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BCGS: Runner’s-Up Trophy Excites SAC Golf Lady Captain, Akpieye

Sapele Athletic Club (SAC) Golf Section Lady Captain, Lucky Akpieye could not hide her excitement after being declared runner’s-up at the Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS) Lady Captain’s Inaugural Golf Tournament concluded on Saturday.

The inaugural golf tournament which featured about two hundred golfers who came across the country to officially usher in the Lady Captain, Dr. Mrs. Isoken Florence Osagiede into the ladies division saw the ladies dressed in their old school black shirt and long dress with afro-wig at the closing ceremony.

Akpieye, athletic and cool headed lady captain played a net score of 74 and was beating to the second spot by her compatriot from Delta State, Rita Izoje from Ibori Golf and Country Club (IGCC), Asaba whose net score was 72.Speaking to Newsnigeriaonline.com.ng at the event, she attributed her second position to hard work and resilience to win trophy in Benin having played on the course several times.

She noted that her determination was to emerge winner in the ladies guests category but missed her target by a whisker, full hope that when next she would play any tournament in Benin, she would win by God’s grace.

Newsnigeriaonline.com.ng recalls that the duo of BCGS former Lady Captain, Suwadetu Mahmud and immediate past President of Benin Club, Dr. Mathew Oriakhi won the tournament.

While the Lady Captain, Dr. (Mrs.) Isoken Florence Osagiede in her closing remarks thanked everyone for making the inaugural a huge success. Adding that she never expected the large turnout of golfers across the country who teed-off at the event.

She acknowledged the immense contributions of men golfers in the club and for sponsoring the ladies’ Kitties. While she rounded up with all thanks to Almighty God for the privilege given to serve the ladies division.

Man Sells Wife N1.4m In Mali, Son N0.6m In Nigeria

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Ogun State Police Command have apprehended a 36 year old man, Kingsley Essien for trafficking his wife for prostitution and sold her off to Mali, and subsequently sold his two years old son in Nigeria.

The suspect however pocketed a sum of two million naira as sales return from the mother and child.

This was confirmed in a press statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta by DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command on Thursday.

Oyeyemi narrated in the release that the suspect was arrested following the report lodged at Agbara Divisional headquarters by the suspect’s wife, Bright Essien.

He stated: “She reported that sometime in October 2021, her husband, Kingsley Essien, informed her that he had secured a job for her in Bamako, Mali Capital, and that he has assisted many people to that country for greener pastures before.

“She explained further that being her husband, she didn’t suspect any foul play until she got to Mali only to discover that she has been sold to human trafficker cartel headed by a woman at the rate of one million four hundred thousand naira (N1,400,000.00)

“While in Mali, she was forced into prostitution, but later find her way to Nigeria Embassy in Bamako where she was assisted back to Nigeria. On getting to Nigeria, she discovered that her two years old son in care of her husband was no where to be found.

“Upon the report, the DPO Agbara Division, SP Abiodun Salau detailed his detectives to go after the suspect, and he was eventually arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime, he confessed further that he sold the two years old son to somebody at the rate of six hundred thousand naira.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the suspect to Anti Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

“He equally ordered that the buyer of the son must be traced and arrested in order to recover the stolen child.”

GATIG 2022: TASUED Retains Overall Trophy, Wins 44 Medals

Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu Ode has successfully defended the overall best trophy won in 2021 by winning the 2022 edition of Gateway Tertiary Institutions Games (GATIG) concluded on Tuesday.

The games which featured nine tertiary institutions across Ogun State was held at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu with total of twelve different sports events.

At the close of the games, TASUED raked in total of 44 medals that comprised of 21 gold, 15 silver and 8 bronze but was closely followed was Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye with 18 gold, 8 silver and 9 bronze equalling 35 medals.

Also, the Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta picked bronze trophy having gathered 10 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals. While Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE) Omu-Ijebu, settled for fourth place with 2 gold, 12 silver and 19 bronze medals.

However, in what can be described as battle of gold, Ogun State College of Health Technology (OSCOHTECH), Ilese with just four medals comprising of 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze was ahead of Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic (AAP), Ijebu Igbo who placed six having garnered total of 25 medals but with 1 gold, 13 silver and 11 bronze.

Crescent University, Abeokuta placed seventh with 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals while D.S. Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori finished on the eight spot with 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze just as Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Sapade ended the event with no medal to place ninth.

The highlight of the closing ceremony was the presentation of trophies to the top best three institutions. Engineer Olayiwola Abiodun, Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Youths and Sports presented the overall winner trophy to TASUED.

Similarly, Princess Folakemi Iyabode Rotimi, Director of Sports, Ogun State Sports Council presented runner-up trophy to OOU, while Alhaji Tunji Kalejaiye, Director of Administration and Supplies (DAS) presented third place trophy to FCE as well.

Newsnigeriaonline.com.ng recalls that 12 different sporting events were competed at the fiesta. They were athletics (selected track and field events), soccer, chess, badminton, table tennis, scrabble, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, ayo, judo and basketball.

Mental Health Issues: Nigeria Loses Over N5.7b Annually- Prof. Merino

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As the economy is bitting harder, not less than N5.7b is being lost annually by Nigeria government as a result of mental health issues nationwide.

An America based Professor of Psychology, Mrs. Akindotun Merino disclosed this during an advocacy visit to the Ekiti State House of Assembly, stressing on the need to give mental health top priority to promote the general wellness of the people.

Prof Merino, the Executive Director of African Mental Health Alliance (AMHA) hereby lauded the state government for initiating the process and enacting Mental Health Laws in the state while she described the state as a trailblazer that should be emulated by other states.

Professor Merino, an indigene of Odo Ayedun community in Ikole Local Government of the state who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jars Group of Organisations and President of Jars Education Institute, said that she was in the state to drum support for mental health awareness.

She earlier had an enlightenment talk with groups including
professional bodies and students at the Afe Babalola hall in the High Court complex, Ado Ekiti on the importance of mental health, how to deal with trauma before embarking on an awareness road-walk to the assembly complex.

Groups that participated in the workshop and awareness walk included representatives of the state chapters of National Council for Women Society of Nigeria; Police Officer Wives Association (POWA), the Federal Polytechnic; Women in Technical Education and Development (WITED), Ado Ekiti branch; Gender Mobile Initiative (GMI), Law Students’ Association (LAWSAN) and members of the Human Rights Committee, NBA Ekiti Branch.

Banners with inscriptions such as “we stand against domestic
violence; don’t hide trauma; trauma care is community care; end childhood trauma, among other were displayed by the participants during the awareness walk.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt.
Hon. Funminiyi Afuye explained that the mental health law recently passed by the house and assented to by Governor Kayode Fayemi was designed to provide a legal framework to promote the wellness of the people in the state.

Also, to assist those suffering from mental health disorder that hindered their ability to make right decisions.

He described the passage of the mental health bill as a confirmation of the assembly to boost mental wellness of people in the state.

Rt. Hon. Afuye expressed appreciation to the groups for the awareness campaign and assured of the readiness of the house to partner with interested relevant stakeholders, adding that the assembly would also welcome suggestions on ways to improve the law and enhance its effectiveness.

Mahmud, Oriakhi Rule BCGS Lady Captain’s Inaugural Golf Tournament

It was an interesting golfing moment as Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS) former Lady Captain, Suwadetu Mahmud and immediate past President of Benin Club, Dr. Mathew Oriakhi stunned other contenders to win the BCGS Lady Captain’s Inaugural Golf Tournament over the weekend.

With a net score of 69, Mahmud, gold medalist at Edo 2020 National Sports Festival won the ladies category ahead of Joy Omorogiuwa with 70 net, while Fmr. LGAN National Vice-President, Southern Zone and former PRO and current Head Media of LGAN, Debby Otabor and Princess Habiibah Oyeghe Oyarekhua settled for third and fourth with 72 Nett and 74 Nett respectively.

In the men’s category, Dr. Oriakhi continued his fine form after Dubai tour to win with 68 net ahead of Sam Awiaka who played 72 net, just as F. Utaji with 73 net placed third spot, thus pushed Dr. Mojeed Momoh to fourth after beating him on count-back.

Osaze Iyare picked the best gross with 75 in the men’s cadre, while Ehis Igbinadolor, the lady Captain of UBTH won the ladies best gross trophy with 84.

However , the Lady Captain, Dr. (Mrs.) Isoken Florence Osagiede in her closing remarks thanked everyone for making the inaugural a huge success. Adding that she never expected the large turnout of golfers across the country who teed-off at the event.

She acknowledged the immense contributions of men golfers in the club and for sponsoring the ladies’ Kitties.
While she rounded up with all thanks to Almighty God for the privilege given to serve the ladies division.

Meanwhile, Margaret Osayi recorded 73 to beat Omosede Osaghae who played 76 net in the veteran ladies while Basil Idahosa won the veteran men’s cadre with 75 net after beating the likes of Chief Afam Obanor (76 Nett ) and Sir Tony Aghedo (77 Nett ). Mr. John Ogbeide and Mrs. Ivie Iyoha won in the super veteran men and women category.

Similarly, the ladies guest trophy went to 72 Nett played Rita Izoje from Ibori Golf and Country Club (IGCC), Asaba while Sapele Athletic Club (SAC) Golf Section, Lady Captain, Lucky Akpieye placed second with 74 Nett .

Nkwor Uche from Sapele Club won the guest men’s category having played 77 Nett ahead of Cletus Emifoniye who placed second with 84 net while Hon. Reuben Mgbodi surprised 89 Nett earned him the third spot.

However, Gordon Imadiyi and S. Osie were adjudged winners in nearest the pin men’s and ladies event respectively. Also, N. Uche and Joy Omorogiuwa won the longest drive in men’s and ladies event too.

In another development, LGAN South South Zone, National Vice-President, Sandra Emina has been crowned as the new Queen of the Green. She beat former Queen and Lady Captain, Princess Nkiruika Awiaka at the contest.

GATIG 2022: TASUED Babes Wallop Abraham Adesanya Poly 6/1, Wins Tennis Gold

The female football event at the ongoing Gateway Tertiary Institutions Games (GATIG) at Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu was a disaster for the Team Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic (AAP), Ijebu Igbo as they were walloped six goals to one on Tuesday.

The Ijebu Ode based Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) were merciless in the match by beating their compatriots in the first match of the game hereby set sight on the final.

In another development, TASUED player, Ogunade Adedoyin handed a painful 4/0, 4/0 defeat to Ayomide Seyifunmi of Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta to win the gold medal in the tennis final, while Ajibode Moshood of Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu Ijebu picked the bronze medal.

However, the male third place football event between Abraham AAP and DS Adegbenro, Itori is ongoing as at the time of reporting.

Moreover, the male football final match will be between TASCE against FCE later on. TASCE gathered seven points from three games ahead of DS Adegbenro with five points in Group A. FCE recorded maximum six points from two matches played in Group B, thus beat AAP to second with a point.

Similarly, Crescent University, Abeokuta has qualified for the semifinal of the badminton men singles event after beating Team TASCE lad in the quarterfinal at the indoor sports hall on Tuesday.

Also, both Crescent University and TASCE are vying for final slot in the volleyball event as the semifinal game is on as at time of reporting.

Newsnigeriaonline.com.ng recalls that nine institutions across the state are participating in 12 different spotting events at the sports fiesta. They are Crescent University Abeokuta; Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu; College of Health Technology, Ilese Ijebu; DS Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori.

Others are Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta; Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo; Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade; Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebuode; and Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-iwoye.

Furthermore, sports events such as athletics (selected track and field events), soccer, chess, badminton, table tennis, scrabble, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, ayo, judo and basketball were listed for the game.

Meanwhile, the game which started on Sunday, May 15 and to end on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 has met the expectations of the state government in producing talents that will compete for the state in future sport competitions in Nigeria.

Gov Abiodun Attributes Outstanding Performance To Purposeful, Good Leadership

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The outstanding performance of Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration has been attributed to the purposeful and good leadership being exhibited since his assumption of office in 2019.

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this while receiving members of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) led by its Director-General Director-general Prof. Ayo Omotayo, who was on a courtesy visit to his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta

Prince Abiodun confirmed that the ISEYA MANTRA of the present government, has improved the state socio-economic and human capital development of the state since the assumption of office.

Represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, governor Abiodun said the development so far recorded in the state in the areas of infrastructures, social wellbeing, education, agriculture, and youth empowerment did not just happen by accident, but due to the purposeful and good leadership

He stressed: “Ogun State is the Gateway to Lagos and other parts of the country as well as some African countries. This has some advantages and disadvantages and there is need for us to increase human capacity because of the influx of people coming in from different ethnic groups in Nigeria and Africa.

“This also informed our decision to improve our infrastructural development, most importantly roads construction because roads are a social economic barometer for easy flow of movement”

He remarked that his administration’s vision was to make Ogun a state of reference in Nigeria, investors preferred destination of choice, adding that the needed parameters are put in place to make Ogun an enviable one.

Earlier in his remarks, the DG of NIPSS, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, said the Institute engages, reflects, and researches government activities, explaining that they were independent accessors of what goes on in each state in Nigeria.

He said the theme of the study tour, ‘Strengthening Local Governance in Nigeria: Challenges Option and Opportunity’ became imperative because the institute annually has been setting a theme that is always in line with what the Presidency considers the problem confronting the country.

GATIG Will Boost Sports Development In Ogun- Perm Sec

The Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Engr. Olayiwola Abiodun has expressed confidence that the ongoing Gateway Tertiary Institutions Games (GATIG) among public and private institutions would boost sport development in the state.

Abiodun stated this as the GATIG Games commenced at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu on Sunday, May 15 through Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

In his revelation, the permanent secretary noted that the game was revived by the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration to produce talents that would compete for the state in future sport competitions in the country.

However, nine institutions across the state are already taking part at the four days event as they would be participating in 12 different spotting events at the sports fiesta.

Among the institutions taking part are Crescent University Abeokuta; Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu; College of Health Technology, Ilese Ijebu; DS Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori.

Others are Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta; Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo; Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade; Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebuode; and Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-iwoye.

Also, the game approved sports are athletics (selected track and field events), soccer, chess, badminton, table tennis, scrabble, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, ayo, judo and basketball.

 

Feb-April: Edo Records 76 Drug Abuse Cases As Obaseki Blames ASUU

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Effects of the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have started manifesting as a total of 76 drug abuse cases were recorded in Edo State within three months.

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki however blamed the increasing rate of drug abuse in the state to the ASUU strike

Governor Obaseki after the state’s security council meeting at Government House in Benin City, confirmed that drug abuse is the second biggest security threat in the state.

The security meeting was attended by representatives of various security agencies in the state.

He said the the state recorded 19 drug abuse cases for the month of February, 34 cases for the month of March, and 23 similar cases for the month of April.

Obaseki noted, “Drug abuse ranks among the top two of serious security concerns in our state. Our analysis shows that there is a high rate of consumption of illicit drugs in the last few months which is not unconnected with the lingering ASUU strike which has kept many students at home and idle.

“The strike is one of the factors that is driving the use of illicit drugs in our state. I therefore use the opportunity of this council meeting to appeal to ASUU and the federal government to do all they can to please end this strike as soon as possible for the interest of the children of this country so that we don’t keep them at home, destroying their lives.”

He added, “The idle mind is the devil’s workshop. One way we hope that we can reduce the use of drugs is if we take these children back to school.”

“I think the other is the rate of accidents. We have observed slight reduction because of the rain and we also want to use this medium to further appeal to the federal government that the major arterial roads, the major truck roads leading into Edo be repaired, particularly the Benin-Auchi and Okpekpe-Okene Roads.”

“These roads account for quite a number of the deaths we have recorded as a result of vehicular accidents. The state has enjoyed relative decline in other incidents, which shows that Edo is becoming safer,” the governor said.

In his response, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro, said that the facts speak for itself, noting that Edo is safer now than before.

The Police Commissioner said the security agencies will continue to do their best in improving the security situation.

 

Veterans, Super Veterans On Course As BCGS Lady Captain Inaugural Golf Tourney Tees-Off

Golfing actions tee-off today as top veteran and super veteran golfers teed-off the Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS) Lady Captain Inaugural Golf Tourney in Benin City, Edo State.

The inaugural tournament which will be officially tee-off on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 is anticipated to feature no fewer than 200 golfers across Nigeria.

The golf tournament being organised by the club in conjunction with the ladies division is to usher in the new Lady Captain, Professor Isoken Florence Osagiede into the ladies division.

The veteran and super veteran men’s and ladies were scheduled to play their event today as part of the scheme designed to give them enough opportunity to exhibit their skills and to avoid clashing with the large turnout of golfers taking part at the tomorrow event.

However, Newsnigeriaonline.com.ng in a chat with the lady captain, she spoke on the need to feature the veteran and super veteran golfers event for today, and as a mark of respect and to honour them for their immense contributions to the ladies division

Also, Prof. Osagiede stated that this year edition has been packaged with lots of side attractions, adding that golfers will also experience the hospitality of the club.

She said: “Ladies are coming out in their old school black shirt or long dress with afro-wig on Saturday. There is going to be a lot of fun as never before during the tournament.

“Benin is a home of golf, and ladies are great organisers when it comes to golf in Nigeria, so we are going to show and display hospitality that BCGS is well known for in the Comity of Golf Clubs in Nigeria.

“Our men’s golfers have been very supportive to the ladies division at all times. They are coming out in large numbers to play at the tournament. Quality trophies from United Kingdom will be presented to winners and runners-up in different categories as well as in individual events.

“We are expecting golfers from Ibori Golf and Country Club, Asaba; Ogunnu Golf Resort, Warri; UBTH Golf Club, Benin City. Arsenal Golf Club, Owerri, Imo State; IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja; Ikoyi Golf Club, Lagos and many others.”