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Nigerian Rapper, “Charmbuck” Slays with Banging Panda Cover Tune
“Charmbuck” is already a household name in the circle of underground music artistes bracing up to carve a niche for themselves in the highly competitive entertainment industry this year, 2016…

 The young and multi-dimensional rapper/singer jumped on the viral ‘Panda’ (Mixed by Dumas sounds) track with a glaring sense of uniqueness that will melt the heart of good music lovers.

 Guess what? Its a mere “freestyle” in a rare smooth blend of English language and indigenous rap with a differing tempo that tickles human imagination.

 Download it and thank me later. You can follow “Charmbuck” at every top social site  @charmbuckology on Twitter,IG,Snap chat and on facebook “Ogele Emmanuel Charmbuck”…
GOD BLESS YOU non stop as you support the movement………..*hugs*

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Gov. Bello Masari of Katsina State

Gov. Bello Masari of Katsina State

 

This was expressed earlier today by by Katsina State Government.  This  disclosure was made by Mr Ibrahim Musawa, the Managing Director of the Katsina Agricultural and Rural Development Project (KATRDA), during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina.

He disclosed that more than 70% of the State’s Agric Extension workers were retired and this has resulted in a break in communication between the Government and Farmers.

He further said that “this mass exodus of the agricultural extension workers is a serious matter of concern to the present government, as farmers need the professionals to advise them.”

“We have only 20 per cent of the extension workers and their number is inadequate in view of the large number of farmers in the state,” he said.

Dr. Ibrahim Musawa said that each extension worker was supposed to provide technical services to 100 farmers at the grassroots. At present, an agricultural extension worker provides service to no fewer than 100,000 farmers and this is affecting food production.

“The extension workers are supposed to be posted to each of the 11 wards in a Local Government but now the available number is grossly inadequate.

“We are calling on the State Government to privatise the Local Government Fish Farming Programme and redeploy the staff in the extension services in order to boost food production,” he said.

He urged the State Government to consider the recruitment of extension workers so as to increase their number for improved productivity.

I hope this will later turn to good news for the young and unemployed Agric Extension workers.

Rise Up Again

Posted: April 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

WRITTEN BY

OYENIYI OLUWASEUN

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As we all know, one of the major highlights of life that is quite inevitable is falling down. By falling down, I do not literally mean falling from a high elevation, rather, it means failing or getting disappointed either academically or in one’s relationship or even career, to mention but a few.
Considering Newton’s third Law of Motion which states that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. This means that for every action, there must be a counter-action which will annul the effect of the first action. In the same accord, a man is expected to rise up again after falling.
It is believed that if a man fails in school, the society will surely forgive him if he chooses to rise up again and become successful, but if a man fails in school and fails in life as well, the society won’t forgive him because his life is a product of his decisions.
Some people might be thinking they are responsible for their failure, which might be true, and at the same time, some people might also be thinking and probably angry because they feel they are not responsible for their failure, which also might be true. The truth is the deed has been done and the failure should rather be seen as a life lesson.
Like they say, a man will not grow if a man keeps rereading a chapter of his life. Whatever might have happened to you has now become a part of your past and the past is meant to be a record, it is not meant to be recalled every time. Do not let whatever has happened weigh you down, rather, let it spur you forward.
Stand up and rise again. Stand up and rise above your limitations.

NEW STD FOUND!

Posted: December 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

LOVERS

According to recent study, a less-known Sexually Transmitted Disease seems to be getting a lot of media attention lately and this suggests that hundreds of thousands of people are infected with it. Mycoplasma Genitalium is the name of the STD.

According to Wikipedia, Mycoplasma genitalium also known as MG, is a small pathogenic bacterium that lives on the ciliated epithelial cells of the urinary and genital tracts in humans. Its existence was first reported in 1981, and was eventually identified as new species of Mycoplasma in 1983.

According to the new study which was published by The International Journal of Epidemiology which investigated the relationship between sexual activity and MG, around 4500 urine samples of people between 16 and 44 years old who reported ever having sex, and around 200 people who had never had sex were assessed. There were no cases of MG in people who had never had sex, and the infection was seen in about 1% of sexually active participants. It was more common in those who had had more partners, or reported having more unprotected sex.

That makes M. genitalium a more common sexually transmitted disease (STD) than gonorrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Hidden STD Epidemic: 110 Million Infections in the US]

How is it spread?

Although it seems extremely likely that MG is a sexually transmitted infection, there haven’t been that many epidemiological studies investigating it. This most recent study suggests it is spread through unprotected penetrative sex – the authors found no cases of MG in people who had only had oral sex, but this does not necessarily mean it’s not passed on in that way (there were very few people in their study who’d only had oral sex). They found weak evidence that it may be passed on via same-sex sexual practises, although there were small numbers of people in these demographics in this study, so the authors report that it’s hard to draw conclusions.

Who is most a risk?

The study found the highest rates of MG in young women (between 16 and 19 years old), and slightly older men (aged between 25 and 34), although this could have been chance variation. The authors also found that, for men, socio-economic status and Black ethnicity were also associated with increased risk. This could be due to differences in sexual behaviour, it could also represent ethnic differences in innate immunity.

How do I know I’ve got it?

At the moment, it seems like there’s not really an easy way to tell. The study found that over 90% of men with MG did not report any symptoms. Just under 45% of the 48 women in the study with MG reported bleeding after sex, which could be a symptom of an MG infection. As yet, there is very little known about the long-term effect of MG. Post-coital bleeding might be a sign of cervical friability or cervicitis. However, reports that MG might increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease might be premature, as MG infection was not associated with any other symptom of the disease.

What should I do if I think I have it?

If you have any symptoms of an STD, go and visit your GP or a sexual health clinic and get tested. Even if you don’t have symptoms, if you’re having unprotected sex or frequently changing sexual partners, it’s important to get regularly tested. That said, tests for MG are not currently included in the general tests that you receive, so it won’t be picked up unless it’s specifically investigated. The NHS website reports that this study might open a debate about whether it should be screened for, but that more information about the long-term effects of MG infection is needed to inform that debate.

What should I do to avoid it?

Do the same as you would to avoid any sexually transmitted infection or disease – use protection (condoms – contraceptive pills or coils will protect from pregnancy but not infection), and get tested regularly.

To read more, visit:

http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/10/30/ije.dyv194.full

 

President Buhari while giving his Budget Speech

President Buhari while giving his budget speech.

 

 

PROTOCOLS

I am honoured and privileged to present the 2016 Budget proposal. This is my first address before this joint session of the National Assembly. I have come here today, not only to address members of the National Assembly, but also to speak directly to the men and women who placed us here.

2.      I know the state of our economy is a source of concern for many. This has been further worsened by the unbridled corruption and security challenges we have faced in the last few years. From those who have lost their jobs, to those young people who have never had a job, to the people in the North East whose families and businesses were destroyed by insurgents, this has been a difficult period in our nation’s history, lessons that we must not forget or ignore, as we plan for the future.

3.      By June 2014, oil prices averaged $112 per barrel. But as at today, the price is under $39 per barrel. This huge decline is having a painful effect on our economy. Consumption has declined at all levels. In both the private and public sectors, employers have struggled to meet their salary and other employee related obligations. The small business owners and traders have been particularly hard hit by this state of affairs.

4.      Fellow Nigerians, the confidence of many might be shaken. However, I stand before you today promising that we will secure our country, rebuild our economy, and make the Federal Republic of Nigeria stronger than it has ever been.

5.      The answers to our problems are not beyond us. They exist on our farmlands; our corporations; in the universities in the hearts and minds of our entrepreneurs; through the gallantry of our Armed Forces; and the resolute spirit of Nigerians, especially the youth, who have refused to give up despite all the obstacles confronting them.

6.      This Budget proposal, the first by our Government, seeks to stimulate the economy, making it more competitive by focusing on infrastructural development; delivering inclusive growth; and prioritizing the welfare of Nigerians. We believe that this budget, while helping industry, commerce and investment to pick up, will as a matter of urgency, address the immediate problems of youth unemployment and the terrible living conditions of the extremely poor and vulnerable Nigerians.

7.      In the medium to longer term, we remain committed to economic diversification through import substitution and export promotion. This will build resilience in our economy. It will guarantee that the problems we have today, will not confront our children and their children. This shall be our legacy for generations to come.

2015: A Year of Global and Domestic Challenges

8.      Today, it is widely acknowledged that the global economy has slowed down. This is particularly the case with emerging markets such as Nigeria. However, despite the weak emerging market growth rates, our domestic security challenges, declining oil prices, and the attendant difficulties in providing foreign exchange to meet market demands, the Nigerian economy grew by 2.84% in the third quarter of 2015.

9.      We have, and will continue to implement strategies that will maintain macroeconomic stability and manage the oil price shocks we are experiencing.

10.      Upon the inauguration of this administration on 29th May 2015, we engaged key stakeholders from various sectors of our economy and interfaced with the heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in order to understand the true state of our nation. What we found prompted us to take certain strategic decisions.

11.    On the economy, we injected new leadership at the helm of our revenue generating agencies including the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). We implemented the Treasury Single Account (TSA) which, so far, has provided greater visibility of Government revenues and cash flows. We intervened to support States to navigate their fiscal challenges by restructuring their commercial bank loans and by providing facilities to enable them to pay salary arrears.

12.      We have demonstrated a strong will to fight corruption. I am sure you will agree that the sheer scale of corruption and impunity of the past explains in part, the economic challenges we now face. On these initiatives, and the many more to come, we shall not be deterred. We will pursue the recovery of everything that belongs to the people of Nigeria. No matter where it is hidden. No matter how long it will take.

2015 Budget Performance

13.    Distinguished and honourable members of the National Assembly, I now present a review of the 2015 Budget. That Budget was based on a benchmark oil price of $53 per barrel, oil production of 2.28 million barrels per day and an exchange rate of N190 to the US$.

14.    The projected revenue was N3.45 trillion, with an outlay of N4.49 trillion, implying a deficit of N1.04 trillion. Due largely to under-provisioning by the previous administration for fuel subsidy and the costs required to support the military operations in the North East, the Government had to obtain National Assembly’s approval for a supplementary budget of N575.5 billion. I take this opportunity to thank all members of the National Assembly for the prompt passage of that Bill.

2016: Budget Assumptions

15.      After reviewing the trends in the global oil industry, we have set a benchmark price of $38 per barrel and a production estimate of 2.2 million barrels per day for 2016. We have focused on non-oil revenues by broadening our tax base and improving the effectiveness of our revenue collecting agencies.

16.      Also, with the full implementation of the Treasury Single Account, we expect significant improvements in the collection and remittance of independent revenues. To further support the drive for increased remittances, we will ensure that all MDAs present their budgets in advance, and remit their operating surpluses as required by section 22 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

17.    We are determined to ensure that our resources are managed prudently and utilized solely for the public good. To set the proper tone, one of our early decisions was the adoption of a zero based budgeting approach, which ensures that resources are aligned with Government’s priorities and allocated efficiently. This budgeting method, a clear departure from previous budgeting activities, will optimize the impact of public expenditure.

18.      In addition to the proper linkage of budgeting to strategic planning, we are enhancing the utilization of the Government Integrated Financial Management Information Systems(GIFMIS) to improve financial management. The recently established Efficiency Unit is working across MDAs to identify and eliminate wasteful spending, duplication and other inefficiencies. We engaged costing experts to scrutinize the 2016 budget proposals. They have already identified certain cost areas that can be centralized for economies to be made.

19.      We have directed the extension of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System(IPPIS) to all MDAs to reap its full benefits. We will also strengthen the controls over our personnel and pension costs with the imminent introduction of the Continuous Audit Process (CAP). These initiatives will ensure personnel costs are reduced. Our commitment to a lean and cost effective government remains a priority, and the initiatives we are introducing will signal a fundamental change in how Government spends public revenue.

2016: Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Growth

20.    The 2016 budget, as outlined, is designed to ensure that we revive our economy, deliver inclusive growth to Nigerians and create a significant number of jobs.

21.      We aim to ensure macroeconomic stability by achieving a real GDP growth rate of 4.37% and managing inflation. To achieve this, we will ensure the aligning of fiscal, monetary, trade and industrial policies.

22.  As we focus on inclusive growth, we are conscious of the current rate of unemployment and underemployment. This is a challenge we are determined to meet; and this budget is the platform for putting more Nigerians to work. I can assure you that this administration will have a job creation focus in every aspect of the execution of this budget. Nigeria’s job creation drive will be private sector led. We will encourage this by a reduction in tax rates for smaller businesses as well as subsidized funding for priority sectors such as agriculture and solid minerals.

23.    As an emergency measure, to address the chronic shortage of teachers in public schools across the country, we also will partner with State and Local Governments to recruit, train and deploy 500,000 unemployed graduates and NCE holders. These graduate teachers will be deployed to primary schools, thereby, enhancing the provision of basic education especially in our rural areas.

24.    We also intend to partner with State and Local Governments to provide financial training and loans to market women, traders and artisans, through their cooperative societies. We believe that this segment of our society is not only critical to our plan for growing small businesses, but it is also an important platform to create jobs and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs.

25.    Furthermore, through the office of the Vice President, we are working with various development partners to design an implementable and transparent conditional cash transfer program for the poorest and most vulnerable. This program will be implemented in phases. Already, the compilation of registers of the poorest persons is ongoing. In the coming weeks, we will present the full programme, which will include our home-grown public primary school feeding and free education for science, technology and education students in our tertiary institutions. Indeed, this will mark a historic milestone for us as a nation.

The 2016 Budget

26.    Distinguished members of the National Assembly, I now present, the 2016 Budget proposals of the Federal Government. Based on the assumptions I presented earlier, we have proposed a budget of N6.08 trillion with a revenue projection of N3.86 trillion resulting in a deficit of N2.22 trillion.

27.    The deficit, which is equivalent to 2.16% of Nigeria’s GDP, will take our overall debt profile to 14% of our GDP. This remains well within acceptable fiscal limits. Our deficit will be financed by a combination of domestic borrowing of N984 billion, and foreign borrowing of N900 billion totaling N1.84 trillion. Over the medium term, we expect to increase revenues and reduce overheads, to bring the fiscal deficit down to 1.3% of GDP by 2018.

28.      In 2016, oil related revenues are expected to contribute N820 billion. Non-oil revenues, comprising Company Income Tax (CIT), Value Added Tax (VAT), Customs and Excise duties, and Federation Account levies, will contribute N1.45 trillion. Finally, by enforcing strict compliance with theFiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 and public expenditure reforms in all MDAs, we have projected up to N1.51 trillion from independent revenues.

29.      Although we are working to diversify our economy, we will not lose sight of the need to restructure the oil and gas sector which has been marred by corruption and plagued with inefficiencies. Accordingly, I have directed the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to adjust its pricing template to reflect competitive and market driven components. We believe this can lower input costs and attain efficiency savings that will enable PPPRA to keep the selling price for all marketers of petrol at N87 per liter for now.

30.    The current fuel scarcity with long queues at petrol stations all over the country causing social dislocation is very unfortunate. Government profoundly apologizes to Nigerians for this prolonged hardship and misery. It is as a result of market speculators and resistance to change by some stakeholders. Government is working very hard to end these shortages and bring fuel to the pumps all over the country.

31.      I have also directed the NNPC to explore alternate funding models that will enable us to honour our obligations in Joint Ventures (JVs) and deep offshore fields. We are confident that these measures can be achieved and will lower the burden that the traditional cash calls have imposed on our budget and cash flows as well as contribute towards shoring up our national reserves.

32.      To deliver our development objectives, we have increased the capital expenditure portion of the budget from N557 billion in the 2015 budget to N1.8 trillion, in the 2016 budget. Distinguished and honourable members of the National Assembly, for the first time in many years, capital expenditure will represent 30% of our total budget. In future years we intend to raise the percentage allocation for capital expenditure.

33.      This is a fulfillment of our promise to align expenditure to our long-term objectives, and a sign of government’s commitment to sustainable development. This increased capital expenditure commits significant resources to critical sectors such as Works, Power and Housing – N433.4 billion; Transport – N202.0 billion; Special Intervention Programs – N200.0 billion; Defence – N134.6 billion; and Interior – N53.1 billion. These investments in infrastructure and security are meant to support our reforms in the Agriculture, Solid Minerals and other core job creating sectors of our economy.

34.      We will invest to safeguard lives and property.

35.      We will invest in equipping our farmers with the right tools, technology and techniques.

36.  We will invest in empowering and enabling our miners to operate in a safe, secure and humane environment.

37.      We will invest in training our youths, through the revival of our technical and vocational institutions, to ensure they are competent enough to seize the opportunities that will arise from this economic revival.

38.  Indeed, the future looks bright. And I ask that we all work together to make this vision a reality. The 223% year on year growth in capital expenditure demonstrates our desire to make Nigeria more competitive, and start the journey to deliver sustainable development in our country.

39.    In fulfillment of our promise to run a lean government, we have proposed a 9% reduction in non-debt recurrent expenditure, from N2.59 trillion in the 2015 Budget to N2.35 trillion in 2016. Furthermore, we have budgeted N300 billion for Special Intervention Programs, which takes the total amount for non-debt recurrent expenditure to N2.65 trillion.

39.    As I mentioned earlier, the Efficiency Unit set up by this Administration together with effective implementation of GIFMIS and IPPIS will drive a reduction of overheads by at least 7%, personnel costs by 8% and other service wide votes by 19%. Distinguished and honourable members, this budget will be executed to provide optimum value by ensuring every naira spent by this Government, counts.

40.      We will devote a significant portion of our recurrent expenditure to institutions that provide critical government services. We will spend N369.6 billion in Education; N294.5 billion in Defence; N221.7 billion in Health and N145.3 billion in the Ministry of Interior.  This will ensure our teachers, armed forces personnel, doctors, nurses, police men, fire fighters, prison service officers and many more critical service providers are paid competitively and on time.

41.      Distinguished and honourable members of the National Assembly, our 2016 borrowings will be principally directed to fund our capital projects. Furthermore, the sum of N113 billion will be set aside for a Sinking Fund towards the retirement of maturing loans; while N1.36 trillion has been provided for foreign and domestic debt service. This calls for prudent management on our part, both of the debt portfolio and the deployment of our hard earned foreign exchange earnings.

Foreign exchange

42.    I am aware of the problems many Nigerians currently have in accessing foreign exchange for their various purposes – from our traders and business operators who rely on imported inputs; to manufacturers needing to import sophisticated equipment and spare parts; to our airlines operators who need foreign exchange to meet their international regulatory obligations; to the financial services sector and capital markets who are key actors in the global arena.

43.    These are clearly due to the current inadequacies in the supply of foreign exchange to Nigerians who need it. I am however assured by the Governor of Central Bank that the Bank is currently fine-tuning its foreign exchange management to introduce some flexibility and encourage additional inflow of foreign currency to help ease the pressure.

44.      We are carefully assessing our exchange rate regime keeping in mind our willingness to attract foreign investors but at the same time, managing and controlling inflation to level that will not harm the average Nigerians. Nigeria is open for business. But the interest of all Nigerians must be protected. Indeed, tough decisions will have to be made. But this does not necessarily mean increasing the level of pain already being experienced by most Nigerians.

45.    So to the investors, business owners and industrialists, we are aware of your pains. To the farmers, traders and entrepreneurs, we also hear you. The status quo cannot continue. The rent seeking will stop. The artificial current demand will end. Our monetary, fiscal and social development policies are aligned.

Conclusion

46.      Mr. Senate President, Mr. Speaker, distinguished members of the National Assembly, in spite of the global economic uncertainties; we must remain steadfast in our commitment to steer this country back to greatness.

47.    The Nigerian economy needs to move away from dependency on oil. Our growth must be inclusive. Nigerians must be part of the growth story. As a Government, we shall deliver security, jobs and infrastructure. This is the right of all Nigerians.

48.    I know many people will say “I have heard this before”. Indeed, trust in Government, due to the abuse and negligence of the past, is at an all-time low. This means we must go back to basics. Our actions will speak for us. My team of dedicated, committed and patriotic Nigerians is well aware of the task ahead and I can assure you that we are taking on the challenge.

49.      We will not betray the trust reposed in us.

50.    We will welcome and be responsive to your feedback and criticisms.

51.    We are here to serve. And indeed, Nigerians will get the service they have longed for and which they rightly deserve.

52.    We as a Government cannot do it alone. We will require the support of all civil servants, the organized labour, industry groups, the press and of course, our religious and traditional institutions. This is a call for all of us to stand and serve our country.

53.    This Budget represents a major step in delivering a new opportunity for Nigeria. It demonstrates our confident optimism that despite the challenging times, we have the will, resourcefulness and commitment to deliver prosperity to our people. And by the Grace of Almighty God and the sheer will and determination of the Nigerian people, we will come out stronger and more united than ever.

54.    Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

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Young Nigerian rapper named Ogele Emmanuel whose stage name is Charmbuck falls into the class of the chosen ones. Charmbuck is student of Kwara State University known as KWASU where he is studying Plant and Environmental Biology (Botany).
The promising rapper chose his Hip Hop path at the tender age of 7. His mentors are Nas,Eminem and Nigerian-born American rapper, Chamillionaire.
The tall and handsome rapper hails from Delta state and has graced several big stages in and Ilorin, Kwara state university where he schools and his home-city, Ibadan and lots more.
According to him, music is a part of him he can’t live without. His dream is to change the world with the strong messages in his songs. He preaches the message of joy,peaceful coexistence and rising above limitation to reach full potentials as several youths need to be inspired.
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Written by: Oladele Charles (Charlesidonn)

Revolutionary greetings to all GREAT IFE Students, happy resumption to you all and I am wishing everyone a distinctive semester.
Much has been said about the CHANGE being championed by the Central Government and the need for every Nigerian, irrespective of age, tribe, religion, and gender to key to it because it is the only constant thing in life. True change starts with individual and this should be reflected in our everyday conduct.
This write up is not to help drum support for any political party, but it is to borrow a leaf from their slogan in deed and by example, not by precept on the issue of Severe Maximum Shishi (SMS).
SMS has been an age long tradition of our conscious community to deal with those found guilty of stealing and in the process, instill fears and warning to other students with such ulterior motive to desist from it. The SMS entails parading the culprit all through the Undergraduate Halls of Residence and beating such person(s) in the process.
While I appreciate the efforts of the Security Committees (both Halls of Residence and S.U.), I wish to proffer an alternative to the SMS. This alternative is COMMUNITY SERVICE. This Community Service entails the Convicted culprit being asked to perform tasks like cutting grass, washing toilets and bathrooms, sweeping cafes and Common Rooms, Lecture theatre, etc.
This sort of punishment poses no physical harm to the culprit and there won’t be need to fear rushing such person to Health Centre. The culprit will still be paraded round the Halls of Residence WITHOUT BEING BEATING, after which the appropriate Community Service sanction will be melted out. The culprit will also be asked to write and paste a printed apology letter at all the notice boards both in Halls of residence and academics.
I enjoin all those concerned to give Community Service punishment a serious thought.