Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Read Full Text Of Buhari’s Speech At Ministerial Inauguration Today

Your Excellency, The Vice President;
Professor Yemi Osinbajo;

The Senate President, and the Hon. Speaker, House of Representatives;

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Justice Mahmoud Mohammed;

The National Chairman, All Progressive Congress, Chief John Oyegun;

National Leader of APC, Chief Bisi Akande;

Other APC Executive Committee Members here present;

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation;

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation;

Honourable Ministers;

Members of the Diplomatic Corps;

Members of the Press and Invited Guests.

Today we have reached another milestone in the evolution of our new government which Nigerians overwhelmingly voted into office in the March 28th, 2015 general elections. Today we witness the swearing-in of new ministers of the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  1. Since our inauguration on May 29, 2015, the Vice President and I have been mindful of the need to constitute a cabinet that will best deliver our expectations of a better country than we inherited. We want to work towards a prosperous nation respected for the right reasons, and whose citizens can hold up their heads anywhere in the world. And we are optimistic that bringing this set of ministers into the service of our country today is a step in the right direction, a timely move towards realising our positive goals for our country.
  2. Since we assumed office in May, I have been mindful of the need to ensure that the appointment of new ministers translates into putting round pegs in round holes while showing sensitivity to our diversity as a people and our various positions as groups of stakeholders in our country.
  3. I have also been conscious of the need not to repeat such mistakes of the past
    where the right people were allocated the wrong portfolios, which translated into their performing poorly to our collective detriment despite their obvious capabilities. Also, I have responded to the counsel to consult as widely as possible, given the need to build a stable and all-inclusive government by reaching across our various ethnic and political divides.
  4. With the inauguration of ministers, our government shall continue more decisively to implement its policies in respect of the economy and in other areas. While working hard to maximise revenue from oil in the face of a sharp decline in the price for the commodity, we are determined to diversify the economy in agriculture to enhance employment and explore solid minerals as a major revenue earner.
  5. The primary aim is to achieve self-sufficiency in the production of such staples as rice and wheat and to become a major consumer and exporter of both items as well as solid minerals. We intend to pursue policies that will generate massive employment for millions of our youth.
  6. We shall also continue with greater determination and focus to pursue our goal of ensuring improved security for our country and its citizens, and without letting up on our fight against corruption. Our commitment to defeat Boko Haram and all the threats it constitutes remains as strong as ever. So is our resolve to root out vices such as kidnapping and neutralise the various forms of criminalities that threaten the social peace of Nigerians.
  7. While recognising the challenges we face and the need to surmount them, let us not fail to note the progress we have made in the short life of this government, as an indication of how much better we can do as a people driven by patriotism and a common resolve to do things right.
  8. On the moral sphere, trust is slowly but steadily being re-established between the government and the people. Now, when the government speaks, the people listen; and when the people’s expectations are not met, they appreciate that it is not for lack of commitment or trying on the part of government. In effect, government business is now being conducted with transparency and cynicism is waning as a result.
  9. Our adoption of the Treasury Single Account has resulted in the blocking of financial leakages in the public sector, making more funds available for the business of governance and ensuring the welfare of our citizens. The Central Bank of Nigeria has also assisted more than 30 States of the federation with concessionary loans to offset salary arrears for their workers. On the monetary side, the CBN has also implemented country-specific and innovative policies that have helped to stabilize the exchange rate and conserve our reserves.
  10. Finally, our new ministers must proceed to work speedily and do their utmost to justify the confidence we have placed in them not only by their conduct but also by their performance in their various positions.
  11. Over all our economy is poised for sustained job creation, poverty reduction and inclusive growth. Regardless of the present challenges we are confronting, I believe all Nigerians will keep hope alive and sustain their optimism about the future of our economic well being.
  12. The Ministries have been rationalised and reduced to twenty-four.

Ben Bruce Challenges Newly Appointed Ministers On Twitter

Controversial and very outspoken Senator, Ben Bruce while congratulating the newly appointed ministers on twitter seized the opportunity to challenge them.
He challenged Babatunde Raji Fashola who was appointed Minister of Power,Works and Housing not to use a generator so he will feel what Nigerians are feeling.
Ben Bruce who created the #Challengeourministers tag, also went ahead to challenge Rotimi Amaechi and some other ministers.
Check out his tweets below;
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Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter in hospital for stress

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been hospitalised due to stress, according to reports from the BBC and AFP.
Blatter, 79, was provisionally suspended for 90 days last month amid the ongoing corruption scandal at FIFA and suffered “a small breakdown” according to the BBC, although is expected to make a full recovery.
Blatter’s lawyer, Richard Cullen, had said last week that the Swiss was in hospital for a medical checkup on Friday.
His statement came shortly after Blatter’s spokesman, Klaus Stohlker, said the 79-year-old was under “medical evaluation” for stress-related reasons and had been told by doctors to relax.
Stohlker told The Associated Press that Blatter is “under a huge pressure” and had been told to rest.
“He is now, at this moment in hospital,” Stoehlker added to AFP. “He is preparing to leave on Monday and will be back on the job on Tuesday.”

Fashola, Ngige, Amaechi head key ministries

As Nigerians waited anxiously for the President to assign his ministers, many were secretly making permutations on who gets what, just as the ministers themselves were eager to know the portfolios they will be assigned.

Assigning the portfolios on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed his headship of the Petroleum Ministry while he appointed the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum.
Former Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, was announced as Minister of Works, Power and Housing.

And for Nigerians, this is key because the economy revolves around power, just as many want to see the roads fixed.

The Solid Mineral Ministry is headed by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as the former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, was also assigned Transportation and Aviation ministry.

Ministry of Labour and Employment is headed by Dr. Chris Ngige, while the Ministry of Finance is headed by the former Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State, Kemi Adeosun.

Buhari reduces ministries to 24 + Full list of ministerial portfolios

President Muhammadu Buhari has reduced the number of ministries to 24.
He revealed this on Wednesday, while assigning portfolios to the new ministers at the inauguration, taking place at the presidential villa.
Rotimi Amaechi was named minister of transport and aviation, while Babtunde Fashola was named minister of power, works and housing.
Below is the full list of the ministers and their portfolios:
Abubakar Malami- Minister of Justice
Geoffrey Onyeama- Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mohammed Dan Ali- Minister f Defence
Adamu Adamu- Minister of Education
Anthony Anwuka- State minister of Education
Kemi Adeosun- Minister of Finance
Okechukwu Enelemah- Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
Aisha Abubakar- State minister Industry, Trade and Investment
Chris Ngige- Minister of Labor and Employment
James Ocholi- State Minister of Labor and Employment
Mohammed Bello- FCT Minister
Abdulrahman Dambazzau- Interior Minister
Udoma Udo Udoma- Minister of Budget and National Planning
Zainab Ahmed- State Minister Budget and National Planning
Emmanuel Ibe Kachiukwu- State Minister Petroleum resources
Babatubde Fashola- Minister of Power, Works and Housing
Mustapha Shehuri- State minister Power, Works, and Housing
Audu Ogbeh- Minister of Agriculture and Rural development
Heineken Lokpobiri- State minister Agriculture and Rural Development
Chibuike Amaechi- Minister of Transportation
Hadi Sirika- State Minister Aviation
Isaac Folorunsho Adeoye- Minister of Health
Osagie Ehanire- State Minister Health
Aisha Alhassan- Minister of Women Affairs
Usani Uguru- Minister Niger Delta Affairs
Claudius Omoyele Daramola – State minister Niger Delta Affairs
Adebayo Shittu- Minister of Communication
Lai Mohammed- Minister of Information
Amina Mohammed – Minister of Environment
Ibrahim Jibrin- State Minister of Environment
Suleiman Adamu- Minister of Water Resources
Solomon Dalong- Minister of Youths and Sports
Kayode Fayemi- Minister of Solid Mineral
Abubakar Bwari- State Minister Solid Minerals
Ogbonnaya Onu- Minister of Science and Technology

Barack Obama becomes first US President to pose for the cover of a gay magazine

Barack Obama has appeared on the cover of Out Magazine, becoming the first sitting US president to be photographed for an LGBT publication.

The photoshoot was conducted in recognition of the magazine's decision to name Obama as its "Ally of the Year" for the gay community, after he helped secure same-sex marriage in the United States.
In the accompanying interview, Obama explains why he felt so strongly that denying homosexual couples marriage was "unconstitutional". The President cites his mother as a champion of inclusivity, remembering how she taught him that "every person was of equal worth".
Obama also acknowledges that the time was right to legalise gay marriage across America, as he has witnessed social changes between his own and his daughters' generations. "To Malia and Sasha and their friends," says the President, "discrimination in any form against anyone doesn't make sense.
"It doesn't dawn on them that friends who are gay or friends' parents who are same-sex couples should be treated any differently. That's powerful."

Amazing Pictures From The 2015 Victoria Secret Fashion Show

One fashion show that’s most expected in the world is the Victoria Secret Fashion show which was held last night.

As a model participating in the fashion show, you are regarded in one word- MADE; as it is one of the most coveted jobs in the modelling world.

Models who walked the runway included long-established models Angels Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge – who wore the dazzling $2million Fantasy Bra. 20-year-old Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner made their debut appearances too.

The Weekend, Selena Gomez and Ellie Goulding performed after Rihanna all performed at the event.
See pictures from the show below…
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Lily Aldridge rocking the $2M Fantasy Bra
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Fab exes-Caityln & Kris Jenner stun as they support Kendall at her Victoria secret show

Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner may have had their differences this year – but it looks as though the pair really have "moved past the drama". 

On Tuesday, the former couple put on an affectionate display as they both attended the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York City, to support their daughter Kendall Jenner who was making her debut on the runway. Caitlyn gave Kris a run for her style as she rocked a sexy black dress with a huge opening at the side.

Khloe Kardashian: “I Still Have A Great Deal Of Love” For Lamar Odom

Khloe Kardashian, 31, has graced the December/January cover of Redbook and it is literally flawless. She looks stunning for this photo shoot and she has so much to say about everything from butt implants, Caitlyn Jenner, and Lamar Odomher current beau, James Harden. 

The star’s interview with the magazine actually took place two weeks before Odom’s hospitalization. She said of her estranged husband, “My biggest wish is for him to be happy. I still have a great deal of love for him. That doesn’t mean I have to be by his side all the time.”
As for Harden, Kardashian addressed bringing him into her very public lifestyle. “Our family brings a different amount of — not fame — attention,” she noted. “Instead of just being known for his talent, he’s now known for being someone’s boyfriend. We’re used to it, but for a person new to this, I’m like: ‘Oh, God. I’m sorry.'”

She also touched on her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner, saying, “It was difficult for me that Bruce wasn’t honest with me. The transition had nothing to do with it. I love Caitlyn. She still likes us to call her our dad, but it’s hard when, you know, Dad’s now wearing a dress.”

Kardashian acknowledged that Odom cannot walk on his own, and that he still needs significant cognitive rehabilitation. Of their relationship status, she insisted, “I’m still married for a multitude reasons, but intimacy is not one of them.” She also said he is aware that she’s still dating Harden, and called the release of her book coinciding with the medical emergency “awkward timing.”

Pay unemployed Nigerians the N5,000 you promised – Aisha tells Buhari, APC

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has appealed to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), not to renege on its campaign promise of paying N5,000 to 25 million unemployed Nigerians.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the president’s wife on Media, Mrs Adebisi Ajayi, on Tuesday in Abuja.
She also urged the party to fulfill its promise of giving school children one free meal a day.
She stated this after the Senate voted against the motion calling on the Presidency to pay the N5,000 allowance.
“The APC is a party of integrity and has assured Nigerians during the campaign that it will pay N5,000 each month to 25 million most vulnerable citizens.
“Nigerians should be patient with the APC government as the change they had been yearning for has come to stay,’’ she said. (NAN)