BIRTHDAY: Imasuagbon, A Shining Star @57
Within seconds of meeting him, you can tell the kind of person he is. He is a man who always has a smile on his face, loving and living to improve the lives of those he meets, in addition to his desire of making an impact in the society.
Often referred to as the “Riceman” because of his annual distribution of rice across the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo State, Kenneth Imasuagbon could be described as a man whose star has just started to shine at 57.
Imasuagbon who marks his 57th years on earth on Thursday, May 4th, is a man whose impact and contributions to the growth and development of mankind in the society, has left many bewildered considering the youthful age that he started his philanthropic gesture.
Born in 1966 in Ewohimi, Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State, education pursuit saw the young Imasuagbon attending his primary and secondary schools in Ijebu and Ago-Iwoye respectively in Ogun State before he proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State where he bagged his Law degree and thereafter rounded up at the Nigerian Law School in 1992.
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With dint of hardwork and God’s providence, fortune smiled on the young Imasuagbon who subsequently made his presence felt in Abuja where he ultimately began his life and also his humanitarianism.
From his humble beginning at the Federal Capital City (FCT), the trained lawyer was to quickly establish himself as a major player in the education sector where he founded one of the most sought after schools in the nation’s capital city, The Pacesetters Group of Schools.
It is impossible to overstate Imasuagbon’s influence on education in Abuja and indeed in Nigeria in general.
Disturbed by the plight of underprivileged children, Imasuagbon instituted and has been sponsoring several education competitions, football competitions, as well as providing scholarships to indigent students across the country, including his home State of Edo.
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The lawyer turned educationist who said he had always armed himself with the slogan that “You lift yourself up by lifting others” believed that the quest for a better society is the responsibility of all and not that of the government alone.
In several fora, Imasuangbon who has made his intention known to govern Edo State said that “one’s contributions to the growth and development of the society only come to an end when dead.
Imasuagbon who had long joined partisan politics, believed that his political experience and his private sector knowledge would made the difference in all spheres that would see to the improvement and also enhanced the standard of living of Edolites.
Bright and conscientious, Imasuagbon is a man who has remained a shining star even at 57.
Fidelis Osakpamwan, Edo Coalition For Imansuangbon, (EDI)
VIDEO: Dismantle EFCC, Sack Bawa For Successful Anti-corruption War – Agbakoba
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Olisa Agbakoba, has asked President Bola Tinubu to dismantle the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in his bid to have a successful anti-corruption war.
Agbakoba stated this while speaking in an interview on The Morning Show of Arise Television on Wednesday.
The legal luminary also urged the President to relieve the EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa of his job, in order to have a fresh leadership for the agency in the new administration.
He said, “We need to talk about anti-corruption. The anti-corruption process is not working. I have challenged the constitutionality of the EFCC. The EFCC is a behemoth and it needs to be dismantled.
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“Mr. Bawa needs to go because what he’s doing is not attracting people’s confidence. He needs to go. He’s always in battles with everybody. Now, he’s battling Metawalle. That’s not the way to fight corruption.
“We need to see Mr. Bawa step aside honourably so that the anti-corruption process can be seen to be genuinely fought by the President without any equivocation,” he said.
Tinubu needs to dismantle EFCC, sack Bawa for successful anti-corruption war – Agbakoba
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NAPTIP Sacks Director, Four Officers For Misconduct
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has dismissed a deputy director and four other officers for various offences including bribery, corruption and leaking confidential information to suspects.
The Press Officer of the NAPTIP, Vincent Adekoye, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
Adekoye explained that the offences range from corruption to demanding and receiving bribes from suspects and relatives.
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According to him, other offences committed by the officers were leaking confidential information to suspects that endangered the lives of colleagues, violating the oath of secrecy, stealing and alteration of official records and being absent without official leave.
He said, “These offences are all contrary to provisions of the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations. Two other officers were demoted by two ranks for soliciting bribes from a suspect of human trafficking, while one officer was demoted by one rank for negligence of duty.
“The disciplinary actions followed the approval of the Governing Board of the Agency at its meeting of May 25, 2023. At that meeting, the board considered and ratified the decision of the agency’s Senior Staff Committee which earlier sat on the disciplinary matters in accordance with the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations.”
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Adekoye also announced that a Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto State convicted a law enforcement officer and sentenced him to prison.
He said the officer was convicted on two counts of trafficking, contrary to section 26 (2) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (2015) and was sentenced to five years on each count.
He added, “This is NAPTIP’s 37th conviction and counting for the year 2023.”
Otti Suspends Transport Levies In Abia
The Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has suspended all transport levies imposed on commercial drivers in the state.
This was contained in a statement by the special adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Ferdinand Ekeoma, on Wednesday.
He stated that the directive was in line with the campaign promise of the governor to sanitize methods of revenue collection in the state and stop all kinds of extortion, intimidation and harassement of motorists.
The statement read, “The governor has directed the immediate suspension of all kinds of transport levies payable to Abia state government and imposed on Tricycles (Keke), Buses, taxis and other commercial vehicles plying Abia roads.
“This suspension takes immediate effect, and will remain until government reviews these levies and makes public its arrangements for the smooth, organized and transparent collection of such transport levies in a manner it would not lead to extortion, intimidation and violation of rights and privileges of Abia residents.
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“The government believes that the present method is archaic and very harmful to the lives of the people and the economic well-being of the state, and thus should not be allowed to continue.
“In the light of the above decision, the governor has asked all those involved, directly and indirectly to please discontinue forthwith, or face the wrath of the law, as security agents have been briefed and directed to apprehend and bring to justice anyone found violating this directive”.
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