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  • I Was Asked To Join A Cult To Get Political Position, Says Taribo West
    by siteadmin on March 17, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Taribo West, a former Super Eagles defender, has revealed that a running mate to a governorship aspirant in Rivers State, asked him to join a cult before he would be given political position in the state. The former defender said this in an interview with The Punch newspaper, published on Sunday. While reacting to the question on if lack of educational qualification of sportspersons was the reason for their exclusion in sports administration, West said Nigeria is the only country where other professionals are encumbered with different criteria to ascend the peak of their careers, while uneducated people can freely become politicians. He said: "In Nigeria, is it every politician that went to school? Some can’t even write their names. But it’s only in my country that those in positions use demonic criteria to keep people away. In other countries, if you are competent for the job, they will give it to you. “I have been involved in the political system and things like this discouraged me from it. If it means I have to be a cultist to get a position, I’m not ready for that. I’ll prefer to drink my garri at home and be free with God. At the time I was in politics, a running mate to a governorship aspirant in my state (Rivers), brought me money and told me to join their cult. He told me if I wanted power, they would give me position, and that if I wanted money, I would be given. But he insisted that I must be involved in their cultism activities." He also said he was available in the state to groom young footballers, but he was not given the opportunity to operate freely because he was not in a “caucus”. West said: “I’ve made myself available for Rivers State for so many years. But if you are not their member, they won’t give you anything to do; they won’t involve you. You have to belong to a caucus; it’s at all levels. I have personal experiences, so I know. Nobody will look at you if you are not involved. They know that someone like me will disturb their activities, so they won’t get me involved. I’m the only big name in sports in my state that they don’t call for anything. So, it’s painful but hopefully, someday this will end.” He advised President Muhammadu Buhari to elect a better Sports Minister who would pay equal attention to all the sports and not just football. “I don’t think we’ve made progress in the area of sports. There’s more to sports than just football, but the focus of the sports ministry in recent times has been on football. Where is our basketball, athletics and other sports? I pity the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (Daniel Igali). Anytime he has an international event, you’ll find him on national television crying for funds.  “Most of the retired athletes are suffering, some have been diagnosed with various diseases but there’s no medical team to help them from the ministry or anywhere else. So, when Buhari reorganises his cabinet, I want him to look at the sports world, make changes and reorganise the sports ministry. Sports is big business that the government can benefit from. The President [appoint] someone who knows about sports, someone who can bring about mass restructuring, stability and prosperity to that department.” Politics Sports News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

  • Persons With Disabilities Must Be Allowed To Participate In Politics, Says FNSB
    by siteadmin on March 12, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    The Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind (FNSB) says persons with disabilities must be allowed to participate in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The society, which was formed in 1955 to provide vocational training for visually impaired Nigerians, made this call in a statement made available to SaharaReporters on its annual Inter-House Sports Competition, which is set to take place on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Yaba College of Technology Sports Centre, Yaba, Lagos. This will be the 24th Inter-House Sports celebration since the society’s formation in 1955. The sports celebration has been instrumental to the growth of ex-trainees like Taiwo Suleiman, who currently represents Rivers State; Abiodun Omisola, who represents Delta State, and its resident sports instructor Funmi Olasunkanmi, who just represented Lagos State at the National Sports Festival in Abuja.      The statement read: “We believe very much in the message that we as a country and community must support the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. One of our ways of supporting integration is by providing opportunities for inclusion through sports. Everyone deserves a chance to participate in the same or similar sporting activities regardless whether they are special needs or not. “That is why we at FNSB are proud to be a part of the narrative having trained many gold medallists who have gone on to represent Nigeria in the Paralympics and many other international and local sports events.” FNSB, since its inception, has trained and rehabilitated more than 3,000 visually impaired men and women. The vision and mission of the society is to become to become a world class model for breaking down barriers affecting the blind and to produce sustainable and collaborative support for the blind by advocating for, rehabilitating, empowering the blind and working to prevent blindness.  The society says it won’t stop until it achieves “total and complete inclusion for the blind”. Human Rights Politics Sports News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

  • How Female Super Eagles Fans Were Deceived Into Prostitution After Russia 2018 World Cup
    by siteadmin on March 7, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Young Nigerian women rescued from human traffickers gather in a shelter Blessing Obuson from Nigeria, 19, rescued from human traffickers, poses for a portrait in a shelter on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia February 21, 2019. Picture taken February 21, 2019. Momoh Alifat Omotese who was killed in September 2018 in a shelter on the outskirt of Moscow Young Nigerian women rescued from human traffickers gather in a shelter REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov “I cried really hard. But what choice did I have?” were the words on 19-year-old Blessing Obuson, a Nigerian ‘Super Eagles fan’, forced into prostitution in Russia. Another 21-year-old woman said: “They don’t give you food for days, they slap you, they beat you, they spit in your face... It’s like a cage.” In roughly three months, it’ll make it one full year thousands of fans flew across countries to cheer the Super Eagles as they participated in the World Cup which took place in Russia in June 2018. However, contrary to expectations, not only are thousands of supposed Super Eagles fans missing, it turned out some members of the Nigerian fan base were sold into prostitution. One of such victims is 19-year-old Obuson, who went to Russia in the hope of finding a job. Blessing Obuson from Nigeria, 19, rescued from human traffickers, poses for a portrait in a shelter on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia February 21, 2019. Picture taken February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov According to a report by Reuters, Obuson had nursed dreams of working as a shop assistant to help with her two-year-old daughter and younger siblings resident in Edo State, but she ended up locked up in an apartment in the outskirts of Moscow and forced into becoming a sex slave alongside 11 other Nigerian women. They were under the strict supervision of a madam, also a Nigerian, who confiscated the passport of the victims and forced them to work to pay off certain debts. In Obuson’s case, she had to work to pay off a debt of $50,000. Reprieve, however, came the way od Obuson and other victims when she told her story to a client, who spoke English and involved anti-slavery activists, leading to a raid on the apartment. According to the case, which is still under investigation, a police officer had posed as an interested client willing to buy off Obuson for 2million rubles (around $30,000), which led to the arrest of two Nigerians. Momoh Alifat Omotese who was killed in September 2018 in a shelter on the outskirt of Moscow REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Eight other Nigerian women, between the ages of 16 and 22, also told Reuters how they were victims of violence and also came into the country as Super Eagles’ fans. The fan identity cards grant them access to the country without necessarily needing visas. According to the Police in Russia, 1,863 Nigerians had not left the country as of January 1, 2019 — six months after they came into the country for the World Cup, and at the time the IDs expired. In September 2018, 22-year-old Alifat Momoh was said to be the victim of murder by a man who refused to pay for sex. Kenny Kehindo, an anti-slavery activist who works with non governmental organisations in Moscow, puts the figure of women who came into the country as fans at more than 2,000. International Sports News AddThis :  Original Author :  Reuters Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

  • BREAKING: Ogunjobi, Ex-NFF General Secretary Banned For 10 Years For Corruption, Is Dead
    by siteadmin on February 11, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Taiwo Ogunjobi, a former general secretary of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), is dead. Ogunjobi passed on at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Monday. Ogunjobi was a brilliant footballer during his hey days. He also expressed interest in contesting for the number one position for the NFF in 2014. However, in 2013, he was involved in the transfer scandal of Olanrewaju Kayode and was slammed with a 10-year ban by the Executive Committee of the NFF after an investigation. “The Committee, based on the report of an investigative committee headed by Barrister Chris Green, approved a 10-year ban from all football-related activities on one-time NFF General Secretary and former NFF Executive Committee member, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi,” the committee had said back then.   Sports Breaking News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

  • Many Escape Death As 'Substandard' Scoreboard Of Newly-Commissioned Stephen Keshi Stadium Collapses
    by siteadmin on February 5, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Residents of the popular Nnebisi and commuters plying the road narrowly escaped death on Monday, after the electric scoreboard at the newly commissioned Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, collapsed. Staff of the Sports Commission headed by Tony Okowa, younger brother of Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, who witnessed the collapse of the electric scoreboard at about 7pm, told SaharaReporters that the scoreboard collapsed as a result of a heavy wind. Members of staff, including others who came for training at the stadium, were seen scampering for safety. A staff who witnessed the incident, but preferred not to be named, said: "So many people would have been dead by now if an event was going on in the stadium. The collapsed scoreboard fell on top of some buildings used as restaurants, where people normally eat at night. "I witnessed the collapse of the electric scoreboard and I thank God that it did not fall towards the main road or on houses around the stadium. I weep for Delta State and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as he has a penchant for awarding contracts running into millions of Naira to incompetent persons.  "Don't forget that this was how a water tank collapsed during the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, tagged 'Asaba 2018', which saw thousands of athletes and spectators escape death. Because Governor Okowa was in so much of a hurry to host the championship when all necessary things had not been put in place, I can confirm to you that all the materials used in the stadium are substandard. Okowa is losing it seriously. He is busy procuring media awards from media houses across board in Nigeria. "The stadium was a multi-billion-naira contract awarded to Solomon Ogba, a former President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and LOC chairman, 'Asaba 2018' but could not be done to a standard. All what the Governor does is to use contracts to do ‘saraka’ for his stooge and cronies. Okowa government na padi padi and food-for-the-boys government.” See Also Sahara Reporters Asaba 2018: Thousands Escape Death As 'Substandard' Overhead Water Tank Collapses 0 Comments 7 Months Ago Our correspondent reliably learnt that the scoreboard was uprooted from its base by the wind and collapsed into structures, damaging some parts of the stadium. At the time of filing in this report, the area has been condoned off, while an iron roof and other properties severely destroyed by the collapsed scoreboard at the road side have been covered up with tarpaulin. Visitors have also been restricted from entering the premises, which also houses the commission. See Also PHOTONEWS: Poorly-Constructed Water Tank At Stephen Keshi Stadium Collapses On Cars 7 Months Ago In August 2018, thousands of athletes and spectators narrowly escaped death following the collapse of a substandard overhead water tank at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, during the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships. The incident created panic among the athletes and spectators, left vehicles, wall fence and other things damaged, while spectators were seen scampering for their lives. Sports News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

 

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