The Day ACN, ANPP, PDP Storm Edo To Canvass For Votes

Edo State is now the cynosure of all eyes as the July 14, governorship election date approaches. Already,  political parties and candidates have stepped up campaigns to woo voters.

Top contenders for  Edo State seat of power are Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Major-General Charles Airhiavbere of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chief Solomon Edebiri of the All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP).

Political analysts have however maintained that the main contest is between the ACN and the PDP. For 10 years PDP had bestrode the political landscape of the state before it was snatched by the ACN via a Court of Appeal judgment.

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Must Mosques Be Bombed Before We Wake Up Asked Father Kukah?

The Catholic bishop of Sokoto Diocese, His Lordship Matthew Hassan Kukah, has said that Nigeria is at a very difficult stage and running out of time because of the current security happenings in the nation.

Speaking in Abuja  at the National Summit on the Freedom of Information Act , with the theme  “Ensuring the Effective Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act”, which started in Abuja yesterday, Bishop Kukah said those who are pushing  the country to the precipice are determined  to start a war that will be irreversible – a war between Christians and Muslims.

The cleric said he was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that Nigeria was running out of time because of what is happening. According to him, it may be convenient for many of us to say it does not matter if  northerners kill themselves  because the battle is only taking place in the north, but “many of us who have been voices of restraint no longer know what to say. This country is ours to build and  construct, and how we are going to reclaim our lost glory and  make Nigeria marketable again requires more than just moral exhortation”.

He also said  that Nigerians could have seen a time like this coming as it was manifested many years ago when people who had no commitment to Islam began pretending about wanting to live under the Sharia’h law. Quoting from Lamido’s timeline, he said, “Are we Christians to stop worshipping or am I going to live in a country where every Sunday when I am going to church I have to look behind. Or the Christian question is: how long is this going to go on and, like Lamido said, is it going to cost the bombing of the mosques before we wake up? Is it really the case that we are going to continue to remain like this?”

Bishop Kukah lamented that, even though the country is passing through very tough times  with enough blame to pass around, President Jonathan may not be responsible for what is happening, but  because he has been entrusted with the key  he is worried  about the future of the country.

He said, “I have been on the voice of those saying this is not about religion and I still believe so,  but many of us are running out of time and ideas because, clearly, the security of this country is in the hands of the president who is under a national security agency and, actually, life is becoming very cheap”.

He called on media houses to adopt high-quality reportage and editorials on current happenings and available information so that policy makers can adopt reports or editorials to become part and parcel of public policies. Media houses, he added, should be responsible for the training of journalists and must go beyond just allowing journalists to fend for themselves.

Meanwhile, country representative of  PACT , Dr. Audu Liman, in his welcome remarks, said Nigeria as a country had passed the FoI in May 2011 after years of advocacy  and demand but not much has happened in  one year after the signing at all levels of government.

He said even after setting up inter-ministerial committees at all levels, the work of the committee  remains very opaque  as there appears to be no consultations with interest groups in developing such strategy and also not taking public institutions at the states and local governments into account.

Liman said: “The FoI Act is one important bill that, when effectively implemented, will take our country over the threshold we currently stand. Despite various challenges, there are a number of issues that should make us proud as Nigerians.”

According to him, Nigerians  as a people can make this country great if and only if they can do the right things, but while there are many things that can be done in order of priority, “our biggest challenge is corruption”.

Paper presentations were made by the attorney-general of the federation, Mohammed Adoke (SAN); MD/CEO, Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, Mr. Ehi E. Okoyomon; governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, among others.

A member of the House of Representatives Abike Dabiri in a brief remark said: “We have given you this law, it is left for everyone of us to ensure its implementation. The fact is that the power is in the hands of Nigerians. We have to join hands to fight corruption and make things work and not leave it in the hands of a few. If we do not implement it, we are only paying lip service to fighting corruption.

Oyinlola: What Gain For ‘Marginalised’ South West?

It is the quintessential Nigerian irony: somebody just booted out by the courts for stealing votes and illegally occupying the Osun State House for almost four years, got “elected” into a party post – and that party’s name is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)!

It must be a peculiar democracy then – for a party that boasts “democratic” as part of its name, to proudly show off a judicially confirmed and punished vote fiddler as its national secretary!  Ironies don’t come grimmer!

Indeed, as ironies and imaging go, the devilish tryst between PDP and proven election riggers in the South West is bordering on the proverbial.  Aside from Oyinlola, the PDP national secretary, the pocket Segun Oni, another unrepentant gubernatorial usurper in neighbouring Ekiti State, is the party’s South West leader, though that claim is a subject of litigation!  The more, the merrier, in the macabre drama?

Yet, that is the mainstreamers’ idea of “de-marginalising” the South West!  In the mainstreamers’ agenda, it does not matter if the post occupier is useless, feckless and incompetent as they come; of if the morality of it all is as glaring as it can be.  What matters is political jobbery.  As Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka would put it, the end “justifies the meanness”.

That brings the discourse back to Oyinlola as PDP national secretary, as part of the processes of de-marginalising the South West.  Aside from his judicially confirmed status as a gubernatorial usurper, what merits Oyinlola for that job?

But before answering that question, it must be clearly stated that whoever the PDP makes its secretary or indeed any of its ranking hierarchy is completely its own business.  It is its choice, and it is free to make it as it deems fit.  It must however be ready to stand by the results of its chosen path.

The intra-party ascendancy of the Oyinlolas and the Onis is from the skewed logic that because they were former governors (even if both stole the vote: Oyinlola in his second term; and Oni in his only term), their visibility in the party is a mark of some South West ascendancy in the party; and therefore, an indirect way to show the party is pledged to the interest of the Yoruba.

To the extent that parties are recruiting agencies for government, and government is the implementing agency of the state, that could well be true.  But it would depend on the proven track record of the beneficiary.

So, what is Oyinlola’s record?  Parlous, to say the least!  As Sani Abacha era military administrator of Lagos State, Oyinlola was a complete disaster.  When his successor, then Col. Buba Marwa made serious efforts to improve on the parlous state of roads and other physical infrastructure, Oyinlola’s rallying cry was “no bitumen” – such was his unbridled incompetence.

As best-forgotten civilian governor of Osun, he remained his quintessential incompetent self.  All through his controversial first term of four years and the three-and-a-half years that he stole by virtue of stolen vote corralled with extreme bestiality, he was a vacuum all through.  His was the classical living example of the proverbial dog in a manger: he could not be useful, yet he combatively shut out those who could be useful!

On the point of comprehensively proven incompetence alone, Oyinlola ought to have been left to the place he has secured in the dustbin of history.  But no!  The PDP would insult the intelligence of the Yoruba South West by presenting, as the front of its national secretariat, a figure that thoroughly symbolises vote robbery!  But that is quite in character: the party’s in-your-face impunity; a practical figure straight out of its manual of the muscled way to “win” elections!

But no one need split any hair on the glaring fact that Oyinlola and his fellow travellers belong to the 10th grade of materials from the region.  That quite fits into the voodoo mainstreamers credo of lazy and open mouth waiting for a central manna, when the ethos of the Yoruba South West is to get in there and work your brains out!

It is therefore the height of wilful illusion to think that because a pair of proven election riggers had been promoted up the party hierarchy, the South West is being taken care of.  Nothing could be farther from the truth!

In any case, the whole thing is a grand distraction.  No one needs to “take care” of the South West.  The Yoruba can take care of themselves – and this was well proven during the golden Awo era of the First Republic.

The socio-economic salvation of our region would come when the country is restructured; and every part of the country drives its own resources and eats from it.  That is how any part of the country can come out of “marginalisation”.  That, is the only sane way to go.

It’s well!

Man Docked Over Alleged Killing Of Taxi Driver

A 32-year-old man, Mr Azeez Wasiu, has been remanded in prison custody by an Osogbo Magistrate’s Court over alleged killing.The suspect was alleged of arming himself with knife and stabbed one Maruf Oloyede to death before carting away his vehicle, which he used as taxi.

The charge sheet read in the court disclosed that the vehicle was a Nissan Sunny with registration number XA 336 PRN, while its engine and chassis numbers are GAISN6658B, JN1BC14U076791 respectively.

It added that the car, with taxi colour, was valued at N600,000 and belonging to one Mr Ajayi. According to the charge sheet, the alleged crime is contrary to section 1(1) and punishable under section 2(1) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms Act of the Federation of Nigeria.

The suspect’s plea was not taken, as the magistrate court lacks jurisdiction to entertain capital offence.He (suspect) was however not represented by any counsel. Prosecution counsel, Mr Arawole Jimoh announced his appearance in the matter.

Presiding magistrate, Mr Adewunmi Makanjuola adjourned the matter till June 23, 2012, when the suspect would be arraigned at an appropriate court.

34 Die In Yobe Violence, House Invites President Jonathan For Insecurity.

Lawmakers resolved yesterday to invite President Goodluck Jonathan to tell them what he is doing to rein in the violence in the land.

Also yesterday, Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, which was the scene of a gun battle on Monday, began counting its loss.

The Nigeria Red Cross, according to its official Andronicus Adeyemo, said 25 people, among them five security operatives, died in the attacks.

But a doctor said the figure of the dead is higher.

“So far, 34 bodies have been taken to the mortuary, but we expect the death toll to rise,” said the doctor, who pleaded not to be named.

A source at the hospital mortuary said: “I counted over 32 bodies, as at noon. It is over three hours now and I am sure the number may increase to 40 or even 50 because I saw police still bringing in bodies in batches.

“I also counted five dead policemen in uniform.”

In Kaduna, there was tension as clashes were reported in some areas. The government reimposed a 24-hour curfew, which it had earlier to 12 hours.

Damaturu remained deserted all yesterday. Many families have been displaced.

Commissioner of Police Patrick Egbuniwe said: “Our men are still mopping up the town. So, we cannot, at the moment, tell you exactly how many of the sect members were killed but many of them were killed.

“We lost three policemen, four hospitalised with gunshot wounds. They were not able to get the Area Command Office and the Police Headquarters, They were repelled.

“Their attack was mainly on security agents and government property.

A UBE primary school in Sabon Pegi was bombed by the attackers,” Egbuniwe said.

The police chief said 32 arrests were made, adding that his men were on patrol and that the situation was under control.

Residents of Pompomari, a Damaturu suburb, have all left their homes.

Those who have relatives in the estates which seem to be relatively peaceful for now, have relocated to such places.

Scores of others, mostly women and children, were seen at Waziri Ibrahim Estate Primary School and the Junior Day Secondary School Susuma, They were in deplorable conditions.

Some of the children were crying for water and food.

Our correspondent gathered that most of the families abruptly left their homes without any contigency plan.

Aisha, 34, a mother of five at the Susuma Secondary School, told our correspondent that the only thing she could think of was  her children and not food.

“We only had to get out of that war zone for our safety. It is only today that we are thinking about food. Though my last child cried throughout the night for food, it’s better that we are alive,” Aisha said.

The problems of the displaced women and children, The Nation learnt is further complicated by the 24-hour curfew imposed on Damaturu as nobody could go out to search for food or water.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam imposed a 24-hour curfew within Damaturu metropolis.

A statement by Abdullahi Bego, his Special Assistant on Presss Affairs and Information, reads: “Residents are hereby directed to remain in their homes while officers and men of the Joint Task force (JTF) and other security agencies continue with their effort to ensure peace and security and the protection of lives and property.

“The 24-hour curfew directive is for Damaturu metropolis only.

Restriction of movement for other parts of the State, except Potiskum Town, still remains 10pm to 6am daily.

Restriction of movement in Potiskum Town remains 6.00pm to 6.00am daily.

“Governor Gaidam calls on members of the general public to continue to give maximum cooperation to the JTF and other security agencies in their effort to ensure the safety of life and property.

“The Governor also calls on people not to relent in their prayers for the Almighty Allah (SWT) to restore peace in our state and the nation in general”.

Also yesterday, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) lashed out at the President for going to Brazil when Nigeria is not at peace.

Court Judgment Does Not Invalidate 2011 Elections, Including Jonathan’s Presidency Says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied that a recent judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja has invalidated the 2011 General Election, including the election of President Goodluck Jonathan, and threatens next month’s Edo State Governorship election.

In a statement today by Kayode Robert Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, INEC said that the June 5 judgment in the suit by Bedding Holdings Limited, concerns the transparent ballot boxes it claims to have been last used by INEC in the 2003 general elections.

“In effect, it has nothing to do with the polythene, collapsible transparent ballot boxes used for the 2011 General Elections and all other elections conducted since then, including the impending Edo State Governorship Election,” the statement said.

With reference to the court’s perpetual injunction concerning “electronic collapsible transparent ballot boxes,” INEC said that it is not using them and has no intention of using them in the Edo State gubernatorial contest.
In a report, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting said that the Federal High Court in Abuja against INEC and six others over the use of transparent ballot boxes has invalidated the entire 2011 general elections.

Beddings Holdings Limited had sued INEC; its chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega; the Registrar of Patents of the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and four companies.

In his ruling, Justice Adamu Bello declared that the electoral body used the transparent ballot boxes illegally without the consent of the valid patent owner to be unconstitutional, illegal, unlawful and therefore null and void.

Students Condemn Closure Of FUTA, Suspension Of Union Leaders

A student pressure group, the Education Right Campaign (ERC) has condemned the closure of the Federal University of Technology, Akure and the suspension of leaders of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) Messers Ben Chukwuma and Makinde Faola respectively.

Chukwuma, Faola and other six union leaders in the institution were suspended indefinitely, following an academic crisis that engulfed the institution on the agitations of the workers over non-payment of their hazard allowance.

According to ERC, this is the second time in three months that the authorities of FUTA have closed the campus, based on the agitation of the workers on the hazard allowance.

Describing the closure of the university and the suspension of the union leaders as undemocratic and outrageous, ERC said the tactics to force the workers to work and accept a situation where they work without full payment of their benefits including hazards allowance is nothing but pure injustice.

The students group stated this in a press statement signed by its National Secretary, Comrade Taiwo Hassan, a copy of which was made available to OSUN DEFENDER on Tuesday in Osogbo, the State of Osun capital.

However, ERC called on the Federal Government and FUTA authority to recall the suspended union leaders and open the institution, saying that the agitation on the hazard allowance is just.

The group asserted that Nigeria’s resources, if judiciously and democratically managed, are adequate to provide free and functional education at all levels and a better condition of service and remunerations for teaching and non-teaching staff.

It therefore called on the Federal Government to provide free and functional education from the elementary to the university levels.

Osun Lawmakers Engage Works Ministry On Road Projects

The Osun State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Transport on Monday engaged the top government functionaries in the Ministry of Works on the ongoing road projects in the state.

The interactive session between the ministry’s team and the lawmakers, according to the chairman of the House Committee, Honourable Abiodun Awolola representing Egbedore Constituency, was to appraise the progress so far on the ongoing road projects

Honourable Awolola in his address said the House was interested in the performance of the ministry, which got the largest percentage of the 2012 annual budget of the state.

He stated that timely completion of the road projects was important for the economic development of the state, especially in boosting food production and increasing commercial activities.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Transport, Engineer Oladepo Amudah, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, the General Manager, Osun State Road Maintenance Agency (ORMA), Engineer Salami Kazeem, assured the lawmakers of timely completion of the projects, saying the ministry has the technical and professional ability to handle the projects.

Amudah said rehabilitation of roads is currently going in all the nine federal constituencies in the state, as well as construction of new roads.
He stated that 21 roads covering 23.1 kilometers are currently under rehabilitation in Osogbo, 15 roads of 29. 7 kilometers are equally under rehabilitation in Ilesha with overall 16 percent completion.

The reason for massive intervention in Osogbo and Ilesa, according to Amudah, was the fact that the two cities were not adequately taking care of by the last administration, considering their population and economic importance.

The roads under reconstruction by the ministry are Ajagba, Iwo Oke, Ajagunlase, Ife Odan, Ipinrindo – Ipetu Ijesha. “The roads were mere bush paths and the government is reconstructing them to meet modern standards, while the level of work on those roads is over 25 per cent”.

He further explained that the state government has approved four dual carriage lanes from Osogbo to Dagbolu, expansion of Osogbo to Kwara State Boundary, Steal Rolling Mills to Alamisi Market in Ikinrun.

The governor’s special adviser therefore appealed to the people to bear the current traffic jams in the major cities, as a result of the ongoing road construction, saying the ministry will soon complete some of the project to specification.

Other members of the House Committee in attendance were the Leader of the House, Honourable Timothy Owoeye, Honourables Oladoyin Bamisayemi, Babatunde Festus Komolafe, and Afolabi Atolagbe.

Ogbeni Aregbesola To Modernise Osun Courts

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola yesterday said his administration would equip all the courts in the state with modern facilities to enable them record proceedings without using longhand.

The governor broke the news in Osogbo, the state capital, when he delivered an address at a stakeholders’ forum on Judicial Reforms at the state High Court.

He said his administration would strengthen and make the judiciary totally independent and attractive so that it would be a reference point for integrity and intellectualism in Nigeria.

Aregbesola noted that revamping the judiciary through reforms does not stop at equipping the libraries with the most recent textbooks or Law reports.

According to him, it transcends buying the state-of-the-art cars for judges and other judicial officers to enable them operate in a conducive environment for enhanced output.

He said: “Judicial reform, in our view, transcends the law officers and judicial officers. The sector is unique. All workers engaged in the judicial sector needs constant training and retraining. Henceforth, capacity-building, seminar and workshops will be organised from time to time for all categories of workers.

“We discovered, on assumption of office, that our court buildings all over the state are in utter state of disrepair.

It is a pity that successive administrations totally ignored the judicial sector where, ironically, any government the world over draws its strength.”

The governor noted that the rule of law requires transparent legislation, fair laws, predictable enforcement and responsible government to maintain order, fight poverty and have legitimacy.

Aregbesola said: “Legal and judicial reform projects are continually evolving as more countries and different jurisdictions embrace a more holistic approach for longer-term legal and institutional reform, emphasising empowerment, opportunity and security, especially as each affects the poor. This has deepened the understanding of ways in which legal and judicial programmes can distribute more equitably the benefit of growth.”

The governor said individuals must have legal rights that are enforceable and protected.

He added that this requires transparency and accountability in government, public participation and legal institutions that are not only effective and efficient but also provide equitable remedies for the society.

The governor decried the use of what he described as obsolete equipment in most public offices, saying it is only few offices that have functioning computer sets.

According to him, four to five different secretaries share a printer, in most cases.

The Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Ajibola Bashiru, said the governor is committed to the reform of the Judiciary because he is a beneficiary of an effective justice dispensation.

The commissioner listed some of the objectives of the reform as accessibility to justice; maintaining timeliness in case disposal; increasing confidence in court processes; ease of access to information, among others.

Osun Sets Up Committee For LG Creation

In his determination to bring government much closer to the people at the grassroots, the governor of the State of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has instituted a Local Government Area Creation Committee to carry out a review and propose the number and locations of new local government areas to be created in the state.

Inaugurating the committee led by the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Professor Mojeed Alabi, in Osogbo, the state capital last Monday, the governor said that his administration genuinely believes that in terms of geographical, historical and cultural affinity and viability, the people of the state are not properly constituted in their respective local government council areas, hence, the need to create more council areas to properly constitute them.

According to him, the government would, through the committee, determine how the people could best be organised to reflect their historical and cultural affinity, geographical conferencing and economic viability in the lowest level of governance, with a view to motivating and mobilising them to the highest level of productivity in the state.

Noting that the aim of his administration is to ensure that local government creation has the capacity and legitimacy to bring purposeful development to the grassroots of the state, the governor said: “We believe that if we succeed at that, we would have really succeeded completely”.

While reeling out the terms of reference for the committee, Governor Aregbesola said; “the present task is to undertake a comprehensive review on the local government areas and propose new local government areas to be created as demanded by the people, so as to lay the foundation for governance that is democratic and sovereign.

“We are concerned about the need to uphold the constitution, specifically Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and as a result, the committee shall be assisted in carrying out its function by a technical committee.

“This committee is to help fulfill the objectives of this administration and subsequently prepare and present a report for a bill  for the purpose of creation of new local governments, which will assist us in presenting an executive bill to the House of Assembly for the creation of new councils,” he said.

The governor then warned that whatever would come as the recommendations of the committee must emanate from the people based on their demands, saying that once the people do not demand for it, such idea should be left aside.

Giving the guidelines, the governor said that it is the duty of the committee to issue general guidelines for the creation of new councils in compliance with Section 7(2) (a&b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, as well as ensuring that the people’s requests for the creation of the council is in conformity with Section 8(3 and 4) and Section 6 of the constitution.

He added: “The committee will coordinate various activities and the referendum exercise that is constitutionally required and you will work together with OSSIEC and INEC for that purpose.

“It shall be your duty to provide guidelines and assistance for the carrying out of request for boundary adjustment for the new local governments. You will provide delineation, map, boundary adjustment coordinate and urban planning proposal to fit all the requests that are recommended by the committee.

“It is the duty of this committee to collate and document all requests for the creation of new local governments and recommend to the government to satisfy the technical and constitutional requirement as prescribed. You must submit the report not later than 25 July, 2012”, he said.

Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Professor Mojeed Alabi said that the members of the committee were aware of the yearnings of the people, assuring that they would not disappoint them.

He assured the government and the people of the state that justice and fair-play would be the cornerstone of the workings of the committee, as well as its recommendations to the government.

Aregbesola Is Ready To Probe Oyinlola’s Govt

Nemesis seems to have arrived the backyards of those involved in financial impropriety under the ousted administration in the State of Osun as Governor  Rauf Aregbesola has inaugurated a Commission of Inquiry to probe the  misappropriation of the state’s fund between May 2003 and November 2010.

The National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, was the governor of the state between 2003 and 2010, which is the period under review, while the Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, was the deputy governor.

The terms of reference for the commission are to review the circumstances of the N18.3 billion loan obtained by the ousted administration from the United Bank for Africa (UBA) and to make enquiry into other major financial transactions and contracts by the state government within the period.

The commission is also to investigate and determine the propriety or otherwise of the officials and other persons involved in the procurement of the loan and recommend appropriate disciplinary sanctions for all officials and other persons found to be culpable in the financial impropriety.

Inaugurating the commission in his office on Monday, the governor recalled that at the earlier stage of his administration, a contract review committee was set up, where certain allegations of financial impropriety and misappropriation under the ousted administration were established.

Noting that though the report of the contract review committee had been gazetted and the relevant agencies are working on how to retrieve the looted government funds from those he called unscrupulous personalities involved, the governor noted that the terms of reference of the committee was restricted to some specific contracts and not general.

He stated that there was the need for the government to have a wide coverage of its expenditure, hence, the need for the newly-inaugurated commission to probe government expenditure generally.

According to him, if the assignment given to the commission is properly executed, it would bring some measure of sanity, prudence, transparency, probity and accountability into government transactions.

He added that it would also ensure that budget for certain sectors are expended appropriately and in the interest of the people of the state.
While charging the commission to conduct the exercise thoroughly and diligently, Governor Aregbesola promised that his administration would not sweep its report under the carpet.

Responding, the chairman of the Commission, Professor Femi Odekunle, noted that the government is sincere by genuinely constituting the commission for the task, promising that the commission would discharge its duties in line with the due process of law.

While pledging that the commission would endeavour to live up to expectation by not betraying the confidence reposed in it, Professor Odekunle urged the government to provide all necessary logistics to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the committee.

Members of the committee are, Mr. Kola Adeyemo, Mr. Akin Akintayo, Barrister Soji Olowolafe, Engineer Obi Daramola while Alhaji Kelani Adesina is the Secretary.