Osun Monarch Kunle Oyeyemi Promises Youth Development

kunle-oyeyemi-king-of-oba-ileThe new Monarch of Oba-Ile in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun State, Dr Kunle Oyeyemi, has promised to use his wealth of experience and influence to promote youth development.

He believes such engagement ill reduce social vices among the youths.

The monarch made the promise while moving to the seclusion house where he is expected to spend seven days before the final coronation.

Indigenes of the town, both home and in the Diaspora have earlier converged on the palace in their thousands, singing and dancing to traditional lyrics before they moved alongside with the new Oloba Ile to the seclusion place.

Addressing reporters, the new Oloba of Oba Ile said he would leave no stone unturned in ensuring peaceful coexistence among the people of the town.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the increasing rate of crime in the society, blaming it on unemployment of the youths.

He, however, promised to give priority to youth development and engage them in a way that would make them useful rather than being a nuisance to the society.

Dr Oyeyemi, who was so excited by the mammoth crowd at the seclusion place, promised to bring unprecedented development to the town just as he promised to bring programmes that would have direct impact on the youths of community.

He also vowed to work together with other traditional rulers in the state and bring creativity to the throne by ensuring unity among the people of the town as well as the neighboring communities.

Outlining some of his vision, Dr Oyeyemi, who pointed out that he could not do it alone but with the support of his subjects, said he would bring positive change to the town.

He added that his early institution of an advisory organ, the Oloba Ile-In-Council, made up of eminent Chiefs, would help to chart and navigate the course of his agenda by defining clear goals and roadmap for achieving his dream to transform ancient community.

“I will do everything within my capacity to ensure peaceful coexistence among the people of this community. I will ensure unity at both the town and neighboring communities.

“I will use my wealth of experience and exposure to achieve this,” the new monarch promised.

What Reps Told Sports Minister About 2016 Budget Spending

What Reps Told Sports Minister About 2016 Budget SpendingThe House of Reps Committee on Sports says it will not consider the 2017 budget unless it is given a detailed presentation of how the 2016 budget was spent by the Ministry of Sports.

The House Committee took this position following allegations from different federations in the Sports Ministry regarding the disbursement of funds.

As part of its duties in ensuring the implementation of the 2016 budget, the House committee met with the Minister of Sports and officials of the ministry on Friday.

The meeting also sought to tackle pending issues such as the allegations against the Ministry of Sports regarding the disbursement of funds to the various sports federations in the ministry as some of them are yet to receive allocations as stated in the 2016 budget.

The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, said that he was not aware of such allegations and that putting up a defence would be injustice to the Sports Ministry.

The Minister also touched on funding for the Rio 2016 Olympics and the challenges faced by the Ministry.

A member of the committee, Danburam Nuhu, observed that the ministry ought not to spend beyond the funds approved by the National Assembly.

As the debate rounded off, the chairman of the committee, Bukar Lawal, said that the Minister would have to face the committee again on another day.

Committees are also expected to complete work on the 2016 budget as soon as possible as the 2017 budget proposal is already before the National Assembly.

FG Protests Denial Of Visa To U-17 Female Basketball Team

Basketball Team, U-17 Basketball The federal government has registered its displeasure over the denial of visa to members of the nation’s under-17 female basketball team by Spain.

The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Solomon Dalung, expressed his displeasure while speaking with state house correspondents on Tuesday.

The minister recalled that the female basketball players had qualified in Madagascar for the Spain event but after fulfilling all visa requirements, they were denied visa.

He said that he had, earlier before coming to the Presidential Villa, visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to officially protest the treatment given to Nigeria.

He promised to carry out further investigation because the reasons given by the embassy of Spain were not genuine.

The 2016 FIBA U-17 World Championship dunked off on June 21 in Spain with Nigeria drawn in Group A with Canada, Latvia and Japan.

The Coach Adeka Daudu-led U-17 girls had qualified from the African Championship held in Madagascar in 2015.

On Nigeria’s level of preparations towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Minister of Sports said that Nigeria will surpass the abysmal performance it recorded in 2012.

According to him, Nigeria will feature in only eight events in the Olympic Games in Rio.

The Minister was in the Presidential Villa to get the attention of the President so that the ministry can have enough funding to prosecute the Games.


Atiku Declares Presidential Ambition, Says He Wants To Fix Nigeria

Atiku AbubakarFormer Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday declared his intention to run for President, under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), come 2015.

Atiku, who made his intentions known during a press conference in Abuja, espoused his passion for education and youth development. He further highlighted several issues bedeviling the nation, noting that the current government “is not really doing the fixing”.

“I have what it takes to bring people together and turn things around for better”, he said.

Atiku, who was Vice President under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s two tenures (1999-2007), said his decision to run for Presidency was born out of the need for good governance.

“I want to play a leading role in the trans-generational efforts to save this country and improve the lives of our people.

He noted that “with the support of the millions of Nigerians desirous of change and the hard work by all of us, the APC shall form the next government of this great nation”.

Addressing party loyalists at the conference, the Adamawa-born politician said “I have therefore decided that I will, by the grace of God, along with other respected members of our party, seek nomination as a candidate of the APC to contest the presidential election of 2015.”

“I want to lead a government that will invest in its people because people constitute the wealth of any nation. I want to lead a government that will create a Nigeria for all.

“A Nigeria that is not about North or South, Christian or Muslim but about a better tomorrow, where every citizen will feel secure, with patriotism and having assurances of the fulfillment of his or her aspirations.

“I want to lead a government that will rebuild the institution of governance with zero tolerance for corruption and nepotism; where hard work and dedication are adequately rewarded.

“I want to assemble the best brains in the land and provide the political will and commitment, so that jointly, and with the cooperation of all of you, build a Nigeria of our dreams.”.

“Nigeria must rise to take its place in the world. It is a call to serve that I have come to answer. With the support and prayers of Nigerians we will build a great new Nigeria for Nigerians. “I have listened to the concerns of Nigerians, yet I still see hope in the face of the challenges. Our people have refused to succumb to despair. This never-say-die attitude of Nigerians is the reason I can never give up on Nigeria. “The youth, the future of Nigeria is represented here today. You the youth are endowed with enormous potential. In you are the hope of this nation. The 2015 election is about you.

This will be the fourth time in 22 years that Atiku is contesting a presidential primary since his first shot at the exalted office in 1992.

He contested under the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) against late Chief MKO Abiola and Alh. Babagana Kingibe. He also contested under the platform of the defunct Action Congress in 2007.

Following the 2007 elections, Atiku returned to the People’s Democratic Party. In October 2010 he announced his intention to contest for the Presidency. On 22 November, a Committee of Northern Elders selected him as the Northern Consensus Candidate, over former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, former National Security Adviser, Aliyu Gusau and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State.

In January 2011, Atiku contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, and lost the primary, garnering 805 votes to President Jonathan’s 2736.