* Buhari to inaugurate N50bn sugar mill in Niger (Vanguard) * Bayelsa: Dickson reshuffles cabinet, assigns new portfolios (SUN)

*  Buhari to inaugurate N50bn sugar mill in Niger (Vanguard)                 * Bayelsa: Dickson reshuffles cabinet, assigns new portfolios (SUN)



Buhari to inaugurate N50bn sugar mill in Niger (Vanguard)

The Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc said that arrangements were in top gear for the inauguration of its sugar mill, the Sunti Golden Sugar Estate, in Mokwa, Niger state. The ill which is expected to produce 100,000 metric tons of sugar yearly is to be established at the cost of N50 billion. A statement issued by the company’s Media Officer, Mr Tola Samuel, said that the estate scheduled to be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 15, would set the country on the path to become self-sufficient in sugar production. Read more

Bayelsa: Dickson reshuffles cabinet, assigns new portfolios (SUN)

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has effected a minor cabinet reshuffle in the state executive council with three new commissioners assigned portfolios.Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who disclosed this in Yenagoa as a fall-out of the state executive council meeting held on Wednesday, said newly-inaugurated commissioners, including, Funkazi Koroye-Crooks, Ebipatei Apiangolo and Faith Opuene attended the meeting and were assigned portfolios. He said Koroye-Crooks was assigned the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment while Apaiangolo was assigned Ministry of Environment with the former commissioner, Williams Alamene, giving other responsibilities. Read more

APC must be voted out – Lamido (Vanguard)

Former governor of Jigawa State and a presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has called on Nigerians to vote out All Progressives Congress, APC, government in 2019, lamenting that Nigeria has deteriorated under APC. This is just as a chieftain of PDP in Delta State, Chief Felix Anirah, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take the path of honour by resigning to allow a more competent hand to govern the country. Alhaji Lamido spoke, yesterday, in Calabar when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State in his office during a consultation tour of the state. Read more

Military won’t take over – DHQ (SUN)

The Nigerian Armed Forces has said it is not plotting any take over of government, especially as it pledged its unalloyed loyalty to the President and Commander-in-Chief and will provide of all necessary support for the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.  The military says that the apprehension raised by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremmadu should be disregarded by Nigerians as the “Nigerian military has come of age and is in tune with best international military practices of complete and total subordination to democratic governance.” Read more

CAC aims to register companies in 2 hours (Punch)

The Corporate Affairs Commission has said it is working to ensure the completion of company registration in two hours starting from December this year. The Acting Registrar-General, CAC, Azuka Azinge, stated this on Thursday during the oversight visit of the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment to the commission’s Lagos office in Alausa, Ikeja. She said the various innovations that the commission had put in place had created an enabling environment for customers to register their businesses within 24 hours in line with global standards. Read more

NECO to remit N1.2b to Govt’s account, says registrar (Nation)

National Examination Council (NECO) Registrar Prof. Charles Uwakwe said yesterday the agency will remit N1.2 into the Federation Account this year. Uwakwe, who stated this in a statement in Abuja, said the agency remitted N820 million in two years to the Federal Government. According to him, N500 million and N320 million was remitted to the government in 2016 and 2017. Uwakwe said the National Assembly has urged the agency to improve on its remittance to the Federal Government.To achieve this, he said, the agency has started making efforts to improve on the management of its resources. Read more

PR expert Mariam Mohammed congratulates Vice President on his birthday (Guardian)

PR expert and publisher, Mariam Mohammed has joined other Nigerians to wish the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo a happy birthday. In a statement signed by her, she said “Today as you mark your 61st birthday, Your Excellency, I raise a toast to an amazing leader, academic and mentor without measure.” “As a man of grace, you have demonstrated that the gift of God is not to be taken lightly, and for this, you have committed yourself to service and betterment of our country, and society”, the statement read. Read more

We won’t reschedule exam dates, JAMB tell candidates (SUN)

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has told candidates participating in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam (UTME) that it has no plans to reschedule the exam dates for any reason. This was in response to a barrage of complaints by some candidates that they have not been able to print their examination e-slips, which contains detailed information on the forthcoming test. Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, at a press conference in Abuja, reminded candidates that the system was not the same as last year’s, when e-slips had been uploaded onto candidates’ JAMB profiles. Read more

BlackBerry sues Facebook and its Apps over patent infringement (PrmiumTimes)

Canada-based BlackBerry Ltd, on Tuesday, filed a lawsuit against Facebook Incorporated and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps for patent infringement. BlackBerry Ltd claimed that Facebook Inc. and its apps had copied technology and features from its messenger application popularly called BBM. Reuters reports that the litigation over patent infringement is part of John Chen’s (BlackBerry Chief Executive) strategy to make money for the company, which has lost market share in the smartphone market it once dominated. Read more

Manslaughter: You’ve case to answer, court tells Synagogue, engineers (Punch)

The Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Thursday dismissed the no-case submissions filed by the defendants in the case of the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations’ building, which killed about 116 persons in September 2014. Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo, in his ruling, said the state had established a prima facie case against the defendants to warrant their being called upon to defend themselves. The judge, therefore, fixed April 27, 2018 for the defendants to open their defence. Read more

Several injured as cart pushers, Lagos sanitation officials clash (Punch)

Several people were injured after operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps reportedly clashed with some cart pushers on Idowu Bashorun Street, Liasu Road, Idimu. Punch  Metro learnt that during the clash, which occurred on Wednesday, weapons were freely used by the two sides. It was gathered that the operatives had stormed the community around 2am after getting information that the cart pushers stayed there. The officials were reportedly packing the carts into three trucks when their owners, who had mobilised, attacked the operatives. Read more

Alfa jailed six years for defrauding promotion-seeking supervisor of N4.2m (Punch)

A Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, has found a 44-year-old Islamic cleric (Alfa), Taiye Gasali, guilty of N4.2m fraud and sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment. His victim, a supervisor at NIPCO Filling Station, Apapa, Lagos State, Waheed Faleti, was also given three months’ community service by the court in a judgment delivered by Chief Magistrate K.B. Ayeye on Tuesday. The money was said to be the proceeds of sales made at the filling station which Gasali collected for spiritual prayers. Read more

France 2018 World Cup Draws: Germany coach wary of Nigeria (SUN)

Germany coach Maren Meinert has described Nigeria’s U-20 Women team (Falconets) as a strong opponent full of grit and spunk. Reacting to the France 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup draw that pitched two time silver winning Nigeria and the three time champions  Germany together in Group D, Meinert said that she is expecting a tough duel when both sides open their campaign on August 6, 2018. “Nigeria are a robust and direct team, we have seen that from the finals in 2010 and 2014. So we know that it will be a tough game against them. “Our group is full of quality , so that shows us that we need to work hard and be completely ready for our game against them. Read more

I deserve a place in Russia-bound Eagles – Ejide (Vanguard)

Experienced Hapoel Hadera of Israel and Nigeria goalkeeper, Austin Ejide has voiced his desire for a role in the Super Eagles Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign. Ejide spoke to Sporting Vanguard from his base in Israel following his eighth clean sheet performances of the Israeli second tier league, Liga Leumit season after a 1-0 triumph at Hapoel Katamon. Katamon also have compatriot, George Akpabio on their payroll. “Playing for my country at any given time has always been uppermost in my mind”, Ejide said on our hotline. Read more

Eagles invitaion thrills Etebo (SUN)

Super Eagles central midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo has expressed his joy at being called-up for national duties in next month’s tune up friendlies against Poland and Serbia in preparation for the World Cup.The former Dream Team VI star has been in top form following his loan move to Las Palmas in the January transfer window. In a chat with Brila FM monitored by Daily Sun Sports, Etebo says he remains excited about his call-up and cannot wait to grace the doubleheader. “I’m really excited about getting my invitation once again,  Etebo began. “It’s everyone’s dream to play for their Country, and I have just been privileged to be invited again,” the former CD Fierense player added. Read more

Real Madrid star opens up as he reveals latest instalment of CR7 underwear range (Mirror)

Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed another successful week. The Portuguese superstar bagged another crucial goal for Real Madrid as they dumped rivals Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League in their second round tie. Ronaldo’s 12th European goal of the season and 117th in the competition during his career means he is once more on course to be the tournament’s top scorer – for a sixth successive season – as Los Blancos look for a third successive European crown. But the 33-year-old is also winning off the field, having realised that, sadly, football won’t last forever. Read more

Lucas Moura ready to wait for his chance at Tottenham ‘heaven’ (Tbrfootball)

Tottenham Hotspur newbie Lucas Moura has been speaking to the press in France this week and highlighting his joy at making the move to North London. The 25-year-old signed for Tottenham in January for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £25 million. He spoke at length about his struggles at Paris Saint-Germain this week – where he was outcasted from the first-team. He described the interest from Tottenham, in an interview with France Info, as a ‘gift from heaven’: “I spoke with the president, the coach, they told me about the project, the team, my importance. Read more

Red Devils to trigger Samuel Umtiti’s £54m release clause this summer (Talksport)

The 24-year-old has developed into a key part of the Barca team after joining them from Lyon back in 2016. The Frenchman cost the Camp Nou club around £21m when he signed back then, but he could go for nearly three times that now. Indeed, according to Sport, Manchester United are weighing up a huge summer move for Umtiti by meeting his £54m release clause. Jose Mourinho is said to be a big fan of the player and he wants him in the heart of his defence for next season. Read more

Van Dijk relishing first taste of Manchester United v Liverpool (Fourfourtwo)

Virgil van Dijk is keen to see how Manchester United versus Liverpool compares to his experiences in the Old Firm derby. Van Dijk is set for his first experience of the rivalry since Liverpool secured his services in a £75million deal with Southampton in January, with two points separating Jose Mourinho’s United in second and Jurgen Klopp’s men in third. The 26-year-old Netherlands international made his first steps in British football at Celtic and relished the fierce crosstown showdowns with Rangers in Glasgow. From what Liverpool fans have led him to believe, Van Dijk is expecting something similar at Old Trafford on Saturday. Read more

Noisy, angry and joyous: women around the world demand equality (News.trust)

In joyous celebrations and angry protests, women around the world came together in gatherings large and small on Thursday to mark International Women’s Day with a call for gender equality. The day had extra resonance this year after widespread sexual abuse accusations in Hollywood sparked the #MeToo movement which feminists hope signals one of the most significant shifts towards equal rights in decades. In Saudi Arabia, a group of women whooped and cheered as they marked International Women’s Day by exercising a recently acquired freedom: the right to go for a jog. Wearing big smiles and traditional full-length robes adapted for sports, they pounded through sleepy alleys past puzzled shopkeepers in Jeddah’s historic district. Read more

Female police officers help security on Afghan front line (News.trust)

Shokria Jan, a female police officer in southern Afghanistan, is in a small force of women operating in one of the world’s most conservative societies and difficult security environments. Working in the Taliban heartland of Kandahar province, she faces not just danger from insurgent attacks but also heavy pressure from a society in which many believe that women have no place outside the home, let alone in the security forces. International Women’s Day has been marked in Afghanistan by official speeches and declarations from leaders including President Ashraf Ghani. Read more

The E.U. wants to know whether it will be hit with President Trump’s Steel Tariffs (Time)

The European Union is still seeking clarity from Washington about whether the 28-nation bloc will be exempt from President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, the E.U.’s top trade official said Friday. “We hope that we can get confirmation that the E.U. is excluded from this,” E.U. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem told policy makers, experts and reporters at a German Marshall Fund event in Brussels. But she warned that if the issue can’t be resolved bilaterally or through the World Trade Organization, then “we will have to protect our industry with rebalancing measures.” Read more

A reminder why Women’s Day is still so vital (Asiancorrespondent)

I woke up yesterday like many other women across the globe probably did; with a sense of hope and solidarity with women worldwide. It was International Women’s Day and, while I imagine it passed a lot of people by without a second thought, for me it was the first one in a while that felt optimistic, with change finally cresting on the horizon. The march of progress has been coming for a long time, but in the past few months, it has felt like an unstoppable juggernaut that can only be denied at your peril. Read more

Morocco arrests Swiss citizen over alleged sexual exploitation of minors (Memo)

Moroccan authorities yesterday arrested a Swiss national who had an international arrest warrant issued against him over suspicion of sexually exploiting minors. According to a statement by the country’s national security apparatus, police in the Moroccan capital of Rabat apprehended a 58-year-old Swiss suspect who is suspected of involvement in the sexual exploitation of underage girls in his country of origin.The arrest warrant, the statement explained, was issued internationally by Interpol. The authority did not specify the date of his arrest. Read more

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