Davido joins J.Cole, 21 Savage for Dreamland Festival in US

Davido will be performing at the Dreamland Festival in April 2019.
The even will be holding at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America (USA).
Nigerian artiste Davido escapes air mishap
This was made known on the festival’s official Instagram page.
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Abc11 reports that the event was supposed to hold on September 15, 2018, but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence. 
A lineup of other artistes slated to perform at the festival are: J. Cole, SZA, Big Sean, 21 Savage, 6LACK, Nelly, Teyana Taylor, J.I.D., Rapsody, Cozz, Saba, Earthgang, Ari Lennox, Omen, Lute and Mez.

Hailey Baldwin reportedly calls in divorce lawyers 6 months after marriage to Justin Bieber

There are reports that the six months marriage between Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin might be heading for the rocks after her decision to call in divorce lawyers.
According to MIRROR, Hailey has gone as far as consulting divorce lawyers as she struggles to deal with husband Justin’s ‘erratic’ behaviour.
“Hailey’s been nothing but supportive of Justin since they got married, but she says he keeps going AWOL on her and saying he needs space. She doesn’t understand why they can’t just enjoy their life together. Now she feels like she’s running out of options, so she’s sounding out divorce lawyers, just to be prepared,” sources close to MIRROR revealed.
Hailey Baldwin reportedly calls in divorce lawyers 6 months after marriage to Justin Bieber
The source also revealed that she doesn’t want to serve him divorce papers while he’s struggling, but at the same time she has to look after herself, too. It would be recalled that Justin Bieber checked into a health facility after falling into depression.
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin had a secret court wedding back in 2018 [PEOPLE]
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin had a secret court wedding back in 2018 and have been planning to have their mother of all fairy tale wedding. The bad news is that the wedding has been postponed on several occasions making us wonder if it would ever take place.
Third time’s a charm as Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin postpone wedding again
Justin Bieber and his wife, Hailey Baldwin [Instagram/HaileyBieber]
Earlier in January, it was revealed that Justin Bieber and his wife, Hailey Baldwin had postponed their wedding for the third time. The couple according to TMZ has decided to move the dates of their wedding for the second time. Sources close to TMZ say that the couple informed all 300 guests that they won’t be having a wedding in March as planned.
The reason behind the new change is that fact that some of Justin’s relatives won’t be able to make it right in time for the wedding which proposed to take place on the weekend of his birthday.
Bieber and his wife, Hailey Baldwin postponed their wedding for the third time back in January 2019
However, the couple has since gone back to the drawing board to pick a suitable date for the wedding. They plan to fix the date at a time when all the guest will be available. It is also reported that they might eventually have a destination wedding.

“I cannot come and kill myself”- Etinosa says as she moves on from week-long...

Etinosa is moving on from the drama that surrounded her now famous Instagram live video with MC Galaxy as she says she can’t kill herself over the issue.
The actress made this known via her Instagram page on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in a lengthy post. According to her, she has been able to move on from the drama surrounding the video and hold her head up high.
“Holding Your Head Up High and Standing Tall Through Your Mess. A lot of people were shocked I was already a cover girl to a magazine granting interviews and hosting shows outside Lagos- Back to work. They did not expect me to rise and shine. At least not so soon they said. They would feel better if I hide my head in shame, lay low and disappear for the rest of my life. However, I will be a bigger disappointment to the girls who look up to me if I do not show them how they could also rise above their mistakes:- Own your mess up.
Holding Your Head Up High and Standing Tall Through Your Mess
A lot of people were shocked I was already a cover girl to a magazine granting interviews and hosting shows outside Lagos- Back to work. They did not expect me to rise and shine. At least not so soon they said. They would feel better if I hide my head in shame, lay low and disappear for the rest of my life. However, I will be a bigger disappointment to the girls who look up to me if I do not show them how they could also rise above their mistakes:
– Own your mess up
– Do not let some of the greatest weapons of failure- shame and fear keep you down… And then depression sets in… Low self-esteem and the feeling you will never be anything great comes in.
-Don’t listen to that voice in your head or that acclaimed adviser Nowamagbe who constantly drums it into your ear that you have messed up and it’s the end of the road. Those people who take joy in analysing your mess up and how it will affect you rather than discussing way forward or just minding their own business all together. Cut them off. -The proof of a strong man is not the absence of wounds but exactly how he heals and rises for the next battle. Se ogun laye ni? Yes! Ogun l’awa!! And
The absence of wounds only show a child who has never been in battle
-As casual as this sounds “I cannot come and kill myself” it is one of the strongest tools of motivation against suicide and other regret related reactions. -Even a righteous man shall fall several times and rise up again. So don’t beat yourself up
From recent events, I have come to realise a lot of people look up to me. Wow. Also, a lot of people dealing with shame and rejection from family and friends as well. A lot of people who have been tagged useless and worthless. Also the black sheep of families. At first I said please I’m human go and look up to Jesus Christ but then again God uses humans. As a role model I have shown you how to fall. Now, permit me to show you how to rise again like an eagle, like the Queen you are, like the Luxurious BOSS that I am. Watch this space [Next post-medium announcement – big announcement coming after the medium one lol] #ThankYouNigeria #MummyGO
“Do not let some of the greatest weapons of failure- shame and fear keep you down… And then depression sets in… Low self-esteem and the feeling you will never be anything great comes in. -Don’t listen to that voice in your head or that acclaimed adviser Nowamagbe who constantly drums it into your ear that you have messed up and it’s the end of the road. Those people who take joy in analyzing your mess up and how it will affect you rather than discussing way forward or just minding their own business all together. Cut them off. -The proof of a strong man is not the absence of wounds but exactly how he heals and rises for the next battle. Se ogun laye ni? Yes! Ogun l’awa!!” she said.
It didn’t end there as Etinosa went all inspirational as she said she has shown the people who see her as a role model how to fall and rise again against all odds.
“The absence of wounds only show a child who has never been in battle -As casual as this sounds “I cannot come and kill myself” it is one of the strongest tools of motivation against suicide and other regret related reactions. -Even a righteous man shall fall several times and rise up again. So don’t beat yourself up. From recent events, I have come to realise a lot of people look up to me. Wow. Also, a lot of people dealing with shame and rejection from family and friends as well.
Etinosa says she moving on from nude video drama with her head up high [Instagram/EtinosaOfficial]
“A lot of people who have been tagged useless and worthless. Also the black sheep of families. At first I said please I’m human go and look up to Jesus Christ but then again God uses humans. As a role model I have shown you how to fall. Now, permit me to show you how to rise again like an eagle, like the Queen you are, like the Luxurious BOSS that I am. Watch this space [Next post-medium announcement – big announcement coming after the medium one lol] #ThankYouNigeria #MummyGO,” she concluded.
A few days ago, Etinosa Idemudia had come out to apologise to her fans for the showing off her nudes on an Instagram Live video with MC Galaxy.
Etinosa admits she made a mistake after appearing nude on IG
Etinosa Idemudia has shared that she wants to move on from her nudity on Instagram that raised some concerns about her well-being. [Instagram/etinosaofficial]
Etinosa Idemudia has admitted she made a mistake after appearing nude on an Instagram call to MC Galaxy on Friday, March 15, 2019. Commenting on her social media profile this time, she attributed her performance to a challenge she was dealing with that seemed like a problem in her romance.
Etinosa shared that she hopes to move on from the incident while maintaining confidence about her body.
Etinosa Idemudia has come under fire for her nude video a few days ago
“I made a mistake that I do not ever want to repeat. No man is perfect but we must continue to strive for perfection. The big blunder has occurred and I would love to move on. Me, my pot belly and the rest of my beautiful body,” writes Etinosa with humour.

Kunle Afolayan screens ‘Mokalik’ to a private audience

Kunle Afolayan has screened his highly anticipated film, ‘Mokalik‘ to a selected audience ahead of the official release.
Mokalik‘ was screened at the Twin Waters, Victoria Island, Lagos on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
The screening, in partnership with Canon, is coming a month after the release of the official trailer of the movie featuring Femi Adebayo, Tooni Afolayan, Ayo Adesanya, Fathia Williams, and Lateef Oladimeji.
Kunle Afolayan, Simi and Tunde Babalola at a private screening of ‘Mokalik.’
The screening had in attendance Tunde Kelani, Jahman Anikulapo, Mahmood Alli-Balogun, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Chioma Ude, Lagos state commissioner, Steve Ayorinde, Simi, Toni Afolayan, Toni Kan, Olumide Iyanda, members of cast and crew of ‘Mokalik.’
ALSO READ: Watch 4 teasers from Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Mokalik’ before trailer release
The award-winning actor, film producer and director also featured, singer Simisola Ogunleye, a.k.a Simi, in her debut acting role and Big Brother Naija ex-housemate, Tobi Bakre.
Cast and crew of ‘Mokalik’ with top executives of Canon at a private screening in Lagos.
Comic actors, including Wale Akorede (Okunu), Ayo Ogunshina (Papa Lolo) and Dayo Akinpelu (Alabi Yellow), also starred in the movie.
ALSO READ: Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Mokalik’ trailer is a classic for an upcoming movie
Written by Tunde Babalola and directed by Kunle Afolayan, ‘Mokalik’ is set in an automobile repair workshop (mechanic village).
Kunle Afolayan speaks on his partnership with Canon for the screening of ‘Mokalik.’
The plot follows the story of an 11-year-old boy, Ponmile, from the middle-class suburbs, whose parents decided to help him find his path in life as an apprentice at a mechanic workshop.
ALSO READ: Watch 4 teasers from Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Mokalik’ before trailer release
When his father arrives to take him home, Ponmile has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school or take on his apprenticeship full time.

Simi announces title and release date for her new album

The singer has shared the title and release date to her upcoming third studio album.
Simi has announced that she will be releasing her new album on her birthday, exactly a month from today.
The X3M Music signed artist who released her sophomore album, Simisola in 2017, which enjoyed mainstream success becoming the first album to hit the 1M mark on streaming platform, Boomplay has announced that she has completed work on her new project which will be released on her birthday April 19, 2019.
Titled, ”Omo Charlie Champagne”, this will be Simi’s third studio effort following her debut effort, ”Ogaju” released in 2008, which went under the radar and the ground breaking ”Simisola.”
This announcement was shared in a series of messages on her social media pages on Tuesday, March 19 2019, exactly a month before the scheduled date with the caption, ”On the day that I was born, my next album will be born.”
On the day that I was born, my next album will be born.
In the last three years, Simi has steadily seen her music take over the chart with her profile enjoying a massive boost to become one of the most celebrated and prominent names in the industry.
At the 12th edition of the 2018 Headies Award, Simi bagged three awards including the prestigious award for ‘Album of the year.’
The talented singer followed the success of her album with successful singles and her headline concerts in Lagos and London in 2018.
Early in the year, She tied the knot with fellow singer Adekunle Gold in a private ceremony and released her first single of the year, Ayo, shortly afterwards.

Lebron James, Chris Paul react as Brooklyn Nets star Caris LeVert suffers ankle injury...

The NBA community were in shock as Caris LeVert suffered an injury expected to keep him out for a long time. Brooklyn Nets forward Caris LeVert sustained a horrific injury as his side lost 120-113 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA game played on Tuesday, November 13.The youngster who is just 24-years-old has been one of the most consistent players for the Nets after overcoming several foot operations.  He was stretched off in the encounter and rushed to the Minneapolis hospital where the extent of his injury will be determined. Several players of the Nets and Timberwolves were seen in tear as the youngster left the court before the conclusion of the game.His injury scenario was reminiscent of that of Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward, Isaiah Canaan with the Phoenix Suns also last season and Paul George in 2014 with the a U.S.A. Basketball team. Several top stars in the NBA have responded to the injury to LeVert with well wishes.ReactionsLos Angeles Lakers Superstar Lebron James said, “Young Fella prayers to you! Speedy recovery and even stronger impact coming soon for sure!” Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George said, “God bless you youngin tough road ahead but we’re here to help lift you @CarisLeVert ! You know how to reach me     ” Paul Gasol said, “Speedy recovery @CarisLeVert! Your career is just starting and I look forward to seeing you continue to play at a high level when you are ready to get back on the court. #NBAFamily     ” Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul said, “Prayers out to @CarisLeVert!!! Been watchin him play this season and I’ve loved every bit of it! Hate to see him get injured.”      New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis said, “This guy has been hooping!! its so tough to see that happen… Prayers up for @CarisLeVert      Speedy recovery bro!”  Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade said, “I HATE injuries! Prayers up for Caris LeVert!” It is unknown the extent of Caris injury as there is no official statement by the Brooklyn Nets. Results of his injury are expected to be communicated but he is sure to miss the Net’s game against the Miami Heat and if it is as feared he could be out of the season like Hayward.

My govt will solve Nigeria’s 7 monstrous challenges – Ezekwesili

Ezekwesili said this while presenting her policy speech to newsmen in Lagos on Monday. Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, has identified and proffered solutions to seven “monstrous challenges” facing Nigeria.This was part of her policy speech, which she read out to the media, on Monday in Lagos.Ezekwesili, who was Nigeria’s former Minister of Education as well as Solid Minerals, also reiterated her call on Nigerians to reject the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019.She said, “There are seven monstrous challenges that I see holding us down. To solve each of them would need bold, visionary leadership and hardwork from an intelligent government:”Too little productivity and competitiveness of the Nigerian economy: For a nation of our size and our potentials, our low real Gross Domestic Product of $375.77bb after 58 years of independence is terribly underwhelming. Unlike China which grew in double digits over almost three decades to become a $14tn GDP economy, Nigeria’s growth has been trapped in cycles of boom and bust in the classic evidence of oil price volatility and effects of Dutch disease. We need a bold economic vision to define a pathway of double digit inclusive economic growth over the next decade. That is exactly what an ACPN administration will ensure.”Too much poverty and inequality: Extreme poverty in Nigeria is increasing by nearly 6 people every minute. In the time it will take me to deliver my speech today, about 250 Nigerians would have become extremely poor. Think about that for a second. But that is not even the worst part. According to the World Poverty Clock, if the current trends continue – or to put it another way, if we continue to elect this poverty-bringing APC / PDP leadership, the number of people living in extreme poverty in Nigeria would increase from about 88 million today to 120 million in 2030.“That means that in the next 12 years, over 30 million more Nigerians will join the infamous number of extremely poor people who live on less than N700 per day. When a country has a GINI coefficient above 35 percent, it means the income inequality in that country is very high. Nigeria’s GINI coefficient is between 46 and 60 percent. Such levels of extreme inequality has all sorts of destabilizing implications for the country. Tackling the inequality and lifting 80 million Nigerians out of poverty will be the mission of my presidency. We need to start the deliberate hard work of pulling ourselves, our friends and our families and our communities from this destructive poverty tsunami sweeping through our nation. Time is not on our side.”Insecurity and conflicts”Too much insecurity and conflicts: Nigeria is now the 14th most fragile nation in the world on the Fragile States Index, and the 16th most dangerous country to live in the world, according to the Global Peace Index. The country faces at least 14 major security threats across different regions, from terrorism to herders-farmers clashes, from kidnappings to organized crime and trafficking. Our young girls go to school in the morning to pursue dreams of a better life, but end up at night in terrorists’ dens, raped and traumatised. Entire communities and even local government areas in this country have been driven into hunger and poverty, as their sources of livelihoods are completely wiped out due to insecurity. The value of a Nigerian life has been devalued and cheapened.”Illiteracy”Too much illiteracy: 13.5 million children and counting are out-of-school. That is more than the entire population of Benin Republic. Even those who have the ‘privilege’ of attending our schools these days receive an education that is unfit for purpose and unfit for the competitive and productive country we intend to build. Education will be the number one priority of my government. As Bill Gates, the founder of one of the most innovative companies in the world, said, ‘Education is like a master switch that opens up all sorts of opportunities for individuals and societies.’ I intend to fully turn up that switch if elected your president.”Health challengesCiting the recent World Health Organization (WHO) ranking of Nigeria’s healthcare system, Ezekwesili said her government will give the health sector attention.”Too much health and wellbeing challenges: The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks the Nigerian healthcare system as 187th out of 190 healthcare systems in the world. Just last month, the World Bank released its first ever Human Capital Index, and Nigeria was in the bottom six out of 157 countries ranked. My position on health is that it is a fundamental human right. Nigeria loses too much when its human capital do not live healthy lives. Health is central to lifting our people out of poverty; it is central to ensuring that we have a competitive and productive economy. And in my government, it will occupy a central place,” she said.Infrastructural deficitAccording to the former minister, “Our country has become notorious for its horrible infrastructure – roads that are simply death traps, epileptic electricity supply, insufficient broadband connectivity, underwhelming rail and ports development. There is little physical links and connectivity for development due to infrastructure deficit in both urban and rural centres. We must heed the Chinese lesson from their well known mantra that “if you want to improve the lives of your people, connect them to markets by giving them roads.”Federal structure does not work”Too much structural faults: Our current federal structure simply does not work. The structure of a federation is its skeleton. A functional structure gives shape, support, and aids the movement of the federation. No wonder Nigeria is handicapped under this dysfunctional structure. There was a time when the APC agreed on the need to restructure the federation and devolve more powers to the regions and states.ALSO READ: Oby Ezekwesili criticizes Buhari over poor World Bank rating”The party campaigned in 2015 on a manifesto that propagated the doctrine of restructuring. President Buhari went along with it every step of the way because it is all about getting into power for him. He won and then began to renege on his promises, including on restructuring. He suddenly remembered all the reasons why ‘structure  is not the problem’ with Nigeria,” she added, Dr Oby Ezekwesili has constantly promised to rescue Nigeria from mediocrity if she’s elected President in 2019.

NBA stars react to injury to Brooklyn Nets star Caris LeVert

The NBA community were in shock as Caris LeVert suffered an injury expected to keep him out for a long time. Brooklyn Nets forward Caris LeVert sustained a horrific injury as his side lost 120-113 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA game played on Tuesday, November 13.The youngster who is just 24-years-old has been one of the most consistent players for the Nets after overcoming several foot operations.  He was stretched off in the encounter and rushed to the Minneapolis hospital where the extent of his injury will be determined. Several players of the Nets and Timberwolves were seen in tear as the youngster left the court before the conclusion of the game.His injury scenario was reminiscent of that of Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward, Isaiah Canaan with the Phoenix Suns also last season and Paul George in 2014 with the a U.S.A. Basketball team. Several top stars in the NBA have responded to the injury to LeVert with well wishes.ReactionsLos Angeles Lakers Superstar Lebron James said, “Young Fella prayers to you! Speedy recovery and even stronger impact coming soon for sure!” Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George said, “God bless you youngin tough road ahead but we’re here to help lift you @CarisLeVert ! You know how to reach me     ” Paul Gasol said, “Speedy recovery @CarisLeVert! Your career is just starting and I look forward to seeing you continue to play at a high level when you are ready to get back on the court. #NBAFamily     ” Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul said, “Prayers out to @CarisLeVert!!! Been watchin him play this season and I’ve loved every bit of it! Hate to see him get injured.”      New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis said, “This guy has been hooping!! its so tough to see that happen… Prayers up for @CarisLeVert      Speedy recovery bro!”  Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade said, “I HATE injuries! Prayers up for Caris LeVert!” It is unknown the extent of Caris injury as there is no official statement by the Brooklyn Nets. Results of his injury are expected to be communicated but he is sure to miss the Net’s game against the Miami Heat and if it is as feared he could be out of the season like Hayward.

Wizkid – ‘Gucci Snake’ feat. Slimcase

Listen to Wizkid’s latest release ‘Gucci Snake’ featuring Slimcase. Wizkid has officially released his much anticipated record, ‘Gucci Snake’ featuring Slimcase.After several months of buzz and expectation following his announcement of a collaborative effort with the ‘Otunba Lamba’, Slimcase, including leaked ‘behind the scenes’ images of the video shoot, Wizkid has now dropped the song, ‘Gucci Snake.’Last month, Wizkid had released his first official singles of the year in ‘Fever’ and ‘Master Groove’ and now he follows it up with another groovy single ahead of the release of his ”Made In Lagos” project due before the end of the year.’Gucci Snake’ was produced by North Boi and Killertunes.

NBA stars react to injury to Brooklyn Nets star Caris LeVert

The NBA community were in shock as Caris LeVert suffered an injury expected to keep him out for a long time. Brooklyn Nets Small forward Caris LeVert sustained a horrific injury as his side lost 120-113 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA game played on Tuesday, November 13.The youngster who is just 24-years-old has been one of the most consistent players for the Nets after overcoming several foot operations.He was stretched off in the encounter and rushed to the Minneapolis hospital where the extent of his injury will be determined. Several players of the Nets and Timberwolves were seen in tear as the youngster left the court before the conclusion of the game.His injury scenario was reminiscent of that of Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward, Isaiah Canaan with Phoenix Suns  also last season and Paul George in 2014 with the a U.S.A. Basketball team. Several top stars in the NBA have responded to the injury to LeVert with well wishes.ReactionsLos Angeles Lakers Superstar Lebron Jame said, “Young Fella prayers to you! Speedy recovery and even stronger impact coming soon for sure!” “God bless you youngin tough road ahead but we’re here to help lift you @CarisLeVert ! You know how to reach me     ” “Speedy recovery @CarisLeVert! Your career is just starting and I look forward to seeing you continue to play at a high level when you are ready to get back on the court. #NBAFamily     ”  more to follow..

5 things to know about Theophilus Afelokhai who replaced Francis Uzoho

Here are five things to know about Theophilus Afelokhai the goalkeeper who replaced Francis Uzoho Theophilus Afelokhai replaced Francis Uzoho for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) clash between Nigeria and South Africa, here are five things to know about the goalkeeper.1.    Theophilus Afelokhai is 27-years-old Born Nigeria on April 7, 1990 Theophilus Joel Afelokhai is 28-years-old.2.   Afelokhai’s previous clubsTheophilus Afelokhai is a known veteran in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).He started his career in the lower tier of football in the country but has become of the best domestic shot-stoppers in the country.He moved from NPFL giants Kano Pillars to Enyimba International in 2015 and has become one of the most important players at the club.3. Afelokhai and NigeriaBorn in Nigeria, Afelokhai has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the NPFL during his time at Kano Pillars and now at Enyimba.He did not feature for any of the national youth teams Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets at any major tournaments.He was a key part of the national U-23 Dream Team squad to 2011 CAF U-23 Championship as Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.Afelokhai was also part of the home-based Super Eagles team to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.4. Style of playAfelokhai is a shot-stopper as he has proved time and again in the NPFL which he is regarded among the best on the domestic scene. In a league that is still developing, Afelokhai is being acknowledged as one of the best around.He is the first choice at Enyimba ahead of veterans Fatai Duada and Super Eagles shot-stopper Ikechukwu Ezenwa.Not the best in distribution like most modern day goalkeepers, Afelokhai is a dependable hand to prevent goals from the opposition and draws similarities with former Super Eagles shot-stopper Vincent Enyeama.5. AwardsWith Kano Pillars, he won multiple league titles before he moved to Enyimba International.On the International scene, he was part of the home-based Super Eagles team that won a silver medal at the 2018 Africa Nations Championship  (CHAN).

Obasanjo tasks states on local councils’ autonomy bill

[FILE PHOTO] Obasanjo“The state governments that are either working against the passage of the Local Government Autonomy Bill are enemies of the people and must be treated as such,” former President Olusegun Obasanjo stated yesterday.
Speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the ex-leader regretted that only nine of the 36 states had signed the bill passed by the National Assembly to crystallise development at the grassroots.
Obasanjo made the observation while addressing the Jerry Ugokwe-led Friends of Democracy, who paid him a courtesy visit.
The elder statesman introduced the reforms in 1976 while holding sway as a military Head of State.
He told his guests that the bill, among other things, was to make council areas autonomous “like the state governments.”
His words: “When in 1976, we brought in local government reforms, it was meant to be third tier of government and not to be subjected to the whims and caprices of any other government, just the same way the state governments are autonomous.”
He decried that 42 years after, that aim was yet to be achieved, adding: “ Rather most of the state governments are virtually stealing local government funds that the Federal Government appropriates to them monthly.”
He continued: “Local government is meant to be autonomous. But from what we know, most states have incapacitated the councils. They have virtually stolen their money in what they called joint account. They are to contribute 10 per cent but they never contribute anything.
“So, what we have across the country are local government areas that have functions but cannot perform them. They have staff but most of them cannot pay the workers and we keep getting excuses upon excuses.
“The bill passed by the National Assembly has only been signed by nine states. I am proud of those states because they are what you will call progressive states that really believe in democracy.”
The Owu chief further said: “My own state (Ogun) is one of them. I will say kudos to the Ogun State government. In the South South, only Bayelsa and Cross River have signed it. Kudos to those two states.
“In the North East, it’s only Bauchi. In the North West, it is only Sokoto. In the North-Central, we have four states – Kwara, Niger, Plateau and Benue. I will say kudos to the executives and legislatures of those states.

Ezekwesili urges deregulation of oil sector

Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) presidential candidate, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, (left); National Chairman, Alhaji Gani Galadima; National Secretary, Paul Isanade, and National Auditor, Dave Okagbue, at the unveiling of Ezekwesili’s manifesto in Lagos… yesterday. PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRANThe presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has called for the deregulation of the oil sector to boost the country’s economy.
She, however, alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the Petroleum Industry Governance (PIG) Bill was an act of corruption and means to amass funds for himself.
The former minister of education also posited that if the sector had been subjected to the competition and discipline of the market, it would have aided the development and growth of the country.
According to her, the N1.3 trillion disclosed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, that the Federal Government spends yearly on fuel subsidy was a waste of resources.
She said this was almost the same amount that the current government spent on constructing roads, equipping hospitals with medicine, funding the universities and working on power.
Ezekwesili, who spoke yesterday at a press conference to tell Nigerians how she would get 80 million Nigerians out of poverty, hinted that in less than 20 years, most of the oil resources would have dried up and no use for governments to relying on them.
She said: “Another difficult reform which we are committed to implementing is the oil sector reform. When I read somewhere that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed that the Federal Government spends about N1.3 trillion yearly on under-recovery, which is the new name that this government has given to fuel subsidy, I was astonished.
“It is stagnating our economy and impoverishing our people. Just imagine for a second how much good an ACPN government can do with an extra N1.3 trillion to spend on our mission to pull out citizens from poverty. It is not enough for the fuel subsidy to go; our government will also deregulate the entire oil sector, including the NNPC, and ensure it is subjected to the competition and discipline of the market. I have no interest in becoming the president of the NNPC when there are more important things begging for attention. Countries are moving away from oil.
“So, how can a reasonable government be so bothered with signing oil licences when there is fire on the mountain? President Buhari is so interested in grabbing power and keeping it for himself that he has even refused to sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB).

Buhari signs extradition law, FCT budget, others

[FILE PHOTO] Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate) to the President, Ita EnangPresident Muhammadu Buhari has assented an extradition law consistent with extant protocols.
His Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, stated yesterday in Abuja that his principal also signed into law the 2018 budget of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said with the Extradition (Amendment) Act, 2018, “this Act vests jurisdiction on extradition proceedings now on the Federal High Court and no more the Magistrate’s Court or magistrates.”
Enang added: “The amendment further introduces a new section 15(2) preventing a double jeopardy as protected by Section 36(9) of the constitution which prevents a person surrendered to Nigeria in accordance with extraction treaty; obligation from being arrested, detained, extradited or otherwise dealt with in Nigeria or any other country within the Commonwealth or any other nation having same extraditing agreement with Nigeria.”
The presidential aide said a total of N371.532 billion was approved as the 2018 budget for the FCT.
“The Act allows aggregate capital and recurrent expenditure of N371, 532,518,887 up to the financial year ending December 31, 2018,” he stated.
Other bills sanctioned by the president were the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Act 2018, Nigerian Institute Of Mining and Geosciences, Jos (Establishment) Act 2018, and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control And Prevention (Establishment) Act 2018.
He went on: “This Act is an amendment to the 2007 Act and more succinctly defines matters of appointment to the council, empowers the agency or appropriate person to cause immediate abatement of imminent environmental pollution while appropriate warrant or court order is sought to ensure public safety, among others.”
The geosciences and mining piece of legislation establishes the institute, which provides courses of instruction, training and research in the fields as well as produces technicians and skilled personnel to man the industries in the sectors.
The disease centre law, on the other hand, is aimed at promoting, coordinating and facilitating the prevention, detection and control of communicable ailments and other public health emergencies in the country.

Okowa charges contractors on project delivery

[FILE PHOTO] Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta stateDelta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged contractors in the state who have been mobilised to seize the opportunity offered by the dry season to deliver their projects.
During the inspection of some road projects in Agbor, Ika South Council yesterday, Governor Okowa noted that the people deserve good infrastructure.
The governor, who spoke to journalists after inspecting Queens Street, and roads at the Delta Development and Property Authority (DDPA) Estate, assured Deltans: “The dry season will be fully utilised for completion of road projects across the state. Though we noticed that some factors were not taken into consideration at Queens Street, the right thing would be done because our people in all parts of the state deserve necessary infrastructure.”
On the ongoing storm drainage projects in Asaba, he reassured that the contractors would meet the February 2019 deadline, disclosing also that some of the drainage projects had been completed while others were at different stages of completion.