Al Bashir, Mugabe Rock African Union Summit

Daddy Mugabe aka Baba Mugabe, aka Bros Mugabe, aka Mugabe Baba, aka Pa Mugabe
The African Union’s 25th summit could hardly have got off to a worse start.

It opened more than four hours late, hosts South Africa became embroiled in a legal dispute over whether to arrest Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir for war crimes and genocide while Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, who’s been in power since 1980, railed against presidential term limits.

The organizational glitches and presence of some of Africa’s most controversial leaders overshadowed two days of talks in Johannesburg on how the continent can reduce conflict, boost trade and give women a bigger stake in economies. They also underscore the difficulties the group has encountered in forging common ground among the AU’s 54 member nations.

“The AU will continue to struggle going forward because it’s a very complex, diverse, heterogeneous continent,” Jakkie Cilliers, executive director at the Institute for Security Studies, said by phone on Sunday from Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. “Efforts to move toward political and economic integration are often extremely ambitious.”

In his opening address to the summit, President Jacob Zuma said while the AU has made huge strides since it supplanted the Organization of African Unity in 2002, it still had some way to go before it achieves its developmental goals. About 585 million people, or 72 percent of the population in sub-Saharan Africa, still live in or at the brink of poverty, according to the United Nations Development Programme. It didn’t define a poverty measure.
Surging Economy

“Africa has taken its destiny, specifically its socio-economic development and integration, in its own hands,” Zuma said. “Africa is thus on a new path of development and growth that will enable it to take its rightful place in global affairs.”

The organization points to a tripling of the size of Africa’s economy since 2002 and a doubling of trade within the continent between 2005 and 2011 as evidence of the advances it has made. It also claims part of the credit for initiating discussions aimed at creating a free-trade zone with a combined size of $2 trillion.

The group is helping advance the continent’s economic agenda, yet still lacks capacity to implement, coordinate and monitor projects, struggles to reconcile regional and national interests and lacks skilled personnel, said Ola Bello, a researcher at the South African Institute for International Affairs.

“It’s a vast improvement from where we were 20 years ago,” he said by phone from Cape Town on Sunday. “Africa is broadly moving in the right direction.”
Peacekeeping Missions

The agency employs about 1,500 full-time staff and has offices in 35 member countries and in Washington, New York, Geneva and Brussels, Idriss Adoum, the group’s administration and human resources director, told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday. The AU stages two summits a year, with a January gathering always held at its headquarters in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

The AU’s budget for 2015 is about $430 million. About $109 million goes toward salaries and other operational expenses and the balance to funding peacekeeping and other programs. While member states fund the entire operational budget, they cover less than 5 percent of the programs’ budget with the remainder paid for by the European Commission, World Bank, developed countries and other partners.

Its biggest success has been in the arena of advancing peace and security, Cilliers said.
Al-Bashir Crisis

“If you look at the conflicts in Sudan or Burundi or Somalia, today the situation is that African negotiators and leaders and troops are really in the forefront,” he said. “Five or ten years ago it was all European and UN troops and mediators.”

The AU’s most important peace mission is Somalia, where it has deployed 22,000 troops, Smail Chergui, the group’s commissioner for peace and security, told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday. It’s also working with the UN to maintain peace in the Central African Republic, northern Mali and Sudan’s Darfur region, he said.

The organization has demonstrated ambivalence when it comes to promoting good governance. While it urged Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza to step down after a constitutionally mandated two terms and condemned coups in Mali and the Ivory Coast, it appointed Mugabe as its rotating chairman and did nothing to probe allegations that elections he won were marred by violence and irregularities. On June 14 Mugabe said African leaders were expected to apologize for running for a third term while in Europe the practice is accepted.
War Crimes

The group also took no action to investigate or sanction al-Bashir, who the International Criminal Court has indicted twice for war crimes for alleged atrocities in Darfur.

While South Africa, which is a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, granted al-Bashir immunity to attend the AU summit, a court ruled on Sunday that he shouldn’t be allowed to leave the country until it determined whether he should be arrested. He left the country on Monday, State Advocate William Mokhari told the court. The departure violated the court order, Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said.

“We are seeing discontinuity in terms of the AU and its performance,” Daniel Silke, director of Cape Town-based Political Futures Consultancy, said by phone. “There is a disconnect between the AU’s lofty rhetoric of good governance and the actual performance of individual leaders in Africa.”

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Femi Adebayo Weds Jumoke Odetola In A Con World

Odetola & Adebayo
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Pictures of popular actor Femi Adebayo and Nollywood starlet, Jumoke Odetola went viral on the internet garnished with different stories prominent among which is that the duo were an item. Judging from the the scarcity of distance between them in the pictures on which one had them both in attires made from same material.
Femi Adebayo has made a huge mark in the movie world in the yoruba speaking angle of Nollywood and has been linked to some ladies in the industry. And now with pictures of him with Jumoke Odetola roaming the social media, it was hard to disbelieve that anything different from the two being an item of love was happening.
Odetola & Adebayo
However, Guguru FM can authoritatively confirm that the pictures are from scenes in an upcoming movie titled BINTA OFEGE, written by Abiodun Jimoh and directed by Okiki Afolayan.While speaking to Kingsley Momoh, Abiodun Jimoh informed us that the movie is something the world should watch out for.
Produced by the duo of Abiodun Jimoh and Jumoke Odetola, the movie is an exciting fast paced and highly entertaining Crime Drama, Femi Adebayo,a trickster meets Jumoke Odetola, a con artiste by fate. The duo took advantage of the fortuitous meeting, got married to con the world. Ligali (Femi) and Binta (Jumoke) take us on a train of dramatic, hillarious and innovative con events. Watch out for the film BINTA OFEGE to get the full story. The flick also features nollywood megastar Joseph Benjamin, Francis Onwochei and Ireti Osayemi etc. This movie from all indications is an award winning material. Hopefully, when it is released, it would tell of class and style.

Another Bush Wants To Rule America

Jeb Bush launched a Republican presidential bid months in the making Monday with a vow to get Washington “out of the business of causing problems” and to stay true to his beliefs — easier said than done in a bristling primary contest where his conservative credentials will be sharply challenged.
“I will campaign as I would serve, going everywhere, speaking to everyone, keeping my word, facing the issues without flinching,” Bush said, opening his campaign at a rally near his south Florida home at Miami Dade College, where the institution’s large and diverse student body symbolizes the nation he seeks to lead.

The former Florida governor, whose wife is Mexican-born, addressed the packed college arena in English and Spanish, an unusual twist for a political speech aimed at a national audience.

“In any language,” Bush said, “my message will be an optimistic one because I am certain that we can make the decades just ahead in America the greatest time ever to be alive in this world.”

Bush enters a 2016 Republican contest that will test both his vision of conservatism and his ability to distance himself from family.

Neither his father, former President George H.W. Bush, nor his brother, former President George W. Bush, attended Monday’s announcement. The family was represented instead by Jeb Bush’s mother and former first lady, Barbara Bush, who once said that the country didn’t need yet another Bush as president, and by his son George P. Bush, recently elected Texas land commissioner.

Before the event, the Bush campaign came out with a new logo — Jeb! — that conspicuously leaves out the Bush surname.

And in his speech, he took on critics in both parties, particularly Hillary Rodham Clinton, the overwhelming favorite in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“The party now in the White House is planning a no-suspense primary, for a no-change election,” Bush said. “The presidency should not be passed on from one liberal to the next.”

He later called out Clinton by name, and indirectly jabbed fellow Republicans, including his political protege Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who welcomed Bush into the 2016 contest earlier in the day. “We are not going to clean up the mess in Washington by electing the people who either helped create it or have proven incapable of fixing it,” Bush said.

Bush joins the race in progress in some ways in a commanding position, in part because of his family connections.

He has probably raised a record amount of money to support his candidacy and conceived of a new approach on how to structure his campaign, both aimed at allowing him to make a deep run into the GOP primaries. But on other measures, early public opinion polls among them, he has yet to break out.

While unquestionably one of the top-tier candidates in the GOP race, he is also only one of several in a large and capable Republican field that does not have a true front-runner.

In the past six months, Bush has made clear he will remain committed to his core beliefs in the campaign to come — even if his positions on immigration and education standards are deeply unpopular among the conservative base of the party that plays an outsized role in the GOP primaries.

Tea party leader Mark Meckler on Monday said Bush’s positions on education and immigration are “a nonstarter with many conservatives.”

“There are two political dynasties eyeing 2016,” said Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, one of the movement’s largest organizations, and now leader of Citizens for Self-Governance. “And before conservatives try to beat Hillary, they first need to beat Bush.”

Yet a defiant Bush has showed little willingness to placate his party’s right wing.

Instead, he aimed his message on Monday at the broader swath of the electorate that will ultimately decide the November 2016 general election. Minority voters, in particular, have fueled Democratic victories in the last two presidential elections.

Of the five people on the speaking program before Bush, just one was a white male.

Bush is one of 11 major Republicans in the hunt for the nomination. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are among those still deciding whether to join a field that could end up just shy of 20.

Bush’s critics in both parties have criticized him as aggressively as they would if he were the clear Republican favorite.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Monday there’s “Bush-Clinton fatigue” in America. “I think some people have had enough Bushes and enough Clintons,” Paul said in an interview with The Associated Press.

After touring four early-voting states, Bush quickly launches a private fundraising tour with stops in at least 11 cities before the end of the month. Two events alone — a reception at Union Station in Washington on Friday and a breakfast the following week on Seventh Avenue in New York — will account for almost $2 million in new campaign cash, according to invitations that list more than 75 already committed donors.


Peoples reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard in Lexington, S.C. contributed to this report.

OPC Threatens To Down Tools

The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) said it would pull out its men from guarding all Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines nationwide from Monday evening.

Mr Yinka Oguntimehin, the Spokesman for Gani Adams Faction of the congress said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday.

Oguntimehin said that this became necessary because the corporation had yet to start paying for the work its men are doing.

He said the corporation was, as part of the contractual agreement entered into, three months ago, expected to start payment.

The spokesman said that the OPC personnel had continued to guard the pipelines with the belief that the corporation would pay as promised.

“When we were given the contract on March 15, it was agreed that they will release money for the OPC personnel for effective protection of the NNPC pipelines nationwide.

“We lost one man last month because of the activities of the vandals here in Lagos, while some of our men were arrested in the course of protecting the pipeline.

“We had told them to release some of our money before the new administration took over, but they kept promising us.

“Enough is enough, three months have passed since our members started monitoring the pipeline, and we have fulfilled our part of the agreement.

“By 10:00 p.m. today, our personnel will move out of the NNPC pipelines nationwide and this applies to other groups in the country,” he said.

The federal Government had in March awarded a multi-billion Naira contract to the OPC to secure NNPC pipelines in the South-West Zone of the country.

Late Ministerial Appointments :Buhari Explains

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday attributed the delay in his appointment of ministers to the late submission of the transition committee’s report on the previous administration to him.

Buhari made this known while speaking to newsmen at the Summit of the African Union in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The President said that he was being careful in order not to make mistakes in appointing individuals especially to key positions such as in the finance and petroleum ministries.

“I don’t know why people are so anxious about ministers. But eventually we will have (them).

“But the main reason is that I have an interim committee which I agreed with the former President Jonathan that the ministers of the outgoing government should hand over their notes or their documents to this interim committee so that a position can be prepared for the new government to start from with clear records from ministers.

“But the ministers knew that they were going but the technocrats, the permanent secretaries and directors and so on, they know they would remain.

“If anything goes wrong they would be invited to explain, but unfortunately the outgoing government did not cooperate.

“So, what the committee did was to divide itself into about five sub-committees and got a resource person that was willing to come and bring the document, and so they prepared and I got the report I think three days ago.

“I was waiting for this report because I would like to know what position in the government especially in terms of finance and petroleum industry. So, I am not in a hurry to get ministers.

“I want to get ministers after at least I have seen the report because I don’t have to appoint a minister today and sack him the next week because this report would give me what actually happened in terms of security, economy of the country.

“And since I have to have ministers from politicians and technocrats, I wouldn’t (like to) make the mistake of getting somebody, who has been involved on account of accountability.”

Buhari added that he, Jonathan and former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, had agreed to letting the former ministers hand over their notes to the interim committee he had formed.

He said that the planned examination of the hand over notes had to be suspended when the outgoing ruling party accused his then incoming administration of forming a parallel government.

Buhari said that he actually wanted to get a platform from the former ministers on which to start from following the problem of accountability in the administration.

The President, who recalled that during his time as minister of petroleum during the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo military regime, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had only three accounts, said that during the immediate past administration, the NNPC and the ministry of finance did not know how many accounts they had.

He described the development as improper.

He also said that the emergence of Sen. Abubakar Saraki as Senate President divided the All Progressives Congress (APC) in spite of the moves by the party to avert a crisis.

He said that the onus was on the National Assembly to resolve the issue as it had its own criteria for choosing its officers, which was why he did not want to interfere in the exercise.

Buhari said the problem of Boko Haram had been internationalised and expressed his happiness with the support coming from Nigeria’s neighbours and the G7 in an effort to end insurgency.

Pay TV: The Way To Go In Nigeria

Image result for pay tv nigeriaPay-per-view (PPV) is a television service through which subscribers can buy events to watch via private telecast. Every subscriber who pays to watch an event gets to watch it at the same time. It is different from a video-on-demand service, like the one offered by DStv Catch-Up, that allows subscribers watch recorded broadcasts at their convenience.
Image result for pay tv nigeriaPPV is used for the broadcast of high-ticket, one-off events that include feature films, live sporting and entertainment events. A subscriber that wants to watch an event on PPV is required to have a base subscription. This means an active monthly pay-TV subscription that does not include the cost of an event being purchased on PPV. Payment for an event on PPV is separate. Thus, PPV is not the same as pay-TV.
For example, the recent boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio was sold to viewers in the US at the cost of $99.5. In the UK, it was sold for 65 pounds. That cost is in excess of the equivalent of N20,000 and some way above the cost of DStv premium subscription. DStv subscribers, however, watched it here at no added cost.
Viewers in the US and elsewhere, who watched the fight on PPV, had to pay the rate charged. In the US, live WWE fights are sold to subscribers on PPV. Such events are bought by order, using an on-screen guide, an automated telephone system or through a customer service representative. PPV events are usually in the premium content category and are thus considerably expensive. Television audience in the UK can access PPV via satellite, cable and over the internet TV services, mainly for films via such services as Sky Box Office.
While pay-per-view allows the subscriber to view those important events, the subscriber is eligible to pay for PPV events if he or she has a subsisting pay-TV subscription. Thus, PPV is not a la carte. Neither is it pay-as-you-watch, a model that is non-existent in pay-TV.
Currently, the PPV model is not being used in any African country.
Broadcast rights to PPV events are different from those of monthly subscriptions and an adoption of the PPV model carries a huge potential of making pay-TV subscriptions considerably more expensive to users.
When you think of PPV, picture walking into a restaurant where the standard plate of food, with two pieces of beef or fish, costs N500. Now, when you feel an itch for bush meat or stock fish, neither of which is included in the standard plate, the cost jumps astronomically. That is the way PPV works. PPV is not cheaper. In fact, it not considerably more expensive than the monthly subscription model.

Lagos Taxis To Have Air Conditioners

Taxi operators in Lagos State, western Nigeria must now ensure cars used by them for the business have working air conditioners for the comfort of their passengers.
This is one of the stipulations in the State Road Traffic Law Regulation For Taxi Operations passed by the state House of Assembly at its valedictory session late Monday.
Though some of the lawmakers kicked against some of the stipulations, saying it could send some people out of business, the majority of the lawmakers backed the regulation.
Image result for Lagos taxiThose who argued against some of the stipulations urged that the regulations should be tried one after the other so as to give the operators time to adjust. They also argued that the regulations could be an opportunity for law enforcement agents to extort money from the operators.
But those in favour of passing the regulations said it would just be right to commence implementation and then carry out a review and possible adjustments later.
As approved by the House, every cab operating in the state must now be duly registered. In this case, they must obtain operational licenses from the state Ministry of Transportation.
The regulation further grants the ministry the right to arrest unlicensed cab operators as the lawmakers argued that licensing the operators would help stem insecurity in the state.
Arguing in favour of the regulation just before it was granted approval, one of the lawmakers, Rotimi Olowo, said cab operations could be made to work like it is working in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Image result for Lagos taxiHe recalled how he travelled to Dubai sometime ago only to discover that the official cars used by members of the House was the same types used as taxis in the country.
“There must be a standard and we must start from somewhere,” he said, listing some of the requirements for cabs to work in the state to include air conditioning convenience and tracking devices.
Sanai Agunbiade, the chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary and Public Petitions, said the regulations could be tried and reviewed so that the House would later carry out an impact assessment on their implementation.
On her part, Adefunmi Tejuosho argued that implementing the regulation was important for security and safety.
Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who approved the regulations after a voice vote by members, said the state cannot afford operations below standard since it is aiming at being a model for the African continent.
He argued that Lagos could work like developed countries where cabs do not endanger the lives of the people.
He said one good thing about the regulation is that it gives operators easy access to loan facilities.
Meanwhile, the House formally closed its seventh session Monday night after lawmakers were given the opportunity to speak about their experiences.
While many praised Ikuforiji for the way he led the House, some told him that in his future engagements, he should be mindful of time.
The latter set argued that the House lost many productive hours as a result of time wastage.
Some also recalled the three-year travail of the Speaker in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, while others advised incoming members of the Eighth Assembly to learn from the mistakes of the Seventh Assembly.

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