Ooni Of Ife Pays Surprise Visit To Osun NYSC Camp At Ede

Ooni Of Ife Pays Surprise Visit To Osun NYSC Camp At EdeThe Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi electrified the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ede, Osun State when he visited the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Corps members to motivate and encourage them to aim high and aspire to be the best in life.

The Corps members were excited when they saw the Ooni who came to the NYSC camp with his usual retinue of royal entertainers who were singing and dancing to the amazement of the Corps members and the NYSC officials.

Corps members took turns to pay homage to the Ooni according to Yoruba tradition and the monarch showered royal blessings on them.

The Corps members exhibited the items they produced under the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme and Oba Ogunwusi commended the initiative.

Ooni thrilled the Corps members when he decided to leave his seat at the pavilion and insisted that he would stay under the sun to address the gathering since majority of the Corps members were also in the sun.

Ooni Of Ife Pays Surprise Visit To Osun NYSC Camp At Ede

Before proceeding to address the Corps members, Oba Ogunwusi called for a minute silence in honour of all Corps members that have died during their service year, especially an indigene of Osun State, Ifedolapo Oladepo who died in Kano during the ongoing orientation exercise.

While speaking, Oba Ogunwusi charged the Corps members to be focused and strive to be successful in life regardless of their shortcomings.

He advised them not to be deterred by the current economic situation of the country and urged them to contribute their quotas to national development.

He advised the corps members not to wait for white-collar jobs so as not to be disappointed since there are no jobs in the labour market

He narrated how he hawked rice, vegetable oil and sugar in popular markets before he met influential Nigerians like Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Dr Deji Adeleke who saw his vision and contributed to his success story.

His words, “I’m excited to be in your midst today, gentlemen Corps members. 21 years ago, I wore this uniform that you are wearing today.

“I served in Makurdi, Benue State. I know you would also be great in life. There are presidents, governors and ministers among you. Please be positive and pursue your vision diligently.

“After my NYSC, I decided that I would be an entrepreneur and that was why I did not seek employment when my mates were looking for jobs in the accounting firms. I was very popular at Agbeni market in Ibadan where I hawked rice, sugar and vegetable oil before I started selling cement.

“As a graduate of Accounting from the Polytechnic of Ibadan, I was hawking in the market and I was able to make a difference because of my educational background. I eventually met influential Nigerians like Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Dr Deji Adeleke from Ede here and my story changed.

“You can also make it if you are positive. Just be focused and determined. Don’t allow any condition to take away your dream. I faced serious challenges when I became a father at 19. I needed to survive along with my daughter and we were able to make it.

“My daughter is a graduate like you and she is currently at the NYSC orientation camp in Abuja. So, you can make it regardless of the circumstances.”

The State Coordinator of the NYSC in Osun state, Mrs Regina Iluebbey, lauded the Ooni of Ife for his exemplary leadership among the Yoruba Obas. He also commended the monarch for sharing his story with Corps members as a motivation.

Iluebbey said a total of 2,276 Corps members comprising 1,238 males and 1,038 females were registered for the orientation course in Osun and the exercise was hitch-free and successful.

Sports Key To Economic Development – Gbenga Daniel

Gbenga-Daniel, SWAN, SportsFormer Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has described sports as a veritable tool for economic development, just as he called on financially-muscled Nigerians to invest in sports.

Mr Daniel made the remarks in Sagamu while playing host to members of the National Executive Committee of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) who were at his residence to pay him a courtesy visit.

He noted that sports can create employment, empowerment and above all, develop the society economically.

“I want to use this opportunity to call on well-meaning Nigerians who have the financial muscle, people like Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Mike Adenuga and host of others to try as much as possible to invest in sports.

“I heard in the news some time ago that Alhaji Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal Football Club. Well, he is a businessman, he must have seen the potential of making profit by acquiring the club but I want him to look inwards and consider having a Dangote Football Club in Nigeria.

“By doing this, there will be employment for some set of people and those depending on them for their daily needs will also benefit indirectly.

Profitable Ventures

“It is also funny when I hear people say that sports does not bring any kind of profit when invested in. I remember when we hosted the Gateway Games in 2006, I think we recorded about 92 million Naira profit after the competition.

“Therefore, it is important to note here that sports as much as I know is one of the most profitable ventures. Aside the economic value attached to sports, it also reduces social vices in the society because whenever any sporting event is taking place, the environment becomes friendly and devoid of any form of criminality,” he said.

In his address, SWAN President, Honour Sirawoo, stated that the former governor’s tremendous achievements in the sports sector while in office prompted the council to visit him.

“We are here today (Friday) to let you know that all what you did to develop sports in Ogun State and Nigeria at large when you were serving as governor did not go unnoticed. And that is the reason we are here tell you that you are recognised and highly appreciated for your efforts.”

Sirawoo went on to announce Mr Daniel as the association’s national patron.

He, however, hinted that the formal investiture would be held at a later date and at the convenience of the recipient.

Runway Jazz: Fashion and Music Meet At International Jazz Day Celebration

Runway Jazz The much anticipated event, Runway Jazz, which brought together lovers of the classy worlds of music and fashion at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos was truly an unforgettable night.

The event highlighted incredibly thrilling performances from both local and foreign artistes, accompanied by a riveting fashion show featuring top designers like Yomi Casual, Queen Ahneva, Wearable Art and Frank Osodi.

Jazz and fashion lovers, all beautifully dressed for the occasion, enjoyed every moment of it as the musical arts rocked the stage leaving the audience craving for more.

Comedian Bovi kept the audience entertained with his quick and witty presentations through the night.

Runway Jazz resonated a high level of class, style and grace as notable dignitaries graced the event.

They include the Consul General of the American Embassy, John Bray; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Femi Otedola, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Folusho Phillips, Frank Nweke Jnr, and several celebrities from the entertainment industry.

The historic and entertaining concert marks the global celebration of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, and shares the mandate to promote global peace, unity, diversity and dialogue among nations through music.

It was an evening to remember and it left guests in high spirits.

With the successful outing, one would be right to say the Runway Jazz should be a credible addition to the entertainment calendar for years to come.


Dangote Signs Chinese Bank Loan For Two Cement Plants

Aliko Dangote cement companyDangote Group, owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has signed a deal for a $2 billion loan from the Industrial Commercial Bank of China Limited for two cement plants.

After securing the deal, Mr Dangote told Reuters that “the interest rate is okay, quite favorable with me”.

“It’s for my two cement companies that we are establishing in Nigeria.”

The deal included China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure).

Few days ago, Dangote Group held a ground-breaking ceremony of a cement plant in Okpella in Edo state, south-south Nigeria.

It has an estimated production of six million metric tonnes of cement per annum.

Addressing a gathering at the ground-breaking ceremony, he said the one-billion dollar investment would create massive employment.

Dangote cement group is targeting 81 million tonnes of cement per annum, which will make the group one of the top six cement companies in the world.

Jonathan To Lead Dangote, Otudeko And Others On Economic Mission

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria will on Monday lead a team of key members of Nigeria’s Economic Management Team to the World Economic Forum on Africa holding in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Reuben Abati in a press release described the trip as part of the president’s efforts to promote rapid national economic growth and development; as well as an opportunity to assemble with global leaders to brainstorm on new strategies for accelerating economic diversification and the availability of essential infrastructure in Africa.

“President Jonathan is scheduled to leave Abuja for Cape Town tomorrow and will, at the invitation of President Jacob Zuma, undertake a state visit to South Africa ahead of the opening of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.” Abati said.

The Forum themed “Delivering on Africa’s Promise” is expected to provide a platform for African leaders in government, business and civil society and their counterparts from other regions of the world to discuss further on the continent’s integration agenda and “renew their commitment to a sustainable path of growth and development that will further unlock Africa’s potentials and talents.”

The President will be accompanied on the trip by the Governors of Zamfara, Anambra and Bayelsa states, Senator Smart Adeyemi, Honourable Abubakar Momoh, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Jim Ovia, Chief Oba Otudeko and Mr. Tony Elumelu.

Several ministers including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina and the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Musa Mohammed Sada will also be on the presidential delegation.

The President will also participate in the Grow Africa Investment Forum and thereafter honour an invitation by his South African counterpart, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma to discuss ways of improving trade and economic relations between Nigeria and South Africa.

During the visit, he will also deliver an address to the South African Parliament, co-chair a meeting of the South Africa/Nigeria Business Forum with President Zuma and hold separate meetings with the Chairmen of the Management Boards of MTN, Toyota and Nissan in South Africa.

At the conclusion of his visit to South Africa on Thursday, President Jonathan will proceed to Namibia for a one-day state visit to hold talks with President Hifikepunye Pohamba and attend a meeting with the country’s business community.

President Jonathan is expected to return to Nigeria on Friday, May 10.

Jonathan begins assessment of flood ravaged areas, urge victims not to commit suicide

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged victims of the flood disaster in Kogi state not worry or commit suicide over the loss of property, as they have a responsible government that cares for the people.

Aerial view of flooded area in Kogi state

Jonathan who made this call while speaking at St Luke Primary Schools, one of the several relief camps in the State, appealed to owners of property destroyed by the flood not to bother themselves as the government will cushion the effects of the flood in all the affected states.

The president, who was earlier on spot assessment of Ibaji and Idah Local government areas which were completely submerged by water, stated that federal government is planning to build more dams as measure to control future occurrence.

He described the ravaging flood as a natural disaster, stressing that the magnitude this year’s flood was last witnessed in 1969.

The president also explained that part of Federal Government efforts to cushion the devastating effects in all the affected states of the Federation, is the inauguration of a high power committee headed by the President of Dangote groups, Alhaji Aliko, to raise funds which will mitigate against the effects of the of the flood.

President Jonathan landed at the Maigumeri Barracks in an Hellicopter at about 11AM, accompanied by the Minister of Environment and the Director-General of the National Emergency Agency (NEMA).

Arriving Lokoja, the state capital, the president and the state governor, Captain Idris Wada in his address, told the president that he has approached the Ministers of Works, Mines and Power to release some of the housing estate that belong to the federal government and the abandoned houses in Ajaokuta for the relocation of the affected people.

President Jonathan with a day-old baby born in the Kogi flood relief camp

President Goodluck Jonathan before giving his speech, demanded to see some of the 23 babies born that were delivered in the relief camp. He also gave an opportunity to the leader of the relief camp to address him.

While thanking the victims for their patience with the government, he pointed out that he was in the state to commiserate with them and the state government over the devastating effects of the flood in the nine affected local governments areas.

According to the President, the flood was linked up to global warming.

He commended the state governor for his efforts to provide the alternative relief camps and materials for the affected.

The president also lauded all other emergency agencies such as NEMA, SEMA, Red Cross, NGOs and all the development partners who have assisted in managing the disaster.