British-Nigerian heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua, has signed a two-fight deal with Tyson Fury, the current WBC champion of the world.
Anthony Joshua, 31, rose from adversity after losing to Andy Ruiz in his American debut to reclaim his four belts in Saudi Arabia.
The two-time heavyweight champion of the world has won 24 fights with 22 of those coming by way of knockout and one loss to Andy Ruiz, the Mexican American that shocked the world.
Joshua returned to the ring in December to face Kubrat Pulev, a Bulgarian champion with just one loss. Anthony Joshua walked through Pulev with a 9 round knockout to secure his place in the now signed undisputed championship fight against Tyson Fury.
Tyson Fury, a British heavyweight champion who has never lost despite his mental health issue, shocked the world when he fought dangerous American heavyweight boxer, Deontay Wilder, to a draw after almost three years out of the ring.
Lightweight moving heavyweight returned to the ring to defeat Deontay Wilder in the second fight to earn his place in an undisputed heavyweight championship fight against Anthony Joshua. The first undisputed heavyweight fight in over 20 years and the first-ever by two British champions.
While the world waits for the announcement of the location of the fight, Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has said the fight is likely to take place in the middle east, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, or the US in Las Vegas given the bids that were flowing in.
He added that it was unlikely that the fight would hold in the United Kingdom because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month,” Eddie Hearn told ESPN. “The hard part is always getting everybody to put pen to paper. But this was a major effort from all parties to get this over the line. You had rival promoters, rival networks and rival fighters.”
Ramadan: Osinbajo Preaches Love, Kindness, Generosity
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged Muslim faithful in Nigeria to devote themselves to higher virtues of kindness, love and generosity towards one another as they observe Ramadan.
The vice president spoke with State House correspondents shortly after presiding over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Muslims in Nigeria on Tuesday joined their counterparts around the world to begin the 30 days Ramadan fasting.
“I must express my very sincere greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters who have begun the Ramadan fast already.
“This is not just a time for abstinence from food, drink and other worldly pleasures; it is a time of rededication to the higher virtues — love, kindness, generosity, and consideration for others regardless of faith or ethnicity.
“And also for our nation, the time, I believe to recommit ourselves to unity, brotherhood, to peace and reconciliation in various ways so that our country will achieve all of the objectives that we set for ourselves.
“So, I wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a very happy period of Ramadan; Ramadan Kareem,” he said.
FEC Approves N20.1bn to Equip Customs Equipment
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a total of N20,114,002871 for the acquisition of various operational equipment for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the week’s virtual FEC meeting presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister said further that Council also approved the sum of N539,277, 673 for construction of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) building at the Ilupeju Medium and Small Taxpayers’ office.
Speaking on the contracts approved for Customs, the Minister said a total of 427 operational vehicles, worth N14.55 billion and nine assorted gunboats worth N5,564,002,871 were all approved.
“The ministry also presented, on behalf of the Nigerian Customs Service, a memo that was seeking for Council’s approval for the design, construction and supply of two NC36M patrol boats, in favour of Messrs of Boat Plus Limited, in the sum of N5,062,530,400, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a delivery period of 12 months and council approved our request.
“We also presented a memo, again on behalf of the Nigerian Customs Service, for the approval of Council for the design, construction and supply of seven fast assault patrol boats and seven regular patrol boats, in favour of Messrs Siwa West Africa Limited, in the sum of N501,472,471.08, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a delivery period of eight weeks.
“The purpose of the purchase of these two types of petrol boats is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of operations of the Nigerian Customs Service in its bid to control smuggling and also ensure enhanced efficiency in all customs duty operations in the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Customs Service.
“We also presented, again on behalf of the Nigeria Customs Service, a request for Council’s approval and council approved the procurement of 427 operational vehicles for the Nigerian Customs Service operations in favour of various contractors in the combined sum of N14.55 billion, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a delivery period of four weeks”, she said.
Also addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said Council approved a project for the extension of the University of Ibadan’s library at the sum of N532 million.
“The Minister of Education also presented a memo for the award of contract for the construction and furnishing of the extension of the library of the University of Ibadan. The memo, which was approved, is at the cost of N532,609,000 and with a completion period of 48 weeks.
“It was a memo that was very well received because of the need to actually extend the library facility in the University. For many years, the library of the University of Ibadan had needed real extension, given the surge of the student population”, he said.
Lagos Pegs 2021 Umrah Fare For N1.37M
The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has pegged the fare for performing the Y2021 Umrah (lesser Hajj) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at N1.37 million, being the least package fees.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. Rahman Ishola, who disclosed this in a statement issued by the Board on Tuesday, added that the exercise, which comes up during the last 10 days of the Holy month of Ramadan, has two different packages that the intending pilgrims can choose from.
He said, “The first package at a cost of N1.37 million includes stay at a Three-Star Hotel; Sahur (Morning meal) and Iftar (Evening meal) in Nigerian delicacies; Economy Class ticket with a reputable airline; Executive and convenient local transportation; five days stay in Madinah, including three days isolation period; COVID-19 tests in Makkah and Madinah; visitation to historical sites and two-to-a-room accommodation”.
“The subscribers to the second package at a cost of N2.7 million would be accommodated at the Five-Star Ajyad Makareem Hotel in Makkah and Coral Hotel in Madinah. This is in addition to other benefits contained in the first package like Sahur and Iftar among others”, Ishola added.
The Board Secretary explained that the increase in fare was due to the strict implementation of the COVID-19 protocols by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health, emphasising that the Umrah exercise will hold between April 27 and 15 May 2021, and urged interested Muslims to seize the opportunity provided by the Board to make their payment as soon as possible.
He also encouraged those who had already made initial deposits to endeavour to pay up the balance for the package of their choice and forward evidence of payment (teller/bank receipt) and International Passport to the Board on or before April 18, 2021, for further necessary action.
Ishola stated that it is mandatory for all the intending pilgrims to get the COVID-19 vaccine before embarking on the pilgrimage, stressing that without the vaccination, they would be denied entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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