WORLD MOST CORRUPT NATIONS - Nigeria Has Improved, Has She Not?

Nigeria has been ranked as 136 on the list of world's least corrupt countries in the year 2015.According to Transparency International's corruption perceptions index, Nigeria's rating is a far cry from the top ten in the world as is being speculated in some quarters.Denmark, the rating revealed, tops the perceptions index for the second consecutive year but more countries are improving than worsening even as the United States and United Kingdom reached their highest rankings ever.The list released on Wednesday, January, 2016, showed that Denmark scored 91 points out of a possible 100 while North Korea and Somalia remainedat the bottom with unchanged scores of 8.Nigeria's rating is expected to be on the rise following the recent corruption bedeviling the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal for which Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (NSA); Olisa Metuh national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), among other top dogs in thecountry are presently being probed.But the report shows that the country may have stepped up in its corruption tag as President Muhammadu Buhari insists on fishing out every corrupt public officer, whether serving or out of service.The index is based on expert opinions of public sector corruption, with a focus on certain factors like whether governmental leaders are held to account for or go unpunished for corruption.Nigeria's rating on the list of least corrupt countriesof the world.Other perimeters considered include the perceived prevalence of bribery and if public institutions respond to citizens' needs.Transparency said there was still a lot of room for improvement in Europe and Central Asia, which is seen as one region.It said: "In low-scorers Hungary, Poland and Turkey, politicians and their cronies are increasingly hijacking state institutions to shore up power."It's even grimmer further down the index. In Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and others, governments are restricting, if not totally stifling, civil society and free media."Check out the index of the least and most corrupt countries below:The ranking of the least corrupt countries in the world.Nigeria's rating on the corrupt countries' list.


Top 100 Universities In Nigeria, year ending 2015 (Look who's no 1)

The National University Commission (NUC), has named University of Ibadan in Oyo state as the number one tertiary institution in Nigeria. ‎Releasing its annual university rankings for 2015, the body, which is responsible for accreditation of schools, put University of Lagos in second place and rated Covenant University as the best private university.

Below is the 2015 Top 100 Universities in Nigeria by NUC:

1. University of Ibadan, UI

2. University of Lagos, Unilag

3. University of Benin, Uniben

4. Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU

5. Ahmadu Bello University, Abu

6. University of Ilorin, Unilorin

7. University of Jos, Unijos

8. University of Port Harcourt, Uniport

9. University of Maiduguri, Unimaid

10. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,

11. Lagos State University, Lasu

12. Federal University of Technology, Futo

13. Covenant University, CU

14. University of Nigeria, UNN

15. Federal University of Technology, Futa

16. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Unizik

17. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Esut

18. Pan African University

19. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. lautech

20. Modibbo Adama University of Technology

21. African University of Science and Technology

22. University of Uyo, Uniuyo

23. Bayero University Kano, Buk

24. Ambrose Alli University, AAU

25. Redeemer's University,

26. Babcock University

27. Federal University of Technology, Owerri

28. University of Calabar, Unical

29. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,

30. Ajayi Crowther University

31. Bowen University

32. Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Rsust

33. Lead City University

34. Crawford University

35. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU

36. Abia State University, Absu

37. Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto

38. Igbinedion University, Edo

39. Imo State University, Imsu

40. Niger Delta University

41. Bells University of Technology

42. Kwara State University

43. Nasarawa State University

44. Caleb University

45. Obong University Obong, Akwa Ibom

46. Adekunle Ajasin University

47. Ekiti State University, Ejiti

48. American University of Nigeria

49. Joseph Ayo Babalola, University

50. Veritas University, Abuja

51. Afe Babalola, University

52. Kaduna State University, Kaduna

53. Osun State University, Oshogbo

54. Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University, Katsina

55. Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ndufu-Alike

56. Salem University, Lokoja

57. Novena University, Ogume

58. Achievers University, Owo Owo

59. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City

60. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki

61. University of Abuja, Abuja

62. University of Mkar, Mkar

63. Madonna University, Okija

64. Bingham University, Auta Balifi

65. Plateau State University, Bokkos

66. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun

67. Federal University, Dutse Dutse

68. Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja

69. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai

70. Landmark University Omu-Aran

71. Delta State University, Abraka Abraka

72. University of Agriculture, Makurdi Makurdi

73. Renaissance University, Enugu

74. Federal University, Otuoke Otuoke

75. Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode

76. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Oye

77. Kano State University of Technology, Wudil

78. Tansian University, Umunya

79. Akwa Ibom State University, Uyo

80. Baze University, Abuja

81. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero

82. Benue State University, Makurdi

83. Adeleke University, Ede

84. Ondo State University of Science & Technology, Okitipupa

85. Kogi State University, Anyigba

86. Western Delta University, Oghara

87. Federal University, Wukari Wukari

88. Paul University, Awka

89. Caritas University, Enugu

90. Federal University, Lafia Lafia

91. Cross River University of Science & Technology, Calabar

92. Fountain University, Oshogbo

93. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin

94. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike

95. Oduduwa University, Ile Ife

96. Anambra State University Uli

97. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye

98. Federal University, Lokoja Lokoja

99. Federal University, Kashere Kashere

  • 100. Rhema University Obeama-Asa

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Google Honours Lucy the Australopithecus

Have you checked your computer today?
Have you used the internet, or launched a search via www.google.com?
Did you notice anything strange?  
Moving apes replaced the "oo" isn't it? 
Wondered what the new Google logo is about? Then let's find out.

The 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy' has been celebrated with a Go
ogle Doodle.

'Lucy' is a collection of fossilised bones that once made up the skeleton of a hominid from the Australopithecus afarensis species. She lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago.

First discovered in 1973, the discovery was remarkably 'complete' - 40 per cent of her skeleton was found intact, rather than just a handful of incomplete and damaged fossils that usually make up remains of a similar age.‎

‎As her named suggests, Lucy came from the Australopithecus genus, and was a member of the Hominini tribe, just like us.

Lucy was one of the later Australopiths, and is believed to have lived in what is now Ethiopiaaround 3.2 million years ago - roughly 800,000 years after her species first evolved.

Although the remains of Lucy are currently held in the National Museum in Addis Ababa, not far from where she was found, other members of her species were much better-travelled - animals from the same genus spread throughout Africa, before becoming extinct around 2 million years ago.

Despite our obvious differences, modern humans and Lucy have one important similarity - we both walk upright.

Bipedal movement is a very human quality, and scientists immediately recognised that Lucy could walk after studying the structure of her knees and the shape of her spine.

For more, click the image of the moving apes displayed on the Google search engine.

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Who is a Minister of State?

  ‎Finally, ministers have taken their oaths of office in my country Nigeria. Perhaps there were surprises, perhaps there were not, but a few Nigerians got their speculations right. 

 Today I watched the President call out names of ministers designate, with their offices one after the other from the 1st to the 36th. 

Like in previous successive administration, some he called Ministers, some he called Minister of State or State Ministers. A larger chunk of the populace only have an idea as to who a Minister of State is, but not an exact knowledge. 


Who is a Minister of State?

A Minister of State reports to the Cabinet Minister. To be precise, he/she is the junior member who works in close coordination with a Union Minister to help the latter in meeting national goals pertaining to that Ministry. It is incumbent upon a State Minister to deal with issues of the ministry under the aegis of the Union Minister.

Who is a Cabinet Minister?

A Cabinet minister or Union minister is the person who commands utmost authority of the concerned ministry. He/she is appointed by the President .A Cabinet Minister is treated as the head of a particular ministry such as Education, Health, Home, Foreign, etc.

Every Cabinet Minister has the power to take independent decisions pertaining to his/her ministry. The PM can advise them on policies and convene cabinet meetings to assess progress and status of relevant administrative functions.

Minister of State with Independent Charge

Sometimes a State Minister is given independent charge of ministries, which don't have a Cabinet Minister to oversee the operations.

It is to be understood that the power of the Minister of State is confined to the particular region, and it is his responsibility to take care of the state-centric functioning of a ministry. The Union Cabinet minister comes into picture when a bigger policy decision needs to be taken. Moreover, the President may not always call all State Ministers to discuss issues, but only the Cabinet Minister.

Reference Links :

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Your Bank & Its Instant Airtime Recharge Codes

I wouldn't know why your bank isn't listed here, but what I do know is; 
...As long as your phone number is the same number you get your bank alert sms' on, then you're free to dial the corresponding code to BUY airtime anytime and at your comfort from your bank.  
Give it a try, it works, its been working, and for some banks it's been working for close to a year now.
‎(This Works On All Mobile Phones)

‎1.Access bank: *901* amount# 
2.Eco bank*326*amount# 
3.Fidelity: *770*amount#
4.FCMB: *389*214*amount# 
5.First Bank: *894*amount#
 6.GTB *737*amount# 
7.heritage Bank *322*030*amount#
8.keystone *322*082*amount#
9.Skye Bank *389*076*1*amount# 
10.IBTC: *909*amount# 
11.Sterling *822*amount#
12.UBA: *389*033*1*amount#
13.Unity Bank: *322*215*amount#
14. Zenith Bank *302*amount#
15. Stanbic IBTC *909*amount#

For banks not listed, please contact customer service nos behind your ATM card for more information.

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