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The Super Eagles have arrived here in Kaliningrad for Saturday’s Group D clash against Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

The players and their officials arrived ij the city at around 6pm following a three- hour flight from their Essentuki camp base.

The three-time African champions are lodged at the Mercure Hotel.

They will have first feel of the Kaliningrad Stadium pitch on Friday by 5pm.

Croatia also arrived in Kaliningrad from their Iliceva base on Thursday.

Two-time world champions Argentina and debutants Iceland will clash in the other Group D clash on Saturday.

Super Eagles forward Victor Moses has urged his Super Eagles’ teammates to remain focused as they begin their Russia2018 World Cup campaign against Croatia on Saturday.

The Chelsea star apologized to fans for their poor performance in the friendly games but vowed to be in their best form against Croatia.

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“We’ve come here a long time here at Esentuki, but I think you can see in the training that we were doing very well. Now there is a match with Croatia, a very strong team, but we are gunning for the win,” he told Croatian outlet sportske.jutarnji.hr.

“This game is very important to us because it is very important to start winning and get a good result. We are optimistic, we want to beat Croatia.

“Yet these were just friendly matches, although we were sorry we lost, especially against England. But we look good at this point; we will be good in opening game against Croatia.

“Croatia is a great team with many top players; they are strong individuals and team. They have a particularly strong midfield and attack, the most important thing for us is to be concentrated, then we can beat Croatia.

“The most important thing is not to lose this first game because they are sometimes the most important. Croatia can beat anyone, but Nigeria can beat Croatia. We’ll have to do it like a team.”

Moses chose no country as his favorite to win the World Cup.

“Everything can happen in our group, all teams can advance,” he added.

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has challenged Governor Ayodele Fayose to a public debate on how the two of them ran Ekiti finances in office.

Fayemi said the 800-page handover note he personally gave to Fayose when he assumed office contained how the finances he received while in office were managed.

The immediate past Minister of Mines and Steel Development spoke at a press briefing on Sunday after the inauguration of the state campaign council.

“I challenge Fayose to meet me in a debate and let us discuss what we did with the resources that we held in trust for Ekiti, that way we will know who is a better manager of Ekiti resources or who is a prodigal son,” he said

Fayemi stated this while responding to an allegation by the Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman, Gboyega Oguntuase, that the former governor mismanaged N165bn allocation apart from other grants as governor between 2010 and 2014.

Oguntuase had in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday wondered why Fayemi still took N25bn bond and N35bn commercial loans with nothing to show for the funds.

“In 2011, Fayemi got N40.5bn as monthly statutory allocations. In 2012, he got N39.8bn. In 2013, he got N44.3bn and in 2014, he got N40.1bn. Whereas, the Fayose administration got N28.2bn in 2015, N18.8bn in 2016 and N25.6bn in 2017.

“Apart from the above monthly allocations, Fayemi still got regular funds from the Excess Crude Oil Account, and IGR among others. Despite what Fayemi got, he still borrowed N25bn from the capital market and took N31bn commercial loans. The question is: What did he do with the money? Nothing.

“The N25bn bond and commercial loans, through which he mortgaged the finances of our dear state for 20 years, were spent on nothing. He proposed an event centre, it was never completed. He said he would build a new Governor’s Office, he only scraped a parcel of land near the House of Assembly Complex and did nothing. His new Ojaba Market, for which he erected a billboard at the entrance of the palace of Ewi, never saw the light of the day,” Oguntuase said.

But responding, Fayemi said, “The handover note contained both financial and administrative details of what we did in four years.

“I urge the PDP and others who wish to find out to visit every single community in Ekiti State. They would find what I did with Ekiti money. There is no community in Ekiti today that you can visit, even the hamlets, that you would not find the footprints of Fayemi.

“In every community, you would find schools and hospitals and community roads and markets that we built; you would find civic centres that we built. They are in all villages and towns in Ekiti. No fewer than 100 people benefited from the social security scheme that we provided. There are communities that received on the average N10m for social security scheme on regular basis.

“You will find those that we employed into the youth volunteer, Peace Corps, the teaching profession and many others.”

Nigeria and Morocco on Monday signed agreements on regional gas pipeline, development of chemical plant and vocational training and technical supervision in Rabat.

A statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the regional gas pipeline would enable Nigeria to provide gas to West African countries close to Morocco and Europe.

President Muhammadu Buhari is on a two-day visit to the North African country.

According to the presidential aide, the signing of the agreements was witnessed by Buhari and King Mohammed V1 after a meeting between the two leaders in the Moroccan capital.

He said the meeting focused on strengthening of relations in gas development, global investments and agricultural training and management.

He said the Managing Director of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr. Uche Orji and the Chief Executive Officer, Office of the Management of Phosphate in Morocco, Mr. Mostafa Terrab, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of ammonia plant in the country.

The cooperation agreement on vocational training was signed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh and his Moroccan counterpart, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch.

He said the training would enhance skills on effective management of agricultural activities in Nigeria.

The statement read: “The feasibility study of the agreement on the pipeline, which was signed by the Group General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Farouq Garba, and Mrs. Amina Benkhadra, Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines, will be concluded by July 2018.

“The construction of the pipeline will be phased and based on increasing needs of the countries crossed, and Europe, for the period of 25 years.

“The Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline, designed to be 5,660km long, will reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country, while cutting down poverty through the creation of more job opportunities.

“The NMGP will further encourage utilisation of gas in the sub-region for cooking, and discourage desertification.”

With a ratio of one in 13, Nigerian women are at an elevated risk of maternal deaths, compared to one in 26 in sub-Saharan Africa. This is why Daniel Adeleye’s report that family planning users in Lagos are on the rise, comes as cheery news.

THE family planning clinics installed by the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) in some selected Primary Healthcare Clinics (PHCs) in Lagos State are gaining roots and yielding the desired results.

To assist residents of the centre of excellence to attain quality lives, the NURHI in 2016 began a 72-hour renovation and equipping of family planning clinics in about 60 selected public health facilities in Lagos State under the aegis of NURHI 2.

A tour of some of these facilities organised by an NGO, Development Communications (Devcoms) with some selected journalists of print, electronic and online platforms, showed that family planning in Lagos State is yielding the desired results among residents.

At Dopemu Primary Health Centre, the clinic register showed that 275 residents of the area visited the PHC for family planning between January and March, 2018.

The Community Health Extension Worker at the facility, Olamide Oladegun, confirmed this while interacting with journalists. She noted that the turnout of residents coming for family planning is shooting up with a minimum of ten users per day.

Oladegun admonished women, especially nursing mothers, to endeavour to go for family planning immediately their babies clock six weeks, to avoid being pregnant while they are still breast feeding.

She said some of the residents have “expressed their joy for adopting Family Planning because it has reduced mortality rates among them and helped them live up to their (desired) standard of living.”

At Odunmbaku PHC in Orile Agege LCDA, the chief nursing officer, Abisola Badejo, stressed on the various family planning methods available for both male and female.

Badejo said, apart from helping with the regular community dialogue, which has geared up the data of users in the Orile Agege area, NURHI has also helped in renovating the Odunmbaku PHC to make it more accessible for the clients’ flow.

“Before I came to this facility in 2016, there was low turnout of users, but now with the help of NURHI 2, the number has shot up.”

“Before NURHI’s intervention, we were having about 20 per cent but now we are having over 90 per cent. On a daily basis, we have at least ten people coming for family planning daily,” she revealed.

Explaining the methods available at the facility, Badejo said, “We offer all family planning methods here in Odunmbaku PHC, except the permanent one, which is called vasectomy or tubal occlusion.

“We offer the pills; we have for the breast-feeding mother and we have for the regular users. We have the injectable for two months, 200ml and the one 150ml taken every 3 months.”

“We have implant, which we insert in the hand. We have for 3years, which is called ‘implanon’ and we have 5years which is called ‘jadelle’. There is another one which we call Inter Uterus Device, IUD, which we insert into the uterus,” she explained.

Speaking on the benefits, the chief nursing officer said family planning helps women save money in terms of buying pads every month, adding that they will be able to space their children and have time for their husbands.

“If a woman is on family planning, she may not menstruate and that does not mean the woman is pregnant.”

Badejo flayed the belief that family planning predisposes women to cancer, saying cancer has hereditary factor, which family planning cannot expose a woman to.

One of the users, who spoke to The Nation, Ramat Ganiyu, a 35-year-old mother of three, opined that family planning is the best source of happy home.

Recounting her ordeal when she got pregnant for her second child, when her first was barely six months, Ganiyu said, “I went through hell. For that reason, I encourage nursing mothers to go for family planning before six weeks after delivery.”

30-year-old mother of two, Temitope Rasheed, encouraged women to embrace family planning, saying she has been enjoying her marriage since she started using it.

Cocoa House in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, was built with the earnings from exports of cocoa beans and at 26 storeys was once the country’s tallest building.

Profits from sales of the commodity — prized around the world as the basic ingredient for chocolate — used to be ploughed into providing free education and health services, rural development and other infrastructure projects.

But today, like the sector from which it takes its name, Cocoa House is a shadow of its former self: the paint is faded, the roof is failing and offices lie empty.

“Cocoa House used to be the glory of the west,” said Pa Olusina Adebiyi, referring to Nigeria’s former Western Region, which was reorganised into smaller, separate states from 1967.

“If you go there now, it’s an eyesore with all sorts of characters loitering in the area,” the 85-year-old former clerk in the building told AFP.

Agriculture was once the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy and provided jobs for more than 70 percent of the population until the discovery of oil.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his government are now trying to revive agriculture to diversify the oil-dependent economy that has been battered by the fall in global crude prices.

One sector seen as ripe for development is cocoa and the Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN) has outlined a 10-year action plan to boost production.

“We have made laudable recommendations that can change the cocoa story in Nigeria,” said CAN president Sayina Riman.

“We hope those recommendations will be faithfully implemented in the interests of the industry.”

Price differences

Riman pointed out that Nigeria’s oil industry, which accounts for some 70 percent of government revenue and 90 percent of foreign earnings, was initially developed using cocoa money.

As oil’s stock rose, cocoa’s declined and since the 1970s, it has been the West African giant’s “most neglected commodity”, he added.

Production in 2016 was 237,000 tonnes, according to data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Ivory Coast produced 1.47 million tonnes and Ghana 859,000 tonnes.

Nigeria has two cocoa harvests: the smaller mid-crop from April to June and the main crop from October to December.

On his three-hectare (7.4-acre) cocoa farm in the village of Sofolu in Ogun state, Oluranti Adeboye was busy with a cutlass and a long stick.

“The weather has been good this year. Early rains have boosted my crop,” said the skinny 62-year-old former civil servant, as he prepared to harvest ripe cocoa pods.

“These cocoa pods are better than what I got last season.”

Bare-chested, he gathered the pods into sacks to ferment before drying them in the sun for sale to buyers for export.

Adeboye said farmers were losing crops to pests and black pod disease — a fungus that affects cacao trees — while they had limited access to better seedlings.

“These trees were planted more than 10 years ago. They are old and worn-out. We need new seedlings and improved varieties but the resources are not there,” he said.

Adeboye grumbled about young people’s lack of interest in cocoa farming while Sunday Ojo Folorunso, from neighbouring Ondo state, complained about commodity prices.

“Currently, we sell a kilogram of cocoa for 650 naira at the farm while a metric tonne is between 650,000 naira and 680,000. This is far too small for our efforts,” he said.

“Farmers in Ivory Coast and Ghana are well-motivated to increase productivity because they are paid handsomely for their crops.”

Funding problem

Experts and scientists said Nigeria can boost production with improved seedlings, fertilisers, new farming methods, pesticides and better coordination among research bodies.

“There is great future for the industry in Nigeria,” said Ranjana Bhattacharjee of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan.

“Farmers can be assisted to raise output from an average of 300kg per hectare to 800kg per hectare to boost their productivity and income.

“What is needed is concerted effort by all the stakeholders on how to provide farming materials to farmers to boost their output.”

Bhattacharjee said Nigeria should take a cue from Ivory Coast and Ghana which process cocoa beans into chocolate and other products to earn more money.

Nigeria used to have more than 20 processing factories but poor electricity supply and other amenities cut that back to three.

One scientist at the state-run Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), who asked not to be identified, said funding was an issue for research.

“At CRIN, you will find aged trees that are no longer producing. Some of them are as old as the institute itself,” he said. CRIN was set up over 60 years ago.
(AFP)

British Nigerian-born World Heavyweight Boxer, Anthony Joshua has been awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire award by the Monarch of England, Queen Elizabeth.

The award which was presented on the occasion of the Queen’s birthday celebration had other sportsmen including footballer Jermain Defoe, double Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold, and former Liverpool footballer Kenny Dalglish among others receiving their own OBE Awards.

Joshua had previously been award the MBE in 2012 after winning a Gold Medal in boxing during the London 2012 Olympics.

Reacting to the awards presentation, British Olympic Association chief executive Bill Sweeney, commended the the recognition given to the Olympians Yarnold Mike Hay and Anthony Joshua.

Sweeney said: “We are incredibly proud of those honoured today for their contribution to Olympism.

“In particular, Lizzy Yarnold and Anthony Joshua are great examples of athletes that were able to fulfil their not only their Olympic ambitions but give so much back to their communities and country.

“As Chef de Mission, Mike Hay has presided over unprecedented consecutive Winter Games successes, bringing to bear his knowledge and experience in a highly competitive and unpredictable environment.

“His excellent relationships with our winter sports and athletes was self-evident in Pyeongchang and we’re delighted he has been awarded an OBE.”

An OBE is a Queen’s honour given to an individual for a major local role in any activity such as business, charity or the public sector.

Bayern Munich and Austrian International star, David Alaba, paid a goodwill visit to the Nigeria Super Eagles team camp in Austria on Friday, in the company of West Ham forward, Marko Arnautovic.

Alaba, born of a Nigerian father during his visit was full of kind wishes for the Nigerian team as they begin their world campaign on Saturday, June 16.

The left-back also thanked Nigerian football fans for their support and show of love to him. “I want to thank Nigerians for their love and support. I know there is a lot of love for me over there,” Alaba said.

He also concluded saying “I wish the Super Eagles only the best in Russia.”

The Super leave their camp today for Russia.

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Final thoughts

These are just some of the many ways you can make money with social media. There are plenty of other money-making websites for you to explore.

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A former member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, has been flown to the United Kingdom for further treatment.

Our correspondent learnt that he was flown in a private jet belonging to a former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Friday night after receiving treatment at Euracare Multi-Specialists Hospital on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Bamidele and five others were shot at a reception rally organised for the All Progressives Congress candidate for the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, at the party’s secretariat in Ado Ekiti on June 1.

He was flown to Lagos last Sunday in an air ambulance after doctors at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, extracted two bullets from his abdomen and leg.

A source told our correspondent on Saturday that Bamidele was flown to the UK on the insistence of Tinubu that he be exposed to treatment in line with best global practice. Recall that Bamidele served as a Commissioner for Information and Strategy under Tinubu.

“He (Bamidele) had started cracking jokes at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, where a surgery was performed on him before he was flown to Lagos for further treatment,” the source said.

Bamidele’s media aide, Ahmed Salami, confirmed that his principal has been flown abroad for “post-surgery management”. He also dispelled the rumour that Bamidele was flown abroad because of fears over his health.

“He (Bamidele) is fully stabilised, so there is no cause for alarm. He only went abroad for a post-surgery management and to get prepared for the task ahead. He actually walked into the plane.”

There were also indications that the riot policeman that fired the shots that injured Bamidele and the politician he escorted from Lagos were still in police custody.

Our correspondent gathered that the Police in Ekiti have concluded the orderly room trial of the policeman said to be serving with 20MPF in Lagos and that he would soon know his fate.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, ASP Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed this to our correspondent in Ado Ekiti.

He said, ‘We have concluded the orderly room trial but there is a laid down procedure to follow. At the appropriate time, the public will know about it.”

Ikechukwu said the policeman was still recovering from the injuries he sustained when the mob lynched him.

He also confirmed that the unnamed politician was still in the custody of the police and would be charged to court as may be necessary for illegally engaging the services of the policeman.

Meanwhile, loyalists of Bamidele have said the shooting of their principal won’t derail their focus of actualising the victory of the APC in the July 14 election.

They pledged their commitment to the success of the APC governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in the election.

The decision was reached during a meeting held at the residence of a former chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Akin Olayisade, in Ado-Ekiti, which was a follow-up to a meeting earlier held with Fayemi at his residence in Isan Ekiti.