Afe Babalola Gets Awolowo Prize For Leadership


One of Nigeria’s most renowned lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Afe Babalola was today awarded the 2018 Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership.

The event which took place on Wednesday at Harbour Point in Victoria Island, Lagos, had former Head of State Yakubu Gowon, traditional rulers, serving and former governors as well as other prominent Nigerians in attendance.

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Delivering a speech, former commonwealth general, Chief Emeka Anyaoku said Afe Babalola becomes the third awardee of the leadership prize after nobel laureate professor Wole Soyinka and former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki.

The award recognizes excellence in political and corporate governance, education and service to under-privileged among others.

Cleric Advises Akeredolu To Run Government Like Awolowo, Ajasin

Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, Sam Olu-Alo, Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle AjasinThe Ondo State Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has been advised to follow the steps of some past leaders in ensuring good governance.

The Coordinator of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Oke Erio, Ekiti State and founder of CAC Grace of Mercy Prayer Mountain (GMPM), Prophet Sam Olu-Alo, asked Mr Rotimi to take a cue from the late Premier of Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, and late former Governor of Ondo State, Adekunle Ajasin.

Prophet Olu-Alo, who said the two late elder statesmen executed life-transforming projects, programmes and policies that people still benefit from, tasked the awaiting governor not to fall short of such when he assumes office in February.

The cleric made the call during the three-year anniversary thanksgiving of CAC GMPM (Adamimogo Outreach) in Akure, the Ondo State capital which climaxed its nine-day ‘open air crusade’ at the GMPM grounds.

He urged Nigerians irrespective of class and status to embrace God with a view to getting Nigeria out of its present condition.

The clergyman also tasked President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 state governors to execute people-oriented projects that would outlive them.

Put God First

“They should implement projects and policies that (would have) positive impact on the land and people which will speak for them long after they might have left office or even dead.

“That is how they can always be remembered and fulfil the purpose (for which) God put them in office.

“The Governor-elect of Ondo State should come to office with that mind and work for the good of the people.

“He should put God first and do the will of God who made his electoral victory possible. He should embrace all without discrimination,” Prophet Olu-Alo said.

Nigeria Needs Prayers

The cleric said CAC GMPM Adamimogo Outreach came into being to ensure restoration of the souls that had wandered away from God, to deliver the oppressed, to reveal God’s mind to human beings and let them know that God still answers prayers.

He urged Nigerians of all classes and status to be determined to return to God.

“For instance, when you look at America; it is not as if the people don’t (commit) sin but they fear God. They value human lives.

But here (in Nigeria), there is no value for human lives; even murderers are being celebrated.

“There is no fear of God; there is need for repentance, then prayers and love. Nigeria needs prayers.

“This is why I still reiterated the need for a day to be set aside for men of God across different denominations to gather to pray for the country”.

Police Arrest Hit-And-Run Driver Over OAU Medical Student’s Death

Police Arrest Hit-And-Run Driver Over OAU Medical Student's DeathThe Police in Osun have detained a driver who hit a 400-level medical student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Mr Seun Olorunfemi and fled the scene.

The student who was knocked down by the driver in Ile-Ife was rushed to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital where he eventually died.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Folasade Odoro confirmed to Channels Television correspondent that the driver was eventually apprehended and that he is currently in Police net.

“I can confirm to you that the driver has been apprehended and detained. Necessary investigation would be carried out and appropriate steps would be taken,” Odoro said.

Our correspondent learnt that the late medical student was one of the best students in his department and very active in church programmes on the campus.

When other students, especially those of the College of Health Sciences heard about the death of Olorunfemi, they were devastated and the Christian community at the university was also thrown into mourning.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju said that the untimely death of Olorunfemi was painful.

“The OAU management sympathised with the family and relations of the deceased as well as the College of Health Sciences,” Olanrewaju said.

OAU Workers, Students Protest, Demand Outgoing VC’s Probe

OAU, OAU workers,Students and workers at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife Osun State are calling on the federal government to set up an investigative panel into what they call the “corrupt activities” of the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Bamitale Omole.

To show their grievances against Professor Omole, the workers comprising members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Unions and students attempted to stall the book launch organised in his honour.

It was less than three weeks to the expiration of the tenure of Professor Bamitale Omole as OAU VC and the protesters gathered in front of the school’s bookshop to disrupt the book launch.

From the book shop, they moved to the OAU Conference Centre, venue of the book launch, dragging the banner of the launch along.

At the conference centre, the aggrieved workers and students were told that the event had been cancelled for security reasons.

Speaking to newsmen, leaders of the unions claimed that they were on the protest to register their grievances against the mismanagement of the institution’s resources and an alleged planned imposition of a new vice chancellor by the outgoing vice chancellor.

They called on the federal government to set up a panel of inquiry to probe the about-to-wind-up administration of Prof Bamitale Omole.

The students also blamed management for the condition of the halls of residence, which they say is deplorable and requires urgent attention.

However, OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, says all aggrieved unions should channel their concerns to anti-graft agencies saddled with the responsibility with relevance proof if there is any.

In the meantime, the unions have vowed to continue their protests until June 23 when Professor Bamitale Omole is expected to officially vacate his office as the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Abike Dabiri Appointed Senior Special Assistant To Buhari

Abike-dabiriPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former member of the House of Representatives, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, as Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora.

The new Senior Special Assistant to the President chaired the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity between 2003 and 2007.

She also was a former chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs between 2007 and 2015.

She worked for the Nigerian Television Authority for 15 years, anchoring the weekly NTA Newsline programme and taking a particular interest in poverty and social justice issues.

She retired from her position at Nigerian Television Authority to stand for election in the House of Representatives, as a lawmaker representing Ikorodu in Lagos State.

Dabiri-Erewa was born in Jos, Plateau State and attended Maryland Private School, Maryland, Ikeja and St. Teresa’s College, Ibadan, for her primary and secondary education respectively.

She obtained her first degree in English Language from the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, before proceeding to the University of Lagos where she obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma, PGD, in Mass Communication. She also obtained a master’s degree in Mass Communication from the same university.

Dabiri-Erewa also studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Estate, School In Ogun Named After HID Awolowo

Gov. Amosun Names Estate, Model School After HID AwolowoThe Ogun State Government has named the Plainfield Estate in Abeokuta, the state’s capital and one of the 15 model schools in Ikenne after the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Hannah Awolowo.

The State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, made the disclosure at an event organised by the State Government, held at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu on Monday.

The Governor said that he named the school and estate after Mrs Awolowo, as part of events lined up for the final burial ceremony of the wife of the late Premier of the Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo.

Addressing dignitaries, market men and women, artisans, clergymen, family members and political associates, who attended the event, Governor Amosun reiterated his administration’s resolve to use the legacies left behind by late Mrs Awolowo in the administration of good governance and effective service delivery.

Late Mrs Awolowo, who died on September 19, 2015, is expected to be interred at the Awolowo family house in Ikenne, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state on November 25, 2015.

Senate Receives Second Batch of Ministerial Nominees’ List

ministerial nomineesThe second batch of President Muhammadu Buhari’s list of ministerial nominees has been presented to the Nigerian Senate.

The Senate announced this via its Twitter handle on Monday afternoon.

The Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, who was accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang and his counterpart for the House Of Representatives, Honorable Suleiman Kawu, handed over the letter to the Senate President at exactly 4:24 pm.

The letter was sealed and would only be opened by the Senate President at the plenary on Tuesday.

The first list of 21 ministerial nominees was sent to the Senate on September 30. 16 names are said to be on this second batch.


Senate President Promises Fairness In Screening Ministerial Nominees

Ministerial NomineesNigeria Senate President, Dr. Olubukola Saraki, has assured Nigerians of a level playing ground in the screening of the ministerial nominees forwarded to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari without compromising the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He made the promise in Ikenne, Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, South West Nigeria while leading a 6-man delegation of the upper chamber to the home of the former Premier of the old Western Region, late Obafemi Awolowo on the demise of the matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs HID Awolowo.

The Senate President also affirmed that it would not be business as usual as the Senate is poised to ensure competent hands are appointed to invigorate the current effort of the federal government in the task of putting the country on the path to socioeconomic development.

H.I.D Awolowo Dies At 99

HIDThe matriarch of the Awolowo family, Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, H.I.D as she is fondly called, is dead.

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

Unconfirmed reports say she died shortly after a meeting with her family members on Saturday.

She was said to have been part of the meeting for the planning of her 100th birthday

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I Want To Be Like Awolowo – Governor Elect, Fayose Speaks

Ayo FayoseThe Governor-elect in Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose has said he would want to be like Obafemi Awolowo by way of his political actions, expressing his desire to be respected like the political icon.

Fayose, on Sunday addressed journalists following his victory at the polls in Ekiti State, promising to run an all-inclusive government that Ekiti people will be proud of.

He extended the hand of fellowship to the incumbent governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the Labour Party candidate, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele.

“I assure everyone that contested with me and has conceded and accepted me as the governor elect that I will work with all of them.

“We will recall that it is still Ekiti, that homogeneous state where we speak the same language and our communities end with Ekiti, that is, there is no community in Ekiti that does not end with the word Ekiti. The government belongs to all of us.

“Four years is a very short time in the life of any administration. i want to let them know that these four years will be four years of all of us in government. There will be no winner and no loser,” he said.

Mr Fayose also said he would work with Fayemi on all uncompleted projects and ensure that they are finished and not abandoned as is the trend when new governments take over office.

He also said he would tar all untarred roads in Ado Ekiti in two years and pay civil servants on 21 of every month.





OAU Students Complain Over 320% Fees Increment

ifeThe President of Obafemi Awolowo University Students Union, Ibikunle Isaac, has complained about the recent increment of school fees for fresh students and post graduate students.

While complaining about the increment, he revealed that the school announced a rise that amounts to about 320% stating that fresh students’ fees had been increased from N17, 000 to N100,000.

He also added that about 3 years ago, the acceptance fee into the school was increased from N2,000 to N20,000.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Isaac revealed that the school receives funds from different sources and the World Bank recently allocated about $8million to the school, in addition to the school also generating funds from other businesses like the pure water and bread making factories in the school.

So, he wondered what the justification could be for the high increment, if the school would not explain how it spends all the monies it receives from the different sources.

He complained of the lack of power supply in the school and stated that the Senate of the school, rather than address the students’ problems, went ahead to announce the increment without communicating with the students.

Mr. Isaac noted that the student union was supposed to know about the increment of fees.

“If there is going to be any increment then the union must be involved.

“We want to know how much – every kobo – spent in the school”, he said.

Group Advocates Awolowo’s True Federalism Tenets

Awolowo Foundation LectureSpeakers at the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation Lecture, which is ongoing in Lagos State, are asking for true federalism as proposed by foremost politician and former premier of the western region, late Obafemi Awolowo.

The lead speaker at the event, Professor Pius Adesanmi, stressed the need for Awolowo’s roadmap to be urgently considered ahead of the proposed National Conference in order to fix the anomalies created by the constitution.

Professor Adesanmi emphasised Awolowo tenets, that a federal constitution must at all times be sensitive to minority and sufficiently take care of their legitimate fear of domination whenever the need arises.

The executive director of the foundation, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, said that the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, being the custodian of the statesman’s intellectual legacy, had decided to place his prescriptions on the matter of the country’s constitution before Nigerians and intending delegates to the proposed National Conference for “rigorous and rational” re-examination.

She pointed out that a symposium at this time on the Nigerian Constitution could not be timelier, given the fact that the long-awaited national conference will start on march 18.

Awolowo had called for a Nigeria with one constitution and one law.