* Okorocha renames Ministry of Happiness, blames printer’s devil (Vanguard) * Nigeria to play World Cup warm-up with England in June (Punch)

* Okorocha renames Ministry of Happiness, blames printer’s devil (Vanguard)         * Nigeria to play World Cup warm-up with England in June (Punch)



Okorocha renames Ministry of Happiness, blames printer’s devil (Vanguard)

The Rochas Okorocha administration has blamed the printer’s devil, for the wrong christening of the Ministry of Happiness. Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo said a typographic error led to the naming of the Ministry as the Ministry of Happiness and Couples fulfilment.It is now called Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment. “There was a typographic error in the first statement issued on the swearing in of the new commissioners. The word “Couple” was inadvertently written, instead of the word “Purpose,” we regret that. Read more

Nigeria to play World Cup warm-up with England in June (Punch)

Nigeria’s Super Eagles are set to play England in a World Cup warm-up game in June, the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation Mohammed Sanusi has said. “We plan to play a friendly against England in June, before the World Cup,” he said, adding that the venue and other details of the match were still to be worked out. Both Nigeria and England will feature at next year’s World Cup in Russia. Read more

Atiku has lost touch, can’t win his local government – Buhari’s aide (SUN)

Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie, has said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar cannot win in his local government if he contests the 2019 presidential election. Atiku, who returned to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday, had boasted that he would defeat Buhari if he contests in 2019. Onochie was speaking on Channels TV, monitored in Lagos, when she said Atiku had lost touch with reality, while trying to bring President Buhari down to wallow with him in the mud. Read more

Osinbajo finds Adamawa town deserted (SUN)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited several villages and towns in Adamawa State, on Tuesday, affected by recent communal violence, that led to killings of people and destruction of property. Among places visited were Numan and Dong, but Osinbajo and his team were surprised to find that Kikan, another community affected had been deserted by its residents. Since the visit was designed to condole the victims of the clashes and offer government’s assurances of safeguarding them against future violence, the delegation, therefore, asked for a follow-up meeting with the community’s leadership at the earliest opportunity. Read more

Budget boycott: 3 Imo Assembly members resign (SUN)

Majority leader of the Imo State House of Assembly, Lugard Osuji, his deputy, Kennedy Ibe and the Chief Whip, Marcel Odunze, were alleged to have been asked to resign their positions by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. It was gathered that the resignation was connected to alleged roles in the botched 2018 proposed budget presentation by Governor Rochas Okorocha which was shunned by the legislators for alleged withholding of their constituency and other allowances by the state governor. Read more

2019: Oyegun tackles Atiku (SUN)

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the exit of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, from the party will strengthen the ruling party in the 2019 general elections. Oyegun said contrary to the speculations, Atiku’s exit will not trigger any exodus. The national chairman spoke at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, as his investiture as the national life grand patron the Association of Former Local Government Chairmen and Counsellors. Deputy National Chairman (South), Segun Oni and National Auditor, Chief George Moghalu. Addressing the association, Oyegun warned them not to be like the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), which, he alleged, has eroded its credibility by being reduced to an endorsement group of one election or the other. Read more

SSANU, NASU, NAAT shut down UNN, UniCal, RSUT others (Vanguard)

Academic activities at University of Calabar, University of Nigeria Nsukka, and Rivers State University of Science and Technology were paralysed following the indefinite strike embarked upon by non-teaching staff unions in the universities under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC. The indefinite strike mostly affected fresh students, especially at the River State University of Science and Technology, who were to start registration as well as students under the Centre for Education Studies, CES, writing examination at University of Calabar. Read more

Abia Export Procesing Zone takes off soon, says Gov. Ikpeazu (SUN)

Governor Okezie Ikpeazzu of Abia State has said that the Abia Export Processing Zone, which is aimed at putting the economy of the state on a sound pedestal and create employment for her teeming youths, would soon come up stream. Governor Ikpeazu stated this in Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State, during a town hall meeting with stakeholders and land donors for the Abia Export Processing zone. He said one of the economic benefits of the project to the state was enormous. The governor said when completed, the project located at the boarders Read more

Lagos embraces water transport to beat traffic gridlock (Punch)

Idris Anjorin believes his life changed in 2009 when he turned up for work – late as usual – distracted and stressed after more than three hours stuck in Lagos traffic. “I wasn’t happy I came late again. A coworker who noticed my mood advised me to try a boat ride,” the retired banker told AFP. “The next day, I arrived at Bayeku jetty at 6:00 am and within an hour I had made it to the office. That was a turning point in my life.” Read more

1,070 Nigerians died in road accident in Q3 – NBS (Vanguard)

No fewer than 1,070 Nigerians died in road accidents in the third quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said. The NBS Road Transport Data for Third Quarter, 2017 posted on its website on Wednesday showed that 89 out of the number were children. The report stated that 981 of the 1,070 Nigerians that died, representing 91.7 per cent of the figure were adults while the remaining 89 Nigerians, representing 8.3 per cent of the figure were children. Read more

Police nab armed robber, recover pistol, ammunition in Enugu (Punch)

The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested an armed robber identified as Agbo Ikechukwu, alias Sugar. Police operatives recovered a locally made pistol with three rounds of live cartridge from him. The Command’s Spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Wednesday that the feat was achieved on Dec. 3 by police operatives of Trans Ekulu Division, using a well-coordinated intelligence information. Amaraizu said the operatives conducted a raid in some suspected spots where they nabbed Ikechukwu, who claimed he hailed from Mgbo in Ebonyi State but residing at Ogbanokwute Trans Ekulu, in company with his cohorts now at large. Read more

Argentine legend slams Nigeria (Punch)

Former Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastien Veron has said he is not happy with the Russia 2018  World Cup draw pitting  Nigeria against his country in Group D. Veron,  who  helped  Argentina  beat the Super Eagles 1-0 in their group match at the Korea/Japan   2002 World Cup, labelled Nigerian an “unpredictable” team. Nigeria defeated Argentina 4-2 in a friendly game in Krasnodar, Russia, last month but Veron said  the result would not affect the South American nation when both teams play at the World Cup. Read more

Ex-Nigeria U17 trainee battles AFOTY Nominees Mane, Salah for Liverpool goal of (Allnigeriasoccer)

Former Golden Eaglets trainee Ovie Ejaria has been nominated for Liverpool’s Goal of the Month for November 2017 and must see off competition from some illustrious African footballers to win the accolade. Goals from Egypt dazzler Mohamed Salah and Senegal star Sadio Mané are also up for the award along with strikes from Oxlade-Chamberlain, Brewster, Dhanda and Firmino. Read more

ADO Den Haag worried over Ebuehi’s Situation : He became a Nigeria Intl at this (Allnigeriasoccer)

Dutch Eredivisie outfit ADO Den Haag are frustrated that Nigeria right-back Tyronne Ebuehi has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, six months before the start of the 2018 World Cup. The Super Eagle can depart The Hague as a free agent in the next six months without the club recouping their previous investment on the player if he doesn’t ink a new contract. ”We have been talking to him and his agent from August,” says football manager Jeffrey van As to Voetbal International. Read more

Super Eagles: Dalung submits N3b Budget to Presidency for World Cup (SUN)

Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has submitted N3 billion budget to the Presidency to enable the Super Eagles to have a successful outing at the 2018 World Cup 2018 in Russia. The Minister said this on Tuesday, after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, on Tuesday. Dalung said while sponsors and partners would raise part of the money, the substantial part of the “conservative budget” would be provided by the Federal Government. “We have a conservative budget of about N3 billion but out of that N3 billion, FIFA is going to raise about N900 million,” the minister said. Read more

Nigerian GK warns Croatia: Super Eagles have young players ready to shine at (Allnigeriasoccer)

Croatian-based Nigerian goalkeeper David Nwolokor has agreed with one of the coaches at Football College Abuja, Boris Pučić, that there are no world class players on the Nigeria team. But he reckons that the likes of Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho will soon step into the shoes of Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu, saying that these young players can cause a stir at the 2018 World Cup. ”It is true that there are no such stars as they used to be, but I would say that many are sad because the generation has changed, Nigeria has a very young and powerful team from which some can absolutely get to the level of Okoca or Kanu earlier, or Obi Mikel in the new future,” said Nwolokor to sportske.jutarnji.hr. Read more

Serena to make comeback at Australian Open (Punch)

Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open with her return to Melbourne for the season’s opening Grand Slam “very likely”, organisers said Wednesday. Williams, 36, won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl in September. She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam winner would attempt to defend her title next month. Read more

Lindelof and Mata look ahead to derby (Manutd)

Having helped the Reds secure qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night, Mata explained that the Premier League and, in particular, Sunday’s showpiece fixture, is now the squad’s main focus. “We have a few [Premier League] games until the next Champions League match, so our aim is to focus on the league – it’s a crucial period for us,” Mata told MUTV after the game. Mata scored United’s winner when the two sides met at the Theatre of Dreams during United’s triumphant League Cup campaign last season, and is hopeful of securing another important victory this time around. Read more

Rangers fans react on Twitter after major development in manager hunt (Footballinsider247)

Rangers have made their move to appoint Derek McInnes as manager but have been rebuffed by Aberdeen in a statement released by the Dons board – and fans on Twitter are not sure what to think. The Pittodrie side confirmed in a statement released on their club website that they had rejected Rangers’ approach to speak to McInnes about replacing Pedro Caixinha – a major development in their hunt for a new boss. The Gers sacked Caixinha almost six weeks ago and have pinpointed the 46-year-old Dons boss as their main target to take the vacant hotseat but the club are unwilling to let their manager leave. Read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang boss jokes he’s ‘Terrible’ amid Real Madrid links (Bleacherreport)

Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz has joked that striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a “terrible player” in an attempt to keep him from the clutches of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League Opponents Real Madrid.  The Dutch boss conceded the Gabonese forward has the quality to play for the Madrid giants but said he hopes he remains at BVB, per Goal’s Matthew Scott: “He is a terrible player, very bad, not worth it for Real Madrid. It’s a joke. I’m telling you that so he stays with us. He is excellent and has the quality to play for Real Madrid, but I hope he stays here.” Read more

Convention: PDP South Africa wants young leaders (Punch)

Mr Ekos Akpokabayen, Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, South Africa chapter, has called on members of the party to elect vibrant and young leaders at its national convention. The People Democratic Party National Executive Committee has approved Dec. 9 for the party’s national elective convention. The decision, taken at its 76th NEC meeting, said that the convention would take place at the Eagles Square, Abuja. Read more

Diego Simeone plays down Antoine Griezmann exit rumours after their elimination from Champions League (Dailymail)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has denied suggestions that Antoine Griezmann could leave the club following their exit from the Champions League on Tuesday evening. The Spanish side could only manage a third-place finish in their group following their 1-1 draw with Chelsea, which sees them bow out of Europe’s elite club competition and drop into the Europa League. The French forward has been linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano in recent months with both Barcelona and Manchester United keen to secure his services. Read more

Yemen humanitarian situation likely to worsen with Saleh death (Memo)

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh would, in the short term, likely worsen an already dire humanitarian situation in the country. Saleh was killed in a roadside attack on Monday after switching sides in Yemen’s civil war, abandoning his Iran-aligned Houthi allies in favor of a Saudi-led coalition. Coupled with a Saudi-led blockade and internal clashes, the stalemate has contributed to a human catastrophe. Some 7 million people are on the brink of famine, while one million are suspected to be infected with cholera. Read more

Russian sporting community reacts angrily to Winter Olympics ban (Telegraph)

Alexander Zhukov, head of the Russian Olympic committee, said the IOC’s decision to ban his country would unfairly affect a new generation of athletes who are not guilty of doping. “They cannot and should not be held responsible for violations allowed earlier, just as they shouldn’t feel like pariahs at a big sporting celebration without national identification, without a hymn, without a flag,” he said in Lausanne, state news agency R-Sport reported. Read more

Trump’s Jerusalem decision: How the world is reacting (Usatoday)

As news broke that President Trump will announce a plan Wednesday to begin the lengthy process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Palestinian’s ruling party tweeted images of demonstrators burning photographs of the U.S. leader in Manger Square. But unlike past incidents that were considered major provocations in the Muslim world, there were few early signs of mobilization by radical Islamists who had rallied simultaneous deadly demonstrations in multiple countries. Read more

2 facing court over plot to assassinate Theresa May in Downing Street stabbing (Metro)

The alleged plan is said to have involved launching a bomb attack on the security gates outside Downing Street before stabbing Theresa May. Details of the plan were reportedly given to the Cabinet on Tuesday by the head of MI5 Andrew Parker in a briefing in which he revealed that total of nine Islamist terrorist plots have been thwarted in the UK over the past year. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman declined to discuss the details of the attacks but several newspapers later reported that two young men arrested in London and Birmingham last week had been plotting to kill the Prime Minister. Read more

Islamic Jihad rejects disarming of Palestinian resistance (Memo)

The leader of Palestine’s Islamic Jihad has said that the movement rejects the disarming of the resistance groups, Anadolu reported on Tuesday. Mohamed Al-Hindi called any talk about disarming the groups “a red line.” “The Palestinians are seeking national liberation,” he explained, “and the resistance is entirely legitimate, so talking about disarming is a definite red line.” Al-Hindi condemned the remarks of some Palestinian officials who have made such a call. “The Palestinians bought these arms with their food and blood, and we have to maintain them as a symbol of our honour and persistence,” he insisted. Read more

Iran: US plan to move Israel embassy sign of ‘incompetence, failure’ (Memo)

The US intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem is a sign of incompetence and failure, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today. US President Donald Trump is expected to announce that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime US policy and potentially stirring unrest. “That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is because of their incompetence and failure,” Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem, according to his official website. Read more

Nigerian migrants return from Libya with tales of horror (Abcnews)

Some knelt and placed their foreheads to the ground in prayer. Several carried small children. After being stranded in Libya on a failed attempt to reach Europe, more than 250 Nigerian migrants were brought home and began sharing stories of abuse and fear. “If they lock you up in a room, you hardly eat, that’s number one,” Ejike Ernest, one of the returnees, told The Associated Press on arrival late Tuesday in Lagos. “You’ll urinate there, you’ll defecate there and every morning, let me say three times a day, you will be severely beaten” until you can pay the money to be freed. Read more




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