The Founder of the Love of Christ Church (LOC) Lagos, Rev. Esther Ajayi, said that 182 students were enjoying the scholarship programme of the Church.
Ajayi, a philanthropist and gospel preacher, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.
She addressed the media on plans for the 15th anniversary of the Church and first anniversary of the inauguration of its Cathedral in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both anniversaries, tagged “And it Shall Turn to You a Testimony”, would be held at the LOC’s headquarters in Lagos.
It would feature the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as guest preacher, the cream of gospel musicians, praises, worship and deliverance.
Ajayi, unfolding some strides the Church had made, said it was sponsoring 182 students in mostly private universities in Nigeria.
She said it was part of youth development and corporate social responsibility.
The preacher said that expression of love to others remained a focal point of the Church.
She said she had been a beneficiary of God’s grace and love, changing from a homeless person in London to a person to reckon with in the society.
Ajayi said that extending such love to the indigent in the society was to her a tradition.
“It pains to see others in school while one drops out for lack of resources.
“Today, we have some under our care; these ones will come out tomorrow and become useful to the family and society.
“We are going to increase the number through the Esther Ajayi Foundation, to ensure not one is left behind, and refocus the direction of the younger ones toward nation-building,” she said.
Ajayi expressed dismay over the prolonged Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) industrial action that has kept students at home since Feb. 14. She appealed to the parties involved to reach a compromise and end the strike, to allow students to return to school.
The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), saddled with the responsibility of organising the annual National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST), has inaugurated a Local Organising Committee ( LOC ) to put the event together.
Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, NCAC during the inauguration in Lagos, said serving the nation should be considered a greater honour than material possession.
Runsewe in a statement, urged members of the LOC to bring together new ideas and work as a team to add value to the iconic festival.
He said the festival, which had been slated to hold from Nov. 7 to 13 in Lagos, would have events unfolded at the Teslim Balogun Stadium and the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos.
He said the Lagos and federal governments were working unanimously to ensure a successful festival.
He noted that this was geared towards attracting the attention of the world to the massive socio-economic development of Lagos State and Nigeria in general.
According to him, the involvement of the private sector tourism leadership cannot be over emphasised as they would be seen to market and mobilise stakeholders to the overall benefits of the festival.
Some of the individuals inaugurated in the committee were Mr Nkereweum Onung, National President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN); Mrs Susan Akporiaye, National President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA); Mrs Ime Udo of the National Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) and others.
The Federal Government on Tuesday inaugurated the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD).
A statement by Mr Mohammed Gana, Information Officer II of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, announced this on Monday in Abuja.
Dr Ernest Umakhihe, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, while inaugurating the committee in Abuja, tasked them to address critical issues affecting development and management in the agricultural sector.
Umakhihe said that the 45th regular meeting would hold from Sept. 13 to 17 in Plateau State.
He said agriculture was a critical sector that touched peoples’ livelihoods and needs, adding it deserved all necessary inputs to make it economically efficient, effective to achieve food and nutrition security.
He said that the council was expected to fully explore the possibility of using the unique platform provided by the forthcoming NCARD to develop workable policies and strategies that would enable the ministry to deliver on its mandate to the nation.
The permanent secretary said this was necessary to create sustainable impacts in the agricultural sector of the economy.
” The council will play important role towards enhancing the efforts of the present administration’s agenda of uplifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years and the expectations both the Government and the general populace are high.
He called on the LOC to ensure that everything was put in place for the seamless meeting of the council as well as to track the implementation of the resolutions of the 2021 council meeting, being one of the major priorities.
The Director, Planning and Policy Coordination of the ministry, Mr Ibrahim Bello, thanked Umakhihe for his support and contributions toward the inauguration of the committee.
Bello pledged that the committee would work assiduously to achieve its set objectives.
The terms of reference of the LOC include to put in place necessary arrangements to facilitate successful conduct of the meeting, provide adequate and efficient secretariat to guarantee smooth conduct and accurate documentation of all proceedings.
To adequately supply and distribute conference materials, efficient conduct of participants and any other activities initiated to add value to the event.
It will also prepare and submit to management, progress reports on activities of the committee leading to and after the conduct of the event.
It’s also tasked to ensure adequate publicity for the event and full active participation of stakeholders, among others.
No fewer than 84 players drawn from 15 states will be participating in the maiden edition of LMK Under-15 Badminton Championship in Ilorin.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition’s local organising committee (LOC) was inaugurated on Tuesday at the Kwara State Stadium Complex in Ilorin.
Speaking during the inauguration, Executive Chairman of Kwara State Sports Commission, Bola Mogaji, commended the Chief Executive Officer of LMK Sports Kit Outfit, Abdulfatai Salaudeen, for sponsoring the tournament.
Mogaji noted that the tournament would complement the efforts of the state government in the development of sports at the grassroots.
The Chairman of Kwara State Badminton Association, Suleiman Warrah, while inaugurating the LOC expressed his confidence in the members’ ability to deliver a worthy event.
”These are men of proven integrity and capacity,” he said.
Salaudeen, while speaking, noted that the idea of the championship was borne out of his desire to give back to the society.
“I thank everyone for supporting me from the time we started planning for this event till this moment.
“This competition is just my own little way of giving back to the society and also try as much as possible to discover more talents that will represent the state and country in the nearest future”.
Salaudeen who is a former badminton player said.
Speaking after the LOC’s inauguration, the committee’s Chairman and a former Kwara Director of Sports, Tunde Kazeem, pledged that the championship would be memorable and reflect international standard.
Kazeem, who is also the Technical Director of Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), praised Mogaji for providing an enabling environment for the tournament.
“This is especially in the provision of hostel accommodation for the participating players and the Indoor Sports Hall for the games,” he said.
The championship which will begin on Thursday and end on Saturday will involve singles and doubles matches in both the male and female categories.
NAN reports that apart from cash prizes totaling about two million Naira, there would also be prizes in the form of playing equipment for winners at the championship.
Coal City Football League kicks-off with preliminary stage in Enugu< 2022 edition of the Coal City Football League known as “Boulu Ogbe season three, has kicked off with 14 teams battling in the play-off stage.
In a match played inside the Ngwo Park field, Enugu on Tuesday, Nsukka team overpowered Maryland team by 4-3 while Umuchigbo thrashed Abakpa 3-0 Addressing newsmen after the matches, the Chairman, Local Organisiy Committee (LOC) Donbem Chisom, said the organisers decided to embark of the play-off to reduce the number of participating teams.
Chisom, who is the Chief Executive Officer of GOFEC Movies, said many teams were interested in the edition and that accounted for the play-off.
“Many teams declared interest to participate, hence we need to reduce the number to 16 teams where we can have four group made up of four teams.
“Though, we have teams that have qualified to the group stage based on thier performance at the previous editions.
“From this play-off, we will have teams that will join those teams at the group stage which will start on Sept. 18 at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC) stadium,” he said.
The LOC chairman said that 14 teams were participating at the play-off, adding that the next play off would hold between Trans-Ekuku team and Udi team on Aug. 19. He said that the last match of the play-off would come up on Aug. 26 to give way for preparation to the main competition.
NAN reports that 2022 edition is being sponsored by Betking Nigeria and supported by Enugu State Football Association, Dream FM, Prime Sports and Energy FM.
The Federal Government says hosting the 2022 UNESCO Global Media, Information Literacy (MIL) Week, will help to address the growing trend of fake news, misinformation and hate speech.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of the Local Organising Committee for the event scheduled for Oct. 24 to Oct. 31.The News Agency of Nigeria reports Nigeria was given the hosting mandate for the the global event last year in Paris.
The minister said the decision to give Nigeria the hosting right was a testament tothe fact that the country is a known strong advocate of media and information literacy.
“In 2013, Nigeria successfully hosted the First Global Forum for Partnership on MIL, tagged: Abuja 2013.“This Forum gave birth to the UNESCO MIL Alliance as well as other initiatives, as part of our collective desire to achieve the Media and Information Literacy for all and by all.
“Nigeria’s contributions towards the birth and the growth of MIL, especially in the West African Sub-Region, played a large role in UNESCO’s decision to offer our country the right to host this event,” he said.
Mohammed said the theme of 2022 Global MIL week as approved by UNESCO, is: “Nurturing Trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative.
“He said the theme highlighted how media and information literacy could help in nurturing trust and countering mistrust.
The minister disclosed that the event, to be held at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, would bring together over 193 UNESCO member countries, who will participate physically and virtually.
He said because the event required serious and meticulous planning, members of the Local Organising Committee were carefully selected.
The minister added that Nigeria being the first country in the West African sub-region to host the event, the committee could not afford to fail or disappoint.
He, therefore, charged committee members to bring their wealth of experience and expertise to play in organising a world-class event.
The minister said the LOC would be assisted by nine sub-committees, to be constituted by the committee in its first meeting.
NAN reports that while the minister chairs the 25-member LOC, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Adaora Anyanwutaku, is to serve as the Vice Chairman.
Other members of the committee were drawn from various sectors and agencies, including the public and private sector, academia, security and the media.
Anyanwutaku, in a closing remarks thanked the minister for giving the members the opportunity to serve in the committee.
The Muslims Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Kwara Area Unit, says it will host the 79th National Islamic Vacation Course (NIVC) in Ilorin on Dec. 22nd.
Prof. Badmas Yusuf, the former Dean of Postgraduate Studies, University of Ilorin, announced this on Monday in Ilorin while inaugurating the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the event.
Yusuf said that the MSSN “A” Zone, comprising the 19 Northern States and FCT, decided to stage the weeklong programme, tagged “Kwara 2022”, in Kwara from Aug. 22 to Aug. 28. He explained that the NIVC would hold at two desognated venues within Ilorin metropolis.
“The total number of expected participants is 4,000 in this year’s IVC and the programme is aimed at training and inculcating the Islamic values in the Muslim students, which draws its participants from the 19 Northern States and FCT,” he said.
Badmas also explained that MSSN is synonymous to a platform where Muslim youths are trained.
“In order to continue to fulfill one of the several aims and the objectives of its establishment, hence there is what is called Islamic Vacation Course IVC.
“It is a week-long programme usually in the month of December of every year.
The programme attracts students from primary up to university levels.
“The main activities in the camps, among others, include lectures, ta’alimat, classroom instructions, Da’awah outreach, interactive fora, skills acquisitions as well as the issuance of communique,” he stressed.
According to him, this timeframe is aimed at improving the Muslim skill, creating interaction between Muslims, providing platform wherein Muslim youths will have access to participate in Da’wah activities and receive classroom instructions from different Muslim scholars all over the country.
“The National IVC is to be held in the two zones of the society; namely the ‘’A’’ zone and the ‘’B’’ zone.
“It is on this note, that we are putting in place this Local Organising Committee, which comprises of the men and women of calibre and who have been carefully selected to serve in different capacities.
“LOC is always the engine room to serve and coordinate all the sub-committees in the realisation of the IVC objectives,” he said.
Mallam Abdurrahman Abdulmumin, the Amir of the State MSSN, hadcearlier said this would be first national activity to be hosted by the Area Unit. He described the event as special because LOC is the brain box, engine room and the nucleus of the National IVC, a programme which is fondly regarded as Muslim Students’ Hajj. “The event is also special because it is indeed a prelude for the birth of several positive developments in the history of the MSSN, Kwara State Area Unit,” he stated.
Abdulmumin explained further that the event was special because it serves as a bridge between losing long lost connections of the constituent members of the big MSSN family.
Responding, Dr Abubakar Ayinla, the LOC Chairman, pledged to put in their best to have successful camping, by Allah’s grace.
Sidelines of the event included the inauguration of the 26 LOC members to coordinate and ensure the successful hosting of the event in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the members of the LOC included Dr Abubakar Ayinla as Chairman, Prof. Abdullateef Oladimeji as the Secretary and Prof. Mahfouz Adedimeji, Vice Chancellor, Ahman Patigi University, member.
The first group of Ukrainian athletes and coaches being supported to continue their sports life in spite of ongoing Russian invasion of their country departed on Thursday for the U.S.
The departure is ahead of their participation in next month’s World Athletics Championships holding at Eugene in Oregon, U.S.
Global athletics ruling body World Athletics is distributing more than 220,000 U.S. dollars to support Ukrainian athletes preparing for the World Championships and the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.
This was in response to the crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
World Athletics, the Member Meetings of Diamond League Association and the International Athletics Foundation had launched a Ukraine Fund in April.
It was with the purpose of assisting professional athletes, immediate family members and their support personnel affected by Russia’s invasion of their home country.
This was in addition to a Solidarity Fund established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in February.
The IOC Solidarity Fund has already allocated about 2.5 million U.S. dollars to the Ukrainian Olympic Community and sports movement.
Both funds have enabled the Ukrainian Federation to pay a significant portion of the cost of training camps and competition across Europe for athletes preparing for these major events.
Also, a number of European National Olympic Committees, in coordination with the IOC, have provided support too.
The Athletics Ukraine Fund is now being used to fund the entire Ukrainian delegation’s attendance in Oregon.
So far 53 athletes, 25 coaches and officials, and 18 family members including children have received assistance from the Fund.
With the support of the IOC, the Fund will also ensure the Ukrainian team’s attendance at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali in August.
The IOC and European Athletics also assisted with training camps in Europe.
Equally, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee is providing additional support for athletes attending a training camp in California leading into the World Championships.
Commenting on this development, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “I am grateful and proud of the way the athletics community and the Olympic community have come together to support the Ukrainian Federation as they try to keep as many athletes as they can in training and competition.
“My thanks go to everyone involved for their support as these athletes prepare to represent their country while the war continues.”
Iolanta Khropach, General Secretary of the Ukrainian Athletic Association, was also full of praises for the support.
She said the federation was extremely grateful for the support of the combined athletics organisations and the IOC who came immediately to their aid after the invasion.
“They help our athletes to train and compete,” she said. “Without this support, it just would not be possible.
“This is more than just having good facilities and possibility to perform at World Championships and other events. World Athletics, European Athletics and the IOC have helped to save the lives of our athletes.
“Many Ukrainian athletes now defend our country with weapons in their hands. Our sports infrastructure is destroyed.”
Khropach recalled that World Athletics was one of the first sports organisations in the world that banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials.
“We appreciate it so much and believe in World Athletics’ strong position in the future.
“We are grateful to World Athletics and the IOC, as well as to every federation, LOC, other organisations, and individuals supporting us during these challenging times.
“Now we feel like never before that we are a true athletics family.”
The organisations who have made generous contributions to the Ukraine Fund including Members of the Diamond League Association, the International Athletics Foundation, the IOC, USOPC and PWC France Sport Challenge.
The fund can receive additional contributions at any time until fund closure which is set for Dec. 31 in 2023, with funding per beneficiary being allocated on a needs-basis.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila lit the torch of the Nigerian University Games (NUGA) 2022 at the University of Lagos Sports Center (UNILAG), Akoka on Saturday amid fanfare.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the start of the 26th NUGA was marked by the opening ceremony at the hosts' Sports Village.
The opening ceremony also saw the march past the universities, while students from the UNILAG Staff School also performed a calisthenics and dance session.
Other dignitaries apart from Gbajabiamila included the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, while Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State was represented.
Also present on the occasion were GTco Director General Segun Agbaje, UNILAG Pro-Chancellor Dr. Olanrewaju Tejuoso, Prof. Stephen Hamafyelto and UNILAG Vice Chancellor Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
In his welcome speech, Gbajabiamila described sport as a true tool for unification between different ethnic backgrounds and religions.
“We have men and women here who are ready to show their talents like I did in years past, when I was a student at UNILAG.
“Nearly 78 universities and more than 10,000 athletes and officials are gathered here because sport is a universal language understood along lines.
“In the next few days, we will see the evolution of the talents and I have no doubts about the university that will come out on top, my only concern is the university that will be in second place.
“Sure, we know that 'Lagos don't dey carry last'. Also, I have seen sport as a means of development and unity, bringing everyone together,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, Ogundipe, pointed out that, as hosts, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) had done everything necessary to guarantee the success of the games.
“Today, we stand at the threshold of history to start the 26th NUGA and the fourth of its kind organized by UNILAG.
“We are here today because UNILAG believes in NUGA's mission to provide fertile ground for the emergence of well-rounded graduates, who are equipped for strong service to the nation, the continent and the world at large.
"That is why we spared no effort in preparing for this day by working diligently and 24 hours a day through our LOC, we did everything possible to mobilize human, official and material resources to guarantee a remarkable event," he said.
Ogundipe added: “Our sports facilities have been upgraded to a world-class standard so that our young athletes have a platform to showcase their talents without hindrance.
"Arrangements have been made to ensure that all participants in the games feel comfortable and that their experiences are positively unforgettable," he said.
NUGA President Prof. Hamafyelto remarked that NUGA 2022 would be the biggest university sports competition in recent times.
“I have no doubt that the experience we will gather here will long remain in our memories, as you will agree with me that Lagos, being the sixth largest city in the world in terms of population, is known for its youthful vibrancy in the sport business.
"Lagos, for many of the participants, is a destination for tourism, business and education," he said.
The Provost, Dr. Tejuoso, invited the participants to take advantage of the sports festival to develop mentally.
Likewise, Minister Sunday Dare, in his message of goodwill, encouraged young people to enjoy the various games of the university competition.
The events for NUGA 2022 are football, athletics, badminton, hockey, cricket, chess, judo, swimming, karate, squash, handball, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, basketball and boxing.
Kalkaba Malboum also paid a solidarity tribute to the Vice President of the LOC, Mr. Vivian Gungaram, who established all the technical structures.PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, Jan. 19, 2022/APO Group/ --
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the African Athletics Confederation (AAC) and the Mauritius Athletics Association (MAA) regarding the terms and conditions for the organization of the 22nd African Athletics Championships, was signed, this morning, in Côte d'Or National Sports Complex.
The signing of the MoU was followed by a joint press conference by the Minister for Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, Mr. Jean Christophe Stephan Toussaint; the president of the AAC, Mr. Hamad Kalkaba Malboum; the President of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Mr. Giandev Moteea; and, the Director of the AAC, Mr. Lamine Faty.
At the beginning, Minister Toussaint expressed his wish that the President of the AAC and his delegation are satisfied with the progress of the preparations for these championships. He added that several Officials from his Ministry were working hard as part of the LOC to help in case any obstacles arose and reiterated that the Government was committed to making this event a great success to revive athletics on the African continent.
Mr. Toussaint highlighted that the standard for this competition would be very high as a number of high level and world class athletes were going to participate in the event. He called on the press to share regular updates on the championships to get the population involved and make this event a success and also invited sponsors in Mauritius or elsewhere to be a part of this great adventure.
For his part, the president of the AAC expressed his satisfaction with the result of this ongoing project that began several months ago with the aim of establishing the official and regulatory framework for the organization of these championships to be held in June 2022. He stressed that The agreement that was signed united the two parties and would help the implementation of the measures described in the documents.
According to him, there was no doubt that the upcoming event would be a success as the highest authorities he met during his brief visit, namely the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr. Prithvirajsing Roopun and the Minister for Empowerment of Youth, Sports and Recreation, formally assured him of his commitment to the realization of this event. “Mauritius”, declared Mr. Kalkaba Malboum, “has always been there whenever the need for assistance has arisen and again, through these competitions, it will inspire the whole of Africa to revive its sporting culture”.
Mr. Kalkaba Malboum also paid a tribute of support to the Vice President of the LOC, Mr. Vivian Gungaram, who established all the technical structures that allowed the organization of this event in a professional manner. Speaking of the Côte d'Or National Sports Complex, he stressed that it is a state-of-the-art infrastructure, which meets all the requirements related to athletics, that is, a proper athletics track with a high-quality warm-up field. Regarding the hotel reserved for accommodation, the president of the AAC indicated that it is well located and well equipped and will guarantee a pleasant stay for the athletes.
Mr. Kalkaba Malboum highlighted that Africa's youth represented more than 65% of the population and needed the right environment and infrastructure to express themselves.
For his part, Moteea thanked the president of the AAC and the Confederation for entrusting the organization of these championships to Mauricio. “This expression of goodwill, even though we are under pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, is greatly appreciated,” he added.
During the three-day visit of the President of the AAC and his delegation, several activities were carried out, including courtesy visits to eminent personalities; signing of the agreement between the AAC and the MAA on the terms and conditions for the organization of the championships; unveiling of the logo of the championships; inspection of accommodation and competition venues; and work sessions with the president and members of the LOC.