Is Networking business actually the immediate or remote panacea out of this recession? 

It’s been quite alarming, given the uncontrollable rise in the number of networking business that are emergine at the “snap of the finger“. The mode at which this businesses has been embraced by all and sundry has been with unimaginable aweness. 

Example of this networking businesses are; Giversforum, zarfund, crowd rising, ultimate cycled, I charity, helping hands. E. T. C

It’s been discovered that some people even go out of their way to secure loans, just for the sake of investing it in this Wonder money making business that are everywhere today. Should the people patronizing this businesses be stopped or should the perpetrators of this businesses be stopped? or should the federal government just “mind their business“, and allow the people to have their way, which to them, “they are helping themselves” , or should I say they are “assisting themselves, since the federal government hasn’t been able to profer the needed policy that would emerge in the right economic, political and social panacea“.
Are the government actually an enemy of progress, for continually telling people to desist from this get-rich quick enterprises?  Or are they the real enemy of progress, for not delivering their electoral mandate, as prescribed and detailed out during their campaign for the political offices they are now occupying ?

An angry participant once said, “if I’m to ask who the real criminals and unreliable people are, I’ll quickly point at the government“. I was actually shocked by his answer, but looking at how beaten and battered this fellow was, you would have no choice than to concede with his reasons. 

With the harsh effect of the current economic recession, with the fall in the value of money cum the devaluation of the Naira with respect to the dollar. With the high and unrepentant increase in the price of goods and services. With the exorbitant increase in the price and cost of imported commodities and services.

 And with the failure of appropriate economic, financial, social, environmental, geographical, agricultural, political  e.t.c policies of government to cushion the effect of this recessive menace, should networking businesses (irrespective of it’s pronness to possible risk) be stopped or far worse prevented from gaining entrance into the nation? Or should government just leave the “Networkers and their Networkees“,to keep on carrying out their daily transactions and find a way of fixing major, societal and national challenges such as terrorism, financial instability and uncertainty and many more. 

On the other side of the fence, is the government actually playing it’s role in “stopping the Networkers and their Networkees” or they are actually busy “pokenosing themselves into activity that doesn’t concern them” ?

YOUR VIEWS WOULD ACTUALLY TELL IT ALL……. 

From projans…. 

IS NYSC ACTUALLY A WASTE OF TIME? OR SHOULD IT BE LEFT ALONE TO STAY..?? 

This has been one of the most controversial debate of the decade. The perspective of fellow Nigerian youths and the entire Nigerian populace over the fate of this scheme has been highly decisive while at one end it could be said to be emotionally driven based on certain reasons which aren’t far fetched. 

After interviewing some of the ex-corpers who had served their country in their own capacity, a good number of them had reasons why it should be sustained,  while the remaining average also gave reasons why the scheme should be “Immediately scrapped” with unhindered alacrity. 

Some Nigerians actually stated that the scheme had actually helped in the area of National integration. As it fostered the coming together of different breed of young and vibrant youths, irrespective of their cultural, ethnic, social, physical and territorial disparities. The scheme by one of the ex-corpers was actually a “blessing to the nation“. While another ex-corper said that it was actually a “One year of Fun“.

But on the other side of the divide, this set of ex-corpers cum the views of other intending graduates on the line to go for the one year mandatory national service, actually saw the scheme as an “utter waste of time to them“.some actually said, “if only you know what I was doing before this nysc of a thing actually made me to resign and come from it, you would know that I regret serving sef“. Some people actually complained of the fact that they had “tangible jobs or engagements” they were involved in, prior to the one year mandatory service, which they had no choice but to resign as the boss they worked for couldn’t afford to leave their position vacant till they return from service, as the whole idea of business is to make profit and even to maximize it thereto. 

An angry ex-corper actually poured out his mind when he said, “Nna the best thing to be done is for federal government to calculate their monthly allowance for the year, and pay them immediately after camp, so that as they are leaving camp they would go straight to invest the money, rather than sit around for one year doing virtually nothing”.

While some Nigerians after been interviewed said, “one year of service is not a guarantee that when you round up, a job would be waiting for you”.

So whats the way forward…??? Should it be scrapped or should it be improved upon?… Your views will tell.. 

(From projans… )

See man that has been living with HIV since 2years old.. 

After losing his parents to Aids in 1992 Wilson Bukenya was adopted by his maternal aunt, who lived in Denmark. Today the 24-year-old is fit, healthy and studying political science. He was born with HIVin Uganda. Both my mother and father died of Aids because they couldn’t access treatment. Immediately after, my mother’s sisters took me to Denmark so that I could access medication and maybe live. I was two years old.I was very sick when I arrived in Denmark.After I got better, I led a normal life growing up. I didn’t know that I had HIVuntil I was 12. South Africa launchestrial of new HIV vaccineI’d gone to the hospital for a regular consultation and there was a new doctor on duty. He made a mistake by showing me a card that revealed my status. That’s how I found out that I was HIV-positive.I remember being very sad when I found out. I was shocked.I couldn’t hear anything. I was very sad. I was at the hospital with my aunt and after some time, I left her to go and see some friends. On the bus, I was listening to music; I remember it was that song by Eminem featuring Elton John, Stan. As I listened to the song on the bus, I started crying. I thought I was going to die.When I met my friends later that day, I told them that I was HIV-positive and that I was probably going to die.Soon, people at school started talking, and the word just spread. I twas hard for me. Many people started to keep some distance from me; they didn’t want to talk to me or sit with me, they were scared of getting infected.It was a very, very hard time for me.I would say the stigma is something I have battled with the most. People thought they could get infected by justbeing around me. Even in a place like Denmark, people seemed to know solittle about how the virus spreads.At one point, I actually had to show people booklets to make them understand that you cannot getit by sitting next to me.When I was 14, there were a nurse and some student leaders who tried to get me to join a group made up of young people with HIV. It was like a support group. I refused. It took them two years to change my mind. So when I was 16, I joined the group (called Ungegruppen/Positive Youth) and it has been great. I realised it was about educating others about stigma, about prevention and care. It was about making a positive contribution to society. It has also helped me to keep motivated. Being part of the support group, I have been able to talk more freely about the difficulties of beinga young person with HIV.It is also why I am studying political science. I want to make the world a better place. Politicians are not concentrating on the real problems. Iwant to get into thesystem and try to make a change. Mygoal is to have politicians show more interest in fighting diseases. Because it is very hard to be sick. I know how hard it is.I have a lot of friends who also try to spread the word.People see me as a normal person now that they know what HIV is.It is also clear that Ican’t infect anyone because of the medicine I take. Basically, if you take the medicine properly you can’t infect anyone in any way.But I have had some problems with the medication – the side-effects have been very harsh on me. The new meds are better, but every time I used totake the old ones – sometimes up to eight or 10 tablets at at time – I alwaysfelt nauseous and as though I wanted to throw up. But It doesn’t affect everyone in the same way.I am responsible and do not have sex without a condom. But once, two years ago, I made a mistake. It is something that is very hard for me to talk about. I was drunk and then I had a sex with a girl, I don’t know why but I was very drunk. And when I woke up I couldn’t find a condom. At the time, I hadn’t been very good with the medicine. So I started crying. My worst nightmare is to infect another person with HIV because I know its difficulties. It was very hard. I was thinking about killing myself because I didn’t know what to do.But then I managedto take action. I called the girl and told her that I was HIV-positive and that I hadn’t been very good with my medicine at the time. We called some nurses to take control of the situation. She didn’t end up with HIV but still I can’t forget it. I can’t forgive myself.While I am healthy now, I have been close to contracting Aids at least twice.The first time was when I just came toDenmark. I was close to dying. The doctor didn’t think Iwould make it. I actually had Aids atthat point but somehow I guess I kept fighting. I was at the hospital for eight months or something but I kept fighting. I am here today.The second time was about two years ago when I got sick from the side-effects from the medication. I had been taking themedication for so many years, but I was never able to get used to the side-effects. I didn’t want to take the medicine any more and I stopped. You know,you take medicine to get better but you actually get sick of the medicine. I didn’t take it. And my viralload went up, it got very high and my immune system went very low – far below the danger zone – where you start developing Aids. That was kindof a wake-up call for me. I needed to start the treatment again. And now I take my pill every day.My message to young people is simple: Take your pills every day and don’t be afraid. Just open up. Don’tbe afraid of people knowing that you are HIV-positive because then you find out who you can trust and who you can’t. Then youcan be with reliablepeople, not with thefake ones. Just be yourself. Don’t let the sickness control your thoughts. You haveto listen to yourself, be driven by your heart and don’t let HIV control your life. You have to controlHIV. The virus has changed. If you have access to medication you canlead a normal life. There is nothing to fear.As told to Azad Essa in Durban, South Africa.

(News from Aljazeera) 

TRUMP APPOINTS NIGERIAN, OGUNLESI INTO HIS ECONOMIC ADVIDORY TEAM.. 

The Nigerian community in U.S. has specially lauded the appointment of Bayo Ogunlesi by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump into his Economic Advisory Team, saying it could signal a positive trend for Africa.Spokesperson for the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN, Pastor Akinremi Bolaji, said Ogunlesi’s appointment was a positive development for Nigeria and Africa.

 “Speaking as a Nigerian, it is a good indication and positive development for Africa and Nigeria that we are among the best brains everywhere.”It is also to show you that one in every five Blacks is a Nigerian

Ogunlesi has to see himself as a representative of the Black race as the only Black man that made the list by further distinguishing himself.”I advise him to use his opportunity well and he should bring together people of integrity who will not smearhis integrity.”Bolaji said the younger generation has a lot to learn from his distinction, adding “journalists have a lot to do to tell us how he was able to weather the storm and got recognised worldwide.”It also shows that the best economic brains are scattered everywhere in Nigeria. We have the Dangotes in the North, Jim Ovias and Tony Elumelus in the East and South South and Otedola in the West, and now Ogunlesi.”If we put our house together, we have people all over the world and at home who have all it takes for us to succeed,” Bolaji said.NAN recalls that Ogunlesi, who is the chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm and one of Fortune 500 companies, was named a member of an economic advisory forum to Trump.The 63-year-old Nigerian is the only African face in the 16-man team.”President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced that he is establishing the President’s Strategicand Policy Forum,” said a press release from Blackstone published byBusiness Insider.The Forum, which is composed of some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders, will be called upon to meet with the president frequently to sharetheir specific experience and knowledge as the president implements his plan to bring back jobs and ‘Make America Great Again’. 

SHOCKER: FAKE US EMBASSY IN GHANA HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN.. 

Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake US embassy in the capital, Accra, run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the US State Department has said.”It was not operated by the United States government, but by figures from both Ghanaian and Turkish organised crime rings and a Ghanaian attorney practicing immigration and criminal law,” the State Department said in a statement released late on Friday.

The crime ring issued fraudulently obtained but legitimate US visas and false identification documents, including birth certificates at a cost of $6,000 each, the statement said.During raids that led to a number of arrests, authorities also seized authentic and counterfeit Indian, South African and Schengen Zone visas and 150 passports from 10 different countries along with a laptop and smart phones.

The statement did not say how the gang obtained the authentic visas. And the State Department did notsay how many people were believed to have illegally entered theUnited States and other countries using visas issued by the crime ring, which used bribery to operate unhindered.”The criminals running the operation were able to pay off corrupt officials to look the other way, as well as obtain legitimate blank documents to be doctored,” the statement said.There was no immediate comment from Ghana’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Visa appointments for Western countries are in high demand in Africa and embassies say the visa market is a big target for organised crime.

KING SUNNY ADE GETS INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME…

Some fans of legendary juju maestro,King Sunny Ade in Abuja, have congratulated him on his induction into the “Hard Rock Café Music Memorabilia” which held in Lagos on Wednesday.The induction was coming three weeks after the veteran entertainer was honoured at the 2016 AFRIMA awards.

Ozioma Ibezim

the manager of Hidden Talent Agency, told NAN that, “I love king Sunny Ade because he is a true African entertainer who is very creative.

Joseph Bawa,

 a civil servant said thathe was happy for the singer, adding that the induction couldn’t have come at a better time.”I am happy that he is being greatly rewarded for his works.“It is amazing that an inspiring entertainer like him is known by many generations.”It couldn’t have come at a better time because he just celebrated his 70th birthday making it the perfect year to celebrate his talent and wisdom,” he said.

Toke Makinwa,

An Abuja based singer, said that she was happy with the legend’s achievements so far and hoped to be recognised like him someday.”His life story is inspiring and his talent is admirable. I am glad and happy for him, especially for being recognised in such a manner.”The Hard Rock Café Music Memorabilia is a very big deal where many are called, but very few are chosen.”He inspires many singers and I hopeto get half of the recognition he has gotten someday.”May God continue to bless him. 

See how Ghana prepares ahead of it’s election… 

Over 15 million Ghanaians go to the polls on Wednesday December 7 to elect a new president along with 275 Members of Parliament (MPs).General election is done on two levels – presidential and parliamentary atthe same time. There are close to 98,000 polling stations across the 10 regions of the country.

Who is eligible to vote?

As regards to the 1992 Constitution, every citizen of Ghana eighteen years of age or above and of sound mind has the right to vote and is entitled to be registered as a voter for the purposes of public elections.

Parliamentary voting, collation and results declarationVoting is done at the polling station level but is transmitted to constituency level (collation centers) in the case of parliamentary elections – results for MPs are determined after putting together polling station figures in a particular constituency.

CURE TO HIV/AIDS: ON THE VERGE OF BEEN DISVOVERWD BY SOUTH-AFRICAN SCIENTIST 

A new vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes Aids, is being tested in South Africa in what scientists say is the first large study of an HIV vaccine’s effectiveness since 2009.Experts hope the vaccine will be “the final nail in the coffin” for HIV.

According to the United Nations, more than 30 million people have died from Aids since the 1980s.Recent breakthroughs in anti-retroviral treatments have improved the lifespan of Aids patients.However, the only effective prevention remains abstinence or the use of barrier methods such as condoms during sexual intercourse.

SHOCKER: UK has “First sexually transmitted Zika Virus”..

The first likely case of sexual transmission of the Zika virus in the UK has been reported by the authorities.The woman has made a full recovery, and it is thought she had been infected by her partner, who had recently visited a Zika-hit country.Mostly spread by mosquitoes, Zika can linger in semen for months.

Cases of sexual spread have been reported in other countries and experts said the UK case was “not unexpected”.An update by Public Health Englandsaidthere had been 265 cases of Zika in the UK with one “likely” spread through sex.Seven cases were in pregnant women.While Zika is normally a mild infection, it can damage the development of a baby’s brain, leading to microcephaly.Prof Dilys Morgan, the Zika incident director at Public Health England, said:”PHE advises all male travellers regardless of symptoms to avoid conception and use condoms and other barrier methods during sexual activities for six months following return from a Zika high- or moderate-risk country.

Earlier this month the World Health Organization said Zika virus will no longer be treated as an international medical emergency. By lifting its nine-month-old declaration, the health agency acknowledged that Zika was here to stay.Prof Jimmy Whitworth, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “News that one case of sexual transmission of Zika has occurred in the UK is not unexpected.“About 60 cases of sexual transmission of Zika have been reported worldwide, so we think this is quite rare.”

Discovering just how common it is for the virus to be passed during sex by a man or woman is a key focus for Zika researchers.”Public Health England’s updated adviceis also welcome.”Zika virus survives in semen longer than other body fluids so recommendingmale travellers returning from Zika transmission countries, with or without symptoms, practise safe sex for six months is sensible.”
(Culled from bbcAfrica) 

NIGERIAN FALCONS BEAT CAMEROON TO WIN NATIONS CUP BY…

​Nigeria won the women’s Africa Cup of Nations for an eighth time after a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon in front of a capacity 40,000 crowd in Yaounde.A late goal from Desire Oparanozie was all Nigeria needed to retain the trophy they won in Namibia two years ago.

In a repeat of the 2014 final, Cameroon finished as runners-up again despite enjoying massive home support.In front of Cameroon president Paul Biya, the hosts had the best of the first half, with a number of chances for Aboudi Onguene, but the Indomitable Lionesses failed to make the most of their opportunities.In the second half, Oparanozie,who also scored Nigeria’s winner againstSouth Africa in their semi-final,hit the decisive goal again when she broke the deadlock seven minutes from time.She followed through on a pass from the tournament’s leading scorer Asisat Oshoala to give her team the trophy.The stadium in Yaounde packed to capacity five hours before kick-off.

The winning goal from Nigeria was a huge blow for the hosts and the thousands of fans who filled the 40,000 capacity Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium more than five hours before kick-off.Security in the stadium was stepped up for the final because of the presence of President Paul Biya and roads were blocked for several kilometres around the stadium since early morning.

Ghana finished as bronze medallists after a 1-0 win over SouthAfrica on Friday.