The Channels Track and Field Classics athletics competition for boys and girls in Secondary schools, under the age of 17 has begun.
Participating athletes from invited schools in Lagos State have converged at the Teslim Balogun Stadium for the two-day event.
Meanwhile, students from State Senior High School, Ikeja; Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu; Holy Saviour College, Isolo; Badagry Senior Senior Grammar School, Badagry have registered for the event, while registration for other schools is ongoing.
Participants will compete in the following events:
100 metres 200 metres 400 metres 4 X 100 metres relay 4 X 400 metres relay 400 metres hurdles 800 metres Long Jump
The major objective of the competition is to re-ignite the interest of athletics in schools, discover and nurture talents for the country.
In conjunction with the Lagos State Sports Commission, the event will monitor the talents after the tournament and also encourage them to excel in their education.
Channels Television’s grassroots development campaign started in 2009 with the Kids Cup – a football competition for U-13 boys in primary schools which is now an international tournament, with schools from Ghana and Benin Republic competing.
The track and field classics will also feature an exhibition event involving visually impaired and amputee athletes.
It’s few hours before the debate organised by Channels Television and its partners for the Osun State Governorship election.
The debate is set to hold by 7:00 pm at Osogbo, the Osun State capital, with five of the governorship aspirants answering questions and presenting the contents of their manifesto to the people of the state.
Five governorship aspirants which include Fatai Akinbade, African Democratic Congress (ADC); Moshood Adeoti, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Gboyega Oyetola, All Progressives Congress (APC); Ademola Adeleke, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) will be debating tonight.
Some residents of Osun State during a brainstorming on the various issues germane to the people said the debate is important to hold aspirants responsible for their promises.
In the pre-debate event held on Saturday in Osogbo, the convener of transition monitoring group and Chair Ward C, Abiola Akiode-Afolabi stresses the importance of an election debate and need for those who want to govern to listen to the yearnings of the people.
“We realise people (politicians) make promises at campaign ground or during a debate, they don’t fulfill those promises.
“This process is to strengthen governance and ensure that when candidates make promises and eventually become governor of the state, we can hold them accountable to their promises,” Akiode-Afolabi said.
She added that promises made by the aspirants at the debate will be noted by the people and will be used against any of the aspirants that eventually wins the election if not fulfilled.
Below is a summary of the profile of each of the aspirants:
The ADP aspirant, Akinbade, is a former Secretary to the Osun State Government. He was also a former Commissioner and former Chairman of the PDP.
Akinbade contested the 2014 governorship election won by the incumbent, Governor Rauf Aregbesola under the banner of Labour Party (LP), after his inability to secure PDP’s ticket.
He returned to the PDP recently to vie for the party ticket but lost to Senator Ademola Adeleke, who polled the total votes of 1569, while Akinbade got 53 votes.
Adeoti recently resigned from the ruling APC and immediately crossed over to the ADP where he partook in the primary and emerged as the party’s candidate.
He also resigned as the Secretary to the Osun State Government (SSG).
Adeoti dumped the APC shortly after the APC primary. He claimed that the leadership of the party, at both the state and national levels, manipulated the primary to favour a preferred candidate.
Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, is also a former Chief of Staff to Governor Of Osun State government under Rauf Aregbesola.
He emerged winner of the party’s first-ever direct primary by polling 127, 017 votes to beat Yusuff Lasun, Deputy Speaker of the House of representatives, who recorded 21, 975 votes.
Ademola Adeleke of the PDP is a serving Senator representing Osun-west senatorial district of Osun State.
He won a bye-election to occupy the position of his brother late brother, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, who was previously the Senator representing Osun-west.
Senator Iyiola Omisore of the SDP is a former Deputy Governor of Osun State.
He polled 123,485 votes to win the party’s governorship ticket after beating his two other contenders Yemisi Oladeji, 1,802 votes; and Munrudeen Atanda, 1,637 votes.
Osun residents anticipate listening to the aspirants tonight as they later go to the poll on September 22, 2018, to choose the candidate of their choice.
The Management and Staff of Channels Television wish to announce the passing away of Jonathan Gopep, our Yobe State correspondent.
He died on Thursday, after battling with a brief illness.
Gopep joined Channels Television in 2012 and has since then shown great passion for his job.
In the wake of the insurgency that ravaged the northeast region, he covered several reports of attacks in the state, with the most recent being the abduction of schoolgirls from the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, by Boko Haram.
An excellent reporter, Gopep graduated from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.
Channels Television has been given a special recognition by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) with an award in the talent retention category.
The Assistant General Manager of Operations, Kingsley Uranta who received the award alongside the Head of Human Resources, Lolade Momodu, thanked CIPM and promised that the organisation will work harder in human resource management as well professional journalism.
The award comes barely 48 hours after the station received the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) for Best Television Station of the Year for a record 12th time.
Starting with its first win in 2000, Channels Television, which has an audience of more than 20 million people, has received recognition domestically and globally for its programming, dominating the NMMA.
Also, at the award ceremony, Channels TV Presenter, Gimba Umar, beat TVC News’ Ughochi Oluigbo to win the Television Newscaster of the Year Award.
TVC’s Lijadu Ajoke Fumilola was named Television Reporter Of The Year for her report on child labour, while her colleague, Viviene Irikefe, the runner-up with her report on malnutrition in children.
Mary Abayomi Fatile of Radio Nigeria emerged Radio Reporter of the Year with Abiola Aberuagba of Ray Power 100.5fm emerging as the Radio Presenter of the Year.
Still, in the radio category, Ray Power FM claimed the NBC Prize for Radio Station of the Year.
In the print category, Gbenga Omotosho of The Nation beat Martin Ayankola of The PUNCH and Eze Anaba of Vanguard to win the Dele Giwa Prize For Editor Of The Year.
The PUNCH, however, beat The Nation and Vanguard to win the Babatunde Jose Prize For Newspaper Of The Year.
Established as a trust in 1990, the NMMA promotes excellence in the Nigerian media. The award scheme is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of Nigerians who have made their mark in the media industry.
Awards were handed out in more than 30 categories, mostly in the print category.
Elder statesman and Chairman of the NMMA Board of Trustees, Vincent Maduka, challenged media professionals at the ceremony to continue to play their crucial roles effectively.
“The Nigerian media has a great role to play in the emergence of a new nation where corruption and other well-known vices affecting our nation are truly and effectively tackled and resolved in good time for the benefits of our people once again,” he said.
North Korea, defying calls to rein in its weapons program, fired a ballistic missile that landed in the sea near Russia on Sunday, days after a new leader in South Korea came to power pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.
The U.S. military’s Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile that was fired but it was “not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile”. The U.S. threat assessment has not changed from a national security standpoint, a U.S. official said.
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be a new type. It flew for 30 minutes before dropping into the sea between North Korea’s east coast and Japan. North Korea has consistently test-fired missiles in that direction.
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the missile landed 97 km (60 miles) south of Russia’s Vladivostok region, prompting the White House to reference Moscow in a statement about the incident.
“With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,” the White House said, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump.
The launch served as a call for all nations to implement stronger sanctions against North Korea, it added.
North Korea is widely believed to be developing an intercontinental missile tipped with a nuclear weapon that is capable of reaching the United States. Trump has vowed not to let that happen.
The missile flew 700 km (430 miles) and reached an altitude of more than 2,000 km (1,245 miles), according to officials in South Korea and Japan, further and higher than an intermediate-range missile North Korea successfully tested in February from the same region of Kusong, northwest of its capital, Pyongyang.
The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has inaugurated the board of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority.
Members of the board include Lois L. Malhunga-Dibie, NSIA MD/CEO, Uche Orji, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, NSIA Chairman, Mr Jide Zeithin, Ms Halima Buba, Urum Kalu-Eke, amongst others.
The inauguration took place on Friday at the President Villa, Abuja.
Osinbajo urged the members of the board to be fully dedicated to carrying out their roles.
He said, “As representatives of the people, our charge is simple: we require you to fundamentally improve the performance of the authority and strengthen its operations,”
The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) has said that about 57 Million people in Nigeria do not have access to portable and clean water and are therefore vulnerable to contracting water-borne and other related diseases if nothing is done to address the situation.
The agency has committed the sum of 2.5 million dollars for the improvement of safe water and sanitation in Kaduna and Bauchi states.
At the official launching of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Project (WASH) for Kaduna and Bauchi states, USAID mission Director, Mr Stephen Haykin says unsafe water and poor sanitation largely contribute to the high rate of child mortality in Nigeria.
He, however, asked all stakeholders in the water sector to join forces to ensure success in the achievement of the country’s water sanitation target, which according to him, will improve the living conditions of the people.
According to experts, only half of the nation’s population have access to portable drinking water and sanitation. This trend according to USAID and other stakeholders must be reversed if Nigeria must win the war against the child and maternal mortality.
The Federal Ministry of Water Resources says it is not unmindful of the situation as it is making effort to correct the trend.
The launching of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Project by USAID is to provide support to new reform-minded state governments for the immediate term, and here, Kaduna and Bauchi are the benefiting states.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai represented by his Chief of Staff, Bashir Saidu and his Bauchi state counterpart underscore the importance of water for sustainable development, hence they say they have committed many resources to the expansion of water projects in both urban and rural centres.
Apart from the infrastructural deficit in most States, stakeholders identify population explosion, obsolete legislations and rural-urban migration as some of the major challenges militating against access to clean water and poor sanitation.
The Associate Professor Energy/Electricity Law, University of Lagos, Yemi Oke has said that Nigeria cannot get stable electricity supply unless certain things are put in place in the power sector.
He, first of all, called on the government to back off from the power sector if it is assumed to be privatized.
“The government should have no business in the power sector if you are giving an impression that the sector is privatized.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr. Oke stated that the government should enforce strict regulations on the sector.
He revealed that for the sector to get reformed the Federal Government has to back off from off-grid regulation, ensure that state electricity regulation should be set up, rural electrification fund should be distributed to the state and the states should centralize the distribution through their local governments
He further disclosed that rural electrification will deploy off grade renewables, solar to communities which should not be regulated by the local government for effectiveness.
In his words, “Rural electrification fund should be from the state and the state should now decentralise the distribution through their local government for effectiveness”
He added that if all these requirements are met, the sector will be able to transmit enough power supply to the country.