By Chioma Onuegbu – Uyo
Akwa Ibom ex-agitators phase 2 have accused the presidential Amnesty office of sidelining and excluding them from the various training and empowerment programmes provided by the programme.
The ex-agitators in a statement signed by its Leader Imoh Okoko and obtained by Vanguard in Uyo expressed disappointment that despite the huge resources from the state, part of which is used in running the affairs of the Amnesty office, Ex-agitators from the state were being discriminated against with no cogent reason.
It stated, “We wish to state for the avoidance of any doubt that Ex-militants of Akwa Ibom State origin have been … >>> Read Full Story
Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori, remains eligible to feature for Nigeria.
Tomori was overlooked for England’s two Euro 2020 qualifying matches against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Although he was invited alongside club mate, Tammy Abraham, the defender was an unused substitute in both games.
Tomori would have become cap-tied like Abraham, if he had been summoned from the bench.
However, Southgate opted for Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho and Callum Wilson, as England thrashed Bulgaria 6-0 on Monday night.
At the moment, Tomori is well behind the trio of Tyrone Mings, Harry Maguire and Michael Keane in Southgate’s pecking order of central defenders.
He is also … >>> Read Full Story
Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad Nanono
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Sabo Nanono on Monday said Nigeria is producing enough to feed itself, contrary to the narrative in some quarters that there is hunger in the land.
Nanono said this at a news conference in Abuja as part of the activities to mark the 2019 World Food Day being celebrated internationally on Oct. 16.
He said it was wrong to promote the idea that there was hunger in Nigeria, adding that there were only inconveniences being addressed by the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders like the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
According to … >>> Read Full Story
It may be recalled that on May 14, the federal government inaugurated a relativity and consequential adjustment committee which incidentally created a sub-committee that is to work out the template on the adjustment of ‘public labour force’ salaries.
However, the implementation of the new minimum wage is being barricaded with minor relativity and consequential adjustments. Recently, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) made a declaration that they cannot afford to pay what they don’t have, acknowledging that even though it is consequential to make this adjustment in salaries of workers at the lower levels, it will harm the economy.
Well, history has documented that the demand … >>> Read Full Story
The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col Hameed Ali, says all goods through land borders remain banned with the recent partial border closure announced by Federal Government.
Ali made this known at a joint news conference with his counterpart from Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Mohammed Babandede, in Abuja on Monday.
He explained that the exercise banned all goods irrespective of the items, whether such goods were contraband or not.
Ali said, for now, only goods passing through the controlled borders such as air and sea would gain entry into the country.
According to him, there is no time limit to end the partial … >>> Read Full Story
Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, reached 700 career goals in official matches, during their 2-1 loss to Ukraine in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner converted a penalty in the 72nd minute, after a Ukraine player was judged to have handled a long-range shot in the box.
Ronaldo is the sixth player to achieve the feat, following ex-Germany striker Gerd Muller, Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas, Brazil’s Pele and Romario and the Czech Republic’s Josef Bican.
The only other active player close to breaching the 700-goal mark, is Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who has 672.
Ronaldo, 34, made his international … >>> Read Full Story
Turkish tanks in Syria
US President Donald Trump on Monday authorized sanctions on Turkey’s leaders, reimposed steel tariffs and ended talks on a trade deal, seeking to punish the historic ally for its deadly offensive into Syria.
Trump announced the measures as he came under intense pressure at home for appearing to at first give the green light to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking to crush US-backed Kurdish fighters in war-ravaged Syria.
“I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path,” Trump, who until recently spoken of his friendship with Erdogan, said … >>> Read Full Story