Why MAN U Players were banned from signing autograph?

Manchester United have barred players from stopping to sign autographs at one of the entrances to the club’s training ground amid safety fears.

A large sign has been erected near the rear entrance to their Carrington base telling supporters that players are no longer permitted to stop in their cars due to “danger on the road”.

Large crowds of autograph hunters regularly congregate near what is a blind bend at the junction of Sinderland Lane and Birch Road, from where the training base can be accessed, and United are increasingly concerned about the threat that poses to those fans’ safety.


It is not uncommon for groups of as many as 50 supporters to gather in the summer holidays especially and the club have taken the decision that the situation poses too great a safety risk to be allowed to continue.
The large crowds also present issues for the local farm and residents that United are mindful of.

The newly erected sign reads:


“Players are not permitted to stop and sign autographs due to danger on the road. No congregating.”


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, and forward Daniel James were pictured leaning out of their cars to stop to sign autographs on Wednesday.

Fans will still be able to gather for autographs at the other entry point to Carrington on Isherwood Road but United feel they have been left with no other choice but to enforce the ban on the Birch Road side.

Solskjaer is hoping United will finally be able to call upon a settled defence this season as they bid to atone for last season’s struggles.

United have frequently been forced to chop and change at the back due to injuries and poor form in recent years but, with the arrival of right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and centre-half Harry Maguire during the summer, Solskjaer is looking forward to having a more familiar line-up in defence.

United face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Monday after an impressive 4-0 win at home to Chelsea in their opening Premier League match.

“Any successful team will have to build from the back and have a foundation to play from,” Solskjaer said. “We always say ‘you have to earn the right to win a game of football’. You earn it by defending well, you have a foundation and hopefully a settled team.

“Hopefully, we won’t have to make too many changes. Over the last few years, I’ve always had the feeling there’s been so many players with bad luck concerning injuries. Both Jose [Mourinho] and Louis [van Gaal], maybe even David [Moyes], had to chop and change the back four, especially the centre-backs. Hopefully we can get a settled line-up.”

Meanwhile, Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted he knocked back an approach for Jadon Sancho in spring but has left the door open for the England winger to potentially leave Borussia Dortmund next summer. United are thought to have been deterred from moving for Sancho this summer by Dortmund’s insistence that it would take a bid of well over £100 million for them to consider parting company with the player.

“A chief of one of the super clubs asked me back in spring if there was a chance [to sign Sancho] but I told him straight away he should forget about it and he never contacted me again,” Watzke said. “He knew I meant what I said. There aren’t many 19-year-olds with such a potential.

“He is also not a player from the region or one who would have any connection to it. When you have a player like Jadon Sancho, you must reassess the situation every single year. Everything else would not be honest. If a foreign player is not convinced that the club is right for him at the exact time, it just does not make any sense.”







Nigeria’s first ever Commonwealth Games medalist passed on at the age of 95.

Nigeria’s first ever Commonwealth Games medalist Alhaji Karim Ayinla Babalola Olowu has passed on at the age of 95.

KAB Olowu as he was fondly referred to died on Wednesday, August 14 and has been buried the following day according to Muslim rites.

The former athletes was part of the country’s contingent to the 1950 British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games).


He also represented Nigeria at the 1952 Olympics Games in Helsinki, Finland where the delegation failed to appear on the medals table.

AllAfrica.com reports that the deceased daughter Mrs Mosunmola Oridota confirmed the news admitting her father died during the week.

“With total submission to the will of the Almighty God, I wish to announce the transition to glory of my father, Alhaji Karim Ayinla Babalola Olowu, OON,” read the statement.


During his active days, KAB Olowu represented Nigeria in the sprint and long jump events and won two silver medals in the process.
He was runners up in the long jump and the 4×110 yards relay race at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Canada to become the first ever Nigerian athlete to win two medals at the Commonwealth Games.


The late athlete also became the first official from the country to officiate at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

KAB Olowu also became the first Nigerian Olympic torch-bearer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in Spain.

Before his death, he was one of the key members of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for many years.

He was also instrumental to setting up the sports complex at the Nigerian Prison in Kirikiri, Lagos where he worked for some years and set up the then Prisons Athletics Club which produced so many athletes for Nigeria.

Meanwhile, former Lagos state governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the former athlete as one of the foremost Nigerian stars according to Daily Post.

“Nigerian sprinter and long jumper who was part of Nigeria’s first delegation to the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand (now Commonwealth Games).”

“Many of us in the family grew up under his watch and mentoring for which we remain eternally grateful. I particularly drank from his fountain of knowledge and wisdom,” Tinubu said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that former Argentina international Jose Luis Brown has been reported dead in La Plata in his home country at the age of 62.

The ex-defender was said to have battled Alzheimer disease before finally passing away earlier this week.

Meanwhile, his family was said to have recently admitted that the sickness took a toll on the former footballer before his eventual death on Monday.




Warning strike looms in Nigeria Ivory Towers.

Nigerian university workers have announced a warning strike from Monday, August 19, to express their grievances over the federal government’s failure to meet their demands.
The strike will commence on Monday, August 19 and end on Friday, August 23.

Recall that is coming four months after the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) suspended its two-month strike.


According to the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), 14-day ultimatum was given to the federal government, Premium Times reports.


Legit.ng notes that a letter by the workers read:


 “At expiration of the 14-day ultimatum, Sunday 18 August 2019, without a positive response from the federal government of Nigeria, members shall proceed on a 5-day warning strike in all branches from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd August 2019.” the letter reads.

“You are therefore directed to properly mobilize our members for this action. All defaulting Branches shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.”

The contending issues the workers want resolved include payment of earned allowances, University Staff Schools matter, renegotiation of 2019 FGN/Unions agreement among others.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, July 16, resolved to take quick measures to avert a looming strike in the nation’s universities


The leadership of the upper legislative chamber resolved to engage the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), which are both threatening to go on strike to demand for a N30 billion earned allowance.

The groups are also threatening to strike in protest over the refusal of the federal government to obey the court judgment on salaries in staff school.

Senator Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano) who brought the issue to the attention of the red chamber, urged his colleagues to devise quick measures to avoid the industrial action.




“I could have completed the trek faster but the mountains were very beautiful and I took a lot of breaks to take in the beauty.”—9 Years Old who climbed Kilimanjaro in 7 days.

What do you think, is the right age to start climbing mountains? 9-year-old, Advait Bhartia proves that age is just a number and any age is good to start following your passion.

Bhartiya recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro that stands at a height of 4,900 from its base and 5,895 meters above sea level is the highest peak in Africa.

But this did not come easy to Advait. He reached the peak of Kilimanjaro on July 31, 2019, after trekking for 7 days. For this dream of his to come true, Advait went through vigorous training process for two months.


His training included a stringent routine, swimming for an hour, playing football, cricket and tennis for cardiovascular training were part of Advait’s daily routine. That is not all, Parkour and climbing 100 floors was a part of this training as well.

Advait completed the trek under the supervision of his expedition leader, Samir Patham. This is not the first time, Advait has achieved something of this level. At the mere age of 6, this wonder boy from Pune climbed the Mount Everest Base camp and left everybody shocked.


Advait who now has his eye on the peak of Mount Elbrus, Europe was also accompanied by his mother, Payal Bhartia on this trek. However, she had to cut the journey short at 1,000 ft as she was not able to acclimatise to the extreme climate.


Advait told PTI,

“This trek was really difficult but fun at the same time. When I was summitting (sic) the Everest Base Camp, we were living in wooden houses but during the Kilimanjaro trek, we stayed in tents and it was a good experience being exposed to snow and the surroundings.”

He added,


“I could have completed the trek faster but the mountains were very beautiful and I took a lot of breaks to take in the beauty.”





How Nigeria’s annual inflation rate declined to the lowest in a year.

(Bloomberg) — Nigeria’s annual inflation rate declined to the lowest in a year in July as food prices increased slower than in the previous month.

Consumer prices rose 11.1% from a year earlier compared with 11.2% in June, the Abuja-based National Bureau of Statistics said Friday in a report published on its Twitter account. The median of five economists’ estimates in a Bloomberg survey was 11.2%. Prices rose 1% in the month.


Key Insights

While the food sub-index, which accounts for about half of the inflation basket, rose 13.4% in July compared with 13.6% in June, this week’s directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to stop dollar supplies for food imports could push up prices if shortages due to clashes between herders and farmers worsen.Governor Godwin Emefiele kept the key rate unchanged last month to fight inflation that’s been above the target range of 6% to 9% for more than four years. With an economy that’s still struggling to recover from a 2016 contraction, the central bank said lenders will no longer receive interest on deposits exceeding 2 billion naira ($5.5 million) and ordered them to increase their loan-to-deposit ratios in an effort to boost credit growth.





Why Federal Government is opening up Electricity Market to New Investors?

The Federal Government is creating policies that will open up the nation’s electricity market to new investors in generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said.

Osinbajo said on Thursday that resolving the power supply problem had been a top priority of the Federal Government in the past few years.

He, however, said the current structure of the market could not deliver on the government’s promises for power for domestic and industrial use, adding, “A substantial change of strategy is being pursued.”


Total power generation in the country stood at 3,586.5 megawatts as of 6am on Thursday, data obtained from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator showed.

This confirmed The PUNCH’s report on Thursday that the Federal Government was considering repossession of 10 electricity distribution firms as one of the options to rescue the nation’s beleaguered electricity industry.


This is coming ahead of the scheduled final performance review of the private firms that bought into the distribution companies carved out from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria.

However, document available to one of our correspondents shows that the Federal Government would require up to $2.4bn (N736bn) to repossess the privatised distribution assets from the core investors if it finally takes the decision.

Giving clue that it could recover the assets from the core investors, the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in a document sighted by one of our correspondents has described the co-owners of the distribution companies as ‘failed investors.’


Osinbajo, while speaking at the inauguration of a 2x60MVA, 132/33kV substation built by Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited at Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday, lamented the inability of the distribution companies to distribute available grid power to consumers.

He said,


“Today we have 13,427MW of installed capacity, and an available capacity of 8,342MW. The national grid has the capacity to transmit about 7,000M, an increase from less than about 5,000MW in 2015.

“But distribution capacity in the 11 Discos are significantly low, hovering at around 4,000MW on average with a peak of about 5,400MW. So despite the availability of about 8,000MW of generation and about 7,000MW of transmission capacity, lack of Disco infrastructure to absorb and deliver grid power to end users has largely restricted generation to an average of about 4,000MW.”

According to the Vice-President, at the heart of that strategy is the Nigeria Electrification Road map aimed at deploying financing and technology on commercial terms agreed with transmission and distribution companies in partnership with the German government and Siemens.

On July 22, 2019, the Federal Government and Siemens signed a Letter of Agreement on the Nigeria Electrification Road map, a three-phase project designed to achieve 25,000MW of electricity in the country by 2025.

“Second is the opening up of the market to new investors in generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, transacting directly with each other to serve willing customers including deploying off-grid power and using micro-grids, especially for deployment of solar power,” Osinbajo said.

According to him, the policies and regulations meant to empower customers to get the services they want at prices they agree to include the Independent Electricity Distribution Networks 2012; the Mini-Grid Regulation, 2016; and the Eligible Customer Regulation, issued on November 1, 2017.

He said,


“The Electricity Distribution Franchising Regulation, which is still in public consultation preparatory to its issuance within a short period of time, sets out the rules for a distribution company to appoint or be compelled to cede consumers connected to a 33kV or 11kV feeder or a designated area to an agent or third party willing to make investments in lines, metering, transformers, other equipment and operations to serve the customers better at a mutually agreed tariff.”

The Vice-President said these polices, when fully implemented, would enable the opening up of the market to new investors.

He described the inauguration of the transmission substation in Ogun State as an important part of the Federal Government’s efforts to improve the supply and quality of power reaching the homes and businesses of Nigerians.

According to him, before the end of the year, new generation is expected from Gbarain (extra 115 MW); Kashimbilla (40 MW); Afam III Fast Power (240 MW); Gurara (30 MW); Dadin Kowa (29 MW); and Kaduna (215 MW).

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NDPHC, Mr Chiedu Ugbo, said electricity supply to the parts of Ogun State along the axis of Ota to Abeokuta was initially via a double circuit 132kV line into Ota from the mega 330/132/33kV Transformer substation at Ikeja West, which served as a marshalling station for several power plant inflows into Lagos.

He noted that a 130MVA capacity substation was built at Ota for supply to Ota and environs, while a single circuit lower capacity 132kV line was built outside Ota to connect Abeokuta via an intermediate 132/33kV substation at Papalanto, within the premises of Lafarge Cement Company.

He said the Abeokuta substation was also equipped with 2X40MVA 132/33kV transformers for supplying Abeokuta and its environs, adding, “Over time, all these facilities became overloaded and lacking capacity to cater to growing demand in these locations, necessitating government intervention through the NDPHC.

“The NDPHC constructed a total of 77.5kms high capacity 132kV transmission lines, thus providing near quadrupling of the supply (wheeling) capacity out of Ota (from 70MW to 250MW) and thereby eliminating supply constraints and attendant load shedding that had existed before at Ota, and Abeokuta,” Ugbo added.

The Ogun State Governor, Mr Dapo Abiodun, commended the NDPHC for the successful completion of the project, saying,“It is a major leap and a big development towards the Next Level agenda of the Buhari/Osinbajo administration.”

He said the project would be a boost to his administration’s agenda of creating an enduring economic development and individual prosperity for the people of Ogun State.

When contacted by one of our correspondents, the Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Mr Sunday Oduntan, declined to comment on the move by the government to open up the market to new investors.

Also, the Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies, Dr Joy Ogaji, could not be reached for comment as she had yet to respond to calls or a text message as of the time of filing this report.

The distribution and generation companies carved out of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria were handed over to private investors on November 1, 2013, following the privatisation of the power sector by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

But 11 of the electricity firms had been declared technically insolvent.






Why Ibrahim El Zakzaky leaves Indian Hospital?

Nigerian Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky — whose poor health in detention fuelled a wave of violent protests in Abuja — has left the Indian hospital where he arrived for treatment this week, the clinic said Friday, while his office said he was heading home.

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) had been in custody in Nigeria along with his wife Zeenah Ibrahim since their arrest in December 2015 after violence that saw the army kill some 350 of his followers.

On Monday the cleric departed Nigeria to receive medical treatment in India but an official from the Medanta hospital in Gurgaon outside New Delhi told AFP that he had left the clinic late Thursday.


A statement from his office on Twitter on Thursday said he was due to take off from the Indian capital at 10:00 pm (0430 GMT) bound for Nigeria but there was no immediate confirmation that he had left.

Fears over the couple’s health had fuelled a wave of recent protests in Abuja that descended into bloodshed after a brutal crackdown from security forces.

A court last week granted permission for them to receive medical care in India under Nigerian government supervision.

But the authorities insisted they must return to Nigeria to stand trial once their treatment is completed.


Zakzaky, in his mid-sixties, was arrested after violence in the northern city of Zaria saw hundreds of his supporters gunned down by security forces and buried in mass graves.

The cleric’s lawyers say he has lost his sight in one eye, is on the verge of going blind in the other and still has bullet fragments lodged in his body from the violence. His supporters say he has suffered a series of minor strokes.

The cleric and his group, which emerged from a student movement in the 1970s, have been at loggerheads with the authorities for years because of calls for an Iranian-style Islamic revolution in Nigeria.

Shiites make up a small minority in predominantly Sunni Muslim northern Nigeria. Estimates put their numbers at around four million in a national population of about 190 million.