March 21, 2019

* 3rd Mainland Bridge to be closed for repairs (Nation) * I’m sorry for men because they can’t have babies –Chimamanda (Punch)

* 3rd Mainland Bridge to be closed for repairs (Nation)           * I’m sorry for men because they can’t have babies –Chimamanda (Punch)



3rd Mainland Bridge to be closed for repairs (Nation)

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, said on Tuesday that consultations had begun for the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for repairs. Kuti told the media that the ministry of works was going to hold a meeting with stakeholders tomorrow to discuss how to manage traffic during the repairs. He, however, did not specify the exact date the bridge would be closed to traffic or how long the repairs would last. According to him, stakeholders attending the meeting to discuss the repairs include traffic regulatory agencies, transport unions, truck owners and drivers’ unions, law enforcement agents, among others. Read more

I’m sorry for men because they can’t have babies –Chimamanda (Punch)

Celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has said that she feels sorry for men because they can’t have the experience of giving birth. Chimamanda said this during an interview with online entertainment publication, Vulture, where she spoke about how motherhood has affected her writing career. She said that becoming a mother opened up “a new emotional plane” that has contributed to her art positively. “My baby happened, and it’s important to talk honestly about this, because having her changed a lot. “Having a child gets in the way of writing. It does. You can’t own your time the way you used to. “But the other thing that motherhood does — and I kind of feel sorry for men that they can’t have this — is open up a new emotional plane that can feed your art.” Read more

2019: Zik would’ve supported Buhari if…– VON DG (SUN)

Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has said Nigeria’s first president, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, would have supported the  re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, if he was alive. Okechukwu said that would have afforded Ndigbo the opportunity to produce the country’s president in 2023. He also said 95 per cent of Igbo clamouring for restructuring are in support of a united Nigeria.  Okechukwu, who spoke in Enugu on the heels of the South East Governors’ support for Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s push for restructuring, after its meeting at Government House, Enugu, last Sunday, noted that Igbo vote for President Buhari in next year’s election would be the most pragmatic and fastest route to Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction. Read more

Coalition cannot stop Buhari’s re-election in 2019 – APC (Nation)

Alhaji Aliyu Bello, Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa said that the new Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) cannot stop President Muhammadu Buhari `s re-election in 2019. Bello told newsmen in Lafia on Tuesday, that Buhari came to power on the goodwill of the people, adding that he would still leverage on that given the achievements recorded so far. He added that the coalition was a gang up of the political class, who were not comfortable with the feat recorded by Buhari, especially in the fight against corruption. Read more

PDP-led coalition not a merger – APP (SUN)

National Chairman, Action Peoples Party (APP), Mr. Ikenga Ugo-Chinyeri, says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-led coalition, which emerged on Monday,  was not a merger but platform to re-unify Nigerians. Ugo-Chinyeri said, in Abuja, that the Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) was a timely action taken by 39 political parties in the interest of Nigerians. He said that the alliance was not just to capture power, but to unify Nigerians as well as redeem the country from shambles.“This is not a merger. It is a coalition of 39 political parties, including the leading opposition party, PDP, which share the same goal. Read more

Osibanjo in US meets Google, LinkedIn founders (DailyTrust)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday visited the Headquarters of Google in Silicon Valley during his working visit to the US.  Osibanjo in a series of tweets said that he is in the US for a Public-Private sector collaborative investment road show. He said “I am in the USA, leading a Public-Private sector collaborative investment road show. Today, I was received by senior executives of Google led by its CEO, Sundar Pichai, at the firm’s Headquarters.”  He added that he also met with LinkedIn management “In addition, I have met with groups of key tech investors here in Silicon Valley and will be speaking tonight at an interactive session at the LinkedIn headquarters.” Read more

Mace theft: Senate committee recommends Omo-Agege for suspension, prosecution (Punch)

The National Assembly joint ad hoc committee on Monday recommended the immediate suspension of  the senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege, for 180 legislative days over the theft of the Senate mace. The recommendation was made by the committee investigating the invasion of the Senate at the conclusion of their investigation, reports Channels Television. The committee also recommended that Senator Omo-Agege be prosecuted alongside six other suspects who allegedly accompanied him into the chamber on the day of the incident. They are to be prosecuted for treasonable felony, assault on National Assembly members of staff, conspiracy to steal and eventual theft of the Senate Mace. Read more

Tambuwal blames killings on failure of leadership (Nation)

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has blamed the killings in the country on failure of leadership. Tambuwal, in a statement he signed and released on Tuesday said the deaths were avoidable and preventable. “The worst part of all this is that these deaths are avoidable and the killings preventable. It boils down, at the end of the day, to failure of leadership. Nigeria cannot progress and be part of a 21st Century forward looking world by creating new batches of mourners every other day. “This is not the way to go. That is not what Nigerians voted for in 2015. That is not what will build a virile, united, united, politically stable and economically prosperous African Giant,” he said. Read more

Jos Crisis: Red Cross to Address ‘Most Urgent Needs’ of 22,000 Displaced Persons (ThisDay)

The Red Cross has concluded plan to respond to the humanitarian needs of over 22,000 persons displaced in the recent Jos crisis. The arrangement to immediately move materials for the needs of the over 22,000 persons who were displaced in the armed violence in parts of Jos, Plateau State was reached by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS). Under the arrangement, according to a statement on Tuesday by the spokesman of ICRC, Aleksandra Mosimann, the humanitarian organisation will respond to “the most urgent needs of more than 22,000 people displaced by the recent armed violence in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South Local Government Areas, Plateau state.” Read more

Take ownership of community projects, Ambode charges residents (Vanguard)

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has charged residents in communities to take ownership of projects and protect such against vandal and all acts that would result in the reduction of the life span of the facilities. Ambode also urged residents to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs in order to actively participate in 2019 election. The governor gave the charge while presenting grants of N500 million to 275 Community Development Associations (CDAs), in Ikeja, at the weekend, aimed at enabling them complete ongoing self help projects. Read more

INEC chairman shuns court summons (Nation)

Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, failed to honour a court order directing him to appear in court or risk going to jail. Justice Stephen Pam of the Taraba division of the Federal High Court but sitting in Abuja on the directives of the Chief Judge of the court gave the order on July 5. At the resumed hearing, counsel to Yakubu, Mr Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) told the court that it was the right of a respondent to decide if he wanted to be heard during vacation. Awomolo said that he had not consented to his case been heard during the court’s vacation. “There is also no affidavit of urgency stating that the case needs to be urgently heard. I also want to notify the court that I have filed an appeal against the ruling. Read more

National Assembly Transmits Petroleum Industry Governance Bill to Buhari for Assent (ThisDay)

The 10-year-old Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), passed by the National Assembly in March 2018, has been transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent. The leadership of the National Assembly sent the harmonised PIGB to President Buhari on Tuesday, July 3 for his assent. The Bill which was initiated by then President Umaru Yar’Adua and sent to the 6th National Assembly headed by Senator David Mark in 2008 has been enmeshed in controversy due to some of its provisions. The Senate had on March 28 passed the PIGB having adopted the report of the conference committee of the PIGB which harmonised  the versions earlier passed by both Senate and House of Representatives. Read more

Reps to probe NNPC’s finances from January till date (Vanguard)

House of Representatives has resolved to probe the financial records of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC from January, 2018 to date to ascertain the volume of sales of crude oil. The House also resolved to investigate the yearly production output to determine the impropriety or otherwise of the claim of 2 million barrels of crude oil per day by the Corporation. The investigation was prompted by a motion titled “Urgent Need to Investigate NNPC’s Current Under-Remittannces to Federation Account”, by Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (Delta State, PDP) at Tuesday plenary. Read more

FG Threatens Revocation of Contractors’ Licences over Unfair Labour Practices in Oil Sector (ThisDay)

The federal government Tuesday threatened to revoke the licences of contractors in the oil and gas sector over increasing cases of unfair labour practices. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed that any labour contractor that promotes unfair labour practices in the oil and gas sector risks having its licence revoked or not renewed as government was already working on reforming the process of granting and renewing recruiters’ licence. He said this was aimed at ensuring adherence to expatriate quotas and eschew unfair labour practices. Read more

“I will fix Abia in 4 years” Former Abia deputy governor (Nation)

Former Abia State Deputy Governor, Comrade Chris Akomas has officially declared his intention to contest for Abia State Governorship position on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). This is as he said that he would fix the problems of the state in four years of his administration. Akomas while addressing State, Local Government and Ward officers of the party at his Nenu country home, Obingwa local government area of the state disclosed that he only wants to rewrite the history of the state by setting the state on the platform of progress for a single term of four years which he wishes to be the governor of the state. Read more

I’m ready to avail myself to police or court, says Kano Anti-Corruption chairman (DailyTrust)

The Chairman, Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado has said that he is ready to report to police or appear before a court of law and give his testimony in respect of the trial involving the immediate past Accountant General of the state, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed Bello. Rimingado told Daily Trust on phone yesterday that contrary to speculations that he travelled out of Kano to avoid been arrest by the police as ordered by a High Court sitting in Gezawa local government, the anti-corruption chairman said he was not running away from justice. He said, “The leading a commission that is fighting for justice to be done to other people and as such I will never run away from justice. Read more

Nollywood actor Aki honored in Miami, Florida (Vanguard)

Nollywood actor, Chinedu Ikedieze a.k.a Aki, has added another feather to his cap with the honorarium as a distinguished visitor to the city of Miami, Florida. The actor shared the news on his instagram page @Chineduikedieze with some pictures from the ceremony which took place in Miami, Florida. Ikedieze was full of thanks to the Mayor of Miami for according to him the renowned title. He said, ‘’When the world believed in you, believe in yourself also. Have faith in your abilities. “Without a humble or reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.’-Norman Vincent Peale’’ Read more

3-year-old pupil found dead in plantain garden (Vanguard)

A three-year-old pupil of a primary school at Emu-Unor, Ndokwa West Local Governments Area, Delta State have been found dead in a plantain garden in the community. Simply identified as Nice, the pupil who was in the nursery section of the school was discovered by a search in the plantain garden outside the school premises on Friday after school hours. Giving details of the incident, a dependable source told Vanguard that “On that fateful day, the pupil was marked in and out of the school and when the child did not return home after closing hours, her parents went to look for her in the school. Read more

Rescued Thai boys to miss World Cup final (Vanguard)

he young Thai football club members who have been rescued from a cave will be unable to take up an invitation to attend the World Cup final in Moscow, their doctors said on Tuesday. The eight members of the Wild Boar football team who have been rescued thus far need to stay for at least another week in hospital, doctors say, meaning that they have no chance of making Sunday’s match. Rescue operations for the other four members, and their coach, are under way. Read more

France vs Belgium LIVE World Cup 2018: Prediction (Independent)

France and Belgium face off in the first semi-final of the 2018 World Cup in what promises to be one of the games of the tournament. France are here after seeing off Argentina and Uruguay in the knockout stages with Kylian Mbappe continue to rise as one of the games ascending stars. Belgium have moved through the gears in Russia with the performance to dump Brazil out last time out one of the very best of the last three weeks. Coaches Didier Deschamps and Roberto Martinez have their detractors but have delivered here and are now 90 – or 120 – minutes away from a shot at immortality. It comes to be a thriller. Read more

Death toll in Japan Flood climbs to 134, 88 missing (ThisDay)

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday said floods in Japan, caused by heavy rains, left 134 people dead, while 88 are missing. As of Monday night, 126 people were considered dead; over 60 were believed to be missing. “As far as we know, 134 people have died. “Ten people are officially listed as missing. At the same time, it has been impossible to confirm the security and location of 78 others,’’ Suga told a news conference. According to the cabinet secretary, the authorities have received about 100 alerts from witnesses who said they saw floodwater washing away a car with people inside. Read more

Judge puts no pressure on prosecutors to end Flynn’s cooperation (CNN)

The federal judge who will sentence former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn put no pressure on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to wrap their investigation at a court hearing Tuesday morning, keeping Flynn in purgatory as he awaits his sentencing. Judge Emmet Sullivan said he simply wanted to meet Flynn, his attorneys and prosecutors for the first time at the hearing the judge had called. Another federal judge handled Flynn’s guilty plea hearing in December and then recused from the case, passing it to Sullivan. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his discussions with the then-Russian ambassador to the US during the presidential transition. He agreed to cooperate in Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Read more

Only some migrant families to be reunited in U.S. as deadline arrives (Reuters)

Facing a court-imposed deadline on Tuesday, the U.S. government has said it expects to have reunited 54 young children and parents separated by immigration officials after crossing into the United States from Mexico. The government said in court on Monday it could not meet the July 10 deadline for all of the roughly 100 children under five years old it had been ordered to reunify. The children were taken from their parents under U.S. President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which called for the prosecution and detention of adult immigrants crossing the border without authorization. After public outcry and a court challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union, Trump stopped separating families last month. Read more


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