FG Unveils Plan To Transform Fela’s Ancestral Home To ‘Heritage Museum’

The Federal Government has announced plans to immortalise the popular Ransome-Kuti family by transforming their ancestral home in Abeokuta to a museum which will be called “Heritage Museum.”

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known on Wednesday, when he visited the house alongside the state’s Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

“It is laudable in the sense that this is one of the most positive steps to actually put our rhetorics into action. We have always said that one of the important assets we have is our cultural heritage, our history and this project, which is going to immortalise the Ransome-Kuti family, is laudable and admirable.

“The family, as you know, represents different things to different people, whether you talk about education, emancipation, music or entertainment. Therefore, this attempt by the government at immortalising the family by preserving and restoring the ancestral home is very commendable.

“This is the period we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the death of the maestro himself and I am sure this is within time, as the museum will be inaugurated very soon, probably next year. The emphasis of this government, whether state or federal, is that the creative industry must be turned into creative economy and this centre is going to be a good model to encourage and inspire the youth,” Mohammed explained.

Governor Amosun, in his words, promised to deliver the project soon, adding that Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s family contributed to laying the foundation for what he called a greater Ogun State.

The governor also promised to construct museums for other illustrious sons and daughters of the state in order to preserve their heritage. “All our icons have a special place in our administration. These are the people who define us, when we go out there and say we are from Ogun State. We can’t call ourselves who we say we are without those giants who lived before us. They laid the foundation that we are all building upon.”

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Ogun Police Command Arrests Suspected Ritualists, Discover Human Parts

Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Iliyasu, has paraded six members of a syndicate allegedly specialised in human killings for ritual purposes at the Federal special ant robbery squad office in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Iliyasu said they were arrested at different locations in the state capital and Owode Egba areas of the state.

”In our unrelenting war against crime and criminality across Ogun state the command through technical intelligence gathering was able to break two syndicates specialised in killing people for the purpose of using their parts for rituals”

”On the 5th of October a team from the Federal Special Anti-robbery squad while on township patrol sighted two men on a motorcycle with suspicious bags, they were forcefully stopped and searched, we discovered in their bag fresh and dried human parts. On interrogation it was discovered that the duo are serial killers with their base at number 6 Baase compound Totoro Abeokuta” the commissioner said

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Ogun 2019: Your Portfolio Will Count, By Uzoma Ngozi

Earlier this year, the media was awash with news that the APC in Ogun State had zoned the governorship slot to a section of the state ahead of 2019 gubernatorial elections. As interesting as it may sound, politicians need to know come 2019; victory at the polls will be determined by a candidate’s portfolio rather than party affiliations.

This is because Nigerians followed the party system both at the state and federal level, but were disappointed – even as the country was led into a deep recession; a situation evident in all the state of the federation, including Ogun State.

Buoyed by the decision of the Ogun state governor to hand over power to Ogun West Senatorial district, not less than seven candidates have lined up for governorship position in the state; even when some of the candidates don’t have the interest of the state at heart.

Amongst the seven candidates, these four, Sen Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (aka Yayi), Mr Wasiu Kolawole Lawal (aka KLM), Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (aka GNI) and Chief Tolu Odebiyi are topping the opinion polls at the moment.  

It is berating to the citizens of the state for politicians to think eligible voters will cast their votes on a candidate due to political affiliations or for a candidate that have served with no meaningful achievements. Politicians will be shocked because 2019 elections will differ from the norm.  Some candidates are already focused on the fact that their victory will be determined and influenced by their party affiliations. These set of candidates will rather pay attention to fulfilling their party’s pledge than make meaningful changes that will develop the state.

One can already feel the heat of the forthcoming elections even as the candidates jostle to get their parties tickets. Months ago, some of the candidates under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met with the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel. The former governor who foresaw what is to come advised the candidates under the party to unite while urging them to work towards a grand coalition  instead of forming splinter political parties that will not be strong enough to gain power in the coming election.

While the PDP is trying to unite, the All Progressive Party (APC) at the national level is experiencing a split into three factions – the Bola Tinubu camp, the Abuja Group and Buhari loyalist. This will also have an effect on who to represent the party in Ogun state. This means the party is likely to have more than one candidate for Ogun state come 2019.

The Candidates

There has been wide speculations that Sen. Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (aka Yayi), might succeed governor Amuson on the basis that they both cut an agreement that wasn’t disclosed to the public. Despite the speculations, the Lagos politician is having difficulty tracing his root. He claims to hail from Pahayi Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government of the state. A claim many of the state residents find questioning. This doubt has left many residents of the state asking questions.

Yayi who is currently serving as a senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District in the National Assembly is confronted to give answers to questions that are likely to put a dent on his portfolio. And one question is, “How can a serving ‘Lagos’ top politician suddenly have interest for the exalted position of governorship in Ogun state?”

This question is important knowing that his primary residence and business endeavours are in Lagos. Adding to this, Lagosians are of the opinion that his impact was not felt while representing Lagos West Senatorial District in the House of Assembly. All these leave his motives for wanting to contest for governorship position in Ogun state questionable.

Another top candidate is Mr Wasiu Kolawole Lawal, popularly known as KLM, is currently serving as the Commissioner for Forestry in the state. Even though his impact in office is yet to be felt in the state, he believes his success will come from the fact that he can count on the support of his co-cabinet members and not on popularity based on his achievements in office.

Meanwhile one candidate that seems to win the heart of the people is Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka popularly called GNI. The Imeko born technocrat has garnered experiences right from the administration of Chief Otunba Gbenga Daniel. This burdened elite, has highlighted areas of concerns that should be consolidated upon for further development in Ogun state.

As a first class graduate of accounting from the University of Ife, he emphasised the fact that transparency and accountability of public funds are key factors that will enable any state to maximise its resources even as the the state introduces policies that will promote its profitability.

Another crucial area GNI identified is job creation. As a technocrat that has experienced life both in the private and public sector, he believes that the economy of any state should be driven by SME’s. In this light, he plans to create jobs for the youths, create enabling environment for SME’s and empower market women. His portfolio in this regards sterns from his experience in the private sector where impact is measured only by quantum of returns and not just mere presence.

GNI reveals that he is motivated by his desire to bring meaningful change to state. His memories as a young boy growing up at Imeko weren’t palatable as they had their major source of drinking water from the only two popular rivers. And the only health available facility was a government owned clinic, while power was only generated from kerosene lamps. Poverty was their everyday reality. He has therefore seen poverty, felt poverty and breath poverty. While in office he felt the significance of public policy in the life of Ogun state populace. And in this light seeks to make a change. He is close to the people and arguably the most popular name in Ogun state politics.

The third candidate on the popular opinion poll is Chief Tolu Odebiyi. He is the son of late Sen. Jonathan Odebiyi and hails from Iboro, Yewa North Local government area of the state. He’s yet to reveal his drive for contesting, and hasn’t served in the capacity where his achievements can be quantified.  The same can be said for most of the candidates who intend to ride on the recommendations of political Godfathers rather than having the interest of the people at heart.

Uzoma Ngozi is an entrepreneur and a social commentator who resides in Lagos. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/uzoma.ngozi.52

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Army Announces Plan To Launch ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ In Ogun

The Brigade Commander of the 35  Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, Basil Adoke, has said that the Nigerian Army has concluded plans to launch a new security initiative code named “Operation Crocodile Smile.”

Adoke disclosed this in Abeokuta  at a reception organised by the state government as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary.

According to him, the exercise  is a replica of  Operation Python Dance recently carried out  in Abia  to tackle crime.

“We are going to start Operation Crocodile Smile in Ogun and it involves series of actions to step up tempo targeted at  miscreants.

“Though the state is relatively peaceful but we still have some miscreants to deal with, so when you see Crocodile Smile, don’t be scared,” Adoke said.

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Nigeria At 57: Ex Ogun Gov Urges Citizens To Build A Nation Of Peace And Unity

Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has urged Nigerians to build a nation of collective dream where freedom, peace and unity reign.

Daniel stated this in his Independence Day message to Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 57th independence celebration.

According to the former governor, peaceful co-existence is key to a nation’s prosperity as nothing functions in an unstable democracy.
Thanking God for preserving the country through the trying periods experienced in recent past, he said Nigeria is destined for greatness and so “we have every reason to celebrate considering our inbuilt capacity to surmount challenges”.
While appealing to the rich to invest more in the local economy as one of the ways to tackle the recession syndrome headlong, he also urged government at various levels to provide conducive environment for industries and businesses to operate. By so doing, the acute problems of unemployment, insecurity, unrest and poverty ravaging the land will reduce as more jobs will be created for the citizenry, he stressed.
The former Governor also urged Nigerians to be committed to the promotion of democracy and good governance by choosing the right leaders to make the country prosper in every sector of nationhood.
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GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup (Season 5) Holds Sept. 21

The 2017 edition of the GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup will reach its climax on Thursday 21st September, 2017 in the famous MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta. The highly anticipated finals will thrill football lovers from across Ogun State and beyond as first-time finalists take on former champions.

The curtain raiser for the day will be the finals in the female category between 2 time winners, Muslim High School, Isolu and Iko Gateway Grammar School, Idiroko. In the male category, Ipara Community Secondary School, Ipara will hope to spring an upset as they take on title favorites, Pakoto High School, Ayede-Ifo who won the trophy in 2015. The matches are bound to produce historic moments for two of the four schools as both jostle to win the trophy for the first time ever.

The GTBank – Ogun State Principals Cup has been won by 5 schools since its inception. In the male category, Alamuwa Grammar School, Ado Odo won the first and forth editions of the competition (2013, 2016) and are the only male team to win twice so far – a feat Pakoto High School hope to repeat when they file out on Thursday – while Remo Divisional High School, Sagamu emerged winners in 2014. In the female category, Orile Ilegun Comprehensive High School, Odeda clinched the title in 2013, Alamuwa Grammar School, Ado Odo 2014, while this year’s finalist, Muslim High School, Isolu took home the title in 2015 and 2016.

Outstanding players to watch out for in the male category of this year’s final include Olalekan Toheeb of Pakoto High School who is the leading scorer of the tournament with 3 goals, and Sodiya Olaoluwa of Ipara Community Secondary School who won the most valuable player award in the semifinals. In the female category, all eyes will be on Adeyanju Hanna of Iko gateway Grammar School who scored the lone goal that earned her team a place in the final, and Kayode Tolulope of Muslim High School whose midfield prowess helped her team get to this stage of the competition. Winners in both categories will be rewarded with the sum of N1,000,000 each, while the 1st ,2nd, 3rd runners-up will be given N750,000, N500,000, and N350,000 respectively.

Commenting on the Finals the 2017 GTBank – Ogun State Principals Cup, Segun Agbaje, the MD/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said “We are proud to lead this initiative that provides an avenue for students to showcase their talents and passion for the game of football even as they remain committed to their academics.” He further stated that “This competition paves the way for youths to cultivate their sporting talents and aptitudes, while fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives”.

Guaranty Trust Bank plc is a foremost Nigerian financial institution that has maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports in-classroom and out-of-classroom educational programmes, infrastructure development, students’ scholarship and teachers training across Africa.

Alongside the Ogun State Principals Cup, GTBank also sponsors the Lagos State Principals Cup, and the Masters Cup tournaments.

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No Court Order Permits AMCON To Take Over My Properties, Says Kashamu

Ogun State Politician and Senator, Buruji Kashamu has denied report that the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), has taken over his Best Western Hotels in Ikeja and Victoria Island, Lagos State.

According to him, there is no court order permitting AMCON to tae over any of his properties.

A statement issued by the Media Adviser to Kashamu, Austin Oniyokor, said: “The report is a mere fabrication and a desperate attempt by the senator’s detractors to link him with an issue that does not concern him in any way.

“There is no court order permitting AMCON to take over any of the Senator’s properties. He does not have any hotel in Ikeja and the one in Victoria Island has since been rebranded. It is now BWC Hotels. The hotel is being managed by a team of expatriates and local personnel.

“It should be pointed out that Best Western is an international franchise that can be bought by anyone who can afford the fees. The chain of hotels under the Best Western brand are independently owned and operated.

“Thus, if Best Western Hotel in Ikeja or anywhere has any issues with AMCON, it does not in any way concern Senator Buruji Kashamu. Such hotels have their promoters, directors and shareholders who are separate and distinct individuals.

“We wish to assure all the fans, friends and associates of the Kashamu that there is no cause for alarm. None of his properties is being occupied by AMCON or any agency of government.”

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Adebayo Faleti, A Rare Gem, Says Gbenga Daniel

Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has expressed shock on the passing of veteran actor, Chef Adebayo Faleti who he described as a rare gem; an uncommon individual.

In a statement signed by his officer, Ayo Giwa, the former governor stated that late Chief Faleti was a man of many parts who equally excelled in his career as a poet, journalists, writer, translator, broadcaster and TV exponent.

According to Daniel, late Chief Adebayo Faleti’s had always been in the forefront for the promotion of Yoruba Culture and tradition.

His words: “His undying passion for the development and uplift of Yoruba values could only be described in the superlatives. He was a celebrated artist and an astute administrator.

“Late Chief Adebayo’ s death was a great loss to the nation particularly the entire Yorubaland but his life and works will continue to be reference points in our national history”.

 

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Doyin Okupe Quits PDP, Says No Future For The Party In Nigeria

A former Special Adviser on Public Affairs to ?Ex President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has on Sunday, quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Okupe, who took to his Facebook page to announce his exit from the party stated that his resignation is based on periods of long introspection and some reasons which were explained in his statement.

The statement reads: “I?t is time to say GOODBYE TO PDP. ?It is with deep regret that I publicly announce my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party.

“It has to be public because the PDP no longer exists in my ward as a single unified party; it was when I joined it.

“My resignation is based on periods of long introspection and some of the following reasons:
“It is no longer news that the PDP has been embroiled in a fratricidal internal crisis brought upon it by itself.

“Its current direction is difficult to discern and am convinced that even when the much expected judgement from the Supreme Court is given, the future of the party is not likely to be significantly affected whichever way the judgement goes.

“There seems to be too much deception, selfishness and gross nepotism in our polity nationally.

“During the NRC and SDP era, there existed true nationalism and brotherhood. Northern NRC politicians will under no circumstance undermine their party for any parochial reason. Also neither will a Southern NRC politician, under any circumstance betray their party.

“Abiola was a Yoruba man, yet those of us who were Yorubas in the NRC never once thought of voting for him.

“The commitment in the North was even more profound. Even the Northern SDP rejected a distinguished successful Kano born Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, and voted for a Southern Yoruba muslim candidate. Worse than that, both Abiola and his running mate, Amb. Baba Gana Kingibe were muslims. Yet, it did not matter.?

“Today, political parties have lost their importance and identities. Once the candidate is Northern, his party is immaterial, all Northerners irrespective of their professed party affiliations will vote for him.

“This is the major reason why there has been a total absence of opposition in the country in the last two years, and may probably be responsible for the polarization and sharp ethnic divisions we are currently witnessing in the country.

“In the east, there is intense anger and loud call for secession, in the south-south, there is absolute indignation and very resolute demand for total control of their resources, while the south-west is bellicose and hell bent on true federalism and restructuring which many prominent Northerners openly oppose for good or for bad.

“Under these circumstances, political parties have lost their flavor and relevance.Certainly, a party like my former party, PDP has no future in the evolving Nigerian Political Circus.?

“This political confusion has percolate to the states, Ogun state being one of the worst hit.

“The leadership of the party has been irredeemably fictionalized for nearly a decade. Presently it is divided broadly into two major factions. One headed by Hon Ladi Adebutu and the other by Senator Buruji Kashamu.

“Unfortunately I do not fit into either group. Hence it becomes extremely difficult for me to operate as a politician under the PDP umbrella in the state. Yet, all politics is local.

“The situation in the country may in the nearest future require that matured men of goodwill standby to play a unifying role for political stability of the country. My membership of PDP may directly or indirectly preclude me from gratifying such noble and patriotic desire.

“Undeniably, I have been one of the major beneficiaries (not financially) of the PDP. But for a fact, the PDP and the APC are political platforms that have now expired or in the process of being so.

“Therefore, no matter my commitment and passion for this great party, the PDP, it has become menopausal and can no longer bear fruits.?

“I have therefore decided to withdraw a bit and study the political situation more critically and thereafter take a decision soonest on my next political move.

“I will miss my friends, associates and co-travelers on this tortuous political journey and adventure. However, it is also still possible that our paths cross in the nearest future, which will be a delight.

“But in spite of my stated pessimism, I sincerely express my best wishes to the more courageous party faithfuls who I am leaving behind, and I also pray for God’s guidance for them.

“For how far I have gone, I remain eternally grateful to Almighty God and Jesus Christ my savior, to whom ALL powers belong. If it is His will that I still play a role in National Politics in future, then most certainly, and by His grace, I WILL BE BACK.”

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Eid-El-Fitri: Ex Ogun Gov. Gbenga Daniel Calls For Peace In Nigeria

Former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel has congratulated Muslims on the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitri marking the end of the 30-day fasting period charging them to renew their faith in Allah and pray for peace and unity in the country.
Daniel, in a goodwill message signed by his Media Officer, Ayo Giwa, said; “Muslims should be guided by the spirit of the period of total abstinence, keeping away from vices in all ramifications and imbibing the teachings and pious lifestyles of the Holy Prophet Muhammad”.
Also, the former Governor urged Muslim faithful in the country to uphold the lessons of the Holy Month by avoiding all sinful acts that were abhorred and not allow them to become part of their lives after Ramadan.
The celebration of Eid-el-Fitri, he stated, goes beyond merry making but rather, a period of total submission to the will of Allah as demonstrated during the fasting period.” He then urged Muslims and other religious faithful in the country to continue to have faith in Nigeria and pray for the leaders while also calling on the citizens to reflect on how to contribute meaningfully towards making Nigeria great and pray for greater strength and unity in our diversity.
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Nursing Student Allegedly Impregnated By Lecturer Gives Birth

A former nursing student of the Ogun State College of Health Technology, Ilese Ijebu, Mosunmola, has been delivered of a baby boy.

The 28-year-old gave birth without any complication at the General Hospital, Epe, Lagos State, on Thursday.

Punch had reported that Mosunmola and her lecturer, Dr Seyi Adu, had  a sexual intercourse in a hotel sometime in August 2016.

While Mosunmola claimed that she was coerced into the relationship by Adu after she failed his course, Adu said he was seduced by the his student whom he never loved or dated.

After lecturers, the head of Adu’s department and provost of the health college tried in vain to mediate in the matter, the case was taken before the ministry of justice.

An official in the ministry was said to have brokered a deal between the parties as Adu agreed to be paying Mosunmola a monthly allowance of N5,000.

The agreement reportedly broke down in March,2017 when Mosunmola presented a list of baby items which she valued at N50,000. Adu was said to have turned down the request.

Our correspondent reported that matters came to a head when pregnant Mosunmola, who claimed to be an orphan, confronted Adu during a lecture, which resulted in a fight.

She was said to have reported a case of assault against the lecturer at the Ilese Police Division.

Mosunmola had lamented that she was due for delivery in May, but had yet to procure baby materials.

She said, “I gave birth to a baby boy this morning (Thursday) at the general hospital. It was a normal delivery without any complication. I started labour around 12am (Thursday). I first went to a herbal home, but when the traditional midwives could not handle it, they took me to the general hospital around 5am. I eventually put to bed at about 6.30am.

“The leadership of the church, where I have been, staying has shown me support. They brought food to me this morning. I cannot repay them for their help.

“I called Adu’s family members this morning to break the news to them. I also called him and he thanked me for turning him to a star. We were still talking when my phone battery went dead. I used someone’s phone to call him back and asked him to call me on that phone, but he refused. I could not charge the phone battery on time due to the power situation in my area.”

Mosunmola told our correspondent she owed hospital bills which totalled about N20,000, appealing for support from well-meaning Nigerians.

When our correspondent called Adu, who already had two girls with his wife, and asked if he was aware of the development, he declined comment and terminated the call.

Punch Newspaper

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Police Arrest Commercial Sex Workers Over Death Of Customer

The Ogun Police Command has arrested two commercial sex workers for allegedly stabbing a middle aged man, Adeyinka Olayinka to death in Ifo area of the state.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), made the disclosure on Wednesday in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta.

Oyeyemi said the incident happened on Tuesday at KS Hotel in Ifo Local Government Area.

He said the victim, who was supervising construction work on his site, decided to pass the night in the hotel when the incident occurred.

He said that the suspects, Kudirat Raji, also known as Angela and Esther Basiru were sex workers at the Hotel where the victim was stabbed to death with broken bottles.

He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the victim contracted Kudirat Raji to pass the night with him on an agreed amount.

According to the PPRO, the deceased reneged on the agreement which led to heated argument between them.

“While the argument was going on, Basiru who is a friend to Angela broke a bottle and injured the deceased.

“Angela used the broken part of the bottle to stab the deceased in the armpit thereby cutting one of his nerves, consequent upon which he bled to death,’’ he said.

Oyeyemi said the manager of the hotel alerted the Police and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ifo Division; CSP Anthony Haruna led his men to the scene and arrested the two suspects.

He said that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered that the case be transferred to Homicide section, Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for investigation and prosecution of the suspects.

(NAN)

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