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Osinbajo Misses Edo Sport Festival Grand Opening. Here’s Why

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Storm Kept Osinbajo Away From NSF Official Opening — Gov. Obaseki

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo missed the official opening of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin due to the storm at the city’s airport, Edo’s Gov. Godwin Obaseki said on Tuesday.

Obaseki, in his address at Tuesday’s opening ceremony of the festival tagged “Edo 2020”, said the vice-president tried to be at the venue of the event.

But his plane had to be diverted due to the bad weather,” he said.

READ ALSO: Buhari To Declare Open National Sports Festival In Edo On April 6

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that an afternoon downpour delayed the commencement of the ceremony, which was later held amidst colorful cultural presentations by several artists and troupes.

Obaseki, however, commended Osinbajo for finding time out of his busy schedule, even though, he could not finally make it.

NAN reports that Osinbajo was due to stand in for President Muhammadu Buhari at the event which marked the opening of the April 2 to April 14 competition.

“We are grateful, for he has taken time out of his busy schedule to be here with us this evening even though he could not finally make it.

“He is a friend of Edo and we appreciate this gesture,” Obaseki said.

However, in the absence of Vice-President Osinbajo, Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, stood in to deliver President Buhari’s message to the festival.

He described the festival as an avenue to showcases Nigeria’s best talents in over 32 different sports events.

“The NSF is the biggest sports fiesta in the country, where both professionals and home-based athletes converge to display their prowess.

“Although the 20th National Sports Festival is supposed to have taken place one year ago, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it suffered several postponements.

“However, the determination of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that youths were engaged productively through sports, is notable.

“So also are the doggedness of the Edo Government to host the festival and the unwavering commitment of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

“Now, we are glad today that we finally are having the festival. It is indeed a befitting festival,” the president said.

He commended the young athletes who have converged in Benin for the competition, saying the festival remained one of the veritable tools for uniting the country.

“The NSF is also a tool to bring our young men and women to interact, to make friends, to compete and it also provides an avenue to discover talents in various sports who will represent the country in the global sports arena.

“I, therefore, thank the government and people of Edo for keeping their promise of hosting the festival in spite of the numerous challenges brought about by the postponement which occurred almost a year ago.

“The investment made in sports infrastructure and allied structures by the Edo government signposts the direction our sports development must take in Nigeria.

“No doubt, an investment in both our both men and women and sports infrastructure is most desired.”

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Nigeria Has What it Takes to be Bio-Safe – FG

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Nigeria Has What it Takes to be Bio-Safe - FG

Sharon Ikeazor, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Environment says Nigeria has what it takes to be safe and prosper in terms of biosafety.

Ikeazor said this at a one-day Stakeholders Conference on the State of Biosafety in Nigeria, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The minister was represented by Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA).

The event was organised by Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an NGO, to examine food system, biosafety and emerging technologies with a view to defining systems that worked.

Ikeazor expressed disappointment at the notion by some Nigerians that government was always making bad policies, saying no government would want to do anything against the interest of its citizens.

READ ALSO: FG Restates Commitment To Sustainably Exploit Hydrocarbon Resources

“We have enough scientific knowledge and evidence to decide whether this is bio-safe or it is not before they are released.

“If Genetically Modified Products are going to come out, I can tell you it is only the ones that are safe, no product will just go to your backyard and come out.

“It takes 13 years to come out with any product that is safe; any product we have approved for free trial, food or feed, we have confirmed them safe.

“The safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), that will ever be released in this country cannot be in doubt and to consume them will make us healthy after we have confirmed them.

“The Federal Government has what it takes for Nigeria to be safe and prosper, Nigerians must trust its government,” she said.

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Prof. Ekele Re-appointed By President Buhari as Medical Director, UATH

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Prof. Ekele Re-appointed By President Buhari as Medical Director, UATH

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Prof. Bissallah Ahmed Ekele, as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, which revealed that the appointment of Prof. Ekele would be valid for another term of four years after a selfless service in his first tenure in office.

READ ALSO: Buhari Approves Salary Scale For Teachers, Increases Years of Service

While congratulating him on his reappointment, Buhari urged Ekele to use the responsibility given to him to continue with the development of the hospital and health sector in the country.

“Prof. Ekele officially took over from the Acting CMD, Dr. A.S. Haruna, on July 3, 2017, and has performed creditably well in infrastructural development, research, clinical services, and industrial relations, among others,” the statement said.

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Lagos, Nigeria’s Highest IGR, 7th Fastest Growing City Worldwide – NIPC

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Lagos, Nigeria's Highest IGR, 7th Fastest Growing City Worldwide - NIPC

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) says Lagos state is the seventh fastest-growing city in the world, with the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in Nigeria.

The commission also noted that out of the 36 states and FCT, Lagos state had N398.7 billion IGR as of 2018, N1.2 trillion budget in 2020, and N5 trillion household consumption in 2019.

Ms. Yewande Sadiku, NIPC’s Executive Secretary, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at the formal launch of its ‘Book of States’ by Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.

According to reports, the ‘Book of States ‘ is a compendium of competitive advantages and key investment opportunities in each state, to enable investors to appreciate the investment potentials in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: NIPC Boss Explains Nigeria’s State Of Investment

Sadiku, while presenting the document highlighted various investment opportunities and comparative advantages across the 36 states and FCT to attract potential investors as captured in the document.

According to her, Lagos has the largest concentration of young, skilled, and educated workforce including the largest tourism and entertainment industry in Africa as well as the best city for start-ups in Africa.

Sadiku stated that the project produced by NIPC in conjunction with the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) as a means to sell Nigeria by highlighting the uniqueness of each of the 36 states and the FCT.

The NIPC boss equally highlighted the competitive advantages of some states including Bauchi, Ekiti, Enugu, Kano, Sokoto, and Taraba.

She stated that Bauchi State had N11.7 billion IGR in 2019 with over 4.2m ha of arable land with 2.4m ha untapped adding that it spanned two ecological zones (Sudan and Sahel Savannah).

READ ALSO: NIPC Boss Explains Nigeria’s State Of Investment

According to the NIPC boss, Bauchi has a high deposit of solid minerals such as gold, titanium, limestone, kaolin, and zinc with tourism potentials.

She described Ekiti which has N8.5 billion IGR as the knowledge capital of Nigeria due to the history of producing a disproportionately high number of professors and academics.

“It has a knowledge-focused Special Economic Zone and special agricultural processing zone with arable land and irrigation facilities. It produces cocoa, kola nut, timber, granite among others.

“Sokoto State has rich fertile soil for the cultivation of many crops, the largest limestone reserves in Africa, largest phosphate deposits in Nigeria, and is endowed with gold, nickel, copper, and zinc.

“It ranks second in livestock production in Nigeria and is also a major producer of rice, onions, garlic, and sesame, and possesses hydro (Goronyo), solar, wind, biomass, and gas potentials.

“Enugu State houses the only international airport in the South East of Nigeria, presence of multiple Free Trade Zones in the state, large aggregation of technology, innovation, and start-up hubs.

“It has over 16 universities and tertiary institutions, abundant coal, iron ore, limestone, etc, deposits, and a strategic gateway between the agricultural belt of the North and the manufacturing hubs of the South,” she noted.

Sadiku further stated that Kano State had N40.6 billion IGR, the largest labor force in Nigeria, a major commercial and manufacturing center in the West African Sub-Region, and rich cultural and heritage values.

She also said that Taraba which had the largest tea farm in Nigeria was endowed with mineral resources while its IGR was N6.5 billion in 2019.

She noted that the ‘Book of States’ was just one, out of many efforts to promote investment opportunities in the country, adding that the commission was working on other plans.

“The investment passport is another document that will identify and will be useful in promoting the investment opportunities in the states.

“This is the next thing we are working on along with profiling of specific investment opportunities of each state,” she said.

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