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Sports Minister congratulates UFC Champion, Usman

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Tuesday lauded Nigerian-born pugilist Kamarudeen Usman for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight belt against Jorge Masvidal.


Dare said, in a statement on Tuesday, that Usman’s win was not only inspiring, but a confirmation of the Nigerian never-say-die spirit.

“A big congratulations to Usman for making Nigeria proud by retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship title against Jorge Masvidal.

“His tenacity, courage and consistency is typical of the Nigerian spirit of never giving up. He is not only a worthy champion, but a great Nigerian in whom we are all proud.

“Once again, he has shown that he is not just a patriot, but an embodiment of a great athlete who has projected the image of our dear country before the whole world positively.

“You are indeed a great Ambassador of Nigeria,” the minister said.

Usman retained his title via unanimous decision in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The fight was almost called off due to a disagreement over pay because Masvidal was named as a last minute replacement to earlier challenger Gilbert Burns who pulled out after he tested positive to COVID-19.

The feat is Usman’s 11th successful win in 3 title defence in the United Arab Emirate.

Usman earned 600,000 dollars appearance fee and 40,000 dollars as incentives, while his challenger got 500,000 dollars

The Nigerian Nightmare has won 16 of his last 17 fights, losing only to Jose Caseres in 2013.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

 

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10,000 professionals to participate in 2020 ICPSP COVID-19 virtual conference – Registrar

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Acting Registrar, Institute of Corporate and Public Sector Professionals (ICPSP) Mrs Omolara Adelakun says 10,000 participants are expected to feature at the institute’s 2020 COVID-19 virtual conference.


In a statement issued on Monday, Adelakun said that the virtual conference holds on Aug. 8.

She said that the participants would include experts and professional in the corporate and public sectors.

According to her, the conference is aimed at addressing the current state of the nation and her citizens during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

She explained that the conference would also add value to the economy and discuss the role of the third-party of the sector during and after the pandemic.

Adelakun said that key topics around professionalism, education and health matters, economic recovery, small and medium scale entrepreneur (SME) and information technology would also be discussed.

“Expected outcomes from the conference include opportunities amidst COVID-19 and how to manage the risks and opportunities during a challenging moment.

“Also, how ICPSP as an institute and its members can lead a change agenda in other to foster economic recovery, poverty eradication and nation-building,’’ she said.

Prof. Babatunde Yusuf, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Lagos State University and Keynote Speaker for the conference, was quoted in the statement as lauding the institute for its initiative to steer such discussion amongst professionals at this period.

“I am highly honoured to be selected among people of high repute to give a keynote address during the conference and suggest to the society, the methodology and measures to be taken during and after the pandemic,’’ he was quoted as saying.

Mr Olanrewaju Sharafa, the lead paper presenter said it would be a great privilege for him to speak on the topic: “Extreme Poverty: A symptom of COVID-19 in Africa during the conference”.

Mr Moshood Taiwo Chairman, ICPSP 2020 Conference, expressed optimism that the conference would be one of the best so far and would add value to the economy and the profession.

Comrade Agnes Sessi, Chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Lagos State Council, expressed hope that the conference would be of tremendous help for professionals to gain more knowledge in diverse ways.

“It is a great honour and privilege for me to be nominated as one of the guest speakers at the conference to speak on ‘health matters’, during and after the pandemic,’’ she said.

Mr Raheed Lateef, ICPSP, Chief Examiner, said it would be a great achievement for the institute to bring together experts during a global crisis to proffer solutions in handling various challenges during and after the pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ICPSP is a non-profit membership and research organisation, dedicated to supporting professionals whose daily effort impacted on people’s life.

The theme of the 2020 conference is “Lessons From COVID-19: Sharing Ideas with Experts”.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Unilorin Law student wins International Bar Association contest

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A 300 Level student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Miss Famuyiwa Olushola, has won the maiden edition of the International Bar Association (IBA) Vlogging Competition.


According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, Olushola award letter, written by Anna Toth, the Divisions Administrative Assistant at IBA headquarters in London, United Kingdom, informed her of being selected as the winner of the IBA Vlogging Competition in the law student category.

The publication said that the;  “IBA introduced the first ever vlogging competition for young lawyers and law students, looking for their input, thoughts and opinions on COVID-19 and the law.

“It received many impressive videos from all over the world which were all assessed based on topic, quality and professionalism”.

The award letter, dated July 28, 2020, outlined the details of the award to include two years’ free student membership with the IBA, waived registration for either the Law Student Conference or a Young Lawyer Training Day, taking place in 2021.

Others include round trip economy airfare to attend the selected event and accommodation at conference hotel for the selected event.

In her reaction, Famuyiwa, expressed happiness over the award, describing it as a great impetus for her to work harder towards making a great career in the legal profession after her graduation and call to Bar.

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COVID-19: Virologist urges scientific proof for discoveries

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Dr Solomon Chollom, a Virologist and medical laboratory scientist, on Monday urged scientists to always embrace appropriate scientific communication as key to eliminating the various controversies, especially around the COVID-19 pandemic.


Chollom in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Jos called on scientists to regroup and reconsider their approach to science communication in this era of the pandemic.

He said that the current spate of controversies and conspiracy theories about the Coronavirus were either manufactured or circulated by people who were not core medical scientists.

He decried the way some medical scientists neglected the proper culture of scientific communication and adopted other means of forcing their claims on the public.

“Scientist should endeavour to present clear scientific data to appropriate approving authorities to verify their claims and to pass an objective verdict.

“Appropriate scientific communication is done through scientific publications, which may either be full length research papers, case reports or even short communication.

“Evidences or claims should be presented in a documented manner through scientifically approved journals or editorials, and the scientific community must read and perform systematic reviews or meta-analysis of the data generated,” he said.

The scientist noted that unfortunately there was an upsurge in verbal, emotional, confrontational and near political crusades by some medical scientists who had either resorted to the use of social media platforms or some conventional media.

This act, he said, fell short of their expectations as scientists and weakened the scientific engagement on peer review platforms.

“I urge scientists to regroup and reconsider their approach to science communication in this era of the pandemic as it would eliminate unnecessary controversies.

“Efforts should also be geared toward generating information and inventions that the world so long for to tackle the pandemic.”

The virologist noted that controversies were part of the evolution of new knowledge or paradigm shift in science.

He, however, added that new knowledge must be communicated rightly with modesty, clear and verifiable evidence to back up claims.

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Monarch urges strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols

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Oba Mufutau Oyekanmi, the traditional ruler of Asipa (the Alasipa of Asipa)  Ilufemilloye Fashina V111, near Ipetumodu in Osun State, has urged Nigerians to support the government on strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols to curtail the spread of Coronavirus across the country.


He made the call on Monday at Asipa in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun when he met with some journalists in his palace.

The monarch commended the efforts of the local, state and Federal Government on measures put in place to ensure safety of lives of the citizenry in tackling

the pandemic.

Oyekanmi said “recently, government took bold steps at the right time to curtail the spread of Coronavirus by not allowing congregational prayers.

“Some people were not happy with the ban of the Muslim Eid festival prayer by the Osun State Government but it is simply because of us so we

can celebrate many more of Eid el-Kabir.

“We thank God by sparing our lives to witness this because it’s the living that celebrates.”

Sikiru Ayedun, former Osun State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, said

that the government’s action was worthy of emulation as it tried to reduce human contact to curtail COVID-19 infections.

Ayedun said that the order of the state government on no Eid prayer for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir was because of the COVID-19 “and a

test of faith.

“Whatever people are doing today is part of sacrifice, because at this point in time, our faith is being tested.”

The former commissioner assured that at the end of the tunnel, there would be a new dawn, but Nigerians should seek peace,

tranquility and live with one another in brotherliness.

Alhaji Eluyera Oyewole, former Education Secretary, Ife South Local Government, Ifetedo, Osun State, said that “everyone has

now realised that COVID-19 is real and that the pandemic is killing both the rich and the poor.

“Osun State Government did not make mistake in banning congregational prayer for the Eid el-Kabir festival, for this can increase human contact

during celebrations and that can cause more infections.

“Thank God for our government that is 100 per cent proactive, by doing the needful, else, it will have spread the virus.

“Government is doing its best; we urge for support from all by obeying the COVID-19 protocols.”

In the same vein, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole, former Permanent Secretary, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), commended

the efforts of the state government for trying to save the lives of the citizenry against COVID-19.

Kolawole said that banning congregational prayer for this year’s festival was a welcome idea, saying this is just for a brief period as it would not last forever.

He asked everybody to co-operate with government on directives given, adding that“COVID-19 is a joint task that government alone cannot fight.

“Very soon, COVID-19 will be eradicated, whereby things will be normalised educationally, economically, socially.”

He urged all and sundry to co-operate with local, state and Federal Government in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus by strictly adhering

to the use of face mask, regular washing of hands with soap and sanitizer, as well as keeping social distance, among others.”

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