Osinbajo, governors expected as Deeper Life Church opens new headquarters 

Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on April 24, 2018 attend the inauguration of the new headquarters building of Deeper Life Bible Church.The new complex is located at the Church’s old auditorium in Gbagada, Lagos.
A statement from the office of the General Superintendent of the Church, Pastor William F. Kumuyi said several state governors would also join Osinbajo at the event.Among the governors are the Lagos State Governor, Ambode Akinwunmi and other dignitaries in and outside the country.
In the statement, Kumuyi commended leaders and members of the Church worldwide for their contributions and patience, in the face of harsh economic realities.He said the 35,000-seat edifice and the already commissioned car park, has a bridge and traffic lights around the auditorium.
While commending the contributions of leaders and members of the Church worldwide, he added that the construction lasted for a little over a decade.“Their contributions in terms of finance and human resources, despite the challenging times, have been heart-warming and praise-worthy,” he said.
The General Superintendent explained: “The project is not in any way an advertisement of self or riches. It is served to accelerate the earnest fulfillment of the Great Commission. There are no riches to advertise anyway, because the resources came from all strata of membership of the church.
“Everyone contributed his or her mite. It was a determination to give God the very best.”He explained: “When you read through the scriptures, you would find that tabernacles were huge edifices that evoked the aura of the Almighty.“When you read about the nature of the building that King Solomon built for God, it was magnificent and befitting of worship of the owner of the whole universe,” he said.

Church, groups move to strengthen ties between Nigeria, Israel

Rex Ajenifuja
The Trinity House, in conjunction with I Stand With Israel and Olive Tree Foundation, Norway has pledged to strengthen ties between Nigeria and Israel through positive advocacy, enlightenment and partnerships.
The National Coordinator of I Stand With Israel, Pastor Rex Ajenifuja disclosed this at a press briefing yesterday.The meeting was to mark Israel’s 70th anniversary scheduled to hold on May 14 in Lagos.He said this was necessary because Nigeria shares a lot with Israel in terms of religiousity.
According to him, the former had much to learn from the latter in terms of technology, exchange programmes and other beneficial endeavours.He said due to the significance of the nation of Israel in God’s scheme of things, they would hold a ‘Celebrating Israel at 70’ special service on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Lagos.
The Church Administrator, Pastor Niyi Famuyide, stressed that
Isreal, besides being the originating point of the Christian faith, has much to offer Nigeria in terms of technological advancement, medicine and tourism.
To the Executive Director of Olive Tree Foundation, Mrs. Britt Lode, Nigeria remains Israel’s strategic partner in various endeavours.She said: “Our mission is to create a spiritual connection and partnership between Christians in Nigeria and the nation of Israel.”As part of the event, a book by Lode, Zion of Light, was unveiled.The book depicts where 12 Israeli Rabbis revealed some secrets to the Christian population, in fulfillment of Zechariah Chapter eight verse 23.

Sifax consortium stakes $25m to operate Warri Port terminal

SIFAX Group Chairman, Taiwo Afolabi
Notwithstanding the highest score of 87.84 per cent by Ecomarine consortium, the SIFAX Group-led consortium, Ocean and Cargo Terminal Services Limited with 82.70 per cent score has been declared the preferred bidder to operate Terminal B, Warri Old Port.
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), which announced the result of the concession process yesterday, said Ocean and Cargo offered the sum of $25,510,000.64 to emerge the preferred concessionaire after its rival-Ecomarine Consortium- was disqualified for improper submission of its bidding documents. The concession is for a period of 25 years.
The statement signed by the Head, Public Communications, BPE, Amina Tukur Othman, said: “Ecomarine had scored 87.84 per cent and Ocean and Cargo Terminal Services Limited, 82.70 per cent in the evaluation of the technical proposals of the prospective bidders.
“Consequently, Ecomarine’s bid price was not announced. However, Ocean and Cargo Terminal Services Limited emergence is subject to the approval of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP),” he stated.
The financial bid was chaired by Chairman of the Technical Committee of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP), Alhaji M. K Ahmed, and was attended by many stakeholders, including the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), which was represented by its Executive Director, Marine Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies, who stood in for the Managing Director, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman.
Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex Okoh, noted that modest achievements have been recorded at the ports since the port concession programme commenced in 2005, hence the government’s determination to concession the Terminal ‘B’ Warri Old Port.
Okoh, who was represented by the Director, Transport Department, Mallam Aliyu Maigari, said the objectives of the port concession are to increase the efficiency of ports operations; reduce cost of doing business for ports users; reduce dependence on the treasury for support to an otherwise economically viable ports sector; and boost economic activity, increase the GDP and accelerate development to make the Nigerian ports the hub of international freights in west and Central Africa.
He apologised to the bidders for the unduly and unintended long process it took to get to the stage of the financial bid opening and noted that the terminal has a new quay wall, fenders and apron with a backup space where the concessionaire will develop other infrastructural facilities for efficient port operations.
The Expression of Interest for the port was advertised in 2014. At the deadline of the submission, of the EOIs, 13 applications were received. Out of the 13 applications, seven were pre-qualified. Out of these pre-qualified bidders, five were able to submit their technical and financial proposals on January 31, 2017, the deadline for submission of the proposals.
These five companies are: Marine Infrastructure Consortium, Bright Ocean Integrated Services Limited, Ecomarine Consortium, Ocean and Cargo Terminal Services Limited and Neon Warri Ports Consortium. At the end of the evaluation of the technical proposal, Ecomarine Consortium and Ocean and Cargo Terminal Services Limited’s financial bids were qualified for the financial bid opening stage.
Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, expressed his appreciation to both the BPE and NCP for the transparent exercise, adding that the concession will enjoy the same midas touch that has now become the hallmark of SIFAX Group’s businesses.
Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, John Jenkins, said: “BPE, NPA and other relevant government agencies should look forward to an efficient port management system when we formally take over the control of the terminal while the clients are in for an unparalleled customer-focused service delivery that will put them at the heart of our operations.

Onazi: I’m back and well

Super Eagles midfielder, has shut down suggestion that he will not be fit for the FIFA World Cup starting in June as he claimed to have fully recovered from a hamstring injury.
Onazi
The hard working midfielder told ScoreNigeria.com.ng that he has therefore returned to full training with the rest of the squad  and he is now ready for action.
“I am back to full fitness as I returned to training with the rest of the team on Saturday,” he disclosed.
“In fact I am fit enough to play this past weekend’s game. But despite being match fit, I and coach agreed that I should still rest as there are still lots of games for us to play in the season. We decide not to rush.”
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NWPL: Teen striker Onyenezide happy with debut goal

FC Robo Queens attacking midfielder Esther Onyenezide is on cloud nine following her premier league debut goal for the Lagos landladies. The Lagos side pipped their top-flight counterparts, Adamawa Queens, 1-0 in Wednesday’s Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) matchday 2 clash at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
Onyenezide
The 15-year-old sensation came off the bench in the second half of the hotly contested encounter to break the ice for her side to coast home with the maximum three points at stake and their first victory of the ongoing elite league.
“Wednesday was my first ever premier league match and I announced myself with a debut goal and a winner for my side.
“I’m excited with such a heroic performance and I feel great and on top of the world right now”.
“So I was confident that I would score the match winner and I thank God it came to pass.
“I wasn’t afraid of confronting a bigger and more experienced side like Adamawa Queens,” the youngster told supersport.com.
 
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In Kaduna: Government sacks over 4000 teachers for incompetence

The govt said the teachers could not write their acceptance letters properly after being offered employment. Kaduna State Government has laid off over four thousand teachers for incompetence.The teachers are among the 15,897 the government recruited in 2017 following the sack of 22, 000 teachers for failing aptitude tests.According to the State Commissioner of Education, Ja’afaru Sani, the newly recruited teachers could not write their acceptance letters properly after being offered employment.”At the end, 4,562 incompetent ones, believed to have found their way into the final list illegally, were fished out, leaving 11,335 competent ones,” Sani said Wednesday, April 18.He said other candidates whose processes were successful have been deployed to over 4000 schools across the state. ALSO READ: Kaduna Government begins construction of 594 classroomsSani noted that the state will soon recruit more teachers to fill the shortfall created by the initial sack of 22, 000 teachers.

FA Cup: Mourinho has nothing to prove, says Pochettino

As Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur clash in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Jose Mourinho does not think his Manchester United counterpart needs to prove his credentials as one of the world’s best.
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Pre-season hopes that United could challenge for the Premier League failed to come to fruition, while the Red Devils were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla in the last 16. “For me, Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world,” he said. “I don’t think he needs to show anyone that he is one of the best.
“Manchester United, for me, are having a fantastic season. Of course they will be disappointed like us to be out of the Champions League – it was massive obviously for them and for us. “Who needs the FA Cup more? I don’t know.
“Every team is going to fight to try to win but it’s not about need, it’s about a title that would be a fantastic finish to the season.
“But it’s not about who needs the trophy more.”
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Buhari: President and wife attend dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth II

The event was organised for Heads of Government and their Spouses at Buckingham Palace, London. President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife Aisha on Thursday, April 19, attended a dinner hosted by the Queen of England Elizabeth II.The event was organised for Heads of Government and their Spouses at Buckingham Palace, London.”Tonight President @Buhari and his Wife @aishambuhari are attending a Dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth II for Heads of Government and their Spouses, at Buckingham Palace, London. #PMBinUK #PMBAtCHOGM”, the Presidency tweeted this on Thursday night.Buhari and other world leaders are in the UK for the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Buhari woos investorsEarlier, the President at told a gathering at the Commonwealth Business Forum had encouraged businessmen to invest in Nigeria, saying the country is safe to do business.The president informed participants that Shell is preparing to invest another $20 billion in Nigeria.”…This morning, I met with Shell staff. They came and broke the news to me that they were ready to invest about $20 billion in Nigeria. So, really, we are not doing badly,” he had said.In his keynote address at the forum, Buhari counselled the Commonwealth to avoid trade wars and employ opportunities presented by trade to spur growth in the global community.He addressed participants at the forum on the efforts his government had made to improve the business environment in Nigeria and the attendant results.ALSO READ: Buhari goofed, young Nigerians deserve some accolades According to him, the effectiveness of such efforts was evident in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Report’ published in November last year, which saw Nigeria moving up 24 places from its previous ranking.The President also said the development earned the country recognition as one of the top 10 most improved economies in the world.

Mswati III: King of Swaziland changes country’s name to ‘eSwatini’

The king of Swaziland, one of the world’s few absolute monarchs, announced that his country had changed its name to eSwatini to mark 50th anniversary. The king of Swaziland, one of the world’s few absolute monarchs, announced on Thursday that his country had changed its name to eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence from British rule.Meaning “place of the Swazi”, eSwatini is the Swazi language name for the tiny nation landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique.Unlike some countries, Swaziland did not change its name when it gained independence in 1968 after being a British protectorate for more than 60 years.King Mswati III declared the name change during independence day celebrations at a packed sports stadium in the second city of Manzini.”I would like to announce that Swaziland will now revert to its original name,” he said, wearing red military uniform.”African countries on getting independence reverted to their ancient names before they were colonised. So from now on the country will be officially be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini.”The name Swaziland angers some citizens as it is a mix of Swazi and English.The move has been mooted for several years, with lawmakers considering the issue in 2015. Mswati III has used the new name in previous official speeches.The king, who was crowned in 1986 aged 18, rules by decree and has often been criticised for his lavish lifestyle despite the grinding poverty suffered by many of his citizens.Political parties are banned from taking part in elections and only candidates approved by chiefs loyal to the king can stand for office.The country, which has a population of about 1.3 million people, suffers the highest HIV rate in the world, with 27 percent of adults infected.The name change could mean that the country’s constitution is re-written, as well as changes for the Royal Swaziland Police Force, the Swaziland Defence Force and the University of Swaziland.After independence, Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, Nyasaland became Malawi, and Bechuanaland became Botswana.

Wande Coal: Singer responds to his babymama’s child abduction allegations

Wande said the only truth in what his baby mama has said is that he is the father of the child in question. Nigerian singer Wande Coal has dismissed the story of her Baby mama, Temitope Ogunnusi, that he abducted their child.Temitope had claimed that she was 16 years old when Wande impregnated her and made her drop her out of secondary school in 2008.She said the singer’s mom later took their love child from her and that she has been deprived access to her son for eight years. The child, Joseph, is now 10 years old.Temitope also claimed that when she broke the news of the pregnancy to Wande, he rejected it,”Do you want to kill my career?” She said Wande asked her.The singer was said to have denied the paternity of the baby and left the neighborhood so Temitope would not see him again. ‘All lies’But Wande said the only truth in what his baby mama said is that he is Joseph’s father.”I want to start by saying that the only truth that has been said so far, is that the child is my son. Everything else is a lie,” the singer said in a statement issued on Thursday, April 19, 2018.”I honestly do not want to say much because at the end of the day, this is family and Temitope is the mother of the child, but I must clarify a few things she has used to attack my character and the reputation of my family. “She has failed to tell the public that she did not tell me she was pregnant with my son. She married another man and claimed that the child was his and she never told me”, he added.Wande said it was a mutual understanding between Temitope and her family that the child should live with his mom so he can have a better life.The singer recalled, “We (my family) only knew about the child after her husband and others, including her aunty, found out the child looked like me. After we confirmed that the child was mine, my mother visited her and everyone agreed that the child needed a better environment.”My mother took the child and her sister to our house for a week. After that week, Temitope left and has not returned since to check on the child. In 2011, my mother reached out to her and told her that she was disappointed in her.”She promised to come visit the child. She never did. Temitope was in a “fashion school” which she left for reasons best known to her. Not because of the baby as she was married to someone else.”My mother paid for a full session in another fashion school to make sure she had something to support herself. She stopped attending three months after she started.”ALSO READ: Wande Coal is enjoying a resurgence with ‘Iskaba’ singleWande added that Temitope also lied about her age when she got pregnant. He said she was 20 years old and not 16 as she had claimed.He noted that she is free to visit her child whenever she wants, reiterating that she was never deprived access to the boy in the first place.

Tech: Fortnite interest is exploding right now — this one chart says it all

“Fortnite Battle Royale” is the hottest game in the world right now.
“Fortnite Battle Royale” is the hottest game in the world right now.
Need proof? Just look at the graph below, courtesy of Google Trends.
It shows how search interest in “Fortnite” is at an all-time high.
Fortnite is a global phenomenon.
Google Trends, which measures search interest on a relative scale, shows how interest in Fortnite continues to go up and up. Though it lost some momentum in March, Fortnite has become a huge topic of discussion this month: The game notably experienced a 12-hour worldwide blackout on April 11, but other updates have also brought new attention to the game, including mysterious meteor showers in the game and the decision to remove one of Fortnite’s most novel weapons.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Fortnite Battle Royale is free to play and highly accessible: It’s a free download on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and even iPhone and iPad. An Android version of “Fortnite” is also coming soon.

If Killings Don’t End In Months, ‘We Have No Government’ – Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has once again called for an end to killings by suspected herdsmen in parts of the country.
The Nobel laureate said he would conclude that there is no government in the country if President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration does not end the killing of farmers and other persons and reclaim farmland as well as territories belonging to internally displaced persons.
He spoke about the issue on Thursday at an event to unveil the logo of the 2018 OAU Ife Festival of Food and Identity in Ile-Ife.
“We cannot continue to see the seeming triumph of the guns over the plough shear. We want to see this government’s reversal of the triumph of the swords over the plough shears. If this has not taken place, it means we have no government,” he said.
Professor Soyinka also hinted that he would speak more on the issue during the festival, which is scheduled to commence on July 30 and end on August 4, 2018.
“This occasion enables us to pass some certain messages apart from early appetising and promoting this festival. Everything that needs to be said would be said during the festival itself. But, there is an important message and there is a reminder, this is not the best of times for this nation,” he said.
“For us as a people, it is not the most cheerful of times. We have a responsibility to ourselves as living beings not to allow destruction to overtake or overwhelm our creativity. We shall beat swords into plough shears, it means the instrument of cultivation. We must overcome the instrument of destruction”.
 
The Nobel laureate hopes to see positive changes between Thursday and July when the festival takes off. The absence of that, to him, means the nation is rudderless.
“Between the time of the launching of this logo and the action manifestation of the festival itself, we should have seen signs that the clash between swords and the plough shears is reversed. This would have given us total fulfillment as people with culture, peace, and harmony,” he said.
“If those who have been displaced, the farmers that have been displaced in their hundreds from various parts of this nation especially the North. If the farmers have not been taken back to their productive environment, it means we have no governance. Let us all join hands to beat the swords, the guns into plough shears.”
Earlier, thVice-Chancelloror of the OAU, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, said, “The centrality of food to human survival is unquestionable. We are glad that Professor Wole Soyinka agreed to be the chief adviser for the festival.”
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Tech: The Murdochs are guaranteed over $206 million once the Disney-Fox deal is finalized

Once Disney officially acquires a large portion of 21st Century Fox’s assets, the Murdoch family will be compensated over $206 million.
According to an SEC filing on Wednesday spotted by The Wrap, the Murdoch family — Rupert and sons James and Lachlan — will receive over $206 million once the Disney-Fox deal is finalized.
The amount will come via a golden parachute, compensation an executive receives after being dismissed from the company after a merger.
21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch will receive the most, $70.6 million, and he and his brother Lachlan would receive an additional $22 million in severance if fired before June 30.
Disney announced in December it will buy 21st Century Fox’s film studio and many of its TV assets for $52 billion.
The Murdoch family is about to get richer. According to a Wednesday SEC filing, which we spotted via The Wrap, the family of 21st Century Fox executives will be compensated, in total, over $206 million once the massive Disney-Fox deal is finalized.
Disney announced in December it will buy 21st Century Fox’s film studio and much of its TV assets for $52 billion.
That means three executive members of the Murdoch family will receive large golden parachutes — payment an executive receives should they be ousted after the company is sold — once the deal is complete and Disney takes over.
Fox CEO James Murdoch will receive the largest compensation of $70.6 million. His brother Lachlan, co-executive chairman of Fox, will receive $69.1 million. And their father, co-executive chairman and former CEO Rupert Murdoch, will receive $66.7 million — $40 million of which will be cash.
If James or Lachlan are fired before June 30, they’ll receive severence of $22 million six months later.

Etebo, Ezekiel Can’t Prevent Las Palmas Defeat; Ideye Starts As Malaga Are Relegated

Oghenekaro Etebo made his 10th LaLiga start for Las Palmas who lost 1-0 to Real Betis on Thursday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
 
Junior Firpo scored in stoppage time for Real Betis to move up to fifth in the Spanish LaLiga with 55 points from 33 games.
 
Nigerian forward Imoh Ezekiel replaced Nacho Gil in the 84th minute.
 
Ezekiel made his sixth appearance for Las Palmas. He is yet to score a goal since he arrived at the club on a free transfer in February.
 
At the Estadi Ciutat de València, in Spain, Brown Ideye made his ninth start for Malaga who lost to Levante and got relegated.
Malaga are bottom of the table with 17 points from 33 matches, 17 points from safety with five matches to go, therefore their relegation was confirmed on Thursday night.
 
Ideye had a great chance to score the opener in the 19th minute but his header was saved by Oier Olazabal.
 
The Nigerian international was replaced in the 83rd minute by Borja Baston. 
 
Ideye has scored once for Malaga since he joined them on loan from Tianjin TEDA.
 
His compatriot Isaac Success was not listed in the matchday squad for the game.
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Victor Moses Helps Chelsea Keep Champions League Hopes Alive

 
Cheslea’s players celebrate with Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder Victor Moses (C) after he scores their winning goal during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on April 19, 2018.Oli SCARFF / AFP
 
Victor Moses helped Chelsea to keep their outside chances of chasing down Tottenham Hotspur for a place in next season’s Champions League alive as a much-changed side secured a 2-1 win at Burnley.
At the other end of the table, Southampton crept closer to relegation as a 0-0 draw at Leicester leaves the Saints still four points off safety with just four games remaining to save themselves.
Chelsea closed to within five points of fourth-placed Spurs, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men also have a kinder run-in than their London rivals.
Southampton and Chelsea meet for the second time in eight days in a FA Cup semi-final on Sunday after Antonio Conte’s side came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at St. Mary’s on Saturday.
And with the Cup representing Chelsea’s last chance at silverware this season, Conte left Eden Hazard and Willian on the bench as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata started together up front for the first time.
Burnley’s opening day 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge was an early indicator as to how the season would develop for both sides with Sean Dyche’s side now dreaming of qualifying for European competition for the first time since 1967.
However, Burnley’s hopes of leapfrogging Arsenal into sixth were dealt a blow by a first defeat in seven games.
Conte has lamented Chelsea’s inability to take their chances all season, and it was another night to forget for club record signing Morata as he passed up a host of opportunities to score just his third goal of 2018.
The Spanish international’s first clear opening was well saved by England World Cup hopeful Nick Pope low to his right.
Pope, though, could arguably have done better when the opening goal arrived on 20 minutes as he punched Victor Moses’s cross into the onrushing Kevin Long and the ball ricocheted off the defender into his own net.
Much worse was to come for Morata on the hour mark when he burst clear on goal, but, with just Pope to beat, side-footed wide of the target.
That miss looked like it could be the turning point in the game when four minutes later Burnley levelled in fortuitous fashion.
Joey Gudmundsson’s long-range effort was heading well wide until it deflected off Ashley Barnes to completely wrong-foot Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Just minutes later, though, Chelsea retook the lead when Moses fired in low at Pope’s near post from Emerson Palmieri’s cross.
Morata then stormed off the field in disgust at himself as he was replaced by Hazard for the final 20 minutes.
But despite some delightful touches by the Belgian, Chelsea had to settle for victory by the finest of margins.
At the King Power, Leicester manager Claude Puel took his revenge after Southampton sacked the Frenchman despite finishing eighth and reaching the League Cup final last season by pushing his former employers closer to the drop.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, Shane Long had Southampton’s best effort as he was denied by a point-blank save by Leicester’s reserve goalkeeper Ben Hamer.
At the other end, Alex McCarthy also made a smart stop from Jamie Vardy as Southampton at least stopped a run of four straight league defeats.
AFP
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