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Month: March 2019

Africa needs to protect itself against vulnerabilities: ECA Director

Business, Health
Adam Elhiraika, Director of the Macroeconomics and Governance Division of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has urged African countries to evolve policies that can help build sustainable development goals and aspirations of Africa’s Agenda 2063. . The post Africa needs to protect itself against vulnerabilities: ECA Director appeared first on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Akeredolu Creating LCDAs To Share Ondo’s Resources Among Cronies, Says Group

Politics
A human rights group, the Sunshine Liberation Front (SLF), has kicked against the plans of Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, to create Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state. According to the group, the idea proposed by Akeredolu was to "play politics and score cheap political points" in the bid to “curry undeserved political favours and share the finances of the state among cronies penned for the slots”. A statement signed by Akinyele Akinwale, coordinator of the group, and obtained by SaharaReporters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Wednesday, rejected the proposal, noting that the creation of the LCDAs in addition to the existing 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, is a “mischievous" act. He said Akeredolu was planning to create LC

EXCLUSIVE: How Ajimobi Lost His Bid To Install His Principal Private Secretary As Next Oyo Speaker

Politics
Had Abiola Ajimobi, the outgoing Governor of Oyo State, won his Oyo South senatorial election, he would have gone all out to ensure the emergence of Seyi Adisa, his 34-year-old Principal Private Secretary, as Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly. However, Ajimobi lost the election, polling 92,579 votes while Kola Balogun, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 105,720, meaning the speakership project was well and truly over even before it had actually begun.  Had he won, though, there would have been one final hurdle: Adebayo Adelabu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state, would have kicked against it, as he wanted Asimiyu Alarape, a former Speaker of the assembly between 1999 and 2003, who had also been a member of many politi...

After Failing To Conduct LG Polls For Two Years, Akeredolu Set To Create LCDAs As ‘Sweet Juice’ To Loyalists

Politics
In an apparent move to compensate many party loyalists who are yet to get any "sweet juice" in his two-year-old government, Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has shown his intention to create some Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state. The decision to create the LCDAs is coming after Akeredolu was lambasted for failing to conduct elections into the council areas of the state.  Making his intentions known in Ode-Irele, Irele Local Government Area of the state, on Monday, Akeredolu said the LCDAs would help bring people of the grassroots closer to the government at the centre.  SaharaReporters gathered that the Governor was visiting some towns in the state for a "thank you visit" to kick off his statewide tour when he declared his intentions. He said the LCD...

Combatting Rogue Pastors and Commercialization in South Africa By Leo Igwe

Breaking News
The title of a local movie, the Fake Prophet, that was distributed in Nigeria as part of the campaign against child witchcraft accusation in the country, made me curious. Those behind this project had the best of intentions- to educate and enlighten people regarding the fraudulent claims by witch branding pastors. They wanted to expose the tricks of self styled men and women of God, the manipulations of clerics who claimed to have supernatural powers and employ such pretensions to deceive, abuse and exploit gullible folks. Still that the title of this film did not sit well with me and constantly agitated my mind. Too many times I queried: What does a fake prophet mean? Is that not a tautology? Which prophet is not fake? Are there genuine prophets and prophecies? Can one reall...

A Giant Called Pius Adesanmi By SOS/Sonala Olumhense

Breaking News
Sonala Olumhense Syndicated Sonala Olumhense Syndicated I never met Pius Adesanmi, the remarkable Nigerian icon who died in the Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 Max crash last weekend. But we were part of an NVS editorial board for a while, and I read much of his writings.  I knew his spirit.  And his heart. It is why I understand why his death has hit so many people so hard and so personally that there are remembrances being held in so many places around the world.   Sadly, those who lose the most by his passing, particularly Nigeria’s poor and exploited, did not know him.  And ironically, those who gain the most will be the scavenging and ruthless social and political manipulators that were at the receiving end of his work, wit and wisdom. It is good, then

I Have No Reason To Resign From PDP At This Time, Says Jonathan

Breaking News
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has debunked the report that he has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He stated this in response to a report that he purportedly granted an interview to a certain Nigeria News Agency (NNA), which quoted him as dumping the party. However, a statement issued by Ikechukwu Eze, the former President’s media adviser, on Sunday, referred to the report as “fake”. The statement read: “Obviously, this is a fabrication borne out of mischief as the publishers of the fake story claimed that the former President made the statement while being interviewed by Nigeria News Agency, (NNA). “There is absolutely no way the former President could have spoken to a non-existent news agency, as none in the country goes by that name. “For the a