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How to Have a Great Day (Thursday 31st March 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**Speak Blessings To Everything Around You**
Thursday 31st March:
Pastor Chris PhD

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).

God wants us to take His Word to the nations, and that means a lot. But you see, when He said to preach the Gospel to every creature, He wasn’t only referring to preaching to someone who doesn’t know Jesus. Preaching the Gospel to every creature means preaching to EVERYTHING that exists! Romans 8:19 says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”

The term “creature” actually means “creation.” So, it’s saying, “The earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.” There’s depreciation in the human world, including human life; and so, everything in life is waiting for your manifestation; waiting for you to liberate them. All around the world, there’s fear. Many scientists provide evidence of oz…

50 Cent Visit to Africa

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Few years ago 50 Cent visited Somalia’s refugee camps where he served food to children and listened to their stories. He also travelled to Kenya where he met the chanting kids.

They don't want to show you this side of 50, so please share this, let the world know

How to Have a Great Day (Tuesday 29th March 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**You Have A Role To Play**
Tuesday 29th March:
Pastor Chris PhD

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).
In life, people may find themselves in certain circumstances they weren't responsible for. Yes, others can create situations or circumstances—pleasant or unpleasant—for you, but ultimately, you have a role to play in determining the final outcome of your life.

The circumstances of your birth may not have been so palatable. You may have been born into a poor home; and you had nothing to do with that. That was another person's responsibility. But don't maintain the status quo, because someone else was responsible; change things! You may have been born poor, but you weren't born to be poor.

Headline News (Tuesday 29th March 2016)

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VANGUARD
Insurgency: Obasanjo commends Buhari on actions in N/East Controversy trails Shekau’s ‘new’ video, Chibok girl female suicide bomber
Fayose, threat to national security — APC
I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E: Shrines, tombs, miracle houses spring up along road project in Akwa Ibom
Power drops further to 2,620.90MW Mrs Mark, NGO give succour to Agatu crisis victims

THISDAY
PDP Commences Committal Proceedings Against Amaechi,
Army Chiefs, Others FG Sends Photograph of Suicide Bomber to Chibok Community for Identification Nigeria Winning War against Boko Haram, Says Obasanjo
Spending of Abacha Loot: FG Must Obey the Law, Says Court
NNPC Unveils Strategies to End Current Fuel Scarcity in Next Few Days
Army Offers N1m Reward for Information on Kidnapped Colonel

STATE HOUSE PRESS STATEMENT PRESIDENT BUHARI FELICITATES WITH ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU AT 64

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President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as he clocks 64 years on March 29, 2016.

The President believes the rising political profile of Asiwaju Tinubu since he was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1992 is a testimony to his forthrightness, diligence and doggedness, the same qualities that had endeared him to the electorate and given him all-round success as a private sector worker, a businessman and two-term Governor of Lagos State.

As one of the pillars of the APC, President Buhari commends the visionary leadership style of the Asiwaju of Lagos, who is also the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, for creating a formidable opposition party in Nigeria that worked vigorously within a short period to oust a party that had been in power for 16 years.

Turn your Business into a Technology Company (Part 4) By Dr Strive Masiyiwa

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__Listen before you leap.

In a recent interview, a former CEO of Apple Computer, John Sculley, talked about entrepreneurship, innovation and new “disruptive” technologies.  He said his Apple business card back then didn’t call him Chief Executive Officer. It said: “Chief Listener” …

As you transform your business into a technology company, you’ll have important decisions to make. You, too, will need to become a “chief listener.” Not every exciting new technology will be right for every business.

Not long ago I met a young farmer from Zambia who told me of innovations he was introducing on his smallholding of only a few acres:

He knew he had to introduce hybrid seeds to increase his yield…  seed technology.

He was using fertilizers and testing out different application methods… soil management technology.

LIGHT UP LAGOS: AMBODE CONNECTS 67 COMMUNITIES TO NATIONAL GRID

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...Pledges To Connect Another 34 Communities in Badagry By September

...Reaffirms Commitment To Welfare Of Lagosians

 After over five years of being in total darkness, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned an electrification project connecting 67 communities in Ibeju-Lekki area of the state to the national grid.

Governor Ambode, who commissioned the project amidst fanfare form joyous residents, also announced the readiness of the state government to pay the electricity bill of residents until the installation of meters in all homes in the affected communities.

Pause: Flower power in Kenya and Ethiopia: a sign of things to come. (By Dr Strive Masiyiwa)

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On Valentine’s Day last month, I came across an article in a top British newspaper: "My love is like a red rose shipped all the way from Africa."  It told how fresh cut roses grown in Kenya and Ethiopia are now exported in huge numbers to Europe, a market dominated for over 300 years by flower growers in the Netherlands (also known as Holland).

"Where once most cut flowers, including red roses, came from Holland. . .today they more likely come from Africa. New figures reveal a huge drop in Dutch production, in favour of imports from Kenya -- where roses are called "waridi" in Swahili -- and Ethiopia. Half a million people depend on the floriculture industry in Kenya alone,” according to the Daily Telegraph (14/02/16).

How to Have a Great Day (Friday 25th March 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**VICTORY AND DOMINION IN CHRIST JESUS**
Friday 25th March:
Pastor Chris PhD

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children (Hosea 4:6).

God said through the Prophet Hosea that His people are destroyed, defeated and broken because they lack knowledge. Meaning that, their bane isn’t that they lack faith or aren’t making the right effort; the reason they‘re not walking in victory and dominion is their ignorance. This, therefore, means that as God’s children, we must keep making conscious efforts to learn and be taught God’s Word. If you have more accurate knowledge of the Word, you’ll live in victory and dominion every day of your life, irrespective of any adversity.

'I Don't Want Him to see the Pain in My Eyes' - Read Adam Johnson's sister emotional letter

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Adam Johnson has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for having sexual activity with an underage girl but his sister, Faye Johnson said she remained proud and “100% behind” her brother. In an emotional post to the footballer’s supporters on Thursday morning, Faye Johnson said it

Africa’s Richest Woman Still Cooks For Her Husband

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The fact that she is one of the richest black women in the world didn’t stop the new vice Chancellor of Osun University, Folorunsho Alakija from bending low to fulfil her marital duties and obligations to her husband.

Alakija, Executive Vice Chairman of Famfa Oil and the Group Managing Director of The Rose of Sharon Group (which comprises The Rose of Sharon Prints and Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints) in a recent interview she revealed that she still dotes on your husband like a teenager who just found love.

“My husband is my best friend, biggest ad­viser and supporter.

Property Bank, TrustBond Mortgage Launch ‘Rent actuation’ for Home seekers

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A leading real estate marketing brand, Property Bank, has launched an innovative rent product, “rent actuation” specially created for home seekers who cannot afford their rent at the moment.

This innovation is achievable under a working agreement between Property Bank and TrustBond Mortgage Bank Plc, which offers 90 per cent to rent a house at any location in Lagos and Abuja.

Property Bank is an online real estate marketing platform with a potpourri of properties covering residential, commercial, industrial properties, warehouses, and plots of land.

Rent seekers who are currently unable to afford their choice of properties can now live in their choice houses by contacting Property Bank for options of houses selectable from the platform while TrustBond Mortgage Bank Plc will provide funding.

Online Application for Navy Basic Training commences

Interested indigenes of Lagos State desirous of a career in the Nigerian Navy now have the opportunity to actualize their dreams as online application forms for the Nigerian Navy Basic Training Batch 25 recruitment exercise has commenced since 5th March, 2016.

In a statement issued from the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello on Thursday, the online application would end on 2nd April, while aptitude test for qualified candidates holds on 9thApril, 2016.

The statement advised prospective candidates who are indigenes of the State to register online free of charge within the designated period. It implored them to comply strictly with the instructions contained therein, adding that they can also log on to the website www.joinnigeriannavy.com for additional details on the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Entrance Examination for the 68th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy holds on Saturday, 23rd April, 2016 at the Command Children’s School/Command Day Secon…

Ile-Epo Road Project to be completed in 2 weeks - LSPWC

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The Lagos State Public Works (LDPWC) has declared that the on-going road project on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway at Ile-Epo Oja, in Oke-odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the State will be completed within the next two weeks.

Special Adviser/Chief Executive Officer (LSPWC), Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde, disclosed this during an inspection tour of the project which commenced in October last year.

He stated that the project originally lacked inadequate drains which made the Corporation commenced a reconstruction of 850 metres drainage system to contain rain water and discharge from the adjourning market and residential buildings.

Sodeinde noted that the Corporation has commenced the asphalting of the 1000 metres of the bad portion of the road, assuring Lagosians plying the road that in another two weeks, they will heave a sigh of relief.

Era of Rice importation gone for good - Ambode

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…As Lagos, Kebbi Partner On Food Security, Job Creation
…Plan 70 Percent Production Of Nigeria’s Rice Needs

In line with the persistent calls for a paradigm shift from over dependence on oil as the major earner of the country, the Lagos State Government and Kebbi State on Wednesday entered into a partnership on the establishment of a commodity value chain that will give a quantum leap to food processing, production and distribution.

The partnership is aimed at bringing about national food sufficiency and food security, as well as creating employment and wealth distribution for the benefit of both states and the nation in general.

Speaking at the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two states held at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the partnership signaled the commencement of a new beginning of cooperation and common-sense revolution, which is line with the change mantra of All Progressives Congress (APC) that calls …

Heritage Bank has been adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the pilot Bank for the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP).

The programme is aimed at harnessing the latent entrepreneurial spirit in the teeming youth by providing them timely and affordable loans to implement their business ideas. It further provides a sustainable mechanism to stimulate employment, contribute to the nation’s non-oil Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and address the challenge of youth restiveness.
The following youth, aged 18 – 35, are eligible under this scheme:

I.Serving National Youth Corps members
II.Non-NYSC members (not more than five years post National Youth Service)

Qualified Business Sectors:
1.Agro - Allied
2.Food Processing / Preservation
3.Arts & Crafts
4.Manufacturing / Cottage Industry
5.Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
6.Construction Support
7.Power & Energy
8.Education & Financial Inclusion
9.Film & Photography
10.Automobile
11.Others

Senate and House of Reps Received 2016 Budget Report

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Following weeks of delay and the embarrassment that followed the submission of the 2016 Budget, the National Assembly has finally received the 2016 Budged report addressing noticeable discrepancies.

The Senate and the House of Representatives, have received the report of their respective Appropriations Committees on the 2016 budget following weeks of adjournment.

The report was received on Tuesday by the two chambers.

Nasarawa Plans N500m Bridges, Culvets

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Towards easing transportation problems in the rural communities, Nasarawa State government has announced plans to construct a N500 million bridges and culverts across the state.

Governor Tanko Al-makura disclosed this yesterday after inspecting the Lafia-Ashinge-Fadama-Bauma road.

He said construction and reconstruction of roads across the state had been the centre focus of his administration, considering the plight faced by some communities during rainy season.

According to him, roads linking communities in Lafia East and Lafia North federal constituencies faced great challenges during the period that is why his administration is committed towards solving the problem.

Climate Fund Project Reaches $1.5b, Closes Key Policy Gaps

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The Board accredited 13 new entities, representing a diverse range of public, private, small, and large organizations. This includes four national public entities, one regional public entity applying under direct access, two private sector entities, and six international public entities. A total of 33 entities are now authorized to partner with GCF and implement its projects and programmes.

The Board of the Green Climate Fund has taken a series of policy decisions designed to strengthen its partnerships and grow its project pipeline in 2016. The decisions, taken at the Board’s twelfth meeting (B.12), include the adoption of the Fund’s first Strategic Plan, its Work Plan for 2016, and the accreditation of 13 new entities.

Government Faces Dilemma over Power Sector Privatisation

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• Buhari promises 2000mw this year, 10,000mw in three years
• President wants APC states to build 250,000 housing units yearly
• Generation drops to 2, 695 mw.

Concerned about the poor state of electricity supply situation in the country barely three years after the completion of the privatisation of the power sector, President Muhammadu Buhari has publicly admitted that the Federal Government is in dilemma on what to do to get improved power.

Putting the epileptic state of power supply in the country in perspective, the president, in a keynote remark at the opening of a two-day National Economic Council (NEC) retreat in Abuja yesterday noted that the sector had become a butt of jokes among Nigerians, but added that the situation was far beyond jokes.

Pause: Kwesé Sports Exclusively Awarded free-to-air Broadcasting Rights for the English Premier League! By Dr Strive Masiyiwa

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I’m really excited to share some great news. Last Thursday, the English Premier League (EPL) announced it has exclusively awarded Econet Group the free-to-air rights to broadcast live EPL for three seasons beginning in August 2016!

Kwesé Sports will also serve as an agent to sub-license these EPL rights to free-to-air public broadcasters in 50 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

In case you’re new to my FB page and are wondering what’s going on, Kwesé TV is our new soon-to-be launched satellite and broadcasting network, wholly-owned by Econet Media, a subsidiary of Econet Group. Kwesé Sports is part of Kwesé TV which will also offer entertainment, news and business channels with exclusive and premium programming.

Headline News (Tuesday 22nd March 2016)

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NATION
Seven ex-governors, others to lose loot kept in Dubai
Youth Corps member shot dead during Rivers rerun poll
APC, PDP trade blame over bloody Rivers rerun
Queen’s College girls defend teacher over sexual assault claim
Ese Oruru: Court grants Yunusa bail Fuel scarcity… an unending scourge N4.9trn unremitted, says RMAFC Senate, House to begin debate on PIB next week, says Saraki

THISDAY
Report: 20,000 Killed, $5.9bn Property Destroyed by Boko Haram in Borno
INEC Confirms Death of NYSC Member, To Hold Fresh Polls in Violence-affected Areas
Buhari Identifies Key Sectors to Revive Economy
NBS: Unemployment Rate Rises to 10.4% in Fourth Quarter
National Assembly to Present Harmonised PIB Next Week
CCT: The Case against Orubebe Not Withdrawn
Buhari Congratulates Benin Republic President-elect
EFCC to Arraign Kingsley Kuku in Absentia
Anti-union Laws: Labour Directs Workers in Kaduna to Shun el-Rufai’s Directive

How to Have a Great Day (Monday 21st March 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**WORDS ARE SPIRITUAL ELEMENTS**
Monday 21st March:
Pastor Chris PhD

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire... (James 3:5-6).

There’s something inside your mouth that’s so powerful; it’s your tongue. It’s given to you by God to form words; words with which to control, create or recreate the circumstances of your life. James 3:6 says the tongue is a fire; the power for any change that you desire is in your tongue. Jesus said you shall have what you say (Mark 11:23).

If you speak confusing words, the result is that your life will be confusing, because you’re giving confusing signals. Words are spiritual elements. They don’t die. That’s why Jesus said, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). One day, all your words will be shown to you by God, as to what they built, wh…

This Really Inspired Me

Dr. Ahmed a well known cancer specialist was once on his way to an important conference in another city where he was going to be granted an award in the field of medical research.
He was excited about the award and so boarded a plane to the venue.
However two hours after the plane took off, it made an emergency landing at the nearest airport due to some technical snag.
Afraid that he would not make it in time to the conference, he immediately went to the reception and found out that the next flight to his destination was after ten hours!
He rented a car and drove himself to the conference city which was four hours away.
Soon after he left, the weather changed and a heavy storm began.
The down pour made it difficult for him to see so he missed a turn he was supposed to take.
Driving in the heavy rain on a deserted road, feeling hungry and tired, he frantically began to look for any sign of civilization.
He came across a small tattered house and knocked on the door. A beautiful lady ope…

Must read: He was Mad when His Rich boss ignored him, But was shocked to Learn this

Submitted by Jimmy M. of Spring, Texas

“My boss drove a luxury car everyday and it was my duty to greet him and to open the gates for him, as I worked as a watchman in his villa. But he never responded back to my greetings.

One day he saw me opening the garbage bags outside the villa in search for any leftover food. But, as usual he never even looked at me, it was like as if he never saw anything!

The very next day I saw a paper bag at the same place, but it was clean and the food inside was covered well. It was fresh and good food like someone had just brought it from the supermarket. I didn’t bother as to where it came from, I just took the paper bag and I was so happy about it.

Every day I found this paper bag at the same place with fresh vegetables and all that we needed for home. This became my daily routine. I was eating and sharing this food with my wife and kids. I was wondering who this fool could be?! To forget his paper bag full of fresh food everyday.

How to Have a Great Day (Friday 18th March 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**He Leads Us In Love**
Friday 18th March:
Pastor Chris PhD

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another
(John 13:35).

Walking in love is a primary way to tell that a Christian is being led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit only leads us in love. He’ll never lead you in such a way as to hate anyone, be proud, arrogant or express unrestrained anger.

In walking with the Lord, one of the things He seeks to accomplish in your life is to have His love fully expressed through you, such that you’re patient, meek, kind and not easily provoked. James 1:19 (GNB) says, “...Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Food for Thought

There is this story of two people who went to India, one with a vision and the other without a vision. They both sat down somewhere and watched the massive crowd moving everyone of them on bare foot. One said, "oh, there's so much poverty in this place! This people are suffering". But the other said to himself, "I think this people(so great a population!) Can make me a millionaire, all I need to do is to bring. Shoes and sell to them." So he went back home, went to a shoe manufacturing company and asked them to produce plastic shoe for him, 25cents a pair. That's the story of TOMMY HILFIGER.

Vision made him! Two men, in the same environment. Under the same circumstance, but while one was seeing problems, the other was seeing an opportunity to make money. It's not the

Headline News (Friday 18th March 2016)

THE GUARDIAN 
* Court bars army from Rivers polls
* Senate okays National Assembly’s takeover of Kogi Assembly
* Judge insists on Metuh’s trial despite petition to Chief Judge
* Buhari, Sultan caution clerics against hate preaching
* Suspected sea pirates kill two army officers in Rivers
* Alleged trafficking: Court remands 37- year- old woman

VANGUARD
* Oil price slump: Nigerian companies ’ll survive — Kachikwu
* PwC projects Nigeria’s economy to rank top 10 in 2050
* Ekiti accuses DSS of killing detained lawmaker
* Navy Vows To Crush Oil Thieves In Niger Delta
* Traditional ruler sends SOS to Imo govt over amenities for community
* Ibinabo Back In Prison As Bail Bid Fails

Navy Arrests 11 People Trying To Sail To Europe Illegally

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The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, on Wednesday in Lagos, said it had arrested an impersonator and 11 suspects for allegedly attempting to stow away in a vessel to Europe.

The Commanding Officer NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Abraham Adaji, made the disclosure when he addressed journalists at Apapa, Lagos.

He gave the names of the suspects as Akinwunmi Jeflando, Pope Olu, Jacob James, Samuel Jodge, Ade Samadin, Dan Gogo, James Akinbami, Paul Oguns, Joseph Emmanuel, Stephen Cooper and Jalo Cooper.

Adaji said: “Preliminary investigations revealed that the arrested persons boarded the vessel, CITRON, through the rudder trunk access manhole in a bid to travel with the vessel to Europe.

We’ll Make our Youths Wealth Creators, Innovators- Ambode

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Welcomes NECA offer to partner govt on job creation

Charges Chevron to help take youths off streets

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday said his administration will continue to explore various avenues and partnerships to make youths in the state acquire the necessary skills to be gainfully employed as well as become job creators and innovators.

The Governor who spoke when he received the Director General of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Mr Olusegun Oshinowo and representatives of various multinational companies at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said youth unemployment is one of the tripod of development on which his administration is committed to tackle headlong, aside security of lives and property and improving social infrastructure.

Chairman Aspirant HON. METONWANU FOOTBALL CLUB in Ajido Badagary Won a Football Match

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HON. METONWANU FOOTBALL CLUB became victorious at the ongoing OIL Movement Annual Football Competition organized by Hon. Ibrahim Layode, Lagos State House of Assembly member representing Badagry Constituency 1.

Hon. Metonwanu FC is the only team representing Ajido Kingdom at the ongoing competition. The team made Ajido proud by defeating their counterpart 4 - 3 to qualify for the next stage.

Hon. Idris Oluwafemi Rufus Metonwanu understands that sport provides a

Newly Inaugurated Committee On LSBCA

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with the newly inaugurated Committee on Restructuring of the State Building Control Agency (LSBCA) members - TPL. (Mrs.) Philomena Adenuga; Arch. ( Mrs.) Yetunde Ajayi; Chairman, Dr. Bunmi Ajayi; member, Engr.

Oreoluwa Fadayomi and Secretary, Mrs.

Lagos State Government, Community Leaders, Traders Agree on Relocation of Mile 12 Market

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Consent to Okada Ban, removal of shanties
…We’ll deal decisively with troublemakers, says LASG

Realizing the strong need to move the popular Mile 12 Market from its present location, community leaders and traders in the area on Wednesday agreed with the plan of the State Government to relocate the market to another suitable and more convenient location within the state.

The leaders and traders also consented to the ban on use of commercial motorcycle popularly called Okada as a means of commercial transportation in the area.

The community leaders said the decision became imperative owing to the fact that the Mile 12 Market which had been in existence for decades has outgrown its present location and available infrastructure, hence the need to reason with government.

Death toll in Maiduguri Mosque Bombings rises to 25

The death toll in the suicide attacks by female bombers on a mosque in Umarari village on the outskirt of Maiduguri, has risen to 25, an official of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

The attacks  occurred in the early hours of Wednesday.

Nigerian Army spokesman Sani Usman said the first attack targeted a mosque, while the second blast occurred about 50 metres away, a few minutes later.

“Twenty-two people died immediately following the blast and three others died later in the hospital, bringing the total number of deaths to 25,”  Mohammed Kanar, the northeast coordinator of NEMA said.

Headline News (Thursday 17th March 2016)

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THISDAY
* Anger After Senate Rejects Gender Equality Bill
* Saraki Promotes BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira Syndrome, Adorns Aba Products
* NUPENG: Fuel Scarcity will Persist Without Forex
* Tension Reaches Fever Pitch Ahead of Rivers Rerun Polls
* Buhari Condemns Attack as Suicide Bombers Kill 22 in Borno Mosque
* Telecoms Operators Record 431,978 Porting Subscribers in One Year
* Salako: Anti-Competition Practices Stifling the Economy

VANGUARD
* Candidates reject UTME scores, demand scrapping of JAMB
* Alleged N3.9bn fraud: Badeh took N558.2m from NAF monthly – Witness
* Revenue from non-oil exports down by 58% to $4.3bn — CBN
* How twin suicide bombers killed 22 worshipers at Borno mosque
* FG empowers SON to jail substandard product dealers for 10yrs
* $2.1bN cash: Return home or be humiliated, EFCC warns fleeing corrupt ex-officials
* LICENCE FOR PREACHERS: PFN Asks President To Caution El-Rufai

Pres. Obama says Garland has earned "the respect and admiration of leaders from both sides of the aisle."

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President Obama nominated Merrick Garlandto the Supreme Court, a judicial moderate who currently serves as the chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"The men and women who sit on the Supreme Court are the final arbiters of American law," Obama said in the Rose Garden today. "I've selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America's sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence."

"These qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration of leaders from both sides of the aisle. He will ultimately bring that same character to bear on the Supreme Court, an institution in which he is uniquely prepared to serve immediately," the president continued.

I Helped Badeh Convert N558m from Staff Salaries to Dollars- Witness tells Court

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At the resumed hearing of former Chief Of Air Staff, Alex Badeh's case at an Abuja High Court today March 16th, one of the witnesses presented before the court by EFCC, Salisu Abdullahi, told the court that while he served as director of finance and account of the Nigeria Air Force from October 2010 to December 2013, Badeh every month instructed him to convert N558 million from the Airforce monthly salary, into dollars and then take it to his home.

According to TheCable, Salisu said the monthly salary for the Airforce at the time was N4 billion with N558 million earmarked for the general administration of the chief of staff’s office monthly.

“We receive about N4bn monthly for the payment of salaries. Our total wage bill, when I was finance director, was above N2bn. The balance of the money for personnel emolument was about N1.7bn‎.

Suspected Female Kidnapper Apprehended In Lagos, Stripped Almost N*ked

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According to Facebok user, Ojagbule Samuel, this suspected female kidnapper was apprehended at the Dopemu area of Lagos state yesterday March 15th. She was caught while allegedly trying to kidnap a child.

The residents of the area beat her mercilessly before she was handed over to the police.

How to Have a Great Day (Wednesday 16th March 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**Power In The Word**
Wednesday 16th March:
Pastor Chris PhD

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions (Psalm 107:20).
The power of God is in His Word. You receive power when you hear the Word. Our opening scripture says, “He sent his word, and healed them,
and delivered them from their destructions.” Healing is a power. When the healing power of God comes to reside in you, it doesn’t matter what sickness has been in your body, that power would produce results and prevail.

Matthew 8:16 says, “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick.” You see, the Lord Jesus cast out devils with His word! There’s power in the Word.

Defective Lekki Gardens Buildings to be Demolished- Ambode

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Urges Occupants To Vacate Premises
…Sets Up Five Man Committee To Reorganise Building Control Agency
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday directed that stability test be conducted on all building constructed by the Lekki Gardens to ascertain their structural integrity, saying that any building found to be defective will be demolished.

The Governor who addressed Government House Correspondents at the Lagos House, Ikeja, shortly after inspecting the site of the collapsed building which was under construction by the Lekki Gardens, said the incident which claimed 34 lives and left several others injured was “one building collapse too many”.

8 Things You Should Know About The World's Most Successful Family Businesses

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The importance of family businesses to the global economy is undeniable. They account for more than two-thirds of all companies around the world and 50%–80% of employment in most countries. This begs the question, what does it take to cultivate a flourishing family business?

EY recently partnered with theKennesaw State University Cox Family Enterprise Center to survey 525 of the world’s largest family businesses. The results revealed that succession planning, integrating women in leadershipand achieving staying power are all top of mind for the world’s most successful family business leaders. Their achievements support the claim that having a firm grasp of these three pillars is vital to building and maintaining a lasting legacy.

Why Michael Jackson Will Earn More Than Any Musician In History This Year

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Michael Jackson performing on stage at Madison Square Garden during the  Jackson 5 Victory tour (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

When Apple bought Dr. Dre’s Beats for $3 billion nearly two years ago,the deal propelled the superproducer to a record $620 million payday in 2014–a total that seemed unbeatable. But the mark didn’t last long.

Yesterday, Michael Jacksonsnagged $750 million in a single deal, the sale of his half of theSony/ATV publishing catalogue to Sony. He’ll have time to add to that total this year, but the agreement already guarantees him the biggest annual haul of any musician in history.

Oil & Gas Exploration To Begin In Lagos, North East – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration has plans to extend oil and gas exploration into new fields in the Lake Chad Basin in the North East and in the coastal states, like Lagos, where oil has been discovered in commercial quantity.

“Current volatility in the oil sector allows lessons to be learnt, synergies to be built and new approaches to be adopted to enable Africa expand its economy, infrastructure, manpower base, maintain domestic and regional peace and protect the environment.”

Headline News ( Tuesday 15th March 2016)

THE GUARDIAN
* Audit report exposes over N3tr fraud at NNPC, ONSA
* Day 700: Chibok Girls, girl kidnappings, underage marriages and a remedy
* Mixed fortunes as electricity generation hits 4,068MW
* Four ex-ministers, ex-gov named in N3.1b EFCC probe
* Commission to begin sitting on Shiites, soldiers clash
* Ese Oruru: Yunusa returns to prison custody
* Nigeria targets 2030 to end gas flaring
VANGUARD
* How Fani-Kayode, Falae, Udenwa, others shared N3.15billion ahead of 2015 poll
* EPILEPTIC POWER SUPPLY: FG gives marching orders to Discos on metres
* Kokori, N-Delta APC leaders stoking my row with EFCC —Tompolo
* Kaduna Pupils Desert Schools After Eating Free Meals
* Senate Won’t Tolerate Military Brutalization Of Citizens —Omo-Agege
* France’s proposed palm oil tax threatens African small farmers
* Vandals boast, say ‘Govt cannot stop us, we’ll match them gun for gun, money for money’
PUNCH
* NNPC didn’t remit N3.2tn to FG in 2014 –Auditor General
* Ex-soldier kills girlfriend over te…

How to Have a Great Day (Tuesday 15th March 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**Renew Your Thinking**
Tuesday 15th March:
Pastor Chris PhD

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).

After you’ve given your life to Christ, you’ve got a responsibility. The Bible tells us not to be like the rest of the world. Don’t conform to the world’s standards and ways of doing things. Be different. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. That means, change your way of thinking; have a new mindset. If you want to see increased manifestation of the glory of God in your life, you must keep renewing your mind with the Word.

Before you became a Christian, you heard, and spoke words from the world; words that you learnt from your friends, from school, your environment, the members of your family, etc. Sometimes they were bitter words, angry words, and harsh words. Some other times, they were nice words. However, God gi…

African Goals end Arsenal FA Cup Reign

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Nigerian Odion Ighalo and Algerian Adlene Guedioura scored the weekend goals for Watford that ended the two-year reign of Arsenal as FA Cup title-holders.

Striker Ighalo struck with a close-range shot and winger Guedioura with an unstoppable one as Watford pulled off a shock 2-1 quarter-final triumph at the Emirates Stadium.

Democratic Republic of Congo striker Cedric Bakambu bagged a brace for La Liga outfit Villarreal — taking his debut season tally to 16 — but could not prevent a 4-2 loss to Sevilla.

ENGLAND

ADLENE GUEDIOURA (Watford)

Guedioura scored a jaw-dropping goal as Watford stunned Arsenal 2-1 and reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2007. With Watford 1-0 up in the 63rd minute, Troy Deeney rolled a pass into Guedioura’s path and from the right-hand corner of the box he unleashed an unstoppable first-time shot that zipped into the top-right corner.

Headline News (Monday 14th March 2016)

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THE GUARDIAN 
* NNPC may emerge sole petroleum products importer
* We exposed budget padding to help anti-graft war, says Saraki
* NPA eyes N201b revenue, to remit N50.4b into govt coffers
* IG deploys over 6000 policemen for Rivers extra polls
* Malaria killed 440,000 worldwide in 2015
* How I bought stolen Lexus SUV for N130,000, by suspect
* ‘Nigeria’s growth may remain subdued till June’

VANGUARD
* Rep raises alarm over plot to introduce speed limiters with obsolete tech
* Re-run elections: IG deploys AIG, three CPs to Rivers
* N2bn bail: Badeh rejects prison’s food, yet to meet bail conditions
* Rivers re-run poll: Amaechi, Wike exchange verbal fireworks
* Fuel scarcity bites harder amid increase in supply
* Ekiti Suspends 16 Teachers For Using Students As Labourers

Pause: What is the most important skill you need? By Dr Strive Masiyiwa

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If you want to be successful, you’ll need many specialised business skills, but probably the most important one will surprise you:  it's the capacity to READ!  Yes, READ!

You must develop the capacity to read, and to read FAST, and by this I don't mean basic literacy. This is why I talk of "capacity." If you’re on this platform, you’re someone who has more than basic literacy skills.  You are the next generation of leaders.

I'm sure you’ve heard the expression: "(Great) leaders are readers."

You must have the capacity to read a lot, if you want to be successful.  All the greatest leaders I’ve ever met, from any walk of life, had this in common: they liked to read books, journals, and articles.

Turn your Business into a “Technology Company” (Part 3) By Dr Strive Masiyiwa

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The other day I was watching a program about a young Chinese entrepreneur who created a restaurant that has no waiters. Everyone orders food using an "App" and simply arrives, collects and sits down to eat!

Ten years ago, I remember visiting a farmer’s market in rural Kenya where they exchanged prices on their cell phones, from village to village, to ensure that middlemen don't cheat them. It has since developed into a highly sophisticated commodity exchange system.  This is technology.

In the past few weeks, some of you have shared exciting ways you already use technology in your own businesses. Others of you are just beginning to launch your ideas. You are harnessing the future!

__Whatever line of work you’re in, you must master technology. It must be your silent partner!

Former Delta State Governor, Felix Ibru, is dead

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Former Delta State governor, Olorogun Felix Ibru, has died at the age of 80.

Ibru was elected as the first executive governor of Delta State in 1992. He was also elected a senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District in 2003.

‘Empire’ Creator Blames ‘Growing Pains’ for dip in Quality

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“Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels admitted Friday the top-rated hip-hop soap opera had lost its way after a record-breaking first season — but vowed the US show was back to its best.

Broadcast television’s number one program hit a high of almost 18 million viewers in its season one finale but episodes in the new season have dropped as low as nine million amid criticism over storylines.

“What happened was growing pains,” Daniels told the PaleyFest TV festival in Los Angeles, agreeing with host Kevin Frazier that the show had gone “a little left.”

“I think it would have happened to any show and I think that, though we still remained number one, we were learning, you know?”

Headline News (Thursday 10th March 2016)

VANGUARD
Activities of ‘economic terrorists’ behind fall of Naira — AGF
Building collapse: 34 confirmed dead as evacuation ends
Biafra: Kanu, 27 IPOB members ask court to quash criminal charges
Why we flogged protesting women in Delta —Army Unit Commander Police arraign 32 over Mile 12 riot Stop using lecturers to conduct election, Ohuabunwa tells INEC

THIS DAY
 House Insists N1.04tn MTN Fine Must be Paid in Full Owner of Collapsed Lagos Building Exceeded Approved Floors, Contractor Arrested Cambridge University Finally Takes Down Nigerian Artefact, ‘Okukor’, Stolen by Colonialists
Ocholi: Road Traffic Investigation Report Indicts Driver
Oil Workers Embark on Indefinite Strike over NNPC’s Restructuring
FG Orders EFCC to Probe Banks, Others Behind Forex Malpractices

Police Arrests Contractor of Lekki Collapsed Building as Death Toll Rises to 34

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Speaking with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, Lagos State Police spokesperson, SP Oladapo Badmus, has disclosed that the command has arrested Odofin Taiwo, the contractor handling the Lekki building which collapsed few days ago, adding that he was currently under investigation.

Mchael Akindele, the general manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has also confirmed that the death toll from the building collapse had risen to 30 as of 4:00pm on Wednesday, adding that as at 12.40 pm today, 13 other people was rescued too.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A TYRE BLOWOUT

In the event of the unfortunate death of Nigeria's minister of state for labour due to an accident occasioned by a tyre blowout and the fact that in Nigeria now-a-days, we have many untrained drivers, it has become pertinent for me to write this.

There are 6 simple steps to take within a maximum of 2 minutes and you will be safe, these by the grace of God I have been familiar with for decades. They are as follow:

(1) DON'T PANIC in the event of a blowout, calm yourself down fast because your car will start misbehaving and you need to take charge.  

(2) Hold FIRMLY to your steering wheel with both hand, NO VIGOROUS TURNING, as you concentrate on the road and your mirrors, in seconds study the movement pattern of the car. Your car will naturally swerve to the direction of the burst tyre.

(3) Gradually take off your foot from the accelerator, DON'T EVER ATTEMPT TO PRESS THE BRAKES, IF YOU DO, YOU HAVE A 95% CHANCE OF A SOMERSAULT. The car will decelerate gradually while you c…

Headline News (Wednesday 9th March 2016)

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THIS DAY 
Buhari: MTN Fuelled Boko Haram Insurgency
President Approves NNPC’s Restructuring into Seven Units, 20 Companies
Zuma’s Visit Offers Hope for Improved Relations
Infant, 17 Others Die in Lagos Building Collapse
Ese’s Abductor, Yinusa, Arraigned, Remanded in Prison Custody
We were Offered $1m Bribe to Impeach Fayose, Lawmakers Allege

VANGUARD
Buhari orders re-negotiation of MTN’s N780bn fine
Intensify efforts to rescue Chibok girls, Senate tells Buhari
Mother, child, 16 others die as 5-storey building collapses
Kachikwu unbundles NNPC, appoints 7 CEOs, moves to stop fuel importation
Ocholis’ death not ordinary – Family Lagos declares zero tolerance for Omo-Onile’s activities

YBNL Boss, Olamide Announces The Launch Of Street Soccer (Photo)

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Indigenous rapper, Olamide ‘Baddo’ is ready to give back to the streets by giving them what they also like.

The award-winning indigenous rapper has announced his plan of launching street soccer on his instagram page.

Olamide posted the photo above and captioned;

Arsenal ease into FA Cup quarter-finals

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Two goals each from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott saw holders Arsenal stretch their three-year unbeaten run in the FA Cup thanks to a comfortable 4-0 win at Hull City on Tuesday.

Arsene Wenger’s side will host Premier League rivals Watford in the last eight on Sunday to contest a place in the semi-finals at Wembley in April after victory in a 15th consecutive tie for the Gunners as they close in on a third straight success in the competition.

Giroud opened the scoring before the break and added another in the 71st minute before Walcott netted twice in the final 13 minutes, but Arsenal progressed at a cost, losing centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel in addition to Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey to injury in sealing only a second away win since mid-December.

INVESTING IN OUR CHILDREN IS INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE.

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Today, parents and pupils of Unity Primary School Ajido-Badagry received and showed appreciation to Hon. Idris Oluwafemi Rufus Metonwanu for fulfilling his pledge to sponsor all 70 primary six students of the school for the forthcoming Lagos State Common Entrance Examination. Donation was also made to Local Authority Primary School towards upliftment of education and sports.

For our children to thrive and Badagry to stay competitive in the 21st-century, we are committed to give more support to educational development, same as we do with economic development, health care,

How to Have a Great Day (Tuesday 8th March 2016)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES
**Take Advantage of The Anointing** Tuesday 8th March:
Pastor Chris PhD

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you...(1 John 2:27).

Being born again, the anointing of the Holy Spirit is on your life. That anointing makes your life supernatural! You're different from the rest of the world. Your words have power, because you're an associate of the God-kind.

When Moses stood before the Red Sea and God said to him, "Moses, stretch your hand over the water and divide it," he obeyed God and stretched his hand over the water. At that moment, he ceased to be the mere man, Moses; he was in union with divinity. Why? Because when he stretched forth his hand, the hand of God was stretched forth also. When he spoke words, they weren't the words of Moses but the words of God, for his words became anointed by the Holy Spirit.

Headline News (Tuesday 8th March 2016)

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THISDAY
* Crude Theft: FG Sues IOCs over $12bn Missing Oil Revenue
* Oil Prices Hit 2016 High, Rise Above $40/bl
* Badeh Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption Charges, Remanded in Prison
* Pensioner Donates Her Pension in Support of Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War
* $620,000 Bribery Scandal: Emenalo Admits Collecting $100,000 from Otedola for Lawan
* AGF, Legal Practitioners, Civil Groups Reject Anti-Social Media Bill
* Nigerian Who Killed Friend over Ronaldo, Messi Charged for Murder in India

VANGUARD
* Fall in oil prices won’t spell doom for Nigerian economy —Dangote
* Oil prices rise to $39, beat budget benchmark of $38
* CJN backs Frivolous Petition Bill