** The weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for this Wednesday, will not hold. It was gathered that the development may not be unconnected to the signing of the 2018 Appropriation Bill into law.

The budget is expected to be signed on Wednesday. Principal officers of the National Assembly, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara have been invited to witness the signing ceremony at the Presidential Villa.

Recall that the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina had hinted last Wednesday, that the budget will be signed this week without revealing the exact day and time.


*. Brazil’s bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a slow start as Switzerland withstood an early onslaught to snatch a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday. On the day when holders Germany were shocked 1-0 by Mexico, Brazil’s tag as pre-tournament favourites looked justified in a dominant first-half capped by Philippe Coutinho’s wonder strike to open the scoring. However, Brazil paid for their failure to kill the game off when Steven Zuber powered home an equaliser from Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner five minutes after the break.

*. Immediate past Caretaker Committee Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has joined the race to contest the nation’s presidency in 2019.
The two-term senator said at a press briefing in Kaduna on Sunday that, “after wide consultations with party men and women as well as other major stakeholders,” he had decided to seek the party’s nomination to contest the poll.
According to Makarfi, he is now ready to pick the PDP nomination form ahead of the 2019 presidential election


A Cambodian prince who was a candidate in the upcoming general elections was yesterday involved in a fatal road accident that killed his wife and left him severely injured. Prince Norodom Ranariddh, 74, was in a convoy along with senior members of his FUNCINPEC party heading toward Sihanoukville in southwest Cambodia on Sunday morning, June 17, 2018, when a taxi traveling in the opposite direction slammed into his SUV, said a senior party member in the group. Ranariddh suffered head injuries and was transferred to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, for urgent treatment.

The Federal Government has increased the winning bonus of super eagles by $5,000 as a means of motivating them to win their remaining two group matches at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia. With this increase, each player will now get $15,000 winning bonus per game against initial $10,000 per game agreed with the players before the tournament kicked off in Russia on Thursday. The increase in Bonus comes after their loss to Croatia in the first leg of their matches last Saturday. 

Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto governor, says the needs of his state are basic social amenities and infrastructure. He said the priorities of Sokoto people were different from other states, particularly those inaugurating bridges and flyovers. The governor made this known to civil servants and heads of government agencies who paid him the traditional Sallah homage at government house on Sunday in Sokoto. Tambuwal said he would not use available scarce resources to construct flyovers in place of people’s needs in the areas of health, education and access roads.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, is expected on Tuesday to lead a major push to woo voters in Ekiti State in a campaign rally of APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi. The campaign hostilities for the July 14 governorship election is approaching a crescendo, with APC seeking to make further impressions in the face of a formidable machinery of the Peoples Democratic Party. The support of Mr Osinbajo is expected to further boost the efforts of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who has joined in touring towns and villages to woo voters for the APC candidate.

PDP has said that its guidelines for 2019 presidential primary election was not yet ready. The party disclosed this in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, Austin Akobundu, on Sunday in Abuja. Mr Akobundu said that the clarification became necessary following a publication by a national daily titled “PDP list guidelines for presidential aspirants, demands N12m for forms. “We wish to state categorically that the party is still in the process of drawing up the guidelines for its presidential primary election.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has explained the reason why many parts of the country are experiencing blackouts including that of Saturday. The agency, which has the sole responsibility of transmitting generated power, said in a Sunday morning statement that there were shortages in gas supply which led to a significant reduction in power generation and distribution. It, however, said there was no total blackout. The shortages affected over half a dozen power generating facilities across the country.

Princess Module Ozolua who is widely referred to as the pioneer of body enhancement/ plastic surgery in Nigeria, has said that she regrets going public with her own cosmetic surgery. In an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu of #Rubbingminds yesterday, Modupe said she had to pay to be on the cover of Ovation magazine to reveal she had done breast augmentation because the level of ignorance Nigerians had about cosmetic surgery at the time when she started her company was quite amazing. She says she however looks back sometimes and wished she never mentioned it. 

A year after it stopped aircrafts belonging to Medview airline from operating in its airspace, the European Commission has not rescinded on its decision. According to the updated Air Safety List, a total of 119 airlines are banned from flying to any European Union member country. However, all air carriers from Indonesia were cleared. In 2017, it banned Medview aircraft because of unaddressed safety deficiencies. To continue operations on its Lagos-London route, the airline secured a wet lease from an EU-member state.

About 32 persons were killed, while 84 others were injured when six suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs), in Damboa local government area in Borno state on Saturday night. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that some locals alleged that the deaths arose from a misfiring by the Nigerian Army’s artillery but the army denied the claim. Malam Buba Shettima, a witness said that two separate bomb blasts occurred in Shuwari and Abbachari, at about 8:30 p.m.

10. #RUSSIA 2018:
Germany head coach Joachim Low has said he will not change his target for the World Cup after failing to win against Mexico on Sunday. Mexico pulled off a historic victory in the opening game of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group F, defeating World Cup holders Germany 1-0 in front of a fervent – and full – Luzhniki Stadium. “Indeed it is disappointing to have lost the first match, that it is a situation we are not used to at all. In many tournaments we have always won the first match but we have to accept this. 

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