Friday, 1 June 2018

COWBELLPEDIA FIRST STAGE RESULT 2018




Thank you for participating in the 2018 Cowbellpedia National Qualifying Examination.
A tentative result will be released on Friday June 1st 2018

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  • Candidates are advised to check their results online at www.cowbellpedia.ng as from Friday, June 1st, 2018.
  • Results can also be obtained from respective NECO State offices, State Ministries of Education and Promasidor Nigeria Ltd Offices nationwide.
  • Only qualified candidates will be contacted for the second stage of the Quiz competition.
  • The Second Stage of the examination would be in an exciting TV Quiz format – Quarter-finals, Semi- finals and finals.
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Recap of Stage 2
  • Stage Two is in TV Quiz format and is  into stages:  Preliminary, Semi-Final and Finals.
  • All questions are developed  by NECO
  • This is serialized into 13 episodes and broadcast on major TV stations pan Nigeria.
  • There are prizes for winners and other finalists with their teachers and schools
Major rewards are:
  • Students
    • 1st Prize: =N=2,000,000 for each of the category
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Monday, 28 May 2018

FRSC Begins Process of Recruitment MAY 28, 2018

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has commenced the process of recruitment as approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria by opening its Portal to receive applications from suitably qualified candidates for employment  into the various cadres of the Corps , namely, the Officer cadre, Marshal Inspectorate (MI) cadre, and the Road Marshal Assistant (RMA) cadre in a nationwide recruitment exercise.
According to Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, for the Officer cadre, candidates are expected to possess a first degree from recognized institutions, NYSC Discharge Certificates, and must not be more than 30 years of age.
For the Marshal Inspectorate cadre, he explained that there are three subcategories namely, Marshal Inspector I (MI-I), Marshal Inspector II (MI-II), and Marshal Inspector III (MI-III). According  to him, the requirements for MI-I are Higher National Diploma from recognized Institutions, NYSC discharge certificates, Registered Nurse and Midwife,  and must equally not be more than 30 years of age.
The requirements for MI-II are Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife. Applicants to this cadre must not be more than 28 years of age. For MI-III, Applicants must possess National Diploma (ND), Community Health Extension Workers Certificate (CHEW), and must equally not be more than 28 years of age.
Application into the category of RMAII requires a minimum of 5 credits in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB and must include Mathematics and English Language. For RMAIII, the requirement is a minimum of 3 credits in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB. Applicants into the two categories of RMAs must not be more than 27 years of age.
He stressed that Artisans and Tradesmen equally fall into the same categories of RMAs, however, they must possess a minimum of 4 passes in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB, have Trade test or other professional Certificates, valid class of Drivers licence (for drivers and bikers), and must not be more than 28 years of age.
  1. Kazeem stated that applications to any of the above listed cadres will be done through FRSC website (https://recruitment.frsc.gov.ng), and shortlisted candidates are expected to come along with a print out of their forms as well as the acknowledgement slip for screening.
While he stressed that the exercise attracts no fee, he maintained that applications must be submitted within 6 weeks of the publication of the advert. He added that all enquiries should be directed to 122 (toll free line), 08077690361, 08077690362, or send an email to recruitment2018@frsc.gov.ng.
He stated that other details of requirements for the recruitment exercise are contained in the advertisements in some  National dailies signed by the Deputy Corps Marshal (Admin and Human Resourmust

Saturday, 19 August 2017

BUHARI IS BACK



President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Nigeria Saturday, after nearly four months in the UK where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Mr. Buhari landed at the Abuja international airport at about 4:36 p.m. Nigerian time. Dozens of state officials were at the airport to receive the president

He was received by some governor at the airport Among those at the airport to welcome the president include: members of the National Assembly, service chiefs, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, as well as other presidential aides.

Others at the airports are the National Security Adviser to the President (NSA), Babagana Monguno; the Director-General, State Security Service, SSS, Lawal Daura, and other dignitaries.

The president took a national salute from the Presidential Guards Brigade while cultural groups sang and danced to welcome him back home.

 He later rode in a motorcade to the presidential villa.

He is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast on Monday at 7 a.m.

PRESIDENT BUHARI RETURNS TO NIGERIA


President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today after receiving medical attention in London, the presidency has said.

The president is set to return after over 100 days in London for medical treatment.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London.
“The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.

“President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017.


“He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.”

Friday, 18 August 2017

ZIMBABWE'S FIRST LADY ACCUSED OF ASSAULT


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Twenty-year-old  Gabriella Engels claims that the 52-year-old Grace Mugabe attacked her with an extension cord in a luxury hotel in a Johannesburg suburb on Sunday evening.
She claims the first lady was in a hotel room with mutual friends of Mugabe's two sons, who live in Johannesburg, when the first lady burst into the room and assaulted her.
Pictures posted on social media after the alleged assault appeared to show a cut to Engels’ forehead. She claimed to have more injuries on the back of her head.


“We were chilling in a hotel room, and [the sons] were in the room next door. She came in and started hitting us. She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug, over and over,” Engels told local media.
The South African model said she had no clue who her attacker was until the alleged assault was over. She had “no idea what was going on … I was surprised. I had to crawl out of the room before I could run away,” she said.
Accusing the first lady’s bodyguards of standing by and watching during the alleged assault, Engels said: “The front of my forehead is busted open. I’m a model and I make my money based on my looks.”
Engels has been offered legal help by Gerrie Nel, a lawyer who prosecuted Oscar Pistorius for murder.
Nel told reporters there was a “possibility of political interference” in the case. He said diplomatic immunity could not be used to “escape prosecution from grave crimes”.


Mugabe has not commented on the allegations.
"I want to go to court because I really feel like she should go to jail for what she did to me," Engels said



The case has quickly assumed a political flavor, with South Africa's main opposition group warning President Jacob Zuma and his administration not to let Mugabe leave.
And lawyers working with the model say they will consider making an urgent application to South Africa's courts in the next few days, insisting that diplomatic immunity can't be used to "escape prosecution from grave crimes."

Zimbabwe’s first lady failed to appear in court to face accusation she assaulted 20-year-old woman at hotel in Johannesburg
Police in South Africa have issued a red alert to stop Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, from leaving the country after she was accused of assaulting a model at a hotel in Johannesburg.
The African News Agency (ANA) reported that South Africa’s police minister, Fikile Mbalula, had ordered border staff to prevent Mugabe from leaving until the matter was resolved.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

UKANAFUN CHAIRMANSHIP ELECTION


As the ukanafun chairmanship election approach later this year, one of the Aspirant of the People Democratic Party(PDP) ENGR. NSIKAK E. EKEKERE alias Asha Man declared his intention to the Cross River University of Technology Alumni Akwa Ibom State chapters were he is currently serving as the PRO of the association.


The chairman, Engr. Ndifreke Ben on-behalf of the association promised to support the PRO and adviced him not to play politics as others do by neglcting the people that will vote for him during the election.




NIGERIA POLICE AND JUDGES ARE THE HIGHEST BRIBE - TAKERS, SAY NBS


Roughly 400 billion Naira spent on bribes each year
Taking into account the fact that nine out of every ten bribes paid to public officials in Nigeria are paid in cash and it is estimated that the total amount of bribes paid to public officials in Nigeria in the 12 months prior to the survey was around 400 billion Nigerian Naira (NGN), the equivalent of $4.6 billion in purchasing power parity (PPP). This sum is equivalent to 39 percent of the combined federal and state education budgets in 2016.

Bribe-payers in Nigeria spend one-eighth of their salary on bribes

The average sum paid as a cash bribe in Nigeria is approximately NGN 5,300, which is equivalent to
roughly $61 - PPP. This means that every time a Nigerian pays a cash bribe, he or she spends an average of about 28.2 per cent of the average monthly salary of approximately NGN 18,900. Since bribe-payers in Nigeria pay an average of 5.8 bribes over the course of one year, 92 per cent of which are paid in cash, they spend an average of NGN 28,200 annually on cash bribes ― equivalent to 12.5 per cent of the annual average salary.

Nigerians consider bribery the third most important problem facing their country
The above findings could explain why, after the high cost of living and unemployment, Nigerians
consider corruption to be the third most important problem facing their country, well ahead of the
state of the country’s infrastructure and health service. Public sector bribery is not the only form of
corruption affecting Nigeria: the prevalence of bribery in relation to selected employees of private
companies is 5.5 per cent, meaning that bribery is also significant in the private sector in Nigeria.
However, the payment of bribes to public officials is the most familiar and widespread form of
corruption directly experienced by the population and the one that most affects the lives of ordinary
citizens.

Law enforcement and the judiciary are areas of particular concern
Police officers are the type of public official to whom bribes are most commonly paid in Nigeria. Of all adult Nigerians who had direct contact with a police officer in the 12 months prior to the survey,
almost half (46.4 per cent) paid that officer at least one bribe, and in many cases more than one since
police officers are also among the three types of public official to whom bribes are paid most
frequently (5.3 bribes per bribe-payer over the course of 12 months) in Nigeria. At the same time, the
average bribe paid to police officers is somewhat below the average bribe size.
Although fewer people come into contact with judiciary officials than with police officers over the
course of the year, when they do, the risk of bribery is considerable: at 33 per cent, the prevalence of
bribery in relation to prosecutors is the second highest, closely followed by judges and magistrates, at 31.5 per cent. The experience of corruption is encounters with public officials whose duty it is to
uphold the rule of law can lead to the erosion of trust in public authority.

SOURCE: NBS

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

DONAILD DUKE FOR PRESIDENT 2019




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Donald Duke, the former governor of Cross River state and one time presidential aspirant of the People Democratic Party (PDP)declared his intention to run for Nigeria's president in 2019 He spoke to newsmen that he will contset as a president of Nigeria at the appropriate time. He also said that, it was the presidential race that made him not to contest for the federal legislative seat after his tenure as a governor of Cross River state. He said, “I do not have the flair for the legislature; standing up and sitting down at the chambers to raise a point. That was why I did not contest for the Senate but the presidency, after serving out my term as governor.”

“I have contested the presidency before; I will still give it a shot when the opportunity presents itself. I believe I still have the energy in me,” he said. A former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, on Tuesday declared that he wants to be Nigeria’s President. The ex-governor spoke at a programme, “The Nigerian Symposium for Emerging Leaders,” held in Lagos. Duke said though he once aspired to the position but did not emerge the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, he would still contest for the highest office in the country at the appropriate time.

He further explained that it was because of his preference for the presidential seat that he did not vie for any federal legislative seat after serving out his terms as governor. He said, “I do not have the flair for the legislature; standing up and sitting down at the chambers to raise a point. That was why I did not contest for the Senate but the presidency, after serving out my term as governor.” “I have contested the presidency before; I will still give it a shot when the opportunity presents itself. I believe I still have the energy in me,” he said. He, however, canvassed the reform of the country`s political system to accommodate wider participation and good governance. He suggested the review of the electoral law to allow for independent candidacy. Duke said the country`s democracy would fare better if young people, who form the larger proportion of the population,took more active part in its political process.

Monday, 14 August 2017

ASUU BEGINS INDEFINITE STRIKE

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite nationwide industrial action.

The National President of the union, Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this on Monday at a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU in Abuja.
He said during the strike, there shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of the union’s branches across the country.
He declared a ‘total, comprehensive and indefinite’ nationwide strike after a nationwide consultation with members at an emergency NEC meeting held on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
He explained in a statement issued after Saturday’s meeting that their decision followed the failure of the government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The ASUU president added that related demands made by the union were yet to be addressed, which was why they resolved to embark on an indefinite strike from Sunday, August 13, 2017.
Some of the key outstanding issues discussed at the meeting were the payment of fractions/ non-payment of salaries; non-payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA); non-release of operational license of NUPEMCO and the non-implementation of the provisions of the 2014 Pension Reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries.
Others include the removal of Universal Staff Schools from funding by government; funds for the revitalisation of Public Universities (Implementation of Needs Assessment Report), as well as the poor funding of existing State Universities and proliferation of universities by their visitors among other issues.

The union had embarked on a six-month strike between July and December 2013, but the strike was suspended when the government signed a MoU with the lecturers following a meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan.
ASUU, however, claimed that of all the items contained in the MoU, only the N200b out of a total of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalisation (Needs Assesment) fund was released.
The union had also embarked on a warning strike in November 2016 to press for the implementation of the 2013 MoU.
However, the government did not implement the understanding reached with the union based on an intervention by the Senate.
ASUU said it had also met with the 2009 Agreement implementation Monitoring Committee (IMC) and had written several letters and press releases on the outstanding issues to no avail.

COMMENTS ABOUT REV. FR. PATRICK EDET RESIGNATION IN AKWA IBOM STATE

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These are the comments on the resignation of Rev. Fr. Henry Patrick Edet from the catholic Dioceses of Uyo.
  1. "I knew this day shall come......" By Unyime Ossom
  2. "Christianity is one b it Catholic or pentecostal, u knw wat is gud 4 u. Lastly u ve freedom of worship, we wl miss u though, bt God knws d best". By Nikky Obiekwe
  3. "I am happy for this decision you have taken. More grace sir". By Anny Peters
  4. "Free to marry and have a fair share of the beauty in the world. Free to do whatever he wants without anyone detecting what path he should follow. Free to take care of his family. Freedom means different things to different people, we should respect that". By Udeme Umoeka Jr.
  5. "A Reflection on Rev. Fr. Patrick Henry Edet's resignation, Rev. Fr. Akan Amos wrote:👇👇👇👇👇👇 The problem of change vis-a-vis the problem with change. ANYTHING TO DO WITH CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD? Every change occurs with a surprise and every surprise about any change goes with news. Sometimes bad, other times Good! Sometimes private, other times public!! Regarding Nativity, growing out of childhood to adulthood is often with surprises. Puberty is often responsible. Most times we handle the change privately. Boys and girls alike. Regarding education/knowledge, we discover lots of surprises as we graduate from primary to high school and to tertiary institutions. We feel much better and quietly tend to see the past levels of studies as inferior. In religion, we oftentimes infer that those who left a particular religion tend to accuse their former religion as lacking the divine attraction compared to their current religion. In Christian denominations, a similar accusation seem to arise again. For instance, a sister or brother who left 'mountain of fire' for the 'Redeemed Christian Church' or another church will immediately see the former as lacking divine substance and connection.

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    In the Catholic church, those who leave for other denominations will always accuse the former as being in darkness and the current church as being their light. And they often end with this aged long statement, 'I have seen light now. I no longer live in darkness. I am now living in freedom'. There are many questions to ask here. The first is, is the problem first and foremost with the church or with individuals? Secondly, what is the nature of freedom that he or she who left the Catholic church suddenly enjoys? If it has to do with freedom, is it freedom to obey or freedom to disobey the authorities of the Church? Thirdly, what is that happiness that is found among non Catholics if a Catholic priest suddenly changes his denomination. Am I to presume that what runs in their head is something like, 'We just won. Even one of their 'rabbai' just left to be like us? We should be careful with how we rejoice over any news like this because only the person directly involved in the change knows why he has made the change. We should recall how brave Peter was during Christ passion such that in trying to fight for Jesus by using his sword to cut Marcus ears, Jesus rebuked him to shield his sword. Sometimes we are caught in the web of pride and thinking that we have all it takes to fight for Christ, end up actually fighting for our personal interest.

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    The background of this piece is to refresh our Thoughts following the recent saga in a diocese in Nigeria. First, a priest is simply a messenger of God called to minister for the people of God. He does not own any parish as his personal property. So, if along the line he decides to leave the Church for whatever reason, that's personal to him and with his God. The church continues. Secondly, the priest is not God and must not be worshipped with so much sentiments. He is another Christ (alter christus) in the context of his ritual and becomes in persona christi only when he celebrates the sacraments. If the sarcedotal office automatically accords him reverence and respect, it should not be abused and misplaced with pride to stylishly mislead the people of God with our spiritual gifts for personal entertainment. The story of Lucifer should be fresh in our minds. Thirdly, a priest is human called and chosen among men. As human as a priest may be, he is a bundle of possibilities. If his possibilities are not guided, it could bring about negative effects. We should not forget that even among the 12 Apostles, one left the forum out of his personal desire. Conclusion Heraclitus had posited that the only thing that doesn't change is change. So change is constant in our changing society. But in my deeper reflection, change could change because it is under the authority of the creator. Therefore, the only thing that doesn't change is God. He changes change and still remain unchanged. Any human person can change to something good or bad. Any administration can change. Life itself exchanges change from living to dying. But Catholic priesthood has her bond directly from God. From her origin with the hierarchical succession, Jesus exclaimed, 'You're Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not overpower it'. The priesthood is a 'forever thing'!



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     If a priest leaves the Catholic church because he feels he has another or a 'higher' calling, what actually will he be doing that he was not doing before? Oh except being accountable which is rooted in absolute obedience to the Church? Establishing a new lifestyle that is unchecked? Could this be the freedom our fallen brethren mean each time they leave us? Also, if God's grace and mercy is boundless, what makes a priest who leaves or rather who claims to have ceased being a priest think he can develop another ministry that will be 'more full of grace and breakthrough?' Does God operate based on denominations? Why jumping from something to nothing? Could it be identity crisis or the quest to attract attention to oneself instead of the universal church? I don't intend to judge here. Am only thinking aloud To be free- Free to do what? At this point Jean Rousseau comes to mind. He says, "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are." I think there's no absolute freedom for anyone. If there's any, then it should be freedom to do the right thing, at the right place and in the right believe. And I end with this....."I believe in the Holy spirit, the Holy Catholic church, the communion of saints.....I believe in One, Catholic and Apostolic church" I believe in the priesthood of Christ! Please, pray for your priests!!!". 6. "I am very certain that even this one will pass away very soon. Am very sure that it will soon be an old news. Am very sure that nothing will stop the Church from matching forward. I am also very certain that everyone will one day give account of his or her actions in life....I love my faith because the gate of hell cannot and will never over come it". By Joseph Ita Sam 7. "Well done Rev for the enlightenment" by Olladele Felix Oluwaseun 8. "I never read that he intended creating any denomination. All we own him now is our prayer. He has indelible character. Come back father, the church still loves you". By Ojo Kayode
      fr5 9. "The guys that invented the microphone,airplane, electric bulb and the rest...Most of them never went to church...Who are we to judge. Even the church makes mistakes. Last time i checked they( the pope and His colleagues burnt Joan of Arc to stake for daring to be an opposition to the authorities of the day....Therefore who knows Father Patrick Henry Edet may be a saint After all.. Just thinking aloud". By Nameti Akpan 10. "It's no news. He is not the first to leave neither will he be the last, it's all about "freedom of worship and association" and nothing more". By Lizzy Kris 11. "JUMPING FROM SOMETHING TO NOTHING.
    A REFLECTION ON THE RESIGNATION OF REVD FR PATRICK HENRY EDET OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF UYO. “From Today Henceforth, I cease to be a Catholic Priest, in my spirit and in my soul… I forgive those who will criticize me, I live for God…I seek freedom for my soul. As I leave, I leave smiling, I AM SO HAPPY THAT I AM FREE... You can now call me Rev Patrick Edet but on a lighter note you can still call me Fr"... Revd Fr Patrick Edet. Oh Revd Fr Patrick Henry Edet! My brother, my cousin, my friend and Priest. A man of grace who rose from the pit to the palace. You taught me how to HOLD ON WHEN IT WAS EASIER FOR ME TO GIVE UP. It's really very painful to see you dessert the flocks God has put in your care. An Igbo proverb says that the thought one conceives before committing suicide is not only a day's thought. Before you were ordained a priest, you made a vow which you have decided to abandon for reasons best known to you and to some extent the issues you had with the church authority as well as your incessant attack on the universal Church that made you as a teacher of the word. It's just like a man abandoning his wife and children when he faces an uncertain challenges. Fr Patrick, As a priest, your job is to serve God and lead souls to Christ. Catholic Church as a religious organization has rules and regulations. It's not run by only one person's emotions, rules and ideas. If a priest finds out that his own divine inspirations no longer conforms with that of the Catholic Church and he wants to go to a place where he can operate without control, it's entirely his business, but the church must continue to pray for him to return to his call in the body of Christ. Many priests before you who were once very popular and admired by the faithfuls left when the ovation was loudest only to discover that the grace of admiration and fellowship which spurred them into greater spiritual heights have departed. I do not wish this for you my dear brother. They wallow in self pity, confusion and live in the shadow of the past. God is served in truth and in spirit not by necessarily living your church. This I know of and would always stand on. It's like a captain abandoning his ship. For him to leave the church,to me It's not the best, but let the will of God prevail and the light of God guide him in all his ways. The 'fame' you have and enjoy today was given to you by the church for she gave you the platform and you leaving the Church would not diminish the glory and Graces bestowed on the holy universal Church. I read from an extract of your interview that you have been in bondage before now and that you are now free. This reminds me of my elementary days as a student of Philosophy of a popular maxim that "man was born free but everywhere in chain..." J.J Rousseau. I appreciate the bondages that formed you and made you what you are today after so many years as a Catholic priest. Life itself is full of challenges. If you can not stand the challenges, intricacies, pains, trials, politics and troubles of the Catholic Priesthood after so many years, then where lies your faith in times of trials and tribulations. What about the words of admonitions, homilies you have always preached and dished out? They were practically evident in our day to day activities as we have always applied them. How come they are not practically evident in your life? When it was easier for you to give up, you held on. Why now that we see you as a voice to reckon with? I recall your formative years in the seminary and our discussion back then in Lagos when you are on holiday with your Elder brother, mentor and friend. You said the only thing that matters to you then and always is to be a happy Catholic priests and win souls for Christ and obey your Bishop, then Bishop Ekuwem and now Archbishop. You have always emphasized that the golden rule of the Catholic Priesthood is obedience to your Bishop and the church. As a seminarian, you decried and frowned at how priests disobeyed their BISHOP- with particular reference to Uyo Catholic Diocese our Diocese. I recall how you longed to break the yoke of becoming an ordained Catholic Priest from Uko-Akpan, Enwang that longed embraced Catholicism close to a century now as those who went before you could not complete the journey to the sacred priesthood. I recall also how you would not want to celebrate your first mass in far away Mbukpo Eyokan the parish as we were an outstation to them because of the distance and the rough terrain then. Why, because you would not want to stress the poor men and women in the church who are petty traders and into substinence fishing. Such was the love you had for the church and your community. As God would have it, St Peter Uko-Akpan was proclaimed a quasi parish by the Bishop before your ordination and we all gathered to celebrate this at the parish in the village after your ordination at St Peter Catholic Chaplaincy, Uniuyo. What a joyous day. I remember your first year anniversary which was held in our home parish and hosted by your classmate, friend and brother, Late Fr Donatus who was the parish priest and prior to that, you released an album to thank God for a it possible for you to be a priest and all he has been able to do through you as a priest in his altar. The then Bishop saw the gifts in you and made you the Diocesan Chaplain of Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Uyo Diocese. What you enjoyed today in terms of God's grace as the spiritual director of Grace Adoration Family of Catholic Diocese of Uyo was the manifestation of what God did through you by that singular privilege given to you to pastor the people of God in the Charismatic way, giving them pastoral guidance. You were not in bondage then as you claim now because you were in the pit then and now that you have found yourself in the palace, you swiftly realised you have been in the bondage before now. The bondage also gave you the fame and privileges you enjoy now. I do not need to be told because you are surrounded with them. Getting to have you pick your calls now or see you was a Herculean task as it was easier for the Camel to pass the needle than to have an audience with you asily like we used to when you could not comprehend what bondage was all about. I know you were faced with so many challenges from your brother priests. No thanks to your lazy brother priests who were envious of your gifts. I was thought and know that by the virtues of the calling of a Priest, they all have callings and it can only be activated by them. You activated yours... They became envious... Your troubles started with so many of them as the architect... Your persecution started with them and you could not manage it as a preacher of the word and a man of faith. So many Church father's faced persecution... Stephen was persecuted, St Paul was persecuted and so many others. They held on. Men of faith with badges of honour. So many Catholic priests have been up persecuted long before your time and so many would be persecuted after you. The unborn child who is coming to be a priest someday would be persecuted. Late Fr Stephen NJOKU was persecuted. I need not to tell you of that of Revd Fr Ejike Mbaka. Fr Anthony Mario Ozele is a study in this regard. He is and remains an actor in this season movie of 'persecution' of priests in Nigeria. Actor no dey die for film because if actor die for film... E mean say the film no go sweet again or the film soon end. Fr Patrick as actor playing a lead role in this movie should not end this movie or make it uninteresting by quitting. So many priests have threaded this path he is about to take because of their selfish interest and personal aggrandisement buy lost woefully. So manu of then even struggle for attention even in the social media. Their lives have never been the same except for those who could not continue for reason being that they cannot continue and cope with the celibate life. Statistics have showed that only an infinitesimal proportion make a life after priesthood. I pray he lands safely.

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    Nothing would shake or change the holy mother Church. Priests come and go. I feel for our loving Bishop John Ayah who is heartbroken now having given you all the support and love a father could give even at a cost. Fr Patrick did not manage this love and care showered on him by his father and bishop. I learnt from a reliable source that he tendered his resignation letter on the 31st of July and the bishop is yet to approve of it but requested his fellow priests remember him in his decision. He is a man of himself and he can so wish decide between what is good and bad... The people he is leaving behind and their fate. I want to conclude this reflection I hurriedly drafted by aligning my thoughts with Rev. Fr. Akan Amos on this subject matter where he posited that, Heraclitus had posited that the only thing that doesn't change is change. So change is constant in our changing society. But in my deeper reflection, change could change because it is under the authority of the creator. Therefore, the only thing that doesn't change is God. He changes change and still remain unchanged. Any human person can change to something good or bad. Any administration can change. Life itself exchanges change from living to dying. But Catholic priesthood has her bond directly from God. From her origin with the hierarchical succession, Jesus exclaimed, 'You're Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not overpower it'. The priesthood is a 'forever thing'! If a priest leaves the Catholic church because he feels he has another or a 'higher' calling, what actually will he be doing that he was not doing before? Oh except being accountable which is rooted in absolute obedience to the Church? Establishing a new lifestyle that is unchecked? Could this be the freedom our fallen brethren mean each time they leave us? Also, if God's grace and mercy is boundless, what makes a priest who leaves or rather who claims to have ceased being a priest think he can develop another ministry that will be 'more full of grace and breakthrough?' Does God operate based on denominations? Why jumping from something to nothing? Could it be identity crisis or the quest to attract attention to oneself instead of the universal church? I don't intend to judge here. Am only thinking aloud To be free- Free to do what? At this point Jean Rousseau comes to mind. He says, "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are." I think there's no absolute freedom for anyone. If there's any, then it should be freedom to do the right thing, at the right place and in the right believe. And I end with this....."I believe in the Holy spirit, the Holy Catholic church, the communion of saints.....I believe in One, Catholic and Apostolic church" I believe in the priesthood of Christ! Please, pray for your priests!!! I pray for the repose of the soul of MSGR Patrick Somide, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, a priest, soldier and disciplinarian who was buried today after 97 years on earth and 63years as a Catholic priest. I pray for renewal in spirit and calling for all the priests who are observing their annual retreat at this period, especially the Priests of Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta. I know REVD FR Patrick Henry Edet would come across this post someday. I hope you would not use it against me. I am still your brother and you have moulded us to be like this. Bold to confront as long we are doing the right thing. I pray for you. I pray your family. I pray for St Peter Uko-Akpan. I pray for Uko Akpan. I pray for Enwang. I pray for Mbo. I pray for the Catholic Diocese of Uyo. I pray for the Catholic Church in Nigeria. May we all be comforted. Ukut Chris Uko-Akpan, Enwang Mbo LGA. Akwa Ibom State". By Chris Ukut

AKSG EMPLOY 1569 SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER

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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that his administration is working towards full commencement of Engineering courses at the state owned tertiary institutions, especially the State Polytechnic and University. He said with this in view, he will leave no stone unturned in training and equipping the young people in science oriented courses in secondary schools in the state.
The Governor who spoke with Government House correspondents at the Airport, shortly on arrival from an official trip to Abuja said his administration decided to commence with the recruitment of 1,569 teachers to teach all science subjects and English language in Secondary Schools in the State.
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 He reiterated his belief in building capacity and strengthening manpower ahead of the impending economic recovery in the country. “…certainly as we prepare towards economic recovery, we need to also build capacity in other to move on, if I don’t do that, it means that I don’t have faith in the economy.” He further assured Akwa Ibom people that those sponsored to distract him are wasting their time as he was highly focused. “I am one of those that have full confidence in the economy, that as we move towards the last quarter of the year, the economy should be back on the part of recovery,” the Governor added.

 Ndifreke P. Akpan (Govt. House Press Corps)

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL VISITED PMB

The governor of Akwa Ibom State Deacon Udom Emmanuel and his Ebonyi State counterpart, David Umahi together with six other governors selected to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in London yesterday where he is currently receiving treatment for

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an ailment that is not yet disclosed to the public.
The picture show President Muhammadu Buhari with Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi state, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State. The delegation of the Nigeria's Governor's Forum was led by its Chairman Governor Abdulaziz Yari to the Abuja House London on 26th July 2017.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a group photo during the visit of the delegation of Nigeria's Governor's Forum led by its Chairman Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Abuja House London on 26th July 2017.


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President Muhammadu Buhari with Wife of President Mrs Aisha Buhari and Wife of Benue State Governor Mrs Eunice Ortom

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as he receives delegation of Nigeria's Governor's Forum led by its Chairman Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Abuja House London on 26th July 2017
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

WAEC RELEASES 2017 EXAMINATION RESULT

                   

                    WAEC 2017 RESULT

The result of the West African Examination Council (WAEC)  has been released on Monday, July 17. The information was released via the official twitter page of the exam body

 

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According to the report, 1,567,016 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 1,559,162 candidates sat the examination.

Of those that wrote the examination, 923,486 candidates, representing. 59.22%, obtained minimum of credits in 5 subjects & above, including English Language and Mathematics.

This performance is better than for 2015 and 2016 where it was 38.68% and 52.97%, respectively.

Mr. Olu Adenipekun who is the head of the WAEC national office said some results were being withheld due to error but promised that the problems will be rectified.

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He said: “Out of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, 1,471,151 candidates, representing 94.36 per cent, have their results fully processed and released, while 95,734 candidates, representing 5.64 per cent, have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination.
“Such errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released.”

CHECK RESULT HERE 
keep checking because the website is currently under maintenance 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

THE LUNCH OF LCF COIN MAY AFFECT BITCOIN

THE LUNCH OF LCF COIN MAY AFFECT BITCOIN



statement by the PBOC about issuing its own digital currency is making its way around the globe and has people wondering about the consequences.. Here are some of the major points:


PBOC is Partnering with Major Institutions

In the story, it’s stated that this is a partnership with Citibank and Deloitte & Touche to determine the best way to build and issue the digital currency. This is a huge move by all parties as they could create  a large global economic force. It started back in 2014 with research into how to build and issue  the currency and they explored “related business operations, key digital currency technologies, environments for the issuance and circulation of digital currencies.”  Now it appears the work is done and  they are ready to move into the design phase.

Why is China doing this? 



From the statement, it is clear the PBOC understands the digital global landscape and how the emergence of new technologies will shape the future. This move seems to be an attempt to become the reserve currency of the new digital world.
The PBOC states:');
…Under China’s new economic normal, the exploration of the issuance of digital currency by the central bank has positive practical significance and far-reaching historical significance. The issuance of digital currency can reduce the significant costs of issuing and circulating traditional currencies, improve the convenience and transparency of economic transactions, reduce money laundering, tax evasion and other criminal acts, enhance the central bank’s control of over the money supply and currency circulation, better support economic and social development and aid in extending financial services to under-served populations.
Going forward, the establishment of a system for issuing and circulating a digital currency will help China build an entirely new financial infrastructure, further improve China’s payment systems, improve payment and settlement efficiency and promote increased overall economic quality and efficiency.
There you have it. This is the exact opposite of what digital currency was supposed to be. When Satoshi released Bitcoin, I wonder now if he knew this would be the outcome. This looks like a push towards a cashless one-world currency reminiscent of the book of revelations. All that is missing is QR codes tattooed on the backs of our hands.

What does this mean for Bitcoin? 



This announcement will likely shake the foundations of the bitcoin community and will likely spark a huge concern over the future of the largest network on earth. While technical details are lacking, the implications could be dire.  Here are a few of my major concerns.
  1. China Controls a Large portion of the network');
This point is very critical. If the Chinese adopt the SHA-256 algorithm the consequences to bitcoin would be drastic. It is estimated that the top 4 Chinese Bitcoin pools control 30% of the bitcoin network. Other estimates assume between 40-60% of the network is Chinese miners. If those miners quit mining bitcoin the network could stall and blocks may never move.
  1. Chinese Exchanges
BTCC (bitcoin china) literally controls the bitcoin market. In this image captured from the website on 1/20/2016 at 19:40 UTC, you can clearly see that nearly ¾ of the Bitcoin volume occurs on this exchange. If these trades were to stop the market would implode.

  1. All ASIC Chips Are Manufactured in China
The Chinese control the output of hardware. If they suddenly stopped producing miners it would take a long time to grow the network back to over 1 Exahash. Without the growth of hashing power, the network becomes more vulnerable to consolidated operations of large hashing power.
Whatever the outcome of the design phase, the implications to Bitcoin are going to be drastic and irreversible. Unless Americans and Europeans can pick up the slack and reverse the Chinese mining dominance, the future may be dark for bitcoin.