Just In: Nigeria Fires All NCAA Directors

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The Federal Government on Friday announced the dismissal of the 10 directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), as part of an exercise geared at re-engineering the aviation industry regulatory agency.

Confirming the development, the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, directed that the affected officials immediately hand over to those next in command in their various directorates.

Also speaking, the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, said: “It is true that the directors have been disengaged but I don’t have details of the reasons given for the action by the ministry.”

The directors affected by the purge were Alhaji Salawu Ozigi (Director of Finance and Accounts), Dr Joyce Nkemakolam (Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards), Mr Aba Ejembi (Director of Administration) and Mr Emmanuel Ogunbami (Director of Licensing).

Others were Mr Benedict Adeyileka (Director of Airworthiness), Mr Justus Wariya (Director of Air Transport Regulation), Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi (Director of Consumer Protection), Capt. Ayodele Sasegbon (Director of General Aviation), and Mr Austin-Amadi Ifeanyi (Director of Human Resources).

The affected directors were immediately ordered to handover to the next in command in their various directorates, who will in the interim take charge of activities in their directorates.

The reasons for the removal, as at the time of filing this report, remain unknown.

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Conte: Llorente Is The Man To Contain At Swansea

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Antonio Conte has told his men to watch out for Fernando Llorente , as Chelsea will be playing Swansea at the Stamford Bridge.

Conte coached Llorente when the striker was at Juventus and tried to bring him to Chelsea in January.

Paul Clement did not let his star player leave Swansea and Conte will be looking for a win, as Chelaea look to protect their eight-point lead.

“I know him very well because Fernando played with me at Juventus,” He said at a news conference at Cobham Training Ground. “We won together – he is a really good player.

“I have great admiration for him. As a player but also a man, because he is a great man. It is a great pleasure to see him tomorrow. I wish for him the best, but [only] after the game!”

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Henry To Rooney: You Don’t Owe Anyone, Go To China If You Will Be Happy

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Thierry Henry has told Wayne Rooney not to listen to critics, but to do what he wants, if he wants to leave for China at the end of the season.

The United captain has been heavily linked with a move to China, but he says he’ll be staying at Old Trafford.

However, Rooney’s future will still be discussed at the end of the season and he has been linked with a move to Everton.

“I would advise him to do what he wants to do – stop listening to everybody and be happy,” the former Arsenal striker said to Sky Sports .

“You have been a great servant and if he wants to go to China, then go to China if that’s what is going to make you happy and your family happy.

“I know people say he is going there too early and should go back to Everton – but if he goes there and things are not going well they will say he should have gone to China.

“Be happy, you gave a lot to the game. You don’t owe anyone anything. You gave a lot not only to English football but football in general, so think about it with your family, your coach and your team and do what you have to do.

“We all have an opinion of where he should go, but let him choose and let him be him. I think he deserves that.”

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Ranieri’s First Statement After Been Sacked By Leicester

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Claudio Ranieri says Leicester will forever hold a place in his heart after getting sacked.

The Italian was fired 10 months after winning the EPL trophy with Arsenal . He was sacked after losing to Sevilla in the UCL last 16.

Ranieri is releasing his first comment after the sack and has praised those who played a vital role in their unprecedented title win last season.

“Yesterday my dream died,” the statement read. “After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League Champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.

“Sadly this was not to be.

“I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family for their never ending support during my time at Leicester.

“My thanks go to Paolo and Andrea who accompanied me on this wonderful journey. To Steve Kutner and Franco Granello for bringing me the opportunity to become a champion.

“Mostly I have to thank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever.

“Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football.

“My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved.

“But mostly to the supporters. You took me into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too. No one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will.

“It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a Champion with all of you.

“It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a Champion with all of you.

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Naira Extends Gains Against Dollar On Parallel Market, Trades At ₦480/$ From ₦525/$

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The naira extended its four-day winning streak against the United States dollar on the parallel market on Thursday to close at N480/$, stronger than the N525 to the greenback on Monday.

CBN Succumbs To Pressure, Announces New Foreign Exchange Policy

The significant appreciation of the local currency was triggered by the new foreign exchange policy actions introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which has forced more currency speculators to sell off the greenback as sell rates fell as low as N460/$.

Panic As Naira Crashes To ₦520 Per Dollar At Parallel Market

The buy rate of the dollar also strengthened yesterday to close N470/$, as against the N490/$1 at which it closed on Wednesday.

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

As a result of this, the naira has appreciated by N39 since Monday when the new FX actions were announced by the regulator.

This Day gathered that as part of efforts to sustain dollar liquidity in the market and bridge the gap between the interbank FX and parallel markets, the apex bank auctioned another $230 million through forward contracts on the interbank FX market yesterday.

It was gathered that the CBN also auctioned $370 million on Tuesday and sold $1.5 million on the spot market.

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Naira Extends Gains Against Dollar On Parallel Market, Trades At ₦480/$ From ₦525/$

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The naira extended its four-day winning streak against the United States dollar on the parallel market on Thursday to close at N480/$, stronger than the N525 to the greenback on Monday.

CBN Succumbs To Pressure, Announces New Foreign Exchange Policy

The significant appreciation of the local currency was triggered by the new foreign exchange policy actions introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which has forced more currency speculators to sell off the greenback as sell rates fell as low as N460/$.

Panic As Naira Crashes To ₦520 Per Dollar At Parallel Market

The buy rate of the dollar also strengthened yesterday to close N470/$, as against the N490/$1 at which it closed on Wednesday.

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

As a result of this, the naira has appreciated by N39 since Monday when the new FX actions were announced by the regulator.

This Day gathered that as part of efforts to sustain dollar liquidity in the market and bridge the gap between the interbank FX and parallel markets, the apex bank auctioned another $230 million through forward contracts on the interbank FX market yesterday.

It was gathered that the CBN also auctioned $370 million on Tuesday and sold $1.5 million on the spot market.

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Tonto Dikeh Opens Up On Her ‘Failed’ Marriage To Churchill, And How She Treated Several STDs

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Embattled Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, on Friday opened up on her failed marriage to Olakunle Churchill and why she left her marital home.

The Nigerian actress opened a can of worms concerning her union to Churchill – alleged to be former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s nephew – on her Instagram account, while responding to advice from her fans persuading her to have a rethink over her marriage.

Tonto said that she had been using her social media platform to lie and paint Churchill the good man he is perceived to be today, as according to her, all the cars and jewelleries she flashes on social media were not bought for her by him.

She wrote: “I posted stuffs my ex-husband bought for me doesn’t make it true. I used my platform to lie, to make him the man he is today.

The mother of one alleged that she treated so many sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) while being married to Churchill.

According to her: “Nobody knows how many STDs I have treated or pain I know in marriage. If laughter is all they have then the karma that bites me awaits them all.

“Thanks for your love. Yes no marriage is perfect but mine was based on gross lies, deceit, scam and many more darkness.

“I loved the man no one begged me to, I take all the blame.”

“So don’t come at me with the bullshit of enjoying this man’s money.

“ I have not started talking, I will bare it all but there is time for everything.

“I care now for the STD’s because I am no longer naive. I am a mother who wants to live long for my child.

“I am not a saint and cheating is not the only reason I took the forever walk,“

The duo got married in 2015 and have been blessed with a son.

However, the separation crisis started when it was reported that a certain woman had stepped into the picture, with Tonto Dike removing her husband’s surname from her Instagram account.

The couple have been in a war of words on the social media, with Churchill demanding for exclusive access to his son.

NAN

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Tonto Dikeh Opens Up On Her ‘Failed’ Marriage To Churchill, And How She Treated Several STDs

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Embattled Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, on Friday opened up on her failed marriage to Olakunle Churchill and why she left her marital home.

The Nigerian actress opened a can of worms concerning her union to Churchill – alleged to be former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s nephew – on her Instagram account, while responding to advice from her fans persuading her to have a rethink over her marriage.

Tonto said that she had been using her social media platform to lie and paint Churchill the good man he is perceived to be today, as according to her, all the cars and jewelleries she flashes on social media were not bought for her by him.

She wrote: “I posted stuffs my ex-husband bought for me doesn’t make it true. I used my platform to lie, to make him the man he is today.

The mother of one alleged that she treated so many sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) while being married to Churchill.

According to her: “Nobody knows how many STDs I have treated or pain I know in marriage. If laughter is all they have then the karma that bites me awaits them all.

“Thanks for your love. Yes no marriage is perfect but mine was based on gross lies, deceit, scam and many more darkness.

“I loved the man no one begged me to, I take all the blame.”

“So don’t come at me with the bullshit of enjoying this man’s money.

“ I have not started talking, I will bare it all but there is time for everything.

“I care now for the STD’s because I am no longer naive. I am a mother who wants to live long for my child.

“I am not a saint and cheating is not the only reason I took the forever walk,“

The duo got married in 2015 and have been blessed with a son.

However, the separation crisis started when it was reported that a certain woman had stepped into the picture, with Tonto Dike removing her husband’s surname from her Instagram account.

The couple have been in a war of words on the social media, with Churchill demanding for exclusive access to his son.

NAN

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National Theatre Plunged Into Darkness As EKEDC Disconnects Monument Over N12m Debt

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The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) says it has disconnected electricity supply to the National Arts Theatre, Lagos over unpaid N12m debt.

The General Manger, Corporate Communications of EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said on Friday in Lagos that the debt was an accumulation of unpaid bills over time. He said the EKEDC had no option than to disconnect the complex after all appeals to the management to pay the debt proved abortive.

However, the spokesman promised that supply would be restored if the management paid part of the debt.

A senior official of the National Theatre told reporters that the management would pay the bill as soon it received its allocation. He said the management could not pay from of its generated revenue because “the money is paid into the Treasury Single Account as directed by the Federal Government.”

The traders who own shops on the Theatre premises say that many of their customers had stopped coming since the power outage started more than two weeks ago.

“Each of us spends more N1,500 daily to buy iced block to chill drinks. The darkness at the theatre has paralysed our businesses; no customer is willing to eat or take a hot drink,” one of the traders said.

They appealed to the National Theatre management to pay part of the debt so that power supply would be restored to the complex.

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National Theatre Plunged Into Darkness As EKEDC Disconnects Monument Over N12m Debt

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The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) says it has disconnected electricity supply to the National Arts Theatre, Lagos over unpaid N12m debt.

The General Manger, Corporate Communications of EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said on Friday in Lagos that the debt was an accumulation of unpaid bills over time. He said the EKEDC had no option than to disconnect the complex after all appeals to the management to pay the debt proved abortive.

However, the spokesman promised that supply would be restored if the management paid part of the debt.

A senior official of the National Theatre told reporters that the management would pay the bill as soon it received its allocation. He said the management could not pay from of its generated revenue because “the money is paid into the Treasury Single Account as directed by the Federal Government.”

The traders who own shops on the Theatre premises say that many of their customers had stopped coming since the power outage started more than two weeks ago.

“Each of us spends more N1,500 daily to buy iced block to chill drinks. The darkness at the theatre has paralysed our businesses; no customer is willing to eat or take a hot drink,” one of the traders said.

They appealed to the National Theatre management to pay part of the debt so that power supply would be restored to the complex.

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EFCC Issues DISCLAIMER: “Pinnacle Trading Not Our Auctioneer, Don’t Fall Victim”

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has issued a disclaimer, dissociating itself from the activities of Pinnacle Trading & Investment company, which has been parading itself as auctioneer of the commission.

The disclaimer was made known in a statement by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s Head Media & Publicity, on Friday, February 24, 2017.

In the statement, the anti-graft agency said that the company and its agents have been parading themselves as auctioneers purportedly appointed by the Commission to dispose of impounded petroleum products aboard MT Good Success and MT Asteris.

The EFCC spokesman warned the public to refrain from engaging in any activity in relation to the auctioning of any vessel or petroleum product on behalf of the Commission, as EFCC has not duly authorized anyone to act on its behalf in that regard.

The statement read: “The general public is hereby warned to refrain from engaging in any activity in relation to the auctioning of any vessel or petroleum product on behalf of the Commission, as EFCC has not duly authorized anyone to act on its behalf in that regard.

“The sources of the fraudulent letter of engagement being paraded by Messrs. Pinnacle Trading & Investment Nig. Ltd., are currently being investigated, with a view to bringing them to book.”

“The vessels and their operators were arrested by the Nigerian Navy, for engaging in illegal activities and handed over to the EFCC.”

“By virtue of two judgments of Justice I.N Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on 15th December, 2015, their operators were convicted and the vessels and their contents totaling 4,882.097 metric ton of Premium Motor Spirit and Crude oil, forfeited to the Federal Government.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, EFCC has not entered into any contract with, nor appointed Messrs. Pinnacle Trading & Investment Nig. Ltd., to act on its behalf on any matter, whatsoever.

“Anyone found to be parading himself as an auctioneer or agent under whatever guise in respect of the vessels MT Good Success and MT Asteris and their contents, should be reported to the Commission or the nearest police station.”

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Why Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Paid Unscheduled Visit To Lagos Airport

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The Presidency has explained why Acting President Yemi Osinbajo paid an unscheduled visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, on Thursday.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, ‎Office of the Vice President‎, Laolu Akande, said it was to begin the implementation of the ‎60-day Action Plan to push Ease of Doing Business reforms in the country adopted by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).

The visit of the Acting President’s caught airport workers by surprise when he inspected the travel elevator at the international wing of the airport and the three conveyor belts recently commissioned by the federal government at the terminal.

In a statement, Vice President Osinbajo when talking about the visit, said “as part of our work on the Ease of Doing Business, on making the environment friendly, not just for local businesses but also for those who want to come and do business in Nigeria, the airport obviously is one of the major places where we need to ensure that facilities are working and that things are being run properly.‎”

“So we have looked around, we’ve seen some of the equipment. There are many many things that need to be done, many things that need to be corrected, and we have to work on them as quickly as possible.”

The statement said during the visit, the Acting President checked out the toilets, noticed some of the non-functioning carousels in the arrival hall, went to Immigration officials to check the progress of plans to grant visa on arrivals to foreign investors, observed the non-functioning air-conditioners and chillers in the Departure and Arrival halls, the escalators and elevators that are in a state of disrepair among several others.

At a meeting of PEBEC, Osinbajo had said “we are trying to improve the business environment in three broad respects; the entry and exit of goods, the entry and exit of persons into Nigeria, and then general government transparency and efficiency in government agencies & parastatals.”

‎The Acting President was accompanied by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi  Sirika and the General Manager, Mechanical, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Ephraim Nwodo guided him during the tour.

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Rotimi Akeredolu Sworn In As Ondo State Governor [Read Full Inaugural Speech]

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Rotimi Akeredolu Sworn In As Ondo State Governor [Read Full Inaugural Speech]

Humbled by the uncommon kindness of the Almighty God and an unequivocal expression of preference by the good people of Ondo State, exemplified by the victory of our great party at the last gubernatorial election, I am extremely delighted to share with you all the joy of this day of glory.We are grateful to Almighty God for granting this state such a beautiful day and a beautiful moment like this.

I thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and leader of our great party, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, for his leadership and unwavering stance to support what is just and noble. Today’s celebration would, perhaps, have been impossible without his steely disposition to always stand against all acts not in consonance with decency, probity and justice.

I thank the President of Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara. I thank all APC Governors who stood to be counted with us in our hour of need andother eminent Nigerians too numerous to mention.

An especial reverence must be reserved for our indefatigable party chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, whose strict adherence to lofty principles and doggedness laid the foundation for our resounding victory at the polls. This exemplary leader behaved like a true elder, whose sagely presence in the village square not only professed rectitude but acted it, resolutely, affirming nobility of the human spirit. Our party benefitted, tremendously, from his vast experience in public service. We are eternally grateful. The verdict of history shall be kind to him.

We express our profound appreciation to all the leaders of the party, at the national, state, local government, ward and unit levels, for their untiring and selfless efforts during the election.

May I also use this opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served this state in this capacity, both living and departed, for their invaluable contributions to the development of the state. On behalf of our State, I pay tribute to Governor OlusegunAbdulramanMimiko for his several years of service toOndo State. I thank all our guests and friends both far and near who have taken it upon themselves to be here or sent words. I thank all citizens of Ondo state, particularly our resilient youths and women.

I come to you this day, with a message of hope, a clear agenda of prosperity and a vision of life abundant. I believe the greatest expression of faith in our ability is to be strong enough to look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake our society to align with our highest ideals.

We can rise out of this dust and build a new Ondo state where honesty, prosperity and confidence can once again be our self-identity. We can pull ourselves by the bootstraps and shake off our current frustrations and disappointments. We must recognise the need for a cohesive platform, indispensable to an effective and efficient implementation of policies and programmes of both government and party, respectively.

Divergence of opinions is integral to party politics. We are bound to disagree as politicians but we must cast aside bitter recriminations and destructive predilections. Democracy thrives on infinite multiplicity of ideas. Popular participation is one of its fundamental norms. The subordination of individual preferences for the collective will is essential if we are to avoid anarchy. Party supremacy should be respected at all times. This should not be difficult for us to accept if we are truly desirous of bringing about positive change in the lives of our people.

We listened to the voices of our people in the course of our campaigns to all the nooks and crannies of the state. We heard themloud and clear through their votes. We witnessed, first hand, the deplorable conditions under which they exist. To those who cast their ballots in favour of our programmes, your trust is not misplaced. We are determined to make the difference with the specific mandate of redemption liberally handed over to us. Those who expressed other preferences are no less patriotic. Before long their anxieties will be addressed, realistically. All of us will be involved in the reconstruction project. The collective interest of the state must be our paramount focus. Consequently,we stand before you to pledge, with the guidance of God and our resolve not to renege on our promise, that your welfare shall form the basis of all our activities.

To achieve this, the main mission of our administration is therefore to lead a patriotic, highly inspired and competent team to rescue the ship of our state. We intend to help rebuild our economy, resuscitate damaged infrastructure, restore hope and return our state to a prosperous land. We are determined as an administration to break down the barriers that have made stagnation possible. We will break down the barriers to honest leadership, to comprehensive development, to physical growth and social security. These we intend to do through the promotion of transparent leadership, rule of law, extensive consultation, quality and accessible public utilities and social security; all in a sustainable manner.

We acknowledge the enormous challenges faced by the state and the severely limited resources available to meet these ever-increasing and compelling demands. In readiness for this enormous task ahead, I have two months ago inaugurated a Strategic Development and Policy Implementation Committee comprising of eminent and very knowledgeable Nigerians to produce and articulate a compressive change policy and programme blueprint. They have since submitted their preliminary report.

This blueprint is anchored on five cardinal programmes, which are popularly known as our Platforms for Change (JMPPR). These are:

  1. Job creation through Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Industrialisation.
    2. Massive Infrastructural development and maintenance.
    3. Provision of functional Education and Technological growth.
    4. Provision of Accessible and Qualitative Health care and social service delivery.
    5. Rural Development and Community Extension services.

This platform for Change is erected on strong pillars, which consist of the core sectors of government activities that our blueprint lays emphasis on. These are Finance and Management of state resources, Health and Social Services, Infrastructure and Public utilities, Agriculture and Natural resources, Commerce and Industrial development, Education and Technology, Land, Housing and Environment, Women Affairs and Social Development, Youth and Sports development, Culture and Tourism as well as Information, Civic orientation and Mobilisation among others.

Our blueprint when unveiled shall explain in details our philosophy, vision, sectoral policies and comprehensive Programmes of action clearly calendared over a period of a tenure of four years. With this document our pact with the people will be clear, our path well defined and expectations clearly understood.

In building the structure to deliver on our campaign promises, I come to you with a clear mind and an honest heart, to serve and give the very best of my ability to restore Hope and Happiness to our people. I urge you to see hope the way I see it. I see hope with limitless boundaries for endless opportunities for all of us. I see hope for progress, stability and prosperity for all people of goodwill who are willing to contribute their quota to developing our state to a land of honourable, contented, smart, honest, diligent and patriotic people. I see hope for self-confidence, job security and increased commerce and economic production. I see hope for redemption and renewal of our broken infrastructure, and social values.

But make no mistake about it; our journey to redemption will not be without stress and undulating curves. There are mountains before us to climb. As we climb up these steep mountains. Sometimes we may trip or slip, we will get back up. We will focus on the journey. We will never stop. We will never stop. We will never stop. In the end we will reach our goal, which is to bring back jobs to our youths, food to families, safety, confidence and prosperity to this land.

For all these to happen, I am humbly going to ask ONLY one thing from you, good people of Ondo state. What I ask for is Attitude. We need to come with an attitude of belief and transformation. Indeed, in all successful cultures and societies, attitude is the spirit and driver of victory.

Ladies and gentlemen, for us to see the change we all desire, we must be ready to constitute ourselves into change evangelists with exceptional missionary zeal to succeed. We must know that the man in the mirror is you and I. We need to have faith and find courage in the words of the good scripture thatsays, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.”

I believe if we combine these abilities with the force of Providence, a lot of great deeds will happen. We shall not subject ourselves to any specious and unproductive stereotypes, which find expression in the usual egregious celebration of the passage of time spent in office as achievement. We will be too busy to notice the pace of the itinerary of the administration.

Our state is particularly lucky. We have men and women of quality. We set the pace for others in the not too distant past. The country depended, to a very great extent, on our resourcefulness. We contributed, immensely, to the GDP of the country at a time when agriculture was the mainstay of the country’s economy. Our people were exemplars in virtually all fields of human endeavour. The story is, painfully, different today.

The fault, as the saying goes, is not in our stars but in ourselves that our fortunes have dwindled, considerably, and we have become underlings. We have transited, regrettably, from a producing economy to a basically consumptive society, which depends, almost solely, on handouts to survive. The resultant effect of this unproductive attitude is grinding poverty, desperation and hopelessness among our people.

It is a cruel irony that a state, richly endowed in material and human resources, wallows in inexplicable privation. Our unproductive taste has sustained the dichotomy between the rural areas and the urban centres. All attempts at improving infrastructural deficits seem concentrated at the capital of the state. Government intervention, where available, has been grossly inadequate in addressing the socio-economic challenges faced by the masses.

Our administration shall, decidedly, try to close the gap between the hinterland and urban centres. Real development can only be actualized and accentuated through an active symbiosis between the two, an understanding predicated on collaboration and co-existence designed for amity and progress. Our people will be encouraged to participate in the massive reconstruction contemplated by our administration in this regard.

Any honest indigene of the state must be disturbed by the crisis in the educational sector at present. The philosophy of education, conceived on the idea of functionality for improved living by our forbears, has been reduced to a routine certification ritual, the culmination of which is the award of certificates, diplomas and degrees to graduates who are left more confused than when they enrolled in school. The unemployment crisis, apart from being a global socio-economic phenomenon, is self-inflicted.

If education is the nurturing, training and mobilization of those who live in a society to confront the challenges of development, faced, primarily, by the people in that environment, the current situation confirms that we have since departed from that well-trodden path for a very long time now.It is a big shame that a state, which was a clear leader in education in the country, now lags behind. It appears that our curricula at all levels of training have failed to produce experts whose contributions to the growth of the economy are needed. Our administration will strive to reverse this unfortunate trend by promoting functional education aimed at real development. We shall also revisit the issue of vocational training with a view to improving the skills of our artisans.

We recognize that the issue of unemployment is endemic. We equally understand that the greatest employer of labour, at a time such as this challenging period, is the private sector. The government will ensure that the environment remains peaceful and conducive for economic activities. In addition, we shall deploy considerable energy into agriculture. Through this, we hope to generate employment for the teeming youths. This administration will do everything possible to encourage investment in agriculture. Our youths must be ready for training necessary to kick-start this mission.

We must begin to deemphasize white-collar jobs. The era of unproductive civil service is winding to a close, gradually. The current economic realities make the deployment of the unemployed to other sectors, other than agriculture and rural development, unsustainable. We must train our youths to acquire entrepreneurial skills as a corollary to our programme on agriculture.

The health care delivery system currently operating in the state will be sustained and improved upon. We shall adopt a deliberate policy to ensure that our people have access to health care regardless of their social status. We intend, within the available resources, to provide qualitative primary health care delivery system to the rural populace. Health care centres in the rural areas will be accessible and functional.

Our policy on massive infrastructural development will seek to open up the hinterland through our roads and waterways. Our state has the longest coastline in the country. It is unthinkable that all economic activities are restricted to land while our waterways are abandoned. Opening up the hinterland will reduce, drastically, the perennial rural-urban drift and encourage our sons and daughters who live outside the state to consider returning home to contribute their own quota. The economic propensities of such a venture will be, unimaginably, exponential.

We are all witnesses to the negative impact that our local economy has been subjected to as a result of over-reliance on federally allocated funds for even the most basic recurrent expenditure items. It is high time that we looked inwards and come up with a solution that ensures we are sustainable and viable as a collective entity.

We shall develop a comprehensive Development Plan that focuses on leveraging our collective resources and areas of comparative advantage for the benefit of our people. The plan will detail our philosophy and response to surviving in this harsh economic climate. In addition to this, it will also take a medium term view to our economic development on an overall basis, and more importantly ensure that we remain consistently above board during economic booms and bursts.

We will adopt a collaborative approach to get this done by ensuring that we engage with the other segments of the public sector, as well as the private sector in developing and implementing our ideas of transforming the economy of our great State within the shortest possible period.

All these lofty aspirations will remain a mirage if those saddled with the responsibility of implementing the decisions of the government do not support with dedication, honesty and patriotism.

I acknowledge the very important role that the Civil Service has played, and continues to play in the development of our beloved State. I understand the challenges, and these are quite apparent to those within and outside the system. We will work towards addressing these challenges in delivering on our mandate to our people.

We particularly seek the support and cooperation of the Civil Service and all organs of labour. We will drive efficiency through capacity building and training needs assessment targeted at retooling our civil servants. Be rest assured that your welfare, training, capacity building and the overall interests of our people will be one of the highest pillars of our mandate.

We acknowledge the constraints that our current financial situation will place on our ability to deliver on our mandate. We however, believe that an adequate focus on transforming the current socio-economic status of our State will lead to substantial internally generated revenue for our State. We believe that Ondo State has the required resources – human and material to ensure our sustainability in the short, medium and long term.

We are looking at building on our existing relationships with local and international development partners. Many of them have been there for us in the time past, and we reach out to them, especially at the new dawn in the administration of our State.I am therefore using this opportunity to reach out to businesses, manufacturers, private investors as well as potential international partners. You are welcome to Ondo State. We commit to partner with you in developing the economic potentials of our State for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

The collective deployment of our resources, combined with those of our neighboring and sister States cannot be over-emphasized. Our administration believes that we can achieve a lot more if we work with a number of our sister State Governments to ensure that certain development efforts (infrastructure or otherwise) are channeled in such a way as to deliver maximum benefits for the participating States. We believe we don’t have to build or develop everything ourselves. There is a lot we can gain if we harmonise efforts and resources to build enduring assets that can cater for the needs of every one of us.

Security of lives and property shall be guaranteed. Our administration will protect all and sundry. We will act in the interest of everyone. We will be there for all. All those who will add value to governance in the state shall be engaged. We believe that the inputs and participation of every stakeholder is required for us to succeed and deliver our mandate. We will provide numerous avenues for direct engagement with our people.

Whether you are civil servants, market women, students, vulnerable groups, artisans, professionals, we will have specific means of reaching out to you to feel your pulse, and more importantly to seek inputs into programs and policies that will directly impact your lives.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is indeed a brand new day! With the assistance of the Almighty God and the good people of Ondo State, we hope to take the state out of the morass of privation, hopelessness and desperation. The welfare of our people shall be the fundamental objective and directive principle of governance in Ondo State.

Your Excellencies, My lords, ladies and gentlemen and my good people of Ondo state, the hour is here and our Journey to Redemptioncommences now. And to God Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth, the author and finisher of all things perfect and excellent I say:

“Forth in thy name oh Lord I go,
my daily labour to pursue,
thee only thee resolved to know,
in all I think or speak or do.

The task thy wisdom has assigned
o’ let me cheerfully fulfil
in all my works thy presence find
and prove thy acceptable will”.

Long live Ondo State,
Long Federal Republic of Nigeria.
I thank you very much for listening. God bless.

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Nigeria’s Apex Bank Reintroduces Charges On Cash Deposits, Withdrawals

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday announced the reintroduction of bank charges on certain categories of cash deposits and withdrawals.

This is contained in a circular issued to all Deposit Money Banks posted on its website.

In the circular, the regulator said the decision to reintroduce the charges on cash deposits was part of the review of charges on deposits and withdrawals under the cashless policy.

It said the decision was taken at the Bankers’ Committee meeting, which held in Abuja two weeks ago.

The announcement is coming about three years after the apex bank stopped the charges.

The circular, signed by the Director, Banking and Payments System Department, CBN, Mr. Dipo Fatokun, stated that the committee decided that the cashless policy should be extended to the remaining 30 states of the federation.

It also directed that with effect from April 1, 2017, banks in the states where the cashless policy was already operating, Lagos, Ogun, Anambra, Abia, Kano, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory, would begin to impose charges on deposits and withdrawals above N500,000.

Banks will from that date begin to charge individuals 1.5 per cent and two per cent for deposits and withdrawals between N500,000 and N1m.

According to the circular, individuals depositing or withdrawing between N1m and N5m will be charged two per cent and three per cent, respectively.

For amounts above N5m, banks will charge such individuals three per cent and 7.5 per cent for deposits and withdrawals, respectively.

With regard to corporate customers, the CBN stated that deposits and withdrawals under N3m would not attract any charge, but that such customers depositing or withdrawing between N3m and N10m would be charged two per cent and five per cent, respectively.

Also for deposits and withdrawals between N10m and N40m, customers will be charged three per cent and 7.5 per cent, respectively. Deposits or withdrawals above N40m by corporate customers will attract a charge of five per cent and 10 per cent, respectively.

According to the CBN, the new policy on charges will be implemented in selected states on May 1 and August 1, this year; while the total implementation will be concluded on October 1.

The regulator noted that the committee agreed that income generated from the processing fees above the allowable cash limits would be shared between it and the banks in the ratio of 40:60.

However, the CBN said that existing exemptions to the policy such as revenue generating agencies of the federal, state and local governments (for lodgements) will be sustained. Also exempt from the processing fees are embassies, diplomatic missions, multilateral and aid agencies.

The CBN directed lenders to train their employees to enlighten customers on the new policy.

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UEL Last-16 Draw: United Draw Rostov In UEL Draw

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The draw of the last-16 of the UEFA Europa League has drawn Manchester United against Russian club Rostov.

United finished second in their group and made it to the last-16 on a 4-0 aggregate at the expense of St-Etienne.

Jose Mourinho’s men are the only English club still in the Europa League, with Tottenham crashing out.

Roma will play Lyon in the last-16, with Schalke facing German rivals, Borussia Mochengladbach.

Celta Vigo vs Krasnodar

APOEL vs Anderlecht

Schalke vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Lyon vs Roma

Rostov vs Manchester United

Olympiacos vs Besiktas

Gent vs Genk

Kobenhavn vs Ajax

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Ranieri Sacking Saddens Spalletti

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Luciano Spalletti has stood behind his compatriot, Claudio Ranieri after he was sacked by Leicester City.

It has been less than a year since Ranieri won the title for Leicester, but he got the sack after the loss to Sevilla.

Spalletti has sympathised with Claudio Ranieri after the sack from Leicester. And has invited him to Roma.

“There is no gratitude towards Ranieri, he was the man who created this team and its chemistry, which has eventually determined the victory of the title last year,” Spalletti said following Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League defeat against Villarreal, though Roma still advanced to the last 16 4-1 on aggregate.

“When you win a season in this way, if you are coherent [the club] you accept also the possibility of a relegation,” Spalletti added.

“Between the two things [title and relegation], the relation is so uneven [title victory being more important] in terms of joy and result.

“So the club should not blame anybody, they stick with what they got and take their own responsibilities. Instead in football things happen in a different way. I say so because I had this experience too.

“I am sorry for Ranieri, considering he lives in our city [Rome], should he want to come and visit us, we would be happy to have him, so that he can teach us his experiences.”

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Kidnappers Of German Professor Demand N60m Ransom

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The men who kidnapped German professor and archaeologist, Professor Peter Breunig, and his associate, Johannes Buringer have demanded N60 million for their release.

The two men were kidnapped in Jenjela village in the Kagarko Local Government of Kaduna State on Wednesday, February 22. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, had earlier ordered special forces to secure the release of the two men and also, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had summoned the IGP over the kidnap.

However, according to reports, a spokesman for the kidnappers is said to have made the demand and warned against the involvement of security agents.

Public Relations Officer for the Force, Jimoh Moshood had earlier revealed that the professor didn’t go along with his security detail to the site where he was kidnapped.

In a statement, he said

“Though the German archaeologists have police officers attached to them for their protection at the NOK Archaeology Research Project Centre, they did not go with the policemen to the excavation site where they were kidnapped.

“The Nigeria Police Force, while assuring all Nigerians and foreign nationals in the country of their safety, wishes to implore them to always request and obtain police escort to protect them any time they are embarking on research, mining and related endeavors outside the towns and cities across the country,” he added.

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Kidnappers Of German Professor Demand N60m Ransom

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The men who kidnapped German professor and archaeologist, Professor Peter Breunig, and his associate, Johannes Buringer have demanded N60 million for their release.

The two men were kidnapped in Jenjela village in the Kagarko Local Government of Kaduna State on Wednesday, February 22. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, had earlier ordered special forces to secure the release of the two men and also, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had summoned the IGP over the kidnap.

However, according to reports, a spokesman for the kidnappers is said to have made the demand and warned against the involvement of security agents.

Public Relations Officer for the Force, Jimoh Moshood had earlier revealed that the professor didn’t go along with his security detail to the site where he was kidnapped.

In a statement, he said

“Though the German archaeologists have police officers attached to them for their protection at the NOK Archaeology Research Project Centre, they did not go with the policemen to the excavation site where they were kidnapped.

“The Nigeria Police Force, while assuring all Nigerians and foreign nationals in the country of their safety, wishes to implore them to always request and obtain police escort to protect them any time they are embarking on research, mining and related endeavors outside the towns and cities across the country,” he added.

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Why Chelsea Missed Out On Signing Jonathan Biabiany On Deadline Day

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Chelsea came close to signing Inter Milan’s Jonathan Biabiany on deadline day but ran out of time to get the deal, according to his agent.

“It’s true. Chelsea wanted him”, agent Davide Bega told Calciomercato.com.

“He was a clear request made by Antonio Conte, who also spoke with him to try convincing him. But it was too late to move to Premier League. The request arrived on Sunday late night and market was closing on Tuesday.”

“They called us on Sunday night and the transfer window was closing two days later. There was no time to finalise a deal.”

His agent also opened the door for a move to Chelsea’s London neighbours, West Ham United. The winger was linked with a move to the Hammers in the transfer window, and it appears that a potential move in the summer could materialise.

When asked on whether his client would join West Ham, Bega replied: “Yes, he likes the Hammers.”

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Why Chelsea Missed Out On Signing Jonathan Biabiany On Deadline Day

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Chelsea came close to signing Inter Milan’s Jonathan Biabiany on deadline day but ran out of time to get the deal, according to his agent.

“It’s true. Chelsea wanted him”, agent Davide Bega told Calciomercato.com.

“He was a clear request made by Antonio Conte, who also spoke with him to try convincing him. But it was too late to move to Premier League. The request arrived on Sunday late night and market was closing on Tuesday.”

“They called us on Sunday night and the transfer window was closing two days later. There was no time to finalise a deal.”

His agent also opened the door for a move to Chelsea’s London neighbours, West Ham United. The winger was linked with a move to the Hammers in the transfer window, and it appears that a potential move in the summer could materialise.

When asked on whether his client would join West Ham, Bega replied: “Yes, he likes the Hammers.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors Today

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  • Manchester City are reportedly plotting a summer bid for Inter Milan goalie Samir Handanovic.
  • Claudio Ranieri is furious after being brutally sacked by Leicester.
  • Benfica could be on the verge of a huge cash windfall after their president flew into Manchester for talks with United and City over deals for Nelson Semedo and Ederson Moraes.
  • Leonardo Bonucci has put Manchester City and Chelsea on red alert after falling out with Juventus coach Max Allegri.
  • Bournemouth want their stars to wear a pair of orange glasses for two hours before they go to bed.
  • Willy Caballero is in no rush over a new deal at Manchester City despite being the club’s No 1.
  • Cardiff are read to offer Junior Hoilett a long-term contract.
  • Gianfranco Zola insists he will not walk out on Birmingham.
  • David Luiz’s sore knee needs micro-managing for the rest of the season.
  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte tried to sign Inter Milan winger Jonathan Biabiany last month, according to his agent.
  • Hector Bellerin is reportedly open to a move to Barcelona if Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal.
  • Bristol City fans have called for manager Lee Johnson to be sacked amid their relegation battle.
  • Everton had a January bid rejected for Wayne Rooney with the Blues considering a summer return for the Manchester United skipper.
  • Gianfranco Zola is under fresh scrutiny at Birmingham as the Birmingham director Panos Pavlakis faces increased pressure over the Italian’s appointment.
  • Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has beaten Neymar to be crowned best Brazilian footballer in Europe.
  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s resolve to keep Ashley Young is set to be tested by Chinese Super League side Shangdong Luneng who are preparing a £10m bid ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
  • China’s richest companies are keen for a slice of Chelsea with Bruce Buck meeting potential investors.
  • England manager Gareth Southgate is keeping close tabs on Burnley striker Andre Gray.
  • Man Utd have overtaken their European rivals Bayern Munich as the most popular team online in China, a new report has revealed.
  • Dele Alli was blasted by TV pundits last night for the horror tackle that earned him a red card as Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League against Gent at Wembley.
  • Yannick Bolasie will have further surgery on his knee next month as the Everton star continues his rehabilitation from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury.
  • Mancheter United legend Eric Cantona has revealed he quit football at the age of 30 because he had lost his “passion” for the game.
  • Alexis Sanchez has worried anxious Arsenal fans by posting a picture of himself appearing to be stranded up a tree during the adverse weather conditions created by Storm Doris.
  • Defender Hector Bellerin would consider an offer from Barcelona in the summer if Arsene Wenger was to leave Arsenal.
  • Celtic keeper Craig Gordon to be targeted by Chelsea again this summer, according to reports.
  • Former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill has branded the current Rangers team the worst he has ever seen.
  • Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Leicester City after a breakdown in his relationship with the players that he led to an extraordinary Premier League title only nine months ago.
  • Gareth Southgate is considering giving a first England call-up to Nathan Redmond for next month’s internationals against Germany and Lithuania amid concern about his existing forwards’ lack of goals and game-time.
  • Arsenal’s players are convinced Arsene Wenger will sign a new contract that keeps him at the Emirates Stadium for the next two seasons.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors Today

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  • Manchester City are reportedly plotting a summer bid for Inter Milan goalie Samir Handanovic.
  • Claudio Ranieri is furious after being brutally sacked by Leicester.
  • Benfica could be on the verge of a huge cash windfall after their president flew into Manchester for talks with United and City over deals for Nelson Semedo and Ederson Moraes.
  • Leonardo Bonucci has put Manchester City and Chelsea on red alert after falling out with Juventus coach Max Allegri.
  • Bournemouth want their stars to wear a pair of orange glasses for two hours before they go to bed.
  • Willy Caballero is in no rush over a new deal at Manchester City despite being the club’s No 1.
  • Cardiff are read to offer Junior Hoilett a long-term contract.
  • Gianfranco Zola insists he will not walk out on Birmingham.
  • David Luiz’s sore knee needs micro-managing for the rest of the season.
  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte tried to sign Inter Milan winger Jonathan Biabiany last month, according to his agent.
  • Hector Bellerin is reportedly open to a move to Barcelona if Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal.
  • Bristol City fans have called for manager Lee Johnson to be sacked amid their relegation battle.
  • Everton had a January bid rejected for Wayne Rooney with the Blues considering a summer return for the Manchester United skipper.
  • Gianfranco Zola is under fresh scrutiny at Birmingham as the Birmingham director Panos Pavlakis faces increased pressure over the Italian’s appointment.
  • Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has beaten Neymar to be crowned best Brazilian footballer in Europe.
  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s resolve to keep Ashley Young is set to be tested by Chinese Super League side Shangdong Luneng who are preparing a £10m bid ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
  • China’s richest companies are keen for a slice of Chelsea with Bruce Buck meeting potential investors.
  • England manager Gareth Southgate is keeping close tabs on Burnley striker Andre Gray.
  • Man Utd have overtaken their European rivals Bayern Munich as the most popular team online in China, a new report has revealed.
  • Dele Alli was blasted by TV pundits last night for the horror tackle that earned him a red card as Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League against Gent at Wembley.
  • Yannick Bolasie will have further surgery on his knee next month as the Everton star continues his rehabilitation from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury.
  • Mancheter United legend Eric Cantona has revealed he quit football at the age of 30 because he had lost his “passion” for the game.
  • Alexis Sanchez has worried anxious Arsenal fans by posting a picture of himself appearing to be stranded up a tree during the adverse weather conditions created by Storm Doris.
  • Defender Hector Bellerin would consider an offer from Barcelona in the summer if Arsene Wenger was to leave Arsenal.
  • Celtic keeper Craig Gordon to be targeted by Chelsea again this summer, according to reports.
  • Former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill has branded the current Rangers team the worst he has ever seen.
  • Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Leicester City after a breakdown in his relationship with the players that he led to an extraordinary Premier League title only nine months ago.
  • Gareth Southgate is considering giving a first England call-up to Nathan Redmond for next month’s internationals against Germany and Lithuania amid concern about his existing forwards’ lack of goals and game-time.
  • Arsenal’s players are convinced Arsene Wenger will sign a new contract that keeps him at the Emirates Stadium for the next two seasons.

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Carmelo Anthony Unsure Of Where Knicks Is Going

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The New York Knicks failed to make a move on trade deadline day on Thursday, and Carmelo Anthony doesn’t understand what the franchise wants in the future.

“No, not now. No, to be honest with you,” Anthony said late Thursday night. “I think they were kind of planning on the trade deadline, whether they were trying to make moves. I think that was one plan. Now they’ve got to get back to the drawing board and come up with another plan about the future of this team.”

The Knicks were plotting a trade that involved Derrick Rose and Timberwolves Ricky Rubio, but the Minnesota outfit pulled out of the trade.

The Knicks were also keen on a deal that involved Courtney Lee with the Los Angeles Clippers, but nothing happened on that front.

And Anthony doesn’t seem to understand where the management is planning to take the franchise.

“Yeah, I mean, nobody likes to be in limbo,” Anthony said. “We all want to know kind of what’s going on, especially when it’s involving you. But that’s not the way it is in sports. I don’t think I’m the only one that’s going through that or feeling that way. I think there’s other players who feel the same way, that they want to be involved — not involved, but at least up to date with what’s going on. I feel like I’m kind of up to date as far as when it comes to me what’s going on.”

The Knicks had reportedly talked to at least three teams about trading Anthony earlier this month, but nothing materialized at the deadline.

Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, added that he “anticipated” that the Knicks wouldn’t put together a deal to trade him by the deadline.

“It wasn’t really anything kind of worth looking at, talking about or exploring. So I kind of knew that over the past couple of days,” Anthony said, adding that the Knicks never approached him with a formal trade. “We all kind of know what was going on out there, seeing what was worth talking about or bringing to the table. Obviously nothing was worth bringing to the table.”

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Steven Caulker Explains Why He Pulled Out Of Lokomotiv Moscow Move

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Steven Caulker insists he pulled out of a move to join Lokomotiv Moscow because of fitness issues rather than financial reasons.

The QPR defender has been in the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently but wants to turn his life around.

He said on Instagram: “I am still young enough to turn things around and believe I can do that now I have right support in place.

“The media have ruined so many lives in order to make a few pennies – they aren’t going to continue to do that here.

“I’ve made mistakes in my life, that’s no big secret and I’m sorry to anyone I have hurt or offended along the way. I’m working hard to correct this and won’t let anything get in my way.”

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Mourinho Pays Tribute To Sacked Ranieri

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Leicester City recently axed Claudio Ranieri as manager of the club and Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to him.

The foxes announced the decision to relieve the 65-year-old Italian of his duties on Thursday evening.

Ranieri led Leicester to an unprecedented title win last season, only for his team to crumble in the 2016-17 season.

The foxes are currently 17th on the table and just one point off of relegation. They’ve also crashed put of all domestic cups.

Mourinho has taken to social media to offer his support to Ranieri.

He wrote: “CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR.sacked. Thats the new football claudio.keep smiling AMICO.nobody can delete the history you wrote.”

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