Ajegunle To The World: The Extraordinary Story Of Basketmouth

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Basketmouth needs no introduction in the Nigerian entertainment space. In this rare video, the ace comedian shares nuggets of his extraordinary journey to fame and fortune.

Born on the streets of Ajegunle, Bright Okpocha (aka Basketmouth) has reached beyond humble beginnings to sell out shows the world over. How?

Several years ago, he took the bold step of going against the odds to follow what his mind’s eye could see and his life would never be the same. If his story proves anything, it is that extraordinary often goes beyond what can be seen; it is about daring to tread the path less traveled. Basketmouth calls on us to share our #ExtraordinaryStories and show people that we are made of more. Join the conversation.

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Ajegunle To The World: The Extraordinary Story Of Basketmouth

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Basketmouth needs no introduction in the Nigerian entertainment space. In this rare video, the ace comedian shares nuggets of his extraordinary journey to fame and fortune.

Born on the streets of Ajegunle, Bright Okpocha (aka Basketmouth) has reached beyond humble beginnings to sell out shows the world over. How?

Several years ago, he took the bold step of going against the odds to follow what his mind’s eye could see and his life would never be the same. If his story proves anything, it is that extraordinary often goes beyond what can be seen; it is about daring to tread the path less traveled. Basketmouth calls on us to share our #ExtraordinaryStories and show people that we are made of more. Join the conversation.

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Jermain Defoe Considering Following Frank Lampard And Steven Gerrard Management Path Once He Retires

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Jermain Defoe has revealed that he will consider a career in management when he retires.

Defoe, 35, has two seasons remaining on his current contract with Bournemouth, having signed on a free transfer from Sunderland in June 2017.

Jermain Defoe’s former England team-mates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have both taken the plunge into management and are embarking on their first seasons with Rangers and Derby, respectively.

While he told the Bournemouth Echo that he is undecided about which path he would take after retirement, the Cherries frontman admitted he has consulted boss Eddie Howe about the day-to-day nature of the job, saying: “I spoke to the manager and he said it was stressful! Some days, you might have six or seven players knocking on your door saying ‘why am I not playing?’

“It’s tough and it’s something I would probably have to sit and think about. I am going to do my badges and we will see what happens. Stevie and Frank have gone into it and I hope they do well but it’s not an easy one.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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ITALY

AC Milan are ready to give up in their pursuit of Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis. The Serie A club approached Gazidis over the summer by the club’s new owners Elliott Management who want someone to strengthen the club’s “brand value” and bring in more sponsorship revenue. However, along with the €4m salary offered to the 53-year-old, Gazidis has requested a number of incentivised clauses which Milan are not willing to negotiate and the club have now “evaluating other applications”. (Corriere dello Sport)

Juventus will hold talks with Mino Raiola over the future of 18-year-old striker Moise Kean but discussions are also likely to include the subject of Paul Pogba’s future. Raiola is keen for Italy U20 striker Kean to go on loan in January to ensure more first-team football and Juve CEO Beppe Marotta is expected to steer the conversation towards Pogba and what it will take to bring him back to Turin. A number of leading agents have also concluded Pogba will leave United either in January or the summer if the price is right. (Tuttosport)

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has emerged as a target for Juventus in 2019. Juve have included the Germany international on their shortlist and believe he can be the long-term replacement for Mario Mandzukic. The 22-year-old is out of contract in 2020 and Juve could test Leipzig with a bid next summer. (Calciomercato)

Sevilla target Iago Falque is poised to sign a new contract with Torino until 2022. The former Tottenham forward was targeted by the Spanish club over the summer but Torino declared they had no intention to sell the 28-year-old. Falque scored 14 goals in 40 matches in all competitions last season and will be rewarded with a new four-year deal to ward off interest from other clubs. (Tuttosport)

SPAIN

Real Madrid are to continue their transfer policy of signing the best talent in Brazil by turning attentions to Fluminense striker Pedro Guilherme. The 21-year-old was the subject of bids from Bordeaux and Monterrey in the summer but neither came near the Rio club’s €25m valuation. Madrid could now make a bid in January for the striker who has scored 19 goals in 37 matches for Fluminense this season. Madrid have spent €105m on nine Brazilian youngsters over the last five years including Casemiro, Vinicius Jnr and Rodrygo. (AS)

Barcelona are assessing the suitability of Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard as a possible signing in 2019. Pavard’s representatives have made sporting director Eric Abidal aware of the World Cup winner’s availability for just €35m and with his presence at the Camp Nou plus international team-mates Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet, the 22-year-old would be interested in the move to Catalonia. Barca do not have a natural defensive right-back while are also attracted by Pavard’s ability to play as a centre-back. (Mundo Deportivo)

Spain’s Dani Carvajal sent England left-back Luke Shaw an apology following their clash at Wembley which left the Manchester United defender with a head injury. Carvajal asked David de Gea for Shaw’s phone number having visited the dressing room immediately after the match but the 23-year-old had been taken to hospital for an MRI scan. Upon receiving the message, Shaw acknowledged there had been no intent from the Real Madrid right-back. (Marca)

FRANCE

PSG want to sign Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Paqueta in January but face competition from Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Milan. Flamengo playmaker Paqueta was included in Tite’s most recent Brazil squad having enjoyed a stunning breakout campaign this year. The 21-year-old has a release clause of €50m which PSG are willing to pay in the new year. (Telefoot)

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have fallen out over the French champions’ summer pursuits of Jerome Boateng and Renato Sanches. PSG offered €35m for Boateng with Bayern eventually settling on €40m, however, the French club then mysteriously broke off negotiations angering president Uli Hoeness who even called for their sporting director Antero Henrique to be sacked. PSG then made a €20m approach for midfielder Sanches on deadline day, which was accepted, but then the Ligue 1 side pulled out of the deal. (Telefoot)

PORTUGAL

Benfica appear to have beaten Manchester City to the signing of Charlton talent Jeremy Sarmiento. The 16-year-old midfielder has been pictured in a Benfica shirt inside the Estadio da Luz but there has been no official announcement from the club. Born in Madrid to Ecuadorian parents, he moved to England when he was seven and settled in London but is eligible to represent all three nations. (A Bola)

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Edwin van der Sar Not Interested In Returning To Manchester United

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Edwin van der Sar has ruled out a return to Manchester United in a director of football role and intends to stay at Ajax for the long term.

Edwin van der Sar, who won seven major honours during his time at Manchester United, was recently tipped to take over in an upstairs role.

United are looking to bring someone in to act as a direct link between executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and manager Jose Mourinho, with Roma chief Monchi and Fabio Paratici of Juventus also thought to be under consideration.

Van der Sar has ruled himself out of the running, however, telling The Sun: “I still have a two-year contract [at Ajax]. Ajax is my club and I would like to stay longer.”

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I Never Wanted To Leave Chelsea – Willian

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Willian has insisted that he never wanted to leave Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

Willian scored 13 times and registered 12 assists in 55 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season.

He was strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge during the summer, however, with Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid all credited with an interest.

Willian has played down suggestions that he was keen to leave Chelsea ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, and is now targeting ‘another five years’ at the club.

“A lot of people they say a lot of things in the press, but I never said that I want to leave Chelsea, never. Always I say that I want to stay at Chelsea as long as possible, and I am happy to stay here,” Willian told Chelsea’s official website.

“When I arrived here my plan was to stay here as long as possible and now I am here five years I hope to stay five more! I know I have two years of contract left but I hope to stay more years in the Premier League.

“I am very happy to be here five years. I have won titles and played a lot of games with a lot of happy moments, and a few sad moments as well but that is part of football, but these five years have been very good for me and I am proud to be a Chelsea player.”

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Report: Leon Bailey Prefers Chelsea Move To Other European Clubs

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Chelsea have reportedly emerged as the favourites to sign Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey.

Leon Bailey joined the Bundesliga club from Genk in January 2017, and has scored 13 times in 46 appearances

Bailey is believed to be a transfer target for a whole host of European clubs, and his future was the subject of much speculation during the summer transfer window.

According to Fussball Transfers, despite strong interest from Bayern Munich, Bailey is keen to join Chelsea, and will snub interest from elsewhere if the Blues can agree a deal with Leverkusen.

Bailey – contracted to Leverkusen until the summer of 2023 – has already scored once in two Bundesliga appearances during the 2018-19 campaign.

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Dele Alli Withdraws From England Squad Due To Injury

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Dele Alli has withdrawn from the England squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland with a muscular problem.

Dele Alli played the full 90 minutes as England suffered a 2-1 defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League

The midfielder picked up “a minor muscle strain” against La Roja, however, and has now returned to Tottenham for treatment.

“An update ahead of today’s training session: Dele Alli has withdrawn from the squad due to a minor muscle strain picked up on Saturday,” read a statement from England.

“He’ll return to Tottenham for further treatment, with no further additions to the Three Lions squad planned.”

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There Will Always Be Rumors Surrounding My Manchester United Future – Paul Pogba

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has stressed that he remains under contract with the club and can do nothing to stop the intense speculation regarding his future.

Paul Pogba has made the headlines on several occasions in recent weeks with quotes given to the media, repeatedly refusing to rule out a move away from Old Trafford.

In the wake of reports linking him with a return to former club Juventus, on top of suggestions that talks have already been held with Barcelona, Paul Pogba insists that he is not actively seeking to leave and has once again played down talk of a rift with Jose Mourinho.

“I’m under contract,” he told Telefoot. “There have been little things with the coach – the relationship is always the same, coach and player. We have common goals, which are to win.

“As long as you do not see me in a Barcelona jersey, it’s because I’m in Manchester. There will always be rumours.

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Zinedine Zidane Reveals He Will Return To Coaching Very Soon

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Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that he will be “coaching again soon”.

Zinedine Zidane led Real Madrid to three straight Champions League titles before leaving the Bernabeu at the end of last season.

He has constantly been linked with a move to Manchester United amid the uncertainty surrounding the future of current Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

The 46-year-old has now revealed that he will return to management “soon” following a period away from the game.

“Certainly I’ll be coaching again soon because it’s what I like doing and what I’ve done all my life,” Zidane told TVE.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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WATFORD OBSERVER

Watford have reportedly fought off interest from Juventus and Valencia to sign teenage Serbian striker Filip Stuparevic in the January transfer window.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest have reportedly taken an interest in former Crystal Palace attacker Bakary Sako.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere says he urged Matteo Guendouzi to pick the Gunners ahead of other suitors for the good of his fledgling career.
Harry Winks is confident he can return to his best for Tottenham and England after 10 months of injury problems.
Manchester United are on the lookout for a transfer analyst to help them improve their first-team.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Diogo Dalot has revealed he is ‘getting ready’ for Saturday – when he could make his United first-team debut against Watford.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has admitted he is still mulling over the possibility of going into international retirement but insists it will not be before January’s Asian Cup.
Former Sunderland striker Joel Asoro claims he rejected a move to Spurs in favour of Swansea City.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Gabby Agbonlahor has told Celtic he would love to sign for them – after playing at Parkhead in Stilyan Petrov’s charity match.
West Brom loan striker Dwight Gayle is set to be offered a shock exit route out of Newcastle United, according to reports.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are not likely to be persuaded to sell Ruben Neves in January, despite strong interest from Manchester City and Manchester United.

EXPRESS AND STAR
West Brom will not lose Dwight Gayle this season – despite reports Chinese clubs are interested in the striker.
Captain Conor Coady insists Wolves are growing in strength in every game of the Premier League.
Gary Rowett insists no stone will be left unturned in helping Bojan become a big influence on Stoke City.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Vicente Iborra has revealed that he was in conversation with former club Sevilla over the transfer window. However, there was no suggestion of a return with Iborra told by City that he’s an important player.
Harry Maguire committing his future to Leicester City is great news for the club, the fans, but above all Maguire himself, says Emile Heskey.

SOUTHAMPTON ECHO
Southampton captain Steve Davis hopes to be closer to a first-team outing after playing the full 90 minutes in Northern Ireland’s UEFA Nations League opener.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Bournemouth have rubbished a report suggesting Eddie Howe was set to sign a new £4million-a-year contract at Vitality Stadium.

THE ARGUS
Steve Sidwell has praised Chris Hughton’s enduring faith in his Championship promotion winners. The former midfielder believes a core of the side who went up two seasons ago have repaid their boss’s trust in the top tier.

EVENING TIMES
Graeme Smith hopes the return of Allan McGregor between the sticks will inspire Rangers to success in Steven Gerrard’s first season at Ibrox.

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Low: Germany Still Undergoing Construction, After World Cup Flop

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Joachim Low claim his Germany squad are still a work in progress, after their forgettable outing at the 2018 World Cup.

The Germans won their first match since the event in Russia, coming from behind to beat Peru 2-1.

Low hailed his men for not giving up in that encounter, as Julian Brandt and Schulz scored for Die Meinschaft.

“I’m glad that we won the game,” Germany head coach Low told RTL.

“We felt that the team wanted to win the match, they fought until the end.

“We missed a lot of chances in the first half. That was the problem. The substitutions made the rhythm a bit broken. The balance is not yet 100 per cent.”

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Henderson: Rashford Is A Big Part Of The England Setup

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Jordan Henderson has hailed Marcus Rashford as a big star in the England squad and expects him to keep delivering.

The young Manchester United forward scored his third international goal against Spain, as England lost 2-1.

Rashford earned his spot in the Three Lions, following the retirement of Jamie Vardy .

“We all know how talented Marcus is,” Henderson told Sky Sports.

“His was a great finish. He had another one or two chances that maybe he would have liked to have scored but I thought he looked sharp.

“He was lively and he’s always a threat on the counter-attack. He’s a fantastic young player so he just needs to keep learning, keep improving. He’s a big part of our team.

“We have got plenty of other good strikers like Rashford. [Danny Welbeck] came on and he’s been doing fantastically well in training, so hopefully it gives them an opportunity now.”

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Mancini: Portugal Strong With Or Without Ronaldo

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Roberto Mancini, Italy’s head coach believes Portugal are stronger with Cristiano Ronaldo, but are still as strong in his absence.

The Juventus star will miss the Nations League opener against Italy, after opting to sit out this month’s international games.

While Portugal felt Ronaldo’s absence in a 1-1 friendly draw against Croatia, Mancini is not taking the Euro 2016 winners for granted.

“Portugal won the last European Cup. They are stronger when Ronaldo is playing,” Mancini said. “But even without Ronaldo the team is very good with lot of technical players.

 

“When Ronaldo will not play football anymore, I hope as far as possible for him, Portugal will try to do something different and this is a good chance for them.

“But they are still a great team, even without Ronaldo.”

Italy’s Nations League campaign opened with a difficult 1-1 draw at home to Poland in Group Three on Friday.

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Makelele: Sarri Can Make History At Chelsea

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Former Chelsea star, Claude Makelele believes the club’s new manager, Maurizio Sarri can make history at the club.

Sarri has led the Blues to four consecutive wins in the league, followimg his appointment after the dismissal of Conte.

Makelele is pleased with the calibre of players at the club, and expects trophies this season.

“I think Chelsea changed a lot,” Makelele told reporters. “Before now you have a lot of teams in the Premier League, it’s competitive.

“Manchester City, Manchester United, and also the smaller teams have good players. So it’s going to be difficult for them to win the Premier League. I’m confident.

 

“He [Sarri] still has good players, [Eden] Hazard is there, [N’Golo] Kante is there. These kinds of players give a different story about Chelsea than the way we knew Chelsea before.

“I think he has the capacity to make history for Chelsea again.”

Chelsea will host Cardiff City on Saturday when the Premier League resumes following the international break.

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After Earth Tremor, Nigeria Bans Blasting Of Rocks In Abuja

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After Earth Tremor, Nigeria Bans Blasting Of Rocks In Abuja

Sequel to the earth tremor that occurred in Mpape, Jabi, Gwarinpa and other parts of Maitama District of Abuja, the Federal Government has placed a temporary ban on blasting of rocks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The incident that took place last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had generated palpable panic among the residents who earlier thought the violent earth movement was the usual sounds from quarries until it persisted.

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It was gathered that many high-placed citizens were forced to leave their luxurious homes open as they scampered for safety.

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However, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, said the temporary ban became imperative to monitor tremor in the affected areas.

He said: “The attention of the ministry has been drawn to reports of earth tremor within Abuja, specifically in and around Mpape, Jabi, Gwarinpa and other parts of the capital city.”

According to him, following this development, the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) had commenced investigation by sending a team of experts to the affected sites for an on-the-spot assessment.

“In view of this, the ministry has directed the suspension of all blasting activities in and around the affected areas till the completion of investigation,” he stated.

Bwari explained that though initial results indicate mild earth tremor, “the public is hereby assured of safety of life and property since initial findings show little or no threat to lives.”

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He said in unraveling what triggered the tremor, it was wise to halt blasting activities around the effected areas.

 “Even though we would not say the tremor experienced may have to do with excavations around until investigations are completed,” the minister noted.

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After DJ Cuppy Dumped Feminism, Genevieve Nnaji Declares She’s “A Proud Feminist”

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Days After DJ Cuppy Dumped Feminism, Genevieve Nnaji Declares She’s “A Proud Feminist”

Barely less than two weeks after Disc Jockey, Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy, revealed why she stopped being a feminist, ace Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji, who recently attended the premiere of her movie ‘Lionheart’ in Toronto, has declared that she is proud to be one.

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Relishing in the euphoria of the acquisition of worldwide rights to her movie by Neflix, the actress, who spoke with Women and Hollywood, an online platform, said she embraces her femininity.

Her words: “I’m a proud feminist who embraces her femininity. I feel sometimes women are made to feel self-conscious and ashamed of their womanhood. Perhaps like ‘Wonder Woman’, we may wake up one day to discover that it is our superpower, and then we would be unstoppable.”

Her view on feminism is in contrast to that of billionaire heiress, DJ Cuppy, who had said that she’s not a feminist because she doesn’t understand it. 

“I used to consider myself a feminist, until I realised that I did not really understand it. I don’t like people who are hypocrites. People are out there speaking about women rights, but behind closed doors are doing crazy things.

“I will never come out as a feminist because I am in a male-dominated industry, so I have a certain scenario. I deal with men on a daily basis and I realise that they will always think that they are better than women. I don’t think it is going to solve it,” she said in an interview published online on August 30.

Meanwhile, the actress further spoke about the movie which she reveals is a “drama about family values, succession, and most importantly, female empowerment.”

Asked if she had any advice for other female directors, her response was: “I don’t consider myself qualified enough yet to give advice, to be honest, and so I say this to my peers as I say to myself daily: eliminate fear and self-doubt”.

Read more on the interview on Women and Hollywood.

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How Can We Feed Pupils Rice, Beans, Vegetable, Crayfish With Just N35? – Vendors Ask FG

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How Can We Feed Pupils Rice, Beans, Vegetable, Crayfish With Just N35? – Vendors Ask FG

Some food vendors of the federal government’s Home Grown School Feeding Programme in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday complained that N35 was grossly inadequate to prepare a quality meal.

The vendors told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaura that they supply the food at N50 per plate, with N35 as cost price and N15 profit.

Yakubu Kajang, the Desk Officer of the programme in the local government area, confirmed that the 261 vendors in the area received N50 per plate directly from the Federal Government.

The vendors said that the cost of food items in the market had made it impossible to prepare a plate of rice with beans, fish, vegetables and crayfish with N35.

They appealed to the federal government to review the rate from N50 to N100 per plate in line with current market prices.

According to them, the aim of empowering local women through the programme will be defeated if nothing is done about it.

One of the vendors, Alice Emmanuel, who supplied food to U.B.E. Zwahu Kazah in Manchok, said that most of the vendors spent more than the budgeted N35 for the food to meet the minimum standard.

“Price of food items are on the increase and we are expected to prepare a nutritious meal with just N35.

“If you put one and two together you will realise that we spend more than N50 per plate.

“We have to use the vegetable we planted in our backyards meant for family use and, in some cases, even beans in the house are not spared, just for us to really have something to take home as profit.

“We are in a serious dilemma because N35 is no longer feasible to prepare a nutritious meal, and if the food falls below quality it will be rejected by the school authorities.

“We are appealing to the federal government to increase the amount from N50 to N100 per plate for the programme to achieve its aim of empowering poor women like us. We are currently running at a loss,” she said.

Another vendor, Hajaratu Kato, said that a measure of rice sells for between N550 and N600, and that of beans cost N500.

Ms Kato said that she feeds 53 pupils at Unguwan Nka, Gizagwai, Manchok primary school, and use seven measures of rice and three of beans which cost her N5, 700.

“When you multiply N50 by 53, it will give you only N2, 650, that is what I get for supplying rice and beans that cost me N5, 700, minus money spent on fish, vegetable, crayfish and other ingredients.

“When you minus N2, 650 from my cost of N5, 700, you will see that I am already at a loss of N3, 050.

“This is why some vendors had to either cut down the quantity of food per plate or reduce the quality to make profit, or better still, use some food items for family use to reduce cost,” she said.

Jummai Dauda, another vendor said: “We are incurring huge losses in the name of empowerment.

“The federal government should look into this and do the needful. Food items are expensive. N35 is really not realistic.

“Some of us are still doing this because we are mothers and a mother is always ready to make the needed sacrifice for her children, particularly when it comes to feeding.

“If the rate can be increased to at least N100 per plate, it would go a great way in meeting the programme’s objectives, but as it is now, it is simply impoverishing us.”

NAN reports that that about 1.6 million primary one to three pupils in 3,752 primary schools in Kaduna State are being fed under the programme.

NAN also reports that five non-governmental organisations with support from MacArthur Foundation, are currently monitoring the programme in the state to ensure judicious use of resources, accountability and transparency.

The NGOs are Connecting Gender for Development, Action Aid Nigeria, Girl Child Concern, Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria and Nigeria Popular Theatre Alliance.

(NAN)

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Rohr Reveals Details Of Players For Tuesday’s Match Against Liberia

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Rohr Reveals Details Of Players For Tuesday’s Match Against Liberia

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, has revealed the names of the 18 players for Tuesday’s friendly match against Liberia in Monrovia.

The list has 13 foreign-based players while Enyimba FC captain, Mfon Udoh and four other stars in the Nigeria Professional Football League have been handed invitations for tommorrow’s international friendly with the Lone Star of Liberia.

Rohr, who helped the Super Eagles beat Seychelles in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Victoria on Saturday, picked  Enyimba trio Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Mfon Udoh and Sunday Adetunji.

Ifeanyi Ubah’s Adeleye Olamilekan and Ebube Duru of Lobi Stars also made the list.

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A statement for the NFF Communications department said apart from Ezenwa who travelled with the team to Seychelles for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Pirates, all the other home based professionals have been directed to report at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos on Sunday by 3pm.

The players are expected to leave Lagos for Monrovia on Monday through Addis Ababa.

The match scheduled for the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex is to celebrate Liberian President George Weah.

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Full squad

Goalkeepers: Ezenwa (Enyimba); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United)

Defenders: Semi Ajayi (Rotherham); Chidozie Awaziem (Porto);Olamilekan (IfeanyiUbah); Jamilu Collins ( Padeborn 07); Duru (Lobi)

Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva); Kelechi Nwakali ( Porto); Joel Obi (Chievo)

Forwards: Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester); Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone); Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray);  Adetunji (Enyimba); Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux); Udoh (Enyimba)

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How To Identify Artificially Ripened Fruits

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Nutritionist Reveals How To Identify Artificially Ripened Fruits

Grace Olasumbo, a Nutritionist, has advised Nigerians to be wary of fruits and vegetables that do not have uniform colours, especially when they appear with yellow and green patches.

Olasumbo gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja against backdrop of the federal government’s concern over the dangers in using carbide and other chemical substances to forcefully ripen fruits and vegetables.

She noted that fruits and vegetables that appear in such manner were an indication of artificial ripening, which is most prevalent at the beginning of a fruit season.

The nutritionist added that calcium carbide remained the most commonly used chemical for ripening these fruits.

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She said that application of this chemical always put the fruits under severe pressure to become ripe prematurely.

“This is the same chemical that is used to manufacture fire-crackers; they are also used as pesticides.

“They contain phosphorous and releases acetylene gas, which hastens the ripening of fruits.

“When an individual takes in such poisonous substance, the chemical components would cause a fatal reaction which could affect the liver, kidney and throat.

“Intake of Calcium Carbide has also been found to be the leading cause of various health conditions such as diarrhoea, severe gastrointestinal upset, eye problems, ulcers and emotional trauma.

“Others are restlessness, seizures, tremors, irritation of the skin, mouth, throat, liver and cancer,” she said.

Ms Olasumbo added that careful physical examination of the fruits before buying would save Nigerians from having these diseases.

She advised that people should pick their fruits wisely at the stores or markets.

“Fruits such as bananas, mangoes, apples, watermelons, orange, peers, among others, should be properly checked.

“Most times, the colour of the fruits will not be uniform; it may have yellow and green patches unlike when it naturally ripens.

“The texture will also be hard even when it appears yellow.

“The fruits will also be low on flavour, less juicy and often will not be as sweet as they should,” she added.

The nutritionist advised Nigerians to ensure adequate washing of fruits and vegetables before consumption and once the taste is odd, they should discontinue its intake.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Association of Fruits Sellers, Kano State Chapter, has appealed to members across the country to fear God and stop artificial ripening of fruits and related commodities because of its inherent health dangers.

The Public Relations Officer II of the association at Yan’lemu Market, Ado Shehu, made the call in an interview with NAN in Kano on Sunday.

“I am using this opportunity to call on our members nationwide to have the fear of Allah in mind so that they will not cause any harm to consumers as carbide is dangerous to human health,’’ he said.

Mr Shehu said members of the association at ‘Yan Lemu Market’ in Kano had since stopped using chemicals such as carbide for artificial ripening of fruits following measures adopted by the state Ministry of Health in sensitising them on the dangers of the practice.

“The practice has stopped due to the health talks made by the Kano State Ministry of Health on the dangers of carbide and other chemicals on consumers’ health.

“It has been a long time ago we caught two sellers using carbide and they were punished by the association.

“We usually go round the market from time to time to make sure that fruits sellers abide by the law on the use of carbide and other chemicals,” he said.

The spokesman explained that the price of naturally ripe 20 bunches of banana is N15,000 while the green one is sold at N11,000.

According to him, the ripe fruits are being sold in town while the unripe fruits are being sold to buyers that come from neighbouring states to purchase the commodity.

“By the time they get to their various destinations, the fruits would have been naturally ripened,’’ Mr Shehu said.
However, a plantain seller at Sabon Gari Market, Kano city, told NAN on condition of anonymity that some of the plantain sellers still used artificial ripening substances like carbide to force the fruits to ripen especially during harmattan season.

“Carbide is popularly used to ripen fruits such as banana, plantain and mango inside a container like box,’’ the source said.

He said: “I normally buy green plantain from the market and put it inside a special leather in a box and store it for three to four days for it to be ripen.

“Sometimes if we need ripe plantain urgently, we apply carbide and it takes only one day for it to be ripened and ready to be sold out.

“Twelve bunches of green plantain is sold at between N15,000 and N12,000 depending on the size, while the naturally ripe plantain is sold at between N8,000 and N10,000 per bunch,” he said.

He further revealed that the naturally ripe plantain spends four days before it is spoilt while the artificially ripe ones get spoilt in two days. (NAN)

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Buhari Vows To Deal With Criminals And Their Sponsors

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Buhari Vows To Deal With Criminals And Their Sponsors

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his administration would fish out and bring to justice criminals and their sponsors.

The president gave the assurance while declaring the second plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria opened in Sokoto at the weekend.

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While noting with dismay the incessant killings in the country in the names of herders/farmers clash and religion, Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, said: “No Nigerian life deserves to be taken prematurely. I swore to protect the lives and properties of Nigeria’s and I remain committed to that pledge.”

He said his administration had backed up the fight against religious fundamentalism and insurgency with political will and military action.

The president, who also assured that his administration would find a sustainable solution to herdsmen-farmers clashes in the country, stated that his government would continue to provide a free and safe environment that would accommodate every tribe and creed.

The president said: “Nigeria belongs to all of us and as such, we will continue to deliver on our change mantra to provide security; fight corruption and improve the economy for the betterment of all Nigerians.”

He reiterated the commitment of his government to collaborating with religious bodies in the development and management of schools.

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Tax Defaulters: FIRS Set To Wield Big Stick On 6,772 Nigerian Billionaires

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Tax Defaulters: FIRS Set To Wield Big Stick On 6,772 Nigerian Billionaires

After several months of speaking softly, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has declared that it would soon wield the big stick on defaulting taxpayers who are raking in billions in Nigeria and are not paying taxes.

According to a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos by the FIRS Chairman, Tunde Fowler, all banks in the country would do substitution on accounts for such identified taxpayers.

“There are Over 6,772 of such defaulting billionaire taxpayers being identified by the FIRS, leveraging on banks data,” Fowler said.

He noted that most of such taxpayers, who have between N1 and N5 billion in their accounts have no Taxpayer Identification Number, TIN, or have TIN and have not filed any tax returns as taxpayers.

“What we have done is what we call ‘substitution‘ which also is in our laws which empowers us to appoint the banks as collection agents for tax.

”So, all these ones of TIN and no pay and no TIN and no pay, to the total of 6,772 will have their accounts frozen or put under substitution pending when they come forward.

”First, they refused to come forward in 2016, they refused to come forward under VAT and are still operating here.

”So, we are putting them under notice that it is their civic responsibility to pay tax and to file returns on these accounts,” Fowler said.

He explained that all businesses, partnerships, corporate accounts that have a minimum turnover of N1 billion per annum for the past three years were considered.

He said that the law stipulated that before you open a corporate account, part of the opening documentation is the tax I.D.

”From the 23 banks, we have analysed so far, we have 31,395 records, out of which effectively, minus duplications we had 18,602.

“We broke those into three categories: Those that have TIN tax I.D, those that don’t have TIN and of course no TIN no pay and those that have TIN and have not even paid anything.

“So, on a minimum, every company or business included here over the last three years have had a banking turnover of N3 billion and above.

“Some of them have had banking turnover of over N5 billion and have not paid one kobo in taxes. Now the total number of TIN and no pay is 6,772.” Fowler said.

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Henceforth, It’s Illegal To Check Suspects’ Phones, Computers, Bank Accounts – IGP Tells SARS

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Henceforth, It’s Illegal To Check Suspects’ Phones, Computers, Bank Accounts – IGP Tells SARS

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has told operatives of the reformed Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) that “under the reformed F-SARS, it is illegal to search suspects’ phones, computers, or inquire about their bank account details without proper authorisation.”

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According to him, F-SARS operatives, henceforth, have no rights to invade people’s phones and laptops unless there was a court order or an instruction from the Commissioner of Police in charge of a state police command.

Speaking during a workshop in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Idris warned that any F-SARS operative who violated the new rules would be dismissed from the force.

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Ibrahim, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP’s X-Squad, Amaechi Elumelu, said any F-SARS operative who handled cases not related to armed robbery and kidnapping would equally be dismissed from the Force.

His words: “Under the new era in F-SARS, operatives must be professional and respect the rights and privileges of all citizens. In the past, F-SARS was considered as the most elitist and professional unit of the police force.

“In the last few years, the unit has been riddled with allegations of abuse and excesses which made the public to call for its disbandment.

“Under the reformed F-SARS, it is illegal to search suspects’ phones, computers, or inquire about their bank account details without proper authorisation.

“Henceforth, F-SARS commanders must get directives from the state Commissioners of Police before invading people’s privacy. Any officer who disobeys will be dismissed.”

The police boss said all operatives of F-SARS would undergo medical evaluation in order to guarantee their mental, psychological and emotional condition.

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BREAKING: Novak Djokovic Wins The US Open

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Novak Djokovic Wins The US Open

Novak Djokovic has defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 to lift his third US Open title and his 14th Grand Slam, tying Pete Sampras for third all time.

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The 31-year-old overwhelmed del Potro, 29, in an entertaining, albeit intense U.S. Open final.

Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, now has three U.S. Open titles and 14 Grand Slam titles in his career, tying him with American Pete Sampras for third place all time.

In his last seven tournaments, Djokovic is now 34-4. He beat Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semifinals and Roger Federer in the Cincinnati final. At 31-year-old, he still has a chance to chase Nadal’s 17 major titles and, possibly, Federer’s 20.

Before the U.S. Open began, Djokovic told The Journal that he recently had many doubts, but now felt as confident as ever.

“I really trusted life, I trusted that it was going to get me to where I am at the moment,” Djokovic said. “There was always part of me to believe that I’ll still be able to win Slams and to be one of the best players in the world.”

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#USOpenFinal: Serena Williams Fined $17,000 For Calling Chair Umpire ‘Thief’

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#USOpenFinal: Serena Williams Fined $17,000 For Calling Chair Umpire ‘Thief’

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association in the wake her outburst during a controversial US Open final loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.

The American star was fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being “a thief” during Saturday’s stormy final.

Williams was incensed at the coaching violation, although coach Patrick Mouratoglou, sitting in her box, admitted that he was coaching when he moved his hands.

That violation carried a $4,000 fine, while a second violation for racquet abuse — after she smashed her racquet after dropping her serve in the fifth game of the second set — cost her $3,000.

The second violation also cost her a point in the match, sparking her renewed verbal attack on Ramos, a code violation which carried a $10,000 fine.

Her third code violation of the match also cost her a game, putting Osaka on the brink of what would be a 6-2, 6-4 victory that made her the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title.

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