Omashola Oburoh has won this week’s veto power of chance in the ongoing BBNaija season four.
With this card, he gets to save and replace himself if he is put up for eviction.
Omashola can also decide to another housemate with the privilege and put himself up for eviction.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Omashola clinched the card on Sunday night, shortly after Venita’s eviction.
The challenge, which was the fastest so far in the game, saw Omashola win 100 Bet9ja coins and the save and replace privilege that comes with the position.
The challenge was a simple one of unlocking a padlock from one steel wire mesh and placing the unlocked padlock on a stool next to the table of keys.
There were 33 padlocks locked on the steel wire mesh with their keys placed randomly on the table.
All the Housemates were asked to do was pick one and open a padlock. The Game did not go long as expected as Omashola unlocked a padlock in record time.
Although Omashola was the first to unlock his padlock, he was closely followed by Mercy and Ike.
The Icy pair have been doing quite well in house games recently. They both competed fiercely to jointly win the current Head of House title.
Following his win, an excited Omashola, who escaped eviction on Sunday, shouted, “I get another week in the House.” (NAN)
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi
MWUN seeks compliance with govt. directives on stevedores, dockworkers
Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), on Monday has called on dock labour employers and private operators to comply with government directive on the use of registered stevedores and dockworkers.
The President General of MWUN, Mr Adewale Adeyanju made the call in a statement in Lagos.
Adeyanju said that the registered stevedores and dockworkers are government approved and endorsed by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
“We the maritime workers union of Nigeria, wish to call the attention of the general public to a ‘Marine Notice tagged, ‘Government Notice No. 106’ on Stevedoring regulations, 2014, issued by the NIMASA which has been widely published in the print and electronic media.
“The Marine Notice, as well as the Associated Stevedoring Regulation 2014, are operational guidelines issued by NIMASA to all dock labour employers and private operators of any work location.
“It also include Ports, Jetties, Onshore or Offshore Oil and Gas or bonded terminals, inland container depots (ICDs), off dock terminals, dry ports and platforms.
“We have noticed with dismay that some of the stakeholders mentioned have continued to flay this government directive by their blatant refusal to grant the government appointed and NIMASA registered stevedores and dock workers access to the operational areas allocated to them by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
“This is not acceptable to us, as we cannot sit back, fold our arms and watch our members being disallowed to perform their statutory duties that fetch them their daily bread.
“We therefore use this medium to sound a note of warning to those stakeholders who feel that they can always flout government directive with impunity and in effect expose our members to starvation, to have a rethink.
“They should allow the government approved and NIMASA registered stevedores and dock workers access, without let or hindrance, the operational areas government allocated to them to perform their legitimate duties,” he said.
Adeyanju said that the union would not hesitate to engage, in a manner that had never been witnessed in the land, such stakeholders that see themselves as above the law.
He said that the energy and innovation Jamoh had brought into the agency was a pointer to many laudable achievements in the pipeline.
Adeyanju also acknowledged and commended the commitment Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, the Managing Director, NPA, for the payment of severance package to the erstwhile Tally Clerks and On-Board ship gangway security men and others.
He, however, requested the managing director to look into the lingering issue of dredging the Calabar channel which would positively boost trade and commerce in the Niger Delta area.
This, according to him, will further help boost revenue to the federal government coffers while also creating employment for Nigerians.
“We want to assure the public of our readiness to partner with the two government agencies in maintaining peace and industrial harmony in the maritime sector.
“We will continue to do so, as long as fairness, equity and justice which they have brought to bear in the system is maintained,” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
CAN calls for action to stop Kaduna killings
The South East CAN Chairman, Bishop Goddy Okafor, made the call in Aba on Sunday while addressing newsmen on the persistent bloodbath in Southern Kaduna.
Okafor, of the Glorious Gospel Centre, Aba, Abia, said that failure to stop the killings in the state was creating fears in the minds of citizens about their safety in their own country.
“The killings going on in Southern Kaduna are very disturbing.
“We are one people and we believe we are one nation, but for these persistent killings going on in Southern Kaduna to keep occurring without drastic measures to stop it is very disturbing.
“These people that are being killed in Kaduna are Nigerians.
“Governments and security agencies owe it as a duty to protect them.
“The protection of lives and property is the responsibility of the government.
“Every time there are killings, some bandits are blamed.
“So, we keep asking, these bandits are they really human beings or spirits?”
He said that Nigeria is a great nation with a future if well governed.
He noted that if citizens should wallow in doubt of their citizenship rights, it would not benefit the country.
Okafor urged governments to clear any doubt in the minds of Nigerians about the source of the killings by stopping them.
The cleric urged the Kaduna Gov. Nasir el Rufai to do all in his powers to curb the killings in the state.
Okafor also urged Police authorities to ensure their men did more intelligence gathering.
He warned that incidences as killings, banditry, should not continue if Nigeria was to know peace and security.
The bishop further spoke about the health challenges in the country and pleaded with medical personnel planning to leave the country to jettison the idea.
He stressed that the development if not halted would endanger Nigeria’s healthcare system.
He, therefore, urged the government to provide what the professionals needed to perform creditably and to enjoy their work in order to discourage their emigration.
“If we lose all our good hands when we are sick, who will take care of us?
“Government should listen to NMA and keep the best doctors we have with us here,” he said.
Okafor expressed dismay at the rate at which Nigerian youth engaged in cultism and other crimes.
He reiterated the need for Nigerian youth to be given a sense of direction in life through job creation.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
CAN urges new NCPC Secretary to exhibit qualities of great leader
The President, Christian Association of Nigeria , Rev Samson Ayokunle, on Thursday urged the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev Yakubu Pam, to exhibit the qualities of great leaders.
Ayokunle gave the charge during a Thanksgiving Service in honour of the newly-appointed Executive Secretary in Abuja.
According to him, the wise and task-oriented people do not rush to take up leadership positions because they know that leadership is a great burden.
He explained that many people just looked at the paraphernalia of office and rushed to take it up noting that most of the time such people failed.
”If you see somebody doing all he can to occupy a position, know that he or she is either looking for self glory or what he or she would benefit from it, not what he or she would offer.
”It is God that usually chooses task-oriented leaders, using men and women. We know that without your own effort God put you in this position because you did not lobby for it.
”We would, therefore, urge you to do your best without disappointing God nor those who put you in this position. May the Lord help you,” he said.
The Cleric mentioned some of the qualities of great leaders that Pam must possess to succeed as being controlled by the Holy Spirit, faithfulness, being Strategic, Prayerful, putting God first in everything and being courageous to take the right steps,
”Putting God first in everything, being Courageous to take the right steps, being creative like the sons of Issachar, being a servant leader by making humility your watchword,” he added.
The NCPC Boss, Rev. Yakubu Pam, assured Nigerians that he would serve the country with great sense of responsibility as long as God lives and watches over him and this great nation.
Pam mentioned five main agenda which would guide him in his assignment “to ensure that we abide by the Act that established the NCPC.”
”I have carefully studied the Act that established the NCPC.
“One striking provision is that the Executive Secretary is given recognition as the Chief Accounting Officer of the Commission while every other staff of the agency are support staff of the Executive Secretary.
”By this provision, it simply means that I will be accountable to every deed and misdeeds of the agency and I would not want to be associated with corruption or anything that will dent my image or the image of our dear CAN as I stand as an ambassador.
”I will do my best to fight corruption and redeem our image globally as well as the image of the agency.
“I have also promised my staff that by the grace of God, I shall build a credible
institution in NCPC that will make it the envy of other government agencies.”
He said that it would in turn make other agencies seek the services of its staff members owing to their capacity and integrity.
”Secondly, I would like to rebuild our image internationally due to our core responsibility of embarking on pilgrimages.
“Our image in international communities is not so good especially with the records we have of people absconding when sent on holy pilgrimage.
”In view of this, we have started working strategically with relevant stakeholders who will ensure thorough screening for intending pilgrims for an increased global acceptability and respect.
”We shall continue to advice our pilgrims to remain resolute as Pilgrims and not Tourists while on pilgrimage.
”Thirdly, I would embark on a re-orientation of the mindset of Ministers of God and other Pilgrims to drive a behavioural change first in themselves, and ultimately give back the lessons learnt to the society.
”Fourthly, I would like to go on relationship drive among my staff, relevant stakeholders, Muslims and Christians across Nigeria and ensure mutual respect and unity amongst all and sundry.
”Fifth, I would work assiduously to gain people’s trust to enable me to carry out reconciliation amongst people for peaceful co-existence,” he said.
Gen. Yakubu Gowon, former Head of State, who was represented by Sen. Gorge Akume, said that Nigeria needed peace to succeed.
Akume also said that “the country cannot toil with unity and peace because if our territorial integrity is undermined, Somalia will be a child’s play.
”Virtually everybody supported you for this office, it is an opportunity for you to do more to bring peace to our country, we need peace to succeed.
”I know the President is doing quite a lot but the challenges are still there.
“There are people with sinister motives who wouldn’t want peace but through prayers we will overcome so that Nigeria will not go asunder.
”We don’t have to toil with our unity. You are in a very good position working closely with CAN and people of other faith so that together we can reestablish peace,” he said.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)
NGO urges religious leaders to help end cycle of violence in Kaduna
An NGO, Global Peace Foundation Nigeria (GPFN), has appealed to Christian and Muslim leaders in Kajuru Local Government area of Kaduna State to play critical roles towards the restoration of peace in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria report that the area has been witnessing incessant attacks leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties between communities in recent times.
The GPFN Country Director, Rev. John Hayab, made the appeal when the organization assembled 60 Pastors and Imams from the area for an outreach sensitization activity at Maraban Kajuru on Thursday in Kaduna.
He said that the religious leaders must work for peaceful coexistence among their followers to end the cycle of violence.
Hayab said the sensitisation programme brought together Christian and Muslim preachers mostly affected by the incessant attacks, to find ways of ending mistrust and suspicions among the various communities.
He reminded the religious leaders of the importance of preaching messages of love to the congregation for better relationship between Christians and Muslims, as well as other Nigerians of different faiths.
“Our religious books have many teachings about love, forgiveness and respect for every human being.
“We are therefore pleading with you to make good use of your places of worship to tell men and women, young and old to be peace promoters so that Kajuru local government, Kaduna state and the country as a whole will enjoy peace, unity and development,” he added.
The Northern Coordinator of GPFN, Sheikh Halliru Maraya, while making his contribution, reminded the preachers that God has given them a great and sacred task of preaching love and forgiveness.
“Your roles as peace builders of any society is needed as the country is faced with so many challenges that require all hands to be deck for the survival of Nigeria,” he noted.
Also the Chairman of CAN, Kajuru local government area, Rev. Makama Mazadu and the Chairman of JNI, Imam Shafiu, promised to use Mosques and Churches to continue to preach messages of peace, till Kajuru becomes completely safe and peaceful.
NAN report that the NGO also shared food items and educational materials on peaceful coexistence to clerics from the communities affected by the recent crises.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)