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3-day national mourning declared in Argentina



There will be three days of national mourning in Argentina according to President Alberto Fernandez after the news of Diego Maradona’s death.

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As reported by Reuters, the country’s president, Alberto Fernandez declared the country will have a period of national mourning after the legendary footballer passed away, aged 60.

The 60-year-old and greatest footballer of his generation suffered a cardiac arrest at a home in Tigre, Argentina.

Maradona had been recuperating from the removal of a blood clot on the brain.

Speaking on 2 November, Maradona’s doctor, Leopoldo Luque, told reporters the procedure was a ‘routine surgery’.

He added: “We are going to operate today. He is lucid, he understands, he agrees with the intervention.”

Since news of his passing was reported, there has been an outpouring of emotion, with people sending their condolences to his family and sharing their memories of watching him play.

He played club football for Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona among others and was adored by millions for his brilliant skills.

Maradona was responsible for the infamous ‘Hand of God’ that eliminated England from the 1986 tournament.


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“I Felt Ugly Because Of My Tribal Marks”



Nollywood actress Linda Osifo has made a revelation on her social media page about how terrible she felt growing up with a tribal mark on her face.

According to the actress, she felt ugly with the mark on her face. She also disclosed how her classmates used to mock her due to her tribal mark. Linda Osifo also disclosed how she wanted to undergo surgery to cover up the marks. Celebrating her tribal mark today as today marks “World Tribal marks” day, she stated that she has embarrassed her tribal marks as they make her feel unique.

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FEC approves N39.771bn for road repairs, others



By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N39.771bn for various road maintenance contracts in different parts of the country.

Briefing State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fasola and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, gave breakdowns of the approvals.

Fasola said the contracts approved, from a memorandum he presented on behalf of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), three in all, are part of the 191 road repairs it has to undertake in the 2020 Budget.

“The memorandum we presented today was on behalf of FERMA. FERMA is the parastatal of the Ministry of Works and Housing responsible for maintenance of federal roads.

“During the meetings of the Economic Sustainability Committee set up to manage the impact of Covid, one of the responsibilities of FERMA is to execute extensive labour works on road repairs and the budget of 2020 was then amended to deal with Covid impact.

“As a result of that, FERMA then had a total of 191 road repairs, road rehabilitation, road intervention projects nationwide. 92 of those projects have been awarded by FERMA at its threshold level. 89 of them have been approved by the ministry at the ministerial tenders board threshold level.

“So, all of those projects are now being issued letters of award, mobilization, and others. Now, there are 10 that require to come to Federal Executive Council because of their financial threshold level. Out of those 10 projects, three were presented today.

“So, those three presented and approved by council today was for Gasamu-Hamshi-Gogoram road in Yobe State for N14.528billion to MotherCat, the link road connecting Uneme-Tusamu-Odoga to Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State for N991.851million, and Mamabu Donga Local Government Area road in Taraba South Local Government Area of Taraba State to Wishchina Engineering Limited for N6.397 billion.

“These are late third quarter, early fourth quarter interventions to respond to the Covid impact on the economy. This will tell you some of the things the Minister of Finance was saying that Economic Sustainability Plan implementation is what will take us out of recession. So, you see efforts to do that and so many other departments doing different things. This is our responsibility” he said.

Adesina said approval was given for contracts for emergency procurement of first and second quarters 2020 soil erosion/flood and pollution control accelerated intervention projects to the tune of N17.8 billion.

“Approval for award of contracts for emergency procurement of first and second quarters 2020 soil erosion/flood and pollution control accelerated intervention projects in favour of various contractors in the sum of N17.754,717,234.41 inclusive of 7.5 percent VAT with various completion/delivery period.

“Gully erosion and control along Ndam/Agbor road, Nnobi and Alor towns in Idemili/South LGA, Phase two, Anambra State (to Telesis Limited) N.495,878,764 – 18 months

“Erosion and flood menace beside Yem Kem House along Oye-Ifaki road, Oye LGA (Strabic Construction Ltd.) N792,311,211.11) – nine months

“Somolu/Bariga LGA/ Akoka/Ilaje community, Akoka-Lagos flood and erosion control project, Lagos State (Partibon Services Ltd.) N1.786,146,630.98 – 10 months

“Gully erosion control at Egbo-Ideh community, Ugheli South LGA, Delta State (Harris & Dome Nigeria Ltd.) N1,328,306,924.00 – 24 months.

“Gully erosion control and road improvement works in Darazo LGA, Bauchi State (Powerhill Construction Ltd.) N3,897,577,627.79 – 24 months.

“Gully erosion control works at Ladanal community, Nasarawa LGA, Kano State (U.Y.K. Nigeria Ltd.) N1,337,681,584.69 – eight month

“Devastating effect of gully erosion in Gboko township, Benue State (Gaffar Worldwide Resources Ltd.) N1.503,970.714.83 – 12 months

“Erosion and flood control works in Wase and Bashar towns, Wase LGA, Plateau State (Global Legend Integrated Concept Ltd.) N1,687,162,328.95 – 14 months.

“Gully erosion control and road improvement works along Plot 1398, off Kainji Crescent and Katampe Extension, FCT, Abuja (IMB Corporate Synergy Ltd.) N555,569,610.76 – six months.

“Soil erosion, River channelisation and slope protection within Maitama District (Phase II, FCT, Abuja (Masarki Nigeria Ltd.) N1,887,495,486.63 – 12 months.

“Supply and installation of 12 nos. on site flameless/smell-less incinerator (50kg/he) for the national blood transfusion centres in some federal medical centres and teaching hospitals (Black Wheel Multi-Links Ltd.) N823.677,900.00 – six months

“Supply and installation of six numbers containerised incinerators (250kg/her) for the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) one in each geo-political zone (STJ Integrated Resources Ltd.) N658,938,450.00 – six months”, he said.

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Football Fans pay Tribute to Argentine Legend Diego Maradona following His Sad Passing



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The football world was shocked when news broke that 60-year-old Argentine football legend Diego Maradona passed away after suffering a heart attack.

The football legend is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time. He was the inspiration for Argentina’s World Cup success in Mexico in 1986, winning the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. Napoli also saw the best years of his playing career.

According to Guardian, Maradona died shortly before midday at a rented home in the San Andrés gated community in the suburb of Benavidez, north of Buenos Aires. Reports say he died from a heart attack while recovering at his home from a brain operation on 3 November. “Although the operation had been successful, Maradona was reported to be suffering from abstinence from his alcohol habit”.

The Argentine FA confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter which read: “The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”

Following the news of his sudden death, many football lovers took to social media to remember the legend.

The former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva paid tribute on Twitter writing: “Diego Armando Maradona was a football giant, from Argentina and all over the world, a talent and a unique personality. His genius and passion on the pitch, his intensity in life and his commitment to Latin American sovereignty marked our time. On the pitch, he was one of the greatest opponents, perhaps the greatest, that the Brazilian team has faced. Outside of sporting rivalry, he was a great friend of Brazil. I can only thank you for your solidarity with the people’s fight and with the Brazilian people. Maradona will never be forgotten.”

Pele has also paid tribute.

What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky.

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