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Kegite’s members are not cultists, stakeholders deflate rumour.

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Following the  insinuation rocking the airwaves that the Palm Wine Drinkers Club, the most popular socio-cultural group in the Nigerian tertiary institutions, known as the Kegites’ club international is nothing but a faceless cult group, a custodian of culture who is also a member of the Club, His Royal Majesty, Oba Peter Ojo Daramola, Olora of Oke- Ora, Ido- Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, has debunked the assertion during an event in Ibadan.

According to the Traditional Ruler, Oba Ojo Daramola, the Kegites club is a voluntary organization that stands for the promotion of African culture and tradition, saying that is why Kegites’ appreciate cultural things and believe in palm wine which is unhydrated but natural drink.

Continuing, Oba Daramola said, the Kegites club is not a secret cult, reaffirming that, the club has nothing to do with any secret organization, but a peace loving club. He further described the club as an open secret organization, where affairs are conducted in the open while there is no restriction on entrance to the shrines.

Going deep into the tradition of the club, he recalled the good old days while he was at the Premier University of Ibadan, stating that the club is so unique and decent.

“Before anyone can be initiated as a member, you have to be academically sound, they have to go to your department to verify your academic background, I was on solid 2.1 before I got initiated”, he explained.

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Contributing to this development, a former Archival Chief of the club at the National Headquarters, University of Ibadan between 1993-1994, Comrade Jide Olatunbosun popularly known as “Pack ham together” frowned at the allegation leveled against the Kegites’ club from some quarters.
Olatunbosun disclosed that the kegites club international is an open secret club, because her activities are operated openly and there is no secret attached to it.

He also stressed further that the club is registered with the Board of Senate, University of Ibadan around 1973.

Olatunbosun maintained that the main objective of the club is to promote African culture and tradition and the basis of African unity is the palm wine which is a natural drink.

The Archival Chief, Comrade Olatunbosun did not hesitate to explain how he got attracted to the kegites’ club. According to him, “it takes an interest to be a member of any club, we are all victim of interest”, he stated.

“Apart from interest, there are also some things that induced me to this club, they shared love, members always assist each other, while we were on campus, even if you don’t have money, you will surely be taken care.

“More so, they have a very powerful network, there is no field of endeavours’ you would not find them, they are spread across the globe, even my present employment was given to me by a kegite Chief, immediately, I lost my former job”, he continued .

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A leader of the club who rose to the apex level of the hierarchy over three decades ago, Chief Taofeek Gbolagade Rahmon generally known as “Ogbori Efon” expressed his displeasure about the guess which he described as a baseless and unfounded allegation.

The seasoned financial expert, ‘Ogbori ‘ averred that the club is a socio-cultural organization that is well rooted in the promotion of African culture and ways of life.

Elaborating further, he said the emergence of one as the leader of the club depends on various attributes which include: “strong character, humility, brilliancy, ability to coordinate and manage people, to the glory of God, I emerged as a Chief between 1986/1987, since then, I had never regretted being a member of the palm wine drinkers club”, Gbolagade stated confidently.

He stressed that the club has offered him more goodies and benefits. “I got my contacts from the club; who are now at the top cadre and doing pretty well in their various endeavours”.

In addition, Chief Ogbori disclosed that the club has impacted a lot to his life ranging from hard work, sharing, service to humanity, obedient and humility, all these are strong characteristics of a good Leader which he claimed to have learnt from the Kegites’ Club International.

However , the stakeholders expressed their discomfort about the present situation of the club, stating that most of her members have derailed from the core objective, which is the promotion of African tradition and cultural heritage, while most of the members have polluted the system, believing that they must belong to one secret organization or the other. One of our song states ,“mele, mele sawo, mele segbe elemu pelu pirates oo “, meaning that, we are dissociating ourselves from all these secret clubs, even, if anyone have been mistakenly initiated and at the end of the day we discovered that such person belongs to any of the secret club, we shall get him/her dismissed from the Kegites Club International”.

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The stakeholders unanimously charged all the members of the club, particularly, those who are still on campus to revive, redeem and reclaim the lost glory of the Great Kegites’ club International in line with the lofty dream of its founding fathers.

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Varsity Don to Governors: ‘Declare State Of Emergency As Measure to Restore Peace, Security In South West

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The Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Tajudeen Akanji has  called on the Governors in the South West region; Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Rotimi Akreredolu (Ondo) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) to declare state of emergency as a measure to restore peace and security in the region. 

Akanji made this declaration recently while speaking as guest speaker at the 4th Surveyor Lasisi Lasupo Ali Annual Lecture entitled, “Emerging Security Threats, State Stability and Economic Development of South Western Nigeria”, organized by Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), which was held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
At the event were the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Muhammed Fadeyi, Chairman of the occasion, Mr Adelodun Olaiya, NIS National President, Surveyor Alabo Charles and Chairman, Oyo State branch of NIS, Surveyor Aderemi Femi Kobiowu.
The South West region, in the last few months, had experienced cases of kidnapping and reported cases of killings by some people suspected to be bandits and armed robbers. One of such cases was the kidnap of Dayo Adewole, a son of a former Minister for Health, Professor Isacc Adewole, at Iroko, near Ibadan.
However, Akanji while reacting, said that one of the panacea to the problem of insecurity which is said is alien to the region, is “for the governors to declare a state of emergency as a measure to restore peace and security to the region.”
Akanji who indicated that the drivers of insecurity include globalization which he said has broken down trade barriers between nations, expansion and integration of economies as well as people, also called on the Nigerian Government to reorganize its security and military formations by introduce state policing and as well address the poverty and unemployment in the country.

He blamed the high rate of crime in Nigeria to a number of factors including “the state’s incapacity to forecast and address early warning signals on insecurity. “Most of the challenges we face are results of governance deficit.

“Although insecurity is a global phenomenon, the difference between communities and states with security issues is their proactiveness and ability to prepare, forecast, project, confront and recover from the security challenges.”

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Ogundoyin in his address, said as part of efforts to nip the security challenges in the bud, Oyo State Government will soon unveil a new security architecture.

“We have taken security for granted in Nigeria. I recall that while we were growing up, we could move around freely without any fear.

“Oyo State House of Assembly is ready to partner with the Nigerian Institution of Surveyor in all possible ways including ways to ensure security in Oyo Sate.”

Olaiya lauded the efforts of NIS, Oyo State for considering it appropriate to honour Pa L. L. Ali with the Annual Lecture series saying the gesture shows the recognition of selfless service and respect “Baba” has for the profession.

Olaiya who spoke on behalf of L. L. Ali Family said Pa Ali’s honesty, discipline and virtues, have now constituted lasting heritage which brought about the annual lecture in honour of the celebrant.

Charles said the annual lecture in honour of the septuagenarian L. L. Ali is the best thing to for the man who has paid his due not only to the surveying profession but to humanity.

Kobiowu said the 98-year old Surveyor L. L. Ali is a connosus in the surveying profession because of his uncompromising respect for the ethics of the job in his active days and therefore he is being celebrated with the annual lecture.

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Oyo Will Certainly Break The Poverty Barrier When We All Pay Tax – Makinde

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In order to be able to fulfill his promises on provision of social amenities, enduring infrastructures, regular payment of government obligations and other amenities, the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has pleaded for the support of different stakeholders operating in the State on adequate deductions, prompt Remittance of Taxes and other levies.

 

This was stated during a One Day Sensitization workshop on Computations, Deductions and Remittances for Federal and State Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Tertiary Institutions in the state held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariats, Ibadan.

 

Speaking on behalf of Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Internal Revenue Service, Aremo John Adeleke reiterated that the intention of the present administration was not going to over-burden any business enterprise either small or big but rather to ensure government get its fair and reasonable share of all its eligible tax revenue.

 

Makinde said, “Presently, the fluctuations and other complex gyrations of the international Oil market and the global economy means unstable and often lower revenue from Federal allocation. The need to look inward to generate enough internal revenue to cater for the much societal demand has never been this much.

 

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“We count on Companies and other businesses to ensure they regularly deduct and remit their employees’ PAYE tax to covers of our treasury. This will ensure mutual reciprocation of right and duties on the part of all parties. I regard such complying institutions, business and contractors as friends of my government and corporate citizens of this State of enduring opportunities.”

 

Welcoming the participants in his speech, Aremo Adeleke tasked Professional Bodies, Tax Professionals, Consultants, Taxpayers and Agents to discharge their responsibilities as stipulated by the National Tax Policy of 2017.

 

He also urged all MDAs, Federal and State as well as Tertiary Institutions to ensure they give patronage only to individuals and companies with a record of regular and up to date remittance of their employees’ Pay As You Earn (PAYE).

 

In his remark, the head of the partnering firm, Mr Femi Adeniji explained that the workshop was about sensitizing various agencies about their responsibility that pertained to tax and other dues, adding that participants will be taught the right ways of making deductions so as not to shortchange the government.

 

The workshop had in attendance officials of State and Federal Ministries,Directorates and Agencies (MDAs),private business sectors representatives and other stakeholders.

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A double-digit investment in the agricultural sector is needed to transform agriculture, says IITA’s Sanginga

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A double-digit investment in the agricultural sector backed by a vibrant rural infrastructural network will help states in Nigeria to accelerate the transformation of agriculture, says Dr Nteranya Sanginga, Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

“No matter our good intentions, we will not see a transformation in agriculture if we continue to invest less than 10 percent of our budget on agriculture,” Dr Sanginga said during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, in Ibadan.

In 2003, African heads of state in Maputo made a commitment to invest at least 10 percent of their annual budgets in agriculture. Sixteen years after the declaration, only a few countries have implemented that declaration.

“One of the countries that has fulfilled the commitment is Ethiopia…Ethiopia is today investing more than 10 percent and that country is witnessing a rapid transformation in agriculture,” Dr Sanginga explained.

Making reference to the Oyo State Agricultural Policy framework, the IITA boss said that Oyo state’s investment in agriculture had nosedived from about 7 percent to 2 percent from 1995 to 2017, adding that the new administration needs to reverse the trend.

On rural infrastructure, Dr Sanginga said the government should pay close attention to rehabilitation of rural roads (feeder roads) to help the transportation of agricultural products from the farm to the markets.

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He decried the deterioration of infrastructure in several farm settlements in Oyo state and urged the government to tackle the trend.

Dr Sanginga also called on the government to seek ways to involve the youths in agriculture, stressing that inclusiveness was imperative for sustainability in the agricultural development agenda of the state.

In his response, Governor Makinde commended the IITA DG for the courtesy visit and pledged the commitment of the state to work with IITA to achieve agricultural transformation.

The governor noted that his administration had identified four pillars: education, rural infrastructure, economic development (agriculture), and security to help bring the dividends of democracy to the people of Oyo state.

He noted that for the state to attain economic development, agriculture must be transformed.

“This is because most of our people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Besides, through agricultural transformation, we will be able to provide the needed jobs for our youths…the jobs we promised during the election campaigns,” he added.

On infrastructure, the governor said work on one of the major agricultural roads (Moniya to Iseyin) would commence soon. On completion, the road would ease the movement of farm produce to the market. He also said that discussions were in top gear with the federal government to rehabilitate the Oyo town-Iseyin road.

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On the courtesy visit to the Governor were Drs Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General (Partnerships for Delivery); Alfred Dixon, Director for Development & Delivery; Tahirou Abdoulaye, Impact Economist; Godwin Atser, Digital Extension & Advisory Services Specialist; Toyin Oke, Manager, Resource Mobilization, Protocol and External Liaison; Oludamilare Odusanya and Adetola Adenmosun, IITA Youth Agripreneurs.

The meeting with the Governor was facilitated by Debo Akande, Executive Adviser to the Governor onAgribusiness.

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