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2017 budget: Niger Delta Youths Reject 35bn Allocation For Capital Project

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Abuja — A group under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Youth Leadership Forum (PANDYLF), has vehemently rejected the N35.31 billion allocated for capital projects in the 2017 budget for the once restive South -South region.

The national president of the forum, Hon.. Famous Daunemigha,who spoke to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, lamented that the figure appropriated was insignificant compared to what other geo-political zones of the country got.

Daunemigha, who described the capital projects’ funds for the region as ‘meagre in the face of monumental infrastructural challenges confronting the region, said the rejection was based on the fact that the region would no longer lay the golden egg and be treated with disdain.

He emphasised that the breakdown of funds appropriated for capital projects in the six geo-political zones in the 2017 budget showed that North Central got N207 billion; North West, N73.7 billion; South West, N48.97 billion; North east, N46.69 billion, while South- South got N35.31 billion and South- East got N28.22 billion.

Daunemigha warned that the fund appropriated for capital projects was unacceptable to the people of the region, and thus, stressed the need for the federal government to urgently prepare executive bill to the National Assembly, with a view to addressing the imbalance.

 According to him, “Every single member of the National Assembly, especially, those from our region are failures. They ought to have say this is not fair to our people and we are rejecting it. The aspect of funds for the capital projects is insulting and they must find a way to address it either through the executive bill or whatever, because we can’t accept this.”

His words, “We are the region that lay the golden egg and some people feel they can eat the meat of the egg and throw the chaf at us. As far as we are concern, Nigeria still needs our oil. 90% of Nigeria’s income is from the oil.”The agricultural or whatever they talk about is still in incubation, it hasn’t really taken off. Nigeria is not planting any food anywhere for it to earn income from.

‘We need to restructure this country in a way that what you have is what you should get. We can only pay tax to the federation account if we are operating true federalism.They must address these issues or else we will march the streets of the Niger Delta in our protests, and the oil will not flow until these pressing issues are addressed.

On whether they will return to the creeks, he said, “We are still mobilising our people for these protests. The government will know when it starts. We are not talking about the creeks anymore. Nobody is going to go to creeks.

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Man kills mother after impregnating his cousin.

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A 25-year-old man who has been identified as Agaezichi Ogbonna from Akpaa Mbato village in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State has reportedly killed his 52-year-old mother after allegedly impregnating his cousin.
According to Southern City News , it was learnt on Tuesday that following the development, angry youths in Akpaa Mbato village descended on Ogbonna, but for the timely intervention of the soldiers attached to a nearby checkpoint, the suspect would have been lynched.
An anonymous source disclosed that Ogbonna, who is said to be the last son of his mother, was allegedly accused of having sexual affairs with sisters of the same parents at his maternal home.
He was said to have impregnated one of them in the process, an act which the villagers, said was a taboo in their community and Igbo land in general.
It was learnt that defiant Ogbonna was said to have ignored the warning of the community to continue sleeping with one of the sisters whose name was simply identified as Ugochi, which did not go down well with his sick mother.
The source said,

“Ogbonna’s mother who was managing her high blood pressure condition angered by the son’s action and the negative effect his abominable act would bring to the family, decided to raise the alarm after she noticed that her son was sleeping with Ugochi.
“In the heat of an argument with the mother, Ogbonna kicked her on her ribs which aggravated her health condition. She was said to have collapsed and died shortly afterwards when some members of the family who came to her rescue tried to stabilise her.”

A member of the community, who also pleaded anonymity, said that on seeing that the mother had died, Ogbonna tried to run away, but was prevented.
The source said when the news filtered into the community; the youths stormed their compound and took Ogbonna to unknown destination.
The family source said the youths after beating Ogbonna to a pulp was on the verge of setting him ablaze when soldiers, who were alerted, rescued him from the villagers who had already hung tyre on his neck and about to pour fuel on him.
A soldier at the Akpaa Mbato Army checkpoint said they mobilised to the scene to save the suspect from jungle justice when they were alerted to the action the youths of the community were about to take.

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Video game addiction now a mental disorder, says WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified compulsive gaming as a mental health condition.
The condition tagged ‘gaming disorder’ will be added to the 11th edition of WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.
It will describe the disorder as “impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences”.
A WHO representative estimated two to three percent of video game players meet the criteria for gaming disorder.
“For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,” WHO said.
Several mental health professionals have been fighting this classification, worried that it’s more grounded in moral concerns than science.
“There was a fairly widespread concern that this is a diagnosis that doesn’t really have a very solid research foundation,” said Christopher Ferguson, a psychologist and media researcher at Stetson University in DeLand.
The American Psychiatric Association also said that there was not “sufficient evidence” to consider gaming addiction as a “unique mental disorder”.
WHO had said in December 2017 that it will recognise the effects of obsessive video gaming as a mental health disorder.

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BREAKING!! Egypt vs Uruguay: Mo Salah Missing As Teams Release First Eleven In FIFA World Cup Match

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