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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Lead City Law programme was never accredited – Appeal court

HONOURABLE Justice Chidi N. Uwa of the Federal Appeal Court sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday ruled that the Law programme of Lead City University was never accredited, thereby setting aside the judgment of the of the State High Court declared on July 26, 2011, resolving the judgment in favour of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) which appealed.
Delivering the judgment in almost three hour sitting in case CA/1/255/2011, between the NUC and Rev. Segun Ademola Alli and others, Justice Uwa noted that there is a difference in operating as private university and establishing of a law faculty and accreditation. She maintained that from evidences tagged as exhibits  were examined before arriving at the conclusion that the law programme of the university was never accredited, saying there could have been a situation where the programme was de-accredited.
She said Lead City University law programme was regarded invalid by the NUC because of the absence of Council of Legal Education (CLE) which must be involved in the process as stated by the Act of the commission.
In the judgment, Justice Uwas revealed that some of the evidences before her set the records straight that the plaintiff who was said to have graduated in 2009 could not have when the programme was established at the university in year 2008. According to her, that means, officially it took the plaintiff, one year to complete a law programme in the institution.
She also clarified that the law programme in the university was established in a letter dated April 15, 2008, the plaintiff was given admission to study law through a letter dated May 22, 2005, while the institution got licence to operate as a private university through a letter dated June 9, 2005.
Justice Uwa said what this implies was that the plaintiff even got admitted before the Lead City University was awarded licence in 2005, adding that the plaintiff could not also have been studying the same programme which was established in the institution three years after it was officially established.
In her judgment, Uwa noted that the NUC had stated its guidelines for accreditation of law programmes in Nigeria through a newspaper advertorial which was not only meant for Lead City University only but all intending institutions willing to run law programmes. She thereby based her decision on a 15 set guidelines set aside by the law school, with emphasis on numbers 13,14 and 15 on the set out guidelines.
She also ruled that the plaintiff has no locus standi to challenge the action of the appellant (NUC) over the accreditation of law programme of the University, adding that the action was meted out to the university and not the plaintiff and considered his action as that of ‘busy body.’
Other areas she delved into is that the university acted illegally having commenced admitting students even before it got its licence to operate as a private university.
The judgment according to Uwa was supported by the Presiding justice of Ibadan division of the Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem and Honourable Justice A. Jauro.
She however ordered that each party bear its cost of running the case.

PDP Congratulates APC On Registration, Says New Party "Not A Threat"

Congratulations to all Progressives as APC is registered today! But I have a few words for those who are trying to compare PDP and APC regarding ideology.Yes,ideology is germane to formation and execution of manifesto of any political party! But I dont think we actually have any strong basis to start comparing PDP that has been in power since 1999 without anything to show for it except for mass poverty and national insecurity to a party (APC) that was just registered today! In terms of ideology,APC started as a mass movement (which of course must be led by some personalities of like minds across political divides) and  drew its inspiration and manifesto  from the South African ANC(African National Congress-the oldest political Party in Africa,that was also inspired by the Indian National Congress).With this,it should be cleared to anyone that is still doubting the credibility or ideology of APC that the party's central aim of dislodge PDP at the center is premised on peoples oriented philosophy with the agenda of puting Nigeria at the beck and call all Nigerians irrespective of their social status,ethnic group,religion,gender etc;fight corruption to a standstill;eliminate mediocrity in our public offices,entrench accountablity,lift mass of Nigerians out of poverty etc.Please dont misquote me those in APC are not angels but judging by performances in States where the merger parties are controlling and constitency of personalities such as Buhari and others since 1999,if Nigerians can work with them in 2015 and beyond our lives would be better and we can collectively CHANGE Nigeria to a country of our dream! I believe we can-YES WE CAN!!!!!

The Peoples Democratic Party has congratulated the leadership of the All Progressive Congress on the successful registration of their new party describing it as healthy development for the nation’s democracy.
The party, in a statement signed by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Tony Caesar Okeke however said the registration of the new party poses no threat to the PDP.

The statement said the ruling party still maintains its pre-eminent position and enjoys the widest popularity and acceptance among Nigerians across the country.

The PDP said with the registration of the APC, Nigerians now expect the leaders of the opposition party to eschew all forms of bitterness and desperation and desist from politics of propaganda which characterized their former parties.

The PDP urged the APC leaders to focus on issues and engage in more robust debates on the economy and other issues of governance in the general interest of the country.

“The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congratulates the leadership of the All Progressive Congress on the successful registration of their new party. This is very healthy for our democracy.
We hope that from now, the opposition will eschew all forms of bitterness and desperation and desist from politics of propaganda which characterized their former parties.

“We hope to see a vibrant opposition that will constructively engage the PDP on issues of governance in a way that Nigerians will be the utmost beneficiaries instead of overheating the polity by promoting violence and hatred among the people”, the PDP said.

Insisting that the APC poses no threat to it, the PDP said it “will continue to maintain its preeminent position in the polity adding that it remained the party with the widest acceptance and popularity among Nigerians across board”.

The PDP, however, noted that Nigerians are not deceived by the change of flag by the opposition. It said such does not remove their dictatorial tendencies and penchant for deceit and propaganda for which Nigerians have rejected them irrespective of party name.

Alli, Odu'a Investment boss donates to orphanage homes, others

The chairman, Odu'a Investment Company Limited, Chief Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli has donated food items to some Muslim communities, motherless and orphanage homes across Oyo state and some neighbouring states in the South West geo-political zone of the country.

In one of the orphanage communities visited by Alli, it was celebration galore as an assistant Matron of Oluyole Chesire home, Mrs. Victoria Yinusa who could not hide her feelings said, "what a merciful God? We are just hoping and looking unto Him on how to feed these children from Sunday because the little money we received recently have been expended on food items which we bought for them and it won't last us for another 24hours (Saturday)!"

Mrs Yinusa who received Odu'a boss on behalf of the head of the home added, "this gesture is timely and we are indeed grateful to you sir because it came at a time we needed them most because we are about to exhaust the remaining food items we bought recently with no hope yet of where the help will come from."

Sharafadeen Alli had, with a truck load of items, comprising infant baby foods, drugs, milk, bournvita, sugar, noodles, bags of rice among other foods, stormed four homes in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital to extend hands of fellowship to the less privileged and those physically challenged in the city.

The places visited by Alli were Federation of Muslim Women Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN ORPHANAGE), Basorun, Ibadan Home for Motherless babies, Yemetu, Oluyole Chesire Home and School for the deaf, Ijokodo, Ibadan.

The matrons and representatives of heads of the homes like Alhaja Bushra Bisi Oloso, Mrs Victoria Yinusa, Oriwoh Samuel among others commended Alli's gesture, just as they prayed God to meet the donor at the point of his needs and replenish his pocket.

Alli said the gesture was part of the little ways he could show appreciation to God for making him to be alive to witness this year's Ramadhan because "if I must count His blessings over me, my home, family members, political associates and supporters across the land, I must not do otherwise but to continue to thank Him".

He said more importantly is the God's abiding love, mercy and protection over him to continue to scale through many life threatening challenges he daily face as a politician but which God has always been made powerless in his entire life.

To him, since only the living can eulogise and appreciate all these, he wouldn't do otherwise just as he quoted from Quran by saying that—"They will ask thee what they are to expend in alms: say, "Whatsoever good ye expend it should be for parents and kinsmen, and the orphan and the poor, and the son of the road; and whatsoever good ye do, verily, of it God knows!"

He added "...—The likeness of those who expend their wealth in God's way is as the likeness of a grain that grows to seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains; for God will double unto whom he pleases; for God both embraces and knows."

Alli said other orphanage homes and motherless centres outside Ibadan and beyond Oyo state would also benefit as soon as the next consignment of such items are ready, stressing that, "he who wears the shoe knows where it pinch", just as he appealed to other well to do people in the society to come to the aids of the have-nots.

Varsity Don tasks journalists to promote religious tolerance

The Acting Head of Department, Arabic and Islamic studies, University of Ibadan, Dr. Afis Oladosu has tasked media practitioners in Nigeria to promote religious tolerance in their reportage of religious events.

Delivering year 2013 annual Ramadhan lecture of the Oyo state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) titled "The Cross, the Crescent and Fourth Estate of the Realm", Dr. Oladosu said the move becomes imperative in view of the power of the media, which if not well managed, could fan ember of disunity and ultimately cause religious war.

Oladosu specifically recalled the inglorious write up of Isioma Daniel of This Day Newspaper who in 2002 wrote an article wherein she denigrated holy Prophet Muhammed which nearly caused war by her position that the Prophet, were he alive, could marry one of the beauty pageants, querying why muslim community kicked against 'pageant show' which coincided with Ramadhan of that year.

He decried the promotion of ethnic, tribal and religious media outfit by some sections of the country, which to him, was capable of causing disintegration of the country along the North, South dichotomy.

The Islamic scholar warned against promotion of stories and write ups like "Muslim fanatics on rampage", "Muslim fundamentalist have gone beserk", "The shame of Sharia in Zamfara" and others which impugn on the integrity and holiness of the two prophets of leading religions; Islam and Christianity, Muhammed and Jesus Christ respectively.

The varsity Don then who queried the media on "why promoting disharmony and religious acrimony between muslim and christian population".

He admonished them to always cross check their facts and stick to the ethics of journalism by ensuring strict adherence to balance reporting, accuracy, compassion, sensitivity and avoid arrogance in their works while at the same time respect the privacy of every individual.

To constantly guide against acts capable of causing crisis among adherents of different religions, the lecturer tasked journalists to avoid negative reporting and be conscious of what the aftermath of their write ups, video and audio broadcast could be, just as he urged them to also seek knowledge about other religions.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

EKSG holds summit on effective health care delivery

As part of efforts at ensuring an effective and quality health care delivery, Ekiti State Government today hold a Summit on the Integrated Supportive Supervision (ISS) that was recently conducted
across the nooks and crannies of the Stat

The Summit which appraised health facilities, level of patient care management, personnel attitude and integration of the community into health system package, also examined the established referral protocol, infrastructures as well as the availability and adequacy of equipment in health care facilities in the State.

The programme recorded an impressive turnout of stakeholders including traditional rulers, opinion leaders, Health workers, Local Government Caretaker Chairmen, LG Supervising Councilors for health, Medical Officers for Health at the 16 LGA in the State, Officers in charge of the existing 65 Health facilities in the State as well as Medical Record Officers in the facilities.

Speaking at the Summit, the State Deputy Governor, Professor Modupe Adelabu stressed the vital role of the local government in the provision of an effective health care delivery.

Professor Adelabu, who was represented by the Special Adviser in the office of the Deputy Governor, Hon Bamitale Oguntoyinbo noted that the local government is the closest tier of government to the grassroots, emphasizing that the entire task of ensuring free quality health care delivery should not be left in the hands of the state government alone.

The Deputy Governor however assured that the Fayemi led administration would leave no stone unturned in its quest at ensuring the provision of a free and accessible quality health care delivery to
the people in the state.

Charging health workers to judiciously manage all available resources, Professor Adelabu reiterated the determination of the state government to revamp the entire health sector before the end of the

She also called on people in the state to take advantage of government’s good gesture and patronize the health facilities provided by government for their general well being.

In his opening remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Professor Olusola Fasubaa attributed the rot in the health sector to what he called “the systemic failure of past administrations in the

Professor Fasubaa recalled that the DFID’s partnership for transforming Health Systems (PATHS) introduced the Integrated Supportive Supervision (ISS) and Qualitative Recognition Initiative
(QRI) in the state about 10 years ago with the aim of achieving qualitative health care delivery system.

The Commissioner noted that the efforts paid off significantly, saying so many inadequacies in the delivery of health services were discovered.

He however lamented that the data gathered through the exercise hardly translated into sustainable improvement in the sector.

Professor Fasubaa said that his ministry embarked on a holistic appraisal of health facilities to create synergy and ensure sustainability, prevention of wastages as well as bring stronger
working relationship into different programmes for effective health care delivery in line with the posture of the Fayemi’s administration to public accountability.

He highlighted some of the challenges facing the sector to include dilapidating buildings, lack of portable water, electricity supply, transportation as well as inadequate skilled personnel.

The Commissioner however expressed confidence that all the challenges would be surmounted by the administration.

The Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Ademola Ajakaye in his own remarks, landed the efforts of the Fayemi led administration to provide effective and free health care service to the people.

Oba Ajakaye however called for more participation of communities in the task of ensuring a healthy environment stressing the need to encourage communities to contribute to the noble couse.

The traditional ruler also emphasized the need to properly maintain existing structures in order to stem decay adding that contractors should not be excused from doing shoddy jobs.

Charging the people to shun quacks and unregistered health facilities, Oba Ajakaye called for a thorough assessment of faith based facilities to avoid unnecessary complications.

Also speaking, the Ologotun of Ogotun Ekiti, Oba Samuel Oyebade commended the organizers of the programme describing the comprehensive report presented and the interactive nature of the
exercise as laudable.

Oba Oyebode however called for more sensitization of the people on health issues.

The royal father also stressed the need for more cooperation among officials of all tiers of government to improve on their achievements adding that government should also take proper charge of facilities
provided by communities for optimal utilization.
held a Summit on the Integrated Supportive Supervision (ISS) that was recently conducted across the nooks and crannies of the State.

Encourage members’ participation in politics, Ajimobi charges Lions Club, others

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State (left), Lion Yinka Bolarinwa and his wife, Funmilayo at the installation of Bolarinwa as District Governor, Lions Club 404B in Ikeja, Lagos 
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has charged non-governmental organizations and social clubs to encourage their members to participate actively in politics in order to promote good governance and good citizenry.
He gave the charge while speaking at the presentation of Lion Yinka Bolarinwa as the District 404B Governor in Ikeja, Lagos on Monday.
Governor Ajimobi, while stressing the need to attach great importance to service to humanity and the need to cater for the less-privileged, said social clubs could better achieve their objectives when they have their members in government.
He particularly said that organizations like the Lions Club should encourage their members to contribute their quota to the development and change the wrong perception of some people about politics.
The governor also lamented the poor value system in the country, stressing that people with good morals and integrity should participate fully in politics to engender good governance.
Governor Ajimobi, while highlighting some of the achievements of his administration in the last two years, said it had not relented in its efforts at improving the living conditions of the people through the provision of infrastructural facilities to all parts of the state.
While speaking on the topic: The Impact of Service and Ethics to the Survival of a Nation, a former Secretary of Health, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi called on the club to initiate the process for the resuscitation of value system and ethics of the Nigerian society.
The new District Governor, Lion Yinka Bolarinwa was later presented to the public, while a three-storey multipurpose building built by the club was also inaugurated by Gov. Ajimobi.

Oyo signage and advertisment agency bags multiple awards

    It was double honour and joy unlimited for Mr. Yinka Adepoju, Director General, Oyo State Signage and Advertisement Agency, Professional Colleagues, family members and friends when he picked up
two Professional Awards on behalf of the State at Sheraton Hotel &
Towers, Ikeja Lagos.

    The event which was put together by Phillip Omnicom, a team of highly influential and respected Brand and Business Professionals with the support of International Brand Association  and HSBS Group, an event marketing Company adjudged Oyo State Signage and Advertisement Agency as the best out of Home Advertising Regulatory Agency in Nigeria with a “Platinum Advertisement Award of Excellence while the Director General, Mr. Yinka Adepoju was presented the “Distinguished Excellence Award” “as
Best out of Home Regulatory Agency Chief Executive Officer in Nigeria.

The Chairman Award organizing Committee, Mr. Cammil Chineme in his welcome address said the  Award ceremony which is the third Annual Edition of Nigeria Brands Awards was put together to appreciate the  professional prowess of distinguished Brand Practitioners and Companies that have exhibited uncommon innovation, professionalism, dynamism and excellence in the promotion of brands to super brands in Nigeria.

He added that the annual event is geared towards encouraging greater creativity and more importantly acknowledging and applauding effective marketing strategy and tools that deliver results.

  In his own reaction, Mr. Yinka Adepoju, a fellow of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria gave thanks to God Almighty appreciated  the organizers and dedicated to Awards

to the Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Senator Abiola Ajimobi whose initiative gave birth to the fast growing Regulatory Agency fourteen  months ago.
   He used the unique opportunity to say a big thank you to his professional colleagues whose solid support, cooperation and show of love made the Agency’s modest achievements so far recorded possible.
He asserted that the Awards will inspire him to do more for the Agency in particular and the State in general.

Medieval Coffin at King Richard III Site Hold Another Coffin

Medieval Coffin at King Richard III Site Holds … Another Coffin

King Richard III's rediscovered resting place is turning out more mysteries this summer. Excavators finally lifted the heavy lid of a medieval stone coffin found at the site in Leicester, England, only to reveal another lead coffin inside.
The "coffin-within-a-coffin" is thought to have been sealed in the 13th or 14th century — more than 100 years before Richard, an infamous English king slain in battle, received his hasty burial in 1485.

The team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester thinks this grave in the Grey Friars monastery might contain one of the friary's founders or a medieval knight. [Gallery: In Search of the Grave of Richard III]

"The inner coffin is likely to contain a high-status burial — though we don't currently know who it contains," reads a statement from the university.
The outer stone coffin measures about 7 feet (2.1 meters) long and 2 feet (0.6 meters) wide at the head and 1 foot (0.3 meters) at the feet. Eight people were needed to remove its lid.
The lead funerary box inside has been carried off to the university, where researchers will conduct tests to determine the safest way to open it without damaging the remains. But so far, they've been able to get a look at the feet through a hole in the bottom of the inner coffin.

The archaeologists suspect the grave may belong to one of Grey Friar's founders: Peter Swynsfeld, who died in 1272, or William of Nottingham, who died in 1330. Records also suggest "a knight called Mutton, sometime mayor of Leicester," was buried at the site. This name may refer to the 14th-century knight Sir William de Moton of Peckleton, who died between 1356 and 1362, the researchers say.
"None of us in the team have ever seen a lead coffin within a stone coffin before," archaeologist Mathew Morris, the Grey Friars site director, said in a statement. "We will now need to work out how to open it safely, as we don't want to damage the contents when we are opening the lid."

Richard III, the last king of the House of York, reigned from 1483 until 1485, when he was killed in battle during the War of Roses. He received a quick burial at the Grey Friars monastery in Leicester as his defeater, Henry Tudor, ascended to the throne.
Richard's rise to power was controversial. His two young nephews, who had a claim to the throne, vanished from the Tower of London shortly before Richard became king, leading to rumors that he had them killed. After his death, Richard was demonized by the Tudor dynasty and his reputation as a power-hungry, muderous hunchback was cemented in William Shakespeare's play "Richard III." Meanwhile, Grey Friars was destroyed in the 16th century during the Protestant Reformation, and its ruins became somewhat lost to history.

Setting out to find the lost king, archaeologists started digging beneath a parking lot in Leicester last summer where they believed they would find Grey Friars. They soon uncovered the remains of the monastery and a battle-ravaged skeleton that was later confirmed through a DNA analysis to be that of Richard III.

In an effort to learn more about the church where Richard was buried — as well as the other people buried alongside him — a fresh dig at the site began in early July.

A King Richard III visitor center is being built at the site and arrangements are being made to reinter the king's bones. The Cathedral of Leicester recently unveiled its $1.5 million (£1 million) plan to rebury the monarch in a new raised tomb inside the church, with a week of celebrations leading up to the reinterment.

60 Killed in Iraq Car bombings

People and security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July 29, 2013. A wave of over a dozen car bombings hit central and southern Iraq during morning rush hour on Monday, killing scores in the latest coordinated attack by insurgents determined to undermine the government. (AP Photo/ Nabil al-Jurani)

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Car bombs ripped through busy streets and markets in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 60 people in predominantly Shi'ite areas in some of the deadliest violence since Sunni insurgents stepped up attacks this year.

The 17 blasts, which appeared to be coordinated, were concentrated on towns and cities in Iraq's mainly Shi'ite south, and districts of the capital where Shi'ites live.

Ekiti Youths Pledge Support For Fayemi’s Re-Election

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi,  addressing a cross section of Volunteers from the State's Job Creation and Employment Agency, during a visit to their camp, ahead of their graduation, in Ise-Ekiti.
Over 4,000 Ekiti youths who are currently participating in the Youth Volunteer Corps programme of the State Government  have pledged their support for the re-election of the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; saying that he deserves another term in order to complete his people-oriented programmes, especially his war against unemployment in the State.

The youths, who are undergoing a workshop at the NYSC Orientation camp in Ise-Orun-Emure -Ekiti  as part of programmes lined up to wrap up their 2-year volunteer service, trooped out and sang various commendation and solidarity songs to welcome Governor Fayemi who paid an unscheduled visit to the camp last thursday

It is recalled that 5,000 youths from the 16 local government areas of the State were employed into the Ekiti Youth Volunteer programme in June 2011 and have been receiving a monthly stipend of N10,000 each.

Some of the youths who spoke to journalists commended the Governor for his irrevocable commitment to banishing youth unemployment in the State through the scheme and other related schemes including the Youth Commercial Agriculture Development (YCAD) programme.

Miss Ade-Ojo Agnes, one of the volunteers lauded Fayemi’s volunteer initiative but pleaded that the Government reserve a certain quota of job opportunities for the volunteers during recruitment exercises into different sectors of the service of the State Government.

Addressing the volunteers, Governor Fayemi assured that the State Government would consider giving certain slots to the volunteers during recruitment into the civil and teaching service, even as he added that not everyone can be absorbed into the civil or teaching service but everyone can be gainfully employed given the plans lined up by his administration.

Fayemi who responded to the youths’ pledge for his re-election asserted that he would not take advantage of the youths for his re-election bid but urged them to play active roles in making Ekiti State an enviable place among other States; adding that they are the future of the State.

“We must continue to move Ekiti forward and you have a role to play. Of course I want you to support my re-election but I won’t take advantage of you for election purposes. All of us can be active in our societies without even going into politics. I want you to be active in your communities. You have the

wherewithal to be useful to the society. I cannot accept that you won’t be useful. I believe you hold the key to our future. It is a future that you won’t be thugs for any politician or eat crumbs from their tables”, he said.

The Governor explained that the Youth Volunteer Scheme was set up to equip the youths with the knowledge they needed to become their “own employers”; saying that the government has invested so much in the programme.

He commended the youths commitment and hard work which he described as the elements needed to make Ekiti stand out; adding that youths who want to be independent will find something to do in the State as the State Government is setting up an Innovation  Fund to enable youths who want to be self-employed establish their businesses with ease.
With the Governor at the camp were the Commissioner for Labour, Productivity and Human Capital 

Development, Mr Oluwole Ariyo, his counterpart in the Trade, Investment and Innovation, Debo Ajayi and the Director-General of the State Job Creation and Employment Agency, Folorunso Aluko, among others.

Monday, 29 July 2013

My concern for people’s welfare unprecedented - Ajimobi

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has faulted those accusing his administration of lacking human face in its urban renewal programme, saying no government in the state has demonstrated concern for the welfare of the people as the present administration.
The governor stated this through his Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Mr. Toye Arulogun while featuring on an Ibadan radio programme ``Bull’s Eye’’ on Monday.
Governor Ajimobi also dismissed insinuations that his government had been displacing traders through the destruction of markets, particularly in Ibadan, the state capital.
``I think it is unfair for anybody to accuse Governor Ajimobi of lacking human face in the execution of his urban renewal programme. Indeed, I make bold to say that no government has demonstrated concern for the welfare of its citizens as the present administration,’’ he said.
He particularly cited the introduction of free transport services for workers to and fro work, the Ajumose shuttle buses carrying passengers to long distances with a paltry sum of N50 and students for free and the introduction of free ambulance services throughout the nooks and crannies of the state, as several indicators of the government having human face.    
The Special Adviser also mentioned the regular workers’ training through which several thousands of civil servants had undergone one training or the other as well as the payment of 100 per cent 13th month salary for civil servants for the second year running.
He also noted that although traders who used to ply their trades on the streets had been removed as part of government’s efforts to improve the aesthetics of Ibadan city and ensure a cleaner environment, Arulogun added that aside the Scout Camp Market at Challenge in Ibadan built to cater for some of the traders, other markets were also being constructed to accommodate those remaining.
Besides, the Special Adviser said that arrangements had also been concluded to grant the traders interest-free loans to help improve their businesses.
While stating that all these developmental strides, among other massive infrastructural revolution currently going on in the state, had drawn wide applause from both far and near, he pointed out that only the opposition who had chosen not to see, were the ones left in their sustained criticism of the Ajimobi administration.
He enjoined the people of the state to discountenance the lies being peddled by the opposition on the newly-inaugurated Mokola Flyover, stating that the barriers put at the feet of the bridge on both sides were not an indication that it was weak.
Rather, he said that it was aimed at preventing possible accidents by trucks and other articulated vehicles on the flyover cited on such a busy axis of the state capital.
Arulogun called for the continued cooperation and support of the people of the state for Governor Ajimobi in his efforts at building a modern Oyo State that would be a clear departure from the one bequeathed to him by past administrations.

Be patient with pilgrims NCPC boss task medical team

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara has tasked the Medical Team for the 2013 Christian Pilgrimage Exercise to demonstrate a high degree of patience with the pilgrims while in the Holy Land. The NCPC boss stated this at the weekend during the Medical Examination for the selection of medical Team for this year’s pilgrimage exercise conducted by NCPC in Abuja. According to the NCPC helmsman, “no matter how difficult the pilgrims may be, you have to be patient with them”. He added, “We will do everything to make sure you are comfortable, please do not let us down”, he stressed.

  He explained that every one of the Medical Personnel would be given the opportunity to participate for the 2013 Christian pilgrimage depending on their performance.
Mr. Opara further stressed that pilgrimage is a tool for Moral and Spiritual transformation thus he urged the medical personnel to join forces with the Commission to help in actualizing this spiritual content of NCPC by rendering selfless service to the pilgrims and at the same time activating the transformation agenda of Mr. President.

He equally intimated the Medical Personnel that the Commission now has three dimensional aspects of pilgrimage – October-December, Easter pilgrimage and now family pilgrimage. He explained that any of the selected Medical Team could serve in these aspects.

He harped that the best four Medical Personnel must be selected from each state this year. He stated that participants in the exams are at liberty to petition the Commission if they felt dissatisfied with the conduct of the exams.

He maintained that those medical personnel who had participated in the Medical Team in the last three years would not be allowed to participate in this current exercise in order to give room for others to also participate.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Chairman of the Federal Medical Committee, Dr. Amedu Joseph Omale stressed that selection of the Medical Team would be strictly on merit and that every one of them would be given the opportunity to participate in the exam.
The Medical Personnel that took the exams were Medical Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and Laboratory Scientists.  About 1000 candidates participated in the exam and results are being expected by first week of August.
NCPC Media.   

Ibadan Poly students protest over poor water, electricity supply

Students of The Polytechnic Ibadan oyo state locked all entrances of the institution in protest for    poor supply of water, electricity and other basic amenities for the hostels

 As early as  7am on Monday  the students  workers of the institute who stay of campus were denied access into the  school premises while various inscription were written on the placards that was raised by this students

Most of the students  who stay off campus  returned home while others who have one or two assignment in school waited for about four hours which the protest last

The Sango Police state DPO Mrs Funmilayo  Akinfenwa also led  team of policemen to the scene to foreshore breakdown of law other

 Some of the students who speak with Alarinka Agbaye   under the condition of anonymity explained that student that resides in the hostel do not enjoy basic amenities like water and electricity adding that some of the room are overcrowded

 He said further that “ we paid huge amount of money for  hostel which is too much in the first instance  but the most annoying part of it is lack of water and electricity,  though we are aware of the epilepsy nature of  PHCH but the generator that was  also meant to be serving as  alternative has stopped working for days now, we have approached the management and it’s not yielding  so we decided to  disturb  activities  in the campus for a while  to register our grievances and let the government  know what we are passing through”

 All effort to get the management side of the story as at the time of filling this report as the school PRO did not respond to a call through to him on his airtel line. But a close source informed that the management is looking into the matter and will find a lasting solution to the problem soon.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

CBAAC signs MOU with OAU ,Ife on cultural rejuvenation

Photo: CBAAC Signs MOU with OAU , Ife on  cultural rejuvenation 
In its quest at ensuring the full trans generation of its charter as an agency charged with  showcasing, rejuvenating  , sustaining  and continuing the  propagation of black and African arts and civilization , the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Obafemi Awolowo University ,  (OAU ) ,Ile – Ife , Osun State .
Here Professor Tade Omole representing The University and Professor Gabriel Olatunde Babawale  ,representing CBAAC during the signing of the MOU in the Vice - Chancellor Office , OAU , Ile - Ife ( alarinkaagbaye)2CBAAC Signs MOU with OAU , Ife on cultural rejuvenation
In its quest at ensuring the full trans generation of its charter as an agency charged with showcasing, rejuvenating , sustaining and continuing the propagation of black and African arts and civilization , the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Obafemi Awolowo University , (OAU ) ,Ile – Ife , Osun State .
Here Professor Tade Omole representing The University and Professor Gabriel Olatunde Babawale ,representing CBAAC during the signing of the MOU in the Vice - Chancellor Office , OAU , Ile - Ife ( alarinkaagbaye)
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Friday, 26 July 2013

Aregbesola takes Igi Iye gospel to Students in Iwo

In further demonstration of his  passion to champion the  fight against  environmental hazard and climate change in Nigeria,the governor of the state of Osun Ogbeni Aregbesola has taken the  the Igi Iye  tree planting project to  over 750,000 primary and post secondary school  students in the state.

 Speaking at the last phase of the distribution of Igi  Iye to the students at Iwo City Hall on Thursday  the governor of the state of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola  disclosed that  the idea of involving the student is to encourage them in supporting the government in environmental protection and  fight against climate change

According to him ""Our efforts at ensuring the fortification of the environment by planting trees and other schemes will end up in futility if our youths who are the custodians of the future are not only involved but saddled with all the mechanism of trans -generation of the idea.The Yoruba adage says 'oro ti a ko ba fi omode mo , kiku lo nku .Igi Iye is about the present but of more importance , is about the future and we will be deceiving ourselves if we refused to partner with the students , our youths who owe the future . They are the pivot of our endeavours in the process of development and we cannot relegate them to the background"

 Similarly, the Special Adviser to the  governor of Environment, Hon Bola Ilori earlier in his speech, lauded the  school children in Osun for passion with which they show interest in the  IgI Iye tree planting scheme “  the student really impressed  Mr. governor and the entire cabinet  with the way they accept  and  support the project , and that is a  confirmation that children and elders in Osun  belief in Ogbeni Aregbesola’s administration.
 Adding that, “Igi Iye project to the glory of God is a success and we will not relent in our commitment to ensure environmental sanitation and prevention of disasters in the state of Osun.
The principal of Iwo Grammar Prince Lateef Ajagbe in his welcome address said Igi Iye tree planting project is a huge effort of the government o reclaim and save our habitat and the environment together   with the eco system at large.
 He  also  lamented the negligence of environment  development  by the past administration and  lauded Ogbeni Aregbesola for the project  saying  “ here  is a  state helmsman who has been very  passionate  and physical about the physical, mental and environmental well-being of the people and how the decadence of   decades neglects and  nonchalant so entrenched in the society be curbed and good old days reverted”.
 Also the school  Headboy of  Iwo Grammar School Aminu Jamiu in his address said “  we the children are aware  and involved in the knowledge gathering  and sharing of the issue of tree planting can be agent of change adding that  their involvement validate the rationale of allowing their voices to be heard in the advocacy and policy
 While affirming the readiness of  the students in full participation in the tree planting project, Jamiu  also express appreciation   to the  governor for  yearning to their request. “ we thank our father Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola who has  not failed  to listen and act urgently by involving us in the fight against the climate change so that we will not bear the brunt of consequences of environment disaster

Allah De: A Rare Breed - Mimiko

Ondo state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has described   late veteran  Journalist Alhaji Alade Odunewu, whose death occurred yesterday as a rare breed among his peers and  his  satirical style  of writing  incomparable.

In his condolence message to the family of the late Journalist and the  media , Governor Mimiko said” no doubt we have lost  a rare gem and an exemplary  journalist in Allah De.

“This is no doubt a great loss to the nation, the media, we his admirers and his family”
In  the  message made available by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, Mimiko stressed that in his life time" Alhaji Odunewu exhibited the best of  the journalism profession through his lucid but satirical writings  as amplified especially through  his popular column.

Mimiko said the contribution of “Allah De to the Journalism profession can not be over emphasized considering the confessions of many accomplished journalists who have at one time or the other worked with him and benefited  from his  wealth of experience.

"Alhaji Odunewu through the practice of journalism blazed the trail in professionalism, was an icon in terms of sensitivity to national cohesion and development and a worthy role model in mentoring and encouraging younger Nigerians to be finicky in whatever they do. He was thorough in his writings, deep

in his views and convincing in his logic.  His departure at a ripe age of 85, ought to be celebrated because he lived his life in full." Mimiko said.

The Ondo Governor, recalling his visits to Ondo State during the Nigeria Media Merit Award said, the late Odunewu had an infectious disposition to people-oriented changes and was encouraging of the modest efforts of his government.

"Alhaji Odunewu it will be recalled was generous in his appreciation of our efforts and liberal in offering practical and credible suggestions on what others things to be done to impact on the common man," the statement read.

Mimiko expressed his government's condolence on the great loss particularly coming at the time of the Ramadan. He prayed for the repose of his soul and for the strength of The Lord for his survivors.