Senate to trace IAAF’s missing $135,000 funds – Ogba

Adeolu Johnson Abuja Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba, has said the Upper Chamber will find out how the $135,000 wrongly credited to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria by the International Association of Athletics Federation disappeared. Ogba said he was “shocked” and “disappointed” about allegations of financial impropriety at the AFN and revealed that board members of the federation would be invited to the floor of the Senate before the expiration of the 8th Assembly, to give account of the erroneous payment of $150,000 paid by…

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AAC: Ogba absolves LOC of blame for hitches

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the ongoing 21st CAA Senior Athletics Championships, Solomon Ogba, has said the LOC should not be blamed for the hitches experienced by some countries who came for the championship taking place in Asaba, Delta State. There were outcry from some countries noticeably Kenya after they claimed to have been stranded in Lagos few days before the competition. The LOC of the tournament has been roudly criticized for what is termed ‘national disgrace’ but Ogba insisted it was not entirely their fault. According to…

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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Federation Elections: Guidelines split aspirants, administrators

Sports administrators and aspirants into the boards of the National Sports Federations are sharply divided over the guidelines released for the forthcoming elections. The guidelines emerged after a stakeholders’ meeting with sports minister, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday where June 9 was also picked as the date for the polls. The guideline stipulated that people who have served two terms as presidents cannot contest while those who are either presidents or vice presidents of international sports bodies are not eligible to contest for federation presidency. A former member of the Nigeria…

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Clergymen blast OBJ: You led a corrupt govt

Some ministers of God in Nigeria have come down hard on former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, over his recent statement that pastors in the country were aiding corruption in Nigeria.   Though some pastors declined comment saying, Apostle Johnson Suleman was being harassed by the powers that be for opening his mouth, yet, fiery ones did not mince words in telling Obasanjo that he perpetuated corruption as Nigeria’s president. Obasanjo’s statement that some Nigerian Pastors/ preachers preach that one can acquire wealth without labour triggered sharp reactions from clerics across…

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Total targets devt through adult literacy

To boost development in its host communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, French multinational energy giant, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited has organised a training for teachers, who would help educate adults. The Manager and Capacity Development officer of Total E&P Nigeria limited, Mr. Enefiok Akpan, who spoke at Obite Civil Centre during the annual Adult Teachers Development Workshop, said educational development remains a priority for the oil company, assuring that host communities would continue to benefit from the programme. He said Total’s goal of sustainable…

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PDP: Sheriff’s faction gets by-election candidate

Ahead of the April 26, 2017 by-election in Warri South Constituency 1 of Delta State, Alhaji Ali-Modu Sheriff ’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has produced Hon. Ojere Edeyibo, to fill the vacant position. The seat became vacant after the member representing the constituency in the House, Hon. Omowumi  Udoh, died of a protracted ailment. After a keenly contested primary election between Edeyibo and his opponent Tunde Fregene, the former polled 17 votes against Fregene, who scored 10 votes at Ugbuwangue in Warri metropolis. Delegates from six wards…

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Federation Elections: Dalung bars Gumel, Ogba, Ndanusa, others

Polls get June 9th date P resident and Vice Presidential aspirants who have served two consecutive terms in the National Sports Federations are not eligible to contest the election which has been slated for June 9. After a stakeholders meeting at the National Stadium, Abuja on Thursday, the guidelines effectively ruled out some powerful federations presidents ahead of the elections billed for June 9. Section 3.2 (i) of the guidelines banned presidents and vice presidents of international sports bodies from contesting for president or vice president of federations. Also, Section…

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House prices fall 28% in Lagos, 58% in Abuja

House prices have continued to nosedive in some locations in Lagos and Abuja despite efforts to revamp the economy by the Federal Government. According to findings by New Telegraph, house prices in Agege, Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos have fallen by 8.6 per cent, 28.6 per cent and nine per cent respectively due to low purchasing power of home seekers and general recession in the economy. Also, five-bedroom houses in Jabi, Abuja, have nose-dived by 58 per cent in first quarter of 2017. Besides, rental values in these locations also fell…

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Arsenal offer Sanchez £300,000-a-week deal

Arsenal have made one final attempt to end their contract standoff with Alexis Sanchez by offering him a mammoth deal worth £300,000 a week, according to a report. The Chile international, in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award, failed to agree fresh terms with the Gunners earlier this campaign and talks have since been shelved until the summer. Sanchez is said to be holding out for a pay packet in line with the Premier League’s top earners, such as Paul Pogba at Manchester United who receives…

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