Iraq Begins Battle To Wrestle Southern Mosul

Iraq Begins Battle To Wrestle Southern MosulReports say Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from the Islamic state militants.

Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards (IS) positions early on Sunday.

Iraqi forces retook several villages south of the city in the first hours of the operation, taking them within striking distance of the Mosul Airport.

Fears have been voiced about the safety of many thousands of trapped civilians.

Meanwhile, leaflets warning residents of an imminent offensive were earlier dropped over the west of the city.

The UN has therefore voiced concerns about civilians trapped in Mosul amid reports that they could number up to 650,000.

Obiano Meets With Doctors Without Borders

Obiano Meets With Doctors Without Borders The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has received a team of Health professionals known as Doctors Without Borders or Medicine San Frontiers.

The team of doctors, drawn from various countries is established in 65 countries with their headquarters in France.

They are to partner with the Anambra state government in improving the health standards of the people living in the rural communities of the state in areas of Sanitation, Water and Primary healthcare delivery.

Chairman of the Association, Dr. Geoffrey Bass, assured the state of effective health delivery for the pilot community, Okpoko, in Ogbaru local Government Area.

He also spoke about the establishment of a Trauma Center, which he says is critical in their programme.

Furthermore, the team is expected to support the 526 Primary Health Centers, the 37 General and the two teaching hospitals in the state.

Pleased by the initiative, the governor commended the doctors, saying that it is in line with his administrative policy of ensuring that medical care gets to the rural communities especially the hard-to-reach areas.

Osinbajo, Gowon, Others Celebrate Ambassador Isa Wali

Osinbajo, Gowon, Others Celebrate Ambassador Isa Wali Prominent political and traditional leaders from pre and post-independence period, elderly diplomats and legal lumineries have converged in Abuja to celebrate the golden jubilee of the death of Isa Wali.

Mr Wali, considered as a close confidant, friend, brother and father by many during his lifetime, was a Nigerian diplomat from Kano who served as the Ambassador to Ghana during the independence of Nigeria.

The 50th anniversary is marked by the Isa Wali Empowerement, an organisation which supports women, youths and children in rising above poverty and economic hardships.

The event brought together dignitaries such as General Yakubu Gowon, Justice Muhammadu Uwais, Alh Maitama Sule, Ambassador Isaac Sagay, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Detail of ongoing lecture soon.

Fashola Blames Poor Power Generation On Vandalism

Fashola Blames Poor Power Generation On VandalismThe Minister Of Power, Works And Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has blamed Nigeria’s recent drop in power generation, on acts of vandalism on the gas pipelines at the Ihovbor Power Plant in Edo state.

Mr Fashola made the claims during an inspection of the 14 km Benin-Lokoja road reconstruction project at the Aduwawa axis in Benin City, the Edo state capital, as part of his assessment of projects being handled by his ministry in the state.

“There is about 3,000 mw of power that is not available because of vandalisation, that is not helpful to the country.

“If we add that 3,000 mw to the 4,000mw we have, then we get to 7,000 mw- that is the kind of progress needed,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has called for quick intervention on the failed portions of the Benin-Auchi road, among other dilapidated roads in the state.

“There is one other place just by Ramat park, the place is caving in and we need to do something quick”.

Damaged Pipelines

The minister has been speaking on reforms that would ameliorate power failure and the general living standards of Nigerians.

He also said the nation’s current power generation will rise to 6,000 megawatts if the damaged oil pipelines in the Niger delta are restored.

He made this known while speaking at the monthly Power Sector and Stakeholders Meeting which took place at the Olorunsogo injection sub-station of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IEDC).

A group that calls themselves the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region, gradually dipping the nation’s oil production which had hit 2.4 million barrels per day in the post-amnesty era.

For a nation that depends largely on sales of crude oil for its revenue, further drop in production at a time of volatile oil prices is a huge threat to the her economy.

This is why the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has assured the Niger Delta  region of the Federal Government’s readiness to genuinely draw a roadmap, that will  lead to the peace and development of oil producing states.

This formed the core of the meetings he had with government officials and traditional rulers in Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State, Bayelsa state, where he has visited in the last couple of weeks as well as Rivers state, where he visited on Monday, February 13.

South Africans Attack Foreign Nationals In Pretoria

South Africans Attack Foreign Nationals In PretoriaSome Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa’s Pretoria West, are counting their losses after Saturday’s arson and looting attacks by local community members.

Several houses alleged to be drug dens and brothels were burnt down over the weekend, despite calls by the authorities, for calm, following similar incidents in Rossetenville, south of Johannesburg, earlier.

The police insists this is not a xenophobic attack and spokesperson, Captain Augustinah Selepe, has stated that only one 34 year old woman has so far been arrested in connection with the violence.

While investigations continue, some foreign nationals in the area say they are living in fear for their lives.

Speaking to Channels Televisionon on Sunday, the Chairman of the African Diaspora Forum, Marc Gbaffuor, condemned the attacks calling on the government to do more to avoid a repeat of the xenophobic attacks of April 2015.

Salamatu Tanko Al-Makaura Sues For Peace In Nasarawa State

salamatu-tanko-al-mkauraWife of the Nasarawa state Governor, Salamatu Tanko Al-mkaura, has sued for peaceful coexistence among residents, for development to thrive, stressing that nothing tangible can be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos.

She made the remarks during the vocational training graduation ceremony of her Non-Governmental Organisation, Mother and Child Care Enhancement Agency (MCCEF).

In her address of welcome, she appealed to the people of the state to eschew violence and learn to resolve their differences with dialogue.

“All these achievement would not have been possible in a chaotic environment.

“Whenever and wherever there is peace, there is development, progress and wealth.

“No society thrives without peace, no development will ever be achieved in a society without peace – we should always embrace dialogue as a way to resolve conflict instead of taking arms against our neighbors.

“Let us be at peace with ourselves, let there be peace in our hearts and in our homes.

“Just like President Muhammadu Buhari said, change begins with me, you will agree that peace also begins with me”, she said.

While congratulating the graduands, the MCCEF founder called on them to utilise the skills they have learnt appropriately.

“The skills that you have acquired at MCCEF is your tool for survival, it is your torchlight to the world, your umbrella in the sun and under the rains.

“If you utilise your handwork, you will not only care for your immediate family, you will also employ others”, she said.

300 women and youths were graduated after having learnt various skills such as knitting, sewing, hairdressing, tye and dye, beads making, computer science and some to become traditional birth attendants.

The graduands were also awarded with professional certificates and various equipment, depending on the skill they learnt, to enable them start their own business.

The 6th edition of the event, brought together dignitaries such as the wife of Nigeria’s President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, wives of governors of Kano, Gombe, Benue and Plateau states among others.

NBA Returns To South Africa

Adams Silver Says NBA Will Return To South AfricaNational Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner, Adam Silver, has confirmed that the league would be playing an exhibition game next season in South Africa.

In its ongoing effort to tap new markets and develop more players, the NBA will bring African players; Bismack Biyombo of the Orlando Magic, Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver nuggets and American, C.J. Mccollum of the Portland Trail Blazers to South Africa for the August 5 showcase in which team Africa will compete against team world.

DR Congo natives, Biyombo and Mudiay, would be playing for team Africa while McCollum will compete for team world.

Full rosters of players and coaches would be announced later.

China is the NBA’s second biggest market after the United States and the league is looking for new countries to plant its flag, including non-traditional basketball markets like India and Africa.

PCNI Reiterates Mandate On Rebuilding Northeast

PCNI Re-iterates Mandate On Rebuilding NortheastAs part of rebuilding Nigeria’s north east shattered by the Boko Haram militants, the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), recently visited Yobe state to handover some repaired structures.

Led by its Deputy Chairman, Tijjani Tumsa, the committee also presented some food and non-food items to be distributed to the Displaced Persons in the state, with the aim of making their lives more comfortable.

While visiting some police stations in Damaturu, the state capital, it was observed that so many destroyed structures are yet to be repaired and a failure to do so would stall the enforcement of law and order.

This situation has prompted most Police officers to erect temporary tents which gave rise to illegal and dilapidated camps within the police formations.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sumonu Abdulmaliki, however stated that the issues have to be attended to gradually as the demands are enormous.

He also expressed his appreciation over the efforts of the PCNI for coming to the aid of the police, saying the efforts would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the Police.

Tumsa, on the other hand, stated that the committee has only just started, assuring them that the committee is poised to actualizing its mandate of reconstructing and rebuilding the northeast better than it was.

He therefore appealed to the residents and government of the northeast states to partner with them in the rebuilding process, saying that the presidency is committed to improving the lives of the people in the affected areas.

Nigerian Army Urged To Be More Civil In Discharge Of Duties

Nigerian ArmyOfficers of the Nigerian Army, have been urged to be more civil while conducting and discharging their duties, so as to enhance better civil-military relationship.

In achieving this goal, effective communication and mutual respect for one another have been identified as key factors.

These were the words echoed at the 2017 annual West Africa Social Activities (WASA), of the 34 artillery brigade command of the Nigerian Army Obinze, Imo state.

While warning officers and men of the command of their conduct and attitude to civilians, Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Kay Ishaku, said it is imperative for men and officers of the Force to note that irrespective of the uniforms they wear, they are still part of the members of the society.

Ishaku added that to effectively discharge their duties of securing Nigerians and protecting its territorial borders, they need civilians to get the intelligence and information required therefore, they should avoid undue and illegal molestation, brutalization and intimidation of civilians.

This is coming few weeks after two soldiers were apprehended for assaulting a physically challenged man in Nigeria’s southeast.

 The video clip released by eyewitnesses online, showed the soldiers beating the physically challenged man allegedly for wearing a camouflage shirt.
A statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, addressed the issue saying: “The public should please regard the ugly incident as an isolated case which is not true reflection of the Nigerian Army.”