Wednesday, 2 August 2017

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA

Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi To President Buhari:

Change should start with the National assembly: = A Senator receives N36,000,000 (thirty-six million Naira) monthly. If this is divided into two = N18,000,000 million (Eighteen million Naira). The second half which is N18,000,000 (eighteen million Naira) can be used to employ 200 Nigerians, each earning a salary of N90,000 (ninety thousand Naira) monthly. When you multiply 200 people with the number of Senators (109), this will give 21,800 Nigerians gainful employment. In short, 200 Nigerians will be able to live a comfortable life on half a Senator’s monthly salary.
A member of the House of Representatives receives a salary of N25,000,000 (tenty-five million Naira) monthly. If this salary is divided in two = N12,500,000 (twelve million and five hundred thousand Naira). The other half, which is the sum of N12,500,000 (twelve million and five hundred thousand Naira) will be enough to employ 135 Nigerians with a monthly salary of N92.500 (ninety-two thousand and five hundred Naira) each. Nigeria has 360 Members of the House of Representatives, half of their salaries can employ 48,600 Nigerians who can live comfortable lives.
So, Baba Buhari’s Administration can employ 70,400 Nigerians with monthly salaries ranging from N90,000 to N92.500 accordingly. This is just by dividing the salaries of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives. Half their present salaries is more than enough for them in a country where majority of Nigerians live on less than a dollar a day. (Now think of all the other over bloated salaries and allowances of Ministers and others)
You may try this idea Your Excellency, the President...
Nigerians, spread this message to Senators and Members of the House of Representatives and others prick their conscience if they have any and to let them know how many Nigerians are not working because of their greed.
Transformation should start from the Congress!
GOD HELP NIGERIA. 


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Friday, 28 July 2017

It took 2 years for the magazine to take off and Akuson says he knew the time had come for a platform that explored "otherness in fashion, people and culture."


Bold, disruptive and totally unapologetic, a new Nigerian online magazine 'A Nasty Boy,' is set to ruffle a few feathers.
"Sometimes our visual content will not be safe for the workplace... we won't make it any easier for you with our provocative editorials and swear words; take it in good spirits," read's the magazine's disclaimer.
    The magazine is filled with provocative images, featuring nude models, articles contain swear words and avant-garde ideas.
    In Nigeria, a conservative country, where public expressions of nudity are uncommon, 'A Nasty Boy' is unsurprisingly causing controversy.
    But for editor Richard Akuson, the publication is sending out a clear message: he's not interested in fitting the status quo.

    'There has to be room for people that don't fit in'

    Growing up, Akuson says he was bullied for being different.
    "I was always called a boy-girl," Akuson told CNN.
    "In university, I was called a yansh man which means a guy with a big butt...my classmates thought I was too polite, in their words too polished and that was not the way guys were meant to be."
    It was this idea, that a man or woman is meant to behave in a particular way, that Akuson sought to challenge through 'A Nasty Boy.'
    "There cannot be one singular kind of Nigerian man or woman, there has to be room for other definitions that don't necessarily fit that opinion," he adds.
    Akuson had previously launched three other publications but says none of them felt right, he was pushed to publish 'A Nasty Boy,' after a run in with internet trolls.

    Celebrating 'otherness'

    "I once did a story on EJ Johnson... and how I felt his wardrobe could inspire, but the conversation in the comment section completely moved from the subject matter to me. 'Why are you always interested in stories like this?; and some responses were 'Oh you know Richard is gay'"
    "That was the awakening for me," he said. "And from that morning I knew I would start 'A Nasty Boy.'"

    Akuson says after his experience he knew the time had come for a platform that allowed for self-expression and shape-shifting ideas and explored "otherness in fashion, people and culture."
    "There are people who do not fit the status quo but are however very Nigerian," he explains. "We should hear their stories and also celebrate them."

    'Fear of association'

    While the public is slowly warming up to his publication, there is still fear and hesitation to be publicly associated with the magazine Akuson claims.
    A large chunk of the magazine's readership resides in Nigeria, Akuson notes that the number isn't reflected in their social engagement. He feels it's because people are still weary to be publicly associated with subject matter that could be considered taboo.
    In an photo editorial called 'Boys', Akuson tried to challenged the perceived notion of strangeness surrounding men being naked around one another. After it was published, he observed something unusual.
    "I could see from my analytics that the photo had been seen many times but the engagement was not as much. Then I got messages and calls from people who thought it was impressive work and I asked, 'why didn't you leave a comment?'"
    Funding also poses a huge problem for his ambitious publication with potential investors questioning its importance.
    "We have met people who just say outright that this is not a necessary publication, it could be something else, and it doesn't have to be this. They don't understand why it's necessary."

    Bold and unapologetic


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    Ethiopia puts 37 people before court over high-level corruption


    Ethiopia puts 37 people before court over high-level corruption


    The Ethiopian government on Thursday put over 30 persons before a federal high court on charges of high-level corruption, the state-affiliated FANA Broadcasting corporate reported.
    The 37 persons were arrested on Tuesday for their involvement in deals that allegedly led to the embezzlement of an estimated 1.1 billion birr – which translates to over $47.2 million.
    The detained persons include senior government officials, business people and brokers. The court denied all of them bail and granted police prosecutors 14 days to collect additional evidence.
    The bail denial was based on the ability of the accused persons to tamper with sensitive documents. The case will next be heard on August 9 according to the trial judge.
    State entities whose officials are involved include: Addis Ababa Roads Authority, Ethiopian Roads Authority, Ethiopian Sugar Corporation and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation.
    Some individuals are also being held including one Gi Yon, manager of a Chinese firm. Owner of another construction firm is involved as well as former manager of the Addis Ababa Road Authority.

    Ethiopia’s economy continues its upward trajectory with good reviews from global finance institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The latest anti-corruption push will go a long way to enhance business credibility for the East African giant.


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    Ghana hit by deadly floods in the northern region, VP visits victims


    Ghana hit by deadly floods in the northern region, VP visits victims


    Ghana’a Vice President, Dr Muhamudu Bawumia, was in the country’s northern region on Wednesday to inspect damage and commiserate with victims of floods in the regional capital, Tamale.

    Most areas of Tamale got flooded after heavy rains on Tuesday flooded major areas. Local media reported two deaths and the loss of properties running into millions of Ghana cedis.

    The main hospital serving the northern region, the Tamale Teaching Hospital, was not spared the floods, photos showed nurses at the facility scooping flood water in the facility.

    Bawumia was accompanied by a number of government officials on his visit. After his inspection and receiving briefing from local level officers, he pledged government’s support for victims and also issued directives for properties located in the middle of waterways to be removed.

    Flooding in parts of the country has become a perennial occurrence. It has led to calls for the government to take steps to forestall flooding rather than seeking to remedy its effects.


    The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) is called to action in times of such disasters. Their main mandate is to cushion the effects of displacements and to help affected people to piece their lives back.



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    Sunday, 23 July 2017

    Book about Nelson Mandela’s medical treatment stirs dispute






    A new book by a former South African military doctor that documents Nelson Mandela’s medical treatments before his 2013 death violates doctor-patient confidentiality, according to some relatives of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel laureate.

    But the retired doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, said in an interview this weekend  that the Mandela family had requested that the book be written. While Ramlakan declined to say which family members had given permission for the book, his remarks could indicate continuing rifts in a family whose members have feuded over the years on issues such as inheritance.

    The book, “Mandela’s Last Years,” covers Mandela’s health while he was imprisoned during white minority rule, during his tenure as South Africa’s first black president and in retirement. It also focuses on the dramatic final months of Mandela’s life, when he was suffering a lung infection and other ailments before dying at age 95.

    “It documents the complex medical decisions; disputes between family members and staff; military, political, financial and security demands; constant scrutiny from the press; and the wishes of Mandela himself, all of which contributed to what he and those closest to him would experience in his final days,” according to Penguin Random House, the publisher.
    Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, said she is considering legal action and will consult with the executors of Mandela’s will, South African media reported.

    “We are deeply disappointed that the doctor appears to have compromised himself and the man whom he had the privilege to serve,” Nkosi Mandela, a grandson of the anti-apartheid leader, said in a statement. He said the book might contain ethical violations.

    Ramlakan said he had permission to write the book and that “all parties who needed to be consulted were consulted.”
    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Mandela’s ex-wife and a prominent figure in the anti-apartheid movement, was with her former husband when he died, according to Ramlakan, a former surgeon general of South Africa who headed Mandela’s medical team.


    “She’s the one who was there when he passed on,” he said. “I think Mrs. Machel was in the house or busy with other issues. But I have no idea because I was focusing on my patient.”


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