Group Felicitates With Osun Information Commissioner On Birthday

By Nofisat Marindoti

An online group based in the state of Osun, Progressives e-Group has felicitated with the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa as he celebrates his birthday.

The group described Adelani as a thorough-bred journalist, professional image maker, cool headed strategist and a complete gentleman.

“Mr. Adelani Baderinwa is a man we find ourselves in a dilemma on how to eulogize appropriately because he is a man of many parts, professional class and indelible marks. The cerebral Ikirun born senior journalist is not only an administrator per excellence but also a practical model of omoluabi ethos which the state of Osun is building into sociological system and structure of her citizenry.

“The former Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Media is no doubt the best Information Commissioner Osun has ever produced both in experience and engagements. With less than a year in office, he has effectively and efficiently projected Osun to the world using our strength to outshine our challenges and our successes to silence our detractors.

“The former Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Chief Adebisi Akande between 1999-2003 in all measurements is a personality we can happily labelled as our boss, adviser, benefactor and all time associate due to his deep passion and numerous support towards growth and advancement of our group. As the popular saying goes. A son is the secret of his father. We are not too surprised that all the good attributes of Baba Bisi Akande is not only radiating in you but also flowing to numerous others who are fortunate to work under you.”

The group thereby wished the Commissioner long life, sound health and endless prosperity to the service of his hometown – Ikirun, Osun, Nigeria and humanity in general.

Business Booms in Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti

Despite the various reports that the State of Osun is retrogressing under the leadership of the incumbent Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the reality of what is really going on in the state has shown otherwise.

The State of Osun has continued to witness a huge turn out of investments in various levels. Enterprises are opened daily and the existing ones have continued to flourish.

Surely, all these goes down to say the present administration is not only progressive but has also brought Osun into the limelight for global recognition and acceptance through infrastructural development.

While accusing the State Government of only investing in infrastructural developments, many have forgotten that it is these infrastructural projects that will bring the much needed positive change and lift Osun from the bar of “Civil Service state” as popularly called though research has shown otherwise.

Many have chosen to stay blind to the Governor’s vision of preparing Osun for the period of oil drought without Federal allocation, the vision of making Osun self sufficient and getting it people empowered while opening doors to investments.

The Roads are Key

Just as it has been proven that every developed country must borrow to sustain its plans, it is also unbeatable that good roads are key factors in a developed country or state.

Aside the schools, the various empowerment programmes, the State Government has transformed our transport system and not only will these roads open doors to investments from various angles, it will also promote in-house marketing among the people of the state.

And just as anticipated, the roads development in Osun has given spring to businesses, new shops are being opened daily, more people are coming back home to start businesses as the Home itself has taken a new turn.

What about the developed roads in the rural areas, the farmers would gladly testify to the positive effect the roads have on their farm products, how it has helped them bring their products to the markets.

These are farmers whose products had to rotten away for lack of good transportation system but all thanks to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration which has brought an end to the ordeals.

So, instead of criticizing the achievements of the present administration, look around you and see for yourself; the transformed Osun and doff your hat for the prudent Governor.

Peter Okoye Celebrates His Daughter As She Turns 5

Peter Okoye aka Mr. P formerly a member of Psquare and Lola Omotayo’s daughter, Aliona turned 5 and the musician celebrated her via his Instagram page.

He wrote;

“Today is a very special day my daughter, and not just because it is your birthday, but because it is the day when i first saw my angel. I love you my sweet Princess Aliona Marie Amarachi Okoye. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETHEART,”

 

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo meets Winners of the Dreamers Project

On January 19, 2018- 15 Primary 6 winners of the 2017 Dreamers Project across selected public primary schools in Abuja had an extraordinary time meeting and listening to Vice President HE Yemi Osinbajo share his childhood dreams and tips on designing the future. The session began with remarks by the Founder of R2S Africa, Simi Fajemirokun who introduced the Dreamers Projects and the participants in the room. The meeting with the Vice President was an interactive session where students asked the Vice President questions such as does he have a vision board? Was he ever uncertain about his future and why did he venture into politics?

The Vice President responded that he doesn’t have a vision board but he does have a board where he writes quotes that inspire him. One of such quotes he shared was ‘Not by Spirits but by men and women’ which basically refers to the task of building Nigeria will not be done by spirits but by men and women working hard. He also shared with the students that at primary 6 he always wanted to be a lawyer. He stated that he did experience some uncertainty when he had an opportunity to get a scholarship to study medicine abroad but he eventually stayed back in Nigeria to pursue a career in law.  In responding to why he joined politics- he stated that he wanted to make a difference and make life easier for each and every one of them. The final question was by Hauwa Haruna who asked if he could sign her vision board and with a big smile he offered to sign every vision board in the room.

The Vice President also made a few remarks and emphasized the need to read as much as possible. He encouraged them to read 3 to 4 books quarterly and emphasized the culture of reading as a sure route to success. He also recognized the efforts of the teachers and head teachers represented in the room by Mrs Adejuwon (Primary 6 class teacher Maitama Primary School) and Mrs Kama (Head Teacher LEA Utako School) to train the future leaders of tomorrow and connected with them as a fellow teacher. Finally, he commented on the efforts of R2S Africa and applauded the impact of the Dreamers Project to instill a sense of purpose very early in life. He also emphasized the importance of living a life of service and building a country we can all be proud of. The students presented gifts to the Vice President with a card that captured his many roles of leadership and service. The students also remarked that ‘we hope you won’t forget us’.

The Vice President took a group photograph with the students and insisted on each student having an individual photograph with him. As the Vice President returned to work the students chanted ‘We love you Prof’ as he waved back enthusiastically. It was a trip to remember and from the excitement of the students on the bus back home- it was clear that this was an excursion of a lifetime.

The event was organized by Read2Succeed (R2S) Africa, a non-profit organization committed to improving the state of basic education in Nigeria in partnership with the Abuja Global Shapers who funded the project. The Dreamers Project is an initiative of R2S Africa that inspires students to dream and design the future. This initiative is a three-week program that delivers goal-setting, a rich array of speakers from diverse professional sectors and a vision board exercise that helps the students to be intentional on designing their future. This attempts to advance past a decayed education system that produces students who are schooling but not learning. The Project currently runs in five schools in Abuja where efforts are being made to connect education and skills to the future of work.

The importance of this meeting was two-fold. Firstly, to recognize the winners of the Dreamers Project as Nigeria’s future workforce. Secondly to showcase what good leadership looks like. This aspect was crucial due to the vision board exercise that revealed  students had a negative perception about leadership. In fact out of 400 vision boards none had public service or any political leadership role. When we asked students to list their heroes, usually entertainers, footballers, doctors and comic heroes topped the list. On the list of villains- Boko Haram, Kidnappers and Political Leaders topped the list. We hope this excursion helped to tell a different narrative and inspire students to take on leadership roles in the future.  The humility and graciousness of the Vice President definitely helped to showcase a non-scary version of leadership the students are accustomed to.

 

Astronauts For Space Stations To Be Selected By China

China will start selection for the next generation of astronauts who will train to work space station initiated by the government, said on Monday by the local media reports.

 

Yang Liwei, The Deputy Director of the China Manned Space Agency and the first Chinese astronaut in space said this during an open day at Beijing’s Astronaut Center of China.

 

“The selection work will commence as soon as possible and that Chinese engineers and scientist will be eligible to apply.

 

“We plan to select suitable candidates from space industry companies, research entities and universities and train them into engineers and payload specialists capable of working on the space station.

 

“Those who want to apply for an engineer’s post will need a master’s degree, while candidates for payload specialists will need a doctorate degree.

 

“They will also have at least three years of working experience,’’ Yang said.

 

According to the report, the country is developing and building parts of a manned space station and plans to start assembling it in space in 2020.

 

The station is scheduled to become fully operational around 2022.

Adelani Baderinwa: Celebrating A Steadfast & Humane Political Leader On His Birthday By Adeboye Adebayo

Egbon, your birth some years back gave an unnoticed remarkable sign of greatness to the World in its entirety and to humanity in general and since then, your life has been a huge lesson for the reasonable humans in the World but it is only those that can decode what life is all about in real sense that will understand your kind of person; who you are and what you stand for. You are different things to different people, a lot judge aright while many judge you very wrongly, most of them not because of their fault but they don’t have the grace and capacity to understand your personality, they are just assessing you from afar.

Honourable Adelani Baderinwa; the Honourable Commissioner of Information & Strategy in the Government of the State of Osun under the able leadership of our indefatigable achiever; Governor Abdulrauf Aregbesola is indeed an epitome of steadfastness, embodiment of loyalty and indeed an exemplary role model.

Your long soujorn and consistency in politics despite all odds is a book that I am currently reading, your relationship with many of us; young politicians is still making us stand.

Your character of being humane,(ah!! Egbon Lani is humane and very humble) humble and accommodating are second to none. 

Your words of encouragement and that of inspiration that you always reel out to us out of your personal practical experience made you a worthy leader among your peers.

Your hands of fellowship, hands of assistance no matter how difficult, your readiness to go extra miles to achieve result for others are other special characters that one cannot ignore about you.

No wonder, you have recorded a lot successes in your career as a professional journalist in Oyo, Ekiti & Osun State(s) and as a thorough bred politician in the State of Osun. Having the ears of the likes of Baba Omo Kekeke is not a joke, no but hardwork, consistency, loyalty, humility, readiness to serve and indeed ability to learn and to deliver under any condition of the environment. 

Also securing a Commissionership post at this crucial time of our government when we are winding down and our political tendency must continue, at a time when the opposition has taken their madness to the next level of physical destruction of public facilities, at a time when our government needs all image enhancements we can get to show case all numerous, timely and remarkable achievements of our government in all facets and sectors, is not by sheer luck but hard works and glaring ability that you have the capacity to deliver and the strategic knowledge to deploy your media arsenal appropriately to achieve desired results and that is one of the major characteristics of a good leader, not ordinary leader but a good one.

No wonder our government now relatively enjoy the respect, understanding and cooperation of media practitioners in the state and beyond.

Leader, as you are celebrating your birthday today sir, I join Ismaeel Usman, Ayobami Agboola, Isaac Adelowo, Lukman Lawal and other well wishers in your life to celebrate you today and wish you the very best life can offer you and your entire family.

I also pray that God in his infinite mercy will continue to be with you, guide you and protect you in all your endeavours in and outside office.

I also use this period to pray for your boss, your leader, our father, our mentor; Ogbeni Aregbesola that God in his mercy will grant him the grace to end his current tenure well, by the special grace of God, Ogbeni will never fall or be disgraced politically or otherwise in the State of Osun no matter the antics of the enemies within or without.

God in his mercy will grant Baba Bisi Akande and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu a long life and prosperity in good health and sound mind so that together, they will put this country to a desired position among the comity of nations very soon. (Amen)

Many happy returns sir.

Adeboye Adebayo is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress; APC, The National Publicity Secretary of Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation; AGF, Leader of Youths and a Raufist to the core.

New Islamic Network Discovered In Nigeria

Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), is an Islamic group which is operational in North Central and South South Nigeria.

ISWA deploys foreign terrorists that unleash mayhem on communities, with a view to exacerbating ethnic and religious tensions.

This disclosed in a reports presented to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The report was described as the result of findings by security operatives, including the Department of State Services (DSS). The discovery of the ISWA network followed the arrest of suspected attackers consisting of Fulani herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, militants and other miscreants in Benue State.

The source noted that many of the persons in custody spoke only the French language, unable to communicate in any of the Nigerian dialects.

This is the first time security officials have confirmed the activities of ISWA.

The source disclosed that a “good number” of the terrorists have been arrested, not only in the Benue valley, but also in towns in Edo State, specifically Akoko-Edo, Okpella and Benin, and Okene, in Kogi State.

“It is understood that the cell, which has members in different parts of the country, concentrates on recruiting young men to fight for the Islamic State in West Africa by unleashing cold-blooded murder on innocent citizens.

“There was intelligence that they planned several attacks, here, before and during Christmas and New Year. Their bombing targets included fuel depots, foreign missions, police and military establishments.

“Their network is very wide. So much was achieved by the DSS, which made a significant number of arrests in the last two months that helped preempt the attacks. This saved Nigeria from the spate of major terrorist attacks witnessed elsewhere, syndicated by ISIS worldwide,” the source said.

The source added: “We are learning more and more about this complex and sophisticated network. This is the main reason the secret service is not parading those suspects so far arrested. It has become clear to us now that the challenge facing this country is a serious one.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed that Buhari has been receiving “report upon report on the situation in Benue and other states”.

He, however, said he had not been briefed on any of the reports.

This is coming barely three days after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, inaugurated the Sanctions Committee charged with tracking and freezing funds for terrorist groups in Nigeria.

The committee, headed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, consists of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongunu; Director-General of DSS, Lawan Daura; and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Also included are Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; Director General of the National Intelligence Agency; and the Director General, Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit.

In Taraba State, meanwhile, a helicopter allegedly packed with arms and ammunition was said to have made a stop at Jibu village, Ibi Local Government Area.

In a statement, yesterday, spokesman for the state governor, Bala Dan-Abu, said the incident might be a plot to arm a militia preparing to attack communities in the state.

He said a similar sighting preceded an attack in Agatu last year and called on security agencies to unravel the mystery behind the craft.

Member representing the area in the state House of Assembly, Josiah Aji, said he was notified of the development, adding that the council chairman and relevant agencies have been alerted.

Some residents of the area told The Guardian via phone that armed security operatives have been deployed to investigate the matter.

Police spokesman, David Misal, however, described the report as a mere rumour.

But it was real in Ondo State yesterday when suspected herdsmen burnt down the farm of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae. And in neighbouring Ekiti, Governor Ayodele Fayose, warned the leader of Fulani herdsmen, Muhammed Abashe, that he would be held responsible for any further attack in the state.

The governor was reacting to the recent killing by suspected herders of a Tiv woman at Orin Ekiti.

Fayose said Abashe failed to provide leadership by not stopping his kinsmen from destroying farms and attacking residents at the slightest provocation.

“If you still want to stay among us, you must accept the responsibility of ensuring that none of our peoples’ farms is destroyed by herdsmen any longer. None of our people must be killed by your men. If any killing or destruction of the farms of our people occurs again in that area, I will ensure that I use the law to fight you. This is the last warning I am giving you,” said Fayose.

 

Digital Training Centres To Be Opened In Europe…Facebook

Facebook on Monday said it would train people by opening three new centres in Europe

 

The social media giant said it was determined to training one million people as part of its drive to show its contribution to the bloc over the next two years.

 

The U.S. company said it would open three “community skills hubs” in Spain, Poland and Italy. It has faced Regulatory pressure in Europe over challenges ranging from privacy to antitrust

 

It said it would also invest 10 million euros (12.2 million dollars) in France through its artificial intelligence research facility.

 

“People are worried that the digital revolution is leaving people behind and we want to make sure that we’re investing in digital skills to get people the skills they need to fully participate in the digital economy,” Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, told Reuters.

 

“The community hubs will offer training in digital skills, media literacy and online safety to groups with limited access to technology, including old people, the young and refugees,’’ she said.

 

Facebook said this in view of its commitment to train one million people and business owners by 2020.

Union Bank Emerges Fatest Growing Retail Bank In Nigeria

Union Bank has been named the Fastest Growing Retail Bank in the 2017 International Finance Magazine Awards Lagos, Nigeria.

The award was presented at the ceremony which was held in Dubai.

The news was announced through a release issued by the bank at the end of the awards ceremony.

Here is the full press release:

Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s longest serving banking institutions, has been named ‘The Fastest Growing Retail Bank, Nigeria’ in the 2017 edition of the International Finance Magazine (IFM) Awards. The award was presented at the IFM Award ceremony which took place this January in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The IFM Award is a leading international award that celebrates excellence within the international finance industry. According to a statement released by IFM, the awards shine the spotlight on organizations and individuals who make contributions that raise the bar in the financial industry. Award recipients are selected using a combination of reader nominations and expert analysis which ensures a fair process that is not influenced by reputation or newsworthiness but rather by findings from meticulous research and analysis.

Commenting on the award, Carlos Wanderley, Head Retail Banking at Union Bank said: “We are proud to receive this award which is a recognition of our commitment and efforts to build a truly customer-centric bank. We place strong emphasis on innovation, quality customer service and continuous process improvement which has resulted in steady, organic growth across the Bank.

We will continue to partner with our customers to support their personal and business ambitions and ensure we provide them with customer-driven solutions and exceptional, fit-for-purpose banking services always.”

Union Bank is considered a trusted financial partner for Nigerians with over 100 years heritage of reliable banking services in the country. Following an extensive transformation programme which started in 2014 and involved the upgrade of its processes, platforms, technology and facilities, Union Bank’s active customer base grew by over 40 percent in the last two years. The number of customers on its online and mobile banking platforms also doubled within this period.

The Bank’s recently upgraded digital banking platforms – UnionMobile and UnionOnline and newly introduced USSD code *826# have also received very positive response from customers and the general public.

Union Bank’s innovative savings products such as UnionKorrect, UnionGoal and UnionFuture have reintroduced the saving culture to Nigerians across the country, helping them achieve their set goals while they stand a chance to win attractive prizes which has endeared the bank to its customers.

Union Bank has earned several awards including the “Most Improved Retail Bank in Nigeria, 2016” by BusinessDay newspapers, “Best Brand Development to Reflect Changed Mission / Vision / Positioning” and “Best Visual Identity from the Financial Services Sector” at the 2016 Transform Awards MENA and “Brand Evolution” and “Iconic Brand of the Year” awards in the 2017 Marketing World Awards. ### Note to editors: About Union Bank Plc. Established in 1917 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1971, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. is a household name and one of Nigeria’s long-standing and most respected financial institutions.

The Bank is a trusted and recognizable brand, with an extensive network of over 300 branches across Nigeria. In late 2012, a new Board of Directors and Executive Management team were appointed to Union Bank and in 2014 the Bank began executing a transformation programme to re-establish it as a highly respected provider of quality financial services.

The Bank currently offers a variety of banking services to both individual and corporate clients including current, savings and deposit account services, funds transfer, foreign currency domiciliation, loans, overdrafts, equipment leasing and trade finance. The Bank also offers its customers convenient electronic banking channels and products including Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Debit Cards, ATMs and POS Systems.

Suspected Herdsmen Set Olu Falae’s Farm Ablaze

Some Suspected herdsmen have set the farm of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Olu Falae, near Akure, the Ondo State capital, on fire.

Reports from the area said the incident happened on Sunday night.

A report by Channels Television quoted the Spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, as confirming the incident and disclosing that the police had been trying to put out the fire.

“He, however, said that the police could not immediately confirm whether the act was actually committed by herdsmen as no one has been arrested in connection with it and no one was seen at the scene when policemen got there,” the report said.

Our Correspondent reports that herdsmen had attacked Falae’s farm at least twice in the past, sparking public outcry and raising tensions between the Yorubas and Hausa-Fulanis.

 

Moses: Goals Scoring For Me Has Been Long Overdue

Victor Moses, has stated that he was glad to have scored a goal against Brighton claiming his scoring a goal has been long delayed.

 

He had the fourth goal against brighton on saturday latching onto a through ball from substitute Charly Musonda.

 

This was his first goal after their defeat to Arsenal last August in the Community Shield

 

And the Premier League winner hopes to get on the score sheet more.

 

“It’s about time,” Moses told Chelsea official website.

 

“I was due one and I’m very pleased to get on the score sheet. It’s important to me and I want to keep on helping the team, working hard and hopefully score more goals in the future.”

 

Moses while expressing delight with his teammates’ performance in the weekend’s win, said their focus now is on Wednesday’s second leg semi-final against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup at the Emirates.

 

“I thought we started very well,” said Moses. “Getting the two goals early on really helped us and we showed great character. It was very important to get the three points.

 

 

“We’ve been working so hard in training, obviously on our finishing as well, and you could see that on the pitch – everybody did really well to put the ball in the net and we’re very pleased. We also defended very well from front to back.

 

“Once we got those two goals we wanted to control the game, which we did. We’re very pleased and now we’re looking forward to Wednesday’s game.”