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Tokyo Olympics: Non-contact sports to resume training in PH – Minister

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Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, says non-contact sports athletes will soon resume training in Port Harcourt, Rivers, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.


Mr John Joshua-Akanji, the minister’s Special Adviser (Media) disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja.

He said the proactive move was coming on the heels of the announcement by the Federal Government that, non-contact sports could resume across the country with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols.

NAN reports that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had on Thursday, announced the lifting of restrictions on outdoor communal non-contact sports.

Joshua-Akanji said plans had been concluded for about 20 athletes (track and field) to resume training at the Port Harcourt High Performance Centre (HPC).

“The minister has directed that in the next few weeks, about 20 athletes will resume training at the HPC in Port Harcourt.

“This is to kick-start Nigeria’s resumption of sports and also a way of resuming skeletal training for the Tokyo Olympic Games because we don’t want the athletes to get rusty.

“A lot of things are being put in place; it’s a gradual process; we don’t want to rush everybody at once and we want to be careful and thread with caution,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, originally scheduled to hold from July 24 to Aug. 9 was postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister’s aide expressed optimism that Nigeria would do well at the Olympics and all other international competitions, with the measures being put in place.

On the use of public sporting facilities and stadia for athletes training, he said the facilities would soon be opened after all health protocols might have been put in place.

He, however, warned the public to be more disciplined, cautious and follow all health precautions like physical distancing, hand washing and sanitising while using the facilities.

“The minister has repeatedly said we will not endanger the lives of anybody because of sports.

“So, we are taking a lot of precautions and people too, need to adhere to all health protocols.’’

Joshua-Akanji listed the non-contact sports to include lawn tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton, cycling, athletics, golf, polo, para-athletics and cricket among others.

The media aide assured that there would be a monitoring mechanism to ensure that both private and public sporting facilities complied with all safety and health protocols.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Commandant urges NAFRC trainees, retirees to be mindful of swindlers

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AVM Kingsley Lar, the Commandant, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi on Sunday urged the trainees/retirees to be mindful of criminally-minded people who may pose as friends.


The Commandant made this known at the thanksgiving service held for officers who graduated from the Senior/Mid-Level Officers’ Entrepreneurship and Management Course 01/2020 and NAFRC Trainees Course 02/2020.

The thanksgiving service held at the Roman Catholic Church, NAFRC.

Lar said that it was typical of some criminally-minded people to want to dupe the retirees of their hard earned money, thereby urging to also be wary of quick money making schemes.

“Typically, we live in a society where there are many criminally-minded people who don’t care what labour you went through to be able to acquire the small resources you have.

“So, sometimes these people pick on gullible people in the society and sometimes innocent people who are looking for an investment to put their resources, they get duped and lose their hard earned income.

“So, our trainees, particularly those that are retiring after this course who have served 35 years and some less, courtesy of the current administration of government, retirement benefits have been enhanced substantially,” he said.

The Commandant urged the retirees on careful appraisal of business opportunities in order to ensure that they spend their benefits wisely.

“So, my advice to them is that they should be careful how they handle the resources that would be given to them when they finally disengage, they should shine their eyes.

“My advice is that they should be careful what they invest in and be careful who they relate with because alot of fair-weather friends will want to come around them to try to take the little that they have,” he said.

Lar said that the trainees/retirees have been provided with the skills they need in case of additional income asides their benefits.

“We have provided them with entrepreneurship skill, management skills ,some vocational training to be able to cope, if they want additional income.

“Because, like I said the benefits are actually enough for them to live well after retirement. But to be engaged in doing other things, some of them might want to invest,” he said.

Reacting to other para-military, government agencies joining the scheme, the commandant said that he was elated that other sister agencies joined the course.

“I am delighted because when I came in I discovered that this Centre is a national asset where we can train not just the Armed Forces but every Nigerian that is qualified.

“So, I am happy to announce that both the senior officers entrepreneurship course, mid level and the trainees course, all of them have people from the para-military and from strategic ministries, department and agencies of government.

“We have from Customs, Defence Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Agency ,Department of State Services and also from Resettlement Centre ,we selected some of our senior civilian staffs and officers to participate in the three courses.

“For me it is a thing of joy to see that they have made friends, establish linkages that will be useful to them,” he said.

He also thanked the Defence Headquarters for approving for other sister agencies to join the training scheme.

“The Centre is already known to be a Centre of excellence for vocational training ,what is different is that we now have people who didn’t know about it joining.

“The centre of what we are doing here is agriculture. So, we expect them to go back and feed the nation, feed their communities and make money in the process and also improve their feeding,” he said.

Navy Lt. (Rev. Fr.) Maurice Vandu, the Chaplain of Roman Catholic Church, NAFRC, also enjoined the trainees/retirees to continue to be good ambassadors of the Armed Forces.

He urged them to utilise their benefits judiciously and also put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired.

Maj. Isah Yakubu, the Imam, NAFRC Mosque on Sept. 18 who preached on repentance and forgiveness, urged the retirees to forgive anyone who may have offended them during their service years and training.

The various courses conducted in the centre include Agriculture which comprise of Rabbitry, Fisheries etc, Engineering, Technical, Management, Security etc.

NAN reports that the institution plays a crucial role in preparing military personnel for economically useful life after service.

The Passing Out Ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 25.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN

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COVID-19: Ebonyi Govt. lifts restrictions on weddings, others

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Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has lifted restrictions placed on public burials, wake-keeps, weddings, conferences, meetings, festivals, religious services, among others in the state.


The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that restrictions were placed on such activities in the state since March,  due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic across the country and the globe.

The lifting of the restrictions was contained in a statement signed by Mr Uchenna Orji, State Commissioner for Information and Orientation and made available to NAN on Sunday.

Orji said that the measure was in furtherance to the state’s post COVID-19 economic recovery plans.

“It’s also in the exercise of the powers conferred on the governor by the state’s Coronavirus and other Dangerous Disease and Related Matters Law 005 of 2020 and other relevant laws.

“It is also subject to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 protocols and other directives of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19,” he said.

The commissioner said that closure of public places such as event centres, bars worship centres, educational institutions, public parks, night clubs, cinemas among others had been lifted.

“All restrictions on conduct of business and commercial activities are hereby rescinded.

“Regulations on wearing of facemasks, hand washing, use of  hand sanitisers, observance of social distancing among others, are still in force in public places, events and gatherings,”  he said.

He further disclosed that the governor charged security agencies and public office holders especially Chairmen of Local Government Areas and Coordinators of Development Centres, to enforce subsisting regulations.

“These are regulations contained in the proclamation hereof, in the interest of the safety and health of our people,” he added. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed
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Land dispute stalls Aviation College plan to expand runway

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Land dispute stalls Aviation College plan to expand runway

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Zaria (Kaduna State) Capt. AbdulSalam Mohammed, Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, says encroachment of the college’s land has interrupted its plan to expand its runway from 1.6 kilometers to 2.4 kilometers to accommodate commercial aircraft.

The rector, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Zaria, said the expansion for the runway was necessary to enhance the college training capacity and accommodate modern aircraft on commercial purposes.

Mohammed noted that the 1.6 Kilometer runway was originally designed for the type of aircraft used for training, but over the years the college had acquired a lot of bigger aircraft.

“Recently, the Vice-President visited Zaria to condole with the family of a youth corps member that was killed, his aircraft could not land in Zaria because it was very big, so he landed in Kaduna and came down to Zaria by a helicopter,’’ Mohammed said.

He said said the college was forced to suspend its expansion plans, as part of the land for such extension was still in dispute.

“Only when we upgrade the runway, the college airport as it is now cannot accommodate commercial operation,” he added.

According to him, the land in dispute was issued in 1964, with official documents clearly showing the demarcation of the college land.

He added that there was also documentary evidence that farmers who owned the land at that time were paid full compensation about 55 years ago.

“Most of the people that are laying claim to the land now either bought it from third party or are probably the grand children of the original owners.

“As far as we are concerned, they are not entitled to any compensation since the original owners were paid compensation.

“As you know, the case was before the law court that is what stopped us from going further. We have to allow the court to determine the cases,’’ he said.

The rector said once the legal issues were resolved, the college would execute the expansion plans.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
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NCAT Zaria to open additional schools for pilots, aviation security personnel – Rector

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The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria, says it will open Airport Emergency Training School and another school for training of aviation security personnel.


This it said would  enhance its training capacity and assert its position as regional center of excellence.

Capt. AbdulSalam Mohammed, the Rector of the College, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Zaria.

Mohammed said as part of the requirements to be certified as regional center of excellence, the college was required to developed standard training packages by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

He said the college had developed ICAO standard training packages in 2017 for the certification, and since then, had increased the number of standardised  training packages from three to seven.

“We are in the process of opening a new school called the airport emergency training school that is where we will be training airport rescue and firefighting personnel.

“That is where we are installing fully automatic fire simulator. We are also in the process of establishing the school for training aviation security personnel,’’ he said.

According to the rector, the college is in the process of developing ICAO training packages for online delivery of courses, instead of in the classrooms.

He noted that COVID-19 had changed the way of doing business in the world which had greatly affected NCAT training, adding that throughout the COVID-19 lockdown the college introduced virtual classrooms for its students.

The rector said the college also introduced new courses in the flying school such as the Airline Transport Pilot License, which was like a masters degree for the pilots.

He added that the college also introduced Multi Crew Coordination Course (MCC) for pilots and Jet Orientation for pilots.

“These two courses were aimed at preparing the newly graduated pilots from flying school to prepare them for work in the commercial airline industries,’’ he said.

Mohammed said the college embarked on re-fleeting of its training aircrafts to upgrade the equipment, so that the training aircrafts would be fleeted with modern electronic flight instrument systems which came in a modern aircraft.

He added that the college had purchased seven Diamond Aircrafts out of the 20 aircrafts which it  planned  to buy, stressing that the re-fleeting would enable the college train more pilots.

He said: “the Diamond Aircrafts use Jet A1 which is the fuel the big commercial passenger jets use and it is readily available and it costs one quarter of what we paid for the Avgas.’’

Mohammed the said the amendment of the College Establishment Act had commenced, adding that the exercise would enable it to access Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) grants.

“To that effect, the bill was sent by the President to the National Assembly earlier this year and it has already passed the first and second readings, it is now waiting for public hearing.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions has caused delay for the public hearing, but I understand that the national assembly is making arrangement to have the public hearing very soon.

“Once the bill is passed into law,, the college will be recognised as a tertiary institution,’’ he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed
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