SPLENDID WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY ICONIC NIGERIAN PHOTOGRAPHER MOHAMMED ALLEY

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Photography at its best…. Credits Mohammed Alley Jnr

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POP STAR GETS HOSPITALIZED FOR EXHAUSTION

British singer Rita Ora was hospitalized for exhaustion on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

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She shared the photo above on her Instagram with the caption, “Today was pretty tough but I’m getting through it thank you to all of you for the support! I love you!! #exhaustionisreal”, the post has however been deleted.

The “R.I.P” singer had earlier in the day shared her day with fans on her snapchat. Starting off her morning at a photo shoot in London, which she documented via her Snapchat.

As the day went on, Ora felt exhausted and eventually took a trip to the hospital, where she got an IV and some rest.

And we are not surprised by this breakdown. The “Body on Me” singer has been very busy lately after partying at the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend and a tiring photo shoot!

 

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US DONATES 160 TONS OF SEEDLINGS TO 6,000 IN N’EAST

A statement from the US embassy Information Office on Thursday in Abuja, said more than 60,000 internally displaced persons in the local government authorities of Madagali, Michika, Gombe, and Fufore in Adamawa, and Kaga in Borno benefitted from the effort.

It said that the USAID collaborated with the Adamawa State Ministry of Agriculture, the American University of Nigeria’s Adamawa Peace Initiative, and the Borno state government to ensure the distribution occurred ahead of this year’s planting season.

“These distribution efforts are literally sowing the seeds for recovery and resilience of IDPs; working with the Nigerian government and other partners, USAID plays an active role in helping the Northeast realize its full potential,” said Michael Harvey, USAID/Nigeria Mission Director.

The statement explained that the USAID supports several humanitarian, transitional, and longer-term development activities in northeastern Nigeria, totaling $133 million in collaboration with the government at the federal, state, and local levels.

It noted that current and forthcoming activities would improve governmental capacity and performance, strengthen food security, and provide services for IDPs.

CBN SETS ASIDE N2.5BN FOR CORP MEMBERS WITH ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS

The Central Bank of Nigeria said it had set aside a total sum of N2.5bn for members of the National Youth Service Corps with good business ideas.

The N2.5bn which was set aside out of the N220bn Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development fund would be disbursed to the youth corp members under the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme.

The CBN is targeting to create a total of one million jobs through the YEDP which is the initiative of the apex bank launched on March 15 this year by the CBN Governor,Mr Godwin Emefiele.

The purpose of the program is to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country.

Under the program, the apex bank in collaboration with Heritage Bank Plc would develop the entrepreneurial capacity of the youths as well as provide them with fund of a maximum of N3m each to operate a business

The activities to be covered under the programme are startups and expansion projects in agricultural value chain (fish farming, poultry and snail farming), cottage industry, mining and solid minerals.

Others are tourism, arts and crafts, information and communications technology and any other activity that may be determined by the CBN.

Speaking during the event at the NYSC camp in Abuja, Emefiele said the initiative would enable the CBN conserve the huge foreign exchange which had been spent in importing food items.

He said each Corp member is entitled to N3m adding that their discharge certificate as well their degree certificate would be used as collateral to secure the loan.

He said, “It is not a grant and it is a loan that must be paid. We are determined to give support to the youth and I truly must thank the National Youth Service Corps who has helped us to put together the first set of NYSC, so that we can nurture them as young entrepreneurs, not as people who go into the world looking for jobs.

“We want to nurture them as people who are developing the entrepreneurial spirit, entrepreneurial skills, not only for their good but also for the good of the country.

He expressed optimism that the Corp member would not default in repaying the loan owing to the fact that they would not want to lose their certificate for a loan of N3m.

He added, “We do not anticipate that any of them fails. However, we have as collateral their NYSC certificate as well as their degree certificate. We know that our youths know the importance of their degree certificates as well as their NYSC certificate as collateral for this loan.

“I don’t think that somebody who has got a degree certificate or HND certificate to attain a gainful employment or a gainful life will abandon his certificate or his NYSC discharge certificate just because he wants to take a loan and not pay.”

The Director General, NYSC, Brigadier-General Sule Kazaure, commended the CBN for initiating the program for corps members.

He said a total of 1,500 corps members are participating in the entrepreneurship training program across the country.

He said 180 participants in the scheme are in Abuja; Plateau, 130; Katsina State, 208; Enugu State,160; Akwa Ibom 227; Osun State, 271; and Lagos State, 179.

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N750M FRAUD: BENUE GOV OKAYS EFCC’S ARREST OF SPEAKER, OTHER

Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, on Thursday lauded the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for arresting and investigating the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Terkimbir Ikyange, and three principal officers of the assembly.

Ortom spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The principal officers of the assembly were invited to Abuja on Tuesday over alleged misappropriation of N750m meant for the purchase of cars for members.

Others invited by the commission included the Deputy Speaker, James Okefe; and the Majority Leader, Benjamin Adanyi.

While lauding the EFCC over the development, the governor said his government would never shield anybody who is found to be corrupt or wanting.

He said, “Yes, it (the arrest of the lawmakers) is a good thing, it is part of the process. They are under investigation by the EFCC.

“From day one, I brought up a slogan that ‘if you chop money, money will chop you’. We have to be careful and I have sent signals to all that nobody is above the law.

“If you do it wrong, you will go your own way. As far as I am concerned, they are under
investigation. Let us see the outcome we would have.

“As far as I am concerned, my government will not shield anybody who is corrupt and who is found wanting. Myself as governor and every other lieutenants are open to scrutiny; there is Freedom of Information Bill and people are allowed to get information from these sources.”

The governor however warned against peddling false information against government officials.

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I’M READY TO RETURN N400M – METUH

A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, has said he’s in support of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

He said he’s already searching for money to refund to the national treasury, the N400m he was paid by the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan for image laundering.

Metuh is currently undergoing trial for allegedly collecting the money from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sabo Dasuki(retd.).

His prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, has reached advanced stage.

The N400m was said to be part of money meant for the purchase of arms to wage the war against insecurity in the North-East.

Metuh, in a statement issued by his lawyer, Mr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) in Abuja on Thursday, said he was ready to refund the entire money.

The statement was titled, “Why our client (Chief Olisa Metuh) is offering to refund the N400 million – Counsel.”

Metuh said that his earlier proposal to refund the N400m released to him by former President Jonathan, was because he didn’t know where the money came from.

The statement said, “We want to restate that at the time the money was released to him after his presentation to the ex-President, our client had no knowledge of the source, a fact that is now obvious from the evidence of the prosecution and defence witnesses.

“Our client had every cause to believe that the money was from the ex-President to whom he made presentation, received directives and rendered report and accounts accordingly.

“When the matter first came up and Metuh was invited to the Office of the National Security Adviser in December 2015, he requested to know the source of the money and expressed his readiness to make refunds if it was from government coffers, not minding that the money had been expended as directed by the former President.

“Officials at ONSA never got back to him as they promised, until his arrest by the EFCC in January 2016.”

He said that it was during his prosecution that he got to know the source of the fund.

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