Month: September 2014

HIPTV CELEBRATES 324 DAYS OF QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT ON DSTV!

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Africa’s leading media and showbiz company, Smooth Promotions is celebrating 324 days of nonstop entertainment on DSTV and GOTV. As a channel that is a break from the norm, they have taken this day as their one year anniversary.

To commemorate this achievement, Smooth Promotions will celebrate with friends today, Friday, September 26, 2014 at an anniversary event which will hold at the HipTV office in Lagos.

CEO of Smooth Promotions, Ayo Animashaun commented “There is no doubt, HipTV has been phenomenal since its launch on the DSTV and GOTV platforms… Even though we’ve put in a lot of hard work, we still feel privileged to occupy the prime position of re-inventing and refreshing entertainment contents on TV.”

The channel offer rich content on news, events, documentaries, rotations, red carpet events, features, interviews and many more with include Music Everywhere, Trending, The Streetz among many others.

HIP TV is the broadcast arm of Smooth Promotion, Nigeria’s leading media, awards and ideas company, with other properties including Hip Hop World Magazine, The Headies, Street Hop and Veterans’ Nite in its bouquet.

HIP TV was launched in 2007. Six years on, it is widely regarded as the number one music programme from Nigeria, and has been syndicated across several terrestrial platforms in Nigeria.

Airtel Unveils Web Services to Boost SMEs

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dnAs part of efforts to empower Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)to be more productive and profitable, leading communications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has introduced Airtel Web Services, a robust Entreprise solution that offers a bouquet of services ranging from web hosting to document management.

According to Airtel, the new solution is designed to provide a means for small and medium sized businesses in Nigeria to enjoy quality Information Technology (IT) services without the cost burden of procuring, installing and maintaining IT hardware and software.

Also, with the Airtel Web services, setting up basic, yet essential IT services like emails, web hosting, document management and storage, can be achieved with zero initial capital expenditure and minimal monthly expenses.

Commenting on the new service, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to the empowerment and development of SMEs in the country.

“This new offering is a demonstration of Airtel’s robust commitment and support to aid the growth and development of emerging businesses in Nigeria. In this era of globalisation, many small businesses today require strong IT and telecommunications support so as to be able to render effective services to their clients. At Airtel Nigeria, we are more than committed to provide this support always,” he said.

According to Ogunsanya, the adoption of the innovative and affordable Airtel Web Services will empower small and medium organizations to operate with business professionalism and also reach larger target market without huge capital investment in IT facilities. It will also allow them focus on their core businesses.

As an innovative telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has continued to roll out series of telecommunications solutions designed to enhance the growth of SMEs in Nigeria. The telco recently hosted captains of various industries, professionals and owners of small businesses at a well-attended Business Forum in Abuja. The event provided interactive sessions, ideas and business solutions to emerging businesses in Nigeria.

Hepatitis management in Nigeria: A red alert

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hepatitis-b-1-728I find it compelling to call attention to the dangerous state of medical knowledge in Nigeria, as experienced in the last three years of my battling a chronic disease called Hepatitis B. Without prejudice to my respect for professionals in Nigeria, I owe it a duty as a concerned Nigerian to raise a red flag on this.

I was diagnosed with Hepatitis B infection in 2009 after a suspicious doctor subjected me to the test in the process of treating conditions that bore resemblance to malaria in his hospital. As is expected of any educated person (although most educated Nigerians don’t do this, unfortunately), I did further research on the disease, especially as it is a condition that is, for now, more realistically managed than cured. I joined a number of global health discussion forums on the internet and met co-patients, doctors, as well as researchers from across the world where we interacted extensively on the disease. In what I have concluded as the best benefit I have ever derived from that technology called internet, I learnt a lot on the disease. I met people that have been managing the disease for more than 30 years, even as the newly diagnosed join the community on daily basis. From Italy to the United States of America to Brazil and Asia, we shared results of our regular tests and the potency of the management drugs everyone uses, not leaving out the discussions on the latest research results by world renowned researchers in Hepatology. Through the medium, I also met a couple of Nigerian co-patients who, like me, had also stumbled on the online Hepatitis community and we began to discuss our situation and exchange knowledge on telephone. It is an online community I will forever remain grateful to for offering such robust platform that has assuaged the trauma that comes with such diagnosis.

Within weeks, I realised even the doctor that diagnosed me is no longer in the same page with me in our discussions. I changed doctors and hospitals, and the story remains the same. Except two of the consultants I met, every other doctor I met in more than 10 otherwise highly rated hospitals in Lagos knew practically nothing about Hepatitis management, other than how it is tested and a few basic things about it. I find the situation very pathetic. I had been lamenting the situation in private but I find it hard to hold again when my co-patient friend from Abuja called me few days ago to narrate her experience with a doctor in – wait for it – National Hospital Abuja, the nation’s number one government hospital. Now, I know why rich Nigerians travel abroad for treatment for a medical condition as little as headache.

This young lady, whom I met at the US-domiciled but globally accessible online health community and have established contact with to share knowledge and experience in Hepatitis management, had just come back from England where she had gone to do some tests required regularly by an Hepatitis patient, but she found it more than confounding when the doctor could not make any meaning of the tests. The tests: Hepatitis B surface antigen quantification (Hbsag quantification), Hepatitis B viral load, Fibroscan and Vitamin d level. But more unpardonable is the doctor’s statement that Hepatitis B. like A, is caused by intake of contaminated foods. That Hepatitis B and C are transmitted by blood and body fluids as opposed to A that results from taking contaminated foods, is too basic for a qualified doctor not to know.

The medical doctors are not the only ones wallowing in this knowledge gap, it is worse in the laboratories. I have been to the best laboratories in Lagos and was surprised to hear that they have never heard of Fibroscan or Hbsag quantification. Fibroscan is the latest technology to detect at its early stage Liver damage called liver fibrosis and its advanced form called Cirrhosis. No laboratory has this technology in Nigeria and that is the only Liver monitoring test I have not done in the last three years. Hbsag quantification is the test that shows the quantity of the virus in the infected person’s blood, but my experience with the only laboratory that clams to do it in Nigeria is rather suspicious. I paid close to N40,000 for the test in this highly-rated lab located in Lagos, which they told me they will DHL my blood sample to India. However, two things raised serious suspicions about the veracity of this test they said they did. One, when the result was given to me a couple of weeks later, the unit of measurement was left out as against standard practice of stating units, making me to suspect if somebody somewhere had not just sat down and typed something in a paper for me as test results. Two, when I referred my co-patient friend to the place few weeks later, they said they don’t do that test again! Why the abrupt stoppage? I seriously smelt rat with the operation of that laboratory which commands high regards in Lagos.

I have met many doctors that had never heard of anything called Fibroscan before. Most Nigerian doctors still do not know that ultrasound scan can only detect carcinoma but can never isolate fibrosis until it gets very advanced in which case it would have become almost impossible to reverse. This is what Fibroscan does. I am not saying that ultrasound scan is not useful for hepatitis-induced liver condition monitoring, but Nigerian doctors and laboratories will do well by bringing themselves up to date with latest developments in medical technology and treatment.

By far, the most dangerous is the ease with which doctors in Nigeria dismiss Hepatitis and tell patients not to worry about it; that they should just forget about it. The Abuja doctor also said this to my friend, stating that many of his colleagues have it and they don’t worry. It is good to work on patients’ psychology by downplaying its gravity, but what is standard practice in Hepatitis management the world over is to tell patient to run at least blood tests and ultra scan, at least once, if not twice or more, a year. This is important to quickly detect at the early stage if anything is going wrong with the liver. Nigerian doctors’ total discharge of patients they diagnosed and this has led to many deaths from hepatitis virus-induced liver damage in the country. I heard of someone that was diagnosed in 2002 but instead of the doctor telling him to be doing annual check on his liver, he was told to forget about it, that it was harmless. By the time the man was discovered to have Hepatocellular carcinoma (Liver Cancer) in 2010, it was too late as the liver had been irreversibly damaged. He died few weeks later. It was at that critical point that he remembered he was told by a doctor some eight years ago that he had hepatitis virus in his body but should not worry about it. I am therefore surprised that in this 2012, doctors are still telling patients they found Hepatitis on, that they should just go home and forget about it.

It is also noteworthy that the classification into active and inactive carrier matters less in liver watch. Truth, according to world class researchers from top American and European medical faculties, is hepatitis virus can never be totally inactive, it can only be extremely low in activity, so even for people whose status are said to be inactive, they still need to monitor it, at least yearly.

I am aware that in medical practice, there is specialization and the specialists in liver are called Hepatologists, or gastroenterologists who specialise in the whole digestive tract. But not being a specialist in this is no excuse for poor knowledge of Hepatitis management as displayed by Nigerian doctors in our experiences in top hospitals in Lagos and Abuja. I believe whether a GP or not, every doctor should know more than basic about Hepatitis, and indeed all diseases. Nigerian doctors need to keep themselves abreast of latest developments in the field of medicine. They appear to be generations behind in this knowledge. It becomes pitiable when patients in the US know virtually A to Z of Hepatitis, as we encountered in our online interactions with them. Our laboratories and diagnostic centres also need to step up their game. Fibroscan technology should be made available in Nigeria, so that we don’t have to travel abroad for this simple test that costs no more than $300. Same for hbsag quantification test, which is also not available in Nigeria. All these are critical to proper management of Hepatitis.

There is also the need for massive enlightenment about this disease, which though deadly, can be well managed, as I have come across foreign patients that have been managing it successfully for 30 years and living above average healthy lives. I advise anybody that comes across this article not to hesitate to not only screen himself but also carry the message to other people, and if found negative to go take vaccine immediately. Thankfully, Hepatitis B is vaccine-preventable. If found positive, hope is not lost and hepatitis is very treatable. This writer has been managing it since I got to know about it three years ago and by the special grace of God has never passed a night at the hospital. We live healthy live like any other person and also need to adjust our diet and go about our businesses normally, while only monitoring it through regular tests. It is also worthy of mention that being a consumer of alcohol and drugs increases risk of liver damage in hepatitis patients. Early diagnosis of hepatitis will mean putting stop to their intake, but many people that have it but don’t know still continue taking alcohol, making it easier for the liver to cave in. That is another reason why everybody should screen himself or herself.

•Adamu, a chemical engineer, wrote in from 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos via johndeadamu@yahoo.com

Source: Punch Newspaper,Dated March 5,2012

$9.3m Arms Deal: The cash, the jet and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, by Fani-Kayode

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Much ado has been made about recent events in South Africa concerning the Nigerian-owned jet that was found loaded with millions of dollars and that was in the process of procuring arms and a fighter helicopter for the Nigerian military and security agencies. As a former Minister of Aviation, I wish to assure the general public that the flying of large sums of cash by security and intelligence agencies for the purchase of arms in a time of war and conflict is something that is quite normal and that it happens quite often. As a matter of fact, it happened under successive Nigerian governments, both military and civilian.
Obviously in the case of the jet that flew to South Africa with 9.3 million USD, there must have been a breakdown of communication between the South African authorities and ours and a few lapses in procedure here and there which is what has led to the seizure of the money and all the ensuing suspicion and confusion. However, the idea that there was anything untoward or sinister about the whole transaction has no basis in logic, sense or rationality. Perhaps the only failing was the fact that the cash was not declared to South African Customs as is required by law.
The fact that our intelligence agencies have said that they were the ones that sent the money and that they have told us what it was for is good enough for me. It appears to me that this was a lawful and legitimate exercise and that there is nothing for anyone to worry about. I am aware of the fact that the British, the French, the American, the Chinese, the Israeli, the Saudi Arabian and the Russian intelligence and security agencies, amongst many others, have indulged in such covert ”cash for arms” transactions on numerous occasions in different parts of the world.
They either sell such arms at short notice and off the cuff or they procure them for themselves or for unknown third parties. Even the South Africans themselves have done so on numerous occasions in the past.These are legitimate transactions that are covert and secret in nature but they are certainly not illegal.
Such is the murky and dark world of intelligence and security worldwide. There is plenty that we do not know about their day-to-day operations and they have their own unique way of doing things. We should not assume the worst or constantly denigrate them simply because we are not familiar or comfortable with their modus operandi. Suffice it to say that anyone that is in the process of getting arms to help our boys at the war front to fight Boko Haram and protect our citizens and our country ought to be regarded as heroes and not villains.
The attempt by certain elements in the opposition and the Nigerian media to stigmatise all those involved in this transaction and make the whole thing appear like something that is out of the ordinary or sordid and criminal in nature really does nauseate me. Those who know no better ought to appreciate the fact that this is how the real world operates and they should learn to live with it.
The Nigerian intelligence services operate in no different a way to their colleagues in the international community and they do so with as much patriotism, professionalism and commitment as their counterparts from other parts of the world. And yes, we do have our very own ”James Bonds” in our intelligence services even though, more often than not, they are not recognised, celebrated or appreciated. I counsel that we should cut these men and women that work in the shadows and in secrecy some slack and that we should not be too quick to label them as sleazy rogues who are attempting to indulge in all manner of criminal activities.
Gun running
Since we are on this topic, I would like to take this opportunity to say one or two things about the way in which Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has been villified, maligned and treated with the utmost disdain and contempt in this and other matters by elements within the leading opposition party in our country.
The truth is that, contrary to what some of the leading lights in the opposition would have us believe, he is not an arms smuggler, a money launderer, a murderer or a Boko Haram sponsor. Going to a foreign land and telling the parliament of that country that the President of CAN in Nigeria is the head of Boko Haram, as one or two of them have just done, is not only a pernicious and vicious lie but it is also utterly shameful and disgraceful. Worst of all, it is an affront to the Christian community in Nigeria and a reckless provocation.
On the South African matter, it is clear that Pastor Oritsejafor was not the owner of the 9.3 million USD and neither was he aware that the cash was being flown on the plane. Though he has confirmed that he was the owner of the plane, he has also pointed out the fact that he had leased it out to a company on a long term basis who were themselves subleasing it out to other companies for regular trips.
He has also said that he had no idea about who they were subleasing it to, where they were flying it to or who or what they were carrying in it in any of their operations. The two companies that were involved, both the one that leased it from Oritsejafor and the one that subleased it from them for the journey to South Africa, have since confirmed and corroborated what he has said. In my view, that ought to settle the matter. Yet some people, fuelled and egged on by a ravenous and desperate opposition, have refused to let go of the matter and allow sleeping dogs to lie.
Those in our land trying to divide our ranks and denigrate us by alleging that Oritsejafor is involved in gun-running, money-laundering, Boko Haram or any other filthy and unsavory criminal activity are the lowest of the low. They are wicked and cruel and I have no doubt that such people are in desperate need of prayer.
They need deep intercession and deliverance from the demons that have taken control of them and that are using them. The truth is that it is a grave insult to the Christian community for anyone to suggest that the leader of the umbrella organisation of the over 80 million-strong Christian faithful in Nigeria is a sponsor of a vicious and barbaric Islamist sect that has killed and abducted more Christians and burnt more churches than any other terrorist organisation in the history of the African continent.
Stirring the hornet’s nest

The same people may as well tell us that the leaders of the Christian community in Syria and Iraq are the ones behind ISIS. They can also tell us that the Christian leaders in their respective countries are the ones behind Al Shabab, the Taliban, the Al Nusra Front, Islamic Jihad, Al Qaeda, Daesh, and all the other terrorist organisations that have recently afflicted the world with their vile inhumanity, their sheer evil and their venal barbarism.
It is only in Nigeria that the leadership of the Christian community would be accused, by a supposedly serious-minded opposition, of wanting to wipe out the Christian faith, wanting to kill all the Christians and moderate Muslims in the country and wanting to establish an Islamic fundamentalist state where 6th century Sharia law applies, where little girls are subjected to serial rape and where women are enslaved.
Calling the President of CAN a money-launderer and arms-smuggler and accusing him of murder and sponsoring terror will not help to create religious harmony in our country. As a matter of fact, it will completely destroy it. Those that are doing so and the political party that is stirring up the hornet’s nest and encouraging them ought to think very carefully about the implications of what they are doing.
Religious agenda
We know that they have a religious agenda but they should not take this too far or push us to the wall. Our meekness and humility should not be taken for weakness or stupidity. It is in their own interest and in the interest of the unity of our nation for them to leave the President of CAN alone before matters get out of hand and before all hell breaks loose.
He deserves to be accorded the same level of respect from the Muslim community in our country as the Sultan of Sokoto, the leader of the Muslims in Nigeria, is accorded by Christians. What is good for the goose is surely good for the gander. A word is enough for the wise.
SOURCE:  Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode

Kelani Deploys Stage and Film Technique to Shoot Yeepa

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Ace filmmaker,  Tunde Kelani is stirring a revolution. The award winning filmmaker is charting a new path in film production in Nigeria with his ‘filmed play’ Yeepa,  a fusion  of  stage  and  film technique adapted from Femi Osofisan’s classic literature, Yeepa Solarin Nbo.

Poised to preserve some Yoruba literature, he initiated a project,” Retrieval of Yoruba Classics” – drama, poetry, literature, etc, which, he said,  are huge and have always been the bedrock of his past works.
In recent time, he unearthed some of these huge literary resources and took them  to stage.
“These are materials that resonate with me dating back to when I was very young.
I was able to re-produce “The Palmwine Drinkard” originally written by Amos Tutuola, but the production was based on the opera by Kola Ogunmola, and I’m really happy that we were able to achieve it. Incidentally, the Lagos State government has supported us in the overall project of the retrieval of the Yoruba classics. In 2010, I had produced, “Yeepa Solarin Nbo” which the Lagos State government used to celebrate Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary.”
For the third time, the film maker,  who has just wrapped his new feature  film, Dazzling Mirage, due for premiere November 7, has revisited the classic, now as a ‘filmed play’, deploying a hybrid of traditional theatre artistes,  trained actors and a handful of Nollywood stars. The ‘filmed drama’ depicts Isola (Bayo Bankole)  a rascally and unreliable  man who is mistaken for the formidable Public Complaints Commissioner,  Solarin, by the corrupt officials of the Local Government Council. His presence causes anxiety and panic among the officials, and they make desperate efforts to out-do each other so as to pacify the visitor. The flurry of activities to cover their misdeeds  expose  the high level of corruption and rot  prevalent in the local council. Isola is therefore generously bribed and accorded the reception that befits the status of a man of importance. The discovery of the mistaken identity coincides with the arrival of the real Public Complaints Commissioner.
The new direction, Kelani  said,  would elicit interests and excitement in Nigerian film industry, which critics believe, it’s not churning out  new offerings and as a result fails to arouse response or interest of the audience.
“The industry needs more  exciting stories. Productions that are not only stimulating but good enough to elicit huge response from the audience and commercial success at the box office. We really need to swing away from that stale or repetitive stories’  era and explore the richness of our literary resources. That’s why I always emphasize and remind young people that you can’t, for instance, be a good filmmaker if you don’t read, because having acquired the skill to make films, your bank of imagination and fantasy has to come from somewhere. You cannot create something from nothing, it’s not possible.”
In Yeepa, adapted from Femi Osofisan’s Yeepa Solarin Mbo, in  memory of Dr. Tai Solarin, (1922-1994), a  former  proprietor and Principal,  Mayflower School in Ikenne and one time Public Complaints Commissioner, Oyo, Ogun and Ondo States, in 1976, feared for his relentless  battle against  corruption, the ‘filmed drama’ could not have been more apt especially now that corruption has taken a frightening dimension in Nigeria.
In  Yeepa, Kelani,  preserves the stage form and infuses film technique, deploying four cameras shooting in Dream Studio, Ikeja, Lagos and on locations  in Abeokuta.  With award winning film director, Niji Akanni as the Artistic Director, Kelani recalled the intervention of  Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, when he was tinkering with the idea of filming  Amos Tutuola’s Palmwine Drinkard.
“Prof. Wole Soyinka reminded me that it would take a long time to achieve, that why don’t I film it on stage?  I think Yeepa is the guinea pig, an experiment preceeding greater things because I’ve already started to think of other great plays that influenced me and clearly impressed me. I’m already moving  beyond  Yeepa and thinking of something else.”
The robust cast is a fusion of the traditional theatre artists, trained thespians and Nollywood- Ropo Ewenla, Bayo Bankole, Ayo Binta Mogaji, Ebun Oloyede (Olaiya), Toyin Osinaike, Joke Muyiwa, Kayode Olaiya, Monsuru Olajide, Samson Alli, Ibikunle Oladipo, Gboyega Olomodosi, Toyin James, Toyin Omotubora, Yemi Ogunyemi.

To ensure the  theme of the ‘filmed drama’ sinks, Yeepa, will be  screened  in select  cinemas  and communities’ halls ,schools and  not foreclosing private and corporate screenings from October.
In the ‘filmed play’  are injections  of songs that appeal to conscience  and social causes-  Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Je n wi temi,(Don’t Gag Me) and Ololufe,  Ayinla Omowura’s Omi Tuntun, which opened the film.
Already, the film’s poster designed by Timok Abiodun is  going viral online, eliciting comments. With supports from Wiring Africa Ltd, Jide Bello, Yinka Oduniyi, Sola Fijabi and Sulaiman Olaniyan, Yeepa, Kelani enunciated that his motive  is not only reflective but a sum total of who we are as a people in a nation.
” As far as I’m concerned, the theme is like an extension of what I’ve always done, that is looking for socially relevant content, and “Yeepa” certainly fits that description as we prepare for the 2015 elections. Already, you can see the drama playing out and it’s just like comedy. When you look at  all the tension in the country now: Boko Haram in the North, political violence, dwindling oil resources and all that, “Yeepa” is just a comic relief. Let’s laugh at ourselves because we’re all corrupt.”

LIST OF 2013/2014 NATIONAL HONOURS AWARD RECIPIENTS: TAXI DRIVER WHO RETURNED N6M, ABUJA DANCING TRAFFIC WARDEN , JOE OKEI-ODUMAKIN , OMOTOLA EKEINDE , OTHERS MAKE 2014 NATIONAL HONOURS LIST

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The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, has approved the award of National Honours to the following Nigerians and friends of Nigeria, in various categories as listed below:

2013 AND 2014 NATIONAL HONOURS AWARD
S/NO NAMES STATUS CLASS OF MEDAL
1. AIR MARSHAL ALEX SABUNDU BADEH CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF CFR
2. MAJ. GEN. KENNETH MINIMAH CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF CFR
3. REAR ADMIRAL USMAN JIBRIN CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF CFR
4. AIR VICE MARSHAL ADESOLA AMOSU CHIEF OF AIR STAFF CFR
5. ALHAJI SULAIMAN ABBA ACTING INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE CFR
6. HON. JUSTICE BOLARINWA O. BABALAKIN FMR. SUPREME COURT, JUDGE CFR
7. HON. JUSTICE ABUBAKAR BASHIR WALI JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT, (RTD) CFR
8. HON. JUSTICE IBRAHIM TANKO MUHAMMAD JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT CFR
9. HON. JUSTICE CHRISTOPHER M. CHUKWUMA – ENEH JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT CFR
10. HON. JUSTICE MUHAMMAD S. MUNTAKA COOMASSIE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT CFR
11. HON. JUSTICE JOHN AFOLABI FABIYI JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT CFR
12. HON. JUSTICE OLUFUNLOLA OYELOLA ADEKEYE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT CFR
13. MOHAMMED SAMBO DASUKI NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER CFR
14. BUKAR GONI AJI FORMER HEAD OF SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION CFR
15. MR. DANLADI I. KIFASI, OON, mni HEAD OF SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION CFR
16. AMB. AYO OKE DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY CFR
17. HRM OBA DR. VICTOR ADEMEFUN A. KILADEJO TRADITIONAL RULER CFR
18. CHIEF PHILIP C. ASIODU OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVANT CFR
19. BRIG. GEN. JONES O. AROGBOFA (RTD) CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT CFR
20. HRH ALAYELUWA OBA (DR.) JIMOH OYEWUMI A. TRADITIONAL RULER CFR
21. CHIEF KOLAWOLE BABALOLA JAMODU, OFR FORMER MINISTER/ PRESIDENT OF M.A.N. CFR
22. CHIEF OLUDOLAPO IBUKUN AKINKUGBE ENTREPRENEUR CFR
23. CHIEF (DR.) EMMANUEL C. IWUANYNWU BUSINESS MAN CFR
24. JIMOH IBRAHIM FOLORUNSHO, OFR ENTREPRENEUR CFR
25. ALHAJI IBRAHIM ADEJOH IDRIS FORMER GOVERNOR CON
26. HON. JUSTICE OLATOKUNBO ODUYINKA OLOPADE CHIEF JUDGE, OGUN STATE CON
27. HON. JUSTICE ALOY NWEKE NWANKO CHIEF JUDGE, EBONYI STATE CON
28. HON. JUSTICE ISUA IDONGESIT NFEM BASSEY CHIEF JUDGE, AKWA IBOM STATE CON
29. HON JUSTICE NASIRU A, AJANAH CHIEF JUDGE, KOGI STATE CON
30. HONOURABLE JUSTICE HAKILA YALAH HEMAN CHIEF JUDGE, GOMBE STATE CON
31. HONOURABLE JUSTICE KATE ABIRI CHIEF JUDGE, BEYELSA STATE CON
32. ALH. ABDULKADIR SAIDU TAMBUWAL GRAND KHADI, SOKOTO STATE CON
33. HON. JUSTICE AMINA ADAMU AUGIE JUSTICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL CON
34. HON. JUSTICE ABUBAKAR JEGA ABDUL-KADIR JUSTICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL CON
35. DR. PETER ODILI FORMER GOVERNOR CON
36. ENGR. MUHAMMED ABBA GANA FORMER MINISTER CON
37. CHIEF THOMAS IKEOKWUADEM AGUIYI-IRONSI FORMER MINISTER CON
38. HM OBA (DR.) FREDRICK E. OBATERU AKINRUNTAN TRADITIONAL RULER CON
39. AMB. DAN SULEIMAN FORMER AMBASSADOR CON
40. OLOROGUN FELIX O. IBRU BUSINESS MAN CON
41. CHIEF OLUSEGUN OLADIPO OSUNKEYE CHAIRMAN, NESTLE PLC CON
42. HON JUSTICE ALI UMAR ERI FORMER C.J. KOGI STATE/DG NATIONAL JUDICAL INSTITUTE CON
43. HAMIDU GAMBARI ERUBU RETIRED CIVIL SERVANT/ PROMINET EDUCATIONIST FOR OVER 50 YEARS CON
44. JUSTICE OBANDE FESTUS OGBUINYA JUSTICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL CON
45. CHIEF JOHN E. KENNETH ODIGIE OYEGUN FMR. GOVERNOR CON
46. CHIEF TOM IKIMI POLITICIAN/FMR. MINISTER CON
47. AHMAD RUFA’I SANI SENATOR /FMR. GOVERNOR CON
48. HRH MUHAMMODU ISA MUHAMMADU TRADITIONAL RULER/EMIR OF JAMA’A CON
49. ERELU OLUSOLA I.A. OBADA FORMER DEPUTY GOVERNOR/FORMER MINISTER CON
50. MR. MUTIU OLANIYI A. SUNMONU M.D. SPDC CON
51. HON. JUSTICE P.D. DAMULAK CHIEF JUDGE, PLATEAU STATE CON
52. CHIEF (DR.) MICHAEL OLAWALE COLE FORMER PRESIDENT, NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT CON
53. CHIEF (DR.) MRS. ONIKEPO AKANDE FORMER MINISTER CON
54. SEN. NKECHI J. NWAOGU SENATOR CON
55. SEN. CHRISTOPHER BABAJIDE OMOWORARE SENATOR CON
56. DAME VIRGY N. ETIABA FORMER DEPUTY / ACTING GOVERNOR/EDUCATIONIST CON
57. SENATOR IYIOLA OMISORE FMR. SENATOR/FMR DEPUTY GOVERNOR CON
58. SEN. MARAFA KABIR GARBA SENATOR CON
59. UMAR AYINLA SARO BUSINESSMAN CON
60. FUNSO K. LAWAL, OON INDUSTRIALIST CON
61. CHIEF (DR.) THEODORE AHAMEFULA ORJI GOVERNOR CON
62. MALLAM ISA YUGUDA GOVERNOR CON
63. BARR. SULLIVAN IHEANACHO CHIME GOVERNOR CON
64. DR OLUSEGUN MIMIKO GOVERNOR CON
65. ALHAJI SA’IDU USMAN NASAMU DAKINGARI GOVERNOR CON
66. DA DAVID JONAH JANG GOVERNOR CON
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Ebola: Jonathan Appeals To Teachers’ Union To Allow School Resumption

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President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Teachers and other labour unions in the country not stop the resumption of schools on September 22 as the Federal Government has been able to put a check on the Ebola Virus Disease.

Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan

President Jonathan, who was speaking to channels  State House correspondents on Tuesday, said that the closure of public institutions in Nigeria would not speak well of the image of the country.

He insisted that there was nothing to fear as his government has won the war against the dreaded Ebola.

The President commended Nigerians for supporting medical personnel and health workers to fight the disease.

He pleaded that no citizen of the country should be stigmatised anywhere in the world as there were no new cases of Ebola in the country.

He also emphasized that more than ever before, Nigerian borders were more secured to forestall the entry of any carrier of the Ebola Virus Disease from neighbouring countries.

President Jonathan commended the state governors, especially those of Lagos and Rivers states, for their proactive efforts in the fight against the disease.

He assured Nigerians that his administration would not rest on its oars to prevent any other outbreak of the disease.

The Federal Government had shifted ground on the resumption of schools for September 22 after initially moving the resumption to October 13 to curtail the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease.