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BeMore aims at inspiring girls about importance of education, build a career- Founder

..to partner Mabest Academy for 2022 edition

The First Lady of Ondo State and Founder of BeMore Empowered Foundation has restated that the Summer Bootcamp for Girls was an avenue for them to cherish education, build a career and be determined to lift their families from poverty.

According to her, the BeMore Summer Bootcamp which this year’s edition is coming up in two weeks time, was purely individuals’ and organisations’ sponsored without government interference, purposely to inspire a girl child that she can be more than the limitations placed on her by the society.

She said this earlier today, during an inspection tour to the premises of Mabest Academy Oke-Ijebu, Akure, the considerable venue for this year edition.

Addressing the Head of the School who conducted her round the facilities available in the school, Mrs. Akeredolu said “I want you to know that this programme is not First Lady’s programme. It’s not government programme at all, it was a water tap programme based on my inspiration to give the girl child a voice, to make the girl child matter.

“Its basically a sponsored programme. You have to sponsor a girl to participate if you can afford; these girls when they’re going home they have an amazing package of brand new lenovo laptop and solar home system because most of these girls come from villages or remote areas in Ondo State. So they’ll go back well kitted, thoroughly brushed up, thoroughly transformed under two weeks and like I always said it is a techy Bootcamp.

“Other life enhancing skills are also injected in the programme because they are young girls whom we expect to get married someday whom we expect will like to look good, would like to make up, do their hair, all these are parts of the life enhancing skills.
” Talk about health issues that concern women_menstrual hygiene, breast and cervical cancer, these are the diseases that afflict our women in great number. We teach them Taekwondo because of the increasing molestation and rape in our community.

Expressing her satisfaction with Mabest Academy’s premises as suitable for the Bootcamp, she declared that “I’m happy we have something good like this that we don’t need to look around anymore to house the programme”.

Responding to the partnership gesture, the Head of the School, Mrs. Olajide Oluwabunmi, lauded the Founder for giving girls hope of a better tomorrow by initiating the Summer Bootcamp.

“On behalf of the management, we are honoured to receive you and we will tell this story to our girls that, of course, the future is bright. Mabest Academy supports the girl child for the Bemore Empowered Foundation”, she declares.

e-signed:
Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media (Office of the First Lady)
Aug., 8 2022

Photos: Gbenga Fasakin

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Akure-Ado road dualisation: Adegoroye visits Fashola

..meets HoS of the federation on employment of kinsmen

The Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, has urged the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, to expedite action on the commencement of the reconstruction of the Akure – Ado Ekiti road.

Adegoroye, on a visit to Fashola in his office in Abuja, said the people of Ondo and Ekiti States have continued to experience too much pain on the bad road and therefore need a respite.

The project for the dualisation of the road was awarded by the federal government to Dantata and Sawoe in 2020 for N22 billion but the contractor has not commenced the project due to lack of mobilisation from the government.

Fashola had disclosed in a recent interview that lack of funds had delayed the mobilisation of the contractor to the site of the project.

However, Adegoroye, who was making his second visit to the Works Minister in one month, said the poor state of the road has necessitated an urgent action from the federal government.

He told Fashola that his people would not let him rest at home until work begins on the road, promising to keep visiting the Works Minister once every week until the project takes off.

The Transportation Minister said the Akure – Ado road project would be the major benefit of both Ondo and Ekiti States from the unprecedented 77 road projects embarked upon by the Muhammadu Buhari Administration and currently ongoing across the country.

Adegoroye also saluted the Works Minister for his hard work, forthrightness and determination in ensuring the growth of road infrastructure in the country.

Responding, Fashola reaffirmed his earlier comment that lack of funds had made it difficult for the government to begin the project, saying the road has not been abandoned.

Thanking Adegoroye for showing genuine concerns over the project, the Works Minister promised his colleague that he will do everything within his power to ensure that the project takes off in no distant time.

In a related development, Adegoroye also paid a visit to Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, to seek her assistance for young school leavers of Ondo State origin who are desirous of getting employed in the Federal Civil and Public Service.

Responding, the Head of Service, who said he was impressed with the Minister’s show of interest in his people’s welfare, stated that there is an embargo on employment but added that there could be a waiver in critical sectors of public service, promising to give special consideration to Ondo State when such opportunities come up.

Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan
Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of State for Transportation

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Obaship Tussle: Ondo Community rejects Court Judgment, wants existing Kingmakers to elect Monarch

..urges Gov Akeredolu’s intervention to sustain their traditional custom of electing monarch

..those involved ‘ll be invited for briefing- Govt

By Oluwagbamila Odunayo

The people of Ibulesoro Community in Ifedore local government area of Ondo State, today staged a peaceful protest to the Governor’s office to register their grievances regarding the outcome of court judgment that empowered some personalities as Warrant Chiefs for the selection of a new monarch.

It would be recalled that the community had forwarded three names from the families of late kingmakers as Warrant Chiefs, who are supposed to join the three kingmakers alive to elect new monarch. However, trouble started when different names were approved from local government authority which had resulted to court case.

The court judgment delivered last week had approved the latter list as warrant Chiefs, the decision that was rejected by indigenes of the community, that then birthed today’s protest.

Speaking with Journalists, some titled Chiefs,  who coordinated the protest demanded that  the judgment should be set aside and appealed to government to allow the remaining three Kingmakers  elect a new Monarch.

High Chief Francis Adewole while expressing their dissatisfaction with the judgment, hinted that it’s uncalled for, and against the tradition for an aspiring king to influence the appointment of Kingmakers by choosing Warrants Chiefs who weren’t from families that were traditionally empowered to elect new King.

According to him, six Kingmakers were bound to elect a new king in Ibulesoro community, three are dead and the community’s committee are responsible for selection of three people to join the kingmakers who are supposed to be from the families of the departed kimgmakers.

This they’ve done by sending the names of three persons to local government for approval as Warrants Chiefs but were disappointed to receive different names.

He urged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to intervene and rescue the community from imposition of kingmakers which could lead to an unrest.

Also Speaking, Chief Mrs Olayiwola Victoria said the three existing Kingmakers should be allowed to elect new king for them, noting that all ruling houses had rejected the court judgement.

Addressing the Protesters, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, informed them that the matter was already before his Ministry and would be looked into.

He urged them to be calm,maintain peace and appeal the judgment, noting that those involved in the kingship process would be invited for further briefing.

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SAC-VAWG: ROTDOW, WARDC champion training of Iyalode/Iyaloja in Ondo

By Oluwagbamila Odunayo

In continuation of the advocacy programme to galvanise actions against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Ondo State, the Restoration of the Dignity of Womanhood, ROTDOW, on Friday, engaged leaders of market women associations and council of female Chiefs in Ondo State, in a capacity building workshop on how they can contribute to the cause in their environs.

The programme, tagged: “Capacity building Workshop for Association/ Council of Iyalodes/Iyalojas (Female Traditional Leaders and Market Women leaders), which was part of Solidarity, Accountability and Commitment to Ending Violence Against Women And Girls(SAC-VAWG) project of Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), was funded by Ford Foundation.

It would be recalled that, ROTDOW, being an implementing partner of WARDC on the project, had recently held a Stakeholders meeting to launch the programme in the state.

The latter capacity building workshop was held at the Dejavu hotel and suites, Alagbaka Akure, the Ondo State capital, with participants from across the State.

Addressing the participants, the Chief Executive Officer of ROTDOW, Mrs. Olabisi Omolona, noted that the aim of the programme was to bring them into the advocacy, as critical Stakeholders in achieving the goal of the project.

Commending WADC for its impactful advocacy programmes across Nigeria, Omolona expressed optimism that the capacity building workshop would go a long way to curb the menace in Ondo state.

The ROTDOW CEO affirmed that her Non Governmental Organisation had implemented a community Response Team in communities across the State as a first point of contact for quick intervention.

She assured of readiness of ROTDOW to respond to their calls in case of any situation beyond their intervention in their vicinity.

The Ondo State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Mrs. Bunmi Osadahun, in her address, lauded the Convener for bringing the programme to Ondo State as she assured of the commitment of the state governor to prioritise issues that bothered on women.

She charged women to teach their boys how to value girls and not to raise them differently by favouring male child over female; while appealing to women not to partake in habits that would tarnish and devalue the dignity of Womanhood.

L-R: Special Adviser on Gender to Ondo Governor, Mrs. Falana, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Bunmi Osadahun and the ROTDOW CEO

The WARDC Executive Director, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, stressed the need to continously engage stakeholders across different strata of the society to achieve reduction in violence against women and girls in our society.

She noted that, the Iyalodes/Iyalojas were closer to many other women and girls, and it would be easier for participants to influence them, hence, the need for the capacity building workshop to enhance their knowledge for the task ahead.

Her words: ” “For this reason, have we called on you female traditional leaders (Iyalode) and leaders of market women associations (Iyaloja) in Ondo state to discuss the burning issue of sexual and gender-based violence and how the association/council can address this vice in our communities. To build new ways and initiatives that deals with and confront cultural patterns of violence, dominance and power, while also empowering women and girls”.

she added that WARDC would continue to champion the cause and engage different groups to help educate women on their roles and rights, saying the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law is in effect and must be continuously relayed to women as part of strategies towards ending the vice.

In their different reactions to the workshop, the participants affirmed they’ve indeed acquired more knowledge about how they can contribute their quotas to curbing social vices by sensitising other women around them.

They testified to the increasing rate of molestation and abuse meted out to women and girls, as they also lamented the effects of unproper upbringing being witnessed in characters of nowadays children.

The Iyaloja of Akure North, Chief Mrs. Abidakun Bosede, appreciated the Convener of the programme and assured of her readiness to sensitise the Hausa communities in her Market and those market women who were fond of staying late in the market, leaving their children at home in the care of neighbours, therefore, exposed them to molestation.

Mrs Toyin Akinmoyo, a former Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Affairs who doubles as the Secretary of APC Market women, noted that curbing the menace should be the major concern of every mother by giving their children enough attention and know what is going on in their lives, through intimacy.

Mrs Adeyale, the Iyaloja Gbogboogbo, enjoined mothers to guide their daughters’ dressing habit and also discourage
the matured ones against taking love oath in a relationship, which according to her, is happening recently.

The Iyaloja of Irun-Akoko, Chief Mrs. Feyi Asolo, emphasised the need for market women not to prioritise trading at the expense of their children’s wellbeing, including hawking during school hours.

They affirmed that the workshop had given them confidence and courage to confront any challenges in the society, while advising the Convener to give adequate publicity to the advocacy on Radio stations, as many were still ignorant of what to do in a situation of gender violence.

Also in attendance was the Special Adviser to the governor on Gender, Mrs Olamide Falana, amongst others.

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Embrace self improvement to occupy sensitive positions, Mrs Akeredolu tells women

..advocates abolition of woman leader position, says it’s patronising

Wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has condemned female-like positions allocated to women in political structure and every other public organisations, describing such as patronising.

She particularly frowned at the position of women leaders that are common in Nigerian political system and called for an abolition of such.

Mrs Akeredolu advocated this while addressing national leadership of the Not Too Young To Run who were on a courtesy visit to her at Rotunda hall of the government house ground, Alagbaka Akure, the State Capital, on Thursday.

Discouraging the ladies who are part of the group from taking up the position of woman leader where there are other active and sensitive positions to occupy, the Ondo First Lady noted that the office of a woman leader was not functioning as it didn’t make the list of those who occupy decision making tables.

She charged the young women in politics to be bold and courageous in contributing to issues that bother about the development of any group they found themselves, rather than allowing decisions to be taken without their contributions.

Her words: “The problem has always been CULTURE; the way we are raised like my own generation and I expect something different in your generation. That’s why I’m against this patronising positions they gave women in party or political structures.

“It is a wake up call for all of you because you are indeed young and we expect something different”.

The Ondo First Lady charged the young minds, especially the males to think differently and anew, far beyond what they grew up to know in terms of how their fathers treated their mothers like a second class citizen.

She challenged the young women to destructure the Partiarchial tradition that relegated women in public organisations in Africa, saying “We are all given equal opportunities to contribute our quota”.

She emphasised the need for women’s deliberate determination to support their fellow woman vying for a position of authority, while encouraging them to be determined to develop and improve upon themselves in their pursuit to occupy public positions.

Earlier in his address, the national Coordinator of the group, Hon. Ogundairo Samuel lauded Her Excellency for being a pillar of support for the Governor which was evident in all her empowerment initiatives.

He said: ” Your antecedents and exploits as the First Lady of Ondo State has already become the stuff of legend particularly  in the area of BeMore and BRECAN. You  have  gone and beyond the call of duty  to help bridge the gap between the  government  and the masses of this state  in many different  ways.

“You have indeed  been a shining  light  to many who would  otherwise  have been  bereft of hope and any sense of social justice”.

He informed the First Lady that the Not Too Young To Run group believed  and advocated that good governance should be the norm within the government circles and the public service, hence, the reason they came together to change the narrative by forming the group.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media (Office of the First Lady)
August 4, 2022

📸 Gbenga Fasakin

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Akeredolu dissolves OSFA Interim Committee

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has dissolved the Ondo State Football Agency interim Committee with immediate effect.

Consequently, the Governor has put the management of the Agency under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development pending the constitution of the Board.

Governor Akeredolu has also directed that efforts must be made within one year to find a suitable investor to take over the Sunshine Star Football Club on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

He thanked members of the interim Committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa for a job well-done, while reiterating his administration’s commitment to repositioning the State Football Agency for optimum performance and result-oriented.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
August 4, 2022.

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Ondo First Lady confesses passion for young minds, hosts NYSC Red Cross Members

..emphasises practicability of academic qualifications

The need for Nigerian Graduates to practicalise the Academic qualifications they acquired at higher institutions, starting from youth service year, has been emphasised.

Wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, made the above assertion while playing host to members of the National Youths Service Corps’ Red Cross group, from Akure North, at the Rotunda hall of the government house on Wednesday.

Addressing the young minds, the Ondo First Lady who took her time to know the activities of the Corps members, and having discovered that some were posted to a place of assignment not related to their areas of study, described such as one of the problems of educational system in Nigeria.

She said: “One of the problems with educational system is that we don’t apply the knowledge and skills we acquired in higher institutions”.

Appreciating the NYSC Red Cross  members for following her programmes on social media platforms, she disclosed that her passion for the young ones formed the reason she made herself accessible and reachable online.

She discountenanced the belief in some quarters that she was biased for only girl child, noting that her Tennis initiative had groomed and produced boys Champions who had participated in national competitions.

“I’m very little bit biased for women and girls, but that is not to say that I don’t love you boys, I do”, she said.

According to her, the initiative, known as Ondo Summer Tennis Clinic, which had birthed Arabirin Junior Tennis Club, was an extension of her family game right from Ibadan.

“I thought it fit to bring it along to Ondo State and interestingly, the thing has really blossomed and this year we are extending it to other senatorial districts, starting with South. I just want to probably disabuse the minds of some people that accuse Arabirin of being biased for girls”.

Reacting to the condolence statement made by the Corps members over the Owo June attack, Mrs Akeredolu stressed the need for young Nigerians to question the security architecture of the country, noting that the heinous attack left so many questions unanswered, being a deliberate act.

She, therefore, appreciated the Red Cross Corps members for the motherhood Artwork they presented her, and assured them of partnership in contributing to the socioeconomic development of Nigeria.

“I like to mingle with young people, reason I’m very much accessible on social media platforms.  When it comes to matters that concern children and youths, I’m all there , that’s why I’m excited that you thought it fit to come and be with me this afternoon “, she added.

Earlier, the President of the group, Mr. Obiaghanwa Chigozie, who presented her an Artwork demonstrating motherhood, commended her for her impactful initiatives to support the Governor.

According to him, the Artwork was to showcase her love for the people of Ondo State, especially women and girls who she’d been attending to through her Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria and the BeMore Empowered Foundation 4girlsnaija and many other empowerment programmes.

He used the medium to acquaint the First Lady with community services the group had rendered.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Media (Office of the First Lady)
August 3, 2022

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20th Anniversary: OGSA ’96/’02 Set to unveil 18 Concrete Seats Friday

The project at an advanced stage
As part of activities marking the 20th anniversary of graduation by the 1996/2002 old boys of Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure (OGSA), 18 concrete seats strategically positioned under trees in the school will be unveiled on Friday, August 5.

The old boys in a statement issued in Akure at the weekend by its President, Oluwatimilehin Oni, noted that the project, the first of its kind, would provide aesthetic value to the school, as well as relaxation spots for the students.

According to him, the students are already basking in the euphoria of the project, adding that the project has been well thought out with the school’s management.

“We thank God for how far we have gone with the 20th anniversary project. We have completed the plastering of the seats.

“Ceteris paribus, we are trying everything humanly possible to ensure all the 18 seats are ready before commissioning slated for August 5, 2022,” he said.

Oni urged members of the old boys that are yet to respond to the project to do so, while thanking all the members for showing interest in the project. He said those willing to support the project can pay into the account of the set as follows:

Account Name: Oyemekun Grammar School 2002 Set
Account No: 0245308572
Bank Name: Wema Bank Akure

He added that there would be a special reunion of the old boys the following day in Akure.

This is not the first time the 1996/2002 set will be contributing towards the development of the institution. In January, 2020, the members paid the WAEC fees of indigent students in the school, with the assurances that more developmental projects would be implemented by the set.

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Ondo NSCDC Boss advocates continuous training for Private Guards

The Ondo State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr Hammed Abodunrin today in his office said Private Guard companies should upscale the skills of their guards to be able to fight crime and to support the conventional security agencies.

The NSCDC helmsman said this when the newly inaugurated Executive of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria, Ondo State branch paid him a familiarization visit.

Abodunrin while receiving the new Exco led by Rotarian Tunde Akande, informed the proprietors that government alone cannot handle all that needs to be done in security sector, health, education and other vital sectors.

” Everyone appears to now be in the panic mode. That is the antics of terrorists. It is affecting the psyche of an average person on the street. We need to work harder to give assurances of life when God has granted it.

” Now that the situation is like this, Private Guards operators should train and retrain their guards to meet the present day challenges in the country.

” Even though they do not bear arms, they wear uniforms and they are also soft target for criminals. So we need to upscale their skills in modern security. ” He said

Speaking further, the Commandant said, ” beyond just opening gates at the banks, the guards needs appropriate training to be skillful and Ondo NSCDC is ready to help in facilitating such training.

“We need to go beyond the slogan; when you see something, say something. You can only say something meaningful when you understand what you see. We need to move to being able to properly identify what we see !

” Massive public awareness is the way to go. Not even now that access to security agencies premises are more controlled coupled with confidence crisis between some operatives and members of the public.Beyond just earning salary, the private guards should see themselves as rendering services.” He admonished.

The Chairman of the ALPSPN in the State, Rotarian Tunde Akande appreciated the Commandant and specifically noted the role NSCDC played in mediating during the crisis the association had.

” Your timely intervention during the imbroglio in our association led to the election of this new Exco. We shall do all in our power to reposition Private guards companies in the state for better service delivery. ” He said .

E-signed

ASC I Daniel Aidamenbor
Public Relations Officer
NSCDC, ONDO COMMAND

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End of Year Party: CABATAF Pupils demonstrate Coding/Programming skill

..as Schl rewards outstanding Pupils

Roland Bayode

CABATAF Schools has called on parents and guardians to encourage their children/wards to embrace coding/programming for further improvement in their academic pursuit and life growth.

This call was made during the demonstration of proficiency in coding/programming by the pupils of the school, as part of the graduation/end of the session ceremony, held on Tuesday, 2nd of August, 2022 at St. David’s cathedral hall, Ijomu Akure, Ondo State.

Cyber Security Expert, Dr. Arome Gabriel, a researcher and lecturer at the Federal University of Technology Akure who at the event spoke on the topic, titled: ‘Demonstration of proficiency in coding and creative arts’, urged parents to ensure their children learn the act of coding so they can be one world solution provider citizens to Nigeria and globally.

Dr. Arome noted that coding/programming was very essential in this modern worlds, and therefore, said there was a vital need for the early birds to catch the worms.

He said, “Coding will help the students intellectually and make them think creatively on ways to solve a particular problem. Beyond that, it will also help them in academic performance. It will boost their academic performance, most especially for those doing science-related subjects like mathematics, physics, and others. It will help them in many ways and make them a better person in life.”

The core of all technology is coding and what this means according to him is that there is no technology without coding, and vice versa.

He noted that those who do coding are solution providers and that it is only the smartest guys that are doing coding presently.

He said Coding is not for average minds. They won’t think of it, but those who do it are making it great. I’ve spent 12-15 years engaging in research. So, this is what I have observed, not what I was told. I have seen young guys in the university who come in and through coding, they have transformed their own lives. So, it’s better if they learn now, it will help them a lot later in life.”

He added that Coding can transform not only the lives of children but everyone around us. He said, “Coding will improve the analytical skills of the children. No one codes that don’t understand mathematics, so it will help them in physics, mathematics, and other science-related subjects. It boosts their confidence because they provide solutions.”

Earlier, the Proprietor and Director of the school, Pastor Olayinka Ogunode, while welcoming all the parents, guests, and well wishers of the school to the occasion, expressed his exhilaration to the graduates, staff, and parents as well as to everyone who is supporting the school in one way or the other.

The prolific proprietor disclosed that doing the graduation ceremony and executing some other essential activities of the school this year had been a very different tale unlike how it used to be in previous sessions.

He however appreciated the parents, and described them as a supportive force helping the development of the students and that of the school generally.

The Head of School of Cabataf Nursery and primary school, Ijapo Akure branch; Mrs. Ese Funke Eniola, while speaking to the JATS Media, noted that she’s very delighted with the 2022 graduation ceremony.

She advised the graduates that they should always put in their best as they go to the next level. She said, “Beyond this moment, I wish the students greatness and I pray they excel wherever they get to after leaving here.”

The names of Students who received prizes as best students in each class are Ayodeji Wonderful, Omoniyi Damilola, Ijalade David, Ayodeji Peace, Ade Adewole Ewaoluwa, Adebiyi Moyosola, Olarewaju Nehemiah, Adebiyi, Fiyinfoluwa, Akinyemi Temitope, Olaniyi, Oluwadamilare, Oluwafemi Similoluwa, Akindiyo Temitayo, Omoniyi Oluwatobiloba, Adejoro Oluwasemilore, Oluwatoyin Omorere, Aladetoyinbo Aladetomiwa, and others.

Another category of students who were recognized as ‘Most Outstanding Students In Leaadership’ includes Makinwa Serah, David Queen, Oyero, Tiwatope Oluwalonimi, Fabilola Damilola, Ajanaku Beauty, Fajuyigbe Mof, Taiwo Enoch, Abayomi Marvelous, Isaac Henry, Adetunji Adefunke and others.

The most outstanding student in primary 5, who is also the best student in the common entrance examination, Adejoro Oluwasemilore received a special award from the management of the school.

The Principal described the excellent performance of the student as a sign of what the school represents, he disclosed that those who had gotten such awards in the past are now outside the country doing greatly from themselves.

Ayodele Fedrick, Faloye Oluwagbotemi, Ifedayo Eniola, Popoola Oladiran, Opawole Temiloluwa, Femi Ojamo Busayo, Adeojo Adesire, Adedayo, Oluwasemilore, and Adejoro Oluwalaanumi also bagged themselves award as top students in their classes.

The students of the school gave what can be described as emotional farewells to the graduates by creating an atmosphere full of creative drama, dance, cultural arts, and current affairs that left the audience standing in awe on their feet for a long.

Giving his farewell, the Principal appreciated Pastor Ogunode and his beloved wife, Mrs. Opeyemi Ogunode for being a driving force, and supportive partner. He also appreciated the parents and teachers for their enormous effort and continuous support for the school.

Cabataf Sucess Stories…

Students of Cabataf school have been on the top list of best student Common Entrance examination so far that even in 2020, a student of the school was announced as the best in Common Entrance, while three other students of the same school also performed well flagging the excellent traits of the school with their outstanding results.

The Pro-Grade Leadership and Management Institute, PILM also honored the CABATAF Schools, Akure Ondo State with an award of ‘BEST PRACTICES IN EDUCATION’, for improving teaching and learning processes in the school, through Activity school learning.

CABATAF SCHOOL is one of the best schools in Nigeria, and this they have attained with their massive contribution to learning, impacting, and flagged using high school students who have over time flagged off their school excellent flag within and outside Ondo State. They have demonstrated is by winning several awards for making and molding intellectuals in society.

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Ondo Gov’s Wife pledges support for NSCDC Female Squad

Her Excellency, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu the wife of the Executive Governor of Ondo State, today pledged and seek support for the Ondo state Command Female Squad.

The first Lady who also called on well to do women in the society to also support the Female Squad made this known today during the team’s courtesy visit to the Office of the First Lady, Government House, Alagbaka, Akure.

While receiving the Female Squad team, the First Lady appreciated the Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi,mni for his initiative of the creation of the female squad and the timely visit to her office.

In her address, Mrs Akeredolu said, ” I am happy this squad is created and it’s a welcomed development. If you are a top ranking politician, a successful business women or a civil servant, you should support other women and pave way for them”.

Speaking further, she said, ” I am an advocate of the woman and child. I support the women positively. We therefore must at all times show interest in what a woman is doing.

“Even though the world is a man’s world, creating the female squad is a welcome idea to balance the equation. I will do the much l can to get you the necessary tools and enabling environment to do your work. That is my passion and my drive.” She said.

Demonstration of safety tip

Speaking on behalf of the squad earlier, the Commander of the Female Squad, SC Obijekwe Livina intimated the First Lady about the activities of the squad since its inauguration to include; training of teachers on school protection and access control, training of students on personal security and safety maneuver measures, public enlightenment on counter terrorism amongst many others.

She solicited for the support of Her Excellency for operational logistics to carry out their mandate of effectively providing security coverage for the 1601 secondary schools in the State

e-signed

ASCI Daniel Aidamenbor,
Public Relations Officer
Ondo State Command

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16 dead, five injured in Lagos auto crash

A crash involving two vehicles in the early hours of Tuesday along Alaro City, Epe area of Lagos State claimed 16 lives and injured five.

Twenty-three male adults were involved in the crash; while 16 died, five were critically injured, and two suffered no injuries.

Confirming the accident, the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos Command, noted that the crash occurred at 03:00 am and was caused by impaired visibility due to reckless driving.

A statement by the FRSC Public Education Officer of the command, Olabisi Sonusi, revealed that the five injured victims have been hospitalised.

It partly read, “The vehicles involved in the crash were a white bus with Registration number KTN 262YJ and an Articulated truck (Registration Number unknown).

“FRSC operatives and other emergency management agencies are on ground, ensuring prompt recovery and evacuation of all crashed vehicles.

“The Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps Lagos Sector Command Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, therefore, advised motorists to always avoid night journey because of impaired visibility at that hour.

“He also admonished the motoring public always to observe construction signage and speed limits at such zones.

“Ogungbemide is also using this medium to commiserate with the families of the deceased, while wishing the injured quick recovery.”

Source: Punch

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ASUU Strike: Ondo First Lady bemoans setback in educational sector

..urges Medical Students to utilize professional knowledge to better Nigerian health system

Wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has expressed concern over the lingering strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, saying the development was a setback for educational sector in Nigeria.

She said this while playing host to the leadership of Southwest Medical Students Association, earlier today in her office.

Addressing the Medical Students, Mrs Akeredolu also lamented the dysfunctional healthcare system in Nigeria as many Medical practitioners, groomed in Nigerian Universities left the country to practice abroad.

Enjoining them to utilise their professional services for the elevation of healthcare system in their home country, she said: “Somebody has to stay around to make sure that we get the healthcare that we need.

“I hope that those at the helm of Affairs begin to think the impact of a dysfunctional healthcare system to all of us and the entire country as a whole.

“Sadly, I’m not on that table to take that decision, if I’m to be there I won’t allow University students to be at home for this long.

On the ASUU Strike, she said: “I just have to express my displeasure at the way things have been going especially at the educational sector, I’m expressing this view as a concerned mother like every other Nigerian parent whose children are out of school. In a way, we are all affected negatively that a greater percentage of Nigerian Universities are shut down due to strike”.

The Ondo First Lady, therefore appreciated the Medical Students for recognising her efforts at fighting breast cancer, as she expressed delight to associate with them.

She added that as a Public Health professional, she shared some common areas of interest with Medical practitioners , saying, “We see things through the same prism, we are partners in progress”.

Earlier while explaining the essence of the visit, the Regional Coordinator of the association, Miss ‘Kanyinsola Falana, had lauded the efforts of the First Lady at combating breast cancer, through her Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria.

Miss Kanyinsola Falana with the First Lady

According to her, this contribution of Her Excellency to healthcare delivery was why medical students deemed it necessary to make her a guest speaker at their upcoming conference.

“We see the great things you are doing in BRECAN, you are really doing well, we look up to you, you are our role model”, she said.


Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
(Office of the First Lady)
August 2, 2022

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Just in: Gov Akeredolu nominates new Commissioner

PRESS STATEMENT

Akeredolu Nominates Amidu Takuro As State Commissioner

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has nominated Mr. Amidu Takuro as State Commissioner.

His name has been forwarded to the Ondo State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.

Mr. Takuro is from Odigbo Local Government Area of the State.

Governor Akeredolu wishes the Commissioner-designate the best of luck.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
August 1, 2022.

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Political Appointment: Ondo NUJ congratulates Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ondo State Council, has congratulated one of its Senior members, Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan on his appointment as the Special Assistant (SA) on Media to the Honourable Minister of State for Transport, Barrister Ademola Adegoroye.

A Congratulatory message jointly signed by the Chairman of the Union, Prince Leke Adegbite, and the Secretary, Comrade Olaoluwa Meshack, expresses confidence in the ability and competence of Prince Adeniyan who is one of the leading and enterprising Senior Journalist practising in Ondo State until his latest appointment.

The Statement says, “we are very delighted with this decision by Hon Minister and he can always count on our union’s support always and that of journalists in the state and beyond in discharging his duties.

“As the Publisher of Trace News Magazine, a former Ondo State Secretary of our Union and former National Ex-officio of NUJ at various times, we believe in Adeniyan’s credentials to deliver on his mandates,” Ondo NUJ notes.

The statement urges the new Minister’s SA Media to form a good and hitch-free working relationship with media organisations and his professional colleagues to achieve set goals.

“Let us equally on behalf of our great union, express our sincere gratitude to Hon Minister on the appointment of one of us, Ebenezer Adeniyan as your SA, media.”

E-sign:
Prince Leke Adegbite – Chairman.
Olaoluwa Meshack – Secretary.
1/08/2022.

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2023: Minister rallies APC members ahead of Campaigns

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State must forge a united front to enhance the chances of the party in winning the 2023 general elections in the State, says the Honourable Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye.

The Minister gave this advice while hosting leaders of a group within the APC, the Aketi Continuity Mandate Group from Akure South and Akure North local government areas, who paid him a visit at his residence in Akure, the State capital.

Adegoroye said the success of the APC candidates in the coming general elections will rest on the shoulders of unity of purpose among the leaders and members of the party in the State.

While describing the Presidential Candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a credible and sellable candidate who has contributed immensely to national development, the Minister added that an overwhelming victory of the party in 2023 is a collective responsibility for all party leaders.

According to him, party leaders, especially in Akure South and Akure North LGAs, must forget the divisive issues of the past and come together before the flag off of the campaigns for the general elections.

Thanking the group leaders for the visit and their overwhelming goodwill messages after his appointment as Minister, Adegoroye assured that he will be accessible to them and other leaders and members of the party and will strive to carry everyone along.

The Minister, who commended the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for being the rallying point of the party in and outside the State, also thanked APC leaders in the State for their efforts in holding the party together.

Speaking earlier, the Leader of the group, who is its State Coordinator, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, said the visit was necessitated by the need to offer support for the Minister in his new role in government.

Ogunleye, who recalled the invitation extended by the group to Adegoroye in 2020 to play crucial role in party activities in the State, hailed his appointment as Minister as deserving and rewarding.

Commending the Minister for identifying with APC members and party activities, Ogunleye promised that members of the group will continue to offer support for him to make a success of his position in government.

Leaders of the group on the visit included former Commissioner for Natural Resources, Mr. Idowu Otetubi, Director of Administration in the Office of the Senate President, Mr. Femi Fadairo, Chairman of Akure South local government, Mr. Gbenga Olaniyi, Chairman of Akure North local government, Mr. Bankole Ogbesetore and Board member of Oodua Group of Companies, Mr. Oyeleye Fasua, among others.

Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan
Special Assistant on Media to the Honourable Minister of State for Transportation

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Federal agents arrest informants over Kuje jailbreak, Abuja attacks

Some individuals have been apprehended for leaking information to terrorists about troops’ locations and movements in and around Abuja.

The four informants are in the custody of a security agency, according to PRNigeria.

Their arrest followed investigations into the breach of the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje, on the night of July 5.

Also under probe are other recent attacks in Abuja like the ambush of Army personnel including the Presidential Guards Brigade.

The suspects were caught with walkie-talkies, a revolver, knives, amulets, and old Chinese-made phones that do not use data.

An intelligence officer said they are being interrogated to ascertain their ties with terrorist groups, bandits, and other elements.

“While the military has refused to provide updates on the attacks on Kuje Prison and troops at the Bwari and Zuma Rock axis, the joint security task force killed more than 70 armed criminals.”

The operative confirmed that those killed include “dangerous Kuje prison escapees and terrorists”.

The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) is coordinating the intelligence operation on the attacks on security personnel and formations.

DailyPost

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Stop bringing stolen money to church, Pastor Ibiyeomie tells Yahoo boys

Pastor David Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministry has stopped internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys, from remitting tithes and offerings to the church.

The popular gospel preacher who spoke during a sermon at the church’s headquarters, Port Harcourt, said the fraudulent activities of the Yahoo boys cannot be justified.

He alleged that some financial institutions and security agencies may be working with the Yahoo boys.

He said, “That is not how to get money. That we preach prosperity does not mean you should go and kill your mother. Talk from now till tomorrow, Yahoo is stealing.

“Stop that nonsense, don’t be stealing money on the internet, work. If only you know how many people that thing has killed. The blood of those you defrauded are on your head.

“Take your tithe to somewhere else. We don’t want it here. Bankers are working with them because how did the money enter their account”?

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CVR: July 31 deadline ‘ll not be extended- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has ruled out the possibility of extending the Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) expected to end today.

The INEC National Commissioner, Voter Education and Publicity, Barr. Festus Okoye made this known in a chat with journalists in Awka, Anambra State capital, on Saturday.

According to him, the exercise, scheduled to end today, July 31, 2022, would not be extended.

He said the electoral body had in many ways intervened to ensure all intending voters are captured.

He stated that the commission had in the last few weeks, extended registration centers to both churches and other places to mitigate the surging crowd.

He said, “Few weeks we isolated places to carry out intervention; we took machines to markets, churches, NUJ, NYSC orientation camp and other places due to large concentration.

“This helped to mitigate the surging crowd. For complaints over performance of our staff, we developed a compliant desk for people to voice out their complaints”.

DAILY POST reports that there has been calls for the INEC to extend the exercise as many Nigerians may be disenfranchised over inability to get registered.

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Court sentences three Herdsmen to death by hanging for Armed Robbery, Rape, others

A Minna High Court No 3, has sentenced three Fulani herders to death by hanging over alleged armed robbery, culpable homicide, rape, among other heinous offences in the state.

The suspects included Mohammed Ibrahim Soja, Sani Idris Boka, and Babangida Gido.

They were arraigned and found guilty on ten-count charge of armed robbery, culpable homicide, rape, among other heinous offences in the state brought against them by men of the Niger State Police command.

In December 2015, the trio were said to have robbed one Josephine Monday, while armed with guns, cutlasses, knives and sticks of the sum of over N1 million cash, recharge cards value at about N20,000 and her husband’s N58,000 given to her for safe keeping at Waugu village in Shiroro Local Government area of Niger State.

The presiding Judge, Justice Mohammed Adishetu Mohammed, while delivering his judgement, stated that the evidences and prosecuting witnesses in the case have been “so consistent and explainative, even as the evidence of prosecuting witness is believable.”

He said, “Accordingly, I hold that all the ingredients of the offences of rape, attempt to commit culpable homicide, causing grievous hurt and armed robbery have been proved against the convicts beyond reasonable doubt.

“As such they have been sentenced to death by hanging, life imprisonment for the offence of rape and ten years imprisonment for causing grievous hurt and all the sentences to run consecutively”.

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Gov Akeredolu, other old students of 68/72 Set donate building to Loyola College

..Name Hall after Gov Akeredolu

Old students of Loyola College, Ibadan, 1968/1972 set, on Saturday handed over an expansive and magnificent hall to the school management for the use of the college and the Old Boys Association.

Loyola College, Ibadan, is Governor Akeredolu alma-mater.

The Governor and his former School mates of 1968/1972 set donated the hall to the college to mark their 50 years of leaving the school and as part of their resolve to give back to their alma mater.

The magnificent Hall, named after Governor Akeredolu, was commissioned by the Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.

The Set, known as VERITA “6872”, also remodeled the frontal school fence which was commissioned by the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

L-R: Govs of Ekiti, Dr Fayemi, of Oyo Engr. Making and Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his wife, Betty

Wife of the Governor, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, graced the event as well as family and friends of the Governor.

The edifice was blessed and unveiled by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Gabriel Abegunrin, the Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese.

Speaking at the event, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who appreciated his school mates for the honour done him, equally called on the association to sustain the good work and fellowship.

“This is my alma-mater, the school that moulded me, the school that I have all the pride in. Loyola College is everything to me. My mates and all of us sat together and decided to build this hall. And in their own wisdom, they chose to name it after me. I felt honoured. They have done so well for me and I thank them. So, today is my happiest day and I’m so happy about it,” Governor Akeredolu said.

He said without the college he would not have been something in life, describing Loyola as the best in nurturing future leaders.

The Governor also challenged students of the college to be ready to do better than the Old students.

In his welcome address, the President, Loyola College Old Boys Association (LOCOBA) 68/72 Set, Dr. Segun Oshin, said the school has produced accomplished and successful individuals across professions.

He added that the project was part of their contributions to their Alma mater and the development of education in the state.

He advised the school authority to put the edifice to good use to serve its purpose.

The President also called on the Oyo State Government to return the College to the original owners.

He added that management committee will be put in place for effective and sustainable management of the new facility.

In their separate goodwill messages, Dr Fayemi and Engr. Makinde expressed delight over the kind gesture of the Old Boys, adding that they have helped the school, the Catholic Church and the people of Oyo State at large.

Governor Fayemi appreciated the Old Boys, particularly Governor Akeredolu, for giving back to their Alma mater, urging others to emulate the gesture and play critical role in the development of education in the country.

On his part, Governor Makinde, who noted that Loyola College has always been there for him, appreciated the 68/72 Set for donating the edifice, even as he called for more assistance from old students, philanthropists and other organizations or associations to develop education.

On the return of the College to the original owners, Governor Makinde encouraged LOCOBA and the state Commissioner for Education to start the process, promising his government would do the needful.

He equally promised to fix the entrance road to the college to improve the infrastructure in the school.

The Nation President, Loyola College Old Boys’ Association, Prof Femi Ogunbiyi; the Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Gabriel Abegunrin, and other speakers lauded the school for its giant strides.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
July 30, 2022.

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Health hazard: ODSG warns against exposing plastic drinks to Sun rays

Ondo State Government has warned retailers of plastic bottled drinks, water and sachets to desist from displaying and exposing their products in the Sun due to its health implications on consumers.

Administrative Secretary, Ondo State Environmental Protection Agency, (OSEPA), Princess Korede Giwa spoke during an advocacy campaign against exposing consumables especially plastic drinks and satchet water  in the Sun, embarked upon by the Agency along major streets in Akure.

Addressing distributors, retailers and consumers of plastic bottled drinks and water and plastic water sachet at their Point of Sales the team visited, Giwa underscored the need for sellers of consumables to adhere strictly to the best practices obtained in storage and selling their wares as stipulated by the  manufacturers of the products.

Giwa who further stressed on the adverse health effects inherent in consumption of plastic bottled drinks, water and sachets already exposed to the inappropriate weather conditions especially Sun ray enjoined sellers of the products to store their products in cool and dry places and provide or construct shelter to protect the displayed products from direct sunlight.

Director, Pollution Control, Pastor Oladipo Obanoye, said  exposing packaged bottled water, drinks and sachets to the  Sun is an invitation to serious health challenge.

According to him, any plastic bottled drinks or water exposed to Sun ray naturally undergo chemical processes and reactions over a period of time due to the effects of heat on the plastic and the products which are injurious to human consumption.

The high point of the campaign was the issuance of abatement notice to one of the major distributors of Plastic bottled drinks & water along Oda road to construct shed  for the protection of their products  exposed to direct ray of sunlight within fifteen days

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Gov Akeredolu swears-in 6 Permanent Secretaries, Tutors-General

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, on Thursday sworn-in six recently appointed Permanent Secretaries and Tutors-General in the state.

The newly appointed Accounting Officers who were sworn-in are: Mr. Olusegun Omojuwa, Permanent Secretary, Local Government Staff Loans Board; Mrs Adenike Ogunsola, Permanent Secretary, Local Government Service Commission; Mrs Toyin Oni, Permanent Secretary/Accountant-General and Mr Semiu Adigun, Permanent Secretary/Surveyor-General.

Others include: Mr Oni Morounfolu, Tutor-General, Teaching Service Commission (South) and Mr Farayola Akinyemi, Tutor-General, Teaching Service Commission (North).

Governor Akeredolu congratulated the new Accounting Officers, while charging them to be ready to discharge their responsibilities to the fullest.

The swearing-in ceremony, held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka Akure, was graced by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun; President of Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Eunice Alade; members of the State Executive Council led by the Secretary to the Government, Princess Oladunni Odu; traditional rulers, serving Permanent Secretaries and other top government functionaries.

The Governor advised the Accounting Officer to see their appointment as a challenge to provide leadership and avoid any act of criminality.

He noted that the State can not afford to have any straggler on board, saying the government is contends with the issues of optimum service delivery amidst the myriad of challenges faced at present.

“The new appointees occupy very strategic positions in the public service. The Accountant-General and Permanent Secretary serves the State in a very special position.

“Prudent management of scarce resources of the State demands keen knowledge and management issues. Sobriety, continence and firmness are the virtues, among others, necessary for effective administration of the State at a time, such as this one. The office of the Accountant-General requires all these and even more.

“The Surveyor-General and Permanent Secretary has the onerous responsibility to ensure that the proper delineation of the State is maintained.

“In addition, this office must resist the relentless encroachment on government lands by unscrupulous speculators and those who connive with them from within. It is our expectation that this elevation will assist the new appointee in no small measure.

“The Tutors-General occupy a very important position in the teaching service. The importance of this office cannot be overemphasised. The oversight functions expected to be performed by a Tutor-General confers a special status on the holder of the office.

“The fact that the Tutors-General are expected to be in charge of their zones makes it mandatory for them to have an appreciable knowledge concerning placement and performance of teachers in these areas.

“They should be able to provide useful information on the challenges encountered by the schools and students, especially in the rural areas, to the Teaching Service Commission. No part of the State must be shortchanged with regard to availability of qualified teachers in the core subject areas.

“This appointment is a challenge to provide leadership. The recent discoveries, bordering on falsification of records, collection of multiple salaries, absence from duty post without approval, among other disgraceful acts, betray lack of strict supervision in the Teaching Service. There have also been some reported acts of criminality involving some teachers in some schools.

“It is our expectation that the relevant service regulations will be applied, rigorously. Any erring staff must be sanctioned. Any infraction requiring criminal prosecution will be pursued with tenacity until justice is delivered. No act of criminality will be condoned.

“The Oath of Allegiance administered is not only for this ceremony. It is a solemn pledge that any public officer, in whom the people repose immense trust, must discharge the onus of diligence, prudence, honesty and propriety expected of them, creditably. Any abuse of this sacred trust is gross and indecent. It will be sanctioned with proportionate severity.

GOV AKEREDOLU SWEARS-IN 6 PERM SECS, TUTORS-GENERAL

“As this Administration proceeds on its journey in continued fulfilment of its electoral promises, we dare reiterate the fact that no one will be denied his/her due under our watch. We will continue to encourage workers in the best way which the current situation permits.”the Governor stressed.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Mr Olusegun Omojuwa, appreciated Governor Akeredolu for the elevation, while promising not to disappoint him.

He particularly lauded Governor Akeredolu for his unwavering commitment to security of lives and property of the poeple and improved workers’ welfare.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
July 28, 2022.

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Gov Akeredolu visits site of Owo shooting, allays fear of residents

GOV AKEREDOLU ALLAYS FEARS OVER OWO SHOOTING

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has said that the Wednesday shooting at the yard of the Craneburg Construction Company in Owo was aimed at destroying some of their equipment and not to maim or kill anyone.

Governor Akeredolu, who visited the construction site in company of Heads of Security Agencies in the State including the Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Chief Tunji Adeleye, urged the people not to panic.

The Governor was also accompanied to the yard by the Commissioner for Infrastructure, Lands and Housing, Engr. Raimi Aminu, and the Special Adviser on Union Matters and Strategy, Mr. Dare Aragbaiye.

Governor Akeredolu said: “I want to allay the fear of our people. Clearly, what happened here on Wednesday night was not an attempt to kidnap anybody because they went away with nobody. And we have in the premises over hundred people living there.

“Yes, there were sporadic gunshots at the wall but they never went inside to kill anybody. It is better for everybody to know. They didn’t go inside there to kill anybody. The only two people who had some gunshots were security men who they saw outside the premises.

“So, it is clear to us that their intention was to attack one or two equipment here, which they did. Their explosives affected the tyres and the windscreen of another vehicle.

“And we have close to 50 vehicles here. For us we are looking at it. We are not clear yet about their intention, but this is not one that should send unnecessary panic or fear into the minds of our people. This should not cause panic.

“For the contractors, Owo is a relatively safe place for them. So, they didn’t have armed people here. Maybe we will have to support them to have armed people here to protect all their equipments and vehicles.

“They have been here for over five years. They had the Ore bridge, they had other roads. So, they are doing so many things for us and they are doing well and we are ready to give them necessary protection.”

The Governor also reassured the people of his administration’s commitment to the protection of lives and property, stressing that the Wednesday night shooting was not anything near the June 5 attack in the town.

“We will protect our poeple and their property. So, there should be no panic. Yes, there was shooting but it was not anything near what we had during June 5 attack at St Francis. This was not aimed to maim and kill. No.

“I believe our poeple will understand better to know the difference. So, there is no need for any panic, no need. We have given them all the assurance, we will get this place protected. I will continue to support them.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
July 28, 2022.

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Just in! Akeredolu appoints New HoS

PRESS STATEMENT

Akeredolu Appoints Ogundele As New HoS

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has approved the appointment of Pastor Kayode Olaniyi Ogundele as the Head of the Ondo State Public Service.

The appointment is in recognition of Ogundele’s rich experience in the State Public Service and his track records of years of dedication and efficiency.

His appointment follows the statutory retirement of the incumbent Head of Service, Pastor John Adeyemo,mni who will be bowing out of the Service on August 2, 2022. Ogundele’s appointment, therefore, takes effect from August 3, 2022.

Governor Akeredolu’s approval of the appointment is in line with the provisions of Section 208, Sub-section 3 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).

Until his appointment, Ogundele was the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services Department of the Governor’s office. He joined the State Public Service as an Administrative Officer in 1994.

An astute and experienced administrator, Kayode Ogundele has traversed almost all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the course of his career and rose through the ranks to the position of Permanent Secretary before his appointment.

He holds a Masters Degree in Personnel Psychology and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, and graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, among other several Professional Qualifications.

Governor Akeredolu congratulates the new Head of Service, while charging him to sustain the robust relationship between government and Labour leaders in the State.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State
July 28, 2022

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We have lost a committed Progressive, Akeredolu mourns Prince Adegboro

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has described the death of Prince Olu Adegboro as a big loss to the State and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Akeredolu received the news of the death of the APC chieftain with great sadness and rude shock.

The Governor described the late Adegboro as a man of many parts, whose political trajectory exemplified consistency and discipline.

“Prince Adegboro was a committed Progressive. His roles in the enthronement of the democracy we are nurturing today cannot be wished away.

“Baba was a politician of high repute. He pursued excellence in his life time and strived to remain dedicated to the ethos of the progressive family.

“Prince was a renowned radical Student Union Leader during his University days. His activism led to his emergence as the National President of the National Union of Nigerian Students, NUNS, between 1971 and 1972. He signposted courage and determination.

“As a commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army, who retired from the military as a captain in 1978, Baba served the country meritoriously. He dedicated his life to the service of the people and the country. He lived well.

“Late Prince Adegboro left legacies of hard work and professionalism in his different political appointments at various levels. He was Chairman, Adviser and at one time the Commissioner for Information in the State.

“His passion for writing ultimately moulded his enviable inroad into Publishing. He made immeasurable marks on all ends. His death is a big loss to the State and our great party,” the Governor said.

On behalf of the Government and the good people of Ondo State, Governor Akeredolu commiserates with the entire Adegboro family, the APC and, indeed, friends and acquaintances of the late Prince Olu Adegboro.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
July 27, 2022.

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Potholes ‘ll soon be fixed, ODSG assures residents

..as Works Commissioner hails Ondo Journalists for constructive criticism

The Ondo State Commissioner for Infrastructure, Land and Housing, Engr. Raimi Aminu has commended the high level of professionalism so far exhibited by journalists in the state.

Aminu gave the commendation while receiving Executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ondo State Council led by Comrade Leke Adegbite, in his office in Akure.

Assuring residents of Akure that potholes on major roads are being tackled, the Commissioner said Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, had ordered the ministry to device means of fixing the potholes immediately.

The NUJ boss had earlier expressed concern over the increasing potholes particularly along major roads in Akure, the state capital.

While commending the watch dog role of the journalists in the development of any society, the Commissioner said the Akeredolu-led government in the state had always seen constructive criticism as a catalyst for development, saying it would spur government to do more for the people.

Aminu, who blame the recent upsurge in potholes in some major streets in Akure on recent increase in cost of bitumen and the current increased down pour, said government was doing everything possible to fix them, targeting the appropriate weather such that resources would not be wasted as the asphalt is not friendly with too much water.

“The pot holes issue is a thing of concern to us. We have the estimate, we have the bills here but there is no money. And we even want to start on credit these days, the rain is disturbing again.

“The ones we did recently, we will have to repeat because of the rain. Look at that Fiwasaye Roundabout, somewhere in Ijapo even the road to the governor’s office. Everytime we patched and patched. It is because of the weather,” the Commissioner lamented.

“So we need some dry weather because if asphalt moisture content is too much, it will spoil again. So we should plan such that immediately we are approaching dry season, we swing into action,” Aminu assured.

The Commissioner promised to fashion out with NUJ, how to actualise request of the union for land that could be used for Second phase of PEN ESTATE in the State.

Also speaking the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Engr. Owolabi Allen, commended regular support of the media to the state government’s activities, promising that the ministry would continue to reciprocate the gesture.

Earlier in his remarks, the State Chairman, Comrade Leke Adegbite had commended the harmonious relationship between the government and the media in the state.

Adegbite lauded what he described as infrastructure revolution of the Akeredolu’s government all over the state citing the first ever fly over in Ore, the dualization of Oke Alabojuto in Ikare Akoko and Akure township roads among others.

He called for more collaboration from the government to enhance more development.

The NUJ boss however expressed concern on the increasing pot holes particularly along major roads in Akure, the state capital, saying it may erode the good jobs government was doing on infrastructural development of the state.

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Nigeria’s Amusan breaks record, wins 100m hurdles gold

Tobi Amusan became the first Nigerian athlete to win a World Athletics Championship gold as she stormed to victory in the women’s 100m hurdles in Oregon on Sunday.

Amusan, who had obliterated the world record in an astonishing semi-final where she clocked 12.12sec, powered over the line at Hayward Field in 12.06sec.

Her winning time will not be recognised as a world record, however, due to a strong following win of 2.5 metres per second.

Jamaica’s Britany Anderson took silver in 12.23sec, while Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico claimed bronze in 12.23.

Amusan had produced a jaw-dropping world record in the semi-finals, smashing the previous best mark of 12.20secs held by Keni Harrison of the United States in 2016.

“Honestly, I believe in my abilities but I was not expecting a world record at these championships,” Amusan said after her final victory. “The goal is always just to execute well and get the win. So the world record is a bonus. I knew I had it in me but I could not believe it when I saw it on the screen after the semis.

“Before the final, I just tried to stay calm and to do my best. I took a deep breath knowing that I have some goal to accomplish and it worked pretty good. I knew it was very fast but not this fast.”

Harrison had been left in Amusan’s slipstream in the semi, and was again shown a clean pair of heels by the Nigerian in the final.

Amusan got off to a scorching start and was smoothly into her stride after the first hurdle, building a clear lead and then pulling away ahead of Anderson and the fast-closing Camacho-Quinn.

AFP

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‘AT 66, AKETI STANDING TALL AS ACCOMPLISHED PATRIARCH AND STATESMAN’

Standing on one’s own feet is good, but standing up for others is more honourable. The efficacy of this distinguishing worldview has been sufficiently proven by both evidential and experiential factors, and in profound ways. Throughout history, this astounding stance has consistently made incredible leaders of the few who are either humble enough to live by it or fortunate to be guided by it.

Aketi made this choice ahead of time and has since made a date with destiny. For over four astonishing decades, I watched him live by this amazing principle while
exhibiting the traits and tendencies of a sterling leader that he has become. By strides, as opposed to guises, he found a covetable nitche as a leader with renown. As opposed to demagogues who feed fat on prejudices, he has been an intrepid advocate of equity, fairness and justice; a quintessence of good governance who has
set a lasting and lustrous standard for emerging leaders.

Darlin’ mi, you’re not just a rare incarnate, you are a special breed that I am blessed to call mine. From that moment that I fell for your charm and broad shoulders as a dashing corps member in Enugu, our bond has flourished as though a littoral lettuce. Crossing the Niger with you was an inter-ethnic experiment, or risk? that I dare say has been a fulfilling adventure. You have never ceased to represent that constant and competent compass the family needs to forge a path, yet you allowed me to be me; always willing to give me the latitude to spread my wings unhindered.

On the public podium, you have become synonymous with valour while your voice and choices have been unmistakably clear on the side of truth. It is rather dumbfounding how you do the business of leadership with relative ease and simplicity. As a poster child for bravery, empathy and compassion, you have deployed political clout in the mould that gives you out as an oasis of a sort in a clime arguably bereft of the beautiful ones, yet you transcended sociocultural gates in a highly heterogeneous setting to gain the tag of a statesman, and justifiably so.

While ours, like others’ has not been a bed of roses, we have taken significant leaps and at each turn emerged stronger. That we share so much in common evidenced the mileage already covered. Small wonder therefore that we are so fused to the extent that many have variously portrayed, albeit taken at face value. And each time you banter with the remark that Ondo State voted for one and got two instead, it reminds me of the seamless blend that we have become. How true!

One cannot but be proud of your achievements, attainment, and, of course, your difference. As your partner, long-standing friend, super spouse and unsparing critic, I testify loudly to your talent, forthrightness and uncanny public spirit, all of which you have admirably brought to bear on governance. 66 is rather symbolic, signifying balance and harmony. It is a telling message of perfection that I wish you have in great measure. Walking this route with you has been worth it, and I dare say that I chose right. If I had to start over, I would choose you again.

As you add another today, I wish you renewed strength as eagle’s, unfettered joy over all your own and the grace to finish strong.

Congratulations, Darlin’ mi. Olówó Orí mi!

  • Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu ( Ada Owere 1)
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OsunDecides: Davido’s Uncle, Ademola Adeleke defeats incumbent Gov

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the Osun governorship election.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke got a total of 403,371 votes beating the incumbent, Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, who got 375,027 votes in a keenly contested race.

He said, “I declare Adeleke Ademola Jackson Nurudeen, on behalf of the chairman of INEC, of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law, is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected.”

According to the total votes recorded by the electoral umpire, the PDP won 17 of the 30 Local Government Areas of the state, while the APC won the remaining 13.

The PDP won in Ede North, Ede South, Ifelodun, Boluwaduro, Egbedore, Odo Otin, Osogbo, Ila, Atakumosa West, Olorunda, Ilesa West, Obokun, Oriade, Orolu, Ife North, Irepodun, and Ejigbo LGAs.

The APC, on the other hand, won in Boripe, Ilesa East, Ayedire, Ifedayo, Ife Central, Ayedaade, Iwo, Olaoluwa, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Irewole, Ife South, and Ife East LGAs.

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Ondo Gov donates 50 Patrol Vehicles to Security Agencies

..WE’II SMOKE CRIMINALS OUT OF THEIR HIDINGS IN ONDO, HE SAYS

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, on Friday donated 50 fitted Patrol Vehicles to all the Security Agencies as part of the commitment of his administration to further strengthen the security of lives and property of the people in the State.

Governor Akeredolu handed-over the fitted Patrol Vehicles to heads of the Security Agencies in the State including the Nigerian Army; Nigeria Police; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; Department of State Services and the Amotekun Corps.

The vehicles were distributed at the Governor’s office, Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital.

The Governor noted that the commissioning and handing over of additional 50 Vehicles was a further demonstration of the commitment of his administration towards providing the needed support for all security agencies operating in the State.

Governor Akeredolu, who said his administration places Premium on the dignity of human lives, vowed to smoke out all criminals in the State from their hidings and make the State uncomfortable for them.

The Governor said:”We still recall with trepidation the dastardly act of last month when some daredevil terrorists who have lost their souls to the devil launched an attack at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa in the ancient city of Owo.

“One of my promises then to the people of Ondo State was to do everything humanly possible to strengthen the capacity of our security agencies to be able to anticipate, prevent and combat a recurrence of such man’s inhumanity to mankind.

“Today, it gives me great delight to commission and hand over additional security equipment particularly fitted Patrol Vehicles, to security agencies operating in the State towards boosting the capacity of our men in the line of duty of crime fighting so that our people can go about their businesses and livelihood without fear of molestation or attack.

“In doing this, the agencies would be better equipped and strengthened to carry out their constitutional duties of protecting lives and property and combating acts of criminality in our dear State.

“Let me emphasise that procurement and distribution of vehicles to security agencies have been a recurring exercise in our state since we came on board. We have done this for the umpteenth time. As a government, we are aware of the inadequacies of our security agencies and we are prepared, more than ever, to be supportive because it borders on the lives of our people who voted us into office.

“I wish to reassure the good people of Ondo State of our avowed commitment to the constitutional responsibility of every government which is the security of lives and property and welfare of the people as enshrined in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended). This will remain our topmost priority.”

Governor Akeredolu noted that the provision of the vehicles is in addition to other logistic supports which his administration has continued to render because of its conviction in the dignity of human life.

“I, therefore, wish to inform naysayers that we are prepared to make Ondo State uncomfortable and too hot for any identified criminals to hibernate.

“Therefore, these vehicles will be deployed to relevant security agencies in charge of internal security to enable them function more effectively and efficiently. Our Key Performance Indicator shall remain a Zero Tolerance to Crime of whatever dimension.” He stressed.

Governor Akeredolu commended the sustained cooperation among the security agencies in the State , which he said has culminated in a more peaceful environment and reduction in crime occurrences.

“It is apposite to state that in spite of the occasional flashes of incidence of criminalities, Ondo State still remains one of the relatively peaceful states in Nigeria. I salute you all for your efforts in this regard.” The Governor noted.

In their separate goodwill messages, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, and the Vice Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the State, Rt. Rev Daniel Ayodeji Akomolafe commended the Governor for his efforts at securing the lives and property of the people.

They called for the establishment of State Police and better empowerment for the Amotekun Corps to be able to bear arms so as to complement the efforts of the security agencies in fighting crimes.

The Chairman of CIG motors, Chief Diana Chen, who condemned the June 5, Owo attack, commended Governor Akeredolu for his bold steps in securing the lives and property of the people.

Chief Chen said the CIG Motors is happy to partner with the Ondo State Government towards strengthening the State’s security.

She charged the people to support the Amotekun Corps and other security agencies in the State, saying “It is important for the people to come out and say we are not afraid.

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

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Anglican Diocese Award: A divine instruction to do more – Ondo First Lady

..lauds Idoani’s Church for prioritising members’ health by joining faith with science

..says it’s a template for other religious organisations to emulate

Barely 72hours of being recognized with a Golden Voice award by Female lawyers for her numerous impactful contributions to the society, the First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, was on Friday, honoured with a Grassroot Award of Excellence by the Holy Trinity Anglican Diocese of Idoani, Ose Local government area of the state.

The award, which was part of the 3rd Session of the 4th Synod of the church, was in recognition of her efforts at adding value to the lives of people, especially women and girls through her various initiatives.

Presenting the award to her, the Bishop of the Diocese, the RT. Rev. Adegoke Agara, said it was to honour her as a worthy mentor and role model; as he prayed that God should renew her strength to continue impacting lives.

Responding, Mrs Akeredolu lauded the determination of the Anglican church to prioritize the wellbeing of the congregants by partnering her NGO, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, to bring breast cancer awareness to the doorstep of people in the community.

She described the honour as a divine instruction to do more, saying “and I will not stop. I will rather continue to preach the illustrious gospel so that more women can join the increasing league of breast cancer survivors in this part of the world”.

It would be recalled that, the Church organised breast cancer awareness and free screening exercise on Tuesday, in collaboration with BRECAN, as part of the activities for the 4th Synod.

The Ondo First Lady, therefore, noted that this step taken by the church to apply faith with science was a template for other religious organisations to emulate.

Her words: “This event is historic in the sense that it is adding a new page to the history of breast cancer fight in Nigeria. It is a novel and noble contribution that I consider as very profound and gratifying.

“It is profound because the church, in its wisdom, has chosen to lead an emerging vanguard with a different approach to faith. It is gratifying because the church, whose teachings of faith people often misapply to the extent that self-harm is preferred to taking rational decisions based on scientific facts, is set to draw the line between science and faith”.

Narrating how she survived the disease 25years ago, the BRECAN Founder, gave kudos to the Diocesan Bishop for not preaching to the congregants that breast cancer is a spiritual attack and discourage them from seeking medical attention.

She said: “This shows that the church of God prioritises the health of its members, particularly the womenfolk. It is a succinct expression of readiness by the church to put a stop to the prevalent dangerous doctrines that have encouraged needless death of cancer patients over the years.

“The new synergy initiated by the Anglican Diocese of Idoani with the Breast cancer Association of Nigeria under the Bishop Agara Adegoke, is the new page in the history of cancer fight”.

Mrs Akeredolu chatting with the Special Adviser to the governor on Union Matters, Mr. Dare Aragbaiye at the event

She informed the congregants that breast cancer is purely medical issue that is treatable if detected early, noting that to achieve this was why BRECAN took the advocacy upon itself to provide research, awareness and patient’s support, a gesture that had earned the association national and international recognitions.

She added that the sacrifice made by the church would not be a waste but would rather rescue many women from dying a needless death, saying, “That we cannot continue to feed religious and cultural sentiments to our own detriment is a statement already well made by the church”.

Women from Idoani axis with Her Excellency

The Governor’s wife, while reacting to the Bishop’s charge, enjoined individuals to contribute their quotas to make Nigeria a better place to live, by making every sector function. She emphasised her unrelenting determination to advocate reasonable seats for women among the policymakers and to groom future female technological leaders through her BeMore initiative.

Earlier in his charge, Bishop Agara called for a change in leadership style being operated in Nigeria from selfishness and insensitivity to selflessness, in order for the country to experience desired development.

“We need leaders with will power who will not only identify and analyse our problems but will brace up to address them without any fear or favour”.

FOWOSO Women at the event

The Diocesan Bishop while commending the efforts of Ondo First Lady at improving the well-being of the vulnerable groups, testified to the advocacy zeal of BRECAN, which he had experienced while in Lagos State.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Media
(Office of the First Lady)
July 15, 2022

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Deji marks 7th Coronation Anniversary

..declares August 16 as annual Akure Day of Prayer

The Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure kingdom, Oba (Dr.) Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II has declared that 16th of August every year will now be a day of prayer for all Akure indigenes across the globe.

In a statement made available by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Adeyeye Michael, the Monarch made the declaration at a morning thanksgiving prayer service organized to commemorate his 7th coronation anniversary.

The Deji, while addressing the early morning worshippers at his palace, thanked God for His mercies and goodness throughout his seven years as the Monarch of the ancient city.

“There is nothing I could have achieved if not for God who had been on my side. I decided to make the celebration a thanksgiving service, considering what God has done for me and all my accomplishments”, Oba Aladetoyinbo said.

Oba Aladetoyinbo, who recalled the ugly incident of August 16, 1983 which he said was a major setback for the Kingdom, urged the people to continue to pray for the city.

“We know that as a people, the incidence of 1983 was indeed a trying period which we prayed never to witness again. However, we must go back to base and commit our ways to God. We will therefore use this date as a day set aside to commit ourselves and Akure Land to God. We will pray for the good of the land, Ondo State and the Country at large. We will surely overcome the amalgams of challenges occasioned by the incidence”, he added.

However, Oba Aladetoyinbo said he is aware of the pockets of challenges that seem to be threatening the unity in the Kingdom. He was, however, optimistic that the unity of Akure Kingdom will be achieved under his watch as there is no sacrifice too much to achieve unity.

The Monarch thanked God that Akure had witnessed a great turnaround during his reign and prayed that God will continue to guide him in making right decisions and leading the people aright with the fear of God.

Highlights of the event, which was attended by a large number of Clergies, Senior Chiefs, Olus and eminent Akure indigenes and other dignitaries, included praise and worship, testimonies, prayer session and choir rendition.

Oba Aladetoyinbo made a triumphant entry with excitement into the palace as the 47th Deji of Akure Kingdom on 8th of July, 2015.

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Ondo Student’s death: Amotekun sheds light on incident

RE: DEATH OF RUGIPO STUDENTS

Operatives of the Ondo State Security Network “Amotekun Corps” and Office of the Governor’s Special Adviser on Security Matter have received with dismay and sadness the death news of a Student of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo allegedly shot by one of the Amotekun men in Owo during an operation.

It is necessary for the Corps to explain to the public what transpired few days ago that led to the unfortunate death of the student.

In its avowed determination to ensure that Ondo State is rid of criminal elements, the state Amotekun Corps is investigating the case of a syndicate that specializes in attacking Okada riders with dangerous weapons and dispossesses them of their motorcycles in the process.

Luck, however,ran out of one of the syndicates who was given a hot chase into a building in Owo by men of the Amotekun Corps where other members of the gang were. The Corps met 15 men in the building, 7 out of the men stacked naked inside the room filled with smoke. And four Okadas were also found inside the bedroom.

After introducing themselves to the men, the men struggled to disarm the Amotekun operative.

In an attempt to apprehend the suspect, they swung on men of the Corps, trying to disarm them and in the course of the struggle, one of their riffles triggered off and hit one of the suspect and an Amotekun officer.

At that instance, none of them told Amotekun officers that they were students.

According to the State Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, his men eventually overpowered the suspects, arrested and took them to the Corps Office in Owo where they were detained while investigation continued.

According to him, the incident occurred on 27th and 28th of June, 2022 and a man who introduced himself as a neighbour of the victim where he was arrested appeared to take him away for treatment on health ground. He was therefore granted bail.

‘He was released to him on health ground, promising to return him to the corps custody so as to continue investigation

“The suspect left our facility on same day, 11 days after the incident to get first aid treatment with the promise to return in continuation of the investigation.

Surprisingly, the news of the death of the injured suspect filtered yesterday after 11 days the incident occurred.

We sincerely register our Condolences to the family and friends of the deceased while we continue with our indepth and thorough investigation to the real cause of his death.

The Ondo State Amotekun Corps, however wishes to assure the public that it will work with stakeholders including NANS, the Polytechnic Community and family of the victim to ensure that justice is timely served.

The Corps promised that it would not relent in its avowed determination to protect the residents of Ondo State in collaboration with other security agencies to sanitize the state of criminal elements terrorizing the state.

Amotekun Media team

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Update: Boris Johnson resigns as UK Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has on Thursday officially resigned from his office.

Johnson had earleir rebuffed calls by his Cabinet to step down in the wake of ethics scandals. He gave in after more than 40 ministers quit his government and told him to go.

It was not immediately clear whether Johnson would stay in office while the Conservative Party chooses a new leader, who will replace him as prime minister.

Minutes before the news broke, Treasury chief Nadhim Zahawi called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign just 36 hours after Johnson put him in the job, while another newly appointed Cabinet minister quit her post.

Zahawi said Johnson knew “the right thing to do” was to “go now.”

Zahawi was appointed late Tuesday to replace Rishi Sunak, who resigned saying he could no longer support Johnson after a series of ethics scandals.

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Ekweremadu, Wife denied bail again, remanded in Prison till August

Ex-Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice have yet again been denied bail by a Westminster Court in the United Kingdom.

The Senator and his wife are facing trial for allegedly coercing a minor that has been identified as David Ukpo to the UK to have his organ harvested to save the life of the Senator’s daughter, Sonia.

Gavin Irwin represented Ekweremadu, while Szilvia Booker represented his wife. A high-powered Nigerian delegation was in court for the trial of the former Deputy Senate President.

POLITICS NIGERIA learned that the court ruled that Ukpo, a purported KIDNEY donor for the daughter of Ike and Beatrice Ekweremadu, is not a minor.

However, the court denied the couple bail and adjourned the case to August 4th, 2022.

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Eid-el-kabir: FG declares public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th July, 2022, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. 

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Thursday, congratulated all Muslims and Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora on this occasion.

“I call on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country, considering the challenges of insecurity we face at the moment” Aregbesola stated in a communique.

The Minister assured Nigerians  that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is “committed to the security of lives and properties of all Nigerians, empowering the citizens for successful living, the provisions of social investments programmes and adequate security in the schools”.

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Akeredolu congratulates newly sworn in Ondo Minister, Adegoroye

Press Statement

Akeredolu Congratulates Ademola Adegoroye

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has congratulated Prince Ademola Adegoroye over his nomination, confirmation and Swearing-In as Minister of State for Transportation.

Governor Akeredolu charged the new Minister to exploit the opportunities of his new office to help the Sunshine State in its quest for development, particularly the establishment of the Port Ondo.

“I congratulate Prince Ademola Adegoroye on his inauguration as Minister of State for Transportation. Adegoroye has been a long-standing member of this progressive family. His appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is gratifying.

“Having transcended the various phases of this progressive fold, from the Action Congress (AC) to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now the All Progressives Congress(APC), Prince Adegoroye, no doubt, is equipped with the political experience and the knowledge to galvanise the needed support for the development of the State and the progress of the APC in the sunshine State.

“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prince Adegoroye into the Federal Ministry of Transportation. Mr President must be aware of our dire need for a Port Declaration in light of the promise we made to our people that Ondo State will have its own Deep Seaport.

“Undoubtedly, Prince Adegoroye will add value to the government of President Buhari and impact positively on the people of the State as a Minister. He’s a round peg in a round hole.”He said.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
July 6, 2022.

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‘Over 600 inmates escape from Kuje Prison’

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, has said over 600 of the inmates fled the prisons when it came under attack late Tuesday night.

Belgore stated that those behind the attack were Boko Haram terrorists who came specifically for their members held in the custody.

He, however, said about 300 had been recaptured, while 300 were still at large.

Speaking while addressing journalists, he also said an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was killed during the attack.

He said, “There have been several attacks on our facilities most of them are being repelled, but every now and then, there is one that they have succeeded. In this is one they came very determined with high explosives.

“The initial entry attempt was unsuccessful, then they attacked another section of the wall with higher grade explosives which brought the wall down.

“The forces on the ground did everything they could to repel them but the number they came with was high which they were not able to defend against. They kept on fighting gallantly unfortunately the breach happened. Reinforcement came when they were halfway through it. They were eventually repelled.

“At the time they came in they killed one NSCDC operative while trying to save the situation. The inmates here are 994.

“We understand they are Boko Haram terrorists and came specifically came for their conspirators. Many of them have returned, some were retrieved from the bushes they were hiding, right now we have retrieved about 300 out of about 600 that got out of the jail.”

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Terrorists bomb Kuje prison

..as bandits attack Buhari’s convoy in Katsina

A group of terrorists on Tuesday night attacked the Kuje Medium Custodial Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital with bombs in an apparent move to gain entry into the facility and free some of its members.

A high calibre bomb had first gone off at about 10:25pm followed by a second and third blasts as well as sporadic gunshots that residents into panic mode.

Vanguard gathered that the Nigerian Correctional Service NCoS had earlier received intelligence reports that one of its facilities could come under attacks.

Officials were not immediately available for comments on Tuesday night.

Bandits attack Buhari’s Convoy

Gunmen have attacked an ‘advance team’ of presidential aides leading to injuries to two people, an official has said.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, confirmed the shooting in a statement on Tuesday.

Mr Shehu, who described the incident as ‘sad’ said the attack occurred “near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah.”

“The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.

“Two persons in the convoy are receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered. All the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura,” he wrote.

The advance team are believed to have travelled to Katsina to await the trip of Mr Buhari to the state for the Islamic Eid-el-Kabir festival.

Katsina is one of the states most affected by banditry. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands kidnapped in the state since Mr Buhari, who is from the state, assumed office.

Apart from Katsina, other states that have suffered from similar attacks include Sokoto, Zamfara and Kaduna.

The attacks have continued despite the repeated promises of Mr Buhari and other government officials.

Read Mr Shehu’s full statement on the attack on the presidential team below.

GALLANT PRESIDENTIAL GUARDS REPEL ATTACK ON ADVANCE TEAM AHEAD OF PRESIDENT’S VISIT

The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah.

The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.

Two persons in the convoy are receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered. All the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

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Mrs Akeredolu calls for reorientation of Nigerians’ mindset about FEDAN

..as members seek her intervention to surmount challenges

The wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has again, called on women to support their fellow women who are vying for positions of authority.

According to her, only by doing this would issues bothering on womanhood would be given prompt and adequate attention at the decision-making tables.

She said this earlier today, while playing host to members of the Female Drivers Association of Nigeria, FEDAN, in her office at government house ground, Alagbaka Akure the State capital.

Having listened to challenges they face in the course of their duty, mostly associated with their gender status, the Ondo First Lady, hinted that with enough female representatives in states’ Houses of Assembly, bills would be sponsored to make laws that would be implemented for the betterment of women.

She advocated the need for female drivers to be provided with tools to aid their work, rather than being treated as ones intruding in a profession alien to their gender.

While lauding the State’s President of the National Council of Women Society, NCWS, Mrs Jumoke Aborode, for bringing FEDAN down to the state, the Ondo First Lady said: ” It’s an amazing intervention to reduce poverty in homes, to reduce gender based violence and to increase a sense of security, because if a woman is driving a Keke you would rather have her driving your children to school”.

Mrs Akeredolu, who admonished women to vote female candidates into the House of Assembly come 2023, affirmed that, if policy was made to change people’s orientation about female drivers, there would be a paradigm shift in the mindset of men towards them on the road.

Her words: “What I’m saying now is that, during election time, vote for your type because your type will promote your interest and support things that will be for the betterment of all womenfolk.

“We must engage and have conversations with those male drivers because most of them, their behaviour could be due to ignorance that it’s a man’s world; we need to rewire their understanding that women have capacity to perform those tasks and I hope we’ll once get there”. She asserted.

Commending FEDAN members for contributing to the economic development of their families and the society at large, the Ondo First Lady assured of her support at all times and readiness to engage drivers’ unions on the need for them to give FEDAN, a conducive environment to operate and make a living, just like their counterparts in the developed nations.

Earlier in her address, the State Coordinator of FEDAN, Mrs Yinka Odedele, had noted that the association, which was driven by passion to promote value re-orientation and wealth creation, had as members, female commercial drivers and women in transportation business.

According to her, “FEDAN works earnestly with all organisations in Nigeria to curtail human trafficking. The association also works in the area of human capacity development and skill rejuvenation among women and youths in Nigeria”.

Some members of the association, took turns to narrate their ordeals on the road, which include lack of recognition by male drivers, exorbitant purchase price of Keke NAPEP, threat to live on the road among others.

In her contribution to how the challenges could be surmounted, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Gender, Mrs. Olamide Falana, emphasised the need for Lawmakers and other philanthropists to include women in their major empowerment programmes. She particularly, mentioned empowerment items like cars, Keke and motorcycles that could generate more income for women, and not only usual grinding machines and kitchen utensils.

Also speaking, the State’s President of the National Council of Women Society, Mrs Jumoke Aborode, who brought FEDAN to the state, also lamented how male drivers forbid female counterparts from patronizing the Airport and appealed to Her Excellency to rescue them from such mistreatment.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Media
(Office of the First Lady)
July 5, 2022

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BEMORE2022: It’s time to Light up more homes in Ondo

It’s the turn of a girl to have her personal laptop, turn of a house to enjoy 24hrs light , turn of a girl to acquire one or two entrepreneurial skills to start contributing to the family’s economic development and be self-reliant.

The BEMORE Empowered Initiative of the wife of Ondo State Governor, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has unarguably, impacted the Ondo society in a greater way. Prior to the 2021 edition, the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp 4girlsnaija, focused, mainly on training girls in Information and Communication Technology and distribution of laptops to each of the participating girls; it also teaches them on building and installing solar panels to counter the archaic belief that limits girlchild to certain professions, especially Technology and science which are assumed to be for boys.

The BENEFITS provided by this life-changing Initiative keep increasing year in year out. The 2021 edition added another value to the initiative with the inclusion of distributing solar home system device to over 300 partipating girls, as a takehome gift in addition to the brand new laptop.

Ashdam solar facilitator training the girls on building and installing solar panel

To some, BEMORE is just a pet project of the First Lady, but those who took time to visit the two weeks Bootcamp, realised that it’s more than a one-off investment, rather a lifelong one.

Many homes, especially in the riverine areas have been in total darkness for years.
They’ve suffered national electricity collapse without any modern alternative. Fortunately, for them, BEMORE initiative provides solution to the electricity problem when some girls from the area displayed some habits that revealed lack of exposure to power supply.

The Founder, knowing the effects of electricity in making the girls actualise the skills embedded in them at the Bootcamp, introduced distribution of home solar system(renewable energy), which is capable of lighting three bedrooms apartment with charging ports to power their phones and laptops, thereby, also solving communication problem. Renewable energy’s source is from sunlight which is freely provided by nature, hence, the reason it should be embraced by all.

BEMORE is a citizen-driven project, this is evident in its mode of sponsorship. The Founder, in ensuring that it touches the lives of the disadvantaged girls in the rural communities, made it a non-governmental thing, rather individual’s and organisation’s sponsored.

Bemore girls displayed their solar oven during closing ceremony’s exhibition

According to her, there are many well-to-do individuals in the society who didn’t know how they can contribute, meaningfully, to their immediate environment or how to channel their resources to the needy. BeMORE proffers solution to this challenge by encouraging sponsors from the public, irrespective of political and religion affiliations. Individuals who had traversed the world, knowing how projects are being executed by private individuals in developed countries to assist government, put aside political sentiment and embraced the BEMORE project.

Read also…#BeMore: Encouraging philanthropic culture, promoting citizen-driven project https://justambitioustoserveinfo.org/2021/09/30/

With over 300 homes lit up last year in Ondo State through BEMORE, another Initiative was birthed called ARABIRIN LIGHT UP ONDO STATE with 1,000 target before 2023. Under this initiative, some women were given this solar home system in December during the 3rd Summit of the Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials and Female Political Appointees (FOWOSO), another women empowerment project of the First Lady.

A visit to houses of some girls who participated in last year’s Bootcamp, revealed the impact of the solar home system. It’s not surprising that in this 21st century some households still make use of lantern that emit smoke some of these girls fall into this category using lantern to read. Thanks to BEMORE, they are now enjoying harmless, and 24hrs source of power supply. The mission of lighting up Ondo State is possible if more individuals embrace this project. The 2022 edition is here and registration ongoing. If 500 girls participate in this year’s edition, it means 500 laptops, 500 solar home system.

Gradually, we’ll be saying goodbye to darkness. Through partnership and networking, by introducing this idea to foreign donors and renewable energy firms, the solar system can be upgraded to the type that can power other home appliances, thereby, lessen the suffering meted out on Nigerians by electricity distribution companies. Let’s light up Ondo!
Sponsor a girl today.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Media (Office of the First Lady)
July 4, 2022.

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Ondo Church Saga: Drama as victims refuse to go home until release of their Pastor

..as Ondo Govt intervenes

It was like a drama as children who were part of 77 people rescued from an underground cell of Whole Bible Believers Church, popularly known as ‘Ondo Church’ in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, refused to follow their parents home until after their ‘Pastors’ are released from police custody.

The twist became more amazing as the parents of most of the victims cried out over the refusal of their children to go home with them as a result of the alleged hypnotising of the children and adults among them.

This happened today, Monday at the Ondo State Police command Headquarters, Akure when the force planned to hand over the victims to their parents and family members.

According to some of the parents who besieged the police headquarters, their children insisted they would not leave the station until the arrested pastors were freed.

While lamenting that the children had been hypnotised with what they described as black magic, the parents maintained that the victims should be thoroughly examined, psychologically.

A father of one of the victims, Michael Olohunyomi, disclosed that her 21-year-old daughter, Priscilla, had refused to eat since Saturday claiming that the pastor must be released.

The distraught father said “I was a member of that church and I was there for 32 years. Everything about the church changed when Peter Josiah became an assistant pastor in the church. He brought in destructive heresy.

“After they were brought to Akure on Saturday. My daughter was released to me but my daughter said she will not follow me. She said until all those who were arrested are released, she will not follow me. At the end of the day, I overpowered her and took her home .

“Since we got home on Saturday night, she has refused to eat up till this moment. She didn’t eat throughout yesterday. I’m seriously bothered because of the situation.

On his part, a brother to one of the victims, Wande Oladapo who expressed dismay that his 40-years-old could be hypnotised said, “My brother has refused to go home after he was released on Saturday. He said he will not leave his pastor alone in the cell.

“I came all the way from Lagos to Akure because of him and he was telling me that he will not follow me that he will rather be in the cell with the pastor. I think they have all been bewitched by the pastor. This is not ordinary, it is a pure case of black magic.”

One of the parents who came from Ilorin, Oluwole Omoseebi, said his son, a 400 level student of Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ayobami Omoseebi, had been missing since 2020 during the COVID-19 period.

Speaking on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Funmilayo Odunlami said “Despite all our attempts and placation some of the victims refused to go home, saying they were going to stay here. We have a child who said she will follow the Lord and not her parents. “She said she was okay staying within the police compound since their pastor is still here.

“We are trying to work out a modality on how the Ministry of Women Affairs in the state can rehabilitate them.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and social development, Princess Bunmi Osadahun said, the state government was working towards rehabilitating the victims.

“From the Ministry, we must do family tracing. We must get some background information on how these children became so hypnotised and got indoctrinated. On those that will be needing rehabilitation, we will have to work legally to take custody of those ones.”

SunshineTruth News

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Alleged church abduction of children: Ondo Police release details

Telegraphic: PRESSPOL AKURE

In reply, please quote

Ref No. AZ:5280/ONS/PPRO/VOL.1/122

Date: 2nd July, 2022

The Director of News
………………………………….

ONDO POLICE COMMAND PRESS RELEASE

  • CASE OF SUSPECTED ABDUCTION

Following Intelligence Report gathered by the Police at Fagun Division, Ondo Town, that some children are being harboured at The Whole Bible Believers Church AKA ONDO CHURCH, Valentino area, Ondo Town.

Policemen were sent to the Church to invite the Pastor and the members of the Church on sighting the Police attacked them.

Preliminary investigation revealed that one Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa, an Assistant Pastor in the Church was the one who told the members that Rapture will take place in April but later said it has been changed to September, 2022 and told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord.

Another family who was also around during the rescue said their daughter a part 3 student, dropped out of school due to the strange teachings of the Pastor and left home in January, 2022 to start living in the Church.

In all, Seventy seven (77) members – Twenty Six (26) children, Eight (8) teenagers and Forty Three (43) adult members were rescued
from the Church.

The two (2) Pastors are in Police custody.

Investigation has commenced and the outcome will be made known to the members of the Public.

E-SIGNED SP Odunlami Funmilayo, Mnipr, Police Public Relations Officer,

For:- Commissioner of Police,
Ondo State Command,
Akure.

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2023: GOV AKEREDOLU MEETS ASPIRANTS, ASSURES THEM OF LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Tuesday met with aspirants vying for the tickets of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for the 2023 general elections.

Although, Ondo State is not due for governorship election until 2025, the Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections will be held in 2023.

Governor Akeredolu, who met with the aspirants at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, assured them of a level-playing ground.

He harped on the need to promote unity within the party, calling on the aspirants to allow the leadership of the party to drive the process.

Governor Akeredolu also warned serving lawmakers who have not performed in their constituencies and senatorial districts to reassess themselves before contesting for the party’s tickets again.

“Self assessment is key. Go and assess yourselves. I have come here to appeal to all of you that we don’t all have to run into this election with a huge number. I know people have resigned. I am not filling those positions until after the election. Don’t close any option. Leave all options open. The party has a stake,” he added.

Governor Akeredolu, who noted that the party in the state is presently sailing smoothly, urged the aspirants not to heat up the polity.

The Governor added: “I can assure you that we will give a level playing field. But assess yourselves. Sit down and think. What have you attracted to your constituency or senatorial district as a senator or House of Representatives members? If you have not attracted anything, the people will be your judge.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the party in the state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, told the aspirants that the party is guided with principles and discipline.

“This party believes in leadership and we will not joke with the tickets of the APC. No individual can win the election without the contribution of the party. I want to appeal that we must take it easy. Allow the leadership to drive this party,” the Chairman said.

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

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GOV AKEREDOLU RESUMES WORK AFTER 14 DAYS VACATION

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Monday, April 25, 2022, resumed official duties following the expiration of his 14 days Vacation.

The Governor had embarked on a 14 day vacation on April 1, 2022, as first installment of his 2022 annual leave.

When he was away, Governor Akeredolu handed over power to his deputy, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in acting capacity.

Arakunrin Akeredolu, whose vacation was refreshing, is better rejuvenated to continue his duties and responsibilities to the people of the Sunshine State.

Signed
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
April 25, 2022.

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Imo East Senatorial Race: SouthEast Youth Leaders pledge support for Ada Owere

..say countries with increased women leadership achieve better economic growth

Youth Leaders under the aegis of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), have announced their support for the aspiration of Imo-born First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, to represent Imo East Senatorial seat in the Red Chamber come 2023 general election.

In a Press Statement issued by COSEYL titled: “Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu Will Change The Narrative For Good”, the SouthEast Youth Leaders asserted that Imo East Senatorial District could be 100% sure of development if she represents the constituency at the Senate.

Read the Statement: “We Urge All To Support Her Genuine Ambition.

“The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, the umbrella body of all the youth groups in the South East geopolitical zone after a careful thought-out analysis of the antecedent of our daughter Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu who after her marriage to the present Executive Governor of Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu call on all and sundry in Imo East Senatorial District to wholeheartedly support her genuine ambition to represent the good people of the Senatorial zone at the Senate come 2023.

“From all indications, it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that her ambition to represent her people at the red Chambers is born out of her genuine concern and compassion for her people who trained and nurtured her in school before giving out her hand in marriage.

“It is only a good daughter of the soil who has the interest of her people at heart will remember her place of birth and would genuine want to reward them for nurturing her well. This bold step by our daughter have shown that she is not an “efulafu” ( meaning a child that has lost her direction).

“Women of her kind are not easy to come by in a generation. She is a special women sent by God to be a blessing to her people and we are grateful to God for touching her to make herself available to serve humanity.

“As a woman who has the interest of her people at heart despite being married in Ondo State, she attracted the construction of a 10.5km road worth N1.6 billion from Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and it is currently under construction. What a woman of good heart and virtue.

“Though we are non-partisan in all sense of word, but we have to say the truth when we see one because only the truth shall set us free.

“Albert Eistein, a German Jew and one of the greatest men that ever lived opined that a man’s value to the community in which he lives, depends first and foremost on the extent to which his thoughts, actions and sentiments contribute to other individual’s existence.

“Betty has shown that she is a woman who have interest to contribute to other individual’s assistance which she has demonstrated by many developmental projects that she has attracted to her senatorial zone. she sponsored no fewer than 200 girls with technological knowledge and a special focus on information and many more human capital projects.

“Of a truth, Imo East Senatorial zone has gone beyond theoritical minded people who only studied but never practiced. The constituency is in dire need of a practical oriented someone who should be able to initiate programmes and bring them to fruition. We have gone beyond the stage of bringing on board sedentary people. The constituency is fed up with people whose job description involves moving files from one table to another.

“Studies have shown that countries with increased women leadership achieve better economic growth, development and Peace. Betty’s election to the Senate will help boost Nigeria status as one of the countries making efforts to improve women’s representation in elective office. It will enable incremental growth in political representation for women.

“it is projected that closing gender gaps in Nigeria can lead to 9% GDP gains by 2025 ( Growing Economies Through Gender parity Analysis).

“We therefore urge the good people of Imo East Senatorial district to support their daughter Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu who have demonstrated that she is someone who can think out of the box to represented them at the Senate come 2023”.

Signed:

Hon. Goodluck Ibem
President General

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Ondo Govt closes prosecution in trial of Fasoranti’s daughter killers

Ondo state prosecution team led by the Hon Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sir Charles Titiloye ksm today (Tuesday) called the last prosecution witness in the case of murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin the daughter of the Elder Stateman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Mrs Funke Olakunrin was killed along the Ore-Lagos highway in 2019 while in transit to Lagos.

Mohammed Shehu Usman and 3 other men/syndicates were arrested in connection with the killing following intelligence report of their nefarious kidnapping activities in the southwest geopolitical zone. They are currently facing trial before Ondo state High Court.

The prosecution team of the case before Ondo state High Court led by the Attorney General of Ondo State, Sir Charles Titiloye ksm called nine (9) witnesses on behalf of the state and tendered in evidence the confessional statements of some of the suspects to the effect that they were involved in the said kidnapping activity that led to the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin.

Also 31 rounds of AK47 ammunition recovered from the defendants was also admitted in evidence today. The Attorney General thereafter closed the case of the state after calling the last witness of the prosecution, Mrs Asake Esq, a lawyer with legal aid Council who witnessed the taking of the statements of the four defendants by the Police from the defunct FSARS.

The husband of the deceased, Mr Olakunrin and the Medical Doctor/pathologist who conducted the post mortem examination on the deceased were amongst witnesses who have testified in the case. The driver of deceased, Mr Femi Ajayi in his evidence before the Court identified three (3) of the Defendants as part of the gang that kidnapped him and kept him in the bush for Seven (7) days after intercepting the convoy of Mrs Funke Olakunrin heading towards Lagos from Ore.

Three Police officers in the team led by S. P. Ibrahim Yusuf detailed by the Inspector General of Police to investigate the case also gave detail and clear account of how two of Defendants were arrested at a Checkpoint in Edo state with AK-47 ammunitions.

They were immediately taken to Lagos for further investigation following intelligence report linking them to series of kidnapping and armed robbery in the southwest Nigeria.

They volunteered confessional statements linking them and other Defendants to the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin while trying to kidnap her and others in her convoy of two cars.

The case has been further adjourned by Hon. Justice Olamide of Ondo State High Court (Criminal division sitting in Akure) for the Defendants to open their defence.

Signed.

Kola Adeniyi.
Special Assistant to the
Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

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AKURE BYE-ELECTION: I HAVE NO PREFERRED CANDIDATE, GOV AKEREDOLU TELLS DELEGATES

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, on Tuesday assured delegates participating in today’s primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he has no preferred candidate among the aspirants jostling for the ticket of the APC for the Akure federal constituency bye-election.

Governor Akeredolu, who declared that he is not supporting anybody in the primary election, encouraged all delegates to vote according to their conscience.

The Governor addressed the delegates at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Akure, alongside the seven aspirants and members of the election committee led by deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke.

Arakunrin Akeredolu urged the delegates to conduct themselves in peaceful manner to sustain the existing peace in the state and the party.

He said:”I have said it over and over again that I have no candidate. I’m supporting nobody, go and vote according to your conscience.”

The Governor warned the delegates against any form of violence , stressing that they should all cast their votes in peaceful manner.

He informed the delegates that the election 8-member committee has assured of level playing ground, adding that they will be free and fair to everyone.

Governor Akeredolu explained that the APC had conducted several primaries in the state including governorship primary that produced him without any rancour, while urging the delegates to ensure the bye-election primary is violence free.

The Governor disclosed that whoever emerges as candidate of the party during the primary would be supported by all to ensure overwhelming victory at poll.

He said he is confident that APC would emerge victorious at the February 26, 2022 bye-election.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
Febuary 1, 2022.