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THE Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has said contractors who make false claims that mislead ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government into taking decisions that favour them risk a 10-year ban and prosecution.
The Director-General of the bureau, Mr Emeka Ezeh, gave the warning in Abuja, on Monday, at the presentation of the national database for the registration, categorisation and classification of federal contractors, consultants and service providers’ module.
The BPP boss also said any contractors that registered more than one company without disclosing them, making false claims about job executed, among others, in a bid to gain undue advantage in the award of contract by MDAs would be banned from doing business in Nigeria for 10 years.
The BPP boss, highlighting the challenges facing the bureau, said a lot of people made false claims, to mislead MDAs in giving them jobs they could not handle, stressing that at the end of the day, there were problems of delay in execution, partial completion and even non-completion.
On the national database, Ezeh said the centralised database and categorisation of contractors and service providers doing business with the Federal Government was anticipated to enhance efficiency and cost in public procurement, improve budget implementation and increase professionalism, besides initiating transparency in the public procurement process.
He said with the classification of contractors and consultants, there would be increased discipline in the federal procurement processes, adding that only capable and competent contractors and service providers would be considered for deserving jobs.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state has relieved Mrs. Inumidun Idehen, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, of her appointment, according to a statement issued on Monday in Benin by Mr Tony Iyare, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Affairs.
Iyare said “Idehen’s exit was to enable an administrative panel to investigate thoroughly, the allegations of gross misconduct against her.“
The allegations include unauthorised closure of orphanages and unwholesome interference in the running of other charity institutions.”Consequently, Idehen had been directed to hand over all government property in her possession to the permanent secretary in the Ministry.
Residents in Middleborough voted Monday night to make the foul-mouthed pay fines for swearing in public.
At a town meeting, residents voted 183-50 to approve a proposal from the police chief to impose a $20 fine on public profanity.
Officials insist the proposal was not intended to censor casual or private conversations, but instead to crack down on loud, profanity-laden language used by teens and other young people in the downtown area and public parks.
I’m really happy about it,” Mimi Duphily, a store owner and former town selectwoman, said after the vote. “I’m sure there’s going to be some fallout, but I think what we did was necessary.”
Duphily, who runs an auto parts store, is among the downtown merchants who wanted take a stand against the kind of swearing that can make customers uncomfortable.
“They’ll sit on the bench and yell back and forth to each other with the foulest language. It’s just so inappropriate,” she said.
The measure could raise questions about First Amendment rights, but state law does allow towns to enforce local laws that give police the power to arrest anyone who “addresses another person with profane or obscene language” in a public place.
Matthew Segal, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, said the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government cannot prohibit public speech just because it contains profanity.
The ordinance gives police discretion over whether to ticket someone if they believe the cursing ban has been violated.
Middleborough, a town of about 20,000 residents perhaps best known for its rich cranberry bogs, has had a bylaw against public profanity since 1968. But because that bylaw essentially makes cursing a crime, it has rarely if ever been enforced, officials said, because it simply would not merit the time and expense to pursue a case through the courts.
The ordinance would decriminalize public profanity, allowing police to write tickets as they would for a traffic violation. It would also decriminalize certain types of disorderly conduct, public drinking and marijuana use, and dumping snow on a roadway.
Segal praised Middleborough for reconsidering its bylaw against public profanity, but said fining people for it isn’t much better.
“Police officers who never enforced the bylaw might be tempted to issue these fines, and people might end up getting fined for constitutionally protected speech,” he said.
Another local merchant, Robert Saquet, described himself as “ambivalent” about the no-swearing proposal, likening it to try to enforce a ban on the seven dirty words of George Carlin, a nod to a famous sketch by the late comedian.
“In view of words commonly used in movies and cable TV, it’s kind of hard to define exactly what is obscene,” said Paquet, who owns a downtown furniture store.
But Duphily said, “I don’t care what you do in private. It’s in public what bothers me.”
President of the Dangote Groups, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has unveiled plans to transform the Dangote Cement Plant in Obajana, Kogi State to the world’s largest cement factory by 2015.
Speaking yesterday when President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned the new Line 3 of the plant in Obajana, Dangote said: “With the completion of our 5.25 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) Line 3 Plant, Obajana will become the single largest cement plant in the world with a combined capacity of 10.25 million mmtpa. We have achieved all these in less than 10 years!”
He said the 3.0 mmtpa Line 4 Plant, whose foundation stone was also laid by President Jonathan, will further take the capacity the factory to 13.25 mmtpa, when completed by 2015.
“This will indeed make us the power house of cement in Africa,” he said.
President Goodluck Jonathan in his remarks praised the Dangote Group which he said has put Nigeria on the world map of business.
He said; “It gladdens my heart that Dangote is spearheading a silent industrial revolution in the country through its laudable activities that have put Nigeria on the worldmap as an emerging economic giant in Africa” adding that the commissioning further cement the company’s capability to compete effectively with other global giants in the industry and also fast track Dangote Cement’s ambition of ranking among the top eight cement producing companies in the world by the year 2015.
The President said Alhaji Aliko Dangote, was a natural choice for Chairman of a Committee set up by government two years ago to study the issue of job creation with a view to proposing policies and formulating strategies that will help us boost job creation.
The host governor, Capt. Idris Wada of Kogi State said: “Alhaji Aliko Dangote is a focused industrialist who has the interest of Nigeria at heart,” adding that he has demonstrated the fact that Nigeria is the best place in the world to invest.
The way a woman walks can reveal details of her sex life, scientists have claimed.
Researchers in Belgium watched videos of women walking and found they were able to tell which regularly had orgasms as a result of vaginal intercourse.
The study revealed that orgasms can ‘loosen’ muscle groups which affect a woman’s stride.
“The discerning observer may infer women’s experience of vaginal orgasm from a gait that comprises fluidity, energy, sensuality, freedom, and absence of both flaccid and locked muscles,” wrote scientists in the study.
“Exploratory analyses suggest that greater pelvic and vertebral rotation and stride length might be characteristic of the gait of women who have experienced vaginal orgasm.”
People have been talking to their plants for centuries but now scientists have found that they can respond with sound and can even ‘talk’ to each other by clicking in their roots.
New research using powerful loudspeakers heard clicking sounds coming from the roots of corn saplings.
Plants are already known to grow towards light but the research found that when suspended in water the saplings grew towards the source of a constant clicking noise that was played to them.
Lead author of the study, Monica Gagliano of the University of Western Australia said that the research “opens up a new debate on the perception and action of people towards plants” which she suggested could perhaps be treated “as living beings in their own right”.
The next African Union summit will be held in Ethiopia after Malawi pulled out as host in a dispute over the attendance of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir.
The AU announced that its July 9-16 summit meetings will take place in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital where the bloc’s headquarters are located.
Malawi said last week it would not host the summit after the AU insisted that all African leaders, including Bashir, be allow to attend.
Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur.
“Following the withdrawal of the offer of the Republic of Malawi to host the 19th AU summit meetings initially scheduled to take place in Lilongwe, Malawi … it has been decided that the 19th summit will be held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the same dates,” the AU said in a statement late Monday.
AU official Ferdinand Montcho accused the Hague-based court of meddling in African affairs, Agence France-Presse reported.
“This matter of ICC for me it is nonsense, every time we want to have a summit they start disturbing us,” Montcho told AFP. “Why should they not let us hold our meeting [without] this cinema, this theater, this play?”
The BBC noted that Malawi’s President Joyce Banda, successor to former leader Bingu wa Mutharika who died in office in April, has put in place reforms to appease foreign aid donors.
According to the Nyasa Times, Banda said Bashir would be arrested should he come to Malawi for the summit.
Sudan’s foreign ministry described the decision by Malawi as a win for Sudanese diplomacy, AFP reported
“Sudanese diplomacy has achieved a great victory in resisting the plans of the ICC, which has tried to limit the movements of President Bashir,” said a statement released by the official SUNA news agency.
Facebook announced its App Center Thursday night — but it wasn’t immediately clear how users would benefit, or whether it simply added another layer between you and apps you download to your smartphone.
More than 600 apps are featured in the App Center. These apps are not new, and are already able to sync with your Facebook account, should you let them.
What has changed: now you can go to Facebook.com/appcenter, and choose apps you want to download on your Android or iOS device. Those apps then show up as notifications in your Facebook mobile app. Click the notification and it will take you to the regular app store on your phone so you can download the app in question. But you still need to go back to the Facebook app to authorize the app you just downloaded.
Confused yet? As Mashable reader Skip Fredricks commented, this is like the Inception of apps.
Here’s one way in which the app center might be useful: When you access an app on your phone that you synced with the Facebook app, and one of your Facebook friends visits the App Center, it will show your friend which apps you use.
In that sense, it’s more like a recommendation center than a store. For newbie smartphone owners, this might be useful for finding popular apps. There are numerous app review sites, but this would be a place where users can see which apps their friends are using. You can see what apps are popular with Facebook users in general.
Is that it? It would seem so. (Representatives from Facebook did not respond to Mashable’s requests for comment.)
For example, I tried adding the Pinterest app via my Facebook account. I visited the Facebook App Center on my laptop while logged into my profile. I clicked on the Pinterest icon, then on “Send to mobile.”
I immediately received a notification on my iPhone that Pinterest was available on my Facebook app. I unlocked my phone to access the Facebook app, which directed me to the Pinterest app. From there, I could pin, and my friends could see that I use Pinterest — that is, if they visit the app center.
In January, Facebook announced 60 apps integrated with Timeline and its Open Graph that made sharing easier than ever and opened the gateway for developers to put their apps on Facebook. The app center makes it easier to view and read about these apps.
Is this worthwhile for you? Will you be using Facebook’s new app center? Let us know in the comments.
THE National Judicial Council (NJC) has queried the Judge of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Charles Efanga Archibong, over an alleged role he played in the lingering crisis rocking the Ogun State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The NJC gave Archibong a 30-day ultimatum to explain the role he played in the crisis.
It also asked him to defend himself against an allegation that he inappropriately made some uncomplimentary pronouncements about five Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) in a dispute involving former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank, Dr. Erastus Akingbola.
The query with reference number: NJC/F.3/FHC.22/1/134 dated 17 May, 2012 and signed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of National Judicial Council, Justice Dahiru Musdapher (GCON), requested Archibong to explain within one month the allegation of abuse of judicial processes levelled against him by PDP through its counsel, Chief Olajide Ajana and Co.
The PDP National Secretariat had through its counsel, Chief Ajana, petitioned the NJC in which it alleged that Archibong had serially abused the judicial process in the suit number: FHC/L/CS/1248/2011 involving “Chief Dayo Soremi and two others against PDP and six others as well as in the suit number FHC/L/CS/347/2012 involving Bayo Dayo and Semiu Sodipo against PDP and three others”.
Ajana in the petition stated that the two cases related to composition of executive committee members of the PDP in Ogun State and that they were instituted by some aggrieved members of the party.
The PDP counsel, having cited several areas where the High Court Judge allegedly abused the court processes, he emphasised in the petition that the judge had “been employing the opportunity of every court sitting to deprecate the PDP and its entire leadership”.
According to the petition: “We have every reason to believe that the actions of my lord, Justice Charles Archibong, were motivated by factors other than the fair and equitable pursuit of justice in this case”.
Ajana prayed the National Judicial Council to review all the cases involving Ogun State chapter of PDP, which Justice Archibong had adjudicated and also requested that appropriate sanction be meted out against him to serve as deterrent to other judicial officers who might want to use their exalted offices as a means to achieve personal aggrandisement.
“It is therefore for the above reason that we earnestly pray my lord to review these cases and where appropriate, mete out due and necessary sanction to serve as deterrent to other judicial officers who might want to use the exalted temple of justice to serve ignoble end,” the petition pleaded.
Musdapher stressed that the two petitions were “self-explanatory enough” and ordered Justice Archibong to respond within the next 30 days.
“If one has a medical concern with an internal organ or organs, this normally gives rise to persistent and chronic mouth odour”.
Matthew Olowokere, the Chief Dentist of Hopmat Dental Clinic, Jos said in Jos on Monday that mouth odours are usually the result of medical problems with some internal organs.
Mr. Olowokere, a Consultant Dentist said that the mouth as the gateway into the body and vice-versa, would normally convey the effect of such medical issue to the outside world.
He said, “If one has a medical concern with an internal organ or organs, this normally gives rise to persistent and chronic mouth odour.
“This type of mouth odour or bad breathe is not caused by poor oral hygiene, but it indicates a symptom of an internal ailment.
“Or medical problems such as respiratory tract infections, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders (stomach ulcers). The odour can also signal some medical issues with the liver, lungs or kidney.
“So, when an individual, who maintains proper oral hygiene still experiences bad breathe, he should promptly see a doctor for adequate check-up”.
The dentist however said that aside the medical conditions, poor oral hygiene could also cause bad breathe.
He regretted that most people are very negligent of their oral health, pointing out that such persons do not brush regularly, hardly floss or
even visit a dentist for regularly mouth check.
Mr. Olowokere said, “If you do not maintain a good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth regularly, you allow calculus (tartars) and a lot of
food remnants and debris to settle around the teeth and gum.
“The situation could lead to the accumulation of bacteria that causes bad breath.
“When one has real dental issues, such as one having many cavities (holes), this creates an environment for bacteria and the cavities gather food debris that could cause decay and produce an unpleasant
According to him, other mild factors that could trigger mouth odour are the kind of food one eats such as garlic, onions, and some meals that are not properly chewed.
Fasting, he said, could also cause mouth odour.
To fight bad breath, Mr. Olowokere advised people to respect the rules of oral hygiene like brushing teeth and tongue two times a day and flossing daily to clean spaces between teeth.
He advised individuals to take responsibility for their oral health by going for dental checks twice yearly, stressing that not doing so would expose the individual to a situation where their dental issue could become severe.
“It is wise to go for regular check-ups to avert complications; most of the problems that involve tooth extraction, usually take a long time to get to that stage.
“With regular dental checks, such can be salvaged,” the dentists said.
- Premium Times