…May discuss constitutional amendment, healthcare, others Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The first Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) meeting is currently underway in the State House Conference Center, Abuja. The meeting which started at 9:00pm is being presided over by the NGF Chairman and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulazeez Yari. The meeting is meant to get briefings from the…
Hurricane Nate has made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.
The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85mph (137km/h), is moving north, and a second landfall is expected on the Mississippi coast later.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida earlier issued warnings and evacuation orders.
Nate killed at least 25 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.
The tropical storm has since strengthened and is now a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Although not as strong as last month’s Maria and Irma, Nate is expected to bring strong winds and storm surges.
US President Donald Trump earlier issued an emergency declaration for Louisiana, allowing the state to seek federal help with preparation and possible relief efforts.
In Alabama, Republican Governor Kay Ivey has urged residents in areas facing heavy winds and storm surges to take precautions.
Five ports along the Gulf Coast have also been closed to shipping as a precaution.
Most oil and gas platforms in the US Gulf of Mexico have evacuated their staff and stopped production ahead of the storm.
In its latest update at 03:00 GMT, the NHC said a hurricane warning was in effect for the “mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border”.
Evacuation orders have been put in place for some low-lying areas.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency ahead of the hurricane.
He said more than 1,000 National Guard troops had been mobilised with a number sent to New Orleans to monitor the drainage pumps there. “Anyone in low-lying areas… we are urging them to prepare now,” he said.
A mandatory curfew from 18:00 (23:00 GMT) is in place in New Orleans, where residents from areas outside the city’s levee system have been evacuated.
A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for New Orleans.
The NHC said that Nate “is expected to weaken quickly after landfall, and it is likely to become a tropical storm Sunday morning.
“It should degenerate into a remnant low late Monday.”
Nate went past Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula – home to the popular beach resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen – on Friday night as it headed north, the NHC said.
Nate caused heavy rains, landslides and floods which blocked roads, destroyed bridges and damaged houses as it tore through central America.
At least 13 people died in Nicaragua, eight in Costa Rica, three in Honduras and one in El Salvador.
The tail of the storm is still causing problems in the region, where thousands have been forced to sleep in shelters and some 400,000 people in Costa Rica were reported to be without running water.
— 17th January 2018
Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja A delegation from the Japanese Parliament has visited Nigeria to assess the level of cooperation between the two countries, most importantly, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Official Development Assistance (ODA). Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, according to spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Ade Elias-Fatile received the…
— 17th January 2018
Ben Dunno, Warri The dreaded Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has threatened more devastating attacks on the nation’s critical assets, especially the deep sea operational locations of multi nationals operating in the region should, according to the group, President Muhammadu Buhari continue to turn deaf ears to the clamour for the restructuring of the country. The…
— 17th January 2018
Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja The Federal Government has said that there were no 16,200 employment vacancies in 26 Nigerian embassies and missions abroad as Nigerians are being made to believe. This was even as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its emergency telephone numbers for Nigerians around the world for easy contact. The numbers are: 08023099864;…
— 17th January 2018
NAN Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, on Wednesday failed to make an appearance at an Ikeja High Court for his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on charges of fraud and stealing. Chukwuma was to be arraigned alongside his company, Innoson Motors Limited, and Charles Chukwuma, NAN reports. The defendants,…
Entertainment— 17th January 2018
The Sun UK Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their baby girl on January 16, 2018. Kim, 37, announced the news in a sweet post on her website which simply read: “She’s here! We’re so in love.” She continued: “Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl Kim confirmed she…
South-West Report— 11th January 2018
From Bamgbola Gbolagunte, Akure Arigidi-akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State, presents a unique historical evolution that will interest any discerning mind, including scholars and researchers. It is the hometown of the national coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Are Onakakanfo-designate, Otunba Gani Adams. Its history dates back to early…
Abuja Metro— 17th January 2018
…Says no alternative to food security By Magnus Eze As the nation grapples with the perennial issue of herders-farmers’ clashes, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said government’s efforts at achieving national security, including the fight against insurgency in the North-East, would be meaningless without food security. To this end, he…
Oriental News— 17th January 2018
• As Eze Idigo marks 188th Ovala festival From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka Since the November 18, 2017, governorship election in Anambra State, the people of Aguleri have been deliberating on how best to honour their own, Governor Willie Obiano. They have been looking for a way to ventilate their joy. Therefore, it was a day…
Features— 17th January 2018
• Kalu Foundation promotes tourism, lures thousands to Abia community From Okey Sampson, Aba Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has ignited the fire of cultural revival in his native Igbere community in the state. In an attempt to further unite his people, Kalu, through the Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation, organised the…
Literary Review— 13th January 2018
With 141 books published so far, Reverend Chris Christian is probably Nigeria’s most prolific author. With specialty in Christian literature, his aim is to break barriers and get many of his books to the international audience. He is gradually succeeding in this regard. A preacher of the gospel, he is famed for taking the Vow…
Lifeline— 17th January 2018
•Save us from touts, task force operatives, they plead By Rebecca Opaluwa Roadside traders in Iyana-Iba, a community in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State, are alleging incessant harassment in the hands of touts and government task force officials. The traders have said that while touts collect illegal levies from them, officials of the…
Education Review— 16th January 2018
From LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin PROF. IS-HAQ Oloyede, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar, in this piece gave hints on how far JAMB has gone on knotty issues of admission into Nigerian higher institutions, the challenges and the way forward. He also explained the new 2018 registration system, why JAMB introduced that innovation as a…
Marketing Matters— 30th November 2016
It was a unique gathering of major stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing industry when the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) rolled out the red carpet to celebrate outstanding achievers at the 2016 ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, last weekend. The event threw up new champions who would bask in the…
TSWeekend— 12th January 2018
By Simeon Mpamugoh Yekini Kolawole Ajao, who is known as Professor Y.K Ajao in the music circle, certainly has every reason to be grateful. The Makosa King who began his music career in 1962 at the age of nine in his hometown Iseyin, Oyo State, went professional in 1973. But then, immediately he went professional,…
“Let me use this opportunity to express my thanks to God in heaven and his servant on earth for bringing the highly awaited major breakthrough of my life to me. It was a serious contract that I have always wanted and prayed for. It required contacts and much more which I never had. It comes…
The telephone calls I had last week from a Nigerian male in London, a woman in Abuja and other compatriots in different parts of the country, make it necessary for me to restate the diseases Pa Aliyu Giwa treats and cures and the fees he charges for each of them. I am also doing so…
It was 15th January, 2018. The afternoon was hot and humid. Mr Adesina Ogunlana, NBA’ Ikeja branch Chairman had been on my neck for days to speak at the annual memorial lecture of my late mentor, the irrepressible legend and legal colossus of all times, Chief Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi, who transited on 5th September, 2009….
OVERHEARD at the Customer Service Unit of Zenith Bank Plc, Aguda branch, Enitan Street, Surulere, Lagos: “Do not use that as a criteria (criterion)…” (Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 9.30am) “Herdsmen: MASSOB puts southern states at (on) alert” “Why herdsmen (herdsmen’s) menace is political” According to the Book of Proverbs (12 v 1), whoever loves instruction…
“GAMAL Abdul Nasser has never wavered in his belief that the true Egyptians possess all the qualities to govern themselves successfully. The idea that the descendants of the men who built the pyramids will once again astonish the world is fundamental to his thinking. If the Crusades were for Europe the dawn of a renaissance,…
A few years ago, when Boko Haram visited Abuja, unleashing mayhem at the popular Nyanya motor park, the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, chose that same day to go to Kano for some political rally. So, while NEMA, paramedics and security operatives were busy picking, and filling body bags with, beefy chunks and bloodied mesh of…
The news headlines greeting the result of the Saturday, January 13, Anambra Central senatorial election screamed variously: “APGA in landslide victory,” “Victor Umeh elected senator,” “Umeh in resounding victory,” etc. The headlines tell a true story, but not the whole story. True, Chief Victor Umeh swept the polls in each of the seven local government…
Nightfall comes like a dreaded disease seeping through the pores of a healthy body and ravaging it beyond repair A murderer’s hand, lurking in the shadows, clasping the dagger, strikes down the helpless victim. I am the victim. I am slaughtered every night in the streets. I am cornered by the fear gnawing at my timid heart; in my helplessness I languish. Man…
HERE (in the banking sector and other financial institutions), some co-workers carry on as if they were the owners of the business who are irremovable. Luckily, as fate will have it, some of these sadists end up being messed up and eventually kicked out by the same system that allowed them to drive roughly unnecessarily….
As I foresaw on this page recently, one of our two main political parties fired back the moment that edition was in circulation. “My concern is that Nigerians have been thrown into a vicious circle of choosing between two devils every election: the APC and PDP being the problems of this country. We should begin…