Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Abolish 36 States, Adopt 6 Geo-political Zones as Federating Units - Ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Influential politician and chieftain of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, who is set to bid for the presidential seat at Aso Rock in 2019, has called for the abolition of the 36-state structure, as he declares many of them unviable Speaking while accepting the Hero of Nigeria Democracy Award conferred on him by Hall of Grace Magazine in Lagos on Sunday, former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, suggested the use of the nation’s six geo-political zones as federating units rather than the current 36-state structure, many of which he declared unviable. 
Atiku Abubakar

 “We must be open to changing the nature of the federating units, such as using the existing geo-political zones as federating units rather than the current 36 states, of which only a few are financially viable,” he said. According to Vanguard, in a paper entitled, "Building a nation that works: My Diary and Way Forward", the former vice president, however, added that political decentralization must be accompanied by economic diversification.

Nigeria is Still in Economic Recession..GDP Growth Report Surfaces

The local Nigerian economy has remained recessed despite their intervention of the country's economic managers to resuscitate it. 

 The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released the Gross Domestic Product growth rate report for the first quarter with the economy contracting by -0.52 per cent in the first quarter of this year. With the economy having a negative growth rate of -0.52 per cent, the economy is still in recession. The rate of growth for the first quarter of 2017 is, however, an improvement over the revised -1.73 per cent GDP growth rate figure recording as of December 2016. This is the fifth consecutive contraction in GDP growth rate that the economy would be recording since the first quarter of 2016.

Meet the Ghanaian 'Messiah' Who Allegedly Claimed He Can Raise the Dead (Photo)

David Kojo Kyei has been dubbed the 'new Messiah' after he claimed he has the power to resurrect the dead. 

 A Ghanaian Music producer and sound engineer, David Kojo Kyei, commonly known as Kaywa has stirred controversy after he claimed that he can now heal and bring the dead back to life through the power given to him by God. He made the declaration on Sunday during an interview on 'This Is Gospel' on Hitz FM with Franky5. In a report by MyJoy, he is quoted as saying: “Jesus prophesied certain times in his life, He spoke to the fig tree that when I come back you will wither, you will die and it truly happened. Jesus Christ used His gift in healing the blind by calling Lazarus from the dead and so He says that 'what you saw me do, I have given it to you as far as you believe' in Him, it is just the power of God at work,” he explained.

Six Tips to Reduce Your Mobile Data Usage

Internet-enabled phones have been consuming massive data in recent times thereby creating an unprecedented hole in the pockets of netizens. For many, the smartphone’s utility has assumed such remarkable proportions that it is now being relied on as a first-hand source of news, information, entertainment and a fitting tool for retaining a handle on our increasingly interconnected world. Considering the multiple applications on which data is expended on a smartphone and with data connection rates still comparatively pricey in Nigeria, most smartphone owners are constantly in a perpetual fix on how to manage this most important resource in order to avoid missing the latest information. According to the research and development unit of Yudala, a composite e-commerce outfit, here are six tips on how to reduce data consumption by your device:

Channels TV Mourns as Popular State House Correspondent Passes Away

Mr Chukwuma Onuekwusi

11-time winner of the Best TV Station in Nigeria, Channels TV has been struck with a huge tragedy following the demise of one of its veteran journalists. Channels Television has lost one of it's brightest anchor personnel. Mr Chukwuma Onuekwusi, the station's State House correspondent of many days according to information reaching CKN News died in the early hours of this morning. There is no official announcement about his death from Channels TV leadership yet.

Transport Minister, Amaechi Has Formed a New Cult Group - Gov. Nyesom Wike Makes Revelations

Gov. Wike

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike accuses immediate former governor, Rotimi Amaechi of forming a cult group aimed at causing unrest in the state. While speaking during the Commissioning of the Kpopie-Bodo Road in Gokana Local Government Area on Monday, the Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, accused his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi of forming a new cult group with an aim to cause a security crisis in the state. The governor who spoke at the event as part of activities to commemorate two years anniversary of his administration, alleged that the new cult group formed by the former governor has been christened new rivers cult group.

500 Muslim Clerics gather to pray for Buhari

The Zamfara state has brought together 500 Muslim clerics to pray for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari.

7 Ways To Fund Your Startup Idea As A Nigerian

7 Ways To Fund Your Startup Idea As A Nigerian

A fantastic business remains an idea if pragmatic steps are not taken to bring it to fruition. A huge complaint, drawback or excuse many give is that there is no money to fund the startup or business idea. Unfortunately, many of these million naira ideas have died because of lack of funding. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, agrees that funding is a major factor in business. However, it should not prevent you from going ahead. As a Nigerian, there are ways you can raise capital for your business. Read on to discover these ways.

Katy Perry To Earn $25m As ‘American Idol’ Judge

Katy Perry's got millions of new reasons to sing all the way to the bank - because she's taking home a massive paycheck for "American Idol." The "Firework" singer is set to earn $25 million from ABC as a judge on the recently revived reality singing competition, TMZ reports. Executives at ABC - which won a bidding war earlier this month to bring back "American Idol" - wanted to secure a big-name personality for the show ahead of last week's upfront presentations.

Demolition Of Breeze 99.9 FM, Lafia Shocking- NBC

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has described the demolition of the structures housing the Breeze 99.9 FM, Lafia as “shocking and unbelievable”. The structures were demolished on Saturday, May 20, 2017, by the Nasarawa State Urban Development Board (NUDB), over alleged violation of approved land laws. Mrs. Franca Ayetan, NBC Zonal Director for North-Central, who led a team on a verification visit to the destroyed station on Monday, said that the development was surprising because the station followed due process in obtaining its broadcast license.
“The owner of the private radio station, Dr. Nawani Aboki, followed due process in obtaining the broadcast license after all necessary inspections were carried out. “On March 31, when we came to commission the station, the state government was fully represented. “If government had raised any reservation then, as a regulatory body, we would have waited a little more before inaugurating the station. But none was raised,” she said. Ayetan said the NBC would seek for justice in the matter, but promised to follow due process in doing that. The Director said that the commission, apart from being a regulatory body, had the mandate to protect broadcasters from any form of injustice or attacks. She commiserated with the owner of the station over the demolition, pointing out that the prime reason for deregulating the broadcasting industry was to give the people alternative voices to bare their minds.
The official said that the NBC had been monitoring Breeze 99.9 FM broadcast and had never found a breach of the guidelines of the Nigeria broadcasting code. She said that the commission had never received any complaint from any quarters regarding offensive or inciting broadcast from the station, since it went on air on March 31. “We are sad that this is somebody’s investment being destroyed. We are also sad that a radio frequency serving as a platform for the airing of views has been destroyed. “A Frequency is usually given to owners of licenses to hold in trust for the people; this station has not abused that trust. It has served the audience diligently. “We will support the owner of the station to recover from this and continue,” she said. She urged the proprietor not to allow the voice of the people to die, saying that the main component of the station was not the physical building, but the voice and broadcast license.

JAMB reacts to reports on addition of 40 marks to candidates' score

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has debunked a rumour circulating in social media, that the Senate has passed a bill urging the board to add extra 40 marks to candidates. According to a statement made available to the press by Fabian Benjamin, JAMB Head of Information, there is no bill anywhere on the board’s 2017 UTME performance.

Manchester: Ariana Grande Sends Emotional Tweet


US Singer, Ariana Grande has said she's broken in a tweet after 22 people died and 59 were injured amid a terrorist attack at her Monday evening concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, adding, 'from the bottom of my heart, [I] am so so sorry. [I] don't have words.' Her manager Scooter Braun said, 'Our hearts are broken' as they mourned 'the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act,' thanking authorities in Manchester for their rapid response to the disastrous occurrence.

Nigerians React to Governor Wike and Kenny Black Special "claw" Handshake (Photos)


The Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, on Monday accused the Minister of Transportation and immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi, of forming a new cult group with the aim of creating security crisis in the state.

Brazil Leader Asks To Be Investigated

Brazil's President Michel Temer has asked the Supreme Court to proceed with an investigation against him for obstruction of justice and corruption. His lawyers say that a secret recording that appears to incriminate him has been edited 70 times. On Saturday Mr Temer filed a petition at the Supreme Court to have the investigation suspended. But his lawyers now say they want the investigation to go ahead to have the president's name cleared.

US based Nigerian pastor, Oluwadayomisi Epenusi shot dead!

A Nigerian pastor was at the weekend shot to death in his apartment complex near 10th Street and I-465 in Indianapolis, US. The pastor who has been identified as Oluwadayomisi Epenusi, a 66-year-old, had just relocated to the US from Nigeria where he worked as a pastor. Authorities in Indianapolis are currently on a manhunt for the killer to bring his assailants to justice. Describing the sad event, his neighbor who identified herself as Kristina Teagu, said she heard multiple gunshots from his apartment.