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Share The Brilliant Story Of Technical Aid Corps, OACPS tells Nigeria

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Share The Brilliant Story Of Technical Aid Corps, OACPS tells Nigeria By Ifeoma Ikem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Secretary General of the Organisation of African Caribbean and Pacific States www.saharaweeklyng.com , Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti has acknowledged the importance of Nigeria’s role in the Organisation, even as he asks Nigeria to share the brilliant story of the Technical Aid Corps (TAC).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Georges who is on 2-day working visit to Nigeria said he was on outreach to some important member countries to share the vision and activities of the organization.

 

 

 

 

 

He disclosed that his visit to the country was to inform the Nigerian authorities about the state of play of the new OACPS-EU Partnership Agreement and to intimate on the progress that the OACPS has made since he became the Secretary General adding that the new Agreement will likely be signed by June 2022 in Samoa.

The Secretary General who was accompanied by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Belgium, Obinna Chiedu Onowu said by virtue of the Revised Georgetown agreement, the OACPS is now an international organization stressing that OACPS is working on staffing and other housekeeping issues and implementing the decisions of Heads of State at the last summit in Nairobi in 2019.

Georges also stressed the need to consolidate on the South-South Cooperation amongst OACPS members.

He disclosed that the 10th Summit of OACPS Heads of State and Government will hold in Luanda, Angola in December, 2022 where emphasis will be laid on the South-South cooperation.

Responding, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the ideals of the organization assuring of the country’s continued support for OACPS. He also commended the Secretary General for the transformation going on at the organization.

The Minister informed the Secretary General that Nigeria is in the final stages of acceding to revised Georgetown Agreement of the OACPS adding that Mr. Georges should ensure that OACPS programmes and projects are distributed to member states in a manner that will bring OACPS closer to its people and cause the latter to take ownership of those projects.

He also highlighted Nigeria’s robust efforts at South- South cooperation through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate of Technical Aid Corps.

The Minister who averred that intra OACPS trade must be encouraged always commended the organization for the support given to Nigeria’s candidate for the WTO, Director General, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala.

Georges was also at the TAC where he commended the vision and activities since it was established in 1987.

The Secretary General who was surprised that such a programme exists, said it was an important vehicle to South -South cooperation adding that he was happy with its extensive reach with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States.

He promised to send Director in charge of OACPS regional office in Equatorial Guinea to visit Nigeria to understudy the programme and make recommendations.

The Secretary General advised Nigeria to share the brilliant story of TAC with other countries and promised to create avenue for the Director General of TAC to talk with the officials of the organization during one of their meetings in Brussels.

Earlier, the Director General of TAC Pius Olakunle OsunyikanmI enumerated the vision, programmes and activities since he assumed office.

He disclosed that Nigerian volunteers are currently working in different fields of endeavor in Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Niger, Senegal in Africa and Jamaica, Belize in the Caribbean, while experiencing little difficulties in penetrating the Pacific regions.

Osunyikanmi revealed that 250 medical doctors are currently engaged with 100 more on the waiting list.

According to him, requests are being received beyond regular partners, such as Brazil and Vietnam. While thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for funding the programme the Director General expressed concern about lack of response from a few countries. He welcomes collaborations with OACPS.

OACPS, formerly known as the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the “ACP-EC Partnership Agreement” which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.

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Kwarans experiencing transformation due to prudency, selflessness of Gov. AbdulRazaq~ Towoju

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Kwarans experiencing transformation due to prudency, selflessness of Gov. AbdulRazaq~ Towoju

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Honorable Olabode Towoju has said Kwarans are experiencing massive transformation and all-round development because of the prudency and selflessness of Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq.

 

 

 

Kwarans experiencing transformation due to prudency, selflessness of Gov. AbdulRazaq~ Towoju

 

 

The Commissioner while addressing the delegates of the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists, NGIJ, currently in Kwara State for a Governance Assessment visit, said; since the administration of Governor AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq on the May 29, 2019, the governor has been walking the talk with massive human capital development, women and youth participations in governance as well as unequalled infrastructural development in all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state.

 

 

 

 

Hon. Towoju who also took out time to take the Guild round the projects being executed under his Ministry across the state said; “check the statistics, gone are the days were the Ministry of Women Affairs will be the only slot reserved for women, now we have 35 percent women representation in the cabinet of our Governor. In fact, the 90 percent of his cabinet are youths.^

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Honorable Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly is just 36 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

The Governor, in less than three years has been able to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor with his massive revamping of critical sectors of the state’s economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Towoju, ‘In educational sector, Governor AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq employed on merit, over 5,000 teachers, established a very commendable program; ‘KWARAlearn’ where billions of naira has been deployed to equip students and teachers, build, renovate and also revive the dwindling education sector in Kwara State.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Commissioner stressed that the Governor AbdulRazaq’s administration has implemented the Minimum Wage for Civil Servants, which has been lauded by Kwarans.

Speaking further, Hon. Towoju added that the Governor believes that the Youths are the future and strength of the state, hereby putting the Youths in strategic positions for the development and upliftment of the state.

“Governor AbdulRazaq is already passing the baton of leadership of the state to the Youth. The Speaker of the State House of Assembly is just 36 Years, the State Attorney General is a the youngest in the Federation, which is a clear departure of what was obtainable in the past.

 

 

 

 

“The facelift Kwara is experiencing wouldn’t have been possible if not for the prudency of the Governor and his selfless service to humanity”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding the innovation of the Governor for the betterment of Kwarans at large, the Communications’ Commissioner said that before now, the Herald Newspaper, the State owned Newspaper was a shadow of its self before this present administration came on board, Governor has been able to inject life into the state owned Media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Kwara Television is now being run 24 hours, unlike before that it was struggling to operate for six hours. Kwara TV is now on Startimes and we are working tirelessly to move it to DSTV.

“On health, Governor rolled out programmes such as Roll-Out Malaria, Polio, Tuberculosis and other diseases that have been rampant in the State by kicking them.out of the state with massive funding with over N150 Million, and bought standard machines in the General Hospital to improve the healthcare sector in the state”.

Showering encomium on the proactiveness and foresight of the Governor, he said he has made the welfare of the Youths paramount and also building an ICT Hub Center, International Conference Center, Ilorin Future Art Center, Sugar Film Factory Production and over 700 projects have been earmarked and working on them.

He added that, Governor AbdulaRazaq administration has empowered Kwarans with Money for the Elderly called Owo Arugbo for the vulnerables and Empowerment called Owo Isowo for prospective entrepreneurs for prospective entrepreneurs.

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Late Alaafin of Oyo’s burial ceremony holds June 4th

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Late Alaafin of Oyo final burial ceremony holds June 4th By Ifeoma Ikem

 

 

 

 

Ceremony to mark the final burial of Oba Dr Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi 111,JP,LLD,CFR will be held on Saturday 4th June 2022.

The BoT Chairman of Anti-corruption Awareness Organisation Nigeria(ACAON), SCPN Alhaji Kadewolu Adeyemi,hinted Saharaweekly online correspondents.

Recall that the late Alaafin joined his ancestors on Friday April 22nd, 2022, at the age of 83 after 52 years of reign.

Adeyemi said that the immediate past family of Alaafin ,the entire families of Oyo Kingdom and Oyo state government under the governorship of his Excellency Engr.Oluwaseyi Makinde has agreed on the date.

According to him,on behalf of his Excellency and Oyo State government will be at “Durbar Stadium while the Alowolodu Royal Families will host and entertain their guest in the Oyo Palace grand.

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ALABA RAGO MARKET – A SELF-CREATED PROBLEMS FROM GREEDY LEADERS FOR YEARS

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ALABA RAGO MARKET – A SELF-CREATED PROBLEMS FROM GREEDY LEADERS FOR YEARS

 

 

 

 

By Olumide Akindiya, former Committee Lawyer & Lawyer to Baba Oja 1 of Alaba Rago Market, Okokomaiko.

 

 

 

 

Alaba Rago Market comprises almost all ethnic groups and not only Hausa traders or Fulani traders. On hearing the news of decision of Lagos State government to modernise the market, it was not a news to me. It only pained me that the problem we intended to solve; laboured for and risked our lives for for the interest of majority of the traders inside the market would now be in vain if there was no proper provisions and planning for traders including poor ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remembered the day, a group of traders from Alaba Rago market came to my law office led by someone I would not disclose his name for security reason. They complained about criminality being perpetuated by one, Alh. Umaru Nagogo aka Seriki who had been running the market for years and maltreating traders; building security outfit; exploiting traders using his boys to collect illegal fees, etc and efforts of government both at State and local government level in the past. They showed me petitions written by a lawyer before with no positive result and gave me documentary evidence to work with. I assured them of legal battle to remove Alh. Umaru Nagogo and worked towards sanity of the market with no agreement of legal fees.

 

 

ALABA RAGO MARKET - A SELF-CREATED PROBLEMS FROM GREEDY LEADERS FOR YEARS

 

 

 

 

It was a risky task as I was just 5 years at the bar then. I wrote my first petition dated 10th of October, 2013 to former Gov. Babatunde Fashola, DSS, CP of Lagos State & several petitions to relevant people, it did not yield any positive result despite several meetings until during former Gov. Ambode’s administration and the former Sole Administrator of Iba LCDA now present executive Chairman of Iba LCDA, Hon. Jubril Yisa Adisa looked into the matter with firm position in 2017. He formed a committee called Alaba Rago Market Committee to collect revenue for the council, etc headed by Alh. Ibrahim Malami Ali as Chairman and be in charge for 3 years. Alh. Umaru Nagogo was among but refused to be part of the committee since that would limit his power and deprived him of collecting illegal fees and decided how to be paying Council revenues collected on their behalf. I did not lobby to be part of the committee so no lawyer was among the committee.

The new committee decided to appoint me as their lawyer as reward of my legal struggle in removing Alh. Umaru Nagogo and lawyer who understood the legal history of the market. Unfortunately, on the day of inauguration of the said committee, Alh. Umaru Nagogo and his boys caused problem in the market. He refused to desist from collecting illegal fees inside the market; brothels are still there; crime is not reducing; some traders are still victimized. He now set up committee called Alaba Rago Market Sectional Head Association. Being in haste, he sued Lagos State government, Iba LCDA, Alaba Rago Market Committee, etc in two different High Courts at Badagry using different lawyers claiming different reliefs: on legality of Lagos State government to impose a committee, etc and whether Iba LCDA has power to collect fees under the 1999 Constitution, etc. Meanwhile, in the course of sanitising the market; reduce crime and maltreating of traders by his boys, other groups who formed Sectional Head with him were sabotaging the efforts of the committee and after exit of Hon. Jubril Yisa Adisa, the new executive Chairwoman of Iba LCDA Mrs. Ramota preferred Alh. Umaru Nagogo for many reasons known to her even the latter embezzled Iba LCDA’s revenues but she kept on defending him even at Lagos State House of Assembly. Alaba Rago Market Committee restored the environmental sanitation, contrusted road linking to the market, etc but later Mrs. Ramota brought Developer to reconstruct to the market without relocation or any provisions for the traders so we rejected it with profitable steps. After a year, Alh. Umaru Nagogo suffered defeat in both Courts as our law firm won. They wrote Petition again to Lagos State House of Assembly and during argument in the House, they added Agoro, Esq, a former House of Assembly member during Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s administration to their legal team. After some months, calling Mrs. Ramota and other relevant parties for questioning, they lost as the Resolution of the house did not favour them.

In late 2018, the greed made the Alaba Rago Market Sectional Head Association to be registered to further control the market with Alh. Umaru Nagogo as Chairman so their legal team headed by Agoro, Esq further filed a binding over proceeding against Alh. Ibrahim Malami Ali with false representation. It seemed I and the committee would not rest over Alaba Rago market so I filed relevant Court processes to defend the committee. After the expiration of three years tenure of the committee headed by Alh. Ibrahim Malami Ali ceased and with lock down owing to Covid-19 and JUSUN strike, they were frustrated so they later abandoned the suit. In the process, Iyaloja General, Chief (Mrs.) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo considered Alh. Ibrahim Malami Ali fit to be Baba Oja 1 of Alaba Rago Market, Okokomaiko based on their efforts over the market.

It was as if Alaba Rago Market would not know peace early last year, certain group of people with input of Alaba Rago Market Sectional Head Association used the crises between NURTO’s staff and Okada riders to cause commotion inside the market; set on fire some shops of supporters of Baba Oja; innocent traders and including Baba Oja’s offices and property inside the market. I advised them to maintain peace eventhough it had been in the media. On instruction, I wrote several petitions to Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu, CP of Lagos State, etc; meetings and no positive result. Hence, Baba Oja to avoid crises and breach of public peace allowed them to run the market the way they like with different groups.

Greed of some leaders inside the market allowed criminality, illegal structures, brothels, etc to flourish to the detriment of most and innocent traders. What will happen next I do not know as I refuse to call any government appointee, house member or even executive Chairman of Iba LCDA on their positions, even if they will pick my call.

What is the way forward? Time will tell…

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