Details Behind Gucci Mane’s Proposal & How Much The Engagement Ring Cost Him

 Gucci Mane proposed to his longtime girlfriend Keyshia Kaoir at the Atlanta Hawks basketball game. Now Gucci Mane is known for being icy so you already know he wouldn’t  want anything but the best for his fiance Keyshia.

The Shade Room had a chance to talk to  the men behind the icy ring  Marc from @diamondclubmiami @richie_nektalov, and lets just say we all need a man like Gucci in our lives.

 Gucci Mane dropped $2.2 million on the custom handmade ring that took over a month to put together!

It’s 25 carats of cushion cut  diamonds which are nearly flawless and colorless.  The metal of  the ring is platinum so he definitely put a ring on it!

According to the jewelers Gucci was into the creative process  behind  the ring and really put his heart into it.


#TSRExclusive: Details Behind Gucci Mane’s $2.2 Million Dollar Engagement Ring

How Abba Moro, Others Cut Cost Causing NIS Recruitment Tragedy– Witness

Despite raking in about N1 billion from sale of forms, only N45 million was released for the conduct of the tragic 2014 immigration recruitment exercise, a witness told the court on Friday

Tabugn Sylvanus, a retired Director and Secretary of the Board of the National Immigration Service, NIS, said N201 million was actually required for a proper conduct of the exercise.

Mr. Sylvanus also told the Federal High Court that a last minute adjustment made to the recruitment exercise moved the number of expected participants at the Abuja test venue from 6,800 to over 66,000.

Mr. Sylvanus is the second persecution witness to testify in court during the ongoing trial of former Interior Minister, Abba Moro.

Mr. Moro, who was also the chairman of the board of the NIS, is accused of defrauding hundreds of thousands of job seekers, who paid N1,000 each for the recruitment test.

Despite raising about a billion naira from the job seekers, the tests were poorly organised at different centres across the country, resulting in deadly stampedes with at least 18 deaths confirmed, majority from the Abuja stadium stampede.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said part of the proceeds of the recruitment fees was used to buy choice property in Abuja.

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#Rio2016: Watch How Japanese Pole Vaulter’s Penis Cost Him A Medal

Hiroki Ogita, a Japanese pole vaulter, has two major reasons to be upset after the pole vault qualifications at the Rio Olympics: the 28-year-old failed to make the pole vault finals and he sustained what looked like a serious penis injury.

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Boko Haram: FG Plans To Recharge Lake Chad At Estimated Cost Of $15bn

The Federal Government has successfully conducted a feasibility study towards recharging the Lake Chad through inter-basin water transfer from Congo basin at an estimated cost of $15 billion.

This is part of the projects envisioned to transform the region into a more stable economic hub after the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against the Boko Haram terrorists in parts of the North-East.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this at the weekend on the sidelines during the just-concluded 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja.

Onyema noted that even though the figure is a rough estimate, it is going to be executed under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement when it comes into force.

“We also have the issue of environment and economic activities. Also the issue of recharging the Lake Chad basin, which is extremely expensive. So we will be looking at financiers and the mechanism of Public Private Partnership (PPP).

“Yes, it’s a rough estimate and there is research that was done and the rough patch was that its going to cost $15bn,” he stated.

In the same vein, the Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Engr. Sanusi Abdullahi, gave a few details about the planned inter-basin recharging of Lake Chad as part of grand post-conflict rebuilding projects in the region.

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Construction Of Airport Fences To Cost N25bn

If Nigeria decides to build perimeter and operational fences around the 22 airports that are currently partially fenced or without fences, the country would require about N25 billion.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recommends that countries fence their airports to ensure safety and to check influx of unauthorised persons into the airports.

This is as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has assured all the airport users of absolute security and safety of humans, cargo and equipment at all times.

A recent survey carried out by FAAN indicated that to properly fence the 22 federal government-owned airports, the authority would need about N25 billion.

According to FAAN’s spokesman, Mr Yakubu Dati, each of the 22 airports is about 50 kilometre long and would require serious investments for all of them to be properly fenced according to the ICAO, recommended practices.

Apart from the four international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt that are partially fenced, other 18 airports owned by the federal government are not fenced, a situation, which has led to encroachments on the lands by some indigenes.

The 22 airports across the country occupy over 500 kilometres of land mass and ICAO security guidelines prescribe that all airports must be secured with double perimeter fences.

Dati however explained that there are other safety measures FAAN has taken in line with international best practice to boost security and safety within the nation’s airports.

He said, “The agency has introduced the perimeter patrol, built perimeter towers, which enables the Aviation Security, (AVSEC) personnel and other security agencies to have a full overview of the airport environment and installed latest technologies in strategic locations to increase surveillance.

“Most of the leakages observed in the past by analysts and other aviation stakeholders had been closed by FAAN and this has made it possible for FAAN to scale the American Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security audit carried out earlier in the month at the Lagos Airport.”

A team of the Airport Council International (ACI) was in Nigeria to carry out security audit on the airports and they identified some gaps, which Dati said FAAN was able to close the gaps without being specific.

“That is why when TSA came calling about two weeks ago, we were given clean bill of health because all the loopholes have been closed,” he added.

He however identified insider’s threat as another area that the authority is observing and taking action against.

“We profile anybody that works within the terminal or in the terminal in line with global standards. It is after passing that we issue them the On-Duty-Card, ODC. Even at that, the ODC also have some levels of restrictions such that it is not every holder that has access to every part of the terminal. We have different levels and colours based on the level of clearance you have received,” he said.

Dati observed that airport as an enabler to the nation’s economy contributes about $1 billion annually while also providing more than 300,000 jobs, stressing that the government would continue to ensure growth in the sector.

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You Lied On Streetlight, Fuel Supply Cost Claim, APC Tells Fayose

The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ekiti State, has slammed Governor Ayodele Fayose over his streetlight fuel supply cost claim, saying he was deliberately inflating the figure, while spending less on public light supply to short-change the state.

The party raised the alarm on the heels of alleged increasing wave of criminal activities under the cover of the night in the state capital, saying the governor’s claim of spending N210million a month to power streetlights was a ploy to allegedly defraud the state.

Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun told journalists in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday, that the short period of light supply between 7p.m. and 10p.m. had encouraged criminals to terrorise residents at night.

According to him, “cases of car- snatching have increased, while residents lose their possessions to thieves on the streets at nights unlike during former Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration when streetlight supply spanned 6.30p.m. to 6.30a.m. In the state capital.

“Ekiti people cannot continue in this reversal of fortunes since Fayose came on board. He said some time ago, during his monthly media chat, that he spent N210 million monthly on streetlights. This is a blatant lie, because the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) supply of diesel for streetlights have since revealed that only 10,000 litres of diesel are supplied monthly to power streetlights,” he said.

Accusing the governor of deceiving the public and passing over-bloated fuel supply cost to the government, Olatunbosun said the party had since discovered that three suppliers of diesel jointly supply 10,000 litres every month to power streetlights.

The APC spokesman added that even at that, Fayose was still owing the suppliers millions of naira, even though he would insist he paid N210 million monthly.

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Dora Akunyili Centre To Cost N500m

The Anambra State government has said it would improve facilities at the redesigned Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center in Awka with N500 million.

The project, which is to be completed in nine months will have an expanded amphitheatre, a football pitch with carpet grass and a parking space that will accommodate about 2,000 cars.

The state Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Frank Offor said the plan became necessary because the old Awka stadium near Awka Main Market has traffic issues, adding that the Dora Akunyili Centre would serve the needs of women in particular.

He said: “The concept of a stadium and amphitheatre in re-designed Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre is because it is in a strategic location on Enugu –Onitsha Expressway and it occupies a spacious area where one can park cars.

“It also has a conference hall and a guest house, though some buildings may be removed to make way for the new design.

“Women will love the center because  they can use it to do so many things. The Amphitheatre existing there now has been redesigned to have a standard football pitch with carpet grass and can host other things for many occasions because it has galleries.

“By the time the proposal is begun, the youth will be happy because it will offer a lot of jobs to them.”
Offor also said that in addition to the Dora Akunyili Center, the state government was working on two other stadia in Awka namely, the old stadium located on Arthur Eze Avenue and a new stadium on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, near Amansea in Awka North local government.

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Obama’s Two Day Visit To Ethiopia, See How Much His Hotel Accomodation Cost

President Obama visited Kenya and Ethiopia during his recent trip to Africa, and the hotel bill for the president and his entourage totaled approximately $412,390.86 for the Ethiopia stay alone. A contract with the Hilton in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa was posted online recently.

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2016 Census To Cost N273bn As Buhari Orders Govt Agencies To Harmonize Biometrics

The 2016 national population census will cost N273bn, with N10bn needed urgently to ensure the fidelity of the process. Chairman, National Population Commission, NPC, Eze Duru Iheoma, SAN, who led other National Commissioners to the Presidential Villa yesterday, stated this in his operational briefing to President Muhammadu Buhari. Curiously, only about N4bn is allocated for the purpose in the 2015 budget.

Consequently, as part of measures to ensure cost-effective governance, President Buhari has charged government agencies to harmonise collection and usage of biometric data in the country.

The president wondered why each agency would gather its own biometric data, when such data could easily be shared.

He said: “It will be more cost effective if you work together. It helps even the credibility of the election process, as Nigerians of voting age can be identified easily.”

Several government organisations that currently collect biometric data include the National Population Commission, NPC, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, among others.

President Buhari added that all the agencies should work collaboratively, instead of going in different directions, stressing that adequate data was necessary for planning and development in any country.

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A Dollar Would’ve Been Exchanged For N500 Without Subsidy- Dangote

Media men had a piece of Aliko Dangote last weekend. And when they were done many appreciated why he is one of the richest in the world. In an interactive session with senior editors Dangote discussed state of the nation while explaining some details in his businesses that are geared towards a better life for Nigerians.

On oil subsidy he said,

The issue with subsidy is that government needs to block all loopholes. If there’s no subsidy, it will affect our foreign exchange, we’ll end up buying a dollar at N500, because there’s no VAT on petroleum products. That’s why the import of petroleum products is taking about 30% of our foreign reserve. We just need to make sure that there’s no siphoning of money. The refining business requires volume. If you don’t have a massive volume, there’s no way you’ll make money. Most of the refineries in Africa are running at a big loss. It’s not possible for government officials to successfully manage oil businesses. It’s good enough if they remove the subsidy, but you can check with neighbouring countries like Senegal. If a poor person in Senegal can afford to pay subsidy, why can’t a poor person in Nigeria afford to pay. I think there must be something for the masses, which should be in terms of power, social insurance, good education system, good roads etc.

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Regional Force HQs Base Against Boko Haram To Cost $30mn

The base of a multi-national military offensive against Boko Haram will cost some $30 million over the next year, the head of a regional security grouping said Wednesday in Nigeria, appealing for help.

His comments came as defence ministers and military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin — which will contribute military personnel, police and civilians to the so-called Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF) — met in Abuja to thrash out plans to take on the militants.

Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari has made stopping Boko Haram’s bloody, six-year insurgency a top priority, and on Thursday he will meet with his regional counterparts in a high-level summit on the issue in the Nigerian capital.

“The total amount required to set up and sustain the MNJTF headquarters for the next 12 months is about $30 million (27 million euros),” said Sanusi Imran Abdullahi, head of the Lake Chad Basin Commission security grouping that includes Nigeria and nearby countries.

“The troop-contributing countries are responsible for equipping and sustenance of their battalion.” The long-awaited task force, which has its headquarters in Chad’s capital N’Djamena under a senior Nigerian officer, was originally due to have been operational in November. In the meantime, troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon have been fighting Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria for several months and have claimed a series of successes.


Buhari Considering Reducing Ministers To Minimize Cost Of Governance

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, is said to be considering the reduction of the number of ministers as part of his strategies for reducing cost of governance.

This was said to be part of the cost-saving proposals which Buhari presented during the All Progressives Congress’s National Working Committee meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

The NWC which is yet to conclude its deliberations on proposals, according a high-ranking member of the APC NWC, include scrapping the minister of states, streamlining the ministries and parastatals.

The meeting, which was chaired by the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, also reviewed the just-concluded general elections, the deadlock in the Taraba State governorship poll as well as the alleged electoral fraud in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lai Mohammed confirmed that the NWC reviewed the governorship election.

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