Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has revealed why he did not meet Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki when he visited the State last week.
Wike, who was in the Edo State capital as part of consultation for his presidential aspiration, neither met with Obaseki nor his deputy, Philip Shaibu.
He also avoided the Edo Secretariat of the party in Benin because the Edo PDP Chairman Dr. Tony Aziegbemi believed to be an Obaseki loyalist.
Wike stated his reasons in an interview with BBC News Pidgin.
He said: “I did not visit Governor Godwin Obaseki because that was not where the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) sent me.
“They sent me to meet the delegates (not the Governor) concerning how our party will win the 2023 presidential election.
“It is not written anywhere that I must go through the Governor before seeing the party delegates.
“Governor Godwin Obaseki is not in a relationship with me, he is not my girlfriend, so why should I be quarrelling him?”
Kwara Govt launches distribution of textbooks, sports kits for public basic schools
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday flagged off the distribution of instructional materials and sports kits to pupils of public basic schools across the 16 local governments of the state.
The gesture, according to the Governor, was part of his administration’s plan to enhance educational standards, and reduce the burden on pupils/students’ parents amid economic reality in the country.
This comes a day after the administration opened bids for the 2020 FGN-UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects, where at least 215 contractors had signified interest.
“This flag-off ceremony for the distribution of both instructional materials and sports kits procured from UBEC/KWSUBEB interventions of 2018 and 2019 matching grants is of great significance to the upliftment of basic education in the state. It reduces the burden on pupils/students’ parents, most especially in this hard time in the country,” he said in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun local government of the state.
AbdulRazaq, who was represented at the event by Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, said the programme was also aimed at repositioning basic education in the area of sporting activities, and to provide pupils/students with good and sound health.
“Similarly, this administration is working assiduously at ensuring effective teaching and learning of physical education and other subjects in our schools through prompt payment of salary, implementation of promotions, payment of palliative and provision of instructional materials which in turn breeds a conducive teaching and learning atmosphere in our schools,” he added.
AbdulRazaq appreciated key stakeholders who he said are working round the clock in ensuring the success of all programmes of the administration, with particular reference to school leaders, administrators, teachers, and non-teaching staff.
The event was well attended by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Mrs. Rebecca Bake Olanrewaju; TIC Chairmen for Irepodun Comrade Jide Oyinloye, and Oke-Ero, Hon. Gbenga Yusuf; traditional rulers from Irepodun LG led by the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo Oba Ismaila Yahaya Alebiosu; and former deputy Chief of staff to the Governor, Princess Olubukola Babalola, among others.
Chairman Kwara SUBEB, Prof Raheem Adaramaja, for his part, said Governor AbdulRazaq has been doing so much to reposition the education sector, including the procurement of multi- million naira textbooks and sports kits that he said are meant to make the students physically and mentally fit.
He thanked AbdulRazaq for the prompt response to the yearnings and aspirations of workers in the state, especially the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Adaramaja also praised the federal government through UBEC, the royal fathers, religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders for playing outstanding roles that culminated into the successes of the state government in the sector.
Mrs. Olanrewaju, in her remarks, said what is being witnessed in the state’s education sector is unique and commendable, and affirming all this process is capable of fully reviving the lost glory in that sector.
She appealed to all benefiting schools to make sure that the given items are properly delivered and maintained to achieve the set target.
Olupo of Ajase-Ipo Oba Ismail Yahaya Alebiosu, in his submission, said the project further attests that the administration is focused on changing the face of the education sector that he called a bedrock of any society.
He hailed AbdulRazaq for truly serving the masses, and how his government encourages the youth to fulfill their life dreams, alluding to his ascension to the throne of his forebears at youthful age as a case study.
“We thank His Excellency for deeming it fit to promote education at all times. We pray that Almighty God will continue to be with His Excellency. A government that sincerely has people in mind is the government that always thinks of how to bring its people out of ignorance,” the monarch said.
Some of the instructional materials for distribution include textbooks of Mathematics, English, Basic and Technology, Computer, Nigerian History and Jolly Phonics, plastic chairs and tables, ECCD materials, ICT equipment materials, and toys for ECCD materials among others.
The sports facilities include sets of table tennis, 120 sets of Jessey, traditional opon ayo; balls – volley, focal and hand balls; boots of different grades; crutches, mobile cane, typewriters, talking calculators, print magnifiers, digital recorders, adaptive laptops, sensory toys, walking frames and wheelchairs for pupils with physical disabilities, among others.
Atere Abiola Ameenat
September 21, 2023.
Mourinho insists Roma ‘did not lose’ Europa League final to Sevilla
Roma boss Jose Mourinho insists his side ‘did not lose’ to Sevilla in last season’s Europa League final – despite being beaten on penalties.
The Italian outfit looked set to claim the 2022/23 Europa League crown after taking the lead through Paulo Dybala but a Gianluca Mancini own-goal sent the showpiece event to extra time, and then penalties.
The Spanish side claimed a record-extending seventh Europa League title in an ill-tempered contest, which saw 14 players and coaches, including Mourinho, shown a yellow card. However, he maintains that the game did not result in a defeat for his side.
“It is a different season to the last, a different competition,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “I will also continue to say until the bitter end that we did not lose that Final in Budapest. Every time people talk to me about it, I will tell them that we did not lose.”
Although Roma reached the final last season, they began their campaign with a 2-1 loss away to Ludogorets Razgrad just over a year ago, and Mourinho is determined not to repeat the trick this time out.
“Having said that, we start from scratch and the first objective is to qualify for the next phase. Last year we started the group with a defeat and that complicated matters, having to go through the play-offs, so winning the group would obviously be important,” he added.
Prior to last season’s final, Mourinho had won all five of the European finals he had been in but he ended up throwing his runners-up medal to a child in the crowd, whilst Sevilla celebrated their victory.
The Portuguese will have unfinished business with this tournament after their dramatic defeat last time out.
Roma take on Sheriff on Thursday evening in their first match of the tournament. They will also play Slavia Prague and Servette in Group G.
‘A lot is going against us’, Erik Ten Haag refuses to blame Andre Onana despite blunder against Bayern
Erik ten Hag challenged his Manchester United players to bounce back from their 4-3 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
An Andre Onana blunder against a tame shot from Leroy Sane saw United go behind in the first half before Serge Gnabry made it 2-0 four minutes later. Rasmus Hojlund pulled one back for United, but Harry Kane fired in a penalty and Mathys Tel netted a fourth to make Casemiro’s late double an irrelevance.
The defeat is United’s third in a row and fourth overall this season and Ten Hag feels his team should have done enough to get at least a point from their trip to Germany.
“Disappointed because we should stay in the game. If you score three goals at Bayern Munich you have to take a point,” he told TNT Sports. “We are in a period, a lot is going against us. We have to make our own luck. We’ve played great teams in the last three games.”
Goalkeeper Onana accepted blame for his team’s defeat, but Ten Hag feels it does not all rest on the Cameroon international’s shoulders, adding: “It’s good he’s doing that but it’s about the team. Mistakes are being made but you have to bounce back as a team.
If one player makes a mistake, it’s done, it’s gone. We have to believe as a team that we can always bounce back. Tonight we showed it.”
United will hope to end their losing streak when they come up against Bunrley on Saturday
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