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Sports: Taraba Qualifies For 6th U-15 National Youth Games In Illorin



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The host of the just concluded Zonal Elimination Championship, Taraba State has qualified to represent the zone in various team events at the forthcoming 6th National Youth Games scheduled for 10th to 29th of October 2021 in Illorin.

The zonal championship was ended on Sunday 5th of September 2021, at Jolly Nyame stadium Jalingo with Taraba taken the first position in various team events, such as male football, female basketball, males and females beach volley, and female beach volley as well which qualified them to represent the zone.

Also, Bauchi State has qualified for the national games by taking the first position in male basketball, males and females hockey ball, and Rugby, while Borno also qualified to take part in handball for both males and females, and beach volley as well.

However, Gombe State emerged winner of Cricket for both males and females, while Adamawa lost out through a walkover in various team events due to late arrival where Yobe State was absent at the zonal elimination championship.

Commenting on the development, the Taraba State Director of Sports Council, Mr. George Shitta was optimistic that the young athletes would do very well in the forthcoming national games in Illorin.

“I was excited especially with our Volleyball team, some players came from Wukari LGA of the state and they did very well and that’s why we qualified and they are very young athletes and I assured you that once they leave the shows of this state, I assured you they will be identified by the national and they will be playing for the national junior team in Nigeria. Shitta expresses hope.

The Director of Sports Council, George Shitta however, expressed dismay on bringing overage players by some states which he said should be discouraged because it’s an act of denying the young ones the opportunity to participate and urged both governments and individuals to continue to invest in sports and train young athletes well to enable them to excel.

The Director further commended Governor Darius Ishaku for given an approval for the hosting of the championship in the state as well as provided an enabling environment for them to aligned young athletes to showcase their talents which his said was part of the governor’s rescue mission agenda for developing the state in all sectors.

She also thanked the Commissioner for youth and sports for his effort toward the success of the championship and reiterated his commitment as Director of Sports Council together with other stakeholders toward transforming sports in Taraba state.

Speaking in an interview with our Correspondent, some sports fans who witnessed the zonal elimination championship Alex Moses, Nuhu Ziko, and Dorathy Daniel applauded both athletes, the Director of Sports Council, George Shitta, and his team for their initiative to hosted a successful tournament and urged him to secure such events for sports to thrive in the state.

“We thanked our Governor, the rescue Captain “DDI” for empowering women and youth and we are also appealing to him to put more resources to the sports sector because we the youth are ever ready and have the talent and capacity to present not even our state and Nigeria at large everywhere in the world at different team sports.

“We are also that aware that Governor Darius Ishaku is a sports lover because his plays Golf at the golf field in Taraba State University Jalingo, therefore, we so much believe that he continue to improve the sector. You can imagine this particular zonal elimination was supposed to be host by another state but because of the passion and commitment of Ishaku’s led administration toward transforming all sectors, the sports council were able to secured and hosted the championship

“And we have not seeing our Commissioner of youth and Sports since this games started, so we want to know why he did not identify with us as young people? But by the way, it was a wonderful one. They added.

Our Correspondent observed that the Taraba state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Abubakar Imam was absent throughout the tournament and when contacted on the phone to respond to the question asked by some athletes over his absent at the event, he did not pick up calls put to him either respond to text messages sent to him in regards to that.

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Refineries Not Created To Reduce Petrol Price, Kyari Tells Senate




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Forty eight hours after being summoned by the Senate, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has now appeared before the joint committee on appropriations.

The Senate had issued a 24-hour ultimatum on Wednesday to the NNPCL boss after an observations that he had in previous occasions, shunned summons by the Senate to appear before its ad-committee probing over 11 trillion naira expenditure on turn around maintenance of refineries in the country between 2010 and 2023.

Responding to questions by the senate committee on appropriations on the potential drop in pump price of petroleum owing to the expected functionality of refineries, Kyari clarified his comment after he was interrogated again. He explained that it might be possible to have a reduction, but it is not the main objective of the refineries.

He buttressed that maintaining the energy security target has fostered the confidence that in 2024, Nigeria will become a net exporter of petroleum products.

The NNPCL boss affirmed that no subsidy is charged to the federation, adding that the NNPC has contributed 4.45 trillion naira as direct revenue into the federation in a combination of taxes, royalties and dividends and paid 406 billion naira as dividend to Federal Government’s account from July 2023.

According to him, Nigeria does not have credible data for PMS consumption in the country because of the absence of the instrument to measure.

The Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, had on Wednesday, directed Kyari to appear before the committee in 24 hours.

Olamilekan, who asked Kyari to appear in company of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), warned that failure to appear undermines the legislature and sabotages the process.

They are required to present the list of all individual companies operating with OML licenses in Nigeria as well as total production output approved on a daily basis.

The lawmaker expressed concerns that some of the revenues required to drive the 2024 budget was attributed to the NNPCL, which according to him, was owned by the Federal Government and responsible to it, and by extension the three arms of government. Channels TV.

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Labour Leaders Meet To Work Out Living Wages




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Ahead of the expected resumption of negotiation between the Federal Government and the organised labour on the new Minimum Wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is meeting in Abuja to brainstorm so as to arrive at a living wage that is commensurate with the prevailing cost of living.

This came as the NLC has vowed not to be deterred by the recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State, which it said poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.

These were contained in the welcome address by the NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, at the Opening Session of the NLC 2023 Harmattan School with the theme: “Building Workers’ Skills for Policy Engagement” in Abuja.

Ajaero, represented by the Congress Deputy President, Benjamin Anthony said: “In the face of adversity and brutality encountered while advocating for the rights of workers to earn their legitimate income and benefits, our resolve remains unwavering. We are motivated to continue our efforts towards achieving decent work and improving working conditions in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.

“The recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and should unequivocally be condemned by all people of goodwill.

“The only thing that can assuage our pains is for the Imo State Government to address all labour issues and return the so called ‘ghost workers’ to their jobs, pay all outstanding salaries and pensions and call back all victimized workers to their jobs.

“It has become very necessary for governments at all levels to recognize that life and living conditions are exceedingly difficult, especially for working people in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy.”

“The removal of subsidy on petroleum products has further exacerbated the challenges faced by working people, unleashing severe pain and contributing to galloping inflation and increasing inequality and poverty.

“We must reckon that a well-motivated and well-remunerated workforce has a positive impact on productivity and national development,” he added.

He implored participants to approach the training programme with a quest and thirst for knowledge through asking of questions and sharing of experiences with the facilitators and with one another.

He thanked the representative of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Country Director of the ILO for the English Speaking, West African Countries, the Director General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, the Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FES, Country Director of the Solidarity Centre, members of the NAC, CWC and NEC of the NLC for finding time to attend the Opening Session of the 2023 School.

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Operatives Of NDLEA Uncover Illicit Drugs Concealed In Dolls, Local Soap, Milo Tins




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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered illicit substances bound for Europe, United Arab Emirates and Asia.

Disclosing this in a statement on Sunday, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said the illicit substances intercepted included various quantities of methamphetamine and opioids concealed in hems of new jeans trousers, dolls, buttons, local soap and tins of milo beverage.

Noting that the operation was carried out by operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) at courier houses in Lagos, he said some of the items seized included tramadol 225mg concealed in hems of new jeans trousers heading to Cyprus; shipment of cannabis sativa hidden in heads of dolls going to Dubai; sachets of tramadol 225mg buried in tins of milo beverage going to UAE; and another set of same drug hidden in local soap also going to UAE.

Others were a consignment of methamphetamine concealed in buttons heading to Hong Kong; and a shipment of another illicit substance coming from Florida, USA.

“Operatives in Lagos on Friday 1st December also arrested a drug kingpin, Okechukwu Ogala, 56, who specialises in exploiting and recruiting young citizens to export meth to Asian countries.

“He was arrested at Blue Moon Hotel in Okota area of Lagos with 60 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.009 kilograms.

“In another operation in Lagos, operatives on Friday 1st December recovered 393kgs of cannabis in a shop at Akala, Mushin while a suspect, Justin Enuonye, who deals in Canadian Loud was arrested by the police at Victoria Island and transferred to Lagos Command of NDLEA on Friday 1st December with 154 parcels weighing 92kgs.

“A team of NDLEA operatives also intercepted a vehicle at Oyingbo area of Lagos and recovered 108kgs of cannabis from it, while 675 kilograms of the same substance were recovered from the store of a wanted dealer, Wahab Olota at Adedoja area of Mushin, Lagos,” Babafemi said. Channels TV.

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