Governor Ahmed Goes Tough On Cultists In Kwara

Abdulfatah-Ahmed, National Discovery, Governor Ahmed, RescessionThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has read a riot act on cultism in the state, threatening to jail anyone who violates the cultism law.

The governor who emphasised his administration’s zero-tolerance for cultism and other criminal activities, said any student caught would not only be jailed for 10 years but also rusticated.

He made the comments while speaking at the 23rd combined convocation ceremony of the state polytechnic.

Ahmed also warned parents and guardians to monitor their wards against bad peer groups, adding that they should be moulded to contribute positively to the socio-economic development of the state.

He further explained that asides formal education obtained from the institutions, students do not necessarily have to end up in the line of their course of study.

“You must go out and adapt to several skills that will make you beneficial to yourself and the society, ” Ahmed said.

Furthermore, he stated that “while most students are responsible and focus to achieve success in their chosen careers, a small number decide to indulge in negative and criminal behavior such as cultism.

“Let me make this abundantly clear that my administration has zero tolerance for cultism, I repeat, zero tolerance for cultism within and outside academic institutions.

“Anyone found guilty in the involvement in such illegality risk a ten years jail term, hefty fine and rustication and parents and guardians must keep an eye on their wards,” the governor stressed.

Economic Recession: Ooni Of Ife Asks FG To Invest In Culture, Tourism

economic recession, ooni of ife, cultue, tourismaThe Ooni of Ile-Ife has called on the Federal Government to intensify investments in culture and tourism, saying the sector is capable of bailing the country out of economic recession.

The Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, also advised the government to promote Nigeria’s culture, as a unifying force for the people within and in the diaspora.

Ooni Ogunwusi made the request at the unveiling of the Olojo Festival logo, which marked the beginning of the 2016 Olojo Festival, held at the the Ile-Oodua Palace on Friday.

Oba Ogunwusi while launching the logo said: “What we are doing is indeed a new one. We have improved the branding and we want to show the landmark uniqueness of Ile-Ife as a tourist centre.

“Both the government and private entrepreneurs should begin to use tourism for unity and economic development. Tourism is about movement. It is like a mandate that draws people from every part of the world”.Olojo

Oba Ogunwusi said embracing culture and tourism would bail Nigeria out of recession, describing it as a lasting solution to the current economic challenges.

The Ooni also mentioned that the sector was capable of making Osun State one of the richest states in Nigeria.

‎While describing Olojo as one festival with world class recognition, he emphasised the fact that ‘the festival draws all sons and daughters from across the world’ and that it would be a good opportunity to reinforce the notion of Ife, as a foremost cultural centre and sensitise them on the need to tap into tourism and culture.

Tourism ‘Money-spinner’

The Director General of the Office of Economic Development and Partnerships (OEDP), Dr. Charles Akinola, who represented the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, said that entrepreneurs involvement was necessary for cultural renaissance and socio-economic development.

Explaining further, he pointed out that Ile-Ife had no less than 12 tourist centres of international standards and also made reference to some other countries who have generated revenue ranging from $20.2 billion to $177.2 billion.

He stated that the government already had a tourism master-plan and had been developing it within the possible financial circumstances.

“When these are developed and well marketed, they will generate jobs in arts and craft; tour guides, transportation services in airlines and taxicabs and hospitality services,” he stated.

Dr Akinola called on entrepreneurs and those interested to partner with the government in order for the nation to benefit from the tourism ‘money-spinner’.

Stressing the importance of this partnership, he explained that culture separates one human group from another.

“Culture is the capsule that houses the economic system, science and technology, behavioural pattern, beliefs and religion of a people.”

He further expressed concern that Nigeria was not tapping into the economic aspect of culture, saying: “We can build a thriving economy around our culture and monuments”.

Governor Amosun Promises Better Days Ahead For Ogun Residents

amosunOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has assured residents of more capital projects to re-fertilize the socioeconomic development of the state, despite the harsh economic situation in the country, saying that proactive economic policies have been put in place to achieve this.

The Governor said this in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during the yearly special Iftar prayer held at the arcade ground of the Governor’s office.

Addressing the gathering, the State Governor seized the occasion to thank residents for their cooperation and also asked for more cooperation and better understanding for government policies and programmes.

Quick to promise better days ahead in the face of dwindling finances, Governor Amosun promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him and his administration.

During a lecture at the event, the Chief Imam of the University of Abuja, Professor Taofeek Adesina, urged Muslims against all forms of violence. He also challenged the Federal Government to provide the much needed good governance, transparency and accountability for the overall development of the country.

Prayers were offered for continuous peace and harmony in the land.

The event was attended by religious leader, traditional rulers, members of the National and State Assemblies, the Secretary-General of the Council for Islamic Affairs, and the former International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge, Prince Bola Ajibola.