Niger Delta crucial for national devt –Wike

Tony John, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that Niger Delta remains the main area for oil production and development in Nigeria.  
Wike stated this, weekend, during the launch of “Defiant Embers”, a documentary highlighting the economic opportunities in the Niger Delta, organized by the British High Commission in Nigeria at Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt.

The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, said despite the fact that the oil-rich region is the source of 70 percent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings, over 70 percent of the population in the region live on an average of less than US$2 a day.

According to him, Rivers produces 40 percent of Nigerian oil and 60 percent of Nigerian gas with a per capita income of $3,965, which compares favourably with the national per capita of $2,640.
Wike noted that lack of attention by the Federal Government to the dredging of the Nigerian Ports…

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Eagles back in Essentuki as focus returns to Argentina

The Super Eagles have flown back to their World Cup team base camp in Essentuki, advising that further drumming and singing be kept on hold until the final whistle against Argentina in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

Victory took Nigeria to second place in Group D of this FIFA World Cup but the three –time African champions must avoid defeat against the desperate South Americans in the giant arena in Krestovsky to make progress to the knockout rounds.

Croatia top Group D with six points and a plus five goals advantage, with Nigeria second on three points and on an equilibrium on goals scored and conceded, while Iceland and Argentina lie further back with a point each. Croatia tackles Iceland at the same time (9pm Saint Petersburg; 7pm Nigeria) in Rostov-On-Don.
Captain Mikel John Obi, who played through the pain barrier in the final minutes against Iceland, said the squad was fully concentrated on the match against Argentina which would determine further interest at the World Cup…

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Maradona demands access to Messi, others

•As Coach Sampaoli begs Barca star, Aguero

Diego Maradona has demanded access to Argentina’s training ground in a bid to heal the rifts that have torn apart Jorge Sampaoli’s squad ahead of the Albiceleste ‘make or break’ clash with Eagles.

The two-time World Cup winners are on the brink of going out of the tournament after a draw with Iceland was followed by a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Croatia.

And beleaguered boss Sampaoli has been at war with a number of his top players, including Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Now Maradona – the man who led Argentina to their 1986 triumph in Mexico – wants permission to speak to the squad in a bid to lift their morale ahead of their decisive third group game against Nigeria.

Maradona said: “I played with my life whenever I got the Argentine shirt. “Legends like Simeone, Redondo, Ruggeri, Canniggia, Filol, Luque and Gallego did exactly the same.

“I want to be able to talk to the players and make them understand what…

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Ikeme winning leukaemia fight

Nigeria and Wolves of England goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has revealed he is in remission having battled against leukaemia for the past year.

The 32-year-old was diagnosed last July during pre-season when a blood test returned an abnormal result. There has been an outpouring of support for Ikeme since as the illness saw him miss all of last season and a chance to go to the World Cup with Nigeria.

“After a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION,” he posted on Instagram, alongside a photographs of him with his children.

“I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality. I would like to thank my family/friends to start with who have gone above and beyond for me.

“The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words.

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Julie coker, retired ACE broadcaster

Veteran broadcaster, Julie Coker, was the voice and face Nigerian television viewers always looked forward to hearing and seeing in the 80s. At the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, she presented a programme with Taiwo Obileye and it really stirred up memories of how it used to be. For a long time she was away in England, but returned to the country in November. Recently she spoke with Sunday Sun about her sojourn there and shared her impressions about today’s broadcasters. And much more…

You have been away for so long. You said you have relocated to the United Kingdom. Would you like to talk about that?

My son, Richard Enahoro, died 14 years ago. He was a sickler and had contacted a disease from the blood transfusion that was given to him. So I had to spend a lot of time with him. I took one year sabbatical to be with him. He recovered for a while and for seven years he was in remission. He was really a prolific sickler but he was…

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June 12: I’ll strip Kingibe of his honour if elected president – Sule Lamido

… Says Abiola’s running mate was first to abandon, betray June 12 struggle

Ismail Omipidan

Former National Secretary of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), the party that produced the late MKO Abiola as the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, and a presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has vowed to strip Abiola’s running mate, Babagana Kingibe off the national honour bestowed on him by President Muhammadu Buhari, if elected president next year, saying that Kingibe was the first person to betray the June 12 struggle. The former Jigawa governor, who also served as a Foreign Affairs Minister from 1999 to 2003, also spoke to Sunday Sun recently.

Excerpts:

As the former National Secretary of the SDP, what was your immediate reaction to the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to confer Nigeria’s highest honour on the late Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12,…

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What mum told me about boys – Yetty Ogunnubi

Christy Anyanwu

Yetunde Ogunnubi popularly known as Yetty is a London-trained Public Relations and New Media expert. Her outfit, YD Agency manages PR services for many frontline fashion outfits and other  major brands, corporate bodies and organizations in Nigeria. Recently, Yetty, with her partners, Sola Oyebade and Lucky Idike, held a fashion show at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos during which she shared her impression about her mum with Sunday Sun.

Tell us a little about your mum:

My mum is Rev. Dr. Mrs. Grace. Adenike Ogunnubi (Nee Adetowubo). She is a princess married to my dad, Prince Nathaniel ‘Kayode Ogunnubi. She is the Executive Director of K.Natha Designs Nig. Ltd., an arts company that specialises in edifying buildings with mosaic tiles, marbles, artistic gates, portrait arts. Other services her company renders include stringing beads for jewelries, textile arts and training of people in these lines.
Few among K.Natha works are:  mosaic designs at Eko…

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Create your own tsunami

Whether it was a political ‘masterstroke’, ‘political ‘tsunam’ or an act of ‘political desperation”, I am exceedingly happy that the acclaimed winner of the June 12 election, Chief MKO Abiola and the irreplaceable human rights activist, the one and only Senior Advocate of the Masses, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, have finally gotten their day in the sun. Conferring, posthumously, the highest honour in the land, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on Abiola and Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) on Chief Gani Fawehinmi ushered in a new lease of life into our polity.

It is amazing how little things can lead to big developments. This is the message of this column: the little thing that matters, insignificant gestures that serve as game changers. Ironically, life does not exact huge demands on us, most of what we expend energy chasing after, pale beside one little act of civility. June 12 paints a vivid picture of unity in diversity as an undeniable proof that fault…

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