Leaders Must Rise Above Personal Interests – Gov. Ambode

Lagos State, lekki free zoneNigeria’s present economic situation may still be biting hard, but the situation urgently requires elected leaders to put aside personal differences and interests and focus on delivering good governance to those they represent.

This charge was giving by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to participants of the ongoing maiden edition of the executive and legislative retreat in Lagos.

Governor Ambode said that the recession taking its toll on Nigerians is a wakeup call for leaders at all levels to come together for the purpose of rescuing the nation rather than seeing it as an opportunity to amass resources for selfish purposes.

The 3-day retreat had in attendance members of the executive and the legislature at the state and federal level.

Party leaders from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the state were also part of it.

Jazz Artiste, Kirk Whalum Talks About His Roots

Kirk WhalumJazz saxophonist, Kirk Whalum, started out as a band leader, performing in clubs before he joined the big league and went to on win 12 Grammy awards.

In the 80’s, he formed a band, having regular gigs in local clubs.

It was at this time he was discovered by jazz pianist, Bob James. That move proved to be his biggest decision as he went on to play for top artistes, including late soul singer, Whitney Houston.

The originator of ‘Gospel According to Jazz’ backed up for top artistes in America, including late singer, Whitney Houston, who gave him a slot in the song, ‘I Will Always Love You’.

Kirk recently visited Nigeria to celebrate the International Jazz Day and Entertainment News seized the opportunity to speak with him about his roots and music.

Do enjoy.

EDHA Reacts To Oshiomhole’s Letter On L.G.A Chairmen’s Tenure

OshiomholeThe Edo State House of Assembly has summoned the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to appear before it on Monday.

This is for him to explain why the State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, was not well advised concerning a letter sent to the House on the tenure of local government chairmen in the state.

The resolution was passed after the lawmakers deliberated on the letter challenging the House on why it recently passed a resolution directing the local government council chairmen whose tenure expired on Thursday to hand over to the head of local government administration in their respective LGAs.

INSPIRING: Nigerian Without A Degree Builds Mini Aircraft

The power of the mind and how much it can achieve is seen in the act of Aghogho, a young man without a degree, who read how aircrafts are made and brought it to life.

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“I have not been to any school, I do my research at home” Aghogho said.

 

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Aghogho’s first aircraft flew in 1999 with many setbacks since then

 

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After many failures, he started to think there was something spiritual about things that fly

 

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According to Elbert Hubbard, in these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by someone doing it.

 

 

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There is much the mind can achieve if we go after the information we need to do whatever we want to do.

 

 

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Aghogho has become a ray of hope for many; young and old in his community

 

Watch Aghogho’s aircraft fly. Enjoy the video.

Jonathan and Familiy Bid Farewell To Aso Villa Chapel

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday bid goodbye to worshippers in the Aso Rock Villa Chapel, praying that the incoming administration would continue from where he stopped.

It was a thanksgiving service that had all the trappings of a celebration in honour of President Goodluck Jonathan, for the ability to appear before the Lord in the chapel for six years.

It was also to serve as a hand over service to the incoming Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was not present at the service.

In what looked like testimonies, the President and his wife, Patience called on their members to forgive them of any imperfection, saying they are going home with their heads held high.

Mrs Patience Jonathan, who confessed that she never dreamt of becoming a first lady, recalled the number of times she was wheeled into theJonathan theatre for operations.

She was grateful to God that she had been completely and miraculously healed from the ailment that made her undergo surgical operations four times in a German hospital.

There were pronouncements by the men of God who seemed to say that the President has planted a seed by giving peace to Nigeria and he now makes way for the next administration to water.

The Chaplain, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba, said that he would miss the friendly nature of the first family and he was sure that this would be the same feeling for other members whose lives, the first family has impacted in one way or the other.

In all, the clergies recognized that it is God that gives the increase and that he would give Nigeria the increase.

Laden with the best of songs, some of them the President’s favourite, prayers were also offered with thanksgiving as the first family and their friends danced to the alters with their substance.

Gifts were also presented to the President, the First Lady, the couple and the mother of the President.

Ogun Police Rescue Kidnapped 3 Year Old Girl

kidnappedThe Ogun State Police Command says it has rescued a three year old girl who was allegedly kidnapped in a church in Lagos State last Sunday during a church service while her parents were in the church.

The girl was said to have been seen in a church at Oke Sokori, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital by members of the community who later informed the Police detectives attached to Adigbe Division Abeokuta Ogun State.

The girl was rescued and handed over to the Juvenile and Women Centre of the Police for proper care.

According to a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, preliminary investigation revealed that the kidnappers had demanded for #300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) ransom from the girl’s parents and promised the parents that they would see her after the ransom has been dropped at a designated place.

The girl was seen with a note on which their Lagos pastor’s telephone number was written, possibly to locate her after the criminals’ transaction with her family.

The rescue of the girl terminated or truncated the operation of the criminals and no ransom was paid before the girl was rescued by the Police.

According to the command spokesperson, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Valentine Ntomchukwu, has directed the State Intelligence Bureau of the command to carry out thorough investigation into the matter as the mode of operation adopted by kidnappers in the state in recent times calls for concern.

The Commissioner of Police promised to discuss with his counterpart at the Lagos State Command on the need to tackle the recent development, and plan towards curbing such and arrest the criminals who engage themselves in the inhuman act.

The CP, Valentine Ntomchukwu, also appealed to parents and guardians and church authorities to always keep watch on the young ones in their churches and make adequate internal security arrangement in their churches to curb this menace of the new mode of operation of the kidnappers.

Orekoya Children: Nanny Says Kidnapping Runs In The Family

Orekoya childrenA startling revelation has triggered following the arrest of a nanny, Funmilayo Adeyemi, for the kidnapping of the three Orekoya children.

The Lagos State Police Command said that the nanny, known initially as Mary Akinloye but whose real name is Funmilayo Adeyemi, has confessed to also being the mastermind of the kidnap of another set of children who were taken in November 2014.

More intriguing is the confession by Mrs Adeyemi that her entire family is involved in the nefarious act.

Adeyemi narrated to Channels Television how she executed the kidnap of the Orekoya children which was planned by her husband, who is said to be a music and video producer, her brother-in-law and his wife, as well as her mother-in-law.

The nanny was said to have been hired through an online trading portal, OLX.

In an interview with Channels Television, a police source had revealed that the kidnappers, faced by immense pressure the incident had generated, abandoned the children in Shasha area of Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west region.

The children were immediately taken to an anonymous hospital for observation and are in the process of being re-united with their parents.

The three children, aged six years, four years and 11 months old, were abducted by the housemaid on April 8, a day into her job as the family maid.

She, as well as her accomplices, contacted the children’s parents and demanded a 15million Naira ransom.

 

I’ve Always Wanted To Defend – Gabriel

GabrielArsenal FC defender, Gabriel, says he was always determined to become a defender.

Arsenal’s newest signing has impressed since joining the club and says his “main characteristic” was always to defend.

The 24-year-old began his career at Brazilian side, Esporte Clube Vitoria and, but for a short spell as a right winger, has played his entire career at the back.

“When we are little, we always want to be on the attack, but I realised that it wouldn’t work, so I kept going backwards and backwards,” Gabriel told the Arsenal Magazine.

“The only thing I didn’t try was being a goalkeeper. I stopped there.

“So I started to play in defence and I started to do well, I started to enjoy it. I made my decision, I thought: ‘This it is! I’m not leaving here’.

“I began enjoying it and I started to want to defend, to fight not to let them in, not to let the other team score goals.

“I always have that in my head – to want to defend, and defend well. And that is why.”

The centre back joined a select band of Brazilians when he joined the Gunners in January, following in the footsteps of Sylvinho and Edu.

He was named on Arsenal’s bench for the first time in their 5-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday, February 1.

Gilberto Inspired Me To Join Arsenal – Gabriel

GabrielGabriel wants to live up to the sky-high standards set by Gilberto when he embarks on his own Arsenal career.

The centre back joined a select band of Brazilians when he joined the Gunners in January, following in the footsteps of Sylvinho and Edu.

Gilberto made 244 appearances for Arsenal and Gabriel explained why he became a inspiration to him when he spoke after completing his move to Emirates Stadium.

“I remember Gilberto Silva because he was always with the Brazilian national team,” Gabriel told Arsenal Player.

“He was a mirror for every Brazilian player and every child, who looked up to Gilberto Silva as a reference. He was an influence for many players, not only Brazilians but players around the world.

“I could see that he was a major element here, he really helped the team, he really is a player I want to emulate because of his type of work and his will to help his team-mates, his will to win as a true Brazilian.

“To me he’s a mirror, so I will always take many good things I saw in him and take it to the pitch, and off the pitch as well, because I think he was an excellent professional who did many good things.

“I want to be like him, to be able to do the most I can to help everyone,” Gabriel said.

Gilberto scored 24 times for Arsenal from midfield but his defensive work in front of the back four – most notably in the ‘Invincibles’ team of 2003/04 – was his forte.

Gabriel is another defensive-minded Brazilian – even if he did start his footballing life up front.

“There were always small teams close to where I used to live, where my family lived, and I started just as every other child – I was on the attack,” he recalled.

“But I never did well. I kept going back and back through the team, then I went to a club and they put me on the defence, and then I started playing there and it really excited me.

“Nothing would take me out of the defence now. Thanks to God, things worked out, and they have been working out in my life, and I think I will never change my position again.”

Sovereign Wealth Fund: Supreme Court Fixes March 19 For Hearing Suit

Sovereign WealthThe Supreme Court of Nigeria has fixed March ‎19 for hearing of the Sovereign Wealth Fund suit before it to enable the parties – the Federal Government and the 36 State Governors – file all relevant documents.

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, counsel to the 36 states, Mr Yusuf Ali, accused the Federal Government of frustrating all attempts to settle the matter out of court.

The representative of the Federal Government, Ahmed Abdulmalik, told the court that there is no money called excess crude fund in the account of the states.

Having listened to both parties , the Chief Justice of Nigeria, who presided over the case, urged the counsels to advise the parties to settle out of court.

The 36 states had gone to the Supreme Court seeking for an order declaring the proposed creation of the Sovereign Wealth Fund illegal and unconstitutional.

The states are also praying that the court would issue an order to the effect that all sums standing to the credit of the excess crude account be paid to court or be otherwise secured as the court may deem fit pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

2015 Elections: Resident Doctors Worried Over Threat Of Violence By Politicians

Resident DoctorsMembers of the National Association of Resident Doctors have expressed concern over the threat of violence by politicians and their supporters during the forthcoming general elections.

The National President of the Association, Dr Prince Dan-Jumbo, shared the resident doctors’ worries while reading out the communique reached at the just concluded National Executive Council Meeting of the association in Owerri the Imo State capital.

He said that the association of resident doctors nationwide amidst all the threat of violence during the election have resolved to willingly render prompt and proficient medical services to all citizens during the election.

He also advised Nigerians to sue for peace during the election.

Of much concern to the association, however, is the welfare of the members of the association.

They advised the Federal Government and the authorities of all federal medical centres in the country to put in place adequate machinery that will effect the uniformity and quality of the residency training programme in the country.

President Jonathan Mourns Okoya-Thomas, Celebrates Entrepreneurial Legacy

okoya-thomasPresident Goodluck Jonathan has received with sadness, news of the passing away of one of Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurs, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President extended condolences to members of Okoya-Thomas’ family as well as his friends, associates, business partners within and outside Nigeria, and the people of Lagos where he held the traditional title of Asoju-Oba.

“The President shares their pain and sorrow as they mourn the late Chief Okoya-Thomas who was also honoured in his lifetime with the traditional titles of Odofin of Ile- Ife and Bobasuwa of Ijebu-Remo.

“President Jonathan urges members of the Okoya-Thomas family and all others who mourn the very successful businessman to be comforted by the knowledge that he lived a very worthy and fulfilled life, and left a legacy of great entrepreneurial achievements for his successors to build on,” the statement read.

The President also expressed belief that Chief Okoya-Thomas would be long remembered and honoured as a very generous philanthropist and sports enthusiast who established the popular Asoju-Oba Table Tennis Championships.

President Jonathan prayed that God Almighty would grant Chief Okoya-Thomas’ soul peaceful and eternal rest.