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National Sports Festival: Abiodun indicates Ogun readiness to host fiesta in 2024

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National Sports Festival: Abiodun indicates Ogun’s readiness to host a fiesta in 2024

 

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Sahara Weekly Reports That The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has indicated the readiness of the state to host the 22nd Edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) in 2024.

 

 

 

 

National Sports Festival: Abiodun indicates Ogun readiness to host fiesta in 2024

 

 

 

 

In a statement issued in Abeokuta on Saturday by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin,  Gov. Abiodun gave this indication on Friday when he played host to the 22nd National Sports Festival Evaluation Committee, in his office. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gov Abiodun expressed his conviction that no other state can defeat Ogun in its plans to host the festival after almost 16 years it hosted it.

 

 

 

 

National Sports Festival: Abiodun indicates Ogun readiness to host fiesta in 2024

 

 

 

 

 

Abiodun, while noting that Ogun is one of the most peaceful states in the country, urged the committee to make security, a peaceful atmosphere, and the well-being of the athletes the most crucial consideration above others.

 

 

 

 

National Sports Festival: Abiodun indicates Ogun readiness to host fiesta in 2024

 

 

 

 

 

“Our state is the Gateway State and I do not think that any other state can compete and defeat us in the bidding for this National Sports Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“So, on behalf of my team, I want to assure you that we will be ready to host this Sports Festival. I want to thank the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare. And I have told him, we are hosting this festival, and we are ready for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I think for a festival like this, one of your topmost considerations should be a venue where you can guarantee the safety of the athletes and also the visitors. I think that consideration ranks higher than any other consideration, it has to be number one and once you take that on your checklist, you can begin to look at other areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I beat my chest and proudly say that Ogun State is one of the most peaceful states in the country, if not the most peaceful state in the country and I think that is a severe consideration and we will continue to do everything to sustain that role as one of the most peaceful states in the country,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The governor who added that his administration sees the development of the sports sector as very important as it helps to instill discipline, and leadership skills and also helps the youths to stay clear of social vices, said that hosting of the festival is fundamental to the social economic development of the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” We see the sports sector as a sector that we must promote because the sport itself instills discipline in our youths, if you are preparing for any sporting activity, you are required to be disciplined, you have to wake up at a certain time to train, you have to develop interpersonal skills, once you are subjected to those kinds of rigorous training exercises, you are less likely to engage in vices because you won’t have time,” he noted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abiodun stated that if the state could host a business concern of $400m in the  Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone at a period when the Naira exchange rate to other foreign currencies is a bit epileptic, affirmed that the state is more than ready to host the festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” If we are ready for a business person at a time like this when there is a world recession, at a time when there are baseless speculations that we have security threats, at a time when our exchange rate of a Naira to other foreign currencies is a bit epileptic if an investor is coming to Ogun state and investing $400m in our state, then, it says a lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” If we have become an attractive destination for local and international investors because of the people-oriented programs that we have implemented, we must be more than ready to host the National Sports Festival, we must be more than ready,” Abiodun affirmed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The State governor while assuring the committee that the state-owned international airport would have become operational before the commencement of the festival, also said that all observations made by the committee would be looked into.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Let me assure you that whatever it is that you require, we have tourist sites, cultural heritage sites, by the grace of God, way before the National Sports Festival, our International Airport will be ready, so our athletes do not have to worry about flying to another state as they did in 2006 and driving to Ogun State. They can fly straight into Ogun State and within twenty-five minutes, they are at any of the venues driving on first-class five-star highways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Yes, you are here to inspect our sporting facilities, what I want to assure you of is that whatever observation that you find, whatever recommendation you make thereof, be doubly assured that we will take them on board and all those facilities will be ready and they will be best in class,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the 22nd National Sports Festival Evaluation Committee and also the Director of, the National Sports Festival/Para Sports Department, Ministry of Youths and Sports; Peter Nelson, commended the state government for showing interest to host the 22nd edition of the festival, opined that the state can surpass its record of being the only state to have hosted and made a huge profit if it gets the nod to host the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” I hope and pray that when we go for the inspection, the things that we see in sight will be impressed that I think we should be able to give Ogun State another chance to host as we did to Edo sometime ago and also Lagos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am so sure that if they put things in place, there is no doubt in my mind that Ogun State should be able to repeat what they did in 2006 as the only state that ever hosted a sports festival and made a profit. This time around, I expect that it should be much better and I am expecting that the preparation should be much better than what we saw the last time,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson while noting that if the state can get things right, it would win the bidding process, urged the state government to ensure that accommodations are not too far from the venues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A former Commissioner for Youths Sport in the state, Bukola Olopade, expressed optimism that the state would win the bid to host the festival in 2024 and said he looked forward to a successful bidding process.

 

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Eko Cares: Group Commends Sanwo-Olu’s Compassionate Leadership On Social Interventions

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has garnered praise from The Mandate Movement for his decisive actions in the face of economic challenges with the launch of the ‘Eko Cares’ initiative. The initiative, aimed at alleviating the hardships faced by residents, particularly the economically vulnerable, has been lauded as a significant step towards improving livelihoods in the state.

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The Chairman of The Mandate Movement, Abdullahi Ayinde Enilolobo, conveyed his gratitude to Governor Sanwo-Olu through a member of the group’s Central Working Committee (CWC), Prince Adewale Arogundade, for spearheading various interventions aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of inflationary trends. A total of 300,000 households are expected to benefit from the inaugural program.

According to Enilolobo, “This holistic approach shows Governor Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to addressing the multifaceted challenges facing Lagosians and ensuring that no one is left behind in the pursuit of progress. Additionally, measures such as free ante-natal care, reduced transportation fares, and support for small businesses underscore the government’s dedication to improving the quality of life for all residents.

“We at The Mandate Movement commend Governor Sanwo-Olu for this initiative put together for the residents of Lagos, which also collorates with the wonders of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration. This clearly shows that the All Progressive Congress (APC) remains a beacon of hope for Lagosians, and Nigerians at large.”

Residents across Lagos have begun to laud the ‘Eko Cares’ initiative, stating that the government has shown determination to prioritize the well-being of its citizens, embodying the principles of empathy, inclusivity, and resilience in the face of adversity.

 

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An Icon of Service: NATCOM boss, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro’s Leadership Legacy

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In the intricate mosaic of Nigeria’s societal fabric, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro stands as a beacon of commitment, resilience, and service.

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Born on March 6th, 1973, in Lagos, he draws from a lineage steeped in political legacy, being the grandson of the late Premier of Western Region, Alhaji Daudu Sooroye Adegbenro. Raised in a family that values service to the community, Otunba Adegbenro has carved his path as a distinguished figure in Nigerian society.

The culmination of his familial heritage and dedication to community service was marked by his installation as the first Otunba Laje of Owu Kingdom in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

This historic event, which took place on January 20th, 2018, under the auspices of His Royal Majesty Oba Olusanya Dosunmu II, traditional ruler of Owu kingdom, reinforced Otunba Adegbenro’s deep-rooted ties to his cultural heritage and commitment to uplifting his people.

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Beyond his traditional titles, his influence extends globally, with his appointment as High Commissioner by the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), where he spearheads foreign special missions aimed at preventing illegal migration and human trafficking. This appointment is a testament of his reputation as a renowned security expert and industrialist, whose expertise transcends national borders.

In his role as the acting Director-General of the National Commission against the Proliferation of Arms, Light Weapons, and Pipeline Vandalism (NATCOM), Otunba Adegbenro has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to combating threats to national security. His vast experience in security consultancy and supply of security gadgets has positioned him as a pivotal figure in Nigeria’s security landscape.

However, Otunba Laje of Owu Kingdom’s contributions extend beyond the realm of security.

Through his foundation, the Otunba Adejare Adegbenro Foundation (OAAF), he channels his resources towards uplifting the less privileged in society. With initiatives ranging from the provision of boreholes to communities lacking access to clean water, to scholarships for deserving students, he exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy and communal solidarity.

Reflecting on his journey, Otunba Adegbenro once acknowledged the challenges he has faced, from navigating the complexities of entrepreneurship to confronting societal stereotypes.

Yet, through it all, he remains resolute in his commitment to service and upliftment. His philosophy, rooted in faith and compassion, drives him to make a tangible difference in the lives of others, regardless of obstacles encountered along the way.

Otunba Adejare Adegbenro stands as a testament to the power of leadership, resilience, and unwavering dedication to the common good. In him, Nigerians find not only a visionary leader but a compassionate steward of progress, whose impact reverberates far beyond the shores of his homeland.

 

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Bullying: Victim may sue As Abuja School Shut

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Lead British International School Abuja, which has been in the eye of the storm over viral videos of bullying involving some of its students, has been shut for three days.

The shutdown order was issued on Tuesday by the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye.

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The Public Relations Officer of the FCT Education Secretariat, Kabiru Musa,  confirmed that the school had been shut down by the minister.

“Yes, it was shut down by the honourable Minister of Women  Affairs for 3 days,” Musa in response to a Whatsapp message by one of our correspondents.

 

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staff member of the school, whose name could not be ascertained as of press time, had earlier announced the shutdown of the school by the minister.

The PUNCH reports that an X user, @moooyeeeee, had on Monday night posted two videos of a female student of the school being repeatedly slapped by another female classmate.

The user called for justice for the victim. Since they were posted, the videos have drawn the wrath of many users of the microblogging platform, who condemned the incident and called for the school authorities to investigate and punish the culprits.

 

A third video depicting a separate case of bullying at the Lead British International School, Abuja emerged on Tuesday.

In the new video posted on Tuesday, some male students in the school’s uniform are seen surrounding another boy who appears to be in casual attire.

A student slapped the boy, who was on his knees, and then some of the other boys who were gathered appealed to stop the ‘bully’ from further harming the boy, who was later whisked away in the nine-second video.

An X user, @PopoolaJoke4, who posted the video wrote, “No be the same school?”, in response to the first viral video of bullying in the same school that was released earlier.

In one of the videos of the minister’s visit, the  representative of the school was heard saying, “By the request of the Minister of Women Affairs, we are Nigerians who respect rules and regulations and we are under the law because our school is actually recognised and our school is under the Federal Capital Territory, and we are registered and based on that, Lead British International School, Abuja is hereby shut  for three days.”

As of the time of filing this report, our correspondent could not ascertain whether the FCTA would use the occasion to investigate other private schools in which alleged cases of bullying take place in the FCT.

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Namtira Bwala, the student assaulted by her fellow students at Lead British International School, has written the school management, demanding a thorough investigation and heavy sanctions for the 11 students who bullied her.

Two of the bullies were identified tobe Maryam Hassan and a certain Faliya.

Bwala, in a letter addressed to the management of her school through her lawyers at the Deji Adeyanju and Partners Law Firm, gave the school an ultimatum of 48 hours after which she will seek legal redress.

 

A copy of the letter obtained by The PUNCH read, “Our client and several other parents in Lead British International School have informed us and we verily believe them that this act of bullying is a reoccurring issue in the school, and despite several attempts to draw the school’s attention to it, the issue has persisted, leaving our client traumatised from the emotional and physical effect of the oppressive acts by these daredevil bullies.

“Our client completely dissociates herself from the statement issued by the school on April 22, 2024, wherein a case of battery was unconscionably referred to as an ‘incident between minors’.

“Sequel to the foregoing, we have our client’s instruction to demand an immediate investigation and the pronouncement of the stiffest possible sanctions in the student’s rule book on Ms. Maryam Hassan, Miss Faliya and nine other students who have formed a cult of bullies in Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

“Please note that if the school fails to sanction the student bullies within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, we have our client’s further instruction to seek an immediate and severe legal redress against Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, without further recourse to you.”

 

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