Court orders 37 defected PDP House of Reps members to resign

The 37 PDP House of Representatives members who defected to APC in December 2013 have been ordered to vacate their seats and the House.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja gave the order today while delivering judgment in a suit filed against the defected lawmakers by the PDP. The judge said the lawmakers no longer had any business, morally and legally in the Assembly and so should resign.
“Having perused the arguments of counsel and the constitutional provisions, it is clear and unambiguous that the defendants were sponsored by the PDP and won the election on its platform. It is also the court’s opinion that their tenure has not expired and there is no division in the PDP.
“The defendants are, therefore, not competent to vote or contribute to any proceedings in the House of Representatives. An order of perpetual injunction is, hereby, ordered, restraining them from altering or attempting to change the leadership of the House of Reps,” Justice Ademola said.
In January 2014, PDP instituted a suit against the defected lawmakers who attempted to cause an alteration in the leadership of the House of Representative.

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University of Abuja students protest lack of water, power

Students of the University of Abuja on Monday protested the lack power and water supply to the permanent campus site of the university.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that more than 1,000 students gathered on the campus about 8am on Monday and barricaded road leading to the Senate building and classes.

Some of them told NAN that the protest became necessary because the school authorities had not provided power and water at the campus for three months running. Continue…

Mr Mike Ajeoja, a Theatre student, said those of them living in hostel at the permanent site had no power and water for the past three months.

Ajeoja said they had drawn the attention of the school management to their plight, but nothing had been done to address the situation.
“We are left with no choice then to come out and tell the world our problems.
“We will not stop the protest unless our problems are solved,” he said.
A female student, who pleaded for anonymity, said she had not had her bath for some days as a result of lack of water.

According to her, some of students use sachet water to bath, cook and even wash clothes.
“We are tired of staying without water and light. We wear squeezed clothes to the classes and we do not want such situation to continue,” she added.

The Information Officer of the school, Mr Waziri Garba, confirmed the situation to NAN on telephone, saying the students were protesting lack of power and water supply in the school.
Garba, however, appealed to them to remain calm, assuring that the school management was already taking steps to resolve the problem.

Meanwhile, Baro Ahmad, the Business Manager, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Gwagwalada, said it was not true that the school had no power for three months running.
He blamed power outage on the campus on some electrical problems which, he said, the company was working on.

Ahmad assured the students and school management that steady power would be restored to the campus.
“By 4 p.m. today (Monday), there will be steady power supply to the permanent site,” he said.

(NAN)

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See Amazing Underwater Wheelchair

British artist Sue Austin continues to push forward in ways
even top experts never thought possible.
Austin, who has been using a wheelchair for nearly two
decades due to an extended illness, uses an innovative
underwater wheelchair to create stunning visual art and to also
challenge us to rethink the way we see people with disabilities.
With photos, videos and performance art pieces involving her
unique underwater wheelchair named “Portal,” Austin strives
to redefine the way we relate to people in wheelchairs. Austin
works to fight back against negative stigma, including such
terms as “limited,” “held back” and “immobilized,” she said at
a TED conference in 2012. She implores people to instead
demonstrate the ways in which we can find the value and joy
in being different.
Austin first got the idea of after training to dive in 2005,
according to the Guardian. She said the sport granted her
freedom and renewed access to the rest of the world.
But she faced some backlash when she proposed the idea of
diving in a wheelchair.
“When we started talking to people about it, engineers were
saying it wouldn’t work, the wheelchair would go into a spin,
it was not designed to go through water — but I was sure it
would,” Austin told the BBC in 2012. With the help of dive
experts, engineers, academics, and funding from places like
England’s Arts Council, Austin’s vision was realized.
Her work was brought to a larger audience when she was
chosen as one of the featured artists at the Unlimited Festival,
a part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in London — a program
of cultural events across England accompanying the 2012
Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Since then, Austin and her nonprofit organization
Freewheeling, an integrated arts program, have been gaining
more attention, which has been one her main goals.
“People’s reaction completely changed towards me. It was as
if they couldn’t see me anymore, as if an invisibility cloak had
descended, she said during a TEDxWomen talk last year. ”As
a result, I knew I needed to make my own stories about this
experience, new narratives to reclaim my identity.”

Etisalat Nigeria Sacks Over 2000 Staffs Nationwide

Telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria Friday sacked
over two thousand permanent staffs across the country.
The sacked workers were paid off our source say. The
Telecom operator seeks to hire adhoc
staff to run the operations of the company as the company is
said broke and can no longer retain the permanent work force.
Most of those sacked have expressed surprise and
disappointment over the development which has thrown them
into the already saturated unemployment market.
“We were asked to leave and our cheques handed to us
yesterday, it is unfortunate that I am again back to the Job
market” a
source who does not want to be mentioned revealed.
“They want to recruit contract staff/new agents and they can
no longer run the cost of paying those of us that are permanent
staff, they claim.”
Another source went on to say the management of the
company is insisting on hiring contract staff to replace those
sacked but “it is unfortunate they had to send us home the way
they did” She continued, “Do we even have labour laws in
this country? How can you wake over night and ask people to
go without months of notice, at least for us to be prepared for
the worst”
Some of the reasons by the management for the sack is that
the company can no longer manage the wage bill and the
company is going through financial crisis
and can’t afford to keep permanent staff, hence the need for
the sack.
In Lagos alone, over 1,200 were sacked while more than 800
were asked to go home in states like kano.
The company has also terminated their graduate trainee
program for all fresh graduates. The Company sent out emails
that the program has ended without prior
notice.
Some members of the graduate trainee had spent years with
the company only to receive mails about their sack at the close
of business.
Attempt to speak to the management of Etisalat to confirm or
deny the allegations has been unsuccessful so far
as at the time of filing this report, we’ve sent mails and no
response.

Nigerian Rapper, Ice Prince Zamani Signs Deal With Universal Music Group

Chocolate City hip hop artiste Panchak Zamani, better known
as Ice Prince, has signed a deal with the biggest music
corporation in the world, Universal Music Group.
The ‘Fire of Zamani’ rapper, who
said the deal has been sealed and signed but is yet to be
announced officially, didn’t give full details of the deal.
Speaking with the Pulse in a recent interview, the rapper said,
‘I recently signed with Universal Music Group. the official
announcement hasn’t been made yet.
They will start first with my ‘I
Swear’ track, which will be licensed in the UK, after which
other tracks will follow.’
The deal will have Ice Prince expanding his fan base and
reaching his audience globally through international channels.
Universal Music Group is the largest music corporation in the
world. An American-based, French-owned multinational
music corporation, it currently operates as a subsidiary of
Paris-based media conglomera

COOL! Brendan Rodgers Fires Title Warning To Manchester City And Chelsea

Brendan Rodgers has warned Liverpool’s title rivals,
Manchester City and Chelsea that they face a “tough
challenge” to knock Liverpool from the top of Premier League
after watching his side reach the summit with a 4-0 victory
over Tottenham.
The home side put in an awesome display against the London
club taking the lead inside two minutes through Younès
Kaboul’s own-goal with goals from Luis Suárez, Philippe
Coutinho and Jordan Henderson
wrapping up Liverpool’s eighth successive league win and
one which has put them within sight of a first title in 24 years.
With six fixtures to go the race is in Liverpool’s hands, and
their home encounters against third-placed City on 13 April
and second-placed Chelsea on 27 April are increasingly taking
on the shape of defining encounters.
Given that they have won all bar two of their 16 league games
at Anfield this season, scoring 47times in the process,
Liverpool will be confident of overcoming the two teams on
their tail. Rodgers believes the club’s home support, who were
in particularly raucous mood, are capable of making the
difference.
“There is no doubt they [City and Chelsea]
understand this is going to be a real tough place to come,” said
the Liverpool manager.
“We love playing here and the support [against Spurs] was
incredible that’s as good as I’ve heard at Anfield since I’ve
been here and it’s only going to intensify. We
respect Chelsea, they have a world-class manager and top
players and City are one of the new superpowers of European
football, but we feel we can win any game.
We have a lot of hunger and our confidence and belief is
high.” Liverpool, who have 71 points, two more than Chelsea
and four ahead of City though Manuel Pellegrini’s side have
two games in hand next face West Ham
at Upton Park, a fixture Rodgers described as “difficult”.
They travel there on Sunday having obliterated another
London side, Tottenham, who arrived on Merseyside at
Anfield with ambitions of qualifying for the Champions
League. Spurs remain sixth but are now eight points behind
fourth placed Arsenal. Their manager, Tim Sherwood
admitted that after this defeat their hopes of catching Arsène
Wenger’s side are all but over.
“It was an exceptional performance by us,” said Rodgers. “We
showed everything we have been working towards in the last
year and a half and our dominance in possession, in particular,
was very impressive.
You can see the confidence in the side
and they are great to watch.” Liverpool created a host of
chances to add to the four goals they did score, the closest of
which was a header by Suárez on 41 minutes that Hugo Lloris
tipped on to the crossbar. By that stage the Uruguayan had
already capitalised on Michael Dawson’s and Kaboul’s
defensive uncertainty to score his 29th goal of the season, the
most by a Liverpool player in a Premier League campaign.
Kaboul was horribly exposed for Liverpool’s opener which
came following good work by Raheem Sterling and Glen
Johnson before Coutinho scored with a drilled shot on
55minutes. Henderson wrapped up the win with a free-kick
late on.
This was a torrid afternoon for Spurs, who also lost Jan
Vertonghen and Roberto Soldado to a knee and ankle injury
respectively. By the end the away fans could be heard
chanting “Where is our manager?” in reference to Sherwood’s
decision to watch the majority of the game from the directors’
box.
“They [the fans] are entitled to have their opinion,” he said,
after fresh suggestions that Holland’s Louis van Gaal will be
appointed after the World Cup. “I have sat up there for the last
few games and got a better view. I am not shirking
responsibility. We made bad mistakes today and that is
something we need to look at.
“[Getting into the top four] is going to be tough. All the teams
about us are going well and we have too much to do.”

Dats ma coach !!!

Singer, Danny Young Involved In Car Accident On Lagos Ibadan Expressway

Danny young was said to have missed his performance as the
coppers where waiting to see him at the NYSC camp shagamu
last night due to an accident that occurred on the Lagos Ibadan
express way.
The accident was due to the collision of his vehicle with
another car resulted in fire.
Danny and his crew managed to escape through the windows
and doors as other vehicle owners stopped by, bringing out
fire extinguisher from various angles
and assisted in putting out the fire.
We can’t actually say the present condition of Danny young or
his team members that were present in the car but news
reaching us says they are being hospitalized in an undisclosed
private hospital in Lagos.