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Children Fashion Week: AOD Foundation Awards Scholarship to Aid Enthusiast Pupil’s Education



At the recent Oyo State Children’s Fashion Week organised by the AOD Foundation, something truly remarkable happened that warmed our hearts and reminded us of the power of education and opportunity. Among the vibrant and talented young participants, one primary school pupil stood out for her remarkable intellect and eagerness to share her knowledge.

During the event, Dr. Aderonke Dairo, the visionary leader behind the AOD Foundation, was thoroughly impressed by the young girl’s enthusiasm and participation. She displayed a remarkable eagerness to engage with the audience and answer questions about her stance on the theme of the day, “Every child deserves a fighting chance.

Dr. Dairo was particularly struck by the girl’s articulate responses and her evident passion for education. It was clear that she possessed a keen intellect and a thirst for knowledge that deserved to be nurtured and supported. In a spontaneous and heartwarming moment, Dr. Dairo announced that she would be awarding the young girl with a scholarship to support her educational journey.

The announcement was met with cheers and applause from the audience, who recognised the significance of this gesture in shaping the young girl’s future. As Dr. Dairo presented the scholarship to the beaming pupil, it was a powerful reminder of the transformative impact that education can have on a child’s life.

The scholarship awarded by Dr. Dairo is not just a financial gift; it is a symbol of hope, opportunity, and belief in the potential of every child to succeed. It is a testament to the AOD Foundation’s commitment to empowering the next generation and ensuring that no child is held back by financial barriers from achieving their dreams.

As we reflect on this heartwarming story, let us remember the importance of investing in education and supporting the dreams of young people everywhere. Through initiatives like the Oyo State Children Fashion Week and the generosity of individuals like Dr. Aderonke Dairo, we can create a brighter and more promising future for all.

At the AOD Foundation, we are proud to be a part of this journey of empowerment and look forward to seeing the young scholar flourish and thrive in the years to come.

Oyo Govt. Commends Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Over Reconstruction of Olodo Bridge



The government of Oyo State has commended the contractor handling the reconstruction of Olodo bridge.

Commisioner for public works and transport, Professor Dahud Kehinde, who represented Governor Seyi Makinde, at the opening of a section of the bridge, made this known over the weekend.

It would be recalled that a July 2023 heavy rainfall had rendered the road impassable.

Residents and commuters, for more than a year, have had to through hardship to move to and from their houses while economic and vehicular activities were almost paralyzed.

Sangodoyin, who also spoke about the need for construction of 35.6km Iwo road-Olodo bank–Elesingodogbo–Odo Oba (Oyo/Osun State boundary), explained that it was borne out of the passion of the current administration in Oyo State to concentrate energy on projects with potentials for expansion of the economy of the State and engineering a modern Oyo State.

“The economic importance of this 35.6km stretch road which links Oyo State to Osun State cannot be overemphasized. The road was awarded to Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concern Limited in September,2022. The rehabilitation aspect of the road project involving the repairs of existing hydraulic structure and overlaying of the asphaltic surface had commenced in earnest after the award of the road project and is still on-going.

”However, the heavy rainfall of July 4th, 2023 in which Egberi river overflew its banks at Olodo area due to the inadequacy of the existing 3.0m x 3.0m single box culvert rendered the road impassable. The anguish and economic losses that the state and her citizenry incurred in the wake of the flooding event were better imagined than experienced.

”To God be the glory for the gift of a large hearted and forward looking Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, FNSE for the immediate award of a 2-20m span bridge across the Egberi river to relief the existing 3m x 3m box culvert. The bridge is also being handled by M/S Peculiar Ultimate Concern Limited. The Contractor had been up and doing since the flooding incident of July,2023 and had completed a wing of the dual carriageway bridge which we have gathered here to open today.

”The major features of the bridge being opened today among other works are pilling works, construction of central piers, precast beams and slab, return/retaining wall, deck, parapet wall, approach slab and median. The pavement at the approaches of the bridge is made up of 200mm thick lateritic sub-base, 200mm thick stone base, 50mm asphaltic binder course and 40mm asphaltic concrete wearing course. The surfacing is completed with road lane marking

”The successful completion of the first half of the bridge will enhance seamless movement of people, vehicles, goods and services and also serves as a link connecting Osun State,” he added.

Speaking earlier, Peculiar Ultimate Concern Limited’s Engr. Adeleke Olanrewaju, thanked the residents of Olodo area for their patience and cooperation, explaining that the completed bridge is made up of three lanes to ease movement of vehicles.

Adeleke appealed to the residents and road users to always obey the traffic management guidelines put in place to avoid traffic congestion on the bridge.

Speaking with newsmen, some residents of Olodo Bank Area, including the chairman, Olodo Baale Quarters, Mrs Felicia Oyelakin, Miss Olajire Oluwatosin and Alhaji Afolayan Sikiru, expressed great relief on the opening of the first section of the bridge for pedestrian and vehicular movements. They also appreciated Governor Makinde for the quick intervention.

Afonja’s Death: I’ve Lost a Mentor, Respected Nigerian- Senator Alli



Senator Sharafadeen Alli (APC-Oyo South) has mourned the death of his mentor, Prince Sulaiman Ajibola Afonja, a former Secretary (Minister) of Labour and Productivity, who died on Sunday night at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan.

This is contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Monday.

Alli in a heartfelt tribute, expressed deep sorrow over the loss of a mentor, father , distinguished personality and former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria.

He said that Prince Afonja’s passing marks the end of an era for many who knew him personally, adding his contributions to Nigeria and the financial industry were invaluable.

Alli said that the late Afonja’s leadership at the First Bank of Nigeria and minister were marked by innovation, integrity, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

He described his tenure at First Bank of Nigeria as that which left lasting impact on the institution and the broader financial landscape in Nigeria.

The lawmaker said that Afonja’s death has sent shockwaves through the community, recalling his significant contributions to the banking sector, philanthropic causes and Nigeria.

Alli emphasised the profound sense of loss felt by those who had the privilege of working closely with Prince Afonja, describing him as a mentor, philanthropist, visionary leader and pillar of the community.

He commiserated with the good people of Nigeria, Oyo State and Oyo town, extending deepest condolences to the family of Prince Afonja.

The lawmaker acknowledged the shared grief of losing such a prominent and respected leader, urging the family to find solace in the remarkable legacy he left behind.

Senator Alli prayed for the repose of Prince Afonja’s soul, expressing hope that the memory of his achievements and commitment to the betterment of Nigeria would continue to inspire many.

Birthday: Senator Alli Lauds Adewusi, Akinlabi’s Dedication to Public Service


Senator Sharafadeen Alli (APC-Oyo South) has felicitated with All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftains in Oyo State, Dr. Ismail Adewusi and Chief Akinyemi Akinlabi, on their birthday anniversary.

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

While Adewusi is a former Postmaster-General of Nigeria and former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, Akinlabi is a former Chairman of Ibarapa Central Local Government and the Olukotun of Iberekodoland.

Senator Alli in his congratulatory message, extolled the virtues and contributions of the celebrants to the party and the state at large.

He praised both individuals for their exemplary leadership and dedication to the development of their respective communities and the state.

The lawmaker lauded Adewusi’s unwavering commitment to public service both at the state and national level.

Senator Alli commended Adewusi’s remarkable achievements in his various capacities, emphasising his role in enhancing financial policies and postal services in Nigeria.

He celebrated Akinlabi for his steadfast dedication to grassroots development and traditional leadership.

The lawmaker highlighted Akinlabi’s efforts in fostering community growth and his significant contributions to the cultural heritage of Iberekodoland.

Senator Alli expressed profound appreciation for the dedication and hard work of both chieftains, acknowledging their influence and leadership within the APC and Oyo State.

He said that their birthdays were opportunity to reflect on their past achievements and look forward to their future contributions to society.

Senator Alli wished Dr. Adewusi and Chief Akinlabi many more years of health, happiness, and success.

He encouraged them to continue their good works, assuring them of his support and the APC in their future endeavours.

Ibrahim Wakaso, Pioneers Future of Automotive Excellence with Grand Launch of New Outlet in Abuja




In an event that set the benchmark for luxury and progress in Nigeria’s automobile sector, Hon. Ibrahim Garba Wakaso, CEO of Halal Chaser Autos, inaugurated an ultra-modern car dealership in the elite district of Wuse 2, Abuja named “WAKASO CARS LTD”. The launch was a resplendent affair that attracted the crème de la crème of society, including the honorable former Governor of Sokoto State, His Execellency, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and other dignitaries whose presence underscored the significance of the occasion.

The gleaming showroom, boasting an array of sophisticated vehicles, is a testament to Hon. Wakaso’s vision of merging innovation with customer service excellence. Beyond mere commerce, the Halal Chaser brand stands as a beacon of quality and trust in the Nigerian auto market. The event not only celebrated the unveiling of the outlet but also encapsulated the spirit of advancement and the pursuit of greatness that Hon. Wakaso embodies. Attendees were treated to an exclusive viewing of the latest luxury models, complemented by a showcase of cutting-edge automotive technology.

Each vehicle we present to our customers is a cornerstone in building a legacy of trust and superior quality,’ said Hon. Wakaso. ‘With this new venture, Hon. Ibrahim Garba Wakaso is not just selling cars; he’s curating a legacy of premier automotive culture and exceptional service.’ Halal Chaser Autos is poised to redefine the standard of auto dealing in Nigeria, marking a new chapter where quality meets sophistication. This new outlet is a promise, a promise to deliver beyond expectations and to forge a path where others will follow, steering the Nigerian automobile industry towards a horizon of unrivaled excellence.

Minister of Information Congratulates Newly-Elected APRA Executives


The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has felicitated the newly-elected Executive Council of the African Public Relations Association (APRA), elected at the 35th APRA Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from May 13- 18, 2024.

The Minister, also a Fellow of APRA, acknowledged the significance of the election for the advancement of public relations across Africa, adding that while it is a pivotal moment for APRA, the collective expertise, and leadership of the newly-elected Executive Council would be instrumental in attaining the long-term vision of the association. 

The new APRA Executive Council comprises Arik Karani from Kenya as President, Dr. Michele Mekeme from Cameroon as Vice President, and Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan from Nigeria as Secretary-General.

Idris urged the new Executive Council to “continue the trajectory of reforms in APRA,” stressing the importance of expanding the democratic space by encouraging greater participation of national public relations institutions across the continent.

He highlighted the need for inclusivity and collaboration to strengthen the public relations profession in Africa.

The Minister also called on the Executive Council to work closely with the African Union Commission and the Council of Ministers to ensure that public relations remains central to policy formulation, programme execution, and project implementation.

“Public relations should be at the heart of policy, programs, and project implementation,” he stated.

He also extended his salutations to Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, the Head of Media Relations at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on his emergence as the Secretary-General of APRA. 

“Dr. Ibietan is a thoroughbred journalist, public relations expert, and author, who is expected to bring his enormous wealth of experience to bear on APRA positively,” Idris said. 

University’s Existence is to Drive Innovation in Society – Prof. Omigbodun




A Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Akinyinka O. Omigbodun has submitted that the university exists to act as a driver of innovation in society even as it serves as a custodian of the values and virtues that characterise the community it is situated in.

He made the submission while delivering the first in the trilogy of lectures for the 44th University Lecture at the University of Ibadan.

The broad title of the lecture is: “From Cells to Systems: Building a Vibrant Academy,” while the topics are:
■ “Cells, Organs and Systems: The Cell Engaging the System”
■ “The System Nourishing the Cell”
■ “Making the System Function Better.”

Professor Omigbodun stated that the university receives input in terms of resources from society, transforming this into output (new knowledge and new scholars), shaping outcomes in the community, and having an impact on the quality of human existence in the long term.

In the metaphorical framework in which he delivered his narration, Professor Omigbodun said that the cell is the person, the tissues and organs are units of the University, and the system is the University of Ibadan adding that the University itself is part of the organism that is Nigeria’s higher educational sector.

According to him, the strength of the system is in the individual cells and how they come together to form tissues and organs.

The main focus of his lecture was on ‘the system’, but he dwelt extensively on some individual cells and also made some references to the organism of which the system is a part.

He said that the university, particularly if it is publicly funded, is an open system because it interacts with the external geographical, political, socio-economic, cultural, and technological environment.

The strength of the system, he said, is in the individual cells and how they come together to form tissues and organs that play their respective roles in ensuring the proper functioning of the system, within the organism.

The University Lecturer listed some of his contributions to the system to illustrate how cells can be nourished by systems, and the cells later returning the favour by adding to the strength of the system and nourishing other cells.

He added that these examples of exercising leadership in nourishing what could be described as the stem cells (undergraduates), empowering the mature cells (their trainers) through appropriate training, involvement in sustainable international collaborations, and promoting mentorship of the next generation of cells are all attributes of a cell determined to fully engage with the system and make a positive difference.

In the second part of this trilogy, Professor Omigbodun intends to explore how the system can nourish cells so that the cells could in turn, make the system stronger and better.

At the end of the trilogy, he shall explore suggestions on how to make the system even stronger in the face of the forces that are assailing it from multiple directions.

The Senate of UI approved the delivery of the University of Ibadan Lectures in 1971, and so far, forty-three, such lectures have been delivered.

Unlike inaugural lectures, where every Faculty gets at least one slot each year, only one Faculty (in rotation) gets to nominate a professor to deliver the annual University of Ibadan trilogy of University Lectures.

Idris Animasaun Congratulates Seun Fakorede on his Appointment as Executive Adviser to Governor, charges him on youth development and empowerment



Congratulations on your recent appointment as the Executive Adviser to the Governor of Oyo State. This prestigious role is a testament to your dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to public service.

As you embark on this new journey, I urge you to prioritize youth empowerment and actively engage with your constituency. The potential of our young people is immense, and their development is crucial for the future of our state. By creating opportunities for education, entrepreneurship, and skill development, we can harness their energy and creativity for the greater good.

Additionally, your efforts in the Ibarapa region will be instrumental in driving its growth and development. Collaborating with relevant stakeholders, including local leaders, businesses, and community organizations, will ensure that the initiatives you implement are both impactful and sustainable.

Once again, congratulations on this well-deserved appointment. I am confident that your leadership will bring about significant positive changes for Oyo State.

“A Humble Leader: Celebrating Saheed Suberu’s Commitment to Excellence”


Saheed Suberu’s commitment has continued to drive success in the parking industry.

Saheed, whose birthday is today, embodies humility, a rare trait in the competitive world of parking management. Despite his impressive career trajectory, he remains grounded and approachable. Colleagues often describe him as someone who listens attentively, values others’ opinions, and treats everyone with respect. His humility extends beyond the boardroom, making him a beloved figure among employees and clients alike.

Saheed’s humility is intertwined with his genuine appreciation for people. Whether it’s a valet attendant, a maintenance staff member, or a high-profile client, he takes the time to acknowledge their contributions. A simple “thank you” or a personalized note goes a long way in fostering positive relationships. Saheed understands that success is a collective effort, and he ensures that everyone feels seen and valued.

Saheed doesn’t hoard credit; he shares it generously. When a team achieves a milestone—a record revenue month, exceptional customer feedback, or innovative process improvements—he celebrates it publicly. Whether it’s a team lunch, an email shout-out, or a handwritten note, Saheed ensures that accomplishments are recognized and celebrated. His humility doesn’t diminish his enthusiasm for acknowledging others’ hard work.

Saheed’s leadership style is rooted in leading by example. He doesn’t ask his team to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. Whether it’s assisting with a busy valet shift during peak hours or rolling up his sleeves to troubleshoot a technical issue, Saheed shows that no task is beneath him. His actions inspire others to follow suit, creating a culture of mutual respect and collaboration.

As Saheed celebrates another year of life, he takes time to reflect on his journey. He expresses gratitude for the opportunities he’s had, the people he’s met, and the lessons he’s learned. His birthday isn’t just about cake and candles; it’s a moment to honor the relationships that have shaped him. Saheed’s humility shines even brighter on this special day as he graciously accepts well-wishes and expresses heartfelt thanks.

Your Commitment to Youth Upliftment is Unprecedented – Fakorede Appreciates Governor Makinde Over Appointment



In a significant move for youth and sports development in Oyo State, Hon. Seun Fakorede has been appointed as the Executive Adviser to the Governor on Youth and Sports. This announcement has been met with widespread acclaim, given Fakorede’s impactful tenure as the Commissioner for Youth and Sports during Governor Seyi Makinde’s first term.

Hon. Fakorede, known for his dynamic and transformative approach, extended his heartfelt appreciation to Governor Makinde for the renewed trust and opportunity to continue in his service to the state.

“I am deeply honoured and grateful to His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, for appointing me as the Executive Adviser on Youth and Sports. This is not just a personal honour but a testament to our shared commitment to advancing the interests of our Youth and enhancing Sports development across Oyo State. My tenure as Commissioner was marked by significant feats, all thanks to the Governor’s unwavering support, and I am eager to build on these successes in this new role,” said Hon. Fakorede.

During his previous tenure, Fakorede was instrumental in implementing various youth empowerment programs and sports initiatives that garnered national attention. His leadership saw the revitalization of sports infrastructure and the successful engagement of young people in numerous developmental activities.

Fakorede’s appointment as Executive Adviser reflects the Governor’s dedication to harnessing youthful energy and expertise for the state’s progress as his new role is expected to further catalyze initiatives that will benefit the youth and sports sectors in Oyo State.