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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Kachikwu Apologises, Assures Nigerians Fuel Shortages to Ease off Next Week

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Tuesday apologised to Nigerians for his comment on the nationwide fuel shortages, adding that enough measures had been put in place to end them by next week. Specifically, he said even though a two-week target had been set to end the scarcity of fuel, he was working assiduously to ensure that between April 5th and 7th, the lingering queues would have largely disappeared. Kachikwu who gave the assurance before the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) in the National Assembly, also tendered an unreserved apology to Nigerians over the comment he made last week stating that “he was not a magician”. He explained that he erroneously made the statement because he was not a politician. He also apologised to any personality who felt offended by the comment, saying he made the statement in jest while speaking with journalists. “I do apologise for the comment that I made jocularly with my friends in the press about not being a magician and it offended Nigerians; it was not meant to be, it was a side jocular issue. “I did go on to explain what needed to be done. I did not know that it would create the kind of hyperbole that it did. “Let me first admit that I am not a typically experienced politician, I am a technocrat. I come to work and some of the phraseologies that I may use, while being acceptable in the arena in which I play obviously will not be acceptable in the public political arena. “So if anybody’s sensibilities were offended by those jokes, I totally apologise,” Kachikwu said. He blamed the current scarcity on the non-availability of foreign exchange by oil marketers to sustain the importation of petrol, a situation he said now placed the entire business of fuel importation on the shoulders of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He also said that whilst the current government inherited a subsidy bill of N600 billion, about N500 billion had been paid while the balance had been brought forward in the 2016 budget. According to him, the government had saved N1 trillion since January 2016 because it has not paid subsidy on petrol, adding that the issue of pipeline vandalism had further complicated the problem. However, he said for the first time, the NNPC had recovered the Escravos pipeline to the Warri refinery, a development he said would aid the movement of crude oil to the refineries. He added that most of the 18 depots operated by NNPC are not in use, pointing out that moving fuel from Lagos to different parts of the country takes about a week and only compounds the free and quick distribution of fuel. According to him, the inability of independent marketers to access forex had overstretched NNPC, explaining further that poor infrastructure also aggravates the situation. Kachikwu added that in instances where 3,000 trucks are moved across the country to distribute fuel in this advanced age was not civilised. The minister who further said that NNPC was losing an average of N40 billion a month before the advent of this government, but losses had been reduced to N3 billion a month. He also said NNPC had a debt profile of N3 trillion, of which National Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) owed N1 trillion. He further disclosed that a major factor responsible for the scarcity was the continuous diversion of products by marketers from the petrol stations where they are destined to be delivered. He blamed the incidence of fuel diversion on the non-availability of a tracking system to monitor the movement of every truck from the depots to their final destinations, adding that through vigilant surveillance, the number of litres of petrol said to be consumed everyday had been brought down to 45 million litres from 55 million litres. Disclosing that fuel supply between oil marketers and NNPC should be in the ratio 60:40, Kachikwu added that his leadership was working hard to provide a strategic reserve of 2,000,000 tonnes of petrol with the intention of finally putting paid to periodic fuel scarcity. The minister also stated that the latest arrangement between NNPC and marketers would be in the ratio of 47:53. He said in due course, 150 per cent of national consumption would be deposited into storage tanks, adding that meaningful solutions would be secured when refineries are working at optimal capacity. He said the search for the full operation of the refineries had led to several advertisements for individuals and private sector firms to take over the operations of the refineries and consequently expand their capacity. Furthermore, Kachikwu said he was working on a plan to make Chevron take over the Warri refinery and another plan for Shell to take over the Kaduna refinery.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Pro-democracy activist Tunji Braithwaite dies at 82

Front line politician, lawyer and former presidential candidate of the oldest surviving political party in the country, Nigeria Advance Party (NAP) Dr. Tunji Braithwaite is dead. The octogenarian died at St. Nicholas hospital, aged 82. Braithwaite was born in 1933, the youngest son of eight children. He was educated at the prestigious C.M.S Grammar School, entering the school’s Preparatory Section in 1946 and completing his education there in 1953. He proceeded to sit for his A Levels at the London University at Kennington College in 1955 and enrolled in 1957/58 as a Law student at the Council of Legal Education, London. He was admitted into Lincoln’s Inn that same year and graduated as a barrister in 1960. In February 1961, he was called to Bar at Lincoln’s Inn and thereafter signed the Rolls of Barristers at the High Court of Justice, Strand, London before returning to Nigeria. His set at the call to the Bar included the late Ligali Ayorinde, the late Mrs. Omotosho (nee Sonola-Soyinka) and Fola Sasegbon among others. In March 1961, he was enrolled as a Barrister and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He married his childhood sweetheart; Grace S. Falade in 1956 while they were undergraduates. They have 5 children and many grandchildren. May his soul rest in peace.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF THE GRASSROOTS

The Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media, Garba Shehu, said on Sunday that the presidency will soon begin to hold town hall meetings with Nigerians. Mr. Shehu made this known while answering reporters’ questions in Abuja. According to him, government decided to embark on such meetings because it has realised the importance of information communication to the people at the grassroots. “I know that there is a plan that the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would start town hall meetings in zones. “It would then be broken down to the states and so on. “Government realises that there is a need to take information to the people and there are steps that are being taken in order to ensure that is done,” he said. Mr. Shehu criticised the National Orientation Agency, NOA, for being indifferent to the Federal Government’s change mantra. “We have an agency like NOA with 773 offices nationwide. “Each has not less than 5 to 7 staff and well-equipped, but you know also, sometimes democracy has its own dark side. “The President came and he wanted to really be fair to every Chief Executive. If he wanted to fire people on assumption (of office), he would have done it and he would not have violated any rule. “He decided to give everyone a chance to see whether they would imbibe the change mantra, to see whether they were prepared to go along (with him). “I will say with all sincerity that NOA was a source of worry for us in government; the people and the leadership never believed in what we are doing. “They never believed in change. They just folded their arms and watched us for the period of 8 to 9 months that they were there. “I believe the new leadership would begin to formulate things for agencies like that,” he said. The presidential aide praised Nigerians for steadfastly supporting the present administration especially during a period most people considered to be difficult. Mr. Shehu congratulated Nigerians on the achievements the President had recorded fighting insurgency and explained that the military have tagged their success against Boko Haram a “technical victory” because no city is presently under curfew. The SSA said that with the passage of the budget by the National Assembly, the next phase for the President would be to rebuild damaged facilities and infrastructure. He said that with the Central Bank of Nigeria realising more than N3 trillion through the introduction of the Treasury Single Account and the passage of the budget, a lot of activities would pick up. On the quest by Nigerians to know the amount of money the Federal Government had so far recovered from treasury looters, Mr. Shehu said the litigation hurdles associated with the looted funds would have to be scaled before Nigerians were availed of the figures. Source: http://www.premiumtimesng.co m/news/top-news/200899- presidency-begin-town-hall- meetings-across-nigeria- aide.html
The Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media, Garba Shehu, said on Sunday that the presidency will soon begin to hold town hall meetings with Nigerians. Mr. Shehu made this known while answering reporters’ questions in Abuja. According to him, government decided to embark on such meetings because it has realised the importance of information communication to the people at the grassroots. “I know that there is a plan that the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would start town hall meetings in zones. “It would then be broken down to the states and so on. “Government realises that there is a need to take information to the people and there are steps that are being taken in order to ensure that is done,” he said. Mr. Shehu criticised the National Orientation Agency, NOA, for being indifferent to the Federal Government’s change mantra. “We have an agency like NOA with 773 offices nationwide. “Each has not less than 5 to 7 staff and well-equipped, but you know also, sometimes democracy has its own dark side. “The President came and he wanted to really be fair to every Chief Executive. If he wanted to fire people on assumption (of office), he would have done it and he would not have violated any rule. “He decided to give everyone a chance to see whether they would imbibe the change mantra, to see whether they were prepared to go along (with him). “I will say with all sincerity that NOA was a source of worry for us in government; the people and the leadership never believed in what we are doing. “They never believed in change. They just folded their arms and watched us for the period of 8 to 9 months that they were there. “I believe the new leadership would begin to formulate things for agencies like that,” he said. The presidential aide praised Nigerians for steadfastly supporting the present administration especially during a period most people considered to be difficult. Mr. Shehu congratulated Nigerians on the achievements the President had recorded fighting insurgency and explained that the military have tagged their success against Boko Haram a “technical victory” because no city is presently under curfew. The SSA said that with the passage of the budget by the National Assembly, the next phase for the President would be to rebuild damaged facilities and infrastructure. He said that with the Central Bank of Nigeria realising more than N3 trillion through the introduction of the Treasury Single Account and the passage of the budget, a lot of activities would pick up. On the quest by Nigerians to know the amount of money the Federal Government had so far recovered from treasury looters, Mr. Shehu said the litigation hurdles associated with the looted funds would have to be scaled before Nigerians were availed of the figures. Source: http://www.premiumtimesng.co m/news/top-news/200899- presidency-begin-town-hall- meetings-across-nigeria- aide.html

Sunday, March 27, 2016

HAPPY EASTER

We, at emmaxy blog wish to use this medium to wish all our followers, fans and readers a HAPPY EASTER.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Nigeria 1-1 Egypt: Salah snatches vital stoppage-time point

The north Africans remain top of Group G in the AFCON qualifiers after Mohamed Salah's late goal cancelled out Oghenekaro Etebo's opener for Nigeria Mohamed Salah snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw for Egypt in Nigeria to preserve a two-point lead for Hector Cuper's side at the top of Group G in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. The hosts were good value for their 1-0 lead, with Oghenekaro Etebo on target in the 59th minute at a packed Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna. If not for an impressive performance in goal by Ahmed El-Shennawi and some wayward finishing from Odion Ighalo, Samson Siasia would have been celebrating a handsome to start his second stint as Nigeria coach. But Etebo went from hero to villain as he played Salah onside in stoppage time and the Roma winger made no mistake. Siasia handed a maiden international start to Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho and his attacking line-up began on the front foot. But Egypt almost broke the deadlock in the 18th minute as Mohamed Salah and Abdallah El-Said combined for Koka to draw a superb save from Carl Ikeme. El-Shennawi got down got down sharply at the other end to deny Moses Simon and kept out an Iheanacho drive as half-time approached before Watford striker Ighalo spurned a close-range opportunity. Egypt's resistance was broken shortly before the hour when Iheanacho's snapshot struck the bar and fell for Etebo to smuggle home at the back post. Nigeria pushed for a second and El-Shennawi made further excellent stops from Ighalo and substitute Victor Moses. Moses rounded the keeper in the 84th minute, only for Rami Rabia to clear off the line and that intervention would prove crucial when Salah punished Siasia's men in stoppage time, maintaining Egypt's advantage ahead of Tuesday's return clash.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

YABATECH Expels Six Final Year Students For Result Forgery

Six students of Yaba College of Technology have been expelled for presenting fake or altered National Diploma (ND) and National Certificate of Education (NCE) results for admission. This was contained in a circular signed by the Deputy Registrar of the institution Mrs Taiwo Obadimu. The students who were in the departments of Food Technology, Mathematics and Integrated Science, Physics Education, Estate Management and Valuation, Industrial Technical Education and Industrial Maintenance Engineering were directed by the circular to hand over all college property, including student identity cards in their possession, to the heads of their department, the Polytechnic Librarian and the Dean of Students’ Affairs, with immediate effect.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

JAMB Schedules Some Candidates To Re-write 2016 UTME

Information has it that the Joint Admission And Matriculation Bard has scheduled some candidates to re-write the 2016 UTME. To know if you are among those to re-write the examination you may need to re-print your examination slip.

FG Declares March 25 And March 28 As Public Holidays

The Federal Government has declared Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28 as public holidays to mark the Good Friday and Easter celebrations respectively. This was contained in a statement released by the Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, and issued by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido. He further urged Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace and unity across the nation.

Friday, March 18, 2016

CCT AT IT AGAIN: ADJOURNS SENATE PRESIDENT'S TRIAL TO MARCH 24

The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Friday, March 18 adjourned Bukola Saraki’s ongoing trial till Thursday, March 24. Saraki is facing a 13 counts of false declarations of assets while he was the governor of Kwara state. He was represented by 80 lawyers, among whom six were Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN). Rotimi Jacobs, the counsel to federal government, however argued that the motion was not ready for hearing. He added that the application should have come at the end of the trial, and not at the beginning of it. “We urge your lordship to call us to present out witnesses, and rule that the application wait until the end of the trial,”he said. Kanu Agabi, counsel to Saraki on the other hand, asked the tribunal to give room for the hearing of the motion, stating that it was in line with the law. “Our motion is according to the law. Our motion should not be dismissed as frivolous,”he said. After listening to the preliminary argument for and against the hearing of the motion, Danladi Umar, the judge, told Agabi that it is in their view that the court is ready for hearing due to its importance. Moving the motion, Agabi stated that the attorney-general of the federation had no power to enter a charge against the senate president, hence the tribunal has no jurisdiction to entertain the charges against him. Agabi added that his client, Saraki, was not given a chance to explain himself by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on the charges before they were filed against him as there were no doucuments to that effect. He said instead,the tribunal was relying on a petition to hear the charges against him. “The bureau is supposed to deliver to your lordship the report of an investigation it carried out. Where is it? The Code of Conduct Bureau is not here,”he said. “The law says the bureau will refer cases to this tribunal. Where is the reference letter?” However, Agabi said that other people like Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were invited by the CCB before charges were filed against them, but in the case of Saraki that did not happen. In response, Rotimi Jacobs said that the motion was an abuse of court process because the supreme court had already settled some of the issues raised by the defendant and urged the court to strike out the application. In the same vein, at the hearing of the case on March 11, Jacobs had told the judge that he was ready to present his witnesses. But Agabi told the court that there was a motion that must be ruled on before the commencement of trial. In protest, Jacobs had described it as a deliberate attempt to scuttle this trial. He argued that the defence counsel was employing tactical means to stop the trial. But Agabi apologised to Jacobs for not serving him the motion personally, and asked for the indulgence of the court because he was new to the case. After listening to the arguments of both counsel, Danladi admitted that Agabi was new to the case, and should be granted more time to prepare. Saraki has been charged with 13 counts of false declarations of assets while he was the governor of Kwara state.

CCT AT IT AGAIN: ADJOURNS SENATE PRESIDENT'S TRIAL TO MARCH 24

The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Friday, March 18 adjourned Bukola Saraki’s ongoing trial till Thursday, March 24. Saraki is facing a 13 counts of false declarations of assets while he was the governor of Kwara state. He was represented by 80 lawyers, among whom six were Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN). Rotimi Jacobs, the counsel to federal government, however argued that the motion was not ready for hearing. He added that the application should have come at the end of the trial, and not at the beginning of it. “We urge your lordship to call us to present out witnesses, and rule that the application wait until the end of the trial,”he said. Kanu Agabi, counsel to Saraki on the other hand, asked the tribunal to give room for the hearing of the motion, stating that it was in line with the law. “Our motion is according to the law. Our motion should not be dismissed as frivolous,”he said. After listening to the preliminary argument for and against the hearing of the motion, Danladi Umar, the judge, told Agabi that it is in their view that the court is ready for hearing due to its importance. Moving the motion, Agabi stated that the attorney-general of the federation had no power to enter a charge against the senate president, hence the tribunal has no jurisdiction to entertain the charges against him. Agabi added that his client, Saraki, was not given a chance to explain himself by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on the charges before they were filed against him as there were no doucuments to that effect. He said instead,the tribunal was relying on a petition to hear the charges against him. “The bureau is supposed to deliver to your lordship the report of an investigation it carried out. Where is it? The Code of Conduct Bureau is not here,”he said. “The law says the bureau will refer cases to this tribunal. Where is the reference letter?” However, Agabi said that other people like Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were invited by the CCB before charges were filed against them, but in the case of Saraki that did not happen. In response, Rotimi Jacobs said that the motion was an abuse of court process because the supreme court had already settled some of the issues raised by the defendant and urged the court to strike out the application. In the same vein, at the hearing of the case on March 11, Jacobs had told the judge that he was ready to present his witnesses. But Agabi told the court that there was a motion that must be ruled on before the commencement of trial. In protest, Jacobs had described it as a deliberate attempt to scuttle this trial. He argued that the defence counsel was employing tactical means to stop the trial. But Agabi apologised to Jacobs for not serving him the motion personally, and asked for the indulgence of the court because he was new to the case. After listening to the arguments of both counsel, Danladi admitted that Agabi was new to the case, and should be granted more time to prepare. Saraki has been charged with 13 counts of false declarations of assets while he was the governor of Kwara state.

Friday, March 11, 2016

NEWCASTLE APPOINT RAFA BENITEZ

The ex-Real Madrid man will try to save the Magpies from relegation in the final 10 games of the Premier League season, and he affirmed he was pleased to return to England. Newcastle United have announced Rafael Benitezas their new manager, as the Spaniard takes over from Steve McClaren at St. James' Park. Benitez signed a three-year contract to take over in the north-east, while Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Míguel Moreno and Antonio Gómez Pérez join him as his backroom staff. The former Real Madrid coach will be tasked with saving the club from relegation to the Championship, after a disastrous Premier League campaign leaves them in serious danger of the drop. Benitez, who was sacked from the Santiago Bernabeu in January after just half a season in the Spanish capital, was confirmed as McClaren's replacement a matter of hours after the ex-England boss was relieved of his duties. "I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League," the manager said, according to a Newcastle statement. "It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the Club and the fans. "All of us must push together in the same direction and with the same target in mind. This is the reason why I'm going to ask for your total support to successfully complete this task. "Personally, it means my return to the Premier League, closer to my home and my family. I can't be happier. "C'mon Toon Army! The club and I need your total involvement!" Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley, meanwhile, highlighted Rafa's track record and pledged to back the new man in his bid to avoid relegation. "I am very pleased to welcome Rafa Benitez to the club. In Rafa we have, without doubt, secured the services of one of Europe's top managers," he stated. "He has managed some of the most successful teams at the very highest level of the game and we are proud to now have him as our manager. "Our sole focus now is to give our full support to Rafa, his coaching team and the players in order to secure our status in the Premier League."
The ex-Real Madrid man will try to save the Magpies from relegation in the final 10 games of the Premier League season, and he affirmed he was pleased to return to England. Newcastle United have announced Rafael Benitezas their new manager, as the Spaniard takes over from Steve McClaren at St. James' Park. Benitez signed a three-year contract to take over in the north-east, while Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Míguel Moreno and Antonio Gómez Pérez join him as his backroom staff. The former Real Madrid coach will be tasked with saving the club from relegation to the Championship, after a disastrous Premier League campaign leaves them in serious danger of the drop. Benitez, who was sacked from the Santiago Bernabeu in January after just half a season in the Spanish capital, was confirmed as McClaren's replacement a matter of hours after the ex-England boss was relieved of his duties. "I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League," the manager said, according to a Newcastle statement. "It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the Club and the fans. "All of us must push together in the same direction and with the same target in mind. This is the reason why I'm going to ask for your total support to successfully complete this task. "Personally, it means my return to the Premier League, closer to my home and my family. I can't be happier. "C'mon Toon Army! The club and I need your total involvement!" Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley, meanwhile, highlighted Rafa's track record and pledged to back the new man in his bid to avoid relegation. "I am very pleased to welcome Rafa Benitez to the club. In Rafa we have, without doubt, secured the services of one of Europe's top managers," he stated. "He has managed some of the most successful teams at the very highest level of the game and we are proud to now have him as our manager. "Our sole focus now is to give our full support to Rafa, his coaching team and the players in order to secure our status in the Premier League."

CCT adjourns Saraki's trial to March 18

The trial of the Senate president Bukola Saraki has been postponed as his lawyers submitted an application to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to try him for failing to declare his assets. Justice Umar adjourned the case to Friday, March 18, for moving of the motion and possible hearing of the substantive matter. The Senate president has been charged with 13 counts of false declarations when he was the governor of Kwara state. He was represented by 66 lawyers, among whom are seven senior advocates of Nigeria (SAN). Kanu Agabi, the lead lawyer to Saraki, told the court that there was a motion that must be ruled on before the commencement of trial. “The supreme court dismissed the appeal and said that we harrased the tribunal. The senior consel is well aware that i have a prosecutor in this case. The letter for adjournment is here. The apex court on Friday, February 5, dismissed the appeal to stop his trial paving the way for the continuation of the case at the CCT. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel to the federal government at the hearing told Danladi Umar, the judge, that he was ready to present his witnesses. “This deliberate attempt to scuttle this trial so that this matter will not go on. “Today’s business is trial. That’s my submission, “said Jacobs. But Agabi apologised to Jacobs for not serving him the motion personally, and asked for the indulgence of the court because he was new to the case. It was after this that Danladi Umar asked Agabi to prepare since he was new to the case which led to its adjournment. Some senators on Friday, March 11, pledged solidarity to Saraki by following him to the Code of Connduct Tribunal. Some of the senators who were present at the tribunal are Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy senate President, Sam Anyawu representing Imo east senatorial district, Hope Uzodinma representing Imo state, Dino Melaye representing Kogi west senatorial district.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

THERE IS HOPE FOR NIGERIA- E.A ADEBAYO



“VOICE OF HOPE”
Though our politicians with big pot-bellies,
Ride in their big and long ferries,
Deceive the people, speak so dearly,
Enjoy their feast on our bread, daily,
There is still hope!

Though our hungry road agents,
Policemen, they are being addressed,
Extort money, their business, most active,
“We are your friends,” their popular anthem,
There is still hope!

Though our pulpit managers,
Metamorphosed into pocket marshals,
Money, they make their master,
Forget their divine mandate,
There is still hope!

Though our people, ‘good’ citizens,
For various reasons,
Criticize the elected leaders,
For the way they handle national matters,
There is still hope!


Though our power supply is crippled,
And the necessities, neglected,
Many workers, corrupted,
And the good ones, not appreciated,
There is still hope!

Though agriculture, we forget,
Our alpha, we neglect,
Then oil and gas, we adopt,
Our future, we afflict,
There is still hope!

Though our economy is getting worse,
Different from the seventies’ horse,
When the masses suffer not,
And the country, affluence nurse,
There is still hope!

Though our sport is deteriorating,
Its administrators, disappointing,
Sportsmen’s display, most annoying,
People’s trust, depreciating,
There is still hope!

 FROM THE DESK OF E.A ADEBAYO

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

CHANGE:Buhari unbundles NNPC into 7 units, names new heads


President Buhari has approved the immediate unbundling of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, into seven independent operational units. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, made this known today March 8th. According to Kachiukwu, the new units are Upstream, Downstream, Gas & Power, Refineries, Ventures, Corporate Planning & Services and Finance and Accounts.

Monday, March 7, 2016

James Ocholi's Wife Interview On Motherhood And Dying On Mothers Day


Mrs Blessing Fatima Ocholi, is the wife of the Minister of State Labour and Em­ployment, Barr. James Ocholi (SAN). She is from Ejinya, Okenyi District in Ankpa Local Government of Kogi state before the love of her life cata­pulted her to Udanebiomi village in Abocho. She narrates the amazing experiences associated with moth­erhood.
She says motherhood is an amaz­ing and awesome experience though quite demanding. According to her, she had prepared and started plan­ning ahead of time on what her marriage should be like by learning to keep to the positive values she learnt during her early life.

“I have lived in several families, especially with my uncles and I was a very observant child. I always knew what I wanted. I learnt a lot of things concerning marriage and I kept the record in my mind and decided I will emulate the values that are right. I had respect for mar­riage. I came to the conclusion that it’s a good thing. I had a good rela­tionship with my uncle’s wife while I was staying with them. I accorded them the respect they deserve. I didn’t misbehave then, because they had the right to deal with me before my uncle comes back. I respect rela­tionship and I know relationship is something you have to build. I was guarded by the notion that it’s good to live in a peaceful atmosphere. I actually started planning my mar­riage ahead of time,” she said.

Speaking on what had been her guiding principles in marriage she says it is the ability to accommodate, tolerate, and understand each other. “The secret is that I had planned my marriage pictorially ahead. I under­stood the fact that in marriage two people come to live together from different backgrounds. I understood that, and made allowances for mis­takes and that was what guarded me principally, every day I tailor my actions towards the best, to set my home in order”, she said.

She explained that her experience as a stand-in mother while living with her uncles and taking care of their children, made her experience what motherhood was all about be­fore she became a mother.

“I turned ten in one of my uncle’s house. Sometimes I will back chil­dren whose heads are taller than mine, but it created a very strong bond that made them not to miss their mothers when they go out. But for me, I had to sneak out. I had been a mother before I got the practical experiences of motherhood. When I started having my own children, there was no much difference,” Mrs Ocholi added.

Comparing the challenges of motherhood back in the years to that experienced in modern times our “Super Mum” said their parents en­trenched discipline in them unlike what is being experienced these days due to the advent of computer and modern technology.

“Motherhood in the twentieth cen­tury is a very tasking thing for par­ents and that is because suddenly we are in the jet age and computer age. Many parents don’t even know what it is all about, while trying to get acquainted to it something more advanced hits us. General education cannot prepare anyone for parent­hood and parents have to deliber­ately find out what makes the dif­ference. Children no longer listen to their parents; they call us old school, you cannot go to the market and pick a dress for your daughter, she won’t wear it, because she feels its old fash­ion.

“I give them money but I make my own attributes because of value. I don’t allow my daughters wear re­vealing or short clothing. I give them a family value to look up to; we fight and make up. For me, I can easily get along with the younger people, they easily open up to me and share their odds against their parents by reason of being a counsellor to them. I know that many parents are at a loss on what to do with their children. In our time once you are told something is not good you won’t want to touch it, but nowadays they want to test it to know the effect for sure.

“Parenting in this generation is quite demanding and taskingThe values are being devalued all the time due to the fact that computer has made them have access to Intimate information on their palm. They are exposed to internet facilities and they install a lot of things and it’s not easy to monitor them unlike our own time. There are lots of in­fluences that you are totally not in charge of”.

She says children nowadays are exposed to celebrity channels that affect them negatively, and divorce is on the rampant. Everybody is do­ing the blame game, nobody is ready to be patient in marriage and toler­ate the other person’s weaknesses and admit to their own weaknesses. For every adult there are childish tendencies, you can sort issues in a loving way. Marriage is a divine thing a lot of us do religion and don’t belief in the values associated with it. Nigerian’s are so religious yet they don’t imbibe the values. People no longer have respect for marriage nobody is ready to work it out. They feel they can have all the things marriage offers without be­ing married.

“I like to watch what my children are watching including cartoons and most times I take them out and engage them in talks. You must learn to give marriage your high­est commitment and it will work. I came from a polygamous home my mother couldn’t stay, but my father was there for me and we were so bonded. No matter the challenges I have vowed to stay in my mar­riage for the sake of my children. I will stay in my marriage and what I don’t like I won’t do it to somebody else.

“If I am going to be there for my children and make my mar­riage work then I must find a way of pleasing my man. Pleasing your husband is all about knowing his likes and dislikes and letting him know what you like in a nice way, it’s not enslaving its love. Love is give and take; you give much more than what you would have given an enemy. If you truly love, you would be willing to sacrifice anything”.

Motherhood is a great honor and privilege. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Sometimes they are awake at night nursing a baby, or preparing meals, mums continuously put their children be­fore themselves. Motherhood can be said to be the most tedious yet rewarding job in the universe, thus very important to celebrate moth­ers.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

I’ll step up campaign for Ibadan State – Olubadan


Oba Saliu Adetunji, the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan land, was on Friday presented with the instrument and staff of office by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad and other traditional leaders.
In his first official speech, the new Olubadan said he would ensure that the peace of the city was sustained, stating also that he would step up the campaign for the actualisation of Ibadan State and an international airport in the city.