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Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle Group, Ebi Egbe has given a pat on the back to Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri for identifying and giving support to virtually all sporting activities.

Egbe said the governor’s decision to sponsor the just concluded Gov Diri National Scrabble Championship was laudable, even as he pointed out that Yenagoa is fast becoming the country’s Sporting capital.

“It is only a sports loving governor like Diri that would have a comprehensive package for sports. He has demonstrated this by sponsoring the just concluded national scrabble championship that attracted well over 300 scrabble players from different parts of the country. As we speak, Yenagoa is playing host to some of the nation’s athletes that are Tokyo bound. Diri deserves a pat on the back for what he is doing in sports. We hope his support for Bayelsa United would see the club land in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) next term,” Egbe said.

The maiden Gov Diri national scrabble championship ended on Sunday in Yenagoa with home boy Avwenagha winning the N500,000 star prize and a trophy in the Masters while Raji Kazeem of Oyo State won the Intermediate category.

Tariye Alari (Bayelsa) was winner in the Opens, Engr. Ojior Osikhena of Edo State won the Veterans.

The students category was won by 16-year-old Ikoko David of Federal Government College, Odi in Bayelsa State.

Others who won best female in different categories were Tuoyo Mayuku, Akpos Malafakumo and Priscillia Akhabue.

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BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu Donates 10bn Naira Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa

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Leading Nigerian Businessman, Industrialist and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari today in Abuja, to update him and to thank him for creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, and also brief him on the strides BUA Group has made in the past few years.

 

Thereafter, Rabiu briefed the President on the activities of his foundation, The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) during which he also announced the donation of a N10billion Nigeria Security Support Fund from ASR Africa towards the provision of some security equipment, medical and other supplies, upgrade of health facilities and other infrastructure for families of those on the frontlines.

 

According to Rabiu, the visit was in order to identify with President Muhammadu Buhari, during whose tenure BUA has built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries now amongst the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa, and to further support the efforts of his administration in business as well as in the security space.

 

In his response, President Buhari said it was heartwarming to see and hear of Nigerian companies doing so much within Nigeria, and Africa especially in the area of production using locally available raw materials. He also expressed his elation at the achievements of BUA which had led to phenomenal growth within such a short time. “As a Government, we know we have done a lot in this regard, and we will continue to do more to support the aspirations of serious businesses, big and small, by providing an enabling environment as well as supporting value creation within Nigeria.

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Fayose Undergoes Major Neck Surgery

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A former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has gone under the knife.

 

The former Ekiti state governor had two major surgical operations within five months. One in February (neck) and another one earlier this week (back).

According to his associates, the surgeries are results of the attack on him during the 2018 Ekiti governorship election.

 

This newspaper recalls that in July 2018, dozens of armed police officers barricaded a venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally, close to the Ekiti Government House.

 

Videos of the incident showed the police using tear gas to disperse the PDP supporters, including the then state governor, Fayose, who was also affected by the police action.

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