Sunshine Stars Begin Training Ahead Of League Season

sunshine stars of akureAs the commencement of the 2016-2017 Nigeria Professional Football League Soccer season draws near, Ondo State representatives, Sunshine Stars of Akure have started a close camping at Ile-Oluji the headquarters of Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Government Area of the State.

The darling team of Ondo State is expected to use the camping exercise to prepare for the new season tactically and technically.

Led by Coach Kayode Olujoungbe, members of the team could not hide their joy, as they intensified preparations for the fast approaching soccer season.

Addressing the team before departure, President of the Club, Prince Dapo Ajibade, stressed the need for the players and coaches to be dedicated and committed to the task ahead.

Prince Ajibade, who is also the Chairman of the Ondo State Football Agency, urged the players not to engage in acts capable of distracting them, highlighting that total concentration is needed at this point.

He said: “We like to thank God Almighty for this moment. We also appreciate the commitments of the players.

“It is very important for all of us to work in harmony to achieve our aims. The coaches must do their best while the players must also not be left out. If all of us do our jobs diligently, with high level of determination and commitment in addition to the blessings of God, the sky will be the starting point”.

Prince Ajibade added that the club management would work hard to provide the enabling environment for the team to succeed in the new season.

Meanwhile, the Sunshine Stars feeders team that took part in the Gold Cup Pre Season Soccer Tournament in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State is expected back to Akure.

The young team led by Coach Banjo Adepoju was the toast of all fans and spectators, as they displayed high level of soccer artistry to the admiration of some top coaches at the tournament.

The team recorded two losses and two draws to end the tournament in a decent fashion.

The defeats came against MFM and FC Ebeide, while former Nigerian Champions, Kano Pillars and Niger Tornadoes could not break down the young boys from Akure.

The match against Tornadoes ended 1-1 while the tie against Kano Pillars ended 0-0.

Ondo Election: AD, APC Wrap Up Campaign

Ondo Election: AD, APC Wrap Up Campaign The Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have held their final rally ahead of the Ondo state governorship election holding on Saturday.

The Alliance for Democracy flagbearer, Mr Olusola Oke was in Ondo town where he expressed his gratitude to party members and supporters for their steadfastness throughout the campaign period.

It was a grand entry for the Mr Oke into Ile-Oluji and Oke-Igbo area of Ondo state and the residents rolled out the drums in solidarity with the AD candidate.

However, what started out as a peaceful campaign came under an attack which led to the destruction of a vehicle.

“This is just one of the series of attacks on our members across the state. Only yesterday we were told some of our members were maimed in Owo.

“Security forces must wake up to their responsibilities because all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to keep quiet.

“I am appealing to my people to remain (peaceful) but there is a limit to which they can listen to me. Someone must be there to call them to order,” he said.

He also asked his supporters and other political parties to shun violence in the run-up to the poll.

For the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Akeredolu, victory of his party at the poll come Saturday is assured.

He said this during the rally to wrap up his campaign at his home town in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo state.

The campaign train moved through several towns to get to Owo where thousands of supporters were on ground to receive their man.

The APC candidate, again, rolled out his plans for the people. He maintained that his policies would cater for not just the people of Owo but the entire Ondo state.

Other leaders of the party also expressed their confidence that Akeredolu would emerge victorious at the polls.

2015 Election: Court Sacks Ondo APC Candidate For NASS Polls

APCThe Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the substitution of the House of Representative candidate of the Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) for Odigbo/Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo, Yejide Ogundipe and ordered him to be replaced by one Festus Adefiranye having won the highest number of votes in the primary election conducted by the party.

The judgement came barely four days to the National Assembly elections.

The judgement of the court was sequel to a suit instituted by Adefiranye through his counsel, James Anietor, challenging the substitution of his name with that of Yejide Ogundipe by the Ondo APC.

The plaintiff had informed the court through an exhibit that he came first in the APC primary election held, having scored the highest number of votes, only to discover his name was not submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

In his ruling, the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole held, “Having listened to the submissions of all counsel in the suit.‎ It is obvious from the exhibit that the plaintiff was not present when the appeal panel was recounting the votes as such the decision of the national working committee of the party on which the plaintiff’s name was substituted cannot be trusted because it was based on a faulty foundation.”

Ondo Recruits Teachers For Primary And Secondary Schools

Ondo State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Olajide Adejuyigbe

Ondo State Government says the decision to recruit qualified teachers in various subjects in the primary and secondary schools in the State is to fill the vacancies provided.

The State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Olajide Adejuyigbe, made this disclosure while speaking to journalists in his office in Akure, the State Capital.

He maintains that the teachers will be digitally minded new generation teachers, adding that incentives will be given to those posted to rural communities to make them committed.

He also noted that the newly established federal polytechnic in Ile-Oluji will take off very soon as plans are already ongoing to that effect.

Governor Olusegun Mimiko had ordered the recruitment of 2,000 teachers into the state’s teaching service as part of government’s efforts to create more gainful employment and improve the standard of education in the state.

Lawmakers Assure Mimiko Of Adequate Funding For New Poly

Governor Olusegun MimikoThe Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Education, Hon. Aminu Suleiman has assured the Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, that the Committee is working closely with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to ensure that there are enough funds for the successful take-off of the newly established Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji in Ondo State.

The assurance was made when members of the Committee paid a courtesy visit to the governor, in his office, in Akure, as part of their oversight functions.

Honourable Suleiman expressed satisfaction on the state of some Federal Government owned tertiary educational institutions, which the Committee visited in the State.

He also said that the overall interest of the members for the visit was for the educational development of Ondo State.

Responding, Governor Mimiko maintained that education was a tool for social development and breaking of generational poverty.

He stressed that his administration’s heavy investment in the education sector was to ensure that the products of the State were able to compete with their peers anywhere in the world.

Mimiko further projected that in the next five years, every child in the State would be attending standardised mega schools.

The members of the Committee after leaving Ondo State are expected to visit other States of the federation to assess the Federal Government owned educational institutions located there.