Lagos landlord, LAWMA disagree over N270,000 waste bill (Punch)
A landlord, Samuel Ogun, has accused an agent of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, Dare Odukoya, of demanding N270,250 for waste disposal from him despite not rendering any services to his house on Greenland Street, in the Egbeda area of Lagos State.
Ogun, who described the demand as an attempt to extort him, claimed that one of the agent’s field workers testified that no waste was cleared from his compound.
The 75-year-old noted that the period for the charges was not stated in his bill, adding that efforts to demand an explanation from Odukoya and his workers proved abortive.
He said, “On October 1, 2021, my tenant alerted me to a letter from LAWMA officials in Alimosho LGA, which was pasted on my gate. The letter said I owed the sum of N270,250 for waste disposal. They never rendered any services to me and occupants in the main building.
“But before the letter was served, a waste management team once locked some shops in our area. I engaged the senior officer who led the team and she said they were collecting revenue on behalf of the local government. After a while, the team left. Read more
Insecurity: LASBCA partners Navy to demolish shanties in Oriade council (Guardian)
Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Nigerian Navy have commenced removal of shanties erected along Navy Gate, Satellite Town in Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the state.
General Manager of the Agency, Gbolahan Oki, an architect, said no fewer than 80 of these illegal structures were pulled down to check insecurity and restore physical normalcy to the area.
He lamented the rate at which some individuals would continue to erect shanties along major roads without recourse to the State Physical Planning laws and existing master plan designed for different areas of the State.
Oki commended the partnership with the Nigerian Navy, describing it as a “timely intervention” needed at this time to make Lagos work, check security challenges and salvage the state from environmental degradation. Read more
Sanwo-Olu emerges best governor in ‘Internal Audit transformation’ (Punch)
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been named the ‘Best Nigerian Governor in Internal Audit Transformation’, by the Institute of Internal Auditors of Nigeria.
The award was in appreciation and recognition of the governor’s significant transformation of the internal audit function in the state.
The award was received on his behalf by Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat at the 2021 National Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors on Thursday in Lagos.
Mr Hamzat said Mr Sanwo-Olu’s administration considered auditors as strategic partners in discharging its responsibilities to the public.
He also stated that the Lagos government had to re-engineer the service delivery model used in the face of changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Ekiti : Abductors collected N2.5m, pack of cigarette, milk to release victims (Sun)
The eight persons that were kidnapped last Tuesday in Itapaji-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, have all regained their freedom and reunited with their families.
A source close to one of the victims, told journalists in Ado Ekiti, on Friday, that the abductors collected a sum of N2.5 million, a pack of cigarettes and one pack of tin milk before the victims were released.
According to reports, the gunmen, had stormed a house located in the town at about 9:30pm on that day, shot sporadically into the air that lasted for for more than one hour and eventually took away eight occupants of the building.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday, four suspects were arrested in connection with the abduction of the eight persons following the combined efforts of the police, the military and other security agencies in the state. Read more
5 internet fraudsters jailed for impersonation in Ibadan (Channels)
Five internet fraudsters have been convicted in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, for impersonation.
Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan gave the ruling on Thursday.
The convicts, Ogunbayo Peter Oluwatobiloba (aka Racheal Brinkley), Charles Jude Albert, Kolawole Bankole Opeyemi, Bello Tobiloba Abdullahi, and Obitokun Olugbade Solomon, were found guilty of impersonation, an offence which contravenes section 22(2)(b)(1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b) of the same Act.
Bello and Kolawole were convicted and sentenced to ten months imprisonment each; Ogunbayo, nine months; Obitokun, eight months, while Albert was sentenced to five months in prison. Read more
PDP ready to rescue Nigeria – Okowa (Vanguard)
The Chairman of Accreditation Sub-Committee of Saturday’s National Convention of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday said the planning and outcome of the convention would prove that the party was ready to rescue Nigeria from prevailing challenges.
Okowa, who is the Governor of Delta, made this known in his remarks at a meeting of the Committee held at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.
He said that PDP was ready to take over leadership at the centre in 2023, emphasizing that the convention would strengthen unity and democracy not only in the party but in the country.
The committee chairman disclosed that the party had reached consensus on most of the elective positions at the conventionn, adding that only two positions were still open for contest. Read more
Nollywood mourns as veteran actor, Joshua Johnson, dies (Leadership)
The Nigerian movie industry known as Nollywood, has been thrown into mourning as a veteran actor, Joshua Johnson, popularly called Uncle Josh is dead.
The actor known for his role in ‘Battleground’ drama series among others, was said to have passed away on Thursday, October 28, 2021 after a brief illness.
Announcing the sad news, Mr Abel Alechenu in a post on social media on Friday, said he could not believe that Joshua had died suddenly.
“This one HIT differently, but all I can say is it is well. When I called your phone and it rang, I thought all I heard were rumours, until I was told by the voice which was not yours that you have gone to be with the Lord, I wish I could just hear that it’s one of your so many jokes…. Read more
Raising the Tempoe of Afrobeats’ global takeover (Guardian)
When it comes to having ears for great sound, Michael Alagwu is unrivalled for miles. The 24-year-old music producer, professionally known as Tempoe, is a core part of the recent milestones in Afrobeats’ global takeover. From having produced multiple number one songs on Apple Music’s chart, to having Billboard record-breaking songs, Tempoe has had a towering impact on Afrobeats’ global explosion. And it is mostly thanks to his deep-rooted perfectionism.
“B*tch don’t wear no shoes in my house,” it felt as if the Roddy Rich-attributed inscription was yelling at me from Tempoe’s front-door mat. After being drenched by the rain, my damp shoes had sentenced me to severe guilt which circled around my thoughts. And as I took the shoes off, I had started enjoying a preview into the unique personality that defines Tempoe.
As we sit in his neatly arranged and minimalistic artsy apartment, the scented candles douse the tensions brewing in my head from the customary Lagos gridlock. This ambience also snoozed every stereotype one might have about a fast-rising music producer living in the highbrow Lekki suburbs of Lagos. With Tempoe, his calmness, enthusiasm, and monk-esque serenity shines as his brightest gems.
Up until a few years ago, the young singer was a trained statistician and proficient web developer hustling through Lagos streets for an opportunity to express himself musically. Read more
No plan for 3rd term for me, President Buhari swears (Leadership)
President Muhammadu Buhari has swore that he has no plan for third term in office as he will leave at the end of his eight-year tenure in 2023.
The president spoke at a meeting in Makkah with a select group of Nigerians resident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he just ended a visit.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari also tacitly expressed support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections, arguing that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was God’s answer to his prayers, having been cheated of his victory in three previous elections.
“I swore by the Holy Qur’an that I will serve in accordance with the constitution and leave when my time is up. No “Tazarce’’ (tenure extension). I don’t want anybody to start talking about and campaigning for unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that. Read more
Huawei sales fell by 32% after US sanctions and honor smartphone brand sale (Time)
Chinese tech giant Huawei’s sales fell 32% from a year earlier in the first nine months of 2021 under U.S. sanctions and following the sale of its Honor smartphone brand, according to figures released Friday.
Huawei Technologies Ltd.’s smartphone and other consumer-oriented businesses have been “significantly impacted” but sales to phone carriers and other commercial customers “remain stable,” its chairman, Guo Ping, said in a statement.
Revenue for the nine months ending in September was 455.8 billion yuan ($71.3 billion), with a profit margin of 10.2%, the company announced. That was down from 671.3 billion yuan in revenue reported for the same period of 2020.
Huawei, the biggest maker of network gear, is struggling to hold onto market share under sanctions that block its access to most U.S. processor chips and other technology. Read more
Renowned philosophy professor Kathleen Stock quits Sussex University after harassment by trans activists (RT)
Kathleen Stock, an acclaimed UK philosophy professor, has decided to leave the University of Sussex after transgender activists demanded that she be fired for “transphobic” statements.
“This has been an absolutely horrible time for me and my family. I’m putting it behind me now,” the academic tweeted, announcing her departure after “a very difficult few years.” Stock thanked the University for stating that bullying and harassment for legally held beliefs is unacceptable.
In a letter published on the university’s website, Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell called Stock’s departure “a loss to us all,” thanking the professor for her tenure at Sussex.
“The University has been consistent and clear that everyone in our community has the right to work and learn, free from bullying and harassment of any kind, which has not been the case for Professor Stock,” Tickell said. He added that it is unlawful to discriminate against anyone “on the grounds of sex and of philosophical belief.” Read more
AfDB to create 25 million new jobs by 2025, says Adesina (Punch)
Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, the President of African Development Bank, says the bank is targeting to create 25 million new jobs by 2025.
Adesina said this when he delivered a lecture on “Social Media, National Security and Social Change: Bridging the Gap for Development in Africa’’ in Lagos.
According to a statement issued by the bank on Friday in Abuja, Adesina underscored the enormous potential that Nigeria has for attracting global digital commerce and financial services.
Adesina added that the bank was also investing heavily in quality infrastructure to transform the backbone of Africa’s technological revolution. Read more
Why Facebook Inc rebrands to Meta ― Zuckerberg (Vanguard)
Social Media Service Provider, Facebook has rebanded its company name to Meta to accommodate more social technologies.
The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, disclosed this on Thursday at Facebook’s Connect 2021 conference.
He explained that other apps and technologies remain the same under the company called Meta while he also announced $150-million investment in immersive learning to train the next generation of creators.
Zuckerberg said: “Our new company brand captures where our company is going and the future we want to help build. Read more
American woman found guilty of killing mother freed from Bali prison (PMNews)
Heather Mack, an American woman found guilty of murdering her mother at a hotel on the Indonesian resort island of Bali was released from prison on Friday.
The now 26-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2014 for her role in the killing, but received a series of cuts to her sentence for good behavior, said Lili, the head of the female section at Bali’s Kerobokan prison.
Her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, was also found guilty of murdering Mack’s mother and is still serving an 18-year sentence in the same jail.
Mack will be deported, but has expressed an intention to return, Lili said.
“She was our model prisoner, she was active at the church and taught other inmates dance lessons,” said Lili. Read more
Biden says Pope Francis thinks he should keep receiving communion (Hill)
Pope Francis described President Biden as a “good Catholic” during their meeting on Friday, according to Biden, and also said that he should keep receiving communion.
Biden told reporters that the issue of abortion rights, which Biden supports and which has led to calls for the Catholic Church to not offer him communion, did not come up in the discussion.
“No, it didn’t,” he said when asked if abortion came up. “We just talked about the fact that he was happy that I was a good Catholic and … keep receiving communion.”
When asked if the pope said he should keep receiving communion, the president responded, “Yes.” Read more
Gynaecologist invents world’s first ‘unisex condom’ (Metro)
A Malaysian gynaecologist has created what he says is the world’s first unisex condom.
He suggests it can be worn by females or males and is made from a medical grade material usually used as a dressing for injuries and wounds.
Its inventor hopes the ‘Wondaleaf Unisex Condom’ will empower people to take better control of their sexual health regardless of their sex or sexual orientation.
‘It’s basically a regular condom with an adhesive covering,’ said John Tang Ing Chinh, a gynaecologist at medical supplies firm Twin Catalyst. Read more
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sets target return date for Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner but reveals Mateo Kovacic injury blow (Metro)
Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea’s new target for the return of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner is after the November international break.
The duo both went off in the first half of last week’s 4-0 victory over Malmo in the Champions League and have missed the wins over Norwich and Southampton.
The strikers will also be out for this weekend’s meeting with Newcastle, the second group game against Malmo and a league matchup at home to Burnley.
Kovacic suffered an injury in training
Kovacic suffered an injury in training (Picture: Getty Images)
While Tuchel revealed that a new ‘realistic’ target for their comeback is after the international break, long-term absentee Pulisic is expected to back for Burnley. Read more
Solskjaer sought Ferguson advice after Liverpool defeat (Independent)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he has sought the advice of his mentor Sir Alex Ferguson as it emerged that Manchester United appear to be looking for a British replacement to eventually succeed him.
The current United manager has survived a tempestuous week since the 5-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.
It was a defeat Solskjaer admits will linger long in the memory, and history books, and has sparked speculation about his successor.
Antonio Conte was quickly ruled out as a potential replacement due to the high cost and high maintenance involved in recruiting the Italian. Read more
Max Verstappen lifts the lid on his ‘tense’ F1 rivalry with Lewis Hamilton just days after calling the Brit a ‘stupid idiot’ amid an on-track battle (DailyMail)
claims that while his Formula One rivalry with Lewis Hamilton has been ‘tense’ there still remains mutual respect between them as their battle for the championship heats up.
The pair are the standout drivers in the field this term and have been evenly matched throughout the campaign, although there have already been a few heated moments between them.
At the British Grand Prix in Silverstone back in July, Hamilton was penalised for forcing Verstappen off the track in a high speed incident that led to the Red Bull driver going to hospital, with Hamilton going on to win the race.
Last month at Monza they collided again with this time Verstappen’s poor attempt at defending his position in Monza ending in his car landing on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes, with the 36-year-old being protected from serious harm of being hit by a wheel by the halo shield around the cockpit. Read more
T20 World Cup: Pakistan dismisses both Afghanistan openers (Nation)
Pakistan are in the driving seat of the match after its bowlers did the trick once again, with Imad Wasim and Shaheen Afridi dismissing both Afghanistan openers inside the first three overs.
Earlier, Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan.
Skipper Babar Azam and the rest of the Pakistan squad have played good cricket till now in the ICC T20 World Cup. However, the Men in Green will have their hands full today (Friday) when they try to tackle Afghanistan’s spin bowlers.
Pakistan head into the match confident after securing wins against heavyweights India and New Zealand from their first two games. Read more
International Surfing Association appoints Ferroni as marketing and media manager (Inside the Games)
Federico Ferroni has been appointed as the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) marketing and media manager.
He has started with immediate effect and replaces Evan Quarnstrom, who has left after nearly six years in the role.
The Argentine, who has also lived in California, Chile and Costa Rica, has more than 15 years of experience in sports marketing.
His career began at IMG Latin America and he has also worked for Nike South America and Vans. Read more
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits out at ‘blatant lies’ following Manchester United’s defeat to Liverpool (Metro)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fumed at the ‘blatant lies’ about his Manchester United team following their crushing defeat to Liverpool.
Solskjaer was left fighting for his job after his Red Devils side were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford.
While United resisted the temptation to sack Solskjaer – with the Norwegian boss set to take charge of Saturday’s Premier League match against Tottenham – the board are believed to be growing increasingly concerned about the team’s malaise.
In the aftermath of the Liverpool capitulation, reports claimed some member of Manchester United’s squad were beginning to doubt Solskjaer, while figures such as Antonio Conte and Brendan Rodgers were said to be in contention to replace the 48-year-old. Read more