NGIJ Renounces Disgraced Ex-Acting President, Olawale Abideen over Malicious Publication
-Describes His Rant As Last Kick of A Dying Horse
By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe
Foremost investigative media group in Nigeria, the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists, NGIJ, has renounced its former Acting President, Olawale Abideen, Publisher, Security Monitor, an online news platform.
Abideen was unanimously impeached and disgraced by the Congress of the NGIJ, with his name removed from the Board of Directors of the Guild over his criminal acts including embezzlement of guild funds while in acting capacity.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Guild, Femi Oyewale, the Guild described the recent rant of the disgraced Ex-Acting President as the last kick of a dying horse, and urged members of the public to disregard his malicious outbursts published using phantom names and organisation on his platform.
It is on record that his criminal acts was reported to the Office of the Inspector General of Police, IGP and the Director General of the Department of State Security, DSS, in a letter dated 3rd August, 2020, when he illegally made use of members of the disbanded Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS, through the influence of his wife, Taiwo Abideen, a Police Officer in Lagos to threaten, intimidate and hunt down the National Secretary of the Guild, AbdulRahman Aliagan, in an attempt to forcefully hijack the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC Certificate and other documents of the Guild.
This futile effort of his has made him embittered, disenchanted and jealous of the growth and successes of the Guild after his unceremonious exit, leading to his recent outburst.
Meanwhile, the name used in his recent publication are pseudonyms as they are neither known nor registered as members of the Guild.
It was also on record that during the two year reign of Olawale Abideen in acting capacity, he used his Business Account, Investigation Media Limited, to defraud Government Officials and unsuspecting Nigerians under the guise of the Guild, which was one of the reasons that led to his disgraceful exit.
The nefarious attitude of Olawale Abideen can be traced back to his days in the University of Illorin as the President of Faculty of Art Student Association, FASA, when he embezzled the Association’s Fund, which led to his delayed deployment for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in 2005.
He was made to refund the embezzled money through the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Late Prof. Shehu Jimoh and the Dean, Faculty of Art, Late Prof. Ali Ajetunmobi.
Also, his criminal attitude led to his sack from The Source Magazine in 2015, having embezzled the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, The Source Magazine Chapel’s funds, coupled with indiscipline and poor attitude to work.
The Guild has however instructed its legal team to take necessary actions against him and Investigation Media Limited, the Publisher of Security Monitor.
NGIJ is not and will never be deterred by Abideen’s attempt to discredit its good work at deepening our fledgling democracy, holding government accountable to the people and setting agenda for same.
NGIJ members are indeed credible journalists with years of experience working with reputable media houses.
Not only is NGIJ well recognised by NUJ, the inauguration of its first substantive and present Executive Council was done by then Lagos NUJ Chairman, Dr Qasim Akinreti on August 19, 2020 in company of Barrister Joshua Isijola, a senior lawyer and Notary Public, in line with the NGIJ Constitution.
Its numerous members across the country are qualified journalists, including the President, Ayo Mojoyin who holds a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, OOU; It’s Vice President, Israel Bolaji who holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Lagos and its National Secretary, AbdulRahman Aliagan who having bagged a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Ilorin holds a Certificate in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations from the International Institute of Journalism, IIJ, Abuja with close to two decades of experience in journalism.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State assessment by the Guild was coordinated by Mr Oyewale Oyelola, another formidable journalist with a degree in Mass Communication from Kwara State University.
NGIJ’s National PRO, Femi Oyewale is amongst numerous other qualified journalists in its membership. Oyewale holds a diploma in mass communication, BA in English from Olabisi Onabanjo University and a cerificate in journalism from the prestigious institute for the advancement of Journalism in South Africa. He is also the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Sahara Weekly and Sahara TV.
Three-Storey RCCG Building Collapses in Lagos
Three-Storey RCCG Building Collapses in Lagos
By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe
A RCCG three-storey building under construction has reportedly collapsed in the Mushin area of Lagos.
Saharaweekly understands that nobody was trapped when the building went down at about 6.30 pm.
The building, located at 17, Cardoso Street, off Martin Street, was reportedly owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
The cause of the collapse could not be established at press time.
The Coordinator, Lagos State Territorial District, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident.
He said the personnel of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) were on the ground at the time of this report.
It was learned that the rubbles will be cleared overnight.
GOLDEN RHYTHMS OF AFRICA SET FOR AMERICA MUSICAL TOUR OF 2023 SUMMER
Golden Rhythms of Africa Band, led by Yomi Peters is a group of multitalented artistic members that perform a unique kind of African cultural heritage in a traditional and crossover style of singing and dancing. Generally, the orchestra in their type of stage live show and concert are composed and choreographed of total number of Ten (10) members including the band Leader, Yomi Peters who performs with or without an instructor.
The kind of instruments use and the type of music perform on live stage is so unique that make the musical group to gain an overwhelm request by the African community in the United States.
Yomi Peters and his Golden Rhythms of Africa Band, is a group of talented artists that sing, dance and perform unique West African traditional and cultural crossover music, popularly known by Nigerian communities all over the world as Afro Crossover Juju Music. The musical band love to perform this type of live stage concert in a less formal and shorter than other concerts. It features African traditional music instrumental
Yomi Peters and his Golden Rhythms of Africa Band, also perform this type of stage concert which consists of the whole musical band members to play the African music percussion and wind unique music instruments, but other types of western cultural music instruments may be added depending on the music piece they are intending to perform. The live band stage concert is also called African heritage wind ensembles, wind bands, symphonic bands, etc. The repertoire varies; from African classical to contemporary music, the lyrics and the rhythms are performing with energetic dancing style in unique costumes appearances.
This musical band is so unique by raping with African languages but rich with philosophy songs like western Hip-hop music, with several other elements including unique costumes, stage design, singing and dancing, that can attract the interest of Africans / Americans generation in the United States.
Yomi Peters and his Golden Rhythms of Africa Band, usually make use of notable African musical instruments like African Traditional Talking Drums called Apala, Sakara, Omele and some percussion beat equipments like Baata, Sekere, Konga. They also make use of some western musical equipment like Drum-set, Guitar, Keyboard, Trumpet and others.
Glory International Music & Arts Promotions, base in the United States of America has concluded all arrangement to organize three months musical tour of some notable states in the United States for Yomi Peters and his Golden Rhythms of Africa Band.
The President / CEO of Glory International Music & Arts Promotions, Prince Dr. Adeniyi Shobaloju disclosed the organization plans to promote and propagate the musical and dramatic talent of Yomi Peters and his Golden Rhythms of Africa Band in the nooks and crannies of the United States of America by the summer period of 2023.
5 MAJOR FACILITIES A HOUSE FOR RENT SHOULD NOT LACK
5 MAJOR FACILITIES A HOUSE FOR RENT SHOULD NOT LACK
BY DENNIS ISONG
House owners complain about how people do not value their property but what they fail to do is assess the real problem(s). To be realistic, if people are not getting anything worthwhile from your property, you can’t blame them for their lack of enthusiasm.
I know a house where tenants suffer dryness for 8 months of the year from their well. The only time they get to enjoy water is that month of the year when it rains consistently and once the rain stops being frequent, they go back to experiencing drought.
Renting out your house is not the problem but the question is does it have all catchy facilities? Facilities go a long way in helping a rental property get tenants in no time.
Facilities are important. We can’t do without them. And any house lacking some of these facilities is not considered to be a complete house.
What are these facilities?
- Water supply
We all know how important water is to our daily lives. Having a house for rent which has a borehole is a big plus. This is essential especially in Nigeria where we rarely get water from the water cooperation, so making provision for that is one of those things people look out for before renting an apartment.
A standard house for rent must have a security personnel guiding the property. Asides this, all security measures must be in place to the extent that not just anyone can gain access to the property. Security doors are not left out as well.
A proper house for rent should have a cleaner that ensures the cleanliness of the environment. This facility is one of those things that attract potential tenants. You may feel the tenants are supposed to be the ones to do that like what most people grew up to know, however, things have changed and house owners need to put a class/standard on their property.
- Bathroom amenities
The plumbing fixtures, shower/tub should be in good condition. For older homes, if you know you will need to do a remodel or renovation in future, you should be prepared to know this reality when looking at the home, not after you move in.
For tenants who own cars, parking is a very important facility. Homeowners for rent should consider a large parking space for their tenants. Unfortunately, parking spaces are no longer a priority in Nigeria. Some wouldn’t even mind building on a space meant for cars.
6.Properly tiled floor
By now, it is expected that houses in Nigeria are meant to be tiled. Gone are the days when floors are left bare. In this present age, a house without a tiled floor is not considered modern.
- Gated compound
Unlike foreign countries, one of the things people look out for before renting a house is how tall the gate is. Now imagine that your property doesn’t have a gate at all, it might be a little difficult having interested people rent the place. Apart from security, people like to have their privacy. No random person on the street needs to know the activities going on in the compound.
Dennis Isong helps individuals invest right in Real estate. For questions on this article or enquiring about Real estate. Email: Dennis@Landproperty.ng or Whatsapp/Call +2348164741041
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