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Edo 2020: EPPSG Calls For Spirit Of Oneness

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By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City

A Social Political Group, Edo Political Parties Support Group, ( EPPSG), has called on all political parties involve in the forthcoming governorship election in the state on September 19 2020, to abide by the rules of the game.

The group at an enlarged meeting on Wednesday said, they are worried that election that is still a month a way has started to generate hostility among the two major political parties in the election.

Recall that APC and PDP party members clash some days ago within the ring road area.

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In a communique, signed by Roy Oribhabor, convener of the meeting and comrade Amafe Jessica said, EPPSG comprises of supporters from all the parties with different political affiliations, thinking and orientation.

Oribhabor called on Edo people to uphold the spirit of oneness to further promote peace before,during and after election.

He said, ” to achieve peaceful election in Edo state comes Sept 19,2020 we have decided to write to the candidate of APC, Pastor Dr, Osagie Ize- Iyamu and the candidate of PDP Mr. Godwin Obaseki to apply for courtesy visit to enable us discuss and evaluate the potential that can undermine peaceful election and formulate workable directions accordingly.”

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“We hereby appeal to them to grant the request on time since the election is fast approaching. The opportunity will avail us chance to interface and also, make a statement to their supporters to eschew violence and unholy tendencies that can undermine peaceful election in Edo state”.

According to them, “as supporters of different political parties and candidates it’s our duty to preach peace because we are first Edo people before election, we remain Edo people after election.”
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POHAN, KOGI STATE, CELEBRATES H.E (CHIEF) EDWARD D. ONOJA, (CIK) DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF KOGI STATE, ON HIS 46TH BIRTHDAY.

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Your Excellency,
You are a shinning star! A Diamond! A focused mind.

We join you today as you celebrate God’s glory in your life.
We wish you more God’s blessing and wisdom.

You are an Ambassador of POHAN.

May your new age bring in, good tidings to you.
We wish you long life and glorious moments.

For: POHAN

Hon. (Barr.) Haruna O. Yusuf
Ag. Chairman
Kogi State.


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KWASU VC Calls For Reopening of School.

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The Vice Chancellor Kwara state University Mallete Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, has stressed the need for total  reopening of schools in the country

Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, who made the call at NewsKeg programme of the correspondent chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalist at NUJ press centre Offa Road Ilorin said the earlier students  go back to school, the better as the  public should  learn to live with the covid-19  by complying to safety protocol.

“Government has taken a bold and good step by allowing some particularly sets of students to resume. Some have been supporting online teaching and exams, but we can never compare physical learning with online.

“The pandemic has posed a challenge to us, it is affecting private universities, some of them are sacking workers presently. We are currently at home because of the covid-19 and government directive. If you asked me now I will tell you that the universities should be reopen immediately ” he said

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While speaking on Kwara state University  preparedness towards resumption, he said “we are already fumigating our facilities, both in Malete and Ilorin. We have been doing online lectures for classes with large number of students. For those with seizable numbers we have made plans to maintain physical distancing of two feets as recommended and also divide some into other lecture classes.

While also speaking on food security he said “Covid 19 has creat food insecurity Kwasu has entered into solving the problem, he said farming in Nigeria is seasonal,  when farmers dont go to farm at the  time they should go, it will naturally have negative impact.

“KWASU had written a proposal to the CBN to fund its Agriculture program, we plan to go into farming so as to be able to augment our finances and also assist our host and other communities”  he said

“Our major challenges now is the Covid-19 pandemic which has prevented us to move at the pace we want. We rely more on our IGR to fund the university. The pandemic has really affected all sectors, including government, KWASU is not excluded. One of the reforms I embarked upon is to introduce the much popular faculties systems instead of the college been operated before.

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The VC said KWASU would be self sustaining in the next five years without seeking loans from banks. “One of my vision is to improve on our IGR.”

“One of my desires is for KWASU to have College of Medicine. My predecessor has began the process which I will be work on to see it completed. When we have college of medicine we will be able to go into more research and challenges like covid-19 will be summounted.

“A way forward for our professors is to ensure they go into  quality oriented research. Research must be proving solutions to problems and not just for doing sake. It must spell out the benefits that would be derived. In few years from now, I believe KWASU will be far more better than far.” He added

It would be recalled that attendees at the vitual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, the commissioner for Education in each of the 36 states of the Federation, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies resolved that a passionate appeal should be made to the Federal Government to assist schools across the country in order to enable them fast-track their preparedness for the agreed safe reopening of exist classes.

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It would be recalled that attendees at the vitual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, the commissioner for Education in each of the 36 states of the Federation, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies resolved that a passionate appeal should be made to the Federal Government to assist schools across the country in order to enable them fast-track their preparedness for the agreed safe reopening of exist classes.


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Arsenal defeat Chelsea 2-1 to win FA Cup

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Aubameyang inspired Arsenal to a record 14th FA Cup win as the Gunners captain struck twice to beat Chelsea 2 -1 in the final at an empty Wembley on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the dream start, but the Blues unravelled after Aubameyang was brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta inside the area and converted the resulting penalty.

A brilliant finish from Aubameyang 23 minutes from time earned Mikel Arteta silverware in his first season as Arsenal boss before Chelsea were controversially reduced to 10 men when Mateo Kovacic was shown an extremely soft second yellow card.

Arteta said ahead of the final he hoped a taste of success would encourage Aubameyang, who only has a year left on his contract at the Emirates , to commit to a new long -term deal.

The Gabon international’s double took his tally for the season to 29 and ensured the Gunners will not miss out on European football next season for the first time since 1995 / 96 as they qualify for the Europa League.

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An FA Cup final unlike any other with nearly 90 ,000 empty seats saw the traditional singing of “ Abide With Me” performed on the Wembley roof.

Chelsea had already achieved their primary goal from Frank Lampard ’s first season in charge by securing a place in next season’s Champions League last weekend and early on they seemed set to cap a top -four finish with Lampard ’s first trophy as a manager.

Emiliano Martinez flew to his left to turn Mason Mount ’s shot behind , but Arsenal did not heed that warning as Chelsea ’ s front three combined perfectly for the opener on five minutes.

Mount’ s low cross was flicked on by former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Pulisic continued his scoring streak since football ’ s return in June by showing quick feet before prodding the ball home.

Arteta has gained plenty of plaudits for his tactical nous during his first eight months in a managerial role and the Spaniard managed to reorganise the Gunners during the first- half drinks break to change the momentum of the game.

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– Aubameyang leads comeback – A minute after play resumed , Nicolas Pepe thought he had curled home a brilliant equaliser from the edge of the box , only to be denied by Ainsley Maitland -Niles being flagged for offside in the build – up.

While Chelsea have already significantly strengthened their forward line for next season with the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, Arsenal are hoping just to hold onto their key man in Aubameyang.

Just like in the semi -final win over Manchester City, he proved to be the match winner as he raced onto Kieran Tierney’ s hopeful ball over the top and outpaced Azpilicueta before being brought down by the Chelsea captain just inside the area.

Azpilicueta escaped the double punishment of a red card, but VAR confirmed the spot -kick and Aubameyang coolly slotted home.

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Chelsea were further hit by two big injury blows either side of half- time as Azpilicueta and Pulisic pulled up with hamstring injuries that will almost certainly rule them out of the Champions League last 16 , second leg against Bayern Munich next weekend.

Despite Chelsea ’ s major spending spree in reinforcing their attack , it is at the back where they have been found wanting all season and they were caught out too easily for the winner .
Hector Bellerin burst through the weak challenge of Jorginho before the ball was played into the path of Aubameyang, who skipped past Kurt Zouma and nonchalantly lifted the finish over Willy Caballero.

Worse was to come for Lampard ’ s men when Kovacic was inexplicably sent off for the slightest touch on Granit Xhaka , but Anthony Taylor’ s decision could not be reviewed by VAR as it was a second bookable offence.


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