by Kolapo Olapoju
1. The man who saw tomorrow explains why his vision failed.
Vincent Ogbulafor had a vision… that the Peoples Democratic Party will rule Nigeria for the next 60 years.
Less than half a decade later, the party has been swept aside by the opposition party, and the former National Chairman of the PDP, as expected, has a crutch as to why his revelation didn’t come to be.
Last week Friday, he paid a visit to John Odigie Oyegun, the National Chairman of the new-ruling party, All Progressives Congress.
While stepping out from the meeting, journalists reminded him of his vision and he blamed it on the PDP, saying: “Well, when they destabilised Governors Forum, what do you expect?”
2. Outgoing government is going out with government properties
The governor-elect of Plateau State, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong, is convinced that the outgoing administration of Jonah Jang is rushing to sell off government properties before the hand-over on 29th May, 2015.
Lalong said: “These include looting and carting away of government properties, including vehicles, household furniture and other items; the ongoing massive and lopsided employments, replacements, falsification of civil service placements and promotions which are not in conformity with laid down regulations and procedures; huge and questionable withdrawals from government accounts and demands for loans as well as the illegal engagement of accounting and auditing firms to balance the books of accounts of agencies of government used for the funding of elections of government sponsored candidates.”
Well, the jury is still out on this.
3. The National stadium loses its glory
If you take a visit to the National Stadium complex in Surulere, you may discover that it is gradually becoming an eyesore.
A visit to the place by Vanguard shows that five unattended refuse heaps have been placed at different locations within the complex.
At the moment, the sport city environment is filthy, unhealthy and filled with health hazards.
4. Rivers’ pensioners have a beef with Amaechi
Rivers’ state pensioners are besides themselves with state governor, Rotimi Amaechi… simply because he hasn’t paid their 3 months pension arrears.
They have also given the governor an ultimatum, to credit their accounts before the end of April, 2015.
The pensioners said: “We are suffering untold hardship under the midst of plenty. This kind of ugly situation has never occurred in the history of Rivers State. It is unbelievable that Rivers State Government owes pensioners when politicians and other workers have been paid up to March 2015.”
5. Keshi’s contract signing meets a stumbling block
Maybe, just maybe the Nigerian Football Federation is not entirely disposed to the idea of giving Stephen Keshi a new contract.
On Friday, when the contract signing was scheduled to take place, several factors militated against it happening.
One of them was the fact that the President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick was reportedly out of the country. Another factor is that the National Sports Commission (NSC) claimed to still be studying the contract document to determine whether it is “in line with the thinking of the federal government.”
What does that even mean?
6. Herbal jedi-jedi may be killing people in Ondo
For all the lovers of alcoholic herbal drinks like Agbo Jedi, Sepe and the likes,- you may have to chill on the consumption for now.
According to the Ondo state government, ethanol poisoning may be responsible for the death of over 20 persons in Irele area of the state last week.
The Health Commissioner, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, said: “Our investigations have also revealed that the victims, who, interestingly, were all Okada riders, gathered at some local joints to consume alcoholic substance mixed with roots and some other local herbs on the eve of the outbreak of the disease.”
7. Psychotic drivers soon to be no more
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has commenced medical test for commercial drivers in some designated motor parks in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
The test is meant to determine their mental stability before they embark on any journey.