* Power: Fashola lambasts Discos, calls spokesperson an interloper (Punch) * Fayemi can start his probe now, his vendetta mission’ll consume him – Ekiti govt. (SUN)

* Power: Fashola lambasts Discos, calls spokesperson an interloper (Punch)    *  Fayemi can start his probe now, his vendetta mission’ll consume him – Ekiti govt. (SUN)



Power: Fashola lambasts Discos, calls spokesperson an interloper (Punch)

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Friday lambasted the Association of Electricity Distributors and condemned the association’s recent reactions to his directives to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Bureau of Public Enterprises and Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading company. Fashola, who called the association’s spokesperson an interloper, stressed that his directives went to legal entities and not to an unlicensed organisation, ANED and that the Discos were sabotaging Nigeria’s economy through their actions. In a 28-page document released in Abuja on Tuesday by ANED, the power distributors argued that most of the statements about Nigeria’s power sector that were made last week Monday by Fashola were false. Read more

Fayemi can start his probe now, his vendetta mission’ll consume him – Ekiti govt. (SUN)

The Ekiti State Government has challenged the governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to begin his probe of the Ayodele Fayose-led government now instead of waiting till October 16 that he will be sworn in, saying; “it is obvious that he will be consumed in his vendetta mission and rather than grandstanding, Fayemi should first seek legitimacy for his stolen mandate. ”Governor Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said in his reaction to Fayemi’s threat that “he (Fayemi) should stop living in the world where threat of probe scares people because we in the government of Fayose are not afraid of victimisation and vendetta that Fayemi is obviously coming with.” Read more

Don’t defect, Buhari urges Saraki (ThisDay)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Thursday made deft moves to avert an impending exodus of its bigwigs to the leading opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The peace initiative, Thisday gathered, was being spearheaded by President Muhammadu Buhari, who Thursday met with Senate President Bukola Saraki, believed to be the arrowhead of the impending mass movement, and appealed to him to stay back in the party. Saraki and other aggrieved top members of the APC massed in the reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), including Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) had met with the leaders of the PDP on Wednesday in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, to consider the absorption of the rAPC. Read more

Donald Duke takes presidential campaign to church (Guardian)

2019 presidential hopeful Donald Duke, Thursday, took his campaign to the international Headquarter of Deeper Life Bible Church, Gbagada, Lagos. Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River State was a surprise guest at the weekly Revival and Evangelism Hour programme where Christian faithful’s gather to get biblical teachings. Duke, who was invited to the pulpit, urged Christians to move beyond complaining and get involved in politics, saying it is time to stand up together to oppose all forms of inequality and discrimination. Read more

No going back on my APC exit – Ortom (Nation)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has declared that he is leaving the  All Progressives Congress (APC)  for good. He told members of OnTiv Professionals Association in Abuja that he would not return to the party for any reason. Ortom spoke a few hours after emerging from a peace meeting with the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole where he said he had not dumped the party  and  had expressed hope of a peaceful resolution of the crisis in the party. But receiving his guests at the in Benue State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja,the governor said : “I can assure you and the good  people of Benue that there is no going back on my decision to exit from the APC.” Read more

Police invite Melaye for questioning (Guardian)

The Nigerian police have denied attacking the convoy of Senator Dino Melaye. The Senator had accused the police of shooting at his convoy on his way to inaugurate a project in his constituency on Thursday in Kogi. “I thank God for spearing (sic) my life once again. Over 20 bullets holes on my jeep. Combination of police, SARS and military. God, I thank you”, Melaye said. While speaking to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday, the state commissioner of police, Mr Ali Janga, faulted the allegations and noted that they have invited Melaye for questioning. The commissioner said that while the allegations were untrue, the police opened fire in defence of an alleged shooting by some individuals in the lawmaker’s convoy. Read more

Okada ban has restored sanity in Anambra – Catholic Bishop (Nation)

The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has commended the Anambra State government over the ban on commercial motorcycle operation in Onitsha and Awka, saying the proscription has restored sanity to the once noisy cities. He said the ban has also lessened the noise pollution occasioned by the frequent movements of the motorcyclists in both cities. Speaking on Friday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Nkwelle, Awka during the burial of Noble Lady Juliana Chinwe Okika, mother of Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Kenechukwu Okika, the cleric however expressed reservations on the timing of the notice. Read more

Water sector open to foreign investors – FG (SUN)

The Federal Government has said that the country’s water sector was open to foreign investors with the potential of shoring up the country’s economy. The government, through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. Musa Ibrahim, disclosed this recently when he led a delegation to the 2018 World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit. He further revealed that the Federal Government has secured spaces for capacity building especially for staff of the ministry on water-related issues through the Singaporean Cooperation Programme. In a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Kenechukwu Offie, Ibrahim hinted that Nigeria’s participation was geared towards proffering solutions to the lingering crisis in the sector which could lead to the increase of water supply and sanitation in order for the country to meet up with the Sustainable Development Goals number 6 (SDGs 6). Read more

Mission hospital gets N.5m fine for ‘detaining’ dead baby, parents (Punch)

An Anambra State High Court presided over by Justice Okuma has awarded a N500,000 cost against Eyi Enu Mission Hospital in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra State for unlawful “detention” of the corpse of a child and its parents, The victims were detained for their inability to pay their hospital bills. The court ruled that the act of hospitals locking up their patients from exiting their premises under the guise that they must complete payment amounted to false imprisonment. The judgement was sequel to a lawsuit filed by Mrs. Ngozi Osegbo and Mr. Chinonso Osegbo against the Registered Trustees of the Synod of the Diocese on the Niger, owners of the hospital, in suit No: 0/255/2017. Read more

2019: No election will hold in Biafraland – Zionists (Vanguard)

The Biafra Zionists Federation, BZF, on Friday vowed that no election would be conducted in the defunct Biafra region during the 2019 general elections. This came from the self-acclaimed President of the BZF, Barr. Benjamin Onwuka. He spoke to journalists in Enugu a day after he was released from prison, where he also boasted that he would take over Enugu government house on August 20 to announce Biafra Independence as President of Biafra. Onwuka was arrested on May 30 alongside 32 members of his group in front of Enugu government house where they had gone to declare Biafra Independence. They were discharged and acquitted by a Magistrate Court in Enugu. Read more

Dismissing Lecturer over Sexual Harassment not Enough, ICPC tells OAU (ThisDay)

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Friday informed authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State that merely dismissing Prof. Richard Akindele of the Department of Management and Accounting found guilty of sexual harassment was not enough. Akindele, who had been indicted and sacked by the university, was accused of sexually harassing a female student, Monica Osagie. Speaking at a sensitisation forum in Abuja organised by Youth Alive Foundation (YAF), the ICPC Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Bade, explained that it was disingenuous for the OAU authorities to have ignored the prosecution of Prof. Akindele. The commission called for proper prosecution of the professor for sexually harassing a female student of the university. Read more

Over 500 youths protest plot to make them jobless (Nation)

Over 500 youths of communities under Oil Mining Lease (OML) 30 on Friday stormed the secretariat of the Ughelli North Council and the palace of the Ovie of Ughelli, HRM Wilson Ojakovo, to protest purported plot to rid them of their jobs. The youths who are under the employ of the OML 30 surveillance contractor, Mr. Morris Idiovwa, warned that any move to clamp down their means of livelihood will be strongly resisted. It will be noted that a group, led by Richard Irorobedje, had in a protest, reportedly, accused the contractor of siphoning money and having nobody in his employ. Read more

Maritime workers issue 21-day ultimatum to FG over Apapa-Oshodi Expressway gridlock (Vanguard)

Shocked by the complete breakdown of law and order by truck drivers on Apapa Oshodi Expressway and the unmotorable condition of the road, leaders of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, have handed down a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to clear the road of gridlock and make it motorable or rsik industrial unrest. The union threatens to shut down ports operations nationwide should government fail to address its demand, even as it commended the efforts of Messrs Dangote Nigeria Limited, Flour Mills Nigeria Limited and the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, at fixing the Ijora/Apapa Wharf Road. Read more

Why we refused to start new projects — Kenyan president (Punch)

Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, on Friday directed that no government agencies should embark on any new project until they have completed old projects. Kenyatta on his Twitter handle revealed that “the directive is aimed at stopping wastage of resources and the habit of government agencies abandoning incomplete projects before jumping onto others.” “There will be no new projects that will be embarked on until you complete those that are ongoing,” said the President who spoke at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre where he addressed a meeting bringing together all government accounting officers including Principal Secretaries, Parastatal Heads, Vice Chancellors of Public Universities and Chairmen of State Corporations. Read more

Chimamanda Adichie bags another degree (Vanguard)

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has received an honorary degree from the prestigious Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Newsmen report that the Enugu-born writer of short stories and non- fiction shared photos of the honour ceremony via her Facebook page. She was among the few recipients of the honorary degree from the university and they were all described as “people making changes in the world in very extensive ways.” The President of Duke University, Vincent E. Price, had earlier in March confirmed that the’’ Americanah’’ author was on the list of recipients. Adichie received the award alongside Marry Bara, Chairman of General Motors, Phil Freelon, lead architect for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Read more

2018 CAA Championships: AFN calls 70 athletes, 11 officials to camp (Nation)

With less than 13 days to the 2018 Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Championships in Asaba, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has invited no fewer than 70 athletes and 11 officials to camp. AFN’s Secretary Amechi Akawo,  said the athletes were to resume in Okey Hotel Ltd along Kwale-Ozoro Road, Km 1, opposite Delta Line Park, Ozoro, Delta, immediately. The 21st edition of the CAA, tagged “Asaba 2018” is scheduled for Aug. 1 to Aug. 5 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. Among the athletes who made the final list in the 100m women category are, Blessing Okagabare, Joy Udo-Gabriel, Mercy Ntia-Obong, while those for 200m include Blessing Okagbare, Praise Idamadudu and Rosemary Chukwuma. Read more

Mane handed the No. 10 jersey at Liverpool (Guardian)

Sadio Mane will wear the No. 10 jersey for Liverpool in the coming season. The No. 10 jersey  was vacated by Philipe Coutinho after his move to Barcelona in the winter transfer window. Mane, 26, wore the No. 19 since he arrived Anfield from Southampton in 2016 but he will join the company of John Barnes, Andriy Voronin, Joe Cole, Luis Garcia, Michael Owen and Coutinho as players to have worn the No. 10 jersey. Mane returned to Liverpool training ground at Melwood on Friday after his participation at the World Cup with Senegal. Read more

Man Utd named second most valuable sports team in the World (ThisDay)

Manchester United has been named as the second most valuable sports team on the planet, according to Forbes. The English Premier League club is worth an incredible £3.16billion according to the magazine, coming in ahead of rivals such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. United failed to lift a single trophy last season, finishing a distant 19 points behind neighbours City in the league, but the top brass at the club can be content in the knowledge that their brand is still thriving. The Red Devils who won the 2017 Europa League are ahead of both La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in the list, who are third and fourth and valued at £3.13bn and £3.11bn respectively. Read more

6 bars in which to escape the Edinburgh Festival this August (Edinburghnews)

August is always a busy time of year in the Capital as wide-eyed, open-mouthed visitors descend on the city for the festival. With the city’s population doubling that’s twice as many people looking for a drink and these days the trend is to drink less, but drink better. So that you can plan ahead, here are some tips on where to get a top quality drink served by a professional bartender during the festival. Bramble: Literally the best bar in Britain, venture down the Queen Street venue’s mysterious but welcoming staircase to experience quality liquor like you’ve never experienced before… Read more

Turkey, Myanmar give peace message through art (AA)

Turkish and Myanmar painters are giving the message of peace and love through the language of colors, with the support of Turkey’s state-run aid agency. On the 60th year of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Myanmar, a paint exhibition opened in Turkey’s capital Ankara with the support of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). The painting exhibition — Turkey and Myanmar Gather with Peace and Love– is attended by three artists from each country. Turkish painter Atanur Dogan’s “Refugees” is one of the works exhibited. Read more

Russia launches threats against Australia based on embarrassing mistake (Stuff)

Moscow has launched an extraordinary threat to target Australian journalists based on its false belief the Australian Federal Police are investigating the Kremlin-backed news outfit Russia Today. In a statement issued on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow “reserves the right to take retaliatory measures whenever the rights of Russian journalists are being infringed upon” and threatened “tit-for-tat” measures. She did not detail what kind of retaliation Moscow might undertake. But the threats appear to be based on an embarrassing misunderstanding by the Russian government and by Russia Today, better known as RT. The AFP confirmed to Fairfax Media on Friday that it is not investigating RT, the news outlet that is widely regarded as a propaganda mouthpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s government. Read more


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