June 18, 2018

* Strike: We won’t go back to class until govt implements past agreements –ASUU * Dangote, Ambode, others attend Justice Obaseki’s burial

* Strike: We won’t go back to class until govt implements past agreements –ASUU  * Dangote, Ambode, others attend Justice Obaseki’s burial



Strike: We won’t go back to class until govt implements past agreements –ASUU

As the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities continues, the union has said it will not call it off until its demands to the government are met.

ASUU had on Sunday embarked on a nationwide strike, which has reportedly grounded academic activities in about 80 federal and state universities across the country, over the failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement between the two parties. Read more

Dangote, Ambode, others attend Justice Obaseki’s burial

The remains of a former acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Andrews Obaseki, was on Friday laid to rest in Benin, the Edo State capital.

Chairman of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; immediate past governor of Edo, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole; Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, were among  the dignitaries present at the ceremony. Read more

Total trains 51 N’Delta youths against cultism, other vices

Total E & P Nigeria Limited on Thursday declared open a two-week camping programme for 51 youths to address the growing trend of social vices in the Niger Delta region.

The selected youths who were drawn from host communities in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states would remain in their camping ground, Tinapa Lakeside Resort in Calabar, Cross River State to undergo the different training processes aimed at curbing social vices. Read more

Only Buhari, Osinbajo fighting corruption – Presidential aide

The Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, has accused Nigerians of refusing to support the anti-graft crusade of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The presidential aide spoke on a Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday.

Reacting to the Nigerian Corruption Survey 2017 published by the National Bureau for Statistics, which states that Nigerians paid bribes to the tune of N400bn between 2015 and 2016, Obono-Obla said, “It is chilling, daunting, outrageous and shocking but I am not surprised because corruption has become pandemic and endemic. Most Nigerians are pathologically corrupt. Read more

RCCG GO, Adeboye visits President Buhari in London

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Friday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja House, London. Buhari has been receiving medical attention in the British capital since May 7.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, posted two photographs taken during Adeboye’s visit on his Facebook page. Read more

I saw hell under Abacha – Col. Gwadabe

Colonel Lawan Gwadabe (retd). Remember him? The colourful, debonair and intrepid Army officer who, along with a few others, formed the bulwark of the military power ring and protective rampart that propped the Generals  Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha juntas before he ran into trouble for allegedly plotting to topple the latter, whom he served as Personal  Staff Officer and Commandant, Brigade of Guards in 1995.

But, since the former governor of  Niger State, reputed to be among the  most intelligent military officers who helped to steer  the two regimes especially on policy and strategy was retired after being vindicated in the now famous phantom coup , he has consistently and deliberately kept a low profile. Read more

Why Obasanjo can’t forgive the National Assembly

Many Nigerians may easily be fooled by the cat and mouse game between President Olusegun Obasanjo and the National Assembly. The former president continues to be a thorn in the flesh of the legislature with unrelenting attacks on the institution as a bastion of corruption. This week alone, Obasanjo has used two different platforms to hit the National Assembly as a cesspool of corruption.

Pushed to the point of embarrassment, the legislators have been forced to name the respected former president and international statesman as the ‘grandfather of corruption.’ Read more

Lagos gives out N100,000 non payeable grant to 500 disabilities

It is a new dawn for children living with disabilities in Lagos state as the humility of Governor Ambode translated into several aspect of empowerments, economically, medically, academically etc. to prove to all that in every child living with disability there is ability. Also, such empowerments have brought a relief to their parents as their pocket run dry looking for medical solution of their loved ones especially during this time of economic recession in the country.

In his effort to improve the condition of these people with disabilities, the governor in the last few months  had carried out several empowerment programmes at different locations in the state. Read more

Betty Akeredolu inaugurates BRECAN Lagos chapter, seeks Joint Support for Breast cancer Victims

The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has charged government, stakeholders and the society at large on the need to provide the needed support system to save more breast cancer patients across the country.

Speaking with journalists at a Press Conference organized by the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Lagos Chapter ahead of its official launch at Cromwell Courtyard Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu who came close to tears as she shared in the pain of breast cancer victims, noting that it breaks the heart to see that many women suffer in pain and hopelessness when diagnosed with the disease. Read more

Nigeria, India trade volume hits $10bn

The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Nagabushana Reddy has disclosed that trade relations between Nigeria and India hit $10bn in 2016, just as plans have been concluded  to organize an international Expo on Information Communication Technology in Nigeria as part of efforts at deepening bilateral relations with Nigeria.

The two-day event which is billed for September, next month is expected to attract over 200 companies from India as well as companies from 14 countries across the globe. Reddy, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, at an event organized to commemorate the 70th Independence Anniversary of India said the gesture apart from strengthening bilateral relations between Nigeria and India was aimed at further supporting the introduction of ICT as a major component of economic development. Read more

I’ve been to London to see the King, by Femi Adesina

Not a few tongues had wagged over the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was outside the country on medical vacation for weeks on end, and no member of his media team was with him. Many times, we had been confronted by journalists on why we were sitting pretty in Nigeria, while our principal was confronted by severe health challenges in London.

How did I feel about the situation? I had always told the media, and others who cared to listen, that whoever is on a presidential entourage at any time is the prerogative of the president. In the first 20 months of this administration, the president had made scores of trips, both locally and internationally. There was none, and I repeat, none, in which the media team was excluded. We were always there to keep the world abreast with what the president was doing. Read more

OLX donates raincoats to LASTMA

Leading online classifieds, OLX Nigeria has demonstrated its commitment to make everybody win. The OLX team donated raincoats to the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) in support and appreciation of the agency for control, management and regulation of traffic operations in the city of Lagos.

Speaking at the presentation, Country Manager, Lola Masha, OLX stated, “we   commend all the works the agency is doing to ensure free flowing traffic, the safety of road users and providing rescue and emergency services for Lagosians”. Read more

25 ships discharge petroleum products, other commodities in Lagos

Twenty-five ships are discharging petroleum products and other commodities at Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said. The NPA stated this in its “Shipping Position’’ released on Friday in Lagos.

It said that the vessels were discharging buck wheat, general cargo, petrol, containers, bulk maize, empty container, diesel, soya beans, bulk gas, bulk corn and bulk fertiliser. It also stated that 25 other ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods were expected to arrive at the ports between Aug. 18 and Sept. 2. Read more

Oworonsoki residents need help

I consider this situation highly necessary for public hearing due to the ongoing ferry project embarked upon several months ago   to sandfill a large portion of the lagoon along Oworonsoki, 3rd Mainland Bridge. Due to this ongoing project, many areas in Oworonshoki are flooded, and the consequence on the health and lifestyle of residents has been scary.

It would be recalled that in 1986, there was a dredging project by Julius Berger to enhance its construction of 3rd mainland bridge. At that time, the lagoon had not been pushed into the residential areas. Read more

Ifeanyi Ubah’s Winning Streak

Just when many had thought that he was a political orphan, Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman of Capital Oil,  surfaced at the recently held national convention of the Peoples Democracy Party, PDP, in Abuja.

His appearance has, therefore, cleared the air about the rumour making the rounds that he had gone under after he was reportedly arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged fuel subsidy scam. Read more

Okowa, Ambode, others to grace DAMA 2017

All is set for the Africa Business Summit  scheduled to hold next Friday, 25th August 2017 at the Lagos Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja. The event which promises to be educative and exciting has an array of intellectuals and prominent Nigerians lined up.

The summit with the theme ‘Inspiring Local Business Action in Africa’ is put together with the annual award, ‘Development in Africa Merit Awards’ (DAMA) 2017. It was packaged to recognize distinguished individuals and corporate organizations who have made their marks in the society. Read more

Ex-ExxonMobil Topshot, Kola Lawal joins Ogun Guber Race

The name Kolawole Lawal might not readily strike a chord but mention KLM to anyone in Ogun State and you will be quickly told he is the best thing going for Ogun West. Maybe its because of his brilliance and impressive track records during his days at ExxonMobil.

His is an inspiring story of a poor young man from a small town in Ogun state. KLM rose from a humble background of a bicycle repairer to an enviable career in the oil and gas sector. Expectedly, his sojourn in life is a study in tenacity, purpose and persistence. KLM’s break free moment came when he was posted to Akwa-Ibom state for his NYSC. And like a golden fish, his brilliance quickly paved way for him even outside his domain and he was one of the 50 corps members posted to ExxonMobil. Read more

Four Nigerian Super Kids Named In Manchester United 25-Man Traveling Squad

Four players of Nigerian descent were included in Manchester United U16s traveling squad for the tour of Hong Kong. Michael Elechi, Ademipo Odubeko, Ayodeji Sotona and Shola Shoretire are among the twenty-five youngsters presently in Asia with the Red Devils U16s.

The players arrived in Hong Kong on Monday for a week-long stay in the country in order to experience Hong Kong’s culture and play two friendly matches against District All-Stars and the Hong Kong Football Association academy U-17s. Read more

Eagles walk a tightrope against Benin

The Super Eagles face a tough task in the second leg of their 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier against the Squirrels of Benin Republic at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, on Saturday.

Bronze medallists at the 2014 edition of the competition, Nigeria are seeking a return to the tournament, which is exclusively for players plying their trades in their domestic leagues, after failing to get to the knockout stages in 2016. Read more

Liverpool reject Barca £113m bid for Coutinho

Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, according to Sky Sports. Sky Sports News understands the latest offer was worth an initial £113m and the fee could have risen to £118m based on the Brazil international’s potential appearances at the Nou Camp.

Barca have failed with their two previous offers worth £72m and £90.4m. Read more

A week with the stars

’Tana Aiyejina recounts his experience with top NBA stars, Thierry Henry, Lucas Radebe and more during the activities that led to the just-concluded NBA Africa Game 2017 in Johannesburg

I met ‘Naughty’, the driver assigned to pick me up, on arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, at about 5.15am on August 2, after passing through airport and immigration formalities. Immediately we got out of the airport building, the unbearable cold was first to welcome me to South Africa. Read more

I’m disappointed Klitschko retired –Joshua

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says Wladimir Klitschko’s decision to retire and decline a rematch was a “massive” disappointment, BBC Sport reports. Briton Joshua, 27, knocked out Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April and had hoped they would fight again in Las Vegas on November 11.

However, the Ukrainian, 41, announced his retirement earlier this month. “In my heart of hearts I kind of knew he probably wouldn’t fight again,” said Joshua. Read more

Bayern beat Leverkusen 3-1 in Bundesliga season opener

Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty as Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

The Polish hot-shot put Bayern 3-0 up after new signings Niklas Suele and Corentin Tolisso scored with first-half headers. Read more

Mourinho has faith in Man United forward Martial

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho backed Anthony Martial to deliver at Old Trafford this season. Martial was absent from United’s starting XI last week but the French forward came off the bench to help Mourinho’s men to a 4-0 win over West Ham in their Premier League opener.

The 21-year-old’s future in Manchester has been questioned amid United’s pursuit of a winger but Mourinho believes the former Monaco star will shine in 2017-18. Read more

Pep Guardiola ‘happy’ with Man City squad with or without more signings

Pep Guardiola is convinced his Manchester City squad is already good enough for the coming season, despite the continuing search for new players. City spent more than £200 million on players over the summer, with five major new arrivals for the first-team squad.

Still it seems the club are not finished yet, with West Brom this week rejecting a bid from City for defender Jonny Evans. City also continue to be linked with other players, notably Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, ahead of this month’s transfer deadline. Read more

Antonio Conte laughs at the unimaginable pain of Diego Costa

After angling for a move away from Chelsea over roughly two and a half of his three successful years with the club, Diego Costa has spent the last few weeks summoning journalists to his hometown in Brazil to tell them his tale of woe, so that they can inform the world of the 137% true mistreatment he has suffered.

Chelsea have treated him “like a criminal,” he told the Daily Mail. And they won’t sell him back to Atletico Madrid—the only club he’s willing to go to—for a cut-rate price they can afford, he told ESPN. Read more

Golf: Scot Catriona Matthew helps earn Europe a point

Catriona Matthew helped Europe get off to a strong start in their quest to regain the Solheim Cup from the United States in Iowa yesterday. Assistant captain Matthew was only brought into the side to replace the injured Suzann Pettersen on Thursday, but took to the task well alongside France’s Karine Icher in the foursomes.

The Scot, 47, was playing the fourth match at Des Moines Golf and Country Club and the European pair won on the last hole against Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller. Read more

Judge rejects bid to end Roman Polanski sexual assault case despite victim’s plea

The woman sexually assaulted as a child by Roman Polanski said she has suffered “tears and disappointment” after a judge dismissed her plea to end the 40-year-old case against the director.

Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when Polanski is said to have drugged and raped her, wanted to end the attempt to bring the Oscar-winner back to the States for sentencing.

But Los Angeles Superior Court’s Judge Scott Gordon dismissed the motion on Friday, Polanski’s 84th birthday. He said the fugitive director must return, and the case could not be rejected “merely because it would be in the victim’s best interest”. Read more

Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude strikes west of Tonga – USGS

An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck 500 km (310 miles) west of the Pacific island of Tonga on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage. Read more

US eclipse expected to draw crowd of millions

The path of totality, the 60-70 mile wide line in which the total eclipse will be viewable, spans 14 US states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.

Authorities have advised people wanting to watch to arrive two days in advance, predicting the highest number of visitors will be seen in states such as Missouri and Tennessee. Read more

Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly seizes powers of opposition-led congress

Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly took over the powers of the opposition-led congress Friday, dramatically escalating a standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes.

The move triggered further international condemnation from the dozens of countries that have already criticised the creation of the all-powerful assembly as an undemocratic power grab by Maduro. Read more

Spain terror attack victims include parents, vacationers; Australian boy, 7, missing

One of the dead was a 35-year-old IT salesman from Italy on vacation with his partner and two children. Another was a Spanish grandfather enjoying the sunny day. And among the missing is a 7-year-old Australian boy in Barcelona with his mother for a wedding.

Those affected by the deadly terrorist attack Thursday came from dozens of countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas to spend time in Las Ramblas, one of the most joyous, vibrant streets in Europe, only to be mowed down by a white van. Read more

Six Commonwealth Bank ATM deals may be linked to terrorism funding, Austrac says

Commonwealth Bank’s intelligent deposit ATMs may have been used on six separate occasions to finance terrorism, Australia’s financial intelligence agency has alleged.

Peter Clark, acting chief executive of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac), says five customers were allegedly involved in the suspect transactions, and the federal court is aware of the matter. He has also said Westpac, ANZ and National Australia Bank are not suspected of breaching the anti-money laundering laws CBA has allegedly broken. Read more

Catalan police identify terror suspects after Barcelona and Cambrils attack

The three have been identified as Moussa Oukabir, 17, Said Aallaa, 18, and Mohamed Hychami, 24. Catalonia’s regional police said they were searching for a fourth suspect, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaquob.

Five men were shot and killed by police hours after a van was driven at high speeds into crowds of people in Barcelona, killing 13 people. Oukabir is believed to have been the driver of that van, who fled after hitting people along Las Ramblas. Read more



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