July 19, 2018

* Osinbajo admits approving N640 billion oil contracts for NNPC (Premiumtimes) * Boko Haram: Many IDPs not ready to return home – Norwegian agency (Nation)

* Osinbajo admits approving N640 billion oil contracts for NNPC (Premiumtimes)   * Boko Haram: Many IDPs not ready to return home – Norwegian agency (Nation)



Osinbajo admits approving N640 billion oil contracts for NNPC (Premiumtimes)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken responsibility for granting authorisation to the NNPC for two oil contracts worth N640 billion. A statement by presidential spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said Mr. Osinbajo approved the contracts in his capacity as acting president in July. “In response to media inquiries on NNPC joint venture financing, VP Osinbajo, as Ag President approved recommendations after due diligence,” Mr. Akande said. The admission comes a day after Premium times amplified a curious part of the NNPC response to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu’s allegations on Monday. Read more

Boko Haram: Many IDPs not ready to return home – Norwegian agency (Nation)

The vast majority of almost two million Nigerians driven from their homes by Boko Haram insurgency cannot return due to lack of security, an aid agency said on Wednesday. About 1.8 million people have been displaced in Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgency, which has left at least 20,000 dead and shows little sign of ending as it drags into its ninth year. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said in a report that 86 percent of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were not ready to return home in the immediate future. Read more

UNILORIN don shines at Malaysian summit (Nation)

A Peace and Development scholar and staff of the Centre for Translation Art, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Mr. Paul Akingbola, was among 600 youths from nearly 120 countries that gathered recently in Sarawak, Kuching, Malaysia, for the International Summit on Peace. Organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) with support from the Government of Sarawak, the International Summit held between September 6 and 8, with the main aim of identifying the barriers and proffering pathways to world peace. Read more

NUT warns debtor states (Nation)

National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Michael Olukoya-Alogba, has issued a warning to states owing its members backlog of salaries. Comrade Olukoya-Alogba, said the union would embark on strike if state governments refuse to pay its members. He said: “The non-payment of salaries or portion (part) payment or deciding how much to pay on monthly basis, not paying our members when they retire, working conditions of teachers, all these are challenges and we take joy in highlighting these challenges to people that matters. Read more

Govs want NASS to harmonise positions on review of constitution (Punch)

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum on Wednesday night called on the National Assembly to harmonise its positions on the review of the 1999 Constitution. The Chairman of the forum, Alhaji Abdul Aziz Yari, made the call while answering questions from newsmen after an extraordinary meeting of the forum at the old Banquet hall, the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Yari, who is also the Governor of Zamfara, stated that the forum convened the meeting to solely deliberate on the review of the 1999 Constitution. Read more

Dismiss reports on post-UTME cancellation – Adamu Adamu (Nation)

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has urged higher institutions and the general public to disregard social media reports that he has cancelled Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination ( Post-UTME ). A statement by the Federal Ministry of Education on Wednesday in Abuja directed institutions to carry on with the conduct of the Post-UTME. The statement was signed by Mrs Priscilla Ihuoma, Director, Press and Public Relations. Ihuoma said that the minister also warned that institutions charging above the stipulated sum of N2000 for the exercise would be sanctioned. Read more

Kabba-Kafanchan, Benin bypass, Onitsha-Enugu, Lokoja-Ajaokuta among ‘Nigeria’s worst roads’- Report (PremiumTimes)

The Kabba-Kafanchan, Benin bypass, Mokwa-Jebba, Lokoja-Ajaokuta, Aba-Obigbo, Onitsha-Enugu, and Idoma-Benue highways have been listed as among Nigeria’s worst roads, according to a survey by SBM Intelligence. SBM Intelligence, a geopolitical and socio-economic research firm, undertook a study of the state of Nigeria’s major expressways by obtaining feedback from the roads’ most important users – commercial vehicle drivers.The group considered these interviews with their direct observations of various roads to develop the report. Read more

Nigerian nabbed with cocaine, heroin at Malta Airport (Nation)

A Nigerian has been arrested by the Maltese police and customs after he was found to be carrying heroin and cocaine. According to The Times of Malta, the Nigerian was accosted by officials after he arrived at the Malta International Airport on a flight from Brussels, Belgium after midnight on Wednesday. When customs officials scanned his luggage, they discovered three packages of cocaine and heroin. The packages were said to have been hidden in a black file at the bottom of the man’s suitcase. Read more

NANS loses another ex-exco member (Punch)

The National Association of Nigerian Students says it has lost its former Financial Secretary, Muhammed Yusuf, the National Public Relations Officer of the association, Bestman Okereafor said on Thursday in Enugu. Okereafor said that Muhammed Yusuf, popularly known as “Alhaji Kano’’ died on Oct. 10 after a “little illness.’’ He, therefore, urged Nigerians, especially the clergy to pray for the association as it had earlier lost its former National President, Muhammed Dauda, on Oct.1. “The National Association of Nigerian Students under the leadership of Aruna Kadiri, has appealed to the clergy in the society to pray for the students’ constituency,’’ he said. Read more

Rivers couple, nurse arrested in Kano for buying 5-yr-old boy for N15,000 (Vanguard)

Kano State Police Command says it has arrested a couple and a nurse for buying a five-year-old boy. DSP Magaji Majiya, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Command disclosed this to newsmen, while parading the suspects in Kano, yesterday. Majiya said the suspects were apprehended on October 10 following a tip-off by one Hajiya Fatima, who offered to sell her baby to plot for the suspects’ arrest. He said: “We received information from Hajiya Fatima that someone wants to buy her baby. So we told her to tell them she has agreed to sell the boy. Read more

Jigawa LG destroys 475 bottles, Jerry-cans of assorted beer (Punch)

The Kazaure Local Government Area of Jigawa State has destroyed 475 bottles and Jerry-cans of assorted beer in the area. Alhaji Magaji Muhammad, the Information Officer in charge of the council, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Thursday. Muhammad said that the items were those confiscated from different vendors operating in the area by Hisbah guards. Hisbah, a Sharia law enforcement agency in Jigawa, has prohibited the consumption of beer in all parts of the state. Read more

2019: May Buhari not contest (Punch)

My prayer for Nigeria is that President Muhammadu Buhari will not contest another presidential election in 2019. I hope when the time comes, he will do the noblest thing: Thank Nigerians for giving him a chance to serve, allow the transition process to run smoothly without his interference, and walk away with his head high. That will be the best thing for Nigeria, and one hopes he has enough of the acclaimed Mandela spirit in him to know when to walk away from the gambling table. Nigeria is doing poorly under his watch and we cannot continue this way until 2023. Read more

Labour unions, rights groups seek a restructured Nigeria (Guardian)

Members of organised unions, including professionals and non-professionals across the country are beginning to join their voices to the rising number of agitators demanding for the restructuring of the Nigerian federation. Their concern, according to them, was to avoid any impending crisis in the country if the subject is not addressed. They advocated for system change and peaceful resolutions that would lead to overhauling in governance to create human and capital development for the country. According to them, such step would provide solution to the number of setbacks weighing down Nigeria. Read more

New realities as APC aspirants seek relevance in Anambra guber poll (Guardian)

As the build up to the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State engages full throttle, candidates of political parties and unsuccessful aspirants are up and about everywhere seeking how to influence things. Within the All Progressives Congress (APC), which came into the race with the gait of a giant killer ready to dethrone the incumbent, things have not been that simple. The governorship flag bearer of the party has been rambling from one meeting to another. Read more

Wenger: Arsenal could sell both Alexis and Ozil in January (Goal)

Arsene Wenger says it is “possible” both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil could leave Arsenal in the January transfer window. The star duo are both in the final year of their contracts at the Emirates Stadium with several of Europe’s high-profile clubs monitoring the situation. Goal revealed last week that Alexis has made it clear to the Arsenal board that he has no intention of signing a new deal, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain the main candidates to snap him up. Read more

Bale injuries could force him away from Real Madrid and break up BBC, admits toshack (Goal)

Gareth Bale’s injury struggles are making things “even harder” for him at Real Madrid and could lead to a transfer, says John Toshack. The Wales international has been ravaged by fitness issues throughout his time at Santiago Bernabeu. His current calf complaint is the 18th ailment to have forced him onto the treatment table since moving to the Spanish capital in a record-breaking €100 million deal in 2013. While he has enjoyed plenty of highs with Real – including three Champions League triumphs – his inability to steer clear of injury is proving to be a problem and has sparked speculation regarding a possible move, with Manchester United considered to be long-time admirers. Read more

‘Mbappe more professional than Messiat same (Goal)

Kylian Mbappe has shown to be more of a professional than Lionel Messi did at the age of 18, according to the Barcelona forward’s former team-mate Ludovic Giuly. Mbappe, 18, has been tipped to become one of the best players in the world after a spectacular 2016-17 season with Monaco saw him attract interest from Europe’s top sides.  Paris Saint-Germain won the battle to sign the France international and brought him in from Monaco in a loan deal that will turn permanent next season, costing the capital club around €180 million. Read more

Barcelona’s camp Nou could get a new name in 2018 (Sportbible)

In recent years clubs selling the naming rights to their stadium has become all the rage as football in especially England has moved closely towards the Americanism that has produced the likes of Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bank of America Stadium, Levi’s Stadium and so on. From memory the first such stadium on these shores was Bolton’s then Reebok Stadium and for most sides it started when a team got a new stadium but York City, for example, changed Bootham Crescent to the Kit-Kat Crescent and back again once the deal was over. Read more

Xi propaganda kicks into overdrive ahead of China Communist Party congress (Reuters)

Inside the packed exhibition hall in central Beijing is a showcase of China’s recent achievements: the country’s first operational aircraft carrier; a gleaming fleet of high-speed trains; happy villagers lifted from poverty. While the display officially celebrates the accomplishments of the Chinese people over the past five years, it is made clear that President Xi Jinping is the man to thank. To enter the exhibition, staged by the Communist Party’s propaganda department, visitors pass through a circular antechamber with red walls emblazoned with slogans inspired by Xi’s concepts on governance. Read more

Prince William shares hongi greeting as he honours Kiwi Passchendaele soldiers (Telegraph)

The Duke of Cambridge has shared a traditional Maori greeting as he met the families of First World War New Zealand servicemen. Prince William was joining Princess Astrid of Belgium in commemorating the sacrifices of Kiwi soldiers who fought and died at Passchendaele. The Duke and Princess were greeted by the Maori cultural group of the New Zealand Defence Force, whose spiritual calls and chants rang out across the white headstones, before they were led to their seats on Thursday morning. Read more

Italian woman granted sick pay to look after ill dog (BBC)

The woman, an academic at Rome’s La Sapienza University, won the case with the help of lawyers from Italy’s Anti-Vivisection League (LAV). It is first such finding by an Italian court. A judge accepted the woman’s case that the university should put the absence down to “serious or family personal reasons”. The academic, who has not been named, took two days off to care for Cucciola, a 12-year-old English Setter, after the dog underwent surgery. Read more

Crocodile kills 79-year-old woman (Punch)

An elderly woman who went missing is feared to have been killed by a crocodile after Australian police found possible human remains and a walking stick near a creek on Thursday. Anne Cameron, 79, who police said might have dementia, was last seen on Tuesday at a care home near the tourist town of Port Douglas on Australia’s northeastern coast. Queensland Police and the State Emergency Service were searching for her when they came across clothing and a walking stick with her name on it. Read more

Pope to visit Myanmar as anti-Rohingya hatred seethes (Guardian)

Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the centre of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya. Myanmar’s western Rakhine state has been torn apart by communal violence, sending more than 520,000 Rohingya racing over to neighbouring Bangladesh since late August. Read more


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