The Oniyani of Iyani Akoko, Oba Joel Daodu, who was abducted recently by gunmen along Owo/Ikare- Akoko highway in Ondo State, has been released.
Confirming the release, spokesman for the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, said the monarch was seen walking by the roadside in Ayede-Ogbese, a small town along the Akure-Owo highway.
He noted that the traditional ruler has been taken to the police station in his town, adding that investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances around his abduction and apprehend his kidnappers.
Mr Joseph, however, told Channels Television that Oba Daodu did not inform the Police that any payment was made before he was released.
The abductors were said to have demanded for five million Naira as ransom to secure his release, a sum which was reportedly reduced to three million Naira.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Ondo State Governor, Segun Ajiboye, also confirmed the release of the traditional ruler to Channels Television.
The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has withdrawn the appeal filed by his predecessor in office, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, before the Court of Appeal in respect of the judgment of the state’s High Court, barring the governor and the state House of Assembly from dissolving the Local Government Council.
Counsel to Governor Akeredolu, Charles Titiloye, informed the Court of Appeal that the governor has reviewed the case and found out that the case was based on mere speculations.
According to him, the appeal was a grand plan by his predecessor in office to ambush the new government with an unfavourable judgment of the Court of Appeal on the local Government issue.
Consequently, Mr Titiloye filed an application before the High Court, Akure, urging it to set aside the Judgment of the said court delivered by Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi.
The application, according to him, was based on the grounds that the trial court lacked constitutional jurisdiction to hear the case and proceed to give judgment on mere speculations when there was no dispute between the former administration of Governor Mimiko and the council Chairmen.
The Legal Practitioner noted that the Local Government suit is a gross abuse of court processes arranged by the Governor Mimiko Government to create problem for the new Government led by Akeredolu.
He therefore urged the court to set aside its judgment and strike out the suit for want of jurisdiction.
The Ondo State governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has hailed Friday’s victory of the former Deputy Governor of the state, Ali Olanusi, at the Court of Appeal in Akure.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, the 79-page judgement delivered by Justice Muhammed Danjuma was well deserved.
According to him, the judgement is a triumph of democracy and triumph of light over darkness.
The governor added that the judgement would discourage political leaders from arbitrary actions and decisions.
He therefore commended the judiciary for its resolute to ensure that tenets of democracy are promoted.
He said the judgement confirmed that Olanusi was maltreated, abused and humiliated by the crop of the lawmakers who planned and executed the illegal impeachment.
In his judgement, Justice Danjuma said Olanusi’s impeachment did not follow due process of law and cannot stand because the former Deputy Governor was not personally served the originating summon, adding that he was denied to make his presentation before a panel set up to investigate the alleged gross misconduct levelled against him.
The Judge maintained that Mr Olanusi remained the Ondo State Deputy Governor from April 27, 2015, the date he was wrongly impeached by the State House of Assembly till February 24, 2017 when the tenure of the then governor, Olusegun Mimiko expired.
The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has approved the appointment of Honourable Ifedayo Abegunde as the Secretary to the State Government, and Mr Olugbenga Ale as the Chief of Staff to the Governor.
The approval was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday from the office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
According to the statement, Governor Akeredolu approved the appointment of seven others which he said takes immediate effect.
Mr Jones Ogunmusire was appointed the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Administration and Policy Planning, Honourable Taofeek Olawale Abdusalam as the SSA on Legislative Matters, and Mr Kunle Adebayo as SSA on Research and Documentation.
Other appointments include: SSA on Infrastructure, Mr Raheem Olayiwola Aminu; SSA on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr. Doyin Odebowale; Chief of Protocol, Tosin Ogunbodede, and Deputy Chief of Protocol, Bola Alabi.
Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has rescheduled his visit to Ondo State which was earlier slated for Friday.
A statement issued by the spokesman for the Acting President, Mr Laolu Akande, said the trip was in continuation of Professor Osinbajo’s tour of the oil-producing communities, which earlier took him to Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo States.
“Professor Osinbajo was already air-borne this morning when weather reports indicated dusty haze and very poor visibility at the Akure Airport and other alternative airports nearby.
“The presidential jet therefore had to return to Abuja, following which the weather condition was closely monitored until about 2:30PM when it became abundantly clear that the situation would not change on time for the Acting President to achieve the purpose of the visit.
“The visit has therefore been rescheduled for Monday, February 20, 2017,” the statement said.
The Presidency extended apologies to the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the Governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, traditional rulers and the people of the state who have been awaiting Professor Osinbajo’s visit.
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has commissioned the Public Service Training Institute which would serve as a breeding ground for public servants in the state and beyond.
The institute is located in Ilaramokin in Ifedore Local Government Area in the central senatorial district of the southwest Nigerian state.
It was envisioned in 2011 as part of the Governor Mimiko-led administration’s commitment towards ensuring efficient and effective service in the state’s public sector.
In his address at the event, the Governor said that he admitted that the feats recorded by his administration in key sectors such as health, education and urban renewal would not have been possible but for the dedication of the public service.
He expressed hope that the institute would be able to deliver generalised and customised training for the public service in the state as well as interested organisation or individual.
The guest speaker at the occasion, who is an Afenifere Chieftain, Mr Sehinde Arogbofa, commended Governor Mimiko for the establishment of the institute.
He expressed hope that humanity would benefit from the gesture, stressing the importance of education and productivity in any venture.
The commissioning was witnessed by dignitaries such as a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae; a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore and a former Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Dere Awosika, among others.
The edifice has a number of facilities which include: an administrative block, a 300 capacity conference hall, a 100 capacity boardroom and a standard restaurant.
Others include five standard lecture theatres, 10 syndicate rooms and library facilities among others.
Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has appointed Mr Akindolire, Herbert Olaolu as the new Accountant General of Ondo State.
Eni Akinsola, the CPS to the Governor in a statement, announced the appointment which is to fill the post made vacant after the retirement of the former Accountant General, Elder F. Lanke Ajibokun, in the later part of 2016.
Akindolire who hails from Ile Oluji, in Ile-Oluji/Oke Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, is a certified National Accountant and a certified member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN).
He is a full member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and a Certified Financial Consultant and Fellow of Institute of Financial Consultants of USA and Canada.
The 56 year old, is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and a member of International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management, Washington DC, USA among many others.
He was Senior Accountant, Ondo State Electricity Board, Project Accountant, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on Environment and Natural Resources Management, Principal Accountant, Ondo State Board of Internal Revenue, and Chief Accountant, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Budget before being appointed Assistant Director of Finance and Accounts, Government House and Protocol in 2003, a position he held till 2006.
He thereafter became Deputy Director, Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Finance before being made Director, Consolidated Accounts and Head of Project, Financial Management Unit of World Bank Assisted Projects in the Office of the Accountant General, Ondo State in June 2012 where he was before his appointment.
Married with children, Akindolire has attended tens of courses home and abroad has also delivered papers and lectures on Accounting and Financial Management.
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has commended the state-owned football club, Sunshine Stars of Akure for winning the just concluded maiden South West Pre-Season Soccer Tournament in Lagos.
Governor Mimiko, while reacting to the development in Akure lauded the players and officials for the feat. He described the victory as a ‘very sweet victory’ not only for the players, but the soccer-loving people of the state.
He said that the team’s victory at the pre-season tournament is an indication that it would have a successful new season and urged the players and officials to ensure that the pre-season tournament trophy counts by winning the league title.
Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, who described the victory as deserving, said the Dr Olusegun Mimiko led government has been able to raise the bar in the state, in sports generally, and football in particular.
He stressed that over the years, the state has produced indigenes who have become successful coaches, adding that the list of Ondo State indigenes who are certified coaches rose drastically since the incumbent administration assumed power in 2009.
“Before then, the number of certified coaches who are indigenes of Ondo State was very low, but today, reverse is now the case as the state can now boast of over 100 certified coaches who are indigenes of the state, the highest in the history of our darling state.”
He said that Governor Mimiko never hid his intention to take football development to the next level in the state, hence the birth of the only football agency in Nigeria, the Ondo State Football Agency, (ODSFA) shortly after his administration took off in 2009.
“The Governor also always stresses the importance of human capacity development which recognised the need for indigenous coaches to be produced as they acquire knowledge on different fronts.
“The investment is now yielding results as the present composition of Sunshine Stars Technical Crew is 100% indigenous.” Akinmade said.
The Federal Government asking the professional engineers in the country to work with relevant institutions towards improving the practice of engineering in the Nigeria.
This is according to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal in Akure the Ondo State capital during the 25th Engineering Assembly of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Mr Lawal decried the absence of up-to-date curriculum at the nation’s university as one of the major causes of low quality engineers in the country.
The Ondo State Governor, Mr Olusegun Mimiko, on his part, emphasised on the need to paying attention to the development of local industries.
At the end of the meeting, experts recommended the total reviewing of engineering curriculum in Nigerian universities to meet with current global demands, discourage industrial action by tertiary institutions lecturers and the implementation of research and innovation work been neglected at various universities.
President Muhammadu Buhari has identified the absence of up to date curriculum as the major cause of the low quality of engineering products in Nigeria.
The President made the observation on Tuesday while speaking at an occasion organised by professional engineers in Nigeria held in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
‘A Wide Gap’
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, President Buhari revealed that the obsolete curriculum had created a wide gap between engineers trained in Nigeria and those trained abroad.
He implored professional engineers in Nigeria to work together with the various relevant stakeholders towards improving the practice of engineering in Nigeria.
He also called for the rebuilding of the engineering curriculum to meet current global demands.
On his part, the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, emphasised the negative trend in which most of the capital investments in Nigeria come from financial products while actual industry products have declined.
He insisted that it was the political economy of an era that drives development, noting that there is the need to pay attention to the development of local industries.
In an interview with Channels Television, the Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu and a professor in the field of engineering who was onetime Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Professor Faborode gave some solutions to the challenges confronting the development of engineering education and practice in Nigeria.
The theme of the conference is “Embracing the future: improving the quality of Engineering education and practice in Nigeria”.
Efforts of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-west region of Nigeria to put forward a strong candidate for the chairmanship of the party appear to have hit a brick wall on Monday.
A meeting of the leaders of the party in the region held on Monday in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, ended without agreement on who becomes the candidate for the national chairmanship position of the party.
The national leadership of the party had earlier zoned the position to the south-west and at the meeting, leaders of the party were expected to agree on a consensus candidate ahead of the national convention planned to hold on August 17 in Port Harcourt, River State.
Briefing reporters after the meeting held at the Government House of Ondo State, the factional South-west Zonal Chairman of the party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, revealed that the chairmanship was zoned to Lagos and Ogun States, while the deputy publicity secretary position went to Osun and Oyo; and the treasurer was zoned to Ekiti and Ondo States.
One of the chairmanship aspirants, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, from Oyo State, however, disagreed with the zoning arrangement insisting that all the aspirants must be allowed to test their popularity.
Another aspirant, Mr Bode George from Lagos State commended the oneness and cohesion of the party in the zone, expressing hope that all the issues in the party would be amicably resolved.
Those present at the meeting include Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and his Ekiti State Counterpart, Ayo Fayose; Mr Ebenezer Babatope.
Others are Senator Seye Ogunlewe, Senator Olusola Obada, Senator Kofo Akere Bucknor, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Rasidi Adeojo among others.
Claiming Chairmanship Position
While the plan for the convention is ongoing, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is still claiming the chairmanship position, with a court ruling in his favour.
He had approached a court to stop the party from holding the planned convention, insisting that he remained the chairman of the party.
Senator Sheriff was removed by some members of the at an earlier Convention held in May, with a caretaker committee established.
The caretaker committee has set up two committees in preparation for the planned convention.
After Senator Sheriff’s removal, he insisted that a court order had stopped the convention from holding, an order he said led to his announcement of the convention’s postponement before he was removed by some members of the party.
His persistent claims to the leadership of the party and court orders in his favour have caused a divide in the leadership of the party.
On July 28, aFederal High Court sitting in Abuja affirmed Senator Sheriff as the authentic national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to Justice Okon Abang, only actions and decisions made by the Sheriff-led leadership are lawful and binding.
He, however, said that although he had the powers to nullify the ruling of the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court, which recognised the Makarfi-led leadership, he would not do so because there was no application to that effect before him.
Earlier on July 27, Senator Sheriff and eight others approached the Federal High Court, Abuja for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the party from conducting the national convention slated for August 17.
The court is yet to give its verdict on the request and the Senator Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee is going ahead with plans for the proposed convention.