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Rivers State Inaugural International Marathon To Hold May 18, 2024

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Governor Sim Fubara of Rivers State.

Preparations are in top gear as Rivers State Government hosts its inaugural edition of Rivers International Marathon.
In collaboration with Arch Raphael Limited, the Rivers State Government is meticulously preparing for its first-ever Rivers International Marathon scheduled for May 18, 2024. 
This significant event holds particular importance as it coincides with the state’s celebration of its 57th anniversary since its establishment on May 27, 1967, emerging from the former Eastern Region of Nigeria.
The project consultant, Mr. Femi Abegunde, underscored the timeliness of the marathon, aligning with the one–year anniversary of Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s leadership in the state. Governor Fubara’s commitment to empowering the youth and fostering a peaceful environment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) resonates with the marathon’s objectives, standing as a key pillar in showcasing Rivers State as a hub for social enterprise, entertainment, and commerce.
Abegunde emphasized, “The Rivers International Marathon not only acknowledges the pivotal role of sports in providing opportunities for the youth but also directly promotes the governor’s vision of creating projects that catalyze SME growth. Sports, as a grassroots influencer, touches every facet of society.”
Addressing the economic potential of the initiative, Abegunde highlighted, “This marathon will create opportunities for widespread youth engagement, stimulate businesses, and offer prospects for individuals before, during, and after the race. The engagement spans various sectors, including traditional media, social media influencers, national and state-level athletics federation members, out-of-home providers, graphic artists, signage experts, food vendors, and marketers of various goods and services. It also aims to enhance the state’s internally generated revenue.”
With anticipation running high, marathon enthusiasts from across Africa are expected to participate, as the registration portal opens on February 15, 2024, for both local and international runners. The event promises to be a dynamic platform, engaging diverse stakeholders and contributing to the overall development and economic growth of Rivers State.

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Oronsaye Report: Don’t Merge Nigerian Army University With NDA, Olowu Urges President Tinubu

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Olowu of Kuta, HRM Oba Dr Hameed Adekunle Makama, CON, Tegbosun iii, has urged President Bola Tinubu not to merge the Nigerian Army University with the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA as part of the implementation of Steve Oronsaye report. 

Oba Makama, in a statement issued by his media office on Tuesday in Kuta, said Nigerian Army University, Biu, unlike the Nigerian Defence Academy,

is a full fledge federal university like other federal universities in the country, offers various courses and not specialised like NDA.

Again, the monarch said the Nigerian Army University was established by the Act of Parliament and cannot be reversed without going back to the national assembly to repeal the act that set it up.

 Merging NUB with NDA means the Federal government is ready to merge every Federal universities created by act of Parliament. 

Oba Makama also reminded President Tinubu that Nigerian Army University was set up to cater for the multitude of students in search of university education in the north east axis, adding that merging it with the NDA will reduce it to an institution where military personnel are trained.

Oba Makama, however, commended President Tinubu for the political will to implement a far-reaching civil service reform that was initiated twelve years ago so as to cut the over-bloated costs of governance. 

 ‘’Finally, I believe the mixed up should not have arose if proper wide consultation were made before advising Mr. President on inclusion of NUB because Army University is not even in existence during the Orosanye panel. 

May God continue to protect and guide Mr. President’’ The Oba stated.

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South West Development Commission Bill Passes 2nd Reading

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Otunba Gbenga Daniel

The Senator representing Ogun East, Gbenga Daniel, Wednesday, took the helm in the Senate, leading the debate for the second reading of the Bill for an Act to Establish the South West Development Commission, 2023 (SB. 68). This important bill, co-sponsored by all Southwest Senators and spearheaded by Senate leader Opeyemi Bamidele, marks a significant step towards addressing the region’s pressing developmental needs.
Initiated on August 1st, 2023, the South West Development Commission Bill responds to the demographic shifts and infrastructural challenges facing the region. With 21% of Nigeria’s current population residing in the Southwest, projections indicate that by 2050, the region will host close to 50% of the nation’s populace due to migration patterns. This anticipated population surge underscores the urgent need for strategic development initiatives to alleviate pressure on existing infrastructure.
The proposed South West Development Commission (SWDC) adopts a forward-thinking approach to bridge critical gaps in key sectors, thereby catalyzing progress and fostering sustainable development. Among its core objectives are initiatives to facilitate affordable land acquisition for agricultural purposes, enhance transportation networks through road and rail connectivity, address environmental concerns, and expand avenues for socio-economic advancement.
Senator Otunba Gbenga Daniel emphasized the imperative of the SWDC in propelling collective prosperity and ensuring the region’s competitiveness on the national stage. As a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) and a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering (FAEng), Senator Daniel brings a wealth of expertise to the forefront of this legislative endeavor.
The debate underscores a unified commitment among Southwest Senators to prioritize the region’s development agenda and chart a course towards a more prosperous and resilient future for all residents. With the stage set for further deliberations, the South West Development Commission Bill holds promise as a transformative mechanism for unlocking the region’s full potential and fostering inclusive growth.
The bill was referred to Senate committee on Special Duties to report back in 4 weeks.

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Energy Mogul, Adewale Tinubu, takes Centre Stage at Guyana Energy Conference

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Mr. Adewale Tinubu, CON.

Adewale Tinubu, CON, boss of energy giant, Oando Group, is always a delight to watch when in the boardroom or engaged in anything concerning business.

He usually leaves his watchers and admirers enthralled by his articulation and aplomb. He is always graceful in his fine grasp of business intricacies, with a very strong sense of deep erudition in discussions, especially in the area of economic development in Nigeria.

Of course, the foregoing may not be news to many. But what many may not know about this technocrat is that beyond his feats in the oil sector, he is endowed with oratorical power.

 That excellent trait was much on display at the ongoing Guyana Energy Conference, where the top oil player once again showcased his God-given talent.

While speaking on the topic, ‘Upstream Activities Required for a Resilient Oil and Gas Value Chain, the oil and gas mogul received intermittent standing ovations, accompanied with several rounds of applause for his dazzling and awe-inspiring speech.

Oando, Africa’s largest integrated energy solutions provider, is diamond sponsor of the third edition of the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo, which started on Monday, 19th February to Thursday, 22nd, 2024, attracted participation, at the highest level, from more than 21 countries also drawn in 19 sectors – outside of the energy sector.

 Participating companies at the conference tackled important concerns affecting the energy sector, as well as the challenges of climate change mitigation and maximizing the benefits of local content development in Guyana and the region.

Commenting on the conference, Mr. Tinubu posted on his social media handles.

He wrote:

 ‘’Spent the last two days at the Energy Guyana Conference and Supply Chain Expo – a first time attendee and 3rd time visitor to this beautiful country.

Myself and the #HumansofOando welcomed the President of Guyana, Dr Mohamed Irfaa1, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley and the Minister of Petroleum, (Trinidad and Tobago) Stuart RYoung 1 to our exhibition booth, where we walked them through Oando’s journey to date in curating Nigeria’s energy mix. 

The oil and gas industry in Guyana is rapidly evolving, thus the importance of creating an enabling environment for growth cannot be understated. 

Yesterday, I delivered a keynote address to industry leaders and other esteemed guests explaining the winning Oil and Gas Industry Strategy. 

With the warm welcome we received we are assured of promising collaboration towards successful oil and gas venturing in Guyana’’.

Other speakers at the event include His Excellency, Dr Mohamed Irfan Ali, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana; Bharrat Jagdeo, Vice President, The Cooperative Republic of Guyana; the Honourable Vickram Bharrat, Minister of Natural Resources, The Co-operative Republic of Guyana; Stuart Young, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Antonio Almonte, Minister of Energy and Mines, the Dominican Republic; His Excellency, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar; Alistair Routledge, President, Exxonmobil Guyana and Her Excellency Jane Miller OBE, British High Commissioner to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, among several other world class personalities.


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