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CITY BUSINESSMAN, GERALD ANOZOBO’S NEW LIFESTYLE

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-OLA KING

Indeed, it would not have been an exaggeration if he had been described
as the “King of Groove”.Multi-millionaire businessman, Gerald Anozobo, once ruled the social
scene.

While he “reigned”, he drove posh cars, wore expensive designer
watches and was a VIP card-carrying member of many A-list night clubs on the Lagos Island.

In fact, it was gathered that club owners could afford to shut any
other person out of their clubs as long as the man was around.

But suddenly, Azonobo’s face became a rarity at his regular hangouts
and social events.

This phase, no doubt, gave a lot of his friends a serious concern.

During this period of hiatus, many claimed that Azonobo was broke, while
some maintained that he was only trying to kick some old habits.

But one thing was obvious: many night clubs counted their losses with
his new found ‘lifestyle’

However, if you think the man is all about ‘groove, you are dead
wrong.

The real estate merchant has another passion, which is to help the youth
out of poverty and make them actualize their potentials. He has been
pursuing this through his KUTH Foundation.

According to the Foundation, eighty percent of the teenagers who
engage in drug addiction, cultism, prostitution, teenage pregnancy,
abortion, examination malpractices and rape are Secondary School Leavers
who failed WAEC at their first sitting and whose parents are unable to
re-enroll them for GCE due to lack of funds.

So, in the bid to curb the moral decadence that the society is faced
with, the Foundation mooted the idea of a back- to- school project to
the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Eventually, “KUTH back to School” project was approved, in line with
the Stay Alive Programme of the foundation, which has been ongoing since
2014 in some schools and churches across Lagos State.

Speaking on the Foundation, he said: “The idea behind “KUTH Back to
School” project is to make available free GCE forms to a minimum of
twenty (20) indigent students living within Amuwo Odofin LGA on a
regular basis.

“The portal for interested students was opened on August 5, and closed
on August 19, 2019.

“Despite the closure of the process, the number had to be increased to
twenty-five (25) due to the high number of applications we received. But
the new five (5) entrants were late entries.”

The pilot scheme of the project was flagged of on August 21, 2019 at
Frankkids Amusement Park, Festac Town, where Twenty-five (25) students
who met the Foundation’s criteria were formally presented with their
GCE forms.

In his goodwill message, the Founder/Principal Promoter of KUTH
Foundation, Azonobo enjoined the winners to be steadfast in their
studies, noting that education is the bedrock for a better future,
catalyst for social development and economic emancipation from the
shackles of poverty. He assured the participants that the student with
the best overall result will be offered a scholarship.

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Deposed Deji Of Akure, Oba Adepoju Adesina Is Dead

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The deposed Deji of Akure in Ondo State, Oba Adesina Oluwadare Adepoju, is dead.

This was contained in a statement issued by Prince Dapo Adepoju, spokesman for the Adesina Royal Family of the Osupa Ruling House and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Akure.

Adesina, who ascended the throne as the 45th Deji of Akure on Nov. 26, 2005, was deposed by the state government on June 10, 2010, for engaging in an act unbecoming of a traditional ruler.

According to the statement, the deposed traditional ruler before his death prayed for the peace of the Akure Kingdom.

The statement read: “The late Adepoju said God made it possible for him as a son of the Osupa Ruling House to ascend the throne as the Deji of Akure Kingdom 100 years after the reign of the Ojijigogun Ruling House.

“The 45th Deji promulgated and ensured the implementation of reasonable market price control during his reign. He also recovered and took possession of Ilula Recreation Centre from a powerful cabal back to the Akure Kingdom.

“Oba Adesina during his reign also provided local security and fair judgement was the order of the day.

“Shortly before he passed on, he predicted that Akure shall be great specifically that an Akure son would lead Nigeria as President.

“Finally, he urged the good people of Akure Kingdom to always live in oneness and peace.”


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Fuel Subsidy Removal: Senate President Begs NLC, TUC To Abort Protest

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, to “abort” the planned protests against the Federal Government’s proposed removal of fuel subsidy.

Ahmad Lawan made the appeal on Monday when he met with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, over the planned removal of subsidy on petroleum products by the Federal Government.

Lawan faulted the timing for the planned removal of subsidy on petroleum products.

He stated that in as much as the administration and management of subsidy on petroleum products are flawed, President Muhammadu Buhari-led government believes that sufficient planning must be carried out before its eventual removal.

He said, “The position of everyone in government today is that admittedly, subsidy administration and management are flawed because of so many reasons.

“Admittedly, the burden is huge and massive and there is a need at one point to do away with the subsidy.

“Even though our economy is growing, we still have the challenge of getting things to be better for our people.

Fuel Subsidy Removal: Senate President Begs NLC, TUC To Abort Protest

“A lot of us in this administration believe that the issue of removal of subsidy should be handled with utmost care, especially that sufficient planning needs to be done.

“It is not about NLC, we are talking about every Nigerian. We are concerned beyond the Nigeria Labour Congress.

“I am taking this opportunity to appeal to the TUC and NLC to shelve this plan to go on strike or demonstration, it is totally unnecessary.

“There is not going to be a removal of subsidy, so there is no need for this. Please, let’s not create unnecessary tension where there should be none.

“I appeal to them using this medium, to please forget about this January 27, 2022, deadline because there is no need for any deadline.”


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Ernest Shonekan Death: Who Is Chief Ernest Shonekan

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Who is Ernest Shonekan and all you need to know about the late Former Nigerian Leader can be accessed here.

Chief Ernest Shonekan, a former Nigerian leader and head of the Interim National Government that succeeded the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida died on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Shonekan, who was reported to have died on Tuesday, January 11, at a hospital in Lagos, was the interim head of the Nigerian Government between August 26, 1993, and November 17, 1993, when he was removed in a palace coup led by the then Minister of Defence, General Sani Abacha, 3 months into his administration.

Before his appointment as the head of the Interim National Government, Shonekan, who was an industrial guru and Chief Executive Officer of the UAC Conglomerate, was the head of the transitional council and head of government under the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.

Who Is Chief Ernest Shonekan

Shonekan was a British-trained lawyer, industrialist, and former Chairman/Managing Director of the United African Company of Nigeria (UAC) Plc before he was appointed as Interim President of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida in 1993.

He was born on May 9, 1936, in Lagos into the family of an Abeokuta-born civil servant. He was educated at CMS Grammar School and Igbobi College.

He received a law degree from the University of London and was called to the bar. He later attended Harvard Business School.

Shonekan joined the UAC in 1964. He rose through the ranks in the company and was promoted to an assistant legal adviser. He later became a deputy Legal adviser and joined the board of directors at the age of 40.

He was made chairman and managing director in 1980 and went on to cultivate a wide array of international business and political connections.

On January 2, 1993, Shonekan assumed office as head of the transitional council and head of government under General Babangida. The transitional council was designed to be the final phase leading to a scheduled handover to an elected democratic leader of the Third Nigerian Republic.

Babangida later resigned from office in August 1993, following the annulment of the 12 June presidential election. He had signed a decree establishing the Interim National Government led by Shonekan who was subsequently sworn-in as Head of State.

Three months into his administration, Shonekan was overthrown in a palace coup by Abacha in November that year.

In 1994, he founded the Nigerian Economic Summit Group an advocacy group and think-tank for private sector-led development of the Nigerian economy.

Ernest Shonekan Age

Ernest Shonekan is 85 years old.

Ernest Shonekan Early Life

Shonekan attended C.M.S grammar school and Igbobi College both in Lagos. He also attended and received a law degree from the University of London after which he was called to bar.

Ernest Shonekan Career

After being called to bar, Shonekan worked as the chief executive of United African Company PLC (UAC). He was a seasoned and proven businessman with a wide network. Because of his proven abilities and political neutrality, then president Ibrahim Babangida liked him and made him a prospective leader for his council of civilians-run government, a government which was in the midst of economic turmoil and later came to a political crisis. He was Head of the Transitional Council of Babangida ‘s government in 1993.

On January 2nd, 1993, Shonekan assumed office as the head of government affairs under the leadership of the military president Babangida. At the time, the transitional council was designed to be the final phase leading to a scheduled hand over to an elected democratic leader.

On August 26th, 1993, Shonekan was appointed the interim president of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida. Shonekan assumed office to meet the Nation gradually moving towards meeting a stalemate. He made attempts to have the Nations debt cancelled but after the annulment of June 12 election most of the western powers imposed economic sanctions on Nigeria. He tried to set things straight but he loosely controlled the military.

Shonekan only stayed in office for a transitional period of three months before his administration was toppled by General Sani Abacha who forcefully brought Nigeria back to military control on November 17th, 1993.


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