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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, would on Friday 16 July 2021  lead top dignitaries including the Governor, State of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, to officially launch Ife Grand Resort & Industrial Park in Ile-Ife.

In a statement signed by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, the Grand Resort, located beside the tollgate on the Ife-Ibadan expressway is a brand new city of hubs driven by urban renewal initiatives of the Ooni Ogunwusi to serve as the hub for sustainable development, a fountain of employment generation, radar of empowerment and satellite for branding and showcasing the cultural heritage and value of Ile-Ife the source and natural headquarters of the Oduduwa race globally.

According to the press release, the huge investment is a legacy project embarked upon by Ooni Ogunwusi for urban renewal and redevelopment into the current smart city global requirements in the selfless spirit of ‘Charity Begins At Home.

Ife Grand Resort Set For Commissioning-Crystal News

Ife Grand Resort Set For Commissioning-Crystal News

The Ife Grand Resort and Leisure which is planted on over 1000 acres of land will aside from offering facilities for exquisite lodging/accommodation, harbour multiple industrial parks with pockets of industries currently producing many industrial and agricultural products as well as rendering essential services to the resort, the  Ife community and Nigeria.

Sitting comfortably within the Ife Grand Resort which is a focal attraction on Friday is the 3000 seating capacity Meeting Incentives Conference and Event(MICE) Centre branded ‘Ojaja Arena’, a complex of architectural wonder planted by Ooni  Ogunwusi to add the value of relevance to urban renewal in Ile – Ife.

Ooni Ogunwusi disclosed that he deliberately brought the 3000 seating capacity event centre to make Ile-Ife the epicentre of MICE in Africa, saying that the ‘Ojaja Arena’ has been configured and positioned with all facilities to satisfy demands of Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Event adding that it would also shore up intellectual and congregational activities in Ile Ife, the ancient source of mankind.

“We are building a brand new city driven by urban renewal initiative. The Ojaja Arena is basically not built for social activities but a centre for training and manpower development for youths in this country, considering Ile-Ife to have over 500 thousand students of about 20 tertiary institutions; Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Schools of Nursing within 100km radius surrounding Obafemi Awolowo University built at the nucleus Centre in Ife over 60 years ago.

Ife Grand Resort Set For Commissioning-Crystal News

Ife Grand Resort Set For Commissioning-Crystal News

The question in my lips has been, what will these young vibrant youths will be doing after tertiary institutions, the best bet is to set up a hub that is technology-friendly to boost and drive small and medium scale industries within our country Nigeria by creating a smart city for them to display whatever they can do to become employers of labour after graduation. It is a sad truth that no industries to employ them all. We can only encourage them to create industries for and by themselves because that is the reality on the ground”. Ooni said.

The natural traditional head of the House Oduduwa worldwide also revealed that “One of the industrial parks within the Ife Grand Resort Colony, the  Adire hub has engaged 50 people, empowered over 150 others and  started producing adire in bales  which are being exported  to foreign countries

He also disclosed that one of the agricultural parks which specialize in the rearing of Ostriches has also employed another set of 40 staff who have started rearing Ostriches in an unprecedented manner with the vision to produce ostrich hides and skin in high commercial quantity for export purposes.

Ife Grand Resort Set For Commissioning-Crystal News

Ife Grand Resort Set For Commissioning-Crystal News

The Co-chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) revealed that the various industrial parks have started receiving collaboration and acknowledgement from Africas in the diaspora who are willing and ready to train and empower interested individuals in various segments of the park.

“We have received pledges for training and exchange programs between the Brazilian, Cuban and other governments in the Caribbean towards the empowerment of Nigerian youths both the male and female folks for post- COVID -19 empowerment action plan”

“We are occupying over 1,000 acres, we are building a brand new city that Urban renewal and it is going to be an itech environment, it is a smart city that will have a hub, industrial hub, Ostrich farming hub, Adire Hub, Green farming, Sports Academy, film and entertainment village. The resort it is a culture and tourism destination that is close to nature. You don’t even have to move around the country.”

“What we’re doing is to replicate this, we have already commenced in Ondo, Oyo and Lagos states and we shall be launching these projects concurrently. It is a means of creating an avenue for our young minds to see Nigeria from a positive perspective, so we’re creating a country from a country.

“A country in the sense that is a localized environment, for them to be there and be successful and reach out to the world like the typical Adire hub that we have done we are exporting to 25 countries now. We are shipping to everywhere in the world and we have agents all over.

Ife Grand Resort Set For Commissioning-Crystal News

Ife Grand Resort Set For Commissioning-Crystal News

“We started that one just three months ago and it is fast gaining global recognition, the same we are going to start organic remedies (Our herbal medicinal products recently launched strategically with YEMKEM). We’ll soon have a factory here from where we’ll send it to the world.

“So it is an industrial park that is fintech driven and it is through fintech that we’re even selling what we are selling at the hub. They place orders from anywhere globally and we ship to them, life is easy for everybody.

“There is equally the African village that reminds us of our ancient ways of living and yet bring it to the modern world, everything that has to do with pan African is there. Then the sporting arena is another industry that is huge, we would have a mini-camp for training and development in the sporting world. We are going to have an 18 hole  Golf Course.” Ooni said.

The resort is scheduled to host the Grand reception aspect of the installation activities for the Iyalaje of Oduduwa Race worldwide to be conferred on the Lagos business magnate cum philanthropist  Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade by the Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife on Saturday

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Veteran DJ Mannix, Loses Wife, Burial For November 12

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Veteran DJ and foremost Night club manager, Henry Akpapunam, popularly known as DJ Mannix has lost his wife, Kosor.

Crystal News reports that Kosor Akpapunam died on September 22nd 2021 in London after a brief illness.

Speaking on the death of his wife, DJ Mannix said,” She was a wonderful wife, friend and partner. I am devastated and hearted broken, but I am strengthened that she lived a good and purposeful life and touched the lives of those around her.

“I miss her dearly, our children and grandchildren also miss her so much and her siblings and friends miss her, but we know God loves her more , Sugarbabe was a darling”.

A devout Christian, mother, grand mother. Mrs Kosor Akpapunam was born on February 11, 1955 in Kafanchan, Kaduna state. She retired from Nigeria AGIP oil Company after 35 years of meritorious service and excellence.

She served in various capacities in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja, where she left her footprints of hard work and devotion to duty.

Veteran DJ Mannix, Loses Wife, Burial For November 12

She was a Co-Ordinator of the Strategic Procurement department, where she performed outstandingly to the service of the organization and humanity.

According to Mr. Akpapunam, the Burial arrangements of his departed wife will be as follows.

” On 2nd Nov, 2021, we will have the service of songs in RCCG Games village Abuja, 5pm followed by reception at our residence the same evening.

On 10th Nov. 2021, there will be an all night wake keep in Ezi at the Akpapunam’s residence.
Burial will be in Asaba on 12th Nov. 2021…we owe her a befitting burial”.

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Sanwo-Olu, Others Eulogize Late NECA DG, Olawale

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Professional colleagues, friends, and well-wishers have continued to eulogize the late Director-General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Dr. Timothy Olawale, describing him as a hard-working, humble, team player, and God-fearing.

Among those who paid tributes to Olawale during a commendation service in his honour on Thursday in Lagos were Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Represented by Director-General, Lagos State Pensions Commission, Mr Babalola Obilana, the governor described Olawale’s death as most shocking, because it happened while he was in active service.

Sanwo-Olu, however, too solace in the fact that Olawale lived a fulfilled life worth celebrating.
“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I offer our sincere condolences to the family he left behind, especially his wife and children and members of the NECA family, which he served as DG until his death.

“His contributions to the growth of the association will remain indelible; his passion was not only for the job, but the welfare of workers.

“His contributions will be greatly missed and I hope his legacies will continue to stand in the pursuit of progress, “Sanwo-Olu said.

Sanwo-Olu, Others Eulogize Late NECA DG, Olawale

In his remark, the President of NECA, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, described the late Olawale as a bridge builder, seasoned administrator, and industrial relations expert.

Adeniyi said that Olawale’s immense contributions to national development could not be easily forgotten.

“No one worked harder than Tim: I mean, he was all over the place; he knew every aspect of his job which is not a surprise since he joined NECA in 2011.

“He worked his way to become the Director-General in January 2019; he left a mark in all of us; things will never be the same,” he said.

Born on July 19, 1965, Olawale was a consummate human resource management practitioner and accomplished labour and industrial relations professional.

He joined NECA in 2011 as Director, Membership Service and became the Director-General General, NECA up until his death.

He would be buried on Oct. 23 at his hometown in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

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Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

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Abuja based real estate giant BSTAN Homes recently held the National House Fair 5.0 at the at International Conference Centre, (ICC) Abuja,  with top dignitaries in attendance with the aim to promote economic and social development via sustainable housing.

With the theme of  Three ‘S’ of Shelter in Economic Stability – A New Wave”. Viz-a-viz Standard, Secure, and Sustainable.

The event not only provided an opportunity to explore, connect, and provide access to a better life by making quality and safe shelter available to all people, irrespective of social or economic position it also exposed participants and attendants the opportunity to network and invest in real estate across Nigeria.

At the programme Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR,  who was among that delivered speech called for the increased partnership of the private and public sectors in the housing industry, explaining that the problem of housing is everybody’s business.

Obasanjo made this call through a virtual speech, commending the Group for its introduction of the “metro shelter” scheme aimed at decentralising movement from rural to urban areas.

He stated that BSTAN Group cannot remedy the housing deficit alone, stressing that the government at all levels, as well as the private sector, need to do more in ensuring that the housing issue ceases to exist.

He said, “Housing is one of the essential requirements of humankind. Here, let me commend what BSTAN Group has been doing in providing affordable accommodation all over Nigeria. They have covered about a third of the states in the country. There’s still a lot to be done, but once again I will say, more grease to their elbow.

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

“What exactly are they doing? They work on what they call metro housing scheme; which is to actually ensure that houses are spread to new organised areas, organised in the sense that, wherever you have around 1000 people, they become what you can call an organised area, and so what you need is affordable housing, businesses, employment opportunities so that people can stay as close to where they are working as possible and this idea is a very welcome, and again I will commend Bstan for metro housing.

“BSTAN alone cannot carry this baggage by itself, it has to work with others in the private sector, it has to work with government at the local government level, state level and at the Federal level, Regional level; like the ECOWAS and such other regions in Africa.

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

“I will urge and plead with the government in Nigeria at every level to work hand in hand with the private sector; the likes of BSTAN to develop and implement more housing system, bringing houses to little urban communities so that they can be encouraged to remain in their location rather than move to large locations which will create other problems.

He expressed his belief in what BSTAN group is doing in housing development and provision of housing at affordable prices for all categories of people in Nigeria and further wished them success.

Also, the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who delivered speech through his Chief of Staff, Mr. Adeola Ipaye called challenged professionals to devise means and methods by which the huge housing deficit in the country can be bridged as soon as possible.

The VP, who was the chairman of the occasion at the opening ceremony of the House Fair said the issue of providing cheap and affordable accommodation for Nigerians and reducing the deficit gap seemed to have defied all solutions since independence.

“This challenge which over the last six decades has continued to evade sustainable solution must be tackled. But I can assure you that it is also one of issues this administration is seriously determined to resolve.

“Although, there is no shortage of policies and programmes enacted by various governments to tackle this debacle, we all know that the effective implementation remains the persistent problem. I therefore hope that those of you, eminent professionals, who are participating in the event today will enthusiastically deploy your skills and experience to find the right answers to the housing question in Nigeria, particularly the housing needs of the 70% of Nigerians who are low-income earners, but who are desperately seeking a home they can afford,” VP Osinbajo added.

He also  gave kudos to the Managing Director of BSTAN Group, Dr. Becky Olubukola, for her initiative which in the past have brought together over 950 exhibitors from 20 countries to meet over 15,000 industry decision-makers and providing individuals and stakeholders with the resources and professional guidance they need to make homeownership a reality for millions of people.

Dr Olubukola said the aim of the event was to help in solving the housing need of the people and charting the way forward in the sector.

Others speakers at the event included the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi,  Mrs. Adetoke Benson-Awoyinka who represented the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, representative of Ogun State Governor, Mr. Akande Omoniyi who is also the Commissioner for Housing in the state, Senator Grace Bent, Rev. Mother  Esther Abimbola Ajayi, among others.

Also speaking, the Group Managing Director, BSTAN Group, Dr Becky Olubukola thanked the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi who is the Chairman of BSTAN Group for his unflinching support and the fatherly role he plays.

According to her, BSTAN is working tirelessly and in partnership with several state governments and the private sector to not just provide accommodation, but make homes that are safe, efficient, secure, with adequate electricity, adopting new technologies that allow for speed in construction – hence the metro shelter scheme.

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

Olubokula also congratulated the BSTAN Group management and staff for the Success of the NHF 5.0 and also appreciate them for their hard work and tenacity…

‘’The sky is the starting point…we are the future of the housing sector in Africa’’ she added.
The event was not about lecture alone as the leading property firms rewarded attendance as many won plots of land and other mouth-watering gifts through a raffle draw.

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