PSG supremo Nasser Al-Khelaifi has warned Neymar, Mbappe and rest of the squad ahead of next season ranting, “I won’t tolerate superstar behavior.”The Qatari owned club are reportedly not happy with transfer rumours swirling around duo Neymar and Mbappe and feels both owe the club not vice-versa. With Real Madrid and Barcelona watching on, Al-Khelaifi fired a warning to the club’s superstars. “I no longer want to have superstar behaviour.”In another development, Kylian Mbappe has threatened to follow Neymar out of PSG if the Brazil international is sold this summer. READ ALSO: Why Mexico drives Donald Trump so madRTL says Mbappe has told friends he won’t be hanging around should high level threats to sell Neymar be carried out. The France striker sees Neymar as vital to PSG’s Champions League chances and has no interest in carrying the club on his shoulders should his senior teammate be sold.
June 18, 2019 03:45 UTC
After four years of fruitless effort, the Federal Government has put in place measures aimed at reviewing the national policy on erosion control and flood management in line with global best practices. The policy would focus on preventive measures, involving watershed management to address deforestation in agricultural and infrastructure development in the country. Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, disclosed this at the opening of a two-day workshop on flood prevention, mitigation and preparedness in Nigeria.She explained that the ministry was targeting policy at managing flood.using proactive tools such as Flood Risk Assessment (FRA), Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP) and Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CB-FEWS). “It will also ensure adoption of integrated control measures involving engineering and agronomic methods including channelisation of flood water into reservoirs for agricultural purposes and ground water recharge,” she said. Odusote further noted that the impact of flooding on the socio-economic activity of communities was always huge and destabilising, adding that government appreciates the need to urgently address the attendant hardship on Nigerians.
The fragile peace that ensued among rival groups of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State since the January stabbing of NURTW leader, Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a. The clash took place between the rival members of the union in Apapa Iganmu area of the state. It was reported that the two rival groups supporting the elected national president, Alhaji Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa and the Lagos chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede. According to Comrade Oyetakin (a.k.a School boy), the chairman, Tricycle Owners’ Association of Nigeria (TROAN), Apapa Branch, “there are two factions of NURTW in Lagos; we have Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede and Alhaji Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa factions. Our members were at the state NURTW secretariat in Oko-Oba, Agege.
Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has tasked stakeholders in the education sector to evolve a mechanism that will de-emphasise paper qualification, to stem unemployment in the country. He stated this while playing host to the management of Precious Cornerstone University (PCU), Ibadan, Oyo State, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kola Oloke. The monarch rather preferred emphasis laid on entrepreneurship to make many unemployed graduates self-reliant.Commending the university’s “brilliant start”, he noted that the institution was established for knowledge and research.The royal father, who was excited that the university was established in his lifetime, promised to mobilise well-meaning Ibadan indigenes to support its growth.
Nike PopoolaThe FSDH Merchant Bank has suggested that the Federal Government should consider issuance of zero-coupon bonds to manage the high interest expenses on the debt. Such bonds and other bond issue going forward, should be tied to specific projects that have economic value addition to the country. The FSDH said the amount could have been saved if the health and education sectors in Nigeria were well funded. The report added that the government should reintroduce tolls on the federal highways in order to source funds for road maintenance across the country. The FSDH also said the government should consider crude oil swap arrangements with construction companies either local or foreign, for road or rail construction across the country.
June 18, 2019 03:22 UTC
’Femi AsuDangote Cement Plc has said it will open export facilities in Lagos and Port Harcourt this year, and attract $700m foreign exchange into the Nigerian economy. The Chairman, Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote, disclosed this on Monday at the company’s 10th Annual General Meeting in Lagos. The chairman said 2018 was the company’s most successful year ever, with 7.4 per cent growth in the group’s cement sales to 23.5 million tonnes and 11.9 per cent growth in revenues to N901.2bn. He said, “Sales of cement from our Nigerian plants increased by 11.4 per cent to 14.2 million metric tonnes in 2018. Not only will these generate useful foreign currency for Dangote Cement to support other expansion projects outside of Nigeria, they will also help to increase the output of our Nigerian plants.
June 18, 2019 03:22 UTC
A. Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State yesterday granted an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the arrest of the senator representing Ibom North-East in the National Assembly, Albert Bassey, to enable him face his money laundering charges. Bassey, according to his counsel, Samuel Ikpo, failed to appear in court because he was not served a copy of the allegations. Ikpo added that he was instructed by his client to receive the document. However, the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Sadisu Abubakar, told the court that efforts were made by the commission to serve the lawmaker.Consequently, the court adjourned to June 24, 2019 for Bassey’s arraignment.
Go and conquer the world, Steve. We are watching and hailing!”Also, brand analyst, Ikem Okuhu, described Adweek as the Forbes 500 and Fortune 500 of the world of advertising. “To be named among the top 100 in the world of creativity is something the entire advertising industry should celebrate. Nigeria has not come this close since the history of advertising in Nigeria and with all that has been happening around the industry of late, it’s clear Nigeria is arriving the world stage with strong statements. Keep going for the stars.”For Steve, “things have changed and highly optimistic that the only way to go is up for the country creative industry.
Nigeria will play her first match of the AFCON in Group B against Burundi scheduled for the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt on June 22. Afterwards, the team will clash with Guinea and Madagascar in the other fixtures of the group. “The Eagles shouldn’t look down on those countries they are meeting in our group because already everybody seemed to have tipped them to qualify from the group easily. The former midfield maestro, who is currently a scout for foreign clubs, said the inclusion of Mikel Obi into the team would boost the morale of the young players, who needed leadership. “We ought to have players that are intimidating to our opponents to influence the young squad to performing.
Kylian Mbappe will have to “go and get” more responsibility at Paris Saint-Germain but is certain to be at the club next season, according to club president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi. France forward Mbappe put Real Madrid on alert last month when he declared a “new project” might resolve his wish for greater authority. LaLiga giants Madrid have since been linked heavily with the 20-year-old amid a squad overhaul that has seen Zinedine Zidane sign Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy. Al-Khelaifi, however, insists Mbappe will not be allowed to join the influx at the Santiago Bernabeu.“He wants to be more involved in the PSG project, to grow with the team, the club,” Al-Khelaifi told France Football. Sometimes, you have to take it.“I am not 100 per cent sure, but 200 per cent sure that he will be here next season!”Mbappe has spent two seasons at PSG, amassing 46 goals in Ligue 1.
’Femi AsuThe International Finance Corporation and the IFC Asset Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IFC, are in advanced discussions to sell equity holding in Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. ETI, the parent company of the Ecobank Group, said the IFC and investment funds managed by the AMC had entered into a Share Purchase Agreement with a Dutch investment firm, Arise B. V, for the sale of their about 14.1 per cent stake in ETI. It said in a statement, “The completion of the transaction is expected in the coming months, subject to due diligence, internal and regulatory approvals. IFC and ETI have worked together since 1993 to broaden access to finance, enhance trade liquidity, and strengthen Ecobank. “Since 2009, IFC and the funds managed by the IFC Asset Management Company, through their investments, have been supporting Ecobank’s growth strategy across Africa in building a preeminent banking franchise.”Copyright PUNCH.
June 18, 2019 03:11 UTC
At a media parley held at Warehouse Kitchen, Admiralty Way Lekki on Monday, Star reeled out plans to engage consumers and create memorable experiences for football fans across the country during the tournament. At the event attended by top media representatives and former African Cup of Nations winners for Super Eagles, including Victor Ikpeba and Mutiu Adepoju of 1994 winning squad, as well as Efe Ambrose and Juwon Oshaniya of 2013 team, the brand unveiled its package for Nigerians, including all expenses trip to the competition for lucky consumers. Star Lager beer is an official sponsor of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), as well as the official beer of the Super Eagles, one of the prime contenders of the African title when the competition kicks off on Friday June 21. According to the Portfolio Manager, National Premium, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mrs. Sarah Agha, the brand wants Nigerians to enjoy the best of African football under very relaxed atmosphere, especially as it would set a record as the most attended event by African players plying their trade in Europe. “Nigerians are very passionate about football and ready to stand behind the Super Eagles as they hope to conquer Africa again and with Star Lager as a foremost brand when it comes to entertainment, consumers and numerous fans are in for wonderful moments of football.
June 18, 2019 03:00 UTC
Nigeria Tennis Federation board member, Yemi Owoseni, at the weekend retained his position as the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Tennis Zone 2 following his victory at the 2019 Annual General Assembly of the body held in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Some other positions were also contested with Tunisian Tarak Cherif retaining his post of president for another term. Owoseni has been one of the driving forces of tennis in Nigeria as well as the zone, and he owns the Yetade Tennis Academy in Ado-Ekiti, which has been the reservoir of talents for youngsters in Nigerian tennis. The CAT Zone 2, which is the largest of the five zones has Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Among other things, Owoseni acted as the head of organizing committee for the 2016 West and Central African qualifying championship in Abuja rated as one of the best by CAT.
June 18, 2019 03:00 UTC
The mainstream media in Nigeria today are struggling with enormous challenges that threaten to drive them to extinction. These challenges which manifest themselves in low patronage (adverts, readership/viewership etc) have led to low professional and ethical practices. When I was Editor of the Sunday Times in the early 80s we had a problem with correspondents of the Daily Times Group. I think the Nigerian Press Organisation should engage all the stakeholders on the declining situation of the media in Nigeria. In many jurisdictions today the online media have adversely affected the dominance and bottom line of the mainstream media.
June 18, 2019 02:45 UTC
Speaking at its inaugural Quality Assurance Summit (ISN QAS), in Lagos and Abuja, Executive Director, ISN Products, Felix Ofungwu, represented by Head Business Development and Client Services, Dr Sandra Achebe, said: “The Summit, the first in its series, is designed to evoke pragmatic, sustainable and most effective initiatives for institutionalising quality assurance in laboratory practices and diagnosis.”He noted that the firm is committed to providing clients and end-users with consistent professional support to overcome daily challenges in laboratory practice, and enable them to produce laboratory results that can be trusted locally and internationally. Achebe noted that “The Summit is geared towards equipping stakeholders with the knowledge to improve technical proficiency and develop the ability to produce precise and accurate test results and calibration data which will, in turn, engender best-in-class patient care.”She explained that ISN QAS has also been conceptualised to domesticate the fundamental principles of the ISO15189 framework in laboratory practice in Nigeria. She further said: “the overall aim of ISN QAS is to equip laboratory scientists, and quality assurance officers on prudent healthcare principles, processes and troubleshooting procedures. Effective laboratory diagnosis remains a key driver and a critical enabler of sustainable healthcare delivery in Nigeria, and the current economic landscape in the country provides a unique opportunity for the public and private sectors to collectively address healthcare infrastructure gaps.”Achebe noted that with the support and active collaboration of all stakeholders, ISN QAS will take place annually, while CPD points and certificates were awarded to all participants at the end of the summit.
June 18, 2019 02:26 UTC