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Politics / Report Of Alleged Attempted Theft Of Railway Coaches In Maiduguri Fake-nrc by pheelbert: 2:50pm On Oct 15
The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has categorically denied the report of an attempted stealing of railway coaches in Maiduguri, Borno State.

In a statement issued in Lagos, Fidet Okhiria, the managing director of NRC, refuted the claims, calling them erroneous and misleading. The report, which had gained traction on various social media platforms, allegedly originated from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

According to Okhiria, the coaches in question are actually being relocated to the NRC running shed in Jos, Plateau State for maintenance and repair purposes before being put back into operation. This clear misinformation has caused unnecessary alarm and panic among the public.

The NRC is vehemently focused on improving and expanding the Rail Mass Transit system across the nation, ensuring efficient and reliable transportation for all Nigerians.

These fabricated claims undermine the efforts of the NRC in revitalizing the railway sector and providing an affordable and convenient mode of transportation for the masses.

The NRC assures the public that it remains committed to its mandate of delivering a safe and secure railway network while debunking any misleading reports that may hinder the progress of this critical transportation infrastructure.

It is vital for the public to rely on accurate and verified information from credible sources to avoid unnecessary panic and misinformation. The NRC urges Nigerians to exercise caution when consuming news from social media platforms and to verify such claims through official channels.

By dismissing the false report, the NRC is consolidating its position as a reliable authority and ensuring that the public has full confidence in the safety and reliability of the railway system.

Foreign Affairs / Israeli Police Assault BBC Journalists At Gunpoint During Coverage by pheelbert: 10:45am On Oct 14
Journalists from the BBC were subjected to a horrifying ordeal when they were assaulted and held at gunpoint by Israeli police in Tel Aviv while reporting on the ongoing conflict in Israel. Muhannad Tutunji, Haitham Abudiab, and their team from BBC Arabic were on their way to their hotel when their vehicle was abruptly intercepted.

The journalists were forcibly removed from their car, which was clearly marked with red tape indicating that it belonged to a television network. They were then searched and forcefully pressed against a nearby wall. This unwarranted act of aggression raises serious concerns about the safety and independence of press coverage in Israel.

A spokesperson from the BBC highlighted the importance of journalists being able to report on the Israel-Gaza conflict without encountering such distressing incidents. Mr. Tutunji and Mr. Abudiab had clearly identified themselves as BBC journalists and had even presented their press ID cards to the police officers.

During the altercation, Mr. Tutunji attempted to capture the incident on film, but his phone was forcibly thrown to the ground and he was struck on the neck. This excessive use of force against journalists is deeply concerning and contradicts the principles of press freedom.

The BBC has reached out to the Israeli police for an official comment on the incident. It is crucial that they promptly address this matter and provide an explanation for the actions of their officers.

Meanwhile, the situation in Israel and Gaza remains highly volatile. The Palestinian militant group Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 1,300 lives. In response, Israel conducted retaliatory air strikes, further escalating the death toll in Gaza to over 1,400 people. A ground offensive is also expected to commence soon.

In a deeply troubling move, Israel has issued an order for approximately 1.1 million people in the northern part of the Gaza Strip to relocate to the south of the territory within 24 hours. The United Nations has vehemently called on Israel to withdraw this order due to its potentially catastrophic humanitarian consequences.

Conversely, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has instructed civilians to disregard the evacuation order, deeming it as “false propaganda.” The situation remains tense, and the international community is closely monitoring the developments in the region.


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Celebrities / ‘our Baby Is Just 5-month-old’ – Mohbad’s Babymama Laments His Death by pheelbert: 11:46am On Sep 13
Omowunmi, the longtime girlfriend and babymama of late Nigerian singer, Ilerioluwa Olademeji Aloba, aka Mohbad, has mourned the passing of her lover.

Media Talk Africa reported that Mohbad, 27, died on Tuesday. His family confirmed the rapper’s death in a statement released late Tuesday.

Mourning the ‘Feel Good’ crooner, Omowunmi lamented that their son, Liam is just clocked five months.

Taking to her Instagram story, she wrote, “Our son Liam is just 5months today. Where do I start from?

“Somebody should help me, I can’t do this alone.

“Our love story was a different one. We fought really hard to be here.

“Ah I don’t wish this type of pain on anyone.”


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Sports / Bendel Insurance And Enugu Rangers Set To Renew Age-long Rivalry In FA Cup Final by pheelbert: 8:34am On Jun 02
Nigeria’s Bendel Insurance and Enugu Rangers have secured their places in the final of this year’s edition of FA Cup. The two Nigeria Professional Football League rivals overcame their opponents on Thursday to book their spot in the final.

Enugu Rangers reached the final after recording a 1-0 win over Plateau United in Ijebu Ode. Godwin Obaje, a former NPFL top scorer, scored the only goal of the match in stoppage time to prevent the game from going into straight penalties.

Meanwhile, Bendel Insurance defeated Warri Wolves 3-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in regulation time, with Amas Obasogie making a crucial save in the penalty shootout to see his side through.

With this victory, the two NPFL sides will renew their age-long rivalry once again in the final. Both teams have met twice in the final, with Insurance winning the first in 1978 with a 3-0 scoreline, and Rangers winning the second in 1981 with a 2-0 win.

The date for the final will be announced by the Nigeria Football Federation soon.


Politics / Otti Plans To Recruit 5,000 Teachers by pheelbert: 8:14am On May 30
Abia State Governor, Alex Otti has announced that his administration intends to employ a minimum of 5,000 teachers to address the shortage in primary and secondary schools. In his inaugural speech at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Monday, Otti disclosed his administration’s plan to employ at least 5,000 teachers to address the shortage in primary and secondary schools. He stated that this was part of his administration’s commitment to rebuilding the school system, which would produce quality students that would be relevant to the needs of modern society.

The governor also noted that he would work with his team and relevant stakeholders within the next month to design an appropriate framework for the recruitment process. The governor emphasized that young graduates in education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as those willing to serve in rural communities, would be given priority.

He said: “We shall see to it that our teachers undergo regular refresher courses to update their knowledge and teaching skills so that they will stay relevant in their chosen fields.

“It must also be stated that under our government, teachers shall never be shabbily treated as reportedly had been the custom in the past.

“The paucity of infrastructure in our educational system shall be addressed stridently.”

Meanwhile, Otti has also declared a state of emergency on refuse disposal and waste management in Umuahia and Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state. He emphasized that a healthy urban environment would be a top priority for his government and has directed the State Environmental Protection Agency to evacuate all refuse heaps within the two cities.

The governor has also announced that his administration will commence the payment of May salaries and pensions to all civil servants and retirees in the next few days.

“There shall be no more distinction between the so-called ‘core’ and ‘non-core’ civil servants in the state.

“From June, all salary and pension obligations of the state would be settled by the 28th of every month.

“My commitment during my campaigns to pay off all outstanding salary and pension arrears remains sacrosanct.

“Within the next one week, I shall set up appropriate mechanisms to ensure that all legitimate employees and retirees are identified and paid their due entitlements,” Otti said.

Governor Otti emerged victorious in the March 18 governorship election under the banner of the Labour Party.


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Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Pilots Brain Drain Hits Africa – IATA by pheelbert: 9:15am On May 18
Jobs/Vacancies / Pilots Brain Drain Hits Africa – IATA by pheelbert: 9:14am On May 18
The International Air Transport Association, IATA, has stated that with the operationalization of the 1500-hour flight rule, there is a brain drain in Africa concerning qualified pilots.

IATA Director General, WIllie Warsh, disclosed this recently during the “Focus Africa” virtual launch.

He explained that while Africa suffered the mass exodus of Pilots, the United States of America and Canada enjoyed brain gain.

Walsh pointed out that the 1500-hour rule has created a situation where highly qualified individuals leave their home region or country for better career prospects in the USA over time.

“The 1500-hour rule has caused a shortage of qualified pilots in the USA, not Europe. It makes the country attractive. In Africa, it leads to a situation whereby talents leave the continent to other countries,” he said.

The 1500-hour rule means the number of flying hours required to become a qualified commercial Pilot in the USA and Canada.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world only needs 250 hours to qualify as a Commercial Pilot.


Foreign Affairs / Re: Montana Becomes First US State To Pass Ban On Tiktok by pheelbert: 4:24am On May 18
Foreign Affairs / Montana Becomes First US State To Pass Ban On Tiktok by pheelbert: 4:19am On May 18
Montana has become the first American state to pass legislation that outlaws the use of TikTok, with the law expected to go into effect in 2022. Many US lawmakers have been calling for a national ban on the Chinese-owned social media platform, citing concerns over its security and impact.

Under the new law, each time a user accesses and/or downloads TikTok, they will be in violation and face a $10,000 fine per day. Additionally, Apple and Google will be required to remove the app from their respective app stores. Companies that violate this law will also face possible daily fines.

The move is expected to be challenged in court by various companies and individuals who claim that it infringes on their First Amendment rights. Some advocates argue that the ban is actually rooted in anti-Chinese sentiment and unfairly targets TikTok users. ACLU Montana Policy Director Keegan Medrano criticized state political leaders, saying that they have “trampled on the free speech of hundreds of thousands of Montanans who use the app to express themselves, gather information, and run their small business…”

However, the ban will be voided if TikTok is acquired by a company that is incorporated in a country not designated as a foreign adversary by the United States.

TikTok has been the target of several governments worldwide. The app is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, and many western governments claim that it is being used by the Chinese government as a tool of espionage. Despite TikTok’s insistence to the contrary, the US government has banned the app on government devices, and Montana’s new law is just the latest in a series of measures taken against the popular social media app.

Montana’s ban comes at a time when there are proposals of national legislation that could give the White House increased powers to oversee Chinese tech companies. It is believed that the debate over TikTok’s ban in Montana will serve as a legal test for a national ban, which many lawmakers believe is necessary to prevent the risk of security breaches by foreign-owned apps such as TikTok.

Ultimately, TikTok has stated that the ban’s constitutionality will be decided by the courts, and US citizens who use the app will likely be paying close attention.


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Politics / Re: May Day: I’ll Pay Workers Living Wage — Tinubu by pheelbert: 2:41pm On May 01
Nigerian workers poorer under APC, says Atiku

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has said the current N30,000 minimum wage is inadequate to cater to the average Nigerian worker.

Mr Abubakar, who was the candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party PDP, made the remark in a message to Nigerian workers to commemorate the 2023 International Workers Day on May 1st.

While encouraging the workers to stay optimistic, Mr Abubakar observed that the hyperinflation in all sectors of the nation’s economy under the current administration has constituted serious socio-economic strangulation for the Nigerian worker.

“In Nigeria of today, the minimum wage of N30,000 cannot buy a full bag of rice, let alone cloth or pay for a worker’s many utility bills.

“Hyperinflation in all sectors of our nation has constituted serious socio-economic strangulation to the average Nigerian worker, who’s now poorer than in 2015 when APC came to power,” he said.

Mr Abubakar advised workers to see the 2023 Worker’s Day as a moment for “sober reflection and stock-taking given the myriad of socio-economic tribulations facing them in the last eight years.”

He added that the lives and welfare of workers and their families have been reduced to the “abyss of mere existence due to the litany of policy errors by the ruling APC government, which created insecurity in all facets of workers’ lives — food, shelter, health, wealth and education.”

Politics / Resident Doctors’ Demands Absurd, Says Ngige by pheelbert: 2:39pm On May 01

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has described the demands of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors in an ultimatum issued to the Federal Government as absurd.

Ngige said the government has given the doctors everything they want and their sense of entitlement is “too much.”

NARD had on Saturday given the Federal Government two weeks to meet its demands or face industrial disharmony.

The doctors are demanding an immediate increment in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to the tune of 200 per cent of the current gross salaries of doctors.

The doctors also want the immediate withdrawal and jettisoning of the bill seeking to compel medical and dental graduates to render five-year compulsory services in Nigeria before being granted full licences to practise.

They also want the immediate implementation of CONMESS, domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act and review of hazard allowance by all the state governments as well as private tertiary health institutions where any form of residency training is done; among others.

Speaking on Arise Television on Monday, Ngige said the doctors’ demands are absurd and have the option of leaving the country.

He said employers are entitled to keep employees’ salaries if they go on strike.

“If the NARD who we have been managing their matter, we are giving them everything they want, including their Medical Resident Training Fund, we are paying them, even when in training, pay them a full salary, pay them all the allowances and you decided that we have not done enough. Like I said before, you have an option to go. It is left for the education ministry and the health ministry to fashion out what they can do.

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“You asked that a bill by one of the members of the House of Representatives be removed and that is one of the reasons you want to go on strike. How can the government tell a member who has done a private member’s bill… It is not even an executive bill, you now release it as one of the conditions of going on strike, that is absurd.

“The entitlements syndrome, the sense of entitlement is too much in this country and like I said earlier, you obey the law you look odd, you apply the law, you look odd or you are a wicked man. I don’t have any apologies for whatever I have done in the management of trade disputes,” Ngige said.

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Politics / Edo Govt Gets Tentative Approval For Airport by pheelbert: 6:57pm On Mar 26

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said his government is committed to the development of a new airport in Auchi, Edo North Senatorial District of the State after it got tentative approval from the Federal Government.

Briefing journalists in Auchi, at the weekend, Obaseki noted that the government is working with aviation experts to finalise the survey of the airport project.

He said, “The charting of the airport is already ongoing to ensure the safety measures required for approval of the airport project as safety is the main consideration.

“We want to make sure that the approaches for landing on the airport runway are clear and safe for landing and will not endanger the aircraft.

“These are the final reports and studies that are being conducted and as soon as we get final approval, we will break ground and commence construction of the Auchi Airport,” the governor reassured.

He added, “This is not a political project. Between Benin City and Abuja on this axis, which is more than 600 km, there is no airport.

“From the transportation standpoint, it makes a lot of commercial sense to have an airport in Edo North. More importantly, there are emerging businesses, particularly in the areas of mining and academia.

“There are two cement companies producing over 6 million tonnes of cement in this axis. There are a lot of activities to support an airport in this area.”

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