Regular breast examination is important –Oncologist

Regular breast examination is important –Oncologist

Motunrayo Joel

A Consultant Oncologist and Radiotherapist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Anthonia Sowunmi, has said breast cancer is on the increase because people neglect breast examination.

She said about 70 per cent of persons with breast cancer only visit the hospital when their case has already reached the advanced stage.

Sowunmi made this known at a donation of drugs and other materials to cancer patients, organised by the Built for God Foundation, in partnership with the D-Mastectomy Incorporated, Canada, recently.

“At the Department of Oncology, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, we see at least 10 new cases of breast cancer.

“You can imagine this is only at our centre. I believe with better awareness and campaigns in favour of breast examination, people will be better sensitised,” she said.

Also speaking, the founder, B4G Foundation, Mr. Bosun Rufai, identified counselling as an integral part of cancer treatment.

Rufai, a cancer survivor, advised people to always go for routine check-ups, which he said would lead to early detection and treatment before the disease reaches an advanced stage.


When will the US leave the UN?

When will the US leave the UN?

By Owei Lakemfa

MANY maybe unaware that the on-going bruising battle between the United States , US, and the United Nations,UN, over the former’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not the first altercation triggered by President Donald Trump.

Earlier in the year, the Trump administration had tried to bully the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, into submission over the issue of Jerusalem.

UNESCO was established on November 16, 1945 to build peace in the world employing education, science and culture, promoting human rights and integrating world values.

As part of its mandate, it resolved in December, 2016 to ask Israel to rescind all legislative and administrative measures capable of “altering the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem” and to rethink its occupation of East Jerusalem.

The Trump administration which came into office a month later, described the UNESCO resolution as an “anti-Israeli bias” and demanded it be rescinded. When this was not forthcoming, the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson wrote on October 12, 2017 withdrawing the US from UNESCO.

On December 6, Trump made his declaration recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by deciding to move the US embassy to the city contrary to a standing fifty-year declaration by the UN that the Palestinians have a right to a state and that the status of East Jerusalem, seized by Israel in 1967 will be determine by international negotiations.

There was outrage across the world and in two weeks, the US was forced to face the consequences of its act; it was shunned even by the tinniest of nations and its allies, forced to explain and defend its positions and humiliated. It started with the Monday December 18, 2017 meeting of the UN Security Council which voted that any recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital “must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council”.

Fourteen members voted for while the US alone voted for itself. To stop the overwhelming majority decision, the US used the veto. It was the first US veto in six years. US Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley almost apologetically said of the veto: “This is not something that the United States does often… We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance.

The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.” In truth it was both an embarrassment and humiliation for the US.

To underscore this, President Trump lamented: “All of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council or they vote against us, potentially, at the Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us”.

Following a call for a vote in the UN General Assembly to pooh-pooh the American veto, Trump threatened: “Well, we’re watching those votes… Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

With the General Assembly vote slated for Thursday December 21, America went into a panic mood. This had been heightened by the fact the day after the Security Council vote, the General Assembly had by 176 – 7 votes, reaffirmed the right of the Palestine to a state and self-determination. To stave off the looming disaster and shame, the Americans wrote an ill-advised letter of threat and intimidation to all countries warning them of dire consequences if they dared vote against the US. The letter signed by Haley told them: “As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the President and the US take this vote personally. The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us”. It was like a primary school Head Teacher warning pupils that the Headmaster was watching.

Predictably, many countries were incensed. The Bolivian Representative , Sacha Llorenty told Harley that the first name in her black book should be Bolivia.

The Republic of Botswana responded in a letter: “Botswana will not be intimidated by such threats and will exercise her sovereign right and vote based on her foreign policy principles which affirm that Jerusalem is a fundamental final status issue, which must be resolved through negotiations in line with the relevant United Nations resolutions. Despite the consequences, Botswana encourages all Member States of the United Nations to support the resolution on the Status of Jerusalem”.

The scenario reminds me of American threats in a January 3, 1975 letter signed by then President Gerald Ford warning African countries not to recognise the MPLA Government in Angola. In response, the Nigerian Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed had mounted the Organisation of African Union, OAU, rostrum to denounce America and declare: “ Africa has come of age. It’s no longer under the orbit of any extra continental power. It should no longer take orders from any country, however powerful.”

Last week, the UN General Assembly resolution urged nations to “refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions” in Jerusalem and accept the consensus under international law that East Jerusalem should be the future capital of a Palestinian state. When the vote was taken, 128 countries voted against America and only 9 voted for with 35 abstentions.

The American humiliation was complete as its traditional allies like France, Britain, Germany and Japan voted against it as did countries under American military occupation like Iraq and Afghanistan. The disgrace was worsened by the fact that only five countries of substance voted for US; America itself, Israel, two Latin American countries, Guatemala and Honduras, and the black leg in Africa, Togo. The four other votes came from tiny countries dependent on America; Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau!

An obviously confused Harley declared the UN vote “null and void” .The Americans railed: “We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations”.

Although a bumbling apprentice President with no flare for learning anything new, nobody can dispute the fact that Trump is experienced in the stocks, except that he has ran down the American international stocks so much that it might achieve a junk status by the time he leaves power or power leaves him.

The US has obviously become a drag on the UN and world peace. Since it considers itself as the world, I wonder when it will depart the UN in peace as it did UNESCO. Please let us meet next week on ‘The Day the US departs the UN’.

JAMB to conduct mock exams in January

JAMB to conduct mock exams in January

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), is to  conduct its optional mock examination in January, preparatory to a better examination later in the year.

The board made this disclosure in a statement signed by its Head of Media, Mr Fabian Benjamin and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

The board also reiterated the need for candidates to register on time and ensure that they follow due process in order to avoid avoidable challenges.

“As we prepare for the 2018 examinations, beginning with the optional mock, we urge candidates to register on time, make clear their choices of institutions, disciplines and examination centres in the process.

“Candidates must note that their first choice can be a College of Education, a university, an Innovation Enterprise Institution, a polytechnic or a monotechnic.

“Others include, the Nigerian Defence Academy or the Police Academy.

“We will conduct a better examination, ensure more transparent admission and make more remittances to the government,” stated the statement.

The board, which described 2017 as year of transformation to success with the support of stakeholders, added that 2017 was its most eventful year so far.

“In 2017, the board conducted one of the most transparent, inclusive and acceptable examinations with the least incidence of malpractices.

“We invested significantly in the development of intellectual structures, examination infrastructure and human human resources.

“This will propel more development in 2018 and put the board in the position to compete favourably with any public institution; globally, be it an examination body or service agency.

The board also noted that while it had opened its “entire functionality to public participation and scrutiny”, it had been able to adopt some of the suggestions made by the public, which it said, had helped “to build the new JAMB”.

It promised to sustain and make better the entire process in 2018, noting that the success of its Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) portal helped to achieve success.

“Candidates were exposed to the new admission software to check admission excesses and our aim is to ensure that no candidate is unjustly treated.

“The only way to achieve this was to open the process up for everybody to see who is admitted, with what aggregate score, and who is not and why is he or she was not admitted.

“Also, candidates were able to use the CAPS window to monitor admissions into institutions of choice to ensure that they are not cheated”.

The board added that it would continue to take up its statutory responsibility in order to meet the mandate of the government, which was to bring new ways of generating revenue while also improving service to the public.

“We will continue to do everything possible to support the drive of this administration towards excellence”.



Buhari addresses Nigerians tomorrow

Buhari broadcast to the nation January 1

By Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to make a national broadcast on January 1, 2018 at 7 am. on the occasion of the 2018 New Year.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, urged television and radio stations to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria for the broadcast.

​The year Nigeria almost disappeared

The year Nigeria almost disappeared

By Simon Kolawole
It is time to confess my sins. All my adult life, I have never feared for the continued existence of Nigeria as much as I did in 2017. Anybody who knows me very well knows where I stand: I believe in one, united Nigeria. It is not that I am an incurable optimist or that I am the most patriotic Nigerian alive. It is just that after assessing all the issues that so easily bog us down, I have always come to the conclusion that we do not have irreconcilable differences that should inevitably lead to divorce. I have always believed that every ingredient, every resource needed to make Nigeria work is here with us. I’ve always concluded that we have been terribly let down by the ruling elite.
My stand on Nigeria — in the face of campaigns for its balkanisation along ethnic, religious and other sectional lines — has earned me plenty enemies. I know people who have stopped reading me because of that. In fact, one “egbon” I used to look up to accused me of pandering to certain sections of Nigeria as “a tactic for personal advancement, like Obasanjo (or Tinubu’s failed 2015 plan)”. He as much as said I was not a Yoruba “freeborn”. I was amused at the personal attack over differences in worldview. Of course, there is always a price to pay if you refuse to play the ethnic and religious card in political commentary, if you do not go with the flow — and that I know.
But I will be honest and confess that there were two events that shook my confidence in the unity of Nigeria in this outgoing year, so much so I got to the point of throwing up my hands in surrender and saying “it is all over”. One, the politics over the grave illness that befell President Muhammadu Buhari and kept him away in the UK for months. Two, the October 1 deadline issued to Igbo people to leave northern Nigeria because of the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. I had never been so scared about the possibility of another nationwide bloodshed and the risk of another civil war as much as I was in 2017.
Sometime in February, I was inside a bank when I got a call from a woman who lives in Jos, Plateau state. She sounded frightened. Let me paraphrase her: “There is a message going round in the north that Yoruba people have poisoned Buhari so that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would take over as president if he dies. They said the poison was placed on the curtains in Buhari’s office, that the Yoruba want to take power through the back door. The Hausa people here seem to believe this rumour. If Buhari dies, we are in trouble. They will start attacking and killing us. You know killing human beings means nothing to these people.”
I was confused. I didn’t know what to tell her. She spoke to me in a way that suggested I could do something about the rumours or the backlash that would follow if anything happened to Buhari on the hospital bed. As soon as we ended our conversation (I only said “I have heard you Ma and I will tell some contacts”), my head went into a spin. I started imagining things. If Yoruba were attacked in the north, there would be reprisal in the south-west. There would be turmoil again in the country. We could be back to the June 12 calamity of 1993 which effectively shut down Nigeria for five years. The damage to our economy is yet to be assessed and quantified.
In Buhari’s absence, things were happening at a dizzying pace. Different shades of rumours and theories flew all over the place. Far-reaching changes were effected in the military high command to such an extent that allegedly favoured northern officers. The word in town was that the military would rather take over than allow power to return to the south so “quickly”. Chief Bisi Akande, a senior member of the ruling party, issued a statement warning that what happened in 1993, when Bashorun MKO Abiola’s victory was annulled by the military, must not repeat itself.  There was fire in his eyes and his words were really clear, to borrow a line from Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”.
Akande fired: “Let me warn today that those who wish to harvest political gains out of the health of the president are mistaken. This is not Nigeria of 1993. We are in a new national and global era of constitutionalism and order. We hope Nigerians have enough patience to learn from history. My greatest fear, however, is that the country should not be allowed to slide into anarchy and disorder of a monumental proportion.” Speaking in Lagos a few days later, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu advised the military against staging a coup, warning that “Lagos will resist you”. Those who were in Lagos in 1993 would understand the implications better.
I intensified my prayers for Buhari to regain his health and come back to Nigeria alive. This had nothing to do with the fact that I am unashamedly one of Buhari’s admirers, in spite of his obvious weaknesses. My concern was for Nigeria. If Buhari had died, the crisis would be unimaginable. Killings and counter killings. We all know that the biggest undoing of President Goodluck Jonathan, for some people, had nothing to do with his performance in office but the fact that he “usurped” power when President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died. Jonathan could never do anything right in the eyes of those who wallowed in this mindset. I never wish to see a repeat in my lifetime.
While we were at it, the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra was marked with pomp. The cries of marginalisation by the south-east reached a crescendo. Kanu enjoyed enormous airtime on TV/radio and lengthy inches in the newspapers. He was everywhere on social media. And then a group called Arewa youth whatever came up with the reckless declaration that all Igbo in northern Nigeria should vacate by October 1, 2017. I froze. We normally don’t run reports that promote ethnic hate and warmongering at TheCable, and I remember the editor, Mr. Taiwo George, asking my opinion on whether or not to run the story. I advised him it was too important to ignore.
I was fearful of the likely outcome of the ultimatum. If the Igbo did not quit as demanded, would they be attacked and killed in the north? Wouldn’t the Igbo also retaliate in the south-east? Would the tit-for-tat stop there or degenerate into a bloodbath that would bring back memories of 1966-67 and lead us into another civil war? My biggest fear was that even if the Arewa youth eventually withdrew the quit notice, the people on the streets might still go ahead and attack Igbo people. The group was playing a very dangerous game and toying with emotive issues whose consequences no one could predict. In all honesty, I was really, really scared.
I began to review my positions on the unity of Nigeria. In my mind, I started moving away from “One, United Nigeria” to “anybody that wants to go should go”. After all, South Sudan left Sudan. Eritrea ditched Ethiopia. Soviet Union broke up. Yugoslavia disintegrated. Deep down my heart, I still desired one Nigeria — a rainbow coalition whose strength is in its diversity. But I came to the conclusion that while ordinary Nigerians have learnt to live with, and tolerate, one another, the political gladiators — including their intellectual sidekicks — are bent on pursing the agenda of balkanisation. The political class has continued to disappoint and manipulate the ordinary Nigerians.
In the chaos though, I was comforted by the moves made by prominent Nigerian leaders to douse the tension. As a journalist, I was privy to some of the underground peace moves made by prominent statesmen. Many of them do not talk openly but are selflessly working day and night to prevent ethnic and religious conflagration in Nigeria. In the end, the Arewa ultimatum was withdrawn and Igbo were not attacked in the north. My fears melted. Well, the elites are masters of brinksmanship. Most importantly, though, Buhari did not die. I honestly can’t say if Nigeria would still be in this shape if Buhari had not returned alive. God be praised.
Okay, Nigeria has survived another turbulent year. There is peace. But the best conclusion would be that this is the kind of peace you find in a graveyard. The issues always exploited by the political elite are still there. It is only a matter of time before these sentiments are whipped up yet again in the competition for political power and patronage. We have survived yet another turbulence that tested the foundation of our nationhood. I continue to wish that the unity of Nigeria would be strengthened. I wish the agents of balkanisation would have a rethink. But I am intelligent enough to know that we have not seen the last of it. Nevertheless, I remain a believer in one Nigeria.

Simon Kolawole
I first heard of the name George Weah in 1988. Iwuanyanwu Nationale had defeated Tonnerre Kalara of Yaoundé, Cameroon, 2-0 in the first leg, second round of the African Club Champions Cup (now called CAF Champions League) in Owerri. They were suddenly gasping for breath as the Liberian mercilessly terrorised their defence in the return leg. Iwuanyanwu still managed to beat them 3-2 after all the drama. Weah would go on to Europe to do great things. He has now been elected president of Liberia in the most fascinating fashion — including returning to school to get university education after his first failed presidential bid in 2006. What a strike! Sensational.
Simon Kolawole
My prayers and wishes are with the First Family over Yusuf Buhari’s motorbike accident on Tuesday night. From what we are hearing, the president’s only surviving son suffered serious injuries in the accident. Biking and car racing are dangerous sports that are not yet properly regulated in Nigeria — even though they have been with us for a while. It is usually the children of the rich who engage in these sports here. I would suggest that, if possible, the useless velodrome at the national stadium, Abuja, should be converted to a racing arena so that people can exercise their hobbies in a safer environment. Government could even earn revenue from it. Commonsense.
Simon Kolawole
The time has come for us to finally admit that Nigeria is a country like no other. It is the only OPEC member that imports petrol! It is the only country that has refineries that are not working! It is the only country that regularly spends billions on “turn around maintenance” of its refineries without results — and yet continues to hold on to those refineries! It is the only country in the world, bar warzone, where fuel scarcity and fuel queues are integral to national culture! It is the only country in the world that does not have the competence to import petrol! It did not start today. It won’t end today. That is why we are Nigerians. Jokers.

Simon Kolawole
Nigerians have been having fun on the social media over the latest round of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari. Far from the usual ethno-religious analysis, the interest this time is in the comical inclusion of names of dead people on the list. You call that posthumous national service! Something tells me most of the appointees were nominated in 2015 when Buhari’s supporters thought he would hit the ground running, but somebody did not bother to do due diligence before throwing the list to the media in 2017. If the list was indeed prepared in 2015, does it mean it took over two years to make it public? Killjoys.

​News Headlines Dec 31, 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 

News Headlines Dec 31, 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 

Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

The Punch

We play on empty stomachs, borrow money to eat — Nigerian footballers
Board appointments: List prepared two years ago – Presidency
Board appointments: FG, APC, grossly incompetent – PDP
Ex-governor Adebayo, Keyamo, Arise, others get board appointments
38 investors ready to build modular refineries —Presidency
Make calls at filling stations, go to jail — Police
PUNCH Abuja copy sales, advert depts relocate
Style elite of 2017
Nigerian women find pink lips attractive —Men who buy lip colour enhancing cream
Prominent Nigerians rate Buhari’s 2017 performance
Time to take stock
New Year resolutions
Liberia and challenges of a Weah presidency
Watching my wife birth our children brought me closer to God — Makinde
Mixed metaphors: Happy New Year Nigeria!
Much ado about tithing
Green bonds as a lifeline for Nigeria’s degraded environment
12:05 am
Underwriters get innovative to overcome patronage challenge
North Korea gives US condition to end nuclear tests
Four years in Boko Haram’s den: Abducted Borno schoolgirls
UPDATED: Latest English Premier League table
Failed, accurate prophecies of 2017
Navy rescues personnel, daughter from kidnappers
10 biggest scandals of 2017
Cabal sabotaged Buhari’s graft war this year – Arewa leader
Herdsmen caused havoc in Yorubaland this year — Afenifere
Dad didn’t believe formal education was for everyone —Children of Eze Goes to School author
Money supply will increase in 2018 due to political campaigns — Rewane
Deregulation will jerk up pump price to N190 – IPMAN
My colleagues planned to kill me for refusing to be corrupt — Akintayo
Lukaku adds to Mourinho’s woes as Man United lose ground
English Premier League results – collated
UPDATED: Latest English Premier League table
Anderson wins Abu Dhabi exhibition event
I’m romantically involved with music, men can wait – Debbie Rise
Ijaw women as a metaphor
Editorial: Liberia and challenges of a Weah presidency
Much ado about tithing
What are your final thoughts for 2017?
Tears of 2017: Between TSTV and P-Square
On being happy


2017 Winners & Losers
I Have Not Forgotten Remaining Chibok Girls, Buhari Reassures Victims’ Families
NEITI: Nigeria Earned $268bn from Oil in Five Years
Dogara: Democracy Cannot Thrive Amidst Poverty
Army Commences 77 Regular Recruitment
N12.6bn Fraud: NIS Boss Refutes Allegations
PPPRA Moves against Fuel Pump Price Hike, Hoarding
Yusuf Buhari: NCWS Urges Women to Pray for Speedy Recovery
Wike: Rivers APC Leaders Gain Recognition by Insulting Me
Lagos Promises Spectacular One Lagos Fiesta Finale
Marwa Organisation Urges Nigerians to Sheath Political Swords
FIDA Advocates Capital Punishment for Babies’ Hawkers
Don’t Tarnish Image of the Military, Air Force Chief Urges Junior Officers
Police Arrest Suspected Assailants of The Sun Correspondent, Ghana Gang Member
Monarch Berates Lawmakers for Abandoning Constituencies
Osun to Hold First Edition of Int’l Marathon in Ile-Ife
Auto Crash Claims Four Lives in Edo
Marketing Edge Excites orphans at Yuletide season
Tenaui Africa Moves to Build Partnerships in Nigeria
Bluechip Technologies Adds BluePrime to its Portfolio
Mactay Consulting Named as Official SAP Education Partner for W’Africa
Definienda and Challenges of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy in 2018
Sokoto Indigene Emerges Secretary-General Africa LPG Association
FAAC: FG, States Share N5.64 Trillion in 2017
Seychelles: Experience another World
As Deadline for e-Dividend Registration Expires Today…
Oddities of Abuja Petrol Scarcity
Chivita 100% Unveils New Limited Edition Packs 
Adeyeye Accuses Fayose of Plotting to Expel His Loyalists from PDP
Full Time! The Return of Maryam Abacha
Julius Rone Serenades Wife, Utibe, at 40
Bolu and Ladun Akin-Olugbade Celebrate 37th Wedding Anniversary
The Year Nigeria Almost Disappeared
Editorial: Liberia: The Player As President

The Nation

Fuel scarcity: Something is rotten in Nigeria – Soyinka
NNPC in frantic bid to clear queues before New Year
APC, PDP clash over dead board appointees
American, 67, posing as Nigerian prince held for email scam
2018:Those who will shape politics
NIMASA to acquire more vessels to boost maritime security
Blind people, double amputees banned from climbing Everest
Fleeing Boko Haram attack military base in Yobe
Presidency admits mistake in appointment of dead persons as board chairmen
Ogun Speaker wins media award
I bear no grudges against Catholic Church – Ortom
Lagos fiesta: Ambode, sponsors promise spectacular grand finale
Economic challenge threat to internal security – Aregbesola
Investigate alleged defection, group urges Kwara APC
Nigerian varsities can be best in Africa – Prof Ogundipe
Govt Clears Air On NFF Board Appointments
Murray arrives in Brisbane ahead of injury comeback
CHAN Eagles demolish Capital City 4-1 in build up
CR7 or 007:  Ronaldo to hit film industry after football
Djokovic withdraws from exhibition tie
World cup: Russia to hammer greedy hotels
Can Dickson’s reconciliation committee save PDP?
Osun 2018: New twists in struggle for PDP guber ticket
2019: Anxiety in Kogi APC over Faleke’s ambition
Artistes who made 2017 tick
Yinka Afolabi observes special day
Tayo Ayeni in quiet birthday celebration
TPT International wins honours
Healthiest culinary oils
LBS donates to Bethesda Educational Foundation
‘Policies will determine socioeconomic growth’


Nigeria: Big Issues Of 2017
There’s Nothing Like Athletics In Nigeria, Coach Obeya Laments
I Was Undeterred Despite Being Abandoned By My Father, Kidnapped By Ritualists — Awe, AAU Best Graduating Student
Boko Haram: State Of Counter-Insurgency Operations
Ex-Police Boss Led Invasion On Land Grabbers In Ogun Community – Atan Ota Residents
Obaseki’s Result-Oriented Leadership Style In A Political Milieu
Winning By Losing
Yuletide: NDDC Embarks On Cleaning Exercise In Edo
Delta LG: Imarah Promises To Touch Lives
In The Throes Of Scarcity And Poverty
How The Late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade, Helped Me To Start Oduduwa University – Adedoyin, Founder
Vox Populi, And The Auguries Of 2018
Moses Reveals Chelsea’s Greatest Moments
Corruption Fight And The Survival Of ‘Common’ Nigerians
Onyekuru’s Injury: NFF Wades In
We Are Re-Negotiating Agreements With Our Partners — Bala Usman
Fuel Scarcity: Buhari Summons Kachikwu, Baru, Marketers, Others To Aso Rock
Aisha Buhari spends more time in hospital with son, Yusuf
Marketers responsible for fuel crisis, NNPC insists
Okpozu: Presidency apologises for errors in board members list
2018 in the eyes of Nigerian clerics
From hawking to hell: The touching story of an under-age inmate
Nigeria: Big issues of 2017
Outrage as FG appoints dead persons into boards
Appointment of deceased persons, confirmation of APC’s incompetence – PDP
Putin to Trump: Let’s be friends
The Saraki Senate: Stability in the face of storm
There’s nothing like athletics in Nigeria, coach Obeya laments
Moses reveals Chelsea’s greatest moments
Onyekuru’s injury: NFF wades in
Musa still useful to Leicester— Coach
Serena pins comeback defeat on distraction by baby
Re: Which is important, love or money?
Lagos promises spectacular One Lagos fiesta finale
Davido’s 30Billion concert trends worldwide
EDITORIAL: Low capital spending threatens economic recovery
We are re-negotiating agreements with our partners — Bala Usman
Police parade soldier, others over fuel-tanker hijack in Oyo
ASUU demands recall of sacked lecturers at LASU, Kogi varsity
How man fathered child after suffering Multiple Sclerosis
Our economy highly challenged in 2017 — Omot

The Guardian

 Celebrities that made headlines in 2017
Police confirm Killing Of 4 In Adamawa
 Dasuki’s relatives call for his release
 Blame passing, president Buhari’s new year gift to Nigerians, says Soyinka
FAO rekindles food sustainability in Northeast through dry season farming
Anchor borrowers programme as another government bonanza
 Bwari communal clash: NEMA gives relief items to displaced persons
PPPRA, DPR step up inspection of petrol stations
Abia unveils plan to change environmental landscape
Kano explains delay in payment of December salaries
PDP not bothered about APC in Abia, says senator Orji
Lagos promises spectacular one Lagos fiesta finale
 Eagles to observe New Year’s break, as Salisu releases CHAN’s list
Super Eagles have capable young stars, says Dosu
Lukaku adds to Mourinho’s woes as United lose ground
Salah inspires Liverpool, Chelsea crush Stoke
Federer ends memorable 2017 with win at Hopman Cup
Serena Williams loses on comeback
 Editorialh: Migration and rural transformation
 Iriase: Disagreements over 2018 budget in Nigeria’s best interest
Constitution review versus political considerations
George Weah: From football star to Liberia president
Credible elections and INEC’s harvest of challenges
Foundation hosts carol party for children
 ISPs blame tower operators for poor internet service delivery
Russia urges Nigeria to develop nuclear technology

The Sun

Buhari under fire over appointment of 8 dead persons into boards
It confirms FG, APC’s incompetence –PDP
2018: Expect vibrant opposition, Secondus tells Nigerians

Rivers APC leaders gain recognition by insulting me – Wike
Moses: 2017 EPL title my biggest achievement
Iran Protests: Two demonstrators reported killed
2018 will be tough for terrorists, militants, says Buratai
Epilepsy: myths, facts and fallacies of a raging scourge
2018: What Nigerians want from Buhari
How I hit gold in comedy – Teju Babyface
Only child of his parents murdered on Christmas day
… 3-month wife made a widow From
If your boyfriend is a time waster, dump him!
“Zara hosted us in a swanky downtown club!”
Physical, spiritual causes of delayed Success
My 2018 agenda for senators
Anambra Central now to have a Senator
Neither Obasanjo nor Buhari…
Implementing a public sector culture change programme
Blackman and new slave trade
Iran Protests: Two demonstrators reported killed
Egypt sentences ex-President Morsi, 19 others to three years in jail for insulting judiciary
South African court delivers Zuma impeachment blow
Harsher times ahead
Experts foresee turbulent economic outlook in 2018
2019: What Buhari needs to do now – Senator Rufai Hanga
• Kwankwaso, a paperweight politician Nigeria’s gas production rose by 20.23% in 2015 – NEITI
Account for $16.8b NLNG dividends, NEITI tells NNPC
• Says Nigeria’s revenue dropped to $24.8bn in 2015
Onyekuru vows to bounce back
NFF confirms France friendly for Falcons
2019: Only Atiku/Ekweremadu ticket can unseat Buhari, APC
EDITORIAL: Revamping the health sector

Presidency defends presence of dead people on board appointment, says list prepared two years ago

Board appointments list prepared two years ago, says Presidency
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Presidency on Saturday said there was nothing “scandalous or extraordinary” in the inclusion of the names of some dead persons in the list of appointments into boards of some agencies released by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Friday.

It said the list had been prepared over two years ago and nobody could stop some of those included on the list from dying between then and now.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the clarification in an interview with journalists in Abuja.

Shehu recalled that the process of compiling the list started in 2015 while a reviewed list was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017 shortly before his health challenges.

The presidential spokesman said having recovered fully, Buhari only instructed the new SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, to release the list.

He assured Nigerians that nominees who are dead would be replaced.

He explained, “This list is a historical list. It dates back to 2015. The President asked all state chapters of the APC to forward 50 names for appointments to the SGF through the national headquarters of the party.

“The then SGF, Babachir Lawal, presented the report in October 2016, one year after he was commissioned.
“The report was disputed by state governors who said they were not carried along or the list was not representative enough.

“So, the President constituted a new panel chaired by the Vice President. The panel has some governors and some leaders of the party as members. They were asked to go and review the list.

WAEC to be 100 per cent technology driven in 2018, says head national office

WAEC to be 100 per cent technology driven in 2018, says head national office

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it will sensitise and train its workforce on key areas of technology deployment in order to improve its operations in 2018.

The council’s Head, National Office (HNO), Mr Olu Adenipekun disclosed this in an interview on Saturday in Lagos.

According to him, the council has organised series of retreats for both management staff and the workforce in preparatory to deploy technology in its operations.

“We have worked hard in sensitising the workforce of the council and prepare their minds because it is one thing for one to strive to do something

“But if the people who drives the system are not attuned psychologically, to doing that all such efforts will be fruitless.

“So, we want to prepare our psyche on the need to sharpen our tools in preparation to move over to a 100 per cent technologically driven WAEC and of course we have done that and we are going full blast,’’ he said.

The HNO noted that already, the council’s budget for 2018 had been fully designed to support the introduction of technology into the various aspects of its operation in Nigeria.

He explained that the move would put WAEC at the level it was expected to be in the comity of examination bodies worldwide.

“Members of staff of the council must be able to go beyond being a staff of the ICT Department. Even if one is a messenger, one should be able to ask how he can deploy technology to carry out his duties and this applies to all other operational components of council.

“So, this is an era where we are looking at 2018 as a year where we will be deploying technology in all facets of our operations, not just in conducting examination, processing of results and printing of certificates but in all areas of our operations,’’ the HNO said.

On the possibility of introducing Computer Based Test (CBT) platform for its examination, Adenipekun said that the CBT was not an examination mode that was limited to any particular examination body.

According to him, WAEC also has a section called the Aptitude Test department that can equally use the CBT platform in conducting examination for candidates.

He, however, said that the main point was that the mandate of WAEC makes it difficult to go the whole hug as it was different from that of other examination bodies like JAMB.

“It will interest you to know that WAEC conducts achievement tests to ascertain the level of achievement of a candidate or student after attending secondary school for a six-year period.

“So, if you want to test knowledge for English Language for instance, we do so without bringing about any complications.

“We are aware of the operational environment. WAEC examination is not a selection test, it is an achievement test and so in doing that, we will have to deploy all facilities available to ensure that we help that particular candidate to prove himself or herself,’’ he said.

The WAEC boss explained that if in a school, a candidate or student had not been exposed to the use of a computer in any form for the six years he had been attending school, it would be unfair to subject such candidate to the CBT platform in an examination.

“So what we are then doing as an organisation and as part of our step forward is to come out and encourage state governors, school owners, communities, individuals and of course the generality of education stakeholders on the need to see how we can encourage secondary schools.

“This, we should do starting from Junior Secondary 1, to see how students can deploy computers in writing their internal examination.

“Once we are able to identify schools that are favourably disposed to this and we are convinced that they can meet our terms, we will start looking in the direction of introducing them to some aspects of our examinations which is the objective questions, which can be done on the CBT platform to start with.

“We have some papers that have three components and others two. Those with two components, objective and essay and for schools that are ready for CBT, we should be able within the next two years to encourage them to present their candidates,’’ Adenipekun said. (NAN)

DPR seals eight petrol stations for selling at N220 per litre

DPR seals eight petrol stations for selling at N220 per litre

A fuel queue on the outskirts of Lagos

By Bassey Anthony, Uyo

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Eket field office has sealed 8 petrol filling stations for their refusal to revert to the government approved pump price of N145 per litre.
The DPR Operations Controller in Eket, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye disclosed this to newsmen after while leading the surveillance team of the department to petrol stations across the state yesterday.
He said the eight filling stations were also sealed for various offences including diversion, and hoarding of the product.
Kingsley-Sundaye said that the filling stations sealed were located in Eket and Uyo, Local Government Areas of the state.
“The DPR surveillance team visited 25 filling stations in Eket, it was disheartening that one outlet who got product from NNPC station in Calabar, diverted the product.
“We have sanctioned those who violated government regulations and they are few who later comply and ready to reverse to government approved pump price.
“And others were selling above pump price of N220 per litre, it is unacceptable, those stations have been penalised and sealed.
Kingsley-Sundaye said that the department had begun surveillance to ensure sanity until normalcy return to the country.
He said that those filling stations sealed would be sanctioned and pay penalty to the Federal Government purse.
The Operations Controller observed that major marketers in Uyo are trying while most Independent marketers were selling above government approved pump price of N145 per litre.
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He said that those stations who agreed to reverse to N145 per litre were supervised to sell their product to large extent in the areas.
Kingsley-Sundaye described the attitude of some of the marketers who refused to reverse their pump price as “impunity”.
“Surprisingly some of them show the attitude of impunity and therefore those once were been shutdown and appropriate sanction will be prescribed by DPR regulation,” Kingsley-Sundaye said.
He warned private depot owners and Independent marketers to sell their products at government regulated price, saying that there are rule and regulations guiding petroleum sector.
“Any depot who flaunt the government laws would be dealt with, everybody must respect the laws of the land,” he said.
Kingsley-Sundaye appealed to the public who buy fuel at the mega station to be orderly and behave themselves within the ambit of the law.
He called on marketers to bring evidence of buying fuel above ex- depot price from the depots so that the department would dealt with private depot owners who flout government laws.
Source: The Nation 

WhatsApp will stop working on many smartphones from Jan 1

WhatsApp will stop working on many smartphones from Jan 1

WhatsApp is about to stop working on a range of old smartphones, meaning owners will have to buy newer gadgets if they want to continue using the chat app to the best of its capabilities.

On New Year’s Day, WhatsApp will ‘remove support’ for a number of devices – which updated versions of the software can no longer be installed on them.

This means owners of these clapped out gizmos won’t be able to enjoy new features or plugs for security holes which are often introduced in updates.

From January 1, 2018, anyone still using phones which run BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone 8.0 will no longer be able to update their WhatsApp software.

In a blog post, WhatsApp wrote: “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.

“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.

“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone.”

Last year, WhatsApp dropped its support for Nokia Symbian S60 phones. It will do the same for Nokia S40 handsets on December 31 2018 and then devices running Android 2.3.7 and older after 1 February, 2020.

A lawyer recently wrote to WhatsApp, calling on it to stop people from using the middle finger emoji.

The sensitive solicitor claimed the emoji constitutes an ‘obscene, lewd gesture’ – which is an offence in India.