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Douala hit by water shortage. For some days now, taps have gone dry in many neighbourhoods, causing hygienic problems in toilets that depend on water for flushing. From Bonaberi through Bonamoussadi, to the administrative headquarter, Bonanjo, the cry is the same; "We are dying of thirst!"
The situation has led to a boom in the sale of bottled water by supermarkets and shops. Households, notwithstanding their financial situation, are obliged to buy a10-litre bottle of table water for 1,250 FCFA, which barely quenches the thirst of family members. While families that barely survive manage the 10 litres for two days, few wealthy families use the bottled water not only for drinking, but also for household chores like washing and cooking.
Meanwhile, the crisis has created a boom in the sale of water from treated wells.
Reports in both Nigeria’s This Day and New Telegraph newspapers have chronicled the impact The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) has had on Nigeria’s tourism industry, noting the negative affects the local community has felt since the tragic incident that befell the church in September 2014 and the resultant legal battle with the government:“Operators of tourism enterprises in Ikotun, a Lagos suburb have sent a Save-Our-Soul appeal to the Federal and Lagos State governments over the current plight of the Synagogue Church of All Nations and its leader, Prophet T.B. Joshua.
According to them, as a result of the impasse, they and their dependents are facing serious hardship. They said they are finding it difficult feeding and taking care of their families. Among those that spoke were members of the hotel owners, cab drivers, food vendors, hair stylists, commercial motorcycle operators and others.
One of the hotel owners in Ikotun, Chief Jerry Omorodion, who spoke on the issue, said it was unfortunate how the situation has degenerated. “Our discomfort is that the issue is not being treated as an accident in a tourist destination that welcomes thousands, if not millions of tourists, both local and international, annually. It is important that the state government should be mindful of the role the church plays in the spiritual lives of people. Millions of people flock here for solution to their physical ailments and spiritual craving. The state government, I am sure, are aware of the role the church plays in the lives of the people of Ikotun. We depend on these pilgrims and religious tourists for our livelihood.
“We saw what happened in Saudi Arabia where close to 2,000 persons lost their lives. There have been tragedies in tourist destinations like Kenya and Paris. But they moved forward. The government should do its job but the destination and what brings people there should not be made victims and they should remember that we and our family members are facing difficult times. We have no other means of livelihood outside the ancillary services we offer to pilgrims visiting Ikotun.“There have been accidents in many tourist destinations in the past. In these climes, knowing the importance of tourism and such destinations in the lives of these host communities, while investigating and getting to the root of the accidents, the governments did not create the impression they want to destroy these destinations. Look, by destroying a destination, you are destroying millions of lives that depend on it for survival.
“Look at me; I am a retired civil servant but I am finding it difficult, as the schools have just re-opened, to pay the school fess of my children. My hotel has been empty. I invested in the hotel, as a fall back, after my retirement. It is mostly on weekends that we have a little bit of improvement in our occupancy. Many of my colleagues that had initially converted their houses to hotels are changing them back to residential areas due to lack of patronage.”
He pointed to about three storey buildings around the vicinity: “There are hotels that were springing up before the unfortunate incident. Since it happened, work has stopped in the hotels. Most importantly, in this period Nigeria is trying to diversify the economy; you can’t kill a destination because of an accident. Tell me, in the whole of Africa, which other single destination is capable of attracting such large and diverse number of tourists from all over the world like The Synagogue, Church of All Nations? Nigeria should be proud of this and it should not be destroyed.”
“Look I doubt whether there is any individual alive that in Nigeria, indeed Africa that can attract people to a particular country as Prophet TB Joshua does. There is no church or religious event in the country that has the capacity to attract tourists like the Synagogue. Some may not like the founder while others do, this is understandable. However, the incontrovertible fact remains that he is the biggest tourist attraction to Nigeria. If anybody has a contrary opinion, let the person say it. I think he has done much for this country and does not, in my opinion, deserve what he is getting.”
In the last 20 years, Ikotun, a Lagos suburb has seen a tremendous growth both in its economy and as a tourist destination. From being an obscure suburb, Ikotun was transformed into a renowned global tourist destination for Christian pilgrims who throng to the place from all over the world. Annually, about two million local and inbound tourists visit the place. The tourists from all over the world come to worship at the Synagogue Church of All Nations. The pull to Ikotun is also to have an encounter through Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua (Prophet T.B. Joshua). Due to this influx of tourists, many residents of the area quickly latched on to the business opportunity the huge influx of tourists to the area creates.
While the church has accommodation facilities for inbound tourists who came under organised tour, with the huge influx of religious tourists, hotels and guests houses started springing up around the Ikotun. Most of these hotels are not luxury or branded hotels, but they offer decent accommodation for tourists who were not on leisure trip but to find both physical and spiritual fulfillment for their ailments.
Some owners of residential houses also quickly converted their houses to guest houses to accommodate visitors to the church. Fast food joints and food vendors were also not left out in this economic boom to the area. With the large number of hotels and guests houses that sprang up, there was a need regulate the services offered. The operators came together to form an association known as the Pilgrim Hotels Owners Association.
This new found source of livelihood was suddenly faced with a difficult time when on September 12, 2014, a hostel facility owned by the church came crashing down. About 115 pilgrims, mostly from South Africa, lost their lives in the tragedy. Since the incident, the church and the Lagos State government have been in court. While the court case drags, it has negatively affected activities in and around Ikotun as the large number of local and foreign tourists
has drastically gone down. Most of the ancillary services that depend on activities around the church for livelihood are seriously being affected.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's face was immersed in water and she was intoxicated with a mix of marijuana, alcohol, morphine and other drugs - both conditions that caused pneumonia that led to her death, a medical examiner said in a statement released Friday morning.
Friday's revelations come after months of speculation about how she died, including a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her estate against her partner, Nick Gordon, accusing him of giving her a "toxic cocktail" and putting her face down in water. The medical examiner classified the manner of death as "undetermined" because investigators could not determine if it was accidental or intentional, or if it was a suicide or homicide.
Randy Kessler, an attorney for Gordon, said he was not surprised by the findings.
"He's always maintained his innocence. I personally hope this puts to rest all the negativity surrounding him," Kessler said.
The 22-year-old daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome Jan. 31, 2015, and died in hospice care July 26.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office in Atlanta said it reviewed medical records, investigative files and other documents to determine how Brown likely died. Marijuana and alcohol were involved in the death, along with medications used for sedation or to treat anxiety; and "a cocaine-related substance" called benzoylecgonine, the medical examiner's office said.
Morphine was also involved, and "it could not be determined from toxicology tests whether the morphine resulted from heroin use," the medical examiner's statement said.
"The underlying cause of death is the condition which starts the downhill course of events leading to death and in this case is the immersion associated with drug intoxication," the medical examiner's office said in the statement.
It wasn't possible to determine whether her death was accidental or intentional, the medical examiner's office said.
"Death was clearly not due to natural causes, but the medical examiner has not been able to determine whether death was due to intentional or accidental causes, and has therefore classified the manner of death as Undetermined."
A judge on Thursday had granted a request filed by media organizations to unseal the autopsy.
"For news affiliates to seek and obtain my daughter's autopsy report, before anyone has been brought to justice for her death, is mind blowing to me. Please pray for my family," her father, Bobby Brown, said in a statement released by his attorney.
Bobby Brown also noted that Friday is his late daughter's birthday.
"First and foremost, 23 years ago today, Bobbi Kristina was born. Krissy will always live in my heart and soul. I love my baby girl," Bobby Brown said.
Brown's death was similar to the way her mother died.
Whitney Houston's body was found face-down in a foot of water in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just before the 2012 Grammy Awards. Authorities found prescription drugs in the suite and evidence of heart disease and cocaine in Houston's body but determined her death was an accidental drowning.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was found in the townhome she shared with Gordon, an orphan three years older whom Houston had raised as her own. Brown referred to him as her husband.
Brown grew up in the shadow of her famous parents. She appeared with them in 2005 on the Bravo reality show "Being Bobby Brown" and attended award shows with her mother and father.
Houston and Bobby Brown were married 15 years before their relationship ended in 2007. Bobbi Kristina was their only child together.
Cameroon’s Defense Ministry has put Yaounde on high alert over possible militant attacks, stepping up patrols at government buildings and public areas.
Locations in Yaounde with an increased security presence include ministries, army barracks, military hospitals and crowded places, according to a statement signed by Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo and e-mailed by his communications office.
While Cameroon’s capital hasn’t been targeted before, the country’s Far North region has been hit by attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram that have killed more than 70 people since the beginning of the year. Most were bombings by teenagers with explosive devices strapped to their bodies.
Meanwhile Boko Haram terrorists are currently engaged in a heavy gun fight with Cameroonian armed forces at Karawa in the far north region, a report is saying.Local newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, said the confrontations are currently taking place in Kerawa along the border with Nigeria in Cameroon’s far north.
Cameroon's country soul singer Dipanda Charlotte and legendary makossa icon Ben Decca to thrill the Yaounde public this Saturday March 5 at the Versatile Sports Palace in Yaounde as parts of activities to celebrate this year's womensday ceremony.