AWCON Qualifier: Omagbemi Invites Oshoala, 39 Others For Falcons

FalconsSuper Falcons caretaker coach, Florence Omagbemi, has called to camp 40 players ahead of the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifier.

Top on the list of invited players include; Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Francisca Ordega, Onome Ebi, Ngozi Ebere, Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Evelyn Nwabuoku and Joy Bokiri.

The seven-time African champions were drawn into the second round of the qualifying series, with the final competition to hold in Cameroon in November.

Senegal and Guinea will contend over two legs in March, with the winner to battle the Super Falcons in home-and-away contests between April 4 and 12.

15 Die In Osun Road Accident

accidentResidents of Akoda town in Ede South Local Government in Osun State, south west Nigeria, are mourning the death of 15 traders and hawkers.

The deceased were killed in a road accident at the Akoda junction involving a fuel tanker and an 18-seater commercial bus.

The tanker involved belongs to the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) and the driver is now at large.

An eye witness who spoke to Channels Television said that the tanker, which was coming from Osogbo, had earlier hit a car at Owode Ede, before hitting the stationary bus with passengers on board.

The tanker was said to have lost control and run over some roadside petty traders and hawkers. The victims include a family of three who were reportedly buried immediately.

Most of the victims were said to have been mutilated while survivors have been rushed to hospitals.

Europe Raises Security Alert In The New Year

EuropeIt’s less than 24 hours to the New Year major cities in Europe are intensifying security due to possible terror plots.

New Year fireworks and festivities have been cancelled in the Belgian capital, Brussels because of an alert.

Extra measures will also be in place in cities including Paris, London, Berlin and Moscow.

Meanwhile in Turkey, security services said they have prevented a major plot to attack Ankara.

Earlier this week, Austrian Police claimed a “friendly intelligence service” had tipped them off that major European capitals were at risk of being attacked during the holiday.

Turbulence On Air Canada Flight From China Injures 21

canada-airlineAt least 21 people have been sent to the hospital after a Canada-bound airline experienced severe turbulence.

The Air Canada flight from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary for an emergency landing after the incident.

Eight passengers suffered neck and back injuries, as hospital officials say all the victims are in stable condition.

Some of the passengers narrated their experience.

The Boeing 777 with 332 passengers and 19 crew members landed at Calgary without further incident.


Police Offer Scholarships To Nine Students In Yobe

yobe police commissionerThe Nigeria Police Force has offered scholarships to nine students in Yobe State, north east Nigeria, who excelled in the Police Scholarship Scheme examination.

Of the nine that passed the aptitude test, three got scholarships from secondary school up to the university level, while six primary school pupils will be supported to their degree programmes.

Presenting the scholarship certificates to the beneficiaries, the Yobe State Commissioner of Police (CP), Zannah Ibrahim, said that the scheme is aimed at supporting Police officers’ children.

Mr Ibrahim disclosed that children of the deceased would continue to enjoy the scheme up to university level, while those still serving will only be supported if their parents are not found wanting in the discharge of their official duties.

He commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, for instituting the scheme, saying it would stimulate productivity among the rank and file, as well as give them a sense of belonging.

Some parents of the beneficiaries of the award expressed gratitude to the IGP. They wished him God’s guidance and protection in piloting the affairs of the Nigeria Police Force.

The CP also presented a commendation letter from the IGP to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Toyin Gbadegesin, for hard work, dedication to duty and for incomparable Public Relations partnership between the Force and the host community.

Mr Toyin Gbadegesin, in an interview with newsmen after receiving the commendation letter, dedicated the award to God, the IGP and to journalists who continue to disseminate the policies and programmes of the Police. He promised to always justify the confidence reposed in him.

Over a thousand students of the rank and files in Yobe Police Command sat for the IGP scholarship scheme exams in the state.

Oyo State Police Command Parades Suspects

policeThe Oyo State Police Command has paraded a fake Colonel who it says has fraudulently collected 40 million Naira as part payment for an oil deal from unsuspecting investors.

Also paraded was a fake lawyer who has duped many of their valuables by also disguising as a prophet.

Others include armed robbery syndicates, vandals and a group of kidnappers and rapists.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, said he and his men were leaving nothing to chance as the year winds down and have increased efforts to rid the state of criminals.

Nigeria’s External Reserves Fall By 15 Per Cent In 2015

external reservesNigeria’s external reserves now stands at $29.30 billion as at December 23, 2015.

Data from the Central Bank of Nigeria’s website shows that the reserves declined by 2.41 per cent from $29.34 billion on December 22.

The external reserves has depreciated by over 15 per cent from $34.49 billion at the beginning of the year.

This represents a $5.15 billion decline so far in 2015.

The drop in the forex reserves value has been attributed to the significant reduction in forex inflow into the country, owing to the fall in crude oil prices.

Cross River State Celebrates ‘Green Carnival’

ayadeThe Cross River State Government has added to its roll of celebrations the ‘Green Carnival’, aimed at encouraging the planting of trees to add extra beauty to the state, as well as trap toxic gasses.

The State Governor, Ben Ayade, who initiated the festival and led a procession of people on a tree planting mission at the state’s botanical garden, disclosed that the tree planting exercise is also meant to reduce the effect of solar radiation to the earth’s surface.

Accompanied by state officials, as well as nature lovers from across the globe, including the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amechi, the tree planting festival was in fulfilment of the theme for the 2015 Carnival, “Climate Change”.

According to Governor Ayade, following the effect of climate change on all facet of mankind, tree planting becomes imperative to protect nature. He also added that his administration is poised towards making green millionaires out of tree planting in the state.

The governor noted that his administration will give full support to every young Cross Riverian who intends venturing into tree planting, with a piece of land and capital.

On his part, Rotimi Amechi called on Nigerians and the world to take seriously the tree planting venture, to save mother earth.

Worries Grow Over El Nino Weather Report

el-ninoAid agencies have warned that millions of people are likely to face hunger and disease in 2016 due to the strongest El Nino weather on record.

Experts say the weather phenomenon is set to worsen droughts in some areas, while increasing flooding in others.

Some of the worst impacts are likely to be felt in Africa with food shortages expected to peak in February.

Regions including the Caribbean, Central and South America will also be hit in the next six months.

This periodic weather event, which tends to drive up global temperatures and disturb weather patterns, has helped push 2015 into the record books as the world’s warmest year.

IAAF Open Bids For Tournaments Stripped From Russia

IAAF-World-RaceFour cities are in the run to host 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Race Walking Team Championships.

Russia were originally due to stage the event but new hosts were required after the country’s suspension by the IAAF, owing to allegations of state-sponsored doping.

Guayaquil in Ecuador, Monterrey in Mexico, Ukranian capital, Kiev and Rome have all put themselves in the frame for the race walking event.

Meanwhile, Polish city, Bydgoszcz, is the only bidder for the 2016 World Junior Championships, which were initially due to be hosted by Kazan between July 19 and 24.

60 Million Poor Nigerians To Enjoy Free Medical Care

Universities-medical careThe Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has given the assurance that 60 million poor Nigerians will enjoy unfettered medical care under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration within the next two years.

The Minister who said this during his visit to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, added that 10,000 health facilities would be built in 774 Local Government across the country for effective service delivery to the people.

While promising that the government would pay them their dues, Prof. Adewole also advised all health workers not to see strike as the only option for negotiation.

The Ekiti State Governor, who was represented by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, urged the Federal Government to also look into the areas of staff welfare, considering the nature of their profession.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Majekodunmi Ayodele, in his response to the Minister, appealed to workers to be patient with the management as their requests will be addressed.

Imo Health Workers Decry Poor Treatment From Government

health workersLabour Union and public servants in Imo State have accused the State government of alleged intimidation and harassment of workers, especially in the health sector.

This allegation is coming after workers of the Imo State Specialist Hospital, Umuguma, in Owerri, the state capital in Southeast Nigeria complained of being forcefully evicted from their offices by members of the State Security Agencies without any prior notice.

Workers in the state argued that the concession policy of the State government was not a bad idea, but should take proper procedures.

They also maintained that all outstanding salaries owing to eight months should be paid, insisting that workers involved should not be sacked.

The Imo State government debunked the allegations stressing that no worker was forcefully evicted, intimidated or harassed, knowing well that the Okorocha led administration is worker-friendly and concerned about the welfare of its people.

The Chairman, Committee on Health Policies to Imo State Government, Dr. Edward Ihejirika, maintained that the concession policy meant well for workers in the state.

He added that the policy was aimed at ensuring that non-productive parastatals in the state is more effective and efficient, so as to generate more revenue for the state.

Mr. Ihejirika further said that he had several meetings with the Chief Medical Director of the hospital about the renovation of the premises.

On the eight-month unpaid salary, he said the process was ongoing, stating that the verification of workers was also ongoing.