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OAU Alumni Association, Osogbo Branch Inaugurates New Exco



The Osogbo branch of the Obafemi Awolowo University Alumni Association known as “Great Ife Alumni Association” has inaugurated new executive members to steer the ship of the association.
The new chairman of the Association is Mr Yinka Odewale, the General  Secretary is Miss Adeola Adefajo, while the Treasurer of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, Mr Demola Lawal emerged as the new Publicity Secretary of the association.
Delivering his inaugural speech at the event held at the Oba Abolarin College, Oke-Ila Orangun, the chairman said the new Executive is not going to relax on the achievements of the past leaders of the association but work harder to build on it and make the Osogbo branch of the association a pride of all.
Mr Odewale called on other members of the association to rally round the new Exco so that the job of taking the association to the next level of development will be easily achieved for the benefit of all.
The new chairman who appealed for the support of the former leaders of the association as well as members promised to carry all members along in all major decisions concerning the growth and development of the association.
According to him, “The sustenance of, and the improvement upon the successes recorded by the last two teams can only be possible if all hands are on deck. Together we can take this association to even greater heights than we met it.
“It is for this reason that I want to remind all of us who have just been sworn in that the stake is high, if our intention is not just to retain the bar but also to raise it. To attain success, we must work together as a team.
“We must always be constantly guided by the axiom that “there is no individual success in a collective failure”. In other words, if we fail, God forbid, not anyone of the new officers will have the courage to beat his/her chest and say “I have played my role very well.
“May I also appeal to the whole house for their unflinching support. What Osungbohun and Falode offered was genuine leadership. The successes recorded by the duo were actually your handiwork. If you want us to succeed (and I have no doubt you do), you must give us equally unflinching support as we promise to offer you purposeful leadership”. He stated.
In a goodwill message, Chief host of the event, the Orangun of Oke – Ila, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adedokun Abolarin expressed appreciation to the association for giving him the honour of being the host of the event.
He said the Osogbo branch of the alumni association has shown over the years that they are made of responsible and forward thinking members who are determined to attain greatness.
In his handing over speech, the immediate past chairman of the association, Barrister Leye Bunmi Falode, who thanked members of the association for their support during his tenure said it was a pleasure for him to serve.
He said despite the challenges encountered during their tenure, the experience of leading the Osogbo branch of the association was a worthwhile one as they had the support of past leaders who kept on guiding them right.
Barrister Falode who thanked the past leaders, particularly the Chairman Emeritus, Pastor  Gbenga Osungbohun, and members of the association for the support given to his team. He urged the members to support the newly inaugurated executive members in order to succeed on the task at hand.
He stressed that the success of the new exco will go a long way in determining the success of the association at large.
Other members of the new executive are: Vice  Chairman Mr Oluwamayowa Adetoyese Fagbohungbe; Arssistant General Secretary Mr Esho David Tolulope; Treasurer Barr.Niyi Akinsola; Financial Secretary Hon. Adegoke Awotunde; Welfare Officer Mr Adewale Fayoyiwa; Legal Adviser Barr.Wuraola Ogunfolabi; Chief Whip Mr Oluwaseun Christopher Owojori and Internal Auditor Mr Ade Adewumi.
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Cutting Costs of Governance: Presidency Should Lead Way – Ogunwale



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A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Osun State, Senator Felix Ogunwale has said the Nigerian presidency should lead the way for others to follow in cutting down cost of governance.

Senator Ogunwale spoke on Wednesday in Osogbo while fielding question from a panel at a programme, The Frontliners’ organised by the Osun State Chapter of Association of Veteran Journalists, AVJ.

He said the right thing to be done was for the president of the country to show commitment to changing the narrative by not only asking Nigerians to endure the current hardship but to demonstrate the willingness to also make all arms of government to also feel the impact in their budget.

“I have always said it that we are note being driven by ideas in Nigeria but money. You can’t be asking those in the National Assembly to reduce their pay now when in actual sense the reason for some of them being their is to amaze wealth.

“Do you know what to correct this, it’s if our president, I am not referring to the current president, it’s the day our president decide to be riding bicycle to his office, the day the balance in his account is not more than 10 million, the day our president refuses to take more aides than it’s necessary, the day our president doesn’t believe in amazing wealth.”

The chairman of the event, Dr. Muyiwa Oladimeji who also shared the views of the guest urged the people of the State to continue to support the Administration of Senator Ademola Adeleke to be able to achieve his dream of developing all sectors of the State.

He commeded the AVJ for championing such efforts geared towards charting a way forward on how to achieve all round growth and development of the society and the nation at large.

Earlier, the chairman, AVJ, Adepoju Atobatele had described the programme as another opportunity to get Nigerians engaged on salient issues of national and global dimensions on the Front Liners.

Atobatele said, the association considered it a duty as professionals in the pen fraternity, to deepen democracy by constantly provoking Intellectual disputes that would widen public horizon of issues that are germane to the wellbeing, progress, security as well galvanizing interest in the affairs of the Country.

He said “The FRONTLINERS has been very active in widening discussions and analytical assessments of issues, events and personalities involved in determining the socio-economic and political directions of our dear Country, Nigeria.

“These we are carrying out successfully with the resources available to us in different ways, through the instrumentality of the Media.

“Ours as a professional body of retired media practitioners, still active in the concept of information management, has thus taken it as a sacred duty to act as change agents in a society yearning for objective information dissemination.”

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IMO: Oyetola holds bilateral talks with Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Jamaica



…as Nigeria sets to sign MoU with Saudi Arabia

The minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday, continued bilateral discussions with ministers and representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Brazil and Jamaica, expressing Nigeria’s government interest in learning from their knowledge and experiences.

This was revealed through his media aide, Ismail Omipidan, in a statement issued on Tuesday evening.

Recall that Oyetola, on Monday, held bilateral meetings with representatives of Greece, Qatar, and Mexico, on the sidelines of the ongoing 33rd General Assembly session of the International Maritime Organization, IMO, in London, United Kingdom.

During his meeting with the Brazilian Chief of the Navy’s General Staff, Adm José Augusto V. da Cunha de Menezes, the minister said Nigeria would want to learn from the operations of the Brazilian coast guards, as the ministry was desirous of setting up one so as to further secure the maritime space and the country’s waterways.

Oyetola further noted that: “We want to also focus on sectors such as Marine Renewable Energy, Marine Mining, Subsea Cabling and Piping, Marine Genetics, and Biotechnology, so as to grow the marine and blue economy.

“As we continue to expand and develop the activities of the sector, there will be need to deepen security architecture within the maritime space. In this regard, we are considering setting up Coast Guards and we believe that they will complement the existing security architecture to further secure our maritime space.”

The minister while expressing Nigeria’s desire to tap into technology to revolutionalise the maritime sector, further said “technology and innovation are vital for boosting Nigeria’s trade and investment prospects within the Marine and Blue Economy. Advanced marine technologies, including innovations in maritime logistics and smart logistics solutions, will significantly enhance the efficiency and sustainability of maritime transport and port operations, making Nigerian ports more competitive globally.”

Oyetola also met the newly elected Vice President of IMO, who is the Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK, Saida Muna Tasneem and Saudi Arabia’s Saleh bin Nasser AIJasser, who is the minister in charge of the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services of Saudi Arabia, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Both Saudi Arabia and Nigeria during the meeting agreed to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cement their corporations, collaboration and partnership in the maritime space.

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Twelve Calender Months Of Pace Setting Achievements – Odelade Hails Gov. Adeleke




The Special Adviser to Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke on Rural Water and Environmental Sanitation Agency RUWESA, Chief Lanre Odelade has described the one year Administration of Governor Adeleke as pace setting.

Speaking with newsmen today,the Special Adviser says, the tactful method of Intervention in critical areas of the state’s economy and social welfare has given out the Administration as commited to the welfare and advancement of their living conditions.

Chief Odelade particularly lauded the state government for it’s quick response to correcting the infrastructural deficit,impaired health care delivery,and neglect of public sector workers,all of which were inherited from the previous ApC Governments.

The Special Adviser particularly noted the swift response of Government to water Provision which led to the sinking of solar and generator powered bore holes to the 332 wards in the state.

Chief Odelade is optimistic that Governor Ademola Adeleke will consolidate on the gains of the past one year with renewed focus on taking the local government Administration from the duldrums to the centre stage of development and self reliance in accordance with the five point agenda of the state government.

He called on the people to give maximum support to Governor Ademola Adeleke in his determined efforts to take Osun state to the promised land.

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