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I almost got kidnapped in Lagos, lady narrates ugly experience

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I almost got kidnapped in Lagos, lady narrates ugly experience

A Nigerian lady has narrated how she was almost kidnapped as she was about boarding a tricycle at Jakande Estate in Isolo, Lagos.

According to the twitter user identified as @Chioma_Ajebota, some men approached her and accused her of “flying their colour.”

At first, she didn’t understand but afterwards, one of the guys explained that there was a cult war ongoing and accused her of being an informant as she was dressed in their colour.

Read her story below;

“Today I was about to board a keke headed to ilasa from jakande estate isolo suddenly a guy tapped me from behind and I shunned him. He left but immediately he did another came I thought he was a passenger just like me only for him to threaten me.

Saying if I didn’t want to die I should go and apologize to the guy that I was flying their colour and still being rude while still trying to understand what was happening he lifted his shirt and showed me something that looked like a gun, I froze.

This was about 1 pm in broad daylight but I was scared stiff, I went to apologize but then a third appeared saying he was the number 1 of the cult and that didn’t I know there was a cult war going on in that area that I was an informant.

He accused me of calling someone, he asked me to walk with him, I made sure to stay close and Insight where people could still see me I was shaking at this point, confused and helpless, I unlocked my phone showed him my call log and messages.

While all this was happening he was signalling the other two guys who started everything, then I realized they were about 6 positioned in different places but close I got even more scared at this point begging and crying that I was sorry.

That he should let me go he said I shouldn’t cry or panic that I was safe with him, he was making phone calls asking them not to shoot me that I wasn’t the one while all this was happening people were passing going about their business, I felt helpless.

Then he made a statement that made me realize that they weren’t cultists but kidnappers, he said that I was going to see a keke drive by and park that I should enter it that I would be safe, that was when I realized I was in even more danger than I thought.

After he said that something woke up in me and I realized I had only a few minutes to either save myself or that was the end, The supposed number 1 guy turned to signal one of the guys and I made a run for it I crossed the road without looking.

I ran as fast as I could crying, I was to scared to stop or tell anyone I kept running until I got to my friends shop at jakande gate told her and her boss what just happened and they tried to comfort me, I was scared and in shock, I am still in shock.

I’m sharing this so ladies can be aware, I have never experienced such, Ladies please be careful especially when you are alone whether day or night, Lagos isn’t safe.

May God continue to keep us safe.

I’m grateful to be here to tell this story it could have been something different”.

 

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Nigeria to boost external reserve with gold sales

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The minister stated this while addressing State House correspondents after the official virtual presentation of locally mined gold bars by the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMDI), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

According to Adegbite, Nigeria is now a gold producer that stands to benefit a lot from the sale of the product as the ministry received a boost from President Muhammadu Buhari, leading to the success story.

“We have just celebrated something that is quite unique in the history of the country.

“We‘ve generated a London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Gold Bar, the Bullion Bar from gold that is mined responsibly in Nigeria. This is a watershed for the country.

“This journey started a while back; the President is uniquely placed as the first President to give intervention fund to the sector.

“He gave us the filip by insisting we should diversify the economy by the mining sector.

“Having done that, this led to a series of activities, which culminated into the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMDI), which gave birth to this,’’ he said.

He listed Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, and Osun as States that were chosen for the pilot implementation of the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining scheme, out of which he said Kebbi had taken the lead by producing the 12.5 kg LBMA Gold Bar.

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Also speaking, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, expressed optimism that the scheme would go a long way in boosting the nation’s foreign reserves.

He said: “As you all know for several years and decades, we have been talking about the need to diversify the revenue base of the Nigerian economy.

“We will say that today, this has been actualized in the sense that other than receiving dollar revenue from proceeds of the sale of crude oil we have today received into our reserves through the purchase of this 12.5kg purified gold bar into our reserves, we have today received gold into our reserves.

“Gold is valued in the international market in dollars so what does that mean? This gold is valued at a dollar sum that will go into our reserves.

“What does that also mean that for those who feel that the only way they can analyze Nigeria is to say what is the price of crude, is the price of crude high or is the price of crude low, they will now begin to see that at this time when the price of crude is low, the price of gold is rising, that the Nigerian economy remains strong, remains resilient to withstand the exogenous shocks that we see around today.’’

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According to him, the government is not resting its oars on revamping the economy especially in this era of COVID-19.

“We seize this opportunity to assure our friends both locally and internationally to say that the Nigerian government supported by the monetary authorities is doing everything possible to diversify the base of the Nigerian economy.

“In the coming weeks and months, Nigerians and the world will see more that is going to be done in improving the output from our agricultural sector, improving productivity from the manufacturing sector, doing everything to make it easy for goods to move from farms to market in Nigeria.

“All this is being done to ensure that the Nigerian economy remains resilient to withstand any shock that may come to our ways,” he said.

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, who also spoke to the correspondents, praised the effort of Buhari towards diversifying the economy and making life better for Nigerians.

“The driving force is President Buhari, who supported the initiative that was created, the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI), which is a reflection of other efforts that the president has been doing to diversify the Nigerian economy.”

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In her remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Solid Minerals Development Fund, Hajiya Fatima Shinkafi, commended the president for supporting the initiative, saying the vision is now established for the transformation of the national economy.

She said: “We have started a good journey towards improving the economy and we are moving at a very fast speed.

“I hope that this will translate into a better life, most importantly for the households that we intend to impact in terms of making better standards of living for individual families that we are supporting directly and indirectly with the artisanal miners.’’

Shinkafi assured that the private sector would be carried along, in order to boost the economy.

“Also, it is very important that I mention that the private sector should not feel that this is going to crowd them out.

“So, this is supposed to encourage private-sector-led investment. They have a space to participate in PAGMI and the laws and regulations are there.

“We will sensitize people together with the Ministry and the States, who have been very supportive as well.

“So, in terms of what next, we hope to expand this and make the success of this pilot even bigger than this,’’ she added.

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UK payroll employees shrink amid coronavirus pandemic

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The number of payroll employees fell by 649,000 between March and June in Britain due to the impact of coronavirus.

This is as experts warned unemployment could continue to surge in the coming months, official statistics showed Thursday.

April saw the sharpest drop of 450,000, followed by easing numbers in May and June as the lockdown was gradually lifted, according to the Office for National Statistics.

It found only an estimate of 333,000 vacancies existed for April to June, 59.9 percent fewer than a year earlier, and also the lowest level since the vacancy survey began in 2001.

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Matthew Percival, director of people and skills at the Confederation of British Industry, said “these figures show serious difficulties for hundreds of thousands of people.

“But unfortunately, this is still only the beginning of the impact on the labor market.

“Flattening the unemployment curve will remain paramount’’.

“It will be vital for business and government to work together to successfully deliver the Kickstart Scheme simply and quickly in the autumn to support young people.

“There can be no time lost in preparing people for the most difficult jobs market in decades,’’ Percival said.

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Under the government’s job retention scheme, more than nine million workers, unable to work because of the coronavirus outbreak, can receive 80 percent of their pay, up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds (about $3,148) a month till the end of October.

Employers are expected to share some of the costs starting in August.

The Office for Budget Responsibility forecast, this week that between 10 percent and 20 percent of people furloughed would become unemployed when the scheme is withdrawn.

It predicted unemployment peaks at four million, or 12 percent, at the end of this year in a central scenario and 4.5 million in the downside scenario.

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A survey of 7,400 firms by the British Chambers of Commerce revealed that nearly a third of businesses expect to decrease the size of their workforce in the next three months while 28 percent of those surveyed already cut jobs in the second quarter.

The British Government announced, last week, an additional 30-billion-pound ($37.8 billion) package to support jobs, including a bonus for employers for every furloughed worker who returns to work.

The package focuses on skills and young people and protecting jobs through a VAT cut for the hospitality sector.

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No place for unqualified teachers in Borno – Gov. Zulum

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Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has reiterated the commitment of his administration to get rid of all unqualified teachers in primary schools.

Zulum gave the assurance in Maiduguri on Thursday while speaking with members of the Teachers’ Verification Committee at the headquarters of the State Universal Basic Education Board.

The governor said his administration would tolerate only qualified teachers in primary schools to ensure pupils get the needed foundation to go to secondary school.

“We will give greater priority to the kind of teachers we have in our primary schools because if the foundation is weak there is no way the secondary and tertiary education in the state will be sound.

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“The quality of pupils in the primary schools determine our output in secondary schools.

“The major reason our students in secondary schools cannot obtain the required credits is that they don’t have the requisite training at the primary school level.

“This administration will give all the necessary support to you (screening committee) to be able to discharge your assignment and we will examine your report at the end of the exercise to ensure that the right thing is done,” he said.

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He also assured many of the teachers that turned up for the screening of improved teaching and learning atmosphere, as well as teachers’ welfare by his administration.

“By the grace of God, we will provide accommodation for teachers, loans and improve the welfare of our teachers but do that we have to get the system right. Our teachers should be qualified and genuine,” Zulum said.

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The governor who earlier assessed ongoing rehabilitation works in some primary schools in Maiduguri, unveiled plans to recruit 1,000 teachers and remodel 76 primary schools in the metropolis to meet standards.

The Newsmen reports that some of the primary schools under rehabilitation visited by the governor include Goni Damgari Primary School, Maimalari Barracks Primary School, and Mustapha Umar Elkanemi Integrated Qur’anic Model Primary School.

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