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Saraki Hails Falcons Over WAFU Success

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday lauded the Super Falcons for lifting the 2019 WAFU Cup following their soul-lifting display in the finals of the game last Saturday in Abidjan.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the country cannot but be proud about the patriotism and resilience of its female national team.
He stated that even though the victory came after a hard fight, the Super Falcons have once again re-enacted their dominance in the sub-region.

“Your courage, discipline, team spirit and above all, patriotism have brought joy and fulfilment to all football lovers across the country.

“You have done us proud by remaining a source of inspiration to the younger generation. You have amply demonstrated once again that any worthy goal is achievable if pursued with focus, zeal, commitment and organization. Your success is our success. Congratulations!”

While commending the coach, players and technical crew for the exceptional feat, the President of the Senate expressed hope that the WAFU Cup would spur the female national team, once again, to another dazzling performance during the forthcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship in France.

Germany Spends 23 Billion Euros On Refugees

Germany spent a record 23 billion euros ($25.65 billion) last year on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

That marks an increase of nearly 11 percent on the 20.8 billion euros that Germany spent the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed Reuters reported.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly defended her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to hundreds of thousands of war refugees, mainly from Muslim countries, as a humanitarian necessity but has since vowed to prevent a repeat of such mass migration by tackling its causes.

The government spent a total of 7.9 billion euros in 2018 on measures aimed at keeping migrants outside the European Union and improving living conditions in their home countries a 16 percent increase compared with 2017.

Germany’s 16 states, which are mainly in charge of housing and integrating the arrivals from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, received 7.5 billion euros from the federal government last year, according to the report. This marked an increase of 14 percent on the year.

Alice Weidel, parliamentary leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), criticized Merkel’s government for spending billions on refugees, saying: “This is a costly welcome party at the expense of citizens.”

Only those who support islamisation agenda will criticise Obasanjo, Fani-Kayode tells Lamido

A former Minister of Aviation , Femi Fani – Kayode , has knocked a former Governor of Jigawa State , Sule Lamido , for criticising former President Olusegun Obasanjo who had warned that Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram are out to ‘ Fulanise ’ West Africa and Islamise Africa .

Obasanjo had, on Saturday, lamented the deadly activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen in the country, saying the challenges had grown beyond what Nigeria alone could tackle .

He said , “ It is no longer an issue of a lack of education and employment for our youths in Nigeria , which it began as ; it is now West African ‘ Fulanisation, ’ African Islamisation and global organised crimes of human trafficking , money laundering , drug trafficking , gun trafficking , illegal mining and regime change . ”

But Lamido , in a statement on Sunday , advised Obasanjo against transforming himself into “ a religious and ethnic bigot ” because of his disappointment with the current administration .

The ex – governor called on the former president to withdraw the statement .
Lamido said , “ If it were said at a non -religious venue to a non – religious audience , maybe it might have been more tolerable. Please , sir , don ’ t let your disappointment with sitting president turn you into a bigot .

“ You must not abandon the national stage. The cracks along the various divides in our national cohesion are already turning into huge gorges . ”

Fani – Kayode , in a counter statement , however , said Obasanjo had done more for the core North , “ including Lamido ’ s Fulani tribe ” than any other president .
According to the former minister , Obasanjo remains the only politically active southern or Middle Belt leader that understands what is really going on , the grave danger that Nigerians are in and what lies ahead .

He added , “ I hear one or two people, like Sule Lamido , are not too happy with what OBJ said and have called him out for saying it. That is sad and unfortunate because Obasanjo has done more for the core North , Lamido ’ s Fulani tribe and Nigerian unity than any other former president or head of state in our history.

“ He also fought in a civil war to keep the country together . For anybody from the core North to call him names for speaking the truth and baring his mind over what is unfolding in Nigeria today , it tells you how blinded by power , insensitive and callous some of these people are .

“ It is only those that subscribe to the Fulanisation and Islamisation agenda that will criticise or oppose Obasanjo ’ s observation and describe him as a ‘ bigot ’ for making them. ”

Senate threatens to shutdown Bet9ja over refusal to honour its invitation

The Senate Committee on Youth and Sports on Tuesday threatened to order the shutdown of Bet9ja office if the company failed to honour its invitation for a second time.

The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Obinna Ogba, made the remark at the National Assembly, Abuja during the verification of loto companies with license to operate in Nigeria.

Ogba (PDP Ebonyi Central) said it was unfortunate that Bet9ja refused to honour the committee’s invitation.

“Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not honour our invitation, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices,” he said.

According to him, the Senate is making efforts aimed at assisting the Lottery Commission to generate money for the Federal Government.

”We want to see bet9ja. They can’t run away,” he said.

The chairman explained that the verification followed series of complaints against the betting companies, adding that ”some don’t even have offices while others have not been making remittances to the government.”

”Some got the licences but they are not operating. The new regulation only give them one year to start operations,” he noted.

Meanwhile, about 20 other betting companies appeared before the committee for the verification exercise.

(NAN)

Nigeria Prisons Service and Federal Fire Service to Recruit over 9000 workers

The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Prisons Service and the Federal Fire Service to employ 9 , 675 Nigerians .
While the prisons will employ 7 , 475 , the fire service will recruit 2 , 200 new workers .

The two agencies were directed to carry out the employment by the Civil Defence , Fire , Immigration and Prisons Services Board .

A statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Secretary of the board , Al – Hassan Yakmut , said the CDFIPB chairman gave the approval at the board ’ s meeting held between May 9 and May 10 in Abuja.

It was not immediately clear when the recruitment processes would start .

The board headed by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau , also approved the abolition of dichotomy between holders of Bachelor ’ s Degree and Higher National Diploma in the services under the Ministry of Interior.

Yakmut said after the board ’ s meeting , a technical committee was immediately set up to work out modalities for the implementation of the new directive .

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