Nigerians are Cooperating With Us- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the current administration is on the right track towards improving the image of the country by entrenching accountability and probity in governance.
The president said this in Dakar, Senegal, while speaking at a meeting with a group of Nigerians in the Diaspora, on the sidelines  of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu on Tuesday, Buhari, however, called on the Nigerian elite to stop insisting that things should be done the ‘old way’, which had impoverish the nation.
President Buhari told the 11-man Nigerian delegation based in Senegal and Cote D’ Ivoire, that the last 16 years of poor management of the nation’s resources and infrastructure had continued to impact negatively on the country. “This administration is pleased we won the election, we are pleased Nigerians are cooperating with us. “But the problems are so enormous that we need the cooperation of Nigerians, particularly the elite. “They (elite) should reflect on the condition of the country, and stop making expensive demands because things cannot be done the old way,’’ he said.
President Buhari further assured Nigerians in diaspora that the Federal Government would continue to promote good neighbourliness and cause a lasting change in the negative perception about Nigerians abroad. “Nigerians are known for their competitiveness and I am very passionate about Nigeria. “I will continue to preach good neighbourliness and work hard to improve the numerous human and material resources in the country,’’ he added.
In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian community, Cote D’ Ivoire, Alhaji Adebayo Yahaya, commended the president for his bold and unflinching fight against corruption.
“Nigerians are praying for your success, don’t relent, do not lose hope, the Almighty God is behind you.’’ The President of the Nigerian community in Senegal, Mr Osas Edigin, told the President that Nigerians in the country had been enjoying excellent relationship with their hosts.

13 Year Old, Kanye West, Adele Nominated for Grammys

Indonesian child prodigy Joey Alexander, who has awed crowds with a piano skill beyond his years, was again nominated for a Grammy Award on Tuesday for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.
The 13-year-old was nominated for his take on “Countdown” off John Coltrane’s classic work “Giant Steps,” which appears on Joey’s second album.
He was also nominated for two Grammys at this year’s awards but did not win. This year, Joey is up against some of the biggest names in jazz — including Coltrane’s son Ravi Coltrane, who is nominated for a saxophone solo on the collaborative album “In Movement.”
Other artistes nominated in various categories are:
Record Of The Year

i. Hello – Adele
ii. Formation – Beyoncé
iii. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
iv. Work – Rihanna Featuring Drake
v. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Album Of The Year

i. 25 – Adele
ii. Lemonade – Beyoncé
iii. Purpose – Justin Bieber
iv. Views – Drake
v. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson

Song Of The Year

i. Formation – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
ii. Hello – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
iii. I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
iv. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
v. 7 Years – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist

i. Kelsea Ballerini
ii. The Chainsmokers
iii. Chance The Rapper
iv. Maren Morris
v. Anderson .Paak

Best Pop Solo Performance

i. Hello – Adele
ii. Hold Up – Beyoncé
iii. Love Yourself –Justin Bieber
iv. Piece By Piece (Idol Version) – Kelly Clarkson
v. Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

i. Closer –The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
ii. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
iii. Work – Rihanna Featuring Drake
iv. Cheap – Thrills Sia Featuring Sean Paul
v. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Best R&B Performance

i. Turnin’ Me Up – BJ The Chicago Kid
ii. Permission – Ro James
iii. I Do – Musiq Soulchild
iv. Needed Me – Rihanna
v. Cranes In The Sky – Solange

Best Pop Vocal Album

i. 25 – Adele
ii. Purpose – Justin Bieber
iii. Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
iv. Confident – Demi Lovato
v. This Is Acting – Sia

Best R&B Song

i. Come See Me – J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
ii. Exchange – Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
iii. Kiss It Better – Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
iv. Lake By The Ocean – Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
v. Luv – Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

i. Lemonade – Beyoncé
ii. Ology – Gallant
iii. We Are King – KING
iv. Malibu – Anderson .Paak
v. Anti – Rihanna

Best Rap Performance

i. No Problem – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
ii. Panda – Desiigner
iii. Pop Style – Drake Featuring The Throne
iv. All The Way Up – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
v. That Part – ScHoolboyQ Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Performance

i. Freedom – Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
ii. Hotline Bling – Drake
iii. Broccoli – D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
iv. Ultralight Beam – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
v. Famous – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song

i. All The Way Up – Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)

ii. Famous – Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)

iii. Hotline Bling – Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

iv. No Problem – Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)

v. Ultralight Beam – Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album

i. Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper
ii. And The Anonymous Nobody – De La Soul
iii. Major Key – DJ Khaled
iv. Views – Drake
v. Blank Face LP – ScHoolboy Q
vi. The Life Of Pablo – Kanye West

Best Music Video

i. Formation – Beyoncé
ii. River – Leon Bridges
iii. Up & Up – Coldplay
iv. Gosh – Jamie XX
v. Upside Down & Inside Out – OK Go

Best Dance Recording

i. Tearing Me Up – Bob Moses
ii. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
iii. Never Be Like You – Flume Featuring Kai
iv. Rinse & Repeat – Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
v. Drinkee – Sofi Tukker

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

i. Cinema – Andrea Bo celli
ii. Fallen Angels – Bob Dylan
iii. Stages Live – Josh Groban
iv. Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin –Willie Nelson
v. Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway – Barbra Streisand

Secure Yourself First- NYSC DG Tells Rivers Corpers

Following reports that many corps members are reluctant to participate as ad-hoc staffs in the Rivers State rerun due to the fear of violence, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure who was represented by the Director of Corps Welfare and Health Services, Mrs. Abosede Okaku, has told corps members serving in the state to be security-conscious during Saturday’s rerun election.
Sensitising the corps members who had volunteered to participate in the election during a one-day orientation programme on safety at the University of Port-Harcourt, Kazaure instructed them to be safety-conscious, saying “If there is danger, secure yourself first before any other thing… By the grace of God, He will keep all of you not just for the election”.
The state and national legislative elections held earlier in March were cancelled in some local government areas of the state due to violence that also led to the death of a corps member.
However, the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, begged the corps members, who had volunteered for the election not to change their mind, saying “I urge you not to change your mind. Nothing should make you to change your mind to say, yesterday I accepted but today I have changed my mind.”

Nigeria, Four Others Ban Europe’s ‘Toxic’ Fuels

Nigeria and four other ECOWAS countries have agreed to stop importing toxic fuels from Europe in a move that could improve the health of more than 250 million people, according to the United Nations.

Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast have pledged to introduce strict standards to ensure they use cleaner, low-sulphur fuels for their vehicles, effectively stopping Europe from exporting its dirty fuels, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said.

European trading firms have been exploiting weak regulations in West Africa to export fuels with levels of sulphur up to 300 times higher than is permitted in Europe, campaign group Public Eye said in a report published in September.

Public Eye described the issue as a “ticking time bomb” as cities grow across Africa and populations boom in major hubs including Nigeria’s Lagos and Ghana’s Accra.

“West Africa is sending a strong message that it is no longer accepting dirty fuels from Europe … they are placing the health of their people first,” said UNEP head, Erik Solheim.

“Air pollution is killing millions of people every year and we need to ensure that all countries urgently introduce cleaner fuels and vehicles to help reduce the shocking statistics,” Solheim said in a statement.

Sulphur is responsible for deadly heart and lung diseases, health experts say.

The five countries have also agreed to upgrade the operations of their national refineries – public and privately owned – to improve the quality of their fuel by 2020, UNEP said.

The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohamed, said the agreement would massively improve the air quality in the country and allow the nation to set modern vehicle standards.

Nigerian Air Force Acquires Four Planes from Pakistan, Plans to Get More

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has acquired four Super Muhsak Trainer Aircraft from Pakistan to be used to train pilots, thus, thus increasing their capacity to fight Boko Haram insurgents. NAF Chief of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar formally received the planes from Pakistani Cir Chief Marshal Sohail Aman in Kaduna State.
According to the Air Marshal, while the aircraft will be used primarily for training purposes, they can also be used for military missions. “The NAF has made tremendous progress in platform reactivation, training and welfare of personnel,” he said. He further disclosed that there are plans in place to acquire 4 additional aircraft as well as four gunships, four utility helicopters, and three light attack aircraft.
While stressing the stressed the importance of strategic partnerships in the fight against terrorism, the Pakistani Chief of Air Staff said the addition of the new aircraft would boost the NAF’s capabilities in the fight against terrorism. In his words, “I am confident that together we can befittingly respond to these challenges. The convergence of our perceptions on different global issues ensures tremendous scope for our two nations for greater understanding and closer cooperation,” Mr. Aman said.

Wife of Osun Governor, Sherifat Aregbesola Initiates Eradication of Female Circumcision

Wife of Ogeni Rauf Aregbesola and President of Shericare Foundation (SCARF), Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola held an abandonment ceremony for female genital mutilation (FGM) in Osun.
SCARF began this campaign in October last year has recorded modest progress in the past year. This abandonment ceremony is symbolic of the acceptance of the campaign and its success in eradicating the obnoxious practice which is especially prevalent in Africa. In Nigeria, Osun alongside Imo, Lagos, Ekiti, Ebonyi and Oyo record the highest level of prevalence.
See pictures of the ceremony.

New App to Prevent Electricity Vandalism Unveils in Nigeria

Hawk Eye, a new mobile app which the developers say will help cut down on activities of vandals and energy thieves in the electricity industry has been introduced into the country.

According to the developers, Web Assets Nigeria Limited, enables electricity distribution companies to address challenges of infrastructure, such as vandalism resulting from the theft of transformer parts and loss of revenue due to power theft, according to the firm.

Hawk Eye would enable mobile phone users to report different types of crimes including service complaints.

With this, users could select crime types, capture and send videos, images or text messages of the crime, the firm said, adding that the crime report would be directed to the responsible security agencies for immediate response.

According to Kayode Aladesuyi, the Chairman, Web Assets Nigeria Limited, developers of the software, about 30 per cent of power loss in the country was attributable to power theft.

Aladesuyi also said that the software which has been placed for free download at the insistence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, would be applicable to other areas including security and financial crimes as it could be used to send reports to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

At the official launch of the software in Abuja, the acting Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. Anthony Akah, said the use of the software would enable electricity distribution companies in the country to record a significant decline in power theft and vandalism.

Akah, who was represented at the event by the Deputy General Manager, Engineering and Standards, Mr. Abdul Mohammed, said the app would transform the manual reporting system that was already established in the electricity industry by NERC.

He charged customers who complain about utility rates to keep an ‘eagle eye’ on neighbours illegally tapping into utility poles, thereby keying into the change agenda.

The Managing Director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya, expressed the confidence of the company in the new software to assist in checking crimes in the power sector.

He also said that the company was addressing the issue of dilapidated electricity distribution infrastructure in rural communities within the company’s area of coverage.

12 Communities Join Govt. to Eradicate Female Circumcision in Osun

Moves to eradicate genital mutilation (FGM) in Osun received a boost on Tuesday as 16 communities across four local governments declared their intentions to stop altogether female circumcision in their domains.
This was as the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed that the state must do everything possible to come out of its unfavourable highest ranking on the ladder of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria.
Aregbesola revealed this at the Female Genital Mutilation Abandonment Declaration Ceremony organised by the Shericare Foundation (SCARF), an initiative of the wife of the Governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola.
The communities that declared against FMG include Eko Ende, Eko Ajala, Iba, Asa, Iwo Oke, Ajagunlase, Alapata, Owode, Araromi in Ifelodun, Olaoluwa, Ede North and Orolu Logal Governments of the state.
The governor described Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a cultural practice of removing part of the female genital either as a customary rite of initiation into womanhood or as a check against promiscuity as harmful.
He stated that the harmful practice according to UNICEF is prevalent in developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia.
He said, “According to a February 2016 report by United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), there are records for 27 countries in Africa, including Somalia (96 per cent), Guinea (97 per cent), Djibouti (93 per cent), Egypt (91 per cent) and Sierra Leone (90 per cent) still practising FGM. From this same report, we learnt that as of 2013, 27.2 million women had undergone FGM in Egypt, 23.8 million in Ethiopia, and 20 million in Nigeria. In Indonesia, the prevalence rate for children under 11 years is 49 per cent, translating to 13.4 million.
“In Nigeria, six states top the list of where the practice is prevalent. These are Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Ebonyi, Imo and Lagos. FGM is deeply rooted in culture but flies in the face of common sense, decency, basic health and human right.
“The crux of this advocacy is to expunge it from our belief system. I am glad that we have the cooperation of our traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders and aficionados of arts and culture.
“The core changes must include that: one, it is no longer necessary as a cultural requirement, two, that it is indeed harmful and cruel physically and psychologically. The victims, we must note, are our daughters, sisters, aunties, cousins, nieces, wives and mothers.
“I do not see any other category closer and dearer to us than these and therefore do not deserve to be subjected to this hurtful practice any longer.”
In her welcome address, the wife of Osun Governor and President Sheri Care Foundation, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola, reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to achieving zero tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision in the state.
She said the Foundation has engaged in many activities towards boosting the awareness campaigns to end the harmful effects of Female Genital Mutilation and Circumcision in every nook and cranny of the state.
Alhaja Aregbesola disclosed that the Foundation has also committed itself to intensive advocacy to eradicate the traditional practice of FGM in the state through regular interface with a number of communities, public sensitisation, jingles sponsorship on radio, television stations as well as printing and circulation of the state law which makes it illegal for anyone to circumcise any female child or any woman in the state.
According to her, “The journey to today’s event started early 2015 when a team of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) officials visited our state as the meeting afforded us the opportunity to appreciate the necessity of collective efforts to wage an intensive and comprehensive awareness campaign on the dangers that continued practice of female circumcision bear for our female children, our women and our people in general.
“It is true that the practice of female circumcision was rooted in traditional and religious beliefs, but scientific findings have revealed that such beliefs are injurious to life”, she added.
Aregbesola attributed the public declaration of abandonment of FGM by twelve communities in the state as a manifestation of the efforts being made by the Foundation to abolish the menace.
She therefore appealed to the residents in the state to always abstain from the acts, saying female circumcision does not bear any positive fruit but rather a basket of dangers and sometimes death to the women.
Earlier, the Guest Speaker and the Head of Lagos Liaison Office, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Omolaso Omosehin, commended Governor Aregbesola for his continued support towards eradication of Female Genital Mutilation in the state.
He said the contribution of the state government has impacted positively towards putting an end to Female Genital Mutilation.
Describing the occasion as a timely, Omosehin said the forum was a reflection of symbolic commitment demonstrated by the state government of Osun to end Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of harmful traditional practices that impact negatively on women and girls and as well deprive them of reaching their maximum potential and contributing to the development of the state.
He said, “We recognise the ongoing efforts that the state government and other development actors are undertaking to accelerate the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation and Circumcision as these efforts are beginning to yield positive results.
“One of such is the abandonment of this harmful traditional practice in over twelve communities across four local governments that account for highest prevalence of FGM in the state. The reason for which this public declaration of abandonment ceremony was convened.
“We commend the efforts of leaders in championing the end of FGM campaign across the high burdened states in South-west Nigeria as we are aware that over 250 female babies born in these communities from April 2015 till date in Osun were not circumcised”.

Mimiko Owes Ondo An Apology By Adewale Giwa

In my previous article published by this revered media company on October 30, 2016, tagged “Mimiko’s Hope Dashed Before Election” attracted criticism from the camp of Governor Olusegun Mimiko. His boys bombarded me with different threat messages, insulting my personality through social media and phone calls. As I give kudos to this medium of reporting truth on daily happenings in Nigeria, I am bold to say that the administration of Mimiko, since 2009 and up till date, has brought nothing but hardship to the good people of Ondo State. If someone could go back to history and see how the great ‘Iroko’ of Ondo State emerged as governor through the instrumentality of law and peoples’ financial and moral supports, Mimiko should not have been the least governor in Ondo State since 1999 that has performed below expectations of the people.

One may have thought that having been part of the system since 1992, Mimiko ought to have studied different challenges confronting people of the state and finding a lasting solution to them. He was a Commissioner for Health and Social Services in January 1992 during the Nigerian Third Republic under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which had Bamidele Olumilua as elected Governor of Ondo State. Mimiko left the office in late 1993 as a result of the military coup d’état that terminated that Republic.

In 1999 also, Governor Mimiko was a Commissioner for Health during the administration of late Chief Adebayo Adefarati under Alliance for Democracy (AD) before he resigned in 2002 to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mimiko was a leading light of Chief Adefarati’ s administration that led prominent indigenes of Ondo State like late Chief Rufus Giwa, Dr. Akerele Adu, Dr. Olu Agunloye, Chief Yele Omogunwa, Senator Nimbe Farunkanmi, Dr. Awolowo Ajaka, Dr. Tayo Dairo, Chief Niyi Omodara, Mr. Tunji Ariyo, Chief Jise Akinmurele, Chief Bamidele Awosika, Col. Akin Falaye (Rtd.) among others to work against the second term governorship ambition of the late Adefarati.

All these people worked against the administration of AD to support PDP in ensuring Olusegun Agagu defeated Chief Adefarati (both late). In order to show appreciation to Governor Mimiko for what he did, the late Agagu appointed him the Secretary to the State Government, a position occupied till July 2005, when he was appointed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a Minister of the Federal Republic in charge of the Housing and Urban Development Ministry.

An adage in Yoruba says, “Omuntin Gbagbe Ise,” meaning, “A drunkard forgets being wretched.” Let me quickly break it down, in case you still do not understand what I intend to say. I do not know whether someone has experienced being poor in his life ever, before becoming rich. If you do and unfortunately forget the bitter experience or experiences you passed through when you were poor and start misbehaving to people, then the Yoruba will say “Omuntin Gbagbe Ise.” Because you are now rich, that makes you talk carelessly and allow the spirit of pride and arrogance to bestow on you. This can be linked to the nearly two decades administration of Dr. Mimiko.

If anyone should be described as a lucky politician in the political history of Ondo State, it is Governor Mimiko, the one whom people of the state stood by during hard-times. Despite calling the medical doctor by profession different names, that he was an indigene of Kogi State, and that Ondo State people should reject him when he was contesting the 2007 governorship election against late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, people still went ahead and massively voted for Mimiko.

Governor Mimiko came into power through the financial support of people, especially the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. Mimiko presented himself as a saint man who does not have a record of financial recklessness during his stay in different offices before becoming the governor. This quality Mimiko claims to have possessed made people, especially the Labour Party (LP) members to contribute financially from the unit, local government and state levels to support his governorship campaigns in 2007. Those who had no money to contribute went to different mountains to pray for the emergence of Governor Mimiko as governor of Ondo State.

The Ondo State of today is far worse than the Ondo State we had before the February 2009. It is a state that is wallowing in abject poverty. The government of Governor Mimiko inherited the sum of N38 billion from late Agagu’s government. Now that the governor’ s tenure is ending in February, people are anxious to know how much the outgoing administration will leave behind. It is on record that Agagu left a buoyant economy for Mimiko.

Today, it is a fact that the economy of the state is hemorrhaging and bleeding satanically. Presently, the administration of Governor Mimiko owes workers in the state 6 months salary, including the state government retirees who are now begging to survive. Almost 80% of the youths in the state are jobless as a result of the failure of the governor to resuscitate the moribund industries, which he promised to do when he was campaigning in 2007. Pundits argue that if these abandoned companies, namely: Oluwa Glasses at Igbokoda, Bolorunduro Timbers, Ifon ceramics, Arigidi Tomato Paste Factory, Okitipupa Oil Palms mill among others were to be revived, Ondo State would have become one of the best states in Nigeria.

Mimiko, who also campaigned against past governors to have abandoned the projects never shows any concern of reviving, at least one out of the companies. Many projects have gone down the drain since the administration of Governor Mimiko came into power. Those who say that promises are better not made than fail to keep them feel affronted on account of the failed promises allegedly made by Governor Mimiko while seeking for the votes of the people eight years ago.

The people of Ondo North and South are worst hit as the list shows important projects that could have impacted positively on their lives. They include, the Construction of Mother and Child Hospital in each local government area, the Arigidi Akoko Tomato Industry on which more than over N200 million has been spent, establishment of the Okeluse Cement Factory and empowerment of artisans, Ifon Ceramic Industry in Ose Local Government, the Alpha 3D Factory in Ikare among others.

Those projects abandoned by Mimiko in the Central Senatorial District also include the Akure township stadium, the multi-billion Naira Owena multipurpose dam, and the Idanre Golf Course, just to mention a few.

These projects are described as “people-oriented” which were on before Mimiko’s administration came and promised to resuscitate which it did not.

With just a few months till the end of his tenure, Governor Mimiko has allegedly awarded not less than N60 billion different contracts in the state. To crown it all, the governor recently launched Food Palliative Programmes, which according to him will cut across the 18 Local Government areas of Ondo State. Why is our governor embarking on these projects at late hours? Why has Mimiko failed to implement the gesture years ago? To the supporters of the governor, Mimiko is now demonstrating the good governance for the people, but to political pundits, he is leaving behind a huge debt for the in coming government.

With all aforementioned failed promises Governor Mimiko’s government never accomplished in Ondo State, the people of the state deserve an apology from him. It is also good to know that “Whatever you do will definitely speak after your exit.”

I Should Exit Nigeria- Soyinka

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has threatened to exit Nigeria as a response to the media harassment to which Nigerians have subjected him.

Speaking to reporters today at a media event held at Freedom Park on Lagos Island, Mr. Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature, said he was embarrassed to share a country with some “imbeciles and morons.”

He said, “I should not be exiting the United States but Nigeria because the people on behalf of whom one has struggled all one’s life can be so slavish in mentality as to start querying the right of their champion to free speech.”

He continued, “I am embarrassed to occupy the same space as some imbeciles and morons,” adding that the exit from Nigeria can be “internal” or “external”.

Mr. Soyinka, a retired professor from Obafemi Awolowo University and numerous universities in the U.K. and US, also threatened to move the residency of his foundation, the Wole Soyinka Foundation, out of Nigeria and dared anybody to criticize his decision.

“If the board agrees,” he said, “I will move the residency of my foundation out of the country,” he said.

Buhari to Present 2017 Budget to National Assembly Dec. 14th

With only few days left in the last quarter of the year, the federal government has proposed a budget of N7.28 trillion for the year 2017.

President Muhammadu Buhari is make an appearance and present the budget in joint session of the National Assembly on December 14.

The proposed budget represents an increase of ‎about 19.95 per cent over the 2016 Appropriation of N6.07 trillion.

According to sources , details of the proposed appropriation are based on crude oil benchmark price of $42.5 per barrel and a daily crude oil production estimates at about 2.2 million barrels per day.
Besides, the source said the government pegged the exchange rate at N305 to the dollar.
In the 2016 Budget, crude oil benchmark price was put at $38 per barrel, while production level was 2.2 million barrels per day.‎
However, following attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region by militant groups led by the Niger Delta Avengers, the production estimates were altered, after the level dropped by a third of the capacity, before rising later to about 1.19 million barrels per day.

“The 2017 Budget is ready and has been considered by the Executive council of the Federation. A total spending of N7.28 trillion is being proposed for ‎2017,” the official, who asked not to be named, because of the sensitive nature of the information said on Tuesday in Abuja.

“Next year’s budget was also predicated on an exchange rate of N305 to a dollar. The figure was the prevailing exchange rate as at the time the 2016-19 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) was prepared in August 2016,” the official said.

The president has a sent a letter informing the National Assembly of his readiness to present the budget.
“We are waiting for the leadership of the National Assembly to communicate back to the President by confirming the date for him to make his presentation to the two houses,” the official said.
A copy of the 2017 Budget‎ as disclosed revealed that government proposed N2.078 trillion as capital expenditure and N2.9 trillion as recurrent expenditure.
The 2017 capital and recurrent expenditures rose by 15.44 per cent ‎and 9.43 per cent over the 2016 Appropriation figures of N1.8 trillion and N2.65 trillion respectively.

Further review of the detailed provisions showed was no allocation was made for new minimum wage or salary increment for government workers in the proposed budget for next year.
The government, however‎, retained the social intervention programme of N500 billion in the 2017 Budget to cushion the negative impact of the current economic recession.

“I don’t think we should be talking about salary increment or new minimum wage. What will really assist Nigerians and the workers are thee social intervention programmes and investments in infrastructure government is current embarking upon.

“Most of the government policies are targeted at reducing unemployment and poverty, while creating wealth. These are areas of benefits for ‎Nigerians and the workers, which are of concern to the government,” the official said.
He however declined requests for more details on government domestic and foreign borrowing plans ‎in the 2017 Budget, saying the details would be provided by the President during the budget presentation.

‎But, another top official of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning who also asked not to be named, as he was not authorised to speak on the issue, revealed the president would launch a new economic recovery and growth plan for the country before the end of December 2016.
The official said the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, would brief the National Assembly on Tuesday on the new ‎economic recovery and growth plan.
“This is a long term economic plan for the nation. It is a more comprehensive economic plan to marshal out roadmap to turn around the economy and reposition Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development. It is not just about growth, it encompasses development,” the official explained.