Two first half goals earned Bayelsa Queens FC the maximum three points needed against TP Mazembee of DR Congo in their second match at the on-going CAF Women’s Champions League.
The match played at the Grand de Stade Marrakech, Morocco on Thursday saw the Nigerian champions got off to a good start with a goal in the fourth minute of the game.
Ogoma Joseph gave Bayelsa Queens FC the early lead from the penalty spot before Chinyere Igbomalu scored the second goal 21 minutes later.
Good efforts by Bayelsa defence kept the opponents at bay as the game finished in their favour, becoming their first victory in the tournament’s history.
After losing 1-2 to Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the first group game, the Nigerian side will now face Wadi Degla FC of Egypt in their last group match on Sunday to berth at the semi-finals of the tournament.
The National Population Commission (NPC) says Nigeria’s population remains its greatest asset in national development and must be harnessed to make life worth living for the people.
NPC’s Federal Commissioner for Katsina State, Engr. Bala Banye, made the declaration on Thursday in Katsina at a two-day state level workshop on compendium of localities for the 2023 population and housing census.
He said the compendium of localities would be presented to President Muhammad Buhari before the 2023 exercise.
“With the huge resources spent on the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD), we are happy that the NPC has acquired a lot of data sets that will be useful for national development.
“I commend the Cartography Department for its efforts to deliver more data for the locality level from the EAD exercise.
“The present Commission under its current leadership is devoted to collaboration and partnership with relevant agencies to advance national development,’’ he said.
Banye implored all participants at the workshop to work with the NPC to achieve excellent results that will add more value to socio-economic development of the country.
He said the objective of the workshop was to compile all the localities demarcated during the EAD on a local government area basis showing the coverage and location on interactive maps.
“This compilation will be presented to the local government area stakeholders in the state.
The compendium of locality in census parlance is a tool for census data dissemination as well as for National planning and development.
“The 2023 population and housing census results will be released up to the lowest level of the census entities which could be as small as a camp,’’ Banye said.
He assured Nigerians that the Commission was irrevocably committed to positively rewriting the history of censuses in Nigeria.
He said the NPC would deliver accurate, reliable and acceptable census figures that would be purposefully relevant in the drive toward sustainable national development.
The commissioner pointed out that preparations for the 2023 exercise were on course and the NPC is confident of discharging the function effectively.
“I appeal to Nigerians to join the NPC in the bid to give Nigeria reliable demographic data at the forthcoming 2023 census,’’ Banye said.
In his contribution, one of the participants, and a Director at the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in Katsina State office, Alhaji Hadi Yahaya, assured of the agency’s support toward the success of the exercise.
He said the NOA would engage in a series of public enlightenment activities like community drama, market rallies, and community dialogue to support the exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the workshop included traditional rulers, community leaders and local government chairmen among others.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres says Ethiopia’s agreement to end the war in Tigray and Russia’s decision to re-join the Black Sea Grain Initiative demonstrate the power of multilateralism.
Guterres told correspondents at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday that with Russia’s announcement, the deal to free-up vital foodstuffs from Ukraine had hit a new milestone.
He said it showed not only multilateralism at work, but the value of discrete and determined diplomacy.
He said it reached a milestone with 10 million metric tonnes now shipped through the Black Sea humanitarian corridor, in just three months.
“Despite all the obstacles we have seen, the beacon of hope in the Black Sea is still shining and the initiative is working,’’ he said.
Guterres said he had two priorities going forward with Russia back in the fold and ships on the move again from three Ukrainian ports.
“Renewal and full implementation of the deal, followed by the removal of the remaining obstacles to the export of food and much-needed fertiliser, from Russia are of priority,’’ he said.
He added that he and the UN were fully committed to both objectives, stressing the need to urgently address the “global fertiliser market crunch”.
“We cannot allow global fertiliser accessibility problems to morph into a global food shortage,’’ he noted.
He noted the grain deal and the signing of a binding agreement by Ethiopian authorities and Tigrayan rebels to end fighting and allow aid back into war-ravaged Tigray.
Speaking on the UN climate conference beginning in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, this weekend, he said it had to be the moment to “rebuild trust and re-establish the ambition needed to avoid driving our planet over the climate cliff.
” Emissions are on course to rise by as much as 2.8C by the end of this century – far from the necessary and agreed 1.5 degrees, or lower.
“And that means our planet is on course for reaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible, and forever bake in, catastrophic temperature rise,’’ he noted.
Guterres called for a “historic pact’’ between the developing and developed world where the onus is on the richer economies to deliver on their promises to reach the 1.5 degree goal, laid out in the Paris Agreement.
“COP27 must be the place to close the ambition gap, the credibility gap, and the solidarity gap,’’ the UN chief stressed.
Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara, Hajiya Madina Shehu, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday.
Hajiya Shehu announced her defection in Gusau after a meeting with Gov. Bello Matawalle.
She said she left PDP due to lack of leadership style.
“I announce my defection to the APC together with women leaders of the PDP in the 14 local government areas of the state,’’ she said.
Responding, Matawalle described Shehu’s defection as a welcome development for the APC in the state.
“More defectors are coming to APC from PDP; very soon shall receive many PDP members including their leaders,’’ he said.
Also on Thursday, Matawalle hosted a popular political support group in the state, the “ Amalgamated Mobilisation Group’’ (MASAMOG).
The governor announced a donation of 17 vehicles to the group.
“Two buses are for the leadership of the group while another bus is donated to the women’s wing of the group.
“The 14 units of Peugeot 406 Wagon are donated to coordinators of the group in the 14 local government areas of the state,’’ he explained.
Matawalle pledged to continue to support the group, which he considered as one of the great achievements recorded as a result of APC stakeholders’ reconciliation in the state.
According to him, the reconciliation yielded positive result that all political stakeholders in the state are now united in one family under the APC.
He called on APC stakeholders, members and all supporters in the state to embrace unity, peace and stability for the victory of the party at the 2023 general elections.
Earlier, Chairman of the group, Alhaji Ibrahim Danmaliki, described Gov. Matawalle and former Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari as strong pillars of the state.
He said the group was formed to cement the recent reconciliation of APC stakeholders in the state.
“We are working to ensure that the reconciliation leads to APC’s successes in the state at the 2023 general elections,’’ Danmaliki assured.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday called for good neighbourliness and mutual understanding between African states to enhance trade and security and to promote development of the continent.
Mr Femi Adesina, his media aide, stated in Abuja that Buhari made the call at the inauguration of the Joint Border Post and Bridge in Mfum, Cross River.
He was represented at the occasion by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada. He said the 1.5km project would enhance interconnectivity of the people and communities, improve living standards, reduce barriers to inter-regional trade and strengthen border security.
“It is with great sense of satisfaction that we are witnessing the official joint commissioning of the 1.5km Bridge and Joint Border Post. “Let me begin with commending the leaderships of ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and the government of the Republic of Cameroon that worked closely to realise this project,’’ he said.
He also commended the African Development Bank (AfDB) that provided funding for the execution and completion of the project.
According to him, the project will deepen the inextricably linked cultural and traditional fraternal bonds that already exist between Nigerians and Cameroonians living around the border communities.
“In order to maximise the benefits of these projects, the Nigerian and Cameroonian officials that would man the border post, must act in the most professional manner, as well as in line with the global best practices,’’ he said.
Buhari affirmed that the completion of the project had made both Nigerians and Cameroonians living around the area jubilant.
“Such excitement symbolises the resolve of our peoples and governments to remain connected in spite of our seemingly artificial boundaries.
“The completion and commissioning of this project could not have come at a more auspicious time than when Nigeria has signed and ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.
“We expect that the commissioning of bridge and border post will strengthen existing cordial relations between Nigeria and Cameroon.
“We expect that it will also enhance cooperation between the ECOWAS and ECCAS states.
“Under the AfCFTA, this project has the potential to enhance the volume of economic activities in our regions as well as facilitate the free movement of persons, goods and services within the countries, along the corridor,’’ he stated.
He expressed the belief that the project would also serve as a vital link between the West and the Central African regions.
“The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria also expects that this joint border post and bridge will enhance security patrol and facilitate effective cooperation in this part of our border with the Republic of Cameroon.
“While expressing our confidence that this project would accomplish the set targets, it is also our hope that it would complement the current efforts of the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon to combat the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism in our region.
“This is important because the activities of violent extremists have continued to present major challenges to the development of our countries and regions,’’ the president said.
He noted that insecurity had continued to threaten economies, impede the maximisation of the strategic potentials of both countries as well as cause political upheavals and menace in the sub-region.
“It is our hope that the commissioning of this project will accelerate the efforts of our gallant security personnel who are already doing very well in securing our territories.
“We also pray that this project would enhance the interconnectivity of our peoples and communities, improve living standards, reduce barriers to inter-regional trade and strengthen border security.
He noted that the project was part of the on-going Multinational Highway and Transport Facilitation Programme.
The president expressed the hope that it would remain a visible testament to the continuing cooperation and good neighbourliness between both countries, as well as regional economic communities.
“This bridge and joint border post are proofs that when African countries work with African institutions, outstanding and people-centred cross-regional developmental projects can be achieved in record time,’’ he stressed.
The president thanked all the institutions and agencies that made the project possible.
“I recall in this regard, that the Republic of Cameroon cooperated with us in granting joint waiver to expatriates that were employed by the construction company that handled the project, despite the global COVID-19 lockdown.
“The cooperation and support of President Paul Biya, as well as the government and people of Cameroon, ensured that this project was completed on schedule.
“Let me also extend the gratitude of the government and people of Nigeria to the AfDB for the role it played in financing these projects.
“Under the leadership of Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the bank has become, by all standards, a reliable beacon of support in all matters relating to Africa’s development.
“Indeed, we are very proud of the performance of the current management of our continental bank which has confirmed that we truly have `African solutions to African problems,’ ‘’ he said.
Buhari also commended the leadership and staff of ECOWAS and ECCAS for their untiring efforts in ensuring the timely completion of the project.
“It is necessary to underscore that visible projects such as these, as well as other critical and life-changing infrastructure are the type of projects that the citizens of our sub-region have been yearning to see.
“It is the hope that under the leadership of Dr Omar Alieu Touray, ECOWAS will continue to deliver on the expectations of our citizens.
“I extend our deepest appreciation to the contractors, CGCOC, that have shown uncommon commitment to the execution and delivery of this high quality project, within a reasonable period.
“To all of you who have contributed in one way or the other to this epoch–making and memorable occasion, I convey my warm appreciation,’’ he added.
In his remarks, the Minster of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said the value of the new bridge transcended connection between Nigeria and Cameroon, boosting the larger effort of connecting Africa.
He said efforts would be sustained to improve networking among Africans, which ECOWAS and the African Union had been pursuing over many years, with earlier plans dating back to 1969. Fashola said: “consistency in building roads and bridges will improve relations among Africa countries, where people can drive from Lagos to Mombasa.
’’ The Cameroonian Minister of Public Works, Mr Emmanuel Djoumessi, who represented President Biya, appreciated the contributions of various stakeholders to the project.
He assured that relations would explore more possibilities for partnership.
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The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Federal Government have applauded the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises, Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) in Abia for its successes in agribusiness.
They gave the commendation on Thursday during a two-day third joint supervisor mission to the state project coordinating office.
The delegation expressed their satisfaction with the performance of LIFE-ND, saying that the state had raised the bar in agricultural entrepreneurship, especially for the youths and women.
The IFAD team and others led by Mr George Polenakis, visited different incubation centres across the state, to assess performance as well as interface with the beneficiaries.
Also in the team were IFAD officials from its headquarters in Rome as well as East Africa.
Others were officials from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Agriculture, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), consultants as well as national project coordinating office of LIFE-ND.
They visited different incubation centres where they interacted with the beneficiaries on the beneficiaries’ success stories and their challenges.
The beneficiaries, including Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), were engaged in selected commodities’ value chain of rice, cassava, palm oil processing, poultry, as well as nutrition mainstreaming.
Polenakis, who is also IFAD’s Technical Mission Lead, Financial Inclusion, commended the state project coordinating office for the exemplary efforts.
He said they were very happy to see the beneficiaries, adding that they would figure out ways where they could be financed accordingly.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the mission took turns to congratulate the coordinating office as well as gave their recommendations.
In a remark, LIFE-ND National Project Coordinator, Mr Sanni Abiodun, appreciated the mission for all the accolades, saying that the project was trying to resuscitate youths in agriculture.
He said that Abia remained one of the best amongst the Niger Delta state involved in the programme.
He said that the projected, funded by IFAD, Federal Government, NDDC and the state government, is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for national food security, especially in the Niger Delta.
Abiodun said that the project was being designed for implementation in nine Niger Delta states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo, and Rivers.
The LIFE-ND State Project Coordinator, Abia, Dr Uchenna Onyeizu thanked the mission for its visit, saying that it would continue to worker to surmount the few challenges identified.
He said that “Our implementation has been unhindered by any form of interferences by the state government and that has helped us to achieve what we have achieved so far,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has promised to release additional tranche of the counterpart fund to the project soon, so that more youths and women would be empowered in the state.
The governor gave the assurance when the mission earlier paid him a courtesy visit for supporting the project.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to support the project which he said had made huge impacts in the lives of the youth and rural dwellers.
The equity market extended losses on Thursday as the market capitalisation shed N25 billion or 0.10 per cent to close at N24.094 trillion from the 24.119 trillion on Wednesday.
Similarly, the All-Share Index dipped by 46.32 points or 0.10 per cent to 44,236.70 from 44,283.02 recorded on Wednesday.
The negative performance was due to selloffs in stocks of Zenith Bank and FBN Holding.
Overall, there were eight gainers and 16 losers, with UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust leading the gainers’ chart with 9.09 per cent to close at N3 per share.
Trans Nationwide Express followed with a rise of 8.82 per cent to close at 74k, while Champion Breweries gained 7.81 per cent to close at N3.45 per share.
Also, Japaul Gold and Ventures rose by 7.69 per cent to close 28k, while Cutix Plc appreciated by 4.88 per cent to close at N2.15 per share.
Conversely, Prestige Assurance Company led the losers’ chat with a depreciation of 9.80 per cent to close at 0.46 per share.
Caverton Offshore Support Group declined by 9.38 per cent to close at 87k, while Sunu Assurances went down by 8.57 per cent to close at 32k per share.
Unilever Nigeria fell by 8.29 per cent to close at N9.95 per share.
Also, Multiverse Mining and Exploration lost by 8.23 per cent to close at N4.24 per share.
Kwara increased bursary allowances for its indigenous students in tertiary institutions on Thursday from N5,000 to N10,000. This is contained in a statement issued by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Hajia Mansurat Amuda-kannike.
She quoted the commissioner, Dr Abolore Alabi as saying that application for the bursary opens on Friday, Nov. 4 and closes on Nov. 11, through https:.
“The commissioner appreciates the commitment of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to his campaign promises to all and sundry.
“Dr Abolore expressed optimism that the present administration would not rest on its oars at ensuring that Kwara indigenes got their share of the dividends of democracy as at when due.
“He assured that more opportunities would still come for tertiary institutions students and urged them to always be good ambassadors of the state,’’ Amuda-kannike stated.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nasarawa State Command, says it is on the trail of those who kidnapped the wife of one of its top personnel on Wednesday.
The command Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Jerry Victor gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lafia.
He said that the NSCDC state Commandant, Abbas Bappa-Muhammed, had deployed personnel to track the kidnappers and rescue the victim unhurt.
The gunmen broke into the residence of the Head of NSCDC Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad, Apollos Dandaura in Lafia and abducted his wife.
NAN gathered that the gunmen took away the woman from her residence at about 8:30pm.
They also shot the younger brother to the husband, who was later rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
The PRO assured that the perpetrators would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
Victor appealed to members of the public to provide useful information to fast track the arrest of the abductors and other criminals in the state.