Ogun Government To Launch ‘Waste To Energy’ Project

ogun state, waste to wealthThe Ogun state government has revealed its readiness to launch the European Union, (EU) sponsored feasibility study on the ‘Waste to Wealth Energy’ project, aimed at improving power supply in Ogun State.

Billed to be launched on Wednesday, November 9, in Abeokuta by the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the project is to be carried out by the state government in collaboration with Lafarge-Holcim Africa.

It seeks to convert waste generated in the state to energy.

Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, who disclosed this in a statement said: “The project, when completed, will translate our waste to wealth, improve power supply, and promote green energy.

“It will also bring to an end the present practice of dumping waste in land-filled areas or dump sites, in line with our goal of zero waste to dump site.

“The fruit of this effort will be the establishment of thermal power plants in Ogun State, with the pilot plant in Abeokuta,” the Environment Commissioner stated.

Oyeleye also added that the project had received acceptability both from within and outside Nigeria, while considering that as a confirmation of the confidence that people have in the unrelenting efforts of the Governor Amosun-led administration.

“In this wise, the state government secured the support of the European Union (EU) which has agreed to sponsor the feasibility study for the project and in fact made funds available for the immediate takeoff of the feasibility study by a team of international consultants,” Oyeleye said.

The Commissioner who revealed that the feasibility study would involve field trips and house-to-house enumeration, appealed to the people of Ogun State to cooperate fully with the team of assessors, whenever they visit their homes as well as organisations, in the course of the exercise.

“This project is for all the good people of Ogun State and indeed the first of its kind in Nigeria.

He therefore urged them to join efforts with the government in ensuring that citizens get the dividends of democracy.

Among those expected to witness the event include a delegation from the EU, Lafarge-Holcim Africa, members of the Ogun State Executive Council as well as other stakeholders.

IBB Commends Unity Between Niger State Assembly, Executive

IBBFormer Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, has applauded the cordial relationship that exists between the legislature and executive in Niger State, saying that this would help deliver dividends of democracy to the people.

IBB said this on Tuesday when members of the Niger State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Hon Ahmed Marafa, visited him in his hilltop mansion in Minna to welcome him back home after undergoing medical treatment in Germany.

The statesman appreciated the visit and further appreciated the various efforts of the members in their constituencies, urging them to sustain the tempo to the benefit of humanity.

In his remark, Hon Marafa said that they had received the negative social media report of his death with dismay but expressed excitement over his safe return to the country and his family.

While he admitted that death is inevitable, the Speaker expressed gratitude to God for guiding the former President back home.

He urged him to be relentless in using his wisdom to guide, support and advise the state’s leaders.

A special prayer for good health was offered for the statesman in his home.

Assault on Judiciary, Existential Threat To Nigeria’s Democracy – Nwanze

Chxta NwanzeThe Managing Editor, Y Magazine, Cheta Nwanze, on Thursday described the assault on the judiciary as an existential threat to Nigeria’s democracy, noting that “we cannot wish it away. Neither can we pretend that it is not happening”.

There has been uproar in many quarters following the alleged attack on a judge in Ekiti state and this, Nwanze says must be faced head-on, adding that “a situation where judges start to cower in fear means that the entire structure on which our democracy is built on will not last.”

Nwanze, who analysed President Goodluck Jonathan’s Wednesday Independence Day speech on Sunrise Daily, pointed out that “the President didn’t touch on the most important issue in his speech, which is the assault on the judiciary”, insisting that he could have at least acknowledged it.

“We cannot have a thriving democracy if we don’t have a free and independent judiciary and what’s happening in Ekiti state now is going to be a measure of how our judiciary gets its independence.

He noted that the Chief Justice of Nigeria’s call to all state governors to ensure fiscal independence for the judiciary remains an issue to keep an eye on.

On the argument whether Nigerian’s had anything worth celebrating on the occasion of their 54th year as a sovereign nation, he argued that “there are a 170 million Nigerians and different people see independence in different directions, in different ways.

“A lot of people (who own small businesses) actually went out to work yesterday and that’s a message given without saying anything; That they live day to day, so whatever economic progress we want to beat our chest about, has clearly not delivered to this people because if they fail to work on this given day, then they have a problem.”

He insisted that “that is the real story of Nigeria,” noting that “it’s not about the stories we hear at conferences and all of that but what has the country delivered to its people; the man on the street.”

“Sadly, it hasn’t yet delivered”.

On the recurring theme of security in Independence Day speeches, Nwanze gave kudos to the security agencies, stating that “despite all of the negative reports or the alarmists reports that we hear, they are actually doing a decent job”.

He highlighted that many of the security agents had not received the appropriate training and “insurgencies take a long time to defeat and in most cases, you probably have to come to a negotiated settlement”.

He, however, warned that the elements that feed terrorism and the Boko Haram insurgency are present all over the country, including massive unemployment and poverty.

“When you have those two in tandem, you find that people tend to listen more to extremists but when people have a hope for the future, then people will be less likely to listen to extremists. So we can’t keep beating our chest about two and a half million jobs created we cannot see the jobs and on the other hand we can see people being recruited into these kind of organisations.”

Amosun Preaches Religious Tolerance In Easter Message

amosun_waveIn the spirit and the mood of the occasion of the Easter celebration, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has enjoined Nigerians to always resolve their religious differences amicably rather than resort to violence.

The Governor, who stated this in his Easter message, noted the triumph of Jesus Christ over death through His resurrection, adding that people of all faiths should emulate the selfless sacrifice of Christ, as well as the peace he preached in spite of the challenges confronting the nation.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama, Amosun said that Easter is an important event in the Christian calendar, which teaches lessons on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“We must not allow the lessons of the season be lost on us. All faiths must preach peaceful evangelisation, by so doing, we will be able to tolerate one another and live in peace and harmony”, he said.

The Governor also condemned the spate of violence in some parts of the country and called on all Nigerians to eschew violence in the spirit of the season.

“We must find other means of expressing our grievances rather than allowing such to fester, he stated, adding that “As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us turn our religious diversity into an advantage and continue to live in peace and harmony.”

He promised citizens of Ogun State more dividends of democracy and wished the Christian faithful a happy celebration.