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Red Carpet for Professor Ndubuizu as Ideato Nation Honours Him




By Ingram Osigwe

Eighty-two years on earth is a huge milestone. It is a no mean feat, albeit engineered by God and not earned by man. Longevity is a mark of God’s special grace in one’s life. Such rare grace calls for special celebration and thanksgiving to the Almighty.

The Ideato nation will exactly be doing that on January 5th 2020 when its sons and daughters will gather to celebration the life and time of Professor T.O.C Ndubuizu the pioneer Vice Chancellor of Imo State University Owerri as he turns 82.

A man who has seen it all and gave his best to Ideato, Professor Ndubuizu will be attracting  the crème la de crème of the ancient Ideato kingdom, its illustrious sons and daughters, including Chairman of the Orange  Group, Sir (Dr) Tony Ezenna, OFR,(Ijele Akokwa) as well as their friends round the world to the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Ikpa, Uzoakolli, Urualla on the date above where the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Dioceses, Most Revd. Augustine Ukwuoma will celebrate a holy mass in honour of the erudite scholar.

Mass over, the train moves to Ideato North local government headquarters, Urualla for reception which will be chaired by Sir (Dr) Ezenna.

As a mark of honour for Professor Ndubuizu, and also to broaden intellectual discourse, cross- fertilize and ventilate  ideas, the Orange Drug boss will use the opportunity presented by the reception to declare open the first edition of the Sir Tony Ezenna Lecture series.

The maiden edition of the lecture series will be delivered by the Chief Guest of honour and President- General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo.

It is not by accident that Ezenna will be spicing Professor Ndubuizu’s 82nd birthday celebration with intellectual discourse. The Orange Drugs Chairman has over the years made huge philanthropist contributions to the advancement of education in Nigeria, particularly in the Orlu Zone.

He has awarded numerous scholarships, renovated avalanche of schools, built from scratch many more and donated teaching aids.

Sir Ezenna spares nothing in ensuring that education gets to his beloved Ideato. His desire is to see every Ideato child in school.

Consequently he has rebuilt many schools and class room blocks in Orlu Zone, including Akokwa High school, Bishop Shanahan College Orlu, National Ndizuogu secondary school, Ntueke, Cor Marie High School, Urualla among others.

One of the numerous new schools adorning Ideato will be commissioned on the 9th of January, 2019.

Friends and associates of Professor Ndubuizu are elated that not only is the Ideato nation celebrating via his birthday reception but a greater honour is being bestowed on him, as an accomplished academic, by Ezenna through the lecture series.

Essentially, come January 5th 2020, Professor Ndubuizu’s day with start with unreserved Thanksgiving to God for an impactful, unblemished and blessed 82 years on earth and ends with a knowledge- enriching intellectual discourse- a fitting and proper way to celebrate and honour an urbane and cerebral academic

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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has disclosed that the state government is to commence the payment of the new National Minimum Wage this January.
The Governor made the disclosure when he received Chairmen of the 25 Local Government Areas on a solidarity visit over the recent Supreme Court verdict affirming his election as the duly elected Governor of the state.
Governor Bello said that a committee has been set up already and considerable progress has been made in an ongoing negotiation to begin the implementation of the new minimum wage.
“At the moment our top priority is to address those that have been affected directly by the minimum wage and what it means is, anyone who is below the minimum wage policy”.
“I have given the directive that it should be implemented this January, so that those that are entitled or fall within the class of minimum wage will get”, he said.
According to him, those that are not directly affected by the N30, 000 minimum wage will be taken care of in the next phase which is the consequential adjustment.
“If you implement the new minimum wage, then you find out that there will be the need for consequential adjustments for all”.
The Governor noted that paying salaries is not the only function of government, adding that, at the moment, 80 per cent of the state’s income goes into salary payment.
He expressed concern over  the state civil servants who were not enjoying the as they should, stressing that, with a workforce of no fewer than 27, 000, and the state population of over 4 million, executing capital projects and paying salaries regularly have been extremely difficult.
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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has been lauded for various achievements recorded in the sport’s sector, since inception in May, 2019.

Commending the Governor during the sent-forth ceremony organised by the Management and Staff of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in honour of the former Permanent Secretary, Mr. Peter Fagbohun, held at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Fun turf ground in Abeokuta, the Director Administration and Supplies, Mr. Adetunji Kanimodo, said the State government has invested greatly to the development of sport in the State.

He listed some of the achievements to include; renovation and general beatification, procurement of office equipment, installation of intercom for effective communication in the departments within the Ministry among others.

The Director noted that the successful hosting of the Ultra Race in Sagamu and the 10km race in Abeokuta had open up all the stadia to gain more attention, saying, the recent renovation of the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode was a great achievement.

Kanimodo revealed that all the achievements were made possible through the efforts of the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Mr. Peter Fagbohun, describing him as a purpose driven leader, who has brought improvement to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the Ministry.

Speaking, Mr. Fagbohun said all the achievements would not have been possible without the moral and financial support of the present administration led by Prince Dapo Abiodun, adding that ‘’the service we render to humanity is the rent we pay in our lifetime as we meet to part and part to meet”.

While appreciating members of staff of the Ministry for their supports and cooperation, he charged them to extend same hand of fellowship to the new Permanent Secretary, Engr. Olayiwola Abiodun, assuring that he is forging ahead to continue in his service to the development of the  State’s Civil Service.

In his address, the newly Permanent Secretary, Engr. Abiodun said he was surprised at the level cooperation and understanding between the outgoing Permanent Secretary and the Staff, saying that the cordiality should be maintained for further development of the Ministry and the sport sector.

The event witnessed presentation of gift to the outgoing permanent Secretary, Mr. Peter Fagbohun by members of staff and management of the Ministry.

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The Ogun state Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has promised to bring justice closer to the people of state, saying that ignorance of the law was not an excuse and as citizen, it was a collective responsibility to abide and obey the law.

Justice Dipeolu made this known at the public presentation and launching of a book, titled “The Law At Your Fingertips”, held at Ogun state Judiciary Complex, Kobape, Abeokuta, the state capital.

She said the idea for the simplified version of the law series was a culmination of the mustard seed that was sown by her administration’s desire to bring laws to the doorsteps of the common man.

“The law at your fingertips initiative; its an initiative, geared towards aiding the common man’s access to the law, and justice in general”, she said

She added that the initiative was also aimed at simplifying all laws of the state to ensure compliance in order to make the state work for everybody, and not only just a selected few.

She said the book came at a time where various reforms, initiatives and innovations geared towards a better and more efficient administration of justice were being carried out within the state judiciary.

She noted that these various reforms, initiatives and innovations would not only create a conducive environment for the efficient administration of justice, but it would more importantly, bring justice closer to the entire people of state.

She said that the state’s Judiciary also identified the need to establish a sex offenders’ registry in the state, especially in line with the incessant number of sexual offence cases within society, where a sex offender would be convicted, noting that the name and conviction of such a convict shall be inputted on the sex offenders’ register.

She said that all the laws of the state were considered within the context of length, technicality, desired audience relevance, frequency of offences and other socio-economic factors, noting that she would not only simply the laws to make it understandable to the common man, but would also transcribe same into Yoruba language and Pidgin English.

She then implored and pleased with everyone to familiarize themselves with the “Laws at your fingertips”, especially the Kabiyesis, Iyalojas, Religious leaders, to also bring these laws to the attention of friends, relatives, neighbours, church members, townspeople, villagers and brethren, saying lowering the spate of crime, would go a long way in creating a better and more conducive society for all.

Meanwhile, the state judiciary has proposed a total of N3.24B for the fiscal year, this was made known at the Budget defense before the Ogun state lawmakers, held at House of Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta,

Presenting the Budget analysis before the lawmakers, the Deputy Chief  Registrar, Ogun state Judiciary, Mrs. Adeola Adelaja, explained that personnel cost would gulp N1.65B, while the overhead cost and capital expenditure estimated to N987M and N657M respectively.

The House of Assembly Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Olakunle Sobukanla, charged the state judiciary on quick dispensation of justice, so as not to slow down the administration of justice in the state, saying that they should also put more effort on training and retraining of their staff.

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