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Laloko absolves Ezenwa of blame

By Solomon NwokeFORMER Technical Director of the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Chief Kashimawo Laloko has absolved goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa of any blames in the team’s 4-1 drubbing by the Black Stars in the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup final, saying the team lost due to inexperience, but urged them to build on the experience gained from the tournament. Ezenwa Speaking to Sports Vanguard, Coach Laloko, who is the Director of the Pepsi Football Academy rather blamed the Eagles loss on the inexperience of the team’s coach saying that the team was swept off by the euphoria from their victory over the Black Stars in their group match which they won  2-0. “What happened was due to inexperience on the side of the Eagles coach in the sense that when Nig...

CAN declares October 1 prayers day

By Caleb Ayansina ABUJA—Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday, decla-red October 1 as a day of prayers for the country. CAN President, Dr Samson Ayokunle CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media & Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, in Abuja, said: “The unity of the country has been under consistent threat as the citizens have been polarised along various divides and the only thing that we can do as the people of God is to intercede for divine intervention. “All churches in the country should pray for peace, unity and deliverance of the country on October 1, which marks the Independence Day celebration. “All churches in the country should intercede for the country against needless bloodletting, violence and ...

Southeast youths want poverty among rural women addressed

By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri SCORES of youths in the Southeast region have called on lawmakers and policy makers to come up with laws that would put to an end the sufferings of women in the rural communities. Members of One campaign held at Imo state University, IMSU, Owerri, photo by Chinonso Alozie. They stated this in Owerri, during an interview with Southeast Voice during their sensitization campaign tagged “one” for the Southeast region. One of the organizers of the programme,   Comrade Clinton Ezeigwe, argued that poverty affected women most and that they carried the burden of hardship more than the men. He said, “The one campaign is to showcase the girls count campaign and make Nigeria stronger, particularly in the area of health. Also we are urging our leaders to...

NYSC rescucitates farm settlements

By Marie-Therese Nanlong Jos—THE National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has resuscitated its moribund farm settlements in Bauchi, Kebbi, Oyo and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. President Buhari receives Daura National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Members in his Daura Katsina Home on 13th Sep 2016 The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier-General Suleiman Kazaure, also noted that the scheme has almost completed the integrated Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Centre in Gombe and Ekiti states to give the graduates the enabling environment to be self-reliant at completion of the service year. The DG, who spoke yesterday during his welcome remark at the 2017 NYSC Annual Management Conference in Jos, the Plateau State capital, noted that the event was an av...

Kidnappers scaring away investors — Dangote

By Clifford Ndujihe & Gabriel EwepuABUJA—Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has raised the alarm over insecurity in the country, particularly kidnapping, saying investors are being scared away from the country. Dangote made this known at the ongoing Agric Expo and Conference, organised by Nigeria Agribusiness Group in collaboration with other private and public sector agencies. Parade of suspected vicious and notorious kidnappers/armed robbery gangs, terrorizing Abuja–Minna and Abuja–Kaduna highways, at Dikko, Near Suleja, Niger State by CSP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan. He was represented by Executive Director, Public Sector, Dangote Group, Mosul Ahmed, who spoke on ‘Chall...

Trustfund Pensions gives updates on new trends

By Victor Ahiuma-Young & Monsuru Olowoopejo LEADING Pension Fund Administrator, PFA, Trustfund Pensions Plc, few days ago, gathered pensioners and prospective pensioners in Lagos on its platform, to update them on trends in the nation’s pension industry. The forum held at  Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, also afforded PFA, the opportunity to get feedbacks from them and proffer solutions. •Participants at Trustfund Pensions workshop for retired and about to retire workers updating their data in Lagos. Addressing the participants, Regional manager for the company, Mr. Obiora Ozoekwem, noted that the forum was to ensure that retirees did not fall prey to antics of some desperate and unscrupulous operators in the financial system. Customer Relations Manager, CRM, John...

Ambode backs restructuring, unveils 20ft Awolowo statue

By Monsuru Olowoopejo Lagos—governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has unveiled a 20-foot statue of the first Premier of defunct Western region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, even as he revealed the state’s stand on Nigeria’s restructuring. …in honour of awolowo: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo (3rd right); daughter of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Mrs. Tola Oyediran (2nd right); Ambassador Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu (right); Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (2nd left) and Mr. Segun Awolowo; during the unveiling of the new Obafemi Awolowo statue at Lateef Jakande Road, Ikeja, yesterday. Photo by Bunmi Azeez. Ambode noted that the statue was not for tourism or beautification, rather...

Osinbajo tasks African tax administrators on BEPS

VICE President, Professor   Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday challenged African tax administrators to address issues relating to Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, BEPS, and increase transparency in resource mobilisation. This came as Mr. Logan Wort, Executive Secretary, ATAF, and Mr. Tunde Fowler, Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, said at the Senate hearing on new tax bills that Africa lost about $1 trillion to BEPS and Illicit Financial Flows, IFF, from Africa. Osinbajo spoke while declaring open the 3rd international conference of Africa Tax Administration Forum, ATAF, in Abuja. The Vice President noted that the continent also needs to ensure transparency and information sharing among member states. He explained  that information sharing involves esta...

LASG raises agencies’ monitoring, surveillance capacities

Lagos—Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday said that in order to avert disaster and the resultant loss of lives and properties in the state, his administration has scaled up the monitoring and surveillance capacities of relevant  agencies to ensure compliance with appropriate laws. Ambode The governor, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tunji Bello at the 3rd Lagos State Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Summit themed “Promoting and Sustaining Integrated Response to Emergencies within the Golden Hour” added that the administration would also apply sanctions deemed necessary to those who run foul of the provisions. He said the government believes that taking necessary steps and precautions to avert disaster where possible ...

LSACA, NIMR screen NURTW members for HIV

The Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA) in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) has commenced HIV prevalence study among the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State. AIDS SYMBOL Commenting at the flag off ceremony of the program at the Ojota New garage was the Principal Investigator of NIMR , Dr. A.Z.Musa who stated that, the program was meant to know the prevalence and associated risk factors of HIV among the road transport workers in the State. She explained that, Lagos has been maintaining the Integrated Behaviourial Biological Surveillance Survey ( IBBSS) over the years but want a specific prevalence survey among the NURTW. According to her, the different branches and units were compressed into 10 clusters...

Lagos lawmaker affirms defection to APC

By Etop Ekanem Lagos State House of Assembly member, representing Oshodi-Isolo constituency 02, Mr Jude Idimogu, has reaffirmed his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, saying he belonged to APC. Idimogu stated this while addressing the APC faithful at the party’s monthly local government area meeting at the Ejigbo mini stadium in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, Lagos. APC Idimogu, who was a PDP lawmaker in the state Assembly defected to the ruling APC early this year. He said: “I want to state very clearly here that I belong to the APC, anybody circulating rumour that I’m still in PDP should stop it.  I’m with my party members at the council level and I’m happy to join the winning party in the state. Th...

How ministries, agencies waste Nigeria’s resources

…Auditor General discovers another missing N556.2m…Science & Tech ministry, five agencies ordered to refund mismanaged N106m…As former AGF allegedly misapplied N450m rice levy By Emmanuel Elebeke The Auditor General of the Federation, AuGF, has discovered another N556.2 million missing in the Federation Account. Last week, Hi-Tech reported exclusively how the Auditor General, in his audited report of the federation account, accused the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, mismanaged about N3.5bn. The AuGF,  Anthony Ayine, in a recent annual report of the programmes and performances of ministries and agencies in the year ended December 2015, has also discovered that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and five other agencies were caught in the w...