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Senate Calls For Immortalization Of Akhigbe



senate-chamber_anti_terrorism_billThe Senate on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to immortalise the late former Chief of General Staff, Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe, who died on Oct. 20 in the US.

The call followed a motion by Senators Domingo Obende (APC-Edo), Ehigie Uzamere and Odion Ugbesia, on the death Akhigbe.

Leading the motion, Obende noted that the late Akhigbe worked hard to reach the pinnacle of a fulfilling military career as the Chief of Naval Staff.

Obende said the deceased also served the country in various capacities which include the Military Governor of Ondo and Lagos States and the Flag Officer, Eastern Naval Command.

“His life was defined by the virtues of hard work, fearlessness, commitment and loyalty.

“He was a conscientious and dutiful officer who was in all respect, admirably equipped for his roles in the military and the larger society,’’ he said.

Sen. Ganiyu Solomon (APC-Lagos) said the deceased was an achiever who attached great importance to the development of the human mind.

“Akhigbe was an achiever who belonged to the elite class of the military. He also found time to pursue a course of study in law and went on to become a politician,’’ he said.

The Senate Leader, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba (PDP- Cross River), described the deceased as one of the major contributors to the entrenchment of the current democratic government in Nigeria.

“I knew him as someone who was a true officer and a true gentleman and always a man of principle.

“The legacy that we are enjoying today is the legacy of Akhigbe and Abdulsalam, who kept faith with the transition to democratic governance,’’ Ndom-Egba said.

In his tribute, Sen. Odion Ugbesia, described Akhigbe as an officer and gentleman whose life was “defined by the basic principle of hard work, honesty and humility’’.

Sen. Helen Esuene (PDP-Akwa Ibom) said the deceased was a staunch advocate for the unity of the nation, saying that “we would miss his wise and very cogent counsel on national issues’’.

“He was detribalised, amiable but firm. Even though a military man, he always gave room for others to express their views,’’ Esuene said.

The Senate President, Sen. David Mark, in a tribute, described Akhigbe as a patriot who was “extremely concerned about the unity of the country’’.

Mark said: “Admiral Akhigbe was a patriot in the true sense of the word. All through his life, things that affected the nation worried him so much.

“Throughout his military career, he always have this disposition of being very benevolent, understanding, attentive and he could listen for a very long time”, Mark said.

The Senate observed a one minute silence in honour of the deceased and named a six-member delegation to condole with his family, the people and government of Edo.

The delegation is to be led by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Sen. Chris Anyanwu.

The Senate on Wednesday also paid tributes to late Sen. Tari Sekibo, who died on Nov. 18.  (NAN)


Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism



Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC



PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola



You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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