Delta state on Monday won the 2019 edition of the National Youth Games (NYG) held in Ilorin after garnering 104 medals to win the games for the record fifth time.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Team Delta hauled 104 medals comprising 41 gold, 32 silver and 31 bronze medals.
The 2019 edition win meant that Delta had won all five editions of the game since its inception in 2013.
Team Lagos placed 2nd on the medal’s table after garnering 72 medals: 22 gold, 36 silver and 14 bronze medals.
Bayelsa came third with 45 medals: 17 gold, 6 silver and 22 bronze medals.
Akwa Ibom placed fourth on the table with 41 medals comprising 16 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals.
Edo placed 5th on the medal’s table with 30 medals of 13 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze medals.
reports that the 2019 edition which is the 5th edition had 3,893 athletes drawn from 33 states and the FCT who competed in 34 sporting events.
New 238 athletes were discovered to be nurtured by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports.
Yobe state won the Best behaved state while Akwa Ibom won the best kitted team.
Edited by Donald Ugwu
30 stranded Nigerians in Lebanon rescued, among 150 awaiting evacuation – NIDCOM
Thirty Nigerians, who were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon have been rescued, and are among a total of 150 victims awaiting evacuation to Nigeria.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made this known in a statement by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit on
The commission said the rescue came after a video footage of the stranded Nigerians making an appeal to the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid viral on the Internet.
According to it, the appeal for help by the stranded Nigerians led to their rescue by officials of the country’s mission in Lebanon.
The stranded Nigerians have already been relocated to a more conducive apartment.
“They will be part of 150 others to be evacuated to Nigeria after they were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon.
“The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab disclosed the evacuation plans when the Management of NIDCOM, led by the Secretary, Dr Sule Bassi, visited that country’s mission in Abuja,” Odu said in the statement.
He quoted Diab as saying that the 150 girls would be returned home in batches with the first group of 110 people leaving Beirut for Lagos on Aug. 12.
The second batch sws expected to arrive Abuja on Aug. 16.
“The diplomat commended efforts of the Lebanese Community and the Oyo State Government who is sponsoring the return of 55 of the girls,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the NIDCOM Chairman/CEO, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Secretary of the commission, who acknowledged the excellent ties between Nigeria and Lebanon, urged both countries to sustain the cordial relationship.
Bassi also lauded the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura for his dedication and commitment.
He also commended the staff of the Nigerian mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun state governments and other strategic partners for their efforts.
“As part of the Nigerian Embassy’s Consular responsibility, the ladies in the said video that went viral and many other distressed Nigerian domestic workers were located and relocated to a safer place.
“Suffice it to say that 150 of these stranded victims are expected to be evacuated next week and handed over to NAPTIP, the agency responsible for (dealing with human) trafficking.
“A break down of the evacuees shows that Oyo State had 41, Ogun 21, Lagos 12, Ondo 18, Osun 26, and Imo 3.
Others are Kwara– 9, Enugu — 1, Ekiti — 6, Kogi — 1, Edo — 1, Delta — 3, Ebonyi — 1, Benue — 1, Abia — 1, Akwa Ibom — 1, and Anambra — 1,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
COVID-19: Bayelsa schools ready, safe to re-open – Gov. Diri
Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa on Tuesday announced that the state had put in place measures to check the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) among students in exit classes billed to resume on Wednesday.
Diri gave the assurance at the ‘Safe School Reopening Train-the-Trainer’ programme in Yenagoa.
He said that the government had provided 10,000 face masks, temperature scanners, soap and water for all public and private schools in Bayelsa.
The governor inaugurated a 10-member Safe Schools Reopening Committee headed by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Peter Akpe, to monitor implementation of the safety protocols across the state.
Diri urged the committee to ensure compliance with the safety protocols to curb infection.
He noted that Bayelsa had 339 COVID-19 cases at the moment.
Diri also noted that Rivers had 1,842 cases and Delta 1,520, saying that Bayelsa was listed the 23rd out of 36 states in infection rate.
“Out of the responsibility for the health of our dear children, we decided to close schools on March 26 even before we recorded the index case in Bayless, on April 27, 2020.
“I commend the efforts of our healthcare professionals who I describe as generals in the battlefield.
“With the steps we have taken, teachers have joined in the frontlines of the battle against the pandemic.
“We seek the cooperation of parents, teachers and other stakeholders to prevent teacher-to-student transmission of the virus and vice versa,” Diri said.
In his remarks, Dr Nathaniel Apoku, Co-Chairman of Bayelsa COVID-19 Task Force, said that 90 per cent of the 339 positive cases out of 5,000 people screened for the virus had been discharged.
“We have so far tested 5,000, we have only 24 active cases under our care.
“Our isolation centres are virtually empty, this is due to the commitment, dexterity and funding support by the government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other members of the Safe Schools Reopening Committee include Mr Freston Akpor, Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa Ministry of Information, and Mr Walter Liverpool, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
IOM opens legal facility in Edo for victims of trafficking
The International Office for Migration (IOM) Nigeria has opened a new facility in Edo to provide unhindered access to legal services to victims of trafficking in Nigeria.
The IOM made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to the IOM, the legal hub will provide free, prompt, timely and confidential legal aid to victims regardless of sex, age and gender.
The UN Migration agency stated that parallel to the opening of the pilot facility in Edo, it also conducted awareness raising sessions in Delta and Lagos states.
The IOM disclosed that two additional hubs will be established in Delta and Lagos States at the end of the year.
Ms Bertha Nguvulu, IOM Nigeria Counter Trafficking Project Officer said “Currently, prosecution of traffickers in Nigeria is focused primarily on criminal cases.
“The legal hubs will bring together all actors involved in criminal, as well as civil proceedings for victims of sexual and labour exploitation seeking legal redress in the country,” Nguvulu said.
The launch follows consultations with various legal actors in all three states such as the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Consultations were also made with the Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Federation of Women Lawyers, as well as academia.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Police begin investigation into alleged killing of youth in Delta
The Police in Delta has begun investigation into the alleged murder of a youth in Ozoro, headquarters of Isoko North Local Government Area of the state.
NAN recalls that some youths in Ozoro took to the street on Monday in protest over alleged extortion and intimidation by the police in the community.
The man whose identity is yet to be known was allegedly shot to death during the protest.
Onovwakpoyeya said the essence of the investigation was to uncover the identity of the deceased and the circumstances that led to his death.
“It was a violent protest, investigation has started to find out who actually shot him, we do not want to be hasty to issue a statement, we will speak at the appropriate time.
“The video I saw on the internet on Monday did not show any policeman, I know that if this kind of thing happened, the crowd will hold the person hostage,” he said.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)