Former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu, is confident the team will qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Nigeria and Ghana will clash on Friday at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, with the second leg to played on Tuesday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
Ahead of the games, the 1980 AFCON winner said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Wednesday that he was “highly hopeful” of victory for the Super Eagles at the end of the two-leg encounter.
“I am optimistic of the national team’s victory. I am already praying and mobilizing local support for their victory,” Chukwu said.
“I am of the belief that those around for the game will deliver for Nigeria.
“But in a situation where some invited players do not make it, we must know that this is a sign that there is the need to groom and get home-based Super Eagles players ready to replace anybody in the squad.”
Singer Sina Rambo And Wife Welcome A Baby Girl In Atlanta, USA
Nigerian singer, Sina Adeleke, popularly known as Sina Rambo, has welcomed a baby girl with his wife.
Sina Rambo, who is also a cousin to popular musician, Davido, made the announcement on the gram and he looked joyful. Sharing a picture of himself and the child, Sina Rambo also revealed the name of his newborn.
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The announcement read, “Baby Lola is here. Join me and welcome our sweet little angel, Adelola Yohanna Merlyn Esther Adeleke. She is so beautiful.”
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Earlier, the singer revealed the sex of his baby alongside his wife. In the snaps, that he posted, the baby was seen holding his hand and it was such a cute sight to behold. See snaps below;
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Lagos demolitions : Six more buildings to go down in renewed crackdown
Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress
Six highly distressed buildings on Lagos Island have been marked by the State Building Control Agency for demolition as part of its ongoing campaign against building collapse,
A statement by LASBCA, signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Adetayo Akitoye-Asagba, disclosed that occupants of illegal attachments to buildings in the area had been ordered to quit.
According to the statement, the General Manager of LASBCA, Arc. Gbolahan Oki, while supervising the special enforcement exercise, said that the agency was acting on the mandate to identify and remove distressed and non-conforming buildings within the metropolis to forestall needless tragedies.
While giving a seven-day vacation ultimatum to occupants of illegal attachments, he stated that buildings in the axis were notorious for illegally adding attachments to their frontages, thereby obstructing the layout and making the approach less visible.
“Some of the distressed buildings are quite difficult to detect due to illegal attachments in their frontages. As such, we need to remove them to reveal the actual state of the buildings,” he said.
Oki decried the spate of illegal and unapproved building construction in the area despite government enlightenment campaigns and stringent enforcement measures.
He reiterated that it was illegal to erect buildings without obtaining the necessary approvals and going through stage supervision and eventual certification of the building as fit for habitation by LASBCA.
Noting that the on-going demolition exercise was a wake-up call to all developers and property owners in the state to build by the rules, he said the Lagos State Government would continue to come down heavily on any act of disregard for the State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2020 as amended.
He emphasised that LASBCA would not relent in removing both distressed and non-conforming buildings in the state, while the cost of removal would be at the expense of the owners.
The general manager assured stakeholders that the safety of lives and property remained the priority of the government as the ongoing exercise was not designed to witch-hunt or intimidate the people but to ensure their wellness and well-being.
He urged Lagosians to continue to give maximum support to the government by carrying out voluntary structural engineering appraisals on their old buildings, obtaining the Certificate of Completion and Fitness for Habitation and promptly reporting cases of distressed, non-conforming and illegal developments
Strike not ending soon – ASUU, others
Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Joint Action Committee of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational (NASU) and Associated Institutions and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have insisted that the strike will not be ending soon as no agreement has been reached with the Federal Government.
ASUU started its strike on February 14, 2022 and JAC commenced its own on April 14, 2022.
The unions embarked on industrial actions while demanding improved welfare packages, better working conditions and implementation of various labour agreements signed with the Federal Government between 2009 and 2020.
The national leaders of ASUU and JAC of SSANU and NASU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke and Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, respectively told newsmen that the Federal Government and all stakeholders in the education sector and religious leaders had a meeting with the four unions but no strong agreements were reached.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, at the weekend said, “We had a cordial and fruitful discussion; we looked at the issues dispassionately and reached some agreements, to the satisfaction of everybody in attendance.”
But Osodeke said Ngige’s claim after the meeting that the unions would call off the ongoing strike this week was a political statement.
In his words, “We are not aware that we are calling off the strike. We met but there was nothing concrete between us and the government. Like we said before, we do not want promises, we want actions, if they show action and implement all the issues, we will go to our members, but knowing their antecedents, we know they will not do anything.
“They promised us since December 2020 and it is going to a year and a half, they have not done anything. We are waiting for them.
“As far as we are concerned, only when they sign our agreements, accept UTAS, release EAA and revitalisation funds will we call the strikes off.”
Ibrahim added that the major progress he could point at during the meeting was the ordering of the National Information Technology Development Agency, by the presidency who was represented by the Chief of Staff to the President and Chairman of the meeting, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, to subject the three payment solutions; Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system , University Transparency and Accountability Solution and University Peculiar Payroll Payment System, to integrity test and submit in three weeks.
“We are not talking about calling off strike now,” he said.