Burna Boy Releases Visuals For ‘Mandem Anthem’

Burna-BoyReggae dance hall singer, Burna boy, has released the visuals for his new joint, titled ‘Mandem Anthem’

The Caribbean influenced video, was directed by Director Q, and is already getting rave reviews as a must listen ‘feel good’ song.

The act recently headlined the Native Festival, which took place at Victoria Island Lagos, alongside super stars, YCee, Uk artist, Skepta, among others.

Listen up and enjoy.

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017

Resident Doctors, FMC Owerri, StrikeThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has advised the Federal Government to urgently wade into the lingering crises in the health sector to the avert impending strike by doctors.

NARD issued a three-week strike notice that would lapse on January 2, 2017.

The Public Relations Officer, NARD, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa branch, Dr. Ugoeze Asinobi, said that the doctors had shelved the planned strike three times in the past four months and are bent on going on strike as from January 2.

The doctors are agitating for a uniform template for the Residency Programme, infrastructure for tertiary health facilities, proper grading of doctors and payment of outstanding salaries, among other issues.

According to Asinobi: “We don’t want strike, but we are going to resort to it again.

“The Residency Programme is fundamental to effective health care, given the dearth of manpower as the country has less than 20 per cent of required experts.

“Each time the ultimatum expires, we shift it in the hope that things would be made right within the time given, but it is now obvious the Ministry officials are insincere.

“The issues we go on strike for are always the same issues and we are resolute to withdraw services come January 2, 2017, if our concerns are not addressed.

“One wonders if health ministry officials are sabotaging the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari on purpose, as their brazen and blatant disregard to the most basic institutional needs of the major workhorses of the health sector leaves a lot to be desired.

“Their attitude leaves one bewildered as sabotage appears to be the only logical explanation,” he stated.

Furthermore, he alleged that officials of Federal Ministry of Health are playing politics with the lives of Nigerians as they are insensitive and disconnected from the realities the masses were facing in their daily lives.

“NARD frowns at the wastage in building new primary health centres, rather than rehabilitating, equipping and staffing existing ones with requisite manpower”.

“Resident doctors have always embraced dialogue and discussions in finding lasting solutions, but it is obvious that our commitment to peace and industrial harmony is yet to be reciprocated”.

The P.R.O then appealed to the federal government to wade into the industrial dispute for the overall interest of the welfare of the citizenry.

According to him, executives of NARD remain committed to ending the myriad of incursions adversely affecting the welfare of resident doctors.

What Happened After Train Crash In Kaduna

Railway corporation, Train serviceA passenger train, carrying soldiers and civilians traveling from Kano to Lagos state is said to have collided with a trailer at a railway crossing in Kaduna state.

Although the train was said to have cut the trailer into two, fortunately, no casualty was recorded.

The Kaduna state FRSC sector Commander, Mr Francis Udoma, said the accident occurred when the driver of the trailer insisted on crossing the rail line even when the train was blaring its horn.

Furthermore, he disclosed that the accident which occurred at Kawo area in the state capital, caused a heavy traffic jam which lasted for over six hours.

Motorists coming from Kano and other northern states, as well as those coming from the southern and the eastern parts of the country were all stranded at the railway crossing, Udoma said.

“We deployed our men, including myself, when we received the call, and arrived there to manage the traffic jam for hours.

“We were there until 9 a.m. before we were able to open the road for motorists to pass through.”

Blaming the trailer driver for the avoidable incident, he said: “It could be that the driver had problem hearing, because trains normally will blare their horns, but this driver, even with the horn decided to cross”.

Police Vows To Probe Murder Of Grandmother And Four Children

Police, eagle net, change agendaThe Delta State police command has vowed to unmask those behind the gruesome murder of a family of five in the Idumuje-Ugboko community, while they were asleep.

The Police Commissioner, Mr Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, who was at the scene of the crime, accompanied by other security personnel, described the incident as animalistic and inhumane.

An eye witness told Channels Television that the grandmother and three children were burnt right inside the house, while the fourth child, who was wearing a school uniform, was found dead somewhere else in the compound.

It is still however unclear what caused the fire accident.

A man who identified himself as the father of the children, expressed great grief over the news of his murdered in-law and children

Chairman Isseleuku local Govt Council, Chucks Oseme, revealed that the mother of the deceased children had also been allegedly “kidnapped about five months ago” and up till the recent tragedy, one knows of her whereabouts.

Mr Ibrahim, on visiting the scene, assured the people that the police would get to the root of the matter and unmask those responsible.

Residents have also been advised to be more security conscious in the community which was initially known for its serenity in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.

FG Recovers 40 Cars From Former Permanent Secretary

Boko HaramThe Federal Government of Nigeria has recovered 40 vehicles including brand new SUVs and other brands, in possession of a former Federal Permanent Secretary.

The revelation was made on Thursday by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while explaining President Muhammadu Buhari’s strategy in the fight against corruption in the country.

He said this while reacting to criticisms that the anti-corruption war lacks strategy.

In a statement issued in Lagos, the Minister said the strategy has proven so effective that it has led to, the recovery of the cars from the Permanent Secretary, among other things.

He explained that the federal government is not just fixated on prosecution alone but is also taking preventive measures to make corruption unattractive.

Whistle Blowing Encouraged

The minister listed the strict enforcement of the Treasury Singles Account (TSA), which has largely reduced the diversion of government funds into various secret accounts, and the constant fishing out of ghost workers in the public service, which many states are now adopting, as some of the preventive measures against corruption.

He however stated that some other measures have been perfected to strengthen the anti-corruption fight, adding that the measures include the establishment of the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery and the Asset Tracing Committee; the setting up of an Asset Register, and the Whistle Blower Policy.

Furthermore, he explained that the recently approved Whistle Blower policy is designed to further enhance government’s effort to recover looted funds, stating: “People who give credible and useful information to government that leads to recovery of stolen public assets, will be rewarded with between 2.5% – 5% of the recovered fund and government will keep the identity of the whistle blower absolutely confidential”.

Mr Mohammed also announced the plan by the government, through the Code of Conduct Bureau, to commence in 2017, a trial run of electronic asset declaration, in order to facilitate compliance and also to search and retrieve data on the assets of public officers.

In addition, he said, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption is working with relevant MDAs, especially the National Bureau of Statistics, to improve data collection on corruption indicators generally.

“Once perfected, the data will be shared with government periodically, if possible as regularly as government receives data on inflation and unemployment trends, to indicate trends in corruption and influence government measures to correct the situation before it gets out of hand as we have now,” Mr Mohammed said.

 

Tevez Leaves Boca For Shanghai Shenhua

Tevez of Manchester City gets around Ruddy of Norwich City to score his hat trick during their English Premier League soccer match in NorwichArgentine striker, Carlos Tevez, is set to join Chinese Super League (CSL), Shanghai Shenhua, from his former club Boca Juniors, on a record transfer fee of 84 million euros.

The hefty price tag will make Tevez the world’s 6th most expensive player, behind Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Neymar.

The 32 year old is the second big-money arrival in china’s biggest city in less than a week after Brazilian midfielder, Oscar, joined local rivals Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea in a deal believed to be worth 60 million euros.

Shenhua, who are coached by former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder, Gus Poyet, made the announcement on Thursday, after the Argentina star arrived in Shanghai for a medical ahead of his unveiling.

17 Suspects Arrested For Possession Of Illegal Firearms In Kaduna

Police To Ensure Peace Ahead Of Abia ElectionThe Kaduna state police, have arrested 17 suspects for an alleged possession of illegal firearms in the state.

The force says it is making progress in the fight against criminality across the state.

Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations, Josak Habila, on visiting the state, told journalists that there has been a major breakthrough in crime fighting.

He said this while parading the suspects arrested in Kanikon community and other villages within the Kafachan district of Kaduna state.

The DIG disclosed that the operation was carried out by special forces under the ‘operation harmony’ campaign.

Abia Local Government Officials Sworn In

Abia Lg electionsBarely a week after the conduct of local government elections in Abia state, the newly elected chairmen and councilors have taken the oath of office.

The state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, believes that responsibility goes beyond mere oath taking to actual performance.

He therefore urged the officials to use their offices to bring the dividends of democracy to the people.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state has rejected the outcome of the polls and called for fresh elections.

The party had described as “laughable”, the emergence of the 17 Local government chairmen, their deputies and councilors, all of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claiming that the exercise was a scam.

The Nigerian Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on the other hand, as well the PDP, completely denied the allegations of irregularities in the conduct of the polls.

The new local government officials are however set to begin work, while residents who voted them in, remain expectant of developmental projects and a turnaround in their standard of living.

Lekki-Ajah Roads Reopened After Rehabilitation

Adams Oshiomhole, Roads, Edo StatePortions of the Lekki-Ajah expressway which were closed for reconstruction, have now been opened.

The reopening is on the orders of the Lagos state government.

According to some motorists, the roundabouts along the Lekki – Epe expressway have been a menace to them owing to their large sizes.

The removal of the roundabouts was part of the junction works and traffic system management designed by the present administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

It is also part of the urban clean-up project started in August 2016.

The government had set up a committee to commence the elimination of illegal structures and shanties, street hawkers, as well as those who have converted walkways to trading points and food courts on the island.

Rwanda Cuts Repo Rates To 6.25%

rwanda-flagRwanda’s central bank, has cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in two-and-a-half years to support flagging economic growth as inflation eased in the east African nation.

The monetary policy committee reduced the key repo rate to 6.25 per cent from the initial 6.5 per cent.

The Central Bank Chief, John Rwangombwa says “the lowering of the key repo rate is to signal the banks to increase lending to the private sector and support growth,”

He added that the country’s economic growth may also slow down to six percent in 2016, from 6.9 per cent in 2015.

15 Men Charged To Court Over Cocaine Seizure In Australia

15 Men Charged To Court Over Austrailian Cocaine SiezureThe Australian police say, 15 men have been charged to court after security forces made the biggest cocaine burst in the country’s history.

The drugs, with an estimated street value of 360 million Australian dollars, were uncovered after a police investigation that lasted over two years.

Police say they seized 500 kg of cocaine from a boat in Brooklyn, North of Sydney, on Christmas day.

This follows the confiscation of 600 kg of drugs in Tahiti. Police believe they were destined for Australia.

NIPOST Submits New Bill For Amendment Of Stamp Duty Act

NIPOST posting agenciesThe Nigerian postal service has submitted a new bill for the amendment of the stamp duty act, 2004 to the National Assembly.

The bill is aimed at modifying certain ambiguities in the act and legalising all collections through commercial banks from January 2017.

NIPOST says the amendment follows the ruling of a Lagos appeal court, nullifying stamp duty on electronic transfers.

Commercial banks had commenced the deduction of 50 Naira on electronic transfers following a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), directive issued in January.