Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID Awolowo

Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID AwolowoOgun State Governor, Ibikule Amosun, has received the remains of the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo.

The vestiges of the late HID has finally berthed on the soil of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria on Monday, as the Governor received her body at the Sagamu interchange in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking in company of members of the State Executive Council and members of the Awolowo family, Governor Amosun eulogised the virtues of the late jewel of inestimable value.

Born November 25, 1915, Mama Awolowo died a little over two months to her 100th birthday.

A committee set up to see to her burial had earlier announced that the late Yeye Oodua would be finally buried on the occasion of her posthumous Centenary birthday anniversary on November 25, at the Awolowo family house in Ikenne.

According to the family, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, that of the Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, as well as 60 other Anglican Bishops are among several other ministers of God billed to participate in the 11-day burial programme culminating in the final internment of the late HID Awolowo.

Family Announces Burial Date For HID Awolowo

HID AwolowoThe family of the late Mr Obafemi Awolowo has unveiled the burial arrangement for the burial of the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo.

Born November 25, 1915, Mama Awolowo died a little over two months to her 100th birthday.

Addressing a press conference on Friday at the residence of the late sage in Ikenne in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria, the HID Awolowo Burial Central Planning Committee said that the late Yeye Oodua would be finally buried on the occasion of her posthumous Centenary birthday anniversary on November 25.

As the Chief Mourner, the Secretary to the Ogun State Government (SSG), Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, revealed that the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration, had dispatched correspondences to all the 35 State Governors across Nigeria, to officially inform them of Mama Awolowo’s passage as well as to invite them to join in the internment.

Adeoluwa, who hinted that the office of the Ogun SSG had done same, said that the State government was still expecting the Presidency to intimate the committee of the list of Heads of government of other countries that had been invited for the burial.

Former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands and second daughter of the family, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, gave the vivid breakdown of the 11-days burial activities of the late patriarch of the Awolowo dynasty which would commence from November 15 till 25.

Mama Awolowo’s corpse will be lying in state at the Tribune House in the Imole F’alaafia area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on November 17 to commemorate the 66th year anniversary of the founding of the newspaper organisation which she chaired till death.

Dosunmu-Awolowo further stated that a book, the biography which chronicled the life and times of the late matriarch of Awolowo dynasty would be presented to the Nigerian reading public in Ibadan the following day among several other lying in state ceremonies for Mama Awolowo in Ibadan, Lagos and Ikenne.

She also said that the burial planning committee had evolved a special traffic control measure which would restrict vehicular movement from entering Ikenne Township. According to her, special transportation arrangement has been made to convey guests from the outskirts to the township, particularly the 690-sitting-capacity Our Saviour’s Anglican Church where the church service would take place.

The former Ambassador appealed to Nigerians to show understanding and support for the family over the burial arrangement for the late Yeye Oodua.

According to the family, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, that of the Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, as well as 60 other Anglican Bishops are among several other ministers of God billed to participate in the 11-days burial programmes culminating in the final internment of the late Yeye Oodua.

The two daughters of the family, Reverend Omotola Oyediran, Ambassador Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, a Federal government’s representative, who is a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs are part of the burial planning committee.

Democracy Day: Nigerians Observe Low Key Celebrations

Jonathan Speech DD04Democracy Day was observed on Thursday, May 29, across Nigeria but the day was celebrated in low key, as most residents stayed back in their homes to observe the holiday.

Residents of Kaduna State celebrated Democracy Day on a low key because of the security challenges and what they referred to as economic hardship in the country.

The Popular Murtala Mohammed Square that is usually used for such an occasion was empty. There was also low traffic on the major roads and streets in the state capital, as all Government offices, financial institutions and private offices did not open for business due to the public holiday declared by the Federal Government.

A financial expert, Mr Ben Aku and Spokesman of Kaduna State Government, Ahmed Maiyaki, who both spoke with Channels Television, believe that despite all the challenges, Nigeria’s democracy was on course.

They described the last 15 years of democratic stability in the country as a testimony that Nigeria was on the march to entrenching enduring democratic culture as the only means of exercising power by popularly elected representatives of the people.

The State Government believes that democracy has offered the citizens the opportunity for freedom of expression, as well as making Government accountable to the people. The Government noted that both the leaders and the led all have roles to play towards sustaining democracy in the country.

Residents, however, say Government should first live up to its responsibility of providing basic infrastructure for the people.

Delta Prays For Nigeria

The people of Delta State on their part chose to go spiritual, as they gathered at the state capital, Asaba, to pray for Nigeria and for the release of the Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect.

In an interdenominational thanksgiving service held at the event centre on Okpanam Road, Asaba, the State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, pointed out that the 2014 Democracy Day was to pray for the country and not for any elaborate celebration.

Scores of Christian clergymen, traditional rulers, Muslim leaders, top government officials and people of Delta State in beautiful and colourful attires gathered to call on God with one voice to save Nigeria.

After a praise and thanksgiving session, the prayer session began and it was anchored by the Delta State Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Chairman, Bishop God-do-well Awomakpa.

Representing the children, the little girl called upon to pray for the Chibok girls stole the show with the passion with which she prayed for her abducted colleagues.

Reverend-Father Mario Dibie, in his sermon, emphasized the need for man to be in right standing with God. Highlighting eight oppositions in a man’s life that can hinder him from succeeding, he urged Nigerians to depend on God for their peace, security and salvation.

Cross-River Harps On Good Governance

The celebration in Cross River State, South South Nigeria, had a little fanfare but not without focus on an area of concern in the country.

The event was held at the main bowl of the Cultural Centre complex, Calabar and it was graced by traditional rulers, politicians from the state and the federal levels, as well as the civil society.

The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, who described the day as his last Democracy Day celebration as the Governor of the state, based his message for the occasion on the essence of accountability and good governance on the part of leaders to the governed.

The Governor used the occasion to present his account of stewardship, and re-affirm his commitment to fulfilling electoral promises.

Democracy Day: Amosun Grants Amnesty To 15 Prisoners

amosun_waveThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has pardoned 15 inmates in prisons across the state to commemorate Democracy Day.

The Governor commuted death sentences passed on nine inmates to life imprisonment and freed six others who had less than one year to serve their terms having been certified by the prison officials to have been reformed.

Amosun, while addressing the inmates on Wednesday, said that Democracy Day was a time to ponder on further ways of bridging the gap between Government and the people and reflect more on practical ways of improving on their living conditions, irrespective of their status.

“We have chosen today, being Democracy Day, to interact with you as leaders and see how we can improve your living conditions,” he told them.

The Governor – who carried out the exercise in accordance with the advice of the Commission on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of the State, Mrs Abimbola Akeredolu – advised the pardoned inmates to shun all vices that brought them to prison and inculcate new morals worthy of emulation as they return to the society.

The states helmsman, who was not satisfied with the conditions of the inmates, particularly those at Abeokuta New Prisons, gave relief materials, such as bags of rice and cash donations to all the prisons he visited and also ordered that immediate medical attention be given to the sick inmates.

He also promised that the State Government would do all that was necessary and interface with the Judiciary to ensure that inmates awaiting trial get quick justice, adding that his administration would work on building hospitals within the premises of the prisons in the state.

The Governor was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Ogun State Controller of Prisons, Mr. Olanrele Joseph and some members of the State Executive Council.

Ogun Appoints New Governing Council For OOUTH

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has announced the membership of the Governing Council for the State-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

Professor Dipo Otolorin, a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, has been announced as Chairman.

A Statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, indicated that Professor Ademola Jaiyesimi, the new Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital and Dr. Adegboyega Ogunlesi, a former Chief Medical Director of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Aro Abeokuta, are also members.

Other members of the council include Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, Dr. Dapo Afonja, Dr. (Mrs.) Adeoluwa Sonola and Dr. Tunde Akinsola.

The statement added that the council would also be joined by representatives of the State Ministry of Health, Senate of the University, Provost of the College of Health Sciences of the University, Vice-Chancellor of the University and the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of OOUTH.

The new CMD, Prof. Jaiyesimi had once served as a member of the Governing Council and is a lecturer in the department of Medical Sciences of the University.

Ogun Signs MoU With Chinese Company To Build Monorail

The Ogun State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on light rail mass transit with the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) that will link major cities in the state as well as boost its economy.

While signing the MoU in his Oke-Mosan Office in Abeokuta, the state Governor; Mr Ibikunle Amosun said this became necessary in order to reposition the state for economic development and prosperity.

The Governor stated that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state since the state population is projected to rise significantly over the next couple of years.

While signing the MOU in his office, the state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, noted that there could be no development without infrastructure.

“We have been doing our best on roads but it is high time we paid attention to rail as well. We are starting the mass transit within Abeokuta metropolis. This will be extended to all our major towns including the Ado-Odo/Ota axis up to the areas bordering Lagos,” he said.

Amosun noted that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state in anticipation of significant rise in population over the next couple of years.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Company, Mr. Cao Bao Gang, lauded the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration for its vision, pointing out that “the project on completion will enhance the transportation system and contribute to the economic development of the Gateway State.’’

He assured the governor that quality would be the firm’s watchword in the implementation of the contract.

“The project will provide jobs for residents and help the unskilled ones to gain adequate knowledge through training and involvement in the whole process.”

The signing of the MOU was witnessed by government officials including the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs. Abimbola Akeredolu, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu.