Okorocha Picks Imo APC Governorship Ticket After Losing Presidential

OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has picked the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in absentia as he was still in Lagos for the party’s National Convention which ended on Thursday evening.

Okorocha’s emergence as the party’s governorship flag bearer in the state came barely few hours after coming fourth in the just concluded APC presidential primary elections at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

During the Owerri event, which took place at the Imo International Conference Centre, the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, Uche Nwosu, who was secretly adopted as the APC governorship candidate by the party’s delegates, announced his withdrawal from the race.

Speaking before the ratification of the Governor’s candidature, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. John Alamba, said that the party had the power to substitute any candidate that withdraws from the race.

Nwosu, in his brief speech said that his withdrawal from the race was based on personal and family reasons, adding that the interest of the party supersedes his personal ambition.

He enjoined the party members to give same support and solidarity to the new candidate, Governor Okorocha.

Apart from the delegates, also present at the event were all the state executive of the Imo State All Progressives Congress, except the Chairman who was still in Lagos, members of the Okorocha’s cabinet and other state appointees.

APC Presidential Primary Will Foster Greater Bond Between Members – Fayemi

FayemiFormer Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has described the Presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as “the product of careful planning” which will bind party members together through its openness and transparency.

Appearing as a guest on Sunrise Daily, Fayemi responded to critics who had lambasted the party for the pro-longed primary which had lasted for 24 hours and also stressed that although the five candidates contesting for the party’s presidential ticket were important, the process itself was important.

“For us, the process is as important as the product that eventually emerges from this because Nigerians are carefully watching us” to see if we are going to be the same or the new party for the new Nigeria, he said.

“We envisaged that we were going to spend a considerable length of time to undertake this exercise” he said concerning the prolonged primary, noting that “we believe that we are going to be much stronger for it and the party will be more united after this, because the process has been transparent”.

According to him, the time the process had taken was not a surprise as 8,000 delegates had to participate in the process for a winner to emerge. He highlighted the different stages of the process, including accreditation of delegates and the actual voting.

The process has been reported as peaceful, except for a skirmish involving delegates from Delta State during accreditation.
“That was resolved amicably and voting continued in due course”.

Speaking on allegations that some candidates had been asked to rest their ambition for the others, Fayemi insisted that no candidate was more important than the other as the party had agreed that if a consensus candidate was to emerge, the candidates themselves would be the ones to make the call.

Channels National Kids Cup To Lay Foundation For Fight Against Football Age Cheats

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Organisers of the Channels National Kids Cup say they are using this year’s edition to lay the necessary foundation that would assist in the fight against football age cheats at all levels.

The annual tournament is organised for primary school pupils under the age of 13 with the aim of promoting grassroots football development and talent discovery.

Speaking at the official press conference to announce the start of the competition, Chairman of the Main Organising Committee, Mr. Steve Judo confirmed the commitment of Channels Television in supporting school sports and football at the grassroots.

According to Mr. Judo, “Our task is to make it possible. Our mission is to provide practical step by step assistance, participating in grassroots sport like football keeps students focused on school work and being part of a team”.

“The tournament became a national affair in 2013 owing to the numerous appeals from governments and people from different states to allow their kids take part, thus “The Channels National Kids Cup””, the MOC Chairman stated.

Commissioner of Sports in Lagos State, Wahid Enitan Oshodi, who was present at the press conference, was full of praise for Channels Television, a TV station he described as one with a difference.

Oshodi said: “We must applaud Channels Television for the support they have been giving to grassroots football yearly. Mr. John Momoh is aware that the governor, Babatunde Fashola has special interest in this tournament and will keep supporting it”.

The sports commissioner explained that the competition would provide kids “a rare opportunity to become great stars like the ones they see on TV”, emphasising that primary schools are the best places to start the talent hunt.

The Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, while speaking on the need to eradicate age cheats in Nigerian football, reminded the players and officials not to operate with the win at all cost mentality.

“Not all these children will grow up to be footballers, but the benefit they will get from participating in this tournament is unquantifiable. They may never have any other friends from Kwara State than the ones they’ll meet at the tournament,” Akinwunmi said.

The 6th edition of the Channels National Kids Cup will kick off on Wednesday May 22 at Agege Stadium and the final game will be played on May 27 (Children’s day) at Teslim Balogun Stadium Surulere.

Participating Primary Schools

Kaduna State – Research Model Primary School, Kawo, Kaduna

Jigawa State – Jahun Central Primary School, Jigawa

Delta State – Nana Primary School, Mabiaka Road, Off Esisi Road

Rivers State – Banham Primary School, Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt

Abia State – School Road Primary School, Umuahia

Ebonyi State – 12 Apostles Nursery & Primary School

Kwara State – Bishop Smith Local Government Primary School

Ondo State – St. Anthony’s RCM Primary School, Araromi, Akure

Ekiti State – Irepodun Nursery & Primary School, Ikole-Ekiti

Oyo State – Ibadan Municipal Government (IMG) Primary School 1, Agugu, Ibadan

Ogun State – Samuel Ajayi Memorial Primary School, Abeokuta

Osun State – First Baptist Elementary Primary School, Iwo

Lagos State 1 – Ebute Metta Primary School, Ebute Metta

Lagos State 2 – Toyibat Nursery & Primary School, Gbagada

Lagos State 3 – Ago-Egba African Church Primary School, Ebute-Metta

Lagos State 4 – Dr. Teslim Elias Nursery & Primary School, Lagos Island

First Set Of Lagos HOMS Allottees Collect Keys

Governor, Babatunde Fashola presenting a key to the winner of the Shitta Scheme, Lagos HOMS, Mrs. Yetunde Oluwaseun and her son, Master Joseph Camille.
Governor, Babatunde Fashola presenting a key to the winner of the Shitta Scheme, Lagos HOMS, Mrs. Yetunde Oluwaseun and her son, Master Joseph Camille.

The first set of successful allottees of the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (Lagos HOMS) was on Monday presented with keys to their various homes by Governor Babatunde Fashola.

The Governor, who spoke at the Conference Room of the Lagos House, Ikeja, expressed the hope that the number of applicants would continue to increase month after month and described the first exercise as the beginning of a journey of promise.

“I am happy to see very young people who have become homeowners in their country and in our state and in a place where young people are struggling. Go and apply, pay your taxes, register as a Lagos resident and the rest is easy”, he added.

He described the first draw as a modest start with 31 successful applicants from 200 homes at the first draw while the remaining 169 would be added to the 200 homes at the second draw which is billed for Friday.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Lagos Mortgage Board and Commissioner for Finance, Mr Ayo Gbeleyi described the event as another promise made and kept by the administration of Mr Bababtunde Fashola.

He added that out of the 31 winners that emerged at the first draw, 11 who have fully completed the requirements and have also achieved closure on their mortgage facilities are being handed their keys.

In a vote of assurance, one of the successful allottees, Mr Amos Omodunni said that after he came across the scheme on one of the social media sites where the photographs of one of the schemes was uploaded when the Governor visited there, he did not expect it to be as seamless and as easy as it turned out to be.

“Everything worked just like clock. I did not have to visit any office or talk to anyone. Everything that I needed to do to complete that application was done just in my office and I did not have to move anywhere”, he said.

Fashola, who also reacting to the vote of assurance given by Mr Omodunni, stated that if Mr Omodunni was the only successful allotee, the efforts of the State Government and the Mortgage Board would still have been worth it.

Another excited allottee, Mrs Yetunde Awopeju who works with Atlas Technical Services Limited, commended Governor Fashola whose foresight, she said had come to the fore with the HOMS scheme.

She added that from what used to be a condemned location and a night club in Surulere, a beautiful estate had risen, adding that she was happy to be a beneficiary of the Shitta Housing Estate.

Mr Daniel Ikpe who works with Zenith Bank Plc recounted how he became aware of the process through the social media network, stressing that all he could volunteer was that the programme is about transparency.

The successful allottes who got keys, were Mrs Abdulmalik Rukiat, Mr Ademola Odujoko, Mr  Ejiroghene Torishedu Madedor, Mr Amos kimeh Omodunni, Mrs Yetunde Oluwaseun Awopeju, Mr Ajayi Omotayo Jubril, Mrs Ganiyat Dolapo Akanni, Mr Gbenga Owolabi, Mr Chukwuneta John Paul Ogbatwi, Mrs Bibian Aloba Kanayo and Mr Ikpeh Daniel Darligton.

The event was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Orelope –Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council, including the Commissioner for Housing, Mr Bosun Jeje and members of the Mortgage Board, the successful allotees and some members of their family.

 

Lagos Intl. Scrabble Classics Aims For Global Standards

Organisers of the 2014 Lagos International Scrabble Classics were guests on Sports This Morning on Channels Television.

Tournament Director, Faruq Baba-Inna, alongside a member of the Technical Committee, Emmanuel Oyeleke, expressed assurances on their readiness to host a truly world class tournament.

According to Oyeleke, “Lagos State is ready for this”, being the first tournament for the year, and the technical committee has also done quite a lot as well, with inspection of facilities done 2 weeks ahead of the commencement of the tournament.

The Tournament Director stated that the Scrabble Classics which holds at the Molade Okoya Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos from January 23 – 26 would see Scrabble players from different parts of the world competing for honours, with Ghana, Ethiopia and the UK among the countries to be represented.

He said that they were also expecting a representative from the United States, but unfavourable weather conditions in his part of the country led to the cancellation of the trip to Nigeria.

Baba-Inna added that the Classics would see players competing in the Masters, Intermediate and Open categories depending on their ratings.

On how they were able to get participants for the competition, Oyeleke said that Nigeria has over 2000 scrabble players, with whom they have been maintaining an online forum through which they relate and disseminate information. He said that they also have international representatives who liaise with international bodies.

4.8million Naira is up for grabs at the Lagos International Scrabble Classics.

Fashola Sets January 2014 For Allocation Of Lagos Homes

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Monday confirmed that the long awaited allocation of houses under the State’s Home Ownership Scheme (Lagos HOMS) would finally kick off in January 2014.

He made this statement at the 24thseries of the traditional 100 days in office commemoration of his administration which was held in the three Senatorial Districts of the State.

At the Teslim Balogun Stadium venue of the Lagos Central Senatorial District session of the event, a spokesman for the state, Mr Bosun Jeje, said that over 5,000 houses were ready for allocation under the scheme.

“There are also many other housing estates still under construction across the State,” Mr Jeje, who is the State’s Commissioner for Housing, said.

Responding to a question on the Scheme during the question and answer session, Mr Jeje said that the Governor had approved another housing estate in Ilubirin that would contain 1,259 housing units and another one at Ibeshe in Ikorodu Local Government Area of the State.

“With the frequency at which the estates come up, it would not be easy to put a permanent figure on the number of houses that would be ready before the take-off of the scheme. The houses are not limited but we have them coming up every day,” he said.

The Commissioner said: “One of the campaign promises that the Governor made at that time was that he would address the problem of housing in Lagos State. He knows it is a challenge and he promised that he would address it and he has started addressing it.”

Giving reasons for the delay in the kick-off of the allocation, the commissioner explained further: “In actual fact, the allocation was meant to start this December but we are trying to have a sustainable programme that is why it has not started. We want to make sure that everything that needs to be done must be done before we start the allocation”.

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat while speaking on the Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), explained that the exercise is neither a census nor for the purpose of taxation.

The Commissioner, who is also the leader of the team of State Executive Council members at the Lagos Central Senatorial District said: “The exercise is meant to know the number of people that live in Lagos. It does not matter where you come from; whether you are Igbo or Hausa or Yoruba, once you live in Lagos. This will help us to plan infrastructure, plan hospitals, plan schools and so on and so forth. So we encourage everyone to go and register”.

On Health, Dr. Hamzat said that the State Government had increased the Maternal and Child Care Centres in the State to 10 reiterating that the idea was to bring healthcare to the doorsteps of citizens.

He said that within the period under review, the Government hosted the 56th National Council on Health with the theme; “The Health Sector Now and Beyond 2015.” Mr Jeje said that a total of 92 patients were screened for limb deformation correction surgery while milk sachets were distributed to 58,600 primary one pupils in 983 primary schools in the State under the Schools Milk Programme.

A question and answer session was held at the event, which had other members of the team joining Hamzat in answering questions from those present. They include the Commissioners for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Sola Oworu, who delivered the welcome address, Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, Housing, Mr. Bosun Jeje, Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, Physical Planning and Urban Development, TPL Olutoyin Ayinde and Special Adviser on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adesina, among others.

Also present were Secretary to the State Government, Oluranti Adebule, Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed, Body of Permanent Secretaries, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Raji, the first Military Administrator of the State, Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson and Chief Molade Okoya Thomas, among other dignitaries.

Fashola Commissions 16 Roads In Mushin, Upgrades LASTMA/KAI

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday handed over a total of 16 completed inner city roads in Mushin to the residents in a bid to add value to their living standards.

Addressing a large crowd of residents, including traditional rulers, clerics, opinion leaders and community development associations as well as Government officials, Governor Fashola said it was not enough to build and handover roads to the communities, pointing out that the most important thing was to ensure that the roads were put to proper use for the good of the residents.

He, expressed regrets that over time, with habits like dumping refuse on the roads, trading by the side of the streets, washing cars in the middle of the streets and turning the roads into warehouses; life has become a little more difficult than it should be because the roads no longer serve their purpose.

“This pedestrian walk is not a trading place. Let us understand that not everybody has cars, that those who have cars, those who have okada (motorcycle) and those who do not have cars all pay taxes. For those who do not have cars, this is their own road, they should be able to walk without motorists disturbing them”, the Governor said.

The Governor also advised those wishing to lay internet cables to approach the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to tell them where the ducts meant for such cables are, under the roads. He said: “We need the internet and we also need the road. And we cannot have internet and then lose a road that we have built. So, it must be a win-win situation for us all the time to add onto what we have by putting on more”.

In his earlier welcome address, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said that by building the roads in Mushin, the State Government has demonstrated its recognition of the need to move the Local Government forward.

“As a Government, we believe that we must transform our city roads and Mushin happens to be one of them”.

The newly handed over roads include Badejo Kalesanmi Street, Kelani Street, Akinyemi Street, Paul Okuntola Street, Apesin Street, Folarin Street, Ajana Street, Akendo Street, Eniola Street, Ishaga Road, Ronke Street, Akinlawon Street, Olanibi Ojekunle Street, Oyewuwo Street, Kekereowo Babalola Street and Sadiku Street.

In a separate ceremony Governor Babatunde Fashola also launched the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute and presided over the graduation of its first 3,311 graduates.

He also announced the creation of a Law Enforcement Cadre in the State Public Service to ensure career progression for all the officers of the two agencies who have been absorbed as permanent staff.

Speaking at the ceremony which took place at the Sir Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, the Governor stated that the new public servants will be entitled to all the benefits every public servant had including pension rights under the contributory scheme.

“We have created a new cadre of employment in the Lagos State public service. We have created the law enforcement cadre for you alone. As I said, it has been two years of brutal work but I think we have arrived at a safe destination from which to take off and so people will come in with a right of election into the public service to say they want to be in the law enforcement cadre and as such after the training, the choice of posting will determine whether you go to LASTMA or KAI”.

Continuing, the Governor explained that the cadre had been designed to take cognizance of the various levels of academic qualifications that applicants may present. “There will be threshold entry levels so that school certificate holders do not lead graduates and we would encourage in service training so that you can rise from rank to rank until you reach the pinnacle of your career”, he reiterated.

Governor Fashola however, underscored the need for the officers to rise up to expectations noting that as the State Government offers the incentives it also expects the officers to do the job with passion, pride, dignity and fear of God for the citizens who employed them.

“As you go out remember this day and this people so that you resist whatever temptation you come across. Not to let yourself and them down. Please be reminded that in the public space there is no hiding place. It is not only these cameramen and photographers that engage in this profession.  Everybody now has a camera phone”.

In a speech, the Commencement Speaker and Editor of the Law Section of the ThisDay Newspaper, Mrs Funke Aboyade said that she was very impressed by the training that the officers had undergone since September 24, 2012, when the programme began.

She noted that as the graduates would begin work with and within communities as advocates of enlightenment they would begin to change the attitude of fellow Lagosians and would also begin to see that the public treatment and perception of them would change for the better.

Tuface, WizKid, others to perform at EKO 2012 closing

Top Nigeria singers including King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM 1), Wande Cole, Tuface, WizKid and many others will entertain the audience on Sunday at the closing ceremony of the ongoing 18th National Sport Festival, Eko 2012.

A statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba said the event will hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, from 2pm and that the gate fee is free.

Mr Ibirogba also said the event will feature memorable programmes like march past, decoration of winners and presentation of awards to athletes who have distinguished themselves during the two-week fiesta.

He urged all residents of the state to come out on Sunday and make the day groovy for the athletes who have come from all nooks and crannies of the country to participate fully in the 14-day sports event.

The commissioner expressed his appreciation to the people and residents of the state and Nigerians in general for their cooperation and support to the successful hosting of the game, adding that the total support of all Lagosians had largely contributed to the overwhelming success recorded at the duration of the event.

“Let me tell you frankly that the Lagos State Government greatly appreciates the overwhelming support of all the people and residents of the state, hence the reason for the eventful success recorded”, Mr Ibirogba said.

Sambo declares open Eko 2012 as Abdullahi challenges athletes

Vice President Namadi Sambo has declared open the 18th National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012 at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

Vice President Sambo admonished the participating states to imbibe the spirit of fair play and unity for which the fiesta is known.

The event was different from the previous editions of the festival, as it explained the rich culture of Lagos state.

There was also fire display, eyo masquerade, contemporary dancers, royal dancers and calisthenics.

More than 8,000 athletes from 36 states including the federal capital territory will fight for medals at the biennial fiesta.

Meanwhile the Minister of Sports; Bolaji Abdullahi has challenged the participating athletes to embrace the spirit of friendship which is one of the objective of the National Sports Festival.

Mr. Abdullahi said lessons have been leant from the London Olympics and the talents discovered at the games will be groomed to discover more talents that will represent the country at the 2016 Olympics games in Brazil.

The games begin today with 14 events holding in different venues across the state.

VIDEO: Heartland retains Fed Cup, defeating Lobi Stars 2-1

Heartland of Owerri retained their Federation Cup title after defeating Lobi Stars of Makurdi 2-1 at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos.

The Nazi millionaires became the second side after Dolphins in 2007 to win the cup back-to-back.

In the third place match, Nigeria National League Side, Prime FC edged Kano pillars 3-1 on penalties.


Both teams ended the game 1-all in open play after 90 minutes.

Lagos to honour Balogun, Ilerika, Odegbami and others during Federation Cup final

This year’s Federation Cup Final, to be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, promises to be an exciting one which will see a host of Nigerian football legends receive awards. 

Teslim "Thunder" Balogun won the Federation Cup seven times in his playing days.

On August 26, Lagos State will give posthumous awards to Teslim “Thunder” Balogun and Haruna Ilerika of Stationery Stores for their meritorious contributions to football in Nigeria.

Thunder Balogun won the Challenge Cup title seven times and also coached the national team to the 1968 Olympic Games.

Ilerika, on the other hand, was a former vice-chairman of the Lagos State Football Association and also featured for Stationery Stores of Lagos in the championship.

The Secretary of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the final, Oluyomi Oluwasanmi, said that 14 legends will be honoured this year, with more to come on an annual basis.

“The essence of this honour is to appreciate the outstanding performance of some players who had featured in the Cup. There will be posthumous honours for those of them that have died, while those alive will also be remembered. It is going to be an annual event featuring some of the players that have distinguished themselves since the inception of the championship in Nigeria. We are doing this to motivate the present crop of players that their efforts in the competition will not go unnoticed even after they have retired.” he said

Former Rangers captain, Christian Chukwu, is among a stellar assemblage of former stars to be honoured.

The list also includes Victor Oduah; Ismaila Mabo; Muyiwa Oshode; Segun Odegbami, Sani Mohammed; Moses Kpakor; Alabi Aisien; Amodu Shuaibu; Peter Rufai and veteran sports commentator, Fabio Lanipekun.