- ZAMBIA VS NIGERIA: Controversies Trail $300,000 For Chartered Flight
Nigeria’s chaotic build-up to next Sunday’s World Cup qualifier in Zambia has continued unabated with rumpus over a $300,000 (about N138 million) chartered flight to Ndola further endangering the country’s chances.
The Super Eagles logistics are already in disarray after a late directive from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for coaches and players to pay their way to a training camp in Abuja beginning today.
The country’s top Europe-based stars are also spoiling for a showdown with the NFF after they were ordered to fly economy class to Abuja this week and they will get a refund for the tickets they purchased on arrival.
These are the same players who have not been refunded for the flight tickets they bought to come down for last month’s AFCON qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo.
But by far the biggest logistical headache ahead of the World Cup qualifier now is a plan to get a chartered flight for the team to Zambia.
The inflated cost of $300,000 and the fact that a company and not the NFF is negotiating the deal have pitched top officials against themselves.
AfricanFootball.com was exclusively informed that a local airline has been contacted by a company outside the NFF and they negotiated a $300,000 bill for the chartered flight.
However, aviation industry sources told AfricanFootball.com this flight should not be more than $200,000.
“This is a local airline we’re talking about so why pay them in US dollars? And to think of it, the NFF did not negotiate this $300,000 bill. To say the least, the signals are very, very disturbing” questioned a source.
The original plan was for the Eagles to depart Abuja on Thursday and get their visas at the point of entry.
But now with the possibility that the start of the training camp may be bogged down by the late buy-your-ticket order, it is unclear when they will fly out.
However, all that has not stopped top government officials from sending the names of friends, family and cronies who should be on this jamboree.
Schools in Lagos to Resume on Monday, Worship Centres to Commence Full Services
Schools to Resume in Lagos on Monday, Worship Centres Restrictions Eased
The Lagos State Government on Saturday said schools in the state will resume on Monday while the restrictions on worship centres were further eased to allow full services, including daily prayers in mosques and midweek services in churches.
The state also said public and private schools are approved to resume from September 21, 2020. However, only Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 2 pupils in public schools would resume for physical classes.
Schools, Worship centres and Businesses were closed about six months ago to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect Nigerians before the gradual easing of restrictions commenced a few months ago to cushion the negative effect of COVID-19 on the economy even though there is no cure yet.
According to a statement by Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted that the resumption would allow the JSS 3 pupils to prepare for Basic Education Certificate Examination scheduled for October 12, 2020. While the governor urged those in SSS 2 to use the period to prepare for their transitional exams to SSS 3.
The governor said, “As regards our places of worship, we are now also permitting the mosques to resume their five times a day prayers; and in the case of churches, they are now also permitted to resume their midweek services. We must not forget that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must therefore strive to prioritise the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society.”
“It has become necessary to issue clarifications regarding the resumption of schools, in order to clear any confusion that may have arisen since the resumption date was announced. Public Schools will adopt a phased protocol for resumption of physical classes. Students in JSS 3 and SSS 2 in public schools in Lagos are to resume physical classes from September 21.
“In the same vein, all private primary and secondary schools are permitted to resume from September 21. We have strongly advised school owners and managers to put safety first and open in phases similar to the announced schedule for public schools.
“School owners and managers are advised to seriously consider implementing a staggered daily resumption schedule, classes on alternate days during the week, and utilisation of distance learning methods as a complement to physical classes. All pre-primary–nursery, daycare and kindergarten–classes and schools in both public and private schools must remain closed.
“For all other public school classes in primary school and JSS 1, JSS 2, and SSS 1, announcements for resumption will be made as soon as the state government is satisfied that all necessary resumption protocols have been put in place.”
Edo Election: Governor Obaseki Cries Out, Says ‘They Are Rigging Me Out’
Governor Obaseki ‘They Are Rigging Me Out’
Godwin Obaseki, the executive governor of Edo State, has cried out that “there is an ongoing deliberate election manipulation in areas where he has strongholds.”
In a statement issued through Crusoe Osagie, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Osagie said “Suddenly, card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.
“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage,” Osagie said in a statement to media on Saturday during the polls.
“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”
Earlier in the day, after casting his vote at polling unit 19, ward 4, Oredo local government, Governor Obaseki, who spoke to the media present, said “I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and half hours on the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a beat disappointing,” he said.
“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected a better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”
1.7 million People Registered to vote in Edo, Says INEC
INEC Says 1.7 million Voters Registered to vote in Edo
No fewer than 1.72 million persons are eligible to vote in the September 19, Edo governorship polls while 483,796 eligible voters will not participate.
This is according to a document obtained from the Independent National Electoral Commission titled, ‘Delimitation of Edo State’.
The document shows that the identified ineligible voters in Edo failed to collect their Permanent Voter Cards.
The document further showed that as of August 2018 there are 2,210,534 registered voters in the state,
However, only 1,726,738 collected their PVCs.
It also indicated that the election will hold in 18 Local Government Areas, 192 Wards, and 2,627 polling units.
A further breakdown of the registered voters shows that male accounts for 1,159,325 (representing 52 per cent), while 1,051,209 (48 percent) are female.
Similarly, from the total registered voters, the youth (18 – 35 years) account for 50 per cent (1,105,338); Middle Aged (36 – 50 years), 29.1 per cent (643,551); and Elderly (51 – 70 years) has 15.99 per cent (353,508).
Eligible voters classified as the Old (70 years and above) account for 4.89 per cent (108,137).
According to the number of collected PVCs, Oredo zone has 240,197; Ikpoba-Okha, 214,882; Egor, 158,817; Etsako West, 128,188 and Akoko Edo, 115,343.
Further distribution of registered voters in the three senatorial districts of the state shows that Edo South has the highest figure of 1,281,414; the North with 564,122; and Central senatorial district has 364,998.
Edo South has seven council areas, the North has six, while Central has five Local Government Areas.
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