Ex-goalkeeper needs N5m for heart surgery

first_img Read Also: Maduka Okoye begins training with Sparta Rotterdam “So, I need the financial assistance of all Nigerians so that I can come out of this sickness and live a normal life again. Please, I need help,” he said. Obiako who is presently admitted at the Heartland Cardiovascular Consultant Hospital in Abuja was coach of the state’s football team before his retirement. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Paul Obiako, a former national goalkeeper and retired football coach, is now looking for five million Naira in order to undergo heart surgery. Obiako, a member of the Christ the King Church (CKC) team which won the 1977 World Schools Football competition in Dublin, Ireland said he was in need of financial assistance. “The ailment was first diagnosed in 2015, but it was mildly treated then,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka.“I managed it until 2020 when it deteriorated and I became increasingly weak.’’ Obiako, who played for Rangers International FC of Enugu between 1979 and 1989, said he now needed surgery to correct the problem: “The surgery needed to correct the heart enlargement requires a sum of five million Naira which I cannot afford, having retired from active service.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Gorgeous Bollywood Divas Who Earn A Lot7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodylast_img read more

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St. Lucia Government Unveils Multi-million Dollar Economic Recovery Plan

first_imgPrime Minister Allen Chastanet, who is also the Finance Minister, in a radio and television broadcast on Sunday night, said that the plan contains six key pillars, namely stimulating the economy; fast tracking of shovel ready capital investment projects; strengthening social protection systems; resilience building of productive sectors; building resilience in the health sector and climate change and disaster risk mitigation. CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The St. Lucia government has unveiled a EC$579.3 million Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan as the island deals with the impact of the coronavirus (COCVID-19) that affected 22 people and brought about a shutdown of the local economy. He said over EC$5.1 million dollars in tangible benefits will go towards the poor and vulnerable citizens who have been financially affected by COVID-19; as well as, hotel & tourism employees who are currently unemployed. He said that the St. Lucia Development Bank will provide a combination of loan and grant support to MSEs with a focus on food security and adoption of digital technologies. “We have laid the groundwork for success and COVID will only cause us to push harder, be more ambitious and determined. We are a caring society, a loving society and a blessed society,” Chastanet added. He said that front line workers such as police, nurses, fire officers and doctors will benefit from duty-free vehicles with special support from financial institutions. “The objective here is to assist agro processors and businesses in the digital technology community. The government of St. Lucia has committed EC$3.1 million to revitalize their businesses,” Chastanet said, noting that a 50 per cent waiver of commercial property tax for landlords who extend moratorium or rent reductions to their tenants. “The government of St. Lucia will utilize part of the fuel surcharge of 50 cents currently levied on the use of diesel fuel to finance part or full payment of electricity bills for affected persons. LUCELEC (St. Lucia Electricity Services) and the Department of Finance will work jointly, to ensure this novel initiative redounds to economic relief to over 11,000 households.”center_img Chanstanet said that there will also be a waiver of duties on personal hygiene products, increases to the subsidy on flour purchased by bakers from EC$12 to EC$17. In addition, the government will provide five million dollars to otherwise solvent businesses with low cost financing between two and three per cent interest, to assist in meeting their working capital objectives. “Entities can receive a maximum of EC$250,000 through the St.Lucia Development Bank which is the implementing agency. The process of application will be simple and hassle free, to ensure small and medium size enterprises can take full advantage,” Chastanet added. “So far our country’s swift response has proven successful as we continue to navigate through this pandemic. Our Economic Recovery plan is part of that strategy but it can only work if we are all in, work together and truly be each other’s keeper. Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Allen Chastanet Chastanet said that the strategy to stimulating the economy includes eight priority interventions such as incentivising the commercial and banking sector to lend to micro, small and medium size (SME) entities. He said commercial banks would receive a 50 per cent waiver of corporate- income taxes related to earnings from SME lending, adding “this initiative will be in effect for three years and is geared towards improving small business solvency and the reduction of unemployment” CMClast_img read more

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Nyantakyi jabs Nii Lante over Black Stars Gabon bonuses

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association President  says Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye is to blame for the lack of concrete decision on bonsuses for the Black Stars in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.Kwasi Nyantakyi says management team has been denied involvement in bonus negotiations because of the Minister’s “Strange modern management style.”At a media briefing in Accra Tuesday, Mr Nyantakyi said the Sports Minister has disregarded the caretakers of the Black Stars because of his belief that they are siphoning state funds.”On the eve of the match with Uganda he had a meeting with players without management for well over three hours and at the end of the meeting the players did not have enough time to rest,” he said reprovingly.Mr Vanderpuye has had issues with members of the Black Stars management team over suspicion that they are not acting in the interest of Ghana.Relations between him and the FA President has been frosty since he was sworn-in as Minister by the outgoing President John Mahama. In August, 2016 Mr Nyantakyi had accused the Minister of engaging the media more than he did with the Football Association.”We do not have any problem with the Minister; he has chosen to engage us through the media [and] anytime we hear of any meeting between him and us, we hear it through the media,” he mockingly said.Mr Vanderpuye was also to state during a media interview in August that he has nothing against the FA and its leadership.He stated that “When the President swore me in as the Sports Minister, he told me to work to raise the image of football in Ghana high but people think I have problem with them.””I only want the right thing to be done,” he said. But the FA says the Minister has refused to do the right thing since he was put in charge of the Youth and Sports Ministry.Mr Nyantakyi said one of the FA conventions is that the management should be involved in decision making but the Minister’s style of leadership does not permit that.”He [had met the Black Stars] twice without our involvement. The first one was in Alisa Hotel and the second one in Tamale when we went to play Uganda,” he said, adding the three hour meeting could be partially blamed for the team’s poor performance.He, however, said a meeting has been scheduled between the team and the incoming government to finalise the arrangements regarding “financial issues and the bonus structure.”Mr Nyantakyi argued this is important for the players to know what they stand to gain or lose in the Gabon competition.last_img read more

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