Friday, July 22, 2016

Impeachment: Fayose in trouble as APC uncovers damming evidence

Gov. Ayodele Fayose

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti state has dismissed claims by Governor Ayo Fayose that he has been discharged and acquitted by the Federal High Court over an alleged N1.3bn poultry project. According to, the state publicity secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement on Thursday, July 21, said the fraud case instituted against Fayose by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2005 is still pending at the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti.

Olatunbosun said the governor has been misleading the public for long about the status of the case, adding that the case was never dismissed, but was only transferred from Lagos to the Ado Ekiti division of the court for jurisdiction. The state APC spokesperson challenged the governor to provide the court’s enrollment order discharging him on the poultry project case to convince the public.

He said: “It is regrettable that Fayose has made lies and falsehood a major plank of the state policy of his government. “There is no iota of truth in Fayose’s claim of acquittal as no court has delivered judgment on the matter, which is still pending before the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti.

“The case was last heard by Mr Justice Adamu Hobon of the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, where EFCC gave a blow-by-blow incontrovertible evidence of how Fayose used Biological Concepts Limited owned by his friend, Gbenga James, to defraud Ekiti State of N1.3bn to build houses and purchase a car for his mother.

“After that sitting, what Fayose did was to approach the Supreme Court for an interlocutory injunction to frustrate the trial. This is not the same thing as being discharged and acquitted over a matter that judgment is yet to be given.” Olatunbosun said that the matter had reached the stage of exchange of addresses to be followed by judgment shortly before Fayose emerged as the Governor elect in June 2014.

Recall that Governor Ayo Fayose was impeached by the Ekiti state house of Assembly in 2006 over allegations that he diverted the state resources under the guise of establishing a phony poultry project for the state.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Economic downturn halts northern Nigeria mass weddings

Low global oil prices have hurt Nigeria’s economy, taking it to the brink of recession. But the resulting cash crunch has also had a more unexpected effect – on mass weddings, The Punch reports. More than 10, 000 women have registered for the state-sponsored programme in Kano, said Abba Sufi, director-general of the northern city’s “morality police”, the Hisbah.

“At the moment we have over 10,000 women who have registered for the mass wedding programme and are waiting to be introduced to prospective suitors when the project resumes,” he told AFP. “The women include divorcees and girls of marriage age registered in person and via social media platforms we operate.”

The matchmaking programme began in 2012 to help divorcees remarry in Kano state, which has the highest divorce rate in Nigeria. Under the scheme, the state government pays the bride price and provides furniture and household utensils for the newlyweds. A total of 1,111 couples tied the knot in an elaborate event at Kano’s main mosque in December 2013. At the time, the Hisbah said it had arranged 4,461 marriages since the programme began.

– Funding problems –

Nigeria, one of Africa’s main oil producers, depends on the sale of crude for 70 percent of government revenue but income has been slashed since prices plunged around the world two years ago. State governments have struggled to pay public sector wages; the naira has weakened, causing a shortage of foreign exchange, hitting investment and key imports of goods, fuel and food.

At the same time, inflation has soared to nearly 11-year highs, with predictions of more devaluation to come and further rises in the cost of living. “The cash crunch has compelled us to halt the programme, which has resulted in a huge backlog of women intent on getting the right husbands to marry through the matchmaking process,” said Sufi.

Hajara Umar, a divorced mother of three children, said she registered to find a husband two years ago but has been frustrated because of the lack of funding. “We are calling on the authorities to resume the mass wedding. We are not asking for too much, just the basic things we need to start a new married life,” she said.

– Widespread poverty –

Widespread poverty has been blamed for the rising number of divorces in Kano city and the surrounding state, as well as the decline in traditional marriage ceremonies between men and women. Kano’s economy declined sharply in the 1980s because of electricity shortages, which forced up production costs, high bank lending rates and competition from cheap foreign imports.

More than 400 of Kano city’s 500 textile factories were forced to close, leaving thousands jobless and creating the highest unemployment of rate of any of Nigeria’s 36 states. The economic decline has had a direct impact on families, leading to divorces in a mainly Muslim society where polygamy is prevalent.

With no access to education and parental care, children from broken homes have ended up on the street, fending for themselves and also falling into crime and drugs. “I can’t afford to provide the furniture, which is an essential provision for marriage in our culture,” said one divorcee, who asked not to be identified.

“I have been divorced for five years and I so much need to remarry. I registered a year ago… it’s worrisome the mass wedding has been delayed due to the economic downturn.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The politics of university admission in Nigeria

 by Niyi Akinnaso

When I applied for admission to the university in the 1960s, I knew nobody. There was no godfather or godmother. Neither my parents nor my older siblings could assist me, because they were all stark illiterates. As the first person in the entire Akinnaso lineage to ever go to school, I was virtually on my own. Without any guidance whatsoever, I applied for direct entry admission to the University of Ibadan and the University of Ife, after passing the required General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) papers at the end of my first year of the Higher School Certificate class. I was admitted by both institutions, each one acting independently and without recourse to a superior authority. Ife, then, was a regional university, while Ibadan was federal. I chose to go to Ife to read English. The rest is history.

I told my admission story to a senior female civil servant, who approached me last year for assistance in getting her daughter admitted to study law at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko. She listened attentively to my story and replied: “That was then, sir. The country has changed. You have to know somebody who knows somebody in order to get things done.” I’m sure she did not like my next statement: “It’s people like you, who beg around, that caused the country to change”. She was not done: “No sir, it’s the system”.

There really is plenty of blame to go round, just as there are many sharers of the blame, including the students and their parents; the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board; the universities; the Federal Government; and the society at large. But my focus today is the government, which is now like that wild elephant, reported in the media recently, which killed an admirer who wanted to take a selfie with it.

The Federal Government has been known to be the enemy of quality tertiary education in this country.  It has earned that status by (1) over-centralising the institutions, procedures and regulations governing the activities of the universities and then starving them of the resources needed to carry out those activities. Even where some resources are available, such as the tertiary education funds, the procedures for accessing them are again over-centralised.

In a distinguished lecture, titled ‘Education sector in crisis’, given by Professor Ladipo Adamolekun at the Joseph Ayo Babaloa University in 2012, over-centralisation was one of the three major causes of the crisis in the education sector, the other two being implementation failure – due largely to inadequate funding – and the de-emphasis of the value of education, including quality decline in the teaching profession.

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Scandalous footage shows two women performing sex act on man on posh hotel balcony

The shocking moment two women were seen performing a sex act on a man at a posh hotel has been caught on camera. The randy trio were seen getting down to business in full view of neighbouring buildings - including the group that filmed the incident in Chicago. Onlookers are heard gasping as the man and the women carry on with their X-rated show, reports.

One woman watching the scene unfold can be heard to screech: “Oh my god, she wants it.”
A male then replies: “This is great.” The footage has since been seen nearly 400,000 times after it was uploaded onto LiveLeak on Friday. According to the poster, the scandalous act took place at Chicago’s prestigious 60-floor Waldorf Astoria. The five-star hotel has more than 100 rooms and 51 condominiums.

The clip, titled 'Old man having fun on his balcony at the Waldorf Astoria' has drawn hundreds of comments.
People speculated the two women were, with many congratulating the man for the open-air escapades.
One commenter wrote: "Play on player" and another wrote "Living the life."

Monday, July 4, 2016

Skye Bank MD , Top Management Resign As Central Bank Of Nigeria Plan To Dissolve Boards And Management Of Distressed Banks

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

The Managing Director and some top management of Skye Bank of Nigeria today resigned in anticipation of the planned dissolution of the board and management cadres by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which has discreetly worked on removing directors of some commercial banks that have demonstrated a level of distress in the last few months. All the non-executive directors of the bank also resigned in anticipation of a clampdown by the CBN, according to Sahara Reporters .

Sahara Reporters had revealed in November 2015 that at least nine commercial banks led by Skye Bank had issues with their liquidity and had been ordered by the Central Bank to raise fresh capital. The resignation of the management at Skye Bank was a pre-emptive action by the bank to avoid a total clampdown by the CBN as it plans to remove directors in banks with bad debts in the next few days.

I can't enjoy sex with my wife since having an affair at work

I’m a married man who's very much in love with his wife. Until recently, we’ve always enjoyed a good sex life and care deeply for each other. Some months ago I met another woman through work and, following a lot of texting, we ended up having sex. It is very exciting. I now find I can’t enjoy sex with my wife because I either can’t get hard or come very quickly. This doesn’t happen with my girlfriend. My wife is getting concerned. I've tried to end things with my girlfriend but it’s like we’re addicted to each other. How can I get back my old sex life with my wife and keep things good with my girlfriend? Neither knows about each other, and I'd like to keep it that way.

I don’t think I can tell you what you want to hear. It doesn’t seem fair that two of the people in this threesome don’t know of each other’s existence, so cannot make informed choices. And you want that to continue.

The problems described above are not unusual. While some men having an affair are able to have sex with both wife and girlfriend; many others enjoy sex with their lover, but experience difficulties with their wife (either they can't get/stay hard, they come too quickly, or both).
Why you might be having problems

This may be because sex with a lover is novel, taboo and exciting. If you’re not experiencing sexual problems with your girlfriend this might lead you to feeling more sexually confident, which, in turn, is going to reduce the kind of anxieties that lead to sexual difficulties.

If you’re having those kind of worries while with your wife, it’s not surprising you can’t relax and enjoy sex. Plus guilt over the affair may make it very difficult to connect. If you’re fearful of being discovered, and feel your sexual problems will give you away, then this too will add to your stress and worsen erection and ejaculation problems.

You could see your GP to address the psychosexual problems you’re experiencing. Since your sexual problems are person/situation specific, it’s unlikely the problem is physical. A doctor could refer you to a psychosexual therapist (or you could refer yourself) but a therapist would want to help you work out how to enjoy relationships in an honest way for all concerned, rather than colluding with you to help fix your sexual difficulties so your wife doesn’t find out.

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