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CREATIVITY? Nigerian Lady Creates Beautiful Brand New Furniture With Condemned Tyres Gotten From Dustbins (Photos)

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Talk about the ingenuity in the face of adversity. A Young Nigerian lady has found a way to not just recycle/reuse condemned tyres and it is really beautiful.

 

Here is an inspiring story of a young entrepreneur who started converting waste to wealth for herself during her teenage years.

The young lady, who is also the CEO of Beauberry Creations, graduated from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state, and has been searching dumpsites thoroughly for old tyres and turning them into beautiful home furniture

The finished products can then be used as centerpieces and for keeping books, newspapers, and small household items.

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jega-2NBA cautions against violence, sends 573 monitors

THE expectations and the stakes are high over tomorrow’s governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Last minutes activities leading to the polls by both the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the participating political parties and other stakeholders have reached a peak. The only unexpected action came from the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), which demanded that the election be shifted to allow its candidate enlisted as directed by the court. The party made the demand after a meeting in Abuja yesterday.

But the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, told The Guardian yesterday that the commission was not aware of the party’s demand.

Idowu said the proper thing for the party to do was to present its request to INEC but as “I am talking to you, such presentation has not been made to the commission.”

This came as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday urged all stakeholders in the contest to desist from acts capable of threatening the fragile security situation in the country during the polls.

The election is at the instance of the ruling of the Supreme Court last month, which affirmed that the tenure of the former governors of Adamawa, Bayelsa, Cross River, Kogi and Sokoto states, which began on May 29, 2007, terminated on May 28, 2011, being four years allowed by the 1999 Constitution.

In a statement, the NBA Election Working Group (EWG) Chairman, Mr. Dafe Akpedeye (SAN) and Alternate Chairman, Mr. Festus Okoye, said: “The association’s Election Working Group (NBA EWG) notes that there have been adverse reports relating to the security situation in the state as a result of conflicting political interests.

“The state has also witnessed heightened and unguarded utterances from the key players in the politics of the state with the capacity of sending wrong signals to their supporters.

“We counsel that Nigeria is going through challenging times and the political leaders in Bayelsa State have the additional responsibility of maintaining civility and showing good electoral example to other states of the federation, considering the fact that the President is from the state.”

The NBA appealed to security agencies to co-ordinate properly and reign in troublesome politicians and their supporters to prevent their mischief from having a negative effect on the election and its outcome.

Already, 573 observers have being accredited to monitor the polls.

Akpedeye, who is the first co-chair of the facilitators, Project Swift Count (PSC), a coalition of four organisations, Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWON), Justice, Development Peace/Caritas (JDPC), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), said: “PSC will deploy a total of 573 observers to observe the election. Of this figure, 550 will be deployed randomly to pre-selected polling units spread across the eight local councils while the remaining 23 will rove the state. The observers have been duly accredited by INEC for this exercise having met the commission’s conditions.”

He said the training of the observers “was organised in order to ensure that the governorship election is adequately observed in line with the PSC’s mission of building the confidence of voters in the election and promoting free, fair, peaceful and credible elections in Nigeria.”

And citing a Federal High Court in Abuja order on INEC to include the name of its candidate, Chief Ebi Lloyd Alamene, for the election, the National Secretariat of the ANPP has urged the commission to postpone the polls to a later date.

The party’s National Chairman, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who made the call while reacting to the court order, told the ANPP National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja that the call for the postponement had become necessary to give the party the time to campaign for the elections.

Meanwhile, the ANPP NEC has ratified the appointment of Alhaji Tijani Musa Tumsa, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe State, as the new National Secretary of the party to replace Alhaji Lawan Shettima, who was recently appointed Works Commissioner in Yobe State.

His appointment was ratified via a motion moved by Chief Vitalis Ajumbe, the Imo State chairman of the party, seconded by his counterpart from Taraba State, Honourable Hamisu Suleiman, in line with Article 23 (9) of the party.

Also, the NEC approved a Governorship Campaign Committee for the February 18 election in Sokoto State headed by the Governor of Yobe State and Chairman of the ANPP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam. The committee also has other members such as two former governors of Yobe and Kano states now senators, Bukar Abba Ibrahim and Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya.

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jega-2NBA cautions against violence, sends 573 monitors

THE expectations and the stakes are high over tomorrow’s governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Last minutes activities leading to the polls by both the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the participating political parties and other stakeholders have reached a peak. The only unexpected action came from the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), which demanded that the election be shifted to allow its candidate enlisted as directed by the court. The party made the demand after a meeting in Abuja yesterday.

But the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, told The Guardian yesterday that the commission was not aware of the party’s demand.

Idowu said the proper thing for the party to do was to present its request to INEC but as “I am talking to you, such presentation has not been made to the commission.”

This came as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday urged all stakeholders in the contest to desist from acts capable of threatening the fragile security situation in the country during the polls.

The election is at the instance of the ruling of the Supreme Court last month, which affirmed that the tenure of the former governors of Adamawa, Bayelsa, Cross River, Kogi and Sokoto states, which began on May 29, 2007, terminated on May 28, 2011, being four years allowed by the 1999 Constitution.

In a statement, the NBA Election Working Group (EWG) Chairman, Mr. Dafe Akpedeye (SAN) and Alternate Chairman, Mr. Festus Okoye, said: “The association’s Election Working Group (NBA EWG) notes that there have been adverse reports relating to the security situation in the state as a result of conflicting political interests.

“The state has also witnessed heightened and unguarded utterances from the key players in the politics of the state with the capacity of sending wrong signals to their supporters.

“We counsel that Nigeria is going through challenging times and the political leaders in Bayelsa State have the additional responsibility of maintaining civility and showing good electoral example to other states of the federation, considering the fact that the President is from the state.”

The NBA appealed to security agencies to co-ordinate properly and reign in troublesome politicians and their supporters to prevent their mischief from having a negative effect on the election and its outcome.

Already, 573 observers have being accredited to monitor the polls.

Akpedeye, who is the first co-chair of the facilitators, Project Swift Count (PSC), a coalition of four organisations, Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWON), Justice, Development Peace/Caritas (JDPC), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), said: “PSC will deploy a total of 573 observers to observe the election. Of this figure, 550 will be deployed randomly to pre-selected polling units spread across the eight local councils while the remaining 23 will rove the state. The observers have been duly accredited by INEC for this exercise having met the commission’s conditions.”

He said the training of the observers “was organised in order to ensure that the governorship election is adequately observed in line with the PSC’s mission of building the confidence of voters in the election and promoting free, fair, peaceful and credible elections in Nigeria.”

And citing a Federal High Court in Abuja order on INEC to include the name of its candidate, Chief Ebi Lloyd Alamene, for the election, the National Secretariat of the ANPP has urged the commission to postpone the polls to a later date.

The party’s National Chairman, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who made the call while reacting to the court order, told the ANPP National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja that the call for the postponement had become necessary to give the party the time to campaign for the elections.

Meanwhile, the ANPP NEC has ratified the appointment of Alhaji Tijani Musa Tumsa, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe State, as the new National Secretary of the party to replace Alhaji Lawan Shettima, who was recently appointed Works Commissioner in Yobe State.

His appointment was ratified via a motion moved by Chief Vitalis Ajumbe, the Imo State chairman of the party, seconded by his counterpart from Taraba State, Honourable Hamisu Suleiman, in line with Article 23 (9) of the party.

Also, the NEC approved a Governorship Campaign Committee for the February 18 election in Sokoto State headed by the Governor of Yobe State and Chairman of the ANPP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam. The committee also has other members such as two former governors of Yobe and Kano states now senators, Bukar Abba Ibrahim and Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya.

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SanniTHE controversial zoning of power by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between the North and South resurrected yesterday as northern elders responded to issues thrown up by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Through their umbrella platform, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the northern elders expressed worry over leaders of the region being labelled as opposed to the Goodluck Jonathan presidency because of his allegedly distortion of the PDP zoning scheme.

The ACF National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, who reacted to allegations and reports in some national dailies, said contrary to the insinuations, the North is ever ready to join forces with the Federal Government to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

He added that the leaders of the region were neither working with the group nor planning to break up the country.

In a statement he issued in Kaduna yesterday, Sani said “following the last press conference by ACF through which the forum sought to address the hype in activities of Boko Haram and the allegations by some groups that there are plans to assassinate the President, there has been cascade of reports and commentaries in the media.”

Arewa said it was unfortunate that “some reports are to the effect that ACF justifies the quit order by Boko Haram to southerners residing in the North, others reported ACF as saying that the sect is capable of disintegrating the country, while some others said that the Federal Government does not possess the constitutional right to dialogue with Boko Haram.”

Sani lamented that most of the commentaries by some individuals and media establishments cast aspersion against the northern group and its efforts in ensuring that sanity prevails under the present situation of insecurity in Nigeria.

According to him, leaders of the northern group would continue to work assiduously in ensuring that peace and tranquility prevailed in the North just as they have been doing in settling the past crises in the region, adding that “at no time did ACF and northern leaders ever entertained any fear that a group can dismember Nigeria.

“Even the prediction of 2015 by United States (U.S.) intelligence, ACF never said Nigeria would disintegrate. It only said if not arrested by consciously directed efforts, such crisis could lead the country to a failed state by 2015,” Sani said.

The ACF said its position had been that the interdependence of constituent sections of Nigeria is such that divorce is not feasible and that what is required to move the nation forward is “national grandeur, purposeful leadership and the best in every one.”

It, therefore, urged Nigerians to ignore the insinuations by some individuals and groups that the North wants to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan.

“The position of ACF and northern leaders on the suspicion that the current level of insecurity and national malaise across the country, especially those caused by Boko Haram, are inspired by the North for the purpose of making the country ungovernable for President Jonathan on account of his mismanagement of politics of zoning, on account of his faith and ethnicity, is that those with such views are ignorant of democratic tenets.

“Abraham Lincoln, who defined democracy, went further to say that the majority have their way, whereas the minority will have their say. President Jonathan has been declared the winner of the elections by a lawfully constituted Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). As democrats, ACF and northern leaders, as well as the oppositions, are bound by the results and must support the government until when the next round of elections come in 2015. Towards that end, ACF congratulated the President and went further to pay him courtesy call. That is how it should be.

“What is more, President Jonathan’s ruling party controls 15 of the 19 northern states, which people are members of ACF, as against eight states in the South. In addition, the number two, three, four and five citizens of this country are also members of ACF. It is, therefore, unthinkable to imagine that the so-called northern power elite can make the country ungovernable in such circumstance, despite its criticisms of some of the policies and actions of the government. Northern leaders are not that naive to imagine 2015 will never come.”

On the alleged belated outings of ACF and northern leaders in condemnation of activities of Boko Haram, Sani said: “I wish to state my demur. As the spokesman of ACF, I cannot recall any violent acts by a group in the northern parts of the country, which ACF did not openly condemn.

“The forum condemned all the internecine conflicts that claimed life and property in Jos, Plateau State and environs. It did the same for all those in Bauchi State and bomb explosions during Independence Day celebration in Abuja, bomb blasts at the United Nations (UN) offices in Abuja, explosions in Maiduguri, Borno State and Damaturu in Yobe State.

“I can also remember former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, doing same. In fact, he texts me sometimes and directs me to condemn such acts of violence in the strongest of terms,” Sani stated.

Besides, Sani argued that when people “compare the militants of Niger Delta with Boko Haram, they do so without proper linkages,” stressing that, “arguably, all terrorist organisations transmute from insurrections the way Arafat’s PLO transmuted from political liberation struggles to Hamas’ terrorists organisation.”

Arewa defended its repeated calls for dialogue with the sect, insisting that the use of force would not work.

“Rather, it has stoked their activities. The preference for dialogue with terrorists of Boko Haram is not a matter of choice, but has been necessitated by the realisation that hard power of military might is yet to work on terrorists anywhere in the world.”

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SanniTHE controversial zoning of power by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between the North and South resurrected yesterday as northern elders responded to issues thrown up by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Through their umbrella platform, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the northern elders expressed worry over leaders of the region being labelled as opposed to the Goodluck Jonathan presidency because of his allegedly distortion of the PDP zoning scheme.

The ACF National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, who reacted to allegations and reports in some national dailies, said contrary to the insinuations, the North is ever ready to join forces with the Federal Government to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

He added that the leaders of the region were neither working with the group nor planning to break up the country.

In a statement he issued in Kaduna yesterday, Sani said “following the last press conference by ACF through which the forum sought to address the hype in activities of Boko Haram and the allegations by some groups that there are plans to assassinate the President, there has been cascade of reports and commentaries in the media.”

Arewa said it was unfortunate that “some reports are to the effect that ACF justifies the quit order by Boko Haram to southerners residing in the North, others reported ACF as saying that the sect is capable of disintegrating the country, while some others said that the Federal Government does not possess the constitutional right to dialogue with Boko Haram.”

Sani lamented that most of the commentaries by some individuals and media establishments cast aspersion against the northern group and its efforts in ensuring that sanity prevails under the present situation of insecurity in Nigeria.

According to him, leaders of the northern group would continue to work assiduously in ensuring that peace and tranquility prevailed in the North just as they have been doing in settling the past crises in the region, adding that “at no time did ACF and northern leaders ever entertained any fear that a group can dismember Nigeria.

“Even the prediction of 2015 by United States (U.S.) intelligence, ACF never said Nigeria would disintegrate. It only said if not arrested by consciously directed efforts, such crisis could lead the country to a failed state by 2015,” Sani said.

The ACF said its position had been that the interdependence of constituent sections of Nigeria is such that divorce is not feasible and that what is required to move the nation forward is “national grandeur, purposeful leadership and the best in every one.”

It, therefore, urged Nigerians to ignore the insinuations by some individuals and groups that the North wants to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan.

“The position of ACF and northern leaders on the suspicion that the current level of insecurity and national malaise across the country, especially those caused by Boko Haram, are inspired by the North for the purpose of making the country ungovernable for President Jonathan on account of his mismanagement of politics of zoning, on account of his faith and ethnicity, is that those with such views are ignorant of democratic tenets.

“Abraham Lincoln, who defined democracy, went further to say that the majority have their way, whereas the minority will have their say. President Jonathan has been declared the winner of the elections by a lawfully constituted Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). As democrats, ACF and northern leaders, as well as the oppositions, are bound by the results and must support the government until when the next round of elections come in 2015. Towards that end, ACF congratulated the President and went further to pay him courtesy call. That is how it should be.

“What is more, President Jonathan’s ruling party controls 15 of the 19 northern states, which people are members of ACF, as against eight states in the South. In addition, the number two, three, four and five citizens of this country are also members of ACF. It is, therefore, unthinkable to imagine that the so-called northern power elite can make the country ungovernable in such circumstance, despite its criticisms of some of the policies and actions of the government. Northern leaders are not that naive to imagine 2015 will never come.”

On the alleged belated outings of ACF and northern leaders in condemnation of activities of Boko Haram, Sani said: “I wish to state my demur. As the spokesman of ACF, I cannot recall any violent acts by a group in the northern parts of the country, which ACF did not openly condemn.

“The forum condemned all the internecine conflicts that claimed life and property in Jos, Plateau State and environs. It did the same for all those in Bauchi State and bomb explosions during Independence Day celebration in Abuja, bomb blasts at the United Nations (UN) offices in Abuja, explosions in Maiduguri, Borno State and Damaturu in Yobe State.

“I can also remember former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, doing same. In fact, he texts me sometimes and directs me to condemn such acts of violence in the strongest of terms,” Sani stated.

Besides, Sani argued that when people “compare the militants of Niger Delta with Boko Haram, they do so without proper linkages,” stressing that, “arguably, all terrorist organisations transmute from insurrections the way Arafat’s PLO transmuted from political liberation struggles to Hamas’ terrorists organisation.”

Arewa defended its repeated calls for dialogue with the sect, insisting that the use of force would not work.

“Rather, it has stoked their activities. The preference for dialogue with terrorists of Boko Haram is not a matter of choice, but has been necessitated by the realisation that hard power of military might is yet to work on terrorists anywhere in the world.”

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Mike-OnolememenPRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan is to launch a massive public works programme aimed at providing jobs for unemployed youths.

The President also restated his commitment to free and fair elections at all times.

The government is also working on a new governance structure for the nation’s roads that will attract Foreign Direct Investment and the private sector funding of its construction and maintenance.

Already, a Federal Government’s delegation led by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has left Nigeria for China in respect of federal highways in the country.

The Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, told journalists in Abuja that the public works programme to be executed under the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Scheme (SURE) would involve the construction, completion and rehabilitation of key federal highways, rails, refineries, hydro-stations, information technology and water.

About 370,000 Nigerians are to benefit from the programme. While the skilled workers will be recruited and deployed to the critical sectors, there would be training in artisanship for unskilled youths.

Onolememen said that those to be deployed in the Ministry of Works projects would be engaged in “maintenance of roads, filling of pot-holes, vegetation control and other related tasks so that they would be given the opportunity to earn a living and contribute their quota to national development.”

Four major federal highways and two bridges have been chosen to be implemented under the programme. They include the Sagamu-Ore-Benin, Onitsha-Enugu-Port Harcourt, Kano-Maiduguri and the Abuja-Lokoja roads and the second Niger Bridge at Onitsha and the Owote Bridge in Benue State.

The minister noted the imperative of a new governance structure for Nigerian  roads as the one in place now “is not the best.  So, the new governance structure of the roads must attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) and private sector funding. We are continuing multilateral co-operation for contracting roads. Last year, we awarded the Enugu-Abakaliki Road and the Ogoja-Ikom roads. They are part of the Trans-Africa Highway and are being funded by the World Bank and the Nigerian government at a ratio of 90 per cent to 10.

“The Public Private Partnership (PPP) road governance structure is in the process of delivering the expansion and modernisation of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, Lagos and the second Niger Bridge. The bridge is expected to cost about N100 billion with the private sector contributing N70 billion and the Federal Government N30 billion. This Federal Government counterpart-funding payment is spread over three years and will come through the SURE programme. The PPP projects will be well delivered as the ministry now has enough capacity to cope with its implementation.”

On the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Onolememen stated that plans were on to include the construction of additional dedicated roads to serve the Tin Can and Apapa ports, the tank farms and the Atlas Cove roads.

President Jonathan, who spoke at the presentation of the former governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, as the party’s standardbearer in the February 18 gubernatorial election, said that in the past, it was thought impossible to conduct free and fair elections but that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government was now doing so from the local council to the federal level.

He said that the government would continue to ensure free and fair elections to the end of his tenure in 2015, adding that “elections must be free and fair and we will maintain our slogan of one man one vote, one youth one vote and one woman one vote.”

The President was confident that the party would win the remaining three states of Cross River, Sokoto and Bayelsa as it did in Kogi and Adamawa states.

He said that as a nation, Nigeria was facing various challenges, including infrastructural development and that with the people’s massive support for the PDP government, the nation would get to its destination.

According to him, the crowd of people from the airport to the venue of the ceremony, the Sokoto Trade Fair Complex, was an indication of the support enjoyed by the party in the state.

He praised the people for their support, which enabled the former governor and now the party’s candidate to put in place everything that had been planned for the state.

He told the people that the outcome of the forthcoming election was already a foregone conclusion and urged them to properly secure their voter’s cards so as to vote on the election day.

In his speech, the PDP Acting National Chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, described Wamakko as the one and only candidate of the party who was duly elected to be the party’s standardbearer on the February 18 elections before inviting President Jonathan to present the party’s flag to the candidate.

Also speaking, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said that members of the National Assembly were solidly behind Wamakko.

Other dignitaries on the occasion included Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the governors of Adamawa, Jigawa, Kebbi and Kaduna states as well as the deputy governors of Katsina and Kano states.

There was heavy security both within and outside the venue with two ambulances and two fire-fighting vehicles on standby.

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