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Lagos Trade Fair Complex: Crisis looms at International Centre for Commerce

* As stakeholders accuse BOT of fraud* Threaten to invite ICPC, EFCC* Allegations are baseless —leadership By Emma Nnadozie, Crime Editor & Esther OnyegbulaBy Emma Nnadozie, Crime Editor & Esther Onyegbula Serious crisis looms at the multi-billion naira International Centre for Commerce, ICC, at the Trade Fair complex, Lagos following cries of alleged mismanagement of funds and high handedness being levelled against the Board of Trustees in connivance with the leadership of the Balogun Business Association, BBA, that owns the centre. The popular market located around Lagos/Badagry expressway, situated on a large expanse of land in the area was meant to be a massive commercial hub in the country. The centre is an offshoot of Balogun market on the Lagos Island wh...

Nigeria, others renew pledge to win fight against corruption

Nigeria and other African countries at the Africa Day 2018 in New York renewed their commitment to win the fight against corruption so as to advance sustainable development on the continent. Nigeria’s permanent representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, SPEAKING at the Africa Day 2018 Gala in New York Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, and other African envoys, made the pledge at the celebration of Africa Day, hosted by the AU Mission to the UN. On Africa Day, Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora converge to recommit to the mission of the AU, and to celebrate the diversity and progress of Africa. Bande represented President Muhammadu Buhari, who was recognised in his capacity as the Champion of AU’s anti-corruption crusade. ...

2yr-old lone occupant escapes death as car somersaults in Lagos

By Evelyn Usman A two-year-old child  escaped death by the whiskers yesterday, after the car in which he was abandoned by his mother, somersaulted into a 20ft gully in Magodo area of Lagos. The SUV in which the two-yr-old baby was abandoned Doctors at an undisclosed hospital in Ikeja were said to be giving the child comprehensive treatment, as at time of writing this report. The toddler’s mother, Mrs Yetunde Olaore, was said to have left him  in her Sports Utility Van,SUV with plate number AAA 507 DE, as she went  into the house  to pick an item. She was however taken aback on arrival, on noticing that the SUV had drifted out through one side of the gate that was left open after she drove inside. The vehicle as gathered,  drifted across the road and went off the main r...

Why Buhari needs help

By Emmanuel Aziken Some leading lights of the Muhammadu Buhari 2015 presidential campaign were undoubtedly taken in by emotion last Tuesday when some of their compatriots converged for a meeting with their patron at the presidential villa. At the head of the team was Col. Hameed Ali, rtd. the scary but yet organised former military governor of Kaduna State who served as Buhari’s chief of staff until the presidential inauguration on May 29, 2015. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Ali did not continue in that job after the presidential inauguration as he was moved to the Customs Service. He as such did not become the clearinghouse for the president as he had done previously as many had supposed. Suppositions on what value Ali would have added to the Buhari agenda as e...

Ekiti Ex-Deputy Gov slams Fayose, APC

By Rotimi Ojomoyela The candidate of People Alliance for National Development and Liberty Party and former Group Managing Director of Wema Bank, Adebisi  Omoyeni yesterday declared that APC and PDP have failed the people of the state. Omoyeni whose name was among the 35 governorship candidates published by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the July 14 election, promised to provide a credible alternative. Omoyeni, who was once a deputy to Governor Ayodele Fayose, recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to pursue his governorship ambition. Addressing journalists in his Ikere-Ekiti home country, Omoyeni said, “We will inspire and make our people to believe in government and leaders once again through this campaign and when we win we shall work ...

Killings: Don’t appropriate more funds for service chiefs, CSOs tell NASS

PEEVED by the continuous killings of Nigerians by armed bandits across the country, some Civil Society Organizations in the country have called on the National Assembly not to accede to the request for release of more funds by service chiefs. President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the Service Chiefs and Ministers during the Breaking of Ramadan Fast with Service Chiefs and Ministers at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 22 2018. The organisations which chided the service chiefs for the spate insecurity in the country despite huge appropriation of funds by the federal government, insisted that the best thing the National Assembly can do for the nation at this point was to insist that the service chiefs be relieved of their positions for their incompetence in handling Nigeria’...

Fulham, Villa clash in £160m promotion shoot-out

Slavisa Jokanovic has challenged Fulham to “cross the magic line” as they bid to return to the Premier League by beating Aston Villa in the £160 million ($213 million) Championship final. Jokanovic’s side hope to end their four-year exile from the top-flight, while Villa are looking to get back to among the elite two seasons after their relegation. Whoever wins at Wembley on Saturday will bank a huge financial windfall, with the rise in revenue estimated at least £160 million across the next three seasons, which could rise to in excess of £280 million if they retain their Premier League status. 🆚 @AVFCOfficial v @FulhamFC🏆 @SkyBetChamp #PlayOffFinal🗓 Saturday 26th May🕔 5pm📍 @wembleystadium #EFLPlayOffs pic.twitter.com/6HcYCkagHG ...

Between side chicks and wives

Hi!! Sometimes when I hear the cliche, women being their own worst enemy, the more I try to defend that there are great and exceptional women, the more I’m forced to step back and re-examine myself. I have come across some many women who just wouldn’t turn a new coat, no matter what. So, I was at a party hosted by a few weeks back. It was the burial of Molade’s mother-in-law. The party had been the talk of the moment amongst many of our close friends, promising to be loaded with an A list guest attendance, A top musical act on the band stand and choice foods from all kinds on vendors for the catering. Mama had been a successful fabric merchant during her life time and all her six children, five boys and a girl have turned out equally successful in their callings too. Niyi, my friend’s husb...

MRS Kids Cup: Platform for discovery of budding stars — Gbodume

By JACOB AJOM All is now set for the final of the 2018 MRS U-12 Kids Cup football competition which comes up Thursday, May 31 at the Campos Stadium, Lagos. The Managing Director/CEO MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, Andrew Gbodume has commended organisers of the annual MRS U-12 Football championship for their continued commitment and dedication to the development of football in the country. Gbodume who spoke in Lagos at a press conference ushering in the final of the 2018 MRS Kids Football tournament for U-12 Boys and Girls said the competition which is being organised by National Youth Soccer Association was a platform for the discovery of budding football stars who will later be useful to themselves, their families and country. “It is meant to expose the young talents, discover t...

Why FG’s school feeding programme has yet to take off in Lagos — Deputy gov.

The Lagos State Government said on Friday that the Federal Government’s school feeding programme had yet to take off in the state because of some logistics. Adebule The state government said it was still assessing FG’s N70 feeding rate per pupil which it described as unrealistic, just as it has begun training of environmental officers who would screen the food vendors before the commencement of the programme. Dr Idiat Adebule, the Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, said this in Alausa at a media briefing to mark the 3rd anniversary of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration. She said there was need for proper planning and assessment to ensure adequate meals for the pupils. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had during 2...

CAA Signs Rising Country Singer Jackie Lee

The agency will rep Lee in all areas worldwide. Rising country singer Jackie Lee has signed with Creative Artists Agency. CAA will represent the artist in all areas worldwide. The Tennessee-born singer and songwriter has also released two brand new songs this week. Today, Lee premiered “Comeback” on all digital outlets which followed Monday’s (May 21) release of the heart-breaking single “Long Year.” In “Long Year,” Lee reveals for the first time to his fans, his battle against cancer. Lee was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer shortly after losing his mother, LaDonna, to ovarian cancer less than two years ago. Earlier this week, the 26-year-old singer detailed to Billboard his battle with cancer, the end of a long-term relationship, and his departure from Broken Bow Records that led to the dee...

SOCAN Nears Gender Parity With Election of 5 More Women to Board of Directors

Canadian music organizations have been making a conscious effort for gender parity with their recent nominations and additions to their boards, thanks to consciousness-raising advocacy group like Across The Board and increased conversation in the media, at panels and internally. Performing rights organization SOCAN has stepped up with today’s announcement of its new board of directors for 2018-21, electing five additional women, “bringing near gender-parity to the team,” it proudly declared in the headline of its press release. SOCAN represents more than 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers and more than 100,000 organizations “Licensed To Play” music across Canada. Based on votes cast by SOCAN members (music creators and publishers) from April 1...