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Akpabio Gives Reason Why Inauguration Of NDDC Board Delayed

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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio has assured that a new board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, would be inaugurated once the summary of the forensic audit report is submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sen. Akpabio, who gave the assurance when the members of the Niger Delta Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council, NDENYLC, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, said a reformed NDDC would emerge with new terms of reference.

The minister, who commended the coming together of the different ethnic nationalities in the region to speak with one voice, noted that this would not only afford the people of the region the opportunity to discuss emerging issues but also enable them to take a stand on the way forward, in order to find solution to the problems of the region.

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Akpabio explained further that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected development in Nigeria while prompting, President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate reforms that will affect the region positively.

He, therefore, added that the government has commenced the cleaning up of polluted areas in Ogoni Land and has taken steps to see that projects are completed and commissioned, while the incoming board would be encouraged to complete some of the abandoned 14,000 projects discovered through the forensic audit.

Speaking further, Akpabio said refocusing of the NDDC would help the incoming board to work hard in developing the infrastructural needs of the people that would lead to investment and assist the region in terms of empowering and developing the entrepreneurship skills of the youths so that they can be more focused.

According to him, “At this time when insecurity seems to be the other of the day, the Niger Delta region has remained the safest place.

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“This shows that the youths have decided to embrace peace and the reason for this is that, the Present administration has continued with the amnesty programme.

“Youths are also involved in the development of modular refineries under the Local Content Act, skill acquisition centers have also been completed by the Ministry which when put to use will help in empowering the youths of the region.

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“President Muhammadu administration has initiated various programmes to assuage and ensure that the youths have reliable source of livelihood. The Ministry is also discussing with various funding agencies to ensure that Section I-IV of the East-West road which has been under construction since 2006 is completed and commissioned by 2022.”

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Oshiomhole Clears Air On Calling Makinde ‘Over Hyped Social Media Gov’

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Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to tweets disparaging Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Oshiomhole denied calling Makinde ‘an over hyped social media governor’.

The tweets ascribed to Oshiomhole denigrated the governor amongst other issues.

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However, the former, in a statement signed by his media aide, Victor Oshioke on Sunday, distanced himself from the handle.

The former APC National Chairman described the Twitter handle as fake.

According to the former Comrade governor, the handle is not operated by him or any of his aides.

The statement reads: “The attention of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been drawn to a series of tweets from a twitter account @A_Oshiomhole commenting on recent national issues. Specifically, there was a tweet that originated from this account on January 20, 2022 which seem to insinuate that H. E. Seyi Makinde, Executive Governor of Oyo State is an “Overhyped Social Media Governor.”

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“We wish to alert the general public that this twitter account is fake as it is not operated by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole or any of his aides.”

The APC chieftain stressed that he holds Makinde in high esteem; hence has no reason to disparage him privately or publicly.

Let it be on record that all tweets that have originated from this account or will originate from it in the future do not represent the opinions or sentiments of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”

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Oshiomhole also disassociated himself from some Twitter handles carrying his names and photographs.

Some of them are: @adamsoshiomhole, @Oshiomhole, @adamsosh, @_adamsoshiomole, @adamsOshiomhol, @Adamsoshiomol4, @Adamsoshiomol5”

Disclosing his handle, the former APC National Chairman said his “official handle which will be verified soon is @aoshiomhole.”

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Matthew Ashimolowo Appoints Son As UK Resident Pastor, Hints At ‘Retirement’

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Founder of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, has appointed his first son, Tobi Ashimolowo, as Resident Pastor 2 of the KICC in London.

This is as he briefly hinted at his own ‘retirement’.

Tobi will be assisting his mother, Yemisi Ashimolowo, who has been the resident pastor at the church for a long time.

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A video posted on the Facebook Page of a Christian platform, Church Gist, on Sunday, showed Ashimolowo making the announcement to the excitement of the congregation.

In the video, Ashimolowo said, “In a very major way from this morning, we will no longer have one resident pastor. Yemisi has always been our resident pastor, so she will be Resident Pastor 1. Our new resident pastor is Pastor Tobi Ashimolowo. So, he is our Resident Pastor 2, he has to take some serious responsibility from now on. These guys are retiring their father.”

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He prayed that his son will be anointed and favoured by God, and that God will use him to draw his own generation to God, and to shake systems.

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Tobi is one of Ashimolowo’s two sons. He founded the Vault, a high-end store for men’s wear and accessories.

The KICC is a Pentecostal church which has branches in Europe, America, Africa including Nigeria. It started in North London in 1992 by Reverend Matthew Ashimolowo.

According to the KICC website, the church is “the largest growing church in Western Europe”. The church claims that it builds its members by investing in “the socio-economic and spiritual needs of multi-cultural communities and our overall desire and commitment to live our lives based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”.

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Nigeria vs Tunisia: NFF Under ‘Fire’ Over Buhari’s Video Conference With Super Eagles

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The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has come under fire for allowing President Muhammadu Buhari to address the Super Eagles.

Buhari had addressed the Super Eagles of Nigeria via a video conference, ahead of their match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.

The Super Eagles will today tackle Tunisia in a knockout stage match at 8pm in the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.

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The President spoke with Coach Augustine Eguavoen, Captain Ahmed Musa , Amaju Pinnick, NFF President, and others

Mentioning two of the players, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon, President Buhari urged the Super Eagles to continue making Nigerians happy, not only by winning the second round match, but to eventually lift the trophy.

Reacting, former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, wondered why NFF allowed Buhari speak with the Super Eagles before an important match.

READ ALSO: AFCON: Eguavoen Bars Pinnick, Others From Super Eagles’ Dressing Room, Gives Reason

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The socio-political activist recounted how Buhari spoke with Anthony Joshua and Eagles in the last AFCON, and they all lost their matches.

In a tweet, Omokri wrote: “Oh oh! Why did NFF allow Buhari speak with the Super Eagles players now! What is wrong with NFF?

“Have the forgotten what happened after he spoke to Anthony Joshua? Or Eagles in the last AFCON? Please we want to win. This nonsense must not repeat itself!”

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