In 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO) institutes December 1 every year as World AIDS Day. The objective is to provide a platform for the world to unite in the fight against HIV /AIDS. Part of the aim is also to ensure that governments and policy makers meet the HIV targets they set, stand by the commitments they made and mobilize the necessary resources for a world where people do not die of AIDS related ailments. For each World AIDS Day from 2005 to 2010, the theme was “Stop AIDS”. The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner and Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation”.
After 27 years in the saddle, former Burkina Faso’s imperial ruler, Blaise Compaoré, was recently forced out of power by a popular uprising against his aspiration to extend his reign over the landlocked country. As it is usual with sit -tight rulers like him, Compaoré fled the capital, Ouagadougou, to an unidentified destination. Before his abrupt fall from power, excluding the years he spent as a military dictator, Compaoré had served two seven-year terms before a change to the constitution allowed him to serve another two five-year terms.
‘No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel or puts it under a veil. But he sets it on a lampstand so that those who enter in may see the light. ’The above are the exact words of the master himself. The overlord Jesus Christ, son of God, made the avowal in Luke Chapter 8, verse 16.
Monday, October 20th, 2014 in Umuahia the capital of Abia State, witnessed a spate of project revelations with conviviality of exceptional kind. Without this, many people far and wide Abia State, would not have believed that the eventide of Ochendo’s administration will be busy, building and raising projects of all types.
A crowd of anxious Onitsha residents thronged the Upper Iweka venue to welcome their new governor. They have come to behold, and possibly assess, the man who will manage their affairs for the next couple of years. Up till the time of the visit, Onitsha was seen as a city with palpable sense of brokenness. Scarcely was anything positive written about it.
I read with much unease the press statement of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on the withdrawal of the security personnel attached to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives following his defection from the PDP to the APC. In the said statement, the NBA, through its national president, Augustine Alegeh, SAN passed judgment on the action of the police, declaring it unconstitutional.
Recently, the Lagos state government commemorated the fifth year anniversary of the re-launch of Uniformed Voluntary Clubs in Lagos’ public schools. It will be recalled that in 2009, the state government reincarnated clubs such as the Boys’ Scout, Red Cross Society, Brownies, Sheriff Guard, Boys and Girls Brigade by integrating their activities into the curriculum of public schools across the state. And as he did five years ago at the re-launch, the state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, spoke glowingly about his government’s conviction that the restoration of these clubs would help, in no small measure, to produce a new set of reliable and trusted leaders that would move the state and, indeed, the country to greater heights. Fashola’s optimism actually stems from his childhood’s experience as a member of the Boys’ Scout, which essentially helped to shape his character in his formative years.
RaufAregbesola is an enigmatic individual whose trajectory epitomizes the building of a unique brand. And that brand is OGBENI.
I first came into contact with him sometime in the early days of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s tenure as Governor of Lagos State. A mutual friend had initiated an International Tennis Championship League called Governor’s Cup. The press briefing was slated for the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos, with many prominent individuals and potential corporate sponsors and Stakeholders in attendance. So impressed was I by the zeal he showed and the uncommon loyalty to his boss, evident in the energy and passion at which he drummed up support for the project, that I unhesitatingly volunteered my own area of support, which I would then sustain for the next six years of the Annual Championship.
The cliché: Youths are the leaders of tomorrow’, is a popular one. But the youths whom the line opines to target no longer fancy it because the current reality in the country does not really support the leadership aspiration of the youth. Therefore, it has become significant to ask ourselves how well the society has prepared the youth for the great tasks of leadership and nation building.
The early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic was characterized with fear, stigma, myth and denial. The disease was then seen as a death sentence. People living with HIV had to fight to be seen, or heard, or to be treated with basic compassion. Little was known about how to prevent and how to treat it. Today, that picture is transformed. The discourse is no more about the reality of AIDS; rather, the concern is about the best way to totally eradicate this dangerous disease. Awareness has soared; research has surged. Prevention, treatment and care are now saving millions of lives not only in the world’s richest countries but in some of the world‘s poorest countries as well.
In the early hours of February 14, 2013, South Africa athlete and paralympian, the famous blade runner, Oscar Pistorius, shot and killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home in South Africa. Oscar’s trial for the murder of Reeva began March 3, 2014 at the High Court of South Africa in Pretoria with Judge Thokozile Masipa presiding.