Super Falcons of Nigeria forward, Monday Gift, scored a spectacular goal to help FC Robo Queens of Lagos booked a place in the next round of the 2022 Aiteo Cup competition after a 2-0 victory over Edo Queens of Benin.
Gift scored the goal with just few seconds into the match to draw applause from the spectators at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin, on Thursday.
The Lagos based side got the match underway and had one of its defenders sent a long ball towards Gift who wasted no time and spinned the ball over incoming Edo Queens goalkeeper.
The Super Falcons player was a star to watch as she lord her experience on the match helping FC Robo to keep possession for most part of the encounter.
Taiwo Lawal scored the other goal in the 35th minute in a superb way to put the game beyond Edo Queens and zoomed to the quarter finals of the competition.
ROUND OF 16 RESULTS (WOMEN) Bayelsa Queens 3 Niger Amazons 0 Abruka Queens 1 Abia Angels 3 Naija Ratels 0 Nasarawa Amazons 1 Immaculate Queens 0 Confluence Queens 8 Honey Badgers 0 Delta Queens 2 Heartland Queens 2 Dannaz Ladies 1 Osun Babes 2 Royal Queens 3 Edo Queens 0 FC Robo Queens 2.
A cyclist with the Nigeria Cycling Federation, Muhammed Adamu, has visited the Kwara Sports Commission after embarking on a cycling journey from Lagos to Abeokuta, Ibadan and Ilorin.
He stopped over in Ilorin on Thursday to pay homage to the commission and cycling association to open a new vista to cycling in Nigeria where riders on their own can ride to any part of the country without any hinderance.
According to Adamu, who is from Borno, his passion for cycling gave him the effontary to ride across the country.
He praised the Kwara Sports Commission for the reception and their support to the development of cycling in the state.
In his remark, Coach Bola Mogaji, the Executive Chairman of the commission, commended the cyclist and the state cycling association for the innovation and support to encourage cyclists in Kwara because as a son of bicycle repairer, he knows cycling promote wellbeing and look forward to see most Nigerians riding to keep fit.
Mogaji donated N5,000 to Adamu who continue his journey on Friday to Minna.
The Elites for Sustainable Development Network (ENetSuD), a civil society organisation (CSO), has advised the Kwara Government to be transparent in its contract awards and ensure that all paid jobs were delivered.
The group, based in Kwara, gave the task in a statement issued on Thursday in Ilorin, by its Press Secretary, Mr Saeed Tijjani.
It noted, for instance, that the government hss failed through the Ministry of Energy in ensuring delivery of a contract funded by taxpayers’ money after 14 months of payment by the government to the contractor.
Following the ministry’s request, according to the statement, the Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, approved the sum of ₦197,512,500 on May 11, 2021, as the contract sum.
The contract which was awarded on May 24, 2021, was for the supply of 35 Beltransfo transformers of various capacities through Direct Purchase, which was awarded to Best International Energy Services Ltd. According to the statement, the contractor accepted the contract offer on May 26, 2021, which was actually delivered and received by the Ministry of Energy on June 2, 2021. The CSO however said further that a payment voucher, dated May 28, 2021, was used to pay the contractor fan a total sum of ₦138,258,750, which represents 70 per cent advance payment (mobilisation fee) to the contractor.
ENetSuD alleged that the letter authorising the release of the payment to the contractor with ref.
113.62442 (dated May 20, 2021) was written even before the contract was awarded to the contractor (dated May 24, 2021).
“And also before the Ministry received the acceptance of offer from the contractor ( June 2, 2021), suggesting a lack of due process and a possible procurement malpractice contrary to the state Procurement Law. According to ENetSuD, the contract agreement dated June 2, 2021, and signed by the ministry and the contractor, Best International Energy Services Ltd, was expected to deliver the transformers within three weeks from the date the agreement was signed.
The CSO explained that in order to give a fair hearing to the ministry and get an update on the project, it wrote to the Commissioner of Energy on May 20, 2022, to provide update on the status of the contract, among others.
The commissioner, according to ENetSuD, admitted in his reply that the contractor was yet to deliver the transformers as at May 23, 2022, but gave an assurance that the transformers would be delivered on or before May 30. The CSO explained that having waited beyond the date provided by the commissioner, is left with no option than to report that the transformer project awarded by Kwara Government to Best International Energy Services Ltd, is yet to be delivered after 14 months.
“The KWSG’s failure to follow and monitor the timely delivery of project contracts awarded with taxpayers’ money is of serious concern to ENetSuD, as we are known to be following Kwara money to ensure that public money works for the people of the State,” the statement said.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Mu’azu Sambo, says the Federal Government will remain focused towards ensuring the timely completion of the ongoing Kano-Kaduna standard gauge rail project.
Speaking while inspecting the rail project in Yako, Madobi Local Government Area in Kano, Sambo said the project was a priority that would add value to the entire country.
”We are trying our best to make the project a success.
“Agricultural produce are produced in the North and transported to the South while goods that are imported into the country come from seaport,” he said.
Sambo further explained that the two major challenges faced by the project were safety of the workers and encroachment of land.
On the issue of workers safety, he said the ministry would engage security to design templates for security of the existing sites and new ones.
On the issue of encroachment, he said:”we will meet with Kano State Government to find solution to it.
” In the same vein, the Executive Director of the Consulting firm, Filippo Macchioni, attributed slow pace of their work to adjustment from one single track to double track.
“We had an agreement with the ministry to finish the project in 36 months now, it has now been changed to 18 months.
A Police Inspector name (withheld) on Thursday killed two armed bandits who invaded his house in Orogwe, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo.A press statement released by the spokesperson of Imo Police Command, CSP Micheal Abattam, confirmed the incident.
Abattam said that the suspected bandits jumped a perimeter wall of the building and gained entrance into the police officer’s apartment, but were resisted by the officer.
“On 0482022 at about 0222hrs, armed bandits in their numbers, invaded the house of a Police Inspector attached to one of the formations in the command and jumped the perimeter wall into the compound at Aforukwu, Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area. “They destroyed the iron burglary protector and front door, entered inside the flat, but were taken by surprise as the police inspector who professionally placed himself at a vantage position, engaged the bandits in an aggressive gun duel.
“The hoodlums who were stunned and confused by the staccato sound emanating from the rifle of the officer, took to their heels, scampering for safety and were given a hot chase and in the process, one of them was neutralized,” Abattam stated.
He said the officer alerted Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ogbaku Division, who mobilized and rushed to the scene and positioned themselves strategically and professionally, combed the surrounding bushes where another corpse, two locally made pistols and an Identity Card were recovered.
He noted that the recovered identity card belongs to one of the neutralized bandits Chukwuemezie Chukwu, a native of Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that gunmen on Monday, invaded the community and killed seven people and six others critically injured.