Education, health lead in Sanwo-Olu’s N1.16tr 2020 budget (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, presented the 2020 budget of N1.168 trillion to the House of Assembly, saying it is time to imagine a new Lagos, create and realise new and audacious dreams, targets and goals.
“Education will see a significantly increased capital budgetary allocation of N48 billion, an increase of 60 per cent over the 2019 provision of N30 billion. We must improve the standard and relevance of our education outcomes to our industries.
“Similarly, in healthcare, we have provided for a capital expenditure of N33 billion, compared to the 2019 budget proposal of N21 billion,” Sanwo-Olu said.The budget, which the governor tagged ‘Budget of Awakening’ earmarked N723.75 billion (62 per cent) for capital projects and N444.81 billion (38 per cent) for recurrent expenditure. Read more
Lagos confirms 400 cases of gastroenteritis (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Ministry of Health has confirmed the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the state with 400 cases and 11 deaths recorded so far.
Announcing this yesterday, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi dismissed social media report that over 169 deaths have been recorded as a result of the outback.
According to him, 400 cases have been recorded in health facilities in the affected Local Government Areas, LGAS of Lagos Nigeria ― 370 of these cases have been treated and discharged. Read more
Lagos–Badagry Expressway repairs: LASG announces traffic diversion (Sun)
The Lagos State Government has announced traffic diversion from the major carriageway to the service lane on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway from Nov.9 to Nov.10.
Special Adviser, to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye to said that the diversion was to enable the contractors launch beams at the Alakija Interchange Bridge.
Adeyoye in a statement signed by Mr Adesegun Ogundeji, Deputy Director, and Public Affairs of the ministry appealed to motorists and road users on the axis to bear with government. Read more
Another fire guts building in Ebute-Metta (Vanguard)
Barely 24 hours after rescue team finally put out a two-day inferno that gutted a building at Number 43 Martins Street, Balogun Market, Lagos Island, another inferno Friday, broke out in Kano Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, LGA, and destroyed several shanties. Fortunately, no casualty recorded.
Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the fire incident. Read more
Ikosi-Ketu Fruit Market demolished for proposed new N2.8bn modern market (NewTelegraph)
The popular Ikosi-Ketu Fruit Market in Ketu area of Lagos was on Friday demolished to pave way for a modern market.
New Telegraph learnt that the Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA, has awarded the reconstruction of the dilapidated market to Total Value Integrated Service Limited, which is committing about N2.8 billion to reconstruct the market.
Around 10.00am two bulldozers, escorted by policemen, mostly from the state task force stormed the market to ensure that there was no resistance during the demolition. Read more
My wife denies me sexual rights” husband tells court (DailyTrust)
A 39-year-old husband, Ibrahim Anifowoshe, on Friday told a Lagos Island Customary Court while seeking dissolution of his 12-year-old marriage that his wife denied him sex, disrespected and embarrassed him in the presence of his friends. Anifowoshe, a National Union of Road Transport Worker (NURTW) official, told the court that his wife, Modinat embarrassed him at his work place in the presence of his colleagues. Read more
Senate probes alleged shady deals by security outfits at Lagos ports (Guardian)
The Senate yesterday mandated its committees on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the activities of Messrs OMLS Limited and other security agencies at the Safe Anchorage Area of the Lagos ports.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the team is to determine the legality of its operations and revenue and report back to the upper legislative chamber in four weeks.
The resolution was a sequel to a motion sponsored by George Sekibo (PDP-Rivers East) during plenary on “Illegal security activities by Messrs OMLS Limited at the Safe Anchorage Area of Lagos ports and the need to investigate their excesses.” Read more
Presidency confirms ‘downsizing’ of political appointees (DailyTrust)
The Presidency on Friday confirmed an ”on-going overhaul in the seat of government” with some appointments revoked while the appointments of some officials that served in President Muhammadu Buhari’s first tenure had not been renewed. The exercise, according to a statement by the President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, has been ordered by Buhari, “contrary to media reports claiming that the president was not in the picture”. Read more
FG declares Monday public holiday (Nation)
The Federal Government has declared Monday as Public Holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-ul-Mawlud in commemoration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and enjoined them to live within the virtues and teachings of the Prophet.
He said imbibing the Prophet’s virtues of love, courage and perseverance would guarantee peace and security in the country. Read more
Retired military officer arrested for selling babies to politician (Punch)
Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team have arrested a retired military officer and nurse, Samuel Adagbo, for allegedly selling babies to a politician in Delta State.
Adagbo, 73, was arrested alongside his accomplices, Faith Desmond, Sunday Chinedu, 33 and Joy Monday 23.
While Monday was said to have sold her baby to Adagbo, Chinedu reportedly facilitated the transactions of three children, two of whom the septuagenarian sold to the politician identified only as Francis. Read more
‘No one has come for Sowore, says DSS (Nation)
The Department of State Security (DSS) claimed Friday night that convener of #RevolutionNow Omoyele Sowore remained in its custody because no one had come to pick him.
Sowore had, earlier in the day, embarked on a hunger strike to protest his continued detention two days after perfecting the bail granted him and his co-defendant, Adeyemi Bakare, by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The DSS, in a statement by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, confirmed receipt of the Court Order for the release of Sowore. Read more
Sex for grades: Kogi federal varsity investigates 12 officials (Nation)
There is unease in the academic and non-academic circles of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Kogi State, over the management of the institution’s alleged discreet investigation of some unidentified lecturers and non-academic staff for alleged sex for grades.
A source in one of the institution’s academic departments confided in our correspondent that no fewer than 12 officials of the institution, including six from the History and International Studies Department, were being investigated for indiscretion and sex with female students in exchange for grades. Read more
General election 2019: Nick Conrad quits as Tory candidate over rape comments (BBC)
Conservative election candidate Nick Conrad has said he is standing down over “ill-judged comments” he made on the radio about a rape case.
The former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter, 34, had been chosen as the party’s candidate for the Broadland seat.
He was criticised for saying in 2014 that women should “keep their knickers on” in an on-air discussion about rape.
Labour had said the comments showed he was not fit to be an MP and should be dropped as a candidate. Read more
Brazil ex-President Lula walks free from jail (BBC)
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been freed after more than 18 months in prison.
The left-wing former leader, known as Lula, was greeted with rapturous applause from crowds of supporters as he walked out of the jail on Friday.
He was held in a prison in the city of Curitiba on corruption charges.
A judge ordered his release after a Supreme Court ruling that defendants should only be imprisoned if they have exhausted their appeal options. Read more
This is your chance, Lawal tells young Eagles (Guardian)
Former International, Garba Lawal is thrilled by the number of players available to Coach Gernot Rohr for pick, as the Super Eagles set to clash with Benin Republic and Lesotho in next week’s Cameroon 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
Despite the absence of some key players in the friendlies against Ukraine and Brazil, some of the players newly invited to hold forth for the established stars in the Eagles did not disappoint. Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Lawal said that the youngsters who did well against Ukraine and Brazil could hold their own any day.
“It is fantastic that we now have some youngsters in the Super Eagles. And as a coach you want to see competitions for positions, especially when you have a lot of quality youngsters in your team that you can pick from. Read more
D’Tigress move to 16th in FIBA Ranking (Punch)
Nigeria’s women basketball team, D’Tigress, have moved three places up and are now 16th best team in the world and first in Africa in the latest women’s ranking released by FIBA on Friday.
The latest movement makes Nigeria the only African country to make the top 20.
African champions D’Tigress garnered 329.2 points to place 16th and first in Africa.
World champions and Olympic gold medalists, USA, maintained their top-ranked spot with 835.6 points, Australia are in second place with 714.1 points, Spain third with 692.7, Canada fourth with 641.9 and France a close fifth with 639.3 points. Read more
Soundhope College begins with victory as Lagos, Ogun private schools go to war (Guardian)
Students of Soundhope College danced around the field on Wednesday when their team came from behind to beat Roshallom Schools 3-2 in one of the opening games of the on-going Lagos Inter-Schools Cup organised by Wonderland Sports.
Roshallom started like a house on fire, scoring two quick goals through Nwachukwu Dozie to the delight of their fans. But Soundhope gradually picked up the tempo with Rhaman Osunbiyi’s two goals and another strike by Muhammed Adegoke turning the table and helping them to their first win in the competition since 2017. Read more
Liverpool must be brave against Man City, Klopp warns (Guardian)
Jurgen Klopp insists that even the people who sell the hot dogs outside Anfield need to be in their best shape for Liverpool’s huge title clash against Manchester City.
The Reds are six points clear at the top of the table and know a win over the champions would be an early statement. Klopp said ahead of the game: ‘We have to play our best game. Everyone in the stadium has to be in top shape.
“The guys who sell the hot dogs have to be in the best shape! That’s what I wish for. “Before we know if we get something from it, we invest everything.’Pep Guardiola set up his team to be more cautious in the 0-0 draw at Anfield last season and Klopp insists his side need to be courageous. Read more
Solskjaer excited over Man United’s victory against Partizan Belgrade (Guardian)
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his side provided a “template” for how they should play this season as they beat Partizan Belgrade to reach the Europa League last 32.
First-half goals from Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial were followed by a powerful finish from Marcus Rashford after the break to complete United’s biggest home win since August, with Solskjaer describing the performance of his front three as “high class”. Read more
Saka’s improvement thrills Emery (Punch)
Arsenal coach, Unai Emery, has said he is happy with Bukayo Saka’s improvement, but wants the youngster to get more playing time, which he believes will boost his confidence in becoming a world-class player.
In a press conference ahead of their weekend game with Leicester City at King Power stadium, Emery was full of praises for the Arsenal forward.
“We know we are taking one responsibility with the young players, but the young players need one process to achieve that responsibility and their performance in the team, but we are helping them,” the Arsenal coach said. Read more
Under 23 AFCON: Nigeria clash with Ivory Coast (Punch)
The Al Salam Stadium – the same venue where the Super Eagles beat Tunisia to win bronze at the 2019 AFCON – will host the 2019 U-23 African Cup of Nations opening Group B tie between champions Nigeria and Ivory Coast, as the quest for the 2020 Olympic ticket begins.
The Nigerian U-23 team are without captain Azubuike Okechukwu and striker Taiwo Awoniyi, as they look to defend the title they won in 2015 in Senegal, after both players were held back by their European clubs. Read more
Joshua, Ruiz lose weight ahead December rematch (Guardian)
Anthony Joshua displayed his leaner new physique during a rare appearance this week, in photos obtained exclusively by World Boxing News.
Rumors were rife Joshua had been spotted cutting a trimmer figure. This firmly seems to be the case in these latest snaps.
The Watford-born boxer has been training at his gym in Sheffield with trainer Rob McCracken ahead of his world heavyweight rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. Read more
‘Ministry/NFF working to meet FIFA’s conditions to host U-20 World Cup’ (Nation)
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) are in close contact with world football governing body, FIFA over Nigeria’s bid to host the U-20 Women World Cup.
Kola Daniels, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare disclosed in a statement in Lagos.
He said that the minister, after on an inspection tour with Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, said that Nigeria’s hosting the U-20 World Cup was sacrosanct. Read more
Adepoju, Lawal refuse to condemn Eaglets despite failure in Brazil (DailyTrust)
Former Super Eagles players, Mutiu Adepoju and Garba Lawal have refused to join the band wagon as other Nigerians continue to express their disappointment in the 2019 Golden Eaglets. The five-time world champions recently dashed the hopes of millions of Nigerian football fans when they failed to go beyond the Round of 16 in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. Read more
Ederson to miss Liverpool clash, Guardiola confirms (Independent)
Manchester City will be without their number one goalkeeper when they travel to Anfield to meet Jurgen Klopp’s table-topping Reds on Sunday
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that goalkeeper Ederson will miss a huge Premier League encounter against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday through injury. Read more
Spain confirm 23-man squad for final Euro 2020 Qualifiers (Independent)
Dinamo Zagreb starlet Dani Olmo has been called up to Spain’s senior squad for the first time ahead of the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Romania.
The 21-year-old is rewarded for a sustained period of impressive form, which began during the summer as Spain lifted the European Under-21 Championship held in Italy and San Marino. Read more
Emery drops Xhaka, Ozil hint ahead of Leicester clash (Imdependent)
Unai Emery has confirmed that Granit Xhaka is still not ready to return to the Arsenal first team.
The Swiss midfielder has not featured since his spat with supporters during the Crystal Palace game, and has since been stripped of the club captaincy. Read more