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20 table tennis coaches undergo refresher course in Ibadan-NOC



The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation say they have assembled 20 table tennis coaches in Ibadan for a refresher course under the Olympic Solidarity Coaching programme.

NOC’s Spokesman, Phemmy Adetula made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.

According to the statement, the programme is in collaboration with the International Table Tennis Federation.

It said that the course to be supervised by Abdulmalik Ibrahim of the NOC also included participants from some African countries like Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tunisia.

The statement quoted Olabanji Oladapo, the Secretary-General, NOC, as saying that the course was to update the coaches on modern techniques of the game.

“It is the hope of the NOC that coaches that are participating in this programme will take advantage of it and exploit the expertise of the instructor to improve their technical abilities.

“International Table Tennis Federation Instructor, Ahmed Aldawalatly from Egypt is in charge of the course where 20 coaches are currently taking part.

“The course which commenced on May 13 will end on May 18,” he said.

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Ibadan high chief, ex-Oyo NUJ boss felicitate with Alao-Akala at 70



The Osi Bashorun of Ibadanland, Dr Azeez Adeduntan and Mr Gbenga Opadotun, a former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Council, have congratulated former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala on his 70th birthday.

The duo in their separate congratulatory messages made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday, commended Alao-Akala for his outstanding contributions to the development of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former governor and APC chieftain clocked 70 years on June 3.

Adeduntan in his message, congratulated Alao-Akala for his many years of outstanding achievements in the service of the pacesetter state which had endeared him so much to the heart of many residents.

The former APC governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election said that Alao-Akala left behind legacies of excellence while at the helm of affairs in the Nigeria Police Force and as Oyo State governor.

I admire Otunba Alao-Akala for his pragmatism in politics, native intelligence, ability not to be taken as a fool easily, ability to always have an entry and exit strategy in any political party he joins without packing all his eggs in one basket,” he said.

He lauded Alao-Akala’s forthrightness, patriotism and passion in working for the good of the state, country and humanity which would continue to stand him out as a resourceful manager, exemplary leader and patriot.

Adeduntan, also urged the former governor to remain steadfast in love and loyalty to Nigeria.

He urged him to use his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to contribute more to the development of the state through mentoring of young leaders.

“On behalf of my family and supporters, I hereby join the family, friends and associates of the former governor in celebrating this important milestone and wish him well in his future endeavours,” he said.

Opadotun in his message, described Alao-Akala as a generous, humble and kind-hearted Nigerian who contributed immensely to the development of Oyo State and Nigeria.

The former NUJ chairman said that Alao-Akala exhibited high level of generousity and humility as a police officer, local government chairman and governor.

He recalled how he secured a bus for the state council of NUJ from Alao-Akala as governor in a lovely atmosphere with the likes of Dapo Falade, Alaba Igbaroola and Kolapo Carew.

“I told Alao-Akala every day that I was in his house to thank him for allowing a level-playing ground during the election and to solicit support for the NUJ as we are confronted with myriad of challenges, one of which is transportation.

Alao-Akala, then the governor asked if I also want to be ‘Oyato’ like he was popularly known as ‘Oyato Governor’ meaning a different governor. I quickly replied, Yes Sir.

“He told me that as soon as the buses they ordered were delivered, NUJ would get one. That was how the bus we are still using till date was donated by the former governor.

“The donation of the new 14-seater Hummer bus was one of the several support of Alao-Akala to journalism and the union in the state,” he said.

Opadotun said that he hoped that the incumbent, Gov. Seyi Makinde would donate another one as the old bus had seen better days.

“As you clock 70 years of age today, I pray that it pleases the Almighty God to bless the remaining years with good health, sound frame of mind and His peace.

“I also rejoice with my Mama, Chief (Mrs) Oluwakemi Alao-Akala, on this great celebration. She has been a source of strength, courage and love over the years to her darling heartthrob.

“She exhibited a high level of support to the celebrant,” he said.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Ibadan businessman petitions new Oyo CP over alleged rights infringement



An Ibadan-based businessman, Mr Peter Asa, has petitioned the new Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, over alleged infringement on his fundamental rights by the police.
Asa, in his petition, entitled: ‘Save My Soul’, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan, said that his rights had been grossly infringed upon.
He alleged that some police officers were being used to silence him over a certain property sold to him by a company, UAC, in 2020 for N26 million.
Asa, popularly known as King Zion, named a certain man as the brain behind his recent detention for three days at the Iyaganku police station.
The businessman said that the inaugural speech of the new police boss, where he pledged never to tolerate any infringement on the fundamental human rights of any member of the public by his officers and men, motivated his distress call.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Enwonwu, who took over from Mr Shina Olukolu, who had been transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation Department in Lagos State, assumed duty on June 1.
Asa, while alleging that the man in question had sponsored several attacks on him, using security agents, implored the police commissioner to carry out an investigation on the case.
“Two officers from Iyaganku, on a recent Thursday afternoon, around 2 pm., at the premises of a bank in Dugbe, arrested and treated me like a common criminal.
“I was taken to Iyaganku police station and kept in detention with criminally-minded suspects for three days.
“The officers arrested me and said my attention was needed at Iyaganku.
is no iota of truth in what I was alleged of. They said I was responsible for the fire incident at the said property, which I duly paid for over 18 years ago.
“The ownership right on the matter is still in court and I will not want to go there. But as a pastor, I know truth will prevail at the end, as I have faith in God that I will get justice, no matter what,” he said.
Asa said that the fire incident happened in broad daylight on April 15 and that he was arrested on May 14, allegedly on a trumped up charge that he was responsible for the inferno.
He said that his arrest came after the officials of Oyo State government had fingered a welder working in one of the shops in the complex as the brain behind the inferno.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Senator donates 500kva transformer to Ibadan communities



Sen. Kola Balogun(PDP-Oyo South) has donated a 500KVA transformer to improve power supply in 16 communities of Ali-Iwo area in Ibadan.

Giving account of his 12-month stewardship in a statement on Sunday in Ibadan, Balogun said he also donated cash, food palliatives and materials during the outbreak of COVID-19 virus.

Balogun, who was a former Commissioner for Commerce and Industries in Oyo State, said he facilitated Akufo Cattle Ranch farm worth $10m to the state.

“I also facilitated Federal Government dry food ration exercise for 250 households in Oyo South, and facilitated Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for 250 beneficiaries.

“I also secured N-Power job for 100 beneficiaries and renovated Oje-Igosun Primary School in Ibadan,” he said.

Balogun said he empowered artisans and traders with revolving micro credit loan of N50million powered by SMEDAN.

He added that he had trained youths and film stakeholders as well as facilitated ecological project for erosion control in his senatorial district.

The lawmaker said that effort was ongoing to help constituents who applied for COVID-19 CBN-assisted loans for businesses in securing the facility.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmaker had in the last one year sponsored three bills, co-sponsored five bills, sponsored two motions and co-sponsored four motions at the Senate.

The bills included one for an Act to Amend the National Health Act 2014, to Regulate Medical Treatment Abroad and for other Matters Connected therewith 2020.

Others were bills for the development of a decentralised system of vigilantism peculiar to every local community and another seeking periodic conduct of National Population as well as Housing Census.

“The remarkable motions I sponsored were the need to upgrade the status of the Ibadan Airport to international airport and immortalization of Late Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN) in recognition of his contributions to national development.

“I also co-sponsor and supported several motions, among which are a motion to revive moribund paper mill in Nigeria as well as support for Amotekun concept in the Southwest,” he said.

Balogun said that he had in the last one year participated in several oversight functions as a senate committee member and protem chairman.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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1 dead, 8 injured in Lagos-Ibadan expressway auto-crash



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun on Friday said that one person died while eight others  sustained injuries in  a multiple accident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Thursday.

The State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota that the accident occured at about 10.25 a.m.

Oladele explained that a DAF tanker without registration number heading toward Ibadan from Lagos lost control at Ishara Bridge, near Ogere, and rammed into two Madza buses marked  BGD 229 XW and RUW 504 XA.

The Sector Commander said that 14 people were involved in the accident, adding that a male adult died while others sustained injuries.

“The corpse of the victim was deposited at Ipara Morgue,Ogun, while seven victims were taken to Victory Hospital,Ogere.

” The eighth survivor was taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital,Sagamu,for intensive treatment,” he said.

He implored motorists to drive cautiously and adhere strictly to the prescribed maximum speed limit of 50 km per hour at construction zones to avoid  loss of lives and property.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Akande emerges Chairman of Ibadan LG Properties Company



Mr Kehinde Akande, the Caretaker Chairman, Ibadan South-West Local Government has emerged the new chairman of Ibadan Local Government Properties Company.

He emerged winner of an election conducted at a meeting of Caretaker Chairmen for local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Ibadanland on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ibadan Property Company is a business entity of all local governments and LCDAs in Ibadanland.

Akande defeated his co-contender, Mr Hameed Adekunle, the Chairman, Akinyele South LCDA with 16 votes to one.

Mr Ibrahim Akintayo, the Caretaker Chairman, Ibadan North-East Local Government, told newsmen after the meeting that 16 of the 17 chairmen present voted for Akande.

Akintayo said that the company was set up with the objective of trading in real estate businesses, while local government chairmen in Ibadaland are members of its board.

Akande, in his acceptance speech, appreciated Gov. Seyi Makinde for his forthrightness and commitment to see that Ibadan and the entire Oyo State was developed.

He commended the governor for proving his democratic credentials by directing the local government chairmen to pick the chairman of the company through democratic means.

“As the newly elected chairman of Ibadan Local Governments Properties Company, I am using this opportunity to thank Gov. Seyi Makinde for his forthrightness to see that Ibadan and Oyo State is developed.

“This is one of the developments our able governor is bringing to the state by asking all the chairmen to elect their chairman through democratic means,” he said.

Akande said that his vision was to start doing things the right way and put Ibadan in a good standing  in terms of development.

“Ours is going to be visionary and sustainable development for Ibadan, and I promise to entrench transparency which is the watchword of our able governor.

“Everything we do must be transparent and I promise everyone that we are going to be accountable in everything we will be doing,” he said.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Ibadan Poly manufactures ventilator, hand washing machine



The Department of Mechatronics Engineering of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, has manufactured a ventilator and smart hand washer as part of efforts geared toward combating COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Kazeem Adebiyi, the Rector of the institution, showcased the machines to newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday.

According to him, the feat was possible with the support of the government of Oyo State that released an accreditation grant for the institution.

He said the last time the institution got fund to develop its programmes and made meaningful contributions to technology development in the country was in 2009.

Adebiyi said: “When we received the letter of accreditation that we passed all our programmes for accreditation. It was a joyful thing.

“It was an accreditation for 13 programmes and we passed all.

“Also, we did three professional accreditations which we passed and that looked like magic to anybody. How are we able to achieve that?, they wondered.

“We had the support of the government. That is our strategy and that is why we need to really appreciate the government.

“This is because when we looked at the records, the last time the institution benefited from such a grant was in 2009 and was the last time we received an accreditation grant from the government.”

He said that from the grant received, the Mechatronics Engineering Department, was able to come up with TPI Mechanical Ventilator 2020 and TPI Smart Hand Washer, which would automatically release soap, water and dry the hand.

“These and other equipment acquired have earned the department the opportunity to start its Higher National Diploma (HND) programme as certified by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE).

“We have been on this to secure approval for this programme for like two years because we did have the adequate equipment required and now that we have got it,’’ Adebiyi said.

The rector noted that the institution had supported the government in combating COVID-19, hence the technology solutions developed.

“When the issue of pandemic started, we put heads together that this is the citadel of technological innovation and then we should be seen as such.

“We started with the common needs and you can see this mask was produced here, then sanitisers and we went into producing this automated hand washing machine and then ventilator.

“The ventilator was tested at the University College Hospital (UCH) because we work with experts from UCH to get the ventilator.

“They were satisfied with its performance as it was tested with manique, which we don’t have but they have it there and they certified the performance of the ventilator,” he noted.

Adebiyi, however, enjoined other institutions to look inward and support the government to provide equipment needed in the fight against coronavirus.

He urged the government to go for local solutions which were cheap and affordable, saying that the ventilator was produced with the sum of N2 million as against N20 million the equipment was being sold.

Also, Mr Kamorudeen Olaiya, Head of Department of Mechatronics Engineering, who led the team of researchers that produced the machines, said it was a collective effort that eventually paid off.

Olaiya said the institution would then admit students for the 2019/2020 academic session once schools were opened.

“The department was first established in 2010 but we got accredited in 2011.

“The team of lecturers, technologists and some of our students in the department fabricated these machines with the help of a consultant at UCH to help in the fight against COVID-19,” Olaiya said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the rector in company of other management staff led newsmen round some of the departments of the institution to showcase developments achieved with the grants.

Other achievements include the provision and upscaling of television studio, public relations and advert resource centre, photo studio in the Department of Mass Communication with the proposed Polytechnic of Ibadan Radio otherwise known as Poly Rays.

Also, there was procurement of teaching equipment for the Department of Geology and Civil Engineering, among others.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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COVID-19: Ooni donates fumigator, cash to UCH Ibadan



The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has donated a modular motorised fumigator to the management of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

Oba Ogunwusi presented the donation in his palace, Ile-Ife on Tuesday.

The Ooni applauded the country’s healthcare workers for being hardworking and committed in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He said that the fumigator would assist the hospital in the fight against COVID-19.

The royal father described health workers as an ‘unbreakable’ army of patriotic Nigerians.

He advised that Nigeria’s hospital system should be strengthened towards productivity, especially in cases of emergency.

“Let’s take the UCH Ibadan, where my late mum served for 42 years as a case study, it used to be the best in Africa and beyond,’’ Ooni said.

He said that it might surprise some people to hear that the Saudi Arabia royal family and other prominent people globally had patronised UCH in the past.

“Where did we miss it?

“We must, as a matter of public importance, come together and restore the lost glories of our healthcare sector.

“That is when we will have a lot to show as lessons from COVID-19.’’

The royal father also made a cash donation to the hospital for the construction of the ‘Wuraola Ogunwusi Cancer Chemotherapy Centre’ in memory of his late mum.

“Mama Wuraola Ogunwusi was a good woman, she built me and helped our entire lineage.

“She spent her whole life there and died there, I will never forget UCH.

“I am available and ready to assist the hospital to grow,’’ Ooni added.

While receiving the gifts, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo, thanked the monarch for the gesture and his unending assistance to the hospital.

“Kabiyesi, we are proud of you and we shall continue to look up to you as a father.

“We hold the gifts in high esteem and we will make use of them appropriately; we are grateful sir,’’ Otegbayo said

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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3 dead,14 injured in 2 accidents along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun said that three persons died while 14 others sustained injuries in two separate accidents along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday.

Mr Clement Oladele, FRSC state Sector Commander, gave the details in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Ota.

Oladele explained that the first crash that involved two vehicles, a DAF Truck  marked JHN 410 XA and a Mazda Bus marked KRD 290 XY, occurred at about 6.35a.m. before Isara Bridge, near Ogere.

He said that three out of the 20 people involved died while 10 others sustained various degrees of injury in the accident.

“The corpses of the victims have been deposited at FOS Isara hospital morgue, Ogun, while five of the injured have also been taken to Victory Hospital.

”Three other survivors were taken to Idera Hospital, while two other victims were taken to Sagamu General Hospital, Ogun for treatment,” he said.

The FRSC boss attributed the cause of the accident to wrongful overtaking and excessive speeding that led to lost of control on the DAF truck.

Oladele said that the second accident happened at about 2.35 p.m. at AP Turning, Lufape, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

He said that nine people, including seven male adults and two female adults, were involved in the accident.

He said that four persons sustained various degrees of injury in the multiple accident.

Oladele said that the three vehicles include: Peogeot 406 Saloon car marked EPE 89 FW, a Toyota Camry marked FST 311 XJ and a Homo Truck with no registration number were involved in the multiple accident.

The FRSC boss said that the accident was also caused by excessive speeding that led to loss of control.

“No death was recorded but the injured victims were rescued and taken to  Famobis Hospital Lotto, near Mowe and Olabisi  Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, for intensive treatments,” he said.

The FRSC cautioned motorists to strictly adhere to all traffic rules and regulations and desist from speeding to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property.


Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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1 dies as 2 accidents occur on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway



One person was confirmed dead and several others injured in two separate accidents on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Sunday.

Mr Clement Oladele,  the Sector Commander,  Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incidents in a statement on Monday in Abeokuta.

Oladele said that the  first crash occurred at about 7 am around Isaara, near Ogere  on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, involving a Toyota bus marked AG 346 XV.

According to the FRSC boss, the accident involved two male adults and one female adult.

He said that the driver drove under the influence of alcohol in excessive speed, which led to loss of control.

Oladele said that two injured victims were rescued and taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere for medical attention.

He said that the second crash occurred at about  11:50am on Sunday, around Fidiwo, near Ogunmakin on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The sector commander said that the crash involved a Mazda E2200 bus  marked WWD 89 XB and was also caused by excessive speed and loss of control.

He said that eight people were involved in the accident when the bus hit the barrier after it lost control.

“Five male adults,  one female adult and one male child sustained injuries, while one male adult died in the accident,” he said.

According to him, five injured victims were rescued and taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere and two others to Idera Hospital, Sagamu.

He said that the deceased was deposited at Idera Hospital  morgue.

Oladele  cautioned motorists to drive cautiously as vehicular movement was  increasing due to gradual easing of the lockdown  orders.

He urged motorists to exercise  restraint when travelling, especially along the Lagos-Ibadan  and Sagamu-Ijebuode expressways, around the portions where traffic was diverted.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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