A 34-year-old housewife, Hauwa’u Sulaiman, of No. 70 Alfadarai in Zaria, Kaduna State, also a mother of 13, gave birth to a set of quadruplets at the Gambo Sawaba General Hospital, Zaria, on Friday, June 5.
Sulaiman said on Tuesday in Zaria that she had now been blessed with 17 children, adding that the set of the new quadruplets she was recently delivered of was her eighth delivery.
The mother and the babies were transferred to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) for better care after she had been delivered of her latest pregnancy.
Sulaiman, however, said that the only male among the quadruplets died before they arrived ABUTH.
She said that the remaining three infants had been placed under observation at the pediatrics care unit and she (the mother) had been receiving medical care at the maternity ward.
She said that she received two bags of blood during the delivery processes.
“I am very healthy and strong but the medical experts advised that I need to be monitored very well before they can discharge me,’’ she said.
Her husband, Malam Sulaiman Mohammed, also said that his wife had twice in the past given birth to a set of triplets; a set of twins two times, and given birth to three babies at different times before the quadruplets.
Mohammed, a driver, expressed gratitude to Allah for the wonderful gift of the babies.
He added that it was his elder brother that was assisting him with the children whenever such needs arose.
Similarly, his mother, Saudatu Haruna; said that the birth of the quadruplets was not a surprise to them attributing it to inheritance, adding that she gave birth to a set of twins at three occasions.
Haruna added that her mother was a triplet and her father a twin, stressing that the quadruplets were not coming to the family as a surprise to her.
Dr Isa Abdulkadir, the leading Consultant in the Pediatrics unit at ABUTH, said that the three babies were in good condition.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised African leaders to intensify efforts at improving agriculture in their respective countries in order to meet the challenges of post COVID-19 looming food crisis.
Obasanjo gave the advice at the flag-off of his fish farming project constructed inside the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, on Monday.
About 50,000 pieces of fingerlings, mainly catfish and tilapia species, were released for acclimatisation and growth inside the large pond.
Obasanjo said that the project was the result of “his thinking out of the box over what is next after the novel coronavirus pandemic and its implications for the African region’’.
“I think we have to take the issue of post COVID-19 seriously.
“I believe most African governments have to find how to be self-sufficient in essential food items to enable them check the effects of the food crisis likely to be experienced after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t think most African countries have gone as far as they should go into food production during this year.’’
He, therefore, advised African governments to embark on massive food production as part of measures to prepare for the post COVID-19 pandemic in the continent.
“There may be food problem in the continent after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Hence, we must think out of the box to get this solved now because food must be made available,’’ Obasanjo said.
A leading contestant for the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), on Tuesday stormed the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, to obtain his nomination form ahead of the July 22 primary election of the party.
Jegede, a former attorney-general and commissioner for justice in the state, was accompanied to the Wadata House of the party by his supporters which included a House of Representatives member representing Akure South/Akure North Federal Constituency, Hon. Adedayo Omolafe and Member, House of Representatives representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency, Hon. Ikengboju Gboluga.
Others include a former Deputy Governor and former Ambassador and member, Board of Trustee of the party, Otunba Omolade Oluwateru and Hon. Benson Amuwa, former NDDC Commissioner in the state.
Also in his entourage were Hon. Bobby Omotosho, former member, House of Representatives from Owo/ Ose Federal Constituency, Hon. Debo Ologunagba , former member, House of Representatives from Akoko, other political heavyweights across the 18 local government areas of the state, former Commissioners, and Board members,among others.
Addressing Jegede and his entourage, the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, assured them of credible and transparent primary election come July 22.
Secondus , who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman, South, Hon. Yemi Akinwonmi,said “It is our responsibility to conduct integrity base primaries. It is not our duty here to preach any zoning . We want to assure you that we will not do anything that is not normal.”
He added “the party is known for conducting free, fair and credible primary elections and that of Ondo state will also be free and fair because we have history of doing it right. We know you. You have done before and we are assuring that every process will be transparent. But observation is that since the Ondo people have been coming here for the form, I noticed they are all young men.The era of “old school” is gradually fading away.”
Responding, the PDP aspirant, Jegede (SAN), said his coming to Wadata House for the collection of the form signifies the end to the APC government in the state.
Jegede said, “the forthcoming governorship election is the project of all the residents of the state, not an individual project. By the special grace of God, come October 10, 2020, PDP will be declared winner of the election .
“Also, come February 2021, we will be sworn in as the elected governor of the state on the platform of the PDP by God’s grace. PDP is back and we are back for good. I am happy that you have assured that the party is known for transparency. We are ready to go into this and God willing, we are going to win the primary and go ahead to win the governorship election.”
Jegede who is a successful senior lawyer with over 35 years experience in practice, was the candidate of the party in the 2016 governorship election in the state.
But he was not sure of flying the party’s flag until 48 hours to the election when the Appeal and Supreme courts dispensed with the suit brought before them by Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim and Senator Alimodu Sheriff.
Jegede came second in the poll despite his inability to campaign for vote in the said election, to the present governor of the state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
He was the Attorney General and Justice Commissioner in Ondo State for seven and half years, the longest serving official in that capacity in the history of the state, a position he got purely based on merit rather than politics.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila says estimated billing system in the power sector “remains a no, no,” and whatever needs to be done to address the issue must be carried out.
He said this on Tuesday in Abuja, while inaugurating the House Ad hoc Committee on Power Sector Reforms, chaired by House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Doguwa.
Gbajabiamila said setting up the ad-hoc committee became necessary because of the resolve of the house to ensure a comprehensive review of all legislation relating to the power sector.
“We have not succeeded, inspite of the best efforts of many.
“The consequences of that failure are evident in the many industries that have collapsed across the country.
“It is also apparent in the abysmally low productivity of existing industries due to the enormous cost of generating their power independently.
He charged the committee to take steps to ensure that the house fulfils its commitment of a comprehensive review of all legislation in the power sector.
“It would not be an easy task. Nation-building rarely is, but it will be a worthwhile effort when at the end of it, we can initiate and complete necessary legislative reforms to remove the regulatory and bureaucratic bottlenecks that continue to mitigate against optimum performance in the sector.”
He, however, expressed confidence in the ability of the committee leadership and the members to deliver on the critical assignment given to them.
“I assure you of my support and that of the House of Representatives. Still, I must ask you to keep three things in mind.
“First, the complexity of the issues in the power sector are such that your success will depend a great deal on your ability to engage productively with experts and stakeholders across the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry. Please do not be reluctant in this regard.
“Secondly, be sure to resist any and all attempts to compromise your work or unduly influence the recommendations you make to the House.
“Finally, remember that success in this assignment may very well be the defining factor of both your legacies as well as the legacy of the ninth House of Representatives”, he said.
Earlier, Doguwa thanked the speaker for finding him and other members of the panel worthy of carrying out such an important national assignment.
According to him, in spite of the huge investments made in the power sector over the years, Nigerians hardly feel the impact.
He assured that the committee would do its best to unravel the situation.
He said they would serve with their strength and sense of commitment, responsibility and patriotism and that they would not leave any stone unturned to right the wrongs in the power sector. (The Nation)
Following the reappointment of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC)/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for another five-year term, the Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has charged the EVC and the entire Management of the Commission to redouble their efforts towards actualising the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government.
The Minister spoke when the Executive Management of the Commission led by Prof. Danbatta paid him a courtesy visit on Monday.
According to the Minister, the proactive decision to recommend Danbatta’s reappointment to the President for approval was “to ensure stability in the telecommunications industry and consolidate on the gains and successes already recorded in the industry in the last five years of Danbatta’s leadership as the EVC of NCC.”
Pantami, however, emphasised the need for Danbatta-led NCC Management to work more harmoniously with the Ministry and Agencies towards ensuring effective implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) as well as thorough implementation of the new National Broadband Plan (NBP), 2020-2025.
“The success of the Commission is our collective responsibility. While we, as a Ministry, do our best to formulate general industry policy and supervise the activities of the Commission, I will urge the NCC family to be united, remove all lines of demarcation, ensure justice, fairness in all decisions and above all, ensure harmonious relationships. This task lies on the table of the EVC,” he pointed out.
Speaking further, Dr. Pantami reminded the EVC that the focus of President Muhammadu Buhari is currently to boost digital economy, which, he said, has become even more important following the experience of COVID-19 pandemic that has left many individuals and organisations relying more on digital platforms for work and collaboration.
“So, we expect the NCC, as the telecoms Regulator, to take the issue of digital economy very seriously and give it all the attention it deserves within Commission,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the EVC appreciated the Minister’s role in his reappointment and reiterated his commitment to taking the Commission to greater heights.
“I consider my reappointment as the EVC of NCC for another five years, as an honour and a show of the confidence the Hon. Minister and the President have in our efforts at NCC in the last five years. We would like to assure the Hon. Minister of our commitment, as a Commission, to work with the Ministry and other Agencies under the Ministry’s supervision towards advancing the frontiers of digital economy in Nigeria,” the EVC said.
Those who accompanied the EVC during the visit include the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska; the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, Barr. Adeleke Adewolu; Secretary, Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Shu’aibu Ayuba; and Director, Legal and Regulatory Services, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye.
Others are the Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Efosa Idehen; Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Henry Nkemadu: Director Licensing and Authorisation, Mohammed Babajika and Director, Human Capital and Administration, Barr. Usman Malah, among other management staff.
Hoffenheim have sacked head coach Alfred Schreuder with four games left in Bundesliga season
The news was announced on Tuesday morning with Schreuder becoming the first manager to be sacked since the Bundesliga’s restart last month.
“We had different views on important details, so a cooperation beyond the end of the season no longer makes sense,” said Hoffenheim chief Alexander Rosen in a statement on the club’s website.
“I was aware right from the start that the task in Hoffenheim would be a great challenge. The work has filled me with great joy. I thank the club for giving me the opportunity to work in the German Bundesliga,” said Alfred Schreuder, who joined Hoffenheim before this season, committing himself to a deal until 2022.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to agree on a common path to take TSG into the future. I regret this development. However, it is not unusual to have different opinions in professional life. You have to be honest with each other and draw the appropriate conclusions,” he added.
With four games left to play this season, Hoffenheim sits seventh in the German league table.
After more than three months of absence due to world events, the 2019-20 LaLiga season will be back on the screens of SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv, with round 28 matches.
The games, scheduled to hold from 11-14 June, will be broadcast live on SuperSport 7 to DStv Premium, Compact and Compact Plus subscribers and SuperSport Select 4 exclusive to GOtv Max subscribers.
The first game upon return is the Seville derby, also known as the Great Derby (El Gran Derbi), between Sevilla and Real Betis at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday. The match kicks off at 9pm and will be aired live on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4.
The two teams are experiencing very different fortunes, with Sevilla looking to secure a top-four finish and a place in the UEFA Champions League next season, while Real Betis are trying to push themselves up to mid-table and remain clear of the relegation battle below them.
Sevilla defeated Real Betis 2-1 when the teams met at Estadio Benito Villamarin back in November 2019. Completing a LaLiga ‘double’ over their town rivals would be a major achievement for coach Julen Lopetegui and his charges, while African fans will hope to see Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri continuing his excellent form.
Attention will also turn to the title race between the league leaders and defending champions, Barcelona, and nearest chaser and rival, Real Madrid.
Barcelona will be in action on Saturday night when they head to Estadi de Son Moto face relegation-threatened Real Mallorca. The game will be aired live on SuperSport Select 7 and SuperSport Select 4 at 9pm. La Blaugrana will be hoping to claim a win and maintain their two-point lead atop the table.
On the other hand, Real Madrid will welcome 18th-placed Eibar at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday. The game will be aired live on SuperSport 4 and SuperSport Select 4 at 6:30pm. Los Blancos will have to win at home to sustain their title bid against a team scrapping to keep their heads above water in the lower reaches of the log.
The remaining team from the ‘big three’, Atletico Madrid, will also be in action on Sunday with a testing clash away to Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames Barria. The visitors will need a three-point haul to revive their push to finish in the top four and ensure they return to the UEFA Champions League next season.
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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has dissolved all political groups in the state following what is perceived as a cold war between him and Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, his associate.
The decision was announced at the meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) held in Tinubu’s Bourdillon, Lagos residence this afternoon.
Prominent among the affected groups are the Justice Forum and Mandate Groups, the two major political blocs that formed the party in the state.
The GAC warned that any member of the party that flouts the order will be heavily sanctioned.
Aregbesola was accused of launching political groups in the state without the knowledge of Tinubu, who is regarded as the political leader.
There are insinuations that Aregbesola, former governor of Osun state, is interested in running for president in 2023, an ambition that may pit him against his former boss who is also believed to be interested.
Content streaming service providers, Netflix and Amazon, as well as pay television channels, Irokotv and AfricaMagic are considering halting further investments in the Nigerian content industry. According to Vanguard, the four platforms have been forced to consider a discontinuation of investments in Nigeria because of the 6th Broadcast Code recently released by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Creative and broadcasting industry sources disclosed to Vanguard that the four platforms, which have invested enormously in local content production that are exclusive to them, are convinced that the new broadcast code is a huge threat to their investments, as it seeks to end exclusivity to broadcast properties and compel re-sale or sub-licensing to other broadcasters, including direct competitors. Sources told our correspondent that the new code makes exclusivity illegal, compels content sub-licensing and aims to regulate the prices at which content is sub-licensed.
According to an industry source who spoke to Vanguard, the broadcast platforms view Sections 9.0.1 to 9.0.3 of the broadcast code represent a direct assault on investors, as it erodes the possibility of reaping dividends on their investments.
“These sections prohibit broadcasters from entering into rights acquisition agreements that do not allow the sub-licensing of such rights in Nigeria. The implication is that any such agreement entered into is void,” she explained.
An Enugu-based industry source also revealed to Vanguard that Sections 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168 of the Code are most injurious to investors in the industry. The sections provide that a broadcaster must sub-license a programme in any genre if such enjoys massive viewership among Nigerians.
The implication of this, explained the source, is that investors, who fund the development of hit movies, series and shows, will be forced to sub-license that programme irrespective of whether or not they have recouped their investments.
“This isn’t just silly, but also wicked. It amounts to uncompensated use of intellectual property. The proper thing is for a broadcaster to freely bid for, negotiate or acquire rights at prices dictated by the market and on terms acceptable to channel suppliers,” he said.
He further explained that forced sub-licensing will inhibit investments, especially by foreigners in the content creation and broadcasting industry.
“I wasn’t surprised to learn that Netflix and Amazon are fretting. They should fret because they have invested heavily in the acquisition of Nigerian content. They are yet to recoup their investments, but you’re saying they must sell to competitors. Do you think other investors will be encouraged to come and invest? No. AfricaMagic has spent tonnes of money buying and creating local content. They are right to panic. So is Irokotv,” he said.
A former content producer explained that the broadcasting industry is already a difficult terrain to operate and has been made worse by the new code. He stated that the NBC is seeking to turn private enterprise into state property and be the one to determine the scale of dividends an investor should reap on his investment.
He argued that broadcasters will invest only if they are certain that the content on their platforms will help differentiate their offerings and they are able to sufficiently recoup what they invested. He warned that NBC’s interference in broadcasters’ freedom to trade will discourage investment in the broadcasting industry, Vanguard reported.
A coalition of 18 trade unions at the Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos, has protested against the alleged imposition of illegal levies on traders by the Iyaloja General, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo.
The PUNCH gathered that traders at the ICT hub started the protest last Monday and shut the market pending the resolution of the issues.
Our correspondent was told that Tinubu-Ojo allegedly imposed a Iyaloja and a Babaloja on the traders in June 2019.
The new market leaders, who displaced the existing leadership arrangement, allegedly introduced new levies.
The spokesperson for the coalition of trade unions in Computer Village, Nonso Bethel, said some hoodlums working for the new leaders, started charging outrageous sums.
“For instance, as a stall owner, if you take delivery of goods from the airport and you are bringing them into the market, the touts will collect N500 from the porter carrying them for you. If the goods are in your car, you will pay N2,000. But if you used a truck, they will collect N5,000,” he added.
Bethel said the traders endured the charges until the traders were asked to start paying N50 every day.
He said when they rejected this, they were mandated to pay N1,000 every month.
“Outside of this, we pay income tax, corporate tax, VAT and local government permits. So, we don’t know the constitutional authority that the Iyaloja has to be collecting N12,000 every year from shop owners. Those who sell by the roadside, they charge them between N1,000 and N1,500 on a daily basis,” he said.
Our correspondent gathered that things got to a head when a gate erected for security in the market was pulled down because there was no permission from the new Iyaloja.
The Iyaloja general could not be reached on her telephone line and had yet to respond to a text message on the allegations as of press time.
However, our correspondent gathered that leaders of the coalition were in a meeting with Tinubu-Ojo to resolve the issues.