* Kachikwu – I Never Said I Graduated with First Class at UNN * Osinbajo Urges Guild of Editors to Save Journalism from Bad Eggs

* Kachikwu – I Never Said I Graduated with First Class at UNN                 * Osinbajo Urges Guild of Editors to Save Journalism from Bad Eggs



Kachikwu – I Never Said I Graduated with First Class at UNN

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday, described as false and baseless, report making the rounds that he misrepresented facts by claiming he graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN. In a statement in Abuja, Director of Press in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Idang Alibi, said at no time did Kachikwu claimed that he graduated with a First Class from the UNN, while he clarified that the minister graduated from the school with a ‘Second Class Honours (Upper Division) degree’ from the Faculty of Law of the institution in 1978, and also emerged the best student.

Osinbajo Urges Guild of Editors to Save Journalism from Bad Eggs

Nigeria’s vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has charged the Nigerian Guild of Editors to make personal sacrifices to save the profession. He urged them to act fast to save the profession from bad eggs in the interest of the profession. Osinbajo spoke on Thursday in Asaba-the Delta State Capital, at the 14th All Nigeria Editors’ Conference. The event with theme:”Credible Elections, Sustainable Democracy and the Nigerian Media” drew media professionals from across the country. His words, “The duty of the leaders of the profession is to make the personal sacrifices that would save the profession.

 2019 Election: We Have Over 80m Registered Voters, Says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said that more than 80 million registered voters are expected to vote during the 2019 general elections in the country. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in a paper he presented at the 14th All Nigeria Editors Conference holding in Asaba, Delta State. Yakubu, represented by Mike Igini, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akwa Ibom, said that the figure was made up of 67 million existing registered voters and 14 million newly registered voters.

APC Takes Over Ekiti Assembly

Some members of Ekiti State House of Assembly have impeached the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole. They also sacked the Deputy Speaker, Sina Animasaun. Both Oluwawole and Animasaun are members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Oluwawole, a staunch loyalist of Governor Ayo Fayose, was removed at about 11.00 am behind closed doors. The lawmakers elected the former Deputy Leader, Adeniran Alagbada while the Minority Leader, Gboyega Aribisogan, was elected as new House Leader of Business. Former Deputy Speaker, Segun Adewumi, was returned to his post by the lawmakers.

Fayose Urges Fayemi to Pay Ekiti Salary Arrears

The outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has begged governor elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to assist him in paying four months’ salary arrears being owed workers in the state after assuming office as governor. Fayose said he would have paid up owed salaries but the monies he could have used to pay had been allegedly withheld by the federal government. The governor who claimed that monies was being kept for Fayemi’s resumption said: “They paid other states Paris Refund, they didn’t pay Ekiti; Fayemi should help me pay the money.

 Our Advice to Nigeria Caused Problems in Health, Education Sectors, World Bank Confesses

The World Bank says it “has to take some responsibility’’ for advising Nigeria and other African countries to invest more in roads, railways and energy rather than in education and health. The World Bank President, Mr. Jim Yong Kim, made this known while briefing the media after the launch of the 2018 Human Capital Index, which ranked Nigeria 152nd out of 157 countries believed to be committed to investing in human capital. Kim briefed the media on Thursday at the ongoing International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Annual Meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

 Midnight Raids: Reps Ask Customs to Return Seized Rice

The House of Representatives on Thursday told the Nigerian Customs Service to return the large quantity of rice they carted away from Kofar Ruwa and Sigha markets in Kano. The rice was allegedly seized alongside other essential commodities in midnight raids by men of the Customs. The House also resolved to constitute an ad hoc committee to investigate the circumstances leading to the invasion and reasons behind the carting away the magnitude of rice from the two markets in Kano. The resolution was sequel to a motion by a member, Aliyu Madaki titled: “The illegal seizure of rice and the brazen abuse of law by the officers of the Nigeria Customs Service at Kano Markets.”

 Rohr Believes Coach’s Departure May Motivate Libya

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes the sudden resignation of Libya coach Adel Amrouche could motivate their rivals even more ahead of a crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday. Amrouche quit as Libya coach just days before the clash in Uyo, southern Nigeria, over unpaid wages. But German handler Rohr has warned over complacency. “The coach can change, but the players and his assistants are still there, so it won’t be an easy game because they changed the coach,” Rohr said.

 Monaco Fires Coach After Poor Start to Season

League 1 club AS Monaco fired coach Leonardo Jardim on Thursday following a poor start to the season which has left last season’s runners-up 18th in the 20-team table. After beating Nantes 3-1 away on the opening day of the season, Monaco failed to win any of their subsequent eight league games and had lost both matches in their Champions’ League group. “Monaco have ended their collaboration with Leonardo Jardim,” the club said in a statement. Portuguese Jardim said: “I am grateful and proud to have trained AS Monaco for more than four years.

Federer Overcomes Scare in Shanghai

Roger Federer opened the defence of his Shanghai Masters title with an absorbing three-set victory against an in-form Daniil Medvedev. The world No 2, playing his first competitive match since his surprise US Open fourth-round exit, found some of his best tennis in the latter stages in a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win against the Japan Open champion. Two-time champion Federer will next face Roberto Bautista Agut, after the unseeded Spaniard beat Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 6-1.

Hazard Rules Out January Move to Real Madrid

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard appeared to dismiss the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid on Thursday despite casting fresh doubt over his future in recent days. The 27-year-old was speaking at a press conference on national team duty with Belgium, broadcast on Sky Sports News. It was put to Hazard that to win the Ballon d’Or — as the world’s best player — he would have to play in Spain. “That’s why I want to go, maybe,” said Hazard, smiling. Asked if that move might happen in January, he added: “No.” Hazard has been instrumental in Chelsea’s unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri, scoring eight goals in all competitions.

Former Aston Villa Chairman Ellis Dies at 94

Former Aston Villa Football Club chairman Doug Ellis has died at the age of 94, the English Championship club said on Thursday. Ellis was chairman of Villa in two separate spells from 1968 to 1975 and from 1982 to 2006. A businessman who made his fortune in the travel industry, Ellis was nicknamed “Deadly Doug” due to his reputation for being quick to dismiss failing managers. Ellis served on a number of Football Association and FIFA committees and sold Villa to American businessman Randy Lerner in 2006 but he kept his connection with the club as life president.

Rocket Carrying Space Station Crew Fails Mid-air

A booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and U.S. astronauts on board headed for the International Space Station failed mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing. The rocket was carrying U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. Footage from inside the Soyuz showed the two men being shaken around at the moment the failure occurred, with their arms and legs flailing.

Theresa May Appoints First Suicide Prevention Minister

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appointed the country’s first ever Minister for Suicide Prevention in an effort to cut the number of people taking their own lives. According to the British government press release on Thursday, May announced that health minister Jackie Doyle-Price is to become the UK’s first Minister for Suicide Prevention. “The appointment was made on Tuesday to mark the World Mental Health Day held on Wednesday, a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.’’

 Judge Dismisses One Charge Against Harvey Weinstein

A New York judge on Thursday dismissed one charge against Harvey Weinstein, but left the disgraced Hollywood titan facing five other charges in connection with alleged sexual assault. The 66-year-old father of five, out on a $1 million bail and forced to wear a GPS monitor, attended the latest court hearing and denies any non-consensual sexual relations. “This is obviously a very positive development,” Weinstein’s defense lawyer, Ben Brafman, told reporters outside the court.

Apple Gets Iphone Technology On Dialog Deal

Apple Inc is buying the power-management technology at the heart of its iPhones in a 600 million dollars. The purchased deal is with Dialog Semiconductor that also secures the German-listed company’s role as a supplier to the U.S. tech giant. The agreement to acquire patents and people from the Anglo-German chip designer is not only unusual, but also the largest of its kind by Apple, whose last sizeable acquisition was the $350 million purchase of Face ID creator PrimeSense in 2013.

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