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ENGR MOJEED ALABI BALOGUN FLAG-OFF FOOD PALLIATIVES PROGRAMME

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By Anu Openiyi

Ikeja local government under the Engr Mojeed Alabi Balogun led administration flag-off her food palliative programme through Ikeja Food Bank facility. This is coming after overwhelming economic effects of fuel subsidy removal by the federal government of Nigeria.

The local government council distributed free food items to vulnerable persons and groups within Ikeja community. These are some of the efforts to cushion effects of fuel subsidy removal at the local level.

Addressing newsmen during the flag-off programme, the council Chairman reiterate the need to support FG initiatives at the local in reducing economic struggles of masses due to fuel subsidy removal. “At the local level, we are giving out free food items to aged men and women, persons living with disability, unemployed youths, and other vulnerable populations”. Engr. Mojeed Alabi Balogun said.

“This is purely efforts of the local council in support of the FG by touching our people at the grassroots. We will continue to ensure we mitigate the effects of fuel subsidy removal in our community” – the council Chairman asserted.

The palliatives measures will further extend to non-vulnerable individuals within the community who has the chances of purchasing pack of food items at a subsidized amount of over 60%. This will commence after giving out of free food items to vulnerable groups.

The food palliative programme will run in faces as 5000 vulnerable persons are expected to be reached within the next few months with which the Food Bank will operate.

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OONI DISSOLVES IFE DEVELOPMENT DEVELOPMENT BOARD (IDB), TO CONSTITUTE NEW BOARD SOON

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Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula & the paramount ruler Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, CFR, Ojaja II, has dissolved Ife Development Board with immediate effect. This development was officially announced Monday evening through a Press Statement by the Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Otunba Moses Olafare directing President of the Board Comrade to hand over to the palace’s Traditional Secretary, Comrade Idowu Salami to see to the interim administration of the board pending when the board will reconstituted as soon as possible.
Otunba Olafare who backed his action with a letter of board dissolution personally signed by the Ooni, dated 26th, April 2024 and earlier today Monday morning served on the president of the board, Comrade Lawrence Awowoyin wherein the monarch expressed gratitude to members of the dissolved board for their dedication and commitment creditably displayed through service well rendered to the best of their abilities in the last five years.
“Even though it has become imperative for His Majesty the Arole Oodua to dissolve this current board in the best interest of Ife development, may I assure the affected stakeholders of the Ooni’s best regards as Ooni Ogunwusi acknowledges the invaluable contributions of the outgoing board members, recognizing their tireless efforts in fostering progress and prosperity within the community. Also in the letter, His Majesty has extended his appreciation for their service, highlighting their hard work and dedication as catalysts for positive change in Ile-Ife.” Olafare said.
“Let it be added that, as the Ife Development Board(IDB) is dissolved today, Ooni Ogunwusi has directed the outgoing board members in his letter to them to hand over all documents and other belongings of the board to the Palace Traditional Secretary pending the constitution of a new board. This transitional phase reflects the Ooni’s commitment to ensuring seamless continuity in governance while preparing for the appointment of a fresh team of leaders to drive the cradle city’s development agenda forward.” Olafare added.
Otunba Olafare described the dissolution of the Ife Development Board as positive signal of a new chapter in the journey of Ile-Ife, characterized by renewed vigor and steadfast commitment to progress under the enlightened leadership of Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, CFR,Ojaja II who highly respects the intensified inundations from indigenes of Ile-Ife both home and abroad.
According to him, the Ooni is very much aware that the ancient city looks towards the future, and that anticipation mounts for the establishment of a new board that will build upon the achievements of its predecessors and steer Ile-Ife towards greater heights of prosperity and excellence assuring that the Africa foremost monarch is already in broad consultations with a view to constituting a new board on the Square Peg-Square Hole principle.
In the concluding part of the Press Statement, The Ooni’s Media Director; Olafare said for transparency and accountability, the account of the board shall be subjected to professional auditors for a smooth take off of the new board.
President and other members of the just dissolved board were inaugurated in 2018 for a tenure of 3 years and re inaugurated in the year 2021 for a second term of another 3 years which is expected to terminate in 6 months time before it was announced today to have been dissolved by the Ooni.
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What Sanwo-Olu said on minimum wage

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The Lagos State Government has not increased the minimum wage, contrary to the impression in some media reports, which emanated from the unveiling of Eko Cares – the umbrella for the various interventions to protect the poor against the effects of the prevailing economic hardship. The event was held at the Governor’s Office in Ikeja on Wednesday.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been erroneously quoted as saying that a new minimum wage of N70,000 had been announced. This is wrong. Mr. Governor never said so. He said since January, civil servants had been earning the N35,000 wage award directed by the Federal Government. In other words, those earning N35,000 now earn N70,000. He did not announce a new minimum wage of N70,000.
His words: “I know that by the grace of God very very soon we’ll see a new minimum wage that will be approved for the Federal Government and for the state government. The civil servants and all public officers, they know that since January we have continued to pay the wage allowance of minimum of N35,000 over and above what they were earning before.
“People that were earning a minimum of N35,000 to N40,000 before, they are now earning over N70,000. So, it’s important for people to know and for us to lay this thing very clearly. This government has doubled up and has not left its citizens on their own…”.
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BreakingNews: Ex-governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, Withdrew $720,000 for Child Education

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The EFCC Chairman said made a direct phone call to the former governor out of respect, urging him to appear before the commission and address the charges. Unfortunately, the former governor declined the invitation.
Governor Yahaya Bello has alleged to summoned the EFCC to make an appearance in his village.
The Chairman of EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, stated that the ex-governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, removed $720,000 from the state’s official account and transferred it to a Bureau de Change agent in order to prepay his child’s school tuition fees.
Olukoyede highlighted the importance of Nigerians supporting the EFCC for its success, emphasizing that the agency’s failure would reflect negatively on Nigeria. He pointed out that the ongoing efforts have positively impacted the value of the Naira and the foreign market.
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