Akwa United football club resumes training after Christmas break

Nigeria Professional Football League club Akwa United has resumed the final phase of their pre-season training today ahead of the 2019 NPFL season after returning from Christmas break. According to the media manager of the team, Mfon Patrick, more than 95% of the players took part in the first of the two training sessions scheduled for today while Coach Rafael Everton will join the team later in the week. The Promise Keepers will begin their quest for a maiden NPFL title with a home fixture against El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri on January 13th, 2019 at the Nest of Champions.

Akwa Ibom Workers laud governor Udom for payment of special Christmas bonus

Akwa Ibom state Workers in the state have lauded the state governor, Udom Emmanuel for approving payment of special Christmas bonus to all workers in the state, saying the gesture has further boosted their morale for more efficient service delivery. Speaking with our correspondent Anthony Esin, some workers at the State Secretariat who said the payment came to them unexpectedly, maintained that it would spur them to work more diligently. While some persons admitted that they had already received their bonuses as approved by the governor, others who were yet to receive expressed hope that theirs would be paid to...

Angela Merkel pledges to step up Germany’s international responsibility in 2019

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has vowed Germany in 2019 will assume greater international responsibility and must stand up for its convictions. In her New Year’s speech, the chancellor said old certainties about international cooperation had “come under pressure”, alluding to strained US-German relations. She said by taking up a temporary seat on the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020, Germany would push for “global solutions”.

Governor Emmanuel commends Nigerian Army for restoring peace in warring communities

Governor Udom Emmanuel has thanked the Nigerian Army for its contributions in restoring peace in Ukanafun, Etim Ekpo and Ika communities that were engulfed in violent crimes for nearly two years. Emmanuel expressed the appreciation in his remarks during the 2018 West African Social Activities, WASA, held at Ibagwa barracks in Abak Local Government Area of the state. The governor who was represented by Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Udo Ekpenyong, reassured the Army of the state government’s commitment to complete the ongoing renovation of the structures in barracks as earlier promised during WASA 2017. In his welcome...

Akwa Ibom listed for World Bank’s Youth Employment and Support Operation program

The Youth Employment and Support Operation, a World Bank assisted program, is to open social registers aimed at capturing poor people in six additional states of the federation. Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Acting National Coordinator, Hajara Sami, gave some of the states where the exercise will begin in 2019 to include Akwa Ibom, Abia, Kaduna and Kebbi. Sami explained that the program was restructured midway to accommodate persons who were affected by Boko Haram terrorism in the Northeast and other regions. She said it would provide less-privileged Nigerians with targeted cash transfers for internally displaced persons to enable them...

Manchester United records third straight win under caretaker manager

Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not solely focused on “attacking football” after Manchester United scored their 12th goal in three games in a victory over Bournemouth. A cavalier display in the first half at Old Trafford saw United score three times, with Paul Pogba netting his second double in successive matches and Marcus Rashford grabbing the other. Solskjaer’s side conceded their third goal in as many games when Nathan Ake headed in before substitute Romelu Lukaku fired home a fourth. United, in sixth, are now only three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal, having trailed by eight following the...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un vows to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in over de-nuclearisation

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to meet the South’s President Moon Jae-in frequently next year to discuss de-nuclearisation of the peninsula. During Moon’s visit to Pyongyang in September this year Kim promised to pay a return visit to the South’s capital Seoul. IN ANOTHER NEWS, Senior Brexiteer minister Liam Fox says there is a 50-50 chance that the UK will not leave the EU on March 29 if Members of Parliament reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal next month. Members of Parliament are due to vote on the withdrawal agreement in January 2019, with the United Kingdom scheduled...

Planet Radio holds end of year thanksgiving, promises more dividends of broadcasting

Management and staff of Planet FM yesterday gathered at Insight Bible Church Uyo for the end of year Thanksgiving Service to appreciate God for sustaining the media organization despite all the emerging challenges. Leading the thanksgiving session, the CEO of planet Radio, Tony Afia who led management and staff of the station to the service, stated that it was the tradition of the station to organise thanksgiving service annually to show appreciation to God. He further spoke about the prospect of the station in coming year. Our Correspondent, Anthony Esin reports that the presiding minister, Dr Sylvanus Ukafia, who spoke...

Ibibio Crowns New Oku Ibom Today at Asan Ibibio

The Ibibio ethnic nationality in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria’s fourth largest tribe will today crown its new Oku Ibom Ibibio, His Eminence, Nteyin Solomon David Etuk who is the fourth Oku Ibom in the series and succeeds His Eminence, Akwa Edidem Akpabio Udo Ukpa who passed away about two years ago. The new Oku Ibom Ibibio, who is the paramount ruler of Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, will accordingly serve as the President General of the Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers and the Patriarch for the over five million Ibibios worldwide. Today’s coronation ceremony at the Asan Ibibio by...

President Buhari to immortalise country’s first executive president Shehu Shagari

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to immortalise the country’s first president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari. This promise was made in Sokoto on Sunday by the president while paying a condolence visit to the Shagari family. In a letter to the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, the President stated that the late Shagari was a landmark figure being virtually the last link to the post-independence government of Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, and the first elected President of Nigeria. He disclosed that the Federal Government will, in due course, institute a suitable memorial to the late former President.

American singer, Miley Cyrus confirms her marriage to actor, Liam Hemsworth

American singer, Miley Cyrus has confirmed her marriage to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth after reportedly dating off and on for 10 years. The 26 year old who met her husband on the set of their 2010 movie ‘The Last Song’ took to social media to share images of them after they tied the knot in a low-key wedding. The couple who announced their engagement in 2012, before breaking up and eventually rekindling their romance exchanged nuptials in their home in Franklin, Tennessee – contrary to initial speculation that they were planning to wed in Liam’s hometown Australia.

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery charged by FA for improper conduct

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after kicking a water bottle into the crowd during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Brighton on Boxing Day. IN ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT- Mohamed Salah will face no action from the Football Association for the incident which saw him win a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield on Boxing Day. Reds forward Salah appeared to go down easily after having his arm tugged by Paul Dummett, and Magpies boss Rafael Benitez branded the spot-kick “soft” in a post-match interview. However, the FA has...

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