Australian Open: Former World number backs William to outshine Court’s Grand Slam record

Serena Williams will eventually overtake Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles even if the American fails to equal the mark at the ongoing Australian Open, according to former world number one Steffi Graf.

Williams was eight weeks pregnant when she captured her 23rd Grand Slam trophy at Melbourne in 2017 but missed opportunities to equal Australian Court on her return from maternity leave.

She lost in the final of Wimbledon and the US Open last year.

“I don’t know if she can do it here (equal the record) but I believe she can absolutely,” Graf, who won 22 majors in her career, told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.

“Her game, her serve is such an incredible weapon. I think she, at any time, is dangerous.

“With the experience, she’s had, she’s still so determined, and if she enjoys it why not? If her body holds up I do believe she has a big chance (to pass Court).”

Court won 13 of her 24 Grand Slams before the women’s game became fully professional in 1968.

Graf acknowledged Williams had achieved her success in the more competitive Open era and said she would eventually finish her career as the game’s greatest player.

“I’d probably say, with the career, she’s had, she’s not even finished at this point; then yes, I’d say so,” Graf added.

PLEASE!! Ikeja Electric begs Public to abstain from activities within Power Lines

In a renewed commitment to its high safety standards, Ikeja Electric Plc has cautioned the public in its network against building structures and engaging in social and economic activities under power lines.

The company said the specific clearance/distance which the public must maintain away from a 33/11KV lines is 5.5 meters (20ft) on both sides, while for 132KV lines, the distance must be 15 meters (50ft) on both sides and 330KV lines must have a clearance of 25metres (60ft) on both sides.

The electricity distribution company (Disco) Head of Quality, Safety, Health and Environment (QHSE), Jamiu Badmos, explained that carrying out social and economic activities under power lines exposes people’s lives to danger, leading to the risk of electrocution.

According to him, fatality within the energy sector can be prevented if the public religiously adhere to precautions and avoid activities close to electrical installations.

“As a responsible service provider, we are aware of our obligation to ensure that every resident within our network is kept safe, especially bearing in mind the hazardous nature of electricity so we are using this medium to remind the public that electrical installations are harmful and must be avoided as much as is possible. Our appeal to customers to avoid activities under power lines must be taken seriously, especially as the integrity of old cables cannot always be guaranteed,” he said.

Badmos revealed that even with the huge resources the Disco has spent on enlightenment campaigns to sensitize the public on inherent dangers of life-threatening activities, some people have remained adamant.

He further called for the intervention of the government and relevant stakeholders in stemming this “ugly development” by declaring activities under power line as illegal and moving people and markets away from the danger spots to save lives and property.

Ekweremadu reveals how thieves broke into Senator’s Car, takes huge sum of Money

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Thursday, shocked his colleagues when he revealed how some thieves broke into the luxury car of a senator and stole huge sums of money.

He lamented that the multi-million naira Close Circuit Television devise installed in the National Assembly was not functional as of the time of the incident.

Ekweremadu stated this while responding to a point of order raised by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, complaining about a burglary case which occurred in her office during the yuletide and New Year break.

The deputy senate president who presided over the session sympathized with Tinubu, but noted that the incident in her office was not an isolated matter because a similar incident happened in the House of Representatives.

He said, “A colleague came for a transaction and left some money in his car during the Christmas break. Some people broke into the car and removed some money.

“Since he parked his car close to the main Senate complex, he thought that the CCTV camera would capture the activities of the burglars but regrettably, the CCTV did not work when it was checked and it is really embarrassing.”

He therefore directed the National Assembly management to investigate all burglary issues that had been reported so far, and furnish the leadership of the federal parliament, the outcome of its investigations as soon as possible..

Tinubu, who came under order 43 (personal explanation), had raised the alarm that the incident in her office was giving her serious concern.

He said, “My office was closed on 7th December because of my constituency engagements. My staff resumed on Wednesday January 9 and reported a case of burglary in my office.”

She urged the Senate to direct the National Assembly management to replace all the items stolen in her office.

NIGERIA: North set for restructuring, says El-Rufai

Governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai said that the North is ready, willing and able to embrace inclusive restructuring of the nation ’s polity.

Malam El-Rufai stated this in Ibadan while speaking as a Keynote Speaker at the Bisi Akande Colloquium to mark the 80th birthday celebration of Chief Bisi Akande held at the Emeritus Professor Theophilus Oladapo Ogunlesi hall.

El-Rufai explained that most of those speaking against restructuring from the Northern part of the country represent no one as most of them have never held elective office.

He added that many wrongly equate the decimation of federalism, not to the military mindset of unitary command-and-control, but to the so-called “northern oligarchy”.

”I want to state here and now, that not only is the North ready, willing and able to embrace inclusive restructuring of our polity, but to add that those that speak loudly against it represent no one.

“Most of them have never held elective office, and therefore do not appreciate that the North with its natural endowments stands to be the biggest beneficiary of restructuring,” he observed.

He added, “The coincidence of the mindset of most of the military leaders being of Northern origin must not be confused with that of the ordinary Northerner.”

Governor el-Rufai maintained that there was the need for the Federal Government to devolve more powers to the states, and the states to the local governments.

The governor said, “Many of the challenges that confront our country are best resolved at the sub-national level. Without any doubt, the Federal Government needs to devolve more powers to the states, and the states to the local governments.

“Many of the challenges that confront our country are best resolved at the sub-national level. How well our children are educated in the first nine years of schooling is down to the states and local governments.

“Improving health outcomes for our people, easing and widening access to primary health care, providing routine immunisation to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases, guaranteeing ante-natal care and safe delivery for pregnant women are all public services that are within the powers of states and local governments.”

Governor El-Rufai explained that the provision of extension services to farmers, construction of feeder roads and aggregation centres for farm produce, are all state and local level functions, that the Federal Government can never do very well.

EFCC Seeks Recovery of Alleged Looted Fund of $8.4m, N7.4bn Linked To Patience Jonathan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed an application seeking the final forfeiture of $8.4million and N7.4 billion allegedly linked to Mrs. Patience Jonathan, wife of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Naija News learnt that the anti-graft agency filed the application on Wednesday before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

In his submission for the final forfeiture order, counsel to the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that Mrs Jonathan allegedly diverted the funds from a Non-Governmental Organisation linked to her – Women for Change Initiative.

According to him, most of the funds were fraudulently diverted from the NGO to other accounts of the second to sixth respondents – companies also believed to be owned by the former first lady.

Oyedepo also said that as regards the $8.4 million, Mrs Jonathan had not been able to disclose to the court the identities of those who made the donations to the NGO.

He said the EFCC has exhibits placed before the court to show that the former first lady was the sole signatory to the companies’ accounts.

The EFCC among other things alleged that Mrs Jonathan, the companies – Globus Integrated Services Ltd., Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd., Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd. Magel Resort Ltd., and Esther Oba, conspired to commit the offences.

After listening to the arguments of the EFCC and the respondents in the matter, Justice Olatoregun fixed February 11 to deliver judgment in the application.

Federal government urges states to focus more on Education, Healthcare

The federal government has begged every states to focus more attention to the development and building of primary healthcare and educational facilities to promote and improve the standard of living of Nigerians in rural part of the country.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Adejoke Adefulire, gave the advice at a two-day sensitization workshop for 2018 conditional grant scheme for focal persons representing states in Abuja.

She said: “In line with the requirements of the Conditional Grants Scheme Implementation Manual, two sectors – Health and Education – have been identified as the most critical that requires urgent intervention for 2018 CGS to States round. The 2018 CGS round, like that of 2017, will cover only for the States to be implemented for the Local Government because of budgetary constraints.

“States’ applications will do well by keying into the new initiatives of the Federal government, which will enhance the quality of states’ proposals, such as sustainability solution in this respect, all applications should be accompanied with detailed mechanism for sustainability and community participation.”

Sustainable development goals 3 and 4 are specific goals targeted to ensure the development of good healthcare delivery and access to education in developing countries by 2030. Since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, the Nigerian government has taken concerted steps to achieve the set goals. One of such step is giving conditional grant scheme to the states.

The conditional grant scheme will focus on two critical areas of healthcare delivery and proper development of the education sector in rural areas.

Deputy resident representative, UNDP, Joerg Kuehuel said the body is partnering with some states in Nigeria to ensure successful attainment of the goals in the country.

The National Bureau of Statistics wants the current level of poverty in the country reduced for effective implementation of the project.

Nigeria’s conditional grant scheme which started in 2007 was borne out of the need to develop new mechanisms to engage and mobilize resources from all tiers of the government towards achieving SDGs by 2030.

DISEASE!! Researcher creates local solution for Diabete Mellitus

A researcher in the city of Ndufu-Alike in Ebonyi state has recently innovated a local remedy to cure diabetes mellitu.

Prof. Chukwunonso Ejike, a researcher at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi, says he has developed a local remedy for diabetes mellitus.

He made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing Technology and Innovation Expo 2019 holding in Enugu.

Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated level of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

Organized yearly by Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to encourage interaction among researchers, inventors, innovators and investors, the Science and Technology Expo is to largely commercialize research results from the country’s tertiary institutions.

The theme for the 2019 expo is “Science, Technology and Innovation for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth.” Ejike said that the remedy product known as the VOG Tea was one of six products exhibited by the university at the Expo, invented in 2018 after four years of intensive research.

The don, who is the Dean, Basic Medical Sciences in the institution, said that the tea was produced from three culinary vegetables, noting that the process of patenting the product had already begun and would soon be in the market.

He added that “I thank the university authority for supporting every effort so far made to develop and produce the tea.

“I want to appeal to investors to partner with us to get it to the market place at the minimum best price.”

The researcher said that Nigerian scholars had the capacity to compete with their peers in developed economies, adding that to achieve this, however, they needed to be funded.

He added that he was motivated to go into the research due to increasing incidences of diabetes mellitus in the country, especially in urban areas.

He said “our interest in developing this tea was to find out how to help our people manage diabetes mellitus.

“We thought of local remedies that could be cheap and identified these vegetables. We did clinical tests and collected data on the vegetables and confirmed that making tea from the vegetables could be of great benefit to sufferers of diabetes mellitus.

“Constant consumption of the tea will ensure that the glucose concentration will not overshoot the normal level.”

The dean said that the product would also help people at risk of getting diabetes. He said that the usage of the VOG Tea by those at risk would ensure that they never developed it. (NAN)

“Do not abandon duties because of election”, Saraki urges senators

Senate President Bukola Saraki has appealed to members of the upper legislative chamber not to abandon their legislative duties while electioneering.

Saraki made the appeal on Wednesday, January 16, during his welcome address at the resumption of plenary after the Yuletide festivities, Punch reports.

Report gathered indicates that Saraki said: “Spirits are high, because this year, Nigeria has a date with destiny.

“But we also know that despite all this, leadership work must go on; governance must not suffer. We must trudge on and fulfill our mandates as legislators subject to the Nigerian Constitution and the will of the people.

“We must have our eyes firmly fixed on the unfinished business of the 8th Senate – that is to bring the legislative agenda to a fitting close and cap our endeavours of these four years with success.

“We cannot relent or lose steam in this last lap; we must remain focused and finish strong.”

He added: “Nigerians expect us to continue in this vein, and we owe it to ourselves to meet their expectations.

“The legacy of the 8th Senate will be written in the legislative footprints and the foundation we lay.”

Saraki further urged his colleagues to address issues affecting Nigerians; some of which he listed as unemployment, a lack of economic opportunities and insecurity.

2019 Election: Buhari not worried about losing to Atiku

With the 2019 election about a month away, candidate are stepping up plans on how to outsmart their opponents and win the mandate of the people but for current President, Muhammadu Buhari, he reveals that he is not worried about losing to Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar or any other party.

The President made the remark while answering questions on whether he will accept the results of the forthcoming election if he loses on Wednesday. He spoke during a live programme tagged ‘The Cadidates’ debate for the 2019 general elections in Abuja.
But he noted that it was impossible for him to lose.

He stressed that he tried it three times earlier to be President but was unsuccessful until the introduction of electronic system and the Card Reader by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to him, it sounded impossible for him to lose the election because of the great reception he has continued to receive across the country during his reelection campaigns.

On whether he will quit office if he is defeated in the election, Buhari said, “it won’t be the first time I will lose election,”.

“I tried 2003 and I was in court for 13 months, 2007. I was in court for 18 months in 2011 and went up to the Supreme Court. I sat down and said God Dey. For the fourth time, God and technology helped me.”

According to him his administration is following a tedious way in fighting corruption, as it is carefully crosschecking the books and records.

He pointed out that there are instances where contracts were awarded to companies and individuals without the work done.
Speaking on whether he was getting frustrated by the slow pace of the fight against corruption, Buhari said “I can’t afford to get frustrated.”.

He also spoke on why he has decided not to react on the bribery allegations against the governor of Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje.

“I am completely overwhelmed by the Ganduje case. I decided not to talk about it because the State Assembly has taken it up,” he said.

MUST READ!! Check Out 2018 hot youngest billionaires in Nigeria

Our country is not just one of the most populous in the world. It also boasts many successful businessmen and businesswomen, music superstars, bloggers and other celebrities who are real Nigerian billionaires.

When you hear the word combination “Nigerian billionaire” you probably at once think about Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga. But can you guess the name of the youngest billionaire in Nigeria in 2018? Read our post to find out what young Nigerians have billions of Naira on their accounts and the name of the youngest dollar billionaire in the country.

We all know that a billionaire is a man or woman who boasts an amazing net worth of at least 1 thousand million units of local currency or U.S. dollars. Who is the youngest billionaire in Nigeria? In our post, we will shortly talk about several richest Nigerians as well as we will focus on the youngest billionaire whose name is Igho Charles Sanomi II.

Igho Sanomi is a famous ‘oilman’ but oil is not his only business interest. This man is 43 years old, and he owns impressive wealth that has become possible thanks to his achievements in geology, telecommunication sphere, real estate, maritime industry, and even aviation.

Still, his most famous project is Taleveras Group that was established back in 2004. According to Forbes, this company’s revenue in 2017 was approximately 2 billion U.S. dollars. It works in the global energy market and deals with power, gas, crude oil, and petroleum products. It trades more than 100 million barrels of crude oil. Isn’t it impressive?

By the way, the youngest billionaire Igho Charles Sanomi II is known to have established himself, which is great for the 21st century. According to moss9ja.com and networthcars.com, Sanomi’s net worth is approximately 1.3 billion U.S. dollars. When we talk about who is youngest billionaire in Nigeria, we cannot forget about Sanomi’s family.

He was born in Delta State to Dickens Ogheneruemu Patrick Sanomi (the boy’s father used to work as AIG in the police force) and Mabel Iyabo Sanomi (the child’s mother used to be a nurse).
Igho Sanomi studied mining and geology at the University of Jos and began working in the oil-trading business in Nigeria at the end of the 20th century.

The success follows him in the 21st century. The youngest billionaire in Nigeria is interested not only in his business. He is also one of the founders of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation that sponsors schools, activities for Nigerian children, competitions, and other events.

Richest Nigerians the latest Forbes ranking of the top world’s billionaires created in 2018 collects more than 2,200 U.S. dollar billionaires on our planet. The collective wealth of all these people accounts more than 9 trillion U.S. dollars.

While a lot of successful people from our country have not been added to this selection, we are still proud of many young richest Nigerians whose net worth is impressive and whose age is relatively young. Of course, we cannot forget about Aliko Dangote whose wealth exceeds 14 billion U.S. dollars. But he is 61 years old, and we know some people who are much younger but are still one of the richest in Nigeria.

There are several young Naira Nigerian billionaires in our country. These people are ranked by their age:
1. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (27 years old)
2. Tonye Rex Idaminabo (33 years old)
3. Sijibomi Ogundele (35 years old)
4. Ladi Delano (36 years old)
5. Jason Njoku (38 years old)
6. Linda Ikeji (38 years old)
7.Mark Essien (38 years old)

Our country is surely proud of each one of them. You have learned who youngest billionaire in Nigeria is in 2018 and find out the names of famous Nigerians who are Naira billionaires and are on their way of becoming dollar billionaires one day.