The National Stadium in Abuja will from Thursday, December 6, be a beehive of activities as all is now set for the 19th edition of the multi-sports event.
Originally meant to be a biennial multi-sports events to foster unity and help unearth new talents, the glory of the National Sports Festival (NSF) has been fading and virtually knocked to comatose since the last edition was held in Lagos six years ago.
It took the doggedness of the Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, to get the NSF back to life; but how much of a success this will be cannot be said for now.
While one would expect that Abuja 2018 will showcase new talents for the country, the build-up to the games across the different states leaves much to be desired.
From Ekiti, Kwara to Ogun and even to oil-rich Bayelsa State, it has been a story of one form of neglect by the athletes; thus giving rise to fears that the 2018 NSF may not throw up the excitement that is usually associated with the country’s local ‘Olympic Games’.
Regardless of the fears and pessimism in some quarters, Mr Dalung and Mohammed Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, have both expressed readiness to host a befitting festival
The sports minister told journalists at a press parley in Abuja that significant progress has been made considering the time the federal government decided to take up the organisation of the sports fiesta.
Speaking on progress made, the minister said, “We have produced medals for the games; produced doping control information and education materials for athletes, coaches, technical and accompanying officials; distributed the festival general rules and regulations to all stakeholders,” he said.
Mr Dalung added that athletes’ welfare will be a thing of priority before, during and after the games. He said medical equipment were already in place for the sports festival.
Organisers say the sports festival will host 8,861 delegates which comprises of 7227 athletes, 710 coaches, 322 other team officials, 602 state delegates.
Ebonyi State will, however, be missing in the action as they failed to participate during the delegation registration Meeting (DMR).
Findings by PREMIUM TIMES a few hours before the opening ceremony fixed for Thursday evening show that 15 states are already on the ground with the duo of Lagos and Delta state sending the largest number of athletes.
Kweku Tandoh, chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission reiterated that Team Lagos is in the FCT to give their very best and represent the state proudly.
“We will be showcasing our ‘Made In Lagos’ talents in Abuja and by God’s grace, we are confident that we will do well,” the Lagos sports boss stated.
As hosts of the 2012 edition of the NSF, tagged Eko 2012, Lagos State finished in the third position behind Delta State and Rivers State.
Indeed the festival is an important feature on the country’s sporting calendar going by the long list of champions it has nurtured.
Some of the athletes that came through the Sports Festival in athletics include Henry Amike, Yusufu Ali, Ezinwa brothers, Innocent Egbunike, Chidi Imoh, Mary Onyali, Falilat Ogunkoya, Faith Idehen, Beatrice Utondu and Patience Itanyi, among others.
Official clown of the National Sports Festival, Abuja 2018
With over 27 events expected to be competed for in the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival tagged “ABUJA 2018, the country awaits to see the budding stars that would rule the world from Abuja
The 2018 festival will run from December 6-16 at the Abuja National Stadium.
Number of Athletes Per State
Akwa Ibom. 416
Cross River. 60
Prince Harry & Meghan planning to move to Africa after arrival of their baby
Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, could be planning to move to Africa after the upcoming birth of their first child, according to reports in British newspaper The Sunday Times.
The royal couple could move abroad for two or three years as part of a major international role being devised by the royal family’s courtiers, the paper reports, with Africa raised as a potential destination.
According to the report, David Manning, the former British ambassador to the US and special adviser on international affairs to Prince Harry has proposed a plan for the pair to take on a more international position that could build on their work for the Commonwealth.
A decision is not expected until 2020, the paper says.
That time frame would allow them to start raising their child at their home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
“Any future plans for The Duke & Duchess are speculative at his stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told CNN.
There are 19 Commonwealth nations in Africa, including South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana. The couple have already visited North Africa on an official royal engagement, touring Morocco in February.
CCTV captures Nanny beating ailing 2-yr-old Baby with Carpet Brush for vomiting on Sofa
A woman in Kenya has shared a CCTV footage of her house help beating her ailing 2-year-old daughter with a carpet brush because she vomited on the sofa.
“On this video, this is my daughter Amani,she is 2 and 1/2 years old and the other is Praxides Lumiti Vicheti, the nanny from hell. On 12th March 2019, i saw a footage from my CCTV as my daughter was being brutally beaten with a carpet brush simply because she had vomitted on the Sofa.
First, my daughter was sick, the previous day we were from hospital and sadly my daughter was diagnosed with ulcers(God knows how long this torture had been happening for my daughter to be so stressed).
We rushed back home and quickly fired the nanny without looking at the full footage. We should have called the police! I know!!!!!I swear its always hard to explain the decisions we make while on panic mode.
Finally after the lady left we reviewed the footage and my heart still breaks when i see what my daughter went through. So we decided to just use legal means to get justice for our daughter. We reported the matter and finally began the journey to tracking and arresting her.
We finally arrested her in parklands where she was working( thank you Viola Ayoo for pretending you knew nothing till we came with the police). On arresting her, we came to know that a few days after leaving my house she had a job at Phenom Estate and later on left for Parklands. This DMs have a huge demand.
She was taken to court and is finally out on bond but i wouldn’t be suprised if she is working for another lady who knows nothing about the devil she welcomed to her home.
This is my point, what ever happened to my daughter is irreversible and hopefully she will be well helthwise. Its my sole duty to ensure that no other child goes through this or even worse.
Kindly share and save a child from this monster nannies.”
*She is out on bond stay woke my sisters!!!
Famous Comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky wins Ukraine Presidential Election
Ukrainian comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky has won the country’s presidential election with landslide votes.
With nearly all ballots counted in the run-off vote, Mr Zelensky had taken more than 73% with incumbent Petro Poroshenko trailing far behind on 24%.
“I will never let you down,” Mr Zelensky told celebrating supporters.
Mr Poroshenko, who admitted defeat after the first exit polls were published, has said he will not be leaving politics.
41-year-old Mr Zelensky is best known for starring in a satirical television series, Servant of the People in which his character accidentally becomes Ukrainian president.
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