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ASUU speaks on ‘receiving, spending’ money from federal government

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Friday, declared that contrary to insinuations, the union did not receive or spend any money from the federal government.

The union made this known via a statement made available by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr. Ade Adejumo.

Adejumo, in the statement, explained that the need to tell the public that the union had not received and spend any money from the the federal government was to put the record straight that the union is a patriotic organisation.

Adejumo, in the statement entitled: “Re: N163 billion released to ASUU: Putting the records straight”, disclosed that the government knows that it is the council and the university administration that receive and spend all the money coming into the university and not the union.

He said, “Once again, the attention of our union has been drawn to another piece of misinformation which gives the impression that ASUU collects money from government.

“For umpteenth time, let it be known that our union is a patriotic organisation whose activities are driven by principled conviction that the resources of the country can better be managed for the ultimate benefit of the Nigerian society, especially the education sector which is our immediate constituency.

“The government and all civilized individuals are aware of how the university is managed, so also the resources available to it. The government knows that it is the council and the university administration that receive and spend all the money coming into the university.

“ASUU doesn’t receive money from government and doesn’t spend it. Even money meant for our salaries and other allowances come directly to the university administration which prepares the the budget and manages it.

“ASUU members collect only their salaries as paid by the university. Contracts and all the capital projects are awarded by the councils that are appointed by the government, not ASUU.

“It is in the context of the above that our union calls on the Vice-Chancellors and council chairmen to stop behaving like vultures that wait silently by the sidelines, waiting for the game to fall only to descend on the carcass.

“They should join forces with ASUU in its struggles to attract requisite funding into our public universities rather than working at cross purposes with us.

“Part of the least expected from them is to come out openly to put the record straight each time the government come out with the deliberate falsehood that money has been released to ASUU.

“They, the council and the vice-chancellors, are the receiving and spending agents. Simple honour demands that they publicity own up to this fact. Their silence in this regard leaves room for unfair speculation about ASUU.

“The government also should concentrate efforts at finding a quick resolution of the impasse rather than dissipate energy on fake news and cheap propaganda aimed at tarring ASUU’s garment. It will not fly.”

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Kogi State: Gubernatorial Race Intensifies As APGA Chair Blows Hot

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– “If I win, you win” – Dr Sani Shaibu

The race on who wins November 16, 2019, gubernatorial elections in Kogi State has intensified as the national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Ike Oye, has declared that power would soon change hands in Kogi state in the forthcoming election.

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Okoye made this declaration in his office at the national headquarters of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abuja, when a frontline politician and APGA’s aspirant for the governorship, Dr Sani Shaibu was obtaining his gubernatorial nomination form.
“It is good that you came first to pick your nomination form, this will allow you to reach more delegates for supports before the primary election on the 3rd of September, 2019. APGA is set to take over Kogi State; we will win the election, that is why we will make sure our party primary is conducted in a free and fair atmosphere devoid of manipulations. While PDP and APC keep fighting themselves because they all have nothing to offer the electorates, we will coast to victory”.

Also speaking, the National Secretary of the party, Mr. Labaran Maku said; “You can see that one of the aspirants is here to pick his nomination form. More aspirants are still coming, we will welcome them all. Our party is confident of victory at the polls. So far, eminent personalities have shown interest and we look forward to having them all in a credible primary that will provide the next governor of Kogi State.”
On his part; Shaibu, after picking up his gubernatorial nomination forms alongside his hordes of friends, associates and party faithful who accompanied him to the party headquarters has promised to bring his wealth of experience to bear in the race.
While addressing the press, he expressed sadness that the issue of salaries is now being politicized and used as a campaign gimmick. “The issue of salaries is not about campaigns, people are entitled to their pay as at when due. With my experience from the service, as a Former Permanent Secretary, Finance Director and Accountant-general at the state level, I know the problem of the workforce and I will judiciously address it” he said.
He also expressed confidence in his ability to defeat the incumbent during the election.
In his words; “If you don’t have the confidence to win, then, you are wasting your time. I, Dr. Sani Shaibu is confident and I will win, and when I win, you win” he said.
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Olowa Of Igbara-Oke Celebrates New Yam Festival In Grand Style

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By Ayodeji M. Owolabi
Igbara-Oke, Headquarters of Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State is a peaceful and viable town. The serene town was on Monday 12, August, 2019 pervaded with excitement and carnival-like celebrations when the revered monarch, the Paramount Ruler and Prescribed Authority, Olowa of Igbara-Oke kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede, Ilufemiloye, (Ogidi III) celebrated the 2019 edition of Ijesu Olowa Festival, otherwise known as Olowa Yam Festival in Igbara-Oke.
Ijesu Olowa is one of the most celebrated festivals in the town and it has always been a moment of excitement when the people of a community gathered to celebrate their Ilufemiloye as he goes to farm to harvest new yam which marks yet another celebration of a New Yam season.
Igbara-Oke is a community with sixteen viable satellite towns and villages which are headed by Baales. It has forty-three quarters, and these quarters are being supervised by Olori-Omos.
This kind of celebration is a custom in Igbara-Oke, and New Yam festival is a norm in Yoruba land, which marks the beginning of the time set to eat yam. The time of this celebration may differ as it concerns different towns and communities. Nevertheless, the New Yam festival is never without traditions.
This year Yam festival started with high expectations in the early hour. The people of the town had prepared themselves very early in the morning to accompany His Royal Majesty to the farm. The Palace and the chiefs have set everything on top gear for the success of the festival. The Baales of these sixteen towns and villages and their subjects were also in attendance and the Olori-Omos of these forty-three quarters were also present.
The event which started around 7am from the Palace of the Olowa of Igbara-Oke kingdom, saw His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede, Ilufemiloye, (Ogidi III) stepped out in a grand style in all white regalia to embark on a walk to the farm to harvest the new yams. The people, both the indigenes and non-indigene residents of the town expressed their love and affection for their own “Ilufemiloye”. Businessmen and women, traders and artisans, even members of the transport unions and commercial motorcyclist were not left out from among the people that accompanied His Royal Majesty to the farm.
As these were not enough, the Hausa traders were among the large crowd that joined in this celebration. Cultural groups, dance team, hunters and different shows was put to play during the over 3km walk to and from the farm. It was a display of Yoruba cultural heritage at its best.
The role played by the Oloris (Queens) and Omo-Owas (Princes and Princesses) from the Ruling Houses in Igbara-Oke cannot be over emphasized. The Council of Chiefs too were not left out at putting on their best efforts in the process of making this year Ijesu Olowa a success.
Year after year, there had been significance improvements and the gain this festival has brought to Igbara-Oke is immeasurable. Without gainsaying, this celebration cuts the attention of everyone in the town, including the passersby and people who were on transit had a stop-over to gaze at the display of our cultural heritage.
The Ijesu Olowa also came with different attractions as put together by the vibrant youths of the town. Traditional and Cultural dancers, Bikers, acrobatic stunts, among other display of our traditional heritage were showcased.
Many, who could not hide their emotion, expressed their feelings that there has been improvement of activities from the previous years. Some people also affirmed that previous celebrations have never been like this, and they are optimistic that the reign of Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede will usher in more goodies for the entire good people of Igbara-Oke, particularly, in the areas of agriculture.
There is no need to be surprised with the large crowd that accompanied Oba Agbede to the farm. This shows that the name and title “Ilufemiloye” (the people of the town want me on the throne) was really given to him by the good people of Igbara-Oke, who believed that the reign of Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede is indeed a Dawn of a New Era.
His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede, while at the farm performing the traditional rites as the custom of the land, also, took time to pray for the town, her indigenes, residents and visitors. He also prayed for the continued peace, love and implored everyone to unite in the interest of the continued progress and development of the town.
While addressing the Media at the farm, Oba Agbede reiterated the importance of the Yam festival. He said the period is to appreciate God for bountiful harvest, and the process of the celebration is from time immemorial. The monarch said the new Yam festival is being celebrated all over the world, including the western countries, which we believed brought globalization to the entire world.
He said there is need to take cognizance of our culture and traditions, which he believes teaches morals and other good virtues. Oba Agbede said the place of religion stands, but our culture and tradition must not be discarded.
Oba Agbede said he is his committed towards the development and repositioning of Igbara-Oke kingdom. He urged the youth to venture more in agriculture and see it as a viable means of employment, and advised them to take advantage of numerous intervention and agricultural empowerment programmes that have been put in place by the government to improve their wellbeing.
He said he could not hide his joy that people could come out like that in their numbers despite the day being a market day and felicitate him on this great occasion. He said the reason for this new yam festival was to strengthen the bonds of unity of the indigenes and non-indigene residents of Igbara-Oke, and to seek the continued and unhindered peace, progress and prosperity.
He enjoined the youth to eschew all forms of violence and hatred, and embrace peace, unity and love, and see themselves as one family.
He therefore called on sons and daughters of Igbara-Oke in the Diaspora to always remember home with the ultimate goal of rebuilding and repositioning Igbara-Oke particularly in the area of culture and traditions, which is one of the resources we have that we can show to the world.
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5th Coronation Anniversary: Olowa Extols Good Virtues Of Elerinmo

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The Olowa of Igbara-Oke kingdom, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede, has described the reign of the Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa, Oba Dr. Odunayo Ajayi as the one that has helped bring unprecedented development to Erinmo and the good people of Erinmo Ijesa.
Oba Agbede said this at the 5th Year Coronation Anniversary and launch of the biography of Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa, titled, From “Testimony to Testimony”. The monarch who reiterated the age long relationship between him and Oba Ajayi, said he was not surprise at what he had seen in recent years since the ascension of Oba Odunayo Ajayi unto the throne of his fathers.
While commending on the recent development that has heralded Erinmo Ijesa, Oba Agbede also called for the continued supports and contributions of the good people of Erinmo for the monarch so as to make their country home, Erinmo Ijesa envy of other neighboring communities.
He therefore thanked God for the lives of Elerinmo, his family and the good people Erinmo Ijesa to have made good choice five years ago and prayed for more glorious years for Oba Ajayi.
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