Aare Onakakanfo pays homage to Ooni …. as Oduduwa festival holds in Ile- lfe

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adam on Thursday paid homage to the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, as he led other descendants of Oduduwa in the celebration of the annual Oduduwa Festival.   In his words, Aare Adam described the Ooni as the only monarch with the seal of Oduduwa, expressed that he holds the foremost African traditional ruler in a very high esteem as his father. “As the Arole Oduduwa, all descendants of Oduduwa must bow in respect for the highly respected throne…

Amotekun is shaping up well—Gov Makinde …says leaders in position need more prayers from religious leaders

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde said on Thursday that the South-West security initiative, Operation Amotekun was shaping up well. The Governor made the declaration while attending the 80th Annual General Conference of Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, held at Ashi, Orita Bashorun, Ibadan. He equally reiterated the determination of his administration to ensure a peaceful, safe and secure Oyo State. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also quoted the Governor as calling for more prayers for leaders in positions of authority by…

Natural disasters: Gov Makinde releases N500m counterpart fund

Oyo State Governor, Engr.Seyi Makinde, on Thursday announced the approval of the sum of N500 million as counterpart funding for the World Bank-supported Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in the State. The project was designed to enhance the control and prevention of flood, erosion and natural disasters across the nooks and crannies of Oyo State. Governor Makinde, who made the disclosure while inaugurating the steering committee on the NEWMAP, said that the Federal Government will also release $5million as counterpart fund. A statement signed by the Chief Press…

People expecting us to massively develop the LGs, Gov Makinde tells Council Chairmen

Oyo State Governor, Engr.Seyi Makinde, on Thursday told the 33 Caretaker Chairmen of local governments and 35 chairmen of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) that the people of the state expect massive development of the councils under his watch. The Governor, who spoke at the Executive Council chambers of his office told the chairmen that residents of the state expect the council helmsmen to remain focused and diligent as according to him, the people expect great improvements under their tenure. A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the…

Friday Sermon: Islamic Rulings On The Outbreak Of Diseases By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Bestower of Mercy All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger, his family, his Companions and those who follow him till the Hour is established. Dear brothers and sisters, in recent days, health professionals around the world have become increasingly concerned with the spread of dangerous infectious diseases. Outbreaks of swine flu, avian (bird) flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and very recently coronavirus and lassa fever have meant that…

Senate confirms CBN, NAHCON nominees

The Senate on Thursday confirmed nominees appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve on the board of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). The nominees were confirmed after the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on December 3, 2019, read a request from President Muhammadu Buhari requesting the confirmation of appointment of the Chairman and Members of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). The request was contained in a letter dated November 28, 2019. The names…

Senate probes NNPC $396m Spent on Refineries

The Senate on Thursday resolved to probe the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the sum of $396 million expended on Turn-Around Maintenance of refineries in the country between 2013 and 2015. Accordingly, the Upper Chamber mandated the Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Upstream and Gas to carry out a holistic investigation on the Turn-Around Maintenance expenditures and the current state of the refineries as well as convoke a stakeholders conference with the aim of finding ways to revamp them. The decision to investigate spendings on maintenance of refineries by the…

NIDCOM holds Inaugural Summit of State Focal Point Officers on Diaspora Affairs.

The Inaugural Summit of all Diaspora State Focal Point Officers organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission(NIDCOM) will hold in Abuja on Tuesday Feb. 4. In a statement by the Head of Media and Public Relations Unit of NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun said that the first ever summit has as its theme: “Leveraging Diaspora Resources for National Development”. According to the Chairman, Local Organising Committee and Secretary to the Commission, Engr. Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi, the summit will hold at the Auditorium, Global Distance Learning Centre (GDLI), Plot 825, Ralph Sodeinde…

Senate swears in Chris Ekpenyong as Senator

The Senate on Thursday swore-in Senator Christopher Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), representing Akwa-Ibom North-West Senatorial District in the National Assembly. The lawmaker took the oath administered by the Deputy Clerk of the Senate, Musa Abdullahi at about 10:40 am after the adoption of the votes and proceedings for Wednesday, January 29, 2020.     The lawmaker defeated Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the January, 25, 2020 re-run election for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial district, held in Essien Udim Local Government Council.…

DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY: NiDCOM, ICMPD, AFFORD at forefront . ……as Diaspora Technical Exchange Programme ends in London

Participants and Experts at the Three-Day Diaspora Technical Exchange Programme have submitted that connecting with the Nigerian Diaspora through trust building is one sure way of creating economic prosperity and social impacts for the homeland. This submission was made at the end of the Technical exchange programme for delegates from Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) facilitated by African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) and sponsored by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). The Diaspora Technical Exchange Programme had a peep at Political Capital, Cultural Capital, Intellectual and Skill Capital, Social,Financial…