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Port Harcourt Gears up for 2014 Native and Vogue Fashion Week



Following the success of the maiden edition of the Port Harcourt International Fashion Week – Native & Vogue, last year, the Rivers State government has announced that plans are in top gear for the hosting of the second edition of the fashion event this year from September 19-21.

Briefing the media recently during the media unveil of the upcoming 2014 Native & Vogue in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information Mrs Ibim Semenitari said this year’s event promises to be 2bigger and better.”

According to her, “Fashion continued to remain an avenue through which people can, not only express themselves, but also become successful entrepreneur and employers of labour.”

Hence she said the essence of Native & Vogue is “to direct the minds of our young people to the vast potentials available in the fashion industry. We want to open doors of opportunity for our younger ones. It is also a better way to brand the state by associating with beauty, which is why Rivers State government is supporting Native & Vogue.”Semenitari said some international models would be coming from South Africa and other parts of the world.

Her words, We are expecting about 80 models to work with designers from South Africa, UK and other countries. Models will also come from South Africa and our own ace designer Frank Oshodi will be here, too, to coordinate everything.”

“We encourage young designers to key into this opportunity. Port Harcourt is set to host distinguished guests from the international fashion scene during this three day program which promises to be a spectacle and an awesome display of the vibrant Nigerian and African fashion style. This we believe, will largely reduce unemployment and youths redundancy,” she said.

Models and designers have been asked to upload their pictures to designated websites while designers should also send in their profiles and wares to designated websites where professional judges would select the best for the fashion week. Young models have also been invited to log in to contest for the Face of Native & Vogue 2014.

Native & Vogue has been designed as a dual platform to groom emerging designers and showcase the established ones. It is an event positioned to drive and grow the local fashion industry into sustainable globally competitive brands.

Last year saw the young designers strutting their stuff alongside renowned designers such as DAVIDA, Sunny Rose, Mai Atafo, Adebayo Jones, Ituen Basi among others.Giving details on what to expect from the 2014 event, Managing Director of Neo Mantra, partners of the Rivers State Government on the project, Nkiru Oguadinma said international models will be coming from South Africa, United Kingdom and Canada to spice up the event.

According to her “International models, about 10 of them, would be coming from South Africa, Uk and Canada to Port Harcourt to complement the people we already have here in Nigeria. So, we will like the up and coming, even the young models here to also interact with them to also see how long they can go on the runway.

“We are also expecting about eight designers from outside the country. Designers like Mudi Africa, Ade Adebayo from Uk, Yomi Kosiba as well will be here,” she said.

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My son’s death a test from God – Heartbroken Gov. Sule



Heartbroken Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Friday said the death of his son, Hassan, is a test from God.

Hassan, 36, died on Thursday after a brief illness.

He spoke while receiving condolences at the palace of his father, the Sarkin Gudi, Alhaji Sule Bawa, in Akwanga LGA.

Sule said he was the one consoling somebody who lost his nine children and 70 cows the previous day and that today God decided to test him, to see whether he was sincere in consoling that bereaved father.

“This is my time to be tested. I see this as a test from God. I was the person consoling somebody that lost his 9 children and 70 cows yesterday, and today God decided to test me, to see whether I was sincere in consoling that bereaved father,” he said in a report by The Punch.

According to him, his son grew up carrying all his siblings along, saying that it was only God that has the power to take him away.

Sule added that his son was the one taking decisions on their businesses, saying that he was always on hand to advice him on what next to do, as his schedule would not allow him to run any business.

The governor insisted that God took him away to test hi resilience and faith.

“God didn’t seek my advice when he gave Hassan to me and he will not seek my advice when he takes him away,” he said.

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Senate summons Kyari, CEO NNPCL over N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to Tompolo



The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mr. Mele Kyari, over a N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to stakeholders in the Niger Delta region.
The pipeline surveillance contract was awarded by the Federal Government to Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a private maritime security firm founded by Government Ekpemupolo, an erstwhile Commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) also known as Tompolo.

The Tompolo-owned firm was expected to protect all the oil pipelines criss-crossing nearly all the states in the Niger Delta in collaboration with other major stakeholders in the oil bearing communities in the region.
Specifically, Tompolo is expected to carry out the N4 billion per month contract that covers Delta, Ondo, Imo, Rivers and some parts of Bayelsa State in collaboration with major tribes along the communities that host the oil pipelines.

However the Isoko Ethnic Nationality has petitioned the Senate alleging that their young men were not being carried along in the multi-billion naira project.

The Isoko people under the auspices of Interested Isoko Youth Groups, through a petition sent to the Senate on their behalf by Stanley Okonmah, said they were completely marginalised in the contract award.
The lsoko Ethnic Nationality requested the Senate to probe the award of the contract and prevail on the NNPCL’s management to award a fresh contract to a company owned by an Isoko person.

Specifically, the people urged the Senate to look into the matter and urged the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to correct the anomaly.

They want the NNPCL to award the pipeline surveillance contract to a company to be chosen by stakeholders of Isoko nation.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP – Ondo Central), at a session in Abuja, said the GCEO of the NNPCL was being summoned to the Senate for him to come and assure the Isoko people that the agency would do the needful to avoid economic sabotage by the aggrieved youths of the area.
He said, “The GCEO of the NNPCL is hereby summoned by the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions (to appear before this committee) on January 25.

“We want him to come and assure Nigerians that he would do the needful to calm down the youths so that they will not engage in pipeline vandalism.”

Earlier, the leadership of the Isoko youths told the panel that since oil was discovered in their land and pipelines installed there in 1958, till date, no case of vandalism had been recorded in the area.

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Confusion at Lagos Airport as Workers Embark On Strike…… Passengers Stranded!(Photos)



Several passengers were stranded this morning at the Murtala Mohammed International airport as airport workers began strike starting from midnight.

passengers were spotted all around with airlines having little information on the way forward.

for instance, virgin Atlantic passengers that were due for London trip this morning were helpless as many had to reschedule their flights and many left loitering around

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