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Obaseki one year after: We will not be intimidated from doing the right thing

BY SIMON EBEGBULEM, BENIN-CITY It is one year today since Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State assumed office and the story has been one of consolidation on the achievements of his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. The technocrat governor has not disappointed his party in terms of performance. Luckily for Obaseki, Oshiomhole paved the way for him by retiring most of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders who had held sway in the state for years. Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki So apart from the challenge of funds, the governor has no reasons not to deliver on his promises. Speaking after his electoral victory last year, Obaseki promised to provide 200,000 jobs in his first four years, bring investors who will explore the mineral potentials ...

Lebanon ‘stronger’ than Bahrain – Singapore boss Sundramoorthy

Tampines Rovers and Singapore winger Hafiz Sujad looks ahead to The Lions’ Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain. Head coach V. Sundramoorthy insists that Singapore have a strong chance of beating group leaders Bahrain in Tuesday’s 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier, having pushed “stronger” Lebanon all the way in last week’s friendly. An early Lebanese goal was enough to see off the Lions in Thursday’s match at the National Stadium. But, despite the fact that Singapore have now gone 12 games without a win, Sundram saw plenty of signs of encouragement and believes that his side can get the better of Bahrain, having held them to a 0-0 draw when they faced them in March. “If you compare Bahrain to Lebanon, I think Lebanon are much stronger,” Sundram sa...

Real Madrid set price for Gareth Bale; Arsenal in for Palace’s Wilfried Zaha

Alejandro Moreno contends that the addition of a healthy Gareth Bale to the Real Madrid squad might not be enough to reverse Ronaldo’s fortune. 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. Real Madrid set Bale fee Real Madrid have slapped an £85 million price tag on Gareth Bale as Manchester United continue to monitor the winger’s situation in Spain, reports the Daily Mirror. Bale has struggled with injuries throughout his time in Madrid, and the Bernabeu board are apparently ready to cash in before his value begins to decline. Now 28, the Welshman is still a huge asset to Zinedine Zidane’s side when fit, but sadly calf and thigh problems have sidelined him for much...

The dangers of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), by Toyin Saraki

…’How it can be tackled’ Being a speech delivered at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Toyin Saraki,    Founder Director of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Global Goodwill Ambassador  for the International Confederation of Midwives. In this speech at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Toyin Saraki,    Founder Director of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Global Goodwill Ambassador  for the International Confederation of Midwives,  speaks on the need to raise awareness of the issue of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), which kills around 100,000 women each year, and to highlight the findings of the WOMAN trial, which uses tranexamic acid to treat PPH. My Foundation works across Africa to improve the health and social outcomes for ...

Aliko Dangote Foundation joins global leaders to fight malnutrition, pledges Us$100 million for Nigeria

What problem can be found in every country in the world and affects one in three people globally? What problem is so rife that the World Health Organization (WHO) terms it “the new normal.”? The surprising answer is malnutrition. Alhaji Aliko Dangote It is not an issue that grabs many headlines or attracts much funding, yet malnutrition in its various forms, from hunger and wasting to obesity, has become the number one driver of global disease and the underlying cause of nearly half of all global child deaths. Global Summit Global Action The leading platform in the fight against malnutrition is the Global Nutrition Summit, the first global forum of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2026).  The recently concluded Global Nutrition Summit 2017 gathere...

London agog as Mike Aremu, Segun Obe, others dazzle

BY ROTIMI AGBANA It was a razzmatazz of glitz, glamour and panache in the UK on November 6, 2017, as renowned Nigerian born UK based pastor, music director, singer, writer and business magnate, Abraham Great celebrated his 40th Birthday in style. The event tagged ‘40fication for your glorification’ was attended by Mike Aremu, Segun Obey, seasoned comedian “MC Saco”, and the Okochas amongst others. While Mike Aremu and Segun Obey performed and dazzled with Abraham Great and Queen Great on stage, MC Saco was on hand as the host delivering hilarious jokes to the delight of guests. Abraham Great, who has spent most of his life renowned philanthropist, is the founder and director of Golden Pen Publishing which is a division of Golden Pen Ltd in United Kingdom and has publis...

Micro-zoning in North-West: Makarfi’s alleged 2019 presidential bid unsettles PDP

By Henry Umoru CRISIS appears to be brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the North-West, where the Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makafi, hails from, over alleged  moves to impose some persons as national officers  ahead of the National Convention. It was gathered that the party in the region had zoned the position of the National Secretary to Kaduna and Katsina States while the position of National Woman Leader was zoned to Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States. Ahmed Makarfi Makarfi, it was learnt, has allegedly influenced the micro-zoning  of the National Secretary to  Katsina State, leaving Kaduna out of the contest because of his 2019 presidential  ambition and his alleged plan  to ensure that  elected NWC members are sup...

The phenomenon of Biafra (16)

By Douglas Anele President Muhammadu Buhari hates the separatist agitations of IPOB. For him, majority of the youths agitating for Biafra do not really appreciate the horrors of the civil war because they were not yet born at the time and, as a result, should not precipitate another conflict. As far as the President and other caliphate colonialists are concerned Nigeria’s disfigured unity, no matter how suffocating it might be to the Igbo and other “conquered” ethnic nationalities in southern Nigeria, is not negotiable. Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Buhari even blames south-east leaders for the activities of IPOB. Now, the President has always exhibited a condescending attitude towards Ndigbo and their concerns, probably because they los...

To the Nigerian youth

Obi Nwakanma The 2019 elections are only less than about two years away, and the subtle, subterranean moves are already quietly playing out, as parties begin to reorganize and ready themselves for a play at the power to govern this republic. Two fundamental and really vital factors are missing in these developments: it is the youth factor, and the factor of the left. Nigerian youths I shall have a different moment to deal with the failures of the Nigerian left in organizing for power, on a different occasion, but today, I focus on the Nigerian youth who have abandoned the political, and economic space, to the geriatric forces in Nigerian politics. Let me preface this column this week with the clear understanding that as in other cultures in Africa in which age is highl...

Be ye also ready (2) – Muoka Lazarus

By Muoka Lazarus I Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of them-selves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God”. Every believer must ensure his/her life is free from any form of sin for that is the only thing that guarant-ees his/her salvation. Many claim to be born again but their lifestyles speak the opposite. Today even harlots, drunkards, thieves, liars, smokers, fraudsters, adulterers and fornicators lay claim to born again and are expecting to make heaven at last. *Pastor LAZARUS MUOKA Some of them are even committ-ing crime with...

Fatherhood, sonship in ministry (I) – Francis Akin-John

Dr. Francis Akin-John Even though I have not finished with my Kingdom Minister series, yet I feel the urge to start this series too. So I will be posting them intermitt-ently. One of the major dysfunction of the church today has to do with the issue of fatherhood. The cala-mities and corruptions of the church today can be traced to poor fathering. Too many so called ‘fathers’ have not been good fa-thers, while some have abused their fatherly positions. Consequently, many ministers are without father figures in their lives and the ministry has been the worse for it. Furthermore, many teachings on mentoring and fatherhood have been grossly one sided and the results have been unpalatable on all sides. Its time we take a dispassionate look at this major dysfunction again w...

How I tackled illegal wood export and deforestation – Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed, the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, has strongly denied claims that she was involved in the illegal export of African rosewood, also known as kosso, from Nigeria to China, a trade estimated to be worth $1 billion in the last four years. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a non-governmental organisation that specialises in investigating environmental crimes, claimed that Mohammed might have derived personal benefits from signing thousands of allegedly backdated permits in January 2017 which it said were used to clear illegal rosewood exports to China. Amina Mohammed At the time, she was preparing to leave as Nigeria’s minister of environment, having been appointed deputy secretary-general of the UN EIA’s report said over 1.4 mi...