The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), says it has initiated the annual Sports and Cultural Festival to harness the potentials of the youths towards sustainable national development.
Alhaji Baba Ladan, Director, NYSC North-East Area Office, stated this at the inauguration of the Zonal Preliminaries of the 2021 NYSC annual Sports and Cultural Festival, on Wednesday in Bauchi.
Ladan, represented by Hajiya Salamatu Muhammed, Deputy Director, NYSC North-East, said the competition was adesigned to explore talents in dance, drama and sports.
This, he said, is to further entrench the objectives of the scheme towards promoting national unity.
“The scheme seeks to provide an avenue for further interactions among corps members of diverse background, irrespective of our ethnic and religious differences, we can lift our country higher through our shared values, spirit of patriotism and collective will.
“I implore you to adhere strictly to the rules of the festival. You are to also conduct yourselves peacefully throughout the period.
“You should all imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship by not taking the competition as a do or die affair but a platform to showcase your talents.
“To the referees, umpires and judges of dance, drama and standout comedy, I urge you to please display professionalism and fairness in officiating the competition,” he said.
The director further urged members of the public to support the scheme to achieve the set objectives of the festival by harnessing the potentials of the talented youths.
Earlier, Alhaji Hamisu Abubakar, the state coordinator of the scheme, congratulated the corps members for representing their respective states, and advised them to shun night traveling.
States participating in the competing in Bauchi Zone include Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Taraba and Yobe.
Borno state was given a walk over against Jigawa in both football and volleyball competitions for its absent at the festival.
Gombe state would be locking horns with Adamawa while Taraba would face Yobe in football and volleyball games.
Other competitions ares track events (athletics), dance, drama as well as comedy.
Drogba Returns, Scores Hat-trick Against Arsene Wenger’s Team
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, on Wednesday night, returned to action to score a hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s UNICEF XI team in a charity match.
Wenger returned to management to lead a UNICEF XI out against Marseille legends.
Wenger’s side moved into a 2-1 lead at the Stade Velodrome in his first.
However, Drogba stole the show with his trio of goals for Marseille legends.
The Ivory Coast legend found the net twice and then even dusted off his infamous celebration for his third goal.
Marseille legends triumphed 7-4 against UNICEF XI.
Formula One hotshot Pierre Gasly was also on target in the enthralling game.
Meanwhile, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Mathieu Flamini and Samir Nasri, all Arsenal legends under Wenger, made appearances last night.
EFCC Bursts Internet Fraudsters Hideout, Arrests 22
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, has arrested 22 “Yahoo Boys” for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects were identified as Akintunde Ibrahim Olajide, Yusuf Taiye Afeez, Jimoh Idris Okikiola, Adeyemo Wariz Adegoke, Ademola Olalekan Saheed, Anif Abayomi Busayo, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobi, Ajadi Opeyemi Damilola.
Others include, Peter Akanji Blessing,Olaoluwa Felix Oguniran, Agbei Shola Peter, Toheeb Adeagbo Tola, Ajayi Akinyinka Umar, Ibrahim Opeyemi Ishola, Samson Shonubi Oluwafemi, Oki Kayode Oluwadunsi, Durosamo Temitope Dickson, Akinremi Ridwan Abiodun, Ahmed Ogunyele and Olawore Ridwan Olalekan.
They were apprehended during an operation at their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo State based on intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
At the point of their arrest, five cars, several mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating documents were recovered from them.
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The Commission said twenty of the 22 suspects have been indicted by investigation.
It added that they would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
Six Parties Ready To Merge, Contest Against APC, PDP – Moghalu
A former presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Kingsley Moghalu has claimed that at least six political parties have indicated their interest to merge and form a mega party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Moghalu stated this when he hosted Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the November 6 governorship poll in Anambra State.
The ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who recently defected to the ADC, also called on Nigerians to register in order to be eligible to vote in 2023.
DAILY POST quoted him him: “We hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
“So, I believe that in the 2023 elections the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be,” Moghalu said.
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