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Investment / What Is Harder? Earning Or Saving? by Ankakh: 3:29pm On May 23
An ex-girlfriend used to tell me “the saving part is easy, I just don't get the investment part.” I told her then that she should continue saving and it will compound until she figures out investing. Be frugal by default and life is easier.

My wife has a spreadsheet where she calculates every single expenditure to the smallest detail. I keep telling her that she can do more to earn “new money” with “spare time” and she keeps telling me that doing what she loves at that time is more rewarding. I agree with her too.

You can't earn more if you aren't in the right state of mind to earn. I used to think long ago that being busy and seeking opportunities everywhere was the trick. I made a lot of money by doing that, I also lost it all. Three times in my life, I’ve gone to zero from the very top.

Why? Because when I was was earning a lot, I was also burning a lot. I would always justify the burn with the fact that I was making money and it was necessary. I have now learned in old age that it wasn't. Earning can slow down or stop abruptly. Burning cannot stop easily.

One very easy way to burn money is paying for staff you don't need. Do you really need that driver? That assistant? That permanent housekeeper? Another way is needless generosity to assuage your ego. That babe will still leave you or you will leave if it is all based on gifts.

Spending can make you feel good, no doubt. New things can make you happy. Spending can also wreck you if there is not more inflow and new things become old things very quickly.

When I discovered how much we were paying as taxes, I decided to spend more of it to live a little.

Why pay so much taxes when you can spend more of it on yourself first and at the same time help the economy? It was sound logic. A $3500 apartment, business class travel. They are all expenses to reduce the tax burden and also make you more functional until they become habits.

They were all justified and I enjoyed it all. I have no regrets. The only thing I regret was not looking for a way to achieve all of that while still growing. A mortgage payment is still an expense as the asset appreciates. Let each project pay for it's expensive travel or don't.

When my uncle moved from being a top bank executive with all the perks to being an entrepreneur, he struggled. I saw it firsthand. I still remember vividly the day we had 1000 Naira left at home in Benin City and used 500 Naira to order food. He wasn't daunted. We bought a bank.

My uncle is the most frugal person I know. I started doing his yearly budgets when I was 19. I know how much he budgeted for everything but what he didn't plan was to lose earnings abruptly while all of his savings were in assets he couldn't break easily. He was still very rich.

He just didn't have cash flow the day we were down to our last 1000 Naira. What saved us that day was that I also saved. I remembered he had sent me money while we were renovating the house in Benin. It was 30,000 Naira and we hadn't touched it as we spent frugally on the house.

That 30,000 became the seed for buying a bank and a telco. He didn't need to sell any house or land. Those assets kept appreciating. I learned a lesson from that but I still went to zero myself three times after. Each time, I was saved by others who saved money. I learned to save

The best thing you can do in uncertain conditions is to SAVE. This is why many took to crypto stablecoins from Africa. It was to hedge against local uncertainty. The key is to remain always functional while saving. Improving functionality doesn't mean breaking the piggy bank.

- Osaretin Victor Asemota (@Asemota)
https://twitter.com/asemota/status/1528667867021180930?s=20&t=6mdFCWB-2hLoySd6lzUzxg
Celebrities / The Intriguing Life Of Kaffy The Dancer by Ankakh: 3:58pm On Sep 23, 2021
Kaffy shot into the limelight after breaking the Guinness World Record for 'Longest Dance Party'. She is happily married to her loving husband, Joseph Ameh and they are blessed with two kids.

Here are some key things you probably do not know about her:

1. She Was "Dis-daughtered" By Her Father.

Kaffy narrated how she was disowned by her father in one of her interviews saying, "It all got to that part where I was dis-daughtered, I lost friends. I had friends who said "My mother said we should not play with you again because you are a dancer"... I chose dance when it was socially, culturally, religiously not acceptable to be a dancer.

2. She Battled Depression At A Point In Her Life.

In her book, she narrated how she was disconnected from the last born of her family for 22 years. At nine months old, the girl was nowhere to be found. They were not together for years.

3. She Was Separated From Her Sister For 22 Years.

Kaffy has always buttressed on how dance has empowered her and made her into whom she is today. One of the ways is that dance helped her "tackle depression". With all the family drama she had going on at the time, she fell into depression, but with dance, she was able to overcome it.

4. She Has A Convenient Accommodation For Her Dancers.

Apart from being a dancer, choreographer and fitness coach, Kaffy is also a humanitarian and philanthropist. She owns a duplex in Lagos, Ajah area to be specific and has since let her dancers occupy the place, both male and female. She has also taken it upon herself to always stock up the kitchen with food items for the dancers and some other visitors. One of the dancers even testified to it saying, "She is being a nice boss to us. In fact, she has been responsible for our upkeep right from the first day we all got here."

Read the full story - https://independent.ng/four-things-you-probably-missed-about-popular-nigerian-dancer-kaffy/
Foreign Affairs / Re: Afghanistan War: How Bush, Obama And Trump Lied To The US Public For Years by Ankakh: 2:03am On Aug 27, 2021
Amajerry83:
Biden did the right thing in my opinion. Americans have lost too many soldiers to this never ending war.

The US should have left since 2002 after decapitating the Taliban. But pride of folks like VP Cheney and SecDef Rumsfeld (and some guilt from too many quarters) won't let them + the US media can be very confused.

Obama couldn't leave even after killing Osama bin Laden in 2011. That was another good time to leave but politics and the military-industrial complex got in the way, plus he will lose way too much political capital at the time. I don't there will likely be much difference between then and now.

Of course, Trump continued the process and tried to end it and Biden inherited all that.

And since Biden has been involved all through the period from 2001 as a top-ranking Senator (even Chairing the powerful Senate Foreign Affairs C'ttee at some point), then VP for 8 years, he knew the best move was not to continue staying in the country longer. I'll also say that these Afghanistan papers that got into the media would have played into Biden's decision to wind this up quickly (so that all this won't be worse for the Dems in the 2022 mid-term election).
Foreign Affairs / Afghanistan War: How Bush, Obama And Trump Lied To The US Public For Years by Ankakh: 12:07am On Aug 27, 2021
The US does not like to lose. But they also do not know how to end wars (especially the ones they start). That's the story of the Vietnam war of the '60s and '70s. That's also the story of the Afghanistan war of the past 2 decades - which is now winding up by the rise again of the Taliban.

The Washington Post revealed in an expose almost 2 years ago that top officials of the United States from the last 3 Presidents (Bush II, Obama and Trump) all praised the war effort, exaggerated the results and even indicated that Suicide bombings are a last-ditch effort by the failing Taliban, all while not knowing the exact purposes of the war or specific success metrics.

Policy misdirection -

Fundamental disagreements went unresolved. Some U.S. officials wanted to use the war to turn Afghanistan into a democracy. Others wanted to transform Afghan culture and elevate women’s rights. Still others wanted to reshape the regional balance of power among Pakistan, India, Iran and Russia.

Military Confusion -

Was al-Qaeda the enemy, or the Taliban? Was Pakistan a friend or an adversary? What about the Islamic State and the bewildering array of foreign jihadists, let alone the warlords on the CIA’s payroll? According to the documents, the U.S. government never settled on an answer.

What the leaders said -

“The history of military conflict in Afghanistan [has] been one of initial success, followed by long years of floundering and ultimate failure. We’re not going to repeat that mistake.” — President George W. Bush, in a speech at the Virginia Military Institute in April 2002.

“The days of providing a blank check are over. . . . It must be clear that Afghans will have to take responsibility for their security and that America has no interest in fighting an endless war in Afghanistan.” — President Barack Obama, in a speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in Dec 2009.

More here - https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/

PS:
A comical look at the story.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEgbIUWWAJQ
Politics / What Do Conservatives Do That Give You Reason To Avoid Them? by Ankakh: 3:06pm On Jul 13, 2021
1. Wholehearted and uncritical support of Donald Trump, a dishonest man and a lifelong liberal turned conservative, who embodies the opposite of many traditional conservative values.

2. Crazy conspiracy theories that make me question the intelligence and sanity of the people peddling them with a straight face.

3. Logical inconsistencies, such as being fervently pro-gun and individualistic while calling oneself a Christian; defending the rights of fetuses (including those conceived from incest and rape) while feeling unconcerned by the plight of children born into poverty; preaching fiscal responsibility while running up the national debt whenever a Republican is in charge; being in favor of subsidies, tax cuts and bailouts for corporations, while dismissing all forms of government aid to the poor as socialism; wanting to live in a prosperous and well-run country with modern infrastructure, without being willing to pay for it through taxes, and the list goes on.

4. Claiming a monopoly on patriotism and calling every American who has a different vision for our country a traitor.

5. Sending thoughts and prayers to the families of victims of gun violence, yet being staunchly opposed to any reasonable, middle-of-the-road policy to keep deadly firearms out of the wrong hands.

6. Being more preoccupied with disenfranchising Democratic-voting Americans than protecting our elections from foreign influence and interference.

7. Having no shame about winning elections by manipulating the rules, rather than by embracing policies that most Americans support and would gladly vote for.

8. Treating political competition as a vicious, no-holds-barred exercise in which the one who sinks the lowest gets the most applause and wins the most votes.

9. Claiming to be pro-police, while cheering on the folks who assaulted police officers and wanted to hang the Vice President at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

10. Pretending to support law and order, while encouraging conservatives in Democratic-run states to defy the authority of their state governments.

11. Having more contempt for fellow Americans who disagree with their politics than for foreign adversaries actively seeking to undermine our country.

12. Standing in the way of progress, economically, socially, culturally, and even technologically, and insisting on perpetuating a dated and nostalgia-fueled version of America that is at odds with the aspirations and values of the growing majority of Americans.

https://politicsislife-us-edition.quora.com/?__ni__=0&__nsrc__=4&__snid3__=23618933387&__tiids__=32039716
Foreign Affairs / Are You A Trump Supporter? Gather Here... by Ankakh: 10:05pm On Nov 04, 2020
For the past few weeks, I've seen in online boards how people are increasingly showing their love to Donald Trump as the election draws near. I was further convinced it will make this election tighter among other things. So 2 quick questions:

Are you a Donald Trump supporter?

Why do you support him?
Technology Market / Re: This Thread Is Only For Aliexpress Shopper by Ankakh: 12:53pm On Jun 13, 2020
For those who buy phones on AliEpxress, Can I get Samsung Galaxy A21s from AliExpress?

The specs I saw on Gadgetgists looks good but it says it's not available in Nigeria.
Technology Market / Samsung Galaxy A21s Key Specs And Features by Ankakh: 12:49pm On Jun 13, 2020
Samsung Galaxy A21s is the upgraded version of the A21. It comes with a bigger 48MP main camera, unlike the 16MP camera on the A21. The smartphone also comes with a more capable CPU and a bigger battery capacity.

Full Specs on Gadgetgists.com.

The Samsung Galaxy A21s price in Nigeria is 79,000 Naira and it converts to $205 USD. You can get it in four colours which are Black, White, Blue and Red.
Business / Wrong Post by Ankakh: 3:48pm On Dec 09, 2019
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Religion / Re: Bishop Oyedepo’s 9 ‘Bodyguards’ At Shiloh 2019 Spark Controversy Online by Ankakh: 11:10pm On Dec 06, 2019
Social media has made it possible for anybody to use the internet to post anything without facts, proofs or even sensible perspectives. That's why some people want to shut it down or muscle it up.

In any case, those men standing near the altar are protocol members and they are not armed. The exact time the pictures were taken was very likely before altar call. And if you're familiar with megachurches worldwide, you will understand why that is necessary. People rushing down to the altar need to be managed and controlled - to avoid disorderliness.

In any case, since the internet is a free place to express any kind of feelings and opinions, we'll all be alright las las.
Events / ICAN, AATWA Present 51st Induction Ceremony by Ankakh: 1:36pm On Dec 02, 2019
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Association of Accounting Technicians West Africa (AATWA) present the following programmes:

51st Induction ceremony - December 17-18, 2019

This is for all the ATSWA graduates who passed the final examination before or at the September 2019 diet of ATSWA Examination that the induction ceremony has been scheduled as follows:

DAY 1 - Orientation (Compulsory)

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Time: 8:00am prompt

Participants: All AATWA Inductees only.

DAY 2 - Award of AATWA Certificates

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Time: 9:00am prompt

Participants: All AATWA Inductees & Invited Guests.

INDUCTION FEE: 24,500 NAIRA ONLY

NOTE: All Inductees should apply online.

PROCEDURE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

METHODS OF PAYMENT:

Pay Direct: Pay directly into ICAN e-Collection Account at any commercial bank. Obtain your payment receipt and thereafter generate PIN and Serial No (SNo) at ICAN website: http://www.icanonline-ngr.com/paydirect

ON-LINE REGISTRATION:
Requirements: Scanned soft copy (JPEG format, 20kb maximum file size) of your passport-sized photograph (white background) for the online registration.
Procedures: After generating PIN  and  Serial Number, complete the online form at ICAN website: www.icanportal.org/ats and click on submit.
Applicants are expected to submit printed hard copy of the Induction Application Form, certified by referee and attach the PIN Voucher, Bank Payment Teller and other relevant documents as outlined below at the Institutes’ Secretariat - Plot 16, Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos on or before Friday, November 29, 2019.
Applicants are advised to re-confirm their registration online three days after the date of registration, using the details on the PIN Voucher obtained at the bank. 

Read the full details here on Independent Newspapers.

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Jobs/Vacancies / Attention: Corps Members In Lagos by Ankakh: 10:41am On Sep 14, 2019
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Take this quick assessment to find out if you're a great fit to our team - https://vars.us/corpers-registration

N.B:
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2) The company is in the Ikeja axis (it makes sense if you live in the surrounding areas).
3) This is a non-negotiable paid internship.
4) There are lots of great things to learn as well as great opportunities for after-service.
Politics / Three Categories Of People That Can’t Benefit From New Minimum Wage by Ankakh: 5:13pm On Apr 19, 2019
There are three categories of people that are excluded from benefitting from the newly signed Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, 2019.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed the bill into law.

Those excluded are: Persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sail out of the jurisdiction; persons who are in other kinds of regulated employment are exempted by the Act.

Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), made this known while briefing State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The National Assembly had on March 19, approved N30, 000 as the new national minimum wage, with an appeal to the Federal Government to expedite action on its assent and implementation.

“This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay their workers the sum of N30, 000.

“This excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sail out of the jurisdiction; persons who are in other kinds of regulated employment are exempted by the Act.

“It also gives the workers the right if you are compelled by any circumstance to accepting a salary that is less than 30,000, for you to sue your employers to recover the balance,’’ Enang said.

Read the full story on Independent Newspapers

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Politics / Re: 2019 Presidential Election Results Announcement By Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman by Ankakh: 12:13pm On Feb 25, 2019
Get on Independent Newspapers for on-the-go live updates and side interesting stories as regards the 2019 Nigeria general elections.
Politics / This Is My Last Contest – Buhari by Ankakh: 11:03am On Feb 15, 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in Saturday’s election has said, this will be the last time he would be contesting for elections.

President Buhari said this on Thursday when he paid homage to the emir of Katsina as part of his final campaign event.

Buhari said his government had improved agriculture, reduced rice importation by 90% and people have embraced local rice production.

The President also promised to revamp the electricity supply sector to enable Nigerians witness improved economic progress.

Read the full story on Independent Newspapers
Nairaland / General / Isa Mustapha, Emir Of Lafia Dies At 84 by Ankakh: 6:35pm On Jan 10, 2019
Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai I, the Emir of Lafia and Chairman Nasarawa State traditional council of chiefs has died at the age of 84.

Alhaji Sule Abubakar, the “Ajiyan-Lafia” confirmed the death of the first class emir to newsmen on Thursday in Lafia.

According to the senior cabinet member of the emirate, the Emir died on Thursday at a Turkish Teaching hospital in Abuja following a protracted illness.

Read the full story of how the Emir of Lafia Dies At 84 in Independent Newspapers Nigeria.
Politics / Will Amaechi Recover From The Backlash Of This Insensitive Recording? by Ankakh: 12:41pm On Jan 09, 2019
These are indeed not the best of times for Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation and the Director-General of President Muhammadu Buhari Election Campaign Council. With just few days to the conduct of the 2019 presidential election, the former Rivers state governor is enmeshed in controversy of allegedly de-marketing and badmouthing the man he is meant to advertise to Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari.

In the alleged audio which has gone viral and is already generating mixed reactions from Nigerians, Amaechi was heard making disparaging remarks about the President

In the audio, Amaechi was reported to have said: “This country can never change, I swear. The only way this country can change is in a situation where everybody is killed. This country is going nowhere. When Magnus (Abe) was Secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), I told him that this country is hopeless and helpless and he told me, ‘Oga, stop it’. This cannot be coming from a governor.

“But two months (later) in Abuja, Magnus came to meet me and said, ‘I agree with you; this country is hopeless and helpless. All they do in Abuja is to share money. I have already written to the governor of Katsina State and I don’t know why he has not replied to give us the land in Daura for a university in Daura. The next university would be in my village. There was a popular saying while we were growing up, that charity begins at home. Will my own (charity) begin abroad?

“The president does not listen to anybody. He doesn’t care. You can write what you want to write. Does he read? I was flying with him in an aircraft and we saw a news report where a goat seller was complaining that he couldn’t sell his goats during Sallah because of he Buhari’s administration. And the president said what’s my business with goat sellers?”

Read the full story on Independent Newspapers.
Nairaland / General / Teleology And 9mobile: Are You Sure Your Bank Will Be Safe? by Ankakh: 12:24pm On Jan 09, 2019
As Teleology Holdings Limited begins the exit of its shareholding in the local joint venture due to dissatisfaction over the business relationship with its local partner, 9mobile Nigeria, some banks which offered credit facility to the telecoms company are already unsettled by the development.

The fear of the banks is not unconnected with the status of the amount which is yet to be repaid from the loan they lent the telecoms operator.

Already, some banks in Nigeria exposed to the $1.2 billion loan obtained by 9mobile, formerly Etisalat Nigeria, are beginning to express uneasiness over the reports of Teleology pullout from 9mobile.

Etisalat Nigeria had approached a consortium of Nigerian lenders for a credit facility aimed at expanding its operations in the country. However, when it was unable to service the loan, attempts were made by the lender to take over the company, but the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) prevented this.

Instead, the CBN set up an interim board to run the Etisalat Nigeria, which later changed its name to 9mobile, until a buyer was sourced.

Read the full story on the leading online platform of News in Nigeria.
Business / Abians Get Ready For More 'indomie' by Ankakh: 1:26pm On Jan 07, 2019
In an effort to boost the Nigerian economy and make inroad into rural industrialisation, a Nigerian based company, the Dufil Prima Food Plc, makers of Indomie Noodles has established palm [oil processing refinery in Item, Bende LGA of Abia State.

The foundation ceremony which was done at the weekend in two communities of the town, Okai and Amokwe Item will produce vegetable oil at the two locations.

It is a known fact that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had given a time limit to all companies that use refined vegetable oil as raw materials, to cease forthwith on its importation from Malaysia after the grace period which will soon expire.

The directive by the CBN also advised such affected industries to either set up plants locally to produce their raw materials or in the alternative source same from within; this had made the Dufil Prima foods Plc to seek out Item for their factory.

Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony, the Legal Adviser of the company, Mrs Nnenna Ejekam explained that the palm oil processing refinery was being established not only to create employment in the rural areas, but to comply with the directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria that all food related companies should set up plants locally to produce their raw material needs.

Read the full story on the leading platform for Online News in Nigeria.
Investment / Investors Continue Selling Off On The Nigerian Stock Exchange by Ankakh: 11:27am On Jan 07, 2019
The rout on the Nigerian equities market continued in the first week of trading activities of 2019 as investors reduced and/or exited positions in stocks ahead of the elections.

As a result, most counters on the local bourse remain undervalued, trading near one-year lows.

Persistent sell pressures in market bellwethers like Access Bank, Stanbic IBTC and Nigerian Breweries drove the All Share Index (ASI) 1.3 per cent lower week-on-week (W-o-W) to 30,638.90 points.

Similarly, the Year-To-Date (YTD) return settled at -2.5 per cent while market capitalisation decreased by N88.4 billion to N11.4 trillion when activity level weakened, as average volume and value traded declined 50.0 per cent and 47.0 per cent to N411.6 million units and N2.1 billion respectively.

The top traded stocks by volume were Diamond Bank at 401.3 million units, Union Dicon with 268.3 million units and NEM Insurance with 146.4 million units while Zenith Bank at N2.0 billion, Guaranty Trust Bank at N1.0 billion and Diamond Bank at N0.8 billion led by value.

Read the full story on the leading platform of Online News in Nigeria.
Politics / South West Vs South East: Showdown In 2023 by Ankakh: 10:30am On Jan 07, 2019
The issue of who gets the presidency in 2023 is already causing tension between the South East and South West, Daily Independent has gathered.

Some Nigerians have also alleged that it may be a calculated attempt by the northern establishment and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to use the idea of the 2023 presidency to cause crisis in the South, especially between the South West and the South East.

While the nation is yet to hold the 2019 presidential election which is billed for next month, the South West and the South East are already locked in political battle as to which zone would produce the president in 2023.

Secretary to Government of the Federation (SFG), Boss Mustapha, had stirred the hornet’s nest when he promised that the ruling APC would ensure that the South East produces the president in 2023 should they support the second term aspiration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, at a town hall meeting later, urged the people of the South West to vote for President Buhari now so that the region could get the presidency in 2023.

Read the full story on the leading platform of News in Nigeria.
Celebrities / How Much Ed Sheeran Earned Per Day In 2018 by Ankakh: 12:05pm On Jan 03, 2019
We all knew that Ed Sheeran was one of the most successful artists around, however it’s recently been revealed just how much the pop star earned every day in 2018, and it is A LOT. According to new figures released by Nathan Cable Touring, Ed Sheeran’s company for his ‘live performance of music’, his income has revealed as around £38.8 million in 2018.

In addition to this, Ed has more earnings from another company he has for his, ‘writing, recording and production of music’, Ed Sheeran Ltd. This company sees him earning, £75,000 per day, on top of the earnings from Nathan Cable Touring!

With these different earnings added together it works out at a massive £181,000 a day! Not bad for the pop star who released ‘The A-Team’ back in 2011 and has seen a huge string of successful singles and albums, including his most recent album, ‘÷’.

Read the full story on the leading Online Nigerian Newspaper.
Nairaland / General / See The Cabal Behind The Gridlock In Apapa by Ankakh: 11:40am On Jan 03, 2019
Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, the Lagos (South West) zonal chairman of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), in this interview with OLORUNDARE ENIMOLA, bares his mind on the burgeoning traffic gridlock on the Apapa road and related safety issues. Excerpts:

Sir the last time I met you, you were the secretary of the Apapa zone of NUPENG and now you are the chairman of the Lagos zone of the union, what happened?

That was not exactly correct, I was actually the south – west P.R.O of the union, before our leaders picked on me to give a shot at the chairmanship, which I did and won at the elections. It is about a year since I assumed the position and it has been remarkable doing the work.

A month ago there seems to be success recorded in the cleanup of trucks from roads leading to Apapa seaport, but now they are back. The situation seems intractable and your members have been accused of non-compliance with orders to leave the roads, what do you have to say to this and what is the solution?

There was no time that tanker drivers were responsible for blocking the roads leading to the Apapa seaport; rather it is the managers of the port operations that lacked the ingenuity to reasonably handle port operations in such a way that there will be seamless flow of trucks in and out of the port.

Could you please clarify your position?

Most of the tank depots located at the ports have their own tanker parking bays, where the trucks could park while awaiting loading, but port authorities are not giving them access to those parking bays, so they are forced to wait outside the port areas till they could be allowed in to load their products.

The issue is compounded by empty container laden trucks which are ever waiting to load imported items from the ports. And port operators have not come up with workable strategies that will expedite clearing process for container laden trucks to always get loaded faster than what is obtainable now.

Read the full interview about the incessant Apapa Gridlock and other related issues on the leading Online Nigerian Newspaper.
Politics / Fuel Subsidy Drama And 2018 Festive Season by Ankakh: 12:18pm On Dec 17, 2018
There are indications that the prevailing calm in the oil and gas industry may be sustained at a huge cost to the Federal Government as operators within the sector have intensified pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to pay subsidy arrears inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Apart from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) saddled with the task of importing most of the refined products for the teaming Nigerian motorists, Daily Independent gathered that current indebtedness to the oil marketers was in the threshold of over N800 billion.

Buhari had, upon the inception of his administration in 2015, abolished subsidy payments and criticised the previous government for using it as conduit pipe for draining the nation of its resources.

But as the yuletide gathers momentum, the oil marketers are mounting pressure on the Federal Government to redeem its pledge of paying them.

This much was observed when the Chairman, Senate Committee on Downstream, led by Senator Kabiru Marafa, paid a visit to President Buhari at the weekend.

According to Marafa, there was need for President Buhari to explore means of settling the arrears in order for mischievous elements not to take advantage of the situation to bring back fuel queues.

Read the full story about the drama around fuel subsidy from Independent Newspapers.
Jobs/Vacancies / [URGENT] Vacancy - Online Media Company by Ankakh: 3:26pm On Dec 15, 2018
VACANCY

Independent Newspapers is expanding its online platform. It seeks application from qualified candidates to occupy the following positions:

1 – Video and Graphics Editor
2 - TV Presenter (Preferably female)
3 – Online Contents Creator/Editor
4 – Advertising Sales Executives (2)
5 – Contents Publisher
6 – Online Freelance writers

Except for the online freelance writers, other applicants must have at least two years relevant working experience.

Remuneration: Attractive and negotiable

Method of application:

All applicants are expected to forward their Curriculum Vitae with the title of the role being applied for in CAPITAL letters to jobs@independent.ng on or before 10am on Monday, December 17th, 2018.
Jobs/Vacancies / Vacancy In An Online Media Outfit by Ankakh: 9:59am On Dec 14, 2018
VACANCY

Independent Newspapers is expanding its online platform. It seeks application from qualified candidates to occupy the following positions:

1 – Video and Graphics Editor
2 - TV Presenter (Preferably female)
3 – Online Contents Creator/Editor
4 – Advertising Sales Executives (2)
5 – Contents Publisher
6 – Online Freelance writers

Except for the online freelance writers, other applicants must have at least two years relevant working experience.

Remuneration: Attractive and negotiable

Method of application:

All applicants are expected to forward their Curriculum Vitae to jobs@independent.ng on or before 10am on Monday, December 17th, 2018.
Politics / Re: APC Governors To Remove Oshiomhole As Chairman, Collect Signatures by Ankakh: 9:16am On Oct 22, 2018
ANOTHER ANGLE...

According to some findings, leading the revolt against Oshiomhole are Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF); Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

Aside this, Oshiomhole has not been in the good books of some APC governors who were loyal to the immediate past national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. The arrowheads of this group are Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Since the outcome of the primary elections which did not go the way most APC governors wanted, there had been series of protests on a daily basis at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

In an exclusive interview, Yekini Nabena, the then party’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, had accused the aggrieved governors of sponsoring the protests.
Politics / Mallam Ribadu Exposes The Main Reason Behind Continuous Fulani Herders' Attacks by Ankakh: 10:58am On Oct 09, 2018
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has tried to justify attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the country.

Ribadu said the herders were being chased away from states in the country and denied opportunities for decent living.

His opinion came as the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria accused other Nigerians of unfair treatment and lamented the unlawful killing and detention of its members.

Ribadu spoke on Monday, in Abuja, at a national conference on conflict resolution, titled, ‘Towards an Enduring Peace’, organised by The Nation newspapers and Television Continental (TVC).

In an emotion-laden speech, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain tried to absolve President Muhammadu Buhari of any form of complicity in the entire crisis between Fulani herders and farmers, stressing that certain people were merely maligning the president because he was a Fulani man.

The former anti-graft boss said it was unfortunate that Nigerian people hated the Fulani people so much that they branded them as common criminals because of their nomadic and pastoral nature.

He stressed that the Fulani herders were also Nigerians and had the right to coexist with other citizens.

He said the fact that other citizens all over the country saw them as enemies made the Fulani herders to be denied the opportunities to settle together with them and graze their cattle.

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Politics / See How The Presidency Is Looking At The Whole Defection Saga by Ankakh: 2:02pm On Aug 06, 2018
Enang said that although the Senate had lined up those matters before the adjournment, there was need for them to resume because of the urgency required for the approval.

“We are appealing to the Senate leadership and all caucuses of the National Assembly to see this as a clarion call for the good of the nation.

“As the liaison officer between NASS and the Federal Government, I know it is not the intention of the lawmakers to make Nigerians suffer.

“The NASS vacation is usually planned to coincide with school vacations so that members can spend time with their children. However, this is an election year and the budget has just been appended to hence the urgent need to give approval for supplementary funds for it.

“We are not compelling them, we are appealing to them. As a liaison officer between the presidency and the NASS, my duty is to make sure that both arms stay together and work in harmony”, he said.

On the defections in the House, Enang explained that it had nothing to do with the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari and that the issues for defection were personal and domestic to the political actors.

According to him, the defections are perennial and usually happens in election years where politicians look for platforms to achieve their aspirations.

“In all the defections, they have maintained that they do not have problems with the Federal Government.

“There is too much competition within the major political parties. Politicians study the platforms and would not want to be where they may not get the tickets especially for those seeking re-election. Some need automatic tickets but their party may say no.

“Defections are not a sign of anything to worry about in a political party. None of the defectors is complaining about executive treatment of their people but about winning nominations for tickets outside,” he added.

Read the full story on one of the leading Nigerian news platform.
Politics / How FG, NFF Used Super Eagles To Play World Politics On The Plateau Killings by Ankakh: 10:22am On Jul 02, 2018
Many Nigerians have withdrawn their sympathy for the Super Eagles after concerns were raised on social media that they refused to put on a black armband in honour of those who died in the recent killings in Plateau State.

The killings occurred about 48 hours to Super Eagles Clash with Argentina in their group D fixture of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Many fans had expected that the Super Eagles would respect the victims of killings in Jos, Plateau State by wearing black armbands, but ended up being disappointed.

While some commentators described the refusal to wear the black armband as unpatriotic, others said it is political.

Those, who argued that it is political, alleged that the Federal Government through the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) deliberately shunned the idea of wearing a black armband...

Read the full story on the Independent Nigerian Newspapers.
TV/Movies / Nigeria’s Most Bitter Woman by Ankakh: 12:36pm On Apr 23, 2018
Who is Nigeria’s Most Bitter Woman?

We asked the Google Image search engine for this question and you won’t believe what we found.

But first, congratulations again to Miracle Ikechukwu Igbokwe (aka Miracle in the house) for winning the just concluded Big Brother Nigeria: Double Wahala edition.

The show finished yesterday, Sunday, 22nd April 2018 with Miracle winning the coveted price of 25 million naira, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) that costs N12 million, a holiday trip for two, full home appliances and other prizes.

Amidst the whole reality drama and intrigue of passion, emotion and fun games of 85 days, Cynthia Nwadiora, also known as CeeC, stands out with her controversial personality.

She was unmistakably confrontational and not afraid to express herself, just exactly as she feels, whenever she feels like. One of such topical moments went down when she adapted her cultural Efik attire and when she lashed out on Tobi with abuses that warranted a big warning from Big Brother.

She has taken her personality to a large extent, that has so reflected in her online image.

Read the full story of the Most Bitter Woman on Independent Newspapers.

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