Barcelona fans breathed a sigh of relief on Friday, after Lionel Messi ended weeks of speculation by announcing he had decided, with reluctance, to stay at the club.
Messi, who made a shock announcement that he wanted to leave his lifelong club last month, said he would see out his contract until 2021 in order to avoid taking Barca to court.
“If he can stay for one more year and we can make the most of him and go see him play at the stadium, for me it’s very positive,” said FC Barcelona fan Oriol Vives, 31.
Jorge Sos, 39, added: “I think it’s good news for Barcelona because he is the best player in the world.”
Yet some fans felt the saga had soured Messi’s relationship with the club.
“I think it’s good he isn’t leaving but with all the mess he has created, to be honest, it is not good for Barcelona because he doesn’t give the impression he wants to play for the team,” said Sergi Roda, 24.
The 33-year-old Argentine forward took a swipe at the club’s leadership during the announcement that he would stay.
“The management of the club led by (president Josep Maria) Bartomeu is a disaster,” he was quoted as saying.
It was a sentiment echoed by some Barca fans on Friday.
“The whole situation has been very unpleasant,” said Jordi Marti, 43. “I think that the majority of the fault is the management’s.”
Spanish media focused on Messi’s reluctance, with headlines including El Mundo’s “Messi stays at Barcelona against his will” and sports daily Marca’s “Messi stays… but with lots of ‘buts’”.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)https://nnn.ng/barcelona-fans-happy-their-hero-messi-is-staying/
Plateau: NFC trains 60 youths in Modern Film Techniques
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), says it has trained 60 youths in modern film techniques in Plateau state.
Managing Director, (NFC) Dr Chidia Maduekwe, stated this at the closing ceremony of the training in Jos on Saturday.
He said the objective of the training was to unlock the creative potential of youths in the state.
“It is an honour to be able to train all of you in modern film techniques in the state, this is just one of our training programmes for the year.
“This will enable you to be able to relate with your creative energy in the country and the world at large.
“The main objective of this training is to unlock the creative potential of youths in the state to make you self sufficient and positive impact on the economy through your talents,” he said.
Maduekwe said it was important for the country to embrace the creative sector to be able to catch up economically with other parts of world especially as other critical sectors in the country were faced with challenges.
He added that the Agricultural sector and the creative sector must be placed on the same level of importance as they go hand in hand in creating wealth for the country.
“Feeding the nation and the creative industry must go hand in hand because when we eat and not use the energy to be creative, we will be eating for nothing.
“Film is not just play but real business, it’s an industry that can be used to diversify the economy of a country.
Maduekwe tasked the participants to use the knowledge impacted on them as their post COVID-19 survival tool.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the participants who were drawn from different parts of the state were trained in costume and makeup, editing, lighting/sound and production/set design.
Starter packs such as laptops, sewing machines, video cameras, drone cameras and others were given to each of the participants at the end of the training.
Mr Meshak Goyit, a participant at the training, commended the organisers for the opportunity given to them to be trained and acquire new skills. by the NFC, promising to put what they have learnt to good use.https://nnn.ng/plateau-nfc-trains-60-youths-in-modern-film-techniques/
Motorists decry deplorable roads in Southern Kaduna
Motorists and other road users in Jema’a, Sanga, Kaura and Jaba Local Government Areas in the South of Kaduna State, have decried the deplorable state of roads in their locality.
The motorists, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, cited the Kafanchan-Kagoma-Kwoi, Kagoro-Manchok and Forest-Sanga-Akwanga roads among those in dire need of attention.
Malam Audu Balarabe, a commercial driver, stressed that the poor condition of the roads had forced commercial vehicle drivers in the area to jerk up their fares.
“A journey that is supposed to take a small amount of time, takes several hours owing to the terrible nature of these roads.
“This has caused commercial operators like me to increase our fares because of the stress we go through, driving on our roads,” he said.
Another commercial driver, Bobai Monada, who regularly plied the Forest-Sanga road, spoke of how he took his vehicle to the mechanic for repairs at least twice a week because of the bad road.
“The better part of the money one makes is spent on one repair or the other every time because of the potholes on the roads.
“It is really a pathetic situation down here because we are suffering and we don’t know when all this will be over,” he added
However, some repair works could be seen going on at the Forest-Sanga road when our correspondent visited.
On his part, Sunday Kuyambana, noted that the deplorable state of the roads was impacting negatively on the local economy of the people in the area.
“This Kagoma to Kwoi road has really brought us untold hardship. It is hindering our social and economic activities.
“It is rather sad that we are still grappling with issues of basic amenities like roads in this age and time when others countries have gone far,” he said.
Godwin Bala described himself as a victim of the bad roads in the area, noting that he was lucky to have survived an accident on the Kagoro-Manchok road in 2019.
“Last year, I was traveling to Jos on that road when I was involved in an terrible accident with another vehicle.
“If not God, maybe I would have been long gone by now but here I am, talking and sharing my experience with you on the state of our roads.
“The bad condition of the road contributed very greatly to that accident and the road is still the way it has been all this while,” he added.
Bala called on the elected representatives from the region to use their good offices to attract the intervention of the relevant authorities.
For Haruna Sani, a passenger, he blamed the worsening condition of the roads on the movement of articulated vehicles carrying overloads of liquids and dry cargoes.
Sani called for the creation of alternative routes for articulated vehicles to move cargoes.
According to him, articulated vehicles carrying more than 45,000 litres or 35 tons of dry cargo should not be allowed to ply those roads.
Others who spoke to NAN called on governments at both the State and Federal levels to come to their aid by reconstructing or rehabilitating the roads.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Troops rescue 22 kidnapped victims in Zamfara, Katsina
The Nigerian Army troops of Operation Sahel Sanity fighting banditry and kidnapping in the northwest region have foiled bandits’ attacks and rescued 22 kidnapped victims.
The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions in various operations in Zamfara and Katsina States.
Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Gusau on Friday.
According to him, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru, responded to a distress call on Sept. 13, and folied a planned bandits’ attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara.
This, he said, followed severe shoot out along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw and abandon three motorcycles recovered by the gallant troops.
Onyeuko said on Sept. 12, troops deployed at Dandume in Katsina State rescued two young girls kidnapped by bandits on August 18, adding that the bandits abandoned the victims after a hot pursuit.
He said that on Sept. 17, troops also rescued 8 kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area in Faskari LGA of Katsina.
“Troops on patrol at Chabas Chabas, swiftly rescued a truck driver, 11 women and children, on their way to Batsari Market but blocked by suspected bandits along Shimfida – Gurbi Road in Katsina State,” he said.
The Acting Director added that troops deployed at Forward Operation Base (FOB), Dansadau arrested a suspected bandit named Bello Ibrahim riding a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village.
Onyeuko noted that the troops recovered one Pump Action rifle and three live cartridges from the suspected bandit.
He said: “On Sept. 16, troops deployed in Faskari arrested a suspected bandits’ informant named Isah Indo while spying on troops’ location.
“Following credible information; troops deployed at Yankara arrested a suspected bandits’ collaborator named Idris Isah from Yampa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina, who is engaged in illicit activities with bandits.
“Also on Sept. 16, troops deployed at Magami arrested Yaya Rabiu at Magami checkpoint, the suspect was identified to be a member of a notorious bandit gang.”
According to him, the bandits recently attacked troops location at Ruwandawa-Kwankele village in Gusau LGA of Zamfara.
Onyeuko reiterated commitment of the Nigerian Army to protect lives and property, and urged the people to provide credible information on suspicious movements and persons in their communities.
Edited By: Josephine Obute
Women affairs minister urges Ebonyi Govt. to check early girl-child marriage
The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has urged the Ebonyi Government to check incidences that resulted to early girl-child marriage in the state.
Tallen spoke on Friday in Abakliki during a visit to Gov. David Umahi as part of her visit to the state to flag-off national cooking gas and tree planting exercise.
The minister said that incidences of early girl-child marriage was high in several states of the country, saying that education was one of the ways to check the anomaly.
“We appeal to Ebonyi Government to ensure that girls not only go to school but are retained to complete it, at least attain secondary school level.
“I am not saying that after secondary school they should go into marriage but they should be given opportunity to attend university and even up to master’s degree level.
“Educating a man is just for himself but educating a woman is inevitable because she is a mother, teacher and community leader.
“Every family can testify to the fact that the girls never abandoned parents even at old age and so, to enjoy old age, the girl–child should be educated,” she said.
She commended the government for its efforts in checking Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), noting that the establishment of National Obstetrics and Fistula Centre in the state had been of assistance.
“We want to commend you for domesticating the Child’s Right Act but it should be implemented to ensure that no child will be on the streets, at home and no incidence of VVF.
“We also commend the state government for the appointment and election of women into governmental and political positions of which the state is vastly developing due to this development,” he said.
Tallen said that the national cooking gas and tree planting exercise would enhance the well being of families and also aesthetics of Ebonyi and beyond.
Gov. David Umahi welcomed the minister to the state and lauded her for being the pivot for implementing programmes which touched the lives of people at the grassroots.
Umahi represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kelechi Igwe, said that Tallen propagated the message of Global System for Mobile- Communication as Minister of Science and Technology during former President Obasanjo’s administration.
“You should not worry over the distribution of the cooking gas as we will adopt the same policy used during the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives.
“We brought all the political parties together under the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) to decide ways of sharing the palliatives and equitably distributed among all the political parties in the state,” he said.
He said that the state had attained over 50 per cent affirmation for women by ensuring that they occupied the vice-chairmanship and secretary positions of the local government areas, commissioners and governmental aides.
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Peter Ejiofor)