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Dr. Adetola Salau: Empowering Lagosians for the Sustainable Development of Lagos State

In the vibrant city of Lagos, a leader emerges with a profound vision and an unwavering determination to create a better future.

Dr. Salau, driven by a strong foundation of love, trust, and faith instilled by her parents, Prof A.T. Salau and Dr. (Mrs) O.A. Salau is on a mission to engineer a profound shift in education, values and the development of Lagos state.

As a natural planner and goal-setter, Dr. Salau has always possessed a deep understanding of her path, values, and the true essence of success. Her unwavering commitment to envisioning the end goal and seeking clarity in her journey has guided her steps thus far.

However, Dr. Salau’s outlook extends far beyond her individual aspirations, recognizing the significance of collective efforts and the power of community. Belonging to the vibrant tapestry of Lagosians, Dr. Salau believes that it is futile to focus solely on oneself in the face of the current challenges.

The realities of self-reliance, from raising fences to arranging security measures and managing essential services, underscore the importance of shared prosperity. Driven by the wisdom of her father, who emphasized that shared prosperity guarantees individual prosperity, Dr. Salau has devoted her life to scaling the reach of this lesson as it has served her well.

 Amidst her service, Dr. Salau has come to understand that a viable trajectory for Lagos to follow as a people, a united collective and as a beacon of growth and progress is none other than the way of Sustainable Development—a transformative mindset that promises success for us today, while preserving opportunities for future generations.

Understanding that sustainable development of Lagos state begins and ends with the sustainable development of her people, Dr. Salau recognizes that Lagosians themselves must be nurtured sustainably to drive the city’s long-term growth. It is this realization that has become the centerpiece of her life’s mission—a mission to empower every Lagosian for the benefit of self, community, state, and nation.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Salau’s journey has been marked by valuable lessons, shaping her approach to transformative development:

Community: To achieve great milestones, unity and collaboration are indispensable. Entrepreneurship: Acknowledging the imperfections of the world, Dr. Salau emphasizes the need to take initiative and become agents of change, confident that we can drive the change we need and seek..

Roots: Recognizing that strong foundations are built from the grassroots upward, Dr. Salau advocates for the empowerment of individuals at the community level. Synergy: Dr. Salau firmly believes that everyone has a unique role to play, and often, the most unexpected collaborations yield the most significant impact. Driven by her own growth and transformation, Dr. Salau is committed to facilitating sustainable development among her fellow Lagosians. She recognizes the need for defining and leveraging the principles of sustainability tailored specifically to Lagosians.

To this end, Dr. Salau and her dedicated team are conducting comprehensive studies and embarking on a collective effort to guide the development of Lagosians in a sustainable manner through Education and school as we know it. The future holds countless possibilities, unexpected outcomes, innovative pilot programs, and statewide scalability.

Dr. Salau’s human development initiative will seek to leave no one behind, catering to all age groups and ensuring comprehensive growth and progress. Guided by an unwavering passion to help Lagosians find shared values and alignment, Dr. Salau envisions a future where every individual consciously and intentionally drives sustainable development in Lagos state.

For she firmly believes that the fate of Lagos is intrinsically tied to the collective journey of its people. Dr. Salau invites stakeholders from all sectors—businesses, government entities, and citizens—to collaborate in shaping a prosperous future.

Together, let us embark on this momentous journey, empowering every Lagosian to unlock their potential and drive sustainable development. For as Dr. Salau emphatically proclaims, “Where the people go, Lagos goes!

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EPL: Crystal Palace snatch 1-0 win at Anfield to leave Liverpool behind in title race




EPL: Crystal Palace snatch 1-0 win at Anfield to leave Liverpool behind in title race

Liverpool on Sunday lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace in what is a major blow to their Premier League ambition.

A first home league defeat in 29 games for the Reds leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men two points behind Manchester City and level with Arsenal, who can go top with victory over Aston Villa later on Sunday.

Eberechi Eze’s early goal handed the Eagles a vital win in their battle for survival as they move eight points clear of the drop zone.

However, Liverpool’s final season under Klopp is unravelling.

The League Cup winners were on course for a quadruple just a few weeks ago.

But after crashing out of the FA Cup to Manchester United, Liverpool succumbed to a first home defeat in any competition for 14 months when Atalanta stormed Anfield on Thursday to take a 3-0 first leg lead in their Europa League quarter-final tie.

Klopp’s men have now won just three of their last eight games in all competitions and are showing clear signs of fatigue after already having played 51 games this season.

Slow starts have been a recurring theme of Liverpool’s struggles of late and they were again forced to come from behind.

Alisson Becker made his long-awaited return in goal for the home side but he had no chance when Eze was left with a simple finish from Tyrick Mitchell’s cross.

Crystal Palace were millimetres away from a second moments later when Andy Robertson produced a remarkable goalline clearance to deny Jean-Philippe Mateta after Virgil van Dijk’s slip let the French striker through.

Liverpool had to resort to set-pieces to put the Crystal Palace defence under pressure in the first half.

Wataru Endo’s scuffed effort came back off the crossbar.

Dean Henderson then produced a stunning save to prevent Luis Diaz levelling at the back post with an acrobatic effort.

Klopp reacted at half-time with the introduction of Dominik Szoboszlai and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s return after two months out quickly followed when Conor Bradley went down injured.

Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo were also sent on for the rescue mission from the bench.

Jota looked certain to equalise when picked out by Szoboszlai but the Portuguese forward’s finish hit Nathaniel Clyne on the line with the goal gaping.

At the other end, Alisson showed why he is one of the world’s best goalkeepers with a remarkable stop to turn Mateta’s strike over from point-blank range.

Liverpool galloped immediately up the other end and Curtis Jones slotted wide with just Henderson to beat.

Mohamed Salah had one final chance to at least snatch a point, but his goalbound effort was brilliantly blocked by Mitchell in stoppage time.

Unless Liverpool produce a stunning fightback against Atalanta in midweek, Klopp will have just two more games at Anfield before his momentous reign comes to an end.

But what looked like it could be a glorious goodbye is now at danger of turning into a damp squib.



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Arteta urges Arsenal to banish painful history with Bayern




Arteta urges Arsenal to banish painful history with Bayern

Mikel Arteta has challenged Arsenal to prove their wretched Champions League record against Bayern Munich is ancient history as the Gunners look to seize their “special” opportunity to reach the semi-finals.

Arteta’s side have endured a series of chastening defeats against Bayern over the last decade, but Arteta expects them to reverse that trend in Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg.

Beaten 5-1 in each of their last three meetings with Bayern, Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League by the German club in the last 16 in 2017, 2014, 2013 and 2005.

However, Premier League leaders Arsenal are in superb form, while Bayern arrive at the Emirates Stadium in turmoil.

Arteta puts no stock in his club’s past problems against Bayern and the Spaniard called on his players to justify his faith.

“That’s history. When you look at their history in the competition it’s clear. We have to prove that, that’s for sure,” Arteta told reporters on Monday.

“Football is such a competitive environment and it’s so hard to be consistent that this can happen to anybody.

“We are really enjoying the moment because this is where we want to be. We are in a really good position in the Premier League and we are in a good position in the Champions League.

“We have a big task ahead of us against one of the successful teams in Europe. That’s the hurdle we have to overcome and we are really looking forward to it.”

Arsenal have not made the Champions League semi-finals since 2009 and will be playing in the last eight for the first time since 2010.

While Bayern are well below their usual standards this term, Arteta is relishing the opportunity to face the six-time European champions.

– ‘So excited’ –

“A lot of passion and emotion. We haven’t had this opportunity for 15 years so that tells you how special this night is going to be for us. We are going to have put everything into every ball to make it happen,” he said.

“It’s been a really demanding season and it’s a big step forward to be here in this competition, and competing in the Premier League. This is the challenge and we are so excited to be part of that.”

Bayern squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to Heidenheim last weekend that all but extinguished their slim hopes of catching Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Thomas Tuchel’s troubled team have lost five of their last 10 games in all competitions.

Yet Arteta’s respect for Tuchel — a Champions League winner with Chelsea in 2021 — ensured he would not underestimate Bayern.

“They are top team. I’m a big admirer of Thomas. The way his teams set-up, the way they play, the way they transmit. I have learned a lot from him and looking at them they are a top team,” he said.

“We have prepared well and now we have to take our game where we want to. If we do that we have a chance to win.

Even the presence of Bayern striker Harry Kane, who scored a north London derby record 14 goals against Arsenal during his time with Tottenham, is unlikely to rattle the Gunners.

Asked about the threat posed by the England captain, Arteta said: “When you look at his numbers over the past 10 years they are unbelievable.

“He can score in many different ways. He has got the service and the players around him as well to provide those opportunities.

“We know the individual qualities of those players, and him in particular. The ability he has. The best thing is to collectively prevent certain things.”


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Olympics Qualifier: Supporters Club Rallies Nigerians In South Africa For Super Falcons 




Ahead of the decisive second leg match of the qualifier for the women's football event of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games between Nigeria and  South Africa billed to hold

Ahead of the decisive second leg match of the qualifier for the women’s football event of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games between Nigeria and  South Africa billed to hold Tuesday in Pretoria, Nigeria’s foremost football fans group, the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), have intensified its efforts to ensure the Super Falcons enjoy massive support in the game.


According to the National Chairman of NFSC, Ambassador(Rev). Samuel Ikpea, the club have mandated its South African chapters, particularly, in South Africa, to rally all Nigerian football fans resident in the country in the neighbouring nations, to storm the stadium on Tuesday and give the much needed support to the Nigerian girls.

“The Chairman of our South Africa chapter, Osita Okeke and his secretary, Boyo Abijoh, have been rallying Nigerians in the country to come out enmasse and give our girls the needed support to qualify for the Olympic games in Paris,” Ikpea said.

“We’re equally supporting our Super Falcons spiritually from home. And we believe, our girls shall pick the ticket for the Paris Olympic games, Ikpea added.

It would be recalled that Super Falcons defeated South Africa 1-0, in the first leg of the final qualifiers played last Friday, in Abuja.

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