Roger Federer will miss the rest of the 2020 season after undergoing a second procedure on his right knee. The 20-times Grand Slam singles champion made the disclosure on Wednesday in a Twitter post.
Federer struggled with injury at this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne, where he lost in the semi-finals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, and subsequently underwent surgery on the knee in February.
“A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee,” the 38-year-old said.
With professional tennis shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains to be seen how many tournaments Federer will actually miss.
The Swiss also had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in 2016 and missed the second half of that season.
When he returned to the tour for the 2017 season, it looked like he had never been away.
He won the Australian Open to end a near five-year Grand Slam title drought and added the Wimbledon title later that year.
The last of Federer’s record 20 Grand Slam singles titles came at the 2018 Australian Open.
The closest he has come since was at Wimbledon last year when he lost in the final.
“Now, much like I did leading up to the 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100 percent ready to play at my highest level,” he said.
“I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly. But, I will look forward to see everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season.”
The Ogun state government has confirmed 104 cases of Coronavirus in a one company in Sagamu area of the state.
Commenting on the 108 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) recorded in the state (the highest to be recorded in a single day since the index case was confirmed in February 2020), Ogun state Commissioner for Health in Ogun, Dr Tomi Coker linked it to increased population sampling and testing capacity.
Coker who called for calm among residents of the state, said the government has increased testing capacity to 600 daily. She also disclosed that majority of the positive cases were asymptomatic.
The commissioner said;
““104 CASES ARE FROM A SINGLE SITE AND THEY ARE ALL ASYMPTOMATIC. 108 NEW CASES, 104 FROM SAGAMU, THREE FROM ABEOKUTA SOUTH AND ONE FROM YEWA SOUTH.
WE ARE EXTREMELY FORTUNATE WITH THE OUTCOMES OF THE CASES SO FAR. WE HAVE LOW MORTALITY AND MANY OF THE CASES ARE ASYMPTOMATIC. ALSO, WE HAVE DISCHARGED 202 PATIENTS. THAT IS CLOSE TO HALF OF THE TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES SO FAR.
“OUR GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUOUSLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE PATTERN OF COVID-19 IN OUR COMMUNITIES, THIS HAS INFORMED OUR DECISION MAKING IN THE PROCESS OF DEFINING OUR NEW NORM WHICH EXPLAINED WHY WE HAVE DECENTRALISED SAMPLE COLLECTION AND INTEGRATED IT INTO HEALTH FACILITIES WITHIN COMMUNITIES, AS WELL AS COMMENCING COMMUNITY-BASED MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19.”
By Iteveh Ekpokpobe
Information available has revealed that the Delta State government under Senator Ifeanyi Okowa may have been entangled in horrid abuses of the state’s finances.
A whooping sum of N43,457,922.83 million have been expended on the renovation and electrical maintenance of the VVIP guest house situated in the State Government House, Asaba, an investigation has unveiled.
As contained in a document under file No. GHA.183/TI/150&151 of the state government, the renovation and electrical maintenance works of the VVIP Guest House, Asaba designed for contract through the selective tendering Process, was handled by one of the close allies and staff of the governor in the government house, a source within the government house disclosed.
The source said the project was a mere conduit pipe to bleed the state finances.
He alleged that the sets of furniture inside the guests houses have been there all along, concluding that the only visible project executed was repainting of the walls.
When consulted, a construction expert and architect, who pleaded anonymity disclosed, that N43 million could conveniently construct a two storey unit of six apartments and a bungalow, or two units of four bedrooms duplex in Delta State.
In the same vein, he also disclosed that N37 million to N42 million could conveniently construct a unit of five bedrooms duplex in Ajah Estate in Lagos State.
In his reaction, the State Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Festus Ochonogor, who disclosed that the project was a government house project and managed from government house, said there were more details to the project than what may have been presented on paper.
According to him, “It is a government house project and managed from the government house. It is all encompassing; there are a lot of flats there. The figures may be striking but the project may be bigger than what it is. The bill of quantity holds more details. You don’t just look at figures. I don’t think just seeing a figure and concluding is right. I am only trying to explain more to you.”
All efforts to reach the Permanent Secretary, Government House and Protocol, Mr. Eddy Ogidi-Gbegbaje, who signed off the memo for approval proved futile as calls and text messages placed across to him were not responded to as at press time.
Within its first 100 days of introduction, Polaris Bank’s Agency Banking initiative, SurePadi, has serviced over half a million customers impacting directly an estimated two million households across the seven business regions of the Bank nationwide.
Beyond the direct impact on customers and households in Nigeria, the sheer volume and value in financial numbers on the gross earnings of the Bank has been significant as the Agency recorded giant strides in the number of services and transaction volumes it processed which was valued N10 billion.
The Bank in a statement quoted its Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Mr. Dele Adeyinka, as explaining that, in the first 100 days of introducing SurePadi, it had carried out over 500,000 services, and transaction volume above N10billion directly servicing over two million households, giving them easy access to cash for businesses and family needs.
According to Adeyinka: “As a result of this milestone, SurePadi was ranked 5th in Q1, 2020 by the Shared Agent Network Expansion Facility (SANEF) report—an indication that it is bridging the gap and helping people to meet their needs of accessing funds; as well as sending money to their loved ones.”
The CDO further stated that: “This is also part of Polaris Bank’s ongoing effort to drive financial inclusion among the underbanked and unbanked in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) regulatory mandate; intimating that ‘from what we have seen so far, we are already making significant progress in this regard.”
“With SurePadi’s spread across far-flung areas nationwide, this laudable initiative by the Bank has shown another way to bank—without physically visiting a bank’s branch—which allows the customer to make cash deposits, transfer money and enjoy other banking services like bills payment and purchase of airtime amongst others”, he opined.
SurePadi Agents ensure individuals in the suburbs do not have to travel long hours to the city for their basic banking needs. This is because the gap between the tech-savvy and the low literacy clients has been bridged by the Agent who represents a convenient and comfortable alternative.
Aside from cash deposits and transfers, Polaris SurePadi is also intended to attract prospects to a host of other products and services that could better their lives as they enjoy the ease, convenience and cost-saving benefits from completing transactions in the comfort of their locality.
SurePadi offers financial benefits for stakeholders with the Bank’s introduction of viable partnerships with Supermarkets, Retail outlets, dealers in FMCG, Petrol Stations, etc. It is unique with comprehensive features to solve financial needs as users now have the opportunity to complete transactions to solve emergency needs without visiting the Bank.
In this COVID-19 era, where movement is restricted in some major parts of the world—including Nigeria, this platform also serves as one of the many measures by Polaris Bank to support the need to promote social distancing and reduce drastically where physically possible, interactions of customers in bank branches in line with protocols of preventing the spread of the disease.
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has said Nigerians need a united front more than ever before at this crucial period of our evolution as a Nation .
According to Obasa, Nigeria can hardly achieve anything positive without the unity of purpose of its citizens.
Obasa, Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, said this in commemoration of this year’s celebration of the June 12, 1993 election, popularly acclaimed to have been won by the late Bashorun Moshood Abiola.
The Speaker noted that June 12, 1993 would remain in the hearts of Nigerians as the day the country’s citizens took their destinies in their hands with hope of a better future even though their collective decision was truncated by the military.
“There is no arguing the fact that the collective hope we all have today has its foundation on the June 12, 1993 election and the struggles that followed its annulment.
“As we commemorate that day again, we must remember the Nigerians who became victims just for democracy to be born in 1999. Many students lost their lives, senior Nigerians and leaders died. Many were maimed. Others have continued to bear the heartbreaks that came with the debacle . They remain our heroes.
“For the sake of these many, including Late MKO Abiola, the winner of the presidential election, his wife, Late Kudirat Olayinka Abiola, and several human rights activists, who went just to see us survive till this time, we all need to constantly remain conscious of our actions, love ourselves and our country and do only those things that would sustain our historical and democratic existence.
“June 12 was a manifestation of unity, an election during which Nigerians jettisoned the primordial sentiments of ethnocentrism and religious bigotry,” the Speaker said.
Obasa also commended notable leaders in the country including the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for their sacrifices, steadfastness and passion for the sustained growth and development of the country as well as for jealously protecting the democracy being enjoyed in the country today.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for finally recognising June 12 as the real democracy day as a reminder that Abiola sacrificed his life for the country.
Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has urged employees to embrace digitization and build career resilience through diversity and upskilling in order to be outstanding in the workplace. Olufunke Amobi, Country Head, Human Capital, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, gave this advice during a Virtual Learning Series themed “Building Career Resilience”.
Mrs Amobi revealed that forces of change such as globalization and rapid technological advancements such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, cognitive technologies and crowdsourcing, amongst others, are the rationale for the evolution of careers and their shift from traditional to contemporary.
She noted that the traditional career path was defined in terms of linear progression up the firm’s hierarchy while seeking to obtain greater extrinsic rewards. The contemporary career trajectory, on the other hand, focuses on experiences and competencies that exist across firms, driven by values that are more flexible and dynamic.
The Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC Country Head of Human Capital encouraged participants to build contemporary careers as well as a strong network to enable them attain success in their professions. She also advocated the need for workers to invest in technology and exploit various websites for free online courses to develop their digital literacy skills.
Mrs Amobi further stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the workplace culture, emphasizing that workers that would survive these times are those that can easily adapt in the rapidly changing world. She counselled employees to acquire various skillsets to enable them to respond to changes in the workplace, noting that “we are in a Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous (VUCA) world.”
According to her, the internet age bordered on contemporary career, which is self-directed and non-linear. “Building diversity and depth of skill are key in multiplying knowledge and skillset and making them future proof. That is the reality of the 4th industrial revolution that sees a rise of the internet age” she said.
She cited how most jobs during the lockdown were done remotely and online, adding that the dexterity in such times will be considered during recruitment processes. She however encouraged workers to build their careers based on their passion as that is a sure way to build their network faster while on the job.
She also urged workers to respond to the new normal by being proactive and not reactive. “There is the need to be creative, innovative and knowledgeable about digitization and the wave of change” she said.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State says his re-election bid on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) is narrowed because of the interest of the party’s National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, in the state.
Obaseki expressed his fears on Wednesday at a news conference shortly after he was screened by the seven-member screening committee headed by Prof. Jonathan Ayuba at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
The governor alleged that some of the questions asked by the committee showed that Oshiomhole had not distanced himself from the process of conducting governorship primaries in the state.
“Like I said, as a party man I have gone through the screening process but I do not believe that I will get justice because Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is an interested party in the Edo process.
“One of the questions that was asked was that why did I issue a gazette that will prevent the party from performing direct elections in Edo.
“That did I not see it as an anti-party activity? I just felt that if we put politics above the the lives of the people of Edo State, then we may be missing the point,” he said.
Obaseki recalled that when he came to the party’s National Secretariat to submit his nomination form, he told a news conference that Oshiomhole should distance himself from the process.
“The last time I came here, I asked that Oshiomhole should recuse himself from the process in the interest of peace and justice.
“But as a party man, I have had to go through the screening like everybody else.
“Since he is the judge and the jury in this matter, I will just wait for the outcome of the screening.
“I have given them all the information they need; the controversial certificate from the University of Ibadan has been tendered,” he said.
Senate, on Thursday confirmed Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as President of the Court of Appeal following a satisfactory screening report by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Bamidele Opeyemi said that the nominee was screened in line with the mandate to ascertain issues that were relevant in overseeing the Court of Appeal.
In the report, Opeyemi said, Justice Dongban-Mensem was the most senior judge in the hierarchy of justices as at the time President Muhammadu Buhari nominated her.
He said her qualification and judicial career was inquired and found competent, noting that she should be confirmed.
Part of the report stated: “That the Senate do receive and consider the report on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the confirmation and nomination of Hon. Justice Monica. B. Dongban-Mensem for appointment as Hon. President of the Court of Appeal.”
Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu in his contribution cherished the doggedness of female judges, saying that they have woken up in recent times.
Ekweremadu said: “I rise to congratulate the nominee for the appointment, particularly that as a female justice taking over from another female retiring judge.
“On this., I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the finest decision in the appointment of a female judge as President of the Court of Appeal.
Ekweremadu counselled the nominee to ensure a harmonious judgement of the Courts of Appeal, adding that contradictory judgement tends to bring the judiciary into disrepute.
“Our female partners are doing well and I advise her to ensure some level of consistency in judgement coming from the Federal Court of Appeal especially on election matters.
“You are aware that a judgement of a Court of Appeal is not bound by another Court of Appeal, hence, I urge the new Court of Appeal President to see how this contradiction can be harmonized.
After similar contributions by other lawmakers, she was confirmed by the Senate.
In his remarks, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan commended the Committee for a thorough job.
He was optimistic that Nigeria’s judiciary, especially the Court of Appeal would witness sound judicial activities.