United, City to Play in Houston

Manchester United and Manchester City will face off in a friendly in Houston, Texas in July in the first Manchester derby on foreign soil, the two clubs announced on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho’s United and Pep Guardiola’s City will meet at Houston’s NRG Stadium on July 20 as part of the International Champions Cup friendly tournament.

They had been due to play each other in Beijing, China last year, but the game was called off due to concerns about the pitch.

“The Manchester derby is one of the world’s most iconic games,” said City chief executive Ferran Soriano in a press release.

“We are very excited to play it in front of our passionate American fans. There are so many great memories from this game in history and we can’t wait to create some new ones in Houston.”

United last played in Houston in 2010, when they beat an MLS All-Stars team 5-2.

“The game in Houston gives our large US family of fans another chance to see the team play live,” said United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

“The last time we played in Houston, over 70,000 packed the stadium and we are looking forward to entertaining them again.”

United’s pre-season tour of the United States also features games against the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

City will play Real Madrid in Los Angeles and tackle Tottenham Hotspur in Nashville.

​Zamfara : Yandoton-Daji  Community, ‎Lauds UNICEF, DFID for Providing Support for 1,215 School Pupils 

By Alex Uangbaoje, Zamfara 
Yandoton-Daji ‎community of Tsafe Local Government Area in Zamfara State, has commended the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Department for International Development (DFID) for providing support their community primary school.

‎Yandoton-Daji Model Primary School is currently benefiting from UNICEF’s intervention in the areas of Health, Nutrition WASH and Education where over 1,215 pupils of the school are receiving support through a convergence programme. 

Addressing a team of UNICEF, led by the Country Representative, in Nigeria, Mohamed Malick Fall, who was there on a working visit, the Chairman, School Based Management Committee (SBMC) of the school, Lawali S Tasha, said a total of 1,215 students of the school are currently enjoying ‎the interventions by UNICEF which has greatly improved the performance of both the students and the school. 

According to Lawali, who spoke on behalf of the community, “before the UNICEF support we had low level of pupils enrolment in our school, poor sanitation, indiscriminate defecation habit, large number of malnourished children, low turn out to immunisation and so on. 

“UNICEF, supplied us with furnitures, school uniforms, boxes for teaching materials. All these, increased enrolment of girls from 889 to 1,434, with a total number of students enrolment from 2,762 to 3,798.

He added that UNICEF also supported in providing improved latrines both in the school and the community where over 7,280 population now have access to latrines as against the 3,352 with access before the intervention.

“All 26 communities in Yandoto are now Open Defecation ‎(ODF), certified, over 23,096 now have access to safe drinking water. About 70% of our children now, are registered at birth and the numbers of women attending ANC are increasing.” he said. 

The SBMC Chairman, therefore thanked UNICEF for all they have done in their community, assuring their guest of‎ their continued partnership, adding, “we will make sure we sustain and take ownership of all facilities provided both in schools and communities.” 

‎In his remarks, the Country Rep, expressed appreciation for the reception in his honour, adding that there was no need for the community to be thanking UNICEF, rather UNICEF owned them appreciation for their commitment. 

‎”I am delighted to be with you today, this have a lots of meaning for at UNICEF. This is where we are nurturing children, this is where we are preparing children for their future. 

“This is where we are protecting children and making sure that children of today will become adults that will contribute to the project you have started today. 

“And all you have highlighted and thanked UNICEF for this partnership, but let me say this, I don’t think that you should be the one thanking us, we should be the ones thanking you for your commitment. 

“Because we feel that today, whatever resource we brought into this LGA and these projects, if we don’t have your commitment, patience and the leadership that I have seen today we would not have achieved anything for the children of this LGA.” He noted.

‎Malick Fall, however, assured the community of UNICEF’s continued support in tackling any issue that could hinder child survival.

Ekiti 2018: Fayose removes PDP logo from campaign office, posters

Ahead of the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, Governor Ayo Fayose has reportedly removed the logo of the Peoples Democratic Party from his campaign office in the state.

It was gathered that Fayose removed the logo and name of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from his campaign office at Olora junction, Adebayo, Ado- Ekiti.

Nation reports that the one-storey building was repainted white, with every insignia of PDP completely erased.

Before now, the building had Fayose’s picture embossed on PDP logo with the inscription: “Fayose Our Leader, Architect of Modern Ekiti.”

However, the emblem of the PDP was missing from a new billboard installed by the governor close to the gate of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH)/.

The billboard, with Fayose’s portrait, reads: “Ekiti 2018: Support Continuity, Fayose Leads, We Follow. Again, It’s Going To Be 16-0.”

Similarly, mini signposts mounted on Ado-Ikere Road, which bored the logo and name of PDP alongside Fayose’s name, have been removed.

They were replaced with ones without PDP name and logo, but with Fayose’s pictures, and the statement: “Ni 2018, E Standby”, meaning “My People Be on Standby in 2018.”

A source said the uncertainty hanging over PDP was responsible for the governor’s action.

“Fayose does not want to be caught unawares. Nobody knows how the PDP factional crisis will end. It will be suicidal for him to wait till the end of litigation at the Supreme Court,” a PDP chieftain said of the development. 

It was reported that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had told Fayose to leave the party if he was no longer comfortable.

“We are moving on with the determination to reposition the party. We are not interested in the funding of the party from the governors.

What we discussed with Osinbajo – Minister of Defence, Dan-Ali

Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali has revealed that he met with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday, to discuss issues around maritime surveillance.

Others in the meeting included the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gabriel Olonishakin and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

Dan-Ali also commended Osinbajo’s actions, in making sure communities were saved through reduction in pipeline bombings.

Speaking with state house correspondents, Dan-Ali said: “It’s a pending issue of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting that we wanted to resolve on maritime surveillance and it has been resolved.

“Acting president has been meeting with the communities. We have been able to save many communities of oil pipeline bombings and oil theft.

“It is a big achievement and I believe that the acting president has been doing well in that direction.”

Command indicts rogue NSCDC officials, sends report to Abuja

The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps says 12 suspended officials, who allegedly robbed and tortured two tanker drivers and a manager, have a case to answer.

The command said the report of a committee set up to investigate the operatives had been sent to the corps headquarters in Abuja for further actions.

It added that the fate of the men would be determined by a board in the Ministry of Interior, adding that some of them were senior officers.

PUNCH Metro had reported that a team of the corps had flagged down a diesel-laden tanker driven by one Lawal Amobi around 6pm on Friday, May 5, along Wilmer Road, Ajegunle, asking him to produce the product’s waybill and an operating licence issued by the Department of Petroleum Resources.

Amobi had begged the team that the licence was not with him. But on their insistence to see it, he called the manager of the firm that he works with, Tolu Oyinloye, who brought a photocopy of the document.

The officials reportedly seized the documents and demanded a N5,000 bribe, while the manager begged them with N500, saying the vehicle documents were complete.

They were said to have zoomed off in their van, with number plate, CD 167 A01, after collecting N500, without releasing the documents.

The victims followed them in a motorcycle to Lacasera bus stop, Mile 2, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, where they met another tanker driver, Abolore Ajiroba, being assaulted by another team of the corps.

It was reported that the men, apart from inflicting injuries on Amobi, robbed him of two phones and a sum of N32,000, while the manager was dispossessed of N48,000, a wristwatch and an Infinix phone.

As Amobi and Oyinloye ran to escape the torture, the officials were said to have shot at them.

The NSCDC Commandant in Lagos State, Mr. Tajudeen Balogun, on Monday told our correspondent that the enormity of the case required that the command forwarded the outcome of its investigation to Abuja for proper actions.

He said, “The committee has concluded its report. There are public service rules that need to be complied with. The seriousness of the matter is even beyond the command. It is now with the national headquarters. And in view of the ranks of some senior officers involved; the Ministry of Interior handles issues that have to do with senior officers. The ministry will rely on the committee’s report.”

Asked why the identities of the officials had not been disclosed, the commandant said investigations into the case was procedural.

Balogun assured members of the public that the corps would not shield the officials from facing necessary punishments.

He said, “There are some things within the command that you can answer and there are some things which you cannot answer. The organisation will follow the case to a logical conclusion and they will be dealt with decisively. There are public service rules that need to be followed. The first is committee’s recommendation. The committee has met with the victims, interviewed them and submitted its report, which has been forwarded to the national headquarters.

“Despite the busy schedules of the headquarters, they are looking into the matter seriously and as soon as possible, the result will be made known.

“The NSCDC is known for effectiveness and efficiency and our integrity and credibility matter a lot. We don’t condone bad behaviour. The national headquarters will not shield anybody.”

The NSCDC Public Relations Officer in Abuja, Emmanuel Okeh, confirmed the receipt of the command’s report, adding that another committee had been set up at the headquarters to investigate the case.

He said, “It was the headquarters that approved the suspension of the officials in the first instance. In government, everything has procedure. Another committee will invite the officials to defend themselves based on the report received from the command so that nobody would come up with litigation later and say they are unjustly punished.

“The committee will look into the public service rules to know what the law says in such a case – Is it dismissal or suspension? They are still facing a panel; when the panel concludes its job and they are found guilty, their names will be disclosed.”

Source: punch newspaper

Senate warns Kachikwu over claims on PIB

The Senate yesterday warned the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to stop making false claims on the on-going process of passing into law the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

In a statement by its spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said the PIB which has got to the final stage and is scheduled to be passed before the second anniversary of the eighth Senate is a private member bill and did not emanate from the executive.Abdullahi said:

“As part of our own legislative agenda, we had decided long time ago that after the passage of 2017 budget, our next major assignment is to pass the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill and immediately fast-track the process of passage of the Host Community Bill and the Fiscal Regime Bills which are also related to the reforms of the petroleum sector,” Abdullahi stated.