Friday, 7 April 2017

JULIET IBRAHIM NAMED WORLD KIDNEY CANCER DAY GLOBAL AMBASSADOR

Juliet Ibrahim at the 1st Ever World Kidney Cancer Day Global Ambassador
Screen sweetheart Juliet Ibrahim has been named the Global Ambassador of the 1st-ever World Kidney Cancer Day by the International Kidney Cancer Coalition, IKCC.
The announcement was made via the IKCC Twitter page on the first day of the 7th International Kidney Cancer Coalition conference which the actress cum philanthropist is presently attending in Warsaw, Poland.
The World Kidney Cancer Day, which will be an annual event, was also launched at the conference and the first edition will hold on 22 June 2017.
The Juliet Ibrahim Foundation, JIF was launched in December 2011 to start an awareness campaign about cancer of the kidney.
The JIF is aimed at helping Ghanaians, Nigerians and other West African citizens to know their status and prevent kidney cancer as well as other kidney related diseases from getting to the incurable stage.

Corps member dies of heart failure in Sokoto


A Corps member, Anthony Ochai, from Benue State, has died of heart failure in Sokoto, the State NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, has said.
Abubakar made the disclosure in Sokoto on Friday, during the passing out ceremony of 1,411 corps members deployed to the state under the 2016 batch ”A”, Stream One.
He said:” The late corps member was serving at the Government Secondary School, Tsamaye, Sabon-Birni Local Government in the state.The deceased was resting after a football match between the various batches of the scheme, suddenly he just collapsed and died.
” His remains were brought to the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto and it was confirmed that he died of heart failure.”
Abubakar further stated that the late corps member hailed from Ugbokolo village, in Ukopo local government of Benue state.
The coordinator also said that the remains of the late Ochai would be buried on Friday in his home town, in Benue State.
Abubakar further disclosed that 10 corps members had their service year extended by between three months to one year, for abscondment.
In the same vein, 10 corps members were given state merit awards, while four others received the Chairman’s commendation certificate.
He added that 85 other corps members were given commendation letters for outstanding performance.
Abubakar advised the outgoing corps members to continue to be good ambassadors of the service.

INVESTIGATION: How Jigawa Govt’s land grab for Chinese firm threatens livelihood of 150,000 citizens

Jigawa land Owner

The decision by the government of Jigawa State to hand over 12,000 hectares of land spread across four local government areas to a Chinese investor is threatening the livelihood of about 150,000 persons in the state.
The 12,000 hectares are spread across Gagarawa, Taura, Suletankarkar and Garki local government areas of the state.
The state government had in 2014 signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with the Lee Group to allocate land to the company to set up a sugarcane plantation with a view to setting up a Sugar factory.
When PREMIUM TIMES visited the area recently, locals said if the government insists on carrying out the land grab, 22 largely farming villages and 27 Fulani hamlets will have to give way.
They also said apart from losing their lands, they will not know what to do with their “over three million goats, sheep and cattle” spread across the towns and villages”.
While the villagers are insisting that the government would have to “kill us all” to succeed in taking over their lands, the government is saying there is “no going back” on the decision.
The villagers said most of them voted for the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, principally due to the promises made by various candidates prior to the 2015 elections to “reverse the decision to hand over the lands to a foreigner”.
One of them, Muhammad Danu of Gayar Mallam village said, “We are in serious tension and everyone you see here is in a deep state of shock because of what a government we elected is trying to do to us.
“I am an APC member and I was one of those who campaigned for the party day and night in all the nooks and crannies of our communities.
“The message we passed to the people that convinced them to vote for the APC is that those seeking to govern us have promised to stop the attempt to handover our lands to Mr. Lee.
“What we understand by what Mr. Lee is planning to do with our lands will surely lead us to high rate of poverty, unemployment and subsequently armed robbery and even terrorism,” he said.
THREAT OF VIOLENCE
PREMIUM TIMES met with representatives from over 10 villages in Gayar Malam village. At the meeting, most of the speakers expressed their readiness to defend their lands “with everything at our disposal”.
A former three-time councillor representing the area at Gagarwa Local Government Council, Alhassan Gayawa, advised the government to handle the matter with caution.
“Boko Haram began because of (motorcyclist’s) helmet, there are many associations willing to join us to resist this thing. Anywhere you go now, you see refugees begging for food, that is what the government is planning to turn us to. It will never happen! We are prepared to die rather than allow ourselves turned into refugees, I swear to God almighty,” he said.
Another villager, Wada Bello, said residents were ready to lay down their lives to protect their lands. He expressed shock that the state government is “taking over lands belonging to over 150,000 people and giving it to one person who came from China.”
“Does it mean one person has more value than 150,000 people in the eyes of Jigawa State government?”
Mr. Bello said they will not allow their kids become refugees or be branded as terrorists if they eventually choose to defend their lands.
“We want to raise our children as good, law-abiding citizens.  It is through this land that we take care of these children, pay their school fees and eventually help them get married and to also raise their own families.
“What the government is planning to do is not fair and it may lead to the death of thousands of people if they insist. We will never allow them take over our ancestral lands. We will resist it vehemently,” he said.
An elderly Fulani villager, Hassan Gayawa, lamented the government’s relocation plans for the affected villagers.
He said while the government has relocation plans for the native Hausa villages, there was no such plans for the over 20,000 Fulani scattered all over the area.
“Are we not Nigerians too? Every political official or traditional office holder met Fulani people in Gagarawa Local Government. They said Mr. Lee would now use all the surrounding forests, so should we stop cattle herding?”
Mr. Gayawa listed the villages to be affected by the decision to include Yalawa, Maijiruwa, Garin Ciroma, Danmade, Piriya, Goda, Kanyu, Kagadama, Zarom Gaban Giwa, Kore Balatu, Dan Nani, Kore Sabuwa, Wusada, Kore Baba, Nasarawa, Ganji, Kore Karama, Gayawa, Gagarawa, Roni, Ankai, and Mai Zaure.
He said the government had already announced that all the villages alongside 18 Fulani hamlets that have less than forty houses “would be levelled to the ground”.
“They said only villages that have schools and hospitals would be allowed to remain. Where do they want people to go?”
Many of the villagers said the Jigawa State government should learn from neighbouring Kano State.
Wada Bello said in Kura Local Government Area of Kano State, farmers were allowed to keep their lands and cultivate them while the government provides irrigation facilities.
“If you go there now, farming activities is all year round and people only pay the government for water supplied to their farmlands and other implements,” he said.
He said farmers in all the villages are engaged in the cultivation of millet, guinea corn, beans, sesame, cassava and hibiscus.
“At this very spot we are standing, one person cultivated Hibiscus and sold it for N450,000 without even taking it to the market. How can you collect that land from this person and expect peace?” he said.
Mr. Bello called on the governors of neighbouring states such as Kano, Bauchi, Katsina and Yobe to advise Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa “to have a rethink about this plan, otherwise if the situation escalates, it will affect them.”
“Refugees will naturally troop to their states. Both the governors and international organizations should come to our aid before it is too late. Now is the time to nip this thing in the bud,” he said.
All the villagers who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES vowed not to accept any compensation from the state government.
“Even those who were forced to collect it are now regretting,” Mr. Bello said.
The villagers also lambasted some of their elected office holders for “siding with the government, except one, Sani Zorro, who represents us at the House of Representatives”.
LAWMAKER RAISES CONCERN
Mr. Zorro had in November 2016 raised the issue of the land grab on the floor of the House.
Speaking under matters of urgent national importance, the lawmaker alleged that the Lee Group planned to seize 15,000 hectares of farmland in Jigawa state.
He said foreign companies under the pretext of investing in Nigeria had displaced a lot of people.
He also said he was disturbed by the land-grabbing activities by Mr. Lee’s group in many states in the North, the latest being its incursion into Jigawa.
The lawmaker said that it was a ploy by the company to forcefully acquire over 15,000 hectares of farmland.
According to Mr. Zorro, the development will dispossess more than 10,000 peasant farmers of their farmlands in over 35 farming communities in Gagarawa Local Government Area of his constituency.
“The company plans to grow sugarcane against the will of majority of the people who own farmlands,” he said.
Mr. Zorro also traced the history of the conflict as it relates to Lee Group in an email response to our inquiry.
He said the Lee Group is only known in the footwear industry, in Kano. He also said the company recruited officials of the Jigawa State Government to influence the allocation of the huge acreage of land, to cultivate sugarcane, sometime in 2014.
“It later turned out that Lee Group established the Great Northern Agribusiness Ltd. with no experience whatsoever in sugarcane production, either in, or out of Nigeria, for Mr. Lee Jnr., heir-apparent to the ailing Mr. Lee Snr., a conglomerate registered in Hong Kong.
“Under a deal shrouded in secrecy, Jigawa’s former Governor, Sule Lamido, acting through his Commissioner of Lands and Survey, granted a certificate of occupancy covering the disputed farmlands on 7th January, 2015, a 40-year letter of grant, ceding the 12,000 hectares of farmlands belonging to peasant farmers, to an otherwise unknown Chinese entity.
“There was no prior consultation with either true owners of the land or elected representatives of the affected people for their consent or counsel before the premeditated confiscation of their land. And, in an attitude more identified with   conquering pharaohs than of elected servants of the people, Jigawa’s current governor has chosen to turn a deaf ear to all protestations against the impunity and tyrannical fashion with which he has carried on with the project, contrary to his earlier promise, to revoke it,” Mr. Zorro said.
The lawmaker said some of the affected farmers had already organised themselves and formed the Gagarawa Sugarcane Cooperative Association and have resorted to peaceful and civilized means of seeking justice from the High Court of Jigawa State under Justice Ubale Taura.
“So far, the court has sat four times and the judge has fixed 6/4/2017 for ruling on the farmers’ earlier application for a restraining order against further encroachment on their property by both the state government and the Chinese company as well as for the retention of the status quo ante,” he said.
The Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, while ruling on the motion, had referred it to the House Committee on Judiciary for advice on the next step to be taken on the matter.
NO GOING BACK
Efforts to speak with the government of Jigawa State over the issue were unsuccessful.  The spokesperson to Governor Badaru, Bello Zaki, when contacted said he had no “adequate information on the matter to share” with PREMIUM TIMES.
Also, the state commissioner for Lands could not be reached for comments for this story.
Efforts to speak with him at his office in Dutse when PREMIUM TIMES visited were unsuccessful. Aides said that he was out of the state on official assignment and declined to speak on his behalf.
He did not answer several calls to his mobile phone. He also failed to respond to our text messages.
However, an aide of the governor, Ibrahim Hadejia, said the decision on 12,000 hectares, which was initially given to the Lee Group, was inherited from the previous administration.
Mr. Hadejia, who spoke to Daily Trust Newspaper in February, said although the government did promise to halt the project during the 2015 campaigns, the decision had to be reviewed “having realised the importance of the project.”
He was quoted to have said that the government is acting within the law as it relates to the Land Use Act.
He said the fact that the villagers “did not collect their compensation will not stop us. We don’t have to force anybody to accept their compensation cheques.
“The case is in court now where they are challenging overriding public interest. Let’s play on, the law must be allowed to take its course,” he said.
The state Commissioner of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture, Ibrahim Mamser, had on December 3, 2016 informed journalists that the Chinese firm would pay N1.2 billion as compensation to the farmers.
Mr. Mamser, who spoke after a meeting of the State Executive Council that held at Government House, Dutse, did not, however, mention the specific plans for the relocation of those who agreed to accept the financial compensation.
After repeated efforts by PREMIUM TIMES, including a visit to its office in Kano, to get a response from the Lee Group on the apparent land gab, a spokesperson of the Chinese firm referred all questions to the Jigawa State government.
“Please, kindly contact His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Jigawa,whatever he told you is the position of the project,” the spokesperson of the company, Umar Majiya, said in a text response.

For Femi Adeyeye: Our Yeye University Heads And Mumu Police Force And Jankara Judges By Charly Boy


So, as una no fit provide quality education and conducive environment for growth and learning, na to dey arrest and rusticate students wey complain remain.. Abi? As education system don collapse, university authorities, una still get the mind to dey go on strike?
Kai, which kin winche dey worry my people sef!
Abeg, na wetin be the problem of University heads these days? Which law dey empower una to deyrusticate students for asking for their rights? In fact Ehn, some of you students should be ashamed of yourself! Most of you are not physically challenged, yet, you are docile to the point of ignorance. You all kept mum over the rustication of one of your colleagues. Una no know say an injury to one is an injury to all?
Of all the jagbajantis wey dey happen for Unilag, and across most of our higher institution of learning, na thejankara arrest and detention of Femi Adeyeye vex me pass! Wetin happen na?!!
God save una say una release am ooo.
think say una no dey fear, una for leave am pass today make we for see wetin for happen. Nonsense. 
Parents dey battle with the regular strike that keeps our students idle but una own na to dey silence and intimidate students who know their rights and are standing up to the messed up system. Boys, now you can see who the real enemies are.
How can a University ignore its values and tenets only to embark on a student union vendetta? Wetin be unaproblem?! Una go soon begin see anyhow o.
Because pikin wey say him mama no go sleep, him self no go sleep ooo
As for Femi Adeyeye and other Student Activists wey una been arrest for protesting and fighting for their rights. I want to let you guys know that you all are my heroes. Because of youths like you, I am emboldened. I strongly believe that Nigeria can only be saved by its exceptional youths. You guys have proven that you stand out. I am with you all the way in this fight to see our nation return to normalcy and to retrieve your stolen future.
Welcome back, guys. Aluta Continua!!
God punish bad people!!!
If your Mumu Don Do, visit our site and register now: www.ourmumudondo.org.
Charly Boy and Femi Adeyeye

Thursday, 6 April 2017

BRAZIL TOP FIFA RANKING AGAIN AFTER 7 YEARS

Brazil
Five-times world champions Brazil have returned to what they will consider their rightful place at the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years.
Brazil have enjoyed a impressive revival since Tite replaced Dunga as their national team coach last year, winning all nine matches they have played under his leadership including eight World Cup qualifiers.
They continued their run in March with a 4-1 win in Uruguay and 3-0 win over Paraguay to become the first side to book their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with four games to spare.
Brazil, who replaced arch-rivals Argentina at the top, previously led the rankings going into the 2010 World Cup where they were eliminated by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.
Since then, they have suffered a string of embarrassments, with elimination by Paraguay at successive Copa America tournaments in 2011 and 2015 and their infamous 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.
Argentina lost their place after last week’s 2-0 defeat in Bolivia which has left them struggling to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Four of the top five teams in the rankings announcement by FIFA on Thursday, are from South America. Chile are fourth, Colombia fifth and Germany sandwiched in between in third.
Egypt are Africa’s best-placed team in 19th while Asia’s top side are 28th-placed Iran.
Top ten rankings (previous month’s places in brackets)
1. Brazil (2)
2. Argentina (1)
3. Germany (3)
4. Chile (4)
5. Colombia (7)
6. France (6)
7. Belgium (5)
8. Portugal (8)
9. Switzerland (11)
10. Spain (10)

(PHOTOS) MERCY JOHNSON REPRESENT KOGI’S 1ST LADY AS SHE GETS RECOGNIZED


Mercy Johnson, who was recently appointed as the Senior Special Adviser on Entertainment, Art and Culture to the Governor of Kogi State was present at the 20th Edition of the City People Awards for Excellence. She stood in for the First Lady of Kogi State, Hajia Rasheeda Bello.  The Kogi First Lady was specially recognized for her remarkable pet project, Kogi Women and Youth Advancement Foundation (KOWYAF).


Check out Photos below.













Pastor Adeboye to annoint RCCG children against meningitis as Zamfara governor says outbreak is God’s punishment


  • Meningitis is a viral or bacterial infection of the membrane covering the brain.
The outbreak of meningitis in parts of Nigeria has been claimed to be a punishment from God by Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari 
But renowned man of God, Pastor E. A. Adeboye has instructed his congregants to get their children anointed to prevent getting the disease.
Speaking at a recent service, the General Overseer said, ‘If you have been listening to the news, you will hear of an outbreak of Meningitis. We don’t want any kind of plague to come near our children.
‘So, we want to anoint them and set them apart. So, make sure all children are there at the special Holy Ghost service for children.’
The disease has claimed close to 400 lives across 16 states in Nigeria.
The charge by the RCCG clergy has been met with criticism from a section of Nigerians who feel medical vaccination is a better preventive move than the spiritual.

@bisialimi He should have said " come for anointing and pls make sure you get vaccinated" at this point, the vaccination is more important. He didnt
@bisialimi @KadariaAhmed I really pity those who believe these things. They rub you olive oil and go get the best of medicare from their personal physicians.
@bisialimi People should not let any Pastorpreneur use their lives to practice their anointing for money. Get vaccinated!!!
Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the membrane covering the brain which is caused by viral or bacterial infection.
It is a deadly disease that kills in a very short time if not treated.

Do share your thoughts on the clergy man’s comment.