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Friday, 28 September 2018

Federal Government To Pay Workers Salaries Despite Strike Action – AGFFederal Government To Pay Workers Salaries Despite Strike Action – AGF

Despite the commencement of the indefinite strike action embarked on by the Organised labour, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris has restated his commitment to pay salaries of all workers on the Federal Government payroll in spite of the on-going Labour strike.
The AGF gave this commitment today while speaking to Newsmen at the Treasury House in Abuja.

“We have a standing order from Mr. President to pay workers salaries from the 25th of every month, which we have striven hard to fulfill to Nigerian workers and this month will not be an exception” said the AGF.

Ahmed however said that the payment of salaries cannot be achieved in an atmosphere where the critical stakeholders are not allowed access to their offices. “I must explain that salary payment involves a number of processes that do not begin and end with the OAGF.

There are other critical stakeholders like the Cash Management Department in Ministry of Finance and others who are supposed to do their beat before we can finalise”, Mr Idris said.

“On coming to the office this morning we met the gates of the office locked and wondered how we can keep this promise if we are being locked out of the office. After speaking with the local arm of the Labour in the office on the need to pay salaries, they conceded to allow me and some of my staff in but the Gates are still locked. I therefore appeal to labour to open our gates so that we can have unhindered access to meet their needs”.

The AGF further appealed to the National Leadership of Labour to reconsider their stand on the on-going strike saying that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari more than ever has demonstrated high commitment towards meeting the welfare of the Nigerian Workers.

He therefore enumerated some of the very salient actions the present Government has so far undertaken to improve the welfare of the workers to include:-

i. the payment of over N50 billion for Promotion arrears from 2012 – 2016;

ii. the approval of another N60 Biilion for the payment of Salary Arrears with effect from 2011 -2016;

iii. the President’s recent approval of N22.68 Billion for the payment of pension Arrears to the retirees of the defunct Nigeria Airways workers which has been outstanding for over 14 years;

iv. the President’s approval of N20 billion to meet ASSU’s demand for infrastructure development in both Federal and State Universities;

v. the Federal Government policy of Non-retrenchment of workers ;

vi. Provision of jobs for the teaming Nigerian unemployed youths, especially: the recruitment of over 10,000 Policemen; recruitment by the Army, Navy and Air force; recruitment by the para-military such as the Fire Service, Immigration, Nigeria Prison Service , Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps;

vii. Appointment into Various Ministries, Departments and Agencies;

viii. the payment of salaries to Federal Government Workers as at when due, as well as promotion of workers as at when due.

UPDATED: Pilot Dies As NAF Aircraft Crash In Abuja

Two aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have been involved in an accident.
This was disclosed on Friday in a statement signed by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.

Daramola said the air accident occurred during rehearsals for the Independence day celebrations.

“I wish to confirm an air incident involving 2 Nigerian Air Force aircraft taking part in the rehearsals for the 58th Independence Day Celebrations,” he said.

Daramola did not state if the accident was a collision or a crash.

One of the aircraft was reported to have gone up in flames before it eventually crashed.

The Nigerian Air Force in a different press release later on Friday announced the death of one of its pilots who was involved in an accident.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, made the announcement on Friday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce that one of the pilots who successfully ejected from one of the F-7Ni aircraft that crashed earlier today has passed on. May his soul RIP,” Daramola said.

Source: Channeltv

14 Feared Killed In Fresh Plateau Attack

Fourteen people have been reported killed in a fresh attack in Plateau State.
The incident occurred on Thursday night when Gunmen attacked Rukuba – a resident of the community told Channels Television.

According to the witness, the 14 people comprised of one child, five men and eight women.

Residents claimed that efforts were made to reach security officials when the attack was going on but the officials failed to respond until Friday morning.

In the early hours of Friday, youths of the community took to the streets, protesting against the late response of the military.

They mounted barricades preventing motorists and passers-by from accessing the road, but troops of the Operation Safe Haven moved into the area and cleared the barricade.

The tension has, however, spread to Gada Biu, Katako, Farin Gada and the Jos main market as traders and shop owners have closed to avoid any vandalism by hoodlums.

‘I Was Called Baba Go Slow’: Buhari Blasts Elites For Nigeria’s Challenges

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday blasted elites who he said were silent and allowed the mismanagement of Nigeria.
He said this during a meeting with the Nigerian community in the United States of America on the margins of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The President who hailed ‘ordinary Nigerians’ who stood by him blamed the elite that allowed Nigeria to be mismanaged for 16 years of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration without as much as raising a voice in consternation.

“They didn’t say a word.

“Under the PTF (Petroleum Trust Fund, of which he was Chairman), we did roads from Lagos to Abuja, to Onitsha, to Port Harcourt. Since then, the roads were not done, between 1999 and 2015, yet the elite did not say a word,” Buhari noted in a statement signed on Friday by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The President also took a swipe at those who referred to him as ‘Baba Go Slow.’

He further blamed elites who he said had remained silent since 1983 when corrupt politicians that were jailed by his administration were later set free after he was put in detention.

“I was called Baba Go Slow. Those who were going fast, where did they get to?
“In 1983, military officers gathered and made me Head of State. I packed the politicians into jail, told them they were guilty until they could prove their innocence.
“We seized what they had looted, but after I myself was put in detention, the politicians were given back what they had looted. How many elites complained about that?
“Three times I contested elections; three times I went to court after the elections were rigged against me. No justice, but I said ‘God dey.’
President Buhari then hailed people he described as ‘ordinary Nigerians’ who voted him into power and stood by him.

“It was mainly the ordinary people that stood by me. That is why I am always conscious of them. They are my constituency. 

“Even pregnant women on the queue would fall into labour, go to have their babies, and still come back to vote for me. I will keep doing my best for the country.”

Buhari also promised that if he wins the 2019 election, and he spent another four years in office, “I will leave some difference in that office.”

The diaspora Nigerians who were in the interactive meeting with the President include top-flight professionals drawn from fields like medicine, engineering, sports, the arts, investment, academia, politics, agriculture, transport, education, publishing, and many others.

He told them that, “You are contributing to this great country (America). If you want to help back home, invest in education in your constituencies. If you educate people, they won’t then accept nonsense from anybody.”

President Buhari said the administration has kept faith with its three key campaign promises; to secure the country, revive the economy and fight corruption.

“I’ve tried to do my best since I came.
“Security-wise, we are better. Boko Haram still conducts cowardly attacks, but the insurgency is not the same as it used to be. They are terrorists and have nothing to do with religion,” he said.

The President concluded that his administration will continue to deal with terrorists and war against the insurgency.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Why Eminem’s “Kamikaze” Is One Giant Diss Track

Eminem, one of the best rappers in history (and this is not just a fan’s wishful thinking but a consensus among the greatest rappers in the world) has released a brand new album called “Kamikaze“.
This is the tenth studio album released by the rapper, launched as a surprise on August 31.

The album topped the charts in many countries (it didn’t even make it to the top 50 in Nigeria, though) from Australia to the United States but it has also generated a lot of criticism and controversy… because at times, it feels like one giant diss track.

Diss tracks have been exchanged by rappers for ages – these tracks are forms of public criticism used by many rappers to fuel their feuds with their “rivals” in the scene. With his new album, Eminem has dissed out a series of rappers but he didn’t stop there – he has a few select words for politicians, too.

Rappers dissed by Eminem

In “The Ringer”, Eminem has a few words for Vince Staples, who called his famous BET Awards freestyle “trash”, Joe Budden, who called his track featuring BeyoncĂ© “trash”, Lil Yachty, calling him “not for me”, Lil Pump and Lil Xan for imitating Lil Wayne.

In “Greatest”, Eminem disses Ja Rule (as part of a decade-and-a-half-long feud), Token, who he called unworthy of a response.

In “Lucky You” and “Not Alike”, he disses mumble rappers in general, calling their work “songs about nothin’”, pointing out Migos, he gives Machine Gun Kelly a big dose of dissing, criticising him, among others, for “sneak-dissing” and using sublime messages.

In “Kamikaze”, he disses his fellow white rappers and Drake, in “Fall”, he has a few words for Charlamagne Tha God, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and the list could go on and on and on.

Non-rappers dissed by Eminem
This new album is not only about dissing fellow rappers. Some of the messages included on Eminem’s new album are pointed at politicians and the music industry as a whole.

In “The Ringer”, Em points a finger at the President of the United States of America, reminding him that his freestyle at last year’s BET awards at least made him – and his “sidekick” Mike Pence nervous enough for “Agent Orange” to send the Secret Service to visit the rapper.

In “Fall”, Em points a finger on Pitchfork for giving his album “Revival” five points out of ten, and the Grammy Awards for “sucking the blood” of the music industry, nominating popular artists to various awards and giving them to others instead.

Benue PDP Taunts Akume, Says He’s Desperate,

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue State has described perceived attacks by Senator George Akume on Governor Samuel Ortom as unfortunate and fall short of the standard of conduct expected of a former governor.
Akume, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, at a briefing in Abuja alleged that “Benue State is under siege by the PDP government.”

Reacting, State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Bemgba Iortyom, said: “It is the same attitude Senator Akume maintains towards the person and office of the governor of the state, whom he has variously insulted in public as ‘something he picked from the gutter’.

Akume’s conduct towards the person and office of the governor of Benue State falls short of the civility, maturity and decorum required of his status as a former occupant of that same office, and such should be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all.

“He has resorted to an obviously desperate brand of politics, one which has become quite acute lately, following the departure of Governor Ortom from the Senator’s political stable.

“The bottom line to this is that Senator Akume has chosen to place his quest for continued political relevance above the Benue project, which is what represents the collective idea of our being as a people bound by a common identity, heritage and interests.

“The people are ever mindful of this, and it will be their duty to ensure that the Benue North-West Senator and his Abuja masters and their political interests are rejected at the polls in 2019.
“He has resorted to an obviously desperate brand of politics, one which has become quite acute lately, following the departure of Governor Ortom from the Senator’s political stable. 
“The bottom line to this is that Senator Akume has chosen to place his quest for continued political relevance above the Benue project, which is what represents the collective idea of our being as a people bound by a common identity, heritage and interests. 
“The people are ever mindful of this, and it will be their duty to ensure that the Benue North-West Senator and his Abuja masters and their political interests are rejected at the polls in 2019.”

Flood: Nigerian Air Force Provides Medical Support To IDPs

The Nigerian Air Force has commenced a five-day medical outreach at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Zungeru, Niger State, following the flooding in the state.
Currently, about 1,200 persons are being accommodated in the camp after their homes were submerged and their farmlands destroyed, as water from the Shiroro and Zungeru dams overflowed.

As the government tries to manage the situation, the Air Force says the outreach is expected to complement its efforts, as well as help to reduce the risks of an outbreak of diseases.

Health workers in the camp say malaria, cholera and diarrhoea are major ailments already being presented by the IDPs.

At Least 40 Killed

So far, at least 40 people have been killed with over 100 homes submerged by the flood.

The state governor, Abubakar Bello, says the situation is beyond the state’s control and has, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government to intervene.

With the increase in rainfall and flooding across several states, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to declare it a national disaster.

Subsequently, the agency made the declaration in four states and placed eight others on the watch list.

The four states are Kogi, Niger, Delta and Anambra.

Prior to that development, NEMA’s Director-General, Mustapha Maihaja, had inaugurated five Emergency Operation Centres (EOC) to facilitate prompt search and rescue operations as well as humanitarian support in the 12 worst-hit states.

The Emergency Response Centres will be responsible for planning, organising, directing and supervising deployment of resources with the affected state governments and local authorities and communities.

The primary objective is to localize the responses and expedite intervention to save lives and facilitate quick recoveryr

Diddy Responds Privately To Joe Budden About Eminem's "Killshot" Accusation

The feud between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly may be the hottest thing in the hip-hop world right now but a sub-story from that has been the revisitation of Joe Budden's malice towards Eminem.
The two have not gotten along for years and Budden continues to comment on Shady's activity on his podcast. 

He may attempt to be an unbiased man but when it comes to heated situations like these, his true feelings shine through. At the end of "Killshot," Em makes a claim that the day MGK puts out a hit will be the same day Diddy admits he put a hit out on Tupac's life. 

Obviously, Diddy has not publicly commented on that exact matter but he did hop on the phone with Joe Budden to tell him everything was in control

What he means by that can be interpreted a million different ways but on his latest podcast, Budden said that Puffy told him privately that "it's in his hands.

" The line in question was pretty bold and was bound to include some repercussions. You can't just accuse somebody of putting a hit on a man and expect nothing in return

Whatever Diddy has planned should be interesting to keep an eye on.

Check out the video below where Budden reveals the news and mocks Bizarre for his involvement in the feud.

Soldiers Drain Jos Pond In Search Of Missing Maj. General Alkali

Nigerian troops rallied to flush out Boko Haram rag tag forces in Guzamala
Some Nigerian soldiers are draining a mining pond at Dura, Du District, Jos South Local Government of Plateau, in search of Idris Alkali, a missing retired Major General.

Alkali, former Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters, Abuja, was declared missing on the 3rd of September.

Recruits undergo training at the headquaters of the Depot of the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State in northcentral Nigeria, on October 5, 2017.

He was on his way to Bauchi after leaving Abuja in the morning.

Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Mohammed, Garrison Commander, 3 Division Garrison, Nigeria Army, Rukuba, Jos addressed newsmen on Thursday, shortly after the commencement of the evacuation.

Mohammed, who is the commander of the search and rescue operation, said that after thorough search and investigation, the army stumbled on some intelligence that made it necessary to search the water body.

“In carrying out a directive from the Army headquarters, a thorough search was conducted, hospitals were visited, we searched everywhere.

“Based on credible intelligence, we had to come to this place and we have been here for the last one week.

“We are trying to find three things – an officer, Maj. Gen. Alkali (rtd), who is still missing, his vehicle, a black Toyota Corolla, and also ascertain whether Alkali is alive or not.

“We have credible information that some vehicles were pushed into this river and we have been here for the last three days trying to see if we can salvage something from the river.

“The river is a mining site and therefore very deep. We have used all options but as a last resort, we will evacuate the water from the pond to see what is in it,” he said.

Meanwhile, some 500 women clad in black, protested the evacuation of the water.

Mrs. Mary Yakubu, leader of the protesters, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the water had been part of the community over time, adding that it had “a huge cultural significance”.

“If the water is evacuated, it could lead to the death of our sons and husbands,” she claimed.

But Gen. Mohammed, in a reaction, said that nothing would stop the army from evacuating the water.

“The only thing that can stop us is a directive from the Army Headquarters,” he declared.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Drake And Meek Mill Beef Settled At Drake's Show!!!

8:17 PM PT -- Drake just brought Meek out and as expected, the crowd went insane. Beef officially squashed
It might seem like a long, long time ago when there was no greater beef in the hip hop world than Drake vs. Meek Mill, but tonight that's all officially ancient history ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Meek tell us ... the rapper will join Drake on stage during his show at Boston's TD Garden Saturday night. Drake is currently touring with Migos, and we're told Meek's set to go on in a matter of minutes.

As you'll recall ... the 2 rappers went at it in 2015 after Meek criticized Drizzy and accused him of using ghostwriters. Drake responded with a couple diss tracks, including the huge hit "Back to Back."

Since then, Meek's gone to prison and been released, and publicly stated his beef with Drake was over in May because Drake supported his release. Still, the 2 haven't got together to officially squash it ... 'til now.

BTW, Meek's friend and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin -- who played a big part in helping him get released from prison -- is stoked about the rappers performing together too ... and shared this pic of Meek's wrist with his credentials.

Drake, Kanye West Is Welcome At My Show ... Beef Squashed

Drake's been taking some not-so-subtle jabs at Kanye West recently -- but if Ye follows through on his word to see a Drake show -- Drizzy won't turn him away.
Kanye went on Twitter earlier this week to apologize to Drake for leaving him off "Lift Yourself" ... adamantly denying he spilled the beans about Drake's secret son to Pusha T. Kanye's olive branch -- a promise to attend a Drake concert. Ye praised Drake, saying, "the images (from the show) look incredible online."

Our sources say Drake won't stop Kanye from attending and has made it clear to security ... Ye is not to be banned.

Our sources say Kanye hasn't reached out for tix -- and there's a very good chance he'll just buy his own -- but you gotta imagine, it'll be no secret if Ye is in the building.

As for the fans ... don't bank on any onstage Yeezy guest spots during the show.

Japan Hails Naomi Osaka’s Performance At US Open

Japan on Sunday hailed Naomi Osaka’s stunning upset against the legendary Serena Williams to win the US Open, giving the nation some rare good news after a summer of deadly natural disasters.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led the praise, taking to Twitter to congratulate Osaka after her 6-2, 6-4 win in New York.

“Congratulations on your victory at the US Open. The first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title. Thank you for giving energy and inspiration to the whole of Japan,” the premier tweeted.

Abe was on his way to the northern island of Hokkaido where a massive earthquake last week sparked landslides that buried houses in a rural town, killing at least 35 people and injuring hundreds of others.

Osaka’s grandfather Tetsuo Osaka, 73, lives in Hokkaido and said he wept watching his granddaughter on television.

“It still hasn’t sunk in for me yet. The moment she won, my wife and I rejoiced together. I was so happy, I cried,” he told public broadcaster NHK. 

“I hope she stays healthy and continues her good work. I also hope she wins at the Tokyo Olympics (in 2020),” he said.

Fellow tennis star Kei Nishikori flooded Twitter with emojis of trophies, thumbs up and Japanese flags, followed by a simple tweet of “proud” alongside a Japanese flag.

And Tsuyoshi Fukui, a former top Japanese player and now a senior official at the Japanese Tennis Association, said Osaka’s performance would help to cheer the country up after typhoons, floods and earthquakes dominated the headlines this summer.

Osaka’s “tenacious and patient performance … must have been a great show of encouragement to those Japanese people who saw damage from such things as typhoons and earthquakes,” Fukui told Japanese media.

Meanwhile, NHK took a break from its round-the-clock coverage of the disaster to turn to happier news.

“Osaka wins women’s US Open, becomes first Japanese to win Grand Slam,” blared the broadcaster’s top headline.

Sports Nippon newspaper said Osaka had achieved a “complete victory” against an “irritated Serena who broke her racket”.

The Asahi Shimbun daily said on Twitter it would be printing an extra edition and distributing it in Tokyo.

– ‘Pride of Japan’ –

The final will probably be remembered for a meltdown from Williams who called the chair umpire a “thief” as much as for the 20-year-old’s historic win.

Williams’s tantrum overshadowed an outstanding performance from Osaka, who made her second career title a Grand Slam after winning her first at Indian Wells in March.

Osaka has dual Japanese-American citizenship and often replies to questions from Japan’s media in English, apologising for not knowing the appropriate word when she speaks Japanese.

After earning $3.8 million (3.29 million Euros) for the victory, Osaka said her next goal was a simple one: to win her next tournament in Tokyo.

Asked if she was prepared for the reception she’ll receive as the country’s first Grand Slam winner, Osaka said: “Apparently not, because people keep asking me that.”

Japan remains a fairly homogenous country and mixed-race children — especially those with black heritage — can often face prejudice, although attitudes among younger generations are changing.

And Japanese fans on social media were happy to claim her as one of their own on the day of her greatest triumph.

“Her interview showed that she is clearly Japanese — regardless of where she was born, where she grew up, the colour of her skin and the language that she speaks,” said one fan on Twitter. 
“You are the pride of Japan.”

‘Enough Is Enough,’ Army Vows To Stop Killings In Plateau

The Nigerian Army has promised to clampdown on armed bandits terrorising residents of Plateau State and stop the incessant killings in state.
The Commander Of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Augustine Agundu disclosed this on Saturday while reacting to the murder of three soldiers working with the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven.

He described the recent killings in the state as precarious and an act of lawlessness. He vowed that the troops is set to deal with the situation decisively.

“The peace on the Plateau has been disrupted to a situation that is no longer acceptable. I lost some men yesterday because certain persons have decided to take laws into their hands. 

“I have declared enough is enough. What happened in Barkin Ladi will never repeat itself again. I’ve locked down Barkin Ladi completely and no human being is going to cause further havoc in that local government. 

“Whatever is going on in Barkin Ladi local government, Riyom Local Government, Bassa Local Government, Bokkos Local Government, that is enough. My troops are resolved to bring the situation decisively under control.”

Agundu disclosed further that the three soldiers were killed in action by some attackers who are yet to known. He also lamented over the proliferation of arms in the Plateau.

He urged leaders of Plateau communities to get their youths to decorum so that residents of the communities can go about their business peacefully and without fear.

‘This Is The Worst Government Since 1999 – Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and PDP presidential hopeful, has described the Buhari-led government as the worst government Nigeria has had since 1999.
Atiku who submitted his presidential nomination form last Thursday and hopes to be the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 election, berated the government of the day when he paid a courtesy visit to Ahmed Makarfi, former caretaker committee chairman of the party who is also a presidential aspirant of the PDP.
“You can definitely acknowledge that since the return of democracy, we have not had a worst period than now, whether in terms of economy, whether in terms of unity, whether in terms of security, this is the worst time since 1999. The maladministration of the APC government is very evident, we have the highest record of unemployment since 1999, we have the highest inflation, we have multiple exchange rates that discourage foreign investment. We have the highest level of insecurity since 1999. 

“People are more angry, people are poorer more than at anytime. Nigeria is rated as the headquarters of poverty in the world. This is unthinkable for a country that is endowed with human and natural resources like ours, just because of lack of clear headed leadership and direction, this is where we find ourselves. So, it is obvious that we just have to change the leadership of this country.” he said.

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