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Eboue’s ordeal is a reminder to footballers of the need for education

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Arsenal’s former star Emmanuel Eboue has been in the news recently and the story has quickly moved from one of sadness to a happier turn. Eboue, who once slept in a palatial home and drove expensive cars, recently disclosed he is bankrupt.

Many were stunned to read of the Ivorian International ‘s plight of going from a multimillionaire footballer not so long ago to a broke dude who couldn’t afford a washing machine.

Then quite quickly, his former club, Gal at a Sarah of Turkey moved to his rescue by offering a job as coach of their under 14 side and a chance to rebuild his life.

The tale of Eboue going broke filled me with pity as I read that he contemplated suicide after he was suspended from football for a year for failing to fulfill his contractual agreement with a former agent of his, taking away his number one source of making money.

Then more heartbreakingly, the woman who was supposed to be the person of his life, the one he had sworn to live forever with till death comes calling, the woman he called wife left him in financial tatters as she left him in a divorce that meant he lost most of his property to her, and also, the custodianship of his children. Continue reading


NEW YEAR: Gov. Dickson calls on leaders to do more to unite the country

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Governor Dickson


Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has re-iterated his call on leaders of the country, across board to deliberately unite the country, while stressing that the nation was too divided along ethnic and religious lines.

The Governor, who made the call in his new message, believes 2018 provides a rare opportunity to put the country on the path of mutual co-existence and stability.

The Governor also urged the people to support the leadership and remain steadfast in God and pray for peace and stability of Nigeria. He said it is when the leadership deliver selfless services backed with the fervent prayers of the citizenry that the country will attain its pride of place in the comity of nations.

Governor Dickson said the Restoration Government was sensitive to the yearnings of Bayelsans and will never let them down. He enjoined them to be hopeful of better things to come in 2018, as his administration is working very hard to finish strong and consolidate on its legacy achievements. Governor Dickson made the call in his New Year message to the people of the State. Continue reading


HYPREP conducts medical outreach in Ogoniland

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HYPREP medical outreach in Ogoniland

As part of the campaign promises of the Ogoni land clean up in Rivers State by the President Muhammad Buhari led Administration, as being handled by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation project(HYPREP) has continued it’s medical outreach for the people of Ogoni.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday at Terabor in Gokana Local Government Area, the Coordinator of the HYPREP, MARVIN DEKIL expressed his gratitude towards the massive turn out for the health outreach adding that the essence of the Medical outreach was to capture the health history of the Ogonis’ just as he called the Rivers State Government to join hands and support the Ogoni land clean up.

“I am overwhelmed with the number of people I saw receiving treatment from the experts. It is something that is quite pleasing to me. I believe that the mandate of HYPREP is being realised and the commitment of Federal Government to this project is also something that we will continue to appreciate. And you will recall that this program started on 26 December in Khana Local Government Area where the team of doctors also attended to a huge crowd. We proceeded to Tai on the 28 December, we experience even more turnout.

Today, we experienced more than the number we expected, telling us that the people need help and the government is here to provide that help. Implementation of the UNEP report is providing the help. Apart from providing medical services, one of the essence of this exercise is to capture the health history of all the patience that we interact with, that health history is one of the things that will build the foundation, the database for the health impact study, a larger scale impact study which we will be starting soon. The Rivers State government which we are calling on at this point to also support the program because it’s a collective process. We are here in Gokana, which means we need the support of Gokana Local Government, we are here in Rivers State, the project is in Rivers State, so we need the support of Rivers State Government. The Federal Government has started it, so it’s a collective project for all of us and there’s something for us to win. There’s a win for the Federal Government which they have started, there’s a win for Rivers State Government when they participate, and there’s a win for Gokana Local Government when they participate. I also want to use this opportunity to state clearly that those who wants to cause trouble, the project will not tolerate detractors.

Elderly women undergo medical screening

We are appealing to Ogoni people to continue to support us. We have over 30 doctors here. I’m seeing thousands of people being attended to.” Continue reading


Chelsea goes second on the table with a 5-0 win over Stoke

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Chelsea wins

Chelsea temporarily climbed into second place above Manchester United, in the English Premier League on Saturday after spanking Stoke City 5-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte’s side made the perfect start when German defender Antonio Rudiger rose above three Stoke defenders to head home from Willian’s free-kick in the third minute.

Eden Hazard was rested on the Chelsea bench, but his replacement Drinkwater did a passable impression of the brilliant Belgian, the midfielder bagging his first goal for the Blues with a blistering strike from the edge of the area in the ninth minute.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes’s decision to field a severely weakened team in the midst of the hectic festive fixture list was backfiring badly.

The visitors were three down by the 23rd minute when Pedro finished off Willian’s pass to put Chelsea on course for a fourth win in their last five league games.

Willian got on the scoresheet himself in the 73rd minute, striking home a penalty awarded for a foul on the Brazilian, before wing-back Davide Zappacosta grabbed his first Premier League goal with two minutes remaining. Continue reading


NSCDC arrests over 60 suspects

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The Ondo State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it has arrested more than 60 suspects and secured the conviction of 10 people for various crimes within 100 days in the state.

Mr Awili Pedro, the State Commandant of NSCDC, announced this on Friday during the commissioning of the divisional headquarters, ‘B’ Division of NSCDC in Iju, Akure North Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the building is donated to NSCDC by the Iju Community in Akure North area.

“Since my assumption of duty 100 days today, the command has held four press briefings and paraded over 60 suspects for various crimes, including vandalism, petroleum products adulteration and diversion. Others are destruction of farm products by herdsmen, robbery, child abuse and trafficking, obtaining money under false pretence (419) and operation of private guard company without valid licence, to mention a few. Within this period, we have recovered vandalised petroleum products, telecommunications and power equipment such as high tension cables, solar batteries and transformer accessories, including vehicles recovered from robbery suspects. Most of these suspects are now facing trials and about 10 convictions have been secured within three months”. Continue reading


Pope Francis and Turkey’s President, Recep Erdogan in talks over the status of Jerusalem

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President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has had a telephone conversation with Pope Francis on Friday stressing the importance of preserving the city’s status.

During the talks, both Erdogan and the Pope stressed that the protection of Jerusalem’s current status was crucial in order to ensure stability in the region.

According to the NAN, the sides also agreed to hold a meeting soon to discuss bilateral ties, international developments as well as the issue of Jerusalem.

Erdogan and the Pope welcomed the UN General Assembly’s resolution, adopted on Dec. 21, rejecting the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The resolution was adopted by 128 votes to nine, with 35 abstentions.

It will interest you to know that on Dec.6, President Donald Trump has announced his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and instructed the State Department to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv.

The decision by Trump caused mass criticism across the world.



Gunmen kill 9 persons in a Coptic Church in Southern part of Cairo

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Report says Gunmen have killed at least nine people including three police in an attack on a Coptic Christian church south of Cairo on Friday.

Cairo’s News Agency MENA report that one attacker was shot dead by security forces adding that two attackers opened fire at the entrance to the church of Mar Mina in Helwan district, which was being guarded by police in the run-up to Orthodox Christmas celebrations next week.


A Lagos Magistrate Court has arraigned a security guard for stealing five mattresses

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Magistrate Court

A Lagos State Magistrate Court on Friday arraigned a security guard attached to a Model College in Ojo, Lagos for allegedly stealing five mattresses.

The defendants — Godstime Ajayi, 37, Salisu Yahayah, 25, and Garba Samaila, 40, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing before Magistrate A. A. Adesanya.

The first defendant pleaded not guilty, while the second and third could not state their pleas because of language barrier

Adesanya admitted the first defendant to N150, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum while the one of the sureties must be a relative, the other a clergyman. Continue reading


Federal Government committed to Ogoni cleanup – Environment Ministry

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Technical Senior Adviser for Environment, Iyshaku Muhammad

The Federal government has assured the people of its unwavering commitment of the Ogoni land clean up in Rivers state.

The assurance was given by the Technical Senior Adviser for state of environment, IYSHAKU MUHAMMAD during a stakeholders meeting in Port Harcourt.

Muhammad spoke on behalf of the Minister of Environment, IBRAHIM JIBRIL at the meeting which was called to review progress of the implementation of the clean up program.

Roundtable discussion on Ogoni cleanup

Muhammad said it was in line with the directive by the Federal Government just as he said there is more, than the Clean up in the Ogoni land adding that the main clean up is just 20% of the entire process that should be achieved by the Ogoni People.

He said the slow pace of the clean up so far was not deliberate but an opportunity to set up institutional structure that will stand the test of time stressing that the President has given solid political support and has taken the Ogoni clean up as a personal project. Continue reading


African Child Role Model congratulates newly elected President of the republic of Liberia, George Weah

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National Election Commission on Provisional Results from the Just ended Presidential Run-off Election.
With more than 98% of votes Nationwide
 CDC of George Weah =61.5%
 UP of Joseph Boakai =38.5%
Official from National Election Commission –NEC.
“While we await NEC to expeditiously announce the Election results, avoid premature announcement of results.” –ECOWAS Warns!

George Weah, newly elected President of the republic of Liberia

In advance, allow us to extend our sincere Congratulations to the incoming 25th President of the Republic of Liberia to the “African Child Role Model” –George Weah ==President-elect of Liberia

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