National and West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, has expressed delight over his emergence as best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 17, which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on Friday. The best boxer award fetched him N3million in cash prize along with the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy. It is the second time the flamboyant boxer would be winning the prize.
His previous one earned him N2.5 million. Speaking in Lagos on Monday, Oladosu, thanked Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Chairman, MultiChoice Nigeria and GOtv Boxing, for increasing the prize money from N1.5million to N3million. According to him, the cash prize for the best boxer has had the effect of changing the lives of winners. “This is very commendable.
The boxing community in Nigeria should be grateful to the sponsors and Mr. Ogunsanya for their interest in the welfare of Nigerian Boxing and boxers. This is life-changing and I will forever be grateful for this gesture, which will motivate me to aim at greater things,” he said.
A total of eight fights, including the World Boxing Federation (Intercontinental) super featherweight title bout, were staged at the event, which also featured lovely musical performances by Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni da Entertainer, Daddy Showkey and T Classic.
Senate President Bukola Saraki has insisted that the 2019 budget proposal of N8.83 trillion presented to a joint session of the national assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari is “hopeless.”
In an interview, Saraki said the proposal is not only hopeless but deceptive.
The senate president first made the comment when he hosted some civil society organisations (CSOs) in Abuja on December 20.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had responded by saying the executive would not exchange words with legislature.
“To the best of our knowledge, we presented a budget given the circumstances of our resources this year, we feel that is the best we can. It is left for the national assembly to consider it,” Mohammed had said.
But Saraki wondered why the executive would use a benchmark that is higher than the current crude oil price.
“I made a comment where I said it was a hopeless budget that will rarely bring Nigerians out of poverty, diversification of the economy and inclusive growth,” he said.
“When I said that, I noticed a lot of people were a bit defensive, saying the statement was borne out of politics. I am a kind of person that is responsible enough to choose my right words and I am happy about this question.
“If you followed the previous budgets under this administration, there was no budget under this administration that I have ever used any word as strong as that. Some of the budgets had given hope; some had tried to address growth. But this budget (2019 budget) particularly, I still stick to my words: it is not only hopeless; I think it is even deceptive. Is it that those that prepared the budget did not ask themselves these questions?
Saraki said it is disturbing to note that 70 percent of the budget is “already gone on recurrent, debt servicing and others.”
“It’s clear that any shortfall of revenue is going to be very impactful because already between the crude oil price and production we have already seen that once we don’t meet those targets, we are going to have a huge deficit problem,” he said.
The senate president said the country’s independent revenue has been under performing “from day one of this administration.”
“They keep giving the man independent revenue that is not realistic: N700 billion, N800 billion, and N900 billion. Look at the implementation; N150 billion and N200 billion,” he said.
“These are areas we have been telling him. Independent revenue is not working, because there are many leakages.
“In a government that claims to be fighting corruption, the level of leakages is too huge. You are giving a budget of N900b and they are coming with N200 billion so that N700 billion does not allow the implementation of the budget, because the first charge will go to personnel.”
Nigeria’s Segun “The Machine” Wahab emerged as the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental super featherweight champion on Friday after defeating his Tanzanian opponent, Issa “Peche Boy” Nampepeche, at GOtv Boxing Night 17.
Wahab got a unanimous decision victory from the judges after dominating the 12-round fight, which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. He now has a chance to take a shot at the WBF world title at the weight division.
Also, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, won the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the best boxer on the night and claimed the cash prize of N3 million after he knocked out Mubarak “Morgan” Hamzat in a national lightweight contest.
Oladosu, the reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, matched his pre-bout boasts as his rapid, all-action style saw him knock out his opponent in the first round.
Another entertaining contest saw US-based Nigerian, Oluwafemi “The Eagle” Oyeleye, defeat his Ghanaian opponent, Victus Kemavor, in a middleweight challenge.
Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi enhanced his reputation as he defeated Yusuf “Murphy” Mufutau in a national light welterweight challenge. Mufutau threw in the towel eighth round, the bout’s last round.
In another action-packed contest, reigning African Boxing Union champion (ABU), Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, secured a unanimous decision victory over Hammed “Ese” Hammed Ganiyu in a national light weight challenge. Joseph maintained his cool as he was forced to go the distance of eight rounds fight by his hard-hitting opponent.
Other bouts saw Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola knockout Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai in a national superfeatherweight challenge, Femi Akintayo crushed Ebubechukwu “Coded Man” in the fourth round of their national middlewight challenge, while 18-year old Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi, defeated Saheed “Gbeminiyi Ahmed in a national bantamweight contest.There were also spectacular musical performances on the night from some of Nigeria’s biggest music stars: Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni Da Entertainer and Daddy Showkey, as well as a lively display from upcoming act, OJ Flames.
Nigerian’s Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, GCFR, is dead.
Shagari reportedly died at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday after a brief illness.
He died at the
age of 93.
His demise was announced on twitter by his grandson, Bello Shagari.
Bello wrote, ”I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National hospital, Abuja.”
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, Femi Otedola, billionaire businessman and Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have been named members of the ruling party’s presidential campaign council for the 2019 elections.
Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday.
The council made up of at least 70 individuals.
It is co-chaired by Buhari and Tinubu,with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, as deputy chairmen.
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, is still in charge as its director-general.
Also on the council are all serving and former governors and members of the national assembly in the party.
The ruling party will kick off its reelection campaign in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom state, in a few hours.
Below is the statement containing the full list of the council members:
APC ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COUNCIL 2019
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has released the names ofmembers of its Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 elections. They are as follows:
President Muhammadu Buhari
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
1. The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
2. The APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomole
VICE CHAIRMAN NORTH
Senator George Akume
VICE CHAIRMAN SOUTH
Senator Ken Nnamani
His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL (OPERATIONS)
Senator A.O. Mamora
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL (COORDINATION)
Arch. Waziri Bulama
1. Adamu Adamu
2. Dele Alake
a. North West: Senator Aliyu M. Wamakko
b. North East: Senator Muh’d Ali Ndume
c. North Central: Senator Abdullahi Adamu
d. South West: Sola Oke, SAN
e. South East: Sharon Ikeazor
f. South South: Senator Godswill Akpabio
a. Director, Buhari Support Groups – Dr. Mahmoud Mohammed
b. Director, Strategic Communications – Festus Keyamo, SAN
a. Deputy Director- Abike Dabiri- Erewa
c. Director, Contact & Mobilization – Hadiza Bala Usman
a. Deputy Director South -Victor Eboigre
b. Deputy Director North- Senator Bashir Nalado
d. Director, Election Planning & Monitoring – Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
a. Deputy Director I- Baba Kura Abba Jato
b. Deputy Director II-Chief Emani Ayiri
e. Director, Logistics – Dr. Pius Odubu
a. Deputy Director- Senator Umanah Umanah
b. Deputy Director II- Nasiru Danu
f. Director, Policy Research & Strategy- Prof Abdulrahman Oba
a. Deputy Director- Prof. A.K. Usman
g. Director, Youth Mobilization- Hon. Tony Nwoye assisted by the APC Youth Leader sadiq
a. Deputy Director North- Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed
b. Deputy Director South – Jasper Azuatalam
h. Director, Admin- Onari Brown
a. Deputy Director I- Chris Hassan
b. Deputy Director II- Abubakar Magaji Gasau
i. Director, Women Mobilization- Woman Leader Salamatu Baiwa
a. Deputy Director North – Binta Mu’azu
b. Deputy Director South – Adejoke Orelope Adefulire
j. Director Security – Gen. A. . Dambazzau
a. Deputy Directors – Brigadier General Gambo and Mr. U. Ukoma
k. Director Legal – Emeka Ngige, SAN
a. Deputy Director- Prof. Maman Lawan Yusufari
l. Director Field Opertaions- Mallam Nuhu Ribadu
M. Director Finance- Wale Edun
Deputy Director – Alhaji Adamu Fadan
SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MR. PRESIDENT
1. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
2. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
3. Senator Ahmed Lawan (Senate Leader)
4. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila( Leader of the House )
5. APC Party National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomole
6. Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
7. Mr. Femi Otedola
1. Chief Bisi Akande
2. Chief John Oyegun
3. Senator Ita Enang
4. All APC serving Senators
5. All APC serving and former Governors
6. All APC Members of the House of Representatives
7. All members of the National Working Committee of the APC
8. All Zonal Women Leaders
1. Governors are to serve as State Coordinators in their respective states
2. Gubernatorial Candidates in non- APC States will serve as State Coordinators in their respective states
MultiChoice Africa, through SuperSport, has acquired the rights to air the 2018/19 Emirates FA Cup season on DStv and GOtv in Sub-Saharan Africa. The season, which kicked off in August 2018, will commence in 2019 with third-round matches from 4 January 2019.
“Our aim is to deliver a front-row view of the best football titles in the world for our valued DStv and GOtv customers so, from 4 January 2019, they will be able to enjoy the Emirates FA Cup on SuperSport channels,” says John Ugbe – CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria.
Customers will get access to the third round of FA Cup from 4 – 6 January alongside MultiChoice’s other major football title acquisitions, the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Champions League! And if you’re on-the-go, you can stream all the live football action on the DStv Now app to watch from wherever you are.
This announcement follows the recent announcement of the UFC which will also begin airing on SuperSport from January 2019. “All these acquisitions are part of our continuous efforts to put our customers at the heart of everything we do by making sure we deliver quality service and the world’s best entertainment at great value to our customers.”
Scores of armed policemen have stormed the Maitama, Abuja residence of a member of the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye.
The invasion of the residence of the Senator representing Kogi West
located at 11 Sangha street, off Mississippi, Maitama, took place some
minutes after 1pm on Friday.
Presently, Sangha street where his house is located has been cordoned off by security operatives.
The policemen are yet to gain entrance into the one-storey building where the Senator is presently holed up but the phones of the Senator are switched off when contacted.
Presently, the street where his house is located has been cordoned off by security operatives with Toyota Hilux operational vehicles.
Melaye had raised the alarm a few days ago over an attempt by the Federal Government to assassinate him.
Diamond Bank has appointed Dele Babade to serve as its acting chairman.
In a notice sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the bank said Babade will replace Oluseyi Bickersteth, its erstwhile chairman who resigned in October.
“We write to formally notify the Exchange that following the resignation of Oluseyi Bickersteth as Director/ Chairman of the Board, the Board of Directors of Diamond Bank Plc, has appointed Mr Dele Babade as acting Chairman effective December 24, 2018,” the notice read.
According to the notice signed by Uzoma Uja, the bank’s company secretary, Babade was nominated as a non-executive director in April 2017.
He was appointed by First Carlyle Growth V, an investor in the bank.
The University of London trained lawyer started his career with Midland Montagu London (the predecessor of HSBC Investment Bank) on the Graduate Training Programme in 1988.
He served as Citibank’s director & regional head Sub-Sahara Africa Corporate Finance & Investment Banking based in South Africa from 2002 to 2006 after joining the bank in 1993.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Africa Risk Capacity Pan African Insurance Company (ARC Ltd) and is also the Chairman of its Finance and Investment Committee. ARC Ltd is a financial affiliate of the African Risk Capacity, a specialized agency of the African Union (AU), an initiative designed to improve current responses to climate-related food security emergencies.
Diamond Bank recently signed an acquisition deal with Access Bank and the deal is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019.
PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s 2019 presidential campaign has received a boost with billionaire businessman, Kola Karim who on Wednesday donated 30million dollars to him.
Aside from the 30million donation, the Ibadan born billionaire has also pledged to drop additional N9 billion in January, to further strengthen Atiku’s chances of becoming the next president.
The popular businessman is the elder brother to Ayo Karim, who lost to Bayo Adelabu during the APC governorship primaries in Oyo State.
Kola Karim at 49 is a successful businessman who is currently on the Board of Directors of Costain West Africa.
He is also on the board of seven multinational companies.
Kola’s Shoreline Natural Resources produces 55,000 barrels per day and holds an estimated 1 billion barrels in crude reserves.
Telecommunications giant, Globacom, will on Friday, December 28, partner an international organisation, Afican Health Now (AHN), to distribute maternity kits to expecting mothers at the Maternity Ward of the Primary Health Centre (PHC), Iwaya, Makoko, Lagos.
Explaining the outreach scheme, the Founder, African Health Now, Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo, who confirmed that about 300 kits would be distributed, said the Maternity Go Box contains most of the items needed by a new mother to make child delivery hassle-free.
She added that some kits would be warehoused with the Centre to cater for new mothers who may come for assistance in the near future.
She said that her organization discovered that some expectant mothers were not prepared for child birth in any way and would only come to the clinic for delivery without attending ante-natal clinics and requisite amenities. “Our goal is to break that cycle by supporting these women from pregnancy to delivery and postpartum with the Maternity Go Box,” she enthused.
Apart from Globacom, African Health Now is also partnering with renowned US-based Nigerian actor, Dayo Okeniyi, and his Positive Vibes Only (PVO) group as well as Dr. Debo Odulana, the Chief Executive Officer of Doctoora.com, to deliver the maternity kits.