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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
Hushpuppi Indicts DCP Abba Kyari, Makes UTurn On Fraud Allegation
Hushpuppi has finally made a U-turn on the not guilty plea he previously made and would now be pleading guilty to the multi-million dollar fraud filled by the United States of America government.
This new turn of events seems to have ushered in new development as events, collaborators and beneficiaries would be unveiled like it is a product launch that is happening.
Deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari has been acknowledged by the FBI as a beneficiary of the benevolent nature of the socially acclaimed fraudster and internet celebrity, Hushpuppi.
DCP Abba Kyari The Super Cop Reacts
In a response by Abba Kyari on his Facebook page, he clearly stated that in what seem like a story of a native cloth picker that “Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2years ago that somebody in Nigeria Seriously threatened to kill his Family here in Nigeria and he sent the person’s Phone number and pleaded we take action before the Person attacks his family.
We traced and arrested the Suspect and after investigations, we discovered there wasn’t an actual threat to anyone’s life And they are long-time friends who have money issues between them hence we released the Suspect on bail to go and he was not taken to any jail.
He further stated that “Nobody demanded any money from Abbas Hushpuppi and nobody collected any money from him. We responded to a distress call he made on the threat to his family and released the Suspect when we discovered there was no life threat from the Suspect. This is the true story. Vincent is alive, he can be contacted.
“For those who are celebrating that this is an indictment on us and mentioning some fictitious Big Money, They will be disappointed once again as our hands are clean and our record of Service for 2 decades is open for everybody to See. They will continue seeing us serving our fatherland and we will Continue responding to all distress calls from all Nigerians provided they are life-threatening.”
Well according to reports there are concrete evidence against him enjoying the benevolent nature of Nigeria’s foremost international fraudster as an officer of the law. This has sparked the question of how corrupt is the law enforcement system in Nigeria? How would the innocent remain innocent and how would the guilty stay guilty.
A powerful police officer on the payroll of an international fraudster can we call this corruption of the highest? If there is such a high-level collaborator of fraud then what would the underlying do?
IGP Usman Baba Issues Immediate Review Of Alleged Indictment of DCP Abba Kyari
The Nigerian police in a swift response but not swift proactive mode, has issued a statement, the inspector general of police, Usman Alkali Baba has ordered an internal review of the allegations set forward by the FBI and the case would be communicated to the members of the public accordingly.
HAPAwards: Princess Toyin Kolade Gets International Recognition
Organizers of the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards), recently celebrated a renowned socialite, businesswoman, and philanthropist – Dr. (Mrs.) Toyin Kolade on her birthday.
The African Representative of HAPAwards, Adeola Odunowo led other team members to surprise the Managing Director of Fisolak Global Resources at her palatial home in Lagos.
According to Odunowo, the visit and recognition were in honor of the good works, business strides and positive contributions of Dr. Kolade to the development is society.
“We decided to honor her on a special day and also officially present a trophy as the International Business Woman of the Year 2020, from the last edition of HAPAwards, which took place in the United State of America.”
Odunowo further noted the awards appreciation of Dr. Kolade’s immense efforts to showcase the African heritage and reposition Yoruba culture and tradition around the World. He disclosed that the 5th edition of HAPAwards has already commenced with activities in top gear to make this year’s edition a memorable one.
The theme for HAPAwards 2021 is tagged “Collaboration for Global Development, Peace and Prosperity”, as submissions continue to pour in for different genres and categories. Other winners from last year’s edition are Richard Mofe Damijo, Patoranking, Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw and His Royal Majesty, Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, Alara of the Ilara Kingdom among notable personalities across Africa and beyond.
The HAPAwards is a US-based award that recognizes outstanding individuals, whose lives have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments.
The woman of substance, Princess Toyin Kalode, who is also the sole promoter of the Aje Festival (Festival of Wealth) in Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba race, praised and thanked the executives of HAPAwards for the global recognition even with the ongoing pandemic which has ravaged the entire World.
According to Iyalaje of the source, as she fondly called, the honor will encourage and motivate her to do more for the less privileged in society while representing Africa on the global stage.
Feelers emanating from sources close to the woman-about-town hint that she is planning the mother of all celebration as part of her installation ceremony as the Iyalaje Oodua by His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, which will take place on July 17, 2021, at the Ile-Ife Kingdom.
Bethel School Abduction: UN Condemns Act, Tasks Government
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has condemned the abduction of some students from Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Guterres’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, disclosed this while briefing correspondents on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York.
Recall that gunmen abducted scores of students on Monday from the boarding school.
The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Dujarric as saying that Guterres condemned the kidnapping of the students.
Dujarric said, “I can tell you that the Secretary-General strongly condemns the abduction of students from the Bethel Baptist School as well as hospital employees in two separate incidents in Kaduna State on July 5.
“The Secretary-General is disturbed by the frequency of “kidnapping for ransom” of predominantly children from schools by extremist groups and criminal networks.”
Guterres underscores the need to bring perpetrators of the grave human rights violations to account and also enhance the safety and security of schools and educational facilities.
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