A few hours after 144 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, another aircraft carrying 257 of their compatriots on Wednesday landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, Mr Joseph Alabi, confirmed this in an interview, in Lagos. Alabi said the returnees arrived aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft…
Norway displaced Denmark as the world’s happiest country in a new report released on Monday that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens.
The Nordic nations are the most content, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the UN in 2012.
Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, along with Syria and Yemen, are the least happy of the 155 countries ranked in the fifth annual report released at the UN.
In an interview, Director of the SDSN and a special advisor to the UN Secretary-General, Jeffrey Sachs, said “Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government.”
The aim of the report, he added, is to provide another tool for governments, business and civil society to help their countries find a better way to wellbeing.
Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded out the top ten countries.
South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Central African Republic were at the bottom.
Germany was ranked 16, followed by the United Kingdom (19) and France (31).
The US dropped one spot to 14.
Sachs said the US is falling in the ranking due to inequality, distrust and corruption. Economic measures that the administration of President Donald Trump is trying to pursue, he added, will make things worse.
“They are all aimed at increasing inequality, tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the healthcare rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending.
“I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction,” he explained.
The rankings are based on six factors, per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and absence of corruption in government or business.
“The lowest countries are typically marked by low values in all six variables,” said the report, produced with the support of the Ernesto Illy Foundation.
Sachs would like nations to follow United Arab Emirates and other countries that have appointed Ministers of Happiness.
“I want governments to measure this, discuss it, analyse it and understand when they have been off on the wrong direction,” he said. (NAN)
— 6th December 2017
From: Moshood Adebayo The rich cultural heritage of the Remo people will be on display, on Thursday, in Sagamu, the political headquarters of Remoland, Ogun State, as Oba Babatunde Ajayi, will be formally installed the 19th Akarigbo. The event is slated to hold at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu, with Governor Ibikunle Amosun formally presenting…
— 6th December 2017
The Rochas Okorocha administration has blamed the printer’s devil, for the wrong christening of the Ministry of Happiness. Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said the typographic error led to the naming of the ministry as the Ministry of Happiness and Couples Fulfilment.It is now called Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment….
— 6th December 2017
The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday that two men arrested last week had been charged with terrorism offenses and would appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the men were arrested by its Counter Terrorism Command on November 28. It identified them as Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20,…
— 6th December 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited several villages and towns in Adamawa State, on Tuesday, affected by recent communal violence, that led to killings of people and destruction of property. Among places visited were Numan and Dong, but Osinbajo and his team were surprised to find that Kikan, another community affected had been deserted by its…
Entertainment— 4th December 2017
India’s legendary actor and veteran Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor passed away Monday, at the age of 79, family members said. “The actor was admitted to the Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai. “He was administered several rounds of dialysis at the hospital and today evening he breathed his last,” a family member told media. Born on March…
South-West Report— 30th November 2017
From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta it was celebration of traditions and exhibition of the rich cultural heritage of Ayetoro, at the grand finale of the 2017 Ayetoro-Yewa held at the football pitch of Comprehensive High School. Drumming, dancing, cultural displays and booming of guns rent the air, while superlative performances by Sango and Egungun dancers, drew…
Abuja Metro— 6th December 2017
By FRED ITUA On Thursday, 30th November, traders at Karmo Market in the nation’s capital, lost goods worth million of naira to an inferno which started before traders resumed for the day. Residents as well as shop owners claimed that they were woken up at about 12.30 am by the screams of people that saw heavy smoke…
Oriental News— 6th December 2017
From Chidi Nnadi, Enugu For a long time, the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu has been in the forefront of the search for solutions to end youth unemployment. The senator who represents Enugu West has been able to create various jobs opportunities in his constituency in the last 12 years he has been in…
Features— 5th December 2017
From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja Mrs. Ify Asia-Chiemeziem hosts writing seminars for young Nigerians. She is more widely known as a sex therapist. She has had over 15 years of experience in her field. In this interview, she reveals the reasons marriages are hitting the rocks and how couples could oil the wheels of their sex…
Literary Review— 25th November 2017
Dike Chukwumerije is the author of eight books. A spoken word and performance poetry artist and prose writer, his novel, Urichindere won the 2013 edition of the ANA Prize for Prose Fiction. He runs a poetry theatre production, Made in Nigeria, which has toured many cities in the country. He hosts the Abuja Literary…
Lifeline— 6th December 2017
By Gloria Ikegbule There was excitement recently in Katsina State when MTN Nigeria and Katsina State government partnered to fight cattle rustling using advanced technology. The duo officially launched the Animal Identification Management Solution (AIMS) at the Runka Game Reserve, which many believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Daily Sun…
Education Review— 5th December 2017
• Commission N300m projects at 50th anniversary From LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin The power of unity in a group as more potent than an individual’s was rekindled at Omu Aran in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State penultimate week as the Government Secondary School Old Boys Association (OGSSOBA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the school….
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— 1st December 2017
By Tony Ogaga Did you graduate from the university with a Third Class and feeling that life has come to an end? if that is the case with you then listen to this. Blogger, Stella Dimoko-Korkus made a Third Class from the University of Benin where she studied Linguistics & African Languages. However, today, she…
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“Chief Iwuanyanwu is a giant in many respects; sports, business, publishing, agriculture, engineering and philanthropy. Above all, a patriot, and a nationalist of no mean order. His insatiable drive for success has propelled him across several frontiers and made him a shining demonstration of what can be achieved when hard work, perseverance, grit and intelligence…
Former Vice-President, Abubakar Atiku’s long-foretold return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) occurred last Sunday, December 3. It was on the platform of the party that he had contested as a running mate to the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and became the vice president in 1999, staying in office for eight years. He, however, fell…
The third time someone offered me money was in 1987 when late Chief Onwuka Kalu (Monday, May 24, 1954 – Monday, February 23, 2015), a business magnate sent an amount for Christmas celebrations. I did not know how much it was, because I did not take the envelope from his female staff that brought it….
As my son and I drove out of the Eko Hotel venue of penultimate weekend’s All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), we had projected to reach home in another 20 or 25 minutes. It was well past midnight and the road was expected to be free of heavy traffic. But just before we hit the Third…
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“Witches and wizards have been the major cause of my failure and near-success syndrome for more than 11 years now. I have passed through life in hell without any solution from anywhere. I became the laughing stock in my community. Any contract that I tendered my quotation like others, mine was thrown away for no…
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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has made history by becoming the first governor in Nigeria’s history to be reelected by winning all local government areas (LGAs) in his state. The election of Saturday, November 18, 2017, was not an ordinary election. History will definitely record it as the day Anambra people made a statement…
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