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Rivers Governor Triumphs in Marathon, Vows to Nurture Youth Sports

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Rivers Governor Triumphs in Marathon, Vows to Nurture Youth Sports
• Governor Fubara wins the 30-meter race at Rivers International Marathon
• Event overcame challenges to open doors for global investment
• Fubara pledges commitment to youth sports development

Emerging victorious in the 30-meter race, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has vowed to nurture youth sports and harness the potential of young talents.

This commitment came during the closing ceremony of the Rivers International Marathon 2024, themed ‘Power On, Conquer the Distance.’

Reflecting on the challenges faced in organizing the event, Fubara acknowledged the initial hurdles in reconciling the positions of organizers and sponsors.

“When we started the planning, we had a lot of issues but somehow along the way, we finally agreed and resolved all the bottlenecks, challenges more especially, finances to host this event,” he stated.

However, the governor expressed satisfaction with the successful hosting of the event, which he believes will open up the state’s economy to global investment opportunities.

“I can say to the glory of God that I am happy that we are here today witnessing it live and direct,” Fubara remarked.

Looking ahead, the governor assured that a second edition of the marathon is likely, promising improvements based on the lessons learned from the inaugural event.

“I strongly believe that when we are going to host the second one, most of our mistakes, most of the areas that we did not consider, we will consider them and make the second event a more glamorous one that will be better than this,” he affirmed.

Furthermore, Fubara emphasized his administration’s commitment to youth development and sports, stating, “We know the importance of sports. We know that sports and youth development go together. For that reason, we are not going to joke about the aspect of youth development. We are not going to joke in the aspect of sports development.”

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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