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Late Folarin Coker is one of the pillars of better, bigger Lagos narrative -Sanwo-Olu

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Late Folarin Coker is one of the pillars of better, bigger Lagos narrative -Sanwo-Olu

Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, of Lagis State has described late Chief Nathaniel Folarin Coke, as one of the pillars of the Lagos better and bigger Narrative.
The Governor described the passing away of the socialite, as a great loss to the state and Nigeria as a whole.

Coker aged 97 passed away on Wednesday in Lagos after a brief illness.

In a condolence message by the Governor which was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, on Thursday, he said that late Coker was one of the front-runners in the race towards making Lagos a leading state in Nigeria and the West Africa sub region.
Late Coker’s contributions to the state’s public service as Permanent Secretary in different ministries were exemplary, Sanwo-Olu said

The governor indicated that the late administrator effectively combined work and social life in a way that impacted the state positively.

”The late Folarin Coker lived a very good life. His demise, though a great loss to our dear state, should be celebrated.

”He served Lagos meritoriously as a public servant in various capacities, contributing his quota to the growth narratives of Lagos.

”The late Chief Coker was also a socialite of note. I remember that as a young man, I always admired his candour whenever he spoke at social gatherings. He was a representation of the true spirit of Lagos.

”His service to our dear state as Permanent Secretary took him to various ministries such as Education; Youth, Sports and Social Development, Trade, Mines and Natural Resources as well as the ministry of information and tourism.

”I pray for his soul to find peace with his creator. May God grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.

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UI’s Prof of Economics Femi Kayode buried amidst tributes

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The late Professor Matthew Olufemi Kayode, former Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters has been buried in his hometown, Egbe, Yagba West Local Council Kogi State at the weekend, amidst torrents of tributes from family, friends, associates and mentees.

The late Kayode until his death, was Director, Centre for Resource Management and Consultancy at the University of Ibadan.

He died on August 10, 2020 at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, after a brief illness, aged 81 years.

The weeklong celebrations of the life and times of the erudite scholar included the Service of Songs, ‘Night of Tributes’ and launch of Femi and Dupe Kayode Foundation, named after him and his late wife.
The event held at the Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, UCH, Ibadan and Trenchard Hall, UI between Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, with prominent Nigerians in the academia and all walks of life, including President Muhammadu Buhari paying tributes to the late Kayode for his service to the nation and humanity.

In his message at the commendation church service at Bodija-Ashi Baptist Church, Ibadan, Thursday, Rev (Dr) S.O Wojuola who led the service urged the congregation to use the opportunity of the service for the late don to devolop a relationship with God and live wisely to understand God’s will and gives thanks to God for everything.

According to him, “God has spoken through the service that the days are evil and you cannot afford not to live wise”.

In a tribute, a former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Baniro, said the Late Professor Kayode served the nation meritoriously in his career as an economics professor.

He noted that the late Professor would be greatly missed in the Department of Economics, at the University of Ibadan.

Two of the children of the deceased, Mrs Olufunlola Afolabi and Mrs Olutomilola Miriki who reminisced on times with their father, said he left indelible marks in their lives.

President Buhari in a message by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, condoled with the government and people of Kogi over the loss of the distinguished economist for his willingness to leave the university to share knowledge, wisdom and experience with governments.
President Buhari noted that the deceased served variously as Chairman sub-committee, National Revenue Allocation, Mobilization and Fiscal Commission and Member, National Capital Issues Commission.
Late Kayode was also Chairman, Think Tank Committee for Strategic Projects, National Raw Material Development Council; Member, Technical Committee, Vision 2010; Member, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Board of Directors and a number of strategic Committees and Commissions in Kwara, Kogi and Lagos States.
Buhari believed the former Special Adviser dedicated his time to serve the nation, and his contributions to national development would always be remembered. The president prayed for the repose of his soul.

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Magu: FCMB tenders appology to Pastor Omale

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Magu: FCMB tenders appology to Pastor Omale

First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has apologized to Pastor Emmanuel Omale, General Overseer of the Divine Hand of God Ministries and associate of suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu over N573 million mistakenly paid into his account.

The apology, published in three national newspapers, The Guardian, Daily Trust and Business Day, was sequel to a threat by Pastor Omale’s lawyer, Mr Gordy Uche, SAN, to sue the bank for N5 billion damages for defaming his client.

In a letter dated September 11, 2020, titled “Re: Bank Negligence Occasioning Unique Investigation And Defamation To Our Client” and sent to Uche, with copies of the public apology attached, the bank reiterated that the sum of N573 million was mistakenly paid into Omale’s account and also denied that the error was intentionally done to tarnish the image of the revered cleric.

Legal Counsel, Adewale Fati and Olugbenga Elemide, who signed the letter on behalf of FCMB, stated that the bank regrets the error and has accordingly published a public apology in three national newspapers as demanded by the senior advocate on behalf of Pastor Omale.

The letter reads in part, “Please be informed that in line with the undertaking contained in our aforementioned letter, we have published in three national newspapers (The Guards newspaper, Daily Trust newspaper and Business Day newspaper) on September 11, 2020. Please find attached herewith copies of our public apology to Divine Hand of God Ministries.

” It is our hope that the public apology has assuaged the grievances of your client, having seen that the error was indeed not borne out of any malice towards them. Kindly extend our good wishes to your client, whilst assuring you of our warm professional regards”.

Uche SAN had earlier written to FCMB demanding a public apology in three national newspapers and N5 billion as damages for alleged defamation of Pastor Omale and Divine Hand of God Ministries as a result of the said N573 million mistaken deposited in the cleric’s account with the bank.
It could be recalled that certain section of the media had alleged that the pastor bought a non-existing N573million house for Magu.
But the allegation collapsed like a pack of cards when the FCMB publicly stated that there was an error as no money was paid into the pastor’s account

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Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has joined other well-wishers to celebrate with the former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha on his 58 birthday. 

Obasanjo noted that by all measures, Okorocha has lived a worthwhile life of service to the nation and humanity.

He added that he has proved his competence in various fields of endeavour. 

In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, he said the former President appointed the former governor as Presidential Adviser (Inter-Party Relations) during his administration between 1999 – 2007.
According to him Okoroncha demonstrated strong commitment and enhanced partnership among all the shareholders.

“Between 2011and 2019, you served as Governor of Imo State, where you pursued peaceful co-existence between people of different ethnicities and religions in Imo State.
Currently as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he is adequately representing his Constituency, Imo West Senatorial Zone.
“For all these, we give glory and honour to God, the Creator.”

Obasanjo added that Okorocha’s life has demonstrated clearly “That from a modest background, determination, industry and dedication, one can lead a life of success to humanity.

“I am glad to note that, marking your birthday, you will be spending your precious time with the less-privileged and the vulnerable members of our society. It is not surprising anyway, as you have done similar thing in the past.

“Your underlying commitment to education and your quiet philanthropic activities which culminated in your establishment of Rochas Foundation cannot be over-emphasised. Indeed, you must be commended for the magnanimity, gesture, deep love, concern and admiration that you have always exhibited towards the common people in particular and human capital development in general,” Obasanjo was quoted as saying.

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