Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, Special Adviser on Civic Engagement to Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has assured the electorate that his principal would not disappoint them if he is re-elected in July 16 governorship election. Oyintiloye also said Oyetola has justified the mandate given to him in 2018, saying people could attest to the various developmental…
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President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, departed to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to participate in the African Union Extra-ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
It was gathered that the summit would focus on security.
According to an earlier statement by the President’s media aide, Garba Shehu, yesterday, in Abuja, the three-day summit, which holds from May 26 to 28, will also focus on humanitarian challenges in Africa, with related issues on migration, refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons.
Shehu said the African leaders would look at terrorism and unconstitutional change of government, with attendant spiralling effects on human rights and economies.
He further stated that the Nigerian leader would join other heads of state and government to deliberate on humanitarian challenges, hopes and challenges in Africa, and participate in adoption of Assembly declaration on humanitarian summit and pledging conference.
”On security and governance, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union will take a united position on terrorism and unconstitutional change of government, and reach agreements on new approaches to stem the tide.
”President Buhari will also hold sideline meetings with some leaders during the meeting in Malabo,” he said.
According to the presidential aide, Mrs Aisha Buhari, who is the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission, is accompanying her husband to the African Union meeting.
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Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Federal Government to do the needful as the N34 billion released was not part of their demands.
Emmanuel Osodeke, national president of the lecturers’ union, who spoke in Ota, Ogun State, yesterday, said ASUU would not call off the over 100-day strike when government had not attended to their demands.
He was reacting to the N34 billion released by the Federal Government for payment of minimum wage consequential adjustment.
The don, however, sympathised with students over the prolonged strike. ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over improved welfare package, better working conditions and the implementation of various labour agreements signed with the Federal Government between 2009 and 2020.
Osodeke said the students were suffering for Nigeria’s future and education system.
The ASUU president said the students were not being punished but paying the price to ensure Nigeria had a good education system.
Brazilian transfer market expert Sabatino Durante has insisted that Manchester United and Arsenal-linked striker Victor Osimhen is not worth the 110 million euros (approximately N48.9 billion in Nigerian currency) that has been quoted as the amount requested for his acquisition.
After a brilliant season in the Italian Serie A that saw him score fourteen goals and win the U23 Player of the Year award, the Nigerian has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.
The Napoli star has emerged as one of the summer targets for Arsenal to bolster their attack and Manchester United have been credited with an interest as well.
Durante has underlined that Osimhen has the same attributes as Roma’s Europa Conference League-winning striker Tammy Abraham, whose valuation is not more than 100m euros.
When asked to comment on Osimhen’s 110m euros valuation, Durante told Area Napoli : “The price is excessive, not worth all that money.
“I make a premise: I know Osimhen from the Under 17 World Cup in Chile. He was the top scorer in that edition, he has a great physique and knows how to use it well.
“The Nigerian is a footballer who, in the Premier League, could play for a medium-value team. He makes the difference in a team that defends itself and plays on the counterattack.
“He looks a lot like Abraham, but it doesn’t seem to me that the Roma striker’s price exceeds 100 million and we are talking about a more formed striker than Osimhen.
“Abraham also knows how to play well with others, technically he is a bit more evolved. Osimhen is an animal, in the positive sense of course, because he is endowed with an irrepressible physicality, but he has some technical limitations.
“Osimhen can be worth 40 million euros, not more. This, of course, is just my opinion.”
The 23-year-old Osimhen has three years to run on his contract with Napoli, whom he joined from Lille for a club record fee of 70 million euros in 2020. The Portuguese revealed what he aims to achieve with the Nigerian team on Wednesday.
Super Eagles goal stopper, Francis Uzoho may be called upon for next Super Eagles outing if report gathered by OwnGoalNigeria.com editorial team is anything to go by.
Uzoho wasn’t originally in the list of players invited with the trio of Maduka Okay, Adewale Adeyinka and Olorunleke Ojo picked as the three goalkeepers for the games against Mexico and Ecuador respectively.
Okoye later pulled out of the squad citing shoulder injury and Israel based goalie Adebayo Adeleye was handed a call up as his replacement but he is currently battling to secure a visa to the United State of America.
This, however, may have opened the doors for Uzoho, who, it was exclusively gathered, said earlier he wanted a break from the team after his howler gifted Ghana the goal that helped them deny Nigeria a chance at the World Cup in Qatar.
He appears to have had a change of mind and he is expected to team up with the team in the United States of America by today sources told the portal.
GOtv customers can look forward to European football action from the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Final match between Liverpool and Real Madrid on a dedicated pop-up channel come Saturday night.
The Pay-TV giant introduced a pop-up channel to enable its customers subscribed to the GOtv Supa package to have access to content from Europe’s premier competition all-day long.
The channel, which is set to go live from the 26th of May and close on the 30th of May, will broadcast the much anticipated showdown between the two giants set to be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France.
Both teams are no strangers to each other, the tie is a rematch of the 2018 final which played out in Kyiv. Real Madrid emerged 3-1 winners’ courtesy of a Karim Benzema’s opener from a Loris Karius’s error and a spectacular brace from Gareth Bale. The two teams also faced off over two-legs at the quarter-finals of the competition last season where Real Madrid came out top.
Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti has urged his team to avoid chasing another comeback when they face Liverpool on Saturday, after the three dramatic revivals on their way to the final.
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An Abia High Court sitting on Thursday ruled against the victory of All Progressives Congress aspirant, Chief Ikechi Emenike, the acclaimed winner of the governorship primary election. Emenike had been declared the victor of Thursday’s controversial primary election in Abia state but Justice O. A. Chijioke nullified the result. In the suit instituted by Mr….
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has called on Nigerian youth to tap into the opportunities created by the Ministry for self improvement and to make a living for themselves.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare who is a strong believer in the fact that the youth must move with the world which is currently moving into knowledge based spaces, harnessing new areas of communication and diverse opportunities, believes the Ministry’s partnership with IBM Digital -Nation Africa to provide digital skills training for the youth will enhance their skills and create opportunities.
The partnership will equip young people with the knowledge and tools to design and develop digital solutions while remaining abreast of the dynamic changes in the new technology driven economy.
Recall that the Ministry late September 2019 conceived of the Digital Youth Nigeria (Dy.ng) Program, which is component of the DEEL initiative. The goal of DY.ng include equipping Nigerian youth with basic and advance technological development skills in the digital world to be deployed across various sectors.
Digital Youth Nigeria is aimed at equipping 500,000 young people with digital skills through available Youth Development Centers and specialized Enterprise Centers in all six geo-political zones of the country.
The Annual Zenith Bank/Ikoyi Club Grandslam Tennis championship is entering the home stretch with interesting results recorded on Wednesday night at the tennis section of the elite club.
In the Singles A category, Chairman of the tennis section, Akeen Mustafa, leads by example by moving into next stage.
He lost first set 1/6 but the second was at 3/3 when Victor Onyenkpa
scratched due to injury.
Rume Dubre after winning first set at 6/0 also forced tennis section captain Ekene Nwaokolo to scratch in the beginning of the second set. In the Men’s Singles B cadre, Sesan Dada defeated Layiwola Okoya 3/6, 6/1, 13 – 11. It was a tension soaked match in which Dada came back from a set down to win the tie 2-1. The last set was most entertaining as it ended 13-11 in favour of Dada.
Bayo Osoba, also in the Singles B cadre defeated Idris Bello-Osagie 6/1, 6/2, while Segun Abijo also fought back from a set down to beat Peter Arikhan 4/6, 6/3, 10 – 6.
In the ladies singles, Ejehi Effiong defeated Florence Mandela in straight sets of 6/0, 6/0 while Chizoba Onuoha also whipped Eniola Oshiga 6/2, 6/1 to move on.
Defending champion, Godwin Kienka, in the Veterans Singles walked over Segun Durojaiye while Olaleye Olowe defeated Kolawole Alawaiye 6/1, 7/5.
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The finals of the Zenith Bank Ikoyi Club 1938 Inter-School Swimming Gala (Primary School Category), which was forcefully suspended due to heavy rain last weekend, will now be concluded tomorrow .
Chairman of Ikoyi Club swimming section, Kunle Adeniji, said the new date was picked following consultations with various stakeholders.
“We are set to go as all the logistics implications have been worked out and we expect a clement weather this time around, and we also look forward to another successful programme,” Adeniji said.
The 5th edition of the programme, which serves as one of the avenues to discover and nurture swimming talents for Nigeria had fourteen schools and three teams in attendance.
The Secondary School version held on May 14 was won by Grange School Ikeja thanks to the heroics of Kanu siblings Chioma and Chukwudi.
Participating schools are Childrens International School (CIS), Grange, St. Saviours, Lagos Preparatory School (LPSS), Greensprings Lekki, Meadow Hall, Italian school, Priory Preparatory, River Banks, St. Jude’s, Bowine, Greenville and Krystal Bal.
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Tyson Fury could make a dramatic retirement U-turn depending on the result of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury stopped Dillian Whyte at Wembley last month to retain his heavyweight world title before announcing his decision to retire. He has since insisted he has no plans to return to the ring – even for an undisputed clash with either Joshua Or Usyk.
But Fury’s American promoter Bob Arum has claimed his fighter’s retirement is not yet in stone and that he could continue depending on the result on July 23.
“I think Tyson Fury is going to wait to see how the Anthony Joshua fight comes out with Oleksandr Usyk, then make a determination whether he wants to continue,” he told Fight Hype. “Other than fighting the winner of Usyk vs Joshua, there’s nothing really of interest to Fury.”
Fury has yet to inform the WBC as to whether or not he will relinquish his title – and the sanctioning body’s president Mauricio Sulaiman is in no hurry to force his champion to make a decision. Having fought Whyte, Fury is not required to take on a mandatory challenger until next year.
“There’s no specific period of time,” Sulaiman told BoxingScene.com. “I spoke to him this week, he’s on holiday, looking great and we’re going to talk in a few days and we are going to 100 per cent support whatever is his decision. If he decides to retire from boxing, that is a dream come true, because to retire at the top with money, with health, with family, with a brilliant future doing things, that is a dream for an administrator like me.
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Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said he will not be afraid to take a penalty if their Champions League final against Liverpool goes the distance on Saturday. Courtois has an impressive record saving penalty this season, having stopped three of his five faced, including one from Lionel Messi against Paris Saint-Germain in the first…
Former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr talks about his time with the three-time African champions, playing at the World Cup, his sack and more in this interview with ’TANA AIYEJINA hat have you been doing since you parted ways with the Super Eagles? I spend my time with family. It’s been a few years since…
Ahead of the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, indications have emerged that a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; and national leader of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, may spearhead regional…
Nigeria Professional Football League side, Kwara United, has debunked claims that the club had signed a new coach in place of Abdullahi Biffo, who travelled to the United States for medical treatment. According to club chairman, Kumbi Titiloye, the former Abia Warriors and Katsina United gaffer was granted some days off to travel abroad for…
Nigeria will face either Ghana or Benin Republic in the second round of the qualifying series for the 2022 African Nations Championship in Algeria, The PUNCH reports. The draws for the CHAN tournament, which was held on Thursday in Cairo, Egypt will see 18 teams take part in the next final tournament in Algeria next…
The Lagos State Government has unveiled a partnership to boost its Comprehensive Schools Programme. Recall that the state government earlier in the year inaugurated its Comprehensive Schools Programme. A statement from the Lagos State Ministry of Education stated that the state government in partnership with the Government of Finland recently sent a group of selected…
Former champions Imo Grasshoppers were Thursday beaten 24-23 by Seasiders Babes in the ongoing Prudent Energy Handball Premier League at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja. Playing in the opening game of the day, there was nothing to separate Grasshoppers and Seasiders as both team battled each other from the beginning of the game. However,…
…as Edem, Oshonaike face tricky ties Nigeria’s representatives at the ongoing 2022 ITTF Africa Cup Table Tennis Championship started off on a bright note as they all recorded big wins on the first day of the competition at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, The PUNCH reports. Their wins boosted their chances of…