Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:00
The Nigerian media community is in mourning as the sad news just reached our newsroom that road accident has claimed the life of a promising Nigerian politician and ex graduate of Nigeria Institute of Journalism, Mr. Sunny Ofili.
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            Late Mr. Sunny Ofili: A promising life cut short by another road accident in Nigeria
 
Mr. Sunny Ofili who until his untimely death this afternoon was the Special Adviser to Delta State Governor on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), as well as the head, Directorate of Science and Technology in Delta state of Nigeria. Mr. Ofili is a young ambition man with full of dreams for the future in politics. He already had plans to contest for the State House of Assembly in the next elections in 2015 representing Aniocha North LGA.
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Extreme left is Mr. Ofili with the Governor of Delta state 
after his appointment as Special Adviser ICT
 
According to report reaching our news room, he was involved in a ghastly car accident involving a trailer and the Jeep in which he was traveling. The reports says the accident occurred at the junction of his home town, Issele Azagba on his return from the primaries of the PDP. The Jeep was driven by the traditional ruler of his home town, Agbogidi Henry Ezeagwuna the 1st, Obi of Issele-Uku and Mr. Ofili was a passenger in the front seat; the trailer was carrying granite and it was struck by the Jeep and the car caught fire and burnt down to ashes before help could reach the occupants.
Mr. Sunny Ofili is the publisher and Editor of Nigeria's first independent online newspaper called, www.thetimesofnigeria.com. Mr. Ofili is also the founder and Managing Director of Nigercom Networks-an IT firm. He was a philanthropist among his community and people of Issele Azagba will miss him and of course his school mates, colleagues in the Delta state government.
It is a sad lost today of Sunny Ofili, prayers and thoughts go out to the wife, children and families at this time
He is survived by his wife, Lilian Ndokwa Ofulue-Ofili and two daughters, Fealiam Nkem Nkemdilim Ofili (11) and Jada Chukwunonso Ofili (10)
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of AIG Suleiman Abba as the new Inspector-General of Police.
AIG Abba, currently the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7, comprising Abuja, Kaduna and Niger states, replaces the incumbent Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar who proceeds on statutory retirement today having completed 35 years in service.
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The incoming Inspector-General, a lawyer, hails from Jigawa State and is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.
Positions previously held by him in the Police include Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, FCT Command, Deputy Force Secretary and Commissioner of Police, Rivers State.
His appointment is with effect from Friday, August 1, 2014
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of AIG Suleiman Abba as the new Inspector-General of Police.
AIG Abba, currently the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7, comprising Abuja, Kaduna and Niger states, replaces the incumbent Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar who proceeds on statutory retirement today having completed 35 years in service.
Assistant-Inspector-General-of-Police-in-charge-of-Zone-7-Suleiman-Abba
The incoming Inspector-General, a lawyer, hails from Jigawa State and is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.
Positions previously held by him in the Police include Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, FCT Command, Deputy Force Secretary and Commissioner of Police, Rivers State.
His appointment is with effect from Friday, August 1, 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:31
Two planes carrying the first of the 40 victims of last week's air disaster in Ukraine arrived at Eindhoven airport on Wednesday afternoon, in a somber ceremony attended by King Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and other dignitaries.
Flags were flying at half-mast throughout the country as the Last Post sounded. A minute's silence was then observed for the 298 people who died when the Malaysia Airways Boeing 777 was brought down close to the Russian border.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:36
Speaking on Tuesday at 13.00, the Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave a summary of the latest developments relating to the air disaster in Ukraine. Mr Rutte said he expects the first aircraft carrying victims' remains to land in Eindhoven on Wednesday. 'As soon as the aircraft lands at Eindhoven Airport, the victims will be transferred to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum, and once a positive identification has been made, the immediate next step will be to inform the next of kin.'
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 06:51
We have noted with much surprise and regret, the statement issued by General Muhammadu Buhari today in which he made some wild and totally unsustainable allegations against President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Although he tries very hard to deny it in the statement titled "Pull Nigeria Back From the Brink", there can be no doubt that General Buhari has sadly moved away from the patriotic and statesmanlike position he recently adopted on national security, which President Jonathan publicly commended, and
has now reverted to unbridled political partisanship.President Jonathan 1
Monday, 14 July 2014 16:09
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Monday in Abuja that the notion that the Federal Government has not been doing enough to find and rescue the abducted Chibok girls, is very wrong and misplaced.
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Speaking at an audience with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Girl-Child Education Campaigner, President Jonathan said that the Federal Government was definitely doing everything possible to ensure that the girls were rescued alive and safely returned to their parents.
He however explained to Malala, who was accompanied by her father and other members of her Foundation, that the Federal Government's efforts were constrained by the overriding imperative of ensuring that the girls' lives are not endangered in any rescue attempt.
"Terror is relatively new here and dealing with it has its challenges. The great challenge in rescuing the Chibok girls is the need to ensure that they are rescued alive," President Jonathan said, stressing that the Federal Government and its security agencies were very mindful of the need to avoid the scenario in rescue attempts in other parts of the world where lives of abductees were lost in the effort to rescue them.
The President said that this challenge notwithstanding, the Federal Government was very actively pursuing all feasible options to achieve the safe return of the abducted girls.
"The time it is taking to achieve that objective is not a question of the competence of the Nigerian Government. We have had teams from the United States, Britain, France, Israel and other friendly nations working with us here on the rescue effort and they all appreciate the challenges and the need to thread carefully to achieve our purpose," he said.
The President told Malala who met yesterday with some parents of the abducted girls that he fully empathized with their pain and anguish. He said that he would meet with the parents himself before they left Abuja to personally comfort them and reassure them that the Federal Government was doing all within its powers to rescue their daughters.
President Jonathan reiterated his Administration's commitment to ensuring the safe and proper education of all Nigerian children.
"I personally believe that since about 50 per cent of our population are female, we will be depriving ourselves of half of our available human resources if we fail to educate our girls adequately or suppress their ambitions in any way. We are therefore taking steps to curb all forms of discrimination against girls and women, and have also undertaken many affirmative actions on their behalf," President Jonathan said.
The President said that the Federal Government was also proactively evolving and implementing policies and measures that will benefit the abducted Chibok girls when they are safely rescued, as well as others that have been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
These, President Jonathan said, included the establishment of a Victims' Support Fund, the Safe Schools Initiative and the Presidential Initiative for the North East.
He announced that he would inaugurate a National Committee to oversee fundraising for the Victims' Support Fund, which will also cater for families of security men and women who have lost their lives in the war against terrorism, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
The President thanked Malala for coming to Nigeria to support ongoing efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls and promote girl-child education.
"We appreciate your efforts to change the world positively through your powerful advocacy for girl-child education," President Jonathan told her.
Sunday, 22 June 2014 19:59
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan heartily congratulates the Governor-Elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on his overwhelming victory in Saturday's governorship election in the state.
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President Jonathan also commends the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Security Services and the good people of Ekiti State for the successful and peaceful conduct of the elections in keeping with the present administration's avowed commitment to ensuring that elections in all parts of Nigeria are progressively freer, fairer and more credible.
As Mr. Fayose readies himself to assume office in fulfillment of the clearly expressed wish of his people, President Jonathan urges him to be humble and magnanimous in victory and commit himself to forming an administration that will work for the advancement of the interests of all Ekiti people irrespective of their political affiliations or loyalties.
President Jonathan calls on Mr. Fayose to regard his second chance to serve as Governor of Ekiti State as a sacred mandate from God Almighty and his people which he must discharge with immense dedication, wisdom and vigour to achieve a much more rapid pace of socio-economic development in Ekiti State for the benefit of its people who resoundingly reaffirmed their trust in his leadership by voting overwhelmingly for his election yesterday.
The President assures Mr. Fayose that the Federal Government will give all necessary support and assistance to his incoming administration and cooperate fully with him in furtherance of the present administration's objective of significantly improving the living conditions of Nigerians in all parts of the country.
He wishes Mr. Fayose continued good health and a very successful second tenure as governor of Ekiti State.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:24
Films and discussion about migration from Africa to Europe
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Date: Monday, June 16 2014 from 19.00 till 21.00 hrs.
De Machinist, Willem Buytewechstraat 45, Rotterdam
 
Goodbye Africa. Hello Europe. The last years many Africans left for Europe searching for a better life. Now the project Surprising Europe takes time for reflection. Were the expectations of the migrants met? What are the pros and cons of living in Europe? What's the situation in Africa now? Is return an option or not?
Short movies and discussion
On Monday, June 16th Surprising Europe is organising a pleasant evening of short films and discussion on the opportunities and difficulties of live in Europe and remigration to Africa. Experiences of migrants themselves are central this evening.
Representatives of organisations are participating in the discussion. The guests these evening are Fanusa, an ex-asylum seeker who returned to Guinea, and Theo Miltenburg, of stichting ROS, an organisation to support undocumented migrants. The moderator of the evening will be announced.
Register
All Africans in the Netherlands and other interested people are welcome! We ask staff of refugee organisations to inform African clients about this meeting. For undocumented migrants there's an option to receive a travel allowance. The entrance is free for everyone.
Registration is possible at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Surprising Europe
Maatwerk bij Terugkeer and JvdW film organise special events where video-items on experiences concerning migration from Africa to Europe play a central role. With serious topics but sometimes also with a touch of humour. The project Surprising Europe is a sequel to the documentary and TV series. For more information: www.surprisingeurope.com
 
More information
Paul Dallinga, Maatwerk bij Terugkeer
Tel. 030-7551580 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 05:15
In this very critical period in Nigerian history where the country is faced with several challenges, a Nigerian-Italian, Engineer Barry Igbeare is making a huge difference helping to attract huge business investments to Nigeria through his wide range of business network in Italy.