Mother, 3 children killed in Lagos building collapse (DailyTrust)
A collapsed building where people are trapped at Magodo in Lagos yesterday Photo: Benedict Uwalaka Four people have been confirmed dead in a building collapse at Magodo Phase I in Lagos on Saturday morning.
The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyitolu confirmed this in a chat with our correspondent.
Daily Trust on Sunday reports that the incident occurred at 48 Orisha Water Front Otun Araromi Street, Magodo Phase I. Read more
How Lagos State overcame legal hurdle to generate more IGR (ThisDay)
The judgment of the Federal High Court confirming the powers of states to impose consumption taxes and declaring some sections of the VAT Act as unconstitutional will certainly boost states’ revenue, writes Davidson Iriekpen
At a time, when state governors are desperately devising strategies to boost their internally generated revenue (IGR), the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos has come handy for them to rely upon. Penultimate week, Justice Rilwanu Aikawa upheld the rights of Lagos State government and by implication, other states, to enforce the collection consumption tax in hotels and event centres. He barred the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) from enforcing value-added tax (VAT) provisions on goods and services consumed in hotels, restaurants and event centres. Read more
LASTMA gets new GM (Nation)
Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Mr Olajide Oduyoye as General Manager (GM) Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).
Oduyoye, an engineer and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (FCILT), was appointed following the elevation of the former GM Olawale Musa to Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transport.
According to a statement by LASTMA’s Public Affairs Officer Olumide Filade, Oduyoye had his tertiary education in the United Kingdom where he studied transportation, airport planning design and management. Read more
Minimum Wage: NLC tells state councils to prepare for strike (Guardian)
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed its state councils to prepare for strike on Oct. 16 if negotiation breaks down again with Federal Government.
In a circular sent to state councils, signed by its General Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, NLC said this was a notice in case the proposed negotiations slated for Oct. 15 with the Federal Government broke down. Read more
Probe loans and funding for water and infrastructure in Lagos, govt urged (Nation)
Lagos State government has been urged to probe all loans and funding for the existing water system and infrastructure in the state throughout the tenures of the Governors Babatunde Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode, including the N1.6 billion made available to the Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) in 2017 for the rehabilitation of mini and micro waterworks across the state.
This was said at a stakeholders’ dialogue tagged “The Lagos Water Crisis; setting agenda for the Sanwo-Olu administration in the water sector” and organised by the Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/ FoEN) and held in Lagos. Read more
Aisha Buhari: I was in UK for medical attention (ThisDay)
The First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, Sunday in Abuja explained that she was in the United Kingdom for about two months for medical attention on the advice of her doctor.
Mrs. Buhari, who arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 5am Sunday aboard British Airways, explained that after an initial medical trip to the UK, she left London to perform hajj in Saudi Arabia but had to return to the UK on the advice of her doctor. Read more
FG earmarks N792m for internet, live TV on Presidential jet (Nation)
President Muhammadu Buhari has earmarked N792m to upgrade and install live television and internet service on a jet, the BBJ (5N-FGT) which is among the Presidential Air Fleets (PAF).
This is contained in the budget of the State House Buhari presented to a joint session of the National Assembly last week. Read more
5 Emirs, 33 District Heads, Top Military Officers Complicit in Zamfara Banditry (ThisDay)
A committee set up by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State to find solutions to banditry and other security challenges in the state has indicted top military officers and traditional rulers for complicity in the spate of violence that has killed more than 6, 000 people in the last 10 years.
This is as the Nigerian Army said its soldiers neutralised no fewer than 39 armed bandits in two different operations in Zamfara State last week. Read more
Akwaaba brings glamour to African culture, tourism (DailyTrust)
Sixteen years down the line, Akwaaba African Travel Market has showcased the abundant tourism and hospitality industry of Africa, striving to break barriers to intra-African trade and strengthening the bond of brotherhood among African countries. The 16th edition of the international expo has not deviated from this mission. From West Africa to East and South Africa were representatives of over 20 countries. They were exhibitors, visitors and participants at the expo. It is the 16th in the series of the glamourous event. Read more
PDP accuses APC of Inflicting flooding on Lagosians (Guardian)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the perennial flooding in Lagos on the state government, saying, it was caused by previous administration’s penchant for building bogus estates on waterfronts.
Also, a former Lagos lawmaker who represented Epe Federal Constituency, Mr. Lanre Odubote has called on the Federal Government to come to the aid of the state in fighting flood. Read more
CBN Clarifies Diaspora Remittances, Says Official Inflows is $2.6bn, Not $26bn (ThisDay)
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has clarified the official value of diaspora remittances to the country, saying the total inflows from Nigerians living abroad is $2.6 billion and not $26 billion, as being quoted in some quarters. The clarification followed reports that huge diaspora dollar inflows into the country, estimated to be about $26 billion, had not really impacted positively on the economy.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State government said Governor Seyi Makinde had decided to spend the N7.6 billion loan his predecessor secured from the CBN on the reconstruction and standardisation of farm settlements in Eruwa and Akufo areas of Ibadan, the state capital. This was contained in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa. Read more
Passenger slumps, dies at Lagos airport over news of wife’s death (Independent)
It was a sad Saturday evening at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos following the slump and eventual death of a Nigerian passenger at the airport.
The passenger who was later identified as Jude Oladapo was an Air France passenger to Paris before he slumped and died at the airport.
According to a source close to the terminal, Oladapo had received a call from an unknown number telling him that his wife had just died. Read more
Israel president asks Putin to pardon woman jailed for cannabis (Guardian)
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday appealed to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to pardon an Israeli-American jailed for smuggling cannabis who is reportedly caught up in a prisoner exchange request.
Naama Issachar was caught with nine grammes of the drug in her checked luggage while transiting from India to Israel at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport in April. Read more
Victor Osimhen scored highest goals in a single U-17 World Cup – FIFA (Punch)
FIFA has named Victor Osimhen as the footballer who holds the record for most goals scored in a single Under-17 World Cup tournament.
The football body arrived at the conclusion during its daily FIFA U-17 World Cup trivia question.
Taking to its verified Twitter handle, the world football governing body had posed a teaser, “Who holds the record for most goals scored in a single #U17WC tournament?” asking its teeming social media followers to choose among Florent Sinama Pongolle, Victor Osimhen and Adriano. Read more
Coco Gauff wins first WTA title beating Jelena Ostapenko in Linz Open final (BBC)
Coco Gauff started the season ranked well outside the Top 600, she will move inside the top 75 after the win
Teenager Coco Gauff has become the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years with victory in the Linz Open.
The 15-year-old American beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2 and is projected to move inside the world’s top 75.
Gauff only qualified for the main draw as a lucky loser after losing in the final round of qualifying. Read more
EL-Amin leads 39 others to Georgian Cup Centenary tourney (DailyTrust)
The much anticipated 2019 Kaduna International Polo Tournament is already on us with the defending champions, EL- Amin leading 39 other teams from across the country bracing for another titanic quest for laurels as the prestigious festival celebrates another epoch, the Centenary edition of the Georgian Cup.
President of Kaduna Polo Club, Suleiman Abubakar this to Polo Royals, that everything is on ground for the grand festival billed for the foremost Murtala Square with an unprecedented entry and a loaded five teams Georgian Cup meltdown. Read more
10 countries to participate in 2019 Nigeria Ladies Golf Open tourney (DailyTrust)
Organisers of the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Golf Open Championship, scheduled for IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja from November 12 to November 15, have begun activities lined up towards a successful hosting of the event.
The President, Ladies Golf Association Of Nigeria (LGAN), Ekanem Ekwueme, led some members of the committee on a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jeddy Agba, as part of the awareness campaign to herald the annual event. Read more
Tension ahead of France-Turkey Euro showdown (Guardian)
France host Turkey in a crunch Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday with the teams vying for top spot in Group H and diplomatic tension simmering between the two nations after Turkey’s bombardment of Syrian Kurds this week.
With three games to go in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign the sides have 18 points each ahead of Monday’s showdown at the Stade de France but Turkey top the group on the head-to-head rule after their 2-0 defeat of Les Blues in Konya in June. Read more
Roberto Firmino in rumoured Barcelona transfer plan to replace Luis Suarez (Independent)
Barcelona have reportedly included Roberto Firmino on a shortlist of forwards to replace Luis Suarez, but there is still good news for Liverpool.
Suarez remains one of the most feared strikers in world football and has started the new season in strong form, scoring six goals in eight games across all competitions so far, The UK Express reports.
But at 32 years of age, Barcelona are on the lookout for another striker to come in with an eye at being his long-term replacement. Read more
FG to make National stadium, Lagos, Nigeria’s Wembley – Dare (Guardian)
The Federal Government, yesterday, expressed its preparedness to revamp the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, and make it a true national monument comparable in stature to the Wembley Stadium, in England.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who made the disclosure, while on a tour of sporting facilities in Lagos State, said also in line for the makeover are other national stadia across the country. Read more
How Alex Iwobi asked me to represent Nigeria – Philip Billing (Vanguard) Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing has explained how Alex Iwobi spoke to him about representing Nigeria. Phillip Billing The attacking midfielder, who is of Nigerian descent, was born in Denmark and has featured for the Red and White’s U19 and U20 sides. He is still eligible to play for the Super Eagles.
Billing had previously rejected an opportunity to play for the three-time African champions in November 2018. During Bournemouth’s 3-1 victory against Iwobi’s side Everton last month, the 23-year-old explained how the Super Eagles star approached him to change his allegiance. Read more
Japan beat Scotland to reach first rugby World Cup quarter-finals (Punch)
Japan’s “Ferraris” hit top gear Sunday as the hosts beat Scotland 28-21 in a barnstorming Rugby World Cup clash to create history by reaching the quarter-finals.
Rampaging wingers Kotaro Matsushima and Kenki Fukuoka did the damage for Japan, who survived a late fightback in Yokohama to advance as Pool A winners along with Ireland.
The Brave Blossoms will face two-time world champions South Africa in Tokyo next weekend after making it a perfect four wins out of four, roared on by a crowd of 67,000. Read more
Arsenal, Man U interested in Cadoche (Sun)
Arsenal and Manchester United are “closely interested” in highly-rated youngster Tom Cadoche, according to reports.
The 15-year-old, who plays for La Havre AC, is set to make a decision on his future at the end of the year. Read more
I’m surprised Lampard beat Terry to Chelsea job – Mikel (Sun)
John Obi Mikel has spoken of his surprise that Frank Lampard has beaten John Terry to the Chelsea hot-seat.
The Nigerian was a team-mate of Terry at Stamford Bridge between 2006 and 2017, as well as Lampard before the current Chelsea boss left in 2014.
He told 61 Saat: “I am very happy for Frank, when we were playing at Chelsea we were expecting that John Terry and he would be very good managers. Read more