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A few hours ago, President Goodluck Jonathan, signed the 2012 budget at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, effectively passing it into law. This is coming four months into the year! ‘Late’ would be an understatement at this time. How has the Federal Government been allocating spendings, making long term plans for economic growth, job creation and much more for the past four months?

The President declared an aggregate expenditure of N4.697 trillion (excluding the appropriation of N180 billion for programmes and projects encapsulated under the SURE-Programme); and forecasted a revenue of  N3.561 trillion, based on a Benchmark Oil Price of US$72 per barrel. He added that the budget would be focused on completing viable ongoing projects, in accordance with the Transformation Agenda, which will quickly deliver tangible and significant added value to Nigerians.

All these big figures mean little or nothing to the common man on the street who is job searching, who is hungry, who is thinking about how to get his next meal.

This budget coupled with the recent declaration by the Federal Government that Nigeria has the third fastest growing economy in the world can only make sense to most people if there is economic growth, adequate jobs and a better standard of living for most of the populace.

Here is a recap of some of the events that made headlines across the country this week:

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Prophet T. B. Joshua during his second service on Easter Sunday warned Nollywood to pray against the death of another actor. In his words: “Actors in Nollywood should pray against the death of a male member of the industry”. Nollywood has recently witnessed the deaths of some actors and actresses, including the deaths last year of Ashley Nwosu, Sam Loco Efe, Geraldine Okocha amongst others. TB Joshua has made some prophecies earlier, including predicting the death of an African leader, after which the president of Malawi died.

 

 

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A 14-month-old baby and five unidentified adults on Tuesday 10th April 2012 died in a  fatal auto crash which  occurred at Alapako village on the Lagos- Ibadan expressway. The Ogere Unit Commander of  the FRSC, Mr Abdulrahman Sadeeq, who confirmed the incident,  said four other persons were seriously injured in the crash which occurred at about 7:30 am. He said  that the victims were travelling in a white Mazda bus marked  Bayelsa  XC 239 YEN  heading to Lagos from Kano. The bus, according to him, skidded off  its lane and rammed into a ditch at the village.

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The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was on Tuesday 10th April 2012, selected by the United Nations to participate in a worldwide effort to address child malnutrition, a day after she was interviewed by the World Bank board for the post of the president of the global financial institution. Okonjo-Iweala and 26 other global leaders were picked for the job by the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. An announcement by the UN Department of Public Information, said Ban appointed 27 individuals, including some heads of state and other reputable individuals to focus on improving nutrition as key to progress in health and development. The group is to represent the many countries, organisations and sectors working to improve nutrition, and serve as strategic guides for the global movement. It is also expected to scale up nutrition, which is committed to advancing the strength and security of nations by improving maternal and child nutrition.

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika in Kaduna on Tuesday 10th April 2012, said  the Army would  train a special squad in the art of using dogs to fight Boko Haram. The COAS urged soldiers combating the group in the North to be alive to their duties. He added that the Army would inaugurate 14 speed boats to be used in checking militancy in Niger Delta. Ihejirika spoke at a workshop at the One Division of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna. He said, “I’m glad to inform you that our second batch of our trainees on the use of dogs in the fight against terrorism have just completed their training and will soon be launched to join you to further make your work easier.”

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The police in Rivers state on Wednesday 11th April 2012 said that it has arrested one Jim Zaccheus for allegedly killing and secretly burying his girlfriend, Peace Matthias in his room last Saturday in the Elechi beach area of Diobu, Port Harcourt. The new Commissoner of Police, Rivers state, Mohammed Indabawa, announced this while speaking during his debut press briefing in Port Harcourt. The suspect allegedly killed her during a scuffle and buried her in his room but his neighbours suspected his subsequent movements, and these suspicions, coupled with a strong stench that was coming out of the room made them alert security operatives who forced the door open and exhumed Peace’s decomposing body. Mr. Inadabawa said that Jim Zaccheus had already confessed to committing the crime and would soon be charged to the court.
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Aliko Dangote has finally decided to intervene in Nigeria’s epileptic power situation. He is to lead a $7 billion investment in the nation’s power sector, as well as petrochemical and mining sectors. Alhaji Dangote, who disclosed his intentions at a function in Lagos recently, said that he will be investing in the construction of a 2,000 megawatt power-generation facility to boost electricity supply over the next four years. “We want to do power that will be about 2,000 MW, that is infrastructure,” he said.

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The Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Professor John Idoko, disclosed in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during a courtesy call on Governor Ibikunle Amosun that no fewer than 70,000 babies born in Nigeria every year test positive to HIV. He said that the development was as a result of the inadequate utilisation of available initiatives to prevent the transmission of HIV through the mother-to-child route. Idoko, who told the governor that the agency was ready to partner with Ogun State Government in the prevention of HIV and  AIDS and other related diseases in the state, stated that the quoted figure was a compilation of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja.

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Lagos Island was groaning under a crippling traffic jam that paralysed business and sent many trekking on Thursday 12th April, 2012. First Lady Patience Jonathan was visiting – to thank women for voting her husband in last year’s election. Security agents cordoned off some areas because Patience Jonathan, the first lady of the federal republic of Nigeria was attending an event on the Island, consequently social and commercial activities on Lagos Island was paralysed for over nine hours. The resultant traffic jam extended beyond the Island to Mainland Lagos. It did not subside until early evening. From Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Ahmadu Bello Way (on Victoria Island) through Alfred Rewane Road (formerly Kingsway Road), Awolowo Road (in Ikoyi); Catholic Mission Street, through Igbosere Road and Simpson Street, all roads were blocked.

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A Nigerian lawyer, Robert Igbinedion, has sued the Federal Government and the National Assembly challenging the passage of the Same-Sex Prohibition Bill passed by the Senate late last year. In a suit filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos on behalf of the “sexual minorities”, Mr. Igbinedion prayed for an order for the enforcement of fundamental rights to Private and Family life, Freedom from Discrimination, and Human dignity. Mr. Igbinedion said that he filed the suit because the step taken by the Senate to make a law against LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender) persons is “one too many” by the government to oppress the minority.

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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has announced the discovery of a baby factory in Uruan where young girls are made to conceive, give birth and the babies later sold. Allegedly run by one Wisdom Mbaba, workers in the factory collect the new babies from the young mothers as soon as they are delivered and pay each N70,000 after delivery. The state’s Commissioner of Police, Umar Gwadabe, told journalists that following a tip-off from a resident of the area, the police raided the place and about seven young women, between the ages of 18 and 20, were rescued. He added that the suspected proprietor of the home, Mbaba, escaped but his wife, Effiong, was arrested.

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How do you feel about the news that made headlines in the country this week? What other stuff happened that you would like to share?

Have a great weekend!

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

20 Comments

  1. jide

    April 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I dont care what people do in the west, but this is african and lbgt “minority crap only flows in western world. We have a culture we most maintain by trying our best to refuse the negative influence of western culture. If the Lgbt group want to practice what ever let them do it in their own privacy or go abroad. Africa needs to stop compromising to the bullshits the west throws at us. If most be dont know by now, nigeria is not a complete democracy. It is different from any other because, religion, tribal culture, and western democracy meet. So unfortunately we cannot be compared anyother nation. Robert live the way you want in private, we are not americans that make out in public (gay or straight)or do other sexual provactive in public. We have a culture to protect and Homosexuality and lgbt is not part of it. Sorry bro.

    • Yinda

      April 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Well said Jide.

    • Turayo

      April 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Why not just say you do not approve, why bring culture into this? Also homosexuality has been a part of our culture since the dawn of time, it’s been a part of every culture since the dawn of time, so stop holding onto the culture argument and stop blaming the west.

      And which culture do you want to preserve? The weave wearing/American-Jamaican-Chinese accent/corruption in everywhere culture? Abeg. Feel free to hate homosexuals or not like them, but drop the culture argument biko, it’s getting old.

  2. Busola

    April 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    EWWWWW! to the baby factory peeps!!!!!! Should be caught and punished severely! At Pat Jonathan, thanks for stressing the already over-stressed VI working peeps, over worked and under paid nigerian workers for that matter!!! Argh!!!!!!1

  3. iamfascinating

    April 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Hmmn, may God help us in Nigeria and keep on destroying evil, in Jesus name, Amen!

    http://www.thestunninglady.blogspot.com

  4. faith

    April 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I experienced the road block two yrs ago wen GEJ visited PH, it was so annoying…I wonder y ppl can’t move freely J̲̥̅̊u̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊t̲̥̅̊ bcos d president or his wife ȋ̊§ visiting..

  5. partyrider

    April 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    T.B Joshua pls go and rest joor..Nigerians pay too much attention to that guy..*hiss*

  6. Shile

    April 14, 2012 at 12:25 am

    The baby making factory news is really scary. I heard about this a while ago but I thought it was all a joke. To think people will do this to have kids is beyond belief. May GOD help us all.

    http://mumscentre.blogspot.co.uk/

  7. Ona

    April 14, 2012 at 1:19 am

    tb joshua also predicted the death of micheal jackson and naija football tournaments, amongst others. quite scurry.

  8. jmayaki

    April 14, 2012 at 6:44 am

    that lawyer no get work

    • Sharon

      April 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

      The lawyer no get work true true. Odawise he will not sit there and b talking dat rubbish. If he is involved in things like dat, he should relocated to one of d countries dat practice such and abominable act.

    • Turayo

      April 15, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      The lawyer has a point. If this kind of thing passes, before long there will be a law to restrict other minorities. It starts slowly. Besides, Nigeria did not have openly LGBT people trying to get married, so the law was stupid and unnecessary to begin with.

  9. mimi

    April 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Wow am I d only one that rea what the stupid chief of army staff said? This people are just bare jokes…i mean can it get any worse?

  10. christy

    April 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Abeg,TB joshua only predict on stuff dat so glaring enuf,2 nig actor are clearly sick,so huh? D malawi president was so sick blf he made dat predictn,abeg rest

  11. Dune

    April 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    All of u against d lawyer are only confused. Ur religion, mode of dressing, western democracy, evn dt ur culture dt u want to defend are all borrowed frm d western society. He is fighting 4 u pple as well bcs if d bill is passd, ur right to privacy wld be infringed smehw along d line. Yet dey passd a bill supporting Bigamy nd u forget dt ur mothers nd sisters cld become victims of dt stupid bill promoting BIGAMY. Bigamy is so different frm Polygamy. U pple dnt knw wt it means to fight 4 d minorities bcs smehw u fight 4 urselves on d long run. He is Fightin 4 d right to privacy nd family life. Dnt be confused.

    • Turayo

      April 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you.

  12. jaygirl

    April 15, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Truly that lawyer is jobless..doesn’t he have reasonable causes to fight about? Dogs to fight terrorism? What part of suicide bombing don’t they understand or do they they think dogs are bomb proof? Why can’t the first lady and her entourage use helicopters and save everyone a lot of stress or invite whomever to aso rock?Dangote..hmm..next stop..presidency, am sure but has oga billionaire repaid all the loans he owes banks?

  13. Ken

    April 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Please get your facts right. Our Financial Year in Nigeria runs from April – March, with April as the beginning of the financial year and March of the following year as the end. Our budget is not late!

  14. yell

    April 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    The prophet is only saying what he saw in the spirit. Make una leave him alone

  15. ipublicizenaija

    April 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Baby factory? if you want to make money, why don’t you going into pure water manufacturing or something more practical? Incredible!!!

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