Nigerians have been encouraged as a matter of self will, to deliberately show passionate love and compassion to all veterans in their different categories.
These include those who are retired, those with varying degrees of injuries, and especially those who have had to lay down their lives in patriotic service to their fatherland by paying the Supreme Price.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated this during his decoration and that of the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Shuaib Belgore with the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC) Emblem 2022 by a team from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Nigerian Legion in his office, Friday, 12 November 2021 in Abuja.
Aregbesola spoke of the need for Nigerians to reward, “our ex-servicemen that had fought gallantly in ensuring the peace we enjoy and also volunteering to defend our territories in times of interventions and peacekeeping operations.
“Veterans include the old and retired military and paramilitary officers, those who fought in battles, while some are heavily injured and incapacitated, others die, paying the ultimate supreme price in the line of duty defending our nation. All of these veterans need to be celebrated.
“Moreso, educational scholarship is being recommended for at least a sizable number of children of these veterans to attain their educational desires to any height”.
The Minister also noted that ex-servicemen should be commended and celebrated in addition to making adequate and deliberate plans to cater for their dependants and widows who passionately need to be assisted.
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Aregbesola cited an instance where a veteran military officer who has been incapacitated during battles should not be left to his fate considering the fact that he has dependants who need to be assisted during his incapacitation, and inability to manage them.
“We must celebrate those who volunteer their lives for the protection of our peaceful living and our national territory,” Aregbesola added.
The Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore in his welcome remarks said that it feels pleasant receiving members of the Nigerian Legion, adding that the responsibilities with which the Legion has been saddled with over the decades is tremendous.
Belgore further stated that the, “Ministry of Interior is ready to partner with the Nigerian Legion in the preparation for the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration activities”.
The Leader of the delegation, Group Captain Kayode Abe commended the Minister of Interior and his team for their annual support to the course and upliftment of the Nigerian Legion and its activities.
The Nigerian Legion is statutorily in charge of ex-servicemen, those still living or widows, children of dead officers and their dependents
Other members of the delegation were: Brigadier General Sunday Makolo, the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Legion, Dr Aisha Salihu Lemu, BOT Military Widows and Directors of the Ministry of Interior: Mr Peter Egbodo, Joint Services Department; Mrs Betty Jeddy-Agba, Director Legal Services; and Blessing Lere-Adams, Director Press and Public Relations.
The Leader of the delegation, Group Captain Kayode Abe (rtd) thereafter decorated the Minister and the Permanent Secretary, while Dr. Aisha Salihu Lemu decorated the Directors as well. It was a colorful ceremony which shall be rounded off on 15th January 2022 by President Muhammad Buhari in Abuja at the Cenotaph during the wreath-laying ceremony.
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Oando Clean Energy Limited has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (referred to as LAMATA), the Lagos State Government agency tasked with planning, implementing, regulating and franchising sustainable integrated public transport in Lagos.
The MoU establishes a partnership between OCEL and Lagos State in her journey to becoming a sustainable city via the rollout of electric mass transit buses, supporting charging infrastructure and service centres (EV Infrastructure Ecosystem).
The statement obtained from the NGX noted that with over 25 million residents, Lagos is the most populous city in Africa and among the top ten of the world’s fastest-growing megacities.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said the MoU represented the State Government’s commitment to cutting greenhouse gases by replacing them with cleaner sources of energy.
Oladeinde said, “With an understanding that transportation is a key emitter of greenhouse gases in Nigeria, we developed a strategy to cut greenhouse gases by 50%. A key component of this strategy was identifying and developing a more robust mass transit system for Lagos that would include rail and waterways amongst others. Using electricity to power mass transit is a step in the right direction, and from there we would gradually transit to private cars.
“This is just the beginning, there is still a lot more to come on stream. I commend LAMATA and Oando on this MoU signing, and both parties can be rest assured that they have my full backing to ensure success,” he added.
Commenting on the MoU signing, the Managing Director, LAMATA, Engr. Abimbola Akinajo said: “We began this journey late last year, and for us, this has been a rapid development. It speaks to the energy and zeal of both organizations, and that is commendable. Oando Clean Energy came to us with a comprehensive solution that went beyond electric mass transit buses to include supporting infrastructure, and this was key for us, as the full remit of an EV support ecosystem is the only way to achieve success.
“This initiative will not only accelerate the Government’s transportation agenda, but also positively impact the health of Lagosians and the environment. The magnitude of its impact is far-reaching, and when you start to look at it as more than a transport initiative, you will see how laudable a project it is. The Oando brand comes with know-how and experience, and we are relying on this to successfully move from MoU signing to actual implementation that will in the medium to long term benefit over 22 million Lagos commuters. We look forward to a very robust and fruitful partnership.”
In his response, the Chairman, Oando Clean Energy, Adewale Tinubu, who was represented at the MoU signing by Dr. Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune said: “Oando Clean Energy was born out of a need to curate the best energy mix to propel Nigeria and indeed Africa, to its full potential.
As a company, Oando has always championed Public-Private Partnerships as fundamental to Nigeria’s industrialization. Through the signing of this MoU, we are revolutionizing the landscape of mobility by pioneering e-mobility in Lagos. Furthermore, we remain dedicated to achieving our national commitment to net-zero by 2060, ending energy deficiencies and further propelling the country to an industrialized phase through decentralized and sustainable energy systems.
We are excited to be embarking on this journey with Lagos State and must commend their foresight and willingness to forge a template for others to follow. It’s easy to be perturbed by the perceived challenges that come with the mega-city status tag, but by taking this bold step, Lagos is showing the continent what is indeed possible and giving other cities the impetus to redefine today how to build a public transport system for the future.”
Over the last decade, the number of vehicles on Lagos roads has quadrupled, yet studies suggest that Lagos could become the world’s most populated city by 2100 with as many as 100 million residents; and as the city grows, so will the number of vehicles.
This upward trajectory in vehicle numbers poses a significant challenge as transportation has been identified as the key contributing sector at circa 23% to 30% in annual CO2 emissions.
Against this backdrop, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between LAMATA and OCEL will enable the successful fulfilment of the objectives of the Lagos State Government through the deployment of an EV Infrastructure Ecosystem towards the attainment of a sustainable road transport system in the State.
Furthermore, this initiative will bridge the existing gap in available mass transit buses for the increasing number of Lagos commuters.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, Wins Primary for Second term
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has emerged winner of the state governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.
In the primary election conducted at the MKO International Stadium, Abeokuta, five other aspirants contested against the governor.
The aspirants include Olubiyi Otegbeye, Mrs Modele Sarafa- Yussuf, Mr Owodunni Opayemi, Remilekun Bakare and Abdukadir Akinlade.
Of the six aspirants, only Abiodun, attended the primary, while agents of all other aspirants, announced their presence and did what was expected of them.
Giving the details of the election, that was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, the Chairman of the Ogun State APC Primary Election Committee, Chief Wale Ohu, disclosed that 1,180 delegates, from the 20 local governments, were accredited for the exercise.
Announcing the results, Ohu, said Abiodun scored 1,168 votes, while other aapirants, did not secure any vote, saying that two votes were voided.
Prior to the commencement of the process, Ohu, announced to the delegates and all the leaders of the party that attended the event, that all required agents, were present.
Ohu took time to read out names of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other officials of the APC officials that were sent from the National Secretariat.
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