Thursday, 17 August 2017

Kwara State Bans Strip Clubs & Nude Parties In Hotels

Kwara House of Assembly on Wednesday announced the prohibition of strip clubs or Nude parties in all government and privately-owned hotels operating in the state.

The assembly gave the order in its resolution after adopting a motion entitled: “Banning Nudde Parties in Hotels in Kwara’’ moved by the House Leader, Hassan Oyeleke (APC, Esa Sawo).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the assembly had at a previous plenary drilled the management of the state-owned Kwara Hotel and operators of eight other hotels over allegation of operating strip clubs.

All the lawmakers, who contributed during the debate on the motion, condemned the act.

The Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, while reading the resolution of the House on the motion, directed all hoteliers in the state to desist from organising such clubs.

Ahmad advised all hoteliers to acquire Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) sets to monitor activities in their hotels and assist security agents in arresting any individual or group perpetrating such evil acts.

He also directed the state Hospitality and Tourism Development Board to implement its operation “Show Your Identification Cards’’ by hoteliers and lodgers as a way of ensuring sanity.

The speaker directed the state government to empower relevant agencies to carry out periodic supervision of the activities in all existing hotels in the state as a way of checkmating the unholy acts.

He said that all hotels in the state should register with the Association of Hotel Owners for proper monitoring of their activities.

Bobrisky Shows Off The Interior Of His ‘N12m Home’

According to Bobrisky, he spent N12m on the interior decoration of his house. He also showed off dollar bills and a man who allegedly gave him N1m for his birthday.

NB: Ladies check if that's your man... probably from the shirt or jeans ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”

FG Lifts Ban on Post-UTME Screening by Universities

The Federal Government has lifted the ban on the controversial examinations usually organised by universities in Nigeria for admission seekers after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

The Federal Government had last year ordered the scrapping of post-UTME for candidates.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Guardian in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said universities could now organise post-UTME as a pre-condition to gaining admission into universities in the country.

The minister, who however urged university authorities to make the fees for the screening affordable and not to impose huge financial burden on the parents, said: “We are going to allow universities to organise post-UTME if they want.

We have asked them not to impose huge financial burden on the parents. The burden should not be more than what they can bear.” Adamu said that the Federal Government had stopped the scrapping of the examination to fully understand what was going on in universities, adding: “We are now wiser.”

The minister, who expressed confidence in the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), said the management of JAMB had remitted N5 billion to the Federal Government coffers, which happens to be the highest so far in the last 40 years of the board’s existence.

He said: “Since JAMB was established more than 40 years ago, the total amount it has given government was N200 million, but in one year, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has remitted N5 billion to government.

“The new JAMB registrar has been correcting many anomalies in the board. Within a year, he has been able to stop all the untold things that were happening there.”

The First Thing I Will Do When I Buy Arsenal Is To Fire Wenger’ – Aliko Dangote


Nigerian billionaire, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who is valued at £10 billion by Forbes earlier this year, and has publicly expressed his desire to buy Arsenal Football Club, has already planned to sack Arsene Wenger if his long-promised takeover at the Emirates is successful.

While speaking in an interview with Bloomberg, the Africa’s richest man, who for several years, saw an initial bid to join Arsenal’s hierarchy collapse, once more affirmed his desire to invest in the north London side once he completes a major oil refinery project in the Nigerian capital of Lagos.

Dangote said; “The first thing I would change is the coach. He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck.”
It is not the first occasion in which Dangote has promised major upheaval at the Emirates, making similar comments about Wenger in May 2015.

The Arsenal manager would fear no such challenge from current majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, with whom he agreed a two year contract extension at the end of last season.

Kroenke insisted in May that he was a “committed, long-term investor” in Arsenal after his company had rejected a £1 billion takeover bid from Alisher Usmanov, who owns a 30 per cent stake in the club.

The offer valued Arsenal at £2bn and Dangote is convinced he could tempt Kroenke and Usmanov into selling up.

Dangote said; “If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away. Someone will give them an offer that will make them seriously consider walking away. And when we finish the refinery, I think we will be in a position to do that.”

Dangote, an Arsenal fan since the mid-1980s, had been in talks with then-shareholder, Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith about a deal seven years ago but saw a deal fall apart.

The commodities tycoon is worth nearly £4bn more than Kroenke though his wealth has been eclipsed by Usmanov in recent years.

Donald Trump Sacks His Nigerian Special Adviser

Nigerian born international CEO, Adebayo Ogunlesi

Nigerian born international CEO, Adebayo Ogunlesi has now ceased to be an adviser to embattled US President Donald Trump. Trump sacked him today along with other distinguished CEOs counselling him via two councils on how to “Make America Great Again”.

Trump sacked Ogunlesi on Twitter, when he announced the dissolution of two business advisory councils, in one fell swoop.

Ogunlesi was a member of the Strategic and Policy Forum, one of the two disbanded by the unpredictable president. The other group was the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative Council.

Ogunlesi, heads Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm and one of Fortune 500 companies. He was the only African on the panel.

The New York Times reported before Trump’s tweeted dissolution, that members of Ogunlesi’s panel were debating dissolving the body entirely as Trump wallowed deeper into bigotry quagmire. But Trump preempted their move.

“Corporate leaders had hoped that President Trump would help businesses by slashing taxes and gutting regulations. It is not clear how much he will deliver on that score. On top of that, he is putting many chief executives in the position of answering for a president with an unparalleled track record of outraging people, most recently at a contentious press conference on Tuesday when he drew a false equivalence between the white supremacists who protested in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and counter-protesters.”, NYT reported.

Trump had earned rebuke and isolation from business leaders for supporting racial bigotry, White Supremacists and the KKK, following his remarks that failed to blame the tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on the groups. Instead, he blamed all the sides and the group that challenged the racists.

The leaders of three companies — Kenneth Frazier of Merck, Kevin Plank of Under Armour and Brian Krzanich of Intel — were the first to resign from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative Council.

They resigned on Monday because Mr. Trump was slow to condemn the white supremacists during the weekend and blamed “many sides” for the violence.

When Trump moderated his tone on Monday by saying “racism is evil” and also condemned neo-Nazis, he did not assuage some of the CEOs working with him.

Scott Paul, the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, an organization backed by the steel industry and the United Steelworkers resigned. He was followed on Tuesday by Richard Trumka and Thea Lee, the president and deputy chief of staff for the union group A.F.L.-C.I.O. The latter’s resignation followed Trump’s reversed position at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York, in which he said that “not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” referring to the white nationalists who were chanting Jews will not replace us as they marched with tiki-torches.

Ogunlesi’s Strategic Forum, composed some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders.

Members of the body were expected to meet with Trump frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the president implemented his plan to bring back jobs and “Make America Great Again. ”

The other members of the forum were:

1. Stephen Schwarzman (forum chairman), chairman, CEO, and cofounder of Blackstone
2. Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners, former commissioner of the Securities and         Exchange Commission
3. Mary Barra, chairwoman and CEO, General Motors
4. Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
5. Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
6. Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock
6. Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
7. Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
8. Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
9. Jim McNerney, former chairman, president, and CEO of Boeings
10. Ginni Rometty, chairwoman, president, and CEO of IBM
11. Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in economics at the Hoover             Institute, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
12. Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO, EY
13. Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO, General Electric
14. Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winner, vice chairman of IHS Markit

Apart from being managing partner of Global Infrastructure Partners, Ogunlesi also serves on the boards of Callaway Golf Co. and Kosmos Energy Ltd.

At the same time he is the chairman of Africa Finance Corp. and serves on the boards of various not-for-profits ranging from New York Presbyterian Hospital to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

JENIFA'S DIARY: OAU Student Uses Funke Akindele’s English As Project Topic (Photo)

We heard that a final year student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in her project analyzed Funke Akindele’s (Jenifa) English, in the hit TV show, Jenifa’s Diary.

The project topic is titled: ”A Linguistic Analysis Of Jenifa’s English In Jenifa’s Dairy,” By Olosunde Aderonke Oyindamola.

ASUU STRIKE: We Promised Something And We Didn't Fulfill It - Nigerian Government

The federal of Nigeria has admitted that it failed to meet its part of the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities last year, which led to the ongoing industrial action declared by the union.

However, according to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, the government was not happy that ASUU embarked on the strike without following due process by giving adequate notice.

Adamu spoke with State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said he would be meeting with leaders of the union on Wednesday evening or on Thursday.

He expressed optimism that some agreements would be reached at the meeting and the strike would be called off as soon as possible.

The minister said, “It is very sad that I am here and ASUU is on strike. Late last year, we had a meeting because ASUU gave one week notice of strike and we were able to work out some agreement.

“I must confess that government has not fulfilled its part of the bargain. Though we are unhappy that ASUU went on this strike without following due process and giving us good notice, we realised that we promised something and we didn’t fulfill it.

“I hope I will be meeting them later today (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday) and I am sure we will be able to reach some agreement so that the strike will be called off as soon as possible.

“I am sure you are aware of the issues we agreed on. There is the issue of re-negotiation which is the only one they agreed government has done what it promised because we set up the re-negotiation team and negotiation is already ongoing.

“There is the issue of Earned Allowances and I think because of some miscommunications, what we promised could not be done, but am I assuring ASUU and the whole nation that this is going to be done.

“There is the issue of registration for Nigerian Universities Pension Commission. I think on that one, there are a few issues that need to be sorted out with the Nigerian Pension Commission. I believe there will be no problem with that.

“On the issue of their staff school, I think the court has given them verdict to go ahead with it. They have requested that they should be allowed to stay off TSA and I think the government will not do this.

“But there are some peculiar funds in the university like endowment which are monies kept and all the interest they generate, prices and so on are given.

“Government will exempt that one only. But universities are part of the peculiarities. They just must log on. I hope later on when I meet them today, there will be total agreement.”
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