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Benin agog as AITEO Cup final gets underway

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The ancient City of Benin is on tenterhooks of high expectations as all arrangements have been concluded for this year’s AITEO Cup grandfinale in the women and men competitions, holding at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Sunday.

Football fans were denied the annual serving last year as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, which has disrupted football activities and other areas of human endeavour across the universe since the beginning of year 2020. This has further increased the appetite of fans, enthusiasts, stakeholders and those seeking the undiluted entertainment that football matches of Cup final qualities offer.

The fact of either of the two teams on both sides of the finals winning their first major trophy nationally is another theme that has shot up anxiety, passion and expectations among their players, fans and officials.

Bayelsa Queens FC, who surprisingly pummeled perennial League and FA Cup champions Rivers Angels by five goals in the semi finals are buoyed up for a big encounter against FC Robo Queens of Lagos, who ended the expressed ambitions of Edo Queens 5-3 on penalties after both teams were stalemated following a 0-0 draw in regulation time.

The queens from Yenagoa have in their armoury a number of players who have tasted and still savouring international exposure and experience, including Super Falcons’ midfielders Joy Bokiri and Peace Efih, defender Abidemi Ibe and forwards Mary Anjoh, Joy Jerry and Charity Reuben.

While Lagos –based FC Robo Queens have produced a number of international stars such as four-time African Player of the Year and Super Falcons’ captain Asisat Oshoala and Rasheedat Ajibade, they are currently led by one of the most exciting forwards in Nigeria women’s football, nimble-footed Gift Monday. Former junior internationals Esther Onyenezide and Folashade Ijamilusi are also on the books of the
Lagos Dames.

In the men’s final, Nasarawa United are determined to scoop their first national trophy since the club’s formation 18 years ago.

Experience and exposure to continental football at the level of CAF Confederation Cup a few years ago was sweet, so the Solid Miners have been looking for another opportunity. Victory on Sunday will restore them to the continent, and they bank on the marksmanship of Silas Nwankwo (who emerged top scorer in this year’s Nigeria Professional Football League with 19 goals) and the dead ball wizardry of Chigozie Obasi to puncture the ambitions of Bayelsa United.

Nasarawa United also have the quality of Anas Yusuf, Tebo Franklin, Shammasu Mohammed, Joshua Obaje and Adamu Hassan to thrust forward at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

Second-tier Bayelsa United, who have had an amazing run in this year’s campaign, upending NPFL teams Rangers International of Enugu, Lobi Stars of Makurdi and Rivers United of Port Harcourt, are hoping to become the first team from Nigeria’s second-tier to win the Cup in 20 years. The last team to achieve that were Port Harcourt boys, Dolphins FC who bumped El-Kanemi Warriors 2-0 in 2001.

In their arsenal, they have an efficient goalkeeper in John Shaibu, and can also count on the grit, guts and gumption of former Flying Eagles’ star Bernard Okorowanta, Inikurogha Okardi, Tarabina Biweribo, Endurance Ededibiri and Gabriel Biriduba when the going gets tough in Benin City.

The women’s final will commence at 4pm, with the men’s final starting at 6pm.

At stake are prize monies of N25 million for the winner of the men’s competition and N10 million for the winner of the women’s competition.

The runner –up for the men’s competition will pocket N10 million, with the runner –up for the women’s event going home with N5 million.


AITEO CUP: PAST FINALS

GOVERNOR’S CUP
    1945: Marine  1-0  Corinthians
    1946: Lagos Railways 3-0 Port Harcourt FC
    1947: Lagos Marine 1-0 Zik Athletics Club
    1948: Lagos Railways 1-0 Port Harcourt FC
    1949: Lagos Railways 3-0 Port Harcourt FC
    1950: Lagos UAC 3-2 Port Harcourt FC
    1951: Lagos Railways 3-2 Jos XI
    1952: Lagos PAN Bank 6-1 Warri XI
    1953: Kano XI 2-1 Lagos Dynamos
FA CUP
    1954: Calabar XI 4-3 Kano XI
    1955: Port Harcourt FC 4-1 Kano XI
    1956: Lagos Railways 3-1 Warri XI
    1957: Lagos Railways 5-0 Zaria XI
    1958: Port Harcourt FC 6-0 Federal United
    1959: Ibadan XI 2-1 Police
CHALLENGE CUP
    1960: Lagos ECN 4-1 Ibadan XI
    1961: Ibadan Lions 1-0 Lagos UAC
    1962: Police 1-0 Jos XI
    1963: Port Harcourt FC 1-0 Jos XI
    1964: Lagos Railways 3-1 Jos XI
    1965: Lagos ECN 3-1 Jos XI
    1966: Ibadan Lions W/O Jos XI
    1967: Stationery Stores 3-1 Jos XI
    1968: Stationery Stores 3-1 Jos Plateau (First match ended 2-2)
    1969: Ibadan Lions 5-1 Warri XI
    1970: Lagos ECN 3-1 Mighty Jets
    1971: WNDC Ibadan 2-1 Enugu Rangers
    1972: Bendel Insurance 3-2 Mighty Jets
    1973: -All Africa Games
    1974: Enugu Rangers 2-0 Mighty Jets
    1975: Enugu Rangers 1-0 Shooting Stars
    1976: Enugu Rangers 2-0 Alyufsalam Rocks
    1977: Shooting Stars 2-0 Raccah Rovers
    1978: Bendel Insurance 3-0 Enugu Rangers
    1979: Shooting Stars 2-0 Sharks FC
    1980: Bendel Insurance 1-0 Stationery Stores
    1981: Enugu Rangers 2-0 Bendel Insurance
    1982: Stationery Stores 4-1 Niger Tornadoes
    1983: Enugu Rangers 0-0 DIC Bees
*Rangers won 5-4 on penalty shootout
    1984: Leventis United 1-0 Abiola Babes
    1985: Abiola Babes 0-0 BCC Lions
*Abiola Babes won 6 – 5 on penalty shootout
    1986: Leventis United 1-0 Abiola Babes
    1987: Abiola Babes 1-1 Ranchers Bees
*Abiola Babes won 7-6 on penalty shootout
1988: Iwuanyanwu 3-0 Flash Flamingoes
    1989: BCC Lions 1-0 Iwuanyanwu
1990 Stationery Stores 0-0 Enugu Rangers
*Stores won 5-4 on penalty shootout
1991: El-Kanemi Warriors 3-2 Kano Pillars FC
    1992: El-Kanemi 1-0 Stationery Stores
    1993: BCC Lions 1-0 Plateau United
    1994: BCC Lions 1-0 Julius Berger FC
    1995: Shooting Stars 2-0 Katsina United
    1996: Julius Berger 1-0 Katsina United
    1997: BCC Lions 1-0 Katsina United
    1998: Wikki Tourists 0-0 Plateau United
    1999: Plateau United 1-0 Iwuanyanwu
    2000: Tornadoes 1-0 Rangers
    2001: Dolphins FC  2-0 El-Kanemi
    2002: Julius Berger 3-0 Yobe Stars
    2003: Lobi Stars 2-0 Sharks FC
    2004: Dolphins FC 1-0 Enugu Rangers
    2005: Enyimba 1-1 Lobi Stars
*Enyimba won 6-5 on penalty shootout
    2006: Dolphins FC 2-2 Bendel Insurance
*Dolphin won 5-3 on penalty shootout
    2007: Dolphins FC  1-1 Enugu Rangers
* Dolphin won 3-2 on penalty shootout
    2008: Ocean Boys 2-2 Gombe United
* Ocean Boys won 7-6 on penalty shootout
FEDERATION CUP
2009: Enyimba 1-0 Sharks FC
2010: Kaduna United 3-3 Enyimba
* Kaduna United won 3-2 on penalty shootout
2011: Heartland 1-0 Enyimba
2012: Heartland 2-1 Lobi Stars
2013 Enyimba 2-2 Warri Wolves
*Enyimba won 5-4 on penalty shootout
2014: Enyimba 2-1 Dolphins FC
2015: Akwa United 2-1 Lobi Stars
2016: FC IfeanyiUbah 0-0 Nassarawa United
*FC IfeanyiUbah won 5-4 on penalty shootout
2017: Akwa United 0-0 Niger Tornadoes
*Akwa United won 3-2 on penalties
2018: Rangers Int’l 3 Kano Pillars 3
* Rangers Int’l won 4-2 on penalties
2019: Kano Pillars 0-0 Niger Tornadoes
* Pillars won 4-3 on penalties

AITEO CUP (WOMEN’S COMPETITION)

PAST WINNERS
1992: Ufuoma Babes (Warri)
1993: Ufuoma Babes (Warri)
1994: Ufuoma Babes (Warri)
1995: Pelican Stars (Calabar)
1996: Ufuoma Babes (Warri)
1997: Pelican Stars (Calabar)
1998: Pelican Stars (Calabar)
1999: Pelican Stars (Calabar)
2000: FCT Queens (Abuja)
2001: Pelican Stars (Calabar)
2002: Pelican Stars (Calabar)
2003: NO COMPETITION
2004: Delta Queens (Asaba)
2005: Nasarawa Amazons (Lafia)
2006: Delta Queens (Asaba)
2008: Delta Queens (Asaba)
2009: Delta Queens (Asaba)
2010: Rivers Angels (Port Harcourt)
2011: Rivers Angels (Port Harcourt)
2012: Rivers Angels (Port Harcourt)
2013: Rivers Angels (Port Harcourt)
2014: Rivers Angels (Port Harcourt)
2015: Sunshine Queens (Akure)
2016: Rivers Angels (Port Harcourt)
2017: Rivers Angels (Port Harcourt)
2018: Rivers Angels (Port Harcourt)
2019: Nasarawa Amazons (Lafia)


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NIPSS,dRPC Finance ministry, inaugurates TWG to monitor Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Intervention programmes

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Participants at the TWG inauguration event in Abuja comprising representatives of MDAs and CSOs in a group picture on Tuesday, 21st September 2021
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The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in collaboration with the development Research and Project Center and the federal ministry of finance, budget and national planning on Tuesday inaugurates a Technical Working Group (TWG) to monitor and evaluate budgetary implementations for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) programmes and policies.

The TWG led by Dr Zakari Lawal (mni), which is part of initiatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Partnership for Advancing Women’s Economic Development, PAWED, aims at entrenching accountability in women’s economic advancement policies and programmes and the monitoring group is comprised of 10 MDAs from across Nigeria.

The event which held at the Bolton White hotels, Abuja had in attendance officials and representatives of the federal ministry of finance, budget and national planning, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPSS), dPRC, MDAs and representives of women associations as well as representatives of Christian women and Muslim women associations

The the terms of reference for the technical working group which was spelt out at the event has as parts of the objectives of the group, the provisions of support in the areas of development and implementation of the pilot monitoring and evaluation framework and to track and rate women’s empowerment project/policies/ interventions at both the national and sub national levels.

The TWG will also support the advocacy for and the dissemination of the WEE Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, support NIPSS, FMFBNP and dRPC WEE outreach and will function under the guidance and oversight of the NIPSS, FMFBNP and dRPC.

In the his address, the DG NIPSS, Brigadier C.J. Udaya, represented by Dr Nasrideen Usman, said that the TWG is constituted to foster the accountability components of the NIPSS strategies and asked that there be more clarity especially in terms of the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholders and, that it should be well articulated and clearly stated so that every stakeholders like the NIPSS, dRPC TWG and the CBN will know what is expected of them and also guide the implementation of the initiative.

He said the TWG is expected to make recommendations to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), the development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP) on the development of advocacy strategies for the affective implementation of WEE policies.

He further added that the monitoring group would also support NIPSS, FMFBNP & dRPC WEE outreach and engagement activities; submit reports of its activities to NIPSS, FMFBNP & dRPC WEE at regular intervals; and carry out other ad hoc duties as requested by NIPSS, FMFBNP & the dRPC.

He remarked that ‘with women constituting over 44.82% of the labour force in Nigeria, empowering this segment of our population is not only key to achieving economic independence, but also, it is critical in sustaining the nation’s overall economic development’ therefore, the nation stands to gain as it will go a long way in address some of its economic challenges when women are economically and adequately empowered

He concluded by imploring the 20 committee members drawn from the CBN, the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, budget and National planning and other MDAs, to work hard in order to ensure transparency in the implementation of women’s economic empowerment in the country.

In his goodwill speech, Dr Zakari Lawal (mni) Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, stressed the need for strengthening the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for women’s economic empowerment in the country and gave assurance of the federal government readiness to set in mechanisms to promote transparency in the allocation and implementation of policies in the country.

He expressed gratitude to all the stakeholders and MDAs involved with the the project and urged the would be leaders of TWG to take their responsibilities with all seriousness.

At the end of the inaugural event , Princess Adeshola Ogunleye and Mrs Mary Madu Haman emerged the chair and co-chairpersons respectively .

The TWG will be training participants in techniques and skills for tracking budget allocation and implementation on Wednesday and Thursday at the Bolton White Hotel in Abuja.


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Shocker! Kidnappers detain pregnant woman till child birth, keep new baby, set mother free

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A pregnant woman, has allegedly been set free and her baby taking away by kidnappers, after detaining her till the birth of her child, introducing a shocking but gory dimension to what has now become a sort of epidemic in parts of Africa.

Reports coming from Ghana, said the woman, who was identified as Josephine Panyin Mensah, was seized and taken away from her home in Takoradi, when her pregnancy was already due at nine months, but that her abductors only allowed her to go, after she gave birth and her baby taken away.

According to the source, the kidnappers who were interested in the unborn baby bolted with the baby after she had been delivered, adding that family sources indicated that the distraught woman is currently receiving treatment at the Effiankwanta Teaching Hospital.

The victim, was said to have gone missing on Thursday, September 16, after she went for a dawn walk in Takoradi, and that the police immediately swung into action leading a search party for her after a report was made to the by her husband, Michael Simmons.


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Breaking: Davido’s photographer dies

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Davido’s official photographer Fortunate Umunname Peter aka Fortune is dead.

He died three months after the hit maker’s close friend and associate, Habeeb Ademola Uthman aka as Obama DMW passed on.

Davido had also lost his bodyguard of six years, Ogbeide Tijani Olamilekan (Teejay) in 2020.

In 2017, Davido lost two friends and team members, Tagbo and DJ Olu.

Fortune was born and bred in Bariga, Lagos but hailed from Owerri.

He has been working with Davido since 2019.

He was born on July 10, 1997 and started off as a graphics designer before he moved to photography after his aunt, Dr. Harriet, got him his first camera which forced him to move back to Lagos from Owerri.

The exceptional photographer has made portfolios for Davido, Pogba, Popcaan, Lilbaby, Cassanova, Mayorkun, Wizkid, Jidenna, Tiwa Savage, Burna boy, Patoranking, Akon, DMW and many others.

His last Instagram post was on July 10 where he made a birthday post with a caption “Rolling stone +1”


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