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Mineral resources alone can’t take Nigeria to prosperity – Makinde

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Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, said on Sunday that natural resources alone cannot take Nigeria to its desired prosperity.

The Governor, who spoke during a church service in respect of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, held at Cathedral of St. Peter, Aremo, Ibadan, said that education  and human capital development would remain the top priority  of his Administration.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Governor as saying the no country of the world became prosperous by merely relying on natural resources.

Governor Makinde said: “Knowledge is power and that is why, in this administration, education will still remain top priority.”

He said that the Nigerian Armed Forces has sacrificed heavily including making supreme sacrifices for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

He added: “I want to appreciate the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed forces because you have done well for this country. Your colleagues have made supreme sacrifice for the unity of this country and for peace of the world because we have a record of members of the Armed forces that actually fought in the World War. So, they have contributed to peace in the world.

“So, we know you have taken a lot of risk on behalf of all of us and we just want to say thank you.”

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The Governor said the effective management and usage of our natural resources by those at the helms of affairs of this country was the only thing that could take “us out of the poverty in Nigeria.

“And on the occasion of this celebration, when I came in, as I was listening to what the Archbishop was saying, I picked some certain things from his statement. He said that God has blessed us a lot in this country but the leadership has only been managing poverty. That is actually true but I also beg to differ slightly, because natural resources alone can never take any country or society out of poverty.

“The only thing that can take us out of poverty is how we can organise ourselves and how we utilize those natural resources. We can have an abundance of it and we still waste it. As a matter of fact, if we look at the trajectory of countries that have been successful, for example, Japan, they barely have any natural resources but when we look at their people, they utilise the brain God has given to them, developed it and utilised it. Even, they take natural resources from other countries, refine them and sell it back to the countries they got it from at a high cost. So, this is how they were able to take themselves out of poverty.”

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The Governor charged Nigerians to emulate the Armed Forces by organising themselves and doing the right thing at the right time, adding  that we should look beyond the natural resources God has given  us and utilise the talents that we have inherent in us as individuals, because according to him, that is what can take this country out of poverty.

“One of the things that is fascinating to me is how the Armed Forces have been organised. When you go to their function, I cherish the way they carry themselves,” he said.

He, therefore, wished the members of Nigerian Armed Forces and their families a fruitful celebration and pledged the continuous support of his administration.

“On this note, I want to wish the members of Nigerian Armed Forces and their families a happy celebration and know that we are with them always,” he said.

 

Earlier in his sermon, the Archbishop of Ibadan Province, Most Reverend Segun Okubadejo, appreciated the members of the Nigerians Armed Forces for protecting the lives and properties of the Citizens in Nigeria.

He admonished them to always put God first in all their dealings, even as he maintained that members of the Armed Forces were known to be indispensable in the society.

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This was as the Archbishop called on all leaders in the country to manage the nation’s natural resources well so that the poverty in the land could be alleviated.

Personalities that attended the service included the wife of the Governor, Mrs Tamunominini Makinde; the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun; Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon. Mojeed Mogbonjubola; General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Major-General A.B. Omozoje; Commander 2 Division, Garrison Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General O.O. Soyele; Chairman Nigerian Legion, Oyo State Command, Deacon Micheal Fajimi; military officers, members of paramilitary organizations and many top government officials.

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Oyo NUJ mourns as another former union Chairman, Bode Oyewole dies

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council has mourned the passing of another former Chairman of the union, Elder Bode Oyewole.

Oyewole was Chairman of the NUJ between 1978 to 1980.

He was later Chairman of the Oluyole warriors, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan.

Oyewole recently spoke with the incumbent, Ademola Babalola on July 3rd, 2020 following the news of the demise of one of his sucessors in office, Joe Abiola (a.k.a. Atumah).

Abiola, who also died about three weeks ago, took over from Oyewole and was NUJ Chairman for two terms, spanning between 1981 to 1985.

Oyewole had assured Babalola through phone call that he would grace the burial of Abiola and especially tributes being planned in honour of the deceased by NUJ. It comes up this Thursday at 2pm in Iyaganku press centre.

Lamenting the death of the erstwhile union leader, Babalola in a statement signed by the Secretary of NUJ, Comrade Sola Oladapo, on Tuesdaydescribed Oyewole’s passing as “shocking, devastating, unexpected, sad and one that caught the Union unawares”, because of the outstanding career of the erstwhile Chairman.

Oladapo said the news came when the executive was planning a special programme in honour of Abiola, saying, “the news of his demise came at a time when his wise counsel, experience and charismatic attributes as a father figure in NUJ and the society in general are much needed.”

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The NUJ prays God to forgive Oyewole popularly called Uncle B.O, and grant him eternal rest.

It condole the family especially the wife, Mrs. Bose Oyewole, the children and the veteran journalists in the State and pray God to give them the fortitude to bear his irreplaceable loss.

 

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CBN to ban importation of maize

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Nigeria’s apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed all authorized dealers to discontinue the processing of Form M for the importation of maize with immediate effect.

The CBN gave this directive in a circular signed by its Director of Trade and Exchange Department, Dr Ozoemena Nnaji in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Form M, as reliably gatherer, is a mandatory statutory document to be completed by all importers for importation of goods into the country.

The bank directed all authorised dealers to submit the list of form M already registered for the importation of maize.

The apex bank, however enjoined the dealers concerned to do so on or before close of business on Wednesday.

It explained that the step was part of CBN’s efforts to increase local production and stimulate a rapid economic recovery.

The bank noted that the measure was to also safeguard rural livelihood and increase job which had been lost due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nigerian Army redeploys 37 generals, others

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The Nigerian Army on Tuesday disclosed that it has approved new postings and appointments of 37 generals and five colonels to different formations and units across the country.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Musa, in the statement explained that the postings which were approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, are a routine exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency.

While wishing all the officers well in their respective appointments, the Chief of Army Staff said that all the postings and appointments take effect from July 20, 2020

According to the statement, Maj. Gen. L. Irabor has been redeployed from Defence Headquarters, Department of Training and Operations to Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, while Maj. Gen. F. Agugo was moved from 6 Division NA Port Harcourt to Headquarters, NA Signal Corps, Apapa, Lagos as Corps Commander Signals.

Also, Maj. Gen. M Mohammed was transferred from Headquarters, NA Signal Corps Apapa, Lagos to Office of the COAS and appointed Special Adviser, NA University, Biu, Borno State, while Maj. Gen. A. Dikko of Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Badagry, was moved to NA Training Centre, Kontagora.

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The redeployments, as contained in the statement also affected Maj. Gen. U. Yakubu who was moved from NA Corps of Artillery Kontagora to Army Headquarters, Abuja.

Chief of Administration, Maj. Gen. B. Sawyer was also moved from AHQ Department of Policy and Plans to NA Armour School Bauchi.

In a related development, this equally led to the transfer of Maj. Gen. I. Uzamere from NA College of Logistics, Lagos, to AHQ Abuja, Department of Logistics as Chief of Logistics (Army).

Others are Col. B. Sarki from Defence Intelligence College to 6 Military Intelligence Brigade as acting Commander; Col. K. Ogunsoya from DHQ to Headquarters, Directorate of Army Public Relations; Chief of Staff, Col. T. Antigha from Headquarters, Multinational Joint Task Force, Ndjamena, to Defence Headquarters as acting Executive Director, Armed Forces Radio.

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