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AMBODE MOURNS DEATH OF WHISPERING PALMS BOSS, FEMI-PEARSE

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday expressed sadness over the demise of Professor Ayodeji Femi-Pearse OFR, founder of popular Badagry resort, Whispering Palms.

Femi-Pearse, a former Provost, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Acting Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Pro-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU) died last Friday at the age of 86 after a brief illness.

Governor Ambode, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna described the death of the late professor of medicine as a great loss to the academic community as well as the hospitality industry.

“Professor Femi-Pearse was a man of many parts. From the academic world to the hospitality industry, he wrote his name in gold. His brilliance in the academia was well known as he contributed in no small way in enhancing research especially in the medical profession.

“His contributions in the hospitality industry cannot be underestimated. Through the popular Whispering Palms resort he founded with his late wife, he attracted visitors and tourists to the ancient town of Badagry and the State. He also spearheaded some community projects which today have greatly enhanced the standard of living in the town,” he said.

The Governor, while commiserating with the family of the late professor, urged them to uphold the ideals he stood for and preserve the legacies which would continue to serve as an inspiration for generations to come.

“His death is a sad loss especially coming a few months after the demise of his wife, Ibilola. Indeed, a good man and a great man has gone home, the State and nation has lost a rare gem.  I want to urge the entire family to take solace in the fact that he lived a well fulfilled life and his sterling contributions would never be forgotten in a hurry.

“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Professor Femi-Pearse on this great and irreparable loss. He came and made our world a better place. He will be sorely missed” Governor Ambode said.

 

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Buhari Removes Executive Secretary Of TETFund

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President Muhammadu Buhari has removed Dr. Abdullahi Baffa as Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

He has been replaced by a former ES of the agency, Prof Suleiman Bogoro.

Dr. Baffa’s removal is with immediate effect. No reason has been given for Baffa’s removal. Prof. Bogoro has resumed office.

There was mild jubilation at the headquarters of the agency this morning in Abuja.

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State of Osun: Osun engages six SANs to tackle activist lawyer

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By:Segun Lawal

Faced by uncertainty of the likely outcome of the appeal it filed against the high court judgment which declared the use of “State of Osun” as illegal, the state government has engaged six Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) as counsels to handle the matter.

Justice Yinka Afolabi of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa has on December 14, 2017 declared as unconstitutional “State of Osun” in a suit filed by an activist lawyer, Barr. Kanmi Ajibola against the enactment of a law tagged “State of Osun Land Use Tax Law”.

Besides, the same judge struck out the stay of execution application of the judgment filed by the state government on December 4, 2018 for lack of dilligent prosecution thereby reestablishing the fact that the persistence use of “State of Osun” remained illegal.

But Barr. Ajibola who is also the Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ilesa Branch filed a fresh suit at the State High Court by dragging the governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his deputy, Benedict Alabi to court for taking their oaths as governor and deputy governor of “State of Osun” and not of Osun State during their swearing-in of November 27, 2018.

Ajibola who filed a 28-paragraph affidavits along with his originating summons on Thursday, December 27, 2018 asked the court among other things to set aside the swearing-in of thedefendants as governor and deputygovernor of “State of Osun” as illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.

The lawyer asked to court to determinean interpretative inference from the State (Creation and Transitional Provision) Act, Annotated Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2014 and the oath of office of the Governor of a state contained in the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Constitution whether what the Constitution created is the “State of Osun”.

According to him, maybe by the community reading of the same act andthe 1999 constitution with its schedules and the case of Aregbesola vs. Oyinlola (2010) LPELR – 3805 (CA) whether the 1st Defendant is the “Governor of State of Osun”.

In a swift move, six SANs announced to the Court of Appeal in Akure that they have taken over the case which was earlier being handled by the office of the State Attorney-General (AG) and the Ministry of Justice.

The SANs expected to handle the case are  Chief Akin Olujimi, John Baiyeshea, Abiodun Owonikoko, Abiodun Layonu, Dayo Akinlaja and Chief Yomi Alliyu.

Reacting, Barr. Ajibola stated that plaintiffs in any matter have the liberty in the choice of who to use as his lawyer, adding that the state government “knows that the decision of the appeal court will have a weighty impact” on his fresh suit, hence the decision to angage senior lawyers.

“But I am ready for them. We are all going to speak on the point of law. What I know is that State of Osun cannot stand anywhere. We will all know the truth very soon.”, he added.

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Breakingnews: PDP Presidential Candidate Off to USA

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The Boss can authoritatively reveal that Former Vice President and People’s Democratic Party  ( PDP) Presidential Candiadate left for the United States of America from Lagos, Nigeria’ commercial capital.

The news that Atiku is on his way to the United States has caught politicians especially those in the opposition napping and we gathered from reliable sources that calls have been going back and forth to confirm what will certainly be the game changer that will give the PDP campaign a huge boost.

Our sources revealed that Atiku left from George Hotel, Ikoyi with his entourage and was decked in pair of chinos and T-shirt, he also dorned a sport jacket and looked very trendy.

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Source:Thebossnewspaper

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