Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sir Tony Nammor: We Must Restructure and Re-organize Nigeria

Sir Tony Nammor is one prominent Nigerian politician and analyst; who besides being a Senatorial candidate has featured in most discussions and presentations relating to Socio-Political and economic affairs on both state and national levels in Nigeria. On this occassion; he shares his views on the state of the nation ; The expectations of the new president and the issues bordering around the arrest and detention of the pro biafran radion czar.
I have always emphasized that TRUTH shall be the only conscience that would heal Nigeria to set the pace for the nation’s effective development and growth. RESTRUCTURING and RE ORGANIZATION are the two main panacial at resolving Nigeria daunting problems for the nation is broken.

Afenifere Leader, Fasoranti, Withdraws Resignation

Reuben Fasoranti on Wednesday withdrew his resignation letter and rescinded his decision to step down from his leadership position in the socio-political group, Afenifere. Co-leaders of the Afenifere socio-political group had rejected Mr. Fasoranti’s and convinced him to rescind his decision.  In response to his resignation made public on Sunday, the leaders including the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, convened an emergency meeting at Mr. Fasoranti’s residence in Akure.
Rising from the three-hour meeting, the leaders decided that the resignation would breach the succession order of the group.

EXCLUSIVE: Documents Detail how Bankers Helped Maina Launder Stolen Pension Funds

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained exclusive details of how officials at the an Abuja branch of Fidelity Bank allegedly facilitated the laundering of hundreds of millions of naira by the embattled former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Details contained in the proof of evidence attached to the 35-count amended charge of stealing and money laundering against a former Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye and five others showed how the bankers relying on telephone instructions and scanned email messages from Mr. Maina helped him to move hundreds of millions of naira from the accounts of the three companies to some Bureau De Change operators.

Check out top 12 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Kidney !

The kidneys are essential organs which are expected to keep up sound living. As of now, about 1 new case of kidney disappointment is seen day by day in any outpatient center in Nigeria with a few facilities seeing more than 3 new cases each day. Living with unending kidney ailments creates a big financial burden on patients in view of the need at least 3 sessions of hemodialysis every day, drugs administered amid every session, way of life adjustment, change in eating regimen and the expense and burden of having a kidney transplant. A lot of patients have kicked the bucket of kidney sickness and have been burdens to care givers and the general public however this can be stayed away from by avoiding certain ways of life that harms the kidneys.

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In this article, we are going to look at 12 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Kidney.

1. Blood pressure control: Uncontrolled hypertension is said to be among the leading cause of kidney failure. Hypertension is an elevation in blood pressure with values greater than 140 mmHg and 90 mmHg for systolic and diastolic pressures respectively. Increase in blood targets and destroys the kidneys over time leading to an irreversible kidney damage that will warrant dialysis of kidney transplant. In Africa, hypertension is so common and it is said that 1 in every 3 Nigerians is battling with hypertension which is a silent killer because it usually shows no clinical signs or symptoms. Control of blood pressure greatly reduces the risk of developing kidney disease and it is an important one can maintain a healthy kidney.

2. Avoid Alcohol: Excessive consumption of alcohol is an important toxin that damages the cells in the kidneys. When this happens, the cells can no longer function properly leading to kidney disease. Cutting on the alcohol reduces the stress on the kidneys.

3. Avoid cigarettes: Cigarettes contains tar and over 200 toxins that are harmful to man. These toxins are harmful oxidants that increase metabolic stress on the kidneys and other vital organs. Oxidants targets and destroy tiny blood vessels found in the kidney and also increases oxidative stress on cells leading to cell death. When cells in the kidneys die, the kidney can no longer perform its role leading to kidney failure and death.

4. Drink plenty of water: The benefits of drinking adequate water daily cannot be emphasized. About 70% of an adult weight is made up of water and water is needed by all cells and organs in the body. Drinking enough water daily improves kidney functions leading to healthy kidneys.

5. Eat fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants which targets and neutralizes toxins and reactive free radicals that damage the cells of the kidneys. Fruits contain vitamins and minerals that are essential for fighting against diseases and infections. Taking fruits and vegetables daily is another way of maintaining healthy living.

6. Avoid Over the Counter drugs: Statistically, it has been shown that nearly every adult in Nigeria has taken drugs not prescribed by the doctor of pharmacist. Several drugs available in the market are nephrotoxic meaning that they can damage the kidneys if not taken with caution. Taking OTCs can be very harmful and in major hospitals in Nigeria, it has been identified as a major cause of kidney damage. These drugs when taken for a prolong period of time can damage the unique and labile cells of the kidneys leading to kidney failure. Endeavor to take drugs only prescribed by your physician to prevent renal damage.

7. Reduce salt intake: Salt is part of a normal diet, just adequate salt is healthy for the body but taking salt in excess can damage the kidneys. It has been noted that African kidneys can’t handle salt as the Caucasians and this has become a major public health concern because increase salt intake has been attributed to hypertension in Africans. Increase salt intake leads to accumulation of water in the water which in turn leads to increase in blood volume. The heart then works harder trying to pump this excess fluid in the body and this ultimately leads to hypertension which damages and destroys the kidneys. Reducing salt intake reduces the risk of hypertension and this helps to maintain healthy kidneys.

8. Adequate sugar control:Diabetes is a major disease that destroys kidneys. Increase in blood sugar for several reasons targets the cells of the kidneys leading to kidney failure. Diabetes is second to hypertension as the leading cause of kidney failure in Nigeria. For patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, it is important that you control your blood sugar properly to prevent kidney injury and damage.

9. Treat UTI promptly and properly: Urinary tract infection can affect any part of the urinary tract and the kidneys are not spared. Infection can ascend from the urethra into the bladder and then to the kidneys. Infections of the kidneys can lead to kidney damage and failure. It is advisable that all cases of urinary tract infection should be treated adequately and promptly by a physician to prevent the affectation of the kidneys. Antibiotics are highly effective in treating urinary tract infection.

10. Regular exercise: Having regular exercise increases blood flow to vital organs in the body, helps in weight reduction/ maintain adequate weight, increases the secretion of dopamine in the body, rejuvenate and relaxes the body. All this factors increases blood flow to the kidneys and also helps in maintaining healthy kidneys.

11. Personal protection at work (occupational hazard): People working in industries, factories, road construction workers have a higher risk of developing kidney disease. This is as a result of constant exposure to chemicals and metals like asbestos, silicon, hydrocarbons, tar, silver, and gold particles and other toxic metals and elements found as part of occupational hazard. It is essential that all workers exposed to theses toxins are protected to prevent kidney damage that may result from exposure to such metals and elements.

12. Avoid obesity and watch your cholesterol: Obesity is another risk factor for kidney damage. Increase blood cholesterol accumulates within the lumen of blood vessels that carry blood into the kidneys and this reduces blood supply to the kidneys. When this happens, kidney cells begin to die and subsequently kidney damage occurs. Maintaining a healthy kidney implies that you must control your weight by regular exercise, adequate and healthy diet and watching your blood cholesterol.

Kidney failure is a debilitating medical condition that puts strain on the patients and care givers. The best remedy is to prevent kidney failure from taking place

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Stop Hating Other Nigerians If You Want To Produce President – Okorocha Tells Ndigbo

The Imo State governor and Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has advised people of the South-East zone to refrain from harboring bad blood against people of other parts of the country, if they are serious about producing the country’s President in the future.

Okorocha, who made this known yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen in Owerri, the Imo state capital, declared that he has been vindicated by the eventual victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28 election.

Graphic Photos From Edo State Robbery Incident

Attempt by the robbers who robbed and killed scores in Igarra last night to escape enroute Makeke Ojah road met brink walls as vigilantes in Makeke town took up the role of the police to protect the people. The robbers who met resistance from the civilian security killed one of the vigilantes and escaped into the forest. Angered by the death of their colleagues, the vigilantes mobilized into the bush and confronted the robbers. Four of the robbers were reportedly killed by the vigilante. Also, the robbers abandoned 1 pump action and seven AK47 to enable them free movement. Below is the photo of the dead armed robber and items recovered above...

What Has Buhari's Administration Achieved This Year?

As far as federal administration is concerned, this year has ended. I don't see anything else this government can put in place this year that could create a positive effect in the short term. Portfolios are yet to be handed to the recently confirmed ministers and rumors have it that the ministers will likely get their portfolios next week. We have eight weeks left in 2015 and a federal executive council or a cabinet has not yet been instituted.

Nigerians Dig Up, Eat Contaminated Chicken Buried By Customs In Rivers (Photos)

There was pandemonium on Saturday and Sunday near the Trailer Park at Ebubu in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers when scores of youth, women and children descended on a burrow pit; dug out and took home several tonnes of chicken condemned and buried by men of the Nigerian Customs.

The scavengers came with shovels, pans, basins and buckets to cart their loot home.

The Customs had on Friday dug out a canal there and buried thousands of cartons of frozen poultry they seized at the Onne Ports. Witnesses said the chicken were brought in six containers, emptied and
buried before the customs party left.

Kidnapper Nabbed In Owerri After Withdrawing Ransom From Bank

A suspected criminal who abducted a young man in Imo state has met his Waterloo subsequent to setting off to the bank to cash in on the ransom money.

Nicholas Nwabueze, 22, is a customer of Ifeoma Olewu, the mother of Somtochukwu, 2. On the 27th of October, 2015, went to her shop, Zone 4, World Bank Area, New Owerri, Imo State to buy something. Be that as it may, he saw Chukwu leaving their compound while Ifeoma was inside the shop.

He immediately kidnapped him and requested a payoff of N500,000 which was paid the following day. He however kept the kid in his guardianship, hoping to release him after cashing the money. He just succeeded in pulling back N120,000 through the ATM machine.

After that, the machine stopped dispensing and he was compelled to go inside the bank to inquire as to why. It was in that process that he was captured. He later admitted that he wanted to obtain cash from the folks since the kid’s dad lives in China

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Abortion cases in Nigeria soars, increase by 640,000 – Study

Notwithstanding being exceedingly confined, the instances of abortion in Nigeria somewhere around 1996 and 2012 expanded by 640,000, another study conducted by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute and the University of Ibadan has shown.

The study which is titled, ‘The rate of fetus removal in Nigeria,’ uncovered that 1.25 million abortions were performed in Nigeria in 2012, interestingly with 610,000 abortions evaluated to have happened in the nation in 1996.

It noted that the increment in abortions was not just because of the nation’s more prominent populace size, additionally as an aftereffect of an evident ascent in abortions rate, including that the majority of them were perilous.

The study’s lead author and Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute, Dr. Akinrinola Bankole, expressed that in spite of the fact that abortions was allowed just when important to spare a lady’s life, its induced form was common in Nigeria.

Bankole, who talked at a event in Abuja on Wednesday, expressed that the assessed rate was 33 abortions for every 1,000 ladies matured 15 to 49 years in 2012.

He said, “Although this rate is greater than the 23 abortions per 1,000 women rate estimated in a previous study in 1996, the most prudent conclusion may be that the abortion rate has increased slightly, as the two rates were calculated using different approaches.”

The study noted that most of the abortions were clandestine and many were unsafe.  This, it said, was a major contributor to Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate, which was among the highest in the world.

Bankole said, “These findings make clear not only that abortion is common in Nigeria, but unsafe services are putting women’s health and lives at risk. Clandestine procedures are often carried out under unsanitary conditions by providers who are not appropriately trained. The resulting complications range from unchecked bleeding to serious infections and even death.”

On measures adopted for the study, he noted that a widely used indirect methodology was undertaken to estimate the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy in Nigeria in 2012.

According to the study’s lead author, data on provision of abortion and post-abortion care were collected from a nationally representative sample of 772 health facilities.

Bankole stated that estimates of the likelihood that women who had unsafe abortion experience, complications and obtained treatment were collected from 194 health care professionals with a broad understanding of the abortion context in Nigeria.

“Results from findings showed that an estimated 1.25 million induced abortions occurred in Nigeria in 2012, equivalent to a rate of 33 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 49,” he said.

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Six killed in Edo bank robbery, police recover IEDs

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No fewer than six persons including a motorcyclist and two bank customers have been reportedly killed in a bank robbery attack at Igarra, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.
It was learnt that the robbers stormed the town in two Toyota Sienna buses at about 6pm on Tuesday, where some of them reportedly attacked a police station in the area and killed two policemen.
The others were said to have raided a new generation bank nearby, reportedly destroyed the entry with explosives and carted away an undisclosed sum of money.
The motorcyclist, bank customers and a private security man were also said to have ‎been shot dead in the bank premises.

NDLEA impounds bullion vans with Indian hemp in Ogun

The men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Ogun State command, have impounded two purposely-built bullion vans and a Ford bus loaded with bags and parcels of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian hemp. The two vans, with number plates, FKJ 731 XQ and LSR 837 XR respectively, were impounded in Ijebu Igbo area of the state, where the suspects had abandoned them. Concealed inside the vans were 42 bags of the illicit drug, weighing 512 kilogrammes.

Top 10 Odd Looking Sharks You May Not Know Exist !

There are more than 440 types of sharks in the whole world, and that is just tallying what researchers have officially found. There may be a lot more that people may not know of, particularly down in the depths of the sea where nobody can entirely explore at this time. Some of these sharks that we know of are as of now really odd looking, similar to the Hammerhead, yet there are a lot more out there that will stun you with their appearance. Here are ten odd looking sharks to explore.

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10) Japanese Wobbegong (Orectolobus japonicas)

The Japanese Wobbegong is a ay like animal species with folds of skins, known as barbels, dangling from the mouth. These empower the shark to taste and feel. The Wobbegong is found generally within the Philippines, and is common with being an efficent hunter.

9) Megamouth Shark

Found in 1976, the Megamouth Shark rarely been spotted by mankind. It is really rare ocean shark that picked up its name from the goliath mouth, which houses 50 rows of small hooked teeth.

8) The Australian Ghost Shark

The Australian Ghost Shark, also called the Elephant Shark, is just around 4 feet long, and is perceived effectively in light of the fact that it grows slowly.It can likewise be recognized by the trunk-like compartment  on its snout.

7) The Goblin Shark

The Goblin Shark is another uncommon find within the world of sharks and may grow up to 13 feet long. The distending mouth, which has a jaw that stretches out to grab prey, is the greatest eminent feature.

6) The Thresher Shark

Because of the huge, exceptional tail joined to the Thresher Shark, this one is a quite a fast swimmer. The tail alone is said to weigh up to 700 pounds, and makes up 33 percent of the shark’s body weight.

5) Caribbean Roughshark

The Caribbean Roughshark is alarming in appearance, and has abnormally vast blades on its little body. Staying close to the ocean bottom at the depth of the sea, the Roughshark isn’t easily seen by man.

4) The Cookie Cutter Shark

The Cookie Cutter Shark has additionally been known as the stogie shark. A grown-up can weigh around 10 pounds altogether, and grows up to 2 feet long. It got its name from the cookie cutter imprints it leaves on bigger prey with its mouth.

3) The Whorl Shark

The Whorl Shark was an ancient animal species known as a result of its unique jaw structure. The lower bit of the jaw was organized in a winding, with saw-like teeth that ensured it was wrecking havoc against its prey.  
2) Pyjama shark

The Pajama shark is a slow, nighttime animal categories that has seven dull stripes over its dim body. The sharks drop egg sacs once every year, which append to marine vegetation and hatch5 to 6 months later, to breed.

1) The Frilled Shark

The Frilled Shark is an interesting remote ocean animal species that has been known as a lizard shark. With a large number of pointy hooked teeth and a slim, snake-like body, the Frilled Shark is an incredible sight to behold


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Photos from another traffic robbery in Lagos this morning.

This one happened early this morning around past 6am. Three guys attacked the owner of this car as she descended the bridge to enter Victoria Island (Muson Centre area) on her way to work. They broke the driver and passenger's side glasses, took her phone and her chain. Luckily for her she said she kept her bag in the booth because of similar stories she'd read online. Dear Lagos Govt, we can't live in perpetual fear while driving around in our city. Makes no sense. Can these menace be cleared from our roads? We need a permanent solution. More pics after the jump

Ex pension boss Maina faults EFCC for declaring him wanted, says he was never charged by the agency

A day after he was declared wanted by the EFCC over allegations of contract scam and stealing of N2 billion while he was in office, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has released a statement faulting the antigraft agency's decision to declare him wanted.

According to the statement signed by his counsel, Esther Uzoma, the former pension boss has not been served any charges or invitation by the antigraft agency and so cannot be declared wanted