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The Spirit Life Conference themed: “Great Grace” started on the 5th of September and ended on the 9th. The five days conference had top speakers including Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Pastor Ransom Bello, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Pastor Creflo Dollar and the Convener of the Conference and Senior Pastor of House On The Rock, Paul Adefarasin.

Spirit Life Conference 2018 kicked off with Bishop Mike Okonkwo. He spoke on “Grace The Teacher”. According to him, we operate at our full capacity when we yield to God’s Grace because Grace brings ease in our service to God. He emphatically stated that we have all things already in Christ and we should stop asking for what we have been freely given.

 Paul Adefarasin hosts Creflo Dollar, others at the Spirit-Life Conference

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, the second speaker, spoke on “Lifted By The Covenant of Grace.” He talked on why Grace is offensive to the devil because the enemy wants you thinking that you are your own source rather than believing and receiving all that Jesus has already done.

Day Two of the conference featured Bishop Ransom Bello as he shared on “Heaven Is A Gift, Not A Reward.”  According to him, it is either Grace or Law; there is no middle ground. He made a case for the proper delineation and appropriation of the Law and Grace which many pulpits have done in error.

The Senior Pastor of House On The Rock, Paul Adefarasin was the second speaker for Day 2. He spoke strongly against mixing both messages (Law and Grace). “The Law is all about works; it makes you a slave. True grace empowers us to lead righteous lives.”

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The Senior Pastor of World Changers Church, New York, USA – Dr Creflo Dollar was the speaker for Day Three, and he shared on “Living Under The Correct Covenant”. He said that each covenant has Benefits – The Blessing, Beneficiary – You and the Benefactor – God. He reminded us that the Law was between God and the Jews – which we were not a party to.

He continued on Day Four by expounding the respective roles of Faith and Grace in our lives. “Grace makes while Faith takes. Faith can only take what Grace has made available!” He further described Grace as not just a teaching but a Person – Jesus!

 Paul Adefarasin hosts Creflo Dollar, others at the Spirit-Life Conference

The final day of the conference was the Super Celebration Service on Sunday 9th September 2018. Dr Creflo Dollar continues with “No More Self Righteousness”. He admonished the church to believe correctly and deduce their identity from their belief rather than their behaviour. He summed up his thoughts by stating that the most important thing for a person to do is to get born again and the most crucial thing a born-again person can do is to renew the mind continually.

Throughout the Conference, Music Ministration was led by Vicki Yohe, Sammie Okposo, Glowreeyah Braimoh and Pastor Donnie McClurkin, which was rounded up with a stellar concert immediately following the Super Celebration Service.

Paul Adefarasin of House On The Rock Church to preach in London

Paul Adefarasin of House On The Rock Church to preach in London

Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the senior pastor of Lagos based House On The Rock Church, took to social media to announce that he will be delivering a sermon in London this coming Sunday. The message, titled “The Quest For Joy” will be given by the pastor at the House Of The Rock London branch at The Rock Tower, 49, Tufnell Park Road.

About Pastor Paul Adefarasin

From his mother’s living room in Lagos, Paul Adefarasin established House On The Rock Church in 1994 with just a few attendees. Proof of his calling is that the living room church has blossomed into a Ministry that has over 50 daughter churches in Africa and Europe. A well-known mentee of Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Paul has been fervent in his message of hope to the world and especially the African continent where he resides. He is also the Founder and President of the Rock Foundation; a charity based Organization committed to social reformation, education, provision of healthcare and relief work for ex-convicts, drug addicts, and the downtrodden and disadvantaged in Nigeria and West Africa.

Pastor Paul Adefarasin’s capacity to teach, speak and preach from a personal and theological platform has strengthened and encouraged people all over the world. The Ministry promotes reconciliation, redemption and reformation cutting across denominational and social divides. He has a burning passion for seeing the rehabilitation of his generation, his nation and his continent.

“Our vision is to be the voice of excellence, the hand of power and a bridge of hope. We believe in the power of God to change lives and value the practical application of His Word to make a difference in who we are and what we do. Believing and obeying His Word leads us to a discovery of real life and a hope for eternity; this is what the Bible teaches us, that Jesus Christ came as God’s gift to the world with a message of Good News.”


Pastor Paul and pastor Ifeanyi have been happily married since 1995.

NYSC gets seven-day ultimatum to clarify Adeosun’s certificate forgery claim

Socio – Economic Rights and Accountability Project ( SERAP ) has given National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC ) seven days to clarify its exemption certificate forgery allegations leveled against Nigeria ’ s finance minster , Kemi Adeosun .
An online newspaper , Premium Times earlier claimed the minister forged her NYSC exemption certificate . But the minister is yet to respond to the certificate forgery allegation .
SERAP in a freedom of information request to NYSC Director – General , Brigadier – General Sule Kazaure demands he “ use his good offices and leadership position to urgently provide information on specific details and documents on the Exemption Certificate granted to the Minister of Finance , Mrs . Kemi Adeosun ” .
It also ask NYSC “ to provide information and documents on whether Mrs Adeosun applied for NYSC Exemption Certificate , and if she did, to clarify whether the NYSC actually granted her the Exemption Certificate , the circumstances and the provisions of the NYSC Act under which the Exemption Certificate was granted ” .
While stating the need of providing the information to determine whether forgery has was committed , SERAP urged the Nigeria’ s justice minister Abubakar Malami ( SAN) , to pursue prosecution or invite a private prosecution to step into the matter .
“ By providing information and documents on the Exemption Certificate , the NYSC would help put an end to any insinuation of complicity and show that the institution can embrace transparency and accountability in the discharge of its statutory mandates . This would in turn contribute to improved integrity and public image of the NYSC . ”
“ This will be one step in the right direction . If the information is not provided to us within 7 days of the receipt and /or publication of this letter , the Registered Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request , ” SERAP Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale said in the FOI request.
However SERAP said Adeosun remains innocent until the allegations against her are properly tested and proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of competent jurisdiction based on relevant admissible evidence .
It added that the continuing silence by the NYSC management on the matter may create an impression that an offence may have been committed , and lead to accusation that the management has something to hide .

Looters of our treasury will never have field day under my watch – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reiterated his resolve to ensure that nobody was allowed to loot the country ’ s treasury.
Buhari renewed the pledge in Bauchi at a campaign rally organized to support Alhaji Lawal Gumau , candidate of All Progressive Congress ( APC) for the Bauchi South Senatorial by- election , slated for August 11 .
“ What I will never exhibit is to allow selfish politicians loot public treasury and allow the masses be cheated .
“ All what we are doing is in the interest of the people and our dear country.
“ I prayed to God to expose sycophants that are still within our party , who are bent on trying to loot our resources , ” he said .
The president said his administration had not relented in addressing the security challenges in the country, as well as placing the nation on a sound economic footing .
He therefore solicited the support of the people of the state in voting the APC candidate in the forthcoming senatorial by-election in the state .
National Chairman of the party , Comrade Adams Oshiomhole , had earlier described former members of the party that recently defected from the party , as looters .
“ This is a clear indication that some of them ( defectors) have been sharing the country’ s resources for 16 years but failed to do that in the last three years .
” Most of them are afraid of the anti -corruption crusade being waged by this administration , and are sure that most of them will find themselves behind bars .
“ There is no going back on sending those found wanting to jail , no matter how highly placed they are .
“ We are happy over such defection because we are fed up with the nefarious activities being perpetrated by them , ” the chairman said .
In his speech , Gov . Muhammed Abubakar told the gathering not to be deceived by the antics of some former leaders .
Abubakar blamed members of the National Assembly for the country’ s under -development , adding that he was happy that “ most of them are leaving our party . ”
He called on the electorate , especially those within Bauchi South Senatorial District , to vote for the candidate of the party during the forthcoming by- election .
In his remarks , State Chairman of the party , Alhaji Uba Nana , said the current defection saga had not affected the party in the state .
He said that instead of members defecting to other parties, APC in the state had witnessed mass influx of people from other parties.
The chairman said that 25 other political parties in the state had formed alliance with APC, to enable the party emerge victorious in the forthcoming by- election .

Buhari to spend 10-day holiday in London

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced he will begin a “ 10 working days holiday ” from August 3 to August 13 .
“ President Muhammadu Buhari begins a 10 working days holiday from August 3 , 2018 . ” special adviser to Buhari on media , Femi Adesina said in a statement .
He said the president ’ s holiday is “ In compliance with Section 145 ( 1 ) of the 1999 Constitution , a letter has been transmitted to the President of the Senate, and the Speaker , House of Representatives to that effect .
“ While the President is on vacation , the Vice President will be in acting capacity as President.
“ President Buhari will be in London for the holiday . ” Adesina said .

2019 Presidency : Group Declares Support For Balogun

A socio – cultural / political group , Ndigbo People ’ s Assembly , has declared its support for the presidential ambition of Chief Alfa Muhammed Oliver Balogun ( MO come 2019 .
The group said that Balogun has the depth and capacity to lead and drive Nigeria forward and also restore the nation on the path of peace and development .
The Assembly ’ s chairman , Chief Hyginus I. Ghaboh , disclosed the group ’ s position in his remarks during a courtesy visit to the presidential aspirant in Abuja .
He described the spate of killings in the country by bandits as unacceptable , adding that it can only be tamed by a truly competent and patriotic leader .
He added , therefore , that the cap fits Chief Balogun , who he described as “ a man with outstanding qualities whose great achievements in his state and the country at large cannot be overemphasised . ”
He noted that the Ndigbo People ’ s Assembly bemoaned the state of affairs in the country , saying that it clearly shows “ the gross failure ” of the Muhammadu Buhari led APC Federal Government to carry out the primary function of government which is the security of lives of its citizens .
“ President Buhari and the APC have exhibited a total lack of capacity and knowledge to in basically every state of the federation.
“ We are now more divided as a country than we were during the dark day of civil war . Our country is filled with rivers of blood flowing into the Atlantic Ocean , yet our government is not taking action ” said the statement.
“ For us to rebuild our economy and reunite our country , we have decided to support AlfaBalogun to steady the ship with radical transformation and political stability of our nation , ” he said .
Meanwhile , the Congress of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria has honoured a renowned business /Trado -medical practitioner , Alfa Muhammed Oliver Balogun for his contribution to nation building and youth empowerment .
A press statement issued in Abuja yesterday and signed by Dr . Obu O . 0 Obu , and Comrade Chidi Leo , the group ’ s national chairman and public relations officer respectively described Chief Balogun who is the Oba – Alamo 1 of FCT , Abuja as ‘’ an epitome of hard work , dedication and dignity in service to society . ’’

Nigeria Police begins search for Senator Melaye

Following reports of abduction of controversial Senator, Dino Melaye, the Nigerian Police has appeal for information on his whereabouts.
The former ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker representing Kogi West district, was reported abducted by gunmen in Gwagwalada, a suburb of Abuja, but latest information say he ran into the bush to escape an attack.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, who represents Bayelsa East, had reported in his Twitter handle on Thursday.
He revealed that he got the information from Melaye’s brother who said the lawmaker was reportedly kidnapped after the gunmen attacked them on their way to Kogi State.
One of the associates of the lawmaker who witnessed the incident, Musa Shuaibu, told reporters that he was abducted along the Abuja-Lokoja Highway.
Shuaibu said, “As we speak, his (Melaye’s) whereabouts is unknown. Nigerians must come to his rescue.”
However, the police have yet to confirm the abduction.
Melaye was among the senators who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker’s trial over alleged gun running continued on Thursday at the Magistrate Court in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
His lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, who was represented in court by Yemi Mohammed, told Magistrate Suleyman Abdalah that he had it on good authority that the senator was attacked on Wednesday while living for Lokoja.
According to him, the whereabouts of the lawmaker has yet to be ascertained up till the time the Magistrate Court sat for his trial.
Similarly, an officer in charge of police prosecution, Theophilus Otema, told the magistrate that the prosecuting counsel had an emergency which made it extremely difficult for him to appear in court.
He then requested that the matter be adjourned till September 23, but the magistrate rejected the date saying it contravened the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Kogi State, as amended.
The Police Force says it has not received any complaint about the reported abduction of Senator Dino Melaye.
Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, said this in a statement on Thursday night that although the police have no formal complaint, but the authorities are aware of the media reports and are investigating the incident.
Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, said none of Senator Melaye’s family members, friends, and associates has made a complaint to the police
To aid the investigation, the police called on witnesses and family members to come forward.
“The Force has commenced investigation into the purported kidnap of Senator Dino Melaye, and wish to implore any of his family members, relatives or friends who witnessed the kidnap or have information about the purported kidnap of the Senator to report the incident at the nearest police station to assist the police in the investigation.”

Nigeria gets new Consul-General in New York

A new Consul – General , Benaoyagha Okoyen , has assumed duty at the Consulate – General office of Nigeria in New York.
Okoyen replaced late Mr Tanko Suleiman , who died on Sunday , few days after returning from a completed tour of duty in New York , where he retired on April 27 .
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He was the immediate past Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative , Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva .
The new Nigeria envoy had also served briefly as the head of the New York Consulate in 2015 .
Prior to being appointed Consul – General of Nigeria in New York , Okoyen had served as the Protocol Liaison Officer as well as the Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria from 2011 to 2015 .
The Consul – General also served as a Protocol Liaison Officer to the Vice President of Nigeria from 2008 to 2010 .
Okoyen pledged to ensure improved consular services to Nigerians and other nationals .
He assured of significant improvement in how Nigerians are treated and serviced by the New York Consulate Office .
Okoyen hoped to achieve this by setting a clear direction for the Consulate along with the experienced team of officers to make it well – positioned to deliver the required result tor Nigeria.

Reps invite Kachikwu, NNPC, NPDC, others over $21bn debts, revenue leakage

THE House of Representatives adhoc committee probing $21billion debts owed indigenous companies by International Oil Companies,IOCs, revenue leakage on Thursday invited Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Chief Executive Officers of all oil companies operating in Nigeria.

Rep Daniel Reyenieju, PDP, Warri Federal Constituency in Delta State,chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee flanked by his colleagues gave update on the workings of the committee at the National Assembly, expressed worry over the failure of relevant regulatory agencies to take necessary actions toward recovering the debts from the OICs.
He explained that the Special Committee was mandated to investigate two resolutions of the House, on Thursday, 18th and 25th January, 2018, respectively.
“The Ad-hoc committee is to investigate the operations of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contractors Act (PSC) as it concerns the NNPC and IOCs, towards determining the reasons for the loss of $21 billion; enquire why appropriate steps were not taken, promptly and over an inordinately long period, to remedy the situation which led to the loss and possibly recover the revenue lost.
“Accordingly, the House requires the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to provide it with details of financial transactions between the NPDC and IOCs during the period.
“Review the PSC, the Joint Operating Agreement and other relevant agreements, with a view to regularising all the anomalies that might have led to the loss of revenue.

PMB Swears In Chairman , Members Of Police Service Commission

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn- in former Inspector General Of Police , Musiliu Smith , as chairman of the Police Service Commission ( PSC ) . Smith is to succeed Mike Okiro , also a former Inspector General of Police .
The ceremony took place before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting , presided over by President Buhari . Also sworn in were Clara Ogunbiyi ( full – time commissioner) from the north -east , representing the judicial community ; retired AIG Lawal Bawa ( full- time commissioner) from north – west , representing the Police community ; Mohammed Najatu ( member ) from the north – west , representing women on the commission , Braimoh Adogame Austin , ( member ) from the South – South , representing the media community , Rommy Mom ( member ) from North Central , representing human rights and Dr . Nkemka Jombo – Ofo ( member ) from South East .
President Buhari also swore in , Festus Okoye, as a National Electoral Commissioner , in the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) , representing South East .

PDP Alleges Plot to Impeach Fayose

The Peoples Democratic Party has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop its nefarious plot to impeach Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayo Fayose, or attract dire consequences.
PDP said that the impeachment plot, being arranged in connivance with the Police, was a recipe for crisis in the peaceful state.
“The PDP is aware that the plot is a desperate bid by the APC to rush into the Ekiti Government House to remove and tamper with documents and evidence confirming the rigging of the July 14 governorship election, ahead of the sitting of the election tribunal”, the party said in a press statement by its National Publicity Secretary on Thursday.
“Having realized that there is no way their daylight robbery at the poll can stand in the court, the APC is now employing all desperate means to subvert the course of justice.

FG approves N122.2m for Mangu water project completion

THE Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved the purchase of medical and laboratory equipment worth N103.7 million for the Nigerian Ports Authority.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that government would ensure that the clinic can boast of modern equipment.
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He said, “The Ministry of Transportation presented two memoranda, one of which was for medical and laboratory equipment for NPA for a total sum of N103.7 million for the purchase.
“The only difference is that we have to buy the one that is digital to ensure that we have more modern equipment in the hospital.
“The second one is that we awarded a contract to a consultant to help in the implementation of the international organisations for the ISO 9000 and the council approved it for us.
“The total sum is N238.576 million.”
Also briefing, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said the council also approved the revised cost for the completion of Mangu Water Supply project in Plateau State which was started in 2012 but had no budgetary allocation between 2014 and 2016.
Adamu described the project as one of those government considered as a medium priority after it conducted a technical audit of all abandoned and ongoing projects in water resources in mid 2016.
According to him, “The project has attained 85% completion, thanks to the effort of the contractors who have continued to work at some points without payment.
“After taking so long and in view of the inflation indices, there was a need to augment the project with N122.2 million to bring the project cost from N855.49 million to N977.7 million with an additional completion period of six months.
“We hope that this project will be completed soon so that it will provide the benefit it was intended for the people of Mangu in Plateau State.”
The minister said he also presented a report of the international conference on Lake Chad which took place in February.
He said, “You are aware that the conference was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and Presidents of the member-states of Lake Chad as well as representatives from Angola and President of Gabon.
“We had over 1,200 participants. Following the conference, we have developed an action plan arising from the recommendations of the conference which we have started implementing.
“Obviously, because of the queuing process of many memos and reports, we were able to present the report to the cabinet today.”
He said there was a consensus at the conference to save Lake Chad from extinction and that the inter basin water transfer from Congo Basin is the most viable option for achieving it.
“We have an estimate of $14.5 billion,” he said.

Army seeks partnership with associations to end insurgency

The General Officer Commanding ( GOC) of 7 Division, Nigerian Army , Brig . – Gen. Abdulmalik Biu, has urged trade unions and co – operative societies in Borno State to support the military to end Boko Haram insurgency in the North- East .
A statement in Maiduguri yesterday by Director, Army Public Relations, Brig . – Gen. Texas Chukwu , said Biu made the call when members of the associations paid him a courtesy visit at Maimalari Cantonment , Maiduguri .
He said support of trade unions and co -operative societies through sharing of “ credible information ” could expedite military campaigns to end insurgency in the region .
“ As critical stakeholders , your collaboration is vital towards ending the insurgency . I call on you to come forward with relevant information that will aid security operatives in the region , ” said Biu in the statement .
Biu, who reiterated the commitment of the military to end Boko Haram insurgency to restore peace and unity in the country , assured the associations of military ’ s support to enable them carry out their legitimate businesses with adequate security .
Meanwhile , Chairman of Borno State Fish Traders Association ( BFTA ) , Abacha Mandalam , commended the successes recorded by the military in the war against insurgency and peace building .
He noted that the efforts of the military had encouraged the growth of commercial activities in the state .
He, therefore , pledged to support the military in its constitutional responsibilities of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation against foreign aggressors .
Maude Gwadabe of Radio Ndarason International who said the visit was to enhance cordial civil – military relations , said : “ I pledge the association ’ s support through credible information sharing in the on – going counter – insurgency operations in the North-East , ” said Gwadabe .
He said the radio station was funded by development partners to promote peace building and provide a platform for discussing solutions to the security crisis in the region and the Lake Chad region .

N35bn not accounted for by NSITF, says Panel

THE Administrative Panel of Enquiry set up by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige to unravel the financial state of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, and ancillary matters, has revealed that over N35 billion was spent by previous administration without documentary evidence.

The Ishaya Awotu-led panel of enquiry submitted its report to the Minister, yesterday, at the Ministry of Labour and Employment Conference hall, Abuja.
Meantime the Minister has described the document as a financial roadmap to a healthy NSITF and promised that an implementation committee would be swiftly set up to faithfully execute the recommendations.
The Panel, according to its report, alleged that payment vouchers in the sum of N27,056,598,053.92 were not presented to the Panel for audit examination and sighting.
It further alleged that payment vouchers in the sum of N8,376,083,789.72 were without adequate supporting documents.
The report stated: “On 5th February 2017, the Minister of Labour and Employment constituted an Administrative Panel of Enquiry to look into the Financial State of Affairs of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and Matters Ancillary thereto.
The terms of reference given to the panel include, among others, “to investigate and render a report on the accounting procedures of NSITF in order to ensure proper accounting and management of funds, especially on how the internal Audit mechanism of the establishment broke down, allowing for such colossal loss of funds from the organization.
The Panel recommended that the management of the Fund should, without further delay, conclude the External Auditors’ Reports for the period 2011 to 2015.