NIGERIA: Ahead Of May 29, Presidential Inauguration Activities To Commence Today 22 May 2015

The Inauguration of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and his team is set to begin today, with a week-long programme. The first of the activities is a Jumat prayer which is to take place at the National Mosque in Abuja today.

The office of the Secretary to the Federal Government SGF has released the following as the activities of the Inauguration ceremony. Read after the cut:

· Jumat prayers at the National Mosque

· Church service and thanksgiving at the National Ecumenical Centre on May 24

· Inauguration dinner would be held at the State House Conference Hall in Abuja on May 28, 2015

· The swearing in ceremony, May, 29, 2015 at the Eagle Square in Abuja

· Inauguration luncheon would follow on same date at the State House Banquet Hall

· Inauguration gala night on May 29, 2015

The statement further said the car parks to be used by guests for the inauguration dinner are the Supreme Court Car Park and Federal Ministry of Justice Car Park.

Those who will attend the swearing in ceremony are expected to use the following car parks; Old Parade Ground Car park, Federal Ministry of Works Car Park, Federal Ministry of Lands Car Park and Abuja Geographic Information System Car Park.

Those coming for the inauguration dinner are advised to use the Supreme Court Car Park and Eagle Square Car Park, adding that dignitaries coming for the Presidential Luncheon would be conveyed directly from the swearing in venue to the State House.

Finally, apart from the Jumat prayers and Church service, other activities are strictly by invitation.


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Gen. Babangida, Nigeria Former Head Of State legacy of private broadcasting

In the past, broadcasting was an exclusive central government preserves which means private individuals do not have the right under law to invest in the sector.

Broadcasting is an aspect of modern mass media which meant that signals could be sent out to anyone within broadcast range who possessed the equipment to pick it up.

This was a vast change from the physical delivery necessary to connect print media like books and magazines with readers. Once the mechanical infrastructure was in place at both the broadcasting and receiving ends, no further physical connection was necessary between the two. Among the many advantages for broadcasting is the instant nature of these media.

News and stories about current events can be served to the viewers live and from the location of the event simultaneously, differing from newspapers, which can at best print a special edition within several hours. Likewise, entertainment programmes can take advantage of the audio and visual capabilities of these media in ways that print media cannot, bringing stories to life in viewers’ living rooms.

The immediacy of news and public information programming is important to audiences as well. Action can be taken quickly when important news is broadcast, and in emergency situations, broadcasting can be dedicated to potentially life-saving instructions from government officials and other concerned agencies as the case may be.

Unlike advertising in print media, advertisers in television and radio can present a face or voice to represent a company or product. This can be accompanied by an array of production techniques, such as music and special effects. All of these elements combine to increase trust, intrigue, excitement or whatever emotion the advertiser desires. In addition, television allows the advertiser to demonstrate the product, rather than simply talk about it. All these were the juicy benefits enjoyed by both state-owned and federal-owned radio and television stations particularly, the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, until  former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, broke the monopoly and liberalised the broadcasting market in favour of private investors.

The advent of private broadcasting, however, reveals a very competitive industry with indicators suggesting that the private stations are giving the public stations a run for their money in terms of acceptability through quality programming leading to increased patronage and attraction of adverts. A key significance is the socio-cultural, economic and political gains of the deregulation for Nigeria.

In the first case, it is seen that private broadcasting has promoted the cultural values of the country with the production and broadcast of indigenous programmes such as dramas, Nigerian home videos, musicals and soap operas, etc. Secondly, several job opportunities have been created in Nigeria where unemployment is rife. Politically, the deregulation has engendered a new spectacle and grandeur in political reporting and analysis.

The various political programmes of some of the private stations such as ‘‘Kakaaki’’and ‘‘Focus Nigeria’’ of Africa Independent Television, AIT, ‘‘Sunrise Daily’’, and ‘‘Politics Today’’ on Channels Television, ‘‘Head 2 Head’’ on Silverbird Television etc, provide platforms for not only objective and timely political developments within the polity but also reveals a clear departure from hitherto placid nature of news and political coverage during the era of sole government domination of the industry.

However, in Nigeria for several decades following the inception of broadcasting in 1957, the industry led a sheltered life shielded from the winds of free market forces as successive regimes ensured that the sector remained an exclusive monopoly of the central government. Even the 1979 constitutional provision for the establishment of private electronic media could not change the trend.

It could be argued that perhaps government’s initial monopoly of the industry may not be unconnected with the seeming potential of broadcasting as a tool for social change and engineering which as such ought not to be left in the hands of ‘‘just anyone’’.

In another twist it is probable that private entrepreneurs would emphasize an orientation towards exclusive commercialism rather than consideration for national interest. Arguably that may be another reason for governments grip on the industry for many decades.

Be that as it may, the much realistic and feasible deregulation materialised in 1992 when the Babangida-led regime promulgated decree 38 which deregulated the industry and also established effectively the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC. This decree (38) of August 24, 1992 empowered the NBC to regulate the entire broadcast industry in Nigeria, both public and private.

This singular act by the administration of the then military President Gen. Babangida eclipsed the over 50 years of sole government domination of the sector in Nigeria. In economic term the action by that government heralded proliferation of private electronic media as entrepreneurs and investors for profit maximization in the larger interest of the citizenry.

Meanwhile, key milestone in broadcast media whether private or public, cannot be discussed without due cognizance to the success recorded by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, then premier of western region who despite all odds meritoriously pioneered broadcast media in Nigeria and indeed Africa in 1959. The birth of the Western Nigerian Television (WNTV) was described as ‘‘accidental’’ since Chief Awolowo embarked on it due to his inability to use the services of the Federal Radio station to reply to the broadcast of then Governor-General Macpherson over the constitutional matters of 1953. It would be recalled that Pa Awo (of blessed memory) was denied use of Federal radio even when the commission has an obligation to give objective and impartial news and views to its listeners.

Thus as a result of this and other related developments and taking into perspective the 1954 constitutional provision in which broadcasting ceased to be in the federal exclusive list, Chief Awolowo established in partnership with overseas Rediffusion Company limited of the United Kingdom, the Western Nigerian Television (WNTV) at Ibadan.

The station was operated as an arm of the Western Nigeria broadcasting commission, which by 1960 has introduced radio broadcast over the whole region. Following the breakthrough of the Western Region in broadcasting, other two regions in Nigeria then, North and East upon realizing the power and influence of radio and television went on to establish their own broadcast stations.

However, the erroneous views of the fifth columnists that the government of President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida was an aberration on the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians during his eight years rule were completely baseless. The eight years reign might not be democratic but it ushered in many democratic dividends.

For the record, Gen. (rtd) Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s dispassionate believe in project Nigeria whilst in office successfully brought about the establishment of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), introduction of Primary Health Care, deregulation of Finance and Money Market (Banks /Finance), introduction of Debit Conversion Programme, and introduction of Gifted Children’s Programme.

IBB’s government also established Nomadic Education Programme, Nigeria Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), National Productivity Centre, and National Economic Reconstruction of Fund (NERFUND). The administration as well introduced Economic Diplomacy; it strengthened and empowered Local Government administration making it to be core grassroots government and created more Local Governments.

It was equally instrumental to the enactment of Oil Prospecting Acreages to Nigerian Oil Companies, enactment of the Copyright Law which led to the establishment of Copyright Council this thankfully permit them to bark and bite.

The regime moved Presidency to Abuja (New Capital), and completed the construction of third Mainland Bridge for Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre (Lagos State), bridging the gap between Mainland and Island, to fortify economic prosperity and break every logistic barriers, to mention but a few.

Mr. EMMANUEL AJIBULU, a commentator on national issues, wrote from Abuja.

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Ten Reasons Why Sex Should Wait Until Marriage

1. Sex is a powerful force that can destroy if not used properly. Like atomic power, sex is the most powerful creative force given to man. When atomic power is used correctly it can create boundless energy; when it is used in the wrong way it destroys life. Sex is the same kind of powerful force. Sex is a gift from God to give us the greatest pleasure, to help in creating a deep companionship with one’s spouse and for procreation of the next generation. But if you play with this powerful force outside the bounds of marriage, it destroys you and those close to you.

2. Sexual activity for young people arrests their psychological, social and academic development. Studies show that when young people engage in premarital sex, their academic performance declines and their social relationships with family and friends deteriorate. This is because adolescents are too immature to deal with the explosive sex drive and it tends to dominate their life.

3. The majority of women cannot enjoy sex outside of the bonds of marriage. The development of a fulfilling sex life needs the security and peace of the marriage bond. Premarital sex usually takes place sneaking around in hidden places dealing with the fear of being caught, the fear of pregnancy and feelings of guilt. All these (worrisome) factors undermine pleasure in premarital sex, most especially for women.

4. Virginity is to be given to the most important person in your life, the person you committed yourself to stay with forever in marriage. Your virginity is the most precious thing you have to give to your spouse. Once you lose it, nothing in the world can bring it back. Don’t lose something so precious in a thoughtless way.

5. Those who engage in premarital sex run a high risk of contracting one of the many venereal diseases rampant today, as well as losing their fertility. Not just AIDS, but other common disfiguring diseases like herpes have no cure.

6. Some venereal diseases have no symptoms and many couples discover many years later that they became infertile because of these diseases. Infertility experts estimate that 80% of today’s infertility is due to venereal diseases contracted before they married.

7. The best and only method that guarantees 100% against AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases is to wait for marriage to have sex and maintain fidelity in your marriage.

8. Premarital sex breaks the 10 Commandments given by God. The 10 Commandments are given to man by God to make man happy. They are not outdated and they are not restrictive. If we follow these laws, we can create happy and prosperous lives. If we don’t follow them, we will pay a heavy price in divorce, disease, abortions, illegitimate children and loneliness. Modern men make a big mistake when they think that they can break these eternal laws and not suffer consequences.

9. Premarital sex runs the risk of conceiving illegitimate children. Numerous scientific studies show that the children of single mothers suffer psychologically and are less successful socially and academically than children from intact families. Above all, children need both their father and their mother. It is wrong to risk having children who will never have their father’s love, protection and care.

10. If you date and you don’t have sex, you can forget about that relationship when you stop dating. But if you have sex with those you date and then break up, the nature of sexual involvement creates strong, often unpleasant memories for your whole life. Every relationship you break up where you had intimate relations is like a mini-divorce. The psychological difficulties of these mini-divorces does damage to your character. Later, when you are married and go to bed with your beloved spouse, these unpleasant memories will accompany you.

True love waits. If a boy or girl truly loves you, they will want the best for you. They will not want you to suffer fear of disease, unwanted pregnancy and the psychological difficulties of premarital sex.

They will want to experience love with you only in the very best place of all – the love nest of marriage.

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