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President Tinubu Makes Solemn Promise To Afenifere To Fix Nigeria

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By Our Correspondent 

President Bola Tinubu says his administration is working to ensure that Nigeria is reformed for greater efficiency with a particular emphasis on systematically inculcating fairness and equity in all aspects of the national life.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,  Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed this in a statement.

According to the statement, while addressing Afenifere leaders at the residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, Ondo State, on Wednesday, the President emphasized his commitment to leading Nigeria towards economic and social prosperity.

”Nigeria will survive the current economic challenges. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I requested the job, and I am not complaining about it. I take full responsibility.

”We are meeting our obligations to the international community. To lenders, we have not defaulted, and we are not going to default. We are navigating the twists and bends on the road to Nigeria’s prosperity,” the President affirmed.

President Tinubu said his task will be to ensure fiscal and true federalism, as well as the broad-based manifestation of the philosophy of “what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

He acknowledged the understanding and support of all Nigerians in the face of the tough but temporary economic conditions, assuring them that their patience and perseverance will not be fruitless.

“The economic challenges we have endured since assuming office are not new to me. As the former governor of Lagos State, I faced similar calls for my resignation. But, through perseverance, Lagos emerged as the fifth largest economy in the entire continent of Africa. We must manage this moment with wisdom and grow Nigeria responsibly.

“I campaigned for this office to serve Nigeria’s interests, and I was elected. Some said I would not last in the tribunal and came up with all sorts of predictions, but even when in court, I remained focused.

“We cannot allow Nigeria’s economy to be exploited. We cannot abandon our economy to marauders. I am determined to re-engineer our finances and curb selfish interests permanently,” he stated.

Pa Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who read the address of Pa Fasoranti, commended President Tinubu for his commitment to Nigeria’s progress and expressed support for his administration’s efforts.

“You have kept your word to return to this place where we all prayed for you, and this shows that you are a man of your word,” the elder statesman stated.

Pa Fasoranti asked President Tinubu to be fair and courageous, declaring that such traits were the hallmark of the Afenifere family.

“Today, you are carrying our flag. We are noted for integrity, competence, fairness, and courage. Your performance so far has shown that you understand the full gravity of your mandate, which is to show the Nigerian people that a good government is possible,” he said.

Tinubu Visits Akeredolu’s Family In Ondo

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the traditional ruler of Olowo of Owo Kingdom, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III with some palace chiefs.
By Hezekiah Ovedhe.
President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, paid a condolence visit to the family of the late former Governor of the Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the palace of the Olowo of Owo Kingdom, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III.
The Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed this in a statement he issued on Wednesday shortly after the visit.
According to the statement,  the President while speaking at the palace of the Olowo of Owo Kingdom, the President eulogized the late Akeredolu as a statesman and a distinguished legal luminary who served his people with unwavering dedication.
‘‘We lost an illustrious son. Akeredolu was very close to me and an ally. He was a son of the soil, and I have come to pay homage,’’ the President said at the Olowo’s palace.
He extended his prayers for the good health, progress, and prosperity of the traditional ruler and the community and thanked the people of Owo for their support to the bereaved family.
Accompanied by the Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, President Tinubu also commiserated with the late governor’s widow, Betty, the children, and other family members.

FRSC Arrests 2,147 Motorists For Traffic Violations In Edo 

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By Moses Omovevah.

The Edo State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Paul Okpe, has disclosed that the corp arrested 2,147 motorists for traffic violations in the state.

Okpe, who disclosed this on Wednesday, said the offenders were arrested in January across the state.

The state corp commander stated that 2,147 offenders were arraigned in a mobile court and fined accordingly by the court for various offences.

He explained that the offenders were arrested in New Benin, Oluku, Sapele Road, Tollgate, Auchi, Ekpoma and other areas across the state with the period under review.

Okpe said, “The corp has arrested 2,147 motorists for traffic violations in the state for the month of January. The offenders were arraigned in mobile court and were fined according to the offense committed.”

Okpe listed the offence of the offenders to include dangerous driving, overloading, route violation, overspeeding, use of phones while driving, seatbelt violation, and driving without fire extinguishers, amongst others.

He, however, advised road users in the state to adhere to traffic rules and regulations and maintain discipline while on the road to enable them to safely arrive at their destinations.

Eight Migrants Found Dead Off Morocco

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By Donatus Anichukweze
The bodies of eight migrants have been found after their vessel sank off Morocco’s northern coast, local authorities said Wednesday, adding that nine others were rescued.

The migrants took off from Morocco’s northern Nador region seeking to “cross the Mediterranean aboard an inflatable boat”, authorities were quoted by the state news agency MAP as saying.

The boat sank on Tuesday “due to poor weather conditions”, it said.

The authorities said “the search is continuing for missing people” after nine had been rescued, and that an investigation had been opened into the incident.

The migrants’ nationalities were not immediately specified.

Morocco is a frequent launching point for many irregular migrants who make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean or the Atlantic in a bid to find better lives in Europe.

In the past weeks, the Moroccan navy announced it had intercepted or rescued dozens of migrants during various operations at its southwestern coast.

According to the Moroccan army, some 87,000 irregular migrants were intercepted in 2023.

A total of 56,852 undocumented migrants entered Spain last year, an 82.1 percent jump from 2022, mainly due to a record number landing in the Canary Islands, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Morocco at the closest point.

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Delta Sets Pace On Conservation, Environmental Sustainability 

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By Our Correspondent. 

Delta State has set the pace in Nigeria, being the first to endorse the restoration of mangrove forest, seagrass protection and preservation of the ecosystem for conservation and environmental sustainability.

Delta state took the lead when it signed a memorandum of understanding, MOU with Serendib Capital UK for the restoration and preservation of the State’s Mangrove Forest and it’s Ecosystem at Government House, Asaba, on Wednesday.

Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori commended all stakeholders for their visionary approach and unwielding commitment to shaping a more sustainable environment for current and future generations.

He said: “The memorandum of understanding we just signed is very critical to the restoration and preservation of our mangrove forests and the entire ecosystem.

“Not only does this initiative prioritise environmental sustainability but also ensures local demands for job creation, infrastructural development, education and climate resilience structures.

“By dedicating these critical elements into the conservation effort, we are not only safeguarding our natural heritage, but also fostering social economy and enhancing our communities resilience to cope with changes that comes with climate change and deforestation on sustainable basis.

“This programme sets a remarkable precedent by demonstrating how environmental stewardship can harmoniously coexist with human development aspirations.

“I am deeply committed to environmental conservation and sustainable development and therefore I endorse the ground breaking for mangrove and seagrass conservation project.”

He expressed gratitude to the foreign partners for choosing Delta State as a potential investment destination.

Continuing, he said: “We are committed to building a much more beneficial partnership that will boost economic growth and enhance the potentials of our people.

“We assure you of our unwavering support and cooperation as you exploit the possibilities that our state have to offer.”

Earlier in his remarks, Managing Director of Serendib Capital UK, Mr. Rafat  Rizvi, thanked the State Government for the partnership, assuring that the project would restore the ecosystem previously damaged by crude oil degradation.

“What this means for Delta State is a long term solution, say thirty to fourty years solution to a sustainable environment. One in which there will be a significant amount of job creation, education with emphasis on youth development.

“This is something that His Excellency, the Governor has expressed strong desire to see, as well as other members of the cabinet that has been working closely with us.

“First and foremost, it’s benefit will be on the environment but most importantly, education, jobs and prosperity for the longer term, particularly for the younger people.

“Its not just the function of oil production. As far as the Niger Delta is concerned, our intention is to help stop further degradation and see if we can actually push back and have much more further replanting of sustainable plants.

“None of this can happen without the buying in of the local communities. We are very conscious that this will have to take place with their support. The reversal of some of the significant degradation that has taken place is what we are sent here to do.

“From the programmes we will put in place, there will be significant amount of credits and money will drop back in very significant amount to the local area and that means that in carrying out those programmes, day to day jobs will be created.

“It is important that people in the area see and understand this thing so that we are not seen as another bunch of foreigners coming in to exploit them and going away.

“The project covers a very large land mass, about 250,0000 hectares of land. Surely, we are looking for a very significant involvement of the local population.

“We are not here to change the ways the locals have lived for hundreds of years, we are here to help preserve the environment; to work with them as partners so that they will have no reason to leave the environment. We will be starting this project in March, that’s about two weeks time.”

In his goodwill message, Vice Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Environment, Hon. Terseer Ugbor, congratulated Delta State Government for taking the lead in the conservation project and expressed commitment of the House to the project.

“It is a great day for Conservation Nigeria because this is the first of its kind for conservation and environmental sustainability in Nigeria.

“It’s also a great day for us in the National Assembly because just yesterday, we passed for first reading, the Bill on the conservation and protection of endangered species in Nigeria”.

OFAAC Pays Condolence Visit To Family of Asagba Chike Edozien, Eulogizes Late Monarch of Asaba

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By Patrick Ochei

The Organisation For the Advancement of Anioma Culture (OFAAC), the culture umbrella body of Anioma Nation, led by its President, Arc. Kester Ifeadi has paid a condolence visit to the family of Late Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Joseph Edozien on Monday 26th February, 2024.

The OFAAC President eulogized the unique Monarch for his sterling leadership qualities that spiked development in Asaba and brought everybody in Anioma together.

He was one of the brains behind the formation of OFAAC and also stood as a foremost supporter of its activities throughout the years. We are 20 years old now. Let me tell you that OFAAC is an assemblage and meeting point for all our traditional rulers in Anioma, and of course, our people at home and in the Diaspora.

“Asagba was a strong focal point in ensuring that our people of Anioma Nation came together towards achieving oneness – the strong bond of Aniocha/Oshimili, Ika and Ndokwa extractions that we are enjoying today as evident in the strong tie that has solidified our togetherness as a people. Asagba Prof Chike Edozien had only taken a journey, his legacies live on”, Ifeadi acknowledged.

In response, the Regent (Ochendo) of Asaba Kingdom, Prof. Anthony Onuorah Edozien, represented by his younger brother, Engr. Louis Nwabunwanne Edozien commended OFAAC for coming at this critical time.

“My father was a rare gem that would be missed by many. Your speech about Nna Agu and those things he passionately upheld in his true characteristic contributions to leadership and culture are key takeaway as legacies for us to uphold and build on. We hope to keep and remain committed to his ideals”, Engr. Edozien posited.

In an apparent respect to his memories, Arc. Kester Ifeadi penned down a condolence message to the late Asagba of Asaba by signing the condolence register on behalf of OFAAC.
The delegation of OFAAC included the Vice President, Elder Paddy Ugboh, the Directors, National Coordinator and LGA Chairmen.

Amb Alakpodia Felicitates With Mrs Ukodhiko On Her Birthday Anniversary 

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By Hezekiah Ovedhe.

The Youth Leader of Isoko North PDP,  Amb Egwu Oghenero Alakpodia has congratulated Mrs Joy Ukodhiko, wife of the Honourable member representing Isoko Federal Constituency in Federal House of Representative, Engr Hon Jonathan Ukodhiko, on her birthday.

Amb Alakpodia in his congratulatory statement commended Mrs Joy Ukodhiko, for her efforts in making life easier for widows and the weaker members of the society.

He expressed delight with Mrs Ukodhiko’s humanitarian activities, stressing that; “I am particularly happy with the life of service you have led so far.

“You had been transforming and uplifting the quality of life of widows and the less privileged members of society.”

Amb Alakpodia however urged her to “strive to do more for widows and the less privileged members of the society at a time the country is going through painful but unintended consequences of CHANGE.

Mob Set Suspected Armed Robbers Ablaze In Delta

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By Our Correspondent.

Angry mob on Monday night set a suspected armed robber ablaze by Deco junction in Warri, Delta State. Two other of his gang members escaped from the crime scene.

It was learnt that the deceased suspect stormed the area at about 8pm with two of his gang in commercial tricycle.

He allegedly shot and dispossessed an unidentified lady of her bag and her personal effects. The lady however, raised alarm which attracted passerby and business persons as they gave the suspect a hot chase. In his bid to escape, the suspect also allegedly shot the commercial tricycle operator who carried the lad.

The both of them were rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.

FEC Approves Construction Of Lagos-PH Road, Social Security Payments To Vulnerable Nigerians 

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By Aderonke Oni.

The federal executive council (FEC) has approved the construction of the Lagos-Port Harcourt-Calabar highway to Messrs Hitech Construction Africa.

The council gave the approval at its weekly meeting on Monday, presided over by President Bola Tinubu.

The construction of the first phase of the road — made up of 47 kilometres — will begin in Lagos, the council said.

The FEC also approved immediate social security payments to vulnerable households with national identity numbers (NINs) and bank verification numbers (BVNs).

The council said the social security payments should be extended to Nigerian certificate education (NCE) graduates and holders of higher degrees.

In addition, the FEC approved the “urgent” establishment of the consumer credit scheme.

The council directed Femi Gbajabiamila, chief of staff to the president, to lead a committee to make the scheme a reality.

Other officials appointed to the panel include Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the minister of budget and economic planning; Lateef Fagbemi, attorney-general of the federation; as well as Wale Edun, minister of finance and coordinating minister of the economy.

The FEC approval of the consumer credit scheme comes amid serious economic hardship caused by a series of policies recently implemented by the federal government in efforts to restore stability in the nation’s foreign exchange (FX) market and the general economy.

The FEC approval of the consumer credit scheme comes amid serious economic hardship caused by a series of policies recently implemented by the federal government in efforts to restore stability in the nation’s foreign exchange (FX) market and the general economy.

Aderemi Abdul-Bojela, executive chairman of United Technologies Limited, had said the development of a consumer credit scheme would drive growth in Nigeria’s manufacturing sector and improve its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by boosting patronage of locally-made goods.

Put On Measures To Ameliorate The Sufferings Of Nigerians Now – Amb Alakpodia Tells FG

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A combined photo of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Amb Egwu Oghenero Alakpodia, Isoko North Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Youth Leader in Delta State.

By Hezekiah Ovedhe.

Worried about the present state of the nation, Isoko North Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Youth Leader, Amb Egwu Oghenero Alakpodia has called on the federal government to immediately embark on initiatives capable of ameliorating the hardship faced by Nigerians.

 

Amb Alakpodia made the call on Monday while speaking to Journalists in his office in Benin, noting that the nation’s problems required concerted efforts.

 

He urged the federal government to quickly involve all stakeholders in the bid to bring about a lasting solution to the current hardship and crisis.

 

Decrying the falling value of the naira, Amb Alakpodia noted that the current situation is making hard for small businesses to strive and even medium scales business now find it difficult to restock due to dollar fluctuations, urging monetary and fiscal authorities to find appropriate solutions to the challenges.

 

He harped on the need for prudent fiscal management, diversification of the economy, the promotion of local production and entrepreneurship, the strengthening of institutions responsible for monetary policies and the implementation of measures to attract foreign investments that will stabilise the exchange rate and foster economic growth.

 

Speaking further, Amb Egwu Oghenero Alakpodia also advised the Federal Government on investing in youth empowerment programmes and addressing the root causes of insecurity, such as unemployment and poverty.

 

He called for concerted efforts to mitigate inflationary pressures through effective price control mechanisms, subsidies for essential commodities, and social welfare programs targeting vulnerable populations.

 

The Isoko North PDP Youth Leader also called for improvement in infrastructure, particularly in the transportation and energy sectors, to reduce the cost of goods and services and enhance overall living standards of the citizenry.

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