Showing posts from May 20, 2017

FG Moves Against Atiku’s Biggest Business, Intels?

The Nigerian Ports Authority and Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited (Intels), Nigeria’s leading logistic firm for the oil and gas industry, are locked in a fierce business dispute, with the NPA threatening to terminate Intels’ port revenue collection contract.
Those familiar with the matter said the dispute, which has seen the two parties hold several tension-soaked meetings and exchange aggressive correspondences, arose from Intels’ alleged non-compliance with the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account policy.

According to Premium Times, the two parties also appear to disagree over the funding of a key capital project the logistics company is handling for the NPA, according to correspondences.

Intels was co-founded by former Vice-president and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar; and an Italian businessman, Gabriel Volpi, in the 1980s.

The Revenue Sharing, TSA face-off
On March 15, the Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, wrote to Inte…

Ex-Tourism minister under GEJ's tenure, Edem Duke, dumps PDP for APC

Former Minister of Tourism under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Edem Duke, today announced his defection from PDP to APC. Duke announced his defection when he went to register as a member of the APC at the Edem Odo Ward in Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River State earlier today.

According to him, his defection is based on the fact that APC is on the roadmap to salvage Nigeria.

 “It is a declaration of my passion and determination that this country of ours requires the commitment and cooperation of all and sundry. I am one who is always passionate about the development of my community. Having taken a look at the political landscape of Nigeria, I believe I cannot be an inactive observer in the trend of development in our country today. It is a call to duty for us to salvage our country and that is principally the issue that influence my declaration for the APC today. For me what I see the APC is doing is rekindling hope in Nigeria and encouraging those who have active …

Illegal migration: 10,000 Nigerians die in Mediterranean Sea, deserts – NIS

No fewer than 10,000 Nigerians have died between January and May 2017 while trying to illegally migrate through the Mediterranean Sea and the deserts, the Nigeria Immigration Service has said.

NIS Assistant Comptroller-General, in charge of training, manpower and development, Mr. Maroof Giwa, said that 4,900 Nigerians died in the Mediterranean Sea while the rest died while going through the deserts in their bid to cross to Europe.

He spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Friday on the sidelines of a training on ‘trafficking in persons/smuggling of migrants at various borders,’ organised by the NIS.

This is just as the Kwara State Comptroller, NIS, Mrs. Abiodun Abimbola-Ojo, said the command rescued no fewer than 36 victims of trafficking from 2015 till date. She also urged people to provide NIS with useful information that would aid the agency to effectively combat trafficking.

Giwa said Nigeria is a member of many international instruments and had signed a number of agreements an…

Scientists Have Created Liquid Metal Drops That Move Like T-1000

Despite the NSA confirming the existence of Skynet, we all should be grateful that technology has not yet advanced to the stage where a liquid metal T-1000 terminator can shape-shift its way into your home and demand to see John Connor.

But scientists in China are making a solid effort make a less sinister version of this scenario at reality, by creating liquid metal droplets that could one day make "self-powered liquid metal machines" a real possibility.

Because of their excellent conductivity, low toxicity, and shape-shifting abilities, liquid metal alloys have been put to good use in targeting cancer cells, creating nature-inspired self-fuelled motors for robots, and many other liquid metal biomaterials.

These applications involve aggressively stretching, compressing, pushing, and transporting the liquid metal droplets, which means making sure they don't get damaged in the process is still the biggest sticking point for scientists.

"Liquid metal droplets have show…

Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia on his first overseas trip as President

President Trump and his wife, Melania arrived in Saudi Arabia a few minutes ago and were both welcomed at the Royal Terminal by King Salman.  It's Donald Trump's first trip abroad since he became president in January 2017.
During his two-day visit, Trump is expected to announce a $100 billion-plus arms deal with Saudi Arabia as evidence of a renewed commitment by the United States to the security of the Gulf region.

He'll also deliver a speech to call on the Muslim world to unite against extremism and terror.

Male suicide bomber killed in fresh attempt to bomb university of maiduguri

A male suicide bomber was the only one that died when he attempted to attack a hostel in the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID campus this morning. This incident comes barely 24 hours after three suicide bombers lost their lives in a failed attempt to attack a female hostel in the university. The bomb attached to his body exploded as he made his way to a hostel filled with students.

 The University of Maiduguri has witnessed an increasing number of suicide attacks in the last two months. The remains of the suicide bomber has been evacuated from the school premises.

18 year old Nigerian graduates from college with distinction and enrolls for PhD

A 18-year-old, Nigerian identified as  Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu  recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering—with distinction—from Howard University in Washington D.C., US.

Chidi-Ogbolu is however only just getting started.She has already enrolled for a PhD program at the University of California Davis.

The young and brilliant student grew up in Nigeria where she was often pushed to higher classes from a young age because she was too intelligent for her age. Speaking to her university’s newspaper, The Hilltop, Chidi-Ogbolu spoke of her achievement: “I was overwhelmed with emotions; it was just a very happy day overall.”

She also credited her achievement to her family’s strong support system that enabled her to focus on her studies. and she said her future plans, is  to help find cures for major ailments such as Ebola and to help her Nigerian people back home.

She decided to Commit Suicide By Ingesting Sniper Insecticide

Tragedy struck in the Ajuwon area of Lagos State on Wednesday May 17, at Bada Hospital at Bale road, when a young lady said to be in her late 20’s committed suicide by drinking sniper insecticide, LIB reports.

The lady, identified as Patience Akpan, was said to have left her father’s place that Wednesday afternoon before she was seen in another street within the area wringing in pains, with the sniper bottle still in her hands.

Her dad is said to be a driver who works with a bank on Ajuwon/Akute road.

According to an eye witness, on the day of her suicide, Patience was seen on Oni Street around Ajuwon, on the floor and in pains before she was rushed to the hospital where she later died.
She had lived in the area with her parents about 12 years ago but when her parents separated, she left with her mum, only to come back that Tuesday and committed suicide the next day.

This is coming Barely 24 hours after another lady, Damilola, a student of the Lagos State Polytechnic, ended her life by dr…

Parenting: We’re losing it, Dolapo Osinbajo laments.

….Let’s renew folklore culture Adebule advises Olayinka Latona Lack of parental care especially mentoring has been described as one of the factors responsible for moral decadence, juvenile delinquency and corruption particularly among youths in the country.

This was the submission of various speakers at Breach Repairers’ National Parenting Conference held at The Guiding Light Assembly, Lagos with the theme: “Critical Rescue 2017”.
It was argued that what parents and stakeholders put into children, is what they get in return and as such there was an urgent need to rescue the recent crop of children and youths from destruction.
The guest speakers which included wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule said there was need for a critical rescue in parenting the Nigerian child and the need for an overhaul in the upbringing of Nigerian children in every aspect and not just in education.
Speaking on the relationship between parents …

Again South Africa deports 90 Nigerians

The South African government again, on Friday, deported 90 Nigerians for allegedly committing immigration-related offences.
DSP Joseph Alabi, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command confirmed the development to newsmen in Lagos.
 Alabi said the deportees, who are all men,  landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 3.30pm.
He said they were brought back to Nigeria aboard a South African Airways aircraft with registration number BBB712 from Johannesburg.
 “This afternoon, about 3.30pm, 90 Nigerians were deported from South Africa for committing immigration-related offences. “Some of them were alleged to have been living in the country without valid documents.
“They were received by the appropriate agencies including the police and profiled before being allowed to depart to their respective destinations, ” Alabi said.
South Africa had also on Feb. 28 sent 97 Nigerians back home for committing various offences.
They deportees were made up of 95 males …