Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State was on Sunday turbaned as the Bashorun of Musulumi, Oyo State.
Ajimobi, who is the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate for Oyo South Senatorial District in the 2019 general elections, was turbaned during the commissioning of a Central Mosque he built at the Oke Ado area of Ibadan, the state capital.
The turbaning and the commissioning of the mosque christened, “Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque” were part of the week-long activities to celebrate the 69th birthday of the governor.
Ajimobi clocked 69 on Sunday.
The turbaning was witnessed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakr, Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land, Edo and Delta State, Alhaji Duad Akinola Makanjuola, Chairman Muslim Community of Oyo State, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, Professor Kamil Oloso, Alhaji Lateef Oyelade and Chairman of the state Pilgrim Welfare Board (Muslim wing), Alhaji Taofeek Akewugbagold.
Others at the two in one event were the Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), Professor Daud Noibi, APC gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 general elections, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu and Sheik Muideen Bello.
The Aare Musulumi, Alhaji Akinola Makanjuola, while presenting a gift to Ajimobi on behalf of the Muslim Ummah, said that the gesture was presented to the governor for his contributions to the religion.
Makanjuola eulogised the governor for remaining committed to the development of the state.
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“We have renovated and rehabilitated roads and started a Zero Pothole Policy for our roads, first in Ibadan, and this will be expanded to other towns.
According to the governor, the administration has, in one year, kept up with the promise of prompt payment of salaries and pensions for civil and public servants on the 25th of every month and sometimes, earlier, as well as ensuring the payment of more outstanding gratuities for retired civil servants in the past one year than the previous administration paid in eight years.
“With the Oyo State Financial Crimes Commission Act 2019 in place, you can be assured of transparency and accountability in all our transactions. You will recall that we initiated and signed that bill into law.”
He assured that the state was already in discussions with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to ensure that Oyo State’s interest is factored into the arrangement.
Oyo federal lawmaker, Akande-Sadipe wades into contractor, community crisis
Hon. Tolu Akande-Sadipe, representing Oluyole Federal Constituency has waded into a misunderstanding between the contractor, handling Olomi-Olodo-Ijebuigbo road, D.C Engineering Ltd. and the Olojuoro Road Joint community forum, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
Frosty relations between D.C Eng. Ltd. and the Joint Community Forum, housing no fewer than fourteen (14) communities took a twist when Executives of the Forum wrote series of petitions against the Firm to Federal Ministry of Works and Transport, Abuja and the House of Representatives accusing it of refusal to speed up work on the deplorable road and constructing narrow drainages that could cause erosion in the community among other allegations.
The petition attracted the attention of the lawmaker, Akande-Sadipe, who immediately scheduled and held a round table meeting with the aggrieved parties.
At the peace meeting held on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Olomi, Ibadan, Hon. Akande-Sadipe, who is also the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, promised her unwavering support and backing to guarantee the speedy completion of the road, which she described as one of the foremost projects on her checklist.
She noted that the essence of the meeting was to find essential solutions to the brewing misunderstanding between the community and the firm on site and ensure the road which has been under construction in the Community since 2018 becomes motorable before 2023.
She also promised to scrutinize the Engineering firm handling the site’s Bill of Quantity, scope of work and contractual agreement signed with the Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja.
This, she said would bring her up to speed with happenings about the road and ensure the firm executes the job according to the agreed terms with Federal Government.
“We will ensure we look into the scope of work being executed by D.C Engineering Limited and address every form of dissatisfaction listed by the Community in their petition, which was made available to our office”, she said.
Akande-Sadipe, however lauded DC Engineering ltd. and Olojuoro-road Joint Community Forum for agreeing to resolve the ‘crisis’, which she noted was in the best interest of all stakeholders.
While Akande-Sadipe assured the Community that the firm would not shy away from its responsibility in delivering a motorable road to the community.
“Participating in dialogues with concerned parties would fast help us on this issue. I got to know about the community’s petition, because my office was copied. While I commend the community for agreeing to meet at this roundtable meeting, I assure you that D.C Eng. Ltd would play its part in ensuring this road sees the light of the day”.
Representative of D.C Engineering ltd. Engr. Obafemi Olusola expressed the company’s readiness to adjust and intensify efforts at speedily providing access to the long-awaited infrastructure, noting that this has always been the cardinal policy of the company.
Also commmenting, Mr. Tajudeen Ahmed, who spoke on behalf of Olojuoro road Joint Community Forum, described Akande-Sadipe as a responsive Representative and appreciated her concerted efforts.
He also expressed hopes that with her intervention, the road would soon be completed.
Dangote, MTN emerge most admired African brands
For the third time in a row, Dangote Group has emerged as the most admired African brand, of African continent origin, by consumers, paired with the telecommunication giant, MTN in a survey of 100 Africa best brands announced in a novel global virtual event that incorporated the market openings of Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.
GT Bank returns to the top spot in financial services and the United Kingdom’s BBC retains its media category ranking as the most admired media brand in separate category sub-surveys of the most admired financial services and media brands in Africa. African brands only occupy 13 of the 100 entries, seven less from last year.
Established 10 years ago, to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the world’s biggest single sporting event, the Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands survey and rankings have established themselves as the most authoritative survey, analysis, and metric of brands in Africa.
African brands only occupied 13 of the 100 entries, 7 less from last year’s. Founder and Chairman of Brand Africa and Brand Leadership, Thebe Ikalafeng during an online interactive session via Zoom said: “African brands have an important role in helping to build the image, competitiveness and transforming the continent’s promise into a real change. It’s concerning that in the 10 years since the triumphant FIFA World Cup in South Africa which globally highlighted the promise and capability of Africa, and despite the vibrant entrepreneurial environment, Africa is not creating more competitive brands to meet the needs of its growing consumer market.” Global Client Development Manager, GeoPoll, Caitlin van Niekerk said: “The reach and accessibility of mobile across the continent enabled us to survey respondents across a representative sample of countries quickly and effectively, giving us vital and timely results at a critical time. Kantar has been the insight lead for Brand Africa since inception in 2010.”
It is a consumer-led survey which seeks to establish brand preferences across Africa. The survey is conducted among a representative sample of respondents 18 years and older, in 27 countries which collectively represent 50 per cent of the continent, covering all economic regions and accounting for an estimated 80 per cent of the population and the GDP of Africa. The 2020 survey was conducted between February and April 2020 and yielded over 15,000 brand mentions and over 2,000 unique brands
Out of the top 100 brands in 2010/11, only half still appear in this year’s list due to mergers, acquisitions and the obsolescence of many brands. The most prominent changes are in the technology category with the demise Blackberry (#32 in 2010/11), the consolidation of Vodafone (#54 in 2010/11 and now #13 in 2020) which acquired Vodacom in 2008 and re-branded in 2011, Etisalat (#40 in 2010/11) re-branding to 9 Mobile in 2017 and Motorola (#39) being acquired by Lenovo in 2014. A Chinese brand, Tecno, has raced up the ranking from #33 to #5 in the rankings – a dominant performance for one of China’s premier global brands that are not even sold in China
In his reaction, Group Chief Corporate Communication Officer of the Dangote Group, Anthony Chiejina said the management was not unexpected of the ranking because the company has a long standing reputation for quality, relevance compliance and social stewardship. “Our mission and vision engage and inspire us to by extension connects us to with both our internal and external stakeholders.
“We fervently believe that only Africans can develop Africa, and this gives us stronger sense of relevance in all the countries where we have our operations. We are touching lives by providing their basic needs and empowering Africans more than ever before creating jobs reducing capital flight, helping government conserve foreign exchange drain by supporting different industrial infrastructural projects of African government.”
Mr. Chiejina stated further that Dangote Cement has been producing high quality and affordable cement, reducing poverty, engaging in unprecedented philanthropy and above all respecting the laws of the land where we operate. “All these are our credo and we do not compromise it, it is our way. And the ranking is just an acknowledgement of all these by our stakeholders, We keep our brand promise and stay authentic.” he concluded
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