Saturday, May 18, 2024


Good day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. The President of the Yoruba Council Worldwide, YCW, Aare Oladotun Hassan, has urged President Bola Tinubu to establish a national youth development commission, lamenting that the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has not delivered on their core mandate since inception. He made the call after being conferred with a the Sir Ahmadu Bello leadership award by the Northern Youths Assembly of Nigeria (NYAN) in Abuja. According to him, the ministry has lost it usefulness in providing its core mandate, hence the need to for the President to find a way around it. He said the creation would cater for the peculiar needs of youths in the country, adding that it would also provide more opportunities for youths.  VANGUARD

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2. The management of the Lekki Deep Seaport has announced that Rimbaud has become the first transshipment vessel to berth at the port. Making this known in a series of tweets on Friday, the port management said the ship operated by CMA CGM, has a Length Overall of 270m, a breadth of 42.8m and 6,900 Taus capacity. It stated that the vessel sailed all the way from the Far East. According to the tweet, the Nigerian Ports Authority provided marine services, adding that it was berthed at approximately 1 pm on Thursday afternoon. CHANNELS

3. President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has been recognised and given the ‘Founder of the Year 2023’ award by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). The award held in Ghana was given to Dangote because of his newly opened $19 billion petrochemicals plant, which is now Africa’s largest refinery and the group managing director, Dangote Industries Limited, Olakunle Alake received the award on behalf of Aliko Dangote.  The Dangote Petroleum Refinery is located in the in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, covering a land area of approximately 2,635 hectares. It is the world’s Largest Single-Train 650,000 barrels per day Petroleum Refinery with 900 KTPA Polypropylene Plant. The 435MW Power Plant in the Refinery alone will be able to meet the total power requirement of Ibadan DisCo of 860,316 MWh covering five States including Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara and Ekiti. LEADERSHIP

4. Nigeria’s queen of the tracks, Oluwatobiloba Amusan will begin her quest for a third consecutive Diamond League title on Friday (today). Amusan will compete in the 100m hurdles event in Lausanne, Switzerland. The 26-year-old hopes to put up a good showing in the event after coming third at the Ostrava Golden Spike League on Tuesday. She ran a season-best time of 12.47s in Ostrava. Amusan will once again face a strong field, including Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinne and Tia Jones of the United States of America. DAILY POST


5. Nigerian women’s football team, the Super Falcons, will on Sunday fly to Australia to step up their preparations for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced the nine-time African champions will depart Abuja for a 15-day training camp in Australia, before the World Cup with their base at Brisbane, which is also venue for two of their group matches. Nigeria’s opening match is against Olympic champions Canada at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium on July 21, before matches against co-hosts Australia and Republic of Ireland on July 27 and July 31 respectively at the Lang Park in Brisbane. Nigerian First Lady Oluremi Tinubu will attend a dinner to send off the Super Falcons Saturday in Abuja. CHANNELS

6. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on Friday called for calm and reflection in the wake of this week’s protest in which a Koran was burned outside a Stockholm mosque, which has sparked outrage and condemnation. On Wednesday, a Quran-burning protest that coincided with the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha and the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia sparked anger across the Muslim world. After being granted a permit to protest by Swedish police, Salwan Momika, 37, stomped on the Islamic holy book and set several pages alight in front of the capital’s largest mosque on Wednesday. In Iraq, protesters on Thursday briefly breached the Swedish embassy in Baghdad. VANGUARD

7. Anita Brown, an American OnlyFans star who claimed she is expecting a child with famous Nigerian singer, Davido, has vowed to get work visas for the singer’s “struggling babymamas”. Anita, who has been dragging Davido on social media since she called him out for impregnating her, said the singer doesn’t pay his babymamas child support, stressing that she is about to change that. Taking to her Twitter handle on Friday morning, she said karma was about to catch up with Davido. She said the singer has about six babymamas but he is a deadbeat to the mother of his children. DAILY POST

8. US rapper Travis Scott will not face criminal charges over the death of 10 people killed in a crush during a Texas concert in 2021, a Houston grand jury decided Thursday. Some 50,000 people had packed into Houston’s NRG Park for Scott’s Astroworld music festival when the crowd started pushing toward the stage as he was performing, triggering chaos. Lacking air and space, some fainted and were trampled by the crowd. Among those who were killed in the November 2021 havoc was a nine-year-old, and hundreds more concertgoers were injured. CHANNELS

9. The city of Havana, Cuba will host the twenty-first edition of ASSITEJ World Congress 2024, from May 24 to June 1. Themed Voices Of A New World, the festival focuses on the fact that people should begin to think of the world and art as the union of different, nuanced voices. It is based on the observation that children and youth of the world today are increasingly demanding for more spaces to express themselves poetically, and make he art they practice, a tool for real transformation. Cuban Theatre for Young Audience and the ministry of culture believe that it is up to artists to hear the emerging voices and give them the space they need, and to empower their points of views through performances, dialogues, panels and interdisciplinary encounters. LEADERSHIP

10. Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Friday he could block access to Facebook in Cambodia after the company said it would remove a video in which he threatened to beat up political opponents. The warning came ahead of a July 23 election that has been widely dubbed a sham after authorities denied registration to the chief challenger to Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Facebook announced Thursday it would remove one of Hun Sen’s videos in line with a ruling by the Oversight Board for Meta, Facebook’s parent company, which also recommended his account be suspended. Tech experts characterised the move as a “turning point”. CHANNELS




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