Japan donates judo kits to Police

A Japanese non-profit organisation, JUDOs, that promotes judo sport worldwide, has donated 24 judo kits to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, made the presentation on Thursday at the Sports Arena, Police College, Ikeja, Lagos State.

Kazuyoshi said that the kits were donated by the organisation to promote sports in Nigeria.

“The President of JUDOs is Kosei Inoue, a Gold Medalist in 100kg category at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. When I met him in September 2022, he told me that sports can bring people together across cultural and religious boundaries.

“His organisation aims to contribute to the development and promotion of sports and support athletes from young to adult. Mr Inoue hopes that the NPF will share his principles and promote Judo in Nigeria.

“Judo is not a sport, but an art that teaches core values like courage, respect, and self-defence.

“These values stretch into every area of your life. This is why I believe that incorporating judo into the NPF training would be beneficial.

“The core principle of judo is soft overcoming hard, which teaches us that size and strength alone do not determine a person’s worth. Judo trains both body and spirit, and its benefit go beyond fighting and self-defence.

“It teaches values that are necessary for discharging official duties and relating to the general public. I hope that this donation will contribute to the growth of judo practitioners in Nigeria,” he said.

The I-GP, Usman Alkali, commended the Japanese organisation for the donation stressing that the act was an important handshake of friendship between both countries.

Alkali, represented by the Force Director of Sports, CP Patrick Afayero, who appreciated the donation said the Force would continue to ensure unity, safety and security.

He noted that the NPF had contributed to the development of sports both locally and globally in the last nine decades

with evidence of medals at various championships.

“One of my strategic objectives when I took over as the 21st indigenous I-GP has been to continue to promote sports with the Force as a vehicle for physical fitness and mental alertness of officers, which in turn makes them better police officers, well fitted for the assiduous task of policing the national.

“I am very pleased to put on record that this laudable donation of judo kits on behalf of JUDOs- a Japanese non-profit organisation, is unprecedented and highly commended.

“It must be known that by this gesture, you have contributed in no small measure to the combative readiness, mental and physical fitness and self-defence in unarmed combat, of the police officers and men who will put these gifts to good use,” he said.

He, however, assured the Japanese that the kits would be a turning point in the Judo sport for Japan and Nigeria as they will produce positive fruits in future.

Mr Tunji Disu, a Commissioner of Police, at the presentation noted that the NPF brought Judo sport to Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NPF Judocals put out a demonstration before the presentation of the gifts.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

FG constitutes advertising offences tribunal

The Federal Government has constituted the Advertising Offences Tribunal, with retired Justice Cecelia Olatoregun as Chairman.

A statement issued by the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, said four other members were appointed.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the appointments in line with Section 38 of ARCON Act No 23 of 2022.

The other members of the tribunal are Mr Charles Odenigbo, Mr Moroof Aileru, Mrs Julie Jacks and Mr Idorenyen Enang.

NAN reports that the tribunal is an independent specialised judicial body established to ensure equity, openess, fairness and impartiality in all disputes and offences committed under the ARCON Act.

It is also envisaged that the tribunal will ensure speedy hearing and timely resolution of all matters before it.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

FG tasks NCoS, NIS personnel to shun corruption

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has urged Immigration and Correctional Services personnel to shun corruption and be professional in discharging their duties.

The minister gave the advice while decorating six new Deputy Comptrollers-General of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) and two from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the country has launched reforms of the services and urged all personnel to contribute to the success of the reforms.

Aregbesola said they must work with patriotism and serve Nigeria with diligence.

The minister particularly tasked Immigration personnel to stamp out all forms of corrupt practices in passport administration.

“You must live above board through conscious display of professionalism, integrity, dedication and hard work for the betterment of the country,” he said.

He said the reforms were meant to positively impact on Nigerian citizens.

“I have no doubt that the newly promoted DCGs will step up their groove and deliver resounding successes in this regard”.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NDE registers unemployed persons in Nigeria

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has embarked on registration of all unemployed people in Nigeria with a view to engaging them in productive ventures.

The Enugu State Coordinator of the agency, Mrs Ifeoma Ezekwe, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Enugu.

Ezekwe said that the exercise was being held across the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT, Abuja.

She said that the registration was going on simultaneously across the 774 local government areas (LGAs) nationwide, adding that it was for all classes of unemployed; and with or without any educational qualifications.

According to her, the essence of the exercise is to capture all unemployed persons to help the country with proper planning, as well as engage them in profitable ventures with a view to curbing crime and boosting economic development.

“The country cannot plan without data, data is very important in planning, and NDE since 1987, had been in the business of reducing the number of unemployed people, making them employers of labour and self-employed.

“I was appointed the state coordinator in May 2022, and I am fortunate to serve under the current Director-General of NDE, Malam Nuhu Fikpo, whom I call employment generator.

“I call him employment generator because since he came on board, we have never had a minute rest without activities and programmes,” Aka said.

Ezekwe explained that NDE had four key programmes which included; vocational skills, small skills enterprises, rural empowerment and special public works.

She said that the state directorate just concluded training of women on bags and shoes making, so that as full time housewives, they could have a vocation and earn some money.

According to the NDE official, when the directorate trains people, they give stipends as transportation fare to enable them go for the trainings.

Aka, who however, said the NDE had faced challenges such as paucity of funds and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s Naira re-design policy, expressed optimism that the directorate would be able to discharge its mandate.

Ezekwe called on the state government to assist the agency with vehicles that could be used to access the hard to reach LGAs in the state.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Nigeria knocked out of U17 AFCON

Nigeria’s Under 17 team, Golden Eaglets have crashed out of the ongoing Under 17 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Algeria.

The team lost 1-2 to their Burkina Faso counterparts in the quarter finals of the event at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Thursday.

The result means that Nigeria could not secure a ticket to the 2023 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in November, after failing to reach semi finals of the ongoing AFCON.

In the match, Aboubacar Camara put the Burkina Faso team in the lead, at the 45th minute of play, following a defensive error from Tochukwu Ogbiji.

Nigeria’s goalkeeper Richard Odoh made an effort to block the ball aiming for the back of the net, but without much power in that attempt, the ball fell at the penalty area and needed Ogboji to clear but an indecisive attempt gave Camara the chance.

Ogboji also adjudged to have fouled Lassina Traore in the 18 yard box and penalty was given against Nduka Ugbade’s tutored side at the 57th minute.

Camara converted to increase the goal tally for his side.

Nigeria, however, responded 10 minutes later via a tap in by Abubakar Abdullahi to reduce the goal deficit for the home team.

Abdullahi’s effort was not enough to see the Golden Eaglets through as the game finished in favour of their opponents.

Meanwhile, Morrocco, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso have all booked places at this year’s World Cup.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Conceiçao dismissal: CAS confirms over F CFA 1 billion fine imposed on FECAFOOT

The Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS has confirmed FIFA’s decision ordering the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, to pay over FCFA 1 billion to former Indomitable Lions’ head coach Antonio Conceicao as compensation for breach of contract.

The federation was sentenced to pay the huge compensation last July 2022 following a complaint tabled by the former Indomitable Lions’ coach to FIFA. FIFA had ruled in favor of Conceicao and ordered FECAFOOT to pay over FCFA 1 billion for an “abusive breach of contract”.

The Federation appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS, the highest jurisdictional organization in sports, and Fecafoot was again found guilty.

Reacting to the CAS ruling, Fecafoot indicated in a release signed by the Secretary General on May 10th that, “the relevant arguments developed at CAS do not seem to have been taken into account (non-respect of contractual clauses to name but these),”.

They however take note of this decision and reserve the right to appeal to the Swiss Federal Court.

It should be recalled that Antonio Conceiçao was sacked by FECAFOOT President Samuel Eto’o after the Lions finished third during the 2021 AFCON while he was still under contract with the Indomitable Lions.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Basic education: final year pupils anxious as they await common entrance results

Final year pupils in various primary schools across the country are in full focus as they begin their official end of year exams.

Common entrance and entree en sixième examinations begin this Thursday May 11th 2023 and candidates are doing final touches in group as well as individual studies in order to maximize their chances of succeeding the exams.

“I am Steve, pupil of Class 6 at Government Bilingual Primary school Babadjou Toumaka. I am preparing for my common entrance exams that will take place on Thursday. To succeed, I do revisions in school and at home,” a class 6 pupil told us 24 hours to exam time.

When asked if he is confident he will succeed, Steve tells us he is.

“I am sure I will succeed because I did succeed in the mock exams and the lessons are easy.”

On their part, head teachers and teachers are confident that their pupils will make them proud judging from their performances in the mock exams.

The head teacher of Government Bilingual Practicing School Babadjou Toumaka, says he knows that his pupils will be successful because all instructions given are respected to the letter and the school put in place a preparatory system that also involved the psychological aspects.

“The children are confident of themselves because we made them so. The psychological preparation is there. We tell them that what they will meet during the exam will not be strange. They are things we teach them everyday and in which they score high. To make sure our strategy works out, we do revisions,” Aloysius, head teacher of the school tells us.

“I will estimate a 90% success rate because you know many of our children are from the restive North West and South West regions. These children are traumatized either with the distances they cover each week to reach school or with the environment in which they find themselves. With this we only have to boost them morally and give them full psychological support, ” Aloysius adds.

Teachers on their part are aware of the stakes of the exams and say the instructions given by hierarchy are strictly followed.

“As you can see we are fully engaged in revising the mock exams. We don’t know what the real exam will reserve but we are hopeful that 90% of the lessons we revise will appear in the exams,” declares a class 6 teacher.

The Common Entrance Examinations are taken by final year school pupils in Cameroon as part of selective admissions process into secondary schools.

After the common entrance, the pupils will have a month before they face their final examination: the First School Leaving Certicate.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Over 244 billion to be used to finance 2023 humanitarian response plan

The Boko Haram insurgencies in the Far North, violence in the Northwest and Southwest, Central African refugees’ influx in the East region, and the conflict in the Lake Chad basin are some of the vital assistance needs in Cameroon at the moment.

The United Nations Coordinator has unveiled the 2023 humanitarian tesponse plan estimated at over 400 million USD about 240 billion CFA. This was during a ceremony attended by the Minister of territorial administration, Paul Atanga Nji on May 11th in Yaounde.

The humanitarian response plan seeks to address the immediate and urgent needs of the most vulnerable people in Cameroon in 2023.

“The needs range from food insecurity to issues related to housing, water and sanitation and so many others. This amount will improve interventions for internally displaced persons, refugees, and people to return to their localities of origin,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon, Mathias Naab stated.

Launching the humanitarian response plan, Minister Paul Atanga Nji thanked partners for their contribution to providing humanitarian assistance and urged the international community to provide easy, flexible, and sufficient funding to sustain this year’s plan.

“As a result of relative calm in the Northwest and Southwest regions, more than 377,000 internally displaced persons have gone back to their homes. This has been possible thanks to the permanent financial and material assistance from the Presidential Humanitarian Special Support Program,” the minister reiterated.

It should be recalled that In 2022, of the $376 million (F CFA 225.6 billion) expected, only $2083.7 million (F CFA 125.2 billion) was finally received, or a percentage of 55.5%, according to OCHA figures

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 2.7 million people, 77% of whom are women and children, need urgent assistance. This office reports that these people suffer from the effects of violence, climate shocks, and epidemics.

Source: Cameroon News Agency