Ondo Elections: Akeredolu Promises To Focus On Road Rehabilitation

Ondo elections, Akeredolu, Road RehabilitationThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has promised to focus on rehabilitating roads in rural areas, if he is elected.

While visiting some communities including Ajegunle, Laje, Orisumbare, Satiday, Ajebambo in Ondo West one and two, on the second day of his campaign, Mr Akeredolu assured the people of better living conditions.

He also promised to create more local government areas to bring development closer to the people.

Akeredolu has in previous times expressed confidence that irrespective of the current challenges of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

The APC governorship candidate had also made a mockery of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying he would defeat the party’s factional candidates if put together in the polls.

Also, the National Chairman of the APC, Mr John Oyegun, had asked members of his party in Ondo State to mobilise for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in the November 26 election in Ondo State.

He had opined that wrestling power out of the hand of the current government was not an easy task.

He then urged supporters saying: “for the APC to win the poll, dedication and hard work are major requirements needed from its members”.

Old Wine New Skin: Terry ‘Apala’, Thrills With Old Vibes

Terry apala, Old Wine,New Skin, ‘Apala’, Old VibesIn an era where the Nigerian music takes new forms, and indigenous genres gradually succumb to the dominance of pop and hip hop, comes Terry Alexander who strives to revive the Apala music genre.

The acceptance of his music also earned him a big record deal, and with that came urban characteristics of fame, as prescribed by the fast paced industry.

His new single ‘Champagne Shower‘ rode on an explicit video, which according to him, even got the attention of his mother.

Popularly known as Terry Apala, the solo singer hails from Delta State but spent most of his growing years in Ajegunle, a suburb of Lagos.

It was then that he got introduced to the Apala music genre, made popular by Haruna Ishola, one of the most popular artists in the Apala genre.

Apala is a percussion-based music genre which came about in the late 1930s and even back then, it was less popular than the more predominant Fuji and Juju.

In the early 2000s, a direct descendant of Haruna Ishola, Musiliu, re-invented the sound into a funky hip-hop version, to create the track ‘Soyoyo’.

Although the track received great reviews and massive airplay, it quietly fizzled out over a period.

Now Musiliu hopes Terry Apala, will help him preserve the musical legacies of the great Haruna Ishola.

Terry’s music, however, already seems to be generating so much excitement within the Nigerian music circle as it rejuvenates a dying genre.

The up and coming artist expressed that the attention, the expectations and the pressure could be overwhelming and sometimes, gets him worried.

Lagos State Closes Marine Bridge-Road In Apapa

AmbodeThe Lagos State Government has announced the closure of the Marine Bridge Road (Inward Ijora) to aid the commencement of repair works by the contractors of the Federal Ministry of Works.

A statement by the state government on Friday said that the immediate closure would also allow the Federal Ministry to carry out studies to determine the state of the Bridge and effect appropriate repairs.

While the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has assured Lagos residence of immediate action towards repairing the Bridge as it may deem fit, the Lagos State Government said it was committed to putting in place effective traffic management strategies that would mitigate the impact of the closure.

The State government further listed alternative routes that could be use by commuters.

Traffic coming from Wharf Base-Point Road should divert at service Lane (Marine Beach Road) by Leventis Junction to Link Lilly Pond by Dockyard and ascend Ijora Bridge to continue their journey.

Motorists traveling to Ajegunle are advised to take a left turn at the second junction under the Apapa Road Bridge to Marine Beach Junction inward Ajegunle or back to Ijora Bridge and continue their journey.

It however, warned that the option was not for heavy duty vehicles.

In the statement issued on Friday, the State Government also implored National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers and its members to observe the reroute to avoid blocking the road when accessing the Tank Farms at Lilly Pond.

The State Government has among other initiatives deployed various signs directing traffic appropriately.

Motorist are also urged to obey personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies deployed to control and manage traffic in the area.

Group Activates 3-Week Web Training For Community Youth

Participants during practicalsAjegunle.org, an initiative of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), which connects young people with ICT enabled opportunities to help access better livelihoods, has just completed a Google Web Training for community youths.

The training held from 9 to 27 June 2014.

The Google Web Training will give the trained youths a competitive advantage in the job market as the Google Web Academy offers skills and certification that are market driven. 16 out of the 36 registered participants qualified for the training, and were trained on products like Google search, YouTube, Google Plus, Google e-mail, Google Docs, spreadsheet, presentation, form, chrome, internet safety, Google Maps and Earth and Map making. The ICT classes focused on Microsoft Office packages, design tools & the Internet.

By the end of the first week of training, many of the students were already using computers proficiently.

“Before I came in for Ajegunle.org’s capacity building program, I had big dreams but I was not inspired on my own,” says John-Beloved Agwanzenini, when expressing his experience at the Ajegunle Innovation Centre. “People around considered me a failure because I had been at home for over four years after high school, literally wasting, but in just eight weeks, I am certain that I have made up for those wasted years.”

The entrepreneurship stream was facilitated by industry experts including Ademola Adeoye, Managing Director of World Class Impact, Ronald Nzimora, Managing Director of Profit Marketing Systems Limited, David Ekugum of SESEWA Support Services and Bola Akeju of Wecyclers. The life skill sessions were taken by Mrs. Oluwaseyifunmi Walter and Rev. Yomi Olufiade.

The students were trained on marketing, finance, managing risks, staffing, social impact, customer relations and writing business plans.

At the end of the training, participants had two weeks of practice and mapping of specific locations using Google Map maker.

Participants who took part in the Google Web Training Participants studying important guildlines before the training

Tobacco Control: Group Launches Health Campaign Via Social Media, Game App

A non-governmental organisation, Tobacco Control Nigeria, recently launched its public health and policy change campaign project using social media to advance tobacco control and support the passage of a comprehensive Tobacco Control (TC) law compliant with the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Using dance and drama, performed by university students and a music artist named Vocal Slender, the group began the launch activities of its social media campaign holding crowds bound with its message on the streets of Ajegunle in Lagos.

Speaking about the project, the representative of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Mrs Hilda Ochefu stated that “Smokers are victims and are not bad people, we have a responsibility to educate them and urge them to quit”. Mr. Phillip Jakpor, representing Mr. Bode Oluwafemi, Director, Environmental Rights Action (ERA), also lauded the launch of the Tobacco Control Nigeria Social Media Campaign, saying that health must be prioritized over revenue.

“600,000 people are dying annually from second hand smoking” therefore efforts are being made to ensure that the Federal Government signs the bill into law by December 2013.”

The Tobacco Control Social Media Campaign can be joined on Facebook www.facebook.com/tobaccoctrl, on Twitter www.twitter.com/tobaccoctrl and on Google+ at www.gplusid.com/tobaccoctrl.

The tobacco dodge game can be played on www.tobaccoctrl.ng/game

 

Future Award Season 7 presents “Tear down the walls”

The seventh season of the annual Future Award will be coming up on the August 26, 2012 with the theme “Tear down the walls.”

Plans for the event were made known at a media launch over the weekend which held at the Coral Reef in Ikoyi with an assessment of the impact of past awards on the winners.

The 2012 awards, themed ‘Tear down these walls!’ is to emphasis, how far and how hard young Nigerians have worked to build a new system of innovation and values in Nigeria.

The awards to contend for this year includes, The Future Awards for Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Innovator and many others.

According to one of the organizers of the award ceremony, Ohimai Atafo, “over the past seven years, we have taken seriously our mandate to inspire leadership and build enterprise and nothing excites us more than the experience of presenting over 1000 Positive Role Models (especially outside of entertainment) to young Nigerians and Africans.”

The media launch brought, former winners and judges of the awards which includes, Tara Fela Durotoye (Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Person of the Year), Uche Nnaji (Style Entrepreneur of the Year) and Tolu Ogunlesi (Journalist of the Year) who interacted with the media on the impact and influence of the awards.

Future Awards continues to be the most influential and popular youth platform in the continent. It identifies young people who have excelled at their work, celebrates their achievements, and showcases them as role models to inspire a generation of Africans to believe in themselves and the future of their countries.

Former winners include female farmer and face of youth entrepreneurship in Nigeria, Mosunmola Umoru; international author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, NASA scholar, Tosin Otitoju, founder of the Dustbin Estate Children’s Foundation Tolu Sangosanya, investor of the 1-second power change-over based in Ajegunle, Otejiri Oghoghorie, the 2011 winner for Young Person of the Year, farm technology entrepreneur and Rolex Award winner Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu.

 

Police investigate violence that followed death of three Lagos residents

Police officials in Lagos arrested two people in connection to the violent protests that followed the death of three Ajegunle residents who were killed in a tragic well incident.

Spokesman of the police command, Joseph Jaiyeoba, who confirmed the arrests to news agencies, told reporters that the investigation into the tragic demise of Malam Ishiu, Momoh Jare and Abdulmalik Zuberu is ongoing.

Their deaths had been reported at the Tolu Road Divisional Police Station, Ajegunle, late morning on March 14.

The spokesman said the well served tenants of the house at No. 69, Fasasi St., Olodi-Apapa, including the three victims.

There was no foul play involved in their deaths. According toe the police report, two persons had initially fallen into the well while fetching water and had drown. The third fell in while attempting to rescue his neighbours.

“Some of the youths in the area began a violent protest and started stoning the police and the fire servicemen that went there and burnt two vehicles. Two of the protesters have been arrested,” Jaiyeoba said.

He added that the remains of the deceased have been extracted from the well and transported to the morgue at Isolo General Hospital.

Peace returned to the area shortly after during the burial for the three men, when police officials had a dialogue with members of the Hausa community in the area.