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Appointments - LEAP Africa gets new chairman, board members

IsmaKolawole LEAP Africa has announced the appointment of a new chairman and four directors onboard its operations. The new members who will help drive the goals of the non profit organization are the Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, Etisalat Nigeria, Rabi Isma, Founder and Publisher Cable Newspaper, Simon Kolawole, Founder and Managing Director JNC International Nigeria Limited, Claire Omatseye and Founder, and Bainstone Nigeria Limited, Uche Pedro. Besides, it said Dr. Nadu Denloye a seasoned IT entrepreneur, mentor, people manager and business leader is expected to chair its board, replacing Mrs. Yemisi Ayeni, whose tenure just expired. A statement by LEAP said the appointments and addition of the new directors will help deepen the impact of LEAP Africa’s work across Nigeria through their vast experiences, creativity and vision for social development in Nigeria.
Giving profile details of the new chairman and board members, the statement said Dr. D…

MBAKA: Those Who Plotted My Transfer Want Me To Suffer

CATHOLIC faithful wept freely yesterday, as its fiery priest and founder of the Enugu Adoration Ministry, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, moved to his new parish at Emene, a suburb of the state capital. Thousands of the church members, who thronged the Christ the King Parish (CKP), GRA, Enugu shed tears as trucks, buses and cars lined up to convey the belongings of the priest and the Adoration Ministry out of the premises. But Fr. Mbaka, who managed to control his emotions, as he looked through the wailing crowd had while describing his transfer as the will of God, said he was convinced the leadership of the church approved it to make him suffer. He said those who plotted his transfer want him to suffer, as they did not consider his security and where he would put his head. Reviewing how much he had contributed to building the CKP parish from 1997 when he was posted there without any structure till now, he stated that he had been transferred to a location where there was not enough provision to…

UN Endorses AU’s Plan On Troops To Burundi

Ban Ki-Moon The United Nations (UN) has endorsed the African Union’s proposal to deploy a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force to the troubled Burundi, despite the country’s opposition. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon gave the endorsement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yesterday at the opening of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, with the theme “2016: African Year of Human Rights, with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women”. The UN scribed told the African leaders that he welcomed their proposal to deploy human rights observers, as well as to establish a prevention and protection mission in Burundi. Ki Moon applauded the African leaders for taking collective action to end armed conflict in Burundi, saying the UN was ready to support their efforts. He said: “In Burundi, I welcome your proposal to deploy human rights observers and to establish a prevention and protection mission. This crisis requires the most serious and urgent…

Nigeria faces currency woes in wake of oil price plunge

Oil barrel. Onele Vincent and his colleagues are fed up with the rising cost of living. So they decided to do something about it and led a noisy protest at a top Lagos hotel where they work.
“Things are more expensive, rent is high, food is high,” Vincent told AFP last week in the lobby of the Southern Sun hotel, a favourite of the monied elite, politicians and expatriates. Everything has increased and yet the staff salary has remained the same.” Vincent and the other hotel workers are far from lone voices in Nigeria, where many are feeling the pain as Africa’s biggest oil producer struggles to adapt to the record lows of global oil prices and its naira currency is under devaluation pressure. Daily newspaper headlines warn of “Hard times ahead”, while many billboards in the commercial hub of Lagos stand stark white, just blank signs, an indication that companies are trimming costs. Even high fliers are taking a hit. Importers of French wine complain that demand has dried up. Luxury ca…

In Syria talks, global powers pull in many directions

Bashar al-Assad The Syrian peace talks, which got off to a start of sorts this weekend, are meant to be a uniquely Syrian affair. But in reality there is a host of outside interests also at the table, in spirit at least. What began as a popular revolt against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011 quickly degenerated into a multi-front civil war that sucked in regional and global powers and created a chaos exploited by brutal jihadist groups. Today, the war in Syria is as much about global politics and regional competition as it is about who runs the country. On one side are Russia and Iran, the chief financial and military backers of Assad. On the other stand Western countries, the Gulf monarchies and Turkey — all of whom demand Assad’s removal — but each with its own priorities on the ground. The one enemy common to all parties is the Islamic State group (IS), though they disagree on how much of a priority its eradication should be. World powers also say t…

Spain’s pig farmers thrive as fellow European breeders struggle

While pig breeders in many European countries are suffering from a crippling Russian embargo, their counterparts in Spain, Europe’s second-biggest pork producer, have stayed afloat thanks to a system that sees a large majority work for a company — and not for themselves. The companies — more often than not firms that make cattle feed — own and supply the animals, fodder and veterinary products, while the farmer receives a fixed sum per pig produced and is tasked with investing in infrastructure and paying employees. The system acts as a safety net for farmers as the company takes the hit when prices fall — as they are doing now due to Russia’s ban on EU meat imports in retaliation for Ukraine-related sanctions — though it also means that the firm reaps the profits when good times roll. – Electronic chips – In Lerida in northeast Spain, the Albesa Ramadera farm has profited from a model that has allowed it to invest six million euros ($6.5 million) in state-of-the-art infrastructure an…

Parable of king and four wives

342px-King_Richard_III ONCE upon a time, there was a rich king who had four wives.
He loved the fourth wife the most and adored her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved the third wife very much and was always showing her off to neighbouring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another. He also loved his second wife. She was his confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times. The King’s first wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife. Although, she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her! One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short.
He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, “I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I’ll be all …

Delta monarchs condemn kidnap, killing of Obi of Ubulu-uku

Delta State Logo. Image source dna-nigeria.THE Delta State Traditional Council yesterday in Asaba condemned in strong terms the brutal murder of Ubulu-uku monarch, Obi Edward Akaeze Ofulue, by his abductors.
In a statement issued at the end of an emergency meeting, the royal fathers challenged the government to put necessary security measures in place to track down perpetrators of the dastardly act. Obi Ofulue 111 was kidnapped on January 5 along the Obior/Igbodo Road close to his domain by gunmen but his corpse was recovered by the police on Thursday, January 21, in a forest in Umunede, a nearby community.    The statement, which was signed by the acting chairman of the council, HRM Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor of Owa kingdom, also called on government to put necessary machinery in motion to guarantee the security of traditional rulers in the state.

The monarchs made it clear that a situation where criminal elements could harass monarchs was unacceptable to them.

The royal fathers also appea…

Forgive those who defrauded you in 2007, Melaye tells Obasanjo

ObansanjoSENATOR Dino Melaye, yesterday, described the letter by former President Obasanjo’s letter to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, alleging massive corruption in the National Assembly as a sign of misplaced anger.‎
Melaye, an All Progressives’ Congress (APC) Senator, who represents Kogi West Senatorial zone, dismissed the issues raised by the former president, saying Obasanjo should not mistake the present National Assembly for the one that existed during his regime, which he noted, the ex-president allegedly corrupted with bribery to actualise a third-term bid. He also alleged that Obasanjo ‘s letter was a deliberate attempt to divert attention from the Halliburton and Siemens scandals.
Senator Melaye, in a statement, released to journalists at the National Assembly, told Obasanjo to direct his anger to members of the National Assembly that served the country during his tenure, who he alleged collected his money but ref…

Buhari rejects naira devaluation

Buhari• President opposes open sale of dollars to BDCs
• Leader accuses banks, govt officials of using surrogates in forex deal

• ‘Subsidy payment under Jonathan fraudulent’ PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his government will not devalue the naira. He noted that devaluing the naira would not confer any benefit on the citizens. Buhari spoke late Wednesday in Nairobi, Kenya at an interactive meeting with Nigerians resident in that country. According to a statement yesterday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari maintained that while export-driven economies could benefit from the devaluation of their currencies, move would only result in further inflation and hardship for the poor and the middle class in Nigeria’s import-dependent economy. The president added that he had no intention of bringing further hardship on the country’s poor who, he said, had suffered enough already. Likening devaluing the naira to having it “killed”, Buhari said …

Kogi indigenes take govt to ECOWAS Court over Bello

Bello (right) signing a document, Kogi State’s Chief Justice, Nasiru Ajana• ‘Why we nominated Egbunu’ SENIOR lawyers yesterday continued to differ on the implications of the new Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello being sworn in without a deputy. Meanwhile, 24 hours after Bello was sworn in, a group of concerned indigenes have approached the ECOWAS Court of Justice seeking to nullify the election in which Bello was declared a winner. In another development, campaign coordinators for Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello in the Eastern Senatorial District of the state, yesterday offered an insight into why they nominated an Abuja-based publisher, Mr. Gowon Usman Egbunu as their preferred deputy governorship candidate. A Lagos-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) has said that the absence of a deputy during Wednesday’s inauguration of Bello as the governor of Kogi State did not affect the validity of Bello’s inauguration at all. Pinheiro, who was reacting to the s…

EFCC arrests Air Force ex-chief Amosu as govt trails Maina

Amosu• Metuh gets bail, case adjourned till Feb 4
• I received N77.5m to promote PDP, says witness
AS the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) intensified its investigation into the alleged corruption in the military, it has arrested former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd). Amosu was arrested on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. and has since been detained by the anti-graft agency. The former air force chief is one of the 21 former and serving military officers whom President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the EFCC to investigate. Nigeria Air Force personnel being investigated are expected to explain their involvement in a $2 billion and another N29 billion procurement deals that took place between 2014 and 2015. Meanwhile, the National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, met his bail conditions and was released from EFCC custody late yesterday evening. His Special Adviser, Richard Ihediwa, confirmed to The Guardian arou…