Former Super Eagles’ Captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ OKocha and BetKing at the weekend joined other multinationals in the fight against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) by donating essential materials and food items to isolation centers in Lagos State. Betking’s Master Agent, Adeniyi Bello, presented the donation, made to the state government by Betking in conjunction with the Jay Jay Okocha Foundation, to the Lagos State Ministry of Health at one of the isolation centers located at Lagos Island. BetKing is committed to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the frontline workers and volunteers serving communities in the fight against COVID-19,” he said. Apart from supporting Lagos State with palliatives, the sports betting company also created a kingmakers’ fund to assist mitigate the sufferings of Betking agents, who have been facing business challenges due to the suspension of sporting activities globally. BetKing stands committed in the fight against COVID-19.”
June 03, 2020 02:26 UTC
The group also said the removal would bring setback for key power sector reforms that TCN was executing to expand bulk power transmission to 20,000 megawatts (MW) in few years. According to him, Mohammed repositioned TCN and it is evident as multilateral donors flood to invest with cheaper loans in TCN. Mohammed from 2017, worked seamlessly with the former Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, with his Terms of Reference (TOR) to reform TCN. Okoh said: “That has saved billions of naira using the in-house engineers to complete power transmission projects. “The French Development Agency and EU Grant was $500million dollars, World Bank gave $486million, AfDB gave $410million, JICA brought $238million and a grant to deliver capacitor bank in Abuja, Nasarawa and Lagos; World Bank is bringing another $27million for the North Core Project.
June 03, 2020 02:15 UTC
No doubt corruption poses a great threat to the country and particularly so, for younger generation. Therefore, integrity clubs in schools should be the guide against being corrupt among the teaming young population. If one may ask, how did the NOA director general come to the conclusion that integrity clubs in schools will be an antidote to curb corruption when political leaders do not lead by example? As it were, corruption has taken hold of Nigeria’s politics jugular even as it has eclipsed patriotic and nation-building democrats from the political scene. Perhaps, the integrity clubs may lead to turning the tide and see the fight against corruption yielding some fruitful results in the near future.
June 03, 2020 01:52 UTC
Nigeria’s manufacturing sector declined for the first time in 36 days in May, according to the latest report from the Central Bank of Nigeria. The Acting Director-General of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Chuma Oruche said local manufacturers do not expect an improved performance in the sector soon, especially as demand and production have been affected. Similarly, demand in the sector contracted in the sector after 36 months of consecutive months of expansion. Only three subsectors recorded growth in demand in the month of May while two subsectors were unchanged with nine declining. The manufacturing sector created the lowest job in recent years in May as coronavirus pandemic disrupted operations and crippled businesses.
June 03, 2020 01:52 UTC
Johnny EdwardVictor Osimhen has been voted Lille’s Player of The Season by his French Ligue 1 club, The PUNCH reports. He succeeds Nicolas Pepe, who won the award last season before departing for Arsenal for a record fee of £72m. Osimhen scored 18 goals and recorded six assists in 31 appearances across all competitions for Lille before the Ligue 1 season in France was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. Osimhen was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season. The former Wolfsburg striker has been linked with a move away from Lille following an impressive debut campaign in France.
June 03, 2020 01:52 UTC
The Federal Government, in the 2020 revised budget proposal, according to documents obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday, cut N9.3bn from the budget for the renovation of the National Assembly complex. ), had on Thursday presented the 2020 Appropriation Act (amendment) Bill to the National Assembly, which both the Senate and the House passed for second reading same day. N’Assembly, NJI’s allocations cut by 10%Incidentally, the budget for the National Assembly which was N128bn was cut by only 10 per cent, bringing its revised total budget to N115.2bn. “Nigerians are dying from treatable and preventable diseases and the government thinks it is right to slash the health budget while maintaining the N27bn for renovation? Suraj said reducing the health budget showed that the government had not learnt any lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 03, 2020 01:31 UTC
Our ReportersThe Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said despite the eased restriction on places of worship, it is safer for members of the public to worship at home. There is also no doubt that it is safer for you to worship at home. “For instance, places of worship should ideally be free of carpet to allow easy and regular disinfection of floors and furniture. Where this is not possible, then arrangements should be made by places of worship to ensure deep cleaning of the carpets. 812 health workers contract COVID-19Ihekweazu said 812 health workers had contracted COVID-19.
June 03, 2020 01:18 UTC
At post-COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria’s unemployment and fragile economic growth problems would have worsened. It is, therefore, pertinent that the government develops a framework for achieving rapid economic growth and employment generation, latest sectoral impact assessment and optimal policy response by the Board of Directors, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), has revealed. The sector’s poor contribution to the GDP growth as well as its significant contribution to employment suggests the existence of untapped opportunities for growth. Considering these, the government needs to address key challenges to growth and job creation of the selected sectors. For the manufacturing sector, NESG implored government to intensify the establishment and operations of product-specific industrial clusters.
June 03, 2020 01:07 UTC
Oluwatosin OmojuyigbeNo fewer than 24 ladies have accused a real estate agent, Godknows Adolphus, of rape. One of his victims, who sent a direct message to a Twitter activist, Angie, said she was afraid of coming out because of stigmatisation and possible backlash on the social media. A Twitter user, Ella Uzama, who stated that she would have been a victim, tweeted how she allegedly escaped Yangy’s antics. He’s useless.”Another Twitter user, @Phcanonymous, accused Yangy of visiting his victims’ houses with hoodlums and threatening them to recant on their accusations and delete their evidence. “As we all know, rape is a serious offence in the world and is something that no one can condone.
June 03, 2020 00:56 UTC
Edward Nnachi, AbakalikiTwo men, Ifeanyichukwu Ogbonnia, 32, and Donatus Isu, 24, were on Tuesday remanded in a correctional facility by an Ebonyi State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Abakaliki for allegedly killing one Azubuike Inya, 46. The killing was attributed to an intra-communal crisis involving the people of Amankwo and an indigene of the village, one Chief Donatus Ezeogo Aja. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”The defence counsel, Nwode, urged the court to admit his clients to bail.
June 03, 2020 00:45 UTC
According to Nwabuzor, operatives of the command arrested the suspect after the Area Commander of the Ikpoba Hill Police Station mobilised his men to the scene. Her killing sparked outrage and protests in Benin, Lagos and Abuja, with the hashtag, #JusticeForUwa, trending on the social media since Sunday. The IG’s directive was sequel to the preliminary report from the team of investigators and forensic experts earlier deployed to assist the state command in the investigation of the incident. A suspect arrested in connection with the incident is expected to be transferred alongside the case file to the force headquarters. He also enjoined parents and guardians to pay closer attention to their children and wards “in these trying times.”Copyright PUNCH.
June 03, 2020 00:45 UTC
Olaide Oyelude, KatsinaThe Katsina State Government has suspended employment of new workers and promotion of existing ones in the state civil service and in the 34 local government areas. The circular was signed by the Permanent Secretary (Admin) and the Head of the Civil Service of the state, Lawal-Ado Dutsin-ma. “Suspension of all forms of employment except where it becomes absolutely necessary into the state service and the Unified Local Government Service till the situation improves. “Suspension of the promotion of all categories of staff in the state and in the Unified Local Government Service till the situation improves. The statement read in part, “The Governor of Katsina State has directed the relaxing of the COVID-19 lockdown between 4am and 10pm daily across the state.
June 03, 2020 00:33 UTC
Leke Baiyewu, AbujaThe House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to recruit 100,000 personnel for the Nigerian Army to strengthen the fight against insecurity across Nigeria. Specifically, the lawmakers said the fight against Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province insurgency on the North-East made the call more urgent. They also asked that retired personnel of the Armed Forces should be recalled to join the fight. This followed the consideration of an investigative report by the Abdurazak Namdas-led Committee on Army. A joint committee made up of the Committees on Defence, Army, Air Force, and National Security and Intelligence, carried out the task.
June 03, 2020 00:11 UTC
The first Range Rover produced under new social distancing measures put in place to combat coronavirus has been completed. According to Zigwheels, the vehicle developed in compliance with new health measures rolled out of the manufacturing facility of Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull, UK last Wednesday. The report also indicated that personnel of Jaguar Land Rover would experience some modifications in terms of work shifts once they returned to the facility. “Aside from this, Jaguar Land Rover will provide each worker with its own manufactured reusable face visors,” it added. Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s largest automaker, has asked for a support package from the government to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic, theguardian.com reports.
June 03, 2020 00:00 UTC
An NNPC retail station at Ojudu Berger sold petrol at N123.50 per litre, while Enyo Retail, Isheri North sold at N123 per litre. Before the latest price modulation, the pump price band for PMS was N123.5 to N125/litre. All retail outlets were advised by the agency to operate within the price band for the month. The National Operations Controller, IPMAN, Mr Mike Osatuyi, had said members of the association would abide by the new price band but only after selling their old stock. He said, “As usual, when changes are made to petrol price, whether upwards or downwards, such changes are not automatically effected.
June 02, 2020 23:37 UTC