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Gov. Ambode assures Lagosians that employment fund will be fairly distributed
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured Lagosians that the N25bn Employment Trust Fund recently established by the state will be distributed through a credible and transparent process.
Ambode said this on Thursday at a stakeholders’ summit organised by the state’s Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said.
The Governor, represented at the event by his Deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule, explained that the fund was meant for residents of the state with marketable business ideas.
Ambode, who stressed that the ETF Board had credible and experienced Nigerians, gave the assurance that the entire process of accessing the fund had been designed to be “credible, transparent, accountable and not discriminate on account of gender, religion, physical ability or disability, political affiliation and socio-economic background.”
According to him, the economic challenges facing Nigeria as a result of dwindling revenue from crude oil, presents a unique opportunity to chart a new course for sustainable economic growth.
West Africa marks end of Ebola after 11,300 deaths
Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases in West Africa of the tropical virus that has left more than 11,300 people dead in the region since late 2013.
Liberia was the country worst hit with more than 4,800 Liberians killed by the virus, and was awaiting the all-clear following the discharge of its last known patients in May.
“Liberia is again free of Ebola. We have just ended the incubation period following the last case,” Sorbor George, chief of communication at the ministry, told AFP.
The West African nation has now passed the World Health Organisation threshold of 42 days — twice the incubation period for the virus — since the last known patient tested negative for the second time.
"WHO commends Liberia’s government and people on their effective response to this recent re-emergence of Ebola,” said WHO Representative in Liberia Alex Gasasira in a statement.
How 40-yr-old man slept with 10-yr-old daughter for 18 months
Justice Kudirat Jose of Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja was on Thursday, told how a commercial driver, Ajayi Gbadegesin-40,had sexual intercourse with his daughter for one and half years.
Led in evidence by the state prosecutor, Mr Babatunde Oguntemowo before the court, an importer of laboratory and scientific equipment, Babatope Adamolekun said: ” on May 12, 2014, at about 8 am, on my way going to work at Bello bus-stop, Iju Lagos , I saw a 10 year old girl name (withheld) begging one woman for money. “I have compassion on her and started asking her while she did not go to school and the victim narrated to me that she lost her mother and she is staying with her step-mother in Agege, a suburb of Lagos and she needed money to go back. “She continued that her father has been having sex with her for more than one and half years and the one he had with her that night nearly killed her.
“She revealed that her father had sex with her more then 3 times that night.” The witness further told the court that when he asked the girl of her father’s whereabouts, she told him that her father’s commercial bus was parked a few meters away where the bus stopped and that he has gone to get fuel.
Adamolekun told the court that he ordered that the man be taken to the police station, while he arranged for a tricycle with four other people and compelled him to the station. Further he said, “on getting to red house police station at Iju Ishaga in Agege, I told the police what happened and they assigned a woman IPO who requested that the girl be taken to hospital for test and treatment. Meanwhile, he said “I assisted them with N7,500 then in the evening that day I was called when I got there, and I was showed the result from the hospital and the drugs which confirmed that her father had sex with her. He also said : ” the DPO Ajimote directed them to charge the matter to court immediately after seeing the report.” The next morning Gbadegesin admitted of having sex with his daughter, saying it was devil’s work. “Then we chartered a vehicle to Abule Egba Magistrate court where I was called as a witness and the Magistrate ordered that the girl be taken to Idi Araba for rehabilitation home and her father was remanded in Kirikiri prison.”
Banks agree to halt mass sack
Bank workers, who have been apprehensive over the retrenchment gale in sector, can now heave a sigh of relief, as Deposit Money Banks, under the aegis of Bankers Committee have agreed to halt further mass sack in the industry.
The decision was announced at the end of the 327th Bankers Committee meeting in Abuja, Thursday. Mrs. Tokunbo Martins, CBN Director of Banking Supervision; Mrs. Bola Adesola, Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank; Mr. Philip Odozua, retiring Managing Director of UBA; Mr. Emeka Emuwa, Managing Director of Union Bank and Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, Acting Director of Communications of the CBN, briefed the press on the outcome of the meeting.
Muslim funeral service begins for Muhammad Ali
A traditional Muslim funeral service for Muhammad Ali began Thursday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky opening two days of farewell ceremonies for the beloved boxing legend and civil rights hero.
An estimated 16,000 people of all creeds and ages packed the Freedom Hall arena for a prayer service for Ali, who died last week at the age of 74.
A funeral procession will wind its way through the city Friday for people to pay their last respects to one of the 20th century’s most singular personalities.
Nigeria losing 130,000bopd, N1.34bn daily, as Shell shuts TNP
Nigeria’s crude oil export dipped further by 130,000 barrels per day, as operators yesterday said the Trans Niger Pipeline, TNP, operated by Shell Nigeria, has been shut down after a leak was discovered on the pipeline. The operator, who chose not to be named, said a memo was sent out to participants in the TNP, that the pipeline was expected to be shut down for at least a week. The shutdown would see a deferment of about 130,000 barrels per day crude oil export, which would cost Nigeria about $6.716 million, an equivalent of N1.343 billion daily. This was even as another operator said the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL), carrying Bonny Light crude oil to the export terminal has been reopened. The operator said the pipeline which was shut down last month by the operator, Aiteo, has been repaired and is operating again. Sources said that Bonny Light production from the Aiteo field was also ramping up after the pipeline restart. The Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), according to Shell, transports around 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day to the Bonny Export Terminal and is part of the gas liquids evacuation infrastructure, critical for continued domestic power generation (Afam VI power plant) and liquefied gas exports. Shell said the TNP loopline project created an alternative route to avoid sabotage, bypassing areas where theft and illegal refining was common.
91.1% of tomato paste in Nigeria are fake, substandard
Tomatoe Pastes manufacturers in the country including Dangote Farms, Erisco Foods Limited and Savanna Farms Thursday told the House of Representatives Joint Committees on Health Care Services and Drugs and Narcotics that over 91.1 percent of tomato pastes in the country were fake and substandard.
This is just as the House has condemned the alleged importation of dangerous killer tomato pastes imported into the country and promised to carry out investigations into the matter. Meanwhile, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has fined the Erisco Foods what it called administrative charge of N1 million for an alleged unauthorised advertisement of Erisco range of products without getting clearance and approval from the agency.
Woman loses 20-year marriage to attempted rape on husband
A 44-year-old businesswoman, Adenike Rodoye, had lost her 20-year-old marriage to her husband, Durojaiye, because she was always tearing his boxers so as to rape him. “My wife has turned my boxers to rags as she always tears them to rape me,” he told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State on Thursday.
The 56-year-old-petitioner, Durojaiye, alleged that his wife was always threatening his life through beating and that he was afraid she might kill him one day. “I had to run away from my 22-flat building to rent an apartment elsewhere just to avoid her frequent beatings, but she trailed me to my new apartment to fight me.
“I had reported her in the past to different police stations, but it did not yield any positive result,” he said. Durojaiye, a pensioner, also alleged that his wife poured hot water on the new wife his family married for him from the village. He begged the court to end their 20-year-old marriage, saying he was no longer in love with his wife whose actions had continued to endanger his life.
“Please, separate us before my wife kills me, my life is not safe with her, I am a pensioner, I need to enjoy the fruits of my labour,” he said. However, the wife, Mrs Adenike Rodoye, 44, a businesswoman, denied all the allegations levelled against her by her husband. She alleged that her husband was a womaniser. “My husband runs after anything in skirt; he always sends me packing from the house whenever he wants to bring in another woman. “He once sent me out with the children for three years. “After sending me out, he had married six different women, but none stayed long with him. He was always begging me return to my matrimonial home later,” she said. The mother of five said she never raped her husband, adding that it was normal for husband and wife to make love.
Judge Presiding Over Saraki Case Is Dead!
Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court is dead.
Until his death, Chukwu presided over the alleged forgery case, filled by some senators opposed to the leadership of the 8th senate, against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
A statement issued by the court’s Chief Registrar, Emmanuel Gako, in Abuja on Thursday, said Mr. Chukwu died after a brief illness.
According to the statement obtained by THEWILL, the court has declared Thursday a work free day in honour of the departed judge.
The statement also directed all court registrars to adjourn cases that were initially slated for hearing to ensure total compliance.
The deceased was also handling the trial of former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, over allegations of abuse of office and economic crimes by levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The case was recently re-assigned to the deceased judge by the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ibrahim Auta.
This followed Justice Adeniyi Ademola’s declining to give judgment in the matter following an allegation of bias raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
NAN reports that Justice Chukwu was born on Aug. 24, 1964 in Afikpo North LGA of Ebonyi State and was appointed a judge of the court on Jan. 23, 2008.
President appoints Akabueze DG Budget Office
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of his Special Adviser on Planning, Mr Ben Akabueze as the new Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation.
Mr. Akabueze takes over from Mr Tijani Mohammed Abdullahi who will now serve as Special Adviser to the President on Planning and will continue to work with the Minister of Budget and National Planning.
Both Mr Akabueze and Mr. Abdullahi joined the Ministry of Budget and National Planning in February this year.
Their redeployment is part of an ongoing exercise aimed at further repositioning the Ministry to effectively deliver on its core mandate.