NAPLWD demands full implementation of Lagos disability law (Leadership)
Nine years after the signing into law, Special Peoples Law 2010, members of the National Association of Persons Living With Disabilities, (NAPLWD), Lagos Chapter yesterday demanded for full implementation of the law.
The Chairman, Lagos chapter of NAPLWD, Dare Dairo, who stated this during a press briefing held in Lagos, lamented the non-implementation of the law, which was meant to assist their members, has affected their ability to contribute effectively towards development of the state. Read more
Tackle poverty among disabled persons, NAPWPD urges Sanwo-Olu (Punch)
The National Association of Persons Living with Physical Disabilities, Lagos State chapter, has urged the Lagos State governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to put a specific programme in place to tackle the high poverty rate among persons living with disabilities in the state.
The group noted that the United Nations had estimated that people living with disabilities accounted for 80 per cent of the people affected by chronic poverty in developing countries. Read more
IE donates mosquito nets to Lagos communities (Punch)
In commemoration of this year’s World Malaria Day electricity distribution firm, Ikeja Electric, has donated mosquito nets to residents of Ajegunle community in the Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
The Corporate Social Responsibility and Brand’s Supervisor, IE, Adebimpe Akintola, said apart from Ajegunle, five other communities in the state were also beneficiaries of the gesture targeted at 6,000 residents. Read more
May Day: PDP salutes Nigerian workers (Tribune)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has saluted all Nigerian workers on the occasion of 2019 Workers Day, for their service towards the stability and development of our dear nation.
A statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, it National Publicity Secretary in Abuja on Tuesday acknowledged the patriotism and resilience of the workers, particularly for remaining steadfast to the course of nation-building, in spite of the harsh economic conditions foisted on them by the overtly corrupt. Read more
Saraki, Dogara, Senators, Reps get N24.6bn severance (NewTelegraph)
The National Assembly, yesterday, passed the 2019 Appropriation Bill, voting the sum of N24.6 billion for the settlement of severance benefits of the outgoing legislators and legislative aides, as well as the cost of induction/orientation and inauguration programmes of the new legislators.
Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and members of the Eight Assembly are beneficiaries of the severance.
The parliament also approved N160 billion for the payment of the new minimum wage for federal workers and payment of severance benefits. Read more
FG, States, LGs share N617.5bn March allocation (ThisDay)
A total of N617.566 billion was Tuesday distributed as Federal Allocation for the month of March, 2019 among the three-tiers of government, comprising the federal, state and local governments.
A communique issued by the Technical sub -Committee of Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) released at the end of meeting in Abuja, indicated that the Gross statutory revenue received for the reference month was N446.647 billion, which is lower than the N478.434 billion received in the previous month by N31.787 billion. Read more
Saudi releases Nigerian girl Zainab (Nation)
Zainab Aliyu, the Nigerian girl arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking, has been released by the Saudi authority, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustapha Sulaiman, announced yesterday.
She was released to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia yesterday.
The official also announced that Ibrahim Abubakar, who was arrested for drug-related crime will be released by the Saudi government. Read more
Why I set my girlfriend’s family ablaze – Jilted lover (Punch)
The Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday paraded a murder suspect, Deji Adenuga, for allegedly setting eight members of his girlfriend’s family ablaze at Igbodigo, in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The 45-year-old suspect allegedly carried out the act following a disagreement between him and his lover, Titi Sanumi, who was said to be a member of the family. Read more
1,071 Nigerians die in crime related incidents in four months – IGP (DailyTrust)
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has said about 1,071 persons die in crime related incidents across the country in four months.
He said 767 of the persons killed, which represented 71.62 percent of the national rate, were from the northern region. The IGP said the released figures of victims were from January to April this year. Read more
Awosika, Nwuneli to speak at The Platform (Nation)
The Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika; President, Africa Institution of Technology Dr. Ndubuisi Ekekwe; Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting Ndidi Nwuneli have been listed to speak at the second edition of The Platform.
The Convener, Pastor Poju Oyemade, reiterated that The Platform is aimed at stimulating, equipping and challenging the mind, will and the intellect of Nigerians. Read more
MDAs’ accounts: FG panel recovers N40m from bank (Punch)
The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, led by Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, says it has recovered about N40m made up of interest shortfalls and excess charges deducted by a bank from the accounts of some federal agencies.
A statement by the panel’s Head, Media and Communication, Lucie-Ann Laha, on Tuesday did not, however, disclose the name of the bank. Read more
Abducted UBEC chairman, daughter released (DailyTrust)
The Chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr. Mohammed Mahmud Abubakar, who was abducted with his daughter, Jamila, by gunmen on Monday, has been released.
The UBEC chairman and his daughter, our correspondent confirmed from a family member, Alhaj Hussaini Danladi, have returned to his Ungwan Rimi residence in Kaduna. Read more
Pakistan and Nigeria have agreed on enhancing collaboration in defence matters (Nation)
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi is on an official visit to Nigeria. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and also visited various Nigerian naval facilities including training units.
Upon his arrival at Naval Headquarters in Abuja, the Admiral was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Nigerian Navy, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was also presented to the Naval Chief on the occasion, according to a press release. Read more
Survivors, advocates upset over Teen Vogue’s ‘sex work is real work’ op-ed (NYPost)
Sex trade survivors and anti-trafficking advocates are furious over a new Teen Vogue column that argues selling sex is a legitimate job and should be decriminalised — saying it glorifies the trade and ignores its many victims.
Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, a South African reproductive specialist, penned the controversial opinion piece titled “Sex work is real work,” arguing that her job as a doctor — which includes treating sexually-transmitted infections and providing therapy on sexual performance — is “basically sex work” and shouldn’t be treated any differently. Read more
Poway synagogue shooting suspect charged with murder, hate crime (ABC7)
As thousands of people mourned his alleged victim, a 19-year-old man was charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder in the weekend attack on a Poway synagogue.
San Diego County prosecutors also charged John T. Earnest on Monday with an earlier arson attack on a mosque. Read more
Weah, Diouf For Ambode Testimonial Match May 18 (Independent)
The Akinwunmi Ambode testimonial/send-forth game for the outgoing governor of Lagos State, tagged ‘The Match’ has now been officially moved from the newly designed Onikan Stadium, on the Lagos Island, to the ‘Soccer Temple’ Agege Stadium, Lagos.
The change of venue was confirmed by the general coordinator of the event and former chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, Waidi Akanni. Read more
Aftermath of U-17 AFCON: Eaglets reject NFF’s N40k (NewTelegraph)
Chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation are trying to douse the tension in the camp of the Golden Eaglets as the players are agitating over the NFF’s decision to ask them to go to their various homes with N40,000 each as transport fares upon their return from the CAF U-17 African Cup of Nations which ended at the weekend in Tanzania.
Our correspondent learnt that the youngsters had been groaning over the neglect and non-charlatan attitude of the federation towards their welfare at the tournament and were utterly disappointed they were asked to go home with paltry N40, 000 each after spending time in camp and few weeks in Tanzania. According to one of them who pleaded anonymity, the players had resolved to reject the money and expect the federation to give them something substantial. Read more
Anyaoku calls on governments to empower Nigerian youths through sports (Guardian)
Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Emeka Anyaoku has called on the Federal and states’ governments to fashion out clear policies for youth empowerment in Nigeria, saying it is one way of creating sustainable development in the country.
Speaking at the grand finale of the Emeka Anyaoku Inter-State U-16 Cup held at the Campos Mini Stadium Lagos at the weekend, the retired diplomat described sports as a tool that, if well nurtured, that could take youths away from vices, which are inimical to the progress of the country. Read more
$9.5m FIFA grant: Court demands charge against Pinnick (Punch)
A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, on Tuesday ordered the Nigeria Football Federation to produce a copy of the Magistrate’s charge sheet against Amaju Pinnick and Dr Muhammed Sanusi in the alleged $9.5m FIFA grant scam.
Justice Peter Affen gave the order after NFF lawyer Mr Festus Ukpe told the court that the same matter was pending at a magistrate court against Pinnick and Sanusi. Read more
NFF appoints Okocha, Kanu, Babangida as scouts for AFCON 2019 (DailyTrust)
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles’ captains Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu, as well as former star winger Tijani Babangida as scouts and motivational figures for Nigeria’s campaign at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt this summer.
According to NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, the three legends will monitor the activities of the Super Eagles’ opponents leading to the finals in Egypt and report to Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr, and will continue their assignment in Egypt during the championship. Read more
CBN Junior Tennis Championship serves-off with upsets (DailyTrust)
The 13th edition of the Central Bank Junior Tennis Championship served off at the National Stadium, Surulere yesterday, with two major upsets in the boys’ 10 category.
David Edwards, 9, the number one seed in the boys 10 and younger brother of Marylove – Nigeria’s future tennis hope – was given a rude shock by Onyekachi Ogunjiofor from Ibadan in the first round-robin match. Read more
Anthony Joshua to fight American Andy Ruiz on June 1 (ThisDay)
Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to face American Andy Ruiz Jr in New York on June 1.
Joshua, 29, was due to face Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden but the American failed drug tests, forcing him out of the Madison Square Garden bout. Read more