Thursday, April 24, 2014

10 persons escape death, as two-storey building collapse in Lagos

No fewer than 10 persons escaped death after a two-storey building under construction at 11 Sand Beach lanes off Alonge Street, Oworonshoki, Kosofe Local Government, collapsed at the early hours of Thursday.

Vanguard gathered that the workers were busy on the construction when the building caved-in on them at about 11:00 am, leaving 10 construction workers trapped under the rubbles.

Among the trapped were four children, who work as assistance to the construction workers. Three of the teenagers were identified as: Monday Ahungbe 12-years-old, Jimoh Adebi; 13-year-old and Moses Atoketi; 15-year-old.

It was learnt that though they cheated death but suffered various degree of injury.

Sources said that the deafening sound and dust which enveloped the community after the collapse caused pandemonium in the area; because they didn't know the cause.

Mr. Adetayo Olawale, a resident of the community said that the building collapsed at about 11:00 pm while construction works were still ongoing which led to pandemonium, as everyone scampered for safety."

Culled from Vanguard

We are yet to be served the notice of suit filed by the Labour party - Ondo PDP Deputy Chairman

‪‪The people's Democratic party (PDP) in Ondo state says it is yet to be served the notice of suit filed by the Labour party in the state at the federal high court in Akure, challenging Independent national electoral commission (INEC) to declare its candidate winner of the Ilaje/Ese-Odo federal constituency by-election.‬‬

Addressing journalists in Akure on Thursday, Deputy Chairman of PDP in the State, Fatai Adams noted that, the party has not been duly notified by the court, saying it remains steadfast in its call for a supplementary election in Arogbo ward 2 and other polling units where voting did not hold.‬‬

‪‪Adams also stressed that since the election was declared inconclusive by INEC, the electoral body should have concluded arrangement for a supplementary poll in places where election did not hold for a clear winner to emerge.‬‬

‪‪The party however warned security agents in the state against collaborating with any individual or party against manufacturing fake security reports that can mislead the Court.‬‬

We know some unpatriotic and corrupt individuals have again embarked on a mission to procure a compromised security report from the department of State Security. The said report is intended to falsify forged documents details of activities on the day of the inconclusive election.

‪‪You may want to known that A federal high court in Akure has fixed may nineteen to hear the case filed by Labour party against INEC and six other political parties that participated in the April five ilaje/ ese Odo federal constituency by-election.‬

We want to thank the people of Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency for their patience on this matter, we assure them that this election will be conclusive soon. And we don't want individuals who are deceitful to use them achieve their unlawful act.


La Liga Spanyol Villarreal vs Barcelona 28 April 2014

Prediksi Villarreal vs Barcelona
La Liga Spanyol Villarreal vs Barcelona 28 April 2014 - Barcelona sejauh ini masih berhasil menjaga asa untuk menjadi juara Primera Liga Spanyol di musim ini setelah setelah sebelumnya kembali Barcelona berhasil meraih kemenangan krusial atas Athletic Bilbao dengan skor 2-1. Kemenangan tersebut membuat Barcelona naik ke posisi kedua klasemen sementara menggurus Real Madrid yang masih menyimpan satu pertandingan lebih sedikit.

Krisis yang diderita Barcelona dalam beberapa pekan terakhir ini membuat banyak orang menuding Gerardo Martino sebagai biang keroknya. Namun Gerard Pique dengan tegas menolak anggapan tersebut dan memberikan pembelaannya terhadap pelatihnya itu.April ini, Barcelona mengalami periode suram setelah tersingkir dari perempat-final Liga Champions oleh Atletico Madrid dan juga keok di final Copa del Rey melawan Real Madrid. Villarreal vs Barcelona Di La Liga Spanyol mereka juga masih tertinggal empat angka dari pemuncak Atletico di saat musim tinggal menyisakan empat laga lagi.

Head To Head Villarreal vs Barcelona:
15 Des 2013 Barcelona 2 - Villarreal 1 Primera Liga Spanyol
29 Jan 2012 Villarreal 0 - Barcelona 0 Primera Liga Spanyol
30 Agu 2011 Barcelona 5 - Villarreal 0 Primera Liga Spanyol
3 Apr 2011 Villarreal 0 - Barcelona 1 Primera Liga Spanyol
14 Nov 2010 Barcelona 3 - Villarreal 1 Primera Liga Spanyol

Lima Pertandingan Terakhir Villarreal:
22 Apr 2014 Málaga 2 - Villarreal 0 LL
12 Apr 2014 Villarreal 1 - Levante UD 0 LL
5 Apr 2014 Atlético Madrid 1 - Villarreal 0 LL
31 Mar 2014 Villarreal 1 - Elche 1 LL
28 Mar 2014 Getafe 0 - Villarreal 1 LL

Lima Pertandingan Terakhir Barcelona:
21 Apr 2014 Barcelona 2 - Athletic Bilbao 1 LL
17 Apr 2014 Barcelona 1 - Real Madrid 2 CDR
13 Apr 2014 Granada 1 - Barcelona 0 LL
10 Apr 2014 Atlético Madrid 1 - Barcelona 0 UCL
5 Apr 2014 Barcelona 3 - Real Betis 1 LL

Niger Builds N3.3bn Religious Centres, Abdulsalami Heads BoT

Niger State governor, Dr Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu has inaugurated a board of trustees for a N3.3billion Muslim and Christian Centre in the Three Arm Zone, Minna.

Aliyu who inaugurated the board members yesterday in Minna said the move was to create unity among all the people of the state irrespective of their religion.

The centre, conceived by government, is to be built jointly by government and contributions from the public, with the government contributing not less than 45 percent of the total cost.

According to Aliyu, the dis- unity among the two main religions was caused by those who profess religion but do not understand the tenets of the religion.

He stated that the situation has become a serious problem in the country, because some of the  adherents of the religions are actually ignorant of the religions they practised and could easily be hoodwinked into doing things that are aberrations to their religions.

Consequently he disclosed that  the centres would  be used to impact religion knowledge on  believers for them to co exist peacefully

Culled from Leadership


LASU Elects New Deputy VC

The Lagos State University Senate has elected Prof Fidelis  Njokanma as the new deputy vice chancellor of the institution.

A statement signed by the public relations officer, Mr Kayode Sutton yesterday,  said Njokanma, a Professor of Paediatrics, polled a total number of 33 votes while his co-contestant, Prof Olatunji  Abanikannda of the Faculty of Science had 30 votes.

Njokanma, a former head of Department of Pediatrics, Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), was a two-term deputy provost, LASUCOM, Ikeja between 2008-2010 and 2010-2012 respectively.

He has also served as dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences from 2012 to February 2014. Out of the 139 members of the Senate, 83 signed the attendance register, while 77 members took part in the election.

The post of the deputy vice chancellor (Administration) became vacant after the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past deputy vice chancellor, Administration, Prof Omolara A. Bamgboye on Saturday, December 7, 2013

Culled from Leadership


Port Harcourt World Book Capital: Abdulsalami Seeks Peace

Former military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has pleaded with all Nigerians to embrace peace, saying that without peace, there will be no country called Nigeria.

This is as Rivers State governor and chairman, Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF), Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said that an end to the Book Haram insurgency in the North-East does not lie in the Nigerian military, but in education and agriculture.

Abubakar, who made the appeal yesterday while speaking at the opening of the Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014, in the Rivers State capital, said all Nigerians need to work together to ensure peace in the country.

He said, "We need to work together. If there is no peace, there will be no chance to read all these books. If there is no peace, there is no country. We urge all Nigerians to put hands on deck to ensure peace in this country."

Designation of Port Harcourt, major achievement – Jonathan

In his speech, President Goodluck Jonathan said the designation of Port Harcourt as World Book Capital 2014 by UNESCO is a major achievement that has made it a centre of enlightenment and scholarship.

Jonathan, represented by his special assistant on documentation, Mrs Molara Wood, said the achievement also made Port Harcourt a city that is going forward. "We can all build upon it to reinforce the reading culture.

"It can also improve the value of getting information to the development of the thought process for humanity.''

He commended the movers of the bid for the World Book Capital 2014, adding that it was a visionary endeavour that saw Port Harcourt beat 10 major cities of the world including the renowned educational city of Oxford.

In his speech, Governor  Amaechi said a lot of children are dropping out of school in the country due to lack of motivation.

He said, "Only recently, UNICEF released the figure of out-of-school children; 10.8million Nigerian children are out of school, and I heared the minister of education say it's not 10.8; but 8 point something million. Whether it is 10.8 or  8.5million, the truth is that there are children withdrawing from school in Nigeria. And it is because there is no motivation for them to go to school.

"I have said it over and over again that the solution to Book Haram does not rest in the military; it lies in education and agriculture. If we start farming on the vast land of the North, all recruits of Book Haram will find an alternative to Boko Haram."

Soyinka decries govt's failure to rescue abducted girls

In his keynote address, Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, decried the failure of the government to rescue over 100 female students abducted from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State by  Boko Haram.

Soyinka also took a swipe at President Jonathan for participating in a political rally barely a few hours after the dastardly Nyanya bombing and abduction of over 200 female students from Chibok by suspected Boko Haram gunmen.

He stressed that the predicament of the abducted girls who are wandering through dangerous forests at this moment should spur the federal government to take the battle to the Boko Haram sect and rescue the girls.

The nobel laureate wondered why the Nigerian government, which deployed its soldiers to Mali to battle extremist groups whose agenda is to eradicate the community of  learning, tolerance and peaceful cohabitation, cannot do the same to the Boko Haram sect which has declared a 'fatwa' on enlightenment in the country.

Soyinka  lamented that instead of leading the country in grief following the Nyanya bombing and the abduction of the secondary school girls, President Jonathan decided to embark on a political rally.

"One would think that this is the time that our nation led by our president should be in sackcloth and ashes; let's bear in mind that the bombing at Nyanya went beyond a harvest of body bags; there was also the dilemma of the 200 children, some of whom could have been your own, disappearing under violent conditions.

"One would think that in place of a dance floor, a nation's leader should have been holding round the clock emergency meetings on the recovery of those children, mobilising the entire nation, including the encouragement of volunteers for back up duties to the military," Soyinka said.

Culled from Leadership


Tinubu warns against rigging in Ekiti, Osun

The setting was purely academic – the convocation of a university. But, the gathering was a mixture of intellectual giants and frontline politicians – an opportunity for a few words on the state of the nation.

After berating what he called the sit-tight attitude of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled Federal Government, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, warned Nigerians that the government was planning to rig the 2015 elections.

It was all at the 11th (special) convocation of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, yesterday. Tinubu was conferred with a honorary degree and invested as the institution's fourth chancellor, following the footsteps of the late businessman and leading politician MKO Abiola, the late eminent Jurist Justice Kayode Esho and elder statesman, Chris Ogunbanjo.

To the APC National Leader, it is evident that the PDP-controlled Federal Government is planning to rig, going by its attitude. "You can only discern their intention from their attitude; they are not bothered about the employment and unemployment situation in our country. This is because they plan to rig the election," TInubu told the huge gathering at the institution's convocation arena.

He added, however, that the leadership of the progressive movement and their followers would not allow such to happen. His words: "They are busy looking for ways to manipulate the polls in Ekiti. I am not ashamed to tell them that this time it is going to be rig and roast. If you mess up in Osun too, you would see our reaction; it is going to be the same way — rig and roast." "For every action, there must be a reaction."

"Nobody will serve you freedom a la carte. You must demand it. We won't allow any mutilated election result in Ekiti and Osun. We will drive them out. It won't be a court matter this time."

Lamenting the worsening security in the country caused by incessant attacks by members of the Boko Haram sect, Tinubu said of the Federal Government: "Enough of excuses and lies. They lie to us. They cannot even account for the number of children that were either killed or abducted. They carry on as if they are not accountable to us. While parents were mourning the loss and disappearance of their children and victims of the Nyanya attack, President Goodluck Jonathan was dancing in Kano. We are not serious.

"For us in the APC, we wish the government the best. As a party, we have no pact with the Boko Haram and they have no pact with us. Our competition is basically on election. We seek your votes, not your lives. We seek your understanding, not your failure. We wish the government complete success. We wish patriotism prevails over partisanship. We are ready to provide our services where needed, provided they will stay away from blackmail."

According to Tinubu, if voting during last year's Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) election was anything to go by, "then coming elections would be ones where numbers and maths are (going to be) immaterial."

He added that the pattern of abuse and malpractice had already been set in Anambra State, where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to match its words with action during last year's governorship election. The APC is challenging the validity of the election at the tribunal.

He said without electoral reform, the coming elections would be "ones where those the people reject will be proclaimed as the people's choice". This development, TInubu added, would place the nation in dire straits.

The only way to avoid this, Tinubu noted, is to introduce sweeping electoral reforms. He said: "Foremost, we need a fully bio-metric voters' verification and validation of registration system (our current system encourages multiple voting) and verifiable one-man-one-vote. As such, it is a veritable invitation card to massive fraud and malpractice."

The former governor, who was conferred with a doctor of science (honoris causa) at the special convocation, lamented that the most troubling aspect of the state of the nation is that of lack of inspirational leadership. He said Nigerians have lost faith "that this government is capable of solving the problems affecting them".

Tinubu blamed the ruling party for this, saying "most of its politicians are not interested in progress". For instance, he described the recent rebasing of Nigeria's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures as false and misleading, saying they have raised more doubts about the objectives of those in charge of the economy. He said from a modest $305 billion, Nigeria's GDP ballooned to $488 billion. Nigeria thereby magically leapt over South Africa to become the largest economy in Africa.

The APC chieftain said South Africa's economy is industrialised and that the country manufactures automobiles, such as BMW, which it exports to Europe, while Nigeria cannot produce ordinary brake pad, he said.

Tinubu, who was described as a champion of democracy, promised a new era for LAUTECH, saying he is very fond of the institution, just like his late mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji. "For many years, this institution was one of the top, if not the number one, institution of its type," he noted.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Gbadegesin, justified the choice of Asiwaju for the position. He said the former governor has demonstrated beyond doubt that he is a good manager of resources and proved to be a distinguished leader.

He said: "Senator Tinubu is now the fourth chancellor. It is a privilege to have such a great leader as our chancellor. Thank you governors Ajimobi and Aregbesola for giving us the best candidate as our chancellor. This will help LAUTECH to become one of the best in Africa."

Tinubu later moved to the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oyewunmi Ajagungbade.

While addressing the monarch, he described the Soun as a progressive minded person. "This is our palace. We need your guidance and prayer. You are in the fore front of industralisation. In the nation of our immense resources,we cannot produce mere tools. We must change this government."

Oba Ajagungbade urged Tinubu to lift LAUTECH to greater height, using his wealth of experience and influence.

The event was attended by APC chieftains from across the country, including National Leader Muhammadu Buhari, Interim Chairman Bisi Akande, Interim National Publicity Secretary Lai Mohammed, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and presidential flag bearer of the defunct ACN, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

Others are Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, who came with his wife Sherifat, host Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his wife Florence, as well as senators and other top party officials. They were Senators Gbenga Ashafa, Olorunimbe Mamora, Femi Ojudu and Sola Adeyeye.

Also there were House of Representatives Minority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, frontline scholar Prof. Adebayo Williams, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji and former Lagos Commissioner for Information Mr. Dele Alake.

The Governors of Lagos, Ekiti and Ogun were represented by their spouses – Dame Abimbola Fashola (Lagos), Erelu Bisi Fayemi (Ekiti) and Mrs. Olufunke Amosun (Ogun).

The ceremony was also graced by royal fathers from Oyo and Osun states, which jointly own the institution. The Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oyewunmi Ajagungbade, was there.

Culled from The Nation