LEADERSHIP EDITORS FIFA are to investigate the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, a source at world football's governing body told AFP on Tuesday. French midfielder Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3m (€105.2m) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus. Confirmation of the investigation came after French media reports said FIFA had opened an inquiry. It is not yet clear what aspect of the transfer FIFA is investigating. Pogba, 24, started his career with the English club but made just three appearances in the Premier League before heading to Italy, after an apparent falling out with then manager Alex Ferguson. He flourished in Serie A, winning four league titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016, and also appeared in the 2015 Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona. He made his international debut in March 2013, just a week after his 20th birthday, in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia. He...
LEADERSHI EDITORS The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) has set aside June 18-24 as a week to remember some prominent dead writers in the country. The project tagged “National Week of Remembrance for Departed Writers” is aim to remember and recall memories, profiles and works of famous and renown dead writers in the country. This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday by the National President of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Mr. Wole Adedoyin after a brief meeting with some members of the organization. National Week of Remembrance for Departed Writers (NAWRED) is an avenue of bringing back to the memory of the public the good works of our famous departed writers in the areas of Literature, Medicine, Politics, History, Economics etc.  It is also a way of intimating the upcoming ones to know and cherish the good works of our great departed...

Kano Empower 5000 Youths On Ict

BY ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI, Kano Over  5000 youths are beneficiaries of Kano state government youth empowerment programme on ICT. The first phase of the programme under the theme, One Day Digital Training Youth Empowerment  was conducted yesterday at Coronation Hall located within the Kano state Government House. The state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje while flagging off the first phase of the training scheme yesterday  highlighted on the importance and strategic role played by  ICT in all facets of modern human lives. According to him, present day life is driven by digital knowledge, noting that the aim of the state government is arm Kano youths with ICT knowledge as way of empowering them to become economically self reliant. He further said,  part of the motive for organizing  the empowerment programme  is to get rid of poverty, upgrade Kano youths for them to contend with their contemporaries from other climes,  hoping that, this will accord them...
ALO ABIOLA, ADO EKITI Federal Government has been urged to tap the abundant mineral resources that abound in various part of the country, as a way of salvaging her ailing economy and make it sustainable. A Chieftain of Peoples' Democratic Party PDP) Hon. Opeyemi Falegan, who gave the advice said exploration of such mineral resources will help in boosting the nation's economy and reduce over dependence on oil money which has been the only source of revenue generation for the country . Falegan in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, noted that the ill-effect of the non-diversification of the country’s economy came to fore with the sharp drop in oil money in the middle of 2015 which affected the Nigerian economy more than any other oil producing countries across the globe. According to him, "In the world of today, no country of over 170 million population like Nigeria can survive...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has donated economic trees and the sum of five hundred thousand naira for primary school renovation to Mahuta community in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State. Flagging off the planting of the economic trees and cash donation yesterday , the NDA Commandant, Major General Mohammed T. Ibrahim also informed the host community that candidates seeking admission into the NDA don't need to know any big man to be enlisted if he or she possess all. The requirements. He said all a candidate needs, is sound education, courage and physical fitness, not a note from any influential person. General Ibrahim stated this at Mahuta, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis on Tuesday while flagging-off planting of economic trees the academy donated to the community. The Commandant who equally reacted to the community leadership seeking his assistance in enlistment of...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency consider making salaries of Nurses and Midwives working in all public hospitals equal according to their levels.  They made this call during a briefing, called to mark the International Day Midwives, which is usually celebrated on 5th of May every year.   Speaking to Journalists at the event, the Chairperson, NANNM-Midwives Association, Mrs Magret Akinsola said it was unfair that Nurses and Midwives who graduated from same higher Institutions at the same period and with same qualifications are being placed on different salary level just because one works for the federal government and the other for State or Local Government.  Akinsola said the advice if taken by all government levels would bring about improvement in healthcare services in public hospitals, as Nurses will no longer reject serving at local...
BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Works has given 10 days ultimatum to the Interim Management Committee Chairman of Nasarawa local government area, Mr.Ayuba Wandai, to completes Okoh 1, 2, 3 and Okoh 4 culverts construction in the area. The Chairman of the committee, Mr Mohammed Okpoku, gave the directive on Tuesday during a meeting with Wandai and the Overseer of Loko development area, Mr. Iliyasu Aliyu, in Lafia. He said that the committee decided to invite the council boss over a petition the committee received from the Paramount ruler Agatu community, the Oche Agatu of Loko development area. Mr.Ahmed Guto, over abandonment of construction of four culverts in his domain. Okpoku, who represents Udege/Loko constituency, said that the committee would not fold its hands to watch anybody sabotage Governor Almakura's efforts in providing the dividends of democracy to the electorates. He has commended the governor for making...
 Achor Abimaje, Jos The Minister of Youth & Sport Development Solomon Dalung has urged Nigeria’s young people to embrace sports as an instrument of self-actualisation, because there would be no job or profession which would offer the kind of income which star sportsmen and women earn today. Dalung laid the charge in Langtan, Plateau State, over the weekend, while presenting trophies to local football clubs that emerged as champion, first and second runners up in a football competition organised as part of the 2017 Tarok National Prayer Day. Daling advised the young people to look beyond football and take bold steps towards athletics, basketball, long-jump, boxing, wrestling etc, while he called on governments, organisations and well-to-do individuals in the society to invest in sports as practical ways of empowering young people. The highlight of the event was Dalung’s announcement of cash awards of N100,000, N70,000 and N50,000 for Kuffen United, Langtan South Cub...

Plateau Utd Lift Plateau FA Cup

 BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna & Acho Abimaje, Jos  …As Dolphins Rule Kaduna Plateau United FC over the weekend, emerged winners of the Plateau State FA Cup, after a deserved 3-1 win over eternal rivals Mighty Jets in a pulsating final played at the Rwang Pam Stadium. Ibeh Johnson scored a brace, one in each half, after Kabiru Umar had drawn the Jets level and gone on to dictate the pace of the game. Jets’ Buhari Musa, who proved a handful for Plateau United’s defence, gave the Jets the lead when he positioned himself in the box to guide the ball into the net, after Bitrus Wash’s header towards goalkeeper John Gaadi did not go to plan. However, the second half saw the Peace Boys bring their experience to bear, as they dominated the second-half, but could not go the whole yard, no thanks to poor finishing. Both teams would now represent the state in the...
 BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna After a week of exciting basketball action at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports Complex in Kaduna, 12 teams have earned their places in the next round of the Zenith Bank Female Basketball Premier League slated for Asaba, Delta. This was disclosed to newsmen by the head, technical committee, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Ajibade Bello, at the end of the second phase of the league’s play-off which attracted 18 teams. According to him, six teams would remain in the lower division – though he failed to disclose which teams gained promotion and which ones failed to do so – stressing that it would take some days for his committee to “compile an accurate table.” Speaking further, Bello said the NBBF was looking forward to the third phase billed for Asaba in June. “We are happy that the competition was very successful. The standard of play was high, officiating was very good and...