….As Ateke Tom, Boyloaf, Shoot-at-Sight, other ex-Agitators endorse Akwa

Key stakeholders in the development of the Niger Delta region have applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for re-positioning the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to fast-track the development of Nigeria’s oil-rich region.

The stakeholders stated this at the end of a meeting between the three major development agencies in the Niger Delta region; namely the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the NDDC, the Federal Amnesty Programme, as well as a group of ex-agitators at the Palace of the Amanyanabo of Okochiri, King Ateke Michael Tom, in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.

A resolution jointly signed by King Ateke Tom, Chief Ebikabowei Victor-Ben (Boyloaf) and High Chief Bibopre Ajube (Shoot at sight), thanked President Buhari for appointing Mr Efiong Akwa as the NDDC Interim Administrator and for his “love and support” for the Niger Delta region.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, the NDDC Interim Administrator, Mr Akwa and the Interim Administrator of the Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixion Dikio (rtd.).

The stakeholders declared: “Let us put it on record that the appointment of Chief Akwa as the Interim Administrator of the NDDC is well received by our people. We want to emphasise that no one is more Niger Delta than anyone else.

“We are aware of the circumstances that led to his appointment as a child of circumstance. He should be supported by anyone that means well for the region. We are also aware of the court order that sacked the previous Interim Management Committee, IMC. But because Akwa was not part of the suit that sacked the IMC, and being the most Senior Executive Director, Finance and Administration, EDF&A, Mr. President appointed him to hold forth and conclude the forensic audit before a new board takes over.

“We know Mr. President will also appoint him as the substantive EDF&A when the time comes. Because of his pedigree and track record of success. He is carrying everybody along and we are happy with the appointment.

“We also thank Mr. President and Senator Akpabio for completing the NDDC corporate headquarters at the Eastern bye-pass, Port Harcourt. This project is a star project and we are waiting for Mr. President to come for the commissioning so that we can have an ample opportunity to show our love towards him.

They called on all youth groups and various organisations to cooperate with the new leadership of the NDDC to ensure the rapid development of the Niger Delta region.

The stakeholders also thanked President Buhari for what they termed “his determination to complete the East-West road and the confidence he has on our leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio to superintend over the project.

They stated: “We believe that our uncommon leader, Chief Akpabio who has a record of achievement in his previous assignment as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State will perform well in this project and we have no doubt about his capacity.

They also thank Chief Edwin Clark for his support to the NDDC Interim Administrator and his call for the youths to stop all forms of protests against the NDDC leadership, noting: “We want to assure him that we will work with Akwa and ensure absolute peace in the region.”

Speaking earlier, Senator Akpabio, commended the stakeholders for bringing unity back to the Niger Delta region, stating: “We need peace to make progress in the region.”

He assured the traditional rulers and the ex-agitators that President Muhammadu Buhari means well for the region, adding: “We must work out modalities for fast tracking development in the region, especially with the army of unemployed youths waiting to be engaged.”

He said that one of the big problems of the region was that so many youths were unemployed. So, we must work together with the Amnesty Programme to initiate things that will generate employment opportunities,” he said.

On the East West Road, Akpabio said: “We have initiated a combined team to raise funds for the completion of the road because if we depend solely on federal budget, it won’t work. I have asked the NDDC to make contributions to the special funding of the road. In my ministry, I have devoted about three quarters of the money for 2021 budget into the road.

He expressed joy that the National Assembly had passed the 2020 budget of the Commission. The details of the budget are expected next week. This will enable the NDDC to intervene in many areas.

Akpabio stated: “We have completed the NDDC permanent headquarters started in the days of the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC. We shall be inviting the royal fathers to join us in commissioning the project on February.

“We have selected about six major regional projects to undertake within the Niger Delta region and we intend to bring the NDDC board latest by April this year. We want to handover the report of the Forensic Audit to the new board for implementation.”

People love to trend and have a lot of followers on social media. It somehow helps them boost their self-esteem as well as score endorsements.

People tend to be desperate when it comes to begging followers. They post fake pictures or edit their pictures too much in such a way that they end up looking very different from the real stuff . A certain girl posted a picture of herself on twitter as she was begging for followers.People tend to become desperate when it comes to begging followers. They post fake pictures or edit their pictures too much in such a way that they end up looking very different from the real stuff . A certain girl posted a picture of herself on twitter as she was begging for followers.

 At first glance you don’t see anything wrong with the picture then when you look carefully you can see that her behind has been edited to make it look bigger than it actually is. The walls exposed her as they were bent due to the editing. A lot of people could not help but laugh at this amount of desperation.

 No one will love you less simply because you have a smaller behind stay true to yourself everyone is beautiful in their own way.

Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan

Former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has emerged as the African Leadership Magazine Africa Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2020, ahead of many other distinguished nominees across the continent.

Publisher of the United Kingdom-based magazine, Dr Ken Giami who announced the award at the U.K. Head Office of the group stated that Dr. Jonathan was overwhelmingly chosen by poll respondents because of his “commitment to deepening democracy, peace and security across the continent.”

According to him, the former President “who has led several African Union (AU) and ECOWAS missions across the continent, emerged winner after scoring over 80% of the total votes cast in the category, in a keenly contested poll.”

Dr. Jonathan was announced as the winner in the 9th edition of the annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award, alongside 12 other distinguished Africans, including: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization, WHO, as African of the Year 2020; Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, as African Political Leader of the Year; Mo Ibrahim, founder, Mo Ibrahim foundation, as the African Philanthropist of the year 2020; Graca Machel, as African Climate Champion of the Year 2020.

A statement by the magazine indicated that the poll attracted over 120,000 votes on the ALM website, over 7 million active online engagement during the voting period and over 5000 votes via email.

It stated that the winners shall be decorated and presented with honour instruments on February 26th, 2021, during the annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award ceremony.

“This year, the event is billed to hold virtually and set to host influential Africans in business, politics, and all spheres of African leadership spectrum”, the statement added.

Giving more details on the selection process, the magazine stated: “The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year which is in its 9th year is an annual award reserved for distinguished Africans, who have blazed the trail in the year under review. A shortlist of nominees are selected from results gathered via a Call for the nomination – traditionally promoted via paid online and offline campaigns across the continent, Europe, and the Americas. The call for nomination is the first step in a multi-phased process.”

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The value of the Naira against the Dollar moved southwards on Thursday at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) and the black market segments of the foreign exchange market.

This was mainly influenced by the significant rise in the demand for forex at the market windows.

Data harvested by Business Post showed that at the I&E window, transactions worth $215.63 million were carried out compared with the $17.23 million recorded the preceding day, indicating a rise of $198.4 million or 1,151.5 per cent.

This put pressure on the local currency yesterday, causing it to depreciate by 0.34 per cent or N1.34 to close the day at N394.67/$1 as against N393.33/$1 it finished on Wednesday.

Also, at the parallel market, the Naira gave up N1 against the American currency as it sold at N475/$1 in contrast to N474/$1 it was exchanged on Wednesday.

At the same unregulated FX market segment, the local currency lost N3 against the Pound Sterling to settle at N640/£1 in contrast to N637/£1 it settled at the day before. However, the Naira remained unchanged against the Euro to close at N580/€1.

At the interbank and Bureaux De Change (BDC) segments of the market, the Nigerian currency further traded flat against the American Dollar, closing at N379/$1 and N395/$1 at respectively.

Meanwhile, at the cryptocurrency market, Bitcoin (BTC) rallied as its value moved up by 4.4 per cent to trade at N18,637,999.99. The Ethereum rose by 9.4 per cent to sell at N591,671, the Litecoin (LTC) appreciated by 5.5 per cent to trade at N73,885.08, while Tron (TRX) gained 1.7 per cent to sell at N14.42.

On the loser’s end, Dash (DASH) depreciated by 2.9 per cent to sell at N63,439.57, Ripple (XRP) went down by 1.5 per cent to trade at N141.97, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) fell by 1.3 per cent to trade at N482.40.

Armed Fulani Men Intercepted
Armed Fulani Men Intercepted

Alleged Revenge Mission – Bus Loaded with Armed Fulani Men Intercepted in Oyo State.

Men of Operation Burst in Oyo State have arrested some armed Fulani men in the Ibarapa area of the state.

Our correspondent gathered that the suspects loaded in three buses were arrested by a joint security team which includes soldiers.Our correspondent gathered that the suspects loaded in three buses were arrested by a joint security team which includes soldiers.

The suspects, who were said to have stormed the area some hours after members of Amotekun carried out a raid on kidnappers’ hideouts in the area, were believed to be on a revenge mission–a claim yet to be ascertained.

It was gathered that some weapons including guns, bows, and arrows, and ammunition were recovered from them.

A source told our correspondent that each of the occupants of the three buses was holding a Dane gun but after a search was carried out, more sophisticated guns were found hidden in the vehicles.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State Police Command, Mr Gbenga Fadeyi, was contacted via WhatsApp. He is yet to confirm or deny the arrest as of the time of this report.

But the Coordinator of O’dua People’s Congress in Oyo State, Mr Rotimi Olumo, when contacted said his men in Ibarapa axis briefed him about the arrest.

He said, ” I was told that the Fulani men were arrested by Operation Burst. About 47 of them were arrested and guns were recovered from them.”

Nigerian man declared missing in Lagos found dead;  See the suicide note he shared hours before he went missing

Nigerian man, Dele Bandele, who was declared missing by his friends and family on Tuesday, January 12, has been found dead.

Bandele, an advertising agent, was last seen at Omole Phase 2 and his last location was the 3rd Mainland Bridge. 

Sadly, his body has been found.

Hours before his disappearance, Bandele left an apparent suicide note on his Instagram page in which he detailed his struggles with depression, He stated that he had battled with depression for seven years and was about to go find peace. He asked for forgiveness from anyone whom he might have offended.

He asked for everyone to pray for him to find rest and peace. Read his post below

Nigerian man declared missing in Lagos found dead;  See the suicide note he shared hours before he went missing
Nigerian man declared missing in Lagos found dead;  See the suicide note he shared hours before he went missing



<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">A beautiful Nigerian lady, Spiritual director, DE youngest priestess of the river, Ambassador of water and an unbeliever of Christ tied the knot with the love of her life….. Etoh ChimeziehA beautiful Nigerian lady, Spiritual director, DE youngest priestess of the river, Ambassador of water and an unbeliever of Christ tied the knot with the love of her life….. Etoh Chimezieh

She decided to be the one to kneel down while her boyfriend proposed to her. According to her, the reason for that was because her husband has been with many women but decided to settle with her.

The young lady has finally tied the knot with the boyfriend, now husband and their traditional wedding photos is finally out.

The newly wedded lady identified as Adaeze Gift Okolie has finally gotten married to the love of her life, Etoh Chimezieh this year on the 11th of January 2021 and their official traditional wedding photos is finally out.

On a normal day, it’s the man that bends a knee to propose to a lady but a Nigerian lady identified as Adaeze Gift Okolie has set a new record after she went on her knees to accept the marriage proposal of her boyfriend.

The lady prevented the man from kneeling

She wrote:

“I HAVE FINALLY MADE IT TO ‘SEMI FINALS ‘

HMM AM STILL IN SHOCKED BECAUSE I NEVER BELIEVED IT.

CHAI AM GETTING MARRIED TO MY BEST FRIEND..

DON’T SEE ME AS A STUPID PERSON BECAUSE I KNELT DOWN TO ACCEPT HIS RING..HE DESERVES IT..

AFTER ALL THE UPS AND DOWN.

AFTER ALL THE GOSSIPS AND DISCOURAGES..HE STILL STANDS BY HIS WORDS..CHAI YOU’RE INDEED A MAN

YOUR TYPE ARE RARE.

YOU’RE MY KING..THAT’S WHY I KNELT FOR YOU TO CROWN ME YOUR QUEEN (SO DEEP SPIRITUALLY, I PRAY OTHERS WILL LEARN)

YOU OVERLOOKED ALL MY IMPERFECTIONS..AND STILL CHOOSE TO BE WITH ME..

IF I NO ACCEPT YOUR RING WETIN I GAIN.

I BLESS JUNE 24TH 2018..THE DAY I ACCEPTED YOUR FRIEND REQUEST HERE ON FACEBOOK..

FACEBOOK I THANK YOU. .AND I WON’T STOP BEING GRATEFUL.

INFACT LET ME END THE STORY HERE FOR THE NEXT PARTY.

IT’S NOT EASY..AFTER SEEING PLENTY VAGINA YOU DECIDES TO FOLLOW MINE..

I WON’T LET YOU DOWN..MY LOYALTY GOES TO YOU AND I WILL WORSHIP YOU AS MY LORD.

CONGRATS TO ME 

MAY ALL THE SINGLARS BECOME PLURAL BEFORE ENDING OF THIS YEAR ISEE.

(MAY YOU SEE UR OWN HAPPINESS )

MY DEAR YOU THAT IS READING THIS AND SMILING..YOU ARE NEXT.

IT MUST END IN PRAISE. 

I THANK MY CHI AND THOSE WHO HELPED HIM TO GIVE ME THIS MEMORABLE SUPRISE..MAY GOD SHOCK UNA WITH GOODNEWS..I SWEAR I DIDN’T EXPECT IT.

MAY HAPPINESS NEVER DEPART FROM US ISEE.”

Check out some of the beautiful photos from the wedding between Adaeze Gift Okolie and Etoh Chimezieh below:-

Their photos are absolutely stunning and dashing, we wish them all the blessings that comes with marriage and a happy married life.

What are your thoughts about them ?. Kindly leave a comment on the comment section below 

Wearing face-masks, final year students of Government Secondary School, Zone 3, Abuja, sit in a classroom as they write their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday August 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
File photo of students during a WAEC examination.

The Federal Government has insisted that the January 18th resumption date for schools in the country remains intact despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

“After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain,” the Federal Ministry of Education said in a statement issued on Thursday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong.

This had sparked fears among many Nigerians that schools resumption might be put on hold indefinitely even though many states in the country had set dates for the reopening of the learning centres. 

FULL STATEMENT 

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, 
office of the director (press & PR)
PRESS STATEMENT

SCHOOL RESUMPTION DATE OF 18TH JANUARY 2021 STANDS MINISTER
Sequel to the hint given during the press 12 January 2021 for the review of the proposed resumption date of 18th January 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education has undertaken a comprehensive appraisal of the situation. 
After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain, while parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols including:-
(i) Compulsory wearing of Facemasks by all students, teachers and workers in all schools 
(ii) Temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations in all schools 
(iii) Ensuring constant supply of water and sanitizers 
(iv) Enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days. 
(v) Avoiding overcrowding, including limitations in class sizes and hostel occupancy 
(vi) Availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities
(vii) Adherence to all other non-pharmaceutical protocols, restrictions and containment measures as may be prescribed/ approved by the PTF from time to time.
These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.

Ben Bem Goong 
Director, Press and Public Relations 
14th January, 2021

This is a very sad story about a couple who lost their son in the hospital because they could not afford to pay the hospital bills as you read further, you might want to blame the man or who do you think should be blamed?

There is this saying that says “Husband’s money is for the family while the wife’s money is hers” this could be the reason why some women don’t spend their money with their families, thereby hoping on their husbands to fully take responsibility in the family.

Man Left His Wife After Finding N3.6m In Her Account And Their Son Died Because Of Hospital Bills 

The heart of Man is desperately wicked to an extent that a woman will have a huge sum of money in her bank account and not willing to release it to save her only child’s life .

It was gathered that her husband could not afford to pay their son’s medical bills urgently and the boy wasn’t given medical attention which led to his death. Thereafter, her husband found the sum of N3.6 million in her account.

According to TVC, it says that “Couple loses sick son after they both refused to pay the hospital bills. The wife claimed that her husband has a habit of giving excuses each time monetary issues cones up. Her husband left the house after finding N3.6 million in her account after their son’s death”.

In my opinion, the man must have seen her as a wicked woman that was why he left her.

What is your opinion in this regard?

What can you say about this couple?

Please, like and share this article and follow me for more interesting gist, news, and updates… Thanks.

Source: TVC.

Former and current Speakers of State Houses of Assembly in the South West geo-political zone stormed Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Wednesday, to drum support for the presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

No fever than twenty current and past Speakers in the States’ Assemblies in the region attended the meeting on Wednesday.

Among those present are Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, former Speakers of Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Mojeed Alabi and Hon. Najeem Salam, former Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Asimiyu Alarape and former speakers from Ondo and Ekiti, among others.

Recalls that some loyalists of the former Governor had last year visited two traditional rulers in Oyo State, drumming support for Tinubu.

Obasa, who is the convener of the meeting held in Ibadan on Wednesday, noted that all former and current Speakers in the region had taken it upon themselves to support Tinubu presidency in 2023.

The Lagos State Speaker added that Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) Foundation is meant to break the shackles of poverty in the country.

Obasa who stated that though Tinubu has not given the go-ahead to kickstart any interest in the presidency, there is a need to deliberate on this all important issue on behalf of Tinubu.

According to Obasa, all current and former speakers present should after the meeting go back to their respective states to set up the template that would see to the actualisation Tinubu mandate.

The National Coordinator of BAT Movement, Ambassador Aliyu Saulawa, emphasized that the movement is ready to ensure power shift to the southwest and to be clinched by Tinubu.

He lauded Tinubu’s option of supporting President Muhammadu Buhari rather than former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who would have done anything for Tinubu, to win his support.

Saulawa said, “What was resolved at the meeting include, that power must shift to the south and that the southwest must produce the next president.

“That Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, being a Yoruba man with the capacity, experience and means should be the candidate to be supported to emerge as the next president of Nigeria.

“That Asiwaju Tinubu still needs to do more networking in Yoruba land, especially amongst serving and past governors so that voices of dissent can be reduced to the barest minimum.

“That all stakeholders here present should go back home and start the Asiwaju Tinubu presidential project pending when he will come out public to agree to contest.”