ASUU strike: What I will do when I become president – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, has assured the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, that he will end the lingering strike from his first day at work, if elected the next president of the country.

Atiku made this disclosure in Lagos, Sunday evening, at the Silverbird Man of the Year event.

The former Vice President, lamenting about the ASUU strike, described it as disgraceful.

He stressed that the ASUU, students and lecturers would receive his first attention as president if voted into office in the February 16 presidential election.

He said “I am aghast that as I speak, our students across the nation are not being educated due to the ASUU strike caused by an unresolved debate of about N60 billion.

“If I get the job I am seeking, my first task on day one – along with naming my cabinet – will be to end this disgraceful strike and get our students back to their studies.

“I will also triple the amount the Nigerian government spends on education from 7 per cent of its budget today, not just to the 15 per cent recommended by UNESCO, but to 20 per cent.

“I recognise the value education can bring to the individual and the nation. But even more than that, I want every child in Nigeria to have the opportunities I had.”

Davido reacts to comparison with Wizkid over 02 Arena concert

Popular Nigerian Singer, Davido has joined the likes of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Wizkid as he sold out his show at O2 Arena, London.

Davido with this new feat becomes the second African Artist to sell out the O2.

Recall that Wizkid was the first African artist to record a sold out show in June 2018.

The ‘Fall’ crooner has since stirred reactions online following his new feat, even as some fans compared him to Wizkid.

But, Davido reacting to comparison on his Twitter page wrote: “You all can stop arguing now, it is not about who did it first or who did it alone without help.

“We sha don do am Wetin you don do? ”

Also in a viral video, Davido credited his inspiration to sell out the O2 Arena from his “brother” Wizkid.

Three Nigerian robotic teams set for international competitions

Three winners have emerged from the robotic yearly First Lego League (FLL) Nigeria National Championship hosted by Base University, Abuja.
The competition, which hosted 600 pupils of ages nine to 16, had Team AI Squad from Hillside School, Abuja won the first-place Champion’s Award; team Federal Government College (FGC), Odogbolu, Ogun State, won the second place, while Team Glistobots, from Glisten International Academy, Abuja, won the third place.

The top three teams will represent Nigeria at international tournaments including the World robotic festival at Houston, Texas and International Open Championships in Turkey, Lebanon, Australia and Uruguay.

FLL was formed in 1988 by First and the Lego group for children between nine to 16-year-old to increase interest in science and technology, teach them valuable career and give life skills.

This year’s challenge “Into Orbit season”, which was judged in the areas of project, robot design, and core values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship, requires the teams to research and present creative solutions to the real-world.

Speaking on the Initiative, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said Nigeria has come of age to participate at the world stage in any competition and have shown that they have all it takes to compete at global stage.

“The contribution is well acknowledged and the results of this effort will surely enhance study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) in Nigeria”, he said.

Progamme Coordinator, Olajide Ademola Ajayi, advised students to embrace innovation and critical thinking, while pursuing skills relevant in the future work place.

Ajayi said the future of work has changed, hence “FLL is a powerful experiential learning program through which students learn grit and perseverance in preparation for overcoming future challenges and making wise decisions in life outside robotics.

It instills and fuels passion for learning new skills and gaining new knowledge in readiness for the future of work.”

Director, Technology and Science Education Department, Federal Ministry of Education, Elizabeth Adedigba, said that STEAM is very crucial in the development of any nation.

According to her, capacity building is germane to determining the way the pendulum of development of any nation will swing in the next decade.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to well-meaning Nigerian and other well-wishers of the education to support this initiative of setting the pace for our future generation,” she added.

The tournament is supported by SAP, Irish Aid, NAPPS and was organised in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education (Nigeria).

The event is organised annually by Coderina, a not-for-profit organisation that leverages technology tools and computing pedagogy to foster an ecosystem of students and teachers well-grounded in applicability of computing, coding and problem solving techniques.

Edo begins teachers’ training on coding


Edo State  Government has commenced the training of teachers in public secondary schools on information communication technology (ICT) with Governor Godwin Obaseki charging the teachers to embrace his administration’s reforms in the education sector.

Obaseki gave the charge in Benin, at the official flag-off ceremony of a three-month ICT training, organised for public secondary school teachers by the Post-primary Education Board (PPEB), in collaboration with Azeessworld Technology Ltd.

The governor, who was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Education, Emmanuel Agbale, said, “the state government will continue to develop the competence and capacity of public-school teachers, through training and retraining, so as to better position them for the discharge of their duties.” 

He maintained that teachers, at all levels, remain the primary concern of his administration, and assured, “all policies being implemented in the education sector are designed for the benefit of the students as well as teachers, who are drivers of the ongoing reforms.

“This government believes in developing our teachers. We believe the Edo teacher is the best anywhere in the world, and we will continue to train and retrain them on best teaching practices,” he assured.

Earlier, the Chairman of Post-primary Education Board (PPEB), Gabriel Oiboh, said “the three months training will help bridge the gap between teachers trained in an era when ICT was not available and their students born in the digital era driven by ICT.”

He emphasised that the training aligns with the scientific approach of the current administration to governance, as demonstrated by its adoption of ICT-driven reforms, especially in the education sector. 

He commended the governor for his passion for result-oriented reforms in the education sector and noted that 500 teachers and over 130,000 students of public schools were earlier trained on coding at the ICT centre.

In his goodwill message, the representative of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Evbayayiro Taye, commended the governor and the board’s chairman for their passion for education reforms which he said have transformed the sector and equipped the Edo teacher to be abreast of best practices in the teaching profession.

Meanwhile, the state government has urged unemployed youths in the state to check for new job vacancies published every week, on Tuesday and Thursday, in the state’s newspaper, The Nigerian Observer.

Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Job Creation and Skills Development, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, made the disclosure in a chat with newsmen, in Benin the state capital.

Burnaboy, Davido, Wizkid, make headline at 2019 Soundcity MVP awards [Full List]

The Soundcity MVP awards held on Saturday, January 5, 2019.

The awards which took place at the Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos was graced with performances from A-list artists.

Burnaboy won big as he swept four awards including the highly coveted “Africa Artist of the Year” while Davido and Wizkid got one award each.

See full list below:

Best Male MVP

BURNA BOY- Winner
NASTY C
MR EAZI
OLAMIDE
A.K.A
SHATTA WALE
HARMONIZE
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
DAVIDO
WIZKID

Best Female MVP

BUSISWA- Winner
SIMI
NINIOLA
TIWA SAVAGE
YEMI ALADE
SHEKHINAH
EFYA
BECCA
LADY ZAMAR
MAUA SAMA

Best Hip Hop

M.I ABAGA
KHALIGRAPH JONES
NASTY C
AKA- Winner
KWESI ARTHUR
PHYNO
SARKODIE
KWESTA
FALZ- Winner
MEDIKAL

Best Pop

KIZZ DANIEL
FALLY IPUPA
TIWA SAVAGE
YEMI ALADE
DAVIDO- Winner
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
MAYORKUN
WIZKID
KUAMI EUGENE
MR EAZI

Best Collaboration

MAKHE – DJ MAPHORISA, DJ SIMBA FT MOONCHILD SANELLY
SOCO – STARBOY FT WIZKID, TERRI, SPOTLESS & CEEZA MILLI- Winner
JIBEBE – DIAMOND PLATNUMZ, MBOSSO, LAVA LAVA
KATIKA – NAVY KENZO FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
ISSA GOAL – NAIRA MARLEY, OLAMIDE, LIL KESH
SPIRIT – KWESTA FT WALE
FAKE LOVE – WIZKID AND DUNCAN MIGHTY
CLUB CONTROLLER – PRINCE KAYBEE FT LASOULMATES
SAID – NASTYC & RUNTOWN
AMAKA – 2FACE IDIBIA FT. PERRUZI

Digital Artiste of the Year

DAVIDO
TIWA SAVAGE
MR EAZI- Winner
BURNA BOY
CASSPER NYOVEST
VANESSA MDEE
FALZ
WIZKID
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
YEMI ALADE

Video of the Year

GRINGO – SHATTA WALE
MIDNIGHT DRUM – A PASS, ROUGE, FIK FAMEICA
SHORT N’ SWEET – SAUTI SOL
YE – BURNA BOY
FEVER – WIZKID
SURRENDA – ADEKUNLE GOLD
SCIENCE STUDENT – OLAMIDE
KING – NASTY C FT A$AP FERG
HEAL THE WORLD – PATORANKING- Winner
KSAZOBALIT – CASSPER NYOVEST

Best Group or Duo

DISTRUCTION BOIZ
SAUTI SOL
NAVY KENZO- Winner
MICASA
MAFIKIZOLO
SHOW DEM CAMP
R2BEES
TOOFAN
GOLD FISH
REGGIE N’ BOLLIE

Song of the Year

YE – BURNA BOY- Winner
SHORT & SWEET – SAUTI SOL FT NYASHINKI
AFRICAN BEAUTY – DIAMOND PLATNUMZ FT. OMARION
SOCO – STARBOY FT WIZKID, TERRI, SPOTLESS & CEEZA MILLI
KATIKA – NAVY KENZO FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
MAKHE – DJ MAPHORISA, DJ SIMBA FT MOONCHILD SANELLY
SKELETON MOVES – MASTER KG
ASSURANCE – DAVIDO
AMAKA – TUFACE IDIBIA
KWANGWARU – HARMONIZE FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ

Best New Artiste

KIDI
SHO MADJOZI
ODUNSI
PERUZZI
TENIOLA- Winner
KIDA KUDZ
SHANE EAGLE
KING PROMISE
KWESI ARTHUR
MBOSSO

Viewer’s Choice

YE – BURNA BOY
DROGBA – AFRO B
SOMISO – WANDE COAL- Winner
SCIENCE STUDENT – OLAMIDE
FEVER – WIZKID
SOCO – STARBOY FT WIZKID, TERRI, SPOTLESS & CEEZA MILLI
KUPE DANCE – A STAR
MAGUN (RMX) – NINIOLA FT. BUSISWA
AVAILABLE – PATORANKING
TIWA’S VIBE – TIWA SAVAGE

Listener’s Choice

CLUB CONTROLLER – PRINCE KAYBEE FT LASOULMATES
KATIKA – NAVY KENZO FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
SOCO – STARBOY
YE – BURNA BOY- Winner
WETIN WE GAIN – VICTOR AD
KWANGQARU – HARMONIZE FT DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
FAKE LOVE – WIZKID & DUNCAN MIGHTY
CONFUSION – KUAMI EUGENE
CCTV – KING PROMISE FT. MUGEEZ, SARKODIE
ASKAMAYA – TENI

African Producer of the Year

KILLERTUNES
JULZ
SARS
NAHREEL
NORTHBOI
DJ TIRA
PHANTOM- Winner
SPEROACHBEATZ
FRESH VDM
KEL P

African Artiste of the Year

BURNA BOY- Winner
DAVIDO
SARKODIE
YEMI ALADE
A.K.A
TIWA SAVAGE
WIZKID
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
NASTY C
OLAMIDE

African DJ of the Year

BLACK COFFEE
DJ SPINALL
DJ MIC SMITH
DJ KAYWISE
DJ XCLUSIVE
DJ NEPTUNE- Winner
PRINCE KAYBE
DJ ARAFAT
DJ MAPHORISA
DJ VYRUSKY

UNICEF rates Oyo 5th highest state in female genital mutilation

The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday revealed that six out of 10 women between ages 15 and 49 in Oyo State are victims of genital mutilation.

Representative of UNICEF in-charge of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Dr. Olasunbo Odebode, made this disclosure in Ibadan, the state capital during a public declaration of FGM abandonment by 21 communities in Oyo West Local Government area of the state.

Odebode, who is a Child Protection Specialist, said that mutilation prevalence rate for women between 15 and 49 years in the state is 55.5 per cent which is the fifth highest in Nigeria.

She said the affected females live with the negative consequences of the practice, which undermined their physical, emotional and socio-economic well-being.

She described FGM as a harmful traditional practice, a gross violation of the fundamental human rights of women, which seriously compromised their health and psychological well-being.

Odebode said, “FGM is not only harmful but also against nature as it destroys the wholesome and beautiful way women and girls are naturally created.

“It poses increased risk of infection or prolonged labour, bleeding, still-birth and maternal death during childbirth as well as leaves lasting physical, emotional scars and an irreparable damage.”

She said FGM was a social norm and that people practice it because they believed that others in their community do it.

She urged stakeholders to collaborate in the campaign to end its menace in their respective communities.

State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs. Dolapo Dosunmu said the agency had carried out series of programmes to sensitise the public on the effects of female genital mutilation.

Dosunmu commended traditional and community leaders in the area for dropping the age-long practice.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola, in his remarks promised to support UNICEF and NOA efforts in eliminating the practice in the state.

Oba Adeyemi who was represented by Chief Yusuf Akinade, the Basorun of Oyo Kingdom, charged community heads to sensitise people in their domain on the negative effects of the practice.

Tinubu wants three million votes for Buhari in Lagos

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday urged party members in Lagos State to deliver three million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

Tinubu, who said APC must maintain strong outing in the state, told party members to also vote overwhelmingly for the party’s governorship, National Assembly and state House of Assembly candidates.

He spoke during a meeting with all APC stakeholders, including Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the party’s governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the party secretariat in Lagos.

He urged Nigerians to reject the Peoples Democratic Party in all elections.

He said, “We are still waiting for the official list of candidates from the Independent National Electoral Commission; that is why we have not inaugurated the campaigns.

“What is important at this moment is where Nigeria is going. Here in Lagos, we must maintain a strong outing for the APC.

“We must differentiate between developmental economy and container economy. We must educate our people that we will not accept to get Nigeria corrupt again.

“We suffered 16 years of their failures and empty promises. We in Lagos survived them and we made progress. We are today the fifth largest economy in Africa.

“They do not have the number. We have six million solid votes in Lagos. I challenge all of you, your target must be 50 per cent of those votes for APC- three million votes of the entire six million votes.

“You will do it for Buhari, Osinbajo, senators, governor, House of Representatives and House of Assembly candidates.”

Ambode had during his address promised to work for the success of the party and hand over to Sanwo-Olu as governor on May 29, 2019.

He said, “We are one party and one family. If this is so, we should proceed to make APC to continue to rule at the centre and Lagos State. So, our stakeholders and elders, I seek your solidarity and support for all our candidates.

“This is the way the campaign will go. On February 16, the whole of Lagos will vote for Buhari, while on March 2, we already know it is Sanwo-Olu/ Hamzat that will take over from me in good spirit.”

At Vice-presidential Candidates’ Debate, Osinbajo, Obi Disagree on Economy

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday squared up with four other Vice Presidential candidates in a two and half hour debate where he openly disagreed with the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Peter Obi on the issue of fuel subsidy.

While Osinbajo justified the necessity for retention of fuel subsidy or the pump price will peak at N220, Obi criticised government’s retention of oil subsidy to the detriment of other sectors like health.

Obi also faulted the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led federal government approach to anti-graft war, saying while the government was busy fighting corruption, Nigerian Stock Market lost N2 trillion in one year.

Obi made this disclosure in Abuja at the 2018 vice presidential candidates election debate organised by Nigeria Election Debate Group, NEDB and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) for candidates of APC (Osinbajo), PDP (Obi), Young Progressive Party (Umar Getso), Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (Ganiyu Galadima) and Alliance for New Niigeria (Kadijah Abdullahi- Iya).

According to him “Fighting corruption is not an economic policy. It is not that you can’t fight corruption; you can fight it more aggressively while addressing economic issues.

“For example, in 2015, unemployment and underemployment was 24% , today is 40%. In 2015, we attracted $21 billion in Foreign Direct Investment, we attracted only $12 billion last year. Our GDP was $520 billion in 2015 and per capital was $2,500, today it is under $1,900.

“If you look at our stock market, it has lost over N2 trillion in one year. So, that is no policy, you are not creating jobs, and you are just fighting corruption. You can’t shut down your shop and be chasing criminals.

Speaking further, he said while South Africa capital market stands at $900 billion, as the second largest economy in Africa, Nigeria’s capital market today is only $30 billion, stressing that it shows the shallowness of the economy, because the government in power is not doing what it is not supposed to do.

Commenting on continued subsidy of oil by government, Obi advised government to do away with subsidy saying fuel prices will come down if subsidy was done away with.

He added that ” what we are subsidising today is inefficiency and if you get it right the prices will come down”

“There is no way a country can have a budget of N340 billion for health which translates to N5 a day for each of its citizens and then pay a Trillion Naira for subsidy”.

On his part, Osinbajo said the country at this time cannot afford to remove subsidy from petroleum products.

He said any attempt to remove the subsidy will have a telling effect on the citizenry “who may now have to pay as much as N220 on a litre of fuel”.

Osibanjo explained why the administration suddenly embraced the subsidy policy it opposed vehemently during its 2015 election campaign, stating that it wasn’t a bad idea to operate subsidy since it will help reduce fuel price for the masses.

Osibanjo however took a swipe on the PDP, faulting the argument made by Obi in the area of economy and poor performance of the banking sector saying that while Nigeria fell 64 spaces in the World bank index during the PDP administration, we have climbed back 24 spaces in the last 18 months in ease of doing business.

On what he intends to differently if re-elected, Osibanjo said the present administration intends to improve on what is being done presently.

“Certainly we intend to build on what we are doing that is why we are talking about the next level. At the moment we have moved 24 places up in the ease of doing business. It means that internationally we have been accepted as the top 10 reforming economies in the world according to World report. “One other issue is about the Foreign Direct Investment and of course we have been creating environment, we need to improve on power supply which is one of the critical issues we are addressing, improving transmission assets and distribution assets,” he said.

Osibanjo said that his party strongly believes that investment in infrastructure is very critical to the attraction of Foreign Direct Investment.

He said it was due to the prudent nature of the administration that its able invest infrastructure five times more what was done by the previous administration even with earnings as low as 60%.

The Vice President said at the moment the Federal Goverment has raised transmission assets to 2000 Megawatts, adding that while it inherited 5,000 Megawatts of transmission assets, the country is now able to deliver 7,000 Megawatts of power.

In the area of infrastructure, he said the present administration has done a lot on infrastructure development, especially in the building of rail transport facilities and construction of roads.

On her part, the Vice Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Umar Getso said her party would pursue the restructuring of the economy and improvement critical sectors like healthcare, education, job creation and security.

On her part, the vice presidential candidate of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Khadija Abdulahi-Iya said, “We are going to do devolution of power, we are going to do resource control and constitutional amendment, because those are the structures that affect the endemic poverty that we have in Nigeria.”

New Nollywood movie ‘Two Weeks in Lagos’ underway December 13, 2018

Cast and Crew of 'Two Weeks in Lagos'.

A new Nollywood movie titled ‘Two Weeks in Lagos’, is currently being shot in Lagos.

The film’s director, Kathryn Fasega, disclosed this when she introduced the cast and crew to the media in Lagos on Wednesday.

It features prominent Nigerian actors like Joke Silva, Jide Kosoko, Tina Mba, Beverly Naya, Toyin Abraham, Shaffy Bello, Fathia Williams, Mawuli Gavor, Tina Mba and many more.

Speaking at the event, Fasega who is known internationally for her award winning movie, ‘Treacherous Heart’, hinted that the story line is the first of its kind in Nollywood.

She also expressed delight at the opportunity to direct what she described as a “stereotype-changing love story which is also faith-based”.

“It’s a story about a young couple who meet and go through a lot of challenges,” she stated.

“They talk about my country in a negative perspective. I am doing this to change that narrative. It’s also a love story with a difference because of the characters involved. They are two characters with strong ethics who know exactly what they want,” she added.

Actors Toyin Abraham, Mawuli Gavor, Joke Silva and Beverly Naya, who were present at the event, also shared the unique experiences garnered while starring in the movie so far.

Abraham said, “This is my first time working on a faith based project/Christian film and it has been a lovely experience. The characters have been amazing and it has been fun all the way, the director is very calm and flows with everybody. I love the story because it is simple and nice.”

Naya said she particularly loved the simplicity of the story.

“I have always been a Christian but lately I have been working on my spiritual journey and it’s really serious now, more than ever. When I saw the script, I fell in love with it, I thought I could use my craft to bring people closer to God and this would be a great avenue to do so,” she noted.

The producer of the movie, Inya Lawal, the executive producers, Ambrose Ovbiebo and Miebaka Ovbiebo, and Director of Photography, Ken Attoh, also spoke about the film’s underlying message.

Attoh, a Ghanaian, said, “This would be my first time shooting a film in Lagos. It’s been wonderful because it is me stepping out from my comfort zone. I have had to sit with Kathryn to bring her story to life. The pictures are fantastic, the costumes, the location, everything is vivid. I loved the experience.’’

‘Two weeks in Lagos’ is set to be released in 2019.