NCC begins enforcement of N5 million fine over unsolicited Calls/SMS

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said that it has commenced the enforcement of the Do Not Disturb (DND), code which compels mobile network operators to stop sending unsolicited messages to their subscribers.


Prof Umar Danbatta executive vice chairman of NCC at a meeting with the Academia on ITU Study Group Participation held at Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja, said the move became imperative because the NCC had given the operators ample time to comply with the regulatory directive and was now ready to enforce the N5 million fine stipulated for any breach of the directive by the regulator.


He said: “We are at the stage of imposing the Do Not Disturb (DND), code direction, meaning that any breach of this direction will attract a fine of N5 million.


“This is to ensure total compliance and this is a measure of last resort. The NCC impose regulation as a measure of last resort, after we have given the MNO time to ensure compliance and we have monitored them to ensure compliance to ensure that the compliance is not selective.”

Putin Calls For Syria Ceasefire As #Aleppo Evacuations Continue

A nationwide ceasefire is the next step to restore peace in Syria after the recapture of Aleppo in the country’s north, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters at press conference in Japan on Friday.

As he spoke, thousands of civilians and rebel soldiers continued to flee Aleppo in convoys as the second day of evacuations within an agreed ceasefire began on Friday.
Up to 9,000 people have already been taken out of the besieged city in nine convoys since Thursday, including 108 wounded, according to Russian and Syrian state media.
For many of those leaving, their destination will be the rebel-controlled Syrian province of Idlib — likely the Bashar al-Assad regime’s next target.
An activist working inside the city broke down talking to CNN reporters on Friday, saying he wasn’t sure if his children would ever return to Aleppo.
“We waited for the international community and the United Nations to punish the criminal and not the victims (the people). Unfortunately the punishment was for the people. They have displaced us from our land,” he said.
“Honestly I don’t know if we can return back someday to our land or if it is going to be like the fate of the Palestinians.”
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Ondo Guber: Jegede Calls For Calm Over Appeal Court Verdict

The factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 26, 2016 Governorship election in Ondo state, Eyitayo Jegede SAN has called for calm among his supporters following the decision of the Appeal Court Justices sitting on party’s governorship candidate tussle to adjourn its judgment earlier scheduled for today.

The three man appellate justices headed by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa had announced to the parties that some set of applicants who had before now submitted a petition against the previous panel, had again filed a motion against the new panel at the Supreme Court seeking to stop further proceedings in relation to all matters touching on the Ondo State PDP governorship candidature.

It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal had fixed Friday 18th November 2016 to deliver judgment in respect of an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede SAN against the decision of Hon. Justice Okon Abang of the  Federal High Court  Abuja which ordered the substitution of his name with that of Jimoh Ibrahim for the Ondo November Governorship Election.

Jegede in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of his Campaign Organization, Kayode Fasua said he was not unmindful of the fact that the temporary setback is the handiwork of some anti-democratic elements hell bent on truncating his mandate for the November 26, 2016 polls.


Outrage As Woman Calls Michelle Obama ‘Ape In Heels’

A racist Facebook post about Michelle Obama has caused a major controversy involving a town mayor in the US state of West Virginia.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who runs a local non-profit group in Clay County, referred to the first lady as an “ape”.

“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels,” she said.

Local mayor Beverly Whaling responded with “just made my day Pam”.

Ms Whaling is mayor of the town of Clay, which has a population of just 491.

It has no African American residents, according to the 2010 census. In Clay County as a whole, more than 98% of its 9,000 residents are white.

Screenshot of the Facebook post, taken from WSAZ 3 news channel

Despite the small population in the region, the controversial Facebook post spread across United States and international media outlets, and a petition calling for both women to be terminated from their positions has collected more than 85,000 signatures.

The Washington Post and New York Daily News reported that Ms Taylor was removed from her position on Monday.

She told local news outlet WSAZ, which first carried the story, that she acknowledged her Facebook post could be “interpreted as racist, but in no way was intended to be”, and that she was expressing a personal opinion on attractiveness, not the colour of a person’s skin.

She told the news station she was considering legal action for slander against unnamed individuals.

The Clay County Development group, of which Ms Taylor is the director, is partly funded through state and federal grants, and the group provides services to elderly and low-income residents.

In a statement given to the Washington Post, Mayor Whaling said: “My comment was not intended to be racist at all” and apologised for the comment “getting out of hand.”

“I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist!” she said.

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The Fader Calls Yemi Alade The Queen Of Afrobeats (SEE PHOTOS)

The on an interview with eccentric Yemi Alade honoured her with the title, queen of Afrobeats. She was featured on the magazine website with lovely photos and an amazing impression of her art.


This is a quote from what was said about her:

Alade has achieved a kind of cult status worldwide, but in Africa she’s a bonafide superstar. Last year, she won Best Female at the MTV African Music Awards, her most recent album hit No.1 on the continent’s iTunes chart, and she was named an ambassador for Africa Fashion Week this past April. In a continent rich with numerous national and regional music scenes, the key to Alade’s success has been her ability to find connections between cultures through music. On her fantastic 2016 album Mama Africa she draws from Ghanaian highlife, Ivorian dance music style coupé-décalé, as well as American hip-hop and pop, in a sharpening of sounds she calls “afropolitan.”

As an artist from humble beginnings who releases on the small, independent label Effyzzie Music Group, Alade’s success is hard won. She had a brief brush with stardom after winning Nigeria’s Peak Talent Show in 2009, but her alternative point of view really started to shine through in her 2014 breakout single “Johnny,”which borrowed from afrobeats stars L.A.X and Wizkid’s playboy anthem “Caro,”but reworked the boys’ search for the perfect woman into a worldwide hunt for her straying lover. The track’s success — 52 million views and counting — allowed Alade to pinball off their fame and forge her own lane. With no plans to slow down, she’s following up the summer dance hit “Koffi Anan”with the fantastically fun video for “Tumbum,” premiering on The FADER today.

See lovely photos of her featured on the magazine website below:

How Yemi Alade Hustled Her Way To Become The Queen Of Afrobeats

How Yemi Alade Hustled Her Way To Become The Queen Of Afrobeats

How Yemi Alade Hustled Her Way To Become The Queen Of Afrobeats

How Yemi Alade Hustled Her Way To Become The Queen Of Afrobeats

Kogi Assembly Calls For Abolition Of JSS-SSS Transition Exam

Kogi House of Assembly on Thursday called for abolition of the Transition Examination from Junior Secondary School (JSS) to Senior Secondary School (SSS) classes in schools across the state.

The assembly made the call in a resolution following the adoption of a motion calling on the state government to abolish multiple examination system being operated by the state Ministry of Education and its agencies.

Mr Linus Eneche (PDP-Olamaboro), who moved the motion at the plenary in Lokoja, said that the transition examination had no relevance and any direct impact on the educational development of students.

Eneche said that the education ministry, vested with the mandate of providing policy framework for smooth operation of the primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, ought to take cognisance of resources available to parents and guardians.

He frowned at what he described as “exploitative duplication of examinations” in secondary education in the state “all in the name of preparing the pupils for WAEC, NECO or NAPTEB”.

“We have secondary examinations as the Transition Examination, Mock Examination, WAEC, NECO and Promotional Examination from SS2 to SS3.

“These examinations take place simultaneously, paid for and in most cases, not marked.”

Eneche said that the transition examination, which was a duplication of the third term promotion examination, was introduced when the state government took over payment of WAEC fees as instrument for selecting candidates.

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CAN Calls For 3-day Fasting, Prayers For Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called for a 3-day fasting and prayer session for the nation in commemoration of its 56th independence anniversary coming up on October 1st.

October 1, 2016 will mark 56 years since Nigeria gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1960.

Various developments in the last few years have triggered growing concerns about Nigeria’s unity and national development.

The CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, in a statement from his head of media and publicity, Adebayo Oladeji, said the prayers will be for the nation and its president, Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Ayokunle had during his message at Sallah called for patience and understanding from Nigerians for the current government.

He noted that although the times were hard, God will show his mercies to Nigeria if the nation prays to God.

Reiterating his earlier point, Mr. Ayokunle, a pastor, called on Nigerians to use the opportunity of the anniversary to talk to God about Nigeria’s many challenges.

“We call on all Christians nation-wide to seek the face of God for divine intervention as our political leaders are seeking for the panacea to the economic recession and the attendant problems,” he said quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14.


Senate To Investigate Recession As Saraki Calls For Collaboration On Economy

Concerned by the worsening conditions of Nigerians as a result of the economic recession, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said tuesday in Ilorin that the Senate upon resumption next week, would probe the cause of the recession, stating that it was necessary to know why in spite of budgetary provisions, many more citizens have receded below poverty line.

“The Senate on resumption will respond to the economic crisis with a number of measures including getting managers of the economy to give account to the people, making tough recommendations to the president on needed changes, formulating necessary legislative framework for economic recovery and undertaking wide consultations across the private sector,” he told journalists at his residence during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

Worries about the ailing economy were shared also by a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who offered some tips on the way out of the woods, saying effective handling of spiralling inflation, foreign exchange problem, fiscal deficit and debts control were key to resolving the current economic crisis.

Okonjo-Iweala who spoke on Aljazeera TV programme, The Stream, said focusing on the basic issues of macroeconomic stability was crucial to fixing the country’s economic challenges.

Saraki, in his intervention, explained why the legislative interrogation of the executive management of the economy had become necessary: “We need to know why the promises of external borrowing have not materialised, why devaluation has not helped to strengthen the naira, why inflow of foreign currency has continued to dry up and interest rate is still very high? Doing this will help us to understand where we are, so that we can determine where exactly we want to go from here.”

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Rita Ora Calls “Becky With The Good Hair” Accusations “Incredibly Rude & Disrespectful”

In the witch hunt for Beyoncé’s “Becky with the good hair,” Rita Ora was one of the BeyHive’s primary targets — and now, the singer wants to make it clear that she found the accusations to be “incredibly rude and disrespectful.”

“First and foremost, Jay Z is my inspiration and one of my idols — lyrically, musically, business-wise,” she said in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. “I still look up to him and his wife every day. Beyoncé was one of my biggest idols growing up.”

When asked about the “Not Becky” pin she wore to a 2016 Met Ball after-party and the selfie she posted to Snapchat wearing a lemon appliqué bra, Rita explained that she was actually totally “oblivious” to their significance with fans.

“That [pin] was a present from Katy Perry,” she said. “Maybe I was the only one seen wearing it, but there were others. As for the rest of it, I’m oblivious, I’m just not the gossip queen. I find it incredibly rude and disrespectful to women in general [when] we get accused of something that’s basically against the important part — the music.”

In the interview, Rita also addressed the fact that she’s found herself at the centre of celebrity gossip for quite a few of her relationships, too — including with her ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris.

“He’s very talented,” she said. “I have had a few dramas, haven’t I? I think in general I’ve learned my lesson to not talk about relationships and gossip because I’ve been at the centre of it a few times and it’s not worth it. And I have been heartbroken… just once.”

“Love is so great, but it also can be the most dangerous thing on planet earth,” she continued. “People do crazy things when it comes to jealousy and love.”

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NUPENG Calls For Emergency On Economy

Organised labour in the oil sector has given the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government a hard knock on the parlous state of the economy.
The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG), which expressed grave concern, said the Buhari administration was yet to fully tackle the economic challenges facing the country.
President of the union, Igwe Achese, said NUPENG is concerned about the weak naira, growing inflation, rise in the cost of prices of goods and essential services, unemployment and growing incidences of crime rate in the country.
The union stated that, “the current sufferings of the masses, which the President recently acknowledged should be uppermost in the mind of the administration and should be tackled.
“We call for the declaration of a state of emergency on the economy with a view to urgently address the issues.”
Achese advised Buhari to include other stakeholders in the Economic Team headed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, even as he added that the team should meet to offer solution, on the way forward.
The union stated that a blessed nation like Nigeria cannot continue to lament with its abundant resources and therefore mandated the Federal Government to diversify the economy by probing into agricultural and solid minerals development through public private partnership.
“It is not enough for it to be involved in rhetoric while time is ticking out,”  the Union said.

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OPEC Calls Informal September Meeting

OPEC said on Monday it has called an informal meeting of member countries for next month in Algeria to help stabilise the oil market.

The Vienna-based Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a statement that the meeting would take place on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum in Algeria from September 26 to 28.

“OPEC continues to monitor developments closely, and is in constant deliberations with all member states on ways and means to help restore stability and order to the oil market,” it said.OPEC President Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada reiterated the organisation’s view that oil demand will pick up in the third and fourth quarters of this year.

OPEC sees recent oil price declines and current market volatility as “only temporary” and due to weak refinery margins, an inventory overhang and the impact of Britain’s decision to leave the EU on the crude oil futures market.

An expected return of economic growth in oil-consuming countries would rekindle demand for oil in the remainder of the year while oil supply would tighten, leading to higher prices.

Al-Sada added that more investment in oil production was needed to meet growing demand and offset declining output from existing wells.

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London’s Mayor Calls For Calm After London Stabbing Attack

London’s mayor appealed for vigilance and calm Thursday after a stabbing spree in the heart of the city that left one woman dead and five injured.

Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect and said that early indications suggested that “mental health was a factor in this horrific attack.”

However, in the context of a string of recent attacks in Europe, authorities said they were keeping an open mind and that “terrorism remains one line of inquiry being explored.”

London police’s counter-terror chief Mark Rowley said there would be “an increased presence on the streets” of the capital on Thursday, including armed officers — an unusual sight in Britain.

Police arrested the teenager after reports of a stabbing spree in Russell Square, a quiet area close to several popular tourist attractions including the British Museum.

Paramedics fought to save the life of a woman believed to be in her 60s but pronounced her dead at the scene. Two women and three men were also injured but no details have been released about their condition.

The suspect himself was taken to hospital after being immobilised with a Taser electroshock gun.

Xavery Richert, 22, a French tourist staying in a youth hostel on the square, told AFP: “I was buying a beer when I heard a woman shouting who was being chased by a man.

“I thought it was a bag snatching … she was not hurt. I came out for a cigarette, I went back, there were firefighters, police, and then I saw the body under a sheet. You could only see the feet sticking out.”

Russell Square resident Constantine Somerville said: “It’s such a safe area and very quiet especially at night — why would somebody commit an attack in such a quiet area?”

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Hijab Crisis Osun Speaker Calls For Calm

Mr Najeem Salaam, the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, has appealed to Christian and Muslim leaders in the state not to allow court judgment on wearing of hijab in public schools to lead to crisis in the state.

Salaam, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Osogbo, said the religious leader should not allow the issue to create enmity between the two religions.

NAN recalled that the Muslim community in the state in 2013 instituted a case against the state government on the right of female Muslim students in public schools to use hijab on their school uniforms.

NAN also recalled that the a high court in its judgment on the case on June 3, granted female Muslim students the right to be wearing hijabs.
But the state Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) faulted the judgment and vowed to appeal it.

CAN further said that it would direct Christian students in public schools to be wearing church garments to schools to propagate their faith if the state government implemented the judgment.

Since the court Judgment on the issue, female Muslim students have been wearing hijab on their school uniform, while Christians students were also wearing church garments on their uniform as directed by CAN.

Salaam, however, appealed to Christian leaders to seek redress in the court if they are not satisfied with the judgment.

“We have been enjoying peace in the state and the issue of hijab should not be allowed to cause crisis in the state.

“We have been living together as brothers and sisters peacefully in the state and we should not allow anything to cause disunity among us.

“l want to seek the indulgence of Christian community to kindly seek redress in the court if they are not satisfy with the judgment.

“The issue is not a political matter, but rather a legal issue which I want to appeal to our Christian brothers to address legally.

“There is law in the society and judiciary is very key and important to the development of democracy in the country.’’

Salaam said the judgment was not in any way influenced by government, adding that the judiciary is an independent body.

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Oil Facilities Attacks: Tompolo Calls On Militants To Ceasefire

The ex-militants leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo), yesterday called on the new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, to put an end to its attacks on oil facilities, saying it would not do the nation any good, especially at this critical period of the country’s economy.

In a statement titled: ‘A Call to the Niger Delta Avengers to give Peace a Chance in the Niger Delta Region,’’ which he personally signed, the Ibe-ebidouwei of the Ijaw nation denied any involvement in the recent attacks.

According to him, ‘’You members of the Niger Delta Avengers group are aware that some mischievous persons have continued to point accusing fingers at me that I am either behind you or directly carrying out the destruction of oil pipelines across the Niger Delta region, therefore I should be arrested by the Nigerian military.

“Sadly, the military had bought this ethnic induced and wicked accusation without a single proof to show that I am truly behind you people. On the other hand, some have suggested that you may be part of the multitude of persons I had catered for, from economically empowering to payment of school fees, hospital bills, and house rents and so on.

“And that as I am out of circulation as a result of my travails in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), you might be tempted to strike out on your own for sheer survival.’’

Maintaining that he knows nothing about the new militant group and the destruction of crude oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, Tompolo said he had made it clear in many occasions that the issue he has with the EFFC would not make him resort to violence and bombing of oil pipelines.

He added that his team of lawyers had already challenged the defective process of legal service on him at the Court of Appeal.

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WHO Calls Emergency Meeting On Yellow Fever Outbreak

The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on the yellow fever outbreak that has hit hardest in Angola but risks spreading further if vaccinations are not ramped up.

Such meetings from the UN agency are often held before the declaration of an international health emergency, as happened amid the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the current surge in neurological disorders linked to the spread of Zika virus in the Americas.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP the meeting had been called to underscore the severity of the yellow fever outbreak and to re-emphasise the need for mass vaccination against the viral disease.

As of May 12, Angola had reported 2,267 suspected yellow fever cases and 293 deaths in an outbreak that began in December and is most heavily concentrated in the capital Luanda.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has registered 44 suspected cases, both from a local outbreak and from patients who carried the virus from neighbouring Angola.

Eleven people have tested positive for yellow fever in China after returning from Angola, highlighting “the risk of international spread through non-immunised travellers,” WHO has said.

Several cases have also been reported in Uganda.

The percentage of people immunised against yellow fever remains low in many parts of Africa, even though the vaccine is nearly 100 percent effective and relatively cheap.

WHO has sent 11.7 million doses to Angola and there are plans to vaccinate 2.2 million people in DR Congo.

WHO has pledged to beef up its emergency response systems after widespread criticism following the Ebola outbreak, with many experts saying it took the UN body far too long to sound a global alarm.

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Missing Chibok Schoolgirl Calls Her Father

When Dauda Yama retrieved his mobile phone from a neighbour’s house in January this year, he noticed a missed call from his daughter Saratu who had been missing for almost two years.

The last time he spoke with Saratu was on April 14, 2014, when she rang to say men from the Islamist group Boko Haram had loaded her and her classmates from the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok in Borno State onto trucks.

Attempts to reach her again failed and two years on, 219 girls abducted that night remain missing, despite a global campaign #bringbackourgirls involving celebrities and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama calling for them to be found.

The students are among an estimated 2,000 girls and boys abducted by the Boko Haram since the start of 2014, with many of those abducted used as sex slaves, fighters and even suicide bombers, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report.

But when Yama returned the missed call that evening, a man answered. Yama hung up and rushed to the home of Yakubu Nkeki, chairman of the Association of Parents of the Abducted Girls from Chibok.

“He asked me what he should do,” Nkeki, 58, a schoolteacher, whose 17-year-old adopted daughter Maimuna Yakubu Usman is among those missing, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Nkeki took the phone and redialled the number that was again answered by a man who said the phone belonged to his wife.

Reporting the matter to any of the armed personnel around Chibok was out of the question, so instead they informed a campaigner with the Bring Back Our Girls group, which advocates the return of the missing girls “now and alive”.

“We don’t know who to trust,” said Nkeki who has received physical threats for his efforts to keep the abduction of the Chibok girls in the headlines and the government’s sights with the abduction becoming a political issue for Nigerian leaders.

Providing counsel to parents of the missing Chibok girls is part of Nkeki’s role as chairman of the association. He also checks up on the parents to see if they need help at all.

“I check if they have food items or if someone is seriously sick,” he said. “If there is any issue, I call the committee members.”

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Miami Police Union Calls For Beyoncé Boycott

At least one police union is so angered by Beyoncé’s new song “Formation” that it has voted to boycott the singer’s future performances. NBC reports that the Miami Fraternal Order of Police is asking union officers to refuse to work at the singer’s Miami performance, and is urging all police labor organizations in America to continue the boycott as she tours. The New York Daily News reports that at the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association also backs the boycott.

Miami FOP president Javier Ortiz believes that the pop star spread a toxic anti-police message when she paid homage to the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther movement during her Super Bowl half-time performance. “The Miami Fraternal Order of Police has voted to have all law enforcement officers boycott Beyoncé’s concert which is being held at the Miami Marlins Stadium on Wednesday, April 26, 2016,” Ortiz wrote in a letter. “While Beyoncé physically saluted the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers movement at the Super Bowl, I salute NYPD Officer Richard Rainey, who succumbed to his injuries on February 16, 2016 from being shot by two Black Panthers who he had pulled over in a traffic stop. I also salute the dozens of law enforcement officers that have been assassinated by members of the Black Panthers.”

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NLC Calls On Nasarawa Govt. To Implement Full Benefits

The Organised Labour are asking the Nasarawa State Government to pay civil servants full January salaries and to implement all promotions with benefits from two thousand and eleven to date among other demands.

The ongoing strike is predicated on twenty one point demands which after five extensive meetings between the government and the Organised Labour has been trimmed to fourteen.

Addressing journalists in Lafia, the State Head of Civil Service, Joseph Ancho says the government is mindful of the adverse effects of the strike and appeals to the Organised Labour to reciprocate the concessions made by the government.

He affirms that the full January salaries are ready for payment contrary to speculations making the rounds.

Meanwhile the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Abdullahi Adeka insists the strike continues until the government is ready to implement all their demands.

On his part, the Nasarawa State Comptroller of the Federal Ministry of Labour Halhatu Umar affirms the Ministry will ensure the two parties resolve amicably.

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Nigerians Will No Longer Pay For Calls, SMS By 2019 – Spectranet MD

The Managing Director (MD), Spectranet Ltd., Mr David Venn, on Wednesday said Nigerians would no longer pay for calls and Short Message Services (SMS), on mobile networks before the end of 2019.



Venn made this prediction at an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos.



He noted that with the fast growing usage of social media applications, such as Skype, Imo, Whatsapp, BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook Messenger, telecommunications had allowed subscribers to use their data service to make calls and sms.



Venn said subscribers spend a lot of money buying credit to make voice calls, send SMS and also subscribe to data services at the same time on a particular network.



He explained that even though subscribers still patronised voice and SMS services from the mobile operators, data service was cost- effective, faster to send SMS and make voice calls.



Venn noted that presently, data service providers had been improving on the broadband network provided to customers due to increased patronage in the data services.



The MD noted that in other advanced countries, mobile subscribers no longer paid for the use of voice and SMS on their mobile networks.



Venn said that in the United Kingdom, mobile subscribers make use of Skype application to make calls, as long as the caller and the recipient were connected to data service on their phones.


The MD said telecoms operators were losing huge revenue, especially from their SMS service, with the wide use of these social media.



Venn added that mobile operators would be forced to expand their data network to accommodate the growing number of subscribers that use their networks to surf the internet.



The MD, therefore, urged mobile operators to improve on their broadband service to the undeserved and unserved areas in the country.

He said the company also planned to build more base stations across its coverage to improve broadband connectivity in undeserved areas before the end of the year.



Venn urged the Federal Government to make the business environment convenient for the data providers to operate.



He contended that many data service providers had closed down due to the high cost of doing business in the country.




Maku Calls For Removal Of Immunity Clause From Constitution

Former Information Minister Labaran Maku on Sunday called for the removal of immunity clause for elected executive officers from the country’s constitution. Maku, a gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa state in 2015, made this call while fielding questions from newsmen in Wakama, Akun Development Area of the state.

He explained that the removal of the immunity clause would help tackle corruption and ensure good governance. He specifically advocated for the removal of the clause that protects the president, governors and local government council chairmen from facing prosecution in breach of office. He said that the immunity clause had created an umbrella for some state governors to tamper with their state resources, thereby leading to underdevelopment at the grassroots.

The former minister also advised Nigerians to pray for better things in the New Year as well as pray for permanent peace to reign in the country. “Let us also pray for the peace of the country and give President Muhammadu Buhari the needed support and cooperation to enable him tackle the challenges facing the country. “I believe that the immunity of state governors should be removed, no governor needs immunity and if it is removed, this will help to check fraud, corruption and mismanagement,’’ he said.

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Dogara Calls For Probe Of Anambra Gas Explosion

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, has expressed sadness over the death of several Nigerians in a gas explosion in Nnewi, Anambra State.

While calling for a thorough investigation into the incident which occurred on Christmas Eve, leaving several others injured, the Speaker said this was one incident too many that have claimed lives of innocent Nigerians.

?He, therefore, called for a thorough investigation to ascertain the root and immediate cause of the explosion in order to avert a reoccurrence.

“It saddens me that at a time when we should be celebrating, some people have been thrown into needless mourning. This incident must be investigated to find out what exactly happened and how to stop it from happening again,” the Speaker said.

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Khloe Kardashian Calls Lamar Odom Her Soulmate

On Keeping Up With The Kardashians Sunday, the family was taking a vacation to St. Barts when they caught wind up of an interview Lamar Odom did with In Touch magazine about his strained relationship with Khloe Kardashian.

Riding in a car with Khloe and her mother Kris, Kim said, “He did an interview with InTouch Magazine.” She proceeded to read aloud, “Lamar insists that woman is my wife without the ring on my finger. ‘Even with her picture being taken with another man, this woman is still my wife. She is my soulmate,’ Lamar told the mag.”

It should be mentioned this interview and reaction happened before Lamar was in a coma and on life support after suffering several strokes and kidney failure in October. Khloe admitted Lamar wasn’t wrong when he said they still loved each other.

“Everything Lamar is saying is true,” Khloe confessed. “I do love Lamar, that’s never been a question if we love each other. But Lamar is all talk and no action. For two years, I’ve wanted Lamar to try, for two years I wanted Lamar to show me some effort, but nothing ever changes. It definitely makes me sad because I still believe he is my soulmate. But sometimes

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Wale Claims Kendrick Lamar Hasn’t Answered His Calls Since His First Grammy Nomination

As Kendrick Lamar snatched eleven nominations, making him the most nominated hip-hop artists in a single year, Wale took to Twitter to respond to fans’ inquiries about the whereabouts of his Grammy acknowledgement.

During the conversation, one fan suggested that Wale and Kendrick go on tour, and the MMG rapper replied that K. Dot has allegedly been dodging his calls:

The assertion had the masses inquiring about whether or not Wale and Kendrick are on bad terms. Wale further raised eyebrows, by making a subliminal statement about his music, seemingly in comparison to that of Kendrick’s.

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Meek Mill Calls Wale A ‘Hoe’ Over Drake Rap Beef Comment

After beefing with Drake and accusing him of hiring ghostwriters and getting golden showers from T.I., Meek Mill seemed to return to his girl’s tour world tour. That is, until Wale, Mill’s label mate on Maybach Music Group, spoke to the Breakfast Club on the situation.

“Somebody be off the drink. A little testosterone on tour. You know, you’re with your girl. I don’t know what’s going on, but it’s not the right decision. I honestly think he brought a pencil to a gun fight. He ain’t even bring a knife — a pencil. A piece of paper. He tried to paper cut him to death. You can’t compete with somebody that got them type of relationships. I’m tellin’ everybody who thinks that Meek lost this of the strength of losing. It doesn’t matter what he made. He could’ve wrote ‘Ether 3.0’ and the opinions of the people would’ve been that their boy from Canada waxed him.”

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Hajj Stampede: House Calls For International Investigation

The House of Representatives has called for an international investigation into the tragedy that occurred during this year’s holy pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the Senate is to set up an ad-hoc committee which will investigate the incident and report back them.

Both motions were passed unanimously in both chambers. In the National Assembly, Federal Lawmakers called for explanations.

While in the Senate, a point of order was raised by the Deputy Leader of the Senate.

Sen. Bala ibn Na’Allah moved that those who were still alive should be provided adequate treatment, while the Saudi Arabian Government must ensure that such occurrence is forestalled.

A minute silence was also observed in the House of Representatives for the dead.

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Osun Judge Calls For Aregbesola’s Impeachment Over Unpaid Salaries

An Osun State judge, Justice Oloyede Folahanmi has called on the state House of Assembly to investigate the alleged mismanagement of the state’s financial resources by the governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy in accordance with Sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 constitution, saying there is no moral justification for their continued stay in office.

Folahanmi, in a 30-page petition urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Amnesty International, Transparency International among others, to investigate any other person found to be responsible for what he described as ‘’ deliberate mismanagement of the economy of Osun State.’’

The petitioner further accused Aregbesola of acting in defiance of some sections of the constitution which bordered on the welfare of Osun indigenes.

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Fresh Crisis Hits APC, Deputy National Publicity Secretary Calls For Chairman’s Resignation

The raging crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, took a different dimension with the call by one of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members, Mr. Timi Frank that the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun should resign.

Mr. Frank who blamed the chairman and some members of the APC’s NWC for the crisis that has resulted from the election of leaders of National Assembly, said it was unfortunate that the leadership of the party played hide and seek and over indulged themselves in the choice of Senate President and House Speaker.

Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara had emerged Senate President and House Speaker, respectively, against the wishes and position of the APC. Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila had been favored by the party after the initial conduct of a mock election which was won by the duo, to occupy the seats.

Speaking in Abuja yesterday, however, ?Mr. Frank who deputises for Alhaji Lai Muhammed in the party stated that the chairman and leadership of the party ought to resign having embarked on an embarrassing mock election that never had the blessings of the entire party’s leadership, more so that the leadership exhibited gross incompetence to manage the National Assembly issue until it blew out of hand. This he said was because of the vested interest manifested by the chairman and few of his colleagues in the party.

“If my party could not keep to the promise of change, then we must correct them to keep to that. I have no fear or favour than to say that the current leadership of the party has practically failed. With this incident alone, the chairman should resign from his position after taking a position against the people and the people’s position has finally come to stay. In the Western world, by today the party’s national chairman would have resigned honourably.

“Not just the national chairman but the entire leadership that took this decision of conducting mock election against the outcry of the larger members of the party. Against the bigger picture of Nigerians. A hand-full of? the party leadership came to take a decision, and by today the people have shown that the voice of the people is the voice of God,” Timi Frank stated.

He specifically blamed APC chairman, Odigie Oyegun for clearly failing to consult widely before embarking on the mock election which he said ridiculed the party. He submitted that the chairman’s action suggested that he acted under undue pressure to conduct the mock elections as admitted by him and was therefore of the opinion that if the ?APC was to rid itself of the mistakes of the PDP, it needed a chairman that would insulate himself from undue pressures no matter where such pressure emanated from.

“You ?could see the way the party including the national chairman was speaking? before the NASS leadership elections; it showed clearly that the chairman had totally taken sides which wasn’t meant to be. I understand, he took some of those decisions based on pressure. In this century, APC as a party, does not need a chairman that will be under pressure.

“?And the party’s national chairman caused it because times out of numbers some of leaders told him to come up with a zoning formula from the beginning. He was as?ked to take a decision and let people follow that but he didn’t do that. They were playing hide and seek with the issue until the last minute when they saw the danger, and they wanted to play hanky-panky, which led us to lose one position at the Senate,” Comrade Frank said.

On remarks attributed to the APC’s national publicity secretary that Buhari is a product of the party and not the party’s leader, Timi Frank who frowned at the statement, called on Lai Mohammed to desist from such comments as it was capable of putting the party in bad light.

” Let’s go back and ask Lai Mohammed who the leader of the party is. If he does not recognise the President as the leader. In my own view, If Lai Mohammed that is my direct boss could come up to tell Nigerians that the President is only a product of the party and not the national leader of the party, then he should have been able to tell us who the leader of the party is.

“We have seen that even in then PDP, former President Goodluck Jonathan was the leader of the party. If in our own case the President cannot be the leader of the party, he should tell us who the leader is then,” Frank averred.

He described what transpired at the national Assembly as good for democracy, noting that Nigeria stood to be the overall beneficiary.

“Those that are calling for the deputy senate president to resign are anti-people, and I will campaign against it. I will continue to support Burkola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu and every progressive Nigerian should support this mission as it will take Nigeria to the next phase because failure to do this will disrupt democracy, ” the deputy national publicity secretary stated.


Lagos APC Calls Saraki, Dogara Betrayers, Calls For Disciplinary Sanction

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has urged the national leadership of the party to punish the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for anti-party activities.

Lagos APC, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said it was saddening that Saraki could ‘jump into bed’ with the Peoples Democratic Party in his desperation for power.

Igbokwe described the re-election of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President as an embarrassment to the APC.

The statement read, “The purported election of Senator Saraki and Dogara as the Senate President and Speaker respectively, is a clear transgression of both the tenets of democracy and party politics. At this early stage, the APC must come down strongly to mete out sanctions and punishments against treacherous members that perpetrated this ugly charade at this early stage of the party’s life and history.

“As a party and given the circumstances of our present politics, the APC stands no risk of being eroded by this treachery. Rather, we see the clear road to enforce discipline in the treacherous conduct of some members of the National Assembly.

“We see the need for the party to wield the big stick now to send a message home that treachery will not profit those who might want to cash in on similar circumstances to spite the party and cash personal benefits in the long run. It is certain that these betrayers are not members of the APC and we feel the party must weigh in now and discipline these betrayers.”


Chris Brown Calls Police After Finding Naked Woman In His Bed

Chris Brown called the police after finding a naked intruder in his bed.

The 26-year-old singer returned to his home in Agoura Hills, California, after several days away in Las Vegas – where he’d celebrated his recent birthday – to find a unknown woman in his bed and the words “I LOVE YOU” spray painted on the kitchen counter.

Chris and his security team subsequently called the police, who cuffed the woman and she was later booked for felony burglary and felony vandalism, according to TMZ.

The police believe the 21-year-old woman had been in Chris’ apartment for a lengthy period of time, as dishes were found in the sink and food was also lying about the property.

The gossip website also reports the woman had vandalised Chris’ silver Rolls-Royce and his black Range Rover by spray painting them with the words “MRS. BROWN”.

The Ayo singer also took to his Instagram account to name and shame his intruder.

Along with a picture of the woman he said: “I get home and find this crazy individual in my house. She had broken the hinges off the doors. She Found time to cook her several meAls. She Wrote “I love you” on the walls. She threw out my daughters clothing as well as my dogs stuff. Then had all these crazy voodoo things around my crib. goes to show you how crazy people are crazy! And she painted her name on my cars!!!! I love my fans but this is some on some real real crazy shit! I pray she will get help (sic).”

Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed Chris will not be charged for allegedly attacking a man during his time in Las Vegas.

The Loyal hitmaker was accused of punching a man during a basketball game in the early hours of Monday morning, but law enforcement have now dropped the battery case after the man withdrew his complaint.

A police statement said: “The victim alleging that he was battered by recording artist Chris Brown has told LVMPD detectives that he no longer wants to go forward with criminal charges.”

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