Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Nigeria Has The 5th Strongest Army In Africa

Nigeria has the second largest army by number of troops, but due to
political instability and lack of equipment Nigeria has seem to be the
5th strongest country in Africa. The country has more than 1,400
armoured vehicles, 360 tanks, and 6,000 logistical vehicles at its
disposal, as well as nearly 300 aircraft and 25 high-powered naval
vessels. The army has been criticised for their heavy-handed manner in
dealing with civilians in their battle with Boko Haram. The previous
year Nigeria occupied the 4thplace.

Niger Delta: Shell To Invest N2bn In Centenary Projects

Shell is set to carry out three developmental projects worth N2
billion in Nigeria to mark the country's centenary celebration.

The company which started business in Nigeria in 1937 plans to
undertake a health project at Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, build a
200-seater library in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and upgrade
athletics infrastructure in five secondary schools in Delta State, all
in the country's Niger Delta where Shell operates.

"The projects show our commitment to a long-term future for Nigeria,"
said Mutiu Sunmonu, Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development
Company (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria.
He expressed pleasure that the projects will benefit the people
immensely, and help boost literacy, healthcare and youth empowerment;
developments which are in line with Shell's robust programme of social
investments in Nigeria.
Sunmonu led a formal unveiling of the projects at a sustainable
development road show organised by SPDC in Abuja, Nigeria's capital
According to him, the oil firm will be the sole financier of the
library and health projects while it will fund only 30 percent of the
total cost of upgrading athletics infrastructure in the five schools.
Shell's funding of the athletics infrastructure will come through its
share in the SPDC Joint Venture, which it operates and has the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (55 percent), Total S.A. (10
percent) and Eni (5 percent) as partners.
Sunmonu said Shell's implementing partners, the Port Harcourt Literary
Society, Federal University, Utuoke and Africare Nigeria will oversee
the projects.

10 Interesting Facts About Nigeria

Nigeria is a country in West Africa having boundaries with Niger and
Chad Republic in the north, Cameroon on the eastern part, Benin
Republic on the western border and the Atlantic ocean at the southern
end. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with more
than 160 million people living there. What this means is that one in
every 7 Africans is a Nigerian. Geographically, Nigerian terrain
changes from the high savanna-covered plateaus in the north to the
oil-rich Niger Delta in the southern part down to the rain forest belt
region towards the coast. Despite the insecurity and some slight
political instabilities facing the country, there are someinteresting
facts about Nigeriathat are worth noting. Proudly Nigeria Network
brings you the most interesting and fun Nigeria facts

10. Most Populous Country in Africa

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africaand the 8th most
populous in the world with a population of more than 160 million
people. The next African country to come close is Ethiopia with a
population count of 84 million. That is just about half of Nigerian

8. Christianity and Islam Are The 2 Major Religions

The major religion in Nigeria are Christianity and Islam. About half
of the Yorubas are Christians and half Muslim, though many maintain
traditional beliefs. The Igbos in the southeast are mostly Christian;
The Hausa/Fulani in the northern Nigeria are mostly Islamic and
dominated by the Hausa-Fulani ethnic group. Southern Nigeria is more
westernized and urbanized than the north, with the Yoruba in the
southwest and the Igbo in the southeast.

7. River is West Africa's Largest River.

The longest and largest river in West Africa is the river Niger from
where Nigeria derives her name. River Niger spans about 4,180 km
(2,600 mi) from its source is in the Highlands of Guinea in
southeastern Guinea. It courses in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on
the border with Benin and then through Nigeria, and eventually
emptying into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean after passing
through a massive delta, known as the Niger Delta or the Oil Rivers

6. One of the Oldest Locations of Human Existence

Evidence from archaeological discoveries have shown that there was a
history of human existence in Nigeria which has been dated to as far
back as 9000 BC. The Nok civilization (around 500 BC-200 AD) is the
earliest known civilization here.

5. Home Of Nollywood

Nollywood is the name given to the Nigerian movie industryand it has
recently been ranked the second largest producers of movies in the
world; just trailing behind Bollywood; the Indian film industry and
ahead of America's Hollywood. Nollywood produces up to 200 movies
every single week and her movies has won half of the yearly awards for
best picture since 2005

4. Largest Diversity of Butterfly

Nigeria boasts in being the most suitable habitat for the worlds
largest diversity of the most colorful creatures – the butterflies. It
is widely believed that the areas surrounding Calabar, Cross River
State in the southern part of the country harbors the world's largest
diversity of butterflies.

3. Ogun State Has The Highest Number of Universities in Nigeria

Ogun State is one of the states in the western part of the country and
it has a total of nine registered universities, making it the state
with the highest number of Universities in Nigeria.

2. The Longest Bridge in Africa

The Third Mainland Bridge (in Lagos State) connecting Lagos Island to
the mainland is the longest bridge in Africa—it measures about 11.8km.
The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi
express way and Lagos-Ibadan express way, and ends at the Adeniji
Adele Interchange on Lagos Island. There is also a link midway through
the bridge that leads to the Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba. The bridge
was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by President Ibrahim
Babangida in 1990.

1. Largest Producers of Crude Oil

Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of crude oil in the world
(averaging 2,525,000 barrels per day) and the 8th largest exporter.
Nigeria has the 10th largest proven reserves of petroleum worldwide.
Petroleum plays an important role in the country's economy and
contributes to more than 85% of the total government's revenue.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Starting Your Own Business - Tips and Ideas

The key to starting and running a successful business is to use your
common sense. Doing a search on the Internet on "home business" or
"make money" will return millions of results. Do you know why? It is
not because there are millions of ways to make money. It is because
there are millions of ways to take advantage of people wanting to make
money. That is right. Most of that information you see is bogus and
people who do not use their common sense get swindled out of their

The rules of starting a successful personal business are simple:

*.Use common sense. Think things over before you dive in. Always know
what you are doing and what you are getting yourself into.

Choose your business carefully. Do not got for a business just because
everyone says it generates a potentially large income. Go for a
business that you know well or that you like and are willing to learn.
If you used to work as an accountant for a firm, start an accounting
business. If you are a party-goer, try party planning. If you are good
at writing, become a content or newsletter author.

Keep your expenses low. Do not overspend or you may find yourself
without cash to keep you going. Start simple and once things start
falling in place, you can expand.
Starting and running your own personal business can be satisfying and
rewarding as long as you do it right.

How we ended corruption in agric sector – FG

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina,
on Monday narrated how he said the Federal Government was able to put
an end to forty years of corruption in the agricultural sector.

Adesina spoke on the third day of the Public Affairs Forum organized
by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on
Public Affairs in Abuja.

He said the sector has witnessed a monumental change in the way and
manner agriculture and its related activities are handled.

He said, "We ended 40 years of corruption in the fertilizer sector.
The old system of government direct procurement and distribution of
fertilizer was corrupt. Nearly 90% of farmers never received
subsidized fertilizers.

"Between 1980 and 2010, over N873bn ($5.4bn) was spent on fertilizer
subsidies. No more than 11% of farmers received these fertilizers.
Over N776bn($4.8bn) was estimated to have been lost to corruption or
an average of N26bn($162.5m) annually. The system displaced the
private sector."

He said the ministry under the current arrangement has built a
national database of 10.5 million farmers, which has increased the
participation in every state of the federation just as the Growth
Enhancement Support Scheme programme has increased farmers getting
fertilizers from 11 per cent before the programme to 92 per cent.

He added that 1.3 million metric tons of fertilizer have been
delivered to farmers.
The minister also said, 55,000 metric tons of improved seeds have been
delivered to farmers pointing out that Nigeria is the first country in
Africa to deliver inputs to farmers at scale through e-wallet.

The minister also said that the country boasts of cassava both in
quality and quantity, a reason he decided to embark on the cassava
transformation initiative, which has led to the introduction of 20 per
cent cassava bread, which he said has led to the establishment of 30
bakeries across the country.

On rice, Adesina said the ministry with support from Bank of Industry
and Bank of Agriculture has unleashed a rice revolution to become
self-sufficient in rice, which has led to production of million metric
tonnes of the commodity.
The investments, he said, has run into billions of naira.
He also said several crops including sorghum, cocoa, maize oil palm,
fish as well as animal production have significantly with the youth
participating actively in all the value chain circle.
In the area of mechanization, he said the programme, which was aimed
at bringing back equipment hiring enterprise is now brought back on

He announced the completion of 33 silo complexes with capacity of
1.1million MT across Nigeria, nine air conditioned warehouses and a
$250m investment by Blumberg to make Nigeria the hub for manufacturing

Source: punchng.com

2015: South East may dump Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan may lose the support of the South East
geo-po­litical zone in 2015 presiden­tial election, Daily Sun can
authoritatively reveal.

Indications emerged at the weekend, that stakeholders led by state
governors in the zone were set to withdraw their sup­port for Jonathan
if he failed to call some erring officers of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) to order.

It was gathered that many stakeholders and power bro­kers from the
zone were not comfortable with the shoddy handling of the delegates
congresses by the leadership of the PDP led by Alhaji Ad­amu Mu'azu
and were already toying with a 'Plan B' for the presidential race if
Jonathan allows the situation to con­tinue.

A top member of the PDP toldDaily Sunon condition of anonymity that
the governors and other major stakehold­ers from the zone were angry
with the national body of the party for trying to influence the choice
of governorship candidates in the zone.

It was gathered that the stakeholders were surprised that President
Jonathan failed to assert his authority on Mu'azu, who seemed to be
dancing to the tune of some influential members of the party from the
The PDP governors, it was learnt, were worried that un­like in the
past, the national hierarchy of the party has not allowed them to
control the party structure in their states.

Our source informed that some power brokers from the South East in the
PDP were angry that the leadership of the party at the national level
was questioning the endorsement of candidates in some states.
Sources gathered that stakeholders and the affected governors were
already dis­cussing with other political parties, so that, should they
lose in the power struggle, such platforms would be used to achieve
their ambitions.
His words: "What happens in the next one month will re­define the
politics of the South East zone. Many people are not happy with the
way the national body of the PDP han­dled the delegates congresss­es.
The national chairman wants to control what happens in all the states
particularly the South East zone. The brewing crisis in the South East
is be­ing fomented by two national officers of the party from the
zone. They are willing allies to few influential members, who want to
control the party struc­ture for their selfish ends.
"This is happening because Jonathan is losing grip of the party and
allowing Mu'azu to call the shots as the leader in­stead of the other
way round. If he does not call Mu'azu to order, I can assure you that
he will lose the support of the governors in his presidential
election. Politics is 'rub my back, I rub yours."

Source: sunnews

Tambuwal: Ihedioha should take charge —PDP

FOLLOWING counter-moves from the camp of Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, to oust his deputy, who
remains loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leaders of the
party have decided to adopt a two-point strategy to oust the defected

Besides, it was learnt that the party had asked the Deputy Speaker,
Emeka Ihedioha, to take charge of the PDP troop in the House,
pending the Monday meeting, where the party would further assess its
arsenal in the lower chamber.
Sources close to the PDP confirmed on Sunday that the party was
reviewing reports that Tambuwal was making moves to impeach his deputy
and lure more members to the All Progressives Congress (APC), so as to
consolidate his position and serve out his term in office.
Sources told that the PDP had already informed the Deputy Speaker
that he remained the leader of the "troops" in the House and that
nothing would be done to make him vulnerable to Tambuwal's antics.
A source in the National Assembly also said the PDP viewed with
disdain, reports that Tambuwal was amassing arsenal to impeach the
deputy speaker for his loyalty to PDP.

"We found this very absurd and I can assure you that the formidable
cordon already formed around the deputy speaker will not allow that,"
the source said.

It was also gathered that the PDP had resolved to adopt a two-way
approach to the Tambuwal debacle.

One is to get him out through the courts, by seeking interpretation of
Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution and the second option is to
seek the required number to impeach him.

"The PDP will not relent until the Speaker relinquishes the position
due to the PDP. We have only witnessed this type of development when a
member of minority party holding the seat of Speaker, when there was
alliance between the defunct NPN and NPP, but the PDP does not have
any alliance with APC and there is no division in the PDP, so Tambuwal
has to go," the source further said.

It further said the PDP had recognised Ihedioha as its standard-bearer
in the House of Representatives, adding that the plot by Tambuwal to
impeach Ihedioha could only be likened to a childs' play.

Source: Tribune.com.ng