Senegal gets Africans accolades after beating Poland 2-1

By SportDesk,

At Spartak Stadium in Moscow Senegalese football team was not short of support and with accolades that have not seized coming from Africa on Tuesday after it beat Poland 2-1, in spite of overwhelming crowd of Poles and other European supporters.

As gathered, an estimated 95 per cent of stadium crowd of 44,190 must have rooted for Poland during the Group H match, but the game favor the African side.

Many of them were Poles who came in across the borders, while many others were Russians and other Europeans who felt their affinities lay with Poland.

But Senegal were not alone as other Africans were in the crowd fervently praying and rooting for the West Africans, ostensibly because they wanted the Lions to win for Africa.

They had cause to smile and dance as Senegal had the match under control for most moments of the game.

Even, in the VIP stands of the stadium, Senegal had another segment of supporters.
Senegalese President, Macky Fall, was there with the country’s Ambassador to Russia, Abdousalam Diallo, alongside ambassadors of six other African countries to Russia.

They were ambassadors from Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad; FIFA Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura; former Senegal striker, Khalilou Fadiga and former Cote D’Ivorie Captain, Didier Drogba, were also on the stand and strengthened the support.

Egypt out of World Cup after Russian 3-1 defeat

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After Egypt World Cup first game defeat, the country’s football team failed to salvage its reputation as Africa’s football power house, falling 1-3 to hosts Russia, in its second game in Group A on Tuesday.

Despite that star striker Mohamed Salah scored a penalty at the 73rd minute, it was not enough to salvage the Pharaohs, as Russia romped home to victory at Saint Petersburg.

The loss made the Egyptians certain to be the first team to head home from the tournament, with no point so far.

Russia meanwhile are at the brink of qualifying for the knockout stage, having got the maximum six points in their two games.

Uruguay and Saudi Arabia, the other teams in the group will play on Wednesday. Uruguay already have three points off Egypt and would hope to extend their winning streak in the match against Saudi Arabia.

A three goal blitz in the space of 15 minutes early in the second half put the Russians firmly in command of the game in St. Petersburg before Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who had a subdued game on his return from injury, struck from a penalty, awarded after a video review.

Should Uruguay (3 points) beat Saudi Arabia (0 points) on Wednesday, it will ensure the South Americans and the Russians go through to the round of 16 with a game to spare. A draw would also send the hosts through.

It is an unexpectedly positive situation for a Russian side that came into this tournament amidst scepticism and pessimism at home. After the two confident victories, with eight goals, the public appear to have taken the team to their hearts.

Far from being over-awed by the pressure on them to perform, there is a real look of confidence and at times swagger about Stanislav Cherchesov’s side, who beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game.

Egypt, whose final group game is against the Saudis, have only the slimmest of chances of staying in the tournament although they will at least be hopeful of picking up a first win in what is their third World Cup.

Hector Cuper’s side looked confident given the return of their talisman Salah, but the forward was short of full sharpness and made little impact in what was a tight first half.

But just two minutes after the interval, Russia got their breakthrough and they never looked back.

Aleksandr Golovin’s cross was punched out by Egyptian keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, only as far as Roman Zobnin whose low drive was heading wide until Ahmed Fathi’s outstretched leg turned the ball into his own net.

Remarkably, it was the fifth own goal of the tournament so far. The record amount for a World Cup is six in 1998.

If there was some good fortune to the opener, the Russians’ second was pure quality.

Alexander Samedov pushed the ball out wide to Mario Fernandes, the Brazilian born right back who had powered forward from deep to deliver a perfect pull-back into the path of Denis Cheryshev who slotted home his third goal of the tournament.

Two minutes later it was 3-0 via a route one play, as target man Artem Dzyuba chested down a long ball, bustled past Ali Gabr and drove home.

18 die after flood hit Ivory Coast

By NewsDesk, with Agency report, 

At least, 18 people were reported to have died after flood struck tropical lagoon-side of Abidjan, capital city of Ivory Coast, in the early hours of Tuesday.

After the incident, the country’s government confirmed that 18 people had died, in a provisional toll posted on its website. Another 115 people had been rescued and taken to shelters.

It added that the flood carried away cars, destroying homes and leaving hundreds stranded.

“I broke the ceiling and called my neighbour for help. He came to bring the children out of the roof,” said Kadidiatou Diallo, standing in the ruined bedroom of her home in the Palmeraie district.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer and Francophone West Africa’s largest economy, is in the middle of its rainy season and meteorologists have forecast heavy rains until late June.

Army arrests two suspected militias, recovers weapons in Benue

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The Nigerian Army has arrested two suspected members of a militia gang reported to be terrorising residents of Katsina-Ala and its environs in Benue state, the action of occurred after the army learnt of the members hideout.

However, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, disclosed that the army acted on a tip-off and that it recovered a locally made gun, one pistol and several rounds of ammunition.

The Army spokesperson said that preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are members of a notorious militia gang led by one Mr Gana, who is now at large.

Efforts are on to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.

He then called on members of the public to always report suspicious activities in their areas to law enforcement agencies.

Lagos domestic violence response team wraps up empowerment training for victims

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The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has concluded its first empowerment training program for survivors desirous of accessing the department Trust Fund, the effort of which was initiated to encourage people in need of financial support.

However, the Coordinator, DSVRT, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said that the training was in line with State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, mandate on ensuring survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence receive a holistic response and a new lease of life.

Through a statement issued on Tuesday by the office, she explained that from trends seen in cases handled so far, at least 70 per cent of survivors are afraid to walk out of an abusive relationship because they are financially dependent on the abuser, adding that the empowerment training program was therefore conceived to serve as a pathway to new beginnings for survivors and also rebuild their self-esteem.

She said the training was done in partnership with SME 100 Africa, a youth led organisation that inspires, empowers and equips young entrepreneurs and small and medium scale enterprises.

“Over a period of one month, participants were taken on different modules around the theme “Passion to Profit”. The modules include courses like Accessing my Passion, Developing a Vision, Matching my Skills with Visions, Goals Setting, Achieving your goals, Business & Professional Ethics, Assessing Demand & Market size, Estimating cost, Customer Segmentation and Effective Communication. They were also trained on Financial Resources: Sources of Capital, Money Management, Business Planning, Business Model canvass, Value Creation.

“Participants who are desirous of gaining employment were also trained. They were taken on the various topics like Navigating the Job Market, Employability skills, Problem solving, critical and creative thinking, Communication Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Teamwork, Effective Presentation Skills, Personal Communication and Intrapreneurship. They were also trained on Writing an effective CV/ Resume and How to Successfully Navigate Job Interviews,” Vivour-Adeniyi said.

The DSVRT Coordinator noted that at the end of the training, participants were given an opportunity to pitch their ideas to leading stakeholders in their respective industries.

“Most importantly, participants were assigned to mentors and given internship opportunities so as to further harness their skills and gain practical experience. There would also be opportunities for permanent job placements with support from Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, who are also actively involved in the empowerment programme,” she said.

Besides, Vivour-Adeniyi said successful participants would also receive a start up grant from the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Trust Fund for their respective businesses ideas, reiterating that it was another initiative of the State Government on taking practical steps in providing a support system for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Lagos State.

She also encouraged residents to continue to reach out to the office through text or phone call to report cases of rape, domestic violence and child abuse.

Lagos to walk against scourge, other diseases

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The Lagos State Government has disclosed that plan had been concluded to stage a 1000-man walk against scourge and raise awareness on its inherent danger especially among youths.

It said that the walk was to prove that the administration was leaving no stone upturned in its effort to dissuade youths who are prime victims of the practice.

The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Agboola Dabiri, stated that the walk was necessary to prove health programs of the state and that campaign would adopt a tripod approach including events, engagements with stakeholders and awareness campaign, adding that it would be flagged off by a 1000 man symbolic walk against drug abuse in the State.

Speaking before journalists on Tuesday ahead of launch of a rigorous and renewed campaign under the acronym, Lagos State Kicks against Drug Abuse (LASKADA), Dabiri said that the walk, slate for June 21, would kicked off from Ikeja Bus Stop- under the bridge and would terminate at the Blue Roof, LTV, Agidingbi, where the official launch of LASKADA would take place.

He said participants at the walk will include students, members of voluntary organizations, sports men and women, members of Nongovernmental organisations, local government and youth representatives, local youth council representatives, faith based organisations, government functionaries, among others.

“What we want to do on Thursday is to launch this campaign and show that we are ready for war against all forms of drug abuse. Once we launch out, we are going to have series of activities on various platforms and we will employ every avenue to ensure that the campaign gets to the nook and cranny in the State,” he said.

Dabiri added that the campaign will also involve a stakeholders’ sensitization session to deliberate on the menace and proffer likely intervention to tackle the issue holistically.

“The stakeholders will include parents, youths, professional bodies include Pharmacists, NDLEA, psychiatrists, traditional medicine board, patent medicine sellers, NURTW, Tricycle and okada riders unions and a communiqué will be issued at the end of the session.

He said the campaign train will also move to primary, secondary and higher institutions as well as to the communities adding that it would be implemented in collaboration with the Lagos State Youth Ambassadors, Lagos State Youth Parliament and NGOs in their immediate community.

Besides, the Commissioner said that mosque, churches and faith based organization will be implored to dedicate a day to enlighten worshippers on drug abuse and canvass support for the fight against the menace.

“The youth group is the largest population in Nigeria, particularly in Lagos State and this segment is considered the most vulnerable group as far as drug and alcohol issues are concerned. Thus, their health and optimal development is critical to national development agenda and deserves significant attention. Drug abuse is real and we should not fold our arms and watch the scourge continue, partner with us and lets all say “No to Drug Abuse”, Dabiri said.

In a related development, Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode said women must use their strategic position as builders of the home-front to adequately fortify their children and wards with right virtuous to stem the tide of rape and teenage pregnancy in the society.

On her part, the State Governor’ wife, Bolanle Ambode, said that women have the responsibility to bring up their children in most decent ways and be good examples to them.

According to her, “We as women have a great role to play in combating the social evils of rape and teenage pregnancy. Our natural role as mothers and coordinators of the family unit, imposes responsibilities on us, to bring up the boy and the girl child in the most decent way, to stem the tide of rape and teenage pregnancy in our society.”

She indicated that young girls who suffer abuse and become pregnant stand the risk of medical complications, stressing however that conscious effort must be made in their upbringing to achieve the desired results including early enrolment in school, sound moral lessons and exposure to the ways and things of God.

Besides, Mrs Ambode expressed concern over the disturbing trend of domestic violence against women which sometimes result in deaths, saying it was time for women to come together and jointly speak out against the menace.

“By publicly speaking out against domestic violence, together we can challenge attitudes that breed violence in the homes and everywhere. We must insist that domestic violence is a social crimes and not acceptable in our society. That is why we have brought seasoned speakers, to talk to us on issues of social menace, and our expected roles as mothers and home builders.

In her keynote address, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Adebule commended the wife of the Governor for the initiative to gather women together for the purpose of enhancing their welfare and health, saying the strategic importance of women in the society could not be overemphasized.

She said women should no longer be stereotyped into silence but rather become vocal advocates for improved health delivery system and social justice, adding that the womenfolk also have the responsibility of investing and increasing access of more girls and women to good health, quality education, and as well ensuring that laws respect and ensure the rights of women are enforced.

The Deputy Governor, who is also overseeing the Ministry of Education, said as part of efforts to protect the future of girls who are abused, the State Government recently established a special school for people in such category to have another opportunity to be educated.

“We have equally established the alternative school for the girls who, in the course of their lifetime, get pregnant and could not continue their education. Our government has provided that particular school for them to have a second chance in life,” Adebule said.

We will not take Ekiti back to the past – Tinubu

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The of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, has said that the party was prepared to capture the Ekiti State from present administration, indicating that APC would allow People Democratic Party (PDP) continue ruling the state.

He said that Ekiti was a state where change was necessary and that the political party would give whatever it takes to ensure APC have the state.

At  launch of the mega rally of APC’s governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi, in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, Tinubu assured that Ekiti would join the progressives after the change.

“We will not take Ekiti back to the past. You all must use your Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to vote in APC.

“Your PVC is your red card. Use your PVC to give PDP a red card on July 14,’’ Tinubu advised the crowd.

Prince Dayo Adeyeye, former spokesman of PDP and former works minister formally defected from his party to APC.

Adeyeye, who was also a governorship aspirant of PDP, said: “PDP died in Ekiti since May 29.’’

“I have decamped from PDP and many others would soon join the APC.’’
He said he was now committed to APC to ensure that Ekiti came up again in terms of development

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, national Chairman of APC, received Adeyeye and other defecting PDP party chieftains.

He congratulated them and assured then that “we will be here to celebrate victory’’.

First bank to provide free vision screening, glasses to 10,000 Nigerians

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First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) has promised to provide 10,000 visually-impaired Nigerians with free vision screening and discounted eyeglasses in next two years, the gesture which was said would be coming as part of the bank’s contribution to welbeing of people in the country.

However, the Executive Director, Public Sector, FBN, Abdullahi Ibrahim, stated that the bank had concluded plans to start the exercise and screening and provision of glasses were part of the activities of the bank’s 2018 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Week.

Speaking on the bank gesture on Tuesday at inauguration of its partnership with Vision Spring Foundation in Abuja, Ibrahim listed activities that would be carried out by the bank during the period as donation and visitation to orphanages/IDP camps and counselling of secondary school students on financial literacy/career choices.

He said that the programme would also commemorate the international widow’s day in collaboration with international women society and carry out “staff promoting act of random kindness (SPARK) initiative`’.

The bank’s head disclosed that the bank would begin the pilot phase of the vision programme with 2, 000 people, comprising low income earners and students and would scale up the number subsequently.

According to Ibrahim, partnership with Vision Spring will enhance the bank’s goals as a responsible corporate citizen focusing on promoting quality education, good health and welfare for its stakeholders.

He hinted that the partnership would also help in driving sustainable development in the country and ensure that beneficiaries were financially independent.

In his remark, Technical Adviser, Vision Spring, Dr Friday Oke, urged corporate bodies to sponsor vision screening for low income population and bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers.

Oke emphasised the need for Nigerians to be educated on the importance of regular eye examination to avoid blindness.

He said: “People cannot realise their potential without clear vision; proper vision is essential for full participation. Therefore, it is advised you check your eyes at least once a year.

“We want to start outreaches where people benefit from screening to avoid conditions that could lead to blindness.

“Our focus is the bottom-of-the-pyramid individuals, those who cannot afford to pay the price for proper check and glasses.’’

NEMA workers protest against abnormalities, poor service

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Staff of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has protested against poor condition of service and redundancy within the agency, imploring Federal Government to intervene by investigating the office.

The Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN), NEMA Unit, Justin Uwazuruonye, who spoke on behalf of angry staff in Abuja on Tuesday, appealed to the government to investigate the allegation been level against the agency

According to him, there is the need for the Federal Government to hear their side of the story.

“You can see that we are peaceful people, what we are demanding is that NEMA starts to work again, in the past one year do you have any annual report? No, we have been redundant.

“Let the government ask Maihaja to produce the annual report for the past one year; he came here, we want them (government) to come here and inspect and hear our side of the story.

`Not only our condition of service, the other people were paying us the same money, we didn’t talk but this time you come to the office, you stay hours without doing anything, we don’t have tools to work.

“No papers, no biro, they are killing our morale and that is our problems. They should pay us what is due to us as workers, and we will stand on it, let them come and hear us.

“Even the police themselves know the truth and we have been working with them, they know that NEMA is no longer working, let them put a call through to our call centre now it will not go.

“Let there be accident on the road now, there will be nobody to response from NEMA, no diesel, no battery in the car.

“Corruption is not only to take money, we have what we call moral corruption, Management is morally bankrupt.”

The chairman further said that the present administration was doing its best in providing all the necessary support needed by the agency for prompt response, but it is not being actualised.

Ms. Maryam Yau, Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Officer said Nigeria was taking the lead before in Africa for prompt response in disaster management but the case was different presently.

She said the current NEMA administration has grounded the agency, stating that they come to work without being productive while disaster has increased without response.

“Disaster continues to increase in this country but people are not being helped, the government is doing its best, the government is giving the appropriate funding for us to actually response to the people but is not happening.

“It is so frustrating, our ambulance are beside the road not working, where is the effort of all the previous administration, Nigeria has been setting pace in disaster management in Africa.

“We have been doing well, we go to other countries to train them on disaster management but now we can’t, we need to work please, we are begging the government.”

Responding, Mr Sani Datti, Head of Media and Public Relations, NEMA, noted in a statement, that the management insists there is no justification for an industrial action.

Datti said that most of the demands of the staff have either been addressed or are currently being addressed.

He said that in September 2017, an agreement was reached which included settlement of outstanding Overtime Allowance, payment of DTAs and other claims, which have accrued (since 2015) are being settled in batches.

“On the issue of staff promotion, the Department of Human Resources Management has concluded preparations, briefs and other related cases, such as conversion, upgrading and confirmation, among others.

“The Renewal of Group Life Insurance, which is at the centre of the present disagreement have been approved after going through rigorous due process.

“However, the commitment of government was invigorated by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

“A meeting was convened between the NEMA management and the Union’s officials and it addressed the government efforts to providing better condition of service for NEMA staff”.

Lagos to go after communities’ illegal structures, shanties after 7-day ultimatum

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The Lagos States Government has threatened that it would be left with no choice than to go after illegal structures and shanties causing nuisance within Oko-oba and Agege axis of the state, once a seven-day ultimatum issued to owners of the property, to remove their belongings, lapsed.

It said that the planned action was considered necessary to ensure the state was cleared off unapproved structures and other illegal makeshifts, and that owners of illegal shops around abattoir of Oko-oba, and that of those in Agege had been informed to remove their belongings on or before end of the issued ultimatum.

Lagos task force removal notice

The Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that over 2500 illegal structures and shanties including containerized shops were served removal order’ within abattoir and those by Railway side at Fagba, Agege.

Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team of the agency to the areas, alleged that illegal shanties were occupied by miscreants and hoodlums who terrorised residents around Agege and disposed them of their valuables on daily basis.

According to him, the miscreants and hoodlums freely smoke and also engage in illicit activities in broad day light, the actions of which have been making residents and visitors unconformable.

He disclosed that several complaints from residents within Oko-oba axis over criminal activities of these miscreants and hoodlums in the areas, had not seized coming to the agency.

The Chairman added that illegal shanties within abattoir had been identified to be harbouring miscreants and were also contributing to growing concern of health, environment and safety issues in and around Agege area.

Egbeyemi, commended the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for spending much on infrastructural development across the State which includes construction of more roads around Agege and fly-over bridge for motorists by Pen-cinema.

Lagos task force removal notice

He hinted that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Imohimi Edgal, had directed the agency to go after illegal structures within the listed areas once seven-day ultimatum lasped and arrest miscreants and hoodlum lobbying the axis.

According to him, the commissioner has also directed that the agency to carry out raid on all criminal hideouts and black-spots across the State.

“Position of the CP has been that the state police command would not relent in securing a safe environment for citizens within the State and the country at large.