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We’re committed to making you happy, protected- BeMore Girls assure Ondo First Lady

..pay her condolence visit over Mother-in-law’s death

..BeMore is increasingly demonstrating new educational approach- Mrs. Akeredolu

Wife of the governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has affirmed that her BeMore Empowered Girls Foundation, is increasingly demonstrating that young Nigerians could be self-sufficient, through skills acquisitions and application of the educational knowledge acquired.

She said this when some Alumni of the Foundation paid her a condolence visit at the presidential lodge, over the demise of her mother-in-law, Late Lady Evang. Grace Akeredolu.

Receiving a presentation of hat made by one of the girls, the BeMore Founder was elated that they’re already earning a living by applying the skills they acquired at the two weeks summer bootcamp.

“You are already earning, and I keep saying that you’ll not be lured by these Yahoo Yahoo boys; I’m just scared about what is happening in this society and I’m hoping that wherever you go you will remember what Grandma told you in the camp and what she keeps telling you. We want you to be different amongst the pack”, she said.

She emphasised the need for Nigeria government to endorse the educational approach of the BeMore Foundation where girls were groomed to embrace skills acquisition as a side hustle, rather than to be loitering around in search of unavailable white collar job.

Describing the departure of her mother-in-law as a celebration of life, the Ondo First Lady, affirmed that she’ll be sorely missed during the annual January 1st family reunion.

“We are going to miss Mama, she died peacefully at a ripe age of 90; when she was alive, she was like a mother hen to the Akeredolu’s family. Like I said, she passed at a ripe age, therefore, in our tradition, that age calls for celebration because she lived to see her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. It’s a celebration of life”.

Speaking earlier on behalf of the girls, Miss Michael Ogochukwu, hinted that their decision to pay Her Excellency the visit was borne out of their determination to forever contribute their quota to anything pertaining to the First Lady.

She passionately asserted that, “And we say to you Grandma, that we feel your pain, when you are pained we are pained also, and when you are happy, we are happy also. We share in your pain and we will be willing to do anything to make you happy and safe; Grandma we say we are sorry and may her soul rest in perfect peace”.

The Alumni comprises representatives of each year set of the Summer Bootcamp from 2017 till 2022.

In a related development, the Ondo First Lady, also received leader of the BeMore ICT Partner, Mr. Watti Boaz, who briefed her about a new developmental approach to improve the Bemore girls through two programmes.

According to him, the proposed programmes were designed to help the girls to leverage on opportunities they acquired at the bootcamp to provide value and earn.

He listed the designed programmes to include, BeMore Digital Skill Fellowship for girls of post secondary school level, and Bemore Digital Learning Clusters for girls still in secondary school.

The BeMore Founder embraced the programmes and expressed optimism about the girls reaching the heights of technological space and be earning from world internet organisations, without a need to leave the country in search of a greener pasture.

e-signed:
Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media(office of the First Lady)
Oct. 4, 2022

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Birthday: Ondo APC celebrates State Chairman, Adetimehin

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo is in joyous mood; celebrating an additional year to the days of its State Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin.

The chapter is appreciative of the mercies and goodness of the Lord, over the life and family of this tireless, gumptious, and consummate leader.

Adetimehin has unquenchable thirst for the cohesion, and development of the state chapter; his endless dream.. “This party must be built with understanding, and sustained”, he echoes often.

His concentration and devotion to the party administration, with continuous and productive interface with core stakeholders, is amazing.

As you are getting set to lead the party into yet another successful general elections, we pray for divine strength, wisdom, and protection upon you and yours, so that we can sustain the celebration.

Happy birthday to the passionate and courageous party chairman. Our desire is that you will celebrate many more decades in robust health and sound mind.

Alex Kalejaye,
Publicity Secretary,
Ondo APC

3rd October, 2022

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BREAKING: Phyna wins BBNaija season 7

Ijeoma Josephina Otabor popularly known as Phyna has emerged winner of the season seven edition of Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) show.

Phyna was announced winner of the show tagged, Level Up Season by the host Ebuka Obi Uchendu, on Sunday night.

Phyna and Bryann were the last two housemates standing, from the the Level Two House.

More subsequently…

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Beatrice Oyinwande Modupe Education’s Foundation awards bursary, scholarship to outstanding Idogun High School students

In a bid to empower the future generation so as to live a decent, productive life and be self reliant compare to the present generation, the Deaconess Beatrice Oyinwande Educational JP Foundation of Idogun community has presented Bursary and Scholarship awards to 46 female outstanding students of Idogun High School, instituted in honour of the late wife of a former Secretary to the State Government and ex-Head of Service, Attorney Omolorun Modupe, in Ose Local Government of Ondo State.

The event held at St Paul’s Anglican Primary School, Idogun, was attended by parents of the beneficiaries, school managers, educationists, top bureaucrats in the state and several others.

The Chairman of the event and Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale described education as a veritable instrument that unlocks the innate imagination and intellectual capacity in every individual, through which we contribute to the overall development of our society or State.

According to him, the significant of education to a Girl-Child cannot be over-emphasised; a fundamental mean through which our children and young ones could improve their personal endowments and to build up capacities towards creating enormous opportunities for their overall well-being.

Chief Ale established that for any society, State or nation to develop beyond its socio-political economic limitations, sound education is key to all its citizens to unlock opportunities inherent within his/her environment.

The Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor congratulated and appreciated our revered Elder, Chief Omolorun Modupe whom he said he had utmost respect for overtime, and hold him in high esteem on the establishment of this Educational Foundation, saying it is a good legacy for the memorial of his late wife, Late Deaconess Beatrice Oyinwande Modupe and to train minds, characters and abilities of our Girl-Child in Ondo State.

Ale warned that time has come for us all to do away with the notion that woman’s place is in her husband’s kitchen, however they should occupy their place of pride at the top echelon of political and public offices were decisions are made. He therefore obligated all and sundry in their various capacities to contribute greater effort towards removing all seemingly primodial barriers and archaic philosophy that could hinder our women to reach their peak in life.

The Chief of Staff to Mr. Governor highlighted various gaint strides of this present administration of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu SAN, the Governor of Ondo State has accomplished in education sector geared towards growth and development of the good people of our Sunshine State, despite the economic meltdown across the globe which has affected Nigeria economic fortunes negatively.

Gbenga Ale disclosed bursary and scholarship awards has been given to deserving indigent students of the State within the available financial resources of government.

According to him he reported that the present administration in the State has committed huge financial outlay to the upliftment of the education standard, through recruiting 1,200 primary school teachers and several primary school renovated across 18 Local Governments of Ondo State.

The Chairman of the event, encouraged all others well-to-do in the State and other similar Foundations to embrace this Noble cause of Deaconess Beatrice OYINWANDE Modupe Educational Foundation for Girl-Child. And to contribute their own quota towards the growth and development of education in our dear State.

Earlier, the initaitor of the Foundation Chief Omolorun Modupe ably represented by Mr. Bayosile Oloruntoba a Director of Agric Extension Service at the Ondo State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development chronicled the emergence of the Educational Foundation as a product of his firm belief in English Maxim which acknowledges that ” Knowledge is Power”.

According to him, he said if we the present generation defaulted or refused to educate our young ones today. It shows that we have failed as worthy and good parents and we have committed an unforgivable crime to humanity which is higher that moral offense.

He said the thrust of the Foundation is to empower our future generations, especially our Girl-Child so as to be able to live a decent and more productive life after us. More so, it would inturn bequeaths an enviable legacies of achievements for the next generations after the present one of ours.

As it is known in Nigeria today, many people cannot achieve their life desires, apart from playing politics, and this is as result of poor educational background that is affecting every individual seeking to achieve any form of success in life.

The initiator of the education Foundation appreciated all Amazons present, saying “I am sure and the awardees of today are being practically influenced by the today’s environment and as young up-coming innocent souls, they can personally hear and demonstrably see older women and ladies who are already acomplishers in highly respectable positions in different fields of life”.


In their separate goodwill messages Mrs Margret Modupe Ijaware; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Regional Integration and Diaspora Relations, Mrs Lola Amuda; former Head of Service, Mrs Kosemani Kolawole; former Permanent Secretary, Sunday Agbotoba; Retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Sasere; Ven. Ejiowuro, among others stressed the importance of girl child education to national development.


One of the beneficiaries, Mercy Ogunleye, appreciated the Foundation with a promise to make good use of the scholarship awards.

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Rtd Brig. Gen Esther Ajayi congratulates Deji, Olujigba, Akapinsa over Ulefunta festival, upgrade

In Commemoration of Ulefunta Celebration

I heartily rejoice with His Imperial Majesty; Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II, The Deji of Akure Kingdom. I have learned with great reflection and gratitude the role and immeasurably steer, and insight you have given as impact-maker, not only to me but to the people of our community generally.

Indeed, you are a true King of distinctive caliber. It’s our prayer that God will keep you in good health and bless you in multiple folds to reward your wonderful deeds. Congratulations! Your Highness.

Also, I send my blissful wishes to a phenomenal, tremendous, ever firmly, and unequivocally King, Oba Olufunmilayo (Ajayi Roboto I), Akapinsa of Ipinsa. Kábíyèsí, Kí Adé pé Lòrí, kí Bàtà pé Lèsé Òba.

My special congratulations also goes to The Olujigba of IJIGBA Kingdom, REV (AMB) Oba ‘ LUYI ROTIMI, and the entire people of Akure on the 2022 edition of Ulefunta Celebration.

I join my voice with many other well-wishers across the State and beyond to express a sincere gratitude for all you have done, we are grateful to the kindness/selfless leadership act you have demonstrated to us all. I also use this medium to wish you continuous progress and many more celebrations in the years ahead in Jesus Name.

Àsèyí sàmòdún!

Signed:
Brigadier General Bolanle Esther Ajayi. (Retired).

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Independence Day: Our Perennial Challenges Are Surmountable – Akeredolu

Chairman of the Southern Nigeria Governors Forum and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has called for concerted efforts to address the myriad of challenges confronting the nation.

Governor Akeredolu stated that the country is in dire need of power devolution that will sustain the regions, reduce agitations and tackle the country’s challenges holistically.

The Governor, who congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Anniversary, urged the people to reinforce their hope in the country and embrace peace.

Arakunrin Akeredolu also called on the people to be deliberate in making the right choice in the 2023 general election.

“This occasion affords us yet another opportunity to reflect deeply on the current challenges confronting our nation and offer candid suggestions which will assist in addressing them.

“No doubt, our country is going through difficult times. It is time for us to rethink this pseudo federalism and heed the calls by sub-nationals to restructure the polity in a way that will engender progress and development. It is the only way to solve the current socio-economic problems facing the country.

“The federating units must not be over-dependent on the Federal Government. The over-centralization of the polity is the very bane of our collective existence as a country. There must be a total departure from this tread. The current situation must not linger for far too long.

“The sub-nationals has the capacity to fight crimes and criminalities efficiently and effectively if proper devolution of power is undertaken. The security challenges bedeviling the country have necessitated the need for state security outfits to be empowered and allowed to function optimally with the right tools and ammunitions.

“Our gains as a nation are manifested in the well-being of our people. Our efforts must be geared toward actions that will restore their confidence and give hope. The people are central to the existence of any government. Our attention must be shifted primarily to them. Development of any given space must be about the people.

“The stark reality confronting us as a people is that the current security arrangement can no longer guarantee effective security of lives and property. The sub-nationals must be encouraged to take charge of the internal security arrangement of their localities. It is crucial for our collective well-being,” Governor Akeredolu said.

The Governor also commended the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for its giant strides in infrastructure such as roads, rail, power and other developmental projects.

On the 2023 election, Governor Akeredolu called on the people to support a candidate with years of investment, competence, capacity and reach. The Governor also charged the people to reflect on the need to promote equality and fairness by shifting power to the South.

He expressed hope that the country will surmount its perennial challenges and prosperity, peace and development will echo across the nation.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
September 30, 2022.

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@25: BRECAN is a dream accomplished – Ondo First Lady

..calls for lessening of cancer burden in Nigeria through provision of adequate treatment facilities

The First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has expressed delight in the progress and achievement recorded by the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), for the past 25years of its existence, saying that her vision had come to fruition.

She stated this during a Press Conference at BRECAN Centre, which comprises offices like consulting rooms and the Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu Hope Lodge, Ring Road Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, as part of preparations for the 25th anniversary and 4th International Breast Cancer Symposium of the association coming up in two weeks time.

She commended those who supported the vision to this level, especially the executive members across Nigeria, and All Saints College Jericho Ibadan, saying, “Listening to Tolu the National President speaking, I know my vision has been accomplished. One thing is to dream and have this vision come to fruition because more often than not, for your vision to come alive, you need people. You can dream big, if you don’t have people with you, the dream or vision will die a natural death.

L-R: BRECAN COO, Mr Promise Ihezie, Founder and First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, and the National President, Amb. Tolu-Taiwo

“I want to say here today, that vision that I had 25years ago has come to fruition because I have capacity President and executive members across the five active chapters”.

Mrs. Akeredolu, while taking a trip down memory lane of how she founded BRECAN after her encounter with Breast cancer in 1997, called on government to galvanise actions towards lessening cancer burden in Nigeria.

Lamenting the wide gap in access to cancer care in Nigeria due to the expensive treatment bill and inadequate radiotherapy centres, the BRECAN Founder advised State governments to take up the challenge by including cancer care in their annual budgets in order to prevent vulnerable women from dying needlessly due to breast cancer.

She also called for data collection of cancer cases by each state of the federation, and an insurance policy, which, she said would go a long way to achieve reasonable results in cancer reduction.

Fielding questions from the media if only the rich survived breast cancer, the BRECAN Founder asserted that “the burden of cancer is huge, while hinting that “it is a topic of discussion during this conference. That’s why it looks as if only the rich survive it because the capital outlaying is huge. If you are able to get government to do more , at least make access to breast cancer care, even all cancers, accessible, then those who would resign to fate would be drastically reduced.

“The provision of treatment centers, the facilities, and the machines needed if they’re available, for instance in Ondo State, if we have a radiotherapy machine those who are afflicted by the disease will just walk in if it’s in FMC, than from there to Ibadan.

“We keep on talking, we keep on advocating and people like us that passed through the experience were in the position to really paint the picture of what people pass through. If accessibility to treatment is made possible, I see no reason why any woman should die of breast cancer; but there is a caveat, very important, you must present early”. She added.

Highlighting some of the interventions and contributions of BRECAN to the cancer space in Nigeria through advocacy and patients support, the Ondo First Lady hinted how the association was able to advocate cancer control budget in Ondo, which the state’s ministry of health had keyed into.

She noted that, even though BRECAN’s founding vision was to galvanise actions against breast cancer, it had now included cervical cancer being the two major cancers threatening women’s existence.

Expressing delight about the reduction in superstitious belief and mindset of people about breast cancer which made many people not to associate with BRECAN at the initial stage, she noted that the association’s hallmark was sensitising people that the disease could be survived if detected and presented for treatment early.

Speaking on the 25th anniversary, Mrs Akeredolu avered that it was to showcase how far BRECAN had come, the impacts it had made in the cancer control space and also serve as an avenue to address other sundry issues that’ll aid improve cancer care in Nigeria.

“Apart from ignorance which we believe with intensive sensitisation and so on, women can begin to appreciate that breast cancer is not caused by juju or spiritual attack. (There’s no point going to your Pastor to pray, we can not pray away lump); access to treatment is a big problem. So, there must be a way to lessen the burden of cancer care”.

Speaking earlier on the 25th anniversary, the national President of BRECAN, Ambassador Tolu-Taiwo, noted that the 25th anniversary also involves 4th international breast cancer symposium with the theme, ‘Closing the data gap for precision cancer control in Nigeria’.

According to her, the anniversary which would begin on 13th through 15th of October 2022, featured Public forum with renowned speakers from within and outside Nigeria, annual Jog4Life advocacy, showcasing of Survivors, and competition exercise on advocacy programmes among BRECAN’s members states.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Media
(Office of the First Lady)
Sept. 30, 2022

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Akure-Ado Road: Ondo NUJ decries dilapidated condition

..hails Akeredolu on decision to fortifiy Amotekun Corps with Weaponry

THE COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE MONTHLY CONGRESS OF THE NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ), ONDO STATE COUNCIL, HELD ON THURSDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2022 AT THE PRESS CENTRE, PEN CRESCENT, ALAGBAKA-AKURE

The meeting presided over by the Chairman, Prince Leke Adegbite and well attended by members, including the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Chief (Mrs) Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, deliberated on sundry issues and the following decisions were taken;

  1. That the Congress deliberated on the welfare and careers of our members, especially those in service of the Ondo State Government and notes with delight the swift responses of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to some of the Union’s demands during the recent leadership visit to him, particularly welfare of Retirees of Owena Press Limited (The Hope Newspaper).
  2. That the Congress appreciates the recent donations of some Government’s top officials towards ongoing Face-Lift of facilities at our NUJ Press Centre, especially the State Commissioner for Infrastructure, Lands & Housing, Engr Raimi Aminu; the Commissioner for Information & Orientation, Chief (Mrs) Bamidele Ademola-Olateju and the State Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Richard Olatunde.
  3. (i). That as political Campaigns Takeoff nationwide, the NUJ Congress charges political gladiators including Candidates in the forthcoming 2023 General Election to be mindful of Fake Journalists and report case(s) of professional misconducts to Ondo NUJ for appropriate actions.

(ii). The Union warns individuals parading themselves as media professionals trying to exploit unsuspecting VIPs in the state/Akure Airport or Candidates, to desist or be ready to face full weight of the law, as NUJ Taskforce is working with Security Operatives to fight quackery in the media industry.

  1. (i). That the Congress describes the continuous neglect of deplorable Akure-Ado Ekiti road as not only unfortunate but embarrassing, and called on the Federal Government as well as Ondo and Ekiti State Governments, to urgently find permanent end to people’s suffering on the road.

(ii). That the Union hails the State Government over the ongoing rehabilitation of pot-holes on roads across the Capital City, pleads with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Lands & Housing to urgently complete ongoing construction of Akure-Oda road and attend to ‘collapsed Adebowale junction -Apomu road’ immediately after the rainy season in view of economic benefits of the roads.

  1. That the Congress calls on the Ondo State Ministry of Environment and 18 Local Government Authorities to clear waterways and drainage in Akure metropolis and other parts of the state to prevent flooding.
  2. That the Congress notes with concern the Rising costs of food items and other agricultural produce in Ondo State and most parts of the country, and advises Government to come up with special Policy to cut down or subsidize high prices of Agric Inputs, while activities of Middlemen should be regulated at various markets by Government.
  3. That the Congress threw its weight behind the Southwest Governors’ Forum under Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, in their quests to armed the Southwest Security Network, AMOTEKUN Corps and other State Vigilantes, with sophisticated weapons to enable them combat Bandits who are kidnapping and killing people in the country.

COMMUNIQUE DRAFTING COMMITTEE:

  1. Ayo Falana (State Information Chapel)
  2. Damilola Akinmolayan (Owena Press Chapel)
  3. Segun Giwa (Correspondents’ Chapel)

Signed:
Olaoluwa Meshack
State Secretary.

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Bemore has contributed 25, 000 Watts to National Grid – Ondo Gov’s Wife

..asks Govt to Seize Opportunities Presented By Renewable Energy

..receives REAN Award of Recognition

Wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has disclosed that the Bemore Empowered Girls’ Foundation, through its annual summer boot camp, has contributed no less than 25 thousand watts to the country’s national electricity grid.

The governor’s wife said this on Wednesday during the Renewable Energy Stakeholders’ Conference and REAN Annual General Meeting, which holds 27th-28th September, 2022, at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Kofo Abayomi Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State.

Bemore summer boot camp which trains Nigerian secondary school girls in solar technology, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and other life-enhancing skills, bridges gender parity gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship (STEM+E).

According to Mrs Akeredolu: “Bemore has since held 5 successful boot camps and trained over 2, 000 girls in Solar Technology and ICT. The more phenomenal side to the scheme is its strategic contribution of energy to the national grid through the 12 watts complete solar home system given to each Bemore girl at graduation.

“If we multiply 12 watts per girl by at least two thousand, the cumulative should be about 25, 000 Watts that Bemore has contributed to the national grid. This volume, at any rate, is a whole lot that has helped notedly to assuage the nation’s crying need for power.”

The First Lady who was a Special Guest of Honour at the event, encouraged that Nigeria should take advantage of the opportunities presented by renewable energy resources in sustainable development, saying, the country needs to establish renewable energy markets and gradually develop experience with relevant technologies in the sector.

“Nigeria is vastly blessed with renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, biomass, and hydropower potentials. It is only reasonable that the country considers increased penetration of renewables into the energy supply mix as a logical and lasting solution.

“We should at once seize the opportunities presented by renewable energy resources in sustainable development. Nigeria needs to establish renewable energy markets and gradually develop experience with relevant technologies in the sector.” She said.

Mrs Akeredolu noted that the standard of living of a given country can directly be related to the per capita energy consumption and that energy is fundamental for socioeconomic development and poverty eradication. She regretted, however, that between 60% to 70% of Nigerian population does not have access to electricity.

In her words: “Energy plays the most vital role in the economic growth, progress, and development, as well as poverty eradication and security of any nation. Energy is an important factor in all the sectors of any country’s economy. The standard of living of a given country can be directly related to the per capita energy consumption.

“Sadly, the supply of electricity, Nigeria’s energy resource has been erratic. Today, between 60% to 70% of the Nigerian population does not have access to electricity, yet energy is fundamental for socioeconomic development and poverty eradication.”

The Bemore founder who asserted that renewable energy is a credible and reliable energy alternative to the protracted electricity challenge, said: “There is no doubt that the present power crisis afflicting Nigeria will persist unless the government diversifies the energy sources in domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors and adopts new technologies to reduce energy wastages and to save cost.”

The Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) presented Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, with a special award of recognition for her outstanding contributions to the renewable energy sector and for her invaluable support for REAN over the years.

Chief Anyanwu-Akeredolu thanked the association for finding her worthy of the honour and promised to continue to do what she loves to do in favour of the girl child, saying, “Giving a headstart to girl children is one thing that makes the difference for me, and I will continue to do this.”

In his remarks, the outgoing President of REAN, Segun Adaju, PhD, appreciated Mrs Akeredolu for her huge investment in girl child development and for doing so much for the country through the Bemore Empowered Girls’ Foundation.

Story Credit: Debo Akinbami

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Mother’s death: Akeredolu announces burial arrangements

On behalf of my siblings and the entire Akeredolu family, I wish to express our profound gratitude to all those who have reached out to us through visits and messages since the transition of our loving and lovely mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Bosede Akeredolu. It has been a deluge.

Your display of love is profoundly appreciated. We cannot thank you enough. Your love and kindness are, indeed, potent enhancers for us to deepen our abiding faith in God and service to humanity.

We are equally grateful to those who spared time to visit us at the Kopindogba residence of Maami in Ibadan. We extend our appreciation to those who visited us at the Presidential Lodge, Government House, Akure, and everyone who has identified with us and other members of the Akeredolu family in Owo, Lagos and Abuja. Your affectionate support is heart-lifting.

We appreciate the love and sympathy of political leaders, royal fathers, religious leaders, community leaders, heads of security agencies, organised labour, unionists, civil servants, public officials, student leaders, women groups as well as politicians across political parties.

We would like to request friends, associates and well-wishers to join us in giving our late matriarch a glorious funeral. The obsequies are as follows:

•Thursday, November 10, 2022
Service of Songs at St. Matthias Anglican Church, Orogun, Ibadan.

Jacob & Grace Chapel of the All Saints Church, Iddo Eruwa Road, Ibadan.

Time: 4pm.

•Friday, November 11, 2022
Commendation Service at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Molete, Ibadan, by 9am.

Service of Songs at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Imola Street, Owo, by 4pm.

Wake Keep at Jacob & Grace Garden, Opposite Imade College, Oke-Ogun, Owo.

•Saturday, November 12, 2022
Burial Service at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Imola Street, Owo, by 10am.

Interment follows immediately after the burial service.

•Reception at Mydas Hotel and Resort, Ikare Road, Owo.

We covet your prayers and supports as we prepare to celebrate the life of Maami.

Signed:
Arakunrin Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN
Governor, Ondo State.

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Ondo Commissioner solicits ATOPCON collaboration on urban devt

Ondo State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Alhaji Amidu Takuro has called on members of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON) and other stakeholders in the field of Town Planning to collaborate with the state government to achieve futuristic value for modern physical planning and urban development of major cities and towns in the state.

Alhaji Takuro, who made the call at the inauguration of the State Chapter of the Association in Akure, the state capital, said this is imperative to complement the massive road construction projects and infrastructural development of Akeredolu-led administration with a view to making the state a better place to live and model in Nigeria.

The Commissioner noted that to make human life and the environment functional effectively and aesthetically pleasing in contemporary society, prime consideration must be given to physical planning and urban development, adding that to achieve this, the Akeredolu administration has put machinery in motion to enact new law that would address the inadequacies of the existing one which has been hampering effective management of physical development in the state.

He added that the state government has emplaced a policy that ensured ‘Tittle Documents to be secured before building plan approval could be granted, saying that the development is to reduce associated problems common to land matters.

Alhaji Takuro further stated that the state government has signed Memorandum of Understanding with a private organization ‘UNHABITAT’ on preparation of Master Plan for three selected cities in the state as well as building of a Youth Center as Urban Renewal Program in state capital.

In his welcome address, the ATOPCON President Mr Muyiwa Adelu commended Governor Akeredolu for giant strides in the area of physical transformation and infrastructural development of major cities and towns in the state

Mr Adelu pledged total cooperation of members of the Association to the state government to achieve it’s developmental agenda.

Williams Oni
Head Media Unit
MPP&UD

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AKEREDOLU REPRESENTS WHAT NIGERIANS DESIRE AT THIS TIME – PETER OBI

•Condoles Ondo Gov Over Mum’s Passage

•We’ll Give Her A Glorious Funeral- Gov Akeredolu

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, on Tuesday said the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, represents what Nigerians desire at this present time.

Obi described Governor Akeredolu as a leader who speaks the truth at all times no matter the consequences.

The LP Presidential candidate spoke during a condolence visit to the Governor at the Presidential Lodge, Government House, Alagbaka, Akure.

Also on ground to receive him were the wife of the Governor, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu; the Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa; the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu; the Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale; Director General of the Project Performance and Implementation Monitoring Unit and grandson of the deceased, Mr Babajide Akeredolu among others.

Obi, who said things are going wrong in the country because people choose to keep quiet, commended the Governor for speaking up for the people.

He charged Governor Akeredolu to continue to take every necessary step to protect his people, adding that the Governor is doing the right thing.

Obi said: “I urge you to continue in that direction. You represent one of those things Nigerians desire, ability to speak the truth no matter the consequences.

“What is lacking in Nigeria is that we choose to keep quiet when things are going wrong. You have a man here who always speaks when things are going wrong, and I urge you to continue.”

He supported Governor Akeredolu on his move to arm the Amotekun Corps, saying the Governor must continue to do his best to defend his people.

“Arm those special security poeple. Take every step to protect your people. It is important and it is your duty. I’m happy that you are speaking out always when necessary. May God Almighty continue to be with you and bless all of you.” He added.

Obi condoled the Governor on the demise of his mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu, JP, praying God to grant her eternal rest.

The LP presidential standard bearer equally used the occasion to commiserate with the Governor over the sad incident at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, where 41 people were killed and several other injured.

In his response, Governor Akeredolu appreciated Obi and his entourage for finding time to visit him.

Akeredolu, who said what happened on June 5 at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, was horrendous, also described the sad incident as unexpected and uncommon, especially in the Southern part of the country.

On the death of his mother, the Governor said she would surely be missed even though she left at the ripe age of 90 years.

He expressed joy that all of her late mother’s children survived her, saying she would be given a glorious and befitting burial.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
September 27, 2022.

Photos: Saidu Abdulrahman

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GOV AKEREDOLU: We’ll face down conflict entrepreneur, enemies of the people

..says Amotekun will be armed and backed by Law

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has said the Amotekun Corps must be allowed to bear the tools and the most sophisticated weapons available to fight back against marauders committing crimes against humanity.

Governor Akeredolu explained that the incontestable authority of the state must be imposed in the country which is under threat by brazen conflict entrepreneurs and armed, audacious non-state actors.

He asserted that the State Security outfits backed by law whether in the Western Nigeria, Katsina, Borno, Benue or any Northern State must have access to the same sophisticated weapons that the marauders have.

The Governor vowed that his administration will continue to support the operational capacity of all security agencies in the State both in terms of equipment and the welfare of their personnel.

He spoke at the Passing-Out Parade of Courses 3 and 4 of the State Amotekun Corps at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Arcade, Igbatoro Road, Akure on Monday.

Governor emphasised that the passing out ceremony is a reminder of the need to strategize and tackle the current security situation, which he said has been left to snowball into existential crises across Nigeria.

He averred that the commitment of his administration to the safety and welfare of the people of the State and investors remains unshaken.

Governor Akeredolu charged the new officers to do nothing that will soil the image of Amotekun Corps, adding that much is expected from them.

“The key guiding principles which you must adhere to at all times include spartan discipline, zero-tolerance to bribery and abuse of power, prompt response to distress calls and display of professionalism in the discharge of your duties. No form of misconduct shall be tolerated.” He stressed.

The Governor, who noted that the current internal security framework in the country is ineffectual, submitted that the response of the subnationals by setting up their own outfits is welcome, necessary, and has become indispensable.

Governor Akeredolu said:”The Western Nigeria Security Network, AMOTEKUN CORPS, as a response, is now not just the first line of defence, but the ultimate bulwark in the protection of a way of life and of a civilization.

“The efforts of our determined and valiant Amotekun personnel since inception must be underscored, encouraged and highly commended. We must all rise at this time to acknowledge their efforts.

“On our parts, we will continue to support the operational capacity of all security agencies in the State both in terms of equipment and the welfare of their personnel.

“The recent donation of 50-fitted patrol vehicles is a testament to our resolve to be up-to-date in fighting crime and criminality because without a secured environment, there can never ne visible and sustained development.

“The Amotekun Corps must be given the tools to carry out its now pivotal, indispensable duties. For centuries, we have been admonished that “a bad workman blames his tools,” in the case of Amotekun Corps the workman is expected to function without good tools.

“It is not only absurd, but also a dereliction of duty and a cause of disaffection. Dissatisfaction is induced by a feeling of unfairness. The crises in the conventional wisdom is life-threatening and nationwide. Therefore, it is unacceptable if the state sanctions differing rules of engagement for different sub-national governments.

“Without providing the sub-national security forces to be a counter-balancing force we have a crisis which strikes at the heart of the conception and the definition of the state itself. It is not just the definition of the State, the State itself is under existential threat.

“The modern state is defined by Treaties. The conception of the modern state beatified by these treaties gives it “an incontestable monopoly of the means of violence, intimidation and coercion.”

“Those passing out today have undergone rigorous training at great expense to the state. The training will not end here it will be continuous. However, no amount of training will mask the debilitation of fighting with one arm tied against implacable foes.

“Amotekun must therefore be armed and will be armed and be backed by law. Otherwise, the training will be inadequate and we will be placing the lives of these great patriots in danger.

The colourful Passing Out Parade was attended by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa; members of Ondo State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun; the Chief Judge of the state represented by the High Court Registrar, Bolatito Ajibade; Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Ade Adetimehin; Commander, Amotekun Corps, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye; members of the State Executive Council led by Princess Oladunni Odu; traditional rulers; Heads of security agencies; local government chairmen; religious leaders;

In their separate goodwill messages, the Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo and the chairman of Idanre local government, Prince Kayode Aroloye, saluted the courage of Governor Akeredolu which has ensured improved security of lives and property of the citizens through the establishment of Amotekun Corps.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
September 26, 2022.

📸 Olawale Abolade.

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RMAFC embarks on Statewide consultation on revenue collection and activities of Miners

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) says it is verifying and reconciling revenue collections in the Solid Minerals Sector of the Economy.

The Federal Commissioner, RMAFC, Chief Tokunbo Ajasin stated this at a strategic meeting on the Commission’s 2022 nationwide monitoring of revenue collections of the Nigerian mining sector in Ondo State, held at the Ministry of Finance Conference hall, Alagbaka, Akure.

Chief Ajasin, who led the team, said 25 enterprises exported minerals in 2019 with no record of royalty payment, while the total sum of #2.76bn outstanding liabilities have been established against 2119 mining companies nationwide, which he said arises from failure to pay the Annual Service Fees for their respective mineral titles.

However, he did not provide the names of the companies.

According to the Federal Commissioner, the Commission was empowered to monitor all revenue accruals from the extractive industries to ensure prompt and accurate remittances to the Federation Accounts.

He added that the monitoring was a follow-up on the 2016 exercise to assess the challenges hindering optimum revenue collection from the sector.

Chief Ajasin said the monitoring comprises revenue collections and the activities of miners in the state and local government councils–phaseII.

According to him, the major issues of concern to the Commission is the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparent Initiative NEITI 2020 report.

He stressed that the revenue loss of the non-responsive companies was put at N54.25 million, and the number of defaulting companies will be determined after engagements.

“There is also the issue of underpayment of royalty by 25 enterprises that exported minerals in 2019 with no record of royalty payments,” he said.

“These companies owe the government about N482 million in overdue royalty.

“There is equally the issue of N2.76 billion outstanding liabilities against 2,119 mining companies nationwide, which arose from the failure to pay the annual service fees for their respective mineral titles.”

Ajasin also said the Commission’s mandate in the extractive sector was to recover the established liabilities owed to the Federation Account.

He therefore urged all participants to explore the opportunities in Ondo State to harness the revenue potential in the Solid Minerals sector to boost Internal Generated Revenue.

On his part, the State Commissioner  for Finance Mr Wale Akinterinwa, stated that the process of allocating the 13% derivation on crude oil paid to the States across the Nation is dependent on the effective monitoring of revenue and the collection of established liabilities from Minerals resources from the state.

Mr Akinterinwa noted that the cooperation and collaboration given by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs and other relevant stakeholders in the state to enforce payment of the reported Liabilities would go a long way in fulfilling the objectives of the exercise and a means of engaging some Strategic Revenue Drive ( SRD) for the State.

The Commissioner, who assured that the present administration under the leadership Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, would do everything at its disposal to facilitate the collection of revenue as listed in the NEITI Audit Report 2022. He therefore urged all stakeholders to accord full cooperation to the RMAFC team and be committed to achieving the desired goal.

Also the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Rev. Jide Ekpobomini said sourcing for a quick alternative to all income was necessary and could not be overemphasized.

He said government revenue inflows will surely be boosted if this sector if vigorously harnessed.

Also his counterpart from Ministry of Energy, Mines and Minerals Resources, Engr. Wemimo Ogunsanmi said that the state government had initiated a strategic mineral development plan to exploit the solid minerals sector hence the establishment of the Ministry.

Banjo Egunjobi,
Head, Media Unit,
Ministry of Finance.

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President Buhari to confer CON national honour on Gov Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has been named as one of the recipients of the 2022 National Honour Award of the Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was contained in a letter from the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs signed by the Minister, Senator George Akume.

The Minister in the letter, which read in parts, said: “I have the honour to formally inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the conferment of the National Honours on you, in the rank of CON (Commander of the Order of the Niger).

“The investiture ceremony is scheduled to take place at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja on Tuesday, 11th October 2022 at 9:00 am”.

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Having a spouse who believes in your dreams, family planning mechanism ‘ll help achieve work-life balance – Ondo First Lady

Acquiring acceptable level of modern education, marrying a spouse who believes in one’s dreams, and effective family planning mechanism have been identified as prerequisites for women to achieve work-life balance.

Wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, gave the above submission on Sunday while speaking on ‘Work-life Balance: Succeeding in All’, at the Women in Business Summit, held at Dejavu hotel Alagbaka Akure, the State Capital.

Mrs Akeredolu who defined work-life Balance as an ability to distribute time between work, family and personal life without one affecting the other, bemoaned the man-made sociocultural prejudices that had, overtime taken the shape of anti-women traditions.

Nevertheless, the Ondo First Lady and girl-child development and women empowerment advocate, was optimistic that achieving a workload balance is plausible as she provided some tips for young career women, which include adequate planning before venturing into marriage, by acquiring acceptable level of education and entrepreneurial skills, ability to communicate effectively when in need or challenges.

“In achieving work-life balance, a whole lot depends on self-identification and the personality of the partner a woman chooses for herself.  Tough as the society makes it for the woman, the person of her partner can make a whole difference in her strife for balance, and this requires that we become deliberate about our choices”. She said .

For a woman not to be perpetually dependent , the Ondo First Lady advised starting with small business in a situation where white collar job is not available. “I have said this for the umpteenth time that women do not have to wait until they are rich enough to establish an industry before they can do business.  You can start small businesses to make a living and support your husbands in the running of the home front. And you can be sure that this would at least give you a level of respect and self worth” she added.

Reiterating her commitment to the development and advancement of socioeconomic status of women, the Ondo First Lady narrated how she took a bold step to form Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials and Female Political Appointees, FOWOSO, in 2017 as a platform to empower women through skills acquisition.

She maintained that her passion for women and girl’s development was to ensure that women were reorientated to think differently and be free from being willing tools in the hands of romantic oppressors.

“I considered it as rather demeaning that women offered themselves as cheap instrument for political tokenism. I saw the urgent need to advance the socioeconomic status of women by empowering them through skills acquisition so that their sense of self worth could be enhanced and they could become financially fit to play critical economic roles on the home front and beyond it.

“It was an ideological warfare, and setting out, I realised how difficult it could prove to attempt to change the perception of a people that were already acculturated to playing the accessorial role, but I was determined to get result. I was poised to show practical difference between true progressivisim and disguised stagnation.  Five years on, the result has been great, women in their thousands have been empowered across the 18 local government areas of the state”, she averred.

Encouraging the young womenpreneurs of the possibility to achieve work-life balance and be more than what the society has for them, she hinted that her BeMore Empowered Girls Foundation was aimed at grooming young girls to evolve and fortify them ahead of these challenges facing womenfolks in our society.

“At BeMore, we train girls in Information Communication Technology (ICT), renewable energy and other life-enhancing skills. Since established in 2017,the scheme has trained over 2000 secondary girls mostly from different parts of the country. Parents or Guardians whose daughters have attended the Bemore Summer Bootcamp can attest to the fact that their daughters have become change agents ; those I called “a new breed without greed”.

She commended the Organisers of the summit for encouraging entrepreneurship , noting that opportunities abound in Nigeria if our youths could tap into them rather than running out of the country in search of a greener pasture.

Highlights of the summit included talks on navigating the sales and client retention funnel in the 21st century by Mrs Damilola Asaleye, co-founder of Ashdam Solar Academy; presentation of award of recognition to Her Excellency and Art portrait by a BeMore Summer Bootcamp graduate.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
(Office of the First Lady)
Sept. 25, 2022.

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2023: Economist Intelligence Unit projects Tinubu’s victory

The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will win the 2023 presidential election, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has stated in a new country report.

It stated the chances of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar have been significantly reduced by the internal crisis in the party.

His chances, the report further predicted, have been narrowed by the growing popularity of Peter Obi, the candidate of Labour Party (LP), in the South-East, which is traditionally the powerhouse of the PDP.

Tinubu, a former Lagos Governor, defeated several APC leaders to emerge the party’s presidential candidate in May.

Most of his opponents stepped down for him moments before the commencement of the primary election while other aspirants including Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo went ahead to test their popularity with Tinubu but lost.

His choice of Kashim Shettima, a former Borno Governor of and a fellow Muslim, as his running mate has continued to generate controversy in the APC and across the country ahead of next year’s election.

But the EIU said it does not appear that the same-faith ticket would affect the chances of Tinubu in the presidential election.

“We expect Tinubu to take the presidency, and recent developments have only reinforced our thinking. It does not appear that a Muslim-Muslim ticket will weigh significantly on Tinubu’s electoral chances,” it said.

Like the APC, PDP has been plagued by internal crisis since the presidential primary was concluded.

The Nation

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Late MKO Abiola’s Widow, remanded in prison for assaulting Police Orderly

A magistrate’s court sitting in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Friday, remanded Prof Zainab Duke Abiola, alongside her domestic staff for assaulting police orderly, Inspector Teju Moses, attached to her.

The PUNCH reports that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, condemned the alleged assault of a policewoman by the don and her domestic staff comprising the housemaid, Rebecca Enechido, and a male suspect currently at large.

The victim claimed that Duke, an activist, grievously assaulted her in the company of some accomplices on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to her (policewoman) refusal to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.

However, at court on Friday, Duke-Abiola was denied bail and the matter was adjourned till October 5, 2022.

The magistrate also ordered that she should be remanded in Suleja Prison pending the adjourned date.

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Ondo APC condoles with Kekemeke over death of his brother

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State receives with sadness the death of Mr. Kekemeke Ibananaboh Stanley. He died early hours of Friday, after a brief illness at the State Trauma Center, Ondo.

The deceased was a younger brother of the party’s National Vice Chairman, South West, Hon. Isaacs Kekemeke. He was 56.

The party describes the death as shocking, enervating, and sadden. It notes that the unfortunate development occurred when his family and community needed him the most. This is really a terrible news.

The chapter mourns with the bereaved family, particularly the Zonal Chairman, the deceased wife and three kids.

The late Stanley was a
graduate of Guidance and Counseling. Until his death, he as an Assistant Director (Administration), Benin Owena River Basin Authority.

The party prays God to comfort the bereaved families, and grant them the fortitude to handle the loss. We further pray God to grant him eternal rest.

Alex Kalejaye
SPS, Ondo APC

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GOV AKEREDOLU, SIBLINGS HOLD 8-DAY RITE OF PASSAGE FOR LATE MOTHER

•Receives More Guests On Condolence Visit

•Mama Was A Strong Woman, Dedicated Child Of God – Olori Olubaka

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and his siblings on Thursday held the 8-day rite of passage to eternal Glory for their late mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Bosede Akeredolu JP.

The 8-day passage rite was held in Owo, the Governor’s home town.

The late Lady Evangelist Akeredolu died last Thursday, September 15, 2022.

Governor Akeredolu’s sibling, Pastor Kola Akeredolu, with his wife, Justice (Prof.) Alero Akeredolu, and a grandson of the deceased, Mr Babajide Akeredolu, joined the Governor to receive visitors on condolence visit.

The Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa; Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, and Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, also joined the family for the 8-day rite of passage.

Governor Akeredolu received the Olori of Olubaka of Oka-Akoko, Adejumoke Adeleye, and that of Olukare, Olori Folashade Momoh, on condolence visit.

Olori Adejumoke, who said the news of the demise of Lady Evangelist Akeredolu came as a rude shock, described the nonagenarian as a strong woman, very loving and dedicated child of God.

“Mama was a strong woman, very loving, accommodating and dedicated child of God. When I heard of Mama’s demise, it was a rude shock. But in all things, the Bible says we should give thanks. We are thanking God that mama is the one that left us, though she left a very big vaccum which I believe only God will help her children to fill.

“So, I use this time to sympathise with the whole of Akeredolu’s family, the State and those of us that are friends of the family members. I pray that Mama’s gentle soul will rest in perfect peace,” Olori Adejumoke said.

Receiving the guests at his residence in Owo, Governor Akeredolu disclosed that his mother did her own bit before she left at God’s appointed time.

“We have no reason to query God. God, at His own time, has decided to take her away. We will miss her but we have every cause to thank God. We will celebrate her in our own little way,” the Governor said.

Governor Akeredolu also received in audience some Traditional Rulers including Oloba of Uso-in-Council led by Oba Ademola Adebiyi; the Elemure-in-Council led by Oba Simeon Adeyefa, the Elemure of Emure-Ile, and his Chiefs; the Olupele-in-Council led by Oba Olusegun Aganun and the Ojomoluda of Ijebu-Owo, Oba Kofoworola Oladoyinbo.

The monarchs rejoiced with the Governor for surviving his mother, describing the late Lady Evangelist Akeredolu as a fulfilled Woman who would be remembered for her good work for humanity and service to God.

The Governor appreciated the monarchs for finding time to visit him.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
September 22, 2022.

📸 Olawale Abolade.

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Police identify Female Professor who assaulted Orderly as Late MKO Abiola’s Widow

A video clip showing the female officer in uniform bleeding, seated on the floor had gone viral since Wednesday night.

Zainab Duke-Abiola, one of the widows of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, has been identified as the legal practitioner who ordered her workers to beat her police orderly, Inspector Teju Moses.

A video clip showing the female officer in uniform bleeding, seated on the floor had gone viral since Wednesday night.

“She told her boys to kill me,” Moses said incoherently as she spoke to her direct boss on the phone. 

Zainab was reported to have said that there will be no consequences as she is a friend of the wife of the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba.

Reacting in a statement on Thursday, Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the late politician’s widow has been arrested and detained.

Adejobi added that the Inspector-General of Police has ordered the withdrawal of all police personnel attached to the professor.

The statement read, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, has strongly condemned the grievous assault of a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal who is a Legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic staff comprising the house maid, one Rebecca Enechido and a male suspect currently at large. 

“Zainab Duke, an Mbaise born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in company of some accomplices on Tuesday 20th September, 2022 at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to the refusal of the orderly to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house. 

“The IGP has directed the express prosecution of the arrested suspects who are currently in Police custody, as the preliminary investigation shows overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of the Professor and her domestic staff. The IGP has equally tasked the investigative team to ensure that the fleeing suspect is arrested and made to face the wrath of the law. 

“It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the Police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.

“The Inspector-General of Police who similarly ordered the withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to the Professor, expressed consternation at the fact that an individual who claims to be an advocate for Human Rights could stoop so low to violate the rights of another individual, a police officer tasked with ensuring her protection.”

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2023: S’West APC spokespersons congratulate Akeredolu, call for issue-based campaigns

The State Publicity Secretaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West geopolitical zone have congratulated Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN on his appointment as the South West Coordinator for the Tinubu/Shetima Presidential Campaign Council.

At a meeting in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Wednesday, the APC image makers resolved to “explore the advantages inherent in unity and cohesion, to maximize potentials in the interest of the party and it’s candidates.”

In a statement issued and signed by the Secretary of the Conference of APC Publicity Secretaries in South West Zone, Alex Kalejaye, the body commended the appointment of the Ondo State Governor as the Zonal Director General for the Asiwaju-Shettima Presidential Campaign, and promised to cooperate with the Zonal Director General, and “other stakeholders to ensure overwhelming victory of the party in the South West in the forthcoming elections”

“We acknowledge the vocal and consistent push for the party to zone the presidency to the Southern Nigeria by Arakunrin Akeredolu and all other governors and party leaders from the zone. The appointment of Akeredolu, therefore, does not come to us as a surprise. We see it as strikingly appropriateness, and of strategic values,” the statement added.

The spokespersons called for “issue-based campaigns, devoid of fake news and hate speech, to enhance peace and harmonious relationship among ethnic leaders and stakeholders across board in the overall interest of Nigeria.”

To steer its affairs, the meeting unanimously endorsed the spokesman for APC in Ogun State, Comrade Tunde Oladunjoye as the Zonal Coordinator, while Hon. Alex Kalejaye of Ondo State will serve as the Secretary.

The meeting also acknowledged the parental role of the Conference of APC State Publicity Secretaries (CAPS) and promised to work in one accord with the State Publicity Secretaries of our party in all other zones of the federation.

E-signed
Alex Kalejaye,
Secretary

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Gov Akeredolu reacts to approval of arms for Katsina local security network

..Says ‘We Believe In One Nigeria, But We Cannot Have One Country, Two Systems’

The video making the rounds showing the equivalent of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun Corps) in Katsina, obtaining the approval of the Federal Government to bear arms is fraught with great dangers. Denying Amotekun the urgently needed rights, to legitimately bear arms is a repudiation of the basis of true federalism which we have been clamoring for.

That Katsina was able to arm its state security force, with the display of AK47 means we are pursuing one country, two systems ” solution to the national question. If the katsina situation conferring advantages on some, in the face of commonly faced existential threats, it means that our unitary policing system, which has failed, is a deliberate method of subjugation which must be challenged.

The Independence agreement was based on a democratic arrangement to have a federal state and devolved internal security mechanics. We must go back to that agreement. Denying Amotekun the right to bear arms exposes the Southwest to life-threatening marauders and organized crime. It is also a deliberate destruction of our agricultural sector. It is an existential threat.

We want to reiterate, that what is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. Ondo State government under the doctrine of necessity have decided to fulfil its legal, constitutional and moral duty to the citizens of the State, by acquiring arms to protect them. This is more so, given that the bandits have an unchecked access to sophisticated weapons. The State government cannot look on while its citizens are being terrorized and murdered with impunity. We will defend our people.

Signed:
Arakunrin Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN,
Governor, Ondo State.

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ODSG replies Ogun State Govt over land boundary

RE: PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY OGUN STATE GOVERNMENT IN RESPECT OF IROKUN, OBINEHIN, IDIGBENGBEN AND ARAROMI SEASIDE COMMUNITIES

The press statement issued by Ogun State Government, based on the recent white paper issued by Ondo state, recognizing the traditional institutions of IROKUN , OBINEHIN, IDIGBENGBEN and ARAROMI seaside has been brought to the attention of the Ondo State Government. The Government has decided to respond as follows in order to set the records straight.

  1. Irokun, Obinehin, Idigbengben and Araromi seaside are communities within Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo state. These communities have a long history of traditional institutions within the state.
  2. These communities are not in dispute between Ondo state and Ogun State as the people living therein are indigenes of Ondo state. In addition, the landmass occupied by these communities falls within the territory of Ondo state of Nigeria.
  3. The claim that these communities are in dispute before the National Boundary commission is untrue, as the communities are within Ilaje Local Government of Ondo state. Federal institutions like Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) regularly conducts elections in these communities and votes cast are recorded for Ilaje Local Government of Ondo state.
  4. The recognized traditional institutions in these communities are integral parts of traditional institutions in, and of Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo state and the traditional rulers are indigenes of Ondo State.
  5. Ondo state Government in the recent White paper issued on Hon. Justice Ajama Commission, avoided consideration of request for recognition of traditional institutions from communities where there are land disputes and communal conflicting claims, pending the resolution of such disputes.
  6. It should be noted that the traditional institutions of these communities, submitted memoranda and appeared publicly before Ondo state Hon. Justice C.E.T Ajama commission of Enquiry on Chieftaincy matters, set up by Ondo State as far back as 2015 without any opposition from any quarter, including the Government of Ogun State. It is surprising that the Government of Ogun state is trying to claim ownership, after Ondo state Government has accepted the recommendation of the said Commission.

While the Government of Ondo state is not averse to discussions on this matter as requested, we however urge our brothers in Ogun State to check their records properly on issues raised in their Press statement.

It is on record that the communities in question have been in a festive mood since the announcement by Ondo state Government to recognize their traditional institutions. There is no threat to peace in these communities. We urge our people to continue to live harmoniously amongst themselves for the development of our dear sunshine state.

Signed:
Bamidele Ademola-Olateju
Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Ondo state.
22nd September, 2022.

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Mother’s Demise: Gov Akeredolu, Wife receive Mgt of BeMore Empowered Foundation on condolence visit

Coordinators and Matrons of the Bemore Empowered Girls Foundation, today, paid a condolence visit to the Governor of Ondo State , Arakurin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, over his mother’s death.

The team was received by the governor in company of his wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, at the Presidential Logde of the government house ground, Alagbaka, Akure the state capital.

The Bemore Technical Coordinator, Mr. Bassey Obeten, who spoke on behalf of the team, said the history of the Bemore Summer Bootcamp wouldn’t been completed without mentioning Akeredolu’s family, hence, the reason they deemed it fit to identify with the family and express their condolences.

Reacting on behalf of the governor, the First Lady, who is also the founder of the initiative, expressed delight about the visit.

She described her mother-in-law as a good mother, as seen in her demonstration of love and passion towards her children and the entire Akeredolu’s family.

She confessed that the deceased would be sorely missed, regardless of the fact that she passed on peacefully at a ripe age.

“We won’t be wailing because she lived a fulfilled life and her children took very good care of her, and you all were witnesses to her 90th birthday”. She said.

The Ondo First Lady, who asserted that the demise of her mother-in-law was a celebration of life, affirmed that her role in the family would be felt.

“I knew when that feeling will really come will be during the January 1st next year, there’ll be teary eyes among all of us”. She stated.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
(Office of the First Lady)
Sept. 21, 2022

Photos: Saidu Abdulrahman

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GOV AKEREDOLU, WIFE RECEIVE EZUMEZU NDIGBO ON CONDOLENCE VISIT IN AKURE

•My Mother made sacrifices for us-Gov Akeredolu

•We are proud of you-Group hails Ondo First Lady

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has received on condolence visit, members of the Ezumezu Ndigbo Women Organization Worldwide.

Governor Akeredolu and his wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu received the women organization at the Presidential Lodge, Government House, Alagbaka, Akure on Tuesday Evening.

They were led by the President General and founder of the organization, Chief Calista Nkiru Adimachukwu.

Governor Akeredolu appreciated the President General and members of the organization for the visit.

The group commiserated with the Governor over the June 5 attack at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo and the demise of the Governor’s mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Bosede Akeredolu JP.

Responding, the Governor said that the dastardly act that occurred in Owo attracted the world’s attention.

Governor Akeredolu thanked the women group for commiserating with the people of the state over the attack and killing of innocent worshippers at Owo and for also condoling him and his family over the passage of their mother, Lady Evangelist Akeredolu.

“She was 90 years and we celebrated her birthday a few months ago but it ended up like a send-forth party. We are pained but we have to thank God because she did not die young and she was a lucky woman who has seven Children and they all survived her. Grand Children and Great Grand Children survived her, that is enough to appreciate God for”

According to him, the First Lady lived with Mama Akeredolu for over 40 years, saying his mother was a good mother-in-law.

“My mother was prepared to make sacrifice that the marriage of her children succeed. You gave me a good wife and Ondo State also got a first class First Lady. So, Igbo women can be proud of her because she has impacted so many women and girl child.” The Governor added.

Earlier in her address, President General of Ezumezu Ndigbo Women Organisation Worldwide, Chief Hon. Calista Nkiru Adimachukwu extended the group condolences to Governor Akeredolu.

“We take solace in the fact that mama lived a peaceful life and she also raised a man who has positively touched so many lives in Ondo and beyond.” She said.

The President General further stated that the visit was to encourage the Ondo State Government and the good people of Ondo State to continue driving the State on the path of socio-economic development, regardless of the security challenges facing in the country.

“For many months, Nigerians have watched with great interest, how Ondo State Government have tackled the violent attacks by some criminal elements that threatened the peace and security of Ondo State.” She noted.

She also encouraged Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to continue the good works in ensuring safety of lives and property in the state.

While lauding the achievements of the Governor, the President General said that the Akeredolu administration in the State has delivered so many dividends of democracy.

“Your numerous programs especially in agriculture and youth empowerment through entrepreneurship have greatly impacted positively on the development of the state, and that was the reason the people of Ondo State showed appreciation through the ballot in the last governorship election in renewing your mandate”

“The Igbo women are also proud of Her Excellency, the wife of the Ondo State Governor for her numerous programs that have helped to improve life among women in Ondo State” She stressed.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
September 21, 2022.

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At last! King Sunny Ade to meet 52yrs old woman who claims to be his daughter

King Sunny Ade (KSA), a veteran musician, has agreed to meet Elizabeth Ayeni, a 52-year-old, who claims to be his daughter.

King Sunny Ade (KSA), a veteran musician, has agreed to meet Elizabeth Ayeni, a 52-year-old, who claims to be his daughter.

Donald Ajibola, the musician’s lawyer, told an online newspaper that he contacted Adeniyi to set up a meeting with Ayeni and the musician said he would meet her when he had some free time.

On Monday, Ajibola said, “I contacted Ayeni some days back and told her that I had spoken with Sunny Ade. What I told her was that I spoke with him and he agreed to meet her.

“The only thing is that he is too busy and cannot meet her now. It was even difficult for me to meet him. When he has time, he will meet with her.”

She confirmed that Ajibola had reached out to her and spoken of a meeting, but did not give a specific time.

Now 52, Ayeni said she intended to conduct a DNA test to confirm her paternity and get a sense of identity.

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We’ll miss my mother-in-law’s love, unending prayers and Jan annual get-together in her house- Ondo First Lady

..receives FOWOSO Members on a condolence visit

The wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has said that her late mother-in-law, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu, would be sorely missed by the family, considering her impacts on the lives of her children and the Akeredolu’s family as a whole.

She said this at the Presidential logde of government house, Alagbaka Akure, today, where members of the Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials and Female Political Appointees, FOWOSO, paid her a condolence visit.

Speaking about the personality of the Governor’s late mother who passed on last Thursday at the ripe age of 96, the First Lady, affirmed that “one thing stands out about my mother-in-law, she really loved her children, and Aketi was like a golden child to her, he will really feel his Maami”.

Describing her as a prayer addict, who remained untired during prayer sessions, Mrs. Akeredolu saluted the deceased for her commitment to uniting the Akeredolu’s family through the annual January 1st get-together in her Kopindogba residence, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

“The rest is for us to continue holding forth and making sure that the family remains together”, she added.

She noted that, even when one’s loved one, like her mother-in-law passed on at a ripe age, their absence would still be felt in the family, citing her own late mother who passed on two years ago at the ripe age of 89.

“What the governor and his siblings are passing through now, I had a taste of it two years ago and I can tell you both of them passed at a ripe age, but all the same we missed them; anytime I go home I do feel her absence”.

She, appreciated FOWOSO members for the visit, saying, “it’s really an honour when people who care for you come around you in times of good and times of bad, that’s exactly what you have done and I deeply appreciate your coming”.

Earlier, while speaking on behalf of FOWOSO, the immediate past Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social development, Mrs. Titi Adeyemi, said they were in the presidential lodge to cheer up the Governor and his wife, saying it’s not easy to lose a loved one.


“We are here to commiserate with Your Excellency and Mr Governor. We are here to tell you that we feel what you feel and we will continue to remember you in prayers because as it is now, Your Excellency is the mother to all of them now that Mama has left”.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
(Office of the First Lady)
Sept. 20, 2022

Photos: Saidu Abdulrahman

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AAUA VC receives Victorious Debating Team, as Alumnus wins US-Fulbright Scholarship

The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, received a 3-man team of student debaters in his office.

The students, who were members of the AAUA Literary and Debating Society, participated in a national debate competition held at Abuja recently where they emerged First runners-up.

Congratulating the debaters for doing the University proud, Prof. Ige asserted that AAUA has become a referential Institution to be reckoned with among the comity of varsities across the world.

The VC, who affirmed that graduates of AAUA have consistently and successfully been rubbing shoulders with their peers in all disciplines across the world, noted that the University would not become less severe on its path to global prominence.

Prof. Ige said the Management would do its best to encourage and assist the students whenever the occasion demands.

The Adekunle Ajasin University Debating team led by Abdul-Haq Mutairu with the duo of Diwura Williams and Blessing Ahmadu, had earlier defeated four institutions at the South-West zonal elimination stage to represent the zone at the national edition that had over 20 universities competing.

Tagged, “National Debate 2022”, it has as its theme: The Way Forward: Nigeria @ 62, Dissecting the Leadership Performance of Nigeria’s Democratic Dispensations.

The national debate competition was sponsored by Monday Diamond Foundation in collaboration with Eureka Gie (an international educational consortium), Muslim and Christian Youths Initiative, Youth Alliance for Good Governance, and the Youth Advocacy for Development and Empowerment.

Briefing the University Management earlier, the Dean of Students, Prof. Olusegun Akanbi, had saluted the debaters for shining brilliantly at both the zonal elimination and the national editions and for being good ambassadors of the Institution.

Present at the event were Principal Officers of the University and the leadership of the Student Union.In another development, an alumnus of the University, Busola Mercy Adebayo, was among the latest winners of the Fulbright Scholarship offered by the United States of America.

Adebayo, a-2018 graduate of Yoruba Language, who got the scholarship for Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA), is presently teaching Yoruba language and culture at Feyetteville State University, United States of America.

In a chat with the Information Unit of the University, the Fulbright scholar thanked the University Management for providing conducive environment to learning and appreciated her lecturers for their immense contributions to her progress.

She particularly praised Prof. Temitope Olumuyiwa for motivating her and opening her eyes to various prospects in studying Yoruba Language.

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Ondo APC mourns the death of local govt party chairman

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State laments the sudden death of one of it’s leaders, Hon. Frederick Olayinka Otemuyiwa

Until his death, he was the Chairman of the party in Ondo East Local Government Area.

Otemuyiwa was a dedicated and committed chieftain who strove relentlessly for peace and unity, of the party, especially at the local chapter.

The party further describes the deceased as a very intelligent and articulate political figure, with apt and meaningful contributions during State Executive Committee meetings.

It is very unfortunate that he has to leave at a time we all need his leadership, political experience, and rare mobilization skills ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

We pray God to grant him eternal rest, and console his immediate family, the APC members, and entire Ondo East Local Government Area.

Alex Kalejaye,
Publicity Secretary
Ondo APC

20th September, 2022

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FG moves to ban ‘ponmo’ to revive leather industry, says it has no health benefit

The federal government says it is proposing legislation to ban the consumption of animal skin, locally known as ponmo, in the country to revive tanneries.

Muhammad Yakubu, director-general, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, said this in Abuja on Sunday.

Yakubu said the litigation was necessary to revive the comatose leather industry in the country.

He said the habit of eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be stopped to save the industry and boost the nation’s economy.

The director-general added that the institute, in collaboration with stakeholders in the industry, would approach the national assembly and state governments to bring out legislation banning “ponmo” consumption.

“To the best of my knowledge, Nigerians are the only people in the world that overvalue skin as food, after all, Ponmo has no nutritional value,” he said.

“At one point, there was a motion before the two chambers of the national assembly, it was debated but I don’t know how the matter was thrown away.”
According to him, the consumption of animal skin is partly responsible for the present comatose state of tanneries in Nigeria.

He also said the current National Leather Policy had addressed some fundamental problems of the sector.

“If we get our tanneries, our footwear and leather production working well in Nigeria, people will hardly get pomo to buy and eat,” Yakubu said.

“When implemented fully, it would turn around most of the comatose tanneries and ginger greater output in production.”

Yakubu appealed to stakeholders to support the legislation and the national leather policy to revive the sector.

NILEST was set up to promote leather production as provided in the Agricultural Research Institute Act of 1975. The institute conducts research the production and products of leather and the utilisation of local tanning materials in the country.

Source: The Cable

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Nigerian Legion Corps of Commissionaire offers Scholarship to Children of Military Heroes

The Nigerian Legion Corps of commissionaire in partnership with IRS Bacom University, Benin republic has offered a full first degree scholarship to dependants of past and living military heroes.

The Coordinating Commandant General, Nigerian Legion Corps of commissionaire, retired Brigadier General David Buba Shaljaba disclosed this during a visit to some security formations in Ondo State.

Retired Brigadier General David Buba Shaljaba on arrival was given a warm reception and inspected a guard of honor at the Cenotaph parade ground, Alagbaka in Akure before proceeding to 32 artillery, Owena Cantonment.

At a meeting with the brigade commander, Brigadier General Muktar Adamu, the Coordinating Commandant General, Nigerian Legion Corps of commissionaire, said that the one thousand full scholarship slots was for the dependants of the retired military personnel across the country.

Retired Brigadier General Shaljaba explained that beneficiaries of the three-year full scholarship programme would however be responsible for their accommodation at the Beninois University’s campus.

Retired Brigadier General Shaljaba while also visiting the state commissioner of police, Oyeyemi Oyeniran announced an offshoot of the Legion Corps saddled with the responsibility of providing information for security agencies among other roles.

Responding, Brigadier general Adamu of the 32 artillery brigade who described the creation of the new security architecture as a welcome development encouraged the retired officers to always support Nigerian military with information that would boost security in the country.

Also, the State commissioner of police, Oyeyemi Oyeniran represented by his
Deputy Yemi Oyeniyi expressed the police readiness to collaborate with all legal security outfits.

In an address, Ondo State chairman of the Legion, Retired Colonel Olubodun Apata charged the new Corps of commissionaire to eschew indiscipline at all times.

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Notorious kidnapper, Evans sentenced to 21 yrs imprisonment

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers.

More details shortly…

Source: Punchng

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BAT 2023: Akeredolu appointed as Southwest Campaign Coordinator

Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has been appointed as the Zonal Coordinator of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council in the Southwest.

Governor Akeredolu’s appointment was conveyed in a letter addressed to him and personally signed by the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Asiwaju Tinubu, in the letter, dated August 8, 2022, noted that Governor Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman, Southwest Governors’ Forum, deserved the appointment, owing to his impressive political achievements and the exemplary leadership he had demonstrated as Governor of his state and as a party member.

The letter reads:”By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Zonal Campaign Cordinator (South West) of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.

“This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.

“We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team We know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility as we conduct an effective, message-driven campaign leading us to victory in the 2023 presidential election.”

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Akeredolu Appreciates Flurry Of Condolence Messages, Visits

•Arrives Akure Today

The last few days have been most phenomenal for the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN. The grief associated with the loss of his mother, Lady Evangelist Grace B. Akeredolu JP, notwithstanding, the Governor appreciates the flurry of messages and visits, especially those who visited the Kopindogba residence of his late mother in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The outpour of love wrapped in kind words, cheering messages, assured support as well as countless display of varied forms of solidarities during this period are heart-lifting. Governor Akeredolu, and his adorable wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu express their gratitude on behalf of the entire Akeredolu’s Family.

Governor Akeredolu however returns to Akure, the Ondo State capital today. He will be available to receive more sympathisers, friends and associates, who may wish to pay condolence visit at the Presidential Lodge, Government House Alagbaka , Akure.

Kindly note that the Governor will be available to receive visitors from Tuesday, September 20, 2022 between 12pm and 3pm.

Once again, Governor Akeredolu expresses his huge appreciation and depth of gratitude to all.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
September 19, 2022.

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BRECAN pays Gov Akeredolu, Wife condolence visit

Members of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) led by the National President, Amb. Tolu Taiwo, on Sunday 18th September, 2022 paid Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN and his Wife Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu a condolence visit over the death of the Governor’s Mother, Evangelist Grace Abosede Akeredolu.

The Governor and his wife received the BRECAN entourage at their home in Jericho, Ibadan, Oyo state.

The Emeritus National President of BRECAN, Mrs Juliet Ogbogu who made the first remark encouraged the Governor and his family to see the death of their mother as a celebration of life because she died at a good old age that many people pray for.

She described Mama Akeredolu as a great woman who feared God and was good to people around her.

In her speech, the National President of BRECAN, Amb. Tolu Taiwo thanked the Governor for his goodwill towards BRECAN, adding that without the Governor, BRECAN would never have attained the heights attained today. She prayed for the repose of Mama’s soul.

In his response, Governor Akeredolu appreciated members of BRECAN for the visit. He commended his wife, The First Lady, for the efforts she has channelled into making BRECAN what it is today.

He also congratulated BRECAN for attianing the milestone age of 25 years and pledged his support towards the 25th anniversary.

Speaking of his Mother, Evangelist Grace Abosede Akeredolu, the Governor noted that God has already proposed when everybody would come into this world and when they would go.

He prayed that God will sustain those who are alive to also live as long and well as mama Akeredolu did. Governor Akeredolu revealed that his mother had children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren none of whom died before her. He described this as a great blessing worthy of thanksgiving.

In her remark, the wife of the Governor and Founder of BRECAN, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu, thanked members of BRECAN for their visit.

She expressed joy over the fact that BRECAN can now send a delegation to visit her, describing it as a sign of growth of the organization.


Evangelist Grace Abosede Akeredolu died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of 15th September, 2022. The family is yet to announce her burial arrangements.

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Ondo FOMWAN pays condolence visit to Gov Akeredolu over mother’s death

Ondo state chapter of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria, FOMWAN has visited the Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at his late mother’s Kopindogba residence located at Orogun area of Ibadan to commiserate with him and the family over the death of his mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu.

The State Amirah (President), Alhaja Medinat Omikunle who led the delegation on the condolence visit today, Sunday, September 8, 2022, consoled with the Governor and prayed that Mama will rest in peace.

A member of the FOMWAN state Board of Adviser, Alhaja Rafat Momoh said Mama’s demise is a lesson to everybody that no matter how many years one spends on earth, it is certain that one will surely answer the call of His creator.

Momoh, who is also the state Chairperson of Community and Humanitarian committee, described Mama as a mother who has lived a fulfilled life following the various tributes from all and sundry.

She urged people to emulate the lessons drawn from Mama to be of good behaviour so that people can talk about them when they pass on.

She thanked God that, the Governor and his siblings survived their mother, advising them to imbibe the values Mama taught them while alive.

It would be recalled that the Ondo state Governor’s mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu (JP) died at the early hours of Thursday, September 15, 2022 at the age of 90.

Sympathizers among which are dignitaries, organisations, philanthropists, political associates, government appointees among majority of others have been trouping into the deceased’s Ibadan residence to commiserate and sign the condolence register opened for visitors.

FOMWAN delegates among others included National Deputy Coordinator zone 2 South West, Alhaja Idayat Jimoh, the state Secretary, Dr, Sidiqot Adamson Shodehinde and the Akure South Amirah, Alhaja Hannat Esinloku.
Responding, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu applauded the leadership of FOMWAN for the visit praying that God will grant them the grace to survive and outlive their aged parents.

The Governor, however, wished them safe journey back to their various destinations.

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Akeredolu Constitutes Visitation Panel For Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo

PRESS RELEASE

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has approved the constitution of a Visitation Panel for the state owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo.

A letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale stated that the Visitation Panel is to examine the performance of the Polytechnic’s management and also determine the extent of its compliance with the recommendations of the 2017 Visitation Panel as contained in the Government White Paper.

The membership of the Visitation Panel is as follows:
i. Prof. Olabode Kolade Koriko — Chairman
ii. Prof. Tomola Obamuyi — Member
iii. Prof. Francis Gbore — Member
iv. Mr. Dapo Adelegan — Member
v. Sir Patrick Tayo Adedapo-Aisida — Member
vi. Engr. David Omoregie — Member
vii. Dr. Olumide Asere Ag. Permanent Secretary — Secretary

The Terms of Reference of the Visitation Panel are as follows:

i. To examine the extent of compliance with the recommendations of the 2017 Visitation Panel Report by the Management of the Polytechnic as contained in the Government White Paper;

ii. To review the Law establishing the Polytechnic, determine the future of the Polytechnic in line with Federal Government’s policy regarding scrapping of HND Programmes, and suggest amendments to the law;

iii. to examine the financial management of the Polytechnic including subventions, grants, loans, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and determine the compliance of the Polytechnic with appropriate regulations;

iv. To examine the compliance of the Polytechnic with extant regulations and due process in the recruitment and deployment of staff;

v. To examine industrial relations amongst management, staff and Students and recommend ways to achieving lasting peace and Harmony;

vi. To examine the state of the landed property and other assets of the Polytechnic; and

vii. To make such other recommendations that can assist in repositioning the Polytechnic for optimal performance.
The Panel has three months to submit its report with effect from the date of Its inauguration.

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How my daughter met ‘killer’ Chinese Lover- Bereaved Nigerian mother

..she refused to marry me after I’ve expended so much on her- Suspect

Mother of Ummakulsum Buhari, the 23-year-old Nigerian who was allegedly killed by her Chinese lover has narrated how her daughter met the suspect.

Recall that Buhari was killed at Janbulo Quarters in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State on Friday night.

The deceased, who was popularly known as ‘Ummita’ attended Kano School of Nursing and Midwifery and was buried around 10 am on Saturday, according to Islamic rites.

While speaking about the incident, the bereaved mother said, “She was my daughter; he (the Chinese man) always comes around wanting to see her and she has been refusing.

“They first met at Shoprite when she went to buy perfume and they exchanged phone numbers. That’s how they started making out on calls.”

According to her, “on that fateful day when he came to our house. He kept knocking on the door. When I was fed up with him hitting the door loudly, I opened the door and he pushed me aside and got in and started stabbing her with a knife.”

The police in Kano confirmed the incident through its spokesman SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who explained that the suspect, Geng, 47, committed the crime on Friday after scaling the fence of the deceased residence to gain access where he stabbed her severally until she gave up the spirit.

Geng alleged that he was deceived by Ummu who was his girlfriend and promised to marry him but betrayed him even after he had spent so much money on her.

The suspect further stated that he was angered by her deception and decided to attack and kill the deceases at her residence.

The police spokesman further stated that the mother of the deceased raised alarm during the act and the police was immediately alerted of the development where the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawan, directed the DPO, Dorayi Babba, to take charge of the situation.

Deng has since been transferred to the state headquarters at Bompai for further investigation and prosecution.

Meanwhile, late Ummu has been buried Saturday morning in Kano as the family members and friends mourn her sudden departure.

“I was shouting for the neighbours to assist us and

“We rushed her to the hospital but before we arrived, she was dead. It happened around 9.30 pm.

“I was at home with her two younger sisters when it happened. Her brother was out and her father is late.

“The unfortunate thing was that it was raining then, people were indoors and couldn’t hear me shouting until when someone came and tried going in through the window.

“She called on the security and the authorities to see to this criminal act. It was a long time since their love affair ended.”

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Police arrest 47-year-old Chinese for ‘stabbing Nigerian girlfriend to death

A Chinese national, identified as Geng Kwaron, has been arrested in Kano for allegedly stabbing a 22-year-old woman to death.

Abdullahi Kiyawa, police spokesperson in the state, confirmed the development to TheCable on Saturday.

Kiyawa said the incident occurred at about 10pm on Friday.

According to him, Kwaron, who resides in Nassarawa GRA in Kano, went to the house of UmmulKhultum Sani at Janbulo quarters in the state.

The police spokesman, who said the victim was the girlfriend of Kwaron, added that they had a “misunderstanding”, after which the suspect attacked her with a sharp knife.

“She was his girlfriend. The incident happened yesterday at about 10pm on the 16th of September, 2022,” Kiyawa said.

“In the evening, we received the report saying a Chinese man, by the name Geng Kwaron, a 47-year-old man, residing in Nassarawa GRA in Kano, went to the residence of his girlfriend, one Ummulkhultum Sani, 22-year-old, at Janbulo quarters in Kano state.

“When they had a misunderstanding, he attacked her with a sharp knife and inflicted a deep cut on her neck and other parts of her body.

“On receipt of this report, Abubakar Lawal, Kano state commissioner of police, mobilised police operatives to the scene. The victim was rushed to Murtala Mohammad Specialist Hospital in Kano state where a medical doctor confirmed her dead.

“The suspect was immediately arrested and the case has been transferred to the homicide section, criminal investigation department of the command, and investigation is in progress. ”

Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to social media to demand justice for the 22-year-old, with #JusticeForUmmita currently trending on Twitter,

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MY LATE MOTHER WILL BE BURIED IN OWO-GOV AKEREDOLU

•Receives Delegation Of Olowo-In-Council

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has continued to receive dignitaries and sympathisers from far and near over the death of his mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu (JP).

The Governor’s mother died yesterday at her Kopindogba residence in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Receiving the delegation of Olowo-in-Council in Ibadan on Friday, Governor Akeredolu appreciated the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye for sending his chiefs to pay condolence visit to him.

The Governor disclosed that his mother will be buried in Owo.

He noted that the late Lady Evangelist Akeredolu was more of Owo despite hailing from Igbotu in Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo State.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Chief Amos Aladesawe extended the condolences of the Olowo of Owo to the Governor.

“We bring greetings from the Olowo of Owo. He said we should extend his heartfelt condolences. And also congratulate you for surviving your mother. He said he’s with you in the spirit”, Aladesawe said.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
September 16, 2022.

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Mother’s demise: Akin Olotu commiserates with Gov Akeredolu

The Senior Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Agric. and Agricbusiness, Pastor Akin Olotu, has joined millions of Nigerians to condole with Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN over the demise of his mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Bosede Akeredolu.

Olotu said that the Governor’s mother lived a fulfilled, good and wonderful life during which she made recognizable contributions to the State and the body of Christ as an Evangelist. One of her biological seeds ( Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN) has come to be known as one of the custodians of the virtues of uprightness and the defender of the defenceless.

He described mama as a devouted christian with a caring heart and loved by her children and family members.

Olotu said her death was a great loss, not only to the Governor’s family but to the entire Ondo State, and prayed God to grant the Akeredolu’s the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the Akeredolu’s during this trying period.
What she stood for is reflecting in the uprightness of her children, who are excelling in their chosen areas of life,” he said.

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Your mother lived a fulfilled life, Akure Grand Imam consoles Gov Akeredolu, families

The Grand Imam of Akure Sheikh Dr. AbdulHakeem Yayi Akorede and the entire Muslim Community of Akure sincerely Commiserate with the Governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN and the entire Akeredolu family on the demise of the family Marthriac, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu, JP. Who answered the call of her creator in the early hour of Thursday 15th September 2022

Death is a price every one in this world would pay. (Inna lilahi waina ilehi rojiun. From you we have come and unto you we shall all return)

From the little we have heard about mama Akeredolu, it is our believe that Mama lived a fulfiled life and left a great legacy worthy of emulation. We pray that almighty Allah (God) grant Mama’s soul a peaceful rest. Amin

It is our prayer that almighty Allah (God) would grant the entire Akeredolu family especially Mama’s children the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

As usual we are with you sir in spirit and prayers.

Signed
Sheikh Dr. AbdulHakeem Yayi Akorede
Grand Imam of Akure

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Ondo NCWS commiserates with Gov Akeredolu, siblings over mother’s demise

The National Council of Women Societies, NCWS, Ondo State chapter has commiserated with the governor of the state over the demise of his mother who passed on yesterday.

In its condolence message made available to JATS by the State’s President of the council, Pastor Mrs. Jumoke Aborode, the death of the Akeredolu’s Matriarch was described as a celebration of a life well-spent.

The NCWS affirmed that Late Evang. Grace Akeredolu, was a mother amongst millions, an Evangelist who had the fear of God which she instilled in her children as witnessed in the lifestyle of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.

“On her birthday when NCWS members were in Owo to commemorate with her, she said prayer is the master key, that mothers should pray for their children daily”.

Aborode congratulated the governor and his siblings for the grace to bury their mother.

“Mama’s death is a celebration of life well spent, and a fulfilled life on earth. The entire 18 Local government members of NCWS pray for our dear Governor that he will live long, Adieu Mama was”, the statement reads.

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Olujigba commiserates with Gov Akeredolu over mother’s death

The Olujigba of Ijigba community in Akure South Local government area of Ondo State, His Royal Highness, Amb. Luyi Rotimi, has commiserated with the governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, over the demise of his mother.

The Olujigba in his condolence message to the death of Late Evang. Grace Akeredolu, who passed on peacefully early morning of Thursday, described her as a good mother who spent her lifetime to serve God and humanity.

He prayed her eternal rest, and for God’s guidance over the family she left behind.

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Ondo APC laments the passage of Akeredolu’s mum

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC)in Ondo State, Engr. Ade Adetimehin has said the death of Lady Evangelist Grace Abosede Akeredolu came at the appointed time.

Reacting to the peaceful passage of the nonagenarian in Ibadan on Thursday, the party chieftain said mama led an exemplary life that is worthy of emulation.

“It is gratifying to note that mama devoted quality time building the children, in their formative years, who grew to be successful in different human endeavors. They were sources of joy to her while she was around,” the APC chieftain added.

He commiserated with the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and all his siblings, urging them to be consoled by the rewarding life of the departed.

Praying God to grant mama eternal rest, Adetimehin noted that the Anglican Communion has lost a strong pillar in it’s quest for godly disposition.

Alex Kalejaye
Publicity Secretary
Ondo APC

15th September, 2022

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GOV AKEREDOLU RECEIVES GOVS FAYEMI, MAKINDE, OTHERS ON CONDOLENCE VISIT

..says Late Lady Evangelist Akeredolu Was A Great Mother

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has received on condolence visit, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi and his Oyo State counterpart, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

The Governors visited Arakunrin Akeredolu at the Kopindogba house of the late Lady Evangelist Grace Bosede Akeredolu (JP) in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Also on the condolence visit were: deputy Governor of Oyo State, Bayo Lawal; former deputy Governor of the State, Iyiola Oladokun; leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State led by the Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin; vicar of the All Saints Church, Jericho, Very Rev. Kalu Ndukwe; among others.

Governor Akeredolu said his mother was very close to them since the demise of their father over forty years ago.

“Undoubtedly, Maami was someone that was close to us. We lost our father over forty years ago. At the time of his death, I was the only graduate. And we are seven in number. And this woman was able to carry all of us through. Today, we have Professor, Judge, Doctor and all of us are graduates.

“She is a woman who had paid her price. And we owe her a duty. Coincidentally, I was here on Sunday, I spent some time with her here before going to Bishop Francis Wale Oke program where we had dinner. I never knew that would be the last time.”the Governor said.

Governor Akeredolu thanked his friends and family for their encouragement through their visits, calls and messages.

While noting that the deceased was a great mother, Arakunrin Akeredolu disclosed that she was particular about comfort for her children.

“My mum, Grace Bosede, was a great woman and mother to all of us. I always say it. I have never paid rent in my life before. I lived in her house behind here till I moved to my personal house. Same for my brothers. I owe her everything in my life. She was particular about comfort for all of us. She is a woman that we loved so much. We will miss her.” He added.

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who spoke on behalf of the Governors, commiserated with Governor Akeredolu and his family.

Governor Makinde prayed that God will give Arakunrin Akeredolu and the entire family the strength to bear the loss.

The vicar of All Saint church, Jericho, who prayed for the Governor and his family, said the late Lady Akeredolu lived a fulfilled life and was committed to the work of God.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Ondo State.
September 15, 2022.

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Just in: Gov Akeredolu loses Mother

PRESS STATEMENT

Akeredolu Loses Mother

The mother of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu is dead.

She died peacefully in her sleep early this morning. Mama was 90 years.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members.

Further announcements will be made by the family in due course.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
September 15, 2022.

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GOV AKEREDOLU CONDOLES AJOSE KUDEHINBU OVER WIFE’S DEATH

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has commiserated with former Head of Service and Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission, Mr Ajose Kudehinbu over the death of his wife, Mrs. Eunice Adunni Kudehinbu.

The Governor led members of the State Executive Council to condole Kudehinbu at his residence in Akure.

Governor Akeredolu, who said he was short of words, described the death of Mrs. Kudehinbu as an unfortunate development.

While noting the finality of death, the Governor stressed that only God Almighty can comfort Kudehinbu and his children.

Arakunrin Akeredolu, who prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss, charged Kudehinbu to brace up for the children.

He said:”Well, in all things, as Christians, we should give thanks. Because as we all know, death is a finality. When we as humans are faced by such things, we know it is not easy.

“Whoever hasn’t been in your shoe can’t understand. I know you are a man. And I know you are strong. You need that now. This is where you need to know that as a man when you are faced with all these challenges, you remain strong.

“God will grant you the fortitude to bear this loss. The loss is irreparable. I know it is not easy. The only thing we will leave you with is that, may the good Lord be the one to comfort you.

“We have come to commiserate with you and show that we are here anytime you want to call on us for anything.

Responding, Mr. Kudehinbu, who expressed sadness over the death of his wife, thanked Governor Akeredolu for his interventions and identifying with him in trying times.

“I remember that just immediately after the passing of my wife, you are the first person to call me. I want to thank you for the call because it matters to me. It matters to my family.

“When my wife was going to the hospital, she asked me a question which I didn’t answer. She asked me, she said “can you alone take care of the children? I didn’t answer the question because I didn’t know how to answer it.

He described his wife as very loving and caring.

The Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Gbenga Ale; and other members of the State Executive Council accompanied the Governor on the condolence visit.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
September 14, 2022.

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