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Benin City Comes Alive As RCCG Region 13 Destiny Encounter Holds Tomorrow


August edition of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Edo Region 13 Destiny Encounter programme holds tomorrow at Regional Headquarters, Benin City.

Christian faithfuls from the ancient city and other parts of the state as well as from Delta State are attending the monthly live changing programme.

The one day power packed service with the theme ‘Victory at Last’ will commence from 4pm to 6pm at the regional headquarters, Trinity Sanctuary, Redemption Way, Sapele Road, Benin City, Edo State capital.

Pastor Dele Balogun, Pastor in Charge of the Region (PICR) 13, and other anointed Ministers of God will be ministering at the programme.

Moreover, at the programme, this who have been in bondage or sick will receive deliverance, healing and salvation of souls and amongst.

Meanwhile, the anointed regional mass choir and other provincial choirs from the Edo region will also avail the opportunity to minster in songs, and to lift up the name of the Most High God.

Newsnigeriaonline.com.ng recalls that many worshippers have testified to the goodness of the Almighty God since the commencement of the monthly programme just as testimonies have been shared too

Betsy Obaseki Football Tournament Will Drive Campaign Against Drug Abuse, Trafficking- Edo Deputy Gov.


Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu has disclosed that the second edition of Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT) would drive the government’s campaign against drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the state and in Nigeria.

Shaibu, who is the Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees of the BOWFT said this in Benin City, on the preparedness of the state to host the second edition of the yearly football tournament.

He stated that the tournament which will commence on September 7th – 17th, 2022 would feature 12 teams participating, with 10 coming from the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), while the other best two female teams from Edo State will join the competition

“The opportunity given to the teams from the state is to expose our young girls and catch them young.

“At the final of the competition on the 17th of September 17th, 2022, first ladies from the 36 states of the federation will attend the game at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State.

“We don’t discriminate in Edo State as this is the only state where our female and male football teams earn the same salaries. We are building up the girl-child and giving them support to thrive in all they do.

“Look at the performance of our female team in the Commonwealth Games, winning 12 gold medals while the men won none. Females need to be encouraged to do better.

“Women football has come to stay in Edo State as we appreciate our First Lady, Betsy Obaseki for making the competition an annual event and a pre-season tournament to prepare our girls.

“We are using this year’s tournament to create publicity and awareness against drug abuse and trafficking. We have upgraded the tournament. It will take place in different locations in Edo State.

“We have built 20 mini-stadium in the state and will be using two of them including the University of Benin Sports Complex and the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City,” he said.

Furthermore, the deputy governor added: “We already took steps of institutionalizing this event as it is private sector-driven. We have instituted a board of trustees to institutionalize the tournament.”

MAPOLY: Why We Are Embarking On Five Days Warning Strike- ASUP


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, Ogun State chapter has revealed the reason for embarking on a five-day warning strike.

The strike was announced after the emergency Congress of the Union held on Monday, August 8, 2022 to consider the response and compliance to the resolutions reached at the tripartite meeting held on 18th July 2022.

At the meeting were Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor A. Abayomi Management of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (Mapoly), Abeokuta and the Unions in response to persistent issues contiguous with the welfare of the Union members and the sustenance of MAPOLY in consonant with communiqué of ASUP Congress dated 19th July 2022 where these issues were first deliberated and resolved on an 8-points resolutions that were sent to your office by the Union.

In a Communique jointly signed by the ASUP Chairman and General Secretary, Babatunde Osifalujo and Tomisi Adegunle issued on Monday cited lack of financial capability of the management of MAPOLY and inability of Ogun State Government to fulfil their promises on the domestication of the Polytechnic Act (2019) and the constitution of Governing Council as reason for the strike for the government and management to accomplish its promises.

The Communique recalled that the Congress observed and deliberated on the following: “The union revisited its deliberations in suspending its planned industrial action earlier scheduled to commence at midnight of Tuesday, 19th July 2022 relying on the agreement reached at the tripartite meeting of 18th July, 2022.

“The resolutions of the union as contained in the communiqué dated 19th July, 2022 were reappraised.

“The response of the Ogun State government to resolve only an item of the entire undertakings freely made to the union at the expiration of the timeline on 5th August, 2022.

“The inability of the management of the polytechnic to put in place strategic plans to solve some internal challenges as mandated by the commissioner due to its precarious situation and financial incapability.”

“The challenges posed to welfare of members due to non-payment of staff salaries which had ceased to be paid since May 2022.

“Consequently, the meeting resolved that in view of lack of financial capability of the Management of Mapoly and the inability of the Ogun State Government to fulfil their promises on the domestication of the Polytechnic Act (2019) and the constitution of Governing Council, the Union hereby issue an immediate five (5) days warning strike for the Government and Management to accomplish its promises.

“We remain committed to the upliftment of education in Ogun State,” the communique stated.

RCCG: Pastor Adeboye Reshuffles Church Administrators As Pastor Balogun Now PIC-Admin


Some major administrative changes were made on Sunday in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

The General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye made the announcement while addressing RCCG Ministers, after the thanksgiving service held at the National headquarters, Ebute Meta, Lagos State.

Daddy GO as fondly called announced that the changes included the retirement of the RCCG National Overseer, Pastor Joseph Obayemi while Pastor Sunday Akande would replace him as the new National Overseer.

Pastor Adeboye further explained that the retirement age for all RCCG pastors will now be pegged at 70 years, adding that some of them may be given lesser roles after retirement.

“He will serve for a period of two years while Pastor Kalu Ndukwe will serve as the Overseer of the Africa Continent.

“The position of the national overseer of the church will now be on two years tenure while the pastor occupying the position will operate from the Redemption Camp.

“All churches in the camp will henceforth report to him. He will also represent me in special assignments,” he said.

Similarly, Pastor Johnson Odesola who had been in charge of the Administration and Personnel of the Church was also affected by the reshufflement as he was relieved of the two portfolios.

Two new pastors were appointed to handle the portfolios, they were Pastor Julius Olalekan Pastor In Charge of Personnel just as Pastor in Charge of Edo Region 13, Pastor Dele Balogun was appointed to take charge of Administration.

Moreover, it is not yet clear the new designation of Pastor Odesola who also serves as the Overseer of the RCCG in the Middle East.

The Redemption Camp according to Pastor Adeboye would henceforth carry the tag of a city just like the Vatican City.

Meanwhile, he announced outright ban on hawking and selling of goods along the roads in the camp warning that such practice would no longer be tolerated.

“Offenders will be prosecuted while their goods will be confiscated. Indecent dressing in the camp environment will no longer be tolerated,” he warned.

However, the ring road in the camp has been named after the founder of the church, Pastor Josiah Akindayomi. Other roads were named after some retired pastors of the church.

The highlight of the meeting was when he declared that the person that would take over from him as the General Overseer would be a young man.

2nd Pat Onegbedan Memorial Golf kitty Tees-Off Today At UBTH


University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) Golf Club course will play host to golfers today for the 2nd edition of Pat Onegbedan Memorial Golf kitty.

Some of the golfers who arrived the ancient city yesterday for today’s tee-off had their practice session to have the feel of the golf course that has gradually becoming the toast of golfers in the south-south zone.

Draws for golfers numbering about a hundred featuring in the kitty was made just as the event tee-off from 7:30 am through 12pm while the presentation holds in the evening.

The kitty is being sponsored by the Onegbedan family in memory of their late father who until his death on August 4th, 2019 was an avid golfer in the club and a distinguished lawyer who attained the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

UBTH Captain, Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen has promised all golfers a great time and a wonderful golfing experience at the club.

Similarly, Mr. Aluya Onegbedan, son of the late Senior Advocate noted that the event was a noble way to mark the life and times of his late father.

Meanwhile, golfers teeing-off at the one day kitty are from Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS); Ogunu Golf Resort, Warri; Ibori Golf and Country Club (IGCC), Asaba; Port-Harcourt Golf Club and host of others.

Nwachukwu Emerges BCGS Monthly Mug Overall Winner


Julius Nwachukwu demonstrated his consistency to emerge overall winner of the July edition of Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS) Monthly Mug held over the weekend in Benin City, Edo State.

Nwachukwu, former Amadioha was in steady form as he played 44 stableford to beat other golfers to the award thus added to his trophies shelve exactly a week ago that he won the men’s category at Hon. Osazuwa Ehiorobo @ 50 Birthday Golf Tournament held at the club.

With this victory, Nwachukwu, now known as ‘Steady’ has hitherto won the winner’s special parking lot until another winner emerged in August.

However, Osazee Iyare with 37 stableford won the men’s event while immediate past president, Benin Club, Dr Oriakhi with 34 stableford placed second ahead of Ikhide with 34 stableford while former Captain, Mayer Ologbosere settled for fourth sport with 33 stableford

Also, Dr. Caroline Bakare recorded 36 stableford to lift the ladies category ahead of former Lady Captain, Suwadetu Mahmud who played 33 stableford just as LGAN National Vice President, South South Zone, Sandra Emina with 30 stableford placed third.

Similarly, the battle for veteran men’s category was finally won by Chief Macaulay Azugbene with 36 stableford, thus beat Sylvester Akhigbe with 34 stableford to second spot while Monday Ikhureigbe placed third with 31 stableford.

Dr John Ogbeide prevailed in the super veteran men’s category with amazing 30 stableford.


Okpewono, Princess Oyarekhua Defy Rain To Win BCGS Monday Ladies Outing


Former Lady Captain, Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS), Princess Habiibah Oyarekhua has prevailed again at the BCGS Monday Ladies Outing just as Maero Okpewono won the men’s cadre.

The winners and many other golfers defied the heavy downpour to tee-off at the weekly nine holes golf event that was jointly sponsored by Prince Hodge Idahosa Ajayi and Dr. Peter Osagiede.

The ladies outing however witnessed the arrival of Lady Captain, Dr. Florence Isoken Osagiede who had been away for weeks as Lady Vice Captain, Betty Oriakhi had been in acting capacity.

Princess Oyarekhua who the last week edition played a net score of 35 net to emerge winner in the ladies cadre again while UBTH Golf Club Lady Captain, Ehis Igbinadolor recorded 35 net to place second ahead of third place Joy Omorogiuwa who had 41 net.l

Aso, Okpewono beat others in the men’s category having played 35 net, Solomon Okuonghae with 36 net settled for second spot while former President, Benin Club, Dr. Matthew Oriakhi placed third with 39 net.

Similarly, Chief Afam Obanor showed his consistency in the veteran men’s category to win the award with a net score of 42.

Meanwhile, various prizes were presented to those who excel at the event while entertainment of golfers and many others held as well.

Sports Won’t Suffer In My Tenure If Elected As Governor – Ogun PDP Candidate, Adebutu


The sudden decline of sports development in Ogun State has been attributed to Governor Dapo Abiodun led government’s years of neglect and poor funding.

Hon. Ladi Adebutu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate stated this while berating the state government for laying claim to the victory of Tobi Amusan at the World Athletic Championship recently.

Adebutu disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday by his Media Director, Afolabi Orekoya just as he lamented at the dearth of grassroots sports development in Ogun State

“The dearth of sports development in Ogun State is due to governor Dapo Abiodun led government’s years of neglect and poor funding,” he said.

Adebutu hereby commended Amusan for doing the country proud while he vowed to revive sports in Ogun State if elected as the governor of the state in 2023.

He said: “Sports development, especially at the grassroots level in Ogun Stat has suffered years of neglect and poor funding in the hands of the inept administration of the All Progressives Congress-led administration.

“This government came into power with a charade of setting up a sports commission which failed woefully along side this administration.

“My administration will genuinely development sports, especially at the grassroots level with adequate funding and involvement of the private sector.”

Iyare, Toba Win Hackers Kitty As Hon. Ehiorobo @ 50 Birthday Bash Continues


Top rated Osazee Iyare and Prince Toba Joshua were adjudged joint winners at the Hackers Group Kitty held on Wednesday at Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS), Edo State.

The special golf kitty powered by Hon. Osazuwa Ehiorobo, Secretary of BCGS was part of activities to mark his 50th birthday celebration, and it witnessed large turnout of golfers to celebrate with the sponsor’s.

At the end of the 18 holes golf event, both Iyare (hcp 3) and Prince Joshua (hcp 20) played a net score of 67 to share the top spot while Dr. Matthew Oriakhi (hcp 12) settled for third spot with 76 net.

Similarly, Jude Igbinadolor (hcp 12) won the best gross award having played a total of 85 gross.

Meanwhile, the professional golfers will have their game today as well as the eaglets and caddies for their various categories awards.

However, later in the evening will be arrival and cocktail party as well as draws for the golfers who will feature at the tomorrow main event teeing-off from 6:30am.

Newsnigeriaonline.com.ng. recalls that the Hon. OZ @ 50th birthday tournament is being organized by Committee of Friends in honour of the club secretary for his immense contributions to the game development in the club and beyond.

Golfers from Ibori Golf and Country Club, (IGCC), Asaba; Shell Golf Club, Warri; IBB Golf and Country Club, Abuja; Ikoyi Golf Club, Lagos; UBTH Golf Club, Edo and many more are featuring at the event.


BCGS Inducts Three New Members, Tasks To Be Dilligent


The Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS) has inducted three new members into the golfing family at a colourful ceremony held on Saturday at the club, Benin City, Edo State.

Having passed through the mandatory tutorial and training over the months, the inductees Idoko Donatus Idoko, Ekpei Ukam Ukam and Engr. Andrew Erhauyi Obayagbon were awarded certificates as certified golfers by the Captain, Edward Ikponmwosa Osayande.

The presentation was witnessed by other members to rejoice with the golfers whose handicap commenced from hcp 28 while it is expected to be going downward the more in the course of playing and winning tournaments.

In his admonition, the Vice Captain, Joseph Idahosa who presided over the event on behalf of the Captain tasked the new members to abide and play according to the rules of the game of golf globally.

He urged them to be faithful, obedient and diligent on the course, adding that they should feel free to join any kitty groups of their choice which would help them to grow faster in the game.

In the same vein, Barrister Peace Anunah, former President of Benin Club and Engr. Esosa Ojomo advised the new golfers to see their addition as a welcome development and to ensure that they contribute their quotas towards the development of the club and the game too.

Also, they urged them to follow the rules of the game very well as any deviation from it would affect their performance and reputation in due season.

However, Engr. Obayagbon while speaking on behalf of other inductees expressed gratitude to management of the club for given them the leverage to undergo training and now members of BCGS

He hereby assured that as members, they would uphold the tenets of the game and showcase the club in good light wherever they go to play golf.