Thursday, 8 December 2016

FIFA imposes life bans on two ex-African officials

Former Zimbabwe Football Association official Jonathan Musavengana and ex-Togo coach Banna Tchanile have been barred from all football-related activity for life by FIFA’s ethics committee on Thursday for corruption.

The bans handed down by world football’s governing body relate to a number of international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.

In addition, Kirsten Nematandani, the former president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), was given a five-year ban.

A statement on Thursday from the world governing body’s adjudicatory chamber, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, said: “Mr Nematandani was found guilty of having violated art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty) and art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) and was sanctioned with a ban from taking part in any football-related activities for five years.

“Furthermore, the adjudicatory chamber decided that Mr Musavengana and Mr Tchanile had both infringed art. 13 and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FCE and imposed a life ban on the two former officials.”

Four former SAFA officials were suspended in October 2015 and March 2016 in the same affair.

Presidential Inauguration Bill Scales Second Reading

The Bill for an Act to Provide for the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, also known as Presidential Inauguration Bill, 2016, was read a second time by the Senate in plenary, Thursday.

The Bill, sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, seeks to align presidential inauguration in the country with international best practices as obtained in the United States of America, USA, and many other democracies.

Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Senate Donates N12m To Ex-Servicemen

The Senate yesterday donated N12 million to the Nigerian Legion towards the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations.

Announcing the donation while being decorated with the remembrance emblem, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said the gesture was to appreciate the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces in providing and maintaining peace and security in the country.

Apart from the N12 million, Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, said each Senator will make an individual donation to the Legion, since nothing is too much towards supporting the nation's retirees and keeping the memory of fallen heroes alive.

Justice Ngwuta Earns N24m Annually, Spent N500m In 10 Months –AGF


The Federal Government on Wednesday said investigations had shown that a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, spent over N500m between January and October 2016 despite his total annual legitimate earnings, including his allowances being N24m.

This was disclosed in a document prepared by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Charles Adeogun-Philips, summarising the case of the prosecution against the Justice of the Supreme Court, who was on November 21, 2016, arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

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Pakistan International Airways flight crashes in north


A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight with 48 people on board has crashed in the north of the country.

Flight PK-661 "lost contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad", the airline said.

The army has recovered at least 21 bodies from the crash site in the Havelian area, about 70km (43 miles) north of Islamabad, a military statement said.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Five ways to avoid getting sick when travelling this Christmas

Getting sick is normal; however, it can be a huge disappointment when you are traveling to your hometown for Christmas. Not only does it take the fun out of the trip, it disrupts your entire schedule and most times, costs extra cash (when you are plagued with severe symptoms and forced to seek medical care outside of your insurance network). Luckily, while traveling itself, especially by road, exposes you to a whole new range of parasites and environments that could spur illness, there are ways to minimize the chances of getting sick. Jumia travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking site has compiled a list of tried and true ways to keep your body and immune system strong and ensure you do not get sick. 

Federal Government bans Importation of Vehicles Through the Land Borders


The Federal government has banned the importation of vehicles into Nigeria through the land Borders.
The ban covers all new and used vehicles and takes effect from the 1st of January 2017.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi said the ban is sequel to a Presidential Directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria Sea Ports only.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Saraki Lauds Super Falcon's 8th AWCON Victory


Senate President , Dr.  Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday congratulated the Super Falcons for emerging continental champions at the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) for the eighth time.

Saraki in a statement by his Special adviser on Media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, specifically lauded the Falcons for maintaining their champion status In Africa.

Peace in Enugu Excites Ekweremadu


The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has applauded the prevailing political peace and unity in Enugu State, especially in Enugu West since the inception of the present administration in the State.

Ekweremadu was speaking while playing host to Stakeholders from Awgu local Government Area, who paid a “Thank you” visit to him at his Enugu residence at the weekend.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi take a very curious look at President Mohamadu Buhari at the National Mosque during Friday prayer with visiting King of Morocco...

Friday, 2 December 2016

Abuse and poor pay - the reality of African footballers

Many young Africans dream of becoming the next Samuel Eto'o
A major survey into global football shows that life for the vast majority of African footballers is a far cry from the glitz and glamour of those lucky enough to play in the world's top leagues, writes Piers Edwards.

The International Federation of Professional Footballers (Fifpro), a trade union of sorts, has conducted a global survey of nearly 14,000 professional footballers in 54 countries - the largest ever undertaken.

Over 3,000 of the players who took part in the survey are from 13 African countries: Botswana, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Saraki Congratulates New APC Spokesman, Abdullahi

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, congratulated the newly elected National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the election of Abudullahi as a square peg in a square hole — considering his track-record.

Data Price Hike: FG, Senate and NCC Deserve Commendation

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has applauded the Federal Government, the Senate and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for being sensitive to the yearnings of subscribers, who had decried initial plan to abysmally increase data rate even at a time the economy is sick.  

In saner climes people are the centre of  government's policies; and once the people are negatively affected by any policy the purpose of that very policy is defeated. We expect government at all levels, agencies, co-operate organisations to be better focused and cautious this time because of the ripple effect the errors they make might have.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu denied bail again


A Federal High Court on Thursday again refused the bail application sought by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Mr. Kanu has since his arrest in October 2015 sought to be released from the custody of the State Security Service, to no avail.

The same court had in December 17, 2015 ordered that the SSS release Mr. Kanu unconditionally. But that ruling given by a judge of the Court, Adeniyi Ademola, who has been accused of fraud and is currently being prosecuted, was upturned by another judge, John Tsoho in January.