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Buhari, to attend summit on climate change financing in Paris

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is expected to join 50 other world leaders  tomorrow  in the One Planet Summit in Paris, France. The summit, jointly organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the French government, in partnership with non-governmental organisations concerned about reversing the negative effects of climate change, such as Bloomberg Philanthropies, holds at the eco-friendly La Seine Musicale, situated on the picturesque Seguin Island in western Paris. President Buhari A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, explained that the main focus of the summit, with the theme, “Climate Change Financing,”  according to the organisers, will be to innovatively pool pu...

Youths key to corruption-free Nigeria—Minister

LAGOS—THE Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has rallied Nigerian youths to be in the vanguard of the fight against corruption, saying unbridled corruption was robbing them of their future. Speaking at the launch of the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption, CYIAC, in Lagos weekend, the Minister said there was no better way of tackling the menace of corruption than to involve the youths, who are the leaders of tomorrow. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, He said the fight against corruption would be more effective if the youths were involved, especially because they constitute the largest chunk of the country’s population. According to him, youths represent a critical mass that can be effectively leveraged to fig...

Minister, shipowners at war over N100bn CVFF disbursement

By Godfrey Bivbere LAGOS—THE Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and shipowners, under the aegis of Ship Owners Association of Nigeria, SOAN, are at daggers drawn  over the disbursement of the N100 billion Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund, CVFF. While the minister has refused to disburse the fund, shipowners, on the other hand, have warned that unless the fund was disbursed, local cabotage fleet might be completely depleted. The CVFF is a two per cent contribution by indigenous shipowners for every contract they execute and is meant for the development of the cabotage fleet and local shipping capacity. Rotimi Amaechi The minister had told shipowners at their end of year workshop and dinner, saying “I will not disburse the CVFF funds.” He explained further that he...

HIV/AIDS kills 41.5m persons worldwide in 2017—WHO

BAUCHI—No fewer than 41.5 million persons have died as a result of HIV and AIDS epidemic in 2017 worldwide, the World Health Organization, WHO, has said. A representative of WHO, Akim Bursali, stated this  at yesterday’s commemoration of 2017 World AIDS Day, with the theme, “Right to health-making it happen”, organized by wife of  Bauchi State governor in collaboration with Bauchi State Agency for the control of HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis/Leprosy and Malaria, BACATMA, in Bauchi. WHO Bursali said an estimated 36.7 million persons were currently living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues recorded in history. He added that the death rate of the epidemic has decreased since it peaked in 2005 with one million deaths in 2016, compared to 1.9...

Anambra election: Truly free and fair?

By Chamberlain Njoku MY perception about the future of this country took a drastic turnaround after watching and listening to the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi on Channels Television appearances in October of 2016 and May of 2017. Those intelligence-parked speeches based on very practical analysis, particularly as it concerns cutting costs of governance, permeated into the marrows of every Nigerian adult. Obi told us very clearly that all our travails as a nation were and are still being created by us – Nigerians. In those speeches you could see a man who loves humanity. A friend of the masses of dear country who have long lost hope. A patriot who has been eight years as governor and clearly understands the appropriate indices of a healthy nation.  A ...

Photos: Protests over Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

New protests flared in the Middle East and elsewhere Sunday over US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that has drawn global condemnation and sparked days of unrest in the Palestinian territories Afghan protesters burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump during a protest in Jalalabad on December 10, 2017, following Trump’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. / AFP PHOTO Palestinian protesters run through tear gas fumes during clashes with Israeli forces near the Israel-Gaza border east of the southern Gaza strip city of Khan Yunis on December 10, 2017, with Israeli heavy machinery seen on the other side of the border after a tunnel was discovered in the area.. / AFP PHOTO Israeli security forc...

Leicester to offload Iheanacho

Leicester City manger Claude Puel has revealed that he is open to the idea of selling Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho in the January transfer window. Iheanacho The Foxes are not short of striker options, as aside from Iheanacho they can also call on his compatriot Ahmed Musa, English international Jamie Vardy, Algerian Islam Slimani, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa. As a result, game-time has been hard to come by for the former Manchester City starlet, who needs regular football next year to ensure he is fit and firing for Nigeria’s World Cup campaign. And Puel has not ruled out the option of selling on Iheanacho. He told the Leicester Mercury: “Kelechi had an injury and after, for the moment, we have competition. “I am happy with Jamie for example. Kelechi or oth...

Mourinho: Title race over

Jose Mourinho has conceded that the Premier League title race over as Manchester City beat his Manchester United side at Old Trafford to go 11 points clear at the top. Jose Mourinho David Silva took advantage hesitance in the United defence at a corner to open the scoring before Marcus Rashford pounced on errors from Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph to equalise. Otamendi made amends after the break, making it a hat-trick of mistaken-ridden goals, to capitalise on Romelu Lukaku’s dreadful clearance at a free-kick for the winner in a likely season-defining Manchester derby. When asked by BBC Sport if the title race is over, Mourinho replied: “Probably, yes. “Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by the luck, and the gods of football are behind them...

NOWA commissions skill acquisition centre for personnel wives  in Lagos

By Esther Onyegbula Wife of the Chief of the Naval Staff and President of the  Naval Officers Wives Association, NOWA Mrs Theresa Ibas, yesterday in Lagos , commissioned  a skill acquisition centre for spouses of naval personnel , with the aim of reducing their vulnerability to poverty in the event of  major  challenges in their families. President of the  Naval Officers Wives Association, NOWA Mrs Theresa Ibas Speaking at the commissioning ceremony ,   she explained that the centre among other benefits ,would also go a long way to ameliorating the sufferings of widows and orphans of the naval family. The NOWA president explained that the centre location right inside the barracks at the  Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS WEY, Navy town, Ojo, was strategic. She said : “One of the...

New protests flare over Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

New protests flared in the Middle East and elsewhere Sunday over US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that has drawn global condemnation and sparked days of unrest in the Palestinian territories. Afghan protesters burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump during a protest in Jalalabad on December 10, 2017, following Trump’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. / AFP PHOTO Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has repeatedly warned of the consequences of Trump’s move, also lashed out by calling Israel a “terrorist state” that “kills children”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, hit back, calling Erdogan ...

Fela used musical platform to agitate for human rights, says Bolanle Austen-Peters

Lagos – Mrs Bolanle Austen-Peters, the founder and operator of Terra Kulture Arena on Sunday eulogized the virtues of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and his wives who used his musical platform to agitate for social change and human rights during his life time. Obasanjo, Fela and Buhari Austen-Peters said this at the official launch of Fela and his Kalakuta Queens, a stage show held at the Terra Kulture Theatre Arena, Lagos. She described the freedom fighter, Fela as an enigmatic artiste who used his musical band including his wives to challenge the government of his day and people to explore development through social and economic activities that were rooted in African values. Austen-Peters said that the musical play chronicled Fela’s birth, rebirth, act...

Obaseki tasks world leaders to build enduring structures to guarantee rights,

The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has called on world leaders to build structures and create enabling environment for people to express their inalienable and God-given rights. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State He added that given the intricate role it places in ensuring that people are prioritised in quest for advancement, good governance should be elevated to become a human right for electorates the world over. Obaseki said this on the occasion of the commemoration of International Human Rights Day, declared by the United Nations Assembly in 1948, which led to the adoption of the International Declaration of Human Rights in Paris, France. He added that the need for structures and spaces that guarantee the expression of human rights is sacrosanct and a g...