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Akarigbo and Sir Adebutu

By Bisade Ojoye

Remo Growth and Development Foundation (RemoGDF) will hold its annual General meeting on Tuesday December 20, 2022. The AGM will hold at the foundation’s Secretariat, Iperu-Ilishan Road, Remo, Ogun State, starting from 11:00 Am prompt.

A statement signed by Omo’ba Abiola Ogundeko, Head, Media and Publicity,
Remo Growth and Development Foundation, the foundation’s Annual General Meeting would be amongst others:

  1. To present Constitution for Ratification.
  2. To present the General Secretary’s Operational Reports.
  3. To present the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 and the year ended 31 December 2021.
  4. To present the Reports of the Independent Auditors the year ended 31 December 2020 and the year ended 31 December 2021.
  5. To Approve the Revised Constitution of the Foundation.

Some of the foundation’s very eminent personalities expected to grace the occasion are: His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, CFR, (Torungbuwa II), Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, and the Grand Patron, RemoGDF; Patrons – Remo Royal Fathers; the Chairman, Board of Trustees, RemoGDF, Sir Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu, CFR, KJW, FISM and other Board of Trustees Members.

Other are: the Management Council of RemoGDF under the leadership of Otunba Tunji Lawal-Solarin, Chairman, RemoGDF and Aare (Dr.) Kolawole Oyefeso, Co-Chairman and all the financial members of RemoGDF.

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By Olufemilade Oyinade

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that no fewer than 40,000 citizens of the state would be employed under the social investment program that was recently signed into order.

Prince Dapo Abiodun who made this known during the celebration of the 30th edition of the Iganmode festival with the theme, “Culture, Communal Security and Patriotism” said that the social investment program, aside helping his administration employ over 40,000 of it’s citizens, would also allow the state government put money in the pocket of the elderly and vulnerable.

“Just recently, I signed our Social Investment Executive order, this order is meant to allow us intervene into the life of our poor, elderly and vulnerable citizens of Ogun State.

“We know what the whole world is going through, we know what you are going through, we know that it is not important for us just to build roads, bridges, airports, it is important for us to also help our people with stomach infrastructure.

“That is why I have signed the executive order and we will be employing about 40,000 people to work with me in implementing this our social investment program that will allow us to directly be putting money in the pocket of our indigenes, our poor, out elderly, youths and our vulnerable,” he said.

Governor Abiodun who also noted that his administration was determined to continue to make life more meaningful for it’s citizens, said that “we are determined to be the investors destination of choice, we are determined to continue to ensure that we encourage and create that enabling environment for people to come here to live, work and play.

Abiodun while stating that his administration has remained unwaveringly committed to the upliftment of culture and tradition, added that his administration has also continued to use culture and tradition to promote the identity of the state.

The Governor also added that the Iganmode festival has continued to promote the culture and tradition of the Awori people and the state, saiying that the festival has also continued to be the rallying point for the promotion and development of the Aworiland.

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Rt. Hon. Mudashiru exchanging pleasantries with President Buhari

By Bisade Ojoye

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his 80th birthday describing him as a leader who remains focused on strengthening democracy in Nigeria.

Dr. Obasa’s congratulatory message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele and made available to our Editorial desk said President Buhari’s humility, honesty, selflessness and passion for a better and more secured Nigeria makes him a true leader.

The Speaker said Buhari’s maturity, wisdom, courage and zeal to ensure Nigeria stands a united country remains a mark of his leadership capacity.

He commended the President for ensuring his administration’s success in infrastructure renewal and development in the nation.

He further noted how President Buhari’s effort to depeen democracy made him join the battle for the autonomy of State legislatures and judiciary in compliance with section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).

“On behalf of my family and colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I join President Muhammadu Buhari’s family, friends, associates and the government of Nigeria to celebrate him on his 80th birthday.

“The President deserves to be celebrated for the successes his administration has recorded since he took the mantle of the leadership of our dear country.

“History will always remember his efforts to build a stronger and more secured Nigeria through the fight against insurgency, infrastructural development and other social investment schemes.

“President Buhari’s love for our democracy remains appreciated, especially in relation to his signing of the celebrated Executive Order 10 to grant autonomy to legislatures and judiciary across the 36 states of the federation.

“The President’s honesty, dedication, courage and determination to leave a stronger and more United Nigeria is worthy of emulation.

“As he clocks 80, it is our prayer that Almighty Allah continue to grant him strength, good health, sound mind and the capacity to always contribute to our national growth, development and progress,” the Speaker prayed.

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By Bisade Ojoye

The chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation, Hon. Temitope Adewale has disclosed that trains in the Red Line of the State’s rail mass transit would move 500,000 passengers daily.

According to a statement which emanated from the office of Eromosele Ebhomele, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, this amounts to 3.5 million passengers weekly and 15 million passengers a month.

Hon. Adewale made the disclosure on Thursday when he led the committee on an on-the-site visit to the train stations between Ifako-Ijaiye and Yaba.

Adewale, who confirmed that the project was at 85% of its completion, said it showed that the State government understood the need to boost the transportation sector to ease daily movement of residents.

“Remember that the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Dr. Mudashiru Obasa, during the presentation of the 2023 budget, commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the purchase of trains, and his zeal to complete the project.

“So today, by the powers conferred on us by the Constitution and under the headship of Mr. Speaker. We decided to conduct an oversight on the Ministry of Transportation and to be precise, the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).

“We have visited the railway and five stations in Iju, Agege, Ikeja, the Yaba and now Oyingbo where the rolling stocks or trains are parked contrary to what we’ve been hearing that the trains are not here.

“From what we have seen so far, the project is approaching completion and having spoken with the contractors, we are sure the Governor will do the commissioning as projected believing that the possibility is true and positive,” Hon. Adewale said.

He said the train service became necessary because the Lagos master plan indicated the need to inculcate it and increase passengers using mass transit.

“The red line will help move 500,000 Lagosians on a daily basis and reduce heavy traffic where more cars and personal vehicles would be left at home.

“This administration has achieved a milestone and the our Speaker has been able to give support to the executive to ensure that funds are put into good use,” he added.

On his part, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, a lawmaker, described the project as the result of good leadership and continuity in government.

According to Hon. Yusuff, the project was actually started by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and built upon by subsequent administrations.

Noting that the trains would help the State’s economic growth and smart city dream, the lawmaker pleaded for proper maintenance mechanisms.

He urged Lagosians to vote massively for the APC so they would continue to enjoy dividends of democracy.

Engineer Olasunkanmi Okusaga of the Directorate of Transport, promised that the project would be delivered at the target time.

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By Olufemilade Oyinade

The wife of Onipara of Ipara Remo, Olori Olufolake Taiwo will be hosting children in the town and it’s environs to a feast in the spirit of the season of Christmas.

Olori Taiwo disclosed that she believed that children today are leaders of tomorrow, saying the time to start preparing them for leadership is now. “This is the reason my foundation has put together the programme, tagged “Day Out with King and Olori Taiwo to provide an avenue and a day for them to learn and dance and imbibe good ideals of life.

“The reason for this season is Jesus Christ who the Bible quoted as saying, “Let the Children come to me for theirs is the kingdom of God” This clearly states the importance of the children. They are special and we should treat them as such”, Olori Taiwo stressed.

She stated that the highlight of today’s event would be to open accounts for some lucky children as a way of inculcating in them saving culture which she said had to do with the management of money, either for investment purposes or as a matter of discipline.

Olori Olufolake Taiwo said she and her husband, His Royal Highness, Oba Taiwo Taiwo, Onipara of Ipara Remo would not be doing this alone as they had invited some well meaning individuals to join them to celebrate with the children, either by physically gracing the occasion or helping in open account for some of them.

She described the event as a win win for donors or sponsors as they would not only be keeping a date with prosperity but also contributing to the lives of the beneficiaries, as well as improvement of the world and, indeed mankind.

“My husband and I have packaged this project, not because we have all it takes to run it, but we believe in ‘Humanity First’, having embraced the postulate which is ‘live and let’s live’. We understand a little support given to some of the beneficiaries may go along way to proper their lives to path of greatness”

Olori Taiwo said, aside from food, drinks and opening of bank accounts for some children some others would get special gifts as the physically challenged ones would be presented with wheelchairs

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By Bisade Ojoye

Governor Sanwo-Olu has promised to build a new General Hospital in Ikorodu within the next three years and support Oriwu club, Ikorodu to actualise their hospital project which he believed would impact on children and parents’ health.

Sanwo-Olu who made this promises at his investiture ceremony as the Grand Patron of Oriwu Club, Ikorodu at the club house, Agbala Ikorodu on Sunday December 11, 2022 reeled out some of his achievements and ongoing projects in the Division and other parts of Lagos State and promised to do more if reelected as the Governor of the state.

“We will make life better for the people. I want to assure you that this government is committed, and by the grace of God, if you give us your support, we come back again, we will double our efforts and commit ourselves again because the only reward for good work is for us to do more work; and it is only when we do that, that we can make our town, city and state a place of choice,” he said.

Governor Sanwo-Olu while addressing APC leaders and members after the investiture ceremony, urged them to work for his re-election as well as the victory of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other party’s candidates in next year’s general elections.

Speaking at the official investiture ceremony, Ayangburen and paramount ruler of Ikorodu, His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabiru Adewale Sotobi said the people of Ikorodu and Lagos State in general have benefitted a lot from the incumbent administration and therefore the governor deserved to be re-elected.

Oba Sotobi commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for the visible development in Ikorodu division, especially the establishment of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology and the ongoing rehabilitation of the Ikorodu roundabout to Sabo to reduce traffic gridlock on that corridor, with a call for the upgrade of Baales to first class traditional rulers.

A member of the Senate representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Tokunbo Abiru; President also buttressed the position of Ayangburen, assuring Sanwo-Olu of the support of the people.

Senator Abiru said Sanwo-Olu has exhibited courage in the midst of turbulence in Lagos State, saying that the governor deserved to be re-elected based on his performance in the first term.

He added that the Governor had delivered dividends of democracy through infrastructural development for the people of Ikorodu and Lagos State at large.

The President of Oriwu Club Ikorodu, Otunba Adekunle Oduborisa and his vice, Hon. Ola Animasahun
APC leaders in Ikorodu during a meeting with Governor Sanwo-Olu after his investiture as the Grand Patron of the club also promised to deliver Ikorodu to the governor and other APC candidates in next year general elections by scoring 300 votes in each of the polling units in Ikorodu Local Government Area.

Governor Sanwo-Olu was decorated as the Grand Patron of Oriwu Club as mandated by the constitution of the club.

Oduborisa said the investiture of Governor Sanwo-Olu as the Grand Patron of the club was to celebrate his resilience and diligence in the last three and half years,
noting that a social club is not for socialising alone, but also giving back to the society.

Oduborisa promised that Oriwu club which had done many Corporate Social Responsibilities in Ikorodu Division would renovate the Agbala Paediatric Centre, the first General Hospital in Ikorodu.

Speaking at the event, members of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), the apex leadership body in Lagos APC, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye and Ashipa Kaoli Olusanya, assured that Governor Sanwo-Olu and other APC candidates would score 300 votes per polling unit in next year’s elections.

They said their plan was to deliver a percentage of votes out of the targeted four million votes for Sanwo-Olu re-election.

They said they were satisfied with the performance of Governor Sanwo-Olu in the last three and half years of his first term in office and they would work to ensure his re-elected in 2023.

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… Obasa commends colleagues for their sacrifice

By Bisade Ojoye

Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) on Monday passed a total of ₦1,768,014,155,285 as the budget for 2023 with the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, thanking the lawmakers for their collective sacrifice and the swiftness with which the Appropriation Bill was handled.

A breakdown of the approved budget size shows the sum of
N748,096,508,571 as Recurrent expenditure and N1,019,917,646,713 as Capital expenditure for the year
ending 31st December, 2023.

A part of the breakdown for the sectoral allocations also shows that N3,228,396,960 was approved as the new Overhead Cost of the Office of Civic Engagement for drug abuse advocacy.

The sum of N802,987,206 was approved as the new Capital Expenditure of the Ministry
of Economic Planning & Budget while N1,200,000,000 was approved as the new Overhead Cost (Social Intervention
and Humanitarian Programme) in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget.

Dr. Obasa, who presided over the plenary, said the passion with which the lawmakers processed the bill for passage showed their love for the progress of Lagos State.

He also expressed hope that residents of the State would show their satisfaction with the lawmakers and the All Progressives Congress (APC) by voting for candidates of the party in Lagos and at the centre during the forthcoming election.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had in October presented the sum of N1.69 trillion ‘budget of continuity’ to the House.

While receiving the proposal from the Governor, Speaker Obasa had urged that the 2023 budget “should have more human face, be targeted at reducing poverty and improving the welfare of the residents of the State as part of the THEMES agenda of the administration.”

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By Bisade Ojoye

The incumbent governor of Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and two other former governors: Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Chief Segun Osoba have promised the people of the state more dividends of democracy as the party commences electioneering campaign.

The trio who made this promises yesterday at the commissioning of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign office and the inauguration of Campaign Council for the 2023 elections on Saturday at the state capital, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta assured that they would embarked on realistic and constructive issue-based campaign when their party’s campaign kicks off.

Speaking on the occasion, Prince Dapo Abiodun said his administration had in the last three and a half years embarked on people’s oriented projects, assuring that his second term campaign would focus on how to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people.

“We must engage in constructive and issue based campaign in line with the provisions of the electoral and rule of engagements. We have done more than enough projects to ease our campaign while we promiseto do more for the benefits of the people in our second term.

He said as they would proceed to meet the people to seek their votes in this campaign for all their candidates in the state, he assured that his administration would remain unwaveringly committed to the equitable development of the state and the implementation of people-oriented and purposeful infrastructure, in line with their policy of inclusiveness and good governance.

Abiodun disclosed that his administration had lower the political temperature in the state by being tolerant and respectful of the activities of all political parties in Ogun and continued to create a level playing ground for all individuals irrespective of their political affiliations, unlike the previous administration that turned the period of campaign into war and tried to unleashed terror on oppositions.

The Governor who enumerated the numerous projects and achievements recorded in the last three years and six months to include construction of over 800 kilometres of roads; affordable houses; renovation of schools and health facilities; youth and women empowerment; agriculture, among others said his second term would focus on
areas such as provision of uninterrupted power to the major cities, towns and industrial hubs; project light up Ogun; provision of water supply by carrying out the major overhauling of Arakanga Water Works to make water available for the people of Abeokuta and its environs, among other projects.

Abiodun stated that efforts would be geared towards sustaining the peaceful atmosphere of the state in order to attract more investors by deploying technology for surveillance and crime detection, saying that security was important on the grounds that No investor would invest in an unsecured environment, promising would continue to provide Hilux vans, Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and other logistics for their security agencies in the state”.

He stated further that a Special Intervention Programme that would benefit over 40, 000 people in the first instance, implementation of the multimodal transport master plan, as well as the completion of the Agro Cargo at Iperu Remo; construction of a Dry Port at Kajola and a logistics hub at Wasinmi; leveraging on the abundance of oil resources in Tongeji Island and Olokola would be given due attention

He added that the state, under his watch would intensify efforts at improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), to be able to generated enough revenue in order to be able to implement his administration’s developmental agenda.

Abiodun, however, charged the campaign council members to live up to expectation by winning Ogun for the progressives again in the presidential, gubernatorial, Senate, House of Reps and the House of Assembly elections, advising that their party’s campaign should penetrate and permeate the grassroots for the good of our party”.

In his goodwill message, the former governor of Ogun State and the grand Patron of the Campaign Council, Olusegun Osoba stressed the need for the people to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards, as available record showed that the south west has the highest number of unclaimed Voter’s Cards in the country.

He warned that Ogun State which had remained the cradle of progressive ideals in the country should not lag behind, hence charged party loyalists to step up in the promotion of the symbol of the party which is the broom, and support for the party’s candidates for all the elective positions in the forthcoming elections.

Also speaking, former governor Gbenga Daniel (OGD) who described Governor Abiodun as a Master Chess player who was able to bring people of divergent political ideologies together, said it was time for the people to come together and work for the good of the party in the coming elections.

Daniel who is the Senatorial candidate of APC in the Ogun East Senatorial district poured encomiums on the incumbent governor and encouraged him to apply his master strokes in the pursuit of the party’s aspiration in the forthcoming elections

APC gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Senator Teslim Folarin, called on the members to begin extensive and far reaching marketing of their candidates from the president down to members of the House of Assembly, because according to him that was exigent if the party must win the forthcoming elections.

In his welcome address, Ogun State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Yemi Sanusi stated that the Campaign Council had been conscientiously composed to cater for all candidates seeking elective positions in the 2023 general elections, urging members to work together and shun any act that could cause disunity.

He admonished the candidates to roll up their sleeves and complement the efforts of the governor who he said has been working harder than he did in 2019 in to achieve a landslide victory.

Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Yayi), APC Senatorial candidate for Ogun West assured that himself and others in the senatorial district would do their utmost best to sweep the ballots for party. “I want to assure you that this time around, our party will record a landslide Victory”, he confidently declared.

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By Tony Allen

Lionel Messi’s brilliant performance has earned Argentina a World Cup semi-finals place with victory over the Netherlands.

Emiliano Martinez was also a hero as Argentina edged past the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out following an absorbing 2-2 draw.

Martinez produced saves from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis before Lautaro Martinez slotted home the winning spot-kick as Argentina secured a place in the semi-finals against Croatia.

Lionel Messi looked to have won it for Argentina in normal time by creating Nahuel Molina’s opening goal before adding another himself from the penalty spot, only for two late Wout Weghorst efforts to send the game beyond 90 minutes.

A low-key first half in which both teams were content to keep possession without being good enough to create anything with it was finally ignited by the Starboy, Messi 10 minutes before the break.

The Paris Saint-Germain star picked the ball up 40 yards from goal, took a couple of players out with a body swerve, and then slid it through to Molina who finished well from 10 yards.

The second goal for Argentina came after 73 minutes following a senseless trip by Denzel Dumfries on Marcos Acuna just inside the edge of the penalty area.

Messi, who missed from the spot against Poland earlier in the tournament, made no mistake this time, powering his effort to Andries Noppert’s left.

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal threw on Weghorst with 12 minutes to go and it proved to be a masterstroke.

Weghorst halved the deficit five minutes after his introduction, heading home Berghuis’ inswinging cross, and landed another telling blow with virtually the last kick of normal time.

With everyone in the stadium expecting Teun Koopmeiners to go for goal with a free-kick 20-yards out, he instead slipped a clever ball through to Weghorst and he did the rest, sliding it past Emiliano Martinez.

A match that had seen regular flashpoints in the second half boiled over again after the final whistle with players from both sides embroiled in pushing and shoving.

Argentina pressed for a winner in extra-time but could not find a breakthrough, with Enzo Fernandez coming closest in the final minute with a 20-yard drive then crashed against the outside of the post.

Emiliano Martinez then took centre stage, saving the Netherlands’ first two efforts to put Argentina in control. Enzo Fernandez put his effort wide to increase the tension but Lautaro Martinez made no mistake, firing home to spark wild celebrations.

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By William Adeyemi

Neymar crying

Brazil have been knocked out of the 2022 World Cup after losing a quarter-final shootout against 2018 runners-up, Croatia.

Brazil in search of a record sixth win, arrived in Qatar as one of the tournament favourites with their win in stages over Serbia and Switzerland, before a shock defeat to Cameroon.

However, they pulled it together in the last 16 against South Korea, winning 4-1, while they looked to be heading to the semi-finals for the first time since 2014 when Neymar broke the deadlock against Croatia halfway through the period of extra-time.

Croatia went on to equalise and won 4-2 on penalties after misses from Real Madrid youngster, Rodrygo and Marquinhos.

Brazil’s wait for a World Cup title will now be at least 24 years by the time 2026 comes around, matching the drought between their 1970 and 1994 triumphs.

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By Bisade Ojoye

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has been honoured by Presidency, through the National Agricultural Land Development Agency (NALDA) as the “Agriculture Friendly Governor of the Year” Award at a colourful event held at the Eagle Square in Abuja on December 8, 2022.

The award ceremony had in attendance dignitaries led by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, ably represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha. Other dignitaries present were the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mahmood Abubakar; Honourable Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu; Excellencies and Ambassadors of Canada, Hungary, Spain and a host of other distinguished members of the diplomatic community, farmers’ groups, and other stakeholders in the Agricultural and allied sectors.

The Governor of Ogun State has in the last two years, been honoured with national awards as the Best in Agricultural development and intervention for the benefit of his people and has continued to make history with consistent National Agricultural recognitions for three consecutive years.

Abiodun was represented at the ceremony by the State Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina.