Archive for November, 2012

What could have been another fire tragedy was  averted today in Abuja as a tanker loaded with Kerosene caught fire as it was approaching the city center . The incident happened near Katampe Hill along busy Kubwa Express road .
The driver of the truck escaped unhurt as investigations revealed that the fire was caused by an electrical spark in the truck. It took the timely intervention of the officials of FCT fire service who promptly extinguished the fire

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Former lawmaker and a member representing Oredo constituency in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, has been appointed by Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as Chief of Staff.

His appointment was announced on Wednesday evening and he will be officially sworn in by 10am on Thursday morning at the Edo State government house.

The Law Graduate of University of Benin is as self-styled verbal contortionist who enjoys a cult following.

Ask Obahiagbon about himself and he would simply tell you: “I want to give you homo sapiens a infinitesimal sample of how the ingredients compose to form me. Anyone care to know? Most yes and a few imbeciles who lack compassion and common sense to get inspired.

“Since it’s most yes, I’ll navigate you through my journey. I grew up in Benin, but was born and had my elementary education in Sapele. When my father went for further studies in England, we had to relocate to Benin and that got me into Edo College and St. John Bosco Government School, Ubiaja. I proceeded to read law at the University of Benin. After my youth service, I contested an election to represent my ward as a councilor in Oredo Local Government Area in 1990. After, I went to England in search of greener pastures, but I could not take it for more than 18 months.

“This was because I had a passion for the political developments going on in Nigeria. I died silently in London, but returned to Nigeria , where I joined again in the political development. Six months after my arrival, there was a local government election and I contested for the chairmanship position Long story short, after a few losses. I won an election to the Edo State House of Assembly, where I spent eight years on the platform of my people and it was time to move to a latitudinarian pedestal to discharge service to Nigerians and I presented myself before my party in a hotly, fiercely, but democratically contested primary and it pleased the cosmic masters and my constituents to give me the mandate to fly the party flag and I won. That began my journey to the House of Representatives.”

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A swashbuckling Super Eagles team this evening in Miami, Florida, continued its build-up for the 2013 African Cup of Nations by thumping the Venezuela National team in a friendly, 3-1.
The gritty contest, which left the Super Eagles technical team hugging and smiling at the end, did not begin with a lot of promise.  The Venezuelan team was enjoying the upper hand, repeatedly exposing a hesitant and sluggish Eagles defence that sometimes played as though they were strangers to each other.  
The first half ended with no goals, a situation that was dramatically changed in the 49th minute when the effervescent Brown Ideye swept a cross from the right into the net.  
Then came the highlight of the match when Nosa Igiebor, controlling a ball 30 metres out, volleyed a blistering right footer over the goalkeeper for Nigeria’s second goal.  The few Nigerians all over Southern Florida rose in full voice in salute, those at the stadium waving the national flag as they danced.
The vociferous Venezuelan crowd at the match, in their thousands, took up their national cause, drumming, dancing and singing in an effort to rouse their national team.  
It may have worked.  In the 70th minute, they exposed the Nigerian defence one more time and slotted a goal past Ejide, Nigeria’s captain.
But the Eagles would have the last word, following a flurry of substitutions by coach Stephen Keshi that included Shola Ameobi, who made his international debut along with Bright Dike, who plays his professional soccer in America’s Major League Soccer.
But it was Lazio youngster Ogenyi Onazi getting his first goal in the full national team in added time to end the match and send Nigerians to local pubs in merriment.

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Catholic Churches in Enugu State have come under attacks from vandals who are destroying statues in and around premises of the worship centres.

In the last one months, three incidents of such have been reported, even as the invaders in each of the attack left a note saying “stop worshiping idols.”

Angered by the development, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu officially reacted to the destructions on Tuesday, condemning the act in the strongest terms.

The Director of Communication in the diocese, Joseph Offor, in Enugu listed the three churches that had been attacked as: Seat of Wisdom Parish, Abakpa Nike; St. Leo Catholic Church, Federal Housing Estate; and St. Mary Catholic Church, Trans-Ekulu.

Reverend Father Offor, while briefing the press said, “Sometime ago, in October, the Vicar General of the diocese, Monsignor Luke Adike complained that unknown people invaded the church, Seat of Wisdom Parish, Abakpa Nike, around 1am.”

“In the morning, he went into the church, and he saw that all the statues, both that of the Sacred Heart, that of the Virgin Mary and every other thing in the altar has been smashed, destroyed by these hoodlums”

“On November 4 and November 11, similar incidents happened at St. Leo and St Mary; they destroyed the statues and the altar while also leaving a similar message as the previous,” he said.

The priest quoted one of the messages which reads: “The 10 commandments of the Lord, the Almighty Lord says, stop worshipping idols, false gods made by man. I tolerate no rivals.”

“Worship only but the living God, the Almighty God,”

The Reverend Father stated that the matter had been reported to the police, adding that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Musa Daura, had visited the affected churches.

The Public Relations Officer of the Enugu state police command, Ebere Amaraizu, said the command has begun probe into the matter. He urged the people to be vigilant and assist the police with useful information that may lead to arrest of the culprits.

Already, the Bishop of the diocese, Callistus Onaga, had issued a circular urging the parishes and parishioners to be security conscious.

According to reports, Olusola Saraki, the strongman of Kwara politics, is dead. The kingmaker who controlled the politricks of the state for over 2 decades before his son, a serving senator took over from him, is reported to have died this morning in Lagos at the age of 79.

His son, former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki departed Abuja for Lagos Wednesday morning to convey his father’s body to Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, for burial in accordance with Islamic rites.

Stay tuned for updates

 

The Managing Director of Capital Oil and gas, Ifeanyi Uba on Monday denied claims by the Chief Executive Officer of Cosharis group, Cosmos Maduka that he offered him (Mr Uba) a lifeline when his business was in the brink of collapse. “Is it by his pure water business that he’ll be able to come and help me,” Mr Uba, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, asked. Mr Uba said he believes politicians were influencing the Cosharis boss, whom he referred to as an uncle, to engage in the media war with him. Mr Maduka had claimed that since Mr Uba and his company (Capital Oil and Gas) were labelled by most commercial banks in Nigeria as ‘unbankable’, he helped the oil merchant to obtain a loan of $180 million from Access Bank to finance the importation of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). The Cosharis boss also alleged that 10 letters of credit were opened and that of the 10 expected cargoes, only six were delivered. Disputing Mr Maduka’s claims, Mr Ubah said “everything about that story is false.” When asked if it was true that he is indebted to Access Bank to the tune of N21 billion, Mr Uba said ‘you can’t eat your cake and have it’. He said the loan he obtained from the bank was what he used to import petrol of which his company is yet to receive subsidy payment. “The money is sitting in Access Bank,” he said. “Access Bank is the consignee of all the vessels imported. Therefore, if they are accusing of fraud, then it is all of us together,” he added.

 

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The governing council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced the appointment of Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello, a Professor of Chemical Engineering as the 11th Vice-Chancellor of the university.
The appointment which is for a period of five years and takes effect from Monday, November 12, 2012, was announced over the weekend in a statement by the governing council.
According to the statement, “the Governing Council at its special meeting held on November 10, 2012 unanimously adopted the report of the Selection Board that Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello be appointed Vice-Chancellor with effect from Monday, November 12, 2012.”
Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello
Professor Bello who was the Deputy Vice-chancellor (Management Services) has been serving in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor in an acting capacity since May 12, 2012.
Born on October 6, 1948, in Iboro, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello attended Egbado College, Ilaro, Ogun State for his secondary school education and passed out in 1966 with Grade One in the West African School Certificate Examination.
He later attended Technical College, Ibadan, now The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and obtained the Ordinary National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1968.
Professor Bello proceeded to University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he graduated with First Class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering (1974).
Professor Bello started work as a Mechanical Engineering Technician with the Nigerian Tobacco Company in 1969, and after graduation at Ile-Ife in 1974, he served his NYSC year with the then North-Eastern State Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Maiduguri.
He worked briefly at the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources as a Petroleum Engineer before proceeding to the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he earned M.A.Sc (1977) and PhD (1981) in Chemical Engineering.
He joined the service of the University of Lagos as Assistant Lecturer in 1977 and rose steadily to the posts of Lecturer II, Lecturer 1 and Senior Lecturer, in 1981, 1982 and 1985 respectively.
He was appointed Associate Professor in 1991 and Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1998.
Professor Bello specializes in Biochemical Engineering Processes and has carried out researches and consultancy in Industrial Biotechnology.
He has supervised many postgraduate students and taught courses in Chemical Process Industries, Transport Phenomena, Biochemical Engineering and so on.
He has also been a reviewer of various national and international journals including the Journal of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineering, African Journals of Science and Technology and Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering.
Professionally, he has offered consultancy and professional services to various organizations including; Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Nig. Ltd., Elf Petroleum, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Proceng Limited, among others.
He was the National Project Manager for the UNDP/ILO project on “Strategies for Self-Employment Promotion” in 1991/1992. He later in 1994 became a member of the Ogun State Executive Council as the State Commissioner for Special Duties, a position he held till 1996.
Professor Bello was a member of the Central Working Group of Vision 20-2020 and served as alternative Chairman for the Energy and Transportation Sub-section. He has also been a member of the Governing Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University (2007-2011), and Ogun State College of Education.
In the University of Lagos, he was the Head of Department of Chemical Engineering between 1999 and 2002; Chairman, Biotechnology Group from 2000; Chairman, Human Resources Development Board (2003-2009); Chairman, UNILAG Muslim Community from 2005 and Member, University Senate (1988-1992 and 1998 to date).
He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services) in April 2010 and became the Acting Vice-Chancellor in May 12, 2012.
Professor Bello is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers; Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers and Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Engineering.
Professor Bello is a community man. He has been the Chairman of his own community’s association in Lagos, Yewa Union Lagos since 2000.
Professor Bello is married and blessed with four children, all of whom are alumni of the University of Lagos.

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This was affirmed on Saturday as members of The Word of Life Bible Church, in Ajamimogha, Warri, Delta state, presented the Pastor with a private jet as his birthday gift.

The leader of Christian community in Nigeria, who is fondly called Papa Ayo, was celebrating his birthday and his 40th anniversary on the pulpit, when he was presented the gift.

Present amongst the congregation to felicitate with the Pastor was President Goodluck Jonathan.

The ceremony kicked off immediately with the entrance of the President with the singing of the national anthem.

The president gave a brief address on the celebrant and wished him many more years ahead.

Responding to all the good wishes, Pastor Oritsejafor thanked the President, the Delta state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Speaker, Delta state House of Assembly, Engr. Victor Ochie and all other dignitaries at the occasion.

The high point of the ceremony was the presentation of a private jet as birthday gift by members of the church.

A brief sermon was given by an international preacher, Dr Mike Murdock on seven laws of success.

He urged all Nigerians to build their faith and work with God.

Has Frank Edoho re-married? That’s the question everyone is asking, especially those who spotted the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host recently at the unveiling of the New Heineken bottle at the Federal Palace Hotel, where the handsome Tv host introduced Sandra Onyenaucheya as
his wife.

He told guests at the unveiling that he came to the event with his wife, Sandra, who was wearing also spotted wearing a wedding band.

Frank’s affair with Sandra went public last year after Frank Edoho ended his marriage with mother of his three children, TV gal, Katherine Edoho. Sandra, a mother of one, moved into Frank’s VGC home sometime last year.

hmmm…some people are already saying…Sandra Wants to be a millionaire..

Boosted by winning their first Champions League title, Chelsea reported an annual profit on Friday for the first time in the nine-year reign of Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

The Premier League club announced a profit of £1.4 million in the year to June 30, 2012, compared to a £67.7m loss in the previous financial year.

As well as earning about £47.9m from its successful Champions League campaign, which ended in a memorable victory over Bayern Munich on penalties in Munich, Chelsea said it also made £28.8m from dealings in the transfer market.

“We will never forget that night in Munich and now we are celebrating serious progress off the field, too,” Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said.

Chelsea posted a record turnover of £255.7m, up more than £30m on 12 months ago, with the club enjoying “an uplift in revenues from commercial activities including new partners and merchandising.”

It leaves only Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich ahead of the European champions in terms of turnover.

Chelsea said the financial results put the club in a strong position to comply with Uefa’s new financial fair play regulations, which oblige clubs in European competition to break even.

“Our club philosophy is built on success,” chief executive Ron Gourlay said.

“We had that success on the field this year, as we were the first London team to win the Champions League, and we enjoyed it off the field as well and this helps us inject financial investment into the team.”

Chelsea allowed big earners Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou to leave this summer, while also loaning out Michael Essien to Real Madrid.

With manager Roberto di Matteo keen to invigorate the squad with creative forwards, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Marko Marin were all brought in for a combined reported total of £70m in the off-season.

The outlay for these signings was unlikely to have been included in the figures for the last financial year.

Chelsea are second in the Premier League and level on points with Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of its Champions League group, with two matchdays remaining.

Abramovich is reported to have spent over £1 billion since taking ownership of the club from Ken Bates.