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BREAKING: Nigeria’s Opposition PDP Catalogues Corruption And Coverups In Buhari Administration

By The Atlantic Post on

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released a catalogue of ongoing humongous corruption and grand coverups in the President Muhammadu Buhari cabinet, in particular and administration, in general.

The catalogue was contained in a statement signed and delivered on Wednesday, May 20, to the Atlantic Post in Abuja by Mr Kola Ologbondiyan the National Publicity Secretary of PDP.

The PDP said the revelation of over N48 billion fraud in the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry has, again, exposed the monstrous corruption, sleaze and cover-ups going on in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The party added that the confession by the queried former Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Umar Bello, that the duplicitous purchase of an ordinary carcass building for a humongous cost of N7.044 billion passed through the Federal Executive Council (FEC) further exposes the rot that has permeated the Buhari administration.

The PDP further added that such revelation has again shown how the corrupt cabal in the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been pillaging our national treasury and fleecing the country of billions of naira through fraudulent transactions in various ministries, departments and agencies, while parading before Nigerians as saints.

The party claimed that Nigerians were shocked by reports of how funds meant to service the food security system in their country is being plundered by those in power, resulting in the crippling of the agricultural sector thereby creating attendant hunger and starvation in the land.

The PDP described as shameful that the FEC, under President Buhari’s watch, is being fingered in financial manipulations and procurement sleazes in the Agric ministry including the alleged disappearance of N48 billion contractors’ fund, over N7billion duplicated payments, diversion of N9.1billion worth of drilling rigs to unnamed private individuals, purchase of carcass building for N7.044 billion, in addition to misapplication of billions of naira meant for strategic grains, rural grazing area settlement funds and other food production intervention schemes.

“The fraud in the Ministry of Agriculture has further exposed how officials of the Buhari administration and corrupt APC leaders have turned government ministries and agencies into their Automated Teller Machine (ATM) just as the case of exposed looting of billions of naira in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) among others.

“It is even more distressing that the corrupt cabal continues to enjoy official cover while, in some cases, allowed to sacrifice their fronts to conceal their tracks.

“The PDP therefore rejects this attempt at cheap scapegoatism and demands that the Buhari Presidency should immediately speak out and conduct an open investigation that will expose all those involved in this huge scam in the Ministry of Agriculture as well as recover the stolen funds.

“Moreover, the PDP calls on the National Assembly as well as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately commence investigation into the behemoth of fraud in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development,” the party further stated.

Interpersonal Relationships: Emotions

G(r)owing Thru Something

As I am taking a psychology class on theories of personality, One individual that stood out to me was Carl Rogers. He was a firm believer in communicating all feelings to avoid build-up, which results in an inappropriate relay of emotion once one has reached an overwhelming level. Doing so involves risk but can result in growth.

15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. ~ Ephesians 4:15

Learning to accept my imperfections as a perfectionist. I’ve noticed I struggle with vulnerability. I’ve always been aware of this struggle. Still, I’ve never fully acknowledged it’s depth or the impact it has had on my relationships. As I have experimented with coming out of my shell and expressing myself, I have noticed the dynamics of my relationships changing. It is common for me to expect people to be able to have tough conversations. Still, my level of vulnerability, once I do open up, is much deeper than the average person. As a result, when people respond with less than loving arms, I clam up and revert back to my quietness, assuming this is the best way to carry through life. However, this has led me towards the perpetuation of guilt for speaking up. Ultimately, I feel like a burden for speaking up, and then anger for feeling wrong about vocalizing my needs. Once these feelings pass, I get irritated, and tension builds up until so many things occur that I can no longer keep my thoughts to myself. My emotions bleed through in everything I do. I am slowly learning to speak up even if it means being greeted with anger or rejection. As much as it hurts me, I know it’s an essential step for me to live a better life. So I welcome discussion, I welcome apologizing from both my end and theirs. I carry on, regardless of the outcome. I become thankful for these opportunities that open my eyes to faults in myself and others. These impact any relationship and by working through them it is my hope that not only myself but others involved, as well, can grow through the situation. I am grateful for those in my life who have contributed to these experiences, both good and bad. In the end, if you let it, all situations allow an opportunity for self-reflection, deeper connectivity, and stronger interpersonal relationships. Blessings!

Ways to Spread Happiness and Kindness Around You

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By Henrik Edberg May 20, 2020 How to Spread Kindness

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
Albert Schweitzer

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”
Amelia Earhart

A very simple way to spread more happiness in your own little world is through kindness. It’s often an easy and quick thing you can do as you move through your daily life.

But we sometimes forget about it. Or don’t remember how it can help us all.

Three things that I like to keep in mind and that help me to try to be a kinder person are these:

  • I get what I give. Yep, some people will be ungrateful, miserable and not reciprocating no matter what you may do. But most people will over time treat you as you treat them.
  • By being kinder to others I am more likely to be kinder to myself. It may sound a bit odd but my experience is that when I am kinder towards others then my self-esteem goes up.
  • It creates a happier place to live in. Being kinder simply makes my own little world a nicer and happier place to live in.

So how can you start spreading the kindness and happiness in your daily life?

Here are 15 simple ways to do it.

Pick one of them that resonates with you and start using it today.

1. Express your gratitude. 

Think about what you can be grateful for about someone in your life.

Maybe that he is a good listener, that he often is quick to help out or that he always adds great songs to a Spotify playlist. Or simply that he held up the door for you.

Then express that gratitude in a simple “thank you!” or in a sincere sentence or two.

2. Replace the judgments. 

No one likes to be judged. And the more you judge other people the more you tend to judge yourself.

So despite the temporary benefit of deriving pleasure from the judgments it is not a good or smart long-term habit.

When you feel the urge to judge ask yourself: what is one kind thing I can think or do in this situation instead?

3. Replace the unconstructive criticism. 

Try encouragement instead of excessive criticism. It helps people to both raise their self-esteem and to do a better job.

And it will make things more fun and more light-hearted in the long run.

4. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. 

It is quite easy to resort to unkindness when you see things just from your perspective.

Two questions that help me to see and to better understand other viewpoints are:

  • How would I think and feel it if I were in his or her shoes?
  • What parts of this person can I see in myself?

5. Recall how people’s kindness made you feel.

Just sit down for a few minutes and try to recall one time or a few times when other people’s kindness really touched you and helped you out.

Then think about how you can do those very same things for someone in your life.

6. Express kindness for something you may often take for granted.

It is easy to remember and to feel motivated to express kindness when someone is having a rough time or have just finished an important project.

But also remember to express kindness for how someone continues to put so much love into the dinners you eat. Or for being on time every day and doing their job well and keeping deadlines.

7. Hide a surprising and kind note.

Leave a small note with a loving or encouraging sentence in your partner’s or child’s lunchbox, hat, tea-container or book that he or she is reading right now.

That minute of your time will put a smile on her face and joy and motivation in her heart.

8. Just be there.

Listen – without thinking about something else – when someone needs to vent.

Just be there fully with your attention.

Or have a conversation and help someone find his or her way out of fear and to a more constructive and grounded perspective.

9. Remember the small acts of kindness too.

Let someone into your lane while driving. Let someone skip ahead of you in a line if he’s in a real hurry.

Hold up the door for someone or ask if they need help when you see them standing around with a map and a confused look.

10. Give someone an uplifting gift.

Someone in your life may have a a tough time right now. Then send him or her an inspirational book or movie.

Or simply send an email with a link to something inspiring or funny that you have found like a blog, podcast or a comic.

11. Help someone out practically.

Give them a hand when moving or with making dinner or arrangements before a party.

If they need information, then help out by googling it or by asking knowledgeable people that you know.

12. Help the people in your life see how they make a difference in their lives.

When you talk to someone about his or her day or what has been going on lately then make sure to point out how he or she also has spread kindness and happiness.

People are often unaware of the positive things they do or they minimize them in their own minds.

So help them to see themselves in a more positive light and to improve their own self-esteem.

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13. Remember the 3 reasons for kindness at the start of this article.

It will help you to be kinder even when you may not always feel much like it.

If you like, write those reasons down on a piece of paper and put that note where you can see it every day.

14. Pay it forward.

When someone does something kind for you – no matter how big or small – then try to pay that forward by being kind to someone else as soon as you can.

15. Be kinder towards yourself.

Then you will naturally treat other people with more kindness too. It is truly a win-win habit.

A simple way to start being kinder toward yourself is to each evening write down 3 things you appreciate about yourself and about what you have done that day in a journal.

Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves would fall to $23.3bn by end of 2020 – Fitch Ratings

FITCH a global credit rating agency has stated that Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves would fall to $23.3bn by the end of 2020 from $38.6bn in December 2019. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) resistance to rebuilding the exchange-rate framework, will drive a fall in international reserves to $23.3bn by December 2020, Fitch rating revealed.   […]

Source: Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves would fall to $23.3bn by end of 2020 – Fitch Ratings | The ICIR

An Educational Shift: Encouraging Mission-Driven Online Learning

May 20, 2020 Gwen Bass, PhD, and Michael Lawrence-Riddell /Faculty Focus

An Educational Shift: Encouraging Mission-Driven Online Learning

Over the past decade, many independent schools have intentionally expanded their missions to go beyond academic excellence and include goals related to character development, equity, accessibility, and social responsibility. In an effort to be more inclusive and widen the scope of what our systems have to offer, schools have refined curriculum to meet the diverse needs of learners; have sought to become more culturally responsive and trauma-informed; and teachers have focused on providing students windows into the wider world while mirroring back to them the unique value of their own experience.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, hundreds of thousands of institutions across the globe are temporarily closing and moving to eLearning models. How will schools maintain their commitment towards character development, equity, accessibility, and social responsibility as they adapt to new ways of teaching and learning under social distancing guidelines? (This is a great resource for PreK-12 from Teaching Tolerance.)

Many of us became educators because we wanted to do more than share our expertise on a subject—we joined the profession because we are passionate about our subject and want to inspire a similar passion in others. In classrooms, we foster excitement by orchestrating lively discussions, providing provocative essay prompts and encouraging new and innovative ways of applying content. Every time we inspire excitement in our learners, we gain something. Watching our students light up builds our enthusiasm and reinvigorates our commitment to education. 

Ideals of whole student development, and shifts in work culture at large, have inspired a movement to teach “21st century skills”—such as collaboration, communication, and creativity. Schools have put this into practice through maker spaces, classes on entrepreneurship and leadership development, embedded social and emotional learning, and innovative educational technology.  By redesigning recruiting and application policies and global engagement initiatives, teaching and learning communities have become more diverse. Although implementation is inconsistent and imperfect, schools have made important strides towards meeting the needs of all students.

Over the past few weeks, educators have scrambled to transition syllabi and pre-planned classroom activities online, with little to no training.  Meanwhile, schools must not lose sight of the commitments they made to offer an educational experience that fosters both character development and academic learning. Many of the learning opportunities to be offered this spring will be asynchronous, whereby students will access resources online and complete tasks that are then graded by course instructors. 

The move to asynchronous education may be a desirable solution, mitigating complications associated with time zones, access to technology, and because it offers everyone maximum flexibility during this unpredictable time. However, the approach also poses challenges, and possibly opportunities (see this video from the Professional and Graduate Education Office at Mount Holyoke College on asynchronous teaching), for institutions to get creative about upholding their missions related to holistic education and student development, which is especially important right now..

As we ALL adjust to a new normal, wherein we live with uncertainty about our own security, institutions have the ultimate opportunity to walk their talk about equity, access, inclusion, and community engagement.  Many have committed to these goals and, while teaching and learning as we knew it has been significantly disrupted, this historic moment highlights the imperative to be responsive to each and every students’ unique experience.    

With the shift to online teaching, it is vital that institutions don’t just share academic content through electronic files.  Students need the support of their learning communities now more than ever, and it is incumbent upon educators and administrators to find ways to continue to support the whole student.