FCT FA boss charges Falconets to win U-Mohammed Mouktar, Chairman, FCT Football Association (FA) has urged Nigeria U-20 Women’s National Team, the Falconets to win the on going U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. Mouktar made the appeal on Monday in Abuja after a novelty football match to mark his birthday celebration.
The chairman commended the Nigerian girls for defeating Korea Republic 1-0 on Sunday to zoom into the quarter-finals of the competition.
He urged the team not to lose focus, while taking each game at a time, till they reach the finals.
“The girls have displayed good spirit, they have taken it one step at a time.
“We are happy that they have progressed (to the quarter-finals) and of course whenever we go into such tournaments we expect them to go the whole hog and win the trophy,” he said.
He called on Nigerians to keep supporting the team to achieve the feat.
NAN reports that the Falconets who have booked a place in the quarter-finals after winning their first two matches in Group C, will confront Canada on Thursday in their last group game.
FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets defeat South Korea 1-0 FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: FalcNigeria’s Under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets) defeated South Korea 1-0 on Sunday in their Group C Match Day Two of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) report that the Falconets got a vital boost at the Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto Stadium with the defeat of the South Koreans to reach the knock-out round.
The Falconets also got off to a winning start on Thursday with a 1-0 win over highly-rated France.
However, the South Koreans shot to the top of the group when they beat Canada 2-0.Falconets got on a sound footing with excellent passes to the admiration of few spectators but no goal to show for their display in the first half of the match.
They started very well, but their Korean opponents grew into the game, and even hit the post from a free kick but the Nigerian girls held on.
Both teams played almost all their tactics and skills all to no avail in the pursuit of a goal that never cameThe Falconets dominated possession with 64 per cent as against the South Koreans’ 36 per cent.
Both teams continued from where they stopped with the Falconets dominating in the second half of the game .
Esther Onyenezide finally scored for the Falconets in the 83rd minute of the game for the winning goal.
Nigeria will be up agsinst Canada on Aug.19 in their next match.
NAN reports that the victory lifted Falconets to the knockout rounds of the World Cup even before a final group game against Canada.
The Falconets were paired in Group C along with France, South Korea and Canada.
Meanwhile, in another match played earlier in Group D, Japan defeated Ghana 2-0.The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which started on Aug. 10, is expected to end on 28 in Costa Rica.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it had intercepted 1.1 million tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) in Kaduna state.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi, who said that three suspects were arrested in connection with the drugs seized in Zaria, added that the drugs weighed 38.3kg.
He named the suspects as Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u and Abdulrazaq Mamman, Meanwhile, anti-narcotic officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu have arrested a 50-year old man, Mgbeobuna Eberechukwu, for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine.
Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested on Aug. 6, following his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight.
He said that the suspect, who hailed from Idemili South LGA, Anambra, passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.
In another development, an alleged female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, 28, from Kano State, was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg.
Also, in Lagos, NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 1,773.25kg of cannabis sativa at Ebutte-Meta and Akala in Mushin areas in separate raids between Aug. 9 and 10. “At the Tincan seaport in Lagos, 86 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 43kg were recovered from a 40ft container during a joint examination with Customs and other security agencies.
“The illegal consignment seized on Friday, came from Toronto via Montreal, Canada and concealed in two drums inside a Mercedes Benz SUV in the container.
“In Abia, two suspects: Nnanna Ijo, 58, and Orji Uguru, 29, were arrested on Friday with various quantities of cannabis, heroin and cocaine at Nde-Agbai, Abiriba.
“This was a week after one Nnanna was released from detention over a similar offence committed in June 2022, ” he said.
Babafemi reported the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of AIIA, Tincan, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Abia Commands of the agency for the seizures and arrests.
Marwa urged them and their compatriots across the country to always remain steps ahead of the drug cartels.
Z Zurich Foundation (ZZF) announced today, International Youth Day, that it will partner with JA Worldwide and JA Africa (www.JA-Africa.org), building on already established relationships with JA Canada and Junior Achievement Spain (JA Spain).
ZZF has made a strategic decision to venture into and fund Africa, and has chosen us, Africa's largest and most impactful youth serving NGO, JA Africa, as its implementing partner.
This three-year partnership will allow thousands of young people to access JA programs and put them on the path to success, not only as individuals but as leaders who will affect positive change within their communities.
The partnership will also allow JA Africa to expand existing operations in four countries and launch operations in five new countries.
According to the African Development Bank, every year between 10 and 12 million African students complete their education and compete for three million jobs (https://bit.ly/3pbVAZ0), making the youth of Africa sub-Saharan women become entrepreneurs out of necessity, not choice.
The ZZF-JA partnership empowers young people in Africa to succeed as both innovative job creators and well-skilled job seekers, following the path that best suits their economic realities.
“The partnership integrates the education and economic ecosystems of the countries we work in,” said JA Worldwide CEO Asheesh Advani, “leading to long-term sustainability.
Over the next three years, this partnership will impact the lives of more than 550,000 young people in nine countries: Burkina Faso, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.
resulting in increased capacity in JA Africa's current four countries and new operations in five more.” JA Africa is a trusted and highly respected NGO that has been partnering with local leaders and communities across the African continent for over 40 years.
As part of the JA global network, JA Africa has the advantage of drawing on the best practices, curricula, pedagogies, effective governance models, fundraising, communications and financial management capacity of more than 100 JA member locations, five additional JA regions and a world headquarters, all of which provide the strong foundation on which this association is built.
Grégory Renand, Director of the Z Zurich Foundation, agreed.
“JA is best known for using volunteers to provide educational experiences.
We are very proud of this new partnership, providing skills-based interventions and expertise with the aim of creating brighter futures in Africa, building on impactful programs we have already built with JA around the world.
The Z Zurich Foundation's expertise in social equity and mental well-being nicely complements JA's track record in building resilience and self-efficacy in more than 12 million young people each year."
JA Africa CEO Simi Nwogugu has led efforts in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa for more than 25 years.
“Many young Africans are naturally entrepreneurial,” he said, “but they may have a limited ability to develop solutions to the challenges around them and capture the value of those solutions.
The ZZF-JA partnership will help young Africans develop the resilience, problem-solving and design-thinking skills, and mental well-being they need to understand the region's complex problems and design sustainable solutions, and mentorship will play a big role.
“Exposing young people from Africa to Zurich Insurance Group employees as global mentors,” continued Nwogugu, “as well as JA Africa alumni and role models like Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, who founded not one but two unicorns in Nigeria, will help to build the critical social society.
skills and confidence necessary to validate your ideas and communicate them to a global audience of funders and clients.” The announcement was made today at an event through which members of the African media were able to ask questions, with a particular interest in scaling and accelerating business education in Africa.
Panelists noted that Z Zurich Foundation, JA Worldwide, JA Africa and JA member countries in Africa are working to create a new generation of partnerships that develop an ecosystem of role models and mentors, working with youth through a combination of high technology.
digital learning experiences; low-tech options like TV, radio, and podcasts; and face-to-face experiences.
Then, after students graduate, regional and local vehicles connect students with employers or help young people start businesses through incubators and start-up grants.
“For Africa to succeed as a continent,” said Nwogugu, “all of our youth need access to immersive education that leads to economic success.
Through this partnership, we will create entrepreneurial ecosystems that work together to empower young Africans to become agents of change, creating businesses that solve the continent's challenges of climate change, food shortages and inadequate health infrastructure.
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The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has congratulated Nigerian female athletes for their spectacular performance at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK.
The National President of the council, Hajiya Lami Lau, gave the commendation in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigerian female athletes who represented Nigeria at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games won12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals to place the country on 7th position in the overall medal table.
Lau, therefore, congratulated the female athletes “for making us proud at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“The girls have been able to put smiles on our faces in spite of challenges currently bedevilling the country.
“It is a thing of joy that women have taken the centre stage in sports; we have been doing this in other fields of endeavour and we can replicate this feat even in politics.
“The performance of our daughters at the games goes a long way to give us hope that things will be better in Nigeria.
” The national president added that the Nigerian female athletes, aside winning different colours of medals, also set new records in the games.
She said “the likes of Tobi Amusan did not only win gold medal; she broke existing records and set new world record by winning a gold medal in the 100 meters hurdles; it is not a small feat.
” Lau called on the Federal Government and sport administrators to do more in developing female athletes, adding that “they have shown that the can perform with less supervision.
” NAN reports that Nigeria won her first gold medal at the commonwealth games 52 years ago in 1994 at Victoria Games in Canada.
Nigeria’s under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets) defeated France 1- 0 in their opening game of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica on Friday at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria’s women, playing in group C, began their opening match with their French counterparts but barely 32 minutes of the first half, the match was suspended due to heavy rainfall.
Centre Referee halted the match to save both teams from the bad weather.
On resumption, both teams continued from where they stopped with the Falconets showing supremacy in the game .
They dictated the pace of the match from the start and had the majority of ball possession with 52 per cent as against France with 48 per cent.
While both teams’ shots on goal against each other were tied, they also had one yellow card each.
On resumption in the second half, both teams struggled for the ball with Mercy Idoko trying to score for team Nigeria but the French goal keeper frustrated her efforts in the 56th minute.
France fought well few minutes later and netted the ball but was overruled by the referee.
In the 85th minute, Flourish Sabastine broke the deadlock with a Mercy Idoko’s pass which fetched them the late winning goal.
The French girls continued to fight back but were unable to get any goal until the game closed in favour of Nigeria.
Nigeria will face South Korea on Sunday in their next match.
NAN reportd that Falconets were paired in Group C along France, South Korea and Canada.
Meanwhile, in another match played earlier, the U.
S. Under-20 team opened its run with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Ghana .
Falconets beat Senegal 4-1 in Benin on Mar. 26 to qualify for the World Cup holding from Aug. 10 to 28 in Costa Rica.(
The festival of the Eritrean community in Western Canada was held on August 6 and 7 in Calgary with patriotic fervor under the theme “Independent Election: Backbone of our Pride”.
The festival was highlighted by public seminar, sports competitions, as well as cultural programs.
Noting the importance of the festival in strengthening unity and transferring noble social values, Mr. Temesgen Tsegay, chairman of the Festivities Coordinating Committee, praised those who contributed to organizing the event and nationals for their participation.
Mr. Estifanos Negusse, head of Public and Community Affairs, led a seminar for the participants on the objective situation in the homeland as well as regional developments.
At the seminar, Mr. Estifanos, emphasizing the responsibility that the objective situation has on each citizen, called on nationals to strengthen their bond with their homeland and their participation and contribution in national affairs.
The festival of the Eritrean community in and around Toronto, Canada, was held from July 30 to August 1 with patriots.
The festival, which was held under the slogan "Independent Election - Backbone of Our Pride" featured sports competitions, cultural programs, seminars on the objective situation in the motherland, as well as community activities and a children's village.
Indicating that the festival is being held after two years of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the president of the Festival Coordinator congratulated those who contributed to the event.
Noting that the festivals are reflections of Eritrean identity and values, participants said that the event is a good opportunity for children and youth to learn their history and social values.
In the same vein, the Eritrean Community Festival in Western Canada was enthusiastically held in Calgary and Alberta.
The Minister of State for Health, Mr Ekunmankama Nkama, has hinted on special funding for National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, to assist in training specialists.
He said that the level of brain drain in the medical field was also worrisome, and efforts were on to reverse the trend.
Nkama said these at the 16th Annual Scientific Conference and Fellows’ Congress, organised by Post Graduate Medical College Fellows’ Association, in Lagos on Tuesday.
The minister was represented by Dr Adedamola Dada, the Medical Director, Federal Medical Center, Ebute-Meta.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference, tagged “Ekoakete 2022”, is to end on Aug 12 and has the theme “Strengthening The Health System in The Midst of a Pandemic”.
Nkama said that special funding for the college would help to accelerate training of specialists in Nigeria.
He said that the Federal Ministry of Health sought to collaborate with the college to rapidly deploy simulation equipment and support the proposed regional training centres to strengthen residency training.
” The brain drain phenomenon in the health sector in Nigeria has been noted by the Federal Government and efforts are already in place to find a lasting solution to the problem.
“The loss of many highly skilled and educated people from the country to the UK, Canada and Australia has become more worrisome to health authorities.
” Scarcity of healthcare workers is the primary challenge in the health sector today,” he said.
Nkama, however, said that some of the possible solutions to reverse the brain drain and increase the retention of medical doctors and dentists included increasing wages.
Others, he said, are; improvement in welfare packages, payment of rural allowance for doctors, equipping health facilities, improvement in public infrastructure, increase in retirement age for doctors and other health professionals.
In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the minister said that the government through the Federal Ministry of Health embarked on building and equipping molecular laboratories in all federal tertiary hospitals.
He noted that the infrastructure would help to enhance the capacity to diagnose diseases.
The minister said that other interventions carried out by the government include installation of oxygen plants, building of isolation centres and other infrastructural facilities in the tertiary hospitals.
He said that the government also increased budgetary allocations to health institutions and embarked on training of frontline health workers responsible for the management of COVID-19 cases.
Prof. Akin Osibogun, President, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, said that the theme of the conference was an important issue worthy of deliberations.
Osibogun said that this would enable participants make appropriate recommendations to further strengthen the health care delivery system.
A 66-year-old man living with HIV since the 1980s could be the fourth person cured of the HIV virus that causes AIDS since this global epidemic was discovered.
The story of this man who did not want to reveal his identity was one of the news items shared at the International AIDS Conference, which ended last week in Montreal, Canada.
According to medical sources, the individual known as "the patient from the City of Hope" - alluding to the hospital where he received his antiretroviral treatment - has not contained the virus in his body for more than 17 months, and has already stopped taking it.
Doctors explain that the patient underwent a risky treatment for his leukemia that coincidentally eradicated HIV from his body.
“When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, like many others, I thought it was a death sentence,” said the patient.
“I never thought I would live to see the day when I no longer had HIV.
I am beyond grateful,” he added.
This case joins three others registered in the past, which represents hope for the scientific community that continues to work to find a cure for this global epidemic.
While cures are rare, HIV treatment is available and, with consistent adherence, millions of lives have been saved.
In Mozambique, the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has supported the government's response to HIV and AIDS since 2004.
Since then, nearly $5 billion has been invested in prevention, care and HIV treatment, both clinically and community-based.
based on approaches, which has prevented millions of AIDS deaths.
Today, more than 1.7 million Mozambicans are receiving antiretroviral treatment and are able to lead healthy lives.
PEPFAR and various stakeholders in the national response strive to achieve the UNAIDS target 95 95 95 of controlling the HIV epidemic by 2030.