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AITEO Cup round of 64 results and round of 32 qualifiers

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Following are the results of the Round of 64 matches in the ongoing 2019 AITEO Cup competition for male football club sides, played on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the list of qualifiers for the Round of 32:

AITEO CUP MEN’S ROUND OF 64 RESULTS

Rangers 2 Tornadoes Feeders 0

Kebbi United 0 Lobi Stars 1

Abia Warriors 1 Heartland Comets 0

Ambassador FC 1 Yobe Desert Stars 0

Rivers United 4 FC Timber Loader 0

Sokoto United 1 Akwa United 2

Walli Flamingoes 0 Delta Force 4

Gombe United 3 FC IfeanyiUbah Feeders 0 (Walk-Over)

Niger Tornadoes 3 Fasbir FC 0

Enyimba FC 3 Kano Pillars Feeders 1

Gwandu United 2 Katsina United 4

Jigawa Golden Stars 1 Insurance FC 2

Police Osogbo 0 El-Kanemi Warriors 6

Setraco United 0 Plateau United 4

Wikki Tourists 4 Qatar FC 0

Layin Zomo FC 1 Sunshine Stars 2

Katsina United Feeders 0 Nasarawa United 1

Kwara United 3 Ben Ayade FC 0 (Walk-Over)

Aspire FC 0 Kano Pillars 4

AITEO CUP MEN’S ROUND OF 32 TEAMS

Gateway FC

Warri Wolves

Cynosure FC

Smart City

Shooting Stars

Ekiti United

Port Harcourt City

Kogi United

Calabar Rovers

EFCC FC

Aklosendi FC

Crown FC

ABS FC

Rangers International

Lobi Stars

Abia Warriors

Ambassador FC

Rivers United

Akwa United

Delta Force

Gombe United

Niger Tornadoes

Katsina United

Insurance FC

Plateau United

Wikki Tourists

Kwara United

Enyimba FC

El-Kanemi Warriors

Sunshine Stars

Nasarawa United

Kano Pillars

OLAL

(Edited by Olawale Alabi)

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2020 Aiteo Cup: 7 teams pick forms in Kwara – FA

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No fewer than seven football clubs in Kwara have so far registered for the 2020 Aiteo Cup competition.

The Secretary of the Kwara Football Association (FA), Kazeem Agaka, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Ilorin.

Agaka said Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC, Kwara United FC, House of Prayer, LA Planet Academia and Kwara Football Academy (KFA), registered had in the male category.

The scribe said that only Moje Queens and Kwara Ladies had so far registered in the female category.

The state Chairman of the association, Malam Idris Musa, also told NAN that the body would make the 2020 edition of the competition better than before.

“It is going to be equal opportunity to every participating team and we are looking for how to make the competition bigger and interesting,’’ Musa said.

According to him, registration for the competition in the state will come to an end on March 20.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
(NAN)

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Aiteo’s OML 29 suit: Court declines application to stay hearing

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A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa on Friday declined to halt proceedings in the ongoing litigation by Nembe Communities, hosts to Oil Mining Lease (OML 29) over the adverse impact of oil exploration on them.

The Nembe communities in Bayelsa had filed a suit against Aiteo Exploration and Production Limited, but another firm Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Exploration Company approached the court to be joined as the holder of OML 29 lease.

Justice Abimbola Awogboro, had joined Aiteo Eastern Exploration Limited and other adjourning communities in the suit, but declined an application to strike out Aiteo Exploration and Production Company from the suit.

Aiteo Exploration and Exploration subsequently headed to the court of Appeal in Port Harcourt and applied to the Federal High Court to stay proceedings pending the determination of the appeal.

Earlier, Lead Counsel to the Nembe communities, Mr Iniruo Wills, told the court that they had filed a counter affidavit opposing the application for stay of execution saying that the application was a delay tactics to waste the time of the court.

He urged the court to consider the plight of the law abiding people of Nembe who had taken the peaceful route in seeking legal redress rather than resorting to self help.

Mr Andrew Oru, Counsel to Aiteo Exploration, urged the court to grant its application for stay but other parties who were joined as co-plantiffs opposed the application on the grounds that they were yet to be served.

The OML, was supposed to be renewed on June 30, 2019

The court had on June 24, 2019 declined an application to halt the renewal of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 29 pending, the determination of a suit by Nembe communities in Bayelsa.

The OML 29 host communities are seeking an environmental audit of the impact of the oil field on the host communities, and the implementation of the social obligations of the host communities by the operator of the oil block amongst others.

The presiding judge in a response to Oru maintained that the applications being argued was yet to be formally brought before her.

She therefore adjourned the case until May 12 for ruling on pending applications on the case.

The lease expired on June 30, 2020 while the operator of the oilfields had commenced renewal formalities with the payment of 82 million dollars to the Department of Petroleum Resources

The plaintiffs are Ikaonaworio Eferebo-Igoma, Iyerite Chiefson Awululu-Atubu, Ayebaesin Edoghotu-Omoh, Markson Amaegbe-Orutari, B.C. Benwari-Yousuo and Doibo Evans representing OML 29 host communities.

The defendants are the Attorney-General of the Federation, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Federal Ministry of Environment and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.

Others are: Aiteo Exploration and Production Ltd, Attorney-General of Bayelsa and The Deeds Registrar, Bayelsa Ministry of Lands.

Shell Petroleum Development Company in 2015 divested its equity in OML 29 and transferred its interest in the oil block, including the 97 kilometer Nembe Creek Trunk Line for 1.7 billion dollars to Aiteo.

However, the host community, said the divestment was done “without resolving the untold negative impact of their operations on the people”

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Sadiya Hamza

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Aiteo advocates robust fiscal framework for oil, gas sector

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The Group Managing Director, Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited, Mr Victor Okoronkwo said robust fiscal framework was key to boosting investors’ confidence in the oil, gas sector.

Okoronkwo disclosed this while delivering a goodwill message at the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit, in Abuja, on Monday.

The theme of the summit is: “Widening the integration circle: Technology, Knowledge, sustainability partnership”.

” The imperative of success is depending on other factors like creating a stable operating environment as well as establishing robust regulatory and fiscal frameworks.

“Key energy industry reforms will be critical in boosting investor’s confidence and attracting otherwise elusive investments into Nigeria.

” To put our current reality into perspective, in 2018 the Foreign Direct Investment to Africa rose 11 per cent to 46 billion dollars,” he said.

According to him, the FDI to Nigeria shrunk, 43 per cent to 2 billion dollars whilst Ghana received 3 billion billion. (ref. world investment report 2019).

“This is in contrast to the vast hydrocarbon resource base. Nigeria is blessed with (largest oil and gas reserves in Africa),” he said.

He expressed hope that deliberation at the summit would ponder on the burning issues.

” It is my firm belief that we will ponder on these burning issues with a view to articulating holistic solutions, the bedrock upon which the survival of our great country is hinged upon,” he added.

Also, the Director of Petroleum Resources, Mr Sarki Awalu said the summit remained an important assembly for the sector.

He said that the summit would give opportunity for stakeholders to synergize and proffer solutions to challenges of the oil and gas sector.

” I am confident that the summit will achieve its objectives and will also articulate some of the issues raised by industry players,” he said.

Also, Mr Simbi Nwabote, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Content Monitoring Development Board (NCMDB) said that the summit had opened up so much opportunities for both local and international companies.

He assured stakeholders that the board was ready to give all support to industry players to drive growth and development.

” Nigeria is open for business and our government is committed to it,” he said

Nigeria News Agency reports that NIPS is an annual Nigerian oil and gas conference.

The 2020 edition, which is the third in the series, had Ministers of Energy from Congo and Equatorial Guinea, OPEC, International and local oil companies among others in attendance.

Edited By: Josephine Obute/Felix Ajide

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Oil Theft: We have lost 4m barrels in 2019 says Aiteo

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Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production, operators of OML 29, says the activities of oil thieves have assumed alarming proportions, leading to loss of about four million barrels of crude in 2019.

Mr Victor Okoronkwo, Managing Director of the oil firm spoke on the sidelines of the ongoing Practical Nigerian Content Exhibition and Conference with the theme, “Leveraging Local Expertise for Market Growth and Expansion’’.

Okoronkwo regretted that attacks by oil thieves on the 117 kilometer Nembe Creek Trunk Line, (NCTL) has adversely affected crude export from the oilfields in Bayelsa which had been shut for two months in 2019.

He regretted that despite the enormous investment in technology and security on the assets, the sabotage was yet to abate, adding that the development required a decisive action by all stakeholders.

He noted that the losses in oil output caused by oil theft were responsible for revenue shortfalls expected by the three tiers of government.

“One of the biggest challenges we face in our operations is the security of our pipelines and oil facilities.

“Our pipelines and flow-lines are constantly vandalized by unscrupulous elements tagged ‘crude oil thieves’ attempting to cause economic sabotage to our company and the people of this great country.

“Despite our efforts in raising NCTL uptime from 60 per cent to over 80 per cent since acquisition, we have recorded more shutdown days in operations due to third party infractions for over two months this year, compared to previous years.

“This has resulted in loss of revenue and deferments estimated at about 4 million barrels so far this year.

“Also worrying is the amount of crude loss recorded even when the pipeline is operational, usually in the range of 25 to 35 per cent.

“More worrisome is that even when the perpetrators of these acts are caught and handed over to security agencies, we are yet to witness any convictions,” Okoronkwo lamented.

He noted that the interruptions cut across the industry, as NCTL also served four other oil companies namely Eroton, Newcross, Belema Oil and Shell, who took turns to export their crude output from the export line.

/MNA

Edited & Vetted By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Maureen Atuonwu
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Aiteo, host communities face-off: Petroleum Ministry seeks out of court resolution

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The Ministry of Petroleum Resources has intervened in the ongoing litigation by Nembe Communities, hosts to Oil Mining Lease (OML 29).

The OML, was supposed to be renewed on June 30.

A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa had on June 24 declined an application to halt the renewal of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 29 pending, the determination of a suit by Nembe communities in Bayelsa.

The OML 29 host communities are seeking an environmental audit of the impact of the oil field on the host communities, and the implementation of the social obligations of the host communities by the operator of the oil block amongst others.

At the resumed hearing on Friday, Counsel to the plaintiffs, M.A. Eyinda told the court that officials of Ministry of Petroleum Resources had proposed an amicable resolution of the face-off.

He explained that the Ministry had prepared a draft Memorandum of Understanding for resolution of all the issues in the suit by the parties, and sought the input of the communities at a meeting scheduled for August 27 which did not hold.

However, Counsel to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Agbade Agbade said that although he was aware of the disposition of his client for an out of court settlement, he had no update to give the court without recourse to his client.

Eyinda expressed the desire of the plaintiff to continue with their case while hoping that the settlement option proposed by the Petroleum Ministry materialises.

The lease expired on June 30, while the operator of the oilfields had commenced renewal formalities with the payment of 82 million dollars to the Department of Petroleum Resources.

Justice Awogboro Abimbola, heard four pending applications to be joined in the suit from Bayelsa communities.

Abimbola adjourned the case until Oct. 12 for ruling on the pending application to be joined.

The judge also fixed Oct. 18 for continuation of hearing on the substantive suit.

Nigeria News Agency reports that some 40 chiefs from Nembe communities seeking to join the suit besieged the court premises and filled the courtroom to the brim.

The plaintiffs are Ikaonaworio Eferebo-Igoma, Iyerite Chiefson Awululu-Atubu, Ayebaesin Edoghotu-Omoh, Markson Amaegbe-Orutari, B.C. Benwari-Yousuo and Doibo Evans representing OML 29 host communities.

The defendants are the Attorney-General of the Federation, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Federal Ministry of Environment and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.

Others are Aiteo Exploration and Production Ltd, Attorney-General of Bayelsa and The Deeds Registrar, Bayelsa Ministry of Lands.

reports that Shell Petroleum Development Company in 2015 divested its equity in OML 29 and transferred its interest in the oil block, including NCTL for 1.7 billion dollars to Aiteo.

However, the host community, said the divestment was done “without resolving the untold negative impact of their operations on the people”
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Edited by Emmanuel Okara/Sadiya Hamza

 

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Aiteo cup: Kano Pillars players, officials get $1,000‎ reward each

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‎‎ Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has rewarded Kano Pillars players and officials with $1,000 each for winning the 2019 Aiteo Cup.‎

‎The Nigeria News Agency ( NAN) reports that Pillars defeated Niger Tornadoes 5-4 on penalty to win the cup after the match ended 0-0 at regulation time at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, on July 28.

NAN also reports that the the team had earlier held a victory parade around the city of Kano to celebrate their Aiteo Cup triumph.‎

The governor, who announced the reward when he hosted the team on Monday at Government House, Kano, gave them $1,000 each.

Ganduje acknowledged the tireless work of both the players and management of the club and pledged more incentives if they get more laurels this season particularly in CAF champions league.

He said that the gesture was to spur them to do more in doing the state proud.

‎“We commend both teams and officials for making the state proud and also in bringing back the lost glory of the state in sports.

“A trophy which ‎eluded our state for over 60 years is now won by this great team. We have every reason to rejoice with you our dear Pillars,” he said.

Ganduje also assured of his continued support and commitment towards the development of the club and other sporting activities in the state.

The governor, who said that he would host the players and officials at a special dinner, also promised other surprise gifts for them. ‎

The Chairman of Kano Pillars, Suraj Shu’aibu, commended the governor for his untiring support to the club.

He assured that his tenure as a Chairman would usher in discipline in the club.‎

On their part, the players in separate responses, expressed gratitude to the governor and promised to do their best in the continental championship.

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Aiteo Cup: Tonadoes commend Kaduna fans for support

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Niger Tornadoes FC on Tuesday extended messages of appreciation to the Government and its fans in Kaduna, for the massive support they received during the finals of the 2019 Aiteo Cup.

Tornadoes lost to Kano Pillars FC 2-3 through a penalty shootout after the two teams battled to a goalless draw in regulation time at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

Tornadoes made the commendation in a statement by its  Chairman, Adamu Aliyu, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna.

Aliyu commended all stakeholders in Kaduna State including media organisations for their unwavering support and coverage of the team before, during and after the final game.

He said the club’s management had secured the approval of the Kaduna state government to use the famous Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS) for the team’s Confederation Cup matches.

Aliyu said the matches would commence in early August with the first leg tie pitching Niger Tornadoes against Santoba FC of Conakry, Guinea.

“We are therefore appealing to all football fans and Tornadoes supporters in the State to accord the team maximum support and cooperation during our upcoming continental matches.

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2019 AITEO Cup: Niger Tornadoes FC thanks government for support

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The Media Officer of the Minna-based club, Alhassan Kutigi, said that the club was elated with the level of support it got from all and sundry.

“The management of Niger Tornadoes FC wishes to extend its gratitude to the government and good people of Kaduna State, especially, football fans.

“Our Chairman, Adamu Aliyu also thanks football stakeholders in Kaduna State, including media outfits for their unwavering support and coverage granted the team before, during and after the final,” he said in a statement.

Aliyu added “The management would also like to formerly inform the people of Kaduna State that the club had earlier secured approval to use the famous Ahmadu Bello Stadium for it Confederation Cup matches.

“The Confederation Cup is scheduled to commence early next month with the first leg tie pitting Niger Tornadoes against Santoba FC of Conakry.

“We are therefore, appealing to all football fans and Tornadoes supporters in the state to accord the team maximum support and cooperation in our continental matches.”

The team qualified to play in the CAF Confederation Cup on the basis of Kano Pillars playing in the CAF Champions League.
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(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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AITEO Cup Final: Fans call for more stringent sanctions against crowd violence

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A cross-section of football fans on Sunday urged football authorities in the country to apply more stringent sanctions on clubs whose supporters get involved in violence at match venues.

Reacting to the violence which trailed the 2019 Aiteo Cup finals at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Sunday, the fans described the violence as one too many.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that crowd violence disrupted the final of the 2019 Aiteo Cup final after Kano Pillars had won the match against Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna.

They had won via a penalty kicks shootout which ended 4-3, after 90 minutes of play had ended goalless.

Trouble started when fans of Kano Pillars encroached the pitch in celebration of their club’s victory, with the move by security personnel to disperse the crowd worsening the situation.

The fans who spoke with NAN expressed disappointment with what they described as a show of shame and embarrassment to the nation.

James Jamil, a Kaduna-based fan, said: “We came here to enjoy football, but the attitude of those fans at the end of the game was uncalled for. We were all teargassed for no just cause”.

On his part, Peter Andrew who came in for the match from Abuja called for severe sanctions against the erring club.

“This kind of behaviour should not be tolerated by the football authorities in the country. It is very important to set up an investigative panel and appropriate sanctions placed on erring clubs,” he said.

Another football fan, Friday Matthew who is based in Jos described as poor the crowd control mechanism put in place by organisers, saying it was responsible for the sad development.

“How can you have a big event like this and the crowd control will be this poor?” he said.

Also, Kano-based Usman Auwalu described the development as a shame and national disgrace for football lovers who came from different parts of the country to watch the match.

“Proactive measures should be taken to avoid such occurrence in future.

“We can not come in peace and go back in pieces because of the unruly attitude of some fans,” he said.

(Edited by Bayo Sekoni and Olawale Alabi)

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