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‘No timeline for ending protracted trade war’ – China vows

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China’s foreign ministry has disclosed that Beijing had no timeline for ending the protracted trade war, where on-again off-again negotiations have destabilised markets and stoked geopolitical tensions.

According to the Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, “We will not set any time limit on when the deal will or will not be reached”.

“This agreement and these negotiations must be based on equality and mutual respect,” Hua told reporters at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

“If we are faced with the pressure of unilateralism, protectionism, and trade bullying, we will have no choice and must take resolute and decisive measures to defend our legitimate and lawful interests,” she added.

This reaction is coming after China had echoed comments from President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying there was no deadline for signing a US-China trade deal, as tensions spiked between the two countries over human rights issues.

President  Trump, on Tuesday warned that efforts to resolve the spat between the world’s top two economies could continue until after next November’s US election, triggering a selloff in global markets.

Following the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong last week, the relationship between Washington and Beijing have become increasingly strained.

The financial hub has been rocked by nearly six months of often violent unrest demanding greater autonomy, which Beijing has frequently blamed on foreign influence.

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In response to the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, China suspended US warship visits to the territory and said it imposed sanctions on American NGOs, though it has not released any details on what they entail.

On Tuesday, US lawmakers also voted overwhelmingly to pass a Uighur rights bill, which could impose sanctions against senior Chinese officials over the crackdown on mainly Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang if Trump signs it into law.

Up to one million ethnic Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic minorities are believed to be held in re-education camps, according to estimates cited by a United Nations panel in 2018.

After initially denying the camps’ existence, Beijing cast the facilities as “vocational education centres” where “students” learn Mandarin and job skills in an effort to steer them away from religious extremism, terrorism and separatism.

China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday warned against enacting the Uighur rights bill saying “for all wrong actions and words… the proper price must be paid.”

 

AFP

 

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Oyo: Olowofela, others sworn in as federal Commissioner

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday swore in Professor Adeniyi Olowofela and other board members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

 
Olowofela was the immediate past  Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology,  and a Federal House Of Representatives candidate for Ibarapa East \ Ido Federal Constituency  under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).,
The University Don cum ex- Ido local government boss would be representing Oyo state at the Federal Character Commission (FCC). The APC Chieftain and other nominees had earlier been confirmed by the Senate.
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The University  of  Ibadan trained Professor of Geophysics, Olowofela, born May 3rd, 1963, in the sleepy but rapidly – developing town of Omi-Adio, via Ibadan, Ido Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria.

He attended Hope Central Primary School, Omi-Adio between 1969 and 1975 before proceeding to United Christian Secondary School, Omi-Adio between 1976 and 1981. He later proceeded to the University of Ibadan, between 1982 – 1986 to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics, and graduated with Second Class (Upper Division).
He served at Union Secondary School Agulu, Njikoka Local Government Area (old Anambra State) as a physics teacher. And, thereafter, studied for and earned his M.Sc. in 1987 and PhD, (Solid Earth Physics) in 1995 respectively.
Continuing, Olowofela later lectured at the Department of Physics, University of Ibadan, between 1994 – 2003 and later joined the services of the Federal University of Agriculture, (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, first on a sabbatical appointment from 2003 -2004, then as an Associate Professor and Head of Department, from 2005 to 2007 before rising to the position of a Professor of Solid Earth Geophysics in 2009.
As a cerebral and highly respected scholar of no mean stature, he holds various professional qualifications which include: Certificate in Seismic Hazard Assessment obtained from Potsdam, Germany; Certificate in Water Resources in Flensburg, Germany; Certificate in Microprocessors obtained from the United Nation University, Rome, Italy as well as the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Italy among others.
Professor Olowofela has since, successfully trained over 30,000 students, supervised over 50 B.Sc projects and more than 20 Ph.D projects, some of whom have become Professors and Associate Professors. In the course of his academic career, he had more than 70 publications to his credit, two of which are being used by University students in Germany till today.
However, with a passion to lift the fortunes of his community and people and with the desire to right societal wrongs, while promoting freedom and social justice, Olowofela joined active politics in the 80’s. His sole objective remains an advocacy for the improvement of the lot of his people and ensuring that young men and women coming after him in the community have a better deal through responsive, responsible and effective governance.
He had served different parties and governments in various capacities which include:
* National Delegate – National Republican Convention (NRC), 1990
* Member, Governing Council, Oyo State College of Education, Oyo, 2000-2003
* Party Chairman, Alliance for Democracy (AD), Ido Local Government, Oyo State, 2002-2003
* Chairmanship Aspirant, All Nigerian People’s Party, (ANPP). He won the controversial election conducted by the then Oyo State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Rashidi Ladoja in 2007.
* He was appointed by the Governor, His Excellency, Senator Abiola Ajimobi as Transition Committee Chairman, Ido Local Government from 2011 to December, 2014.
* He was also appointed as the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Oyo state from June 2016 to September, 2018
As a public office holder, Professor Olowofela, had received several awards and they include:
√ Overall Best Performed Local Government Chairman in Nigeria, 2012 at the 19th Edition of National Award for Excellence in Grassroots Leadership, Presented by Grassroots Leadership Centre, Abuja.
√ Overall Best Performed Local Government Chairman in Nigeria, 2012 on Works/Education at the 10th Edition of the All Nigerian Local Government Chairmen Merit Award (LOGMA 2012) by Mentors Communication, Abuja.
√ Oodua Hero Council Chairman, 2013, an award prese,,WS,nted by the Yoruba Youth Development Council, (YYDC).
√ Oyo State Commissioner of the year, at the 2017 Miss Oyo State Beauty Pageant, an award presented by Silverstone Communications.
√ Prestigious Award of Ambassador of Ethics and Conscience, and Induction into Hall of Fame, 2018 by Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation.
√ 2018, he emerged as one of the fifty most inspiring personalities in Nigeria according to The Guardian Newspaper.
√ Oyo State Commissioner of the year, at the 2018 Oyo Herald Magazine Annual lecture and Merit Awards
√ Award of excellence at the 2018 Prominent Oyo Peoples’ Awards (POPA 2018) by Cornerstone Media International

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How I benefited from Ajimobi’s ‘stubbornness’ – Festus Adedayo

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A former Media Adviser to late Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Dr Festus Adedayo has revealed how he benefitted from the former Governor of Oyo state’s policy of being ‘stubborn’.

Adedayo made the revelation on Tuesday while featuring on Parrot Xtra Hour On Radio, in Ibadan, the state capital.

The popular columnist said he was almost dropped from the team that worked with ex-Governor Ajimobi during his first term in office.

According to the experienced journalist, “Governor Ajimobi had gone to see his political mentor, Alhaji Lam Adesina with the list of his first set of appointees during his first term and the list had my name as the Media Adviser, Dr Adeolu Akande as the Chief of Staff and the name of the Secretary to the State Government. My name was singled out to be dropped because I had been hard on Alhaji Adesina when he was the governor of Oyo State.

“It is important to note here that since 1998 when I started writing my column, I wrote to constructively criticize all the governments including that of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, a military administration.

“So, when Alhaji Lam asked Senator Ajimobi to drop my name, he simply told his political leader that he had made up his mind and he had already asked me to resign from where I was working. He asked his leader to forget and allow things to be. If it was another person that was not stubborn, I would simply have been dropped. I dare to say here that I benefitted from Ajimobi’s stubbornness.”

While speaking on the demise of his former boss, Adedayo, a scholar and lawyer further submitted, “It is really painful to me, I feel pained that we have to be referring to Senator Abiola Ajimobi in ‘past tense.’ He was a great man in his own way. He was also a workaholic”.

When asked how he feels about the post-burial media outings of the late Ajimobi, Adedayo used the opportunity to appeal to both the widow of the deceased, Chief (Mrs) Dr Florence Ajimobi and the present Engineer Seyi Makinde-led administration in the state to allow the spirit of the dead to rest in peace adding that the deceased will not be happy that people are now passing blames and exchanging words.

“In my own small way, I will like to appeal to the two parties to forget their differences to honour the departed. I will also like to humbly call on Ibadan elders to quickly intervene so that the bad blood will be neutralized. The differences between the two parties should be worked out amicably.

Adedayo was also asked to talk about how he felt when his appointment as the Media Adviser to the present Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan was cancelled.

“It was not God’s plan for my life. And I thank Him because I am better off. If I had taken up that appointment, I would not be a Lawyer today and I would not have been able to write that book on late Ayinla Omowura that people are now talking about.

“Moreover, the lesson I learnt from that experience was that I must never again allow sentiment or people to take my projection for my life and plans away from me. I must remain focused and always follow my mind”, he added.

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Flood: Oyo govt to launch drainage master plan under IUFM project

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The Seyi Makinde led Oyo state government on Wednesday directed the execution of a drainage masterplan under the  Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project within the next 18 months.

Governor Makinde, who gave the directive while on an on-the-spot assessment of the flood affected areas of Ibadan said that the measure would help prevent perennial flood disaster in the state.

 

The governor, on a tour of the areas including Oke- Omi, Ikumapayi, Olodo and Onipepeye Bridges at Sawmill , added that he has directed the Local Chairmen in the areas to begin work on the affected bridges immediately.

 

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as further declaring that the Ministry of Environment should  enumerate the properties affected by the flood at Olodo area with a view to relocating some of the residents to other areas.

 

He said: “Like we can see out there, the bridge is undersized. There is a drainage master plan for Oyo State under the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), this has been identified and I think we have to keep taking them out one at a time. So, I have asked the local government chairman to write for approval, and work will start immediately on it.

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“IUFMP is already dredging the river. The remaining thing is just to put a properly sized bridge across it and we will do that.

 

“By the time we are able to get all the projects under the IUFMP executed, the issues of flood will be dealt with and it is only then that the rainy season will not be any problem for us. It is work in progress and I believe that, in the next 18 months, there will be appreciable improvement and our people can sleep with their eyes closed even if it is raining heavily.
“On structures obstructing the waterways, we will have to take some of them out. At the main road at Olodo, some people already moved out by themselves. So, the government will enumerate such properties and then see how we can relocate people there.”

 

The  governor also enjoined the people to desist from actions capable of aggravating flooding, including dumping of wastes in river channels and waterways, which he said may result in the blockage of drainage and river channels.

 

He urged people living close to flood-prone areas to vacate the areas to avoid loss of lives and valuable properties to the flood, promising that his administration will continue to give succour to those affected by flooding.
“Palliative is general. We are faced with a pandemic and we are also faced with an economic meltdown. So, palliative is something that is continuous for all the people,” he said.

 

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