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  •   The Basketball Africa League BAL the production and distribution house Fremantle the award winning producer of TRUE DETECTIVE Richard Brown and sports marketing company Infront have teamed up to produce an original documentary series tracing the history of the founding and inaugural season of BAL a new professional league of 12 African clubs which will kick off on Sunday May 16 in Kigali Rwanda The series will be directed by South African director Tebogo Malope The BAL is the result of a partnership between the National Basketball Association NBA www NBA com and the International Basketball Federation FIBA and marks the first NBA collaboration to manage a league outside North America North The first BAL finals will take place on Sunday May 30 This historic documentary series tells the story of African players coaches and teams and their preparations to participate in the first season of BAL Each episode will highlight the passion and ambition behind this Pan African basketball league and the people who have worked tirelessly to change the sporting landscape of the African continent through this historic initiative Filming for the series has started in several countries The series was designed by Tebogo Malope in collaboration with executive producer Richard Brown award winning director Fisher Stevens THE TIGER KING PALMER THE ANSE and acclaimed Nigerian director producer Akin Omotoso who is currently filming THE GREEK FREAK for Disney a feature film on the life of Giannis Antetokounmpo born in Greece to Nigerian parents twice elected NBA MVP Anthony Scheinman and Christian Vesper will also be executive producers for Infront and Fremantle respectively The partners will work together on global distribution plans Additional distribution information will be communicated as it becomes available Hosted at Fremantle and produced in an exclusive partnership with BAL the documentary series is part of Fremantle s exclusive multi year agreement with Passenger Richard Brown s production company Amadou Gallo Fall president of the BAL We are honored to partner with famous producers and visionary filmmakers to tell the story of the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League The BAL will transform the fate of basketball and sport in general in Africa and this project will immortalize this historic moment for generations to come Tebogo Malope director I am particularly enthusiastic about this projectt car reAfrican narrators hold thes reins of their own history Mto be in scene this series with famous producers like Richard Brown Fisher Stevens and the BAL symbolize the better definition of globalization and it s a dream come true for me Richard Brown Executive Producer I couldn t imagine a more exciting and memorable project From the start of filming the myriad of stories from the cultures and personalities that make up the Basketball Africa League turned out to be absolutely fascinating and the way of telling them from Tebogo Malope a filmmaker promising with immense talent can only magnify them Tebogo Malope is the South African director who directed QUEEN SONO Netflix s first African original series He is currently completing a feature length documentary telling the story of Siya Kolisi the first black captain of the South African national rugby team Tebogo Malope has also produced numerous award winning commercials Richard Brown was the soul of TRUE DETECTIVE the world famous HBO anthology series he was the executive producer for all three seasons of this multi award winning and critically acclaimed series Richard Brown designed and produced the successful limited series CATCH 22 starring George Clooney Kyle Chandler Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie broadcast by Hulu Sky Italia Channel 4 He is also known to have produced the drama series KING OUTSIDE THE LAW from Netflix directed by David Mackenzie starring Chris Pine in the lead role He currently produces THIS SCEPTRED ISLAND the 5 part Fremantle and Sky series directed by Michael Winterbottom starring Kenneth Branagh as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Fisher Stevens who appears several times in the series SUCCESSION distributed by HBO recently directed PALM for Apple starring Justin Timberlake He was the executive producer of TIGER KING for Netflix the director of the documentary on Formula E electric motorsport titled AND WE GO GREEN for Hulu and BEFORE THE FLOOD for National Geographic and producer of the Oscar winning documentary THE ANSE Born in Nigeria Akin Omotoso is a renowned South Africa based director who has produced and directed award winning films such as MAN ON THE GROUND Official selection of the 2011 Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals and VAYA distributed by Array Toronto 2017 The table below shows the 12 teams from the 12 African countries participating in the inaugural BAL season PAID TEAM Algeria GSP Groupement Sportif des P troliers https bit ly 3t40qGZ Angola Petro de Luanda Clube Atl tico Petroleos de Luanda https bit ly 3sUevqJ Cameroon FAP Armed Forces and Police Basketball https bit ly 3vrrKAU Egypt Zamalek https bit ly 3dYB6Ov Madagascar GNBC National Gendarmerie Basketball Club https bit ly 3xz2s5M Mali AS Police National Police Sport Association https bit ly 3nu1h2K Morocco AS Sal Association Sportive de Sal https bit ly 32W6res Mozambique Ferrovi rio de Maputo https bit ly 3xEmFHp Nigeria Rivers Hoopers Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club https bit ly 3vi4x3Y Rwanda Patriots BBC Patriots Basketball Club https bit ly 3vmwDuX Senegal AS Douanes Association Sportive des Douanes https bit ly 3eExwbo Tunisia United States Monastir Union Sportive Monastirienne https bit ly 3tZtv7P Champion of the national league having obtained his participation in the inaugural season of the BAL Participation in the inaugural BAL season obtained through a BAL qualifier tournament https bit ly 3sXwBrJ
    Basketball Africa League, Fremantle and Passenger Team Up For Historic Documentary Series
      The Basketball Africa League BAL the production and distribution house Fremantle the award winning producer of TRUE DETECTIVE Richard Brown and sports marketing company Infront have teamed up to produce an original documentary series tracing the history of the founding and inaugural season of BAL a new professional league of 12 African clubs which will kick off on Sunday May 16 in Kigali Rwanda The series will be directed by South African director Tebogo Malope The BAL is the result of a partnership between the National Basketball Association NBA www NBA com and the International Basketball Federation FIBA and marks the first NBA collaboration to manage a league outside North America North The first BAL finals will take place on Sunday May 30 This historic documentary series tells the story of African players coaches and teams and their preparations to participate in the first season of BAL Each episode will highlight the passion and ambition behind this Pan African basketball league and the people who have worked tirelessly to change the sporting landscape of the African continent through this historic initiative Filming for the series has started in several countries The series was designed by Tebogo Malope in collaboration with executive producer Richard Brown award winning director Fisher Stevens THE TIGER KING PALMER THE ANSE and acclaimed Nigerian director producer Akin Omotoso who is currently filming THE GREEK FREAK for Disney a feature film on the life of Giannis Antetokounmpo born in Greece to Nigerian parents twice elected NBA MVP Anthony Scheinman and Christian Vesper will also be executive producers for Infront and Fremantle respectively The partners will work together on global distribution plans Additional distribution information will be communicated as it becomes available Hosted at Fremantle and produced in an exclusive partnership with BAL the documentary series is part of Fremantle s exclusive multi year agreement with Passenger Richard Brown s production company Amadou Gallo Fall president of the BAL We are honored to partner with famous producers and visionary filmmakers to tell the story of the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League The BAL will transform the fate of basketball and sport in general in Africa and this project will immortalize this historic moment for generations to come Tebogo Malope director I am particularly enthusiastic about this projectt car reAfrican narrators hold thes reins of their own history Mto be in scene this series with famous producers like Richard Brown Fisher Stevens and the BAL symbolize the better definition of globalization and it s a dream come true for me Richard Brown Executive Producer I couldn t imagine a more exciting and memorable project From the start of filming the myriad of stories from the cultures and personalities that make up the Basketball Africa League turned out to be absolutely fascinating and the way of telling them from Tebogo Malope a filmmaker promising with immense talent can only magnify them Tebogo Malope is the South African director who directed QUEEN SONO Netflix s first African original series He is currently completing a feature length documentary telling the story of Siya Kolisi the first black captain of the South African national rugby team Tebogo Malope has also produced numerous award winning commercials Richard Brown was the soul of TRUE DETECTIVE the world famous HBO anthology series he was the executive producer for all three seasons of this multi award winning and critically acclaimed series Richard Brown designed and produced the successful limited series CATCH 22 starring George Clooney Kyle Chandler Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie broadcast by Hulu Sky Italia Channel 4 He is also known to have produced the drama series KING OUTSIDE THE LAW from Netflix directed by David Mackenzie starring Chris Pine in the lead role He currently produces THIS SCEPTRED ISLAND the 5 part Fremantle and Sky series directed by Michael Winterbottom starring Kenneth Branagh as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Fisher Stevens who appears several times in the series SUCCESSION distributed by HBO recently directed PALM for Apple starring Justin Timberlake He was the executive producer of TIGER KING for Netflix the director of the documentary on Formula E electric motorsport titled AND WE GO GREEN for Hulu and BEFORE THE FLOOD for National Geographic and producer of the Oscar winning documentary THE ANSE Born in Nigeria Akin Omotoso is a renowned South Africa based director who has produced and directed award winning films such as MAN ON THE GROUND Official selection of the 2011 Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals and VAYA distributed by Array Toronto 2017 The table below shows the 12 teams from the 12 African countries participating in the inaugural BAL season PAID TEAM Algeria GSP Groupement Sportif des P troliers https bit ly 3t40qGZ Angola Petro de Luanda Clube Atl tico Petroleos de Luanda https bit ly 3sUevqJ Cameroon FAP Armed Forces and Police Basketball https bit ly 3vrrKAU Egypt Zamalek https bit ly 3dYB6Ov Madagascar GNBC National Gendarmerie Basketball Club https bit ly 3xz2s5M Mali AS Police National Police Sport Association https bit ly 3nu1h2K Morocco AS Sal Association Sportive de Sal https bit ly 32W6res Mozambique Ferrovi rio de Maputo https bit ly 3xEmFHp Nigeria Rivers Hoopers Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club https bit ly 3vi4x3Y Rwanda Patriots BBC Patriots Basketball Club https bit ly 3vmwDuX Senegal AS Douanes Association Sportive des Douanes https bit ly 3eExwbo Tunisia United States Monastir Union Sportive Monastirienne https bit ly 3tZtv7P Champion of the national league having obtained his participation in the inaugural season of the BAL Participation in the inaugural BAL season obtained through a BAL qualifier tournament https bit ly 3sXwBrJ
    Basketball Africa League, Fremantle and Passenger Team Up For Historic Documentary Series
    Africa1 year ago

    Basketball Africa League, Fremantle and Passenger Team Up For Historic Documentary Series

    The Basketball Africa League (BAL), the production and distribution house Fremantle, the award-winning producer of TRUE DETECTIVE Richard Brown and sports marketing company Infront have teamed up to produce an original documentary series tracing the history of the founding and inaugural season of BAL, a new professional league of 12 African clubs which will kick off on Sunday, May 16 in Kigali, Rwanda. The series will be directed by South African director Tebogo Malope.

    The BAL is the result of a partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) (www.NBA.com) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and marks the first NBA collaboration to manage a league outside North America. North. The first BAL finals will take place on Sunday May 30.

    This historic documentary series tells the story of African players, coaches and teams and their preparations to participate in the first season of BAL. Each episode will highlight the passion and ambition behind this Pan-African basketball league and the people who have worked tirelessly to change the sporting landscape of the African continent through this historic initiative. Filming for the series has started in several countries.

    The series was designed by Tebogo Malope in collaboration with executive producer Richard Brown, award-winning director Fisher Stevens (THE TIGER KING, PALMER, THE ANSE), and acclaimed Nigerian director / producer Akin Omotoso, who is currently filming THE GREEK FREAK for Disney + a feature film on the life of Giannis Antetokounmpo (born in Greece to Nigerian parents), twice elected NBA MVP.

    Anthony Scheinman and Christian Vesper will also be executive producers for Infront and Fremantle, respectively. The partners will work together on global distribution plans. Additional distribution information will be communicated as it becomes available.

    Hosted at Fremantle and produced in an exclusive partnership with BAL, the documentary series is part of Fremantle's exclusive multi-year agreement with Passenger, Richard Brown's production company.

    Amadou Gallo Fall, president of the BAL:

    “We are honored to partner with famous producers and visionary filmmakers to tell the story of the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League. The BAL will transform the fate of basketball and sport in general in Africa, and this project will immortalize this historic moment for generations to come. "

    Tebogo Malope, director:

    “I am particularly enthusiastic about this projectt car reAfrican narrators hold thes reins of their own history. Mto be in scene this series with famous producers like Richard Brown, Fisher Stevens and the BAL, symbolize the better definition of globalization, and it's a dream come true for me. "

    Richard Brown, Executive Producer:

    “I couldn't imagine a more exciting and memorable project. From the start of filming, the myriad of stories from the cultures and personalities that make up the Basketball Africa League turned out to be absolutely fascinating, and the way of telling them from Tebogo Malope, a filmmaker. promising with immense talent, can only magnify them. "

    Tebogo Malope is the South African director who directed QUEEN SONO, Netflix's first African original series. He is currently completing a feature-length documentary telling the story of Siya Kolisi, the first black captain of the South African national rugby team. Tebogo Malope has also produced numerous award-winning commercials.

    Richard Brown was the soul of TRUE DETECTIVE, the world-famous HBO anthology series; he was the executive producer for all three seasons of this multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed series. Richard Brown designed and produced the successful limited series CATCH-22 starring George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie, broadcast by Hulu / Sky Italia / Channel 4. He is also known to have produced the drama series KING OUTSIDE THE LAW from Netflix, directed by David Mackenzie, starring Chris Pine in the lead role. He currently produces THIS SCEPTRED ISLAND, the 5-part Fremantle and Sky series, directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Kenneth Branagh as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    Fisher Stevens, who appears several times in the series SUCCESSION distributed by HBO, recently directed PALM for Apple, starring Justin Timberlake. He was the executive producer of TIGER KING for Netflix, the director of the documentary on Formula E (electric motorsport) titled AND WE GO GREEN for Hulu, and BEFORE THE FLOOD for National Geographic, and producer of the Oscar-winning documentary THE ANSE.

    Born in Nigeria, Akin Omotoso is a renowned South Africa-based director who has produced and directed award-winning films such as MAN ON THE GROUND (Official selection of the 2011 Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals) and VAYA, distributed by Array (Toronto 2017).

    The table below shows the 12 teams from the 12 African countries participating in the inaugural BAL season:

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    TEAM

    Algeria

    GSP (Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers) (https://bit.ly/3t40qGZ) **

    Angola

    Petro de Luanda (Clube Atlético Petroleos de Luanda) (https://bit.ly/3sUevqJ) *

    Cameroon

    FAP (Armed Forces and Police Basketball) (https://bit.ly/3vrrKAU) **

    Egypt

    Zamalek (https://bit.ly/3dYB6Ov)*

    Madagascar

    GNBC (National Gendarmerie Basketball Club) (https://bit.ly/3xz2s5M) **

    Mali

    AS Police (National Police Sport Association) (https://bit.ly/3nu1h2K) **

    Morocco

    AS Salé (Association Sportive de Salé) (https://bit.ly/32W6res) *

    Mozambique

    Ferroviàrio de Maputo (https://bit.ly/3xEmFHp) **

    Nigeria

    Rivers Hoopers (Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club) (https://bit.ly/3vi4x3Y) *

    Rwanda

    Patriots BBC (Patriots Basketball Club) (https://bit.ly/3vmwDuX) **

    Senegal

    AS Douanes (Association Sportive des Douanes) (https://bit.ly/3eExwbo)*

    Tunisia

    United States Monastir (Union Sportive Monastirienne) (https://bit.ly/3tZtv7P) *

    * Champion of the national league having obtained his participation in the inaugural season of the BAL

    ** Participation in the inaugural BAL season obtained through a BAL qualifier tournament (https://bit.ly/3sXwBrJ)

  •   Fare By Lucy Ogalue Abuja Feb 18 2018 NNN The National Bureau of Statistics NBS said residents of Bauchi paid the lowest bus fare within the city in January The NBS said this in the Transport Fare Watch for January 2019 published on its website The bureau said the residents paid N98 28 per bus trip followed by residents of Abia and Enugu who paid N121 11 and N125 24 respectively The transport fare watch covered the following categories bus journey within the city per drop on regular routes intercity bus journeys and state routes as well as charge per person It also covered air fare charge for specified routes per journey journey by motorcycle Okada per drop and water way passenger transport Meanwhile the report said states with highest bus fare for journeys within the city were Abuja N300 27 Cross River N307 69 and Zamfara N302 03 It said the average fare paid by commuters for bus journey within city decreased by 3 60 per cent month on month and 4 78 per cent year on year from N181 61 in December 2018 to N175 07 in January According to the bureau the average fare paid by commuters for bus journey intercity decreased from N1 790 14 in December 2018 to N1 541 38 in January It said the fare decreased by 13 90 per cent month on month and by 18 43 per cent year on year in the period under review It named states with highest bus fare for journeys within intercity to be Abuja N4 100 00 Adamawa N2 290 00 and Ekiti N2 187 50 while states with lowest were Nasarawa N146 67 Bauchi N958 33 and Zamfara N965 32 It said the average fare paid by air passengers for specified routes single journey decreased by 3 20 per cent month on month and by 7 84 per cent year on year The NBS said the average fare paid by air passengers decreased to N30 463 86 in January from N31 471 62 recorded in December 2018 States with highest air fare are Anambra N33 695 03 Abuja N35 000 00 and Jigawa N37 500 00 while states with lowest air fare are Oyo N24 000 91 Nasarawa N25 000 32 and Katsina N25 000 00 it said The report said the average fare paid by commuters for journey by motorcycle per drop increased by 3 88 per cent month on month and 5 21 per cent year on year According to the report the average fare paid by commuters for journeys by motorcycle per drop increased to N113 76 in January from N118 35 in December 2018 It said states with highest fares for journeys by motorcycle per drop were Kogi N188 18 Ondo N184 55 and Rivers N177 86 while states with lowest fare by motorcycle per drop were Adamawa N50 03 Kebbi N55 13 and Jigawa N61 05 The bureau said the average fare paid by passengers for water way passenger transport decreased to N537 14 in January from N568 58 in December 2018 It said the average fare paid by passengers for water way passenger transport decreased by 5 53 per cent month on month and 15 81 per cent year on year in the period under review It named states with highest fare by water way passenger transport to include Bayelsa N1 950 32 Rivers N1 733 33 and Delta N1 421 43 It said the states with the lowest fare by water way passenger transport were Borno N112 59 Niger N185 25 and Gombe N180 30 The field work for the survey transport watch was done solely by more than 700 NBS members of staff in all states of the federation supported by supervisors who were monitored by internal and external observers Fuel Prices were collected across all the 774 local governments across all states and the FCT from more than 10 000 respondents and locations It reflected actual prices households and states actually bought those fuels together with the prices reportedly sold by the fuel suppliers NBS audit team subsequently conducted randomly selected verification of the prices recorded NNN LCN EEE Edited by Ese E Ekama
    Bauchi residents paid lowest bus fare in January — NBS
      Fare By Lucy Ogalue Abuja Feb 18 2018 NNN The National Bureau of Statistics NBS said residents of Bauchi paid the lowest bus fare within the city in January The NBS said this in the Transport Fare Watch for January 2019 published on its website The bureau said the residents paid N98 28 per bus trip followed by residents of Abia and Enugu who paid N121 11 and N125 24 respectively The transport fare watch covered the following categories bus journey within the city per drop on regular routes intercity bus journeys and state routes as well as charge per person It also covered air fare charge for specified routes per journey journey by motorcycle Okada per drop and water way passenger transport Meanwhile the report said states with highest bus fare for journeys within the city were Abuja N300 27 Cross River N307 69 and Zamfara N302 03 It said the average fare paid by commuters for bus journey within city decreased by 3 60 per cent month on month and 4 78 per cent year on year from N181 61 in December 2018 to N175 07 in January According to the bureau the average fare paid by commuters for bus journey intercity decreased from N1 790 14 in December 2018 to N1 541 38 in January It said the fare decreased by 13 90 per cent month on month and by 18 43 per cent year on year in the period under review It named states with highest bus fare for journeys within intercity to be Abuja N4 100 00 Adamawa N2 290 00 and Ekiti N2 187 50 while states with lowest were Nasarawa N146 67 Bauchi N958 33 and Zamfara N965 32 It said the average fare paid by air passengers for specified routes single journey decreased by 3 20 per cent month on month and by 7 84 per cent year on year The NBS said the average fare paid by air passengers decreased to N30 463 86 in January from N31 471 62 recorded in December 2018 States with highest air fare are Anambra N33 695 03 Abuja N35 000 00 and Jigawa N37 500 00 while states with lowest air fare are Oyo N24 000 91 Nasarawa N25 000 32 and Katsina N25 000 00 it said The report said the average fare paid by commuters for journey by motorcycle per drop increased by 3 88 per cent month on month and 5 21 per cent year on year According to the report the average fare paid by commuters for journeys by motorcycle per drop increased to N113 76 in January from N118 35 in December 2018 It said states with highest fares for journeys by motorcycle per drop were Kogi N188 18 Ondo N184 55 and Rivers N177 86 while states with lowest fare by motorcycle per drop were Adamawa N50 03 Kebbi N55 13 and Jigawa N61 05 The bureau said the average fare paid by passengers for water way passenger transport decreased to N537 14 in January from N568 58 in December 2018 It said the average fare paid by passengers for water way passenger transport decreased by 5 53 per cent month on month and 15 81 per cent year on year in the period under review It named states with highest fare by water way passenger transport to include Bayelsa N1 950 32 Rivers N1 733 33 and Delta N1 421 43 It said the states with the lowest fare by water way passenger transport were Borno N112 59 Niger N185 25 and Gombe N180 30 The field work for the survey transport watch was done solely by more than 700 NBS members of staff in all states of the federation supported by supervisors who were monitored by internal and external observers Fuel Prices were collected across all the 774 local governments across all states and the FCT from more than 10 000 respondents and locations It reflected actual prices households and states actually bought those fuels together with the prices reportedly sold by the fuel suppliers NBS audit team subsequently conducted randomly selected verification of the prices recorded NNN LCN EEE Edited by Ese E Ekama
    Bauchi residents paid lowest bus fare in January — NBS
    Economy4 years ago

    Bauchi residents paid lowest bus fare in January — NBS

     

    Fare

    By Lucy Ogalue

    Abuja, Feb. 18, 2018 (NNN) The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said residents of Bauchi paid the lowest bus fare within the city in January.

    The NBS said this in the “Transport Fare Watch for January 2019” published on its website.

    The bureau said the residents paid N98.28 per bus trip, followed by residents of Abia and Enugu who paid N121.11 and N125.24 respectively.

    The transport fare watch covered the following categories: bus journey within the city per drop on regular routes, intercity bus journeys and state routes as well as charge per person.

    It also covered air fare charge for specified routes per journey, journey by motorcycle (Okada) per drop, and water way passenger transport.

    Meanwhile, the report said states with highest bus fare for journeys within the city were Abuja (N300.27), Cross River (N307.69) and Zamfara, N302.03.

    It said the average fare paid by commuters for bus journey within city decreased by -3.60 per cent month-on-month and -4.78 per cent year-on-year from N181.61 in December 2018 to N175.07 in January.

    According to the bureau, the average fare paid by commuters for bus journey intercity decreased from N1,790.14 in December 2018 to N1,541.38 in January.

    It said the fare decreased by -13.90 per cent month-on-month and by 18.43 per cent year-on-year in the period under review.

    It named states with highest bus fare for journeys within intercity to be Abuja (N4,100.00), Adamawa (N2,290.00) and Ekiti (N2,187.50) while states with lowest were Nasarawa (N146.67), Bauchi (N958.33) and Zamfara (N965.32).

    It said the average fare paid by air passengers for specified routes single journey decreased by -3.20 per cent month-on-month and by -7.84 per cent year-on-year.

    The NBS said the average fare paid by air passengers decreased to N30,463.86 in January  from N31,471.62 recorded in December 2018.

    “States with highest air fare are Anambra (N33,695.03), Abuja (N35,000.00) and Jigawa (N37,500.00) while states with lowest air fare are Oyo (N24,000.91), Nasarawa (N25,000.32), and Katsina (N25,000.00),’’ it said.

    The report said the average fare paid by commuters for journey by motorcycle per drop increased by -3.88 per cent month-on-month and 5.21 per cent year-on-year.

    According to the report, the average fare paid by commuters for journeys by motorcycle per drop increased to N113.76 in January from N118.35 in December 2018.

    It said states with highest fares for journeys by motorcycle per drop were Kogi (N188.18), Ondo (N184.55) and Rivers (N177.86) while states with lowest fare by motorcycle per drop were Adamawa (N50.03) Kebbi (N55.13) and Jigawa (N61.05).

    The bureau said the average fare paid by passengers for water way passenger transport decreased to N537.14 in January from N568.58 in December 2018.

    It said the average fare paid by passengers for water way passenger transport decreased by -5.53 per cent month-on-month and 15.81 per cent year-on-year in the period under review.

    It named states with highest fare by water way passenger transport to include Bayelsa (N1,950.32), Rivers (N1,733.33) and Delta (N1,421.43).

    It said the states with the lowest fare by water way passenger transport were Borno (N112.59), Niger (N185.25) and Gombe (N180.30).

    The field work for the survey transport watch was done solely by more than 700 NBS members of staff in all states of the federation, supported by supervisors who were monitored by internal and external observers.

    Fuel Prices were collected across all the 774 local governments across all states and the FCT from more than 10,000 respondents and locations.

    It reflected actual prices households’ and states actually bought those fuels together with the prices reportedly sold by the fuel suppliers.

    NBS audit team subsequently conducted randomly selected verification of the prices recorded. (NNN)

    LCN/EEE

    Edited by Ese E. Ekama

     

  •  Nigerians were joined by citizens of other African countries and the United States to commemorate the 58th independence anniversary at the Hempstead town in New York The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was also a moment of pride and recognition as the Nigerian flag was hoisted in Hempstead Town Hall to commemorate Nigeria s independence NAN also reports that the Nigerian flag became the first flag of any African country to be hoisted at the Hempstead Town Hall which houses the Council s secretariat The Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mr Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen said the hoisting of the Nigerian flag at the Hempstead Town Hall was an added achievement to the 58th independence anniversary NIGERIANS JOINED BY OTHER AFRICANS CELEBRATE 58TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY IN NEW YORK Okoyen said For us as Nigeria and Nigerians it is very significant and symbolic that a community is identifying Nigeria because of her achievements and the achievements of her citizens that are resident in this community It says a lot to us in Nigeria because Nigeria anywhere can do well It is a proof to everyone of us to continue to be ourselves We are respectable we are resourceful we are resilient we are hardworking we are industrious Nigerians are one of the best in the world So for this community to identify and single out Nigeria among all the African countries for the first to hoist our flag in the city hall is an achievement added to our independence day Okoyen said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby said the hoisting of the Nigerian flag started from a recommendation by a Liberian resident in the U S Prof Elseah Chea 4 NIGERIA S FLAG HOISTED AT THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN HALL NEW YORK NIGERIA S FLAG BECOMES FIRST FLAG OF ANY AFRICAN COUNTRY TO BE HOISTED IN THE OVER 300 YEAR OLD TOWN So it s something that we need to do that the first time that an African flag has flown here in the town of Hempstead and it is over 360 years old There are some people who don t understand but it did matter to me because we are all one This town is composed of many different ethnic groups and as such they feel we should celebrate and that s why we re doing it It is important You were under the leadership of the United Kingdom for years Nigerian was founded over 500 years before Christ and it s time that they were recognised for all that they give and all that they do Nigerians are wonderful wonderful people So I m very happy to be able to host this she said Goosby who is the first African American to have ever served on the Senior Council Board said she probably could have some Nigerians in her lineage owing to the evil of slave trade SENIOR COUNCILWOMAN REPRESENTING HEMPSTEAD MS DOROTHY GOOSBY WITH CONSUL GENERAL OF NIGERIA IN NEW YORK BENAOYAGHA OKOYEN FLANKED BY REV DAVID KAYODE AND COUNCIL ATTORNEY JOSEPH RA TOWN WHEN OKOYEN PAID A VISIT TO GOOSBY AFTER HER OFFICE HOISTED NIGERIAN FLAG AT THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN HALL IN NEW YORK Speaking with NAN Chea a Liberian American professor of English at Molloy College Hempstead New York said his recommendation was borne out of appreciation to Nigeria s sacrifice for Liberia Chea said I have three grandchildren whose parents are actually Nigerians and one of the grandchildren is 26years old but prior to that I met Nigerians even from Liberia I knew Nigerians in Liberia So today s event signifies unity among Africans You don t have to be a Nigerian to do what we did here I m from Liberia and really for me this is a real pride because Nigeria saved Liberians from the carnage from that war Nigerians laid their lives on the line for Liberians So for me I m happy to do this on behalf of Liberians to say thank you Nigeria thank you for what your soldiers have done to free my folks from the carnage of the Liberian civil war It s a pleasure doing this today A CROSS SECTION OF MEMBERS OF HEMPSTEAD TOWN NEW YORK AT THE HOISTING OF NIGERIA S FLAG TO COMMEMORATE THE 58TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY AT THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN HALL NEW YORK Chief Emmanuel Anosike President American Nigerian Chamber for International Trade and Commerce said the independence was worth commemorating adding the honour and recognition by the town of Hempstead were well deserved Anosike a Nigerian community leader said The reason why we are celebrating this today is because of our accomplishments our achievements and the impacts Nigerians have in this community So the community recognises that we have lots of engineers lots of architects lots of Nigerians professionals that live here So they feel that it is worthwhile to recognise the achievements and therefore give impetus and ask us to continue to be useful to the community where we live It conveys that we have been good law abiding citizens it means that the town appreciates all the hard work we are doing it means that we are very productive it means that our accomplishments and our country is recognised and they are very much appreciative Students of David Patterson Elementary School Hempstead New York which joined the in commemorating the independence anniversary and the hoisting of the Nigerian flag recited the U S pledge of allegiance in addition to the Nigerian pledge Edited by Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Nigerians, Africans, others celebrate Nigeria’s independence in U.S.
     Nigerians were joined by citizens of other African countries and the United States to commemorate the 58th independence anniversary at the Hempstead town in New York The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was also a moment of pride and recognition as the Nigerian flag was hoisted in Hempstead Town Hall to commemorate Nigeria s independence NAN also reports that the Nigerian flag became the first flag of any African country to be hoisted at the Hempstead Town Hall which houses the Council s secretariat The Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mr Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen said the hoisting of the Nigerian flag at the Hempstead Town Hall was an added achievement to the 58th independence anniversary NIGERIANS JOINED BY OTHER AFRICANS CELEBRATE 58TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY IN NEW YORK Okoyen said For us as Nigeria and Nigerians it is very significant and symbolic that a community is identifying Nigeria because of her achievements and the achievements of her citizens that are resident in this community It says a lot to us in Nigeria because Nigeria anywhere can do well It is a proof to everyone of us to continue to be ourselves We are respectable we are resourceful we are resilient we are hardworking we are industrious Nigerians are one of the best in the world So for this community to identify and single out Nigeria among all the African countries for the first to hoist our flag in the city hall is an achievement added to our independence day Okoyen said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby said the hoisting of the Nigerian flag started from a recommendation by a Liberian resident in the U S Prof Elseah Chea 4 NIGERIA S FLAG HOISTED AT THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN HALL NEW YORK NIGERIA S FLAG BECOMES FIRST FLAG OF ANY AFRICAN COUNTRY TO BE HOISTED IN THE OVER 300 YEAR OLD TOWN So it s something that we need to do that the first time that an African flag has flown here in the town of Hempstead and it is over 360 years old There are some people who don t understand but it did matter to me because we are all one This town is composed of many different ethnic groups and as such they feel we should celebrate and that s why we re doing it It is important You were under the leadership of the United Kingdom for years Nigerian was founded over 500 years before Christ and it s time that they were recognised for all that they give and all that they do Nigerians are wonderful wonderful people So I m very happy to be able to host this she said Goosby who is the first African American to have ever served on the Senior Council Board said she probably could have some Nigerians in her lineage owing to the evil of slave trade SENIOR COUNCILWOMAN REPRESENTING HEMPSTEAD MS DOROTHY GOOSBY WITH CONSUL GENERAL OF NIGERIA IN NEW YORK BENAOYAGHA OKOYEN FLANKED BY REV DAVID KAYODE AND COUNCIL ATTORNEY JOSEPH RA TOWN WHEN OKOYEN PAID A VISIT TO GOOSBY AFTER HER OFFICE HOISTED NIGERIAN FLAG AT THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN HALL IN NEW YORK Speaking with NAN Chea a Liberian American professor of English at Molloy College Hempstead New York said his recommendation was borne out of appreciation to Nigeria s sacrifice for Liberia Chea said I have three grandchildren whose parents are actually Nigerians and one of the grandchildren is 26years old but prior to that I met Nigerians even from Liberia I knew Nigerians in Liberia So today s event signifies unity among Africans You don t have to be a Nigerian to do what we did here I m from Liberia and really for me this is a real pride because Nigeria saved Liberians from the carnage from that war Nigerians laid their lives on the line for Liberians So for me I m happy to do this on behalf of Liberians to say thank you Nigeria thank you for what your soldiers have done to free my folks from the carnage of the Liberian civil war It s a pleasure doing this today A CROSS SECTION OF MEMBERS OF HEMPSTEAD TOWN NEW YORK AT THE HOISTING OF NIGERIA S FLAG TO COMMEMORATE THE 58TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY AT THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN HALL NEW YORK Chief Emmanuel Anosike President American Nigerian Chamber for International Trade and Commerce said the independence was worth commemorating adding the honour and recognition by the town of Hempstead were well deserved Anosike a Nigerian community leader said The reason why we are celebrating this today is because of our accomplishments our achievements and the impacts Nigerians have in this community So the community recognises that we have lots of engineers lots of architects lots of Nigerians professionals that live here So they feel that it is worthwhile to recognise the achievements and therefore give impetus and ask us to continue to be useful to the community where we live It conveys that we have been good law abiding citizens it means that the town appreciates all the hard work we are doing it means that we are very productive it means that our accomplishments and our country is recognised and they are very much appreciative Students of David Patterson Elementary School Hempstead New York which joined the in commemorating the independence anniversary and the hoisting of the Nigerian flag recited the U S pledge of allegiance in addition to the Nigerian pledge Edited by Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Nigerians, Africans, others celebrate Nigeria’s independence in U.S.
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    Nigerians, Africans, others celebrate Nigeria’s independence in U.S.

    Nigerians were joined by citizens of other African countries and the United States to commemorate the 58th independence anniversary at the Hempstead town in New York.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was also a moment of pride and recognition as the Nigerian flag was hoisted in Hempstead Town Hall to commemorate Nigeria’s independence.

    NAN also reports that the Nigerian flag became the first flag of any African country to be hoisted at the Hempstead Town Hall, which houses the Council’s secretariat.

    The Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, said the hoisting of the Nigerian flag at the Hempstead Town Hall was an added achievement to the 58th independence anniversary.

    NIGERIANS, JOINED BY OTHER AFRICANS, CELEBRATE 58TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY IN NEW YORK

    Okoyen said: “For us as Nigeria and Nigerians, it is very significant and symbolic that a community is identifying Nigeria because of her achievements and the achievements of her citizens that are resident in this community.

    “It says a lot to us in Nigeria because Nigeria anywhere can do well. It is a proof to everyone of us to continue to be ourselves.

    “We are respectable, we are resourceful, we are resilient, we are hardworking, we are industrious. Nigerians are one of the best in the world.

    “So for this community to identify and single out Nigeria among all the African countries for the first to hoist our flag in the city hall, is an achievement added to our independence day,” Okoyen said.

    Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, said the hoisting of the Nigerian flag started from a recommendation by a Liberian resident in the U.S, Prof. Elseah Chea.

    4. NIGERIA’S FLAG HOISTED AT THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN HALL, NEW YORK. NIGERIA’S FLAG BECOMES FIRST FLAG OF ANY AFRICAN COUNTRY TO BE HOISTED IN THE OVER 300-YEAR-OLD TOWN

    “So it’s something that we need to do, that the first time that an African flag has flown here in the town of Hempstead and it is over 360 years old.

    “There are some people who don’t understand but it did matter to me because we are all one.

    “This town is composed of many different ethnic groups and as such they feel we should celebrate, and that’s why we’re doing it. It is important.

    “You were under the leadership of the United Kingdom for years; Nigerian was founded over 500 years before Christ and it’s time that they were recognised for all that they give and all that they do.

    “Nigerians are wonderful, wonderful people. So I’m very happy to be able to host this,” she said.

    Goosby, who is the first African-American to have ever served on the Senior Council Board, said she probably could have some Nigerians in her lineage, owing to “the evil of slave trade”.

    SENIOR COUNCILWOMAN REPRESENTING HEMPSTEAD MS DOROTHY GOOSBY WITH CONSUL-GENERAL OF NIGERIA IN NEW YORK, BENAOYAGHA OKOYEN FLANKED BY REV. DAVID KAYODE AND COUNCIL ATTORNEY JOSEPH RA-TOWN WHEN OKOYEN PAID A VISIT TO GOOSBY AFTER HER OFFICE HOISTED NIGERIAN FLAG AT THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN HALL IN NEW YORK

    Speaking with NAN, Chea, a Liberian-American professor of English at Molloy College, Hempstead, New York, said his recommendation was borne out of appreciation to Nigeria’s sacrifice for Liberia.

    Chea said: “I have three grandchildren whose parents are actually Nigerians and one of the grandchildren is 26years old but prior to that, I met Nigerians even from Liberia.

    “I knew Nigerians in Liberia. So today’s event signifies unity among Africans. You don’t have to be a Nigerian to do what we did here.

    “I’m from Liberia and really, for me, this is a real pride because Nigeria saved Liberians from the carnage, from that war. Nigerians laid their lives on the line for Liberians.

    “So for me, I’m happy to do this on behalf of Liberians to say thank you Nigeria, thank you for what your soldiers have done to free my folks from the carnage of the Liberian civil war. It’s a pleasure doing this today.”

    A CROSS-SECTION OF MEMBERS OF HEMPSTEAD TOWN, NEW YORK AT THE HOISTING OF NIGERIA’S FLAG TO COMMEMORATE THE 58TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, AT THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN HALL, NEW YORK

    Chief Emmanuel Anosike, President, American-Nigerian Chamber for International Trade and Commerce, said  the independence was worth commemorating adding, the honour and recognition by the town of Hempstead were well-deserved.

    Anosike, a Nigerian community leader, said: “The reason why we are celebrating this today is because of our accomplishments, our achievements and the impacts Nigerians have in this community.

    “So the community recognises that we have lots of engineers, lots of architects, lots of Nigerians professionals that live here.

    “So they feel that it is worthwhile to recognise the achievements and therefore, give impetus and ask us to continue to be useful to the community where we live.

    “It conveys that we have been good, law-abiding citizens, it means that the town appreciates all the hard work we are doing, it means that we are very productive, it means that our accomplishments and our country is recognised and they are very much appreciative.”

    Students of David Patterson Elementary School, Hempstead, New York, which joined the in commemorating the independence anniversary and the hoisting of the Nigerian flag, recited the U.S. pledge of allegiance, in addition to the Nigerian pledge.

    Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim
    (NAN)

  •  NIGERIA S CONSUL GENERAL IN NEW YORK BENAOYAGHA OKOYEN CENTRE IN A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH WITH THE NIGERIAN YOUTH DELEGATION TO THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY AT THE UN WHEN THEY PAID HIM A COURTESY VISIT AT THE NIGERIA HOUSE NEW YORK Youths New York Aug 15 2018 Nigeria s Consul General in New York Benaoyagha Okoyen has commended the Nigerian youth for being among the best in the world in spite of challenges facing them Okoyen made the remarks when a delegation of the Nigerian youths who attended the 22nd Session of the International Youth Leadership Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York visited him The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Youth Assembly brings together people from different backgrounds in an atmosphere of unity and collaboration to facilitate knowledge sharing cultural exchange and action The Nigerian envoy commended the delegation for participating competitively among other youths at the international youth gathering We have the brightest youths and we can always beat our chest that we can do well anywhere we find ourselves I congratulate you I encourage you not to be discouraged You cannot afford to join those who are not taking the path of honour As the youth of this great nation Nigeria we need to take this path of honour to make our country proud As we are reminded and told almost on a daily basis that the future of our country is in our hands You cannot afford to let it down Okoyen said He said the consistent participation of Nigerian youths at international events was a clear demonstration of the growing commitment of the Nigerian Government in encouraging youth participation in international development especially in the area of technology The Nigerian envoy recalled that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration s recently inaugurated the Technology and Creativity Advisory Group to drive policy in tech innovation and entertainment As a lead to the policy we have witnessed the team of five Nigerian girls from Anambra that won a gold medal in the United States he said In the World Tech novation Challenge held in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco these girls have become world champions They proudly defeated representatives from the U S Spain China and technological giants in the world Truly the Nigerian youths have all it takes to stand tall in the world and be counted We must put our creative energy to doing the right thing and succeed as a nation Okoyen remarked that only committed citizens could change their countries and calling on the Nigerian youths to utilise every available opportunity to positively advance their chosen careers and for the development of their country LEADER OF THE NIGERIAN YOUTH DELEGATION TO THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY AT THE UN WHEN THE DELEGATION PAID A COURTESY CALL ON OKOYEN AT THE NIGERIA HOUSE NEW YORK Earlier in his remarks the leader of the 50 member Nigerian youth delegation Aminu Danladi said Nigeria had the highest number of delegates from Africa This he said was in spite of the fact that none of them was sponsored by the Federal Government Danladi a graduate of the American University s Washington College of Law said the Nigerian delegation was made up of Nigerian from the Homeland and in the Diaspora We sponsor ourselves and sometimes we contribute money to make sure bright students from Nigerian public schools benefit from this opportunity of attending the youth assembly at the United Nations The Assembly discusses extensively on how to achieve the SDGs and issues of leadership We believe the young people are leaders of tomorrow and as such we are strong advocates of Not Too Young To Run law Danladi called on the Nigerian government at all levels to sponsor and support the youth delegates to participate in the subsequent sessions Most of the participants are running non profit organisations with SDGs focused projects that are impacting their communities all over the country Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    `Nigerian youth among brightest, do well anywhere’ – Nigeria Envoy
     NIGERIA S CONSUL GENERAL IN NEW YORK BENAOYAGHA OKOYEN CENTRE IN A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH WITH THE NIGERIAN YOUTH DELEGATION TO THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY AT THE UN WHEN THEY PAID HIM A COURTESY VISIT AT THE NIGERIA HOUSE NEW YORK Youths New York Aug 15 2018 Nigeria s Consul General in New York Benaoyagha Okoyen has commended the Nigerian youth for being among the best in the world in spite of challenges facing them Okoyen made the remarks when a delegation of the Nigerian youths who attended the 22nd Session of the International Youth Leadership Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York visited him The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Youth Assembly brings together people from different backgrounds in an atmosphere of unity and collaboration to facilitate knowledge sharing cultural exchange and action The Nigerian envoy commended the delegation for participating competitively among other youths at the international youth gathering We have the brightest youths and we can always beat our chest that we can do well anywhere we find ourselves I congratulate you I encourage you not to be discouraged You cannot afford to join those who are not taking the path of honour As the youth of this great nation Nigeria we need to take this path of honour to make our country proud As we are reminded and told almost on a daily basis that the future of our country is in our hands You cannot afford to let it down Okoyen said He said the consistent participation of Nigerian youths at international events was a clear demonstration of the growing commitment of the Nigerian Government in encouraging youth participation in international development especially in the area of technology The Nigerian envoy recalled that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration s recently inaugurated the Technology and Creativity Advisory Group to drive policy in tech innovation and entertainment As a lead to the policy we have witnessed the team of five Nigerian girls from Anambra that won a gold medal in the United States he said In the World Tech novation Challenge held in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco these girls have become world champions They proudly defeated representatives from the U S Spain China and technological giants in the world Truly the Nigerian youths have all it takes to stand tall in the world and be counted We must put our creative energy to doing the right thing and succeed as a nation Okoyen remarked that only committed citizens could change their countries and calling on the Nigerian youths to utilise every available opportunity to positively advance their chosen careers and for the development of their country LEADER OF THE NIGERIAN YOUTH DELEGATION TO THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY AT THE UN WHEN THE DELEGATION PAID A COURTESY CALL ON OKOYEN AT THE NIGERIA HOUSE NEW YORK Earlier in his remarks the leader of the 50 member Nigerian youth delegation Aminu Danladi said Nigeria had the highest number of delegates from Africa This he said was in spite of the fact that none of them was sponsored by the Federal Government Danladi a graduate of the American University s Washington College of Law said the Nigerian delegation was made up of Nigerian from the Homeland and in the Diaspora We sponsor ourselves and sometimes we contribute money to make sure bright students from Nigerian public schools benefit from this opportunity of attending the youth assembly at the United Nations The Assembly discusses extensively on how to achieve the SDGs and issues of leadership We believe the young people are leaders of tomorrow and as such we are strong advocates of Not Too Young To Run law Danladi called on the Nigerian government at all levels to sponsor and support the youth delegates to participate in the subsequent sessions Most of the participants are running non profit organisations with SDGs focused projects that are impacting their communities all over the country Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    `Nigerian youth among brightest, do well anywhere’ – Nigeria Envoy
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    `Nigerian youth among brightest, do well anywhere’ – Nigeria Envoy

    NIGERIA’S CONSUL-GENERAL IN NEW YORK, BENAOYAGHA OKOYEN (CENTRE) IN A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH WITH THE NIGERIAN YOUTH DELEGATION TO THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY AT THE UN WHEN THEY PAID HIM A COURTESY VISIT AT THE NIGERIA HOUSE, NEW YORK

    Youths

    New York, Aug. 15, 2018 Nigeria’s Consul-General in New York, Benaoyagha Okoyen, has commended the Nigerian youth for being among the best in the world in spite of challenges facing them.

    Okoyen made the remarks when a delegation of the Nigerian youths, who attended the 22nd Session of the ‘International Youth Leadership Assembly’ at the UN headquarters in New York, visited him.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ‘Youth Assembly’ brings together people from different backgrounds in an atmosphere of unity and collaboration to facilitate knowledge-sharing, cultural exchange and action.

    The Nigerian envoy commended the delegation for participating competitively among other youths at the international youth gathering.

    “We have the brightest youths and we can always beat our chest that we can do well anywhere we find ourselves. I congratulate you.

    “I encourage you not to be discouraged. You cannot afford to join those who are not taking the path of honour.

    “As the youth of this great nation (Nigeria), we need to take this path of honour to make our country proud.

    “As we are reminded and told almost on a daily basis that the future of our country is in our hands.

    “You cannot afford to let it down,’’ Okoyen said.

    He said the consistent participation of Nigerian youths at international events was a clear demonstration of the growing commitment of the Nigerian Government in encouraging youth participation in international development, especially in the area of technology.

    The Nigerian envoy recalled that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s recently inaugurated the Technology and Creativity Advisory Group to drive policy in tech-innovation and entertainment.

    “As a lead to the policy, we have witnessed the team of five Nigerian girls from Anambra that won a gold medal in the United States,’’ he said.

    “In the ‘World Tech-novation Challenge’ held in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, these girls have become world champions.

    “They proudly defeated representatives from the U.S., Spain, China and technological giants in the world.

    “Truly, the Nigerian youths have all it takes to stand tall in the world and be counted.

    “We must put our creative energy to doing the right thing and succeed as a nation.’’

    Okoyen remarked that only committed citizens could change their countries and calling on the Nigerian youths to utilise every available opportunity to positively advance their chosen careers and for the development of their country.

    LEADER OF THE NIGERIAN YOUTH DELEGATION TO THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY AT THE UN, WHEN THE DELEGATION PAID A COURTESY CALL ON OKOYEN AT THE NIGERIA HOUSE, NEW YORK

    Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the 50-member Nigerian youth delegation, Aminu Danladi, said Nigeria had the highest number of delegates from Africa.

    This, he said, was in spite of the fact that none of them was sponsored by the Federal Government.

    Danladi, a graduate of the American University’s Washington College of Law, said the Nigerian delegation was made up of Nigerian from the Homeland and in the Diaspora.

    “We sponsor ourselves and sometimes we contribute money to make sure bright students from Nigerian public schools benefit from this opportunity of attending the youth assembly at the United Nations.

    “The Assembly discusses extensively on how to achieve the SDGs and issues of leadership.

    “We believe the young people are leaders of tomorrow, and as such, we are strong advocates of “Not-Too-Young-To-Run law’’.

    Danladi called on the Nigerian government at all levels to sponsor and support the youth delegates to participate in the subsequent sessions.

    Most of the participants are running non-profit organisations with SDGs-focused projects that are impacting their communities all over the country.

    Edited by: Abdulfatah Babatunde
    (NAN)