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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.

Canadian Governor-General, Payette, Ambode commission $4.5m Ebola biobank

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Canadian Governor General, Julie Payette, and Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has commissioned $4.5 million biobank laboratory, designed to diagnose and manage Ebola, Lassa Fever outbreak and other infectious disease.

While commissioning the biological containment laboratory, tagged, Lagos State Biobank, LSB at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, on Tuesday, they argued that outbreak of any infectious disease including Ebola, in Lagos considering it’s population could spell doom if such facility isn’t provided urgently.

On reason the Canadian Government chose Lagos, Payette stressed that the achievement recorded by the state in 2014 tackling Ebola virus was responsible for the partnership on the project.

“And Canada is very glad to have filled that gap with you with this laboratory and Bio-bank. We will continue to collaborate with you.”

She noted that the facility will assist to “prevent, detect and respond to about the worst calamities possible outcomes that could happen.

“The incidence of infectious disease if not contained could do so much damage and could ravage so many lives.

“It is not important, it is absolutely  essential to have a facility like this to make sure that never happens.

“As serious as the outbreak of Ebola was here in Nigeria and elsewhere in West Africa, it could not have been much worse,” Payette added.

Earlier, Ambode explained that the fund expended on the project which commenced in 2016, was provided by both government to boost prevention of public infectious diseases.

According to him, the Canadian government was responsible for the project design and construction while the state funded the community engagement, training of personnel, maintenance and environmental impact assessment for the facility.

He described the partnership as an effective collaboration which the state government was very proud that the Canadian government lead in this part.

“Lagos is excited over the project. It is a perfect example by a forwarding looking governments through partnership.”

On the facility, the governor stated that the biobank was designed for the management and control of infectious disease in the country.

“It will help to promote and diagnose public health diseases and boost clinical management of infectious disease outbreak in Lagos.”

Ambode added that the Lagos State Biobank would help Fast-track global and local research on infectious diseases.

“It will help to launch the state into a new frontier in research and development in various area of need especially in the diagnostic kits and production of vaccines for containment of infectious disease,” he added.

Earlier, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, hinted that the facility was one of the recommendations made by the committee inaugurated by the former Governor, Babatunde Fashola, after the state was declared Ebola free in October 2014.

Representative of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Adebayo Adeniji, disclosed that Ebola virus outbreak made the Federal Government realise the importance of collaboration with other countries on disease control.

FG files suit against Melaye 2017 false threat to life claim

By NewsDesk,

The Federal Government has allegedly filed a two-count charge against Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, for allegedly giving false information to police in relation to a claim he made in 2017 on an attempt on his life.

The charge marked which was CR/106/18 was filed on January 31, 2018 before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

According to the charge, Melaye is accused of falsely incriminating the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Edward Onoja David, in his assassination attempt claim.

He was accused of deliberately giving false information to the police to frame Governor Bello’s Chief of Staff as the mastermind of the assassination attempt on him at his hometown in Ayetoro-Gbede in Kogi State in April last year.

The police had discovered the alleged falsehood in Melaye’s claim while investigating the Senator’s allegation that some individuals attempted to assassinate him.

In the second count, Melaye was accused of making false statement of facts in a phone conversation with Mohammed Abudu Abubakar, a son of the late former governor of Kogi State Abubakar Audu, with the intention of harming the reputation of David.

In the charge, Melaye’s alleged offences are said to be punishable under sections 140 and 393 of the Peal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963.

The first of the two counts read, “That you, Senator Dino Melaye, male, of the Senate, National Assembly, Three Arms Zone, Abuja, on or about the month of April 2017 at the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court in the cause of an investigation into the alleged assassination attempt on you, sometimes in April 2017, you gave information to the police stating that one Mr. Edward Onoja David (Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kogi State) did mastermind the attack with intent to convict him for the offence which statement you either knew or believe to be false and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 140 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963.”

Melaye was also said to have told Abubakar, son of a former Kogi State Governor, in a telephone conversation how he framed Edward Onoja David in the assassination attempt.

He was also said to have made the claim in the statement he made to the police on April 17, 2017 during police’s investigation into the alleged attempt to assassinate him. No date has been set for his arraignment.

Halt crude oil export to reduce borrowing- Ex-CBN director urges FG

By Balogun Alabi,

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Budgetary Department, former Director, Titus Okunronmu, has urged Federal Government to halt export of crude oil to other countries, in order to reduce borrowing and pressure on the country’s currency.

However, Okunrounmu explained that part of measures to halt export of crude oil, was to repair all the four refineries in the country, so that the country could refine oil itself.

The Former director noted that refineries would increase domestic supply and end current scarcity of petroleum products, which had been persisting for several years.

Speaking to news men on Monday in Ota area of Ogun State, Okunrounmu noted that if the refineries worked perfectly, government would also earn foreign exchange to aid the economy.

He added that the foreign exchange would be earned from the importation of refined products if the refineries worked at optimal level.

The former director assured government that there were lot of benefits if the country refined its own oil, which included good eceonmy.

“By earning foreign exchange from importation of its refined products, the Federal Government would be able to diversify the economy effectively and create jobs for unemployed youths,’’ he said.

Russia 2018: Federal Government to spend three billion Naira on Eagles

By Emmanuel Onminyi,

Ahead of the FIFA World Cup billed for June 2018 in Russia, Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has disclosed that the Federal Government will spend about 3 billion Naira on the Super Eagles.

Addressing State House correspondents after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister said the budget for the competition had been sent to the president for a special intervention.

Dalung said parts of the funds would be needed for training, stressing that his ministry would ensure that the government makes the money available.

The minister also stated that a very strong federal government’s delegation would be mobilized to Russia to support the Eagles and intimidate the team’s opponents.

Dalung stated: “When you have a problem, for you to successfully address your problem, you have to review the history of your problem. One of the challenges we have been having in sports administration, especially competition is the welfare of the players and the officiating team and we intend to set a new approach to the question of welfare.

“By March, we intend to start paying the players their allowances, camping allowances upfront. Now, that will go a long way to boost the morale of the players and confidence too. The new method of governance in football has taken the pattern of change. We will also ensure that there is unity within the football family. Because unity too is a key factor going by some of the reports we had in the past where poor performances were attributable to lack of unity between the family, the technical team, the officials and the players. This unity has to be promoted.

Nigeria is drawn alongside Croatia, Iceland, and familiar foe, Argentina, in Group D.

FG eyes creative industry for economic diversification

By Abolaji Adebayo

As part of the effort to diversify the nation’s economy away from oil, the Federal Government has begun leveraging on the creative industry to boost its internally generated revenue (IGR) and meet international standard.

Government believed that the industry could be a strong alternative to oil if well harnessed and developed to the acceptable standard at the international scene.

Speaking at the grand finale of Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) beauty pageant in Lagos, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, declared that government was focusing its attention on developing the creative sector as an alternative means of boosting the nation’s economy.

The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Grace Gekpe, stated that the ministry has discovered the potentials in creative industry as an alternative to oil, hence, the need to work harder to support the sector.

According to him, the creative industry is an area that opens up employment opportunities for the talented youths, thereby, reducing unemployment and possible youthful crimes.

The minister commended the Heritage Ambassador to QMA, Ronke Ademiluyi, for her efforts in promoting culture, and advised other groups to encourage the youths to develop more interests in promoting their cultures.

“Promoters of our culture and tradition such as Princess Ademiluyi should be encouraged because she is complimenting the efforts of the government to ensure that our culture does not go into extinction.

“Such a cultural pageant as the QMA will also empower young girls not only to learn their traditional language and history, but also make them to be creative and productive,” he said.

The minister also encouraged more groups in the entertainment industry to key into programmes that would promote Made-in-Nigerian fabrics, foods, dances and local languages which would make the country the world’s tourist attraction.

The 2017 QMA pageant produced 22 year-old, Oluwatosin Shola-Shittu, an indigene of Ikere Ekiti , Ekiti State as the new queen.

Shola-Shittu emerged the winner out of no fewer than 500 young girls who registered for the second edition of QMA cultural beauty pageant.

She received a cash prize of N5million, which she was expected to use for investment as part of the empowerment programme of youths initiated by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi , the patron of the pageant.

The new queen was crowned by the outgoing queen, Blessing Animasahun.

Buhari validates Nigeria’s role in regional violence control

By Abolaji Adebayo

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has confirmed the leading role played by the country in curbing violent extremism among countries of West African sub-region, reiterating commitment to bringing them together in a collective security arrangement.

While calling for a stronger and well-coordinated collaboration, Buhari said that the joint regional collaboration under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Task Force, combined with the efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces, had gone a long way to decimate the activities of extremists in the West African region.

Speaking in Jordan at a security meeting hosted by King Abdullah II, Buhari said that with what Nigeria had gone through, it was ready to share the experiences with a view to fashioning out comprehensive action plans in tackling the scourge of violent extremism in the region.

The Nigerian President lamented that insurgents were able to attract members in their fold due to insidious preaching of extremist clerics, calling for an action plan to halt the trend.

He also urged leaders, especially from the Muslim world to speak up against the hateful violence committed by deranged people in the name of Islam.

According to him, all nations, irrespective of religion should partner effectively in implementing national, regional and global action plans to counter violent extremism.

At the end of the meeting, participants resolved to come up with concrete action plans that would change the narrative of violent extremism in the West African sub-region at a follow-up meeting to be hosted by Nigeria.

FG confirms Maina’s removal from payroll since March 2013

By Abolaji Adebayo

The Federal Government has confirmed the removal of the former Chairman of the Pension Task Force Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, from the government payroll since March 2013 as against the claim and insinuation that the pension chairman has been collecting salary hitherto.

Maina, who was accused of mismanaging of about N2billion pension fund, was reportedly reinstated into the Federal Civil Service after he was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

His acclaimed reinstatement had sparked criticism from Nigerians, a development which some claimed prompted President Buhari to order his immediate dismissal.

The embattled Maina has been reported to be collecting salary from the federal government despite his indictment in the pension fund mismanagement.

However, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, revealed that the federal government had stopped the payment of salary to Maina since March 2013.

The minister made this disclosure in Abuja while appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad-Hoc Committee Investigating the Disappearance, Re-appearance, Re-instatement and Promotion of Maina.

In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the Minister of Finance, Oluyinka Akintunde, on Thursday, Adeosun claimed that payroll records indicated that Maina last received salary from the government in February while his salary was halted in March 2013.

She said, “We used two platforms in the payment of salaries – the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).

“We have checked our records and we have no record or evidence from the two platforms that salary was paid to Maina since March 2013. We have no biometric data of Maina and he is not a staff of the Federal Ministry of Finance or its agencies.”

Reinforcing the claim of the Minister of Finance about Maina’s removal from the federal government’s payroll in March 2013 before the Ad-Hoc Committee, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, said that Maina could not produce any evidence to show that he received salary from the government beyond March 2013 as he claimed.

“From our records, Maina last received salary from the Federal Government in February 2013. From March 2013, Maina was removed from the Government’s payroll. If indeed he was paid as he claimed, he should produce evidence of payment by the Government such as pay slips,” Idris stated.

ECOWAS kicks against Libya, declares war on rebel nations

By Abolaji Adebayo

Following uproar and protest against maltreatment of African migrants especially Nigerians in Libya, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has frown at Libya’s inhumanity act against Nigerians, vowed to declare war on any nation abusing its citizens across countries in Northern Africa.

The organization showed indignation over the maltreatment of Africans in Libya and other countries around the world.

The President, ECOWAS Commission, Marcel Alain de Souza described the development in Libya as act of inhumanity to not only Africans but to human race as a whole.

De Souza, who was represented by the commission’s Vice President, Edward Singhatey, lamented the situation in Libya while presenting the Status Report on the State of the Community to the Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, promising that ECOWAS would not relent in the liberation of its citizen from the modern slavery.

Following the presentation of the report, parliamentarians raised concerns over efforts made by the sub-regional bloc to investigate reports on African migrants being maltreated and sold into slavery in some North African countries.

Some members of parliament also expressed concerns over the requests made by Tunisia to be an observer country and Morocco to be a member of ECOWAS respectively, in spite of reported abuse against African migrants in those countries.

The commission’s president, however, called for thorough investigation of such reports and judicial enquiries to be made to ensure that perpetrators of acts of abuse were brought to justice.

He disclosed that commission did not have anything official from Morocco or Tunisia about the alleged maltreatment, accepting that the commission heard about it but there was no proper or thorough investigation and nothing documented.

With regard to their inclusion in ECOWAS, the commission maintained that they would be bound to ensure that they look after its member citizens within their shores, stressing that there was no guarantee with regards to the request.

“Through engagement we will be able to put our interests forward to ensure that these states know that we do not take it likely the maltreatment of any of our community citizens and what is happening across North Africa right now is unacceptable.”

He further urged member states to continually condemn the maltreatment of African citizens in Libya.

According to him, the bloc has commenced the assessment of the situation and sought assistance from the international community to repatriate and reintegrate citizens.

He emphasized that there were several measures put in place by the bloc to skillfully engage the youth to curb the illegal migration.

“We do not know how many exactly of our youths are in Libya or where all of them are because we understand that some of them are being held in different detention centres. We do not have enough funds to go to Libya and bring them, so we have written to the International Organization for Migration for immediate and urgent assistance.

“We are still trying to stop the tide of youths flowing northwards; we have to keep them (youths) by giving them reasons to stay and find decent living for themselves. But if we continue this trend with very little funds, there is also very little we can do. We are constantly engaging our donours to try to immediately do something for us.”

He further said that the ongoing European Union-African Union Summit in Abidjan sought to address the challenges of illegal youth migration and terrorism.

FG declares Friday holiday for Eid-El-Maulud celebration

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The Federal Government has declared Friday December 1st, 2017 as public holiday in commemoration of the Muslim Eid-El-Maulud celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration in Abuja on behalf of the federal government.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, the minister urged all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion to pray for peace, progress and unity of the nation.

He further urged the citizens to support the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in its efforts at building a virile nation, and wished Nigerians a happy Eid-El-Maulud celebration.