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Nigerians will soon enjoy benefits of border closure — Ajayi

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Nigerians will soon enjoy benefits of border closure — Ajayi

…As Lai Mohammed says ‘No gain without pain’***

The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, on Monday in Abuja said that Nigerians would soon enjoy the benefits of closure of the country’s land borders, just as the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stresses that “there is no gain without pain”, and so Nigerians should endure the temporary effects of the borders closure, to reap the attendants benefits.

Ajayi indicated this at the unveiling of a competition on automotive design initiated by the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), commending the Federal Government for its action, and urging Nigerians to exercise patience over the initial hardship associated with the borders’ closure.

According to him, though it might not be palatable now, but very soon Nigerians will appreciate the giant strides President Muhammadu Buhari took to protect the future of the country.

He, however, urged the Federal Government to create enabling environment and the needed legal framework to attract investors into the country.

“This is necessary so that the hardship would not be too much.

“Also, Nigerians must do everything to make investors have confidence in us,’’ Ajayi said.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, said that the ministry was committed to diversifying the resource base of the economy.

Represented by Mr John Aboje, the minister said that it could be achieved by promoting trade and investment with special emphasis on increased production and export of non-oil and gas products.

He urged youths in the country to explore the automotive design challenge competition to showcase their talents.

The competition is aimed at discovering talent in order to promote automotive design in Nigeria.

Also read:  Border Closure: Nigerians groan as prices of staple food items skyrocket by 65%

Speaking in the same vein, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has advised Nigerians to bear the pains of the present border closure, stressing that “there is no gain without pain”.

The minister stated this on Monday when he paid a working visit to the new corporate headquarters of “The Sun” Newspaper in Lagos.

The minister, who said that the visit was part of his ongoing media tour, was received by the management of the newspaper led by Mr Onuoha Ukeh, the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief.

Fielding questions from the editorial board, the minister reiterated government position that the borders closure was not indefinite and was as a result of the failure of the neighbouring countries to fulfill their obligations.

“What has happened is that there is an agreement among the ECOWAS member states that goods coming into Nigeria must be containerized and taken through the border where they can be assessed and attested that they are not smuggled items.

“However, this agreement has not been adhered to by our neighbours

“We know that the closure is inflicting some collateral damages to many people but in the overall interest of Nigerians, we need to persevere and bear with the government so that our neighbours would be responsible and responsive.

“You can not turn Nigeria to a dumping ground of harmful goods just because we are neighbours and share common borders.

“For instance the largest volume of the parboiled rice that come into Nigeria is smuggled through the borders.

“Nobody is paying any duty on the goods and they are disincentive to local industry,” he said.

On the gains of the closure, the minister said that apart from billions of Naira accruing to government purse from payment of duties, there have been a lot of testimonies of Nigerians in agricultural sector.

He said many poultry farmers have given testimonies of how the border closure had improved on their sales of eggs and birds while there has been high demand for local rice.

“For instance, there is a Dr Balogun who retired from Total and established poultry farms in Ibadan.

“He called to thank the government that before the border closure he was selling 4,000 birds today the demand is 15,000 birds. Market is elastic.

“But for the border closure, there would have been a glot in the rice market.

“This is because of the bountiful harvest witnessed this year,” he said.

The minister assured Nigerians that with the bountiful harvest the price of local rice will be crashed soon.

“Local rice is not only helping our economy and generating employment but it is also more healthy than the imported rice.

“I can assure you that it will not be forever, we are also engaging our neighbours so that they can do the right thing,” he said.

Reacting to the question on whether Nigeria, with the border closure, has flouted the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister said that national security takes precedence over any agreement.

“First is the issue of national security and the survival of the country.

“A country must survive first before it becomes a member of an organisation and signatory to any agreement.

“For us, it is because there is a Nigeria that we can first talk of signing the AFCTA.

“We believe that there is an external threat to our economy that needed to be addressed first then we will resolve the issue of AFCTA,” he said.

The minister stressed that Nigeria had become a dumping ground for imported goods and losing massive revenue on daily basis.

President Buhari’s directive on limited closure of the country’s western border was effected to allow Nigeria’s security forces develop a strategy to curb smuggling.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), has also announced that the land borders will remain closed pending when Benin and other neighbouring African countries stop taking Nigeria for a smuggling destination.

 

 

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OSUN: Royal Families Back Gov. Adeleke on Suspension of Owa of Igbajo

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The Igbajo royal families under the aegis of Onigemo descendants in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun have expressed support to Gov. Ademola Adeleke’s reversal of the enthronement of Prince Gboyega Famodun, as the Owa of Igbajo.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the Onigemo of Igbajo, Chief Gbadebo Bamigboye and other royal princes; Prince Jonathan Bamigboye, Prince Adebayo Makinde, and Prince Tunde Dada, on Thursday in Osogbo.

The Governor had on Monday signed an Executive Order suspending the enthronement of the Aree of Iree, the Akirun of Ikirun and the Owa of Igbajo.

The suspension would hold pending the review of their appointments, the governor declared.

Adeleke also directed security operatives to take over the palaces of the three traditional rulers immediately.

The royal families said the governor’s decision would bring sanity to Igbajo community, adding that happenings in  Igbajo-Iloro in the last few days and particularly since the inauguration of Adeleke, had really humbled them.

They said the appointment of Famodun by the immediate past governor, Gboyega Oyetola, did not follow due process and that Adeleke’s decision to review the appointment was “a welcome development.”

They said the Onigemo descendant had on Nov. 9 done a newspaper advert on why the family should be considered for the throne and a protest letter written to the former governor for a level playing ground was ignored.

The royal families also said that the purported press statement by the Owa-in-Council, suggesting that there was peace and joy in the town after the installation Famodun,  as Owa of Igbajo was “a fallacy that only exists in the mind of an oppressor.”

They said the purported press statement could not have been from the highly revered institution of Owa-in-Council, adding that “it could have only come from the media arm of a political party that recently exited power in Osun State.”

They said that the press statement was “lacking in tact, diplomacy, empathy and sensitivity that is found in the ancients”.

The royal families noted that from Nov. 16 to Nov. 24, when Famodun was installed as Owa of Igbajo, “the Igbajo town was militarised with the presence of heavily armed policemen to mull any dissenting voice.”

They said the peace in the town during and after Famodun’s installation was due to the appeal for calm by the President of Igbajo Development Association (IDA), Mr. Sola Fanawopo, on a radio programme.

“To all those who are still hoping to forcefully install Prince Famodun, as Owa of Igbajo because he is perceived to be close to the seat of power without giving a level playing ground to all contestants, the events of yesterday should educate them that power belongs to God.

“Yes, some of the contestants may not be walking or connected to the corridors of power like Prince Famodun.

“They may also not have a voice in the corridors of power like him, but they certainly have a redeemer, and according to Jeremiah 50:34 ” their Redeemer is strong and the Lord of Host is his name and he will thoroughly plead their cause that he might give rest to the land.

“All those who are still playing God in this matter of Owaship tussle should take cue and learn from the events of these few days,” the royal families said.

They urged the Owa-in-Council to note that a golden opportunity has beckoned on Igbajo from the land of relegation.

“Please, be true to your conscience and your God, give Igbajo an Oba that is not partisan, to enable our sons and daughters in PDP to bring home the dividend of their party.

“It is so sad that some of Igbajo citizens could actually be scheming to turn the whole community against the new government by having a partisan king,” they noted.

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New Dawn: Gov. Adeleke Appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, CPS

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New Dawn: Gov. Adeleke Appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, CPS

…Directs LGAs Heads to take over from sacked Council Chairmen 

Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun announced three appointments a few hours after he was sworn in.

Adeleke, in a statement on Sunday in Osogbo, appointed a former chairman of Osogbo Local Government Council, Mr. Kassim Akinleye, as the Chief of Staff.

He also approved the appointment of Mr. Teslim Igbalaye as Secretary to the State Government while Mr Olawale Rasheed is Chief Press Secretary.

All appointments take immediate effect.

 Adeleke was sworn in as the sixth executive Governor of Osun on Sunday.

The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Adepele Ojo, administered the oath.

In the meantime, Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun has directed career heads of Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Area Councils Development Areas (ACDAs) in the state to take control and charge of their councils from the sacked council chairmen and councilors.

The directive is contained in a statement issued by Adeleke’s Spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed.

Adeleke says the directive is with immediate effect.

“Gov. Adeleke also directed the most senior career heads across all the local government areas, to take charge of their councils.

“This is in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the council d Local Government Chairmen and Councilors,” the government said.

It would be recalled that Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, on Friday, declared the local government election conducted by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, as null and void.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel delivered the judgment based on a PDP suit, asking the court to stop the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) from conducting the Osun Oct. 15 Local Government election.

The judge, in his judgment, stated that the Local Government election that was subsequently held by OSIEC was held in contravention of Sections 29 and 32 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

Reacting to the ruling, the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in Osun, Mr Abiodun Idowu, called on its members to remain calm and peaceful.

Idowu said the leadership of their party- the All Progressives Congress (APC) and all the chairmen across the 69 LGAs, ACDAs had filed a ‘Notice of Appeal and Stay of Execution’ against the ruling.

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OSUN: Court nullifies OSIEC conducted LG election before Adeleke takes over 

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 A Federal High Court in Osun, on Friday, nullified the State Local Governments Election conducted by Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), even before the outgoing Governor Oyetola hands over to incoming Governor Adeleke.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Ayo-Nathaniel Emmanuel, held that the election conducted by OSIEC on Oct. 15, was illegal, null and void, having not been conducted in consonance with the Electoral Act of 2022.

Emmanuel ordered the Local Government Chairmen and Councillors across the state to vacate all Local Government Secretariats and Offices with immediate Effect.

He said the notice given by OSIEC for the election was not in compliance with Section 28 of the OSIEC  Act 2022. 

”Section 24 of the OSIEC laws gives 360 days notice and also section 25 and section 26 of the OSIEC laws are also insistence with the electoral act in term of submission and publication of names.

The PDP had approached the court praying that the Court stop OSIEC from going ahead with the election.

Other respondents in the matter include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All ProgressIve Congress (APC), and its former party Chairman, Oba Adeboyega Famoodun, the Owa of Igbajo. 

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