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Remembrance Day: An anniversary and its significance

January 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Military traditions around the world are similar in many respects. One of such traditions is the remembrance and honour of fallen and living heroes. The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Russia, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran among others have special anniversaries dedicated to the honour of their heroes, living or departed,  who served or are still serving their countries. For Read More

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Spain announce Portugal friendly before Euro 2020

December 12, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Spain will warm up for Euro 2020 by playing a friendly against Portugal, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Thursday. Luis Enrique’s side will face the reigning European champions at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 5. Spain’s first match of the tournament will be 10 days later against Sweden, with Poland their other opponent in Group E. Read More

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Dare hails Orbih for promoting badminton

November 11, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olusade Adesola has hailed the Francis Orbih led board of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, BFN, for their efforts in promoting the Para-Badminton Games. Speaking on at the closing ceremony of the BWF/BCA Para-Badminton Workshop held at the Gymnastic Hall of the Moshood Abiola stadium, Olusade who represented Minister of Youth Read More

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Breaking – Doha fallout: AFN Technical Director Adeleye sacked, ministry recalls federation’s Secretary General

November 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Embattled Technical Director, Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Mr. Sunday Adeleye, has been removed, making him the first casualty of the radical reforms taking place in the sports industry. The sack comes as the Secretary General of the AFN was also recalled by the Ministry and a new one would be announced. Adeleye’s removal followed the report of the advisory committee Read More

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Bribery allegation: Disquiet as NFF lifts ban on Coach Salisu Yusuf

September 12, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Football Federation has lifted the suspension placed on Coach Salisu Yusuf after serving the mandatory term. The federation in a terse statement Thursday said, “the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf has now fully served the one –year suspension clamped on him last year”  but it was not clear as at press time whether he will Read More

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Egypt 2019: Amapakabo invites 33 to camp ahead of Libya fixture

February 13, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Head Coach Imama Amapakabo has called to camp 33 players ahead of next month’s Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifying fixture between Nigeria and Libya. The first leg, to be hosted by Libya in Tunisia (as the Libyans still cannot host international matches in their country) will hold between 20th – 22nd March, with Nigeria able to choose between 25th and 26th March for Read More

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Tokyo 2020: Sports Minister demands review of officiating stipulations

November 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Nigeria has called for an urgent review of  officiating standards in Olympic Sports ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics  to sustain the credibility of the global sports fiesta. The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Barrister Solomon Dalung who made the call at a Country Meeting with Tokyo 2020 organisers on Monday in Tokyo, Japan, lodged a strong protest against Read More

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CAF snubs Nigerian refs for VAR course

October 7, 2018 Editorial III 0

  Nigerian referees are not part of an induction course for African referees ahead of the introduction of the Video Assistant Referees to be organised by the continental soccer ruling body CAF. The Top Referees with six Assistant Referees; but none from Nigeria, will embark on a preparatory course scheduled to hold between 24-29 this month. VAR was approved for Read More

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Aiteo Cup: Ogunbote hails Rangers’ resilient fight in q/final win

October 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

Enugu Rangers head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, has praised his players for their efforts in Wednesday’s Aiteo Federation Cup quarterfinal win against holders Akwa United at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano. The Flying Antelopes fell to a superb Micheal Ibe free-kick in the 41st minute of the encounter, but levelled the scores 20 minutes from time through captain Okey Odita before Read More

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‘Nigeria’s participation in Commonwealth Games not for Jamboree’

March 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has declared that Nigeria is featuring at this year’s Commonwealth Games slated for Australia with the aim of winning medals and not for a jamboree. The Sports Ministry gave this impression while dismissing allegations of exclusion, marginalization and gender inequality leveled against it by parliamentarian Ayo Omidiran. The House Committee on Sports member accused Read More

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Election reordering: 8 APC govs being used to arm-twist NASS – PDP

March 15, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm that eight All Progressives Congress (APC) governors are being used by the federal government to arm-twist and compel the National Assembly not to use its constitutional powers to veto the amended Electoral Bill. Though he did not name the governors, Secondus said he had to alert the nation and the international Read More

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Reordering of elections by National Assembly By Waseeu Gbola Adebayo

February 15, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  Let me begin by saying that the National Assembly itself is established by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended. Section 47 of the Constitution provides that, “There shall be a National Assembly for the Federation which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives”. This provision of the constitution shows clearly that Read More

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Ecobank MD commends Okpekpe Road Race Silver Label Status

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  By Amaka Ifeakandu, Lagos The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria Limited, Charles Kie has commended Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of 10km Okpekpe International Road Race on the recent upgrade of the Road Race to silver Label by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The bank Managing Director stressed that the elevation does not only lend credence to the standard and Read More

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Nigeria lost $21bn on oil production sharing contract – Kachikwu

December 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday revealed that Nigeria lost $21 billion on oil Production Sharing Contact (PSC) in the last 20 years. According to him, previous governments failed to explore the opportunity offered by Deep Offshore Act that made provision for premium element to be shared once the price of Read More

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Civil servants to smile as FAAC distributes N609.95bn to FG, states, LGs

December 18, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja Civil servants across the 36 states of the federation will have a bumper Christmas celebration as the Federation Accounts Allocations Committee (FAAC) on Saturday distributed the sum of N609.95 billion among the three tiers of government for November. Giving a breakdown of the distributable revenue, Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, told journalist present Read More

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Kinsmen want VON boss sacked for ‘attacking’ Ekweremadu

December 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Tope Sunday Abuja Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, yesterday came under heavy attack as his kinsmen called for his sack over his attack on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremdau. Osita, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had, on Sunday, slammed Ekweremadu over his comments on President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the Read More

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Court stops FG, EFCC on AITEO

December 10, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Stories by Vivian Okejeme Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, has in an ex-parte order, restrained the Federal Government from haling the business operations and freezing the accounts of AITEO Eastern E & P Company Ltd. The motion ex-parte filed and dated November 23, 2017, on behalf of the plaintiff (Aiteo) by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Chief Mike Read More

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NCPC flags off 2017 pilgrimage in Gombe tomorrow

December 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Adoyi M. Aba Abuja Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) is now set to flag off its 2017 Christian Pilgrimage to Israel, Greece and Rome in Gombe, Gombe state. Executive Secretary of the Commission, Rev. Tor Uja, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen. According to him, “the flag-off will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Read More

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‘N8.93bn theft’: 3 A/Court justices ask S/Court to dismiss case

November 24, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Three serving Justices of the Court of Appeal accused of conspiracy and theft of N8.93billion by a businessman, Alhaji Abdulrauf Tijani and a firm, Tundokun Invest Co.ltd, have asked the Supreme Court to dismiss a private complaint filed against them. The plaintiff had prayed the apex court that Justice Jumai Hannatu Sankey, Justice Onyekachi Aja Otis Read More

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Nigeria’s dangerous population time-bomb, By Jerry Uwah

November 7, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River State kicked up the storm last week in his speech at the launch of the sub-national index report by the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria. Duke, who arguably is the best governor of Cross River State since the return of civil rule in 1999, said that the lack-lustre economic performance of governors Read More

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UN backs Nigeria on Biafra

November 3, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Raphael Ede Enugu The United Nations yesterday expressed support for a peaceful and united Nigeria, calling on the leaders of the South-East zone to seek ways in which they can work with other parts of the federation with a view to strengthening the country’s unity. The UN-Secretary General, Antonio Guterres stated this when he led UN delegation to Ohaneze Read More

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The rise and rise of ethnic champions,-By Zainab Suleiman Okino

October 18, 2017 Editorial IV 0

There must be something in us that accommodates and promotes the dregs of the society as heroes. We might criticise and condemn them but our innermost spirits and attachment to our community appear to accept them. Thus the nationalist fervour that fi red the pre-independence struggle has since given way to ethnic inclination such that everyone thinks of his ethnic Read More