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Why Team Nigeria Fumbled At Tokyo Olympic Games

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…Blame Sports Minister For Poor Performance -Dalung, Adeleye Blast

…Finishing 74th At Tokyo Olympic Games Is An Achievement-Dare

The just concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games may have exposed some of the loopholes the Sports Ministry could have worked on prior to the showpiece.

By and large, the overall outing of Team Nigeria has left many stakeholders in the industry lamenting another poor outing at the prestigious event owing to the perceived failure of those placed in charge of managing the affairs of sports in Nigeria.

Before the games commenced, there was little confidence that the country will finally win medals owing to the team’s shoddy preparation.

Fears were confirmed when Team Nigeria contingents first appeared in different attires despite the announcement of AFA Sports as the country’s official kits supplier.

However, the unrest within the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) does not show any sign of letting up.

The latest is the termination of the kitting contract in place with sportswear giant, PUMA. The terminated contract for a three-year duration was signed in Qatar in July 2019 and is worth about N1 billion [$2.7million].

Sunday Adeleye, a former Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) said he had never seen such a thing before since he became an adult and followed Nigeria’s participation at the Olympics.

“An athlete going to the Olympics should be well-motivated, and kits are part of it; not when people appear in bathroom slippers and apparel in different colours,” he said.

The embarrassing drama has also resulted in the termination by Puma of $2.76 million contract it had with the AFN.

“As a direct consequence of the recent developments, particularly at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 and pursuant to clauses 9.2 and 7.3 of the Agreement, we hereby terminate the Agreement with immediate effect.

“PUMA especially declares to be discharged from any or all obligations towards all stakeholders involved and reserves all rights against these entities and individuals,” PUMA stated this in a statement signed by its Director, Manuel Edlheimb.

More importantly, Team Nigerian known for their strength in Athletics, failed to pick a single medal in the event at the ongoing Games. Recall that Blessing Okagbare, one of Nigeria’s medal hopeful was disqualified by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for human growth hormone. That aside the 10 Nigerian athletes who were suspended for the same reasons.

Without doubt the Nigeria athletes would have done better at the Games if the Sports Ministry had an experience Physicians and Psychologists, who understand the job was attached with the team. That doesn’t mean that that would have motivated them mentally and physically.

Blessing Oborodudu made history as the first Nigerian wrestler to win an Olympic medal courtesy of the silver medal she won in the women’s 68kg freestyle. While Long jumper, Ese Brume won Nigeria’s first medal at the Games with a bronze.

Her medal is the first won in track and field since 2008 at the Beijing Olympics where Blessing Okagbare and the women’s 4x100m relay team won a silver medal each.

However, former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung has said that the Sports Ministry has brought shame to the country at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Besides, poor management and lack of accountability in the country’s Olympic committee have compelled many shining stars of Nigeria to switch sides and compete for other nations.

The following athletes left Nigeria to join other countries: They include Gloria Alozie (Spain), Oluwakemi Adekoya (Bahrain), Francis Obikwelu (Portugal), Femi and Tosin Ogunode (Qatar), Margaret Adeoye (Britain), Morolake Akinosun (Britain), Omo Osaghae (USA), Anthony Alozie (Australia) to mention a few.

Dalung said Sunday Dare who replaced him as the sports minister in 2019, lacks the “patriotic political will to consolidate on the gains on the ground” hence the reason for Team Nigeria’s numerous disappointments in Tokyo.

“I think the dissolution of boards. It is a lack of patriotic political will to consolidate on the gains on the ground.

“When I was the minister, I continued from where my predecessor ended. When we get to the field, we built on previous successes and Nigeria did very well.

“Dissolving federations three months to Olympics is an indication that we are not prepared for Olympics. No general dissolves his troops on the eve of an attack and expect to win a war. The dissolved boards have trained and catered for the he athletes for more than two years. Crises are part of human existence; the management is what determines the quality of leadership. I inherited many crises, but I resolved them.

“Leadership is about taking responsibilities. When things go wrong, somebody has to be responsible. The entire drama of shame is avoidable. This is a shame that the country has found itself.”

It is so sad that Nigeria finished Tokyo Olympic Games with just two medals despite the country’s population and huge talents that was never tapped by the current Sports Ministry under the leadership of Sunday Dare.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s sports minister, Sunday Dare, says citizens of the country should be proud of the country for ranking 74th in the medals table for the just-concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The minister, who described Nigeria’s athletes as ‘inspiring’, claimed that finishing 74th on the medals table is the country’s best performance in Olympics in 13 years.

“Overall, we should be proud of Team Nigeria and the effort they made. The bottom line is that these games should always be about the athletes and the spirit of friendly competition and excellence the Olympics are meant to engender.

“Team Nigeria placed 74th position on the final Olympic medal table among 205 participating countries, despite our small contingent to the games. We were 8th among 52 African countries that participated. Team Nigeria excelled in many areas that engender hope for greater success in the future.

It is also yet to be seen if decisive actions will be taken on those responsible for Nigeria’s dismal outing in Tokyo.

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NUPRC Reiterates Commitment To Tackle Oil Spills

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The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has reiterated its commitment to tackle oil spills in the Nigerian oil and gas sector in fulfillment of its regulatory mandate as enshrined in the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021, Petroleum Act and the Petroleum (Drilling and Production) Regulations and subsidiary legislations.

This assurance has become necessary following concerns trailing the oil spill incident of November 3, 2021 which occurred at the Santa Barbara Well 1 operated by AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company in Bassambiri, Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The Commission will continue to monitor the site situation and guide the operator until the spill and its attendant problems are completely addressed. This includes but is not limited to implementing all effective physical and engineering solutions to the incident, managing the safety of the response providers and people in the neighbouring communities and educating the general public on the site situation periodically.

In specific terms, the Commission will ensure that the pressure from the well is stopped to put an end to the oil release, the already released oil is appropriately contained and skimmed off as it is being released, a joint investigation visit (JIV) is conducted as soon as it is safe to do so, cleanup and restorative actions are done immediately after the spill is stopped and compensation paid to affected communities timeously and in accordance with the law.

We appreciate the concerns raised in different quarters following the incident and wish to inform the general public and our stakeholders that the Commission has taken all necessary steps alongside the relevant stakeholders to ensure that the situation does not degenerate further. Remediation actions are already on-going to ensure that the spill is contained and the situation is brought under effective control.

It was confirmed that upon receiving the report of the incident, the operator, AITEO mobilized immediately for preliminary assessment of site conditions and based on the specific site requirements, positioned containment booms to isolate the spill source and prevent oil from spreading further; while also cordoning off the area to prevent injuries to people and fire from any possible ignition source.

It also called in Boots and Coots, a well disaster management company, from the US, to cap the pressure and stop further spill. Clean Nigeria Associates (CNA) was also engaged to contain and recover the oil as well as manage and protect the immediate environment. The company has continually updated the NUPRC on site conditions and their action steps.

On receipt of reports of the incident by the Commission, our field operations team were promptly mobilised and are currently on ground for regulatory oversight assessment to determine probable cause(s) and to ensure all response actions are the most appropriate and effective to return normalcy in the shortest possible time.

Apart from checking to confirm that the company is carrying out the necessary response measures to contain the situation, the Commission has made its officials available to participate in containment procedures that are considered safe by the experts at this moment. Initial spill report has been received and appropriately reviewed and documented while updates are received diligently.

When the incident occurred, the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the Commission’s Chief Executive visited communities around the spill site to brief them of safety measures already put in place as well as assure them of the commitment of the Commission to sort out the situation in the shortest possible time. Relevant and verified information about the development are also being released routinely to the public to avoid misinformation.

In line with our statutory responsibility, operations at the site is under the supervision of the Commission and efforts are on-going to contain the spill, stop the flow, control and clean-up the spill. Currently the situation has been brought under control while follow-up activities have commenced and progressing as planned.

Our preliminary investigations have revealed that there were no fatalities in the incident. However crude oil and gas were seen gushing out from valves close to the top of the wellhead at high pressure but without any associated fire. The water surrounding the wellhead was polluted with oil. The affected well had been previously shut-in and therefore not producing at the time of incident.

While the incident is to be treated with care and the location approached with caution by only those authorized to do so, the Commission wishes to reiterate that there is no cause for panic. This is because on a routine basis and under the supervision of relevant teams from the Commission, all petroleum companies are mandated to conduct drill exercises to adequately prepare for all eventualities.

Under this arrangement, such companies are required to document all necessary response actions in their Oil Spill Contingency Plan which is routinely and painstakingly reviewed by the Commission; and which is to be activated for response in emergency situations. Details of the regulatory requirements are contained in the PIA 2021 and further enunciated in the EGASPIN 2018. These form the basis of our strategic focus to achieve zero incidences going forward.

As part of our strategic plan for incident management, the operators have been mandated to activate Environmental Management Plans (EMP) which includes Environmental Compliance Monitoring (ECM) among other response actions. At the end of the clean-up exercise, the Commission will supervise all the operators to conduct Post Impact Assessment (PIA) studies to determine the far-reaching effects of the spills, with a view to restoring all impacted environment as near as possible to their pristine state.

The general public and all stakeholders are hereby assured that the Commission is taking every necessary action to ensure that the spills and associated incidents have the least impact on the affected communities and the environment.

SIGNED
Engr. Gbenga Komolafe
Commission’s Chief Executive

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My Brain Will Die If…, Singer, Adele Explains Why She Doesn’t Watch “Real Housewives”

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British music star, Adele has explained why she doesn’t watch “Real Housewives”.

Sharing her reason while getting her makeup done on the YouTube channel NikkieTutorials on Thursday December 2, the singer stated that she feels her brain will die and she doesn’t know any of the reality show stars.

Adele said; “I know a lot of people love it, but I can’t. My brain will die, I can’t.

“I don’t know who any of them are, so I don’t feel like I can start from the beginning when it’s been on for so long.”

When Host Nikkie de Jager assured Adele that the shows are binge-worthy, she rejected it saying;

“I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t work for me.”

The singer further revealed that she gave “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” a shot, but the arguments were a tad too intense for her liking.

Adele said; “One time I did watch one episode of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ when they were all like literally killing each other, but it was too much, I was like I can’t, I can’t watch. I rather watch a wildlife program.”

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Good To Be Working With Sancho, Says Man United Interim Coach, Rangnick

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New Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has revealed he tried to sign Jadon Sancho for RB Leipzig.

He said all his efforts to sign the player when he was 17-year-old failed.

Rangnick addressed the press on Friday after he took over the reins of leadership from Michael Carrick at Old Trafford.

The German said he and his team had held talks with Sancho in a bid to bring him to RB Leipzig but the England team snubbed them and joined rivals Borussia Dortmund instead in 2017.

“Jadon Sancho I knew from the Bundesliga. As a matter of fact, I met him when he was 17 in London.

“We were at the time trying to convince him to come to Leipzig and he decided a couple of months later to go to Dortmund which was not a wrong step from his perspective.”

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