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For the first time, Oluwo attends Obas’ council meeting in Ooni’s palace

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The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi,  attended a meeting of the Osun State Traditional Rulers Council Meeting at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

Oluwo has never attended the meeting since he ascended the throne almost the same time as the Ooni in 2015.

It was gathered that some Obas had, during the last meeting held on July 4, 2017, raised the issue of the Oluwo and they resolved to go to Iwo to prevail on him to attend this meeting.

The Olojuo of Ido Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, who is the secretary to the Council of Obas and about 40 other traditional rulers were in attendance.

The Ooni of Ife, who arrived at the venue of the meeting last, went round and greeted all the traditional rulers one after the other. All the traditional rulers stood up to acknowledge his greetings.

The Ooni, who presided over the meeting, prayed for the monarchs and the towns each of them presides over.

Oba Ogunwusi said, “It has been long since we held this meeting. The meeting is usually held on a monthly basis. This is not the time to point accusing finger at anybody.

“The Timi (of Ede) came to me and told me that he would not be here because he was traveling out and that he had scheduled the trip before the meeting was called. So also is the Orangun of Ila.

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“I greet the Oluwo specially. Like I always say, all of you left here. I am the caretaker here. Unity and the development of our state is very important.

“Some traditional rulers have departed the world since our last meeting. The Olubosin of Ifetedo, Salu Edun Abon and Olulamokun of Yakoyo.

“We should portray ourselves the way we should. We should carry ourselves with dignity and royalty. We should unite and stand as one. Our meeting is about how to bring about development to our state and the nation.

“I greet the Oluwo special, especially being his first time of coming here. Nobody is asking you not to come here. This is your house.”

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According to Trump on Monday, “It is certainly looking that way at this moment,” he told reporters when asked if he believes Iran carried out the attack.

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The federal government of Nigeria on Monday disclosed that  the  sum of N500billion is spent annually on National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) .

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration launched the Social Investment Programmes to address poverty through the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), conditional cash transfer and N-Power.

Speaking at the 60th annual conference of the Nigerian Economic Society in Abuja, the nation’s capital,the Minister of State Budget and National Planning,  Clement Agba , who disclosed this, also maintained that the Federal Government is committed to grassroots development and has shown this by investing N500 billion annually since 2016 in the national social investment program.

“In order to create a more inclusive society that enhances the quality of life. The government has continued to implement the social investment program.

“The sum of N500billion has been appropriated annually for the scheme since 2016. This reflects the continued determination of the government to pursue an inclusive society and achieve growth. Policies such as the n-power scheme have seen 500,000 graduates and 26,000 others engaged.

“Under the national home-grown school feeding program, as at March 2019 over 9.5million school children across 30states are being fed and over 1913 cooks empowered,” he said.

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The Minister added that government enterprise and empowerment program has seen to the disbursement of  N1.71million loans to small businesses and farmers across the 36 states and the FCT.

 

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EXX Africa delves into the primary threat actors taking advantage of these vulnerabilities to further their own objectives across the continent. The report will be submitted the United Nations General Assembly this month to raise awareness of the continent’s border threats.

While there is occasional overlap among such actors given the nature of illicit activities, this series explores the threats posed by (a) illegal migrants, (b) criminal organisations, and (c) militant groups. EXX Africa also looks at the various local, regional, and international measures that have been implemented to mitigate each one of these threats, with a focus on Western interventions.

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