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Rangers humble Cynonsor FC 5-1 at Ekwueme pre-season tourney

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Rangers International FC of Enugu has thrashed Cynosure FC of Abakaliki 5-1 in the ongoing Ifeanyi Ekwueme Tico/Select Football Tournament in Enugu.

The match played at the University of Nigeria (Enugu Campus pitch) saw Chidiebere Nwobodo put Rangers ahead in the third minute.

Ossy Martin made it two before Nwobodo pulled another three goals in quick succession at the 28th, 31st and 35th minute, respectively, bringing scores to 5-0 at the interval.
Cynosure FC came back after the interval looking more purposeful.

Their effort paid off at the 54th minute when Femi Famuyiwa pulled one to reduce the scoreline to 5-1. Cynosure FC coach Festus Allen blamed the team’s embarrassing loss on “lots of errors.”

“We have a good team, but the players did not start the match well. They gave Rangers a lot of space,” Alin said.
Rangers Coach Abdu Maikaba commended the effort of his players for the massive win,” said Mr Maikaba. “We win big, and that was what I have been expecting from the players, and my aim is to pick up to seven points from three matches.”

Mr Maikaba added, “With seven points from three matches, we are almost qualified from the group, while we use the last match of the group to seal our qualification. We are taking the matches, one game after another, and now we have four points from two matches. It shows we are progressing well.”

The tournament is taking place in two states, with Group A matches being played at UNEC.

Group A comprises Rangers FC, Ingas FC Sports Club FC, Lamray United of Enugu, One Rocket of Uyo, and Cynosure FC of Abakaliki. Group B, playing at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, comprises Heartland FC of Owerri and Rivers United FC. Others are Abia Warriors FC, Apex Krane FC of Agbor, and Firstmahi FC of Owerri. 

(NAN)

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Gov. Wike offers N50 million, automatic employment to physically-challenged person

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Governor Nyesom Wike has offered James Daniel, a disabled student of the Rivers State University with N50 million and automatic appointment as a university lecturer for bagging a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Mr Wike announced the monetary reward and appointment on Saturday at the 33rd convocation of the state university in Port Harcourt.

He said the honour bestowed on Mr Daniel was in recognition of his academic excellence and for being an inspiration to other disabled persons.

The governor cautioned state-owned universities to stop indiscriminate conferment of doctoral degrees on all manner of questionable candidates and people of material influence.

He emphasised that serious universities guard their reputation jealousy and award doctoral degrees only to students who have gone through years of rigorous intellectual research and interrogation and whose dissertation is independently adjudged to be sound and contributory to new learning.

He described as unfortunate, the current trend and practice in universities to award doctoral degrees indiscriminately, like chieftaincy titles, to all manner of questionable candidates.

Mr Wike also assured that the infrastructural development in the university started by his administration, including the four new campuses at Ahoada, Emohua, Ebara and Sakpenwa, will be completed by the second quarter of 2022.

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PDP inaugurates new NWC members December 10

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold presentation of certificate of return and swearing-in ceremony of its newly elected national officers on December 10 in Abuja.

A statement by the party National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday said that the event would hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9:30 a.m.

It said the transition from the outgoing to incoming national officers of the party was sequenced to the successful conduct of the October 30 and October 31 elective National Convention.

“Accordingly, the valedictory session of the outgoing National Working Committee (NWC) has been scheduled to hold on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the NEC Hall of the National Secretariat, Abuja at 11am,” the statement said. 

The party advised all leaders, critical stakeholders and its members nationwide to note accordingly. 

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Sokoto APC kicks against reconstruction of central market by private contractors

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The All Progressives Congress in Sokoto has called on the state government to reconsider its decision on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the reconstruction and management of the Sokoto Central Market.

The party said it was shocked the government plans to surrender the reconstruction and management of the market to financial interests outside the state.

The APC chairman in the state, Sadiq Achida, at a news conference on Saturday said, “By so doing, our business community will be open to undue financial exploitation. The action will be most unkind.

“Doing so implies that this is the only administration in the history of Sokoto that has failed in its duty of providing a conducive business environment.

“Instead, it has decided to surrender them to private financial institutions whose sole interest is profit maximisation,” he said.

Mr Achida accused the government of making the decision about the same time the federal government paid the state N18.2 billion as budget support.

The chairman said, “Therefore, as patriotic citizens of Sokoto, who have the interest of our people at heart, we call on the government to reconsider its decision and borrow a leaf from its predecessors.

“These are people who have left a legacy of a conducive environment for commerce and industry in Sokoto State,” he noted.

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