Land Dispute: Olubadan Suspends Mogaji

Mohammed Shosanya

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Sen. Lekan Balogun, CFR, Alli Okunmade II has on Friday suspended one of his Mogajis, Chief Olawale Oladoja, Mogaji Akinsola over his activities in the Akinsola Village in Akinyele Local Government area of Oyo State.

Mogaji Akinsola had Thursday,clamped down on the residents of the community claiming that he had gotten court judgments to prove that the land upon which they built their houses was not legally sold to them.

About 200 houses in the community under reference were on Wednesday put under lock and key and red- marked which he said was to prove his being in charge. The action threw the residents out of their houses, leading some of them to sleep in the open throughout the night following which they protested to the Olubadan Palace on Thursday.

The complaints and the public outcry that greeted the matter which trended on the internet led to the emergency meeting conveyed on Friday which had in attendance the Olubadan, some of the members of his Advisory Council, the representatives of Ibadan Mogajis led by Chief Asimiyu Adepoju Ariori, Mogaji Akinsola and the representatives of the residents and where the decision to suspend the Mogaji and other actions were taken.

The Personal Assistant (Media) to Olubadan, Oladele Ogunsola disclosed that three communities, Akinsola, Aponmode and Labinkulu were actually affected by the action with the other two communities as represented by Baale Aponmode, Dauda Bolarinwa Aponmode and Morufu Raufu relaying how they were recruited by Mogaji Akinsola to join him in reclaiming the land from the landlords and how they turned him down.

In his presentation, Mogaji Akinsola told the monarch and his members of Advisory Council that he made several attempts to resolve the matter before he
decided to take action.

He disclosed that the matter was also reported to the palace and moves were being made to intervene but didn’t wait for the conclusion of the palace intervention before he approached the security agents for the execution of the court judgment that gave his family the right of ownership of the disputed land.

The Ashipa Olubadan, Oba Biodun Kola-Daisi who read the riot act on behalf of the Olubadan Advisory Council said “several facts were established here today and they pointed to the fact that Mogaji Akinsola didn’t follow the code if conduct usually handed down to both Mogajis and Baales when being appointed.

“In this instance, the case was already in the Palace, but, did you inform the palace before the police was invited? Your action inconvenient, embarrassed the Olubadan stool and the Ibadanland. You crossed the line and the Council has decided that you be suspended as Mogaji, you are ordered to tender public apology to the people inconvenienced.

“You defied Olubadan, took laws into your hands by going ahead to take such drastic decision. This will serve as deterrents to others who fail to appreciate and recognize the responsibility their position as either Baale or Mogaji entails. Your suspension will last for as long as it takes to resolve the problem you have created”, Ashipa Olubadan added.

Zulum Seeks Customs’ Partnership On Improved Trans-Border Trade

Mohammed Shosanya

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has met with the Ag. Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi at the service’s headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory,Abuja

He sought increased collaboration between Borno State Government and the Nigerian Customs Service to foster economic growth through enhanced trans-border trade with neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics.

He emphasised that a seamless trade and economic environment would not only benefit Borno State but also contribute to the nation’s economic prosperity.

“As peace is gradually returning to Borno State, I want to express my readiness to work with Nigeria Customs Service to enhance the transportation of goods between Nigerian borders with Cameroon, Chad and Niger, which will in turn enhance the economy of not only the immediate communities but the entire Nigeria,” he said.

Congratulating the Ag. Comptroller-General of NCS,Governor Zulum expressed gratitude to the leadership of Nigeria Customs Service for their support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are largely citizens of Borno State affected by the over one decade old insurgency.

“Let me, first and foremost, congratulate you on your appointment as the Ag Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service; this vital organisation in the country. I want to also commend Nigeria Customs Service for uplifting the standards of living of the displaced communities in Borno and other parts of the Northeastern region,” Zulum said.

Responding,Adewale Adeniyi gave assurance to Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on his commitment to developing new measures to assist in re-establishing the full structure of cross-border trade in Borno.

He emphasised that the measure will boost the region’s economy and provide jobs for the people in Borno State.

He also sought an enhanced relationship with the host communities.

He added: “Moving forward, we will need your support to engage with members of the border communities in Borno, especially as the insurgency has been degraded. We will build on the good relationship that we have and leverage on it to re-establish a good relationship with Cameroon and, of course, the Southern part of Chad.”

Wizkid’s Mother Dies

Nigerian singer,Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid has lost his mum.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday, August 18 at 1:30 AM

Sunday Are,Wizkid’s long time manager,who confirmed the news,disclosed that Mrs Balogun passed away during the early hours of Friday.

“Yes, she passed away this morning, around 1:30 am,” he said.

The late Mrs Balogun is survived by Wizkid, his two other siblings, Yetunde Balogun and Lade Balogun, and grandchildren.

She was a pillar of support for her son, the globally renowned Afrobeats singer.

Onitsha River Port Receives First Commercial Barge

Mohammed Shosanya

Universal Elysium Consortium Limited,the concessionaires of Onitsha River Port,has formally received its first barge at the port

According to the Managing Director, Dr. George Nwangwu,the barge was fully handled by the crew of Onitsha River Port on Wednesday.

The barge that arrived Onitsha Port is a consignment of tiles from Ajaokuta to Onitsha.

The exercise will a weekly occurrence going forward as the consignees of the goods would now move 600 tons of tiles to Onitsha every week and take 600 tons of clay back to Ajaokuta.

Speaking,the General Manager of Onitsha River Port, Wannes De Wit, also expressed his happiness on reaching this very important milestone.

He said the development helps take more than 70 trucks off the busy roads and this was only possible and achievable because of the higher water level in the river Niger during the rainy season.

This only happens for 6 months in a year due to the low water levels in the Rive Niger during the dry season,he added .

He implored the federal government to dredge the river channel so that goods can be moved through the river channel all year round as this would have immense benefits to the country.

Jamoh:Creation Of Marine,Blue Economy Ministry Long Overdue In Nigeria

Mohammed Shosanya

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh,has said that the creation of Marine and Blue Economy is long overdue in Nigeria.

Jamoh,in a statement,commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the creation of the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry and appointment of Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo to man its affairs.

The creation of the ministry will give a massive boost to plans and programmes the President intends to deploy,he said.

He added:”I want to commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for creating the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry and appointing Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo to man its affairs. There are new opportunities around us, and I’m glad Nigeria, with the creation of this ministry, will explore the concept of the blue economy.

“The blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of the ocean ecosystem. Blue economy activities include Maritime shipping, fishing & aquaculture, coastal tourism, renewable energy, water desalination, Undersea cabling, Seabed extractive industries and deep sea mining,marine genetic resources, and biotechnology.

“Honestly, this ministry is long overdue, more importantly, to support the diversification of the economy. Efficient management and sustainable exploitation of the marine resources in our seas and oceans, no doubt, provide a veritable tool for economic growth.” Jamoh said.

EFCC,NCS Declare War Against Illegal Mining In Oyo,Osun

Mohammed Shosanya

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Oyo State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service have promised to collaborate in tackling illegal mining activities in the state.

They expressed this t on Thursday when the Acting Zonal Commander of the EFCC, Ibadan, ACE I Halima Mustafa Rufa’u paid a courtesy visit to the Oyo/Osun State Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba.

Expressing her delight over the warm reception accorded her,Rufa’u decried the threat activities of illegal solid mineral operators in the zone pose to national economic growth.

“I am glad to be here today on this familiarization visit but more importantly, this visit offers an opportunity to deliberate on how best to tackle the menace of illegal mining in Oyo, Osun and Ekiti States.

“It saddens me to see that our natural resources that should have been used to develop our country, build good health facilities, alleviate poverty, improve our educational system, etc. are being mismanaged by unscrupulous individuals for their personal gains.

“But the EFCC is undeterred by the antics of corrupt individuals who are benefiting from the illegal mining operations and will ensure that extant laws against illegal miners are enforced,” she said.

She advocated for a more robust collaboration and synergy between the EFCC and the Nigeria Customs Service.

In his remark, Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba appreciated the Commander for the visit and commended her for the critical roles the EFCC is playing to combat illegal mining activities and cybercrime in the state.

He expressed confidence in the competence of both organizations to tackle the menace head-on.

“This visit is coming at the right time, when there is an increase in illegal mining activities in the State but I can assure you that the fight will be won given the fact that both organizations are willing and ready to partner against the illegal activities”, the Comptroller said.

Oyo Primary School Teachers Get Car Loans

Mohammed Shosanya

The Oyo state government has approved the immediate release of car loans for primary school teachers, across all zones in the state.

The coordinating Director, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Jacob Dairo,who disclosed this in Ibadan on Friday,stated that the loan is coming as a palliative to teachers in the state.

He said the loan which will be distributed in many tranches is to cushion the effect of the removal of fuel subsidy, on Oyo State primary school teachers.

He explained that the scheme was graciously approved by the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who has instructed that the loan be provided to all teachers, without any favoritism.

He advised the beneficiaries to use the support judiciously for the intended purpose.

The facility which is to be granted by financial institutions, is to be redeemed within 40 months.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Salihu Abdulwaheed,in the meantime,has expressed readiness to work with all stakeholders in the education sector.

The Commissioner stated this when he paid a visit to the Directorate of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board on Thursday.

He assured that the Oyo state government will soon hire more teachers into the basic education sub-sector.

He added that the present administration will ensure training of staff members, for an all-round success of the government.

In his reply,Mr. Dairo promised a more robust working relationship between the Board and the Ministry of Education.

Dairo also acknowledged that to ensure a paradigm shift in the education sector, all education related boards, parastatals must work in tandem with the Ministry of Education.

Our Plant Active, Says NLNG

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited,has faulted report that its gas plant on Bonny Island has been shut .

Describing the report as false and misleading,the company reiterated that operation at its plant on Bonny Island is still active despite a Force Majeure, which still subsists due to the unavailability of upstream gas suppliers’ major liquids evacuation pipelines occasioned by sabotage and vandalism.

Andy Odeh,General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development,NLNG,who cleared air on the report in a statement on Friday,said the plant continues to produce LNG and LPG commensurate to the feed gas it receives from its upstream gas suppliers.

According the statement,its cargo loading operation also continues without interruption,while the llatest cargo from the Bonny plant sailed on 17th August 2023 to the St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, carrying 140,000 M3 of LNG.

It added:”NLNG remains committed to collaborating with key stakeholders to minimise the impact of the consequent gas supply shortage”

Bagudu Unworthy Of Ministerial Appointment-CSO

Mohammed Shosanya

Kebbi State Association for Peace and Good Governance,has rejected the appointment of the former governor of the state,Atiku Bagudu
as a federal minister .

He was appointed as federal minister budget and economic planning.

The group secretary, Comrade Usman Muhammad Anache described Bagudu’s appointment as minister as a huge waste of time giving his shambolic performance for eight years as governor of Kebbi state.

Usman noted that Bagudu left the stage without even one billion naira project in Kebbi state despite the opportunity he had to turn around Kebbi state in all the sectors but instead the former governor only served himself not the people of Kebbi “only his cronies and allies enjoyed his government but people of the state were left high and dry due to his poor performance as governor.

He wondered what criteria president Tinubu used to appoint him as minister to represent Kebbi when he could not deliver for himself one ward not to talk of winning Kebbi for mister Tinubu we therefore rejects his appointment as minister and his counterpart from Zamfara state former governor Bello saying both would not add any value to their respective states.

He urged president Tinubu to access his cabinet ministers within seventy days in order to weed out under performing ones to be replaced with capable hands.

Isese Day: Oyo Declares August 20 Public Holiday

Mohammed Shosanya

The Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has approved every 20th of August as public holiday to mark Traditional Religious in Oyo State.

His approval was contained in a circular letter signed by the Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Prof. Olanike K. Adeyemo which was sighted journalists on Friday

The letter reads:“The Oyo State Governor, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde has graciously approved 20th August, 2023 of every year as “Isese day” in Oyo State, to commemorate the celebration of Traditional Religious festivity.

“Towards this end, Monday 21 August, 2023 has been declared as the maiden public holiday to commemorate this year’s festivity in the state.

”His Excellency has therefore requested that the occasion be used to pray for the peace, unity and stability of the State in particular, and the country in general”