Jim Iyke: Actor says he was a terrible singer

Jim Iyke says he had ventured into the music industry to have an idea of how things work in the sector seeing as he has dominated the movie scenes. Jim Iyke has now admitted that he was a terrible singer and we are definitely relieved.Well, for those of you who did not know, the Nollywood actor released some songs in 2009. And if you had heard any of them, you would agree with us.ALSO READ: Actor thinks he was misled by TB JoshuaHe made the disclosure during a recent interview with Punch’s Saturday Beats before adding that he had ventured into the music industry to have an idea of how things work in the sector seeing as he has dominated the movie scenes. “My music career is non-existent. My mentor in business once told me that the biggest investment you can ever have is yourself; don’t ever go into a venture that you don’t understand. I was interested in music and like everything else that I have foresight for, I saw where the career was going. “I knew I did not know how to sing but I wanted to invest in the business, so I decided to try my luck. I did it so that no one would ever tell me that I did not try or I do not know anything about music. It is just like fashion, I know everything about that sector; there is nothing I do not know about real estate as well.”Ike also revealed that he got some experience and a lot of knowledge on construction from his father.”Since I was about 12 years old, I have known about real estate because my father is a construction engineer. To get money to buy a bicycle, I have carried blocks and supervised construction of a building.“I wanted to invest in music but I needed a guinea pig. I could not use an artiste I hired because there would be a producer that would know that I did not know about the business; so I got involved personally. I sang a few bad songs, got a cheque for it and understood how the business works.  “I just used it to bid for some time. Of course, I knew the songs were bad; I am my greatest critic. I had to put some ‘swag’ into the songs that featured Tuface to sing one or two lines. To be honest, how many true talents are in the industry at the moment? Most of the less talented ones are getting far ahead of the talented ones. It is not about having talent but understanding the business and project what works for you. “It is all about the way you ‘package’ it and sell it to the world; that is all. I can name a few terrible artistes but they are getting way ahead of the gifted ones. It is because they understand show business; I understand show business,” Iyke said.Jim Iyke: The brandJames Ikechukwu Esomugha, is popularly known as Jim Iyke.Born on September 25, 1976 in Libreville, Gabon, he is a native of Enugu Agidi town in Anambra State. Jim Iyke obtained a diploma in Banking and Finance and then a B.Sc. in Philosophy from University of Jos, Plateau State.The actor, who has featured in over 200 movies, kicked off his acting career in 2001.In 2007, he started a movie production company, Untamed Productions.  He also began his own music label, Untamed Records, under which he produced his first album, titled “Who Am I” which features some of Nigeria’s musicians like TuFace Idibia and Sound Sultan. Iyke who recently unveiled his new reality TV series “The Adventurer”, described it as a fresh perspective to TV, which people should angle for.”The Adventure” is about human endurance of different kind, which takes its contestants on a journey for rejuvenation of perspectives.”Basically, we take people from different diverse backgrounds and just pose their ideas and perspectives together,” Jim Iyke said during an interview with Pulse Nigeria. ALSO READ: Jim Iyke says he doesn’t want to be labeled as a Nollywood actorOn September 1, 2015, the actor welcomed a baby boy with his Lithuanian girlfriend, Dana Kinduryte.An actor and business man, Jim Iyke is also a philanthropist. He is the founder of Jim lyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilities.

Umaru Sanda: Traditional ruler commends Buhari’s effort’s at advancing road projects

Speaking at the turbaning of Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, as the “Gangwi of Ganye”. The Gangwari of Ganye Chiefdom in Adamawa, Alhaji Umaru Sanda,has commended President Muhammadu Buhari ‘s effort’s at making significant in-roads in advancing road projects across the country in 2018.Speaking at the turbaning of Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, as the “Gangwi of Ganye”, Sanda also lauded the  National Assembly for capturing the contract for the rehabilitation of the  Ganye-Jada-Mayo-Belwa road in the 2018 budget proposal.Sanda said Namdas was the first to be conferred with the tittle “Gangwi of Ganye”, “worthy ambassador ” because of his numerous contributions to the development of the area and youth empowerment programmes.The traditional ruler urged Namdas to sustain the tempo assuring him of the people ‘s support.Responding, Namdas who represents Ganye/Jada/Toungo/Mayo-Belwa Federal Constituency, thanked the traditional ruler and the people for the honour and pledged to continue to do more.Namdas also thanked the leadership of the National Assembly particularly Speaker Yakubu Dogara, for the support accorded him in the chamber to effectively represent his people.In his remarks, Dogara, described Namdas as reliable and one of the best hands in the house.Dogara urged the people of Ganye to ensure that Namdas returns to the House in 2019.Also speaking, Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa described Namdas as a worthy ambassador  of  Adamawa.NAN reports that after the turbaning, the Gangwi Centre constructed by Namdas for skills acquisition training for youths in the constituency was inaugurated.

Dembele as good as Maradona, Tottenham boss hails

Tottenham make the short journey across London to take on Crystal Palace on Sunday with manager Mauricio Pochettino comparing midfielder Mousa Dembele to Diego Maradona.
Dembele
“I have said before that he is a genius of football,” said the Spurs boss of the Belgium international.
“I put him next to Ronaldinho, Maradona, (Jay-Jay) Okocha -– players that I was lucky to play with.
“For me he is one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football. Now he is in an amazing moment and for me he deserves all the praises that people are giving him.”
Those comments will certainly have raised a few eyebrows on both sides of the River Thames as Tottenham look to clamber above Chelsea and Liverpool, the teams directly above them in the Premier League.
The Argentinian has a full squad available with defender Toby Alderweireld the only doubt because of a hamstring problem sustained in a training session on Thursday.
The 28-year-old is Dembele’s international team-mate and is expected to be a key figure in his nation’s attempts to win the World Cup for the first time this summer.
However contract negotiations have stalled to the extent that he could well be at another club by then and Pochettino made it clear he would be playing no part in the talks.
“It is not my job and I cannot say anything about that,” he said. “I am not involved in negotiations. I never talk about rumours, what the media say or what happens around the club.”
Pochettino developed a relationship with Palace manager Roy Hodgson when the latter was in charge of England, and regularly picked Spurs players.
Tottenham beat Palace 1-0 at Wembley in December when Hodgson was beginning to lift the Eagles out of relegation trouble, having succeeded Frank de Boer in September.
“Roy and his staff are doing a fantastic job,” Pochettino said.
“It will be good to see them again. But for me it will be a battle. We need to match them in the areas of motivation, ready to fight and then of course try to deliver our way and our game.
“Of course it will be very tough. It will be very important to win the three points, fighting for the top four. The idea is to win, the idea if to fight, to be ready. The three points are massive for us.”
Palace’s hopes of putting distance between themselves and the bottom three have been hampered by a frustrating run of injuries that has deprived Hodgson of 12 senior players.
“It was always going to be a difficult game, even if I could resuscitate these 12 players and add them to those that we have to give us a very good squad, it would still be a tough game,” said Hodgson.
“Whatever way you look at it, we are a bottom of the table team at the moment and they are a team chasing not only the Champions League honours, they are chasing second place in the league.”
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Govt Demolishes Illegal Buildings In Lagos Island       

Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency on Saturday demolished some illegal structures and building erected without governments’ approval.
The exercise which is in continuation of moves by the Lagos state government to ensure that buildings are duly certified and approved for construction affected some structures erected on Freeman Street in Lagos Island.
This exercise according to the Lagos State government is also aimed at reducing incidents of building collapse.
READ ALSO: NDLEA Destroys Over 130,000KG Drug Exhibits In Edo
The agency had earlier visited Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Yaba Local Government Areas two weeks ago demolishing and prosecuting offenders for flouting government’s regulation and breaking seals.
Apart from demolishing the buildings, more than 20 houses were also sealed and marked for demolition for failure to get approvals for construction.
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NDLEA Destroys Over 130,000KG Drug Exhibits In Edo

NDLEA officials at the scene of the destruction of the illegal drugs.
 
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is determined to bring an end to use of illegal drugs and substances in every nook and cranny of the country.
Commander of the NDLEA in Edo State, Buba Wakawa said this on Friday during the public destruction of drugs and substances weighing a total of 36,844.7123 kilograms.
The destruction of the illegal drugs took place at the Idogbo bypass in Benin City the Edo state capital.
Wakawa during the destruction appealed to members of the public to join the agency in the war against illegal drugs as it is the only way to win the battle.
The representative of Edo State Governor at the event, Mr Sam Okoh-Ose explained that the war against drug and substance abuse is one to be taken seriously.
He assured the agency that the state government will do everything within the law to support the NDLEA.
Image of smoke from the remains of the drugs after it was burnt down by NDLEA officials in Edo State.
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In Nasarawa State: Gov Al-Makura donates 35 operational vehicles to security agencies

Al-Makura, while presenting the vehicles in Lafia, said that the gesture was part of his government’s commitment to boost the security architecture of the state in view of the incessant skirmishes. Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Saturday donated 35 operational vehicles worth over N642 million to various security agencies in the state.Al-Makura, while presenting the vehicles in Lafia, said that the gesture was part of his government’s commitment to boost the security architecture of the state in view of the incessant skirmishes.He explained that 22 of the vehicles would be allocated to the police.The governor said that the Nigeria Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) would get two vehicles each.He said that the Nigeria Air Force and the Prison Services would get one vehicle each.The governor said that the vehicles were meant for the mainstream security outfits working round the clock toward ensuring peace in the various communities.Al-Makura said that other security agencies would be considered in due course.“The distribution of the vehicles is another milestone in our collective efforts to contribute toward the protection of lives and property of the citizens.“I believe that the gesture will go a long way in supporting the security agencies toward the maintenance of law and order in the state,” Al-Makura said.He said that his administration had donated a befitting state headquarters for the Nigeria Police as part of the support to security agencies in the stateThe governor added that his administration also donated land and N300 million for the construction of the 177 Guards Battalion Barracks in Doma Local Government Area.Al-Makura listed other state interventions to include the ongoing construction of the state headquarter of the NSCDC, provision of land for the construction of Air Force base in Lafia, among others.He lauded the Federal Government for its spontaneous response with the deployment of security forces to checkmate the recent challenges in the state, especially along the border communities with Benue.The governor said that his administration would continue to provide logistics support to security agencies to enhance their operations, thereby guaranteeing the security of lives and property of citizens.The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bello Ahmed, on behalf of other security agencies, thanked the state government for the gesture.Ahmed said that the operational vehicles would spur the security outfits to deliver effectively on their constitutional mandates, assuring that the vehicles would be judiciously utilised.

Tech: Australia has eliminated mass shootings — here’s what the US can learn

Australia has not had a mass shooting since 1996, the same year the country passed sweeping regulations on civilian access to guns.
After alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, public calls for stricter gun laws are becoming louder in the United States.
Australia has not witnessed a mass shooting since 1996 — the same year the country passed a sweeping set of gun regulations.
Researchers say similar policies could work in the US, especially if laws were instituted at the national level.
Australia has not had a mass shooting since 1996.
Meanwhile, the United States has suffered 91 mass shootings (in which four or more people were killed by a lone shooter) since that year.
The latest shooting — when Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida — has renewed a national debate around stricter gun regulation.
We might look to other countries to see whether tighter gun laws can be successful. That is the case in Australia, where the government passed the National Firearm Agreement (NFA), a sweeping set of gun regulations, in 1996. According to the most recent data available — from 1996 to 2015 — the annual number of gun-related homicides decreased from 516 to 211.
Before 1996, the country had seen 14 mass shootings, but one particularly horrific spree led to gun reform. In April 1996 — in the worst mass murder in Australia’s history — gunman Martin Bryant killed 35 people and injured 24 others at a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Twelve days later, the government instituted the NFA, which includes three main provisions: tight control on semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons; a national registry of firearm owners; and a buyback program so that Australians could sell guns back to the government.
While it’s difficult to say whether the NFA directly led to the drop in mass shootings and a reduction in gun-related homicides, experts say we can draw some links.
Bipartisan research suggests that Australia’s strict gun regulations have led to a big decline in firearm homicides
One of the more recent studies on the subject is by Elena Andreyeva and Benjamin Ukert, two public health researchers at the University of Philadelphia. Their 2017 working paper suggests the NFA decreased firearm mortality by 60%, including homicides and suicides. Another one of their peer-reviewed studies, published in 2017, came to a similar conclusion.
“The NFA is unique in that it tackles many different problems at the same time,” Ukert told Business Insider.
The newer study compares gun deaths in various Australian states before and after the NFA. It suggests the NFA was more successful in states with higher rates of firearm deaths before gun regulations were instituted.
Andreyeva and Ukert controlled for several variables, including gender, age, economic status, and previous gun laws. Though their study accounts for both firearm homicides and suicides, they did not see a substantial decrease in firearm suicide rates since the NFA. The regulations may have had a much larger effect on firearm homicides, however. The study estimates that, on average in Australian states, there has been a 96% reduction in murders by guns since the NFA.
Other research has come to similar conclusions. A 2016 paper from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University suggests that Australian gun policies correlated strongly with declines in firearm homicides. They acknowledge that there are other factors at play (including improvements in medical technology and an overall improvement in crime), but also say the NFA was at least partly responsible for the national reduction in firearm deaths.
What the US can learn from Australian gun control
Andreyeva and Ukert add that, based on their research, the US can learn a few things from Australian gun regulation.
For example, the NFA mandates that Australians must wait 28 days before they can buy a gun, due to rigorous background checks.
“If it’s hard to buy guns legally, in crimes driven by passion as opposed to preplanned acts, [the regulation] would have a larger effect,” Andreyeva said. “If I want to commit a mass shooting and I come to the store to buy a gun, but I’m told I have to wait 28 days, I might change my mind completely.”
Unlike American gun regulations, the NFA also applies to every Australian state. Prospective gun owners must obtain a permit and license, be at least 18, undergo a firearms safety training, provide a “genuine reason” for buying a gun other than personal protection, and provide documentation about storage arrangements for their weapon.
American gun culture differs from Australian gun culture
That said, there are differences between gun culture in Australia and America, which could make something like the NFA less effective in the US.
Gun control is politically polarizing in the US, and firearms are very accessible. (Currently, the number of registered gun stores outnumber Starbucks and McDonald’s locations in many US cities, making firearms a deep-rooted part of American life.)
Gun control is a debate in Australia, but not nearly to the same degree. Since the NFA was passed, both of the country’s two major political parties (the Labor Party and the National Coalition) have expressed support for it, and any changes to the law require a unanimous vote.
The public also readily gave up a large number of their guns after the 1996 shooting. During the NFA’s buyback program in 1997, Australians sold 700,000 firearms to the government, reducing the number of civilian guns by approximately 20%. And in September of 2017, the Australian government collected 26,000 more unregistered firearms. Of course, the data does not account for every firearm in the country, like those bought on the black market.
Andreyeva and Ukert believe that the NFA made the black market for guns smaller in Australia, since an ocean surrounds the country and makes it more difficult to import guns illegally. Even if individual US states imposed strict gun control, firearms could still easily flow in from other states or nearby countries.
“The states would probably need to come together, and the regulations would need to be at the federal level,” Ukert said.

We are winning war against oil theft in Bayelsa – NSCDC

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa Command, says it is winning the war against oil theft.The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Godwin Nwachukwu, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Yenagoa.
He described as false, an allegation that personnel of the state command shot a vigilance team member.He said that oil thieves were behind the allegation in an effort to divert attention.
Nwachukwu pledged that the command would not relent in checking oil theft and pipeline vandalism in spite of such blackmail.He said that personnel of the command were well trained in handling arms and would not use firearms indiscriminately.
“All the allegations are to distract attention from the fight against oil theft and vandalism of oil infrastructure.
“The syndicate has always adopted devilish strategies to frustrate the efforts of the NSCDC.
“In spite of the antics of these evil merchants, we remain resolute to end this economic crime.
“In the early hours of Monday, our anti-vandal team based in Ikarama Community responded to a case of sabotage on oil pipeline in the area,’’ he told NAN.
The commandant said that the team did not release gunshots in spite of provocations.
“Though the prime suspect escaped, we were able to arrest a woman who works with him and knew his whereabouts; she was interrogated and later released,” he said.
Nwachukwu also reacted to an allegation that NDCDC men shot an indigene of Ikarama Community.
According to him, an NSCDC team deployed to protect oil facilities at Ikarama community shot in self-defence when attacked by youths in the community.
“In the face of the threat, my men acted in self-defence and fired two warning shots into the air to scare away the hostile crowd armed with dangerous weapons.
“No one was shot at and no one was injured,” he told NAN.
However, Chief Richard Seiba, the Traditional Ruler of Ikarama, said that NSCDC men shot one Mr Perekurofa Odoyibo.
Seiba said that the alleged victim was receiving medical attention.“They shot the boy twice in the arm and leg. I have just visited him, and he is in pains,” the royal father said.

Abdulkadir Abubakar: This Boko Haram member seeks God’s forgiveness for kidnapping Chibok girls

Abubakar confessed to being one of the brains behind the kidnap of over 200 girls at a girls secondary school in Chibok, Borno state. Abdulkadir Abubakar, a leader in the Abubakar Shekau led Boko Haram, has said he’s seeking God’s forgiveness after repenting from killing and kidnapping innocent Nigerians.Abubakar, who is in detention at a military facility, was arrested at Buni Yadi when he allegedly went on an espionage mission ahead of the insurgents’ plot to attack the commander of the Special Force Training School.TheCable reports that Abubakar confessed to being one of the brains behind the kidnap of over 200 girls at a girls secondary school in Chibok, Borno state as well as the Buni Yadi massacre of secondary school students.Abdulkadir Abubakar’s confessionAbubakar claims to have repented saying since he had sought forgiveness from God, he believes his sins and atrocities will be forgiven.Narrating some of his crimes, Abubakar said, “Myself and two other Boko Haram commanders, Abu Fatima and Paper, led most of the attacks on schools in Yobe between 2013 and 2014. “We were also the ones behind the abduction of students at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. We also carried out attacks on schools in Potiskum, Mamudo, Damagun, Wagir and Ngarzarma, all in Yobe state.ALSO READ: Suspected terrorists attack University of Maiduguri“I wholeheartedly regret my actions and hope the Almighty Allah will forgive me. Allah said he will forgive whoever repents and asks him for forgiveness. I have repented and seek forgiveness.”Abubakar also claimed that Shekau ordered attacks on schools, mosques, churches and markets, and also ordered abduction and rape.

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola: LASPARK commences tree pruning in preparation for rainy season

The General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, said on Saturday in Lagos that the move was to avert windstorm disaster associated with the rainy season. The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) says it has intensified the pruning of overgrown trees across the state in preparation for the rainy season.The General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, said on Saturday in Lagos that the move was to avert windstorm disaster associated with the rainy season.Adebiyi-Abiola said that the agency had so far pruned over 500 trees in different locations across the state.She called on residents to notify the agency of any overgrown tree within their communities.According to her, some of the trees, apart from their tendency to wreak havoc during windstorm, are already competing with electric cables and poles.”Calling the attention of the agency to overgrown trees in different parts of the state will help to prevent loss of lives and property.”I am, therefore, seeking your support to report to the agency any of these trees that can affect, not only you, but other members of the society.”This is because it is not possible for the representatives of the agency to be everywhere at all times to assess urgent issues related to these trees.”This is what is required of you as a responsible citizen and this is what I am encouraging you to do,” she said.Adebiyi-Abiola also urged residents to desist from cutting down trees without permission from the state government.She said that the zero-tolerance stance to tree cutting and pruning without clearance from LASPARK still persisted.The general manager reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to enforcing all Environmental and Greening Laws.“This is to curb the menace of indiscriminate tree pruning and felling in all nooks and crannies of the state,’’ she said.

Oyegun: The 79-year-old APC chairman giving Tinubu a hard nut to crack

Since 2016, both Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief John Odigie-Oyegun have not enjoyed the best political relationship. 79-year-old National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, John Odigie Oyegun, has literally been accused of giving Asiwaju Bola Tinubu a hard nut to crack.Since 2016, the politicians have not been enjoying best relationship politically as the party chairman had consistently wielded his power as the honcho-head of the ruling party.Recently, Tinubu had accused Oyegun of sabotaging his efforts in reconciling the APC and unifying a fractured governing party as he was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.The politician in OyegunThe politician, who was the Executive Governor of Edo State between 1992 and 1993, kicked off his political years before emerging as a governor.Oyegun had worked as a civil servant and a major Permanent Secretary in many ministries before his retirement and active involvement in politics.He became a prominent politician in Edo state after his emergence as the state governor in the aborted third republic and has remained in the political sphere.After his removal from office by late General Sani Abacha, he had joined forces with other politicians and activists in the struggle that bore National Democratic Coalition, NADECO. In the same struggle was Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was elected as a Senator representing Lagos West Constituency. Following the arrival of democracy, Oyegun had remained a politician but was yet to strike till he emerged the chairman of the Technical Working Committee of the Coalition Of Democrats for Electoral Reforms in 2009.After his tenure, his confidence in politics was further boosted and found his feet in the ANPP.While in ANPP, Oyegun had become a power force and one of the leaders of the party that had the ears of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was the party’s presidential candidate.The merger of Action Congress, All Nigeria Peoples Party and Democratic Peoples Party in 2011, provided Oyegun the opportunity to regain political prominence haven pitched his tent with Asiwaju Tinubu in the newly formed All Progressive Congress that defeated PDP’s 16 years rule.ALSO READ: Tinubu insults Oyegun over reconciliatory missionOn June 13, 2014 Odigie-Oyegun was elected as national chairman of the APC after Bisi Akande had controlled the party as the interim chairman.In many climes, APC national leader, Tinubu, is thought to have played an important role in the election that brought Oyegun in as the party’s national chairman.The choice of Oyegun, from the mostly Christian south of the country, is calculated to win both Christian and Muslim voters in the challenge to PDP. 7 Quick facts about OyegunOyegun was elected governor of Edo State in 1992 under SDP.Oyegun spent 20 months in office, served from January 1992 to November 1993.Oyegun is the first National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress. He was preceded by Bisi Akande, who served as interim chairman of the ruling party.Oyegun was a power broker and a leader of the ANPP.Oyegun is a graduate of Economics from the University of Ibadan.Oyegun has one wife and 12 children.Oyegun was born on August 12, 1939 to an Edo father and a Delta mum.The rift with TinubuMonths after the APC had won the presidential election, cracks in the party started becoming visible with top politicians battling to get juicy positions in the newly formed government.As the cracks grew wider, leaders of the party began aligning with their favourites and more camps in the party were born.The leadership of the National Assembly was the first salvo that irked disunity chord as leaders of the APC failed to agree on the candidates. This was perceived an insult to Asiwaju, who had allegedly worked out individuals to lead the NASS.President Buhari had further fuelled the anger amongst leaders when his relationship with Asiwaju seemed strained while he enjoys a good relationship with Oyegun.Though both Tinubu and Oyegun had denied having issues claiming all is well, the 2016 Ondo governorship election revealed the real cracks in their relationship.Tinubu fell out with Oyegun when the party Chairman backed Rotimi Akeredolu for the Ondo governorship seat against Segun Abraham who was Tinubu’s handpicked candidate.Akeredolu would go on to win the primary and the general election in that Southwest State.In September 2016, Tinubu had said he had lost confidence in the national Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun.Tinubu on Sunday, September 24, asked Oyegun to resign, accusing him of sabotaging the will of democracy in the APC governorship primary in Ondo State.Subsequently, Tinubu called for the resignation of Oyegun saying Oyegun has not only breached the good pledges of the party in a most overt and brazen display but has also dealt a heavy blow to the very party he professes to lead.Though Tinubu has recoiled to his shell to re-plan and restrategize, he was not quick to forget how Oyegun dealt him a heavy blow in 2016.On February 6, 2018, the Presidency announced the appointment of Tinubu to lead the reconciliation process of the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.ALSO READ: Oyegun replies Tinubu, promises to back him upAnd merely three weeks after the appointment, Tinubu has accused Oyegun of sabotaging his efforts at reconciliation.Tinubu even alleged that Oyegun has inaugurated officials across the States “parallel to the officials already heading the State chapter of the party.Tinubu wins this roundFollowing Tinubu’s outburst, Oyegun had met with President Buhari on Friday, February 23, 2018 and announced that he is willing to back Tinubu’s reconciliatory moves.Oyegun had officially written to Tinubu congratulating him of his appointment as well as promising to back all efforts made in reconciling the ruling party.He wrote: “Let me once again formally congratulate you on the peacemaking assignment Mr. President has entrusted you with.”It is most challenging but I believe you will ultimately justify the confidence reposed in you by Mr President. In this, you have my fullest support.”Tinubu copied President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara in his letter.Oyegun also sent copies of the letter to President Buhari, Osinbajo, Saraki and Dogara in his reply.One begin to wonder how Tinubu intends to reconcile the party, when he and Oyegun are yet to reconcile their political differences and self-entitlement of the leadership of APC.

Tech: SpaceX’s biggest rival has a ‘genius’ plan to cut its rocket launch costs...

United Launch Alliance’s upcoming Vulcan rocket will parachute its giant engines back to Earth for reuse, lowering launch costs to $100 million per mission.
SpaceX turned heads around the world on February 6 with the first-ever launch of Falcon Heavy.
The 230-foot-tall rocket’s three boosters helped push Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster into space, peeled off after running low on fuel, and then careened toward Earth.
Two of the 16-story boosters rocketed to a safe landing (the third fell into the ocean), and the flight was hailed as a huge success. It proved SpaceX could lift twice as much payload to space for about 25% of the cost of its closest competitor while recycling rocket parts worth tens of millions of dollars.
That primary rival is United Launch Alliance, a company that aerospace industry titans Boeing and Lockheed Martin formed in 2005.
ULA’s largest rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, costs $350 million per launch, according to company CEO Tory Bruno. Delta IV Heavy is far more expensive that SpaceX’s $90-million Falcon Heavy in part because it isn’t reusable.
ULA plans to retire that launcher after a few more missions, but the company is currently developing its own reusable rocket, dubbed Vulcan, to compete with innovative companies like Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
“Vulcan will first fly in mid-2020,” Bruno told Business Insider, adding that the rocket “will start at sub-$100-million” — a 70% discount compared to the company’s Delta IV Heavy.
Here’s what Vulcan will be capable of, why one ULA engineer described its recovery system as “genius,” and how the rocket may earn its keep in an increasingly crowded and challenging industry.
Delta IV Heavy used to be the world’s most powerful operational rocket. It can send nearly 32 tons of payload into low-Earth orbit — more than two standard school buses’ worth of weight.
Sources: CNN, SCAPT
Since Bruno took the helm of ULA in 2014, the company has been developing its more powerful and partly reusable Vulcan rocket system. That’s supposed to launch for the first time in mid-2020.
“Sometimes it’s more than just, ‘Hey my rocket’s really big,’” Bruno said. “Sometimes you need the rocket to do some rather unique and exotic things after they’re up in orbit.”
Vulcan should lift 40 tons (nearly three school buses) into low-Earth orbit.
“Vulcan is modular, so you can add solid rocket boosters to kick up its size,” Bruno said.
That’s less than SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, which can lift more than 70 tons — nearly five school buses — for one-fourth the price. But Bruno said there are big differences between the two systems that will make Vulcan competitive.
Source: SpaceX
The key difference is the rocket’s upper stage. Falcon Heavy currently uses a rocket-grade RP-1 kerosene as fuel, but it can freeze in space after a few hours. Vulcan’s upper stage will use cryogenic oxygen and hydrogen, which are more resilient to the punishing temperatures of space.
ULA is also evolving its upper-stage system into what it calls ACES: the Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage. After deploying a spacecraft, ACES can be left in orbit for months or years and be refueled instead of being discarded as “dead flying hulks in space,” Bruno said.
“That makes it practical to refuel them in space, and use them for other purposes, or simply use them as a shuttle to run down and grab a spacecraft that you might be so heavy you could only get it to [low-Earth orbit], and then take it literally anywhere else in the solar system,” Bruno added. “That is going to completely change how we go to space and what we do there.”
“It’s not just saving a little bit of money off the launch service cost,” Bruno said. “This could become a transportation system that enables economic activity between here and the moon, and between the asteroids.”
Vulcan will also lower ULA’s launch costs by having detachable first-stage booster engines, called SMART (sensible, modular, autonomous return technology). “We would recover about two-thirds the cost of that first-stage booster every single time we fly with no performance hit,” Bruno said.
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This is different than SpaceX’s boosters, which return in one piece and conserve fuel to rocket to a landing. But payloads are sometimes too heavy and need every last drop of propellant to reach their destination in space — so some boosters inevitably get discarded despite being reusable.
“How might you, perhaps, not save the entire value of the booster, but get to save [most of] it every single time?” Bruno said. “The most expensive thing on the booster is the rocket engine. In fact, two-thirds of the cost of a booster is just that one part.”
Once the SMART engine package detaches, it will inflate an aeroshell to help orient it for a high-speed reentry. The shell will also insulate the engines from the intense heat generated by plowing through Earth’s atmosphere at thousands of miles per hour.
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A slender parachute will then float SMART toward the ground. But it will get some help: Using a technique pioneered in the 1960s, it will be snagged from above by a large helicopter.
“When I first heard about it, it seemed like a very strange almost laughable concept, until you actually start to look into the history of mid-flight capture and realize that it’s actually a very genius way to do it, to reuse and capture the engines without exposing them to any sort of harsh environments like saltwater,” Jeremy Braunagel, a project engineer at ULA who works on Vulcan, said in a video.
ACES should be ready to debut in 2023 or 2024, Bruno said, with SMART following sometime after that.
Although small satellites are getting smaller, big satellites always seem to get bigger and need to go farther in space. ULA is banking primarily on those big satellites for its Vulcan business.
“We’ve never seen a time when the customer has asked for less lift. That’s kind of why we took this strategy,” Bruno said, adding that flying the entire booster back could become harder and harder.
According to Bruno, Delta IV Heavy will retire in “the early 2020s” after launching once or twice a year through that time. That leaves a huge opening for Falcon Heavy, especially since Musk said SpaceX is working on its own cryogenic upper-stage (which may compete with ACES).
Musk has said he’d eat his hat “with a side of mustard if [Vulcan] flies a national security spacecraft before 2023.”
SpaceX is also pouring an increasingly large share of its resources into developing a 348-foot-tall, interplanetary launch system called the “Big Falcon Rocket” or BFR.
Musk expects to debut the spaceship portion in 2020 and possibly launch toward Mars in 2022.
Meanwhile, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company, Blue Origin, is quietly developing and building its own huge, reusable rocket system, called New Glenn.
Source: Business Insider
The future of rockets is looking increasingly exciting, innovative, and crowded. It remains to be seen if ULA and Blue Origin can keep up with the breakneck pace of SpaceX, or carve their own niche in what is indisputably a new space race.

Bobboi Kaigama: Governors who can’t pay workers should resign – TUC

The TUC President, Mr Bobboi Kaigama, said in Lagos that workers could no longer vouch for state governments that non-payment of salaries was as a result of lack of funds. The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Saturday advised state governors who could not address workers’ problems to resign.The TUC President, Mr Bobboi Kaigama, said in Lagos that workers could no longer vouch for state governments that non-payment of salaries was as a result of lack of funds.He said that the non-payment could be due to corruption.Kaigama made the TUC’s views known while addressing journalists after the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.He said that it was only the Lagos State Government that had been regularly paying workers’ salaries and allowances.“All the other states have one issue or the other in terms of salaries or benefits of their workers.“ You will discover that it is 13 months’ arrears of gratuities or pensions that have not been paid.“In some cases, it is the contributory pension deductions that have not been remitted or promotions arrears and death benefits not been paid,” he said.He advocated a return to regional government, saying that state governments were failing in their responsibilities.“The trust we have in state government has eroded.“If it is for the purposes of payment of salaries and infrastructure development such as provision of health facilities, roads, rail transportation and others, we are better off with regional government,’’ Kaigama said,’’ he said.The union leader noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved bailout funds and budget support funding to enable states to settle workers’ salaries, to no avail.Kaigama said that accountability in Nigeria was weak, and called for the strengthening of anti-graft agencies.On national minimum wage, Kaigama said that state governments should be determined to pay the wage when approved.He also called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the power sector due to its deteriorating condition.”No nation can develop without power,” he said.The labour leader urged the government to arrest and prosecute killers of innocent Nigerians in the guise of herdsmen and militia in different parts of the country.

In Borno State: Troops kill 5, capture Boko Haram commander

Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, in a statement in Maiduguri, said troops also rescued three civilians, recovered vehicles and high calibre ammunition in various operations in the past two days. Troops in Borno killed five Boko Haram insurgents and captured a top commander of the group in the ongoing operation in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad basin.Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, in a statement in Maiduguri, said troops also rescued three civilians, recovered vehicles and high calibre ammunition in various operations in the past two days.Nwachukwu said on Thursday, the troops engaged and neutralised a number of fleeing insurgents while attempting to escape the military blocking position in one of the cleared enclaves ‘Sabil-Huda’, deep in Sambisa Forest.He said that the troops also recovered one G-III rifle magazine, one life jacket, a light Machine Gun metal link, four rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, four rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and three rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.“Unfortunately, two soldiers were injured in the process; they had been evacuated by the Nigerian Air Force and are responding to treatment,” he said.Nwachukwu said that the troops on Friday launched offensive targeting a terrorist’s hideouts up ‘CAMP ZAIRO’, and neutralized a number of insurgents in spite of initial damaged caused to their Armoured Fighting Vehicle by Improvise Explosive Device (IED) planted beneath the ground.He said that the troops killed five insurgents; several others wounded and recovered ammunition at a hideout in Parisu, Sambisa Forest.Nwachukwu disclosed that troops of 151 Battalion in conjunction with “7 Division Support Group’ had also cleared nine terrorists’ hideouts along Frigi-Izza area.The director added that the troops also recovered one motorcycle, two bicycles, 10 bicycle tyres, one bicycle, three Boko Haram flags, a solar panel, five drums filled with grain, two mattresses, two grinding machines, three bags of metal scraps, two motorcycle tyres and two underground grain silos.Also recovered are one AK-47 Rifle Magazine, 1 dummy rifle, a round of 12.7mm ammunition, 12 empty cases of 7.62mm ammunition, assorted IED materials and a tool box.According to him, the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE provided air cover for the land troops in the conduct of the operations.

Dapchi Girls: See the names of 105 missing students kidnapped by Boko Haram

The list had names that include Aisha A-Deri, the 13-year-old girl, who only returned to school on the day before the attack. Parents of the missing 105 girls kidnapped by men of the Boko Haram in the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, have released a list containing names of the students.The list published by The Nation, had names that include Aisha A-Deri, the 13-year-old girl, who only returned to school on the day before the attack after recovering from illness.  More than 100 girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack on a school in Dapchi, Yobe State, earlier this week, parents told AFP on Friday. Meanwhile parents in Dapchi, in Yobe State, said they had set up a support group after the attack on the school, which has revived memories of the 2014 abduction of more than 200 girls in Chibok. “Our first step was to compile a comprehensive list of all the missing girls. So far, we have compiled the names of 105,” said Bashir Manzo, the chairman of the group.On Monday, February 19, 2018, the men of the Boko Haram sect invaded a part of Yobe State including the Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi kidnapping several students and reigning terror on the school and the village.According to a forum of parents of missing students, the number of girls in captivity have been given as 105.ALSO READ: Dapchi residents attack Yobe Governor for lying about girls’ rescueMeanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the girls kidnap saying it’s a national disaster.US condemns kidnap of school girls in YobeThe United States of America condemned the abduction of over 90 school girls from Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state.The Spokesperson of the US Department of State, Ms Heather Nauert, at a press briefing on Thursday, said “We are still trying to get all the details about that but we wanted to mention that we condemn in the strongest possible terms the terror attack on a school earlier this week in north-eastern Nigeria.“The choice of targets including schools, markets and places of worship reflect the brutality of terror organisations.“The victims in the attacks were girls who were simply seeking an education.”“We continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to counter the terror group.ALSO READ: Schoolgirl narrates how Boko Haram kidnapped students in Yobe“We also support Nigeria’s efforts to enable more than two million displaced in the Lake Chad region to return home safely.“United States continues to provide humanitarian assistance to those who were affected by the violence,” Nauert added.British military offers to assist Nigeria in rescuing 105 kidnapped girlsThe British military has offered to assist the Nigerian Army in the search and rescue operation launched for the 105 girls kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State.The Guardian reports that the British army led by Major Ian Robertson, the general advisor, British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT) in Nigeria, recently made this known.Condemning the attack and kidnapping of the school girls from Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Dapchi, Robertson lamented the fact that girls’ schools have become soft targets for insurgents.