Cyril Ramapmosa elected the new leader of AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS ANC.
He defeated other candidates to emerged the new leader.
The party could potential end the reigning of President Zuma before the next election in 2019.
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As part of his on going consultation towards clinching the gubernatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress, the APC in Ogun State for the 2019 general election, the Honourable Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru visited the leaders of the party in Ogun State at the State and Ogun East Senatorial levels during the week.
Addressing the leaders in Abeokuta and Sagamu, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru promised to continue with the on-going lofty vision of the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, FCA, CON mission to rebuild Ogun State.
In his words,
“I have been part of this vision since the inception of this administration and I believe so much in it and intend to purse it to a logical end to the admiration of the people of the state If given the mandate, he said.
Otunba Ashiru while speaking at the meeting acknowledged the preference of Gov. Amosun for an Ogun West person as his successor but, charged the leaders from the Ogun East senatorial district to consult widely and work together with him believing that Ogun East Senatorial district will carry the day.
He used the medium to debunked the rumour flying around that, he is the anointed candidate of the governor.
OBA advised the people to shun money politics, because it breeds mediocrity . He promised the leaders an open door policy and good governance devoured of rancour if given their mandate.
Chief Elias, the Ogun East Senatorial Chairman of the party had earlier commended the choice of Otunba Bimbo Ashiru by Concerned Elders of the Ijebu and Remo as the choice aspirant of Ogun East before he formally presented him to the State party chairman, Chief Lemboye at the party secretariat in Abeokuta.
Responding after accepting Otunba Ashiru, the State Chairman of the party, Chief Lemboye commended the Ogun State governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun for the laudable job he has been doing for the people in the State. In his words…” these laudable achievements are visible to the blind and audible to deaf and therefore required the need to have a successor that is capable to continue what he has started in 2019.
The Party chairman implored on Ashiru to feel free to go round the nooks and crannies of the State and canvass for support because, the Party did not zone governorship race to any part of the State. He noted the governor’s preference for an Ogun West successor but he emphasized that he was only expressing his own personal opinion which he is entitled to.
Contributing while in Sagamu before the Abeokuta meeting, the State Secretary of the Party, Hon.Toyin Aiyebusiwa, also from Ogun East enjoined the leaders from the senatorial district to support their own but, added that, as an umpire in the process, he wants to be neutral so as not to be seen as being partial to any of the aspirants from senatorial districts.
Aiyebusiwa also urged the people to continue to support the Ibikunle Amosun led government which has been preforming creditable well in transformation of the State.
Also, Engr.Yomi Ademefun, a former Commissioner for Education in the State and one of the Ogun Central Senatorial leader in his brief talk, encouraged the aspirant to consult widely because he capable of doing well if he succeeds the current governor.
The meeting which had in attendance almost all the State party exco members and senatorial leaders in attendance was counselled by Dr. Gbolade Osinowo, former special adviser to former president Olusegun Obasanjo who also accompanied Otunba Ashiru to the meeting.
Osinowo. remarked that Ogun East had always support Ogun West in their quest to occupy the governorship since the creation of the State and cannot be blamed for their unsuccessful attempt. He concluded by seeking the support of the leaders for Otunba Ashiru because according to the long existed gentleman arrangement, it is the turn of Ogun East Senatorial District to produce the next governor. He reiterated the commitment of leaders from Ogun East to continue consult widely in order to ensure the victory of their own, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru.
Alhaji Tajudeen Bello, the National leader of the party was also on ground at the State Party meeting to receive the aspirant. Other prominent leaders of the Party who accompanied the governorship hopeful to the meeting were Chief Bisi Rodipe, Chairman, Bisrod Systems, Chief Dawodu, Chief Olusoga Adenusi, Chairman, Aco Estate, Chief Bisi Adesanya former Chairman, Coca-Cola international Nigeria, Hon. Tokunbo Oshin, former Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Otunba Jare Dada, former General Manager, OGTV amongst many other party leaders and faithfuls which included Prof. Toyin Ashiru the elder brother to the aspirant, Otunba Toyin Okeowo and Prince Segun Aderibigbe the Secretary of the Concerned citizens.
Otunba Ashiru has been very pivotal in changing the business interest of the state and immensely contributes to internally generated revenue through the ministry of commerce and industry wholly supported by the Ogun State government, creating one of the best state in Nigeria for ease of business.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has called for a six-year single tenure for president, governors, National Assembly and state assembly members “to stop the problem caused by the quest for second term.”
Ekweremadu made the call in Nsukka on Friday at the 3rd Adada Lecture organised by Association of Nsukka Professors with the theme “Restructuring and the Nigeria Youth.” He said countries in South America used single tenure to stabilise their democracy, adding that one of such countries, Mexico, was still practicing single term.
He noted that “single presidency tenure of six years that rotates among the six geo-political regions will promote unity and loyalty to the nation.” He stressed the need to restructure the county to enable regions to harness their resources outside oil, especially given that the black gold was undergoing shocks in the global oil market. The market for crude oil is reducing by the day as countries like Britain and France now have laws that will ban the use of diesel and petrol cars by 2030. “Also, many countries have started using electric cars.”
He urged youths in the country to close ranks and support restructuring as it would create employment and guarantee better future. Ekweremadu, who explained that restructuring would not divide the country as feared by some people, noted that it would rather, strengthen and re-position the nation. He identified ethnic and religious sentiment, ignorance and fear of the unknown as some of the challenges facing restructuring.
He said `restructuring is the only way to restore the lost glory of the country as it would enable states to have enough resources to fund education, security and give basic amenities to their people.“Restructure with devolution of power at the centre would reduce political tension as well as make the centre unattractive”, he added.
The General Court Martial (GCM) sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced a soldier serving in Operation LAFIYA DOLE to death for murder. .
Other soldiers also bagged jail sentences for various offences ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
The soldier, Lance Corporal John Godwin, was charged with murder, which is punishable under Section 106 (a) of Armed Forces Acts (Cap A20), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, for killing five rescued civilians in Yamteke town of Borno State. .
The civilians were earlier rescued by troops of the soldier’s battalion and were taken for investigation at the time the soldier shot and killed 5 of them. Another soldier, Sergeant Innocent Ototo, was sentenced to life imprisonment for manslaughter after torturing and killing a 13-year-old boy who he said stole his phone. .
The incident happened at Zamanbari area of Maiduguri metropolis in Borno State. While Lance Corporal Benjamin Osage and Private Sunday Onwe were also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each for offences bordering on manslaughter and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday bagged a PhD in Christian Theology after 163 minutes of robust defense of his voluminous thesis before a 6 – man panel at the National Open University of Nigeria(NOUN), Abeokuta Study Centre, Ogun State.
The panelists are Prof. Deji Ayegboyin (Major Supervisor), Dr. Mustapha Raheem Adejoro,( Head of Department, Religious Studies,NOUN), Prof. Nebath Tanglang(School of Postgraduate Studies, NOUN), Dr. Samaila Mande(Dean, Postgraduate School,NOUN), Prof. Godwin Akper (Internal Supervisor and Dean, Faculty of Arts,NOUN) and Prof. Cletus Gotan(External Supervisor). .
Asked by Dr. Samaila Mande, who chaired the panel, to justify in a nutshell why he should be awarded a PhD degree of the institution, Obasanjo said he had put in “enough study” and “intellectual rigours” to produce his work based on diligent guide and supervision from his teachers and supervisors. .
And speaking on behalf of the Panel at the end of the final defence, Dr. Mande said the Obasanjo has satisfied the requirements and thus qualified for the award of Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Theology of NOUN. .
Mande said it was a thing joy to him as the ex – President happened to be one of the pioneer students to bag PhD in Christian Theology under his management, expressing the confidence that the feat would be well celebrated during the NOUN convocations. .
Obasanjo’s PhD Thesis is titled: “Resolving the Unfinished Agenda in Liberation Theology: Leadership, Poverty and Underdevelopment in North Eastern Nigeria.”
The Nigerian Law School graduate denied access to the venue of the call to the bar ceremony earlier this week says her demand remains the need to grant approval for the use of hijab among Muslim law graduates.
Firdaus Amasa, a graduate of the University of Ilorin, had been denied access to the ceremony after insisting on wearing hijab during the ceremony. Amasa was specifically refused entry into the hall for insisting to wear the wig on top of her hijab – a headscarf.
Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, Ms. Amasa maintained that she remained resolute in her convictions to set a precedent for Hijab-wearing Muslims during the ceremony.
“My major concern is the approval of Hijab so that every person coming behind me will be able to use it for the call to bar (ceremony),” she told PREMIUM TIMES.
When asked whether she was aware of rules and regulations that guide against the use of Hijab at the ceremony, she said there was none, stressing that it was merely based on conventions.
“There is nothing like that (laws preventing the use of Hijab). When you ask them too, they tell you it is convention; that that is how it is done and it has to remain like that,” she said.
Asked what motivated her to take the decision, she explained that she wanted to change the narrative and give Muslim sisters the rights to express their constitutional rights as enshrined in the constitution.
“I knew that was what was going to happen,” she said of the consequences of her decision. She, however, said she remained resolute in her convictions to speak for the recognition of rights of female Muslim law graduates.
She explained further that the Law School has not said anything on the case, adding that the support from the Muslim community has been impressive. “My demand is that Hijab should be approved,” she affirmed.
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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on his 75th birthday anniversary, describing him as an incorruptible leader driven by uncommon discipline.
Ooni Ogunwusi who is a Co-chairman of the National Traditional Rulers Council Of Nigeria in a statement released by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare on Sunday morning eulogised President Buhari as a living extraordinary Nigerian leader globally known for relentlessly dedicated selfless service towards making Nigeria a better place to live in.
“The Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II extends the warmest wishes of House of Oduduwa to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari as he today gloriously clocks 75th years of age. Mr President is in no doubt an internatnationally respected Nigerian leader with a heart of gold who has worked tirelessly to ensure a better society with his unwavering message of justice, compassion, peace and human dignity which has made him an inspiration to people around the world.”
“His very clean record speaks for him for he has from 1961 till date meritoriously served this country in various capacities as a young soldier who later became a General, as a Governor of Northeastern state, as a Minister of Petroleum, Head of State, as the Chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund, as an elderstatesman and currently as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
“Hate him or like him, he remains worthy of celebrations and emulations as an extraordinary leader driven by uncommon discipline whose relentless, dedication and incorruptible selflessness in the service of our country can never be ignored”. Ooni said.
The Spiritual leader of Yoruba race worldwide also in the congratulatory statement which reads in parts prayed for the President and urged him to remain undistracted in his fight against corruption to make Nigeria a country of high global integrity.
“Kabiyesi Ooni’risa assures President Buhari of the unflinching support of the good people and the traditional rulers of Yorubaland. He also wishes him sound health, long life and plethora of fulfillments as he remains undistracted in his war against corruption with a view to ensuring a Nigeria of international integrity”. Ooni prayed.
Comrade Moses Olafare,
Director, Media & Public Affairs,
Over 1000 APGA faithfuls from Owerri Zone gathered at APGA Secretariat to witness the great event.
Ndigbo APGA bu nke anyi.
Mr. Frank Nneji, OON the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Director of Associated Bus Company Plc.(ABC) is a native of Ezuhhu Nguru, in Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, born to a retired soldier (father) and a retired nurse (mother). Frank attended University Of Nigeria Nsukka where he studied Biological Sciences, and graduated in 1982.
While at Nsukka, Frank contested for the position of the Transport Officer in the UNN students Union Election. In those days he was known for making his pocket money by conveying fellow students to sporting events for a fee in his personal car. When Frank Nneji graduated from Nsukka, he trained at the Lagos Business School and Whaton Business School Philadelphia United States Of America. Frank made his earliest money by publishing and selling past question papers. It was from the venture that he made enough money to travel to Italy on a student rebate ticket where he purchased clothing items for sale.
Later, Nneji set-up a company, called Rapido, which supplied educational materials. He started with the supply of writing boards, most of which he made by himself. The small company later metamorphosed into the leading producer and marketer of audio-visual products in West Africa. In the year 1993, Nneji set up a transport company that started with Hiace buses with a loan. The name given to the company was Associated Bus Company. Not long after, their operations in Nigeria spanned the entire country; north, south east and west. ABC transport eventually became a Public Limited Company, making it the first transport company in Nigeria to be quoted at the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Frank have also served the public in various capacity. Between the years 2000 and 2003, he was the President of Owerri Chambers Of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture. He represented the transport sector in the board of Federal Road Maintenance Agency. Frank Nneji is a recipient of the National Honour Of The Officer Of The Order Of The Niger (OON). In the year 2001, the Imo State Government Awarded Him Rate Model Entrepreneur and honourary Fellow Of The Chartered Institute Of Logistics And Transport, UK.
2: Frank Nneji of ABC Transport fame takes over ANAMMCO
To roll out 100 vehicles monthly
The man who revolutionised luxury bus transportation in Nigeria has struck again. Frank Nneji, chairman and chief executive of ABC Transport Plc, has launched a bold move to revive the moribund heavy duty truck manufacturer, Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO).
ANAMMCO, located in Emene, Enugu, which has been moribund for several years, is being recalled to life by an assembly contract agreement it signed with Nneji’s Transit Support Services (TSS) Limited, reports BusinessDay.
According to the paper, “Sequel to the contract, TSS has acquired an assembly line in ANAMMCO and is set to commence full-scale heavy duty and articulated trucks assembly operations next month (October), a move that is expected to see the production of 100 trucks per month in the first phase.
“Coming barely one year after the introduction of the new automotive policy by the Federal Government, industry watchers say the commencement of assembly operations at ANAMMCO will lead to the revival of local component manufacturers in areas such as automotive batteries, lubricants, windscreen, clutch cables, mudguards, wiper blades, brake pads, automobile paints, component for tyres, etc.
“They add that it will also bring about possible creation of new spin-offs, encourage small and big foundries, as well as the nation’s iron and steel industry, and ultimately lead to creation of thousands of jobs, many of them for several previously disengaged skilled workers of ANAMMCO.
“The TSS/ANAMMCO deal comes on the heels of an earlier deal between TSS and Chinese commercial vehicles manufacturer, Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Import and Export Company Limited, an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), for the assembly of Shacman range of trucks in Nigeria.”
BusinessDay says it was told by Nneji, chairman and chief executive of TSS Limited, that the assembly plant was expected to have the capacity to produce an estimated 100 units of light and heavy duty trucks, tankers, lorries, tractor heads of up to 50 tonnes, tippers and concrete mixers for different applications.
“The 100 units are expected to be produced on one shift alone, with capacity to double the number on the back of demand and supply,” the report says, adding:
Gbagi Foundation under the chairmanship of Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi paid the 2017/2018 West African Examination Council (WAEC) enrollment fee for all the eligible students of Oginibo Secondary School, Oginibo who are mainly indigenes of Oginibo, Imode, Eyara, Obi-Ayagha and other communities in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Presenting the draft cheque of the enrollment fee to the school principal at Oginibo Secondary School, Oginibo on Friday 15th December, 2017 by the director of Gbagi Foundation, Chief Emuoboh Gbagi, the Executive Assistant to Delta State Governor on DESOPADEC matters stated, this was one of the ways the foundation is assisting those who will be leaders of tomorrow, adding that because all fingers are not equal, those who are well placed in society should be able to put smile on the faces of people living around them to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in society.
The Ame r’ Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom added that the foundation is posed to do more in the area of education; just as he said, education is the only legacy one can bequeath a child, assuring the students and the school authority of more support from the foundation.
While receiving the cheque from the director of the foundation, the principal of the school, Mr. Naibe E. A. thanked the management of Gbagi Foundation and most especially Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi for the timely intervention of the payment of the WAEC fee for the entire students of the school which parents, students and even the school authority would have found difficult to enrol them this year due to economic hardship being experienced in the country today.
The principal said that it was a remarkable thing in the life of the students and described it as a “rear gesture” which he wants people to emulate in the state to enable our children to reach the height of their dream in life.
In a separate interview, Atanomeyovwi F.B. and Rita Oyibu, Vice Principal, Academics and Examination Officer of the school respectively said, this kind gesture beats their imaginations, saying that they have not see it in their entire service which they said was a one in a million. They said, Olorogun Gbagi through the foundation has further demonstrated that he is father to the fatherless as he has wiped tears from the faces of those who were in a difficult situation.
Responding on behalf of the students, Goodluck Avwiroroduemu, Senior Prefect of the school said he appreciate Gbagi Foundation for coming to their aid when they thought all hope for them to enrol the 2017/2018 WAEC has been lost.
He therefore promise that the students will not disappoint the foundation for is cheerful given it rendered them at the time of need.