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GOtv Boxing Night 24: Female boxers boast, laud sponsors

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Haminat Yekini and Blessing Bukola, the super flyweight professional boxers scheduled to meet in a national challenge bout at GOtv Boxing Night 24 on Friday, have declared readiness to show that they can perform as robustly as their male counterparts. The boxers also thanked the sponsors for offering them the platform to show their skills.

Speaking in separate interviews in Lagos on Tuesday, the boxers said they are delighted to have had an opportunity to be part of the show, which holds at the Molade Okoya Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

The show, which will feature seven bouts and live musical performance by Jamopyper, will be broadcast live on SuperSport across Africa.

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Haminat, who spoke after her training on Tuesday, said Nigerian female boxers have been seeking wider opportunities and are delighted to have been given.

“We appreciate what the sponsors have done. We will show that we are as good as our male counterparts by putting up a good fight,” she said.

Blessing also expressed similar sentiments, saying that the opportunity to be seen across Africa is a big one for female boxing in Nigeria.

“We hope that after this show, promoters across Africa will know how good Nigerian female boxers are and invite us for their own promotions,” she said.

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The biggest fight on the night will be the World Boxing Federation (WBF) International title defence between the reigning champion, Nigeria’s Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde and Justice “Qwick Action” of Ghana.

Two other title bouts are scheduled. Abiodun “Infiniti” Afinni will face Michael “Emirate” Godwin in the national cruiserweight title, while David “Awosika” Cosmos face Segun “Success” Olanrewaju in the national light heavyweight title bout.

Also lined up are two duels in the welterweight category, which will see Semiu “Jagaban” Olapade take on Taiwo “Gentle Boy” Olowu, while Willian “Kaki” Amosu takes on Segun “War” Adeyemi.

In the bantamweight division, Saheed “Eagle” Azeez will face Aminu “Lucky Boy” Akintayo.

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The best boxer at the event, to be picked by a nine-man panel, will go home with a cash prize of N1million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.

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Senate passes enabling bill to establish Federal University in Taraba State

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The Senate has passed a bill to provide a legal framework for the establishment of the Federal Univerity, Wukari, Taraba State.

A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Senate President (Press) Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, stated that bill was passed Tuesday, after the upper chamber considered a report by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

Senator Sandy Onuh, in a presentation on behalf of the Committee Chairman, Ahmad Babba Kaita, recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the establishment of nine universities across the six geo-political zones, which included the Federal University, Wukari.

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According to the lawmaker, the bill to establish the university seeks to develop and offer academic and professional teaching and research programmes leading to the award of first degrees, post-graduate degrees and diplomas.

He added that the presence of the university would “assist the host communities in increasing planning, production and processing; in addition to adaptive, technical, maintenance, developmental and productive skills in both social and management sciences as conventional university in Nigeria.

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Buhari commiserates with Jamaica’s envoy on father’s death 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Amb. Maureen Tamuno, over the passing of her father, and family’s patriarch, Elder Clement Chepaka.

The President in a statement signed Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina noted that Chepaka 93, would be sorely missed for his charity, kindness and leadership.

Buhari sympathized with family, friends and associates of the departed, urging them to find solace in his good works, especially at the Rivers State Ministry of Information and Broadcast, where he worked for many years as a producer and broadcaster.

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President Buhari prayed that the soul of Elder Chepaka will find eternal rest in the Lord.

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