Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Oscar Winning Actress, Lupita Nyong’o Celebrates Father's Inauguration As A Governor In Kenya

 “Today is the day my father gets sworn in as the Governor of Kisumu County in Kenya. I thank all those who voted for him and wish him the very best as he embarks on this new journey of socio-political representation.” Wrote the Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o[/caption]

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Lion On Twitter, Cat In The Senate: Constituents Threaten To Recall "Common Sense" Senator, Ben Murray Bruce For Non-performance

Constituents, mainly students, from the Bayelsa East Senatorial District, have threatened to recall the Senator representing them in the National Assembly, Mr. Ben Murray Bruce.
The aggrieved constituents accused the “common sense” senator of neglecting them and having no plans for his constituency, which comprises Nembe, Brass and Ogbia local government areas, Bayelsa State.
Leaders of student bodies for the three local governments made their grievances known yesterday in a statement.
The statement was signed by Samuel Tari (Nembe), Ambrose Joseph (Brass) and Mark John (Ogbia).
They lamented that the senator was not in good relationship with his people and had continued to shy away from his constitutional responsibilities.
They cried out that the senator was donating relief materials to people in other states when his constituents were wallowing in poverty with many students unable to pay their fees.
Besides, they said since he was elected, Bruce had not visited his people.
They said: “Since Bruce became a senator, he has failed to look into the basic needs and challenges currently bedeviling the East Senatorial District, such as education, as most of our students cannot access good quality education.
“He has failed to attract a single project to the district in terms of infrastructures, roads and others. He has continuously and deliberately ignored efforts by the people to create a working relationship that will bring out purposeful leadership for our people.
“He is yet to fulfil any of his campaign promises; painfully, he is an Abuja-based senator. He refuses to visit his constituency, except only once when he visited his hometown and couldn’t even stay for up to four hours.
“Sincerely, we are tired, other places are enjoying the benefits that come from having a national representative. Our case has been a curse rather than a blessing. We are just like a district without a senator. This is why we are intended to change that narrative”.
The student leaders gave the senator a 10-day ultimatum, to amend his ways or face consistent protest and the recall process.
They asked the senator to organise a town hall meeting with his constituents and take out time to tour his constituency.
“We are, hereby, giving him an ultimatum of 10 days, starting from 21st August. If he fails to meet with us, we shall take our protest to the National Assembly.
“We will mobilise all the students, our mothers and our fathers. We will initiate his recall process. Our people deserve a better treatment from him. We request to have a town hall meeting.”

Phenomenal Woman: Nigeria’s Rebecca Dali Receives UN Award In Geneva (PHOTOS)

Nigeria’s Dr. Rebecca Samuel Dali, who had helped in the North East to reintegrate girls and orphans freed by Boko Haram received the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation award today in Geneva.
Rebecca who runs the Centre for Caring, Empowerment and Peace initiative (CCEPI) was recognised for her courageous efforts in promoting the reintegration of returning women abducted by the Boko Haram group back into their local communities in Nigeria.
The award was given at the United Nations European headquarters, Palais des Nations in Geneva to mark the World Humanitarian Day (WHD). The WHD is celebrated yearly on 19 August.

Monday, 21 August 2017

PHOTO NEWS: Osinbajo, Tambuwal, Ambode, Ganduje, Akeredolu, Lalung, Wike, Fashola Dangote, Others At The NBA Annual General Conference

Hafsat Abiola Costello, Joe Okei-Odumakin, Others Inaugurate Movement Against Corruption

...To Hold Red Card Against Corruption Rally August 30th
The Movement Against Corruption (MAC), a coalition of over 50 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Activists in Nigeria, established with a clear mandate to develop and execute practical strategies geared towards the prevention and eradication of all forms of corrupt practices and abuse of power, in both the public and private sectors in Nigeria was inaugurated on Sunday 20th August, 2017.
The group was unveiled at an International Press Conference held at the conference hall of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) with many leaders and members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in attendance.
Reading the group's statement to the media, the Chairman of the Steering Committee of MAC and President of Women Arise, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin stated that "In achieving this patriotic objective, the MAC is determined to sensitize Nigerians, on the immediate need to possess ownership of the War against corruption in the country, by getting Involved in the advocacy, and educate each other, on the cancerous effect of corruption on our polity."
Odumakin added that the "Movement is birthed in response to the imperative for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Nigerian people, to have a common, formidable and organised platform through which they can frontally confront the cancer of corruption which has bedevilled Nigeria for decades."
"We hereby want to intimate the general public, that as part of our Action Plans, we shall be holding a March against corruption with the theme ‘’RED CARD AGAINST CORRUPTION’’ on the 30th day of August 2017 in Lagos and Abuja. And today, marks the beginning of our 10days countdown, to this historic march, against corruption in our country, this countdown period shall be used, to sensitize Nigerians, ahead of the scheduled August 30th date, of the rallies in Lagos and Abuja."
The Lagos rally shall take-off from Ikeja under bridge by 7.30am while that of Abuja shall take - off from Unity Fountain simultaneously. This shall be followed by similar marches across cities in the country, at later dates, to be announced soon by MAC.
In her contributions, the President of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), Mrs Hafsat Abiola-Costello, urged Nigerians to take active part in the fight against corruption. She stated that corruption must be killed if the country is to make progress.
President of the Campaign for Democracy (CD), Comrade Abdul Usman Bako expressed delight at the formation of the anti-corruption coalition and pledged the commitment of CD to the group's activities.
In his remarks, human rights lawyer and memberof the Steering Committee of the Movement Against Corruption, Inibehe Effiong declared that MAC was fully out to confront the monstrosity of corruption in Nigeria. The lawyer further said that the group's mandate was of great historical significance and urged Nigerians to join MAC in the August 30th anti-corruption rallies in Lagos and Abuja.
The slectogenerian leader Ms Ada Agina-Ude affirmed Gender And Development Action commitment in Movement Against Corruption (MAC) Ideals.
Other members of Steering committee, also made remarks at the press conference.