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Lagos Rail Lines To Open For Operation By First Quarter Of 2023 - Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians that the Red and Blue Lines Rail projects will be completed by the end of the year and commence full operation by first quarter in 2023. Governor Sanwo-Olu stated this on Friday while featuring on Channels Television's Sunrise Daily where he talked about some of his administration's ongoing infrastructural projects and governance issues in the state. The Governor in an engaging session with Channels' Chamberlain Uzor, Kayode Okikiolu, Maupe Ogun Yusuf and Ayo Makinde addressed the State's integrated approach to providing affordable public transportation in the state through road expansions and jetties built in strategic locations in the state for easy commute. "On Badagry Expressway which is a Federal road and an international gateway, work is currently going on the 10-lane road and we are working to complete the remaining 20-kilometre stretch to Agbara alongside the link bridges to meet the section fro

Ife Has What It Takes To Transform Osun Economy - High Chief Lowa-Adimula (IFECITYBLOG)

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Kayode Olawuni The Lowa-Adimula of Ife Kingdom, High Chief Adekola Adeyeye has said that the land of Ife has the enough potentials to transform the state economy if properly harnessed. Chief Adeyeye stated this on Wednesday during the visit by the State Governor, Isiaq Adegboyega Oyetola to Ife as part of his state-wide strategic engagement tour following his official declaration to race for a second term in office as Governor of the state. Chief Lowa who particularly emphasized on the tourism assets of the City and by extension the Ife Kingdom said the state Government can be generating sufficient revenue to run the state if these potentials are given the necessary attention they deserve. "All the money you are looking for is here in Ife, It is in our tourism. We only need government to come and develop it. It has the potentials to generate substantial revenue more than what you can think of in any other sectors" the High Chief said. Governor Oyetola in his address not

Lagos Government Suspends NURTW Activities In Strategic Locations Following Violence

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu The Lagos State Government on Tuesday suspended the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) activities at Eyin Eyo, Church Street and Idumota Bridge indefinitely due to the recent violence in the areas. Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, to find a lasting solution to the frequent crisis occasioned by the activities of the transport unions, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, said the ban was instituted to prevent further violence at Idumota and environs. He informed that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority would resume at Eyin Eyo while the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will station an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations as well as to enforce the suspension of the NURTW activities within the axis. The Special Adviser also disclosed

Osun 2022: Oyetola Officially Declares Intention For Re-election

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The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola on Tuesday officially declared his intention to contest in the 2022 governorship election in the state. The governor made the declaration on Tuesday while formally receiving the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms from friends and political associates who had previously purchased the documents on his behalf to contest in the July 16 2022 gubernatorial election in the state. Governor Oyetola said that his decision to seek for a re-election is informed by a genuine intention to serve the people of the state, consolidate the good works his administration has been doing and to further deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. "Earlier this month, some friends and political associates visited the national secretariat of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to purchase Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for me to contest the forthcoming Osun 2022 governorship election.  "It was therefore with

Oyetola Swears In Ex Minister, Former Deputy Speakers, Others As Board Chairmen, Members

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The Governor of the state of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Monday swore in chairmen and members of non-statutory boards and parastatals. The appointment of the new hands, OSUN NEWSROOM reports, was to complement government’s efforts towards equitable delivery of quality and qualitative services and democratic dividends to the citizens across the sectors of the economy. Among those inaugurated are: Former Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole (UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital Board); former Osun Deputy Speaker, Akintunde Adegboye (College of Science and Technology, Esa Oke), foremost lawyer and former Governorship aspirant in the State, Saka Layonu, SAN, (Osun Polytechnic, Iree) and another former Deputy Speaker, Taiwo Sunmonu (Teaching Service Board). The Governor charged the new appointees to serve with the fear of God, put in their best service possible anchored on the values of truth, honesty, transparency, incorruptibility and inclusiveness. Addressing the people at the swearing-in cer

JAMB Releases Timeline For 2022 DE/UTME Registration And Examination

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the registration date for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the Direct Entry examination. The examination body in its weekly bulletin signed by its Director of Public Relations, Dr. Fabian Benjamin and made available on Monday disclosed that the registration will commence by February 12, 2022. In the timeline of events attached to the bulletin, the board announced that the UTME/DE registration will commence on 12th of February, 2022 and end on the 19th of March, 2022 while mock examination is scheduled to hold on 20th April 2022.  The statement further added that the UTME examination will hold from 20th to 30th of April, 2022.  JAMB had in a statement earlier this year attributed the delay in the commencement of the registration to forces beyond its control.

"You Are On The Right Side Of History" Ooni Applauds MTN CEO, Karl Toriola

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has commended the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, Mr. Karl Toriola for his invaluable contributions to human capital development, noting that he is on the right side of history. The Ooni who recently met with the Telecom giant Executive, in a statement on Sunday described Toriola as a remarkable son of Oduduwa, adding that their meeting was strategic as it centred prominently on discussions aimed at transforming Nigeria as a nation and by extension the African continent. The foremost traditional ruler who is also the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) expressed confidence in the people centred developmental and innovative entreprises which, according to Ooni is the best help to offer a generation. "I had the pleasure of meeting our own remarkable son of Oduduwa, Mr. Karl Toriola, the CEO of MTN Nigeria, and one of the largest telecommunications in the world fo

OPINION: Osinbajo And The Burden Of Undeclared Ambition - By Lateef Adewole

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Lateef Adewole Vice President Yemi Osinbajo There have been "mixed-understanding" of my last week's article. Many felt I was "tactically" selling Asiwaju Bola Tinubu's aspiration. Some others interpreted it as an anti-Tinubu piece. The worst of all are people who did not even read the content of the article but simply jump on the title and into conclusions, and started castigating me. They asked what right I have to say that a "kingmaker should not be a king". Such conclusion and reaction betrayed their ignorance of the content of the article. I must have triggered something with that article as demands have been made of me to x-ray other aspirants too, against what I intended to do. The loudest of them has to do with the incumbent Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Even my argument that he is yet to declare his ambition could not desuade those who made that demand. I acceded to it to avoid being tagged "partial". When the po

Ife North Electricity: Work Begins On Damaged Facilities As Government Releases Fund - IFECITYBLOG

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Residents of Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State may now hope to welcome electricity back to their communities soon after experiencing eight months of total darkness due to power outage. This is as Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has approved and released fund for the repair and complete overhaul of a damaged 7.5MVA electricity power substation facilities to Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC). This was disclosed on Monday during an on-site assessment visit by the State Government officials to the substation at Moro, location of the damaged electricity facilities. The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC had in a statement by its State Regional Head, Akin Ogunleye before the State House of Assembly in October 2021 attributed the delay in fixing the light to paucity of funds as he stated that an estimated 90 million naira would be needed for the procurement of the damaged facilities which he said the company could not afford at the moment. Reacting to the dev

Olaiya Flyover: Osun Government Issues Traffic Guidelines On Usage

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The Government of the state of Osun has issued the guidelines to be followed by the public on the traffic movement at the Olaiya Overhead Bridge in Osogbo, the State Capital upon completion. The state government in a release signed by the Special Adviser on Works and Transport Engr. Hussein Olatoke Bisi Olaniyan as obtained by IFECITYBLOG on Monday, noted that the flyover would soon be completed and available for use and urged the general public particularly motorists to strictly abide by the instructions and other existing traffic rules and regulations. Find the full statement below: "TRAFFIC MOVEMENT GUIDELINES AT OLAIYA INTERSECTION, OSOGBO The construction of the Olaiya Overhead Bridge (Flyover) by the Government of the State of Osun will soon be completed. The Flyover will be opened to traffic for the use of the general public. For free flow of Traffic, the general public, particularly the motoring public, is hereby advised to abide by and maintain lane discipline, drive caut

St. John's Old Boys Kick Off 60th Anniversary With Sanitation, Sweep Ooni's Palace, Market - IFECITYBLOG

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Adewale Adetoyese   Members of the St. John's Grammar School's Old Boys Association, on Monday kicked of activities marking the 60th anniversary of their Alma Mata with sanitation. The Publicity Secretary of the Association, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan who led current students of the school to the ancient Ile Oodua Palace of the Ooni of Ife and the popular Ajifowobaje Obaloran market, for cleaning, explained that the activity is in line with Yoruba's culture of environmental sanitation ahead of all engagements. Receiving the celebrants on behalf of the Ooni of Ife, the Owajesi of Ife, High-Chief Idowu Awotifaju, noted that St. John's Grammar school is an historic citadel of learning in the Kingdom of Ife. Similarly, the Otun Iyaloja of Ajifowobaje Obaloran market, Mrs. Moriatu Rasheed, who prayed for the team fervently, thanked the Old Boys Association for providing needed mentorship for the younger ones. Addressing newsmen after the exercise, Principal of the school, Dr. O

St. John's @ 60! : An Incubator For Great Minds - IFECITYBLOG

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By Lateef Adewole Let me use this auspicious occasion to congratulate all of us, who happened to pass through this great citadel of learning, The St. John's Grammar School, Oke-Atan, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on the Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of the school, which we are celebrating from Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd of January, 2022. May we live long to witness many more of such celebrations. St. John's, for short, an all-male secondary school, located within the ancient city of Ile-Ife, was established in January 19th, 1962 by a Catholic Missionary from Quebec, Canada, Reverend Father Fabian Cloutier. He not only taught in the school, he was the pioneer principal of the school. Ever since established, this great institution has produced numerous great people, who have gone ahead to break all boundaries and attain immense successes in their chosen fields and careers. It will be an inexhaustible exercise trying to name them in this short piece. Many "great Johnians", as we, t

Matriculation: Nigerian VC Urges Students To Acquire Innovative Skills

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The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA Professor Joseph Fuwape has advised newly admitted students of the institution to acquire innovative skills that will give them edge after graduation.  He gave the advice during the 38th matriculation ceremony organized for 3,834 new students for the 2020/2021 academic session held in the Obafemi Awolowo Auditorium of the university on Friday, 14th January 2022. Fuwape said it was important for the new students to follow in the tradition of their predecessors by acquiring new skills that will position them to become key players in the scheme of things in the society after their graduation. He said the University has the wherewithal, in terms of experienced faculty members and facilities, to lead them on the path of innovative skill acquisition.   He said the University will continue to train students whose skills will be required in a constantly changing society and who can hold their own in any part of the world.

OPINION: Tinubu And 2023: When A Kingmaker Wants To Be King! - By Lateef Adewole

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Lateef Adewole Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu This week has been interesting in Nigeria, not because the ban on the social media app, Twitter, was eventually lifted after 222 days, but for the flurry of political activities that happened. We might as well say it's a week of "presidential declarations". The nation was shaken and has been so, since the "big masquerade" was finally unveiled. The long awaited declaration to contest the 2023 presidential election by the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the great Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom, finally happened. It put paid to the hide and seek of many months, or even years. He made this known after he visited President Buhari in Aso Rock on Monday, where he said he went to inform him of his interest to contest for the position. That has been shaking the whole country since then. That’s what happens when a big fish comes to the shore. As if others were waiting for him, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state al