Monday, 23 October 2017

Ronaldo Wins Fifa Best Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best men's player at the 2017 Best Fifa Football Awards in London.
The Real Madrid and Portugal forward beat Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain's Neymar to the honour.
Ronaldo, 32, helped Real to a Champions League-La Liga double in 2016-17.
Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won best female player, Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane was named best men's coach and Netherlands' Sarina Wiegman the best female coach.
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his 'scorpion kick' against Crystal Palace in January.
Celtic won the fan award after they honoured the club's 1967 'Lisbon Lions' with a stunning 360-degree card display on the 50th anniversary of their historic European Cup win.

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NLC Commends Buhari For Sacking Former Chairman Of Pension Reform Task Force, Maina.

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has commended the 
directive by President Muhammadu Buhari ordering the immediate disengagement from service of the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina.

A statement signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba said 
the manner of Maina’s re-engagement and posting as Director to the Ministry of Interior is an affront to law and procedure and an insult to Nigerians.

Ayuba in the statement also said the re-engagement of Maina was a mockery of the President’s fight against corruption and the height of arrogance and impunity.

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Koeman Sacked As Everton Manager

Everton have sacked manager Ronald Koeman after Sunday's 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal left them in the Premier League relegation zone.
A statement said the club "would like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months".

Buhari Fires Maina, Queries Head of Service

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate disengagement from service of Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms.

How To Answer The Salary Question In An Interview: Nigerian Perspective

Have you ever been for an interview and the salary question just pops up. Gbam! You were puzzled and wondering how you will answer this question without being seen as greedy or cheated. This can be the trickiest question sometimes in an interview. Here, you seem to be in between the devil and the deep blue sea. “How will I answer this question aright?” You ask yourself.

Cambodian Prime Minister Tells Opponents To Prepare Their Coffins If They Want to Overthrow Government

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen on Monday told the opposition to prepare coffins for themselves if they want to overthrow his legitimate government.

“You have not yet had possibility to overthrow Hun Sen through a military way. If you dare to do so, you will die, prepare coffins for yourself,” the prime minister said in a speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for a bridge across Tonle Sap River in northern Phnom Penh suburb.

Five Ways To Make Your Laptop Battery Last Longer

We have all been in that position where our laptop battery starts to malfunction; that moment when a 10-hour battery life device depreciates to serving you for one hour or less.

Insight from the research and development unit of Yudala shows that while laptop batteries often depreciate with constant use over time, misuse or wrong usage often causes this within a short period of time and at a time when you should still be deriving optimum utility from the battery.

Nnamdi Kanu Is In Abaribe’s Custody, Federal Government Tells Court

The Federal Government has replied to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s application seeking to withdraw as one of the sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, describing the application as belated.

The government, in its counter-affidavit and written address filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to oppose Abaribe’s request, told Abaribe that Kanu was in his custody and he had to produce him for the continuation of his trial.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

How 7 States Blew Billions On White Elephant Projects

The Nation investigation in Abia, Rivers, Niger, Ogun, Plateau, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states revealed that the projects, abandoned at different levels of execution, are left to rot away, even as some of them now harbor criminals, reptiles and other dangerous animals. Most of the projects, we learnt, were initially financed through loans, some of which are still being paid or serviced by the affected states.
For example, the Monorail Project in Rivers State, which was conceived and began by the former governor of the state, now Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, in his first tenure as governor in 2008, was designed to cover 12 kilometres at the cost of N50 billion.

Suicide: Late Director Was Paid Last In December, Says Kogi Government

The Kogi State Government says Mr. Edward Soje, the late director who recently committed suicide after his wife gave birth to Triplets, was last paid salary in December 2016.
The government, however, dispelled rumours that Soje took his life because he was being owed salaries.

George Weah Storms TB Joshua’s Church

George Weah, retired footballer, on Sunday visted the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun, Lagos, to seek the support of TB Joshua, founder of the church, in his bid to lead Liberia.
Weah, who is the leading candidate in the Liberian presidential election, will face Joseph Boakai, the incumbent vice-president, in a runoff slated for November 7.

University Of Calabar Hit By Financial Crisis

The University of Calabar is hard hit with financial crisis, as it cannot take care of its numerous overheads.
Some persons in the university have attributed this to poor financial management by the school authority, which attributed it to general poor funding of universities by the Federal Government, and leakages in the University of Calabar financial system.

Unpaid Salaries: Kogi Director Hangs Self After Birth of Triplets

The lifeless body of a senior civil servant in Kogi State, Edward Soje, was found dangling on a tree on Saturday, a week after he was declared missing.
Residents of Lokoja, the state capital, were shocked when they discovered that Soje, a director in the state civil service, had committed suicide on a tree within the town using a rope.

Court Orders CBN, Banks To Freeze Accounts Without BVN

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria and the 19 commercial banks in the country to disclose all accounts in their custody and the balances in such accounts.
The court ordered the banks to disclose the details of all such accounts, their owners and their proceeds in their affidavit of compliance deposed to by their Chief Compliance Officers.
It also made an interim order directing the banks to freeze all the said accounts by stopping “all outward payments, operations or transactions ” pending the hearing of the substantive application seeking the forfeiture of the balances in the accounts to the Federal Government.

BudgIT: Only Four States — Kano, Katsina, Rivers and Lagos — Can Pay Salaries Without Borrowing

Only four states in Nigeria can pay salaries without resorting to lending, a new report by BudgIT, a civil society organisation, has shown.
The report, State of State 2017, was launched on Thursday and released to the public on Friday.
“Important is states’ ability to meet their recurrent expenditure obligation with all revenue source — a test of prudent fiscal management. Kano, Katsina, Rivers and Lagos top that portion of the index.

Friday, 20 October 2017

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4 Reasons Why Super Eagles Can Win The 2018 World Cup In Russia

We celebrated and partied hard when a sleek finish from Alex Iwobi against Zambia guaranteed Super Eagles’s place in the World Cup next year.

But would you believe if i tell you NIGERIA can defy all odds to win the competition come 2018 in Russia?? Crazy right??

Here is the list of 4 reasons why that is possible. Let’s Go!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

2019: PDP Senate Caucus Meets Minority Leaders of State Assemblies

… Says PDP Set to dislodge the ruling party

The Minority leadership of the Senate on Wednesday met with the Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Minority Leaders of State Assemblies, assuring that the party was stronger and set to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, from power in 2019.

Rivers State Government, Real Madrid Foundation Finalise Plans on Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Tuesday met with the leadership of the Real Madrid Foundation as part of the requirements to establish a Real Madrid Affiliated Football Academy in the state.

Officials of the Real Madrid Foundation were led by Managing Director, Julio Gonzalez and International Area Manager, Rosa Roncal Gimenez.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

President Buhari Pledges Support For Development Of Niger Delta: Signs University Of Petroleum Resources Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja pledged continued support for the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta region.
Giving the assurance at a brief ceremony in the State House to sign the bill establishing the University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, into law, the President said “this administration is fully committed to supporting the Niger Delta in its endeavours to achieve socio-economic development.”

Leicester Sack Manager, Shakespeare

Leicester City have sacked manager Craig Shakespeare just four months after he signed a three-year deal to take the job on a permanent basis.

Proceedings Of The Nigerian Senate On Monday, 17th October 2017

Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu took the official Prayer and led the Chambers into today’s proceedings.

Senator Fatimat Rasaki moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday 12th of October 2017. Senator Suleiman Nazif seconded.

Senator Abaribe Begs For Time To Produce Kanu In Court

Senator Eyninnaya Abaribe, who is one of the three persons standing as sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Tuesday pleaded with the Federal High Court in Abuja to give him more time to produce the IPOB leader.

Despite Curfew, Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill 27 In Fresh Plateau Attack

Over 27 persons have been killed while asleep in Nkiedonwhro community, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani militants.
The killings happened barely 48 hours after the imposition of a dusk -to- dawn curfew by Governor Simon Lalong in the LGA.

Nigeria Moves Up In Latest FIFA Ranking

Nigeria moved up to the 41 position in the World and retained the fifth in Africa in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola world rankings.
The rankings released by the World Football governing body showed that Nigeria moved up three places from the 44 position in September, but maintained the fifth spot in Africa.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Why Jonathan, PDP Lost 2015 Presidential Election – Makarfi

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has said that the party under Former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 presidential election because the party was not communicating well with the electorates.

Fire Guts Kachikwu’s House

The Asokoro residence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, in Abuja caught fire on Sunday evening.

It was gathered that security personnel and some first responders on the ground at the time of the incident were able to put off the fire which was caused by a suspected electrical fault in the minister’s room.

Horn Free Day: NGO Advocates Stiff Penalty Against Abuse Of Horn

Sanity on Wheels Awareness Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has called for stiff penalty against indiscriminate use of horn by motorists in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NGO made the call in a statement to commemorate October 15 as the `World Horn Free Day’.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Morocco Replace Kenya As 2018 CHAN Hosts

Morocco will replace Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), organisers announced on Sunday.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) unanimously decided to give Morocco the tournament ahead of Equatorial Guinea.

Group Attacks Okorocha For Erecting Zuma's Statue In Imo

A civil society organisation, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, on Sunday berated the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, for playing host to the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

Saraki Canvases International Conference On The North East, Boko Haram Threat

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the international community to organize a global conference aimed at galvanizing international resources to  mitigate the devastation and the humanitarian situation in the North East of the Country as well as the continuous threat posed by the Boko Haram terrorists. 

It could be recalled that Saraki on Thursday led a National Assembly delegation to partake in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the theme: "Promoting Cultural Pluralism and Peace through Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue."

Ekweremadu’s Foundation Doles Out N38.5 million in Scholarship

The Ikeoha Foundation, a non-governmental and non-profit organisation established by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has doled out the sum of N38.5 million in scholarships and bursary awards to undergraduates of Enugu State origin.

The Foundation also graduated 197 adult leaners under the Ikeoha Foundation Adult Education Programme.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

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A statue of South African President, Jacob Zuma unveiled in Owerri, the Imo State Capital! South East Nigeria.

Four Die As French Army-chartered Plane Crashes Off Ivory Coast

Four Moldovan nationals were killed on Saturday when a transport plane chartered by the French army crashed off Ivory Coast, firefighters said.
Another six people were injured in the crash of the Antonov aircraft which had 10 people on board, firefighter Colonel Issa Sakho told local television.

President Of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, Arrives Imo State For A 2 Day Visit

President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma has arrived Owerri, Imo State Capital for a 2-day visit. He arrived Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport at exactly 7.10 pm yesterday and was received on arrival by former President, His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Buhari Insists He's Fair To Igbos In Appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that his government has been fair to the South East geo-political zone in terms of appointments which he said were evidenced in the allocation of four prominent ministerial positions to the zone.
The President also assured leaders from the zone that his administration will benefit them more from roads and coastal rail projects, which he said were of critical importance to the economy.

Baru: What Buhari Told Me - Kachikwu

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has revealed for the first time the response of President Muhammadu Buhari to the controversial memo on the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru.
It would be recalled that the minister's memo raised issues over the conduct of the NNPC GMD on contracts and appointments.

Friday, 13 October 2017

President Buhari Meets South East Leaders

Leaders of South East are meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja. 

The delegation is led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, President General Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, and the governors from South East.

Buhari’s Discussion With World Bank Boss Twisted – Presidency

The Presidency on Friday said the reported discussion between President Muhammadu Buhari and the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, was deliberately twisted by those who it said specialise in such acts.

Media reports had it that  Kim disclosed in Washington DC, United States of America, that  Buhari had requested a concentration of the bank’s intervention efforts in the northern part of Nigeria.

NNPC: Acting Presidential Approvals Were For Financing Arrangements Not Contracts Says VP Osinbajo

Approached by reporters after the ground-breaking multi-billion Naira historic Bonny-Bodo road project, in Bonny, Rivers State, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, explained specifically that the approvals he granted to the NNPC while he was Acting President were for financing arrangements for the Joint Ventures between the corporation and IOCs, and not approvals for contracts.

Buhari Asked Us To Focus On Northern Nigeria - World Bank

The President of the World Bank Group , Jim Yong Kim, said on Thursday that the bank had concentrated on the northern region of Nigeria in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s request.
Kim and the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, who spoke at separate press conferences in Washington DC, United States, also advised Buhari to invest in things that would enhance economic growth.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Proceedings Of The Senate On Thursday, 12th October 2017

Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu took the official Prayer and led the Chambers into today’s proceedings at 10.59am.

Senator Biodun Olujimi moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 10th of October 2017. Senator Abu Ibrahim seconded.

NNPC $25bn Contract Award: Osinbajo Disowns Laolu Akande

There is confusion in the presidency over the alleged approval of $25 billion contract by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, as the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has denied the report that he approved the contract. The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, had earlier in his tweets on Thursday claimed that Prof. Osinbajo confirmed approving the contracts.

Saraki Leads NASS Delegation to 137th IPU in Russia

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today (Thursday) led a National Assembly delegation to partake in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the theme: "Promoting Cultural Pluralism and Peace through Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue."

Why Federal Government Banned Medical Doctors From Private Practice

The Federal Government, yesterday, announced a ban for medical doctors working in public hospitals to engage in private practice outside their place of work.
Government also said henceforth, the doctrine of no work, no pay, which was contained in the nation’s law, would be invoked for workers embarking on strike.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Existing Vacancies Publication Bill Scales Second Reading in Senate

The Senate on Wednesday considered and passed for second reading a Bill for an Act requiring regular publication of existing vacant positions in Federal Government offices to ensure transparency and equal opportunities to all Nigerians in the recruitment of new personnel.

International Day Of The Girl: Saraki Celebrates Nigerian Girls​

The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has joined the world in celebrating the 2017 commemoration of the International Day of the Girl (IDG2017).

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki stated that IDG2017 is an opportunity for law and policy-makers, community leaders and families to re-evaluate, highlight and scrutinize the unique challenges that girls across Nigeria face.

Messi Scores Hatrick To Send Argentina To World Cup

A Lionel Messi hat-trick ensured Argentina came from behind to win in Ecuador and avoid missing a World Cup finals for the first time since 1970.
The 2014 runners up began the day sixth in the group and needing a top-four place to qualify automatically.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

21,780 Kaduna Teachers Fail Primary Four Exam

About 21, 780 out of 33, 000 teachers failed the primary four test administered to test their competence by the Kaduna State government.
The state is therefore shopping for 25, 000 new teachers as one of the plans to restore dignity and quality to education.
Governor Nasir el -Rufai of Kaduna State unveiled the planned recruitment when he received a World Bank's delegation in Kaduna on Monday.

Awards: NUJ leadership, a monumental disgrace to Journalism - Senate Press Corps

Chairman of the Senate Press Corps, Mr. Cosmas Ekpunobi, has taken a swipe at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) over a disclaimer contained in a statement issued yesterday against the conferment of Awards by the Senate Press Corps.

Ekpunobi, in a statement issued and signed by the Awards Committee Chairman of the Senate Press Corps, Mr. Ezrel Tabiowo, lambasted the present leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists for bringing disgrace and disrepute by its conduct on the profession of journalism.