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The Management of 3sc Sports Club, Shooting Stars has given ultimatum to the Technical crew of the football team to immediately find a way out of the relegation zone in the ongoing Nigerian Professional League or be ready to face sack.
The Executive Chairman of the Club, Mr. Gbolagade Busari, said this stern warning was given on Monday at an emergency management meeting to evaluate the position of the club, rock bottom of the league table.
Busari explained that the Technical Crew of the team was specifically told that they will be evaluated on a match to match basis and the Management will not hesitate to wield the big axe.
According to Busari, “the team has a crop of young and promising players that could excel in the Nigerian League and it is the duty of the technical crew to mould them into a successful side.”
The Chairman warned that the management will not tolerate any excuse on the part of the technical crew, urging that adequate measures should be put in place to ensure that the team survives the relegation battles.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Yomi Oke promised that the government will intensify efforts in supporting the team in its bid to bring back the glory of Shooting Stars, adding that the teeming supporters, who are not happy with the team, will soon have smiles on their faces.

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Fashola dragged to court over spending on power

The government directive asking consumers yet to be metered not to pay electricity bills is applicable only to Maximum Demand (MD) customers, electricity distribution companies said on Monday.

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) and Ikeja Electric made this known in a statement jointly signed by Heads of their Corporate Communications, Messrs Felix Ofulue and Godwin Idemudia.

The companies said that residential consumers were not included in the directive issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

They said that the clarification was necessary because of a report claiming that NERC directed all consumers yet to be metered to stop paying electricity bills.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that maximum demand customers are commercial and industrial customers, who consume high levels of electricity and contribute substantially to the revenues of distribution companies.

We are happy to report that our maximum demand customers have been provided with meters as directed by NERC and are no longer billed by estimation.

“While we are making concerted efforts to provide meters for all our customers, we will continue to ensure the integrity of our bills and do everything within our mandate to comply with all NERC directives.

“We, therefore, urge our non-MD customers to please avail themselves of the content of the directive and be rightly guided. Consumers should not misinterpret it to avoid paying for electricity already consumed,’’ they said.

NAN reports that NERC, on June 11, directed MD customers not provided with meters to stop paying estimated bills presented by distribution companies.

The commission also directed the companies not to disconnect such customers.

It advised such customers to report to the commission, if disconnected.

NERC said that the directive was to make the companies to effectively execute metering deployment for MD customers.

The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED had also made the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.

The Chief Executive Officer of ANED, Azu Obiaya, told NAN that the directive applied only to MD customers and not residential.

NERC had in June 2016 directed distribution companies to meter all MD customers by November 30, 2016.

Following the expiration of the deadline, NERC further directed that MD customer not metered by March should not pay any estimated electricity bill presented by any distribution company.

Obiaya said: “We recognise that our residential consumers will be interested in this notice, thinking that it applies to them in their need for meters, and we recognise that everyone will like to be metered, we are working toward that.

“But this time, that notice by NERC is specific for maximum demand customers. It is a challenge, but we are working hard to ensure that we meter all MD customers to eliminate issues associated with estimated billing that those customers have.” (NAN)

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Secondus, Imoke, others hail Ayade’s industrialization of C/River

The Cross River Government says that it has awarded N1.16 billion contract for the commencement of work on a model banana farm project in Akamkpa town of Akamkpa Local Government Area.

Prof. Anthony Eneji, state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the weekend in Calabar.

Eneji said that the contract was the first phase, adding that work would commence on a 100 hectares out of the 250 hectares of land allocated for the project in the state.

He said that already, the contractor had been mobilised to sight for the first phase of the project.

According him, the second phase will start in Boki Local Government Area.

“The farm will grow different species of banana, and thereafter, turn them into finished products such as fruit juice, banana sweets, chips and so on,” he said.

The commissioner said the state had been blessed with natural crops like banana, plantain, pineapples and Cucumber, among others.

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Abdusalami, Bishop Kukah tell Nigerians what to do ahead of Sat. poll

Former Vice President and newly-appointed Waziri of Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar, has described ex-military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, as a fine soldier, a greying sage, a man of honour, and a staunch believer in peace and lover of democracy.

Atiku, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), paid tribute to the retired military General, who made history by handing over power from a military junta to a joint ticket civilian administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo/Atiku Abubakar on May 29, 1999.

In a special congratulatory message released by his Media Office in Abuja to mark the former military Head of State’s 75th birthday, the former Vice President said, “General Abubakar is one of the finest soldiers of his era and an archetypal gentleman whose word was is bond” adding “he understood the use of power to create long lasting legacy that are not erasable by time or age.

“Unlike most military peers of his, who craved power with passion, the distinguished General ruled for just a year; delivered a constitution, midwifed an election and peacefully handed over power from military to civil rule.”

By so doing, Atiku noted, Mr. Abubakar “knowingly assuaged the hurt nerves of the country and promoted Nigeria into the comity of democratic nations” adding that “he has also been pursuing the cause of peaceful conflict resolution nationally and internationally.”

The former vice president prayed for many more years in good health in the service of humanity for the former leader.

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Petralon Energy Limited has appointed Mr. Constantine ‘Labi Ogunbiyi as Strategic Adviser to its Board of Directors.

‘Labi Ogunbiyi founded First Hydrocarbon Nigeria Limited (FHN), where he served as Chief Executive Officer between 2009 and 2014.

Before joining FHN, Ogunbiyi functioned as Deputy Head of leading American law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s Africa Practice.

He worked with the International Finance and Banking Department of Magic Circle law firm Herbert Smith Freehills for four years; was an advisor to the Banking Association PPP Unit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and has offered strategic advisory services to The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Business Group.

He currently serves as a director to Newrest ASL plc and Interswitch Limited and is a Special Advisor to Babban Gona (an agricultural franchise, developed by impact investing firm, Doreo Partners), as well as a number of upstream E&P companies, oil services companies and investment funds operating in Africa.

‘Labi holds legal qualifications from King’s College, London, the University of Passau, Germany, and the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

As Strategic Advisor, he will work closely with Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, Chairman of the Board and Non-Executive Directors, Ms Edith Unuigbe and Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede.

Mr. Sunmonu enjoyed a successful 36-year career in the oil and gas sector, working with prominent companies including Shell Petroleum Development Company, where he served as Managing Director.

Recently appointed to the board, Ms Unuigbe worked for over 20 years at Nigeria LNG (NLNG) as General Counsel, Company Secretary and Legal Adviser.

Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chairman of investment firm, Coronation Capital, was formerly Managing Director of Access Bank.

He currently serves as the President and Chairman of the National Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and Wapic Insurance, respectively

Speaking on his appointment, ‘Labi Ogunbiyi said: “This is an opportunity to support the growth of an indigenous company with an excellent track record of capital raising and executing on its development plans. I am delighted to be part of an exceptional team at the helm of Petralon at a very exciting time in the evolution of the indigenous oil and gas sector in Nigeria. I look forward to working with the team to achieve Petralon’s goal of becoming one of the largest indigenous producers in the country, while delivering collective value for all”

The Founder & CEO of Petralon, Ahonsi Unuigbe also added: “Petralon’s board of Directors will benefit immensely from the depth of ‘Labi’s prior experience in growing upstream businesses and attracting foreign investment. Petralon is an indigenous company with a cross-border outlook that builds on valuable partnerships for sustainable development. I also personally look forward to working closely with ‘Labi again”

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The Federal Government has released N3.77 billion for the feeding of 1,287,270 school children in nine states under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President, Mr Laolu Akande, said on Sunday in Abuja the money was spent in Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta and Abia states.

The states received various sums in tranches, he said, adding that  14,574 cooks were engaged in the communities where the schools were located.

According to Akande, the money is paid directly from the Federal government’s coffers to the cooks, with a slight variation in Osun State where some of the food items, such as eggs, were bought centrally by an aggregator.

He added that the federal government intended to feed no fewer than three million pupils in 2017 under the feeding Programme, an aspect of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) of the Buhari presidency.

The National Homegrown School Feeding scheme kicked off in December 2016 with the feeding of primary school pupils in Anambra State.

The Special Assistant on Homegrown School Feeding Programme in the Office of the Vice President, Mr. Dotun Adebayo, said primary school pupils in Anambra were excited as the feeding started in their schools.

Adebayo who led a team of federal and state officials to some of the schools said they witnessed the feeding in three schools in Awka: Community Primary School, Awka South; Central School Ameobi, and Central School in Nibo.

“The pupils were excited and enjoyed the meals,” he stated, adding that the cooks in those three schools, among the total 774 already recruited and trained for the feeding programme, served ‘okpa’ a.k.a moin-moin garnished with vegetables to the delight of the pupils who took the meals during their break time about noonday.

All together in Anambra State, an estimated 76, 690 pupils in 1050 schools would be served every day at school.

The feeding programme caters to pupils from primary 1 to 3.

Aside from encouraging school pupils to embrace education, the programme is in line with the United Nations’ steps to boost nutrition in children.

It was also a campaign promise of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, Alhaji Aliru H. Momoh, in Edo, on Monday announced the arrest of 24 suspected Boko Haram members in the community by the Nigerian Army.

The monarch told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in his palace at Auchi, headquarters of the Estako-West local government area of the state that the commandant of the Nigeria Army School of Engineering, NICOHO, near Auchi, informed him of the arrest of the suspected insurgents.

“Shortly before you came, I had audience with the commandant. He informed me about what they are doing and the arrest of some 24 suspected members of Boko Haram operating under the guise of Fulani herdsmen in the community,’’ he said.

“The commandant also informed me that the suspects would be transferred to Benin,’’ the Highness said.

He commended the commandant for taking proactive steps to have taken the fight to the suspected insurgents in the forest, saying that the “issue of security needs careful planning and execution’’.

The Otaru, who described the activities of the herdsmen in the area as worrisome, said “we have asked farmers, especially the women, to stop going to the farms for now”.

“We gave them some grants to enable them to engage in petty trading in the mean time, to avoid the incessant attacks on them.

“The traditional council is collaborating with the army, security agencies, and some vigilance groups, and we have recently incorporated the hunters to help to evolve lasting solutions to the problem,’’ he added.

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As Nigerians on Mondayremembered the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election in which Chief MKO Abiola was presumed the winner, the Anambra State chairman of the Civil Liberties

Organization, CLO, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, demanded that Abiola should be post humously honoured as President-elect.

Addressing newsmen at Ogidi, Odemili North council headquarters, he regretted that his victory was snatched from him because of injustice and corruption among leaders in this country.

He stated that, “there are no difference between his election and those of ex-presidents, Shehu Shagari, Olusegun Obasanjo, Yar’ Adua, Goodluck Jonathan and  Muhammadu Buhari that were elected through democratic process”.

The CLO boss demanded also for an unreserved apology to the family of the deceased Abiola from those involved in the annulment.

“Those responsible for the annulment should tender an unreserved apology to the family for the injustice they did.

You will recall that on July 10 2003, a sitting Governor, Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige, was abducted by a god-father and his cohorts in the state and those who committed the atrocity today walk freely in the streets”

“The only good thing we had from the abduction is that it ended the issue of political god-fatherism in the state and beyond.

Few weeks after, the properties of the state both in Awka and Onitsha were set ablaze by the same people who abducted him and nothing was done to them for perpetrating the act.”

“Another sitting governor, Mr Peter Obi, had his mandate allegedly stolen but the court restored it .

Prior to the restoration, rights groups and activists that included Comrade Emeka Umeagbaiasi, as the state chairman of CLO then, among others fought tirelessly to ensure such stolen mandate was restored”

“So, it is only when the presumed winner, late Abiola, is humously honoured as president-elect that the hearts of Nigerians would be rekindled and then we can easily forgive but we will not forget” he posited.

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The Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir, has said that Nigeria will continue to remain one in spite of its multi-ethnic diversity.

Kabir made the assertion on Friday at his palace in Katsina, when he addressed leaders of Igbo community and other Nigerians residing in Katsina State.

“I am responding to the quit notice given to some Nigerians residing in the North by some group of people who are enemies of peace.

“Here in Katsina, I am ready to sacrifice my last drop of blood to ensure peace and protect all Nigerians residing in the state,’’ he said.

The emir urged the different communities residing in the state not to panic as the Emirate Council and state government would take all necessary measures to ensure peaceful coexistence.

‘’You are Nigerians, because some of you were born here and you don’t have better place than Katsina. So, continue to conduct your lawful business activities, we are behind you.

‘’You are my sons and daughters like any other person, Katsina is your home, so, feel free to go anywhere,’’ Mr. Kabir said.

The emir also urged them to continue to pray for peace and unity in the country, to ensure sustainable development.(NAN)

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Nigeria may officially export its first consignment of certified yams to the UK and U.S. by the end of June, Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has said.

A statement by Mr. Olukayode Oyeleye, Special Assistant (Media and Communication) to the minister, said in Abuja on Friday that the Federal Government was committed to restoring Nigeria’s place in agro-commodities export market.

The market had been lost for decades as a result of poor quality control.

According to Ogbeh, Nigeria would officially export its first consignment of certified yams to the UK and U.S. by the end of June.

‘‘This will mark a milestone in the efforts we are making to bring Nigeria back into reckoning in the agricultural export market.

‘‘We lost this, decades ago, as a result of poor quality control and subsequent rejection of our agricultural exports.

‘‘Among a number of initiatives to fast-track these interventions and solidify our base, the Federal Government has empowered the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS), to make it more responsive to issues of safety and phytosanitary standards in food exports.

‘‘The NAQS reports will become acceptable globally and this will forestall the national embarrassment arising from the rejections of food exports on account of quality deficiency,’’ he said.

He said that the Federal Government had also established a standing inter-ministerial technical committee on zero-reject of agricultural produce and non-oil exports in Nigeria.

Ogbeh said that the committee is co-chaired by the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment and technically supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

He added that the committee consists of membership from critical and relevant agencies of the Federal Government.

These agencies are the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

They also include Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) are also part of the project.

He informed that the inter-ministerial committee had commenced work on an export control plan to target the country beans rejection and develop HS codes for other exportable commodities from Nigeria as recommended by the EU as part of the terms for lifting the ban on the beans export.

According to him, the Ministry of Agriculture plays a pivotal role since all productions start from the farms.

‘‘I affirm the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to end the embarrassing rejection of Nigerian commodity and produce at the international market is irrevocable.

‘‘The health of Nigerians is also paramount and the populace needs good quality food as well.

‘‘There is nothing like Nigerian or local standards, but international standards to which we cannot but adhere in our local handling of food, consumption and export drive,’’ the minister said. (NAN)

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