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Real Madrid Wins 13th Champions League Trophy...Beats Liverpool 3-1 In Kiev

Real Madrid Wins 13th Champions League Trophy...Beats Liverpool 3-1 In Kiev

Real Madrid have become European champions for the 13th time by beating Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev, thanks to a brilliant goal by Gareth Bale and a shambolic performance by Loris Karius in the Liverpool goal. Not only did the Spanish side extend their record of overall European Cup wins, they also became the first side to win a hat-trick of titles in the Champions League era.

Liverpool’s much-vaunted attack was left without Mohamed Salah for most of the match after he suffered a shoulder injury.

Real, who also made it four wins in five seasons, took the lead when Karius threw the ball out, allowing Karim Benzema to stick out a leg to send the ball into an unguarded net. Sadio Mané equalised but Bale, on as a substitute, scored a magnificent overhead, before Karius fumbled in another effort by the Welshman.

For Jürgen Klopp, it was a sixth consecutive defeat in a major final, and his third with Liverpool, following the 2016 League Cup, lost on penalties to Manchester City, and the same season’s Europa League, when Liverpool led Sevilla 1-0 at half-time but succumbed 3-1.

Real now have sixth more wins than the next most successful team, Milan. Bayern Munich were the last club to win a hat-trick of titles, their run from 1974-76 following a similar run of success by Ajax.

Next season Real will set out in pursuit of a fourth straight crown, a feat only achieved by their predecessors at the Bernabéu, who won the first five European Cups, from 1955-56 to 1959-60.
FG Hands Over N3.85bn Esan Water Project To Edo Govt

FG Hands Over N3.85bn Esan Water Project To Edo Govt

President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has handed over to the Edo State Government, the completed Northern Esan Water Project, in Ugboha, Esan South East Local government area of the state.

The project estimated to have cost N3.85 billion, can generate two million gallons or nine million liters of water per day.

Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, who led a Federal Government delegation, which included Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to the state, said the delegation was in the state to hand over completed projects to the Edo State government.

Engr. Suleiman said he participated in the conception of the project in 1997, when he worked as a consultant to the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), which was then led by current President, Muhammadu Buhari. He noted that lack of fund stalled the project, until it was revived by the present administration.

“We have finished our intervention programme and we are here today to hand over the project to the Edo State Government led by Governor Godwin Obaseki”.

He expressed satisfaction and confidence in the quality of job done and hoped that the agencies in charge of the scheme would do a good job to ensure its sustainability.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki expressed gratitude to the President Buhari-led administration for the uncommon gesture to the people of the state and Esan land, in particular.

He explained that access to potable water was a major challenge in Esan land and thanked the President for coming to the aid of the people, promising that his administration will do all it can to ensure the project benefits the people.

“I want to assure you that as a progressive government, we align with the water policies of the Federal Government. We have been following your policy guideline to strengthen water reforms in Edo State,” the governor said.

Obaseki disclosed that a bill to set up small town and rural water projects in the state has been passed by the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), noting that the state government has trained communities to set up their own water associations.

He added that his administration is restructuring its urban water board. “I want to assure you that this scheme will be sustained. This is part of our plan to ensure water in all parts of Esan land.”

The governor said his administration is working with the Niger Delta support programme, supported by the European Union (EU) to provide water, adding “We have paid 700 million naira as our counterpart fund and the EU is providing about two to three billion. We expect that all these investments will provide water in Esan land and other parts of the state.”

$16bn Obasanjo's Power Deal:EFCC To Begin Investigation Of Suspects

$16bn Obasanjo's Power Deal:EFCC To Begin Investigation Of Suspects

Following representations made by some civil society groups, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has set machinery in motion to probe the controversy surrounding the $16 billion allegedly spent on power projects during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The anti-graft agency may invite two ex-ministers, former top
officials of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), present and past officials of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and all the people recommended for investigation by a committee of the House of Representatives.

A team in EFCC was already collating facts and figures at press time yesterday.
But a top source, who spoke in confidence, said the move was not targeted at ex-President Obasanjo.

According to findings by our correspondent, the EFCC might conduct a forensic and comprehensive investigation into the alleged $16 billion power projects.
The scope of the investigation includes the total cost of the projects, how much was withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA), the total number of contracts awarded, the extent of compliance with due process and the status of the execution of all the projects.

A top source, who spoke in confidence yesterday, said: “We are looking into all the allegations and issues surrounding the power projects.
“We will conduct a comprehensive and forensic probe to ascertain the true status of all the projects.

“This investigation will actually ascertain how much has been spent so far.
“We have many figures being bandied about as follows: $16 billion, $13.278 billion, $10.3 billion, $8.4 billion and $8.55 billion.

“This is not an investigation aimed at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo or anybody. We have to step in to set the records straight.

“Already, a team is collating facts and figures on these projects as part of the preliminary level/ bend of the investigation.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “We will retrieve the report of the House of Representatives Committee which investigated the power projects.
“The House actually recommended 18 top former public officers, including two ex-ministers, for investigation by anti-graft agencies, especially EFCC and ICPC.
“Many salient issues were raised for investigation by the House
Committee, which was headed by Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.”

The issues raised by the Elumelu Committee were as follows:

• All NIPP payments were made without following due process
• No meaningful progress was made in the execution of power contracts
• Officials rushed to pay contractors in full even before engineering design for the projects have been completed and approved
• NIPP contracts were not only overpriced in comparison with PHCN contracts, they were also wide off the mark
• Widespread evidence of systematic over-scoping of projects in order to inflate costs both in PHCN and NIPP
• NIPP Distribution EPC contracts were awarded at costs averaging about 10 times the norm when compared to PHCN contracts.

The Ndudi Elumelu Committee was put in place by the House on January 31, 2008 to look into how much was spent on power projects.
In its report, the committee said that about $13.278 billion was spent on power projects between 1999 and 2007.

The committee recommended termination of 13 contracts and review of 10 projects.
About 15 contracting and consulting companies were asked to be investigated by the appropriate agencies.

Jonathan Once Bribed Lawmakers With N17B To Pass Budget

Jonathan Once Bribed Lawmakers With N17B To Pass Budget

Former Minister of Finance and coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has revealed how the Goodluck Jonathan presidency had to part with the sum of N17billion to lawmakers, in order to have the 2015 budget passed.
Okonjo-Iweala revealed this in her new book titled: ‘Fighting corruption is dangerous, the story behind the headlines’.

According to the former minister in her book, federal lawmakers refused to make the necessary sacrifices at a time of dwindling oil prices.

Falling oil prices

“By the time we presented the budget on December 16, 2014, oil prices had fallen further to $58 per barrel. We were prepared and we knew we had to trigger the additional expenditure and revenue measures in 2015 to make the budget work. This would be tough, given that we had entered an election year”, Okonjo-Iweala wrote.

The National Assembly is due an annual N150billion from the nation’s budget as a single line item.

Okonjo-Iweala says when it was proposed that lawmakers give up some of their benefits, the legislators baulked because elections were fast approaching and money was needed for campaigns.

“Indeed, legislators initially refused to accept any cuts to their regular N150billion budget, despite dwindling revenues. But eventually, they agreed to a 13 percent cut against a backdrop of ministers accepting a voluntary 50 percent cut to their basic salaries.

“In a tough session with the National Assembly’s adhoc committee on the budget (made up of chairs of the Finance Committee and Appropriation Committee of both chambers and other leaders of the National Assembly), an additional N20billion was re-introduced as election expenses for National Assembly members.

“We insisted the amount be dropped because it nullified the 13 percent cut made to their statutory budget, but managed to reduce the N20billion figure by only N3billion to N17billion. This became the price to pay to have the 2015 budget passed”, Okonjo-Iweala wrote.

About Okonjo-Iweala
Nigeria frittered its oil wealth in Okonjo-Iweala’s second coming under Jonathan.

The former minister blames powerful State governors for her country’s inability to save; at a time when the price of oil in the global market hovered above the $100 mark.

Nigeria slipped into a recession a year after Okonjo-Iweala and Jonathan involuntarily left their jobs, thanks in large part to depleted reserves and plunging price of crude oil in the international market.

Okonjo-Iweala says corruption was rife in the Jonathan era  (Goldmyne)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala first served as Minister of Finance under Obasanjo from July 15, 2003 to June 21, 2006.

She also had a brief spell as Foreign Affairs Minister under Obasanjo from June 21, 2006 to August 30, 2006.

She is credited with achieving debt
Deployment Of Soldiers Won’t Stop Fayemi From Defeat – Fayose, Wike

Deployment Of Soldiers Won’t Stop Fayemi From Defeat – Fayose, Wike

Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including its national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Governors Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe) have warned against rigging the July 14 governorship election in the state.

They vowed that any attempt to manipulate the electoral process would lead to crisis.

Speaking in Ado Ekiti at the inauguration of the new governor’s office in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, they vowed that deployment of soldiers and police won’t help the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi from losing the poll.

According to Fayose, the alleged poor performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is an indicarion that the APC-led federal government is not a better alternarive to the PDP.

Wike was supported by his counterparts from  Akwa Ibom , Mr. Emmanuel Udom, that of Gombe State, Alhaji  Ibrahim Dakwambo  as well as Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu  during the inauguration of the new office.

Fayose, who spoke before the inauguration of the edifice insisted that the APC candidate for the July 14 election and former governor of the state Kayode Fayemi, had never won any election in the history of the state.

He said: “Oni won the election but Justice Ayo Salami gave it to Dr. Fayemi. They want to bring him back now; I want to say that they will fail."

Wike alleged that Fayemi was not coming to the state to contest election but only coming with the rigid mindset to rig election.

“They are not coming to contest, because they know they can’t win election. What they wanted to do is to rig and the good people of Ekiti must resist this. Your votes is your power and don’t allow them to steal it”, he said.

Fayose spoke further that the last convention that produced the National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Uche Secondus, was not by mistake, saying the choice of the Rivers State born party leader was made to save the PDP from impending doom.

“Let me say that with what we are seeing in Nigeria today, it was glaring that Nigerians has not found alternative to PDP; today, they are regretting for voting APC.

“Since I came on October 16, 2014, I have not committed Ekiti to one Naira debt. I left N10.4 billion cash in the coffers of Ekiti when I left in 2006, but today, the story has changed.

“I can say without fear of contradiction that over 70 percent of the infrastructures in Ekiti were built by me, I want someone to contradict this”.

On the anti-graft war being waged by President Buhari, Fayose said: “Our country has no problem of corruption.

  They said they are visiting the past, let them probe up to the military era, because it has to go down the line.

“We have had enough of blame-game under Buhari. Everyday, they shout of Jonathan, they better face the reality that they were only affected by incompetence and lack of capacity to deliver and stop blaming past leaders”.

Reminiscing on the June 21, 2014 governorship election, Fayose said: “They said you rigged election for me after open acceptance by Fayemi that he was rejected by Ekiti electorate.

“They went to Supreme Court, I defeated them. They said when President Buhari comes he would. If you like bring Army, police, I don’t care. The God of Israel is our strength and we shall be victorious”.

He promised that he won’t be a burden on his successor or interfere in how he governs the state, saying: “I won’t come here to be a burden to you (Olusola), I will only come here to support you. Let me also say that I am not going to the Senate, I will return to my village in Afao-Ekiti after leaving office.

“Ekiti people must be determined, because you want to cross the Red Sea. They are bringing a man who put us into debt. We are going to be paying N1billion monthly as debt repayment till 2036.

“This election will go peacefully. Ekiti people, don’t worry yourselves.  I decided to take Olusola and Deji Ogunsakin for the joint ticket because they are youths and I believe in action and not in mouthing.”
We’ll Expose How PDP Looted Treasury, Plunged Nigerians Into Poverty ..Oshiomhole.

We’ll Expose How PDP Looted Treasury, Plunged Nigerians Into Poverty ..Oshiomhole.

Immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that campaigns for 2019 general elections will be interesting because his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will reveal to Nigerians how the alleged looting of the nation´s treasury by the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reign plunged Nigerians into poverty which the APC government under President Muhammadu Buhari is making effort to eliminate.
Oshiomhole, who disclosed this while addressing leaders of the APC in Edo state, predicted that despite the effort being made by the opposition to allegedly misinform Nigerians about the activities of the APC led government, that the APC will win more states in the governorship election and more National Assembly members. He also declared that President Buhari will be re-elected due to his achievements.

According to Oshiomhole who recently received the endorsement of President Buhari and the APC caucus in the senate and House of Representatives to succeed Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as the National Chairman of the APC,  “it is our task as party activist to painstakingly explain to our people in the rural areas to understand who dug the hole that led to what we are experiencing today as a nation and the effort by President Muhammadu Buhari to gradually pull us out of that hole to the surface and begin to push and uplift us upward to that level in which every Nigerian will have to say I am a proud Nigerian.

“Poverty is not an act of God. It is the result of our economic history. And when you look at the numbers of how much was stolen under the watch of Jonathan as President and the revelations the governor of Gombe state made, the kind of money that was diverted under the PDP regime under President Jonathan, those monies if distributed by 180 million Nigerians, each of us will have a swollen pocket.

“And we must help our people to appreciate that the challenge of rebuilding a house that was rocked beyond foundation, to build complete new foundation cannot be an overnight work.
What is important is that there is a commitment to refix and the President has broken new grounds which may not have been amplified to a level that the rural people can see them.

“Once upon a time growing up, we were told that the Army´s finances are beyond proud, that whatever a general has stolen, it was for good, you cannot question.

“But this President has subjected the military to accountability. Some persons who were untouchable before are being touched. So, that fight against corruption, I am happy that even other African heads of states under the umbrella of the AU, have acknowledged President Buhari as one African President that has proved his sincerity to fight corruption. And i think even recently the Secretary General of the Commonwealth also had very kind word to say about the leadership of our President on the war against corruption.”

Oshiomhole added that “We are preparing ourselves in getting the truth ready so we can engage. In Edo state, those who participated under the PDP philosophy of share the money, those collected money for either their campaign or their personal interest, they are now being called to account for it.

¨So I am very confident that we will win the next general election, have our President re-elected, have more governors elected under our platform, have more of our party members elected in the states and National Assemblies so that come February next year we will not only form a federal Government we will have overwhelming majority in the National Assembly such that the capacity to govern on the part of the executive will not be weakened by a tight margin in the National Assembly¨ he stated.
Buhari Jokingly Says Osinbajo May Lose His Position In 2019

Buhari Jokingly Says Osinbajo May Lose His Position In 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that he may appoint another Vice President should he win the 2019 presidential election, as Yemi Osinbajo's ”position is (being) threatened.” The president revealed this on Friday when he hosted a delegation of the Conference of Nigerian Female Parliamentarians at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Head of the delegation, Elizabeth Ative, appealed to the president to consider choosing a female running mate for next year’s election. She also asked Buhari to make it compulsory for one out of three senators produced by each state to be a woman.

"Currently, many African and European nations are daily finding ways to include more women in governance,” Ative said.“Some have elected or appointed women as heads of state, prime ministers, heads of foreign ministries and other key positions of decision making.

"It will not be out of place, Your Excellency, for women to be given such opportunities in our dear nation. Even God created them male and female.”

And Buhari, in what appeared to be a joke, said, “It is a pity the VP is not here, but I believe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will brief him that his position is [being] threatened.“It is only the Vice President who is threatened. And if we win the next election, he may lose his election,” Buhari added.