We Need To Improve On Governance, Accountability, Buhari To ECOWAS Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need to review the ECOWAS Treaty in order to make the regional organisation more responsive to new national, regional and global challenges.

The president made the call at the opening of the 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority and Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held in Abuja on Saturday.

He also called for the speedy conclusion of the reforms of all ECOWAS institutions to put ECOWAS on a much stronger footing and to prepare member nations for the challenges of such Institutional reforms.

President Buhari also stressed the need to make conscious efforts to improve on governance and accountability at all levels. “We also need to make conscious efforts to improve on Governance and accountability at all levels.

“This calls for the speedy conclusion of the reforms of all ECOWAS institutions to put ECOWAS on a much stronger footing and prepare us for the challenges of such Institutional reforms.

“To this end, we should ensure that priority is given to the implementation of development programmes, while the ECOWAS Parliament should be entrusted with more functions.

“In addition, the cost of governance must be reduced across all ECOWAS Institutions while resources should be devoted to programmes and projects that will have direct bearing on the lives of ordinary citizenry and create jobs fast enough to absorb our teeming youth population.

“In this regard, it is necessary that measures be taken to review the ECOWAS Treaty in order to make ECOWAS responsive to new national, regional and global challenges.”

On economic integration, Buhari observed that the modest achievements in regional integration were being challenged by globalisation. According to him, most member countries continue to record low volume of trade, occasioned by declining level of economic activities, caused by the sharp fall in commodity prices.

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I Need Oshiomhole’s Services In Abuja– Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will find an important national assignment for the outgoing Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, when he leaves office.
Buhari said this yesterday at the Palace of the new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Nku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, before he embarked on the commissioning of several projects in the state.
He said: “It will be a pity to waste his energy by him retiring. I hope there will be a higher assignment for him to do more for the nation. I congratulate the governor for his hard work; Oshiomhole is a hard working governor. We will need his services in Abuja.
‘‘Thank you for inviting me, most especially during this time in the country. You have served two terms and you are about to leave. You deserve a place in history. I hope the APC will look for a place for you because your service for the country is far from over.”
Buhari also congratulated the Oba for successfully ascending the throne of his ancestors and extended the support of the Federal Government to his Royal highness in his bid to improve the lives of Edo people.
The Oba expressed delighted on the president’s visit, noting that it was the first since his recent coronation.
‘‘We believe this is a sign of better things to come. I appreciate your contribution to my coronation,’’ the royal father said.
The Ewuare II, who commended Buhari for appointing Edo indigenes into positions in government appealed for the establishment of an export and import processing zone for agro-allied industries in the state.
Buhari who is on a two-day working visit to Edo commissioned the renovated Central Hospital in Benin. President Buhari also commissioned the Upper Siluko Road in Benin City,  inspected the Queen Ede Gulley erosion site and commissioned the Samuel Ogbemedia College rebuilt to ‘world class standard.’
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Clinton’s FBI Investigation, Everything You Need To Know

Hillary Clinton’s campaign was jolted when FBI Director James Comey delivered the ultimate October surprise.

Eleven days before the 2016 presidential election, Comey announced that the FBI had discovered additional emails and is reviewing them to see whether they are related to the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information.
Here’s what you need to know — and how it might affect Clinton, Donald Trump and the presidential race:
It started with the FBI’s investigation into Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman who was caught over the summer exchanging lewd and sexually suggestive messages with a 15-year-old girl.
Weiner’s estranged wife is Clinton adviser Huma Abedin. And in their look into Weiner’s sexting allegations, which began on September 22, investigators from the FBI’s New York field office discovered Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s laptop — with initial data showing those emails went through Clinton’s server.
It was enough to lead FBI Director James Comey to conclude the emails would need to be reviewed to see if he’d need to reopen the investigation he’d closed in July on whether Clinton kept classified information on the private email server she used during her tenure as secretary of state.
Comey was made aware of the emails’ existence by mid-October, law enforcement sources have said. He was given a full briefing on Thursday.
Comey decided Friday after a series of “long grueling meetings” with top FBI executives that the FBI needed to review to see whether the emails were related to its investigation into Clinton’s server, and a letter would be sent to Congress about the development, a law enforcement source told CNN.
And so, on Friday — 11 days from the election — Comey informed eight Senate and House chairmen, who are Republicans, and copied the ranking Democrats on their panels.
Everything about this is beyond precedent.
There’s never been a major party nominee under FBI investigation leading up to the election before. And how it’s being handled is equally out of the ordinary.
Comey gave advance notice to top officials at the Justice Department before sending his letter to lawmakers Friday — but he didn’t get sign-off from those officials, and wasn’t seeking it. Instead he made an independent decision to go against longstanding Justice Department and FBI practice to not comment publicly about politically sensitive investigations within 60 days of an election, a law enforcement official said.
Comey’s decision adds to the unusual role he has played in the Clinton email probe, which some critics have said usurped the role of prosecutors in the Justice Department whose job is to review FBI findings and make decisions on whether to bring charges.
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#HurricaneMatthew: 1.4 Million Need Help In Haiti

Haiti faces a crisis that requires a “massive response” from the international community, the United Nations has said, with at least 1.4 million people needing emergency aid after Hurricane Matthew.

The storm killed almost 1,000 people in the impoverished Caribbean nation, with that toll likely to rise as rescue workers reach previously inaccessible areas.

Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, last week levelled homes, fouled water sources and killed livestock, leaving victims pleading for help to arrive quickly.

“Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters.

The UN has launched a $120m flash appeal to cover Haiti’s needs for the next three months.

After pummelling Haiti on October 4 as a monster Category 4 storm, packing winds of 230km an hour, Matthew slammed into the southeastern United States, where it killed at least 20 people.

Hundreds of people were rescued by boat and helicopter as floodwaters inundated towns in the state of North Carolina on Monday, and officials warned that life-threatening flooding from swollen rivers would continue for days.

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Ayade To Buratai: We Need Heavy Military Presence In Cross River

Governor Ben Ayade of  Cross River State on Wednesday demanded heavy presence of the military in Calabar, in order to sustain peace in the state.

He made the appeal when the Chief of army of  staff COAS, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai paid him a courtesy visit in Calabar.

Represented by his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, Ayade applauded the COAS’s sterling leadership qualities, describing him as a delight in Nigeria’s Armed Forces.

” In Cross River State, we need heavy presence of the military because we want peace to be able to do our job”, he said.



6 Common Sex Myths You Really Need To Stop Believing

Guys with big feet have big penises

I’m sure we’ve all heard some derivation of this (hands? height?), but the truth is there really isn’t any barometer for predicting that sort of thing. The British Journal of Urology studied 15,521 penis sizes and found that not only did the size of a subject’s feet have little bearing on their endowment, but the idea that race played a factor was also debunked. Similarly, height was also dismissed as a strong correlation as well. So that’s three common myths dispelled right there. How’s that for efficiency?

Circumcision affects a man’s sexual sensation

A study published in the British Journal of Urology took a look at this commonly-held perception by studying 62 male subjects between the ages of 18 and 37. 30 were circumcised and 32 weren’t. The subjects participated in experiments that saw measured their sensitivity to touch, temperature, and even pain detection(!) in multiple areas.

The findings? Neither group in the aggregate was any more or less sensitive than the other. So don’t worry, guys. The grass isn’t greener on the other side when it comes to circumcision.

A woman’s hymen “breaks” the first time she has sex

This is widely held as true, but … it’s rarely the case. There is a small membrane that partially covers the entrance to the vagina, but it’s not necessarily hanging around until a girl loses her virginity. In fact, it can be broken through the use of tampons, physical activity, sex toys, or even something like horseback riding. However, many cultures choose to ignore this truth in order to maintain a physical manifestation of a woman’s chastity or virtue. In fact, there’s really no useful function for the hymen, so it’s really ONLY used as this cultural touchpoint.

Herpes is the result of careless sexual practice

Nope. You probably have herpes. 90% of the population does. There are eight different forms of herpes, but when it’s discussed, we normally are referring to either simplex 1 and/or simplex 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2, respectively). They first manifest as cold sores and the second as genital herpes, though sometimes HSV-1 can appear on the genitals. Most of the estimated 3.7 billion people who have HSV-1 and the 419 million who have HSV-2 have no idea they’re infected and don’t show signs, which mean their risk of transmission is low.

That said, it can be an unpleasant experience, and there are still tons of more serious infections out there that should compel you to practice safe sex at every opportunity.

A woman’s vagina becomes loose if she’s promiscuous

There’s no evidence to support this, so chances are this fallacy just came about from someone deducing that it’s “probably the case” with little done to stop the myth in its tracks.

Sex education professional Dr. Sari Locker says, “It’s a myth that a woman’s vagina becomes permanently stretched out from having sex with a man with a large penis. After each sexual encounter, the vagina contracts to its original size, and it has no lasting stretching.”

Even if there was an impact, it would be difficult to measure, as the sex organ tend to vary wildly in shape, so a comparison of one to another, for whatever, is a bit of a fool’s errand.

To demonstrate this diversity, Jamie McCartney created a sculpture from casts of sample vaginas titled, “The Great Wall of Vaginas.”

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Somalia Food Crisis: 300,000 Children Need Help- UN

Nearly five million people in Somalia are suffering from a shortage of food due to poor rainfall, floods and displacement, the United Nations says.

More than 300,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished and require urgent assistance.

Most of those in need of help have been internally displaced following decades of conflict.

Malnutrition levels in Somalia have increased over the last six months with nearly half the population affected.

The number of people without enough food has increased by 300,000 since February.

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N’East Crisis: UN Warns 5.5m People May Urgently Need Food Aid In Sept

Nigeria’s economic slowdown, compounded by Boko Haram attacks, could mean 5.5 million people needing food aid in the volatile North-east by next month, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned.

The warning came as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed that about 161,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the North Eastern part of Nigeria were still at various camps in three neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

It also emerged that, as part of efforts to end insurgency, the Nigerian Army had embarked on operations in forests in Bauchi State in order to flush out fleeing Boko Haram members and criminal elements in the state.

UNHCR, while issuing the warning, noted that, as government troops advance against the militants, the somewhat better access for aid workers under military escort to Borno and Yobe states has exposed “catastrophic levels” of suffering and a “vast regional crisis.”
Inflation and soaring food prices come at a time when people have little left from the last harvest, according the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) .

“Because of Nigeria’s economic downturn, the number of hungry people could double in the North-eastern states that are already so heavily afflicted by the conflict,” WFP spokeswoman, Bettina Luescher, told a news briefing.

“Our experts are warning it could go as high as 5.5 million people by next month,” she said. “The drop in oil prices and sharp rise in the cost of imported staples has compounded the years of violence that these poor people had to suffer.”
WFP has delivered food to 170,000 people in North-eastern Nigeria, but hopes to reach 700,000 by year-end, Luescher said.

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We Need To Re-establish Nigeria’s Integrity- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja explained why he had been engaged in several foreign trips saying the country needs to re-establish its integrity.

He stressed the urgent need to ensure that the potentials of Nigeria are harnessed and used for the good of the country.

Receiving the President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Bernard Aliyu, at the State House, Abuja, Mr. Buhari declared: “Nigeria needs to work on her potentials, so that we don’t remain permanently at the level of potentials”.

“If Ethiopia is sustained largely by her airline industry, we have greater potentials here. But we must move out, engage with the rest of the world, as we need to re-establish the integrity of this country. We need to rebuild this country again,” the president said.

The president recounted that for the greater part of the last 16 years, oil sold above $100 per barrel but expressed regret that the nation did not have much to show for it.

“In the First Republic, more enduring infrastructure was built with meagre resources. But in the past 16 years, we made a lot of money without planning for the rainy day.

“We showed a lot of indiscipline in managing our economy, and that is why we are where we are today. But this time round, we’ll do our best,” he said.

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I Need Your Prayers For Good Governance, Buhari Tells Religious Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with religious leaders across the country to pray for him to administer the country effectively.

President Buhari also charged religious leaders in the country to do more in supporting the Federal Government’s efforts to transform the nation by enshrining what he termed, the culture of good governance and overcoming the security challenges facing the country.

Speaking Sunday in Abuja while speaking at the Eagle Square Abuja, venue of this year’s Jama’atul Izalatil Bid’ah WaIkamatis Sunnah, JIBWIS Annual Convention, President Buhari stressed that religious leaders have a duty to support the government in sustaining the current peace and tranquility being enjoined across the country.

The President who spoke through the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello commended the Jama’atul Izalatil Bid’ah WaIkamatis Sunnah for uniting the Muslim community through the preaching of Islamic tenets which stress the importance of obedience to constituted authority, good morals and the need for harmonious co-existence, adding that their efforts have greatly enhanced the unity and socio-economic development of the nation.

He said, “I urge you to continue to support this administration through prayers so that we can continue to have peace and security and above all pray for Allah’s blessings so that we can have prosperity and good governance.

“There is no doubt that what we are witnessing today is something that is very important to us as Muslims and indeed to the community and society at large. We all have a duty to continue to support the leader of this group so that he can continue to do the good things that he has been doing for over thirty years”.

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See Baby That Will Need 7 Surgeries To Remove Birthmark From Her Face

Little Ruby Ashby was born only seven months ago in a town near Wollongong, Australia, but her family has already taken steps toward removing the birthmark that covers the upper right side of her face.

Ruby was born with Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, a condition that occurs in only one in 500,000 people, and which caused the large birthmark. Her family has started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for Ruby’s first of four surgeries she’ll need this year to remove it. The first surgery, which will cost $10,000, is scheduled for January 12, and her family hopes to have all seven operations finished by the time she starts school.

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Why You Need To Start Exercising In Your 20s

Too busy with work to hit the gym? Planning to get started running for a New Year’s resolution? According to a new scientific study, you might not want to wait until it’s convenient to start exercising, because getting fit in your 20s might be linked to better health for the rest of your life.

Researchers studied 4,872 adults from ages 18 to 30 in 1985 and 1986, giving them a strenuous treadmill exercise test. Around half of the group repeated the test seven years later. The treadmill test involved two-minute bursts of activity, each one getting harder and harder; people could handle it for an average of 10 minutes.

The researchers then followed up with the participants over the years, and at least half were tracked for more than 27 years. They found that performance on the treadmill test was a good prediction of heart health later in life. Every extra minute that a participant could handle the treadmill test was linked to a 12 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 15 percent lower risk of dying throughout the time of the study.

And that’s not just because physically fit people weighed less; the results were true regardless of factors like weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Performance wasn’t linked to differences in clogged arteries, but people who did better on the tests tended to show less strain on their heart muscles.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, shows how important exercising is, even if you don’t want to lose weight. “Being fit and maintaining fitness over time are very important to your heart and overall health for everyone — especially starting in early adulthood — and not only for people who are trying to lose or to maintain weight,” researcher Dr. Venkatesh Murthy told Reuters. So quit the excuses and maybe ask for running shoes this holiday season.

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