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Heads may roll at MTI Onitsha, as ICPC investigates alleged fraud

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Heads may roll at MTI Onitsha, as ICPC investigates alleged fraud

•Director, accountant, four others quizzed

 

The thirty-five year old National Metallurgical Training Institute (NMTI) Onitsha is currently enmeshed in fresh trouble following the investigation by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) into colligation of alleged fraud perpetrated by the school authorities to the tune of over N95million.

 

Already the Director/Chief Executive of the institution, Mr. Fakuade O.D has been quizzed by the commission over the alleged fraud and has been granted administrative bail. The Commission has also questioned the Assistant Director Accounts, Assistant Director of Works, Head of Training, Head of Procurement and the Head of Curriculum and Academic Planning. Similarly the Nigeria Board of Technical Education (NBTE) and the Council for the Registration of Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) have also commenced preliminary investigations into the appointments of principal officers of the institution and why the school lost accreditation of some of its courses.

 

According to the petition made available to ICPC, Fakuade, a geology graduate was accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the institution and operating two separate bank accounts with the account name MTI Consult where all the funds made from NPower training and other short-term training organised by the Institute are being paid into in contravention of the Federal Government’s Financial Policy Single Treasury Account (TSA). Though Fakuade had pleaded not guilty to the allegations levelled against him before the ICPC, investigation and probes are still on going.

 

During a visit to the institution by the executive members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Anambra State Council, Fakuade described the allegations against him as a plot by enemies of the institution to malign his image; adding that all projects executed followed due process in line with the Federal Governments’ guidelines. But the anti-corruption agency (ICPC) has insisted on looking into the petitions brought before it which it described as weighty promising to ensure fair hearing. According to the petition, Fakuade and members of the school management were accused of: ‘Award of fictitious intervention contract’.

 

The petition claims that: “In 2017, a fictitious contract was awarded to VUCO Consult Limited through Metallurgical Training Institute and it was never executed while the contract fee of forty one million, six hundred and eighty five thousand Naira only (N41, 685,000) was paid in full. “The payment of this money from government coffers into VUCO Consult Limited’s account on December 28, 2017 was facilitated by the Director of the Institute, Pastor Fakuade O.D with the pretence that the contract was completed.

 

“Thereafter, VUCO Consult limited was directed by Pastor Fakuade O.D to transfer the money into an unknown account and raise the receipts for intervention jobs claimed to have been done by VUCO Consult Limited totalling forty one million, six hundred and eighty-five thousand naira only. “No part of this contract was executed.”

 

Another allegation by the petitioner captioned: ‘Completition of rehabilitation of erosion ravaged interntal roads and contrustruction of reinforced contrete box culvert phase 1’, says: “This project was awarded three times to his brother’s company, BLUE FORTUNE LIMITED IN 2016, 2017 at the cost of fifty four million and seventy-five thousand naira only (N54, 075,000.00) and finally in 2018 without due process. The contract fee was paid in full in 2016 but it was abandoned, he rewarded it to the same company in 2017 without revoking it and the contract fee paid in full but was again abandoned.

 

“The Director re-warded it to the same company again in 2018 without revoking it and the contract fee was also paid in full and his brother-contractor made away with the money and abandoned the contract half way. He then blacklisted the company. “He paraphrased the same contract into phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 just to have his way.”

 

The petitioner similarly levelled other allegations against the school’s principal officers including the fact that they claimed that the school had completed a flood and erosion site, when in fact the contract, which was awarded in 2016, was abandoned half way after full payment of the contract fee; while the Director/Chief Executive also allegedly diverted the project fund meant for the training of engineering teaching staff among other allegations.

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PFN Rejects New Marriage Certificate Law

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Leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), on Sunday kicked against the newly introduced marriage certificate law by the Federal Government.
National President of the Fellowship, Rev.(Dr.) Felix Omobude, in a statement made available to newsmen in Benin the Edo State capital, chided the Ministry of Interior for imposing such anti-Christian law on the church in Nigeria.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Interior recently announced a compulsory N30,000 charge licence for Christian worship centres for the conduct of statutory marriages in churches and N21,000 for each marriage certificate.
But the PFN leader in his reaction, described the policy as exploitative and an attempt to commercialize Christian marriages in the country.
Omobude said: “This is very unfair and to the best of our understanding, the new law is targeted against the church because the Traditional and Islamic weddings are exempted from paying the new marriage certificate fees.
“PFN is at a loss as to why church marriages should be in the exclusive list of the nation’s constitution.
“The PFN, therefore calls on the Federal Government to immediately shelve the unpopular policy targeted against Christian marriages in the country.
“If the Ministry of Interior is in dire need of funds, it should look elsewhere and resist the temptation of placing extra financial burden on the Christians and their churches.”

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Rich parents, successful showbiz kids

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Rich parents, successful showbiz kids

It is believed that most Nigerian entertainers have grass to grace success stories but the reverse is the case for these kids of the rich who stepped into stardom with silver spoons in their mouth. VANESSA OKWARA puts together a list of successful entertainers whose parents, though wealthy and influential, have chosen entertainment and showbiz as their career paths

 

DJ Cuppy

Heiress to a billion dollar fortune as the daughter of Femi Otedola, a billionaire energy tycoon, Florence Otedola popularly called DJ Cuppy has refused to enjoy her father’s wealth in the shadows. Instead, she works hard as a DJ to rake in success, accomplishments and all the fame that goes with it just like her father. It is worthy of note that her younger sister, Temi Otedola is also a popular fashion blogger.

Ozonna Soludo

 

He is the first son of ex-CBN Governor Charles Soludo. He began writing songs at the age of 12 before he went on to the London Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and began his career in 2013 as a professional pop musician. His music is widely accepted overseas where he is has a large fan base.

 

 

Sina Rambo

Sina hails from the influential Adeleke family. His father, Senator Ademola Adeleke, was a governorship aspirant for Osun State. He relocated to Nigeria from the United States to pursue music with his brother and cousin, Davido. He is also part of Davido’s HKN record label.

 

Falz

He is the son of Femi Falana, a highly influential legal practitioner and activist of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Folarin Falana alias ‘FalzTheBahdGuy’, who is also a lawyer and actor, began his music career as far back as 2009 when he was still in Law school. Today, he has become successful in his chosen career, winning both national and international awards.

L.A.X

 

Born Damilola Afolabi, he is son to Billionaire business tycoon, Taiwo Afolabi. His father, who is a barrister, is the chairman of Sifax Group which boasts of numerous companies in diverse areas of the Nigerian economy. The pop singer got signed to Wizkid’s Starboy Label in 2013 and has been blazing the trail since then.

Lynxx

 

This handsome rapper originally named, Chukie Edozien is the last child and only son of his father, Chief John Edozien. Chief John was the former governor of old Bendel State and ex-deputy governor of Delta State. He is also the chairman of Jenkyns Consult Nigeria Limited and Mercedes Benz Automobile Services Limited.

DJ Exclusive

 

Rotimi Alakija aka DJ Exclusive was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents. The handsome Disk Jockey has carved a successful niche for himself in the local and international music scene DJ Exclusive is usually mistaken for the son of wealthiest woman in Nigeria, Folorunsho Alakija. It is of no surprise that he is her nephew.

Naeto C

Naetochukwu Chikwe is the son of Ex-aviation minister and former Nigerian ambassador to Ireland, Dr. Mrs. Kema Chikwe and Chief Herbert Chikwe. His fondness for music grew very fast as his household was influenced by music and they also gave him the support he needed to excel in his career which includes various art, culled from music.

 

Davido

David Adeleke is one of the sons of influential business man, Adedeji Adeleke and was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother, Veronica Adeleke was a University lecturer before she passed on. Davido was pursuing a career in music as a student in the United States and was a member of Kb International, a record label before he moved back to Nigeria where he made hit music that brought him into limelight.

 

Tillaman

Handsome Prince, Adetona Adetona is the son of Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 3rd, a prominent traditional ruler of the Yoruba state, Oyo. The pop singer who has been working hard in the music industry was rewarded as he was appointed Youth ambassador by the former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi in 2013.

 

Ademola Adedoyin

Rising movie star, Ademola Adedoyin, is known for his roles in blockbusters, October 1 and King of Boys. However, not many are aware that he is the son of famous industrialist, Samuel Adedoyin, who is the CEO of Doyin Group of Companies.

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Djinn’s Day Out (3)

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Ho b b l i n g round the room with injuries on his conscience, Dave couldn’t think straight. He sat on the edge of the bed in his birthday suit. His mind had been in chaos since his wife left the hotel room. He was oblivious of the persistent knocking on the door and didn’t look up when the door opened and Dom walked in.

 

Dom was taken aback as he beheld the unclad man hunched over on the bed. “Boss,” he called out quietly, closing the door behind him. There was no response from Dave. “Boss! Boss!” He said, louder, as he moved towards him. Dave looked up and turned his gaze on him. After a few seconds, he said, “Don’t panic.

 

I’m okay. I’ll be fine. Just close the door after you”. Dom hesitated. It would be disrespectful to insist on knowing what went wrong. But then, he procured the cargo that just left, who obviously was the cause of his client’s distress, so, he had the right to ask. “Boss, I’m sorry, but…” “Please, please, please leave. I want to be alone for now,” Dave said. “Okay boss, for now,” Dom said, heading for the door. When he got downstairs, he went to an unoccupied part of the pool area and sat down.

 

He needed to make an important call and didn’t want to be overheard. He dialed a number and it rang out four times. He waited for a while and dialed the number again. Just as he was about to give up, she answered. “Hello, I don’t want to talk about anything. Believe whatever he tells you. Please, I’ll appreciate it if you don’t call me again.

 

Thank you,” she said and ended the call. Now, Dom was not only worried, he was confused. Why wouldn’t they want to talk? What could have transpired between the two people within the short period of time the lady was up there? He was sure of one thing though, they weren’t strangers to each other. If they weren’t acquaintances, they would want to talk. He settled down more comfortably in the pool chair and waited. He had a clear view of the porch of the main building. He would know when the boss would be leaving. Funny enough, he saved Dave’s name as ‘Boss’ in his phone.

 

He didn’t know jack about him, only that he was a man of means. He knew the lady simply as Doris. He didn’t know which part of town she lived in. Well, he would have to be more carefull if he didn’t want to get into trouble in his line of business. What if someone had died in there?

 

He quickly shook his head to clear the morbid thought. He resolved that henceforth, he would pay closer attention to the identity of his clients.

 

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Back in the hotel room, Dave lay reclined on the bed. He couldn’t just understand why his wife of less than two years would be involved in such a shameful act. Yes, he usually told her only bitch behaviour could satisfy him behind closed doors, but did he tell her to go learn how to be a bitch? No, he replied himself. “No?” His conscience asked him.

 

He wasn’t too sure, for he remembered his wife asking him if that was the only thing that would make him happy, and him saying ‘yes’ in the throes of passion. He wondered how he would face his wife at home. What would they say to each other? How would they look each other in the eyes and go to bed together?

 

He spat the bile that had risen up his throat. This should be the result of heeding his old aunt’s advice and going for the wife of her choice! She had advised him to take stock of his life after his second marriage ended less than three years after being contracted. At 48, he had no child. Not from his first wife and not from the second one. His first wife was a living example of the word, thorn. Trouble was her second name. It was a wonder they lived together for four years.

 

She was so meddlesome and gave him no breathing space. Looking back now, he should have kept her, but for the insistence of his elder sister, who couldn’t stand her. She had her good side though. Thinking back, she had brought good fortune to his life.

 

His business thrived, but she had no child for him. When they divorced and he got married to his second wife, his fortune took a nosedive. Things became very tough at a time. The hitherto docile lady became quarrelsome. She blamed him for her inability to have a child. After three years of seeking both medical and spiritual help, she packed her things and moved out of his house. All entreaties to have her return to her matrimonial home failed. After four months, she jetted out of the country, to the United States. In anger, his old aunt brought Ujay to his house to ‘help put his house in order’.

 

Ujay wasn’t his kind of woman but she was homely. After ten days of living in his house, he started noticing her as a woman. One night, after dinner, he invited her to sit with him in the sitting room and share a bottle of wine while watching the television. She obliged him after cleaning the kitchen. After a glass of wine, which he encouraged her to down in mouthfuls, she became uncoordinated. He made her drain a second glass. Before she’d finished it, she was in her birthday suit, courtesy of Dave.

 

He had her several times before dawn. She was disoriented in the morning. He nursed her throughout the day and helped himself to her until he was exhausted. That was how their marriage began. However, he had shied away from doing the traditional ‘needful’ to make their ‘marriage’ legal. Ujay didn’t know that Dave’s family was waiting for her to become pregnant before she would be legally installed in Dave’s house. It was a perfect plan!

 

Anytime she complained to Dave’s aunt, she would advise her to ‘have patience’. She’d been having patience for almost two years now. Dave shook his head to clear his thoughts. He wondered where Ujay was at that moment and what could be going through her mind. This was his third marriage… and without a child to show for it, both inside and outside his home! Was he on his way to the fourth? He clutched his head with his hands. Just at that moment, a message came into his phone. It was a video. He clicked on it and as he watched it, his jaw dropped, his pupils dilated and his right hand flew to his chest…

 

 

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Ujay could hardly see as she walked awkwardly from the cab to where she parked her car in the mall. Immediately she opened the door of her car, she collapsed into it, sobbing. When she noticed that people were staring at her, she sat down properly in the car, turned on the ignition and air conditioner. She knew it was over between her and Dave. It was the shame of her action that weighed her down.

 

 

How would she tell people what she did? She shuddered. She’d rather die than open her mouth to say it. Let Dave be the one to talk about it! She remembered the video she inadvertently took in the hotel room. She brought out her phone and watched it. After watching it the third time, she highlighted it, scrolled down her phone contacts, and sent it to one. Her face set, she engaged the gear, and drove slowly out of the parking lot.

 

 

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•Send your observations to: julietbumah@gmail.com

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$17 Million ‘Passion Diamond Shoes’ are the most expensive in the world

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$17 Million ‘Passion Diamond Shoes’ are the most expensive in the world

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, but Jada Dubai and Passion Jewellers just made diamond, a girl’s best shoes!

 

Jada Dubai’s new ‘Passion Diamond Shoes’, elegant stilettos made from real gold and embellished with two round 15-carat D-flawless diamonds are said to be the most expensive pair of shoes in the world.

 

Each shoe is trimmed with 118 smaller round diamonds and features one of the impressive crowning jewels prong-set near the pointed toe. Everything about the “Passion Diamond Shoes” exudes luxury. Even the insoles are inscribed in gold.

Jada Dubai’s record-setting shoes, which were designed in coordination with Dubai-based Passion Jewellers, took nearly nine months to create.

 

“Jada Dubai designs only shoes with diamonds,” said the company’s co-founder, Maria Majari. “For the launch of our second collection, we wanted to create a piece that is truly unique in the world using very rare diamonds.”

While the prototype shoes are shown in size 5.5, those who place an order will receive a custom pair in the requested size.

 

The record for the world’s most expensive shoes was previously held by a $15.1 million pair conceived by British designer Debbie Wingham in October of 2017.

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Nuclear power stations in Kogi, Akwa Ibom can wipe out Nigerians, others –Scientists

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Nuclear power stations in Kogi, Akwa Ibom can wipe out Nigerians, others –Scientists

•Say neither Russia nor Nigeria can guarantee safety

 

 

Scientists across the country, especially those in Itu and Geregu in Akwa Ibom and Kogi states respectively –  host communities for the proposed twin-reactor nuclear power plants in Nigeria, are currently calling on the Federal Government to rescind the project and save the country from holocaust associated with nuclear disaster. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports that Russian-State-Owned Rosatom which signed the contract with Nigeria, is ready to take off without Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

 

 

“N

igeria does not have the capacity to manage a nuclear reactor crisis should anything go wrong. No country can guarantee that, not even the Russia; evidence have shown,” says Prof. Philip Njemanze, a Principal Investigator, NASA Johnson Space Center Neurolab, US.

Njemanze, the Medical Director, Chidicon Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State, is reacting to the moves made by Nigerian government, which signed an agreement with Russian-State-owned Rosatom on October 8, 2017, to build nuclear power plants in the country to help its electricity crisis.

 

 

These moves, which were allegedly made without Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the consent of the host communities, Itu, Akwa Ibom State and Geregu, Kogi State, where the proposed nuclear power plants will be built, had met with stiff opposition by both the communities and experts across the country due to its known catastrophic disposition.

Njemanze like other experts, including environmentalists, are calling for its abrogation, saying the project is capable of wiping out the entire human inhabitation of those states and other African countries should there be a nuclear plant accident as in the case of Chernobyl.

 

 

They intensified their calls following the latest Nuclear Plant Explosion in Russia, the prototype for Nigeria, which snuffed out lives from five Russian scientists, who were servicing the plant at the time of the incident and left three others with severe burn.

 

 

Njemanze insists that no country has the capacity of guaranteeing safety of the nuclear reactor accident, stating that the Russians who supposed to do the job had had a blow of nuclear reactor crisis including Japan, the nuclear power plant authority.

 

 

He maintained that the agreement, which is expected to permit Russia to construct and operate the nuclear power plants in Itu and Geregu, is as good as giving death warrants to all Nigerians due to its associated hazard.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the project will be financed by Rosatom, under build, own, operate and transfer (BOT) basis and then transfer the cost to Nigeria to pay back.

It is estimated at about $20 billion, each of the four reactors, while four of them amount to $80 billion which Nigeria will pay back, implying that the country will continue to service the debt (loan) for the next generation, if Nigeria goes on with the project.

 

 

By the way, a nuclear power plant is a thermal power station in which the heat source is a nuclear reactor. As is typical of thermal power stations, heat is used to generate steam that drives a steam turbine connected to a generator that produces electricity.

 

 

Sunday Telegraph learnt that Itu and Geregu are twin nuclear reactors. The idea of a nuclear power plants in the country came into play as an effort to find lasting solution to the shortage of power supply in the country.

Those who signed the agreement meant well for the country and perhaps didn’t know what disaster lurking for the country should there be a nuclear accident where the impact will be more than the impact of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

 

 

According to the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), the sites were selected for the construction of two nuclear reactors after due considerations, saying that preliminary licensing of the approved sites was given in 2016 from the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA).

 

 

The fear that the world had witnessed 99 nuclear reactor accidents of which Russia is among the worst hit continues to cast shadows to this multi-billion dollars project.

“Nuclear crisis in Japan has revived fears     over the safety of nuclear power and the potential danger posed to public health when things go wrong,” Njemanze recounted.

 

 

On August 9, 2019, in the Arkhangelsk region, an explosion triggered radiation levels to rise near Nyonoksa, which was later confirmed by Russia’s nuclear energy agency as an accident while testing an isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine.

 

 

It was later learnt that five nuclear scientists lost their lives in the incident while three others suffered from burns. Russian authorities ordered the evacuation of the village close to  the blast site, suggesting grave dangers due to nuclear radiation.

The agency in a report confirmed: “On August 8, Russian scientists were working on miniaturised sources of nuclear energy when a rocket engine exploded. The explosion killed five people and caused radiation readings in neighbouring cities to spike to 20 times above their normal level in half an hour.”

 

 

While the Russian Defence Ministry said the explosion took place during testing of a rocket engine, the country’s nuclear agency, Rosatom, countered in its report that the incident happened during testing of an isotope power source in a liquid propulsion system.

 

 

Recall that Rosatom is the corporation that the Nigerian government is partnering to add nuclear energy to the nation’s energy mix. The decision and the process has been criticised by civil society and communities in Itu, Akwa Ibom State that have warned that sitting nuclear plants in their communities does not have their support.

 

The Environmental Rights Action/Friend of the Earth International (ERA/FoEN), in a statement issued in Lagos, said the current incident should send a clear signal to the Nigerian government to back out of any further nuclear experimentation, which the MoU it signed with Rosatom to build nuclear plants in Nigeria.

 

 

Under the arrangement, Rosatom will build nuclear power plants in Kogi and Akwa Ibom though the host communities in Geregu and Itu respectively, say they were not consulted before the choice of their communities for the project.

ERA/FoEN Deputy Executive Director, Akinbode Oluwafemi said: “Once again, we have another reason to ask the Nigeria government to halt the nuclear misadventure spearheaded by the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) without the consent of Nigerians.”

 

 

Oluwafemi explained that it was very disturbing that at a time the global community is pursuing clean and safe energy options, including wind and solar technologies, Nigeria is doing back-flipping by choosing to embrace nuclear power which is neither clean nor safe nor cheap.

 

He continued: “We have not shown sufficient capacity to manage our hydro and gas-fired plants yet we are plunging into the uncharted waters of nuclear power. This plan should stop immediately.

“The Nigeria-Rosatom deal was brokered on 30 May 2016 on the sidelines of the VIII International Forum ATOMEXPO 2016 which held May 30-June 1, 2016 in Moscow including talks of construction of a Center for Nuclear Research and Technology in Sheba-Abuja.

 

 

“The Agreement provides for the construction of a Center with the two-circuit pool-type reactor of the Russian design and a nominal power rating of 10 MW in Sheba-Abuja. Four nuclear plants that Rosatom plans to build will cost about $80billion, with the first expected to be ready by 2025. The other three will be ready by 2035.

 

 

“We restate our aversion to throwing nuclear plants into the energy mix in Nigeria. The explosion in Russia despite their expertise is enough indication that it is not the path to go. The details are scary enough.

“We reject the nuclear option for power generation because they are dangerous and we do not have the capacity to manage the potential disaster a nuclear breach may cause.”

 

In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Council on World Peace, Global Prolife Alliance, titled: ‘Help Avert Nuclear Holocaust in Nigeria at Russia-Africa Summit,’ which other African leaders were copied, the group called for the project’s repeal.

 

 

The group said, “We want to alert you on the potential danger of a ‘Nuclear Holocaust in Nigeria,’ should the Russian-built Itu Nuclear Power Plant in Akwa Ibom, South-South Nigeria be allowed to go ahead…

“We prolife, environmental and religious groups in Nigeria, collectively oppose the construction of a nuclear power plant in Nigeria. The recent nuclear accident in Russia and the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion is a reminder of the dangers of nuclear explosions.

 

 

“WHO estimates that over 600,000 people in close vicinity suffered severe radiation induced cancer and leukemia in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion.

 

 

“Experts taking clues from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion experience and given the dense vegetation, vast network of rivers and intense rainfall in Southern Nigeria, put the estimate of people to be severely affected across Africa at 25 million people.”

 

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), ecosystem impact of the Soviet built Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion in 1986 affected 200,000 square kilometers of Europe.

 

 

The group continued: “The extent of the deposition varied depending on whether it was raining when contaminated air masses passed. Most of the radioactive isotopes deposited within 100 kilometers of the plant but were carried to thousands of kilometers away by wind, rainfall and rivers.

 

“Talking from the experience of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, the Itu Nuclear Power Plant explosion is projected to affect the entire ecosystem of West and Central Africa, with spill over to North and East Africa along to Nile flow regions into the Nile Delta and to the Mediterranean across Europe.

 

 

“The entire oil-fields of Nigeria, the main source of national revenue would not be accessible by humans under normal conditions. The Nuclear Holocaust would be a hundred times more than Hiroshima & Nagasaki and several times the effects of Chernobyl nuclear explosion.

 

“The entire ethnic groups and tribes of South-South, South East and South West Nigeria would be wiped out as a people. We have for long argued that the proposed Nuclear Plant project is the most expensive in the world ever.

“At $80 billion, it costs over 30 times the cost of building alternative energy sources of Solar and Hydropower.

 

“The recent Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis by Lazard, a leading financial advisory and asset management firm suggest that the cost per kilowatt (KW) for utility-scale solar is less than $1000, while the comparable cost per KW for nuclear power is between $6,500 and $12,250.

 

 

“This means that nuclear power is nearly 10 times more expensive to build than utility-scale solar on cost per KW basis. Even by world standards, it is unclear why the Itu Nuclear Plant is overpriced.

“Lazard finds that on the average utility solar takes 9 months to build while nuclear plant may take 69 months (or about 6 years) to build.   It is therefore, of great national emergency for all religious leaders, social and human rights activists, and all patriotic Nigerians to advocate for a halt of the construction of Itu Nuclear Power station.

 

 

“We have advocated a new power architecture for Nigeria that includes clean energy sources of solar and hydropower. The upcoming Russia-Africa Forum has provided us another arena for advocacy to avert a Nuclear Holocaust in Nigeria.

“We enlist your support to advocate for a stop of the nuclear power project and for a change to clean energy sources of solar and hydropower.”

 

 

More so, 250 other Environmental Rights Groups in Nigeria have also registered their opposition for the construction of the Itu Nuclear power by Rosatom.

 

 

The recent events at the nuclear military site in Russia underscore the grave risks involved with nuclear accidents.

 

 

“Iranian nuclear power plant is the biggest but it cost $10 billion and how come ours cost $20 billion? This has to be investigated for corrupt practices but this is not even the point, the point is that we can’t use our money to buy death. There is no different between the electricity supplied by nuclear power plant and that of hydro. So, why nuclear? Njemanze insisted.

 

Speaking on the differences and performances of the different sources of energy, Noel Orekhma, a power expert, said nuclear power stations top the list of power plants that can produce massive amounts of energy.

According to him, low-enriched Uranium pellets are loaded into the nuclear power plant. Then the Uranium atom is split creating the nuclear fission. This process releases huge amounts of energy which also come with its adverse effects.

 

 

He said: “The advantage of a nuclear power plant is that they do not need to burn anything to create energy. Hence, the carbon emission from a nuclear power plant is very low. But the major disadvantages of a nuclear power plant are the nuclear waste that it creates and the steep cost of building one.

 

 

“The wastes are very destructive that sometimes, it will be unnecessary building such plants known for causing serious damage to the country and environment. Unlike nuclear power plants, hydroelectric power plants are one of the most effective and eco-friendliest of all power plants.

 

 

“In a hydroelectric power plant, electricity is granted from water. In detail, the potential energy of water is converted to electrical energy. When water is made to fall from a height on to a turbine, it spins the armature which is connected to a generator.

 

 

“When the turbine spins, the generator starts to produce electricity. This electricity is then routed to all the different substations to distribute the power. The world’s largest power plant is a Hydro-electric power plant called The Three Gorges Dam.

 

 

“The dam creates an astounding 22,5000MW of power.It achieves this feat by using 34 power generators. The dam is so huge that after its construction, the dam single-handedly slowed down the earth’s rotation.”

However, Sunday Telegraph learnt that with the advancements in energy generation, the world now has more than just thermal, nuclear and hydroelectric power plants. They are called non-conventional power plants. These power stations are capable of producing clean energy (or Green Energy).

 

Solar power plant is one of them, and it uses the energy of the sun to produce electricity. Solar panels capture the sunlight using photovoltaic cells and convert it into electricity.

“Today, an increasing number of countries are looking towards solar energy to offset their dependence on fossil fuels. Tengger Desert Solar Park is currently the world’s largest solar power plant in terms of capacity. It is capable of producing 1,547MW of energy,” Ajanaku Felix, who works with Heinrich Foundation.

 

 

Meanwhile, over the years, the world had seen a steady incline in the demand for energy all over the world. And moving forward, there is no sign of this pattern slowing down anytime soon! The yearly rise in pollution levels is a testament to the alarming rate of fossil fuel consumption.

 

 

What the world can do, though, is move away from carbon-heavy sources of power like fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy sources. There have been massive efforts poured into this vision by different companies and countries to make this vision a reality. In the coming years, we can hope to see more green energy power plants rather than the CO2 factories.

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Nigerian female celebrities who will never date or marry poor men

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Nigerian female celebrities who will never date or marry poor men

Over the years in the film industry, celebrities rank top, when it comes to failed marriages. The process of finding the right partner is almost as difficult as making heaven for some of them. That is why these celebrities decided to make their own rules on the choice of the man they want to date or get married to. So we bring to you Nigerian female celebrities who have vowed never to have something to do with poor men. VANESSA OKWARA reports

 

 

Toyin Lawani

 

 

Gorgeous, fashion stylist and entrepreneur, Toyin Lawani is the CEO and creative director of Tiannah’s Place Empire and also the founder of the Fashion Academy, Tiannah’s Styling Fashion Academy in Nigeria.

The daring and beautiful mother of two, who initially don’t really care about the age and financial status of a man, recently got people talking after she reveals that before any man can approach her for a relationship, such a man must first pay her the sum of 2million naira, either by cash or by transfer.

 

 

Admirers can now note what to expect as Toyin has clearly stated what her expectations are in a relationship and in a possible partner.

Lizzy Anjorin]

 

 

Controversial Yoruba actress, Liz Anjorin has expressed her phobia for poor men. The light in complexion business woman cum real estate executive said the attitude of a man is essential, the weight of his pocket, is something that calls for concern. “I will not lie. I cannot marry a poor man. Please, it will not happen. What a man has in his bank account doesn’t always determine if he is rich or not. But his attitude also matters. The guy has to be trustworthy. He too has to trust me as his wife.” She once told a reporter in Lagos.

 

 

Empress Njamah

 

 

Empress Njamah who recently celebrated her 40th birthday is a talented and successful actress in Nollywood. The realistic actress is never ashamed to let those that care to listen that she doesn’t give a damn about broke guys.

In one of her interviews, she was quoted as “I’m not going to tell you what I want. But you get into an expensive shop to pick up something because you can afford it. You see something you can afford, and then you buy it but if you cannot afford it, take a walk.

 

The goods are for someone that can afford it, that’s the best I can tell you. I will not settle for less, my sister and that’s the truth. People come and tell you all sort of lies and want to praise themselves and say “I can marry a poor man” I am a real person, we all have been through rough times, we all have paid our dues one way or the other. So no poor man must get close to me. Those who know the worth pay the dues.”

 

 

Iyabo Ojo

 

Iyabo Ojo, while explaining why she will never marry a poor man, made it very clear that, there is no love without money. She went further to say she is not ready to die in poverty, as poor men are liability.

Hear her, “there is no love without money. I am a celebrity and I am expected to maintain a certain lifestyle, which is expensive.” “I have a lot of responsibilities. As a breadwinner and celebrity, how do you expect me to marry a poor man? Where do you expect us to start from?

 

 

“I am not ready to add any man’s problems to mine. I don’t need the man to be very rich, but he must be able to feed himself and me. You don’t even have to cater for my other responsibilities.

“We all have our defects. When you keep looking for an ideal man, a good one will pass you by. I just need a man who is responsible for himself first before me. Once he is hungry for success, every other thing will follow.

 

 

“The kind of man I want in my life has to be more successful than me. When I bought my personal assistant a car, people said I didn’t want her to marry. I told them that I don’t expect her to marry someone who does not have a car as well.

You say what you want out of life; we shouldn’t deceive ourselves. It is a choice to die in poverty and I have chosen not to die in poverty. I cannot flow with someone who wants to die in poverty.” Iyabo declares.

 

Bukky Wright

 

 

Famous Nigerian actress, Bukky Wright, who’s marital life has been a subject of controversy, is a strong woman who has able to pick up from negative situations and move on. Few years ago, the 47 year old ageless, beautiful and established actress gave a little insight on the kind of men that she doesn’t hesitate to give a chance in her life. According to her, rich men turn her on, while poor men turn her off. “I don’t like deceitful, uncaring and broke men. I could die for a very caring and rich man. I’m a very romantic person so I love romantic men; I love surprise gifts. As a young girl growing up I read a lot of Mills & Boom. I like my man to surprise me with gifts; it sweeps me off my feet. I don’t like men that wait for you to ask before they give. I like men that are in control and know what to do. But I notice that with most men, if you don’t ask you don’t get.” She said.

 

Linda Ikeji

 

 

The successful blogger admitted in an interview that she would not consider marrying someone who is not wealthy. Celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji is not the bit reserved when it comes to her taste in men, after stating that they can be anything but poor.

The blogger disclosed that she has been getting quite a lot of marriage proposals, but only wants a man she can look up to. She was cocky when she mentioned that she can get married at any instant if she wills.

Getting a husband has never been a problem according to her. “I keep telling people. It’s not that men are scarce. They are not scarce. The type of men that some of us are looking for are scarce. “If I want to get married next week, I can. I want a man that I can look up to. Somebody that inspires me, somebody that will push me, motivate me; somebody who has had some success in his own career.

 

 

“I’m inspired by successful people. I can’t wait to meet someone like Tyler Perry.” Linda Ikeji’s successful career as a blogger hasn’t been without controversies.

 

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Weekend staples to rock

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What exactly do you plan to wear during the weekends when you don’t have an important event to attend but still want to look stylish while having fun with friends and loved ones?

 

Perhaps due to the nature of your job, you have to wear structured outfits like blazers and pencil skirts throughout the week days but then you need to rock a more relaxed and casual look during the weekends.

 

Weekend fashion is all about relaxed and easy clean fashion. When you are not going out for black tie events or weddings, your style for the weekend should be fun, easy and at the same time chic and classy. Casual styles are just perfect for the weekend. You don’t need to follow strict rules unlike corporate and wedding fashion.

 

 

Weekend styles are really not all about glam; you can get creative in your denim and tees. For comfy and stylish outfits suitable and stylish for the weekend, you would look good in the micro pleat outfits, Bardot dresses, off shoulder tops on distressed jeans, kimonos and shirtdresses. They are fun and comfortable. Look adorable in them in a sky-high heels or sneakers.

 

Just in case you don’t feel like being dramatic in your outfits, you can pick a few of these style staples and get classy, comfortable and chic; which is perfect for the weekend.

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Get rid of acne naturally

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Get rid of acne naturally

Acne otherwise known as pimple is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles plug wit oil and dead skin cells. Acne is caused by excess oil that is trapped within the hair follicles of the face. It can be really devastating but don’t worry; here are some natural ways you can get rid of acne.

 

Tea Tree Oil Treatment

 

•Combine one part tea tree oil with nine parts water.

•Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply it directly to pimples.

•Apply moisturizer, if desired.

 

•Repeat this process one to two times per day, as needed.

 

Aloe Vera Treatment

 

 

•Scrape the gel out of the aloe leaves with a spoon.

 

•Apply gel to the skin at the same time as other acne treatments. You may want to try mixing it with your other treatment, and then apply this to your skin. Or, you can apply the other acne treatment first, with the aloe gel over top.

•Repeat 1–2 times per day, or as desired.

 

Try using any of these treatments and you will definitely get rid of acne and stay glowing e v e r y day.

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Bukola Saraki over the moon as he becomes a grandfather

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Bukola Saraki over the moon as he becomes a grandfather

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he immediate past president of the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senate, Bukola Saraki, has been in the news recently over some issues that could be said to be heart-wrecking to the medical doctor turned politician.

 

However, away from that, the former governor of Kwara State is in a great mood. His daughter, Oluwatosin Halima has made him a grandfather for the first time. She was delivered of a baby girl few days ago in a highbrow hospital in London.

Since the baby’s arrival, Saraki has been over the moon, as well as his wife, Toyin and members of their household. The former Senate President immediately left for London to see his daughter and the bundle of joy.

 

It will be recalled that in October 2017, Tosin got married to Adeniyi Olatunde Olukoya, the son of Omoba Adebola and the late Olori Olatokunbo Olukoya. The traditional and engagement ceremony was held at the Ballroom, Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, while the white wedding took place in Abuja, FCT.

 

Saraki, it is on record has not had it really nice for some time as he’s been through a couple of corruption cases out of which he’s emerged triumph. Most recently, he’s had two of his houses in Ilorin, Kwara State being forfeited to the federal government on accusation of having built the sprawling mansions from proceeds of fraudulent activities, and now, all eyes are on him as to see where the who issue will end as Saraki has since come out to accuse federal government of witch-hunting him through the anti graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. 

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Mayeth’s undying passion for fashion, aside music

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Mayeth’s undying passion for fashion, aside music

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S-based artiste, Mayeth Isaac, a dauntless pioneer, singer and songwriter is trying to re-position pop as a top art, with her distinct voice which you just can’t ignore, is one of the reformations in the fast-evolving entertainment industry. She recently released her new single, ‘Lose Control,’ with an extensive collection of musical experiences under her belt, which follows as her second official release.

 

 

As an ambitious young artiste, Mayeth thrives on her marketing strategy, relating to her music on a personal level beyond the hype, and she hopes that her listeners will truly be inspired by her story and her growth as an independent female musician.

 

 

Apart from music, fashion is a big deal to her and she’s been getting the attention of big players in the fashion industry in the United States and hopefully, 2020 will be a good year for her, just as her biggest dream is to work with American pop star, Diddy.

Her urge and passion for fashion is also irresistible because she keeps on honing her skills and entrepreneurship in the fashion world.

 

In her early teens, Mayeth was trained under the renowned vocal coach, ILana Martin, an internationally-recognized vocal trainer, who has worked with the best in the world on the international music scene. Mayeth draws her inspiration from pop artistes who have grown into legends, the likes of Whitney Houston, Rihanna, and Beyoncé, just to mention a few.

 

 

According to this bundle of talent, Mayeth said it was amazing working with ILana Martin, a worldwide recognized vocalist, she didn’t only teach me on how to understand my vocals but also how to understand myself better. During her mentorship, Mayeth, who has no regrets of her apprenticeship with ILana, said ‘it was definitely learning and I could actually do more and be more as an artist. Understanding there’s no limit long as you keep chasing your dreams. When she heard of my debut as a professional singer, she was very excited, saying, ‘MayethMohammed Ali, you gat this! Lol.’ That’s what she calls me, anytime I score higher.

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