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2020 Osun Osogbo festival is double celebrations – Ataoja

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The Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun has revealed that the year 2020 annual Osogbo Festival will be a double celebration.

Oba Olanipekun said that the celebration of the annual festival in August this year would lead to the 10th coronation anniversary of his ascension to the throne of his forefathers in September

In a statement by the Managing Consultant of the Osun Osogbo festival in Ibadan on Tuesday, Mr. Toye Arulogun, the royal father noted that activities marking the 2020 edition of the festival will commence in March 2020 with a stakeholders round table aimed at identifying and getting the inputs of partners and other stakeholders for the 2020 double celebrations.

He said that the festival committee is working round the clock to ensure that this year’s festival is a huge success with great tourism benefits to the Osun State government and the federal government at large.

Oba Oyetunji expressed appreciation to the sons and daughters of Osogbo for their support and understanding towards him since his reign as the Ataoja in 2010.

The traditional ruler said that he is very optimistic that Osogbo and the Osun Groove, a World Heritage Site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will play host to a higher number of devotees, participants and tourists during this year’s festival and the celebration of a decade of his coronation.

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Oyo govt. ‘ll revive all moribund tourist sites – Ige assures

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The Seyi Makinde led administration in Oyo state on  Thursday reiterated its commitment to revive all moribund tourist sites in the state with a view to making them serve as additional source of internally generated revenue for the government as well as employment opportunities for the teeming unemployment youths in the State.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Hon. Ademola Akeem Ige stated this  while speaking with journalists shortly after he paid an on the spot assessment to the Ibadan Bower’s Tower popularly known as “Layipo” located at Agala area, Oke Are, Ibadan.

 

The visit , according to Ige, was to ascertain the condition of the popular tourist site which is hitherto in comatose situation as a result of neglect by the previous administrations in the State.

Bower’s Tower is the highest hilltop in Ibadan giving a panoramic view and important points in the city like University College Hospital (UCH), University of Ibadan, Adebayo, Cocoa House, Dugbe Market , Agodi Gardens, Iwo Road, Ife Road, Olorunsogo and the defunct Lagos/Ibadan Toll Gate among others.

The governor’s aide also expressed displeasure over the eyesore of situation of the infrastructures he met at the site.

 

According to the former lawmaker, “it is quite shameful that heritage of this magnitude in Ibadan, the State capital is wasting away but we have to do whatever is necessary to revive it to make it functional very soon.

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“His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde is determined to make Oyo state a preferred tourism destinations for both local and foreign tourists and that is why we will not leave any stone unturned in developing our tourism sites.

“Few weeks ago, we placed an advert on newspaper to invite investors to come and partner with the government in developing some or all of these tourist sites and I am happy to inform you that appreciable number of investors have already signified their interest to partner with the government”, he disclosed.

Hon. Ademola Ige was accompanied to the site by Director of Culture, Mr Gideon Alade, Mrs M.A.Agboola, Director of Tourism and Alhaja Lawal, Deputy Director of Culture all from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

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PhotoNews: Tinubu pays condolence visit to late Governor Ajimobi’s widow

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday visited Mrs Florence Ajimobi, wife of late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the late governor’s  residence in Lagos to condole with her over the death of her husband.

The APC leader was accompanied by Elegushi of Ikateland, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi.

Late Ajimobi, an Asiwaju Tinubu’s fanatic loyalist, governed Oyo state between 2011-2019. Until his death, he was the Deputy National Chairman (South) and Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

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‘Lebanese Ambassador did not storm out of the Conference room’-  House of Reps’ Diaspora Committee

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The Chairperson, House of Representatives’ Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe on Friday said the informal meeting held with the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Diab Houssam yesterday was cordial, very constructive and set the stage for more collaboration, adding that the perceived walk-out was misconstrued.

 

The Ambassador, Diab Houssam was said to have arrived at the meeting venue around 11:00 am, but met journalists and some other government officials, including the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada.

 

The chairperson said that the story circulating as to the Lebanese’s Ambassador storming out of the room was wrongfully presented. An executive session was not clearly presented to him by the foreign affairs Liaison officer and he stepped out of the meeting room not slamming any doors, to wait in the hallway till journalists were excused for the executive session.

 

In Hon. Akande-Sadipe’s words, “It was a misunderstanding; it was meant to be an informal meeting and the ambassador was not aware that even when we have our informal meetings it is documented. Because of the law of diplomacy, he wasn’t expecting to have media there and it was immediately resolved that it was going to be an ‘executive session’. The minister apologised on behalf of foreign affairs and the executive session commenced with all in attendance. Under Vienna convention an Ambassador cannot be summoned to a committee hearing and the initial presence of the media made it seem otherwise”.

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She further said, “it was an informal meeting and the ambassador with his interest for long standing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Lebanon joined us to forge a continued progressive association and solutions to the issue of Temitope Ariwolo and the menace of human traficking

 

She appreciated journalists for their coverage, but enjoined them to avoid sensational headlines that are counter-productive.

 

She said, “Some of the headlines were clear distortion of the reality of what happened.”
“The session commenced and ended on a very cordial note, with a resolution to continue efforts to ensure that the long-standing positive relationship between the two nations continues, a stronger collaboration and a stronger resolve and commitment to end human trafficking.”

 

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