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COVID-19: OONI DONATES FOUR FUMIGATORS TO BORNO AND AKWA IBOM STATES

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has on Thursday donated two motorised each to the governors of Akwa Ibom and Borno states to help them in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in their respective states.

Ooni Ogunwusi, represented by his Director of Media & Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare who received the Borno government representatives at the Ooni’s palace described the donations as the king’s token to complement the Borno State Government’s efforts in winning the war against the pandemic. Olafare said train of the Ooni Covid-19 team would have moved to Maiduguri to deliver the King’s message but security challenges and other logistics have caused the delay, thanking the Professor Zulum led government of Borno for coming to pick the equipment themselves just the way Bauchi state has done.

“Like he has done to other states across the country and right at the moment doing so in Akwa Ibom state, I am happy to present these two modular motorised fumigators to the Borno State Government on behalf of the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife who will never fail to fulfill his promises of donating two fumigators each to all the 36 states in Nigeria and the Abuja FCT.

“Ooni’s definition of monarchy includes the progressive willingness and readiness to always support the government and people especially in critical times like this. Arole Oodua strongly believes that the government should not be left alone.” Comrade Olafare said.

While handling the locally made machines to the Borno state government’s representatives, on behalf of the Ooni, Comrade Olafare equally lauded the Borno Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum for his remarkable giant leadership strides in spite of the Boko Harram challenges in his state, wishing him an all-round success.

In her address, a W.H.O Public Health consultant who doubles as technical consultant to the Ooni on his COVID-19 intervention projects, Prof. Olapeju Esimai described the machine as a multipurpose equipment which is easy to use and maintain.

“Firstly, it can be used for the fumigation of our environment against viral and bacteria infections including the rampaging coronavirus while it can equally serve agricultural purposes. For fumigation, all you need to put inside the tank is your Sodium Hydrocloride at a measurement recommended by public health experts and you are good to go.” Prof. Esimai

On his part, the Head of machines and tools section at the Ooni’s palace, Mr. Victor Badejo, explained that the fumigator has two pressure engines, a tank and other components which makes it a very simple equipment to operate.

“For easy assemblage and operation, you will be given a manual for each machines but as you can see, it is a very simple unique fumigator.” Mr. Victor added.

While receiving the machines on behalf of the Borno State Government, Mrs. Olubiyo Victoria from the state’s liason office in Lagos expressed a deep appreciation to the Ooni over the gift.

“We are so grateful and I want to assure Baba, the Ooni of Ife for recognizing the people oriented leadership strides of our governor, His Excellency Professor Babagana Zulum. The government and people of Borno will remain grateful and I assure that the equipment would be used for the purpose that is meant for. we are proud of the king and we pray that God Almighty continue to bless the Ooni of Ife and the entire kingdom of Ile-Ife.” She said.

While the donation exercise was going at Ife, other members of the Ooni Covid-19 Committee were at the government house in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state where two motorized fumigators were being presented to the state governor, Dr Udom Emmanuel.

Welcoming the Ooni’s delegation on behalf of the governor, Secretary to the State Governor and Chairman, Covid-19 Management Committee in Akwa Ibom state, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem thanked Ooni Ogunwusi, describing him as an uncommon creative monarch.

Dr Ekuwem said the governor loves the Ooni for his kindheartedness and holds him in high esteem for appreciating the relevance of the people especially the downtrodden ones in the day-to-day affairs by coming up with innovative projects that have direct impacts on them just like the locally fumigating machines fabricated at his palace in Ile-Ife.

“On behalf of His Excellency the people’s governor of Akwa Ibom State, Dr Udom Emmanuel, we are very happy to receive this delegation from the Source and from His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife in particular.

“Mr governor sends his deepest appreciations to His Majesty for this show of love to the people of Akwa Ibom. If you go to Ife, you will see that Kabiyesi is a very creative person. He is well connected to the people because he has realized that leadership can not function without the people.

“A royal figure must not disconnect himself from the the people. Go to any palace, you see that people pay homage, animals don’t pay homage, bees don’t pay homage, so, there can be no royalty without the people. For Kabiyesi to be this innovative that people must be alive, Mr governor is very happy that these fumigators the Ooni has been taking across boundaries in Nigeria is a demonstration of his love for the people of this country because only love does that. This is bridge building, and this a matter of love.” He said

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BREAKINGNEWS: LAGOS APC LAWMAKER, TUNDE BRAIMOH, IS DEAD

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ACCORDING TO A CLOSE MEMBER OF THE FAMILY , BRAIMOH DIED EARLY HOURS OF FRIDAY.

HE WAS TWO TIMES CHAIRMAN OF KOSOFE LGC AND CURRENTLY SERVING HIS SECOND TIME IN THE LAGOS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.

UNTIL HIS DEMISE, BRAIMOH, WHO IS A LAWYER, HEADED COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION, SECURITY AND STRATEGY IN THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.

IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT, THE FORMER SENATOR, BAYO OSINOWO, WHO DIED RECENTLY WAS ALSO FROM KOSOFE LGA.

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NDDC N40b Probe: No Kobo Is Missing, Misapplied by the IMC…..Ojougboh

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THE Acting Executive Director, Projects, Interim Management Committee, IMC of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh has said that no single Kobo has been misapplied by the Committee since it came on board.

Speaking in Abuja Thursday when he appeared before the Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi ( APC, Ekiti North) led Ad-hoc Committee probing  into alleged financial recklessness to the tune of N40 billion by the IMC, Ojougboh said that since the interim management came on board, it has not awarded any contract, except the recent one of the Coronavirus, COVID-19  Pandemic where Palliatives were given to people.

Ojougboh  who is presently addressing the Committee has accused both the Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi and his House of Representatives counterpart as the problem of the interventionist agency.

According to him, if they remain as chairmen of the Committees, Niger Delta region will never develop.

Meanwhile, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris has told the Ad- hoc Committee that a total of N281 billion has so far been released to the NDDC from 2016 to May this year.

Giving a breakdown, he said that in 2016, N41billion was released; in 2017, N64 billion was released; in 2018, a total of N71 billion was released; in 2019, N71 billion was released and from January to May this year, N34 billion was released.

Recall that the Senate is probing alleged financial recklessness to the tune of N40 billion by the Interim Management Committee, IMC, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

Against this backdrop, the Senate had set up six-man Ad-hoc Committee to carry out a holistic investigation into all issues relating to but not limited to the alleged misapplication and misappropriation of the sum of N40billion by the commission.

The Committee, which had four weeks to report back at plenary, was asked to look into all procurement and financial transactions of the commission in this fiscal year (2020) and any other matter that is not in accordance with the provision of the NDDC Establishment Act, 2000 or any other extant law.

In a related development, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has assured the National Assembly of his utmost cooperation in the ongoing probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Recall once again that the Senate is probing alleged financial recklessness to the tune of N40 billion by the Interim Management Committee, IMC, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

Against this backdrop, the Senate had set up a six-man Ad-hoc Committee to carry out a holistic investigation into all issues relating to but not limited to the alleged misapplication and misappropriation of the sum of N40billion by the commission.

Appearing before the Senate ad-hoc Committee on Thursday,  the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Olusade Adesola who stood in for the Minister  regretted the absence of the Minister due to circumstances beyond his control.

Mr Adesola assured the Committee that the Minister held the Panel in high repute and would appear on any other date that the Committee would extend an invitation to him.

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22 YEARS AFTER: WE JUST CANNOT FORGET MKO

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July 7 marks the 22nd anniversary of the murder of Chief MKO Abiola, the man popularly elected by Nigerians as president on June 12, 1993.
Abiola was eliminated after spending over four years in incarceration just because of his blunt refusal to compromise his principled belief that a mandate freely and enthusiastically given by over 14 million Nigerians cannot be overturned by military fiat.
Abiola displayed uncommon courage, unparalled dignity, and unusual candour in his staunch defence of the mandate given him by change-seeking Nigerians who, after trooping out to massively vote for him in 1993, had also engaged all the illegal regimes that held sway while the legal president languished in jail.
Twenty-two years after his elimination, Abiola still stands taller than all his adversaries and murderers.
He represents what Nigeria is capable of being but which we were denied because of the machinations of a greedy cabal fearful of the real CHANGE that Abiola not only promised but also typified.
All the troubles of Nigeria, which Abiola’s victory was meant to abolish, are the very shenanigans threatening the corporate existence of this country today.
A country that gleefully elected a Muslim/Muslim ticket, would not hear of such today as it has become badly fractured along regional and religious divides.
Today, we remember MKO in the midst of insurgency ruins, Chibok and Dapchi abductions among many others too numerous to mention, with people daily burying their dead in the innumerable harvests of death.
Abiola’s memory challenges us to end these and many other acts of terror that not only dehumanize us but also depreciate our human capital stock in the comity of nations.
We therefore enjoin Nigerians to continue to insist on the following demands from their rulers:
i. The posthumous recognition of Abiola as President of Nigeria and for his portrait to be displayed amongst those of past Nigerian presidents and heads of State.
ii. A judicial commission of enquiry to unravel how the high treason of the murder of MKO Abiola was carried out while he was in the custody of the Nigerian State.
iii. Restructuring of Nigeria, which has become the only exercise that can stall and reverse the fragmentation of the country.
We therefore also call on Nigerians, irrespective of creed, race, religious inclination or affiliation, to re-dedicate themselves to the ideals of the struggle for genuine democracy birthed by credible elections.
Entrenching the true spirit of June 12, which is free and fair elections, is the best way to immortalize MKO.
 In conclusion, we salute the memory of MKO Abiola, whose election was clean, free and fair and was so adjudged by local and international observers.
As we salute the memory of MKO Abiola, we call for an end to political manipulations that have hallmarked most elections before and after that of June 12, 1993.
In the same way, we call for the restoration of MKO’s political agenda to emancipate the downtrodden and long-suffering Nigerian masses as the true objective of real democracy and true measure of national Independence.

 

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