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New year: Oyo guber hopeful, Olaniyan congratulate indigenes, residents

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Engr. Raufu Olaniyan has congratulated the indigenes and residents of Oyo state for coming into the new year hail and healthy, despite the challenges of 2017.

This was contained in a new year message released by his media office  and made available to Mega Icon Magazine on Monday. The All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial hopeful remarked that the new year means new possibilities, new hopes and new dreams. He urged residents of Oyo state to celebrate 2018 with renewed enthusiasm for the future to come, praying that 2018 will be a destiny fulfilling year for Oyo state.

The former General Manager of the Oyo state Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) and a retired permanent secretary in the Oyo state civil service also noted that 2018 offers a time to reflect on the year gone by and the beautiful moments shared with our families and friends, express our gratitude to God, our loved ones and to let them know how they have been an important part of our life.

The Igboho born politician and front runner in the coming guber elections, also spared a thought for the people who have supported him through difficult times urging them not to relent in their pursuit for excellence and a better Oyo state.

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Olaniyan admonished residents of Oyo state not to allow the difficulties of 2017 dampened their moral, but rather look up to God in the new year and continue to pray for the leadership of the state and country.

The chairman and chief Executive Officier, Westmidland Construction company, a world bank accredited outfit, further noted that the spirit of New Year is not just reminiscing about the past but also looking forward to the times ahead with the promise of love and unconditional support for the development of our state and country.

He advised all to forgive the people who may have hurt them in 2017 and start 2018 on a bright and fresh note as there should be no room for hate in the new year. He also encouraged all to make a new year resolution to love more, and seek ways to improve not only Oyo State , but Nigeria.

He, however wished  Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Chief Akin Oke, Oyo State APC Chairman, the party executives and the people of the state a happy and prosperous new year.

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PhotoNews: Tinubu pays condolence visit to late Governor Ajimobi’s widow

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday visited Mrs Florence Ajimobi, wife of late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the late governor’s  residence in Lagos to condole with her over the death of her husband.

The APC leader was accompanied by Elegushi of Ikateland, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi.

Late Ajimobi, an Asiwaju Tinubu’s fanatic loyalist, governed Oyo state between 2011-2019. Until his death, he was the Deputy National Chairman (South) and Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

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‘Lebanese Ambassador did not storm out of the Conference room’-  House of Reps’ Diaspora Committee

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The Chairperson, House of Representatives’ Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe on Friday said the informal meeting held with the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Diab Houssam yesterday was cordial, very constructive and set the stage for more collaboration, adding that the perceived walk-out was misconstrued.

 

The Ambassador, Diab Houssam was said to have arrived at the meeting venue around 11:00 am, but met journalists and some other government officials, including the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada.

 

The chairperson said that the story circulating as to the Lebanese’s Ambassador storming out of the room was wrongfully presented. An executive session was not clearly presented to him by the foreign affairs Liaison officer and he stepped out of the meeting room not slamming any doors, to wait in the hallway till journalists were excused for the executive session.

 

In Hon. Akande-Sadipe’s words, “It was a misunderstanding; it was meant to be an informal meeting and the ambassador was not aware that even when we have our informal meetings it is documented. Because of the law of diplomacy, he wasn’t expecting to have media there and it was immediately resolved that it was going to be an ‘executive session’. The minister apologised on behalf of foreign affairs and the executive session commenced with all in attendance. Under Vienna convention an Ambassador cannot be summoned to a committee hearing and the initial presence of the media made it seem otherwise”.

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She further said, “it was an informal meeting and the ambassador with his interest for long standing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Lebanon joined us to forge a continued progressive association and solutions to the issue of Temitope Ariwolo and the menace of human traficking

 

She appreciated journalists for their coverage, but enjoined them to avoid sensational headlines that are counter-productive.

 

She said, “Some of the headlines were clear distortion of the reality of what happened.”
“The session commenced and ended on a very cordial note, with a resolution to continue efforts to ensure that the long-standing positive relationship between the two nations continues, a stronger collaboration and a stronger resolve and commitment to end human trafficking.”

 

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Makinde pays homage to his late Dad’s burial ground

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Oyo state governor, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde on Friday paid homage to his late father’s burial ground.

 

The governor who made this known via his verified Facebook page posted, “today, I remember my father, friend and mentor, Pa Olatunbosun Makinde, who passed eight years ago in July 2012. His memory remains in my heart now and always.Makinde pays homage to his late Dad burial ground”

 

 

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