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Osun At 30: Sultan, Ooni, Others Hail State’s Landmark Achievements

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Osun At 30: Sultan, Ooni, Others Hail State’s Landmark Achievements

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminent Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has described the achievements of Osun within its three decades of existence as commendable.

Abubakar made the remarks at a  colloquium organized by the state government to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the state on Thursday in Osogbo.

Sultan, who was the Chairman of the occasion, said that it was no surprise that in Osun’s  30 years of statehood, it had produced a galaxy of stars in all the sectors and areas of human endeavour.

He said the state was blessed in both human and natural resources, adding that the colloquium was a significant strategy for linking the past with the present and the future to build a sustainable enterprise.

Abubakar lauded Gov. Oyetola,  who he described as a gentleman governor, man of peace, man of honour, a statesman, a bridge-builder, a lover of development and a believer in one, strong and indivisible Nigeria.

Osun At 30: Sultan, Ooni, Others Hail State’s Landmark Achievements

Osun At 30: Sultan, Ooni, Others Hail State’s Landmark Achievements

” I have followed the programmes of Gov. Oyetola closely since his assumption of office.

“A deep thinker and a silent reformer and performer, he came into government with development agenda hinged on adequate, quality and equitable service in all sectors.

“He has also introduced people-oriented policies based on inclusive governance and sustainable development,” he said.

Also speaking Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Ogunwusi, paid glowing tributes to the past and present leaders in the state, adding that Osun is now better than how it was at creation.

He said “Osun is better today than it was when it was created. What we are having here today attests to this fact.

“The journey of 30 years began with some people’s efforts and we appreciate the founding fathers, past administrators and incumbent governor, for their contributions to the growth and development of Osun.”

In his keynote address, a former governor of the state, Chief Bisi Akande, lauded the founding fathers and past leaders of the state for what he described as laying a foundation for the prosperous future of the state.

In their separate remarks,  former administrators of the state retired Gen. Leo Ajiborisha, retired Capt. Anthony Udofia and retired Col. Theophilus Bamigboye, felicitated the government and the people of the state on the anniversary, urging all to continue to sacrifice for its growth.

In his remarks, Gov. Oyetola, congratulated the citizens of the  state, describing Osun as a full-grown entity that had surmounted its challenges with stoic resilience over the years of its existence.

“This colloquium has been designed as the intellectual arm of the 30th anniversary of our state.

” To interrogate the performances of the state so far, examine possible gaps and project for a sustainable future that we all crave for as a people and desire to bequeath to our posterity.

“As an administration, we have instituted this colloquium to celebrate our shared values and our collective resolve that have delivered the Osun that we desire.

” And to give vent to our dream to prosecute our development agenda, which is our strategy and road map to put our dear state on the path of sustainable development.

The colloquium was moderated by Prof. Niyi Akinnaso. Otunba Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, Dr Segun Aina, Prof. Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Dr Yemi Farounbi, Dr Reuben Abati, among others.

The panelists took turns to laud Osun’s sustainability in terms of infrastructure, health, security and education in spite of the paucity of funds.

NAN reports that Osun was created on Aug. 27, 1991, by the then military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

The state was carved out of the old Oyo State.

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

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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.

Details later…

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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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Our Director Not On Terrorist Financier List — 9mobile

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9mobile-Crystal News

The Management of 9mobile has reacted to media reports that one of its directors is on the United Arab Emirates (UAE} list of terrorist (Boko Haram) sponsors.

According to a press statement cited by Crystal News, 9mobile said that one Abdurrahman Ado Musa, who is on that list is not a director of the mobile telecommunications company.

Some Nigerians were included on the list said to have been ratified by the Emirate Federal Capital. One of the names on the list and that the media has latched on is Abdurrahaman Ado Musa.

In its clarification, 9mobile said “We, however, wish to clarify that the so-named individual is not 9mobile’s Executive Director, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado. The resemblance in names is purely coincidental, and our Director does not bear ‘Musa’.

“Our Director, Abdulrahman Ado, is a respectable law-abiding Nigerian. He served the country diligently in public service for over three decades before transferring his services to the private sector.

“He served in various capacities and was Pioneer Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and Executive Commissioner, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission.

“As a law-abiding company that believes in the greatness of Nigeria, and the well-being of all its citizens, 9mobile would never accommodate any undesirable element within its management and staff.

“We urge the general public to kindly disregard the mistaken identify media reports making the rounds”

ICYM: High Profiled Nigerians Enlisted As Terrorist Sponsors- UAE Report

UAE authorities named 6 Nigerians as financiers of terrorist organizations including the Boko Haram sect and other criminal activities.

The 6 persons mentioned had been previously tried and sentenced in UAE with various prison terms after a federal appeals court upheld their convictions for funding the terrorist groups.

The decision was taken when the UAE federal cabinet met in Abu Dhabi on Monday after which they issued Resolution No. 83 of 2021, designating a total of 38 individuals and 15 corporate sponsors on its approved list of persons and organizations supporting Boko Haram and other terrorist causes.

The 6 Nigerians who are part of the list include Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.

The 38 names on the list are mostly Arabs from the Middle East.

UAE news agency reported that the resolution underscored the country’s commitment to target and dismantle networks that finance terrorism and its related activities.

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