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Ondo Varsity shut down indefinitely – Registrar



The Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa, has been shut down indefinitely following students’ protest over hike in tuition.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the students had, on April 30, been asked to vacate the institution’s premises and resume on May 20.

Mr Felix Akinusi, the institution’s Registrar, however told NAN on Monday in Okitipupa that the the institution’s senate had resolved to shut it indefinitely.

Akinusi said the decision was to guard against break down of law and order by the students.

NAN reports that the students protested when the management insisted that they should continue to pay the new tuition which ranges from N150,000 to N200,000 per session, depending on a student’s state of origin.

NAN gathered that the tuition was less that N100,000 before the management increased it last academic session, agreeing with the students that it would be reduced the next session.

The registrar said the university authorities were still meeting with the stakeholders over the increase in tuition in order to reach a “conclusive end” on the matter.

He, however, said some students, especially those on 200 Level, had agreed to continue with the new fee but later rescinded the decision and took to protest rather than dialogue.

“The senate of the institution has resolved to shut the institution indefinitely as the students have vowed to continue their protest.

“The senate reached this decision to guard against breakdown of law and order by students as meeting with stakeholders over the matter is ongoing.

“The students agreed to pay the tuition when they resumed newly but they later abandoned the agreement for protest.

“The new date of resumption will be communicated to them after we have resolved the matter,” Akinusi said.

Meanwhile, the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA), has also been shut indefinitely over hike in tuition.


I-G condoles with PSC over Jumbo Offor’s death



The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammad Adamu, has condoled with Police Service Commission (PSC) over the death of Dr Jumbo Offor, Commissioner representing South-East and Business Community in the PSC.

Adamu also expressed his profound condolence with the family of Offor as well.

The police boss’s condolence message was delivered on his behalf by the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman on Saturday in Enugu.

Adamu prayed that God would grant his soul eternal repose and the family the fortitude to bear the “irreparable loss’’.

He described the deceased as “a man of honour and philanthropy’’.

Dr Jumbo Offor will be remembered for being `a helping hand to the helpless and well loved’ by all who encountered him,’’ Adamu added.

The police delegation was received by wife of the deceased, Justice Ifeoma Offor and son, Mr Ikenna Offor.

The commissioner was accompanied on the visit by ACP Alaba Haruna, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Operations; ACP Dauda Ayuba, Commander Squadron 3 of Police Mobile Force (PMF); Enugu and ACP Sa’ad Yahaya, Commander Squadron 76 PMF, Aka-Ekwegbe, Nsukka.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Ondo varsity says no staff tested positive for COVID-19



The management of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technolog (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State, on Friday debunked the rumour that an administrative staff of the institution tested positive for COVID-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the rumour had caused panic among residents of Okitipupa and environs.

In a statement in Okitipupa, Mr Idowu Omowole, the institution’s Registry Coordinator, described  the report as fake and baseless.

He said the  management had conducted an investigation into the matter and found out that  none of the university‘a administrative staff tested positive for the disease.

Omowole noted that the institution on March 20 directed all its staff and students to vacate the campus in line with the state government’s order, to curtail the spread of new coronavirus.

“Our attention has been drawn to fake news flying around that an administrative staff of the institution tested positive for COVID-19.

“The fake news has caused panic in Okitipupa and environs.

“The management of the university wishes to inform the general public that a thorough investigation has been conducted and no staff tested positive for the deadly virus.

“We advise the public to disregard and treat the information as fake and go about their lawful duties, obey and observe all government precautionary measures to fight the deadly virus,” Omowole said.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye (NAN)Ijeoma Popoola

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COVID-19:Ondo Govt. partners stakeholders to tackle community transmission



The Ondo State Government says it has resolved  to partner with relevant stakeholders to curb community transmission of COVID-19.

Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu who was represented by the Chairman Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19 and the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, made this known on Friday at a stakeholders’ meeting on COVID-19 in Akure.

Akeredolu said the uncooperative attitude of some residents toward observing stipulated precautionary guidelines on COVID-19 prevention and the consequent community transmission, nessecitated the meeting and the call for collaboration.

He told each group the  areas the government would want it to buckle up and assist  in steming the tide of the pandemic.

According to him, the country has recorded over 11,000 confirmed cases and hundreds of deaths, which is a very serious issue that calls for concerted efforts and cooperation.

“The case in the state is still a sucess story, as the state has successfully treated and discharged 21 patients and has recorded only four deaths.

“There is need for stakeholders to form a formidable force to tackle COVID-19 and stem the tide, as recent cases recorded are clear cases of community transmission,” he said.

He said  that the rate at which cases were being recorded and the increase in death toll called for drastic actions  and collaboration.

The state’s Epidemiologist and Director, Epidemiology and Disease Control of the Ministry of Health, Dr Stephen Fagbemi, said that serious control measures had to be taken as the country was gradually easing the lockdown.

He appealed to the state residents to cooperate with the government by obeying stipulated precautionary regulations  in the interest of all.

The Secretary of the Ondo State Bankers Committee, Mr Okafor Wallace, said at the meeting that congestion in and around banks  in recent times was unhealthy and uncalled for.

According to him, the world now operates cashless policy and people do not need to carry cash round but transact business online or use the Point of Sale (PoS) terminals.

Wallace praised the governor and his team for commitment to tackling COVID-19.

The Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, Mr Adebo Jacob, appealed to the government to cushion the effect of the pandemic on transporters through palliatives.

He also urged NURTW members to comply with all laid down guidelines  on the prevention of COVID-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by representatives of the Ondo State Forum of Bankers, Market Women Association, NURTW and security agencies.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran (NAN)Ijeoma Popoola

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Late Olumilua left good footprints in humanity services – Ondo Assembly



The Ondo State House of Assembly on Friday said  that late Bamidele Olumilua, former governor of old Ondo State, left good footprints in his service to humanity.

Olumilua, a former civilian governor of old Ondo state comprising present Ekiti between 1992-1993, died on Wednesday in Ikere Ekiti at age 80.

The Assembly extolled the virtues of its erstwhile governor in a condolence message by Mr Olugbenga Omole, the Chairman of House Committee on Information, in Akure.

“As a visionary leader,  late Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua through his dynamic and visionary leadership as governor of old Ondo state did his best despite the fact that his tenure was short,” he said.

According to him, Olumilua’s death has created another vacuum in the political landscape of Nigeria.

The spokesman of the House of Assembly  described Olumilua as an icon of democracy that would be sorely missed by his friends, family members and political associates.

“The members pray to God to grant him eternal rest and grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.(NAN)

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Ekiti, Ondo ‘ll give ex-Gov. Olumilua befitting burial – Fayemi



Ekiti and Ondo State Governments will jointly give the late former Governor of the old Ondo State, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, a befitting burial deserving of a man who rendered selfless service to the people of the states.

The Ekiti Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, announced this on Friday in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ado Ekiti.

Olumilua, who died on Thursday at the age of 80, was the governor of the old Ondo State now Ekiti and Ondo States respectively.

According to him, the two governments of Ekiti and Ondo States are already working out a modality to achieve the plan.

Fayemi paid a condolence visit to the two wives and children of the deceased in his country home in Ikere Ekiti.

The governor said he and his Ondo State counterpart, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, had commenced discussion on how best to honour the late elder statesman.

He, however, noted that both states would ensure that a befitting burial was given to the late former governor while observing all the best COVID-19 protocols.

He said the governments of the two states would further discuss with the family of the late former governor and agree on the burial arrangements.

Fayemi noted that the late Olumilua was a man of many parts who was governor of Ondo and Ekiti states between 1992 and 1993.

According to Fayemi, Evangelist Olumilua spent 80 glorious years full of sacrificial services and commitment to his country and the globe before he breathed his last.

He described the former governor as a man who demonstrated strength of character, purposeful leadership, peaceful living among people and was dedicated to the service of his community and God to the best of his ability.

Commenting on the political life of the politician, Fayemi said, “Evangelist Olumilua was integrity personified, compassion personified, a man of reputable character who reflected and represented the best of Ekiti in the numerous capacities that he served the state, the nation and the globe.”

He said Olumilua’s death was not a loss to Ondo and Ekiti States alone but “a loss to Nigeria and the whole world, because he was a man of international standard.”

Fayemi said the Olumilua lived a good and fulfilled life, saying the transition of the former governor should be celebrated and not mourned.

He said: “I am not here to mourn. Ekiti people are here to celebrate and I can see Ekiti elders who are here as well, to celebrate with the family.

“Not that we shall not miss him, of course we will miss him.

“Baba has done well for us and we owe him immeasurably. Ekiti people would find most appropriate way to honour him; of course in conjunction with our brothers and sisters in Ondo State.

“But much more importantly, we like him for who he was; for the services he rendered, for his commitment to his people and we thanked God that he lived up to 80 and these were 80 glorious years.

Fayemi recalled that the former governor during his lifetime, served as Chairman of the National Pilgrims Commission, Chancellor of the Ekiti State University, served under the United Nations as a diplomat as well as in the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa.

Fayemi later wrote in the condolence register: “A father in a million you were. You served well and we pray your soul rests in perfect peace.

“On behalf of my wife, Bisi, the government and good people of Ekiti State, we pray to God Almighty to take you into His bosom and also for your family to have the courage and fortitude to bear this irreplaceable departure. Adieu Daddy, Adieu!”

The governor was received by deceased’s eldest son, Mr Olumuyiwa Olumilua, a serving Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation in Ekiti, along with family members.

Earlier, Muyiwa, who spoke on behalf of the family, said his father lived a good and fulfilled life that called for celebration rather than mourning.

He thanked the governor for his condolence visit to the family.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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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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