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ECOWAS Court to give judgment in SERAP’s case on killings by herdsmen, others

 

 

 

The ECOWAS Court of Justice, Abuja has this morning heard arguments in the case brought by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the Federal Government seeking “justice and accountability for the authorities’ failure to prevent, account for and investigate killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property across the country by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators.”

 

The Court adjourned the suit to 22 April, 2021 for judgment after hearing arguments from Solicitor to SERAP, Femi Falana SAN, and the government lawyer Mr Adedayo Ogundele.

 

In the suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/15/16, SERAP is arguing that, “the continuing attacks, killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across the country amount to serious violations of human rights of the rights to life, to the security and dignity of the human person, and to property.”

 

Femi Falana, arguing the case, said: “The government has not denied the serious averments by SERAP. The government is responsible for the unlawful killings by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators, which have not been adequately prevented, investigated or prosecuted by the authorities. These responsibilities are heightened when an observable pattern has been overlooked or ignored, such as is the case in this suit.”

 

Falana also argued: “The government has a responsibility to protect and ensure the security of life and property of everyone in Nigeria. It is not enough for the government to say that civil cases have been brought by some of the victims. The government has a responsibility to investigate, fish out the perpetrators and prosecute them, and to compensate the victims.”

 

The suit, reads in part: “SERAP also contends that the obligation to secure the right to life is not confined to cases where it has been established that the killings were caused by an agent of the State. Nor is it decisive whether those affected or their families have lodged a formal complaint about the killings with the competent investigatory authority.”

 

“It is contended that the mere knowledge of the killings by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators on the part of the authorities have ipso facto given rise to an obligation under Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to carry out an effective investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killings and to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and to provide reparations to victims.”

 

“Moreover, the Defendant has a responsibility for those killings, raping maiming and destruction of property where authorities knew or ought to have known of an immediate threat and failed to take measures that might have been expected to avoid those attacks and killings.”

 

“SERAP further contends that the Defendant has positive obligations to provide a framework of security for the protection of life, and to protect the lives of those individuals at risk from unlawful attacks by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators. The lack of accountability for the attacks by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across the country has continued to create a culture of impunity which clearly is not compatible with the rule of law in a democratic society.”

 

“SERAP contends that the Defendant has a positive obligation to take measures to secure the right to life, right to security and dignity of the human person and right to property, and to prevent attacks and killings by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across Nigeria.”

 

“Human life has a special value and dignity which requires legal protection. It should be pointed out that those affected in the present case include the most disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors of society.”

 

“A fundamental notion of contemporary human rights law is that victims of violations enjoy an independent right to effective remedies. This idea is itself founded on another longstanding legal principle: ubi ius ibi remedium (there is no right without a remedy).”

 

SERAP therefore is asking the ECOWAS Court of Justice for the following reliefs:

 

  1. A DECLARATION that the attacks, killings, raping and maiming of citizens and other residents and destruction of property and other serious human rights violations and abuses across the country by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators amount to failure by the Defendant to exercise due diligence to prevent the attacks and killings and cannot be justified under any circumstances, and therefore constitutes a serious breach of Nigeria’s international human rights obligations and commitments to ensure and secure the rights to life, to dignity and security of the human person, and to property, guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights,  and the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
  2. A DECLARATION that the failure of the Defendant to exercise due diligence and to take steps to prevent attacks, killings, raping, and maiming of hundreds of Nigerians and other residents and destruction of property and other serious human rights violations and abuses by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators, and to conduct prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigations and to hold those responsible to account, is unlawful as it amounts to breaches of obligations to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the human rights guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
  3. A DECLARATION that the failure of the Defendant to provide for an effective remedy and reparation for the victims, is unlawful as it amounts to breaches of obligations to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the human rights guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
  4. A DECLARATION that the failure of the Defendant to provide an environment necessary for securing and promoting the enjoyment of the human rights to life, dignity and security of the person, and to property, is unlawful as it amounts to breaches of obligations to promote and fulfil the human rights guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
  5. AN ORDER directing the Defendant and/or its agents individually and/or collectively to respect, protect, promote, and fulfil the human rights of Nigerians and residents and communities across the country that have suffered attacks and human rights violations abuses by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators.
  6. AN ORDER directing the Defendant to investigate all cases of
    unlawful killings noted herein and pay adequate money compensation of N50 million to each of the dependents.
  7. AN ORDER directing the Defendant and/or its agents individually and/or collectively to provide effective remedies and reparation, including adequate compensation, restitution, satisfaction or guarantees of non-repetition that the Honourable Court may deem fit to grant to the victims of attacks by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators.

 

 

 

 

Kolawole Oluwadare

SERAP Deputy Director

5/2/2021

Lagos, Nigeria

Emails: info@serap-nigeria.orgnews@serap-nigeria.org

Twitter: @SERAPNigeria

Website: www.serap-nigeria.org

For more information or to request an interview, please contact us on: +2348160537202

 

 

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Y2021 BUDGET: LASG EXPLAINS INCREASED HEALTH SECTOR ALLOCATION, INTENSIFIES DEPLOYMENT OF TECHNOLOGY

 

The Lagos State Government has disclosed that the experience gained and lessons learnt, during the outbreak of Ebola and COVID-19 pandemic (first-wave) in the State, had prepared the present administration for the second wave of the disease, just as it also unveiled plans to deploy more technology to critical sectors to improve productivity and wellbeing of residents.

 

The Honourable Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi and Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, spoke about these issues on Wednesday, during a joint appearance on a TVC News programme titled: “Business Nigeria”.

 

Prof. Abayomi said the Y2021 budgetary allocation to the health sector was increased to address the challenges posed by the epidemic and other issues, stressing that the amount estimated for the sector was a significant improvement when compared to the allocation for the previous year.

 

He added that challenges of the second wave and community spread of the COVID-19 still remain a major hindrance to the present administration’s health sector objectives, noting that Lagos has the highest incidence of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria despite the increased level of sensitisation to educate residents on complying with safety protocols such as wearing face masks and physical distancing.

 

While decrying the flagrant disregard for all safety rules and regulations by a majority of Lagosians, the Commissioner averred that the high number of recorded cases is creating additional pressure on healthcare facilities in Lagos.

 

Speaking on the government’s resolve to ensure that the residents of Lagos have equal access to an enhanced healthcare delivery system, Abayomi urged citizens to take advantage of the benefits offered, through the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme (LASHMA), by subscribing to the initiative.

 

“Healthcare is very expensive, but having the Health Insurance Scheme will drastically reduce the cost of medical care during visits to the hospital when ill. The Lagos Health Insurance Scheme was designed specifically to reduce the financial cost of healthcare on all residents in the State and it is advisable for Lagosians to subscribe to the scheme”, he advised.

 

On his part, the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, said the spending plan for Y2020 turned out well, as the year closed with a budget performance rate of 88%, stressing that the Y2021 Budget focusses on Human Capital, Education and Health sector in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration’s vision of building a 21stCentury Economy as encapsulated in the T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda

 

He averred that technology expenditure in this year’s budget witnessed an increased allocation as the government is investing heavily on infrastructure which will cover about 3000-kilometres in form of a broadband ring around the State, as part of efforts to achieve the smart-city initiative of the present administration.

 

The Commissioner said, “In the 2021 Budget, technology allocation has increased dramatically due to the broadband infrastructure that includes the laying of 3000-kilometres broadband around Lagos. In addition, we are putting up a smart city initiative for security because if the people are healthy and educated but feel unsafe, then they will still be unproductive”.

 

Egube explained that the broadband security infrastructure would allow the government to install 2000 intelligent cameras having facial and number plate recognition, which will be monitored at a command centre for enhanced security in Lagos, adding that this initiative will also be extended to the health sector through the digitisation of medical records and access to medical care on the State’s telemedicine platform.

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  • ’We Have Prioritised The Well-being Of Our Women’

 

  • The Entry Point To Fighting Cancer is Awareness- Mrs Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has called for a concerted effort by all stakeholders in the fight against cancer in the state, stressing that evidence has shown that more than one-third of cancer cases can be prevented and another one third can be cured if detected early and treated properly.

 

Governor Akeredolu also reiterated the commitment of his administration to establishing a cancer treatment centre in the state before the end of his second term in office.

 

He noted that a Hope-lodge for out-patients and survivors will also be built to ease the stress of those caring for cancer patients.

 

On her part, the First Lady, Arabinrin Betty Anyawu Akeredolu has identified awareness as the entry point to the fight against cancer.

 

Governor Akeredolu and his wife spoke at the Launch of Ondo 2021 Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (Awareness For 21000) held at the Rotunda, Government House, Alagbaka, Akure on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

 

The theme for the 2021 World Cancer Day is “I am And I Will”.

 

According to the Governor:” It has been generally claimed that over 10 million people die each year from cancer globally.That is more than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined! It is projected by experts that by 2030 cancer deaths will rise to 13 million if we do not act.”

 

Arakunrin Akeredolu disclosed that as part of the efforts towards raising awareness, the State Government, through the Ministry of Health, is collaborating with well-meaning organizations who are driven by the same passion to help disabuse the myth around cancer as being a “spiritual attack”.

 

“Therefore, Ondo 2021 Breast and Cervical Cancer Project -Awareness for 21000 is a collaborative effort between Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) and Ondo State Ministry of Health geared towards implementing appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and prompt treatment so that we can together prevent deaths of cancer patients across the 18 Local Government Areas in Ondo State.“the Governor said.

 

He noted that his administration has prioritised the wellbeing of women and also committed to it through various programmes meant to enhance their quality of life, both health-wise and economically.

 

The Governor stated that there is more knowledge about cancer through investing in research and innovation, adding that there is a need for commitment by all in the fight against breast and cervical cancers.

 

“When we come together to speak with one voice and take action together, then we shall accomplish the goal of reducing the mortality that may arise from breast and cervical cancers”. Governor Akeredolu said.

 

Governor Akeredolu commended BRECAN for the approach it has adopted to reach 21,000 women across Ondo State.

 

He said: “I do not doubt that this will have a positive impact, more so that it will encourage more women who will voluntarily come for screening. The First Lady’s commitment towards fighting against breast cancer in the State cannot be overemphasized in terms of her continuous drive by educating, promoting awareness and consistently providing informational and emotional support to newly diagnosed patients and survivors.

 

Gov Wike’s Extraordinary Personality Of The Year  Award:

Why I’m Excited – Obuah

 

Bro Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator of Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, has lauded the nomination of Governor Nyesom Wike by the management of Silverbird Group as the Extraordinary Personality of the year, 2020, describing it as most deserving.

The RIWAMA boss said Gov Wike has impacted all sectors of the state economy that has become difficult to pin his developmental strides to a particular area.

He noted that never in the annals of the political history of the state, have various sectors witnessed such a massive infrastructural development as is presently the case.

“This is a particular instance when all stakeholders including the opposition are agreed sentiments apart, that the Governor has done marvelously well. Rivers people are happy, the ruling party in the state is excited and impressed, and the opposition confounded. This is what is called visionary and people-oriented leadership”, Bro Obuah declared.

The RIWAMA boss said he is happier because it was under his leadership of the party that the bold choice of Governor Wike was made which according to him has been justified as the best decision ever.

The revolutions in the health, agricultural and education sectors, the strings of flyovers scattered all over the strategic points in Port Harcourt to decongest the seeming insurmountable traffic situation for easy movement into and out of the busy roads and streets of Port Harcourt, the State capital are all eloquent testimonies of Gov Wike’s quality leadership which have continued to speak for him, he further noted.

Bro Obuah also commended the vision and boldness of the Silverbird Group to single out Gov Wike for the honour in acknowledgement of his bravery, openness, fearlessness and landmark achievements in Rivers State.

The RIWAMA Sole Administrator believes the well deserved award to His Excellency will spur him to do more since the best reward for hard work is more work.

He enjoined all Rivers people irrespective of party affiliation to rally round the Governor in his commitment to put Rivers State back on the path of progress, faith in their leaders, hope for the youths and peace across the state by praying and supporting his novel policies and programmes aimed at repositioning the State.

Bro Obuah congratulated His Excellency for the feat and wished him greater breakthroughs in the years ahead.

 

 

Jerry Needam        

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator,

Rivers State Waste Management Agency,

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Niger Delta leaders predict economic buoyancy

Night Delta leaders predict economic buoyancy

· Make case for Buhari’s administration

· Commend Sylva for creating 35,000 Jobs in Bayelsa State

Some prominent leaders in the Niger Delta region on Monday urged Nigerians to encourage the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its efforts to create jobs, develop the oil rich Niger Delta region and tackle youth unemployment in the country.

The eminent leaders also praised President Buhari for his resolve to make the lives of all Nigerians better.

In a statement in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, the leaders praised the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for going the extra mile, using his good office to pursue the Niger Delta cause and helping the business image of Nigeria in the international scene.

‘’Certainly, Chief Timipre Sylva has further shown that his politics is driven by character, integrity and development’’ the leaders said.

They emphasized the country’s vast endowments, revenue generation, supports for gas based industries and import substitution for methanol needs of the nation.

The leaders also emphasized Sylva’s approach to the development of the oil and gas sector, foreign direct investment, economic diversification, zero gas flaring and community development

Signed by the Chairman of the Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM), Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua, the leaders commended the management of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and DSV Engineering for the growth of the nation’s economy.

They pointed out that the signing of the Final Investment Decision (FIB) for the construction of 10,000 tonnes/day methanol production plant by the Brass Fertilizer and Petrochemical Company LTD (BFPCL, committing equity investment of US$670m was well timed.

The construction phase is expected to create 30,000 direct and indirect jobs and additional 5,000 permanent jobs during the operations phase.

The leaders described the FID, the Gas Supply Purchase Agreement (GSPA) with the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) led joint venture, off-take agreements and contracts for Engineering Procurement Construction and Technology Provider as another benchmark in the history of Nigeria.

‘’It is a good development that is capable of yielding a beneficial outcome’’ the leaders said.

The statement said the Niger Delta leaders would continue to pray for the success of the President Muhammadu led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

President Buhari in July, 2020 approved the development of the Brass Gas Company with the sole aim of aggregating and monetizing all stranded gas in the Brass area.

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ABIA STATE Abigborodo ABUA ODUAI Abuja Abuja News Abuja People Abuja Pilot Abuja Punch Abuja Sun Abuja Times Abuja Vanguard Adegbarassa; Ajakimonu; Ajamikawa; Amukpe; Amuogodo; Aruowon; Atamua; Ebada; Egbeku; Egborode; Emuaegbedi; Gana; Ikwewu; Ogorode; Okirigwre; Okuovwori; Oton; Sapele ADEJE ADVERTISING Africa Aghalokpe AHOADA EAST AHOADA WEST AIR FORCE Ajamikawa AKUKU TORU AKWA IBOM STATE Alaka community ALAUSA NEWS America Amukpe Amuokpokpo; Elume; Igbimidaka; Inabome; Jakpa; Ogiedi; Okuoke; Olan; Onoghro; Oyohe Anambra State ANDONI ANIOCHA SOUTH Anioma Annang Another world Anthony Village APC APEX NEWS APPEAL COURT ARMY Art Arts ASARI TORU Asia Aso Rock Villa Australia Auto mobile Banking BAYELSA STATE Beauty Beauty Ebireri Benin News Benue People Benue State Benue Weekly Bola Ahmed Tinubu BOMADI BONNY RIVERS Book Review Breaking News Broadcast to the Nation Brutality Buhari BURUTU Business Business Men Catering and Hotel Management Celebrity Charles Ebireri CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY Chieftaincy Affairs Christianity Citizens City News CIVIL DEFENCE Civil Society Groups Community News CONCERNED NIGERIANS CONSULTING CONTACT THE EDITORS Contact The Publishers Corruption COURT NEWS Crime CROSS RIVER STATE Culture DAILY BREAK WEEKLY DAILY BREAKFAST DAILY BULLETIN REVIEW DAILY SUN David Ebireri DEGEMA RIVERS Delta Central DELTA CHRONICLE DELTA HERALD Delta North Delta South Delta State DELTA STREET TIMES Discourse DISPATCH NEWS DSS EASTERN PUNCH Ebonyi News Ebonyi State Economy Edo Edo State Edo Today Education EGBA EGBEMA NDONI Ekeresan; Okopkooro; Okuodede; Okuovu; Ugbokurusu; Ugborhen Ekiti News Ekiti State Eko Daily Eko News Eku el-Rufai Electricity ELEME RIVERS ELUME Elume District EMOHUA Encounter Energy Environment Epe LG EPOCH NEWS ETCHE Ethiope East Ethiope West Eti Osa Europe F. 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Yoruba women scold Nnamdi Kanu, back police chief

Yoruba women scold Nnamdi Kanu, back police chief

Notable women in the South-West on Tuesday scolded the leader of the Indigenous people of BiafraI (POD), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu for creating enmity and cutting a bad image for the South-East.

‘’We feel very sorry for the people who listen to the sermons of the mischief maker and the voice of disunity, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’’ the women said.

Expressing concern over the potential implications of statements credited to the IPOD leader, the women condemned Kanu for his parochial reasoning and hatred for Hausa-Fulani.

‘’The statements portray Nnamdi Kanu as one who is ignorant of the police hierarchy in Nigeria. As it concerns Oyo State and the directives of the Inspector General of Police, we feel very strongly, that it is very wrong for Kanu to urge the CP to flout the orders of the IGP’’.

In a three-page statement issued in Akure, the women harped on the need for unity and mutual understanding within the South-West.

Signed by the Chairperson of Yoruba Women in Government (YWIG), Chief Fumilayo Adesanwo, the women poured encomiums on Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko.

They underscored the IGP’s focused and purposeful leadership, the CP’s academic and professional credentials and her vision to set a record in Oyo State’s security history.

The women also emphasized Onadeko’s demonstrable competence, discipline, loyalty and integrity.

Part of the statement reads’’ Another round of ethnic feuding in Oyo State started last week. One Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, alongside his followers stormed the Fulani settlement in Igangan, Ibarapa to eject Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir’’

This antagonistic position towards Fulani can hardly be described as the best thing to do.

It is very obvious that this action appeared not to have gone down well with Nigerians.

However, the order by the Inspector General of Police that Sunday Igboho should be arrested came as a joy to many.

But much ado has been created over the reported order to the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, to arrest Sunday Igboho.

Indeed, some Nigerians in Diaspora have attempted to denigrate the Inspector General of Police for directing the Oyo State Police Command to arrest Igboho.

For sure, the good people of Oyo State have every obligation to fight crimes ranging from kidnapping, killings, rape to invasion of farmlands at all cost but without promoting anarchy,

Forcefulness, dissent, general bad manners and unruly behavior should not be encouraged in a decent society.

Nigerians should disregard the various lies being peddled by the self-acclaimed Igbo leader against the Inspector General of Police and the Oyo State Commissioner of Police. There is no plan to stop the agenda of the people of the South-West. There is no plan to ferments enmity between the South-East and the South-West.

We commend the Police for doing what they are statutorily assigned to do.

We urge the Oyo State Police Commissioner not to succumb to the propaganda and blackmail daily oozing out of the mouths of some enemies of Nigeria.

We urge the Oyo State Commissioner of Police to ignore calls by the self-acclaimed Igbo leader in Diaspora to resign from office.

It was reassuring to see how thoughtfully the Inspector General of Police responded to the incident.

The police must go the whole hog to put a stop to the acts of lawlessness of some people in the country.

We commend Governor Seyi Makinde for being responsible and responsive to the needs of all.

We urge him to continue to support the police and other security agencies.

We also commend President Muhammadu Buhari for showing that lawlessness and brigandage are alien to our culture

We call on Oyo youths to extend to Hausa/Fulani in the state a hand of fellowship, friendship and brotherhood so that together, they could position the state for economic growth.

We call on the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor to call this Igbo self-acclaimed leader in Diaspora to order

Security of life and property is so fundamental. We urge the police to discharge their duties to the government and heroic people of Oyo State and Nigeria.

Lastly, we appeal for professionalism, restraints and understanding on the part of Igbo and Yoruba youths.

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Sylva has performed excellently – South-South Leaders

 

Sylva has performed excellently – South-South Leaders

Prominent leaders in the South-South geo-political zone on Tuesday eulogized the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, for bringing unparalleled brilliance and unbridled patriotism to the petroleum sector.

They also described Sylva as “a forthright, honest and consistent leader.”

At a gathering in Port-Harcourt, the leaders, under the aegis of South-South Leaders Forum (SSLF), heaped praise on Sylva for promoting regional trade development, encouraging the growth and development of the oil and gas industry and charting a new course for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

“The petroleum sector is in good health. The signs can be found in energy security for Nigeria’s growing population and economy, rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery, reviving of the Warri and Kaduna refineries and development of some petrochemical and fertilizer projects” the leaders said.

The leaders took note of the good relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari, National Assembly members and stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, commending the minister for addressing issues that bear on the development of the sector.

In a statement to journalists in Port-Harcourt, the chairperson of the Niger Delta People’s Movement (NPDM), Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua said the leaders spoke warmly about Timipre Sylva.

They praised the minister for doing everything that needed to be done to eradicate smuggling of PMS across the Nigerian boarders; complete the Gas Flare Commercialization Program; increase crude oil production; reduce cost of crude oil extraction; promote passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill; passage of Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Amendment; increase domestic refining capacity and create large number of well-paying jobs in the country.

The leaders described the minister as a first rate politician with a great power of rapid calculation.

‘’Chief Timipre Sylva is an excellent man. He is addressing demand and limited domestic production’’

They commended him for the completion of Phase 1 of the Port Harcourt Refinery Rehabilitation exercise and re-opening of OML 25 flow station in Rivers State

Specifically, the leaders eulogized Sylva for working tirelessly to ensure harmonious relations between host communities and oil industry operators in the country, the signing of the Final Investment Decision for NLNG Train 7 project, the commencement of the AKK pipeline project championed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the implementation of the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

They also applauded the former Bayelsa State governor for the completion and commissioning of the 17-storey headquarters building of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and commissioning of the Waltersmith modular refinery, developed with 30 percent equity from the NCDMB.

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Florence Ufuoma Ebireri: Family Announces Burial Date

Florence Ufuoma Ebireri: Family Announces Burial Date

The family of the late educationist, public administrator and writer, Florence Ufuoma Ebireri, has announced January 23, 2021 as date for her funeral.

‘’Florence Ufuoma Ebireri is being laid to rest in Sapele, Delta State, forty two days after her death’’ a statement by the head of the family, Mr Wilson Ebireri said.

The statement described Florence Ebireri as a woman of great personal integrity.

‘’Florence Ebireri’s death is definitely a sad news to us’’.

The renowned public administrator and business woman breathed her last on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

A beloved figure in Delta State, the statement underscored her absolute dedication to job and family.

Deeply religious, Florence Ebireri was a noiseless, persistent and disciplined woman

‘’We are experiencing great grief’’ the statement added.

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2023 Polls: Okpe leaders give condition to Governorship Aspirants

2023 Polls: Okpe leaders give condition to Governorship Aspirants

· List expectations from Buhari, Okowa, others

· Decry imbalance in polity

· Task Delta State Government on Sapele Polytechnic

· Call for All Okpe Summit

 

Prominent Okpe leaders on Wednesday expressed disappointment that politicians in Delta State seem to be interested in the political zoning rather than the performance of the people they elected.

They said that anyone who feels that he wants to be governor of Delta State in 2023 must react to the Okpe question and issue.

‘’The Okpe Union is prepared to lend its voice and support to policies that will address the developmental challenges of the state. Ultimately, looking into the future of leadership in the state, the Okpe Union shall be open to supporting such personalities with leadership qualities and credentials that will ensure the stability and overall equitable development of the entire state’’.

In an end of year message of the Okpe Union National Executive Council, the leaders asked the Federal Government to institute structures and processes which enhance equitable involvement and participation in the affairs of the country by the component parts.

‘’We call on the federal government and Stakeholders of the Nigerian federation to take the issue of restructuring and devolution of more governmental powers to the federating units of the country seriously. We believe that it is with a restructured Nigerian federation that the current myriads of problems bedeviling the country like security and economic development issues can be resolved for progress. We also call on the federal government to revisit the issue of the Sapele Port which is the only freshwater harbour in Nigeria and therefore attractive to vessel owners the world over’’

Signed by Mr. Patrick Akpotor, President General, Barrister Kingsley Akpederin, General Secretary and Mrs. Atarhe Abuh,

National Publicity Secretary, the leaders advised Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe Kingdom to use his wealth of experience and connections to help Delta State in general and Okpe kingdom in particular.

‘’The National Executive Council notes the fatherly advice the Okpe Union has enjoyed from the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom since the restoration of the Okpe monarchy in 1945. We thank our Orodje of Okpe, Orhue I, for his leadership and support for the national leadership of the Okpe Union led by Mr. Patrick Akpotor. As an advisory body to the Udogun Okpe which is headed by the Orodje of Okpe, the Okpe Union will continue to avail its services to the revered Okpe institution as it grapples with challenges of Okpe unity and development. In this regard, the Okpe Union looks forward to active participation in the community of ethnic nationalities in Delta State and in Nigeria as a strong voice of the Okpe Nation in collaboration with the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom vis-a-vis the articulation of the Okpe identity, development and the restoration of all aspects of Okpe heritage’’.

They stated that the 2020 National Conference/General Assembly and the setting up of an Electoral Committee to organise elections into the National Executive Council of the union in the early part of next year 2021 remained glorious achievements of the union.

‘’2020 has been a turbulent one in several regards especially from the consequences of the corona virus (COVID 19) which ended up affecting the implementation of some of the programmes that the national leadership of the Union earmarked for the outgoing year. We are however relieved that the Union succeeded in holding its 2020 National Conference/General Assembly which has set in motion a transition template by setting up an Electoral Committee to organise elections into the National Executive Council of the union in the early part of next year 2021 as well as a Constitutional Review Committee which is saddled with the responsibility of bringing the Okpe Union Constitution up to date with modern realities and developments’’.

The leaders reiterated that the stability of the union depended on a good working relationship between the headquarters and the branches.

‘’We thank the leadership of branches and members for standing by and supporting the current leadership by making the erstwhile Acting President General, Mr. Patrick Akpotor the substantive President General as well as extending the tenure of the outgoing National Executive Council by five months to avoid a leadership vacuum and enable the Electoral Committee to conduct credible national elections. The National leadership promises to complete the implementation of the various resolutions of the last General Assembly of the Union which held on the 14th of November, 2020 and to uphold the provisions of the Okpe Union Constitution. We are particularly relieved with the adoption of a resolution by the last General Assembly of the Union enabling the National Executive Council as well as committees of the Okpe Union to hold meetings by employing reliable social media like WhatsApp and Zoom for meetings. This has now made it safer, less expensive and more convenient for meetings to be held to address challenges of the Okpe Union and of the Okpe Nation from time to time’’.

They harped on the need for continuous unity of the Okpe Union.

‘’The Okpe Union is the oldest ethnic union of Delta State, Nigeria. In the union over ninety years of existence, it has run its affairs as an autonomous registered organization. We enjoin all branches to remain steadfast and uphold the constitution of the Okpe Union and its traditions that have been handed over to us by the founding fathers of the Union’’

The leaders said the founding fathers of the Okpe Union held the Okpe Nation together along with the Chief Ayomanor Evwida led Udogun Okpe and initiated the process for the resuscitation of the Okpe monarchy by installing Esezi II in 1945.

 

‘’It is with unity that the Okpe Union established scholarship schemes during the colonial era to train Okpe sons overseas as well as to achieve several collective land mark legal victories of the past. This vision of unity and cohesion amongst members of the Okpe Union handed to us by our founding fathers must be upheld to enable us consolidate on the several successes of the past. The Okpe Union is an organisation registered with the federal government since the early colonial times with its constitution, and with registered branches and members. The Okpe Union can only be governed by compliance with its constitution’’.

 

They said Okpe Union had played great roles in the development of the Niger Delta region.

 

‘’The Okpe Union is one of the oldest ethnic Unions in Nigeria and the oldest registered one of Delta State. It was registered with the Colonial Government of Nigeria on the 13th of December, 1934, after it officially took off on the 16th of May, 1930. Our founding fathers envisioned creating a platform to be a formidable voice for the Okpe people as well as mobilise the people of the Delta region to collaborate for the Development of the area. The Okpe Union has therefore worked with other ethnic Unions which were later created to ensure stability of the region. We therefore hope to continue partnering with the Delta State government, the Nigerian federal government and developmental agencies at both the Federal, Regional and State levels to achieve peace and development for the country, the region and the state’’.

 

Assessing Okpe kingdom’s journey in phases, the leaders stated that the union has taken a leadership role in drawing attention to the abandoned Sapele Polytechnic project.

 

‘’We also reiterate our earlier call to the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration of Delta State to look into the abandoned project for the establishment of the only higher institution of Okpeland, the Sapele Polytechnic project in Elume’’.

 

The leaders lamented the deplorable nature of roads in the kingdom and called on the authorities to see that something was done to save the situation which the rainy season complicated

‘’It is also regrettable that many of the link roads for Okpe towns and villages are still in earth road state despite the huge contributions in terms of oil and gas mineral resources in revenue generation to the federal and state governments. Both the NDDC and DESOPADEC hardly think of the rural communities of Okpeland’’ the leaders said.

They stated that the main challenge before the kingdom was the lack of synergy between the political leadership of the two local government areas of Okpeland which are Sapele and Okpe Local Government Areas.

‘’It is the desire of the national leadership of the Okpe Union to organise an Okpe Development Summit to coincide with the celebration of the founding of the Okpe Union 91 (ninety one) years ago. It has been observed that there is hardly any synergy between the political leadership of the two local government areas of Okpeland which are Sapele and Okpe Local Government Areas. Some of the over a century old road networks in Okpeland for example crisscross these two local governments. Despite the existence of link roads, moving from Sapele Council Area to the Okpe Council Area can be herculean because of their poor state. It is therefore important for the Okpe Nation to have a development summit which will bring together all Stakeholders of the Okpe Nation to brainstorm on how best to make our land achieve social and infrastructural development’’.

The leaders described Okpe language as distinct.

‘’The Okpe language is a distinct language recognised by Ethnologue which is the international body that recognises and registers distinct languages the world over. The Okpe language is the only language indigenous to Sapele and Okpe Local Government Areas of Delta State. Unfortunately, the Okpe language has deteriorated in official recognition from a government officially utilised newscast language in Bendel State times to one which has been abandoned by the Delta State Government. It is currently not a subject in the schools of Okpeland despite the mother tongue policy that it is the language of the place that is to be taught in the schools. The Okpe Union calls on all Stakeholders to join hands to rescue the Okpe language from going into extinction as the pressures hindering its development increase further. We hope that in the year 2021 and beyond, we shall all bring to the table our ideas and proposals for an action plan to save the Okpe language. We are glad to reveal to all Okpes that our traditional leader, Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe is at the forefront of these efforts to save the Okpe language’’.

 

They urged the people of the state to come together and work for the progress of the state.

 

‘’As the year 2020 comes to an end, we wish all Okpe people, and the people of Delta State and Nigeria, a prosperous new year 2021.

We remind all Okpe people throughout the world that the Okpe Nation is a unique one in Delta State. It is the ethnic nation that is most connected to the other ethnic groups in the state. The connection of the Okpe people to the other ethnicities in Delta State is highest both in terms of ancestry and history of migration as well as intermarriage. The Okpe people are therefore expected to be a force to unify the various peoples of our Delta State. We therefore enjoin all our people to always present themselves as peace builders. Our people must close ranks with the other ethnic nationalities and help our Delta State achieve its development potentials in the modern era’’.

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Niger Delta leaders restate support for Buhari, Akpabio

Niger Delta leaders restate support for Buhari, Akpabio

Leaders of the Niger Delta region on Wednesday described the appointment of sole administrator in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as legal and ethical.

They also described the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio as a pride to Nigeria.

‘’We are determined to support the current effort of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Effiong Okon Akwa to sanitize the Commission and effectively develop the oil rich region’’ the leaders said on Wednesday.

In a statement in Port-Harcourt, the leaders commended President Buhari for his commitment to assisting and dealing with challenges in the Niger Delta region.

Signed by the Chairman, South-South Front (SSF), Chief John Harry, the regional leaders condemned the orchestrated attack on the person and leadership of Senator Akpabio by some misguided individuals and their backers.

They praised Akpabio for sticking to the administration’s policy of transparency and accountability, promoting the best interests of the Niger Delta people and initiating the first-ever comprehensive reform of the NDDC.

The leaders expressed disappointment that some elders, politicians and youths in the region seem to be interested in board appointment rather than the performance of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

‘’Some governors, elders and federal lawmakers in the region are not focused as we think they should on the level of development in the region. We should not quantify development of the region in terms of board appointment but in broad terms. We have to think about completed and on-going projects’’ the leaders said.

They described the calls for Akwa’s removal as puerile.

‘’As notable leaders, we are concerned with the unity and transformation of the region. We are very proud of Senator Godswill Akpabio. He has given good account of himself in politics and public life” the leaders added

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Governors, lawmakers for SPCC’s 70th Anniversary

Governors, lawmakers for SPCC’s 70th Anniversary

High-ranking federal government functionaries, prominent traditional rulers, professionals and leaders of political parties in Nigeria are expected in Aghalokpe, Delta State on Friday, April 9, 2021.

The 70th Anniversary Celebration of St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe is billed for April 9 and 10, 2021.

According to a statement by the Chairman of the 70th Anniversary Organizing Committee, Chief Kingsley Omokri, there will be Mass at the College Chapel, inspection of college premises and distribution of anniversary crested books to students of SPCC, Aghalokpe and pupils of SPCC Nursery and Primary School on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Major programmes at the gathering, Chief Omokri said, include the commissioning of renovated projects by old students, anniversary lecture, award ceremony for those that have distinguished themselves and launching of a book titled ; SPCC Aghalokpe: The Hidden Pearl of the Ethiope.

‘’There will be free medical service for the natives of Aghalokpe, Aragba, Oviri, Ekpan, Okpara-Waterside and Igun on Saturday, April 10, 2021’’ the statement said.

.’’A novelty football match between Old Boys Association of St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe and Old Boys Association of Urhobo College will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2021’’ the statement added.

Founded in 1950 as the fourth secondary school in Warri Province (later renamed Delta Province in 1952), St Peter Claver’s College was the first secondary school in Sapele.

Its proprietor, His Lordship P. J. Kelly, Catholic Bishop of Benin Diocese which included Warri/Delta Province during British Colonial Times, envisaged St Peter Claver’s College as the equivalent of St Patrick’s College, Asaba, for the Catholic Community in Warri Province.

SPCC moved from Sapele to Aghalokpe in 1953.

 

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UNIVERSITY EDUCATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS: SURVIVAL IMPERATIVES IN POST COVID-19 ERA BEING THE TEXT OF THE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA, SAN AS CONVOCATION LECTURER AT THE 10TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF THE AL-HIKMAH UNIVERSITY, ILORIN KWARA STATE OF NIGERIA

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS: SURVIVAL IMPERATIVES IN POST COVID-19 ERA BEING THE TEXT OF THE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA, SAN AS CONVOCATION LECTURER AT THE 10TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF THE AL-HIKMAH UNIVERSITY, ILORIN KWARA STATE OF NIGERIA

 

I must commence this address by making a confession that until the 12th October 2020 when I received the invitation letter from Professor Noah Yusuf the Vice Chancellor, I had not been acquainted with the Al-Hikmah University.

 

This perhaps is not totally surprising because of the increasing investment of private capital into university education in Nigeria.

 

As things currently stand, there are 79 (SEVENTY-NINE) private universities, 48 (FORTY-EIGHT) state universities and 43 (FORTY-THREE) federal universities in Nigeria.

 

It might interest you to know that since the advent of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, no less than 18 (EIGHTEEN) private universities have been granted approval to operate as required by law and I am aware that there are still more applications under assessment and processing.

 

I have become pleasantly acquainted with Al-Hikmah and I have nothing but commendation for:

 

  • Alhaji Chief (Dr) Abdulrahman Oladimeji (OFR), the founder
  • Professor Idris Muhammed (OON), the Chairman Board of Trustees
  • Dr M.D Abubakar (CFR), the Pro Chancellor and of course
  • Professor Noah Yusuf, the Vice Chancellor and my main host

 

To all of you and the entire management of Al-Hikmah University, I doff my hat for your labour of love and investment in the development of Nigeria’s human capital.

 

It is a tough commitment to make, to invest so much time in a cause whose results take time to fructify.

 

When I learnt that there are over 5,000 students in Al-Hikmah, I had no difficulty in accepting the invitation to speak and in adjusting my schedule to be here.

 

To the parents, guardian and families of these students who are graduating today my hearty congratulations for the success of your children and your wards.

 

As a parent myself, I can only imagine how happy and proud you must be. May your joy in their achievements not be short-lived.

 

To the graduating students, I offer a thundering applause, I offer congratulations, and wish you the very best of luck.

 

I walked this road 33 (THIRTY-THREE) years ago in the University of Benin and the memories are as fresh as if they were yesterday.

 

As you prepare to take the next step in life, ostensibly national youth service, let me offer you what I believe was the best advice I got when I graduated.

 

Simply put, I recall that it was about self-discipline. From primary school through secondary school, to the University and at home, you have all been under one form of supervision or the other. That is imposed discipline.

 

But as you leave today as young adults, that supervision will decrease and thin off. You will have to find it by yourselves – that is SELF DISCIPLINE.

 

Trust me, it is the hardest. You will have to do it by yourselves and for the rest of your lives.

 

Those who succeed in imposing discipline on themselves will find it easier to deal with the real world.

 

It is about that real world that Professor Noah Yusuf has asked me to speak to you about on the topic “University Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment Prospects: Survival imperatives in Post Covid-19 era.

 

In dealing with this subject, I will refer to some contemporary events and share some history with you.

 

We are all living witnesses to the recent protests in our country about many issues from police brutality to the quality of life.

 

You may have heard stories from people much older than you about how much life was better in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

You would have heard about how they were being employed immediately they were in their final year or shortly after they left school.

 

True as these may be, I urge you to take those “glorious days” in context and refuse to be defined by them as you legitimately seek for a better life for yourselves.

 

The truth about those days are that Nigeria by population and economic size was a relatively small country of 56 million people in 1970 and a GDP of $12.55 Billion as against an estimated 200 million people today and a GDP of $400 Billion.

 

There were fewer people educated at graduate level (with only SIX universities in 1970) compared to what you have today, 170 and still counting.

 

That was also the time immediately after Independence in 1960; the civil war which ended in 1970, when the departure of foreigners and the emergence of the first set of entrepreneurs of indigenous hue led to the need for immediate manpower recruitment.

 

But even then life was not as glorious as we now think it was. Time has healed the pain and wounds of the economic difficulties of those times for some.

 

But if you care to do some research, music such as Dr Victor Olaiya’s “Ilu le o, ko si owo lode, obinrin n kigbe, okunrin n kigbe,” will tell you that there were no bed of roses in those now glorious days.

 

The truth is that Nigeria has evolved from different phases of her journey, starting from pre-1960 when the need to end colonial rule was the single most important item on her developmental agenda.

 

She went through a turbulent 1960s when keeping the unity and managing diversity was the big issue of the day.

 

The 70s to the 1990s witnessed some economic development, but democratic government and the need to retire the military to their core mandate was the big issue.

 

From the millennium to date, the issue on the front burner appears to have been how to preserve a well-worn democratic era.

 

Today, the big ticket issue is how to make democracy translate to a better life because democracy by itself does not guarantee good governance. It requires a lot of hard work.

 

This is an important and welcome turn of events, it requires a new set of champions and I see them here today, graduates of Al-Hikmah, who step out in the midst of a global pandemic, to take responsibility and partake in shaping the destiny of a 60-year-old country.

 

Therefore, regarding the topic of University Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment prospects the thesis probably should be about creating prosperity and not just employment.

 

My advice first to the school is to reform its curriculum (if this has not already been done) to prepare the next set of Al-Hikmah graduates to lead the decision-making process about their lives and their environment instead of waiting to be told what to do.

 

By 1987 when I left the university, there was no employment for me. I was at home for 6 months without a job. I got a job by attending an interview at a law firm that newly opened. I left after 3 years to start my own Law firm and became self-employed and an employer.

 

For a year, my partner and I just barely paid staff salaries, we earned little if any income, and our wives provided upkeep for the home.

 

Our common joke was that if either of us fell ill, our families were in trouble. I am convinced that these young men and women who I see here today are better equipped than we were. I am convinced that inherent in Nigeria’s current developmental challenges lie enormous opportunities.

 

It is the entrepreneurial spirit that you have or can acquire that will make the difference about the Nigeria that you encounter as you step out of here today.

 

Your degrees and training are not an end, they are a means to an end. They are meant to equip you with the capacity for high level thinking, choice making, decision taking, adaptability and flexibility.

 

Resources in terms of money are always useful but they do not on their own necessarily deliver fulfilment. Nigeria is not stacked against you, on the contrary it has evolved into a different stage, different from what your parents knew.

 

The experience of Nigeria that your parents had is useful for you to understand what happened, but it should not limit your expectation of what you can make of Nigeria.

 

Your parents probably did not see Sports, Music, Entertainment or Photography as professions.

 

They have now become more respectable professions employing people globally.

 

As the world and Nigeria deal with Covid-19, life is changing from what we knew it to be into what we now behold it to be.

 

Businesses that we accepted as the Norm like aviation, hotel, tourism and entertainment are struggling to survive, and those that we did not pay enough attention to are offering untold and unthinkable opportunities.

 

Conversely, the COVID induced lockdown has induced an exponential demand for food, profiting the Agric Sector.

 

Social distancing has kept us apart but Zoom has kept us connected. So there has to be a competitor for Zoom. Why can’t we develop our own Zoom locally?

 

Thermometers are being manufactured today by companies who  have converted their production lines hitherto used for other products.

 

The mask you and I are wearing is somebody’s job. Fashion companies are adapting by producing face masks and protective equipment.

 

Transportation and logistics companies like FEDEX have had to cope with the increased demand for delivery services to different parts of the globe on account of the surge in online shopping.

 

So the changing world will profit only those who are adaptive, who are flexible, who can imagine, who can innovate and change their businesses and create new ones.

 

The Nigerian government through the CBN, the Bank of Industry, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and other ministries, departments and agencies of federal and state governments are offering support for:

 

  1. Agriculture (The CBN disbursed Agribusiness/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) (N92.90 billion to 24,702 beneficiaries), Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) totaling the sum of N164.91 billion to 954,279 beneficiaries).

 

  1. Temporary jobs 774,000

 

  1. Expanded social infrastructure and welfare (Creation of N150 billion Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) for affected households and small and medium enterprises through the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank.

 

Already, N149.21 billion has been disbursed to 316,869 beneficiaries.

 

Given the resounding success of the programme and its positive impact on output growth, the CBN decided to double this fund to about N300 billion, so as to accommodate many more beneficiaries and boost consumer expenditure which should positively impact output growth.

 

  1. Survival Fund (The Payroll Support Track of the MSME Survival Fund targets 500,000 individual beneficiaries by supporting payroll obligations between N50,000 (maximum) and N30,000 (minimum) to between 3 (minimum) and 10 (maximum) staff for 3 months.

 

Beneficiary MSMEs include the Hospitality industry, Private Schools, Factory owners, Law firms, Hospitals etc.

 

Relatedly, the Formalization Support Track by which the Federal Government will formalize the registration of 250,000 new businesses across the country with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) at no cost to the MSMEs commenced on 26th October 2020.

 

  1. Health and pharmaceuticals (Creation of a N100 billion intervention fund by the CBN in loans to pharmaceutical companies and healthcare practitioners intending to expand and strengthen the capacity of our healthcare institutions).

 

So far 60 health care related projects are being funded to the tune of over N60 billion as a result of the intervention.

 

Nigeria is also currently witnessing an expanded investment and commitment to infrastructure upgrade of a type not seen since the 1970s after the civil war.

 

The construction of rail tracks and stations, 5 international airport expansions, a new seaport, 671 road contracts in all the states of the federation, point to a clear determination to reduce the infrastructure deficit that hinders the growth and efficiency of businesses.

 

Perhaps in order to bring the scope and size of this commitment closer home, it might interest you to know that the Federal Government is currently undertaking the construction of several roads in Kwara state alone all totalling 652.48Km at various stages of construction.

 

These include:

 

  1. Dualization of IIorin – Jebba – Bokani
  2. IIorin – Kabba – Obajana
  3. IIorin – Omuaran – Egbe
  4. Share  – Patigi – Road

 

 

All these construction, necessarily propel demands for increased activity in the mining sub-sector to blast rocks, operate quarries, produce construction materials like sand, crushed stones, asphalt and more. Machines and construction equipment like cranes, bulldozers, caterpillars need to be fuelled (diesel supply) lubricated, maintained and operated.

 

One of our contractors (and there are many of them), recently paid N500 million to his diesel suppliers. This is a business.

 

Studies such as Environmental Impact Assessments, designs for new roads, bridges etc. need to be made by consultants, and contractors need to be supervised by qualified engineers. There are currently 38 Design Consultants and 122 Supervision Consultants  employed by my Ministry. These are MSMEs, small and medium enterprises.

 

They could be owned by any one of you.

 

At the moment, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Works and Housing is undertaking construction of internal roads in the 44 federal tertiary institutions, we have completed 18 and still have fresh demands.

 

As part of the national maintenance programme approved by the President Buhari led federal executive council, we have started the rehabilitation of 24 federal secretariats in different states long left unmaintained. We are changing roofs, toilets, windows, electricals, painting and generally restoring these assets.

 

We have now issued facility maintenance and management contracts to small companies to ensure that the restored secretariats are well kept, cleaned and serviced. Some of these contracts range between N50 million – N100 million per annum.

 

The successful companies also employ staff such as engineers, electricians, etc. these are examples of small companies and Businesses that today’s graduates must seek to establish.

 

Wherever you look, whether in Asia, Europe, the Americas or Africa, Macro, Small and Medium Enterprises, popularly known with the acronym (MSMSES), are the drivers of the Global Economy.

 

They range from small shops to law firms, clinics, Restaurants, Salons, Gyms, cottage Industries, Architectural and Engineering firms, security companies, cleaning companies, Food and Beverage Businesses, pharmacies and so on.

 

They constitute anything from 50 – 80 per cent of different economies.

 

They employ between 1 – 50 people.

 

In Nigeria, there are estimated to be about 40 million of them.

 

The prospects for Entrepreneurship, Employment and the quality of life for Nigeria depends largely on how many more of these types of businesses are formed, and how many new jobs they can create.

 

The new Corporate Affairs Act recently signed into law by President Buhari makes a bold attempt to make formation of companies easier for small business owners, especially young people, by eliminating the requirement for 2 (Two) Directors.

 

This is one side of the new need of Nigeria I urge you to see, the need to develop and start new businesses to address new needs.

 

The other side of that new Nigeria, is the Nigeria that needs to quickly upgrade and expand its infrastructure to support its growing economy and people. Young people must understand these changing economic realities and needs, and adapt their skills to play in these areas.

 

I encourage you to venture, to think and to act with conviction.

 

Nothing can stop you but yourself.

 

Start small businesses, provide service, somebody needs something, do it different and do it better.

 

The Global giant, Coca-Cola, started life in 1886 as a small business by Dr John Pemberton, a chemist trying to make medicine.

 

The Macdonald Clam Shell box in which your Hamburger is packed worldwide is the invention of Jon Huntsman that has become a billion dollar Business.

 

The Dangote Group and Oando Group started as small businesses and grew into what they have become today.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued Executive Orders 5 & 7 both of which seek to support the participation of Nigerians in these areas over non-Nigerians.

 

I urge Al-Hikmah and other universities to acquaint themselves with these policies of government and share it with their students. I will also be willing from time to time to help in this regard just as I am sure many public officers will be well disposed to helping this cause.

 

What Al-Hikmah and other institutions of learning must also consider, is to CHANGE how they teach the students.

 

The end of lectures and dictations was yesterday.

 

While what is learnt is important, how it is taught seems to me more important.

 

The student who is challenged to produce results, to develop and deliver projects, work in groups to create things, is more likely the one prepared to be an entrepreneur, an inventor than the one who is taught to simply take instructions.

 

University communities such as canteens, bookshops, Hostels, Butteries, laundries and so on are the perfect laboratories to prepare undergraduates for entrepreneurship by ensuring that they encounter work while at school and earn income while studying.

 

These are some of the new ways of teaching that we must embrace.

 

Of course, I could not over emphasize the opportunities that lie in Agriculture and the shared prosperity that comes from farming, processing, packaging, preservation, and retail.

 

Entertainment and sports remain an emerging field of opportunities that universities must look to in order to equip their students with the professional skills to cope with a changing world and a changing Nigeria.

 

Many lawyers in other jurisdictions are now managing superstars in entertainment and sports (individuals) instead of corporations. We must amend our curriculum to create those enterprises in entertainment and sports.

 

COVID-19 provides an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurship and employment, especially as vaccines are now being approved.

 

I see opportunities for transportation, logistics, freezing, mapping  and development of vaccine centres either by way of building new ones or redesigning existing facilities, and the supply of syringes and needles for the administration of the vaccines.

 

The disposal of used needles, syringes, gloves and other medical wastes from the vaccination exercise also provide opportunities in waste management.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, worthy graduands, it is impossible in the limited time, to exhaust the possibilities for entrepreneurship and employment in Nigeria.

 

The important thing to note is that the Global economy has changed and so has the Nigerian Economy. There are now new needs and new services required, so are there new skills required.

 

Buying and selling, working in a bank, oil company and tech company are only limited opportunities from which the Nigerian economy is seeking to move away.

 

Construction, creation, creativity, data, agriculture and science are some of the new and urgent areas of need that need manpower. Those who adapt their skills to suit these needs, not only as employees, but as creators of wealth are the new champions that Nigeria needs to expand entrepreneurship base and employment.

 

I do not suggest that it is easy but I know that with the Naija spirit and the energy that I can feel amongst these young men and women, it is possible.

 

Congratulations and my very best wishes.

 

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN

Honourable Minister of Works and Housing

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Hope not lost, says Okpe Union President

 

HRM Maj. Gen. Felix A. Mujakperuo (rtd) Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom 2012

 

‘’All hope is not lost on Okpe,’s future despite its current travails, President General of the Okpe Union, Mr. Patrick Akpotor, affirmed at the weekend.

In a State of the Union address in Lagos, Akpotor hinged his optimism on the union’s plans to use the political, traditional and trade union leadership of the area to get a fair deal for the kingdom.

He called on Okpe politicians to close ranks to project a common front to the government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to revisit the issue of Sapele Polytechnic, Elume, the only higher institution proposed for Okpe land.

Akpotor said that a kingdom highly respected for industrialization, degenerated to one of the poorest kingdoms in Nigeria.

‘The dwindling economic fortune of Okpeland calls for urgent attention. Many companies and establishments which have accounted for the employment of our youths and teaming population have relocated out of Okpeland. In 2017, one of the highest employing companies in Okpeland and Delta State located in Sapele, Eternit Ltd folded up and relocated its proposed huge infrastructure installation to Emenite Ltd, Enugu for the inability of the investors of the company(which include the Delta State Government) to raise the sum of one billion naira only. Our area lost the thousands of direct and indirect jobs thereby’’.

The union’s president complained about the African Timber and Plywood.

‘’The largest of all, the African Timber and Plywood is in a sorry state now as production is hardly taking place there now despite the reported take over by the Delta State Government. The exact investment structure of the company is currently shrouded in misery. The NTA Amukpe has ended its operations reportedly because of seven hundred thousand naira for equipment. Many smaller companies and enterprises have gone under too’’ he said.

The community leader said there was no reason whatsoever for Okpe Local Government not to have a bank.

‘’It is shocking to realize that Okpe Local Government Area does not have a bank. The bulk of the salaries of council workers, primary school teachers, the Udogun Okpe accounts, and the several towns and villages around Orerokpe are sufficient to attract a commercial bank to Orerokpe if we can get the political, traditional and trade union leadership of the area to act in concert.

He also restated his stand on the advisory role of the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Orhue 1, saying there is no law whether of the Constitution, Federal Act, or State law which empowers His Royal Majesty to set up caretaker committee for the Okpe Union.

‘’The Okpe Union Constitution does not contain any provisions for such. It does not provide for any role for his Royal Majesty. As the Royal father of the Okpe Nation, we have always received advice from our Orodje. However, it is clear that our royal father by the decree of the 3rd of October, 2020, has overthrown and suspended the constitution of the Okpe Union which is a registered organisation under the Corporate Affairs Commission with its legally recognised independence. There is no law whether of the constitution, federal Act, or State law which empowers His Royal Majesty to do so’ he said.

The role of the Okpe monarch was equally addressed by Akpotor.

‘’The Okpe Union is a registered organization under the Corporate Affairs Commission with its registered constitution. Allowing the overthrow of the Union is the beginning of the destabilization and destruction of the Okpe Union which our forefathers handed over to us as independent of the Palace. We must collectively protect the respected traditional stool of the Okpe people from coming down to matters which do not fall within its legal jurisdiction. The Okpe Union has always had its autonomy and mechanisms of internal dispute resolutions.

The 2020 annual national conference of the Okpe union was held in Lagos on Saturday, November 14, 2020.

“The Union shall not be governed nor shall any person or group of persons take control of the government of the Union or any part thereof except in accordance with the provisions of this constitution. The Okpe Union is an organisation which has membership. It is not every Okpe person that is a member of the Okpe Union. The reported interim National Executive Council by the Orodje decree of the 3rd of October, 2020 has only two members of the Okpe Union out of nine. The Okpe Union Constitution has no provisions for the role any external powers within or outside Okpe Kingdom’’ the community leader said.

Akpotor listed poor power supply and the current activities of government backed touts who harass vehicles bringing goods to and from the area especially Sapele on the pretext of stickers and other charges as factors militating against the growth of smaller enterprises in Okpeland

‘’It is said that trucks from different parts of the country are scared of bringing goods to our area and many a time ask that the goods will be dropped at neighbouring cities’’.

To improve job creation and enhance economic activities in Okpeland, Akpotor called for a multi-faceted approach.

‘’The power sector has to improve, the conduct of our youths has to encourage investors and the agricultural sector like palm trees, cocoa, fish breeding, livestock and the like have to be exploited. The Okpe area has comparative advantages in many of these areas and the hydra headed problems of unemployment and poverty have to be addressed from this robust perspective’’.

He called on the government of Delta State as well as the administration of the two local government councils of Okpeland to intervene in the issue of hindrances to businesses regarding free movement of goods to and from , the Okpe Kingdom which have brought down businesses enterprises and activities in the area.

‘’The Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led administration of Delta State needs to revisit the matter of the proposed Sapele Polytechnic as there is yet to be a higher institution in the two local government areas of Okpe Kingdom’’.

On the recent End Sars protests nationwide, Akpotor urged both the federal and state governments to achieve synergy in ensuring that the Nigeria Police Force is restructured in such a way that guarantees the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

Akpotor said he was worried about the current controversial Water Resources Bill at the National Assembly.

‘’Firstly, it is a misnomer for there to be an attempt for the central government in a federal system to make provisions for a legal framework which attempts to cover the entire field of water resources management. That can only be tolerated in a unitary system. One problem of the Nigerian governance system is that after transition from military administrations in Nigeria which are basically unitary with concentration of powers at the centre, we as a country neglected to firstly restructure the country to a federal system. The adoption of a new imposed constitution is not sufficient in getting back the country to a federal system. The existing water resources legislations have already violated the federal nature of the Nigerian system of government. Much of the contents of the controversial Water Resources Bill like control of rivers and other water bodies as well as underground water are purely within the jurisdiction of the state governments and communities of the local government councils’’.

He called on the various ethnic nationalities of Nigeria especially those of the Niger Delta to close ranks and present a common front not only to prevent the passage of the current Water Resources Bill but also to evaluate existing ones which have already violated the agreed federal principles for the governance of Nigeria at independence.

‘’Okpe Union was founded by our forefathers officially in 1930. It was registered with the Colonial Government of Nigeria in 1934 under the Land (Perpetual Succession) Ordinance No. 22 of 1924. We celebrate our founders’ day 16th May of every year. The Union which started in Lagos has grown to several towns, cities and countries of the world. At a point especially between the 1970s and the 1980s, the union could boast of no less than sixty branches. Though there has been a drawback in its growth in recent decades, we have started experiencing some revival of the Union due to increase in communication from especially new media as well as the dedication to duty of the current leadership’’ he added.

 

2023 Polls: Okpe leaders insist on governorship

 

  • Move against traditional ruler

  • Declare Action Unconstitutional

  • Urge FG to transform Sapele Technical College to a Federal University or Polytechnic

  • Appeal to Okowa to complete the Delta State Polytechnic, Elume

  • Suspend Prof. Emurobome Idolor and Prof. Kenneth Eni from  Okpe Union

 

Prominent Okpe leaders on Saturday descended on the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Orhue 1, accusing him of plotting to destroy the union of the ancient kingdom.

They also called on politicians and other stakeholders to zone the 2023 governorship of Delta State to the Okpe Nation.

‘’The Okpe Nation has played a continuous uniting role and stability of the state. There are notable Okpe personalities in the government and politics of Delta State that are qualified and loved by the people of the different ethnic nationalities of the state’’

At a press conference in Lagos, the leaders said there were no doubts as to whether the Okpe Kingdom would produce the next governor of Delta State.

In a communiqué read to newsmen by the President General of Okpe Union Headquarters, Mr. Patrick Akpotor in Okpe House, Obalende, Lagos State after the Okpe Uunion National Conference, the leaders rejected the purported dissolution of the National Executive Council of the Okpe Union and imposition of a Nine-member Interim National Executive Council for two years.

‘’It is unconstitutional, illegal, and void’’ the leaders said.

They unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the current National Executive Council of the Okpe Union led by Mr. Patrick Akpotor and extended the tenure of the current leadership for five months to enable it conduct a credible free and fair election in compliance with the Okpe Union constitution and the wishes of the majority of Okpe people.

‘’The Okpe Union 2020 National conference considered the state of the Okpe Union and recent developments regarding the purported dissolution of the elected national leadership of the Union including imposition of an interim committee of the Okpe Union. The conference noted that the Okpe Union, being a registered organization under the Lands Perpetual Succession Ordinance of 1924 and thus under the Corporate Affairs Commission, is an autonomous organization with its constitution and under Nigerian federal laws that govern incorporated non-governmental organizations.

The leaders explained that there was no cause to panic as the Executive Committee would tackle the challenges facing the union.

Particularly, the leaders nominated and adopted 15 Okpe personalities to be recommended to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration as members of the Board of Trustees.

The leaders applauded the peaceful nature of all Okpe people.

‘’Remain law abiding and support the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Delta State government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’’

The leaders appealed to the Federal Government to reward the Okpe people, being one of the highest oil and gas producing ethnic nationalities in the Niger-Delta.

‘’Consider the reopening of the Sapele Sea Port which lies in the best fresh water harbor in the country’’

They also asked the Federal Government to transform the Sapele Technical College, one of the oldest in Nigeria to a Federal University or Polytechnic to create capacity in the teeming youths of the area and generate employability.

The leaders called on the Delta State government to complete the Delta State Polytechnic, Elume, Sapele which construction commenced during the administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

‘’That Prof. Emurobome Idolor and Prof. Kenneth Eni who are the only Okpe Union members amongst the imposed Interim National Executive Council are hereby suspended indefinitely from the Okpe Union’’

The Conference also nominated and adopted a five-man Electoral Committee to organize elections into the National Executive Council of the Okpe Union within five months from 14th November, 2020.

 

EndSARS: APC GOVERNORS HAIL SANWO-OLU’S LEADERSHIP

Governors under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) on Tuesday visited Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to commiserate with him and the people of Lagos State over the recent destruction of public and private properties in the State in the aftermath of the  youth protests.

Speaking to journalists after a closed door session with Governor Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina, the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, on behalf of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for demonstrating leadership during the protests.

The Progressives Governors Forum delegation to Lagos State comprised Bagudu; Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni; Chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong and Jigawa State Governor, Muhammed Badaru.

Governor Bagudu said the APC governors are committed to good governance and making life comfortable for youths in Nigeria. “We want our young men and women to have fulfilling jobs and opportunities both locally and internationally. But this will take continuous engagement and dialogue,” he said.

The PGF chairman said they decided to visit Governor Sanwo-Olu to encourage him and his team and to further show solidarity with the people of Lagos State.

He said: “We come to encourage our colleague and his team and to further show solidarity with the people of Lagos that we are all in it together. This evening Governor Sanwo-Olu showed us some of the pictures of some of the devastating damages that were caused by the violence. And it is very clear that violence does not solve any problem; it compounds it.

“Today Lagos has further taken a loss because of that violence that has attacked everything; police stations, cultural institutions, two palaces and public facilities, loss of lives and other incidents. It is now very clear that the wise people of Lagos and all of us have known better that yes, our young persons have the right to express their feelings, we have to dialogue with them.  But also as ambassadors of the family at different respective families and parents, we also have to appreciate that we are in it all together.

“You are not alone; we support them. We went to give them the support of a united strong country so that they can go into the world with pride. But they have seen how nobility of any course can be overtaken by those who otherwise have agendas that are contrary to what they thought they are out to achieve.

“So, I believe that there is a lesson for all of us and as a country, we need to do more quickly. We are doing well but this is a course that we must do more. In the last six years, Nigeria has had one of the most devastating slow down in the economic activities because of the combination of commodity prices collapse, which is further aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic in the country. But yet Nigeria’s response has led to a drop in the GDP by less than seven per cent, which is one of the best in Africa and indeed in the world.  There are countries where slowdown in the economy activity has been close to 40 per cent per quarter with unemployment.”

The Progressives Governors’ Forum also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu’s leadership in Lagos State during the protests. “We encourage our brother and commend him for the leadership he demonstrated visiting all the hospitals. He was with the youths; he presented their requests to Mr. President. He mobilised his team to respond as kindly, gently and energetically as possible. We must appreciate him.

“He has remained committed till date. The panel (Judicial Panel of Enquiry) he set up is making progress and they are independent. The truth is coming out gradually; it is evolving. So we encourage him. We appreciate the people of Lagos and we are glad that when we came in today, we saw economic activities, the resilience of Lagosians moving in. That is quite commendable and we believe that Lagos will get back its groove and mobilise the nation,” the governors said.

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

NOVEMBER 17, 2020

 

Obasa tutors free scholarships screening commence Thursday

The three days screening exercise in preparation for tutors free Polytechnic and College of Education scholarships sponsoring by the Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa under the auspices of Obasa Movement Initiative, in conjunction with National Image, will commence on Thursday, November 19, 2020 through Saturday November 21, 2020.

A release issued today by the Project Director of The Obasa Movement Initiative Entrepreneurship Empowerment Training with Scholarship to study in Nigeria Polytechnic and College of Education for our teaming Lagosians, Seyi Bamigbade, stated that the three days Computer-Based Testing (CBT) version of the tutors Free Scholarship Screening is scheduled to commence from Thursday – Saturday November 21, 2020, by 8a.m daily at the Speaker Obasa’s Constituency Office: 29, Oluwole Olaniyan Street, Iyana Ipaja, Orile Agege, Lagos.

All interested applicants are expected to come the following items:
a. Original certificate(s) of Educational qualification claimed.
b. Original birth certificate or statutory declaration of age
c. Two (1) Passport size photographs
d. Proof of state of origin signed by the secretary of your Local Government

The registrar of the institutions, Mr Ibitoye T. Abiodun said no applicants will subjected to writing examination but will be screened based on their O’ level result in order to determine those that are qualified for admission into the Polytechnic and College of Education.

The screening date for First Batch Local Council- 8.00 am prompt Daily.

Thursday 19th November, 2020
Alimosho Local Government / Egbe – Idimu, Agbado Oke Odo, Ipaja Ayobo, Igando Ikotun, Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Areas
Agege Local Government / Orile Local Council Development Area
Mushin Local Government / Odi olowo Local Council Development Area
Oshodi Local Government / Isolo & Ejigbo Local Council Development Areas

Friday 20th November, 2020
Ikeja Local Government Local Government / Onigbogbo & Ojudu Local Council Development Areas
Amuwo Local Government / Ori Ade Local Council Development Area
Ifako Local Government / Ojokoro Local Council Development Area
Ojo Local Government / Iba & Olorunda Local Council Development Areas

Saturday 21st November, 2020
Ajeromi Local Government / Ifelodun Local Council Development Area
Badagry Local Government / Badagry West & Olorunda Local Council Development Areas
Eredo Local Council Development Area
Ikorodu Local Government / Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area

While the 2nd series of the Entrepreneurship Empowerment training scheduled to hold first Quarter of year 2021.

The Project Director urged all duly registered applicants to come with their registration slips and ascertain their O’level results.

Mr Seyi advised all interested participants to take cognisance of the prevailing COVID-19 situation and adhere strictly to the laid down guidelines and protocols to contain the spread of the disease at the venue.

 

 

 

 

ACBF hosts Africa Think Tank Summit

The 7th Africa Think Tank Summit hosted by The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development, commenced today.

According to a press release by the ACBF’s Senior Communication Officer, Ntsiuoa Sekete, the virtual Summit which will end tomorrow November 19, is being held under the theme, “Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement: Assessing country readiness and the implications for capacity-building.”

The Summit is meant to provide a platform for African Think Tanks and other key stakeholders to engage in a high-level deliberation on the most effective ways of addressing capacity challenges of Member States in a bid to enhance country readiness and accelerate implementation of the AfCFTA, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACBF’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie says the Summit will examine the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for making the AfCFTA a reality; assess country readiness in the implementation of the AfCFTA; identify and examine key capacity challenges facing countries and other key institutions involved in driving the continental free trade agenda.

“The Summit provides a perfect opportunity for all players to determine the most effective ways of addressing institutional and human capacity challenges facing the implementation of the AfCFTA. Having played a key role in establishment of the majority of the foremost Think Tanks across the Continent, we at ACBF believe that Think Tanks have a critical role to play in making the AfCFTA a reality. Therefore, our goal is to provide the opportunity for a better understanding of the role of Think Tanks and how they can effectively support African countries in addressing AfCFTA-related challenges and in maximizing the benefits of intra-Africa trade,” ACBF helmsman said.

The 2020 Think-Tank Summit is expected to generate partnerships and coordination mechanisms that will enhance capacity development programming and overall efforts in advancing country readiness in implementing and benefiting from the AfCFTA.

The Summit has attracted experts and representatives from at least 45 African Countries, and partner institutions such as the Afreximbank, African Development Bank, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, to mention a few.

Ondo Assembly exonerates OSOPADEC Chairman from financial misappropriation

Mr Olugbenga Edema, the Chairman of Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC), was, on Tuesday, exonerated from alleged financial misappropriation by the state House of Assembly.

It would be recalled that an individual had petitioned the Assembly, urging it to investigate the financial activities of the commission, particularly in relation to the projects executed from 2019 till date.

Consequently, the Assembly had set up an ad hoc committee, headed by Mr Samuel Aderoboye, to investigate the allegations.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oloyelogun, commended the committee for doing a thorough job and for submitting its report which cleared Edema.

“I appreciate the committee for doing an unbiased job and for commending the activities of the OSOPADEC chairman.

“He (Edema) is, hereby, exonerated from any alleged financial misappropriation, in accordance with the report of the committee,” Oloyelogun said.