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Allow my ministers work, Tinubu laments legislative summons 

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President Bola Tinubu has lamented what he sees as a high amount of summonings of his ministers by the National Assembly. 

The president who spoke while breaking Ramadan fast on Wednesday in Abuja with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, and the leadership of the House, appealed to lawmakers to allow his appointees work. 

The president said he was aware of numerous summoning of heads of ministries, departments, and agencies before parliamentary committees.

He added that oversight was a key function of the legislature but that excessive summonings could lead to interruptions of executive work. 

He said: 

”I have been watching various committees summoning ministers and heads of agencies. I have complained to the Speaker to let the poor breathe. Let these people do the job. We are not saying that you are not influential. We are not saying you cannot do your oversight. But consider the primary duty of each agency, its personnel, or the responsibilities of the Governor of the Central Bank or the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance to you and the entire nation.



Nollywood takes Italy by storm as film festival heads to Milan, Torino, Rome, Florence – Blueprint Newspapers Limited

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The vibrant and ever-evolving world of Nollywood is set to enchant audiences across Italy as the Nollywood Travel Film Festival gears up to sweep through Milan, Florence, Rome, and Torino.

Blueprint reports that the Nollywood Travel Film Festival would kick off in Milan on May 31, 2024 before heading to Torino, Rome, and Florence in the following weeks till June 29, 2024.
A press statement by the Founder, Nollywood Travel Film Festival, Mykel Parish Ajaere, in
Milan, Italy, said the festival, dedicated to showcasing the best Nigerian cinema, will celebrate the rich storytelling and cultural heritage of Nollywood, Africa’s largest film industry.

It read: “The festival has partnered with the Festival Del Cinema Africano, d’ Asia e America Latina (Fescaaal), Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), and the African Diaspora Cinema Festival (ADCF) to host programs in Milan, Florence, Rome, and Torino.
“With a lineup of diverse and compelling films that capture the essence of Nigerian culture, the Nollywood Travel Film Festival promises to be an unforgettable cinematic experience.
“From gripping dramas to hilarious comedies, the festival will offer a window into the vibrant world of Nollywood and its unique storytelling traditions.”
According to Ajaere, “Audiences in Milan, Florence, Rome, and Torino can look forward to a curated selection of 20 films that highlight the creativity and talent of Nigerian filmmakers. Through these captivating stories, viewers will be transported to the heart of Nigeria, experiencing its beauty, complexity, and diversity.
“The Nollywood Travel Film Festival aims to foster cultural exchange and dialogue between Nigeria and Italy, bridging the gap between the two countries through the universal language of cinema.
“By bringing Nollywood films to Italian audiences, the festival hopes to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of Nigerian culture, traditions, and perspectives.
“In addition to film screenings, the Nollywood Travel Film Festival will feature panel discussions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, networking opportunities for industry professionals and film enthusiasts alike, tours across Italy, and film studios.”
The festival organisers noted that, “We are thrilled to bring the magic of Nollywood to audiences in Milan, Torino, Rome, and Florence. Sometime last year, we met with the Consular General of Italy in Nigeria, Ambassador Ugo Boni, to discuss our plans, and he was happy about the prospects of strengthening cultural ties between both countries
“Nollywood is more than just a film industry; it is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the hearts of millions worldwide. Through this festival, we hope to celebrate the diversity, creativity, and resilience of Nigerian cinema and its impact on the global film landscape.”
The organisers also assured that audience members can expect a dynamic and immersive cinematic experience that will transport them to the heart of Nigeria.
“Whether you are a seasoned cinephile or a casual moviegoer, the Nollywood Travel Film Festival offers something for everyone, from powerful performances to captivating storytelling that transcends borders and languages.
“For filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals, the Nollywood Travel Film Festival is a platform to showcase their work, connect with like-minded creatives, and build bridges across continents.
“It is a celebration of diversity, creativity, and the transformative power of cinema to spark conversations and promote cross-cultural understanding,” the statement noted.
While urging all to celebrate the magic of Nollywood and the art of storytelling at the Nollywood Travel Film Festival in Milan, Florence, Rome, and Torino.l, Ajearo assured that they would be moved, entertained, and inspired by the best of Nigerian cinema as the industry come together to celebrate the universal language of film.
“For more information, including screening schedules, venue details, and ticketing information, please visit our official website at and [email protected]
For press inquiries, partnership opportunities, or any additional information,” the statement added.

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Manchester City vs. Chelsea: Confirmed Lineup

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The FA Cup pits Manchester City and Chelsea together again for a third time this season to give the Semi-final some flare and entertainment.

With both sides already playing out 2 draws in their premier league meetings this season; the first a dramatic 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge and the second a 1-1 draw at the Etihad, neither Chelsea nor Manchester City have been able to get one over the other.

Manchester City vs. Chelsea: Confirmed Lineup

This is in contrast to prior season that has seen the Cityzens come out dominant of the London Blues in every meeting they were faced with last season. Hence, this makes today’s clash a tricky one that has pride and glory on the edge for both sides.

Pep Guardiola cannot risk losing two back to back knockout games after facing elimination at the hands of Real Madrid, and Mauricio Pochettino of course will take confidence from their last two meetings and a cup final defeat earlier in the season to Liverpool as a boost to get this final over the line.

A lot to fight for ironically for both teams as it stands, even Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side cannot guaranty themselves silverware in the current campaign considering the little gaps he tops the premier league table with at present time.

Here goes the Confirmed Lineup for both sides;

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I Didn’t Issue Any Statement On Mohbad —Elegushi Monarch

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The Elegushi of the Ikate-Elegushi kingdom, Saheed Elegushi, has dismissed what he described as “falsehood promoted by some persons on the social media app TikTok ” about the death of a Nigerian artiste, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji, otherwise known as Mohbad.

The Elegushi in a statement by the Lead Partner at Lambert and Curtis, Deyemi Saka said: “The widely syndicated falsehood was promoted by some persons with the under listed profile on the social media app TikTok namely: Oloriebimusicproduction2, PEKINS RULES, and WESTO4LIVE. Also the same falsehood is being promoted by: Auto Success Ola, Olubukola Jesse, Teni omo Ologo and Tolani Ilesanmi.

“First of all, this is to inform the public that the allegation is false and a figment of the wicked imaginations of these persons. Second of all, HRM Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi through his lawyers have filed a petition against these persons with the Nigeria Police and other relevant security agencies in a bid to enforce his fundamental human rights and protect him from cyber bullies while he is hopeful the Nigeria Police will collaborate with relevant international security organisations in this quest for redress.

“Third of all, it must be stated emphatically that Oba Elegushi, just as many Nigerians, is saddened by the sudden demise of Mohbad, demanded for a thorough investigation and a quick dispensation of justice. While we pray to almighty God to grant the Alobas the immense strength to bear this painful loss we urge people to refrain from dragging the integrity of His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Elegushi and the revered traditional institution he represents into public disrepute.”

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