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  • 3 hours CBN urges anchor borrowers’ beneficiaries in C’River to pay back Sun
    Judex Okoro, Calabar The Central of Nigeria (CBN) has called on beneficiaries of anchor borrowers’ programme for rice production in Cross River, to pay back their loans to enable other rice farmers in the state to benefit from the programme. The state branch controller of CBN, Mr Chuks Sokari, who made the call at the inauguration of Wet Season Rice farming in the state by Gov. Ben Ayade at the weekend in Calabar, said he had received some complaints from some banks and farmers’ association that the beneficiaries hadn’t paid up till date. Sokari said: “My colleagues from the banks, ... more
  • 3 hours Like Okorocha, MASSOB insists Igbo president in 2023 is mirage Sun
    Stanley Uzoaru,Owerri The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) has supported Senator Rochas Okorocha’s claim that the chances of the South East ruling the country in 2023 does not exist. Leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, while speaking to our correspondent in Owerri, maintained that the ex- governor of Imo State’s opinion is also applicable to other tribes like Ijaw, Yoruba, and Tiv among others. According to Madu, the only way for the South East to have a chance at the presidency is by the religious, traditional and political institutions lending their voices to the ... more
  • 3 hours Moghalu: My votes were stolen, I but I won’t challenge Buhari’s election Sun
    Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha The presidential candidate for Young Progressive Party (YPP). Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has said that the reason he did not challenge the declaration of Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of 2019 presidential election at the tribunal was personal and not because the people’s votes counted. Related: June 12 more credible than 2019 presidential polls –Useni He said that he did not go to court to challenge the presidential election because he didn’t think it was the wisest action, stressing that truly the party’s votes were stolen at the poll. Prof. Moghalu who stated this at the weekend during ... more
  • 4 hours Police brutality: Call your boys to order now, YCE tells IG Sun
    WOLE BALOGUN, Ado Ekiti The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), has advised the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to combat the brutality that is common among the policemen in the country. The socio-cultural group said the globally best practice is for policemen to respect the dignity of every citizen by refraining from actions that could either dehumanise or demean humanity by their actions. In a statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday by its Secretary General, Dr Kunle Olajide, the body lampooned the police over the injuries their men allegedly inflicted on some pro-democracy champions in Oyo and ... more
  • 4 hours Motorists escape death as container falls on cars in Lagos Sun
    (NAN)An accident picture has gone viral on social media showing a container of goods that fell on two cars leaving them badly damaged at Tincan Apapa wharf, Lagos. Unbelievably, there was no report of casualties, as the occupants of the cars escaped before the huge fall. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had on May 22 ordered the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa within 2 weeks. The directive followed an emergency meeting convened by Buhari and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the 25th of April, 2019. ... more
  • 4 hours Maurizio Sarri: Juventus appoint Chelsea manager Sun |Sports
    Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea to become manager of Serie A champions Juventus on a three-year deal. Sarri, who joined the Blues from Napoli in July 2018, led them to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League in his one season in charge. It is understood a compensation fee in excess of £5m has been agreed between the two clubs for the 60-year-old. Sarri will replace fellow Italian Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of last season. “In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return ... more
  • 4 hours Super Eagles midfielder Ndidi to join Manchester United Sun |Sports
    Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi says he is ‘flattered’ by the transfer speculation linking him with a summer move to top English Premiership club Manchester United. Ndidi’s consistent performances have seen him linked with a number of high profile moves this summer, with the likes of Man-U, Arsenal and Liverpool all reportedly interested in his services. The 22-year-old’s has been linked with a move away from Leicester in the coming weeks following a sensational season at the King Power stadium. The Nigerian star was an ever present for Leicester in the Premier League during the previous campaign with his combative ... more
  • 4 hours Ndoma Egba: Nigeria expects a vibrant, stable National Assembly Sun
    Judex Okoro, Calabar Former Leader of the 7th Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, says that Nigerians expect nothing less than a vibrant and stable National Assembly that puts the country first in all its considerations. Ndoma Egba, who stated this in Calabar in an interaction with journalists, lauded the recently inaugurated leadership of the 9th National Assembly, calling on them to leave above board and initiate people oriented Bills. Related: 9th House of Reps holds first plenary session “Nigerians expect a vibrant and stable National Assembly that puts the country first in all its considerations. Nigerians expect a National Assembly that will ... more
  • 5 hours Insecurity: Navy seeks Delta monarchs’ support Sun
    Ben Dunno, Warri Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Suleiman Garba, has solicited the cooperation of traditional rulers and other relevant stakeholders to combat insecurity in the Niger Delta region. The naval boss made the appeal at the weekend during his courtesy visits to some royal fathers in Delta state, after commissioning building projects specifically designed to tackle accommodation challenges of officers and men under his command. Speaking separately at the palace of Ovie of Uvwie kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Emmanuel Sideso and the Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the FOC expressed confidence ... more
  • 5 hours Fayemi administration restates commitment to fighting poverty Sun
    Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi has restated the commitment of his administration to fighting poverty and the economic empowerment of the people of Ekiti. This, he said, necessitated the implementation of policies aimed at boosting the standard of living of Ekiti people and addressing the worrying trend of poverty. Related: UNICEF, Ekiti govt decry alarming rate of genital mutilation The Governor spoke at the flag-off of the engagement of the Third Batch of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO)/Public Workfare (PWF) Scheme in Ifaki Ekiti. Fayemi, represented by Deputy Governor Bisi Egbeyemi, described the ... more
  • 6 hours Niger: As calm returns to communities Govt, Senator disagree on casualties  Sun
    John Adams, Minna Normalcy is gradually returning to communities in Shiroro local government area of Niger State invaded by armed bandits, where over 70 people were said to have been killed, 100 injured and about one thousand others rendered homeless. This follows the massive deployment of the military and the Inspector General of Police’s (IGP) Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) to the eight affected communities. Related: Bandits kill 70, sack 8 villages in Niger This is even as the state government and the senator representing the area, Senator David Umoru, are engaged in war of words over casualty figures from last ... more
  • 6 hours Pogba hints at move from Man United Sun |Sports
    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba suggested on Sunday that he could be open to a move away from the Premier League side, telling reporters in Tokyo that now “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else”. Reuters reports that the Frenchman has been linked in the British media with a move to Real Madrid to work with coach Zinedine Zidane, or with a return to his former club Juventus. Pogba’s time at Manchester United has coincided with some insipid performances on the pitch and organisational turmoil at the club. “Like you said, there is a lot of ... more
  • 6 hours Bauchi APC celebrates Lawan, Gbajabiamila’s victory Sun
    Paul Omokuvie, Bauchi The All Progressive Congress (APC) Youth Parliament on Sunday organised a grand rally in Bauchi to celebrate the election of Ahmed Lawan as Senate President, and Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Related: We’ll pass budget within 3 months – Lawan Speaking with journalists at the rally, Secretary, Bauchi State chapter of the Parliament, Malam Nasiru Cigari, said their collective resolve to back the National Assembly leaders was not only out of loyalty to the party, but was in consideration of their wealth of experience in the legislature, politics, national and international affairs. Cigari alleged ... more
  • 7 hours APC candidates blame South East leaders for party’s failure in Igbo land Sun |Politics
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja South East candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who ran House of Assembly races, under the aegis of the ‘Conference of 2019 Southeast APC House of Assembly Candidates’, have placed the failure of the party in the region on the negative actions of regional party leaders. Rising from a meeting held in Abuja last weekend, the Conference accused the party leaders of anti-party activities, alleging that most of them did not only campaign for the opposition parties but also negotiated with state governors to give 25 per cent of the votes to the party’s presidential candidate, ... more
  • 16 hours IEF tasks BSIEC on credible LG election Sun |Politics
    Omoniyi Salaudeen Ijaw Elders Forum in collaboration with other relevant groups, has tasked all relevant authorities in Bayelsa State, especially the State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC), to ensure the conduct of a credible, violence-free local government election in order to bring government closer to the people. The group also called on the state government to conduct full investigation into the circumstances that led to the sudden resignation of the chairman of the state electoral umpire, Dr Perekeme Bertola, a few weeks to the conduct of the elections on the ground of alleged threat to his life. The group insisted that ... more
  • 16 hours Obiano can’t ban commercial motorcycles in Nnewi –MUTN boss Sun
    From David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi Chairman of Motorcycle Transport Union (MUTN), Nnewi branch, Chief Benneth Nwosu, yesterday, absolved his members of allegation of being involve in the resurgence of criminal activities in the industrial community. The Nnewi Okada chairman reacted to allegation that bag snatchers who reportedly use high capacity motorcycles had been operating in Nnewi, a situation that was said to have led to commercial motorcycle ban in Onitsha and Awka by the state government. He said that all Okada riders on the record of his union have their names in official files kept at the union’s office in Nnewi ... more
  • 16 hours Kwara elders counsel Abdulrazaq on appointees, KWASU VC, others Sun
    From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin. A group under the auspices of Kwara South Consultative Forum has advised the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, to ensure fair power distribution among the three senatorial districts in the state. The socio cultural organization, which comprises of elders and indigenes of Kwara South Senatorial District also asked the governor to appoint the most senior Deputy Vice Chancellor in Kwara State University (KWASU) as acting Vice Chancellor of the university. Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Saturday, the group of elder statesmen, led by Sir Joseph Aderibigbe, first Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Kwara ... more
  • 16 hours UNIZIK Confucius Institute builds capacity in diverse disciplines Sun
    Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof Charles Esimone has disclosed that the Chinese Language and training centre, Confucius Institute, domiciled in the university has grown from a mere centre for teaching of language and culture to a centre for building capacities in diverse disciplines. Esimone who made the disclosure at the weekend during the 10th anniversary celebration of the  establishment of the institute  in Unizik  said his vision is for the university “to capitalize on its relationship with the institute to train people in different areas, even in manufacturing, equipment maintenance, ICT,  Engineering and Mass Communication ... more
  • 16 hours Expert tasks FG on environmental pollution Sun
    Daniel Kanu Renowned environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, has advised the Federal Government to rise to the challenge of continued pollution of the environment by the people, saying huge consequences await all citizens. He said Nigerians would become an endangered species if efforts are not made to protect the environment, warning that the degradation of the environment has become so alarming that government cannot afford  to fold its hands. Bassey, who clocked 61 during the week, told Sunday Sun that” we are playing with the environment and as a result endangering our lives. If you destroy the environment, it will fight back ... more
  • 16 hours Stop dumping refuse in drainages, Abiodun tells Ijebu-Ode residents Sun
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has charged the residents of Ijebu-Ode metropolis to desist from dumping refuse in the drainage system. Abiodun gave this charge on Saturday during an inspection tour to some parts of the town affected by flood. The areas visited by the governor included Igbeba, Paramount, Moborode, Italapo, Degun, Imowo and Ibadan Roads. Speaking with journalists shortly after the inspection, Abiodun said he decided to come and see at first hand the havoc wreaked by flood in the areas and maintained that the residents must eschew the habit of dumping refuse in the drainage ... more
  • 16 hours AEDC issues 50,000 prepaid meters in Nasarawa region Sun
    Linus Oota, Lafia The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) on Saturday issued out about 50,000 prepaid electricity meters to its customers in the Nasarawa region of its franchise territory. General Manager, Corporate Communications of the AEDC, Oyebode Fadipe, disclosed this to journalists yesterday  at Mararaba, a suburb of Abuja, during the company’s Customer Consultative Forum for Nasarawa region of the company. According to Fadipe, “the 50,000 prepaid electricity meters were issued to 50,000 customers out of the 200,000 customers of the AEDC in the Nasarawa region, leaving a balance of 150,000. He however disagreed with the perception that the prepaid ... more
  • 16 hours June 12 declaration popular view of Nigerians – Pwajok Sun
     Gyang Bere, Jos  A former member, representing Jos South/ Jos East Federal Constituency of Plateau State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Edward Pwajok (SAN), has said that the declaration of June 12 as democracy day by President Muhammadu Buhari is in line with the popular view of Nigerians. He noted that the earlier proclamation made by the President had no legal backing until he took the initiative and sponsored a bill that passed through the Senate and House of Representatives, and was signed into law by the President. Pwajok said in an interview with Journalists in Jos that, “the ... more
  • 16 hours UNICEF, Ekiti govt decry alarming rate of genital mutilation Sun
    Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and Ekiti State government have decried the increasing rate of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the state, saying it would take collective efforts from all stakeholders to curb the trend.  This submission was made at a stakeholders’ meeting of the State Technical Committee on FGM in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend. Speaking at the meeting, UNICEF Consultant on FGM/C, Mrs Aderonke Olutayo, said UNICEF was collaborating with the state government to provide technical supports to eliminate the practice from the society. She commended the state government for its determination in ... more
  • 16 hours Nigeria practices unitary economy in federalism – Ex-DMO DG Sun
     David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi A former Director General of Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr Abraham Nwankwo, has criticized what he called the practice of unitary system in Nigeria’s economic arrangement in a federal system of government. Nwankwo in his keynote address at Prof Pita Ejiofor second annual frontier lecture and the 2019 Faculty of Management Sciences International Conference held at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, observed that Nigeria’s political arrangement was federal but its economic arrangement unitary. He, therefore, decried the failure of successive governments to diversify the economy from the current dependence on oil revenue, stressing the urgent need for alternative source ... more
  • 16 hours Ogun governor appoints SSG, Chief of Staff Sun
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta   Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has approved the appointment of Olatokunbo Joseph Talabi as the Secretary to the State Government.  He also approved the appointment of Shuaib Afolabi Salisu as the Chief of Staff. In a statement issued on Saturday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kunle Somori, said the appointments were with immediate effect. According to the statement, the new SSG has a private sector background as a business development professional, banker and entrepreneur. Until his appointment, Talabi was the Chief Executive Officer of Superflux International Limited, a market leader in security printing. Born ... more
  • 16 hours Parties condemn APP petition challenging Zamfara governor’s election Sun |Politics
    Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau No fewer than 10 political parties in Zamfara State have condemned the petition by the Action Peoples Party (APP) seeking the nullification of  the election of the  state governor, Bello Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) . The political parties: AD, PRP, SDP, ID, HD, ASD, MMN, NAC, KOWA and FRESH, all took part in the March 9 governorship election in the state.  They described the petition by the APP governorship candidate, Zayyanu Haske as selfish and against the will of God. Speaking on behalf of the parties, the state Chairman, Alliance for Democracy (AD), ... more
  • 16 hours 2019 polls: Buhari assures EU of improved elections Sun |Politics
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja  President President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the European Union (EU) of improved elections in the future. The president made this promise while welcoming the report of the EU on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, saying that he would analyse it fully and act on the recommendations. Buhari in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the EU observers had been invited to the country by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and welcomed by his government. “This was a clear indication of the administration’s good intentions, commitment ... more
  • 16 hours Crisis in APGA will strengthen party – Oye Sun |Politics
    From Okey Sampson, Aba National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Ike Oye, has said that the perceived crisis in the party will strengthen and reposition it for the future. This is even as he condemned the alleged recent invasion of the party secretariat in Umuahia, Abia State by some thugs. In a letter he sent to the chairman of APGA in Abia State, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere over the invasion, titled “Don’t pay evil with evil”, Oye said there was no doubt that the crisis in the party has strengthened the resolve of the leadership of ... more
  • 16 hours Why Conte forced me to quit Chelsea – Mikel Sun |Sports
    Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel has disclosed that former Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, left him out of his squad for opting to play for Dream Team VI at the 2016 Olympics. Mikel was called up by coach Samson Siasia for the country’s campaign at Rio de Janeiro and he led the team to a bronze medal. Following his return from the tournament, the midfielder was frozen out of Conte’s squad, which made him seek a greener pasture in the Chinese Super League with Tianjin Teda. “For me, it was a decision I had to take when the opportunity came up ... more
  • 16 hours Egyptian referees for Nigeria, Senegal clash Sun |Sports
    Egyptian referee, Mahmoud Ashor will take charge of proceedings when three–time African champions, Nigeria, and current Africa’s number one team, Senegal, clash in a friendly match in Ismailia, today. He will be assisted by compatriots Mohamed Abdel Mgeed (First Assistant), Ahmed Salah (Second Assistant) and Said Abdollah (Reserve Referee). Both camps have agreed to play the match behind closed door, with Coaches Gernot Rohr and Aliou Cisse savouring the opportunity to put on the carousel different patterns and tactics. While Senegal is Africa’s number one–ranked team, Nigeria is number three with only Tunisia between them, according to latest rankings by ... more
  • 17 hours Ukraine wins 2019 FIFA U-20 trophy Sun |Sports
    Ukraine yesterday won the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time after coming from behind to defeat Korea Republic 3-1 in the Poland 2019 final, at Lodz Stadium. Korea Republic struck quickly through Lee Kangin, who converted his penalty in the fifth minute after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check determined that captain Hwang Taehyeon was tripped inside the right edge of the box. The Ukrainians poured on pressure as the first half progressed, however, culminating in Vladyslav Supriaha’s 34th-minute equaliser. Korea Republic could not fully clear Serhii Buletsa’s free-kick delivery into the penalty area, and Supriaha pounced on ... more
  • 17 hours Five-day Future Eagles tourney: Zenith Bank charges U-13, U-15 players to give best Sun |Sports
    The best of youth football is currently being experienced at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium with the national U-13, U15 Future Eagles football championship on parade. The Akwa Ibom State Football Association is hosting the tournament sponsored by the Zenith Bank plc in partnership with the Nigeria Football Federation. A total of 252 players are taking part in the tournament in which the six geo-political zones in the country is presenting one team each for the U-13 and the U-15 tournament. The Group managing Director of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, has called on the players to be at their best ... more
  • 17 hours FoodCo Football Video Game Championship gets July date Sun |Sports
    Video game lovers are in for an exciting season as FoodCo Nigerian Limited, operators of the FoodCo Entertainment Centre, is set to organize the maiden edition of the FoodCo Football Video Game Championship scheduled to hold from June 24 to July 8, 2019. The FoodCo Football Video Games Championship is a novel Esports competition that will host some of the best FIFA 19 PS4 players from South West Nigeria and environs. Participating players will converge in FoodCo Entertainment Centres located in Akobo, Ring Road and Monatan, Ibadan, Oyo State, to compete for the right to become the champion of champions. ... more
  • 17 hours ‘New Drogba’ label excites Nigeria-born Abraham Sun |Sports
    Nigeria Football Federation target, Tammy Abraham is delighted to be compared to Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba.  With 104 goals to his name from 254 appearances, the Ivory Coast legend is the top scoring African in Premier League history, ahead of two players of Nigerian descent, Emmanuel Adebayor (97) and Yakubu Aiyegbeni (95). Ahead of the European U21 Championship, which begins today, the England U21 striker took a look at what people were saying about him on social media, and was flattered to be likened to Drogba. Replying to @robbie_tingstrom, Abraham said : ‘’I really wish I was Drogba, he was ... more
  • 17 hours Women’s World Cup: Falode backs Super Falcons against France Sun |Sports
    The Super Falcons must be proactive in their approach in order to earn a result against host nation and group leaders, France at the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup tomorrow, according to Member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee, Aisha Falode. “I must commend the Super Falcons for their approach and game plan against the Koreans in Grenoble on Wednesday. They showed the stuff of a champion team with their determination and doggedness. “However, against France on Monday in Rennes, we will need to be much more proactive and try to dictate the pace of the game. We ... more
  • 17 hours Iwobi most popular player in Nigeria’s AFCON squad Sun |Sports
    A week before Nigeria’s first game at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Arsenal winger, Alex Iwobi will head into the tournament as the most popular player in the Super Eagles’ roster, based on Wikipedia page views. The Hale End Academy product has had 33,916 page views in the past 30 days on his Wikipedia entry, more than any other player in the Nigeria squad.  Second on the list is Super Eagles’ captain, John Obi Mikel, with 32,445 page views, followed by Everton’s Henry Onyekuru (20,297 page views) and Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze (19,263 page views). The post Iwobi most popular ... more
  • 17 hours Masai Ujiri: Nigerian with magic touch Sun |Sports
    During a crucial moment in the pivotal Game 3 of the NBA Finals, an immaculately dressed man was furiously pacing in the bowels of Oracle Arena checking his smartphone. He’s usually too nervous to watch the game courtside or up in a suite. After all, it was his calculated high-risk, high-reward moves that got the Raptors here in the first place. Eleven months ago, Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations, stunningly traded away his best player, and then shockingly fired his head coach, who ironically was named the league’s coach of the year. Fast forward nearly a year ... more
  • 17 hours Investors lose N17bn in 4 days Sun |Biz
    Nigerian equities failed to fare well this week as negative sentiments from investors led to a N17 billion drop in market capitalisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The stock market kick-started the week on a bearish note as the All Share Index (ASI) declined by 0.36 per cent to close at 30,322.19 points, following sell-offs of Consumer Goods & Banking stocks. Thus, the Month-to-Date and Year-to-Date losses increased to 2.40 and 3.53 per cent respectively while market capitalisation fell by N48 billion to close Monday at N13.354 trillion from N13.402 trillion. Tuesday’s session saw losses in the shares of ... more
  • 17 hours 9Th NASS leadership: How battle was won and lost Sun |Politics
    Fred Itua and Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja  Immediately after the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections, public attention automatically shifted to the National Assembly, as scheming for the control of the federal legislature commenced in earnest. Firing the first salvo, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had boasted that with the victory of the ruling party in the National Assembly, the party would not require the input of the opposition in deciding the leadership of the Ninth Assembly. Oshiomhole went on to say that the opposition lawmakers in the two chambers would not head any ... more
  • 17 hours Tasks before the 9th National Assembly Sun |Politics
    Omoniyi Salaudeen and Daniel Kanu  The 9th National Assembly was the cynosure of all eyes on Tuesday during its formal inauguration. The election of the new leadership, which ordinarily was supposed to be an internal affair of the two chambers assumed a national dimension. And understandably so because of the intense horse-trading and vigorous campaigns that heralded the new dawn. Learning from past experience of the 8th Assembly, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adam Oshiomhole, was conspicuously present like a sheriff monitoring the process to ensure that members voted for the preferred candidates of the ... more
  • 17 hours Lagos-Badagry Expressway: Alaba traders commend Sanwo-Olu Sun |Biz
    Traders in Alaba International Market have commended the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on his promise to complete the currently abandoned Lagos-Badagry Expressway before the end of the year. Recall that Sanwo-Olu had said while inspecting the 10-lane road project that his administration would complete the road from Maza-Maza to Okokomaiko before the end of the year. Reacting to this developmemt, the Vice Chairman, International Market Association Electronics (IMAE), Chief Camilus  Amajuoyi described Governor Sanwo-Olu as the one God has sent to ameliorate the suffering of the traders making use of the road. According to him, for the ... more
  • 18 hours 2019 polls recorded severe operational, transparency shortcomings –EU observers Sun |Politics
    Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja The European Union Election Observation Mission  (EU EOM) to Nigeria has submitted its final report on the 2019 general elections, saying that the overall elections were marked by severe operational and transparency shortcomings, security problems and low turnout. The Chief Observer of the EU EOM, Maria Arena, while presenting the report in Abuja, said that the mission concluded that the systemic failings seen in the elections, and the relatively low levels of voter participation, showed the need for fundamental electoral reform. “Overall, the EU EOM concluded the elections were marked by severe operational and transparency shortcomings, electoral ... more
  • 18 hours June 12: Southeast happy with change of May 29 as Democracy Day – ABC Nwosu Sun |Politics
    Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja  Former Minister of Health, Prof ABC Nwosu is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview, he hailed the shifting of Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 by the Federal Government, giving reasons for throwing his weight behind it. Nwosu, erstwhile political adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo also spoke on other national issues. Excerpt:   With the signing into law and celebration of June 12 by the Federal Government on Wednesday, as Democracy Day, official recognition of May 29 seems now to have been consigned to the dustbin. Are you happy with ... more
  • 18 hours 20 Years of democracy: We’ve not made progress – Admiral Aduwo (retd) Sun |Politics
    Philip Nwosu Vice Admiral Akin Aduwo is the former military governor of Western Nigeria and retired Chief of Naval Staff. In this interview, he speaks on Nigeria’s 20 years of uninterrupted civilian rule, restructuring, insecurity in Nigeria, among other national issues. Excerpts: Nigeria just celebrated 20 years of interrupted civilian rule, can you make an assessment of how well we have fared? We have gone as long as we have prepared ourselves for self-governance. Taking over from the British colonialists, we thought everything will be just as a fair continuation of what the British officials had done and left for ... more
  • 18 hours APC ’ll never win election in bayelsa – Gov Dickson Sun |Politics
    From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa  Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has dispelled stories from certain quarters that his relationship with former President Goodluck Jonathan is not cordial.  Speaking in a media chat in Yenagoa, the state capital, the governor who commended Jonathan for not interfering in the affairs of the state said that the recent launch of the Education Trust Fund attended by the former president should be enough proof to people that he has no rift with Jonathan whom he described as his leader. On the upcoming Bayelsa governorship election, Dickson lampooned the All Progressive Congress (APC), describing it ... more
  • 18 hours Why I want to create anti-graft agency – Gov Makinde Sun |Politics
    Peter Anosike Oyo State governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has promised to make accountability and probity the hallmark of his administration, saying that he is ready to work in good harmony with the legislative arm to give the state best governance. The governor who is an engineer and former chairman of the Makon Group of Companies in this interview with some select group of journalists also talked about the core areas of focus for his administration. Excerpts:   Let’s start with the twin issues of probity and accountability.  During the induction programme the state held for members of the 9th Assembly of Oyo ... more
  • 18 hours June 12: We can now begin real march to true democracy – Shonibare Sun |Politics
    Olakunle Olafioye  AN Afenifere Chieftain and National Vice Chairman (Southwest) , Social Democratic Party,  (SDP) Supo Shonibare,  has called on the Federal Government to address the problem of insecurity in the country to save the nation from slipping into further crisis.  In this interview,  Shonibare identified devolution of power as a major panacea to the nation’s problems even as he called for the amendment of the Police Act, which he noted empowers the President to be responsible for the operational responsibilities of the police. He spoke on other national issues, including the June 12 struggle,  Ninth National Assembly,  among others. ... more
  • 18 hours June 12 not an easy struggle – Ralph Obioha, Ex-Nadeco Chief Sun |Politics
    Daniel Kanu  Elder statesman and Second Republic member of House of Representatives, Chief Ralph Obioha has paid his dues as far as politics in Nigeria is concerned. He was the leader of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) in Canada and the United States, former chairman Ohanaeze Ndigbo Caretaker Committee and former National Chairman, Justice Party. In this interview with Sunday Sun, he speaks on June 12, underperforming political parties, the security challenge in the land and what Ndigbo need to do about their God-given gift on commerce among other challenging issues. Excerpt: Looking back, how do you reminiscent on ... more
  • 22 hours Police confirm bandits massacred 34 in new Zamfara attacks Sun
    Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau. The Zamfara State police command has confirmed the killing of 34 people in the latest bandits attacks in Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa in Shinkafi local government area of the state on Friday. A statement by the command’s Police Public Relation Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, said the command in collaboration with other security agencies had made an adequate security arrangement to ensure adequate protection of all villages and communities in the state. Shehu said normalcy had been restored in Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa in Shinkafi LGA following attacks by bandits on Friday in which 34 ... more
  • 22 hours Ukraine wins U-20 World Cup, beats South Korea 3-1 Sun |Sports
    (BBC) Ukraine came from behind to beat South Korea 3-1 and win their first Under-20 World Cup. The match – in Lodz, Poland – featured two teams playing in the final for the first time in their history. South Korea led through an early penalty, which Lee Kang-in fired past Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin. But Vladyslav Supriaha scored either side of half-time and Dynamo Kiev club-mate Heorhii Tsitaishvili sped away to add a late third. Korea almost equalised at 2-1 but 20-year-old Lunin, who spent last season on loan with Leganes in La Liga, brilliantly tipped Lee Jae-ik’s header ... more
  • 23 hours Foreigners without resident permit risk deportation – Immigration boss Sun
    Desmond Mgboh, Kano Foreign nationals resident in Nigeria, who fail to get their resident permits are at the risk of deportation by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). The Comptroller-General of Immigration of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Alhaji Muhammad Babandede, said that “anybody who fails to possess his own resident permit before the expiration of the stipulated time faces deportation. The Immigration boss, while speaking at the Passing Out Parade of the 44th Superintendent Basic Course for 396, declared that “in the face of serious insecurity facing the country, the only options left for the service is the issuance of permits ... more
  • 23 hours FG raises retirement benefits of Armed Forces personnel – CDS Sun
    PHILIP NWOSU The Federal government has increased the retirement benefits of members of the Armed Forces to ensure that they are properly settled after years of service to their fatherland, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin has revealed. General Olonisakin made the revelation at the graduation and passing out parade of trainees of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), explaining that with the signing of the 2019 Appropriation Bill into law, it is expected that the government will implement the new retirement benefits for the members of the armed forces. The Chief of Defence Staff who was ... more
  • 24 hours El-Rufai scraps 3 ministries, creates new ones Sun
    Noah Ebije, Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai has signed an executive order, creating and restructuring ministries in the state, leading to the scarping of three existing ministries and amending others. The order abolished the Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism, the Ministry of Rural & Community Development and the Ministry of Water Resources. The new order amended the mandates of the ministries responsible for local government, women and social development, works and sports. However, the restructuring did not increase the number of ministries beyond the 14 that existed in the first term of his administration. This was contained in a statement ... more
  • 24 hours Fire razes 10 shops in Ibadan Sun
    Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan A midnight fire has destroyed multi-million naira worth of goods in at least 10 shops at Orita-Aperin in Ibadan, Oyo State. The incident was said to have occurred at midnight on Friday and the cause of the inferno was yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report. A leader of the affected market, Mr. Abiodun Hammed, said: “The fire started by 12 midnight on Friday, and we immediately called the Oyo State Fire Service. Unfortunately, when they got here, their truck did not function. So, we had to resolve to self-help by putting out ... more
  • 1 day Buhari mourns passing of Senator Gawama Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Senator Babayo Garba Gamawa, describing the late lawmaker as having been “an invaluable and immeasurable asset”. In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari said it will be difficult to forget Gamawa’s immense contribution to the ruling party’s success and the development of democracy in Nigeria. Related: Buhari congratulates Abdulsalami at 77 The President said “Gamawa’s defection was not only politically significant and bold, but it also contributed to the success of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ... more
  • 1 day Hi-Life Fest: First round winners emerge Sun |10ment
    Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Panel of judges for the 2019 edition of Hi-life Music Fest competition has picked Cyprain Oluchi for the Highlife Category and Ofuobi Cultural Troupe of Obinagu Udi for the traditional dance category in the first round audition/elimination series held in Enugu weekend. It was an evening of fun, rich music, dance and comedy at the Nigerian Breweries-sponsored annual music-dance talent hunt competition which held at New Berries Park, Abakaliki Road, Enugu. A perfect blend of talented disc jockey, DJ Cookey, and fast-rising stand-up comedian, Twin Parrots, at the event, added extra flavour to the show, thereby making ... more
  • 1 day Hi-Life Fest: First round winners emerge Sun
    Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Panel of judges for the 2019 edition of Hi-life Music Fest competition has picked Cyprain Oluchi for the Highlife Category and Ofuobi Cultural Troupe of Obinagu Udi for the traditional dance category in the first round audition/elimination series held in Enugu weekend. It was an evening of fun, rich music, dance and comedy at the Nigerian Breweries-sponsored annual music-dance talent hunt competition which held at New Berries Park, Abakaliki Road, Enugu. A perfect blend of talented disc jockey, DJ Cookey, and fast-rising stand-up comedian, Twin Parrots, at the event, added extra flavour to the show, thereby making ... more
  • 1 day Stop dumping refuse in drainages, Abiodun tells Ijebu-Ode residents Sun
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Ogun State governor Dapo Abiodun has charged the residents of Ijebu-Ode metropolis on the need to desist from dumping refuse in the drainage system. Abiodun gave this charge on Saturday during an inspection tour to some parts of the town affected by flooding. Related: Ogun governor appoints SSG, Chief of Staff The areas visited by the governor included Igbeba, Paramount, Moborode, Italapo, Degun, Imowo and Ibadan Roads. Speaking with journalists on visit shortly after the inspection, Abiodun said he decided see at first hand the havoc wrecked by floods in the areas, ... more
  • 1 day Niger gov’s wife elected Chairperson Northern Govs’ Wives Forum Sun
    JOHN ADAMS, Minna The wives of governors of the 19 northern states of the country under the umbrella of Northern Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF) rose from its meeting in Kaduna at the weekend with the election of the Niger State governor’s wife, Dr. Amina, Abubakar Bello, as its chairperson. The meeting which was the first after the 2019 general elections, had all the wives of the northern governors in attendance. The wives of the governors in a unanimous decision at the meeting picked Dr. Amina Bello as its chairperson to take over from the wife of the former Bauchi State ... more
  • 1 day One year after, tears still flow for Kimono Sun
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba Family members and associates of late Nigerian music icon Oseloke Augustine Onwubuya (popularly known as Ras Kimono) on Saturday shed tears at his graveside at Onicha-Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. The solemn ceremony was part of activities to mark the one year remembrance of the late reggae musician who died on June 10, 2018 in Lagos. Related: Ras Kimono’s family, associates launch foundation Among those present were Kimono’s close associates, Gideon Nwaomu and Phil Ehizibue; with relatives including Afam Ugah, Ochei Odiakose, Austin Elumelu (the Ozoma of Onicha-Olona); and the President-General of Yoruba ... more
  • 1 day One year after, tears still flow for Kimono Sun |10ment
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba Family members and associates of late Nigerian music icon Oseloke Augustine Onwubuya (popularly known as Ras Kimono) on Saturday shed tears at his graveside at Onicha-Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. The solemn ceremony was part of activities to mark the one year remembrance of the late reggae musician who died on June 10, 2018 in Lagos. Related: Ras Kimono’s family, associates launch foundation Among those present were Kimono’s close associates, Gideon Nwaomu and Phil Ehizibue; with relatives including Afam Ugah, Ochei Odiakose, Austin Elumelu (the Ozoma of Onicha-Olona); and the President-General of Yoruba ... more
  • 1 day Ogun governor appoints SSG, Chief of Staff Sun
    Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Ogun State governor Dapo Abiodun has approved the appointment of Olatokunbo Joseph Talabi as the Secretary to the State Government. He also approved the appointment of Shuaib Afolabi Salisu as the Chief of Staff. The appointments were contained in a statement on Saturday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kunle Somori. Related: Abiodun appoints Somorin Chief Press Secretary Both appointments were with immediate effect. According to the statement, the new SSG has a private sector background as a business development professional, banker and entrepreneur. Until his appointment, Talabi was the Chief Executive Officer of Superflux International ... more
  • 1 day Okorocha alleges Ihedioha is harassing him, family Sun |Politics
    Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri   There is no end yet to altercation brewing between the immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and the incumbent, Emeka Ihedioha. Okorocha in a press statement by his Special Adviser on media, Sam Onwuemeodo had accused Ihedioha of harassing him and his family everywhere they went. He cited an instance where some people claiming to be working for the state government invaded a mechanic workshop at Orji, a suburb of Owerri   where her daughter, Uloma Nwosu, took her car for repairs and forcefully took away the car even after she provided the particulars of ... more
  • 1 day Zamfara: 10 parties condemn APP petition challenging gov. Bello Mohammed Sun |Politics
    Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau At least ten (10) political parties in Zamfara state have condemned the petition by Action Peoples Party (APP) seeking for the nullification of governor Bello Mohammed of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emergence as the governor. The 10 political parties  which includes AD, PRP, SDP, ID, HD, ASD, MMN, NAC, KOWA and FRESH who took part in the March 9, governorship election in the state  described the petition by the APP governorship candidate, Zayyanu Haske  as selfish and against the Will of God. Speaking on behalf of the 10 parties, the state Chairman, Alliance for Democracy (AD), ... more
  • 1 day Nollywood: Army agrees to protect actors, equipment on set Sun |10ment
    Fred Ezeh, Abuja  Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has promised to give special attention and protection to actors/actresses, as well as their equipment before, during and after movie shoot exercises across Nigeria, especially in some volatile areas. Buratai agreed that Nollywood is a major contributor to Nigeria’s economy through foreign earnings, and also a major driver for national orientation and image making for Nigeria, hence, the need for additional security and support for the industry. The Army Chief made the promise in Abuja, when he received the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), who ... more
  • 1 day DSS warns against fake recruitment rumour Sun
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Department of State Services (DSS), has warned Nigerians to beware of the false advertisement  trending on the social media that the service is recruiting, urging them to treat it as scam by fraudsters to swindle unsuspecting members of the public, particularly job applicants. The recruitment exercise, ‘SSS is recruiting nationwide. Requirements’, which has been trending since last week, read: “Handwritten application letter addressed to The  Director General,  State Security Service, Abuja; *Applicant must have a bachelor degree with at least 2:2; age must not exceed 30 years; letter indicating local government of ... more
  • 1 day 14 soldiers face court martial in Rivers Sun
    TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt Fourteen personnel of the Nigerian Army are facing court martial for alleged involvement in criminal offences ranging from murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and other light offences, in Rivers State. The trial yesterday, followed the inauguration of a General Court Martial (GCM), which was performed by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division and Land Component Commander, Operation Delta Force, Major General Jamil Sarham, in Port Harcourt. Among the accused persons were three officers (including a Major) and 11 soldiers. Earlier in his address, the GOC, Major General Sarham, said the inauguration of the General Court Martial ... more
  • 1 day We ‘ll turn new corps members into employers of labour — NYSC DG Sun
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja   As prospective corps members resume camping next week, the Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brid-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, has promised to adopt schemes that would make the new corps members employers of labour at the end of their one year compulsory service. Speaking while declaring open a training workshop organised by the Desk Officers in Abuja, the NYSC also declined comment on whether the new corps members will benefit from the recent new minimum wage package, quipping that they would be communicated. While addressing newsmen on the sideline on things to expect from the new ... more
  • 1 day ‘Only a healthy body can defend nation’s territorial integrity’ – AVM Baba Sun
    The Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Tactical Air Command (TAC), of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), AVM John Baba has noted that only a healthy, emotional and physically sound body can defend the territorial integrity of the country. He made the statement on Saturday during the 10 kilometers first quarter route march exercise of the Tactical Air Command and Co-located NAF units in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. Baba who reminded officers and personnel of the threats to peace and security posed by the activities of Boko Haram and other security challenges in the country urged them to be ready to ... more
  • 1 day EFCC unseals houses erroneously linked to Fayose in Ekiti Sun
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has unsealed some properties it claimed belonged to the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. The anti-corruption commission had on Thursday, November 22, 2018, sealed off the properties, marked them with red ink and wrote on them: “EFCC under investigation KEEP OFF ABJ-HQ FAFI.” Fayose had reacted through his Spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, accusing the EFCC of sealing houses belonging to innocent people in the state under the guise that they were linked to him, saying; it was only in Nigeria that an ... more
  • 1 day AFCON 2019: Super Eagles will do well — Sports analyst Sun |Sports
     Mr Deji Okeowo, a sport analyst, has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles of Nigeria would perform well in the forthcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt. Okeowo made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun, on Saturday. According to him, the team comprising of young and energetic players are ready to make names for themselves. “Nigeria team is made up of young players who should be able to fight well in the competition and make name for the country,” he said. READ ALSO: 2019 Hajj: Jigawa to close sale of seat ... more
  • 1 day 2019 Hajj: Jigawa to close sale of seat on June 18 — Official Sun
    The Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board (JSPWB) says it would close the sale of seats for the 2019 Hajj exercise on Tuesday, June 18. Alhaji Ibrahim Hashim, the Public Relations Officer of the board, confirmed this the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Saturday. NAN recalls that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) had approved N1, 513,789.10 as the 2019 Hajj fare for the state’s intending pilgrims. Hashim, therefore, urged all intending pilgrims who had earlier paid N1 million as initial deposit, to settle the balance of N518,789.10 before the closing date to enable the board process ... more
  • 1 day Buhari to Nigeria’s universities: You’ve failed the country  Sun
    Agaju Madugba, Katsina President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a swipe at the country’s universities, berating them for failure to develop “ground-breaking researches” in various fields of human endeavour. Reviewing the Nigeria’s tertiary education development since independence in 1960, the President regretted that, “it is not heart-warming that in our over 58 years of independence, Nigerian universities are slow in discoveries and inventions.” Related: Education, bedrock of development – Buhari Buhari, speaking on Saturday in a message he sent at the fourth convocation ceremony of the Federal University (FUDMA), Dutsinma, in his home state of Katsina, challenged, “all universities to come out ... more
  • 1 day Gombe: Development partners appeal for project counterpart funds Sun
    Abdulrazaq Mungadi, Gombe Development partners and donor agencies operating in Gombe State have appealed to the state government for the timely payment of project counterpart funds, without which their implementation in the northeastern Nigerian state will come to a stand still. This was revealed at a hosting of a delegation of coordinators of funded projects and programs by state governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya at Government House, Gombe. Related: Inuwa inaugurated as Gombe 4th civilian gov amid tight security According to the coordinators led by the State General Manager, Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP), Abubakar Ardo Kumo, apart from being suspended, other ... more
  • 2 days ‘94 Class of Super Eagles not better than ‘80 squad -Amuneke Sun |Sports
    Former Nigerian international and one-time African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amuneke has sensationally declared that the 1980 squad of the Green Eagles were better than the ‘94 class of the Super Eagles, which has been variously been described as the golden generation of Nigerian football.  The former FC Barcelona of Spain attacker, who spoke to EMMA NJOKU in an exclusive chat with The Sunsport on Saturday, said the Super Eagles of ‘94 were only privileged to write their names in gold as the squad that qualified Nigeria for her first World Cup appearance. He also spoke on how he ... more
  • 2 days UNICEF Charity Shield Polo: EL-Rufai lauds Access Bank partnership Sun |Sports
    Kaduna State Government has lauded Access Bank Plc and its partner, Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Polo Club for its leading campaign to alleviate the plights of vulnerable and orphaned children in the state. Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Aisha Ummi EL-Rufai who was the Special Guest of Honour at the Children day event in the ongoing Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament in Kaduna thumb up the partners for using the Charity Shield polo platform to enhance the educational and health well being of children  in a most special way. “There is an important need for both ... more
  • 2 days AFCON 2019 could be my last outing for Nigeria – Mikel Sun |Sports
    John Mikel Obi has revealed that he could retire from the national team after AFCON 2019. The Super Eagles captain added he will like to go into full time business after retirement. He also said he will consider returning to football in the future as a coach. Mikel spoke in an interview regarding his future with the national team. “I don’t know …, I’m not going to put certainty, but I think, maybe, yes, maybe it’s my last one,” he admitted without much conviction. “I’d like to go every year and see how I feel. Obviously the young players are ... more
  • 2 days Women’s World Cup: We won’t give France any space, Chikwelu vows Sun |Sports
    Super Falcons star, Rita Chikwelu is of the opinion that the midfield battle will be key to whether they win or lose their final Group A match against France at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. The Kristianstad ace shone playing as a deep-lying midfielder as Nigeria registered a 2-0 win against South Korea on Wednesday, and she has admitted that the French team will be tougher opponents. ‘’It is not going to be an easy game, everybody knows that, we are going there to fight to get a point,’’ said Chikwelu to Super Falcons media team. ‘’It is going to ... more
  • 2 days Masai Ujiri: I’ve proved my critics wrong Sun |Sports
    Joe Apu Nigerian born President of Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri made history winning the first ever franchise title for the team in game 6 of the NBA finals series played in Oakland, Califonia in the early hours of Friday. Ujiri, who is the initiator of the Gaint of Africa Basketball Camp and former Nigeria international was criticised for decisions to trade some players and the sacking of their coach. He was lambasted just over a year ago for trading away franchise player DeMar DeRozan for Leonard. However, the gamble has paid off in the biggest way possible as Leonard led ... more
  • 2 days FIFA ranking: Nigeria drops to 45th place Sun |Sports
    Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped three places in the latest FIFA world ranking released on Thursday for the month of June ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. According to FIFA official Twitter handle, the Gernot Rohr tutored-side, who are currently training in Ismailia, Egypt, for the forthcoming AFCON 2019, dropped three places to land at 45th spot. Senegal’s Teranga Lions remain Africa’s highest ranked national team, after gaining one spot to land on 22nd spot.  Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles are second as they are ranked 25 in the world; followed by the Super Eagles of Nigeria who ... more
  • 2 days AFCON 2019: Eagles upbeat about Teranga Lions’ test Sun |Sports
    Senegal’s Teranga Lions is Africa’s number one–ranked team, but the Super Eagles are determined to give a good account of themselves when both teams square up in Ismailia tomorrow evening.      Feelers from the camp indicate only a very positive ambience with players and officials thinking of how to bring honour and glory to the nation, when the whistle goes for kick off at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in seven days. The last time Nigeria and Senegal clashed at senior level was on March 23, 2017, at The Hive (home of Barnet FC and London Bees) ... more
  • 2 days AITEO Cup: Big teams eye Round of 32 spots Sun |Sports
    Following the conclusion of the Super 6 that finally brought the curtain down on the Nigeria Professional Football League season, all the attention is now on the national finals of the AITEO Cup 2019, which remaining matches of the Round of 64 come up this weekend. Enyimba FC, the ‘People’s Elephant’ are up against Kano Pillars Feeders at the Kwara Sports Complex in Ilorin tomorrow, but today, Cup holders Rangers International of Enugu and Niger Tornadoes Feeders clash at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, and Rivers United will cross swords with Timber Loaders in Lafia. The Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu ... more
  • 2 days GOtv Boxing Night: NBB of C President Lauds Sponsors Sun |Sports
    President of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, has commended GOtv for its continued support for Nigerian boxing. Ladipo made the commendation on Tuesday in Lagos at the press conference to announce the 19th GOtv Boxing Night, which holds at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, on 14 July. The NBB of C President said the pay television company has remained consistent in its support of the sport, a gesture he said has resulted in the revival of the sport domestically. “If there is one thing that is obvious about GOtv ... more
  • 2 days FIFA flags off $1.2m technical centre project in Kebbi Sun |Sports
    From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) has set aside  $1.2 million for the construction of its technical centre in Kebbi state. The centre,which would be located along Birnin-Kebbi/Kalgo road, has been allocated  4,000 metres land for by the Kebbi State government with issuance of Certificate of Occupancy . Speaking with newsmen after courtesy call on Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu on Thursday evening, FIFA Senior Development Manager in charge of Caribbean – African countries, Mr. Solomon Mudege confirmed that the project might kick off by August after ratification by the Developmental Committee of  world football council. Mudege ... more
  • 2 days 32 Swiss investors target Nigeria’s oil, ICT sectors Sun |Biz
    No fewer than 32 Swiss companies have indicated interest in the nation’s oil and gas sector. Amb. Baba Madugu, Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, disclosed this on Friday on the sidelines of the African Day celebration held in Bern. Madugu also listed Information Communication Technology (ICT), Agriculture and Solid minerals sectors among the areas the investors were interested in. According to him, the development was a fall-out of the Swiss-Nigeria investment forum held in Zurich in 2018. The envoy, while speaking on the African Day celebration, noted that the annual event was aimed at showcasing the investment opportunities that abound on ... more
  • 2 days NEPC unveils charter for enhanced service delivery Sun |Biz
    The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has launched a SERVICOM Charter, which the organization believe will enhance services to her numerous target-audience nationwide. The launch took place in Abuja on Tuesday. At the elaborate occasion held in the Council’s main auditorium in Abuja and attended by some key stakeholders in the export sector of the economy, NEPC unveiled its official charter aimed at raising “expectations and define the standard of service to be provided to customers and members of staff” of the prime government agency. In his address at the occasion, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, the Executive Director/CEO of the council, ... more
  • 2 days NSE: Market indices reverse losing streak Sun |Biz
    Trading on the nation’s bourse reversed losing streak on Friday, recording first gain in June with a marginal growth of 0.06 per cent. The All-Share Index rose by 17.55 points or 0.06 per cent to close at 30,046.70 against 30,029.15 achieved on Thursday. In the same vein, market capitalisation which opened at N13.225 trillion, inched N7 billion to close at N13.224 trillion. Forte Oil led the gainers’ table, growing by N2.65 to close at N29.40 per share. Dangote Cement followed with a gain of N1 to close at N135.60, while MTN Nigeria Communications added 50k to close at N135.60 per ... more
  • 2 days Sterling Bank reiterates commitment to SMEs in food sector Sun |Biz
    Nigeria’s leading commercial bank, Sterling Bank Plc. has reiterated its commitment to the empowerment of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), particularly those in the food sector, so that they can further exploit the potential in the industry and contribute to the development of Nigeria. Marketing Manager, Specialised Products, Sterling Bank, Daphne Akatugba who disclosed this at the sixth edition of the Eat Drink Festival in Abuja recently said the bank plans to work with SMEs in their early stages of growth by giving financial advisory and support for growth. Akatugba said the bank believes that by working with the ... more
  • 2 days CBN begins disbursement of N30bn loan for oil palm production Sun |Biz
    Uche Usim, Abuja A concerted effort to end oil palm importation and locally grow the crop on a large-scale basis has kicked off, with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) allocating an initial N30 billion for the project, which it said is already being disbursed to beneficiary farmers in identified states. As a result, the apex bank has closed all import windows for oil palm and its derivatives, warning recalcitrant importers and smugglers to prepare to have their accounts blocked, amid other consequences, if they do not halt dumping the product in Nigeria. Speaking in Abuja at the fifth stakeholders ... more
  • 2 days Glo splashes exciting daily data package on subscribers Sun |Biz
    Telecoms firm, Globacom, is doling out huge data benefits to its subscribers who are heavy data consumers on a daily basis. In the new data product, entitled Glo Daily Data Splash, subscribers will enjoy the most attractive data rate in the sector. The new plan takes care of heavy data users by offering 1GB of data for just N300 and 2GB for N500. The huge data plans come with a validity of one day and can be gifted to other subscribers by the original subscriber. It can also be shared with as many as five subscribers who can browse with ... more
  • 2 days No prepaid meter, no electricity supply, Ikeja Electric warns consumers Sun |Biz
    Adewale Sanyaolu The management of Ikeja Electric has warned that consumers who fail to procure prepaid meters would no longer enjoy electricity supply. Chief Executive Officer of Ikeja Electric,  Mr.  Antnony Youdeowei, handed down the warning at the launch of its Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme in Ikorodu, Lagos. The CEO who was represented at the flag-off ceremony by the Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu, said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) mandate was for every Disco to meter all consumers under its network, saying Ikeja Disco was all out to carry out effective implementation of the directive. ... more
  • 2 days How exercising benefits women Sun |Columns
    I was strolling through the streets of Facebook when I came across a post by a gentleman who raised alarm, warning his fellow gentlemen about the unashamed randy behaviour displayed by married women in gyms. According to him, he was a first-hand witness and still in shock. Men had a field day on that eye-opening post devising plans on how to stop their wives from engaging in further gym exploits. Let’s face facts, there are certain things exercising regularly does to a woman. First off, there must be significant increase in libido. This is as a result of increased blood ... more
  • 2 days Federal High Court establishes ADR Centre Sun |Columns
    On Saturday, the 16th day of June, 2018, I published this Column under the caption ‘’Time for federal mediation and conciliation centres.’’  The opening paragraphs of that piece read as follows: ‘’When early in the week I set out to write today’s column, the one issue I had in mind was a follow-up to reactions that trailed my last column on the innovative steps Lagos State judiciary is taking to decongest its courts. However as I proceeded with the script, I suddenly realized that in all of these developments within the Alternative Dispute Resolution sphere, the Federal High Court has ... more
  • 2 days Whose report will you take? (2) Sun |Columns
    We will conclude today our topic on, ‘Whose report to take’. Please read on It is amazing how ten lepers, as recorded  in the Book of  Luke, met the Lord Jesus and pleaded with Him to heal them. He did not pray for them and did not rebuke the devil that caused the leprosy. He sent them to their various Pastors to examine them for confirmation whether or not they were still leprous. He was saying in effect that they had been healed. That was the report from Him. They had not however, seen any changes on their body, since ... more
  • 2 days Think & grow rich—african perspective: Nigerian resurrects Napoleon Hill Sun |Columns
    Napoleon Hill, the legendary author of Think and Grow Rich, an all-time bestseller (famous for quotes like: ‘Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve’) must be a happy man in his grave as his No. 1 apostle in Nigeria, Dr. Poly I. Emenike is set to present his fifth book titled Think and Grow Rich—African Perspective, on Thursday, June 20 at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).    I have read an advance copy of the book and I found it rich with an amazing spread of resource materials for anyone wanting to learn ... more
  • 2 days Victor Umeh and the 8th National Assembly we shall miss Sun |Columns
    Goodbye 8th Assembly , welcome 9th Assembly. May God bless the incoming lawmakers with the wisdom of Solomon.  I was in the middle of penning this article when someone brought to my attention a write up laced with rage, furry and psychosis titled ‘Demystification of a failed consultant; the story of Clem Aguiyi written by one Chukwuebuka Ufondu, being a rejoinder to my previous essay captioned ‘Why is Victor Umeh so much disliked in Anambra Central? The writer who expected me to abuse Chief Victor Umeh was drawn to my essay by the caption only to be disappointed to find ... more
  • 2 days Zion trail is coming our way Sun |Columns
    Brothers and Sisters in Crisis, get up! stand up! Stand up for your right. Get up, stand up! Don’t give up the fight. I agree. I am a thief. I stole the song from the late Bob Marley, the Jamaican-born world-acclaimed reggae legend. Before you people take my name to the Nigerian Copyright Council, I want to confess here and now that I am not the original or fake owner of the song. I only borrowed it for this moment. And, afterward, I intend to return it to the original owner in the land of the dead. Without paying a ... more
  • 2 days How unrealistic expectations ruin relationships Sun |Columns
    Ladies and gentlemen, unrealistic expectations ruin relationships. When people set unrealistic expectations in their relationships, disappointment sets in and they start questioning the feelings of their partners. Love is beautiful but building a relationship with the one you love is not easy. Forget what you read in romance novels and the things you watched in different romance movies, making a relationship work is not easy. Life is reality, not a movie. If you are in a relationship, you should know that it is not always going to be lovey-dovey all the time. You will fight with your partner. You will ... more
  • 2 days We are living in despotic environment, PDP tells EU Sun |Politics
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  • 2 days Apapa gridlock: Osinbajo gives taskforce two more weeks to clear traffic Sun
    JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has given the presidential taskforce on Apapa gridlock two more weeks to complete its assignment. He approved the extension at a meeting at the presidential villa earlier in the week. The taskforce, which commenced its assignment on May 24 had up to June 7 to complete the assignment but is now expect- ed to present a formal report at the end of its extended mandate on June 24. In a statement on Friday, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said ... more
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