Why I Didn’t Pursue A College Degree – YBNL Star, Davolee

YBNL’s latest signee, David Shokoya, popularly known as Davolee, has narrated why he was not able to pursue a college degree and rather opted for music.

According to him, the economic hardship as well as the rate of unemployment in Nigeria, prevented him from furthering his education.

He revealed this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News, where he laid bare his struggles and travails and how he has gradually overcome, especially since his talent caught the attention of the YBNL boss, Olamide.

Born in the Isolo area of Lagos state, Shokoya revealed that the street life had a huge influence on his music.

The artist stated that he realised his talent at a young age and while there was no one to sponsor his university education, he thought it wise to go into full time music and face the hustle squarely.

Speaking further on how he got the attention of the YBNL music imprint, Shokoya explained that he promoted himself a lot via social media.

“I took my Instagram personal then I do freestyles and I tag celebrities as much as possible – So luckily for me, Baddo got into it and he messaged me on Instagram”; a situation which he described as unbelievable and very emotional for him.

In November 2016, the YBNL leader Olamide revealed Davolee had become a member of the team in a video posted online.

Although the hard knock life has made it behind him, the budding artist says the lessons it thought him are invaluable.

Enugu State Govt. Moves To Sustain SMEs

The Enugu Government said it has demonstrated commitment and competency in the management of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the state.

Speaking during a one day training for entrepreneurs in the state, the Special Adviser to Enugu Governor on SMEs and Investment Promotion, Mr Anayo Agu, said the state has funded over 2500 companies totaling about 2 billion Naira.

Mr Agu said the state made funds available for running and starting up business irrespective of where the individual comes from.

He said the state is ready to take advantage of foreign partnership because of its abundance in trainable individuals who are willing to grow in business and contribute their quota.

He noted the state has attracted a lot of foreign investments which are at the preliminary stages citing the U.S solar power plant at Nachi.

“We have a U.S company that is still at the beginning stages of establishing a solar plant in Enugu state and to be precise at Nachi, the reason these investors are coming to the state is because of the full assurance that is coming from the state. Not only that the state will protect the investment but also to enable it.

“In terms of international business, we have international airport; the Akanu-Ibiam International Airport which is thriving, we have Ethiopian airline that operates twice weekly, and just by the airport we have the free trade zone”.

Mr Agu further explained that the free trade zone will give manufacturers opportunity to sell goods at duty free and equally export to another countries.
He said the state will continue to provide enabling environment to ensure the ease of doing business.

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On Damascus

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution On DamascusFor the umpteenth time, Russia has vetoed a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council, that would have condemned last week’s alleged chemical attack in Syria.

The resolution which was presented by the United States, United Kingdom and France, demanded that Damascus cooperates with investigators.

The proposed resolution would have backed an investigation on the ground by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons.

This would be the eighth time Russia has protected its Syrian ally at the council.

NATO No Longer Obsolete – Donald Trump

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid CutsUnited States President, Donald Trump says the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is no longer obsolete, reversing his earlier statement which alarmed allies.

Hosting the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, at the White House, Mr Trump said that the threat of terrorism has underlined the alliance’s importance.

At a joint press conference with Mr Stoltenberg, President Trump said he and the Secretary General had a productive discussion on what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism.

The US President further reiterated his call for NATO member States to contribute more funding to the alliance.

Police Arrest Three Suspected Army Impostors In Imo State

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe Imo State Police Command has arrested three suspects, Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and Victor Akpan all from Akwa Ibom state for impersonation and claiming to be army officials, while extorting huge amount of money from unsuspected applicants who wish to join the Nigerian Army.

While parading the suspects at the Imo Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Chris Ezike, said the suspects were arrested at Amakohia Ubi in Owerri west Local Government area of Imo state following intelligence reports.

The commissioner also paraded some other suspected criminals who are allegedly involved in various crime ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, car snatching and cultism.

The commissioner said the renewed vision of the command is to reduce crime and enhance safety and security in Imo state as well as provide qualitative police service for the people of Imo state.

Items recovered include three AK rifles, 15 AK47, magazines loaded with ammunition, locally made pistols and army camouflage uniforms.

In his words, “we have collectively resolved in this command that our mission and vision is to reduce crime and enhance safety and security in Imo state.

“This state shall not only enable Imolites go about their lawful business without fear of any molestation but also enable the business of government and private sector thrive without security encumbrances, we shall provide qualitative Police service to the people of Imo state.

“Kingsley Inyang, Edet Okon and Victor Akpan all from Akwa Ibom state have been arrested for specializing in defrauding unsuspected applicants wishing to join the Nigerian army.
“They were arrested at Amakohia Ubi in Owerri west Local Government area of Imo state following a tip off.

“Investigation revealed that the affected candidates were ignorantly mandated by the suspects to pay the sum of 8, 000 Naira and 70, 000 Naira for medical test and recruitment training exercises.

“The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation and will be charged to court soon”, the commissioner said.

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has signed into law a bill prohibiting forceful and illegal occupation of landed property by Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the state.

During the signing ceremony at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Governor Obaseki said his administration will always provide a conducive environment for investments to thrive in the state.

He stated that many of the youths who would be affected by the bill would be compensated, urging the public to get familiar with the provisions of the law, adding that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

The governor further said that the acts of land grabbing is inimical to the economic growth of the society.

A copy of the bill was later presented to Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin.

The Benin Monarch lauded the State’s Executive and Legislature for the swift enactment of the law, adding that those affected will be compensated.

“Palliative measures are put in place to ensure that they don’t see it as witch-hunting or excessive punishment or that they don’t recognise their plight”

Meanwhile, a task force headed by the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has been set up to drive enforcement of the law.

Obiano Receives Army Committee On Human Rights Violation

Anambra State Governor, Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano.

A nine man Special Commission on Human Rights Violation Committee set up by the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, was in Anambra state on a fact finding mission, to ascertain the roles played by the Military during protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in 2016. 

Governor Willie Obiano received them at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, and listened to the leader of the team, Retired Major General Tijani Ahmed, briefing him on their mission.

Mr Ahmed explained that based on the accusations leveled against the Nigerian Army by the Amnesty International of violating human rights and committing war crimes in their dealing with insurgents in the northeast, Militants in the Niger Delta and IPOB in the southeast, the Chief of Army Staff had set up the committee to find out the truth or otherwise of the allegations.

He said, “The allegations made round the media, in the papers and specifically, the one that was made prominent was the one by the Amnesty International where allegations of extrajudicial killing, forced disappearance, torture and all manner of allegations were made against the soldiers.

“That’s why the Chief of Army Staff set up this committee to investigate and find out exactly what happened”.

For Governor Willie Obiano, there would not have been issues with the peaceful protests of the activist but for the hijacking of the exercise by hoodlums that wreaked havoc.

He suggested to the committees to reach out to the then Commissioner of Police who is now the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone Nine, Mr Hassan Karma and Colonel Isah Abdullahi, who was the then Commandant of 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, for the full details of all that happened in which officially, no death was communicated to him.

According to Obiano, “When you start some exercise, if you are not careful, it will be hijacked and when it is hijacked, it will change complexion from what was originally planned.

“So both IPOB and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in my view, they comported themselves very well, but the challenge is that we have these hoodlums, we are talking about that joined the match and tried to use the opportunity to loot and do other things.

“I’m sure in the course of your investigation you will get all the details”.

Ogun Govt. Warns Applicants Into School Of Nursing Against Fraudsters

Ogun, NLC, TUCThe Ogun State Government, has called on all candidates seeking admission into the state’s owned school of Nursing for the 2017/2018 academic session, to visit the State Ministry of Health, Department of Nursing Services, Room 104, New Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta for admission procedures.

This is in effect is to save them from falling victims of fraudsters and admission racketeering.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye,  the warning became imperative for the prospective candidates in order not to fall victims of fraudsters while seeking for admission into the School of Nursing both online registration and hard copy documentation of application procedures.

According to the statement, all interested candidates must at least possess five (5) O’level credits in not more than two sittings including English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while candidates awaiting result can also apply.

The statement also had it that, applicants are expected to have a functional E-mail address as application closes on Wednesday, June 30, 2017.

However, a Computer Base Test (CBT) Examination for all successful candidates will come up on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the School of Nursing (SON), Idi-Aba Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by 8:00am.

Nasarawa Residents Raise Alarm Over Termite Infested Electric Pole

Residents of Emba street of Millionaires quarters in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, have raised alarm over a termite infested electric pole almost falling over their houses.

The alarm was raised when Channels Television visited the area to ascertain the situation after a tip off by an eye witness reporter.

During the visit by our correspondent it was observed that the pole is almost falling over a land with the electric wires already dropping down into the house of a resident, Felix Godwin.

In an interview, Mr Godwin disclosed that the almost falling pole is the second pole they have changed.

“It is like this because for the past two years or so we mounted a new pole so we discovered that there are termites under the ground that has been eating it for quite a long time and that is why it has been like this.

“Though it is not our own responsibility to continue changing it since we have changed it for the first and second time. We feel that it is the responsibility of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to come and have it fixed, that is why we decided to leave it like this.

“We are aware of the dangers and are making effort to have it fixed but the problem on ground is issue of finance”. he said.

When taken upon the issue of destroyed poles in Lafia and not just Emba street, a Technical Supervisor of the AEDC, Livinus Cosmos assured that they will be monitored and fixed.

He said, “It is not everywhere that the AEDC staff are unless we embark on patrol to clear one fault or the other.

“We will be able to see such faults but now that you have detected that fault, we will see that we replace it.

“I will work towards seeing that the pole is replaced if not by wooden pole, we will use concrete pole.

“Precisely if there are other wooden poles that are infested by termites, we will do the same thing to see that we replace them because once a pole gets broken and there is supply, it will cause havoc to not only our customers but any passerby which is risky, so prevention is better than cure”, he said.

PCN Seals Off 264 Pharmacies In Enugu

The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed off 264 pharmacies and medicine shops which according to the agency, fall short of the operating standards in Enugu state.

The exercise, according to the Head of Enforcement Team, Stephen Esumobi, revealed some patent shops that were operating illegally, dispensing expired drugs, while others were yet to meet up with the basic requirements of operating a pharmacist/ medicine shop.

“Some of these shops do not have pharmacist and evidence of registration. Some have not met minimum conditions for storage. There is a likelihood that these drugs can deteriorate before the expiry date. Some of the ethical drugs can be harmful if they are not properly managed, that is why we are doing this to ensure the right things are done.”

PCN Officials

Director and HOD of the PCN Inspection and Monitoring unit, Anthonia Aruya, said the council is committed to sanitising the drug trade chain in ensuring quality drugs are distributed across the nation.

“The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria cannot guarantee that drugs sold in unregistered outlets are of the same integrity as specified by manufacturers.”

To this end, she therefore called on the public to be mindful of where they buy drugs and advised that they seek professional advice before doing so.

Kwara Govt. Adopts New Strategies Against Herdsmen, Farmers Clash

Abdulfatah-AhmedIn a bid to ensure that Kwara state does not witness clashes between herdsmen and farmers, an occurrence which has become rampant, the state government has put measures in place to ensure peaceful co-existence among various groups.

Some of the measures include prompt payment of damaged farmlands, centralization of the activities of the vigilante groups and regular security meetings.

The State Governor, Abdufatah Ahmed, who was in the Baruten Local Government Area to lay the foundation for the agriculture campus of the Kwara State University, assured residents that the government would put heads together with the security operatives on how to ensure that clashes between farmers and herdsmen do not occur anywhere in the state.

According to him, living together in peace, would bring more development and economic independence to the area, as the communities are known for agricultural produce.

At another event; a monthly stakeholders meeting with party members across the 16 Local Government Areas of the state, the governor noted that an agreement had been reached with the umbrella body of the herdsmen and farmers, Miyetti Allah, to live in peace and harmony.

He also said adequate compensation would be paid for any encroachment on farms or vigilante groups which hitherto were under different leaderships.

The governor added that they would now be under one leadership and answerable to the police authority.

Palm Sunday: Christians In Anambra Pray For Nigeria

Christians in Anambra State, from the Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka, the state capital, engaged in a procession in celebration of the Palm Sunday.

The Vicar of the parish, Reverend Canon Jason Onyeakagbusi, upon the return of the congregation and clergy from the procession, prayed that the palms be a sign of victory for the church.

He also prayed that just as Jesus Christ triumphantly entered Jerusalem as king, he would enter every nation, especially Nigeria and Anambra state and cleanse them of every political and economic mess.

“Jesus triumphantly entered into Jerusalem, it is also our belief and faith that he will enter into every heart triumphantly and when he enters into the heart, he will cleanse the mess. Jesus will enter into every nation – He will enter into Nigeria and when He enters into Nigeria, every political mess, and economical mess will be cleansed.

“When He enters into Anambra state, every economic mess, every political mess will be cleansed and we will have a cleaner place to live in, a place where the will of God is done,” Reverend Onyeakagbusi said.