Oche Udoh, the number one ranked golfer in the country, on Monday, said that maintaining body fitness during the coronavirus pandemic “is the only goal any athlete or player should work towards’’. Udoh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that losing fitness is a struggle that most players try to avoid. “Still, golf courses aren’t open yet, but I’m sticking to my lockdown goals in the meantime; that’s keeping fit and using practice aids to help keep the swing in check. “The only goal now is to stay alive and stay fit. NAN reports that Udoh won the Kitante Open at the Uganda Golf club in Kampala on Feb. 8.
June 01, 2020 07:41 UTC
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June 01, 2020 07:41 UTC
THE Senate has said the National Assembly will under no circumstance back down on its probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). According to the lawmaker, no amount of blackmail against lawmakers or the National Assembly would stop ongoing investigation into the financial transactions of the commission. “Ojuogboh, in his statement, alleged that senators and members of the House of Representatives are behind the fraud in NDDC. It was also in this regard that the National Assembly has accorded the executives the necessary cooperation that will facilitate the completion of the forensic audit,” he said. The proper avenue to challenge exercise of power of the National Assembly is the court of law, not spewing falsehood on pages of newspapers and electronic media.
June 01, 2020 06:45 UTC
Dozens of cities across the United States extended curfews through Sunday night and many deployed National Guard soldiers, amid continuing unrest on the streets. In Los Angeles and nearby cities, looting was taking place by Sunday evening. “As the sunset in our beautiful city last night we saw some of the ugliest images in a generation,’’ Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, said on Sunday. Los Angeles saw trendy stores looted while a courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee, was set on fire. Police in Los Angeles arrested nearly 400 on Saturday, Police Chief, Michel Moore, said on Sunday.
June 01, 2020 06:22 UTC
Kayode OyeroThe General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, says he will do “everything possible working with relevant authorities” to bring the abusers and killers of a 100-level student of the University of Benin, Uwaila Omozuwa, to book. The cleric stated this on Sunday night via his verified Facebook page while condoling with the family of the deceased. Adeboye said, “All I can do at this time is to pray for the family of Omozuwa and do everything possible working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book. “I have ordered the Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) to thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN). Reacting, the Edo State Police Command said it had commenced an investigation into the death.
June 01, 2020 06:11 UTC
Bandits in the wee hours of Monday morning, shot and killed a traditional ruler, the Hakimin Garin Yantumaki, Alhaji Atiku Maidabino in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State. The bandits, said to to be Fulani herdsmen, stormed the Yantumaki community at about 12:30 am on motorcycles and headed straight to the monarch’s home. It was gathered that upon completing their nefarious act, the bandits then left the community in a hurry on their motorcycles. The incident comes less than 24 hours after bandits also shot and killed the chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Batsari council area, Abdulhamid Mamman. Due to the frequent cases of the attacks, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a major military operation in the state and elsewhere, to tackle the activities of the bandits.
June 01, 2020 05:37 UTC
The embattled governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and eight of his colleagues on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) have met with the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, to find a solution to the ongoing impasse between Obaseki and the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, ahead of the Edo APC governorship primary scheduled to hold on June 22, 2020. Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and Dapo Abiodun were absent. The source said the governors must have come to plead with Tinubu to intervene on behalf of their colleague (Obaseki) who is seeking re-election and second term ticket on the platform of APC. It was also learnt that the governors were uncomfortable over the way Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the flag bearer of the major opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 Edo State governorship election, who recently defected to APC at the instance of Oshiomhole, emerged as a candidate through a consensus arrangement. They also expressed concern that such emergence of Ize-Iyamu could lead to serious legal issue that may cost APC in the state as it happened in Zamfara during the 2019 general elections.
June 01, 2020 05:03 UTC
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Saturday announced 553 new infections, bringing the nation’s total number of confirmed cases to 9,855. The Lagos State government yesterday disclosed it would begin the Register-to-Open initiative, which would feature guidelines for reopening the economy, especially religious and social centres. At a press conference, the director general of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, noted: “A committee has been set up by Governor Sanwo-Olu, headed by the Hon. As more people get tested, we should continue to see more cases because this is the pattern the world over. The consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and former Director General of the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Yaba, Lagos, told The Guardian: “COVID-19 has shown us how uncoordinated we are.
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Consequently, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index and market capitalisation both appreciated by 0.25 per cent to close the week at 25,267.82 and N13.168trillion, respectively. All other indices finished higher with the exception of NSE Meri Value and NSE Oil/Gas Indices, which fell 2.99 per cent, and 0.34 per cent, while NSE ASeM closed flat. But despite the upbeat, analysts at the weekend predicted gloomy outlook, citing increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, in addition to weak economic conditions. For instance, analysts at Codros Capital, said: “In our opinion, risks remain on the horizon due to a combination of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria and weak economic conditions. “Investors are buying to increase their positions in undervalued stocks ahead of dividend declaration and Q1 numbers.
‘Killer-cop’ fired 30 bullets at us, says eyewitnessA policeman who went berserk yesterday and shot his colleague dead has been arrested by the Lagos State police command. 21 Police Mobile Force Squadron Abuja, on special duty in a Federal Government facility in Ikoyi, Lagos, went berserk and started shooting sporadically. He shot one Sergeant Felix Okago dead. Okago, who was on Special duty with the Inspector, died from the gunshot injuries while others escaped unhurt. “One Sergeant Felix Okago who was on special duty with the Inspector, died from the gunshot injuries while others escaped unhurt.
Dipping figures of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Kano State is generating mixed feelings amid growing concern on the credibility of the results being released by the authorities. Against the astronomic rise of active cases of the deadly virus across 34 states and Federal Capital Territory, Kano is incidentally witnessing unprecedented fall in the COVID-19 curve, at least in the last two weeks. Kano recorded its index case on Saturday, April 11, 2020, when a retired ambassador who had visited Abuja, Lagos and Kaduna, tested positive for COVID-19. Few days after the first case, record of positive cases from Kano shot up astronomically. But Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has attributed the decline to fast acceptance of residents to the reality of the virus.
Loses 2.9 million barrels in two monthsThough Nigeria’s cost of oil production is currently above $20 per barrel, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday said efforts were ongoing to crash the fee to $10. The corporation’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, in a report in Abuja, stated that the operating cost across the nation’s upstream production remained unacceptable. According to Kyari, the performance for the first quarter of this year necessitated further cost optimisation. Kyari stated that the nation’s oil prices have gone down to sub-$10 per barrel due to the economic impact of the novel coronavirus, worsened by crude oil supply and demand imbalances. The GMD added that crude oil production charge among producers and gradual reopening of economies across major energy consumption centres were helping the recovery of the market.
Pantami, who expressed delight at the increase, noted that higher focus on ICT would drive the country’s target of achieving a digital economy in no distant time. His Technical Assistant (Information Technology), Dr. Femi Adeluyi through his Twitter handle @DrIsaPantami at the weekend cited National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which released ‘Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product Report’ for Q1 2020 recently. The report revealed that the country’s GDP grew by 1.87 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in Q1 2020, adding that the non-oil sector contributed 90.50 per cent to the GDP in Q1 2020 as against 9.50 per cent the oil sector contributed to total real GDP. Pantami noted that the growing contribution of the ICT sector to the GDP was a direct result of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s focus and commitment. “Federal Government’s strategic policy directions include inclusion of Digital Economy in the mandate of the Ministry, unveiling and implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy and the National Broadband Plan, among others.
They said it is important that professionals in construction industry get ready for likely Post CoVID-19 issues. “The construction industry will be affected mostly because of the diverse nature of activities which is a common feature of the industry. He specifically listed construction contract, labour only contract, sub-contract, maintenance contract, supervision contract, and facility management contract and others as areas where dispute could arise. Owojori said the defenses likely in the post-covid-19 pandemic court cases for builders could include, Court Majeure like an act of God and unforeseen circumstances that must have provision in the contract. For instance, he said new byelaw or policies in a state that could make the contract impossible is a good defense.
June 01, 2020 04:16 UTC