France beat Germany 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 fina
Two goals from Antoine Griezmann
propelled host nation France into the final of Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win
over world champions Germany on Thursday.
penalty in first-half injury time after Bastian Schweinsteiger was
adjudged to have handled and the Atletico Madrid striker increased
France’s lead with a poked effort in the 72nd minute.
“Sokoto spends N850m monthly on teachers’ salary”
says the state governments spends N850 million monthly on the payment of
on Thursday at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Sokoto Education
Development Trust Fund.
huge amount of money in purchasing assorted teaching and learning
materials for its schools.
education was borne out of his administration’s priority to the sector,
especially in its determination to revamp it.
declared a state of emergency on the sector, and allocated the largest
share of the 2016 budget to it,” he said.
Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, for providing credible leadership to the
state and the country.
people to fund education sector, saying that funding education should
not be left to the government alone.
fund, former President Shehu Shagari, expressed his commitment to
initiating programmes that would continue to promote education in the
was a mass protest in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Thursday
against the administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose. The protesters
sang anti-Fayose songs and asked the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC to investigate the governor’s accounts.
NCPC to reduce pilgrimage fare to Israel
Tor Uja, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission
(NCPC), said the commission planned to reduce the fare for pilgrimage to
Israel, citing the low economic situation in the country as the reason.
Uja made this known at the Conference of Pilgrimage Leaders and Managers of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.
The focus of the conference was “Pilgrimage, the Church and Nigeria”.
said that the commission was trying to ensure that the cost of
pilgrimage was reduced to enable Christians who would like to embark on
the exercise to do without much difficulty.
“One of the reasons why we have to reduce the cost of pilgrimage is because our economy is not smiling at all.
do not want a burden either on individuals or the government; we want
it to be cheaper for anybody who wants to embark on pilgrimage to do so
“We will announce it to the public; we believe that it can be made cheaper.
have a committee that is working on that and we intend that any
unnecessary weight that can be cut down should be cut down,” he said.
said that the commission had invited air carriers and ground handlers
to meet and decide how the fare and other reductions could be made.
Ebonyi set to launch one-man-one hectare agric programme
Ebonyi government says it will launch an agricultural programme tagged,
‘one-man-one hectare’ in August to enable its citizens participate
actively in its agricultural revolution.
Gov. David Umahi made the
declaration on Thursday in Abakaliki during at agricultural summit
organised for civil and public servants in the state.
him, emphasis would be placed on rice production as civil and public
servants would join other strata of the society in cultivating at least
one hectare of rice farm yearly.
“The state is fast losing its
rating as the highest rice producing state in the country, but the
government is determined to halt the slide.
“The government is
planning to introduce six mega-rice cities in the state and any Local
Government Area (LGA) that covers 5, 000 hectares of land for rice
production would benefit from the interventions.
inaugurate irrigation facilities, social amenities, rice husk power
plants, rice mills, among others, in such areas with active
collaboration of the World Bank and the Central Bank of Nigeria,” he
The governor urged civil servants to key into the
agricultural revolution, adding that N1billion has been earmarked to
support farmers in achieving massive crop production.
Oyo: Ajimobi places N5 million bounty on lawmaker’s killers
a N5million bounty on the heads of the three gunmen responsible for the
gruesome murder of a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Gideon
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication
and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, on Thursday, in Ibadan, announced the
reward for any member of the public with credible information that might
lead to the arrest of the criminals.
Ajimobi appealed to members of the public in possession of any useful
information to immediately contact the following telephone numbers:
0802 343 1079, 0803 653 6581, with assurances that such tips would be
treated in the utmost confidence.
Aremu represented Oorelope constituency in the House of Assembly
until he was murdered on July 1 by three gunmen that allegedly trailed
him on motorcycle.
The governor said that he was still saddened by the ghastly incident
that shattered the serenity the state had enjoyed in the past five years
and would be prepared to reward anybody with clues that would assist
the police to apprehend the culprits and their sponsors.
PENGASSAN, NUPENG to meet FG July 11
Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and NUPENG have postponed the meeting with Federal
Government over their planned strike till July 11.
Following the development, the unions have put the planned strike on hold.
Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South West Chairman, Nigeria Union of
Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers made this known in an interview with
the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
According to Korodo, the meeting which is scheduled to take place
today (Thursday) has been shifted due to public holiday declared by
government to mark the Eid-El-Fitr.
The chairman, who is one of NUPENG’s representatives, said that both
parties had agreed to meet on Monday, July 11 to deliberate on the
issues affecting the unions.
“As a result of this, we have to put the strike which is supposed to
commence today on hold to allow for useful deliberations with the
He said that the unions were aware of hardship the strike would cause
the general public, adding that this was why the unions had agreed to
meet with the Federal Government.
Korodo, however, said that the unions would have no choice than to
embark on strike if government did not address labour issues affecting
NAN reports that PENGASSAN had threatened to embark on a nationwide
strike beginning from July 7 over some issues, including the alleged
mass sacking of its members by various oil and gas companies.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, was scheduled to
meet with representatives of PENGASSAN on July 7, according to a
statement issued on July 6, in Abuja.
The statement, signed by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director
(Press) in the Ministry of Labour said that the “crucial meeting” was
being convened to find a lasting solution to problems in the oil and gas
It said that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe
Kachikwu would also attend the meeting scheduled for 10 a.m in Abuja.
Avengers blast Chevron manifolds in Warri
Members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) on Wednesday night blasted
another Chevron manifolds in Warri, Delta State with a promise to do
more havoc to oil installation in the region.
The group, which made the attack known on its website late Wednesday,
said it blew up RMP 22, 23 and 24 all in Warri and warned espertraites
and Nigerian workers to vacate the area, else they may lose their lives.
In the statement signed by its spokesperson, Brig. Gen Mudoch
Agbinibo, the group said: “Between the hours of 10:50pm to 11:10pm our
(Niger Delta Avengers) strike team blew up Chevron Manifolds which are
RMP 22, 23 and 24.”
The group, which wished its readers, a “Happy Eid Mubarak to our
Muslim Brothers,” said it was closing all its social network accounts
due to activities of scammers and impersonators attributing some
sabotages to it.
Dogara to ring bell at NSE on Friday
Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, said that
Dogara would ring the bell to close activities on the floor of the
exchange by 2p.m.
invited to NSE in recognition of his contribution and that of the House
of Representatives in deepening the market through quality legislation.
pass laws that would compel multinational oil and gas companies as well
as telecommunication firms doing business in Nigeria to list on NSE.
must be listed on the capital market to deepen the market, make funds
available for investors and create employment.
sanctions against fraudulent stock market players as part of measures to
strengthen the market and guarantee the safety of investors’ funds.