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Erelu Bisi Fayemi to Make a Special Reading, As Ekiti Youths Walk For Book

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In order to promote reading culture among the Nigerian populace, a multi-concept firm, Open Way Global Concepts in conjunction with a nongovernmental organisation, the Convergence is set to stage a reading awareness walk and colloquium on Tuesday, 23rd of April in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital. The event which will feature a special public reading by the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, will also see a good number of youths drawn from various organisations in the state having a two kilometre walk to create reading awareness.

According to the coordinator of the project, which has the technical support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Chief Executive Officer of OpenWay Global Concepts, Adesina Adetola, the event is designed among others to promote the objective of the world book and copyright day, celebrated every April 23rd.

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He said;” over the years, the dwindling reading culture have been identified as one of the ugly trends in this current age which has evidently become a great challenge to every developmental process at all levels, therefore the need to encourage reading at all strata and in all forms. For every society to attain the net level of development, every leader must be a reader. It is on this ground that UNESCO sets aside every April 23rd to encourage literary works and promote its relevance in national development.”

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“It is our belief that the project would certainly contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goal 4; -to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’’.

In the same vein Tosin Adara, leader of the Convergence also said that;“the importance of reading can never be overemphasized, it is a fact that you can never grow more than your mental capacity and what you read is whom you are. We are organising this event to rekindle the dying reading culture

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Police Raid New Afrika Shrine***Arrest 28 Miscreants

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Not less than 28 miscreants were arrested by policemen attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences  at the New Afrika Shrine.

Another 15 illegal street traders were also arrested at various locations around Afrika Shrine, Alausa, Ikeja.

This much was disclosed in a statement by the Chairman of the taskforce, Olayinka Egbeyemi.

Egbeyemi said that the raid was necessary due to the nefarious acts within the vicinity of the Afrika Shrine which presented negative image to tourists and residents of Lagos.

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“Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, over the weekend, raided all streets within Central Business District including surroundings of the ‘African Shrine,’ Alausa, Ikeja.

“The enforcement operations became imperative following complaints from members of the public about the criminal activities of miscreants and environmental nuisance of illegal street traders around the Shrine,” he said.

According to the chairman, the night operation was carried out around spots where drugs like Tramadol, Codeine, Skunk, Marijuana, Illegal liquor and assorted food are sold.

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“These consumable and non-consumable items are freely sold on the streets in defiance of security agencies and government authority,” he said.

Egbeyemi maintained that the enforcement operations would be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the state of street urchins and criminals.

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Why I Want Fresh PDP Governorship Primaries In Bayelsa-Alaibe

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Timi Alaibe has called for a fresh governorship primary election by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State.

Alaibe who came second with 365 votes in the recently held primary filed a suit at the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa asking the court to void the poll and order fresh exercise.

A statement on Saturday by Professor Seiyefa Brisibe, the administrative secretary of the Timi Alaibe campaign organisation, said that Alaibe filed the application on Friday September 13 in his search of redress to “procedural flaws” recorded in the primaries.

“The suit filed pursuant to Order 3 (9) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019 seeking answers to questions bordering on obvious non-adherence to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Electoral Act 2010, the Peoples Democratic Party Constitution and Electoral Guidelines, by the state chapter of the party in the conduct of the ward congresses, inclusion of local government council officials in the delegates list and the procedure for inclusion of three ad hoc delegates,” the statement said.

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In the suit with reference number FHC/YNG/CS/99/2019, the aggrieved aspirant listed as defendants the PDP; Senator Douye Diri, governorship candidate; the INEC and one Embeleakpo Alale for himself and representing the elected council chairmen, vice chairmen and councillors of the PDP who were allowed to be delegates at the elective State Congress of the PDP in Bayelsa State held on September 3, 2019.

Also joined in the suit as defendant is one Doubra Kumokou, for himself and on behalf of the three ad hoc delegates who were allowed to be delegates at the elective State Congress.

Citing specific sections of relevant laws and guidelines, Alaibe is further asking the court to examine the entire processes that resulted in the primaries and rule in his favour in the light violations committed in a desperate move to impose a pre-determined and hand-picked candidate on the people out of 21 aspirants.

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Alaibe, who is a former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, wants the court to determine whether the pre-election actions and inactions of the defendants satisfied conditions specified in relevant sections of Nigeria’s constitution, the Electoral Act and certain sections of the PDP constitution.

He is also seeking an order setting aside the purported submission of Senator Diri’s name to the INEC by the PDP as its candidate in the governorship election slated for November 16, 2019 in view of the legal and procedural infractions cited.

“In view of this, he wants the court to order the conduct of fresh primary election for the nomination and sponsorship of the candidate for the governorship election in Bayelsa State,”the statement added.

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Igbos Owe Awolowo A Great Deal Of Gratitude-Opadokun

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The Secretary-General of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Chief Ayo Opadokun, has stated that the Igbo race owe the late Obafemi Awolowo a lot of gratitude for his role during the civil war.

Opadokun stated this while reacting to the position that Awolowo betrayed the Eastern region during the Nigerian civil war which lasted from 6th July 1967 to 15th January 1970.

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Daily Independent reports that Opadokum said if there is anybody the Igbo should express gratitude to for his role in the civil war, it is Awolowo.

“It is the height of mischief for anyone to claim Awolowo betrayed Igbos during the civil war. Many of them have been indoctrinated to so think and behave over the years. If there is anybody the Igbos should appreciate, it is Awolowo”.

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” How could he have betrayed them? Are they claiming he betrayed them by not following them when they were seceding?”

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