Friday, 1 August 2014

Aregbesola gets 5 day ultimatum over boarding schools in Osun state

OSOGBO—Parents of public secondary school students in Osun State, yesterday gave the government a five-day ultimatum to return boarding facilities to the schools where the facilities existed before the introduction of new education system by the present administration in the state.

The parents under the aegis of the Parents Teachers Association, PTA, threatened mass protest should the state government fail to return the boarding system before the end of the ultimatum.
Chairman of PTA in the state, Dr Ademola Ekundayo, who received protesting parents in his office in Osogbo, appealed for calm, saying their request would be channeled to the appropriate quarter.

Ebola: Living in bondage

AKINGBOLA Adebiyi operates a first class boutique in Lagos. He specialises in hand-picked materials imported from neighbouring African countries and Europe. His boutique also boasts of original Italian clothes, suits, shoes and handbags.

His personal dress sense is mesmerising. He travels frequently across the world to pick clothing materials for his boutique but Akingbola is not too keen about travelling anywhere for now. Even the clothes he imported recently are still at the airport awaiting clearance. His delay in getting his goods cleared is not far-fetched.

2015: Give Jonathan automatic ticket

ABUJA — AHEAD of pri-mary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate, the PDP Pioneer National Publicity Secretary, Senator Aniete Okon said, yesterday, that having X-rayed the nation’s political environment, he came to a conclusion that President Goodluck Jonathan be given an automatic ticket by the party.

According to him, against the backdrop of President Jonathan’s achievements and the support by PDP Governors’ Forum under the leadership of governor Godswill Akpabio, and other Nigerians, there was no vacancy in the Presidential Villa.

He added that though as Nigerians, people have the constitutional right to contest, they should wait till 2019 when President Jonathan would have rounded off his second term in office

Speaking with Vanguard, yesterday, Senator Okon, a delegate representing Akwa Ibom State at the on- going National Conference, said that even in developed democracies of the world, incumbent presidents were given conventional right of first refusal by the political party and that of President Jonathan would not be different.

According to him: “In PDP, The President has the conventional right of first refusal. The party without excluding any other aspirants, must in the manner of universal convention of parties in most democratic realms invite the incumbent to bear the party’s standard in an election on the incumbent‘s record. In the PDP, we believe that Mr. President has more than made the mark.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Barcelona (Barca) signs Mathieu on a four-year deal

BARCELONA has reached an agreement with Valencia to sign left-back Jeremy Mathieu for €20 million, the Catalan club has announced.

  The Frenchman is set to sign a four-year deal at the Nou Camp and will provide competition for Jordi Alba on the left side of defence.

  “FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached agreement for the transfer of the French player, Jeremy Mathieu,” read a statement on www.fcbarcelona.com.

  “Jeremy Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons, plus an optional season more.

  “The cost of the transfer is €20 million (£15.8 million) and the buyout clause will be €50 million.”

  Mathieu travelled with the Valencia squad to Madrid as a stop off on their way to Peru as part of their pre-season tour, but will now travel to Barcelona to sign his contract with the Catalans and join Luis Enrique’s side for pre-season training.

  The Frenchman came through the ranks at Ligue 1 side Sochaux, making his professional debut in 2002 and eventually moved to fellow French side Toulouse in 2005.

NFF may decide coach Stephen Keshi’s fate today

IF the meeting of the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) held at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja, today without members throwing fisticuffs, the board would decide whether Super Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi, retains his job or not.

  A source close to one of the camps in the board told The Guardian yesterday that since the botched attempt to remove the Aminu Maigari-led executive, some members have been waiting for this opportunity to vent their anger on the leadership.