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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Still on myth of Aare Ona Kakanfo title

SIR: Since the announcement of Otunba Gani Adams, the national coordinator of the Odua People’s Congress as the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate, newspapers and other social media have been awash with different opinions on the institution of the Aare Ona Kakanfo, the generalissimo of the old Oyo empire, especially the myth surrounding the early or violent death that has been the lots of many of the occupants of the office, both in the days of yore or in contemporary times.

As a matter of fact, historians are not left out of the debate on the reality or mythical nature of the curse of the Aare Ona Kakanfo. Majority are of the opinion that the violent or early death of Aare Ona Kakanfo is a myth and cannot be substantiated. This is the position of the eminent historian, Professor Banji Akintoye, an expert on Yoruba history.

However, research into Oyo history shows that the curse of Aare Ona Kakanfo is real. Of the 14 Aare Ona Kakanfo thus far, not much was recorded about the first three occupants of the office. However, the fourth, Langbin, from Jabata, was beaten to death in Oyo Ile during Alaafin Abiodun’s reign in 1870s. Oyaabi, who followed him and led the revolt against Basorun Gaa and eliminated him could not have been saved from the curse because his town of Ajase has remained a shadow of itself since. The history of Afonja, the fifth Are is well known. Toyeje who succeeded Afonja died peacefully but, Oyo Empire was subordinated to Ilorin in his time as Aare. More so, Edun of Gbogun, a town under Ikoyi, was sacked by Ilorin forces under Emir Abdulsalam and Edun himself slain around 1826/1827. The story of Kurunmi is equally well known and need not be repeated here. Aburunmaku of Ogbomoso, who many thought died peacefully nearly ended the reign of Soun dynasty in Ogbomoso in 1868 due to a civil unrest instigated by him. In the same vein the exploit of Aare Latoosa of Ibadan aside his deviant posture, which led to the prolongation of the Kiriji war and eventual stalemate, were well documented by I.B Akinyele, in Iwe Itan Ibadan. The old man emphasized that the office was not a good one and prayed that no one from Ibadan should occupy the office again. In the contemporary period, although the office has become an honorary one and no military function is attached to it, and the office has equally lost most of its spiritual and diabolical efficacy or power that made it a death sentence; yet, as can be noticed in the history of the two last occupants of the office, late S. L. Akintola and late M. K. O. Abiola, the curse is for real.

Chief Adams, although, not of Oyo Yoruba stock and the first outside Oyo Yoruba to occupy the office, (Abiola from Abeokuta has Oyo Yoruba blood), is qualified going by his patriotic zeal for the Yoruba cause and the corporate existence of the nation at large. Alaafin Adeyemi III has made a good choice in Gani Adams despite his nativity. Adams is nonetheless advised to steer clear of trouble, either socio-economic or politically induced. Once he is installed, he becomes an owner of a glass house, who must not throw a stone. He is wished a good luck in his new endeavour.

 

  • Adewuyi Adegbite,

ayekooto05@gmail.com

 

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Vice President’s wife decries rate of abandoned children, others

Vice President’s wife Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo has decried the rate of abandoned children, violence and pregnancy among teenagers.

She spoke at the first annual conference of Heritage Adoption Support and Advocacy Group (HASAAG) at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos over the weekend.

Mrs. Osinbajo said it was heartbreaking that 17.5 million children are abandoned, 60 per cent of teenagers under the age of 18 suffer violence in the East, 24 per cent of girls under the age of 18 get pregnant in Lagos and 40 per cent suffer from increased male infertility.

HASAAG is an offshoot of The Heritage Homes orphanage founded in 2006 by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo.

The vice president’s wife urged Nigerians to do something about the situation.

“So many areas have potential to change for the better. We must choose to fight the negativity that is around adoption and raise our voice to speak out against the stigma, uncertainty and fear attached to adoption.

“Bearing and adopting children are both ways to parenthood. The power of adoption is the power of love. We all should love even those who we did not give birth to.

“People are vulnerable and poor, at risk, in abusive circumstance, hungry, feeling unsafe and we have so many abandoned children. It should not be difficult to see someone in pain and help them. Encourage infertile couple, support and help them financially. There is nobody that cannot make a difference.”

She called for advocacy for the ease of adopting and review of the adoption processes, adding that adopters should love those who they have adopted.

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Deserved 70 years

•Conviction of Kebbi’s ex-accountant-general raises questions about the lower court’s verdict

After being discharged and acquitted by a Kebbi High Court, on charges of conspiracy and obtaining money  by false pretences preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a former Accountant-General of Kebbi State, Mohammed Dakingari, has had his luck reversed by the Court of Appeal, Kebbi Division. The appellate court found him guilty of all the 10 counts and sentenced him to seven years in prison on each count, making 70 years in all.

Mercifully, the sentences are to run concurrently.

Dakingari was accused of using his office as accountant-general of the state for personal enrichment to the tune of N1.6bn. Moreover, contrary to extant civil service rules and regulations forbidding serving civil servants from owning businesses, the former accountant-general not only owned a construction company, Beal Construction Nigeria Ltd, but also awarded mouth-watering contracts to the company in his capacity as accountant-general. He was charged alongside Musa Yusuf, the company’s managing director.

A statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said it was discovered at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) that Dakingari’s sons,  Bashir Mohammed, Anwal Sadat and Nasir Mohammed,  as well as his brothers,  Abduallahi Mohammed and Habibu Mohammed, were all directors of Beal Construction Company Ltd.

The statement added, “The construction company operates two accounts at Ecobank and Unity Bank, with Dakingari and Yusuf as signatories to the accounts. However, Dakingari was discovered to have operated with two signatures, one in his official capacity as accountant-general of the state and the other as the owner of Beal Construction Company Limited. EFCC said “the contracts executed for the state for which Beal Construction Company received huge payments included the supply of furniture to 66 secondary schools in Kebbi State valued at N987m; the connection of water and drainage system at the Kebbi Central Mosque valued at N110m and the building and partitioning of Mohammed Maira Secondary School valued at N247m.”

According to it, “analysis of the accounts revealed a total inflow of N1.3bn between May 2012 and September 2013, with most of the receipts coming from the Office of the Accountant-General and the Kebbi State Ministry of Finance.” The commission consequently filed 20 charges bordering on conspiracy, obtaining by false pretences and abuse of office against Dakingari and Yusuf at the Kebbi High Court.

Curiously, the lower court convicted and sentenced Yusuf to six months’ imprisonment but discharged and acquitted Dakingari. This judgment did not go down well with the EFCC which approached the Court of Appeal, urging it to set aside the judgment of the lower court and convict Dakingari as charged. The appellate court upheld the plea, convicted and sentenced Dakingari to seven years’ imprisonment each on 10 of the counts preferred against him.

We commend the EFCC for its doggedness in pursuing the matter this far. The convict would have been left to go away with the impression that it pays to commit crime if the EFCC had handled the case in a cavalier manner.  Even as laymen, the facts on ground could not have supported the acquittal of the former accountant-general. As a matter of fact, most of the thieves in high places in the country steal cleverly, if we can be pardoned for using that expression. In this instance, Dakingari was either too naïve or overconfident that nothing would happen to him even if he broke civil service rules to commit crimes.

While we wonder what informed the lower court’s judgment, we commend the decision of the appellate court for serving justice without fear or favour. That is the way it should be. Public servants must work by the rules and when they depart from these to commit crime, they should be duly punished. This is the way to check corruption, which has done so much damage to the country’s economy.

We hope both the judiciary and the EFCC would sustain the momentum in dealing with the many other corruption cases pending in the courts or under investigation.

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Why Anambra should reject Obiano, by APC

The All  Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State has urged the people to reject Governor Willie Obiano at the poll.

The party said the governor has failed to rebrand the state.

APC candidate  Tony Nwoye’s running mate Dozie Ikedife said Obiano has failed to maintain the infrastructure in the state.

He lamented that roads constructed and rehabilitated by his predecessors have not been maintained.

Ikedife lamented the governor’s failure to give attention to infrastructural development, “except the three fragile flyovers built in Awka, which many people have said should be dismantled before they cause national calamity.”

Ikedife said instead of channelling  resources into the development of human capital, Obiano was busy employing scores of special assistants and personal aides on whom he  spent over two billion monthly as salaries.

He said the scores of appointees never added any value to Obiano’s administration, adding that  most of them did not have the governor’s contacts.

Ikedife said the APC government in Anambra would empower the youths through skill acquisition and establishment of cottage industries that would absorb thousands of unemployed youths, irrespective of their party affiliations and background.

He said the APC would revolutionalise the industrial sector  by backing up its investment in the sector by regular power supply.

He added: “This did not mean that aides and personal assistants would not be employed under the APC administration, but greater attention would be paid to empowerment of a greater number of youths substantially, who would even get to the level of employing others.

“All the promises of the APC would be easy to achieve since the incoming governor and his deputy belong to the youth generation and  they are coming to take over with the passion to alleviate the sufferings of the people of Anambra State.

“We have a young man as our candidate and the youths of Anambra State have embraced our campaign across the State.”

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Amosun’s legacies and their lies

Sir: Humanity must be saddened and to say the least of the good people of Ogun State, for the circus of politics destiny has thrust on them in the past weeks and months.

In the past weeks, the social media was awash with some jaundiced story of how operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) invaded the residence of a sitting governor. Those who planted the story knew that it is fake and to further help them put an end to their delusion, the EFCC has spoken: “Governor Amosun was neither under surveillance nor was any of his residence raided by operatives of the EFCC. Consequently, members of the public are enjoined to disregard the false report.”

It is important to state that the Ogun State government does not need an EFCC rebuttal to put a lie to that allegation, the good people of Ogun State know the truth, they remain Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s pillar of support. In 2011, when he was first given the mandate to govern Ogun State, it was the triumph of truth over lies. That feat was repeated in 2015, an endorsement of his sprawling legacies spread across the three senatorial districts of the state.

You cannot deny the existence of the six lane Ogun standard roads/flyovers, linking NNPC with Iyana-Mortuary at one end and the Brewery-Lafenwa-Itoku-Sapon-Idiaba.  Sagamu Benin Express-Oba Erinwo seven kilometres road wears the Amosun signature. Also completed are flyover bridges at Lagos Garage and Mabolufon junction, both in Ijebu-Ode. The road from Illishan connecting Ago-Iwoye is over eighty percent completed.

Ota got a total facelift with six lane road network crisscrossing the entire township, a departure from the once-upon-a-time failed Ilo-Awela/Ota roads. Also very critical to the administration is the ongoing construction of the 32 kilometres Sango-Ijoko-Ojodu-Abiodun six lane Ogun standard road and flyover bridges. Amosun has successfully changed the narratives with the provision of five bridges along that stretch, flying over densely populated and flood prone areas. Imagine the value of linking Sango-Ota-Idiroko road with the Lagos-Ibadan express road at Berger and connecting an international road corridor at Idiroko.

These are the testimonials of the “mission to rebuild Ogun State”.

For those who specialize in concocting baseless lies, thinking they can hoodwink the people and market a blemished product, they have failed because our people are intelligent and politically astute.

 

  • Eshomomoh Imoudu,

Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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PDP chair: George, Adeniran, Adedoja intensify lobbying

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•Reps PDP Caucus to meet aspirants 

Aspirants seeking the position of national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have intensified lobbying by taking their campaign to the doorsteps of prominent chieftains of the party for endorsement.

The aspirants have also made inroads into the various delegate blocs across the six geopolitical zones with the view to gaining advantage over one another.

Leading the vote-chasing shuttles are Prof Tunde Adeniran, Chief Olabode George and Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, who have visited the homes of a good number of party elders in the past few days.

Receiving Adeniran in his Abuja residence at the weekend, one of the founding fathers of the PDP, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, described the former Education minister as a man that can be trusted with the job.

Ciroma said he could safely judge Adeniran by his pedigree, track-record of discipline, integrity and loyalty to the course of the party and the country at large.

The elder statesman said he had followed the politician’s career with keen interest, since his days as a lecturer at the University of Ibadan.

He observed that Adeniran distinguished himself when he served as Secretary of the Mass Mobilisation for Self-Reliance, Social Justice and Economic Recovery (MAMSER) in the 1990s.

Those that accompanied Adeniran on the visit to Ciroma included Prof. Jerry Gana, Ibrahim Mantu, Zainab Maina, Tom Aguiyi-Ironsi among others.

On the other hand, George also met with a number of chairmen of state chapters of the PDP at the Druz Resort and Events Centre in Abuja at the weekend.

Describing the meeting as part of his nationwide consultations with party stakeholders, George informed the gathering of his desire to create a special platform for the purpose of mentoring the youths for leadership positions.

According to him, it has become imperative for the older generation to initiate a credible leadership succession line for the younger generation of leaders to step in.

On his part, Prof Adedoja visited former President Ibrahim Babangida, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and many others as part of his consultations.

Adedoja, at the weekend, met with key party stakeholders from the Northcentral geopolitical zone and held discussions with interest groups from the Northeast and the Northwest.

As part of his campaign strategy to sell his candidacy to delegates of Northern extraction, Adedoja has resorted to communicating with his targets in Hausa language.

The House of Representatives’ PDP Caucus is set to meet the last batch of the party’s chairmanship aspirants tomorrow.

The caucus, which met with the first batch on Wednesday, is to meet with former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel, former Oyo State Governor Rasheed Ladoja, former Minister of Sports and Youth Development Prof. Taoheed Adedoja and former PDP Lagos State governorship candidate Jimi Agbaje.

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Guinness Nigeria’s N40b rights issue records full subscription

Guinness Nigeria Plc has secured additional N39.7 billion new equity funds from its existing shareholders as shareholders picked up the entire rights offered by the brewer.

Guinness Nigeria had offered 684.49 million ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N58 per share to existing shareholders on the basis of five new shares for every 11 shares held as at the close of business on March 15, 2017. Application list for the rights issue opened on July 24, 2017 and closed on August 30, 2017.

Listing documents at the weekend showed that 684.49 million ordinary shares of 50 kobo each were added to shares outstanding in the names of Guinness Nigeria. With the listing, total issued and fully paid up shares of Guinness Nigeria has now increased from 1.5 billion shares to 2.19 billion shares.

Diageo Plc, United Kingdom (UK), the majority core investor in Guinness Nigeria, was expected to inject additional N21 billion in Guinness Nigeria by subscribing for its rights. The rights issue provided another window for Diageo to inject capital into the Nigerian subsidiary after the multinational backed down from its earlier proposal to acquire additional equity shares in Guinness Nigeria.

Diageo had withdrawn from its plan to acquire additional shares of up to 15.7 per cent in Guinness Nigeria from minority shareholders, citing the challenging market conditions in Nigeria. Diageo had in September 2015 announced that it was considering acquiring 15.7 per cent equity stake in Guinness Nigeria through its wholly owned subsidiary, Guinness Overseas Limited.

Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Peter Ndegwa, said the net proceeds of the new capital raising will support the company in executing its strategy in the context of ongoing external economic challenges.

According to him, the rights issue will allow the company to deliver on its strategic objectives and give all its shareholders a unique opportunity to increase the number of shares they hold.

“Our expectation is that funds raised will help mitigate the impact of increasing finance costs, optimise our balance sheet and improve the company’s financial flexibility,” Ndegwa said.

Chairman, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Babatunde Savage, said the supplementary new issue is part of the company’s long term plans to continue to invest in its business in Nigeria.

“We have been here in Nigeria for 67 years and, while it has been challenging in recent times for many Nigerian businesses, we remain committed to this market as evidenced by our decision to offer this Rights Issue. We are grateful for the support that we have received from our shareholders and other stakeholders up to this point,” Savage said.

Last year, Guinness Nigeria became the first total beverage alcohol company in Nigeria by acquiring the rights to distribute international premium spirits like Johnnie Walker whisky and Baileys liqueur in Nigeria and later commissioning a N4.7 billion spirits line for locally manufactured spirits at its Benin plant.

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Lines for Citizen Soje

Acts of extreme desperation hardly ever make the cut, not even in the most awful circumstances of life. From the standpoint of conventional social conduct – and not talking now the esoterics of clinical psychology – it is common knowledge that such acts are rarely well considered and thought through, and never correctly weighted against factual realities at play for individuals involved.

Nigeria presently waddles in a ‘Great Depression’ of sorts occasioned by the lingering downturn in the national economy. And history records that extreme acts of desperation – mainly suicides – resulted from the Wall Street crash of October 1929 and the American Great Depression that followed, lasting till the outbreak of the World War II in Europe. At the peak of that gloom, some 23,000 people reportedly committed suicide in a single year. You could well say the economic circumstance of Nigeria today bears some semblance with that Western experience. However, ours is a largely communalistic way of living where life’s concerns are customarily shared with kindred folk; and a shared burden, as they say, is half resolved. Hence, it marks a curious cultural trend that some citizens take the suicide plunge as exit strategy on their challenges.

But that is what we seem to be lately saddled with. Edward Soje of the Kogi State Civil Service was a recent victim of this curious cultural trend. The body of the 54-year-old civil servant was reported discovered penultimate Monday dangling on a tree behind the mammy market at Maigumeri Barracks of the Nigeria Army in Lokoja. He was suspected to have taken the noose barely 10 days after his wife of 17 years put a set of male triplets to bed in an Abuja private hospital. The couple had been childless before then.

Soje, a Grade Level 16 officer in the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, was being owed salary arrears by the state government at the time he apparently took his life. Initial reports said he was owed 11 months, which the state government controverted and rather owned up to eight months of its indebtedness. But it was the sheer struggle for survival said to have preceded Soje’s self-impalement that is most heart rending. With his income from monthly salary on ice, he was said to have pawned his only car and a three-bedroom bungalow he was building at Otokiti area of Lokoja. According to reports, Soje sold the building, already at lintel level, at giveaway price of N1.5 million in April to meet urgent family needs.

And this tragic figure apparently gave it some hard, though twisted, thought before taking his fatal plunge. After the wife, who also works in one of the Federal ministries, was delivered of the triplets by Caesarean Section on October 7, he dutifully kept the new arrivals and mother company in the Abuja hospital until the eve of the naming ceremony. On October 13, Soje left for Lokoja where he cleaned out his bank account of the N30, 000 cash holding he had there and closed down the account. He then returned to the Abuja hospital where he handed in all the cash to his wife. The following day, he acted the blessed parent along with his wife as they hosted two pastors and few relations at the hospital to a brief naming ceremony for the triplets.

Apparently persuaded in his clouded reasoning that he had fulfilled all righteousness, Soje enacted the final lap of his fatal egress. He reportedly took leave from the hospital on the pretext he wanted to pick a few things from the wife’s apartment in Abuja, and to return shortly. But he apparently had no intention of returning, because it was later discovered he left a suicide note with his mobile set in the apartment before heading to the Kogi capital where his body was subsequently found in the noose. It was some four days later that relations, who had mounted a search for Soje after discovering his suicide note, found his body deposited in the morgue at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, stands to reason in considerations that might have motivated Soje to incinerate his life. He was not being paid salaries by the Kogi government, but apparently not so his wife who is said to be an employee of the Federal Government. Not a few would consider him uncommonly lucky to have that alternative. And if he had hoped to cut out of responsibility for the newborns, you would wonder how he expected the wife alone to cope. Actually, many would shudder at his value sense regarding the rare and long awaited providential endowment with triplets, with some offering their very lives to be so endowed. And for a cultural context like ours, you could query his notion of the parental legacy being handed down.

But the Kogi State government as well has a huge moral burden in the fate that befell Citizen Soje. Responsible leadership demands that authority be exercised with acute sensitivity. But the Kogi government, like many others across the country, is quite notorious for fickle commitment to paying workers’ salaries. Thousands of civil servants are reportedly being owed between two and 21-month salary arrears by the Yahaya Bello government; and really, its attempt to deflect responsibility for Soje’s rash recourse fell short.

The government said Soje received his salary up till December 2016 when it was stopped, along with that for some others, “after proof emerged he falsified his age records.” Head of Service Deborah Ogunmola said the state governor eventually pardoned some categories of those affected, including Soje. “Pardoned members of staff were processed for reinstatement and payment in batches. Soje was in the September 2017 batch and he was aware of this fact…that he was listed to receive six months back pay,” she added, noting that this leaves only two months (August and September) outstanding.

It was obviously all part of the irrationality of extreme desperation that Soje didn’t find it consoling he was pencilled for imminent six-month back pay. But then, the Kogi government’s record for paying salaries is hardly consoling.

The government had in August announced half pay structure for workers to bring down the wage bill – maybe justifiably so in view of dwindling revenue – which workers rejected. In its exertion to shed some overhead, the government has undertaken interminable screening of workers during which salaries have been put on hold. Among others, it also introduced casualisation of service employment through a clocking system used to compute pay based on physical attendance. Many professional and labour unions, including academics in state tertiary institutions, are presently on strike for default on their remuneration and allowances.

But it is doubtful the challenge in Kogi is all about shortfall in revenue. Questions have been raised about transparency in the disbursement of those incomes that have been publicly acknowledged. Earlier on this year, Alfa Imam was removed as Speaker of the state House of Assembly and battered by invading thugs after he moved a motion for probe of the Paris Club refund to the state government. Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba noted in the aftermath that the incident represented “the height of intolerance, insensitivity and impunity, and a precursor to dictatorship and anarchy.”

Soje had no just cause to take the noose. But with better conscience on the part of Kogi government and other employers at ease with not paying salaries, the gloom on workers can be relieved. And like President Muhammadu Buhari was reported to have said at a recent meeting with them, how do state governors sleep when they fail to pay salaries?

 

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Akwa Ibom, World Bank train 800

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The Akwa Ibom State government, in collaboration with the World Bank, has trained over 800 persons to implement community-based projects in 40 communities.

The partnership, at the end of a two-day training session at the weekend, disbursed over N50million as first tranche payment for the execution of three projects each by the trained stakeholders of the beneficiary communities.

The project, which covers provision of rural water, electricity, construction of culverts, school buildings, civic centres, rural markets, viewing centres and health centres, will be implemented in phases within one year.

Presenting the cheques to the beneficiary communities on behalf of the government/World Bank, at the E3 Event Centre, Uyo Village Road, Uyo Local Government, the  Accountant-General, Pastor Uwem Andrew-Essien, urged the beneficiaries to make use of the funds and provide basic facilities in their communities.

He advised them to shun fighting, the attitude that it was government’s funds and should be embezzled, mismanaged or misappropriated.

“This money is meant for projects and not for embezzlement.  You see, this is the first tranche; you use it meticulously and religiously and finish the project, the people come for inspection and where they are satisfied, they give you another money, more development.”

Andrew-Essien enjoined them to use the money effectively, so that more money would come to their communities.

He hailed the management and workers of Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development, (AKSCSD), for the strategy, arrangement and effective organisation of the programme, saying the gesture would herald development.

“If rural water is provided  in 40 communities, or we give electricity, or we build a school block there, you can imagine the transformation it will bring to Akwa Ibom communities. That’s why I’m so elated,” the accountant-general said.

He praised Governor  Udom Emmanuel for supporting the agency and providing  counterpart funding that had resulted in projects.

Andrew-Essien said the  Emmanuel administration was committed to development through provision of counterpart funding to donor agencies for the execution of projects, stressing that the government was on the verge of providing counterpart funding for the implementation of the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project, (NEWMAP).

“Under this scheme, NEWMAP will end erosion menace in our communities. There are a lot of projects the World Bank is providing in Akwa Ibom and our duty is to provide counterpart funding, which the governor is committed to. It’s for our development,” he said.

The General Manager of  AKSCSD, Mr Ishmael Akpan, said the gesture was part of the five-point agenda of the Governor Emmanuel administration of wealth creation, economic and political inclusiveness, poverty alleviation, infrastructure consolidation and expansion, as well as job creation, hailing the governor for providing an enabling environment for the scheme to begin.

He said the training was to prepare Community and Project Management Committee (CPMC) members to take on the role of implementing community-driven development, particularly, as it had to do with the responsibility of monitoring the implementation of micro-projects by communities.

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Nasarawa women demands free healthcare

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Some rural women in Nasarawa State have appealed to the Federal and State Governments to provide free healthcare services and soft loans to improve their lives.

The women made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday from their respective communities in Garaku, Kokona Local Government Area.

They said that improving basic amenities in their communities would go a long way in improving their standard of living and life span thereby contributing positively to overall development of the state and country.

They noted that the provision of free health facilities in the rural areas would also reduce mother and child mortality rate in the country.

The women further appealed to the federal and state governments to provide functional boreholes in rural areas to alleviate their sufferings while searching for water.

They said most of them depend mainly on stream water for drinking and domestic use which is unhealthy.

The women also advocated for free interest or soft agricultural and economic loans in order to fight poverty, unemployment as well boost agricultural production in the country.

Mrs Hajara Abdullahi, a resident of Agwada in Kokona Local Government Area, said that lack of standard health facilities in the area has affected the health status and standard of living of women negatively.

“Everybody is aware that rural women depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, as more than half of Nigeria’s population live in the rural area.

“Everybody is also aware that the rural areas have been neglected by governments of all kind in terms of quality infrastructure.

“How many rural areas have standard schools, hospitals, water supply and electricity?

“The absence of these infrastructural facilities has affected our lives and the socio-economic development at the grassroots and the country at large.

“It is in view of this I appeal to government at all levels to provide social amenities especially free health facilities in rural areas in order to better our living,” she said.

Another woman in Amba community, Kokona LGA of the state, Mrs Janet Audu, also called on government to give adequate attention to rural development especially in the provision of standard health facilities and water supply.

“The water in our community is stinking and causing diseases as most women leave their houses early in the morning in search of drinking water especially during the dry season.

“I am appealing to the government at all levels to provide us with free and standard health facilities and potable water supply in order to improve our standard of living,’’ she said.(NAN)

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Why You Need Olympic Lifts in Your Workouts

Why are Olympic-style weightlifting exercises mostly neglected when it comes to young athletes.

 

“The clean is a very important movement, both for motor skill development and for full-body conditioning. Learning it is important, since it is complicated, and learning complicated things improves the ability to learn.” That’s a quote from Mark Rippetoe in this piece on the power clean.

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Conditioning for Strength Sports: Optimizing Both Strength & Conditioning

How to achieve peak conditioning and peak strength levels simultaneously? The correct interplay of both conditioning and strength can maximize your performance in either.

Conditioning for Strength Sports: Optimizing Both Strength & Conditioning

 

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An "Every Day is Halloween" Home in Oakland — House Tour

Name: Mollie Gilbert
Location: Oakland, California
Size: 1,325 square feet
Years lived in: 11 years, owned

It isn't difficult to find Mollie's house on her quiet street: Just look for the home with the jack-o-lantern on the porch year-round. If the pumpkin or the "Haunted Mansion" sign at the doorway aren't an indication of what's inside, then you're in for a spooky treat.

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How Carrie Bradshaw Lied Became One of The Internet’s Favorite Bloggers

So let’s be honest. When scrolling through your Instagram feed, you have the accounts you scroll straight past — and the accounts you can’t get enough of. For us (and for nearly 350,000 others), Kathleen Barnes’s @carriebradshawlied, the account which corresponds to her blog of the same name, is one of those we love to love. What began as a fashion lover’s creative outlet turned into one of the most well-loved blogs on the Internet, and Kathleen has since made an incredible career out of her love for sharing her words, thoughts, outfits, and ideas. Here, Kathleen tells us how her career trajectory took an unexpected turn, the advice she has for those hoping to break into professional blogging, and the secret behind her blog’s memorable name.

 

Name: Kathleen Barnes, blogger at Carrie Bradshaw Lied
Age: 30
Location: Orange County, California
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration with a Minor in Broadcast Journalism and Emphasis in Public Relations from The University of Mississippi

 

 

What was your first job, and how did you land it?

 

My first job was working in the marketing/PR department of Southern Living Magazine. I actually knew this was my dream job about halfway through college, so I curated my resume and internships around the goal. I landed the job, and in my first month, half of my floor (the Southern Accents team) was laid off when their magazine folded.

I thought… I might need a new dream job.

 

You were a blogger before blogging was as common as it is now. Did you ever think it would become so popular?

 

During that time of panicking about my magazine dream job not panning out how I had envisioned, I started my blog on the side. I thought it would allow me to be the editor-in-chief of my own little digital hobby. I blogged for YEARS without making a dime or even being aware it could be lucrative. I have always genuinely loved fashion and writing. I never envisioned it becoming a career. Never!

I think that is what makes some of the girls who have been around in the blogging world for a while so successful – that they truly started their sites out of love and passion and not necessarily for income. Not that starting a blog for income is bad by any means — it’s just two different angles.

 

You’ve said that the inspo for the name of your blog came after college, when you realized that post-grad life is not as glamorous as Carrie Bradshaw led you to believe it would be. What aspects did you feel were less glamorous than expected?

 

I thought I would be going out with new friends, dining at all the coolest restaurants and shopping on the weekends. With my entry job salary, I could afford to eat OR shop (at Forever21 and H&M). I was like, “but Carrie Bradshaw had Manolos, her own apartment, AND was at every restaurant opening and she wrote a column for the New York Star!”

 

 

What skills and qualities do you think are necessary to succeed as a professional blogger?

 

Patience. Consistency. Passion.

I think it’s easy to look at other social media superstars and think, “that looks easy – I can do that!” And maybe you can! But it’s probably taken those girls you admire years to hone their skills and create a dedicated following. If you’re truly passionate about joining this industry, my advice is not to expect overnight results. You have to love it enough to continue putting in the time it while your audience builds.

That saying, “choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in a life”? I feel like it’s so true!

 

How do you hone these skills? How do you grow professionally?

 

By continuing to challenge yourself, educate yourself and putting in the time. I think sometimes bloggers (including myself) can be so focused on growth that we aren’t necessarily appreciating the audiences we DO have. I remind myself regularly that my readers are why I have a job.

I may be my own boss… but really, I work for my readers.

 

 

When were you able to turn your blog into a full-time job? Which facets of the business (if any) had to grow before that step could be taken?

 

I actually blogged on the side for about five years before taking my site full-time. I didn’t really take it seriously for the first three or so years, and once I started tracking it more accurately, I realized it might be able to stand on its own if I set short-term goals for myself.

My husband is still training in his medical residency, so I felt irresponsible leaving a great job with benefits unless I felt confident I could succeed on my own. He had actually been telling me to blog full-time for years, but I am so type A I was like, “boy you crazy!”

Once I matched my corporate income for three months, I knew I could confidently focus on it full-time. I kept an itemized spreadsheet of income, expenses, billing, etc. I hired my accountant cousin who is young and understands this “digital influencer” space to help me with areas that were over my head, and I just went for it.

 

Who takes your photos? Have they always been the one to take your photos?

 

A combination of my husband and a local photographer in Orange County. It was always my husband until I started blogging full-time and I promised him that once I had more time to focus on it, I would give him his weekends back.

He was 100% okay with releasing that responsibility. But he still gets roped into some projects. It’s his own fault because he’s quite talented!

 

How do you set your photos and your brand apart from those of other bloggers?

 

You know, I really believe in the power of the subconscious. I fully respect and admire other influencers, but I try to stay in my own lane. Sometimes this means not necessarily reading other blogs or scrolling Instagram all the time so I can focus on creating original content that stems from inspiration around me. In any industry, mimickers or copycats are inevitable, so I really try to do what I can to authentically be myself.

 

 

A lot of people wonder how sponsorships work for bloggers. Can you walk us through that process? Additionally, how has the process changed for you since you began your blog (and since you began monetizing your blog)?

 

I don’t think there is really one answer for this. Everyone’s business model is a little different and therefore each person generates income in different ways. This might be unlike the majority, but because I had a full-time job and managed CBL on the side/weekends for so long, I just blogged about whatever I wanted to until brands started reaching out. I was like, “whoa! You want to send me a scarf? I guess I’m Beyoncé now.” Ha!

For every yes I give a collaboration proposal, I probably give about 10 nos. It’s really important that I’m genuinely sharing products I love and use. Once my readers can’t trust me, that’s it. There are thousands of blogs they could read instead of mine so I really value their trust and respect.

 

 

We love how personal you are on Instagram stories. How do you utilize Instagram and Instagram stories to connect with your audience? What do you find works for you best?

 

It sounds so cliché, but be YOU. I’ve always had this loud, sassy, outspoken personality. I have actually wanted to start a YouTube channel for years but haven’t had the bandwidth as a team of one, so when Snapchat/Insta stories came out I was like, jackpot!!

What you see is what you get. I don’t film things 4x until they’re perfect. I film it once and if I walk into a door or cut myself off… I post it. I want the real-ness! Instagram started out that way and now it’s essentially a Pinterest feed so I want to keep the video aspect fun and less staged.

BUT, everyone has a different skillset. Maybe you’re more reserved and the thought of posting a video without makeup on terrifies you. That’s ok! It’s about knowing your strengths and finding the ways to best utilize them.

 

How has your content changed since you began your blog?

 

Oh my gosh – back in the day I would just throw anything up, see if it stuck, and move on. I put so much less pressure on myself and I think the bar across the board just wasn’t as high. As I’ve been doing this longer, I’ve tried to expand to more home décor, travel and personal content that isn’t just fashion-centered.

The blog started with a focus on fashion and I think that will always be a pillar, but I want to continue to grow other verticals because let’s be real… sometimes not being the subject of a photograph is freeing!

 

You’ve been very vocal about the problems you’ve encountered with your site over the past year. What have you learned from this experience?

 

Oh my – this year has been a tech doozy. I essentially redesigned my website from scratch and it ended up costing me about double what I had budgeted. Still worth it though and I would do it again. You don’t own your social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter owns that. They could all shut down or close your account and you’d be left with zilch.

You own your website. So when it comes down to it, a well-designed website that doesn’t crash once a month was worth every penny to me.

That being said… I’m glad it’s behind me. I was utilizing the left side of my brain for so long that I felt creatively zapped!

 

 

What has been one of the most exciting moments since creating your blog?

 

I was recently featured in a style segment on The Today Show (my favorite news show EVER, since forever) and I watched it on a plane while en route to a work trip. I think Kathie Lee said my outfit was “so cute” and I nearly fainted. Dear Kathie Lee, I’ll drink wine with you any day, any time.

 

What has blogging given you that no other career could?

 

The creative freedom to be my own boss with extremely low overhead. My grandmother was one of the hardest working women I’ve ever met. She owned a ladies clothing store and was so happy that I could also work in women’s fashion but without the overhead she had – employees to pay, working during the holidays, going to market, etc.

I’ll never take that for granted. Thank you, Internet!!

 

 

How has blogging impacted your relationship? (i.e. does your husband ever help with the blog or get annoyed with how connected you have to be?)

 

I feel really fortunate that we each have careers we are passionate about. Truthfully, it’s always been that way. The difference is that Christian is an integral part of my business and has helped me since the beginning when we were dating. It was his idea to take my photos and he offered to do it in the mornings before I would go to work. He would drive over to my house!

He has always believed in me even when I wasn’t so sure I believed in myself.

That being said, he only gets around four days off a month so I try to spend those days doing what he wants and try to keep my phone and “work brain” stowed away. Ultimately every job has sacrifices, and being connected nearly 24/7 is one of mine. He has a hospital pager that could go off at any minute of the day for 25+ days a month and that’s one of his sacrifices. It is what it is and we just try to focus on the positive things that come from it.

 

Kathleen Barnes is the Everygirl…

What’s one trend you wish would go away forever?
Crocs or Birkenstocks (y’all don’t hate me now)

Is there a blog/site/account that YOU gain inspiration from (or just admire and enjoy following)?
Oh my goodness so many! How Sweet Eats, Brooklyn Blonde, The Everygirl (duh), Sazan Hendrix…

Last item you splurged on?
Chanel ballet flats. Classic! Although I didn’t tell Christian how much they cost. A birthday gift… to myself. Cheers!

What’s one thing you wish you were better at?
Turning it off. I feel like my mind is on work 24/7.

If you could have lunch with any woman, who would it be and why?
Oprah. She’s my queen! I have loved Oprah since I was in elementary school and her wisdom and gift of words continue to inspire me.

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EPL Roundup: Leicester City give Claude Puel first victory in charge | Brighton gets a draw against Southampton

This is a roundup of results of major matches in the English Premier League today.

Leicester City give Claude Puel first victory in charge

Leicester City defeated Everton to give new boss Claude Puel victory in his first match in charge.

Jamie Vardy finished a sweeping counter-attack and Demarai Gray benefited from a Jonjoe Kenny slice to put the Foxes 11th in the Premier League.

Everton is under caretaker David Unsworth after Ronald Koeman’s sacking on Monday.

The club remain in the bottom three.

Brighton gets a draw against Southampton

Brighton cane from behind to get a draw against Southampton.

The Saints took the lead after only seven minutes through Steven Davis when James Ward-Prowse’s excellent free-kick came off the angle of post and bar.

34-year-old Glenn Murray later nodded in a goal from Pascal Gross’ cross.

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Why You Need Olympic Lifts in Your Workouts

Why are Olympic-style weightlifting exercises mostly neglected when it comes to young athletes.

 

“The clean is a very important movement, both for motor skill development and for full-body conditioning. Learning it is important, since it is complicated, and learning complicated things improves the ability to learn.” That’s a quote from Mark Rippetoe in this piece on the power clean.

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Conditioning for Strength Sports: Optimizing Both Strength & Conditioning

How to achieve peak conditioning and peak strength levels simultaneously? The correct interplay of both conditioning and strength can maximize your performance in either.

Conditioning for Strength Sports: Optimizing Both Strength & Conditioning

 

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Anthony Joshua’s Nose ‘Not Broken’, says Doctor

A doctor in the camp of Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua (AJ) confirmed that the Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxer’s nose is not actually broken.

The news came as relieve for Joshua who initially feared  that his nose felt broken following the headbutts in the second round of his victory over Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday night.

Takam’s forehead crunched against the nose of the Briton and Joshua struggled to maintain a poker face as his eyes began watering.

“With the old headbutt, you don’t see it coming,” Joshua said in the post-fight press conference. “It’s harder than a punch because it’s bone on bone. But everyone did a good job in the corner and controlled the bleeding.

“It was just getting through that round, because the referee doesn’t give you [time]. You really want 10 minutes, just to get yourself together and clean yourself up.

“But it’s an experience, it happens in a fight. I had to make sure I didn’t take a silly shot because it was ready to start gushing with blood but they managed it in the corner.”

Joshua’s camp is targeting three fights in 2018 but the 28-year-old admitted that his first priority was having his nose cracked back into place.

Fortunately for the 20-0 champion, though, a doctor’s examination in his dressing room at the Principality Stadium confirmed some positive news for Joshua as his nose isn’t actually broken.

“It’s really sore,” Joshua said after the dressing room doctor confirmed the positive new to him that the nose is not actually broken.

“Nah, it’s just swollen right now. The doctor checked it, no stress, it’s just really sore.”

The names mentioned as next potential opponents for ‘AJ’ were WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and the currently sidelined Tyson Fury.

And while those three certainly represent the biggest fights for Joshua, the London 2012 gold medalist admitted that he may well be forced into another mandatory defence before he looks at unifying his division.

“My next few fights might be mandatories because they’re obligations I have to fill. I’m just focusing keeping belts by any means,” Joshua said.

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January 13, 2018 date for Adams installation as Aare Ona Kakanfo

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The official installation of Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th  Aare  Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland has been fixed for January 13, next year.

 The date was disclosed in a statement issued by  Femi Adepoju, the Director of Media And Communication to the Aare Designate.

 “The palace of the Alaafin Of Oyo, The Iku Babayeye Ikeji Orisa, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has scheduled  the installation ceremony  of the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate, Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo for the 13th of January 2018” the statement said.

Details of the installation program would be announced later.

Otunba Gani Adams was proclaimed the  15th Aare Ona kakanfo by the Alaafin on the 15th of October.

Explaining the Choice of Adams as Aare Ona Kakanfo, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, said the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, was chosen after considering his antecedents as a Yorubaman who had exhibited passion for defending his people, their culture and tradition.

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The monarch said Adams was courageous and bold whenever he stepped forward to defend the Yoruba race.

 “The choice of Adams was well thought out before a decision was taken. He has shown enough charisma to deserve the honour.

 “If you have been observing him in the past many years, Adams attends all Yoruba festivals, irrespective of where they are held. He also promotes our culture through so many means including his annual Olokun festival.

 “I picked him because he loves the Yoruba race and all the culture and tradition of our people. He has contributed immensely to upholding them. Whenever he attends these festivals, he goes with a large entourage and financially, he is always responsible for the cost. He does not attend in order to benefit financially.

 “He may be young but he is also very bold and courageous. These are traits synonymous with an Aare Ona Kakanfo. Adams is a Yoruba cultural enthusiast. He defends the race anywhere he goes. Among his strengths is that he has strong supporters in every town in Yorubaland through his Oodua Peoples Congress

“Money or material wealth is not considered before choosing an Are Ona Kakanfo. Abiola promoted everything that had to do with Yoruba race. He was popular among his people and he was close to traditional rulers. So, Adams may not be as rich as Abiola but I can tell you he has all the qualities an Aare Ona Kakanfo should possess. He leads an organisation that is ever ready to defend the cause of the Yoruba race. Is there any Yorubaman that has such clout as Adams without being a politician today?” Oba Adeyemi stated.

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Recession, blessing in disguise, says Adeosun

Adeosun on recession

The federal government has described the recent recession experienced by the country as a blessing in disguise.
Minister of finance in an article circulated among media houses on Sunday  was optimistic that “not very long from now, Nigerians and the world will look back on this recession we have just emerged from, and realise that it was the turning point in Nigeria’s journey to true growth and greatness.”
Adeosun pointed out that the most important elements of any reform effort tend to be the least flamboyant. The Buhari administration she said, is “confident that in the months and years ahead” and Nigerians and the world will see the full impact of the “foundational resetting that the Buhari administration has been focused on since 2015.”
 
According to the finance minister, “what is remarkable, yet not as talked about, is the way we have worked so hard to exit the recession, reset the economy and reposition it for a brighter future for the present and future generations of Nigerians.”
“The Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is laying the foundation for the kind of economic growth that makes a real impact in the lives of citizens.”
 
The downturn in the nation’s fortunes she noted “has inspired unprecedented levels of fiscal responsibility, in line with President Buhari’s determination to fight Nigeria’s endemic corruption.”
 
She noted that one strong demonstration of the present administration’s will to combat corruption “has been a Whistleblowing Scheme we launched months ago that empowers citizens to report public corruption.” 
 
The impact in terms of recoveries she stated “has exceeded our expectations. The tighter rein on public finances allowed us invest US$500 million in our Sovereign Wealth Fund, during a recession.”
A lot of the work the Muhammadu Buhari administration have done over the last two and half years, Adeosun said “has been focused on dismantling the old ways of doing things, rebuilding them, and empowering and fortifying our institutions with technology to block loopholes, discourage abuse, and prevent a relapse into the destructive ways of the past.”

 The new Nigeria that is desired she said, “will not happen without this kind of foundational reform that imposes on us new ways of thinking and of doing things.”

The early results the finance minister said “are already being seen. A concerted focus on agriculture has seen our rice imports from Thailand dropping by 90 per cent between 2015 and 2016, and replaced by locally grown variants.”

The government, Adeosun pointed out is “pursuing unprecedented cooperation with foreign governments and powers, as part of our transparency and anti-corruption drive. For the simple reason that a disproportionate amount of public funds looted in Nigeria end up in the United Arab Emirates’, Nigeria has signed bilateral agreements with the UAE Government on extradition, exchange of information, and repatriation of stolen public funds.”

Adeosun lamented that “there is of course a lot of resistance to reform, by vested interests within and outside the system. But we are not fazed. The work of reform goes on. It is, to borrow from the Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe, morning yet on Creation Day.”

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Miyetti Allah to Ortom: You have no right to chase us out of Benue

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Following the November 1 implementation date for the anti-grazing law in Benue State, the Miyetti-Allah Kautal Hore Fulani socio-cultural association has challenged Governor, Samuel Ortom over the law that to forbid its members from the state.

 National President of the association, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo at the weekend said at  a briefing in Abuja that the pastoralists have the same legal right like every Benue state indigene.

  Bodejo, who accused the Governor over the controversial bill and other allegations of causing unrest in the state, also denied plans to invade Benue.

 He said the association has no intention to cause chaos over the anti-open grazing law in the state.

 “Firstly the Miyetti-Allah Kautal Hore is not a splinter of any other group. This is socio-cultural organisation and one can only be a Fulani man to be a member unlike other associations related to cattle rearing and sales which can accommodate anyone is as much as they are in cattle rearing or sales businesses.

 “Also His Excellency Governor Samuel Ortom asking pastoralists to leave Benue State cannot happen. We have a mandate to speak on behalf of our members and their rights as Nigerians. How can a Nigerian ask other Nigerians to leave a place they are constitutionally entitled to be,” he said.

 He fauted the governor’s claim that the state lost N95 billion between 2012 and 2016.

 Describing the allegation as untrue, he noted that the pastoralists have always been at the receiving end of the conflicts, especially with farmers.

 On the call for his arrest and that of the association’s National Secretary Engr. Saleh Alhassan, Bodejo accused the Governor of using ‘threat and blackmail tactics’ knowing he was committing illegalities by trying to deny the pastoralists their means of livelihood.

  “We are law abiding and have always been championing pace and amicable resolutions of conflicts between pastoralists and farmers, the records are there. This was why we went to the court over this matter rather than result to self-help,” he added.

He also questioned the governor’s claim that the law was meant to protect both the farmers and herders alike, stressing that there was no provision for the so called ranches except the intent to establish six detention centres, where seized or ‘arrested’ cattle would be kept and auctioned after seven day thus legitimizing cattle rustling.

 “The governor was also not specific on the fines for cattle rustling unlike the specific penalties for pastoralists who can be accused of open grazing.”

 Bodejo, who is also the Lamido Fulbe Nigeria urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address the situation by calling Governor Ortom to order in the interest of peace and well-being of the state and the nation.

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OAU’s student’s death: poor grades, depression, murder ?

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LET ME WEEP…
Depression is a mental state, patterned by pessimism, inadequacy and despondency.
Over times, I have read of many people who have taken their own lives because they were depressed. But nobody cares to look beyond what the media tells us. Nobody cares to know what happens beyond the scene.
There are two sides to life – left and right. In the left side, there is nothing right and in the right side, there is nothing left.
Mercy Olamide Afolaranmi, a 100 level student of Obafemi Awolowo University studying microbiology was announced dead on Friday. She was just sixteen years old and it was alleged  that she committed a suicide because of low grades.
I took a look through her Facebook account and it suddenly struck me that there might be more to the cause of her death. And indeed, there was more.
I wouldn’t want to dig into what was seen and proved. I just have to say there are more things probably bothering the dead than a poor grade, to the extent of opting for a suicide.
It’s not about the age of getting into higher institution. It doesn’t count as much as being able to manage emotions. But when emotional management fails, isn’t it necessary to be in the right place with the right set of people at the right time ?
Life might sometimes be bitter, but suicide is not the easiest option. It might not necessarily be an heartbreak or being jilted by a lover, this girl might just be one of those haunted by relationship with family, friends (her roommates and course mates, included).
Every act needs a trigger, every decision needs a push. The poor grades might just have made her contemplate suicide.
The reason given is an assumption not a fact. Strength differs. Just yesterday, I was counselling someone suffering from inferiority complex. What if there was no one she could speak with ? What if she was ignored ? Some can battle out their nightmares, but is it not  scary when you don’t know your nightmare ?
Africans don’t usually recon with depression, instead we blame those depressed for being moody and strange. We blame them for keeping to themselves and even mock them as a lone ranger.
We seem to have forgotten about parents who impose academics on their children as if their lives depends on it. I have seen a situation where a man beat his daughter to coma because she had poor grades. I have seen parents disowning their children because of poor grades.
Not everyone that has a carry over is a dunce. We have hungry lecturers who fail female students as a payback for not getting under her skirts. But all these are propositions. The poor grades was a trigger. It wasn’t the major reason.
On October 10, the late Mercy  made a post on Facebook :
“Above all other things, I just wanna see God, see what he looks like, speak with him face to face. I don’t wanna miss heaven. LORD HELP ME”.
Whatever that might imply or whatever prompted her, no one cared to know. Some responded with a laughter reaction on the post, some commented ” Lmao..looll”. No one looked beyond that, no one saw the pains in her laughter, the “I’m hurt” in her “I’m fine”.
On July 22, she had made a post : “It’s good to be in a box”.
No one cared about that, no one reasoned the depth behind that statement. It looks like a joke. As per that time, it implies she has been bothered by some things and not just poor grades that came up as of late.
Perhaps, if she had gotten a virtual attention from a concerned fellow, she would have opened up and probably be alive. I knew her after her death,  but I wished I had known her earlier.
Truth is never complete. There are things we know and there are we don’t .
While we mourn and weep, some people would still blame her because they didn’t  see the writings on the wall. And while I weep, who says it can’t be a murder disguised as suicide ?
Let me weep, solemnly.
Good night, Miss Mercy Olamide Afolaranmi.

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