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Northern Governors Congratulate SGF, Boss Mustapha At 65



The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has congratulated the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha on his 65th birthday.

Chairman of the forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau congratulated Mustapha in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos.

He described the SGF as an accomplished technocrat, lawyer, and politician with a tremendous passion for the development of Nigeria.

He praised the SGF for his track record of committed service to humanity, passion for human capital development, commitment to the truth, justice, and patriotism, and embracing people irrespective of their backgrounds.

According to Lalong, these attributes have contributed immensely to the achievements he has recorded in his political and professional career, particularly in his appointment as SGF.

“He is an example of humility, transparency and commitment to duty, particularly in his current assignment as Nigeria’s head of response team against COVID-19,” he said.

Lalong assured Mustapha that NGF would continue to work with him for the growth of the region in particular, and the entire country in general, particularly in addressing “challenges that have stalled the progress and unity of Nigeria.”

He wished Mustapha “many more years of good health, God’s protection, and greater service to the nation,” and urged him to remain focused in his duties, steadfast in his faith in God and principles, no matter the situation.

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Osun To Develop Textile Industry, Says Governor Oyetola



Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola-Crystal News

Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola’s administration to provide an enabling environment for the textile industry to thrive in the state.

Oyetola made the remark during an engagement with the members of the State Textile Dealers Association on Thursday in Osogbo.

The governor, who described the textile industry as a strong commercial sector, said its significant roles in economic development could not be over-emphasized.

Crystal News reports that the governor was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye.

Oyetola said that the industry had been playing significant roles in the areas of sustainable commercialization, foreign investment and employment generation in the country.

The governor noted that it was in the realisation of historical economic benefits of the sector that his administration had been putting in place the necessary infrastructure for the textile industry to thrive.

He said, “We cannot underplay the pivotal role the sector played in stemming the tide of unemployment between the late 1950s and early 1990s.

“This has precipitated the efforts of the current administration to make this sector thrive, among many others for sustainable socio-economic development.

“It should be noted that our administration declared every Thursday Osun Adire Day.

“The directive that all public and civil servants be dressed on Adire same day, is not only to promote our culture and tourism but also to specifically develop the state textile industry.”

According to him, the initiative of establishing an international trade centre in the Dagbolu area of the state is part of the concerted efforts towards sustainable industrialization.

He said it was also to strengthen importation and exportation of textile products, as well as give the state businesses international exposure.

“Many road networks and other necessary infrastructures such as Olaiya flyover, capital city roads, intra and inter-community roads, among others are being massively constructed.

“This is to particularly provide ease of doing businesses and to also advance the state foreign investment strategy,” he said.

Earlier in her remarks, the association’s President, Mrs Misturat Adedapo, appealed to the government to consider them for more value-added benefits.

She listed the values to include intensive loan facilities and grants, which could bring about a drastic development of the industry.

 Adedapo commended the administration of Oyetola for abolishing the single uniform policy in the state education sector.

The association president said that reverting to the old school uniforms had indeed improved their businesses.

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Sanwo-Olu Appoints Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello As LASU VC



Tunji Bello’s Wife, Prof. Ibiyemi Emerges LASU VC-Crystal News

Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed the wife of the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Professor Ibiyemi-Olatunji Bello as the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo.

The Professor of Physiology (Lagos State University College of Medicine) had served as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution before her elevation.

She becomes the ninth Vice-Chancellor of LASU after an exercise laced with intrigues and suspense.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said Professor Olatunji-Bello was appointed following a recommendation by the Joint Committee of Council and Senate of LASU in accordance with the LASU Law, Cap 169 Vol 7, Laws of Lagos State.

She assumed duty as the First Professor of Physiology in LASU College of Medicine on the 2nd of October 2007 after rising through the ranks from Assistant Lecturer (1988 to 1991) to Associate Professor in 2005 at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba.

In Y2012, Mrs. Olatunji-Bello attended Course 34 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, the highest policy advisory body of the Federal Government, as a nominee of the National Universities Commission.

A member of the National Institute (mni), Mrs. Olatunji-Bello holds a Fellowship Award of the Physiological Society of Nigeria and was also appointed a Fellow of the Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation in the year 2019.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello as well as two other candidates, Professor Omotayo R. Awofolu and Professor Senapon Bakare, were recommended for the position in order of ranking respectively.

The process of selecting a substantive Vice-Chancellor for LASU commenced with advertisements for the vacant position in three National dailies on Friday, July 30th, and Friday 13th August 2021 respectively.

The tenure of the 8th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, lapsed on January 11, 2021.

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FG To Lift Twitter Suspension Soon



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The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the ban on Twitter will soon be lifted.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed this development when he fielded questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, a lot of progress has been made in the ongoing dialogue with Twitter.

“I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly `it has been productive and quite respectful’.

“And as to the qualifying word for when or how soon, I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, (I meant) between the time it has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.

“That I can assure you that it is by far in other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”

The minister stressed that both parties were focused on reaching a conclusion on the matter.

“What we’re trying to do is the changes that have been going on, but we need to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘t’s’, but I can assure us that we’re not unmindful of the anxiety of Nigerians and both parties are working very hard to put a closure on the matter.

“And like Twitter itself said the changes have been very, very productive on both parties. It has not been advisory at all. And it’s quite respectful,’’ he said.

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