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Breaking: Ezenwa out of Mexico friendly as Super Eagles jet out

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Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has been ruled out of a friendly against Mexico due to an ankle injury he suffered in training.

NFF technical director, Austin Eguavoen, who will lead out a squad of NPFL stars for the friendly on July 3 in Los Angeles, USA, announced the withdrawal of the Heartland goalkeeper.

“A scan showed he tore a ligament in his ankle, so he’s out,”Eguavoen said.

“Two goalkeepers, Nwabili and John Noble, will be the ones for the trip,” Eguavoen said.

Twenty two players on Wednesday night left the shore of Nigeria for the trip to the USA.

It was gathered that Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr was also on the flight though it will be Austin Eguavoen assisted by Paul Aigbogun that will be in charge when the two sides confront each others on Saturday in Los Angeles.


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President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to improve surveillance and control around the nation’s borders, and “ensure that criminal elements don’t find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetrate their criminality.’’

President Buhari, in his speech at the virtual Commissioning Ceremony of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Technology Building, also instructed all security agencies to raise their performance in protecting lives and property, with a mandate that the country’s Global Security Index must be improved.

“It is imperative that our ranking in the Global Security Index improves and I am using this medium to call on all security agencies to step up their activities towards achieving this goal. I assure you that the administration will give the much needed support to you in your operations,’’ he said.

The President urged the NIS to collaborate with International Security Organizations like INTERPOL in safeguarding the borders.

“As a security agency, I charge you to be relentless in carrying out your statutory duties of keeping our borders safe while you ensure that criminal elements don’t find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetrate their criminality.

“I urge you to actively collaborate with International Security Organizations like the INTERPOL, in safeguarding our borders. Remember that a safe border is a prerequisite for a safe Nation.

“You must develop strong working relationships and ties with the international community and friendly nations as it relates to migration management; adopt and implement workable strategies from them while also sharing your best practices.

“Frontline workers and operators should remember that they are our windows to the world. They must show the best face of Nigeria at all times,’’ the President added.

The President commended the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for consistently pushing for the completion of the Technology Building, which will serve as the Command and Control Center of the NIS, as well as the repository of personal data of Nigerians and expatriates resident in Nigeria.

“This is in line with the vision of our administration to formulate and implement policies that will protect and enhance the lives and standards of living for Nigerians.

“This administration is relentless in its avowed desire to create an enabling business environment that will usher in economic boom for Nigerians and all those who do business with and in Nigeria,’’ he said.

President Buhari also congratulated all officers and men of the NIS for their dedication and work towards changing into a World Class Migration Management Agency.

In his remarks, the Minister of Interior assured that the security challenges facing the country were temporal and surmountable, pointing out that the “weakest link’’ had been the land borders and the Technology Building will play a pivotal role in control of illegal migration.

Aregbesola noted that the Visa-on-Arrival policy of the Federal Government gets proper documentation of all entrants and sharing with international security structures to ensure tight surveillance and compliance, while announcing a review period of stay from 90 days to 30 days.

He said 50 percent of all immigration personnel will now work at the borders of the country.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammed Babandede said the Technology Building remains the best project the service had ever initiated and completed since it was established in 1958.

He said the deployment of technology from the Control Room will optimize intelligence, ensure that no passport lost, stolen or re-issued can be presented in any part of the world, and enhance synchronization and virtual sharing of information with other security outfits, both local and international.

The Minister and Immigration boss thanked President Buhari for approving the project in 2018 and following up with the completion of all phases of the Technology Building.


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Breaking: Staff force mgt to suspend appointment of new UI VC

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VerityNewsOnline can authoritatively confirm that the chairman of the University of Ibadan Senate council, Dr Joshua Waklek, has suspended the process of selecting a new Vice Chancellor for the institution.

The decision followed protest by the entire staff of the school who called for non-imposition of any candidate.

While announcing the suspension to the non-academic staff who besieged council chambers, Waklek also promised to meet with the protesting staff on Friday to critically look into their demands.

He, however, said it will be the decision of the entire council to decide on eliminating one of the candidates as requested by the non-teaching staff.

Main entry and exit gates to the University of Ibadan has been shut for hours as members of the non-academic staff unions protested an alleged plan by the outgoing vice-chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka to impose one of the candidates, Professor Kayode Adebowale as the next vice-chancellor.

Members of the non-teaching staff led by chairman, UI SSANU, Mr Wale Akinremi, and his NASU counterpart, Mr Malachy Etim, have vowed not to suspend their protest until there is a formal letter annulling the process of appointing the next vice-chancellor.



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