Daily Archives: July 3, 2013

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In November 2012, Miss Mercy Okpithe reported to the Batch ‘C’ Orientation Camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Anambra State. Her joy knew no bounds, as she looked forward to the opportunity to serve Nigeria for one year.

National fuel-scarcity
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Prices of petroleum products have gone up by 100 per cent in Kaduna State due to the on-going strike embarked upon by members of the National Union of Petroleum, Energy and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG). Checks by Daily Sun showed that all filling stations in Kaduna metropolis were shut, leaving the transporters at the mercy of black marketers who were having field day right on the periphery of filling stations.

National Policemen
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A 45-yearold man, Mr. Daramola, is now in police net for allegedly beating his wife to death at Igbemo-Ekiti community in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

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As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) plans to hold its zonal congress in the South-West zone, there are indications that former deputy national chairman of the party (South), Chief Olabode George and the current zonal Caretaker Committee Chairman, Chief Ishola Filani are flexing muscles over the leadership of the party in the zone.

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Uneasy calm pervaded Bodija market, in Ibadan and environs yesterday, as the corpses of 10 Beans traders allegedly killed by the dreaded Boko Haram arrived Ibadan from Mugunu, Borno State, where they had met their untimely death. The executive of the Bodija market union, at about 3pm, received the corpses at Egbeda tollgate.

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Bowing to pressure from prominent Northern elders, Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda, has changed his mind and decided to remain in the Northern State Governors’ Forum (NSGF). Governor Yuguda, who accepted elders’ advice, made his decision known yesterday through his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Yusuf Musa Gumli, at a press briefing held at the Government House, Bauchi.

COVER Tukur-bamangar
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As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is determined to win the coming governorship election in Anambra State, Daily Sun can report authoritatively that the crisis rocking the party in the state is unsettling the presidency as well as the national headquarters of the party.

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The Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said yesterday that only a revolution would see Nigeria surmount its current problem. However, he said that the revolution should be devoid of violence, bloodshed and war, but a “revolutionary deployment of intellectual knowledge for the development of the society.”

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By George Aluo

Former Super Eagles’ assistant coach, Fatai Amoo, has warned that Stephen Keshi would be making a big mistake if he calls up players that would tear the Eagles apart simply because the country failed to make a good impact at the just concluded FIFA Confederations Cup.
Amoo said rather than worry over what happened in Brazil, Keshi should remain focused and concentrate on how to pick a Brazil 2014 World Cup ticket for the country. He was quick to add that making panic calls could see Keshi inviting players that will destabilize the team.
In his words: “Keshi should forget about what happened at the Confederations Cup and think more about how to pick a World Cup ticket for Nigeria. He must not embark on panic measures that will destroy the team he is building. He should stick to the players that are ready to play with 100 per cent commitment, players that are disciplined, players that are loyal and those that won’t bring any discord to the team. The team must be united, members of one big family. That is the kind of team that can give us result.”
Amoo pointed out that the next and final round of the race to Brazil 2014 would be a tough one which the Eagles must go into fully prepared.
“The Eagles must be at their best going into the knock out stage of the World Cup qualifier. Keshi must work on his attack and the other departments. He should go into the last round fully prepared, and this is why he does not need any form of distraction now. When the draw is made, he must take a close look at our opponents and go for the right players, players that would be ready to fight with the last drop of their blood to pick the ticket.”
On the Confederations Cup, Amoo said countries like Spain and Uruguay would continue to have the upper hand against Nigeria because they have a quality youth programme that makes their players play with intelligence and finesse.
“A country like Spain didn’t get to where they are today overnight or by accident. They have a good youth programme and you can’t say the same of Nigeria. This is where they have the edge. So, given the level of opposition, one would say our players did their best. We must plan well if we want to do well at the highest level of world football,” Amoo said.
The coach, who has just joined Sunshine Stars as technical adviser of the Akure club said his target was to help the club finish well in the league this season and possibly stage a return to the continent next term.

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