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Ojo Super Cup attracts U.K. sponsorship, holds draws for 2nd edition



A U.K.-based sports concern, SKODA Bling Sports, has indicated interest to take over the sponsorship of Ojo Super Cup football tournament, organised by the Ojo Local Government Council.

Lawal Adams-Adeniyi, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the annual grassroots soccer competition, on Wednesday durring the draws for the 16 registered teams at Ojo, Lagos, said that this year’s edition would kick-off on Saturday.

“With 16 teams playing for supremacy and reward, the sponsorship will turn around the fortunes of the event.

“SKODA sports have made available N 500,000 to reward the officials, provide money and other sports accessories to make the event more glamorous and advance the welfare of participants,” he said.

According to him, the LOC has yet to make known the prize money for the winners but the players are sure of being linked to professional clubs in the U.K. to enable them ply their trade.

He added that the prize money was good and was in the hands of the LOC who would before the take-off of the tournament on Saturday announce it to encourage the players to do their best.

The match Commissioner for the one month soccer event, Emeka Uzoukwu, advised players to play to the rules as old FIFA rules would be used in the competition.

He said that since the new FIFA rules guiding football competition had yet to be the subsisting practice in Nigeria, the players should play to the whistle and not the flag of the assistant referee to avoid confusion.

The official who commended the sponsors for their large heart, added that the Chief Executive Officer of SKODA Sports, Victor Osage, was a beneficiary of a local tournament years ago in the same Ojo area.

“For him to see it necessary to give back to the society that made him is worthy of note,” he said.

NAN reports that the competition is open to all ages with teams around the old Ojo Local Government Area participating.

Fans have been talking about the tournament in the area with some of them painting commercial buses in the colours of their darling teams ahead of Saturday.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)


NAN photojournalist, others exhibit for World Environment Day



Mr Jones Bamidele, Chief Photojournalist at News Agency of Nigeria , has led a team of six photographers to participate in the Green Action Photo Exhibition in commemoration of 2020 World Environment Day.

The virtual group photo exhibition, curated by Art for Humanity in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria, opened to the public on Friday by noon.

Mr Osaze Efe, the Executive Director of Art for Humanity, said the exhibition would run from June 5 through June 12, 2020, and urged the public to log on to “” to view the work of the artists.

Efe further said: “The work of the six photographers are reminding us of a hurting planet and why a greener earth is critical to the future of mankind.

“Let’s push their messages further and make our environment worth living in because environmental pollution is a menace to the future of mankind.

“In the new world, meet artists and advocates who are using their visual voice to amplify the call for a greener earth,” he said.

Other exhibitors along with Bamidele are Mark Silas, Abdulrasaq Adebayo, Jerry Chidi, Oke Oluwasegun and Muhammad Mubarak.

Jones exhibited a total of five photographs that speak to pipeline explosion and its impact on the environment; rain and accompanying flood which carries and empties the plastic waste it carries on the road; fire disasters in the cities that cause serious air pollution; and  oil spillage in rivers which impede farming and fishing in local riverine communities.

Mark Silas is a photographer, educator and a data analyst whose four pictures captured in Kaduna State are a narrative of how unhealthy environments wield devastating impact on global health and human safety. His photographs therefore call for a friendly environmental behaviour.

Abdulrasaq Adebayo’s two pictures shot in Lagos speak on a single-use plastics such as plastic bottles which find their way into our drains, rivers and oceans, thereby endangering people and life underwater, leading to acute flooding and also cause threat to human existence.

Jerry Chidi’s four-piece contribution is an environmental awakening drawn from his long term projects spanning over a period of nine years.

He says “Photography may not change the world but it can be employed in creating awareness on sustainable issues involving humans and the environment; such awareness then change the world”.

Oke Oluwasegun is a documentary photographer based in Ogbomoso, Oyo state. His Green Action series of eight pictures is based on review of human activities and its effect on the climate change which calls for an urgent action.

Muhammad Mubarak, who is also a full-time documentary photographer who depicts through his work, that a clean environment ensures the continual existence and survival of all life on Earth.

He did his work in Makoko community which is one of Africa’s most unique inner-city slums, with a third of the community built on stilts in a lagoon off the Lagos mainland.

He said: “The main objective of my visit to this slum is to raise awareness to both government and private organisations for emergency support for a cleaner and healthy environment.”

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)



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Yemeni photojournalist killed by masked gunmen in Aden




Two masked gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire and killed a photojournalist in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Tuesday, a security official told Xinhua.

The freelance photojournalist, identified as Nabil Hassan, was killed by assualt rifles of the gunmen “while he was getting out of his house in Aden,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

The assailants fled the scene immediately after firing two bullets toward Hassan’s head and heart in his residential neighborhood on the northern outskirts of Aden, according to source.

A number of security units were deployed to search for the perpetrators in Aden’s district of Dar Sad, he added.

Yemeni Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar strongly condemned the killing of Hassan, demanding the security forces immediately capture the perpetrators.

“The assassination … is a new attempt to silence the right to freedom of expression and revealing the truth. I urge the authorities to take responsibility for capturing the perpetrators and bringing them to justice,” Askar said in a brief press statement.

Yemen has been locked into a civil war since the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab military coalition in Yemen since 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels forced him into exile.


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Iyaloja General, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, sensitises traders to comply with markets closure directive



The Iyaloja General of Nigeria, Mrs Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, on Thursday visited some markets in Lagos State to ensure that traders comply with the state government’s directive on closure of some markets in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had directed that all open markets and stores should be closed, except for those selling food items, medicines, medical equipment and other essential life-saving products.

This was part of the preventive measures put in place by the Lagos State Government to contain the spread of Coronavirus disease in the state.

There was high level of compliance by traders in some of the markets visited by the Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Lagos.

NAN reports that all shops were closed, except those exempted by the state government, especially those selling essential items such as foodstuffs and meats.

At Ikotun Market in Alimosho area of Lagos, Tinubu-Ojo sensitised the traders on proper hygiene methods and other laid down preventive measures to ensure that their goods do not get infected.

She also admonished them on the need to co-operate with the state government to contain the spread of the Coronavirus currently ravaging the whole world.

Tinubu, also cautioned the butchers and vegetable sellers, not to allow buyers to touch their goods without putting on hand gloves.

She also urged the traders to always use face masks and gloves to protect themselves and others from being infected by the Coronavirus.

The Iyaloja General said: “It is compulsory for you to always use face masks and hand gloves.

“You must not allow buyers to touch your goods without using gloves or you can give them nylon as alternative.”

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Olagoke Olatoye

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Enyimba FC confirms player Ojo’s abduction



Enyimba FC confirms player Ojo’s abduction

: Enyimba International Football Club of Aba has confirmed the abduction of one of its players, Ekundayo Ojo.

A statement by the club on Monday, Ojo was abducted by gunmen on Sunday.

“Enyimba Football Club can announce that midfielder, Ekundayo Ojo has been abducted by gunmen along the Benin-Owo expressway.

“The incident occurred on Sunday as the player journeyed to Akure to observe a break following suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) amid concerns over the global pandemic, Covid-19.

“Ojo was in company of Enyimba teammate, Emmanuel James and Benjamin Iluyomade, also a professional footballer who escaped the attack, while Iluyomade was captured alongside Ojo,” the statement said.

It also noted that the club was working tirelessly to secure the player’s release from his abductors.

“Enyimba FC has since maintained close contact with Ojo’s family, as efforts are already in place to ensure the player’s release from his abductors.

“At this time, and considering the sensitivity of the incident, Enyimba FC wishes to call on the media to refrain from reports or speculations capable of jeopardising the player’s safety.

“Ojo’s family also wishes to appeal for privacy while enjoining the general public to pray for the safety and freedom of the player, ” it said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Sadiya Hamza

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LASG begins rehabilitation of Ojota Interchange/Kudirat Abiola Junction road



The Lagos State Government on Monday said it had mobilized construction giant, Julius Berger, to site to begin repair of failed portions of two roads causing gridlock on Ikorodu road.

The Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, said this in a statement by Mr Adesegun Ogundeji, Deputy Director, Public Affairs in the ministry.

Adeyoye said that repair of the Ojota Interchange to Kudirat Abiola Junction would ease gridlock.

She said that stretch of the road both inward and outward Lagos had defied palliative measures over time.

The SA said that the perennial traffic on Ikorodu road caused by the failed portions between Ojota Interchange and Kudirat Abiola Junction would soon be over.

According to her, the time is ripe to address all the challenges once and for all to bring succour to Lagos residents.

She appealed for understanding of motorists as traffic was bound to be slow on the affected corridors.

Adeyoye said effective traffic management architecture was in place to reduce congestion during repairs to the barest minimum.

She explained that adequate diversion signs and traffic officers had been deployed to the construction zone to reduce hardship and appealed for cooperation of road users and the general public.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Oluwole Sogunle

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Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota highway project: 12 more months to go, says Fashola



Motorists will have to endure additional 12 months of nerve-breaking traffic on the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota highway for the rehabilitation of the road to be completed, according to the Federal Government.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that driving on the highway has been a huge nightmare for motorists since the reconstruction commenced on Nov. 17, 2018.

Similarly, there has been traffic lockdown in the Iganmu area of Lagos over the years. Joint efforts by the Lagos State Government and other agencies to tackle the problem has not yielded lasting solution.

Inspecting the rehabilitation of the highway on Sunday, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, announced that the project would be completed by the end of 2020.

Fashola, who inspected the project alongside the President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said the Federal Government was committed to “speedy completion of the highway to provide a lasting solution to the problems of bad roads and gridlock’’.

He said the road reconstruction was creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs and at the same time, advancing commerce because of the local content going into the work.

Fashola explained that the project was creating wealth with thousands of trucks conveying iron rods, cement and other locally-sourced raw materials to sites where some 650 people were directly employed on various projects.

“Businesses have started coming back on Liverpool Road because the road closed earlier is now back. You will see more of that.

“All of the businesses that are shut on Creek Road will come back. We expect to see property redevelopment and property renewal once the road is completed.

“Once the economy of Apapa returns, all the clearing and forwarding, shipping, newspaper companies and all others doing business will resume fully and the economy will bounce back.’’

He commended the private public partnership scheme with Dangote, expected to execute road construction from the Nigerian Ports Authority through various areas to the old Toll Gate at Ojota, near Lagos.

The minister pointed out that section two of the project, which was not part of the original contract was already showing signs of failure, due to heavy traffic.

“We are at the Oshodi area now and one side has been concluded and opened to traffic and this is how we intend to continue to complete and open, until we finish the entire road.’’

He, however, appealed for understanding of road users as the roads go through curing process, saying that President Buhari’s mandate was to build long-lasting and enduring roads.

“We expect that by end of 2020 the entire road network will be finished, you will have a road that will last for 40 years.’’

Also speaking, Dangote lamented that the congestion at the ports, caused by gridlock had resulted to his group losing about N25 billion in accruable revenue from 2017 to the 2019 financial year.

He lauded the quality of work taking place on the road, saying that the development was reviving commerce in the Apapa area.

“This road will actually open up the economy. It will bring a lot of jobs and a lot of factories that have moved out will be able to move back.

“What I can also assure you is that this road will be finished before the end of next year.’’

He commended the cooperation of Apapa residents, noting that the development was responsible for the progress of the reconstruction.

He said that the N72.9 billion project would have 10 lanes, stretching from Apapa to the Toll Gate at Ojota.

Earlier, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Adedamola Kuti, lamented that some utilities in the right of way of the project around Apapa GRA were slowing down construction.

Kuti said that some sections of the road around Apapa GRA, Creek Road and Oshodi were being reinforced with 200mm concrete.

He disclosed that extra layers were also being put in place for durability, strength and leveling up with drainage levels to check flooding.

Edited by: Silas Nwoha

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Traffic decongestion: Oyo begins enforcement of relocation order at Ojoo interchange



The Oyo State Government, on Thursday, began the enforcement of evacuation of traders and motorists at the Ojoo Interchange in Ibadan, the state capital.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the state government had, on Nov. 29, given a three-day ultimatum to motorists and traders using the Ojoo interchange as motor parks and market to relocate to the permanent space provided at Abatakan.

The affected motorists and traders were being moved to a space provided at the Abatakan motor park, behind Total Filling Station, Ojoo in Akinyele Local Government area.

NAN reports that the exercise was aimed at actualising the state government’s resolve to reduce traffic gridlock to the barest minimum and put a stop to unnecessary loss of lives and property, occasioned by frequent road accidents in the area.

NAN also reports that the State Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Abiodun Abd-Raheem and the Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Maintenance Agency (OYRTMA), Akin Fagbemi, led other government officials to enforce the relocation order.

They implored the affected motorists and traders to see government’s move as a necessary intervention to save people’s lives and property and not to make life difficult for them.

“This enforcement is part of the reasons people voted for good governance. No reasonable government will sit back and watch people being killed by things they can be easily controlled.

“Government took the decision to construct this interchange to forestall accidents that used to occur here on daily basis. It will therefore be wrong for us to now start using the same place as market and motor parks.

“The alternative space provided by government is not far from here and we are happy that most of the traders and motorists are already complying with the relocation order.

“Our officials will work alongside security personnel to apprehend and prosecute anybody who contravenes the relocation order,” they said.

Edited & Vetted By: Modupe Adeloye and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq



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Fashola commends business mogul, Chief Ade Ojo for CSR road construction in community



The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has commended business mogul and Founder of Elizade Motors, Chief Michael Ade Ojo for his contributions toward the development of the Ilara-Mokin community in Ondo State.

His commendation followed the grand inauguration of the 6-kilometer road network in Ilara-Mokin, Akure, Ondo State, constructed by Chief Ade-Ojo on Nov. 9.

The minister, who was at the inauguration of the reconstructed road in the town, which hosts Elizade University, also founded by Chief Ade Ojo, lauded his commitment toward investing in the development of his immediate community.

According to him, infrastructure development plays a key role in community and nationwide development.

“This 6-kilometer road construction which connects Ilara-Mokin and Ikota will ramp up social and economic growth to both communities, bringing transformation to Ondo State and Nigeria by extension.

“The road construction has also led to the creation of jobs for both skilled and unskilled workers, and other professionals who were involved in the project,’’ Fashola said in a statement by him.

Expressing his gratitude to Ade-Ojo, the minister said that it was remarkable for an individual to embark on an infrastructure development which contributes meaningfully to the speedy actualisation of community growth and the enhancement of the citizens’ welfare.

The grand opening was graced by several dignitaries, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyawu-Akeredolu and the Alara of llara-Mokin, Ondo State, Oba Abiodun Aderemi Adefehinti among others.

(Edited & Vetted By: Peter Ejiofor)

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FOC inaugurates 64 new apartments for officers as Ojo Navy Town



The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, on Wednesday urged beneficiaries of the newly inaugurated apartment blocks in Lagos to exercise utmost care in the use of the facilities.

The FOC said this at the inauguration of four blocks of 32 three-bedroom flats and two blocks of 32 two-bedroom flats  for Lieutenants and Senior rates, respectively.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the naval apartments were located at the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) WEY, Navy Town Ojo, Lagos State.

“Although the NN is still faced with the challenges of accommodation deficiencies, the additions of the ones commissioned will go a long way to ameliorate the challenge.

“I therefore enjoin beneficiaries to exercise utmost care in the use of the facilities and maintain them properly.

Daji said that there would be inspection and guidelines for the use of all accommodation in the command, saying all guidelines would be enforced.

The FOC also thanked the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, for his consistency and outstanding effort in meeting the basic needs of personnel.

“I deem it most appropriate and within the ambit of decency to extol the consistency and outstanding effort of the Chief of Naval Staff toward meeting the basic needs of personnel.

“I am at a vantage position to make this assessment, given the series of landmark projects that were commissioned in this command during the 63rd Anniversary celebration of the NN in June all geared toward improving NN capacity and personnel welfare,” he said.

“It is against this background that I am pleased to be part of the ceremony to commission yet another accommodation facilities at the Lieutenants and Senior Rates quarters to consolidate on the successes achieved so far,” he said.

Daji said that the provision of decent accommodation would have positive impact on the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the Nigeria Navy.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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