Wednesday, 28 November 2012

NCC Commissioner, Gwandu Fired By FG

The Federal Government has sacked the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, NCC, Dr. Bashir Gwandu. This is as a result of heated controversies over frequency spectrum at the Nigerian Communications Commission.

According to a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the sacking was for gross insubordination and the sacking is effective from November 9 2012. A source at NCC confirmed that Gwandu was sacked for gross insubordination to the NCC Board, particularly the Executive Vice-Chairman, Dr. Eugene Juwah.

Sometime back the sacked commissioner had raised allegations that corruption and illegality were being committed at the NCC with respect to the sale of frequency spectrum. He alleged that the NCC under the leadership of Juwah, had sold the frequency band 450MHz which is valued at over $50m and occupied by the Nigeria Police since 2009 to a private company, Open Skys Limited, at a price less than $6m without any competitive bidding process as provided by the NCC Act, 2003.

Friday, 23 November 2012

BBC African Footballer Award Shortlist Unveiled
Didier Drogba

The BBC has released the shortlisted names for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2012 award. The names of Nigerian Footballers are missing from the list of shortlisted players.

Names that made the shortlist include

       Name                                                                    Country
1.      Yaya Toure                                                     Cote d’Ivoir
2.      Didier Drogba                                                 Cote d’Ivoir
3.      Demba Ba                                                       Senegal
4.      Younes Belhanda                                            Morocco
5.      Christopher Katogo                                         Zambia

The winner will be decided by African football fans, which have till Thursday December 13, 2012 to vote for the player of their choice.

Here are the Previous Winners

Year                       Player Name                                Club                                  Country
2011                      Andrew Dede Ayew                      Marseille                            Ghana
2010                      Asamoah Gyan                               Sunderland                        Ghana
2009                      Didier     Drogba                             Chelsea                            Cote d’Ivoir
2008                      Mohammed Aboutrika                    Al Ahly                            Egypt
2007                      Emmanuel Adebayo                       Arsenal                              Togo
2006                      Michael Essien                                Chelsea                             Ghana
2005                      Mohammed Barakat                        Al Ahly                             Egypt
2004                      Jay Jay Okocha                                Bolton                               Nigeria
2003                      Jay Jay Okocha                                Bolton                               Nigeria
2002                      El Hadji Diouf                                 Liverpool                           Senegal
2001                      Samuel Kuffor                                 Bayern Munich                  Ghana
2000                     Patrick Mboma                                  Parma                                Cameroun

Osun State Cholera outbreak: 3 Dead, 42 Others Hospitalized

About three persons have died while 42 others have been hospitalized resulting from cholera outbreak in Ede North and South Local Government Areas of Osun state.

There was a lot of vomiting and stooling by affected people which are the most common symptoms of cholera.

Dr. Temitope Ilori the state commissioner of health in the state said that they have drafted of her ministry to the town to assist the victims and to help curtail the spread of the epidemic beyond the affected areas.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Collapsed Lagos Building Kills two sisters, injures mother
Collapsed building

Tragedy struck in yesterday in Lagos when the two storey building at M20 Jakande Low Cost Housing Estate Isolo collapsed killing two sisters and injuring their mother.

The two sister are identified as Bukky and Toyin Coker both were graduates of the University of Lagos, while their mother was identified as Iya Coker. 

One of the survivors living on the ground floor of the building identified as Ahmadu Omoniyi informed Mrs. Coker of the impending calamity at about 11:45pm on Tuesday night when he heard cracking sounds from the building. The building eventually collapsed at about 12:05 am on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Chelsea 0 vs. 3 Juventus
Chelsea Coach

Chelsea have continued their devastating run of form in Italy as they loss 3 – 0 to Juventus in a champions league group stage match played yesterday 20th November 2012. Goals from Fabio Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco put the European Champions  close to Champions League group-stage exit.

The Blues put in a disappointing performance and now rely on Shakhtar to beat the Old Lady in the last group-stage match.

The Blues midfield collapsed completely after the coach of the London-based outfit substituted Mikel Obi with Chelsea flop Fernando Torres. 

Mean while the pride of England Manchester united also lost 1 – 0 last night, however they are still in the champions league race.

More pix from Chelsea vs Juventus game