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Jummai Abullahi Winner Of IBB Golf Close Championship in Abuja



Jummai Abullahi Winner Of IBB Golf Close Championship in Abuja
Joel Ajayi
The Social and Welfare Officer of the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja, Jummai Abdullahi on Saturday emerged the overall winner of the 20th IBB Ladies Golf Close Championship
Jummai grossed 185 in two days with the nett of 147 to outshine over 70 participants who all poised to lift the trophy
Receiving the trophy in the presence of many dignitaries which include the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Paullen Tallen, Senator Esther Audu, Captain of the Club, Sola Awoyungbo, Lady Captain, Nanfe Audu as well as a Member of the Board of Trustees, Prince Lufadeju, the winner, Jummai Abdullahi attributed her success to many days of practising, hardwork and self confidence.
The handicap 18 amateur golfer promised to work more harder to overcome any serious challenge during the forthcoming Ladies Open Championship.
Other winners of the Close championship include former Lady Captain, Grace Ihonvbere who won Best Gross with 175 score. She also received prize for the nearest to the Pin in hole 8 having shot 4.8metres as well as Longest drive award in hole 7 with 187metres.
Adebimpe Usman’s shot of 150 score was adjudged as the Best Nett while another former Lady Captain, Faridah Wada went home with Runner up Nett with 176 score.
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Paullen Fallen who was the Special Guest of Honour congratulated the Ladies Section of the Club for a well organized event, urging the winners and those who did not win any prize to see it as a game and not an avenue for blackmail.
 She promised to play active role in whatever programmes the Section undertake.
In her remarks, Nanfe Audi, who is the Lady Captain said the success of the championship can be attributed to the support from all the Ladies. She enjoined them to be more dedicated to all activities of the Club.
 The 2019 IBB Ladies Golf Close Championship had over 70 women and more than 100 men in attendance.
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Niger Delta Youth Council Facilitates with Nigerians on the Occasion of World Youth Day



…reflects on the state of the nation

…calls for youth friendly policies

The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC), a pressure group devoted to youth empowerment and development in the Niger Delta has facilitated with the federal government and Nigerian youths as the world marks International Youth Day, a day set aside to celebrate youths all over the world and reflect on the challenges they face and ways to surmount them.

In a press release made available to journalists in Abuja by the National Coordinator, Engr. Jator Abido, the group expressed optimism that this year’s World Youth Day will avail Nigerian youths and government and avenue to brainstorm and find lasting solutions bedeviling the Nigerian youth especially in the area of unemployment and perennial insecurity that has hindered economic activities in many parts of the country.

“Today is an important date sets aside to celebrate International Youth Day. The importance of this annual celebration according to the United Nation (UN) is to among other things raise voices against any injustice or discrimination and deprivation around the globe against the youth. We as a pressure group want to use this opportunity to call attention to the alarming rate of unemployment which has risen to 35% in the third quarter of 2022 as well as insecurity which has brought to a halt economic activities in most parts of the country. It is our hope that government will act fast to end insecurity and reverse the ugly trend of unemployment in the country”, the statement noted.

The lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the group noted has far reaching implications on the future of Nigerian youths and if nothing is done about it, will endanger the mental and social capacity of youth, predisposing them to social crimes and agents of destabilization in the forth coming general elections

“The implication of this unwarranted strike is that for the past six months and counting, Nigerian youths have been idling away at home and the federal government has not considered the damage such failures portend. Not just that future leaders of Nigeria are idle but an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Criminal elements within the ruling class will quickly recruit and turn them to agents of destruction and crime as the 2023 general elections draw near. This must not be allowed to happen. The federal government must act fast to reverse this ticking time bomb from exploding” the statement urged.

The CSO equally charged the federal government to come out with policies that will encourage the participation of Nigerian youths in the downstream oil sector especially by actively using local artisans in line with local content policy of the federal government insisting that Nigerian youths especially those in the Niger Delta region have what it takes to actively transform the oil sector and end the sad phenomenon of exporting crude and importing refined products which is almost crumbling the economy.

“We are once again calling on the federal government on this occasion of International Youth Day to as a matter of national importance formulate policies which will make the local content law a more practical reality. Our youths are well skilled in oil exploration and even refining. Granting licenses to local artisans and modifying their technology will end the uneconomical policy of importing refined petroleum products at exorbitant rates at the expense of the naira. Such steps will also put an end to youth restiveness in the country and stimulate economic growth”, the statement added.

On the need to inaugurate the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) Board, the CSO noted, it is long overdue and the federal government must use this occasion of the International Youth Day to respond to the yearnings of youths in the Niger Delta who are the first beneficiaries and sufferers of both good and bad policy choices in the region, arguing that, NDDC can not continue to run without a substantive Board.

“Mr. President Sir, we are calling on you to use your good office and cause the inauguration of the NDDC Board which was duly constituted but has since not being inaugurated because of the activities of saboteurs. This is not only unconstitutional but a slap on the faces of law abiding Niger Deltans who are looking forward to development massive in the region. Without a Board, corruption is rife in the Commission and the people who are supposed to be served are suffering because of the greed of a few politicians. If nothing is done to bring an end to this impunity, we’ll have no choice but to take up arms and fight for our rights”, the statement concluded.

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