Again, Osun offers free train for Christmas, New Year holiday makers

To lessen the financial burden of transportations during the yuletide, the government of Osun has offered to provide free Christmas and New year train services for its citizens‎ who would want to return home to celebrate with their relatives.

The Director of Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon disclosed this in Osogbo, the state capital on Sunday.

Okanlawon stressed that the free train service is in continuation of the commitment of Aregbesola’s administration to making life more meaningful for the people of the state.

He added that the free train ride would be offered between Thursday and Sunday of Christmas and New year, urging indigenes of Osun to maximise the opportunity.

According to him, “The train would, by 11.00 A.M on Thursday the 24th of December 2015, convey people from Lagos to Osogbo. The return journey to Lagos from Osogbo will be Sunday the 27th of December by 11 A.M.

“The train will also resume the services of conveying people from Lagos to Osogbo for the New year celebration by 11 A.M Thursday December 31st 2014 and by same 11 A.M on Sunday 3rd of January 2016 return to Lagos from Osogbo”.

Okanlawon said the gesture by the Aregbesola-led administration is aimed at facilitating a stress-free homecoming for the people during the celebrations.

FREE TRAIN
Free train ride

The state government had, since 2011, been making such similar arrangements for people of the state, to travel home during festive seasons.

The gesture had according to the Nigerian Railway Corporations, helped many Nigerians to restore their hope in the viability of railway as a reliable means of transportation in the country.

While wishing Christmas and New year holiday makers successful journey back home, the statement urged them to take advantage of their homecoming to have a feel of the developments of the state and various tourists sites that abound in the state.

SOURCE: NEWS AT 247

Aregbesola pays N302 million to owners of houses affected by road construction

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has on Wednesday paid compensation worth over N302 million to people whose property will be separated due to the ongoing road construction of Olaiya/Ita Olokan in Osogbo.

The Governor stated that his administration will not renege on his electioneering promises to make life meaningful and abundant for the people of the state.

Aregbesola who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Titi-Laoye gave the reassurance while distributing cheques worth N302,966,974.02 to the affected families along the ongoing road construction of Olaiya/Ita Olokan Road at the state capital.

He held that his administration will leave no stone unturned at making life more pleasant, comfortable, meaningful and prosperous for the
citizenry in spite of the current dwindling allocation to the state from the Federation Account.

Aregbesola disclosed that his administration has expended over N2billion so far as compensation to people whose property and belongings were separated from the main roads since his inception.

The Governor added that his government had really proved to the world what infrastructural development is all about.

He noted that all his administrative policies and
programmes are aimed at promoting the general wellbeing of the citizenry, stating that all the ongoing projects would be completed
before the expiration of his administration.

Aregbesola stressed that the only panacea to the negative effects of current economic hardship was for government at all levels to see the need to improve their state Internally Generated Revenue through tax payment.

He enjoined all and sundry to assist government by paying their tax, while admonishing beneficiaries to use the money judiciously by getting a more comfortable shelter.

The Governor said, “It is important to explain the funding of this project, in the history of Osun, no government has surpassed our record in term of welfare of the workers, the records are there, despite the financial challenges, we are struggling hard to meet our obligations regarding the payment of workers salaries but that will not be a justification to ignore other critical areas that directly affected our people”.

“When we came to office in 2010, we enacted a law which will allow us save10 percent of the total revenue of the state for the incoming generations and when things appeared difficult, we approached the State House of Assembly to amend the law in other to access the savings to fund this road project which is critical to the economic development of the state”.

“Since inception we have paid over N1 Billion to the people affected by separation within and outside the state capital, the disbursement is not in any way easy but as a government we have responsibilities to pay compensation to those who have genuine claims to reduce their suffering”. The governor emphasised.

Speaking earlier, the Ataoja of Osogbo Land, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji commended the state governor for the rapid development of the state capital which he described as unprecedented since the creation of the state and urged the affected people to cooperate with government.

PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION (4): Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Represented by his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, presenting the Compensation Check to Mr Busari Saheed, during the Payment of Compensation to the people affected by the Reconstruction of Orita Olaiya, Asubiaro, Isale-Osun and Ita Olookan Road, Osogbo By Ogbeni, at Laro-Timehin Middle School Isale Osun on Wednesday 16-12-2015.
PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION (4): Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Represented by his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, presenting the Compensation Check to Mr Busari Saheed, during the Payment of Compensation to the people affected by the Reconstruction of Orita Olaiya, Asubiaro, Isale-Osun and Ita Olookan Road, Osogbo By Ogbeni, at Laro-Timehin Middle School Isale Osun on Wednesday 16-12-2015.

PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION (3): Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, tepresented by his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, presenting the Compensation Check to Alhaja Fausat Salam, during the Payment of Compensation to the people affected by the reconstruction of Orita Olaiya, Asubiaro, Isale-Osun and Ita Olookan Road, Osogbo, at Laro-Timehin Middle School Isale Osun on Wednesday 16-12-2015.
PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION (3): Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, tepresented by his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, presenting the Compensation Check to Alhaja Fausat Salam, during the Payment of Compensation to the people affected by the reconstruction of Orita Olaiya, Asubiaro, Isale-Osun and Ita Olookan Road, Osogbo, at Laro-Timehin Middle School Isale Osun on Wednesday 16-12-2015.
PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION (2): Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Represented by his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (left) Presenting the Compensation Check to the Olori Baale Isale-Osun, Chief Saliu Moniade (2nd right). With them is  the Ataoja of Osogbo Land, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, during the Payment of Compensation to the poeple affected by the Reconstruction of Orita Olaiya, Asubiaro, Isale-Osun and Ita Olookan Road, Osogbo, at Laro-Timehin Middle School Isale Osun on Wednesday 16-12-2015.
PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION (2): Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Represented by his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (left) Presenting the Compensation Check to the Olori Baale Isale-Osun, Chief Saliu Moniade (2nd right). With them is the Ataoja of Osogbo Land, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, during the Payment of Compensation to the poeple affected by the Reconstruction of Orita Olaiya, Asubiaro, Isale-Osun and Ita Olookan Road, Osogbo, at Laro-Timehin Middle School Isale Osun on Wednesday 16-12-2015.

PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION (1): Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (2nd right); Former Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Architect Muyiwa Ige (left); the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun (2nd left) and wife of the Baale of Isale-Osun, Chief Saliu Moniade, dring the Payment of Compensation to the people affected by the reconstruction of Orita Olaiya, Asubiaro, Isale-Osun and Ita Olookan Road, Osogbo, at Laro-Timehin Middle School Isale Osun on Wednesday 16-12-2015.
PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION (1): Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (2nd right); Former Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Architect Muyiwa Ige (left); the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun (2nd left) and wife of the Baale of Isale-Osun, Chief Saliu Moniade, dring the Payment of Compensation to the people affected by the reconstruction of Orita Olaiya, Asubiaro, Isale-Osun and Ita Olookan Road, Osogbo, at Laro-Timehin Middle School Isale Osun on Wednesday 16-12-2015.

He said those who lost property have paid utmost sacrifice for development adding that their family will be remembered for life in the history of Osogbo land.

Adepoju Almorruf commended the transparent process of the compensation and assured the government of maximum cooperation of the resident in the process of the construction.

Buhari, Zuma Discuss MTN’s $5.2Bn Fine in S/Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari and President Jacob Zuma, his South African counterpart, are to meet in Johannesburg this week to discuss MTN’s $5.2 billion fine.

Both leaders are expected to meet to discuss the fine on the side-lines of the Forum of China-Africa Co-operation on December 4-5 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Nigeria’s SIM card registration process is created to curb terror and criminal threats in the country.

Sunday Times, a South African newspaper, reported that the China-Africa forum would provide robust discussions on trade.

The news of the planned meeting comes after Nigerian officials this week said that Buhari would make the final decision on the fine.

The Nigerian Communications Commission slapped the telco with a hefty 1.04 trillion naira fine (or $5.2bn) for allegedly failing to adhere to the body’s instruction to cut off all unregistered sim cards.

Sifiso Dabengwa, MTN’s group chief executive officer subsequently quit while the company’s former CEO, Phuthuma Nhleko, was then appointed as executive chairperson and charged with the responsibility of tackling the fine.

The fine, which Denmark-based Strand Consult said is the biggest of its kind in history, has rattled the South African headquartered MTN whose share price shed about fifth of its value amid the penalty. Over the past year, it is trading down by 31,2%.

SOURCE: NIGERIA COMMUNICATIONS WEEK

Ailing economy: Aregbesola, Ajimobi identify agriculture as panacea …say agriculture remains the largest employer of labour

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his Oyo State counterpart, Senator Abiola Ajimobi have urged Nigerians to see agriculture as a better alternative to oil in the resuscitation of the country’s ailing economy.

The Governors stated this in their separate speeches during the seventh Annual Lecture of Nigeria Association of Muslim Law Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun.

The duo noted that agriculture remains the largest employer of labour hence the need for individuals and government at all levels to encourage agriculture in a bid to revamp the dwindling economic fortune of Nigeria.

Aregbesola said since oil has been selling for less than $40 for the past months, it is quite predictable that the figures for November, when it is ready, would have dropped again.

The Governor comparing the present situation when Osun collected N55.8 million to 2013 when the average money distributed to states from the federation accounts was in excess of N800 billion, said Osun’s average allocation then was N3.6 billion.

According to him, “While our monthly wage bill is N3.6billion, the highest amount we have received this year alone was N2.1 billion. It went as low as N466 million in April while the figure for September was N55 million.

“Don’t think this is a problem for the states alone. The Federal Government under the last PDP administration had to borrow N476 billion from commercial banks to pay salaries of some of its workers (not all) for the last four months of that better forgotten tenure.

“We did not make this up. This statement came from the administration’s Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.The implication is that governments will be under a lot of strain to pay salaries, sustain themselves and embark on meaningful projects for the citizens.

“This also mean that employment in the public sector will be frozen. If this trend continues, it is a recipe for social upheaval and a mortal threat to the survival of the Nigerian state.Given that oil is volatile. Some unforeseen conflict in the Middle East might trigger price surge and change this scenario altogether.

“However, what we are sure of is that Iran will soon add to the oil glut once the sanctions on it are lifted and increasing research and innovations in alternative energy sources will continue to reduce demand for oil and push further down the price.

He noted that the current economic challenges is an opportunity for government to urgently diversify the economy and break the monopoly of oil, adding that it will also be an opportunity to explore other areas like agriculture, solid minerals, communication technology and services.

“If we respond to this challenge appropriately, the creative energy of our people, especially the youth, will be activated and unleashed. This will lead to increased productivity and wealth creation on a scale we have never witnessed before.

“While it may appear difficult, it is not undoable. The ancient counsel remains, that no matter how far one has gone on a wrong path, the right thing to do is to turn back, if one is to get to the destination. No one can get out of a pit by continuing to dig deeper. One must stop digging”. Aregbesola emphasised.

He maintained that the time has come for government at all levels to come up with value-adding agriculture to re-engineer the socio-political and economic structures of Nigeria.

Governor Ajimobi who was the Guest Speaker spoke on a topic titled “State Financing and Over-dependence on Oil: Issues and challenges” identified a number of factors responsible for the on-going financial crisis in the country.

He called for true federalism as being practiced in advanced countries of the world, saying it is abnormal in any true federalism for any tier to be financially incapacitated as being experienced in the country.

Ajimobi stated that out of the 36 states in the federal structure, not as many as five could survive without federal allocation, saying apart from Rivers, Lagos, Enugu, Delta, Katsina, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Bayelsa State, which have tried to balance their budgets since creation, all the other States have had to depend more on Federal Government for survival.

He said, “Ordinarily, states are supposed to make use of their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for recurrent expenditure while statutory allocations are to take care of capital expenditure; but the reverse is pathetically the case currently.

“The current scenario whereby IGR and statutory allocation combined are not sufficiently for states to meet their financial obligations is indeed unfortunate. This has resorted to a situation whereby most states cannot generate the required funds needed to pay workers’ salaries.

“Government at the centre is currently assigned 52.68 percent of Federation Account revenues, including 7.5 percent of the account originally earmarked for “Special” projects like the development of the Federal Capital Territory and the amelioration of national ecological emergencies.

“The state and the localities, on the other hand, respectively get 26.72 and 20.60 percent of Federation Account revenues. Nonetheless, over-dependence on oil has made nonsense of this Allocation Formula and what is allocated to each tier except the Federal Government.

“The problem of this heavy dependence on the oil sector, started as far back as 1992 when global crude oil prices started fluctuating from $18.4 to $61 per barrel in 2006 and reached $115.05 per barrel by June 2014. Beyond these latent facts, bureaucratic and political corruption combined have crippled a number of states financially”. He lamented.

Ajimobi said the agricultural sector that has been neglected for long on what he described as “black gold” should be revamped to enhance food security, reduce importation of food items and engage able-bodied citizens who are presently either out rightly unemployed or under-employed.

He implored the students to imbibe the spirit of positive leadership qualities by joining the train of development as they explore technology positively to advance in the current and future world.

ANNOUNCEMENTS! OSUN PARTICIPATES IN PLANNED CSDP AND YESSO JOINT MISSION OF THE WORLD BANK

Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) is a World Bank assisted program of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The State of Osun is amongst other States of the Federation participating in the implementation of YESSO.

The support operation is in line with the World Bank and Nigeria’s commitment to poverty reduction by permitting the poor to access increased opportunities for youth employment and social service delivery.

YESSO is supporting existing institutions to help strengthen capacities for poverty alleviation.

OSUN OYES Commandante - Retired Col. Eniibukun Oyewole
OSUN OYES Commandante – Retired Col. Eniibukun Oyewole

Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is also a World Bank assisted project aimed at improving access to services for Human Development.

The project is expected to have positive impact with respect to human development outcomes through the financing of social and economic common goods as well as upward and downward accountability between communities and Local Government Areas and State.

WORLD BANK COMES TO OSUN NEXT WEEK
In line with the foregoing, the World Bank is coming to Osun for CDSP and YESSO joint supervision mission on the 18th and 19th of November 2015.

Mission objective is to support government on specific implementation and technical aspects related to on-going projects. This will include helping government in assessing progress on the agreed operation action plans in participating States.

The team is to be led by Dr Wale Oni from the World Bank and would be co-hosted by CSDP and YESSO.

‘Femi Ifaturoti
Coordinator, Osun YESSO
On behalf of CSDP and YESSO

Belgium Is The EU ‘Capital’ For ISIS Fighters

In the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, police arrested seven suspects in the Molenbeek district of Brussels. According to data compiled by RFE/RL, Belgium has contributed the most fighters to the so-called Islamic State of any EU nation on a per capita basis. RFE/RL estimate that there are 40 fighters per million Belgian inhabitants present in Syria and Iraq. Jordan, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia are the top three nations worldwide for supplying the so-called Islamic State with foreign fighters, contributing 315, 280 and 107 per million people respectively.

This chart shows the estimated number of foreign fighters per capita in 2015 (per million people).

BELGIUM IS EU CAPITAL OF ISIS FIGHTERS
BELGIUM IS EU CAPITAL OF ISIS FIGHTERS

– from Niall McCarthy

SOURCE: STATISTA

We’ll leave lasting legacy in education in Osun, …To name new school after Soyinka

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has on Wednesday said his administration will leave no stone unturned in giving Osun a legacy of an enhanced environment of learning‎ obtainable in any advanced country of the world.

This was even as the Association of Primary Schools Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) lauded the educational policies and programmes initiated by the Osun State Government under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The governor stated this while receiving an Award of Excellence from the Association of Primary school Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) in Osogbo.‎

Aregbesola noted that his government has come to the realisation that school environment largely determine the quality and character of students produced.

He stressed that as part of his administration’s commitment to the development of education in the state, government will be putting forward for use a High school facilty with the capacity of 3,000 students named after Prof. Wole Soyinka in Ejigbo on Monday‎

He thanked the Association for finding the state worthy of being the host of her National convention, contrary to adversarial media impression.

The Governor held that Osun is a safe haven and the best place for the meeting of serious minds, saying It is peaceful, safe and endowed with the beauty of nature in its grandeur. ‎

Aregbesola added that education has been a major policy thrust of his government in Osun since the inception of our administration and the reason for the considerable amount of resources and effort spent on education.‎

According to the Governor, “un‎doubtedly, education is also a common denominator between us; it is a passion we both share and it is my great desire that we both take it to a great level. On our part, we have given our possible best to education and will continue to do so.

“We are therefore building state of the art 100 elementary schools. The idea behind this is that there should be an elementary public school in every neighbourhood. We are also building 50 middle and 20 high schools. Out of these, 14 elementary schools, 15 middle schools and 11 high schools have been completed.

“Work is ongoing on the rest and they are at different stages of completion. It is our sincere hope that we shall complete them before the end of our tenure.

“On Monday, we are going to present our model high school, named after a worthy Nigerian and a great educationist himself, Prof Wole Soyinka. It is a school in a class of its own, that will accommodate 3,000 pupils, with full learning infrastructure”. The governor told the gathering.‎

The Association through its National President, Alhaji Mahmud Lawal commended the governor. For his giant stride in Education.

From left - Deputy Governor State of Osun, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, National President, Association of Primary Schools Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Alhaji Mahmud Lawal and Ataoja of Osogbo Land, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, during the Conferment of Award of Excellence in Basic Education to the Governor by AOPSHON, at GMT Events Centre, Ring Road Area, Osogbo on Wednesday 18/11/2015
From left – Deputy Governor State of Osun, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, National President, Association of Primary Schools Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Alhaji Mahmud Lawal and Ataoja of Osogbo Land, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, during the Conferment of
Award of Excellence in Basic Education to the Governor by AOPSHON, at GMT Events Centre, Ring Road Area, Osogbo on Wednesday 18/11/2015

From right-  National President, Association of Primary Schools Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Alhaji Mahmud Lawal, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his Deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori and Senior Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Special Duties, Dr Amaka Akudo, during the Conferment of Award of Excellence in Basic Education to Governor Aregbrsola by AOPSHON, at GMT Events Centre, Ring Road Area, Osogbo on Wednesday 18/11/2015.
From right- National President, Association of Primary Schools Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Alhaji Mahmud Lawal, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his Deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori and Senior Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Special Duties, Dr Amaka Akudo, during the Conferment of Award of Excellence in Basic Education to Governor Aregbrsola by AOPSHON, at GMT Events Centre, Ring Road Area, Osogbo on Wednesday 18/11/2015.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Ataoja of Osogbo Land, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, during the Conferment of Award of Excellence in Basic Education to the Governor AOPSHON, at GMT Events Centre, Ring Road Area, Osogbo on Wednesday 18/11/2015.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Ataoja of Osogbo Land, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, during the Conferment of Award of Excellence in Basic Education to the Governor AOPSHON, at GMT Events Centre, Ring Road Area, Osogbo on Wednesday 18/11/2015.

Senior Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Special Duties, Dr Amaka Akudo Presenting an Award of Excellence to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, on behalf of the Association of Primary Schools Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), at GMT Events Centre, Ring Road Area, Osogbo on Wednesday 18/11/2015.
Senior Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Special Duties, Dr Amaka Akudo Presenting an Award of Excellence to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, on behalf of the Association of Primary Schools Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), at GMT Events Centre, Ring Road Area, Osogbo on Wednesday 18/11/2015.

He described the state educational policies as one of the best in the world, saying Governor Aregbesola has bridged the wider gap between the public and private education in the country.

Alhaji Lawal who identified with the state government on the current economic situation lauded Aregbesola for his unwavering support to quality education as he has provided a smooth template and conducive academic environment for pupils and students across the state.

He averred that in spite the current financial challenges being encountered by the present administration, the state didn’t deter from all the programmes embarked upon.

The (AOPSHON) National President contented that the state government has been building its educational policies on the solid rock of academic transformation, success and development which according to him has manifested in the quality of its pupils and students.

He said the provision of viable educational sector in the state has significantly translated into what he described as vibrant basic education knowledge acquisition which according to remain the best stage of learning.

According to him ” Osun State deserves a worthwhile commendation and encomium especially on its giant strides and laudable achievements in educational sector which had earned it several accolades and international recognition.

“Though our coming to Osun State was primarily to hold our annual National Seminar/Workshop and as well acknowledge the trends of general development and immense contributions of the current government in education most importantly elementary education.

“we have identified primary education as the most essential part of human life which must not be ignored by any serious government as it sets pace for subsequent knowledge acquisition and academic qualifications.

RECORD-BREAKING: Nigerian solves 156-Year-old problem in Maths FOR $1 MILLION DOLLARS

The 156 years old Riemann Hypothesis, the most important problem in Mathematics has been successfully solved by Nigeria Scholar, Dr Opeyemi Enoch.

With this breakthrough, Dr Enoch, who teaches at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), has become the fourth egghead to resolve one of the seven Millennium Problems in Mathematics.

The Kogi State-born mathematician had, before now, worked on mathematical models and structures for generating electricity from sound, thunder and Oceanic bodies.

A statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday said Dr Enoch presentation of the Proof on November 11, 2015 during the International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science in Vienna, Austria becomes more symbolic coming on the exact day and month 156 years after the problem was delivered by a German Mathematician in 1859.

The Riemann Zeta Hypothesis is one of the seven Millennium problems set forth by the Clay Mathematics Institute with a million Dollar reward for each solved problem for the past 16 years.

According to the statement, “Dr Enoch first investigated and then established the claims of Riemann. He went on to Consider and to correct the misconceptions that were communicated by Mathematicians in the past generations, thus paving way for his solutions and proofs to be established.

“He also showed how other problems of this kind can be formulated and obtained the matrix that Hilbert and Poly predicted will give these undiscovered solutions. He revealed how these solutions are applicable in cryptography, quantum information science and in quantum computers,” it stated.

Nigerian solves 156-Year-old problem in Maths - Riemann Zeta Hypothesis
Nigerian solves 156-Year-old problem in Maths – Riemann Zeta Hypothesis

Three of the problems had been solved and the prizes given to the winners. This makes it the fourth to be solved of all the seven problems.

Dr Enoch had previously designed a Prototype of a silo for peasant farmers and also discovered a scientific technique for detecting and tracking someone on an evil mission.

Enoch has succeeded in inventing methods by which oil pipelines can be protected from vandalism and he is currently working on Mathematical approaches to Climate Change

SOURCE: VANGUARD

Osun resumes distribution of Opon Imo in schools

*As Aregbesola gets kudos for landmark education achievements

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has on Friday said that his administration will not be deterred in its resolve to take education in the state to a greater height.

The governor stated this ‎in Ede during the second phase of flag-off and distribution of tablets of knowledge across the public secondary schools in the state.

‎Aregbesola who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Lawrence Oyeniran described the intervention of the E-stand-alone tablet of knowledge as a fundamental breakthrough in education in the state.‎

He said “Opon Imo” is a serious achievement by his administration in education intervention and innovation that has received various commendations globally.

The Governor added that his government came up with this innovation to ensure better improvement in both internal and external examinations which he said had suffered a serious setback before his assumption in office.

Aregbesola disclosed that the distribution of the computer device will cut across the SSS 3 students in all the public schools in the state.

“We are here at Adventist High School, Ede to kick off the distribution of Tablets of Knowledge known as “Opon Imo” to all the high school students across the state of Osun.

“The tablets of knowledge which is acknowledged both nationally and internationally is a tablet that makes teaching and learning easier in our state.

“We request our students to make good and judicious use of it because it is a great opportunity for them to have a computer based tablets of knowledge to assist their learning technique.

OPON IMO 2ND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCED IN OSUN STATE
OPON IMO 2ND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCED IN OSUN STATE

OPON IMO 2ND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCES IN OSUN STATE
OPON IMO 2ND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCES IN OSUN STATE
OPON IMO 2ND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCES IN OSUN
OPON IMO 2ND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCES IN OSUN
OPON IMO SECOND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCED IN OSUN STATE
OPON IMO SECOND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCED IN OSUN STATE

OPON IMO SECOND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCES IN OSUN
OPON IMO SECOND PHASE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS COMMENCES IN OSUN

“Aside from that, both principal and subject teachers should be enjoined to ensure that they give the desired guidance to the students on the proper use of Opon Imo in the sense that whoever for any reason among the beneficiaries (students) misapply its uses, it will attract N50,000 fine and this is backup by legislation of the Osun State House of Assembly.

“The distribution will go round the entire three senatorial districts of Osun State”, he said.

Commenting on why the first distributed Tablets of Knowledge were retrieved from the students, he said it was done to upgrade, repackage and give those students who have been promoted to SSS 3 class the equal opportunity to use the e-learning device.

“After a session, we retrieved those materials for upgrading, re packaging and repair because it was obvious that some of these materials might have been damaged by the beneficiaries since they are not meant for keep by the students.

“In as much as it is a tablet that is meant for generation yet unborn, there is need for both government and the students to see it as a valuable assets need to be carefully preserved and protected.

“Its use is mainly for students who are successfully promoted to SSS 3 class and these electronic device would be used for West African Senior School Certificate Examination(WASSCE), National Examination Council Examination (NECO), and Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME).

On the significant impact of Opon Imo since its introduction, Governor Aregbesola said since the advent of the electronic gadgets which serve as crucial educational intervention, the performance of students across the state has tremendously improved in terms of results and academic prizes.

He said, “When you look at the status of our education in terms of our students WAEC results, Academic accolades and performances in the past before the advent of ‘Opon Imo’ by juxtaposing it with the current situation in the education sector, there is no doubt in the fact that we have improved geometrically and purposefully.

“Our landmark achievents on education has been manifested in the quality of public school products.

“Spontaneous development has been recorded since the intervention of this technological initiative of our administration as our students results have improved through the academic tools being given to them, while their performance has been on the increase.

He charged the school principals of all the public schools in the state to convene meetings and interactive sections with parents of their students on the need to assist their wards on proper protection and preservation of the device given to them.

Aregbesola said, “There is need for the parents of our students to be properly oriented and enlightened on the carefully use of the Opon Imo because some students are very careless to the extent that they may misapply or misuse the device outside what it was meant for.

“The era whereby students can just misapply the opportunity given to them through tablets of knowledge has gone because there is a law being enacted by the State House of Assembly prohibiting such act and whoever breaches it would face the consequences.

“Therefore, our parents must be properly schooled and enlightened on the good maintenance of this device. They must be guided on its better uses as they are expected to take it as an essential commodity, because it is not for students to keep, they will use it and pass it on to those behind them after graduation.‎

Take Dasuki To A Hospital In Sambisa

For several days the Nigerian government and it’s Office of National Security headed by Sambo Dasuki, refused to admit that 234 pure girls from Chibok had been kidnapped. While the Civilian-JTF had risked all, trailing the terrorists to the edges of Sambisa as we exclusively reported then, Nigeria’s security agencies and army in spite of having hours of prior warning, not only failed to ward off the kidnap but did nothing to rescue the girls.

The Nigerian government during the horrific Dasuki era in attempting to mislead the public on the kidnapped girls put out a reckless and insanely wicked and heartless message, further jeopardizing the safety of the girls, that all but eight of the girls had been freed. This lie lasted a few hours till a parent of an abducted girl loudly denounced it.

Thanks to a series of brutal failures of the Dasuki administration that has been accused of being so embroiled in corruption, using the cover of the Boko Harma terror war to loot billions of dollars meant for kitting the army, the Chibok girls are no where to be found today; some are said to have died, some have been forcefully married with many having had kids from that and also out of wedlock, some sold and all other types of sad fates have befallen the rest.

The Chibok girls have been attended to in hospitals in Sambisa forest if at all. This is where Dasuki should be sent for his medical therapy. He should be treated with those drug sachets we see on the jungle floors in pictures of raided camps.

Dasuki has been a part of Nigeria’s governments for at least 20 years added up. His step brother, Gusau has been a part of governments for as long or longer. These are the people who make up 30 years of Nigeria’s pain via PDP godfathers (14 years of military misrule-IBB et al) and also have been part of PDP sons’ (the past 16 years of PDP democratic misrule-GEJ/OBJ) administrations. These are the people who have ensured that there are no standard hospitals in Nigeria this 2015. These are the people who have deprived us of security, progress and the luxury of reasonable comfort and hope in Nigeria.

How many of us can afford to travel abroad when our health ails? How many of us can afford to eat three square meals in the wrecked nation that Dasuki and co have left us? Truth is, everyone from Jonathan’s administration or who supported him and his party is guilty until proven innocent.

DASUKI
DASUKI

It is unbelievable and a big shame that Dasuki has the effrontery to request leave to travel abroad to be treated. What nonsense! Where is it in Nigeria’s constitution that a suspect, charged with treason should be allowed to travel abroad for health purposes? Does he know what treason is?

Dasuki is a national security threat. He can or should only be allowed abroad if it is to go and receive his capital sentencing for wrecking Nigeria’s capacity to defend its territory and allowing over 100,000 Nigerians to be killed in the hands of Boko Haram, over 2 million to be displaced and the Chibok girls to be so destroyed for the only “crime” of going to school.

I pray the Department of State Security realizes the violation of allowing an individual charged with being a national security threat and risk, and of treason, to travel abroad. Dasuki should be the last Nigerian allowed to travel abroad for “health” purposes.

As it is for the poor, so it must be for the rich, else the wrath of God will continue to be on Nigeria and we will continue to see deadly chaos from north to south and west to east.

Crying like a baby, “eyaa eyaaa eyaaa, I want to go abroad to see white doctor… eyaa eyaa eyaa!”

Onye’ala like yourself!

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: [email protected] Twitter: @EveryNigerian

SOURCE: NEWS247

MTN $5.2Bn Fine: No-Nonsense New Communications Minister Vows to Ensure Compliance

Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, yesterday, has vowed to ensure strict compliance with the $5.2billion fine imposed on MTN Nigeria by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) for failing to deactivate 5.2 million unregistered SIM users.

MTN has November 16 deadline to pay the fine billion or face other sanctions.

Shittu, at a dinner organised in his honour by his friends, said his primary concern is the interest of Nigeria and said that “Every country has its laws and regulations and once you violate those laws, you pay what you are supposed to pay. The regulatory authorities fined them and I don’t think they are challenging that fine, so I don’t think I have any role to play other than ensuring that that regulation is enforced to the letter.”

He further stated that, “the interest of Nigeria is most important. I am aware that MTN operates in about 18 countries, but from Nigeria alone, they make more than 50 percent of their profit. So, I don’t think they are going to complain about the fine because they know that they have violated Nigeria’s laws and they know that effect follows cause. So, something has happened, consequences have arisen and the rule of law requires that you obey.”

On what he hopes to bring on board as the Communications minister, he said, “Petroleum has been the source of our mainstay as a nation over the years. Previously it was agriculture, but over the last 20 or 25 years, it has been petroleum.

MTN - EVERYTIME YOU FOUL, EVERYTIME YOU PAY
MTN – EVERYTIME YOU FOUL, EVERYTIME YOU PAY

I believe that with our population of over 170 million, about a quarter of which is patronising or subscribing to telecommunication services which can be a huge source of revenue to the Nigerian economy in the next couple of years, because these services are very invaluable services, that people readily pay for even when those services being paid for are not totally satisfactory.”

He stressed that he would work towards improvement in the quality of telecommunications services as well as ensuring that Nigeria makes multiples of what it is currently making from telecommunication services.

On what Nigerians should expect in the next 90 days, he said there would be improvement in services and revenue generation into the national coffers.

Going through is background, he said he qualified as a lawyer in 1975 and “consistently I have been in politics, but this is the highest position I have ever held. I have been a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly; I have been a commissioner twice- 1983 and 2007.

That is at the state level. Again, I have been in Federal Government committees, but to be appointed as a minister of the Federal Republic, I feel very happy; I feel fulfilled and I thank God that he has brought today.”

SOURCE: NIGERIA COMMUNICATIONS WEEK