Thursday, 10 April 2014
Sani, who is the President of Market Women Association, made the condemnation in her contribution to President Goodluck Jonathan's address at the inauguration of the conference.
According to her, such trend which has had a great impact on socio-economic relationships should be discouraged.
"At the end of each year, banks make millions of Naira, yet they employ young girls and give them unrealisable targets" she said. "Why will you ask a young girl who is somebody's wife, or sister or daughter to go from office to office to look for N400 million in a month? It is not possible. Let us discourage it. What kind of money are we looking for?''.
Sani also frowned at the low patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods by Nigerians.
"If you go to Nnewi in Anambra, there are no parts of a vehicle you will not find there. Instead of buying them, our people prefer to jump into the next available flight to Japan to buy goods" she said. "Similarly, if you go to Aba, you will see assorted shoes made by local manufacturers. Yet, Nigerians will not buy them. But, once the label is replaced with `Made in America', our people will buy them''.
In another development, Prof. Ganiyu Raji, a delegate representing Oyo State, also called for improvement in the country's power sector to promote industrialisation.
Raji pointed out that inadequate power supply had led to the closure of many industries in the country, as well as increased unemployment rate.
He pleaded with the Federal Government to ensure that the national identity card system worked to produce a national database.
Another delegate, Hassan Rilwan, representing Youth Organisations, called for an increase in the allowance paid to members of the National Youth Service Corps.
Rilwan said it should be equivalent to the salary of a Grade Level 8 Step 1 officer in the Federal Civil Service.
"This will enable graduates to save money to start any business of their choice at the end of their service to the country and reduce the level of unemployment and insurgency in the country" he said.
Speaking at the Seventh Lagos Economic Summit, tagged, Ehingbeti 2014, operators stated that the problems were connected, including but not limited to, the challenges of power generation, infrastructure, revenue collection, appropriate pricing and gas supply.
The power sector specialists urged Nigerians to be patient, promising that the problems bedeviling the sector will soon be addressed.
You started out as a secular singer and now you are a prophet. Do you regret the time you wasted doing secular music?
No, the Bible says in all things give thanks. My life is like a story, but I thank God for using me to his glory.
Your encounter with God; how did it happen?
I was in Singapore at a train station and a white man walked up to me and spoke in Yoruba, "do you want God to turn you to a cripple before you do this work? That was the turning point in my life.
Do you have any plan of opening your own church soon?
Well, I have not heard from God to do so yet, but I run a ministry called KINGDOM BUILDERS.
There are several predictions that Nigeria would break up by 2015, as a prophet, do you see that happening?
God is with this nation, so that's a lie from the pit of hell, but some big names will go before that time, mark my words.
2015 is around the corner, do you see Jonathan coming back as president?
Well, God has not told me anything about that but, all I can say is that the man that will turn things around for Nigeria is coming soon. He will be young, but many will go down for him to come and take his place. There is hope for Nigeria. But hear this; the result of 2015 election will amaze many.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
D'Banj was the main attraction and when it was his turn to perform, he exploded onto the stage amid pomp and zest but soon fizzled out and slumped into near- p****graphy with some fans.
He ran out of steam after exhausting his familiar songs in less than an hour and went into what many revellers described as "hogwash".
His opening song was "Fall in Love", followed by "Oliver Twist", "Kukere" remix, "Don't Tell Me Nonsense", "Igwe" and "Why Me". Then he lost the plot.
Neither his scantily dressed dancers nor his swag was enough to sway the majority of the crowd that became visibly restless and disappointed.
So disappointing was his performance that he resorted to X-rated antics with ladies he calls "Kokolates" on the stage, in a bid to kill time.
Among the "Kokolates" was songstress Amara Brown, who jumped on stage and joined in the dirty dancing.
"Let me see all my Kokolates on stage, now shake your boom boom and do the catwalk," he said, amid boos from the crowd, especially men.
Some disgruntled fans hurled insults and obscenities.
D'Banj failed to impress and was the opposite of the Nigerian twins P-Square who performed at the same festival last year and left fans asking for more.
P-Square were even barred from leaving the stage by fans who craved for more.
"This guy should not have been the main act at the show. He has a few hit songs we know that he has performed. Now look at how he is whiling up the remaining time
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The source further told Me that the Imo State-born actor drove the politician round the state for 2015 campaign. He made known that the politician has also opened a boutique shop for the actor along Rivers State college of Art and Science, Rumuola where he deals on men`s wear.
About 10 gunmen were said to have invaded the church and shot the man on the head.
"When the Pastor started his sermon around 11am, about 10 boys came in and went straight to where Ajagajigi sat and shot him on the head," an eyewitness told Vanguard.
"We were shocked and everybody was jittery as the service ended abruptly.
"Some people, especially, the elderly people, are still in shock as I am talking to you now.
"No one can say anything about his death. He is not a politician. If he were one, we would have thought that his political opponents carried out the act. The church has been deserted, except some few people who were with the Pastor."
A resident of the area however said the septuagenarian's death may not be unconnected with legal matters he had with some people.
"Otunba is not a politician. But he had issues to settle with some people.
"I know that he has a lot of cases in various courts and from my little observation we cannot rule out a connection between those cases and this incident," said the resident.
Survived by six wives and over 20 children, Otunba Okuneye's remains has been deposited at Ijebu-Igbo General Hospital's mortuary.
Ogun State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident, saying investigation had commenced to unravel the reason behind the assassination.