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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has reportedly rejected a €170m switch to Juventus – but could revisit the situation next summer.
 
According to The Mirror, which runs the story as an exclusive, Juve and Real Madrid were preparing £150m (€170m) bids for Salah.
 
The newspaper assures the Egyptian will stay as ‘the timing is wrong’ for a departure now but warns he will consider his options next year, with his sights set on ‘one big final pay day’.
 
The 27-year-old has scored 71 goals in 104 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Roma in 2017, winning a Champions League.
 
Mirror reports that there have also been enquiries from leading continental clubs for Salah’s strike partner Sadio Mane.
 
The Senegalese international, however, has told Liverpool that he is happy to stay.
One of the biggest air lines in Nigeria, Arik Air, on Monday urged young Nigerians to embrace careers in the aviation sector in order to contribute their quota to national development.
 
Mr Wole Odeyemi, A Cabin Crew Training Instructor with Arik Air gave the advice while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the sidelines of the Career Day ceremony of St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos.
 
Odeyemi said Arik Air, through its Arik Cabin Crew Initiative, had developed various programmes aimed at increasing the airline’s visibility in the society.
 
He explained that the students could become pilots, aircraft engineers and cabin crew members by remaining focused on their academics.
 
Odeyemi said the programme, apart from focusing their interest in aviation, was also aimed at sensitising them on the importance of the airline’s crew to the safety of passengers.
 
According to him, there is need for the renewal of the aging workforce, in general and that of the aviation industry, in particular.
 
He said: “We want them to have interest in the industry. As I speak to you now, we have a shortage in the industry.
 
“We have many aged people who are still working, not because they don’t want to go and rest at home but there are no competent young persons to replace them.”
 
Odeyemi urged the Federal Government to invest in the aviation sector, especially in the area of manpower training and development, as well as providing scholarships to young Nigerians who could not afford the training fees of aviation colleges.
 
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) said it lost a total of 11,000 barrels per day to oil theft in 2018.
 
Disclosing this on Thursday at a Media Workshop on Pipelines Right of Way Encroachment and Vandalism, Shell’s General Manager, External Relations Mr. Igo Weli, said this is an increase of about 20 per cent over previous year.
 
The number of sabotage-related spills increased during the same period to 111 compared to 62 in 2017 and, since 2012, SPDC has removed more than 1,160 illegal theft points.
 
He said: “Shell is concerned that the repeated sabotage of recently repaired pipelines exposes the environment and people to renewed and worsening pollution. Oil theft is focused on short term fiscal benefits, ignoring the long-term effects of environmental degradation.”
 
Also speaking at the workshop, Shell’s General Manager, Safety and Environment, Chidube Nnene-Anochie, said SPDC implemented work programmes to appraise condition of, maintain and replace key sections of pipelines and flowlines.
 
He added that In 2018, the company installed 70 kilometres of pipelines and 188 kilometres of flowlines.
 
“Over the last seven years, SPDC has replaced approximately 1,300 kilometres distance of flow lines and pipelines. In line with industry regulations, SPDC only pays compensation if the spill is operational.”
 
Weli who referred to the ogoni clean-up said, “SPDC actively supports the clean-up process along with other stakeholders. SPDC remains fully committed to providing its share of $900 million (N283.73 billion) over five years to the Ogoni Trust Fund as stipulated in the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) gazette and the agreed governance framework.”
 
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele has disclosed a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari ordering the blacklisting of companies importing restricted items into the country.
 
Emefiele gave the information on Friday during a meeting with oil palm producers in Abuja.
 
According to Emefiele, the directive also mandated the apex bank to expand and provide support to firms and individuals that want to expand the production of ten different commodities in Nigeria.
 
The ten different products are rice, maize, cassava, tomatoes, cotton, oil palm, poultry, fish, livestock dairy and cocoa.
 
The African Diplomatic Group (ADG) in Nigeria has pledged to give financial and other supports to Nigeria government to stem the forced displacement in the country.
 
The Dean of ADG in Nigeria, High Commissioner of the Republic of Cameroon, Amb. Salaheddine Ibrahim said this at a dinner to mark the 56th Anniversary of Africa Day in Abuja.
 
ADG comprises of all African Diplomatic Missions accredited to Nigeria.
 
Africa Day is observed annually by member states of African Union to commemorate the founding of the organisation of African Unity on May 25 1963.
 
The AU had declared 2019 as the Year of Refugees, Returnees, and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement.
 
Ibrahim who noted with concern that over two million people were displaced due to different crisis which include insurgence and inter community dispute in Nigeria.
 
He therefore announced donation of N1.5 million by the community to Nigeria through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Person to assist in alleviation of the displaced persons in Nigeria.
 
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Mustapha Sulaiman, represented by a director in the Ministry, Mr Lot Egopija, commended the community for their donation.
 
Sulaiman pledged that the fund would be used to assist the displaced persons through the Commission.
 
The President of Egypt and AU Chair of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, Abdul Fatal Al-Sisi in a message called for additional joint efforts in resolving conflicts and problems on the continent.
 
The president who was represented by the country ambassador to Nigeria Mr Assem Hanafi Elseify noted that joint efforts were bearing fruits in resolving conflicts and problems that had long crippled respective countries in their quest for stability.
 
He expressed delight on commendable strides made by the continent towards
sustainable development as enshrined in the adoption of Agenda 2063.
 
Al-Sisi lauded the steps taken to launch the African Continental Free Trade Area which he said was expected to boost intra-African trade.
 
The Chairperson noted the importance of tapping into the amazing potentials of the continent human capital.
 
“In this respect the role of Africa’s dynamic youths and also the dividends of empowering women as pillars of our vision for a better Africa can not be overlooked,” he said.
 
Traders in Ilorin have called on Nigerians to patronise locally made goods as a means of growing the nation’s economy.
 
Some of the traders, who spoke in Ilorin on Saturday, expressed worry over Nigerians sentiment against home made products and their preference for foreign products.
 
A clothes seller at Unity area, Ilorin, Mr Philip Ibenjo said most customers demand for foreign products when they came to his shop.
 
“Many customers prefer to buy made in Italy products than made in Nigeria. They reject everything made in Nigeria as they perceive it as inferior,” he said.
 
Another businessman, Mr Clement Adams said many customers prefered buying foreign shoes from him and usually rejected locally made shoes.
 
“I hardly sell most of my Made in Nigeria wears as many customer will always ask for foreign ones, no matter the effort I made to convince them that the local wears are also good,” he said.
 
The owner of Classic Boutique, Mrs Tayo Ogundeji advised Nigerians to patronise locally made goods, adding that such products could compete favourably with the foreign ones.
 
“Allowing importation of foreign goods and influx of foreign materials into the Nigerian market is detrimental to the growth of the local industries.
 
“Nigerians’ minds have been polluted because 90 per cent prefer foreign products to Nigerian products due to their mentality and mindset that foreign products are better,” she said.
 
Another business man, Mr Idowu Babatunde said Nigerians had been mentally brainwashed towards foreign goods, adding that Nigerians need to revive their confidence in locally made products.
 
According to him, too much preference for imported goods over the local ones will kill Nigerian local industries.
 
Babatunde, however, called on the Federal Government to ban importation of such goods to allow companies producing locally to grow.
 
Another trader who sells provisions, Mrs Dupe Kareem said that customers prefer to buy foreign biscuits and drinks than those made in Nigeria.
 
“Most customers are foreign freaks and see nothing good in our locally made products. Many of my made in Nigeria products are becoming outdated because they are not patronised.”
 
Kareem called on National Orientation Agency (NOA) to embark on awareness campaign to sensitise Nigerians on the need to patronise local goods as it would create jobs for the youths.
 
“Starting from our various homes, schools, churches, mosques and work place, Nigerian products should be sang as a National Anthem,” she said.
 
Sudan risks becoming another failed state like Libya or Somalia if the opposition and military don’t agree on a transition process, Tibor Nagy, a senior U.S. diplomat warned on Friday.
 
A positive outcome in troubled Sudan would be an agreement that leads to a civilian government, while a negative outcome could lead to the “type of chaos that exists in Libya or Somalia,” said Nagy, assistant U.S. secretary of state for African affairs.
 
Nagy said the mood changed dramatically on June 3, when Sudanese security forces orchestrated a deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters.
 
“Until June 3, everyone was so optimistic,” he told reporters in a phone briefing.
 
Over 100 people were killed and around 500 injured during the crackdown on a mass sit-in in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, according to an association of doctors aligned with the protest movement.
 
The protesters had been demanding that the military, which toppled long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir in an April coup, hand power to a civilian-led government.
 
Nagy said that the U.S. was supporting the African Union’s efforts to mediate between the civilian opposition and the governing transitional military council for a road-map towards elections.
 
But when asked about possible sanctions, Nagy didn’t rule out the option. “The U.S. always says that all tools available remain on the table,” he said.
 
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has bowed out of the Tory leadership race, the day after he came sixth in the first round of the vote.
 
In a statement Mr Hancock said: “I ran as the candidate of the future, but the party is understandably looking for a candidate for the unique circumstances we face right now. I will talk to all the other candidates about how these values can be best taken forward.”
 
On Thursday Boris Johnson topped the first round of the Conservative Party leadership contest with 114 votes out of 313 Tory MPs.
 
Three contenders were knocked out but Matt Hancock scraped through, with 20 MPs supporting him.
 
​​Mr Johnson, who has gotten the endorsement of US President Donald Trump, is the clear favourite to win the contest.
 
A second round of voting will take place among MPs on Tuesday, June 18, and the race is on for second place with Jeremy Hunt – who won 43 votes – fractionally ahead of Michael Gove, who got 39.
 
Dominic Raab, who got 27 and Sajid Javid, who got 23, and Rory Stewart, who polled 19, will now come under pressure to quit and throw their weight behind Mr Johnson, Mr Hunt or Mr Gove.
 
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