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FA Cup: Tottenham’s Dele Alli mauls Real Madrid five years on from debut

Tottenham’s Dele Alli scores twice against Real Madrid in the Champions League at Wembley, almost five years to the day from his professional debut as an MK Dons substitute in their FA Cup first round game against Cambridge City. MATCH REPORT: Spurs 3-1 Real Madrid

Advert expenditure dipped N7bn in 2016

By Princewill Ekwujuru THE total advertising expenditure across all media channels in Nigeria declined 7.15 percent to N90.9 billion in 2016, from N97.9 billion in 2015, a loss of N7.0 billion, according to Mediafacts, a just released report. Naira Mediafacts, an advertising industry research publication, revealed that television advertisement expenditure for 2016 reduced by 19.2 percent to N31.5 billion from N39 billion in 2015. It stated that advertisers spent N12.6 billion on radio commercials, which was 16.56 percent lower than N15.1billion in 2015. According to the report, print advertising recorded the highest drop at N12.6 billion, a whopping 46.8 percent decline from N23.7billion in 2015. However, on a positive note, advertisement spend on out-of-home, OOH, oth...

Labour urges FG to include governors, workers in NIC

By Victor Ahiuma-Young ‘INDUSTRY and investment are too important to be left with investors alone.” These were the words of Organised Labour while calling on the Federal Government to expand the membership of the National Industrial Council, NIC, to include labour and state governors for the council to deliver on its mandate. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President Speaking through the General Secretary of National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, Issa Aremu, Labour however commended President Muhammed Buhari for setting up the council,  contended that the council should be expanded to include the states as all the industries are in the states.  Aremu who is also the Vice President of IndustriALL Global Union, said: “Industry and investment are to...

FG lauded over nuclear power agreement with Russia

By Simon Ebegbulem FORMER Director General, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Professor Abubakar Sambo, yesterday, commended the Federal Government over the recent agreement between Nigeria and a Russian company to build two nuclear plants in Nigeria to generate electricity. President Muhammadu Buhari signing a document Delivering a lecture titled, ‘’Electric cars and the Nigerian economy’’ at an event to mark former Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Emmanuel Nwanze’s 30 years as a professor, he  said the heat generated from one kilogramme of uranium is almost 1,000 times the heat content of hydrogen. The event was held at the Akin Deko Hall of the University of Benin. Prof. Nwanze on his part, said his 30 years as a professor have been eventful adding ...

Ikpeazu counsels FG on empowerment programmes

By Anayo Okoli UMUAHIA—GOVERNOR Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has urged the Federal Government to always sensitize and engage in proper orientation of the people before introducing empowerment programmes to them to ensure the success of the programme Ikpeazu Governor Ikpeazu gave the advice when he received officers of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, who visited him in Umuahia, to introduce the new agricultural loan scheme tagged Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme. According to Ikpeazu, there was need to give proper orientation to the prospective beneficiaries of CBN loans to ensure that they fully understand what they were going into. The governor commended the CBN for bringing the agriculture loan programme to the state, as according to him, the state has co...

Release Paris Club funds to states

THERE are many indicators in our body polity to prove that Nigeria is still transiting from military rule to democracy, even though the Army vacated the political scene nearly 20 years ago. One of them is the continued handling with impunity of funds belonging to the states by the Federal Government. The Paris Club debts overpayment refund is one great example. Each time the state governors gather in Abuja to ask the Federal Government to give them back their money they are made to look like mendicants asking for handouts or bailouts from the President. Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, has expressed the frustration of his colleagues that the Federal Government is adamant in withholding the remaining $3.4 billion (about N1.2 trillio...

Governing council, minister commend UNIBEN over on-going projects

By Gabriel Enogholase GOVERNING council of the University of Benin has commended authorities of the university for the ongoing capital projects embarked upon by the institution. Investigations by Vanguard indicated that most of the projects were being undertaken by the NEEDS assessment and TETFUND and they spread across sites A and B in Ugbowo and Ekehuan campuses of the university. *Uniben It would be recalled that Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Mr. Isah Ashiru and the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, recently led principal staff of the institution on a guided tour of the various facilities. Addressing journalists at the end of the exercise, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by a Deputy Direc...

Wike urges African leaders to develop environment friendly cities

By Jimitota Onoyume GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called on African leaders to develop environment friendly cities with robust economic growth. Speaking at a conference in New York, USA, to mark this year’s World Cities Day after he bagged the Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award from the Global Forum on Human Settlements and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements, he said there was urgent need to take steps that would resolve the challenges of global warming and related problems associated with urbanization and population growth. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wik The governor spoke alongside 12 other world leaders, assuring that he would continue to provide infrastructure and social services for residents to enjoy quality life in...

World Series 2017: Houston Astros beat Los Angeles Dodgers for 4-3 series win

Springer (far right) equalled the record for most home runs in a World Series, matching the five hit by Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Chase Utley in 2009 The Houston Astros won their first World Series title after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in the decisive seventh game to take the series 4-3. Astros centre fielder George Springer was presented with the series’ most valuable player award after he became the first man to hit home runs in four successive World Series games, and only the third to hit five homers in the same Fall Classic. Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, who was racially abused by Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel in game three, struggled early on at Dodgers Stadium and failed to make it through the second inning. After Houston went 2-0 ahead in the first inning...

Barcelona ready to take Timo Werner, Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig

Lionel Messi and Barcelona were held to a scoreless draw by a resilient Olympiakos defence. Despite trailing Barcelona by eight points in La Liga, Sid Lowe feels Real Madrid will have chances to mount a comeback. With the January window on the horizon, there’s plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here. Barca ready themselves to raid Leipzig Barcelona have upped their efforts to sign RB Leipzig duo Timo Werner and Dayot Upamecano, reports Mundo Deportivo. The Blaugrana’s technical director, Robert Fernandez, watched the duo in action last weekend in Leipzig’s 2-0 loss against Bayern Munich. The pair could be signed as potential replacements for Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez, both of whom are 30 years old, with Ernesto ...

Real Madrid have final say on Bale’s role in Wales friendlies – Coleman

Stewart Robson believes it’s in Gareth Bale’s best interest to step out of the shadows of Real Madrid’s abundance of talent. Wales boss Chris Coleman admits Gareth Bale’s involvement in forthcoming friendlies against France and Panama will be determined by his club Real Madrid. Bale has not played since Real’s Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund on Sept. 26 because of a calf injury. The 28-year-old forward missed Wales’ final two World Cup qualifiers last month as the Dragons failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Russia. But Bale was named in the Wales squad for the Paris friendly with France on Nov. 10 and the home game with World Cup-bound Panama four days later, possibly the final two matches of Coleman’s reign as talks continu...

2 remanded in prison custody over drug trafficking

By Onozure DaniaLAGOS—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, reman-ded two men, Okonkwo Victor and Bankole Johnson, in prison custody over alleged unlawful dealings in cocaine. A truck load of seized fake drugs Okonkwo and Bankole, who is also known as Rotimi Adekunle, were arraigned on a count charge of unlawful dealings in the banned drug by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA. The NDLEA prosecutor, Kunle Adebajo, told the court that the defendants were arrested at the EMS section of Marina Post Office on July 15, where they have gone to receive 200 grammes of cocaine sent to them by their accomplice. He said the offences are punishable under Section 11(b) of the NDLEA Act Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. However, the duo, who...