#NoBraDay: 10 Reasons Going Braless Is Good For You

October 13 is celebrated as No Bra Day No Bra Day to promote breast cancer awareness and help raise money for research.

Although the origin is unclear the idea of ditching the bra is to serve as a reminder for women to get screened.

The whole of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, with October 14 also being the “Big Pink” – an event encouraging people to organise events and wear pink to raise money and awareness for breast cancer care.

Wearing or not wearing a bra is entirely dependent on your level of comfort. But if you’ve been looking for reasons to go braless, we present 10 of them.

  1. Sweat quickly evaporates

One of the most inconvenient things about having breasts of any size is the amount of sweat that appears with the slightest hint of heat. When you skip the bra, you have a chance to air it all out rather than pressing that moisture against your skin all day long.

  1. Natural chest shape emerges

You actually get to see the shape of your breasts. No need to be self-conscious. It’s fine if you like a bra-shaped appearance for your breasts, but it never hurts to try something new.

  1. You save money on bras

Bras are really expensive and replacing them is more annoying. If you wind up only wearing one for half of the week, you go through them less fast and spend half as much.

  1. No pressure lines

Even the best bras can leave some uncomfortable marks on your skin. So why not just skip them all together?

  1. It’s extra adventurous

Going without a bra sometimes translates to risking a “wardrobe malfunction,” depending on what you wear it with. Of course you should be modest but the confidence you’ll get from being comfortable in your own skin should be worth it.

  1. Eliminates risk of breast fungus

Regularly wearing ill-fitting bra can create the perfect warm and moist environment that fungi loves to breed in. As unpleasant as it sounds, most women are wearing bras that don’t fit properly, so the chance of developing breast fungus may be more likely than you think, except of course you go braless often.

  1. Reduces the risk of breast cancer

Wearing a constrictive bra can negatively affect the lymphatic system. By impairing blood flow and lymphatic drainage, a too-tight bra can lead to chronic inflammation and fluid retention which in turn could cause breast cancer.

Why else do you think No Bra Day happens on Breast Cancer Awareness month?

  1. Makes your breasts stronger

Not wearing a bra actually makes women’s breasts stronger. The long term effects of not wearing a bra shows that more muscle tissue will grow to provide natural support.

Skip the weight machines at the gym and just throw out your bra!

  1. Breasts get perkier

Due to all that extra muscle tissue, your breasts actually look “perkier” without a bra. A study found that the nipples of women who didn’t wear bras were lifted 7mm higher on average than women who did wear bras.

  1. Keeps skin firm

Not wearing a bra allows blood to flow more readily around your chest, helping with muscle tissue building as well as keeping your skin firm.

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10 Must Have Items To Keep In Your Vehicle

Perhaps you’ve been driving yourself for a long time? Or you just got your first car? The experience can be very exciting and at the same time intriguing. The joy of owning a car becomes short-lived when the car develops a fault on motion and you don’t have a personal driver. It feels like you’ve made a terrible mistake buying a car especially when it breaks down in the middle of nowhere. But not to worry!

FindADriver247.com, Africa’s number one platform for hiring drivers on a monthly or daily basis shares 10 items that you must keep in your vehicles to assist you in the midst of car breakdown:

  1. A basic toolkit:  You don’t want to weigh your car down too much, but you never know when an emergency might call for the use of a few basic tools, like screwdrivers, a tyre gauge, a jack and tools to help you remove a tyre. Your car might already come with a basic toolkit. Check your handbook for where to find it.
  2. A map:  While you’re probably able to find your location using your mobile phone (only when safely parked of course), you know that you’re bound to have no battery just when you really need it. There’s no harm in keeping an old fashioned map in your boot just in case you find yourself getting lost without your phone to help you.
  3. A basic first aid kit:  You never know when you might need to carry out some basic first aid while out on the road, whether it’s an accident you’ve been involved with, or one you’ve witnessed. Make sure you’ve always got items such as bandages, gauze, tape and disinfectant in the car.
  4. A spare in-car mobile phone charger:  Especially if you’re a female driver driving alone, it’s crucial that you can call for help in an emergency, so always make sure you have a spare in-car charger in your car. You can buy a USB car charger quite cheaply, so all you have to do is connect the appropriate cable for your phone. Alternatively, you could get hold of a cheap spare mobile phone and keep it fully charged in your car in case you ever need it.
  5. A torch:  This is a simple one but could really help if you find yourself in trouble when it’s dark, especially if there aren’t any street lights (especially when NEPA takes light).
  6. Warning triangles:  If you break down you may find warning triangles helpful to warn approaching drivers of an obstruction in the road. Also, if you’re driving abroad, depending on the country you could end up with a fine if you don’t have warning triangles in your car.
  7. Spare engine coolant, oil and windscreen fluid:  This one’s a no-brainer, especially if you regularly drive long distances. Make sure you check your oil, water, antifreeze and screen wash levels regularly to avoid coming into difficulties on a long journey. You should also keep some spare supplies in the car just in case you run out while away from home. Only check or top up your engine coolant when the engine is cold (i.e. you haven’t driven the car for a while), as it’s a pressurised container.
  8. Spare warm clothing:  We all know how cold it can get during rainy season, so pack a jumper or two, or maybe a blanket, in case you’re stuck waiting in or out of your car for a while.
  9. The contact numbers for your insurance and towing companies:  Again, don’t rely on your mobile phone for this one. Just note down the key numbers for both your insurance and towing companies (including both Customer Service and the Claims Line, plus the emergency numbers if there are any) on a piece of paper and keep it somewhere safe – perhaps in the glove box of the car.
  10. Jump leads: If you suddenly discover your car battery is dead, having a set of jump leads in your car will hopefully save you, providing a sympathetic driver stops to help, or you have someone to call who can come to your aid.

 

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Chagoury, Vaswani, Aswani, Others Listed Among Top 10 Int’l Private Investors In Nigeria

The latest edition of The Top10 Magazine has released the list of  the top ten international private investors in the Nigerian economy. Topping the list are the Chagoury brothers, Gilbert and Ronald of the Chagoury Group of companies, owners of the popular Eko hotels in Lagos and Eko Atlantic, a real estate company, Sunil Vaswani, Chairman of Stallion Group of companies, with investment interest across major sectors of the Nigeria economy, the Mahtani brothers, Mr. B. Mahtani and Mr. Vinay Mahtani, owners of the Churchgate Group of companies, Mr. Ramesh Hathiramani, Chairman Dana Group of companies, and Mr. Anwar Jarmakani, Chairman of Jagal Group of companies.

Others are the Tung brothers, Mr. Lewis Tung and his brother Robert Tung, Chairman and Managing Director respectively of WEMPCO Group of companies, Mr. Haresh G. Aswani, the Country Managing Director of Tolaram Group of companies, the parent company of Dufil Prima, makers of the popular Indomie noodles among other investments, Mr. C.G. Vink, Chairman, Tropical General Investment (TGI) conglomerate, parent company of CHI Limited, producers of popular Chivita drinks, Mr. Ramesh Valechha, Chairman of Milan Group of companies, owners of the prestigious intercontinental hotel on Victoria Island Lagos and Mr. Haresh Keswani, the Chief Executive officer of Artee Group of companies, owners of SPAR Park n Shop, which operates in the hypermarket and supermarket retail format, operating in Nigeria’s three major cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

The list is contained in the latest edition of The Top10 Magazine which focuses on international private-family investors transforming the Nigerian economy. In a release signed by the publishers of the magazine, it stated that, “ Unlike portfolio traders that play a game of hit and run, these investors have held firm in this country for many years unshaken by the vicissitudes of economic growth and declines. With such a high level of commitment and consistency, they now constitute a formidable force in several aspects of the nation’s economic function. These crops of international private investors have looked beyond Nigeria’s institutional rankings to discover the great opportunities that its economy offers and have become major partners in the nation’s economic development effort”.

According to the release, “the role of these investors in the growth and development of the Nigerian economy is immense, being a major stimulatory force to the nation’s economic engine, hence  our decision to beam special searchlight on their investment portfolios in the country and celebrate them as worthy partners in Nigeria’s quest for economy Eldorado”.

The magazine stated that selecting top ten among numerous international private investors in Nigeria is a herculean task but with a painstaking effort by its research and intelligent unit, it has been able to identify ten leading international private-family investors who are complimenting the effort of local investors to transform the Nigerian economy.

The latest edition of the magazine also features the story of the making of the royal Tejuoso dynasty of Egba land from Ogun State. Other interesting stories in the edition include exposition on leadership succession template of Zenith bank plc, and the revolution taking place in Peace Mass Transit to redefine safety standards in road transportation in Nigeria, plus the story of the man behind Nigeria tomato revolution, Eric Umeofia.

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10 Striking Similarities Between Adeboye And Oyedepo

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church World Wide (also known as Winners’ Chapel) are two of the most influential clergymen in Africa.

Beyond commanding myriad of followers, the two sit atop religious empires worth billions of naira.

Below are 10 striking similarities between the two men which some of their church members may not even know.

  1. They both met while in Ilorin, Kwara State, where Pastor Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo actually started their ministries.
  2. They both control two of the largest and fastest growing churches in Nigeria. The churches have presence outside the country too.
  3. They both run private universities; The Redeemer University and Covenant University, and both of them are Pro-chancellors of their respective institutions.
  4. Both schools are in Ogun State, believed to have the highest number of universities in Nigeria.
  5. They both have offshoot of their ivory towers around their respective home towns. Landmark University is located in Omu-Aran, home town of Oyedepo, while Adeboye’s Redeemer’s University is located on Gbongan-Oshogbo Road, Ede, near Ifewara.
  6. Their respective brothers occupy key positions in their vast empires. Retired Major General Akinsola Adeboye, younger brother of Pastor Adeboye is the chief security officer (CSO) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God-owned camp, popularly called Redemption Camp. In a similar dimension, Oyedepo’s younger brother, Gideon, is the CSO of Canaanland. He is solely responsible for the security of the educational arm.
  7. They were both were federal public servants before resigning to concentrate on missionary work. Adeboye was a mathematics lecturer at the University of Lagos and Ilorin while Oyedepo used to work at the Federal Ministry of Housing Corporation in Ilorin, Kwara State.
  8. They belong to the elite group of pastors travelling by private jets in Nigeria. Adeboye acquired his aircraft years after Oyedepo acquired one with number D6640.
  9. They both conduct massive conventions in Ogun State. Adeboye leads worship along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Oyedepo in Ota.
  10. Their children are already active in their vineyards. Adeboye has Pastors Adeolu Adeboye, Dare Adeboye and Leke Adeboye already functioning in RCCG as ministers, while Oyedepo has Pastors David Oyedepo (Jnr.) and Isaac Oyedepo as resident pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland and regional head, South Africa respectively.

Bonus: Their wives – Foluke Adeboye and Faith Oyedepo – are called mummy (or mama) by their church members.

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Recession: 10 Steps To Fix Nigeria’s Economic Crisis, By Perry Brimah

Nigeria needs to rapidly apply solid solutions to rescue the nation from its current recession. Millions have lost their jobs – 4.6 million according to the national statistics bureau – and millions more are suffering severe hardship and dying and at risk of death. The further down Nigeria sinks, the steeper will be the climb out of the hole.

Sadly, most of what we read from so-called economic experts is advice for the Nigerian government to consult them or others to address the economic recession. None of them has opened up in the public space, if they have the ideas, and proffered the solutions to the current economic quagmire. They keep talking like it’s some sort of riddle and as though Nigeria is not their country and they are not part of those who got the nation where it is today. Indeed we are all responsible, but most especially those who have been in governments in the past; however blaming is disingenuous and counterproductive. What Nigeria needs now is solutions.

The solutions for an economic recession, if it can be solved, are not private or secrets of any kind. This is why anyone who keeps it a mystery does not have anything good to offer. The U.S. recession was solved with simple open processes including for a big part, the “2009 Stimulus”.

A few “solution” comments I have read which include, flooding the economy and diversifying, are palliative and long-term and not to address the fundamental, acute and chronic issues that are not peculiar to Nigeria. While I am not an economist by training, as an educated Nigerian with preservation of my nation at heart, it is my duty to contribute my researched analysis on the solutions for the current problem(s).

How Did Nigeria Get Here?

While the Obasanjo and Jonathan governments definitely played a major role in getting us here by selling (Obasanjo privatization frenzy) all of Nigeria to cabal and looting all its earnings, it is counterintuitive to keep blaming them. The truth is that there is more to this recession than the tens of billions of dollars they and their private cabal partners looted and the infrastructure they failed to build. We must recognize that the recession is not limited to Nigeria. Venezuela is feeling it too; even Saudi Arabia is laying off workers in the thousands.

Two global factors played the biggest role in bringing on this economic famine.

The first was the Saudi oil war-games. By pumping oil at above quota, Saudi Arabia single-handedly determined to crash oil prices and punish all oil producers. Saudi pumps oil at under $10 a barrel which makes low prices still profitable for them, unlike Nigeria where the Obasanjos, Babangidas and other semi-intelligent, money worshipping lowly organisms exploited the country permanently with deals that produce our oil at as much as $33/barrel. Low oil prices, with oil being Nigeria’s mono-economic singular export, naturally crashed the Naira. Unfortunately when teased during an Al-Jazeera interview, President Buhari said he will never challenge Saudi Arabia on the kingdom’s crippling decisions and will not even dare threaten to pull out of Saudi-run OPEC in order to push for Nigeria’s survival. So we are stuck here as far as oil prices go.

The second factor that really triggered this recession, most specifically, the tissued Naira was a U.S. decision made public – and thus, operative– as early as March 2014, to increase interest rates. Floating this decision alone caused investors to buy-up the dollar and through 2014 before the rate was even increased, the Benjamin appreciated the most it ever had in a decade, rising as much as 12% in value that year alone. Naira crashed as did Cedis and other currencies. By December of 2015, the U.S. Fed finally increased interest rates to between 0.25 and 0.5% and the fortunes were sealed. The Dollar continued to appreciate, investors in the U.S. would get more money on their bank deposits and mortgages would rise. The rates are on course to further increase to about 0.875% in 2016. It’s summer for the dollar and winter for the Naira.
It is important to always compare what is happening in Nigeria to peer nations. Our analysts compared the changes to the Naira to the Cedis. Like the 2012 fuel subsidy removal which was not a puppet Jonathan thing per se but a mandate from the IMF as we noticed that the same subsidy was removed across West African nations at the same time on the instance of Lagarde, so also the Forex crash has been virtually identical in Nigeria and Ghana. While the Cedis dropped over the past three years under highlight, gradually, reaching a 1:4 value from the initial 1:1.7 it was in early 2014 post revaluation, the Naira was artificially retained at an inflated value and crashed in one swoop, also downgrading from about 1:160 to 1:425. Both have crashed the same proportion.

Bearing this in mind, next are frank solutions to Nigeria’s recession:

1. Actual Devaluation of the Naira

Why is there a black market, BDC in Nigeria? Why does the country have two dollar rates? This is supervised corruption and main reason why the Naira remains in free and turbulent fall.

Central Bank, CBN’s Godwin Emefiele continues to play games with Nigeria, refusing to fully devalue the Naria. A rate duplicity is maintained with the current interbank dollar rate at N305 while the parallel market sells this at N425. This dual rate is corruption and set up to favor the cabal who have been dashed billions of dollars via CBN subsidized dollar sales. Godwin and his friends are able to make N115 on every dollar. The dual rate also maintains a competition for dollars which hikes the price at the parallel market with rebound effects on the interbank rate. A recent Reuters article highlighted how corrupt governments-made billionaire Aliko Dangote was literally dashed $100 million in just over two months of Buhari’s tenure in review. Extrapolate that to a year and you get a total gift of as much as $500 million dollars.Nigeria can only come out of the recession if the Naira is truly devalued, and there is no longer pressure on the BDC (Bureau de Change). While the federal government of Nigeria is seeking a $1 billion Eurobond, it has within the same period dashed Dangote half a billion dollars in the span of a year and the cabal as a whole some several billion dollars in subsidized forex for their personal ventures while small businesses were shut out to die. This cannot continue. As Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said, the central bank is for all Nigerians and not only the cabal.

2. Recover Nigeria’s USD Billions And Do Not Borrow

The Federal government of Nigeria should not borrow money. It has no need to do so as this has no long term benefit. Rather the Buhari government should employ the services of Nigeria’s best lawyers including Attorney Femi Falana to exigently go after the more than 100 billion recoverable dollars Nigeria has abroad and with bailed-out local banks.

With the right legal maneuvers, Nigeria can immediately secure several billions of dollars in hard cash air lifts, just like Iran recently is reported to have. Nigeria must face its challenges from a position of power and not one of defeat. He who goes out with a begging bowl lives to tell a sorry tale. There are ways to twist arms and repatriate moneys rapidly. Every tool must be used.

Falana explained in February of this year, “From the information at our disposal, the federal government is owed not less than $66.5 billion (about N13.3 trillion) which ought to be recovered without any further delay…In addition, following the crisis of global capitalism… in 2008, the Central Bank of Nigeria gave a bailout of $4 billion (N600 billion) to the commercial banks in the country… The CBN has not deemed it fit to ask for the refund of the total sum of $11 billion injected into the banking system…”

Delete security vote: It must be mentioned that waste must be cut in the government. The security vote must be cut both at the federal level and at state levels. This runs into trillions of Naira mostly wasted or used to finance political, hate and terror campaigns including to pay for media attacks of individuals and groups which continue to promote deadly strife in Nigeria.

3. Take Advantage of the Devalued Naira

If it can’t be a win, win, it doesn’t have to be a lose, lose. Foreign investors are leaving Nigeria not solely because of the devalued Naira, but because of the government posture. Whereas, the crash of the Naira as all economic predicaments, should be exploited to Nigeria’s advantage with aggressive marketing of the opportunities for investors but most importantly with a strong government posture; the shaky and uncertain body-language of Buhari and his cabinet are making a double loss where there should be gain. This is the time for foreigners to invest dollars in Nigeria, most especially in its vast natural resource opportunities. A dollar goes 250% further than it used to.

Now is the time to set up quarries, to invest in mining, farming, fishing and other available opportunities in Nigeria. Now is the time to build and own estate. But why are foreign investors not coming? It is time Nigeria hones in on the opportunities of the low Naira by assuring of security of investment for foreign entities and governments. It is time Nigeria showed confident and eager leadership. We should at least turn it around into a lose, win, situation.

4. Scrap Import Ban List, Open The Market

The CBN’s import ban list has been described as a sham that has always been prompted by the cabal, the likes of Obasanjo and Dangote who typically institute these bans on products Dangote and other cabal manufacture. The import ban lists have always been set up in Nigeria’s history to promote the oligopolies of the cabal. Late Umaru Yar’adua opened the markets and prices fell. He dared to “disentangle” Obasanjo and Dangote till he was killed.

It is poor economics to force dependence on a monopoly. This is why the rich get richer in Nigeria and the poor get poorer till there is chaos. Former CBN governor Charles Soludo has lambasted this policy. It is highly fraudulent and reeks of corruption.

You cannot invite investors and expect trade cooperation while you lock out goods to promote a certain exploitative cabal. In spite of successive government promoting the same cabal, Nigeria buys cement at the highest global prices, at least double the world average. Nigeria’s “.ng” domain name sells at $100/year by these same Obasanjo-related cabal, the highest cost in the world. Virtually every product the Nigerian cabal are assisted to have monopolies on end up exploiting the masses and put money in one pocket only – the cabal’s. Markets can grow on open competition. The cabal must be encouraged to be competitive and not “it’s so much it’s like voodoo money” exploitative.

5. Lower Interest Rates And Promote Small Businesses

Small businesses employ as much as 80% of labor. As small businesses are being killed, there will continue to be mass unemployment, no purchase power and economic recession. The current CBN policies are tailored to corruptly give undue advantage to the cabal and to exterminate small businesses. While cabal buy forex at CBN subsidized rates, small businesses get none. Small business entrepreneurs have limited access to loans and when they do, they get them at unreasonable interest rates.

The federal government must immediately create alternative sources of capital for small businesses. The cabal utilize stashed loot and launder money for former administrators to run their businesses while small businesses are forced out of existence. It is better the Buhari government supports 1000 micro industries than it supports one cabal company. Cabal must be properly taxed and the taxes used to build small industry. Rather the Nigerian government currently taxes the small people to give to the cabal who further exploit the small people with highest prices in the world for goods and utilities.

The cabal have been bailed out numerous times and given waivers and dashed subsidized forex while all governments including the current fail to bailout small businesses. Interest rates must be lowered and government cash must be pumped in an organized and supervised fashion at SMEs (small and medium enterprises). Local fruit juice companies, local chemical factories, metal works, parts plants, recycling plants, solar panel assemblies, mushroom refineries and the like must be encouraged by the government aggressively and immediately.

6. Promote And Standardize “Made In Nigeria”

It is past time for a #MadeinNigeria culture. But this must be more than just a slogan. There are reasons why Nigerians do not patronize made in Nigeria goods. These include reliability. The Federal government must update the standardization boards. All manufactured goods must have warranties that are enforced, with customers being 100% protected by the government. Nigerians should be able to see the warranty label and know that it is backed and protected by law. Failure of companies to fulfill the warranty must be treated seriously as a crime with the companies being immediately shut down and the customers compensated.

Furthermore the ministry of industry must certify products. Product certification in China has boosted the country’s manufacturing sector as its goods are better regarded in global as well as local markets. Nigerians need this assurance as do potential foreign markets where Made in Nigeria goods can be sold. A portal with licensed manufacturer names and information must be available online through which goods and parts can be sourced and Nigerians companies’ accreditation by the government can be reviewed.

Only the federal government has the capacity to develop piecemeal manufacturing where parts of products are made by various small manufacturers and then later combined by other small enterprises, i.e. “division of labor.” The government must do this. The importance of the government recognizing and promoting small entrepreneurs as it currently only does the cabal can not be overstated. The government must set-up to be the link between small piecemeal manufacturers and the market.

It is time for the federal government to actively promote, support and protect a Made in Nigeria culture.

7. Naira: Think Strength Of The People, Poor Economics

Forget strength of the Naira. Think strength of the people. When the people are strong the Naira will get strong; when the people are weak, the Naira will be weak. Nigeria must forget about its Moody rating. Countries have endured tough sanctions and come out superpowers. This is not even sanctions. The Federal government of Nigeria should put the cap on people suffering and dying and not the Naira devaluing. Pull reserves if needed to strengthen the people.

The Naira will continue to drop when the government gives a single cabal $500 million dollars in 12 months then seeks to borrow $1 billion for the entire nation. This corruption makes the people weak and the Naira weak. The Naira cannot appreciate when the Presidency hugs 10 wasteful presidential jets. The people will not be convinced. The people will not have strength, sacrifice and patronize when Lai Mohammed walks in, clad in a loud diamond-sharp starched agbada, to advertise “Change” a slogan copied from Obama, and the President reads more words copied from Obama. And the Naira will not be strong. The Naira will be as weak as the weakening people when they see the circle of power sporting $40,000 watches and $100,000 bags. This government must be serious about change, or/and must immediately partition the country into pieces that will have the chance to as serious as is demanded, and to compete which each other in this.

Contrary to what capitalist economists say, the strength of the economy and currency is determined by the strength of the people and not the other way around. We must study economics for the poor and not always the predominant hegemonists’ brand of economics. Economics of the wealthy has not worked anywhere. Europe is in a perpetual recession even after deriving and the continued derivation of billions from the exploitation of Africa. America today is trillions of dollars in debt in spite of the slave trade and colonisation largesse and continued military economic escapades around the world. The late Thomas Sankara believed in and built the capacity his people. The results were shocking and immediate. We have already wasted the first year and a half of this administration building only the corrupt cabal, it is time to build the people. The Naira will follow.

8. Never Again Use a Banker As CBN Governor

Remove Godwin Emefiele and never again use a banker as CBN governor. Each of the times Nigeria appointed bankers as CBN governors, they built the banks and cabal and extinguished the masses. It is a clear conflict of interest to put a banker with vested interests and friends in the banks, as head of the Apex bank. That is like putting a wolf to protect your chickens.

With the two famous recent banker governors, crippling bank charges and fees were added upon each other to fund the banks and drain the masses in a continuous and progressing ponzi scheme. Some policies were more directly exploiting than others, but all gave the banks many free passes to make earnings off of the poor masses with no value added to the Nigerian economy. And these were done while the cabal were given humongous loans on hand shakes and billions of dollars gifts in subsidized forex. As I wrote July this year, “Recession: Nigeria’s Economy Cannot Improve So Long As Godwin Emefiele Remains In Charge.”

9. Strengthen And Decentralize The Police

Insecurity has cost Nigeria billions in economic loses from the northeast, now a humanitarian catastrophe and a drain to the economy, and continues to do so in the Niger Delta. The fastest and best solution to the continuous breakdown of law and order is stronger and local police. The Nigerian army has no role in domestic maintenance of law and order and as it continues to unconstitutionally police the state, it gets involved in more violations and provokes more deadly crises as it has done in the past. The army is not trained in investigating and arresting. It has no training in disbursing riots and protests and presenting cases to the court. The Nigerian constitution reserves its use as a back up to the police and ONLY when  and if approved by the national assembly.

There is no economy without security and there is no security without a police command that has capacity and understanding of the region. Nigeria will not be serious about economic recovery till it returns the army to the barracks and builds police capacity.

10. Find A Vision For Nigeria

I do not know the vision of Nigeria so far and if the current government has one. What does Nigeria want to be? We know the vision of Dubai and Dubai took itself there. Does Nigeria want to become a tourist center? Does Nigeria want to become the West and Central Africa central manufacturing capital? Does Nigeria wish to become the food basket of Africa? Does Nigeria wish to become the information technology capital in the world? Or does Nigeria wish to become a combination of these or some of them and others?

It is important a central vision or visions for Nigeria is developed and Nigerians are made cognisant of this vision for the future of the nation. Let’s know where we are going so every one can pick an oar and row in consonance. Today we just hear that the new administration wants to build a country, but what country will that be? It is OK to just build a country, but it is better to build a country with a particular primary vision. The world is moving away from careers as we know them. Soon all jobs will be taken over by machines, even medical jobs are at risk. Nigeria can choose a vision that places it at an advantage in the future that has already begun.

Nigeria will survive by God’s grace.

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10 Useful Apps To Help You Find Your Missing iPhone

Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone app allows you to use another iOS (iPhone Operating Software) device to locate your missing iPhone on a map, protect your private data, display a message, play a sound at full volume (for few minutes) even if your missing iPhone was set to silent and remotely lock your device.

GadgetTrak

GadgetTrak app increases your chances of recovering your lost or stolen iPhone by generating location reports, sending a discreet message to your device, and snapping a photo of the thief with the built-in camera. With its restriction on “Deleting Apps,” the thief will not be able to delete GadgetTrak from your iPhone.

Device Locator

Device Locator allows you to track the location of your misplaced iPhone, sound an alarm on your lost or stolen iPhone, take a photo of the user remotely and send a message with sound. There are no monthly or yearly fees involved.

iHound

iHound helps locate and keep your iPhone safe with remote locking, remote data erasing, location tracking and siren alerts playing. It’s a free download but users are required to subscribe at least three months.

If Found+  

If Found+ replaces your iPhone background wallpaper with a message if you have lost your iPhone. Even if your iPhone is locked with a passcode, a Good Samaritan can reach you if he/she finds your phone.

Mobile Spy

Mobile Spy allows you to monitor your iPhone in real time by providing reports of incoming and outgoing calls, text messages, GPS locations, contact list, e-mails, website URLs, photos and videos.

Phone Trace 4

Phone Trace 4 tracks your lost or stolen iPhone’s real-time location reports and provides you with the new number of the person who is holding on to your iPhone. It also can send emails, SMS and some commands remotely.

Motion Alarm

Motion Alarm plays a customised alarm to alert you or the unauthorised iPhone holder when a preset level of movement is reached. It also provides GPS tracking so you will be able to receive a position report in your email Inbox.

Navizon

Navizon marks the positions of your lost/stolen iPhone with a real-time and accurate live locating system.

Find My Friends

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10 Questions NIMASA DG, Dakuku Peterside Asked Governor Wike

Dr Dakuku Peterside, DG of NIMASA and APC Governorship Candidate in the 2015 elections during a rally in Etche LGA today asked Governor Wike 10 important questions as follows:

1. Which Govt has officially promoted & supported kidnapping and under its watch 1200 persons have been kidnapped in one year?

2. Which government has superintended over the killing of over 1000 rivers people by cultist in just one year?

3. Which government has borrowed more money under one year than all our previous governments from 1967 borrowed put together??

4. Which government withdrew nearly 400 under graduates sent on scholarship abroad by Gov Amaechi to different countries???

5. Which government deceitfully wants to take credit for projects conceived and delivered by the Amaechi government??

6. Under the watch of which government has more policemen and security men been killed by criminals armed by government agents than have been killed ever in our history from the creation of Rivers State to date??

7. Under whose government is multiple taxation legalized? Touting legalized? Extortion made legal??

8. Under which government, have our schools and primary health centers closed down and our people are dying in their numbers?

9. Which government has deceived itself by embarking on endless circle of BIOMETRICS as excuse to owe workers and Pensioners six months salaries, popularly called government of deceit?

10. Which government will a governor be contractor, supervisor and awarding authority???

I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU ALL – the end has come. Rivers people cannot be deceived by lies and propaganda no matter how well crafted.

Dr Dakuku Peterside at a speech in Okehi Etche LGA

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Niger Delta Has Nothing To Show For The N40bn It Received In The Last 10 Years – Kachikwu

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu yesterday told Niger Delta Coastal State monarchs and stakeholders that there was no infrastructure in the creek to show for the $40 billion released to the Niger Delta in the last 10 years.

He told the monarchs who visited him in Abuja that he (the minister) went round the creeks and found no infrastructure that reflects the money disbursed to the region through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) or the 13 per cent derivation from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).

The traditional rulers had in their joint presentation read by Bolowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Chief Wellington O. Okrika,  demanded a Federal Government dialogue team. This, they said, will give them confidence in the peace moves in the Niger Delta.

The group demanded the release of the 10 “innocent” school children arrested by the army on May 28 in Oporoza and others on “trumped up charges”.

The monarchs demanded for the return of the Golden Sword, the symbol of authority of the Gbaramatu traditional institution, and the three traditional council speed boats in the army’s custody.

They also demanded for cessation of hostilities perpetuated by the military in the Niger Delta.

The traditional rulers requested the government to make a categorical statement about the opening of the Maritime University-Okerenkoko, Delta State for academic activities in the 2016/2017 session.

Kachikwu requested the stakeholders to embark on soul searching on the roles of traditional rulers, indigenes of the region and others in the application of the $40billion in 10 years.

According to him, the Federal Government is interested in releasing money for the development of the Niger Delta, if governance and transparency are addressed.

Kachikwu told his guests that unless the issue of transparency in the management of funds is solved before further release of cash, there will be no result.

His words:  “If you look at the amount of money that has been out into the Niger Delta over the last 10 years, in papers it is over $40billion. These have come from NDDC; it has come from derivation, it has come from oil companies’ investments.

“Over $40billion, but as I go to the creek, I see no single infrastructure that you can point to to say this is the result for these investments. So what it means is that we must begin to do some soul searching ourselves: where did all this money go to. Who to them, what where they applied for ? What were the roles of our own people and others no necessary from the Niger Delta and how this money was applied .

“Because unless you solve the governance and transparency issue in terms of spending this money it doesn’t matter how much money put into the place you are going to go back to square one.

“So the first fundamental question we must begin to ask now is how are these institutions run? How are these monies placed and what roles do our traditional rulers play in the decision making process on how these projects are supposed to …

“And how can we put a sense of responsibility on delivering on the infrastructural imperative ? So there is a lot of home truth that must happen.”

Continuing, the minister said having seen the demands of the traditional rulers, there must be a developmental process agreement for the Niger Delta community that could be sustainable and to which the government can release money.

He said : “The second is how do we go forward even if we understand the past ? I have seen the list of demands that you have; they are reasonable but that is just the precursor to the main issue.

“If any issue is there, there must be a developmental process that is agreed, agreed for the Niger Delta community, which is long serving and to which money can be thrown.”

This, according to him, is necessary for the government is interested in putting money in the region to ensure peace, stability and to sanction an organised investment agreement structure.

Kachikwu said: “But that money we will have to find from everybody who is active in the area, whether they be the oil companies, the government, or the international community. There is a lot of interest in trying to put money to the Niger Delta as long as one you can have peace, two you can have stability and three you can have a sanctioned organised investment agreement structure . So that we all know what it is that we are investing in. So that the $40billion that has been spent in the last 10 years, it doesn’t happen again and we find a lot of loss.“

He also told the monarchs that the military was not withdrawn because some splinter militant groups were still attacking oil facilities in the Niger Delta.

He told the monarchs that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the engagement of the Niger Delta people but he is always looking for data on what happened in the past to know the fundamentals that are necessary for a solution.

The minister said: “I will obviously take you message back to him. I take obvious position in term of this that this is what is required for us to start this engagement and we will make every effort we can with the authority of Mr. President to set up a team to begin to find out the basis upon which this engagement will take place and see what it is we can do.”

He explained that Nigeria was facing its worst moments due to falling price of crude oil from about $120 per barrel to about $42 that is not even guaranteed to endure.

The minister noted that the Federal Government lost over 50 per cent of its income owing to the situation, adding that militancy in the Niger Delta has reduced crude oil production from 2.2million barrels per day to 1.3million barrels per day.

Kachikwu said consequently both decrease in volume of production and price, have further led to 60 percent drop in Nigeria.

He, however, posited that the situation has caused governors’ inability to pay salaries and develop infrastructure but the worst loser is the Niger Delta that suffers from pollution and lack of security.

His words: “We are presently passing through very grave circumstances in Nigeria. Oil, that was at least on average of $120 today is down to about $42 with a lot of threats on whether or not that price can even hold as the OPEC meetings are in the few weeks. But there is need for that $42 to continue to be threatens . At the beginning of the year it was $28 , it came to $50 and now it is $42.

“So the price continues to struggle . What it means is that even from the price element alone, the federal government has lost over 50% of its income. And so to the states. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the militancy has brought down production from an average of 2.2million barrels to today about 1.4million barrels. If I discount what I am saying here today it might be 1.3m barrels.

“What it means is that when you take the cumulative effect of both pricing and volume, we are down to more than 60% drop in the income of this country. So, we can’t even fund the 2016 budget. If we don’t fund the budget governors don’t get money, salaries don’t get paid, infrastructure don’t get delivered and governance can happen.

“So I see that those who pay the biggest price for militancy is the Niger Delta itself. The person who pays the biggest price for pollution is the Niger Delta itself. The person who pays the biggest price for security imperative and lack of security is the Niger Delta itself.”

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World Bank, Sokoto Govt Commit N8.8b For Projects In 10 LGAs

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10 Reasons Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Fight Will Fail Again By Jude Feranmi

Let me introduce you to this piece by starting with what we know of President Buhari or let’s say the average perception of who President Buhari is. He is incorruptible, He is a man of integrity, has occupied various political positions in the past under the military including head of state and when he was head of state, his no nonsense approach to everything Nigeria sealed his name in the hearts of the Nigerian populace, even for us who were not born then especially with his War Against Indiscipline.

Usually, that is where we stop when it comes to President Buhari’s antecedents. But, we will be making a mistake by stopping just right there as a man’s legacy is by far his most remembered attribute, and so we should continue with what happened after.

He was “dethroned” in a coup de tat, and even though not as much as when his friend, Sani Abacha died, Nigerians rejoiced when that happened and there was no public outcry that Nigeria’s incorruptible general had been deposed, at least none that was recorded. After his own episode of military rule, Nigeria degenerated into yet another level of corruption, worse than the one that was before it, Buhari’s reason for taking over in the first place, and finally, he disappeared from public scene only to feature once every four years after Obasanjo, another general turned diplomat’s first tenure.

The popular aphorism that those who fail to learn from History are bound to repeat it is a very important one we should be taking note of as the question is why would this legacy not repeat itself ? Some 7 years ago, Nigerians hoped that one man’s good luck will rub off on all of us and we would be catapulted into one of the first 20 economies in the world with that good luck, but that failed. Why would our expectations of President Buhari’s integrity rubbing off on us be fulfilled this time around?

These questions would probably need a scientific process to answer, to which I have an hypothesis – Unless Goodluck and Integrity can be institutionalized, we might be chasing shadows and bubbles in the air and by “institution”, I do not by any means refer to its definition of being the “lengthened shadow of a man”. What I refer to instead are the established rules of the game that are bounding on every individual or groups of persons or associations irrespective of social status, background, personality or class.

Having said this, I know you are here for my so called 10 reasons and as promised in the title, I would not deny you of it. I think History will repeat itself because of these 10 reasons, I hope it doesn’t.

He is recovering stolen assets and looted funds but not blocking loopholes

What about TSA? Well, You got me there! But TSA is not part of the loopholes I am talking about. Think about the Fantastically Corrupt episode in the UK. Now, if a minister decides to loot funds right now from his budgetary allocation and transfer to the UK in an offshore account like some of our leaders do in the National Assembly, that is still very possible. If a bank in Nigeria receives funds in batches of hundreds of thousands of dollars also like some of our leaders did, we still wouldn’t know. If an agency generates income and refuses to deposit in TSA, there are no means of detecting and please don’t say it’s not possible, I have witnessed different episodes in the last two months and Yes, the Whistle Blowers Act, how far are we with that? So think of a basket and think of water being poured into it. That is exactly the point where we are right now.

To make matters worse, It seems Mr President  just wants the money. In fact, if you bring us money, we would not announce your name, you would not even be tried and if you are even on trial, we can consider suspending it, just bring the money.

 

 

He is fighting a one-side battle

There is a little bit of controversy to this, You hear names like Umar and you think yes, it’s two sided but President Buhari’s EFCC would not even consider a petition on any of his ministers but a sitting governor will be lectured on his immunity protection which is by far the worst clause in our constitution. ICPC on the other hand cannot even carry out investigations on their own without a petition but since President Buhari wrote his very long essay on corruption and how it is to be tackled by expanding the provisions of the commission, we have heard nothing about it. The proverbial blood of the lamb on the houses of the children of Isreal now metaphorically applies in our country, when the angel of anti-corruption sees the broom, he shall Passover you.

In fact, someone had suggested an easy way of rooting out corruption in the country since every APC member appears to be a saint, Let’s all decamp to APC and this country is guaranteed of being as clean as the President himself.

He is not focusing on transparency

What about the honourable minister of justice’s letter to the open government partnership to participate? Here we go, we really have to understand that it is a different thing entirely to submit a letter of intent than it is to have a strategy for implementing the NAP – National Action Plans for Transparency. Think about this. Imagine you have a monkey you love so much but because of your irresponsibility and lack of care and time, the monkey now has in its possession a poisonous bunch of bananas that is going to “kill it” and with it a gun so that it can shoot you should you even try to snatch the banana away from it. Now, signing up in the midst of all monkey owners that you promise to rid your monkey of the poisonous banana and pledging openly in front of all does not in any way solve your problem.

Mr President’s political will is a place to start, it is definitely not a place to rest. So much political capital will be needed to pass laws that back transparency or even makes it criminal to be opaque and if Mr President’s one year history with the lawmakers is anything to go by, his political capital which is in red that has not seen any progress made on two anti-corruption bills sent to the National Assembly since January is not likely to pave a way in the fight for transparency.

States are being ignored, where the highest level of corruption is present

There is no doubt that the highest level of corruption occurs at the state level even though we don’t get to hear about it. We can bring a couple of factors together here and say those factors when working together are responsible. One of these would be that Mr President does not really have a strategy of fighting corruption at the state level or that even the strategy for fighting corruption at the federal level is not being properly executed, how should we then expect that there would be one for the state level? Another one could also be that Mr President is not really interested in this aspect because as is evident, all monies recovered does not come to the Federal purse but to the state where such monies were recovered and as such, the incentive to pursue corruption in that sector disappears into thin air. Another factor could be that 25 of the states of the Federation is being governed by the APC who we have found out happen to be passed over when the angel of anti-corruption is at work. If Mr President campaigned on an altar of anti-corruption, there is no reason why there shouldn’t be a ministry of anti-corruption even if it is going to last for as long as there is rampant corruption in the country. Before you tear me apart on the notion of increasing the cost of governance, The United States response to terrorism is the best illustration here. If a country is serious about an issue, he gets the best persons together who can tackle such, empower them and releases them to function.

Campaign funding is NOT been probed

You would think this is what I should have said when I talked about when I talked about the one-sided anti-corruption campaign. Not at all! There is no single inquiry or investigation in INEC about the funding of the campaign of any political party in the country, and Yes, INEC is the constitutionally guaranteed institution that can investigate or order investigation into the funding of election campaigns. Facts Only – The monetization of our electoral process takes the largest chunk of the pie when it comes to the root causes of corruption in our country. Despite this fact, there is little in the way of probing or making more transparent the funding of the electoral process. A situation where one needs upwards of N15 million to declare intent or pick a nomination form for gubernatorial elections speaks volumes of how much more of an investment than service is vying for electoral office in our country. If you donate upwards of $200 to a campaign in the US, US Federal Law mandates the campaign office to provide details about you, your social security number, your occupation and your business history as much as they can. Here in Nigeria, the only laws that we have is a fine of N1Million if you spend more than N100million if you are running for governor.

 

There are no new laws on anti-corruption

There is a point I should have made earlier in this piece that I have held till this point. There is a need to ask if it is Mr President that is fighting corruption or If it is APC that is fighting corruption. It is evident as at now that it is more of the former than the latter and that does not in any way absolve Mr President of his responsibility since he is a leader of the APC. What needs to be understood by Mr President and everybody else including Nigerians is that Mr President cannot fight this battle of corruption alone no matter how saintly he is or was created. The core of shaping a society into an ideal of its citizens is hinged on laws. Obsolete Laws that need to be repealed are very crucial to fighting corruption. New laws that understand the spirit of the moments are crucial to changing the mood of the people. Mr President’s body language is what we know, The body language of the people also needs to change and without laws, this cannot be and above all, the judiciary cannot reach its highest achievable ideal as it is limited by the laws of the Federation.

EFCC and ICPC are vendetta dogs, their independence is still a NO-NO

There now exists a not-so-fine line between the roles of the EFCC and ICPC and the roles of the FIRS and NCS. All four agencies now seem to be focused on revenue generation. The first two from former office holders who have been found wanting and the last two from Nigerian citizens who will always be found wanting of taxes and levies. We now know that the DSS under the last President, whose administration’s fatal performances I have tried so hard to leave out of this conversation, was actually a chained local dog just barking while they have now found a new level of expression like kind of dogs that the first lady described recently. There can be no true fight against corruption when anti-graft agencies are not independent of the Presidency the same way there can be no true attorney for the federation as long as the independence of that office is tied to a master. This is why there can be fluctuations in the performances of the agencies depending on the commitment of the masters to who they are dependent.

Political Scores are still being settled

Maybe, just maybe the real fight against corruption has not begun. Political scores have not yet being settled and they sure need to be settled before any progress can be witnessed on the battle front of anti-corruption. The level at which people have been tried on the front pages of newspapers and denied freedoms afterwards is yet to be witnessed in our democratic history while in cases where those alleged are close to the “broom” or members of the House of Broom, they are shielded away from investigations. General Buratai, the infamous general of the Zaria Masaccre who I must say also possesses more than excellent saving habits for example cannot be a corrupt person even though he was head of procurement in the Nigerian Army when funds were released to procure arms for the fight against Boko Haram.

The Rule of Law is Secondary to the Fight

This is not just evident but also a sad precedent for our democracy. The strongest of words cannot capture the rate at which the judiciary is being denigrated in our democracy right now so much so that the powers of the judiciary count for nothing and amounts to nothing all for the sake of fighting corruption. The words “due process” also do not mean anything and as a matter of precedent which I learnt is a very important part of the judicial process, we are heading for trouble in the nearest future. We now live in times when the opinion of a member of the executive council is over and above the laws of the land and as the blindfolded lady of justice is being led to the slaughter, it is more sad seeing that this is happening right under the noses of law professors whose books are being used to teach upcoming lawyers of our society. Some say the laws need to be put aside if the fight against corruption must be successful, but they fail to remember that a lawless society is the most fertile ground for corruption to thrive again and again no matter how much it is brought down. And may God grant the President long life and good health, this singular factor will be responsible for 90% of his failure to rid the country of corruption long after he is gone as it is evident that should he even be able to hold the fort while he is President, we would be heading into another level of abyss of corruption immediately after.

The judiciary is still a shadow of itself, and there are no plans to reform it.

If corruption is going to be fought successfully in our country like it was in Georgia for example, the judiciary is going to play a very important role in that process by reforming itself and enshrining standards that are far above what it is currently the standard at the moment and Mr President needs to be aware of that. The Vice President who is also a lawyer was said to have played a huge role in the judicial reform that took place in Lagos State. This kind of reform is necessary for the nation’s judicial system and should they refuse to acknowledge the importance and the necessity of this reform, we all can continue to hope as we have always done that corruption does not kill us.

It is high time we started learning from history and making an attempt to correct our mistakes and errors. A fool they say is he who does something the same way over and over again and expects a different result. Mr President surely does not want to be remembered as the man who fought corruption the first time, failed woefully, took 30 years to rest and re-strategize like the proverbial goat that steps back to take power, came the second time to fight  corruption and failed again.

May God Bless The Federal Republic Of Nigeria.

Jude ‘Feranmi (JFK) is the National Youth Leader of KOWA PARTY.

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Buhari To Proceed On 10 Days Vacation To London

President Muhammadu Buhari will take 10 days off and travel to London on Monday June 6th, to rest.

During the holiday, he will see an E.N.T. specialist for a persistent ear infection.

The President was examined by his Personal Physician and an E.N.T Specialist in Abuja and was treated.

Both Nigerian doctors recommended further evaluation purely as a precaution.

FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser
(Media and Publicity)

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We Want Our Daughters Back Even If They Have 10 Children – Chibok Parents

Parents of abducted Chibok school girls have disclosed that they will be happy to be reunited with their abducted children even if they will come back with ten children.

The position of the parents came on the heels of the return of one of the abducted Chibok school girls alongside a child she bore for a Boko Haram member.

Speaking in Mbalala, Chibok local government area, father of abducted Saratu Dauda, Dauda Yama called on the Federal Government to redouble efforts in rescuing the other abducted girls noting that the arrival of Amina Ali Nkeki has inspired in them a renewed hope that their daughters are still alive.

When asked what his reaction will be if his abducted daughter turned out with a child like Amina Ali, he responded that even if his daughter turned out with ten children, he will all accept them in good faith.

“I don’t care if my daughter come to us with 10 children, as children are a gift from God. But my primary desire is to get reunited with my daughter,” he said.

He noted that since his daughter was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, life has never been the same for his family as they were forced to live in shock and trauma since then.

In a similar vein, the mother of Saratu Dauda, Hannatu Dauda called on Mr President to redouble effort in rescuing their abducted daughter saying that since one of them has been rescued all of them could be rescued.

When asked whether she will allow her daughter to go back to school if she per adventure she was freed, Hannatu Dauda said “I will support my daughter to attain the highest level of education.”

“As a person, lack of education has afflicted my life in a negative way as it has stymied my development and progress in life and for that reason I will support my children to attain the highest level of education,” she said.

Similarly speaking, the father of Palmata Musa, Musa Nkeki whose daughter was among the over 200 girls abducted expressed his elation with the coming home of Amina Ali noting that with her rescue, “we are hopeful that our daughters will soon be at home.”

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