The Ekiti state government through its Council for Arts and Culture is set to rebrand Ere Ayo Arin for cultural visibility, public embracement and global acceptability
The Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo -Lanre made this revelation on Thursday after a presentation of Ere Ayo Arin by members of staff of the Council at the Ekiti State Cultural Centre, Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre explained that Ere Ayo Arin is one of the notable traditional games and entertainment values which are the cultural heritage of Ekiti and Yoruba land but one which is trending fast into the abyss of forgetfulness and extinction
Speaking further, he disclosed that the Council embarked on the rebranding of Ere Ayo Arin in line with the cultural vision of Dr Kayode Fayemi which tasked the Council to rejuvenate and resuscitate notable traditional games of Yoruba which are agents of values building and moulders of growth ethics but which are now decreasing in popularity and visibility
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre added that Ere Ayo Arin is not just only a recreational and entertainment act but a game which hone and sharpens the intelligence board, tasks the mental plate and stokes the goal getting skills of players while it injects excitement, cultivates active participation of the spectators and the audience
He revealed that it is one game which grinds the players’ ability to plan, calculate, strategise, target and achieve a set goal, which are all the growth valves which a typical human being needs to accomplish his vision on Earth. ,
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre revealed that research and investigation so far conducted showed that a large percentage of our youths has never watched Ere Ayo Arin being played in its cultural form as well as not even seen the seed being used.
He said he was not surprised when three out of five students on an internship with the Council revealed that they have never watched or played neither have they set their eyes on the seed used in playing the game
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre disclosed that Ere Ayo Arin would be formally presented and performed in Ado Ekiti before being taken on a tour of other local government councils in the state.
He revealed that Ere Ayo Arin tour would be tailored according to the cultural vision of Dr Fayemi which targets the pupils, secondary school students and the youths most of who are in the oblivion of these pristine traditional games which equip and launder the brain for effective functioning in day to day engagement in life.
Exclusive: Ibarapa Poly SUG frowns at ‘unjust harassment of female student’ by lecturer, seeks justice
The Ibarapa Polytechnic Students’ Union Government (SUG) on Wednesday frowned at what it described as an unjust harassment of one of the institution’s female students identified as Olufunke (Surname withheld) of HND I, Mass Communication Department by Dr Adegbenjo Adewale Oladapo, a lecturer in the department of mechanical engineering.
Oladapo, who is said to also chairs the ASUP union of the school, was said to have slapped the female student over an alleged ‘Immoral Dressing. The Students’ Union, however dismissed the lecturer’s claim, describing it as baseless and untrue.
Also, the SUG has given a three-day ultimatum to the lecturer to tender unreserved apology to the assaulted student .
The SUG, in a press statement jointly signed by its President, Comrade Ashaolu Victor Samuel and Comrade Abdulrauf Abdulazeez ( Public Relations Officer) on Wednesday in Eruwa and made available to Mega Icon Magazine reads in part, “as a matter of fact, the whole students populace have expressed their annoyance at this development, bringing up complaints of same nature about same Dr Adegbenjo Adewale Oladapo in times past. Consequently, we specifically establish that such action of Dr Adegbenjo is illegal, unjust and unbecoming of man of his cadre.
“Apparently, the leadership of the SUG stands to express our displeasure and dismay on the issue as it is big slap on our face. We firmly demand Dr Adegbenjo Adewale Oladapo, ASUP Chairman, Lecturer in Mechanical Department to publicly make unreserved apology to the assaulted student of HND 1, Mass Communication Department within 3 days of this message”.
Efforts to speak with the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Olayiwola through his cell phone number – 234 810 353 2776 was unsuccessful as his phone was switched off as at press time
Oyo govt working towards Independent Power Supply – Energy Commissioner
Oyo State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Barrister Temilolu ‘ Seun Ashamu, has declared that state has already begun efforts towards achieving independent power supply in the next few years.
He maintained that the options of building an independent power station were already being explored by the state.
Ashamu sought for the support of the leaderships of both the federal and state’s energy generation and power supply agencies for the government to improve the distribution of electricity across the length and breadth of the state.
Ashamu, while speaking on a radio programme, said that the government would take advantage of its potentials such as dams and landscape to power unserved areas in the state to increase the hours of electricity supply in the state.
He said: “The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating independent power in Oyo State to establish independent electric grid.
“We are working on creating a conducive environment for effective teaching and learning in schools. Also, there should be steady power supply in our hospitals and primary health centres.
“Last year, I sought permission from the governor to meet with the Transmission Company of Nigerian in Abuja. We met with them on how to improve the electricity distribution in the state.”
The commissioner expressed the readiness of the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration to further improve on the well-being of citizens through the actualization of the independent power supply project initiative.
He added: “On the economic side of things, we know that if we want foreign investors in our state, we must assure them of constant power supply.”
He added that efforts were ongoing to identify potentials and resources in each zone of the state and locations in order to determine appropriate means of generating power for residents of each zone, saying: “We are currently on a survey to identify the quality and quantity of mineral resources we have in our state. This would attract private investors to the state for the development of the sector.”
He reiterated that the ministry would make use of natural energy solutions such as solar, wastes, water, farmland and air, among others, to address the issue of irregular power supply in earnest.
“As regards natural resources, we must first gather sufficient data before taking any step. This is what Minerals Development Agency is currently doing. They are surveying the entire state to know how many natural resources we have, their location, sufficiency and quality. It is this data that can be used to attract foreign investments.”
Barr. Ashamu, who admonished residents of the state to be patient and cooperate with the state government in its quest to bring the independent power supply project into reality, said: “What we are looking at is to have programmes for our rural communities, which will be different from the urban areas. Of course, it is with this that we would be talking about generating independent power for all. We would use natural energy solutions such as; solar, waste, water and wind to generate electricity.
“We need the cooperation of the residents of the state. We also want our people to be patient with us. For instance, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has just been established, therefore, we started with establishing a management and staffing framework that we would be working with.
“Also, there are some strategies that would be adopted to reduce wastage in the use of electricity in residential and commercial buildings.”
Makinde moves to boost Oyo’s IGR through speedy issuance of land title documents
The Seyi Makinde led Oyo state government has disclosed that it has established a new era in the State’s Internally Generated Revenue drive, through speedy issuance of land title documents.
The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barrister Abiodun Abdu-Raheem stated this at a day retreat organized by Private Networks Nigeria LTD for officials of the Ministry, held at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Abeokuta Ogun State.
According to him, Oyo State is blessed with resources and latent revenue opportunities which is needed to be unlocked.
“As a major stakeholder in revenue generation for the state government, we are here to strategize on how to move the state forward, because the state is blessed with resources and latent opportunities that needs to be unlocked”, he said.
Abiodun added that a cursory review of previous years’ performances show that over Two billion (
N2 billion) Naira is being generated annually for the past three years through Land Use charges but this is far less than what is expected from the Ministry.
“A cursory review of previous years shows that only Two billion (
N2 Billion) is being generated annually from Land Use Charges. This is a far cry from the income expected to be generated by a state like ours that desires to be self-sufficient with or without the Federal allocation”, he noted.
He further explained that since the inception of the present administration of Governor Seyi Makinde, the Ministry has been able to improve on its Revenue Generating strength through recovery of over two hundred (200) plots of lands which has been reallocated for interested members of the public.
Also, the Ministry has introduced Three hundred thousand naira (
N300,000.00) as an expression of interest application fee for Housing Developers, as well as settlement of pending litigations against the state government on land matters among other things.
Barrister Abiodun pointed out that the retreat which focuses on issuance of Land title documents such as Home Owners’ Charter and Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) will help the Ministry fashion out ways to let people obtain their documents easily and affordably.
“I wish to state here that the state Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde is establishing a new era where land title documents would be timely and accurately delivered to justifiable applicants”.
While speaking, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinola Ojo described the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, as a major stakeholder in revenue generation for the state government.
He lauded the Ministry’s initiative to take part in the retreat, while he also assured that the Ministry of Finance will provide all necessary support at ensuring that the Revenue Generation initiative of the state government is not jeopardized.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lnads, TPL Ademola Ajibola said the retreat was very essential in educating and enlightening the officials of the Ministry on their roles at ensuring an increase in the revenue drive of the state government through the quick issuance of Land title documents.
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