August 26, 2016

Learning From Seychelles To Grow Nigeria's Travel & Tourism Industry

by Olukayode Kolawole
Travel & Tourism’s impact on the economic and social development of a country can be enormous; opening it up for business, trade and capital investment, creating jobs and entrepreneurship for the workforce and protecting heritage and cultural values. 

To fully understand its impact, however, governments, policy makers and businesses around the world require accurate and reliable data on the impact of the sector. Data is needed to help assess policies that govern future industry development and to provide knowledge to help guide successful and sustainable Travel & Tourism investment decisions.

Mikel Obi, His Twin Daughters and Their Mom In The Pool

After the heat at Rio, Mikel shared this photo with his family chilling, and captioned it "family time".

Buhari Tells Emir Sanusi & Others: "Advise Me In Writing"

Following blistering public remarks on his economic policies by the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, President Muhammadu Buhari has requested top traditional rulers in the country to henceforth put their advice across to him in private written memos.

Buhari made the request through the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, who visited him at the Presidential Villa as follow up on a private memo he wrote to him on the state of the nation.

Nigeria Loses Out As Ghana Becomes Hub for Aviation


Nigeria, the giant of Africa, has lost its status as the aviation hub in West Africa to Ghana. Already, the revenue that accrued to Nigeria from the fuelling of aircraft and accommodation of cabin crews of foreign airlines has been taken over by Ghana, which now provides these services.

The situation is partly attributable to the 100 percent increase in the price of aviation fuel in Nigeria, while Ghana slashed the same product by 20 percent.

Female graduate who's a shoemaker receives her first Award

The pretty Michelle Ekure, a female shoe maker who's doing nice works, has received her first award. The Delta-born lady is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin, but ventured into shoe making six years after searching for a job to no avail.

Fortunately, she has started getting recognition. After receiving her first award, she wrote:

I almost gave up on acting but look at me now – Omoni Oboli

For award-winning Nollywood actress, director and producer, Omoni Oboli, life hasn’t been a bed of roses as she almost packed her bags when she returned to Nollywood years ago.

The actress who decided to take a break from acting in 1996 to complete her studies and to give birth to three boys returned to Nollywood in 2009 only to see there was practically no place for her in the industry.

The delectable actress had to show doggedness and resilience in a bid to show that quitting is not on the menu for her. "I did Figurine and Anchor Baby shortly after I came back, the two movies made
weighty impacts in the then returning cinema culture," Omoni recounts.

HARDSHIP REPLACING CHANGE?

Nigerians are aware that nothing good comes easy but the ongoing hardship in the country was not one of the promises made by the current administration during the campaigns for the last general elections that put in place the so-called change.

It has become the tradition of leaders in Nigeria to make promises and do the opposite of what they have promised the people. It has also become a law in Nigeria that lies can be said during campaigns for elections to deceive and win the heart of the citizenry. 

Ex-Governor’s Aide Reveals How They Used SURE-P Funds for 2015 Elections

A former special adviser on SURE-P to the former governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State, Nasiru Ingawa, has said that part of the State SURE-P funds were used for campaign for the 2015 election.

Ingawa disclosed this in Katsina on cross-examination before the Katsina State Judicial Commission of Inquiry chaired by Justice Muhammad Surajo.

Ingawa told the commission that

Man plots his sister’s kidnap for being stingy, demands N300k

Money wahala...! A 27yrs old man, Chigozie Egegonye, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly planning the kidnap of his sister, identified only as Franca.

The sister Franca and her four children were declared missing since April 2016, when they suddenly disappeared from their home on Mayowa Street, Ago-Palace Way, Okota, Lagos.

Mikel Obi’s Father Unhappy With Federal Government

Pa Michael Obi, father of national Under-23 team captain Mikel Obi, has expressed disappointment over the treatment of the team after winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Pa Obi said that he expected his son to lead the team to the country to be given a rapturous welcome and a presidential reception, but lamented the majority of the players left for their clubs after beating Honduras 3-2 in the bronze medal match to win Nigeria’s only medal at the Rio Games.
“I was surprised to read that there are no plans to receive the team. It is very unfair, especially after the team won the only medal at the Games.”

Police Rescue Another Little Girl Caged for Five Months

A forty -two-year-old lady, Mrs. Mary Matthew, was paraded by the Police in Akure, the Ondo State capital, for allegedly maltreating her late younger sister’s five-year-old daughter, Precious Michael.

Mary, who is a mother of six, was accused of chaining and caging the little Precious in a kiosk for five months for allegedly being possessed and suffering from an incurable disease.

Mary, an indigene of Enugu State but resident in Imafo, Akure North area, was said to have travelled to their home town last December, when she was informed of her younger sister’s death.

Is Woman The Problem Between Freeze and Basketmouth?

I can't tell what made Freeze do this, but he did it. The popular OAP dated Basketmouth's wife Elsie before they separated and she hooked up with Basketmouth when he was still struggling.

Freeze came online to share a loved up photo of himself and Elsie when she was his woman and, as would be expected, many people disliked it. Freeze has deleted the photo.

Man Who Named His Dog "Buhari" Leaves Prison

Mr Joachim Iroko, who named his dog ‘Buhari,’ has been released after meeting his bail conditions.

Iroko, who is more known as Joe, was released on Thursday, after he had spent three days in Ibara Prison, Abeokuta, Ogun State. 

HARD TIMES | Soludo Reveals How To Revive The Economy

Former CBN Governor, Charles Soludo has said that for Nigeria to come out of its challenge, there should be a coalition of economic policies that can deal with desperate socio-economic issues in a sustainable manner.

Prof. Soludo, in his lecture at the Progressive Governors Forum 4th Progressive Governance Lecture Series, said the collapse of oil prices is a blessing for Nigeria to start a new beginning.
The lecture is titled “Building the economy of states: Challenges of developing inclusively sustainable growth.”

How 4 World Bank consultants died in Ekiti boat accident

It's a sad one for World Bank team as four of their consultants have drowned in Egbe River in Egbe community of Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The four were said to be workers on a World Bank assessment mission to the river and had commenced work on Tuesday night.

They were said to have come from the Development Dams and Irrigation Schemes, Kaduna State and had died when the boat carrying seven of them and their equipment capsized.
Sources said four of the occupants of the boat, who did not wear life jackets died while three others survived.

Father burns daughter’s eyes, private parts with iron in Lagos

The Nigeria Police, Lagos Command, has arrested a man, Surakat Idowu, for allegedly brutalising his 5-year-old daughter with a hot iron in the Ikotun area of the state.

45yrs old Idowu, who separated from his wife in 2013, allegedly tortured the girl with an iron in the face and in the private parts on Monday.

Face of man who allegedly deceive, rob & rape ladies in Lagos

The lady, Mercy, alleged that the man drugged, r*ped her and thereafter stole and stuff, but the man said they both agreed to have 'nice time' and he will pay her after everything but he had no money.
His words: “I do not r*pe them. I don’t also drug them. We usually have s*x but I steal their things and run. I was desperate in need of money to send to my wife so that one of my daughters who is sick can be treated.

Photo: Yvonne Jegede gets engaged to late Bukky Ajayi's Son

Just few days after OluFamous.Com confirmed that 33yrs old Yvonne Jegede is dating Abounce, the son of late veteran actress Bukky Ajayi, the couple are engaged.

Abounce, who is an actor and musician, surprised the actress with a ring for her 33rd birthday.

Governor Ayade wants to make hawking legal for his people

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has sent a bill titled, “Hawkers’ Right Bill,” to the House of Assembly in the bid to legalise hawking in the state.

Ayade, who disclosed this during an interaction with journalists in Calabar, said it is bad for any state government in Nigeria to ban hawking without providing an alternative in this harsh economy.

Photos from Designer April by Kunbi's Marriage Engagement

The beautiful Olakunbi Oyelesi of April by Kunbi and her man, Lanre Tomori, held their traditional engagement ceremony on Thursday in Ibadan, where the bride hails from. See another photo:

Richest Footballer, Ronaldo, Wins UEFA Award

Superstar footballer Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal.

AFP reports that Ronaldo received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

The award is voted for by journalists from each of UEFA’s 55-member associations. Congrats to him!

Simi opens up on 'boyfriend' saga; is it Falz or Adekunle Gold?

While a large population of her fans believe she is in a relationship with Adekunle Gold some others believe the Romance is between Simi and Falz. Only a few are indifferent to the situation.

Just last week Simi posted a picture on her Instagram page asking her over 300,000 followers to ask her any question they have been willing to ask her...

President Buhari Not Involved In The Dog Naming Case

The Presidency through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has addressed the issue of man who named dog "Buhari". Actually, this case has nothing to do with President Buhari as the man who reported the incident to the police said his own father's name is Buhari and that the trader named his dog "Buhari" to mock him.

Below is Garba Shehu's statement on the saga:

CAN angry over John Kerry’s meeting with Sultan, ignoring the Nigerian Christian Leaders

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has accused the United States government of stoking ethnic and religious divisions in Nigeria, after the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, visited the Sultan of Sokoto and northern governors.

Christians wondered why they were excluded from Kerry’s visit between Monday and Tuesday.

How I Killed My Girlfriend – Chukwudi Oweniwe confesses

Lack of conscience. This 22-year-old student of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic in Ondo State, Chukwudi Oweniwe has been arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Nifemi Adeyeye in a bush at Ilu-Abo, in Akure North area of Ondo State early this month.

Chukwudi and late Nifemi were both part-time students of the department of Science and Laboratory Technology (SLT).

The suspect, who lives in Ayede-Ogbese was said to have invited Nifemi to his place from school and subsequently lured her into a bush in Ilu-Abo and killed her.

VP Osinbajo's keynote address at the Council on Development Planning Meeting

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE VICE PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, HIS EXCELLENCY PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, GCON, AT THE MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (NCDP), HELD IN KANO, KANO STATE ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016

Protocol

I am delighted to be here with you today for this very important meeting of the National Council on Development Planning (NCDP) taking place in this historic and dynamic city of Kano. I must say how honored I am to be so warmly welcomed. I thank the Kano State Government under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for the warm hospitality extended to me and all participants here. Similar appreciation goes to the leadership of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning for the arrangements made to ensure the successful convening of this meeting.

This Council meeting is well timed and well thought out, as it enables effective partnership and cooperation amongst all tiers of government to envision our collective future while tackling the challenges facing the economy. Your deliberations will also complement the on-going process of articulating the medium term sector strategy 2017-2019 and the 2017 Budget.

Police uncover Baby Factory in Aba, rescue 5 pregnant ladies

Men of the Nigeria Police Force have uncovered a baby factory at the Ogbor-Hill area of Aba in Abia State and rescued five pregnant ladies. Police also arrested a 54-year-old man, Nkem Nwokocha and his wife, identified simply as Nurse, who were said to be the owners of the baby factory.

The pregnant ladies rescued are:

Photo: GT The Guitarman and Wife Welcome Baby Girl

Singer GT The Guitarman and his wife, Annie have welcomed their first child, a baby girl. He shared the good news on social media, while expressing joy. Congratulations to the couple!

Gov Ugwuanyi visits town where Herdsmen killed a Seminarian

With a heavy heart, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State visited Ndiagu Attakwu community in Akegbe Ugwu, Nkanu West area, where herdsmen allegedly killed a Catholic Seminarian and injured 4 persons. The governor, who was visibly angry, condemned the dastardly act in its entirety. 

He vowed that the perpetrators of the heinous act will not go unpunished, saying his administration will not tolerate the wanton destruction of lives and property in the state by herdsmen anymore.