‘We want Wilder’: Anthony Joshua’s camp

NO sooner had Anthony Joshua brutally dispatched another pretender to his heavyweight titles than attention turned to who the British/Nigerian fighter would face next as he seeks to clean up boxing’s most glamorous division.
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Sheyi Ojo: Liverpool forward dumps England for Nigeria

Sheyi Ojo is ready to wear the green and white of Nigeria after representing England at youth levels. Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo has stated that he is ready to dump England and represent the Super Eagles of Nigeria.Ojo who has represented England at various youth levels has now stated in a recent interview with the BBC that he is open and willing to wear the green and white of Nigeria.The 21-year-old who moved to French Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims from Liverpool in the summer transfer window is considering his international future and development as a professional. Sheyi who was part of the England team to win the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he has not made an official appearance for the senior side Three Lions.Speaking to the BBC he said, “To be honest, I don’t know much about it (Nigeria interest), but if they call me I’d be honoured to go to Nigeria.”It’s obviously a massive nation. I’m just really focused on club football at the moment, but I’m excited for the future, both club and country.”My parents are originally from Nigeria as well, so they know a lot about it. They’ve always been keen on the idea [to represent Nigeria] but so far I’ve mainly been focusing on club football.”It’s starting to get to the time where I have to start thinking about my future. And of course, if Nigeria were to call me now it would be an honour.”The development comes after Pulse Sports Exclusively reported that Everton forward Ademola Lookman is ready to dump England for Nigeria.Sheyi however also revealed that he will never turn down Nigeria as it will be an honour but so will an England call up. “Of course, if I was to get selected I’d definitely think about it, I’d never turn down Nigeria,” said Ojo.”I’m from Nigeria originally so it’d be an honour, likewise with England as well. If I keep doing well, opportunities will come by for club and country.”It’s not really something I’m thinking about at the moment but you never know what could happen in the future.”The youngster aims to develop at Reims and is not bothered about his international allegiance for now, it is unknown if he will be given a call up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Libya in October.

Investors commit $46b to 42 projects in nine states, FCT

Abuja, FCTThe national economy got $45.7 billion investments in 12 sectors from January to June this year, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) has stated.
In its latest report released at the weekend in Abuja, the agency noted that the sum was invested on 42 projects in nine states and the Federal Capital. Territory (FCT).
A further breakdown shows that mining and quarrying accounted for 61 per cent of the total value, manufacturing (28 per cent), transportation and storage (five per cent), real estate (three per cent), while the remaining sectors got three per cent.
The document revealed that the commitments were from investors in 11 countries.
It stated that companies from France took the lion share of 35 per cent closely followed by Nigerian companies which invested 31 per cent of the sum.
The report added that United Kingdom organisations recorded 20 per cent, Luxembourg (seven per cent), while the rest eight per cent went to establishments from other nations.
It further revealed that Rivers State was the biggest beneficiary, nicking 35 per cent of the commitments.
Bayelsa and Lagos accounted for 26 per cent each, while Delta got seven per cent.
NIPC’s Executive Secretary, Yewande Sadiku, had recently said the commission was working with the states to make them more attractive to investors.
She relished that her parastatal had a seamless collaboration with the states for close monitoring of investment inflow into the country as a one-stop centre.
Her words: “We are interested in seeing more Nigerians invest in the country, and we have a Domestic Direct Investment model now in the commission.
“We are working with the National Bureau of Statistics to track investment inflow into the country, as the current efforts of the NIPC in working more closely with the states is to increase the level of investments as well as to ensure seamless collaborations and proper tracking.

Group alleges plot to undermine anti-terrorism war

[FILE PHOTO] Islam extremists, Boko HaramThe Coalition on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights in Nigeria yesterday alleged plot by foreign agents to undermine the country’s anti-insurgency war through unhealthy reports.
It accused notable foreign media outfits of projecting the activities of Boko Haram terrorists with a hidden agenda.
The group’s national president, Maxwell Gowon, said in a press conference held in Abuja that the news agencies in question were poised at destabilising the nation through “false, malicious, unsubstantiated and fabricated writings to frustrate the Federal Government” in its quest to defeat insurgency in the North East and parts of the federation.

NASS postpones resumption of plenary

NASSThe National Assembly has postponed resumption of plenary session earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 25th September to Tuesday 9th October due to the activities of the primaries of the political parties.
According to a statement yesterday by the Clerk to the National Assembly, M.A Sani-Omolori, all distinguished senators and honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10 am on the 9th of October.

Rescue team vows to find body of missing General Alkali

a source said at the weekend that Alkali may have been killed together with the 11 people who were murdered on September 2, 2018 by unknown gunmen after which the youths protested and barricaded the road at Lopandet Dwei Community in Du District of Jos South Local Council of Plateau State.The Search and Rescue Team of the Nigeria Army has vowed to find the body of missing Major-General Muhammad Idris Alkali, who was declared missing on September 3, 2018.
This was revealed after Commander of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Major General Augustine Agundu, visited the pond where the general’s body and car may have been dumped.
Spokesman of the Special Task Force (STF), Major Adam Umar, told The Guardian that the team had started draining the water where his body might have been dumped.
“On Sunday, September 2, 2018 youth in the area protested the killing of their kinsmen and possibly the missing general could have been among the victims and we suspect that his body could be in the water.
“Although we are not sure where his body could have been dumped, we strongly suspect that he could be one of those thrown inside the pond. But as I speak, the draining of the water is still ongoing,” he said.
But a source said at the weekend that Alkali may have been killed together with the 11 people who were murdered on September 2, 2018 by unknown gunmen after which the youths protested and barricaded the road at Lopandet Dwei Community in Du District of Jos South Local Council of Plateau State.

Ondo, NNPC ethanol project to commence before end of 2018

Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi AkeredoluTo create more employment opportunities in Ondo State, the state government’s cassava-ethanol project is expected to commence before the end of the year.
Special Adviser to the Governor Olurotimi Akeredolu on Development and Investment, Boye Oyewumi, disclosed this at the weekend when a team foreign experts and officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) visited the proposed site of the plant.
The ethanol project, located at Okeluse in Ose Local Council of the state, is a partnership between the Ondo State government and the NNPC.

Minister seeks more time to account for spending on water project

Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Hussein AdamuMinister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu, has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to “grant the ministry more time within which to compile and furnish the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) with information on the spending on water, and locations of specific projects, in view of the high volume of the information involved.”
Adamu said: “It is not true that millions of Nigerians are drinking water from contaminated sources. It is not the duties of the Ministry of Water Resources alone to provide drinking water for the citizens.”
The ministry stated this in its reply to the Freedom of Information (FoI) suit filed in April by SERAP requesting Adamu and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh, to “explain why millions of Nigerians have to resort to drinking water from contaminated sources with deadly health consequences despite the authorities claiming to have spent trillions of naira of budgetary allocations on the sector since 1999.”
However, while Adamu has promised to render account on spending on water projects and now asking the court for more time to do so, Ogbeh has so far failed, refused and/or neglected to respond to SERAP’s request and has not filed any paper in court to counter the suit filed by the organisation.

Ugwuanyi signs healthcare bill into law

Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi UgwuanyiTo strengthen healthcare delivery in Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has assented to the state’s Health Sector Reform bill passed by the legislature.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Ekochin, told newsmen after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting that the new law would bring a lot of positive changes to the health sector.
He added that it would comprehensively address health-related issues for the people’s overall benefit.
According to him, new components have been integrated into the law for positive results, as the district health system introduced by the colonial government has been repackaged and replaced.

Osinbajo, Ambode headline Akinwunmi’s book launch

[FILE PHOTO] Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State.Photo: Twitter/ AkinwunmiAmbodeVice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State will on Thursday, September 27, lead other eminent Nigerians to the launch of Skin for Skin: The Prima Garnet Story, a book written by the chief executive of Prima Garnet Group, Lolu Akinwunmi.
Scheduled to coincide with his 60th birthday, the book launch will also birth the Lolu Akinwunmi Family Foundation (LAFF), a platform created by the ace advertising practitioner’s family to give back to society.
Ambode is the guest of honour, while the head of Facebook Africa, Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke, is the guest speaker of the event holding at Harbour Point, Wilmot Road, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Confederation Cup: Enyimba crush Rayon Sports in Aba

Enyimba booked their place in the semifinals of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup with a 5-1 thumping of Rayon Sports at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba on Sunday.
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FG promises to utilise loans from China for projects

Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab AhmedThe Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to use monies borrowed from the Chinese government for the development of Nigeria.
The Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, who stated this while debunking claim that money borrowed from the Chinese have not been well utilised, said: “Maybe in the past, some borrowings have been made and not utilised but the current administration is borrowing for projects and have been utilised.
Nigerians can see it all over the place.
We are focusing on three objectives: restoring and sustaining growth, building a competitive economy and investing in our people.”
Ahmed gave the assurance at the weekend in Lagos at this year’s Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Welcome the National Day attended by wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Bola Obasanjo; Secretary to Lagos State Government, Dr. Tunji Bello, among other dignitaries.
The minister said: “I think today’s event is an excellent initiative. It is a very good thing to do to further strengthen our relationship.
“We invite more Chinese to come to Nigeria because we are open for business.
eanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seven Stars Tissue Paper, Eric Ni, said: “China and Africa are more closer than ever. We are family.

Kwankwaso picks son-in-law for Kano governorship slot

Senator Rabiu KwankwasoConfusion amid protest may tear apart the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State following the endorsement of former Commissioner for Works, Transport and Housing during Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s administration, Abba Kabiru Yusuf, as gubernatorial aspirant.
Kwankwaso had at the PDP stakeholders’ meeting in Kaduna at the weekend announced his son-in-law and strong political associate, Aminu Abdulsalam, as governor and deputy aspirants.
Kwankwaso’s action has terminated the hope of his political ally and former deputy governor, Prof. Hafizu Abubakar and Malam Salihu Sagir Takai, a former associate of former Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, who are equally pining to contest the governorship seat under PDP.

Makarfi faults inconclusive results, hopeful of PDP’s victory

Ahmed Mohammad Makarfi.Photo/Twitter/Ahmed_M_MakarfiA Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, has said that the party is sure of victory despite the re-run elections declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to him, the technicalities deployed by the commission should be seen as part of the plan to allegedly rob the PDP of victory in the governorship election.
Makarfi, who commended the people for the orderly and peaceful manner they conducted themselves during the election, also praised the doggedness of the PDP candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and party supporters as well as other Nigerians over the “success of the party at the poll.”
In a statement by his spokesman, Mallam Mukthar Sirajo, Makarfi, who is a former PDP caretaker committee chairman, commended the national leadership of the party under Prince Uche Secondus for guiding PDP to the path of victory in the election.
“The long suffering people of Osun State, who have had to endure a harrowing more than seven years in the hands of the current All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, more than three of which were spent with either half salary or no salary by the workforce until the recent deceitful election-period bailout, have grown wiser and will rally round to ensure that such horrible experience is consigned to the dustbin of history by successfully completing the task they started on Saturday.”
Makarfi appealed to “the members and supporters of PDP in Osun State, especially in those areas where elections are to be repeated, to remain resolute and steadfast by coming out in larger numbers to inflict maximum damage on the party that has brought so much untold hardship to them in the course of these more than seven years.”
On the role of security operatives during the poll, he said: “Even though there is a lot more improvement needed, I commend the security agencies for being, for the large part, professional in their handling of the the election.
This is not to say that they were perfect; but at least the level of impunity and brazen partiality was relatively less than experienced in previous exercises”.

TraderMoni berths in Imo, excites market women

Rochas OkorochaTraders in Imo State were excited at the weekend as TraderMoni, the Federal Government’s policy of assisting petty traders in the country was launched in the state.
Hundreds of traders at the Relief Market in the Owerri metropolis filed out to register for the quick cash transfer of N10,000 from the Bank of Industry, managers of the fund.
Speaking at the Owerri Relief Market, the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said the scheme is a deliberate policy of the government to assist small-scale businesses in the country to grow as well as to reduce poverty among the people.
Osinbajo also said the current administration would continue to ensure that the welfare of Nigerians would be its major priority and urged the people to continue to support efforts of the government to make the country a better place for all.
Meanwhile, some of the traders who spoke to newsmen said they had earlier heard the announcement on radio but had thought it was one of those gimmicks of government, which never works.
One of the traders who identified herself simply as Agnes expressed gratitude to the federal government as she had received an alert immediately she completed her registration while still at the point of registration.
“It worked like magic because as soon as I registered and provided them with my account number, I received an alert of N10,000. It is now that I know it is real.”
Mrs. Toyin Adeniyi, Executive Director of the Micro Enterprise department of the Bank of Industry said it is part of the policies of government to assist petty traders in the country to grow their businesses.
She urged beneficiaries to ensure that they repay the loan within six months to enable them access more loans to help their businesses.