Imo Chapter of the Sports Writers Association (SWAN) has appealed to Gov. Hope Uzodinma to urgently resolve the internal leadership crisis in Heartland FC of Owerri to save the club from extinction.
The association made the appeal on Saturday in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Everest Ezihe and Secretary, Tunde Liadi in Owerri.
SWAN urged the Uzodinma-led government to ensure that salaries and allowances owed the players as a result of the crisis were immediately paid them.
According to the association, this will enable the players to commence preparation for the new season.
It noted that the continuous silence of the governor on the leadership crises in the club and the fact that the club had yet to start preparations for the new season may lead to serious setback.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the League Management Company (LMC) had set Sept. 18 as deadline for all clubs to comply with its licencing directive.
However, Heartland FC has yet to begin preparation for the new season due to internal leadership crises, which led to accumulation of unpaid salaries to both players and staff.
“Imo SWAN appeals to Gov. Hope Uzodinma to ensure the crises in the club is halted forthwith, while the government should immediately put machinery in motion which will ensure speedy payment of the emolument owed the players.
“Heartland FC is the pride of the Eastern Heartland, therefore, it will be regrettable if Uzodinma whose administrative mantra is anchored on shared prosperity will out of negligence allow this most cherished game to be destroyed by selfish interests,” the association said.
(Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Peter Ejiofor)
Buhari to Okorocha at 58: Your large heart will always stand you out
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Rochas Okorocha on his 58th birthday, saying his large heart and detribalized outlook on the country will continue to stand him out for recognition and appreciation.
The president, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, lauded Okorocha for using his foundation to reach out to the poor and downtrodden in the society, building schools and health facilities, and providing scholarship for many.
Buhari, therefore, felicitated with former Governor of Imo on his 58th birthday, joining friends and family to celebrate the consummate entrepreneur and philanthropist, whose kindness cuts across the nation.
The president also shared the moment of joy with political associates of Owelle Okorocha, Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district in the ninth assembly.
He acknowledged Okorocha’s antecedents as Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, President, Nigeria Red Cross Society, President/Founder, Rochas Foundation Inc and President, Rochas Group of Companies Limited.
Okorocha was also onetime Pro-Chancellor, African Business School and former Chairman, Board of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.
According to him, Okorocha’s dedication to the development of the country and unwavering commitment to the welfare of the citizenry deserves commendation.
He prayed that the almighty God would grant Owelle Okorocha longer life and good health to keep serving the country and humanity.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Suarez ends Barca contract, agrees terms with Atletico Madrid
FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has agreed a deal with the club to end his contract and settled on personal terms with Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain on Monday.
The Catalans’ third top goalscorer of all time was told he was not wanted by new FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman and has been looking for a new club.
The 33-year-old Suarez, who has one year to run on his FC Barcelona contract, agreed a deal with the club to cut it short, the reports said.
A newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, said Suarez has fixed a contract with Atletico Madrid for two seasons, although the club will need to lighten their wage bill to accommodate the Uruguayan.
Media reports in Italy also say Juventus are in talks with Atletico Madrid to re-sign Spain striker Alvaro Morata.
Suarez had been heavily linked with Juventus, but coach Andrea Pirlo said it was unlikely he would come to Italy because of the difficulty in obtaining an EU passport.
The striker finished as Barca’s second-highest scorer last season behind captain Lionel Messi and scored 198 goals in 283 games for Barca, after joining in 2014 from Liverpool.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
NHRC inaugurates COVID-19-compliant primary school building in Imo
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the classroom block has six modern toilets, a borehole and a power generating set.
NAN also reports that the inauguration was performed by the NHRC Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu at Central School, Ezi- East (Old St. Dominic’s Primary School) in Umueleagwa, Onicha Ezinihitte Local Government area of the state.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ojukwu described the three-classroom block as part of efforts by the commission to give the children in rural areas access to education in response to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
Ojukwu, himself an alumnus of the primary school, said that with the provision of six modern toilet facilities, running water, with hand washing basins and hand sanitiser, the school was ready for reopening.
“This inauguration ceremony is part of the yearly festivities to mark the feast of St. Dominic’s, which was the first primary school in the locality, by the old boys and girls.
“With the provision of these amenities, the old St Patrick’s Primary School has become one of the first rural schools in the state that will meet the COVID-19 protocols for reopening anytime government decides to reopen primary schools in Imo,” Ojukwu said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government council, Mr Francis Onyeberechi, thanked NHRC for executing and inaugurating the project, calling on other sons and daughters of the state to emulate the gesture.
Onyeberechi, who was represented by Mr Chukwuma Emeghali, added that well-aerated classrooms as well as amenities to meet up with COVID-19 protocols, as required by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was an indication that normal academic life would soon be restored in the state.
Also, the Head teacher of the school, Mrs Jacintha Chukwu, thanked the alumni of the school for synergising with the state government to create an enabling environment for the execution of the project.
She urged parents in the community to bring their children to the school upon resumption, stressing that the school was equal to the task of containing the pandemic.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq
Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter
Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is on the verge of sealing a move to Inter Milan from FC Barcelona after landing in Milan on Sunday.
Inter Milan’s official Twitter account published a photo of Vidal’s arrival and a video of the 33-year-old player saluting fans saying “Hi Inter, I’m here”.
Vidal, who joined Barca from Bayern Munich in 2018, is set to be reunited with Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte, who signed him for Juventus in 2011 and where he stayed until 2015.
Barca captain Lionel Messi paid tribute to his soon-to-be former team mate in a post on Instagram on Sunday.
“I only knew you from playing against you and I always thought you were a phenomenon. But, after being lucky enough to get to know you personally, you surprised me even more.
“We shared many things in the last two years and you made a huge impact on the dressing room and will be dearly missed.
“I wish you all the best luck in your new club and I’m sure our paths will cross again.”
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)