Pato Wants To Stay At Chelsea, After Loan Ends

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Alexandre Pato has stated he has a strong desire to remain at the club after his loan spell ends.

The Brazilian forward joined Chelsea on a loan deal, but has featured sparingly due to lack of fitness.

But the 26-year-old is adamant that he can prove his worth in Chelsea’s remaining fixtures.

“In every training session I was visualising what it would be like in a match. I never gave up and always wanted to train more,” Pato told ESPN Brasil.

“When Guus [Hiddink] gave me the chance to play I was very happy. Scoring that goal was a weight off my shoulders.

“I know that I still need more games to show my value.

“I feel that my body and mind are strong. My aim is to stay here in Europe and continue at Chelsea.”

The striker also backed incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who will succeed Guus Hiddink after Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign.

“Conte will do very well here,” he said.

“He’s a guy who has a real desire to win. He revolutionised Juventus, winning a lot. I am sure that it will be the same here.

“He will sign the players Chelsea need.”

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Zidane Wants Real Madrid To Be Ready For Barcelona Slip Up

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wants his men to be ready for a Barcelona slip up.

Barcelona look to be on their way to winning the La Liga, only for losses to Madrid and Real Sociedad to reduce the gap between the Catalans and close rivals Atletico.

Barcelona host Valencia on Sunday as they look to extend the gap again, but with Luis Enrique’s men hitting patchy form, Zidane has told his players to be ready to pounce on any further slip-ups.

“We are doing our work, the players know that La Liga is important,” he told reporters, Madrid having also progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League, with a tie against Manchester City to come.

“Today we will go to bed just one point behind.

“Today from the start we showed we wanted to do well, all of the players played a professional, fantastic game, respecting our opponents.

“I don’t know when Barcelona or Atletico might slip up. We will watch their games, but the most important thing is what we do ourselves.”

Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has faith that Los Blancos can go all the way in La Liga and the Champions League but reminded his team-mates nothing less than total focus will suffice.

He said: “We were very serious in our approach, and I’ve always said that we won’t lower our [guard] in the league.

“We’re close [to the end of the season] and we know that we can go all the way with the chance of winning both titles if we do our job well.

“We must never lose faith and always go forward. We must win our remaining games and fight for the trophies on offer.

“Sometimes we tend to relax after a Champions League game, but the team are aware of what they’re playing for. This is what we want, and we’re very happy with today’s work.”

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Get Familiar! 20 Fresh Songs You NEED To Play NOW [#1]

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In the first quarter of the year 2016, we’ve seen a new wave of artistes coming out, showing off their skills. Some still underground and some you’re already familiar with thanks to hits such as ‘Jamb Question’.

These songs are a breath of fresh air moving away from the typical predictable commercial beats we are consistently now force fed with. These acts are bringing fresh sound, fresh style, to the ever expanding industry.

We’ve compiled a playlist [#1] consisting of twenty [20] DOPE songs (Psst! narcotics ain’t even close) released by non a-listers.  With the likes of Johnny Drille, Simi, King Pro, Ranti, MVP, and some other fantastic acts dominating the first session of the playlist, we are about to wake you up to some of Nigeria’s most promising acts so far in 2016.

And, no, ‘Who You Epp‘ isn’t included – that’s a list for a different day.

Bring your speakers up on full blast, and hit ► below.

 


  1. My Beautiful Love (Prod Drille)
    Johnny Drille

    4:09


  2. Love Don’t Care
    Simi

    3:25


  3. Iwe Kiko
    Ranti

    3:47


  4. Eleko
    Mayorkun

    3:19


  5. Kolewerk
    Koker

    3:33


  6. Tush ft. Toby Grey, Ycee (Prod. Echo)
    MVP

    3:39


  7. George Of The Jungle (feat. Jay O)
    King Pro

    4:17


  8. Bounce (feat. Reminisce)
    Ola Dips

    4:08


  9. Owo Apo
    Attitude

    3:22


  10. Dunnie – YBNL MASHUP (cover)

    4:44


  11. Life Of The Party (feat. Vito)
    Soldierbeatz

    3:37


  12. Hola Hola
    Sugarboy

    3:41


  13. OgeNe (feat. Flavour)
    Zoro

    3:45


  14. Love Me ft Adekunle Gold
    Aramide

    3:45


  15. Beautiful (Nakupenda)
    Ceeza x Ketchup

    3:02


  16. Adore Her (feat. Funbi)
    Poe

    4:16


  17. Tattoo (feat. BOJ) [Prod. By Bankyondbeatz]
    Baron G

    3:46


  18. Shiine
    Henshaw BlaZe

    4:49


  19. The Stars
    Benie Macaulay X Tomi Thomas

    3:38


  20. For The Local
    Jhybo

    3:45

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MUSIC: Pepenazi ft. Lil Kesh – Iwo Na

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Pepenazi drops new single “iwo na” ft lil kesh as birthday gift to fans. “Iwo na” is the latest and first single of the year from Ecleftic Entertainment Rap artiste Pepenazi following his previous hit singles illegal and One for the road.”Iwo na” which means “and you too”, is a very upbeat and danceable tune, that passes across a very clear message: “whatever you wish others, has a boomerang effect”. Pepenazi puts out this new song as a birthday gift to all his fans wishing them everything they wish him and more. The track features hit maker Lil kesh and produced by fast rising record producer HT. (Mixed & mastered by Indomix).



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MUSIC: MC Galaxy Ft. Swizz Beatz – Sekem (Remix)

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MC Galaxy is finally out with the highly anticipated remix to his hit single Sekem. He features international record producer Swizz Beats on this one.

MCG Entertainment boss MC Galaxy finally drops the much anticipated international collabo remix to his previous trending dope jam titled Sekem teaming up with international producer/hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz.

Swizz Beatz comes through on the popular track which was originally released in 2014 Get Familiar: MC Galaxy ‘Sekem’ [Prod by TSpize]. We knew of this collaboration in late 2015 and here it is…


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MUSIC: MC Galaxy Ft. Swizz Beatz – Sekem (Remix)

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MCG Entertainment boss MC Galaxy finally drops the much anticipated international collabo remix to his previous trending dope jam titled Sekem which he team up withSwizz Beatz.



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Bilic Rues Missing Out On Kante

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Slaven Bilic has revealed Southampton missed the chance to sign N’golo Kante.

Kante joined Leicester City and has been exceptional for them on their journey to winning their first EPL.

The Frenchman was signed by Leicester on a four-year deal for a reported £5.6 million from Ligue 1 outfit Caen.

However, the 25-year-old was high on West Ham’s transfer list before he was picked up by Leicester, according to Bilic as the two teams prepare to lock horns on Sunday.

“We were quite close, quite close [to signing Kante]. I had watched him in France,” the Croatian said.

“He was a good player, the same player he is now at Leicester – a holding midfielder, not very tall but he is one of those players that after 20 minutes you think there are twins.

“You think there is two of him because of his energy and his intelligence, he is always there.

“When you watch the television, he is always in shot, he is never out. That is not only big lungs, big legs or a capacity to run, it’s also intelligence.

“He was on our list, but then we got some other players for the same position and it was too many players for the same role.”

Bilic believes the new Premier League television deal, set to come into effect next season, will make it difficult for clubs to sign quality players for the same price as someone like Kante.

“The new television deal and the money will affect the price of players,” he said.

“The chairmen of the clubs in Europe rub their hands together and have one phone for England and another phone for the rest of the world, and they are waiting by the phone for England.”

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“Aguero Must Be Stopped”

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According to former midfielder Savio, Real Madrid must try to hamper Aguero.

Real Madrid were paired with Manchester City after qualifying for the last four by trouncing Wolfsburg.

Aguero has scored 18 goals in 25 Premier League games this season but has only netted two in the Champions League and missed a penalty in the second leg against PSG.

“I am a big fan of Aguero. He is one of the best attackers in Europe at the moment,” he told Omnisport. “He’s really clever and is always well positioned on the pitch.

“Aguero was superb in the two ties, he made the difference, despite missing the penalty kick. He is different from the rest. He is always dangerous and I believe that Madrid should take extra care with him.”

Savio admits he was impressed by City’s display in the 1-0 win over PSG at the Etihad Stadium this week and says Manuel Pellegrini should be given credit for his tactical approach.

“I was there watching PSG-Man City and Pellegrini was just brilliant with his tactics,” he said.

“They owned the midfield. Everyone always complained about the lack of balance in City’s game, their poor defending, but Pellegrini changed that. They were very clever in both ties. Fernando and Fernandinho did a great job protecting the midfield.”

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Enrique: Barcelona Need To Turn Things Around, No Time For Pity

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According to Luis Enrique, Barcelona must stick together and turn things around.

The Catalans crashed out of the UCL, losing 2-0 to Atletico and 3-2 on aggregate.

Coach Luis Enrique admitted the team’s spirit has suffered as a result, but he wants the players to bind together ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Valencia.

“Of course they are carrying a disappointment and it’s hard to digest, but we are professionals,” he said. “It’s not just one thing. You can’t really find a catch-all solution for everything. I’ve just got to concentrate on the positive things.

“There are six games until the end of the season and also a Copa del Rey final against Sevilla. We never thought we had done everything right and just because we’ve suffered a set-back doesn’t mean I’m going to say we’ve done everything wrong. We need to stay optimistic, there’s no point crying.

“We set our targets very high, higher than any other club in the world. It’s a self-imposed obligation to win every title, but we have to forget about the Champions League because we cannot do anything about it now.

“I don’t think that in La Liga any team has been better than Barca, but the problem with the league is that it’s all about consistency. I wouldn’t change this team for any other. So let’s see if we can turn around this nasty situation.

“We are just thinking about Valencia, but we have three league games this week – that’s half of what we’ve got left. We have to be focused.

“If things are going well and flowing we want them to stay the same, but now we’re in a negative stretch we need to really turn things around and be strong. We need to keep solidarity, we need to stick together in every aspect.”

Dani Alves has drawn criticism for posting a video on social media imitating his girlfriend Joana Sanz consoling him following the Champions League exit, but Luis Enrique has no problem with the Brazilian’s action.

“I think we all know Dani Alves, he likes playing around on social media. We’ve seen him singing, dancing, laughing and crying, he does everything on there,” he said.

“Whether it was a wise move, people will have their opinions, but all I can say is he’s a competitor who has brought so much to this team. He’s a fundamental member of the team.

“I think sometimes people tend to work things to excess and social networks tend to highlight that. I don’t think he meant to cause any offence.”

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Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack, Slaughter 34 Terrorists And Rescue 455 Hostages

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Troops of the 121 Task Force Battalion at Pulka, have succeeded in resisting an attack by terror group, Boko Haram, who raided in 5 gun trucks, motorcycles and 2 Golf cars laden with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from Sambisa forest axis on Friday.

READ ALSO: Troops Rescue 11,595 Hostages From Boko Haram Captivity

The ever alert and vigilant troops rose to the occasion and successfully killed 7 Boko Haram terrorists, wounded several others and recovered 4 AK-47 rifles, 3 AK-47 rifle magazines and 92 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) belt ammunition.

Similarly, troops of 3 Battalion apprehended a suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ spy near the Battalion Headquarters at Gamboru Ngala.

READ ALSO: Army Captures Ansaru Leader As More Boko Haram Fighters Surrender

Speaking on the apprehension, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said the suspect confessed that he was sent to spy on the troops from Wulge.

A statement from the Army spokesperson read: “Consequent upon this, the troops organized a fighting patrol comprising elements of Army Headquarters Strike Group and Civilian JTF to Wulge and Walamari. The troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists in which they killed 27 of them, recovered 5 motorcycles and 8 bicycles. They also cleared 12 terrorists’ camps and recovered 1 AK-47 rifles as well as 1 Dane gun.

“The troops also rescued 455 persons and escorted them to Gamboru Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camp. Unfortunately, we lost one of the Civilian JTF. Nevertheless, the troops’ morale remains very high.

“Similarly, troops of 103 Battalion this evening ambushed Boko Haram terrorists at Mairimri village crossing point in which they killed quite a number of terrorists, recovered 15 bicycles and foodstuffs.”

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UNIMAID Convocation [Ongoing]: Top Dignitaries Hit Maiduguri As Varsity Honours 172 First Class Graduates

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Several top dignitaries across Nigeria have dared all fears of Boko Harm insurgency in the Northeast as they have arrived in Borno state to attend the Convocation ceremony of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), today, Saturday.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, who was sworn-in as the Chancellor of the foremost Northeaster tertiary institution at a grand ceremony, yesterday, arrived Maiduguri on Thursday.

The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was also an attendee as he arrived Maiduguri in his Royal limousine yesterday to attend the Convocation lecture ahead today’s event which also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the University.

Briefing reporters ahead of the joint convocation and 40th anniversary of the university, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, said that the institution will be honouring 172 graduates who made First Class.

Njodi explained that the 172 exceptional students, who graduated between 2010 and 2015 would be honoured at the joint convocation covering the time.

He said: “The University will finally hold its 22nd convocation and 40th anniversary for the award of degrees, diplomas and certificates.

“Summary for the statistics of undergraduate students shows that a total of 37,259 will be graduating. It is gratifying to note that 172 students obtained First Class degrees in the five sets that we are graduating.

“Similarly, statistics for the Postgraduate degree showed that, 823 students will be graduating from the school of postgraduate studies. Of this figure, a total of 192 students will receive Doctorate Degree, 1,498 Masters Degrees while 2,133 will receive Postgraduate Diploma.”

It was gathered that so far the total number of students who graduated from the university since its establishment 40 years ago, stood at 101,5141.

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UNIMAID Convocation [Ongoing]: Top Dignitaries Hit Maiduguri As Varsity Honours 172 First Class Graduates

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Several top dignitaries across Nigeria have dared all fears of Boko Harm insurgency in the Northeast as they have arrived in Borno state to attend the Convocation ceremony of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), today, Saturday.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, who was sworn-in as the Chancellor of the foremost Northeaster tertiary institution at a grand ceremony, yesterday, arrived Maiduguri on Thursday.

The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was also an attendee as he arrived Maiduguri in his Royal limousine yesterday to attend the Convocation lecture ahead today’s event which also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the University.

Briefing reporters ahead of the joint convocation and 40th anniversary of the university, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, said that the institution will be honouring 172 graduates who made First Class.

Njodi explained that the 172 exceptional students, who graduated between 2010 and 2015 would be honoured at the joint convocation covering the time.

He said: “The University will finally hold its 22nd convocation and 40th anniversary for the award of degrees, diplomas and certificates.

“Summary for the statistics of undergraduate students shows that a total of 37,259 will be graduating. It is gratifying to note that 172 students obtained First Class degrees in the five sets that we are graduating.

“Similarly, statistics for the Postgraduate degree showed that, 823 students will be graduating from the school of postgraduate studies. Of this figure, a total of 192 students will receive Doctorate Degree, 1,498 Masters Degrees while 2,133 will receive Postgraduate Diploma.”

It was gathered that so far the total number of students who graduated from the university since its establishment 40 years ago, stood at 101,5141.

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Police IG Orders Demotion Of DPO For Beating Traffic Warden To Coma

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The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has on Thursday ordered the immediate demotion and transfer of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Ikenne Division area of Ogun State, Patrick Onwu, who beat up a female traffic warden for flagging down his private car at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC filling station, IBB Boulevard, Abeokuta, last week. PM News reports.

Onwu had on Wednesday pounced on a certain female traffic officer, Inspector Anifat Bello to coma for allegedly stopping his private vehicle.

It was gathered that the DPO, who was on mufti while violating the traffic law, drove into a nearby filling station, parked and changed into a police uniform then went back and dealt with her severely.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident and said the Commissioner of Police, CP, was unhappy about the incident and had directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated.

“The woman traffic officer has reported the matter to the CP and he has directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated. The CP was not happy when the woman came with a swollen face. If the allegation is true, I am very sure the CP will know what to do”, he said.

The IGP, who later got to know about the incident, ordered the transfer of the DPO to the force headquarters in Abuja so that further disciplinary actions can be taken.

Arase also ordered that he (Onwu) be demoted to a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, from Superintendent of Police, SP.

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Police IG Orders Demotion Of DPO For Beating Traffic Warden To Coma

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The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has on Thursday ordered the immediate demotion and transfer of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Ikenne Division area of Ogun State, Patrick Onwu, who beat up a female traffic warden for flagging down his private car at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC filling station, IBB Boulevard, Abeokuta, last week. PM News reports.

Onwu had on Wednesday pounced on a certain female traffic officer, Inspector Anifat Bello to coma for allegedly stopping his private vehicle.

It was gathered that the DPO, who was on mufti while violating the traffic law, drove into a nearby filling station, parked and changed into a police uniform then went back and dealt with her severely.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident and said the Commissioner of Police, CP, was unhappy about the incident and had directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated.

“The woman traffic officer has reported the matter to the CP and he has directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated. The CP was not happy when the woman came with a swollen face. If the allegation is true, I am very sure the CP will know what to do”, he said.

The IGP, who later got to know about the incident, ordered the transfer of the DPO to the force headquarters in Abuja so that further disciplinary actions can be taken.

Arase also ordered that he (Onwu) be demoted to a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, from Superintendent of Police, SP.

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ICPC Seizes 61 Houses Belonging To A Female Civil Servant

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In its bid to check and eliminate corruption among civil servants who live beyond their earnings, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has begun arresting public servants even as it has seized 61 houses from a female public servant.

This was made known on Friday by the Chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, while addressing participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies at the Abuja headquarters of the agency.

According to him, the commission would soon begin publishing a list of the most corrupt Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Speaking on the theme, titled: ‘The role of the ICPC in the War Against Corruption: Mandate, Strategies and Challenges’, Nta said: “We are developing scorecard like Transparency International which rates countries as to the level of corruption of countries. We have developed one for ministries departments and agencies. Hopefully, we know those who will take the first prize.”

The ICPC Boss averred that as soon as the 2016 Budget is passed, it would begin monitoring how monies are being spent and then prosecuting public servants that live beyond their means.

“From one of the employees of one of the organisations, we seized about 61 or 62 houses in an estate. The matter is in court so I can’t say too much but I want to say that the officer was not a man. We do prosecution but also try to seize the assets acquired (through corrupt means) so that apart from prosecution, we can strip you of the assets within and outside the country,” he said.

Nta also spoke about the commission investigating cases of sexual harassment in the Nigerian universities.

Nta said, “We have special teams that investigate universities here. Quite a number of students that have spent more than the statutory period, like young girls who have spent eight years for a four-year programme because they refused to do what should not be done. We got involved and they have graduated and we are still looking at the possibility of prosecution.”

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ICPC Seizes 61 Houses Belonging To A Female Civil Servant

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In its bid to check and eliminate corruption among civil servants who live beyond their earnings, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has begun arresting public servants even as it has seized 61 houses from a female public servant.

This was made known on Friday by the Chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, while addressing participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies at the Abuja headquarters of the agency.

According to him, the commission would soon begin publishing a list of the most corrupt Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Speaking on the theme, titled: ‘The role of the ICPC in the War Against Corruption: Mandate, Strategies and Challenges’, Nta said: “We are developing scorecard like Transparency International which rates countries as to the level of corruption of countries. We have developed one for ministries departments and agencies. Hopefully, we know those who will take the first prize.”

The ICPC Boss averred that as soon as the 2016 Budget is passed, it would begin monitoring how monies are being spent and then prosecuting public servants that live beyond their means.

“From one of the employees of one of the organisations, we seized about 61 or 62 houses in an estate. The matter is in court so I can’t say too much but I want to say that the officer was not a man. We do prosecution but also try to seize the assets acquired (through corrupt means) so that apart from prosecution, we can strip you of the assets within and outside the country,” he said.

Nta also spoke about the commission investigating cases of sexual harassment in the Nigerian universities.

Nta said, “We have special teams that investigate universities here. Quite a number of students that have spent more than the statutory period, like young girls who have spent eight years for a four-year programme because they refused to do what should not be done. We got involved and they have graduated and we are still looking at the possibility of prosecution.”

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National ID Won’t Replace INEC Voter’s Card In 2019 – NIMC

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has on Friday announced that the voters’ cards issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would not be substituted with the electronic national identification cards anytime soon.

This announcement was conveyed by the Head, Corporate Communications, NIMC, Chika Ogbonna.

The announcement came on the heels of reports making the round, which claimed that the Delta State Coordinator of the NIMC had stated that the national ID would replace the INEC issued voter cards in 2019.

Ogbonna, who said that the reporters quoted the state coordinator out of context, added that the electronic ID card issued by the NIMC had a number of applets built into it, which made it capable and available for use in up to 13 use cases and scenarios.

He said: “But at no time during the advocacy visit by our Delta State team to the royal father did the state coordinator announce that the eID card would replace the voter’s card presently issued and used for elections by INEC.”

“The state coordinator did not grant any press briefing or interviews during the visit, neither was she at the palace to make any announcement concerning any elections.”

“The visit was also to brief him on the collaboration between the NIMC and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to uniquely register and issue NIN to farmers in Delta State under the National Agricultural Payment Initiative.”

“The NIMC and INEC are both working harmoniously with other data-collecting agencies of government towards the aggregation of all citizens’ biometric data in order to achieve a single national database as directed recently by the President. Both commissions of government are in partnership now to that extent.”

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#EnoughSaid: What Fuels Nigeria’s 2030 Space Travel Ambition? – Philip Asuquotes

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FAST FORWARD TO THE FUTURE – Imagine a time in the future when the world would have been over-populated and over-dominated by world powers whose struggle for territory would  make them look for other available spaces elsewhere. Where best is there to get more space than outer space? For those powerful nations who already have satellites mounted in space, this will be an easy cheese. They simply gather the intelligence from over time and start making trips out to space to claim a spot and build their outer space colonies. 

WELCOME TO NOW – That moment you are about to drive to the next town in Nigeria and you have less than half a tank of fuel in your car…What’s even scarier is the fact that almost all the filling stations on the road will be shut tight. Why? Because there is scarcity of petrol.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of Philip Asuquotes and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Now, even if we have not been told the reason for it, news made rounds recently that Nigeria will send an astronaut to space by 2030. While a handful of Nigerians got excited over the news and a lot more shrugged it off and opined that they would rather hear the solutions for Nigeria’s current problems than space tales, it is pertinent that we take a look into this.

Obviously, the announcement has raised more eyebrows and questions than applauding hands and the reasons for this does not need a rocket hop to be deduced.

Is it yet another white elephant endeavor which is just to score a political point?

Is it a covet diversion from the stark realities Nigerians are currently facing due to the economic quagmire that besiege the nation?

Is it to be a stroke to the nation’s ego or that of the individual who mouthed the idea?

While the answers to these questions remain in rhetoric planes, let’s take a look at the reactions that accompanied this news and saddle up for even more questions in this post.

Someone asked if there will be enough fuel and electricity to power the rocket that will fly to space and if the Nigerian space traveler won’t be stranded for lack of fuel to return to earth when he gets there.

Another asked if it isn’t better to say that the Nigerian space travel will be done by year 5050.

Yet, more asked if it wasn’t better to focus on the problems of today than to start thinking of traveling to space in 2030.

These questions all point to one thing – Nigeria needs to fix its current problems before we get to the proposed 2030 year of the Nigerian Astronaut.

Ofcourse the current problems just might hinder the actualization of this space dream. For one, the rocket that will carry the astronaut will need to be worked on with electrical appliances and we know it will require electricity to be powered up when it is ready. With the current epileptic power supply and constant drop in power generated from the national grid, we just might make history by making the first generator-powered rocket in human history if we don’t fix the sorry electricity situation in the country today.

Another major problem that is hitting the country and that might be a hindrance to our rocket man is scarcity of fuel. A space rocket needs 1million gallons of rocket fuel to get to space. Now, with the glaring fact that we do not refine even the fuel we use for our cars but rather import them, are we going to buy rocket fuel from Russia to power our rocket in 2030 and at what cost?

It sure would be quite preferable to refine and source our own rocket fuel from here. We need to start building local refineries that can refine not only PMS for cars but that can refine and produce rocket fuel in due time. No, we don’t have to play ‘politricks’ with this. We need to be truly committed to seeing it happen and also ensure it happens.

One other question that begs an answer is this – While Nigeria plans to put an astronaut up in space by 2030, what are the plans of other nations that have already done so way before now? Will we be yet, late again, if we wait all through these years just to get to put out a ‘coat of arm’ wearing astronaut out there and pat ourselves in the arm?

From the brief trip to the future at the beginning of this write up, it can be deduced that other nations that already have satellites and have made outer space trips might just have started building their space colonies before 2030 where our astronaut might go to lodge in space, refuel and do other things while being seen as a late comer that came on ‘Nigerian time’. Ofcourse he would pay through and through for those services.

Now, note that the time there is expressed as ‘Nigerian Time’, not ‘African Time’. This is deliberate because already, an African have made a trip out to space.

Are you surprised?

You didn’t know that the first African to go to space actually went there in 2002? He was born and raised in South Africa. He is hailed as the first Afro-astronaut (even though he is of white descent) and had to undergo training in Russia for 7 months before that trip.

His name is Mark Shuttleworth and going to space was his personal dream which was made possible with research started by some South African Scientists. He actually concluded a number of experiments they did and was able to go to space from there.

And yes, South Africa has a national space Agency called SANSA (South Africa National Space Agency), yet they don’t make noise about it.

In 2013, South Africa’s ANC Youth League congratulated a Black South African, Mandla Maseko,  for being the first black African enlisted to be part of a space travel. He was hailed for defying physical and political gravity.

Besides these, have you heard of Space X? It is a space project by another South African called Elyon Musk.

Elyon Musk invented the online payment system called Paypal and has invented and worked on so many other things. He went on to work on his Space X project and NASA had to partner with him.

Now, the truth is that he needed good power supply to be able to work on the things he did. He needed to be able to fund his project without buying fuel at an outrageous cost to power his generator or travel around while working.

My country plans to have an astronaut in space by 2030 but basic infrastructure has been politicized over and over while being used as a permanent feature of every government’s campaign manifesto.

South Africa made their country conducive for the likes of Elyon Musk to develop himself and stun the world with witty inventions.

I checked a recent list of top 500 African Companies and found out that South Africa has the highest number of Africa’s richest companies. And yet they haven’t announced and politicized going to space or sending an astronaut there.

Even with the problems they have there, the country has got the very infrastructure that helps such businesses and pursuits thrive.

My country wants to send an astronaut to space by 2030 but right now most of her citizens can’t travel to the next town and back without their pockets or bank accounts having a huge space after the expenditure.

Do I believe that Nigeria can have an astronaut in space someday?

Yes.

But of what benefit will that be to her citizens?

You see, the first men to go to space did so over 47 years ago. They were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and were both seen as celebrities of sorts when they returned to earth from the first recorded space trip in human history. Pundits say it was just another ‘feather-ish’ accomplishment with no clear benefit other than educational research.

Space travel is a project of the future for humanity. It is about man venturing out to see opportunities in space, explore new discoveries and carry out a few other ‘hush-hush’ activities they intend to stun the world with – some are already doing so.

But please note that it is first a dream carried by individuals. Individuals venture out and then their government establishes Space Agencies and start with the knowledge from the individual.

In Nigeria, sadly, our government shoot for lofty goals, spend huge money on equipment and projects and yet fail to see that all we need is for the country to be stable and conducive for her citizens to develop and create the things that will advance this nation.

In one of his ‘Common Sense’ videos, Senator Ben Bruce pointed out that Nigeria has underwater cameras and the likes but lack skilled people to man it. We put so much emphasis on acquiring equipment and machines and forget that the people needs to be properly equipped in order to man those machines and make them and the nation work.

Africa’s first Black Astronaut, Mandla Maseko

Too much priority is placed on our mineral resources and too much is being said or done on the grounds of political grandstanding, point-scoring, etc. Our human resources tend to be repeatedly neglected and efforts to truly make Nigerians get a better deal out of the government seem to be portentously thwarted either by persons within the government of the day or the opposition who distract them and even create conflict and crisis where none existed.

If we want to make this country work, we need to come more together and make it work. We must not dastardly oppose the moves made by any government in power just for the sake of making them look ‘clueless’, ‘inept’, and ‘incompetent’ way ahead of elections. Nigeria has been plagued with the same problem of poor infrastructure for years over.

We need to wake up, come together and solve this problem in this generation so that the next generation of Nigerians will have something to thank us for.

Dear politician, basic amenities and good infrastructure are what should be made available to the people without making it look like you are doing them a favour.

At this juncture, please permit me to point out that the 2030 space travel ambition seems to be the only projection into the future that the present government has made.

Every great nation today came to a point in national realization in their yesterday and built from there. They began to commitedly build into the future they saw for themselves and their leaders came together to make it all work.  The likes of world powers like the US and UK both have ‘United’ in them. The likes of China, India, Dubai etc closed up and looked within to develop themselves out of the rot they were in.

Every nation needs a vision. What is the Nigerian vision?

Is there really a road map vision for this country?

Does Nigeria have a concrete vision of where we are headed in the next 30 to 50 years?

We have leaders, yes, but where are they leading us to?

A leader should have or at least see a vision and lead his/her people towards and into it.

As earlier pointed out, the only concrete projection into the future so far is the Nigerian Astronaut dream project. However, without a concrete vision, we will just be a nation orbiting and floating around in space.

Dubai was made great by a single vision of creating a beautiful oasis in the desert. India became a tech hub after determining to use technology to advance their society. China is economically independent right now because they grew local industries and today, we are asking them for a $60bn loan and giving their currency a place in our foreign reserves.

All these nations couldn’t do it without their people. Are we investing in our people?

More importantly, while we pursue or not pursue a vision for the future, the government of the day should solve the nation’s problems of today. Doing so will give the citizens confidence in whatever future is promised.

Telling us a Nigerian astronaut will be sent to space is not enough. There has to be tangible benefits of that travel outlined and concrete steps taken from now to not only ensure it happens but first to fix the problems of now that just might hinder it.

  • We need to start improving our electricity supply.
  • We need to set up and run our own refineries.
  • We need to re-inforce science studies in schools. With the rate of cheating in exams and the outdated curriculum being used in schools, we need to overhaul the education system from bottom to top.
  • We need to establish research institutions.
  • We need a grand plan that will activate that ambition.

And at the end of it, what will it give us after we successfully send a man to space and back?

Let’s pretend it will totally transform Nigeria.

But I really think the major benefit will be that we will be seen to have solved some of the problems that plague the nation if we improve electricity to power our national rocket, establish refineries to produce rocket fuel (at least car fuel will be easier), improve our education system and do other things to make it all a smooth take off to space.

Sadly, some of these politicians won’t be active by 2030. So, the right thing to do is to set the grounds right for the young ones that will make that rocket trip possible.

We aren’t asking for too much. The government should tackle the ‘now’ problems of electricity, fuel, insecurity, outdated curriculum, etc. We will build from there. We are already building from here and we are doing so with generators and expensive spending on fuel.

If you are a young man and you have dreams of being an astronaut, you are better off researching and working on projects that will eventually lead you to that dream rather than downloading every hit song that drops online and passing your day and time obsessing over things that don’t get you closer to your dream.

Don’t sleep and dream only at night. Wake up, stay up and work on your dreams even if it requires doing so through the night.

Finally, it is the youths that will deliver and live in the future of Nigeria. Let’s invest in them even as I urge them to invest in themselves. Our youths will have to rise and defy the laws of physical, political and psychological gravity that hold them down and create platforms/products that will skyrocket the nation into the future. I believe we can.

Philip Asuquotes is a frontline media and strategy consultant who believes that the African continent will be advanced by Africans through their intellect and committed endeavors. 

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Ranieri: I’m A Hard Worker, Not A Magician

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Claudio Ranieri is pleased with the coverage he is getting with Leicester’s exploits.

Leicester still maintain a strong stance in the EPL, after last weekend’s 2-0 win over Southampton and could go on to win Ranieri’s first major trophy as a manager.

The Italian was heavily criticised after a disastrous reign at the helm of Greece, which ended after an infamous home defeat to Faroe Islands, which saw him plastered across his native country’s media in a less positive light.

“It is good,” Ranieri said of the media attention he has received lately. “But a lot of times I have been on the front of Italian newspapers and also on the front of the Greek newspapers.

“I am the same manager as I was then.

“In Greece I worked with the players only 15 times in four months; that means three days before every match, without a friendly match, without anything.

“What can I do? I am not a magician. I am a hard worker.”

Ranieri’s men are in need of just three wins to lift the Premier League title this term and take on West Ham at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

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57 Muslim Nations Criticise Iran For Supporting Terrorism

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The leaders of over 50 Muslim nations have on Friday accused the Islamic Republic of Iran of aiding terrorism and interfering in the internal affairs of regional states including Syria and Yemen.

This disclosure was contained in a statement issued during a summit attended in Istanbul this week.

The summit which was organised by the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss a range of issues such as the humanitarian fall-out from Syria’s civil war also had Iran’s leader President Hassan Rouhani in attendance.

The communiqué read: “The Conference deplored Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of the States of the region and other Member States including Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia, and its continued support for terrorism.”

It also emphasized the need for “cooperative relations” between Iran and other Muslim countries, including refraining from the use or threat of force.

Reuters reports that both Turkey, which has assumed the three-year rotating presidency of the OIC, and Saudi Arabia are part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants in Syria and are also opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, a stance that has put them at odds with Iran, an ally of the Syrian leader.

Shi’ite Iran is also allied with the Houthi movement in Yemen, which has been battling forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed president in a conflict that has killed more than 6,000 people since March 2015.

The final communiqué came a day after Iran’s President Rouhani urged summit delegates to avoid sending out divisive messages.

“No message which would fuel division in the Islamic community should come out of the conference,” said Mr. Rouhani, according to Iranian state television.

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Bi**h Better Have My Money! Rihanna Signs $10m Makeup Contract

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Rihanna has the midas touch!

Little wonder The Kendo division of LVMH, Moët, Hennesy, and Louis Vuitton want her so much. They’ve shelled out a mouth-watering ten-million dollars ($10m ie N2, 000,000,000) for the star who’s always work, work, work, work, working.

This new deal will see the singer launch her own ‘Rihanna makeup range, called Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, in the fall of 2017’.

The 28 year-old is an undisputed chart topper so it’s a game of wins for her and her makeup collection.

Celebrating his new money maker, David Suliteanu, chief executive officer of Kendo said: “Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is a beauty rocket ship that will appeal to a huge and diverse global audience. We are aiming for the stars”.

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Reminiscing on the entertainer’s achievements. Suliteanu says:

“That is exactly where the Rihanna brand tends to orbit.

As an entertainer, the 28-year-old singer is the youngest solo artist to have 14 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and she has spent 58 weeks on the top of the chart.

So far, Rihanna has sold more than 54 million albums and 215 million singles worldwide.

Her tally of awards includes eight Grammys, 12 Billboard Music Awards and nine American Music Awards.

Her latest album, “Anti,” was released in January to strong sales.

As far as image goes, Rihanna received a Fashion Icon Award from CFDA in 2014”.

Kendo is honored to work with Rihanna.

This isn’t RiRi’s first stint in cosmetics. In 2013, she teams with MAC cosmetics on a limited-edition four-part RiRi Hearts MAC color cosmetics collection. In 2014, Viva Glam endorsed her as rep for its lipstick to raise funds for AIDS research.

Her strong business suit is perfumery. Rihanna has produced seven fragrances for Parlux Ltd.; her official fragrance distributors.

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In the fall of 2015, Rihanna launched her latest fragrance which raised forty-six-thousand dollars ($46,000 ie N9.200,000) in one afternoon.

Although her perfumes seemed to be plummeting in sales earlier, her “shine bright like a diamond” attitude and not to mention back to back hits have netted about seventy-five-million dollars ($75,000,000 – my calculator broke trying to calculate this in Naira, lol.) in wholesale shipments of Rihanna’s Parlux fragrances; with a stronger market existing for her brand in the U.K. and Europe, particularly.

Read: Rihanna Grabs Her Crown Rocking Dolce And Gabbana Gold Plated Headphone

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Diana Espino, global vice president of marketing and brand development attests, “Our Rihanna business continues to flourish”.

Espino said the reason Rihanna is a success in her business as well as music is “what she produces has the authenticity of a fashion icon and an entertainment trendsetter. She is really a developer. In an era of social media transparency, “the consumer knows it”.

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Kendo has given Rihanna the opportunity to play a key role in the further development of her brand.

This new offer, not forgetting the cash, gives Rihanna a perfect platform to be effective in the ‘future development of all things Rihanna’”.

It seems our “Bitch better have my money” singer has received the money she intended shooting someone for, like bla bla, bla.

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Hiddink Shocked At Hazard’s Drastic Decline

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has stated Eden Hazard is the first player he has seen lose form so quickly.

Hazard who PFA Player of the Year last season has had a discouraging campaign and only managed two goals in the FA Cup.

Hiddink admitted to trying to lift the pressure off the Belgium’s shoulders, but conceded to not understanding the forward.

When asked if he had ever seen a player lose form like Hazard, Hiddink said: “Not so drastically because he was the number one and now he is at the end of a long row of players.

“That is difficult. So yeah, what do you do… to some players, [you say] ‘hey, go away for one week on holiday’ or whatever. He was away when he was injured, he went off a few days and you hope he can recover also.

“On the other hand, you must not dramatise so much. I think always you come back by trying to play like kids play. I think that is the best always, go away and try to think in the moment what you are doing. That is what I told him: ‘Go and play like a kid’.

“It is also about when everything I say is not a criticism towards him, you know. If you see his skills and you see his spontaneous action, which he did this week in two or three training sessions… he was very light and you see his movements and they are, by nature, they are perfect.

“The conditions are there but there are also the conditions about how do you cope with the season he has had now. How does he react? He can be on a very, very high level but it is not just the skills by nature but also the experience in the career.

“If I say now the word ‘desire’, that it is also about. I am not saying he doesn’t have desire, but he is a very quiet person and you can not read always about his desire, read minds.”

Elaborating on Hazard’s reserved nature, Hiddink says that the 25-year-old is not the type of player to ask for help but does not believe he has lost confidence in his ability.

“I think he has a difficult time and there are different characters,” the coach added. “One is [expressive], more outspoken than others, [whereas] he is the kind of guy who is quiet.

“The worries are there of course if you are the most valuable player one year and then one year later you are hardly playing. That is difficult.

“He is not a player who is asking ‘what can I do, what can I do’ because of course this reward from last year (the PFA Player of the Year award), gives him a lot of confidence, which he had before but it is a big reward.

“Saying that, he is a quiet person and he is not coming too much to say ‘how can I sort it?’.

“In training this week I saw him training very spontaneously. I think you have to go in that road and that is not easy to try to avoid a lot of thinking about yourself and looking for causes that might not be there.”

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Mike Adenuga’s Son Eniola Involved In Custody Battle

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Mike Adenuga’s Son Eniola Involved In Custody Battle – The son of Globacom owner Mike Adenuga, Eniola has won the first round of his custody battle with ex-girlfriend Maggie Ogun.

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Mike Adenuga’s Son Eniola Involved In Custody Battle

According to Eniola, Ogun had informed him of her pregnancy in 2014, and he had taken steps to ensure it was a smooth ride for her, including paying for her ante-natal at Reddington Hospital, giving her N100,ooo monthly and sending her to the UK to deliver the baby.

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However, Eniola claimed that when she returned to Nigeria, she denied him access to see the child because he had refused to marry her. “I was denied access by the respondent to see my daughter on the ground that I was not interested in marrying her. I sought her understanding in this regard and reminded her of the fact that we had both agreed to end the relationship as it was heading to nowhere,” he said.

He added that the baby wasn’t treated well as Ogun left the baby in the care of a security guard and her 70-year old grandmother, despite him giving her N200,000 monthly. He told the court he wanted custody because “the respondent is unwilling to create time needed to care for my daughter physically, emotionally and mentally and I reasonably believe that my daughter currently lacks motherly attention.”

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According to Ogun, the whole debacle had begun after her family had refused a request from the Adenugas that she spend 2 weeks monthly at their house because she wasn’t married to Eniola. She claimed she never denied Eniola access and that he’s only in court because he wants full custody.“I have never denied the applicant access to my daughter, rather, he wants custody. I don’t believe it is in my daughter’s interest that the applicant be granted custody of my daughter,” she said.

Chief Magistrate O. A. Ogunbowale ruled in favor of Adenuga, saying: “Consequently, the applicant (Adenuga) is hereby granted an overnight access to the subject (child) every fortnight from 8 am on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday.”

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