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UNILAG VC For Burial, May 31

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Academic activities resumed on Thursday at
the University of Lagos after three days of mourning for the late Vice
Chancellor, Prof. Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, who died on Saturday aged 62.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and
Research, Prof. Babajide Alo, however, said that academic activities would be “
low keyed”.

The management of the university had on
Wednesday announced that Sofoluwe would be buried on May 31 at the Ikoyi Vault
and Gardens.

“The whole university community is yet to
recover from the rude shock it went into when it received the sad and sudden
news of the death of its 10th vice chancellor.

“A high-powered burial committee headed by
my humble self was set up by the university to draw up the programme in
conjunction with the family.

“On Thursday, May 31, 2012, there would be
a lying-in-state on our campus followed by the burial service at the All Saints
Church, Yaba, and this would be followed with an interment at the Vaults and
Garden, Ikoyi, Lagos,” Alo said.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor said that the
burial programme would commence on May 25 with prayers at the mosque to be
followed with a special prayer on May 27 at the university’s main chapel,
Christ Our Light and the St Thomas Moore Catholic Church on the campus.

He said that on May 29, there would be a
Service of Songs at the Main Auditorium, main campus, Akoka.

“On Wednesday, May 30, there would be a
lying-in-state at the Multi-Purpose Hall at 8 a.m, and at noon, there will be a
special Senate session in the Senate Chamber and thereafter, it would be
followed by a wake-keep at the Multi-Purpose Hall,” Alo said.

He said that plans were on to immortalise
the late vice chancellor, especially after having achieved a lot in the two out
of the five-year term that he spent.

“We have a practise in this university
where our vice chancellors are always revered whether living or dead.

“If you look around, you will see pictures
of all our past vice chancellors hanging on the wall and for this, our late
vice chancellor, we will do everything possible to keep his fond memories
alive,” he added.

Alo said that at the University of Lagos,
it was unprecedented for an incumbent vice chancellor to die while on active
service, adding that Sofoluwe was the fourth vice chancellor to die while in
office in the entire university system.

Meanwhile, Mr Sodeinde Sofoluwe, elder
brother of the late vice chancellor, who represented members of the family at
the news conference, has debunked rumours making the round that the family was
suspecting a foul play.

According to him, “at no time, did the
Sofoluwe family, discuss with anybody or felt that our brother was poisoned or
due to any foul play or external forces, as being speculated in some
newspapers.

The DVC said that condolence registers had
since been opened at all the departments of the institution, as well as the
Senate Chamber and the Vice Chancellor’s Lodge.

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NYG: Rivers Basketball Team Embarks On Preparations

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The Rivers State Basketball Association,has commenced  preparations for the forthcoming 2021 edition of the  National Youth Games (NYG) scheduled to hold September, this year.
This was disclosed by  Head Coach of the body, Dagogo  Okumgba, yesterday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports, at the state basketball court.
According to him, the team has commenced the preparation, ahead of the upcoming sports fiesta to build and fortify its athletes for the task ahead  and other engagements that may likely come up in the future.
Coach Okumgba explained that the athletes were in high spirit and are doing well in their preparation for the competition, saying that they (athletes) would compete honourably, when the fiesta eventually gets underway.
“The athletes are working assiduously to ensure they compete favourably and are poised for victory at the NYG scheduled to be hosted by Ilorin,  Kwara State,”  Okumgba said.
However, the coach feared team sports might not participate in the competition, as he lamented their (team’s) absence at the National Sports Festival (NSF) held in Edo early this year.
“I think the decision was made as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic to reduce the number of athletes to take part in the festival. I don’t know, if what happened then will repeat itself, considering the third wave of the virus,” he said.
He urged his athletes to keep faith and keep the fire burning, adding that they should not relent in their preparation for the competition, whether or not they take part in the fiesta, the preparation will definitely keep them fit for other engagements.
“ It is better to be ready than not, just as the motto of the Boys Scout, l believe early preparation, being prepared at all times, is one major  key to success,” he concluded.

By: Nancy Briggs

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Covid-19 Scare: Team Nigeria Undergoes Daily Tests In Tokyo

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As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Tokyo, venue of the 2020 Olympics, Team Nigeria’s camp has resorted to daily testing of the members of their contingent.
Tidesports source gathered that there had been daily reports of athletes and officials contracting Covid-19 at the Olympics Games Village in Tokyo.
The Tidesports also reported that a Nigerian official in his 60s was hospitalised after contracting the virus.
One of the athletes, who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said athletes and officials were taking necessary precautions to ensure they did not contract the virus.
According to him, this includes daily testing and staying away from the public.
“We are doing everything that needs to be done not to contract the virus. We test daily and don’t mingle,” he said.
Another athlete, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was not the type of Olympics she would have loved to compete in due to the deadly virus. “It has not been easy here trying to adjust to the high temperatures. Covid-19 here is real. Athletes, particularly me, are very careful. Life isn’t easy here at all. Not the kind of Olympics I would have loved to take part in but in all, I’m glad to be here,” she said.
Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, Femi Adetula, said the unnamed Nigerian official was already getting better but declined to name the official, saying the NOC was respecting his rights.
“It’s been confirmed that an official contracted the virus. He is in isolation, receiving treatment and he is doing fine. In a matter of days, the official will be out of isolation because of the recovery rate,” he said.

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NBA: Milwaukee Star Anxious To Visit Nigeria – Wants To Learn About His Roots

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Milwaukee Bucks All StarGiannis Antetokounmpo wants to visit Nigeria soon and  cannot wait to learn more about his roots.
Antetokounmpo, who produced a performance for the ages to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title since 1971 after a 105-98 win over the Phoenix Suns last Monday, was born in and represents Greece.
“Obviously, a lot of people don’t know where I’m from. A lot of people think my mom or my dad is from Greece, but no,. Both of my parents are black. Both of my parents are Nigerians.”  Antetokounmpo said.
“I grew up in a Nigerian home, Obviously, I was born in Greece and went to school in Greece. But at the end of the day when I go home, there is no Greek culture. It’s straight-up Nigerian culture. It’s about discipline, it’s about respecting your elders, having morals,” he said.
Antetokounmpo,  who said his original surname  Adetokunbo  was  mispelt  at the Greek Passport office,  hasn’t traced his roots in person yet, but hopes to visit Nigeria either this summer or next summer ,  revealing that he got his Nigerian passport in 2015.
“I want to see where my family comes from, where my mom was raised, see my family, see where my dad was raised. That is very important. I hope my kids can do the same thing for me,” Antetokounmpo said.
Meanwhile, Basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon said Nigerians were proud of Giannis Antetokounmpo despite the Milwaukee Bucks All-Star representing Greece.
“I’m sure Nigerians are very proud of him, especially because of the way he has conducted himself and how he is dominating the league,” Olajuwon said. He has accomplished a great deal in such a short period of time,” he said.

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