Suspended Jibrin Marks 100 Days Of Budget Padding Scandal By Distributing Gifts To Constituents

Suspended lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Wednesday distributed cash and material gifts as part of an empowerment scheme to mark the 100 days of budget padding scandal.

Mr. Jibrin, who is currently serving a year suspension slammed on him by the House of Representatives, returned to his constituency in Kano on Wednesday, where he gave out items such as motorcycles and generators.

Other items distributed by Mr. Jibrin included sewing machines, grinding machines as well as scholarship package for about 1,000 pupils.

A statement from Mr. Jibrin’s media office said no fewer than 5,000 constituents benefitted from the scheme, which he hopes would help mitigate the effect of the economic recession on their households.

“I have done many empowerment programmes before I ventured into politics, I continued when I was elected and I sustain the tempo despite my suspension.

“This is a clear testimony that we hold our people dear to our heart irrespective of politics,” the statement quoted Mr. Jibrin as saying.

Mr. Jibrin said he will not renege on his promise to remain a vocal voice against sharp practices in the Nigerian parliament.

The whistleblower was suspended for a year without pay on September 21 after being found guilty of ethics violations.


Priest Marks Independence Day At Rubbish Dump

A priest of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Imo State, Rev. Canon Uche Chinamerem, celebrated the 56th Independence anniversary of the country on Saturday in front of a heap of refuse on Douglas Road, Owerri.

Chinamerem, who is also the Chaplain of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Imo State University, in the several shots posted on the social media on Sunday, drank and shared wine with an unidentified man, while a group of traders looked on.



Toyin Saraki Showers Thanksgiving To God As She Marks Her Birthday

Wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, paints her Instagram page with thanksgiving to God as she turned 52 today. The founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa posted a photo of herself on IG and counted her blessings in her caption.

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Queen Marks 90th Birthday, As Popular As Ever

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday with a family gathering and a cake baked by a reality television star, as a new poll finds Britain’s longest serving monarch is as popular as ever.

The queen has reigned for more than 63 years and shows no sign of retiring, even if she has in recent years passed on some of her duties to the younger royals.

A new poll suggests the British public want it to stay that way, with 70 percent saying she should reign for as long as possible, the highest proportion since 1981.

Support for the monarchy remains high at 76 percent, according to the Ipsos-Mori poll for King’s College London.

“The queen is hugely popular, she is liked personally and is felt to have done an excellent job,” Roger Mortimore, a professor at the Institute of Contemporary British History at King’s College London, told AFP.

Thursday’s celebrations will be low-key, with the main public events, including a military parade and lunch for 10,000 guests on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace, taking place as part of her official birthday celebrations in June.

With her husband Prince Philip, she will meet members of the public near Windsor Castle, her weekend residence, before lighting the first of a chain of beacons stretching across Britain and its overseas territories.

At an event in Windsor’s town hall, the queen will be presented with a cake baked by Nadiya Jamir Hussain, the winner of the “Great British Bake Off”, a hugely popular television cooking competition.

The Muslim mother-of-three will present the orange drizzle cake, with orange curd and orange butter cream, to the queen personally — a prospect she said has left her “so nervous I can’t even look at the oven”.

The queen will also attend a family birthday dinner organised by her heir Prince Charles, emphasising her role as the head of four generations of the House of Windsor.

Charles and his son William are increasingly taking over the queen’s duties, although she still carried out 393 engagements last year, including state visits to Malta and Germany.

William, who with his wife Kate and two young children has brought fresh energy to the royals, paid tribute to the matriarch he and his brother Harry describe as “the boss”.

“I am incredibly lucky to have my grandmother in my life. As she turns 90, she is a remarkably energetic and dedicated guiding force for her family,” William said.

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Saraki Assures Of Transparency, Accountability As Senate Marks 100 Days

President of the Senate Bukola Saraki, has assured Nigerians that he would ensure accountability and transparency as 8th Senate marks 100 days.

Saraki gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja when the management of DAAR Communications paid him a courtesy visit. He also assured that the 8th senate under his leadership would help in tackling the problem of insecurity in the North-East.

“As the senate resumes plenary soon, bills will be churned out to address the issues of power, revenue leakages, corruption, unemployment amongst others,’’ he said.

Saraki solicited the collaboration of the media to enable the senate deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

The Chairman of DAAR Communication, Mr Raymond Dokpesi (Jnr), who led the delegation, commended the president of the senate for his determination to ensure that the National Assembly delivered on its mandate.

“We thought it is appropriate to congratulate you officially on your election. We know that in spite of distractions, you have a clear leadership thrust which is transparency and accountability,’’ Dokpesi said.

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JAMB To Determine Admissions Cut-Off Marks July 14

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it will hold its 2015 Policy meeting on July 14 to determine cut-off marks for admission of candidates into tertiary institutions.

The board said it has concluded all arrangements to commence the process of the 2015 admissions.

Speaking to journalists Thursday, JAMB’s spokesperson, Benjamin Fabian, said the 2015 Policy Meeting, where the cut-off points for admissions are usually decided at, has been fixed for 14th July, 2015.

He said the cut-off point will be chosen after extensive deliberations with Vice-Chancellors of Universities, Provost of Colleges of Education and Rectors of Polytechnics, Monotechnics, Innovative Enterprise Institutions and other stakeholders.

Mr. Fabian said the exercise is interesting because of the success witnessed with the first full-blown Computer Based Test.

“The exercise has proved that our education system still has some hope. Don’t forget that in any educational system, world over, the examination process makes the difference,” he said.

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Nigeria Marks Children’s Day Amid Boko Haram Violation Of Minors

Nigeria has joined the international community in commemorating Children’s Day amid concern at the use of minors to perpetrate terrorist acts by the Boko Haram sect.

Locally, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the choice of the theme of violence against children and the urgent need to stop it was apt and timely.

Officials said it spoke eloquently to the current difficult circumstances facing children in Nigeria today especially in the Northeast.

Children bear the biggest brunt of the insurgency with the conflict having severely constrained full scale provision of health services thereby threatening their right to survival.

In Borno State, the region worst affected by terror, children have not been to school for more than one year. More children and women have been used as suicide bombers in Northeast Nigeria in the first five months of this year than during the whole of last year, according to reports collated by UNICEF.

In 2014, 26 suicide attacks were recorded compared to 27 attacks as of May 2015. In at least three-quarters of these incidents, children and women were reportedly used to carry out the attacks.

Girls and women have been used to detonate bombs or explosives belts at crowded locations, such as market places and bus stations. “Children are not instigating these suicide attacks; they are used intentionally by adults in the most horrific way,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

“They are first and foremost victims – not perpetrators.”

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Jonathan Marks 5 Years In Office With Prayers

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), marked five years of taking over the leadership of Nigeria as substantive president, with prayers and thanksgiving.

The President was sworn-in on 6th May 2010 by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu after the death of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

The President dressed in light brown Agbada with matching cap, after the recitation of the National Anthem and National Pledge, shocked council members when he said there was not going to be a national prayer (the second stanza of the National Anthem), but rather two ministers close to God were to prayer for one of the members who was marking his birthday.

The surprised council members were asking each other whose birthday it was, while they were still wondering whose birthday it was, President Jonathan then asked them to guess whose birthday it was.

When none of them was forthcoming, President Jonathan then reminded them that 6th of May, 2015 marks his 5th year anniversary as substantive President.

The cabinet members broke into sumtultous clapping followed by laughter, with many nodding in appreciation.

He then nominated the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo to say the Christian prayer while the Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, the Muslim prayer.

After the national pledge, Jonathan said: “Today, we will not say the national prayer. Somebody is celebrating birthday so we will offer special prayers for him. Two very Godly people will pray, Nebo and Yuguda. Do you know the person?”

When they could not answer, he said: “On May 6, exactly five years today, I was sworn-in as substantive President.”