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Nigeria Cricket Federation Sets To Host ICC 360 Review Tour

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To launch ICC CRIIIO grassroots dev’t initiatives

Joel Ajayi

Nigeria Cricket Federation NCF is set to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) a program tagged 360 Review Tour to Nigeria.

The ICC 360 Review Tour is slated for 18th to 23rd June 2019 inside M.K.O Abiola Stadium, Velodrome, Package A’ in Abuja.

 

In a statement issued by the Federation Public Relations officer, Musa Ehiozoje Bodie reveals that ICC 360 review tour is a holistic assessment and screening of Cricket activities in Nigeria.

According to the statement, “The Last 2 years of the present administration led by Prof. Yahaya Adam Ukwenya, has seen the growth and development of the game in the country metamorphose into a higher stratosphere thereby putting Nigeria on the global map of Cricket in the world.

“Recent successes both on and off the field can be attributed to the structure, focus and corporate governance of the Board, improvement in administration, Technical skill acquisition, Educational programs and lots more.

“The ICC 360 Review team will arrive Nigeria on Sunday 16th June 2019 and is expected to have interactions with Federation Board Members, Officials from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Staff and administrators, sponsors and potential sponsors, members of the Press/Media, Stakeholders, Players and non-players of the sports, parents of players and whomever deemed necessary to get the required information needed.

“Alongside the 360 reviews, the ICC CRIIIO grassroots development program will also be launched in Nigeria. The CRIIIO program is ultimately about changing the narrative of the game that it is ‘inaccessible and/or expensive to play, rather reflecting the truth which is ‘Cricket can be played anywhere and by anyone at any time; according to Andy Hobbs “Senior Manager, Development ICC”.

Also, the Venue for the CRIIIO event is the Velodrome, Package A’ National Stadium Abuja, on Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 9.am prompt.

However, the ICC team is expected to be in Nigeria for one week touring Abuja and Lagos State. The team will spend 3 days in Abuja before heading to Lagos on Wednesday where the consultation and interactions will continue before departing on Sunday 23rd June 2019.

 

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Nigerians Call For More Women In Governance, Say It Will Reduce Corruption

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Exasperated by rising corruption in Africa’s most populous country, stakeholders in the fight against corruption in Nigeria have identified adequate inclusion of women in governance as an antidote to public sector corruption while lamenting the government’s effort in implementing the revised National Gender Policy (NGP).

The call for the inclusion of more women in governance had been necessitated by the low representation of women in Nigeria’s governance structures.

Human rights lawyer Mary Musa led the call during PUBLIC CONSCIENCE, an anti-corruption radio programme produced by the Progressive Impact Organization for Community Development, PRIMORG, Wednesday in Abuja.

Speaking during the programme, Musa stated that Nigeria would be heading in the better direction if more women are deliberately handed opportunities in political leadership and public service as they embody the values, character and integrity, which is needed in building a corrupt-free nation.

She noted that Nigerian women are prudent and have been equipped to instill prudence, character and integrity in the mind of their children and can replicate these virtues in leadership positions.

“If we (government) put more women who are prudent in the government spaces, political spaces, corruption will reduce drastically because they are coming with values, character and integrity. We are not saying take any woman because she is a woman, we are saying take women who know what it means to be in political offices.

“If we select those women knowing they are influencers in their spaces doing fantastic and credible jobs with excellent value systems, Nigeria is headed for a better place.

“We have credible women, but they face barriers like sexual harassment at workplaces. Even in politics, we have a lot of women going into politics, but there are god-fathers who want to take advantage of the young women coming into politics. It’s beyond being credible and competent. It’s about creating an enabling environment for the woman to thrive,” Musa stressed.

On the government’s lacklustre approach on implementing the revised National Gender Policy, she revealed that the most effective tool in persuading the Federal Government to implement the policy remains sensitization, advocacy and peaceful protest.

Musa also regretted that implementation of the National Gender Policy is stifled by a lack of political will and urged the government to enforce the policy and place punitive measures on public offices that fail to align with the provisions of the revised NGP.

On her part, Communications Manager Mujidat Agbabiaka backed Nigerian women to do well if given more opportunities in leadership, emphasizing that women have what it takes to participate in leadership and make the country better. She added that women must be encouraged and empowered to take charge of administration because of their discipline and integrity.

Agbabiaka said, “We’ve seen women out there doing well in their leadership capacity and their homes are not broken. They still perform their maternal roles. They still take care of their families, their husband and children, immediate and extended families.”

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, she advised women not to sell their votes to politicians, urging them rather to study the manifestos of political parties and candidates in order to make informed decisions.

“We know the roles the politicians play in impoverishing the women further by giving them seasoning cubes and wrappers as if those things matter in politics and electioneering. We have said that these things are wrong and women should desist from accepting gifts but rather look inward into candidates and see what they are offering based on their manifestos.”

Some Nigerians who phoned into the programme from Abuja, the nation’s capital, alluded that Nigeria would be better governed and less corrupt if women were given more leadership opportunities owing to their antecedents from the home front.

PRIMORG and the Women’s Rights Advancement & Protection Alternative (WRAPA) are collaborating to promote the revised gender policy of the Federal Government for more opportunities for women in Nigeria.

Public Conscience is a syndicated weekly anti-corruption radio program used by PRIMORG to draw government and citizens’ attention to corruption and integrity issues in Nigeria.

The program has the support of the MacArthur Foundation

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