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Juventus coach Pirlo: Morata return was a priority
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Juventus coach Pirlo: Morata return was a priority

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo is delighted with the return of Alvaro Morata. Pirlo insists bringing Morata back from Atletico Madrid was always a priority. He said, “We were waiting for a striker to come in and he's here now. I know Morata well, I was lucky enough to play with him: he was one of our priorities. “On a technical and tactical level, he's the player we were looking for. Pellegrini went to Genoa to get more game time, also in light of next year's European Championship. “De Sciglio's available like he was last week."
COVID-19:FG sets up task force for free movement of farm produce
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COVID-19:FG sets up task force for free movement of farm produce

The Federal Government will soon inaugurate a joint task force to ensure unrestricted movement of farm produce across Nigeria. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono,  made this known in a 10-point communiqué issued at the end of a meeting on Emergency Response to COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja. The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Defence, Interior and Police Affairs, Gen. Bashir Magaji, Rauf Aregbesola and  Mohammed Dingyadi, respectively, among other stakeholders. Nanono said it was resolved that law enforcement agents under the guidance of the four ministries would set up joint technical task team to draw guidelines for proper operation. According to him, the guidelines will ensure proper operation of grains markets, livestock and poultry market...
NCDC lauds Wike for his committed response to COVID-19
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NCDC lauds Wike for his committed response to COVID-19

Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) , Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has commended the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his firm and personal leadership to check the spread of coronavirus in Rivers State. Speaking during a meeting between Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and officials of Nigeria Center for Diseases Control (NCDC) at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Sunday, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said that Rivers State is important in the fight to stop the spread of the virus. He said: “This is a working visit. I want to thank you for your firm, strong, committed and personally led response to COVID-19 in Rivers State. “Rivers is one of the most important gate-ways into the country. One of the most important economies in the country. So...
Ex-Man Utd boss van Gaal blasts Ajax for coronavirus response
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Ex-Man Utd boss van Gaal blasts Ajax for coronavirus response

Louis van Gaal has accused former club Ajax of using coronavirus for their own gain. Ajax technical director Marc Overmars called for the Eredivisie season to be declared over in the face of the global pandemic. But van Gaal insists his former club mustn't be crowned champions without the season being finished. "If it is established that the coronavirus has been defeated, you first have to finish the current competition," Van Gaal told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper. "Sports exists to find a winner, not to say after 25 matches we cut things off and Ajax is champion. But while the government has also been following the experts for weeks, some football clubs suddenly say that it is not possible - Ajax first. "Clubs that misuse this corona crisis for their own gain and then mak...
Former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song shocked after Sion sacking
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Former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song shocked after Sion sacking

The Cameroon international was one of a number of players dismissed by the Swiss club after refusing to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic Alex Song has spoken for the first time after he and eight teammates were sacked by Swiss club FC Sion for refusing to take a pay cut following the outbreak of coronavirus. The entire squad was contacted on WhatsApp by president Christian Constantin on Tuesday. Constantin’s message asked the players to take a "technical unemployment" deal which would see them receive a payment of around 9600 Swiss francs - an amount that is equivalent to 80% of the legal monthly salary in Switzerland. Although many of the players refused or failed to reply, nine were subsequently let go - many of them on contracts that were due to expire at the end ...
Ronaldo Have More Influence On A Game Than Messi, He Has All Physical And Technical Football – Xavi
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Ronaldo Have More Influence On A Game Than Messi, He Has All Physical And Technical Football – Xavi

If the Ballon d’Or is the definitive guide to the best footballer in the world, then Cristiano Ronaldo has been the consistent star in recent years. The Portuguese forward has won the award in four of the past seven years. Ronaldo has benefitted from Real Madrid’s success in the Champions League - they made it a hat-trick of European titles last two season. Meanwhile Messi, despite all of his domestic success, hasn’t won the European competition since 2015. And huge importance is placed on winning the biggest club competition in the world when it comes to Ballon d’Or voting. Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has no doubts that Messi is the best player in the world, despite what the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s The Best award say. "If Cristiano considers himself the best player i...
Arsenal confirm the arrival of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal
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Arsenal confirm the arrival of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal

Premier League club, Arsenal has confirmed the arrival of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan.   The 22-year-old Spanish footballer shunned rivals Tottenham to sign for Arsenal as he looks set to improve their midfield. After sealing the deal on Thursday afternoon, Arsenal manager Unai Emery said:  'We're excited to see Dani join us. He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision.'   Ceballos, who has been handed the No 8 shirt also expressed his excitement and explained why he had picked Arsenal ahead of Spurs: 'I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start. 'I was aware of the responsibility that wearing this shirt entails and it was a tremendously proud moment ...
Maldini: Modric would be ‘perfect’ but Milan have not bid for Madrid star
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Maldini: Modric would be ‘perfect’ but Milan have not bid for Madrid star

The club's technical director claims that their interest has never gone any further than admiration. Paolo Maldini insists AC Milan did not make an offer for Luka Modric this close season, although he admits the Real Madrid man would be "perfect" at San Siro. Modric is expected to stay at Madrid, where he has been since 2012, but the 33-year-old was linked with moves to Inter last year and rivals Milan in recent months. Maldini, acknowledging the midfielder's blend of experience and talent, says there was never any negotiation for the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner.
‘We’d be happy if we could sign him tomorrow’ – Roma director confirms Alderweireld interest
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‘We’d be happy if we could sign him tomorrow’ – Roma director confirms Alderweireld interest

The experienced defender has been heavily linked with a move to the Italian side in recent weeks and could depart Spurs for a relatively nominal fee Roma director Gianluca Petrachi has confirmed the club are interested in signing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, but has insisted they are not using Franco Baldini as an intermediate to negotiate on their behalf. It was reported last week that Baldini, who previously worked as a director of football for Roma and operated as technical director for Spurs between 2013-2015, was in London negotiating a deal which could see Alderweireld move to the Italian club. The Belgian centre-back has long been linked with a move away from the London outfit and he even missed long spells of 2017-18 campaign with rumours he was on his way out o...
Updated: Fire guts Bayelsa Radio
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Updated: Fire guts Bayelsa Radio

The Bayelsa State-owned radio station, Glory FM 97.1 popularly called Bayelsa Radio was on Tuesday gutted by early morning fire. It was gathered that the fire destroyed a critical section of the station, which is located along Azikoro Road, Yenagoa, the state capital. A source said though no life was lost, the inferno inflicted monumental damage on the station razing the whole studio. Though nobody was able to explain the cause of the fire, a broadcaster in the station, Victor Binawari, said he was presenting his morning show when the incident occurred at about 8 am. Describing how it happened, Binawari said: “I was actually on my breakfast show rise with my guest and at some point in the programme about 8′ 0 clock we noticed that the light went off. So, we felt it was just a m...
Buyer beware! Why Real Madrid & Bayern Munich don’t want €42m James Rodriguez?
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Buyer beware! Why Real Madrid & Bayern Munich don’t want €42m James Rodriguez?

The Colombia attacker can add goals to any team, so why are two of Europe's biggest clubs not interested in having him in their squads? There is no doubting James Rodriguez's ability in front of goal. The Colombia international won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup, with then-Uruguayboss Oscar Tabarez listing him among football's great attackers: "From what I have seen, he is the best player in the World Cup. Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez - they do things because they have a certain gift which makes them special." Every time Rodriguez is on the ball, there is the potential for something special. When he is on the field, his team are likely to score more goals. This was the case with Bayern Munich in 2018-19. They played 20 Bundesliga games with...
Finance Minister okays IMF advice on subsidy removal
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Finance Minister okays IMF advice on subsidy removal

Finance Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Thursday, described the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) advice to the Federal Government on the need to remove fuel subsidy as a good advice. Speaking at the sidelines of the ongoing IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C, she said: ” The advice from the IMF on fuel subsidy removal was good one but also we have to implement it in a manner that is both successful and sustainable. “We are not in a situation to wake up one day and just remove subsidy. We have to educate the people, we have to show Nigerians what the replacement for those subsidies will be. So,  we have a lot of work to do. We also need to understand that you don’t remove large amounts of subsidy in one go, it has to be graduated and the public has to be well-in...
Finance Minister okays IMF advice on subsidy removal
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Finance Minister okays IMF advice on subsidy removal

Finance Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Thursday, described the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) advice to the Federal Government on the need to remove fuel subsidy as a good advice. Speaking at the sidelines of the ongoing IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C, she said: ” The advice from the IMF on fuel subsidy removal was good one but also we have to implement it in a manner that is both successful and sustainable. “We are not in a situation to wake up one day and just remove subsidy. We have to educate the people, we have to show Nigerians what the replacement for those subsidies will be. So,  we have a lot of work to do. We also need to understand that you don’t remove large amounts of subsidy in one go, it has to be graduated and the public has to be well-inform...
NERC to begin mass metering on May 1
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NERC to begin mass metering on May 1

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), will begin mass metering for electricity consumers by May 1, to bridge the metering gaps in the country. Dr Usman Arabi, NERC General Manager Public Affairs in a statement said the metering will be executed under the Meter Asset Providers(MAP) programme of the Federal Government. “The commission issued permits to MAPs on April 5, in accordance with section 4(3) of the MAP Regulations 2018, to MAPs that were successful in the procurements. “The procurement was conducted by Abuja Electricity Distribution  Company  Plc  AEDC  and  Jos Electricity Distribution Company Plc (JEDC). “Section 4(3) of the MAP Regulation 2018 requires all electricity distribution licensees to engage MAPs that would assist, as investors, in closing th...
Dr. Ling Zhipei Performs Remote Brain Surgery on Patient 3,000km Away
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Dr. Ling Zhipei Performs Remote Brain Surgery on Patient 3,000km Away

Chinese doctor, Dr. Ling Zhipei has performed the first ever brain surgery over a 5G mobile network, according to Chinese media. A patient with Parkinson’s disease allegedly had an implant put in their brain by a doctor who was more than 1,800miles away (3,000km). The doctor who did the operation said the new technology could make it easier for medics to operate on people who live in more remote areas and can’t travel, Mirror UK reports.. Using 5G technology, Dr Zhipei remotely implanted a neuro-stimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, moving instruments in PLAGH hospital in Beijing. The patient was in a clinic on the other side of the country, on the southern Hainan Island. Allegedly, the surgery that ended successfully lasted for thre...
IOC to Unveil 2026 Winter Olympics Host in June Next Year
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IOC to Unveil 2026 Winter Olympics Host in June Next Year

The IOC confirmed Tuesday it would announce the host city of the 2026 Winter Olympics in Lausanne on June 23, 2019. The decision was initially scheduled for September in Milan, but as the Italian city is one of the bidding cities, the IOC moved the final vote to Switzerland to coincide with the 134th IOC congress and the inauguration of the body’s new headquarters. The race for 2026 is at the moment between the joint Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Canadian city of Calgary and Stockholm. The Turkish city of Erzurum was excluded last week for “technical” reasons, while Calgary faces a public vote on November 13 on whether to continue its candidacy. Sion in Switzerland and the combined Austrian bid of Schladming/Graz both fell foul of popular referendums in the f...
Sarri: Yes, This Chelsea Player Much Better Than I Thought…
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Sarri: Yes, This Chelsea Player Much Better Than I Thought…

  Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits David Luiz has been a big surprise this season. Luiz has been outstanding at the back for Sarri. And he said: “Yes, he is much better than I thought before. Much better, as a player and a man. I don't know what happened before but when I arrived immediately I had a feeling he is a very good player for my way of football as he is a very technical centre back. “I appreciate very much the man as he is direct. If he has to say something to me, he does that. I like direct people. I like it very much. “He was a little confused as two seasons ago he was a protagonist but then came six months without playing. So he was a little confused. “I think he is very able to play my way with his characteristics. He is very technic...
Primate Ayodele Predicts Outcome Of Osun Election
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Primate Ayodele Predicts Outcome Of Osun Election

Popular prophet and founder of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Ayodele has predicted the outcome of the Osun election ahead of the re-run that is set to be coordinated by INEC today. The Prophet mentioned that a well-coordinated coalition of opposition parties would dethrone the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state, but warned that the ruling party may still win on technical grounds such as relying on loopholes in the nation’s electoral laws, Daily Post reports. Primate Ayodele had made the predictions in his annual book of prophecies, entitled: “Warning to the Nations” 2018/2019 edition. The book was launched some months ago in Lagos. The prophet had said: “In Osun State, some natural resources will boost the economy if the state will be discovered and...
AMAA , IFSC Set To Train Aspiring Film Maker In Kigali
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AMAA , IFSC Set To Train Aspiring Film Maker In Kigali

As part of the activities lined up for the 2018 edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, the African Film Academy, curators of pan-African awards will hold a training workshop for aspiring film makers in Kigali in partnership with the International Film School of Cuba from October 18-20, 2018. The awards will hold on the 20th at the Raddison Blu Hotel & Convention Centre and an Africa Cinema Business Roundtable will hold as a sideline event where focus will be on content distribution with the theme, “Unblocking Distributions: The Key to the Success of African Cinema.” Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, MFR, the founder of the continental awards organisation has been one of the leading voices on the African Cinema over the years according to a statement signed by Tony Anih, Director of Admi...
Obaseki Harps On Complementary Literacy,Skills Devt Initiatives
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Obaseki Harps On Complementary Literacy,Skills Devt Initiatives

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has called for a complementary approach to education in such a manner that literacy and skills are developed simultaneously to avert a situation where the country will have a deficit of skilled hands amidst a largely literate population. Obaseki The governor said this in commemoration of the International Literacy Day marked every September 8, by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and other organs of the United Nations. The governor said it has become imperative to place emphasis on skills development due to the low yearly turnout of skilled workforce from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in the country, which leads to Nigeria’s worrying indices on unemployment. ...
South Africa Slips Into Technical Recession As GDP Drops 0.7% In Q2
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South Africa Slips Into Technical Recession As GDP Drops 0.7% In Q2

Reports from South Africa show that the country’s economy, the second largest in Africa, has again dropped into a technical recession. This was after the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2018 compressed further by 0.7 percent, according to figures released on Tuesday by Stats SA. This marks two consecutive periods of contraction the country was recording, which therefore equates to a recession. Business Post reports that in the first quarter of this year, South Africa’s GDP contracted by 2.6 percent. “Real gross domestic product (measured by production) decreased by 0.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018, following a decrease of 2.6 percent in the first quarter of 2018. “The largest negative contributors to growth in GDP in the second qu...
Katsina Refinery To Cost $2 Billion, Ready In 3 Years
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Katsina Refinery To Cost $2 Billion, Ready In 3 Years

The private sector-driven Niger Republic facilitated approved petroleum refinery in Mashi in Kastina State would cost $2 billion (N724,720,000,000.00), according to a report by The Nation. The planned refinery would have the capacity to produce 150, 000 barrels per day when fully completed in 2021. Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, and the Nigerien Minister of Energy, Foumakaye Gado, had on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the construction of the refinery. “However, presently, we have mentally structured our minds for a three-year period to finish the work on the refinery but that depends on what we find during the technical studies,’’ Kachikwu said. According to the minister, there is pot...
Tears As Female Corper Killed By Train In Lagos Is Laid To Rest
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Tears As Female Corper Killed By Train In Lagos Is Laid To Rest

A female corper who was killed after a train rammed into her has been buried at her hometown in Rivers state. Nneka Odili, the National Youth Service Corps member who died last Thursday, as a result of injuries sustained after a train hit her at Ikeja, Lagos has been laid to rest. She was buried on Sunday, March 11, at her hometown, Ndoni in Rivers State. Nneka Odili, the National Youth Service Corps member who died last Thursday, as a result of injuries sustained after a train hit her at Ikeja, Lagos has been laid to rest. She was buried on Sunday, March 11, at her hometown, Ndoni in Rivers State. It was gathered that the tragic incident occurred while the victim, fondly called Nini, was heading home after the monthly clearance exercise at the Ikeja Local Government Secreta...
100 Days Russia: Five Things To Make Super Eagles A Black Panther Force
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100 Days Russia: Five Things To Make Super Eagles A Black Panther Force

What has made the Black Panther a shot in the arm for most black people on earth is the freedom that the technological enclave of Wakanda provides – they were designed to be more advanced than most white nations. The Super Eagles can create ‘Wakanda’ in Russia in about 100 days’ time if they assume some five lessons ingrained in the movie. Over five appearances and 18 matches at the World Cup, the Nigeria national football team, the Super Eagles, have won just five and lost 10, scoring 20 goals in the process. Their best tournament has been the ouster by Italy in the second round at USA 94 where the Eagles led the three-time world champions until the 88th minute. Roberto Baggio equalised and scored the winner from the penalty spot in extra time despite the Azzurri down to 10 men. The...
Amaju Pinnick Dissolves NFF Standing C’ttees, Sets Up Anti-Corruption Unit
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Amaju Pinnick Dissolves NFF Standing C’ttees, Sets Up Anti-Corruption Unit

Amidst the looming crisis in Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the controversial clause in the NFF bill before the National Assembly, the Amaju Pinnick-led board of NFF has moved quickly to dissolve all standing committees of the football house, with the exception of the Appeal and Disciplinary Committees. The football house has 18 standing committees. This was part of the resolutions reached at the end of the executive committee meeting of the NFF held yesterday at the Glass House, Abuja. The committee also resolved to comply with government’s due process and procedures, and as a way of further entrenching accountability and transparency in the execution of its business approved the composition of an Anti-corruption and Transparency Unit in the NFF. No specific reason was gi...
NFF Scraps Match Bonuses For U17, U20, U23 Teams
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NFF Scraps Match Bonuses For U17, U20, U23 Teams

Six arms of the national teams have been dealt a huge blow after the Nigeria Football Federation announced on Thursday that they were no longer entitled to match bonuses. In its communiqué after a board meeting presided over by the president of the federation Amaju Pinnick in Jos on Wednesday, the NFF also stated that only the Super Eagles and Super Falcons “will be entitled to bonus payments per match”. The federation firmly ruled out the Flying Eagles (U20), Golden Eaglets (U17), the beach soccer team and the Under-23 team as well as the Falconets (U20 women’s team), Flamingos (U17 women’s team) from any match bonuses during tournaments. The communiqué read, “The committee reiterated that henceforth, only the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons will be entitled to bonus payments ...
Nigeria’s Economy Worse In Two Years Under Buhari – PDP
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Nigeria’s Economy Worse In Two Years Under Buhari – PDP

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Ondo state chapter, on Sunday said Nigeria’s status as largest economy in Africa has declined in the last two years that President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) assumed office. The party stated this in a press statement signed by the party’s Publicity Director in the state, Ayodele Fadaka, who said the present administration led by Buhari has ensured steady decline of the Nigeria nation, saying it is a trend that calls for concerted action to stem the slide. The PDP said, “Two years into the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari has ensured a steady decline for the Nigerian nation, continuing degeneracy in our national life and steady decline in our nationhood and it’s a trend that calls for concerted action to stem th...
Why There Won’t Be Open Bidding For Refineries – Kachikwu
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Why There Won’t Be Open Bidding For Refineries – Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu said refineries repair cannot be done in an open bidding process. Speaking to Daily Trust in Vienna, Austria yesterday at the ongoing 172nd OPEC meeting, Kachikwu said refineries concession “Is a highly technical area, what we have done is to invite those who have experience in refining, but it’s open, anybody who feels he has the skills and has the money is welcome. It is not just about the skills but the money too. “Remember, we don’t have the money, and what we call them in is to rebuild, help us manage and recoup their money from the incremental production and that is ongoing, it has not been decided, the entire three refineries are up on the refurbishing scheme.” Responding to the alleged bias in the selection proces...
Eko Disco Announces 5-day Power Outage In Lagos
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Eko Disco Announces 5-day Power Outage In Lagos

Electricity supply would be disrupted in many parts of Lagos this week as Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Monday announced five days power outage in the city. EKEDC spokesman, Godwin Idemudia, said in a statement that the outage would affect Ikoyi, Victoria Island and parts of Lagos Island from Wednesday to Sunday. Idemudia said that the outage was to enable maintenance crew from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) address technical and maintenance issues at Alagbon transmission station. “We want to inform our esteem customers that from Wednesday, May 24 to Sunday, May 28, there will be an outage within Ikoyi, Victoria Island and parts of Lagos Island. “This is to enable TCN maintenance crew resolve some technical issues within Alagbon transmission station...
Apply For OND Internship Program At Mobil Producing Nigeria
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Apply For OND Internship Program At Mobil Producing Nigeria

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, providing energy that helps underpin growing economies and improve living standards around the world ExxonMobil uses innovation and technology to deliver energy to a growing world. We explore for, produce and sell crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products. We operate facilities or market products in most of the world’s countries and explore for oil and natural gas on six continents. Apprentice Program Job Type – Full Time Qualification – OND Location – Nigeria Job Field – Engineering / Technical Graduate Jobs Job description The NNPC/MPN Joint Venture invites applications from suitably qualified persons into our Apprenticeship Program. The Program is designed for young Nigerians with an in...
We Did Not Short Change Super Eagles -NFF
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We Did Not Short Change Super Eagles -NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Wednesday said it did not short change players of the Super Eagles with regards to payment of their winning bonus for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match. This is contained in a statement by Ademola Olajire, NFF’s spokesman and made available to newsmen in Abuja. Olajire was reacting to a report alleging that the Super Eagles were short changed by the NFF of their winning bonus for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Algeria in Uyo in November. The statement quoted Eagles’ Team Administrator Dayo Enebi Achor as saying, “That report is a fabrication. The estimate we sent to the Government was for one million naira for each player for a win. Nobody has been short changed. “In March 2016, the NFF held a meeting with some technical crew membe...