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Zenith Basketball league: Plateau Rocks beat Black Gold Queens

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match was played at the indoor sports hall of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Saturday.

Speaking later, the Coach of Black Gold Queens, Daddy Lawal, said his team lost as a result of the stress arising from the last game played.

“In our next match, we are going to improve better than what we did today and we are looking forward to making the necessary adjustments and calculations in our next match.

“What we do as a team is that we only check our mistakes and get to know how to improve more and do not look at others mistakes. So, our mistakes are what we are going to work better on,” he said.

Lawal added that the game’s officiating was alright, saying if he was looking out for the officiating he would lose focus.

 

“I am a coach, I should not be looking at the officiating, because if I look at the officiating I am going to lose all my matches.

“My players performed well. We tried to close the margin as possible as we can, but we ran out of luck.

“And we will work hard to win our remaining games,” he said.

Speaking also, Solomon Ringsum, the coach of Plateau Rocks, said they won the game because his players were impressive, adding that he was encouraged by their performance.

“We have achieved some of our objectives and we also have a goal of not continuing to stay at the local level but to pursue our main aim of taking our game to the international level.

“My players’ performance was very impressive. Looking at the first quarter, we had a difference of four ——- 16-12, second quarter 32-22 and third quarter 44-39.

“Right now we look to be on the next trip to Lagos. We have made a step ahead, because if we had lost the game today (Saturday), we could have been derailed,” he said.

Plateau Rocks will face Kaduna Angels, while Black Gold Queens will face Nigeria Customs on Monday.

The league’s conference phase, which began on Oct. 1 in both Abuja and Ibadan, is expected to end on Tuesday after having produced eight qualifiers for the National Finals in Lagos.

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Nigerians Celebrate Renowned Industrialist Aare Rasaq Okoya At 80

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Those who witness the 80th birthday celebration of renowned industrialist and business mogul, Aare Rasaq Okoya at his panache Oluwanishola Estate will readily agreed that it was the first-class party, which will remain unforgettable in memories of those that attend the first-class party for a very long time.

The highlight of the event was the cutting of birthday cake by the celebrator flanked by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu among others.

The vice president, who presided over the cutting of the cake, prayed God to grant Okoya 100 years, preserve him and keep him in good health.
For a man who started from a very humble and poor beginning, eking out a living from petty trading, to rise to the topmost echelon as an industrial giant, it should not surprise anyone that his 80th has been celebrated in amidst pomp and the ceremony, starting with a thanksgiving prayer with him and close members of the illustrious Okoya family, led by prominent Islamic clerics.

The build-up of the much-awaited history-making birthday celebrations of business mogul, Alhaji Rasak Akanni Okoya clustered with the A-list guests as the ambiance is engrossed in anticipation of what to come. The guests were thrilled by renditions from different musicians, as the vice president and former President Olusegun Obasanjo stepped out with the birthday boy; Okoya on the dance floor.


As expected his circle of equally stupendously rich friends and associates are all gathered in his massive estate to celebrate the milestone age with him, likes of notable Nigerians that attended the event were the royal father of the day, Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, businessman, Aliko Dangote as well as traditional rulers.

While his youngest wife, elegant and charming Sade Okoya, she is on her toes to make sure that the commemorative birthday party was the talk in town as she has put all necessary logistics like maximum security, sumptuous dishes, vintage drinks, good music and sundry merriments in place which make the day a memorable one.

Top on the list that grace the event is Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade, Shinna Peller, Mayor Akinpelu, Dele Momodu, Seye Kehinde, Mr Moses, Joke Shogunro, Aare Bashir Olawale Fakorede and lovely wife Yeye Aare Basirat Fakorede, Femi Pedro and his beautiful wife, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Emeka Anyaoku, Prince Subomi Balogun, Justice Oguntade and wife, Dr. Samuel Adedoyin and wife, HRM. Oba Adeyeye Ogunnusi Ooni of Ife, HRM. Oba Adesina Adenugba, Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye, Sir (Dr.) Adebukunola Kesington Adebutu, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Okiki Obasanjo, former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prince Samuel Adedoyin and wife Toyin,

Ambassador George Oguntade and wife Modupe, Kunle and Ojuolape Ojora, Chief Subomi and Abimbola Balogun, Oba Otudeko, Mr. Demola Seriki, Sir. Segun Okeowo and wife, Sir. Alex Duduyemi, Chief Mrs. Kemi Nelson, Mrs. Abimbola Jakande, Engr. Funso Joko Akin-George, Chief Emeka and Bunmi Anyaoku, Mr. Femi and Jumoke Pedro, Modele Sarafa Yusuff, Chief Bisi Olatilo, Chief Dele Momodu, Gbenga Adeyinka; TAA, Mrs. Daisy Danjuma, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, wife of the former governor of Lagos State, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Prof. Wale and Sade Omole, Chief Alao and Kemi Akala, Chief Niyi Adebayo, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Segun and Bola Awolowo, Chief Lai Mohammed,

UI justMinister of Information and Culture, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, former Governor of Delta State, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, Osile Oke Ona Egba and his Three Oloris, Senator Prince Lanre Tejuoso, Sir. JK Randle, Olori Ladun Sijuade, Profess Pat Utomi, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Mrs. Sarah Sosan, Senator Ibikunle and Funso Amosu, HE Prince Dapo Abiodun, Executive Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, HRM. Oba Saheed Elegusi, Sina Peller, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Chief Wasiu Ayinde, Sir Sina Peters, Mr. David Adeleke a.k.a Davido, Alhaji Musiliu Haruna Ishola, Chief Mrs. Nike Akande, Mr. Paul Ruwase, Chief Wale Babalakin, Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, Derin Osoba, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs. Maiden-Alex Ibru, Publisher, The Guardian Newspapers Limited, Olorogun Oscar Ibru, Chief Odein Ajumogobia, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State, Tessa Ikimi, Sena Anthony, Abiola Atanda, Evangelist Esther Ajayi and Husband, Mr. Kola Abiola, Mrs. Kemi Mimiko, Joe Odumakin, Members of Island Club, Lagos, Olorogun Sonny Kuku, John and Sola Momoh, Chief Florence Ita Giwa, Mr.&Mrs. Sunny Omoregie JP, many societies women who glow in various exotic attires and fabrics.

Beejay Sax performed to the entertainment the special guests and the big stage is shared by two major compares in the MC industry, Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st and Tee-A, while The 1st Mayegun Of Yoruba Land, K1 De’ Ultimate, Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Arunna Ishola, Sir Shinna Petters, Davido and others trill the guest to unforgettable and unlimited funfair which make the birthday as a carnival alike celebration.

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SANWO-OLU CALLS FOR EQUAL TRADE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN UK AND AFRICA

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called for equal partnership between United Kingdom and African countries if it hoped to have genuine global development.

Speaking to journalists at the sideline of the UK-Africa Investment Summit that opened in London on Monday, the Governor reaffirmed that his administration will bring new opportunities that will improve the lives of Lagosians.

According to the Governor: “It is truly a function of who is a partner, who stands and sees you as a fellow partner, not behind, not in front but standing right beside you and sees you and the challenges you have and asking ways which we can work together. So for me, those points truly suggest that we can begin to see true partnership come out of conversations like this.

“For us, it is to see what type of giver you are, are you seeing us as equal partners or master to servant relationship. At the end of the day, what we will be seeking to achieve is what is the greatest good for the greatest number? What are those additional benefits that we see and believe that have potentials to improve the lives of our people?”

The UK-Africa Investment Summit is attended by African leaders, international business Chief Executives and heads of international organisations with the aim of creating new partnerships that will deliver more investments and jobs to the benefit of people and businesses in African countries and the United Kingdom.

The Governor also noted that it is a major opportunity for Africans, most of all Lagos, stating that if the summit is not properly tapped, it could be transferred somewhere else.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the State Government is open for transactions that will make Lagos better, emphasising on the importance of time.

Governor Sanwo-olu, at the Summit, joined President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo for meetings on trade and investment.

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Nigeria targets first 70 by 2023 in business ranking

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The Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, has said that Nigeria targets being among the first 70 by 2023 in World Bank Ease of Doing Business ranking.

Mustapha spoke at the ‘Night with Maritime Stars’ of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Corporate Dinner and Merit Awards in Lagos on Friday.

The SGF, who was chairman of the occasion, said that currently, the country had moved up from 170 to 131, after President Muhammad Buhari signed the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) in July 2016.

He expressed optimism that with the PEBEC initiative, the 2023 target would be achieved.

Mustapha said that the government, in its bid to improve efficiency and productivity in the industry and country, had created the council to ensure an enabling environment for port efficiency.

“Government will continue to support the maritime sector because on it rests opportunities for wealth creation and economic growth,” the SGF said.

He said that there was still a long way to go, but there was need to recognise the progress that had been made so far.

The SGF pointed out that the progress made so far by NIMASA was due to the commitment and drive of its staff and stakeholders in the industry, hence the need to appreciate them.

He urged the staff that were not recognized at the event to strive hard, for tomorrow could be their time.

In his welcome remarks, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, observed that since the introduction of the NIMASA annual staff commendation awards three years ago, the image and perception of the agency had been transformed.

Dakuku highlighted some of the achievements of the agency to include introduction of final billing system, annual maritime forecast, improved ship registry, increased ship tonnage, among others.

He attributed the achievements to the commitment of the members of staff at the agency.

According to him, this is the reason for celebrating outstanding as well as long serving officers.

The NIMASA boss said that there was, however, still work to be done in order to build on the modest achievements.

He said that industry players had been a source of strength for the agency with the robust support they had given.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that for Long Service Award, 68 staff members were recognised for 25 years in service, 34 for 20 years and 69 for 15 years.

For Industry Stakeholders Merit Award, the Most Compliant International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Onshore Facility 2019 went to APM Terminal, while Best Terminal/Jetty Operator 2019 went to Tincan Island Container Terminal.

The Best Maritime Training Institution 2019 went to Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron.

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