Youth restiveness: Taraba holds inaugural Marathon, awards winners

By Sylvanus Viashima, JALINGO – As part of efforts to check Youth restiveness and boost sporting activities in the State, the Taraba state ministry of Youth and Sports on Saturday hold inaugural Nature’s Gift 21-km Marathon in Jalingo, the State capital. The Marathon attracts over a 100 participating athletes who defy heavy rainfall to compete for the top prize. Nenfort Mathias from Plateau and Charity Agbofure from Delta emerged as the winners in the male and female categories, respectively, each receiving a grand prize of N200,000. Mathias completed the 21-kilometer race in 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 49 seconds to secure first place in the male category, while Agbofure ran a record time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, and 42 seconds to claim the top spot in the female category. Taraba State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Joseph Joshua, in his address congratulated the participating athletes for their resilience despite the heavy rainfall. He particularly lauded the courage of the top three runners in each category and urged them to never give up on their dreams. Expressing his appreciation to …

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Sanusi Lamido and Kano’s Royal Ding-Dong By Farooq A. Kperogi

Kano’s Muhammad Sanusi II has been rethroned the exact way he was initially enthroned and dethroned: in the melting pot of the politics of vengeance and recrimination. And he just might be dethroned yet again by this, or another subsequent partisan government, given Sanusi’s infamous incapacity to rein in his tongue and to understand the wisdom in restraint and tact, which his position requires of him—and, of course, the juddering, hypocritical contradictions between what he says and what he does. Recall that when he worked at the UBA, Sanusi had derided then Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as a scorn-worthy “rural aristocrat” who “surrounds himself with provincials and places key posts in the hands of rural elite.” He characterized the Kwankwaso administration as “the classic comedy of the Village Headmaster in a village council.” Kwankwaso was so incensed by Sanusi’s boorishness and Kano urban condescension that he threatened to pull out the Kano State Government’s money in UBA if Sanusi wasn’t fired from his job. Yet it was the same Kwankwaso who, for partisan, anti-Goodluck Jonathan political considerations, enthroned Sanusi as …

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Deposed Emir Ado Bayero Returns To Kano

By Chris Udochukwu KANO – Aminu Ado Bayero, the 15th Emir of Kano, has returned back to the ancient city. Precise Post recalls that Bayero was dethroned as Emir on Thursday after the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)-controlled house repealed a 2019 emirate law that was used to oust Muhammadu Sanusi in 2020. Sanusi was reinstated as Emir by Abba Yusuf, Kano governor, on Friday at a colourful ceremony in government house. Bayero was in Ogun state since the intrigues that ousted him assumed a frenetic pace this week. The aircraft which conveyed the deposed Emir touched down at the Aminu Kano International Airport at around 4:30am. Bayero was immediately surrounded by his supporters who chanted a verse from Surah Al-Fatihah in the Holy Quran. “You (alone) we worship, and you (alone) we ask for help (for each and everything),” they chorused. Bayero’s cavalcade was soon speeding through the lit roads of the airport purportedly for the palace.

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Osimhen Set To Sign Seven-year Contract With Chelsea

Victor Osimhen is fully focused on joining Chelsea in a seven-year contract. This is coming as Mauricio Pochettino has left his role as manager, while the Blues are well ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Saudi clubs in the race for the striker.After months of speculation about his future, Pochettino left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent on Tuesday night. Pochettino feels he has left Chelsea in a good position to improve next season, while Blues chiefs want a new manager to come in and take the side to the next level. While Pochettino could replace Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, Chelsea are eyeing up Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna – coincidentally a former Man Utd coach – to fill their vacant Stamford Bridge hot seat. Despite Pochettino’s departure, some of Chelsea’s transfer plans are unlikely to change. First of all, club officials know they need to make a huge investment to strengthen the attack, and the main target remains Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian striker – whose release clause is €130m (£111m) – will leave Napoli in the summer and he …

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FG’s Tough Policies: Be Realistic About Your Expectations – Sanusi to Nigerians

…Endorses Tinubu’s tough decisions ….Says it is the only way to rescue 10 years mismanaged economy By Chris Udochukwu PORT HARCOURT – Emir of Kano and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Muhammadu Sanusi II, has charged Nigerians to be realistic about their expectations and has applauded the Federal Government for taking tough decisions, saying it is the only way to rescue the country’s 10 year’s mismanaged economy. Sanusi who stated this while delivering his keynote speech at the second day of the Rivers State Economic and Investment Summit in Port Harcourt, stressed that the reform of any economy requires taking difficult decisions. He said such decisions might be painful and unpopular but were necessary to save the future of those experiencing the temporary hardship. Stressing that politicians interested in reflections were always fond of running away from taking such difficult decisions. Insisting that there was no other way to salvage a decade of mismanaged economy apart from taking tough decisions, the former CBN boss advised the citizens to wait a little while to see the turnaround …

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Thoughts And Non-Thoughts On Minimum Wage By Segun Ayobolu

No one can doubt the critical importance of adequate wages for workers both in the private and public sectors for the optional functioning of any economy and the wellbeing of the majority of the people. Workers must be able to feed themselves and their families, afford appropriate healthcare, enjoy conducive shelter and means of transportation, private or public, among others to be maximally productive. Again, it is through reasonably adequate income that guarantees a minimally acceptable standard of living that workers and those who depend on them, a substantial proportion of the population, are able to buy commodities that, in turn, enables producers of goods and services to enjoy good patronage and make profit for reinvestment in further production.This is why employers of labour in the private and public sectors of the economy are not doing workers a favour when they pay living wages as the resultant effective demand on the part of the latter is also crucial to having a vibrant and thriving economy as pointed out by Keynesian economists during the cyclical recessionary crises that are intrinsic to …

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Constitution Review: 10th NASS To Unite, Shape Nigeria Via Legislations – Akpabio

…305 memoranda, 112 bills received –Kalu …Lsts local govt autonomy, judiciary, electoral matters, state police, gender, human right issues, others as priority areas …As Reps’ Committee begins review of bills, memoranda …Akwa Ibom govt, State Speakers back State Police, resource control, decentralization of power By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Friday, said that the 10th National Assembly will produce a constitution that will take into cognisance the collective aspirations of Nigerians, shape, unite and accelerate the development of the country. Akpabio gave the assurance while delivering his remarks at the beginning of a 2 Day retreat of the House of Representatives committee on the review of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria organized by Policy and Legal Advocacy Center (PLAC) and United Kingdom International Development in Ikot Expene, Akwa Ibom State. The Senate President urged the federal lawmakers to be thorough in the ongoing review of the constitution, stressing that every bill and proposal must receive the needed consideration. The assurance came on a day the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman, …

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