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Tinubu Reiterates Commitment to Eradicate Insecurity in Nigeria

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President Bola Tinubu has reiterated his administration’s commitment to completely eradicate banditry, terrorism, and other forms of insecurity in Nigeria.

He said that at the moment, the nation is witnessing a turning point, as the strategies being adopted by security forces, including rules of engagement employed are already beginning to yield results.

The president spoke on Monday, June 24, when he declared open the North West Peace and Security Summit with the theme, “Regional Cooperation for Securing Lives and Livelihoods in North West Nigeria,” organised by the North West Governor’s Forum in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at Government House, Katsina State.

President Tinubu, who was represented at the 2-day event by his deputy, Vice President Kashim Shettima, stated: “What we are witnessing across the North is an explosion of these damaged relationships, and we have come to say: enough is enough. Our first decision was to task our brothers from the North-West and the North-East with the defence and security of the region.

“Who else can better understand the complexity of the crisis of a region than the people themselves? This has been a turning point, and I am proud to share that the strategies we have employed have begun to provide redemption. We are not slowing down until we achieve our aim.”

Delivering the President’s address titled, “Securing Stability: Uniting for Peace in North-West Nigeria,” VP Shettima explained why Northern Nigeria is always considered globally as one unified people, saying the region’s unity is firmly “rooted in a culture and bond of shared interests and common pursuits”.

According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President, Office of the Vice President, Stanley Nkwocha, President Tinubu described the 2-day Summit as a communal gathering to address what he termed “the afflictions that have threatened the stability and unity” of the North.

“Beyond the economic rationale that drove the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria, the formation of our great nation was inspired by the need for mutual protection. But, I ask, how can we achieve this sacred objective if one part is afflicted?

“We have long established that whatever ails any part of this federation destabilizes the other. So, the issue of national security in the North-West is not a sectional agenda. We promised to make Nigeria safer, and this aim has been our topmost priority since we came to office over a year ago,” he said.

Noting that the bold steps taken to combat the security challenges his administration inherited were mapped out even before embarking on the journey, President Tinubu observed that achieving security and peace would require that the historical injustices that have torn communities in Nigeria apart be fully addressed.

“We must also reverse the institutional frailties governing security and the economic dysfunctions that create vulnerabilities to crime. We must also counter the ideological mischief that has pervaded the discourse of peace and security in the region,” he added.

The President further noted that the Peace and Security Summit became necessary to proffer solutions to insecurity and ensure a region “where every trade is safe, where every group is at peace, and where the policing and military presence of the state is optimal.”

In order to come up with pragmatic solutions to security challenges in the North West, President Tinubu said his administration adopted kinetic and non-kinetic interventions designed to build the perimeter of the nation’s security infrastructure.

He mentioned the Pulaku resettlement initiative as one of the non-kinetic interventions rolled out by his administration, saying it is a timely solution to address some of the root causes of disputes and insecurity in the North-West.

He explained: “Our choice of Sokoto, Kebbi, Benue, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, and Kaduna States for the pilot phase is strategically planned to create positive, nationwide transformations. The comprehensive plan includes building residences, roads, schools, and essential facilities, fulfilling our pledge to the nation.

“This effort symbolizes our commitment to sustainable development and a unified, peaceful, and prosperous Nigeria, transforming our diversity into strength. Today, I believe we are going to continue comparing our ideas and thoughts to not only review our strategies and improve upon them to make the states in the North-West stable and peaceful parts of the nation, but to assure ourselves that we cannot achieve the triumph we desire without any part of the nation being secure.”

Earlier in his welcome address, Katsina State Governor, Umaru Radda, lamented that the activities of banditry in the state and other parts of the North West, including Niger State, have cast shadows on most of the communities, crippling social economic activities in the areas.

Governor Radda, who is the Chairman of the North West Governors’ Forum noted that the forum will not allow the menace of banditry to defile the region.

He said: “As leaders, we must adopt a multifaceted approach that includes robust intelligence gathering, community policing and deploying advanced security technology. Furthermore, to enhance the capacity of our national security forces, we will continue to improve it and provide adequate resources.

“To effectively combat banditry, we need to strengthen intelligence gathering networks. This means improving our surveillance system, investing in modern technology such as drones and satellite imagery and enhancing coordination among our security agencies. We must establish the most efficient communication to ensure timely response to threats.”

Governor Radda thanked President Tinubu for the efforts in tackling banditry in the North West and other parts of the country, saluting the efforts of the security agencies.

He noted that his administration has provided N10 billion grants to Medium, Small, and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) to strengthen local industries and create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.

On his part, the Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru, said the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under the current administration of President Tinubu, are committed to ending armed conflicts in Nigeria.

He however, stressed the need for synergy between security agencies and State Governors, adding that the government is open for collaboration among security agencies and that in the days ahead, the federal government will meet with the Governors to deliberate on the outcome of the Summit.

On his part, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, said the traditional institutions are always willing to cooperate with the federal and state governors to tackle security challenges.

The royal father called on the citizens and communities to join hands with the government and security agencies in combating insecurity in the country.

Also, Germany’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Annett Günther, who was represented at the event, congratulated the federal and state governments for organizing the Summit.

She assured of the support of the German government for Nigeria in the fight against insecurity, just as she emphasized the need to reactivate traditional solutions to the conflict in the North West.

For her part, the UNDP Country Representative to Nigeria, Elsie Attafuah, called for investment in the youth to channel their potential towards profitable ventures, even as she emphasized the importance of regional cooperation.

The Summit was also attended by the immediate past President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; Governors Umar Namadi of Jigawa State, Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State, and Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State as well as the Deputy Governors of Kaduna, Kebbi, and Kano States. Also, federal lawmakers from the region were in attendance.

Others were former Governors of Katsina State, Aminu Masari and Ibrahim Shema; Minister of Arts and Creative Economy, Barrister Hannatu Musawa; the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun; Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar; Emir of Daura, HRH Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar; Emir of Katsina, HRH. Abdulmumuni Kabir Usman; representatives of other security chiefs, and members of the Diplomatic Corps, among others.

Cholera Outbreak: Beulah Adeoye Foundation to Embark on Environmental Sanitation, Health Awareness Talks

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As part of its activities to support government initiatives and community development projects amidst the cholera outbreak in some parts of the country, the Beulah Adeoye Foundation has announced her environmental sanitation project and health awareness talks.

The Chief of Staff of Beulah Adeoye Foundation, Mr. Ridwan Fasasi revealed this on Monday at the Beulah House, Ibadan where he announced the foundation’s environmental sanitation project and the health awareness talks.

He urged Nigerians to be more hygienic and imbibe frequent sanitation around them to prevent cholera disease.

Mr. Ridwan Fasasi while addressing newsmen said, “cleanliness is next to Godliness they say and to live a healthy life, we need to lead a healthier lifestyle starting with our immediate surroundings which is why the Beulah Adeoye Foundation aims to contribute to the cleanliness and environmental sustainability of Oyo State.

“Our objective is to promote a clean and healthy environment for the well-being of Oyo State residents by improving the environmental sanitation and aesthetic appeal, reduce the rate of sanitation-related diseases, raise awareness about the importance of environmental sanitation and its impact on public health, and to improve hygiene practices and overall public health.

“The foundation under-Secretary for environment, Miss Oyindamola Rahmon expressed that, “we shall organize regular clean-up events in selected locations across Oyo State, engaging corps members, volunteers, and local residents, also focus on clearing trash, sweeping streets, and disposing of waste properly.”

She emphasized that the foundation will conduct workshops and awareness campaigns to educate the community on proper waste disposal and recycling, collaborate with local authorities, environmental and health experts to provide informative sessions on the awareness and prevention of the recent cholera outbreak.

“Upgrading community public toilets, installing hand washing stations at key locations such as schools healthcare facilities and other public areas, distribution of hygiene kits such as soap, pads, disinfectants,sanitizers,water filters/purifiers ” she added.

She also said the foundation will provide certificates of participation and recognition to corps members, volunteers, community members and other participants.

Senator Alli’s Sponsorship Elevates Success of BCOS Annual Ileya Quranic Competition

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Senator Sharafadeen Alli (APC-Oyo South) took centre stage at the recently concluded annual Ileya Quranic competition organised by the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) as his generous sponsorship elevated the event’s success.

This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Akeem Abas and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan.

The competition saw participants demonstrating exceptional proficiency in memorisation and recitation skills, reflecting their commitment to Quranic studies.

Abdul-Salam Onipede and Muktar Adisa emerged as first-place winners in the Senior (Jizu Tabaraka) and Junior (Jizu Ammon) categories respectively, receiving accolades and prizes for their outstanding performances.

Senator Alli emphasised the significance of such events in nurturing religious knowledge and moral values among the youth, strengthening the cultural fabric of the community.

“In a world where moral values are increasingly challenged, the teachings of the Quran provide a timeless guide for ethical living and community service,” he remarked.

Alli, who was represented by Dr Gafar Salaudeen, said that supporting such competitions aligned with his broader goal of promoting education and cultural heritage in Oyo State.

He congratulated the winners and other participants, encouraging them to continue their Quranic studies.

“These prizes are not just a reward for your excellence but an investment in your future.

“May you use this support to continue your education and become exemplary members of our society,” he said.

The lawmaker reaffirmed his commitment to supporting educational initiatives and religious programs in Oyo State.

“I believe that by investing in the education of our youth, we are securing a brighter future for our community.

“I am proud to support the BCOS Quranic Competition and look forward to seeing these young scholars grow and contribute positively to society,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the BCOS expressed gratitude to Senator Alli for his unwavering support, recognising his role in the event’s success and positive impact it had on the community’s intellectual and spiritual growth.

The Annual BCOS Quranic Competition, aims to promote Islamic education and foster spirit of healthy competition among young learners.

This year’s event, with Senator Alli’s sponsorship, was particularly notable for its increased participation and heightened enthusiasm among the students and their families.

In the senior category, Onipede emerged as the first-place winner receiving a prize of N100,000, while Abdul-Wakeel Khalid Ajao (2nd) and Abdul-Manan Abidemi (3rd) went home with N65,000 and N35,000 respectively.

In the Junior category, Adisa clinched the first position with an award of N70,000 while Abdul-Lateef Ali (2nd) and Ahmad Omotosho got N50,000 and N30,000 respectively.

CAN Honours Senator Alli’s Outstanding Leadership, Humanitarian Efforts

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ibadan North-West Local Government has honoured Senator Sharafadeen Alli (APC-Oyo South) for his outstanding leadership and humanitarian contributions.

This is contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Akeem Abas, released to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan.

Prophet Victor Olaitan, the General Coordinator of CAN Ibadan North-West, said Senator Alli has consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership and commitment to improving the lives of others.

He said that Alli’s contributions to humanity, irrespective of background or belief, have made significant impact on their community.

The clergy said that the senator’s actions embodied the true spirit of service and compassion, calling on other leaders to emulate Senator Alli’s approach to leadership.

“We need more leaders like Senator Alli, who lead with empathy and inclusivity. His example is one that should inspire us all to contribute positively to society.

“The ceremony is a reminder of the powerful impact of selfless service and the importance of recognising those who dedicate their lives to the welfare of others,” he said.

In his acceptance speech, the lawmaker
expressed gratitude to the association, pledging commitment to continued service.

Alli, who was represented by his wife, Alhaja Funmilayo Alli, said he was
deeply committed to serving the people and would continue to strive for the betterment of the society.

“I thank CAN Ibadan North-West for this honour. I am deeply committed to serving the people and will continue to strive for the betterment of our society.

“This award is a testament to my dedication and hard work,” he said.

Also reflecting on the senator’s achievements, Abas said that Alli’s leadership goes beyond political boundaries.

He said that Senator Alli has been a beacon of hope and an advocate for the less privileged.

“This award from CAN is well-deserved and highlights his unwavering dedication to humanitarian efforts underscoring the senator’s broad appeal and impact,” Abas stated,

Earlier, Senator Alli inaugurated the L.A.B. Adigun Alumni Centre, the
National Secretariat of Islamic High School Old Students’ Association (IHSOSA)

Oyo APC Needs Collegiate Leadership To Avoid Future Crisis – Akeem Adetoyese Ishola

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A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State and former Federal Board member, Akeem Adetoyese Ishola has advised the party stakeholders to adopt what he called “collegiate leadership” as a means of sharing party executives in the forthcoming party congress.

He made this statement as a panelist during a political discourse organized by Hon. Tolani Adigun in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

According to him “Winning an election as a political party starts from the day Ward congress is being held and the major problem is a winners take it all idea.

“Collegiate leadership will allow all stakeholders to participate in the process with a fair mind that their interest is well protected and that the sharing formula will be well agreed on.

“It also goes beyond making a choice for people after giving them their shares, those who own the slots should have the liberty to choose whoever they like.

“Once collegiate leadership is adopted, we will get it right from the ward congress to the party primaries but once we adopt winners take it all, we are going to pay dearly for it during the election.

Speaking further, he admonished the youths and women to actively participate in the political process for total inclusion.

“I have seen our women clamouring for equal representation but when the cost of forms come out, they will say they want 50%. You cannot ask for 50% and equal representation at the same time, it is not possible, you are going to fight for it.

“Also, the youths would say give us 40% as a youth, No. Pay the money so that you can have the right ownership of the system”.

Akinjide Akinola Hosts Party Leaders, Stakeholders, Others to Ileya Party

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In the spirit of Ileya festival, a chieftain of All Progressive Congress, APC, in Oyo State, Hon. Akinjide Kazeem Akinola, has played host to leaders and stakeholders of the party.

Akinola, who hosted party members, loyalists, communities, religious and traditional leaders, business and political associates in his country home at Egbeda Local Government Area of Ibadan, explained that there was “a need to bring ourselves together in a time like this to chat and relate with one another and strengthen the progressive bonds that exist amongst us.”

Speaking through his media assistant, Akintunde Yusuf, Akinola said that “This is not the first of this kind of gathering. We have made it an annual ritual for us to set aside our differences, relate together and chart ways forward among ourselves.”

“We can all see that our party leaders beyond Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency are here. Also many stakeholders and members of the party chatting and relating with one another. This is a sign that APC is under one roof as against what anybody may be saying outside that our party is not united.”

While speaking to Newmen, former Egbeda state constituency lawmaker, Hon. Olasunkammi Samson hailed Akinola’s commitment to further strengthen and unite the party leaders and members as we move forward to the next political dispensation.

In his words, Olasunkanmi said, “Akinola is a fantastic man that God blessed the federal constituency with. With him not in office, he has been doing fantastically good for the interest of the party.

Corroborating Olasunkanmi’s eulogy of Akinola, Hon. Aderemi Ogundele, a former Chairman, Ona-Ara Local Government, also described Akinola’s intervention in APC in all fronts as one the party needs most at this time.

“No doubt, he has been the rallying point in the federal constituency, Egbeda/Ona-Ara, and we are all super proud of him. In Ona-Ara, he is a proud son. And we are proud of his series of developmental projects and interventions to better the people of Ona-Ara, and Egbeda Local Government.” Ogundele said.

“I’m sure, he is doing excellently well in unifying APC. He is making us proud and proving that, if he has the chance of representing this federal constituency, we will know that, we have been denying ourselves quality representation.” Yinka Adeyemi, former Ajorosun LCDA Chairman.

Also speaking, Former Deputy National Youth Leader of APC, Bolaji Repete, explained that, Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency is yet to see the best of Akinjide Kazeem Akinola.

“This federal constituency, Egbeda/Ona-Ara is just experiencing the tips of Akinola best in terms of capacity and community development. He has the capacity and networks to transform this federal constituency. One reason why we should give him our total support when the time comes.” Repete further notes.

Akanni Ere, former Ona-Ara Local Government Chairman and state house of assembly candidate in the last general election, emphasis the need for all to come together and ensure the enthronement of Akinjide Kazeem Akinola as lawmaker representing Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

Also at the Ileya festival celebration are APC Chairmen of both Egbeda and Ona-Ara Local governments, party leaders, members of state executive council of APC, Hon. Aremu John (Oyo APC Youth Leader), Hon. Olanrewaju Saheed Solution, Hon. Bola Fawole, Hon. Ogundipe, Hon. Bolaji Gbengbeleku, party members, interest groups, Akinjide Kazeem Akinola Volunteer Group, Akinjide Ladies, Adelabu Global Network, Youth Stakeholders, and host of others.

Civil Servants Who Relocated Abroad Will Be Sanctioned, Made to Refund Salaries- Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu has directed that all civil servants who are drawing salaries from the government after relocating abroad should be made to refund the money.

The president also directed that the culprits’ supervisors and department heads be punished for aiding and abetting the fraud while they were in charge.

Mr Tinubu gave the directive on Saturday at the award night organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), to commemorate the 2024 Civil Service Week.

The event was also to honour some outstanding civil servants in core ministries.

Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, the president expressed dismay over the ghost workers’ attitude.

“During my recent visit to South Africa, I kept abreast of the week’s activities.

“I was particularly struck by the revelations shared by the Head of the Civil Service, regarding employees who had relocated abroad while drawing salaries without formally resigning.

“It is heartening to hear that measures have been taken to address this issue, but we must ensure those responsible are held accountable and restitution is made.

“The culprits must be made to refund the money they have fraudulently collected.

“Their supervisors and department heads must also be punished for aiding and abetting the fraud under their watch,” Tinubu said.

He reiterated that the government would take appropriate measures to ensure they were punished and the money refunded to the government treasury.

The president acknowledged the challenges in the civil service sector and reiterated his commitment to address them for optimal performance.

“Our administration acknowledges the challenges the civil service is facing.

“I want to give you the assurance that we are committed to ensuring the welfare and development of all civil servants to deliver optimal performance for the growth of our nation.

“Over the past year, I have provided all the necessary support to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to ensure the continued stability of the civil service.

“I also supported the office in implementing far-reaching policies and reforms capable of improving efficiency and service delivery,” the president said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports other activities to mark the night were the presentation of the top three prizes to the winners and an additional N500,000 cash prizes to 40 workers.

Making the presentation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, the HOCSF announced the top three prizes won by three lucky officers at the event.

“The Star Prize is a Brand New 2023 JAC JS4 Luxury Model SUV; the second is a 2 Bedroom semi-detached bungalow; and the third top prize is a serviced plot of land measuring 400sqm.

“I am also pleased to announce that the Nigeria Customs Service has graciously committed to donating 6 Toyota Camry Cars in support of the 2024 Civil Service Week.

“The office has started receiving the vehicles, and these will be presented as prizes to the next set of runner-up best-performing officers,” she said.

NAN reports that Mercy Ilori, an official of the Ministry of Transportation, won the star prize.

She appreciated Mrs Yemi-Esan and the federal government on behalf of other awardees for the gesture and the honour done to them.

(NAN)

Adeoye Beulah Visits Olubadan, Oba Olakulehin, Says Monarch Hale and Hearty

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The Founder of Beulah Adeoye Foundation, Amofin Beulah Adeoye has paid a royal visit to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin at his palatial residence in Ibadan.

Beulah, in a statement made available to OYOMIND expressed that he met the Olubadan in a very hearty condition while he congratulated the monarch on his enthronement as the new olubadan.

“Few days ago, I was in the distinguished company of my father, the esteemed elder statesman, Baba Isale Musulumi of Ibadanland, Chief Nureni Akanbi, The Arole Iba Oluyole himself which we paid royal homage to our father, the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin, the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland, at his palatial residence.

“It gladdens my heart to see our Kabiesi hale and hearty and in very high spirit. Baba’s advice has always been something of very deep value. As usual, he shared his royal wisdom, motivation, and prayers with us.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate Baba on his enthronement as the new Olubadan and assure him of my unwavering support.

“May Baba’s reign be peaceful, prosperous, and blessed. Long live the Olubadan.”

FG To Pay N35bn to 70000 Successful Applicants of Student Loan

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Plans have been concluded by the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) to pay out a total of N35 billion in fees and monthly upkeep allowances to 70,000 applicants who are already successful in their loan applications, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

The successful applicants, who are students of federal government-owned tertiary institutions across the country, were drawn from the pool of 120,000 applicants who sent in their applications as of Friday, 21 June.

Sources confirmed that the successful candidates can check their dashboards on the agency’s portal to know the status of their applications.

Though the spokesman for NELFUND, Nasir Ayitogo, said he could neither confirm nor deny the information when our reporter reached out to him on the phone for confirmation, other highly placed sources within the agency confirmed the development.

Mr Ayitogo, however, said the agency was working hard to fulfil its mandate of bringing smiles to the faces of indigent Nigerian students, who he said are eager to benefit from the initiative as approved by President Bola Tinubu.

The sources said each applicant’s status is expected to show the processes of verification up till when approved or denied, and when the funds are eventually disbursed.

According to multiple sources within the agency, the various applicants will have their fees charged by their institutions paid directly into the institutions’ bank accounts.

The fees to be paid, according to these sources, will be the total of fees payable by students based on their courses of study which could include other sundry fees such as departmental levies, laboratory fees, and health insurance fees, among others.

One of the sources, who does not want to be quoted for lacking the authority to speak on the matter, said: “What is clear is that when the fees for these 70,000 applicants were summed up, they amounted to N35 billion and this will be paid this week.

“The applicants will also receive a monthly allowance for their upkeep.”

The sources said the school fees will be paid to different institutions only at the beginning of the sessions, “so the funds wouldn’t be paid for all at the same time.”

Sources have also confirmed that the agency has concluded plans to pay N20,000 every month to all the successful applicants for every year of their studentship.

“This amount will total N240,000 per year, but to be qualified in the next year, the applicant will have to reapply because it is a refundable loan and not a gift,” another source said.

The source clarified that whether the beneficiaries’ schools are in session or not, the N20,000 upkeep allowance will be paid every month to allow for their upkeep even while at home.

Meanwhile, the sources confirmed that a total of 50,000 additional applications are already currently being evaluated for possible consideration, noting that the agency receives an average of 150 applications per day.

“These 50,000 applications for the second batch of the applicants from the federal institutions that are currently being reviewed. As soon as the verifications of their details, including their studentship, and details of guarantors, among others, are confirmed, their fees will be paid, and allowances forwarded to them.”

The agency had earlier confirmed that applicants from tertiary institutions owned by the state governments across the 36 states of the federation will be onboarded beginning from Tuesday, 25 June while also announcing that it would publish the full list of institutions that have submitted their complete students’ data for the Student Verification System (SVS) portal on 24 June.

The agency announced this on its X handle in a statement signed by Mr Ayitogo, who said the list will comprise both state and federal institutions “to ensure transparency and to encourage due access and participation in the scheme, of both undergraduate applicants and tertiary institutions in this critical exercise.”

“It is commendable that many federal institutions have already completed the exercise having been the first wave, whilst the process of uploading the data to NELFUND SVS is currently ongoing for the state-owned institutions,” the statement noted.

The agency said for applicants to access the fund, the individual’s details must feature in the data set sent by the institution to the NELFUND SVS, where it claims automatic applicant verification can take place seamlessly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) was created by the Access to Higher Education Act, which President Bola Tinubu signed.

The Fund is tasked with handling all student loan requests, grants, disbursement, and recovery of the loans.

The Fund is being funded from multiple streams and will engage in other productive activities. It will also be funded through donations, gifts, grants, endowments, and revenue accruing to the fund from any other source, according to the Act.

Governor Makinde’s Machiavellian Delay: The Unjust Hold on Alaafin’s Stool Nomination || Hassan Popoola

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Little did evildoers know that they could never change the destiny of God and His subjects because it is something that has been written and sealed.

Life itself has revealed several stories of people who have lived in the past. Some of these men’s and women’s lifestyles were all documented for many of us to read and learn from their good deeds and mistakes.

Today, history has made us remember those who used their position to better the lives of others and those who see power as their family inheritance and believe it won’t leave them.

I have always said this: only God can enthrone and dethrone people.

Where were those in power a few years ago? In the last administration, we speak of people like Hannah Ogunesan as the most powerful in the former governor Ajimobi’s administration in Oyo state.

Her influence was not only in the government but everywhere in the state. Today, this woman is alive, hale, and hearty, but can she control like she used to do before? What about the Chief to Staff to former Governor Alao-Akala

That should tell every current powerful person that everything will surely come to an end. No one reigns forever.

On Alaafin Royal Stool, if not for personal interest, what then is delaying the approval of the nominated candidate by the Kingmakers? From all indications, it is certain that the governor’s attitude is more of a Machiavellian who wants to impose his choice on the masses.

There are several questions that demand immediate responses:

Why is Governor Makinde delaying the concluded process?

Has the due process been taken in the choice of Prince Lukman Gbadegesin or not?

Is there any petition either from the kingmakers or the fellow contestants for that stool?

Does the candidate submitted have any criminal or inflicting records that can bring disrepute to that institution?

Does the candidate have any questionable character or is he not a prince of the Oyo kingdom?

Why is the Governor taking a personal interest in the royal stool? Is he from Oyo town or do chief laws say he is to decide for the kingmakers?

Alaafin of Oyo is not just a mere king but the leader of all traditional institutions in Yoruba land. An attempt to delay the approval of the nomination of Prince Gbadegesin Lukman Ayinla is pointing towards the governor’s selfish interest.

The man, Mafojudola Ayinla, is educated, brilliant, famous, and very acceptable by his people and he is versed in the required knowledge of that position.

The late Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, died long before the death of the trio Soun of Ogbomoso, Aseyin of Iseyin, and Olubadan. Today, these three Obas have been crowned and approved by the government of the state.

Isn’t it funny and understandable that Mr. Governor is talking about personal interest?

Reports have it that some elements among Governor’s kitchen cabinets are the instrument of that delay in the approval of the choice of Prince Lukman. These people who consider themselves as being powerful failed to realize that their days are numbered in that office.

Where are the Malami, Tunde Sabiu, and others who think without them nothing can be done in President Buhari’s administration? Today, they are being chased by EFCC and ICPC for gross misconduct and misappropriation of public funds.

If these people fail to learn from their predecessors and friends, their own ends will soon come and we will not only laugh at them, we will raise curses and bully them for their illogical position.

Alaafin’s stool is a position that must be filled by the candidate elected by the Oyomesi who are the rightful and legal kingmakers recognized by the law. The governor is just to append or sign the nomination presented by the kingmakers.

Hassan Popoola writes from Ilorin, Kwara State.

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