Football Association is set to battle it out with the Nigeria Football
Federation for the services of Bayern Munich goal machine Melissa Ugochukwu.
she has a German passport, Ugochukwu has Nigerian background through her
debuting for Bayern Munich’s U17 team in the 2017-2018 seasons, the 2003-born
striker has been involved in 37 games in the B-Juniorinnen U17 Bundesliga Süd,
scoring an impressive 19 goals.
has not been capped by Germany but she is believed to be on the radar of the
German Football Association, having represented Bayern’s regional selection.
most notable player of Nigerian descent to represent Germany’s Women’s teams is
Navina Omilade-Keller who won the
Champions League with Wolfsburg in 2013 and Ugochukwu could follow in her
footsteps if she is not convinced to pledge her allegiance to the Super
Eagles defender Leon Balogun was eligible for Germany before becoming cap-tied
Karim Adeyemi, Kevin Akpoguma, Felix Uduokhai,
Jordan Torunarigha and Emmanuel Iyoha have earned competitive caps for
Germany’s youth teams but remain eligible to turn out for the Super Eagles
AFRICA is the second most populous continent
with over one billion people in the world. Sadly, the greatest number of births
in the continent takes place in Nigeria. In fact, a forecast at a point did a
project that by 2015; one-fifth of the continent’s entire births would take
place in Nigeria alone, accounting for five per cent of all global births which
was relatively a reality. Presently, Nigeria’s population is over 180 million.
Most critical is the United Nations statistics which reports that 48 per cent
of Nigeria’s population is under the age of 15 – comparatively a country of the
young. And notwithstanding the fact that the population of children under the
age of five years currently stands at nearly 31 million, no less than seven
million new-born babies are added yearly without considering the implications.
Meanwhile, over two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line.
The human body essentially requires seven major types of
nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, fibre, minerals, protein, vitamins, and water.
Unfortunately, numerous families rarely have good square meals. On the other
hand, a high fraction suffers malnutrition due to ignorance of dietary.
For instance, there are whole lots of natural, affordable
foods and edibles that can boost nutrition but either unknown or
ignored. Archetypes are grasshoppers which, according to research
have 20 grams of protein and just 6g of fat per 100g, while crickets are good
sources of iron, zinc and calcium. Amazingly, grasshoppers contain more protein
than beef with a whopping 72 per cent protein content, including all essential
amino acids, and without saturated fat or cholesterol.
In the most pathetic class are the large but poor families
who due to ignorance have more children than necessary. Indisputably, unplanned
pregnancies and births have continued to result to large families, regrettably
without commensurate livelihoods, thereby often settling for whatever is
available for survival, with or without nutritional contents.
Instructively, nutrition is the supply of food materials
required by organisms and cells to stay alive. Nutrition also focuses on how
diseases can be prevented or reduced with a healthy diet and how certain
diseases may be caused by dietary factors, such as poor diet, food allergy and
Remarkably, the use of the ‘Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic-Food’,
RUTF, an initiative of UNICEF, has turned out to be a fêted relief as evidently
shown in checkmating child malnutrition, albeit costly. This was evidenced by
the health conditions of children who were hitherto malnourished but
administered accordingly in the critical areas of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe
states of the North-East.
Nonetheless, the crux of the matter is that despite these
interventions from UNICEF with support from the Department for International
Development, DFID, in providing succours to the critical areas, about 258,950
children, boys and girls may still suffer Severe-Acute-Malnutrition, SAM, in
the three states in 2020, according to Nutrition Sector annual projections.
Reportedly, a budget of N5billion is needed for the procurement of 258,950
cartons for the number.
UNICEF-Nigeria, funding has been secured for merely 29,314 cartons of RUTF with
a funding gap of N4.4 billion for these unfortunate victims. Sadly, nutrition
experts avowed that children suffering from SAM are four to eleven times more
likely to die compared to their healthy counterparts. Altogether, an estimated
2.5 million boys and girls under the age of five suffer from severe acute
malnutrition yearly in Nigeria.
Statistically, the Nutrition Survey reported that the
prevalence of Global-Acute-Malnutrition, GAM, in children below five years is
11% in Borno, 13% in Yobe and 6% Adamawa, which indicates very high levels of
malnutrition in Nigeria, according to WHO (World Health Organisation)
UNICEF, on the other hand, affirmed that one in every two
child deaths under the age of five is attributed to malnutrition. And if not
timely identified and treated, malnutrition has serious and permanent
consequences in the growth and development of children. Above all, it causes
irreversible brain damage and compromised intellectual capacity in adulthood
leading to reduced productivity which accounts for an estimated 16 per cent
loss in the Growth Domestic Product, GDP.
According to the 2019 World Population Review, WPR,
Nigeria’s population will hit 206 million by 2020, and 264 million by 2030 –
crossing the 300 million thresholds around 2036. In absolute terms, Nigeria is
projected to add from 2031 to 2050 an additional 224 million babies (21 per
cent of the births in Africa and eight per cent of all births in the world).
Thus, Nigeria alone will possibly account for almost one-tenth of all births in
the world if not checked.
Understanding this demographic transition and conscientiously putting in place realistic interventionist policies will be helpful in securing a robust, thriving nation of our dreams. For instance, research had shown that in 16 African countries, including Nigeria, less than 20 percent of women of reproductive age are acquainted with contraceptive methods, hence producing babies without restraints. In the event, an indisputable practicable panacea is family planning. By its awareness, more women will practically have access to modern contraceptives, thereby reducing numbers of unintended pregnancy to the minimum. In other words, promoting family planning is a desideratum in addressing population upsurge. Similarly, sensitization on diets and having small families to cater for will reduce child malnutrition.
non-governmental organization, Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative, has urged
the National Industrial Court to declare that the Federal Government is
subjecting Nigerian workers to forced labour with its failure to pay the N30,
000 minimum wage since April.
Counsel for the Incorporated
Trustees of LRAI, Olumide Babalola, contended in the suit filed at the NIC, Abuja
division, that the Federal Government’s non-payment of the N30, 000 minimum
wage was a breach of Section 9(2)(c) of the National Minimum Wage (Amendment)
“The respondent’s payment of
salaries less than the minimum wage constitutes forced labour in violation of
the provision of Section 34(1)(c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended),” the lawyer said.
In a 10-paragraph
affidavit filed in support of the suit, LRAI’s Project Director, Olivia
Audu said she was aware that the two chambers of the National Assembly had
earlier this year passed the National Minimum Wage (Repeal and Re-enactment)
Bill 2019 into law.
“In April 2019, the respondent
(Federal Government) assented to the said bill thereby making it an Act of the
“The provision of Section 3 of
the Act increased minimum wage to N30, 000 with effect from April 2019.
“I know, as a fact that since
April 2019 up till the time of filing this suit, the respondent has been paying
less than N30, 000 stipulated as the minimum wage in the new Act.
“I know that the workers
affected do not have a choice of work elsewhere, hence they are forced to
remain in the employment of the respondent in spite of the inadequacy of wages
“I believe that from the
particulars given above, the respondent’s act of paying less than the minimum
wage violates the workers right to dignity of the human person and it amounts
to forced labour,” Audu said.
Enugu State governor, Rt.
Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has approved the 2nd edition of Coal City Marathon to hold
November 23, 2019 in Enugu state.
This was made known by the
Permanent Secretary Enugu State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Barr. Henrietta
Ngozi Ani, in her office on Monday while inaugurating members of 2019 Coal City
Marathon organizing committee.
Barr, Ani who charged the committee to work
for the success of the 2nd edition of the marathon, revealed that Zippsports is
partnering with the ministry to organize the marathon. “Governor Ifeanyi
Ugwuanyi had in June this year approved the state hosting 2019 edition of coal
city marathon. Today, I am inaugurating you to go out to the field and work for
the success. Zippsports is partnering with Ministry of Youths and Sports to
organize the 2nd edition of the marathon billed to hold on Saturday 23rd
She said. She pointed out that both foreign
and local athletes from all parts of the world would participate in the
Speaking earlier, the
Managing Director Zippsports, Mr Nzube Ndiokwelu, who lamented the challenges
encountered in the last marathon, enjoined members of the organizing committee
to work for the success of marathon.
“We had financial,
technical and logistic challenges in the previous edition and will not allow
such to repeat itself. I am enjoying the members of organizing committee to
work for the success 2019 marathon edition”,
He explained that
Zippsports is the franchise owner and marketer of the marathon, while Enugu
State Ministry of Youth and Sports is providing the platform as other
interested marketers are invited to market the marathon.
Briefly after the
inauguration, chairman of Enugu state Football Association, FA, Mr Chidi Offor
Okenwa commended Enugu state government and Zippsports for organizing 2nd
edition of Coal City Marathon, charged media committee to market it to the
“I thank Enugu state government and Zippsports
for reaching an agreement conducting the marathon. Marathon is a media event,
we want media committee to commence the publicity of the marathon immediately”,
In his speech the Chairman
of Enugu State Athletics Association, Mr Mbonu Obiukwu said the committee would
overcome the problems encountered in the 2019 edition.
The National Youth
Service Corps (NYSC) has explained that payment of N30,000 minimum wage to
corps members will depend on directive from the federal government.
He also disclosed that
date of birth of corp members would start appearing as from the issuance of the
Batch C discharge certificates to guard against age falsification.
Director-General, Shuaibu Ibrahim, said this while speaking to newsmen on Thursday
”On the minimum wage, I
cannot make any pronouncement because it is ongoing. The moment it is
transmitted to NYSC, we will make it known to the corps members and the general
public,” he said.
He said the NYSC Act
stipulates that fake graduates are liable to two years in jail, after
He said a corps
producing institution will be blacklisted if it engages in this act.
“Let me reiterate our
warning that any person who presents fake certificate in an attempt to get
mobilised for service will be handed over to the security agencies for
“We are working on those
fake corps members. They will be arrested and prosecuted.
“If I show you their
papers, you will feel very sad. Some people have asked me if NYSC has the power
to crosscheck the certification of graduates, I said no, but we have the power
to ensure that unqualified Nigerians are not mobilised for service.
“The NYSC Act says
unqualified Nigerians who go for service are liable for jail (term) of two
“So, the NYSC will never condone or abet illegality in any form. We want Nigerians to know that. Since inception, 4,644,804 Nigerians have participated in the scheme.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has lamented delay in implementation not the new minimum wage.
The apex Igbo cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the Ruga settlement project in the country.
This was contained in a statement by the President General of Ohanaeze, John Nnia Nwodo on Wednesday, through his Special Adviser on Media, Emeka Attamah.
“It is heartwarming to observe that for the first time the current leadership at the federal level has deferred to people’s opinion on public issues,” it read in part.
Ohaneze Ndigbo also urged the Federal Government to take immediate measures to disarm the AK-47-wielding herders throughout the country, saying that “issues surrounding the suspended RUGA scheme indicate the importance of consulting the people before taking certain decisions that will affect them.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is as worried about the restoration of peace between farmers and herders in the country as the Federal Government and believes that the ultimate solution to it is to embrace ranching
“Government should carry out an audit of foreigners in the country and ascertain those with genuine entry papers, deport those illegally in the country as well as ensure that the nation’s borders are properly manned to avert further massive infiltration.
“As a process towards healing, the present wounds and uniting the country, adequate compensation should be paid to relations of victims of the unwarranted killings in the country in recent times,” he added.
The Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Uche Okwukwu, has urged the Federal Government to look into other injustices meted out to various groups in the country, especially the Igbo as part of reflections on yesterday’s Democracy Day in Nigeria.
He also identified the festering issue of abandoned property after the Nigerian civil war and creation of additional state for the South East as two sore points in national polity that deserved immediate attention.
Okwukwu, who spoke to Daily Sun, said: “The injustices meted out to Ndigbo deserve to be addressed. Some visible ones like the abandoned property need to be addressed. It’s not late to say sorry over certain things that had happened.
“Igbo deserve six states in the South East, just like you have six states in other regions with seven in the North West.
“At least, we deserve six states to be at par with the other four-five regions. It’s unfair that when you talk about senators, the South East produces only 15 while every other region in Nigeria produces 18.
“This also affects the number of House of Representatives seats that we have. So, I think it’s important that all practical steps are taken to create an additional state in the South East.”
He described June 12 as a time of restitution and congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, MKO Abiola family and entire Nigerians on its commemoration of Democracy Day.
Kingsley Moghalu, the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 elections, has identified the major cause of ‘failing’ poverty in the northern region of Nigeria.
Speaking on Sunday at the Ra’ayi Initiative for Human Development (RIHD) annual lecture in Kano, Moghalu wondered why the region remains “the headquarters of poverty in Nigeria” despite northern elites and political leaders produced from the region.
Moghalu revealed that the selfishness of the northern political class remains the major cause of poverty and under-development in the region.
The former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said while “the problem with the north is the north versus itself”, efforts to reposition the north would begin with changing the people’s mindset.
“Rather than put in adequate measures to address poverty in the region, northern elite have been focused on their selfish and political aggrandizement.
“Selfishness of the northern political class remains the major cause of poverty and under-development in the regio
“Northerners should prioritise human capital development as there is a great need to fight youth unemployment, drug abuse as well as empower women in the region.
“The north must be modern. Nigeria and the northern Nigeria will not make progress until Nigeria is constitutionally re-structured,” he said.