Polls: Nigeria must avoid ‘Venezuelan nightmare’, says Akinyemi
A former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, has called for peace ahead of the general elections.
He said in his experience of monitoring elections, he had never been filled with the kind of fear he had about the coming polls.
Akinyemi called for caution so that Nigeria does not go through the Venezuelan experience, where the international community, led by America, decided to recognise the opposition leader in the country as alternative President because of the alleged malpractices that dodged the election.
The ex-minister urged politicians to guard their utterances.
He made the appeal in a statement on Sunday.
Akinyemi said, “Since I have been monitoring elections in Nigeria, I cannot remember any elections that filled me with so much dread and trepidation as these forthcoming elections. Not even the riotous 1965 federal elections. And we all know what that led to.
“As a scholar in international relations, I cannot but bring to the attention of Nigerians the significance of the latest development in Venezuela where the international community, under the United States, has accorded recognition to the opposition leader as the alternative president as their reaction to what they perceive as a flawed election.
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“This is promoting regime change by another route. This is the beginning not the end of the Venezuelan nightmare. Nigeria should by all means avoid a repetition of the Venezuelan nightmare in Nigeria.
“Therefore, I appeal to the political leaders to call on their supporters to eschew violence and any undemocratic behaviour during these elections. We should avoid hate speech not just now but in our political system.”
How rotten tomatoes cause cancer
Good health, they say, is wealth but one’s health can become a devourer through frequent medical treatment if not well-cared for. What we consume is expected to serve as nutrients and medicine to the body. Rather, it may bring diseases and sickness if what we eat is not properly checked to ascertain its consumption worthiness. Besides, what we eat defines our health status – it is either medicine or poison to the body; it does no more or less! We therefore owe our body that non-negotiable duty of taking adequate care of it by what we feed it.
Tomato, whether classified as a fruit (according to botanists) or as a vegetable (according to nutritionists), indisputably serves immeasurable nutritional value to man no matter what purpose it is used for. One hardly can do without consuming tomatoes whether as fruit or vegetable in one’s daily meal. Experts say tomatoes are the major dietary source of an antioxidant, a substance that protects against cell damage. Tomatoes also contain Lycopene, which helps reduce risk of heart diseases and cancer.
However, as important and nutritious as fresh tomatoes are to the body, they can be deadly to the body if the rotten tomatoes are consumed.Rotten tomatoes, in local parlance here in the South-West, are called “esa”. Retailers of tomatoes sort out, isolate and sell these rotten tomatoes at cheap rates. These ‘fallen’ tomatoes are visibly soft, leaking their liquid content as they decay. Most rotten tomatoes also grow mold on their bodies and serve as abode for worms and maggots too. These worms are maggots or larvae of common houseflies which deposit their eggs when they perch on the tomatoes. Maggot-infested tomatoes cause bacterial poisoning when consumed.
Atiku won’t get 15% votes in Ogun, says pro-Buhari group
The Buhari Youth Campaign Organisation, Ogun State chapter, has said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, will not get 15% votes in the February 16 presidential election in the state.
The organisation’s state coordinator, Olusegun Clement, stated this on Sunday during a press conference held at the state secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, in Abeokuta .
Clement promised to deliver two million votes for the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, during the election.
He said Buhari deserved to be re-elected for many reasons which he said included his fight against corruption; improvement in power supply and development of infrastructure, among others.
He said, “Buhari is our man and we will continue to support him. Our people know what is good for them and come February 16, President Buhari will be victorious in the state.
“We have more than 2,500 youths as a mechanism we are using to campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election across the 20 local government areas in the state.
“Buhari has been a youth-friendly President and has established different programmes to assist and develop the youth across the country.”
While speaking on why Atiku may not defeat Buhari in the state, the state coordinator listed some issues such as threat to corruption among others which he said would work against the PDP presidential candidate.
He added, “Before this government came on board, corruption has eaten deep into our dear country to the extent that it is now fighting back which is not healthy for the growth of our dear country.
“On power supply, the country was generating less than 3,000MW before 2015, but since President Muhammadu Buhari emerged in 2015, we have started to generate over 7,000MW.
NIMASA detains LPG tanker for flouting Cabotage
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency says it has commenced clampdown on vessels that do not comply with the provisions of the Cabotage Compliance Strategy.
The agency added that in line with the development, a detention order for a Liquefied Petroleum Gas motor tanker, MT Navigator Capricorn, had been approved for contravening sections of the Cabotage Act.
It said, “The vessel was first boarded on October 2018 and all infractions of Cabotage non-compliance were noted and communicated accordingly to the charterer/owners representatives with a 90-day grace period to comply. The 90 days expired on January 31, 2019. It is noteworthy that the owners made an undertaking to remedy the notable infractions when the vessel was issued a detention warning in October 2018.
“While NIMASA is currently engaging the owners and charterers of the vessel on the need to comply with the laws of the land, MT Navigator Capricorn has been moved to the Lagos Anchorage to allow space for other LPG vessels to discharge at the NOJ Jetty.”
The New Cabotage Compliance Strategy was introduced in 2017 by NIMASA.
It is aimed at allowing more Nigerians to participate in the maritime sector and to prevent foreigners from engaging in jobs that Nigerians are qualified to execute.
Under the NCCS, waivers are denied shipping companies operating in Nigeria, who want to employ foreigners as second officers, second engineers, second mates, able seamen, ratings and stewards.
The Director-General, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, pointed out that special applications for 2Nigerians, would be considered on merit, but on the condition that such organisation planned to train a Nigerian, and put in place a transition plan to ensure that the Nigerian took over the job within one year.
“Our laws forbid foreign vessels operating in our territorial waters save for compliance with the Cabotage Act. There shall be no sacred cow when we commence clampdown on erring vessels. We want to increase the number of Nigerians who participate in the marine aspect of your business and we are working closely with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board to have a joint categorisation of vessels operating under the Cabotage Act in order to ensure the full implementation of the Act,” a statement from NIMASA quoted him as saying on Sunday.
Lagos waterfront project to gulp N59.8bn
A new luxury waterfront development in Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos is expected to gulp about N59.8bn ($165m), the developers said.
The contemporary mixed-use development comprising five 17 to 20 storey residential buildings of one, two and three bedroom apartments is being developed by the Elalan group and African Capital Alliance Group on 37, 000 square metres of sea view land.
According to the developers, Blue Water Lagos, as the project is called is conceived to encourage social interaction and passive recreation, with commercial spaces to provide service for residents.
The Project Consultant for Elalan Construction Company Limited, Mr Kenneth Leech, at an event to mark the completion of the first phase of the project, said the development would have 600 luxury apartments and penthouses as well as a large shopping and entertainment centre that could compete with big malls such as the Ikeja City Mall.
He said, “The idea is to give a luxury but secure community where people can live and work; it meets everybody’s need. It is the first in Lagos, nobody else is competing with this project in its class in the city.
“What we are building now is Sapphire Residences comprising 124 one, two and three bedroom apartments and before the end of this month, we will release four-bedroom duplex apartments.”
He stated that residents in the Phase 1 were expected to start moving in by January 2020.
According to him, it has taken two years to complete the first phase of the project, and the developers hope to finish phases two and three in another five years.
“Construction started July 2017 with piling and other activities. ACA had the vision; they saw the potential in the area before others did,” he said.
The Head, Real Estate, African Capital Alliance, Mr Obi Nwaogugu, said the developers were moving very well on sales.
“We are now fairly above 35 per cent paid; we have another 15 per cent under discussion. We are happy with the business deal. The market is responding well. This is the first opportunity to have waterfront living for anyone that wants it in Lagos,” he added.