Samuel Kalu on Wednesday shot Nigeria to the top of Group L of the 2021 African Cup of Nations
(AFCON) qualifier against Benin Republic at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the visitors had taken a surprise lead as early as the third minute of the game through Stephane Sessegnon.
The Super Eagles however rallied and got the equaliser through Victor Osimhen in the 45th minute from the penalty spot as the score ended 1-1 at the end of the first half.
Thanks to Kalu who was introduced in the second half, Nigeria made sure of the three points for the Eagles in the 63rd minute.
This was after Kalu went on a solo run, dazzling in between three defenders before burying the ball at the far right corner of the post.
In the other Group L game also played on Wednesday, Sierra Leone failed to beat Lesotho in Freetown as the game ended 1-1.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Edited by Joseph Edeh
Obaseki’s administration has restored pride, dignity of Edo people – Shaibu
Edo Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, says Gov. Godwin Obaseki-led administration, has restored the pride and dignity of Edo and her people.
Mr Benjamin Atu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) media to the deputy governor, quoted Shaibu in a statement, on Tuesday in Benin.
According to the deputy governor, rather than fight the government for not allocating the wealth of the state among some people, his critics should acknowledge Obaseki’s ingenuity and resilience to eradicating poverty in the state.
‘’With dedicated focus on development and synergy with relevant development partners, we restored the pride and dignity of Edo.
“Obaseki has shaped the state’s vision, mission and value system.
“Edo was a gloomy state when we took over the administration, but today the story is different,” the deputy governor said.
Shaibu added that one of the key planks of their administration was to initiate policies and programmes that were aimed at empowering the people and encouraging the ordinary man and woman to be economically independent.
The deputy governor had given the assurance that Obaseki-led administration’s would continue with the development of the state to ensure opportunities for the teeming Edo unemployed.
“We are developing the state’s economy, impacting the lives of the people directly and promoting commerce and industry.
“We are seeking re-election to enable us create more opportunities for the good people of Edo State.
“We are improving the workforce in the state and creating conducive environment for industries to grow.
“We need a government that will continue to open the space for our qualified professionals to compete with others.
“However, today the good people of Edo have a better story to tell about us and that is why we are not distracted by what others are doing.
“We eliminated the incidence of multiple-taxation in the state; our administration has respect for traditional institutions and the elderly,” he said.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Edo 2020: Nothing unusual about lawmakers backing candidates of their choice – Edo speaker
The Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Francis Okiye, on Tuesday said there was nothing unusual about the lawmakers backing the candidates of their choice for the Sept. 19 governorship poll in the state.
Okiye was reacting to the Monday endorsement of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Osgie Ize-Iyamu, by the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, and two other members of the house.
The speaker in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Benin said: “It is imperative to state the actual position of things in Edo House of Assembly right now.
“It is not unusual for legislators and indeed politicians to engage in political re-alignments in this part of democracy like in Nigeria.
“That the Deputy Speaker and 2 other lawmakers chose to support the APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is within their constitutional right,” he said.
Okiye stated that the three lawmakers still remained members and part of the 10 lawmakers in the Edo house of assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the house had declared vacant, the seats of the 14 members of the house who were not sworn in, following the crisis that had bedeviled the house for years.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
NUC says 32 universities involved in research to tackle impacts of COVID-19
Rasheed, who was represented by Dr Suleiman Yusuf, Deputy Executive Secretary, Academics, made this known in Abuja on Tuesday at a news briefing on the contribution of the Nigerian University System toward mitigating the impact of COVID-19.
He noted that the research would be building up over the coming months.
According to him, the universities will not relent on their efforts until COVID-19 was consigned to history and lessons learned for tackling future national epidemics and global pandemics.
” As at June 22, not less than 32 universities are involved in different stages of research aimed at galvanising research toward the development of vaccines and non vaccines.
“Only few institutions have been able to utilise open and distance learning system to keep students engaged while the pandemic lasted and only few laboratories continued with research and development activities.
” Nonetheless, the few who engaged in research and innovation work have demonstrated the need for a well-funded and robustly organised national research and innovation system to catalyse the national
response,” he said.
Rasheed added that in the area of Genomic research, the African Centres of Excellence (ACE), particularly the Centre for the Genomics of Infectious Diseases at the Redeemer’s University, Ede was collaborating with the University of Cambridge for the development of vaccines.
He said that other ACEs in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Universities of Lagos, Benin, Port Harcourt and Jos, which served as national
testing and screening centres had proved that world-class research and development was possible in Nigeria.
He, therefore, added that the country’s university system could be readily effective and relevant to national development if research was valued and adequately funded and the institutions provided with resources to motivate researchers and innovators including students.
On the current efforts of herbal remedies, Rasheed said the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari on herbal and natural products development was acknowledged, following the great demonstration of enviable political leadership by the President of Madagascar.
“Furthermore, Nigeria needs to develop homegrown capabilities in the production and manufacture of the most basic medical and pharmaceutical products such as PPEs, WASH accessories, and ventilators.
” Limited developments are reported from the few ongoing research, but these give some hope that the NUC can provide the R&D base for responding to these needs and much needed structural reconfiguration of the economy.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Obaseki’s “MEGA” manifesto will address post-COVID-19 economic shocks in Edo – Aide
Osagie gave the assurance in a statement, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Tuesday.
He said: “Our manifesto is alive to the challenges of today and the future, with specific policies and programmes tailored to reflate and stimulate the state’s economy.
“This would task our resolve to restart the economy even as we push for an economic stimulus package to resuscitate businesses, sustain livelihoods and hold the economy together.
“In essence, our focus would be on supporting businesses with low interest loan facilities; strengthening the productive sector by prioritising the Edo Production Hub Initiative and pursuing more impactful policies in the agricultural sector.”
He said the reforms in the Edo State College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Edo State College of Education would be sustained under Obaseki’s second tenure.
The special adviser said the administration would source for more partners to pull in resources to groom youth in the state for global competitiveness.
“We will leverage on our assets at the Edo Innovation Hub to migrate more of our people, especially workers and businesses to the digital space, because much of human activities will be done online going forward.
“We will increase investment in the health care system while ensuring the statewide rollout of a responsive and well-managed health insurance scheme.
“Obaseki is an economist and an expert in resource management.
“He will not rely on consultants to know what economic policy can fittingly address the state’s several socioe-conomic challenges,” he added ( NAN)
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)