Black Chyna Celebrates Rob’s Birthday

It seems Black Chyna is now on a peaceful path with Rob Kardashian who turned 31 on Saturday, March 17th.

It is no news that Chyna and Rob had an ugly separation that lead to Rob releasing nude pictures of Chyna on social media, but to think that Chyna has moved on and is no longer bitter is good news.

The baby mama Black Chyna put their differences aside to wish him a happy birthday.

Chyna shared a photo of her and ROb with their 16-month-old daughter Dream in her Instagram Story with the words: “Happy Birthday Rob from Dreamy and Chy.”


Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats

Russia President Vladimir Putin has expelled 23 British diplomats from Russia.

This action is coming shortly after 23 Russian diplomats were expelled from the UK following a nerve attack on former spy Sergei Skripal in the Salisbury, England.

Asides expelling British diplomats, Russia also shut down the UK consulate in St Petersburg and the British Council cultural organisation. The Russian foreign ministry said the move was a “response to the provocative actions of the British side and baseless accusations of the Russian Federation relating to the Salisbury incident”. It warned the UK against “further actions of an unfriendly nature”.

After being updated by the British Ambassador in Moscow, Theresa May has warned the Kremlin that Britain will not be cowed by its decision to expel 23 British diplomats in an escalation of the dispute following the Salisbury attack.

Responding to President Putin’s decision to escalate diplomatic tensions, Mrs May told a gathering of Conservative Party members that his antics would not distract from the fact that Russia was “in flagrant breach of international law.” Speaking at the Conservative Spring Forum in London, Mrs May said Russia’s response, which includes shutting down the British Council, did not “change the facts of the matter”,

Mrs May said: In light of their previous behaviour, we anticipated a response of this kind and we will consider our next steps in the coming days, alongside our allies and partners.

“But Russia’s response doesn’t change the facts of the matter – the attempted assassination of two people on British soil, for which there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable.

“It is Russia that is in flagrant breach of international law and the Chemical Weapons Convention.”

Mrs May reiterated her intentions to “dismantle” the Russian spy network operating out of the UK and to suspend all planned contact between the UK and the Kremlin.

She said: “We will never tolerate a threat to the life of British citizens and others on British soil from the Russian Government.”


Mamora Turns Down Appointment

Former lawmaker, Senator Olurunnimbe Mamora has turn down  his appointment as the Chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre.

During the inauguration of the board of the AIIC a few weeks ago, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in the 2016 Ondo State governorship election, Jumoke Ajasin-Anifowoshe,was named the chairman.  Ajasin-Anifowose, who is the daughter of the first Governor of the old Ondo State, Adekunle Ajasin, was sworn in by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Bello.

According to reports the ex-lawmaker, Mamora rejected the appointment after meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and expressed his displeasure with the appointment.

Mamora, who was the Deputy Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation during the 2015 presidential election, was nominated for the job by the President.



Police Arrest Man  Over Robbery In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Operatives of the Police division in Moore,  Ile Ife, have arrested a robbery suspect, Odeniran John, and recovered three stolen vehicles from him.

According to Police source, the suspect was arrested on Friday following a tip off that some group of armed robbers with four stolen vehicles were about taking them to the Eastern part of the country following which the operatives’ clampdown on them where the prime suspect was nabbed.

The recovered vehicles were according to the source are, a hummer jeep and Siena Bus.

Confirming the story, the Area Commander of the police division in the town, Funsho Adegboye said the suspect will soon be charged to court as effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.

Parents Contribute To Cultism, Hooliganism Among Secondary School Students – S.Commentator

A social commentator, Dr. Adeoye Oyewole has attributed the rate of cultistm and hooliganism practice by secondary school students to the failure of the parents to take up their responsibility in the society.

Dr  Oyewole who identified deficiency of parental care as one of the major factors that contributes to that illicit act stated this while featuring on a radio program in Osogbo on Saturday.

He stated that, “we are in civil society where parents and children leave home at  the same time in the morning and meet again at the night when they have no time to cross check the activities of the children anymore.”

“Some these students didn’t attend school, they wear uniform from home and go to some places where they drink alcohol, smoke India hemps, marijuana without intervention from other member of the society.”

He said ” The level of poverty as affected a lot of things as some parents can not even understand their roles on a child because of the economic situation of the state and in Nigeria at large.”

The consultant psychiatrist charged government to re-introduce the department of counselling in all public schools in the state of Osun and to allow successful people in various fields to visit the public schools to serve as point of encouragement for the students.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Mr Ahmed Mustafa in his opinion bemoaned the rate of cultism among secondary school students in the State of Osun.

Mustafa who said the teenage period is key to the future of a child urged parents to keep effective monitoring on their children during the period.

He also implored the school authorities to provide platforms like debate and press club programmes where students can be engaged.

The media aide to the governor said government has put in place mechanisms to curb indecency in public schools just as he urged other stakeholders to play their part.

Land Use Charge Reversal: Ambode’s Exemplary Leadership Gesture

It is not common to find a highly placed government official back down from his lofty office in deference to the wishes of the masses of the people, whether in the implementation of polices or in just the day-to-day governance process.

The average occupier of a position of influence won’t want to flaunt his powers to show he is in charge; he is likely to stick to his positions even when such a position is suffocating the people that he is supposed to be governing. If you find any highly placed official do the opposite, it could only be because such a one truly has the interest of his people at heart.

This is one perspective from which many analysts now view the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunm Ambode. Just one move he made recently, above all others, has shown him as a man of compassion, a governor who is concerned about overall impact on the lives of the people than sticking to principles and procedures. With such a singular step, he had been able to demonstrate that governance is more about the welfare of the people than unnecessary expression of executive power.

Under reference here is the now famous Lagos State Land Use Charge (LUC) Law. It was successfully reviewed and then passed into law by the Lagos State House of Assembly on February 8, 2018, only for stakeholders to begin to raise issues concerning the law.

You would have thought that the state executive would ignore such agitations given that the said law had been given the seal of approval and gone ahead to do the needful. In fact, some governors in some states out there would have staked everything to see that the dissenting voices are silenced by all means, and the law rammed into implementation.

Not so, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. He had the axe on his hands, and the authorisation to apply it, but he listened to his emotions as a human being; he decided to listen to the cries of the people directly affected by that law.

Thus he acceded to convocation of stakeholders meeting on the matter. After an extensive deliberation, his government came out with one of the most beautiful pieces of news for house owners this season; it announced a major reduction on those new rates payable by property owners under the new land use charge law. It equally waived penalty for late payments across board.

It was the State’s Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinyemi Ashade, who addressed the press on the matter, saying the rates payable on commercial properties have been reduced by 50 per cent in response to the demands of the people.

The concession by government also covered reduction of the charges for Owner-occupier with third party including industries and manufacturing concerns by 25 per cent, while tax credits have been given for LUC charges already paid in addition to introduction of instalment payment system.

The decision to reduce the rates was taken at the weekly Council Meeting Chaired by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

In the words of Ashade: “The Lagos State Government, in its desire to build world class infrastructure and improve the well-being of its citizens reviewed the Land Use Charges payable by all property owners. This exercise was received with mixed feelings by various interest groups who expressed serious concerns.

“In line with this administration’s tradition of inclusive governance and civic engagement, and as a Government that is committed to the welfare of its citizens and understands the importance of continuously engaging the populace, we undertook extensive dialogue with various stakeholders on the Land Use Charge (“LUC”) revised Law and its implementation.

“Consequently, we received a wide range of responses from our dialogue with various stakeholders on the amended LUC Law 2018. The stakeholders included the Organised Private Sector, Nigeria Bar Association, Real estate investors & developers, Landlord & Resident Associations, Community Development Associations, Civil Society Organisations, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI), Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors & Valuers and several other professional groups.”

With the latest development, a property valued at N20million for instance and earlier billed N91,200 would now pay N45,600 per annum as a result of the 50 per cent discount, while property occupied by owner, third party and property used for industrial and manufacturing purposes will now pay N23,040 per annum on a property valued at N20million as against the earlier N30,720 based on the 25 per cent discount.

On owner-occupied property, for a property valued at N20million, only N7, 752 would now be paid per annum as against N9,120 earlier demanded

“We appreciate and commend property owners of all categories who have performed their civic duties faithfully by paying the LUC. Consequently, as a result of these new measures, those who have paid the original amount will be awarded tax credits to the extent of the excess amount paid and carried forward to next year,” Ashade said.

Obviously, there is no better way for a government to show responsibility and compassion than this one.

This is especially when one realises that the legislation had gone through the normal process before becoming law, and also, given the intense lobbying that goes with this kind of legislation.

To have factored all these and decided to stomach the repercussions is one move the state executive has made that deserves commendation.

It demonstrates louder than ever, the state government’s determination to deliver the famed dividends of democracy. In rolling back the law, the government had demonstrated that it is pro-people, a listening and humble government.

Many in the position of Governor Ambode in other areas would have perceived a possible reversal of that law as a personal affront and would have mobilised every resource, human and material to thwarting it.

Ambode did otherwise. Beyond personal ego, he saw a window to an impactful touch on the people’s welfare; he saw an opportunity to demonstrate his humaneness and did not let it pass by.

Long years to come, Lagosians, and indeed other analysts of governmental process would remember this singular gesture of Governor Ambode. They would be able to retail the tale that not all those who occupy executive office are driven by inconsideration, but that beyond their official briefs as elected politicians, that they truly feel what the people feel. This is one lesson that Governor Ambode teaches in this magnanimous move. At the expense of sounding repetitive, it truly deserves commendation by all patriot and positive-minded persons. Kudos to you, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

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NMA Introduces Doctors’ Stamp To Check Quackery

The Nigerian Medical Association says doctors will commence full use of doctors’ stamp with effect from April 1 to curb quackery in the medical profession.

The president of the association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja.

Ogirima frowned at the rate of quackery in medical profession, which had increased disease burden and mortality rate.

He said the stamp contains security features that would differentiate professionals from quacks.

He explained that some security features embedded in the stamp include full name of the doctor, the institution he qualified from and the year.

Ogirima added that any doctor that does not possess or have the stamp latest April 1 would be regarded as a quack.

According to him, from April 1, any medical legal documents emanating from qualified doctors must contain the concerned doctors’ stamp.

“The implication of the stamp is that if you are practising as a medical doctor and do not have the stamp, you are a quack.

“With effect from April 1, we expect all documents emanating from doctors all over the country to bear doctor’s stamp and they should start using it on all medical legal documents.

“The rate of fake practitioners in medical field is on the high side, so through the use of the doctors’ stamp, we will be able to curb the menace,’’ he said.

Ogirima said in 2017, about 30 cases of fictitious medical reports were discovered at the NYSC camp, which was not healthy for the profession and the nation at large.

He, however, called on perpetrators of this act to desist from it in order to restore dignity to the medical profession and boost patients’ confidence in the nation’s health sector. (NAN)

Obiano Sworn-In For Second Term As Anambra Govenor

The Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano; and his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, have been sworn in for a second term in office.

The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Peter Umeadi, led them in the oath of office.

In his speech, the governor vowed to fight criminals in the state to a standstill.

He said he would tighten security to ensure Anambra State remains the safest state in the country.

The governor said he would set up state of the art hospital in the three senatorial districts, while assuring that major roads in Onitsha Nnewi and Awka would be fixed.

The governor said he would encourage small and medium enterprises in the state to boost economic powers of the people, while assuring the completion of the airport project.

Among the dignitaries who attended the swearing-in was President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who stood in for Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, among others.

Obiano was reelected on November 18, 2017.

China’s Xi Jinping Gets Second Term In Office

China’s rubber-stamp parliament unanimously handed President Xi Jinping a second term Saturday and elevated his right-hand man to the vice presidency, giving him a strong ally to consolidate power and handle US trade threats.

Xi’s reappointment by the Communist Party-controlled legislature was a foregone conclusion, but all eyes had been on whether his former anti-corruption enforcer, Wang Qishan, would become his deputy.

The National People’s Congress has widely expanded Xi’s already considerable authority during its annual session, adding his name to the constitution and lifting the two five-year term limit for the presidency and vice presidency.

Xi received a standing ovation after winning all 2,970 votes for the presidency and Central Military Commission chairman. In 2013, Xi had received 2,952 votes, with one against and three abstentions, a 99.86 percent share.

Only one delegate voted against Wang’s appointment, with 2,969 in favour.

Xi and Wang shook hands as the legislators heaped on applause.

As part of the package of constitutional amendments, Xi and Wang for the first time took the oath of office by pledging allegiance to the constitution. Xi put his left hand on a red-covered book containing the charter, and raised his right fist to take his vow.

“I pledge loyalty to the constitution of the People’s Republic of China” Xi recited, vowing to “strenuously struggle to build a rich, strong, democratic and civilised” country.

Elevating Wang allows Xi to keep a formidable ally by his side, as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong cements his authority and sets his sights on a possible lifelong tenure — a move that has drawn criticism online.

Wang, 69, stepped down from the Communist Party’s ruling council in October under informal retirement rules.

But he has kept a prominent profile, sitting at the same table as the seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee during the public sessions of the National People’s Congress while receiving fervent applause from the delegates as he voted.

Wang’s appointment shows that “he’s a really important political advisor,” said Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London.

“He’s a very capable politician, so it makes sense he would still be around,” Brown told AFP, noting that “it also shows we’re in an unconventional time in Chinese politics.”

Wang was at the frontline of Xi’s anti-corruption crusade, heading the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, which has punished 1.5 million officials in the past five years, from low-level cadres to regional leaders and generals. He stepped down last year.

Known internationally in his previous role as China’s pointman on trade, Wang could help Xi deal with increasingly tense relations with the United States amid fears of a looming trade war, analysts say.

President Buhari Mourns Late Senator Wakili

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday described the death of Senator Ali Wakil from Bauchi State as “an incalculable loss to Nigeria’s democracy.”

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President noted that the late federal lawmaker’s dedication to duty was remarkable and worthy of emulation.

He said Wakil’s death came as a great shock to him.

He added that his dedication to duty would remain one of the greatest virtues for which the deceased would be remembered.

“The passion for duty was one of the finest qualities of late Senator Wakil,” Buhari said.

He urged other democratically elected leaders to borrow a leaf from the deceased’s record of dedication.

The President, while praying to Allah to bless the soul of the departed senator, also extended his condolences to his family, his colleagues in the National Assembly, as well as the government and people of Bauchi State over this great loss to the country.