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PUBLIC GOOD MUST BE YOUR OVERRIDING PRIORITY, SANWO-OLU TELLS NEW APPOINTEES

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…Inaugurates IOGC Board, Judicial And Health Service Commissions’ Members

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged officers in the State’s public service to uphold trust as key element of public administration while discharging their statutory duties.

The Governor said all public officers, regardless of segments of service, owed the public a duty to perform their responsibilities with trust and integrity.

Sanwo-Olu spoke while inaugurating members of the Judicial Service Commission, Health Service Commission and Board of the State-owned Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation (IOGC) at the State House, Alausa, on Tuesday.

The Governor said the underlying responsibility of public officers must be to deploy their expertise in attaining overall public good. He charged the newly sworn in members of the statutory commissions and the corporation’s Board to consider people and the State’s interests as overriding priorities in their decisions.

He said: “I congratulate the newly inaugurated chairmen and members of the Health Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission and the Board of Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation, who have been privileged to have been nominated and subsequently confirmed fit and proper by the House of Assembly to occupy various positions into which you have just been inaugurated.

“I cannot emphasise enough the fact that you all have been called upon to serve the government and people of the State. The implication of this is that, the interest of the State and the people must always be the overriding consideration in all your recommendations and decisions. Public office is a trust and we owe it a duty to discharge that trust with utmost sense of responsibility.”

Sanwo-Olu stressed the need by the Service Commissions to ensure due diligence was strictly followed in recruitment, promotion, discipline and career management processes in their respective ministries, while also charging them to make justice and fairness their watchwords in addressing matters that will be brought before them for consideration.

Sanwo-Olu said: “As members of Health and Judicial Service Commissions, your actions or inactions will have a significant impact on the quality of healthcare and of justice available in Lagos, not just in the immediate future but for a long time to come. This realisation should guide your conduct and decision-making.

“The new Board of IOGC comprises knowledgeable and experienced personalities, and my expectation of the Board is to deepen the viability of the corporation and strategically position it as a leader in the Oil and Gas Industry. It must be managed to yield good returns on investment through significant contribution to the State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) on a sustainable basis.”

He equally admonished the Board to promote good corporate governance in the management of the affairs of the corporation, which was established in 2013, following the discovery of crude oil in Badagry area of the State.

Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said the constitution of the commissions’ membership and that of the Board was in line with extant laws of the State to promote fairness, justice and transparency.

He urged the appointees to bring their wealth of experience to bear in discharging their duties.

Speaking on behalf of all the appointees, chairman of the Health Service Commission, Dr. Muyinat Onayiga assured they would justify the confidence reposed in them by the Governor.

Members of the Health Service Commission are Mrs Kemi Ogunyemi, Dr. Mobolaji Olukoya, Dr. Olumuyiwa Solanke, and Mrs. Adepeju Muyibat Adeleye (to be confirmed by Assembly).

The Judicial Service Commission is chaired by the Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba. Other members are Attorney General of the State Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, Mr. Olasupo Ati-John, Mrs. Bamidele Akinyemi, Mr. Lateef Kareem, and Mr. Mahmud Dawodu.

The IOGC Board is chaired by Commissioner for Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote. Other members are Mr. Abdul-Ahmed Mustapha, Mr. Wole Ogunsanya, Mr. Tokunbo Ishmeal, Mr. Goke Adeniyi, Omolara Cudjoe-Alakija and Doyin Akinyanju.

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BREAKING: The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip is dead

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The news of his death was confirmed by statement released by the Buckingham Palace on Friday.

The statement reads: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history.

About Prince Philip

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born on the island of Corfu in 1921.

At the age of 18, the prince joined the Royal Navy as a cadet.

He saw active service during the Second World War, serving in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean, and was mentioned in despatches for his bravery.

In 1947 he renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles, took on the surname of Mountbatten and became a naturalised British subject ahead of his marriage to Princess Elizabeth.

Their wedding was the first great state occasion after the end of the Second World War.

His commitment to the Queen was unfaltering. He gave up his career in the Navy in order to support her in her role as monarch.

The Queen has described Prince Philip as her “constant strength and stay”.

They had four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward – and he was a much loved grandfather and great-grandfather.

He saw himself as a moderniser within the British monarchy, orchestrating the first royal walkabout – but he was also known for his forthright views and off-the-cuff remarks.

Prince Philip’s concern for young people inspired him to create the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and he supported more than 800 charities and good causes – focusing on his interests in wildlife conservation, technology and sport.

Since the 1940s Prince Philip was an ever present figure in the life of the UK and leaves behind his own considerable legacy.

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Sunday Igboho mother’s house allegedly invaded by suspected killer herdsmen

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Popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho mother’s residence was allegedly attacked by suspected “Fulani men” on Sunday March 21.

 

Igboho’s spokesman, Olayomi Koiki disclosed this on Sunday night via his Twitter handle. Koiki wrote;

“Chief Sunday Adeyemo’s mother’s house at Igboho was invaded by three Fulani men this evening around 7:54pm.”

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode also disclosed that one of the suspects was apprehended, he wrote on Twitter;

I just spoke to Sunday Igboho & he told me that 2 foreign Fulani terrorists were apprehended in his mother’s home in Igboho, Oyo state this evening.Their mission was to harm Mama. One of them escaped whilst the other is with the police.Those that sent them are playing with fire!

Here is the one that was caught. He is with the police right now. Sadly the other escaped.

First of all they burnt down Sunday’s house in Ibadan. Secondly a soldier and a fake soldier were caught spying on his Ibadan home. Thirdly two terrorists are caught sneaking into his mothers home with a clear intention to harm her.

This is a man whose input brought peace to our nation just two weeks ago and helped to bring to an end the Northern embargo of food to the South after he guaranteed the peace and security of innocent Nigerian Fulanis in the SW.

I am appealing to those who are behind these provocations against his person & reckless attacks to desist from this nonsense. Sunday is a heroic figure in the South West and by far the most powerful, vocal and popular figure in Yorubaland today. Harming him or his family members will not augur well for the peace and stability of our nation.

N.B. Three terrorists were caught in Sunday Igbho’s mothers house and not two. One was caught and two escaped

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Afenifere: Oduyoye expresses confidence in Adebanjo’s leadership

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The recent emergence of foremost Awoist and lawyer, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, as the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has been lauded as a positive development for the Yoruba race.

Former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives and Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, stated this on Sunday, in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.

Oduyoye, who once served as national publicity secretary of the Afenifere, maintained that the choice of Pa Adebanjo as Afenifere Leader is a step in the right direction for the Yoruba nation.

He added that the Yoruba people need Pa Adebanjo’s wealth of experience, versatility and unassailable courage at this point in its history.

According to Oduyoye, the challenges facing the South-West states and the Yoruba nation as a whole in terms of leadership, insecurity, slow pace of economic development, among others, can only be surmounted with the vision and passion of individuals like Pa Adebanjo, who has, over the years, made his “voice count at every moment that mattered the most.”

Oduyoye prayed for more strength and good health for Pa Adebanjo, who he described as a worthy model and fearless leader.

He declared that as a committed Afenifere member, he [Oduyoye] has never regretted following leaders  like Pa Adebanjo, in more than two decades that his path crossed with Baba.

He, however, called on Yoruba sons and daughters to support Pa Adebanjo and the Afenifere towards the emancipation and progress of Yorubaland, saying that the Yoruba would need to speak with one voice before it would overcome its struggles.

Oduyoye said: “I have heard and read several things said and written since my Leader, and someone for whom I have a deep personal respect, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, emerged as the Leader of Afenifere.

“I make bold to say that the emergence of Pa Adebanjo as Afenifere Leader at this period in our history is a welcome development, as his fearlessness, courage and wealth of experience will come in handy in helping to surmount the challenges facing the Yoruba nation.

“At a period that Yoruba states and Yoruba people are breathing heavily under the burdens of an ‘unfederal federalism’ of Nigeria, at a period that insecurity, including herders-farmers clashes, kidnapping and banditry have reached a peak, at a period that external forces are seeking to weaken the Yoruba nation, the coming on board of Pa Adebanjo as Afenifere Leader is, indeed, momentous.

“For anyone who knows Pa Adebanjo, it will be clear that Baba is up to the task and apparently well-prepared for this position, having undergone tutelage from the most visionary and most insightful Pa Obafemi Awolowo. “Similarly, Pa Adebanjo has spent over seven decades of his life fighting the Yoruba cause. 

“Someone like me, who became close to him over two decades ago, can testify to the fact that Baba is an unrelenting fighter whenever it comes to the cause of the Yoruba people, so I have no doubt that he will succeed in this task.

“While congratulating Baba for assuming this thankless and tasking position, I also encourage all Yoruba sons and daughters to rally round Baba, so that, together, we can all overcome the challenges assailing our nation as Yorubas.” Oduyoye added.

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