Former Kogi Governor, Bzigu Afakirya is Reported Dead

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Erstwhile Military Administrator of Kogi State, Col. Bzigu Afakirya (rtd) is reported dead, aged 66.

It was learnt that he died on Monday, July 22, 2015 at one Abuja hospital after a brief illness.

The deceased, Afakirya, who was Military Administrator of Kogi State from August 1996 to August 1998, was born in Lassa, Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

The Governor of Kogi State Capt. Idris Wada has commiserated with the immediate family of former MILAD, describing his death as a loss to the entire country.

In a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy Mr Jacob Edi, the Governor extolled the virtues of the late administrator, noting that during his services in the state, he left indelible legacies, including two housing estates and water schemes that are still in use in the Confluence State.

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The Late Episode: Here’s What All The Football Papers Reported This Morning

Defender Sergio Ramos – a target for Manchester United – wants to leave Real Madrid after the club failed to deny a transfer link with Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Majo. (AS)

Liverpool have increased their offer for Real Madrid defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi, 25, to £16m and the Spanish club could accept.(Marca)

The Reds are monitoring Sevilla’s Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, 28, and Venezuela forward Salomon Rondon, 25, of Zenit St Petersburg as alternatives to Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, 24.(Liverpool Echo)

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will actually buy all three players – Illarramendi, Bacca and Rondon – in deals that will total £75m.(Daily Star)

West Ham want to sign 27-year-old midfielder Mousa Dembele from London rivals Tottenham for £12m. Chelsea are also interested in the Belgian. (Sun)

The Hammers are confident their improved £14m offer for Dimitri Payet will force through the transfer of the 28-year-old Marseille forward. (Guardian)

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 33, has agreed personal terms with Arsenal, but the clubs are not close to agreeing a fee. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 23, has emerged as a possible summer target for Sunderland. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Spurs are set to take a £15m loss on Roberto Soldado, 30, after opening talks with Galatasaray over the £11m sale of the striker. (Daily Mirror)

Raheem Sterling flew home from his holiday in Ibiza in a private jet as Manchester City consider increasing their offer to £50m for the 20-year-old Liverpool winger.(Daily Mail)

Monday’s Guardian Sport front page
Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, is waiting for Arsenal to make a move for him after turning down the chance to join AC Milan. (Daily Express)

Ronald Koeman is prepared to break Southampton’s £15m transfer record to capture top target Toby Alderweireld. The 26-year-old defender will cost £18m from Atletico Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo, 36, will become a team-mate of former England midfielder Frank Lampard’s at New York City FC. (Goal.com)

Crystal Palace’s board are ready to block Alan Pardew’s move for Charlie Austin as they do not want to pay £15m for the 25-year-old QPR striker. (Daily Mirror)

Southampton have joined the race for Austin in an attempt to beat Liverpool and Chelsea to his signature. (Daily Express)

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is a target for Benfica, while Real Sociedad have bid £6m for the 22-year-old. (Sun)

Promoted clubs Bournemouth and Watford are both keen on 24-year-old Olympiakos midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim. (Daily Star)

Defender Luke Garbutt, 22, is set to reject a move to Bournemouth and sign a new five-year contract with Everton. (Liverpool Echo)

Attacking midfielder Michu, 29, is unlikely to return to Swansea this summer with talks scheduled for next week between the club and player, who spent last season on loan at Napoli and has a year remaining on his contract.(Daily Mail)

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Salary Crisis: Pres. Buhari To Hold Crucial Meeting With 36 State Governors

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President Muhammudu Buhari has scheduled a crucial meeting with the 36 states governors tomorrow in order to discuss the solution to the salary crisis which is causing havoc to the nation.

According to Sahara Reporters, the said meeting was necessary after an appeal by the 36 State governors for a presidential intervention following states inability to pay civil servants.

The major discussion will unsurprisingly be sourcing of funds to enable the affected states pay their debts.

Some of the states ravaged by these crises are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Zamfara.

It was learnt that for months now, state workers have been complaining of unpaid salaries and allowances.

The Governors, who compounded the already complicated situation, blamed it on the dwindling federal allocations.

To manage the dwindling financial resources in states, some governors and state lawmakers have began taking a pay cut in order to use their allowances to pay staff.

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