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9mobile partners St. Saviour’s School for 2023 Lagos Kids Mini Marathon

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It was a fun-filled atmosphere as 9mobile, Nigeria’s customer-centric and youth-friendly telecommunications company sponsored the Lagos Kids Mini Marathon in collaboration with St. Saviour’s School, to promote a culture of health and fitness among children.

The Kids Mini Marathon, a run for charity, is a family event that inspires children to become more physically active from an early age. Parents also took part in the event as they ran, walked, and jogged with their children.

The event which held last weekend at the Banana Island children’s playground witnessed a huge turnout of children aged 7-15 years, parents, guardians, and sports enthusiasts who gathered to cheer the kids on.

The marathon featured a dynamic array of activities catering to various fitness levels, including a 5km and 3km marathon, as well as shorter 1.5km and 1km fun walks. Beyond the physical challenges, it also hosted a health and wellness fair, providing a platform for children to engage and learn about essential aspects of well-being, including nutrition, exercise, and healthy habits.

Speaking at the event, Manager, Events and Sponsorship, at 9mobile,  Ufuoma Dogun expressed excitement about the initiative, stating, “We are proud to be associated with the Lagos Kids Mini Marathon by Saviour’s School Ikoyi. Our sponsorship of this event is part of our commitment to instill the values of health and wellness among children. This event is a testament to our dedication to promoting healthier lifestyle choices that will benefit our youths for years to come.”

Themed ‘Active Kids Rock,’ the energy and enthusiasm of the young participants during the sessions were truly remarkable. Every child emerged as a winner, receiving well-deserved medals, an array of exciting gift items, and cash prizes for the standout performers of the day. The 5km race saw Olawepo Abdul Azeez claiming the top spot, with Isaac Sirigbe in second place, and Emmanuel Ewereoke finishing in a commendable third position. The event not only celebrated physical activity but also highlighted the spirit of achievement among the vibrant young participants.

Director, School Sports, Lagos State,  Dr. Mrs. Oluyomi Oluwasanmi, expressed enthusiasm and joy at being part of an initiative that underscores the fusion of education and sport. 

“We are happy and excited to be part of this initiative because at the Lagos State Sport Commission, we believe in the integration of education and sport. To the parents, thank you for instilling these values in your children. Exercise is mandatory and very important. So, let us make it a culture in our schools and at home. Lagos State Commission is ready to support always,” he said.

9mobile’s sponsorship of the Lagos Kids Mini Marathon further underscores the company’s reputation as a youth-friendly network that is committed to the empowerment and well-being of the youth segment of the population. 

By supporting events like the Lagos Kids Mini Marathon, 9mobile continues to drive its commitment to creating a brighter and healthier future for Nigeria. This initiative stands as a beacon for ongoing community engagement, inspiring young minds to embrace wellness as an integral part of their lives.

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EID-el-Kabir: Tinubu calls for reflection on sacrifice, duty, unity

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President Bola Tinubu has urged Muslim faithful to reflect on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir, an event that denotes sacrifice, faith, and obedience to the will of the Almighty.

“The President congratulates the Muslim faithful and prays that Allah accepts their supplications and acts of obedience,” Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, said in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

Tinubu enjoined Nigerians to reflect on the essence of the occasion, which bears strong meaning and significance for the nation.

The President emphasised that sacrifice and duty were essential ingredients to nation-building, “noting that it takes collective purpose, will, and action to bring about great change.”

He called on citizens to spare a prayer for the nation for continuous peace and stability while working according to purpose in promoting unity, peace, and progress.

“The President acknowledges the sacrifices that Nigerians have made in the past one year as his administration sets the nation on a firm pedestal of growth and development.

“President Tinubu affirms that the sacrifices and great expectations of citizens will not come to nought as already propitious outcomes are beginning to manifest with the economy strengthening and vibrancy returning to critical sectors.

“The President reassures Nigerians that his administration is prioritizing their physical, social, and economic security and will not relent on this noble endeavour,” Ngelale said.

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Nigerian airspace fully covered by radar – NAMA

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This is contained in a statement signed by the Managing Director of NAMA, Mr Ahmed Farouk, on Saturday in Lagos.

Farouk said that the radar stations in Nigeria located in Kano, Lagos, Abuja, and Port-Harcourt are all serviceable.

He described as false and misleading the claims by a blogger that an unidentified aircraft was spotted at the Presidential Villa, Abuja undetected.

According to him, radar services for Terminal and Enroute flights are positively identified and provide air navigation services to airspace users.

“The agency hereby wishes to state that the claim that the Nigerian airspace is not covered by radar is false and misleading.

“The radar stations in Nigeria (Kano, Lagos, Abuja, and Port-Harcourt) are serviceable. Radar services for terminal and enroute flights are positively identified and provide air navigation services to airspace users.

“Yes, it is true that the TRACON system, like any other electronics systems, is undergoing an upgrade of software and modernisation to meet the ever growing demand for efficient, effective and seamless air traffic management services.

“Furthermore, the welfare of Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers in terms of salaries and allowances is not in contention, as to suggest that it is the lowest in the world.”

Farouk added: “The reported ‘unidentified’ aircraft is a security terminology. In real terms, the aircraft in question is known, but only to the ATC.

“The violation was in the interest of safety, as a result of adverse weather (serious thunderstorm) on the said date.

“The purported circular issued by the NCAA is for airlines to be guided from straying into the marked and published prohibited or restricted areas of the Nigerian airspace.

“It is obvious that the journalist in question does not understand the workings of the surveillance systems, hence his misconstrued and misguided information on Primary and Secondary Radar.

“The agency shall willfully volunteer information on her services to anyone who requires them at any time,” said Farouk.”

The NAMA boss assured of the agency’s commitment to ensure sustainable welfare packages for its staff, especially the Air Traffic Controllers.

According to him, NAMA remains committed to its responsibility to provide safe, effective, economic, and efficient air navigation services in Nigeria.

He said that the existence of robust, effective civil and military coordination and collaboration guarantees a secured airspace and air navigation.

“We are pleased to say that the Nigerian airspace is safe and secured,” he noted.

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Ohanaeze felicitates Okonjo-Iweala at 70

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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has felicitated with the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Okonjo-Iweala, as she clocked 70 years on Thursday.

The congratulatory message is contained in a statement in Enugu on Saturday by the Publicity Secretary of the group, Dr Alex Ogbonnia.

Ogbonnia said that the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Ohanaeze Ndigbo joined other numerous admirers to felicitate with Okonjo-Iweala.

Iwuanyanwu said “We felicitate one of our best; a cerebral modest woman of substance, a distinctive global icon and a renowned development economist.

“Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is a quintessential Igbo in character, ingenuity, elegance and integrity.

“Her trajectory is a veritable testament to the audacity of intellectual prowess, hard work, competence, self-confidence, humility, prudence and service to humanity.

“Our daughter, Okonjo-Iweala is a source of pride. She has distinguished herself in all the facets she has ever set her foot; at the Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brookings Institution, World Bank and in the Nigerian government, among others”.

The Igbo leading group said Nigerians would always recall with nostalgia, the various economic reforms that Iweala introduced into the Nigerian financial institutions as a Minister of Finance; under President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He said she spearheaded negotiations with the Paris Club which led to the wiping out about $30 Billion of Nigeria’s Debt, including the outright cancellation of $18 Billion in favour of Nigeria.

Iwuanyanwu added that she introduced the monthly publication of the federal, state and local government shares of revenue from the country’s federation account.

“Back home, the keynote address delivered by Okonjo-Iweala at the South East Economic Summit at Owerri, Imo State, on Sept. 28, 2023 still reverberates with profound wisdom, and instructive reflections.

“On behalf of all the National Executive Committee (NEC), states and local government structures of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide; and indeed all the sons and daughters of Igbo land, I wish you many more years in good health and full of more accomplishments.”

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