Governor Fashola’s Father Dies At 80

The father of the governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola, Ibrahim Ademola Fashola on Monday died at the age of 80 years at an undisclosed hospital.

In a statement signed by the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Lanre Babalola said the remains of Elder Fashola will be buried on Tuesday, the 6th of August 2013 at Vaults and Gardens Ikoyi by 1pm.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan Monday has sent a condolence message to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State who is presently away on lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia

A statement by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, said the president on behalf of himself, his family, the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria, conveys sincere condolences to the governor.

“As they mourn Pa Fashola, President Jonathan urges Governor Fashola, his family and people of Lagos State to give thanks to God Almighty for the octogenarian’s very exemplary and accomplished life,”

The President urged  the family  to be comforted by the knowledge that Pa Fashola is returning to his Creator as a very blessed and fulfilled man who lived to see his son become a two-term Governor of one of Nigeria’s most populous and vibrant states.

President Jonathan joins the Governor Fashola, members of his family and the people of Lagos in praying that God Almighty will grant Pa Fashola peaceful and eternal rest from his labours on earth.”

The deceased is survived by children, grandchildren and great-grand children among whom is the Lagos State Governor, Mr.
Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Arinola Fuwa, Olayinka Fashola, Ademola Fashola, Omolara Fashola, Adewale Fashola, Ademola Fashola Jnr. and Ademola Keji Fashola.

NLC Boss Asks Jonathan To Check Utterances Of Govt Officials

The Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Issa Aremu has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to resign if he cannot call to order the Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, Mr Kingsley Kuku and former Niger Delta Militant, Mr Asari Dokubo as he reacted to the inciting statements made by these men.

In Mr. Aremu’s words “It was regrettable that people of questionable character were the ones speaking for the president instead of those constitutionally empowered to do so”.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives have accused both the Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, Mister Kingsley Kuku and former Niger Delta Militant, Mister Asari Dokubo of threatening the peace of the country following their incitiing statements insisting that President Goodluck Jonathan must be allowed to contest the 2015 presidential election for peace to reign in the country.

And considering a motion on the urgent need to check the utterances of some Nigerians which is capable of causing disaffection among the people, the House resolved to direct the Police to investigate the rationale behind the utterances of  Mr. Kuku and former Niger Delta Militant, Asari Dokubo.

And in reaction to the proposed investigation by the House, a group from the Niger Delta, the South-South Restoration Forum has vowed to institute a legal action if any of them is arrested claiming that this is not the first time such statements have been made in the country and have gone unquestioned and  wondered why  this one has attracted the attention of members of House of Representatives, seeking their arrest.


African countries should focus on global exports — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged African countries to become globally competitive and begin exporting finished products to the outside world.

President Jonathan said this while speaking to the outgoing Ugandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Christopher Onyango Aparr, in the Presidential Villa.

President Jonathan said economic growth was necessary for political stability and added that Nigeria was focused on building and strengthening mutually beneficial economic relations with Uganda and Africa.

The President commended Mr. Aparr for sustaining the warm brotherly relations between Nigeria and Uganda, and wished him well in his next post.

Earlier, the outgoing Ugandan High Commissioner thanked President Jonathan for Nigeria’s assistance through the Technical Aid Corps, as well as the strong bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries.

At a different audience, President Jonathan commended Turkey for assisting Nigeria in developing human capacity through the establishment of schools in the country.

The President was speaking to the outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ali Rifat Koksal.