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Romance, / Woman Shares Her Story After Welcoming Twins: I Spent Over N11m On Ivf (photos) by Damsin(m): 7:0 am On 11 Nov 2018
A Nigerian woman, Omotade Alalade and her husband, are currently in a celebration mood over the miracle they witnessed from God, as they welcome a set of twins.

Read how she chronicled her story;

\"After I spend more than N11 million on IVF treatments my husband and I finally complete our family with a set of twins. @tadealalade has TWINSSS ooooo.

This post would be too long if I start going into details on what I’ve been through trying to conceive.
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Romance, / Ooni Of Ife Receives Ex-ghanaian President In His Palace. by Damsin(m): 7:0 am On 11 Nov 2018
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi hosted the immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama and his team at the palace in Ile -Ife, Osun State.
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Crime, / Salkida Ahmad Reveals Those Behind Attack On Military Base, Killing Over 100 Sol by Damsin(m): 6:0 am On 11 Nov 2018
Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have access to Boko Haram, on Friday revealed those behind the recent attack on a military base in Metele, Borno State.

Salkida disclosed that a factional group of the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, was behind the recent attack that claimed the lives of several military personnel.

In a series of tweets, Salkida stated that ISWAP was set to become the most lethal branch of IS terrorist group in the world.

According to the journalist, the factional Boko Haram group intended to achieve its aim through its current trend of attacks and recruitment.
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Crime, / I Killed Papa Over Bush Rabbit Meat,nigerian Man Revealed Himself In Akwa Ibom S by Damsin(m): 6:0 am On 11 Nov 2018
The Akwa Ibom State High Court in Itu judicial division has sentenced one Utibe Daniel Etim to death by hanging over the murder of his father.

The accused, a middle aged man, was charged on a count of murder in 2016.

It was gathered that the accused committed the offence following an argument that ensued between him and his father on the sharing formula for the bush rabbit he caught.

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Politics / 2019: Gov. Okorocha Speaks On What Will Happen To Apc If Buhari Loses Election by Damsin(m): 5:0 am On 11 Nov 2018
The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has vowed that he was not going to dump the All Progressives Congress, APC, for those who entered party through the back door.
Okorocha said this in a press conference at the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday.

The Governor said that per-adventure Buhari loses the 2019 election, most people in the party will leave immediately.
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Politics / Nigeria Vs Uganda: Super Eagles Fail To Win In Asaba by mcebisco(m): 7:0 pm On 11 Nov 2018
The Super Eagles were held to a 0-0 draw by Uganda, in an international friendly match played on Tuesday, at the Stephen Keshi International Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.

Head coach Gernot Rohr fielded a strong side, with Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa and Oghenekaro Etebo all starting against the Cranes.

However, they failed to find the net, in what was generally a scrappy match.

It was the first game Rohr’s men were playing, after they booked their place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, following a 1-1 draw with South Africa on Saturday.

Uganda have also qualified for the tournament, after beating Cape Verde 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Stadium, Kampala.

The Cranes defeated the Super Eagles 1-0 the last time both teams met in a friendly match on March 25, 2015.

Politics / 2019: 1,931 Dead Persons Discovered In Voters’ Register In Kaduna by mcebisco(m): 7:0 pm On 11 Nov 2018
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has detected and removed the names of 1,931 dead persons from the voters’ register in Kaduna State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Abdurahim Kasugama, said this on Tuesday when he received the Senate Committee on INEC in his office.

He said the names were uncovered during the recent display of voters’ register for claims and objections.

Kasugama also announced that there were no claims of names of foreigners in the voters’ register, except for few cases of irregular images that were discovered and removed.

“Our recently concluded program has been very successful. During the display, we got claims and objections. To the best of what has come from the 23 local government, there’s been no claim of any non-Nigerian from Kaduna State.

“Those who died during the exercise were claimed to be 1,931 names which were removed. We also identified 12 people with still pictures. These are people who instead of their images put images of objects,” he said.

Corrections were also made in the names and ages of people who lodged complaints concerning their registration.

Politics / How Governors Caged Obasanjo As President – Osoba by mcebisco(m): 7:0 pm On 11 Nov 2018
A former Ogun State Governor, Chief Segun Osoba, on Tuesday said that governors who served under former President Olusegun Obasanjo were able to cage him and stop him from doing a lot of unconstitutional things because of their maturity and unity among them irrespective of political affiliations.

Osoba spoke at the 80th birthday celebration of former Akwa Ibom state Governor, Obong Victor Attah.

The former Ogun State governor, who spoke on behalf of other former governors present at the event, including former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie Oyegun and his successor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said the governors spoke with one voice and stood against the antics of the former President and dragged him to court on a number of occasions and won.

He said “Today we are happy to celebrate a man of honour. In our time we do not know the differences in the party you belong to and Obasanjo then dare not play with any of us governors. I am happy to say that Obong Attah was from the PDP, I was from the AD.

“The AD group made up of the late Lam Adesina, and Bisi Akande. When we speak, to our surprise, Obong who is of the PDP will take it up from there contributing intelligently to the issues we raised. It is on the ground of his style of leadership that we were seriously able to cage former President Obasanjo.

“I used the word seriously because first of all, Abdulsalam Abubakar left a huge sum of money that was to be distributed to the governors. The first thing Obasanjo did was to seize the money and use it to buy vehicles for local government councils.

“We kicked, went to court and we won. On the fiscal responsibility Act, he (Obasanjo) said he will not implement section 8 where all revenues were to go into an account from where it will be distributed according to the constitution. When it became almost impossible, we went to court and we won. In all of these, it was not resource control. Obong Attah was in the fore front of all these struggle.”

Osoba who recounted how governors in those days rallied behind Attah and his other Niger Delta counterparts to agitate for resource control, expressed reservations on the quality and character of those aspiring to become governors these days.

“I want to appeal to all us. We should go back to the characters that formed government in 1992 and 1999. 26 years ago, most of us who were governors have had exposures. John Odigie Oyegun was a former permanent secretary, I was former Managing Director of Daily Times, I can go on to give you backgrounds of all those who became governors in 1999. None of us were people you will say where you are coming from. We need to go back to that this days of governors of any kind should stop.”

Politics / 2019: Buhari Would Rather Lose Election Squarely Than Rig – Presidency by mcebisco(m): 7:0 pm On 11 Nov 2018
Femi Adesina, media adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, has insisted that his principal would rather lose the 2019 presidential election than rig it.

Adesina said this while speaking on Arise TV on Tuesday.

“I’m surprised that this president has been with you for three and half years and yet you do not seem to know him.

“If anybody would rig election or anything, it will not be President Muhammadu Buhari. He would rather even prefer to lose fair and square.

“He has even said it before that if the only thing he would leave as a legacy for Nigeria is free and fair election, he would do it. Forget that the election would be rigged, that will not happen,” he said.

Reacting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) statement that Buhari’s ‘Next Level’ document “failed to articulate any solutions,” Adesina said: “PDP is down and will remain there for a very long time so I’d rather not talk about them.

“The Next Level is about deepening what is happening in the country. It’s about consolidating on what has been done and what is been done; its about making progress and advancing on what we are doing now. That is the sum total of it.

“A lot of Nigerians believe in what this administration is doing, they have faith, they have confidence, they have hope that the administration will take Nigerians to the place it deserves to be.

“The work in progress will continue and if you look at the documents that were released, you’ll see additional focal areas.

“So in the next dispensation and by the goodwill of Nigerians who will re-elect the current administration, these three focal areas (security, economy and infrastructure) will continue to receive attention and there will be additional ones as you’ve seen in the documents.”

Politics / Jonathan Reveals Governors Who Caused His Defeat To Buhari by mcebisco(m): 7:0 pm On 11 Nov 2018
Former Nigeria president, Goodluck Joanthan has claimed that former Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who defected to the then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), because they were “blinded by ambition” and a barrage of “fake news”, cost him his bid to be re-elected for a second term in office.

Jonathan made the claim in a book about his tenure in office titled: “My Transition Hours” which was launched on Tuesday.

The ex-president lost the election to incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari, with just over 2.5 million votes.

He also blamed northern leaders who wanted power returned to their region for sabotaging his reelection bid.

“This time around, there were governors who were rounding off their eight years tenure and were blinded by ambition.

“Some governors wanted to be Vice President whilst others strived to be the President. If I contested none could realise his ambition. This muffled implosion would fully manifest in the buildup to the 2015, which each ship-jumper calculating how much he or she would take from the PDP or the most opportune moment to cause maximum damage and based on that, plot their exit.

“As they jumped ship in preparation for the 2015 elections, only very few of this lots, if any at all, bothered about what the PDP did or did not do in terms of delivering our campaign promises. Their opposition to my re-election was principally driven by personal ambition. They therefore played up the issue of where I come from and the faith, I professed to fuel their burning ambition. My performance mattered quite little, if it mattered at all,” Jonathan wrote.

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Sports / Ghana 2018: Super Falcons, South Africa In Heavyweight Clash by mcebisco(m): 7:0 am On 11 Nov 2018
The eight –time champions and Cup holders, Super Falcons clash with the Banyana Banyana of South Africa will clash in heavyweight opening match of Group B of the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations.

Three precious points are at stake at the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast, as the Falcons not only go for the Banyana’s jugular in order to defend their continental title, but also to earn a place at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France.

Sunday’s opening match is important to both teams as the restoration of Equatorial Guinea – another strong side in African women football – to the finals means fierce battles in Group B for the two tickets to the championship’s last four.

Only the top three finishers in Ghana will fly Africa’s flag in France next year summer.

Equatorial Guinea, restored to the tournament after the CAF Appeal Board overturned an earlier decision by the Disciplinary Board to put Kenya in the draw, will clash with Zambia’s Chipolopolo Queens in the day’s second match.

Nigeria Vs South Africa (3.30pm), Zambia Vs Equatorial Guinea (6.30pm)

Politics / Mixta , Edo Government Partnership Aims At Bridging Housing Deficit – Lawrence by mcebisco(m): 7:0 am On 11 Nov 2018
Mr Korede Lawrence is Head, Business Development and Sales at Mixta Nigeria, a subsidiary of Mixta Africa, one of Africa’s leading players in the real estate sector. In this interview with CHRISTIANA NWAOGU, he speaks elaborately on the existing deficit in Edo State housing, ongoing 1400-housing-unit project at the Emotan Gardens Estate and challenges faced by developers.

Tell us about Mixta Nigeria’s projects and what you do for the company?

We are a real estate development company focused on providing quality real estate products. We have operations across the entire market spectrum, and our focus is in affordable housing market. As our slogan says, “We Build Communities Across Africa”. Just as our fingers are different in size, in the communities we build, everybody is represented. So, we offer different housing types to everybody within these communities. As Head of Sales, I am in-charge of making sure that all our projects across Nigeria get the requisite visibility for the value we create and that they get to the right people seeking that value. For us, it means giving real estate value to different market segments in Nigeria.

What project are you handling for Edo government?

We are in Edo State to develop Emotan Gardens, which is located on approximately 70.1 hectares of land on Upper Sokponba Road, in Benin City. The plan is to offer, affordable and quality housing to every stakeholder in the State. To achieve this, we have partnered with the Edo State Government through the Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA) to make sure this is a success.

Tell us about the estate’s infrastructure, the roads, water and other facilities and how they will be managed

The plan as earlier stated is to bring value. For us, value is what is on the table. I will go back to our pedigree. We have done this in Nigeria and we are in other countries in Africa, in Senegal, Ivory Coast, among ûothers. We have experience in this field. Depending on where we build an estate, we inculcate some amenities and something to change that environment and give value. In the case of Emotan Gardens, we will have a one-hectare lake, which is man-made. It would allow the residents to relax. Road network is huge for us; electricity is particularly huge for us. In our estates, our pedigree is that we offer 24/7 electricity. It is what we do and what we have done. All of these obviously come at a cost. The plan is that, within that community, in whichever direction you go, you should be able to either go five minutes to leisure or five minutes to an area that is planned specifically for commercial activities. As it is, there are many people that want to bring their businesses to the commercial areas- hospitals, shopping malls and so on. The truth is that it will be a town within a town. That is what an estate is. An estate is that location where you comfortably obtain everything that enriches your life without moving. That is what we want to bring to Emotan Garden.

How affordable are these homes?

The thing about the word ‘affordable’ is that it is a relative term. We are however sensitive to the economic realities and have priced our offerings to cater to this. With as low as N5.7 million, subscribers can move into their own homes in the fully serviced estate- Emotan Gardens. We also have medium-high priced homes in the same estate to cater to those in these categories. There really is a house for everyone within Emotan Gardens. But the bigger question is really about access to funding. So, that probably is one of the hindrances. With us, even though we are real estate developers that are into the business for financial gain, we are primarily into the business of creating real estate value. Mixta Africa is wholly owned by Asset & Resource Management Holding Company Limited. From our investment background, spanning well over 20 years, we have sought to add value to people’s lives, from the cradle to even the legacies our customers leave after they exit this world. With a huge portfolio of products that allow you to take care of children, and parents, the emphasis on the quality of life for individuals remains paramount throughout our offerings. We are in real estate business with the same ethos, which is about value creation and that is what we brought to building houses and building commercial spaces for Nigerians.

Is there an arrangement for mortgage financing for the housing units?

There are quite a number of mortgage banks that are interested in offering accredited people, that is, those that they have vetted to buy these houses. There are a few of them that we usually do business with on a regular basis. They are already here, looking for customers to avail funds. There are about six of them. It is not only for people in the formal sector, like bankers, they will also look for people in the informal sector, that is, people that trade. This housing estate is for everybody. As long as you have a will to participate, we will try to make sure we accommodate that prospective client.

How do you intend to access the diaspora market?

We see a lot of activities online, especially with the Edo State Diaspora community. They are looking back home always to see what is going on. Our plan is to be visible to them, wherever they are and to get them to visit the site. They need to see it and know that this is happening for real. The potential that they have heard it from somebody is very high. Somebody will tell them, ‘dem dey do this thing for here, una don see?” So, by the time they check online, they should be able to see some kind of representation that shows them that Emotan Gardens is here and is viable. Today, there are housing types that are already standing because one of the things we found is that there was a lot of skepticism. We see that a lot of people are wondering if this would happen. Some have asked, if these people do this, how much will we get it? It is because of such questions that we are making ourselves more visible online. We are offering as much information to give comfort and reassurance. This is not like previous experiences that some people had in the state. We take every opportunity to put information out there to assure people from day one that you are dealing with the right people. We have sales representatives on site, who speak languages people understand. We can also be contacted through EDPA. Our website and telephone numbers are out there for people to know they are dealing with genuine people.

How much value in monetary term is MIXTA Nigeria bringing to Edo State?

Really, our coming to Edo State is through a Joint venture partnership. The Edo State Government has taken it upon herself to offer value to Edo people. First of all, to build an estate you need different people to participate. You will need labourers, technicians, engineers, you will need agents to sell the houses and what the state government has done is to create an avenue where all of these economic opportunities are open to the indigenes and residents of the state. The investment Mixta Nigeria is bringing is substantial and I would not like to put a figure on that currently because it is still evolving. The thing about investment terrains is that you might have foreseen that you would do a particular amount, but as you come into the terrain and you engage with the people, you may see that you may want to do a little more. Generally, it is still an evolving relationship. But our investment is significant. Besides, we have different house types within the estate and we are executing the project in phases, and as such the contribution for every phase is different. So, even though we are doing 2 and 3-bedroom housing units first, which really are the lower priced products, our first release is somewhere around 400 units. A good number of them are two-bedroom units while others are of other types. That is to get people through the barriers of buying. The 2- and 3-bedrooms types are well-priced. The government has looked at how it would add value by subsidising some of the house types for civil servants and people that do their jobs adequately, as a way of rewarding people. So, that is also in the mix.

What is your idea of subsidy here?

Today we are selling for about N5.7 million. These houses cost more than that in the market, but the prices have to come down to a level where everybody can partake. We have gone a step further in the relationship with government by making sure that people can make payment in installments. So, you won’t pay N5.7 million at once. The payment plan depends on the individual. The thing with Mixta Nigeria is that we are big on the journey. Buying real estate generally is a journey for us; it is not a sprint. We try to understand the individual that is buying, so that we tailor their needs to whatever we are doing, regarding the payment options in acquiring these houses. One size doesn’t really fit all here. It is a conversation between individuals, with them deciding what they want to do and how they want to do it. With that, we will move the product forward.

What attracted Mixta Nigeria to the Governor Obaseki-led administration? Why did you choose to come to Edo State now?

There are a range of things that attracted us to Edo. I will touch on a few. For investment to come into Edo State, it is important to create a fertile, viable platform for such investment. First of all, the people must believe that the government of the day is upstanding. When they say something, they would as much as possible keep to their word on transactions with you, which is why you will go into a relationship with the government on a long term. We intend to be here for a few years. We are here for a few years because we believe that the government of the day has said they would do something and put things in place for the people and we have seen the commitment. We see the way they are going about their activities and that gives us the confidence to come here. When the government of the day asks us to take a particular parcel of land with the Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O), assuring that we will develop it together and that they would participate in one way or another, we are ready to work with them. We understand that it has been well over 16 years since the last estate was built by government. So, this is a big thing. We looked at a number of things.

Benin is not the first place we are building an estate. We know that the number of people who have uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters in the diaspora is huge. The remittance at some point last year was somewhere around N96 billion per month into the state. If we are to follow these numbers, verified or not, that alone offers a huge possibility and potential for anybody to invest in a state like this. So the time is right. The government of the day is responsive, responsible. We believe that they have the intention of the people at heart and they have created a viable environment for us to come in, take root and offer not only housing, but jobs to the indigenes of the state. That alone offers us a lot of confidence. In fact, what we see, since we have been here, is an increase in the number of people looking inwards. The government of the day has not stopped adding value. The more we stay, the more we are emboldened to stay and do a lot more here.

What does your relationship with the host community tell you about Edo State?

Who doesn’t want growth? Today, a client walked into the site and said that we are bringing Lagos to Edo. He is an elderly gentleman who travels to Lagos to see his son regularly. During the conversation, he said we are bringing Lagos down here. Who does not want growth? Everybody wants it. At the end of the day, regardless of how you see it, many indigenes are ready for the urban regeneration and potential prosperity that comes with this project. Everybody is aspirational; we always want more. Edo State wants more for itself; it deserves and through this Government is demanding more for itself. We see it with the way things are going. We have labourers from Edo State. In fact, as a proviso to this particular arrangement, it was important that we employ people from Edo State and that indigenes with the requisite skills work on the site. At the end of the day, all the materials used on the site are purchased here within the State. The multiplier value for a project like this is that the materials are sourced from within; wages are paid to labourers from within. The value will be felt by the people within, regardless of who buys it. Edo state prospers. There is a huge multiplier effect on how we touch lives and how monies go to different people and different spheres. It can only get better from here.

Tell us about the status of the Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O)

When government gives a C-of-O, it is said that they bequeath all powers on the land to the person. That is usually the source document from which projects like Emotan Gardens Estate gets a deed of assignment. These deeds of assignments are then given to individuals stating that they now own a portion of the property with their C-of-O. That is exactly what exists. At the end of the day, the individual that buys land from us has bought a parcel of land in Edo State, sold by the Government of Edo State to them.

As a public-private partnership project, will a change in government affect Emotan Gardens?

The thing about Emotan Gardens is that it is built like most good projects. Regardless of politics, the government of today has been responsive enough that they have put measures in place to make sure it is continued and sustained for future generations.

What is your assessment of the Nigerian housing sector?

The Nigerian housing market is growing and is characterised by an increased number of participants in the sector and across the value chain of operations from development to sales. Everybody is a potential agent, whether they are trying to sell property or lease property which in its entirety is good for the sector. It is a dynamic sector which is still growing but has a huge potential to do more. However there is a huge challenge with regulating the sector which currently seems to be in-process, spearheaded by developers and the professionals that offer service within the real estate value chain. At Mixta Nigeria, we strive to push boundaries and are deliberate about moving the real estate industry forward as a key stakeholder.

What are the challenges your company has encountered in the sector?

Everyone in the sector has the same challenges, principal of which is access to funding which when provided is usually on short-term arrangements. How do you fund a long-term project with short-term money? In addressing this challenge, Mixta Nigeria has approached the capital market for long term loans. Our success in raising funds in the capital market shows investor confidence in us and encourages other developers to explore similar options for financing. Another challenge is this segment of people whom due to the lack of regulation operate unprofessionally, creating the occasional negativity that makes the idea of buying real estate somewhat scary for prospective clients. Everybody seems to have a story about somebody that has been duped on a land matter and so on. A lot of people are a bit skeptical, if not afraid to take on real estate transactions. These are some of the challenges for developers, intent on doing legitimate business within the industry. For us, we are primarily in the sector to add value and we contend with these challenges that have hindered growth in the sector and continue to push the development of healthy communities in Nigeria and Africa.

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