Ogun Raw Material Display Centre Seeks Industrialists’ Support

An appeal has gone to industrialists in Ogun State to help improve the standard of the Raw Materials Display Centre (OGRMC), to fulfil its vision of connecting producers with users of industrial raw materials.

The State Director, Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Engr. Kehinde Akintomide made the appeal in Abeokuta during the visit of Bloom Seed Elementary School to the Centre on excursion.

Akintomide noted that apart from identification and collection of industrial raw materials for display, the centre helps source, select and advise on adaptation of machinery and processes for its utilization.

He said the centre was committed to disseminating information and stimulating interest on the uses of local raw materials, in order to feed existing industries and create new ones, noting that the display centre would also boost local and international confidence in Made-in-Nigeria products and services.

Also speaking during the visit, the head of the centre, Mr. Ayo Osagie, enjoined industrialists to take advantage of the abundant agricultural and raw materials that abound in the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the State, to boost their businesses.

Ogun Announces Demise Of Agura Of Gbagura

The Ogun State Government has announced the passing away of Agura of Gbagura, Oba Halidu Adedayo Ajani Olaloko ( Sobekun II) of Gbagura Kingdom, Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the State.

This was contained in a release signed by the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, who confirmed the sad news after his visit to the Agura Palace.

The statement added that Late Adedayo Ajani Olaloko joined his ancestors at the early hours of Thursday July 12, 2018 after a protracted illness at the age of 78.

Oba Olaloko ascended the throne of his forefathers as Agura of Gbagura in 1980 and would be laid to rest by 4.00pm today, according to Muslim rites.

An official delegation according to the statement, would be sent to the family by the State government as soon as possible.

France Based Agency To Invest $200m In Ogun Forest Reserves

Following the signing of ‘’letter of intent’’ between the Ogun State Government and In-vivo, France-based agency, at the State House in Abuja, to regenerate 108,000 hectares of degraded lands in the forest and game reserves of Imeko and Aworo in the State, Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has assured people of the State of greater benefits

Addressing newsmen at his office in Abeokuta, the Governor said, “the agreement will ensure that our environment is safe from the challenges being faced by climate change”, adding that the agency had agreed to invest a ready fund of 200 million dollars to revive the degraded forests and games reserves.

According to him, “this partnership will bring necessary development to our reserves, trees would be planted and the environment would be well taken care of.

Describing the project as a major community, with power, water and game reserves, Amosun noted that it will also have necessary infrastructures, to include biomass, carbon credit and good road network.

The governor disclosed that the project would be private sector driven saying that with the “Ile-Dotun” project, Ogun State indigenes would be gainfully employed.

He said the signing of the Letter of Intent, was part of events of the visit of France President Mr. Emmanuel Macron, to Nigeria, to concretize the prior meetings of the State with the French agency.

OGSG Pledges Collaboration With World Bank On Community Development

Ogun State Government has expressed commitment towards ensuring effective collaboration with World Bank and other developmental partners, to further facilitate development of the State.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun stated this while declaring open a one day sensitisation / advocate workshop for stakeholders of community and social development projects, organised by the ministry of community development and cooperative, held at Oba’s complex in Abeokuta.

Governor Amosun who was represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga said the World Bank, no doubt has since inception of this administration complemented its efforts through the introduction of community and social development projects, which he said had greatly increased people’s access at grassroots to basic infrastructural amenities.

 

According to him, the present administration in the State had fulfilled all conditions required for World bank counterpart funds and utilised it for the provision of office accommodation, enactment of required law, establishment of the State community and social development agency, among others at community levels .

“I acknowledge the fact that Community Development Associations have contributed immensely to the socio- economic development of our dear State, therefore they are veritable tool for Nation building”, he said.

While expressing optimism that the community and social development programmes would further consolidate Government’s efforts towards realisation of its five cardinal programmes’ objectives, Governor Amosun assured that the idea would help in invigorate the existing CDAs in the State.

He therefore urged participants at the workshop to make good use of the programme to effect desired development to their communities.

Gripped By Nostalgia, Macron Worships At Afrika Shrine

President Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday night, made real his threat to visit the Afrika Shrine, Lagos, where he reunited with lovers of the afro culture.

A ‘threat’ because that might be the way his plan to visit the centre built by Femi Kuti, scion of afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, first seemed to Nigeria’s political establishment whose relationship with Fela was usually problematic.  He, however, got an ally in the Lagos State Government, which has not only worked closely with the Fela family but also been part of the promotion of the afro legacy.

For the 40-year-old leader, there was the need to live his liberal destiny and fulfil a rite of nostalgia, having been a faithful of the Afrika Shrine when he worked at the French Embassy in Lagos some 17 years ago. That is why the Tuesday night party would never have ended until Macron had performed what can be regarded as a kind of ritual.

After a warm reception led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Femi and Fela’s daughter, Yeni, as well as other dignitaries that included Prof. Wole Soyinka, and even after the welcome performance by Footprints of David, Macron requested a break for him to go upstairs and behold the entire shrine from the top.

The  long walk to the apex of the arena further removed the myths of offialdom that often surrounds such leaders, as all classes of people joined him, alongside Ambode, with some pausing to take selfies with their dear Macron.  The journey back to the high table was equally adventurous.

For Ambode, it was a night to ask everybody to say, ‘Yeye,’ being the slang expression with which Fela used to tickle his fans. The governor described the Afrika Shrine as a centre where cultural values are exchanged in the form of entertainment. Noting that the energy that defined Lagos was not different from what was obtainable in Paris, Ambode highlighted some of the efforts that his government has made to boost the culture, tourism and entertainment sector – as reinforced by some of the documentaries shown in the course of the programme.

On the essence of Macron’s visit, the governor said, “His ascension to office is an inspiration to Nigerian youths.”

While sponsors of the event, including Ecobank and Trace, also spoke about the values of their organisations, Macron explained that he found his trip to Lagos and visit to the arena fulfilling.

During a conversation led by seasoned presenter, Kenturah King, he spoke glowingly about the shrine, although he warned that he would not be able to share all his memories, saying, “Matters of a shrine remain in the shine.”

He told his fellow afro disciples, “It’s very emotional for me to come back to Nigeria 17 years after my stay ended. I didn’t imagine I’d be back in these conditions. The Shrine is an iconic cultural hub. And I say with a lot of humility that I recognise the importance of African culture.

He urged the youths not to allow the accident of colonialism hold them back, promising that he would mobilise Europe to support Africa, with a cultural conference already initiated for 2020. He also enjoined the youth to be politically conscious, reminding them that apart from being a music icon, Fela was involved in politics because he wanted change.

He said, “Democracy is never written in advance. I am probably a good example of that.  Nobody has to decide Africa’s future. Our role is to help the new generation seize opportunities and rise to the challenge. This is what underpins a new, balanced relationship. My most important message to Africa is that the future of Africa is here in Africa.”

There is no doubt that Macron enjoyed every bit of the artistic reception accorded him. While Footprints of David, a group of mainly children cultural dancers led by Seun Awobajo, opened the show with a Sango performance. Yemi Alade also teased Macron with her energetic performance, later ushering in Femi, who gave the august visitor the afro magic he had really missed.

Yet, the event beautifully compered by star musician, Banky W, was not all about music. While Macron was ushered into an exhibition organised by Art  X, featuring Victor Ehikhamenor, Ndidi Emefiele and Tokini Peterside (top collector Prince Yemisi Shyllon and veteran artist, Nike Davies-Okudaye were also in the building), 11-year-old artist, simply identified as Kazeem, elevated an old picture of Macron into a portrait that was well celebrated. The awed President whispered some words into the boy’s ears while Ambode also gave him kudos.

Later, some of the star Thespians and film-makers also on hand to receive Macron staged a skit, with the French leader also getting a role in it.

In the Shrine were the likes of Jide Kosoko, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Chika Okpala (Zebrudaya), Joke Silva, Desmond Elliot, Angelique Kidjo , Alex Ekubo and Ramsey Nuoah, among others.

Savouring a slive of the treat, Macron said, “This is African energy. The one I discovered here in Lagos when I was 23. The one I am glad to see is still thriving several years later. The one I hope many Europeans will get to know. The one that is far from the African prejudice of misery.”

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Ogun Swears In Magistrates, Pioneer Presidents Of Customary Courts

 The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, has sworn-in nine Magistrates and Presidents of Grade 1 Customary Courts, with a charge on them to always uphold the ethics of the profession, while making self- discipline their watchword, in the discharge of their duties.

          Justice Olopade who performed the swearing-in at the High Court Complex, Abeokuta, said the Presidents of Grade 1 Customary Courts being sworn-in are the Pioneer set in the history of Ogun State, following Amendments to the Customary Courts Laws of Ogun State, following the approval by the State government, to appoint new Magistrates and Presidents of Grade 1 Customary Courts.

           “As Pioneers, I charge you to put in your very best in the development of the Customary Courts in our dear State, and as Legal Practitioners, a lot is expected of you in term of integrity, uprightness and hard work. To the new appointees, I advise that in all your dealings with counsels, parties and even witnesses appearing before you, you must always  have in mind, the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers, show courtesy, be firm and never discriminate against anybody you have cause to administer Justice over.

          I enjoin you to always uphold the ethics of your profession and make self discipline your watchword as this administration would continue to maintain zero tolerance for corruption and corrupt practices”, Olopade emphasized.

           The Chief Judge said those sworn- in were appointed, based on their outstanding performances at both the written examinations and oral interviews, calling on them to bring their wealth of experience to bear on justice delivery in the State.

          Responding on behalf of the newly sworn-in Magistrates, Mrs. Afolabi Rafiat, appreciated the State government for giving them the opportunity to serve and contribute their quotas to the development of justice, reiterating that they would dispense justice without fear or favour.

          Also speaking on behalf of the Customary Court Judges, Mrs. Adeniji Adenike Fatimat, said they were delighted to be appointed as Pioneer Judges of Grade 1 Customary Courts, to serve at the three Senatorial Districts, pledging that they would ensure speedy dispensation of Justice without prejudice.

          A total of Nine Magistrates and Nine Customary Courts Judges were sworn in to aid the speedy trials of cases in the Magistrates and Customary Courts, which hitherto had Lay persons adjudicating over cases.

 

Amosun Bags 2017 Governor Of The Year Award

The Governor of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun has added another feather to his cap by emerging the winner of the 2017 Governor of the Year Award, for good governance and executing people–orientated projects across the State.

Receiving the Award at the 2018 Pink Awards ceremony, put together by LA Veronica Magazine at Mimara Event Centre, Oregun, Lagos, Amosun appreciated the organisers of the event for recognising excellence and hard work, saying the award would spur him to delivery more dividends of democracy to the people.

Amosun, who was represented by his wife, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, lauded the initiative of the organizers for celebrating great achievers who have contributed immensely to the advancement of humanity, adding that this would further encourage other people to be honest and steadfast in the discharge of their duty, saying the award was a call for more service.

In her welcome address, the Publisher, LA Veronica Magazine, Isioma Okei, explained that the event was designed to celebrate success and achievements of notable individuals, who had contributed greatly to the development of the society.

The President, Women Arise for Change Initiative and Promoter of the Pink Award, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, said the ceremony was aimed at promoting good governance, worthy and selfless services of individuals who had impacted positively in the lives of people and the development of the country.

She added that pink represents prestige, innovative, noble and knowledge which all the awardees had displayed in their various fields of endeavours, saying the Chairman of the occasion, Sen. Amosun has exhibited exemplary leadership in his Mission to Rebuild Ogun State, through numerous road constructions and other developmental projects spread across the State.

Okei- Odumakin said all the awardees were screened and carefully selected by members of the public and notable panel of judges before their emergence as the best people for the awards, saying ‘’behind every man’s success there is always a story, because there is no success without a story to tell’’.

Other winners included Chief Michael Ade Ojo, who won the 2017 Life Time Achievement Award in Education, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), 2017 Humanitarian Icon of the Year, Charity Bassey went home with 2018 Miss Intergrity Award, Hon. Fateema Muhammed won the 2017 Grassroots Mobilizer of the Year, Ruth Kadiri emerged 2017 Nollywood Personality of the Year and Mr. Alibaba Akpobome, the 2017 Legend of Comedy Award.

NIMN To Establish Training Centre In Ogun

In an effort to address the yearnings of Nigerians, seeking to acquire relevant marketing skills and knowledge required to thrive in the prevailing complex and dynamic economic environment, the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) has expressed its desire to establish a training centre in Ogun State.

President and Chairman NIMN, Mr. Tony Aganmonman who disclosed this when he led members of the institute on a visit to the office of the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru in Abeokuta, said the centre would provide requisite marketing skills, knowledge and competence to the general public within and outside Ogun State, especially those responsible for quality products or service delivery in their organisations.

While acknowledging the significant role played by the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, in the actualisation of the Act setting up the institute, he noted that the centre would help promote commercial opportunities, which would attract participants from different parts of the country.

In his address, the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, commended the institute for choosing the State for the establishment of its training centre, saying that the State has done a lot in creating enabling environment for business to thrive, while security and infrastructural development have also been receiving desired attention.

Ashiru urged the institute to use their skills and knowledge to help propagate the achievements of the State to the public.

More Courts To Aid Speedy Dispensation Of Justice- Speaker

The infrastructural drive of the present administration would continue to bring more development, just as the ongoing construction of the Judiciary Complex will lead to the establishments of more courts, to aid effective and speedy dispensation of justice in Ogun State.

Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraju Adekunbi, made this assertion at the plenary, while responding to Hon. Ganiyu Oyedeji, representing Ifo 2 State Constituency, who spoke under personal explanation on the need for government to create additional Magistrate and Customary Courts in his constituency.

The Speaker said the current administration would continue to promote good governance by ensuring speedy dispensation of justice to all and sundry in the State.

Earlier in his presentation, Oyedeji explained that apart from generating more revenue from court cases into the State’s coffers, provision of more courts would enable people have easy access to hearing cases in their localities, rather than patronising those in neighbouring communities, which shared border with the State.

He said the call for the establishment of Customary and Magistrate courts in Ifo and its environ became necessary, as a result of  increase in population, owing to improved infrastructure in the state, which had resulted in increase in commercial activities in the area.

In another development, the Speaker has called for a synergy between the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and Federal Roads Management Agency, (FERMA), on the Isara – Ago Iwoye link road, where work had stopped at Idoye village, as reported by Hon. Oluwadare Kadiri, a representative of Ijebu-North ll, while speaking under Personal explanation.

Adekunbi also extended the call to Dangote Cement Company situated at the constituency, to uphold an earlier agreement with the community, concerning repair of damaged part of Ago-Iwoye Roundabout, saying this would encourage cordial relationship with the host communities.

Ogun Commissioner Harps On Legalisation Of Business Operations

In line with modern trends of doing business globally, members of the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), who are yet to formalise their businesses as legal entities, have been advised to do so by registering at least, a business name.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, gave the advice at the inauguration of new State Executives and award ceremony of the Ogun State Chapter of the Association in Abeokuta.

Ashiru who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Engr. Jonathan Onajobi, urged them to also open a corporate account in any bank of their choice, for easy financial management and business transaction.

He assured that the State government would continue to create enabling environment for businesses to thrive by fostering cordial relationship with trade associations.

While congratulating the new executives, the Commissioner charged them to form a common front towards moving the association to greater heights.

Earlier in his address, the National President and Chairman of Council of NASME, Prince Degun Agboade, disclosed that the mission of the association was to promote the empowerment of Nigeria’s MSMEs, as a means of achieving sustainable employment generation, economic growth and all round development in the country.

Speaking on the theme, ‘’’Synergy for SME Growth in Ogun State,’’ the guest speaker, Dr. Kehinde Badaru, harped on the importance of institutional collaboration for effective growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

According to him, the social well-being of a nation was dependent on the productivity of her people, hence the need to sustain the level of growth being witnessed in the State, with over 300 new companies opening shops  in the last seven years.

In his welcome address, the Chairman, NASME, Ogun State, Dr. Akinwunmi Alonge, urged the State government to consider the establishment of the Ogun State MSME Council in order to benefit from the Federal government initiatives.