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EPL: Ighalo finally agrees new deal with Man Utd

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Odion Ighalo has agreed an extension of his loan deal with Manchester United until the end of January 2021, the UK Telegraph reports.

The deal is however awaiting confirmation from the FA for registration.

A new contract with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua, will be discussed after the loan with United ends.

Ighalo initially arrived at Old Trafford in January this year and that deal expired May 31.

However, the Red Devils have been keen to keep the 30-year-old, after he impressed during his short stint.

The Nigerian striker has scored four times in eight appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

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BUHARI suspends Magu as EFCC Acting Chairman

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Ibrahim Magu has been suspended as Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, Signaturetv.org can confirm.

Magu spent the night in a police cell at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Headquarters in Abuja.

This followed a six-hour grilling by a presidential panel, chaired by Justice Ayo Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal.

Buhari set up the panel to probe various allegations levelled against Magu, following a petition by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Department of State Service (DSS).

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Senate passes sexual harassment prohibition bill

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A Bill that seeks to protect students in the nation’s tertiary institutions was passed for third reading in the Senate on Tuesday.

The Bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress sexual harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters connected therewith, Bill, 2020” was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie-Omo Agege (Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 105 other Senators.

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WAEC appeals for PPE ahead of WASSCE Exam period reduced by four weeks

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has appealed to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, State Governments and corporate organizations for funds to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for manpower that would conduct the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) starting August 4.

WAEC Nigeria Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said at a briefing on Tuesday that it would need more supervisors and invigilators for the examination kitted with appropriate PPE, the cost of which was not captured in the budget for the examination.

Lamenting the examination would be conducted under unfriendly conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Areghan said it would cost the Council more than N50 million to give one face mask and one hand sanitizer to each of its supervisors nationwide.

He said: “There are many well-spirited individuals donating face masks and hand sanitizers – that is what we are asking for.

“Even if we are going to give only one washable/reusable face mask and one bottle of hand sanitizer to every staff and supervisor that will not cost us less than N50 million.

“And if we make it two per staff and supervisor, that will not cost us less than N100 million.

” A committee has already worked on it; these are not just fictitious figures. We have even done negotiations with some companies.

“If we now say if you have hand sanitizers, give us; if you have face masks, give us, is it out of place?” he asked at the briefing at the Council’s headquarters in Yaba.

“These are not normal times. When we were planning for the examination nobody anticipated a situation like this.

“When we talk about supervision; we used to have one supervisor to 299 candidates. Once it is 300 we now have two supervisors.

“But now we are going to have one supervisor to about 150 candidates in order to maintain this social or physical distancing.

“All these have cost implications. For example, we are going to engage 23, 250 supervisors from 10,667. That is a lot of money.

“Now, we have 19,129 schools. If a school has 300 candidates, for example, we are going to have two supervisors. And it also even depends on the number of classrooms they are going to use because we are going to maintain a social distancing of two meters apart.

“How many candidates will sit in a hall like this and put one supervisor there? So we are really going to spend more money than originally budgeted.”

A total of 1,549,463 SS3 candidates have been registered to take the examination in 19,129 schools nationwide on Mondays-Saturdays from August 3-September 5, 2020.

Areghan said the examination would hold at the same time in the other four member countries.

However, he noted that the international timetable for the examination would be domesticated for use in Nigeria to align with local time.

He said the examination was shortened by four weeks to reduce the period of mass interaction and check the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Areghan said schools would be required to soap and running water for handwashing; hand sanitizers, non-contact infrared thermometers, as well as face masks for all candidates.

He added that there would be two-meter spacing between candidates while regular hand washing would be required during the examination.

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