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Electricity: Ondo community seals deal with IPP



( NAN) Residents of Aboto community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have sealed an agreement with R.R. Reynolds, an Independent Power Provider (IPP) on billing terms and prompt payment.

The agreement was reached with the independent power plant during a town hall meeting in Aboto on Thursday.

Mr Tunji Ariyomo, the Special Adviser to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Public Utilities, who represented the state government, said that every house in the community had been provided with stand-alone solar power by the company.

He said this was in agreement with the state government last year under the Ondo State Government Fast Power programme.

According to him,the Fast Power programme is under Phase One of the electricity improvement scheme.

He added that the beneficiaries of the power project had not been charged for the service, saying that would begin from July.

“However, the people and the power service provider have now agreed on a reasonable rate.

“While the people called for scaling up of the power supply to avail them opportunity to use additional powerful electronic appliances, the provider requested for consistent payment by customers to offset some of its costs.

“The investors wanted assurance from the people that they would pay for the service, ahead of when the company would scale up power supply.

“The power company had initially offered N1,000 per month per household which was beaten down by the community.

“The beneficiaries of the project would be expected to start paying bills from July,”he stated.

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of the community and Alaboto of Aboto, Oba Oyetayo Ofo-Aye, has assured the state government and the power company of the readiness to pay at least N500 per month per household.

The traditional ruler appealed to Ariyomo to prevail on the power provider to quicken the process of upgrading the capacity of the facilities so that the beneficiaries could power their devices such as television sets and refrigerators.

Two of the beneficiaries,Mr James Atimise and Mrs Taiwo Akinte, commended the Akeredolu-led administration for ending 12 years of total darkness in the community.

They expressed joy that security and social life had improved in the community, particularly night life, saying that their children could no longer have excuse for not studying.

Having agreed to the billing rate, a committee for the Cluster Offtake Unit (COU) was immediately constituted and members were chosen by the people.

The five-man committee would be liaising with the people of the community on payment of bills and challenges faced by the customers.

Members of the committee are Mr Memokan Emmanuel (Chairman), Mrs Akinte Taiwo(Secretary), Mr Omotehinse Adeyemi, Mr Adeji Ogooluwa and Mr Temuhi Kehinde.

Among dignitaries present at the meeting were Mr Oreoluwz Fadoju, Acting General Manager, Ondo State Electricity Board, Mrs Abike Bayo-Ilawole, Acting Secretary, Office of Public Utilities and Primate S.O. Ayodele.

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Cleric urges new ministers on diligence to democratic governance



Mr Asuquo Udobong of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has urged the newly inaugurated ministers to serve the country diligently so as to promote and build strong, sustainable democratic governance.

Udobong who is also the Agege Stake President of the church, said this on Sunday at the Fourth Annual Conference in Lagos.

He urged the newly inaugurated ministers to remember that they had a huge responsibility ahead of them considering the numerous challenges the country was facing.

“We believe in honouring, obeying and sustaining the law; as core ministers, their responsibilities are the same, to ensure that their portfolio to ensure that they improve the lives of Nigerians.

“If each of the newly ministers work individually and collectively, there will be unity, peace and development in Nigeria,’’ he said.

The cleric said that once they were able to do that, they would have succeeded in putting the country on the course toward greater heights.

The cleric also urged government at all levels to do more in the areas of securing lives and property of the citizens.

“We believe that government has a primary responsibility to safeguard lives and property of the citizens, we trust in the judgment of the government to save the lives of every Nigerians,’’ he said.

Elder Matthew Ben-Davis of the quorum of Seventies of the Church, who spoke on Obedience to the laws of the land and commandments of the gospel, said that when the citizens obey the laws of God and government there will be peace in the land.

“If we obey both government and God’s laws, there will be peaceful coexistence, there will be no problems and we will live as brothers,’’ he said.

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Leadership tussle: Council head sues for peace among Bodija Market traders



Mrs Romoke Opabunmi, the acting Head of Local Government Administration (HLA), Aare Latoosa Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Ibadan, has appealed to the warring factions in the Bodija Market leadership tussle to embrace peace.

This was contained in a statement issued by the council’s Head of Information Unit, Alhaja Yetunde Oladepo-Fadipe and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Ibadan.

recalls that crisis had recently broken out among traders at the popular market over who becomes the Iyaloja (woman head).

The statement said that Opabunmi had, at an enlarged emergency peace and security meeting held at the council secretariat, pleaded with all the parties involved in the crisis to embrace peace.

“I want to appeal to the parties involved in the Bodija market leadership tussle, to embrace peace within the market and its environs,” she said.

The acting HLA said that all the documents retrieved from the two parties contesting for the ‘Iyaloja’ title would be forwarded to the state ministry of local government and chieftaincy matters for prompt intervention.

She urged them to remain calm, while further resolutions would be communicated to them as might be directed by the ministry.

The statement said that the meeting was attended by heads of departments in the LCDA, community leaders, religious leaders, security agents and market leaders within the council area.

Edited by Olabisi Akinbode and ‘Wale Sadeeq



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Okowa greets Sultan of Sokoto at 63



Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who turned 63 years on Aug. 24.

The governor felicitations was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba.

He commended the Sultan for his untiring efforts at promoting and advancing the cause of peace, unity and positive development in the country.

Okowa said that Nigerians at all levels appreciated the Sultan for his immense contributions toward building bridges of unity and peaceful coexistence among the citizenry.

“My family, the Government and people of Delta felicitate with you, the Sokoto Emirate Council, the Government and people of Sokoto State on the occasion of your 63rd birthday anniversary.

“Your usual timely and wise counseling on national issues keeps us, leaders, in check at all times.

“We acknowledge your exemplary role as head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and co-Chairman of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).

“We also appreciate your support for education in Nigeria as a key to the promotion and protection of human life and dignity because man has no dignity without education.

“As you continue to use your exalted throne to promote peace, unity and positive development in the Caliphate and across our nation, be rest assured of the support, partnership and cooperation of the government and people of Delta.”

Okowa prayed that Almighty Allah would grant the Sultan more years of good health to continue in his many services to the nation.

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Pastor urges government to explore teenagers talents




By Emmanuel Oloniruha

Abuja, Aug. 25 Pastor Paul Adegbola, the Pastor in Charge of Teens Assembly, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Medaiyese Regional Headquarters, Garki, has urged government to exlore teenagers talent for national development.

Adegbola gave the advice on Sunday in Abuja at the graduating ceremony of the church’s 2019 Rhema Bible School.

He said there was need for government to create enabling environment for teenagers to explore their hidden talents.

“If government create enabling environment for teenagers to make use of their talents, this country will move forward.

“If Nigeria teens can put their minds in great things, God can use them to revive the country.”

The pastor also advised teenagers to seek God, know and fear Him at their early stage in life.

“A lot of teenagers have bundles of talents but they don’t know that they have something.

“It is critical for them to seek God, the giver of that talent so that they can channel their energies, passions to God and grow up fulfilled.”

Adegbola said that the bible schools which began 17 years ago had positively impacted on people who passed through it.

“Today, many of them have graduated working and above all we are seeing changes spiritually.”

He said that the school was established when the church noticed that some teenagers were not purposefully engaged during schools holiday.

In her sermon, one of the teenagers who preached during the church Sunday service, Miss Dorcas Awotunde, titled “Triumphant Teenagers in the 21st century”, advised teenagers to prioritise God.

Awotunde said that teenage life is made up of spiritual, academic, social and emotional aspects that must be balanced.

She said that achieving success in each of the aspects required playing of key roles by the teenagers themselves, their parents and the church.

Awotunde urged teenagers to have faith in God, trust in Him and develop their spiritual life to be able to conquer challenges of life.

“The social aspect focus on your relationship with other people. At this stage a lot of teenagers focus on the reigning styles, music and others.

“At this stage you want to know the kind of friends you need, you try to realise your inner self and where you fit into society. The internet is also part of the social life.

“In this stage I beg our parents not to shun us, instead they should be close to us, to guide and encourage us,” Awotunde said.

The Coordinator of the School, Mrs Monisola Fadoju, said that the school was established to cater for spiritual, psychological, sociol, and educational need of teenagers during school vacations.

According to Fadoju, some of the activities carried out during the two weeks camp includes theological studies, English Language,  devotional studies, ICT, Mathematics, undergraduate studies and general studies.

“To explore their skills, this year we also have vocational studies like soap making, lunch bags, hand bang, fascinator, popularly known as hats. We also did sport and talent shows like singing and drama.

“We are believing God that just like Oxford University, Leed University started, one day this school will grow to become a seminary or university that will be reckoned with worldwide.”

Fadoju said that the 2019 programmes had over 160 attendance of teenagers not only from CAC, but from other denominations within Abuja.

“Last year we had children from seven other denominations, for this year we will later meet to analyse the attendance.”

Highlights of the  occasion includes exhibition of vocational skills’ products such as soap and hand bags produced by the children.

There was also presentation of gifts to overall best teenagers and those that had outstanding performance in each of the courses offered.


Edited Ismail Abdulaziz

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Alofe, ex-Ekiti SSG, dies at 86



A former Secretary to Ekiti State Government (SSG), Evang. Adeola Alofe, is dead.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Alofe, according to a family source, died on Sunday, at the age of 86.

reports that Alofe was appointed SSG by former Gov. Ayodele Fayose in 2003, a position he held till 2005 when he was replaced with Chief Bade Gboyega who is also late.

He was a member of the House of Representatives between 1991 and 1993 in the old Ondo State, under the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The deceased, who was also appointed by Gov. Kayode Fayemi as Senior Special Assistant on Religious Matters in 2010, was, at a time, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before defecting to the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

, however, reports that Alofe had not featured in the political scene since Fayemi’s second term victory as governor of the state in 2018.

also reports that while funeral arrangements have yet to be announced by the family, no official reaction had also been made by the state government on the former SSG’s demise, as at the time of filing this report.

Edited by Olabisi Akinbode and ‘Wale Sadeeq


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