2023 AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles’ loss to Guinea Bissau unbelievable, says Adepoju

A member of the ’94 set of the Super Eagles, Mutiu Adepoju, has described the Super Eagles 0-1 loss to the Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau as unbelievable.


A shell shocked Adepoju, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), queried what went wrong with the senior national team to warrant such an embarrassing defeat in the hands of Guinea-Bissau.


NAN reports that the Eagles wings were clipped at the M.K.O. Abiola Stadium in Abuja, venue of the Match Day 3 of African Cup of Nations qualifier.


The unexpected win for the Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau came through France-based striker, Mama Samba Balde, who scored the only goal of the testy match in the 30th minutes.


Adepoju, who claimed not to have watched the match, said he would have expected the match to be a walkover for the Nigerian team.


“We lost at home again? This is serious, I just want to finish with breaking of the fast and settle down. This is a match we should have won, period.


“I don’t know what to say to this, it is just unbelievable that we can lose to Guinea Bissau right at home.


“We just need to find a way around this and see what other matches will bring, this is serious,” he said.


NAN reports that Nigeria now occupy second position in Group A standing with six point, while Guinea Bissau moves up the summit with seven points after three rounds of matches.


The Super Eagles have a date with the Wild Dogs on Tuesday, March 28.


Source: News Agency of Nigeria

AU Commission reaffirms commitment to creating enabling environment to eliminate TB, improve health

The AU Commission has reaffirmed its commitment to creating the enabling environment for sustained political will, needed to eliminate TB and improve the health of Africa’s people.


H.E. Amb. Minata Cessouma, Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, African Union ‎Commission (AUC), made the remarks in a message to mark 2023 World Tuberculosis (TB) Day.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is marked annually on March 24 and the theme for 2023 is : “Yes! We Can End TB!”.


According to Cessouma, the global theme for the day induces a fresh perspective of hope for collective power, ‎attention, and energy to end TB.


“As Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development of the AUC, I join the rest of the world to commemorate the 2030 World TB Day.


“The message comes at a time when we are encouraged by ongoing collaborative works between governments, scientists, healthcare workers, development partners and communities to produce more effective TB treatment.


“ All the TB-related policies – AU Agenda 2063, Africa Health Strategy (2016 – 2030) ‎‎‎and the Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, TB, and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 – champion partnership for sustainable development and prosperity in Africa.


“We must join efforts to ensure that ‎all the hard work is amplified to result in improved TB awareness, prevention, detection, and treatment.‎’’


According to her, it is well understood that TB infection is influenced by social and economic development determinants such as HIV infection, malnutrition, diabetes, smoking and alcohol use abuse.


“The significant impact of HIV co-infection among TB patients in Africa calls for stronger integration of TB and HIV-enhanced services.


“The AU Commission’s social development agenda 2063 is premised on delivering a human-centred approach to promote socioeconomic wellness, human rights and dignity.


“I believe that addressing the social determinants of health, such as ‎housing, income and access to culturally-appropriate health care, can potentially drive down the TB epidemic.‎ ‎


“Advancing the implementation of the AU Theme of the Year 2022 on Nutrition and Food Security will also increase food security sustainability,‎ thereby reducing TB disease prevalence.


She said it had become crucial to protect vulnerable groups affected by humanitarian emergencies, including children, people with disabilities, and older persons, and preserve their social welfare.


“This is as they are vulnerable to severe direct and indirect financial and economic costs that pose barriers significantly affecting their access to TB diagnosis and treatment.


“ Increased investment in strategies to reach vulnerable populations is crucial to fulfilling the End TB Strategy ‎(2023-2030).


“The Strategy envisions reduced TB incidence by 80%, TB deaths by 90%, and eliminated catastrophic costs for TB-affected households by 2030; it is achievable if we all work together.’’


She said that ensuring equitable access to prevention, treatment and care for this disease across all ‎AU Member States required adequate funding for TB and TB/HIV services and relevant advocacy, research and innovation activities.


“The 2022 Global TB Report illustrates a decline in global spending on essential TB services.


“ The “Addis Ababa Commitment towards Shared Responsibility and Global ‎Solidarity for ‎Increased Health Financing Declaration” (AU Assembly ALM ‎Declaration) calls for mobilising adequate domestic resources for health care to reach all who need it.


“There is an urgent need to intensify efforts to mobilise additional funds from domestic sources and international donors.


“The 2023 UN High-Level Meeting on TB in ‎September will allow leaders to renew their commitment to accelerate efforts to end TB.‎


“When leaders speak boldly about TB, and other communicable and non-communicable diseases, it breaks barriers created by ‎stigma and inequality. ‘’


Cessouma urged all AU Member States to join hands to demonstrate bold, ‎accountable leadership towards ending TB.


Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Develop critical thinking in students through debate, quiz competitions – GOC

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division Nigerian Army (NA), Maj.-Gen. Obinna Ajunwa, says debate and quiz competitions are well thought out strategies to develop critical thinking in students.


The competition was sponsored by the GOC, who is passionate to see children grow up into critical thinkers and become world-class leaders in different endeavours.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Command Day Secondary School (CDSS) Lagos, (Ipaja), came first; CDSS, Oshodi, came second and CDSS, Ojo came third.


Ajunwa said that the best thing that one could give to a child was education, be it university education or craft, indicating that both educations were complementary.


“So, we must aspire to get both and that is why the education system is changed to 6-3-3-4 to make sure we can acquire both.


“The idea of this event is not to get a winner or loser but to make sure that we improve you in your studies, confidence level and especially in your ability to think critically.


“Critical thinking is one of the first forms in which a system develops and you may be able to critic whatever somebody gives to you and not swallow it hook, line and sinker,” he said.


The GOC said that during his days as a student, he was privileged to have participated in debate and quiz competitions which he said developed his confidence level.


“It is one thing for you to have the knowledge and it is another thing for you to practise it and to make it available to the public.


“It is my privilege to have seen that the students communicated a high level of knowledge and I believe that there are also good ones among you that did not come out to participate.


“I urge the teachers and the administrators to make sure that they continue to give the best to them so that their tomorrow and our tomorrow will be better,” Ajunwa said.


Ajunwa said that it was important for students to know that education was not only done in the classroom but also done outside the classroom.


“So, we must teach them to remain focused in that direction that is why you have to bring them out for activities such as this, sports among others.


“By so doing, they will have a complete education that is comprehensive and that is why this type of programmes are important.


“I believe in them because all of us are actually products of the same process and we will not allow the process to die,” Ajunwa said.


Muhammad Owolawi, an SSS 3 student of CDSS, Lagos (Ipaja), said that such competitions had helped him to build his self esteem.


Owolawi ascribed his ability to speak in public to his teachers and his colleagues who encouraged him to be bold and always give his best.


Also, Mariam Adebayo, 12-year-old student in JSS 3, CDSS, Ojo said that her participation in debate, especially, when it brought laurels to her school, suppressed her initial stage fright.


Adebayo said that she was grateful for such opportunity to engage in public speaking and looked forward to more competitions in future.


Source: News Agency of Nigeria


EFCC re-arraigns former PDP chairman’s son for alleged oil subsidy fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday re-arraigned Mamman Ali, son of a former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Ali, for alleged N2.2 billion oil subsidy fraud.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ali was re-arraigned alongside one Christian Taylor and a company, Nasaman Oil Services Ltd. before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.


The defendants were arraigned on an amended 49-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences, obtaining money by false pretences, forgery and use of false documents.


They, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.


Following their plea, EFCC counsel, Mr Samuel Atteh, prayed the court for a trial date to enable prosecution to call its witnesses and tender necessary documents to prove the case.


Defence counsel, Mr Kolade Obafemi prayed the court to allow the defendants to continue on the bail earlier granted them.


“We crave your lordship’s indulgence that the bail granted to the defendants be allowed to continue,” he said.


The EFCC counsel, however, submitted that the most paramount for prosecution was defendants’ attendance in court to face trial.


“Our interest is that the defendants attend trial; so, we leave the decision about bail to the discretion of this honourable court,” Atteh said.


The defence counsel could not immediately present the defendants’ bail papers to the court.


The judge consequently ordered that the defendants should be remanded at the EFCC custody pending presentation of the bail papers and a formal application for their bail.


Dada adjourned the case until May 30 for trial.


NAN reports that the defendants were initially arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo.


However, Onigbanjo withdrew from the case on health grounds, prompting reassignment of the case to Dada.


The EFCC, in one of the counts, alleged that the defendants, with intent to defraud, conspired to obtain N750 million from the Federal Government by falsely representing subsidy accruing to Nasaman Oil Services Ltd. under the Petroleum Support Fund for importation of 10,031,986 litres of Premium Motor Spirit which Nasaman Oil Services Ltd. purported to have purchased from SEATAC Petroleum Ltd. of British Virgin Islands and imported into Nigeria through MT Liquid Fortune Ltd.


The commission said that the defendants knew that the representation was false.


According to the commission, the defendants committed the offences with one Oluwaseun Ogunbambo and one Olabisi Abdul-Afeez still at large, on Nov. 9 , 2011, in Ikeja.


The alleged offences contravene Sections 1(3), 8 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006, and Sections 363 (3)(1) and 264 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.


Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Gender equality can increase GDP by 50% – NITDA

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said that gender equality in the digital space could increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country by over 50 per cent.


Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, Director-General of NITDA said this on Friday at the closing ceremony of its ‘Fasaha Gina Mata, Gina Al-Umma’, digital skills programme in Abuja, in collaboration with World Bank and Natview Technology.


The NITDA,Fasaha Gina Mata Gina Al-Umma is a digital skills training programme to equip young women with the relevant skills they need to succeed in the digital world.


The four-day programme was held as part of the activities from the agency to celebrate the International Women’s Day, as well as the month.


Inuwa recalled research by Mckinsey Global Institute which said that placing women together with their male counterparts would increase the global GDP to about 18 trillion USD in 2025.


“The research was narrowed to some countries which included Nigeria and it said that if we can achieve gender equality, we can add to the Nigerian GDP 299 billion by 2025.


“Within our own mandate, implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy,we are working on so many initiatives.


“One of them is the National Digital Skills Strategy, which World bank has keyed into as one of the implementation partners.


“Under that strategy, we want to achieve 95 per cent digital literacy, we want to position Nigeria to become global talent factory,’’ Inuwa said.


The director-general said that looking at the global talent factory and according to research by Korn Ferry, a global organisational consulting firm, by 2030 there would be 85 million talent deficit globally.


He further said the deficit would result to 8.5 trillion USD unrealised annual revenue.


Inuwa added that deploying the Gig economy strategy which he explained as leveraging the power of information technology to work remotely, do freelance work could help the country position for revenue globally.


He also said that with the Gig economy and having skills like content creation, digital marketing could help one use digital platforms to promote their businesses.


“If Nigeria can position itself, we can be part of this, we can have Nigeria be part of the Gig economy and working remotely.


“We can be part of the global value chain working remotely from Nigeria for European countries, the US companies, Asian companies and programmes like this will help us achieve that,’’ Inuwa said.


The director-general added that they were initiating programmes that were women based to encourage more female participation and digital literacy among women.


He decried that from November 2022 to-date, the agency had trained 226,000 young Nigerians on various digital skills but women represented only 28 per cent of the figure.


The NITDA boss said that the idea was to achieve 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030 which was kick-started with the Gina Mata programme to train 800 young women in the pilot programme.


Inuwa further said the training would accord the participants access to education, job opportunities, access to information, enable them learn to protect their data against threats and promote gender equality.


Mr Nuradeen Maidoki, Chief Executive Officer of Natview Technology, the implementing partner, said Fasaha Gina Mata, Gina Al-umma was translated as ‘Building Women, Empowering Communities.’


Maidoki said that they intended to create a chain of highly skilled female technologists who could contribute to innovation and growth in Nigeria’s technology industry.


“We believe that by empowering young women with digital skills, we can create a more inclusive and diverse technology industry that reflects the richness and diversity of our society,’’ he said.


Maidoki added that the additional 600 young women would be trained from Borno, Gombe, Kano and Zamfara.


He said that they were working with SheCluded, a digital financial company for women that would be ensuring mentorship, helping the women access loans and grants where needed.


Two participants, Miss Adewumi Adekola and Mrs Hajara Musa-Mohammed, said that with the knowledge they acquired, they would be financial assets to their families and the country.


Certificates of participation were also issued to the participants.


Source: News Agency of Nigeria


I remain APGA Chairman – Oye

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Dr Victor Oye says his position as the party’s chairman is not in dispute because the Supreme Court has not delivered a fresh judgement on the matter.


Oye said this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja.


He said that the briefing was to make some clarifications on the rumours that the Supreme Court had given fresh judgement on the chairmanship tussle between himself and Mr Edozie Njoku which was settled on Oct.14,2021.


He said that the supreme only sat on Friday to correct a clerical error.


He said that following a judgement which purportedly affirmed the factional National Convention of APGA held in Owerri,Imo, he approached the Court of Appeal in Kano to set aside the judgement.


He said that consequent upon that,the Court of Appeal delivered a judgement on Aug.10 ,2021 which allowed the Appeal Court to set aside the judgment of the Jigawa High Court and the Supreme Court also upheld the Appeal Court’s judgement on Oct.14 ,2021.


He said that it was an act of mischief for people to contemplate that the Supreme Court delivered another judgement on March 24.


“The news have been going around about a purported judgement by the Supreme Court today ; there was no judgement by the Supreme Court. No fresh judgement by the Supreme Court at all.


“The Supreme Court sat today for less than 10 minutes, to correct a clerical error on page 13 of the judgement that they delivered on Oct. 14, 2021.


” What was the clerical error? At the Jigawa Birnin Kudo High Court, Edozie Njoku’s name was mentioned there as having purported suspended by the party,a fact alleged in the summons filed at the Jigawa High Court which was thrown away by the Appeal Court Kano.


“So that clerical error was just on page 13 of the judgment of the Supreme Court, just one name ,Edozie Njoku to replace my name there because my name was not mentioned at the Birnin Kudo High Court.


“This is because I have never been suspended by anybody; I have always been the National Chairman of the party because I was duly elected by a national convention of the party held on May 31, 2019 in Akwa monitored by INEC,” he said.


He reiterated that on Oct. 14 2021, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgement of Court of Appeal Kano after the appeal affirmed him as National Chairman, resting on the judgement of an Awka High Court which had not been appealed till date.


He said there was no basis for a fresh case because the Supreme Court had affirmed the judgement of the Court of Appeal and dismissed all applications for joinder.


“It was dismissed ,so there was no way the Supreme Court would have sat in judgement over its own judgement , because as far as we are concerned that judgement is Res judicata ,it has been dealt with and gone forever,so Njoku cannot be Chairman.”


Oye expressed disappointment over some media reports on the issue which were without clarification or balancing, adding that the story indicating fresh judgement was fake news.


Source: News Agency of Nigeria