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Politics / Full-text Of Coronavirus Address By President Buhari (with Video) by Stephen: last week on Sun at 09:29pm
1. Fellow Nigerians,
2. From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.
3. The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis.
4. Nigeria, unfortunately, confirmed its first case on 27th February 2020. Since then, we have seen the number of confirmed cases rise slowly.
5. By the morning of March 29th, 2020, the total confirmed cases within Nigeria had risen to ninety-seven.
6. Regrettably, we also had our first fatality, a former employee of PPMC, who died on 23rd March 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this very difficult time. We also pray for quick recovery for those infected and undergoing treatment.
7. As of today, COVID-19 has no cure. Scientists around the world are working very hard to develop a vaccine.
8. We are in touch with these institutions as they work towards a solution that will be certified by international and local medical authorities within the shortest possible time.
9. For now, the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygienic and sanitary practices as well as social distancing.
10. As individuals, we remain the greatest weapon to fight this pandemic. By washing our hands regularly with clean water and soap, disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas, coughing into a tissue or elbow and strictly adhering to infection prevention control measures in health facilities, we can contain this virus.
11. Since the outbreak was reported in China, our Government has been monitoring the situation closely and studying the various responses adopted by other countries.
12. Indeed, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was one of ten global health leaders invited by the World Health Organisation to visit China and understudy their response approach. I am personally very proud of Dr Ihekweazu for doing this on behalf of all Nigerians.
13. Since his return, the NCDC has been implementing numerous strategies and programs in Nigeria to ensure that the adverse impact of this virus on our country is minimized. We ask all Nigerians to support the work the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC are doing, led by the Presidential Task Force.
14. Although we have adopted strategies used globally, our implementation programs have been tailored to reflect our local realities.
15. In Nigeria, we are taking a two-step approach.
16. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.
17. To date, we have introduced healthcare measures, border security, fiscal and monetary policies in our response. We shall continue to do so as the situation unfolds.
18. Some of these measures will surely cause major inconveniences to many citizens. But these are sacrifices we should all be willing and ready to make for the greater good of our country.
19. In Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19, there is no such thing as an overreaction or an under reaction. It is all about the right reaction by the right agencies and trained experts.
20. Accordingly, as a Government, we will continue to rely on guidance of our medical professionals and experts at the Ministry of Health, NCDC and other relevant agencies through this difficult time.
21. I therefore urge all citizens to adhere to their guidelines as they are released from time to time.
22. As we are all aware, Lagos and Abuja have the majority of confirmed cases in Nigeria. Our focus therefore remains to urgently and drastically contain these cases, and to support other states and regions in the best way we can.
23. This is why we provided an initial intervention of fifteen billion Naira (N15b) to support the national response as we fight to contain and control the spread.
24. We also created a Presidential Task Force (PTF) to develop a workable National Response Strategy that is being reviewed on a daily basis as the requirements change. This strategy takes international best practices but adopts them to suit our unique local circumstances.
25. Our goal is to ensure all States have the right support and manpower to respond immediately.
26. So far, in Lagos and Abuja, we have recruited hundreds of ad-hoc staff to man our call centers and support our tracing and testing efforts.
27. I also requested, through the Nigeria Governors Forum, for all State Governments to nominate Doctors and Nurses who will be trained by the NCDC and Lagos State Government on tactical and operational response to the virus in case it spreads to other states.
28. This training will also include medical representatives from our armed forces, paramilitary and security and intelligence agencies.
29. As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation. All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between Federal and State agencies will be eliminated.
30. As I mentioned earlier, as at this morning we had ninety-seven confirmed cases. Majority of these are in Lagos and Abuja. All the confirmed cases are getting the necessary medical care.
31. Our agencies are currently working hard to identify cases and people these patients have been in contact with.
32. The few confirmed cases outside Lagos and Abuja are linked to persons who have travelled from these centres.
33. We are therefore working to ensure such inter state and intercity movements are restricted to prevent further spread.
34. Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.
35. All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.
36. The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.
37. We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.
38. This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.
39. Furthermore, commercial establishments such as;
a. food processing, distribution and retail companies;
b. petroleum distribution and retail entities,
c. power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and
d. private security companies are also exempted.
40. Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.
41. Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.
42. All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.
43. Furthermore, all vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country will also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.
44. Accordingly, the Hon. Minister of Health is hereby directed to redeploy all Port Health Authority employees previously stationed in the Lagos and Abuja Airports to key roads that serve as entry and exit points to these restricted zones.
45. Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. Special permits will be issued on a needs basis.
46. We are fully aware that such measures will cause much hardship and inconvenience to many citizens. But this is a matter of life and death, if we look at the dreadful daily toll of deaths in Italy, France and Spain.
47. However, we must all see this as our national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus. I will therefore ask all of us affected by this order to put aside our personal comfort to safeguard ourselves and fellow human beings. This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice.
48. As we remain ready to enforce these measures, we should see this as our individual contribution in the war against COVID-19. Many other countries have taken far stricter measures in a bid to control the spread of the virus with positive results.
49. For residents of satellite and commuter towns and communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihoods will surely be affected by some of these restrictive measures, we shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks.
50. Furthermore, although schools are closed, I have instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with State Governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding program during this period without compromising our social distancing policies. The Minister will be contacting the affected States and agree on detailed next steps.
51. Furthermore, I have directed that a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect.
52. I have also directed that a similar moratorium be given to all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.
53. For on-lending facilities using capital from international and multilateral development partners, I have directed our development financial institutions to engage these development partners and negotiate concessions to ease the pains of the borrowers.
54. For the most vulnerable in our society, I have directed that the conditional cash transfers for the next two months be paid immediately. Our Internally displaced persons will also receive two months of food rations in the coming weeks.
55. We also call on all Nigerians to take personal responsibility to support those who are vulnerable within their communities, helping them with whatever they may need.
56. As we all pray for the best possible outcome, we shall continue planning for all eventualities.
57. This is why I directed that all Federal Government Stadia, Pilgrims camps and other facilities be converted to isolation centers and makeshift hospitals.
58. My fellow Nigerians, as a Government, we will avail all necessary resources to support the response and recovery. We remain committed to do whatever it takes to confront COVID-19 in our country.
59. We are very grateful to see the emerging support of the private sector and individuals to the response as well as our development partners.
60. At this point, I will ask that all contributions and donations be coordinated and centralized to ensure efficient and impactful spending. The Presidential Task Force remains the central coordinating body on the COVID-19 response.
61. I want to assure you all that Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a role to play in the outbreak response are working hard to bring this virus under control.
62. Every nation in the world is challenged at this time. But we have seen countries where citizens have come together to reduce the spread of the virus.
63. I will therefore implore you again to strictly comply with the guidelines issued and also do your bit to support Government and the most vulnerable in your communities.
64. I will take this opportunity to thank all our public health workforce, health care workers, port health authorities and other essential staff on the frontlines of the response for their dedication and commitment. You are true heroes.
65. I thank you all for listening. May God continue to bless and protect us all.
President Muhammadu Buhari
29th March 2020.

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Here is a link to the site

Jobs/Vacancies / Merchant Account. Get Crypto-currency On Your Website by Victorakaeze: last week on Fri at 12:01am
With, you can earn Bitcoin on a weekly basis just to run a working node and support the Bitcoin network. The more merchants accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment, the faster cryptocurrencies will gain a foothold. : Price fluctuations, coupled with long transaction times in the busy blockchain, make it difficult for businesses to accept bitcoin payments. Here is a link :

Health / The Lessons On Handling Covid-19 Are Already In China by Stephen: last week on Wed at 09:56am
Let us humbly call on Chinese expertise to handle our outbreak, I don\'t see any plans we have developed yet.

Health / Lessons On Covid From The Bubonic Plague by Stephen: last week on Tue at 08:19pm
The Bubonic plague wiped out nearly half of the European population when it occured. Globalization was not yet a thing and it may have not had significant impacts on Africa. However for Covid there may be significant lessons to be learnt such as :
The sudden end of the Pandemic by a natural event. Which was winter for the bubonic plague. I encourage. I also calll against irresponsible commercialization when a cure is found and a continued effort for preparedness against such a sudden outbreak that could wipe out humanity in the next x thousand years. But then again how did it start, was it a mere mutation of an already existing species of Coronavirus or a leak from a lab or maybe like speculations suggest, downright intentional was some how initiated only a year ago or less.

Health / Re: Corona Virus Updates by Stephen: last week on Mon at 12:05pm
*The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:*



Dry cough

Difficultly in breathing.

*Some patients may have:*

Aches and pains

Nasal congestion

Runny nose

Sore throat


These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don\'t feel unwell.

Health / Re: Corona Virus Updates by Stephen: last week on Mon at 12:04pm
*Personal preventive measures to take for COVID-19*

Wash your hands frequently with soap or alcohol based sanitizers.

Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose

Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze

Stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick

Follow proper food hygiene practices

Put on a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19.

Follow proper respiratory hygiene.

Avoid crowded places.

Avoid traveling to COVID 19 hot-spots

*Travels returning from affected areas should* :

Avoid traveling if you are diabetic or elderly .

Be quarantined for symptoms for at least 14 days .

If symptoms occur, such as fever, or cough or difficulty breathing, travellers are advised to contact local health care providers.

Health / Re: Corona Virus Updates by Stephen: last week on Mon at 12:02pm
Nigerian banks First Bank and UBA have tried to put in some majors at their branches. We will try to check execution

Health / Re: Corona Virus Updates by Stephen: last week on Mon at 11:52am
The NCDC twitter handle @NCDCgov seems like the most reliable way to communicate with them. is their website.

Health / Re: Corona Virus Updates by Stephen: last week on Mon at 11:49am
We will be posting information only from verified sources to keep you well informed.

Health / Corona Virus Updates by Stephen: last week on Mon at 11:40am
On this thread, let us post reliably sourced information on the Corona Virus Outbreak!

Health / We Are Waiting For \\ by Stephen: last month on Mon 16 at 05:26am
Many years after independence, it is quite interesting that instead of using proactive measures, the Presidency Visa procession at the USA(how do you want to get forex?), suspends flights from China(just the way they blocked the national borders). Insteas of finding real solutions like a Vaccine through research and development in the numerous health Facilities at our Universities or even funding Research and Development at Worldwide top research institutes. The Presidency is taking steps that may further slow an Economy that is almost grounded and may even be interpreted as hostile by the nation\\\'s involved. \\r\\nWhile precautions are necessary, strict checks of passengers before take off and after arrival ought to be enough.

9jaforums / General / Re: How I(you) Play A Role In Nigeria\'s Downfall by Stephen: last month on Sat 14 at 07:42pm
I have not circulated enough the little info I have that can help

9jaforums / General / Re: How I(you) Play A Role In Nigeria\'s Downfall by Stephen: last month on Sat 14 at 07:42pm
I have not raised the issue enough on whether equal voting rights is applicable to Nigeria, especially after a war was waged on and my section of the country depopulated.

9jaforums / General / Re: How I(you) Play A Role In Nigeria\'s Downfall by Stephen: last month on Sat 14 at 07:42pm
I have not raised the issue enough on whether equal voting rights is applicable to Nigeria, especially after a war was waged on and my section of the country depopulated.

9jaforums / General / Re: How I(you) Play A Role In Nigeria\'s Downfall by Stephen: last month on Sat 14 at 07:40pm
I have spent about 3 years at my University and not bothered to finalise the process for obtaining my University Library Card.

9jaforums / General / Re: How I(you) Play A Role In Nigeria\'s Downfall by Stephen: last month on Sat 14 at 07:39pm
My teacher taught some concepts and I did not do enough to understand them fundamentally.

9jaforums / General / How I(you) Play A Role In Nigeria\'s Downfall by Stephen: last month on Sat 14 at 07:38pm
On this thread I\\\'ll be adding commissions and ommisions on my part that continue to plague Nigeria. Add yours and let\\\'s make Nigeria better.

Education / The Roles Nigerian Universities Will Play In Global Technology 50 Years From Now by Stephen: last month on Thu 12 at 07:57pm
I will create a thread here for fun in which I will compare Nigerian technology and Engineering Faculties to the IITs 50 years after they were founded and try to project their prospects 50 years from now in in technology, comparing them to the IITs 100 years after they were founded. I will use assumptions that all man are equipotent wherever they find themselves on the earth and also try to factor in Aceeleration due to the internet as well as on the ground realities. Stay tuned to this thread.

9jaforums / General / Talk It Out! by Stephen: last month on Thu 12 at 07:27pm
Today I ho normally resolves all my issues with people through counter actions decided to let my neighbors know every feeling I had. I stopped my neighbor from pouring my wash water to take my bucket just by letting him know ahead, stopped a possible dispute at the tap by negotiating. My point is that Nigerians may need to have big conversations, the herdsmen, boko haram and the rest of us, to negotiate things and maybe find lasting solutions.

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Business / Win Money Online Websites by Ovo: last month on Thu 12 at 05:11pm
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Business / Free Income Refer Earn Legit Salary Confirmation by Ovo: last month on Thu 12 at 08:51am
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Business / Seller`s Account Receive Crypto-currency On Your Website by Ovo: last month on Thu 12 at 08:36am accepts Bitcoin for payments in its online store and PayPal offers merchants integration to offer the crypto currency as a payment option. : In addition to the purchase and sale of Bitcoin via credit cards and bank accounts, also offers a dealer service.Another bonus is that can be used in any country.

Culture / The Fading by Stephen: last month on Wed 11 at 08:48pm
These days blaming our village people with spiritual connotations for ill fortune is becoming a joke unlike in the the not too distant past when \"scheming neighbours\" with supernatural means were blamed for every I\'ll fortune. It will be interesting to see if it swings Nigeria out of superstition maybe further in eventually.

Culture / Nigeria\'s Unnecessary Killings For Spiritual Reasons by Stephen: last month on Wed 11 at 08:38pm
Imagine that most of the massacres by Issakaba for spiritual excuses, the lynching of child witches and all the likes were all unnecessary. Well, this is probably the reality.

Celebrities / Re: Newsngozi Okonjo-iweala Reacts To Comments By Nigerians On Her Appointment As Member South African E by Stephen: last month on Wed 11 at 06:36am

Celebrities / Newsngozi Okonjo-iweala Reacts To Comments By Nigerians On Her Appointment As Member South African E by Stephen: last month on Wed 11 at 06:35am
NEWSNgozi Okonjo-Iweala reacts to comments by Nigerians on her appointment as member South African EACPublished 2 days ago on March 9, 2020By Seun Opejobi

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigerian Minister of Finance, has reacted to accolades by Nigerians on her appointment as a member of the South African Economic Advisory Council, EAC.

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa had named Okonjo-Iweala, an ex-Managing Director, Operations of World Bank, as a member of his country’s, EAC.

Ramaphosa heads the council which comprises local and international gurus.

Following her appointment, several Nigerians like former President Goodluck Jonathan, ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar among others had commended Okonjo-Iweala on her new appointment.

However, the former Nigerian Finance Minister, who took to her verified Twitter handle wrote: “I am grateful for the outpouring of love and support from Nigerians and other friends on my appointment by President @CyrilRamaphosa as a member of the South African PEAC. I appreciate Your Excellencies and all my friends and followers.”

Politics / Why Oil Prices Are Crashing And What It Means by Stephen: last month on Tue 10 at 09:05pm
by Macsjebs(m): 10:23pm On Mar 09
Oil prices have suffered their biggest fall since the day in 1991 when American forces launched air strikes on Iraqi troops following their invasion of Kuwait.

Monday\'s crash spooked markets that were already freaking out about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy and demand for oil. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, were down 22%, last trading at $35.45 per barrel. US oil is trading at $33.15 per barrel, a decline of nearly 20%.

Here are five things you need to know:

Why are oil prices crashing?
Saudi Arabia, the world\'s top exporter, launched a price war over the weekend. The move followed the implosion of an alliance between the OPEC cartel, led by Saudi Arabia, and Russia

The kingdom and Russia came together to form the so-called OPEC+ alliance in 2016 after oil prices plunged to $30 a barrel. Since then, the two leading exporters have orchestrated supply cuts of 2.1 million barrels per day. Saudi Arabia wanted to increase that number to 3.6 million barrels through 2020 to take account of weaker consumption.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin, worried about ceding too much ground to American oil producers, refused to go along with the plan and his energy minister, Alexander Novak on Friday signaled a fierce battle to come for market share when he said countries could produce as much as they please from April 1.

Why did Saudi launch a price war?
Simmering differences over how best to manage global oil markets spilled into the open at a meeting between OPEC and Russia in Vienna on Friday. After Russia said it was ditching the alliance, Saudi Arabia warned it would live to regret the decision, sources who attended the meeting told CNN Business.

Moscow had become tired of cutting production to stabilize prices and felt that the policy of supply restraint gave more room for US shale companies to grow. Mikhail Leontiev, a spokesperson for Russian state oil company Rosneft, described the OPEC+ deal as \"masochism.\"

\"By yielding our own markets, we remove cheap Arab and Russian oil to clear a place for expensive US shale oil and ensure the effectiveness of its production,\" he told Russian state media on Sunday.

America has become the number one oil producer in the world and is expected to pump about 13 million barrels a day in the first quarter of this year.

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia decided to fight for greater market share by slashing the prices its preferred customers pay by between $4-$7 a barrel. The kingdom is also reportedly planning to lift production to over 10 million barrels a day.

What does coronavirus have to do with all of this?
The coronavirus has undermined energy demand worldwide, but especially in China, which is now the number one importer of crude oil, guzzling roughly 10 million barrels a day.

Factories have been idled and thousands of flights canceled around the world as the coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, has become a global pandemic.

The International Energy Agency said Monday that it expects demand will contract this year for the first time since the recession in 2009 that followed the global financial crisis.

Which countries will be hurt the most?
A price war in the face of collapsing demand is not a recipe for oil stability.

It is difficult to see any winners: the major oil producing countries will lose money regardless of the market share they can claw back. Russia claims to be the most insulated to lower prices because its annual budget is based on an average price of roughly $40 a barrel. US sanctions have forced it to become more efficient.

The Gulf countries produce oil at the lowest cost — estimated at $2-$6 a barrel in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates — but due to high government spending and generous subsidies for citizens, they need a price in the range of $70 a barrel or higher to balance their budgets.

Oil dependent states that have suffered from years of conflict, uprisings or sanctions will pay the heaviest price. Iraq, Iran, Libya and Venezuela all belong in that category. But the United States won\'t escape either. The shale oil boom has brought with it an economic windfall for some states, and low prices will hurt oil companies.

Will it have an impact on consumers?
Big importing nations such as China, India and Germany could get some much needed relief from falling energy bills.

And consumers benefit in general from lower oil prices and the resulting decline in gas prices at the pump, especially in the United States where retail markets react more directly to supply and demand. Taxes and surcharges make up a higher share of pump prices in Europe, so the effect is less marked.

But any reduction in gas prices will likely be outweighed by the dislocation to the economy caused by the coronavirus led slowdown in global growth.

Then there\'s the impact this price war will have on US oil producers and energy jobs in states such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and North Dakota, who have enjoyed a boom over the last decade.

Education / Jamb Recommended Novel: \"independence\" by Stephen: last month on Tue 10 at 06:44pm
There was a JAMB recommended novel, Independence. While it is controversial to compell 1 million Jambites to buy a book at over 1k, I is even more controversial that most of the Igbo Characters seemed to be portrayed in bad light. Not good at all

Child Care / Mom Sings Particular Song To Child by Stephen: last month on Mon 09 at 10:01am
One Sunday morning a few weeks ago, I went to a shop charge my appliances. While there, the mother later started singing this song to her baby boy. \"Onye ndแป‹ eba, onye ndแป‹ eba...\" , I hear these things stick to the children when they grow. ๐Ÿ˜

9jaforums / General / Re: Buhari’s $22.7 Billion Loan Spending Plan: $1.25bn For Abuja Rail, $500m For Nta by Stephen: last month on Fri 06 at 08:21pm
Hopefully the digitisation of NTA will go beyond getting a single HD camera and posting videos on YouTube ๐Ÿ˜†

9jaforums / General / Buhari’s $22.7 Billion Loan Spending Plan: $1.25bn For Abuja Rail, $500m For Nta by Stephen: last month on Fri 06 at 08:20pm
The senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s $22.7 billion loan request — years after it was rejected by the previous assembly.
At its plenary session on Thursday, the upper legislative chamber approved the 2016-2018 external borrowing plan which the president said would be used for critical projects across the country.
TheCable understands Nigeria’s public debt profile stands at N26.215 trillion as of September 2019.
According to a document accompanying the president’s request, the fresh loan is for about 35 projects, many of which are infrastructural.
The document which was obtained by TheCable, also shows a part of the money will be used for new projects while others will go into already existing projects.
Over 70 percent of the loan will come from the Exim Bank of China, while the remaining funds will come from the World Bank, Africa Development Bank among others.
Here are the institutions the loan is being requested:
Exim Bank of China ($17bn)
World Bank ($2.95bn)
Africa Development Bank ($1.88bn)
Islamic Development Bank ($110m)
Japan International Cooperation Agency ($200m).
German Development Bank ($20m)
French Development Agency ($480m
Here is how the Buhari administration plans to spend the loan and where the projects are located as contained in the document:
– Emergency road rehabilitation and maintenance ($434.7m, nationwide)
– Abidjan-Lagos corridor highway development project study ($1.5m; multinational) – Abuja mass rail transit project (phase 2) ($1.25bn; FCT)
– East-west road ($800m; Niger Delta)
– Nigeria Housing Finance Project Guarantee Scheme ($100m; national)
– Lagos-Kano railway modernisation project (Ibadan-Kano segment double track) ($5.53bn; Ibadan-Kano states)
– Railway modernisation coastal railway project (Calabar-Port Harcourt-Onne deep sea port segment ($3.47bn; Cross River and Rivers states)
– National Social Safety Net Project ($500m, nationwide)
– Multi-sectoral crises recovery programme ($200m, north-east)
– North-east Nigeria integrated social protection, basic health, education, nutrition services and livelihood restoration project ($100m; north-east)
– Power transmission project ($200m; Lagos, Ogun)
– Vocational training in power sector ($50m; FCT, Lagos, Ogun. Kano, Plateau, Niger, Enugu, Kaduna and Cross River)
– TCN overall transportation system enhancement project ($200m; nationwide)
– Mambila hydro-electric power project ($4.8bn; Taraba)
– Nigeria Electricity Transmission and Access Project ($364m; nationwide)
– Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) ($500m, nationwide)
– Development finance project ($500m, nationwide)
– Kaduna state economic transformation program for results ($35m, Kaduna)
– Development finance project (2) ($450m, min. of power)
– Development finance project (3) ($20m, nationwide)
– MSMEs project ($1.28bn; nationwide)
– NTA digitisation project ($500m; nationwide)
– National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructural Backbone Project (NICTIB) phase II ($328.1m; Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Akure, Maiduguri, Lokoja, Kaduna, Akwanga, Bauchi, Kano, Katsina)
– Staple crops processing zone support project ($100m, Kogi)
– Agriculture Transformation Agenda Support Project II (ATASP) ($200m, nationwide)
– Staple crops processing zone projects (2) (500m; nationwide)
– Regional disease surveillance systems enhancement project in West Africa ($90m, nationwide)
– Health System Project ($110m, Katsina)
– Rural water supply and sanitation ($150m; north-east, and Plateau)
– Greater Abuja water supply project ($381m; FCT)
– Fiscal Governance and Institutions Project (FGIP) ($200m, government institutions)
– Institutional strengthening and implementation of policy reforms ($33.7m, min. of works and housing)
– Lake Chad Basin Commission ($13m, multinational)
– Integrated programme for development and adaption to climate change in the Niger Basin ($6m; Nigeria and Niger)
– Development of the mining industry ($150m, nationwide)

Business / Ariara International Market Aba Flooded After First Rain (photo) by Stephen: last month on Thu 05 at 09:14pm
by EBMedia : 5:31pm
Below is a photo of Ariara Market Aba partly engulfed by flood partially

Politics / Osinbajo Visits Ebonyi State, Received By Governor Umahi by Stephen: last month on Thu 05 at 09:01pm
(Photos) by Wisdomkosi ( m ): 6:48pm
JUST IN!!! Osinbajo Storms Ebonyi State(Photos)
By Wisdom Nwedene
The Vice-president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, stormed Ebonyi State on Thursday for the flag-off of National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Clinic at Christain Ecumenical Center, Abakaliki.
Igbere TV reports that Osinbajo was received by
the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Nweze Umahi.
Details soon......
Source :

Health / Coronavirus: Nigeria And Japan Sign $18.2m Deal by Stephen: last month on Wed 04 at 02:56pm
siwhoh ( m ): 1:38pm
The Nigerian Government has signed a $18.2m grant agreement with Japan to strengthen the capacity of network laboratories of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for accurate medical and laboratory investigations.
The Nation reports that Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, signed the agreement on behalf of Nigeria.
Agba praised the Japanese Government for fulfilling the promise made by Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, to Nigeria at the TICAD 7 Conference in Tokyo, last year.
Agba described the signing of the grant agreement as “timely”, against the backdrop of the recent outbreak of “the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) that has become a global concern and every country is doing its best to protect its territory and citizenry.”
The minister said that the initiative would help complement the efforts and commitment of the Nigerian Government in the fight against infectious diseases.
He reassured the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Yutaka Kikuta, who signed on behalf of the Japanese Government, of Nigeria’s commitment to creating an enabling environment to sustain the relationship between the two countries as well as the economic development of the Nigerian nation.
Kikuta said the grant Agreement was to support the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to strengthen its surveillance of infectious diseases and improve its capacity for early responses to public health concerns in Nigeria.
The locations, according to him, are the Central Public Health Laboratory in Lagos; LUTH Virology Laboratory; National Hospital, Abuja; University College Hospital, Ibadan; University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu; Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State; UBTH, Benin; and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.

Politics / Abubakar Shekau: Us Offers $7m Bounty For The Capture Of Boko Haram Leader by Stephen: last month on Wed 04 at 02:54pm
by GamalNasser :
The US Department of State has announced a $7 million reward to anyone that can provide credible information that will lead to the arrest of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
The Deparment made this known in a tweet posted some hours ago. The tweet reads
The United States Department of State offers a #reward of up to $7 million for information leading to the arrest of #terrorist Abubakar #Shekau , leader of #Boko_Haram . #Whatsapp : +1 202 975 9195 #Telegram :
The Deparment made this known in a tweet posted some hours ago. The tweet reads
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Engineering / Re: World Engineering Day by Stephen: last month on Wed 04 at 02:05pm
Item 7 confirmed ๐Ÿ˜

Engineering / World Engineering Day by Stephen: last month on Wed 04 at 02:03pm
World Federation of Engineering Organisation, WEFO in collaboration with the NSE are organising a World Engineering Day at the New Engineering Annex at UNN. Join us.

Politics / Re: Kallamu Musa-dikwa: 3 Northern Governors Created Boko Haram by Stephen: last month on Wed 04 at 08:12am
wizikal:Obasanjo should be held responsible if the assertions are true at least to the extent of his irresponsibility! How can you just overlook the Northern Muslim?
I think I agree with you, all the symptoms of the diseases we are suffering from as a country were already manifesting during his time. if he did more, we could have been saved all the insecurity. Let me not begin to talk about Goodluck Jonathan ๐Ÿ˜‚

Politics / Re: Kemi Adeosun by wizikal: last month on Wed 04 at 05:24am
Don’t blow up head oh! This Nigeria

9jaforums / General / Re: Online Incomes 24-7 Work Evidence by wizikal: last month on Wed 04 at 05:23am
Certainly true? ๐Ÿค”

Politics / Re: Kallamu Musa-dikwa: 3 Northern Governors Created Boko Haram by wizikal: last month on Wed 04 at 04:59am
Obasanjo should be held responsible if the assertions are true at least to the extent of his irresponsibility! How can you just overlook the Northern Muslim?

9jaforums / General / Re: +2348136804017 Stephen\'s Whatsapp Contact by wizikal: last month on Wed 04 at 04:57am
Is there no other means of contact if not WhatsApp.?

Education / Re: Prof Fatusi Appointed Vc Of Unimed Ondo by Stephen: last month on Wed 04 at 03:15am
Welcome aboard!

Education / Prof Fatusi Appointed Vc Of Unimed Ondo by Mekzinator: last month on Wed 04 at 12:57am
From Prof Okonofua
I am excited to announce that today the forward-looking Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has appointed a very worthy successor to me as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Ondo State. He is Professor Adesegun Fatusi, MBCHB, MPH, FWACP, PhD, a professor of public health and past Provost of the College of Health Sciences at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Professor Fatusi previously served as the Director of the OAU\'s Institute of Public Health and worked with the UNFPA as reproductive health advisor. He is the chair of Nigeria\'s National Technical Working Group on Adolescent Reproductive Health and Development. His research and professional activities focus mainly on reproductive health, reproductive and maternal health services, and health policy.
He has served as the lead consultant for the development of Nigeria\'s national policy on the health and development of adolescents and young persons, national reproductive health policy, and national policy on HIV/AIDS. He also served previously on the Ministerial committee on health sector reform as well as on the Board of the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria. At the time of this appointment, he was the Director of Research at the Allan Guttmacher Institute, USA
Surely, this is a great and well deserved appointment. I thank the Council of UNIMED under the Chairmanship of Dr Tayo Fawehinmi, and the Governor of Ondo State for ensuring that the best candidate emerged as the second Vice-Chancellor of the University.
To UNIMED - I say forward ever, backward never! To God be the glory.......

Science/Technology / Whatsapp: New First Page by Stephen: last month on Tue 03 at 10:59am
What are your thoughts on WhatsApp New first page and also as Facebook theme is starting to look more like Instagram\'s?

9jaforums / General / +2348136804017 Stephen\'s Whatsapp Contact by Stephen: last month on Tue 03 at 10:24am
Reach me with your requests, suggestions, complaints, etc on Whatsapp: +2348136804017

Agriculture / Nigeria\'s Forests by Stephen: last month on Mon 02 at 02:47pm
Among other things that don\'t work in Nigeria, why isn\'t there a system for simply putting seeds where trees have been felled for future sake.

Politics / Re: Kallamu Musa-dikwa: 3 Northern Governors Created Boko Haram by Stephen: last month on Mon 02 at 02:39pm
if this report is proven, shouldn\'t the suspect\'s be investigated?

Politics / Kallamu Musa-dikwa: 3 Northern Governors Created Boko Haram by Stephen: last month on Mon 02 at 02:38pm
by KEVIND : 8:15pm On Mar 01
A Borno State-based cleric and Director General, Centre for Justice on Religion and Ethnicity in Nigeria, Rev. Kallamu Musa-Dikwa, has said three governors from the North started Boko Haram in Nigeria shortly after return of democracy to the country in 1999.
Musa-Dikwa claimed to have sent messages to personalities and media organisations in Nigeria, informing them of a clandestine plan going on in the region to build and unleash the militants on the country.
“The creation of Boko Haram started in 2000. I sent some messages and statements to some people and media organisations then. When Olusegun Obasanjo became the President of Nigeria in 1999, he appointed service chiefs – all from the North Central zone – Benue, Plateau, Kogi and Kwara states. Incidentally, all of them were Christians. The development prompted three northern governors to come up with the idea of creating and raising Islamic militants to fight for Islam because they felt Obasanjo did not appoint their own (what they described as pure Hausa/Fulani northerners as service chiefs). From there, they created Islamic militants. Those governors contributed N100m each to buy working equipment, uniforms and so on for the militants. Immediately, Nigeria started experiencing religious crisis.
“After they contributed the money, those organised Islamic militants started religious crisis in Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, saying they wanted Sharia. The aim was to intimidate and oppress the Christians. They started attacking churches and killing people. Any time elections took place and they did not favour them, they would burn churches and attack their members. They never went to offices of political parties or the Independent National Electoral Commission office to carry out their attacks.
“On February 18, 2006 in Maiduguri, those boys came out and said they wanted Sharia law and that a governor in the state then did not cooperate with them. And because of a cartoon that was designed in Denmark in 2006, they protested and burnt down 66 churches in the state and killed many Christian men, women and children. After that, they started moving from house to house, church to church, yet nobody talked – we were the only ones talking or raising the alarm about what was happening”, the clergyman is quoted by the PUNCH on Sunday.
He added that in July 2009, the insurgents “burnt down 27 churches and killed many Christians. At that time, they did not touch any Muslim man or woman. They only killed security agents and Christians.
“From 2009 till 2014, they were attacking churches – going from house to house, slaughtering Christians. They started attacking people, including Muslims in 2014 when they felt their leaders had deceived them by not backing them to fight ‘infidels’ in the North. Four of our reverends were slaughtered in 2009.”
When the newspaper asked him if he had evidence to back up his claims, the man responded: “We have over 20 VCDs recorded by Islamic scholars and they said if a northerner did not get to power, they were going to fight Christians in Nigeria. A scholar once preached and incited Muslim youths not to be civil if the President of Nigeria was not a Muslim. We have the videos – he preached in Hausa. He alleged that all the former Muslim Heads of State that died, including Umaru Yar’Adua, were killed by the infidels and therefore, they would not allow a non-Muslim to lead Nigeria.”

Agriculture / China Deploys Army Of Ducks To Fight Off Biggest Locust Invasion In 20 Years by Stephen: last month on Mon 02 at 01:38pm
by Macsjebs ( m ): 12:25pm On Mar 01
A 100,000-strong squad of birds will be sent into Pakistan, which has declared an emergency with its biggest plague in 20 years
An air force of ducks will be deployed to see off a ground invasion of locusts threatening to invade China from neighbouring Pakistan.
A 100,000-strong squad will be sent into Pakistan, which has declared an emergency with its biggest plague in 20 years.
A duck can eat more than 200 locusts a day, compared with chickens which can manage just 70 – and they make for more disciplined fighters.
Lu Lizhi of the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China described the ducks as “biological weapons”.
He added: “Ducks like to stay in a group so they are easier to manage than chickens.”
A trial will take place in the coming months, after which they will be sent to Pakistan’s Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces.
Heavy rains in the Arabian Peninsula last year led to huge swarms which have spread into South Asia and East Africa and can eat as much in a day as about 35,000 people.
Lu Lizhi, a senior researcher with the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, explained that chickens are also an option – but they can only manage 70 locusts in a day.
He told Chinese media: \";Ducks like to stay in a group so they are easier to manage than chickens.\"
The ducks will be sent to Pakistan later this year.
Pakistan reported the swarms of locusts were menacing wheat crops after already destroying cotton crops last year.
Recently, parts of Arica have also been ravaged by locust outbreaks.
U.N. agencies warned of a \'major hunger threat\' in East Africa from the flying pests.
In 2000, China sent 30,000 ducks from Zhejiang province to Xinjiang to battle a locust infestation.

Health / Covid-19: Fmic Releases Frequently Asked Questions On Coronavirus by Stephen: last month on Sun 01 at 07:54am
by Apeshy101 ( m ): 10:53pm On Feb 29
The Federal Ministry Of Information and Culture and released frequent asked Questions (FAQ) about Coronavirus and and ways to stay safe from the ravaging virus. This information was posted on the ministry’s twitter handle.
1. What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are normally transmitted between animals and people. The COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
It was first reported to @WHO on the 31st of December, 2019 in Wuhan, China.
2. What is the source of COVID-19?
Scientists and public health officials are working hard to identify the source of the SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19.
The initial transmission appeared to be from an animal source, but there has been person-to-person transmission in countries.
The virus can spread from one person to another, most likely through droplets of saliva or mucus.
3. Has anyone in Nigeria gotten infected?
Yes. The first case in Nigeria was confirmed on Friday, February 27, 2020 in Lagos in a business Italian traveller who arrived Nigeria on February 25, 2020 and became symptomatic on February 26, 2020.
Contact tracing is ongoing to identify everyone who has come in contact with the confirmed case.
4. What is Nigeria doing to control the spread of the disease in the country? The Government of Nigeria, through the @Fmohnigeria has been strengthening measures to ensure Nigeria is prepared in the event of an outbreak. he multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by NCDC has been activated to a national Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate response activities. @NCDCgov
is working with State Governments to identify and trace contacts of the confirmed case, in Nigeria.
The Port Health Services Division of the Department of Public Health has heightened screening and surveillance at the ports of entry, particularly for returning travellers with travel history to countries with ongoing transmission in the last 14 days.
Residents of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Training Programme (NFELTP) are working closely with staff at Port Health Services to screen, review and analyse the forms used for screening at points of entry. This is also for contact tracing when needed.
5. Does Nigeria have the capacity to diagnose COVID-19?
Yes. There are four laboratories with the capacity to test for COVID-19 in Nigeria. The NCDC National Reference Laboratory; Lagos University Teaching Hospital; Irrua Teaching Hospital .and African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Ede, Osun State.
They are all in the @NCDCgov molecular laboratory network.
Health officials are advised to call 07032864444 for sample transportation and related advice if they have a case that fits the national case definition.
6. What is the national case definition for COVID-19?
Suspected Case
Any person (including severely ill patients) with any of the following symptoms: fever, cough or difficulty in breathing who within 14 days before the onset of illness had any of the following exposures:
History of travel to any country* with confirmed and ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 OR
• Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 OR
• Exposure to a healthcare facility where COVID-19 case(s) have been reported
Probable case
A suspect case for whom testing for COVID-19 is inconclusive or for whom testing was positive on a pan-coronavirus assay.
Confirmed case
A person with laboratory confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection with or without signs and symptoms.
If you have a patient that matches the case definition above, please contact NCDC to arrange for sample collection and testing on 07032864444.
7. Where are the treatment centres in Nigeria?
In the last one month, @NCDCgov has conducted rapid assessments of potential treatment centres. This assessment focused on identifying gaps and developing plans to rapidly ensure that we are prepared to manage all cases.
Treatment centres are located in the five priority states with international airports; Lagos, Rivers, Enugu, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory.
Healthcare workers from these treatment centres have been trained on how to manage COVID-19 cases using approved guidelines.
8. Should I stop my children from going to school?
No. The current situation in the country does not warrant a shutdown of daily activities. During a pandemic, various measures are instituted depending on how serious the illness is and how easily it is spread from person to person.
At the moment, there is one confirmed case in Nigeria. Therefore, measures such as school closure or closure of large gatherings, are not required. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in a crowd.
9. Is there anything a person can do to avoid becoming infected?
To reduce the risk of infection or spread of COVID-19, members of the public are advised to adhere to the following hand and respiratory hygiene measures:
• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water and use hand sanitisers frequently
• Cover your mouth and nose properly with tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing and immediately dispose of the tissue in a covered waste bin. After this, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser
• You may also cough into your elbow if disposable tissue is not available. You are strongly advised not to re-use handkerchiefs
• If you become sick while travelling, you should avoid close contact with other people while you are symptomatic and cover your mouth and nose with a face mask
• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing
• Healthcare workers are always advised to observe standard infection prevention and control measures when attending to patients and take a travel history
9. What can businesses do to protect their staff?
Businesses have an important role to play in protecting their employees. Employers are advised to circulate NCDC’s public health advisory on COVID-19 to all staff.
Encourage sick employees to stay at home if they are unwell. Ensure routine cleaning of high contact areas such as toilets, door handles, telephones.
If staff have travelled to any of the countries with ongoing transmission, they should be advised to self-isolate for 14 days.
*Countries with ongoing transmission as at February 28, 2020: China, Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan

Politics / Us Signs Peace Deal With Afghanistan\'s Taliban After 18 Years Of War by Stephen: last month on Sun 01 at 07:51am
The US and Nato allies have agreed to withdraw all troops within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal.
President Trump said it had been a \"long and hard journey\" in Afghanistan. \"It\'s time after all these years to bring our people back home,\" he said.
Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are due to follow.
Under the agreement, the militants also agreed not to allow al-Qaeda or any other extremist group to operate in the areas they control.
Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said the Taliban had been trying to reach an agreement with the US for a long time.
He said US troops had been killing terrorists in Afghanistan \"by the thousands\" and now it was \"time for someone else to do that work and it will be the Taliban and it could be surrounding countries\".
\"I really believe the Taliban wants to do something to show we\'re not all wasting time,\" Mr Trump added. \"If bad things happen, we\'ll go back with a force like no-one\'s ever seen.\"
The US invaded Afghanistan weeks after the September 2001 attacks in New York by the Afghanistan-based al-Qaeda group.
More than 2,400 US troops have been killed during the conflict. About 12,000 are still stationed in the country. President Trump has promised to put an end to the conflict.
What happened in Doha?
The deal was signed by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a witness.
In a speech, Mr Pompeo urged the militant group to \"keep your promises to cut ties with al-Qaeda\".
Mr Baradar said he hoped Afghanistan could now emerge from four decades of conflict.
\"I hope that with the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan the Afghan nation under an Islamic regime will take its relief and embark on a new prosperous life,\" he said.
Meanwhile US Defence Secretary Mark Esper was in the Afghan capital Kabul alongside Afghanistan\'s President Ashraf Ghani - whose government did not take part in the US-Taliban talks.
Mr Esper said: \"This is a hopeful moment, but it is only the beginning. The road ahead will not be easy. Achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan will require patience and compromise among all parties.\" He said the US would continue to support the Afghan government.
Mr Ghani said the country was \"looking forward to a full ceasefire\". The government said it was ready to negotiate with the Taliban.
What\'s in the agreement?
Within the first 135 days of the deal the US will reduce its forces in Afghanistan to 8,600, with allies also drawing down their forces proportionately.
The move would allow US President Donald Trump to show that he has brought troops home ahead of the US presidential election in November.
The deal also provides for a prisoner swap. Some 5,000 Taliban prisoners and 1,000 Afghan security force prisoners would be exchanged by 10 March, when talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are due to start.
The US will also lift sanctions against the Taliban and work with the UN to lift its separate sanctions against the group.
In Kabul, activist Zahra Husseini said she feared the deal could worsen the situation for women in Afghanistan.
\"I don\'t trust the Taliban, and remember how they suppressed women when they were ruling,\" the 28-year-old told AFP.
\"Today is a dark day, and as I was watching the deal being signed, I had this bad feeling that it would result in their return to power rather than in peace.\"
Landmark deal rife with uncertainties...
This historic deal has been years in the making, as all sides kept seeking advantage on the battlefield.
The agreement is born of America\'s determination to bring troops home and a recognition, at least by some Taliban, that talks are the best route to return to Kabul.
It\'s a significant step forward, despite deep uncertainty and scepticism over where it will lead. When the only alternative is unending war, many Afghans seem ready to take this risk for peace.
Taliban leaders say they\'ve changed since their harsh rule of the 1990s still seared in the memory of many, and most of all Afghan women.
This process will test the Taliban, but also veteran Afghan leaders of the past, and a new generation which has come of age in the last two decades and is hoping against hope for a different future.
What reaction has there been?
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed \"the importance of sustaining the nationwide reduction in violence, for the benefit of all Afghans\"
Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg: \"We went in together in 2001, we are going to adjust [troop levels] together and when the time is right, we are going to leave together, but we are only going to leave when conditions are right\"
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace: \"I welcome this small but important step towards the chance for Afghans to live in peace, free from terrorism... We remain absolutely committed to building an Afghanistan that is a strong partner for decades to come\"
How did US-Taliban talks come about?
Since 2011, Qatar has hosted Taliban leaders who have moved there to discuss peace in Afghanistan. It has been a chequered process. A Taliban office was opened in 2013 , and closed the same year amid rows over flags. Other attempts at talks stalled.
In December 2018, the militants announced they would meet US officials to try to find a \"roadmap to peace\". But the hard-line Islamist group continued to refuse to hold official talks with the Afghan government, whom they dismissed as American \"puppets\".
Following nine rounds of US-Taliban talks in Qatar, the two sides seemed close to an agreement.
Washington\'s top negotiator announced last September that the US would withdraw 5,400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal agreed \"in principle\" with Taliban militants.
Days later, Mr Trump said the talks were \"dead\", after the group killed a US soldier. But within weeks the two sides resumed discussions behind the scenes.
A week ago the Taliban agreed to a \"reduction of violence\" - although Afghan officials say at least 22 soldiers and 14 civilians have been killed in Taliban attacks over that period.
What\'s the background to the Afghan war?
It began when the US launched air strikes one month following the 11 September 2001 attacks and after the Taliban had refused to hand over the man behind them, Osama bin Laden.
The US was joined by an international coalition and the Taliban were quickly removed from power. However, they turned into an insurgent force and continued deadly attacks, destabilising subsequent Afghan governments.
The international coalition ended its combat mission in 2014, staying only to train Afghan forces. But the US continued its own, scaled-back combat operation, including air strikes.
The Taliban has however continued to gain momentum and in 2018 the BBC found they were active across 70% of Afghanistan.
Nearly 3,500 members of the international coalition forces have died in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.
The figures for Afghan civilians, militants and government forces are more difficult to quantify. In a February 2019 report, the UN said that more than 32,000 civilians had died. The Watson Institute at Brown University says 58,000 security personnel and 42,000 opposition combatants have been killed.
Why has the war lasted so long?
There are many reasons for this. But they include a combination of fierce Taliban resistance, the limitations of Afghan forces and governance, and other countries\' reluctance to keep their troops for longer in Afghanistan.
At times over the past 18 years, the Taliban have been on the back foot. In late 2009, US President Barack Obama announced a troop \"surge\" that saw the number of American soldiers in Afghanistan top 100,000.
The surge helped drive the Taliban out of parts of southern Afghanistan, but it was never destined to last for years.
The BBC World Service\'s Dawood Azami says there are five main reasons the war is still going on now. They include:
- a lack of political clarity since the invasion began, and questions about the effectiveness of the US strategy over the past 18 years
- the fact each side is trying to break what has become a stalemate - and that the Taliban have been trying maximise their leverage during peace negotiations
- an increase in violence by Islamic State militants in Afghanistan - they\'ve been behind some of the bloodiest attacks recently
There\'s also the role played by Afghanistan\'s neighbour, Pakistan.
There\'s no question the Taliban have their roots in Pakistan, and that they were able to regroup there during the US invasion. But Pakistan has denied helping or protecting them - even as the US demanded it do more to fight militants.

Politics / Kemi Adeosun by Stephen: 05:41pm On 2 Feb
It is quite interesting the way Kemi Adeosun\'s NYSC scandal popped up suddenly (from whom?) And the manner she was escorted to the airport by Soldiers after committing a crime. It just popped up in my head.

9jaforums / General / Is Nearing Topic 100! by Stephen: 11:09pm On 2 Feb
My aim has been for to be a repository of diverse Naija specific info, in tech, history, education, business, career etc. We are nearing our hundredth unique topic and this is the yardstick I\'ll be using for now to measure our progress.

Politics / 7.5% Vat! by Stephen: 04:09pm On 2 Feb
On every value you add to your life from the Nigerian economy, the FGN charges you directly or indirectly 7.5% of the cost.
On this thread, let us keep the Government accountable. Let us discuss what the money\'s are really used for. To service debts, to pay exhorbitant politician salaries and allowances or for legitimate investments to better the future of Nigeria.

Health / Nigeria\'s Hiv Statistics Are Mind Bugging by Stephen: 11:02pm On 2 Feb
About one in Hundred Nigerians you meet are infected with HIV. It has taken interventions from foreign countries to keep it that low, in provison of ARVs, free condoms, etc. Let us discuss actionable steps we will take to stem the tide

Religion / What If Nigeria Did Not Westernise by Stephen: 09:34pm On 2 Feb
This is a place holder for an article I am researching on the original progression of Nigeria before westernisation.

Religion / Re: Suicide Bomber Trying To Bomb Living Faith Church In Kaduna, Arrested (photos) by Stephen: 06:06pm On 2 Feb
This is a sign that we may not have heard the last of the bombing attempts at places of worship. will follow through to see if the Nigerian Police will be clinical enough to make headway in fishing out those behind these attacks we will also study the case to find out if there is any credibility to rumours that those behind such attacks are connected in high places and could continue to stall these investigations.

Religion / Suicide Bomber Trying To Bomb Living Faith Church In Kaduna, Arrested (photos) by Stephen: 06:02pm On 2 Feb
A suicide bomber was arrested today while trying to bomb a church in Sabo,Kaduna State.The incident happened at Living Faith church while the church members were worshipping.\\r\\n\\r\\nSource:
PS This report is a day old.

Events / It Will Only Occur Once! by Stephen: 03:39pm On 2 Feb
At 8:20 pm today, it will be 20:20:02:2020

Civil / Re: Unn Ongoing Constructions By Northern Companies by Stephen: 08:08am On 2 Feb
Are similar projects being undertaken at other Universities? Is it a TETFUND thing? Is there national character in the awarding of like projects at other Universities?

Civil / Re: Unn Ongoing Constructions By Northern Companies by Stephen: 07:55am On 2 Feb
While you may say that it shows national character, I didn\'t meet a single person on the project from Engineer to labourers carrying the blocks that was not of purely Northern character. I should add that the Engineers seemed professional when I spoke to them and we\'re willing to teach me some details of our profession. Share your own thoughts in the comments

Politics / Nigeria To Address Security Issues That Led To Visa Restrictions by Stephen: 05:20am On 2 Feb

Nigerians expressed disbelief and anger after the Trump administration announced the new policy.

Nigeria’s government pledged Saturday to try to address security issues the Trump administration cited in its decision to stop granting immigration visas to people from Africa’s most populous nation.

Immigrants from Nigeria and three other countries no longer will be eligible for visas allowing them to live in the United States permanently, the White House said Friday.

They would still qualify for tourist and business visas, but Nigerians rarely are granted those now because the U.S. says too many visitors from the West African country overstay their visas.

Nigerians, who have long decried the visa application processes in both the United States and Europe as racist, expressed disbelief and anger after the Trump administration announced the new policy, which takes effect Feb. 21.

Okorafor Chimedu, a 29-year-old teacher in Warri, Nigeria, called it a “collective punishment.” Chimedu has a university degree and relatives already living in the United States to sponsor him but knows his odds of relocating are now slim unless something changes.

“I hope the two nations will rectify their differences soon so that the ban can be lifted,” he said. “We need each other to progress in this world. No man is an island of his own.
The U.S. government said it decided to impose new visa restrictions on a total of six more countries that failed to meet minimum security requirements for verifying travelers’ identities and whether individuals posed a national security threat.

Immigrant visas were targeted because people with those visas are the most difficult to remove after they arrive in the United States, U.S. officials

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has established a committee “to study and address the updated U.S. requirements,” presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said Saturday.

Others, including the opposition candidate who finished second in official results from Nigeria’s presidential election last year, blamed Buhari for the U.S. move.

People’s Democratic Party candidate Atiku Abubakar said the United States instead should “consider adopting measures that individually target those in government who have failed in their duties, rather than target the entire Nigerian population.”

Civil / Unn Ongoing Constructions By Northern Companies by Stephen: 09:39pm On 2 Feb
Check out photos of Ongoing TETFUND projects on the UNN main Campus.

Celebrities / Re: Rema Is Not Dead! by Stephen: 07:04pm On 2 Feb
Join the Forum on everything Naija

Celebrities / Rema Is Not Dead! by Stephen: 06:59pm On 2 Feb
Most Wikipedia articles are open for most people to edit. After a clever dribble past Boateng, unscrupulous elements vandalized Boateng\'s Wikipedia page, registering his date of death as that of the the dribble. Disregard such rumours and when possible help keep Wikipedia healthy by removing such bad edits. We have already restored his Wikipedia page at this time of reporting.

Celebrities / Unsu by Stephen: 06:59pm On 2 Feb
Most Wikipedia articles are open for most people edit. After a clever dribble past Boateng, unscrupulous elements vandalized Boateng\'s Wikipedia page, registering his date of death as that of the the dribble. Disregard such rumours and when possible help keep Wikipedia healthy by removing such bad edits. We have already restored his Wikipedia page at this time of reporting.

Education / Kadpoly Sacks Danjuma Alhassan Over Sexual Harassment by Stephen: 06:39pm On 2 Feb
The Kaduna Polytechnic Management has terminated the appointment of a former Head of Department, Civil Engineering, Engineer Danjuma Alhassan over allegation of sexual harassment of a female student of the institution. The Governing Council ‎of the Polytechnic had at its 91st regular meeting held on 30th January, 2020 ‎ of Kaduna Polytechnic approved the termination of the Lecturer’s appointment. This was contained in a letter issued on 31 -January,2020 and signed by ‎Samuel Y. Obochi, ‎Deputy Registrar, Information & Protocol‎ For the Registrar‎.

9jaforums / General / Incentives For Posting On by Stephen: 06:31pm On 2 Feb
I am writing to announce that for the duration this post is up, I will be incentivising great posts on with airtime and bank transfers. Start posting to create an early reputation on the forum for everything Naija.

Health / China Super League Season Postponed Because Of Coronavirus by Stephen: 06:14pm On 2 Feb
China has delayed the start of its domestic football season because of the escalation of the coronavirus, which has claimed at least 170 lives.

The Super League, which features ex-Premier League players including Yaya Toure, Marouane Fellaini, Oscar, Marko Arnautovic and Salomon Rondon, was due to run from 22 February to 31 October.

A new starting date for the season has not yet been announced.

Oher sporting events in China have also been affected by the crisis.

The men\'s alpine skiing World Cup races in China, scheduled for 15 and 16 February in Yanqing, have been cancelled.

The 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships, due to be held from 13-15 March in Nanjing, have been pushed back 12 months after World Athletics sought advice from the World Health Organisation.

Formula 1 says it is \"monitoring\" the effects of the outbreak in China in the context of the country\'s Grand Prix in Shanghai from 17-19 April.

The all-electric Formula E series is also due to hold a race in Sanya, southern China, on 21 March and Formula E says it is also \"closely monitoring\" the situation in tandem with local authorities.

In a statement, the China Football Association said their move to postpone the \"2020 season national football competitions at all levels\" was taken to help with the \"prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic of the new coronavirus infection, and to protect the health of the majority of fans, media, players, coaches, game officials, clubs and district staff\".

In Australia, China\'s women\'s football team has been forced into quarantine at a hotel in Brisbane, Queensland, after the state recorded its first case of coronavirus.

A 44-year-old man from Wuhan - the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak - is in isolation at the Gold Coast University Hospital, south of Brisbane.

The China team had been due to open the Women\'s Olympic football tournament qualifiers with a match against Thailand in Sydney on Monday.

Ticket sales for the tournament have now been suspended.

The death toll of the coronavirus has risen to 170 and with a confirmed case in Tibet, the virus has now spread to every region in mainland China.

Chinese health authorities have said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January and infections have also spread to at least 16 other countries.

The Foreign Office updated its advice on Tuesday to warn against all but essential travel to mainland China, saying it may also become more difficult for British nationals in other provinces to leave.

On Wednesday, British Airways announced it was suspending all flights to and from mainland China with immediate effect.

Crime / Weapons Used In Killings In Nigeria Trafficked From Libya, Turkey, Others by Stephen: 06:06pm On 2 Feb
Adelani Adepegba,

Weapons that have been used in intercommunal violence that has killed thousands of people in Nigeria were trafficked from Ivory Coast , Libya and Turkey .

A new report by the Conflict Armament Research group said s ome of the weapons from Turkey were linked to a major organized trafficking network.

It explained that the weapons were used in the killing of more than 3 , 600 people and displaced 300, 000 since 2014 ,

It noted that fighting between farmers and herders over land has gone on for decades in the middle belt and north .

The report further said armed groups involved in the bloodshed in Kaduna , Katsina and Zamfara states possessed significant numbers of factory-produced small arms manufactured in Europe , East Asia , the Middle East and North America , ” according to the three - year study.

It said, \" Weapons that Conflict Armament Research documented during field operations in three northern Nigerian states have commonallities with small arms previously in service with national defence forces in Côte d’ Ivoire and with weapons that CAR has documented in Libya. \"

It noted that the set of weapons from northern Nigeria also includes Iraqi assault rifles manufactured in 1987.

It further said the terrorist groups have used weapons from the same batch with batch markings rendered illegible .

The report read , \" Predictably , given widespread weapon diversion from many governments in the region , CAR has traced four weapons in the data set to the stockpiles of Nigerian defence and security forces .

\" Nigerian - manufactured small - calibre ammunition— including cartridges manufactured as recently as 2014— is the second - most prevalent type of ammunition in this data set . \"

The study further noted that in 2016, the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the Mines Advisory Group, collected weapons in Katsina , nearly 6, 000 in Zamfara, and almost 700 in Benue

Travel / Reacts To Us Visa Ban On Nigerians by Stephen: 05:58pm On 2 Feb


On 31st January 2020, the United States (U.S) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced temporary travel restrictions on six (6) countries including Nigeria.

For Nigeria, the restriction is the suspension of the issuance of “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders only. This suspension shall come into effect on 21st February 2020. The suspension does not apply to other U.S visas such as those for official, business, tourism and student travel.

The DHS states the suspension of “immigrant visas” became necessary following a review and update of the methodology (performance metrics) adopted by the U.S Government to assess compliance of certain security criteria by foreign governments. This resulted in certain enhancements on how information is shared between Nigeria and the U.S.

Nigeria remains committed to maintaining productive relations with the United States and its international allies especially on matters of global security. Accordingly, President Muhammadu Buhari has established a committee, to be chaired by the Hon. Minister of Interior, to study and address the updated U.S. requirements. The committee will work with the U.S Government, INTERPOL and other stakeholders to ensure all updates are properly implemented.

Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
February 1, 2020

UNN Nsk / Unn Freshers Jogout Holding On The 1st Of February by Kizito: 07:37am On 1 Jan

Presents ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

*UNN FRESHER\'S JOGOUT ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโšฝ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿป‍โ™‚๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿป‍โ™€๐Ÿคผ‍โ™€๐Ÿšด๐ŸผSHOW 2*๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽง


Mind ๐Ÿ˜ณblowing fastest finger
Artist performance


100 meter race๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ
Thug of war๐Ÿคผ‍โ™‚
Faculty by faculty dancing competition๐Ÿ‘ฏ‍โ™‚
And lots more.

*Side Attractions*

Soya milk
Lots more

Dj Chibyk


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Mc/Hyper phresh๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช
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Mc Willi D drunk๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜
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*Date* - 1st February 2020

*Take off* - Front of students affairs department down to stadium

*Time* - 6AM prompt (No African time)

*Chief host* Prof Edwin omeje (Dean students affairs department)

*Convener* Comr.Nwugo Godwin (Cordinator General Freshers care)

*Guest appearance*

Dean students affairs Unn
Chief security officer Unn
Faculty presidents/excos
Departmental presidents/excos
NANS members/officials
SUG officials past and outgoing
FANS official\'s
ESSGA officials
NACESS officials
ROY club of UNN officials
And many more

*Coverage* by Tanamafun TV๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿป‍โ™‚

If you missed the first jogout show 1 in 2018 Freshers don\'t be missed out in this year\'s own. *OTHER YEARS ARE HIGHLY WELCOMED*๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


*Keep rebroadcasting till on Friday night*

9jaforums / General / New Contents On Wednesday, Friday And Sunday by Stephen: 07:14pm On 1 Jan
Hello all, you may have noticed that we haven\'t been posting new content regularly for some time.
We have rectified the issues and will be posting the best topics three times a week, as above. Remember to join the conversations early, \"as e dey hot\".

Crime / Solomon Peter Stabs Patience Zaraki In Bauchi For Answering Another Man\'s Call by Kizito: 08:30pm On 1 Jan
Bauchi State Police Command has apprehended Solomon Peters, who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend, Miss Patience Zakari, to death in Bauchi following a disagreement over telephone call.

Police Public Relations Officer in charge of Bauchi Command, DSP Kamal Abubakar, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi that the suspect was arrested on Sunday in a yet to be disclosed location.

“The Bauchi state police command, after swinging into action following the killing of Miss Patience Zakari, has apprehended the suspect, whose name is Solomon Peters.

“He is now in our custody and currently undergoing interrogations by our officers.

“He will be thoroughly investigated and charged to court for culpable homicide,” said the PPRO

Tragedy struck in Bauchi on Friday when a jealous man, simply identified as ‘Solomon’ stabbed his girlfriend, Patience Zakkari, to death for picking a phone call from another man.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent reports that the incident occurred around 1.30 am in the house of the deceased located at gwallameji area of Bauchi metropolis.

Narrating to NAN how it happened, a source who pleaded anonymity recounted how the deceased narrated the incident to him before she gave up the ghost.

He explained that the deceased and her boyfriend (Solomon) who were popularly known to be in a romantic relationship by most people in the area, had a heated argument when the deceased received a phone call from a male friend in the middle of the night.

“She narrated to me before she died that everything happened at about 1:30 am on Friday morning.

“She said she received a phone call from just an ordinary male friend and her boyfriend (Solomon) got jealous, started harassing her verbally, and that as she was trying to explain to him, he pounced on her and started hitting her.

“She took a bottle, hit him on the head in self defence because the beating was too much for her, and the man picked up a knife in response and stabbed her at the back.

“She said she lost a lot of blood before she was rushed to a clinic in the morning where she was treated and brought back home in the evening, when she narrated the incident to me.

“Unfortunately, when I left the place, I heard that the wound degenerated and she was rushed to a hospital where she eventually gave up,” narrated the source.

Another source, Mercy Cirfat, told NAN that Solomon, who was living two blocks away from his girlfriend’s, had taken to his heels after carrying out the heinous act, and is now at large.

She said that the deceased was a National Diploma (ND) graduate from the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.

DSP Kamal Abubakar, the state Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the incident to NAN, adding that the owner of the clinic where she died, had been arrested.

He also assured that the command was on the trail of the culprit and would soon be apprehended to face the wrath of the law.

“I can confirm to you that the incident is true; we got the information from a good samaritan that this was what happened in Gwallameji.

“When the incident happened, without informing the police, her friends took her to a clinic for treatment because the boyfriend stabbed her twice.

“However, the clinic also treated her without informing the police and discharged her the same day.

“When the thing became worse, they took her back to the clinic where she was put on a drip and eventually gave up.

“We have arrested the owner of the clinic and the staff that treated her because they did not inform the police.

“We have swung into action and the case is under investigation; we are on the trail of the suspect and anybody involved; they will all be brought to justice,” said the PPRO. (NAN)


UNN Nsk / The Management Body Of Asuu Are Threatening To Go On Nationwide Strike by Kizito: 08:20pm On 1 Jan
๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿฝ‍โ™‚ *Breaking News (ASUU STRIKE OH):* (ToJesus Reporting LIVE)

Monday, January 28, 2020 @ 2:22pm
©ourtesy: *COMR. ALILI TOJESUS CHIDUBEM, (Faculty of law, University of Nigeria, 08167383015)*

๐ŸŽ™ Campus-Wide Rebroadcast By:๐Ÿ”Š *ToJesus Campus Info Crew & TOJESUS BLOG*

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ ๐Ÿ’ƒ In Official Partnership With: *THE PRIDE HUB*
The information just reaching ToJesus campus Info Crew has it that, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has threatened to embark on nationwide strike if the Accountant General of the Federation stops salaries of lecturers this January.

According To our Correspondent in UNIABUJA, This warning from ASUU, is in follow-up to a circular from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation ( AGF), to all public universities last week Thursday, with information to with-hold January salary of lecturers who refused to enrol in the IPPIS platform.

According to ASUU today, its congress members had resolved to activate *\"no pay, no work\"* as soon as the government stopped its members’ salaries.

The Chairman University of Ibadan Chapter of ASUU, Professor Deji Omole while reacting to this said that the union was ready to pursue her stand on autonomy and infringement on FGN-ASUU agreement which IPPIS would erode.

President Omole, as our Outside Insincere learnt, stated that it was unfortunate that, even the President could not be trusted after assuring the Union to look into the matter and set-up committee to harmonize the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions ( UTAS ), which would take care of university peculiarities and IPPIS as tabled before him at the last meeting.

He added that the union would not be threatened to allow alleged *“undemocratic public servant like Accountant General of the Federation to ridicule tertiary education.*

According to him, *“We are ready for them. We are not slaves that can be subjected to routine humiliation by government appointees*.

You will remember that By this tike last year, ASUU had embarked on a long stroke action that plagiarised academic activities in the country...

*Well, let us keep our fingers crossed as the dram unfolds. Meanwhile, ToJesus Campus info Crew, via ToJesus Blog shall update us all, on other development, as time goes on.*

Yours humbly in Service,
*COMR. ALILI TOJESUS (Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus)*



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