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FG urges  use of  local content in power projects execution    

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The Federal Government has urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)to ensure the use of  local content in the execution of power  projects.

The Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba said this at the inauguration  of the African Development Bank (AfDB)200 million dollars  projects in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the AfDB had approved 200 million dollars for Nigeria to boost power supply across the country.

The funds channelled through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), are to provide mini grids.

The minister of state, represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Power, Mr Ahmed Zakari  encouraged the bank and REA to ensure local content in the implementation of projects in order to boost local industries.

“As we execute these projects, I will encourage the AfDB and REA to ensure the use  of local content in the execution, so that we can boost local industries in this difficult economic time.” he said.

Mr Wale Shonibare, AfDB’s Acting Vice President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth said the bank was intervening in different segments of the power value chain.

According to him, AfDB  is committed to supporting the Nigeria power sector and has initiated a lot of projects .

Shonibare said the projects include: the  410 million dollars  support for implementation of the Nigeria Transmission Expansion Programme.

He said that  the bank also  approved one million  dollars grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) to support the Nigerian Government’s implementation of Phase 1 of the Jigawa Solar project.

According to him, the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) when implemented, will result in more than 500,000 people having access to electricity.

“The work of electrifying Nigeria is a continuous process. There is a lot of planning involved in ensuring that investments are made in a transparent way.

“In the right place and at the right time as we set about bringing electric power to the unserved and underserved Nigerians in a sustainable way,

“We  will continue to use the tools at our disposal  to ensure that universal access to electricity becomes the norm.” he said.

The Managing Director of REA, Mr Ahmad Salihijo said that the project would boost economic growth in the local communities.

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Manchester City aren’t the only big spenders  —- Guardiola

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If there is one thing that still riles Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, it is the suggestion that his English Premier League (EPL) success is down to money.

Manchester City were cleared on Monday of breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The court overturned the club’s two-year European ban.

But the club’s manager was in a fiery mood as he railed against the idea that cash was behind the club’s two Premier League titles.

For the Spaniard, who won back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019, Manchester City are by no means unusual when it comes to spending big on players.

Guardiola, whose side are still fighting this season for their first UEFA Champions League title, said Manchester United and Arsenal had also invested heavily to win previous Premier League titles.

“When Chelsea start (started) to win Premier Leagues, they (had) invested more money than the other ones,” he told reporters.

“I’m a good manager, but I don’t win titles if I don’t have good players and good players are expensive. But all the clubs spend a lot of money.”

Manchester City have spent more than a billion pounds on acquiring players since the club was bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2008.

Guardiola took over the team in 2016 and has spent heavily in the transfer market, including nine players who cost more than 45 million pounds (56.46 million dollars) each.

“We can spend as much money as our chairman or our owners want, but always, always in the Financial Fair Play rules and we show it, we were there.

“We were exonerated for something we were accused of, all the time. That is the reality,” said Guardiola.

“When we won, it was on the pitch. All the good things we have done, all the bad things we have done it was on the pitch, in the grass, in the green, there,” he said.

Guardiola pointed out that neighbours Manchester United outbid them to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and Harry Maguire from Leicester City and highlighted big-spending from other eras.

The former FC Barcelona manager said the pressure of the UEFA investigation had brought him closer to Manchester City.

“I love this club. I love, because I know the people here and I’m working (with them) for a long time. We have our history.

“I don’t know if it’s better or worse, it doesn’t matter, it’s our history. I love it,” he said.

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Wigan thrash struggling Hull 8-0, West Brom draw with Fulham

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Wigan Athletic recorded their biggest ever league victory as they beat Hull City 8-0 in the Championship on Tuesday, hitting seven past their beleaguered opponents in the first half.

The Latics broke the deadlock through Kal Naismith inside the opening minute of the contest, before Kieran Dowell and Kieffer Moore netted a brace each.

Jamal Lowe and Joe Williams also got on the scoresheet before the half-time break.

Dowell completed his hat-trick in the second half for Wigan’s eighth goal as the club celebrated their biggest league win.

They surpassed a 7-0 victory achieved against Oxford United in 2017.

The result also matched the biggest ever Championship victory —– Bournemouth’s 8-0 win over Birmingham City in 2014.

Wigan, who face a 12-point deduction after going into administration, are 12 points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play.

The defeat leaves relegation-threatened Hull a point adrift of the safety zone, having lost four matches in a row.

West Bromwich Albion’s grip on an automatic promotion spot loosened when they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Fulham at the Hawthorns.

Grady Diangana’s effort from close range in the second half was saved brilliantly by visiting goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

Also, Fulham forward Anthony Knockaert hit the crossbar with a thunderous effort.

West Brom are currently second in the league and four points above third-placed Brentford, who have a game in hand against Preston North End on Wednesday.

Slaven Bilic’s West Brom still remain in control of their own destiny.

Maximum points from their remaining two games against Huddersfield Town and Queens Park Rangers will secure a return to the Premier League.

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Atalanta whip Brescia 6-2 to go second in Serie A

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Atalanta’s Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic scored a hat-trick as they thrashed relegation-threatened Brescia 6-2 on Tuesday to climb to second place in Serie A.

The result means they moved six points behind leaders Juventus and two ahead of Inter Milan and Lazio.

Boasting Serie A’s most potent attack, Atalanta took the lead when Ruslan Malinovsky sliced open the defence with a clever pass to set up Pasalic to score in the second minute.

Brescia struck back six minutes later through Ernesto Torregrossa.

But they were stunned by three superb goals from Marten de Roon, Malinovsky and a diving header by Duvan Zapata to go in at the break 4-1 down.

The home side did not let up after half-time with Pasalic netting twice more to complete his hat-trick.

Even though Nikolas Spalek pulled a goal back, the defeat left Brescia second from bottom on 21 points after 33 games, nine points from the safety zone.

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No roars as Tiger makes return to sounds of silence

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Tiger Woods makes his long-awaited return to competitive golf at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio this week.

But no golfer will feel the impact of the strange new spectatorless world created by COVID-19 than the 15-time major winner.

For his whole career Woods, one of sport’s most recognisable personalities, has been the focus of the golfing world.

He is followed by massive galleries and battalions of reporters, photographers and television cameras wherever he plays.

But when he steps onto the first tee at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Thursday for his first competitive round in five months the only sound is likely to be chirping birds.

The PGA Tour has banned spectators for all events this season.

“I’ve had cameras on me since I turned pro. So, it’s been over 20-some-odd years that virtually almost every one of my shots that I’ve hit on the Tour has been documented,” Woods told reporters.

“That is something that I’ve been accustomed to. That’s something I’ve known for decades.

“But this is a different world and one we’re going to have to get used to. It’s just a silent and different world.”

Woods last competed on the PGA Tour in mid-February when he laboured through a final round 77 at the Genesis Invitational where he finished last among players who made the cut.

The 44-year-old reigning Masters champion then skipped a number of events with back issues prior to the PGA Tour’s three-month COVID-19 hiatus that began in mid-March.

He opted to sit out the circuit’s first five events since the break.

Woods, now one win shy of a record 83 PGA Tour victories, did play a May 24 charity match with Phil Mickelson and Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

He had said he was unwilling to risk a return to the Tour until he saw how safety protocols would work.

But Woods made his decision to play only when he felt comfortable enough to do so.

“I just felt it was better to stay at home and be safe,” said Woods. “I’m used to playing with lots of people around me and that puts not only myself in danger but my friends and family.

“That’s something that I looked at and said, `Well, I’m really not quite comfortable with that, that whole idea. Let’s see how it plays out first’.”

Woods has watched the PGA Tour restart on his computer and said he was immediately struck by what he saw.

“It was more watching golf to see how it is now, see what our near future, our reality is and our foreseeable future is going to be,” said Woods, who has won the Memorial a record five times.

“To have no one yelling, no one screaming, no energy, the social distancing, no handshakes.

“There’s nothing to feed off of energy-wise. There’s no one there.

“I think this is going to set up for not just in the short-term but for the foreseeable future for sure.”

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Chelsea win to boost UEFA Champions League chances

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An underwhelming Chelsea on Tuesday boosted their chances of a berth in next season’s UEFA Champions League by overcoming a slow start to beat relegated Norwich City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud scored with virtually the last touch of the first half as Chelsea consolidated third place in the English Premier League (EPL).

They moved four points above Leicester City and Manchester United in the battle for a top-four finish.

It was an eighth successive league defeat for Norwich, who were already condemned to relegation after losing to West Ham United on Saturday.

Chelsea struggled to convert their overwhelming possession into goals but deserved the three points after a diving Giroud scored from point-blank range.

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7 persons suspected to operate illegal employment agencies arrested

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has arrested seven persons suspected to operate illegal employment agencies targeted at defrauding job seekers in the nation’s capital.

Dr Babagana Adam, Director of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS), paraded the suspects before newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

Adams said the syndicate was responsible for illegal recruitment claims for the purpose of defrauding the people under the guise of giving them jobs.

He said that the cartel was tracked down on Monday morning at Zone 6 primary school, opposite FCT Development Control, by a team of DOAS officers and securities.

He said that all the arrested culprits would be handed over to the Police for prosecution.

The DOAS boss accused the suspects of printing job posters with inscriptions such as – job in Supermarket, males and females, educated and non-educated, monthly salary of N40,000, staff bus and accommodation available.

“They ask interested applicants to call certain phone numbers.

“What the cartel does is to paste illegal adverts, stickers on every available space along FCT roads, bridges and infrastructure, calling applicants to apply for the non-existing jobs.

“When the applicants come, they are recruited into their fold and gangs to defraud, steal and sometimes rape innocent residents across the territory.

“I am sure you can see several of such illegal adverts along the streets of the territory,” the DOAS director said.

He said that the agency had continuously warned the general public through Radio jingles, Television and the Newspapers, to ignore such posters because they are not only illegal, but avenues to defraud job seekers.

Adam also stated that some of the advertisement posters carry messages such as, “you are hereby called to apply for ushering jobs in event centres”.

He said that interested persons usually get their forms after paying N15,000 only to be defrauded at the end.

He said that applicants should note that only DOAS was constitutionally empowered by the FCT administration to take care of signage and advertisements.

He, therefore, warned residents against fake advertorials in the territory.

Some victims, however, narrated their ordeals in the hands of the fake employment rackets.

One of them, simply identified as Obumnaeme, said he saw an advert posted on a wall in Nyanya, seeking for sales representative in a supermarket.

“I called the number and they asked me to come, but on getting there, I called the number again and the agent sent someone to me.

“When the lady came, she was not talking about the supermarket job again; she was talking about another business which I am not aware of.

“She said I needed to pay N15,000 and I told her I don’t have the money at hand but will send it to her when I get home.

“She forwarded her account details to me to send the money. We were talking when they arrested us,” he said.

Miss Mary James, another victim, told newsmen that she called the displayed numbers in one of the posters and was asked to come forward but was arrested with the group.

Mr Realistic Amadi, the leader of the group, who also spoke to newsmen, denied all allegations.

‘’I am not aware of these job posters; all I do is to go out there to approach individuals to come and join in the sale of GNLD Pharmaceutical products with certain amount of interest after sales,” he said.

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Former nurse admits killing 7 United States military retirees

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A former nursing assistant on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering seven military retirees in the United States, according to the Department of Justice.

The accused, identified as Reta Mays, was employed at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centre (VAMC) in West Virginia where she committed the crime.

Mays, 46, admitted in federal court that she deliberately injected eight elderly patients with lethal doses of the insulin, which led to the death of seven of them.

She also pleaded guilty to one count of assault with intent to commit murder involving the death of the eighth veteran.

The justice department said in a statement that Mays was working the night shift during the same period of time the veterans died in her care while on admission there.

“Nursing assistants at the VAMC are not qualified or authorised to administer any medication to patients, including insulin.

“Mays admitted to administering insulin to several patients with the intent to cause their deaths,” the statement read in part.

It stated that Mays faced up to life in prison for each count of second-degree murder, and up to 20 years in prison for assault with intent to commit murder.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

 

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Abia doctors lament poor infrastructure, exposure to diseases

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Medical doctors working in Abia State Government owned hospitals have expressed worries over the poor state of infrastructure in the hospitals coupled with exposure of workers to dangers of coronavirus and other diseases.

The doctors in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria decried government’s attitude and lack of concern to their welfare as they are owed for 13 months.

Dr Bamachy Onyemachi, the Medical Director, Okpuala Ngwa General Hospital in Isiala Ngwa North, said that the workers work with empty stomach.

He said that Abia government had also not taken their safety serious especially under the coronavirus infection period.

He said only one person was given COVID-19 training in his hospital, and that  the hospital received only five masks and five bottles of sanitisers but no hazard kits were given to them.

He said the hospital which serves Isiala Ngwa North and South LGAs, attends to about 150 to 200 patients monthly, but has only three doctors, 10 nurses, one pharmacist, two ophthalmologists and two laboratory scientists.

Dr Samuel Ukoh, the Medical Director, Aba General Hospital, also lamented the backlog of salaries owed workers.

“They slashed our salaries, they paid some workers and left some; there is no operational vehicle.

“Even during the COVID-19 lockdown, we were all on duty and many of our workers that don’t have vehicles trekked to work.

“Another challenge facing us is that they have not been implementing our Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), our male surgical ward, old maternity ward are in a dilapidated state.

“We do not have an X-ray machine, no chemistry machines and no hematology analyzers, no Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and no COVID-19 trainings for our staff, it is that bad,” he said.

Ukoh said that if the government should properly equip Aba General Hospital, it will improve the lives of residents.

Dr Chima Okeugo, Medical Director, Cottage Hospital, World Bank Housing Estate, Abayi Aba, said his hospital functions with equipment mostly donated to it by non-governmental organisations.

Okeugo, who is the Chairman, National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Abia Chapter, however said that some issues the government failed to attend to were not healthy for service delivery in the health sector.

He said that backlog of salary arrears owed workers was hampering progress and urged the government to pay the salaries and other benefits.

When contacted, the Abia Health Commissioner, Dr Joe Osuji asked for a repeat call after two hours to enable him respond.

However, after the expiration of two hours, he did not pick the calls put through to him.

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WASCE: Nigeria’s non-participation will cause irreparable damage – Afe Babalola

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Legal icon Chief Afe Babalola, (SAN), has said that disallowing students from writing the 2020 WASCE, would cause irreparable damage.

The Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, (ABUAD), said this in a statement on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti.

He said that the decision by the government would particularly cause irreparable damage to students sitting for 2020 West African Schools Certificate Examination (WASCE).

According to him, WASCE is an annual examination for final year secondary school students in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Gambia, of which Nigeria cannot pull out.

He said about 1.5 million Nigerian students, who had registered for admission into various tertiary institutions in the country were earnestly waiting for WASCE results to get admission into universities of their choice.

“Even though the Minister of Education insisted that it was not safe to re-open the various institutions in the face of the increasing wave of COVIDI-19 pandemic, he did not indicate when it will be safe for Nigerian students who have been staying at home since March 23 to participate in the annual examination.

“When will COVID-19 disappear?: To be sure, it will be with us for a long time to come. Like Small Pox, Malaria, Influenza, flu, Leprosy and Cholera, it may not be completely exterminated from planet earth.

“That means that Nigerians have to manage COVID-19 pandemic the same way as the world has been managing previous pandemics,” he said.

“From history, pandemics had been tackled over the ages by relying on social distancing, which Nigeria has embraced and is practising. This has been applied to churches, mosques, weddings and many elections in Nigeria. Why not WASCE?

“It is my firm belief that the future of these 1.5 million young Nigerians, who have registered for WASCE should not be put in jeopardy.

“It is a known fact that all schools, colleges and tertiary institutions in the country are currently shut down. This affords the Federal Government the opportunity to use them for WASCE halls.

“What the government should do is to prepare the empty rooms for WAEC examination – fumigate the halls and the premises, use face mask, provide sanitiser and ensure that WHO rules are obeyed to the letter,” he said.

According to him, the WAEC Law provides for a National Committee of WAEC in all the five-member countries.

He suggested that the matter should be taken up by the National Committee of WAEC in Nigeria and the general body in Ghana before the declaration to withdraw Nigeria from taking the examination.

“One continues to wonder why the other four countries under the WAEC umbrella have not cancelled the WASCE in their respective countries.

“Are the other four countries not affected by COVID-19? What steps have the other countries taken, which would enable them to take WAEC examination, which we cannot take?

“Why is Nigeria the only country out of five that is pulling out of the annual examination? Are we saying that other four countries do not appreciate the lives of their students?

“Did the Minister take into consideration the moral and legal implication of Nigeria as a signatory to WAEC laws or the effect of such unilateral declaration of withdrawal,” he said.

Babalola said what was required to take the WAEC examination was proper management, consultation and discussion instead of unilateral cancellation of annual international convention.

He said if the Federal Government insisted that there would be no WASSCE this year, the students would not lost one calendar year but lost an integral part of their entire lives, which had gone forever by such declaration.

“We should always remember that after all, “time is life and life is time.

“A year of idleness for 1.5 million people may breed frustration and promote criminality.

“The Federal Government should allow the WASCE to take place in the empty spaces, which are wasting away in our tertiary institutions, secondary schools and elementary school, which can conveniently accommodate them with a lot of social distancing and due compliance to WHO rules,” he said.

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