Fire Guts Commercial Bus In Lagos

Fire Guts Commercial Bus In LagosIt was a sad day in Lagos, as an 18-seater yellow bus heading towards Ojuelegba area of the state was engulfed by fire.

The incident occurred on Monday, April 17, at the Alaka Bridge, very close to the National Stadium in Surulere.

It is not clear exactly how many people were on the bus, but witnesses said there were passengers who could not be rescued due to the intensity of the fire.

Channels Television also gathered that the wounded victims have been taken to an undisclosed hospital.

In another accident in the Gbagada area of Lagos, two persons lost their lives in an auto crash which involved a commercial bus and a taxi.

A statement by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said the bodies have been moved to the Lagos Mainland Hospital Mortuary.

The agency added that emergency responders also rescued 14 other persons who sustained various degrees of injuries.

Ambode: We Are Set To Take Over National Stadium Lagos

national-stadiumLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has indicated his government’s readiness to take over the management of the National Stadium in Surulere.

Mr Ambode made this known in Lagos on Wednesday during an inspection tour of the facility, in company of the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung.

The governor said his decision was necessitated by the dilapidated state of the 38,000 capacity stadium which used to be a cynosure of all eyes, stressing the need to give hope to the teeming sporting youth in Nigeria.


Mr Dalung also registered his displeasure over the condition of the facility, attributing it to poor management.

He called on the Lagos State government to ensure that persons of credibility and integrity were appointed for the management of the stadium when completed, so as to make it a pride of glory in the sporting world.

The minister further challenged the government to ensure that the renovation was completed in six months, just in time to host the country’s national teams.

The National Stadium, Lagos has been left to dilapidate since 2002 and is no longer a beehive of activities as it was in the past.

Disturbed by the condition of the facility, the Lagos State government is set to expedite actions that will ensure the stadium regains its lost glory in no distant time.

Buhari Commends Nigerian Army’s Contribution To Sports Development

Buhari Says Nigerian Army Contributes Hugely To Sports DevelopmentPresident Muhammadu Buhari says that the Nigerian Army has contributed immensely to sports development in Nigeria.

President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, made the remark on Thursday at the opening ceremony of the 6th Nigerian Army Sports Festival at the National Stadium in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He expressed hope that sports activities would further enrich the mental alertness of the personnel of the Army.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces commended the Army and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, for their commitment and resilience in the discharge of their primary assignment.

He added that despite their professional commitment, they still found time to organise the sports festival this year.

The President noted that both serving and retired officers have contributed their quotas and brought glory to the nation.

He commended the organisers of the game whom he asked to sustain their efforts and urged the Army to continue to make sports a priority.

President Buhari said his administration remains favorably disposed to sports activities by making sure that Nigeria excels in international tournaments.

Super Eagles Beat Plateau United 3-0 In Test Match

Super Eagles, Plateau UnitedThe Super Eagles on Wednesday defeated local league side, Plateau United, 3 – 0 in a test match at the National Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Anderson Esiti’s goal and Alex Iwobi’s brace gave the Eagles a whopping victory over the Nigerian Premier League club.

Coach Gernot Rohr lined up his players for the practice game as he intensifies Nigeria’s preparations for Sunday’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola.

The coach reportedly made wholesome changes to the playing personnel at half time after struggling in the first half.

The move paid off as the Eagles became more dangerous, confining their opponents to their half of the field.

The starting 11 had Ezenwa, Musa Muhammed, Madu, Jamiu, Agbo, Esiti, Shehu, Ahmed Musa, Chisom Egbuchulam, Nosa and Obaje.

While the second half featured Ikeme, Echiejile, Omeruo, Ekong, Onazi, Mikel, Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Iwobi, Ndidi and Ideye.

Omotayo, Bello Emerge Winners Of ITTF Nigerian Open qualifiers

ITTF - Nigerian Open - Olajide OmotayoOlajide Omotayo and Fatimo Bello have emerged winners in the qualifiers for the 2016 ITTF World Tour tagged Nigerian Open.

The competition featured over 106 male and 48 female players at the National Training Centre of the National Stadium in Lagos.

Omotayo, a former national junior champion, was unbeaten at the two-day tournament to lead the men’s event while Bello had to dig deep to defeat national junior champion, Tosin Oribamishe, in the final of the women event.

To win the men’s event, Omotayo was merciless in the final against an experienced Kazeem Makanjuola with a 4-0 bashing to emerge as the new national champion.

Major Discovery

The speed and skills of Omotayo were beyond Makanjuola in the entertaining encounter, as Bello had to rely on experience to defeat Oribamise in the women’s final.

Beside Omotayo and Makanjuola, others that made it to the top four in the men’s event were Oladele Kehinde and unknown Akanbi Rilwan.

In the women competition, Bello, Oribamise as well as Bose Odusanya and Nimota Aregbola completed the top four-finish.

The top four finishers have also secured their places at the 2016 ITTF Nigerian Open scheduled for May 18 to 22 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

The referee of the tournament, John Peters, said that the players gave good account of themselves.

He identified Nimota Aregbesola as the major discovery after edging out the number one seed, Halimot Hussein in the quarterfinal as well as another top seed, Sidikat Yaya in the round of 16.

Lagos City Marathon Hosts Over 20,000 Athletes

Lagos City MarathonAll is now set as Lagos State Government hosts over 20,000 local and international marathoners in the maiden Lagos City Marathon scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016.

The race will be flagged off at the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos and will be terminated at the Eko Atlantic City on Victoria Island, after the marathoners have run through dedicated routes.

The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said that all logistics have been put in place and Lagos is ready to host the event.

He said that the state government has put in place water-tight security measures to protect athletes and other participants in the international event.


Sports Minister Advocates Maintenance Of Sporting Facilities

SportsThe Minister for Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has charged managers and users of sporting facilities in Nigeria to develop a good maintenance culture.

According to the Minister, the poor state of infrastructure in the country is getting worse because those in charge of the facilities do not take proper care of them and when they go bad, they are abandoned.

While conducting a facility tour of the National Stadium in Lagos, Dalung expressed deep disappointment at the dilapidated state of the nation’s sporting facilities.

”As a people, our maintenance culture is very poor. We have no good reasons to explain why these structures are in the state they are. If fully maximized, those facilities could have generated good revenue and other benefits for sports development.”

The Minister expressed disappointment at the level of rot at the National Stadium and hopes to bring the structure back to life if given the chance to stay on with a long term plan.

One project he wants completed is the swimming pool. He gave a strict order to the contractor executing the project.

“If you tell me that this project will be completed in 100 years, I will wait. But if after that I come and you provide excuses why it is not completed, you will need God and the angels to intervene for you.

“If we release funds for you, we will follow you to the touchline. I don’t allow contractors to be paid and they use our money to change their fleet of cars and woo new girlfriends.

“My position is that before the end of the first quarter, people should be swimming in this pool. If it’s too difficult for you to meet up, I’ll help you but make sure that this pool is completed before the end of first quarter.”

Solomon Dalung also confirmed that there were plans to improve the welfare of national team players and coaching crew. According to him, it is important to take care of the athletes so they can give their best when representing the country.

”We are addressing the issue of non-payment of wages to players and the coaching crew. After giving the country a good representation, denying them of their benefits is totally unacceptable.

”The president has also approved the rewards of athletes who have made this country proud and have not been rewarded. These include the first team that won the Fifa U-16 Championship in 1985, we have sorted them out and the President has approved a date which will be announced this month for a celebration to appreciate the players including those who have done well recently.”

The Minister said that he believes a good reward system will sustain the skills, zeal and patriotism of Nigerian athletes whenever they are representing the country.

Wheelchair Basketball Teams Arrive Lagos

Wheelchair Basketball Teams Arrive LagosParticipating teams in the 2015 Victor Ochei Wheelchair Basketball Championships have arrived Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital, for the 5th edition of the tournament.

Eight male and female teams representing their states would compete at the 5-day event.

The group phase of the competition begins on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Lagos.

The event would also be used to select players to represent Nigeria at the eight-nation Wheelchair Basketball African qualifiers in Algeria in November.

Lagos Nat’l Stadium: Reps. To Liaise With Agencies Over Renovation

Reps. To Liaise With Agencies Over Lagos Nat'l Stadium RenovationThe House of Representatives is to liaise with the Ministry of Sports and the National Sports Commission (NSC) to devise a scheme for the renovation of the National Stadium in Lagos State.

The motion was moved by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Honourable Oghene Egoh, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Hounourable Egoh decried that the stadium had suffered a decade of desertion.

The House also urged the Federal Government and its agencies to ensure that the needed funds for the renovation is integrated to the 2016 Budget proposal.


APC Holds One Million Man March In Lagos

APCMembers and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday took to the streets in what they termed a one million man march.

From Maryland area to the Surulere area of Lagos mainland and stopping at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, party leaders sought more support at the polls.

Supporters of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and members of the APC chanted and gyrated to political songs in praise of the APC candidates.

As the marchers made a final stop at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the leaders seized the opportunity to address the crowd on the forthcoming elections.

The march may be a form of exercise, nevertheless, it was largely a political statement; especially in a strategic state like Lagos where, not only number matters, but the commerce makes the decision of voters and leaders significant.

Among notable members who led the march were the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; the APC governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and others.

NHRC to Probe Immigration Recruitment Stampede

National-Human-Right-Commission-NHRC-logosThe National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has promised to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of some applicants in last weekend’s nationwide recruitment by the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The commission made the pledge after receiving a petition from a civil society group, Citizens’ Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights, CASER, in Abuja.

The Executive Director of Citizen’s Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights, CASER, Frank Tietie, while presenting the petition, said that the Nigeria Immigration Service was wrong to have invited thousands of Nigerians for an aptitude test when they had only 4,500 vacancies.

The Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Professor Bem Angwe, while promising to unravel the cause of the stampede that led to the loss of lives in some the recruitment centers, described the death of the applicants as a sad event that should not be allowed to repeat itself.

The National Human Rights Commission having promised to thoroughly investigate the incident, also promised to recommend punishment for those found culpable in the recruitment exercise.

The expectations of thousands of graduates waiting at the recruitment centres to get employment  into the Nigeria Immigration Service were cut short as a result of a stampede at different venues of the interview.

Seven persons; five women and two men lost their lives during the incident.

Immigration Job Seekers Die In Stampede, Blame Service Authorities

vlcsnap-2014-03-15-22h52m27s142Unconfirmed reports say that 7 persons may have died and several others injured following a stampede at the National Stadium, Abuja.

This was the venue of an aptitude test for the 2013/2014 applicants who had applied to join the Nigerian Immigration Service.

Eye witness account said that over 56,000 graduates had gathered at the National Stadium as early as 7am on Saturday morning to take part in the recruitment exercise conducted by the Nigeria Immigration Service when the incident occurred.

The Public Relations Officer of the National Hospital, Mr Tayo Haastrup gave assurance that those injured were receiving medical care, while a few others had been taken to the Garki and Asokoro General Hospital.

One of the applicants, who spoke to Channels Television, explained the circumstances leading to the stampede, “I was here before 7, and we were begging them to open the gate because the crowd was getting too much but they refused to open the gate. So people who were at the back were pushing us because the crowd was too much and people had to march on others and that pushed the gate down.”

Another witness said, “This is complete leadership failure, and the sooner the people in Government wake up and assist people who are unemployed (the better). I am employed, but the truth is that people are actually dying. We saw people dying here and it is wrong, something must be done.”

The Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment examinations took off in various centres around the country but due to the State of Emergency declared in 3 states of the country, applicants from Borno State were required to take their exams in Gombe, Yobe applicants in Bauchi, while candidates from Adamawa were to write theirs in Taraba State.