Thursday, 29 November 2018

November 29, 2018

Resign, PDP Tells INEC Chairman, Police IG

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday called for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu and Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris.
At its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja, National Chairman Uche Secondus said the opposition party has lost confidence in the ability of the duo to oversee the conduct of credible elections next year.
The party will not accept the outcome of a rigged exercise, Secondus insisted, warning that flawed polls would throw the nation into crises.
Senate President and Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council Bukola Saraki reiterated the concern, noting: “I have said it many times that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not our opponent on the ballot paper; it is the security agents that are opponents on the ballot paper. If you talk to 10 Nigerians today, they will tell you, ‘Yes, your party is popular but they will rig it.’ What does that mean? We must stand. We must stand for free and credible election. We must stand for an election where people have the right to vote.”
The party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, disclosed that if elected, his administration would enthrone a regime of strict adherence to the principles of fiscal responsibility.
According to him, “Our aim is to work very hard and collectively liberate our nation from the shackles of hunger, starvation, deprivation, bloodletting, killings and division which bedevil us today. We must all work hard to return our nation to the path of harmony, peace and progress.”
He equally restated his readiness to take on President Muhammadu Buhari in a debate on national issues.
Last week, the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) announced that a debate for presidential contenders would hold January 19, 2019. Before then, vice presidential candidates would hold their debate on December 14, 2018.
The PDP also inaugurated its presidential campaign council with Secondus emerging as chairman and Atiku as co-chairman. Former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso is co-deputy chairman while National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan is head of media and publicity.
There was a mild drama at the meeting when the ‘Jubril’ controversy surfaced. Online media has been awash with rumours that Buhari has a body double that goes by that name. Some commentators have even suggested the president is a clone.
A loud voice had suddenly punctuated Atiku’s speech with “Jubril must go!” to which the presidential candidate asked, “Which Jubril? Is it the one in Sudan or the one in Abuja?” The audience met the joke with loud laughter.
But there is nothing funny about the idea. In fact, it is “stupid and idiotic,” said Minister of Information Lai Mohammed.
He told journalists in Abuja: “The idea that a clone of the president or a body double is impersonating the president is so idiotic that no serious government will respond to it. Is it not stupid that some people would believe that the same Jubril from Sudan is in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital, where the president had gone to meet the Chadian president on how to address issues troubling the region?”
He added: “When you go to council and memos are presented, the president for instance would say, ‘I remember the Mambila power project. I have worked on the memo before as Head of State.’ The president will tell you that as Head of State in 1984, he had knowledge of the project and he will re-engage you. And some idiots would think a Jubril from Sudan would do that? It is so stupid.”
Mohammed then turned his flak on a report that the United States has granted Atiku a visa, saying: “Impression must not be created that the U.S. is endorsing one particular candidate over the other because, as you are all aware, for more than 12 years, there has been a kind of congressional bipartisan investigation of corruption against certain individuals and which made it difficult for the former vice president to secure a U.S. visa.”
He explained: “I am sure you all recall the Jefferson case, which involved the keeping of a huge amount of dollars in the fridge. This is not the making of this administration, as it has been ongoing. Our position is that if the former vice president already has a U.S. visa, we have no problem about it. But we want to warn the U.S. government not to give the impression that it is endorsing one particular candidate over the other because that is going to happen if all of a sudden the former vice president is now granted a visa.
“We are not unaware and it is also in the public domain that he has engaged the services of some lobbyists in the U.S. to facilitate the issuance of a visa for him. It is his right to do so, but we want countries to be neutral in the 2019 elections, and they should please be wary of taking any decision that can give the wrong impression that they are favouring or endorsing one candidate over the other.”

November 29, 2018

Nigeria Plans Selling Electricity to Burkina Faso

Citizens ready to pay for reliable power, says PwC
Nigeria is planning to supply electricity to Burkina Faso, a West African country, amid cries of acute power deficit by Nigerians.
Managing director/chief executive officer, Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, operators of Kainji and Jebba Hydro power plants, Mr. Lamu Audu, said this at the Annual Power and Utilities Roundtable organised by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Lagos.
Audu decried the level of energy rejection by electricity distribution companies (DisCos), adding that the company was left with no choice than to find reliable buyers for the rejected power generated.
Out of the two 922 megawatts (MW) generated on his network, only 600 to 650MW is taken by the DisCos in Nigeria, he lamented, adding that the development was affecting the establishment’s quest for funds to expand capacity.
“We are left with no option than to sell the balance to other African countries that are willing to pay. In fact, they are willing to take up the whole electricity invoice at a higher price than what Nigerians are willing to pay.
“We are talking to Burkina Faso on this. We are aware that some Nigerian power firms sell electricity to Togo, Benin Republic, among others; we are not the first to do this,” he added.

November 29, 2018

Court Fixes February To Hear Suit Seeking Biafra Republic

Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed February 25, 2019 for hearing of a suit seeking the actualisation of sovereign state of Biafra.
The suit originally began in the Owerri division of the court, before it was transferred to Abuja at the instance of the Federal Government.
The Incorporated Trustees of Bilie Human Rights Initiative, representing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against the Federal Government of Nigeria and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), filed the suit.
Specifically, the plaintiff wants an actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra through legal means.
In its counter affidavit to the preliminary objection filed by the Federal Government, the plaintiff argued: “If Biafra is carved out of the present Nigeria today as a sovereign and independent nation, Nigeria has nothing to lose as it will still remain great and the giant of Africa.
“It would have abundant peace, progress, unity, strong economy, political, religious and cultural harmony that shall be without comparison within the African sub-region and beyond.”
President of Billie Human Rights Initiative, Dr. Innocent Amadi, who deposed to the 13- paragraph counter affidavit averred that “in order to terminate the present suit by all means, the Federal Government took undue advantage of the rift with Nnamdi Kanu’s faction of IPOB in filling an ex-parte application at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He said Federal Government had used the court, presided over by the then Acting Chief Judge, Justice Abdul Karafati, to “horridly secure an ex-parte order to kill permanently our struggle for self determination and our genuine and lawful efforts to actualise the sovereign State of Biafra through legal means.”
November 29, 2018

DBN Empowers 35,000 MSMEs In One Year

The Managing Direcor of Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), Tony Okpanachi has disclosed that the financial institution has enlisted over 35,000 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)/end borrowers within its first full year of operation.
Okpanachi said the figure translated to a 75 per cent increase over the 20,000 MSMEs projectionearlier announced for the year.
According to the DBN boss, the development further underscored the significant progress which the institution had made since it commenced formal lending activities in October 2017.
Okpanachi said the institution had granted loans to about 10,000 small businesses this year, accounting for half its target. The MD described the current increase in enrolment as “a vast improvement over projections.”
Nairametrics had reported that Wema Bank Plc partnered DBN to make available a credit facility of N153 million and N610 million respectively to MSMEs.
The partnership, according to Funmilayo Falola, Wema Bank’s Brands and Marketing Department, was to improve access to cheaper funds for small businesses in Nigeria.
While saying the bank prioritises support for smaller businesses, Falola added that under the new development, DBN will fund MSMEs through participating financial institutions, of which Wema Bank is one the selected institutions.

About DBN

The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) was conceived by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) in collaboration with global development partners to address the major financing challenges facing Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria.
DBN’s objective is to alleviate financing constraints faced by MSMEs and small Corporates in Nigeria through the provision of financing and partial credit guarantees to eligible financial intermediaries on a market-conforming and fully financially sustainable basis.
DBN was established to provide structured and sustainable financing to small businesses.
November 29, 2018

Jamb Announces Date For 2019 UTME Registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that the registration date for the 2019 JAMB UTME will be in December, 2018. The Head of Media of the Board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, announced this while addressing newsmen during the conduct of promotion exercise for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), at the board’s Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre in Abuja.
According to him, no specific date has been fixed in December for the commencement of the registration yet. However plans are being made to announce the specific date soon as the board was initially waiting for the announcement of the reduction of examination fees by the FG.
On the issue of the reduction of JAMB fees, Benjamin said it was commendable what the President had done as he was someone, who had always had the interest of the masses at heart and would prove to ensure that no Nigerian was deprived of tertiary education.
Benjamin mentioned the board’s readiness to continuously give the general public the desired impact to further enhance institutions through conducting transparent and credible examinations at its CBT centres, nationwide.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

November 28, 2018

FG Reduces Cost Of JAMB, NECO, And BECE Form

Report has it that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reduction in the cost of JAMB UTME, NECO SSCE and the Basic Education Certificate Examination forms. The reduction will be implemented from January 2019 with the cost of JAMB UTME Form dropping from N5,000 to N3,500 while NECO will drop from N11,350 to N9,850.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced this on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
According to him, these exam bodies are not meant to be revenue generating bodies, they’re only supposed to cover costs/operating expenses.
He noted that the obvious increase in the amount amount being remmited by JAMB from less than N60m in 2010 - 2016 to 15 Billion in 2017 - 2018 is an indication that the fees being charged could be reduced.
The minister, in his announcement stated that the president directed the Ministry to look into the reduction following the significant improvement in revenues being remitted to the Treasury by the Education Agencies.

November 28, 2018


There was mild drama in at a wedding ceremony in orji, Imo state as the first wife of the groom reportedly poured red oil on the second wife during their church wedding on Sunday.

The incident reportedly happened at Altar of Prayer Gospel Ministry at Nkwo Orji in Owerri North, Imo State where the wedding took place.
According to a facebook user, Lilian Allian, who was reportedly at the scene of the event, she narrated how the husband had gone to Apostolic church in Orji to wed the second wife but was rejected then he proceeded to Altar of Prayer Gospel Ministry where they accepted to wed them.

Read Lilians account below:
“True life story. A man went to Apostolic Church at Orji in owerri North to wed his second wife, but the church rejected him.
He went to Altar of prayer Gospel ministry at Nkwo orji same owerri North and the pastor accepted to wed them.
On the day of the wedding 25th been on Sunday, the first wife came and poured red oil on the second wife’s wedding gown. I was there life. All these ministries, make una take una time. Just because of money, you want to go against the word of God.”


Tuesday, 27 November 2018

November 27, 2018

15 Lucrative Business One Can Own As Side Hustle

Today, many people are looking to leave the daily “9-God-knows-when” grind for something that feeds their passion, or at best, something that supplements income from their regular jobs.
While working on your side business idea is without a doubt a risk, it also requires way more sacrifice. However, once you get it right, you will be making your way majestically into significantly more money for yourself. So, let’s examine a few of these lucrative businesses one can own as a side hustle.

Transportation Business

People must move from place to place every day. You can decide to set up your own intra-city or inter-city transportation company or you can enroll on either Uber, Taxify or the other available ride sharing platforms and earn money on nights and weekends, working only when you want.
An average Uber driver earns N75,000 – N100,000 a week. An average Toyota Corolla is good for this business because it is cost-effective and fuel-efficient. Also, the parts are very affordable in case of repairs. A Toyota Corolla costs approximately N1.3 million for a Nigerian-used one and the directly imported one cost about N2 million or less, depending on the dealer.
You also don’t need to drive it yourself as you can give it out for hire purchase to a driver. The driver would pay you an agreed sum of money until he pays up a total agreed cumulative amount. This method is usually preferred by many people, as it ensures that the driver takes good care of the vehicle and it motivates the driver to put in his best into the business since he knows that after completing the total agreed cumulative sum, the vehicle would be his.
If you don’t have the needed funds for a car, you can also consider getting a tricycle which costs below N1 million for a brand new one.

Poultry Farming

Everyday, people consume poultry products like chicken, turkey and eggs. This gives you an idea of how large the market for poultry products is. There are numerous business opportunities in poultry farming that anyone can venture into. They are as follows:
-Rearing of broilers for meat production  –
With proper marketing plan, you don’t need to only rely on festive seasons’ sales. You can produce and under special agreement, supply to restaurants, hotels and even to the local market.

Rearing of layers for egg production

To start the layers poultry farms, you can buy layers day-old chicks from a reliable hatchery or buy already grown layers that have just started laying. It is better starting with day-old chicks, as it may be more economical and less capital-intensive.

Setting up a hatchery

Poultry hatcheries are set up to produce chicks of several breeds for sale by artificial means of incubation of eggs. Most broilers and layers farmers source their day-old chicks from hatcheries.  A large hatchery can produce thousands of chicks daily.

Setting up a poultry feed milling plant

Experienced poultry farmers don’t compromise on the quality and quantity of feed that they give to their birds, as it has major impact on the growth and egg yield of the birds. Therefore, the market for poultry feeds is available.
  1. Setting up a cold room for storage & sales of frozen poultry meat.
  2. Veterinary services for poultry farms.
  3. Sales and distribution of poultry feeds.
Tools needed – Brooders – for providing heat for the birds; Crates – for collecting and storing eggs; Perch – used in deep litter system to provide resting places for the birds; Drinkers – Used to provide drinking water for the birds; Feeders – used to provide feeds for the birds and miscellaneous tools like wheel barrows, shovel, buckets, scoops, saws, hammers, rakes, etc.

Barbing salon

Most men go to a barbershop every week to cut their hair or shave their beard and they part with at least N300 on each of the visit as most services rendered at barbershops in Nigeria cost between N300 and N1000, depending on the kind of service rendered and location.
This business has a ready market and is relatively easy to set up with a moderate startup cost. With a capital of N300,000 to N500,000 you can set up a decent salon. You can set up a chain of barbershops at several locations across your city and employ people to run the business for you.
You are also guaranteed returns as you could be making up to N10,000 – N25,000 everyday and perhaps even more on weekends, depending on the location.
The major things to take into consideration are:
  • Get a business office – this should be in a residential area where people can easily access.
  • Furnish your office – install a good television, wall mirrors, standing fans, wall cabinet for keeping cosmetics and some equipment, sound system, rotating leather chairs, chairs for waiting customers, cover clothes, towels etc.
  • Get all other necessary equipment & materials – The equipment you need for your barbershop include: combs, good clippers, hand gloves, brushes, dusters, and cosmetics like hair relaxers, hair sprays and dyes, aftershave, towel warmers, etc.
  • Get a good source of power – If there is no reliable electricity in that area, then you would need an alternative source of power.
Additionally, you can sell some products in the barbershop – like aftershave, shampoo, hair and body creams, perfumes, shaving sticks and powders, DVD and VCDs.

Professional car wash

Just think of the number of cars in your city or locality. Think of dirty and dusty roads that vehicles in Nigeria ply daily. Think of the busy schedules of many car owners. All these factors make the services of a car wash expert always needed.
The cheapest car wash outlets cost about N1000 and even more depending on the locality, just to wash a car’s interior and exterior.   If you want an extra service like steam washing your radiator, you would have to pay an extra fee for that.
If you wash about 10 cars at a cost of N1000 each, you would make a monthly gross income of about N300,000. You can recruit experienced personnel to run the business for you while you also go to the business premises on your days off work or weekends.
The basic equipment you need include hand brushes, sponges, towels, buckets, hoses, vacuum cleaners, polished, etc. You will also need steam and pressure washing machines.

Laundry and dry cleaning services

A medium scale laundry/dry cleaning shop will cost between N400,000 and N1,000,000 depending on the locality. Most of this cost would be for renting an office, buying a power generating set, washing machine and other accessories. If you really want to cut down costs, you can just use your home as the office.

Basic Materials:

  1. Washing machine – You can get a 14kg top or front loader washing machine which can take more clothes and save time and resources.
  2. Pressing iron and Iron board
  3. Buckets and water storage tank – you would need this to store up some water, so as to ensure uninterrupted operations in case of public water supply outages.
  4. Hangers, cloth pegs, chemicals, soaps and detergents for washing.
  5. Plastic or polythene bags – used for packaging your finished products and getting them ready for pick up by your customers. You can customize the bags to include your business logo and contact.
  6. Tagging gun, pin and papers and as the business grows and expands, you would need a delivery van for home delivery services.

Sports viewing centres

Nigerians love football and most football matches take place during the weekends or evenings, so this is a perfect business for people in employment to make money.
You basically need a space of N200,000 to N800,000, depending on location, and 2- 5 television sets that are big enough to see. You will also need a generator, chairs and a Premium DSTV subscription.
Sports viewing centres typically charge between N150 and N300 depending on the location and importance of the match. If you have a space that comfortably takes 200 people, you will be making from N30,000 to N40,000 every time there is a football match.
Also, there are other good businesses you can blend with this, like sports betting which is a natural fit for sports lovers and a side-bar where people can have drinks while they enjoy their football. In any case, it’s a winning affair for you.

Phones, laptops and accessories shop

Phones are among the fastest selling products in the market. Mobile and electronic accessories such as pouches, chargers, USB cables, HDMI cables, earphones and more, can be sourced on Alibaba, Ali Express, etc. The more you buy, the lower the price. And they are light so shipping won’t be a burden.
Many chargers and phone cases sold for N1,500 to N2,000 online are bought on international e-commerce sites for less than N500. You can sell them physically, via social media channels, or through e-commerce websites.


Well established and properly set up restaurants attract more people and make more proceeds for the business owners. If you open a restaurant business, ensure good quality and high standard of the meals produced, by employing experienced cooks. Also ensure well set up and clean environment.
To get started, capital can vary according to your scope of business and target customers. If your potential customers would be high-income level customers in highbrow areas, you can open an eatery, but if you wish to serve low and medium income customers, then you could simply set up a small roadside “buka”.

Get the basic materials:

The basic materials needed in this business include: cooking pots, plates, spoons, trays, bowls, knives, catering trays and food boxes, coolers, chopping boards, oven, serving utensils, catering plates and glass racks, table decorations, table top accessories, linens and table coverings, uniforms for cooks and waitresses, hand gloves, refrigerator, garbage bags for dirty linen, micro wave, deep freezers, mixers, delivery van, blenders, cooling vans, rolling carts, dispensers, foil etc.
Other ideas include providing catering services at ceremonies, mobile catering services, home delivery services, etc.

POS Payments

If you live in a place where banks aren’t many or the ATM rarely works, you can handle e-payments for people and make some money. You can charge between N200 and N500 per transaction and you will gradually be making a lot of money from the teeming population.

Makeup artist

If you love makeup but aren’t an expert, consider investing in a class or certificate program. Talk to professionals to find what they recommend. Makeup artists earn between N5,000 naira and N200,000 or more, depending on the occasion. You don’t necessarily need to have a shop in the early stages as you can make use of social media to showcase your skills and gradually build your following. You will also need to invest in a good camera phone or a small digital camera so you can post great pictures of your work online.
Additionally, you can combine this with sale of basic and medicated cosmetics like creams, make-up items and beauty products.

Online Advertising Agency

Thousands of businesses in Nigeria are taking their businesses online to leverage the massive community of Nigerian internet users and market their products. This influx has created another business opportunity in Nigeria for savvy digital marketing experts. You too can setup your own online advertising agency in Nigeria today and make millions.
Build up a following on any of the social media platforms and you could quickly be approached by major brands that sell products or services related to the type of content you share. If you have hundreds of thousands of followers, you can easily charge anywhere from N15,000 – N100,000 per post or more. Lasisi Elenu and Maraji are reportedly said to charge within the region of N500,000 and N2m per post.

Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is one of the best low cost business ideas to venture into because it literally requires an investment of almost N0, but great writing skills and enough time to spend on the internet looking for writing gigs.
Some freelance writers who write for international clients get paid as high as $150 to $2000 per article, while some others could make as high as $50,000 from ghost writing books. The most exciting part of this side business idea is that you can offer your writing, proofreading, and editing services from the comfort of your home, working only after work and leveraging the power of the internet.

Plantain Chips Making

Move around the street and you will see different brands of plantain chips on sale, selling at a fast pace. So, if you can engage in the business of producing and supplying it to retailers and hawkers, you will be making good money on daily basis.
What you need: big frying pan (N3,000) small sealing machine (N15,000),  nylons and labels (N2,000), other utensils (N5, 000). The rest N30,000 goes into buying of plantains and logistics. Supply to the shops and to hawkers and make money on a regular basis.


Photography is big in Nigeria. Look around you, there is an event every other day and this tells you how often the services of a photographer is needed. You can become a mobile photographer by selling your services at weddings, birthdays, photo-shoots, and other events without owning a studio or having expensive equipment. Simply expand gradually!
Photographers charge N200 – N500 to take pictures at events and charge even more if it is a photoshoot session or they are providing you with a framed or photo book version.
What you need: A good camera (Which typically costs N50,000 – N750,000), a camera bag, lenses, memory card, photo printer, photo editing software, etc.


If there’s any business that you can get into and be sure of almost not spending a dime, it has to be tutoring. All you need to get you started is to be knowledgeable in any subject and show a mastery of that subject and you’re good to go.
You can use the outside of your home and teach kids around your locality or offer private home lessons. As a tutor, you can earn as much as ₦40,000 in a month by teaching a single student in the comfort of his home. Imagine the possibilities when you have 3 or 4 students to teach.
Knowledge without action won’t do you any good. Start now. You can start small and expand with time.
Before starting your own business, ask yourself:
  • Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur or small business owner?
  • What is your passion or expertise?
  • Do you have the capital to start the business?
  • Who is going to be on your team?
  • Do you have a strong business plan?
Answering the above questions won’t determine your fate, but they will guide you in determining your business idea and whether or not it should be pursued.
November 27, 2018

Akin Alabi Shows Off Multi-million Naira Nairabet Office Building

For Nigerian youths and sports betting enthusiasts, Akin Alabi is a household name. Alabi, founder of Nairabet, Nigeria’s first online sports betting platform has also been making his mark in the country’s political space of late.
Since he announced his political ambition, Alabi has committed himself more on inspiring Nigerian youths through his success story as a focused entrepreneur.
For Alabi, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, according to him, Nairabet is his only surviving business entity after several failed business attempts in the past.
Motivated by @OgbeniDipo, a Career and Personal Development Coach, Alabi made a Twitter thread sharing exclusive pictures of his luxurious office.
Alabi has been operating his Nairabet business in the office for over 2 years.

Akin Alabi’s foray into business

Alabi had always wanted to be his own boss and the decision to be an entrepreneur was further boosted with the discrimination against HND holders in the country.
Alabi recalled how he ventured into several failed businesses to make a living. The list of businesses includes selling of chicken on the streets of Ibadan, importing and exporting of cash crops, sports news publishing, business paper, a printing press and a travel company. It was usually just a matter of time before they hit the rocks.
After making some money from organising seminars, he travelled outside the shores of the country. Alabi later travelled to the United Kingdom to join his brother, who introduced him to sports betting. It was there that he studied the business model for placing bets on sports.
He later created an information product on how to place sports bets online from Nigeria. He made huge sales on the product and impressed by the enthusiasm shown, he birthed the idea of creating his own platform in Nigeria.
He recalled how he conducted an online survey to see how willing Nigerians were to patronise the business. Based on the positive feedback he received, he decided to embark on the online sports betting business.
According to information on the platform’s website, Nairabet started in 2009; although it is not the first sports betting platform in the country, Nairabet was the first company to come up with a fully functional website, that is an online website where you can actually deposit money, place bets and make withdrawals.
November 27, 2018


Man United advance to knockout rounds, in spite of performance
That Jose Mourinho felt the need to lift up a basket of drinks bottles and smash it to the floor when Marouane Fellaini scored his stoppage-time winner says everything about how the game went.
Manchester United are into the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a game to spare but it was far from comfortable.
This should have been a stroll against a Young Boys side who have not won a European game away from home since 2014. But just as a host of unwanted records beckoned -- longest winless run at Old Trafford in Europe and longest spell without a goal in Europe at home --Fellaini spun in the penalty to shoot into the far corner. A 90-minute showdown with Valencia to see who qualifies from Group H had been avoided. Just. Relief wasn't the right word.
It wouldn't be Man United if there wasn't some sort of struggle and they went in at half-time with the game goalless. No one was surprised, they have only managed four goals in 10 first halves at Old Trafford this season and just two from open play.
Marcus Rashford, picked as the No. 9, should have made it three when he was sent clean through inside five minutes but his clipped finish cleared the crossbar as well as David von Ballmoos in the Young Boys goal.
You can understand why some supporters are staying away and despite tickets going on general sale last week, there were noticeable chunks of empty seats. You know it's bad when the attendance isn't even read out over the loudspeaker.
Fellaini had a chance to make sure the ending wasn't quite so dramatic but his second-half volley ended up in the Stretford End when it should have been nestled in the net.
But just as the groans of frustration from the sparse crowd were getting louder and louder, Fellaini saved United from embarrassment. Cue Mourinho's wild celebration.
That Jose Mourinho felt the need to lift up a basket of drinks bottles and smash it to the floor when Marouane Fellaini scored his stoppage-time winner says everything about how the game went.
Manchester United are into the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a game to spare but it was far from comfortable.
This should have been a stroll against a Young Boys side who have not won a European game away from home since 2014.
But just as a host of unwanted records beckoned -- longest winless run at Old Trafford in Europe and longest spell without a goal in Europe at home --Fellaini spun in the penalty to shoot into the far corner. A 90-minute showdown with Valencia to see who qualifies from Group H had been avoided. Just. Relief wasn't the right word.
It wouldn't be Man United if there wasn't some sort of struggle and they went in at half-time with the game goalless. No one was surprised, they have only managed four goals in 10 first halves at Old Trafford this season and just two from open play.
Marcus Rashford, picked as the No. 9, should have made it three when he was sent clean through inside five minutes but his clipped finish cleared the crossbar as well as David von Ballmoos in the Young Boys goal.
November 27, 2018


True to their pre match boast, the Super Falcons yesterday proved to their Cameroonian counterparts, Indomitable Lionesses, that Nigeria remains the commander-in-chief in African women’s football. The Falcons won their semifinal tie at the Accra Sports Stadium 4-2 on penalties to reach AWCON 2018 final. The victory also guaranteed the Super Falcons a place at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Lithe and sharp forward, Onguene came close in the 4th minute with a rasping shot, apparently from nowhere, which Falcons goalie, Tochukwu Oluehi diverted, and three minutes later, the Lionesses were on the prowl again with a firm header, but Oluehi again was alert. In the 10th minute, Gaelle Enganamouit tested the Nigeria goal with a snap shot, but could not penetrate. 
In the closing stages of the first period, Nigeria pushed forward a bit, but an attempt by Francisca Ordega to steal the ball from two defenders was fruitless, and Asisat Oshoala’s crisp shot was well saved.
Nigeria had finished second in group B after two wins and a defeat, while Cameroun were top of group A with two wins and a draw. Super Falcons head coach Thomas Dennerby made no changes to the starting line up for their previous two games that ended on victory against Zambia and Equatorial Guinea.
Incidentally, it was at the same Accra Sports Stadium the Super Falcons made history in 2004, beating the host, Ghana Black Queens 3-2 on penalties with former goalkeeper, Precious Dede, saving three kicks after conceding two in the qualifier to Athens Olympic Games.
Yesterday, the Super Falcons created very few chances in the first half, as the Indomitable Lionesses controlled possession and set the tone of the game. After a goalless halftime, both teams followed in the same pattern in the second stanza, as they were unable to get the breakthrough.
Thomas Dennerby introduced Falconets stars, Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo, but the game ended goalless at 90 minutes. The extra time also ended goalless, taking the game into penalty shootout.
Falcons captain Onome Ebi, Ajibade, Asisat Oshoala and Ngozi Ebere all converted their spot kicks to give Nigeria a 4-2 victory. Goalkeeper Oluehi made one save in the penalty shootout.
The victory yesterday was the third time since 2014 the Super Falcons forced a bitter nut down the throat of the Lionesses in the African Women’s Nations Cup competition.
Cameroun star, Ajara Nchout, was voted Woman of the Match as she played a crucial role for the Indomitable Lioness, who pressed the Super Falcons.
The Super Falcons will face either the Banyana Banyana of South Africa or Mali in the final of the AWCON 2018. Cameroun on the other hand still have the chance of qualifying for France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, if they win the third place match on Friday.

November 27, 2018


Buhari, Tinubu task new gov on service
Governor Adegboyega of Osun State has pledged to prioritise the welfare of workers and retirees by ensuring prompt payment of salaries and entitlements.
In his inauguration speech yesterday in Osogbo, the new chief executive said he would not betray the confidence reposed in him by the people, promising to build on the achievements of his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola. Also speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, reiterated his commitment to free and fair elections next year.
He said efforts were ongoing to tackle the nation’s economic challenges through diversification by developing the solid mineral sector.
The president noted that when fully on stream, Osun, with its huge mineral deposits, would be a major beneficiary.He revealed that the Federal Government had set aside N55.1 billion to prosecute a basic health care programme for women and children, adding that the state as well as Abia, Edo, Niger and Kaduna are among the first beneficiaries of the scheme billed for launch next month.
Listing the infrastructure being executed in Osun to improve the welfare of the citizens, Buhari pledged his administration’s continued assistance to the state.He reiterated the resolve of his government to the school-feeding programme running currently In 26 states, including Osun.
Besides, the president said opportunity had also been created for the participation of 20,000 youths from the state in the N-Power scheme of the Federal Government.
Congratulating Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the epochal occasion, the Nigerian leader urged the governor to complete all projects initiated by his predecessor and pay attention to the welfare of women, workers and youths.In his remarks, APC national leader, Tinubu boasted that the party remained unperturbed, as it would continue to preside over the nation’s affairs.
He said Nigerians were not ready to leave governance in the “hands of those who mismanaged it (the country).””No shaking and no going back to the era of greed, selfishness and corruption of the past that has held back our progress.
“I’m a politician, don’t stop me from talking politics today,” the former governor of Lagos State said. Tinubu thanked president, urging him to ride on because according to him, “there is no other party here in the South West”.He greeted the new governor and urged him to deliver on campaign promises.
The event was attended by six governors, including Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), and Abdulai Ganduje (Kano).
Also in attendance were Tinubu’s wife, Oluremi; APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; erstwhile interim chair, Chief Bisi Akande; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi; General Alani Akinrinade and one-time governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba.
The rest were ex-governor of Ekiti State, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, and former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.