The Iyaloja-General of Lagos State and daughter of the newly-sworn in President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Mrs. Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, has unveiled an initiative tagged “Friends of Iyaloja Initiative”, to support her father’s administration through youth and women empowerment.
Unveiling the initiative at the Transcorp Hilton hotel on Tuesday, Tinubu-Ojo noted that she had decided to use her little wealth of experience, connections, and human resources available to her to support her dad’s administration.
According to her, the initiative shall be focusing on empowering people with special needs, the vulnerable and several other programmes aimed at affecting the lives of Nigerians; especially, those in the grassroots.
“We shall be in partnership with other notable NGOs with track records of excellence in the key areas.
“We shall also seek collaborations with several governmental agencies, ministries, and parastatals created to serve Nigerians in areas that pertain to our operational cycle.
“I can boldly say again that our youths, women & the vulnerable shall be attended to by this administration.
“I will fight for this cause, and I believe that God Almighty shall crown our efforts with unprecedented success.
The wife of Ondo State Governor, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has flagged off the year 2023 maternal, Newborn and Child Health week with a call to Mothers and Care givers to take advantage of the improved health system in the state by visiting the facilities nearest to them and benefit from the various government health Interventions.
Mrs Akeredolu who was represented by the Commissioner for women affairs and Social Development , Dr (Mrs) Juliana Osadahun commended the health Interventions of the state government which had raised the state above its contemporaries in the health sector.
She mentioned some significant achievements made in the state to include Vitamin “A” coverage of 107% in February 2023 , exclusive breastfeeding rate increased from 23.8% to 51.5 % in the recent MICs 6 survey.
Mrs Akeredolu also applauded the Primary Health Care Development Agency for winning the award of best cold chain management in the Country, for leading other states in integrated measles compaign in Nov. 2022 and Jan. 2023 which had attracted letter of commendation from National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Similarly, the first lady commended the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency for the recent PHC leadership Award which was anchored by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, NPHCDA, WHO, UNICEF and other Partners where Ondo State won $500,000.
In his speech the Commissioner for Health Dr Banji Ajaka said the state has impacted positively on routine immunization and maternal Newborn Child Health since inception.
Dr Ajaka said the MNCHW was a week long event organised to deliver an integrated package of preventive services known to be highly cost effective for improving Maternal and child survival.
Also in his remarks , the Permanent Secretary of Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Francis Akanbiemu attributed the successes in the primary health sector to the unwavering support of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, CON.
Dr. Akanbiemu recalled that the Governor approved the release of funds to purchase 2 200KVA generator to power the cold chain and this has raised the cold chain over and above other cold chains in the country, thus , the cold chain became the best managed following an independent assessment of Cold Chain in the country with an award of best Cold Chain management to the state.
In his goodwill message, the representative of World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Talaat Aladesawe commended the Governor for doing well in the health sector noting that the World Health Organization would continue to intensify efforts on routine immunization and other health needs in the State.
Highlights of the programme was administration of vitamin A supplement and deworming tablets to the Children.
The event was attended by health experts, royal fathers, religious leaders, Iyalojas, representative of Parents Teachers Association, representative of National Population Commission, National Orientation Agency, Nursing mothers, and Pupils of some selected primary schools.
Osun State High Court has found the popular hotel owner, Dr Ramon Adedoyin guilty in the murder case of Timothy Adegoke, a former master’s degree student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, whose death occurred between November 5 and 7, 2021, at Hilton Honours Hotel, Ile-Ife.
The Osun Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, while delivering her judgement on the case, held that the circumstantial evidence available to the court, pointed to the killing of Adegoke while being a guest at the hotel owned by Adedoyin.
According to her, Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box did not help him, as the circumstantial evidence had shifted the burden of proof on him.
Justice Ojo also said Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box meant he agreed to the murder charge pressed against him by the prosecution, dismissing the alibi pleaded on his behalf by his counsel, who said the hotel owner was in Abuja for many days around the time the death of the late Adegoke occurred.
The founder of the African Independent Television AIT, Chief Raymond Dokpesi is dead.
Dokpesi passed on in an unusual manner. He was said to be everywhere pn Monday morning 29 May 2023 and was not having any health concerns .
However, it was learnt that the founder of Nigeria’s first independent television channel fell while exercising in his private gym in his house in Abuja.
According to a source, he was the only one at home at the time the incident happened with no one to help out.
Another source revealed he died in an Abuja hospital after he suffered a stroke which reportedly happened after the recent Ramadan fast. The AIT boss had since then been managing his health and was placed on occupational therapy to improve his daily activities before his sudden death.
Family confirms his demise
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of High Chief Raymond Aleogho Anthony Dokpesi (Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom) who passed away on May 29th, 2023.
High Chief Dokpesi was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
High Chief Dokpesi was also a respected and accomplished businessman, a pioneer in the media industry, and a philanthropist who dedicated his life to the service of his country and his community. His legacy will live on through the impact he made on the lives of many.
The Dokpesi family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. We ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of our patriarch. We also ask for privacy during this time as we grieve together as a family.
The family will release further details on the funeral arrangements in due course.
I stand before you honoured to assume the sacred mandate you have given me. My love for this nation is abiding. My confidence in its people, unwavering. And my faith in God Almighty, absolute. I know that His hand shall provide the needed moral strength and clarity of purpose in those instances when we seem to have reached the limits of our human capacity.
This day is bold and majestic yet bright and full of spirit, as is our precious nation.
As a nation, we have long ago decided to march beyond the dimness of night into the open day of renewed national hope.
The question we now ask ourselves is whether to remain faithful to the work inherent in building a better society or retreat into the shadows of our unmet potential.
For me, there is but one answer. We are too great a nation and too grounded as a people to rob ourselves of our finest destiny.
This nation’s journey has been shaped by the prayers of millions, and the collective sacrifices of us all.
We have endured hardships that would have made other societies crumble.
Yet, we have shouldered the heavy burden to arrive at this SUBLIME moment where the prospect of a better future merges with our improved capacity to create that future.
To the surprise of many but not to ourselves, we have more firmly established this land as a democracy in both word and deed.
The peaceful transition from one government to another is now our political tradition. This handover symbolizes our trust in God, our enduring faith in representative governance and our belief in our ability to reshape this nation into the society it was always meant to be.
Here, permit me to say a few words to my predecessor, President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr President, you have been an honest, patriotic leader who has done his best for the nation you love. On a more personal note, you are a worthy partner and friend. May History be kind to you.
For many years, Nigeria’s critics have trafficked the rumour that our nation will break apart, even perish.
Yet here we are. We have stumbled at times, but our resilience and diversity have kept us going.
Our burdens may make us bend at times, but they shall never break us.
Instead, we stand forth as Africa’s most populous nation and as the best hope and strongest champion of the Black Race.
As citizens, we declare as one unified people devoted to one unified national cause, that as long as this world exists, NIGERIA SHALL EXIST.
Today, Fate and Destiny join together to place the torch of human progress in our very hands. We dare not let it slip.
We lift high this torch so that it might shine on every household and in every heart that calls itself Nigerian. We hold this beam aloft because it lights our path with compassion, brotherhood, and peace. May this great light never EXTINGUISH.
Our administration shall govern on your behalf but never rule over you. We shall consult and dialogue but never dictate. We shall reach out to all but never put down a single person for holding views contrary to our own.
We are here to further mend and heal this nation, not tear and injure it.
In this vein, may I offer a few comments regarding the election that brought us to this juncture. It was a hard-fought contest. And it was also fairly won. Since the advent of the Fourth Republic, Nigeria has not held an election of better quality.
The outcome reflected the will of the people. However, my victory does not render me any more Nigerian than my opponents. Nor does it render them any less patriotic.
They shall forever be my fellow compatriots. And I will treat them as such. They represent important constituencies and concerns that wisdom dare not ignore.
They have taken their concerns to court. Seeking legal redress is their right and I fully defend their exercise of this right. This is the essence of the rule of law.
Over six decades ago, our founding fathers gave bravely of themselves to place Nigeria on the map as an independent nation.
We must never allow the labour of those who came before us to wither in vain but to blossom and bring forth a better reality.
Let us take the next great step in the journey they began and believed in.
Today, let us recommit our very selves to placing Nigeria in our hearts as the indispensable home for each and every one of us regardless of creed, ethnicity, or place of birth.
My supporters, I thank you. To those who voted otherwise, I extend my hand across the political divide. I ask you to grasp it in national affinity and brotherhood. For me, political colouration has faded away. All I see are Nigerians.
May we uphold these fitting and excellent notions as the new Nigerian ideal.
My fellow compatriots, The Nigerian ideal which I speak of is more than just an improvement in economics and other statistics. These things are important, but they can never convey the fullness of our story.
Our mission is to improve our way of life in a manner that nurtures our humanity, encourages compassion toward one another, and duly rewards our collective effort to resolve the social ills that seek to divide us.
Our constitution and laws give us a nation on paper. We must work harder at bringing these noble documents to life by strengthening the bonds of economic collaboration, social cohesion, and cultural understanding. Let us develop a shared sense of fairness and equity.
The South must not only seek good for itself but must understand that its interests are served when good comes to the North. The North must see the South likewise.
Whether from the winding creeks of the Niger Delta, the vastness of the northern savannah, the boardrooms of Lagos, the bustling capital of Abuja, or the busy markets of Onitsha, you are all my people. As your president, I shall serve with prejudice toward none but compassion and amity towards all.
In the coming days and weeks, my team will publicly detail key aspects of our programme. Today, permit me to outline in broad terms a few initiatives that define our concept of progressive good governance in furtherance of the Nigerian ideal:
The principles that will guide our administration are simple: 1. Nigeria will be impartially governed according to the constitution and the rule of law.
2. We shall defend the nation from terror and all forms of criminality that threaten the peace and stability of our country and our subregion.
3. We shall remodel our economy to bring about growth and development through job creation, food security and an end of extreme poverty.
4. In our administration, Women and youth will feature prominently.
5. Our government will continue to take proactive steps such as championing a credit culture to discourage corruption while strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the various anti-corruption agencies.
SECURITY Security shall be the top priority of our administration because neither prosperity nor justice can prevail amidst insecurity and violence.
To effectively tackle this menace, we shall reform both our security DOCTRINE and its ARCHITECTURE.
We shall invest more in our security personnel, and this means more than an increase in number. We shall provide, better training, equipment, pay and firepower.
THE ECONOMY On the economy, we target a higher GDP growth and significantly reduce unemployment.
We intend to accomplish this by taking the following steps:
First, budgetary reform stimulating the economy without engendering inflation will be instituted.
Second, industrial policy will utilize the full range of fiscal measures to promote domestic manufacturing and lessen import dependency.
Third, electricity will become more accessible and affordable to businesses and homes alike. Power generation should nearly double and transmission and distribution networks improved. We will encourage states to develop local sources as well.
I have a message for our investors, local and foreign: our government shall review all their complaints about multiple taxation and various anti-investment inhibitions.
We shall ensure that investors and foreign businesses repatriate their hard earned dividends and profits home.
JOBS My administration must create meaningful opportunities for our youth. We shall honour our campaign commitment of one million new jobs in the digital economy.
Our government also shall work with the National Assembly to fashion an omnibus Jobs and Prosperity bill. This bill will give our administration the policy space to embark on labour-intensive infrastructural improvements, encourage light industry and provide improved social services for the poor, elderly and vulnerable.
AGRICULTURE Rural incomes shall be secured by commodity exchange boards guaranteeing minimal prices for certain crops and animal products. A nationwide programme for storage and other facilities to reduce spoilage and waste will be undertaken.
Agricultural hubs will be created throughout the nation to increase production and engage in value-added processing. The livestock sector will be introduced to the best modern practices and steps taken to minimize the perennial conflict over land and water resources in this sector.
Through these actions, food shall be made more abundant yet less costly. Farmers shall earn more while the average Nigerian pays less.
INFRASTRUCTURE We shall continue the efforts of the Buhari administration on infrastructure. Progress toward national networks of roads, rail and ports shall get priority attention.
FUEL SUBSIDY We commend the decision of the outgoing administration in phasing out the petrol subsidy regime which has increasingly favoured the rich more than the poor. Subsidy can no longer justify its ever-increasing costs in the wake of drying resources. We shall instead re-channel the funds into better investment in public infrastructure, education, health care and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions.
MONETARY POLICY Monetary policy needs thorough housecleaning. The Central Bank must work towards a unified exchange rate. This will direct funds away from arbitrage into meaningful investment in the plant, equipment and jobs that power the real economy.
Interest rates need to be reduced to increase investment and consumer purchasing in ways that sustain the economy at a higher level.
Whatever merits it had in concept, the currency swap was too harshly applied by the CBN given the number of unbanked Nigerians. The policy shall be reviewed. In the meantime, my administration will treat both currencies as legal tender.
FOREIGN POLICY Given the world in which we reside, please permit a few comments regarding foreign policy.
The crisis in Sudan and the turn from democracy by several nations in our immediate neighbourhood are of pressing concern.
As such, my primary foreign policy objective must be the peace and stability of the West African subregion and the African continent. We shall work with ECOWAS, the AU and willing partners in the international community to end extant conflicts and to resolve new ones.
As we contain threats to peace, we shall also retool our foreign policy to more actively lead the regional and continental quest for collective prosperity.
Conclusion This is the proudest day of my life. But this day does not belong to me. It belongs to you, the people of Nigeria.
On this day, Nigeria affirms its rightful place among the world’s great democracies. There, Nigeria shall reside forever.
The course of our past and the promise of the future have brought us to this exceptional moment.
In this spirit, I ask you to join me in making Nigeria a more perfect nation and democracy such that the Nigerian ideal becomes and forever remains the Nigerian reality.
With full confidence in our ability, I declare that these things are within our proximate reach because my name is Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and I am the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
May God bless you and May He bless our beloved land.
As Nigeria celebrates the National Children’s Day, the wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has urged parents, guardians, the Nigerian government and other stakeholders to always prioritize the education of every child.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu made the charge while commemorating May 27, the national day observed annually to celebrate children and raise awareness on issues that affect them.
She said that prioritizing children’s education is important as it forms the basis of defence for them in knowing and standing for their rights in the society.
”When a child is educated, they will be given the ability to contribute their quota to the community, they can avoid situations that can endanger them as regards their health and their future as a whole,” the First Lady said.
She further noted that no matter the challenges, no child’s education and development should be denied.
“Children are essential in National development as statistics show 40.9% of the Nigerian populace are below age 14.
“They are vital, and they must be protected and given all necessary solid foundation as they determine the future of the country,” Anyanwu-Akeredolu said.
Harping on the importance of quality education as a potent tool for children to take on the future with confidence, she said educating children is the best way to prepare them for leadership and help them to cope with life’s challenges.
She said: “Nigerian children are resilient, talented and aspire to do great things. And it is our responsibility to give them the platform and encouragement to do just that.”
The First Lady appreciated the teachers and educators for the vital role they continue to play in the lives of Nigerian children, especially in Ondo state.
“As we celebrate our children today, I wish all children of the sunshine state a safe and amazing celebration,” Anyanwu-Akeredolu said while expressing her best wishes.
Oluwatobi Fademi Press Secretary, Office of the WoG, Ondo State.
..as AAUA hosts Public Lecture on “Prolonged Insurgency and Internationalization of Domestic Terrorism in Nigeria: The Missing Strategic Approach”
A Don and security consultant, Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, has said that the war on terrorism, banditry and other forms of insecurities would only be won if the Federal Government can ‘uproot the domestic pillars of terrorism, stop the growth of terrorism and declare a total non-partisan war on the use of terror, lay a new foundation for a new Nigeria in which religious bigotry, ethnic chauvinism, politico-economic chicanery, and the toga of selfishness and irrationalities will be thrown into the garbage of history’.
Prof. Akinterinnwa gave the submission while speaking as Guest Lecturer at the 14th Public Lecture of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, on Thursday, May 25, 2023. The lecture was titled: Prolonged Insurgency and Internationalization of Domestic Terrorism in Nigeria: The Missing Strategic Approach.
Akinterinwa, a former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, added that the missing strategic approaches behind the spread of terrorism included the tendency of government to underestimate the strength of the terrorists, indulgence in self-deceit and strategic miscalculation, failure to involve youths in the fight against terrorism, and the myopia of leaders in politico-security governance.
The Guest Lecturer, who is also the President/Director General of Bolytag Centre for International Diplomacy and Strategic Studies, likened the absorption of captured militants and terrorists into the civil and public services as well as other arms of government to accommodating government enemies in the corridors of power in government.
He also fingered the widespread use of the social media, foreign travels, religious fundamentalism, ideological partisanship, social activism, and the failure of government to provide good governance and services, which led to disgruntlement and disillusionment on the part of many as contributory factors to why terrorism has gone global and spreading.
He said further, “We contend here that the government of Nigeria, like the governments of other African countries, wrongly believe that they are just simply fighting terrorists and insurgents. They have not been able to expose those funding terrorism in Africa even though they claim to know them.
“This is one major missing strategic approach that should be tabled for further discussion. Nigeria cannot be rightly said to have technically defeated the Boko Haram. On the contrary, it is Nigeria that has technically conceded defeat by giving public impression of a success be it technically or otherwise.”
In his Opening Address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, had described the Lecture as epochal because it marked another step in the quest of the University to revive university culture and best practices.
Promising that such lecture would become a regular occurrence, Prof. Ige added that ideas and ideals that drive social change and progress were often ventilated via avenues like seminars, lectures and workshops. He thanked the Guest Lecturer for accepting to share his thoughts on the topical issue.
Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria, FOMWAN has condemned in its entirety, the statement published in the media by a group of women who claimed to be FOMWAN in Ikare.
The Ikare Muslim women who claimed to be FOMWAN as stated in the media, had been suspended over a year ago from FOMWAN activities and are not recognized by the state chapter of the organisation who has the authority to release a statement on behalf of the association.
FOMWAN, however, has dissociated itself from the acclaimed FOMWAN Ikare and the statement it made in the electronic media which stated that FOMWAN Ikare backs Batuta.
“We comderm such development, remain neutral in the religious politics going on in Ikare and plead with all parties involved to settle their differences and allow peace to reign in their community.
“We however warn Muslim women who hide under the name of our reputable organization as FOMWAN Ikare to interfere or issue any statement in respect of the subject matter or any other.
We call on all media organization and other reputable associations and organisation including government and individuals to discredit any statement or relate with the so-called FOMWAN Ikare because they have been suspended from all FOMWAN activities and are not expected to participate or use any of the association’s customized fabric following their suspension since last year.
Alhaja Medinat Omikunle, (Ondo state Amirah(President)) Alhaja Aminat Abibullahi Akinpelumi. (Member, Board of Advisers) Alhaja Jimoh Idayat (Assistant zonal coordinator for South West 2 Nigeria)
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, has urged the leadership of the Student Union to cooperate with the University Management to sustain the peaceful and steady academic calendar of the Institution.
Prof. Ige gave the advice on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at the Inauguration Ceremony of the newly-elected Student Union leaders for the 2022/2023 academic session.
The VC said, “Adekunle Ajasin University considers student unionism as an important platform for building future leaders and strengthening the nation’s young democracy.
Besides, this university regards responsible and responsive student unionism as an important part of the platform for instituting peaceful and stable academic calendar.
“As a Management, we are on the same page with all our staff unions to sustain stable academic calendar. I want to, therefore, urge you to join us on this pursuit of global academic standard of promptness and excellence.
“I enjoin you to imbibe and demonstrate the kernels of responsibility, transparency, responsiveness, patriotism and care for the student body that make AAUA student unionism tick. You must realize that what you make of the stable and peaceful academic stability and life entrenched by your predecessors will determine what and where your place will be in the history of this University now and in the years to come.
I, therefore, advise you to be on the good and enviable side of history by helping to build structures that will make this University attain the much desired world-class university status.”
While congratulating the new leaders and the entire students of the University on the success of their election, Prof. Ige announced that as a tradition of the University, a Leadership Summit would be organized for the student leaders to evolve and entrench virtuous leadership qualities in them.
While appreciating the outgoing Student Union leaders led by Kolade Ogunsanmi for demonstrating excellent leadership, Prof. Ige thanked the Student Affairs Division, and the Student Union Electoral Committee headed by Prof. Olukayode Afolabi for prosecuting a hitch-free election.
Earlier, the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Olusegun Akanbi, had thanked Vice Chancellor for always giving prompt supports to the student body, and appreciated the outgoing leaders for cooperating with him.
In his Valedictory Speech, Ogunsanmi highlighted some of his achievements and thanked the Prof. Ige-led Management without whom his administration would not have recorded any success.
The outgoing President urged his successor to always toe the path of dialogue, consultation and peace.
The new President, Mayomi Adekanye, in his Acceptance Speech, appreciated all AAUA students for giving him the baton of leadership to serve them.
He sought the supports of all stakeholders, including the University Management, staff and students, and the Akungba Community.
..ADEGOROYE HAS DONE WELL FOR ONDO STATE – FASHOLA
The federal government on Thursday flagged off the construction and dualization of Akure-Ado-Ekiti Road, with a commitment that it will be completed at the stipulated time.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, who apologised to the people of Ondo and Ekiti states for the delay in reconstructing the road, said necessary documentation had been completed and payment had been made to the contractors for the smooth take off of the project.
The Minister allayed the fears of the people, saying that the project will not be abandoned as its financing structure with tax credit is such that would not be affected by change of administration.
Fashola commended the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, for his unrelenting efforts in ensuring the road was re-awarded and is flagged off before the end of his tenure as Minister.
According to him, Adegoroye has not only done well for the people of Ondo State even more than those who spent 4 years or 8 years, he has added value to the cabinet of the Buhari administration.
He said: “Barely under a year that Prince Ademola Adegoroye has been a Minister, I know how many memoranda has presented despite the fact that he has a substantive Minister.
“It is an understatement to say he has been on my neck on this road project. He chases me with telephone every day on this road. He said he would not be able to return home (to Ondo State) after the expiration of tenure if the road does not take off,” the Works Minister said.
In his remark, the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, said he was happy and fulfilled to witness the flag off of the reconstruction of the road, which he said means a lot for the economic prosperity of the two States.
Adegoroye said: “I took it as a serious task to pursue this project because this road is so important to us. A lot of people live in Ado and work in Akure and vice versa.
“When our governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, sent me to Abuja, he asked me to do something about Akure/Ado road and get the Ondo Port approval. I am fulfilled today that I have delivered on both.”
The Minister appealed to the people, especially host communities and traditional rulers to cooperate with the contractors handling the project so everything can go on smoothly and the project can be delivered at the stipulated time.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Infrastructure, Lands and Housing, Engr Raimi Aminu and Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, who was represented by the Head of Service of the State, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, in their goodwill messages, said the project when completed would reduce suffering of residents of the two States and boost economic activities between them.
The event was attended by traditional rulers from the two States, including the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi and the Ewi of Ado Ekoti, Oba Rufus Adejuyigbe as well as Senator Ayo Akinyelure of Ondo Central.
Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Minister of State for Transportation May 25, 2023
1. Thank You, Mr. President, for bestowing the nation’s highest honors on my Vice President elect Shettima and me.
2. Our deep thanks also for the transition documents and the committed work performed by the transition council headed by the SGF.
3. The documents summarize the immense work of your administration. They constitute an impressive and noteworthy scorecard.
4. You have made history and no one can take your contribution to our nation’s development.
5. Your devotion to progressive and democratic good governance is unassailable.
6. As such, I stand here renewed not only in hope but also in dedication to our national purpose and destiny.
7. I also feel full of pride but this pride I feel is not for myself. It is for what this moment represents.
8. This stately occasion is living evidence that Nigeria is a vibrant and true democracy. All of us here bear witness to this inspiring proceeding where one leader bestows personal honor on his successor. Also, that leader does his utmost to exchange the baton of government by ensuring that his successor is as well-prepared as possible for the task at hand.
9. This hall is permeated with a sense of reverence for our democracy and the confident belief that this reverence shall be enshrined for generations to come.
10. Today is more than ceremony. It confirms that our path is right and that nothing will deter us from adhering to it.
11. Our way shall not always be smooth. Yet we are imbued with faith in our purpose and a firm belief in our collective ability to overcome the challenges that confront us.
12. President Buhari, you have shown courage in taking tough decisions others avoided.
13. One such decision was to recognize the injustice of the annulment of the 1993 election, to designate June 12 as Democracy Day, and to bestow the nation’s highest honor on the late MKO Abiola.
14 As much as anyone could, you reached back into history to set the record straight and heal a festering wound.
15. The justice you did in this matter lends special meaning to today.
16. I am a simple man who is the beneficiary of the support and goodwill of the people of Nigeria.
17. The people have put their trust in us. You have done your part Mr. President.
18. Now, that great duty descends on me. I understand the meaning of the honor given to me today and of the task that awaits.
19. I must run this race and must do it well. On security, the economy, agriculture, jobs, education, health and power and in all other sectors we must make headway. The people deserve no less. In this, I shall disappoint neither them nor you, Mr. President.
The recent outburst of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State deserves sympathy from all, including the ruling All Progressives Congress, which the opposition party ignorantly attacked. However, there is the need to educate the ailing group, led by Mr. Fatai Adams.
It is unbelievable that the opposition party could accuse the APC-led government of “grounding the state in six years”. The party further alleged that the ruling party has crippled the health and education sectors.
We concede the right to mourn to the opposition party, after losing political giants like Dr. Olumuyiwa Adu, and his team, but twisting facts smacks of political frustration.
The APC wishes to remind the good people of Ondo State that the ruling party inherited a dilapidated economy, six years ago. As at the time, it was impossible to pay salaries for over seven months, and several sectors were in disarray.
Within six years of dedication, commitment and good governance, the APC-led government has changed the narratives. All the unpaid salaries by the PDP have since been cleared by the administration of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, CON.
The thought of employing workers into ministries and departments was alien to the PDP led government, for eight years. The APC government has so far employed thousands of workers, to boost the existing workforce and enhance the effectiveness of various government organs. Unlike in the days of PDP, they are enjoying regular payment of salaries.
The APC government inherited poorly funded State Universities. The Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, was the worst hit by the criminal neglect by the PDP administration. The institutions are healthy today, with regular funding.
Ours is the only State in the South West zone without a teaching hospital. The APC-led government has taken the bold step to remedy the situation: building two teaching hospitals simultaneously. The projects are almost completed.
The state chapter celebrates the arrival of Dr. Olumuyiwa Adu, a lawyer and former formidable candidate of the PDP for Akure South/North Federal Constituency, Hon. Bode Obanla, Dr. Kolawole Joseph, and the entire political family of the late Hon. Omolafe Adedayo (Expensive) into our fold.
They are enviable political assets any day, and will add value to the the ruling party.
The Ondo State APC, under the chairmanship of Engr. Ade Adetimehin, has built a virile chapter, that is appealing, not only to the active players in the PDP, but other political parties.
One would have expected the struggling PDP to seek out the magic wand of the Idanre-born political tactician, instead of hurling insults, wailing and kicking.
We appeal to the PDP to demonstrate maturity in handling the loss. We further assure that our doors will remain open for those willing to join hands with us, in our selfless drive to build a more economically prosperous Sunshine State.
E-signed Alex Kalejaye, Publicity Secretary, Ondo APC.
A “kind and amazing” father-of-two has been struck and killed by a car after he got out of his own vehicle to help a family of ducks cross a busy intersection in California.
Casey Rivara, 41, was driving his children home after their swimming practice when they noticed a duck and her ducklings struggling to get across, according to his aunt Tracey Rivara.
Mr Rivara parked his car at the crossroads in Rocklin, about 20 miles northeast of Sacramento, and managed to usher the little animals safely across as people nearby reportedly applauded.
But as he was heading back to his vehicle he was struck, according to the relative.
Mr Rivara was “trying to help some ducklings that were in the intersection” when a teenage driver fatally hit him in the road, police said.
The victim died at the scene. The ducks were unharmed in the incident.
The 17-year-old girl behind the wheel remained at the site and, while the investigation was ongoing, it was unlikely she would face criminal charges, said Captain Scott Horrillo of Rocklin police.
“We still have a lot of areas and evidence to sort through, but at first look it does not look like there’s going to be any criminal negligence,” Capt Horrillo told NBC News.
The tragedy unfolded in front of locals who applauded Mr Rivara’s kind efforts, a 12-year-old boy told NBC Sacramento affiliate station KCRA.
‘Everyone was clapping because he was being really nice’
“He got out of the car and was shooing the ducks and everyone was clapping because he was being really nice,” the child said.
“He helped them get up over the kerb because all the little baby duckies were having trouble and then he walked in front of our car.”
Mr Rivara’s widow has said she and her family have been “deeply touched by the overwhelming love and support” they have received.
In a statement, Angel Chow wrote on Facebook: “We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you for the kind messages and gestures of kindness.
“It’s truly humbling to hear how Casey has positively impacted your lives, and we’re extremely grateful for that.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Mr Rivara’s aunt to raise funds for the family following the tragedy last Thursday evening.
She wrote: “Casey was the kindest, most amazing husband and father. Even his last act in this world was a sign of his compassion. The family is trying to figure out how to recover and keep going after this immense loss.”
The United Kingdom has announced restrictions barring foreign students from bringing family members into the country. The Home Secretary, Suella Braverman announced the ban as part of the push to reduce net migration.
The Home Secretary said all foreign students – apart from those on postgraduate research programmes – will be banned from bringing their dependents from January 2024.
The UK permits dependants to accompany their spouses or parent(s) who have a valid student visa.
Braverman had said there had been an “unexpected” spike in the number of dependents – saying the economic benefits brought by students could “not be at the expense” of the Tory promise to cut immigration.
The ban will affect all master’s students and some other post-graduates, but it will not apply to PhD students who are highly skilled and whose courses last between 3 to 5 years.
If implemented, the crackdown will affect many Nigerian students hoping to pursue their postgraduate studies in the UK, as they accounted for the highest increase in the number of dependants accompanying persons with study visas in 2022.
The Federal Government has removed the Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) Capt. Rabiu Yadudu.
Yadudu was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 and was relieved of his appointment on Friday along with five other directors of the agency.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kabir Yusuf Mohammed has been appointed as the new managing director for the FAAN and he is expected to resume duty next week.
The new FAAN boss was until his appointment, the Regional General Manager, North Central, Airport Manager Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport ,Abuja.
He was appointed as the Chairman, Aviation Roadmap Implementation Committee in January 2022 by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, a position he effectively combined with his office as the General Manager, Special Duties at FAAN.
Sources say similar exercise will be carried out in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), National Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), and other agencies .
Also a gale of resignation of senior personnel has hit the apex civil aviation regulatory : Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Reasons for the mass resignation, industry sources hinted, is predicated on underhand moves by the Ministry of Aviation to alter the rules to enable the controversial national carrier – Nigeria Air take – off before May 29, 2023.
The source hinted that the Ministry of Aviation is putting the NCAA under pressure to waive some aspects of regulation to see the controversial carrier airborne before the administration signs out in less than nine days.
Investigations revealed that key personnel have thrown in the towel over pressure to be influenced to act in an unprofessional manner to issue approvals that will birth the controversial carrier.
The directorate , experts say, is key to issuing the relevant certificates – Air Operators’ Certificate ( AOC), that will qualify the controversial carrier to take – off.
Sources hinted that other key personnel in the Airworthiness Directorate will announce their resignation by Monday.
Investigations further revealed that these technical personnel of the civil aviation body do not want to be rubbished by staking their reputation for the project that has not met regulatory requirements.
Insider sources at the NCAA said the promoters of Nigeria Air are yet to meet the five-stage processes that would guarantee issuance of AOC for the airline to take off.
Stakeholders in the aviation industry have called on the outgoing Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to write his name in gold by appointing senior directors to the positions of chief executive officers of the agencies.
The stakeholders under the aegis of ‘Mission to Redeem Aviation’, advised that professionals should be allowed to remain in the sector rather than being posted out of it.
The body’s coordinator, Comrade Fidelis Anazie in a statement urged the minister to try to right the wrongs of the past by making laudable appointments.
Part of the statement reads ‘We have been watching with keen interest the way appointments were being made in our highly rated sector but we are yet to get it right. Since these appointments are long overdue, we advise Senator Sirika to pick from agencies and appoint them without delay and without looking outside”.
In what is best described as a major immigration crackdown on foreign students, the United Kingdom is set to announce new restrictions that will most likely stop Nigerian students, other nationalities studying in the UK from bringing their families over.
This crackdown, according to an exclusive report by The Sun UK, will be announced this week.
The new UK Immigration policy, will see all masters students and many other post grads banned from bringing family over.
However, the ban will not apply to PHD students, whose courses usually last between 3 and 5 years and are very highly skilled, the UK media House reported.
This follows the reports that net migration into the UK has skyrocketed to 1 million with Tory MPs asking the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, “to get a grip on the rocketing numbers.”
To get a hold of the climbing numbers, UK ministers are said to be expected to announce the immigration clampdown on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Sun reports that “Rishi Sunak is expected to come out fighting on immigration – pointing out they are figures he inherited as they date back to the year ending December 2022 – two months after he became PM.
“There has been an explosion in the number of people coming to Britain piggybacking on their relative’s student visa.
“Students brought 135,788 family members to Britain last year – nine times more than in 2019.
“Last year, 59,053 Nigerian students brought over 60,923 relatives.”
“We have got to get a grip,” a Tory MP told The Sun on Sunday.
..Buhari, Tinubu, African leaders, others to attend launching
..Refinery to meet daily fuel consumption, create 100,000 jobs
As the Dangote Refinery begins operations on Monday (today), the 650,000 barrels per day oil processing facility has been designed to process crude oil grades from the three continents of Africa, Asia and America.
It was also gathered that the refinery would deliver a surplus of about 38 million litres of petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuel for Nigeria daily, hence it would meet the 100 per cent fuel supply requirement of the country.
Data in a document obtained from the company, on Sunday, showed that the Dangote Refinery could support the establishment of 26,716 fillings stations, create 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, and provide a $21bn market for Nigerian crude oil annually.
Early this month, The PUNCH reported that the Dangote Refinery, established by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is scheduled to be inaugurated on May 22.
A presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, had tweeted that the inauguration would be done by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
“Efforts by the Federal Government to make Nigeria self-sufficient in local refining of crude oil to save the scarce foreign exchange used in the importation of petroleum products have received a boost as the 650,000 barrels per day Dangote Refinery, the world’s largest single-train refinery, is set for inauguration on May 22nd, 2023, by President Muhammadu Buhari,” Ahmad announced.
The Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Project, a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited, is a 650,000 barrels per day crude oil refinery, located in Dangote Industries Free Zone, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
The Dangote Petroleum Refinery is an industrial plant that transforms crude oil into various usable petroleum products such as diesel, gasoline, jet fuel and kerosene.
Dangote Petroleum Refinery with a capacity to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day covers an area of approximately 2,635 hectares in the Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos.
The refinery will produce Euro-V quality gasoline and diesel, as well as jet fuel and polypropylene.
The firm stated that the facility was “designed to process a large variety of crudes including many of the African crudes, some of the Middle Eastern crudes and the US (United States) Light Tight Oil.”
On the target market and petroleum sufficiency, it stated that the refinery could meet 100 per cent of the Nigerian requirement of all liquid products, including gasoline (petrol), diesel, kerosene and aviation jet, and would also have a surplus of each of these products for export.
“The refinery is designed to use the latest technology to comply with stringent guidelines and regulations to protect the local environment, and at the same time produce the latest environmentally friendly petroleum products for worldwide markets,” the document from the firm stated.
On fuel requirements in Nigeria and supply from the refinery, the document showed that the facility would produce a daily surplus of 38 million litres of petrol, kerosene, aviation fuel and diesel.
It stated that the refinery would produce a surplus of about 20 million litres of petrol daily, a surplus of one million litres of kerosene daily, a surplus of one million litres of JetA1 daily, and a surplus of 16 million litres of diesel daily.
For product evaluation, the refinery’s dispatch facilities by road (tanker) for the product (gasoline, diesel, kerosene/jet fuel, propane and slurry) is up to 80 per cent of the total production and up to 75 per cent through marine facilities.
It has a year-round operation for road loading operation, with a total of 177 tank farms with a capacity of 4.74 billion litres, and a total tanker loading of 2,900. “This number is based on a tanker capacity of 33 KL,” the firm stated.
It explained that the Dangote Refinery project was particularly complex, featuring engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, and related storage facilities, all located in the Dangote Industries Free Zone Area of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
“Dangote is one of the few companies in the world executing a petroleum refinery and a petrochemical complex directly as an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contractor. Globally, apart from three companies, no individual owner has done the complete EPC contract for a petroleum refinery,” it stated.
The document further pointed out that the total number of temporary housing in the premises was for 33,000 people.
The refinery has its own dedicated steam and power generation system with adequate standby units for reliable/uninterrupted utility supply to operating plants. The power plant has a capacity of 435MW.
For the roll-on/roll-off quay, the document stated that Dangote Industries had developed a port and constructed quays with a load-bearing capacity of 25 tonnes/sq-meter to bring Over Dimensional Cargoes close to the site directly to handle liquid cargoes.
It stated that the jetty was situated at a distance of 12.3km from the refinery thereby effectively reducing the travel time, adding that there were over 1,029 trucks to improve the capacity of the local logistics.
On employment generation, the firm stated that the facility had a capacity of generating over 100,000 indirect employment at retail outlets, 26,716 filling stations and 129 depots in Nigeria, ease of availability of products by helping to open up service stations, and 16,000 trucks for transport that would create additional jobs.
It stated that over 30,000 were currently working at the petroleum refinery project site, through various contractors.
“When operational, the petroleum refinery is going to generate over 100,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerian youths,” the firm stated.
Buttressing on other forms of investments in the facility, the document stated that 70 per cent of the site was swamp and the land had to be reclaimed.
It stated that 65 million cubic metres of sand filling, costing approximately 300m euro, was invested to elevate the height of the plant by 1.5 metres, and to insure against any potential impact of the increase in mean sea level due to global warming.
For civil construction, it stated that “we bought over 1,209 pieces of equipment to enhance the local capacity for site works since even Julius Berger, Dantata & Sawoe, Hi-Tech, etc, are unable to handle some portions of our construction requirement.
“In mechanical construction, we bought 332 cranes to build up equipment installation capacity since the current capacity in Nigeria is extremely poor.”
A 24-year-old Islamic teacher, Mosediq Toheeb, was on Wednesday remanded by a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court for sexually assaulting a six-year-old pupil at a Quranic school.
The court presided over by Magistrate Patrick Nwaka, remanded the defendant who was arraigned on two counts of sexual violation preferred against him by the state police command.
The police prosecutor, Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the incident happened on May 7, 2023, at the University of Lagos Central Mosque.
According to Nurudeen, that was the second time that the teacher would defile the child.
The victim’s mother told the court that on the day of the incident, the child returned home from school with blood stains on her clothes and when asked what happened, she told her that her class teacher took her to a separate classroom, tied her mouth and hands and defiled her with a stern warning that she should not tell anybody.
According to the prosecutor, the offences committed are punishable under Sections 261 and 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.
The charge read in part, “That you, Mosediq Toheeb, on May 7, 2023, around 4pm at UNILAG Central Mosque, in the Yaba Magisterial District, did sexually assault one six-year-old female (name withheld), who lives at No. 26, Femi Adebule Street, Fola Agoro, in the Somolu area of Lagos, by inserting your finger into her vagina and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”
Nurudeen prayed the court to remand the defendant for 30 days pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution.
Toheeb’s lawyer, Patrick Onochie, pleaded with the court to consider the defendant, who he claimed was a final year student of the University of Lagos and would be starting his final examinations in two weeks.
Magistrate Nwaka did not take the plea of the defendant but ordered that he should be remanded.
He said there was no document before the court to show that the defendant was a student and in his final year or about to begin an examination.
He ordered that the case file be duplicated and sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice and copies of his school documents attached to the case file.
The President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari(retd), has approved the appointment of Toyin Madein as the substantive Accountant-General of the Federation.
This was contained in a statement, dated May 19, 2023, which was signed by the Director, Communications, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mohammed Abdullahi Ahmed, on Friday, in Abuja.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, stated that the appointment took effect from Thursday, May 18, 2023.
Madein was born on March 7, 1965 7 in Iperu Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, and until her appointment, she was the Director of Finance and Accounts in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
The PUNCH had earlier reported how the nation’s anti-graft agencies cleared 20 directors drawn from different Ministries, Departments and Agencies to take part in the process leading to the filling of the vacancy.
The vacancy followed the arrest of former AGF, Ahmed Idris, in July 2022, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the alleged misappropriation of N109bn and his subsequent suspension and prosecution.
The 20 shortlisted candidates that took part in the process are Danladi Comfort, Gombe (Interior); Mohammed Yar’Abba, Sokoto (Fire Service); Mufutau Bukola, Oyo (Transportation); Mahmud Kambari, Borno (North East Development Commission); Mohammed Dojo, Gombe (Interior); and Waziri Samuel, Borno (Agriculture and Rural Development).
Others are Maiden Sakirat, Ogun (OHCSF); Adaramoye Oluwole, Ekiti (Humanitarian Affairs); Isa Abubakar, Yobe (Science, Technology and Innovation); Ogunsemowo Olakunle, Ogun (Environment); Egbokhale Charity, Edo (NFF); Ibrahim Jibo, Kano (National Boundary Commission); Ogbodo Nnam, Enugu (National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission); and Bakare Juliannah, Ekiti (NPF).
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano, presided over by Justice M N Yunusa has nullified the candidature of the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti and all the candidates of the Labour Party in Abia and Kano States.
The court ruled that their emergence was not in compliance with the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act.
A copy of the judgement delivered by the court was obtained Friday morning by DAILY POST.
The Court in Suit No FHC/KN/CS/107/2023 filed by Mr Ibrahim Haruna Ibrahim against the Labour Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ruled that the failure of the Labour Party to submit its membership register to the INEC within 30 days before their primaries renders the process invalid.
“The party that has not complied with the provisions of the electoral act cannot be said to have a candidate in an election and cannot be declared winner of an election; this being so, the votes credited to the 1st defendant is a wasted vote,” the Judge ruled.
DAILY POST reports that on Wednesday, the Labour Party had accused a “breakaway group” of the party led by acting National Chairman Lamidi Apapa of approaching a court in Kano State to seek the nullification of the party’s recent electoral victories.
The LP’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, who raised the alarm in a statement, said “The Labour Party has been informed of an illegal attempt by a breakaway group in the party led by Lamidi Apapa to misguide a Kano state High court to invalidate all the elections won by the Labour Party in the just concluded general election.”
The party spokesman alleged that “the suspended National Legal Adviser and a key member of the disgraced Apapa group, Samuel Akingbade Oyelekan, on Wednesday while the Presidential Appeal Tribunal was sitting in Abuja with all attentions focused on it, clandestinely sneaked out of Abuja to Kano state where he in collaboration with some members of the other political parties asked the court to invalidate all the elections won by the Labour Party, particularly, the national assembly in the 36 states and FCT on the ground that we didn’t submit register of voters to INEC.”
He added that Akingbade, who presented himself as representing the Labour Party, did not oppose the motion, thus forcing the helpless judge to reserve judgement for Thursday, (yesterday).
Ifoh went on to ask the judiciary and all law enforcement agencies, including the police and the Department of State Services, DSS, to note that Akingbade and loyalists of Apapa’s had ceased to represent the party.
The programme of events for the inauguration of President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, has been released by the Federal Government.
The event, expected to be graced by top dignitaries, foreign Leaders, and Heads of Govts, will be celebrating the 7th consecutive democratic transition of power since the start of democracy in the country.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Presidential Transition Council, Mr Boss Mustapha, while unveiling the programme at a world press conference in Abuja on Thursday, said arrangements put in place will see to a smooth transition of power on May 29.
Mustapha also assured citizens that nothing will stop the inauguration from holding on May 29th, adding that the litigation in court won’t be a cause for the event not to hold. He added that the inauguration is an opportunity for citizens to experience the togetherness, unity, peace, and progress of Nigeria.
“Monday, 29th May 2023 will be the inauguration Parade/Swearing-In at Eagle Square,” he said while rolling out activities lined up to mark the Presidential inauguration.
Mustapha said: “Let me once again assure Nigerians and indeed the global community of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the seamless transfer of power to President-Elect, His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The upcoming event is historically significant to this great nation and the international community, particularly Africa because of the democratic values and lessons in nationhood. For these reasons, we have chosen, ‘NIGERIA: Better Together’, as the theme for the 2023 transition.
“I am delighted to inform you that May 29, 2023, will mark the 7th consecutive democratic transition of power in Nigeria and on that day, we shall all be ushering in the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The significance of the above is underscored by the desire of this administration to lay a solid foundation for seamless transition of power by institutionalising the process through legislation,” he said.
Africans Rising for Unity, Justice, Peace and Dignityis pleased to announce that the week from 22nd to 28th May has been declared African Liberation Week, one of the largest Pan-African mobilizations in the world.
Every year, Africans Rising mobilises thousands of people across Africa and the diaspora under the banner of African Liberation Week (ALW) to commemorate Pan-African cooperation and solidarity.
The African Liberation Week mass mobilisation is drawn from African Liberation Day observed annually on 25th May to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) created on 25th May, 1963.
This year, the day marks exactly 60 years since the formation of OAU, now African Union (AU).
This year’s milestone coincides with #BorderlessAfrica,a massive Africans Rising campaign launched during the 2022 All-African Movement Assembly in Arusha, Tanzania. Thus, the theme for this year’s African Liberation Week “Borderless Africa” will bring Africans together to advocate for the ratification and enforcement of the AU protocol on the free movement of people and goods in Africa. Along with our theme this year, we are recognizing the following sub-themes: -Fight against inequality -The multiple crises -food, energy, climate etc “The geopolitical whirlwinds we see today demand that we build strength and prosper together, which can only happen through unity and Pan-African solidarity. We must ask ourselves whether or not we are prepared to emerge from these as drawers of water and hewers of wood as we have been for the past centuries”, says Hardi Yakubu, Africans Rising Movement Coordinator.
Last year, under the theme “Africa for Africans”, the African Liberation Week mobilisation engaged more than 500 actions across 46 countries in Africa and the diaspora. This year, we shall have over 400 co-organized and self-organized activities /events registrations across African towns communities and diaspora drawn from this year’s theme and sub-themes.
We are calling upon the citizens and descendants of Africa to identify and organize events near them and invite individuals and organizations to join them; or provide the financial support for specific organizations or movements to host their own event during the African Liberation Week in any country (ies) / region (s).
Africans Rising calls on everybody to join the movement by reading our founding charter, The Kilimanjaro Declaration,and registering as a member.
The Artisans National Woman Leader and immediate past State President of the National Council of Women Societies, Dr. Jumoke Aborode, has congratulated and commended the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN ,CON , for the approval of Ondo deep sea port, describing it as timely.
Aborode affirmed that the approval of the seaport was the result of efforts, hardwork and persistence of the Governor , who had been making case for it since his assumption of office.
According to her, the development is a great opportunity for Artisans in the state and its environs, saying it would boost the State’s economy and make inter-state and international trading easier.
“The approval of the deep seaport is not by accident. It is based on the hardwork of the Governor. This will bring economic growth and development to the state. Display of Ondo State products and our agricultural products will be very easy to transport internationally “.
The Artisans National Woman Leader also commended the State Minister of Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye for his efforts towards the approval, saying; “Your success story will forever go a long way in Nigeria and Ondo State “.
Also speaking, the State Woman Leader of the Artisans group, Comrade Yemi Akeju, lauded the Governor’s giant stride for making Ondo indigenes proud by championing developmental projects in the state.
..seeks partnership with EU on various initiatives
The First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu on Thursday, May 18, 2023, paid a courtesy visit to Ms. Samuela Isopi, the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the organization’s headquarters in Abuja.
The purpose of the visit was to seek a partnership between the EU and the office of the First Lady, Ondo State.
During the meeting, Her Excellency Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu gave insights into her various projects which include fighting gender-based violence and empowering the girl-child.
Describing herself as a “woman of many parts”, Chief Akeredolu spoke on her varied passions covering various areas such as aquaculture, public health and renewable energy.
She said that on becoming First Lady she utilized the strength of her platform in organizing annual summer boot camps for secondary school girls aged nine years old to fifteen years old to promote their skills.
“I promote the teaching of renewable energy to young adolescents who are girls in secondary schools from JSS1 to SS2 as well as ICT and life-enhancing Skills. It is one of my passions.
“I also recognized that power was a challenge and here we have solar technology at our fingertips. We have the sun. We introduced solar technology in the training of the girls,” she said.
She noted that the girls were also equipped with the tools such as laptops and solar equipment to ensure that they don’t forget what they have been taught at the boot camp.
“We were able to give our girls brand new laptops and a solar home system that has three bulbs and can also charge their laptops and phones.
“When these girls get home they make a video and show us and when you see where they are coming from you will realize that if you didn’t give them the tools all your efforts would have been wasted because many of them do not have electricity.
We have been organising the summer bootcamp since 2017 having trained over 3000 secondary school girls from Ondo State and beyond in last six years. Initially, we started with training 100 girls and in subsequent years 200, 250, 300 and 400. Now we train 400 girls at a time for two weeks and the transformation is amazingly heart-warming.
She said that her Bemore Empowered also enlightens girls by letting them realize that they can be more than what society ascribes them to be.
The Ondo State First Lady revealed that her Bemore Empowered Initiative has taught adolescents experiencing period poverty how to make reusable sanitary pads. The Initiative also teaches girls the importance of a well-balanced diet, and fitness as well as educate them on breast and cervical cancer.
“They know how to do breast examinations. They are all breast cancer advocates in their communities which are areas where the disease is not regarded as a medical issue but a spiritual issue,”
She said the girls are taught taekwondo for self-defence to protect them against gender-based violence as well as various skills such as makeup and arts which has enabled them to earn a living.
On another initiative of hers- the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Anyanwu-Akeredolu, a 26-year breast cancer survivor said that the initiative boasts six chapters nationwide and is run by dedicated staff passionate about preventing as well as fighting the disease.
Responding, Ms Isopi lauded the Ondo State First Lady’s “beautiful “passions”.
“I can see the difference you are really making in transforming the lives of those girls. 400 young girls translate to 400 households,” she said.
The EU Ambassador said that the organization currently have programs funded together with the European Union member states.
“We hope that we can find a way to mutualize our efforts in terms of specific support to your foundation. We can also see how we can support your efforts in terms of visibility”. she said.
During the courtesy visit, Ms Leila Ben Amor Mathieu, the Team Leader/Head of the Human Development Section of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS gave an insight on the various social development projects being funded by the EU member states which include healthcare, renewable energy and digital skills.
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Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media (Office of the First Lady)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has rejoiced with the government and residents of the Sunshine State over the approval of a deep sea port by the Federal Executive Council, saying, “It is a dream come true”.
Chairman of the chapter, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, also lauded the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, for his doggedness and rare ability to change narratives.
Ondo APC also expressed appreciation to the Hon. Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, for being a good ambassador of the State.
The party said it had been a deep desire of the APC-led Government to change the economic fortune of the Sunshine State, adding, “Mr. Governor, from day one, has always maintained that the wealth of Ondo State would boom from the sea”.
With a deep sea port, he argued, the State economy would be well stimulated, with job opportunities created for thousands of employable youths.
Besides, he contended, Ondo State would become an investment hub for diverse business interests, and the State would enjoy better attention from all stakeholders in the marine business.
Adetimehin commended the governor for not abandoning the dream when the going got tough, and pursuit seemed not realizable, but rather remained focused, and undeterred.
The APC chieftain described Akeredolu as “a goal-getter, who has unquenchable desire for breaking enviable grounds.
The party further hailed the pragmatic stride of Arakunrin Akeredolu in the health sector, particularly for establishing two Teaching Hospitals simultaneously.
“Ours is the only State in the South West zone without a teaching hospital. Today, our government is building one in Akure, and another in Ondo Town at the same time. The two multimillion Naira projects would be commissioned soon. We thank and celebrate Mr. Governor, for making us proud in many ways”, Adetimehin added.
The party appealed to all stakeholders in the Deep Sea Port project to buckle up for the task ahead, saying that activities ought to commence immediately on site, to ensure speedy realization of the laudable dream.
In line with the REDEEMED Agenda and efforts geared towards creating sustainable industries, Ondo State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South West Bitumen Company, towards exploitation and refining of Bitumen in the State.
Secretary to the State Government, Princess Catherine Oladunni Odu, while signing the MoU in Akure, said Ondo State has anticipated the exploitation of Bitumen for a long time, as such, will do everything within its power to ensure the long-time dream of the State, comes to reality during the Akeredolu-led administration.
Princess Odu said the proposed implementation of Bitumen resources is located within the mining lease of the company in Ondo State, across Irele, Odigbo and Okitipupa Local Government Areas.
She added that the task of being able to discover ready and credible investors in the field was quite challenging, but the unrelenting efforts of the Arakunrin-led administration in making the State an investors haven, prompted the emergence of the company which indicated interest to align with the State on the right development path.
Odu emphasized that the State is blessed with a large quantity of Bitumen product, making it the second largest in Africa and that the project will yield substantial dividends to the State Government when fully exploited.
Speaking on behalf of the company, Engineer Dare Adedara, commended the Government for providing a conducive environment for investors to tap opportunities that would be mutually beneficial.
Engineer Adedara briefed the SSG on the company’s efforts at ensuring the project is successful, saying that the main focus of the company is to develop the exploitation of Twenty thousand barrels and refining of Ten thousand barrels per day.
Debbie Funmilayo Media Officer (Office of the SSG)
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has called for regular medical checkups for women in order to live healthy lives and long enough to reap the fruits of their labour.
The Ondo State Acting Chairperson, Comrade Tola Gbadamosi, made the call on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, during the association’s programme on Women Health held in Akure.
She said women should create time for enough rest and chilling out once a while as done by the men. She also urged women to avoid unnecessary physical, emotional and psychological stress which could aggravate their blood pressure.
“Women should create time to cater for their health and particularly when they are ageing so as to have enough strength to meet the challenges ahead of them and sustain their homes,” she said.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Adebummi Osadahun, charged women to take their health as a matter of priority and should always remember their place in the society because the slogan of No Woman No Nation has been changed to No Woman , No Generation.
Osadahun explained that ageing in women is not a disease but a natural phenomenon which is bound to happen to every woman as she advised against over thinking to avoid increase in blood pressure.
She advised NAWOJ to always invite men to participate in such programmes so that they would also be sensitized and to understand why their wife’s be given special consideration and allow them have proper rest they deserved than adding more to their challenges for their marital rights.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Prince Leke Adegbite urged women not to over care for their work but to also create time for themselves because they are the actives of the society.
Adegbite applauded the acting Chairperson for her first outing as he described the programme as beneficial considering the nature of women challenges particularly those in the male dominated profession like security and the media which do not see women as different from their male counterparts.
He further appreciated Mr Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his selfless magnanimity in improving the lives of journalists in the state saying that the Governor has paid over N60million of the accumulated retirement gratuity of the Owena Press Limited which does not exclude the women.
In a goodwill message, DSC Yomi Elizabeth Faboyo Agbede from the office of Non Anti-Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration of the NSCDC advised on the need to change the Psychiatric hospital name to Health Care Institution so that it could further address people more in women health mental issues.
Representative of the State Police Commissioner, Bukola Rita Fadimoye urged participants to further educate women in their various field of endeavours because depression is not only on women but also on the children.
While explaining that the closer women are to their children, the easier it is to identify the child undergoing depression. Fadimoye charged people to know their rights and to always fight for themselves and not to wait untill the security personnel fights for them.
Also, the representative of the State Commandant of NSDC, CDC Olubummi Folashade Olakanse charged NAWOJ to take the programme as an annual project or could be organised on a quarterly period and to be taken to the grassroots.
She said women should eat earlier and be happy while eating, being patient and calm and avoid thinking to be less free while more attention be paid health and not to be a walking corpse.
Speaking on Women’s Mental Health Mrs Temidayo Olajumoke Falade FCA expressed happiness that the programme is to further increase the awareness of importance of health to the people.
She said described depression as the most deadly mental health issue where awareness remains the first solution. Another resource person, Mr Oluyomi Daniels, the National Sales Manager of Sam Pharmaceutical Limited spoke on Peptic Ulcer and the use of antacid.
Mr. Daniels said treatment of Peptic ulcer can be tackled by reversing the causative agents among which he mentioned stomach Acid, use of Nonsteriodal Anti-inflammatory drug NSAID and H pylori as well as the use of medications like Proton Pump inhibitors ( PPI).
He advised women above 45 years not to rush out of bed when they wake up in the morning but that they should sit up on bed first before getting out of bed finally.
Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, has described as cheering the Federal Government’s approval of Ondo Deep Sea Port.
Governor Akeredolu, who thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and other members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), said the approval was an impressive parting gift from the Buhari administration.
The Governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, noted that actualising the port project was very important to his administration.
“The Port Ondo is one of the most important projects of this administration. We are determined and committed to actualising this project that will set our state on the path of economic prosperity.
“Our dream for this port of Ondo is to serve as a conduit for our goods, agricultural produce, and very soon, our bitumen.
“It is the goal of this administration to ensure that the potential of Ondo State is maximised and that all necessary infrastructure required to make this a reality is put in place to achieve this.
“We thank the minister of Transportation, Hon. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, for his interventions and commitment. Our state is very grateful for this yeoman service. History will be kind to him.
“We equally noted with candour, the role of the Minister of State for Transportation, our own, Prince Ademola Adegoroye. Your impactful struggles and efforts have started yielding enduring fruit of development. Indeed, you have proven to be a true representative of your people. Your doggedness is admirable.
“We also appreciate everyone who has, one way or the other, contributed to the process of getting this approval. It is just a phase. We expect that this development will renew our vigour and drive our passion to deliver the Port Ondo project.
“Like we say, we are planting a tree, under which shade we may not rest. Nevertheless, it is a worthy cause for the generation yet unborn. We are committed to any effort that targets the good of the next generation.
..joins colleagues for National Women In Power Conference on Nutrition
The wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has identified adequate food production as a major factor to combat child malnutrition in Nigeria.
The Ondo State First Lady said this while speaking as a participant at the National Women in Power Conference, organised by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with the Nigeria Governors Wives’ Forum and other nutritional agencies, held at the Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on Wednesday.
According to her, the campaign for adequate nutrition would yield undesired results if there is no adequate and enough food to consume, hence the need to invest massively in agriculture.
Responding to the question on the impact of girl’s nutrition on the national development in Nigeria, Mrs. Akeredolu affirmed that if girls were educated and enlightened about adequate nutrition, it would bring about a healthy population.
She explained that since a girl grows to become a woman, wife, and mother, she’d ensured that her family eats good diets and consequently, prevents malnutrition.
“When these girls are aware of what is healthy nutrition they will carry it along into adulthood, and when they are married they will ensure that their families eat well; when she gets pregnant she knows she has to feed with healthy diets to support herself and the baby growing within her”, she asserted.
She cited her Bemore Empowered Girls summer bootcamp through which healthy diet is promoted among girls of secondary school during two weeks summer bootcamp in Ondo State.
“If you are not aware, we have Summer programme called Bemore Empowered Girls Summer Bootcamp, where we camp teenagers from JSS1-SS3 for two weeks. One of the highlights is making sure that our girls are fed with quality diets, my Matrons ensure they eat the fruits and the vegetables”.
She described the conference as a call to build on the already laid foundation, saying: “and now that it’s like a national project, we will now intensify efforts, already the foundation has been laid, so, it’s not just the girls alone, it will be extended to the women and the entire population of Ondo State “.
Earlier in her opening speech, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Wives’ Forum, Dr. Mariya Aminu Tambuwal, had averred that healthy nutrition must continue to be a major public health problem in Nigeria.
She identified inadequate water and Sanitation as one of the factors contributing to malnutrition in Nigeria.
Mrs. Aminu Tambuwal charged mothers to ensure that children get appropriate nourishment and, Wives of Governors must strive to influence nutrition matter in their States.
The conference, themed: “Women in Power: Harnessing our Position in improving Nutrition Outcomes “, featured presentations on ‘Nutrition Situation in Nigeria with Focus on Women and Girls: How it contributes to National Development’, ‘Funding Nutrition in Nigeria’, and a panel discussion on ‘Multisectoral Responsibilities in Addressing Women and Girls’ Nutrition’.
The conference came up with a 5-point commitment plan, adopted by the Governors Wives’ Forum, which include creating awareness on exclusive breastfeeding, advocacy for six months paid maternity leave, cultivation of schools gardens, advocacy on establishment of creche at offices, and budgeting and timely release of funds on nutrition.
Mary Agidi Special Assistant on Media to Ondo State Governor (Office of the First Lady) May 17, 2023
The federal government on Wednesday approved the establishment of a deep sea port in Ondo State.
The Federal Executive Council, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, gave the approval for the operating licence for the Port at the FEC meeting held at the State House in Abuja.
The Memo for the approval was presented by the Federal Ministry of Transportation through the Minister of Transportation, Eng Muazu Jaji Sambo, following years of efforts by the Ondo state Government to establish a deep sea port, first at Olokola which failed to materialise since 2004.
The efforts were renewed by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu upon his assumption of office as Governor in 2017 and became intensified upon the appointment of an indigene of Ondo state, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, as Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of Transportation in July 2022, just about 10 months ago.
Akeredolu had submitted the proposal for the establishment of the Port to the federal government, with series of due diligence undertaken by both the State and federal governments.
Two officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been arrested for killing their colleague over valuable items and property seized from a suspect in detention.
The Commission in a statement issued Tuesday said the arrested staff were stationed at its Sokoto Zonal Command.
The said officers, Assistant Superintendent Apata Oluwaseun Odunayo and Inspector Ogbuji Titu Tochukwu, allegedly conspired and inflicted heavy injuries on their colleague, Inspector Abel Isah Dickson, who later died at the hospital on May 7.
The Executive Chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa confirmed the development to journalists on Tuesday.
He disclosed that a two-count charge of culpable homicide has been filed against the duo.
The late officer was buried on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Jos, Plateau State.
Bawa said: “The officer passed away on May 7, 2023, at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto where he was receiving treatment for injuries he sustained, two days earlier, in a scuffle with two other staff: Assistant Superintendent of EFCC, Apata Oluwaseun Odunayo and Inspector of EFCC, Ogbuji Titu Tochukwu.
“They had disagreed over procedures for the custody of items belonging to a suspect in detention, leading to a fight, a conduct which the Commission frowns at.
“The two officers with whom he had a disagreement have been suspended by the Commission and handed over to the Nigeria Police for further investigation and possible prosecution”.
Bawa noted that the latest information was that a two-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide has been filed against them at a Chief Magistrate Court, Gwiwa in Sokoto.
He explained that both offences are punishable under Sections 60 and 191 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Low, 2019.
Bawa added that without prejudice to the police investigation, they will, in addition, face further disciplinary measures in line with the Commission’s staff regulation.
Murphy Afolabi, a Nollywood star, who died after reportedly falling in his bathroom, has been buried.
The death of Afolabi had sent a wave of shock across, especially as the news broke after that of the death of Obinna Nwafor, aka Saint Obi, another Nollywood star.
Murphy was laid to rest at his residence in Ikorodu, Lagos, at about 6pm on Monday.
His corpse was moved from Isolo General Hospital mortuary, where he was kept after medical experts pronounced him Brought In Dead (BID).
Afolabi who was dressed in white was put in a transparent coffin.
Among those at the burial included the President of the Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Practitioners Association Of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Bolaji Amusan, popularly called Mr. Latin, Mercy Aigbe, Damola Olatunji and Hafeez Owo.
Murphy, who started acting at a young age, celebrated his birthday on May 5, 2023.
His first stint in professional acting began under the guidance of veteran actor Fasasi Olabankewin (Dagunro) in 1998.
Barely 24 hours after the death of a popular Nollywood actor, Saint Obi, a Yoruba popular actor and filmmaker, Murphy Afolabi, is reportedly dead.
The thespian, who acted in Yoruba movies, was said to have fallen down in the bathroom at his house in Ikorodu, Lagos, on Sunday morning, May 14, 2023.
A filmmaker and the president of the Yoruba movies directors guild, Seun Olaiya, shared the sad news on a WhatsApp platform populated by filmmakers.
He was corroborated by the Managing Director of the popular movie marketing company, Corporate Pictures Nigeria Limited, Abdullahi Abdulrasaq.
Olaiya wrote, “I swear to God just before the news, I was still hailing him. This is really a rude shock to me.”
Showbiz personality and the convener of the Best of Nollywood Awards, Seun Oloketuyi, also confirmed the news to our correspondent. He said, “It is true. He passed away after taking a fall in his bathroom at his house in Ikorodu this morning.”
Born on May 5, 1974, Afolabi got into the movie industry in 2001.
The graduate of Iree Polytechnic, Osun State, appeared in over 60 movies before his death.
His film credits include ‘Ifa Olokun’, ‘Omowunmi’, ‘Jimi Bendel’, ‘Wasila Coded’, ‘Olokiki Oru’, and ‘Idera
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the arrest of Afrobeat musician, Seun Kuti, over an alleged assault of a police officer in Lagos.
The IG has equally ordered a speedy and full investigation into the remote and immediate cause(s) of the alleged assault and prosecution of the suspect accordingly.
This was as the musician alleged attempted murder of himself and his family by the police officer in question, in a social media post obtained by our correspondent on Saturday night.
Speaking on the incident in a Saturday night statement obtained by our correspondent, the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adéjọbí said, “The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command to arrest Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, who was captured on video assaulting a police officer in uniform.
“The IG has equally ordered a speedy and full investigation into the remote and immediate cause(s) of the assault and prosecution of the suspect accordingly.
“IG Baba assures Nigerians that acts of contempt/disdain for symbols of authority will not be tolerated while offenders of such hideous crimes will be surely brought to book.”
Meanwhile, in a Saturday night Instagram post obtained by our correspondent, Ṣeun Kuti noted that the police officer in question had apologised over an alleged attempt to murder him and his family.
Kuti said, “He tried to kill me and my family. I have the proof but I no dey chase clout.
“He has apologised and I have agreed not to press charges. Make una mind una business make the poor guy no lose his job.”
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, has lauded stakeholders, especially staff, students and alumni, whose relentless efforts have, in no small measure, contributed to the retention of the global rating of the Institution as Best State-owned University in Nigeria.
Prof. Ige, in a chat with the Information Unit of the University on Thursday, May 11, 2023, following the release of this year’s Webometrics in the penultimate day, said the feat would not have been achieved but for their huge efforts.
The VC said, “That our University has consistently been ranked Best State-owned University in Nigeria is a no mean achievement. This is the sixth time in the recent years that AAUA has been ranked best of all state-owned varsities in Nigeria. This has been made possible by our staff, students and alumni. It means an upshot from our investment in our ICT; it means we have impressive online presence with our online service delivery and publication of quality scholarly articles.
“Despite our funding challenges, we have proven that if we have more supports, we can attain greater heights. We are proud of this and we thank every stakeholder that has made it possible.”
Adekunle Ajasin University, which came atop all state-owned universities in Nigeria, clinched 13th position among Nigerian universities; 99th in Africa and 2753rd globally out of 12,003 institutions ranked in the Webometrics Ranking.
The ranking, which started in 2004, is published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group under Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), the largest public research organization located in Madrid, Spain.
Victor A. AKINPELUMI
Head, Information, Protocol and Public Relations Unit (IPPRU) & Radio AAUA (90.3FM)
The Olukare of Ikare, Oba (Alhaji) Akadiri Saliu Momoh IV J.P has declared that Alhaji Shehu Batuta remains the Mufasir of Ikare, saying his purported removal cannot hold and should be disregarded.
Oba (Alhaji) Momoh who is also the Vice President General of Islamic Affairs made the declaration in a letter addressed to the Chairman, leaque of Imams and Alfas, Ondo state on 8th May, 2023 made available to the media.
The letter titled Re: Removal of Alhaji Sheik, Surajudeen Batuta, the Mufasir of Ikare; The position of Olukare of Ikare and the Ikare Muslim Council stated that “Any purported removal of Alhaji Shehu Batuta as the Mufasir of Ikare cannot hold, kindly disregard the letter dated 24th April by the so called Ikare Muslim community or council of Ratibi Imams.”
The Olukare who signed the letter stated that the authority to appoint, discipline and dismissal of any Islamic title holder in Ikare lies with his office as the Olukare of Ikare Kingdom.
He described the Imam Ratibis or signatories to the letter written by unknown Ikare Muslim Community as not statutory members of Ikare Muslim Council and do not possess the power to remove Alhaji Shehu Batuta as the Mufasir of Ikare.
According to the Olukare, the Ikare Muslim Community are not known as far as Islam is concerned in Ikare, noting that what exist is Ikare Muslim Council.
The letter, he further explained emanated from the former Chief Imam of Ikare, Alhaji Sheik Abass Mohammed, where all the signatories were those he said are used to foment crisis among the Ikare Muslim family.
He accused the former Imam of guilty of all the allegations raised against Batuta in the purported letter.
The Olukare, who reeled out some misdemeanour, acts of insubordination and desecration against his office observed that Imam Abbas assembled the Ratibi Imams to support him seize the control of Islam from Olukare of Ikare and refused to continue cooperating with the council of Ratibi Imams which metamorphosed to Ikare Muslim Community and found some allegations against him threatened to remove him from office where the Owalukare rose to his defence.
Similarly, in a public announcement released from the office of the Grand Mufti of Ondo state, Alhaji, Dr. Shehu Sirajudeen Batuta on 10th May 2023, urged the general public to discountenance the news about his removal as Mufasir of Ikare.
” The news came from a section of Ratibi Imams that are currently having issues with Ikare Muslim Family”
” It is my belief that when there are issues and differences, we should be able to resolve the issues amicably,” it stated.
Batuta reiterated not having personal grudge with the Olukare and the entire Muslim congregation who appointed him as the Mufasir of Ikare.
” My position is to help those presently at logger heads with the Muslim family resolve and settle their differences amicably,” he stated.
He however implored all concerned to embrace peace, urging everyone to shun any act of violence that can distrupf peace in Ikare land and to cooperate with government to benefit from its developmental efforts in Ikare and the state in general.
University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, Kwara State, has referenced cases of the former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the popular singer, Habeeb Okikiola, with the stage name Portable, in the examination.
In the question paper sighted by Vanguard on Thursday, the Department of Criminology and Security Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences used Ekweremadu and Portable’s cases in the Harmattan Semester Examination for the 2021/2022 session.
Recall that the Nigerian politician was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison last week for an organ harvesting plot in the United Kingdom, the UK.
The examiner, in the course Code CSS 311, asked students to state the types of confession made by the victim and mention the predisposing factors that led to the confession and features of the UK police that assisted in the arrest and prosecution of the lawmaker.
The lecturer in charge of the course also asked questions about Portable’s case, who was arrested by the police in March.
Based on the singer’s ordeal, the examiner demanded that the students should discuss four types of criminal profiling, the procedures for obtaining individual characteristics and the relationships between the personality of the offender and his job.
PROPOSED APC ZONING FORMULA FOR NASS LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IS A SKEWED ARRANGEMENT THAT REINFORCES INJUSTICE AND ENHANCES INEQUITY
It is with great concern, and indeed, with a huge burden that I read in the news of the purported zoning arrangement released by the National Working Committee of our Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as regards the leadership positions in the yet-to-be inuagurated National Assembly.
Aside the unpretentious ambiguity in the purported Press Statement issued by the leadership of the APC, the contents, intentions and motives of the zoning formula represent early signs of steps aimed at attempts to cabin the hard-earned Presidency for our Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by a few individuals with eyes on ASO ROCK POWER BUTTONS.
It is trite to aver, that, it stands logic on the head that one geo-political zone, Northwest in this regard, will be favoured with two presiding officers positions out of four while North Central suffers the consequences for its innocence and shrewd loyalty by having none.
It is an insidious permutation that North East will be deprived in the face of the unsavoury generosity dispensed through two slots to a particular geo-political zone. It is self-repudiating for one to argue, therefore, that the Speaker of the House of Representatives cannot also emerge from the North East.
Therefore, the move to zone the National Assembly leadership positions on the behest of interested personalities with perceived closeness to the President-elect manifestingly, lays the dangerous foundation of distrust, needless suspicion even as it structures nothing but a combination of booby traps. We must avoid all these.
Let the North play a stronger, more robust and all-inclusive roles in the emergence of the positions zoned to the region, especially the Speakership.
Furthermore, it strikes a huge ingratitude that the role of the Progressive Governors Forum appears unimportant. As leaders of the Party in their respective States, there cannot be a greater disservice to them that a consensus was yet to be reached when the NWC hurriedly released a dangerous tool for the opposition in the guise of a zoning formula. To me, even on this note, it’s unacceptable.
Does it not also exude a serious discomfort that the aspirants to the Speakership were not consulted, approached and effectively engaged before the purported zoning formula? It does, and clearly so.
It is in this regard that I salute the courage of the Speakership aspirants for their show of solidarity, companionship and applaudable love for the Party in their rejection, resentment and objection to the brazenly teleguided zoning arrangement that is skewed and targeted against some zones and identified individuals. Their action is commendable just as they are urged to ensure they pursue this to a logical conclusion. This is an unworkable arrangement that reinforces injustice and enhances inequity; and I join them in rejecting this zoning formula.
I call on the NWC of our great Party to follow the path of purity and Justice. It is perhaps expedient that Mr. President-elect interrogates this skewed arrangement and give direction that reflects our collective commitment to equality and fairness.
In this particular case, and for the purpose of avoiding a repeat of untoward situations, it is advised that the APC NWC immediately summons the National Executive Committee (NEC)after robust National Caucus/Stakeholders parley to agree on terms that would strengthen our great Party.
Signed: Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON Governor, Ondo State and Chairman Southwest Governors’ Forum.
The President-elect, Bola Tinubu on Wednesday departed Nigeria for Europe on a working visit.
While in Europe, Tinubu will finetune the transition plans, programmes, and policy options with some of his key aides without distractions.
During the visit, the President-elect will engage with investors and other key allies with the goal of marketing investment opportunities in the country and his administration’s readiness to enable a business-friendly climate through policies and regulations.
A statement by his Media Aide, Tunde Rahman said: “Already, meetings with multi-sectoral actors in Europe’s business community including manufacturing, agriculture, tech and energy have been lined up.
“Asíwájú Tinubu hopes to convince them of Nigeria’s readiness to do business under his leadership through mutually-beneficial partnerships premised on jobs creation and skills acquisition.
“Reviving the country’s economy forms a major plank of Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda and the meeting is part of his efforts to re-establish Nigeria’s importance in the global economic chain and create empowering opportunities for the country’s huge youth population.
“The President-elect has hitherto promised to hit the ground running and the visit is reflective of his commitment to the promise as he has already begun talks with global actors in the important areas of the economy and security.”
Before he left the country, Tinubu met with the House of Representatives candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker endorsed by his party, the All Progressives Congress, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and Hon. Benjamin Kalu, who were presented to him by the Joint Task Team of the House.
He is scheduled to return shortly for preparations towards his official swearing-in as the 16th President of Nigeria on May 29, 2023.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria in its verdict on Tuesday affirms Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun State.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared that Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 403,371 votes to defeat then-incumbent, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, of the All Progressives Congress who got 375,027 votes.
But Oyetola and the APC rejected the result of the poll and headed for the tribunal.
The governorship election in the state was held on July 16, 2022.
In its January 27, 2023 majority verdict, the Justice Tertse Kume-led tribunal annulled Adeleke’s victory and declared Oyetola the winner of the poll.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, on Tuesday, received the Merit Award of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV).
The Award was presented to the Governor by the Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Pastor Femi Agagu, who received the award on behalf of the Governor during the NIESV Award Ceremony in Abuja.
Governor Akeredolu, who was on annual vacation at the time of the Award Ceremony, was presented with the Award during the State Executive Council meeting held at the Exco Chambers, Governor’s office, Alagbaka, Akure.
The Award was in recognition of the Governor’s initiatives and contributions to massive infrastructural development, which has enhanced the quality of life of citizens of the State and Nigeria at large.
The Governor conveyed his appreciation to the members and leadership of NIESV while describing the Award as a push to do more for the people.
Richard Olatunde Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State. May 9, 2023.
A fresh graduate of the Department of Philosophy, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Gbenga Moses, has reportedly been found dead inside his room.
Moses, who graduated from the institution in January 2023, was said to be waiting for the National Youths Service Corp call-up letter before the incident occurred on Sunday.
According to a source, among the students of the university, the deceased popularly known as Pablo was living outside the campus where the incident took place.
The source said the deceased complained about the food he and his girlfriend ate earlier at a restaurant but after they received treatment at a hospital, they returned to their house but the deceased was found dead inside his room on Sunday morning.
The source said, “Gbenga and his girlfriend went to eat at a restaurant in the town and he later complained about stomach ache but they both went to the hospital and later returned home after they were treated.
“But it was surprising that on Sunday morning, he did not come out of his room, on Sunday morning at about 11, he didn’t also pick up his call. So the curious neighbours had to break his door and found him dead.”
The source added because the deceased had earlier complained of stomach pain after eating the food raised suspicion that he died of food poisoning.
Reacting to the ugly incident, the Dean of Student Affairs, of the school, Prof. Olusegun Akanbi, confirmed the incident and said the graduate died early morning on Sunday.
He said, “The Head of the Department of Philosophy just called me and it was discovered that he ( deceased) passed on Sunday and his parents had already come.”
Also reacting, the Head of Media and Protocols of the AAUA, Mr Victor Akinpelumi, said the institution has set up an investigative panel to look into the matter.
The state police command’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami said the command had begun an investigation into the matter.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has anointed former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President of the 10th Assembly, while Hon. Tajudeen Abbas from Kaduna State has also been named as the Speaker of the House.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the NEC meeting held on Monday at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
He said: “The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) met today, Monday, May 8, 2023 to consider reports of consultations and meetings held with the President-Elect, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, other Party leaders and stakeholders on zoning arrangement for 10th National Assembly leadership positions.
“The NWC noted with respect the outcome of the meetings held between the President-Elect and the leadership of the NWC. The NWC called for further and better consultation with necessary stakeholders in order to assure the support of the aspirants to the National Assembly leadership positions and members of the Party nationwide.
“The zoning arrangement reported to the NWC is as follows: Senate President – South-South Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Deputy Senate President – (North West), Senator Barau Jubrin (Kano).
“Speaker, House of Representatives North West-Hon. Abass Tajudeen (Kaduna); Deputy Speaker (South East), Hon. Ben Kalu (Abia).
“We urge our party leaders, members and all Nigerians to continue to work for peace and progress of our country during and beyond the current period of leadership transition.”