2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS: Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – MinisterAccording to The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, Team Nigeria To Compete In 11 Sports – Minister—Team Nigeria will compete in just 11 sports with comparative advantage at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the minister made this known in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media), John Joshua-Akanji in Abuja.
Dare declared that the days of jamboree at the Olympics are over, as Nigeria would only leverage on sports with comparative advantage and prospects of a podium finish.
He said preparing and leveraging on such short will be the focus of the ministry.
“The Olympics is less than six months away and we have started camping our athletes to get them to full fitness ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
“We have four camps in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Akure and Lagos. From next year we will commence a more robust camping with some athletes going abroad to train with their foreign- based counterparts, he added.
Dare said the early camping which are in stages will be intensified with all the COVID-19 protocols put in place.
“The first camping exercise was in Pankshin, Plateau State, while the second phase camping ended on Dec. 24, 2020. Lagos , Bayelsa, Port Harcourt and Abuja were the locations for the second phase.
“We started the Pre-Olympics camping early to ensure that the Athletes that will be representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics put up podium performances,” he added.
The minister emphasised that Team Nigeria will be going to the Olympics with just 11 sports, unlike in the past when all the sports that qualified went and returned empty handed.
“We need to compete with other nations to win and not to complete the numbers. We have decided to focus on 11 sports where we have comparative advantage,” he added.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will now hold in the summer of 2021.
Trending #PantamiWillStay Is A Very Stupid Idealogy – Man Declares
Trending #PantamiWillStay Is A Very Stupid Idealogy – Man Declares—The Genius Media Nigeria reports that a Nigerians have taken to their social media to express displeasure over the trending #PantamiWillStay moment some Nigerians believes the minister for communication, Sheikh Isa Pantami should stay irrespective of any allegation.
Recall that in the early hour of Friday, Nigerians calls fro the removal of the minister over an alleged ties with Boko Haram.
Reacting to the trending hashtag, the aggrieved man tweet saying: People aren’t saying #PantamiResign because he’s a Muslim. They’re saying #PantamiResign because he said. He supports Taliban and Al-Qaeda, not Boko Haram. He also said
See his tweet below:
People aren’t saying #PantamiResign
People aren't saying #PantamiResign because he's a Muslim. They're saying #PantamiResign because he said. He supports Taliban and Al-Qaeda, not Boko Haram. He also said. We're happy whenever unbelievers are being killed. Trending #PantamiWillStay is a very stupid idealogy.
— IFA FUNSHO (@funshographix) April 16, 2021
JUST IN: WTO Ranks Nigeria As No 1 Importing Country In Africa
JUST IN: WTO Ranks Nigeria As No 1 Importing Country In Africa—The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the World Trade Organisation, WTO, has ranked Nigeria as the number one importer of commercial services in Africa in 2020.
Nigeria ranks 25th commercial importer in the world but the first commercial importer in Africa followed by Egypt.
While Egypt and Morocco made the list of world exporters led by the United States, Nigeria was conspicuously absent in the global commercial exporters’ list.
The US also ranked first in the commercial importers’ list followed by China, United Kingdom and Japan; while US, UK, China and India topped the exporters’ list.
WTO noted that preliminary estimates were based on quarterly statistics.
“Figures for a number of countries and territories have been estimated by the Secretariat,” it said.
“Data for 2020 are not yet available for the United Arab Emirates. In 2019, commercial services exports were valued at US$72 billion and imports at US$73 billion.”
BREAKING: Central Bank Includes Sugar And Wheat On FX Restriction List
BREAKING: Central Bank Includes Sugar And Wheat On FX Restriction List—The Genius Media nigeria reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria has announced plans to place sugar and wheat on its FX restriction list.
This reliable platform gathered this information via the Apex bank verified Twitter handle in a statement credited to the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele.
The tweet stated: “Sugar and Wheat to go into our FX restriction list. We must work together to produce these items in Nigeria rather than import them. #Emefiele.”
Sugar and Wheat to go into our FX restriction list. We must work together to produce these items in Nigeria rather than import them . #Emefiele
— Central Bank of Nigeria (@cenbank) April 16, 2021
The CBN governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, had earlier (on Thursday) given this hint while on an inspection visit to the proposed $500 million sugar processing facility in Nasarawa state, belonging to Dangote Sugar.
In 2015, the CBN listed 41 items that had been placed on its FX restriction list citing that the move was necessary to conserve the nation’s foreign reserve and boost local production of the items on the restriction list.
Some of the items which made the 2015 list are margarine, poultry and eggs, rice, and cement.
In 2020, the apex bank included maize in its FX restriction list.
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