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No substitute to Nigeria’s unity – Ambode

…Underscores need for remembrance of fallen heroes
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday stressed the need for the continuous remembrance of the fallen heroes who laid their lives for the unity of the country, saying that the country must remain united to celebrate and honour them.


Speaking after performing the laying of wreath and release of pigeons in commemoration of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, Governor Ambode said the import of the celebration could not be overemphasized as it signified the great sacrifice put in by the fallen heroes to ensure the unity of the country. Read more

Photo News: 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day

President Buhari participates at the Wreath Laying to Mark the end of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations at the National Arcade, Eagle Square Abuja on 15th January, 2017.


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2017 Budget: We’ll consolidate on our modest achievements – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday signed the N812.998bn Y2017 Appropriation Bill into Law, with a promise that it would be judiciously implemented to consolidate on the modest milestones recorded in the last 18 months and propel the State to a path of prosperity.

The Governor, who spoke at a brief but impressive ceremony, held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said the 2017 budget, christened, “Golden Jubilee Budget” was his administration’s contract with Lagosians to continue to build an all-inclusive economy throughout the year.

The Governor thanked the Speaker and members of the House of Assembly for their forthrightness and speedy consideration and approval of the Appropriation Bill, which he presented to the House on November 29, 2016 and was passed to Law on January 3, 2017. Read more

Say Hello 2017, with special fares from Emirates

Airline is offering special fares from Nigeria i.e. Lagos to select destinations around the world

Emirates is offering Nigerian travellers special Economy Class and Business Class return airfares to a range of exciting destinations across its global network.

Those wanting to visit family or friends, or see and experience a new and exciting destination, can take advantage of this limited time offer by booking between 9th January and 18th January 2017. Travel must take place between 16thJanuary and 15th June 2017. Further terms and conditions apply.

Economy Class fares from Lagos to Dubai for example start from USD800, to Beirut from USD776 and to Manchester from USD911, while return Business Class fares to Dubai starts from USD2,896, to Beirut from USD2887 and to Manchester from USD2993. Read more

With God, Lagos’ll continue to experience steady growth – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday attributed the steady growth of the State in all sectors to God’s intervention, just as he said that with divine direction, the State will continue to experience pleasant surprises all year round.

Speaking at the special Thanksgiving Service to usher in the New Year held at the Lagos House in Ikeja, Governor Ambode recalled the bleak economic outlook predicted for 2016 and his assurance that the State would against all odds make appreciable progress, saying that with God’s guidance, the State witnessed quantum leap in major sectors of the economy.

The Governor said: “Exactly a year ago, we were gathered here. Recall as part of my wishes, I had stated that despite the bleak economic outlook predicted in many quarters, Lagos State will grow in leaps and bounds and be prosperous.

“No doubt, God has been faithful. As we covert greater prosperity for all of us here and the State this year, we are confident that our God will never fail us. Lagos State will witness pleasant surprises in every sector in 2017. We are determined and God willing, we shall continue to achieve an all-inclusive progress and prosperity in the State. Read more

Pastor Adeboye remains General Overseer, RCCG Worldwide, Pastor Obayemi to head RCCG NIGERIA

It is no longer news that at the RCCG Annual Ministers Thanksgiving this morning, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, announced his retirement as the Overseer of RCCG in Nigeria.

Pastor E A Adeboye, General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Worldwide

This is sequel to the new legal requirements set up by the Financial Regulations Council, guiding all registered churches, mosques, CSOs. They now have a maximum period of twenty years to lead their organizations. In retirement, they are not permitted to hand over to their families.

RCCG NIGERIA is now to be headed by Pastor Joseph Obayemi, as Pastor Funsho Odesola will serve as the new Church Secretary while Pastor Joseph Adeyokunu, is the new Church Treasurer. Read more

Update: RCCG 2017 fasting & prayers -11th January to February 19th (40days)

“Shalom beloved family. The RCCG 2017 Fasting begins 11th January to February 19th (40days). From 12midnight to 6pm. Praying twice a day. Morning at devotion and 5pm at the churches. If you want to do it day and night without breaking (just liquid) it will be for 20days.

Major prayer point will be praising God and asking God for Grace to please Him in every way possible this year.” – Pastor E. A. Adeboye

PRAYER POINTS: RCCG 2017 fasting & prayers: 11th January to February 19th http://www.mutiuokediran.com/blog/?p=13992 (FULL GUIDE) Read more

President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year Message to Nigerians, January 1, 2017

My dear Compatriots,

I am happy to welcome you to the beginning of a New Year in our beloved country Nigeria.

I felicitate with you today at a time when our nation is witnessing a new and impressive turnaround in our security and socio-economic situation.

I know you will join me to, once again, congratulate the heroic and gallant efforts of our military and other security agencies on their remarkable successes to rid the nation of terrorism.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Following the successful capture of Sambisa Forest, spearheaded by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, we have entered a new phase in our battle against our common enemy, Boko Haram.

When we see our beloved 21 Chibok girls reuniting with their families and community for Christmas, it gives us the hope that those who are still in captivity will one day return to the loving arms of family, friends and well-wishers.

I urge all Nigerians to be on the alert and watch out for strange figures settling in their communities, and report to the nearest security agencies, as our armed forces intensify the pursuit of fleeing terrorists from the captured Sambisa Forest.

Misguided elements who decided to take up arms against constituted authorities must be brought to face the full weight of the law.

The support of all Nigerians to security agencies to enable them successfully execute their mandate is crucial in our bid to effectively secure our country. Read more

Funmi Iyanda’s (@funmilola) Change-A-Life Annual TV Show hosts 2017 special edition #changealifeng

….host a panel discussion with key players in the entertainment, politics/governance, power, manufacturing/production and technology.

…airs live on Sunday, January 1, 2017 from 9am on the NTA Network.

 

On the 1st of January 2017 from 9am on the NTA Network, CAL returns with the T.V show, bigger and better. The show will host a panel discussion with key players in the following sectors: entertainment, politics/governance, power, manufacturing/production and technology.

The panellists will discuss the strides that have been made in advancing these sectors in Nigeria as well as mishaps and give their projections, hopes and suggestions for the future. The show intends to raise awareness on happenings in the society and also encourage everyday individuals to make little personal changes and continuous acts of kindness to help change lives.

In the words of Leyman Gbowee, ‘We must ignite the spirit of Ubuntu – I am what I am because of who we all are’.

The show will end in a New Year’s Day celebration with Change-A-Life’s beneficiaries to put a smile on the faces by providing them with gift items. Read more

Ambode, Bagudu launch LAKE RICE in Lagos

… 50kg bag for N12,000; 25kg for N6,000; 10kg for N2,500
…This is a historic moment for Lagos, Kebbi, says Lagos Gov

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and his Kebbi State counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu on Wednesday launched the much anticipated Lagos-Kebbi Rice christened LAKE RICE, saying that the partnership which culminated into the launch was not only designed to ensure food security but showcase the ability of Nigeria to become a producing nation.

Speaking at the launching ceremony held at Lagos House in Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the development was a great and historic moment for both states and Nigeria, as the rice would not only be sold at highly reduced price, compared to what obtains in the market, but is also very fresh and safe for consumption.

“Today is an historic day for Lagos and Kebbi States. In March 2016, we signed an MOU with an understanding that we, being proudly Nigeria, we want to come out with what is made in Nigeria and what is good in Nigeria. We took all that President Muhammadu Buhari said that we need to grow our food and we decided that we will prove a point and that is what today is all about.

“LAKE RICE is of good quality. The major difference between LAKE RICE and the ones imported is that the imported has a minimum storage of five to six years storage life span, but LAKE RICE is fresh,” the Governor said. Read more

Despite recession, Lagos generated more revenue in 2016 – Ambode

…As Tinubu, Aregbesola, ex-govs grace special evening with gov

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday hailed tax payers in the State for performing their civic obligations faithfully, saying the State recorded more Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2016 than what was recorded in 2015 despite economic recession in the country.

As at December 16, 2016 the State had raked in N287billion IGR for the year under review as against N268.2billion generated in 2015.

Speaking at a special evening of music and camaraderie held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, to usher in the Yuletide season, Governor Ambode said the taxes paid by the people have been judiciously utilized to upgrade infrastructures and provide various services, just as he said that Lagosians deserved to be appreciated for cooperating with government in that regard. Read more

President Buhari at the wedding ceremony of his Daughter, Zahra

President Buhari at the Wedding ceremony of his Daughter Zahra in Abuja on 16th December, 2016.

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Buhari at 74: Peace shuttle in birthday week by Femi Adesina

What a helluva week for a man who turns 74 today. In one day, in his birthday week, he flew from Abuja to Monrovia, from there to Freetown, and then to Banjul, in The Gambia. He held meetings lasting many hours, then flew to Freetown, again to Monrovia, and then returned to Abuja by 3.20 a.m. In the afternoon of that same day, when most of those who travelled with him would have given anything to be in slumberland, he presented the 2017 budget proposals to the National Assembly. If I am lucky to live to that age, I don’t wish to run such punishing schedule.

But for that reason was Muhammadu Buhari born on December 17, 1942, in Daura, present day Katsina State. For that reason he came to the world. To serve humanity, serve his country, and make a huge difference. He was sent here to show that it is possible to be squeaky clean, play according to the rules, and live for others, not for primitive accumulation.
The word came out on Monday, a public holiday. We were headed for Gambia the next morning, and we must set forth at dawn. For we were returning to Abuja the same day. By 6 a.m, we were on the way to the airport. A few minutes past 7 a.m, the great bird lifted into the sky. The peace shuttle had begun. Read more

President Buhari in the Gambia to hold talks with Jammeh #GambiaDecides

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Banjul, The Gambia this morning to meet with the country’s President, Yahya Jammeh, who lost the presidential election penultimate week.

The Nigerian leader, who arrived together with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, who is the current Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra-Leone, were received at the airport by Gambia’s Vice-President, Isatou Njie-Saidy. Read more

President Buhari calls for peaceful elections in Rivers

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for peaceful and orderly conduct in the federal and state legislative rerun elections in Rivers State tomorrow.

The President urges all political parties, their candidates, other stakeholders and the people of the state to ensure that the polls are conducted without rigging, violence and intimidation of opponents and electoral officials.

President Buhari reminds politicians and their supporters in Rivers State to put the higher interest of the people of the state in mind, as they go to the polls on Saturday. Read more

GTBank, British Council unveil first Outdoor sculpture by Yinka Shonibare in Lagos

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has partnered the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, to sponsor the installation of the Wind Sculpture VI by renowned British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare MBE in Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Ikeja, Lagos.

The installation of the Wind Sculpture VI will be the first time that Shonibare’s work has gone on public display in Nigeria. The fibreglass artwork, six metres high by three metres wide, forms part of a series of important large-scale works that marked a new departure for Yinka Shonibare by working in fibre-glass and steel. Using these materials, Shonibare investigates the shifting movement of wind passing through fabricand through these grand sculptures, he encapsulates the sheer volume of wind three-dimensionally with exquisite dynamism. As part of the unveiling of the sculpture, Shonibare will give a talk to students and attend a screening of his work at the site of the installation. Read more

Education remains a vital tool to combat poverty – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday justified the massive investment of his administration on improvement of educational infrastructure and upgrade of curriculum to meet current realities, saying that education remains one of the critical tools to combat poverty and secure a better future for the State.
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Governor Ambode, who spoke at Lagos House in Ikeja after swearing-in a new Permanent Secretary and Tutor General for Education District Six, Mrs. Olabisi Olufunmilayo Onadipe, said the massive investment on education architecture and continues empowering and equipping of teachers were all in a bid to raise the next generation of Lagosians who will be ready to take on the challenges of the future. Read more

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