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Saturday, 23 April 2016

How states spent their bailout funds

Full text of ICPC’s report on the monitoring of bailout funds granted states:


The Independent corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), working in concert with the Nigeria Labour Congress, made good its resolve to monitor the bailout funds for the offset of salary arrears loaned to twenty seven states of the Federal Republic as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari
Following the conclusion of the monitoring exercise, the commission hereby wishes to issue, for public notice, the report of the exercise.  The commission also will not hesitate to provide updates to this report where applicable.
It is important to note that the monitoring exercise report and probable updates are being released to the public by ICPC to foster understanding between workers and the state governments by providing a transparent process that eliminates information gaps that often lead to rumour-mongering.  The Commission is convinced that this will promote a healthy atmosphere for interaction between

Suffering and smiling home in trains

Stories by Paul Ukpabio and Adebisi Adeyanju

The Iddo terminus of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) established 1958 is perhaps a miniature of what Victoria Station is to the City of London. A popular train station in the heart of town that serves as the beginning and the end of most train journeys within Lagos and Lagos to other destinations in the hinterland. 

Upon neglect of the use of the trains over the years and the less popularity of the railway for transport system, the Iddo terminus like other train stations across the country, played into irrelevance and sliding decay. 


Thursday, 21 April 2016

It’s foolhardy to hope in a dead Biafra at this time -General Momah

Former Minister of Science and Technology and pioneer Nige-rian War College (NWC) Director-General, General Sam Momah, is a disciple of the change campaign which brought the present government  into power. In this interview with Paul Ukpabio, Momah, x-rays the first few months of President Muham-madu Buhari in office.

You were one of the lone voices in the last two years who spoke consistently about a General Buhari in power. You also called for a change of ex-President Jonathan’s administration in his last two years in office. Today we have Buhari in power are you fulfilled?
 I must say that I am

Faces at Comedian Koffi's show in Lagos, Nigeria

I know men are afraid of me because of my wealth -Top businesswoman, Biola Olatunji

Biola Olatunji, the famous widow of Late Alhaji Lukman Olatunji Alade, also known in Lagos social scene as Toto Abuga, had been off the society scene for a while. Wealthy Biola Olatunji is contented shuttling different countries in search of businesses, to add unto those left behind by her late husband. Over the years, hard working Biola has remained quiet, even gone abroad, where she took solace in studying Theology in a university in the UK. She spoke to PAUL UKPABIO about life without her husband and the challenges of being a rich widow.

Years after the death of your multi-millionaire businessman husband, you have kept the home-front flag flying, how have you been coping?

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

I don't worry about women chasing my husband -Apostle Lanre Samson

Friday, 8 April 2016

Yes, even US First Lady, Mrs Michelle Obama has worn my hat – Nigerian hat maker, Grace Chito Mark

She set out in her teens to make hats; little did she know then that hat-making would make her great. That is the story of Grace Chito Mark. But that was just the beginning. There were huddles; no one wanted to identify with locally made hats until she was discovered by powerful, society folks. “There was this lady,’’ said Grace Chito Mark, “a lady that I will never forget in my life. She became a mentor to me. She is no other person than Aunty Labanella, Hajia Abah Folawiyo, God used her to open the door for me.” Her ‘Graces hat’ became a household name among society folks; even the US First Lady Mrs Michelle Obama, now wears her hat. Grace Mark shares her lifestyle with us, in this interview with Paul Ukpabio.

From just making hats, you became well known among top society folks. Tell us how long have you been in hat-making business?
I have been at it for the past 30 years. That is what we have been doing and God has been helping. Right now it looks as if we have just even started.

How could that be, when you look so young?
That is true. That is actually a good observation because each time I tell somebody how old I am in the business, they start thinking about my age. They start imagining my age considering my looks. But Graces Hat has been there for a while, so it is normal to expect that people will expect an elderly woman to be in charge. I started in 1980 when I finished my school certificate examination. I started very early in life. I was young. That doesn’t also mean that I am as young in age as I presently look.
So what gave you the inspiration to set out in business at that time that some would consider tender age?

Faces at Lagos Police Command GALA Night at GRA, Ikeja, Lagos

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Bishop Bola Adeleke makes history: becomes first Nigerian female bishop to own online radio

By Paul Ukpabio

General Overseer of Power Pentecostal Church Bishop Bola Adeleke last week Wednesday launched her Kiibati Online Radio at a ceremony that attracted the Christian community, which included Pastors and representatives of Christian bodies across the country.

A joyful Bishop Bola Adeleke used the event opportunity to

OREGUN gets new wave of nightlife, as 'big boys' take over *and role played by Lanre Gentry and wife (Nollywood's Mercy Aigbe)

Lanre Gentry and wife Mercy Aigbe-Gentry

By Paul Ukpabio

Once upon a time, Oregun a town in the heart of Ikeja used to be a quiet place, only offering an access road that leads to the big fun spots at Opebi, Allen Avenue, and Adeniyi Jones all in Ikeja area of Lagos. 

At that time, the entire Oregun area was best known for its production companies, factories, warehouses, building block factories and residential homes. Today, all these features still exist in Alausa-Oregun community, but with reduced presence as some of the warehouses have been taken over by church auditoriums and event venues.

According to Wasiu Ogedengbe who said

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Faces at the University of Ibadan Professorial reception and lecture of Professor Kamil Koyejo Oloso

The event was organised by Senator Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi in honour of Professor  Kamil Koyejo Oloso on his recent professorial confirmation by the University of Ibadan.

Pix shows - Prof Kamil Koyejo Oloso (Middle) serenaded by Sen Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi and wife Mrs Zhikrah A. 'FolakeAkanbi 
Pix 1 - from Left to Right: Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, Alhaji High Chief Lateef Oyelade (Baba Isale Musulumi of Ibadan Land), Alhaji (Dr) Sakariyau Babalola OON (Vice President of Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs),  Professor Kamil Koyejo Oloso (HOD Department of Arabic and Islamic studies, University of Ibadan), Professor Abel Idowu (Vice Chancellor UI), Senator Lekan Balogun (Otun Olubadan), Senator Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi and Alhaji Chief Bayo Oyero at the professorial reception and lecture

Friday, 1 April 2016

FUEL SCARCITY: Info Minister, Lai Mohammed defends Dr Ibe Kachikwu

By Paul Ukpabio

Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed has defended Dr Ibe Kachikwu the Minister of State for Petroleum, with regards to his remark and blunder made about the persistent fuel crisis.
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