Two late goals by Moses Omoduemuke ensured visiting Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan drew 2-2 with Rangers International of Enugu on Saturday in Awka.
The home draw meant the hosts failed to gain valuable ground on their 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rivals in the race for the competition’s third position.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Omoduemuke’s 73rd and 88th minutes goals cancelled out strikes by Shedrack Asiegbu and Chidiebere in the 46th and 55th minutes respectively.
The result meant Rangers stayed fourth on the log behind Remo Stars Football Club of Ikenne in third place, with each of them on 53 points.
This may mean that the 1977 African Cup Winners Cup champions may not be having a return next season to the competition now known as the CAF Confederation Cup.
Remo Stars are likely to build a gap when they host fifth-placed Enyimba International of Aba on Sunday, while Enyimba can even leapfrog Rangers if they win in Ikenne.
Sixth-placed Kwara United who host Nasarawa United of Lafia on Sunday in Ilorin can do same if they win.
Eighth-placed Akwa United of Uyo can move up if they beat hosts Wikki Tourists on Sunday too.
Seventh-placed Sunshine Stars of Akure seem to be out of the reckoning for now, after a 0-1 loss to hosts Heartland Football Club of Owerri who are in the 18th place.
Abia Warriors of Umuahia did their campaign a lot of good with a 3-2 win over Gombe United, while Dakkada FC beat visiting Katsina FC 2-0 in Uyo.
Other Match Day 36 fixtures slated for Sunday will see title winners Rivers United of Port Harcourt hosting Kano Pillars, while MFM FC of Lagos will host Niger Tornadoes of Minna.
Second-placed Plateau United of Jos should have their hands full as they host relegation-threatened Lobi Stars of Makurdi.
But knowing a win will cement their position and the 20222023 CAF Champions League ticket, there may be no surprises.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Katsina State has expressed concern over the poor turnout of residents registering for the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in the newly established 1,750 polling units.
Alhaji Jibril Zarewa, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Katsina.
He said that one year after the commencement of PVC registration, there was a poor turnout of people for registration in the newly established polling units.
According to Zarewa, “In May 2022 when we did analysis, we realised out of the 1,750 newly established polling units, about 1,200 units did not have more than 50 people who registered in each of them.
“This registration involved transfers. Some of the polling units have zero registration, some have only one, some five while some have not more than 50 people who registered.
“Although this can be attributed to the suspension of telecommunication networks in 17 of the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs) for about five months due to the security problem.
“Since the resumption of the exercise in March, out of the 1,750 polling units created, about 1,200 don’t have up to 50 people that registered in each of them.
“We are appealing to the people of those areas where the new polling units were created to go and register, as INEC is always ready for them.
“The reasons for the creation of additional polling units is to serve the areas and decongest the congested polling units through the transfer of their polling units, he said.
He disclosed that initially there were 4,902 polling units in the state but with the creation of the additional ones, there are 6,652 polling units at present.
Zarewa explained that the collection of the PVCs is appreciable, saying towards the 2019 election, INEC had to stop the issuance of the PVCs.
“As at that time, we had about three per cent of our cards collected, which means out of the 3.230 million PVCs, we had, just about 50,000 not collected.
“As of Jan. 12, 2022, we have taken 53,000 from the headquarters, and just a few days ago, we have taken an additional 20,000 for people who made corrections.”
Federal Government says it will deliver section III, of the Kano-Zaria Road, part of the North-West Roads under construction by the 1st quarter of March 2023.Mr Folorunsho Esan, the Director, Highway Construction and Rehabilitation, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMWH), disclosed this during inspection of the project on Friday in Kano.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the inspection is part of a two-day event which began from the 199.50 kilometres Kaduna-Pambeguwa-Jos road currently at 18 per cent completion.Also inspected were the sections II and III, of the Kaduna-Zaria Road and Rehabilitation of 64.600 kilometres Zaria-Gusau-Sokoto-Birnin-Kebbi road, Funtua-Zaria Section.While at the inspection, Esan expressed satisfaction with the work of the contractors, adding that the project would be delivered according to schedule.“The section III with a length of 137 kilometres was handed over to contractors on June 26, 2018 and work commenced on July 12, 2018 from Daka Tsalle.“I’m so impressed with the level of work and even the quality too, because if you have not traveled up to this point, you will think the contractor is not working, so what I’ve seen so far today I’m so impressed,” Esan said.On the challenge of the shoulders of the roads being converted to car wash and parking lots, the director urged those carrying out these acts to desist from it.He called on law enforcement agents to do their jobs by stopping such people so that the roads could be durable and live up to its expected life span.Esan added that the length of road handed over and opened to traffic by contractors were right hand side carriageway Kano-bound 60.66 kilometres while the left hand side carriageway Zaria-bound was 64.80 kilometres.On his part, the Project Manager of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, handlers of the project, Mr Finn Drosdowski appealed to stakeholders to be patient for best results.“The challenges always come if you do construction work because you know we close one side of the road, and only the other side is opened for the public. So, I want to appeal to all stakeholders to bear with us for the inconvenience.“I can promise like the director said, we will finish this road from Zaria to Kano in the first quarter of next year and then the traffic will be released then everybody can enjoy the much more wider road,” Drosdowski said.NAN reports that the road was contracted at the cost of N73.875 billion. Included in the inspection of the North-West Roads was the Kano Western Bye-pass involving a 26.6-kilometre dual-carriageway.It starts from Naibawa kilometres 10 on the Kano-Kaduna road and ends at Dawanau village kilometres 15 on the Kano-Katsina road. The contract is an extension of dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri Road.Mr Roy Hungushi, the Project Manger of Kano Western Bye-pass, said the the work was in progress but appealed for an extension of the contract to 2024.“Some of the challenges we face during construction include raining season, high cost of materials and blasting services and delay in SUSUK fund payment,” he said.The contract sum which was reviewed upward stands at N22.7 billion and the contractor is Messrs Dantata and Sawoe Nig Ltd .(
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday received 98 Nigerians stranded from Agadez in Niger Republic.
The NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, said this while receiving the returnees in Kano.
Abdullahi said that the returnees were brought back to Kano in three luxury buses under the care of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from Agadez.
“The returnees were brought back through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated,’’ he said.
He said that the returnees included 81males adult, six females adult and 11 children (three females and eight males).
According to him, the returnees are from different parts of the country, some from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Edo, amongst other states.
“The returnees will be trained for four days to be self-reliant and will be given a grant,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were given blankets, toiletries, clothes and food.
Abdullahi urged Nigerians to avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek greener pastures in other countries.
Fatima Shittu, a Returnee, a Widow and Mother of four from Kaduna State, said she travelled to Algeria for greener pasture with her four kids.
“Me and my children are suffering; that was why I decided to seek for greener pasture,” she said.
Another Returnee, Auwal Shittu from Kano State, said before he travelled, he was selling recharge card.
“My father is dead and I have four of my siblings to take care; that was why I decided to travel to Libya to search for greener pasture,’’ Shittu said.
NAN reports that the agency had on May 21, received 129 Nigerians stranded from Agadez.
NAN reports that the returnees were received by NEMA, other sister security agencies, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Nigerian Red Cross. (
An Environmentalist, Mr Yahaya Muhammad, has lamented the increasing practice of using ’interlocks’ or ‘tiles’ as gains planting of grass in houses.
News Agency of Nigeria Correspondent observes that most households, especially the elites, have resorted to the use of cement interlocks in their compounds and premises to prevent such compounds from being muddy or water-logged during rainy season.
Similarly, its has also become the practice by most government agencies and ministries nationwide, to decorate certain portion of streets or highways, using interlocks, instead of planting green grass in those places.
Mr. Yahaya Muhammed, who is the Controller-General of a Kaduna-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), ‘Safety Awareness and Environmental Support Initiative’ (SAESI), made the observation while responding to News Agency of Nigeria survey on the need to fast-track re-afforestation efforts to secure the environment.
He observed that such practice amounted to ‘short-changing the environment’ as the the application of grass had double advantage of being environment- friendly, as well as preventing mud in compounds and surroundings.
He lamented that modernisation had taken over the thought of people who hardly had time to reflect on the effect of the shift from ‘grass’ to ‘interlocks’, on the environment.
“Most people now do not appreciate the wisdom of planting and nurturing grass on the floor of their compounds and surroundings as part of the measures to check their environment from being muddy during the rainy season
“ The vogue now is to spend huge amount on interlock blocks and tiles, as against the use of grass.
“Whereas the interlocks prevent the washing away of the surface only, the green grass absorbs water naturally, preventing erosion, in addition to serving the medical purpose of sharpening the eyes, as confirmed by health experts,” Muhammed said.
He also described as ‘worrisome’ , the level at which people in African countries, especially Nigeria, were deforesting, attributing this development to lack of affordable alternative source of energy for cooking, especially in the country side where most people relied on fire wood.
Muhammed stressed that drastic sensitisation was needed to encourage re-afforestation to enable Nigerians understand and appreciate the benefits of planting trees.
“One critical reason which most people are not aware of, is that the carbon dioxide we breathe is being absorbed by trees and these plants release oxygen in return, which we breath to survive.
“The moment we make people understand that they are endangering their lives by cutting down trees, the better for all of us as people will now appreciate the dangers of tree felling and advantage of planting trees.
“We are happy that Kaduna state government has made it mandatory for people building houses to plants tress to secure the environment”, Muhammed said.
Also, Mrs Gloria Kasang, an Environmental Activist and the Executive Director of an NGO, ‘Bridge That Gap Initiative’, stressed the importance of forest resources as source of food, medicine and furniture, among others.
She said relentless awareness and sensitisation campaign was needed to protect forest resources from the threat posed by human activities.
She explained that the need for reforestation was to sustain the ecosystem, and therefore advocated for the vigorous implementation of all forest management, conservation and tree planting programmes.
“Our biodiversity is very important to us; we must also look at other ways of mitigating climate change, ways of adaptation, and ways of combating desertification, with all hands being on deck to achieve success,”Kasang said.
In his contribution, Mr Richard Nzekwu, Climate Change Specialist with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Katsina, Katsina State, said the fast disappearance of some species of trees and forest around the Savannah region of country, was worrisome.
Speaking during a sensitisation exercise in Katsina, Nzekwu said enlightenment of communities on the dangers of tree- felling, was paramount.
He noted that the soil had been degraded due to bad agricultural practices, including bush-burning and cutting down of trees.
“It is therefore incumbent on us to always plant new trees around us and also desist from felling those in existence to secure our environment”, he admonished
On its part, Zamfara State Government said it had concluded arrangements to plant one million trees as part of efforts at fighting desert encroachment and soil erosion
The State Deputy Governor, Sen. Hassan Nasiha, told NAN in Gusau that the exercise would involve the collaboration of NGOs in the state.
Nasiha said that government had already signed memorandum of understanding with the NGOs to ensure complete raising of the planted trees.
“As one of the front-line desert states in Nigeria, with its 50 per cent landmass under threat of desertification, coupled with soil degradation, occasioned by annual flooding during rainy seasons, it has become necessary to take proactive measures”, he said.
He argued that climate change was a major driving force to armed banditry bedeviling the state, adding that the menace was the resultant effect of the taking over of pastoralists’ grazing reserves, water and resting points.
He stressed that the state government was now channelling resources to address all the challenges, including the establishment of modern pastoral settlements known as RUGA.
According to him, the state government has already keyed into the World Bank- funded Agro Climatic Resilience of Semi-Arid LandscapesProgramme, which has desertification control and landscape management as one of its components.
In Kano, the State Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Getso, said the state government had launched tree planting campaign in May for planting of over 2 million tree seedlings.
Also, in a related development, the African Desertification Control Institute (ADCI), said that it would plant about 1, 600 indigenous trees to complement efforts at curtailing desertification in Kano State.
Country Director of the Institute, Dr Danladi Dahiru, said that the institute had already reserved four hectares to be used for the project, noting that a lot of indigenous trees were gradually going into extinction.
The country director observed that such indigenous trees had slow growth rate, saying the institute intended conducting research with a view to enhancing their growth.
On his part, an Environmental Expert in Sokoto, Malam Auwal Musa, reminded stakeholders of the warning contained in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, that global temperatures needed to be checked from rising.
“Subsequently, tree planting is recognised as one of the most engaging, environmentally friendly activities that people can take part in to make the earth habitable for humans.
“Trees provide a multitude of benefits, both long and short term, as well as being attractive aesthetically.
“They remove and store carbon from the atmosphere, slow heavy rain and so reduce the risk of flooding, enhance air quality and improve the urban heat island effect by reflecting sunlight and providing shade.
“In addition, the physical weight of a tree consists of approximately 50 per cent carbon; as such trees have a strong climate change mitigation effect when in high enough number,” he said.
Musa added that the process of reforestation is not only needed to address desertification, but a necessity towards reducing the risks and vulnerability to flood hazard.
Mr Hayatu Bawa, Kebbi State Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, told NAN that as part of the state government’s efforts to tackle flood and deforestation, it distributed 40,000 seedlings of economic tress to serve as economic venture and reinforce the fight against desert encroachment and flooding.
“Recently, we distributed 40,000 assorted seedlings of mango, paw-paw, banana, date palm, moringa, guava, orange and cashew to all the 21 Local Government Caretaker Committee members for distribution to farmers and other interested persons to plant and nurture to maturity.
“Also, Kebbi state has 20 forest reserves throughout the state but unfortunately, some persons engaging in charcoal business have depleted such reserves”, he lamented.
The commissioner appealed to the State Government to employ more staff as Forest Ranger to check unnecessary felling of trees in the forest.
In his contribution, Coordinator of Kebbi State office of National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency (NESREA), Alhaji Nasiru Hassan, said his office had warned construction firms against illegal felling of trees.
He said the acts had exposed the state to the menace of deforestation and desertification.
“We will not hesitate to enforce environmental laws aimed at minimizing desert encroachment and other environmental hazards that ravage the state and country”, he warned.