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Ondo State: Council boss frowns at unwholesome practices at abattoir



Mr Abayomi Adesanya, the Caretaker Chairman, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Monday frowned at the unwholesome practices of butchers at the Okitipupa abattoir.


Adesanya expressed his displeasure when he paid an unscheduled visit to the abattoir.


He also seized the opportunity to inspect the facilities and activities of butchers at the abattoir.


He said that the inspection was to safeguard the spread of diseases among the residents that were likely to emanate from meat consumption.


Adesanya deployed the unhealthy manners by which parts of the slaughtered animals were placed on bare floor.


He also condemned the washing of meats with unclean waters within an unhealthy environment within the abattoir.


He cautioned the abattoir managers to ensure that they were operating within clean environments.

The chairman said that residents of the town could contact diseases through unhealthy production of meat.


According to him, an abattoir should be clean and free from dirt saying that was the standard practice all over the world.

“Our administration will do everything possible to give the abattoir a face lift to prevent contamination and spread of diseases which can emanate from some unwholesome practices,’’ Adesanya said.


Mr Kareem Ayinde, the Chairman of the abattoir in his response, commended the council boss for inspecting the facility.


Ayinde said that the visit was the first of its kind in a long while.

He said that previous administrations neglected the abattoir,


Ayinde informed the chairman of the council that part of the challenges confronting the abattoir ranged from lack of potable water, road to flooding.


He promised the council boss that the abattoir would engage in more healthy practices.


He pleaded with the local government to help repair the abattoir’s long-abandoned borehole, repair the road and give it other necessary supports that would make it thrive.  


Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Peter Dada


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Ondo Assembly cautions youths against uncouth character



Ondo State House of Assembly on Thursday advised youths to shun bad habits that could hinder them from benefitting from opportunities around them.

Mrs Favour Tomomewo, Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, gave the advice during an oversight visit to the Ondo State Christian Welfare Board on Thursday in Akure.

Tomowemo, who was reacting to the board’s complaint about abscondment of some youths during their pilgrimage to Jerusalem, asked youths to be morally guided and imbibe moral character.

“Let me talk to the youths now that they must be morally guided so that they will not cut short various opportunities and benefits which abound around them,” she said.

She asked the Christian board not to deny the youths some of the knowledge that could be gained while attending pilgrimage.

“The image the board painted about our youths is ugly but we must not deny them of the opportunity because there are a lot of benefits that they will extract.

“I will only advise the board to lay down some policies restricting our youths during pilgrimage and work with some prominent personalities in the state like lawmakers to present trusted youths that will not abscond.

“I want to urge them not to strike out the opportunities from the youths,” she said.

The committee chairman tasked the board to be proactive and come up with ideas on sourcing funds from well-to-do people in helping the Christian body.

Earlier, Mr Tunde Ilesanmi, the Secretary of the board, said that the board had put stringent conditions on youth pilgrimage because of incessant cases of abscondment.

Ilesanmi explained that anybody below 50 years of age was always disqualified.

The secretary, who cited several cases of such abscondment, said that there was training session on agriculture for youths during pilgrimage.

The committee, which also visited the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, applauded the ministry for its unrelenting efforts in defending and catering for  the vulnerable in the state.

Tomowemo asked the ministry to adopt more strategies in addressing high rate of rape in the society and synergize with the committee on the provision for widows and others.

She stated that the ministry should create enough publicity for its humanitarian roles and prosecute rapists to serve as deterrent for others.

Earlier, Mrs Titi Adeyemi, the state Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Social Development, explained that the ministry was concerned and disturbed by rise in rape cases.

Adeyemi said that the ministry was collaborating with traditional rulers in the state on curtailing the menace of rape, promising that the House of Assembly would be briefed later.

The committee also visited the Ondo State Muslim Welfare Board.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Edo Assembly condoles with APC Youth Leader over father’s death



The Edo House of Assembly, on Thursday, condoled with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Leader in the state, Valentine Asuen, over the death of his father, Chief Scotty Asuen.
The Speaker, Francis Okiye
, who led members of the Assembly to the residence of the youth leader in Benin, described the late Asuen as a great leader.
“On behalf of members and staff of the Edo house of assembly, I wish to express my sincere condolence to you on the passage of your father.
“Our consolation is that your father lived a good life worthy of emulation. He was a father and beacon of hope to many people,” Okiye said.
He said that the deceased left legacies that would see his children through life.
In his response, the youth leader thanked the speaker and other members of the Assembly for the visit.
“On behalf of myself and my family, I thank you for your visit. I am honoured.
Mr Emma Asuen, an elder brother to the youth leader and APC chieftain, who spoke on behalf of the Asuen family, also thanked the lawmakers for their visit.
“My speaker, as a fellow party member, I am satisfied with your leadership style. You have shown yourself to be a man of integrity.
“We feel very proud of our father, because he lived a good life. He died in April at the age of 78,” Asuen said.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Fayose, Olujimi mourn passage of Olumilua, ex-Ondo gov.



The immediate past governor of Ekiti, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has condoled with the state government and family of late former governor of the old Ondo State, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua.

A statement from Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti described Olumilua’s death as a loss to Ekiti and indeed Nigeria.

“With the death of Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, Ekiti, and indeed Nigeria, have lost a very upright and courageous leader.

He feared God and served humanity selflessly.

Rest in peace, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, former governor of old Ondo State,’’ Fayose said.

In another condolence message Sen. Abiodun Olujimi, representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, described Olumilua’s death as shocking.

Olujimi, who personally signed the message remarked that “Ekiti would sorely miss him’’.

She described Olumilua as a democrat, selfless statesman and one of the leading lights of the state, who has remained a unifier, despite political differences.

The former Senate minority whip noted that the vacuum created by the death of Olumilua would be difficult to fill.

She urged the state government and the family of the deceased to take the demise of Olumilua in good faith, because he played his parts well in the service of humanity.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the elder statesman, who was the second civilian governor of the old Ondo State, passed on in the early hour of Thursday in his home at Ikere-Ekiti.

Aged 80 years old, late Olumilua was the governor of old Ondo State from January 1992 to November 1993.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Edo CP condoles with family of slain UNIBEN student, vows to arrest culprits



The new Commissioner of Police in Edo, Johnson kokumo, has vowed to apprehend those behind the circumstances which led to the death of a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Miss Uwaila Omozuwa.

Kokumo made the vow on Thursday when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the slain student in Benin.

The commissioner, in company of his top management and tactical teams of the police command in the state, assured the family that the culprits would be brought to book in no distant time.

Meanwhile, the parents of the deceased, Johnson and Joy Omozuwa, expressed gratitude to the police for its efforts at ensuring that justice would be served.

Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100 level student of the UNIBEN died three days after she was attacked and raped in a church in Benin, where she had gone to read her books in May 27.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on the entourage of the new CP were the leadership and representatives of the Police Community Relations Rommittee (PCRC), as well as the Student Union Government (SUG) of the University of Benin.

Edited By: Bola/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Bamidele Olumilua, former governor of old Ondo dies at 80



Chief Bamidele Olumilua,a former Governor of the old Ondo State, has died at the age of 80.

Olumilua is also the father of Ekiti State Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua.

Muyiwa, while confirming his father’s death, in Ado Ekiti, said that the former governor, died in the early hours of Thursday.

“I can confirm to you that it is true that Baba died today (Thursday) around 3 a.m.

We thank God that he lived a good and worthy life and we are proud of his personality and achievements while alive,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Olumilua, had been battling some illnesses, associated with old age, before his eventual death.

He served as state governor from January 1992 to November 1993 under the platform of the Social Democratic Party, during which another late Governor, Olusegun Agagu was his deputy.

His tenure as Governor was, however, truncated along with others nationwide, when retired Gen. Sani Abacha-led military administration came into power.

Olumilua, who hailed from Ikere Ekiti, was appointed the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), by Gov. Kayode Fayemi, during his first tenure in Office.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo (NAN)

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Thousands gather in London to protest over death of George Floyd




People take part in a demonstration at Downing Street in London, Britain, on June 3, 2020. Thousands of people gathered in London on Wednesday to protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man suffocated to death by a white police officer in the mid-western United States state of Minnesota last week. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua)

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Ondo governorship: PDP aspirant pledges to harness aviation, mechanised farming potentials



Mr Tony Erewa, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for Ondo State governorship, has pledged to harmonise opportunities in aviation and agricultural sectors to boost the state’s economy if elected.

Erewa made the pledge in an interview with newsmen shortly after obtaining his expression of interest and nomination forms at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that as a technocrat, he had successfully run different businesses and organisations and would use his experiences and capability to turn the fortune of the state around.

“I have knowledge of modern agriculture and I will ensure that mechanised farming takes centre stage when I become governor.

“This will be better than the white-collar job that people are seeking.

“I will build a stadium in each of the three senatorial districts that will attract investors and attract international matches,’’ Erewa said.

He also pledged to transform the domestic airport at Akure, the state capital into an international one so as to make it possible for international flights to land and take off from there.

“This will bring a lot of international businesses into the state.

“It will also interest you to know that Ondo state has the largest coastal land (onshore) in the whole of West Africa and we will convert this into a tourist attraction.’’

The aspirant also pledged to review the state’s primary education sector to deliver quality education to the people.

Erewa, who expressed optimism that PDP would win the state governorship election, however, promised that all aspirants would work together for whoever emerged as the party’s candidate.

He also expressed optimism that he had what it takes to deliver Ondo state to the PDP at the Oct. 10 poll.

“We will put everything in place, put all hands on deck, move to all nooks and crannies of the state to propagate the story and sell our manifesto to the electorate.

“I believe they will vote for us and the PDP will win the forthcoming election in Ondo state.

“I know we are an opposition party but I have what it takes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and give our people better lives,’’ he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Federal Road Projects: FEC approves refunds of N148bn to Rivers, Ondo, 3 others



The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved refund of N148billion expended on federal roads by Rivers, Cross River, Ondo, Bayelsa  and Osun states.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the  third virtual meeting of the FEC, held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed said the approval of the refund followed a memo presented by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

He said: “You will recall that in 2016, 36 states of the federation sent a very huge bill to the federal government, asking for compensation for money that they have expended on federal roads.

This prompted Mr President to set up a committee to go and verify the claims of these 36 states, whether indeed these projects were actually constructed, were they completed, in line with the federal government standards.

“At the end of that exercise by an inter-ministerial committee, chaired by the minister of works and housing, but also had Ministers of Education, Transportation, Finance, Minister of State for Works, DG BPP and Permanent Secretary Cabinet Office as members.

“At the end of that exercise, the committee recommended that the federal government should refund N550,364,297.31 billion to 31 of the 36 states, after they were convinced that, yes indeed, the projects were completed and they were federal government roads.

“But the claims of five other states Cross River, Rivers, Ondo, Bayelsa and Osun failed on the grounds that they did not do proper documentation and the committee felt they needed proper documentation.

“So, the committee went back with new terms of reference to ensure that the claims of the five states were in order, that is why the BPP is on the committee.

“So, at the end of the exercise, the committee now reported that the five states – Cross River with 20 roads and one bridge will get a refund of N18,394,737,608.85, Ondo with six roads to get a refund of N7,822,147,577.08, and Osun with two roads and one bridge to get a refund of N2,468,938,876.78.

Others are Bayelsa with five roads and one bridge is to get a refund of N38,040,564,783.40 and Rivers with three roads and three flyovers bridges is to get a refund of N78,953,067,518.29.”

Mohammed said the committees confirmed the roads and the bridges, that not only were they completed, they were in substantial good form, adding that some of the bridges and roads were built about 10 years ago.

He, however, disclosed that “there is a caveat, as the federal government will pay the states but however, henceforth, if any state takes on federal government road, it will not be paid, they will not get any refund.

“Even if you want to pay from your own pocket, you will still need the permission of the federal government and it will be supervised by the federal ministry of works and housing.”

According to him, the modalities of refund are being worked out and payment will be made over a period of time.

Mohammed said 31 states were earlier paid the sum of over N550 billion as refund for the reconstruction of federal roads in their respective states.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Ondo 2020: Okunomo, PDP governorship aspirant, picks party’s nomination form



Mr Banji Okunomo, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant in Ondo State, has picked a nomination form ahead of the party’s primaries scheduled for July.
made the disclosure in a statement issued made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Okitipupa.
The News Agency of Nigeria
reports that the nomination form was also in preparation for the governorship election slated for Oct. 10 in the state.
NAN also reports that Okunomo, who picked his form at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, was the first among the array of the PDP governorship aspirants in the state to do so.
Okunomo, a former PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, said that he dedicated the form to God and the people of the state, who, he said, he intended to serve as governor.
“I picked the nomination form of N21m at Wadata House in Abuja today and this has made me the first among the PDP aspirants to purchase the form.
“I also dedicate the form to God and the good people of the state, whom I intend to serve meritoriously, if I am elected the party’s flag bearer.
“I also promise to eradicate poverty, generate employment, create wealth and enhance the livelihood of the several millions of Ondo State residents, if elected governor,” he said.
NAN recalls that Okunomo was also the first aspirant, who collected the expression of interest form at the PDP secretariat in Akure last week.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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