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David De Gea identifies player to replace Casemiro at Man Utd



Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea has identified midfielder Marcel Sabitzer as the player to replace the suspended Casemiro in the Red Devils’ squad.
Casemiro was given a straight red card during Man United’s Premier League 2-1 win over Crystal Palace over the weekend.
The Brazilian midfielder is currently facing a three-game ban as a result of the red card.
However, De Gea believes Sabitzer, who joined Man United from Bayern Munich, can fill the void left by Case miro’s absence in the next three matches for Erik ten Hag’s side as Christian Eriksen and Scott McTominay are currently recovering from injury.
According to the Spaniard, Sabitzer is good with the ball.
“It is going to be tough for sure,” De Gea said at his post-match press conference after the game.
“We already lost Christian [Eriksen], now Casemiro: big players for us. But we have a bigger squad, players are ready to play, and everyone is really focused.
“Sabitzer showed already – he played 15 to 20 minutes and he did really well, made some good tackles, he is good with the ball. And everyone is ready to play.”


Military airstrikes destroy illegal refining sites in Rivers



The Air Component of Operation Delta Safe, has destroyed illegal oil refining sites in air strikes in Krakama and Temakiri, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers.

The Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force (NAF), AVM Edward Gabkwet, in a statement on Sunday, said the air interdiction was conducted on Friday.

He said it was in continuation of efforts to tackle the menace of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

Gabkwet said both locations were about 50 km Southwest of Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital.

According to him, the two Illegal sites and boats were destroyed.

“The armed reconnaissance was also extended to Abisse and Omoma, but only abandoned illegal refining sites were observed.

“Efforts to rid the Niger Delta region of the activities of oil thieves by the NAF and other security agencies remain on course and will continue until total success is achieved,” he said.

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Tinubu to open CORFEPS colloquium on repositioning the public service



he Council of Retired Federal Permanent Secretaries (CORFEPS), will hold one week forum to explore ways of getting the Nigerian Public Service back on track towards serving as the engine of good governance in the country.

A statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Dr Goke Adegoroye, the National Publicity Secretary of the Council, said the 2024 CORFEPS Week will be in three parts.

It will include a colloquium on Tuesday in Abuja expected to be declared open by President Bola Tinubu.

“The morning session will be chaired by former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and former Minister of Finance, His Majesty Oluyemi Falae, the Olu of Ilu-Abo and Baba Oba of Akure Kingdom.

“The afternoon session will be chaired by Amb. Babagana Kingibe, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and former Minister of Foreign Affairs,” Adegoroye said.

He said the council will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday in Abuja while Thursday will be for the Investiture of its Grand Patron, President Tinubu.

Adegoroye said the colloquium has as its theme, ‘Reflections on Nigeria’s Public Service: Way Forward  for Good Governance’.

The lead speakers for the Colloquium are Dr Bukar Usman, who is to give the general overview of the topic, while Dr Timiebi Koripamo-Agary will present the ‘Insider’s Perspective’.

Mr Martins Oloja, the Managing Director and Editor-In-Chief of The Guardian, will present the ‘Outsider’s Perspective’.

“There will be three discussants, all retired Permanent Secretaries, namely, Amb. Godknows Igali, Ammuna Ali, and Dr Goke Adegoroye”.

The national publicity secretary said Falae and Kingibe were selected to be part of the event because they “are treasures of the glorious era of the Nigerian public service”.

Adegoroye said they stood out for their courage and ability to speak truth to power which made the post-independence civil service an institution that commanded the respect of all Nigerians.

“No one is better placed to remind us of how it was in those days, and what made the political masters respect the permanent secretaries than the duo of Falae and Kingibe,” he added.

Adegoroye said vital questions including how Ministers and Permanent Secretaries used to have mutual respect for each other and also between civil servants and the public, will be explored.

He said that the aim was to understand what went wrong and agree on ways to reposition the civil service to ensure good governance in the country.

The CORFEPS Week was instituted by the current Chairman of the council, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Minister of Defence and later Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Chief Philip Asiodu, currently sits as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and was the
foundation chairman of the Council.

He was succeeded by the late Mrs Francesca Yetunde-Emanuel, the first female federal Permanent Secretary.

The council was set up to engage in meaningful discourse on important and relevant issues of national development, including matters pertaining to the Public Service.

It is also to draw public attention to matters of desirable national living standard and standard of values, morality, performance and conduct.

It carries out periodic objective assessment of the overall performance of the nation and offers constructive advice on key public policy issues.

The council also seeks to assist in restoring and maintaining the proper role of the Civil Service as a non-partisan organ to serve the government and the nation, among others.

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Wuye/Wuse flyover 85% completed, ready in May – Wike



The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, says the Wuye/Wuse Flyover is 85 per cent completed and will be inaugurated in May.

Wike stated this in Abuja on Saturday, after inspecting the project, along with the Vice-President’s residence and  11-kilometre (km) six lane dual carriage expressway linking Airport Expressway to Kuje.

Wike added that the road from Kuje to Airport Expressway, when completed, would open the area for transformative economic growth and development.

The minister, who equally visited the vice-president’s residence being handled by Julius Berger, expressed optimism that the project would be completed in May.

“I must commend the various contractors, the Arab Contractors and Julius Berger.

“The first site we went to is almost 85 per cent completed, that is, one of those interchanges in Wuye District. The contractors are keeping faith with their commitment to handover the project by May.

“Then we also went to Kuje to inspect the six-lane road of about 11km. The road from the Airport Road down to Kuje will open that area of the Area Council.

“The last time when I went to flag off one of the rural roads, we didn’t see much about the contractors, and I did say that the contractors are not serious.

“Going back there today, I am very impressed with the level and quality of work,” he said.

Speaking at the official residence of the vice-president, the minister said the contractors were at the stage of electrical installations, adding that a lot of changes would be seen in the next few weeks.

“We were at the VP’s residence which is being handled by Julius Berger and like I said, they have made further commitment that by May, they are going to hand it over.

“They are known for quality, and we are financing them well,” the minister said.

Wike reiterated that no ongoing project in the FCT would be abandoned, adding that the projects were considered as priority and have been included in the FCT’s 2024 statutory budget to ensure adequate funding.

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