Lagos community seeks relocation of tank farms for safety reasons (Guardian)
Satellite Town residents in Lagos, yesterday stoutly rejected the siting of tank farms in the densely residential area created in 1976.
The residents under the auspices of Satellite Town Forum, said the rejection was as a result of safety issues, which the siting of such facility could pose to them.
Speaking through their chairman, Mr. Governor Imitini, the residents said despite several meetings with all relevant stakeholders, in respect of the project, there was no concrete measure to curtail fire outbreak in the event of its occurrence.
Lamenting that the community, which was once a resident of choice in 1979 has become a slum with failed infrastructure, he questioned the rationale behind the siting of the farm tanks and proposed tanker parks in the town. Read more
Driver rewarded for returning bag containing millions of Naira at Lagos airport (Tribune)
The Management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), has rewarded one of its drivers, Mr. Eluu Emmanuel for returning a bag containing bundles of local, foreign currencies, jewelry, and other valuables worth millions of Naira.
The bag was left inside one of the passenger buses used for conveying travellers at the Airside of MMA2.
While narrating his experience, Mr. Eluu said he was returning to the Operations office when he discovered a bag left by one of the passengers and decided to do the right thing by escalating the development to his immediate Supervisor, who in turn related it to Aviation Security (AVSEC) Supervisor in charge of the Airside operation.. Read more
Lagos to borrow N25b as Sanwo-Olu signs green bond market agreement (Guardian)
Lagos State becomes the first sub-national government to activate the framework for the unlocking of the $1 trillion Nigerian Green Bond Market Development Programme to finance key infrastructure projects.
On Tuesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FMDQ Group and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Africa, which are the programme’s implementing partners on the proposed N25 billion (over $60 million) financing.
In a statement, the historic event, held at the State House in Marina, came less than 24 hours after Lagos was upgraded to AAA(nga) rating from AA+(nga) by Fitch International for the State’s good standing on debt sustainability and resilience.
Sanwo-Olu said the green bond programme, being supported by the UK Agency for International Development (UK Aid), would raise the capacity of the State Government to deliver more key infrastructure and social projects that would keep Lagos on the path of prosperity. Read more
Drama As Farmer Divorces Wife Who Gave Birth To Three Daughters
A resident of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State has divorced his wife who gave birth to three daughters.
The Chief Imam of the community, Tanimu Musa, disclosed this while speaking at a one-day Stakeholders meeting titled ‘Preventing Gender Based Violence in Kaduna Communities’.
Senate passes bills to establish federal universities in Ekiti, Nasarawa
Vigilante commander killed in gun battle with kidnappers in Kogi
The meeting was organised by African Media Development Foundation (AMDF) with the support of Rise up, a project of Public Health Institute (Johns Hopkins University USA).
The cleric condemned the man’s action, which he said qualifies as gender-based violence. Read more
UNIBEN shut over students’ protest (Sun)
The management of the University of Benin has announced the closure of the institution following students’ protest over a N20,000 late school fees payment levy.
The students had on Monday protested the levy at the two campuses of the University, blocking the Ugbowo end of the Benin-Lagos road and Ekhehuan road, respectively, thereby creating vehicular traffic gridlock and forcing commuters to be stranded.
Consequently, the University in a statement Tuesday night said the Vice Chancellor has reviewed the agitation by a section of the students’ body and after due consultation, and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, has on behalf of Senate, approved the closure of the University with immediate effect. Read more
Kwara motorist slaps tricycle rider over broken car light, victim dies (Punch)
A motorist, Kayode Oluwatomi, has allegedly beaten a tricycle operator, Kola Adeyemi, to death in Ilorin, Kwara State, after the latter broke the parking light of his Honda Bullet car.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident happened on Monday around 5pm in the Gerin Alimi area of the metropolis.
Our correspondent learnt that Adeyemi, aka Daddy Samuel, hit the car, with number plate, BX 954 AJL, at the back, breaking the parking light, valued at N2,500.
A witness, who did not identify himself, said the tricycle rider begged to pay N2,000 for the damage, but the motorist rejected the money. Read more
FG: We’ll Lift Twitter Suspension In A Few Days (DailyTrust)
The Federal Government has again assured Nigerians that all issues that led to the suspension of activities of the popular microblogging platform, Twitter, will be sorted out soon.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mohammed, who declined to give a specific timeline on when the suspension would be lifted, said the ongoing discussions between government and Twitter had been “productive” and “respective”.
Asked on the latest on the Twitter ban in the country as he had promised on August 11 that the ban would be lifted very soon, the minister said: “I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly, it has been productive and quite respectful. Read more
Nigeria sets July 2022 for return of Benin artifacts by Germany (Punch)
Nigeria has agreed with Germany for hundreds of artefacts stolen during colonial times to be returned from July next year and is negotiating with other museums to repatriate more, an official said on Tuesday.
Thousands of pieces of Nigeria’s so-called Benin Bronzes — 16th to 18th century metal plaques and sculptures — were stolen from the palace of the ancient Benin Kingdom only to end up in museums across the US and Europe.
Nigeria plans to build a museum in Benin City in southern Edo State where it hopes to house the bronzes, seen as among the most highly regarded works of African art.
“We have agreed on a timeline that actual return will start next year, 2022, which is going to be around July, August,” Abba Tijani, director of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments said of the bronzes in Germany. Read more
Soul II Soul founder Jazzie B’s autobiography is out this month (RA)
Soul II Soul founder Jazzie B has an autobiography out on September 24th.
The title, A Happy Face, A Thumpin’ Bass, For a Lovin’ Race, is the same as the soundsystem icon’s longtime motto, according to ra.co.
Published by A Way With Media, the release will be followed by a UK book tour in October.
“It has been two years in the making and I’m really super proud of it,” Jazzie B told Beyond Magazine. Read more
Women’s ritual baths closed by Jerusalem chief rabbi due to ‘promiscuity’ (JPost)
Closing women’s mikvahs due to promiscuity and not men’s was a form of illegal gender-based discrimination and violated laws regarding freedom of religion.
A ruling issued by Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar halted a long-standing custom of women, married and single, to immerse in a mikvah ritual bath the day before Yom Kippur to heighten their sense of spiritual purity.
Earlier this week, Amar sent a letter to Rabbi David Banino, head of the Jerusalem religious council’s mikvah department, telling him that mikvah directors and attendants should not allow women to immerse in the mikvaot they operate unless it is the correct night for them to immerse, according to Jewish family purity laws.
This would exclude married women, singles, divorcees and widows who wish to immerse in a mikvah for spiritual purposes ahead of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Read more
Kelly Clarkson delivers soulful cover of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (Billboard)
Kellyoke is back! This time around, Kelly Clarkson is dipping her foot into soul music for her newest installment of her karaoke segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
On Tuesday (Sept. 14), the singer turned daytime host took to the stage to perform a charismatic cover of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Much like the original version of the song, Clarkson’s backing band delivered the classic track’s funky sound while the singer made the record her own by sprinkling lofty vocal runs and vibrato throughout the lyrics.
Gaye and Terell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High” — which was released in 1967 — was a hit for the duo. The song peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was on the chart for a total of 19 weeks. The song remains a staple of both Gaye and Terell’s catalogue, and a defining moment in the Motown era of music.
To date, there are 300 Kellyoke covers that Clarkson has performed during the show. Read more
North and South Korea test ballistic missiles hours apart (BBC)
North and South Korea have tested ballistic missiles hours apart from each other, highlighting an arms race on the peninsula as nuclear talks with the North remain stalled.
The North fired two ballistic missiles across its east coast, its first test with such missiles in six months and a fresh breach of UN resolutions.
The tests came as South Korea and China discussed the North’s nuclear issue.
Hours later, the South tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile. Read more
California Governor Newsom easily retains job, sweeps election (Gazette)
California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom handily beat back an effort to oust him from office in Tuesday’s special election, overcoming a Republican campaign to unseat him over his liberal policies on immigration, COVID-19 and crime.
Newsom, a first-term governor beset by challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme drought and severe wildfires, boosted turnout among Democrats with a flurry of late campaigning and easily overcame the move by Republicans to recall him.
By late Tuesday, returns showed Newsom easily winning a majority of support from voters who said he should remain in office. With 46% of precincts reporting, Newsom was up by more than 30 points, with 67% support compared to 33% who wanted to recall him, state data showed. Read more
Everything you need to know about Barry White (PlanetRadio)
Barry White was an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer who enjoyed huge success with songs like ‘You’re the First, the Last, My Everything’ and ‘Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe’.
The late two-time Grammy Award-winner recorded 19 studio albums and is one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Who was Barry White?
Barry White was an American singer, songwriter and producer who achieved great success in the 1970s with his soul, funk and disco sound.
He was born on 12th September 1944 in Texas and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Read more
Enyimba appoints Finidi George as head coach (Punch)
The former Ajax and Real Betis winger, who replaces Fatai Osho whose contract expired at the end of August, has joined the eight times Nigerian champions on a two-year contract.
George, a legend of Nigeria’s men’s senior national team, made 62 appearances for the Super Eagles in an illustrious playing career that lasted up to fifteen years.
He was a key member of the glorious era that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and represented the country at two FIFA World Cups – the 1994 and 1998 editions.
At club level, George won the Uefa Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and went on to play for Real Betis, RCD Mallorca, and Ipswich Town. Read more
Leonardo confident Kylian Mbappe will extend PSG contract (Independent)
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo is confident Kylian Mbappe will extend his contract with the club and criticised Real Madrid’s attempts to sign the French striker during the transfer window.
PSG, who risk losing Mbappe for free when his current deal expires next summer, rejected Real Madrid’s bid of around €160m for the 22-year-old, deeming the offer too low.
“The fact that he’s staying, that was the only thing that could happen,” Leonard told Canal Plus. Read more
Cannabis ban in athletics: World Anti-Doping Agency to review rules (BBC)
The World Anti-Doping Agency is to review whether cannabis should remain a banned substance.
The move follows American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson missing the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the substance in June.
The 21-year-old later revealed she had used cannabis to help cope with the death of her biological mother.
Wada says the scientific review will begin next year and that cannabis will remain prohibited in 2022.
The anti-doping agency says the review is taking place “following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders”. Read more
Man Utd learn that Ronaldo’s goals alone won’t suffice in Champions League (Guardian)
Cristiano Ronaldo has wasted no time in showing how valuable he will be to Manchester United but Tuesday’s shock Champions League defeat at the hands of Young Boys in Bern was a reminder that the Old Trafford side have not been a major player at this level for a long time.
Ronaldo got his third goal in two matches since returning to United as the visitors took an early lead at the Wankdorf Stadium, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s sending-off shortly before the interval was what swung the Group F opener.
Young Boys, the Swiss champions whose most notable performance in the European Cup remains their run to the semi-finals back in 1959, made the most of their extra man as Cameroon’s Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu got a 66th-minute equaliser.
USA forward Jordan Siebatcheu then won it deep in injury time after latching onto Jesse Lingard’s misjudged back-pass. Read more
Tyson Fury reveals how much rejecting Deontay Wilder fight would have cost him (Metro)
Tyson Fury has revealed he would have been sued for €80million had he refused to fight Deontay Wilder in their trilogy showdown.
Fury and Anthony Joshua were set to meet in an all-British unification showdown this summer to crown the heavyweight division’s first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.
After months of talks, a date finally looked to be confirmed in August only for Wilder’s successful arbitration case to halt those plans and enforce a third meeting between Fury and ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn subsequently laid the blame solely at the feet of Fury and his promoters. Read more
Cross-country world championships postponed to 2023 (Nation)
The world cross-country championships in Bathurst, Australia has been postponed to 2023 due to COVID-19 restrictions, the governing body World Athletics said Wednesday.
“The postponement is due to the biosecurity measures and travel restrictions currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” a statement said.
Originally scheduled for Feb. 19, 2022, the 44th edition of the event would now take place in Feb. 18, 2023.
“Athletics Australia and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) are delighted that World Athletics and its partners have agreed to the postponement. Read more