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Lawan Vows to Ensure Actualization of Proposed Federal Varsity of Medical and Environmental Sciences , Iyin-Ekiti



Sen President Lawan and Iyin-Ekiti Delegation

President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan has vowed that the proposed Federal University of Medical and Environmental Science will see the light of the day.

Lawan made this known while hosting Community leader from Iyin-Ekiti led by Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaiye who was in Abuja to contribute to the deliberations at the public hearing of the Senate committee on Health on a Bill seeking to establish the Federal University of Medical and Environmental Sciences, Iyin.

The assurance came 24 hours after the Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi Lobbied the Senate for the actualization of the Varsity and 48 hours after same delegation met with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Vila in Abuja.

The team was accompanied by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (MOB) representing Ekiti Central, the sponsor of the Bill and an illustrious son of Iyin-Ekiti.
Oba Ajakaiye conveyed the appreciation of Iyin-Ekiti community for progression of the bill thus far while also soliciting for his support for its final passage.

Senator Lawan welcomed the team warmly and made it emphatically clear that the 9th Senate is one, united and indivisible.

He specifically congratulated Oba Ajakaiye and the entire community for having such a son as Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele who he described as a ‘Pillar in the Senate’

. He stated that since he met Senator Bamidele in the run-up to his Senate Presidency bid in 2019, he had found in him a trustworthy and dependable ally whose calm demeanor brings stability to the Senate.

The Senate President promised to do everything it requires to ensure the passage and thorough implementation of the Bill, describing the Bill as timely, progressive and duly sponsored by a ‘respected colleague’s and ‘trusted brother.’

Oba Ajakaiye, on behalf of the team, thanked the Senate President for his words of assurance and promised to convey same to his people at home.

The first class monarch also seized the opportunity to brief Senator Lawan on some of the community development activities and plans within his kingdom, including in the area of security, agriculture and infrastructural development while expressing a desire by the community to work much more closely with the Senate President as a frontline leader who can add value to the community.

He also said the Oluyin-in-Council, which is the body of the entire traditional chieftaincy title holders and community leaders, would consult with Stakeholders and their illustrious sons and daughters at home and in the diaspora to determine what specific role would be carved out for the Distinguished Dr. Ahmad Lawan. It was indeed a happy session together.

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Rivers Crisis: Police Barricade Of LG Secretariats To Continue, Says IGP




The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun has directed the continuation of the police barricade on local government secretariats in Rivers State to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

IGP Egbetokun gave the directive while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on the sideline of a Conference with Commissioners of Police and other Senior Officers.

He said the police will continue to occupy the secretariats until a court of competent jurisdiction delivers judgment on the local government crisis in Rivers State.

The IGP who also spoke on the controversy over the recruitment of constables and the allegations by the Police Service Commission (PSC) said the management of the Force will not sit idly and watch questionable and untrainable persons recruited into the police.

Egbetokun maintained that the Nigeria Police Force is a specialised institution that is not meant for all Nigerians.

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Eid-el-Kabir: Senate Leader Felicitates Muslim Faithful, Canvasses Patriotism



Senate Leader, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele

The Leader of the Senate, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele on Sunday urged Nigerians to demonstrate more patriotic spirit and keep hope alive amid diverse strategic measures the federal government had been taking to guarantee fiscal and monetary stability.

Bamidele, representing Ekiti Central in the Senate, also pleaded with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to accept whatever the federal government offered them above N60,000 as the new minimum wage.

He made the call in an Eid-el-Kabir message released by his Directorate of Media and Public Affairs on Saturday, highlighting some achievements of the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR.

While felicitating all Muslim faithful nationwide, Bamidele noted that Nigerians, regardless of religion and tribes, should team up with and rally support for the Tinubu administration to safely steer the ship of the nation into a successful end.

Bamidele further emphasised that no nation could travel the journey of national rebirth alone without the unwavering support of its citizens not minding their political, cultural and social backgrounds and orientations.

He assured that the current administration would leave no stone unturned in alleviating the economic hardship most Nigerians “are currently grappling with and ensure stability in our macroeconomic environment.

“The administration might have taken some measures affecting nearly every citizen. The measures were meant to subject to hardship and penury. Rather they were taken in the best interest of our dear country. But with courage and tenacity in implementation, the measures will soon yield desired outcomes.”

On this note, Bamidele passionately appealed to the NLC and TUC to toe the path of dialogue and peace in the negotiation of a new minimum wage, which the President had promised to duly address without delay and within the capacity of the federal government.

Bamidele said the federal government “has conceded to N60,000, which obviously translates to a 100 percent increase. However, the organised labour turned down the 100 percent increase offer, the highest wage increase since the birth of the Fourth Republic.

“In the interest of public welfare, the federal government has agreed to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will not remain in this condition forever. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse negative economic indicators.”

In the spirit of the season, the Leader further urged all Muslims to emulate love and good neighbourliness exemplified by Prophet Mohammed during his time and how he related very well with people of other faiths and nationalities.

He appealed that the ongoing reengineering initiatives of the Tinubu administration could only yield democratic dividends in an atmosphere devoid of insecurity, but where lives and property are protected.

He said: “Just to mention a few among ongoing projects like the 700 kilometres Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, the establishment of N50 Billion Pulako Initiative and annual recruitment of 30,000 new police personnel are Key Performance Indicators of this government.

“Only recently, this government declared a state of emergency in agriculture and launched the National Agricultural Development Fund with N100 billion, in addition to the Dry Season Farming Initiative and the Green Imperative Programme to ensure food security across the land.

“All these and other components of the 8-point Renewed Hope Agenda require the patriotic support and prayers for their deliverables to multiply at the doorsteps of Nogerians in the remaining three years of the first term of this government.”

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Osun State Gov Ademola Adeleke

The Osun State Government under the leadership of Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has concluded arrangements to host an Industrial Investment Summit, come September 2024.

This is contained in a press statement by the Summit Consultant, Prince Rotimi Awelewa, in Osogbo on Thursday.

The Industrial Investment Summit is expected to hold at the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Cultural Centre, Abeere, Osun State.

It will be recalled that the State Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, in May this year inaugurated the Central Working Committee for the Osun Industrial Investment Summit, 2024.

According to the statement, the State will be hosting a 3-day “Industrial Investment Summit 2024 from September 11 to September 13,2024 with the theme ‘Connecting Progress with Purpose’ which will focus on the bid to position Osun State as a major industrial and Commercial hub in Nigeria and West Africa.

The Osun State Investment Summit 2024 is packaged to showcase bankable opportunities and strategic matchmaking platforms, convening stakeholders to Osun Industrial ecosystem to facilitate partnerships and investments in the State.

According to Prince Awelewa, “the principal objective and focus of the Summit is to set an economic policy agenda for accelerated industrial investments in Osun State, Nigeria, underpinned by sustainable and inclusive development”.

“Through focused discussions and deliberations, the Summit seeks to identify and address the key challenges and opportunities for transforming Osun State economy, with a particular emphasis on the role of Agriculture, Industrial Advancement, Manufacturing, Tourism and Capital Investment”, he said.

The Summit is also expected to focus on driving double-digit industrial investment and economic growth across every nook and cranny of Osun State.

“This year’s Summit will create and expand channels for leveraging the qualitative Industrial, Agricultural, Mining, Tourism and ICT potentials of the State, for inclusive and sustainable wealth creation for the people and the nation”, the consultant said.

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