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Crossover night : Olukoya warns youth against sexual perversion

By Rukayat Adeyemi
Lagos, Jan. 1, 2019 (NNN) Dr Daniel Olukoya, General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) International has cautioned youths to abstain from all forms of sexual perversion in 2019.



By Rukayat Adeyemi
Lagos, Jan. 1, 2019 (NNN) Dr Daniel Olukoya, General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) International has cautioned youths to abstain from all forms of sexual perversion in 2019.

Olukoya said this while revealing 32 prophetic declarations for the year at the Cross over service at MFM prayer city, Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Tuesday.

He said God had bombarded the year with sanitising Angels to punish those found engaged in sexual pervasive act such as fornication, adultery, and homosexuality.

“The sanitising angels will begin to give dead blows to those who engage in all forms of sexual perversion, be it adultery, fornication or whatever forms of it.

“If you know you are a youth and have been engaging in such, you must stay away now because the angels will give you a dead blow and there would be no mercy,” he said.

The General overseer described 2019 as a year characterised with weirdness that must be confronted with strange prayers.

“2019 is a year characterised with weirdness and anyone who wants to confront a strange year must pray strange prayers.

“When you pray such prayers and anyone doesn’t like it, don’t worry, continue as long as you are getting results,” he said.

Olukoya advised those who are trying to get rich satanically to desist, as they would be made to face ready-made destruction.

According to him, several shocking secrets will be revealed in the New Year.

He emphasized that spiritual development was a necessity and not a luxury for anyone who wishes to change his or her level and fulfill destiny in 2019.

“Living a sacrificial life will lead to a net breakthrough, believing and walking in God will yield good dividend as men of faith will do exploit,” he said.

The cleric called for continuous prayer for Nigeria, adding that it was easy to identify a problem but hard to proffer a solution.

Olukoya, however, tagged 2019 as a year of supernatural ease and double honor for members of the ministry. (NNN)
Edited by Halima Sheji/Ismail Abdulaziz


2019 Crossover Night: Cleric urges leaders to rise up to responsibilities





2019 Crossover Night: Cleric urges leaders to rise up to responsibilities


By Jessica Dogo

Abuja, Jan. 1, 2019 (NNN) Rev. William Okoye, General Overseer of the All Christian Fellowship Mission (ACFM), has urged leaders and those in authority to rise up to their responsibilities and do the needful.

Okoye, during the cross over service at ACFM, Maitama, Abuja, said that the year would be a crucial one for the nation as elections were approaching.

He also said although the country’s economy was shaky, 2019 would be a challenging year for Nigerians.

“Looking at the herdsmen killings, I believe that our problem is not essentially that of lack of capacity.

“It is the unwillingness of those in authority to do what they are supposed to do and It is going to be a very crucial year for us.

“I am expecting and praying that God will help our leaders rise up to their responsibilities in the year 2019.

“Looking at our economic situation, it is clear that 2019 is going to be a challenging year but God will always take care of His own,’’ he said.

He, however, called on Nigerians to be seriously dedicated to God in the year.

According to him, the church should rise up to the challenge to fight the battle and liberate Nigeria from the grips of the devil and agents of darkness.

“Move the nation into her destiny so that this nation will rise and fulfil her destiny under God. I advise all Nigerians to be seriously dedicated to God.

“I believe that because of some people who are doing the right thing and calling upon the name of the Lord, God will extend His mercies to the nation and see us through.’’

Okoye described 2018 as a good year, even though things were rough, adding that God showed mercy to His people and to all Nigerians because of a few that were doing things right. (NNN)


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Crossover night: Epe youths unimpressed by artistes poor performances







By Idris Olukoya

Epe (Lagos State), Jan. 1, 2019 (NNN), Youths in Epe division, Lagos State,  have expressed disatisfaction over the poor show by artistes who performed at the crossover night of “One Lagos Fiesta”.

The youths expressed their displeasure in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Epe, on Tuesday.

NNN reports that the giesta, which was organised by Lagos State Government, took place in the five divisional areas of the state.

The division are Epe, Badagry, Ikorodu, Agege and Victoria Island.

A funseeker, Mr Papa Taiwo, lamented at the poor performances of the artistes invited in Epe during  fiesta.

He said that the artistes expected by the youth were not the ones that showed up .

“We were expecting to see on stage the likes of Olamide, Yemi Alade, Small Doctor, Adekunle Gold, Timi Dakolo, among several popular artistes.

“But we were disappointed at the artistes invited.”

The News Agency of Nigeria also reported that the artistes that performed at the event included Jaywon, Eedris Abdul kareem and Que Peller.

Miss Peju Akanji, a reveller, also thumbed down  the set of artistes that performed at the show meant to thrill the youth.

She said last year’s edition was better and more entertaining.

“We enjoyed the presence of star artistes in 2017 than 2018.

“This year’s M.C. was boring, not a popular M.C. anchor for the 2018 fiesta. Everything was just in average.

“I must confess, I did not enjoy the fiesta from the beginning till the end. It was a very boring one.

“It is D.J. that made the environment more lively, the artistes did not perform to standard, ” she said.

Akanji mentioned the artistes that performed during the just concluded fiesta as Ice kay, Muri thunder, Obesere’s younger brother, Saheed Osupa, Ayuba, Olu Maintain, Zlatan and Victor A.D.

Mr Gbenga Adekoya, a civil servant, appealed to the organisers of the event to invite “big and popular artistes” to Epe division in the coming edition.

He said that the popular artistes performed on the mainland and on the Island, “leaving we in this remote area with up and coming artistes”.

“By next edition, the organisers should consider we on this axis to enjoy the presence of popular artistes.

“Because, we do not find it comfortable and convenient to go on mainland to watch big artistes, ” he said.

Also, Mr Monday, the Head of Ibile Vigilante Group, commended the organisers of the event.

He commended the proper coordination and organisation of the event.

He applauded the government security agencies for a well-done job.

“The security in the community was adequate and tight, the coordination was encouraging and organisation of the programme was intact.

“The local vigilante group did not do much because the atmosphere was peaceful and calm all through the programme. No record of violence whatsoever, ” he said. (NNN).


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Irrfan Khan, Indian actor in ‘Life of Pi’ dies after battling cancer



Irrfan Khan, an Indian actor who brought a modern sensibility to recent hit films and hard roles in Hollywood movies such as “Life of Pi” and “The Namesake”, died on Wednesday at age 54.

The death, after a prolonged battle with cancer, was confirmed by a spokesman who said Khan was surrounded by family at the time.

“He fought the many battles that came with it,” the spokesman said in a statement, referring to the diagnosis of Khan’s rare cancer in 2018.

Khan was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in Western cinema, following in the footsteps of crossover pioneers such as Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri.

Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the western desert state of Rajasthan, in a family with no ties to cinema, the actor recalled in interviews that as children, he and his siblings were not allowed to watch movies.

The only exception was when a visiting uncle took them to the theatre.

“An incredible talent,” said Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, among the tributes on Twitter that followed Khan’s death.

“A gracious colleague. A prolific contributor to the world of cinema .. left us too soon creating a huge vacuum.”

Another well-known director, Karan Johar, said: “Thank you for raising the bar as an artist … Thank you for enriching our cinema… We will miss you terribly, Irrfan.”

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Gov. Diri appoints Radio Nigeria journalist, Oredipe, Head of Social Media



Bayelsa Governor, Sen. Douye Diri, has appointed Mr Kola Oredipe, Manager, News and Current Affairs, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), as his Coordinator, Social Media.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the position is in the cadre of Special Adviser.

Oredipe, a versatile reporter, has traversed the length and breadth of the Niger Delta covering events in more than seven states in the region in the last 20 years.

The social media aide began his journalism career in 2000 with the now rested South-South Express newspaper in Port Harcourt, joined Port Harcourt-based Dolphins newspaper and then switched to Radio Nigeria in 2004.

He had served as Radio Nigeria Bayelsa State Correspondent as well as Head of News at Treasure 98.5 FM, Port Harcourt, Bronze 101.5 FM, Benin-City and Creek 106.5 FM, Yenagoa.

He also served as Acting General Manager, Creek 106.5 FM, and was later promoted as Zonal Head of News, Radio Nigeria South-South Zone.

The Ogun State-born broadcaster is the author of the fast-selling Niger Delta resource material, “Crossover Journalist: Reporting the Niger Delta”, a compilation of his 15-year experience as a journalist in the Niger Delta.

A graduate of Applied Geology from Federal University of Technology, Akure, Oredipe, has earned Post-Graduate Diploma and Masters of Arts in Communication Studies, University of Port Harcourt.

Oredipe, who has different academics publications in various journals is rounding off his doctoral programme on Development Communication at the University of Port Harcourt.

NAN reports that he served two-term as Chairman, Federated Correspondents’ Chapel of the Bayelsa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) and serving as Ex-Officio in the State Working Committee of the Bayelsa State Council of NUJ.

He is also a member of the youth global organization, Junior Chamber International (JCI) factory of leaders and entrepreneurs and served as 2005 Local Organisation President of JCI Port Harcourt Metropolitan. He is a certified international trainer and life member of the JCI.

Oredipe is expected to bring his experience to bear in the discharge of his duties to achieve effective communication of government policies and programmes.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Lockdown: Enugu Speaker decries poor level of compliance at Oji River border



The Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi, has expressed displeasure with the poor level of lockdown compliance at  Ugwuoba in Oji River Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the council area shares boundary with neighbouring Anambra.

Ubosi said on Friday in Enugu that there was little or no compliance by the residents because many people still come into the state through the boundary town.

According to him, that portends great danger to the state’s government effort to stop the spread of coronavirus in Enugu State.

The speaker said that he visited the area following a report that commercial and truck drivers carrying non-essential items were disobeying the lockdown order by the state government.

The Speaker, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Palliative Committee on COVID-19, told newsmen that his team was at the border at the instance of the state Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Ubosi hinted that the visit had afforded him the opportunity to observe the security situation at the border.

“Partially, I am not all that satisfied because you can see people are still moving into the state. They park their cars and crossover to the state. This is not helping us.

“I observed that the security men are lacking so many things. There are difficulties they are facing which I will brief the governor about during our discussion.

“The issue of vehicles carrying essential goods like fuel and food items should be monitored to check the number of people in the truck because sometimes, they use that avenue to cross people over,” Ubosi said.

He assured security operatives manning the border that the state government would provide necessary logistics, like tents and city gate, to enable them secure the state effectively.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Peter Ejiofor) (NAN)

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Sharp rise in footballers reporting depression symptoms, players union says



There has been a sharp rise in the number of footballers reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety since the sport was brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The global players’ union, FIFPRO, says 22 percent of women players and 13 percent of men players who took part in a survey reported symptoms “consistent with a diagnosis of depression”.

It listed symptoms such as lack of interest, lack of appetite, lack of energy and self-esteem.

This compared to 11 percent and six percent respectively in a similar survey conducted in December and January.

It said 18 percent of women players and 16 percent of men reported symptoms of generalised anxiety such as worry or tension.

There was some crossover with 11 percent of women players and 7.5 percent of men reporting both sets of symptoms, FIFPRO said.

“In football, suddenly young men and women athletes are having to cope with social isolation, a suspension of their working lives and doubts about their future,” said FIFPRO’s chief medical officer Vincent Gouttebarge.

“It is a time of huge uncertainty for the players and their families due to the insecurity of their future and the social isolation.”

FIFPRO said the survey included 1,134 male players, with a mean age of 26, and 468 female players, with a mean age of 23, in 16 countries.

It was conducted with the Amsterdam University Medical Centre.

On a more positive note, Gouttebarge said nearly 80 percent of players surveyed reported that they had access to sufficient resources and support for their mental health.

They said this was often through their national player associations.

FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said they were not trying to make a special case for footballers.

“We are very conscious that this is a reflection of a problem in broader society and there is no suggestion that it is more severe for our members,” said Baer-Hoffmann.

“Footballers are more similar to average society than most people think, and that is simply because of the misconceptions about how players live.”

He stated that many footballers lived a precarious financial existence at the best of times.

“The average contract length is under two years and the average income is close to that of the general public,” he said.

“Many are incredibly dependent on their footballing skills and are not prepared for what would come after.”

Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

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FCTA to enforce one-way traffic flow on Monday



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it will begin to enforce traffic rules and regulations on Abuja Southern Parkway by Monday to ensure that motorists adhere to its proper usage.

Chief Press Secretary to the FCT, Mr Anthony Ogunleye in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA), Umar Jibrin, made the disclosure after inspecting the road.

Nigeria News Agency reports that southern parkway, in the Abuja Master Plan,  formed  the major spine of the capital city.

It is also one of the longest roads from Central Business District traversing all four phases of the city with facilities like streetlights, recreational, café centres and under passes among others.

The road was designed to complement the Northern Parkway, the major arterial running across Mabushi.

The executive secretary explained that the decision to open the road was reached following the substantial completion of the southern parkway, adding that,  many road signage had been provided  to guide motorists.

He said  the series of conflicts being experienced on the road were as a result of motorists moving in wrong directions.

Jibrin also said that officials of the Road Traffic Services as well as the FCT Transport Secretariat would be deployed to the road by Monday to ensure compliance.

The FCDA boss, therefore, advised motorists to pay adequate attention to the road signs that had been placed on the road as guide.

“The minister has asked that we should commence enforcement and we are going to do that by Monday, March 9.

” First and foremost, you will see that a lot of signage have been placed along the road.

” This has been there since December 2019, we have had this in place for people to understand that eventually, this is the way this movement will be,” he said.

Jibrin further explained that movement on the road was mainly in one direction, adding that the road does not provide for driving in reverse direction.

” So, from Monday, March 9 vehicular movement on the southern parkway will be in one-way rotational mode.

” This means that all motorists coming from Muhammadu Buhari Way wishing to access ICRC, Shagalinku restaurant, FCTA and FCDA Secretariat toward Jaiz Bank must comply.

” And Benue House junction will keep to the right lane and then turn at Silverbird Entertainment Centre (Shoprite) by Yar’adua Centre and Sheraton Hotel and Towers moving straight toward the National Mosque, CBN Headquarters, Christian (Ecumenical) Centre to again access NTA, , Shagalinku restaurant or proceed to access Area 8 through Muhammadu Buhari Way.

” Eventually, when the bridge is concluded on Muhammadu Buhari Way, you can move over there and crossover up to Nnamdi Azikiwe, which we call Ring Road One.

” If you want to do a U-turn and come back for whatever reason, you can do that at the traffic light and then you also come in through the other side of it and then you can head on to ICRC and on to the other FCTA headquarters”.

He urged people to be very observant, adding that the signs had been there for long.

The Acting Secretary, FCT Transport Secretariat, Mrs Alice Odey-Achu, noted that the directional signs, which had been placed on the road for several months should be adequate guide for motorists.

She said that officials of the FCT transport secretariat would be on ground to show motorists the correct way in case they missed the directional signs.

“I think that the sign should be enough for people who are drivers. But we will still have our men on the way guiding us, reminding us that there are road signs to observe,” she added.

” A massive publicity and public enlightenment campaign is expected to commence to properly guide motorists,” she added.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide



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Lagos launches maiden farmers’ market, pledges commitment to harness agric potentials



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China to boost industry integration in rural areas in 2020



China will highlight industry convergence in rural areas in 2020, laying a solid foundation for rural revitalisation, according to a plan issued on Monday.

The plan was released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

It said the country would focus on crossover resource allocation in key modern industries, strengthen innovation and enhance agricultural cluster and chain, stressing the integrated development of primary, secondary and tertiary industries in rural areas.

It noted that efforts would be made in industrial chains expansion, facilitating integration, development and upgrading agricultural function.

The plan also demanded efforts to introduce a raft of agricultural complexes of varying scales with prominent leading industries, shared raw material base and vital link with farmers.

It noted that since leading enterprises played important role in the complexes, the country urged local governments to support these firms and strengthen supervision.

Meanwhile, in a bid to deepen this sector’s crossover integration, the country also vowed to enrich commercial activities such as digital and smart agriculture with new technologies, including the Internet of things, blockchain, artificial intelligence, 5G and biotechnology.

China aims to eradicate poverty and achieve its goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects this year.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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