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Good Morning Everyone! Its a breath of fresh air!

Two score and fifteen years ago, our fathers fought for the liberation of this great country and we are so ecstatic that today, #CHANGEHASCOME to Nigeria. As someone said… “We appreciate Jonathan for performing so bad, that the entire nation woke up”. Now, let’s look to the next four years. It won’t be easy and we are not expecting miracles overnight, but today, victory is won.

And this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

God Bless Nigeria!

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We’re not aware of AIDS cure breakthrough – UNIBEN

University of Benin on Wednesday distanced itself from Prof. Isaiah Ibeh’s claim that he had found a possible cure for  AIDS.
Reports on Wednesday quoted Ibeh, who is  UNIBEN’s Dean of  Basic Medical Sciences, as saying he had  developed a herbal  drug capable of curing AIDS.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Tuesday that the new drug had undergone “a series of successful tests”. But the Provost, College of Medical Sciences, UNIBEN, Prof. Vincent Iyawe, said the university was unaware of the breakthrough, and would therefore not substantiate it until procedures for verifying such were concluded.
Iyawe said, “The school will like to take credit for a breakthrough, but the school cannot align with the breakthrough because the university college was not consulted and the university was not consulted. He didn’t carry anybody along, so, this is the issue. There are protocols and procedures, stage by stage procedures.
“We are going to take it (drug) to the clinical laboratory, we are going to take it to the Federal Ministry of Health because they have a procedure there.”
“We’ll probably take it to NAFDAC  because it is a unit or department of the ministry. We’ll take it for clinical trial, and many things we’ll have to do before we can announce that we discovered something.”
“In fact,  we  have to take it to the World Health Organisation. So these are the things we are discussing.”
Asked whether Ibeh was unaware of such procedures before going public, Iyawe said, “I don’t know. He can answer that question, but we are not granting a press interview. I said  after we have finished, we can still call you people (media). All we are doing is to protect him.”
However, the provost  was not sure of  how long it could take the university  to verify Ibeh’s claim.

Via Punch


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FEC Approves Three More Federal Varsities

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of three additional federal universities in the country.
The approval was given at the council’s first meeting of the year presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting alongside his counterparts- Mr. Edem Duke (Tourism and Culture); Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufai (Education); and Dr. Yerima Ngama (State, Finance).
The three newly-approved universities, according to Rufai, are the Federal University of Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State; Federal University of Gusau, Zamfara State, and Federal University of Gashua, Yobe State.
The minister said the new universities would take off during the 2014/2015 academic session.
She said, “We have been battling with the problem of access to education every year, cutting across primary, secondary and tertiary. We record between 1.3million and 1.5million applicants through JAMB every year.”
Rufai said having approved the establishment of three additional universities, every state in the country now has federal university.

Via Punch


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Nations Cup: Mikel, Ideye make team, Dike out!

Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi, Joseph Yobo made Nigeria’s final list as expected to the 2013 Africa Nations Cup starting January 19 in South Africa. They lead 21 others including Ukraine-based Brown Ideye who made the team despite originally being rumoured as cut from the team by coach Stephen Keshi. The Nigeria coached released the final team list while the country engaged Cape Verde in a friendly match in Faro, Portugal Wednesday night. The match ended goalless.
Nigeria Captain Joseph Yobo will play in his sixth Africa Cup of Nations finals. The 32-year old defender had previously played at the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 finals, winning bronze on four occasions.
The list may have been as widely expected but Keshi surprised many when he chose to drop Bright Dike from the team. Keshi had spoken highly of the America-based Dike who also scored the country lone goal against Catalonia last week in a friendly match which gave the inkling that the rookie striker could make the cut.
It will be the first appearance for goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Juwon Oshaniwa and Godfrey Oboabona, midfielders Nosa Igiebor, Ogenyi Onazi, Obiora Nwankwo, Fegor Ogude and Reuben Gabriel, and strikers Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike, Sunday Mba,  Ideye, Victor Moses and Ejike Uzoenyi.
Nigeria will play Burkina Faso, Zambia and Ethiopia in Group C, with their first two games against the Etalons and the Cup holders coming up inside Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium on 21st January and 25th January respectively, before a clash with Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes in Rustenburg’s Bafokeng Sports Palace on 29th January.
Final list:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (SC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria).
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio Padova, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars, Nigeria);
Forwards: Ahmed Musa ( CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal FC, Spain); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria).

Via Punch


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BlackBerry 10 Devices Will Be Made Available At Multiple Price Points

Research In Motion has said that it plans to release a wide range of BlackBerry 10 devices that will hit low, middle and high price points in order to capture more of the smartphone market. In addition, three major U.S. mobile carriers — Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile — say they will support BlackBerry 10 products.
RIM CMO Frank Boulben told Fierce Wireless at CES that RIM will release at least six BlackBerry 10 devices this year, beginning with an all-touch device and phone with a Qwerty keyboard that will be officially announced on Jan. 30. The company has previously said that it plans to start selling the BB10 smartphones in February, and that 150 carriers around the world are currently testing devices using BB10, which will launch with  at least 70,000 apps.
RIM has been hyping the BlackBerry 10 operating system as a major alternative to Android and iOS and hopes that BB10 devices will help its smartphones regain market share from Apple and Samsung. In October it showed off BB10′s BlackBerry Hub real-time notification and other features in London, before CEO Thorsten Heins and Vice President Andrew Bocking were photographed at a Lakers Game using BB10 phones.
The existing base of BlackBerry subscribers numbers 79 million, according to Boulben, but the company’s market share has slipped dramatically over the past year. In the third quarter of 2012, RIM had 5.3% of the global smartphone market, down from 11% in the year-ago period, according to Research by Gartner.


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Samsung Galaxy S II Plus revealed with Dual-Core 1.2GHz CPU and Jelly Bean

Samsung just unleashed a new phone into the world, but you’ve probably heard of it before: it’s the Galaxy S II Plus. The handset serves as a modest update to the original Galaxy S II, which contains a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM and Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). Naturally, you’ll find an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, which is complimented by a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The Galaxy S II Plus will include 8GB of built-in storage, in addition to support for microSD cards up to 64GB in size. Expect to find HSPA+ (21Mbps) support across the 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz bands, which will be augmented by GSM support for the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz bands. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced for this refresh, but we’ll be sure to let you know once we have additional details.


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Stars Turning 50 in 2013

Steven Soderbergh (Jan. 14, Capricorn)
Larry the Cable Guy (Feb. 17, Aquarius)
Quentin Tarantino (March 27, Aries)
Jet Li (April 26, Taurus)
Mike Myers (May 25, Gemini)
Johnny Depp (June 9, Gemini)
Brad Pitt (Dec. 18, Sagittarius)