By Emmanuel Afonne and Kevin Okunzuwa
Godwin Dudu-Orumen, Executive Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, on Wednesday in Abuja lamented his exclusion from the 2020 National Sports Festival, tagged Edo 2020.
Dudu-Orumen made the revelation on Wednesday when a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) asked to know the states level of preparation for the festival following the lifting of the ban on contact sports by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
He said that Philip Shuaibu, the Edo Deputy Governor, who is also the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the festival, is the right person to know the preparations.
The Deputy Governor of Edo, Mr Philip Shuaibu, is in a better position to answer questions on the National Sports Festival; I am a spectator.
Statutorily, I am in charge of sports, but politically the deputy governor wont let me do my job; so I am watching.
I am not in a position to say anything on the sports festival because I have no role and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development should be able to tell us if the festival will hold.
The minister should also tell us when it will hold, and if it will not hold, he should tell us why?
Even on the preparation of athletes for the festival, I dont know what is happening because the job was shared to other people, Dudu-Orumen said.
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had before the lifting of the ban on contact sports, said that the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival would hold, but with only non-contact games.
Meanwhile, Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shuaibu has said there is no iota of truth in the claim that he has sidelined Godwin Dudu-Orumen, the Executive Chairman, Edo Sports Commission from his duties as the state prepares to host the 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged Edo 2020.
But swiftly, Shuaibu, through Musa Ebomhiana, his Chief Press Secretary, denied the allegation, saying Dudu-Orumen remained the dejure and defacto chairman of the sports commission in the state.
Ebomhiana said : It is unfortunate if Dudu-Orumen said so. As it is today, he is the dejure and defacto chairman of the sports commission in the state.
Nobody has taken over his position. Like I said, he is the dejure and defacto chairman of the sports commission as it stands today.
He is just being economical with the truth. The deputy governor will not descend to the level of taking over his job as chairman of the sports commission.
The chief press secretary, noted that the deputy governor was among those who made Dudu-Orumen the chairman in the first place. The governor and his deputy presided over his appointment.
As the man who superintends sports in the state, he can not descend to the level of taking over the job he himself gave out.
As you are aware, the presidency has announced commencement of contact sports from 19th, which was two days ago.
And you and I know what the situation has been in the past two days across the states.
Theres nothing tangible that has happened for now. And the Council of Sports has to meet to advice Mr President on further pronouncement, he said.
NAN reports that COVID-19 pandemic which led to the suspension of sports activities since March 18, caused the indefinite suspension of the National Sports Festival which was originally scheduled for between March 22 and April 1.
It was also initially moved to between Oct. 3 and Oct. 13 and later scheduled to now hold between Oct. 25 and Nov. 4. (NAN).
Source: NAN News
By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Nigerian Army and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund) on Wednesday said they would collaborate to boost defence capabilities through research and development innovations.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and the Executive Secretary of Tetfund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, stated this when the Research and Development Committee of Tetfund visited the Army Headquarters.
During the visit, Buratai said that Nigeria Army placed premium on research and development which had given birth to a number of innovations in the area of military hardware.
He said the army had since established the department of Innovation and Transformation as well as the Resource Centre where issues of research and development were being handled.
He added that the army had through research innovation, produced a number of equipment to aid its operations such as Ezugwu MRAP and other combat vehicles among others.
The department of Innovation and Transformation was established and over the years, it has participated in research and development exhibitions, seminar and workshops both at home and abroad.
One of the great researchers in Nigerian Army has through his innovation produced what we have today as Ezugwu MRAPs and he has not taken glory for that innovation.
Buratai assured that the army would support the effort of Tetfund in encouraging research and development in the area of defence and security, adding that the country would have gone far if the initiative was conceived earlier.
He also assured of armys support to the research and development committee towards establishing the National Research and Development Foundation being conceived.
According to him, many developed countries are great because of their research and development efforts, adding that knowledge based economy rules the world.
If we had started this 60 years back, we would have been better ahead of many counties in the world today.
This is a step in the right direction and I can assure you that in the next few years, Nigeria will be better for it, he said.
The COAS also solicited the support of Tetfund for the research effort of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre and Nigerian Army Simulation Centre to enhance their research output.
He commended Tetfund for the support to the Nigerian Army University Biu in the provision of infrastructure for the university.
Earlier, Bogoro, said the visit was part of the effort to encourage research in the field of defence.
He said that in the past warfare was carried out on the field only, adding that the current warfare was based on innovation.
According to him, for too long, the Nigerian academic community have been clapping with one hand, adding that there was need to stretch hands across the isle including the defence industry.
He stated that no nations defence and security could be effective without research and development hence the need to partner the Nigerian army.
Also, the Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Njidda Gadzama, said it was the first time that the Nigerian academic community would speak with one voice in the area of research and development.
Gadzama said the visit have come to seek the support of the Nigerian army, adding that the foundation being promoted would greatly benefit the military.
The Director General, Defence Research and Development Bureau, AVM Jomo Osahor, said the purpose of the visit was to brief the COAS on the objective of the Committee and the need to encourage the academia to venture into research in defence and security.
Osahor added that the visit was also to seek strategic guidance from the army Chief on how to utilise their capabilities.
He also disclosed that the committee had achieved far reaching findings, adding that lack of world class laboratory had hindered the utilisation of those researches.
According to him, the end state of the committee is the establishment of a research and development foundation.
Source: NAN News
By Sunday John
The Nigeria Army on Wednesday donated boreholes to five communities in Nasarawa State, to enhance access to portable water.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, made the disclosure at the inauguration of the projects in Kardeko community of Keana Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The Chief of Defence Staff was represented at the occasion by Rear Adm. Obed Ngalabak.
According to him, the gesture is the militarys modest contribution toward addressing water scarcity in the benefiting communities in addition to providing security of lives and property.
He explained that the projects were carried out by the Department of Civil-Military Cooperation under his office.
The CDS said that for now the benefiting communities are in three LGAs of the state and promised to extent the gesture to other communities to alleviate the situation they are going through.
He listed the benefiting communities as: Agyaragu and Gidinye in Obi LGA, Agudu in Lafia LGA and Kadarko in Keana LGA respectively.
He urged the benefiting communities to guard, protect and take care of the facilities so as to attract more of similar social amenities to their areas.
This is not the first time we are supporting communities, as we have built dispensaries, worship centres and renovated schools across the country.
In his address, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State commended the military for the gesture and called on the communities to take care of the projects.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Emmanuel Akabe, noted that the military had done exceedingly well and so much for the people of Nasarawa state in the area of security.
He explained that the military had succeeded in ridding the state of armed bandits and the people now sleep with two eyes closed without fear of attack or molestation.
Before now, this part of the country was the hotspot in terms of insecurity but now we can sleep with our two eyes closed. The military have been so friendly. In fact, what we have now is digitalised military, Sule stated.
In his remarks, Mohammed Yimoga, the Chairman of Obi LGA applauded the military for securing the area and the donation of boreholes.
He said the boreholes would have direct bearing on the lives of the people and now address perennial water scarcity in the area.
Source: NAN News
By Huseyn Abubakar Mbar
The Nigeria Air Force said it had commenced special training for its personnel to strengthen their capabilities in prosecuting the war against insurgency.
The Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar stated this on Tuesday in Bauchi when he visited trainees, as well as inspected training facilities at the Regiment Training Centre, Nigerian Airforce ,situated at the Special Operations Command, Bauchi.
Government is acquiring soldiers for special operations, not only in the North East, but also in the North West as we need highly trained men to protect those air assets.
These guys that you see here training, are the ones that are ultimately going to be used to ensure that the assets are protected.
We are here to asses the conduct of the training, and we are very satisfied with what we have seen, Abubakar said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that currently, 180 officers and men have undergone six weeks special training that would last 13 weeks.
Abubakar, led by Officer Commanding, Special Operations Command, AVM Charles Ohwo, had earlier on arrival, visited swimming pools, Obstacle Crossing Areas and Bulk Aviation Gas Installations.
He also visited Regiment Training Accommodation (RTA), where he was briefed by AVM Charles Ohwo, Air Officer Commanding Special Operations on the level of skills imparted on the trainees.
Source: NAN News
By Funmilayo Adeyemi
The National Examinations Council (NECO) has rescheduled its examinations scheduled for Oct. 22, 23 and 24 to November, owing to insecurity and curfew imposed by some states.
Mr Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division (NECO) said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
Sani said that the affected papers were now scheduled for Nov. 17, 18 and 19.
This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the National Examinations Council (NECO) has been constrained by circumstances beyond its control, to reschedule the papers meant for Thursday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24.
The affected papers are now scheduled for 17th, 18th and 19th November 2020.
The examination time table for these papers will be made available subsequently.
These changes were due to the security challenges, which led to the imposition of curfew and closure of schools by some state governments in order to safeguard lives and properties, he said.
Sani said that the development became difficult for the council to move examination materials across the country.
The Council prays that the examinations will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 27, all things being equal, with the papers as originally scheduled in the examination time table, he said.
Source: NAN News
Telecoms operators apologise for Tuesday evening network outage
By Funmilola Gboteku
The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) on Wednesday said some of its members were experiencing network outage, which was affecting the quality of services provided to subscribers.
In a statement in Lagos, Mr Gbenga Adebayo, the President of ALTON, on behalf of its members, appealed to subscribers to bear with them.
The ALTON President said that unfortunately, some of its member operators experienced outages on their networks on Tuesday evening, which still subsisted adding that none of it was intentional.
He said that the outages had been compounded by power and other operations-related issues that had occurred across some major routes in Lagos metropolis and other states resulting in congestion of networks.
Movement restrictions and the volatility on the streets has compounded the restoration of outages because engineers have not been able to move about to fix the problems.
At the moment, affected member operators are exploiting all avenues to remedy the situation.
Engineers are making relentless effort round the clock to resolve issues, while in the interim, efforts are being made to optimize coverage utilising alternative solutions as a stop-gap solution to the most impacted locations.
We, therefore, appeal to our brothers and sisters who are still at the barricades, to please grant access to our member operator engineers to be able to access the affected locations to restore telecom services, he said.
Adebayo stressed the need for both voice and data communication especially at this critical time.
He said the association also regretted reports of recent incidents of violence across the country and the wanton destruction of lives and property was disheartening.
The President of ALTON said that as service providers and employers of labour, its immediate priority was the safety of its staff across the country.
Source: NAN News
Manchester City came from behind to make a winning start in the UEFA Champions League Group C on Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over FC Porto at the Etihad Stadium.
FC Porto grabbed a 14th minute lead when Manchester Citys Ruben Dias, a recent signing from Benfica, gave away the ball.
Colombian winger Luis Diaz cut in from the left, burst diagonally across the Manchester City defence and shot into the far bottom corner of Edersons goal.
Pep Guardiolas side were soon back on level terms though.
After Ilkay Gundogan had struck the post, FC Porto defender Pepe bundled over Raheem Sterling in the resulting scramble and Sergio Aguero converted the ensuing penalty kick.
Manchester City were far from their flowing best but went in front in the 65th minute.
A perfect, curling free-kick from Gundogan rose over the wall and beyond the reach of FC Porto goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin.
Substitutes Ferran Torres and Phil Foden then combined to make it 3-1.
The Spaniard collected a return pass from the England midfielder before gliding into space and driving a right foot shot into the far corner.
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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has called for dialogue between the Federal Government and #EndSARS protesters for an early and amicable resolution of the social unrest.
The Directorate of Communications in the ECOWAS Commission disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Commission noted with concern how the peaceful protest by Nigerian youths calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) had turned violent.
While ECOWAS Commission recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it also wishes to stress that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner.
In this regard,ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally.
ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youths, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality.
It encouraged the Nigerian authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly.
Finally, ECOWAS Commission appeals to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian youths and the civil society to urgently pursue dialogue for an early and amicable resolution of this social unrest.
And maintain the Nigerian image as a bastion of law and order, the ECOWAS Commission said.
The ECOWAS Commission further expressed its condolences to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives during the protests and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
Source: NAN News
Gov. Douye Diri
By Shedrack Frank
The Bayelsa Government has constituted a judicial panel of inquiry as well as a special security and human rights committee in response to the demands of the #EndSARS protesters in the state.
Gov. Douye Diri announced this in a statement on Wednesday by Mr Daniel Alabrah, his Chief Press Secretary, shortly after the 9th State Executive Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa.
He said that both committees were set up as part of his governments commitment to meet the demands of the protesters.
The governor said that the judicial panel of inquiry would investigate police brutality and allegations of rights abuse.
He added that the special security and human rights committee is to supervise and monitor the new police unit, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) in the state.
The judicial panel is headed by Retired Justice Y.B. Ogola, with Mr Alaowei Opokuma, a legal practitioner, as its Secretary.
Others members are: A.T. Ambaowei, Mr Fortune Alfred Godson, Miss Perelade Demanche both representing the civil society organisations and Russell Newman representing the National Human Rights Commission.
Its terms of reference include: To receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and or related extra-judicial killings in Bayelsa State.
Evaluate evidence, draw conclusions and make findings on the validity of the complaints; and to recommend compensation and other remedial measures.
The panel has six months to complete its assignment.
The committee on Special Security and Human Rights is headed by Gov. Diri, with the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Biriyai Dambo, as its secretary.
Other members are: the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mike Okoli, the State Director of State Security Services, Mr A. A. Mahmoud, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security 1, Mr Akpoebi Agberebi.
It also includes the Special Adviser on Security 2, Mr Felix Ngobiowei, a lawyer, Mr Alaowei Opokuma, while Mr Eugene Baadom and Dr Mathew Ayibakuro represent the National Human Rights Commission and the #EndSARS protesters, respectively.
The committees terms of reference is to supervise and monitor the SWAT unit and ensure that the rights of Bayelsans and residents are protected.
Addressing journalists; the Commissioner for Information, Ayibaina Duba, stated that the council also discussed the rising flood and concluded plans to send palliatives to affected communities beginning from those worse hit.
He assured the residents of the state that the government would also take long-term measures to reduce the suffering of the people as a result of the flood, which he said has become a yearly occurrence.
Source: NAN News
APC accuses PDP of fueling #EndSARS protests
By Emmanuel Mogbede
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is fueling the #EndSARS protests via unguarded assertions in the social media.
Mr Yekini Nabena, the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, said in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, that the PDP was also playing politics with the protests.
He, however, added that the APC would not join issues with the opposition PDP on the development which the #EndSARS protests had taken.
He further added that the APC would rather place on record how the PDP and its leaders were directly and indirectly sponsoring the protests and playing politics with the development.
According to Nabena, since the protests started, the PDP had taken over the social media making various unguarded assertions thereby fueling the protest.
It is on record that one of the leaders of #EndSARS protest in Akwa Ibom State, three days ago publicly admitted that the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, gave N4 million for onward sharing to the protesting youth in Uyo.
Kufre Carter, one of the organisers of the protests, reportedly said he got a call from the governors aide on youth matters whom he said told him that the governor gave N4 million to be shared to the protesters.
The APC Caretaker Committee chairman, Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, has rightly noted the hidden agenda in the #EndSARS protests.
Like our chairman said, all leaders, including PDP leaders should know that it is only when the country exists in peace that one can achieve ones goals, Nabena said.
The APC spokesman added that you could not be a leader through chaos, saying it would not be well.
He, however, appealed to the protesting youth to give dialogue and peace a chance while ignoring insensitive fueling by the opposition parties.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the #EndSARS protesters are protesting for a reform of the Nigerian Police Force and good governance among other things.
Source: NAN News