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Ize-Iyamu Vows To Revive Rice Production In Ekpoma If Elected Gov

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has promised to revive rice production in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Council of Edo State, to boost food production and availability and raise the earnings of farmers.

Ize-Iyamu, who made the promise at a rally on Wednesday, said Ekpoma’s repute as a hub of local rice production in the state was destroyed following poor investment in agriculture and insincerity despite support funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“The present administration collected a lot of billions under the Central Bank of Nigeria credit scheme for farmers but could not invest the money wisely.

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“Many farmers in this local government council applied for the loan scheme but they did not benefit from the scheme.

“But my administration, if voted for, would revive the agricultural potentials in this community especially rice production.

“Growing up as a child, Ekpoma rice was a delicacy in almost every household in the state and a major source of income for farmers in Ekpoma.”

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READ ALSO: Edo 2020: Traditional Ruler Commends Ize-Iyamu’s SIMPLE Agenda Manifesto.

Recall Edo farmers, under the aegis of Edo State Concerned Farmers Association (ESCFA), staged a protest in Abuja last month demanding a probe of the N144 billion loan disbursed to Edo State government by the Central Bank of Nigeria for onward distribution to farmers as loans.

Meanwhile, Ize-Iyamu’s campaign also visited Owan West Local Government where the APC candidate assured residents, who gathered in record numbers, of his commitment to fulfill plans in his SIMPLE agenda manifesto to develop the LG and empower the people.

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Governors’ Forum Speaks On LG Financial Autonomy

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Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and Governor of Kwara, AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, on Friday said that the state governors are happy with the Supreme Court judgment that granted fiscal autonomy to local government areas.

Speaking to State House correspondents before a meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Governor Abdulrahman said the judgement has relived the governors of a burden, noting that they are happy with the devolution of powers to the third tier of government.

Asked for his reaction to the apex court’s judgement, the NGF boss said: “We welcome the ruling of the Supreme Court, compliance is a given and our Attorney Generals have applied for the enrollment order, which we’ll study carefully.

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“But by and large governors are happy with the devolution of power in respect to local government autonomy. It relieves the burden on governors.

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“Our people really don’t know how much states expense in bailing out local governments, and that’s the issue there.”

The Kwara governor maintained that the NGF has requested for the enrollment of the judgment and will be reviewing it next Wednesday to decide the way forward.

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“The forum will meet next Wednesday, to look at the issue wholly and then come up with a resolution on that.”

“Like I said, we haven’t seen the enrollment of the court order and so we really don’t know what is in there,” he stated.

READ ALSO: UPDATED: Supreme Court Grants LG Financial Autonomy

As for Kwara State in particular, AbdulRahman said the judgment will not negatively affect it as the state government has not been tampering with council funds.

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“It’s not going to affect the state we’ve never tampered with local government funds. So it’s going to continue.

“What the local governments have to do is to manage themselves, especially with the oncoming minimum wage, to manage their affairs and make sure salaries are paid, traditional rulers get their 5% and those are the main issues,” he said.

The NGF boss, who was joined by his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodimma, informed that they were in the Presidential Villa to see the president on various issues, adding:

“We’ve seen the President on various issues from minimum wage, which he met with labour, the Supreme Court ruling and other national issues that concerns states as well. It’s omnibus.”

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Gov Makinde Installs, Presents Staff Of Office To Oba Olakulehin, 43rd Olubada

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Three months after the nomination of Oba Owolabi Olakulehin as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland by kingmakers, he was yesterday installed and presented a staff of office by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

The ceremony was attended by President Ahmed Tinubu who was represented by the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Governor Lucky Ayedatiwa of Info represented by his deputy Governor, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu represented by Chief of staff, Governor Ademola Adeleke represented by his deputy governor and others.

Chief Adelabu congratulated Oba Olakulehin and Ibadan Indigenes for the installation of the 43rd Olubadan.

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Governor Makinde who codemixed Yoruba with English said at the event that he was happy the ceremony held despite the efforts of perceived detractors.

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He said, “All those who wanted to divide us through the installation have been put to shame.
He was particularly happy that the crown returned to his Ona Ara Local Government, his church at Aremo and his ancestral home.”

Earlier before the installation, the monarch was made to perform some rituals as required by the tradition of the city.

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While large crowd was awaiting the arrival of Governor Seyi Makinde, the king was made to go into a seclusion room to go through some tutelage by the traditionalists.

Though the Olubadan designate arrived at the venue around 12:45 pm, he was not seated among the crowd.

As early as 6 am, thousands of Ibadan residents and others had been trooping to Mapo Hall, venue of the programme where security agents had a hectic time controlling the surging crowd.

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Vanguard gathered that the installation process had begun three days earlier.

A member of the royal family, Mr Musiliu Adebayo said the king had already been crowned having entered the two important places, Labosinde and Òse Meji rooms.

Markets shut

As a mark of honour for the monarch, all gates leading to major markets within the city closed down.

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The Babaloja General of Oyo State, Alhaji Yekeen Abass, ordered that markets in Ibadanland be closed on Friday, July 12, between 7 am and 2 pm.

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Markets that were closed down are Sango, Mokola, Bola Ige International Market, Dugbe, Eleyele, Bodija International Market and many others.

Alhaji Abass stated this in a statement noting the closure of markets was to serve a dual purpose; to honour the new monarch and allow free flow of traffic.

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Others who attended the ceremony include Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), Prof. Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital,
Senator Olufemi Lanlehin represented Oyo South while in the National Assembly.

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[JUST IN] Alleged N33.8b Fraud: Court Grants Bail To Ex-power Minister

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to a former minister of power, Saleh Mamman at the sum of N10 billion.

In a ruling on Friday, July 12, Justice James Omotosho ordered Mamman to produce two sureties in like sum.

Justice Omotosho said each of the sureties must own a landed property worth N750 million within the jurisdiction of the court.

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The judge said he needed not to produce sureties if he could provide a bank guarantee or bond to cover the N10b.

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According to the judge, the sureties are to provide evidence of tax payment for three years, while the defendant is to deposit his travel passport with the court.

The judge ordered that Mamman is to be further remanded in Kuje prison pe ding when he meets the bail conditions.

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Mamman was arraigned on Thursday on a 12-count charge, in which he was among others, accused of laundering about N33.8billion.

In the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/273/2024 filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the ex-Minister is also alleged to have acquired property, through proxies, with looted funds.

The prosecution is scheduled to commence trial on September 25.

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