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We did not send unqualified referees to FIFA – Ghana NC

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Ghanaian Football’s Normalisation Committee has cleared the air on reports that it had submitted a list of unqualified referees to FIFA. 

In a press release, the Committee provided the authentic list sent to football’s world governing body.

The Statement reads:

The Ghana Football Association’s attention has been drawn to inaccurate reports about the authenticity of the list of Ghanaian referees which was submitted to FIFA recently by the GFA.

The inaccurate and misleading reports alleged that the said fitness test was conducted by the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) and that certain referees who failed the test had their names included in the list which was submitted to FIFA.

The GFA responds as follows:

1. The fitness test was conducted under the strict supervision of accredited FIFA and CAF Instructor Dr Anthony Tetteh Opai in Kumasi on October 12, 2018.

2. In the absence of a substantive Referees Committee (which reports to the Technical Directorate of the GFA) following the dissolution of all standing committees, the GFA Technical Director, Mr Francis Oti Akenteng observed the fitness test.

3. Only names of referees passed by the FIFA Instructor, Dr Opai were submitted to FIFA by the GFA.

4. On the issue of alleged falsification of ages by some referees, the GFA’s IT Department already has data on all referees and these data were cross-checked before the list was sent to FIFA. It is therefore, false that some referees falsified their ages.

Finally, the Normalization Committee of the GFA wishes to assure all football stakeholders and the general public that it is committed to reforming and restoring confidence in refereeing and Ghana football.

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Nigeria’s central bank will keep controversial FX system

Emefiele added that the bank also hopes to continue working with the Deposit Money Banks to improve access to credit



Nigeria's central bank will keep controversial FX system

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced its plan for the next five years. The current governor of the bank, Godwin Emefiele stated the five main focal points of his second term to drive the Monetary Policy roadmap throughout 2019-2024 at the CBN Headquarters in Abuja.

In his words, “our priorities at the CBN over the next 5 years are the following; preserve domestic macro-economic and financial stability; foster the development of a robust payments system infrastructure that will increase access to finance for all Nigerians, thereby raising the financial inclusion rate in the country”, he says.

Emefiele added that the bank also hopes to continue working with the Deposit Money Banks to improve access to credit for not only smallholder farmers and MSMEs, but also consumer credit and mortgage facilities for bank customers.

“Our intervention support shall also be extended to our youth population who possess entrepreneurship skills in the creative industry. This group deserves our encouragement. We shall also during this intervening period encourage our Deposit Money Banks to direct more focus in supporting the Education Sector”.

Related: Nigeria’s apex bank to offer seven-year loans to youth corps members

In addition to these, there is also a need to grow the country’s external reserves and lastly, support efforts at diversifying the economy through the various intervention programs in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

The CBN Governor said he was confident that when implemented, the aforementioned measures will help to insulate the economy from potential shocks in the global economy.

Related: Senate confirms Emefiele for second term as Nigeria’s Central Bank governor

“In my second term in office, part of my pledge is to work to the best of my abilities in fulfilling these objectives,” he adds.

Emefiele was first appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 and was retained after Buhari assumed office in 2015.

On May 8, President Muhmmdu Buhari informed the Senate in a statement that he had decided to nominate the CBN governor for a second term.

Related: Nigeria’s Central Bank governor named for second term

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Arrested Nigerian journalist, Jones Abiri granted bail by court

Abiri denies charges of sending text messages to oil companies threatening to blow up their facilities



Nigerian journalist, Jones Abiri granted bail by court

A Nigerian journalist facing terrorism, economic sabotage and fraud charges has been granted conditional bail, court officials said Tuesday — but has to stay in jail until he meets the conditions.

Judge Ijeoma Ojukwu granted a defence request for bail to Jones Abiri, editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, in a hearing Monday.

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She set the date for the start of the trial on Friday.

Abiri denies charges of sending text messages to oil companies threatening to blow up their facilities. He says he has been targeted for his coverage of the neglect of his native Niger Delta by oil companies and the government.

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Judge Ojukwu ordered Abiri to pay ₦100 million and also to provide a guarantor who would have to be a landowner, a common proviso in Nigerian courts. Until then, he has to remain in custody, the judge added.

Related: Ugandan court prevents government from suspending journalists

Abiri was previously detained by intelligence officers for two years without trial over alleged links to armed rebel groups in the Niger Delta region.

He was freed last August following a campaign by rights organisations.

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Brother of Senegal’s president resigns from office over gas deal allegations

“I hereby notify you of my decision to step down. This unfortunate controversy is based only on untruths.” -Aliou Sall



Aliou Sall: Brother of Senegal's president resigns from office after gas deal allegations

Senegalese President, Macky Sall’s brother on Monday resigned as head of a state-run savings deposit after he was named in a BBC report on apparent mismanagement of national gas resources.

The report broadcast earlier this month has caused an outcry in the country by suggesting a gas deal signed with BP had deprived the state of badly needed energy income.

The report says a company run by Sall’s younger brother Aliou Sall had been secretly paid a bonus in 2014 by the gas company that sold its shares in two Senegal gasfields to BP.

Aliou Sall had denied allegations in the report warning he would file a suit against the broadcasters. BP has also rejected the report.

The president’s brother on Monday said he was stepping down as head of the Caisse des Depots et Consignations or CDC fund he has directed since September 2017.

“I hereby notify you of my decision to step down,” Aliou Sall said. “This unfortunate controversy is based only on untruths.”

President Sall has himself called the accusations an attempt to destabilise a country trying to make the most of its natural resources.

Related: Macky Sall rejects graft allegations against brother

In 2012, then newly-elected president Sall confirmed a decision taken by his predecessor, Abdoulaye Wade to award exploitation rights for two offshore oil and gas fields to the Timis Corporation, controlled by an Australian-Romanian businessman, Frank Timis.

It was stated in the report accused said that two years later, Timis Corporation secretly paid a “bonus” of $250,000 (222,000 euros) to Agritrans, a company controlled by Aliou Sall.

The president’s brother had already stepped down in October 2016 from his post in the Timis group after facing criticism of a possible conflict of interest. 

Pressure has intensified on Sall since the report with protests from opponents and civil society to demand “transparency” in contracts related to the exploitation of gas and oil.

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