Rep. Tolu Akande-Sadipe (APC-Oluyole) has paid the second tranche for her 25 million naira scholarship programme for indigent students in her constituency.
The lawmaker’s media aide, Olamilekan Olusada, said this in a statement in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akande-Sadipe, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, had after her election, launched the N25million scholarship scheme.
Akande-Sadipe said the payment was the second tranche for the 2019/2020 session for 20 indigent students drawn from communities in her constituency.
“This scholarship scheme and payments made are in fulfillment of my campaign promises to indigent students drawn from across my constituency,” the statement quoted her as saying.
The lawmaker affirmed that the beneficiaries were selected on merit and each student was graded with a cumulative average of their academic standing as well as entry essay.
She disclosed that payments had been made into the beneficiaries’ bank account to cover the balance of their tuition fee and incidental expenses for the 2019/2020 academic year.
Akande-Sadipe said that efforts to select a new set of beneficiaries for the 2020/2021 academic year had been initiated.
“The reason I believe so passionately in providing opportunities such as this is that education has the potential to transform our nation, thereby creating progress and growth.
“Every citizen is a pillar of the nation and every nation rests on billions of such pillars. The more educated the pillars are, the stronger the nation’s foundation would be,” she said.
The statement also quoted Ololade Olalere, one of the beneficiaries, as appreciating the lawmaker for fulfilling her campaign promises, saying she was awarded the scholarship worth N100,000 on Dec. 1, 2019.
Olalere acknowledged receipt of N100,000 for the first year of the scholarship scheme.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Tribal association honours illustrous sons, daughters in Kogi
The Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA), a socio-cultural group in Kogi state on Sunday conferred Merit Awards on 24 of its illustrous sons and daughters for their contributions to societal development.
Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, president of the association, while speaking at the 2020 Igala Merit Award ceremony in Anyigba, said the awardees including Chief Yusuf Okpanachi, a philanthropist, were so honoured for their outstanding contributions towards the upliftment of Igala Kingdom.
Sadiq noted that Okpanachi had embarked on varous intervention projects across rural communities in Igala land, such as provision of potable water, roads, electricity, health facility as well as women and youth empowerment.
He described Okpanachi as a worthy son of the Igala Kingdom whose interventions had positively touched the lives of the vulnerable and downtrodden.
The ICDA president explained that the “2020 Igala Merit Award” was meant for those who had contributed immensely to the development of their immediate communities as well as those who distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour.
He said the “Ugbono of Igala Kingdom” award given to Okpanachi is the highest category in the land which entitled him to use Commander of Igala Kingdom (CIK) in his name.
Okpanachi, in his remarks, thanked ICDA for recognising his efforts and assured that the honour would spur him to do more for the people.
Also speaking at the event, Chief Edward Onoja, Deputy Governor of Kogi State, described ICDA as the only platform that could be effectively used to achieve the needed peace, unity and harmonious relationship in Igala land.
“The greatness of Igala Kingdom should be our major priority. We should be concerned in assisting in the provision of infrastructure for the development of our people as governments worldwide cannot do it all alone,” Onoja said.
Responding on behalf of other recipients, Abdullahi Halims, lawmaker representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, commended ICDA for the initiative to honour deserving Igala sons and daughters.
He urged the association to sustain the the spirit of encouragement saying that it would spur well meaning citizens to support the less privileged in the society.
Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
Ibadan group demands indigene as UI, UCH heads
The apex Ibadan socio-cultural organisation, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an indigene as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.
It further demanded the renaming of railway stations within Ibadan corridors after prominent indigenes of the community.
Soladoye said that Ibadan people were not happy that the town was yet to have one of its own as the vice-chancellor of the institution since it was founded in 1948.
“The University of Ibadan, established in 1948, sits on 2,550 acres of land released to the institution for 999 years by our fathers with a “Thank You” handshake, One Guinea (£1.1s) and a bottle of Schnapps.
“By this year, the University of Ibadan is 72- years -old and has produced 14 Nigerian vice-chancellors between 1960 and today; but inexcusably, no Ibadanman has ever emerged as the vice-chancellor of the university.
“Out of the 14 serving and former Nigerian vice-chancellors of the university (including Acting), 10 are of Yoruba descent – seven Ijesha (Osun), two Ijebu (Ogun) and one Offa (Kwara).
“The other four, from Prof. Kenneth Dike to Prof. Tekena Tamuno, were from non-Yoruba parts of Nigeria,” he said.
Soladoye said that the neglect was not borne out of the absence of qualified Ibadan indigenes within the institution’s system or in academic circles.
He listed some qualified Ibadan indigenes presently vying for the position as Prof. Remi Raji-Oyelade, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, Prof. Emiola Olapade-Olaopa and Prof. Kolapo Hamzat.
“We wish to draw the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria and Nigerians to the fact that this neglect is not for the absence of qualified Ibadan indigenes within the University of Ibadan system.
“We hereby humbly appeal to members of the University of Ibadan Governing Council, the Senate and other respected stakeholders of this citadel of learning to please work for the emergence of an Ibadan man this time around.
“In similar vein, it is also now 54 years since Ibadan gave large expanse of land to build the University College Hospital (UCH), still, no Ibadan man has ever emerged as the Chief Medical Director of the UCH.
“This one again seems to be the exclusive right of the indigenes of Ekiti and Ondo State. Sincerely, these records call for caution, even on the part of the beneficiaries,” he said.
Soladoye said that Ibadan people were not pleased with the recent naming of railway stations in the Ibadan corridors after non-indigenes without considering prominent people from the community.
“We are convinced that this listening government of President Muhammadu Buhari will honour some of these prominent Ibadan indigenes with some of the stations along the rail corridors on Ibadan soil,” he added.
Soladoye cited indigenes such as late Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu, late Chief Adisa Akinloye, High Chief Wuraola Esan, and Dr Onikepo Akande as deserving of being named on the rail corridors.
Others, he added, were Dr Omololu Olunloyo, late Chief Kolapo Ishola, late Alhaji Lam Adesina, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, late Chief Richard Akinjide and late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Why Gemade, others returned to APC–Spokesman
APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
He said: “The return of Senator Barnabas Gemade to the APC is another signpost of the well-received and successful reconciliation efforts being led by Governor Mai Mala Buni as Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee.
“Sen. Gemade, who was a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), swells the numbers of recent APC returnees which includes the former Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.”
According to him, the APC caretaker committee led by Gov Buni has created a conducive and sincere environment to address many of the grievances within the party and return it to its progressive and lofty heights.
“We assure all true progressives, who left the party over whatever grievance, to return and join ongoing efforts to reposition the APC and further achieve our pro-people plans for the country.
“It is heartwarming that party faithful led by President Muhammadu Buhari as leader of the APC have recognised the reconciliation efforts of the Governor Buni-led APC caretaker and continue to support the committee.
“We call on our supporters, members and leaders to continue their support for the caretaker committee by coming forward with any issues, grievances, disputations, differences for amicable resolution.
“The task of keeping the party unified and strong is a collective one,” the party’s spokesman said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Oyo govt. to repatriate trafficked indigenes stranded in Lebanon – Makinde
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says the state will ensure the repatriation of all its indigenes found to have been trafficked to Lebanon.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa.
The statement indicated that Makinde stated this while receiving a brief on the plight of the state indigenes trafficked to Lebanon from the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu.
The governor said that the state would not stand by and be watching its indigenes suffer dehumanization, under any guise, in any part of the world.
“We will pay for the repatriation of all Oyo State indigenes who have been confirmed to have been trafficked to Lebanon. Please, put all the necessary plans in place to bring them back.
“I understand that some well-meaning individuals and groups have made some donations to some of the victims. Let them use such donations as pocket money.
“This state will pay for their flights and the fees requested to conduct COVID-19 tests on each of them,” he said.
Earlier, Sarumi-Aliyu informed the governor that a number of Oyo State indigenes had been discovered to be illegal migrants who were trafficked into modern-day slavery in Lebanon.
She said that while 40 of such victims had been screened and ready for the journey back home, more were still being discovered.
The governor’s aide added that her office had been working closely with the Lebanese authorities to identify those indigenes stranded in Lebanon, adding that the 40 victims already screened would be returning home on Aug.12.
“Since the government found out that we have some victims of human trafficking, who are stranded in Lebanon, we have stepped in.
“On July 11, we received 11 victims and they are going through rehabilitation with the social workers in the Ministry of Women Affairs.
“The state has given commitment that they will all be empowered. The same thing will happen to those we are expecting from the flight from Lebanon this August, once they have been cleared.” Sarumi-Aliyu stated.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq