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BREAKING: Nigerian “Badenoch” appointed minister in UK

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has just appointed UK-born Nigerian, Kemi Olufunto Badenoch, as a Minister.

39-year-old UK-born Nigerian, was appointed as a Minister of Children and Families.

Badenoch disclosed this via her social media page (Twitter) expressed how happy and grateful she was accepting the appointment, noting to do her best in her new office.

She tweeted:

“I’m humbled to have been appointed a junior minister at the DfE. A huge privilege to be able to serve and make a positive difference on a number of issues close to my heart. I look forward to working with the ministerial team and everyone at @educationgovuk.

“Thank you for all good wishes and kind messages of support received. I also look forward to working not just with Conservatives colleagues but cross-party and grateful for the warm welcome from Tracy Brabin and Steve Reed MP who no doubt will be keeping me on my toes!

“And finally apologies to anyone who I have not responded to directly. If I don’t follow you, then I won’t have seen anything you posted on twitter. Please send an email instead!”.

Kemi is married to Hamish Badenoch and they have one daughter and one son. Hamish works for Deutsche Bank and was a Conservative councillor on the Merton London Borough Council.

LEA will take “any necessary actions” against Shi’ites – Garba Shehu

Following the approval of the Federal High Court to proscribe the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the Presidency has now given the law enforcement agencies order to take “any necessary action” against Shi’ites.

The Presidency, through its spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said this.

Shehu during a live programme on Channels TV reffered to Shi’ites as an “unlawful organization”.

EL ZAKZAKY: Another danger looming?

He said:

“In Kaduna, it (proscription) worked. These troublesome people were chased out of the state. They no longer have a foothold there. They moved over to Abuja and that is why we have them here. It (court order) will be enforced.

“You said IPOB is still there but it is no longer a lawful organisation. And what that means is that the law enforcement agencies in the country have the right to take whatever steps necessary in order to deal with their activities if it surfaces.”

He added when asked what would happen if another IMN protest was staged, Shehu responded they would not be allowed to do so.

“My advice is that they better not do that. It won’t be allowed. They are not allowed to protest anymore,” he said.

He was further asked why the Nigerian government failed to obey court orders for the release of Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife, Shehu said El Zakzaky was only granted bail on just one of the matters he was being held on.

Eco Heroes empowers Lagos youth on waste recycling

Everyday we are faced with the sight of waste around us, even in the “Centre of Excellence” Lagos State, it has become a terrible situation with people throwing waste on the roadside and drainage.

#EcoHeroes, a youth-led organization that uses innovative volunteering and environmental education to combat the menace of environmental pollution in Nigeria, with the aim to promote quality education and poverty reduction through waste upcycling and recycling.

Eco Heroes believe in a cleaner environment were we can reuse and recycle waste (Upcycle). The mandate of #EcoHeroes is to change the waste narrative and empower more people to come on board to fight the menace called “waste”.

It was a fulfilling learning process and empowerment program for the youths when participants were trained on how to turn plastic into plastic ottoman, and tyre into a chair or table.

Olaleye Rofiat, the convener, said the training is to empower community youths by training them on how to turn waste to money, also sensitizing them on Sustainable Development Goals, SDG, and the impact of climate change to the environment.

The 2-day training was educative as different speakers were able to discuss on salient issues ranging from environmental sustainability and youth empowerment.

Coordinator for Lagos SDG act, Amb Sheriff Gbadamosi, discussed on “Understanding Global and Local Challenges through the UN SDG’s”.

Ashade Abdulsalam, a youth environmental ambassador, also gave a presentation on “Global Climate Change: A view on our environment”, while founder of Lasgidi Recycler, Idu Okwuosa did justice to “Waste to Wealth” by elaborating on plastic waste recovery processing and youth empowerment.

Trainers of this wonderful program, Awojobi Aminat, Akinsanya Oyindamola and Agunbiade Oreoluwa said the aim is to have more trainers who will in turn impact the knowledge to others through the Eco Heroes project tagged “TRASHPAYS”.

Participants of the training register their appreciation after being awarded certificate of participation, the convener, who is also the Executive Director of Eco Heroes said the training was free and that more will be done in schools.

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Eco Heroes

Eco Heroes

Nigerian soldier commits suicide due to marriage problems

Nigerian soldier, identified as Tella Adedapo, a driver attached to the budget and planning department at the army headquarters in Abuja, has allegedly committed suicide.

Adedapo was thought having issues with his wife, Rose, as he left a suicide note before he decided to hang himself.

He died at his apartment, flat two, block F, Muhammadu Buhari quarters at Gowon barracks apartment.

The note reads:

“What’s Rose problem with my work, is this husband and wife? Ask Rose the problem she has with my work.”

We are working relentlessly to rescue Siasia’s mother – Police

Bayelsa state police command has reported that its officers are relentlessly working to rescue Samson Siasia’s mother from the kidnappers.

The mother of Siasia; former Super Eagles footballer, Mrs Beauty Siasia, was kidnapped on July 15 with two others in Odoni community, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

79-year-old Siasia’s mother was kidnapped with 65-year-old Mrs Florence Douanana, and her 17-year-old daughter Selekire Douanana.

Police spokesperson in the State, SP Asinim Butswat, on Sunday told NAN in Yenagoa via text message of its effort to rescue the mother.

NAN reports that Siasia’s mother and other two have spent 14 days in the captive of the kidnappers.

According to the police spokesman, the command is on top of the game, stressing that investigation is on-going to enable the victims regain freedom.

“Yes, the investigation is on-going to rescue the victims,” he stated.

Recall that the state Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, had visited the scene twice and had deployed marine components of the force to comb the creeks of the area in search of the abducted victims.

Lagos, UAE mull partnership on security, traffic management

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has declared his administration’s readiness to partner with the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the areas of traffic management and security.

The Governor disclosed this when he received the Consul-General of the UAE Consulate in Nigeria, Dr Abdulla Al-Mandoos in Alausa at the weekend.

Sanwo-Olu noted that UAE, in the last decade, had become a choice destination for Nigerian tourists and businessmen. This revelation, the Governor said, should deepen the existing bilateral agreements between Nigeria and UAE.

He said:

As a government, we have several things to learn from the story of UAE’s transformation. Dubai, which is the country’s commercial hub, shares so many similarities with Lagos. This is why I am elated to receive Dr. Al-mandoos and we welcome him.

“Let me disclose that, Lagos is ready to deepen the relationship between the two countries and we are working on collaborations in traffic management and security,” the Governor reiterated.

Sanwo-Olu said there would also be collaborations in harnessing Lagos cultural potential to expand local tourism business. He expressed optimism that the envoy’s visit would deepen trade and yield positive results for both countries.

“We are hoping that in your tenure, we shall further expand and grow the relationship of the two countries,” the Governor said.

Responding, Dr. Al-mandoos said the aim of his visit was to get cooperation and support of Lagos government on various areas of interest between Lagos and UAE.

The diplomat promised there would be collaborations in the areas of security and education, noting that the partnership would assist the state to improve its tourism potential.

He said:

“It’s my pleasure to meet the Governor of Lagos to consolidate our cooperation and good friendship over the years. My government is looking at supporting Lagos in several areas, which include education and security. This partnership, we believe, will promote businesses and stability of our countries.”

Dr Al-mandoos leveraged the meeting to push the consulate’s land request to the Governor to build its office and a cultural centre.

The envoy said the proposed cultural centre would assist the two countries to build a strong socio-cultural bond, which would further strengthen their relationship.

Withdraw Fashola’s nomination, CACOL tells Buhari

Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has called upon President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw Babatunde Fashola’s nomination.

According to the addressed to the President, CACOL Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, said Fashola failed in Power and Housing sectors while he was appointed minister.

The former Governor of Lagos State, was said to have failed to ensure good roads with Lagos and Ogun State.

Fashola, has in many obvious ways served Nigeria. He was a former Governor of Lagos for two terms (2007-2015).

He was appointed as Minister of Power, Works and Housing (2015-2019) by President Buhari.

BRF’s name was also included among the Ministerial nominees list sent to the senate for screening.

Our greatest enemies are not northerners, Fulani but southerners – Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, said the south “greatest” enemies are not the northerners or the Fulani masters, but southerners themselves.

Fani-Kayode addresses liberation as when a tribe like another tribe.

The Yoruba should like the Igbos and vice versa, also both tribe should like southern minorities and vice versa.

FFK derived that unity is a fundamental pre-requisite to emancipation. Without unity, there will be no emancipation.

He said a southern who hates his/her fellow southern for any reason is the greatest enemy of the south.

The former minister shared this via his Twitter page.

FFK said:

“The greatest obstacles to the liberation of the south from northern hegemony and bondage are:
1) The Yoruba that hates Igbos.
2) The Igbo that hates Yorubas.
3) The southern minorities that hate Igbos and Yorubas.
4) The Igbos and Yorubas that hate southern minorities.

“Southern UNITY is a fundamental pre-requisite to southern EMANCIPATION. Without the former, you cannot achieve the latter.

“Our greatest enemies are not the northerners or their Fulani masters but the southern fool that is filled with hate and malice for his fellow southerner.”


BREAKING: WAEC releases May/June 2019 results

Breaking News: WAEC Releases May/June 2019 Result

The West African Examination Council, WAEC, has released the results of the May/June 2019 results.

It was earlier posted on TPN that WAEC to release results today, Friday.

This was confirmed to newsmen by the examination body’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ojijeogu.

The Board is currently addressing a Press conference to that effect.

Meanwhile, some stakeholders have also confirmed the news via messages on the examination body’s Twitter handle @waecnigeria.

Boko Haram

New Boko Haram video on Leah Sharibu disturbing – Presidency

The Presidency said that a new video released by Boko Haram, showing captives was disturbing and called for urgent action by the relevant security agencies.

It said urgent efforts must be made to secure the release of the captives, including Leah Sharibu and the last of the Dapchi schoolgirls still being held by the terrorist group.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the Presidency noted that the captives included humanitarian aid workers and a religious leader.

Statement said:

“The Presidency has been briefed by the responsible government agency about the disturbing video showing our citizens, the humanitarian aid workers held captive.

“Presidency has been given assurances that contact is being made and the captors are being talked to.

“Besides these aid workers, there are some others about whom this engagement is about — Leah Sharibu, a religious leader and all the others.

“These discussions have been ongoing even before this time and what this latest incident has done is to bring urgency to the efforts that the secret service is making.