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EPL: Zidane open to Manchester Utd job


Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, is open to any managerial job offer amid interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

This claim was made by Zidane’s assistant David Bettoni.

Zidane has been out of work since he left Real Madrid at the end of last season.

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to Man United, PSG and France national team and he is currently taking a year’s sabbatical out of the game.

Speaking on the development, Bettoni insisted that his superior is not closing the door on any job.

“I haven’t really talked about his next destination. He said he was going to take a year’s sabbatical. I know Zizou very well and he doesn’t think like that. I know he’s with his family and when he’s ready, he’ll listen to offers and we’ll see who wants to sign him,” Bettoni told Marca.

“I think he’s open to anything and he’ll decide if the club is right for him if there’s something he doesn’t like and if it is competitive. There’re a lot of factors and we’ll see at the end of the season where he goes if he is coaching.”

Land Dispute: Hoodlums Attack OAU Vice-Chancellor In Ife


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A cross-section of the hoodlums who attacked staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University on December 20. 2021.

A cross-section of the hoodlums who attacked staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University on December 20. 2021.

Hoodlums on Monday attacked some management staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University, including Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede.

The staff members had tried to visit a hostel built on land claimed by members of a community near the university premises.

The hoodlums were reportedly hired by the land claimants.

They shot sporadically for several minutes in an attempt to chase the management team away.

Unable to access the hostel, Prof. Ogunbodede said the university management will continue to pursue peace with the community.

He also stressed that the management will seek roundtable discussions to prevent future attacks.

Although no life was lost, the hoodlums brandished cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

17-Year-Old Jemimah Marcus Becomes Lagos’ One-Day Governor



Photos from when Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu made 17-year-old Ms. Jemimah Marcus a one-day Governor of Lagos state.

Brilliant Jemimah, a student of Angus Memorial Secondary School in Somolu, won the 2020 edition of the Spelling Bee competition.

Among what she requested was that lagos state government commit more investment in digital literacy across public schools in the state.

What a smart young lady

What will you accomplish if you were made Governor for a day?

Burna Boy allegedly ditches Stefflon Don for popular American model



Grammy winner, Burna Boy has allegedly dumped the British rapper, Stefflon Don for popular fashion entrepreneur, Delicia Cordon.

Burna Boy who is known to have been in a romantic relationship with Stefflon Don since 2019 is reportedly on a quest for a switch.

According to Gistlovers, Delicia Cordon has had amorous relationships with almost all rich and famous people, while mentioning Mayweather(Professional boxer) to be on her list.

The post reads:

“Hello tueh tueh,Meet our latest catch, mama Na very popular £Scort wey don do all the rich rich famous people, may-weather sef Dey her list, Biko wetin go happen to Aunty steflon like this?? I come in peace oo, igi ewedu oni wo pawa ooo”

Portable: Kogbagidi Sends Zazu Crooner Packing Back to His Village in Viral Video for Calling Out Poco Lee



Budding Nigerian singer and Zazu crooner, Portable’s rise to fame has hit a hard rock after he was sent packing by his benefactors. Popular Nigerian show promoter, Kogbagidi, had people pack Portable’s belongings and said he should be returned to his village in Sango Ota, Ogun state. Kogbagidi sends Zazu star Portable packing for calling out Poco Lee.

In a video shared on the promoter’s Instagram page, he was heard asking the Zazu star if he ever collected a dime from his hand despite all he had done for him. Portable confirmed that Kogbagidi had truly not collected money from him. READ ALSO Zazu star Portable accuses Poco Lee of stealing his song, dropping just $600 out of $3000 Wizkid sprayed him Kogbagidi then asked Portable why he was then worried about the money with Poco Lee. The promoter added that the Zazu star did not have a single bit of common sense and told those around him who tried to plead to lead the singer out of his premises.

Portable was heard protesting in the background and claiming that they were sending him packing now that the Zazu song was reigning. Kogbagidi added that he needed his space and the Zazu singer should be taken away. He also said if the singer had been monitored, he wouldn’t have called out Poco Lee online. In the caption of the post, Kogbagidi wrote: “Unruly and unprofessional conduct is always expected from upcomings .You never can tell what goes on in their mind or head. Am shocked and embarrassed at this point. Do I need to fix your career and your head at the same time?”

6.3 million customers still unmetered despite mass meter deployment – NERC report


The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has put the number of unmetered power users across the country at about 6.3 million, despite the mass deployment of meters by the Federal Government.

In its just released Second Quarter 2021 report, the commission decried the huge metering gap in Nigeria, describing it as a key challenge in the power sector.

This came despite the Federal Government’s recent announcement that it had deployed about one million meters to power users nationwide.

In October this year, the government said it provided about one million free meters for electricity consumers in the past 10 months under its National Mass Metering Programme.

It, however, revealed at the time that the number of unmetered power users in Nigeria had increased by about two million, while the metering gap at the start of the NMMP in 2020 was about six million.

The Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure, Ahmed Zakari, had disclosed this during a live television interview session monitored in Abuja.

But an analysis of the NERC’s latest second quarter 2021 report on Monday showed that only a little above 40 per cent of power users in Nigeria had been metered, meaning that the rest customers would be receiving estimated bills.

In its report, the regulator said, “The huge metering gap for end-use customers is still a key challenge in the industry. The records of the commission indicate that, of the 11,058,939 registered energy customers as at June 30, 2021, only 4,529,497 (40.95 per cent) have been metered.

“This implies that out of every 10 registered electricity customers, six are without meters; thus, they are on estimated billing.”

The commission, however, stated that it had put in place a mechanism to prevent outrageous estimated billing of customer.

“Using averages (of) three-month consumptions of metered customers on each feeder, maximum allowed energy consumption estimates were computed for each customer category and tariff band,” it stated.

The NERC added, “Thus, for each class of customer on a feeder, an energy estimation cap is established to guide the Discos (distribution companies) and thus protect unmetered customers from being over charged while awaiting appropriate metering.”

The commission further noted that complaints bordering on metering were among the highest concerns recorded by Discos during the reviewed period.

It stated that during the second quarter of 2021, 11 Discos received 241,476 complaints from consumers, indicating 1.91 per cent more complaints than those received in the first quarter of 2021.

Coy over Osimhen’s fate


Super Eagles caretaker manager Augustine Eguavoen sent his best wishes to injured Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and hopes he can make a return to the Nigeria national team soon.

The 22-year-old suffered facial injuries and a damaged eye socket in the Partenopei’s 3-2 defeat away to Inter in November, but he could return to action earlier than the three-month prognosis that was predicted.

“First of all, we hope that he is well and can recover as soon as possible,” Eguavoen told Nigeria Info FM, Abuja.

“I am sure that Victor has a great desire to play and help his national team, but above all he must recover his fitness as best as possible, and then we should understand if Napoli will let him go.

“If Osimhen is not with us, we have other good players who can replace him.”

SUPER EAGLES: Eguaveon rules out code of conduct


Super Eagles interim coach Augustine Eguavoen said he won’t enforce any code of conduct or set up any stringent rules and regulations within the team..

This comes as former coach Gernot Rohr was accused of losing the dressing room and rampant indiscipline by the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick, who said it was the major reason for sacking the German.

“That would be very difficult to answer because I like to leave players to be responsible for their actions, they are not kids,” Eguaveon said in an interview with
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He continued: “Some of them are married and manage their own homes and they are professionals who leave off football. So if you now start coming up with a code of conduct, they are not U-17 but the senior team, it would be a bit funny.

“But if it becomes necessary we will.

He added :”I think the first meeting, we will just have to interact and let them know the dos and don’ts instead of typing on a sheet of paper and giving it to adults.

“I know why this question is coming up because a lot of people have talked about indiscipline in the team of which I have not seen in the entire time I have been within the team, at home games in Lagos, and the few time we went away. If any player falters, he is out,” he warned.

Electoral Act Amendment: Buhari returns bill to NASS, faults direct primaries, cites insecurity


our correspondents that Buhari had sent the letter to the National Assembly.

But a source who was privy to the content of the letter said the President refused assent because political parties had their various constitutions that stipulated mode of primaries that should be adopted.

Primary mode against party constitutions, too expensive, small parties will be marginalised

According to the source, the President argued that it would be unconstitutional to force parties to adopt direct primaries.

He also said small parties will be marginalised.

“With these reasons, the President has returned the bill to the National Assembly, asking the lawmakers to look at the clause that has to do with direct primaries by political parties, work on it and return the document for assent because it will compound insecurity in the country,” the source added.

The bill was transmitted to the President on November 19, 2021, after both chambers of the National Assembly passed shortly before a tripartite meeting with the APC leadership and the governors.

Shehu said, “It (letter to the Senate) is a privileged communication so it is for them (National Assembly) to disclose the contents.”

Top sources who spoke to The PUNCH said the President had declined assent because of the controversial direct primary which virtually all political parties had rejected.

The bill was transmitted to the President on November 19, 2021, after both chambers of the National Assembly hurriedly passed it against the wishes of the leadership of the APC.

Apart from mandatory direct primaries, the bill also makes a provision for electronic transmission of results by INEC and increases the limit for election spending by candidates.

However, the APC Governors Forum led by Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State had rejected the bill because of the direct primary issue.null

Amid the raging controversy, the President wrote a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission seeking the view of INEC over the matter.

He also wrote to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), who took sides with the APC governors.

Malami pointedly told the President that forcing all political parties to adopt direct primaries would be a recipe for disaster and confusion.

However, several Civil Rights Organisations put pressure on the President to sign the bill mainly because it empowers INEC to transmit election results electronically and direct primaries would ensure that governors would not be able to impose their candidates on others.

Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the National Assembly lacks the temerity to veto the President, over his refusal to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

The governor said the federal legislature lacked the courage to veto the President, because it was part of the All Progressives Congress scheme to deny Nigerians free, fair and transparent elections in 2023.

He said the only way for Nigerians not to repeat the 2015 and 2019 mistakes of voting the APC Federal Government into power again was to send the party and its representatives packing in 2023.

Wike made the assertions at the turning of the sod of the Chokocho-Igbodo Road, which was performed by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Monday, in the Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The governor’s media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, quoted Wike as saying this in a statement he made available to journalists.

The governor recalled how most people did not believe him when he raised concerns that Buhari would not sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law to give legal impetus to electronic transmission of election results.

“Three weeks ago, I told Nigerians that there is a conspiracy not to have free, fair and transparent elections in 2023 and that conspiracy was very clear and I told Nigerians that Mr President would not sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill,” he said.

Wike stated that having known the modus operandi, style and strategy of the APC, it was obvious to him and all discerning minds that the clause on direct primaries was inserted into the bill as a ploy for the President to refuse assent to it.

According to him, the APC members are afraid that if results are transmitted electronically, they will not survive the 2023 general elections.

The governor stated, “What the APC resolved in the meeting they had was that their problem is not necessarily direct primaries, but the electronic transmission of results in 2023.null

“If they allow that, obviously the APC will lose the election in 2023 and they told themselves that the only way they can survive that is to include the direct primaries in the bill so that Mr President can use that as an excuse that he will not sign the bill.”

He accused governors of the APC and their National Assembly members of deceiving Nigerians that they were engaged in a battle of supremacy over the issue of direct primaries, whereas they had secretly agreed to scuttle the possibility of transmitting election results electronically in 2023.

Wike said the National Assembly did not have what it takes to veto the President’s refusal to assent to the bill.

According to him, the lawmakers are not interested in protecting the interest of Nigerians and ensuring that elections are free and fair with the electronic transmission of results.

“Unfortunately, you don’t have a National Assembly that has what it takes, that will stand for the people, that will say look we were elected by the people and we want to give the people the best. Nobody in the National Assembly, not even the leadership, can have what it takes to say Mr President for the interest of Nigerians, we are going to veto your refusal,” he said.

The governor maintained that because the APC did not take the interest of Nigerians as a priority, its leaders were immersed in crisis while jostling for benefits that fan their personal egos. 

A former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, says the President will not sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill because governors have pressured him not to approve the provision for direct primaries.

Kwankwaso said this during a chat with The PUNCH ahead of the National Assembly’s recess.

The former governor said indeed, mandatory direct primaries would provide a level playing field and ensure that popular candidates emerge.

He, however, said because such mandatory primaries could make governors less powerful, they would not support it.

The ex-lawmaker said, “In 1999, I was elected as the candidate of the PDP through direct primary but along the line, we realised that there were issues with the direct primary. It is very cumbersome; it has some weaknesses here and there, but after practising the indirect primary, I can easily compare and say the direct one is more democratic and better than the indirect.

“But one thing that I believe is that the governors and other powerful people will never want to approve the direct primary because the power will get out of the government houses and land in the hands of the voters and members of the parties. So, they will never want it. For me, I find it extremely difficult to see how the President will sign it.”

When contacted on Monday to confirm if Buhari had communicated his decision to the National Assembly, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, said, “I am not aware.”

His counterpart in the House, Benjamin Kalu, however, said the chamber would take a decision on it today (Tuesday).null

National Assembly leaders in emergency meeting, strategise response to President

One of the principal officers of the House, who also confirmed the communication to one of our correspondents Monday night, disclosed that the leadership of the National Assembly held an emergency meeting after it was received.

The lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, spoke to our correspondent at about 10:30pm.

“We are currently at holding a leadership meeting over the communication. I won’t be able to say much on the development right now,” he said.

Nine hydropower projects to add 2,672MW to national grid – FG


The Federal Government has outlined nine completed and ongoing hydropower projects being prepared to add 2,672 megawatts of electricity to the national grid.

It outlined the projects in its latest document containing the status of the country’s hydropower sector, which was obtained from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in Abuja by our correspondent on Monday.

Data from the FMWR showed that the nine projects were located in five states including Kaduna, Taraba, Gombe, Benue and Nasarawa.

They include the 30MW Gurara I hydropower project in Kaduna, completed and put on concession; 360MW Gurara II plant, also in Kaduna, with its engineering, procurement and construction contract already awarded.

Others include the Kashimbila, Dadin-Kowa and Itisi hydropower projects with capacities of 40MW each and located in Taraba, Gombe and Kaduna states respectively.

The government said both the Kashimbila and Dadin-Kowa hydropower projects had been completed and were ready for concession, while a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed with Kaduna State on the Itisi project.

It said three other hydropower projects, namely, Bawarku, 182MW; Makurdi, 1,500MW; and Katsina-Ala, 460MW, were all located in Benue State.

The ministry stated that the Bawarku Hydropower project was in its Outline Business Case approval stage by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, while the Makurdi project was undergoing re-validation of the ICRC certification.

The Outline Business Case for the Katsina-Ala Hydropower project was currently ongoing, according to the FMWR.

The government named the ninth power plant as the 20MW Farin-Ruwa Hydropower project in Nasarawa State, adding that the facility had been awarded and would soon add to the quantum of electricity on the national grid.

“Nigeria has a hydropower potential of 12,220MW, unfortunately, less than 2,000MW of this has been developed at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro dams,” the FMWR stated.

It added, “This explains the urgency of harnessing the nation’s hydropower potentials to meet the country’s power needs.”

The ministry said since 2015 it had pursued the goal of completing the many inherited hydropower projects across the country and had recorded successes in this direction.

This came as the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, explained that the Federal Government was not privatising its dams, rather some of the facilities were on concession, particularly those for power generation.