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NYSC To Redeploy Corpers Sent to Violent Northern States

Published July 5, 2012 by luchidotcom

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has given in and and will now be re-posting those 14, 850 corps members sent to volatile Northern states.

According to Punch, it has directed the affected corps members to report at the NYSC headquarters for redeployment to states considered safe.

“A statement by the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.-General Nnamdi Okore-Affia, in Abuja on Wednesday, directed corps members posted to Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Kano and Kaduna states to immediately report to the NYSC headquarters for redeployment. This came barely 24 hours after an earlier insistence by the NYSC that corps members posted to the affected areas must first report to camp before requests for redeployment could be considered.

“Okore-Affia has also directed all those deployed in Yobe and Borno states to report to new orientation camps in Nasarawa and Benue states respectively.”

Text of statement:

This is to inform all prospective corps members deployed to Yobe and Borno states for the 2012 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Course to note the following: “Yobe State prospective corps members will now hold their orientation course at the Nasarawa State NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Keffi, Keffi LGA, and not as stated on their call-up letters. “Borno State prospective corps members will undertake their orientation programme at the Benue State NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Wanume, Tarka LGA, and not as stated on their call-up letters. “Date: Thursday 26th July-Thursday 16th August, 2012, as earlier published.

In addition, all 2012 Batch ‘B’ prospective corps members deployed to Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Kano and Kaduna states who have collected their call-up letters but are yet to report in camp should immediately report at the NYSC Directorate Headquarters, Abuja for redeployment.

Via Ynaija


Jonathan Fires NNPC Boss, Austen Oniwon,Names Andrew Yakubu as Replacement

Published June 28, 2012 by luchidotcom

President Goodluck Jonathan has fired the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Austen Oniwon, and other top officials of the corporation.

Mr. Oniwon was sacked along other top management of the corporation were sacked in a sweeping move by Mr. Jonathan.

The NNPC management has been involved in several scandals including the petroleum subsidy payment scandal.

Part of the recommendations of the Farouk Lawan committee report by the House of Representatives is the removal of Mr. Oniwon and the NNPC management.

Andrew Yakubu, an engineer, has been appointed Mr. Oniwon’s replacement.

See full press release from the presidency on the new appointments below.


To further strengthen the ongoing reforms and transformation of Nigeria’s Petroleum sector, and in furtherance of efforts to achieve greater transparency  and accountability in government, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the re-composition of the executive management team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as follows:
1.      Engr. Andrew Yakubu –           Group Managing Director
2.      Mr. Bernard O.N. Otti            –           Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts)
3.      Engr. Abiye Membere            –           Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production)
4.      Dr. Peter S. Nmadu     –           Group Executive Director (Corporate Services)
5.      Engr. Anthony Ogbuigwe        – Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals)
6.      Dr. Attahir B. Yusuf     –           Group Executive Director (Commercial & Investments)
7.      Dr. David Ige               –           Group Executive Director (Gas & Power)
The incoming Group Managing Director, Engr. Andrew Yakubu graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He joined the NNPC in 1980. Positions he has held in the corporation include Managing Director of the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company and Group Executive Director (Exploration and Production). Engr. Yakubu is an indigene of Kaduna State and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
President Jonathan has also approved the appointment of Engr. Victor Briggs as the new Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).
The incumbent Group Managing Director, Engr. Austen Oniwon, and Mr. Michael Arokodare (outgoing Group Executive Director (Finance and Accounts), Mr. Philip Chukwu, outgoing Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals), and Engr. Billy Agha, outgoing Group Executive Director (Engineering & Technology) are to proceed on retirement.
President Jonathan commends the outgoing directors for their service to the nation and urges the new management team to be fully committed to rapidly implementing the critical interventions needed to positively transform Nigeria’s petroleum industry.
Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 26, 2012.

Source:Premium Times

22 Year-old Emmanuel Ohuabunwa Emerges as Best Graduating Student from John Hopkins University with his 3.98 GPA!

Published June 26, 2012 by luchidotcom

It’s always wonderful to hear news of Nigerians doing great things in the diaspora. That is why at, we are very proud of Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, a 22 year-old Nigerian who has made history at John Hopkins University, United States of America.

Emmanuel, who hails from Abia State was adjudged as having the highest honours during the graduation that was held on May 24 this year. He made a Grade Point Average of 3.98 out of 4.0 to bag a degree in Neurosciences in the University.

For his efforts, he has won a scholarship to Yale University to pursue a degree in Medicine.

Besides, he has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society, a prestigious honour group that features membership of 17 US Presidents, 37 US Supreme Court Justices, and 136 Nobel Prize winners.

Emmanuel was born in Lagos, Nigeria and attended Lilly Fields Primary School, Lagos. He left Nigeria after his Junior Secondary School education at Air Force Comprehensive School, Ibadan, Oyo State.

“My parents moved the whole family when I was 13 years old. I was about to begin SS1 at Air Force, Ibadan. When I got to the US, I was enrolled with my age mates, which meant at 13, I was in middle school. I went to Fondren Middle School, which was in the middle of the ghetto. That was one of the darkest years for me because I encountered a lot of peer pressure. Some of the students, ignorant about Africa, bullied me and called me names such as ‘African booty scratcher’ because to them, Africans were dirty and scratched their butts all the time.

“Some asked me if I lived in mud huts and ate faeces for breakfast. I remember one day, when I was walking to the school bus, a boy came from behind and punched me in the face, called me an African and walked away. It took everything in me not to retaliate. I knew that God had put me in the U.S for a purpose and it did not involve fighting or selling drugs or doing the wrong things. “My experience during that year gave me a thick skin. I learned to stand for what I thought was right even when the opposition seemed insurmountable. I also learned to look at the positive in all situations. Even though these kids were bullying me, I was still gaining an opportunity to school in America and nothing would stop me from making the best of this opportunity.

“The shocker was that the kid that punched me in the face was black. I would have expected the blacks to be nicer to me. Nevertheless, I don’t blame those kids because they were ignorant about Africa. All they knew about us was the stuff they had watched on TV or documentaries, showing primitive African tribes, living in the jungle and making noises like monkeys. “In regards to the whites, there might have been some minor episodes but again I don’t blame them for it because it is a problem with stereotypes,” he said.

But in spite of this humiliation and racial prejudice against him, the first in a family of three was not discouraged. He faced his studies and was always coming top in his class. After he completed his middle school education, he passed the entrance examination to DeBakey High School for Health Professions. It was at this school that his interest in neurosciences and medicine started.

“I knew I wanted to go to the best school in the US. I had heard that Johns Hopkins Hospital had been ranked the number one hospital in the US for the past 21 years and I wanted to be in that environment.’’

Worried that his parents might not be able to sponsor him to the university, Ohuabunwa purposed to work very hard. He did and when the result of the PSAT came, he performed so well that he won the National Achievement Scholar. By virtue of this award, he received certificates of recognition from various organisations including senators from the Congress of both Texas and the US. He also received scholarship from the University of Houston; Rice University, Texas A&M Honors College and many more. He had also won the Principal’s Award during the annual awards ceremony at DeBakey High School.

But his breakthrough came when he won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation full scholarship to any University of his choice. He worked hard and gained admission to Johns Hopkins University to study Neurosciences.

Speaking on what does he considers to be the missing links in the education sector of Nigeria when compared with that in the US, Emmanuel said unpredictable academic calendar, corruption, examination malpractice and inadequate funding were some of the problems confronting his home country’s university sector.

“There were a few problems with Nigerian higher education that contributed to our emigration in 2003. The first was the number of strikes that occurred in schools. It took my uncle seven years to graduate with a degree that should have taken him only four years. A second problem was the corruption. We had heard of people going into universities, because they paid someone to look the other way. I also heard of a few cheating scandals, where people would pay someone to take their exams for them or get a copy of the exam a few days before,” he said.

Upon completion of his programme at Yale, Emmanuel said he would like to come back to Nigeria.

“I am absolutely interested in the health care policy decisions in Nigeria. Because there are many changes that need to occur, I will not rule out the possibility of coming back after my studies, in order to join hands with the leaders to make these changes possible.”

News Source: Punch

A Short Profile of Egypts’s New President,

Published June 25, 2012 by luchidotcom

: The son of a peasant, he gained an engineering degree in Cairo in 1975

:: Has a PhD from the University of Southern California

:: The 60-year-old has promised a moderate, modern Islamist agenda

:: Was jailed for seven months in 2005

:: Imprisoned for protesting for reformist judges

:: Was jailed again in January 2011

:: Freed himself a few days later during massive prison breaks across Egypt

:: Morsi is married with five childr

Islamist Mursi is Egypt’s New Elected President

Published June 25, 2012 by luchidotcom

Mohammed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader once jailed by ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, succeeds him as president of the world’s most populous Arab nation.

Supporters of the Islamist group who had packed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square to hear the delayed result of last weekend’s run-off vote erupted in celebration as the victory was announced.

The crowd burst into cheers, waving national flags and chanting “Allahu Akbar!” or God is Great, greeting the dramatic victory.

Mr Mursi won 51.7 per cent of the vote, narrowly beating former Mubarak minister and Air Force general Ahmed Shafiq.

Days of delays and widespread accusations of electoral irregularities had led to fears amongst pro-democracy activists that Egypt’s ruling military council were seeking to manipulate the poll to put Mr Shafiq into power.

Mr Mursi will not enjoy the far-reaching powers exercised by Mubarak – those have been curtailed by the military establishment, who will remain a powerful force.

The US-trained engineer’s victory in the country’s first free presidential election breaks a tradition of domination by the armed forces, who have provided every Egyptian leader since the overthrow of the monarchy 60 years ago.

Some Facts You Need to Know About the Newly Appointed NSA,

Published June 23, 2012 by luchidotcom

Mohammed Sambo Dasuki is a former Managing Director of Security Printing & Minting Company Limited.

A distinguished retired Military Officer, he attended both American Universities, Washington DC and George Washington University where he obtained a BA in International Relations and MA in Security Policy Studies respectively.

He had his military training in several institutions in Nigeria and abroad including: Nigerian Army School of Artillery, Oklahoma, U.S Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth Kensas.

He’s one of the sons to Sultan Dasuki.

He was involved in a failed military coup against the Abacha regime.

Major Sambo Dasuki was under threats from late Head of State, Sani Abacha and had to go on “protective exile” to the United States.

Col Sambo Dasuki was a prominent figure in the elections campaign of Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.) in 2011.

Looking at both sides of the coin,do you think he can curb the Boko Haram menace and the challenging security problems facing our nation?

Man to Hang to Death for Stealing N1,705

Published June 23, 2012 by luchidotcom

A Jos High Court, on Thursday, sentenced 26-year-old Obinah John to death by hanging for robbing one Dorothy Olaniyi of N1,705 and two rolls of peak milk in sachets, valued at N400.

G. Fwonyon, the deputy director of Public Prosecution in Plateau State, had told the court that John, in company of an accomplice also named John (now at large), robbed the woman on November 18, 2005 in her shop at Gada Biu, Jos at gunpoint.

Counsel to John, Tobechukwu Kekemeke, rejected the prosecutor’s claim and accused the police of “not telling the truth about the gun” said to have been used by John.

Kekemeke pointed out that the police presented three statements, with only the last indicating a confession by the accused that he used a gun against the victim. The defence counsel further argued that the prosecution had failed to prove to the court that the accused actually used a gun to commit the act.

He asked the court to throw out the case for lack of diligent prosecution, arguing that “the circumstances of the third statement, in which John was said to have admitted ownership of the gun, is suspect.”

In a 60-page judgement, Justice Yargata Nimpa said the evidence before the court had shown that the accused committed the offence. He therefore sentenced John to death by hanging.

“The accused is hereby sentenced to death by hanging, but the judgement is liable to an appeal,” Nimpa declared.

Kekemeke noted that he will appeal against the judgement.

“The convict has the right to appeal against the judgement. It is not a judgement that we are satisfied with, so we are definitely going to appeal at the Court of Appeal,” he vowed