Ondo Youths Ask BEDC To Restore Power Supply

Ondo Youths Ask BEDC To Restore Power SupplySome youths in Ondo State have called for the restoration of power supply to communities of the Southern Senatorial District of the state, by the electricity distribution company operating in the region.

The youths drawn from the various towns and villages converged on Okitipupa, the headquarters of the Senatorial District, for a peaceful protest with placards in their hands ‎demanding the restoration of power to the area.

They asked the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to as a matter of urgency, restore electricity to their communities which they lamented have been without power for almost a year now.

The angry youths lamented the paralysed socio-economic activities, adding that the jobless able-bodied youths have turned to anti-social activities to make ends meet.

They claimed that while the Northern and Central Senatorial Districts of the state have considerable supply of power, their communities had been experiencing total darkness.

Leader of the protesting youths, Sayo Onikun, also decried the lack of infrastructure and basic amenities in the area, despite the fact that it produces the largest chunk of resources in Ondo State.

Some of the protesters Babatunde Olatimehin and Jerome Joshua‎ attributed the high level of poverty in the senatorial district to lack of infrastructure and employment opportunities.

The youths posited that they have endured the suffering enough, adding that they want to live a comfortable life just like people in other parts of the state.

Army Provides Free Medical Services To Drivers In Ilorin

Army Provides Free Medical Services To Drivers In IlorinThe Nigerian Army has provided free medical services to commercial drivers in Ilorin, the Kwara State’s capital, South-west Nigeria.

The development, which was carried out by the 22 Brigade Medical Centre of Sobi Barracks in Ilorin, is coming as part of the contributions to communities and civilians in the state.

Leading the team, the Medical Director of the 22 Brigade Medical Centre, Captain Onyekachi Iheagwu, checked the blood pressure, weight, malaria parasite, sugar level and dental check-up at Akerebiata motor garage in Ilorin.

Addressing the drivers before the commencement of the exercise, Captain Iheagwu stressed the importance of constant medical check-up especially for the commercial drivers.

He noted that this would go a long way in saving lives and avoid sudden deaths of commercial drivers.

The Chairman of the motor garage, Ismaila Eletu, commended the Army for extending the free medical service to them.

He expressed hopes that the medical check-up would further ensure their safety, as well as called for constant and regular provision of the service.

It is expected that virtually 200 commercial drivers would benefit from the three-day free medical exercise.

EPL: Wenger Optimistic Of Victory Against Man. United

EPL: Wenger Optimistic Of Victory Against Man. UnitedArsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has expressed optimism on possible outcome of Sunday’s big game against rival Manchester United in the English Premier League.

The manager believes the Gunners have every reason to feel positive ahead of the derby against the Red Devils at the Emirates Stadium.

According to Arsenal’s website, Wenger said “I don’t see why we should be absolutely down”.

“We are on the back of three or four good results in the Premier League. Yes, we had a disappointment in the Champions League, and we have to analyse it well.”

He stressed further that “It was disappointing to lose, but overall, every competition is different, you have to go in a different competition in a different state of mind and we have to be inspired by what we did at Leicester.

“If I say now that we are three points behind Man United, playing Man United at home and I don’t believe that we can win the Premier League, what would you [the media] tell me? You will slaughter me.”

Expressing determination to put right the wrongs of a second straight defeat to Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) last Tuesday, the Arsenal boss said “It’s worrying because when you accept to take the initiative of the game you also have to accept you can lose the game.

“I don’t explain the fact that we lost the two games in the Champions League by being inferior. We’ve played two teams who accepted our superiority at the start (and played defensively).

“If you play offensive football and you lose, everybody kills you. But if you sit for 10 games with a team which refuses to play then you will fall asleep and everybody says: ‘why don’t you attack?'” Wenger explained.

Contrary to the Gunners’ poor performances in the UCL, they have been in strong form domestically, winning three of their last four Premier League fixtures.

METROFILE: Prince Of Print; Henry Odukomaiya Celebrates 80

Henry OdukomaiyaPrince Henry Olukayode Odukomaiya celebrated his 80th birthday with a thanksgiving service at the Arch Bishop Vinning Memorial Cathedral, Ikeja, Lagos followed by a reception at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island.

One of Nigeria’s foremost journalists, Prince Odukomaiya is one of the brains behind the birth of Concord Newspaper. He was also the former Managing Director of Champion Newspapers and a former Deputy Chief Editor of the Daily Times.

Prominent Nigerians who attended the event included Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, Ogun state Commissioner for Commerce, Bimbo Ashiru, Chairman Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Sam Amuka, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi.

The celebrant also launched a book: Henry Odukomaiya @ 80: In the Eyes Of Associates, which was reviewed by the former Managing Director of Daily Times, Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi.