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IWF World Championship: Eze Joy Ogbonne Wins 4th Gold For Nigeria, Sets Two New World 21

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Eze Joy Ogbonne on Monday won Nigeria’s 4th gold medal in the Commonwealth Championship at the ongoing 2021 International Weightlifting Federation, IWF World Championship in Uzbekistan.

Apart from winning gold medal in Commonwealth Championship, the Ebonyi State born lifter also won a bronze medal in the IWF Championship and set two new youth World Records

The IWF World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan which started on Tuesday last week also serves as the 2022 Commonwealth Games qualifier.

The 17-year old lifter who competed in the 71kg category won Commonwealth Championship gold medal with a total lift of 230kg.

She also won a world bronze medal in the clean and jerk with a lift of 130kg and she set two new Youth World records in the clean & jerk and total respectively with a lift of 127kg which she improved to 130kg in her 3rd attempt.

She also set another world youth record in the total with a lift of 230 kg.

Eze Joy Ogbonne is the 4th Nigerian lifter to win gold medal in Commonwealth Championship at the ongoing IWF World Championship.

She joins compatriots, Stella Kingsley, Olarinoye Adenike Adijat and Lawal Rafiatu Folashade in the gold medal chart.

Eze who won three gold medals in the 2019 Africa Games in Morocco while speaking with the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, NWF media before her Monday competition said her motivation was to win.

Currently Nigeria have 4 medals in the IWF – a silver and three bronze while she has five medals on the Commonwealth Championship – 4 gold and a silver.

Nigeria will today seek to consolidate her medal hauls as Liadi Taiwo will compete in the 76kg women category.

She will weigh in by 9am, (1pm Nigerian Time) while competition will start two hours later by 3pm

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Youth Minister Congratulates LAUTECH On NUC Ranking

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Youth Minister Sunday Dare has congratulated the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State for emerging as the best State University in Nigeria.

Dare, who is from Ogbomoso and holds the chieftaincy title of AGBAAKIN of Ogbomoso, commended the management of the University for maintaining a high academic standard in spite of daunting challenges, urging them to maintain the tempo.

Apart from being rated the best State University, LAUTECH also finished in fourth place among all Nigerian universities – Federal, State, and Private.

The University of Ibadan, Redeemers University and Covenant University are the universities ranked ahead of LAUTECH.

Titled 2021 ranking of Nigerian Universities, the ranking instituted by the National Universities Commission (NUC), is one of the several drivers of quality improvement of the Nigerian University system. It is powered by the League of Directors of Academic Planning (LDAPs) of all universities in Nigeria.

It is one of the several projects of Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of NUC and implemented under the auspices of the NUC Strategy Advisory Committee (STRADVCOM).

Its formal launch for the 2021 rankings was done on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

The announcement made on Monday and other details are available on nusrankings.ng.

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