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Today’s Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines 27 March 2019

INEC, Army and Rivers election
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
In the wake of the chaosthat trailed the March 9 gubernatorial polls in River State and an Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] report which indicted its officers, Nigerian Army has commissioned a fact-finding mission to ascertain whatever role its officers played in the saga. The mission which is led by Major General Taritimiye Gagariga visited []The post INEC, Army and Rivers election appeared first on Daily Trust.
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28 parties reject Tambuwal’s victory
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Agroup, the Coalition of 28 Political Parties in Sokoto State has rejected the outcome of last week’s supplementary governorship election in the state. ‘The elections were hugely marred by myriads of flaws which had rendered the results of the polls, null, void and unacceptable,’ it stated. Addressing journalists in Sokoto, yesterday, the secretary of the []The post 28 parties reject Tambuwal’s victory appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Leave Saraki out of Senate leadership tussle, PDP caucus tells APC
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The APC should stop dragging the name of Senate President Bukola Saraki into the jostling for the leadership of the 9th Senate, the PDP Caucus in the Senate has said. The Senate PDP Caucus said Saraki had no interest in who became what in the next Senate, noting that he should be left out of []The post Leave Saraki out of Senate leadership tussle, PDP caucus tells APC appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Akpabio’ll reclaim his senatorial seat ‘ Ex-SSG
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
A former Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Mr. Etekamba Umoren, has said he is confident that Senator Godswill Akpabio will reclaim his mandate at the election tribunal. Umoren, who was SSG during the governorship tenure of Akpabio, said yesterday in Uyo that evidence abound to prove that the former minority leader of the []The post Akpabio’ll reclaim his senatorial seat ‘ Ex-SSG appeared first on Daily Trust.
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CAN commends peaceful polls in Plateau
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Plateau State has applauded the successful completion of what it called a ‘violence free election’ in Plateau State. The religious body said there was sense of fulfilment because the people conducted themselves in a matured manner. A statement signed by the state CAN Chairman, Rev. Soja Bewarang and []The post CAN commends peaceful polls in Plateau appeared first on Daily Trust.
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What we must do in 9th Assembly ‘ Rep Khadija Bukar
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Honourable Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim is the immediate past minister of State for Foreign Affairs. A grand-daughter of late Sir Kashim Ibrahim, and wife of Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, she has been re-elected to the House of Representatives for the fourth time. In this interview, she spoke about the status of women in politics and []The post What we must do in 9th Assembly ‘ Rep Khadija Bukar appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Bauchi lawyers want gov-elect to complete township road in 100 days
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Body of Bauchi Lawyers of Conscience (BOBALAC) has appealed to the newly elected governor of the state, Senator Bala Mohammed, to complete the 4.5km Federal Low-Cost to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) road in his first 100 days. The group, in a statement jointly signed by its chief convener, Barrister Shipi Rabo and secretary, []The post Bauchi lawyers want gov-elect to complete township road in 100 days appeared first on Daily Trust.
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APGA in Benue can’t go to tribunal over paucity of funds
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the just concluded Benue State governorship election, John Aondohemba Tseayo, said yesterday that his party will not go to the tribunal due to lack of fund. Tseayo, who at a news conference in Makurdi, berated the PDP and APC for alleged vote buying during the elections, []The post APGA in Benue can’t go to tribunal over paucity of funds appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Rivers PDP denies offering N3bn to AAC guber candidate
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Rivers state PDP Campaign Council has said the state governor, Nyesom Wike did not offer N3billion to the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Biokpomabo Awara. Reacting to the press conference held by Awara, the Director of Information and Communications of the state PDP Campaign Council, Emma Okah, denied that Governor Wike offered []The post Rivers PDP denies offering N3bn to AAC guber candidate appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Today’s Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines 27 March 2019

Namdas joins race for office of Speaker
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC-Adamawa), has declared his intention to run for the office of the Speaker in the 9th Assembly. Namdas, who made the declaration on Tuesday in Abuja, said that though the challenges could be enormous, but that he had offered himself for the office of the speaker. []The post Namdas joins race for office of Speaker appeared first on Daily Trust.
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25 elected APC lawmakers receive certificates of return in Kebbi
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented Certificates of Return to the 25 newly-elected House of Assembly members in the concluded general elections in Kebbi State. The certificates were presented by the state Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Alhaji Muhammad Mahamud, in Birinin Kebbi on Tuesday. Mahamud urged elected law makers to provide dividends of []The post 25 elected APC lawmakers receive certificates of return in Kebbi appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Little Success Adegor still on my mind
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
It is a story that strikes the soul. Meant to amuse, but brings tears down many a cheek. This is the digital age of citizen journalism. There is little privacy left for anyone. Success, a little primary school girl is sent off from school where she has hoped to sit her examinations, because her parents []The post Little Success Adegor still on my mind appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Major casualties of the 2019 elections
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
In a real sense, no one won the 2019 elections. The nation went through the motions of electing President, Governors and legislators, and the electoral process yielded candidates who were supposed to have won. Most of these will not know whether they can keep their mandates or forfeit them until the judicial process decides winners []The post Major casualties of the 2019 elections appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Capital Science Academy’s Lois Amos-Penda wins francophone competition
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
A Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 student of Capital Science Academy, Kuje, Abuja,Lois Amos-Penda, has emerged winner of the just-concluded Abuja Schools Competition, organised by the French Embassy in Nigeria to mark this year’s French Language Week. The Francophone Week was a week-long event which featured a soccer tournament in which the school also came []The post Capital Science Academy’s Lois Amos-Penda wins francophone competition appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Police protest non-payment of feeding allowances in Yobe
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Mobile police on operation in Yobe state have expressed displeasure with the alleged non-payment of their feeding allowances for four months. The armed mobile policemen, who gathered beside UBA bank, at Central Round-about on Tuesday, said they would soon took to the street to protest if government did not settled them. One of the policemen, []The post Police protest non-payment of feeding allowances in Yobe appeared first on Daily Trust.
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ALGERIA: Army wants President Bouteflika removed
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Algeria’s army chief of staff has demanded President Abdelaziz Bouteflika be declared unfit to rule after weeks of protests against him. Speaking on television, Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah said: ‘We must find a way out of this crisis immediately, within the constitutional framework.’ The president has already agreed not to stand for a fifth []The post ALGERIA: Army wants President Bouteflika removed appeared first on Daily Trust.
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CHAD: African presidents’ bribe trial ‘like film script
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Newspapers are reacting to the prosecution of a Hong Kong politician who tried to bribe two African presidents in exchange for contracts for a Chinese oil company. On Monday, Patrick Ho Chi-Ping was sentenced to three years in prison in the US for bribery and money laundering. CNN said the trial of Patrick Ho Chi-Ping []The post CHAD: African presidents’ bribe trial ‘like film script’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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UNITED STATES: Pentagon okays $1bn for Mexico border wall
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Pentagon has authorised the transfer of $1bn (758m) to army engineers for new wall construction along the US-Mexico border. The funds are the first under the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump to bypass Congress and build the barrier he pledged during his election campaign. Democrats have protested against the move. The funds []The post UNITED STATES: Pentagon okays $1bn for Mexico border wall appeared first on Daily Trust.
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AUSTRALIA: One Nation party courted US pro-gun group
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
A right-wing party in Australia discussed softening the nation’s strict gun laws as it sought donations from a US lobby group in a bid for greater political power, video recordings show. Representatives from One Nation, an anti-Islam minor party, met with the National Rifle Association last year. Australian PM Scott Morrison says the videos, secretly []The post AUSTRALIA: One Nation party courted US pro-gun group appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SYRIA: Kurds seek global tribunal for Islamic State fighters
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria has called for the creation of an international tribunal to try thousands of suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) group. One official, Abdul Karim Omar, told the BBC they were struggling to cope with the thousands who emerged from the last IS enclave of Baghuz, in the east. []The post SYRIA: Kurds seek global tribunal for Islamic State fighters appeared first on Daily Trust.
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INDONESIA: Park censors mermaid statues’ breasts
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
An Indonesian theme park has covered the bare breasts on two statues to respect ‘Eastern values’. Ancol Dreamland in the capital city Jakarta placed golden chest wraps on the mermaid figures, which have been at the park for the last 15 years. The move has confused many in the city and prompted questions about whether []The post INDONESIA: Park censors mermaid statues’ breasts appeared first on Daily Trust.
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VENEZUELA: Day off as fresh power cuts shut down services
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Venezuela’s government has told workers and students to stay at home as the country faces a second day without electricity. Hospitals, public transport, water and other services have been affected. The capital, Caracas, was first plunged into darkness on Monday. Power was restored four hours later, before a second blackout struck. A days-long nationwide power []The post VENEZUELA: Day off as fresh power cuts shut down services appeared first on Daily Trust.
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ITALY: Bus attack hero wins citizenship
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
A boy who saved his classmates from an alleged school bus hijacker will be granted Italian citizenship, deputy PM Matteo Salvini has said. Ramy Shehata, 13, raised the alarm on his hidden phone when the driver seized them from other pupils. He and 50 other children escaped the vehicle before it was set alight near []The post ITALY: Bus attack hero wins citizenship appeared first on Daily Trust.
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VATICAN: Women editors resign from women’s magazine
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The all-women board on the Vatican women’s magazine have resigned citing a campaign to discredit them and put them ‘under the direct control of men’. Founder Lucetta Scaraffia said pressure on staff at Women Church World had intensified after it had published reports about sexual abuse of nuns by other members of the clergy. The []The post VATICAN: Women editors resign from women’s magazine appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Algerian military chief of staff calls for declaring president unfit
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Algerian military on Tuesday called for the enforcement of a constitutional article that allows the removal of the president on health grounds, amid mass protests calling for long-serving President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down. ‘A solution should be adopted that ensures getting out of the crisis and responding to the legitimate demands of the []The post Algerian military chief of staff calls for declaring president unfit appeared first on Daily Trust.
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25th anniversary: NAFDAC gets accolades over war against counterfeit medicines
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders in the health industry have commended the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for its efforts in safe-guarding the country against counterfeit medicines in the last 25 years. They gave the commendation in Abuja on Tuesday during the 25th []The post 25th anniversary: NAFDAC gets accolades over war against counterfeit medicines appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Birth certificate now compulsory to enrol your child in schools, hospitals ‘ Ondo governor
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said that birth certificate will now be a prerequisite for the enrolment of any child into primary schools and hospital admission across the state. Speaking on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ meeting on birth registration in Akure, Ondo state, the governor said the National Population Commissions (NPC) birth certificate yardstick []The post Birth certificate now compulsory to enrol your child in schools, hospitals ‘ Ondo governor appeared firs
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Trained health workers push up treatment for diarrhoea, anaemia
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The number of pregnant women taking folic acid to ward off anaemia and children being treated for diarrhoea in health facilities increased across five northern states ‘ after a programme teaching frontline health workers to raise awareness and refer individuals to hospitals. The sharpest growth came between January last year and March 2019 before the []The post Trained health workers push up treatment for diarrhoea, anaemia appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Poor access to water leads to high mortality rate ‘ Ayade
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has identified poor access to clean water and sanitation as some of the major reasons for the high mortality rate in children under five. Speaking through the director general of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, during the World Water Day, the governor said: []The post Poor access to water leads to high mortality rate Ayade appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Election inconclusiveness conundrum
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
With the 2019 general elections substantially behind us, except for the plethora of litigations that may naturally arise, worried Nigerian patriots must now address their minds to what collectively the nation can do to have a more credible, free and fair and violence free election post 2019. We cannot all live in denial and pretend []The post Election inconclusiveness conundrum appeared first on Daily Trust.
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CBN cuts lending rates to 13.5%, 2yrs after
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Rising from its March 2019 Monetary Policy Committee Meeting (MPC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), yesterday, cut lending rate from 14 percent to 13:50 percent. This is the first rate cut in about two years. The CBN had held rates constant as it struggled to keep inflationary pressure down. Also in spite of the []The post CBN cuts lending rates to 13.5%, 2yrs after appeared first on Daily Trust.
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56% Nigeria’s rural population to get broadband services soon
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
About 56 percent of Nigeria’s rural population will be connected to broadband services through the use of television white space (TVWS) technology, officials have said. To this end, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), is set to develop a framework for the use of TVWS technology to extend []The post 56% Nigeria’s rural population to get broadband services soon appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Micro pension: PenCom targets coverage of 30m informal sector operators
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) says the goal of its Micro Pension Plan (MPP) is to achieve coverage of 30 million people in the informal sector by 2024. The Head of Corporate Communications of PenCom, Mr Peter Aghahowa, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. Aghahowa, who said President Muhammadu Buhari would []The post Micro pension: PenCom targets coverage of 30m informal sector operators appeared first on Daily Trust.
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AIF: Partners reaffirm commitment to close Africa’s infrastructure gap
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The African Development Bank (AfDB), heads of 34 leading financial institutions covering Africa and other partners of the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) have reaffirmed their commitment to ‘scale up, speed up, and synergize’ efforts to deliver transformative projects across the continent. A statement from AfDB yesterday quoted the Chief Executive Officer, Development Bank of Southern []The post AIF: Partners reaffirm commitment to close Africa’s infrastructure gap appeared first on
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Reps caution aviation minister over planned $461 loan
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The House of Representatives has cautioned the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, over plans to secure a US$461 million loan ‘to reconstruct and upgrade facilities in selected Nigerian airports.’ The House said this was in addition to the US$500 million already borrowed by the aviation ministry for the same purpose, outside the 2019 budgetary allocation []The post Reps caution aviation minister over planned $461 loan appeared first on Daily Trust.
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VAT is designed to support the poor
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has reiterated that the Value Added Tax (VAT) is a consumption tax primarily designed to support the poor people, and not to create hardship for them. Fowler stated this in Lagos recently at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Tax Outlook (NTO) Stakeholders Roundtable Series organised by the Nigeria []The post ‘VAT is designed to support the poor’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Centre wants N/Assembly to review N74bn ‘frivolous estimates’ in 2019 budget
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Citizens Wealth Platform (CWP), a coalition of non-governmental organisations on business and economy, has urged the National Assembly to review the 2019 budget proposal with a view to re-allocate N74bn appropriated for frivolous and wasteful items. This is contained in the ‘Review of the 2019 Federal Appropriation Bill and Estimates’ and ‘Recommendations on the []The post Centre wants N/Assembly to review N74bn ‘frivolous estimates’ in 2019 budget appeared first on
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Nigeria spends N2.88trn to import 400,000 cars yearly ‘ NADDC
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has said that Nigeria spends about N2.88 trillion ($8 billion) on the importation of about 300,000 to 400,000 cars yearly. Addressing journalists in Abuja, yesterday, on the council’s upcoming seminar workshop on the automotive sector in Nigeria, the Director General of NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, said most of []The post Nigeria spends N2.88trn to import 400,000 cars yearly NADDC appeared first on Daily Trust.
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CBN’s fiscal policy uncoordinated ‘ LCCI
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Director General of the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr Muda Yusuf, has described as uncoordinated, the Trade policy strategy of the Federal Government. Yusuf made the remark while responding to the keynote lecture on leveraging free trade agreements for Nigeria’s economic development by Professor Benedict Oramah, president of the African Export []The post CBN’s fiscal policy uncoordinated LCCI appeared first on Daily Trust.
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DisCos got N438bn energy revenue in 2018, hit 66% efficiency
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) said 10 Distribution Companies (DisCos) reached 66 per cent collection efficiency as they collected N438 billion revenue for energy served to consumers in 2018. The Director of Advocacy and Research at ANED, Mr Sunday Oduntan, in a document said the 10 DisCos, excluding Yola DisCo, received energy worth []The post DisCos got N438bn energy revenue in 2018, hit 66% efficiency appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Facebook removes accounts from Russia, Iran for ‘coordinated inauthentic behaviour
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Facebook Inc. said on Tuesday that it had removed more accounts from Iran, Russia, Macedonia, and Kosovo, citing what it described as ‘coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. A total of 2,632 pages, groups, and accounts were removed from Facebook and Instagram for operations linked to the aforementioned countries, the social media platform said. 513 of those accounts []The post Facebook removes accounts from Russia, Iran for ‘coordinated inauthentic behaviour’ appeared firs
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Onuachu’s debut goal seals Eagles’ victory against Egypt
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Paul Onuachu scored a spectacular goal as the Super Eagles rounded off a thrilling international week with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Egypt in their friendly game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba yesterday evening. It took only 10 seconds of play for the FC Midtjylland forward to score what would be the match []The post Onuachu’s debut goal seals Eagles’ victory against Egypt appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NBBF disperses fear over interim injunction on premier basketball league
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has reassured stakeholders that there is no cause for alarm over the interim injunction reportedly issued by the Federal High Court in Abuja on 20th March, 2019, restraining the NBBF from organizing the National Premier League. The recent Ex parte Order stemmed from a lawsuit filed before the court by []The post NBBF disperses fear over interim injunction on premier basketball league appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NFF to build football pitches across Nigeria
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has resolved to build two football pitches in each of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. This was contained in a communique issued after the meeting of the NFF Executive Committee held in Asaba on Monday. ‘In line with the new thinking and focus of []The post NFF to build football pitches across Nigeria appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NFF, Nigerian coaches congratulate Amunike over Tanzania feat
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Nigeria Football Coaches Association have congratulated former Super Eagles star, Emmanuel Amunike for leading Tanzania to their first Africa Cup of Nations finals in 39 years. In a letter signed by its president, Ladan Bosso, the association also congratulated Emeka Amadi who is part of Tanzania technical crew. ‘It is with great joy that I []The post NFF, Nigerian coaches congratulate Amunike over Tanzania feat appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Tornadoes players, coaches get 3 match ultimatum
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The management of the Nigeria Professional Football League side, Niger Tornadoes have issued a three-match ultimatum to the technical crew of the club to turn around the fortunes of the club. In a letter signed by the club secretary Mallam Aliyu Muazu stated that the club chairman Mallam Abubakar Mustapha Gawu expressed his dismay over []The post Tornadoes players, coaches get 3 match ultimatum appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Yobe Stars to appoint new coach on Thursday
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The General Manager of Yobe Desert Stars, Habu Abudulrahman Ago has said the club will announce the appointment of a new technical adviser on Thursday. This follows the sack of the former technical adviser, Ngozi Elechi last Sunday after the team’s 0-1 loss at Go Round FC. Elechi who joined Yobe Stars from Go Round []The post Yobe Stars to appoint new coach on Thursday appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Bosso will enjoy coaches’ unflinching support, says Abdullahi
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
The newly elected assistant Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, Coach Mansur Abdullahi has said the re-elected president, Ladan Bosso will enjoy total support from his colleagues. In a chat with Daily Trust yesterday, the assistant coach of the national U-20 women’s team, the Falconets said the coaches have agreed to work harmoniously []The post Bosso will enjoy coaches’ unflinching support, says Abdullahi appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Ekundayo: I will fight like warrior to make Nigerians proud
Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Larry Ekundayo, Nigeria’s number one boxer, has vowed to fight like a warrior in his next fight, to make Nigerians and his major sponsors proud. Ekundayo will defend his European IBF Welterweight belt, as well as fight for the vacant intercontinental belt in the coming months. ‘I will fight like a warrior for Nigeria in []The post Ekundayo: I will fight like warrior to make Nigerians proud appeared first on Daily Trust.
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