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Thirtt-five members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday denied a reported plot to impeach their Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. They also passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker.

 

The lawmakers, who praised the Speaker's style of leadership, named a member, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, as the brain behind the false information and sometimes, outright fake stories about the House and its leadership.

 

The lawmakers passed the vote of confidence after their colleague representing Somolu Constituency 1, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, raised a motion eulogising the Speaker over the way he runs the affairs of the House. 

 

Olowo thanked the Speaker for addressing the EndSARS protesters at the late hours of Thursday despite his tight schedule, saying it was rear for a leader to do such at that period of time. 

 

"I raise this afternoon to appreciate you and the Deputy Speaker for the prompt attention and response to the EndSARS protest. On Thursday, my son in Canada told me he saw you and the Deputy Speaker addressing the youths at midnight.

 

"It shows that you are not just a leader but a brother whom blood runs in his vain. And we all know that the youths is the strength of this nation. There are youths who are doing negative things but we have many who are very hardworking.

 

"They have won many accolades and awards in and outside Nigeria. For you to have taken time to address the protesters, it shows you are more than a leader but a father and a builder.

 

"In addition, on Friday, you called an emergency plenary to address the issue of the EndSARS protesters; it shows you are a father and a leader. Aside that, you have done things that make me to appreciate you. The preservation of Yoruba language and culture by introducing the speaking of Yoruba language during plenary session on Thursdays. 

 

"Before I will move vote of confidence in you, I want to say this, that you should allow members to raise their voice and as well their hands and allow them to speak because the mischievous people have started again with intention to destroy your person.

 

"On Saturday, I read on the social media that 26 members of the Lagos state House of Assembly have begun to sign for your impeachment. I don't know the 26 the report was talking about because I know that you have the majority in this House. And I also know that we are more than 26 who are your followers in this House because you are a great man. 

 

"We should know the 26 members that have signed for your impeachment today. So, I want to urge you, Mr Speaker to allow the members to talk and eulogise you because you are doing well", said Olowo.

 

"In  his comments, the lawmaker representing Surulere 1, Hon Desmond Elliot, said the issue of lawmakers signing impeachment notice against the speaker was becoming too much, saying that the leadership should invoke the suspension of erring members.

 

Also, Hon. Fatai Oluwa ( Ajeromi Ifelodun 2) clarified that he was part of the lawmakers who travelled to Turkey as against the earlier false story that the Speaker went alone.

 

"I was part of the lawmakers who travelled to Instabul in Turkey but to may surprise in the report I read online, Hon. Wahab Jimoh's name was not mentioned as part of beneficiaries. This shows that he was the one who was divulging information about this House to the media," he said.

 

The lawmaker representing Ifako/Ijaiye 1, Hon. Temitope Adewale, assured the Speaker of his loyalty, saying that before he was elected, he had known the House to be a peaceful Assembly.

 

Adewale also accused Hon. Wahab Jimoh of divulging unauthorised information of the House to the media, saying that he listened recently to a voice note where the alleged lawmaker told some people to search for Houses owned by the Speaker abroad and in Nigeria.

 

Also, Hon. Olusola Sokunle ( Oshodi-Isolo 1) said his loyalty to the Speaker remains unshakable, adding that those fingered in the act of divulging information of the House to the media should be suspended. 

 

"My loyalty to Speaker Obasa is unshakable. I don't know why some people would be after pulling Mr Speaker down at all cost. We want the Majority Leader to speak out and make it clear where he belongs if he is for the majority or the minority.

 

"We have information at our disposal that Hon. Wahab Jimoh is searching around for Obasa's properties in United States. If any information comes out to the media, I suggest that Hon. Wahab Jimoh should be suspended indefinitely. We should also investigate my dear brother, Hon. Moshood Oshun, if he is part of it. When we have peace we will call them back", said Sokunle. 

 

Hon. Lukmon Olumoh ( Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1) said: "I don't know why some members will want to bring the Speaker down at all cost despite his wonderful contributions to the growth and development of State parliament in Nigeria and Lagos in particular. I want to assure Mr Speaker that I remain loyal to him and will stand with him till the end".  

 

Hon. Victor Akande ( Ojo 2), on his part, described Obasa as a listening leader who accommodates members' views on issues, saying that the Speaker was instrumental to his re-election. 

 

"I will want the Majority Leader to speak out on where he belongs on this House. We are majority in this House and he is our majority leader. The minority cannot rule over the majority", said Akande. 

 

While responding,  the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, said he was embarrassed by the comments of those asking him to state where he belongs on the issue. He added that with the vote of confidence passed on the Speaker, those behind the purported impeachment plan have been disgraced. 

 

"I know fully well that impeachment of the Speaker cannot be done on the social media and it takes a process," said Agunbiade.

 

All lawmakers in attendance took turn to appreciate the legislative acumen and leadership of Speaker Obasa. 

 

However, the Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, said: "I don't entertain any fear concerning the media reports. My becoming the Speaker was  through the Almighty Allah. This House of Assembly is one and will remain one forever. The House is not divided."

 

Obasa said that the media report that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered 40 duplexes and other properties linked to him was the handiwork of his political enemies.

 

"I strongly believe that my becoming Speaker was by divine intervention. It was not something planned. It happened through the will of Allah. Being here today as Speaker with you is still by the grace of Almighty Allah. So, if one believes this, he would have peace of mind," he said.

 

The Speaker said the House is one and continue to remain one.

 

"This House will never be divided. If there is anybody that is not please let him adjust himself. Let us see this House as our responsibility.

 

"I have been here for a while, a Speaker had been removed, a Deputy Speaker had been removed. So, if anybody is removed, he should take it as part of the process of the House. Nobody, including me, can say that without him the House cannot progress. We should desist from that," he said.

 

Obasa noted that everything that has happened since March concerning tuf Assembly is political.

 

"The interest is to get the Speaker out of way, not because of Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa. There have been allegations upon allegations and we challenged them to bring evidence of awarding contracts to family members, nobody has been able to bring any. We have challenged them to bring approvals that we have not implemented, nothing.

 

"They have taken me to EFCC. I have been invited and I have honoured their invitation. The invitation continues. So, it is nothing but desperation to get the Speaker out of the way. I just hope EFCC would not allow itself to be dragged into political matters. 

 

"Let us continue to work together in the interest of our people. Those who are chasing shadows will get tired. 

 

"Muyiwa Jimoh was calling America asking for Obasa's house number. We have the evidence. We have many records and this is a colleague. We just ignored so many things.

 

"We thank God we are almost all members in the House today and we heard what every member said. It shows that the House is one and peaceful. We will continue to be so and not allow anybody to distract us from doing what we are here for. 

 

"Once again, I pray that Almighty Allah will continue to support each one of us as you have always supported me in this assignment. Thank you.

 

Abuja based cleric and General Overseer of Shiloh Word Chapel Prophet I O Samuel has lend his voice to the ongoing #endsars and #endpolicebrutality protests presently embarked upon by Nigerian youths.  The Prophet who shed tears while praying on the Mountain for God to intervene in the  current crisis presently rocking Nigeria. 

Prophet I O Samuel while preaching yesterday asked the Government to help put an end to Police Brutality and also to invest in talented Nigerians. In a post on his official Instagram handle @prophet_i_o_samuel he wrote “ Nigerian youths have a lot to Present at 60 worldwide, look at this great talents etc. How can we kill this blessings from God as children;  at 60 what did our leaders present??? Corruption in our judiciary, INEC, NDDC, NNPC, EFCC, ICPC; etc.

Every where in our Government there is open corruption, but our youths are full of inventions worldwide. So intelligent, talent wise great so special uncountable stars in one Nation. All they need is a little push and support, the leadership encouragement just security conducive environment to function, constant light, good road, transparent government, to stop looting and embezzlement of public funds that you transfer to other nations and your citizens are dying of food hunger. God is watching what is not yours will never last in your hands or generation be wise to build the future of your next generation no  one grows younger after serving the public do something to save your children after studies In expensive schools abroad they will come back to meet the ones left on the Street to be useless under brutal environment.

Time will tell am proud to be a Nigerian youth many things to address soon but President Buhari, Inspector General of Police should Endsars in peace first, then we speak of other major issues in this affecting our nation. In Nigeria Sars kills youths Just for smoking weed but in USA is legalized, what if is your son ? Soon it may be legalized for cure in Nigeria.  If you have laptop or iPhone you are into yahoo, pay now with ATM card or be killed. Civil cases between friends ends up in Sars brutality. I saw poor widows with placards on the street, crying stop killing our Children and our Future  There Is No Peace For The Wicked. Nigerian youth I salute your perseverance and Patient.  I stand with Nigeria Youths NO MORE SILENCE.”

The popular cleric also wants erring police officers to be brought to book and abuse of human rights should be curtailed. He also suggest community policing, central and high CCTV cameras  to fight crime and intelligent cyber detections on fraud

 

The 2020 edition of a yearly walk tagged "Arise Walk For Life" with the theme; "#StayingAlive," which holds on Saturday 17th October, 2020 is an opportunity to reduce the dreaded Coronavirus in the country.

 

Convener of Arise Women, a purely humanitarian foundation, the organisers of the event, Princess (Dr) Siju Iluyomade disclosed this at a Press Conference, which held on Sunday October 11, 2020 at Four Point By Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Iluyomade revealed that the event, which started over 10 years ago, will commence at 7:00am in over 50 clusters across Nigeria, London, United States of America, Canada and various isolation centres. 

While encouraging everyone to embrace walk, Iluyomade said; "you can just walk in a cluster of 25, but you must maintain social distance in the process. 

 

"Walk For Life means get up, keep yourself alive and walk.

Africa recorded few COVID-19 cases because African people walk and this strengthens their hearts and they burn calories in the process. 

 

"Walking eliminates joint aches and boost immune system, which is why COVID-19 is limited in Africa."

 

She stated that influencers and celebrities have always been part of Arise and that some of them would be around for the walk this year.

 

According to her, personalities expected at the walk are the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sports and Super Eagles legend, Daniel Amokachi; Olympic Gold medalist and sports administrator, Mary Onyali; former deputy governor of Lagos State and Special Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Her Excellency Adejoke Orelope Adefulire; popular Disc Jockeys, Humility and Xclusive, Kaffy, DJ Cuppy, Bimbo Akintola, Nathaniel Bassey, Peter Rufai, and others.

 

 

Dairy giant FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLCin partnership with key stakeholders will launch Nigeria’s first expertise Center for dairy development in a few days.

 

The initiative - Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development (CNDDD) - will focus on improving dairy productivity and sustainability throughout the entire dairy value chain in Nigeria, based on Dutch expertise gained for more than a century.

 

According to Ben Langat, Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, the new Center will foster cooperation among dairy stakeholders.

 

In a statement issued in Lagos, Langat said, “The Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development will engage and promote cooperation between the government, private sector, academics, students and dairy farmers. It will undertake activities that will improve the dairy chain in Nigeria, focusing on both the upstream and downstream sides of the chain.”

 

The CNDDD will be the expert research and training institute for dairy development in Nigeria. It will focus on breeding, farm and feed management, quality control, and productivity (yield per cow).

 

Putting things in perspective, Langat also explained that the Nigerian dairy sector presently faces major challenges, “however, FrieslandCampina WAMCO in partnership with the Federal Government is determined to transform the sector from its current subsistence phase to a commercial quality-focused model” he said.

 

FrieslandCampina WAMCO envisages that as the country’s population continues to grow, the establishment of a strong agricultural sector is one of the pillars that will bring economic and social stability in Nigeria. This requires a fundamental long-term development of all areas needed to create a strong effective and efficient dairy sector based on milk yield, milk quality, breeding strategy, feeding, collection infrastructure, and a route to the market.

Confident about how the Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development (CNDDD) would deliver on its objectives, Langat said, “with FrieslandCampina’s dairy expertise and grass-to-glass philosophy, we are committed to growing the local dairy industry. From our experience, close co-operation between public and private sector has proven to be a key success factor.”

 

“FrieslandCampina is pleased to be able to share its 150 years’ experience in dairy farming and production with its Nigerian partners through the Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development (CNDDD).”

 

Stakeholders are invited to join this landmark event scheduled to hold on Thursday, 15 October 2020 at 10:00a.m. by registering on  https://tinyurl.com/CNDDD-Launch

 

FrieslandCampina WAMCO has been at the center of developing local milk sourcing through its Dairy Development Programme (DDP). This investment spanning across 5 states in Nigeria with over 9000 dairy farmers (including 950 women) has seen solid and sustained growth over a decade. Learning from experience, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, therefore, aims to broaden and deepen inclusive growth in local milk sourcing by partnering to provide the required expert support and improve knowledge of local dairy farmers.

In keeping with her promise “to be the financial institution of choice in service delivery…

 

Come the 27th day of December 2020, the gates of The Quadrangle Nana Hotel Otta, would be flung wide open to celebrate yet another Icon of our time, Hon. Ibrahim Ayokunle Isiaka, Member Representing IFO/EWEKORO constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.

The hosting which is a BANQUET & GRAND RECEPTION, is coming on the heels of similar events held in honour of HRM OBA ADEYEMI OBALANLEGE, the Olota of OTA, Distinguished SENATOR AKIN ODUNSI, AARE GANI ADAMS, the AARE ONA KAKANFO OF YORUBALAND and DR RAFIU LADIPO, President General Nigerian Football Supporters Club at the same venue.

Put together by SERIKIALATA VENTURES, the consultant managers, to Nana Hotel Otta, the event is targeted at celebrating society's role models.

 

... ‘No common entrance, no JSS 1’

 

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Sunday hosted 84 principals of all public secondary schools in the State but at the beginning, Zulum conditioned them to be honest in telling him the realities of challenges in the system, rather than cover-up for fear of victimization.

 

The Governor, a university professor himself, gave the condition in his opening remarks at the multipurpose hall of the Government House in Maiduguri, where the meeting took place. 

 

Zulum aimed to get a first hand, undiluted information from the principals, on problems facing public secondary school system in Borno. 

 

“I have been to several schools, and each time I asked, some of you principals found it difficult to explain the problems in your schools. I was later made to understand that if you tell me truth, you would either be transferred somewhere you wouldn’t like, or somehow be victimized. Please I beg all of you to tell me the truth. Let us tell ourselves the truth so that we can improve Borno’s public education from where we are now. I am pleading with you to please be upright, be honest. Education is the bedrock of any development. Without functional educational system, we shall continue to experience this Boko Haram insurgency in Borno. Look at the kind of students we are graduating from our public secondary schools, most of them do not qualify for admission into universities, even those who get admitted find it very difficult to cope. I assure you that telling me the truth will not lead to anything happening to any of you by God’s grace” Zulum told the principals. 

 

The Governor went down memory lane to remind the principals of glorious days, and the need for all stakeholders to regain quality in public school system.

 

“I can recall that twenty years ago, principals were not willing to even become permanent secretaries because of job satisfaction. Today, that satisfaction is longer there. There is general decline in the standard of education in public institutions all over the country. There is the lack of qualified teachers, inadequate teaching facilities, poor maintenance culture, general decay of infrastructure, Government's inability to ensure monitoring and evaluation, centralized control by the Ministry, unnecessary bureaucracy, and irregular training and retraining of teachers and other essential staff. There is poor data management and indiscipline amongst the major problems affecting the public school system” Zulum enumerated.

 

The Governor assured measures will continually be adopted to improve the training and welfare of teachers and administrators of public school system to motivate high performance while supervision will be drastically changed for the purpose of punishing those unready to change. 

 

After the Governor’s remark, the principals took turns to voice out problems of the 84 secondary schools across Borno’s 27 local government areas. 

 

Most of the principals complained about poor quality of primary school graduates who come into secondary schools without strong foundation. They urged the Governor to critically look into reintroduction of common entrance examination at primary six levels, which should be yardstick for admission into secondary schools. 

 

... No common entrance, no JSS 1’ 

 

After listening to the 84 principals, Governor Zulum directed them to write down all the problems they listed and more if any, for submission to him within one week. 

 

The Governor also directed the immediate reintroduction of the common entrance examination at primary six levels.

 

Zulum also directed the enforcement of a qualifying policy that henceforth, only pupils who pass the examination by securing a cut-off mark, should be eligible for admission into the first year of junior secondary schools (JSS 1), as against giving admissions to all pupils regardless of common entrance criteria.

 

Zulum also directed that school authorities must henceforth take all qualifying and promotional examinations seriously as Government will monitor all conducts. Sir IK OGUALILI Reporting for Delta Restoration media Team

 

Media Centre for Safety Reporting (MCSR), a safety rights watchdog has resolved to drag the Nigeria Police force, Police Service Commission, Nigeria Police Council and indeed the Federal Government of Nigeria to ECOWAS Court of Justice over unending police brutality and violation of rights of Journalists in line of duty.

 

MCSR National President  Mr. John Thompson said this in statement thus "the latest attack on Arise Television Journalists covering the #EndSARS protest few minutes after the IGP dissolved the infamous SARS in response to global outcry against the toxic unit of the force, has justified our call for a Commission of Inquiry and Reorientation of Police, instead of redeployment of disbanded SARS operatives".

 

"However, we view the attack on Journalists performing their legitimate duty as transferred aggression which must be addressed once and for all".

 

Recall that Media Centre for Safety Reporting (MCSR), had earlier issued two separate releases within a week, calling for retraining and reorientation of SARS operatives; as well as setting up a Commission of Inquiry into the activities of the proscribed police unit.

 

"We have therefore, activated our legal team to begin the process of human rights violation litigation against Federal Government of Nigeria and her security agencies over unmitigated assaults on Journalists".

 

Thompson also enjoined Journalists that have suffered any form of human rights violation and assaults in the hands of Nigerian government security agencies from 1999- date, to gather their evidence to support our prosecution team.

 

He further stated 'that online portal and our offices are declared open for compilation of documented evidence and witnesses to ease the legal processes'.

 

Signed

 

Mr. David AtundaOluwa

General Secretary

Media Centre for Safety Reporting (MCSR) Lagos.

12-10-2020

 

Nigeria’s long-standing innovative bank, Wema Bank, has rewarded twenty of its Royal Kiddies account holders through an announcement made during the virtual selection which held on the 2nd of October 2020.

 

As the bank had earlier announced to make provision for educational support for its customers, a total of twenty winners emerged with six winners from the Lagos region, five from south west region and three each from the South East, South-South and Northern Nigeria.

Speaking during the selection which happened virtually, Dotun Ifebogun; Divisional Head, Retail Banking commended the efforts put in by customers of the Bank’s Royal Kiddies Account. According to Mr Ifebogun “The Royal Kiddies annual award demonstrates the banks unwavering support for its customers especially at a time when most families are facing the financial hardship posed by the global outbreak of COVID-19. We also know it’s “back to school” season and we believe this will contribute to the educational needs of the winners as they go back to school.

 

He further stated that because of the cash prize, many parents now look forward to the annual award with the expectation of having their wards among the lucky winners. He went on to say the annual Royal Kiddies Award is here to stay and encouraged parents who are yet to open a Royal Kiddies Account for their children ages 0-12 years to do so.

 

Similarly, Funmilayo Falola, Head Brands & Marketing Communication, Wema Bank commended the initiative, she said “the Bank prides itself in constantly devising means of rewarding customers across all segments and the annual Royal kiddies Award goes a long way to show this. As a bank we believe children are the future leaders of any nation and the need to invest in their education cannot be overemphasized”

 

Mrs Falola further described the annual Royal Kiddies Award as an avenue through which the bank supports the cause of education in the nation and specifically within families. Children get an early start to financial freedom at Wema Bank with the Royal Kiddies Account designed for ages 0 to 12

 

The Ondo state Governorship election result has been Announced and the umpire body INEC has just declared the incumbent Governor and APC candidate, Gov., Rotimi Akeredolu the winner according to the prophecy given by an Abuja based Ghanaian Pastor and the General overseer of Authority Arena church in Mpape, Prophet boateng Bempah, his prophecy few days ago has come to pass

The man of God who revealed to journalist at his church last week in Abuja said God revealed to him that dispite all odd and conclusion from some quarters that the incumbent governor will not secure a returned ticket, Prophet Bempah said though the election will be keenly contested by his major rival who is the PDP candidate but he said God maintained that Akeredolu will emerge winner, because he has been marked for testimonies, he remarked that even if the Governor did not come to his church in Abuja to testifies to the goodness of God, I believe that Governor Akeredolu must testify and with this victory he had already testifies he remarked

It will be recalled that Prophet Tony Bembah is known across the continent of Africa and the world at large for his accurate prophesy, he prophesies on Edo election and Ghana presidential elections and all has come to pass among many other prophesy he has given this year alone