Nigeria Tennis Federation board member, Yemi Owoseni, at the weekend retained his position as the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Tennis Zone 2 following his victory at the 2019 Annual General Assembly of the body held in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Some other positions were also contested with Tunisian Tarak Cherif retaining his post of president for another term. Owoseni has been one of the driving forces of tennis in Nigeria as well as the zone, and he owns the Yetade Tennis Academy in Ado-Ekiti, which has been the reservoir of talents for youngsters in Nigerian tennis. The CAT Zone 2, which is the largest of the five zones has Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Among other things, Owoseni acted as the head of organizing committee for the 2016 West and Central African qualifying championship in Abuja rated as one of the best by CAT.
June 18, 2019 03:00 UTC
The mainstream media in Nigeria today are struggling with enormous challenges that threaten to drive them to extinction. These challenges which manifest themselves in low patronage (adverts, readership/viewership etc) have led to low professional and ethical practices. When I was Editor of the Sunday Times in the early 80s we had a problem with correspondents of the Daily Times Group. I think the Nigerian Press Organisation should engage all the stakeholders on the declining situation of the media in Nigeria. In many jurisdictions today the online media have adversely affected the dominance and bottom line of the mainstream media.
June 18, 2019 02:45 UTC
Speaking at its inaugural Quality Assurance Summit (ISN QAS), in Lagos and Abuja, Executive Director, ISN Products, Felix Ofungwu, represented by Head Business Development and Client Services, Dr Sandra Achebe, said: “The Summit, the first in its series, is designed to evoke pragmatic, sustainable and most effective initiatives for institutionalising quality assurance in laboratory practices and diagnosis.”He noted that the firm is committed to providing clients and end-users with consistent professional support to overcome daily challenges in laboratory practice, and enable them to produce laboratory results that can be trusted locally and internationally. Achebe noted that “The Summit is geared towards equipping stakeholders with the knowledge to improve technical proficiency and develop the ability to produce precise and accurate test results and calibration data which will, in turn, engender best-in-class patient care.”She explained that ISN QAS has also been conceptualised to domesticate the fundamental principles of the ISO15189 framework in laboratory practice in Nigeria. She further said: “the overall aim of ISN QAS is to equip laboratory scientists, and quality assurance officers on prudent healthcare principles, processes and troubleshooting procedures. Effective laboratory diagnosis remains a key driver and a critical enabler of sustainable healthcare delivery in Nigeria, and the current economic landscape in the country provides a unique opportunity for the public and private sectors to collectively address healthcare infrastructure gaps.”Achebe noted that with the support and active collaboration of all stakeholders, ISN QAS will take place annually, while CPD points and certificates were awarded to all participants at the end of the summit.
June 18, 2019 02:26 UTC
According to a statement issued on Monday by the spokesperson of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, the investigating panel will visit Lagos, Osun, Kogi, Benue, Adamawa, Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, Imo, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Edo States. The commission launched the initiative in April 2019 with the primary objective of ensuring satisfactory execution of all constituency projects as well as ensuring value for the money spent on the constituency projects. READ ALSO: EU mission presents election report to Senate President todayIn Adamawa, constituency projects worth N540m will be investigated by the panel, while projects worth over N1bn will be investigated in Bauchi State. Similarly, projects in the same region of cost will be looked into by the ICPC in Kano State. The anti-corruption agency will also visit sites of projects worth over N1.6bn in Edo State.
June 18, 2019 02:26 UTC
Mudiaga AffeThe Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Monday cautioned a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, to desist from fabricating lies against its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Kola had alleged that after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election, Tinubu approached the late military dictator, Sani Abacha, and begged to be appointed a commissioner in Lagos. He added, “We do understand the reason why Chief Bode George always have this penchant to get at Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the drop of a hat and even when it is not necessary. “Asiwaju has been defeating and crushing Chief Bode George in every election in Lagos for 20 years and the world knows that George has been an unhappy man for 20 years. “How can anyone in all honesty expect Chief Bode George to celebrate his potential political enemy?”Copyright PUNCH.
June 18, 2019 02:26 UTC
Olaleye Aluko, AbujaThe Nigerian Air Force’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft has discovered a new camp of the Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa Forest region of Borno State. The NAF aircraft, which located the camp on Sunday, thereafter called for an alpha jet to attack the buildings. The air force said on Monday that scores of Boko Haram terrorists were killed in the bombings, while the structures in the new camp were also destroyed. The camp, with several structures, was hidden under the thick foliage of the forest. READ ALSO: LASG closes Mile 2 to Tincan Island for repairs“Accordingly, NAF dispatched an alpha jet to attack the location.
June 18, 2019 02:19 UTC
The homeowners of Pearl Nuga Park Estate and Pearl Garden Estate had dragged CMB Building Maintenance and Investment Company Limited to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleging fraudulent mortgage of some of their homes to secure bank loans. “Both Estates were developed and are managed by our client. The advertorials were written by faceless groups stated to be ’The Management and Trustees of the Pearl Gardens Estate Homeowners Community Association’’ and “Pearl Nuga Park Estate Homeowners and Residents Association. It is instructive that they had approached the courts of law thrice and each time, the cases were struck out. Ogoh further stated that there is no possession order whatsoever on any of our client’s properties; not on Pearl Nuga Park or any other estates built by our client anywhere in Nigeria.
June 18, 2019 02:15 UTC
I could not believe when an American priest working in Nigeria told me that such traps were set in America. Some years later, I came face to face with it in America, but I was much luckier than Duru. I told her as I tell people that the priests were human beings and they were not castrated. About two or three weeks later the assistant parish priest invited me. In Duru’s case, “The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.” Is that not the goal of the entire story told by Coll?
June 18, 2019 02:15 UTC
Adelani Adepegba, AbujaThe Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has claimed that the crime rate in the country is declining, despite reports of violent killings and kidnappings across the country. One person was also said to have been murdered on Sunday night in Tudiri village in Ardo Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State following an attack by suspected herdsmen who also set some houses ablaze. He added that 79 suspects were picked up in Katsina, 54 in Nasarawa and another batch of 32 suspected bandits in Taraba State. He stated, “Within this context, it is noted that while there are still isolated cases of internal security breaches which often attract publicity and national attention, the crime rate in recent times has been on the decline. This is in contrast to the crime records over the preceding months.
June 18, 2019 02:15 UTC
Ada Wodu, CalabarSuccession crisis is currently rocking the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, as the current Director of Administration, Prof. Archibong Archibong, is billed to retire in September this year. In the wake of the crisis, a group, Concerned Staff of the UCTH, CSOUCTH, had accused Archibong of highhandedness and embarking on a witch-hunt of his subordinate. Archibong wants to punish the director of human resources because he was more effective and efficient in terms of quality service delivery. When contacted, Archibong denied all allegations, claiming they were baseless and unfounded. Archibong said, “Whatever they are saying is baseless and unfounded because I have not done anything contrary to the law.
June 18, 2019 02:15 UTC
Sunday Aborisade, AbujaThe European Union Election Observer Mission to Nigeria will present its final report and recommendations to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday (today). The mission stated this in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate and dated June 14, 2019. “I would like to use this opportunity to request a meeting with the European Union Election Observation Mission to the recent general elections. “The EOM is back in Nigeria for the purpose of presenting the final report and recommendations arising from the general elections. “This is because the mission has planned many meetings and activities, and plans to return to Europe on June 20.
Chukwudi Akasike, Port HarcourtThe Niger Delta Development Commission on Monday denied allegations that its management was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission based on its directors’ involvement in improper withdrawal of cash from a bank. The NDDC in a statement issued by its Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr Charles Odili, said based on the existing financial regulations it was not possible for any organisation to withdraw N2.8bn in a day. Amadi said, “There has been no improper cash withdrawal or financial impropriety at the commission. Management of the commission was invited by the EFCC to answer questions arising from petitions by some groups. “Management of the commission addressed the issues raised by EFCC and were asked to go.
Sunday Aborisade, AbujaThe Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Monday promised that the new leadership of the Senate would do everything possible to ensure the actualisation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘Next Level’ agenda. He also said he would not begrudge any of his colleagues over the incident involving him in the 8th Senate. He said, “We shall give the required collaboration to the executive arm of government and help in putting in place the needed enabling environment for the execution of the ‘Next Level’ agenda. “We will provide the enabling environment for Mr President to execute the ‘Next Level’ agenda. READ ALSO: APC stakeholders oppose Bello, demand direct primary“Every law, bill or motion and activities of the 9th Senate will be viewed against the prism of what will be in the best interest of the nation.
Tony Okafor, AwkaAtiku Abubakar’s running mate in the February 23 presidential election Peter Obi says the Peoples Democratic Party will compel the Independent National Electoral Commission to produce the results of the 2019 polls from its server at the Election Petitions Tribunal. INEC has since denied it had no server where the results of the polls were uploaded. But Obi on Monday said they would emerge victorious at the tribunal, saying the real results of the polls were in INEC’s server. The former Anambra State governor, who spoke in Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state, insisted his party won the election. READ ALSO: Akeredolu sacks three commissionersHe said, “INEC must provide the server they used for the election because they know they used the server for the election and must provide it.”Copyright PUNCH.
June 18, 2019 01:47 UTC
The Chairman, Board of Supreme Education Foundation, Magodo, Lagos, Mr Peter Bamkole, has urged students in the country to constantly strive for excellence in order to excel in their future endeavours. Bamkole gave the advice at the 2019 graduation and valedictory service of Corona Secondary School Agbara, Ogun State. The educationist said, “Excellence is not something that just happens; it is something you plan for, and you do it in a very meticulous way. Once excellence becomes a culture, it is very difficult for you to see something which is mediocre and associate with it. “They produced outstanding results in the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education, with two of them – Anna Adobamen and Shalom Emeka – obtaining A-Stars in all the subjects they registered for.”Copyright PUNCH.
June 18, 2019 01:41 UTC