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Ekiti Cultural Festival Holds December

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Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said that the state would resume the hosting   of Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture ,(EKIFEST) ,in December 2019.

 

Governor Fayemi also revealed the determination of  the state to inaugurate and  establish Arts and Craft Village in Ado Ekiti with cluster outlets in  some communities  across the state.

 

Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture ( EKIFEST)  is  an annual event initiated in 2012 by the Fayemi led administration to showcase Ekiti cultural heritage , discover talents and use arts and culture for economic development.

 

The one week event will also create avenue for thousands of tourists from local and international communities to explore the tourism potentialities of the state.

 

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture Stakeholders’ Forum on Monday, the governor who was represented by Head of Service, Hon Deji Ajayi said “We are going to organise Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture in December this year to enhance our capacities in crafts, dancing, weaving and other vocational areas of arts.

 ” We should not forget to teach our children those values that will make Ekiti to remember their heritage and sustain our culture as a people”.

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Also speaking at the event, the chairperson of the event, Erelu Bisi Fayemi noted that activities in the culture and Arts sector nosedived in the last four years when her husband, Dr Kayode Fayemi went on sabbatical.

 

“The Arts and culture industry is one of the area through which we believe we identify and develop talents  and create opportunities for our teeming youths in the creative industry “.

 

While pledging her continuous support for creative  industry in the state, Erelu  Fayemi urged the stakeholders in the sector to collaborate with the government particularly the Council for Arts and Culture in the state for  the development of  the sector.

 

The Director General of the Ekiti State Council for  Arts and Culture, Mr. Wale Ojo Lanre, assured that  the government  was committed to  the  promotion of all cultural festivals in the state to empower the people for  economic gains.

 

” We are also going to partner Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) , National Council for Arts and Culture and other national and international bodies to promote our arts and culture in Ekiti. Some of them will be enlisted as national festivals .

 

“We are also going to engage  creative arts entrepreneurs and accomplished   artistes of Ekiti origin  to mentor our budding stars.

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”All these are what  Governor Kayode Fayemi is ready to do to promote our arts and culture industry and make it a force that can generate revenue for individuals and the state”, he said.

 

Guest speakers,  including Professor Ishola Olomola, Professor Rasaki Bakare, and Dr Mike Adeoye in their presentations harped on the need for consistency, sustainability and working with passion

Prof Bakare  also called for collaborative efforts among  various associations of professionals to pursue a common goal and economic benefit.

 

 

“You must be humbled to work with those who are not as high as you re and be humble to work with those who are higher than you so as to create   a market and formidable structure that would enhance empowerment and economic development”

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In Ilorin, EFCC arrests wanted internet fraud suspect, five others

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested six internet fraud suspects including 22-year-old Sadiku Muniru Dolapo who has been on the Commission’s wanted list.

The suspects were arrested  by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission.

Arrested with Dolapo are Atanda Femi Benjamin, Atoyebi Samson, Olapade Oladimeji Solomon, Amoo Saheed and Lawal Opeyemi Mubarak.

The commission says they were rounded up in the early hours of Thursday, January 16, 2020, close to Kwara State House of Assembly, Ilorin, the state capital, following intelligence.

The Suspects upon interrogation by the operatives of the Commission confessed to their involvement in cybercrimes.

Items recovered from them include three expensive automobiles, laptop computers, and mobile phones.

According to a statement by the EFCC, they will soon be charged to Court.

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Osun Economic Summit: FG to Site Specialised Agricultural Market In Ijebu – Jesa

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The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to site a specialised agricultural produce and international fish market in Ijebu –Jesa,  Oriade Local Government Area of Osun.

The Osun state Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Adedayo Adewole disclosed this at a meeting of the Project Implementation Committee (PIC) in Osogbo, the state capital.

Adedayo explained that the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, in conjunction with Agricultural Traders Welfare Association (ATWA), would be executing the project in the state.

According to the Commissioner, the project is a fallout of the economic and investment summit organised by the state government in November 2019 and targeted at boosting the economy of the state.

He said apart from the fact that the project upon implementation would boost the economy of Osun, it would also boost the business of fish farmers and marketers in the state and its environs .

Earlier, the representative of the PIC, Dr Joseph Okeke, lauded the state government for promoting discussion of the economic transformation of the state and Nigeria in general through agriculture and agricultural value chain.

Okeke, who also doubles as the National President of ATWA, noted that the project was targeted towards economic diversification by the Federal Government in the area of specialised agricultural market.

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“It is also geared toward job creation, enhancing economic activities and facilitating exportation of Nigerian commodities”, he added.

The committee, comprising of the project facilitator, Dr Gabriel Eniola, Osun Fish Farmers Association Chairman, Mr Tope Ogundipe and Osun Commissioner for Lands and Physical Planning, Mr Nathaniel Agunbiade among others later inspected the site.

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I’m looking forward to a peaceful hand over in 2023 – Buhari

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President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday disclosed hat he was already looking forward to a peaceful hand over in 2023, stressing that he was morally bound to fulfill that wish.

President Buhari also declared that as a beneficiary of a free and fair election in the country, he would bequeath the same to his successor and the nation in 2023.

The President stated this  at a dinner with members of the legal team for the 2019 presidential election petition in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Speaking further,  President Buhari recounted that the turnout of Nigerians during his presidential campaigns to the 36 states of the Federation in 2019 convinced him that his re-election was not a fluke.

‘‘The number of people that turned out in every state across the country was more than anybody can buy or force.

‘‘This gave me so much confidence and the election proved that with the votes I got.

‘‘That is why I insist that elections must be free and fair because I am a clear successor to a free and fair election.

‘‘Morally I want to have a clear conscience. I swore by the Holy Book that I will abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

‘‘I will continue to do my best and I hope that by 2023, I can handover quietly to whoever succeeds me and I wish him the best of luck,’’ he said.

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The President lauded the legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN for the outstanding legal successes recorded in the presidential election petition.

He commended the team for the effective legal strategy that thrived in piloting his election litigation.

‘‘You creditably demonstrated a deep understanding of the law and its practices and I am indeed proud of you all.

‘‘I am confident that by securing a convincing and unanimous legal victory at the Supreme Court you have by so doing ensured that the political mandate of the Nigerian electorate is now firmly secured,’’ he said.

The President added that the legal team’s enormous contributions have affirmed the rule of law and further entrenched democratic governance in Nigeria.

‘‘This legal team is an assemblage of some of the most scholarly legal teams ever assembled in this country.

‘‘I must note that the aforesaid legal successes recorded through your excellence have assisted me in fulfilling this government’s desire for a better Nigeria,’’ he said.

On behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the President told the team to accept his commendations and best wishes for their meritorious service.

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