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Osun Government Ends Serikin Fulani Chairmanship Tussle, Sues For Peace Among Non-indigenes



The Leadership tussle in the ranks of Serikis of Fulani/Bororo Community in Osun State may have become a thing of the past.

This was sequel to the intervention of the State Government in ensuring that peace continue to reign in the folds of both indigenes and non-indigenes.

A leadership tussle had ensued between Alhaji Oluwatoyin Sulaiman who was appointed a Personal Assistant, Committee on Peaceful Coexistence between Fulani/Bororo and Crop Farmers; and Alhaji Ibrahim Dende, the Son of the Aged State Chairman of all Serikis who was favoured to replace his father.

However, all heads of Fulani/Bororo community at a meeting called by the State government on Wednesday had unanimously agreed to confirm Alhaji Ibrahim Dende as the chairman of all Serikis in Osun State.

Addressing the leaders of Fulani Community at a meeting on Thursday, Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye emphasised the need for all to live together peacefully and harmoniously.

He said “Osun Governor believes in one Nigeria and has respect for all residents of the State. He believes that every Nigerian has constitutional right to live anywhere in the country. He wants everybody to live in peace and have harmonious relationship”.

Oyinriloye who urged them to consider the issue as a mere misunderstanding of jurisdiction of authorities told the leadership of Fulani/Bororo community to feel free to relate with the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement.

Also Speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Abiodun Ige harped on the need for the Fulani/Bororo community to be vigilant and ensure that criminal elements do not infiltrate them.

She appealed to them to cooperate with the security agencies in maintaining peace in the State.

“The commissioner of police is ready to work with everyone. We must not hesitate to relate and cooperate with him. We want to implore everyone that they should allow peace wherever they live. We must work for the peace of the State.

“You must know your people who are just coming in, where they live and what they will be doing. You must know where they came from. This will allow you to be able to differential them from criminals”, Ige said.

In a communiqué signed by the heads of Fulani/Bororo Community and issue at the end of the meeting, it was agreed that Allaji Oluwatoyin Sulaimon was just turbaned by the aged Seriki, Alhaji Babatunde Saliu as an emissary to his office and not as chairman.

It was also agreed that Alhaji Dende Ibrahim has been favoured to replace his father as the State Chairman of Serikin Fulani/Bororo in Osun State.

Other agreements include that; the coronation of Alhaji Dende as Serikin Fulani/Bororo of Osun State by the palace of Ataoja still subsists. All litigations in relation to the leadership tussle be suspended forthwith, and all ceremony planned for any coronation or appointment be suspended until further notice.

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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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