Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nigeria 4, Argentina 1!

Nigeria thrashed an Argentina B team in a friendly in Abuja. Ike Uche scored twice and Victor Obinna once to put the hosts three up at the break. Emmanuel Emenike made it four before Mauro Boselli scored a consolation for the South Americans with a penalty deep into stoppage time.

Argentina coach Sergio Batista had chosen an under-25 squad, mostly Europe-based, for the match, as he chose to rest most of his regular squad ahead of next month's Copa America.

And those players handed the opportunity to impress failed to take it as Nigeria dominated from the outset.

They went in front after only nine minutes when Joel Obi's cross found Uche, whose shot was deflected into the net off defender Ezequiel Garay.

In the 27th minute Federico Fazio fouled Victor Anichebe in the area and Obinna made no mistake from the spot.

And Uche grabbed his second by heading home a cross from the right.

Emenike added a fourth early in the second half, running onto a long ball and finishing well.

Argentina made several substitutions and had chances to reduce the deficit but could not take them.

They finally got on the scoreboard eight minutes into injury time - only five had been signalled - when Joseph Yobo was penalised for a handball and Boselli scored from the spot.

Argentina will look to recover when they take on Poland in Warsaw on Sunday.

If una like, call am Team Z, Argentina na Argentina!

Ogun State Assembly Reverses Sale of State-owned Property

I love this! Why would a government sell off state-owned property at ridiculously low prices, and still leave a huge debt for the incoming administration? But then, the part I love most about the decisions of OGHA is captured by The Punch thus:

Members of the assembly also directed that the N1.2bn tallest building in the state, named OGD Plaza, should be renamed Ogun Property Investment Corporation and directed the management of the corporation to remove the OGD inscription on immediately.

You built a plaza with our money and named it after yourself! Now, that's crazy!!!!!

Reps to pay peanuts for official car, equipment (The Punch)

Our politicians will never cease to amaze me........

Members of the House of Representatives have resolved to take home their official cars and office equipment at ‘giveaway prices’ as the Sixth Assembly winds down on Thursday (today).

The House bought 380 units Peugeot 407 in 2008 for about N2.32bn or N6.1m each.

Investigations revealed that at an executive session presided over by the outgoing Speaker, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, on Wednesday, lawmakers agreed to pay N850,000 for each car

Among the office equipment are computers, scanners and printers, which were bought between 2008 and 2009. Each of the items is to be sold to the lawmakers at 15 per cent of the original price.

It was gathered that at the session, the leadership reportedly briefed the members that the ‘giveaway prices’ of the cars and the office equipment were in line with “civil service standard.”

Findings indicated that the House was in possession of a circular from the Ministry of Works, which spelt out the modalities for disposing government property in such circumstances.

“There was a circular from the FMW which served as a guide and what we were told was that we were going to pay for each car, based on the value and the procedure adopted, the sum of 850,000 or thereabout”, a member, who attended the meeting, disclosed on Wednesday.

It was learnt that before Wednesday’s meeting where the circular was used as a reference point, lawmakers had offered to pay between N200,000 and N300, 000 for each of the cars.

The management of the National Assembly, which was initially involved in the negotiations, had reportedly offered the vehicles for between N2.5m and N2.7m each.

Regarding the computers and scanners, lawmakers were said to have argued that they needed to take them along because they contained personal information “not useful to their successors.”

The proceeds from the cars and the equipment are to be deducted from the severance package of the lawmakers.

The House spent over N9bn in 2008 to furnish the offices of lawmakers and buying items such as torch at a whopping N9,000 per unit.

The executive session had lasted for about one hour before members reverted to the plenary.

On resumption from the session, Bankole announced that lawmakers had used the meeting to discuss the issue of their official vehicles and the equipment.

“The House met in executive session and passed a resolution on the holding of the vehicles and equipment of the Sixth National Assembly and it was resolved amicably,” he said.

The Chairman of the House Committee on House Services, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, disagreed with reports that the cars and equipment were actually being carted away without lawmakers paying a kobo for them.

Dogara told our correspondent that the price of any item or car taken away would be deducted from the severance package of members.

He noted that the details of the severance package were being worked out, adding that no item would be taken away free of charge.

Dogara said, “There is an inventory on office equipment; we shall carefully study it and ensure that nothing is taken away, which was not approved.

“We are very meticulous about this; anybody who takes away any item will certainly pay for it.

“By the time the severance package is being paid, all the deductions will be made; it is as simple as that.”

Findings showed that the majority of the non-returning 260 members of the House had already removed the computers, scanners and printers from their offices before Wednesday’s meeting.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Feels Good........

It feels good to be back again after a very long break. I've been busy doing too many things, and I just had to hands off blogging for fear of a serious break-down. Lol.
So we have a 'new' president, the South West states have been reclaimed by the ACN, Boko Harams have been killing with reckless abandon, the Super Eagles will finally play a grade 'A' friendly match Argentina tomorrow......... Too many things to talk about. Lemme take a break, post some of my cake designs, and kick off with the Nigeria-Argentina match tomorrow.
Have fun, people.

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