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Taekwondo: Harun, Osagie win Poomsae event at President Cup

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Usman Harun and Ruth Osagie has won the Poomsae event in the male and female categories  of the ongoing National President Cup Open Championship. USA 
The three-day event organized by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja saw 34 athletes compete in the event, out of the 192 entries for the competition.
A total of 20 athletes took part in the male event while 14 competed in the women’s category. 


The event which saw participants move from preliminary stages to quarter finals, semi finals and then finals, earned Harun, from Oyo state, the gold medal with 19 points.


His closest rival was Salaudeen Abdulhafeez from Lagos with 18 points win the silver medal while the bronze medal was given to the duo of Eniola Aramide of Ondo and Stanley Osagie of Lagos, both with 16 points.


The women’s category, saw Osagie of Bayelsa win gold with 18 points while Kudirat Harun of Bayelsa as well claimed the silver medal with 17 points.


Harun’s sibling, Habibat, also representing Bayelsa won bronze medal alongside Beauty Ditu of Lagos, both with 16 points.
Now, three Harun siblings won medals in the event with the older sibling, Usman, saying his motivation was his sisters.


“I am proud with what we have achieved today, although I believe that we can do better.


“My biggest motivation is my sisters because I am their coach and I want them to see me as a role model, so I try to put my best in whatever am doing,” Harun said.
Speaking on the competition, the black belt holder, said it was challenging competing with other athletes.


“I think that the standard of the game is high. Competing against other tough athletes can be challenging but I thank God I won.


“I had also undergone a few training and courses recently before I came for the competition, maybe that help to put me ahead of my opponents,” he said. 


On her part, Osagie, winner of the women’s event, was excited with her performance and hopeful of replicating same feat in future competitions.


The tournament ends on Sunday.

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Pre-COP Conference reinforces Nigeria’s role as global climate leader – Tinubu’s aide

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Joel Ajayi Comrade Yussuf Kelani, the recently appointed Special Assistant to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Climate Change Matters, attended the UNFCCC SB60 Pre-COP conference.

As a former President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and a dedicated environmental activist, Kelani’s presence at the conference marks a significant step in Nigeria’s climate action journey.

The Pre-COP conference brought together representatives from various nations and stakeholders in climate action and environmental sustainability from around the globe.

This pivotal event was held in preparation for the UNFCCC COP29, scheduled to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2024. The primary focus of the conference was to develop and refine the implementation framework for the global climate finance roadmap.

The year 2024 is set to be a landmark year for climate finance, with countries agreeing on a new global climate finance goal known as the New Collective Quantified Goal (NCQG). This goal is expected to be a crucial marker for a successful outcome at COP29 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The NCQG aims to mobilize significant financial resources to support the climate needs and priorities of developing countries, including mitigation, adaptation, addressing loss and damage, and facilitating just transitions.

A key objective of the NCQG is to provide clarity on the public funding available for developing countries to implement their next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and adaptation plans, which are due by February 2025. At COP28, countries agreed to submit their NDCs 9-12 months ahead of COP30, highlighting the urgency and importance of these commitments.

Our participation in the SB60 Pre-COP conference underscored Nigeria’s proactive stance in global climate negotiations. Our involvement facilitated Nigeria’s engagement with global leaders, policymakers, and climate experts, enhancing collaborative efforts and reinforcing Nigeria’s commitment to climate action.

President Tinubu’s SA on Climate Change Matters highlighted that Nigeria’s active participation in the conference has yielded several benefits, including increased access to climate finance.

The discussions at the conference focused on securing substantial financial resources for developing nations through the NCQG. For Nigeria, this translates into enhanced funding for projects aimed at mitigation, adaptation, and resilience-building. These funds are crucial for Nigeria to achieve its climate targets and transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Another significant aspect of Nigeria’s participation in the SB60 Pre-COP conference was the emphasis on technological innovation and capacity building. Engaging with international experts and stakeholders allowed Nigeria to gain insights into the latest advancements in clean energy technologies, climate-smart agriculture, and sustainable urban development. These insights are vital for driving domestic climate initiatives and ensuring that Nigeria leverages cutting-edge technologies to address its unique challenges.

The outcomes of the SB60 Pre-COP conference align closely with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s agenda for climate change and Nigeria’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Climate action is intricately linked to multiple SDGs, including those related to poverty eradication, food security, clean water, and sustainable cities. By advancing its climate agenda, Nigeria is simultaneously driving progress towards achieving these interconnected goals.

Investments in renewable energy, for instance, not only mitigate greenhouse gas emissions but also provide access to affordable and clean energy, fostering economic growth and reducing poverty. Similarly, sustainable agricultural practices enhance food security and promote responsible land use, contributing to SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 15 (Life on Land). These integrated approaches ensure that climate action efforts also deliver socio-economic benefits, thereby promoting holistic development.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to leveraging these gains to implement effective and inclusive climate policies that benefit all Nigerians. Nigeria’s active engagement in global climate forums underscores its dedication to being a leader in climate action and a champion of sustainable development.

As posted on the Facebook page of Comrade Kelani Yussuf,
Special Assistant to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Climate Change Matters

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