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Gov. Ambode set to unveil new Obafemi Statue on Tuesday

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Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has announced that on Tuesday September 26, 2017 he will unveil a new iconic statue of the late sage and nationalist, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The imposing bust located on Obafemi Awolowo Way by the Lagos Television (LTV)  junction in Ikeja, is a befitting replacement to the old Awolowo statue that was removed from the Allen Avenue round-about in Ikeja.

The new Awo which will stand at 20 feet, will be unveiled by Governor Ambode alongside notable dignitaries across the State.

The unveiling ceremony is also expected to be witnessed by members of the Awolowo family and Awoists across the country, with minimal traffic disruption between 11am and 12noon on Tuesday.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde in a statement on Saturday said that Tuesday’s ceremony will reinforce Governor Ambode’s commitment to acknowledging the contributions of patriots whose deeds and ideals were instrumental to making Lagos State in particular and the South-West region in general a formidable political and intellectual force within Nigeria.

”It has always been Governor Ambode’s desire to honour patriots and nationalists like Chief Obafemi Awolowo whose impeccable record and immense contribution to regional and national development inspired new generation of brilliant and forward-looking politicians like the Governor himself,” Ayorinde said.

He added that erecting the bust on the same road that was named after the former Premier of Western region several years ago and beside the television station that was the first to be owned by a State Government “is a unique way to keep the Awo legacy alive in Lagos State.”

Designed and produced by Hamza Atta, the Awo bust symbolizes and projects his true value and reminds visitors and history enthusiast about the legacy of the foremost statesman.

Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo was the first Premier of Western Region after playing a key role in Nigeria’s Independence in 1960. He led what was regarded as the most efficient Civil Service in West-Africa, which led to the transformation of major sectors in Nigeria especially the Western region.

As the Asiwaju Omo Oodua, Chief Awolowo integrated and seamlessly developed the then Western Region through the construction of modern and sustainable infrastructure and industries which expanded trade and improved the economy of the region.

His free education scheme in the region, which was first of its kind in Africa, remains a point of reference till date.

It was the late politician that set up Nigeria’s first industrial complex and commercial housing estate in Ikeja and Ibadan which has remained a sustainable driver of the region’s economy.

His contributions towards responsive governance in the then Western Region, particularly Lagos, remain one of the bedrock of the state development.

Source: ( PM News )

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BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

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BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court in Abuja will on Thursday hear the bail application of Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume.

Ndume has been in prison custody since Monday for standing as surety for a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, believed to have jumped bail.

Maina is facing charges of money laundering involving N2bn before he was granted bail.

On November 18, 2020, Justice Okon Abang, revoked the bail granted Maina, ordered his arrest, and directed his trial would proceed in absentia.

The judge also on Monday remanded Ndume in prison until he produced Maina or paid the sum of N500m bail bond to the Federation Account.

Also Read: Court Remands Nigerian Senator, Ali Ndume, In Prison

The judge, in the course of the trial in the absence of Maina, on Wednesday, acknowledged the bail application filed by Ndume’s lawyer.

He said the bail application was brought to his attention at about 8.58 am on Wednesday, disclosing that he had immediately directed that the matter be fixed for hearing on Thursday.

He also said he had directed that hearing notice for Thursday’s proceedings be issued and served on the parties.

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Low UTME Cut-off Mark Makes Northern Youth Lazy – El-Rufai

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Low UTME Cut-off Mark Makes Northern Youth Lazy – El-Rufai

Governor El-rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed that the low cut-off mark in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME for Northern students admission into universities makes them lazy.

He expressed that the North has not taken advantage of the educational benefits the country has provided to the region.

El-Rufai made this remark during a plenary session on “Rethinking Sub-National Competitiveness” at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Summit.

Also Read: El-Rufai Drags Omokri, Others To Court, Demands N1.5bn For Defamation

“The northerners are at advantage. The low JAMB cut-off mark is making northern youth lazy rather than encouraging them. Despite the advantage of education in Nigeria, we have the highest number of children out of school,” he said.

According to the United Nations, the huge number of out-of-school children in northern Nigeria poses an enormous challenge.

“For example, Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, (JAMB), gives different cut-off marks for different states and you say you are building a nation, no you are dividing it.

“I am from the north but we have suffered educational disadvantage and the JAMB has given us a lower cut-off mark to catch up, have we caught up?

“It is making people lazy,” the governor said.

 

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Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action

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Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action

Femi Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been asked to pay N500 million in compensation by the family of Ifeanyi Okereke, the newspaper vendor shot dead last week by a State Security Service (SSS) officer in the convoy of the Speaker.

This was contained in a letter written to Gbajabiamila by their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

The family gave the speaker seven days to fulfill their demand or face legal action.

In the letter dated November 23, Ozekhome, revealed that he has the mandate of the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke, and his younger brother, Destiny Okereke, to make the demand.

The demand is coming a few days after Gbajabiamila visited the immediate family and pledged to support his children’s education until they become adults.

Also Read: Gbajabiamila’s Security Aide In Detention – DSS

“Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen.

“That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only.

“This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life.

“But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.

“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights,” the letter read.

 

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