AMOTEKUN: THE ARGUMENTS, THE CONTROVERSIES

The Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Operation Amotekun (Leopard) is a security outfit proposed to be based in all the six states of the South Western Nigeria. It will be responsible, according to the promoters, for curbing insecurity in the region. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE attempts to look at the contending issues involved in the formation, and how they have been resolved   There have been unending controversies trailing the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), generally known as Operation Amotekun since the idea was muted by the promoters.…

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Ondo retirees laud Akeredolu’s 33.4% pension increase

The Ondo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) yesterday described an approval of 33.4% pay-rise for retirees by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the best gift ever received since the existence of the union in the state. NUP Acting Chairman in the state, Elder Adedapo Salami as well as the Union’s state’s Secretary, Comrade Akin Sunday, who lauded the governor while speaking with newsmen in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said that the approval and implementation of the 33.4 increment would remain one of the happiest days in…

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Nigeria tops countries with poorest cancer care – Betty Akeredolu

Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), Betty has described the fight against cancer in Nigeria as not encouraging following lack of commitment as well as the provision of necessary equipment and advocacy on the part of government. According to the governor’s wife, who disclosed this yesterday in Akure, the Ondo State capital during a press conference to herald commemoration of this year’s World Cancer Day on 4th February, 2020 stated that Nigeria ranked amongst countries with poorest cancer care and control system. Betty, who is also the…

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Strange illness breaks out in Ondo school, kills student

…two others hospitalised     A strange disease has allegedly claimed the life of a student of an Ondo State government-owned secondary school, St. Peters Unity Secondary School, Akure. The disease, which is yet to be known, broke out on Saturday, last week, when three students of the school suddenly lost consciousness before they were rushed to the State Specialist Hospital, Akure. On arrival at the hospital, one of the two students, who were the first to be rushed to the hospital, gave up the ghost. The third student was later…

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Akeredolu sacks SA on Political Matters

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State yesterday sacked his Special Assistant on Political Matters, Mr. Augustine Pelemo. A statement by Commissioner for Information, Mr. Donald Ojogo yesterday in Akure said the sack was with immediate effect. Ojogo explained that the directive underscored the need to instill sanity and nip in the bud divisive acts and tendencies inimical to existing cordiality and cohesion in the state’s administration. Ojogo said the governor had directed Pelemo to hand over government’s property in his possession to the Deputy Chief of Staff and wished him…

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How we’re tackling insecurity in S’West, by Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu yesterday stated that governors in the South-West geo-political zone of the country were leaving no stone unturned to ensure that a long-lasting solutions were proffered to a series of security challenges facing the zone. Akeredolu, who doubles as Chairman of South-West Governors Forum stated in Akure during a Church service for the state’s Covenant Renewal Day 2019. The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi said the state was working in collaboration with sister states to rejig the security architecture of…

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Akeredolu procures 20 Prado jeeps for judges

In continuation of his administration’s promise to create a conducive atmosphere for all arms of government,  Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has procured 20 brand new 2019 model Toyota Land Cruiser and Prado jeeps for the State Chief Judge as well as judges of the state. Sixteen of the vehicles were received yesterday by the Chief Judge of the state, Hon. Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, on behalf of the judges at the Government House, Alagbaka, Akure. Earlier in the year, Governor Akeredolu had presented similar brands to  four newly…

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Akande: Lessons in leadership as ex-gov is honoured

It was a glorious day for former Governor of Osun State and ex-interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, as politicians and the academia gathered in Lagos to celebrate his achievements in public office. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports     Eminent personalities, especially public office holders and politicians converged at the Jelili Adebisi Omotola Hall C of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos on Thursday last week Thursday to celebrate a former governor of Osun State and ex-Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC),…

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Outrage as Ondo demolishes ‘illegal structures’

For shop owners at Alagbaka GRA in Akure, the Ondo State capital, yesterday was a day of agony as they woke up to realise that their businesses were gone. The people’s shops, which until yesterday served as their sources of livelihood, were demolished by the Ondo State government. The demolition, which was carried out by the state Ministry of Urban Planning and Physical Development, affected boutiques, salons, car wash, eateries, among other structures, because of “lack of building plan”. It was learnt that the officials of the ministry, alongside security…

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Community lauds Akeredolu for fast tracking Ore, others to national grid

Twenty years after Ore, the headquarters of Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State was disconnected over non-payment of electricity bill, the community and others in the council area have been reconnected to national grid, it was learnt yesterday. Chief Executive Officer of Klick Konnect Networks International Limited, Mr. Alex Ajipe, who disclosed this in a letter to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said the reconnection to the national grid was made possible by the personal intervention of the governor. Ajipe, who facilitated the Ondo-Linyi Industrial Hub where several companies were situated,…

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