Friday, 2 December 2016

I Threw Away My Green Card – Wole Soyinka

Nigerian Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka said Thursday he has fulfilled his pledge to throw away his US residency green card and leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidential election.

I have already done it, I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do,” the 82-year-old told AFP on the sidelines of an education conference at the University of Johannesburg.

Parents Chain 14-Year-Old Girl

It was learnt that the parents tied her by the neck and legs for habitually running away from home, which they ascribed to mental illness.

A resident who spoke with the daily said that, “The parents locked the girl up. She is about 14 years old. She was chained naked to the burglary inside the room by the neck and legs.  Policemen came to rescue the girl. Her parents later turned themselves in at the station. They said the girl had been a disgrace to the family.”

Onyeka’s father said, “She

13 Lecturers sacked over sexual offences

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) on Thursday announced the dismissal of some senior lecturers, and the termination of appointments of other workers in Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi.
According to him, the development was the outcome of an investigation following a publication by The Punch newspaper of April 9, 2016, with the title: ‘School Where Prostitutes Assist Male Students To Get Marks’.

Osun State Rank Highest In Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has recently conducted a survey in Nigeria to identify the states with highest record of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

In the survey by UNFPA, Osun State recorded highest prevalence of FGM in Nigeria with over 76.3 per cent.
Damilola Obinna, a Gender Analyst with UNFPA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that FGM was high in the South-Western region of Nigeria in spite of the geo-political zone’s high literacy and awareness rate.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Mugabe in surprise visit to Malaysia

 92-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe will pay a surprise one-day working visit to Malaysia on Friday, the Southeast Asian country said.
Malaysia’s government said late Thursday Mugabe will have a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Razak but otherwise gave scant details on the purpose of the rare visit or the reason for the last-minute notification.
The foreign ministry said it was the Zimbabwean president’s first working visit to Malaysia since 2000, but he has previously visited Malaysia and Singapore for medical procedures.

South Africa students, police clash again

Campuses nationwide including the University of Cape Town, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Pretoria have all been hit by violence, arson and closures.

The wave of protests was triggered by a government announcement that universities would set their own fee increases but that next year’s hikes could be as high as eight percent.

ECOWAS and UN to fight drug trafficking

The agreement was sealed at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The letter of cooperation, which was signed by the ECOWAS President, Marcel de Souza, and Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC on behalf of the two institutions, indicates that they would constantly evolve measures and programmes to check the crimes and develop economic and human development in the region.

WHO develops electronic solution to child, maternal deaths

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed an electronic solution using hospital-based study on 10,000 pregnant women in Nigeria and Uganda to reduce the high labour-related child and maternal death rate in sub-Saharan Africa.

The software, an electronic health solution, tagged Simplified, Effective, Labour Monitoring-to-Action (SELMA) tool, would be built into mobile phones, tablets

52 killed in festival stampede in Ethiopia

Chaos erupted after police charged stone-throwing protesters and fired tear gas, triggering a stampede,

The regional government said in a statement that 52 people had died after panic swept through the crowd of tens of thousands of people, with some festival-goers falling into a deep ravine.

The battle for 2019 - By Reuben Abati

One of the most frustrating things about Nigeria’s political history is how it keeps repeating itself and nothing ever seems to change. The present administration has not yet spent up to two years in office and already the language of politics is dominated by the phrase: “the battle for 2019.” Nobody is talking about the next general election of 2019, but “the battle!” As is crystally evident, the 2019 general elections are likely to end up as one big nationwide war, and this won’t be a war of ideas, but a war of egos, of ambitions, and utter desperation for power.
Perhaps what makes this prospect even more believable is the narrative already being peddled that the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari may decide to