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Ogun Assembly assures suspended council chairmen of fair hearing

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The Ogun House of Assembly on Wednesday assured the suspended chairmen of the 20 Local Government Council Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of fairness in the ongoing investigation of allegations levelled against them.

Hon. Jemili Akingbade , the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, gave the assurance when he hosted the chairmen at the assembly complex in Abeokuta.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the affected chairmen were suspended from office in May by the Assembly following petitions from members of the public bordering on misappropriation of funds.

Akingbade directed that detailed report of their tenure between October, 2016 and May, 2019 should be forwarded to the Assembly on or before Aug. 16.

He said that the report would shed light on some grey areas and aid the Assembly in its investigations.

The lawmaker emphasised that the report should include details of capital projects executed since their assumption of office and the bidding processes of contracts awarded.

” The report should also include full disclosure of all revenues and expenditures for scrutiny by the lawmakers,” he said.

Akingbade added that the Assembly would liaise with appropriate government agencies to ensure that the suspended chairmen had access to relevant records they might require to prepare the report.

In their separate remarks, the Deputy Speaker, Oludare Kadiri, the Minority Leader, Ganiyu Oyedeji, and the member representing Abeokuta South I Constituency, Yusuf Adejojo, promised that the House would ensure holistic consideration of the allegations against the suspended chairmen.

They explained that the process had become necessary in order to promote accountability and transparency in the running of the councils.

The representative of the chairmen, Mr Saheed Alagbe, in his remarks, appealed to the leadership of the assembly to ensure speedy consideration of the issues as their tenure would lapse in October.

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Ikare-Akoko chiefs laud Akeredolu on road projects, seek action on abandoned Awara dam

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The Ikare-Akoko Council of Chiefs, under the Owa-Ale of Ikare, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin, has expressed satisfaction with the performance of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State in the last two-and-a-half years.

This was contained in a communiqué issued by three members of the council at the end of its monthly meeting held at the Palace of Owa-Ale and made available to the newsmen on Sunday in Akure.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the three members, who signed the communiqué, were the Olokoja of Okoja, High Chief Idowu Ogunye; the Olona of Okegbe, High Chief Rafiu Okunade and Onikún of Ikú, High Chief Mukaila Bello.

The council specifically expressed appreciation to the governor for the reconstruction of the hilly Oke Alabojuto, the dualisation of Ikare township road as well as the renovation of some schools in the town.

It also commended Akeredolu for appointing a former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Fatai Olotu, as Commissioner for Lands and Housing.

The council, however, appealed to the governor to urgently look into the deplorable condition of Awara dam and Okoja-Ikú-Ikare road which, it said, had become impassable.

“The council notes, with concern, the deplorable condition of Okoja-Ikú-Ikare Stadium road and pleads with the governor to extend his road construction revolution there.

“The Council of Chiefs, under the Owa-Ale, also thanks our amiable governor for keeping his electioneering promises, especially to the people of Ikare-Akoko. So far, you have not disappointed us.

“We use this medium to appeal to you on the abandoned Ikare township stadium and to resuscitate the Awara dam which used to supply potable water to most parts of Akoko land but which has been abandoned by successive administrations.

“On behalf of the people of Ikare-Akoko and the Owa-Ale, the council thanks Gov. Akeredolu for appointing Mr Olotu as commissioner,” the communiqué read in part.

It also commended the President of the 130 Crowned Obas in the state and Owa-Ale of Ikare-Akoko, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin, for always striving hard to ensure the development of the town and ensure peaceful coexistence among residents.

Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

 

 

 

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Gov. Emmanuel to upgrade technical college to modern skills development centre

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Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom says former Technical College, Ikot Ada Idem in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, will be upgraded and  converted to a modern Skills Development Centre.

Emmanuel stated this while addressing the congregation at the August Edition of Government House Prayer meeting at the Latter House Chapel, Government House, Uyo on Sunday.

He explained that the modern skills development centre would help to train people on entrepreneurial skills.

“We are trying to upgrade the Ikot Ada Idem Technical College to a skill acquisition centre which will contribute to the rehabilitation of some of our youths who have fallen prey to social vices,” he said.

Emmanuel said that as part of efforts to address the dearth of skilled manpower in the state through appropriate curriculum development, an education summit had been scheduled for Sept. 5 and 6.

He advised people to avail themselves of the training programmes offered by the state government to enable them take up careers as Pilots, Aeronautic Engineers and other professionals in the state-owned Airline, Ibom Air.

The governor explained that lack of qualified manpower among indigenes of the state in the aviation sector was the reason why Ibom Air was dominated by non- indigenes.

He emphasised that his administration was poised to train people of the state to address the imbalance.

“For a person to fly a CRJ 900, there’s a minimum number of freighting hours he must have on the Airplane.

“We need to have our people rated on the Aircraft and we will spend money and train our people so that in a short period we will also have Akwa Ibom names in the cockpit,” Emmanuel said.

He hinted that as part of the anniversary celebration by Sept. 23, the state would play host to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who would inaugurate some projects executed by the state government.

Emmanuel listed projects earmarked for inauguration to include Kings Flour Mill, Ekim Power Station , Plywood Industry and other road projects executed across the state.

Also speaking, Pastor Emmanuel Bassey of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, said that God used the founding fathers of the state to plant Christianity, and urged the residents to embrace education as the bedrock of development.

The Cleric cautioned youths against aligning themselves with agents of perdition, urging them to chart a godly pathway for themselves and generations unborn.

He commended the governor for maintaining a “Godly standard” in the leadership of the state.

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Okowa condemns attack on Ekweremadu in Germany 

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has condemned the attack on Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, immediate past Deputy President of the Senate at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival held in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday. 

The governor, whose reaction was conveyed in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba, described the incident as pathetic, shameful and an embarrassment to Nigeria. 

He said that Ekweremadu, a great patriot and defender of his people and the down trodden, did not deserve the kind of ill-treatment meted to him by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members in Germany.

“I join men of goodwill in condemning the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who has been a great patriot and leader of exemplary behaviour. 

“It is pathetic and shameful that an event organised to chart the way forward for the Igbo race and Nigeria in general ended up in such a disgraceful and embarrassing manner to the country.

 

“As Nigerians, we are trained to respect our elders and leaders as well as people in authority.

“I am particularly happy that some of the culprits have been arrested and I urge the German authorities to take necessary action on the perpetrators of the heinous act. 

“I urge all Nigerians, home and abroad, to be of good behaviour wherever they find themselves as such acts of lawlessness do not bring glory to the nation,” Okowa said.

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Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Cleric urges Christian faithful to always stand for truth

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Rev. Fr. James Gorge,  Assistant Parish Priest of Saint Donald Catholic church, Karu Abuja, on Sunday charged parishioners to always stand up for the truth no matter the circumstances.

Gorge made this call while delivering the sunday sermon.

“Always stand up for the truth no matter the circumstances, even if the world will turn against you like they did to Jeremiah in the book of Jeremiah chapter 38.

“God will surely raise up someone to fight for you.

“Our God is a good God. He cannot allow the just to perish.

He also called on leaders on all spheres of life to stand for the truth and have a firm deciscion on issues that border on their subjects,

“Do not allow your decision as a good leader to be shaken by the unjust,

“Use your position to speak up today for the oppressed, for that man or woman, who is unjustly deprived of his or her right,” he said.

He further charged the people to choose their friends wisely, saying, “the kind of friend you keep will determine greatly your lot for eternity.

“As a good man, if you keep good friends they will help you make heaven, but if you keep bad friends, they will surely affect you negatively.

“The word of God says “whatever will stop you from going to heaven, cut it off.

“It is better for you to enter the heavenly home land without friend than go to hell with friends,” he said.

Edited by Donald Ugwu

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Ondo students body gets new executives

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The National Association Ondo State Students (NAOSS), has elected new executives to pilot its affairs for the next two years.

Kikiowo, who had 108 votes, defeated the duo of Blessing Adeyemi and Babatope Akintade, who polled only four votes and two votes respectively, to emerge victorious.

Blessing Ogunmola emerged as the Vice President unopposed, with Samuel Awolumate also emerging as the General Secretary unopposed.

The new president, Kikiowo, in his acceptance speech, said he was happy to have emerged as the president and promised to uphold the constitution of the association.

He urged other executive members to cooperate with him and move the association forward in the country.

He promised to always defend and protect the interest of students from the state.

The immediate past President of NAOSS, Emmanuel Akeredolu, said he thanked God for seeing him through his tenure with “landmark achievements”.

Akeredolu said part of his achievements was being able to ensure better welfare package from the government for the students across the country.

He later appreciated the government of the state for always listening to the association, especially when there was increment in tuition of the state-owned university, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akugba Akoko (AAUA).

Mr Banji Adewunmi, SA to Gov. Akeredolu on Youth and Student Affairs, told newsmen on the sidelines of the event that “our government does not have undue interference in students’ affairs.”

Adewumi urged the new executives to come upt with new programmes for the students of the state that would stir them in academic pursuit.

He said students from the state had been enjoying bursary payments and scholarship with the cooperation of NAOSS.

Adewumi urged the new executives to be partners in progress with the government “so as to continue the educational advancement that had improved since the inception of the current administration in the state.”

Edited by Donald Ugwu

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