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Nigeria shines at weightlifting championship in Uganda

Nigeria shines at weightlifting championship in Uganda

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Athlete at a weightlifting competition By Georgina AdegbieThe President of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), Mohammed Yahaya, says the country’s weightlifters have won nine gold medals so far at the ongoing African Junior/Youths Weightlifting Championships in Uganda. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2017 edition of the Championships which started on Saturday is expected to end this Saturday in Entebbe. Yahaya told NAN in Abuja on Tuesday that the athletes would however still win more gold medals for the country before the end of the tournament. “Our athletes are well prepared for the competition, with only three of them (female) winning nine gold medals”. He named the medallists as Islamiyat Yusuf (53 kg), Fatima Yakubu (53kg) and Monica Uweh (48kg). “I’m happy for t
Army begins exercise in S/South, S/West Friday

Army begins exercise in S/South, S/West Friday

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Men of the Nigerian Army The Nigerian Army says it is set to conduct “Exercise Crocodile Smile II’’ in the South-South and South-West geopolitical zones of the country, beginning from Friday.The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Tuesday that the exercise was aimed at training troops in aid of civil authorities in tackling security challenges in those areas. It will be recalled that between November and December 2016, the army conducted Exercise Crocodile I in the Niger Delta to address crimes such as pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and illegal oil bunkering. Usman said the second phase of the exercise was designed to consolidate on the gains recorded during the first phase and address similar challenges in the South-West. “Security challenges in the South-West an
Why Ohanaeze supports IPOB’s ban—Nwodo

Why Ohanaeze supports IPOB’s ban—Nwodo

Naija Politics, Politics
…Says action of govs saved lives on Igbo youths, doused tension …Inaugurates Abia chapters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. By Anayo Okoli UMUAHIA—THE President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has said that the apex Igbo socio-cultural body supported the decision of the South-East Governors in proscribing activities of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, because the decision saved several lives and doused the explosive tension in Igboland. Nnia Nwodo Nwodo said that Ohanaeze saw the governors’ decision as very wise hence the need to align with their position to save the nation from what would have been a major crisis following the clash between IPOB members and soldiers. According to the Ohanaeze leader, people, especially youths, misunderstand the action of South-Eas
France, Portugal join Russia World Cup train

France, Portugal join Russia World Cup train

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Portugal national team- Russia World Cup bound France and Portugal have clinched qualification for the World Cup, joining 17 other countries that have booked spots in the Russia FIFA World Cup train.France qualified Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps’s side successfully completed their tricky challenge of beating Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two qualifiers. The victory at the Stade de France meant they avoided the tension of the playoffs that they had to endure to reach the last two finals. But although they finished top of Group A, Deschamps’s team were less than convincing as already-eliminated Belarus repeatedly penetrated their rearguard. “We are happy, even if qualifying is
Kenyatta: Rerun polls will hold despite Odinga boycott

Kenyatta: Rerun polls will hold despite Odinga boycott

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President Uhuru Kenyatta: says rerun poll will go ahaed without Odinga Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said a re-run of the  presidential election would go ahead on Oct. 26 despite the boycott by  opposition leader Raila Odinga. “We have no problem going back to elections. We are sure we will get more votes than the last time,” Kenyatta told a rally in the southern town of Voi, speaking in Kiswahili. Odinga had announced his withdrawal from the elections at a news conference in Nairobi. He said  he was boycotting the polls because his demands for electoral reform had not been met. A re-run of the presidential vote was announced after Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the result of the Aug. 8 election due to Odinga’s complaint. Odinga claimed that the computers of the electoral co
Igbo presidency won’t work in Nigeria, says MASSOB

Igbo presidency won’t work in Nigeria, says MASSOB

Naija Politics, Politics
BY UGOCHUKWU ALARIBE ABA –  Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra, MASSOB, has urged Ndigbo to stop dreaming about producing a Nigerian President, stressing that the idea will never work as no Igbo man can be elected President of Nigeria. President Buhari the Chairman & the Executive Secretary of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, at the State House. (File Photo) The group urged Ndigbo to continue to be steadfast in their support for the agitation for an independent state of Biafra and resist the efforts by the federal government to play Ndigbo against themselves to scuttle Biafra. National Director of Information, MASSOB, Sunny Okereafor, who stated this in Aba, insisted that the future of Ndigbo lies in the actualization of an independent state
I ve no plan to run for president 2019 – Osinbajo

I ve no plan to run for president 2019 – Osinbajo

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Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has said that he has no plan of running for president in 2019. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN Osinbajo when asked if he had considered running president in 2019 on Monday at the FT Africa Summit in London said he hadn’t thought about it, adding: “None of that is on the cards”. Osinbajo also said that militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta region no longer posed a significant threat to oil production. He said Nigeria had lost as much as 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil production last year amid militant attacks on oil and gas infrastructure, which is concentrated in the southern Delta region. It was now pumping roughly 1.85 million bpd and climbing toward 2 million bpd. That is closer to its top producti
Concession: Aviation unions give FG 15 days ultimatum

Concession: Aviation unions give FG 15 days ultimatum

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Aviation unions give FG 15 days ultimatum to halt airports concession By Solomon AsowataThree aviation unions on Tuesday gave the Federal Government 15 days ultimatum to halt its planned concession of the four viable airports in the country. The unions, which gave the ultimatum at a joint news briefing in Lagos, threatened to shut down the aviation industry if government failed to accede to their demands. The unions are: Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and its ally, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the government had initiated moves to concession the Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt Airports to enable them meet international standards. Howev...
Concession: Aviation unions give FG 15 days ultimatum

Concession: Aviation unions give FG 15 days ultimatum

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Aviation unions give FG 15 days ultimatum to halt airports concession By Solomon AsowataThree aviation unions on Tuesday gave the Federal Government 15 days ultimatum to halt its planned concession of the four viable airports in the country. The unions, which gave the ultimatum at a joint news briefing in Lagos, threatened to shut down the aviation industry if government failed to accede to their demands. The unions are: Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and its ally, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the government had initiated moves to concession the Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt Airports to enable them meet international standards. Howev...
No case of monkey pox in Enugu State-health official

No case of monkey pox in Enugu State-health official

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No case of monkey pox in Enugu State-health official By Ifeoma AkahDr Okechukwu Ossai, the Director of Public Health in Enugu State, says there is no reported case of monkey pox in the state as insinuated in the social media. Ossai who spoke on Tuesday in Enugu, said that officials of the state Ministry of Health had investigated the rumour and found out that it was false. “We went to Park Lane Teaching Hospital where it was rumoured of a suspected case of monkey pox and discovered that it was false. “There was no history of travel or contact with animal by the said patient. We are appealing to people to stop spreading wrong information about the disease,’’ he said. Ossai said that the state was on top of the situation, adding that it had embarked on intensive sensitisation in the 17 local
No case of monkey pox in Enugu State-health official

No case of monkey pox in Enugu State-health official

Gists, Naija Politics, Politics, Vanguard
No case of monkey pox in Enugu State-health official By Ifeoma AkahDr Okechukwu Ossai, the Director of Public Health in Enugu State, says there is no reported case of monkey pox in the state as insinuated in the social media. Ossai who spoke on Tuesday in Enugu, said that officials of the state Ministry of Health had investigated the rumour and found out that it was false. “We went to Park Lane Teaching Hospital where it was rumoured of a suspected case of monkey pox and discovered that it was false. “There was no history of travel or contact with animal by the said patient. We are appealing to people to stop spreading wrong information about the disease,’’ he said. Ossai said that the state was on top of the situation, adding that it had embarked on intensive sensitisation in the 17 local
FG won’t relent in yam export initiative – Ogbe

FG won’t relent in yam export initiative – Ogbe

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FG won’t relent in its yam export initiative – Ogbe By Ginika Okoye The Federal Government says it will not relent in its yam export policy which is aimed at attracting foreign exchange for the country. Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this during a sensitisation walk in commemoration of the World Food Day in Abuja on Tuesday. Ogbeh, who was reacting to reports that some yams recently exported to Britain were rejected, said that the policy had come to stay. The minister said that the set back would not deter the dealers of the produce from exporting it, pointing out that the current world market for yams was worth $12 billion. He said that the country could not afford to stay away from it because it was the highest producers of yams in the world. “
FG won’t relent in yam export initiative – Ogbe

FG won’t relent in yam export initiative – Ogbe

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FG won’t relent in its yam export initiative – Ogbe By Ginika Okoye The Federal Government says it will not relent in its yam export policy which is aimed at attracting foreign exchange for the country. Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this during a sensitisation walk in commemoration of the World Food Day in Abuja on Tuesday. Ogbeh, who was reacting to reports that some yams recently exported to Britain were rejected, said that the policy had come to stay. The minister said that the set back would not deter the dealers of the produce from exporting it, pointing out that the current world market for yams was worth $12 billion. He said that the country could not afford to stay away from it because it was the highest producers of yams in the world. “
World Cup: Messi, Argentina in battle of Quito

World Cup: Messi, Argentina in battle of Quito

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Lionel Messi’s Argentina fight in Quito to stay in World CupLionel Messi and Argentina will be fighting for their World Cup lives on Tuesday as the South American heavyweights take on Ecuador aiming to avoid a humiliating failure to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia. The eyes of the football world will turn to Quito’s Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa to see if the once unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Messi is to become a stunning reality. The two-time World Cup winners head into the final round of South American qualifiers in sixth place, outside the top four positions which grant automatic qualification and trailing fifth-placed Peru, who occupy the playoff spot, on goal difference. Yet with only two points separating third-placed Chile (26 points) with seventh-placed Paragua
World Cup: Messi, Argentina in battle of Quito

World Cup: Messi, Argentina in battle of Quito

Gists, Naija Politics, Politics, Sports, Vanguard
Lionel Messi’s Argentina fight in Quito to stay in World CupLionel Messi and Argentina will be fighting for their World Cup lives on Tuesday as the South American heavyweights take on Ecuador aiming to avoid a humiliating failure to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia. The eyes of the football world will turn to Quito’s Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa to see if the once unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Messi is to become a stunning reality. The two-time World Cup winners head into the final round of South American qualifiers in sixth place, outside the top four positions which grant automatic qualification and trailing fifth-placed Peru, who occupy the playoff spot, on goal difference. Yet with only two points separating third-placed Chile (26 points) with seventh-placed Paragua
Chukwuka canvasses continuity with Obiano

Chukwuka canvasses continuity with Obiano

Naija Politics, Politics
By Chimaobi Nwaiwu AN industrialist, Chief Augustine Okechukwu Chukwuka, has called on the people of Anambra State to embrace the policy and spirit of continuity in the issue of governance and other political activities in the state, particularly in electing the governor of the state. Speaking in an interview with Vanguard in Ogidi, Idemili North local Government, headquarters, Chief Chukwuka said: “without embracing the policy of continuity and imbibing the spirit, the state will not achieve much in its developmental goals.” Chief Willie Obiano Chukwuka who is the chief executive officer of Austraco Industries Nigeria Limited, said, “good governance, security, infrastructural development, civil service welfare and agricultural development will not be achieved if the policy and spirit of c
Why North is gathering for restructuring —Bugaje

Why North is gathering for restructuring —Bugaje

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A former member of the House of Representatives and ex-Political Adviser to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Dr. Usman Bugaje discusses the clamour for restructuring within the context of the likely position of the north on the matter. By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor YOU have lately been under the political radar, what have you been doing? I am not sure about being under the radar, but I am sure about what I have been doing. I have in the last few years focused my mind on development, for it is pretty clear that without development there cannot be peace. A lot of the security breaches we have in different parts of the country are inextricably linked to development, or lack of it as it were. Bugaje Myself, and a host of colleagues, have created the Arewa Research and Development P...
Voting Obiano’s opponents tantamount to committing political suicide, Obigwe tells Anambra electorates

Voting Obiano’s opponents tantamount to committing political suicide, Obigwe tells Anambra electorates

Naija Politics, Politics
By Nwafor Sunday The National Coordinator APGA Media Warriors Forum, Evang Chinedu Obigwe, on Tuesday advised Anambra people to vote for Governor Willie Obiano who has a wonderful socio-economic cum political mission to complete before 2022, noting that a vote for any of his political opponents is synonymous to committing a political suicide. Obigwe who described governor Obiano’s opponents as selfish and visionless politicians, added that nothing good comes from them except taking Anambra back to another moribund state. Chief Willie Obiano In a press release issued to pressmen, Obigwe said “I advise you to vote for Gov Willie Obiano, I advise you to vote for continuity, I advise you to vote for APGA. Obiano’s plan is to make Anambra state the light of the nation and home for all. Note tha
Obiano’s poor performance will pave way for our victory — Ikedife, APC running mate

Obiano’s poor performance will pave way for our victory — Ikedife, APC running mate

Naija Politics, Politics
By Chimaobi Nwaiwu THE APC Deputy Governorship candidate, Mr. Dozie Ikedife jnr, yesterday, said the poor performance of the incumbent Willie Obiano administration which has turned the state into a failed state had created a big opportunity for the party to win the election. Ikedife who spoke in Nnewi yesterday, said, “with Dr. Nwoye and myself as governor and deputy governor, respectively, there will be a new lease of hope and life in Anambra State, that would signal a new era, now the Obiano’s lacklustre performance has made it very imperative to deny him second tenure. Dr Dozie Ikedife “Our task now is to defeat a non-performing, but very well funded incumbent in the gubernatorial election. Time is tight. The campaign will gather much-heightened media visibility in the coming days. And
This election is UPP’s to lose — Okorie

This election is UPP’s to lose — Okorie

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By Levinus Nwabughiogu THE national chairman of the UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie, has said that the election is for the UPP to lose saying that every factor on the ground is against APGA and other major parties in the contest. Okorie in an interview with Vanguard further affirmed that UPP is the only party that has identified with the suffering and alleged indignities poured on the Igbo even as he said that the voters would not forget the role played by every party. Chekwas Okorie He said: “I have always told anybody who asks me this question that Anambra election is between UPP and UPP, others are not in contention, and I am not boastful or immodest about this; it is based on very good reasons. The Igbo people that you are talking about are not gullible people, they are not zombies they have