Nicolas Pepe very happy for Lacazette partnership

Arsenal new signing, Nicolas Pepe is very happy to play alongside Alexandre Lacazette after successful transfer.

The Ivorian international can’t wait to play alongside the French striker.

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24-year-old Pepe said:

“When I knew I was coming to Arsenal, I immediately thought of the French guys who play here. Then I also thought of Özil, the world champions, Lacazette, Aubameyang and many more.

“Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille.

“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him and it will be an honour to play alongside him.”

He penned a five-year deal with the Gunners after the clubs agreed £72million transfer fee.

Pepe joins the North London club from Ligue 1 side, Lille.

DONE DEAL: Nicolas Pepe completes Arsenal move

Arsenal has confirmed the signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.

Pepe joined the North London club in a blockbuster deal of £72million.

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The 24-year-old winger, Nicolas Pepe also penned a five-year deal with the Gunners.

The Ivory Coast international, happy for the transfer, told newsmen:

“Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me.

“I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”

Pepe, 24, disclosed how hard he worked to be at this level, and this big move is a great reward.

He has been assigned the number 19 jersey and also today becomes the club-record signing.

NUPENG issues 7-day strike notice as fuel scarcity looms

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, yesterday, issued a seven-day strike notice to the Federal Government to compel Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, to honour the agreement it reached with the union on June 20, failing which members would down tools and begin an indefinite strike.

In a statement signed by the President and General Secretary of NUPENG, Prince Williams Akporeha and Afolabi Olawale, the union said:

“NUPENG, with deep frustration and worries, would like to alert the general public and all relevant authorities of the blatant violation of agreement reached between Chevron Nigeria Limited Company and unions in the industry.

“It is public knowledge that unions in the oil and gas industry had a protracted negotiation with Chevron Nigeria Limited over 70 per cent labour manpower reduction which it (Chevron) claimed was required in view of reduction in their operations in the oil and gas Industry.

“After up to one year negotiation, brokered by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, and Ministry of Labour, it was agreed that considering the intervention of all the institutions mentioned above and the various justifications made, only 30 per centof the Labour Manpower Contract Workers will be relieved.

‘’Of the 1,856 contract workers in the company, NUPENG has 1,120; PENGASSAN, 213; and non-unionised, 523. It was agreed that the 30% reduction shall be spread in equal percentage among the three groups.

“It was also agreed that union executives (NUPENG and PENGASSAN) will not be affected by the reduction, that Chevron Nigeria Limited will not in any guise change the Labour manpower to service contracts.

‘’It was also agreed that anyone that voluntarily offers to go will be counted as part of the agreed 30%.

Unfortunately, immediately after the agreement was reached, Chevron started executing the exercise in blatant violation of the agreed terms, ostensibly to either put NUPENG in bad light as troublesome or for extinction because only NUPENG members have been exited from work, leaving behind the Non- Unionised workers and PENGASSAN members.

‘’It is further embarrassing to see that NUPENG executives are also part of those already locked out. From our record, over 500 of NUPENG members are being sacked. We further learned that the intention of Chevron is to change the contract to short term service contract and we see this as unfair and a breach of agreement reached with us in bad faith.

“All NUPENG executives should be called back to work, the percentage of reduction agreed should be spread to the three groups as agreed to avoid creating the impression that NUPENG was the target of the exercise.”

‘’The good disposition of the new leadership of NUPENG should not be taken for granted. Chevron should not be allowed to use this exercise to change the Labour Manpower contract to service contract in a disguised manner.

“Consequent on the above demands and having been pushed to the wall, NUPENG, hereby, puts all our members on red alert should Chevron Nigeria Limited and its contractors fail to honour or comply with our demands within the next seven days, we would also not hesitate to take all necessary legal options available to us, including industrial actions, to press home our legitimate demands.”

Women protest against oil firm in Okpe

Sapele Okpe Community women and Sapele Okpe Community Land Trust Association, Delta State women, have grounded activities at Forte Oil Nigeria Limited, Sapele branch over what they called “non- payment of entitlements owed the community’s Land Trust Association.”

The women leader, Mrs. Comfort Ayomanor said:

“Series of letters had been written to the company without response, which goes to show the kind of management the company has.

“Since Forte Oil acquired the former African Petroleum, AP, they have refused to communicate or meet with their host community, which is not helping matters at all.

“We want to let the whole world know how the company has been treating us hence this protest.

“Our recent letters dated April 21, 2018, and May 15, 2019, to the company were not equally replied. That is why we had decided to shut down their activities, to press home our demand through peaceful protest.”

Branch Manager of the Sapele branch, Mr Boyode Haruna, responded on behalf of the company, saying he has already contacted the head office in Lagos.

While appealing for calm, he added that plans had been made to respond to the protesters’ demands soon.

PHOTO NEWS: Sanwo-Olu pays inspection visit to security agencies

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, July 30, pays an inspection visitatation to the security agencies in the state.

The Governor takes this action making sure that the life and properties of residents are safe and secure.

Sanwo-Olu visited the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, at the RRS parade ground at Alausa, Ikeja, also checking the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, at the LASEMA Cappa Base.

He never failed to recognize the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps, LNSC, when he visited The Safety Arena at Oshodi.

See photos below…

RRS

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inspecting the guard of honour by men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) during the Governor’s inspection visit to their parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, addressing men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), flanked by Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right) and Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun (left) during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo and Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo and Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun and Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, flanked by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (left) and Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu (right) during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

LASEMA

L-R: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu and Head, LASEMA Cappa Base, Mr. Olatunbosun Olukolade during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

L-R: Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Head, LASEMA Cappa Base, Mr. Olatunbosun Olukolade and General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (right); Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (middle) and LASEMA Fleet Manager, Uchenna Rapuchukwu (right) during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Emergency Response Shift Manager, Command and Control Centre, Bisi Ololade; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the Command and Control Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

L-R: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu and Head, LASEMA Cappa Base, Mr. Olatunbosun Olukolade during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inspecting the men of the State Task Force, while the Task Force Chairman, CSP Saheed Egbeyemi (left), watches during the Governor’s inspection visit to the Safety Arena at Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
PIX 8351: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd right), inspecting men of the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corp (LNSC), during his inspection visit to the Safety Arena at Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. With him is the Chairman of Safety Corp, Retired A.I.G Isreal Ajao (right).

LNSC

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd right), inspecting men of the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corp (LNSC), during his inspection visit to the Safety Arena at Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. With him is the Chairman of Safety Corp, Retired A.I.G Isreal Ajao (right).

Improve the emergency response standard, Sanwo-Olu charges LASEMA officers

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday said there’s need to rejig the operation of the State’s emergency response team for better performance and service delivery in disaster management.

The Governor who spoke during his visit to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, operational headquarters at Cappa, Oshodi, praised the emergency response personnel for the quality of service the agency rendered, while saying that there was need to raise the standards of its operation in line with best practice. He pledged that his administration would support the agency to deliver on its mandate.

He said:

“On behalf of the people of Lagos, I commend LASEMA and its emergency workers’ performance in disaster management. But, we know there is still a lot that we can do to raise the standard and there is still a lot that is expected of us but I can assure you that we will support LASEMA for quality service.

“This is why we are here to assess the level of response mechanism and take stock of the challenges the agency might be facing. We do not want to give excuses to the taxpayers. We pledge our continued support to encourage the agency to live up to expectations, because its efficiency in service delivery would be the parameter citizens would use to assess and write the agency scorecards.”

… Sanwo-Olu preaches to maintain professionalism and empathy with duty

The Governor emphasised the need for maintaining professionalism and empathy in the discharge of the agency’s duty, noting that disaster management required promptness and competency to minimise losses.

Sanwo-Olu tasked the emergency workers to work towards reducing their response time by half. He said the government would address the resource gap hindering the agency from taking its service to optimal level.

He added:

“LASEMA needs to raise its escalation level in managing emergencies. If it gets to the level where we need additional support from other agencies, such police, fire fighters, or any arm of government, we must be able to quickly be able to analyse the situation and be able to escalate it to another level, so that we can reduce losses to lives and property. Lagos is a centre of excellence and we must live up to billing by putting forward the best rescue operation.”

LASEMA Director General, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, led Governor Sanwo-Olu on an inspection of the equipment used by the agency in its emergency operations. The Governor also inspected the state of facilities in LASEMA Response Unit, LRU, in Alausa.

In the Governor’s entourage were the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji; Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde and Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo.

Word of the Day: EMBEZZLE

The word for today is: EMBEZZLE

MEANING:

  • Steal money that you have been trusted with.
  • To take for selfish reasons in violation of trust.
  • To appropriate (something, such as property entrusted to one’s care) fraudulently to one’s own use.

EXAMPLE:

  • The company’s senior accounts manager embezzled one thousand dollars ($1,000) from her employer by way of a loophole in the accounting procedures.
  • The politician absconded with embezzled public fund.

SYNONYMS:

  • Thieve, steal, rob ,swipe, misapply, convert, take over, defalcate, peculate.

ANTONYMS:

  • Give, return, hand over.

HISTORY:

  • The word “embesilen” is a late Middle English and it was derived from an Anglo-French word “embeseiller” which means “to destroy” or “make away with”.
  • Em + baseiller means “to destroy” or “to steal” or “to plunder”.
  • The first usage to this word was traced back to the 15th century. In another research it says between the year 1375 – 1425.

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