Liverpool Intrested In Athletic Bilbao Striker Inaki Williams

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Inaki Williams is a Liverpool transfer target for the summer, but the Reds face competition from Juventus and Dortmund for the Athletic Bilbao forward, according to reports in Tuttosport.

The clubs may have to pay his €50m (£42.6m) release clause if they want to sign him, though.

They are reporting that Liverpool may have to pay the £42.5m directly to the player so he can pay his release clause himself. Javi Martinez and Ander Herrera had to do the same to engineer their exits a few years ago.

In 2012, Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed how tough negotiating with Bilbao can be.

“They refused to cooperate from the very first day,” he said, referring to his attempts to sign Martinez.

“We’ve had tax and legal problems to solve over the last few days, but fortunately we’ve succeeded. The player has made an indirect contribution by foregoing a large sum of his salary.”

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Kyle Walker-Peters Signs New Tottenham Contract

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Young defender Kyle Walker-Peters has signed a new contract with Tottenham to stay at White Hart Lane until 2019.

“I was buzzing, over the moon!” Walker-Peters told the club’s official website of being offered a new contract.

“I believe it shows that the club has faith in me and it’s perfect timing because it’s given me a lot more confidence when I’m going out there to train every day, believing that I’m going in the right direction.”

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He added: “My long-term goal is definitely to play for Tottenham. I’m a Spurs fan, I was born at North Middlesex Hospital, I’ve grown up in Tottenham and I’ve supported the club all my life.

“I joined the club at 10 years old so it would be a massive honour to play and hopefully start a game one day, but that all starts from the training pitch so I need to keep improving and eventually prove to the gaffer that I’m worthy of a chance.

“I think every young player at the club should look at Harry Winks and think if he’s done it, I can do it too. That’s my motivation.

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Kyle Walker-Peters Signs New Tottenham Contract

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Young defender Kyle Walker-Peters has signed a new contract with Tottenham to stay at White Hart Lane until 2019.

“I was buzzing, over the moon!” Walker-Peters told the club’s official website of being offered a new contract.

“I believe it shows that the club has faith in me and it’s perfect timing because it’s given me a lot more confidence when I’m going out there to train every day, believing that I’m going in the right direction.”

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He added: “My long-term goal is definitely to play for Tottenham. I’m a Spurs fan, I was born at North Middlesex Hospital, I’ve grown up in Tottenham and I’ve supported the club all my life.

“I joined the club at 10 years old so it would be a massive honour to play and hopefully start a game one day, but that all starts from the training pitch so I need to keep improving and eventually prove to the gaffer that I’m worthy of a chance.

“I think every young player at the club should look at Harry Winks and think if he’s done it, I can do it too. That’s my motivation.

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Koscielny: Arsenal Can Beat Bayern Munich

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Laurent Koscielny believes Arsenal have the capability to beat Bayern Munich, as they’re trying to get out of a bad situation.

Arsenal recovered from back-to-back losses to Watford and Chelsea, beating Hull City 2-0. Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal in this same stage in 2013 and 2014.

But Koscielny feels Arsenal’s response to recent successive defeats shows they are more than capable of taking on the Bundesliga leaders.

“During the season you know we will have some good and bad moments. During the bad moments you see whether you have a good squad or not,” he said.

“I think we have responded well after the two defeats against Watford and Chelsea.

“We know we are capable of winning here. We did it in the past. We did it last year [at home] during the group stage so we know we can do it here.

“We know the first game here is very important because we have the second game at home.

“It will be important at home if we have a good result tomorrow.”

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Koscielny: Arsenal Can Beat Bayern Munich

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Laurent Koscielny believes Arsenal have the capability to beat Bayern Munich, as they’re trying to get out of a bad situation.

Arsenal recovered from back-to-back losses to Watford and Chelsea, beating Hull City 2-0. Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal in this same stage in 2013 and 2014.

But Koscielny feels Arsenal’s response to recent successive defeats shows they are more than capable of taking on the Bundesliga leaders.

“During the season you know we will have some good and bad moments. During the bad moments you see whether you have a good squad or not,” he said.

“I think we have responded well after the two defeats against Watford and Chelsea.

“We know we are capable of winning here. We did it in the past. We did it last year [at home] during the group stage so we know we can do it here.

“We know the first game here is very important because we have the second game at home.

“It will be important at home if we have a good result tomorrow.”

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Manuel Neuer Insists There Has Been ‘No Contact’ With Pep Guardiola

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says there has been “no contact” with Man City boss Pep Guardiola about a possible move to the Etihad.

The pair worked together during Guardiola’s three-year spell in charge of the Bavarians and the Germany international has reportedly been linked with a reunion with his former manager in recent weeks.

However, speaking at this afternoon’s press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 clash with Arsenal, Neuer said he is “happy” with life at the Allianz Arena.

“No contact. Pep has my phone number and hasn’t called. I’m happy here,” said the 30-year-old.

 Asked about Arsene Wenger’s choice between Petr Cech and David Ospina, the German number-one said it wouldn’t change the scale of the challenge:

“That’s difficult to say. Both goalkeepers have been doing a great job. They’re both great goalkeepers who both deservedly play at Arsenal and I think the coach has the choice and tries to divide it in a fair way. Cech might be the more known name, but Ospina has done a very good job and we know that whichever goalkeeper we play against, it will be a good one.”

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Manuel Neuer Insists There Has Been ‘No Contact’ With Pep Guardiola

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says there has been “no contact” with Man City boss Pep Guardiola about a possible move to the Etihad.

The pair worked together during Guardiola’s three-year spell in charge of the Bavarians and the Germany international has reportedly been linked with a reunion with his former manager in recent weeks.

However, speaking at this afternoon’s press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 clash with Arsenal, Neuer said he is “happy” with life at the Allianz Arena.

“No contact. Pep has my phone number and hasn’t called. I’m happy here,” said the 30-year-old.

 Asked about Arsene Wenger’s choice between Petr Cech and David Ospina, the German number-one said it wouldn’t change the scale of the challenge:

“That’s difficult to say. Both goalkeepers have been doing a great job. They’re both great goalkeepers who both deservedly play at Arsenal and I think the coach has the choice and tries to divide it in a fair way. Cech might be the more known name, but Ospina has done a very good job and we know that whichever goalkeeper we play against, it will be a good one.”

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Tottenham Hotspur Winger Nathan Oduwa Joins Slovenian Club Olimpija Ljubljana

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Tottenham  have reached an agreement with Slovenian top-flight side Olimpija Ljubljana for the transfer of 20-year-old winger Nathan Oduwa

Nathan Oduwa, 20, did not make a first-team appearance for Spurs but spent loan spells at Football League clubs Luton Town, Colchester United, Peterborough United and Scottish giants Rangers.

The Slovenian transfer window does not close until Feb. 15, allowing Oduwa to move permanently outside the English window.

Olimpija Ljubljana are second in the PrvaLiga on goal difference, level on points and with an identical record to leaders Maribor.

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Tottenham Hotspur Winger Nathan Oduwa Joins Slovenian Club Olimpija Ljubljana

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Tottenham  have reached an agreement with Slovenian top-flight side Olimpija Ljubljana for the transfer of 20-year-old winger Nathan Oduwa

Nathan Oduwa, 20, did not make a first-team appearance for Spurs but spent loan spells at Football League clubs Luton Town, Colchester United, Peterborough United and Scottish giants Rangers.

The Slovenian transfer window does not close until Feb. 15, allowing Oduwa to move permanently outside the English window.

Olimpija Ljubljana are second in the PrvaLiga on goal difference, level on points and with an identical record to leaders Maribor.

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Marco Verratti Only Wants To Join Barcelona

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Marco Verratti has dealt a blow to Juventus and Inter by saying he will only leave PSG for Barcelona, reports La Nazione.

The Italy international, 24, is contracted to the Ligue 1 champions until the summer of 2021.

The diminutive playmaker told AS: ‘Even though I am currently in a good project and I feel at home, any player would play for Barcelona.

‘They are still the best team in the world. They have the three best players in attack, and [Andres] Iniesta too. Iniesta, [Lionel] Messi and Neymar create a move in a second.’

Verratti’s representative Donato Di Campli spoke to L’Equipe and warned the club the clock is ticking for his man to fulfil his Champions League ambition in Paris.  

He said: ‘Our goal is always the same: to win the Champions League with PSG, which is also the ambition of the club.

‘It’s not a question of getting Marco out at any price, but he wants to win this event. And if this is not possible at PSG, then he will do it elsewhere.’

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Marco Verratti Only Wants To Join Barcelona

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Marco Verratti has dealt a blow to Juventus and Inter by saying he will only leave PSG for Barcelona, reports La Nazione.

The Italy international, 24, is contracted to the Ligue 1 champions until the summer of 2021.

The diminutive playmaker told AS: ‘Even though I am currently in a good project and I feel at home, any player would play for Barcelona.

‘They are still the best team in the world. They have the three best players in attack, and [Andres] Iniesta too. Iniesta, [Lionel] Messi and Neymar create a move in a second.’

Verratti’s representative Donato Di Campli spoke to L’Equipe and warned the club the clock is ticking for his man to fulfil his Champions League ambition in Paris.  

He said: ‘Our goal is always the same: to win the Champions League with PSG, which is also the ambition of the club.

‘It’s not a question of getting Marco out at any price, but he wants to win this event. And if this is not possible at PSG, then he will do it elsewhere.’

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Spence Jr: Brook Had No Choice But To Fight Me

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Kell Brook is going to be defending his IBF welterweight title against Errol Spence Jr, but the challenger feels Brook had no choice but to fight him and is getting too much credit for picking me.

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that terms for the fight have been agreed in a tweet yesterday, and Bramall Lane is a possible venue for the fight.

The Sheffield man moved up a division to fight Gennady Golovkin and lost and moved back down to 147lb and will fight the unbeaten American.

But Spence Jr, nicknamed ‘The Truth’, believes Brook’s only option was to take a title defence against him.

“He’s a great fighter but he’s getting too much credit for fighting me,” Spence Jr told BoxingScene.com

“Who else was he going to fight at 147? Nobody. Who was he going to fight at 154?

“He couldn’t fight someone else at 147 because if he didn’t fight me they would say he is ducking me. There was nobody for him to fight at 154, no big names, the names he wanted. So he had to fight me.”

Spence Jr has taken a swipe at the Sheffield man by suggesting that he was trying to avoid him.

“He was trying to find a way out,” said Spence. “First he was looking for another title-holder. He was looking to fight either Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman. But they’re fighting each other, so he was looking for Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao wasn’t interested, so he was trying to fight Amir Khan.

“Then that fell through, so I was his last option. There was nobody at 154 for him to fight. [Saul] Canelo [Alvarez] already had a fight with somebody and the rest of the guys are with Al Haymon. He really didn’t have any options but to fight me, so that’s where he went.”

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Official Message From The Arubayi Family On The Life Of Eric Odafe Arubayi

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Official Message from the Arubayi Family on the Life of Eric Odafe Arubayi

Today we celebrate the life and Glorious Ascension of our father, husband, brother, son and friend, Eric Arubayi, who went to be with the Lord on Saturday, 11th February 2017.

We are truly honoured that God chose us as the channel through which He released such a wonderful, helping and inspiring gift to the world.

We are touched by messages of love we have received from all friends and well wishers of the family.

We are inspired by His life and have become testaments of His Impact around the world. Till we meet to part no more, rest in the bosom of the Lord. We all Love you Eric, but God loves you more.

The commemoration of Eric’s glorious ascension will be communicated soonest.

Dereck Osadere Arubayi (Ph.D)

On Behalf of the family

 

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Zidane Backs Benzema To Return Stronger After Being Criticised For Poor Performances

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Karim Benzema has been a victim of criticism for his poor performances in the La Liga, but Zidane believes he’ll be a stronger player for it.

The France striker has only been able to score one goal in the La Liga since October and has not found the net in his last six appearances in all competitions.

However, he has been prolific in the UCL scoring five goals and assisting one, as Madrid went unbeaten in the group stages.

And Zidane is confident that the 29-year-old can become even better following scrutiny of his performances, starting with Wednesday’s last-16 first leg against Napoli.

“People can think whatever they want,” said the Madrid boss. “Day to day, he looks good, motivated in what he does. I’m happy with his work.

“Of course I’d like Karim to score – it’s not only me – but the important thing is the way he does his work in that position. He plays in a way that helps others to score. There’s a great understanding between him and Cristiano [Ronaldo].

“It hurts me when my players are criticised, but sometimes it helps them to grow.”

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Gabriel Jesus Suffers Broken Foot, Could Miss Rest Of Season

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Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could miss the rest of the season after sustaining a broken metatarsal injury on Monday.

The 19-year-old could only play for 13 minutes in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday, sending them to second on the table.

Manchester City have no idea how long he’ll be out for, but it could be three months, which could signify the end of his season.

A statement from the club read: “Manchester City can confirm Gabriel Jesus suffered a fractured metatarsal during the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night.

“He will undergo further examinations in the coming days to establish the extent of his lay-off.

“We wish Gabriel a speedy recovery and we will keep you updated on his progress via the club’s official channels in the coming days.”

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Nigerian Senate Wants HIV Cure Claim Verified

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The Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare, Communicable and Non Communicable Diseases, on Tuesday urged the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to authenticate the claim of Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, of having a cure for HIV.

Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa made the call during the agency’s budget defence in Abuja.

Nigerian University Discovers Cure For HIV/AIDS

Ezeibe, a researcher in Veterinary Medicine at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,  was reported to have discovered cure for HIV/AIDS.

According to Ohuabunwa,  it is not proper to dismiss Ezeibe’s claim without full verification.

He therefore urged the agency and other relevant bodies to subject the claim to scientific analyses in order to arrive at a definite decision.

The senator expressed reservations at the manner in which the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control dismissed the Ezeibe’s claim.

“It is not a matter of his identity, he is a serving professor in a known institution, invite him if he had followed the scientific procedure.

“It will be a thing of pride that today a professor, a citizen of Nigeria is developing a cure, nothing is impossible even as he is a veterinary doctor.

“Coming out with a disclaimer immediately is not the right thing,” he asserted.

However, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Secretary of the agency said they were satisfied with the stand taken by NACA and the Centre for Disease Control.

“We are aware of the claim by the professor that he had found a cure for HIV/AIDS.

“Just like the Centre for Disease Control and NACA came out to issue a disclaimer that it is not correct, as an agency we align with the positions of these agencies that are based on scientific evidence,” he said.

According to Shuaib, anyone announcing cure for any disease must follow some rigorous steps to test the findings.

“ That process has not being followed by the professor. It is strange,” he said.

He added, “Based on the evidence that he has provided that he had treated 10 patients and when you look at the records he had presented, it falls short of what is expected in terms of rigour, in terms of what is acceptable.

“There are huge doubts whether the claims are true or not.

“We engaged the university and found out the information provided by the professor cannot be relied upon.

“By the information I have, we found out that those persons were not cured. I don’t have direct engagement with the patients so I cannot hold brief for that investigation,” he told the Senate committee.

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NURTW Allays Fear Among Members As Lagos Wields The Big Stick On Danfo Buses

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos Chapter, on Tuesday called on its members not to panic over the proposed ban on operations of yellow commercial buses (danfo) by the state government.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, the state Chairman of the union, Mr Tajudeen Agbede, urged its members not to panic, adding that union was discussing the proposed ban with the government.

Lagos State To Ban Commercial Buses (Danfo)

Agbede also revealed that the union was ready to cooperate with the state government on its mega city project.

“We are still discussing with the government on the proposed ban on yellow buses, but we believe it is going to yield a positive result.

“The union is ready to comply with the conditions of making the state a mega city.

“We are ready to change the colour of our buses and also comply with the directive to follow the service lanes,” Agbede said.

On February 6, the State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had announced plans to stop operations of yellow commercial buses popularly known as `danfo’ for a more efficient, well-structured and world-class mass transport system.

Ambode said that the well-structured transport system would ease movement within the state and make Lagos cleaner without burdening the people in terms of taxes.

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NYSC Members To Plant One Million Trees In Sokoto

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In an attempt to curb deforestation, thereby encouraging afforestation, the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has revealed that corps members serving in Sokoto State will plant one million trees before the end of 2017.

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This disclosure was made by the state NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, in a statement on Tuesday, February 14, 2016.

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The state coordinator, in the statement, said:

“All the corps members in the 23 local governments will be made to plant these trees and nurse them.

“The trees will be planted by the corps members as part of their community development projects.

“This is the modest contribution of the scheme to the afforestation and reforestation efforts of the state and Federal Governments.

“Trees are very crucial in combatting the menace of desert encroachment, gully erosion and flooding.”

Abubakar further said that trees were also critical in improving the socioeconomic statuses of the people, medicinal uses, provide food and aesthetics for the environment.

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Zidane Doesn’t Want To Risk Bale Against Napoli

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Gareth Bale is back from injury, but Zinedine Zidane is not looking to risk him against Napoli on Wednesday.

The Wales star has been out of action since November, but he returned to training with the team this week.

Although Zidane acknowledged Bale has looked in good shape in recent days, he remains uneasy about the prospect of rushing him back after close to three months without a game.

“It’s the first week that he’s trained with the group,” he told a news conference. “He’s good, he’s good physically and mentally, which is the most important thing.

“We’ll see if he can be in the squad or if he’ll be there at the weekend,” he added, referring to the impending visit of Espanyol in La Liga.

“At the same time, after two or three months out, we have to be very careful with Gareth.”

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Mustafi: Arsenal At Full Potential Can Beat Bayern

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Arsenal’s record against Bayern Munich is unfavourable to the Gunners, but Shkrodan Mustafi believes they can break that jinx.

Bayern have knocked Arsenal out of the last 16 of the UCL on three different occasions and are looking to make it four in a row.

However, Mustafi knows an Arsenal in top form can stop the bad run against a Bayern team that have a host of his international teammates.

He told Sky Sports News Deutschland: “It’s the first time for me, but I know that Bayern have regularly knocked out Arsenal in recent years.

“We know that Bayern will be a difficult game, but we also know that if we play to our potential we can beat Bayern.

“Of course, Bayern is a massive team to face, but we now all about this from Premier League games against teams like Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

“These are always big clubs with hugely talented players and games between two evenly-matched sides. The small details decide whether you win or lose.”

Arsenal will head to the Allianz Arena for the first leg of their continental duel with Bayern on Wednesday, with a return date at Emirates Stadium pencilled in for March 7.

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Mustafi: Arsenal At Full Potential Can Beat Bayern

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Arsenal’s record against Bayern Munich is unfavourable to the Gunners, but Shkrodan Mustafi believes they can break that jinx.

Bayern have knocked Arsenal out of the last 16 of the UCL on three different occasions and are looking to make it four in a row.

However, Mustafi knows an Arsenal in top form can stop the bad run against a Bayern team that have a host of his international teammates.

He told Sky Sports News Deutschland: “It’s the first time for me, but I know that Bayern have regularly knocked out Arsenal in recent years.

“We know that Bayern will be a difficult game, but we also know that if we play to our potential we can beat Bayern.

“Of course, Bayern is a massive team to face, but we now all about this from Premier League games against teams like Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

“These are always big clubs with hugely talented players and games between two evenly-matched sides. The small details decide whether you win or lose.”

Arsenal will head to the Allianz Arena for the first leg of their continental duel with Bayern on Wednesday, with a return date at Emirates Stadium pencilled in for March 7.

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What US President Trump ‘Actually’ Told Buhari On Phone

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US President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon called two of Africa’s most prominent leaders, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma, to discuss combating terrorism, trade relations and other issues.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirm the development, in a statement issued.

According to him, Trump assured Buhari that the US is ready to help obtain “a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.”

Trump also invited Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date.

Buhari, who congratulated Trump on his election, is currently in London on an extended break while he awaits the results of unspecified medical tests.

Adesina said: “President Muhammadu Buhari this afternoon from London spoke to President Donald Trump on telephone at the request of the American President.

“The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, and on his cabinet.

“The two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.

“President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he is doing, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.

“President Trump assured the Nigerian President of US readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism.

“President Trump also invited President Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date.”

This is the first time the two leaders are communicating directly since Mr. Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.

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Nigeria ‘May Devalue Naira’ | Thereby Pushing The Local Currency To ₦600/$ At Parallel Market

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There are strong indications that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may devalue the naira to 400 against the dollar on the official market.

The Naira Is Dead: Lets Redenominate The Currency Before Its Too Late

A macroeconomics expert and research analyst at FXTM, Lukman Otunuga, in an interview with TheCable, revealed that with the current situation facing the country, the Apex Bank might raise the value of the local currency to within N600 at the parallel market.

Panic As Naira Plunges To An All Time Low Of 500 Per Dollar

Otunuga, who predicted the devaluation of the naira in 2016, said the apex bank should conserve rising foreign reserves, while letting the naira depreciate to N400 per dollar.

He said: “In December, it was 18.55 percent. The problem behind this is that we have a situation where producers do not have the ability to get dollars at the official rate.”

“So they use the black market and by using the black market, they push the cost back to consumers.

“This is what is happening, and this is almost very hard for the CBN to tame. So in three to six months, there is a very string possibility of the Central Bank of Nigeria devaluing the naira, yet again, from 305 to probably 350 to 400 to increase liquidity and attract investors.

“In this situation, the best is for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to hold reserves. The major thing is that they are actually buying, keeping the naira artificially at 305, this has created scarcity. I think it is best to let the reserves grow, and effectively devalue the naira.

“If they do that, it has the ability to pushing the parallel market further to 550 to 600. You have to keep in mind, that the main reason why the parallel market exploded into uncharted territories was because we had recession fears, hike in US rates, and weak oil.”

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Lagosians To Pay More As BRT, LAGBUS Increase Fares From March 1

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The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led government of Lagos State has approved 20 to 50 per cent fare increase for BRT, LAGBUS and other franchise buses, with effect from March 1, 2017.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Abiodun Dabiri, made this known at a news conference on Monday at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, the state capital.

Lagos BRT Announces Plans To Increase Bus Fares In February

He further explained that the increase was needed due to the economic downturn in the country which had affected the transport sector drastically.

He said, “As a result of the economic downturn, public transport has been severely impacted as all related costs have escalated beyond any financial projection.

“Although the government is focused on a strategic reform of the public transport operations to create a world-class public transport that is modern, cost-effective and safe, the government has to consider the request of the operators for an upward review of bus fares due to the current prices for some of these schemes, which have stayed constant for more than six years.

“The current financial crunch has seen average cost of operations increase to about 110 per cent. With the cost of fuelling going up by 71 per cent, oil prices up by 64 per cent, tyre by 90 per cent, continued operations are threatened.

“In order to avert a collapse of the scheme, which currently serves over 500,000 commuters daily, the Lagos State Government has to consider the request of the operators for an upward review of bus fares.  Consequently, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has approved a fare increase for the operators effective from Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The average increase approved ranges from 20 per cent to 50 per cent on different routes.”

Dabiri also said that the fare increase differs in various routes.

For instance, a ride on BRT from Ikorodu to CMS, which cost N195 is now N300, while a trip from Ikorodu to Mile 12, which used to cost N75 has moved to N100.

Transport from Ikotun to Iyana Ipaja, which cost N50, has moved up to N100 while Ikotun to Ikeja has moved up from N100 to N200. Igando to Maryland is now N150 from the former N100, while the fare from Dopemu to Ikeja/Maryland has moved up from N150 to N200, among others.

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2017 Recruitment: Nigerian Prisons To Recruit 6,500 Personnel

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The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has been given the ‘go ahead’ by the federal government to employ 6,545 personnel in different cadre of the service.

This disclosure was made by the Comptroller General (CG), NPS, Mr. Jaffaru Ahmed, in Abuja on Monday at the 2017 budget defence in the House of Representatives.

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Ahmed explained that the service had inadequate personnel, which prompted the request for waiver from the federal government to enable the service carry out recruitment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NPS has been provided with N6 billion in the 2017 budget for the recruitment.

On the 2017 budget, the CG said that N72.3 billion was proposed out of which N37.5 was earmarked for personnel with N19 billion for overhead and N16 billion for feeding of inmates and dogs.

He said that the service would embark on mechanised agriculture to enable prisoners produce enough food to feed themselves.

This, he said, would reduce high financial burden on the Federal Government.

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According to him, the service spends over N16 billon each year to feed about 72,000 inmates in the country.

Ahmed added that in 2016 fiscal year, the NPS had an outstanding of N5 billion owed contractors for the feeding of prisoners.

“We intend to set up specialised farm centres to train prisoners and to boost food production and make prisoners able to feed themselves.”

Although prison service was not a revenue generating agency, yet it was able to generate about N40.1 million in 2016 which had been paid into the national treasury, he said.

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