New Nigerian Newspaper NNN Thu, 02 Jul 2020 19:12:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 100775232 Makinde Administration Committed To Development Of Rural Areas In Oyo State – Commissioner Thu, 02 Jul 2020 19:12:19 +0000
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon (Mrs.) Funmilayo Orisadeyi has declared that the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde is committed to the development of rural areas in the state.
Mrs Orisadeyi stated this at Ijawaya Village, Atiba Local Government Council of Oyo State on Wednesda to commission three Motorized Boreholes in the local government.
The Commissioner pointed out that with the state government focusing its attention on development of the state, there is the need for the people of Oyo state to allow peace to continue to reign supreme in and across the state.
“I congratulate our people in Ijawaya and Atiba Local Government Council for being alive to witness a new beginning in the history of your local government and villages. The message I have for you from his excellency is to keep living in harmony, and continue to express love towards this administration both at the LG and state levels”, she said. 
The Commissioner added, “always channel your demands peacefully through your local government  boss, I’m sure he would not hesitate to forward it to me. Let me also declare here today that I have a standing order of his Excellency, instructing me to give prompt attention to the demand of all the local government Chairmen in line with the statutory power of my office and as approved by his excellency,” . 
“I think this has reflected in a manner your request was attended to and eventual provision of the boreholes. You requested for a borehole about 3 months ago and your local government boss took a drastic action by getting 3 boreholes installed as against your initial request of 1”
Honourable Orisadeyi stressed that the “remaining 2 were sited at Okedoyin and Ajiroba/Agbaakin to safe people living in those villages the stress of trekking a long distance to Ijawaya for drinkable and hygienic water,”
Caretaker Chairman of Atiba local government, Hon. Akinkunmi, while speaking stressed  that God has used the Governor Makinde  administration to wipe away tears from the faces of the people of  Ijawaya, Okedoyin and Ajiroba/Agbaakin villages, saying, “. Ijawaya has been in existence for decades but without drinkable water.”
” Today, Ijawaya and other villages around it now have hygienic water to drink, wash, bath and prepare food and traditional herbs,” Hon. Akinkunmi stated.
“Let me assure you, there would be no suffering in this village and Oyo State in general again. His Excellency has mandated us to ensure the needs of our people are met without any delay. So, we are seeking further cooperation from you. Let me also thank the ALGIO and COGVAC-19 team for being the instrument used by God to bring this into fulfilment,” the chairman commended*
Head of local government administration in Atiba local government and Chairman of Advisory Council of the Coalition of Grassroots Volunteers Against Covid-19 (COGVAC-19), Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo lauded  Governor Makinde for prompt payment of workers’ salaries, gratuities and allowances/bonuses.
“Though I’m not a politician, however truth shouldn’t be covered. Engr. Seyi Makinde stand out and he is a man with milk of human kindness. Regular payment of salaries, entitlements, gratuities, free education and provision of infrastructural amenities can’t be compared with anything, because of it’s direct effect on masses lives,” 
The commissioning at Ijawaya was witnessed by members of the executives in the local government, Directors in the council, PDP Chairman in Atiba LG, Youths leader, Women, leader, PDP members from Atiba, COGVAC-19 team, including Pastor Oduola, Alhaji Kunle Kareem, Comrade Ramat, Comrade Bayo Ogunwale, Comrade Bayo Raheef, Comrade Debo Adeoye among others

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Reps Seek Urgent Repairs On Wase-Langtang, Other Roads Thu, 02 Jul 2020 19:08:56 +0000


The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), to as a matter of urgency, carry out emergency repairs on the Wase-Langtang road with a view to reconstructing the collapsed bridge, and rehabilitating the dilapidated one.

Following concerns raised in a motion under matters of urgent public importance by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Idris Wase on Thursday, the House also urged the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to expedite action on the construction of some roads in the area, already captured in the 2020 Appropriation Act, due to their strategic linkages with viable economic mining and oil exploration centres.

Specifically in bad state, according to the deputy speaker were the Bashar-Wase-Langtang-Wamba road in Plateau State, and the Tumu-Pindiga-Kashere (Gombe State), Futuk-Yalo (Bauchi State), Bashar-Wase-Langtang (Plateau State), and Wamba (Nasarawa State)

The House also urged the Nigerian Army Disaster Response Unit to undertake emergency construction and installation of bailey bridges to facilitate the movement of persons cut off by the collapsed Jigawan Audu/Kogin Kasa bridge along Wase-Langtang road, as it directed the National Emergency Management Agency to provide necessary relief materials for communities displaced by the collapsed bridge.

The deputy speaker noted that the Bashar-Wase-Langtang road, as a project, has recently assumed high economic status as it connects high-yield economic nerve centres within Plateau State with the huge mining deposits located within that vicinity and the recent Federal Government’s oil exploration activities in Wase, Plateau State.

He said the road, “other than being a linkage to viable economic centres, also connects several communities in bordering state such as Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, and Taraba States”, lamenting however that the affected bridges were constructed decades ago and have not seen the necessary maintenance and rehabilitation for many years.

“The collapse of these bridges and the continuous deterioration of Wase-Langtang road has adversely affected the lives and livelihood of several communities connected by these bridges”, he noted, adding that if immediate effort is not taken to ameliorate the suffering of those disconnected by the collapse, they will be further faced with pains.

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Poultry Farms Can Only Thrive If Farmers Are Well Trained – Expert Thu, 02 Jul 2020 19:07:14 +0000 By; KUNLE SANNI, Kaduna 

A vetrinary doctor has observed that for poultry farming to boom in the country, certain things must be put in place for it to positively affect the economy. 

The doctor who spoke with the New Nigerian Online reporter in Kaduna on Thursday, said the farmers need to be well trained on what it entails to venture into the sector..

Dr Vincent Agbho of Agbho Vetnary Clinic, Suleja Niger State, said that most people like to go into poultry farming but lack the knowledge of the business, adding that most Nigerians have turned their homes to poultry simply because it is a lucrative business. 

He advised that whoever desire s to do it should be knowledgeable about it.

“Most of the operators only have flair for it and along the way, the business will crumble because they are not being guided by professional advice.

“.Dr. Agbho said any would be poultry farmer must engage the services of the professionals that will always be available to attend to emergency in case of any. 

“Those who are practicing it in their homes risk the outbreak of diseases that may attack the family and the neighbors. Disease may attack the birds because of the environment that could result into great loss, but with a professional consultant, his advice will come to bear”, he explained.

 He said the sector is a large one that could accommodate a lot of unemployed, but one must be an authority on the job in order not to get trapped in the business thereby resulting in stroke or any other disease. 

He called on government to reduce the protocol for accessing agric loans to help interested ones in the country, saying majority of the youth are interested but for the stringent measures before it is accessed, puts them off.

 “If the loan could be accessed within a short period of time, many out there waiting for non-existing jobs would be gainfully employed and become employers of labour within a couple of weeks, thereby narrowing the gap of unemployment in the country “, Dr. Agbho further advised. 

He counselled youth who are interested in the poultry farming to get equipped with the guidelines to enable them get the required results that will further rejuvenate the nation’s economy from being a monoeconomy. 

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FG 774,000 Job Initiative Encourages Laziness – A’Ibom Commissioner Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:54:28 +0000

Commissioner for Trade and Investments in Akwa Ibom State, Prince Ukpong Akpabio has said that the 774,000 job initiative of the federal government is an indirect way encouraging laziness among Nigerian youth.
Akpabio who bared his mind while speaking with journalists who were on inspection visit to expansion work at Dakkada Cottage Industries in Uyo, the Akwa State capital city on Wednesday, described such initiative as “handout” that will not grow economy.
According to Akpabio, “dashing” money to the youths would not only make them lazy but  is archiac and would not achieve the desired result of developing and expanding individual economies.
He posted that the Federal Government ought to have used the fund to boost Small and Medium Enterprises because of the multiplier effect on individual and the  national economy.
“That money could have been better utilized in growing SMEs. For instance if you use that amount for one Local Government to boost 100 small businesses in that area do you know the multiplier effect it will have.
“That 100 SMEs will empower another set of people. Say some of the SMEs will not only employ some people, they will also train some other people and purchase machineries and raw materials from others.
“Their finished products will also be distributed by another set of people.They are encouraging our young people to be lazy.
“It is wrong for you to be calling people out to give them palliatives and handout when the economy need revival. It is wrong and that was what we suffered in the last administration in this state.” He explained.
The federal government recently announced plans to recruit 1,000 itinerant, unskilled workers in each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGA), in the country from October to December for roads rehabilitation, construction, sanitation, among others.
According to Mr Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, “this is for the workers to carry out public works that are peculiar to each Local Government Area.They would be paid a total of N60,000 each, that is, N20, 000 per month.
“They would be engaged in roads rehabilitation and social housing construction, urban and rural sanitation, health extension and other critical services.
“Depending on how successful the programme is or how buoyant the Federal Government’s purse is, this programme may either be extended or repeated every year.” Keyamo had explained.

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NYCN C’River Chapter Reschedules Election Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:38:46 +0000

By;.VITALIS UGOH,  Calabar

The reconstituted Congress Planning Committee (CPC) of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN),  Cross River State chapter has fixed July 17th,  2020 for its elections. 

Meanwhile, the committee is still negotiating for the venue for the election and has promised to communicate same to all aspirants and delegates as soon as possible.

Speaking to Online Media Practitioners in Calabar on Thursday,  the Chairman and Secretary of the CPC,  Comrades Eyo Boco (JP) and Leonard Akwo respectively, the committee said the date was fixed after  wide consultations with all stakeholders. 

According to the committee, “every aspirant and delegate is expected to take strong note of the above date and follow accordingly, as we are committed to deliver a transparent and hitch free  elections come the 17th day of July 2020”.

The CPC further added that “we would not allow any individual come in between us and the delivery of a free, fair and credible elections for the youths of Cross River. We would put in all that it takes to get the right thing done, paying no compromising regard to no one”,

The National Youth Council of Nigeria is the umbrella body of all youths in Nigeria and has its chapters in all States and Local Government Areas. Cross River as a state in Nigeria also hosts a Chapter in that order.

It was established and given legal recognition under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1 of 1990, Part C of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It has the mandate to operate and regulate all the activities of youths existing within the Nigerian territorial borders, Cross River, inclusive.

Therefore, “as a legitimate Youth organisation of the country, she is governed and administered through a well thought out constitution, as initiated, written and adopted by a well constituted congress as the council’s sole working document”.

The Congress, deriving its powers and guidance from the NYCN constitution,  was empowered to constitute, regulate and as well dissolve every committee meant to conduct the activities of the council. Activities such as youth weeks, local government elections, state elections, national elections, etc. are all executed by committees as mandated by  and in Congress.

As a result of above, the Congress is the most powerful tool of the council, possessing the SOLE right to override every decision made in the Council.

Consequently, it could be recalled, in exercising  its constitutional rights , the Congress dissolved the former Congress Planning Committee which failed in its mandate to conduct an election for the Council on the 19 June, 2020. To fill the imminent lacuna,  another Planning Committee was constituted by Congress on the same date, on the floor of Congress and were charged to facilitate the conduct of a fresh elections within 30 days”.

“A Congress Planning Committee had to be re-constituted owing to a vote of no confidence passed against the former on account of too many irregularities exhibited”.

Therefore, by the power trusted on the new CPC by Congress of the 19th day of June, 2020, we hereby announce the following,”that our sole mandate is to plan and midwife a process which would birth a Congress that would see to the emergence of a brand new state executive council through a very constitutionally credible, free and fair elections and had accepted this responsibility, with an absolute allegiance to the entire youths of the State, having it in mind that we could be dissolved at any point in time by the same Congress should we compromise or mislead the council in the slightest possible form.

The CPC during the period under review had held a couple of consultative meetings with stakeholders across board (Security and Ministry of youth, etc). We have also had several interface with NYCN Advisory Council in the state, and we have received their nods to forge ahead with the process.

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NITDA Train’s 130 Rice Farmers On Modern Farming Technology Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:31:19 +0000 By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse

The National Information Technology For Development Agency (NITDA) has trained and graduated 130 farmers on rice farming and livestock production through digital technology in Jigawa State.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony at Hadejia Skills Acquisition Center, the Director General of the agency, Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi stated that the training programme was coordinated under the National Adopted Village For Smart Agriculture, a programmer aimed at introducing digital technologies and innovations to support agriculture in Nigeria.

Speaking through his representative,  Mr Lukman Lamid who is also the desk officer of the programme, the Director General noted that creating digital opportunities for sustainable jobs across agriculture value chain would help in diversifying the nation’s economy and improve agricultural production among the farmers..

He called on the beneficiaries to ensure the sustenance of the programme as it would pave way for them to enjoy numerous government’s support and interventions on agriculture.

Earlier in his speech, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State through his Special aydviser on Community Inclusion, Hamza Muhammad Hadejia described farming as a business to combat hunger, poverty and to sustain the economy.

The participants whom were drawn from the  27 local government areas were supported each with a new water pump generator, mproved rice seedlings, a pair of android phone, as well as cheques of one hundred thousand Naira.

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Our Hard Work Yielding Positive Results – Giwa Council Boss Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:46:14 +0000 By; AMOS NATHEW, Kaduna

Chairman Of Giwa Local Government Area, Hon. Abubakar Shehu Giwa has informed the  people of his local government that following the application of hard work for the development of the area, results have started yielding positively.

The council boss, added that since the inception of this administration, they are thankful to the Almighty Allah for the results such  hard-work has begun to yield.

In a statement signed he personally   signed, Hon Giwa commended the people of his local government for their support and promised  not to let them down, as he will continue to deliver more projects to the local government area.

Speaking on some of the dividends expected in the local government area, he mentioned construction/building of  information and communications technology centre which will be equipped with computer sets and other gadgets. 

“We have been lobbying for it and it has finally been signed and sealed. Nomination has been released with my name attached, as it is visibly contained in the attached letter. 

“The centre will be situated at Dr. Shehu Lawal Girls Secondary School Giwa and the project is sponsored by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). 

“We have supported it, we are supporting it and will remain supportive to the project until it’s successfully inaugurated and ready for use.

“That was why we sponsored 10 of our youth on ICT training which lasted for three months in Kaduna metropolis, and gave them 10 brand laptops to have the required skills before the center comes to fruition. 

“Construction of Library which we have been actively working alongside Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Local Government to see  to its successful construction in our local government and all praises are due to the Almighty Allah for making it possible. I have provided land where the library will be sited. The construction commences very soon insha Allah,” he assured.

According to him, “We are conscious of the oath of office we took when we were assuming duty as leaders. Our top priority is the welfare of our people who stood under sun for hours to ensure that we emerged winners during elections. 

“We have pledged to be up and doing to see that we provide our people with infrastructure and to even go extra miles in search of more if need be. At this point, I wish to gladly inform you that there are many dividends underway which we hope to publicly announce to you whenever the time is right for that.

“Our hope is to leave behind solid and lasting legacies that will benefit you and our future generations”.

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Gombe Explores Areas Of Partnership With Taj Bank To Boost Financial Inclusion, Unlock Opportunities Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:21:11 +0000
*non-interest financial institution set to open branch in Gombe 


Governor  Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has said that  Gombe state is ready to take advantage of innovative products and services offered by the newly established Taj Bank for the benefit of the people of the especially in the area of agriculture as well as small and medium scale businesses. 

According to a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli, the Governor stated this when he visted the corporate headquarters of the bank in Abuja.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in a meeting with top management when he visited Taj Bank Headquarters in Abuja.

Taj Bank, is a non-interest financial institution recently licensed by the central bank of Nigeria.  

During  the visit, Governor Yahaya was briefed by the Chairman of the bank, Alhaji Tanko Ishiyaku Gwamna and the Managing Director, Mr. Norfadelizan Abdulrahman on the activities, operations and products of the bank.

The  Governor noted that the products and services of the bank are favourable to small holder business men and women , especially those in the rural communities who may not have the capacity  to access loan facilities from coventional banks. 

He said Gombe state will leverage on several packages introduced by the bank to boost financial inclusion and empower the people economically.  

Governor Yahaya noted that there are a lot of opportunities to unlock through  the bank, especially with various Central Bank of Nigeria’s agricultural  facilities and intervention funds which will  benefit the people of the state. 

The Governor said inspite of  misconceptions concerning non-interest banking, statistics have shown that people  of all faiths access its services. 

“Am sure all of you know very well that Gombe is the centre of commerce in the North East, because we share boundaries with all the states of the region; so our centrality makes it convinient for all the neighbouring states to have commercial relationships and activities with Gombe.  This will definitely help alot in making you reach out to large chunk of the people”.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya expressed optimism that with the current covid-19 pandemic, CBN has a wide window to accommodate all the products of the bank especially as it affects anchor borrower and financial support to small and medium scale enterprises. 

He congratulated the bank for its achievements so far and assured the financial institution of the support of the government and people of Gombe State. 

Earlier, the Chairman of the bank , Alhaji Tanko Ishiaku Gwamna said Taj Bank was established about a year ago after obtaining its license from the central bank of Nigeria to explore the non- interest financial sector which he said comes with alot of opportunities. 

He said due to its ease of doing business, developed countries are now taking advantage of non-interest financial instrument to expand the frontiers of their businesses.

While thanking Governor Inuwa Yahaya for being the first state chief executive to visit, Alhaji Gwamna assured the government and people of Gombe State that the Bank will partner with the state to boost its financial inclusion and the economy in general. 

“Very soon we are going to open our branch in Gombe, which will serve as a regional hub because of its strategic location and business opportunities as well as the disposition of Your Excellency and the foundation you laid for business to thrive”. 

The Managing Director of the bank, Mr. Norfadelizan in his remarks said Gombe state will soon feel the presence of the non-interest financial institution through its services and technology which will eventually ink the state to other parts of the world and help unlock a lot of opportunities, including leveraging on the Nigeria- Malaysia business relationship. 

The Executive Director of the bank,  Ahmed A. Joda said the presence of the new financial institution in Gombe  will help expand the economic frontiers of the state, especially in the area of agriculture.  

He said, ” We are looking at the CBN intervention funds, including the anchor borrower, commercial agricultural credit scheme and so many other agric related funds which we want to unlock for the people of Gombe state and which we believe the agric entrepreneurs in the state will benefit immensely from”. 

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Ganduje, Oshiomhole, 47 Others Named In APC National Campaign Team For Edo Governorship Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:39:10 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The Governor of Kano State, H.E. Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has been appointed by the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to chair the Party’s high-level National Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship Election.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Yekini Nabena made available on Thursday.

The Governor of Imo State, H.E. (Sen) Hope Uzodinma will serve as Deputy Chairman and Hon. Abbas Braimoh as Secretary of the 49-member APC National Campaign Council.

This followed the approval for the constitution of a National Campaign Council for the 19th September, 2020 Governorship Election, by the National Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, H.E. Mai Mala Buni.

The campaign council will be inaugurated on Monday, 6th July 2020 at the Party’s National Secretariat. 


1.H.E. Dr. Abdullahi Umar GandujeChairman
2.H.E. (Sen.) Hope UzodinmaDeputy Chairman
3.Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege      Member
4.H.E. Inuwa Yahaya           Member
5.H.E. Alh. Yahaya Bello                 Member
6.H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu           Member
7.H.E. (Chief) John Odigie-OyegunMember
8.H.E. Comrade Adams OshiomholeMember
9.Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WamakkoMember
10.H.E. Sen. Godswill AkpabioMember
11.H.E. Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu  Member
12.H.E. Sen. Owelle Rochas OkorochaMember
13.H.E. Timipre SylvaMember
14.H.E. Dr. Pius Odubu          Member
15.Sen. Degi Eremiemyo BiobarakuMember
16.H.E. Prof. Oserheimen A. OsunborMember
17.H.E. Emmanuel Eweta UduaghanMember
18.Sen. John Owan Enoh      Member
19.Rt. Hon. E.J. AgbonayimanMember
20.Engr. Babachir LawalMember
21.Prince  B.B. ApugoMember
22.Gen. Charles Airhiavbere           Member
23.Hon. Peter Akpatason     Member
24.Hon. Patrick AisowereMember
25.Hon. Johnson OghumaMember
26.Hon. Prof. Julius Ihonvbere       Member
27.Hon. Pally Iriase    Member
28.Hon. Dennis IdahosaMember
29.Mrs. Rachel  AkpabioMember
30.Mr. Bolaji Afeez     Member
31.Engr. Gabriel IduseriMember
32.Chief Cairo Ojougboh      Member
33.Patrick ObahiagborMember
34.Chief Ayiri EmamiMember
35.Hon. Abubakar Adagu SuberuMember
36.Usman Nahuche    Member
37.Engr. Chidi Orji      Member
38.Dr. Almajiri GeidamMember
39.Sen. Sa’idu Umar KumoMember
40.Chief Pius Akinyelure      Member
41.Engr. Chris OgiemwonyiMember
42.Chief Solomon EdebiriMember
43.Prof. Ebegue AmadasunMember
44.Hon. Saturday UwulekueMember
45.Hon. Osaro ObazeMember
46.Chief Samuel Ogbuku      Member
47.Miss. Rinsola Abiola        Member
48.Theresa TekenelMember
49.Hon. Abbas Braimoh       Member/Secretary

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Anniversary: SWAN Congratulates AIPS Thu, 02 Jul 2020 06:22:09 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The President, National Executive Committee (NEC) and the entire body of Sports Journalists in Nigeria congratulate the President of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), Mr. Gianni Merlo and the President, AIPS-Africa, Mr. Mitchel Obi on the occasion of the 96 years anniversary of the world body, on Thursday, July 2, 2020.

A statement signed by its Secretary General, Jude Opara said that, this memorable day will also herald the first edition of the e-Conference to mark the World Sports Journalists Day with the theme; “Has Covid-19 affected journalists’ independence and future?

“No doubt, this innovation is an aftermath of the effects of the deadly Covid-19 global pandemic.

“Under your able guidance, AIPS which was founded in 1924 in Paris, France has grown to become a body that must be reckoned with when it comes to coverage and reporting of sporting events around the world.

“We in Nigeria are particularly happy with your leadership style which has in a no small way democratized the activities of the Association by ensuring that member bodies from different parts of the world felt the impact of the Association. Granting Nigeria the hosting Rights for the next AIPS Executive Committee meeting is a notable case study.

“Also, membership and issuance of cards have become very seamless since you assumed office and I must add that in Africa, the Regional President has also helped majorly to ensure that sports journalists get all the necessary support they needed to function at all times.

“Even, with the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic, you equally demonstrated your rare leadership style by constantly checking on your member nations and affiliates to ascertain their state of health and how they have been impacted by the scourge.

“In a moment of extreme uncertainty in the world of sports, the aim of the AIPS to unify the global sporting media by celebrating its origins is highly commendable.”

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