Sunday, January 13, 2013

Nas Doing Fine After Being Hospitalized in New York

Nas was reportedly hospitalized on Friday morning after falling ill with vertigo, the motion-based illness with symptoms of dizziness, vomiting and nausea.

The CNN’s greatest lyricist of all-time was expected to make an appearance on Live! With Kelly & Michael that morning, but the hosts said he was forced to cancel the taping after the vertigo symptoms kicked in following his flight into town. Nas resurfaced hours later on Twitter to relieve fans of any worry.

“Peace y’all. I’m out of the ER & doin alright. I’m on bed rest for a few. Apologies to everyone @ Live w/ Kelly & Michael. I’ll make it up.”
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) January 11, 2013

Fellow NYC rapper Talib Kweli sent the 39-year-old well wishes. “Nas salute to you, one of our greatest, truest inspirations. We need you out here…” Kweli tweeted.

Relations Of 9 Persons Slain In Bauchi Employed By State Govt


Family members of nine persons killed by gunmen in Zango area of Bauchi state last year, have been employed by the state government.

This was disclosed in a statement yesterday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ishola Michael Adeyemi. The statement read that already, all those suggested by the families of the deceased, had been issued letters of employment by the State Civil Service Commission and are expected to resume work immediately.

The beneficiaries are Danjuma Ayuba; Dinatu Innah; Virmidah J. Lumi; Jamimah Joseph Komo B; Rahila Samaila; Jamimah I Joro; Chongdah Haruna; Fibi Godiya K. Rimi, Rahila Zamba and Alhamdu Markus.

We Need Access To Funds, Equipments Not Phones, Farmers Tell FG


The plans by the Federal Government to distribute mobile phones to 10 million farmers across the country, has been criticized by the potential beneficiaries who described it as a misplaced priority. Rather than provide them with phones, they say access to funds is what is needed instead.

A member of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria in Delta State, Dr. John Akwara, said phones do not appear on the list of priorities of an average Nigerian farmer.
He said, “What we need are funds not phones. We also need to see some sincerity in the people who are in the ministry of agriculture because they are fond of ‘cornering’ things meant for farmers for their personal use.

“If government really wants to help farmers, they should help us with better access to funds. Some of us need funds to set up our farms and others need funds to expand. Bank interest rates are too high; average farmers can’t get loans from banks. So, government should make sure we get these funds.”
Akwara further blamed politicians and civil servants whom they alleged ‘hijacked’ government’s intervention funds for the sector.

“All the money government approves for agriculture does not get to farmers. Politicians and those in the ministry of agriculture end up being the beneficiaries. For example here in Delta State, they use some funds approved for farmers to empower political thugs. They told them to form a cooperative society and once they did, the money was allocated to them in the name of farmers,” he said.

In her own reaction, Managing Director of Duke’s Farm, Ijebu-Ode, in Ogun State, Mrs. Omotayo Omotayo, the idea of giving phones to farmers is unnecessary since most farmers already own mobile phones and have been using them to connect with their market.
She said, “I don’t think buying mobile phones for farmers is important. There is hardly any serious farmer that does not have a phone or a means of communicating with his or her customers.

“The idea doesn’t hold water because, at least here in Ogun State, we have the Agricultural Development Programme. They usually go into the rural areas to educate farmers on new farming techniques. So, I don’t think farmers need to receive such information on mobile phones.”
Omotayo, instead advised government to buy farm implements for farmers.

According to another farmer, Benjamin Samson, who is also a member of the Catfish Farmers Forum, government should give out loans to farmers instead.
“Phones have become very cheap. So, any farmer that needs a phone can buy it. What we want is for government to give us loans,” he said.

Stop Insulting The Sensibilities Of Ekiti People – PDP To Gov. Fayemi


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West, has described the comment credited to governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, that Ekiti is the number one rumour mill in Africa, as uncharitable and an insult on the collective sensibilities of Ekiti people.

The party said the governor must retract the statement and apologise to the people of Ekiti.

Fayemi had at the state secretariat of the ACN, Ado-Ekiti, on Friday, while decrying the rumours about his ill-health and purpoted resignation of his deputy as false, reportedly said the state is the number one rumour mill in Africa, adding that rumour-peddling must be discouraged in order to give room for more development in the state.

However, reacting to the statement, Zonal Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hon. Kayode Babade, said that it was the height of Fayemi’s arrogance and contempt for Ekiti people for him to have described them as rumour mongers.

The party said rather than blame Ekiti people for what he may regard as rumours about his administration, he should blame his party, the Action Congress of Nigeria, which thrives on falsehood and propaganda, himself, for running a cult-like government and his information managers who are obviously not doing their job.

The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports credited to governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State describing the State as the number one rumour mill in Africa.
“In other words, Fayemi is saying that Ekiti people, including himself, are rumour mongers who do not deserve to be accorded any respect.

“This to us is an insult on the collective sensibilities of Ekiti people who are highly educated and respected for their honesty and sincerity.
“Most importantly, we wish to remind Fayemi and his ilk in the ACN that they should indeed be blamed for whatever rumour that is being peddled about the government because they actually introduced lies and deceit to the politics of Ekiti.

“Was Fayemi not among the ACN people who lied that incisions (gbere) were made on eggs that were being used to feed primary school pupils during the PDP administration of Segun Oni?
“Was Fayemi not part of the ACN people who lied that N3 billion was carried to Ogere Toll Gate where the cash was changed to Dollars and used to bribe Tribunal judges?
“So when Fayemi wanted to be governor at all cost then, in his estimation, it was not ridiculous that N3 billion cash could be changed to dollars at Ogere Toll Gate?

“Why is he now troubled about the so-called rumour about his government to the extent that he is now insulting Ekiti people by calling them rumour mongers?
“To us, such a comment coming from a governor is to say the least unfortunate and it is our demand that he must apologise to Ekiti people for labelling them rumour mongers, which they are not.”