FIFA President Sepp Blatter paid tribute to Nigeria’s
late football hero Rashidi Yekini Thursday.
The former Olympiacos and Vitoria Setubal striker
would have turned 50 on 23rd of October if he were
alive, and Blatter tweeted a tribute in honour of the
“Rasheed Yekini would have been 50 today. His
name as scorer of Nigeria’s first World Cup goal
lives on,” the message on Blatter’s official twitter
Yekini was top scorer in the 1994 Africa Cup of
Nations enroute to the Super Eagles winning the
competition which he was also adjudged to be the
Most Valuable Player.
Wife of Nigeria’s president, Patience Jonathan, on
Thursday added one more Honorary Doctorate
degree to her gallery after a South Korean
University honoured her.
It is Mrs. Jonathan’s fourth doctorate since becoming
Nigeria’s First Lady.
The awarding institution, Hansei University, said
they honoured Mrs. Jonathan because she had
worked“hard for many good causes.”
“She’s a humanitarian who has dedicated her life to
working for the less privileged in Nigeria and Africa
especially for women and children,”president and
Chancellor of Hansei University, Sung-Hae Kim said.
”Her vision as the defender of the poor in Nigeria
fits into Hansei University’s motto of a practising
Christian. Now she’s part of our community,” Prof.
The university also said it chose her for the degree
because of her dedication to prayer.
”I was surprised that she travelled here for the
Church Growth International conference years back
to pray for Nigeria. For her selfless work, Hansei
University confers this degree on her,”Yonggi Cho,
co-founder of the Hansei University. “I was just doing my own thing not knowing that in
far away Asia everything was being noted. I want to
assure you all that with God’s help I will do more,”
Mrs. Jonathan said, thanking the Koreans.
”My grandma used to say: `Whatever little you
have, share; If you have a thousand and you can’t
share, you won’t share a million if you have’.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the
ceremony was attended by wives of the governors
of Benue and Ebonyi, wives of the Chief of Army
Staff and the Chief of Naval Staff, among other
President Goodluck Jonathan, will today honour 10
Nigerian-Americans in a special lunch session in the
The president, who is in the country on an official
trip, will also address the United Nations General
Assembly and later confer with President Barack
Those to be honoured by the President in a New
York hotel are winners of the “Top 10 Nigerian-
Americans Award” instituted by the Christian
Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN).
According to Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United
States, Prof Ade Adefuye, the CANAN top 10 winners
and other eminent Nigerians and professionals
would be present at the special luncheon and the
winners would be introduced to President Jonathan.
A statement from CANAN Secretariat explained that
the association was determined to shine the light on
high-flying Nigerians in America as a counter-point
to negative reports and unnecessary focus on few
“rotten eggs” in the community.
President of the Christian group, Dr. James Fadele,
said: “Nigerian-Americans should no longer wait for
other people to define them, nor wait until the next
negative illustration on their behalf. We have the
ability to showcase who we are, in our own voices,
through our own stories and by using our own
Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive
Director of the United Nations Fund for Population
Activities (UNFPA) and former Nigerian Health
Minister would be delivering the keynote remarks at
the Gala and Awards Dinner.
Winners of the awards are picked from a pool of
nominees drawn from the Nigerian community in
the US and scrutinised by a panel of eight prominent
In the honours list are Judge Bunmi Awoniyi (Law
category), Augustine Esogbue (Engineering and
Technology), Mr. Emmanuel Ohuabunwa (Youth), Ola
Akinboboye (Medicine), Professor Toyin Falola
(Academics), Chief Usua Amanam (Business),
Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari (International Public
Service), among others.
Judge Awoniyi, the first Nigerian to become a
Superior Court Judge in California and possibly the
highest-ranking Nigerian-American holding the
judgeship of a state high court anywhere in the
United States, lives in California.
Esogbue, the first African to become a member of
NASA’s Safety Advisory Board, is based in Atlanta,
while Ohuabunwa, a Nigerian student who became
the first black man to emerge as the best graduating
student in John Hopkins with a 3.98 GPA, is currently
an MD candidate in Yalem.
Akinboboye, a New York-based award-winning
nuclear cardiologist is being honoured as leader of
black cardiologists in the US.
Falola, a Professor of History at the University of
Texas, is the most-decorated Nigerian scholar in the
US; while the California-based Amanam probably
made the list because he built the first private
refinery in Nigeria.
New York-based Nigerian diplomat, Gambari, served
the United Nations in some of the toughest
diplomatic spots in the world, including Darfur,
where he led the largest UN and international
peacekeeping mission ever.
Courtesy of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the
2013 edition of the two-day conference, which has
become synonymous with global fight against
poverty, kicks off tomorrow in New York, with
Founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
and the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Messrs Bill Gates
and Tony Elumelu, scheduled to discuss effective
philanthropy as panacea for markets-induced gaps.
The duo will be discussing how effective
philanthropy can accelerate progress in the fight
against global poverty.
Organisers of the event, had, in a statement issued
last week, said that the solution to the world’s most
pressing challenges could only be found in
ambitious risk-taking, effective partnerships, and
the most efficient use of resources.
“While market solutions can be used to create
economic opportunities, philanthropy is still
essential to solve issues that cannot be addressed
by markets alone,” the statement posited.
Discussions, according to the Clinton Global
Initiative, will focus on how to promote collaboration
among multiple stakeholders, including
philanthropists, governments, private sector,
investors, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs to
address intractable global issues.
The 2013 Clinton Global Initiative is expected to
design and establish strategies for innovative
financing, such as impact investing, and
philanthropic funds to complement one another,
allowing them to scale up exemplary projects.
Hosted by President Bill Clinton, the annual meeting
will bring CGI members together under this year’s
theme of “Mobilising for Impact,” which focuses on
involving the right people and resources needed to
drive effective action on global challenges.
President Goodluck Jonathan has reshuffled his
cabinet, dropping nine ministers.
The ministers affected are Ruqayat Rufai (Education); Zainab Kunchi (Power, [state]); Buka Tijani (Agriculture [state]), Shamsudeen Usman (National Planning; Ita Okon (science and technology); Olugbenga Ashiru (foreign affairs);
Ama Pepple (lands) and Hadiza Mailafia (environment).
I personally, am not surprised as President Jonathan had long been expected to rejig his lackluster cabinet by a lot of Nigerians…ijs.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has
said it is continuing its nationwide strike on
the advice of university students.
In a telephone interview with SUNDAY
PUNCH, the President of the union, Dr.
Isa Fagge, said students were tired of
the incessant industrial actions by the university
lecturers due to the Federal Government’s failure to
implement the agreement it had with ASUU since
Fagge said the union had decided to heed the advice
of the students to continue the strike until the
Federal Government fully implemented the
“Our students have come out to say they don’t want
us to call off the strike until the Federal Government
answers us, because they don’t want us to call off
now and later we go back to strike again. So, we are
heeding the advice of our students,” he said.
On the complaint by the Federal Government that it
lacked the funds to implement the agreement,
Fagge said it was not all about money, noting that
government did not need funds to start
implementing some parts of the agreement.
“There are issues and agreement they can
implement without money. Why don’t they begin
with those ones?” he asked.
He added that it was unfortunate that the
government had pulled out of dialogue with ASUU,
stating that the union would not be intimidated.
He said, “Now, government has pulled out of the
dialogue. We thought we were the ones going on
strike, but now government has also gone on
Last Thursday, university students under the
auspices of the National Association of Nigerian
Students reportedly staged a peaceful protest in
Ado-Ekiti and flayed the Federal Government for
failing to honour the agreement it had with ASUU
The students, who were from public universities,
threatened to disrupt activities of private
universities, adding that the government was not
bothered about their plight because children of
government officials were studying either in private
universities or overseas.
The university lecturers began an indefinite strike
on July 1 and have been demanding full
implementation of the agreement ASUU had with
the Federal Government in 2009, which among other
things include the UNESCO-recommended 26 per
cent budgetary allocation for education. However,
the government said it could not implement the
agreement, and is seeking re-negotiation.
The Federal Government, last Wednesday, accused
ASUU of being unrealistic by continuing its
nationwide strike and asked it to rethink its
demands, considering other commitments
The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who
gave government’s position on the strike when he
briefed journalists at the end of the weekly meeting
of the Federal Executive Council, said apart from
security, education was one of the sectors the
government had expended a lot of money on.
President Goodluck Jonathan reortedly
sacked the Minister of Youth
Development, Inuwa Abdulkadir,
with immediate effect from yesterday. The sack of the minister who was appointed last year was announced through a statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation. The release ordered the
minister to hand over to the
Permanent Secretary of the Federal
Ministry of Youth Development.
Abdulkadir was appointed last year
to replace former Minister of Sports,
Alhaji Yusuf Sulieman who resigned
his ministerial appointment to
enable him contest the Sokoto State
gubernatorial election then. Both
the governor of Sokoto, Aliyu
Wamakko and House of Reps
Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
also from the seat of caliphate are
opposed to the second term
ambition of President Goodluck
Jonathan in 2015.
The statement terminating the
minister’s appointment reads: “His
Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele
Jonathan, GCFR President and
Commander –in-Chief of the Armed
Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria
has relieved Inuwa Abdul-kadir, Esq
of his appointment as Honourable
Minister of Youth Development with
effect from the 26th of August,
“The former Minister is to hand over
to the Permanent Secretary of the
Federal Ministry of Youth
Development. Mr. President
expresses appreciation to the
Former Minister for the time he put
in the services of the nations and
wishes him success in his future
endeavours.” There has got to be some back story that we the “masses” aren’t privy to…..ijs.
The end to the present strike by the
Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) may be in sight as President
Goodluck Jonathan has approved
N400 billion for the infrastructural
development of Nigerian universities.
The document to this effect is expected to
be made available today at the meeting of
the presidential committee on
implementation of the NEEDS assessment
in the universities with the leaders of the
four university-based unions – the Senior
Staff Association of Nigerian Universities
(SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of
Educational and Associated Institutions
(NASU), the National Association of
Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the
Academic Staff Union of Universities
The President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke,
made the revelation while addressing his
union members at the SSANU National
Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held
at the weekend at the University of Abuja.
Ugwoke, briefing the SSANU members on
the activities of the NEEDS assesment
implementation committee, led by Benue
State Governor, Gabriel Suswam. He noted
that the fund was different from the N100
billion Governor Suswam had raised from
donor agencies and big companies to
tackle the problems of Nigerian
universities in 2013.
The labour leader said: “Let me give you a
tip on what the NEEDS assessment
committee is doing. The president has
approved that within the next four years;
N400 billion would be expended in
infrastructural development of Nigerian
universities, to transform the universities
to international standard.
“N100 billion has already been raised by
Suswam committee out of which 61
universities have been pencilled down, as
contained in the NEEDS assessement
committee. The N100 billion is expected
to address needs of the universities in the
areas which include re-furbishing and
renovation of lecture theatres and lecture
halls, re-furbishing and renovation of
laboratories/libraries and the renovation of
“The second category is building of new international standard hostels, self-
contained rooms and also the state-of-
the-art laboratories as well as classrooms,
lecture theatres and the halls.”
Ugwoke pointed out that the money had
been shared and out of the N100 billion,
N96 billion had been sent to universities.
He added: “The committee is meeting
again on Monday, and by Monday (today),
the document will be out. This time
around, it is not only by giving university
money, but it will be monitored to ensure
that the money is used to transform the
universities, to bail universities out of the
present situation enabling them develop to an
internationally recognized university
standard.”. Source: Daily Sun Newspaper
The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has expressed hopes to fully develop the capacity of about six million Nigerian youth through the Integrated Youth Empowerment Programme (IYEP) launched
with the Mara Foundation within 12 months.
In collaboration with Mara Foundation, the FGN said it hopes to lessen the number of youth unemployment across the country. Speaking on the programme, Special Adviser to
President Goodluck Jonathan on Youth
Empowerment, Ambassador Obinna Adim explained that the partnership between the Government and Mara Foundation was essentially to proffer a formidable base for youth empowerment in the country, adding that the initiative aims to provide solutions for youth leadership and development.
“The mentorship programme will serve as a provider of non-formal education aimed at bridging the gap between school and life after school; enhancing young people’s potential for success by making them approach life as
entrepreneurs,” Adim said.
Adim noted that the support services were expected to transform business ideas of entrepreneurs into profitable and thriving business entities that would employ other Nigerians and contribute to local, state and
OAN, I am rooting for the 32 year old Billionaire and Founder/CEO of Mara Group/Mara Foundation, Ashish J. Thakkar to take home the first ever Future Awards “African Young Person of the Year Award”……ijs.
Some members of the executive committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have disowned their national president over his alleged support to the federal government over the ongoing strike embarked by the Academic Staff
Union of Universities (ASUU).
Other members of the exco including its national assistant secretary general Ali Abdullahi Mohammed, the national sports director, Talib Abubakar Gumel, the director of travels and exchange, Olusegun Oyebisi while briefing newsmen in Abuja yesterday, said the national president did not consult with any of them before making the statement on behalf of the association.
The students said as far as they are concerned students do not remain neutral in the matter as the federal government nor are the striking workers acting in the best interest of students by carrying out the strike.
Mohammed who spoke on behalf of the other exco members said it is wrong for the national president to say that they are backing the federal
government on the issue when it is clear that both parties did not take the students into consideration before and during the strike.
He said for the national president to have gone to the extent of involving NANS in the issue of Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the President, shows
that he has other motives for speaking on the issue rather than concern for students.
Mohammed said students have no business with the issue as it remains a matter between the governor and the president adding that they have never heard either Amaechi or Governor Sule
Lamido of Jigawa saying they are interested in running as president. BTW, today is the 1 month anniversary of the ASUU strike (exactly 2 months to the celebration of Nigeria’s 53rd anniversary)…… So help us God.