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Buhari Travels To Chad On Saturday For Security Talks, Others

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President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Saturday for N’Djamena, the capital of Chad Republic.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the purpose of the President’s trip was to participate in the Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, CEN-SAD.

President Buhari and other regional leaders are expected to join their host and current Chairperson of CEN-SAD Conference, President Idriss Deby Into, to deliberate on security and politics among other issues.

Other issues to be discussed include peace and ways to address multifaceted threats in CEN-SAD area, especially Boko Haram and refugees, and make a declaration on the entry into force of CEN-SAD revised Treaty intended to fast track the realisation of the objectives of the body.

During the opening Session of the Conference, special awards would be given to Heads of State and Military contingents in Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic and in the Lake Chad Basin.

President Buhari would be accompanied to the meeting by Governors Kashim Shettima, Akinwunmi Ambode and Adegboyega Oyetola of Borno, Lagos and Osun States respectively.

Others are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Danbazau (rtd); Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd); and the National Security Adviser, Major General Mohammed Monguno (rtd).

Also expected to accompany the President are Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar; Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede; and the Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Farouq.

Created by the Treaty of Tripoli on February 4, 1998, with six founding members, Nigeria joined the current 29-member regional economic community in 2001.

CEN-SAD seeks mainly to create a free trade area in Africa, as well as “strengthen peace, security and stability, and achieve global economic and social development of its members.”

Delegations from 22 member-nations are expected at the extraordinary meeting of CEN-SAD holding on Saturday at the Radisson Blu Hotel, N’Djamena.

President Buhari will return to the country at the end of the Conference on Saturday.

 

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180 Golfers To Compete For N35 Million In Rowland Adewumi Golf Classic Tourney

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The lush greens of the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja will soon be the battleground for an impressive array of golfing talent, as 180 golfers, both professional and amateur, compete for over N35 million in cash prizes and additional rewards.

This exciting event, known as the Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament, is scheduled to take place from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15, 2024, in celebration of Rowland Adewumi’s 50th birthday.

The organizing committee, led by Chairman Akabom Enebong, has spared no effort in ensuring that the event will befit the legacy of the man it honors says the tournament is more than a mere competition; it is a homage to Rowland Adewumi, a figure whose influence on the sport in Nigeria has been profound. Known for his dedication to nurturing talent and promoting the game, Adewumi’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the golfing community.

Speaking to the media in Abuja, Enebong highlighted the meticulous preparations underway to guarantee a flawless event.

“This tournament is a tribute to Rowland Adewumi, whose influence has been pivotal in the development of golf in Nigeria,” Enebong remarked. “We have ensured that all arrangements are in place to guarantee a smooth and competitive event.”

The competition will feature approximately 80 professional golfers and 100 amateur golfers, all competing in a stroke play format over the club’s renowned 18-hole course. The tournament promises to be action-packed, with participants eager to showcase their skills and vie for top honors.

“The Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament offers not just substantial cash prizes but also significant prestige. With over N35 million up for grabs, the stakes are high, and the competition is expected to be fierce. In addition to the cash rewards, there are numerous consolation prizes, ensuring that many participants will leave with recognition for their efforts”

“Interest in the event has been substantial, with top golfers from across the nation preparing to participate. This level of engagement underscores the tournament’s importance within the Nigerian golfing calendar and highlights the respect and admiration held for Adewumi within the golfing community”.

Enebong emphasized the broader significance of the tournament, noting that it serves as a platform for golfers to demonstrate their prowess and advance their careers. “Participants will leverage this tournament to showcase their worth,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for both emerging and established golfers to gain recognition and further their careers.”

The three-day event promises not just competitive golf but also a celebratory atmosphere, reflecting the joyous occasion of Adewumi’s 50th birthday. Spectators can expect a festive environment, with various activities and hospitality offerings enhancing the overall experience.

As the date approaches, anticipation builds for what is set to be one of the most memorable golf events of the year. The Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament is poised to highlight the vibrant golfing talent in Nigeria, celebrate a beloved figure in the sport, and provide a thrilling spectacle for all involved.

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