Local Organising Committee Threatens Sports Festival Shutdown

The mascot of the National Sports Festival

 

The Local Organising Committee has threatened to shut down the National Sports Festival over the failure of the Federal Government to release Funds

This is according to the Coordinator of Media and Publicity, National Sports Festival, Ebomhiana Musa, who confirmed this to Channels Television via a statement on Wednesday night.

The Federal Government had promised to make funds available for the sports festival before its commencement and it was because of the assurance that made the Local Organising Committee go ahead with the Sports Festival.

However, seven days after the games started, the Federal Government is yet to fulfil the promise made to the Edo State Government.

As a result of this, the LOC wants to shut down the games by 12noon tomorrow if funds are not made available.

“The Local Organising Committee, Edo2020 regrets to announce that it will end the games abruptly tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, 2021, for lack of funds,” the statement partly read.

“Rising from an emergency meeting this evening, the LOC says it has to take this hard decision due to lack of funds having expended its reserves to kick start the games.

“Regrettably, the FG is yet to redeem its pledge to support us as the host state financially for the cost of postponements. So, we are left with no option but to end the games at noon tomorrow.”

 

Akeredolu Kicks Against States Funding Community Police: I Don’t Think It Will Work

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has kicked against the idea of states funding community policing in the country.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, Akeredolu said the idea would not work.

He disclosed that his colleagues under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum will table the matter before President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention.

“The burden of states will keep increasing. We will be the ones that will fund community police. Where is the money going to come from?

“Except we devolve more money to the states, how will the states fund community police?  I don’t think it is going to work,” he said.

“I am sure that they are taking this thing too far (that) governors will have to pay. We have argued this. They started by saying it will be voluntary, they are not going to pay.

“They now shift the burden on the state governors again. Are you increasing their allocation? Which state governor will accept that?

“I don’t know if other states will pay but we will not pay. Let us be fair to ourselves, we are running a federal system. We will sit down and discuss this because we have a President that has a listening ear.”

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Reacting to his relationship with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, the governor said it is cordial.

He however maintained that the issue between him the Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi is out of ambition, stressing that Ajayi decided to exit the ruling APC to “where he belongs.”

Governor Akeredolu is optimistic about victory in the October 10 governorship election in the state.

His remarks come two weeks after he inaugurated the pioneer officers of Ondo State Security network Agency Amotekun Corps.

While inaugurating the corps in Akure, the state capital expressed delight with the performance of the pioneer Amotekun Corps officers who just completed their training.

He urged them to put into good use all they were taught during training to ensure the security of life and property in the state.

While soliciting for more funding from the Federal Government to equip the police, governor Akeredolu said that the Amotekun Corps is designed to support the existing security framework in the state.

Grants To Fund Study On Technology’s Impact On Democracy

 

New research programs at US universities will focus on the impact of technology on democracy, including the role of misinformation, a foundation announced Monday.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation said it would offer $50 million in funding for research “to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and the way we receive and engage with information.”

The initiative is the latest in response to concerns about declining trust in traditional media and influence campaigns on social networks which may be sponsored by intelligence services.

The Knight Foundation will fund new, cross-disciplinary research at 11 American universities and research institutions, including the creation of five new centres of study.

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“We’re living the most profound change in how we communicate with each other since Gutenberg invented the printing press,” said Alberto Ibarguen, Knight Foundation president.

“The internet has changed our lives and is changing our democracy. We have to take a step back and a step forward. To understand what is actually happening, we need independent research and insights based on data, not emotion and invective. To go forward, citizens must be engaged, and including university communities in the debate is a step in that direction.”

Internet platforms have been credited with fueling democracy movements such as the Arab Spring, but have also been subject to manipulation in the 2016 US election and Brexit campaign.

In recent months, US President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on the mainstream media, and some surveys have shown many Americans have lost confidence in fact-checkers which aim to verify the claims of politicians and others.

The new research initiative is part of a $300 million commitment made by Knight Foundation in February to strengthen journalism and democracy, which has been joined by other foundations.

The grants will go to new projects including Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Informed Democracy and Social Cyber-Security; George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics; New York University’s Center for Social Media and Politics; University of North Carolina’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life, and University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public.

Existing research centres getting funding include Indiana University, Stanford University, Yale University, the University of Texas, University of Wisconsin and the Data & Society Research Institute.

AFP

Nigerian Football League Doesn’t Have Adequate Support – Gov Ahmed

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has said football leagues in Nigeria need more support and funding as they are not getting the much-needed support from the private sector.

Speaking in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while receiving the management of Kwara United football club at the government house, Ahmed called for full participation of private bodies and corporate individuals in the sponsorship of the Nigeria football leagues.

“We must look for other ways to declare funding for sporting activities. Sporting activities are growing beyond being an entertainment, it is also a career programme that can be pursued by those who want to make a career from it.

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“We have seen so many examples internationally which points to the fact that we must see it as another area where we can drive youths to not only create a career but also make a name for themselves,” he said.

Ahmed described sports as a veritable tool for youths development and good governance, hence the need for its sustainable funding.

He said, “Premiership footballing in Nigeria has not gotten enough level of desired support in terms of private sector involvement and this is one area we require to take very seriously,”

The governor also enumerated his government’s efforts in developing sports, explaining that no amount of investment on sports is too much.

Funding Is The Root Of NPF Problem, Says Former DIG

A retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr Azubuko Udah, has said the Nigeria Police Force is incapacitated with the paucity of funds, therefore calling on the Federal Government swing into action.

Mr. Udah made this known on Wednesday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He said, “Actually, funding is at the heart of the problem they (police officers) face. In the Nigeria Police, when you have any situation, when you have any operation, you have to follow the operational order.

“In the operational order, you spell out the situation; you spell out the mission, you spell out the way to execute, you spell the administration and funding and financing and logistics. And you talk about the command. Who will be the Sector Commander and Overall Commander?

“If you plan all these things and there is no logistics, no proper financing, payment of allowances for those that are there. There are operations that require ration and so on and so forth. These things have disappeared and it very important now for the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the Nigeria Police.

Although the former police boss admitted that state governors have been cooperating with the force, he however maintained that its problems were enormous and continuing.

“About state governments supporting the police, they are doing their best as they can but the problem is enormous because the trend in the Nigeria Police has continued (even though) I retired about five years ago.

“This is something this government has inherited and we are looking up to the Federal Government to take the bull by the horn. Luckily for us, both at the House of Representatives and at the Senate, there are two bills that are trending there now,” he added.

Judiciary lacks proper funding –NBA President

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Okey Wali (SAN) has called on the Federal Government to ensure proper funding of the judiciary as it is discovered that the budgetary appropriation for the arm of government has been on the decrease for several years now while that of other arms of government is on the increase.

The national president of the Nigeria bar association pointed this out during the association’s national executive meeting held in Asaba, Delta state to deliberate on issues concerning its internal association as well as other issues affecting the nation.

“To have a modern judiciary for a modern justice delivery system which is very key for a modern society, there must be adequate funds”

In his welcome address, Okey Wali gave a statistics of the downward decline of the budgetary appropriation of the judiciary, that in 2009, the judiciary got 78 billion, 91 billion in 2010,95 billion in 2011,75 billion in 2012 and 67 billion in 2013.

Meanwhile the host of the national executive meeting, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Delta state, Hon Charles Ajuyah (SAN) opined that the association is undoubtedly one that makes a difference in the lives of Nigerians, as legal and social issues will be taken into considerations during his meeting.

Addressing all present, the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan pointed narrated how his administration had been able to tactically reinforce the judicial system by bringing in one of their greatest critic to serve as the legal adviser to the state who has served as a bridge between the government and the legal system.

The meeting was attended by members of the state executive council and other members of the Nigeria Bar Association form various states all over the nation.