- The Super Eagles lose 2-0 to Ghana in the CHAN 2023 qualifier
- I don’t have a specific presidential candidate – Obasanjo
- Lagos police arrest fake soldier, procure uniforms and others
- ASUU strike: Faculty union rejects government raise offer
- Lagos loses 22,500 children to air pollution
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The Super Eagles lose 2-0 to Ghana in the CHAN 2023 qualifier
The Super Eagles B team lost 2-0 to Ghana’s Black Galaxies at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria face a tough task in Saturday’s second leg in Abuja after conceding twice in the second half against the Ghanaians.
Afrieye Barneh converted from the penalty spot in the 50th minute and Seidu Suraj added a second in the 87th minute to put Ghana ahead of the Super Eagles despite a cautious play in the first half.
With four minutes remaining, Suraj fired a close-range shot that Adewale could only deflect into his own net after the Super Eagles made a brave attempt to equalize after falling behind once earlier in the game.
Nigeria will go into the second leg considering how to overcome this defeat to return to the competition after missing the last edition in Cameroon, while Ghana are considering a return to CHAN after missing the last three editions.
I don’t have a specific presidential candidate – Obasanjo
In a statement issued in Minna on Sunday, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said he would not run for office in 2023.
Obasanjo spoke to reporters shortly after visiting retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the former head of state, in Minna.
He said: “As for the 2023 presidential election, I don’t have a particular candidate.
“I came to visit my brother who was a bit ill and when he was abroad I wanted to visit him and the day I arrived in London to visit him was the day on which he left.
“So I said, ‘Well, since I couldn’t see him in London, I’m going to come see him in Nigeria.’ And that’s why I came to do this.
“He’s special in a way, and he was sick, so I had to come and see him.”
However, Obasanjo added that if there is someone special and unwell again that he needs to see, he would visit him.
“I’m still strong enough,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that Obasanjo also visited another former Nigerian leader, retired General Ibrahim Babangida, with whom he held a closed-door meeting.
Lagos police arrest fake soldier, procure uniforms and others
According to the Lagos State Police Command, investigators arrested Andy Edwards on Sunday for armed robbery after he posed as an army captain.
Edwards reportedly lured unsuspecting victims by disguising himself as a military commander before robbing them of their goods at gunpoint.
According to reports, the 39-year-old posed as a modeling agent to lure women into auditions, after which they were robbed of their cars and other belongings.
Items were found at the suspect’s home, including a Ford Edge SUV with license plate number KRD 276 EG, a sewing machine, a pay machine with six SIM cards, two pairs of military camouflage uniforms and a license plate number AFL469 GD.
State police command spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin made the announcement in a statement Sunday, explaining that the command acted upon receiving a complaint from one of Edwards’ victims, whose identity has not been released.
Hundeyin said: “Detectives with the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a fake Army Captain, Andy Edwards, ‘m’, 39 years old, on a charge of armed robbery.
“The fake soldier posing as a model agent invited ladies to audition and then stole their cars and valuables at gunpoint.
“He was arrested following a thorough investigation launched after one of his victims reported the robbery of their Lexus RX330 SUV.
“Further investigation led to the seizure of a Ford Edge SUV with registration number KRD 276 EG, a sewing machine, a point of sale with six SIM cards, two pairs of military camouflage uniforms, a license plate – AFL 469 GD Suspect’s house.
“While the investigation is completed, the owner of the Ford SUV is hereby urged to come forward to request the same. The suspect would be charged upon completion of the investigation.
“Lagos State Police Commissioner, CP Abiodun Alabi, FDC, reassures the good people of Lagos State of the unwavering commitment of the officers and men of command to the extermination of crime and crime in the state.”
ASUU strike: Faculty union rejects government raise offer
The federal government’s Consolidated Academic Salary Structure (CONUASS) has been criticized by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia, as “one-sided” and therefore undesirable.
The union’s chairman and secretary, Michael Ugwuene and Paul Nwiyi, jointly released a statement on Saturday on behalf of the organization and made it available to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Umuahia.
The statement said: “Government failure: Collective bargaining is the way forward.”
Accordingly, professors and other ranks received salary increases from CONUASS of 35% and 25% of their current salary, respectively.
It claimed that ASUU had no input into the review, which was prepared by the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and submitted to the FG/ASUU Renegotiation Committee, headed by Prof. Nimi-Briggs.
The award is unilateral and completely violates all national and international laws, which according to the group are the basis of the collective agreement.
It has been alleged that the Trade Dispute Act of 1976 and ILO Conventions 49 of 1948, among other laws, required the government and ASUU teams to participate in the renegotiation process.
“A negotiated salary naturally provides work harmony because the worker has contributed.
“A negotiated salary is a right, an awarded salary is potentially arbitrary and just that: a reward,” the statement added.
It further noted that none of the issues that sparked the six-month-old strike, including wages, had been directly addressed.
“Not even the issues that don’t have a financial impact, like a commitment to adopting UTAS and publishing the White Paper of the Visitation Panel at the respective universities,” she added.
The committee’s determination to enforce payment of earned academic allowances to certain universities has drawn criticism from the group.
It also expressed concern at the federal government’s decision to move the fund to the 2023 budget, rather than requesting a supplementary budget for its N170 billion recovery pledge.
In order to allow their students to return to their schools, the union called on well-meaning Nigerians to urge the government to quickly resume and complete the ongoing renegotiations.
Lagos loses 22,500 children to air pollution
According to the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, the state’s air pollution caused 22,500 child deaths in 2021.
It found that 75% of the state’s 30,000 deaths in 2021 were due to the poor environment.
This was told to reporters on the sidelines of the official kick-off ceremony of the EKO Clean Air project on Saturday in Lagos by LASEPA General Manager Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, revealed.
According to The News Agency of Nigeria, the theme of the project is Breathe Clean Air Now.
Fasawe said the data came from a study examining the effects of air pollution on local people’s health.
She noted that upon reopening, the governor prioritized health and the environment on the administration’s TOPIC agenda, “because there is no good health without a good environment.
“Eko for Clean Air preaches prosperity, good health, increased GDP and increased productivity for the people of Lagos State.
“We are currently in the Itedo community and the response has been overwhelming.
“We did an air quality study prior to this intervention and we also did something called KAP: Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices and we found that many people were unaware of the health effects of air pollution.
“So our coming here to preach clean energy and recycling, people are excited and they’re committed to working with the government on the project.”
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