Sanwo-Olu assures of tech-driven Lagos (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stressed the importance of technology to governance, saying his government is determined to use technology as a major driver of activities.
Speaking Friday night at the launch of the Microsoft’s $100m Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Lagos, Sanwoolu said he was passionate about how technology would help his team build a 21st Century economy and ensure an enabling environment for local and international partnerships. Read more
Nigerian teenager shatters 125 year school record in US (ThisDay)
A Nigerian-born teenager, Tobechukwu Phillips has shattered the 125 academic history of her high school in Texas, US.
Phillips, a student of Alvin High School boasted a 6.9 GPA, after she earned A’s throughout her stay in the school. She emerged the first Black valedictorian in the school’s history.
Alvin High School was originally established in 1894. African-American students were allowed to join the school in 1965. Read more
Lack of scanners: How importers suffer at Nigerian ports (Independent)
There is nothing to cheer for importers and exporters at the Apapa and Tin Can ports, where about 80 per cent of Nigeria’s maritime trade occurs and other ports across the country. The infrastructure there is shabby. Cargo clearance is frustrating because the estimated 1.5 million containers that pass through the ports annually are being inspected by human agents.
It became apparent that Nigeria lacked the required scanners and security instruments used at the sea ports, airports and border stations for easier examination of cargoes and detection of foreign items in legitimate consignments when in 2017, 661 pump-action rifles were intercepted outside the port in Lagos. Read more
NPA terminates Intels pilotage contract over failure to remit $145.84m (ThisDay)
After about two years of bickering, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has terminated its boats pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement with Intels Nigeria Limited. Intels is a leading integrated logistics and facilities services provider in the maritime and oil and gas logistics sectors of the economy.
In a letter dated March 29, 2019, addressed to the Managing Director of Intels, which was obtained by THISDAY, NPA said the decision to revoke the contract was taken in line with Article 8 (C) of its agreement with Intels, dated February 11, 2011. Read more
Banks earn big in e-payment charges, customers raise ethical questions (Guardian)
Section 2 (2) of the Consumer Protection Framework of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) states that financial institutions shall act in the best interest of consumers in the provision of advice and execution of transactions. The same framework in Section 2 (5) espouses fair treatment, warning that contract terms must not undermine the rights of consumers, giving financial institutions undue advantage.
The principles behind “acting in the best interest of consumers” and not taking “undue advantage” in the execution of transactions call for ethical practice. For one thing, the customer is not fully aware of what constitutes the entire charges and what gains have been made from the customer in each transaction. Read more
Army loses 29 soldiers to Boko Haram in five months (Punch)
About 29 troops of the Nigerian Army were killed in various encounters with the Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province fighters in the North-East between January and May 2019.
This figure is obtained from official records of the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Abuja, and from military sources, detailing insurgents’ attacks, especially on military bases in the region. Read more
Rising suicide crisis: How 250 psychiatrists battle Nigeria’s 60 million mental cases (Punch)
He just returned to his parents’ home after being away for a year. His mother realised that he was not his usual self as he had become withdrawn and always seen staring at nothing in particular for several minutes with a distant expression indicating that he was in a world of his own.
Whenever his siblings offered to take him out, he would refuse all entreaties, insisting that he wanted to be alone as he was unhappy and sometimes complained about his inability to get a job. Read more
Inside Kano’s ‘game of thrones’ (DailyTrust)
May 2019 will remain historic to the people of Kano State, as four additional emirates were created from the hitherto main one, with four first class emirs appointed. The emirates are Gaya, Rano, Karaye and Bichi, with new appointees Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya (Gaya), Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Ila (Rano), Dr Ibrahim Abubakar ll (Karaye) and Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero (Bichi). The move for the creation of the new emirates was kickstarted by a group called West African Institute for Legal Aide (WAILA), which petitioned the Kano State House of Assembly through its solicitor Malam Ibrahim Salisu Chambers, requesting the creation of four new emirates. Read more
I can collaborate with Tiwa Savage – Yemi Alade (Punch)
Although the two artistes don’t say it in clear terms, it is obvious there is a silent rivalry between Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage.
But Alade, who recently featured American artiste, Rick Ross, in the remix of her song, O My Gosh, gave the condition on which she could collaborate with Tiwa Savage to make a song. She told Sunday Scoop, “If it is the will of God (collaborating with Tiwa Savage). We, female artistes, are all doing great things and putting music out there. Being the biggest female artiste or not, I am very happy where I’m and I’m happy for other females in the industry.” Read more
I have worked too hard to have my image tarnished – Kate Henshaw (Vanguard)
Having put in many years of hard work, diligence and doggedness into her acting career, a Nollywood actress of Kate Henshaw’s pedigree, may sound the war drums and roll out the guns on anyone who tries to taint her image, even if found guilty as charged.
This is probably the case with the veteran actress who lost her cool on discovering that an impostor shared an official statement on social media, indicting President Buhari and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, using her name and photo. Read more
Gospel musicians going secular: Monetary or quest for fame? (Independent)
Have you ever heard a song that touches the whole of your being and gives you the aura of heavenly fulfillment? That is what gospel music does to the spirit, soul and body of a believer.
But in recent times, according to observers many artistes who started singing in the church have left gospel music to sing secular songs. It is no longer news that most musicians started singing in the church, hence it can be said that they discovered and developed their gifts in the church. Read more
Poland leader slams church pathology, backs sex abuse probe (Crux)
Poland’s ruling conservative party leader said Friday it does not tolerate “pathology” in the Catholic Church and will back a commission to investigate sex abuse of minors in church but also in other circles.
It was the first reaction by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a practicing Catholic, to a documentary film, “Tell No One,” that contains testimony by men and women that they were molested or raped by priests when they were children. Aired Saturday, it has provoked a heated public debate and soul-searching in the Church, which traditionally enjoys respect in predominantly Catholic Poland. Read more
China appreciates France’s fair stance on Huawei (China)
China appreciates France’s fair stance on Chinese technology enterprises’ participation in 5G network building, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said Friday.
According to media reports, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that “launching now a technological war or a trade war vis-a-vis any other country is not appropriate,” when responding to the United States’ restrictions on Chinese enterprises in 5G construction. Read more
Ambode’s testimonial match ends in a draw (Guardian)
The Agege Stadium in Lagos buzzed with excitement, yesterday, as top African and Nigerian football legends honoured the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode with a testimonial match as he gets set to exit office.
Virtually all the biggest African and Nigerian stars to have played the round leather game turned up for the thrilling match, which saw the stadium filled to capacity. Read more
Nadal dispatches Tsitsipas to reach Rome final (Guardian)
Defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his first final on clay this season at the Italian Open on Saturday.
The eight-time Rome winner had been stunned by Tsitsipas, seeded eighth, in the semi-finals at the Madrid Open last weekend. Read more
Oshoala scores as Barcelona ladies lose Champions League final to Lyon (Independent)
Lagos – It was a heartbreak for Super Falcons’ Asisat Oshoala and her Barcelona Ladies as they were beaten 4-1 by Lyon of France Ladies in the UEFA Champions League final decided on Saturday at Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary.
The defending champions, Lyon, started the scoring as early as the fifth minute as Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan turned in The Netherlands’ Shanice Van de Sanden for the opening goal. Read more
Musa named in Saudi Team of the Season (Punch)
Nigeria winger Ahmed Musa has been named in the Saudi Arabia Professional Football League team of the season, Completesports.com reports.
Al Nassr defeated Al Batin 2-1 on Thursday to clinched their eighth league title.
Musa, who linked up with Al Nassr from English Premier League side Leicester City last summer, scored seven goals in 24 league appearances for the club. Read more
Guardiola wins first FA Cup as Man City clinch domestic treble (DailyTrust)
Manchester City clinched an unprecedented domestic treble by winning the FA Cup thanks to a Raheem Sterling-inspired 6-0 hammering of Watford at Wembley, equalling the record for the biggest win in the competition’s final.
Although the first big chance of the game was created by Watford, a dominant City made them pay just before the half-hour with David Silva’s first goal since December and Raheem Sterling doubled their advantage with 38 minutes on the clock. Read more
Five games which won the Bundesliga title for Bayern Munich (Vanguard)
Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions for a record seventh successive season on Saturday afternoon after a rollercoaster title race.
Niko Kovac’s side overcame a rocky start to their campaign to overturn what had been a nine-point lead for rivals Borussia Dortmund and claim the league title on the final day. Here are five games from the past 10 months which proved to be decisive as Dortmund and Bayern traded blows in a thrilling battle for the Bundesliga throne. 1. Bayern Munich 2-3 Borussia Dortmund, November 10 (Day 11) Read more
Handball League: Defenders, Plateau Peacocks defeat Rima Strikers, Seasiders Babes (DailyTrust)
Defenders of Nigeria Security Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) male handball team on Saturday in Abuja defeated Rima Strikers of Sokoto, 33-22, to advance in the ongoing 2019 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League.
Defenders led by 18-9 by the break before extending their win in the second half. Read more
FIFA president full of praise as second proposed 2022 World Cup venue opens (ThisDay)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has described as “extraordinary” the second proposed Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup venue to open its doors.
Infantino attended the opening of the 40,000-seater Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah City, together with FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. Read more
Super Falcons lift WAFU Cup, return to Nigeria Sunday (ThisDay)
Nigeria swept to glory in the 2019 WAFU Women’s Cup tournament in Abidjan saturday as the Super Falcons edged host nation Cote d’Ivoire 5-4 after penalty shootout in an interesting final match at the Stade Robert Champroux.
The Ivorians took the lead in the 43rdminute of the encounter when Spain-based Ange Koko N’Guessan, who also scored for the Dame Elephantes against Mali in the semi final, beat goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie with a marvelous free-kick.
Afterwards, the African champions created several chances without making hay. It was left to leggy forward Uchenna Kanu, the USA-based student, to draw Nigeria level in the fourth minute of added time in the second half. Read more
F’Eagles ready to conquer the world (NewTelegraph)
In four days’ time the FIFA U20 World Cup kicks off in Poland with Nigeria’s Flying Eagles hoping to become only the second team from Africa after Ghana to go all the way to win the trophy, writes Tunde Sulaiman
The 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup kicking off this Thursday will be the 22nd edition of the biennial international men’s youth football championship contested by the under-20 national teams, since its inception in 1977 as the FIFA World Youth Championship. Read more