Wednesday, October 28, 2020

FG Approves N2.9 Billion For Printing Common Entrance And NECO Exam Questions Papers – Do You Support This?

October 28, 2020

 


The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N2.9 billion contracts for the printing of sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials.

The decisions were taken at the council’s meeting presided over by the President, Muhammadu Buhari

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Adamu said the printing contracts were awarded to a group of eight printers.

According to the minister, the materials are meant for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, and the National Common Entrance, adding that “because of the recent disturbances, we have postponed the examinations that have not taken place.”

Listen To What PDP Chieftain, Bode George Said About Tinubu & Lagos State – Is He Making Sense?

October 28, 2020

 


Bode George, a PDP Chieftain and former vice-chairman of PDP SouthWest has called for both tollgates at Lekki to be dismantled by the government.

He gave this advice at a press conference following the shooting of EndSARS protesters at the Lekki-Victoria Island tollgate on Tuesday, October 20.

According to George, the dismantling of the tollgates would help in pacifying aggrieved Nigerian youths.

In his words;

“Let me reiterate the irreduceable minimum acceptable to placade the angry and restless youths in order to restore peace, fairness and equity in our state.

The two tollgates should be dismantled immediately and permanently. AlphaBeta and Lekki Concession Company should be scrapped. The advert signage monopoly given to Seyi Tinubu should withdrawn forthwith.

The Iya Oloja title should be withdrawn from Shade Tinubu and be given to the individual who deserves it according to tradition.

The NURTW which has become the militia wing of the APC should be re-organized and removed from the armbit and control of political actors.”

Barcelona Suffer Injury Blow As Coutinho Is Ruled Out For A Month

October 28, 2020

 


Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho will not return to fitness before the November international break, according to the Brazil national team’s medical staff.

Coutinho suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s defeat to Real Madrid despite completing the full game at Camp Nou.

Barca said a timescale for the former Liverpool man’s return “depends on how the injury evolves”, but Brazil’s doctors have also now assessed the player.

Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said in a statement that he believes “there is not enough time for the recovery of the player for his participation in the next two rounds of [2022 World Cup] qualifiers”.

Brazil have therefore called up Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta in his place for the fixtures against Venezuela and Uruguay on November 13 and 17.

Should Coutinho be available for Barca again following the break, he would make his return against Atletico Madrid almost a month on from the initial issue.

Coutinho is set to be joined in missing Brazil’s qualifiers by Liverpool’s Fabinho. The midfielder, who has been playing in defence for the Reds since Virgil van Dijk’s injury, sustained a hamstring problem in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Midtjylland.

Liverpool were waiting for a scan on the injury on Wednesday, but Jurgen Klopp suggested Fabinho’s absence would not represent a major blow for Brazil, as he has earned just 12 caps for his country and started on five occasions.

I Don’t Care What People Say, I Will Forever Stand With Tinubu – MC Oluomo

October 28, 2020

 


Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Lagos branch, Alhaji Akinsanya Ayinde, popularly known as MC Oluomo on Wednesday said he would forever stand with the National Leader, All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, no matter what people say.

Tinubu has been in the eyes of the storm since soldiers shot at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate last week Tuesday.

The protesters accused Tinubu of sending the soldiers to shoot at protesters and there were rumours that he fled to France and later to London.

Tinubu later showed up at Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s residence in Marina to condole with the governor over the shooting incident, debunking that he ever travelled.

Tinubu’s properties were singled out for destruction during the #EndSARS violence. TVC and The Nation were set ablaze, as well as others.

Despite Tinubu’s explanation that he did not have hand in the shooting at the Lekki Tollgate, many still did not believe.

But Oluomo, reacting to the development said he would forever be loyal to Tinubu and would not betray him.

“I will forever stand with Bola Ahmed Tinubu no matter what people say,” he tweeted.

“Government Offered Survivors of #LekkiMassacre N5 million Each to Keep Silent” – Reno Omokri

October 28, 2020

 


The government has been accused of offering millions to victims of Lekki massacre to keep quiet

Following the shooting of unarmed protesters by soldiers, the government has been accused of silencing victims by giving them money.

The allegation was made by a former Presidential aide, Reno Omokri.

He alleged that some government officials have offered survivors of the Lekki shooting N5 million each as a bribe to stay silent.

The Amazon Best Selling author made this claim in a tweet he posted on his verified Twitter page on Wednesday, October 28.

According to him, he spoke with some of the survivors who revealed to him that some government officials are offering them a 5 million Naira bribe each.

See tweet below:-

Nigerian Government Moves To Reduce Data Cost From N1,000 To N390 Per Gigabytes

October 28, 2020

 


The Executive Vice Chairman, EVC, of the Nigeria Communication Commission, Umar Danbatta, has revealed that the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy is planning to reduce the cost of data from N1,000 to N390 per gigabyte.

Speaking to journalists in Kano on Saturday, Mr Danbatta disclosed that part of the plan was the new national broadband plan for the year 2020-2025, which says Nigeria must provide broadband connectivity, cover virtually all parts of the country and deploy 4G infrastructure also across the country.

According to him, the ministry was tasked to come up with a digital economy policy and strategies, adding that all the efforts put in place are intended to bring the cost of data down to N390 as against the N1,000 that Mobile Network Operators, MNOs, are charging.

“Actually the cost has come down to N1,000/gigabyte of data, but the government is saying that we should be targeting N390 in the next 3 to 5 years.

To achieve subsidized data cost, according to Mr Dambatta, the country must provide pervasive broadband data infrastructure.

“We need pervasive broadband data infrastructure because at the landing point in Lagos, where we have all the submarine cables. You know, that is why we have them. There is the main cable, 133, West African Sea Cable (WASC). And there is the other one which Glo company is trying to deploy.

“This, combined, have data capacity of 40 terabyte. This data capacity is at the landing point in Lagos. That is from the coast, where there is ocean. Until and unless you move this massive 40 terabyte data capacity into the hinterland because the undersea cables are terminating in Lagos.

“Hinterland consists virtually all the major cities of the country and the 774 Local Governments of Nigeria. Through this way you will be meeting demands for data with appropriate or commensurate supply of data. This is how it will enable Nigerians to pay less data tariff.

“But this massive capacity of data at landing cost can’t move itself. There is the need to build fibre cables that can carry this capacity to the hinterland.

“We are indeed pursuing the plan. There is infrastructure and company licensing framework that could give the companies the ability to afford to sell the data to the retail agents, who will sell the data to the citizens,” he explained.

At the moment, he added, the plan is not happening but is what the country intends to do to bring the cost of data down from N1,000 /gig to N390/gig, adding that the plan is an important policy of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The EVC however said Nigeria is among the countries with lowest data cost in the whole Africa.

“Following observation of the ranking, which was carried out by reputable global organizations, the commission had found out that Nigeria stands in 4th position among the countries with lowest data tariff on the continent,” Mr Danbatta said.

He said Nigeria’s data cost is more than $2, adding that South Africa, despite her economic development, sells data higher than Nigeria and the country is not even among the lowest.

“It is true that Nigerians are yearning for low data prices. Nigeria has one of the lowest data tariff in Africa. When we observed the rankings by global reputable organizations, we discovered that in the rankings of data services and cost, we are like number 4.

“Virtually all the African countries were listed in the ranking. Our data price is $2 and a few cents.

“In South Africa, despite their economic development, they sell data higher than Nigeria. To be honest with you, South Africa is not even among the lowest. Cost of data services doesn’t need to come down,” he said.

Eid-el-Maulud: Gov. Wike Sends Message To Muslims

October 28, 2020

 


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called on Muslims in the State to use the celebration of Eid-el-Maulud to promote religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence.

The governor made this known on Wednesday in Port Harcourt in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Kelvin Ebiri.

The celebration of Eid-el- Maulud marks the birth of Prophet Mohammed.

According to Wike, his administration will continue to promote religious tolerance among residents of the state.

He advised Muslim faithful to imbibe the virtues of love, peace, communal living and honesty, which were qualities of Prophet Mohammed, NAN reports.

The governor, while wishing Muslim faithful a wonderful Eid-el-Maulud, urged them to always pray for the government and people of Rivers State.

Wizkid’s Third Baby Momma, Jada P, Pens Emotional Message To Zion As He Celebrates His 3rd Birthday

October 28, 2020

 


Wizkid’s third son, Zion, turned a year older today and his mum, Jada Pollock has penned an emotional message to him on social media.

Celebrating his 3rd birthday today October 28, Jada Pollock took to her Twitter page and nicely showered encomium on the cute boy.

Jada Pollock described little Zion as king and expressed her heartfelt gratitude to God for his life.

See her tweet below:

 

Iroko Tv Boss, Jason Njoku And Wife, Mary Remmy Test Positive For COVID-19

October 28, 2020

 


Jason Njoku, the co-founder, and CEO of iROKOtv, and his wife, Mary Remmy, a Nollywood actress and ROK film boss, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Jason disclosed this via his Twitter handle this afternoon. He said while his wife feels very well, he, on the other hand, isn’t feeling great.

“My enemies are hard at work in 2020. Mrs. Njoku and I tested positive for Covid-19. I’m not feeling great, but Mary is well. Literally no idea how I caught it. But we shall see this pass too.”his tweet read

Omoni Oboli’s Hubby, Nnamdi Eulogises Wife As They Celebrate Their 20th Wedding Anniversary

October 28, 2020

 


Nollywood actress, Omoni Oboli’s husband, Nnamdi took to social media to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary today, October 28.

He also prayed that they would spend many more years together and finished off by saying that he could not have asked for someone better.

To mark the day, Nnamdi took to Instagram to share a loved-up photo of the couple and penned a lovely note.

He wrote:

Happy 20th Anniversary to us!!!

Time really flies!

It’s been 20 years???

Amazing!

I thank God for the years.

For the beauty of a relationship amidst all the fears.

The pain and sorrow and grace we’ve seen.

The journeys and places and levels we’ve been.

We don’t take it for granted that we got this far.

The children and blessings that show us God is truly extra.

We hurt, we cried, we live, we die.

We know and pray, for on God alone we rely.

It’s so easy to look back, forget, and think we made alone.

I’m grateful that we’re still a work that’s not yet done.

I wish you, my wife, many many more years together.

I certainly couldn’t have asked for someone better.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

OMO! 65,185 Persons Living With HIV/AIDS In Akwa Ibom

October 27, 2020

 


About 65,185 persons in Akwa Ibom State are living with HIV/AIDS.

This is according to a survey conducted by an NGO, Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services(SIDHAS).

The health charity arrived at the result following a concurrent ten year testing and counselling in 21 local government Areas of the state.

The Deputy Director Technical, SIDHAS, Dr Pius Nwaokoro who revealed the details of the survey in Uyo said Akwa Ibom State has achieved 90% viral load suppression, while about 90% of patients are also religiously taking their drugs.

He said those in this category can no longer transmit the virus.

Dr. Nwaokoro noted that the NGO works with patent medicine dealers in the rural areas, Traditional Birth Attendants, community leaders in providing HIV services such as identification of infected persons and Index Case Testing in the villages.

His words, “since April 2019, SIDHAS has carried out HIV tests on 1,355,203 persons within the state including people in rural areas while 65,185 persons test positive for HIV.

“SIDHAS has achieved epidemic control in seven local governments of the state including Uyo, Mbo, Okobo, Eastern Obolo, Ibeno. To enhance drug distribution to people in the hinterlands, the organization has employed the services of Patent Medicine Dealers to assist in the distribution of drugs to HIV positive patients.”

Also speaking the Akwa Ibom Project Director, Family Health Insurance 360, Dr. Kolawole Olatunbosun disclosed that research is ongoing to see how HIV/AIDs patients can take their tablets once per week or per month for treatment.

He urged the media to intensify campaigns in enlightening the people that testing and treatment of HIV and AIDs is free.

Earlier, the Project Manager, AKSACA, Dr Igbemi Arthur thanked their partners for their contributions in curbing HIV in the State and appealed to journalists to report issues on HIV/AIDS with available facts as HIV was not a death sentence.

He noted that the state has made remarkable progress in reducing the spread of the virus since the prevalence rate in the state still remains at 5.5% based on the NHAIS rating of 2018, the percentage has reduced from the previously 10.8%.

Rio Ferdinand Issues Warning To Arsenal Ahead Of Clash Against Man United

October 27, 2020

 


Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has warned Arsenal that they must end their losing run in the Premier League when they face the Red Devils at Old Trafford this weekend.

Arsenal has lost their last two Premier League matches against Manchester City and Leicester City respectively.

But Ferdinand wants Mikel Arteta’s side to implement a “mentality shift” when they tackle Man United, adding that the Gunners must respond against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

“They [Arsenal] have been having a party since Partey signed. Reality hits home now,” Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel.

“They have got to respond. I have said it about Everton, and I am going to say the same thing about Arsenal; it’s how you respond to these situations.

“Too many times in the past, Arsenal have not responded in these situations and have gone on losing games, and they drift away. They cannot have that happen this season.

“I think Arteta has been a breath of fresh air at the Emirates. This is now a big time to say to the boys: “Listen, you have lost, that is it, we move on”.

“And that is the mentality shift that he has to implement in this squad. Can he do it? We will wait and see.”

The kick-off time for the game is 5:30 pm.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!! Frank Lampard Ordered To Recall 3 Players For Krasnodar Clash

October 27, 2020

 


Former Chelsea star, Pat Nevin, has urged manager, Frank Lampard, to recall Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic for the Blues’ Champions League clash against Krasnodar.

Chelsea will on Wednesday night face Krasnodar in Russia in their second Champions League tie for this season, having drawn 0-0 with Sevilla last week.

Lampard’s men head to the game following a goalless draw against Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Abraham, Mount and Kovacic all started on the bench for Chelsea against Man United, but Nevin reckons the trio could return to the club’s starting XI against Krasnodar.

“The starting XI for this one will take a great deal of thought from Frank,” Nevin was quoted by Chelsea’s official website.

“Having drawn with Sevilla, three points would be very handy here, but he has to be careful not to push players too far this early in the season.

“I am sure he will want as many youthful, energetic and tireless legs on the field as possible, so I will not be surprised if the young guns such as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount are used from the start.

“Then, of course, there are the likes of Mateo Kovacic, who could really do with another 90 minutes pretty soon. He should also have plenty of energy to spare.”