Showing posts from August, 2017

Breaking: Buhari approves $5.7bn for 45-yr-old Mambilla electricity project

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), has approved 5.792 billion dollars (about N1.140trillion) for the construction of the 3,050 megawatts Mambilla Hydro-Power project at Gembu in Taraba. The Council was  presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents alongside the ministers of labour and Employment as well as the Minister of Sports, on the outcome of the Council’s meeting. Buhari “The memorandum from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing was to the award of the Mambilla Hydro-Power plant. I believe that many of you have heard of this project. “Nigeria started talking about it since 1972; that is about 45 years ago. “Several efforts had been made to bring it to reality but I’m happy to announce that this government approved the contract today to joint ventures of Chinese Civil and Engineering company for the engineering and turn-key contract, including civil and…

Teenagers behaving badly: Is it worth telling the parents?

123RF.COM Would you tell a friend their teenager was misbehaving? It's a common dilemma, according to an adolescent psychologist. Here's a common moral dilemma for you: If you found out a friend's partner was doing something wrong, would you let them know, or keep your mouth shut? You've probably already figured that one out. But what if it wasn't your friend's partner who was misbehaving, but their teenage son or daughter? Would you do then? It's a tough one. I've recently been faced with that very dilemma, and I struggled. On the one hand, I thought my friend had a right to know what her kid was getting up to. I would certainly want to know! On the other hand, I had no idea how she'd react to my interference. Would she be grateful to me, or angry and defensive about her perfect child? I was once contacted by a mother to discuss one of my kids, and – as hard as it was – I feel I handled it well. I knew this particular child could be difficult compa…

Buhari has lost touch with Nigeria’s economic realities, there’s hunger in the land – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s latest comment that he was pleased with Nigeria’s economic situation as another pointer to the fact that the President has lost touch with the economic realities in the country, saying; “It is strange that a President will say that he is pleased with sufferings being experienced by his people.”Governor Fayose and President Buhari
In a statement issued on Wednesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was obvious that President Buhari’s close to three months stay in London had taken his mind off the reality of the economic crises being witnessed in the country.
Governor Fayose, who said economic growth of a nation can only be measured by the welfare of the people, asked; “How can a President who has spent more time abroad than he spent in Nigeria be telling Nigerians that he is satisfied with the sufferings of the people? It is like the …

YouTube unveils a redesigned logo, website, and mobile app

YouTube has unveiled a brand new logo, a redesigned desktop website, and a redesigned mobile app.

 The new YouTube logo eschews the old look, removing the ‘Tube’ in YouTube from the confines of its red screen. Now, the red screen — complete with a white YouTube play button — rests to the left of the company name. 

YouTube has been working on adding features to its mobile app for some time now — including an in-app sharing function, but now, the company is bring certain desktop features — like slowing down or speeding up playback — to the mobile app as well. According to an August 29th, 2017 blog post, the mobile app will also soon adapt the viewing window to match video format. Vertical videos, for example, will play without horizontal bars. As for the desktop website, YouTube has been redesigned to fit more in line with Google’s Material Design philosophy.

 “Our new look applies Material Design to YouTube and delivers a fresh, simple and intuitive user experience that lets content shine…

JUST IN: NAHCON boss announces death of 5 Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

- Five Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, have been declared dead - This was announced by the chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mohammed - Mohammed was however silent on the identity of the victims Five Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, have passed on, Premium Times reports. This was disclosed by the chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mohammed, on Tuesday, August 29, in Islam’s holiest city. According to the report, he made the disclosure at the 2017 pre-Arafat meeting with Hajj stakeholders. He was however silent on the identities of the late pilgrims as well as the circumstances that led to their death. He said such information could only be disclosed after their families had been appropriately informed. He also pleaded with the media to withhold the details so as not to further devastate the families of the affected pilgrims. A total of 81,200 Nigerian…

Mayweather Throws Victory Party

t After beating Conor McGregor in one of the most highly anticipated fights ever, Floyd Mayweather celebrated in style at his own strip club in Las Vegas. The American, who stopped UFC star McGregor in the 10th round at the T-Mobile Arena, drove himself to the party venue in a brand new stylish red 2012 Bugatti Grand Sport Convertible, worth $3million. Mayweather is set to pocket a staggering $350million for the fight with McGregor in Vegas and it comes as no surprise that the Money Man threw the most extravagant after party going. Floyd Mayweather arrived at his own after party in a stylish 2012 Bugatti Grand Sport Convertible on Saturday Mayweather threw the most extravagant after party following his 10th round stoppage of Conor McGregor in Las Vegas The American held the party at his own strip club ‘Girl Collection’ after the highly anticipated fight in Vegas on the weekend  Mayweather posted on his Instagram story account which showed footage of the party inside the Vegas strip cl…

Obasanjo distances self from Nigeria's restructuring, gives reasons

- Olusegun Obasanjo says what Nigeria needs now is not restructuring of the country but that of individual mentality
- He claimed he is not in support of restructuring agitation - The former president however called on Nigerians to understand their country Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has distanced himself from ongoing calls for the country's restructuring by some Nigerians home and abroad. Obasanjo who made this known on the sidelines of the just concluded African leadership forum in Johannesburg said Nigerians should restructure their minds before calling for restructuring of the country. According to the former president, Nigerians' focus should be on how to include everyone in a nation that is already well endowed, Channelstv reports. “We have to restructure our mentality, we have to restructure our minds we have to restructure our understanding of Nigeria, what country do we want and if we decide on what country we want, how do we get that country, all hands on deck…

Nigerians condemns Jamb for reducing the cut - off mark into university to 120

- Nigerians have condemned JAMB for their new cut-off mark - The cut-off mark for universities was put at 120 while that of polytechnics was pegged at 100 - The institutions are however at liberty to raise theirs above JAMB's requirement The news that JAMB released a new set of cut-off marks for students seeking admission into the country's higher institutions of learning has generated mixed reactions on social media. Most of the reactions are however negative as Nigerians condemned JAMB for slashing the cut-off marks for admission into Nigerian universities. In his reaction, Augustine Elinwa said: "Cry my beloved country".... This is very appalling? How can you be taking the nation backwards? From 180 for universities and 165 polytechnics, now 120 and 100 respectively? Do you know the implication of what you are doing? Haba Professor?" See also :Breaking-jamb-releases-new-cut-off Balogun Abiodun added: "I don't think this is encouraging. If students fa…

Prof. Isa Addresses Nigeria's Youth

I'm sharing this because it is thought-provoking. I wish you could forward it to every youth known to you, so they can have a piece of it. And let the sleeping giants rise.

"My Dear Nigerian Youths", by Prof. Isa.

I am very angry and that is why I am addressing you.

 You are the source of my anger and I want to vent my spleen- maybe not at you directly- but at the arrogance of your ignorance.

You sit in front of a computer and rant all day through social media but with every click, you make money - not for yourself - but for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).

With every megabyte of data you spend complaining and maligning, you make stupendous bucks for Etisalat, Glo and Airtel.

Over the next two years, the number of Nigerian millionaires will jump by 47% but most likely you will not be among because you are too busy whining and complaining. And yet about 60% of Nigeria’s 170m population are below 35 years. Oh, what a waste! By the way, Mark Zuckerberg was 19 when he started Fa…

BREAKING: JAMB releases new cut-off marks, see minimum score for universities, polytechnics, colleges

- JAMB released new cut-off marks for tertiary institutions

- The institutions are however at liberty to raise theirs above JAMB's requirement - JAMB also lifted the ban on Post-UTME The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the cut-off marks for Nigerian tertiary institutions while also lifting the ban for post UTME examination. Premium Times reports that these decisions were taken at the 2017 Combined Policy Meetings on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria which ended on Tuesday, August 22. Minimum cut-off marks for tertiary institutions are: Universities were pegged at 120 Polytechnics and colleges of education were pegged at 100 Innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110 Institutions were however allowed to raise their cut-off marks above JAMB’s stipulation. It was also agreed that admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while private institutions will end theirs …

Jamb Policy Meeting News

After the day’s policy committee meeting By Joseph Erunke

 ABUJA-THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board,JAMB,is expected to release cut-off points for this year’s admission into universities,polytechnics,colleges of education and monotechnics today. The release of the country’s tertiary institutions’ admission benchmark would be a fallout of a policy committee meeting the board is holding with all stakeholders in the education sector on the said day. The policy committee meeting which is holding in Abuja, would be attended by vice- chancellors, reactors and provosts of public universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics.

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 The release of the cut-off marks would end the anxiety that has since enveloped candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination,UTME, in preparation for admission this year. Similarly, the release of the marks signals the express permission to the eligible tertiary instit…

JAMB to announce new admission policies Tuesday

JAMB to announce new admission policies Tuesday A cross-section of candidates writing the 2017 JAMB and UTME computer based examination at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Pro-metrics Centre, in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Saturday (13/5/17). 02637/13/5/2017/Idowu Gabriel/HB/NAN The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, which began a meeting on Monday, is expected to formally announce a new holistic policy on Tuesday when the body is expected to conclude its ongoing deliberation. The meeting, which involves admission officers of Nigerian tertiary institutions, is taking place at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja. Issues discussed at the meeting include the introduction of Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) to ensure quality control, transparency and credibility of the admission process, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. An attendee at Monday’s meeting explained that the new policy is expected to make provision for a ‘market place’ in the JAMB portal where institutions can …

Civil servant kept woman from Nigeria in 'domestic servitude'

High court was told Rashida Ajayi worked at the home of Teresa Abu and husband Joel for a decade for about £300 a year Monday 21 August 2017 17.20 BSTLast modified on Monday 21 August 2017 17.53 BST A civil servant and her husband kept an African woman in servitude at their home, a judge has concluded. Rashida Ajayi said she had been a domestic worker at the home of Teresa and Joel Abu for a decade. She said she received about £300 a year and complained of being a victim of “labour exploitation”. Mrs Abu, a civil servant involved in policy support at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and her husband disputed Ajayi’s claims. But Master Victoria McCloud has ruled in Ajayi’s favour after a high court hearing in central London in July. The judge said Ajayi had been prevented from having a wage “sufficient to give her basic freedoms”. She made no ruling on what compensation Ajayi should get. “The overall picture I have from the evidence is that Ms Ajayi was kept …

What Buhari told Nigerians (FULL TEXT)

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari
Photo credit: Aljazeera President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians on Monday morning, two days after he returned from London.
The president had been away for medical treatment for 103 days.
Read the text of the president’s full speech below. My dear citizens, I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters. 2. In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far. 3. In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night an…

JAMB delists management courses in seven universities

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has delisted management courses of some universities in its current admission brochure. They are Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Modibbo Adamawa Federal University of Technology, Yola (MAUTY), Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) and University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAW). This is sequel to an order by the federal government that the universities of Agriculture and Technology should stop running management courses and focus on their core mandates. The directive was issued by the Ministry of Education after it was approved recently by the Federal Executive Council (FEC). JAMB’s spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, explained that the decision to delist the programmes was not taken by the Board as being suggested by the some staff and students of …