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Regular sex prevents mental disorder – Psychiatrist

By Newsdesk

Following statistics released by Federal Government on Nigerians suffering cases of mental disorder, a psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri, has asked married women in the country to have regular sex with their spouses, basically to prevent them from depression and gain happiness.

Kadiri’s appeal came barely two days after the Apex Government lamented that 60 million Nigerians were living with cases of mental disorder across the country.

According to her, depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

Kadiri, Medical Director, Pinnacle Medical Services, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Lagos, stressing that sex does not only nourish women body, but also beneficial to their mental health.

She noted that for any woman that aimed to avoid mental cases, their spouse must be their best friend, saying, studies have shown that women who have more active sex and in long term relationships were less likely to be depressed than women who went without sex.

“So, more sex is important and essential. It is a remedy to curing women from having persistent headache.

“Low sexual drive, which leads to depression, should be looked into. A woman can be depressed when that sexual drive that she used to have is no more there.

“Frequent active sex can play good roles toward women’s sense of well being and quality of life,’’ the medical director added.

She explained that sex was not just for procreation and to have children, adding that it could create bonding, good companionship and sound sleep.

Kadiri urged women dealing with depression to frequently indulge in sex, while boosting their self-esteem.

She also advised women who are over-weight to also involve in active sex, saying doing so will boost endorphins which are happy hormones.

“The happy hormones will make them lose some calories as well as sleep better. Orgasms trigger the release of endorphins which are happy hormones secreted by the brain that act as effective painkillers,’’ she said.

Kadiri added that sex was not only beneficial to the men, but especially to women because it was capable of freeing them from stress.

6000 protesters block London Bridge, demand zero greenhouse emission

By Newsdesk

No fewer than 70 environmentalist have been arrested by the British Police after blocking five bridges during protest to seek government attention towards reducing greenhouse emission to zero percent before 2025 in the country.

It was gathered that the action of the protesters triggered the law enforcement agency’s action after the barricade on the bridges across the River Thames crippled activities within the axis.

The protesters, who stormed Westminster yesterday, the seat of the government, were sighted displaying banners with different inscriptions including “Stop Climate Breakdown”, “Fossil Fuel Era Over” and “Rebel For Life”.

The protest, which climaxed on Westminster Bridge, was also felt by motorist on four other bridges as gridlocks were recorded on them for several hours.

Organizers of the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ event argued that the aim of the 6, 000 protesters was wanted to pressure British government to take greater action to slow climate change and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

It would be recalled that Britain had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 40 percent between 1990 and 2016, and the government has committed to a total reduction of 80 percent by 2050.

The Extinction Rebellion campaigners are calling for emissions to be reduced to zero on a net basis by 2025.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Gail Bradbrook, in an interview with newsmen, argued that the arrest was absolute disobedience of the law.

She said: “This is an act of mass civil disobedience. This is the start of an international rebellion protesting the lack of action on the ecological crisis,” one organizer.”

Justifying the arrest, Police said demonstrators were arrested for obstructing the road, and had no immediate information on charges or the total number of protesters.

Representing the law enforcement agency, Waheed Khan, said: “The demonstration is having a direct impact on others across London who wish to go about their daily business – and (stopped) the emergency services from using the bridges to travel around London.”

Otedola hosts, endorses Sanwo-Olu as Lagos next Governor

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Ahead of the 2019 Governorship election in Lagos, Oil mogul, Femi Otedola, has endorsed All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as next governor for the state

Otedola’s endorsement came barely five months after assuring residents of Lagos that he would never vie for any public office but rather stand with the masses to get dividend of democracy.

It was learned that the endorsement announced on his official social media yesterday came after he hosted Sanwo-Olu to a dinner in his house in Lagos, discussing the 2019 governorship poll in the state.

In a statement on his official instagram, Otedola stated that the relationship between them had been age long, disclosing that Sanwo-Olu is his childhood friend.

The business mogul, who posted the picture taken after the dinner at his residence, further described the APC governorship candidate as governor in waiting

He said: “Dinner at my residence yesterday evening, with my childhood friend APC Governorship Candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. GOVERNOR IN WAITING!”

Ambode confirms receipt of funds spent rehabilitating Apapa-Oshodi, other FG projects

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has confirmed receiving from Federal Government sizeable percentage of funds spent by the state on rehabilitating Federal roads.

Ambode’s confirmation yesterday came barely three months after the Senate approved the executive request to refund N489 billion to 21 states, as funds spent rehabilitating federal roads within their states.

According to the Senate, Lagos State topped the 21-state list with N114.6 billion, while Akwa-Ibom State came second with N78.7 billion.

The governor, who disclosed receipt of the fund at the flag off ceremony of Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway, lamented that the state of the road demanded that total reconstruction should have been embarked upon years back.

He stressed that his administration was already in the process of utilizing the funds to deliver other ongoing projects across the state in the next few months.

Ambode. However, noted that reconstruction of the road would bring permanent relief to motorists and residents over the perennial gridlock in the axis and enhance movement within the State.

The governor said it was particularly gratifying that the project would be done using concrete, expressing optimism that it would ensure the road last over forty years.

“Whatever it is that has been taking place in this particular project has always been rehabilitation and every Nigerian should be reminded that this road has been in place for more than 40 years.

“This is the first time the government at the centre is embarking on reconstruction, that means we are going to excavate everything all the way from Apapa, Oshodi to Oworonshoki and Ojota Expressway and actually reconstruct it, using concrete instead of asphalt because Lagos is below sea level, if you use asphalt, within seven to eight years, it would wash away because we are under water.

“So the concrete template is being used to give us a long lasting solution to this Apapa gridlock and this road will last for more than 40 years and we believe strongly that the PPP platform that has been given to this project to allow the private sector invest their money in it being driven by Alhaji Dangote is the best solution that we can use to develop public infrastructure right now and we must commend the Minister for that,” the Governor added.

Preempting what would happen after construction works commence, he appealed for understanding, saying that though the commencement of the project might bring some inconvenience, the end result would be a permanent solution to the gridlock that had bedeviled the area over the years.

He assured that the State Government on its part would deploy more traffic and enforcement officers to ensure free flow of traffic in the course of the construction.

“The future of development and infrastructure actually lies in the present administration and the future of the prosperity of this country lies in the hands of President Buhari and we make no mistake about it that it is in our own interest that we continue to support the present government of APC at the centre and also at the State for continuity and greater deliverables of infrastructure, goods and services,” Ambode said.

One dies, 16 injured during France petrol tax hike protest

 

By Newsdesk

Atleast one person has been confirmed dead and 16 injured as thousands of France citizens barricaded roads protesting against the new fuel regime imposed on them by the government.

The yet-to-identified protesters, who joined others in the march largely orchestrated through social media and aimed to prevent access to fuel depots and airports, was mow yesterday by a vehicle and passed on.

In the southeastern department of Savoie, a driver panicked when protesters surrounded her car and she accelerated, hitting and killing a woman demonstrator, French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, said in an interviewed.

Sources said that 16 persons were lightly injured in other accidents across the country, and a person run over by a car in northern France was in a critical state, according to the interior ministry, which estimated some 50,000 demonstrators were participating in the protests.

It was gathered that the demonstrators, part of a grassroots movement dubbed the “yellow vests”, caused logjams on highways and blocked roundabouts as they railed against the fuel tax hikes introduced by the country’s President, Emmanuel Macron.

As the protest continued, some citizens, who were dissatisfied with Macron’s economic reforms and his governing style, also joined the protest.

At the entry to a tunnel under the Mont-Blanc mountain in the Alps, and traffic was backed up on several highways.

Demonstrators were also on the march in cities, including Marseille where around 100 people, wearing the high visibility vests drivers keep in their cars, blocked roads around its port.

The backlash is the latest confrontation between Macron and voters, mostly based in the countryside and provincial towns and cities, who view the former investment banker as the representative of a remote urban elite.

During his 18 months in power, the protesters alleged the president has often pushed through reforms, including an overhaul of indebted state rail operator SNCF, in the face of opposition from labor unions.

But the “yellow vest” movement has snowballed swiftly over the past month, catching Macron and even opposition parties off guard. It has already prompted a rare concession from the government, which announced recently fresh funds to help motorists on the lowest incomes.

The higher fuel taxes were approved in late 2017 but started to bite as oil prices surged in October, even though they have since eased off somewhat.

The diesel tax increases are designed to encourage drivers to switch to more environmentally-friendly cars.

How Nigerians can defeat Cancer- Anyanwu-Akeredolu

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

As 80,000 Nigerians die of cancer related diseases annually, Ondo State Governor’s wife, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has disclosed strategy that could assist the country’s citizen beat the deadly scourge and reduces number of causalities recorded yearly.

Anyanwu-Akeredolu hinted that part of the strategy was for Nigerians to often identify with cancer patients and not neglect them.

Her statement came as World Health Organisation (WHO), maintained that over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer annually out of which 20, 000 survive while the others die.

She spoke at a fund-raising dinner organized by PROJECT PINK BLUE, tagged: “Show Love” in Abuja, adding that another strategy that could aid reduction in number of victims was to support them with funds to fight the life-threatening disease.

Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who is founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), expressed concern on Nigerians’ poor giving attitude when it comes to patient support, which according to her is a major force needed to beat cancer, which comes with a lot of financial burden.

She lamented that most women die of cancer because of delay in raising fund for treatment, which gives room for the cancer cell to multiply as the disease progresses with time.

The BRECAN founder urged Nigerians to pay attention to message of early detection which saves lives by adhering to the periodic breast self examination, letting go of the misconception that breast cancer is a spiritual attack, and see it as a pure medical issue by presenting it to a medical doctor, and not going to a prayer mountain.

She pledged not to relent in her fight against breast cancer as a life-threatening disease, under her twenty years old NGO, BRECAN, through public education, advocacy, patient support, and research.

In his welcome address, the founder, Project Pink Blue, Runcie Chidebe, said their “Show Love” fund-raising program was born out of their passion to make a little difference in the society, adding that government alone cannot do it all.

Stakeholders’ demand conversion of Nigerian military barracks to truck terminal

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Worried by the persistent level of gridlock within Apapa and Tin Can ports, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), has demanded that Federal Government converts Signal Barrack in Mile 2, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, to truck terminal.

They added that the conversion would reduce the stress their members were often subjected to while trying to access the ports in Lagos State.

Speaking on behalf of the association, Remi Ogungbemi, the President, lamented that the infrastructure at the ports cannot accommodate the volume of trucks aiming to access it.

Ogungbemi stressed that deploying hundreds of military personnels to the axis cannot solve the gridlock that had constantly crippled commercial activities within the axis, saying, what we see is the issue that would often arise.

“I remember that 30 year ago, when one visit Apapa, he cannot find any truck on the road. There were designated places where these trucks park. But today, these places have been converted to other uses. We want sanity and orderliness.

“We are not saying that the Federal Government should provide space for all trucks to park but for those that are visiting Apapa, we can provide terminals for them.

“For instance, in Mile 2, there are vast lands available within that axis that can accommodate minimum of 1,000 trucks. We suggest that Government acquire suck property and convert it to terminal for the trucks. And they will only come out when their services are needed.

“Thank God, we are not fighting any war. And in Lagos we have military Barracks everywhere. I will advise that they are converted to truck terminals. For instance the Signal Barrack in Mile 2 can be converted for this purpose. Lets remove some of these barracks,” he added.

LASG approves Hijab usage in public schools

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

To prevent religious crisis in Lagos, the State Government has ordered Tutor-General and Permanent Secretaries and Principals public schools to immediately permit use of Hijab, (Muslims headscarf) in their schools.

It was gathered that the circular titled Re: The Use of Hijab in Lagos State Public Schools, was outcome of the panel constituted by the State Government on the use of Hijab in State Public schools in the state.

In the circular sent to Oshodi Comprehensive Senior High School and obtained by Vanguard with reference number ED/DISTVI/CCST/HI/14/I/63, issued yesterday, was signed by O.A. Olukoya, directing schools to comply immediately.

According to the Circular, since the case of the use of Hijab in Lagos State is still pending in the Supreme court of Nigeria, status quo be maintained, to avoid contempt of the court, that is students be allowed to wear Hijabs on school uniforms but same must be short, smart, neat and in the same colour of the uniform (skirt).

“Furthermore, schools management are advised to downplay comments and disciplinary actions on the use of smart Hijabs until the final determination of the case by Supreme Court.

“No student should be discriminated against in any form on the basis of religion. All principals and teachers must be sensitized to comply accordingly. You are enjoined to adhere strictly to these recommendations.”

The approval to enforce the Appeal Court order came two years after a five-man panel presided over by Justice, A.B. Gumel, set aside the earlier judgment by Justice Grace Onyeabo of the Ikeja High Court, Lagos, banning use of hijab and declared that students especially Muslims have right to wear Hijab within and outside their school premises without being punished or victimized.

.MSSN reacts

 

Reacting over the State Government approval for enforcement of Appeal Court judgement, Amir, Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN Lagos State, Saheed Ashafa, said that it would help to stop harassment and victimization female Muslim students wearing hijab.

 

By issuing the circular, Ashafa said the Lagos State Government has towed the path of honour and deserved to be praised for such.

 

“We extol this gesture and the resoluteness of the state government in ensuring that an avoidable strife do not find ways into the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in Lagos State.

“We are pleased with this development because the embarrassing way and manner that our members are being victimised, harassed, punished and denied entrance into their classrooms for wearing hijab would stop.

“We have constantly told the state government that while a case on the hijab is awaiting final verdict at the Supreme Court, no teacher has the right to punish female pupils for wearing hijab. The Appeal Court in the case clearly states that wearing hijab by students, whether within or outside the school premises was a fundamental Human Right entrenched in the constitution.

“It is important to notify you that we will not allow further lawlessness and flagrant disregard for rule of law to stay after this circular. The circular would also help to stop the abuse of rights which could have degenerated into crisis or violence that may lead to the disruption of activities in schools in our dear state.

“We commend this intervention aimed at calling teachers, principals  and tutor general to order. This circular approving wearing of hijab by students on their school uniform within and outside school premises, will ensure peace and order in our schools and stability in the state’s education system.”

Made-in-Africa smartphone hits market

By Newsdesk

After several years of wait, Africa has joined the league of continents producing their smartphones in accordance with the peoples specification.

To launch Africa into the league, the continent’s high-tech player, Mara, yesterday, announced the production of their newest product the Maraphone – the first made-in-Africa.

“China has Huawei, Xiaomi; the U.S has iPhone and finally Africa has Maraphone,”

Founder of Mara Group, Ashish Thakkar, told newsmen at the final day of the Africa Investment Forum, that full-scale of it’s smartphone would soon be manufactured in plants across Africa.

“This project will show the potential and ability that Africa can produce high quality and affordable smartphones in Africa, by Africans, for Africans and for the rest of the world.

“We are extremely grateful for the African Development Banks push in this sector which greatly encouraged our progress,” Thakkar said.

The Maraphone phone, a first-of-its-kind in the history of Africa, will produce high quality and affordable smartphones to primarily serve the population of Africa and also with the aim to export to other continents such as Europe.

“This is going to be totally transformative and create thousands of direct jobs,” Thakkar added.

While global manufacture of phones is on the rise and expected to hit a billion in the next few years, none of them are produced on the continent, Thakkar lamented.

The initial target market for the phones would be first-time African smart phone users, while the first manufacturing plants are to be located in Rwanda and South Africa.

President, African Development Bank (ADB), Akinwunmi Adesina, hinted that the value of the continent’s mobile money would skyrocket very soon and could be catastrophe if Africa does not produce the needed tool for such.

“By 2020, the value of Africa’s mobile money industry is projected to top $14 billion. We need African-developed mobile phones to leverage this potential. Africa is bold, strong and innovative. Africa’s time is now,” Adesina added.

Mara Corporation is an African Group headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda, started from a small IT business in East Africa to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group that exists today.

Through its investments, Mara Corporation now employs over 14,000 people across 26 African countries in sectors spanning technology, financial services and energy. Mara’s key focus is to do good & do well at the same time.

Macron hosts Trump, puts aside military row

By Newsdesk

Barely 24 hours after the row on defense, French President, Emmanuel Macron, hosted his US counterpart, Donald Trump, putting aside their difference on need to protect their continents from insurgents with establishment of European army.

The two leaders held talks at the presidential palace in Paris ahead of World War 1 commemorations taking place in the shadow of a new nationalist surge worldwide.

During the meeting yesterday, their flow of discussion was devoid of the features that embellished Trump’s last visit to Paris in July 2017, underscoring a activities that occurred between both leaders which were further strained by a late-night tweet by Trump attacking Macron.

attempted to defuse a row with visiting US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday, hailing the “great solidarity” between their countries after Trump blasted his proposals for a European army.

Appearing anxious to appease Trump, who has accused the EU of failing to pull its weight behind NATO on spending, Macron said he shared his view that “we need a much better burden-sharing within NATO”.

His calls for closer European integration on defence would mean “more Europe in NATO”, he argued, later patting Trump’s knee affectionately.

Trump, who appeared more aloof, described himself and Macron as “very good friends” and said he “appreciated” the remarks about burden sharing.

“We want a strong Europe. It’s very important to us to have a strong Europe,” he said.

Trump’s visit, which kickstarts two days of events marking the centenary of the end of World War 1, had looked set to be tumultuous after he fired off a tweet on arrival in Paris late Friday berating Macron’s calls for a European army.

“President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia,” the US president tweeted, referring to remarks made by Macron three days earlier.

“Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidises greatly!,” he added.

Trump appeared particularly irked by the French leader’s referral to the US alongside China and Russia as national security threats.

In a Europe 1 radio interview, Macron had referred to Trump’s plans to pull the US out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty and said a joint European Union military force was needed to wean Europe off reliance on the United States.

“We are being hit by attempted break-ins in cyberspace and interventions elsewhere in our democratic lives,” Macron said.

“We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States,” he said, calling Europe “the principal victim” of Trump’s decision to abandon the missile treaty with Russia.

Macron’s office on Saturday acknowledged that his remarks “could create confusion” but stressed: “He never said we need a European army against the United States.”

After their talks Trump and Macron had lunch with their wives Melania and Brigitte.

On Saturday evening the US leader was to join Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and nearly 70 other world leaders at a dinner at the Orsay Museum ahead of Sunday’s solemn commemorations at the Arc de Triomphe under which lies the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The events cap a week packed with symbolism to remember the silencing of the guns, with memorials held across the world for a conflict that claimed around 18 million lives and involved more than 70 current-day nations.

Macron, a centrist, has repeatedly invoked the war in recent weeks to hammer home his message that rising nationalism is again destabilising the world.