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MBF celebrates Gov Ortom at 59

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The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has joined other teeming supporters of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state to congratulate him on his 59th birthday.
This was contained in a statement that was signed by Dr. Pogu Bitrus
President of the Forum and was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja.


Dr. Bitrus in the statement eulogised the Governor over his exploits and astounding footprints on the sands of governance in Benue state.
According to him, Ortom has, no doubt, been at the forefront of providing untainted leadership for the overall good of the majority.
 
He recalled the ceaseless attacks and avoidable murders resulting from internecine warfare between herdsmen and some Benue communities.

The President indicated that Governor Ortom stood firm and tackled this problem by facilitating the passage of the anti-open grazing law that criminalizes open grazing by herders.

“This has helped in drastically reducing incidence of bloodshed unleashed by arm-carrying herdsmen against defenceless communities.
 
“Without any form of equivocation, the Governor has remained unrelenting in evolving strategies that engender development.
“At the same time, he rallyed forces to battle perennial forces of insecurity in order to stop further decimation of farming communities by vicious attackers.”
He said the Governor demonstrated his political acumen in resolving issues that confront citizens of the state.
He added that Governor Ortom has retooled the wheel of governance towards attaining the best for the overwhelming majority. “Besides tackling these worrisome attacks by invaders that have created a sense of insecurity across the state, the Governor has realised that security of the state should never be compromised.
 
“Realising the need to provide dividends of democracy for the citizenry, the Ortom-led administration in Benue state has plunged headlong in combating myriad of problems plaguing the people, especially building a solid platform for the development of state. “Under his watch, no fewer than 200 doctors have graduated from the Benue State University.”
The president acknowledge his exploits in road construction in the rural areas adding that he has embarked on aggressive development of the rural areas to attract investments.
“More than anything, Governor Ortom has left no stone unturned to ensure the protection of citizens.
“Not only is he vigorously presently pursuing the dream of returning Internally displaced Persons (IDPs) to their sacked villages, relevant security agencies are collaborating with the Benue State Government to ensure adequate security measures for the returnee IDPs.”
Bitrus pointed out that the Governor who is not given to blame game and repudiating the performance profile of his predecessors has since his inauguration as the Chief Executive of the state completed road projects, including Oshigbudu to Obagaji, and Zaki-Biam-Afia-Gbeji, among others, on record time.

“Under his administration, no fewer than 34 ongoing rural road construction and electrification projects were carried out.
“The MBF is pleased that Governor Ortom’s performance has not only been commendable, but also geared towards achieving the common good.  
“As he celebrates his 59th birthday, the Middle Belt Forum is proud to associate with his numerous strides and urge him to do even more for the state.” Continuing he said, having achieved so much since he came to power, the MBF believes that he should never let down the gauntlet in providing the dividends of democracy for his people and broadening spheres of growth in all positive ramifications.
“As he marks  the 59th  year of his birth, we call on him never to cease from providing dividends of democracy for the state electorates and strive at all times to collaborate, as he is wont, with relevant security agencies of the Federal Government to ensure peace and order for the development of the state.”
  

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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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OBJ celebrates Okorocha at 58

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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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