’Tosin OluwalowoRuth Usoro broke the national record in the women’s triple jump event at the Texas Tech Corky Classic on Saturday. The 23-year-old leapt a distance of 14.28m in her first attempt to set the new Nigerian record. She broke the 14.21m record set by Chinonye Ohadugha at the 2007 African Games in Algiers, Algeria. The distance was also the joint world lead in the triple jump this year. Hours later, Usoro set the meet’s record to win the long jump event with a distance of 6.51m.
January 18, 2021 04:51 UTC
The past year, aside from the virus, was marked by an untold wave of unrest following the #EndSARS protests. In our country’s North and Central regions, it has been the constant tale of terrorism, banditry, kidnappings, and general insecurity. The spirit of gratitude happens to be something we need to cultivate at a time like this. These are what we need to set us on a path for winning in 2021. Year 2021 happens to be a defining year for my people in my beloved home state of Anambra.
January 18, 2021 04:26 UTC
This was as claims paid to relatives of 65,419 deceased workers rose to N215.27bn, according to latest information obtained from the commission. “Hence, the need to strengthen the death payment process. Appropriate sanction would be imposed on PFAs for violation of the procedure for death benefits payments, it stated. This amounted to a total amount of N215.27bn paid to 65,419 relatives of deceased workers. It revealed this in an earlier circular titled ‘Revised procedures on processing of death benefits’.
January 18, 2021 04:18 UTC
Nigeria’s Conservationists have expressed concerns that the growing appetite for bushmeat among urban residents in Nigeria and surrounding countries threatens the wildlife population and increases the risk of zoonotic disease transmission. They called for the implementation of demand reduction and education campaigns on wildlife conservation, improving the communication of wildlife laws, strengthening law enforcement, providing and publicising sustainable alternatives to high-risk bushmeat species. The group made these recommendations during the launch of a report by WildAID on bushmeat consumption in Nigerian cities conducted in partnership with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in Lagos. The forum also featured the unveiling of Wildlife consumption reduction ambassador, Stephanie Lynus, a Nigerian actress. He said animals such as the Pangolins and Sea Tortoise are still sold in open markets in Nigeria unhindered.
January 18, 2021 03:59 UTC
To mitigate the impact of climate change, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has engaged in training desk officers at sub-national levels. The weeklong regional workshop, which saw participants drawn from across the country, explores low carbon and mitigation options. The Country Manager, IsDB, Dr. Mamoud Kamara, said climate change is one of the major challenges of the time which is already affecting everyone. A consultant to the Department of Climate Change (DCC) and Prof. of Geography at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Francis Adesina, said the workshop seeks to build the capacity of people at the grassroots for them to contribute meaningfully to the fight against climate change, which is as real as CoVID-19. xMr. Olatunji Yusuf of the Climate Change Division, IsDB Headquarters in Jeddah, said considering the geographical landscape in Nigeria, human factors have largely been responsible for climate change, which affects every sector.
January 18, 2021 03:59 UTC
Economists have agreed that there is a tradeoff between employment growth policy actions (production growth) and inflation control measures. The government promised to tame the inflation rate at a single digit. Hence, an increase in MPR to reduce the money supply and tame the recalcitrant inflation is not a likely option. While food inflation stood at 19.56 per cent in December, the inflation of all items except farm produce was 11.37 per cent. He hoped the reopening of the land borders would stem the inflation rate.
January 18, 2021 03:56 UTC
While the Ghanaians are three-time African Champion (1995, 1999, 2009) the Flying Eagles won the African U-20 championship seven times: 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011, and 2015. Painfully, the once conquering Flying Eagles have become a laughing stock in African football. In fact, the Flying Eagles could not defend their African title in 2017. With 30 minutes to full-time, the Flying Eagles responded through a brace from Christopher Ohenhen in the 61st and 75th minutes. The Flying Eagles will have to wait till 2023 to begin another journey.
To protect the global environment from excessive heating, the United Nations Secretary-General, Anthonio Guterres has stressed the need for countries to embrace renewable energy. xHe appealed to developed nations to fulfill their annual pledge for $100 billion to support mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. I am hopeful our joint ambition will curb the global decline of the natural environment, so vital to the survival of our planet,” he said. They also commit to champion an ambitious global deal to halt species loss and protect ecosystems that are vital to human health and economic security. Their announcement kicks off what Costa Rica, France, and the United Kingdom call an urgent year for action on biodiversity and the climate.
“We are having challenges with the backend integration with the NIMC database because of the ancient backend support at the Commission. “So the major problem is NIMC being able to register 100 million Nigerians who may or may not have a SIM. ALSO, Pantami approved the establishment of a National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide support for members of the Diplomatic Corps. The centre will be managed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, through the National Identity Management Commission. He explained that the National Identity Number is mandatory for diplomats who will reside in Nigeria for a continuous period of two years and above.
Buoyed by reports that about 1.5 billion face marks made it into the planet’s oceans last year, environmentalists have urged the Lagos State government to initiate campaigns against the indiscriminate disposal of face masks. He noted that the nation’s solid waste disposal challenge had made most of her wastes end up in the ocean. xHe urged the Lagos State government to look into the various components of the materials and determine the best way to dispose of them. He noted that in Nigeria, there is no practice of waste segregation and where it exists, our capacity for solid waste recycling is at best minimal. According to him, disposal of used nose masks is usually done in gutters, riverbanks, or in garbage mixed with other wastes.
January 18, 2021 03:44 UTC
He demanded N30 million as general damages against the president general and registered trustees of the body. BESIDES, a chieftain, Chekwas Okorie, yesterday, advised the claimants to be mindful of what he called “the verdict of history.”He noted: “This advice equally goes to others, who have gone ahead to register or float parallel organisations with the same name as Ohanaeze. Ohanaeze as the Igbo umbrella organisation is 45 years old. Some of us have been committed and consistent members of the organisation from its inception. I am warning that the matter of Ohanaeze has become spiritual from the days when Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe as its patron and Dr. Akanu Ibiam, its chairman, with Chief Jerome Udoji as secretary.
January 18, 2021 03:22 UTC
The National Coordinator, Tajudeen Alabede, in a virtual press conference of the group yesterday, called for phased resumption. xMost schools across the country are expected to resume today for academic activities. He argued that instead of general resumption, there could have been a well-coordinated phased resumption in a way that would prevent overcrowding in the institutions. “The consequences of poorly-regulated resumption plans amid the rising cases of COVID-19 may be catastrophic. “It is ironic that while the plan for schools to resume is moving at a high speed, the same governments are vigorously campaigning against large gatherings.
FMDQ Securities Exchange, through its board listing and markets committee, has approved the quotation of the Total Nigeria Plc’s ₦2.25 billion Series 1, and ₦12.75 billion series two commercial papers under its ₦30.00 billion CP Issuance Programme. Also admitted are Mixta Real Estate Plc’s ₦2.00 billion Series 32 commercial paper under its ₦20.00 billion CP Issuance Programme, as well as the registration of the Valency Agro Nigeria Limited ₦20.00 billion commercial paper programme, on its platform. To this end, Valency Agro Nigeria Limited (Valency Agro), incorporated in Nigeria as a private limited liability company under Valency International Pte Limited (Valency International) – an international commodity trading house with its presence in over 15 countries – deals in the sourcing, production, and trading of agro and consumer food products. xIn his remarks, the Managing Director of the company, Sunil Dhanuka, said: “We are glad for the successful registration of Valency Agro’s ₦20.00 billion CP Issuance Programme. The Exchange also said it would continue to bring about revolutionary changes in the Nigerian capital market through its exchange, clearing, depository and private markets subsidiaries; providing a seamless process and value-chain for market participants to commence and end their financial market transactions.
Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the re-opening of Ajao Estate Isolation Centre at Indo-Eye Care Foundation following the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. xThe 50-beds Isolation centre, built by Indian community living in Nigeria and corporate bodies with the medical equipment worth N250 million, was established to assist victims of COVID-19 in the country. Indo-Eye Care Foundation, in collaboration with SABHA and other supporters, initiated treatment of COVID-19 at the centre, which doubles as Treatment Centre type II. Lilawatiben Mohanlal Shah (Billimoriawala) Eye Hospital at Navsari, Gujarat, India. The hospital, now also operating an Isolation Centre, can also be said to be a brainchild of Rotary Club of Lagos Palmgrove Estate, District 9110, Lagos Nigeria.
SIMILARLY, Governor Yahaya Bello has kicked off the programme in Kogi State. Bello, while speaking at the ceremony at the weekend, praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his decision to employ 774,000 Nigerians across the federation. He said the programme would make ordinary Nigerians feel government’s impact in every little way. She praised Bello for his efforts to address socio-economic challenges in the state and called on the citizens to take up skills that would make them self-employed. In his opening remarks, the Acting Director-General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Abubakar Fikpo, described the programme as a very significant step in Nigeria’s quest to win the war against mass unemployment.