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Rice Farmers Applaud FG For Intervention Programme

Rice farmers in Mani Local Government Area of Katsina State have commended the Federal Government for its agricultural initiatives, especially the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).

Jamilu Ibrahim-Boyi, the Chairman of Rice Farmers Association in Nigeria (RIFAN) in Mani Local Government Area (LGA), conveyed the commendation in an interview with News men in Mani on Tuesday.

He said that under the programme, many farmers in the rural areas were able to access farm inputs easily, adding that the feat had led to an increase in rice production in the council area.

He described the ABP as a life-saving programme, considering the millions of farmers who were participating in the programme nationwide.

Ibrahim-Boyi noted that the programme had created some wealthy farmers, adding that rice farmers would continue to support the government’s efforts to make Nigeria to attain food security.

He said that more than 1,000 farmers in Mani LGA had benefited from the supply of agricultural inputs under the programme.

He said that each farmer was provided with bags of fertilisers as well as insecticides, herbicides, sprayers, seedlings and water pumping machines.

FG Determined To Revamp Rail Transportation Network Across Country, Says Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said a lot of progress is being made in the area of revamping rail transportation network across the country.

Amaechi made the disclosure  while speaking to Journalists after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Minister announced that laying of tracks on the Lagos-Ibadan route next month, adding that a lot of jobs would be created when the operations commence on that route and many others.

“If the rain doesn’t start early we will start laying tracks on the Lagos-Ibadan route in April and hopefully we believe we can complete it in December or January and open it up for passengers and business and we expect about 6, 000,000 tons of cargo out of the 30,000,000 tons of cargo that we have between Lagos and Kano. In terms of job creation, you can be rest assured that it will be in thousands,” he said.


Just In: Abducted Dapchi School Girls Return Home

Reports reaching Abusidiqu Media says that there is wild jubilation in Dapchi town of Yobe State, over the purported return of the abducted school girls.

Channels Television is reporting that there is heavy security presence in Dapchi town, making it difficult for pressmen to get access into the town.

However one of the Dapchi parents who spoke with its correspondent stated that his abducted daughter had been returned.

Eyewitness reported that the Islamist militant group came with the girls in nine trucks  and dropped them at the centre of the town.

While five of the abducted girls may be reported dead, it is not however clear if the federal government paid any ransom to secure the girls release.


President Buhari Congratulates Russia’s Putin On His Re-Election

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended sincere congratulations to President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the recent Presidential election in the Asian country.

In a letter on behalf of himself, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the President said Putin’s success for the fourth time in the election “is a clear testimony of the confidence Russians have in his leadership.”

He also urged his Russian counterpart to see this victory as a base to continue to promote international peace and stability.

President Buhari assured President Putin of Nigeria’s commitment to a stronger and mutually beneficial relation with the Russian Federation “under your watch.”

He said he looked forward to continue working with the Russian leader “to strengthen our defence, trade and technical partnerships as well as promotion of private sector participation in all sectors of our economies.”

Pepsodent celebrates World Oral Health Day, Leads The Epic Fight Against Tooth Decay

Pepsodent, a leading global toothpaste brand in partnership with the Nigerian Dental Association (NDA) and the Federal Ministry of Healthcelebrated the World Health Day on Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 at The Arcade, Eko Club, Surulere, Lagos.

Themed ‘Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health’, the celebration was a culmination of events organised by the brand, focused on raising awareness on oral health and encouraging good oral care habits.

2,000 Nigerian children were joined by the Unilever Ghana Nigeria Leadership Team, Nigerian Dental Association President, Dr Bode Ijarogbe, representatives of the Lagos State Commisioner of Health, Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Honourable Minister of state for Health, Honourable Minister of Health, First Lady of Lagos state, President and Founder of Well Being Foundation Africa, HOFOWEM Initiative and other dignatories, in an epic global battle to combat tooth decay, by pledging to brush every day, morning and night.

“Tooth decay is a widespread disease that affects both adults and children, and Pepsodent has taken the lead to fight this disease, by teaching children from an early age, the habit of brushing right, morning and night, every day. Pepsodent intends on educating over 1.5 million Nigerian children in 2018.” said Bunmi Adeniba, Unilever Marketing Director Ghana Nigeria.

“The fight against tooth decay and other oral diseases is one we can win, as long as we keep spreading the message of good oral hygiene. As part of our continuous efforts to fight oral diseases in Nigeria, Pepsodent has partnered with the Federal Ministry of Health to educate 10 million school children by 2020, on the adoption of good oral care habits. We have recognised that children are powerful behaviour change advocates in their homes, often driving conversation and action with parents and peers around issues like this.” she concluded.

“We need to empower Nigerians to take control of their oral health, so that they can enjoy a truly functional and enjoyable lifestyle from childhood into adulthood, hence our support to Unilever Nigeria Plc. and our collective commitment to fight tooth decay in Nigeria,” said Dr. Bode Ijarogbe, President, Nigerian Dental Association.

 “It is important to note that the mouth must be healthy for the body to be healthy, and that is why we are on a mission to ensure that more people are aware of the need to take proper care of their mouth.” he concluded.

Oral diseases are amongst the most common diseases worldwide. It can be prevented by brushing twice a day (morning and night), with a fluoride toothpaste like Pepsodent.

The World Oral Health Day was celebrated in grand style by Pepsodent. There were free dental check-ups for everyone, various educative, entertaining and engaging activities like spelling bee, dance competition, talent hunt, oral health drama presentation by the children, amongst others.

How Not To Be A Feminist, By Victor Terhemba

A little over two years ago, I wrote a short article on the fallacy of feminism; I never thought I would ever have the need to write a sequel. However, recent developments have made me decide otherwise.

I am worried that a noble cause such as Feminism will be hijacked by Misandrists, whom by all means believe they are advocates of Feminism. Misandry is the hatred, contempt or prejudice against men. Misandry is the pararel of Misogyny. However Misandry is by no means restricted to women; men also practice the act of misandry against their fellow men. The Misandrists are the people who have taken over the war of feminism and have desecrated everything that Feminism stands for – hiding under the guise of feminism to spew hate and contempt for men.

Feminism as a noble cause only seeks for equal rights and equal opportunities of women with the men. Feminism does not seek the hatred of men; neither does it seek to place women above men, nor to prove that women are better than men. True advocates of Feminism just want an egalitarian society where women will be treated and given equal opportunities and rights as the men enjoy.

In many parts of the country, the female child is denied the right to inherit her later father’s properties because she is a woman who will one day marry and go off with her husband. In many Northern (and other) parts of Nigeria, the girl child is denied her inalienable right to education.

In these areas, they ignorantly believe only the boy child is worthy of education while the girl child is just good for domestic chores and farm work. Also in some parts of the country, female children are given out at very young age in marriage; at an age that the girls lack maturity, mental capacity, biological capacity and physical strength for marriage life. At an age they are yet to grasp the full concept of marriage.

We cannot deny the ancient fact that women have been most, erroneously, considered the weaker vessel and unfit to occupy certain jobs or positions. The woman who is seen to be an exclusive property of her husband and her only duty is to always defer to her husband. For several centuries women were denied seats at the table of men. Certain jobs were reserved exclusively for men; these were jobs women were not permitted to do. Women could never assume positions of power and authority unless in a monarchy. Women were not allowed to participate in the electoral process either as voters or contestants.

The above instances were exactly why Christine de Pizan (author, Epistle to the God of Love) wrote in defense of fellow women. But the feminist movement did not start until 1848, during the first Women’s Conference held in Seneca Falls. Since then, the wave of Feminism has picked up with momentum that has forced re-engineering of the society that was once heavily skewed in favour of men.

Today, the dynamics have changed such that we now have more girls in schools in greater number; and women now have and keep jobs previously reserved exclusively for men. Also, today we have more women in positions of authority and power (two of them are leaders of the free world), today we have more women represented in governments, today women can voted and be voted for. That is the power of the feminist movement.

On the other hand, Misandry tends to undermine men. Misandrists advocate hate, contempt and prejudice against men. These are people that feel no obligation to cook for men, they don’t believe they should be respectful to any man for any reason, misandrists just preach pure hate against men.

Most Misandrists who claim to be feminists seem not to understand that they are suffering identity crisis, since they express the very opposite of what they claim to represent. Although, some misandry is likely to be grounded in personal bitter experience, many women who have had unpleasant experiences with men: fathers, brothers, uncles, husbands, lovers, co-workers, Bosses, etc are most likely to become misandrists.

Ladies who grew up in dysfunctional homes, or who have been heartbroken from their husbands or lovers, or who have been mistreated by the male folks tend to become resentful towards men and suddenly declare themselves to be feminists. But I suppose we have all been hurt by members of the opposite sex; however, to extrapolate from a minority to the general is rather unwise.

Feminism does not advocate abdication of duties and disrespect for men unlike misandry. A woman can be a feminist and still be respectful to the men around her. A feminist never abdicates her duties and never undermines the authority of her husband as the head of the house. And neither does she sheepishly submit to the dictates of her husband that may be inappropriate. A woman, while enjoying her life and taking advantages of the equal opportunities that feminism represents, will still avail herself the time to take care of her family.

Chimamanda Adichie is probably the most known feminist from Nigeria; she has been a source of inspiration to many women around the globe. Although a feminist, she is however a married woman with a wonderful family that she looks after.

While feminism has gone on to inspire a lot of women and improve the conditions of women generally in the society, misandrists (who confuse themselves as feminists) have misled some naive young ladies to unwittingly destroy their homes and develop unhealthy relationship with their opposite sex. This is how not to be a feminist.


Stolen $3 Billion Could Have Built 7 Major Roads Across Nigeria, 2nd Niger Bridge, Says Vice President Osinbajo

The strategic alliance contracts with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and NDPC,which led to the embezzlement of $3billion by the promoters of the companies could have been used in building infrastructural projects, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said.

Osinbajo stated this at the 2018 Ogun State Investors’ Forum, which held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Tuesday.

The Vice President noted that the embezzled $3billion was almost a tenth of the nation’s reserves at a point.

Possible roads the money would have built according to the Vice President are the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road; 2nd Niger Bridge. Enugu-Port Harcourt road, East-West road, Sagamu-Ore-Benin road, Kano-Maiduguri road, Abuja-Lafia-Akwanga-Keffi road, and Lagos-Abeokuta (old road).

On what the president administration has done better, Osinbajo stated that N1.3 trillion has been spent on capital projects, the highest in the history of the country.

His words: “Today, with less revenue but no leakage, we have increased funding capital in Power, Works and Housing, Defence, Transportation and Agriculture by as much as 400%.

“Today, we are two quarters out of the recession and firmly on the path of recovery. Our external reserves are at their highest levels in five years. Inflation has dropped for 13 consecutive months, manufacturing confidence is on the rise and in 2017, Nigeria moved ahead 24 places on the World Bank’s annual Doing Business Index. And the World Bank reported that Nigeria is among top ten reforming economies in the world.”

Aside the construction of a new standard gauge railway line that will run from the Ports Complex in Lagos, through Ogun State, to Ibadan, Osinbajo revealed that the federal government is creating an inland terminal at the Railway station at Ilugun on the Lagos-Kano narrow gauge rail route.

The project which will take ten weeks, will be used to move freight from Apapa port to Illugun and importers will take their freight from there and same for exporters. It will also decongest Apapa port and bring more opportunities to this axis, the Vice President added.

NDDC To Equip Niger Delta Schools With Digital Technologies

Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Nsima Ekere, has said the commission is embarking on a project aimed at replacing hardcopy textbooks with digital tablets and laptops that will contain all the information needed for learning in primary and secondary schools in the region.

Ekere stated this on Monday while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting between the commission and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“We’ve come with a project that seeks to replace the hardcopy textbooks that we have in primary and secondary schools, convert them into digital formats,” Ekere said, pointing out that the project  will revolutionize education and learning in the entire Niger-Delta Region and in the country.

According to him, each student in the secondary and primary schools would be given tablets and laptops that will contain all the textbooks that they need and all the learning instructions and all the learning manuals that they need.

He said this was to “prepare them to face the new world and be competitive with graduates from all over the world.”

Senate Suspends Plenary, Opens Condolence Register For Ali Wakili

The Senate on Tuesday suspended plenary over the demise of Senator Ali Wakili, who represented Bauchi South Senatorial district until his death on Saturday.

Coming under order 43 of the Senate’s standing order, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, asked the Senate to observe a minute silence in honour of the deceased.

He also asked the Senate suspend plenary for the day in line with the ‘tradition of the National Assembly.’

The lawmakers adopted the two motions after a voice vote.

The Senate President , Bukola Saraki, in a short comment reminded his colleagues of a valedictory service in honour of the deceased slated for Wednesday.

He enjoined the lawmakers to dress appropriately for the occasion.

Also, a condolence register was opened for the late Senator outside the Chamber where members thronged to pay their respect.

The plenary was adjourned at 11:08 a.m.

Kwara Speaker Felicitates With Toyin Saraki As Special Advisor To WHO

The Wife of the Senate President and  Founder/ President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Barrister Toyin Saraki, has been urged to use her new appointment as the Special Advisor of the World Health Organisation (WHO), to make accessible  and affordable healthcare  delivery a reality in Africa.
The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad,  gave the advice in Ilorin, while reacting to her appointment by the WHO.
Dr. Ahmad, in his congratulatory message to the Founder/ President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, noted the African continent was bedevilled with numerous health challenges, and expressed confidence that she would put her experience in working closely with Midwives on the front line, as part of the global every woman, every child strategy, to end  all preventable, maternal, new born and child deaths  by 2030, inform her advice at the World Health Organization.
The Speaker, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdul Rahman Sanni, expressed delight that her roles in finding enduring solutions to numerous health challenges in Africa, was being recognised  globally and enjoined her to see the new role as a challenge towards rededicating herself towards serving humanity better.
He also advised Barrister Toyin Saraki, to use her influence as a global Goodwill Ambassador for International Confederation of Midwives, to make significant impact in the WHO AFRO’s focused curriculum for the professional qualification education of Midwives and Nurses  in Africa, to further check the incidence of high mortality rate on the continent.
It would be recalled that the State House of Assembly, under the leadership of the Speaker, 2 weeks ago bestowed Ambassador of Kwara State, on Barrister Toyin Saraki, in view of her outstanding contributions towards infant mortality rate in Africa.

Who Will Stop Chinese Diana Chen From Killing Nigerians With Her Expensive GAC Motors? By Fejiro Oliver

I hate imperialism. I detest colonialism. And I fear the consequences of their last bitter struggle for life. We are determined that our nation, and the world as a whole, shall not be the plaything of one small corner of the world.


She’s rich, super wealthy. She has the world at her feet, controlling the high and mighty. From the Ministries of Trade and Investment, Nigerian Investment Promotion Council, Customs etc, her weight is felt and her financial muscle rolls over nearly all that matters.

Her skin color probably gives her an edge, making her bulldoze her way into the hearts of men. Her smiles are infectious when she approaches and radiant even before she opens the lips, but behind the smile lies the daggers that has brought a nation to its feet, albeit unknown to the people. Behind the smile is the doom of many men under her employ and in one fell swoop, she terminates their financial destiny.

She’s Diana Chen, the ruthless emperor of CIG Motors, a major importer of the popular GAC Motors in Nigeria. Forceful and daring, she has almost succeeded in making herself the only importer of this brand of car from the Chinese Manufacturers, who are eager to launch into the Nigerian automobile market and push the prices down for almost every home to own a car, but repeatedly met a stiff wall in Diana Chen, who has vowed to make herself the only importer from China, while making others go through the extra miles of importing from other countries at very expensive rates. Who will save Diana Chen from us?

Never in the history of colonialism has this been witnessed. Not even in the era of slave trades were Nigerian Chiefs were allowed to buy slaves for themselves, without the Portuguese and British emperors stopping them, even though they were controlling us with their guns. It was a free market, as long as the Chiefs were capable of buying the slaves and taking care of them.

Diana Chen’s monopoly of GAC Motors from China has every negative effect on the Nigerian economy. We cannot be talking of local economy and allow a foreigner to dictate and determine what happens in our automobile market. God forbid. Not while we live and breathe the air as free sons and daughters of Nigerian. Unless the Federal Government who should immediately shut down CIG Motors for this imperialism mean to tell us that we are Osu in our own lands, and a Chinese Woman now the Lordess.

The continued monopoly of GAC Motors Market by Diana Chen and her unseen cohorts must end this month. Let heavens fall, but the wings upon which she flies will be broken and thrown to the River Niles. Just as the sky is big enough for every bird to fly, so is the market big enough for everyone to trade. The market is large enough for anyone to import any kind of vehicles, without challenge by another, as long as they have met the legal requirements of our land.

Nigerians must rise up in unity against this Chinese colonialism through the backdoor, caused by one greedy woman, who makes money at our expenses, repatriate the millions of dollars back to China to develop their already developed country, while Nigerians who ought to make the millions, pay taxes that will be used in developing our country is stopped by a foreigner.

Good enough, GAC Motors have indicated interest severally on their willingness to allow Nigerians import the cars, but have repeatedly told us to tell our home government to stop Diana Chen’s influence first. What this means is that there’s simply a cabal that she’s working with, against the interest of the Federal Government, and these cabal must be looked for and dealt with decisively, for sabotaging our economy.

Nigerians, I bring to us a national challenge today, a liberation message and movement that can make every average home in Nigeria own a durable and quality vehicle, with all luxury attached at a very affordable price but currently selling three times the price by Diana Chen in Nigeria, because she’s the only one importing directly from the manufacturers in China, using her Chinese ancestry. We alone can save ourselves from this new found automobile colonialism.

God forbid that it be said of us, that in our time, while we lived, we watched ourselves ripped off by an outsider. May the gods of our lands not frown at us that when the moment of reality stared us, we were cowards and unable to stand up to the exploitation of our resources, when we knew were being cheated in broad daylight.

Diana Chen’s monopoly of GAC Motors importation is the second stage of slavery to us as Nigerians. She wakes up in the middle of the night due to a bad dream or emotional heartbreak and wrecks havoc on Nigerians working for her, by sacking tens of staff the next day, all because of nightmare. She throws unprepared families who have worked for years with her into the labor market, without compensation and payoff. The cycle continues while she rakes in billions of Naira, made by these Nigerian for her.

GAC Motors can be imported by Nigerians from China. No one needs to partner with her to do so. No one needs to be a sub dealer when the manufacturers are ready to sell to others. Who prays to God through a pastor when he or she has access to God? Who goes to see the President through a security guard, when he or she has access to the lovely wife or children? No one will go to Diana Chen to seek her approval for importation. Never, not in our country!

Nigeria is our land, our heritage, our common patrimony, where we will be buried when we die, unlike Diana Chen that will be buried in China when she dies. Therefore, while we live, we must enjoy the benefits of being Nigerians by putting a total full stop to this Diana Chen’s monopoly and allowing Nigerians have access to GAC Motors directly from China and sell to us at the normal rate than the expensive rates she’s currently forcing on us.

We refuse to buy a GAC Motors from Diana Chen for N23 million when the original price if imported from China by Nigerian automobile marketers will sell for N7 million. Our mumu don do. We cannot be exploited on every side. If this act is done in China, the person will be repatriated and banned from entering China to do business. Why then must we allow a foreigner do what can never happen in her country to us?

The current Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, who is graciously an upright man and hater of corruption must immediately begin investigation into the business of Diana Chen CIG Motors Limited, and stop her from importing cars into the country, till she’s audited and authenticated that all her tax payment is up to date. I’m tempted to believe that she may have evaded tax payments to Nigeria, which should land her in jail.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should spread their dragnet on Diana Chen’s frequent movement out of the country as sources are convinced that she’s into money laundering using her Chinese Nationality and importer of GAC Motors from China to commit the act.

The Buhari Government cannot afford to fail Nigerians by allowing its citizens who have all it takes to trade in GAC Motors from China and give us an assembly plant which Diana Chen has dubiously denied us to be stopped from importing directly from China. The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria and Representative to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Dr. Zhou Pingjian, should be informed of the economic sabotage of its citizen to our country and us a s people. Diana Chen arrogance to Nigerians, by defrauding us for the past five years of a product that should benefit us has to end.

Who will save us from this tyrant and make GAC Motors a free market for Nigerians to import and give us value for our money than the exploiter and colonialist called Dian Chen? You and I alone can save ourselves from her. Just you and I and we can start today, even now, after reading this.

Join the movement of No More Monopoly in Nigeria today.

These little things matter…

Fejiro Oliver is Editor In Chief of Secrets Reporters News, Investigative Journalist, Media Consultant and Human Rights Activist can be reached on +2348022050733 (SMS ONLY) or secretsreporters@gmail.com. Engage him on twitter on @fejirooliver86.

APC Has Brought Untold Hardship To Nigerians, Says Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has alleged that Nigeria’s economy under the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had brought untold hardship to Nigerians.

Fayose stated this at a meeting of the Osoko Mass Movement attended by representatives of labour unions, civil servants and public institutions in the state.

According to him, those that brought President Muhammadu Buhari as the president of the country to beg God for forgiveness.

His words: “People that brought Buhari must seek repentance. Unemployment is second to none. The Transparency International said corruption had become worse among Nigerians.”

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