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Fayemi to harness local mat production for global market

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The Kayode Fayemi led Ekiti State government has expressed its readiness to support local mat weavers in Ogotun and expose their products to both the local and international markets for economic benefit.

Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, disclosed this at a meeting with local mat manufacturers in the community.

Ojo-Lanre, who was accompanied by the Director -General, Bureau for Labour Productivity and Employment, Mr. Lanre Ogunjobi, said ‘Eni Ogotun’ is, no doubt, the best in the world and should be well promoted.

He further assured that the Council for Arts and Culture will be supporting the local mat manufacturers to exhibit their crafts at local and international events as well as collaborate with local governments to train more people in the art of weaving and making use of the mat to create more products.

Ogunjobi in his remarks said the government will enhance their production through the provision of soft loan to assist them in their creative ability.

“Governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife Erelu Bisi Fayemi are interested in creating Jobs through our local products and promotion of local potentials. Therefore, I want to assure you that ‘Ogotun Mat’ producers will also benefit from the economic and financial empowerment scheme that will boost your productivity.”

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Also, Olori Comfort Omolade Oyebade, wife of Ologotun of Ogotun, Oba Samuel Oyebade, who coordinated the event said ‘Ogotun Mat’ manufacturers are open to receive any form of support from the government to enhance their productivity and creative ability.

According to her, “we have featured in both local and international exhibitions before and some of our people have been awarded for their genuine creativity. We want improvement in our production and patronage and we would appreciate any form of support from the government”.

Febi Oyemade, Managing Director, Estera Concepts said Eni Ogotun’ can be used for the production of souvenirs, bags, table mats and coasters, mats and leather tote and furniture, among others.

Ologotun of Ogotun, Oba Samuel Oyebade, commended Ekiti State government under the leadership of Dr. Kayode Fayemi for the resolve to enhance the production of ‘Eni Ogotun’ and assured them of maximum cooperation and supports.

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Lagos police nab fake EFCC operative, suspected cultist

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The Lagos state  police command have arrested one Emeka Emmanuel with a fake identity card of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) at the Iyana Iba area of the state.

A statement from the State Police Command on Sunday said operatives also arrested suspected cultist, Emmanuel Olatunde, also known as pastor in the Bariga area of the state.

Mr Bala Elkana, the command’s spokesman, explained that 29-year-old Emeka was apprehended on Saturday night by operatives of the Ojo Police Station while acting on credible intelligence.

The suspect was in possession of a fake EFCC ID card which he uses in parading himself as an EFCC operative. The suspect duped innocent citizens under the pretence of providing them employment with the EFCC as operatives.

“One Olaposi Semiu ‘m’ of Agbara, Lagos who is one of such victimstold police investigators that the suspect collected the sum of N51,000 from him over a month ago with a promise of securing employment for his son as an EFCC operative,” he said.

According to him, the suspect who was also found to be operating an illegal medical facility in his residence confessed to committing the crime.

While the police recovered medical equipment and fake certificates from him, Elkana said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigation.

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He also advised members of the public, especially job seekers to be mindful of the activities of such people in order not to fall prey of their antics.

On the other hand, 31-year-old Olatunde was arrested following sustained monitoring at Oremenunu Ibafo Street in Bariga.

The suspect, according to Elkana, is an ex-convict and is a high ranking member of Eiye Confraternity, terrorising people in Bariga.

“He (Olatunde) has a link with a series of robberies and murder cases in Bariga. He is responsible for the murder of one Ahmed Karowi, an Aiye Confraternity kingpin on 11th September 2019,” he added.

Elkana said the suspect would also be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigation.

 

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Oyo govt charges teachers to begin academic works immediately, as schools resume tomorrow

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As schools reopen on Monday 16th September 2019 for a new academic session in Oyo State, the State government has charged all teachers to start academic works immediately.

 

 

The directive came from the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin in a statement issued  over the weekend.

 

 

Sangodoyin asked that teachers, support staff and students were expected to be in schools before eight for academic work to commence immediately.

 

 

The Commissioner disclosed further that quality education that would yield best academic performance was the target of the Seyi Makinde administration, urging teachers to work hard by preparing the students for excellent performance.

 

 

“We are using this medium to congratulate our students in public and private schools for their resumption on Monday, 16th September 2019 and call on the teachers to engage the students in academic exercises immediately.

 

 

“The current administration is doing all possible best to change the tide for better in achieving the best for the State in the area of students’ academic performance and improvement in national rating of the State in external examinations.

 

 

“To this end, facilities and teacher’s remunerations would be at the forefront of government reckoning to achieve the lofty goal, while teachers are expected to do their bit to justify government’s strict adherence to providing the best enabling environment for their performance.”

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The foremost academic administrator also warned teachers to desist from collecting any money from any parents or students in the guise of collection of  levies.

 

 

 

Prof. Shangodoyin appealed to parents to be alive to their responsibilities to make the children become valuable assets to both the parents and society in future.

 

 

He reiterated that the present administration was working assiduously to bring back the glory of education in the state, with a call to schools’ alumni and corporate bodies to support the current trend in the State to make education accessible to all.

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Another set of 30 kidnap victims released in Katsina

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No fewer than  thirty set of kidnap victims have been released in Katsina State.

The 30 persons were handed over to the state governor,  Aminu  Masari on Saturday, bringing the number of persons released so far to 45, as the ongoing peace deal enters its third week.

Addressing the returnees, the Governor Masari assured that his administration will not relent in its efforts to secure the release of others still in captivity.

He also directed that the returnees be taken to the hospital for health checks before heading home to join their families.

One of the victims, Zinatu Sani from Kankara told journalists that she was abducted from her matrimonial home with two of her children.

She said that the bandits initially demanded a ransom of N20 million which was later reduced to N6 million, which she said her family couldn’t pay.

She said the suspected bandits used to give them raw rice to cook with only water  and salt.

Sani narrated that they slept in an open space for fifty-five (55) days whether it rained or not.

She further disclosed that there were still a lot of people in captivity inside the forest.

The freed victims were later handed over to the transition committee chairmen of Kankara and Jibiya LGs for medical check-up and eventual reunification with their families.

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