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Edo SEEFOR Constructs 67.357km Access Roads, Empowers 8,424 Youths In North, Central

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Edo State Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR) has unveiled 67.357 km access roads constructed and over 8,424 youths empowered in the state North and Central senatorial districts.

SEEFOR is a World Bank, European Union, and State Government funded project with the objective to enhancing opportunities for employment and access to socio-economic services.

Access road and transformer installed by Edo SEEFOR at Igarra, Akoko-Edo, Edo North Senatorial district

Mr. Toju Onaiwu, Edo SEEFOR Project Co-ordinator, in a media tour to the project sites, disclosed that SEEFOR has so empowered 32 graduates in the Central Senatorial district and 41 graduates in North Senatorial district.

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Onaiwu said that, 53 micro-projects such as renovation of Town Hall, open market, primary healthcare centre, electrification, ICT centre were completed in Edo North, while 19 micro-projects similar as that of Edo north were executed in Edo Central.

Soundproof 1.5kva generator provided by SEEFOR to Government Science and Technical College, Irrua, Edo Central

He added that Edo SEEFOR, in collaboration with World Bank and European Union also renovated and procured equipment for Government Science and Technical College, Igarra, Edo North, and also did same in Government Science and Technical School, Irrua.

Fish pound provided by Edo SEEFOR at Edo Central.

Speaking, Ajadawe Abraham, Vice Principal, Admin, Government Science and Techinal College, Irrua, said buildings in his school were in dilapidated state before SEEFOR intervened and helped renovated the buildings and fenced the school which according to him was a major road to motorists and pedestrians.

Government Science and Technical College, Irrua equipped with computers by SEEFOR

He added that, SEEFOR did not just renovate the buildings, but also went ahead to equip different workshops in the techinal college, and also provided soundproof Mikano generator for effective practicals in the school.

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“When I was transferred to this school, I met only two old buildings that were in dilapidated state. The roofs were licking, and the windows and doors broken. We were there managing them when we one day heard that there was going to be intervention to the school by SEEFOR.

Another access road constructed by Edo SEEFOR at Igarra, Edo north

“They came to our aid by renovating the whole buildings, and also bought equipment for us both in the electrical and business workshops. If you enter our workshops, they are well-equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment. In fact, you would be tempted to believe it is a university workshop”, the VP said.

While admitting that SEEFOR has intervened in the school through the renovation and provision of equipment in three different times, Ejadawe appealed to SEEFOR to do more for the school to attain an enviable state.

Skill Aqcuisition Centre, Igarra funded by Edo SEEFOR

On her part, Unice Obajaja, head of skill aqcuisition centre, Igarra, Akoko Edo local government area of the state, disclosed that on before SEEFOR’s intervention, the centre had nothing to work on, and was practically empty.

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She said after request for intervention, Edo SEEFOR came in and provided all the necessary equipment for the place to be functional, adding that this has helped the centre to train a large number of youths who could have ordinarily be roaming the street.

Another access road constructed by Edo SEEFOR at Edo Central

Before SEEFOR intervention, we were totally grounded, nothing was happening here. There were no equipment until SEEFOR intervened. When SEEFOR intervened, they did a lot of things for us. We now have borehole here, we have light, we have equipment as you can see in the class. We have computers, we have equipment in the hairdressing and cosmetology room. We have equipment in the tiling department.

“Since 2018 till date that SEEFOR intervened, we have graduated a total of 503 students from this centre. And about 120 have been empowered so far, and we still have 120 students on ground learning now as I speak to you” Obajaja said.

Shops built by Edo SEEFOR at Uromi, Edo Central

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Obajaja, however, said the centre needs more of skill aqcuisition departments and equipment from SEEFOR.

Also responding, Sunny Imoudu, head, Afemai Corporative, who is into poultry, said he graduated but had no job until SEEFOR came to the rescue with the provision of funds which he used in procuring over 300 birds in the first batch before he proceeded on other batch.

Part of Edo SEEFOR empowerment to graduates who are into poultry

Imoudu added that over ten graduates have been empowered and benefited from the poultry.

He said, “This programme has helped a lot of graduates who would have been ordinarily roaming the street. It has helped at least ten of us in the Corporative. When we first stocked the poultry, we had up to 300 birds. Now, this is the second stock wherein we have up to 320 birds in total. SEEFOR has been fulfiling its mandate of engaging graduates.”

Town Hall constructed by SEEFOR at Igueben, Edo Central

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Ondo Poll: Commissioner Punches Journalist, NUJ Calls For His Indefinite Suspension

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Ondo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, has physically assaulted a senior reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), Mr Tayo Ikujuni, during the conduct of the All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship primary on Saturday.

The ugly incident occured at about 11.45 am at Eji-Oba High school, Oba-Ile, the venue of Ward 9 election in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Yusuf-Ogunleye reportedly punched the reporter, collected his cell phone and threw it away.

He ordered his political thugs to seize all the electronic gadgets belonging to the reporter.

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Eyewitness account said that trouble started at about 11.45 when the reporter inquire about when the election materials arrived since they have started counting.

The commissioner shouted that “who are you. You’re a useless journalist. You’re a stupid journalist. Go away from here.”

According to Vanguard, timely intervention of some party chieftains and security personnel prevented political thugs from further attack of the reporter.

Contacted, the commissioner, Ogunleye, said that the reporter failed to produce his identity cards when he was asked.

In a swift response, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State council, described the attack and physical assault on the senior journalist by the commissioner as “barbaric and unacceptable.”

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A statement by the state chairman of the union, Prince Leke Adegbite said the action of the Commissioner was uncivilized, and called on Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to immediately suspend Mr Saka Ogunleye and launch investigation into the incident.

“Ondo NUJ observes with sadness that Mr Ogunleye’s attitude to media professionals was unbecoming of a public office holder.

“We call on Mr Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa to place Mr Saka Ogunleye on indefinite suspension for his physical assault on a Senior journalist like Tayo Ikujunni while performing his constitutional roles of monitoring the APC primaries.

“We call on the Commissioner to place damaged handset of the journalist and tender unreserved apology to the victim and the media industry.

“We equally direct Media Houses and professionals to halt the coverage and activities of the Commissioner until our demands are met.”

 

 

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Delta Bloodbath: Oborevwori Assures Okuama indegenes Of Safe Return As He Visits Troubled Community

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Governor of Delta State, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, on Saturday, visited the Okuama community of Ewu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state where 17 military officers and soldiers on a peace mission to the community were killed.

This was as he assured indigenes who fled the community in the wake of the crisis of their safe return reiterating that “innocent citizens would not be made to suffer for what they know nothing about”.

It was the first time Oborevwori was visiting the troubled community after he had earlier been allegedly denied access to the community by the military last month.

The PUNCH gathered that the boat conveying the Governor and his delegation to Okuama took off from the jetty of the Nigerian Port Authority in Warri on Saturday morning.

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In the governor’s entourage were top members of his cabinet as well as heads of security agencies in the state.

The Governor was escorted to the community by operatives of the military Joint Task Force.

It will be recalled that the Okuama community had been cordoned off by the military authorities since the March 14 tragic incident which claimed the lives of the soldiers and some civilians.

Oborevwori, during a visit to President Bola Tinubu last month, had told State House correspondents that he had not visited the community because the entire area had been deserted by residents following the military operation in the area.

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Recall that on March 14, 17 military personnel including a lieutenant colonel, two majors and a captain were reportedly ambushed and gruesomely murdered around the Okuama community while on a peace mission over a disputed portion of land between Okuama, an Urhobo community and Okoloba, an Ijaw community on March 17.

Following the killing of the personnel, the Nigerian military had earlier declared eight persons including the traditional ruler of the Ewu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, King Clement Oghenerukevwe Ikolo, Urhukpe 1 and a renowned professor and President-General of Ewu communities wanted for the killing of the soldiers.

The Ewu monarch, barely 24 hours after he was declared wanted, turned himself in to the police in Delta, but was later handed over to the military for interrogation.

After spending three weeks in a military facility in Abuja, the traditional ruler was however released in the early hours of Friday and handed over to Senator Ede Dafinone, representing Delta Central Senatorial District.

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Meanwhile, the released monarch of Ewu Kingdom, His Majesty Ovie Clement Ikolo, has applauded the three Senators from Delta State at the National Assembly for the key role they played in his release by the military.

The traditional ruler who visited Senator Ned Nwoko, representing Delta North Senatorial District in his Maitama, Abuja residence, in the company of his wife and some family members, shortly after regaining his freedom, expressed his gratitude to Senator Nwoko, stating that Nwoko not only visited the Chief of Defence Staff alongside other Delta Senators to intercede on his behalf but also visited him in his Asokoro cell.

He said, “The day you came to visit me was the day I regained my bearings. Your presence gave me hope”.

Responding, Senator Nwoko stated that he was humbled to have been instrumental in the process and grateful that the collective efforts yielded positive results.

He encouraged the king not to be discouraged by the ordeal.

Who knows what could have happened if you weren’t detained? Perhaps it was necessary to prevent something worse”, the Senator said.

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Ondo Poll: Aspirants Disagree With Committee, Fault Process, Call For Cancellation

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As the primary of the All Progressives Congress is ongoing, some of the stakeholders in the election have been crying foul over how the election committee handled the electoral process.

The aggrieved party members alleged that the committee which was headed by the Kogi State Governor, Mr Usman Ododo, was biased in the assignment.

Ododo, who arrived in the state on Saturday morning, addressed some of the aggrieved stakeholders at the distribution centre in the Ijapo area of Akure, saying the electoral materials had been sent to the Ondo South and South-North Senatorial Districts remaining that of the Ondo Central (as at 10.30 am).

There was no issue, I just came this (Saturday) morning and I was told that the election materials have been taken to Ondo South and Ondo North Senatorial Districts, ” the committee chairman stated.

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But one of the aspirants, Gbenga Edema disagreed with the governor, saying no election materials were taken to anywhere.

He said, “I have been here since 6.30 am and I didn’t see any material taken out of this place. The returning officers and electoral officers of my ward, Mahin Ward 2 in Ilaje Local Government are here and unable to collect any materials.

“What we are asking for is a credible election. So, we are asking the leadership of the party to look into this. If they’re not ready for this election, they should postpone it and the right thing should be done.”

Similarly , the programme officer of the Wale Akinterinwa Campaign Organisation, Sola Arowosafe, demanded the cancellation of the whole exercise, alleging that the primary election committee was not fair with the process.

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Ajisafe said, “For APC to bring Ododo to Ondo state is a low to our party and state, and position is that no primary election has taken place, no election materials have left here, and we are saying that the leadership of the party should do the needful by sending another neutral person, just like they did in Edo state to come and conduct another primary election where the good people of Ondo state will freely exercise their franchise to pick their candidate.”

“If the leadership of the party failed to do the needful, then there is a way we will react and we are going to react accordingly. If any results are announced, we are telling the leadership of the party including President Bola Tinubu that no election took place in Ondo state, and no materials were distributed for us to pick our preferred candidate.”

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The media aide to an aspirant, Chief Olusola Oke, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, also said the committee failed to follow the guidelines of the election.

“We got here around 6:30 am, we don’t know when and where the election materials were sent out from this place to Ondo South and North senatorial districts, the truth of the matter is that there were no materials sent out.

“Why can’t they follow the due process? The national leadership of the party should call Ododo to order, they should follow the guidelines they released,” Ogunleye demanded.

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