Monday, 30 April 2012

N2b Suit Against Oyedepo For Hearing May 2nd

The N2 billion suit instituted against the founder of the Living Faith Christian Church International, Bishop David Oyedepo, for slapping a young lady in his church would be heard at the Ogun State High Court on 2 May, reports Premium Times.

Robert Igbinedion, the lawyer who filed the suit on behalf of the young lady, two weeks ago, is seeking the court to award N2 billion as ‘general and exemplary damages’ against the flamboyant pastor.
Mr. Oyedepo was named the richest pastor in Nigeria last year by Forbes magazine with an estimated worth of over N20 billion.

Mr. Igbinedion says he intends to launch a barrage of petitions against the bishop “to stop him until investigations are over so he will not escape.”

“To let him know we are serious, I’m going to send a petition to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police on Monday (today) to investigate the assault,” Mr. Igbinedion told Premium Times over the phone, on Saturday.

“I’m also going to send copies of the petition to the American Embassy, the UK, and the EU to stop him from coming into their countries until the police clear him,” he added.

Bishop Oyedepo had allegedly slapped a young lady during his church programme, an action some worshippers argued was to exorcise the demon in the lady who claimed to be “a witch for Jesus”.
The video clip of the incident went viral as it was circulated on social networking sites on the internet. It was greeted with outrage and condemnation of the bishop’s action.

7 Confirmed Dead In Bayero University Bomb Attacks

A Scene of bomb blast at Bayero University, Kano

The Kano state police command reported earlier today that said people died and many others injured in a bomb attack on worshippers at Bayero University, Kano, on Sunday morning.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya, who made the confirmation, said in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the injured were taken to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

An eyewitness said some gunmen attacked the faithful while they were holding a service at 8.45 a.m. in a lecture theatre at the old site of the university.The witness said the gunmen threw some Improvised Explosives Devices in the lecture theatre and opened fire on those who attempted to run away from the scene.

The witness said members of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF)later arrived at the scene and engaged the attackers in a gun battle.The  JTF Spokesman, Lt  Ikedichi Iweha, said military operatives had been deployed to the area to restore order.Iweha refused to give further details, saying:“I can’t give you in details what happened as our people are now at the scene of the incident”.

Tuface Idibia Launch Fifth Album "AWAY AND BEYOND"

Africa's number one artist ,2face idibia is set to release his fifth  album titled "Away and beyond" today April 30,2012 at the eko conventional centre.     

NaijaBiff crew were at his album listening party at the 2nd year anniversary of  Nigeria Entertainment Today at lastweek Wednesday industry nite at Oriental hotel.

The album  contains 16 soulful tracks is being released under 2face's hypertek entertainment and Now Muzik.

"My New Album Is For The Mature Minds" ,2face said.

The first single My rainbow of the album was released few weeks ago .The album launch "buckwld & breathless ,Away & beyond" concert takes place tonight at the Eko Hotels & Suites ,V.I Lagos.

Boko Haram Bomb Police Boss’ Convoy As Over 10 People Dies

A suicide bomber on auto-bike, believed to be a member of the Boko Haram sect rammed into the convoy of the Commissioner of Police in Jalingo early today, killing at least two civilians, including himself.

•Okada riders killed this morning during the Jalingo bomb blast. Photo: Ben Adaji.

But the police officer escaped unharmed.
Some accounts said no fewer than 10 people died, but there was no official confirmation of the figure.

The explosion, which injured many people, resonated around the usually calm town, which is the capital of the north eastern state of Taraba.

An eyewitness told P.M.NEWS that the bomb explosion occurred at the Government House roundabout when the suicide bomber rammed into the convoy of the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Sule Mamani, who was passing through the area to his office at about 9 a.m.

As at press time, doctors, nurses and other medical personnel at Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo were working feverishly to save the lives of the injured victims.
The explosion, which is the first since the incident of Boko Haram bombings in many parts of the North forced the residents of Jalingo to run helter skelter.

Security operatives comprising the army and police have been moved to the scene of the bombing and investigation has commenced into the incident.

While the commissioner of police and his convoy escaped narrowly the bomb attack, his official vehicle, a new model of BMW car, in which he was driving, was badly damaged and his pilot rider was badly injured and he is one of the victims receiving treatment in the hospital.

Taraba’s police authorities confirmed three persons dead. Spokesman, Ibiang Mbaseki told AFP: “the bomber died with two others, who were passersby”. Meanwhile, to commiserate with the families of victims who lost their lives when Bayero University, BUK, Kano, Kano State, Northwest Nigeria, was bombed yesterday, authorities of the University have declared today as a day of mourning.

P.M.NEWS gathered that today has been declared lecture-free-day by BUK authorities. Non-academic staff will also observe it.

A power bike belonging to a police escort hit by the blast.

The spokesman of BUK, Mustapha Zahradeen confirmed this morning to our correspondent the position of the university.

He said the institution will be mourning throughout the day and as such there will be no lectures or work.
The corpse of Professor Andrew Leo Ogbonyomi, an indigene of Kogi State who died in the bomb attack is still in the mortuary. His colleague, Professor Jerome Ayodele Faniyi from Ekiti State is alive but was injured during the explosion.

Yesterday morning, 16 persons including Prof. Leo Ogbonyemi were killed while Christians were worshipping at a lecture theatre at Bayero University, Kano.

Several people were injured and were later rushed to the hospital.
The Christians were first attacked with gunshots which was followed by Improvised Explosive Device, IED, which was thrown into the hall by unknown assailants believed to be members of Boko Haram.

The victims included lecturers, students, non-academic staff of BUK and worshippers.
In another attack, Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram killed four people at a Sunday church service in the northeast town of Maiduguri, police said on Monday, adding to the death toll from a separate shooting in the country’s second largest city Kano.

Gunmen killed at least 15 people and wounded many more at a Christian service in Kano on Sunday, the latest round of violence which has seen hundreds killed in the mostly-Muslim north of Nigeria this year.
No group took responsibility for either attack and it was not clear if they were coordinated. But both strikes bore the hallmarks of the Boko Haram sect, which has used bomb and gun attacks in its push to carve out an Islamic state in Africa’s most populous nation.

“Boko Haram who were six in number came in a Volkswagen Golf car and shot the pastor and three others while they were about to administer the Holy Communion to worshippers,” Maiduguri police spokesman Samuel Tizhe said.

Maiduguri is the capital of northeast Borno state, Boko Haram’s home region and the location of the
majority of its attacks, which mostly target the police and military but have also hit churches and drinking spots.

In the attack in Kano on Sunday, gunmen arrived on motorbikes at a university lecture theatre used for Christian services and threw small homemade bombs into the building before shooting fleeing worshippers. nL5E8FT05E
“President Goodluck Jonathan condemns the murderous terrorist attack on the Bayero University Campus in Kano yesterday and the brutal killing of innocent worshippers at the University by vicious assailants,” a presidency statement said.

Jonathan has been criticized by Nigerians and foreign diplomats for failing to get a grip on the sect’s wave of violence, which has gained momentum since his presidential election victory a year ago.
Most of Boko Haram’s attacks focus on authority figures it believes have wronged the group by arresting or killing its members.

Nigeria’s more than 160 million population is split roughly equally between a largely Christian south and a mostly Muslim north.

—Ben Adaji/ Jalingo

Culled from pm news

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Photos: Lastest Photos Of Nollywood Star Genevieve Nnaji

Man Kills Girlfriend Over Abortion Money, Bury Her In His Room

Man Kill Girlfriend Over Abortion Money

A young man identified as Jim Zaccheus, a  27-year old security guard who allegedly killed his girlfriend, Miss Peace Mathias and buried her corpse in shallow grave in his room at Elechi Beach Waterfront, Mile One, Diobu in Port Harcourt Nigeria,  he said he killed her over abortion money and blamed the devil for his action.

Zaccheus was arraigned before Mrs. D.N. Wanjoku, who ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody for lack of jurisdiction of the Magistrate’s Court to adjudicate on matter.
The magistrate said since the court lacked the legal powers to hear the case, the suspect could approach the High Court for bail. She subsequently adjourned the case till 30 May for the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP’s advice on the case.

Sources said the suspect had told his interrogators that trouble started when he could not provide an undisclosed amount of money to procure an abortion of her deceased girlfriend’s three-month old pregnancy.

According to police sources, Zaccheus allegedly confessed that when he court provide the needed funds for the abortion, his deceased lover decided to procure a loan which he would pay later.
However, the suspect reneged on his promise after the abortion was procured successfully by the late girlfriend. But the late lover visited his house at Elechi Beach demand the refund of at least a part of the total money spent on abortion.

He allegedly said in his statement to the police that all attempts to persuade his deceased girlfriend to see reason that he was yet to receive his first salary from the security company where he worked fell on deaf ears.

He said “a quarrel ensued and it resulted in a brawl which made me push her and she hit her head on the wall of my room and slumped.

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole in Car Accident – 3 journalists die,several injured

Adams Oshiomhole in Car

Three journalists, Olatunji Jacob and George Okosun, both of the Independent Television, and Fidelis Ohani, a camera man of the African Independent Television (AIT), attached to Edo State Government
House, Saturday, lost their lives while Governor Adams Oshiomhole escaped death after a tipper rammed into the governor’s convoy along Warrake Road in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.

Six other journalists in the press bus and security operatives attached to the governor sustained various degrees of injuries while a photo journalist of the state-owned Observer Newspaper, Mr David Acha, and a driver, are in coma. Unconfirmed reports said the Chief Detail to the Governor was among those wounded.

Adams Oshiomhole in Car Accident

We learnt that the tragic incident happened when Oshiomhole was on his way to Auchi after he received some decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to his Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) at Afuze in Owan East Local Government Area. A visibly shocked Oshiomhole was speechless when he was contacted.

It was learnt that Jacob was killed on the spot while the two others died after they were rushed to a private hospital in Auchi.

Consequently, the Director General of the Oshiomhole Campaign Organization and the South South Vice Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, announced the cancellation of the rally scheduled for Saturday to kick-off the party’s governorship campaign in Edo South.

The tragic incident came barely three weeks after a journalist attached to the Independent Television Benin City, Chuks Ogu, was shot dead by unidentified gun men in Benin City.

According to eye witnesses, the tipper lorry, ran into the governor’s convoy, hitting the SUV behind Oshiomhole’s car, leading to a multiple crash involving the back up vehicle, the press bus and the Hilux car carrying the Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria.

As at the time of filing this report, the other journalists in the press bus had been rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) .

When contacted, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Tony Iyare, said he was on his way to the hospital.

Dj Khaled's Tour Bus Catches Fire and Blows Up

YMCMB rapper, producer, DJ khaled's customized tour bus caught fire and blew up last night.

DJ Khaled was supposed to perform at the 2012 Grad Bash April 27, but could not make the show because of the fire accident.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t make it 2 grad bash it was out my control my tour bus caught on fire & blew up!. “The gd thing me & my team is ok!”. Dj Khaled tweeted with the photo of the bus on fire.

Tour bus catches fire

The tour bus before catching fire

Genevieve,Omotola,Uche Jombo Nominated for Nollywood Movies Awards-[Full List]

The organizers of the Nollywood Movies Awards have announced the nominees for the maiden edition of the awards at a press conference held on friday 27th April ,2012 at the lagos ikeja hotel.
  Genevieve nnaji, omotola jalade Ekeinde ,Uche jombo, mercy johnson and omoni oboli will battle for best actress in a leading role while van vicker, ramsey noua, joseph benjamin,charles okafor,trybson dudukoko will battle for best actor in a leading role.
 The nominees party will take place on saturday 5th May 2012 at the oriental hotel in lagos with the main awards ceremony on saturday  2nd june 2012 at the civic centre,lagos to be hosted by kate henshaw and julius agwu.

   The primary aim of the NMA is to honor and recognize excellence in the industry
Full Nominees List
Best Movie


Best Actor in a Leading Role


Best Actor in a Supporting Role


Best Actress in a Leading Role


Best Actress in a Supporting Role


Best Actor in an Indigenous Movie (non-English speaking language)


Best Actress in an Indigenous Movie (non-English speaking language)


Best Indigenous Language Movie (non-English speaking language)

    * ETI KETA
    * AYE DUDU

Best Directing


Best Cinematography


Best Movie Editing


Best Movie Soundtrack


Best Sound Editing


Best Original Screenplay/Scriptwriting


Best Costume Design


Best Make-up


Rising Star Award


Photos: Nollywood actor Chidi Mokeme's Finally Get Married

Nollywood Old bachelor and handsome dude Chidi Mokeme finally got married to his lover yesterday in lagos. The white wedding took place at our saviour's church ,lagos. The traditional wedding took place last week in owerri, imo state....Look out for more photos

Photo: Obafemi Martins Buys N50m Lamborghini

Super Eagles striker Obafemi martins just acquired another multi million naira fast car earlier this month known as lambogini.. The car cost him 270,000 euros....Obafemi Martin is known for buying expensive toys...

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Designer Marc Jacobs and boyfriend enjoy a very amorous day at the beach


What is this world turning to? Designer Marc Jacobs, 49, and his 24 year old Brazilian boyfriend Harry Louis couldn't seem to keep their hands off one another at the beach....

We need readers comment about these picture above

Another Nollywood Actor Will Soon Die – Prophet TB Joshua

tb joshua prophecy

Just some weeks ago, a prophecy made by top Nigerian prophet and head of Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet TB Joshua on the death of an African leader came to pass.
Alas! It was the President of Malawi that was the victim.

The controversial man of God at his second service on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2012 warned the movie industry to pray against the death of a male actor.

“Actors in Nollywood should pray against death of a male member of the industry,” Prophet TB Joshua warned.

The Nigerian film industry witnessed a series of death last year. Ashley Nwosu, Sam Loco Efe, Geraldine Ekeocha and others all died last.
This year has already witnessed the death of David Ihieze and James Iroha popularly called Gringory.

Interview: One On One With Silkelly (Nigerian Idol 2 Physically Disabled Contestant)

Silkelly with Jay Doherty
 By Jay Doherty

Regular and addicted viewers  of Nigeria Idol season II should know the only disable contestant known as SilKelly that made it to the first 30 stage.

Naija Biff crew were with him at his residence somewhere at college road, Ogba to grant him an interview about his personal life, interest for music and life experiences in general.

Naija Biff: Tell us about you

Silkelly: Am popularly known as Silkelly but my real names are Slyva Isaiah. I hail from Bayelsa state, I was born and brought up in Port harcort, Rivers state, I did my education up to diploma level. I came from a family of ten, seven died, three are left and i am the last born of my family. I was born in a polygamous home, my dad married two wives. I plan of going back to school but right now am after my musical career, must confess music brings joy to my soul, its makes me forget about the past, stress and sorrow in my heart, Music also makes me know that there is a tomorrow and i have been singing  for the past 19years, I have been in the industry for a while and i must say i have affected lives with my music.

Naija Biff: Were you born physically disabled?

Silkelly : I was not born physically disabled, i was involved in an accident at age 7.

Naija Biff: When and how did you discover your musical gift?

Silkelly: I discover my musical gift in the year 2000 from a word of God that came from Rev Chris Oyakhilome, he said there is sxomehing in you that everybody like and they also comment positively that you do it, why not go out and do it. Before then i sing alot most people tell me that i sing like R kelly, some say i sing like Joe, others say i sing like boys2men, People keep on telling me to record my songs, so i prayed to God and when the word came from pastor Chris Oyakhilome i knew music was meant for me.
Naija Biff: When and how did you heard of Nigeria Idol season 2?

Silkelly: Nigeria idol season 2 is a big experience for me i must confess, its a miracle. I just came back from MTN project fame auditions heartbroken and i put on my TV set and saw the advert running on TV and i say to myself that is another oppourtunity for me, so i quickly rush to the cybercafe to fill the form.

Naija Biff: How did you make it to the first 30 ?

Silkelly: Its God i must confess

Naija Biff: What kind of music do you do?

Silkelly: I do commercial gospel and hiphop gospel
Naija Biff: Any futher support from Nigerian Idol?

Silkelly: I must Nigerian Idol is the greatest and best reality competition have ever participated in. The sponsores, the crew, judges are so good and nice to me. They are my family i must say. They being so supportive to my musical career, they booked musical session for me that featured the three finalist, they also promise to shoot a video for the song and promote the song

Naija Biff: Tell us about your song with the 3 finalist of Nigerian Idol

Silkelly: I was the studio trying to record my song title ''NOBODY" and the 3 finalist known as Mercy, Joe Blue and Steven just showed up and i told them that i will ike them to feature in the song, they agreed. The song will be on air soon. My album will also be out soon it is titled "NOBODY".
Naija Biff: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Silkelly: On top, i see myself impacting lives, i see myself making the less priviledge and disabled ones proud.
Naija Biff: Which musical artiste will you like to work with?

Silkelly: Tiwa Savage, 2face Idibia, Banky W, OJB, Righteous man, Mi, R kelly, Akon, Joe, etc.

Naija Biff: Which artiste have you worked with?

Silkelly : Alot of upcoming artiste, Righteousman, Soul E, Nigerian Idol season 2 finalist

Naija Biff: Any support from any personnel, government or private bodies?

Silkelly: A big thanks to my big boss Righteous man, he has help and support me alot. He did a song and shoot a video for me. The song is titled "EWO".
Naija Biff: Do you live alone?

Silkelly: Yeah

Naija Biff: How do you feed and pay your rent?

Silkelly: I must say its God. Most churches i go to perform give me love offerings.

Naija Biff: Any word for the people out there?

Silkelly: To my fans, i love you all. To private individuals, government and companies, pls i need your support to make my dream a reality you all can contact me with this numbers 07033018549, 08189443781 or God bless you all.

Miracle – Newborn Baby Found alive in Morgue 12 hours after Being Declared Dead

stillborn baby pictures

A newborn in Argentina was found very much alive in a morgue by her mother 12 hours after hospital staff had declared the baby dead.
The mother, Analia Bouguet, tells TeleNoticias TV that the hospital still has issued her only a death certificate for the infant rather than a birth certificate. Bouguet said she is planning to pursue a medical malpractice suit.
The Daily Mail reports that the baby was Bouguet’s fifth and was born prematurely. Two hours after being issue a death certificate, Bouguet and her husband visited the morgue because they wanted to see their child one more time.

“The baby was there and they put the little casket on a stretcher. We looked for a bar to pry it open,” the baby’s father, Fabian Veron, said in a press conference. “My wife looked and uncovered it slowly. She saw the little hand and then uncovered the face. That’s when it let the first little cry out.”
“That night, we went to the morgue. We wanted to take a photo of our daughter,” Bouguet told Argentina’s Clarin newspaper. “But when a worker opened the drawer, we heard a cry and she was alive.”

Photo: Rita Dominic Pregnant For Ramsey Noauh

 Just this photo online .. Where Rita Dominic has being confirmed pregnant for Ramsey Noauh...Well it a joke o just trying to do some gossip here..She is pregnant for him in a movie that will soon be release. The was shoot in Ibadan titled 76. The movie is about the ancient city of Ibadan.. so watch out for the movie soon.

Trayvon Martin Killer finally arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder

The 28-year-old neighborhood watchman who shoot dead the 17 year old boy known as Trayvon  Martin turned himself in yesterday in Florida after he learned he would be charged in the shooting dead  of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder and is being  held at Seminole County jail without bail.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Lagos Govt Unveils New Secretariat Annex

The Lagos State Government under governorship of Babatunde Raji Fashola has unveiled plans to build a new ultra-modern secretariat annex at the public car park, Alausa, Ikeja, Southwest Nigeria. The design for the new secretariat is ready and you can see it above.

According to reports the project is a multimillion project. The development will commence soon.

Nollywood Actress Adaora Ukoh Set To Launch Clothing Line For Pluz-Sized Women

Adaora Ukoh ,ibru sisters and other friends
Nollywood finest actress Adaora Ukoh is set to launch clothing line for plus-sized ladies like her . The clothing line to be called ADAORA Couture and it has been endorsed by many plus-sized ladies including the Ibru sisters,Gloria and Elvina Ibru.

 The collections include Red carpet Diva,The party rider,Plumb bohemian chick,The office lady classic casual and many more.

ADAORA Couture will be launched April 29,2012 , two days after Adaora's birthday

Adaora Ukoh(Front) with Plus-sized ladies

Mandela's 94th Birthday To Break Guiness World Records With 20 Million People Singing

Nelson madela

Nelson Mandela 94th birthday celebration to break guinness world record, with over 20 million people singing “happy birthday” to former president Nelson Mandela, was announced on Tuesday.

  “This year we hope to break the Guinness Book of World Records with more than 20 million South Africans singing,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Lead SA said in a statement.“We want to encourage the nation to join in.”

Last year the department and the civic participation group arranged for millions of school children to sing to Mandela at 8am on his birthday.Lead SA spokesman Yusuf Abramjee said he was confident that the public would show their love and affection for Mandela by participating in singing to him on his 94th birthday on July 18.

“In addition to the millions of school children, we want people in offices, in factories and those out on the streets to join in...”

 The SHOUT Foundation, a movement aimed at reducing crime, committed 94 singers to record the song for distribution in the run-up to Mandela's birthday.

Statement from D'banj's PR, Vanessa Amadi,

 Naija Biff published a news dated 08/04/2012 that D banj changes twitter info and unfollow Don Jazzy. Well according to D'banj PR Vanessa Amadi in a statement, she said  his twitter and facebook account was hacked. Read her statement below

Over the past few weeks Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo aka D'Banj has experienced a series of vicious hacks on several of his social networking sites including his Facebook page and more recently, his Twitter of which his account name was wrongfully changed.

Unfortunately the hackers managed to carry out a number of hurtful, damaging activities directly aimed to deceive D'Banj's fans with false information. 

With the help of the security teams at both Twitter and Facebook, we have managed to regain full control of the said sites which are currently being operated personally by D'Banj.

Fans can continue to interact with D'Banj at his official Twitter handle @IamDbanj and his official Facebook page
Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo is known and celebrated worldwide for his originality and distinctive sound and is committed to staying true to that foundation.

D'Banj apologies for any inconvenience caused by the hacking and thanks his beloved fans for their continued support.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Lagos Doctors In Warning Strike

Activities in Lagos General Hospitals will be paralysed tomorrow as doctors in public hospitals begin a three-day warning strike to demand for the implementation of the agreement they reached with the Lagos State Government last year.

However, eminent Lagosians and human rights activists have appealed to the doctors to shelve the strike and embrace dialogue so that patients in the state’s hospitals would not bear the brunt.

The doctors, under the aegis of the Medical Guild, said the state government had failed to implement a downward review of excessive taxation and the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale Structure, CONMESS, approved for them by the Federal Government last year, saying that the warning strike would end on Friday.

The doctors rose from its congress and decided to embark on the strike, after which they would embark on total strike by the end of this month, saying that they could no longer bear government’s insensitivity.

Chairman, Medical Guild, Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote said the doctors had held several meetings with the government on the issue and that nothing had been done about it since the last one year.

Prominent Lagosians, including monarchs, political leaders and clerics yesterday pleaded with resident doctors in Lagos State to shelve their strike in the interest of stakeholders in the health sector.

Human right groups condemned the planned industrial action, saying that it is in bad faith, unpatriotic and unfortunate.

Humanity Services Project, HSP, led by Comrade Linus Okoroji, berated the doctors for a shortfall in sensitivity, wondering why medical practitioners were embarking on strike based an ongoing agreement with the government.

He also revisited the on-going debate on true federalism, claiming that it was illogical for state doctors to use the condition of service of doctors in the Federal Civil Service as the yardstick for agitations for welfare at the state level.

On its part, the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate, CPPM, asked the aggrieved doctors to embrace dialogue in the interest of industrial peace in the state.

Its Executive Chairman, Mr. Nelson Ekujumi, said: “It is the grass that suffers. The common man cannot afford the services of private doctors. That is why we are calling on the doctors to shelve the strike and embrace dialogue”.
Okoroji, in a statement, said: “The Governing Board of Humanity Services Project (HSP) condemns the contemplated warning and incessant strike actions by Lagos State Doctors. HSP is alarmed about the news that the Lagos State doctors are spoiling to embark on a warning strike from Wednesday, April 11, 2012, just two days after the Easter break. This is very insensitive, unfortunate and condemnable”.

He said the group is also sad that “the contemplated action is an agitation against unimplemented agreement with Lagos State Government”.

Okoroji added: “We have restrained ourselves from issuing statements on previous strikes by Lagos State doctors. HSP is most disturbed that the agitations by doctors all the time are based on their selfish and personal interests, which is limited to conditions of service.

“HSP agrees that doctors, whose profession play a very vital role in saving human life, should be properly remunerated. But, it is unfair when doctors whose responsibilities revolve around saving of lives, take undue advantage of their most essential responsibility to impede government and society. Lagos State doctors are among the best remunerated among their contemporaries throughout Nigeria.

“HSP will like to draw attention of the Lagos State doctors to the real fact that, those who will be adversely affected by any strike whatsoever are the poor Lagosians. Is it fair to punish the people who are already in agony?

“We condemn in its entirety the contemplated strike by the doctors. It is important for the doctors to note that their services and responsibility to humanity are very essential, critical and anointed by God.”

According to him, “they must not under any guise jeopardise people’s access to their services. This must be against their professional ethics. They must look for other civilised means to resolve their differences with the government without jeopardising people’s access to their services. It should not be heard that doctors, who essentially must save life after God, should go on strike.”

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

Goodluck Jonathan Commission School For Alimajiri's (Street Kids)

President Goodluck Jonathan said in his visit to Sokoto today Tuesday that his administration was committed to providing quality education for the 9.5 million street children, known as Almajiri, usually products of Quranic schools, but left to wander the streets by their teachers.

Jonathan stated this at the inauguration of the first Federal Government-owned Almajiri Model Boarding School, Gagi in Sokoto metropolis.
 The President said that the school was built for the Almajiri

as part of his administration’s determined effort to provide equal access to education for all Nigerian children. He recalled that a study conducted by the Ministerial Committee on Almajiri Education in 2010 revealed that there were 9.5 million Almajirai in Nigeria.

Out of the number, the President said that the North-West geo-political zone alone accounted for almost five million, that is more than 60 per cent of the total population of the Almajirai nationwide.

“The fact that the majority of these children do not attend conventional basic education schools makes the situation quite worrisome. Our administration believes that the time has come for the nation to build on the moral foundations of the traditional school system.

“By providing the Almajirai with conventional knowledge and skills that will enable them fully realise their creative and productive potentials,” he said.

Jonathan said he subsequently directed the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqyyat Rufai, to liaise with the state governments and work out, the best approach for providing knowledge and skills for the youths.

“The Federal Government had pledged that every year for four years, that it will construct one hundred Almajirai schools to bring the total number of the schools to 400 nationwide. It is noteworthy that under this arrangement, the Federal Government has so far constructed 35 of such model schools.

“States with large populations of Almajirai will have both the boarding and day schools. Each school is equipped with a basic science laboratory, a computer room, vocational education workshop and a library.

Similarly, textbooks aligned to the national curriculum have been produced and teachers will be trained in line with the national policy on education and the national curriculum. The commissioning of the first model school in Sokoto today is only a precursor to the commissioning of other such schools, including the Day School located in Tambuwal town, which shall commence shortly,” the president said.

In addition to this, he said that additional support to states for the Almajirai education project was being provided through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC),

Corroborating the president’s position, Rufai said UBEC had constructed 51 Almajiri schools, boarding and day across the country.

The minister said that the UBEC intervention was to construct and thereafter hand over the schools to State Universal Basic Education Board to manage.

She said that the commission would also monitor the schools on a continuous basis to ensure compliance with minimum academic standards for basic education.

On the operations of the schools, Rufai said that the Federal Government would provide funds for the construction and equipment of the model schools.

She said that the Federal Government would also provide. textbooks and capacity-building for teachers.

The states, according to the minister, will be fully responsible for managing the schools, as well as the construction of additional schools in the long run in order to achieve the desired impact.

The minister said that the curriculum ran in the school should enable the students to continue their education beyond basic education in conventional secondary school and tertiary institutions.

She said that in case the students terminated at the basic level, the curriculum should also enable them to have acquired literacy and conventional skill to broaden their horizon. It will also enable them to be useful to themselves and the entire society

Photos: Karen Igho's Celebrate Birthday In Grand Style

The 2011 big brother Africa winner Karen Igho celebrated her birthday in a grand style on Friday April 6th at Scintilla, Lekki, Lagos. ..Lots of celebrities were there to support and celebrate with her..


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