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Edo association targets producing 12,500 cricketers annually



Edo association targets producing 12,500 cricketers annually

) The Vice-Chairman of Edo Cricket Association, Abraham Oviawe, on Tuesday in Benin said the association has set for itself the target of producing 12,500 cricketers annually.

Oviawe told the Nigeria News Agency that the new players would be introduced to the game in primary and secondary schools across the state.

“The association, as a way of popularising the game, has introduced students and pupils in 16 secondary and eight primary schools to the sport and they are currently playing regularly,’’ he said.

The Edo association vice-chairman added that the sport was not only just introduced to those schools but a coach was assigned to each of the schools to train the players weekly.

He pointed out that in December 2019 a total of 3,554 new players were produced through a coaching clinic.

“The clinic was held over nine days and it took place in nine secondary schools in the state,’’ Oviawe said.

He added that, aside from introducing the sport to schools with the aim of popularising it, the association also awarded scholarship up to university level to players who showed commitment.

“Presently, we have 15 players under this scheme. The scholarship is predicated on their commitment and performance in the game, as well as academics.’’

The Edo cricket association vice-chairman disclosed that the scholarship scheme was being bankrolled by the friends of Uyi Akpata, the association’s chairman.

“As it is now, we still have a scholarship available for any cricketer who wants to study Law. This is being sponsored by Templers Law firm.

“Those that perform well and show commitment to the game also have the opportunity of exposure at the international level.

“Right now, 12 players are going to South Africa to watch the Under-19 Cricket World Cup. This trip is solely sponsored by Akpata,’’ Oviawe said.

He also disclosed that the state cricket association has gone further to introduce the sport at the camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Ohogua, near Benin.

“Our aim is to give hope to them while they are there. We have assigned a coach to them and it is our desire to see them present a team at the state league in April.’’

Oviawe further said a cricket turf of international standard was under construction at Adolor Secondary School in Benin.

He said the turf, which would only be second in comparison with the one at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, would attract international matches when completed in February.

(Edited by: Remi Koleoso and Olawale Alabi)

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BEDC set to construct 33KV Okpella-Igara power line in Edo



The Management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), on Tuesday said it had concluded plans to award a contract for the construction of a 33KV line in Edo.

The Head of Public Affairs of BEDC, Mr Tayo Adekunle, who made this known in a statement in Benin, said the line would run from Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area (LGA), to Igara in Akoko-Edo LGA.

Adekunle said that the new power line, when constructed, would improve power supply in Okpella, Igara and environs.

“In an attempt to significantly improve power supply to Igarra town and other communities in Akoko Edo LGA, BEDC has finalised the design.

“It is at the stage of awarding contract for the construction of a 33KV line from Okpella to Igarra.

“The project, once completed, will change the source of supply to the recently completed 60MVA power transformer at Okpella transmission station.

“It will cut off the existing source from Okene transmission station which is under Abuja Electricity Distribution Company which has not been reliable because of the lengthy feeder and the fact that it is not within BEDC’s control,” he said.

Adekunle said that the new source which would be under the BEDC’s network, would guarantee adequate, quality and reliable power supply to Igarra, Ibilo, Ososo and other communities in Akoko-Edo.

According to him, the project would also boost the business of the quarries and other SMEs in the area due to the quality and reliable power supply expected from the project once completed.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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PDP advises Oshiomhole not to overheat Edo polity



The Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council (PDPNCC) for Edo governorship election has advised the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole not to overheat the polity of Edo.

Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party National Publicity Secretary, who is also the  Secretary of the Publicity sub-committee of the campaign council gave the advice at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

“We strongly caution Adams Oshiomhole to stop overheating the polity of Edo and the nation just because he and his candidate have no agenda to market to the people of Edo.

“Oshiomhole should remember that Edo is called the heartbeat of the nation and he should not create a crisis that would have a spiral effect to other parts of our country.”

Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

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Edo 2020: PDP Chieftain, Afegbua, pledges support for APC’s Ize-Iyamu



A PDP Chieftain in Edo, Mr Kassim Afegbua, says his support for Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Sept. 19 governorship election in the state remains unequivocal and unflinching.

Afegbua stated this on Monday in Benin while responding to his purported suspension by the PDP on Sunday.

According to him, “I remain unequivocal and unflinching about my support for Ize-Iyamu.

“I will ensure that I mobilise enough votes for him in the four wards of Okpella.

“Having earlier described me as inconsequential, I am wondering why they now suddenly remember that I am relevant to warrant my suspension.

“I am actually waiting for their expulsion in good time. My votes cannot be suspended or expelled. My thumb is my power,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the PDP, had, on Sunday evening in a statement, announced Afegbua’s over alleged anti-party activities.

In the statement signed by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the party said Afegbua was suspended for one month by the leadership of the party in his ward 5, Okpella in Etsakor East Local Government area of the state.

The party said that Afegbua was suspended with effect from Aug. 2 after having been found guilty of anti-party activities.

“The state Chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, has directed the local government chairman to set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him.

“The composition of the disciplinary committee will be announced in due course,” the party said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVID-19: PTF, INEC working on elections protocols-  PTF Chairman



The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are currently working out the guidelines and protocols for the forthcoming elections in Nigeria.

Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman PTF on COVID-19, made this known on Monday in Abuja.

Mustapha said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.

“This is just as the PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for elections in some parts of the country.

“The elections will begin with the Aug. 8 by-election in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo State elections in September and October respectively.

“I, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders, aspirants, members and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering and other election processes.

“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”

He also stated that the PTF would continue to push forward with the community engagement, risk communication and support to the states.

“There is an ongoing surveillance in the high-burden local government areas, just as we ramp up our precision efforts.

“Similarly, the Federal Government is supporting the states to firm up their Incidence Action Plans, preparatory to their accessing the World Bank facility for the fight against COVID-19,” Mustapha said.

Meanwhile, the SGF said that the PTF would submit its Sixth Interim Report to President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, subject to the President’s approval, the report would be presented with the way forward to Nigerians at the next briefing on Aug. 6.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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