Conte Close To Signing Contract Extension At Chelsea

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Reports have it that Antonio Conte is close to signing a contract renewal with Chelsea, following positive talks.

The Italian still has two years left on his contract, but he is being rewarded with a new deal, after winning the EPL in his first season at Chelsea.

Conte’s new contract will make him the highest paid manager by the club, earning between £9.5 million and £10 million in a year.

The former Juventus boss was reportedly unhappy with the Chelsea hierarchy due to their lack of investment in the transfer window.

Conte rejected an offer to return to Italy with Inter Milan to stick with Chelsea in England.

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Maradona Wishes Ronaldo Was An Argentine

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Diego Maradona will like to see a player like Cristiano Ronaldo play alongside Lionel Messi for the Albiceleste.

Maradona, an Argentina legend prefers Messi to Ronaldo, despite the Barcelona forward’s inability to deliver a national cup.

“Cristiano is an animal,” Maradona told TyC Sports. “I wish he was Argentine.

“But I still prefer Messi. He is enjoying playing football and goes by opponents with ease.”

Messi has an Olympic gold medal, but he has yet to win a World Cup, which is something Maradona had accomplished once during his career.

“Leo cannot deliver the World Cup on his own,” Maradona added. “Even if he does not win a World Cup, we will still remember him.”

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Diamata Joins Wolfsburg For €

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Young Belgium sensation Landry Diamata has joined Wolfsburg from Oostende for a fee of €10 million.

The 19-year-old attacker has signed a five-year contract with the bundesliga club.

“Dimata is a young, versatile frontman, whose potential to develop is something we have been paying great attention to for quite some time,” sporting director Olaf Rebbe stated.

“We are delighted to have now secured his services.

“Landry is characterised by his extreme pace and boundless determination. He will certainly develop further still with us.”

“I am very thankful to VfL for giving me the opportunity to play in the Bundesliga,” he added.

“I intend to repay that fate with performances.

“The move from Belgian to German football is a big one for me. In Wolfsburg I will be playing together with many top players, from whom I can learn a great deal.

“It is a huge challenge and one which I am thoroughly looking forward to.”

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NIS Recruitment: 40,000 Nigerians Jostle For 1,112 Vacancies Available

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NIS Recruitment: 40,000 Nigerians Jostle For 1,112 Vacancies Available

The Federal Government has said that the ongoing recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) will accommodate just 1,112 applicants based on the approval given by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The statement is coming on the heels of reports that over 40,000 Nigerians had applied for the advertised vacancies.

The Minister of Interior, Lt.Gen. Abdulrahaman Dambazzau, (rtd) made this known on Monday in Abuja, shortly after the presentation of the handbook on the operations of the Presidential Executive Order at the NIS headquarters.

The minister further explained that the recent advertisement by the NIS was to recruit the balance of 1,112 candidates to make it to 2000 as approved in the last aborted recruitment.

Dambazau said, “There were two aborted Immigration recruitments that were done. The first one led to fatality and casualties. The second one was dispersed following discovery of so many abnormalities which 2,000 of them were sent home.

“When we came in November 2015, we looked at the whole thing and we discovered for the second one that it was not all the fault of the candidates as such but it was the process that was followed.

“So, we wrote a memo to Mr President that we should recall those candidates, 2000 of them, so that we can reassess them and the President graciously approved that and we advertised in papers and I think about 1,500 or so reported and out of this number 888 qualified for that recruitments.

“Now the balance of 1, 112 is what we are working on now, that is the reason for the recent advertisement by the Nigerian Immigration Service to recruit that balance of 1,112 and this is the process we are in now.”

He, however, assured that the recruitment process would be transparent and fair.

Also speaking during an interview with newsmen, the NIS Comptroller General, Muhammed Babandede, said under his leadership, competency of the personnel would be given priority instead of number.

He said: “We know we need personnel but we are making sure that the personnel are doing their job well. I’m not worried about numbers now, we want quality number. We have officers in state and everywhere working and we want to make good use of them to work very hard but the recruitment is ongoing he Minister has told you.

“We are going to recruit young officers with priority of those who speak foreign languages such as French, Chinese, Arabic with priority to those who have ICT skills. We are complying with the national level to train quality and not just number.”

On the Presidential Executive Order, Babandede said his agency is using the opportunity of the mandate to further review its services.

He announced that request for official passports by state or local government officials would henceforth be confirmed by state Comptrollers of Immigration and divisional Immigration Officers respectively.

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German Club Offers Cristiano Ronaldo A Lifetime Supply Of Beer If He Joins Them

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German third division side, Fortuna Koln, has made their bid to sign Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo who is reportedly ready to leave the Spanish giants.

Fortuna Koln, who finished 16th in their league this past season have decided to go all in for the Portuguese superstar. The club has offered Ronaldo a lifetime supply of beer if he agrees to join them as they are unable to afford his hefty transfer fee or wage bill.

The club wrote on their twitter handle, “Hey @Cristiano, we’re still looking for a striker – we don’t have money, but we can offer you free Kolsch for life.”

Ronaldo

However, given that it’s well documented that Ronaldo stays away from alcohol, good luck Fortuna.

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Silva: I’ll Retire When I Win The UCL

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David Silva has said he will retire to the Gran Canaria if he wins the UCL with Manchester City.

The Spain international has won the world cup, the premier league , the FA Cup and the European championship, but has not won the Champions League.

Silva spoke to reporters from his home on the island in North Africa, saying the beach will offer a relaxation spot once he wins the European showpiece.

“I’d retire,” he said.

“If I win the Champions League I’m retiring back here. It would be very special for me.”

“I’m very happy to be at City and I would like to continue there for as long as possible,” he said.

“It obviously depends on my health, my quality on the pitch and if the club want me to stay.

“I would like to be there until the end but the Premier League is such a hard league to play in, it is much more physical than somewhere like La Liga, so it depends.”

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Nigeria To Use N559 Billion Recovered Loot To Fund 2017 Budget

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The federal government has said it would use a fraction of the looted funds recovered so far to finance part of the 2017 budget.

Full Breakdown Of Nigeria’s ‘2017 Budget Of Recovery And Growth’

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, who made this known on Monday at the 2017 budget breakdown in Abuja, also added that the total revenue projected was N5.08 trillion, with 11 per cent (about N559 billion) coming from the recoveries made.

“On recoveries, we are being extremely conservative; what is in the budget is what we know about already.

“So, if more comes, we will use it.

“Know that recoveries of looted funds are not the most dependable way to finance the budget because of the legal processes that have to be concluded before it can be spent.

“So, the money quoted in the budget is the one we have already recovered and in our pocket to spend as we wish.’’

He said the total revenue projected exceeded the 2016 projection by 30.26 per cent, adding that oil revenue projection was put at 41.7 per cent compared to 19 per cent in 2016.

Mr. Udoma added that the high revenue expectation from oil was driven by Joint Venture Calls (JVC) cost reduction, higher production and price, exchange rate as well as additional oil-related revenues.

Nigeria’s Acting President Osinbajo Finally Signs 2017 Budget

According to him, Company Income Tax (CIT) will contribute 15.9 per cent, Value Added Tax (VAT) 4.8 per cent, Independent Revenue 15.9 per cent and others 5.2 per cent.

He also said the projected budget deficit which stood at N2.36 trillion remained relatively low at 2.18 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

“This is within the 3 per cent threshold stipulated in the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA).

“The budget is to be financed mainly by borrowings which have been projected at N2.32 trillion.

“Of this amount, N1.07 trillion is intended to be sourced externally, while N1.25 trillion will be sourced domestically.’’

Mr. Udoma stated that N35 billion is expected as revenue from the outright sale of government property and privatisation of state-owned enterprises.

The minister also said to generate the projected revenue, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Customs had been challenged to improve their efficiency and broaden their reach to achieve the set targets in the 2017 budget.

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Agent: Bayern Disappointed Lewandowski

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Robert Lewandowski’s agent, says he was quite disappointed Bayern Munich could not aid him in finishing top of the goalscoring charts in the 2016-17 season.

Aubameyang was the Bundesliga highest goalscorer after scoring a brace on the last day of the season.

The Gabon international finished with a goal more than Lewandowski, who did not score a goal on their final day.

“Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach gave no call to help him in the last game to win the top-scorer title,” representative Maik Barthel told Kicker .

“He was disappointed as I have never seen him before. He really hoped that the team would support him proactively.”

Lewandowski had already expressed his anger over the issue earlier this month.

“It does not hurt anymore, but it did at first,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN. “Maybe because I was not completely satisfied with the way my team helped me.

“Immediately after the last game, I felt anger. I was disappointed with my team. That was the feeling I had.”

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Pulisic Says He Won’t Join Bayern

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Borussia Dortmund, midfield sensation, Christian Pulisic says he will not be following in the footsteps of other BVB stars.

The 18-year-old , who plays internationally for USA, says he will not leave Dortmund for Bayern like Lewandowski and Hummels have done in the past.

“I couldn’t do that,” he told Penn Live.

“When I was little I wanted to play in the Premier League but now that I’m in the Bundesliga I’m not planning on a move because that’s what I want to do,” Pulisic said. “I’m really happy there and I’m just kind of going with the flow and I’m happy with it.”

He played 43 times in total for Dortmund last season, scoring five goals and creating a further 13.

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Zenith Bank Supports Ariaria Market Traders Against The Rains, Donates Parasols

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Succour is coming the way of traders at the popular Ariaria market, Aba, with the donation of large parasols and other items by Zenith Bank to help them through the rainy season.

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As the rainy season gathers steam heading into the period when daily bouts of torrential rain are normal in many parts of the country, the outlook for traders who conduct their business out in the open markets would appear to be somewhat bleak. However, this time of the season, usually characterized by repeated setting up and taking down of their wares whenever the clouds gather, would for a change be fondly remembered by the traders for the kind intervention of Zenith Bank, which is providing parasols to provide some cover from the rains.

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The parasols, which are of a very large size and of sturdy construction, are more than sufficient to keep the traders and their wares dry even in the most inclement weather.

By this initiative, Zenith Bank has shown yet again that it does not pay mere lip service to its slogan, ‘in your best interest,’ particularly as it targets the retail end of the banking market.

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Slowly but surely, the bank is connecting more and more intimately with the man in the street, providing access to the superlative banking services hitherto enjoyed only by the corporate sector and with initiatives like this it will continue to win hearts and minds among its new target customers for a long time to come.

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Raiola: Ibrahimovic Has No Offers From Milan

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Mino Raiola says Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not been sought after by Milan and he would already be at the club, if Galliani was still at the club.

Ibrahimovic is a free agent, after he was released by Manchester United, due to a cruciate ligament injury he sustained.

The former PSG man is expected to be out for a few months, but has received offers from many clubs.

However his agent says their has been no offer from Milan.

“Ibra is fine, he’s received so many offers, from the US and beyond,” Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He’s certainly not going to Napoli. Milan haven’t asked me about him. With Galliani, he’d already be there.”

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Klitschko 50-50 On Rematch Against Joshua

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Klitschko’s boxing promoter Tom Loeffler has said his boxer is 50-50 on taking up the rematch option against Joshua.

Joshua beat Klitschko in a stunning heavyweight encounter, back in April and is waiting if the Ukraine boxer will fancy another match.

Eddie Hearn says the rematch is at the top of the list, but has lined up a fight against Kubrat Pulev in case it doesn’t happen.

Loeffler, speaking to Sky Sports News HQ on Monday, said: “Wladimir hasn’t made a decision.

“If he retires on that fight, he had such a great run in the heavyweight division there’ll be no better way to go out. That was just a tremendous fight

“I really think it’s 50-50. Every time I talk to him it’s almost like he’s torn both ways. We’ll naturally support him either way he decides. If he decides to take the rematch that’s one the fans will look forward to”

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Against All Odds… The Man Who Tamed US Dollar

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Against All Odds… The Man Who Tamed US Dollar – Ayo Arowolo

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At the time Emefiele took over the leadership of the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN], he had, tossed into his hands, a complex monetary policy dilemma that required high level of creativity to tackle. As the CBN governor, there were two major diametrically conflicting objectives he needed to resolve: the need to stimulate the economy through low interest rates and the urgent necessity to attract foreign portfolio investment through high interest rates.

This article was written by Ayo Arowolo and first published on ThisDay Newspaper. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Choosing to go for the first would mean that companies and business owners would have access to relatively cheaper funds to carry out productive activities which ultimately would lead to more jobs. But the other end of the stick is that by voting for low interest rates, Emefiele would have shut the door against Foreign Portfolio Investment (they thrive on high interest rates for profit taking) which the country badly needed at that time.

The truth was that the economic reality on ground at the time Emefiele took over would make a focus on attracting foreign investment a compelling option. The oil price decline had begun to create internal and external imbalances that required short-term policy adjustments as well as long-term structural reforms to stimulate self reliant productive activities. That was expedient to give treatment to the economy that had been slowing down consistently since the third quarter of 2014 – from 6.23% in that quarter to 2.35% in the second quarter of 2015.

Economists and observers within and outside Nigeria were full of expectations that the new government’s promise of change centered on the policy issues of the moment in what was reckoned locally and internationally as Nigeria’s golden opportunity for socio-political and economic rising. The high hopes for the Buhari Administration  gradually faded and despair began to inch in from the back door when the government failed to deregulate the petroleum sector after several years of subsidies, and left in suspense,  macroeconomic, trade and industrial  policies requiring decisive actions.

The resulting situation left Nigeria at the middle of the road; neither taking steps to mitigate the sustaining drop in crude oil earnings nor having adequate reserves to shield the economy from the external shocks. Amid the macroeconomic policy lull, crude oil prices made steep drops to hit the lowest mark in 11 years, And this scenario immediately became double jeopardy when the Niger Delta Avengers led the assaults on oil  production,  halving  exports . And with the  normalization of Monetary Policy in the United States, many oil-exporting countries suffered several economic setbacks. In Nigeria’s case, the spillovers were compounded by the  significant  and continuing decline in oil production, reflecting unsettled issues in the Niger Delta. With lower receipts, Nigeria’s economic slowdown culminated into a recession in 2016 with five consecutive contractions between 2016q1 and 2017q1. GDP growth decelerated from 6.2 percent in 2014 to -1.6 percent in 2016 and -0.5 percent in 2017q1;

• A spike in inflation rate which moved, after a three-year period of single digit rate, from of 9.6 percent in January 2016 to 18.7 percent in January 2017 and 17.2 percent in April 2017.

• Somewhat weakened resilience of the Nigerian banking sector (though the industry remained largely robust)

• Constrained fiscal space as expenditure grew amidst shrunken revenue. The ensuing fiscal deficit has led to rising debt profile, with the debt service to revenue ratio, at about 45.3 percent as against the 25 percent threshold

• A significant deprecation of the Naira from about N200/US$1 in June 2014 over N525/US$1 around February 2017. The Buhari Administration also  refused to devalue to currency to attract what it called  hot foreign money as it reckoned that with high food imports, devaluation as being suggested by experts, would hit the poorest the hardest in an already bad economic situation. Instead it sought to grow local (food) production. And looked to Emefiele’s Central Bank for solutions.

Much as going for attracting foreign portfolio investment through high interest rates was easy and desirable, doing that exclusively through devaluation would still hurt the economy which needed to be anchored on enduring local productive activities. Foreign portfolio investments are transient activities which can evaporate at a moment’s notice once there are appearances of hostile investment environment. The challenge then for Emefiele was to come up with a policymaking masterstroke that would address the desirable but conflicting objectives.  What even compounded the matter for the governor was that his ability creates the masterstroke doesn’t reside exclusively within the realm of monetary policy. He needed the equally complimentary fiscal policy which is in another domain.

In fact one analyst observed that the situation Emefiele faced could be likened to a plane which must function with twin engines but one of the engines has packed up but the pilot is struggling to reach his destination with just one engine.

Well ahead of time in July 2015, the CBN’s monetary policy committee alerted the nation that the economy was heading into recession and called for complimentary monetary and fiscal actions. The long delay in approving the 2016 budget clearly ignored the warning and the fiscal authorities failed to provide the complimentary fiscal stimulus. This means that the action plan that was imperative to avert the recession failed mainly for lack of timely fiscal response.

Lamenting the situation, Emefiele said the prolonged budget impasse denied the economy of the timely intervention. Consequently, CBN’s effort to keep the economy afloat was insufficient to avert economic contraction. The conditions that led to the contraction in the first quarter remained largely unresolved by the end of the second, he said.

The Masterstrokes

In spite of the poor fiscal policy end of the equation, Emefiele has been able to introduce some master strokes that have brought stability to the economy especially by stemming the volatility in the naira exchange rates movement.

External Reserves: As of June 2015 when Emefiele assumed office, Nigeria’s Reserves had fallen from a peak of US$62 billion in 2008 to only US$37 billion (see the chart below). But following the sharp drop in crude oil prices, the Reserves fell to below $20 billion as  CBN’s monthly foreign earnings, plummeted from as high as US$3.2 – 4 billion a month to current levels of as low as US$700 million monthly. To avoid further depletion in the reserves, the CBN took a number of countervailing actions including the prioritization of the most critical needs for foreign exchange. In this regard, and in order of priority, the CBN decided to provide the available but highly limited foreign exchange to meet the following needs to stop the depletion and re-build reserves:

a. Matured Letters of Credit from Commercial Banks
b. Importation of Petroleum Products
c. Importation of critical Raw Materials, Plants, and Equipment, and
d. Payments for School Fees, BTA, PTA, and related expenses

Exchange Rate: Over the intervening period, it is delightful to note that these policies yielded some positive developments. In particular, the CBN managed to stabilize the exchange rate since February 2017 when it began to use the reserves it had re-built, thereby creating certainty for both household and business decisions. It has largely eliminated speculators and rent-seekers from the Foreign Exchange Market. The country’s reserves, despite having fallen, are still robust and are able to cover about 5 months of Nigeria’s imports as against the international benchmark of 3 months. And domestic production of items prohibited from the FX market is picking up nationwide, thereby creating more jobs for many more Nigerians.

Credit Allocation: As part of its long-term strategy for strengthening the Nigerian economy, the Bank established initiatives to resolve the underlying factors goading challenges to long-term GDP growth, economic productivity, unemployment and poverty that had pervaded the economy over the past decades. Hence, the CBN took measures to increase credit allocations to pivotal productive sectors of the economy. This is with a view to stimulating increased output in these sectors, creating jobs on a mass scale and significantly reducing import bills. So far, the bank’s targeted interventions have impacted on the following sectors:

The goals of increased employment and poverty reduction that he has given priority under his regime deserve all the attention. Taking new steps towards channeling credit to productive sectors of the economy represent effective strategies in attaining the defined goals.

That however isn’t the end of the road to his effort to prop up domestic production. He is making some headway through an effective engagement of CBN’s development banking capacity. In his inaugural speech, the governor promised to review the development finance programme of the bank, strengthen the participatory agencies responsible for the disbursement of funds, develop performance targets and improve monitoring operations.

So far, CBN has taken steps to match action with words in the governor’s development financing drive. Putting in place policies aimed at supporting the non-oil sectors of the economy represents a way forward for an economy that can be said to have come to the end of the oil-paved road. CBN’s development finance interventions across the country are valued at about N1.36 trillion, definitely large enough to make a big impact if well managed.

Emefiele is assuring of the bank’s determination to build capacity in the real sector big enough to stimulate the production-consumption-employment multiplier chain. That will be an effective route to boost foreign direct investments and rebuild external reserve through non-oil exports.

By repositioning the developmental financing programmes of the bank, Emefiele is taking CBN to its key role as a central monetary institution, which is to act as a financial catalyst through coordinated interventions in key sectors of the economy. In this process, agriculture is expected to assume its proper place in the economy in terms of food production and employment deliveries.

Entrepreneurship development has got a boost from the CBN through the launching of Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme earlier this year. The pilot phase of the programme has set a target of empowering 10,000 youth in productive activities in four years. The scheme offers a credit line of up to N3 million to each participant and access to other CBN sponsored schemes that would be granted to those who successfully operate the scheme.

The sum of N40 billion has been set aside for farmers from the N220 billion micro, small and medium enterprises development fund. The fund, which is to be disbursed at an interest rate of 9% per annum, is targeted at creating economic linkages between over 600,000 smallholder farmers and reputable large-scale processors of agricultural products. This scheme could go a long way to enhance value added agricultural production, reduce seasonal scarcity of perishables and also improve capacity utilisation of integrated mills. And perhaps the most significant contribution of Emefiele’s CBN in the agriculture space is in local  rice production  where Nigeria is moving from  being a massive importer of rice to self sufficiency in the near term within 2 years – ensuring massive savings in foreign reserves.

Also the CBN’s N300 billion Real Sector Support Fund (RSSF) is a timely intervention at a time that industrial activity is facing serious difficulties. It is obvious that certain lines of business have become unviable in the present dispensation and therefore new lines of operations will have to be explored. RSSF will expectedly empower people venturing to exploit new opportunities in many areas of Nigeria’s economic potentials.

The use of intervention fund
The use of intervention funds presents an alternative course of action in the face of inability to move generally in the direction of low interest rates. Emefiele did spell it out as his good intention to use low interest rates to spur domestic production. Even that statement of intention alone was sufficient to set the foreign exchange market astir. A low interest regime would mean farewell to high return seeking foreign portfolio investors that CBN needs desperately to keep the foreign exchange market stable in the short-term.

Without doubts with the Federal Government getting its acts together through the inauguration of its economic blueprint, Emefiele would be placed in a positive pedestal where he can implement his heart’s desire of stimulating production activities in the country. But on a final note, it has been so far so encouraging!

 

This article was written by Ayo Arowolo and first published on ThisDay Newspaper. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Kogi Denies Plot To Sack, Replace ‘Striking’ Doctors

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The Kogi State Government on Monday said that it had no plan to sack and replace the 163 medical doctors on its payroll.

Although, it confirmed that it was recruiting additional 230 medical doctors, but rejected suggestions that the new officers would replace their 163 colleagues currently on strike.

Speaking to newsmen in Lokoja on the matter, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu said that those peddling the rumour were mischief makers.

“Yes, we are recruiting new doctors, but we won’t sack those already in the system just because they are on strike.

“We have only 163 doctors; that is certainly not enough for Kogi. That is why we are recruiting more hands,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Audu said that it was “misleading, mischievous, erroneous and unkind” to suggest that government would sack the medical personnel and replace them with new ones.

 “It is not only doctors that are being recruited; we are also engaging pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, health record officers and medical laboratory assistants,” he said.

He reaffirmed government’s commitment to continue to negotiate with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) toward resolving the impasse between the association and the government.

The Kogi chapter of the NMA had accused the Kogi government of taking steps to engage new hands before sacking its members.

The NMA Chairman, Dr. Godwin Tijani, had in a statement alleged that Ministry of Health would conduct the recruitment on June 19, to replace doctors on strike.

However, Audu dismissed the statement as misleading.

“Not only do we find such an assertion preposterous and mischievous, but one wonders what anyone stands to gain from the spread of such rumour.

“Our drive is to ensure quality healthcare delivery for the people of Kogi; we will never be deterred by the criticisms of the critics and the mischief of trouble peddlers. A clear conscience fears no accusation,’’ Audu said.

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Kogi Denies Plot To Sack, Replace ‘Striking’ Doctors

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The Kogi State Government on Monday said that it had no plan to sack and replace the 163 medical doctors on its payroll.

Although, it confirmed that it was recruiting additional 230 medical doctors, but rejected suggestions that the new officers would replace their 163 colleagues currently on strike.

Speaking to newsmen in Lokoja on the matter, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu said that those peddling the rumour were mischief makers.

“Yes, we are recruiting new doctors, but we won’t sack those already in the system just because they are on strike.

“We have only 163 doctors; that is certainly not enough for Kogi. That is why we are recruiting more hands,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Audu said that it was “misleading, mischievous, erroneous and unkind” to suggest that government would sack the medical personnel and replace them with new ones.

 “It is not only doctors that are being recruited; we are also engaging pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, health record officers and medical laboratory assistants,” he said.

He reaffirmed government’s commitment to continue to negotiate with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) toward resolving the impasse between the association and the government.

The Kogi chapter of the NMA had accused the Kogi government of taking steps to engage new hands before sacking its members.

The NMA Chairman, Dr. Godwin Tijani, had in a statement alleged that Ministry of Health would conduct the recruitment on June 19, to replace doctors on strike.

However, Audu dismissed the statement as misleading.

“Not only do we find such an assertion preposterous and mischievous, but one wonders what anyone stands to gain from the spread of such rumour.

“Our drive is to ensure quality healthcare delivery for the people of Kogi; we will never be deterred by the criticisms of the critics and the mischief of trouble peddlers. A clear conscience fears no accusation,’’ Audu said.

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65 Persons Under Surveillance As Lassa Fever Kills Student In Anambra State

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The authorities of Anambra State on Monday confirmed that a nursing student was killed by Lassa Fever, while 65 others were being monitored.

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Speaking with newsmen in Awka, the Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health, Dr Emmanuel Okafor, said that the deceased (name withheld) was a student in one private nursing school in Nkpor, Idemili North.

Okafor said that the lady was admitted at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, on June 11.

According to him, she was immediately transferred to the General Hospital, Irua, in Edo for diagnosis where she died on June 17.

“She was initially admitted at Amaku in Awka before she was transferred to Irua and was placed on admission there.

“She was bleeding from the gums, nostril and vagina and was confirmed Lassa Fever victim in Irua.

“The moment it was confirmed that she had Lassa fever, we started contacts tracing.

“As of now, we have about 65 we are following up, two of them have developed fever and their samples have been taken to Irua.

“We are still tracking others and we have advised them on what to do to ensure they do not transfer it to their loved ones,” he said.

Residents were also urged to keep their surroundings clean and keep their foods free from rats.

It would be recalled, In May, a member of the NYSC, Onwuegbuzie Stanley-Samuel, deployed to Cross River, died of Lassa fever disease at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).

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65 Persons Under Surveillance As Lassa Fever Kills Student In Anambra State

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The authorities of Anambra State on Monday confirmed that a nursing student was killed by Lassa Fever, while 65 others were being monitored.

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Speaking with newsmen in Awka, the Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health, Dr Emmanuel Okafor, said that the deceased (name withheld) was a student in one private nursing school in Nkpor, Idemili North.

Okafor said that the lady was admitted at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, on June 11.

According to him, she was immediately transferred to the General Hospital, Irua, in Edo for diagnosis where she died on June 17.

“She was initially admitted at Amaku in Awka before she was transferred to Irua and was placed on admission there.

“She was bleeding from the gums, nostril and vagina and was confirmed Lassa Fever victim in Irua.

“The moment it was confirmed that she had Lassa fever, we started contacts tracing.

“As of now, we have about 65 we are following up, two of them have developed fever and their samples have been taken to Irua.

“We are still tracking others and we have advised them on what to do to ensure they do not transfer it to their loved ones,” he said.

Residents were also urged to keep their surroundings clean and keep their foods free from rats.

It would be recalled, In May, a member of the NYSC, Onwuegbuzie Stanley-Samuel, deployed to Cross River, died of Lassa fever disease at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).

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17 Confirmed Dead, Scores Injured After 5 Female Suicide Bombers Attack Borno Village

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The Borno State Police Command has confirmed that 17 persons, including five female suicide bombers, were killed with several others injured in a multiple attacks which took place in Kofa Community on Sunday.

According to a press release signed by the spokesman of the command, Victor Isuku, the five female suicide bombers besieged a settlement, Kofa in Konduga Local Government Area of the troubled state, wreaking havoc.

He said the suicide bombers were all killed with 12 other persons in the explosions that also got 11 others injured.

The statement read: “Multiple suicide bomb attacks happened Sunday 18/6/2017, at about 2030hrs, five female suicide bombers detonated IED strapped to their bodies in Kofa community, which is about 8km from maiduguri town and situated along Maiduguri- Konduga road.

“The first suicide bomber, detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second detonated in a house killing five persons.

“While two other suicide bombers detonated within the same vicinity, killing themselves only.

“A total of seventeen persons including the five suicide bombers died, while eleven persons sustained injuries and were rushed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

“EOD team were mobilised to the scene and normalcy has since been restored.”

Also confirming the incident, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) northeast region spokesman, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said two female suicide bombers tried to get into the camp but were thwarted by security personnel.

“Two other female suicide bombers also detonated their explosives at the adjoining Dalori Kofa village, where they killed 16 people,” he added in a statement.

Earlier tolls given by local people said at least 12 or 13 people had been killed but Abdulkadir said three of those injured and taken to hospital had since died.

“The 16 does not include the bombers,” he told AFP.

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17 Confirmed Dead, Scores Injured After 5 Female Suicide Bombers Attack Borno Village

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The Borno State Police Command has confirmed that 17 persons, including five female suicide bombers, were killed with several others injured in a multiple attacks which took place in Kofa Community on Sunday.

According to a press release signed by the spokesman of the command, Victor Isuku, the five female suicide bombers besieged a settlement, Kofa in Konduga Local Government Area of the troubled state, wreaking havoc.

He said the suicide bombers were all killed with 12 other persons in the explosions that also got 11 others injured.

The statement read: “Multiple suicide bomb attacks happened Sunday 18/6/2017, at about 2030hrs, five female suicide bombers detonated IED strapped to their bodies in Kofa community, which is about 8km from maiduguri town and situated along Maiduguri- Konduga road.

“The first suicide bomber, detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second detonated in a house killing five persons.

“While two other suicide bombers detonated within the same vicinity, killing themselves only.

“A total of seventeen persons including the five suicide bombers died, while eleven persons sustained injuries and were rushed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

“EOD team were mobilised to the scene and normalcy has since been restored.”

Also confirming the incident, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) northeast region spokesman, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said two female suicide bombers tried to get into the camp but were thwarted by security personnel.

“Two other female suicide bombers also detonated their explosives at the adjoining Dalori Kofa village, where they killed 16 people,” he added in a statement.

Earlier tolls given by local people said at least 12 or 13 people had been killed but Abdulkadir said three of those injured and taken to hospital had since died.

“The 16 does not include the bombers,” he told AFP.

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360Downloads: Show Dem Camp – Palm Wine Music (Vol. 1)

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The new extended play nods back to the vibe SDC created four years ago with ‘Feel Alright’.

Following the completion and success of their Clone Wars mixtape series, Nigerian rap duo Show Dem Camp are set to release their next project – a seven-track EP titled Palm Wine Music (Vol. 1).

“We first discovered the palm wine vibes with Feel Alright,” the longtime pair said in a statement.

“That set the precedent, and opened us up to a new sound.”

Comprising of rappers Tec and Ghost, Show Dem Camp is often credited for starting the laid back style of party music with their 2013 hit.

“Palm Wine music” has since taken on a life of its own – with the name of the tropical drink being used to describe the sweet fusion of African percussions with live instrumentals, elements of hip hop, and an atmosphere surrounding those feel-good songs.

It represents “escaping the stress of Lagos life,” SDC adds. “It’s oneness with nature, chilling with friends, a beautiful woman… just a happy place.”

Show Dem Camp’s new compilation serves as both the reintroduction to one of Nigeria’s premiere music acts, and as a worthy immersion into the industry’s current inspired sound. Produced entirely by Spax, the EP features several leading acts in the alternative and palm wine music spaces – including Funbi, Poe, Boj, Ajebutter, Odunsi the Engine, and Tomi Thomas.

Palm Wine Music (Vol. 1), the duo’s first commercial release in over two years, is out on all platforms today June 19th. Longtime supporters of the rap group can sip on this, already knowing what to expect.

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Stoke City Hoping To Extend Ryan Shawcross Contract

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Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes is hopeful of being able to tie down captain Ryan Shawcross to a new long-term contract as the defender approaches the final year of his current deal.

The 29-year-old centre-back agreed a six-year term in November 2012 and talks have been on-going about extending that stay.

“When you’ve got important players, you want to do something sooner rather than later,” Scholes told The Sentinel.

“But that is a very simple statement about what can be a very complicated and long process.

“There’s always talks. People talk about ‘have talks started?’ We’ve been in contact.

“He’s been a great player for the club, he’s been here a number of years now, been a huge part of what the club has achieved over the years and we hope that will remain the case for many years to come.”

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Bayern Munich Brand Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Link As ‘Fake News’

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Bayern Munich insist there is no basis to the speculation linking them with a move for Cristiano Ronaldo.

In a post labelled the ‘hoax of the day’ on the club’s website, Bayern said they were not looking to sign the Real Madrid forward.

“We are accustomed to speculating intensively on possible ins and outs during the transfer period,” Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

“As a rule, we do not comment on these rumours. But, in the case of Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to the realm of the fable.”

Considering Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals against Bayern Munich in two Champions League games this season, it is a surprise that the German champions aren’t keen on the Portuguese superstar.

Over the past few days, ever since Ronaldo has made it clear he wants to leave Real Madrid, Bayern Munich have been one of the teams linked.

This has caused great furore in Germany, with Bild and many other publications getting excited that Ronaldo was on his way to Munich.

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Paris Saint-Germain Drop James Rodriguez Interest For Kylian Mbappe

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Paris Saint-Germain have cooled their interest in James Rodriguez as they are ramping up their efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe, reports Le Parisien.

James has been tipped to leave Real Madrid this summer and the Colombian’s agent Jorge Mendes had proposed to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi that the Ligue 1 side make a move for the playmaker.

However, PSG have other transfer priorities, one of which is Monaco hotshot Mbappe, and they have subsequently cooled their interest in James.

Mbappe, 18, could cost PSG as much as €125m (£109.3m) this summer.

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Florentino Perez Re-elected As Real Madrid President Until 2021

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Florentino Perez will serve another term as Real Madrid president after standing unopposed for re-election, the club have announced.

The Madrid electoral board met overnight and, with no other candidate putting themselves forward for election ahead of the deadline, it was confirmed that the long-serving Perez would continue in the post.

The 70-year-old is now set to remain as president of the European and Spanish champions until 2021, taking his overall stay in the position to 18 years.

A club statement read: “In Madrid, on 19 June 2017, at 00:01 hours, the electoral board of Real Madrid met at their headquarters in order to deal with and decide the issues listed below.

“As no other candidature was put forward to the board and by virtue of article 40, paragraph E, item 2 of the current articles of association within the club, is it proclaimed that Mr Florentino Perez Rodriguez is president of Real Madrid.”

The electoral board also ratified that Fernando Fernandez Tapias, Eduardo Fernandez de Blas and Pedro Lopez Jimenez will continue as Perez’s vice presidents.

Perez was first elected in 2000 on the promise of restructuring the club’s finances and bringing in Luis Figo from Barcelona, which kickstarted theGalactico era.

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Baileys Announces Funke Akindele, Mai Atafo, Alexx Ekubo & Waje As Chefs For First Of Its Kind Bakeoff In Nigeria

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A-List celebrities Funke Akindele, Waje, Alexx Ekubo and Mai Atafo were all unveiled as one half of teams of two competing in the Baileys Bakefest taking place on the 26th of June, 2017 at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The other half of the teams comprised upcoming bakers selected on social media.

The four pairs were finally made public with Funke Akindele and Olusegun Adeyemi making up the first pair. Oluwayemisi Ariyo and Waje were the next pair to be announced while Tolu Samaiye and Alexx Ekubo followed. Fimisade Osiyemi and Mai Atafo completed the fourth pair.

This is only a tip of the iceberg” Baileys Brand Manager, Ufuoma Udjoh said. “Our aim is to demonstrate how indulgence can be enjoyed in more ways than one. The Bakefest is going to titillate your taste buds and leave you craving more”, she added.

The Bakefest is aimed at showcasing the different ways Baileys can be enjoyed in delicious treats such as cakes and cocktails. It also seeks to spread the warmth & unapologetic pleasure the brand stands for while suggesting the need to seize the day and be unafraid to live in the moment.

Follow @BaileysNigeria and send a DM for ticket details.

Venue: Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos

Date: 26th June, 2017

Time: 10am

The event is proudly supported by Beko, Nestle, Smile, Uber, BellaNaija, Accelerate TV, Her Network and Eat. Drink. Lagos.

18+ only. Enjoy Responsibly.

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BakeFest Anchor – Omotunde Adebowale ‘Lolo 1’
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BakeFest Celebrity Baker – Alexx Ekubo
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BakeFest Celebrity Baker – Waje
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BakeFest Celebrity Bakers- Funke Akindele- Bello, Waje & Alex Ekubo
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BakeFest Contestants & Baileys Brand Manager- Ufuoma Udjoh
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Baileys Brand Manager – Ufuoma Udjoh, Baileys BakeFest Judges – Ify Monye Mogekwu, Tolu Eros, Lara Rawa & Portfolio Director Spirits, Diageo – Adenike Adebola
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Baileys Brand Manager – Ufuoma Udjoh, Partners, Beko, Smile Nigeria & Portfolio Director Spirits, Diageo – Adenike Adebola
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Front Row (L)- BakeFest Contestants- Tolu Samaiye, Yemisi Ariyo & Olusegun Adesina
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Portfolio Director Spirits, Diageo – Adenike Adebola giving her speech

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