Jonathan ‘ll not rig 2015 elections- Presidency

LAGOS  — President Goodluck Jonathan has insisted that the 2015 elections will be transparent, free and fair, urging for the support of Nigerians during the exercise.

Speaking,Tuesday, at a Chatham House lecture series held at Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, Special Assistant to President Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokri, said President Jonathan was not interested in manipulating the election process or the result, arguing that previous elections held in Adamawa, Ekiti, Anambra, Edo,Osun and Niger states which were adjudged to be free and fair are a pointer that the 2015 elections will not be influenced by the President.

According to him, “the best judge of future behaviour is past behaviour, and by the deployment of security during the Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun and Niger elections, the fact has been proved that providing security increased rather than reduced voter turnout as shown in Ekiti that had the highest voter turnout ever in Nigeria’s history.

“Elections had been held in Anambra, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun and Niger and in each case they had been free and fair which is a signpost that the President would not use his position to manipulate election results.

“The averment that the incumbent could manipulate voter turnout by selective use of the security forces was not borne out by the facts on the ground. President Jonathan is the only national leader who has repeatedly said ‘My ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian’, a quote he has used several times with the most recent being November 11, 2014 when he declared his intent to contest the 2015 Presidential election.”

Omokri said almost all the other aspirants had at one point or another and sometimes very recently, threatened violence and bloodshed and if suspects are being sought for those who have high incentive to manipulate election results, he urged activists to look in that direction rather than at the President.

He also argued that President Jonathan went on a State visit to Israel where he conferred with Prime Minister Netanyahu, and while he was there it only made sense for him to attend the ongoing pilgrimage. He cited examples of the Royal family and British Politicians who took the opportunity of State visits to likewise engage in Pilgrimages, stressing that if the only evidence that Dr. Marc Antoine could cite of the President’s decisiveness was his going on a pilgrimage to Israel, he should realize that rather than being evidence of the President’s divisiveness, that was proof of his accusers’ intolerance.JONATHAN-SAMBO-1

Iran, Nigeria share group stage spoils after goalless draw in Curitiba

Iran, Nigeria share group stage spoils after goalless draw in Curitiba

CURITIBA, Brazil —

Nigeria and Iran delivered the first draw of the World Cup on Monday as they ground out a scrappy 0-0 stalemate in their opening match in Group F.

The draw at the Arena da Baixada in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba followed 12 mostly high scoring and attacking games.

After a first half in which Nigeria failed to capitalize on its dominance, chances were few and far between in the second.

In the early passages of play, Nigeria had shown menace, with much of its attacking thrust coming down the left with Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses combining to cause problems for the defensively-minded Iran side.

Nigeria came closest to scoring in the seventh minute when an Ahmed Musa goal was disallowed after John Obi Mikel was adjudged to have fouled Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi at a corner.

Iran grew more confident as the game progressed and came close to scoring in the 34th when a Reza Ghoochannejhad header required a sharp save from Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

In the second half, both sides were guilty of sloppy passages of play, to the growing annoyance of the mainly Brazilian crowd. Players from both sides snatched at chances, and neither goalkeeper was troubled despite some frantic late pressure in the final minutes.

”They had 11 people behind the ball, which made it hard for us to create chances,” Mikel said. ”It’s frustrating because they sat back.”

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said his team became anxious when it failed to score during a dominant opening 25 minutes.

But he added: ”Respect to Iran, they had their game plan to sit back and defend and they did well.”

Keshi, who played for Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup, is already anticipating a backlash after the draw.

”Win or lose I’m criticized,” said Keshi, whose side won last year’s Africa Cup of Nations. ”A draw now, I’ll be criticized. It’s part of the game. In my country, it’s win at all costs and sometimes it doesn’t go that way.”

The best chance either side has to progress in the tournament is to beat debutant Bosnia-Herzegovina, as Argentina is the firm favorite to top the group. Lionel Messi scored one of the tournament’s best goals in Argentina’s 2-1 victory over the Bosnians on Sunday.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said the result was ”fair” and that his players deserved ”sympathy and respect” for performing on the biggest stage despite the impact of economic sanctions on the country – which made it difficult to arrange friendlies.

”We’re not here to perform the role of the happy loser,” Queiroz said. ”The fans need to know the conditions we have endured for three years to get here.”

Queiroz wouldn’t talk about the team’s next game against Argentina.

”Now I’m so tired just let me enjoy this point we collected from Nigeria,” he said.

The draw means the winless World Cup runs of both teams continues, dating back to France 1998. For Iran, though, this was the first time it had not conceded a goal at the World Cup finals.

Who should reach orgasm first, man or woman?

Who should reach orgasm first, man or woman?

It’s not news that many men today can start and finish with sex in just a few minutes. While countless married women take longer time to get aroused and become properly prepared (physically and emotionally, it eventually takes ages for them to reach orgasm. But reaching orgasm and ejaculating at the desired time is always a question married men and women want answer to. Who should reach orgasm first, man or woman? Actually, anyone could be the first to climax. But men being what they are on bed, desire to climax with their wives together or admire it when their wives get there first. The feel of watching their wives display is a sexual thrill for them.

There are two things couples should take into consideration: one, husband should know the right moments when to speed his wife up and slow himself down and number two is getting familiar with the trick of prolonging sex. I can assure you that if you follow my advice, you and your wife will have a happy ending, because you will be able to deliberately delay your ejaculation while your wife will climax fully.

One way to increase a woman’s speed of reaching orgasm is while kissing her, make sure you nibble on her neck a little bit longer. Most often ignored, the woman’s neck is both nerve-packed, highly sensitive and nothing turns up the heat for a woman like the feel of a man’s lips on her body. You can also fire up the titillation by taking turns to kiss her in different body parts. This usually takes her out of her comfort zone and gets her ready for some passionate expectation. You can experiment with more creative ways of bringing her to the brim of orgasm by rubbing your lips against her nipples, sweep them along her belly button and even gently brush your face against her cheeks, for more intensified arousal. Drag her tongue into your mouth slowly and then suck gently on the tip. This playful twist on a typical kiss will send currents of electricity between her legs. Most women like an amount of pressure when they are kissed. While you are fully concentrating on this, you will be amazed that your ejaculation speed will slow down because you are fully focused on something else.

To ensure she climaxes before or at the same time with you start stimulating her clitoris as soon as possible. While the attention is more on her, slow yourself down and erotically speed up the clitoral stimulation. No woman has ever resisted this. To aid caressing and arousal, add a few drops of some natural lubricants on your fingers and use them on the clitoris to the virginal lips down to the inner part of her thighs. Experts report that circular stimulation, starting slow and building up the speed, is most effective. At this point, encourage her to hold firm the base of your manhood and at the same time apply some degree of pressure on it to help resist premature ejaculation. When handling your manhood, she should maintain a soft touch and keep her strokes closer to the base where you are less sensitive. Also, convince her to vary her moves: you’ll love the shifting sensations so much that you won’t notice you’re skipping the steady friction that makes you ejaculate prematurely.

If you are able to achieve this, go ahead further and arouse her by inserting your pointer and middle fingers into her vagina with your palm facing the ceiling, and then rest your chin in the palm of your hand. In this position, you can move your fingers in a come-hither motion to massage the front wall of her vagina (G-spot territory!) while teasing her clitoris with your tongue. Remember the rule of the game is that you have to slow yourself down. To light your fuse without triggering an unexpected explosion, your wife should only kiss and lick your penis, not suck it (otherwise, it feels too similar to being inside her). Showing your testicles a little love will also give you mega pleasure without pushing your ejaculation button. Now during intercourse, both of you should agree on ‘girl-on-top’ position and this grants her total control of the speed, angle, and depth. This is 100 per cent best for speeding up her orgasm. Instead of moving her hips up and down, which will bring you closer to the brink of ejaculation, she should slide them back and forth so that her clitoris is rubbing against your abdomen. Don’t be shy about getting involved and pushing up hard or increasing the speed. She’ll love the intensity. Finally, remember long thrusts are the husband’s orgasm’s best friends, so keep them to a minimum.

Amaechi appears before Human Rights Commission

Amaechi appears before Human Rights Commission

The Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday appeared before the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja.

Amaechi, who came with few of his aides, appeared before the commission based on his petition in which he complained against the activities of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu.

In his petition dated October 4, the governor had complained about abuse of human rights in the state and urged the commission to investigate his complaints.

The petition reads in part, “There are on-going human rights violations in Rivers state falling within the investigative and other duties of the National Human Rights Commission.

“Abuses which need the independent and human rights competences and capabilities of the National Human Rights Commission as ably demonstrated in your ground breaking engagement of the Baga incident and the situation in North East Nigeria, which interim report bears many striking resemblance to the situation in Rivers state,”

“The Nigeria Police force, Rivers state command under its present Commissioner has become inaccessible and actively antagonistic to my person and office as the Chief Security Officer of the state.

“Court orders are being obeyed in the breach by the leadership of the police in Rivers state. While security communications or directives from the state government are treated with even greater contempt as they are no longer even acknowledged”.

Amaechi said in the petition that the police officer had compromised his position and professional ethics in the discharge of his duties in the state.

Amaechi, who was welcomed by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Gem Angwe, said the way the commission handled his petition would determine if Nigerians would have faith in it.

He spoke before the commission went into a closed door session, where questions were asked based on his petition.

He was also said to have been asked to provide evidence on all the allegations he made in the petition.

Before going into closed door session with officials of the commission led by Angwe, Amaechi expressed surprise at a newspaper publication (not PUNCH), which stated that he had been indicted by the commission even when he had not appeared before it.

He expressed hope that he and the people of the state would get justice in spite of the publication.

The governor said, “I hope we would get justice from this commission. Some said the outcome had been predetermined because of publications like this(showing the newspaper publication).

“This publication said I have been indicted even when I have not even appeared before the commission and the commission has yet to start interrogating us.

“The process of investigation should be transparent and if at the end of the day there is not justice, people might lose hope in the commission. I’m happy for the invitation to be here and I am ready to appear as as many times as you want and also tender many evidence to support our claim.”

The governor said activities in the state had shown that the state was already becoming a police state and appealed to Nigerians to note what was happening there.

In his remarks, Angwe said it was not true that the commission had indicted the governor and urged him to ignore any rumour or publication contrary to his assertion.

“We have not indicted the governor or any other person for that matter concerning the petition before us. Anyone saying anything contrary to this should be ignored,” added.

Angwe said he was happy that the governor decided to write the petition instead of using uncivilized means to settle the matter.

He said the petition was the first coming from a state government against the state in the history of Nigeria and urged other organizations and Nigerians to emulate “this civilized means of settling dispute.”

On how the commission would handle the petition, he said oral evidence would be taken from all the parties before officials of the commission would visit the state, adding that at the end of this, a preliminary report would be written.

He said it was after this that the commission would decide whether there was the need to hold public hearing on the matter or not.

Lord Lugard Created Nigeria to Last for 100 Years Only-IBB

Lord Lugard Created Nigeria to Last for 100 Years Only-IBB

From former military President, Ibrahim Babangida came a shocker yesterday when he revealed that Lord Lugard created Nigeria to last for only a 100 years.

The self acclaimed evil genius said this in Lagos yesterday at the presentation of 2 books in honor of his foreign affairs minister, Bolaji Akinyemi.

Speaking yesterday Babangida had said “As Nigerians, we are aware of the great doubts that have been cast about what 2014 portends for the continuing existence of our nation. I am aware that Nigerians have taken great umbrage at these predictions. Even Lord Lugard who founded what has been called Nigeria gave it a life-span of 100 years. I regard it as a challenge to our intelligence to ensure that these portends and prophesies do not become self-fulfilling.

“We should engage these predictions on an intellectual level, testing whether the facts justify the conclusions.

“But on a practical and public policy level, we must import honesty into our public policy assessment. First, we must identify the problems that need to be addressed. Secondly, we must address these problems honestly. Thirdly, we must identify the most current and the most appropriate mechanism for addressing these issues.

“Let me make this clear. My position is not dictated by the fact that foreigners are making these predictions. We don’t even need foreigner sources as a reference point. The Nigerian media is awash with alarming news about our problems.

“My position is dictated by my conviction that Nigeria is precious enough to be saved. It deserves an investment of our time and resources to make Project Nigeria a success. But the starting point has to be an admission that we need to fix things.”

Babangida also stated that mistakes of past administrations are putting pressure on the country today though he refused to identify the mistakes or the past administrations that made them.

Said he “Some of the mistakes of the past have now come to haunt us. But let me make one thing clear. Not all these mistakes were made out of callousness or bad faith or malice.

“Most people in office do their best. They act to the best of their ability. Unless we think that our leaders have divine ability, we have to admit that even with all the best of their abilities and even with the best faith and with the best of all intentions, human beings will still make mistakes,”

In his own comments, ProfessorAkinyemi called for a national dialogue saying “Zoning, federal character, rotation, marginalisation of the brightest and the best will only make the much prophesied collapse of Nigeria in 2014 a self- fulfilling prophecy. We cannot build a nation on a system that takes care of the few while condemning the many to penury. A system that cannot take care of the many that are poor cannot save the few who are rich.”

FG needs political will to stop corruption, fuel import, says Dangote

FG needs political will to stop corruption, fuel import, says Dangote

The President and Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, yesterday relieved his dream of a Nigeria that is able to refine and produce petroleum products for exports soon.

This, he said, can only materialise if the Federal Government musters the needed political will to drive to the ongoing reforms in the nation’s oil and gas industry to its logical conclusion. Only then, he continued, would the menace of fuel importation and corruption in the oil and gas industry come to an end.

Speaking on “Reform in the oil and gas industry: Catalyst for national growth and development,” at the third quadrennial delegates’ conference of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, said his conglomerate has been attracted by the ongoing reforms in the industry.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Joseph Makoju, Dangote said this informed the group’s “recent decision to invest in a mega project in the downstream sector.

“We are building a $9 billion mega refinery/petrochemical/fertilizer complex in Olokola Free Trade Zone. The refinery will have the capacity to refine 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day, while the petrochemical plant will produce 600,000MT/year of Polypropylene and 625,000MT/year of Slurry/raw material for carbon black”, he added

According to Dangote, the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is a bold step initiated to correct perceived flaws in the industry as it is intended to address structural, policy and managerial issues in the Nigerian oil and gas sector.

“The bill is designed to enhance the value of the sector as well as seeks to plug identified loopholes in policies and management agreements and by so doing improve transparency and efficiency of the sector for the Nigerian people”, he claimed

“When the PIB is fully signed into law, it is expected to address observed weaknesses and abuses by operators and stakeholders, eliminate corruption and restructure the industry in order to make it more responsive to social and economic needs of both Nigerians and the investors in the sector”, he affirmed.

“We are estimating that the project will engage up to 25,000 people over a four-year construction period and will create about 3,500 permanent jobs when completed”, he however said

Also, speaking at the occasion, River State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, represented by his Deputy Tele Ikuru, urged NUPENG to use all necessary instruments at its disposal to pressurize the National Assembly and Federal Government to ensure the quick passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

Corruption and bribery in the classroom

Corruption and bribery in the classroom

The global survey warns of the corrosive impact of corruption in education
Corruption in education is a serious blight that undermines the quality and availability of schools and universities around the world, according to an international report.

Anti-corruption campaigners Transparency International have published a global survey showing that about one in six students has had to pay a bribe for education services.

In parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia this might be requiring parents to pay a fee for a school place that should be free.

In Eastern Europe, it might be paying to gain an advantage in university admissions.

The Berlin-based campaign group is best known for its annual “global corruption barometer”, which measures levels of dishonest payments in more than 100 countries, based on more than 114,000 household interviews.

This year’s survey also asked questions about people’s first-hand experiences and perceptions of dishonesty in education.

‘Shadow schools’
In some countries these perceptions are distinctively negative. The report says that almost three-quarters of people in Cameroon and Russia see their education systems as “corrupt or highly corrupt”.

Accusations of corruption have fuelled teachers’ protests in Brazil
The findings show a huge range of malpractice.

In Pakistan, there are warnings of thousands of “shadow schools” without any real students, but drawing public funding to pay for “ghost teachers”.

“Leakages” in the funding of schools in Kenya had the equivalent value of losing more than 11 million text books, says the report. A study of 180 schools in Tanzania showed that more than a third of intended funds had failed to reach the school.

In Greece there are warnings about nepotism in jobs and promotions in higher education.

In Vietnam there is a problem with bribery for places in the most sought-after schools.

The report quotes figures from the United Nations showing 110 countries where fees are levied, despite in theory having free education enshrined in law. The report describes “myriad pretexts” to impose charges on parents.

Degrees of dishonesty
So why should education be so vulnerable to corruption?

Parents want the best for their children, says the report, and they can be exploited by unscrupulous officials controlling access to places.

There is still a struggle to provide enough school places in Africa
It also involves a great deal of public money filtering down from central government to local school authorities. In Nigeria, the report says, $21m (£13m) intended for schools was lost in two years.

But it’s not only a problem for the developing world or those providing the basics of schooling.

The massive expansion in demand for university education has created rich opportunities for illicit charges.

Students need degree-level qualifications more than ever and are under great pressure to get university places and to leave with good grades, opening up fertile territory for corruption and cheating.

Eastern European and former Soviet states are highlighted as having had particular difficulties.

In Georgia, there have been reforms to stop corruption in university admissions. This hadn’t simply been “cash-filled envelopes”, but included a complex system of having to buy tutoring, Transparency International found.

There could also be more practical types of illicit charges, with suggestions that in Romania access to university accommodation depended on bribery.

Graduate tail
The demand for qualifications has also generated its own industry in fake universities.

In the United States, the report estimates, there are about a thousand “degree mills” in operation, selling bogus qualifications.

An anti-corruption rally in the Philippines against “pork barrel” politics
This isn’t only harmless self-delusion, says the report, as these bought qualifications are used to gain graduate jobs, including in one case working in a nuclear power plant.

It also highlights the case of Colby Nolan, a student who ostensibly gained an MBA degree in 2004, until his owner revealed that the graduate was a six-year-old cat. He had gained the equivalent of an upper second class degree.

The growth of higher education as a globalised, multi-billion dollar business has also spawned a parallel opportunity for fraud, says Philip Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

He has described the “spectre of corruption haunting” the move towards a more internationalised higher education system.

And he has called for more co-ordinated international efforts to set standards and share information.

‘Integrity pledge’
The Transparency International study says that corruption has a corrosive effect on education, raising the cost and lowering the quality.

“Many people wouldn’t realise the extent of corruption in education, right through from the financing of education through to academic corruption,” says report editor, Gareth Sweeney.

A school in Lahore, Pakistan – but there are other “ghost schools” without pupils
“In some countries it’s such a serious problem that it could undermine the credibility of their education systems.”

There is some good news as the report highlights efforts to tackle bribery.

In Chile, anti-corruption lessons have been introduced to the school curriculum and in Bangladesh there is an “integrity pledge” taken by officials.

The proliferation of mobile phones in Africa is being used to allow people to expose concerns about bribery in schools.

Legal advice centres have also been developed in a number of countries to help community groups make legal challenges against school corruption.

There are also international efforts to improve the monitoring and tracking of education funds.

Human right
But corruption is still there leaching away education budgets. It’s a particularly bleak problem when there are still tens of millions of children without any access to school.

“Corruption is an obstacle to a fundamental human right to education,” says Mr Sweeney.

While there are campaigners calling for education for all, such as Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, this report also warns of the barriers being created for the poorest communities by demands for corrupt payments.

Teachers take bribes to offset poor wages or irregular payments and that in turn raises questions about the lack of funding coming from higher up the chain.

Mr Sweeney says that there should be a way of measuring good governance in any future global education targets.

“Even when formal school fees are abolished, many households are still being forced to pay informal fees. How is a family supposed to be able to afford these costs, when they cannot afford their daily meals?,” says Pauline Rose, director of Unesco’s Global Monitoring Report, which tracks progress towards primary education for all.

“Until these hidden costs are eradicated, we will not be able to call education free, and universal primary education will continue to remain a distant goal for the poorest.”

Is corruption a problem for education systems around the world? What can be done to prevent it? Is it being taken seriously enough?

I taught as a public lecturer in Pakistan. Teaching is considered to be one of the most respectable professions but it’s rampant with corruption. It’s all about who you are and what your background is in terms of political contacts. Many teachers can play the ‘ghost’ but not with the tacit approval and some kind of backing by higher authorities. In short, teaching is based upon hierarchies and so has become the acquisition of education, especially amongst the elite class which has access to a form of knowledge which is, I would say, purchasable. Sadly enough, this class will go abroad and buy internationally recognized degrees in order to occupy top positions back home while someone else is paid to write their assignments and secure them the necessary grades . (This is a very common practice amongst international students studying in universities in England).Their is no criteria to check the merit of teachers but a piece of paper.

Jaleel, Calgary

Overpopulation, insufficient number of schools, government failure to fund education properly, poor remuneration of teachers are some of the main factors aiding corruption in the education sector. Once the public education sector has been destroyed, the private sector-driven education becomes so expensive only the elites can afford it. The solution is to enforce existing legislation to strengthen quality in public schools, build more schools, train more teachers. When supplies outstrip demand corruption can be kicked out.

Omole, Abuja, Nigeria

Corruption and bribery perhaps exists indirectly in the United Kingdom in relation to its education policies, in terms of catchment areas seeing that many children are placed at a disadvantage in terms of their parents socio-economic status. This often affects where they can and cannot go to school which in the long term affects their future life chances. Perhaps we need to focus on dealing with the discrepancies at home rather than concerning ourselves with issues abroad.

China Accidentally Built a Housing Complex in the Middle of a Highway

China Accidentally Built a Housing Complex in the Middle of a Highway

There’s no denying that China doesn’t have the best record when it comes to urban planning and development, particularly in regards to real estate—and their most recent blunder is a doozy. Thanks to some poor planning and (presumably poor) communication, China accidentally built a brand new set of modern apartments right in the middle of an eight-lane
highway. Your very own permanent, honking sound soother.

The whole thing started when a block of residents in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in western China were uprooted to make room for a soon-to-be-constructed public park. In exchange for the inconvenience, tenants were promised a brand new, block of modern apartments—it’s just too bad city planners forgot about that little eight-lane superhighway they were going to build in the exact same place. Whoops.

The previously-relocated residents got a few months of peace and quiet in their new homes before the council came a-knockin’ and politely asked if they would move out of their brand new homes, please. As you can imagine, these involuntary nomads weren’t happy. Plus, after all that park and highway and fancy apartment construction, council funds were running low. And since it could barely offer any reasonable amount of compensation, the tenants refused to accept what little it did.

Left with no other options, the council just built the highway around the new building, bringing an eight-lane highway to four. And everything considered, the tenants actually seem to be taking it pretty well. As one resident, Shing Su, told The Daily Mail:

We don’t exactly like being stuck out in the middle of a 60metre-wide highway, but you get used to it. If they make a decent offer most would move, but it’s hard as it seems we had only settled here when we were asked to move.
But the best/saddest part of the story? The highway hasn’t done anything to help the horrible rush-hour congestion—the whole reason it was built in the first place. It was all done for nothing.

3SC ace Moses Ogaga is dead

3SC ace Moses Ogaga is dead

Shooting stars forward Moses Ogaga died on Wednesday after protracted illness, his club announced.

3SC media officer Jubril Arowolo confirm the gifted player’s demise.

“Moses Ogaga is dead. We received a call to that effect that he died this morning (Wednesday). We are going there to see things. He died in Ibadan.” Arowolo said.

Source further gathered that he died in a church after a protracted illness.

Ogaga’s sickness started long ago when he was diagnosed of Typhoid in Ibadan before he was moved to Lagos for proper medical care.

Ogaga, 26, played for Kano Pillars and Jigawa Golden stars before he joined 3SC in the mid season of the 2012/2013 season.