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HEADLINES OCTOBER 23-Headlines from Nigeria’s Major Newspapers




#Oyo to jail public school arsonists

#Methodist Church plans evangelism trust fund

#11 evacuated from Zaria ‘torture chamber’

#CJN faults amended   AMCON Act

#Minister: MMA terminal ready December

#Ex militant seeks jail for NDDC LOOTERS

#EFCC seeks forfeiturevof Diezani man’s $73m property

# LAPO is microfinance bank of the year

#CBN,15 banks inject N228 billion into AMCO

# Edo NURTW hit by leadership crises

#Labour set for minimum wage battle with state govts.

# Tension in Imo community as cultists threaten attack

#PDP advocates monitoring of Kogi inflow

# How JAMB caught candidates who altered UTME scores

#Fed. Govt. pledges support for AFRIMA

#Stanbic IBTC gets award

#Ecobank,LCFE to partner on trade settlement

# First bank is Best private Bank

# Lawmakers urge Buhari to declare state of emergency on roads

# Key take-aways from Osun’s Executive Council retreat

# FCTA parades couple for allegedly abusing girl,12

# Nine women make Commissioner’s list in Kwara

# 2019 MBGN: Lush Hair Ambassador emerges winner

#13th Headies Award: Burnaboy,Teni Falz,others win big

# Fed Govt pledges inclusive quality education

# Afreximbank invests over $500m in Maritime sector

# Experiences in captivity inspired my book’

# What women need in Nigerian business’

# UBA honours ex-director Jamodu

# Kunle Afolayan set for new movie,’Citation’

#  All is set for 2nd edition of of Johny’s Room Live

# Bayelsa Poll: Defection won’t  stop Diri’s victory,says Alabrah

#Lagos PDP  members defect to APC

# Critical gap in 2019 Nobel Peace  prize Award

# International breweries offers  40%  discount to share holders

# Life and times of Alhaja Mogaji (!)


# UBA RECORDS N81.62bn profit after tax in Q3

#  EgyptAir  rewards essay winner, guardian  with free tickets

# Court remands 2 labourers  for stealing airconditioners, building materials worth N4.7m

3 worl Polio Day: Hospital offers free treatment to 100 victims

# 8000children enrolled in school by Keffi council

# Nasarawa varsity , legislature collaborate to tackle sex for -marks menace


# Cyber Security-Smart Devices suffer 105 Million Attacks By June,2019

# Osinbajo Receives 2019 Compliance  Report Of Ease of Doing Business Reforms

3 Sokoto Govt To Establish 2 Additional Schools For Persons with Special Needs

# 175  People  Apprehended For violation of Environmental Laws in Ekiti-Commissioner

# China-Africa Summit: Techno shops For New Opportunities in Africa Mobile internet

# Pound falls Against Dollar,Euro after British lawmakers rejects Brexit Timetable


#NFIU seeks reduction of CBN N1tn  annual budget

# Six killed as flood submerges Lagos communities

# Don’t compare me to Messi, Ronaldo-Sterling\

# My investments meant to tackle poverty-Dangote


# Auto dealers Allege loss of over N5bn to Siege by customs.

# FG Disburses $103.64m  Abacha loot to the poor

# Customs Arrests 15 Suspects for vRe-bagging  Foreign Rice


# FG budgets N600m for National Theatre despite bank’s take over

#Diezeani’s ally, Aluko loses N26.63bn property to FG

#$ N2.1bn fraud :EX- pension boss, Mina, forfeits 23 properties to FG

# Cour set judgement date in Kalu’s case

# FG to rake  in N108bn  from National ID card renewals

# Prison de-congestion: FG freed 3,768 inmates in 2 years.








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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) began its press week with a list of activities starting with the Jumat Service at the Iree Central Mosque, Iree on 20th November 2020.

Monday, the 23rd of November, 2020 was a public lecture with the theme:’’ TACKLING ETHNIC AGITATIONS AND DICHOTOMY IN NIGERIA’’. Notable personalities for the ‘high table’ at the NUJ Press Centre, Dada Estate, Along Iwo Road, Osogbo are Mrs. Funke Egbemode, who ably represented the Executive Governor of Osun State, Governor Isiaka  Gboyega Oyetola, the Ashiwaju of Ora Igbomina, Ambassador Akinyemi Farombi, the guest speaker, Dr.  Surajudeen Adewale Adewumi representing the Osun Central Senatorial District at the Senate, Comrade Waheed Lawal- a Human Rights Activist among others.

In his opening speech, the chairman of the NUJ, Wasiu Ajadosu acknowledged the presence of all the invited guests and the audience and called for the support of the Union. He specifically mentioned the rehabilitation of some facilities, expansion, and renovation of the auditorium.

In her own address, the representative of the Governor, Mrs. Funke Egbemode re-iterated the media as agenda setters. She thanked the NUJ  on behalf of the Governor, for their unflinching support for his administration and for the smooth and able work the union has been doing despite many constraints during the course of their duties. As a journalist herself, she admonished members of the pen profession to always follow the ethical guidelines and avoid emotional reportage because’’ the world is watching us’’ but should strive to mold society’s decisions with principled and ethical journalism as trained. She promised to convey the union’s requests to the Governor She said the Governor as media-savvy, and somebody who does not toy with things that concerns the media will surely attend to their request

In his presentation, Ambassador Yemi Farombi, sub-titled his lecture -’’ Nigeria- in Nigeria in-Need of Rebirth’’. He took the pains to trace the history of the birth of Nigeria as a nation from the amalgamation of  1914 through all the various constitutions we have undergone. He tagged the 1979 Nigeria’s constitution as ‘a donation by the military’ which was drafted by only 27 members. According to him, Nigeria’s‘ hardware’ needs a rebirth while the software is laden with ‘virus’  He said, Nigeria needs a  leader with a vision and the ability to deliver. ‘’ When we get a leader with a vision, which is competence; with the knowledge, skills, and experience, then look for the character’’

The guest speaker, Dr.Adewale Adewumi, commended the NUJ Osun Council for the occasion and for giving time to chart a national discourse on germane national issues. He quickly mentioned that whatever opinion that he expressed at the forum was personal to him and not that of the Nigeria  Senate that he belongs.

According to him, Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups and till now,  has not been able to address the ethnicity disequilibrium and concentration of powers at the centre. In his opinion, for example, ‘in a situation where the Federal Government has 66 items in exclusive legislative list and 34 shared with states with 44 Federal Ministers- who in turns have special assistants, does not augur well for good development; this is without prejudice to about 14 agencies of the Federal government. According to him, the effect of over-concentration of powers at the centre makes the states lack powers and therefore suggested a devolution of power, a review of revenue derivation or resource control, review of the police system and of course the economy. That over-concentration of power at the centre gives an unnecessary burden on the Federal government which translates to the reason why there are incessant agitations.

The lecture for the day was rounded off with formal commissioning of a 9-locked of shops which will serve as a revenue generation venture.

The Press week continues while it lasts to be rounded off  with a Sunday Service on 29th November 2020 at  Anglican Church Ilase-Ijesa


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Wednesday 18th November was another epoch-making in Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s administration in Osun state when he declares open Osun EndSars Aftermath Stakeholders Engagement.

 The one-day interactive forum on youth development tagged’’ Osun EndSARS Aftermath Stakeholders Engagement’’ was held at Aurora Conference Centre, Osogbo.

Oyetola, who described the youth as the hope and future of the nation said his administration has designed workable Development Agenda which gives the youths a unique priority. The Governor emphasized his administration’s commitment to reactivate the state economy via youth empowerment engagement and development.

Mr Governor, in his address, rolled out some of his administration’s intervention programmes already on the ground and also mentioned the newly inaugurated Osun Ethanol Bio-Refinery Factory, located in Ayekale, Iragbiji. According to him, this factory would employ over ten thousand (10,000) youths when it begins operation.

Governor Oyetola also disclosed that the ongoing International Trade Centre/Industrial Hub and Inland Port Project at Dagbolu was capable of creating massive job opportunities for Osun youths.

‘’ The people, including the youth are the reason we are in government. Our administration came into office on the shoulders of Development Agenda programme carefully created to bring all sectors and the people into the development net, and to build on the foundation laid by our predecessors to take Osun to higher height’’.

‘’Within two years after coming into office, we have delivered adequate and quality services, projects and programmes across the state in the manner that will sustain the peace in the state; provide jobs for the people, especially the youths and provide security and welfare for people’’

In his words’ ‘on the part of the government, we have developed a Youth Policy christened the 4E’s: Youth Empowerment, YouthEngagement, YouthEntrepreneurship and Youth Education. At our EXCO meeting two days ago, we ratified the policy document’’, he concluded.

The Executive Governor of Osun State is of the opinion that the #EndSARSprotest has awoken our youths to their civic power and as stakeholders, they owe it a duty to convert that power to a positive advantage. ‘We are working assiduously to urgently fashion out ways of not only catering for  the interest of our young people in governance but also ensuring their inclusion in the development process’’.

Oyetola expressed his displeasure at the high jacking of a peaceful protest by their unscrupulous elements, and urged the residents, particularly, the major stakeholders, including the traditional rulers, civil society organizations, students, market women, artisans, professionals among others, to join the government in its efforts at maintaining and sustaining the status of Osun as the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

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