Bus purchase: Assembly threatens to order Ambode’s arrest (Punch)
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has asked the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to invite former governor Akinwunmi Ambode over the 820 vehicles purchased during his administration.
Obasa also directed that former government officials involved in the project should be invited. Read more
Sanwo-Olu revives N50.3 bn Lagos Adiyan Waterworks Project (NewTelegraph)
Almost five years after N50 billion Adiyan Waterworks Phase 11 project was abandoned, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State yesterday moved to revive the project.
With the project, Sanwo-Olu said seventy million gallons of water would be supplied daily to residents, saying access to potable water by the residents had remained one of the indices of measuring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more
Lagos officials frustrate vehicle registration, milk applicants (Punch)
Some Lagos residents, who want to re-register their vehicles, have lamented how officials of the Motor Vehicle Administration Agency under the state Ministry of Transportation frustrate and extort them.
They said aside from paying N46,000 for change of ownership documents and number plates, they were being made to part with extra cash for ‘processing’. Read more
Teachers to get free data regularly – Minister (DailyTrust)
Minister of Education Adamu Adamu has said public schools teachers would be given 1GB (Gigabyte) data free to enable them to access and browse the internet on a regular basis.
Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at the 2019 World Teachers Day celebration on Saturday in Abuja, said the ministry was working with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other stakeholders to provide at least 1GB of data free to each public school teacher to surf the web and obtain educational materials. Read more
LASU advocates capacity building for national development (Punch)
The Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has said the country will not develop if Nigerians continue to depend and develop capacity in imported technologies.
He said like China, people in the country must be encouraged to co-create technologies. Read more
NNPC moves for transparency in fuel imports, consumption (NewTelegraph)
The Federal Government has reconfirmed that Nigeria is yet to know the actual volume of fuel imports and consumption as it inaugurated a team of 89 persons drawn from five key agencies to, among other things, authenticate the actual volume of products imported and consumed in the country.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, who inaugurated the initiative code-named ‘Operation White’ in Abuja, maintained that the team is to also ensure transparency and accountability in the distribution of petroleum products across the country. Read more
Ochanya: Benue arraigns senior lecturer for rape, murder (Punch)
The Benue State Government, on Thursday, finally arraigned Mr Andrew Ogbuja, a senior lecturer at the state polytechnic in Ugbokolo, who was alleged to have raped a 13-year-old girl, Ochanya Ogbanje.
Ochanya was reported to have died on October 17, 2018, of complications from prolonged rape by the lecturer and his son, Victor. Read more
We warn our members against sexual harassment – ASUU (Punch)
- No sanction too harsh for indicted lecturers, says MSSN
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said its ethics committee in every public university always warns lecturers to protect students rather than molest them.
The union stated that where cases of sexual harassment were established against its members, it would not protect such persons since it had repeatedly issued warnings on the matter. Read more
We’ll look into cost of governance, Buhari assures (Independent)
President Muhammadu Buhari says he will beam a searchlight on cost of governance, and weed out possible corruption that exists anywhere.
The President stated this when he granted audience to members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday. Read more
No more evacuation from South Africa, says FG (Punch)
The Federal Government has said the issue of further evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa does not arise again.
Nigeria had last month evacuated no fewer than 500 Nigerians from South Africa following xenophobic attacks on them and other Africans.
But on Thursday, Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the violence that gave rise to the evacuation had abated. It added that Nigerians in South Africa were, however, free to return home. Read more
Trump optimistic about US-China trade talks (BBC)
US President Donald Trump sounded an optimistic note at the end of the first day of US-China trade talks in Washington DC.
“We had a very, very good negotiation with China,” Mr Trump told reporters after the talks wrapped up.
Mr Trump will meet directly with Vice Premier Liu He at the White House on Friday. Read more
Ask me anything: Ukraine’s president holds 14-hour press conference (Vanguard)
The gesture came on Thursday, as Ukraine’s president held what his office called a “marathon” press conference lasting more than 14 hours, with 300 journalists in attendance, which looked more like a forced march by the end.
In the space of a few weeks, he has faced protests over a controversial peace deal in Ukraine’s south-east, a lacklustre visit from the IMF and the resignation of a reformist cabinet member. Read more
Extinction Rebellion planning nude march through Melbourne on Saturday (Hit)
You would have to be at home and offline all week to have not heard about Extinction Rebellion, an activist group protesting for action on climate change. They’ve certainly achieved their goal of disrupting the CBD and spark conversations.
Protesters have been gluing their hands to roads, laid in the middle of major intersections, camped in Carlton Gardens and even locked themselves into cars. Quite interesting methods in a bid to get their point across. Read more
25 Eaglets arrive Brazil for FIFA World Cup (DailyTrust)
Five-time world champions Nigeria have landed in host nation Brazil for this year’s FIFA World Cup finals which will hold 26th October – 17th November.
A team of 25 players and nine officials flew out of the country through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday evening for Dubai, where they connected another flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Read more
AC Milan appoint pioli as new coach on 2-year deal (Independent)
AC Milan have appointed Stefano Pioli as their new coach, the Serie A club said on Wednesday, handing him a two-year contract in the hope he will turn around the fortunes of the seven-times European champions, according to The-star.co.ke reports.
The Rossoneri sacked their previous coach, Marco Giampaolo, on Tuesday after the team lost four of their seven Serie A games of the season to sit 13th — 10 points off leaders Juventus. Read more
Etebo opts out of Brazil clash as Eagles train in Singapore (DailyTrust)
Super Eagles midfield enforcer, Oghenekaro Etebo has withdrawn from the Grade A friendly clash against Samba Boys of Brazil scheduled for Sunday in Singapore.
Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has opted not to call any more players following the withdrawal of Etebo, and Wednesday’s withdrawal of defender Olaoluwa Aina as a result of injury. Read more
No replacement for Etebo, Aina as Eagles begin training for Brazil (ThisDay)
Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, opted not to replace Oghenekaro Etebo and Ola Aina who withdrew from the international friendly with Brazil scheduled for Sunday in Singapore.
Stoke City’s Etebo was the last minute withdrawal from the friendly yesterday as the 21 Eagles in camp in the Asian city-state had their first training session. Read more
We’re prepared to face Enyimba, says TS Galaxy coach (Independent)
Coach Dan Malesela of Tim Sukazi Galaxy (TS Galaxy) of South Africa has said that The Rockets are not afraid of Enyimba and are also prepared for them, their playoff opponent in the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup.
He spoke to the local media on Thursday, assuring that they would give the reigning Nigerian champions the respect they deserve but would not fear them as the two sides first meet next month in the first leg of the two-legged playoff to determine who qualifies for the group stage of the second tier club competition in Africa. Read more
Nigerian hopefuls crash out of Lagos Open (ThisDay)
Nigeria’s campaign at the ongoing Lagos Open tennis championship Future 3 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis court came to an end last night following the elimination of Joseph Imeh, Emmanuel Idoko, Blessing Samuel and Quadre Barakat Oyinlomo in their respective matches.
In less than 15 minutes, Nigerian Joseph Imeh retired in his match against number 7 seed Garanganga, Takanyi from Zimbabwe and the match ended 3-0 while on Court 1, top seed in men’s singles Tunisia’s Mansouri Skander beat Nigerian Idoko 7-5, 6-4 in the game that lasted 1h 15min. Read more
Why I almost left Barca in 2017, Messi reveals (Vanguard)
Lionel Messi has spectacularly revealed that he wanted to quit Barcelona during his £2.95million tax row with the Spanish government and it was only a lack of offers from elsewhere that kept him at the club.
Messi has played for Barca for his entire professional career, and has often spoken about his desire to be a one-club man, but it could have all been very different had an offer come about in the summer of 2017. Read more
Euro 2020: Belgium becomes first to qualify (Nation)
Belgium became the first team to qualify for Euro 2020 as Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 9-0 thrashing of San Marino.
Roberto Martinez’ side have an unassailable 11-point lead over third-place Cyprus in Group I.
Belgium led 6-0 at the break after Lukaku’s brace, two own goals and Nacer Chadli and Youri Tielemans’ strikes. Read more