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FIFA Ranking: Laloko Wants 25% Of Local Players In Super Eagles

A former Technical Director of then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Kashimawo Laloko, has called for 25 per cent inclusion of local league players in the various national teams if the country must go beyond its current FIFA rankings. Laloko made the call on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in reaction to Nigeria’s latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. Nigeria is placed on the 29th spot in the world and third in Africa, behind Senegal and Tunisia, in current FIFA ranking. Laloko said it was…

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INEC Moves 6,000 Smart Card Readers From Oyo To Replace Those Burnt In Ondo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it has ordered for a transfer of over 6,000 smart card readers from its Oyo state office to Ondo for the smooth conduct of Oct. 10, governorship election in Ondo state. INEC’s National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, said this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), forum in Abuja on Thursday. Okoye, was responding to questions on alternative plans the commission was putting in place for the Ondo election, given the destruction by fire of 5,141…

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Nimet Predicts Cloudy, Rainy Weather Conditions Thursday To Saturday

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudy and rainy weather conditions from Thursday to Friday. NiMet`s weather outlook released on Wednesday in Abuja predicted cloudy conditions over the northern region on Thursday with prospects of early morning thunderstorms and rains over parts of Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Bauchi and Kaduna. According to the agency, there are prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Adamawa and southern Borno later in the day. “The north central cities should be predominantly cloudy with chances of early morning…

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Maize Farmers To Support FG’s Policies, Food Security Drive

The Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), on Monday, pledged to continually support the Federal Government’s Agricultural policies and programmes. National President, Dr Bello Abubakar, made the pledge in an interview with newsmen in Abuja. According to Abubakar, the association will support the government “once the policy and programmes are gear towards ensuring Nigeria attains food security and food sufficiency’’. He said that the recent ban on importation of maize had increased the demand from local farmers. Abubakar added that the association would support maize farmers with the best available inputs and technical…

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Mali’s Junta Defies ECOWAS’ 12 Months Transition Ahead Of Tuesday Summit

Constitutional experts raised the prospect of two years of military-led rule in Mali following last month’s coup at talks on Friday, defying calls by the West African economic bloc ECOWAS for elections within a year. The August 18 coup that toppled Ibrahim Boubacar Keita led to swift economic sanctions by ECOWAS, which fears it could set a dangerous precedent in the region and undermine the fight against Islamist militants across West Africa’s Sahel region. The experts’ recommendations emerged on the second day of talks on a transition. ECOWAS, which stands…

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Oil Prices Fall As Stockpiles Rise Amid Weakening Demand

Oil prices fell for a second day on Friday, pressured by a surprise rise in United States stockpiles as the coronavirus pandemic continues to erode demand for fuels. Brent crude was down 18 cents, or 0.5 per cent at $39.88 a barrel by 0337 GMT, after falling nearly two per cent on Thursday. US crude dropped 14 cents, or 0.4 per cent to $37.16 a barrel, having fallen two per cent in the previous session. Both major benchmarks are down around 6.5 per cent for the week and headed for a…

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Edo, Ondo Polls: No Face Mask, No Voting – INEC Chairman

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu says voters for Edo and Ondo governorship elections must wear their face masks or be prevented from voting. Yakubu disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja. The INEC chairman explained that with the pandemic, it had become necessary to wear a face cover, which does not necessarily need to be medical mask but any material that could be used to cover the nose and mouth. Yakubu also stated that the non pharmaceutical measures like…

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AU-NEPAD To Empower Smallholder Farmers In Nigeria – Coordinator

The African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa`s Development (AUDA-NEPAD), is to empower smallholder farmers to cushion the effects of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The National Coordinator of AUDA-NEPAD, Ms Gloria Akobundu, made this known in Abuja during the virtual stakeholders’ induction meeting of the National Steering Committee on innovative to strengthening smallholder farmers` capabilities in Nigeria. The smallholder farmers are farmers who produce relatively small volumes on relatively small plots of land. They may produce an export commodity as a main livelihood activity or as one of many activities. The meeting…

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Guinea’s President Conde Ignores Buhari, Pushes For Third Term Amidst Protests

President Alpha Conde of Guinea has ignored the admonition of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari for leaders to shun third term bid threatening their internal security. On Tuesday Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari had called on West African leaders to stick to their constitutional term limits – which he termed as a source of crisis and political tension in the region. Guinea’s constitutional court, the highest in the West African country, has approved 82-year-old President Alpha Condé’s bid for a third term in next month’s election. The court also approved 11 other…

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APC: Petrol, Electricity Deregulation Exposes PDP, Atiku Hypocrisy

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was being hypocritical by criticising Federal Government’s recent decision to increase petroleum pump price from N143 to N151 per litre and to deregulate the petroleum sector. The party said this in a statement issued by Mr Yekini Nabena, a chieftain of the party, on Wednesday in Abuja. The party also accused former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who was PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election of being “two faced” for speaking against the decision. The PDP it…

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