Governor Akpabio, Please, Pay Primary School Teachers Their Entitlements

By Inibehe Effiong

Can you believe that up to today 17 August, 2014 the “uncommon transformation” governor of Akwa Ibom State is yet to pay primary school teachers in the state their July salary? Primary school teachers in the state who retired since 1991 till date have not received their gratuity.

Village head in Ikot Ubo, Nsit Ibium Local Government Area, Akwa  Ibom State, Chief Peter Nduche on hunger strke

Village head in Ikot Ubo, Nsit Ibium Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Chief Peter Nduche on hunger strke

This is happening in a state that is currently receiving the highest revenue from the federation account, a state where hundreds on millions of naira are being dissipated on a daily basis on frivolities. All the nauseating noises about free and compulsory education in the state is just a propaganda. What is the quality of the so-called free and compulsory education? How are teachers in the state faring? It is a fraud.

The last time I complained about late payment of salary to primary school teachers in the state, one of the governor’s media aide, Usoro Usoro, unfriend me on Facebook. If they like let them send police or SSS after me this time, it will not deter me from exposing the failings and atrocities of the Godswill Akpabio administration. The amount that the governor is using to maintain his private jet and retain the services of four pilots as I am told may be close to the salaries of these oppressed teachers.

Given that the governor himself is the son of a late primary school teacher, one would have expected Akpabio to pay serious attention to the welfare of primary school teachers in the state and resolve the perennial disadvantages besetting primary school teachers in the state .

Governance is suffering in the state because of dirty politicking. The governor is fighting desperately to install a stooge as successor and go to the Senate to hid when the masses are suffering and smiling.

Chadian troops rescue 85 Nigerian hostages from Boko Haram

A video of Abubakar Shekau, who claims to be the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, is shown on September 25, 2013. Boko Haram is an <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/27/world/africa/nigeria-year-of-attacks'>Islamist militant group waging a campaign of violence</a> in northern Nigeria. The group's ambitions range from the stricter enforcement of Sharia law to the total destruction of the Nigerian state and its government. Click through to see recent bloody incidents in this strife-torn West African nation:A video of Abubakar Shekau, who claims to be the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, is shown on September 25, 2013. Boko Haram is an Islamist militant group waging a campaign of violence in northern Nigeria. The group’s ambitions range from the stricter enforcement of Sharia law to the total destruction of the Nigerian state and its government. Click through to see recent bloody incidents in this strife-torn West African nation:
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Islamist terror group abducted 97 people last week, security sources say
  • Chadian security forces stopped a convoy along Lake Chad
  • 85 of the hostages in the convoy were rescued, authorities said
 

Kano, Nigeria (CNN) — Chadian troops have rescued 85 Nigerianskidnapped last week by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, security and human rights sources in Nigeria said Saturday.

Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents stormed the Doron Baga fishing and farming village on the shores of Lake Chad late Sunday through Monday and took away 97 young men and boys plus several women, residents said. The raiders killed 28 residents and burned scores of homes, according to residents.

The hostages were loaded onto motorboats and ferried into neighboring Chad, with residents saying they feared the hostages would be forcefully conscripted as foot soldiers.

Chadian security officials reported intercepting a convoy of buses carrying 85 Nigerians” believed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from Baga,” a Nigerian security source said.

“The convoy being led by six Boko Haram gunmen was stopped on the Chadian part of the border along Lake Chad for routine checks and the huge number in the convoy raised suspicion,” said the source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the issue.

An official of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Maiduguri confirmed the rescue of the 63 male and 22 female hostages.

The source, who asked that his name not be used, said more than 30 hostages were still being held by Boko Haram. He said their captors sped off with them in motorboats when they spotted the convoy being questioned by Chadian soldiers.

Boko Haram has been waging a five-year armed insurgency to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. The group has carried out series of abductions, including the April kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from a boarding school in the town of Chibok.

Boko Haram uses its hostages as conscripts and sex slaves, according to authorities. They say Boko Haram has killed more than 12,000 people and displaced more than half a million residents.

B-r-e-a-k-i-n-g News: PETER OBI HAS RESIGN as APGA BoT CHAIRMAN and LEADER, SET TO JOIN HIS CRIMINAL COLLEAGUES IN PDP Party

Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has resigned as Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and National Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), a source close to him told News Express.

“Peter Obi has resigned,” APGA chieftain Stanley Chira told News Express minutes ago.

He did not give details.

News Express is making efforts to reach Peter Obi to throw more light on the issue.

Widely acknowledged as the man who kept APGA alive over the past decade, Mr. Obi had recently been denied appointment as a minister by President Goodluck Jonathan because he refused to defect from APGA to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The two-term governor had penultimate Friday in Awka-Etiti, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, lamented that the failure by APGA to ratify the positions has made it impossible for him to carry out the duties expected of him.

The Sun hit by criticism after ‘Satan boy’ article.

Outrage greets tabloid’s front-page story that shows pictures and names infant with apparent emblem of Lucifer on his chest

 

The Sun Front Page - 29/7/14

The Sun front page with the story. Photograph: The Sun

Pictures of a half-naked four-year-old boy with a “mark of the devil” birthmark on his chest were published by the Sun on its front page, prompting MPs to complain the article was irresponsible, embarrassing and damaging to the child.

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston told the Guardian that she would refer the story to the Press Complaints Commission, arguing it was wrong to publish unpixellated images of the boy, who the tabloid also chose to name.

Wollaston said:”It is a completely outrageous headline, and to link that with an identifiable picture of a child is wholly inappropriate on every level. This is absolutely not lighthearted. What possible justification can there be for including this child’s face, or for saying this child is marked by the devil? It is the most irresponsible piece of journalism I have seen for a long time.”

The Sun published the story under the headline “Boy, 4, has mark of devil”. Its editor, David Dinsmore, was on duty and is understood to have taken the decision to press ahead with the story.

The child’s mother is quoted saying: “Just looking at it made me shake, thinking something unnatural had visited my boy. Something or someone made the sign on him but we just can’t explain how.”

Tom Watson, a Labour MP and key adversary of the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper during the Commons inquiry into phone hacking, tweeted: “Tomorrow’s sun headline is “Boy, 4 has mark of the devil”. Do you ever get embarrassed @rupertmurdoch? Please sort it out.”

Other Twitter users expressed outrage. Some speculated the mark had been caused by a hairdryer burn.

A M Dewhurst@scode83 wrote “The front page of The Sun has a story about a 4 year old boy supposedly having the mark of Satan. This is a mainstream newspaper people,” while @sonofspeke tweeted: “The Sun soars away into the 17th century “Boy has Satan’s Mark”.

User @angledweb said: “The Sun is literally demonising a child on its front page. Surely that’s abuse.”A spokesman for the Sun said the story was provided by the parents, who had already publicised the pictures and story on Facebook. “We sought to treat it in a lighthearted fashion, highlighting the apparently fanciful link to the occult,” he added.

The paper did not comment when asked whether or not the child’s parents were paid. The spokesman’s statement said instead: “We did not encourage the parents to embellish or expand the story; it came to us, and had already been the subject of discussion [raised by the parents] on social media. It’s also worth noting that no concerns were expressed about the child’s welfare.

“An unusual mark appears, the mother gets it checked out by a doctor who confirms there is no medical reason why it should be there, and discharges her. Social workers are not involved.”

The story said the mark appeared on 23 May and had gone by 16 June.

Dr Evan Harris, a member of the campaign group Hacked Off, said that the editor’s code clearly stated that consent must be obtained before a child’s picture was used.

But Harris added: “The boy has a right to privacy and not to be bullied at school and, even though the parents have consented which gives the Sun legal cover, it is unethical to trample on those privacy rights. The Sun could have pixellated the boy’s face and not provided the surname and still run the non-story.”

Breaking News: Akpabio Stops Robinson Uwak’s Documentary on A.I.T

By Weekly Insight Newspapers

The anti-democratic tendencies of Akwa Ibom state governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio received a major boost with the stopping, today, of a documentary scheduled for airing on the network of African Independent Television (AIT) at the instance of the governor.

 

Akpabio and Robson Uwak.

Akpabio and Robson Uwak.

Hon Robinson Awak, the member representing Oron Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, had following his recent crusade for attention to the rot in his constituency, had prepared a one hour documentary on the utter decay of infrastructure in Oro land. The documentary was scheduled to be aired today, August 4, 2014. Few minutes to the time, the television station got in touch with him that the programme has been “differed”.
Not satisfied with the import of his documentary being differed, the lawmaker made further inquiries and was told that the Akwa Ibom state governor had ordered that the tape should not be played. Uwak was thereafter asked to come and get back his money,
Satisfied with his executive use of powers, the governor put a call through to the Representative and spent an hour on the phone, cajoling him on the why he should not put his government in bad light by showing the documentary. He told Uwak to come to the lodge for a better approach to the special case of Oro marginalization. He promised that the lawmaker would be accorded access when the lawmaker informed him that he had remained inaccessible.
The documentary was a response to the challenge by government apologists that Oro land has been treated the same way other areas in the state had been treated by the Akpabio administration.
Speaking to our correspondent on the issue, an aide said, “It (The documentary) showcased for the world to see firsthand another side of the uncommon transformation going on in Akwa Ibom state. It was supposed to be used as a counter poise to the serial and wanton use of the media to give an impression that all is too well with the state.”
Meanwhile the Oro-born lawmaker has threatened to put the documentary on CNN and dared the governor to bribe his way out of the global media attention it would present.
He wrote shortly after the botching of his documentary show on his facebook;
“Only the guilty are afraid. Everyday Your Excellency, you air your documentary “Uncommon Transformation” across television stations. I have never gone to bribe any television station to stop it. Your actions today is undemocratic as you have attempted to silence the voice of the voiceless. I will still advice that the concerns of the Oro people be urgently addressed otherwise you may need to fuel your jet and head to CNN to stop the next documentary.

“I wish you a safe flight Sir”.
This is one of a series of statements put out by the lawmaker to call attention to what he calls “criminal and indecent marginalization” of his Oro land. He insists that if his crusade for attention to Oro land would cost him a second term ticket, that he was ready. He decried the lopsided development going on in the state, referring to the governor, for effect, as the “uncommon transformer of Annang land”.
In an attempt to dispel the insinuation that Oro had been marginalised, the Akwa Ibom state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, took a swipe at the lawmaker calling his statement a “dishonourable verse”. Umanah noted that the governor has developed the state evenly and drew the attention of the lawmaker to such infrastructure as airport, 49 urban roads, Ibaka seaport and the bridge at Etebi Ewang.

 

Senator Chris Anyanwu Weeps At Oru Owerri As Okorocha Calls Her Prostitute, Husband-Slapper

Chris Anyanwu
Chris Anyanwu
The 2014 edition of Oru Owerri Cultural Festival turned sour for the member representing Owerri Senatorial Zone at the Nigerian Senate, Senator Chris Anyanwu as she wept uncontrollably at the event Saturday evening following the insults meted to her by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.
The event, which held at Ugwu Ekwema Civic Centre along Egbu Road, Owerri, had the governor, his deputy and the entire state executive council with Senator Anyanwu and other aspirants like Ken Njemanze, Chief Ernest Ibejiakor, Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi representing Owerri Federal Constituency, etc, present.
Okorocha, who spoke immediately after he was officially inducted into theAzuike age-grade ( people from 50 years and above) showed the senator what he had in stock for her when he placed her last in the protocol list after the transition chairman of Owerri Municipal.
He started by telling the crowd that trooped out to the event that following his numerous achievements in the last three years in the state, time had come for them not to allow criminals to occupy leadership position anymore.
He said he had reduced traffic gridlock in the city of Owerri and had connected the Old and New Owerri with good inland roads and bridges.
The governor said those who held the state to ransom without any useful achievements in 12 years had all come out again, wanting to govern the state, a move he urged them to stop by all means.
He added that no more will 419 men and criminals be allowed to govern the state again.
Then, in an apparent reference to Senator Anyanwu who was seated after Hon. Ernest Ibejiakor near the governor, Okorocha told the crowd not to allow “a woman who slaps her husband in public to govern the state. You must not allow ono na di acho di (a married woman who has pleasure in sleeping around with other men) to govern or represent you anymore. You must not allow a slippers thrower to be your governor.
“When the time comes, we will tell you the people that will give you good governance. We will tell you the person that will be your senator; we will tell you the person that will be your House of Representatives member”
Earlier, the governor told the former Attorney General of the state and PDP governorship aspirant, Ken Njemanze (SAN) that his age grade is a retired one and that he had no business in active politics and governance.
He thanked the people of Owerri for donating lots of land for the development of the state capital, which said had now become the pride of the Eastern Heartland.
Senator Anyanwu did not know the import of the governor’s comments until he left the stage with the hundreds of supporters that trooped out to witness the occasion. It was then that the senator, who had wanted to tell the Owerri People some of her projects in the municipality, realized that her dignity had been tampered with.
She immediately rose up from her seat and started shouting to her aides “let’s go, let’s go”. As they were leaving, the senator was consoled by the member representing Owerri Federal Constituency, Ezenwa Onyewuchi and Hon. Ibejiakor. She was sited dampening tears in her eyes before entering her waiting car.

U.S. doctor infected with Ebola arrives in United States

e first of two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus while in Liberia arrived in Georgia the United States Saturday morning.

A chartered medical aircraft carrying Dr. Kent Brantly touched down at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia shortly before noon, a base spokesman said. Brantly was then transferred to Emory University Hospital via ambulance.

This marks the first time a human case of Ebola virus has been present in the United States. A previous outbreak of an Ebola virus strain did occur in a commercial monkey house in Reston, Virginia in 1989. That particular strain of the disease, now named Ebola Reston, did not make the jump to human carriers.

The second Samaritan’s Purse staff member, missionary Nancy Writebol, is due to be transported on a later flight, as the plane is only equipped to carry one patient at a time.

Despite alarm by some in the United States over the transport, health officials have said bringing the sickened aid workers into the country would not put the American public at risk.

“There is a little bit of worry,” Jenny Kendrix, 46, said of having the Ebola virus patient brought to the same hospital where her husband was being treated for cancer. “There is worry about it getting out.”

But 52-year-old Ernie Surunis of Columbus, Mississippi, at the hospital for a pharmacy conference, said he was not bothered at all.

“This is a good hospital. I’m glad (the patients) are coming. We can’t leave them (in Africa) to die. They went over to help other people,” he said.

The facility at Emory, set up with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is one of only four in the country and is physically separate from other patient areas, providing a high level of clinical isolation.

“We have a specially designed unit, which is highly contained. We have highly trained personnel who know how to safely enter the room of a patient who requires this form of isolation,” Bruce Ribner, an infectious disease specialist at Emory, told a news conference on Friday.

Ribner said he hoped the medical support available at Emory could improve the chances of survival from that seen on the ground in West Africa.

Worst outbreak on record 

The patients were helping respond to the worst West African Ebola outbreak on record with the North Carolina-based Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse and missionary group SIM USA when they contracted the disease. Since February, more than 700 people in the region have died from the infection.

The hemorrhagic virus can kill up to 90 percent of those who become infected, and the fatality rate in the current epidemic is about 60 percent.

Brantly, a 33-year-old father of two young children, and Writebol, a 59-year-old mother of two, will each arrive at Dobbins Air Reserve Base outside Atlanta before being transported to Emory, officials at the Pentagon and the hospital said.

The two will be treated primarily by a team of four infectious disease physicians. The workers will be able to see loved ones through a plate glass window and speak to those outside their rooms by phone or intercom.

Samaritan’s Purse and SIM said they were sending 60 healthy U.S. staff and family members home from Liberia by this weekend as well.

‘The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe’: World-record diver can hold his breath underwater for 22 MINUTES.

  • Stig Severinsen is the holder of multiple records in diving using his ‘State of Zen’ technique to control his breathing
  • Also swam 500ft underwater in 2mins and 11secs 
  • Mr Severinsen, 41 from Aalborg, began free diving in 2003
  • By the end of first year of practising he had already broken three records

By PAUL DONNELLEY

These photographs show a world record holder in training – a man who can hold his breath underwater for 22 minutes.

Stig Severinsen – nicknamed The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe – is the holder of multiple records in diving using his ‘State of Zen’ technique to control his breathing.

In October 2012, Mr Severinsen broke the record for the longest time breath held voluntarily by a male by spending 22 minutes with his head submerged in a pool in London.

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Stig Severinsen has written a book called Breatheology which helps people find their 'inner dolphin' - a state of mind to help control breathing underwater

Stig Severinsen has written a book called Breatheology which helps people find their ‘inner dolphin’ – a state of mind to help control breathing underwater

He also holds the record for the longest underwater swim, travelling 500ft (152m 40cm) in just two minutes and 11 seconds.

The 41-year-old from Aalborg said: ‘After holding my breath for 22 minutes I actually feel quite ok.

‘The most stressful time is usually before the dive but then I get into my zone.

‘I’ve always loved water – from splashing around as a baby to trying to grab as many rubber animals in a single breath.’

Great Dane Stig Severinsen swam almost 170 yards underwater in just two minutes and 11 seconds

Great Dane Stig Severinsen swam almost 170 yards underwater in just two minutes and 11 seconds

Breathology video, mailonline

I Haven’t Killed Myself, Sorry For My Mistakes—Kumasi Sex Tape Girl.

By StarFMOnline

The girl in the leaked Kumasi sex tape saga, Benedicta Yeboah, also known as Nahnah Abynah, has refuted media reports claiming she committed suicide after the video came out.

‘Pls m nt dead,’ she said in her first public statement on social media, after the tape leaked five days ago.

In the leaked video, Benedicta is seen having sex with a young man believed to be a level 200 student of the Kumasi polytechnic. The two made faces directly into the camera as they videoed their sex bout.

An apologetic Benedicta wrote on her Facebook wall on Sunday that: ‘I’m most proud of the blessings that God has bestowed upon me, in my life. He’s given me the vision to truly see that you can fall down, but you can still get back up. Hopefully I’ll learn from my mistakes and have the opportunity to strengthen and improve the next thing I do.’

‘Secondly, I am here today to apologise for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused. I make this apology to my neighbours and my constituents, but I make it particularly to [my] parents.’

‘I am not here to explain anything to anyoneWe all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past… We learn from failure, not from success! I am glad that I paid so little attention to your criticism…n pls m nt dead.’

Nigerian Troops Hold Suspected Bomber Disguised As A Woman.

The suspect is currently being interrogated by security agencies in a bid to ascertain his links.

The suspect being led away by troopsNigerian troops are holding a man suspected to be connected with the explosion targeted at General Buhari on Wednesday. The young man was apprehended by a military patrol team that immediately swooped-in on the area following the explosion. The team found the suspicious character disguised as a woman; he was clad in female garb, with a brassiere affixed to his chest to exude femininity.

The suspect still dressed as a womanThe patrol team that arrived on the scene arrested the suspect while he was trying to disappear into a crowd of onlookers. Youths in the area attempted to mob him while he was being arrested but they were restrained by troops who whisked him away in an armored personnel carrier.

The suspect being held in custodyHe is currently being interrogated by security agencies in a bid to ascertain his links.

The suspect while in custody

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