibe on by dropping this lovely single, "APROKO" , prod by Dj Howbert. This would be loved by everyone.


Man, wife, three children die in Kebbi fire

Calamity befell Koko town in the Koko Local Government Area of Kebbi State after a couple, Kehinde and Kehinde Sarafa, were burnt to death in a fire that gutted their apart The couple’s three children, Abdullahi (male, four years old); Alimat (female, three years old) and Moriam (female, one year old), were also reportedly burnt beyond recognition.
PUNCH Metro gathered from friends and family members of the victims that Kehinde, aka Lasisi, had been living with his family in Sokoto State, where he worked as a digital photo printer.
He was said to have moved to Koko, Kebbi State, after securing appointment with a top-flight company.
Our correspondent learnt that after about four months of shuttling from Sokoto where his family was, and Kebbi, the place of his new job, he decided to relocate his wife and children to his two-bedroomed flat in Koko.
The 38-year-old reportedly turned on his generator on Monday and went to sleep with his family.
However, around 1.30am  on Tuesday when the…

Doctors Wife Delivers Quintuplets after Ten Years of Waiting

The wife of a medical practitioner at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Dr. Ekpo Edet, has delivered a set of quintuplets after 10 years of marriag.Quintuplets are five children born at one birth.
Edet, whose wife gave birth on Monday through normal delivery, said they had been without a child for 10 years.
He said that his joy knew no bound when his wife successfully delivered three girls and two boys.
Although our correspondent could not gain access to the new mother on Tuesday, elated Edet described the newborns as “precious gifts from God.”
He said, “I want to thank God almighty for this precious gift of five children. He is a faithful God; the children are kicking and in good condition.
“God has been faithful to my family; five children at a go is, indeed, a wonderful blessing to me and my wife.
“It is not going to be easy taking care of the children; I am soliciting support from all well-meaning Nigerians, all my friends and well wishers,’’ he said.
Chief Medical Dir…

How "Factory Worker", Cohen Bramall gets Signed by Arsenal.

Cohen Bramall signed for Premier League giants Arsenal on Tuesday just a week after being made redundant from his factory job with luxury carmakers Bentley.
The 20-year-old defender — who had previously failed to convince Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday to take him on after trials with them — signed for a reported fee of £40,000 (46,000 euros, $48,500) from non league side Hednesford Town. “Incredible, incredible. It’s a dream come true. I can’t believe that I’m here already,” he told the Arsenal website.
“I played a game at Birmingham City on a Monday. Then on the Tuesday, I was made redundant from Bentley Motors and on the Wednesday, Arsenal came in.
“I was gobsmacked and took the chance with both hands. I drove down on the Wednesday and trained with the first team on Thursday and Friday. Then they offered me a deal.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said last week that Bramall reminded him of Gunners defending great Ashley Cole.
Bramall — who may end up crossing swords with ano…

FIFA approves 48 team World Cup for 2026

FIFA’s ruling council on Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, with a format of 16 groups of three nations.

“The FIFA Council unanimously decided on a 48-team #WorldCup as of 2026: 16 groups of 3 teams,” a tweet from FIFA’s official account said.

Trump names son-in-law senior White House advisor

Donald Trump on Monday named son-in-law Jared Kushner as senior White House advisor, rewarding the man widely credited as the brains behind his election but courting serious legal and ethical concerns.
The baby-faced real estate developer and magazine publisher who turns 36 on Tuesday, will be the youngest top member of the administration, working closely with chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon. “Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration,” announced the Republican president-elect.
The appointment was announced two days before Trump is set to give his first news conference since the November election, in which he will detail plans for his own company and potential conflicts of interest while in the White House.
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka, was credited with masterminding a data-driven campaign that focuse…

CAN excited as Buhari fires FRC chief

Asapokhai is new executive secretary Minister suspends controversial law The FRC: Its powers, limitations The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), formerly the Nigerian Accounting Standards Board (NASB), was established in 1982 as a private sector initiative closely associated with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
However, NASB became a government agency in 1992, reporting to the Federal Minister of Commerce. The Nigerian Accounting Standards Board Act of 2003 thus provided the legal framework under which NASB set accounting standards. Membership includes representatives of government and other interest groups. Both ICAN and the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) nominate two members to the board.
The primary functions as defined in the act of July 10, 2003 were to develop, publish and update Statements of Accounting Standards to be followed by companies when they prepare their financial statement, and to promote and enforce compliance with the …

Ronaldo is FIFA player of the year

Christiano Ronaldo won FIFA’s rebranded player of the year award yesterday, beating his old rival Lionel Messi.
Messi was pulled out of the ceremony only a few hours earlier by his club Barcelona.
Ronaldo, 31, was rewarded for a year in which he won the Champions League with his club Real Madrid and the Euro 2016 with Portugal.
Argentine Messi was second in the vote and Frenchman Antoine Griezmann third.
I’m very happy and I can say that 2016 was the best year of my career”, said Ronaldo as he was presented the award by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
“With the aim of prioritising preparations for Wednesday’s game against Athletic Club, FC Barcelona have decided that the players recognised in the awards will not be travelling to Switzerland for the ceremony,” said the club in a statement.
Ronaldo also won the France Football’s Ballon d’Or, the other major international award for the sport, last month.
Ronaldo also won the old FIFA award once in 2008 and also in 2013 and 2014 when it was org…

Mother of six commits suicide in Kano

An 85-year-old woman, identified as, Malama Salamatu Hassan of Jar-Kuka village in Gezawa Local Government area of Kano on Sunday committed suicide by hanging on a tree.
An eyewitness told our reporter that the lifeless body of the woman, a mother of six, was found dangling on a tree, few meters away from the village in the early hours of Sunday.
Her grandson, Muhammad Ibrahim, disclosed to newsmen in Kano that the late Salamu was missing for two days before her life-less body was found today (Monday).
Contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Police Command, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, who confirmed the incident, said the woman was suffering from mental disorder.
The Divisional Police Officer led his team to the scene and conveyed her body to Sir Muhammadu Sanusi General Hospital, where she was confirmed dead.
Meanwhile, the late Malama has been buried according to Muslim rites, while her immediate family members, as at the time of filing this report were still in a state of sh…

Ronaldo, Messi battle for FIFA award

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann are hoping to be crowned The Best in Monday’s rebranded FIFA awards, Skysports reports.

On the 25th anniversary of honouring football’s top performers – and having split with France Football magazine – the governing body has introduced The BesThe inaugural edition of the awards will be held in Zurich’s TPC studios on Monday, when Ronaldo will be hoping to add to last month’s Ballon d’Or triumph in recognition of his fine 2016.
The Portuguese superstar helped Real Madrid to Champions League glory and Portugal to the European Championship, seeing him edge out Barcelona rival Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann in the Ballon d’Or running.
The duo finished second and third respectively, and will now rival Ronaldo for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 crown.
Monday’s ceremony will also see the FIFA FIFPro World11 announced, with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale the only British players on the 55-strong shortl…

Several lives lost as explosions hit Maiduguri

Several explosions have hit Maiduguri, the Borno state capital late on Sunday, January 8, Daily Trust reporAccording to local sources, a Boko Haram suicide bomber attacked a Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) check point around Muna garage while another set of bombers attacked Kalleri ward.
Daily Trust quotes a resident Alhaji Mala as saying:"We lost three people in Kalleri last night to the bombers; they would knocked on the our doors when we open, they quickly grabbed people and detonated IEDs.”

Ex-militant monarch denies involvement in community killings

THE traditional ruler of Aligwu community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Chief Igwedibia Ejima Johnson, has dismissed the allegation that he had a hand in the recent killings in the area. Johnson said specifically that he had no hand in the murder of the former chairman of Omoku Community Development Committee, Azubuike Toby, and his son.
The traditional ruler, who had embraced the state amnesty programme, said on Saturday in Omoku, ONELGA, that he and his ‘boys’ had nothing to do with crime, especially after they were granted amnesty.
Popularly known as General Don Waney, the former leader of Aggrieved Orashi Youths, who was recently enthroned as Eze Oyirimba 1 of Ogbaland, said he was a man of peace and had no interest in going back to the creeks.
He maintained that those linking him with the murder of Toby and his (Toby) son were enemies, who were not interested in his progress.
“Some days ago, I heard that the former chairman of Omoku CDC and his son,…

Suspected Fulani herdsmen kill five Delta farmers

SUSPECTED Fulani herdsmen have reportedly hacked five farmers to death in two separate attacks in Abraka and Obiaruku, both in Ethiope East and Ukwuani L Southern City News gathered that the incident happened between Tuesday and Wednesday last week when the communities were allegedly attacked by the herdsmen who had been having a running battle with farmers in the areas over the destruction of their crops by cattle.
The incidents, which have reportedly sparked tension between local farmers and herdsmen in the state, claimed the lives of four males and a female as more residents in the state called for the ejection of the herdsmen from their lands.
According to a source, two of the victims, who were cousins, Akpovona Felix and Sunday Akpupu, were indigenes of Eku community residing at the Delta State University host community of Abraka.
It was gathered that two of them were killed in their farms as their lifeless bodies were discovered there on Wednesday. It was learnt that they had g…

FG bans unauthorised courses in specialised varsities

The Federal Government has warned specialised universities in the country, which have been running programmes that are not in conformity with their mandates, to stop such with immediate effect. In a statement on Sunday, the government therefore directed that such universities should stick to their core mandates for which they were set up “and desist from running programmes which have no bearing to their names and foundation.”
It described as unfortunate a situation where universities of agriculture offered programmes in Law and management courses such as Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, among others.
The statement by the spokesman for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, stated that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had directed JAMB “to delete all such courses on its portal.”
All candidates desirous of sitting the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the statement advised, “should not be hoodwinked into …

Pastor Bakare condemns CBN forex policy, High interest rates

The Founder of The Latter Rain Assembly and convener of the Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare, says the Central Bank of Nigeria must change its foreign exchange policy and lower the interest rates to get the country out of recession. According to him, the country’s multiple naira exchange rates are confusing and discriminatory, while the interest rates are punitive and stifling creativity.
Bakare said this in his ‘State of the nation broadcast’ on Sunday, during which he noted that the hardship Nigerians were facing had led many of them to associate the change promised by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government with “retrogression and suffering.”
He, however, explained that the government could turn things around by reviewing some of its economic policies.
He said, “The way forward is not so complex for those interested in genuine change.
“To begin with, the confusing and discriminatory multiple dollar to naira exchange rates – favourable to some and not so favourable to …

FHC redeploys Justices Liman, Abang, nine others

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, has redeployed 11 judges in different divisions of the court. Two prominent judges of the court, Justice Mohammed Liman of Port Harcourt Division and Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja Division, are affected by the posting.
The Chief Judge, in a circular dated December 21, 2016 and addressed to “All Judges of Federal High Court,” redeployed Justice Liman from Port Harcourt to Enugu Division, and Justice Abang redeployed from Abuja to Asaba Division, Delta State.
The circular obtained from a lawyer close to the Chief Judge’s office directed the affected judges to resume at their new stations by January 30.
The Chief Judge gave “the recent developments in the court” as the reason for the posting.
Details of the said “recent developments” were not stated in the circular.
According to the circular, the posting would not affect the criminal cases the affected judges are currently handling.
It read in part, “In view of the fact …

Fire razes filling station, 20 houses in Ekiti

Fire broke out from the Strive-Energy filling station in Old Garage, Ado Ekiti, on Sunday razing adjourning residential and commercial buildings in The fire, an eyewitness said, broke from a tanker that was discharging fuel at the station.
There has yet to be official information on the cause of the accident but the witness said the inferno started when a driver, who had queued for fuel, started his engine.
The number of casualties and worth of properties destroyed could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.
But about 20 houses, 30 offices and shops were razed by the fire while no live was lost.
Governor Ayodele Fayose raced to the scene to assess the situation and also joined in rescue efforts.
Hoodlums took advantage of the confusion caused by the inferno to dispossess passers-by of their valuables.
They stole some wares which were being evacuated from some shops affected by the inferno.
The fire, which started around 4p.m, lasted for about three hours before the…

Naira drops to 493 as dollar demand rises

The naira fell further against the United States dollar at the parallel market on Friday to 493, from 490 on Thursday as increased dollar demand weighed on the market.

Forex traders said the local unit plummeted following an increased demand for the dollar and other hard currencies by parents seeking to pay school fees of wards studying overseas.
The naira had closed flat against the dollar at the official interbank window and at the parallel foreign exchange market last  Tuesday, the first official trading day of the year.
It closed at 305 to a dollar at the official window, the same rate it closed on the last working day of 2016, while the local currency closed at 490/dollar on the black market.
The naira had similarly closed at 490/dollar on Friday, the last official trading day of 2016.
“In the week ahead, we expect pressure on the naira to linger, especially at the parallel market, as unmet demand from the official market continues to stoke imbalances,” United Capital had said in a re…