YEARS after losing his seat in a stunning crisis, the former deposed Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW), Oyo State Council, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola popularly called Tokyo is making atypical surreptitious moves to regain power, Mega Icon Magazine exclusively gathered.
Our further checks revealed that the embattled ex-NURTW boss, Akinsola, who visited the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan on the eve of Sunday May 28th, 2017 to break fast, also desperately seeking for the governor’s assistance to reinstate him.
Tokyo, who claimed he had court judgement in his favour pleaded with the governor for several hours, which was turned down.
It would be recalled that the Oyo state government in 2011 inaugurated a five-man judicial commission of enquiry to investigate the protracted crisis in the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers which claimed several lives, including Anwal Bala Shannon, a 500 level medical student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, at Iwo road area of Ibadan, the state capital.
The panel which had a retired high court judge, Justice Olagoke Ige, as the chairman, was told that the government resolved to investigate the NURTW crisis because it could no longer fold its hands while some people continued to portray the state as a state of touts and hooligans.
Also, the probe panel with eight weeks to conclude its assignment was given the mandate to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the violent clash, to identify those individuals and or groups that precipitated and or participated in the crisis either directly or indirectly, and recommend appropriate sanctions to be imposed on the identified culprits and to make appropriate recommendations on how to prevent recurrence among others.
However, the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi proscribed the then NURTW which was under the firm control of rivalry leaders – Alhaji Lateef Akinsola (Tokyo) and Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi (Auxiliary) respectively.
This development led to the emergence of Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde (Fele), who is currently occupying the seat for a second term.
Mega Icon Magazine also gathered that the ex-NURTW captain, Alhaji Akinsola nominated the present occupant, Alhaji Oyerinde, one of his loyal aides, who has been able to control the affairs of the union without rancor.
Okonjo-Iweala: My Father Died Same Way He Lived
“He died in Lagos soon after he arrived from a trip to the United States of America and Ghana. We are immensely grateful that his last moments were peaceful and that he died the same way he lived his life – with quiet dignity.”
by saharaReporters, New York Sep 14, 2019
The father of former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo is dead. The former minister through her spokesperson, Paul Nwabuikwu, in a statement yesterday announced the death.
Okonjo-Iweala, in the statement, said his father died in Lagos soon after he arrived from a trip to the United States and Ghana.
“He died in Lagos soon after he arrived from a trip to the United States of America and Ghana. We are immensely grateful that his last moments were peaceful and that he died the same way he lived his life – with quiet dignity.
“Daddy was an accomplished man on so many levels – a highly respected academic, international public servant, university administrator, intellectual and traditional ruler. My father touched so many lives personally and professionally,” she said.
The former World Bank Chief added: “It is a tribute to the kind of life that Daddy lived that on his 90th birthday last year, a delegation of old students of Ibadan Boys High School presented him with a letter of commendation written in 1953 in which a colonial education administrator praised him highly for the all-round improvements he achieved in the school within a short period of time. He was only 25 then.
“Daddy was a passionate intellectual and prolific writer whose last book was published at the age of 90. He touched so many lives personally and professionally and was an unrelenting believer and practitioner in the power of education to transform lives.
“In pursuit of this commitment, Daddy sponsored the education of at least 19 students up to university level in addition to his own seven children. He inspired and motivated so many more.
“Having witnessed the ravages of war, he was committed to unity and peaceful coexistence of all. From his marriage of 66 years to our mother, Prof. Kamene Okonjo to his dedication to duty, he was exceptional.”
AfDB launches US$ 2 billion 1.625% Global Benchmark due 16 September 2022
The African Development Bank (AfDB) rated Aaa/AAA/AAA (Moody’s/S&P/Fitch, all stable), has launched and priced a US$ 2 billion 3-year Global Benchmark bond due 16 September 2022, its first US$ benchmark of the year.
Launched on September 11, the bond issue is the Bank’s second Global Benchmark of 2019, following a EUR 1 billion 10-year priced in March 2019. With this transaction, the Bank has now raised US$ 4.4 billion in 2019 to date and executed 61% of its borrowing program for the year. The transaction received strong support from investors globally, with order books reaching US$ 2.8 billion and 53 investors participating. The high quality of the order book is illustrated by the strong participation of Central Banks and Official Institutions, taking 64% of the allocations.
The African Development Bank decided to take advantage of favorable investor sentiment post summer break to access the 3-year tenor, in spite of volatile market conditions ahead of the Fed Meeting the following week. The mandate was announced on Tuesday, September 10, at 12:00 London time with Initial Pricing Thoughts of Mid-Swaps + 13 basis points (bps) area.
The transaction met strong interest from the outset, with Indications of Interest in excess of US$ 1.8 billion (excluding Joint-Lead Managers interest) when order books officially opened at 08:00 London time the following morning, with initial price guidance of Mid-Swaps + 13bps area.
Momentum continued throughout the European morning, with orders in excess of US$ 2.5 billion around 11:20 London time. At this time, final pricing was set at Mid-Swaps + 13bps. Following the close of the order book in the US, the size of the transaction was set at US$ 2 billion by 14:20 London time.
The transaction was priced at 16:24 London time with a re-offer yield of 1.679%, equivalent to a spread of 8.75bps vs UST 1.5% 15 September 2022, the issuer’s tightest print vs US Treasuries to date.
“We are delighted with this successful dollar Global Benchmark, and particularly pleased by both the very high quality of the order book and the solid participation of African Central Banks. The African Development Bank achieved its tightest ever spread to US Treasuries, and we are grateful to our investors across the world for this outcome, and the financing it will bring to the African continent”. Hassatou Diop N’Sele, Group Treasurer, African Development Bank
Niger: IDPs reject government’s relief materials
The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Niger State housed in some temporary camps have rejected relief materials donated to them by the state government.
The displaced persons said the government has handled their plight with levity.
They insisted on getting a permanent solution to the incessant security challenges in their communities.
Over 5,000 persons are currently taking shelter in five camps provided by the state government after bandits attacked several communities including Rafa and Shiroro.
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