Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has expressed her readiness to collaborate with medical practitioners to play up health initiatives in various fields to the ultimate benefit of the people.
Mrs Sanwo-Olu, who is also a Medical Doctor, spoke at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when she received leadership and members of Lagos State Chapter of Medical Women Association on courtesy visit.
Recalling the various medical mission programmes held across the state during the electioneering period especially on cervical and breast cancer screening, the wife of the Governor said she would be willing to further collaborate with the association in implementing more health initiatives to allow more people to benefit.
According to her, “In the area of health screening, that is one thing that we really capitalize on especially in the Medical Women Association. We did a lot during the campaign period too on cervical and breast cancer screening and let me use this opportunity to assure you that we would be willing to further partner to ensure that more people benefit in this regard.”
Besides, Mrs Sanwo-Olu urged more doctors who are women to join the association and lend their voice to issues in the medical field, apart from working in the hospitals.
“All we know to do is to work work work and keep patients all the time then forget ourselves and then we grumble all the time that our presence are not being recognized wherever we are. So, I want to encourage more medical women to be up and doing. Apart from just working inside the hospitals, we should be a voice out there in terms of advocacy on medical field,” she said.
She also commended members of the association for their laudable work and sacrifice to humanity, just as she urged them to continue with the selfless service to the people.
“I am happy to see all of you. Thank you all for the wonderful works you are doing in the association. You sacrifice a lot of time, energy and finances too. It’s been a long time I have been able to attend the meetings but I am with you in spirit though not physically present all the time,” she said.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Dr Bakare congratulated the First Lady and her husband for successfully taking over the mantle of leadership in Lagos State, while also expressing the readiness of the association to work with the new government to deliver on their health initiatives in the state.
Two members of a robbery syndicate of Automated Machines have been arrested by men of Ogun state police command.
The suspects; Ebenezer Olubukola, 30, and Olajide Oladejo, 29, were reportedly specialised in robbing people of money withdrawn from ATM in Ota and it’s environs.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement he sent to newsmen in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested on Thursday while attempting to rob some people of their money withdrawn from the ATM in Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state
The PPRO said “their mode of operations is to lurk around banks observing those who will withdraw substantial amount of money and trace such a person with their standby motorcycle to a convenient area for them to rob him/her.
‘Luck, however, ran against them when the area commander Ota, ACP Monday Agbonika who was on a routine patrol with the men of Operation Puff Adder sighted the three men on a Bajaj motorcycle around the First Bank area in Ota.
“The area commander who suspected their movement and outlook asked his men to intercept and search them.
“Having realized that the policemen were after them, they all jumped off the motorcycle and took to their heels, but they were hotly chased and two amongst them were apprehended while the third one escaped”.
The Police spokesperson further disclosed that the operatives recovered one locally made pistol with five live cartridges and a Bajaj motorcycle with registration number AKM 490 WT from the suspects.
The Commissioner, according to the PPRO also ordered a manhunt for the fleeing member of the gang with the view of getting him arrested within the shortest possible time.
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has declared a gross dividend payout of N2.64 billion at N2. 00 per 50k share for the 2018 financial year.
Chairman of Julius Berger, Nigeria, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu announced this while presenting the 2018 Annual Reports and Financial Statements to shareholders at the 49th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abuja.
Sunmonu said that although activities in the construction industry remained sluggish in 2018, the firm was able to advance its project portfolio through proactive and strategic approach to project acquisitions.
In the year under review, Sunmonu said, the company succeeded in securing significant public and private sector projects including the main contract for the Second Niger Bridge on Asaba/Onitsha and the Abuja/Kano Road.
Sunmonu disclosed that the company also saw excellent performance across active project sites. He said that works for ongoing projects where funding was available progressed well, including the Lagos /Shagamu Expressway, the Permanent Site of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja; the Famfa Office Tower in Lagos; the Town Roads Rehabilitation Project in Port Harcourt and the Itakpe -Ajaokuta-Warri-Ore Line, to name a few.
“I feel a strong sense of pride in the success we have achieved as a company in the context of our forward-moving country. Nigeria maintained a positive trajectory amidst persistent socio-economic difficulties, in the aftermath of the most challenging economic situation faces in our recent history.
“Gross Domestic Product grew incrementally with greater contributions from the non-oil sector, inflation declined, foreign reserves steadily accrued and the Naira remained relatively stable.
“I am hopeful that these positive trends will persist throughout 2019, together with a meaningful diversification of the Nigerian economy, to keep our country in the right path to unlocking a sustainable and inclusive growth,” he said.
He said that during the year under review, the company’s subsidiaries have also shown marked progress while maintaining quality standards, resulting in the successful recertification of the company’s Quality Management System to meet the updated specifications of the International Organisation for Standardisations, ISO 9001:2015.
Sunmonu said that while Nigeria may have gained a positive footing with improvements in several areas, the reality remained that there was still a lot of work to be done in creating a thriving private sector and a high functioning economy.
“Today, many challenges longer in the general business environment and more specifically, within the construction sector. At the most basic level, timely passage of the yearly federal budget, followed by effective implementation and a consistent release schedule for capital expenditure, is of utmost importance,” he said.
Sunmonu said that delays and unpredictability in capital releases impact financial planning and have a direct negative effect on company’s cash flow and profitability, resulting in undue losses brought on by induced utilisation of bank overdrafts to bridge payment gaps.
Super Falcons have refused to leave their hotel base after crashing out of the FIFA Womens World Cup in France following the 3-0 loss to Germany in the round of 16.
According to renowned sports journalist Collins Udoh quoted by Sporting Life, the Nigerian Women national were being owned series of allowances due to them.
￼It is understood that the players are being owed bonuses from two games against against Gambia and Senegal in the 2018 and 2016 Africa Women’s Championship qualifiers.
￼“They paid us N1million and said that is all. We want them to pay the balance. And they are also owing us five days daily allowance here in France,” one player told me (Collins).
The AWCON 2019 champions also demanded for their share of the World Cup participation fee from FIFA, even though that will not be paid by FIFA until September.
In 2016, the ladies staged a protest in Abuja after winning the Africa Women’s Championship in Cameroon before federal government settled the issue.
￼Before traveling to France from their base in Austria, the players had threatened to boycott the tournament but changed their minds after much persuasion.
Huawei filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Commerce Department on Friday challenging whether telecommunications equipment it sent from China to the United States, and then back to China, is covered by Export Administration Regulations, according to a court filing.
The lawsuit is the latest salvo in a battle between the U.S. government and Huawei. Washington says the Chinese company’s telecommunications gear could be used by Beijing to spy. Huawei denies that is the case.
In the lawsuit, Huawei said that it shipped telecommunications equipment from China, including a computer server and Ethernet switch, to a testing laboratory in California. After the testing was done, the equipment was shipped back to China. No application for a license was made because none was needed, the lawsuit claims.
But the equipment was seized in Alaska by the U.S. government, and no decision has been made about whether a license is required to ship it, the filing said.
“The equipment, to the best of HT USA’s knowledge, remains in a bureaucratic limbo in an Alaskan warehouse,” Huawei said in its lawsuit.
The Commerce Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Huawei contends that the equipment did not require a license because it did not fall into a controlled category and because it was made outside the United States and was being returned to the same country from which it came.
Huawei asked for the equipment to be either released for shipment or for the Commerce Department to decide that it was shipped illegally.
In May, the Trump administration added Huawei to the entity list, barring it from buying needed U.S. parts and components without U.S. government approval. U.S. President Donald Trump has said the United States could resolve complaints about Huawei as part of a trade deal.
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the company’s founder, has been detained in Canada since December on a U.S. warrant. She is fighting extradition on charges that she misled global banks about Huawei’s relationship with a company operating in Iran.
Shortly after her detention, Chinese authorities detained two Canadians citizens, charging them with espionage. (AFP)
Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer said Saturday that his playing career will soon come to an end, but is unsure of what he will do thereafter.
Federer, 37, who has enjoyed a glistening career, is aiming for a 10th Halle title on Sunday, a ninth Wimbledon title and a 21st major next month.
“It’s a shame, because I am at the end of my career now, and it has gone by so quickly,” he said after reaching the final of the ATP event in Halle for the 13th time.
“That is good sign, though, because it shows that it has been enormous fun.”
“My career has been a blessing. I wouldn’t have done anything differently, apart from the mistakes I made when I was younger which we all make.”
The Swiss veteran said he was still unsure of what he would do when he finally hung up his rackets.
“My future is open. Some players need a very clear plan of what they will do ater tennis, but I don’t,” he said.
“I want to have flexibility, for my family. There will be plenty of opportunities.”
“I have my foundation, and I have various sponsors who I have been with a long time who will stay with me after my career.”
Federer warned that he may not play too many exhibition matches after his retirement.
“Of course I want to keep doing things in tennis, and maybe play some exhibition matches or charity matches,” he said.
“On the other hand, I will have to see how fit I can stay and how fit I want to stay.”
“I will have to see whether I want to play exhibition matches at a low standard,” he laughed.
Federer also said he was planning “six months to a year” ahead for the time being as he looks to continue winning tournaments.
The Swiss still faces a fight to defend his record number of majors from his rivals.
Rafael Nadal moved to within just two titles of Federer’s mark with his 18th Grand Slam title at the French Open, while Novak Djokovic has 15 majors to his name.
“The main thing is not to get injured, because my health comes first,” said Federer. (AFP)
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Saturday, rejected his indictment by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for the crisis in the State House of Assembly.
Obaseki, who succeeded Oshiomhole as governor of the state, accused the APC chair of showing bias with his view that he (Obaseki) played a role in the emergence of the leadership of the State Assembly.
The governor, in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said Oshiomhole “needs to hear from all parties in a matter before taking sides.”
Osagie in the statement said: “We read with utter astonishment a statement credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, with respect to Governor Godwin Obaseki’s alleged role in the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly.
“Apart from the fact that he based his conclusion on a totally false and baseless premise, we believe that he could have shown that he does not have a vested interest by simply inquiring from his friend, the governor directly, or any official of the State Working Committee of our party as to what actually transpired.”
Osagie said Oshiomhole’s “failure to satisfy the basic tenets of natural justice, which makes fair hearing from all sides of a matter mandatory, has clearly exposed his bias in this issue.”
He added: “For the avoidance of doubt, all the decisions relating to the leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly recently elected by the House were taken by the State Working Committee and leaders of the party from across the state.”
He added: “In deference to the rule of party supremacy, which the National Chairman so eloquently professes, the governor and all party members are obliged to respect the party’s decision, as we expect the National Chairman to also do.”
Oshiomhole had, on Friday in Abuja, described the circumstances which produced Mr. Frank Okiye as the State Speaker as a shame.
“I am ashamed to talk about it but there is nothing to hide,” he said and wondered why ‘somebody’ wanted minority members of the House to pick the Speaker, while leaving out the majority. “In our own case we have 24/24 all of them APC but somebody wants a particular person as a Speaker, 19 out of 24 are opposed to this person,” he said.
The Bauchi legislators had gone to brief him on how the PDP minority members of the State Assembly allegedly acting in concert with a few APC members and Governor Bala Muhammad met secretly and picked the Speaker of the House.
If you ever wonder why the anopheles mosquito always targets you and not the person sitting next to you, livescience.com has explained the mystery, according to a report published Saturday.
Here is the explanation:
It’s mostly about the invisible chemical landscape of the air around us. Mosquitoes take advantage of this landscape by using specialized behaviours and sensory organs to find victims by following the subtle chemical traces their bodies leave behind.
In particular, mosquitoes rely on carbon dioxide to find their hosts. When we exhale, the carbon dioxide from our lungs doesn’t immediately blend with the air. It temporarily stays in plumes that mosquitoes follow like breadcrumbs. [Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in our Ears?]
“Mosquitoes start orienting themselves to those pulses of carbon dioxide and keep flying upwind as they sense higher concentrations than the normal ambient air contains,” said Joop van Loon, an entomologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Using carbon dioxide, mosquitoes can lock onto targets from up to 164 feet (50 meters) away.
Things start getting personal when mosquitoes get about 3 feet (1 m) away from a group of potential targets. In close quarters, mosquitoes take into account a lot of factors that vary from person to person, including skin temperature, the presence of water vapour and colour.
In close quarters, mosquitoes take into account a lot of factors that vary from person to person, including skin temperature, the presence of water vapour and colour.
Scientists think the most important variable mosquitoes rely on when choosing one person over another are the chemical compounds produced by the colonies of microbes that live on our skin.
“Bacteria convert the secretions of our sweat glands into volatile compounds that are taken through the air to the olfactory system on the head of the mosquitoes,” Van Loon told Live Science.
These chemical bouquets are complex, including upward of 300 different compounds, and they vary from person to person based on genetic variation and environment.
“If you compare a father and daughter in the same household, there can be differences in the ratios of the chemicals the microbes are making,” said Jeff Riffell, an associate professor of biology at the University of Washington who has studied mosquito attraction.
We don’t have much control over the microbiomes on our skin, but Riffell did offer some advice based on his research.”Mosquitoes love the colour black,” so consider wearing something lighter at your next cookout, he said.
For instance, men with a greater diversity of skin microbes tended to get fewer mosquito bites than men with less diverse skin microbes did, a 2011 study in the journal PLOS ONE found. Moreover, men with less diverse microbes tended to have the following bacteria on their bodies: Leptotrichia, Delftia, Actinobacteria Gp3 and Staphylococcus, the researchers said.
In contrast, men with a diverse array of microbes tended to have the bacteria Pseudomonas and Variovorax on their skin, that study found.
Subtle differences in the composition of these chemical bouquets can account for big differences in how many bites a person gets. The composition of those microbial colonies can also vary over time in the same individual, particularly if that person is sick, Riffell said.
We don’t have much control over the microbiomes on our skin, but Riffell did offer some advice based on his research.
“Mosquitoes love the colour black,” so consider wearing something lighter at your next cookout, he said. (PM News)
In a bid to nudge his wife out of their matrimonial home, a middle aged man, Mr. Ganiu Okini stormed grade ‘A’ customary court, Ojo, Lagos, seeking for the formal dissolution of his marriage but it was a twist of tales when his embittered wife exposed his shenanigans.
The father of three who was bent on dissolving the 18- year old union, filed for divorce on the grounds of lack of care and respect, irreconcilable difference and no more love.
While explaining to the members on the court why he strongly upheld that only divorce is the possible solution to his marital chaos, the visibly aggrieved man narrated his 18- years sojourn with Kehinde Okini.
“Kehinde has been a very obstinate woman but she got worse recently. She finds it very difficult to take care of me. I have tried all I could to make her turn a new leaf and start seeing and treating me as her husband and man of the house.
She hardly cooks my food or gives me any form of respect. I have even reported her to family members but all their efforts met with brick walls.
Her bad character often makes me stay out late before coming back home. Kehinde has a razor tongue and once she starts, nothing can stop her until she is done with whatever is on her mind. ”
On that note, the Lagos state based businessman prays the court to grant him his prayers for dissolution and the custody of the three kids produced by the union.
However, in a bid to defend the allegations against her, Mrs. Okini opened can of worms on her estranged hubby exposing all his hidden atrocities.
In her defensive words, “I have been married to my husband for over 18years now, I have also been a wife to him, a mother and a sister to his family members. Yet I am not treated as such.
To make matters worse, they connived and hide my husband’s mistress and child from me. But unfortunately for them, the girl in question was a very close friend.
When I was pregnant with our last child my friend and I went to the same hospital for antennal care because she was pregnant too.
I never had an inkling that the baby she was carrying was for my husband too. I took her as a good friend and sister but she was stabbing me right at my back by sleeping with my husband under my nose,” she recalled in an emotion laden voice.
Continuing, the trader, obviously not ready to let her husband go regardless of his mischievous acts said she got wind of the love-child when her friend could no longer bottle it up. Instead she confessed in details how their extra marital affairs started.
“She told me, my husband was pestering her with calls and text messages. She also claimed, she never intended to get pregnant but to have a fling with him and it resulted into a baby. My husband family members were all aware of all these but they hid it from me until I heard from the horse’s mouth.
I still love my husband and value our marriage for the sake of our kids. I am willing and ready to forgive him and restore peace in our broken home.”
The case was adjourned to a later date giving the couple chance to try reconciliation and live happily again.