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By Adeboye Ado

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has been conferred with an ‘Advocate Award of the Year” by the National Association of Social Workers (NASOW).

The association, honoured the Governor at its 37th Conference/General Meeting held on Friday in Lagos.

NASOW stated that the rationale for the award bestowed on the Governor was due to his numerous life-transforming projects and programmes executed by his administration aimed at uplifting the standard of living of people in the state.

Speaking at the conference, Gov. Akeredolu reiterated his administration’s resolve towards the betterment of people living in the rural areas in the state.

Akeredolu who is also the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, promised the residents of the state an enabling environment through the provisions of basic comforts in spite of the harsh economic situation in the country.

The governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Rural and Community Development, Hon Kolawole Babatunde, said his government has been doing everything possible to mitigate the harsh effects of the economy on lives by investing in its diversification and improving macroeconomics to keep the nation afloat.

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“Our government in Ondo State is being conscious of the fundamental objective of the state which is the provision of sustainable livelihood for her citizenry and we have been very deliberate in the crafting and design of impactful programmes for our people since 2017.

“The fact that your association (NASOW) noted some of the things we have been able to do in this respect is quite gratifying and heartwarming, and this will spur us to do more.”

He disclosed that his administration’s commitment to rural and social development was very clear from inception saying this is apparent in the creation of a full-fledged Directorate for Rural and Community Development in addition to the existing Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

The Governor said that the impact of his government had been significant in the health, educational and agricultural sectors, saying “our development agenda and plans gave prominence to rural and social development.”

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He disclosed that “over 1,200 teachers were recruited about six months ago and were posted to our rural schools upon his specific instruction to fill the acute shortage of teachers in rural schools.

“In the area of Agricultural Development and Extension Services, particular attention have been paid to the needs of our rural communities. In the health sector, there is an average of three Basic Health Centres in each political ward in the state and these facilitate easy access to qualitative health care for our people.

He said over 200 projects have been executed by the Community and Social Development Programme (CSDP) during the life span of the present administration, while he also expressed the present administration readiness to ensure that the state is one of the 13 participating states in the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) initiative.

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The Governor said, “the project was meant to transform our rural communities through the construction of 700km of community roads which would aid accessibility to our farms and from the farms to markets.”

He, however, said his government is conscious of the fact that there cannot be any meaningful development in an atmosphere devoid of peace and said his government has been giving priority to the security of lives and property of our people.

Akeredolu said: “In order to counteract the disruptive effect of criminals to our farming and business activities in our communities, our government established the Amotekun Corps, the Western Nigeria Security Network. I am happy to inform you that our Amotekun Corps have recorded outstanding results and the activities of these criminals have been nipped in the bud.

“In the same vein, our government have signed into law the Anti-open Grazing Law to prevent criminal herdsmen from using their cattle to destroy our farm produce.”

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By Peter Nwasike
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There is a Biblical adage that a prophet has no honour in his home.” This refers to the skepticism with which the people of Jerusalem received our Lord Jesus Christ, when He was doing mighty works of miracles and wonders for them.

The 2021 Governorship election in Anambra State, as regards the candidates of the parties that contested the election, is a vindication that “a Prophet can be found at home.” The candidate fielded by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo CFR, can be likened to Our Lord Jesus Christ, who went about doing mighty works in Galilee, but when he came to his home of Jerusalem, recognition was not given to him, to their detriment.

Soludo, by his academic brilliance, as Professor of Economics, was recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria, when he was appointed as Governor of Central Bank (CBN) from the regime of President Obasanjo (1999-2007), and also a Member of the National Economic Council. He served meritoriously and initiated measures to engender sanity in the Banking Sector and banks maintained financial honesty and integrity. His prudence in management of resources enabled him to expand and decentralize the CBN to many State of Nigeria, among them Anambra State, Ebonyi State, Abia Stte, etc,. He renovated, refurbished the old Central Bank at Enugu State, to modern standard.

During his tenure, he belonged to the Council of Governors of Central banks in Africa and the World. At this strategic position, Soludo used his expertise to negotiate for Nigeria to be bailed out of foreign debts, and regained economic solvency for Nigeria. When he finished his tenure as Governor of CBN, he became a Consultant to World ruling bodies, among them, the United Nations Organization (UNO), African Development Bank (ADB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Union (EU), etc. During the World Economic Recession of 2008, Soludo was the only Professor of Economics from Africa, invited by the United Nations Organization (UNO), to join other Professors of Economics from American, Asia and Europe, to produce measures to revive the economy.

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After that global service, when he was brought out by the then ruling political party in Federal Government of Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest the Anambra State Governorship Election of 2010, he coined the expression, “SOLUDO SOLUTION”. It was the confidence the people of Anambra State, had in the then State ruling party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and the then good governance of Peter Obi, with his system of “ANAMBRA INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (ANIDS), with development projects to all rural and urban Areas, that made people to stick to Peter Obi’s Administration for the deserved Second Term, to complete his 8 – year tenure, because there was noneed changing a winning team, that denied Soludo’s victory to practicalise his pragmatism of “SOLUDO SOLUTION”.

From then on, Soludo became a global authority in Developmental Economics, that he was rated as one of the most influential 100 persons in Africa. The incumbent President of Nigeria, President Buhari, has appointed Soludo as a Member of his National Economic Council. When he congratulated Soludo on his victory at the election, Buhari mentioned this salient point that Soludo is in his Economic Kitchen Cabinet, and expressed hope that Soludo shall lead Anambra State to contribute to the development of Nigeria as a whole, beginning from Anambra State.

When the incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Sir Willie Obiano, was introducing Soludo at a rally in Awka, as the candidate of APGA, to succeed him, Obiano said that Soludo had ruled the 36 State of Nigeria, as Governor of Central Bank (CBN), but now, he is being persuaded to rule only one State, the Anambra State. This is a manifestation that “The Prophet Has Honour In His Home”.

Soludo, the prophet who has honour in his home

As an adage says that “The Leader is one who knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way, and invariably is followed by the people.” Governor Obiano has shown the people of Anambra State, that Prof. Soludo is an intellectual technocrat of national and international repute has honour in his home. The people have done well, by following Obinao to recognize that Soludo, as a prophet, has honour in his home, by voting for him, massively to win the Governorship Election.

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The people of Anambra State, have shammed the disgruntled elements, who, out of sheer selfishness, self-aggrandizement, impudence and inordinate ambition, refused to recognize the supremacy of Soludo in good governance, and bulldozed their way into the governorship contest. It is preposterous that two young boys in the Anabra State House of Assembly, who are doing only first term in the office, jumped into the foray, and contested the primary election with Soludo. When they failed at screening, they defected to another party, to oppose Soludo. Same also are for two others in the National Assembly, in their first term, aspired to challenge Soludo. One of them audaciously and maliciously, created an enemy faction in the APGA to frustrate and ridicule Soludo. He went further and procured kangaroo court judgment from distant foreign State from Hausa land, to scuttle peoples’ popular choice, and impose his personal mediocrity. When they failed in their sinister intentions, they defected into another party, just to use their intimidating money-bags and much vouted grassroots popularity, to scuttle peoples’ best choice. But thanks be to God, peoples’ wise judgment prevailed. In fact, Soludo, as an institution, is worthy of being voted for, as a person. In this perspective, it becomes imperative to amend the Constitution and the Electoral Act, to allow individual candidates, to contest elections, without being gagged to any party. When this opportunity is created, people like Soludo can stand for election and become voted for, based on merit.

People should look for a role model for leadership. All youths should aspire to be like Soludo in academic brilliance, work excellence, national and international reputation. All parents should like their children to be like Soludo. Nobody wants to emulate an opportunist whose only qualification to be governor is “federal might,” which he grabbed when he was appointed as Special Assistant to the President on Domestic Matters, a position without any responsible portfolio, except running errands for others like a houseboy. And when he maneuvered the “federal might,” to become a Senator, he never contributed to debates in the National Assembly, thereby portraying his incompetence, ignorance and mediocrity.

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Nobody wants neophytes with sheer inordinate ambition, to be governor. There is an adage that “when the desirable is available, nobody thinks of anything available,” because, “Nobody abandons a place to title – taking for a place of ritual sacrifice”.

There is an adage that it will be suicidal for a rat to inflate itself so voluminously as to achieve the size of an elephant. These people of self aggrandizement have committed political suicide and have ruined their political career. A man who cannot be satisfied with anything, will one day jam the carcass of an elephant, and in his feeble attempt to carry it, will collapse under its weight. As they have betrayed their loyalty in APGA, by 2023 General Election, APGA shall field loyal candidates who shall sweep all the seats in both State and National Assemblies. And these intoxicated elements of insatiability, should loose their second term, and go and lick their self-inflicted wounds of inordinate ambition.

So, as Governor Willie Obiano has led the way to recognize a prophet in his home, Soludo shall know that to whom much is given, much is expected. What he did at National and International levels, should be domesticated and replicated here, because, an old woman does not forget a familiar dance. Fortunately, he has indicated his intention to do so, when he asserted: “I am not coming to learn on the job. I shall hit the ground running”.

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Mkpuru Mmiri: Imo Youths kill man found with drug

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Youths on Friday reportedly killed a 27 year old man, Darlington Ugboaja, who was allegedly found with a drug, Methamphetamine, popularly known as Mkpuru Mmiri at Anara market, Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

The incident was said to have caused pandemonium in the market, as traders hurriedly closed and scampered for safety.

A source said the youths suspected the victim had gone to buy the drug and therefore decided to search him and found the drug in his pocket.

Angered by that, they pounced on him until he lost consciousness.

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Mkpuru Mmiri: Imo Youths kill man found with drug

According to the sourced, the victim was later rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“They saw him coming out from a bunk were drugs are sold. They suspected he had Mkpurummiri in his possession. They quickly searched him and found the substance. They immediately tired his hands on an electric pole and started beating him.

“He lost consciousness and he was rushed to Anara Health Centre but unfortunately there was no doctor on duty. They rushed him to another hospital at Umunachi where he was pronounced dead”, the source stated.

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When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Micheal Abattam, said the incident had not been reported at any police station in the state.

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Video: Man set ablaze for kidnapping and turning children into yam in Ibadan

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A middle-aged man suspected to be a ritualist has been set ablaze in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

Our correspondent gathered that the suspect, whose name could not be ascertained, was killed and set ablaze on Friday morning.

He was arrested by the angry residents of Ashi, Bodija, and Akobo for allegedly turning two students of Bashorun Ojoo High School into tubers of yam.

The incident occurred at the front of the school.

Sources said that the man was arrested when it was discovered that he turned the students into tubers of yam.

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All efforts made by the residents to prevail on him to turn them back proved to be abortive.

The man, according to sources who asked not to be named, was tied with ropes and interrogated.

His inability to provide concrete answers made the angry residents set him ablaze.

The remains of the suspect were later dumped at the front of the school fence.

Our correspondent, who visited the school a few minutes after the incident, observed that the remains of the suspect are still lying on the same spot.

In a video obtained by our correspondent, the man was tied with roped with two tubers of yam placed before him. It was however unclear if he actually turned the students into the tubers as teachers at the school refused to comment on the incident.

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None of the residents in the area was also ready to speak when our correspondent visited the area.

All efforts made Chrysora Media to get a reaction from the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Adewale Osifeso, also proved abortive as several calls put through his mobile phone were not answered.

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