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Osun To Host 200 LGs, 100,000 Visitors At South-West LG Trade Fair



Osun Government on Tuesday said no fewer than 200 local governments are expected in the state for the maiden edition of the South-West Local Governments Trade Fair.

Mr Olabode Olaonipekun, Osun Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, made this known during the unveiling of the Trade Fair Prospectus in Osogbo, adding that the event would hold in Osogbo, from Nov. 16 to Nov. 28.

He said no fewer than 200 exhibitions and 100,000 visitors were also projected to be part of the trade fair, pointing out that the event would be mainly for the showcasing agricultural and mineral resources.

“All the local governments in the South-West will be involved in the trade fair, where they will be able to showcase their mineral and agricultural resources.

“The trade fair will attract investors from all over the world where the produce from the South-West states will be displayed,” he said.

He said the gains of the South-West Economic and Investment Summit held in 2019 needed to be consolidated and that the trade fair would attract investors, industrialists and producers.

This, he said, would boost the economy of the South-Western states.

In his remark, Osun Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Dayo Adewole, said the trade fair would give a platform for farmers to showcase their agricultural produce.

Adewole stated that the trade fair would be of great benefit to the people of the state, adding that it was not only meant for the state government or ministry of Commerce but for the growth and development of businesses in the state.

Mr Bisi Makanjuola, the President of Osun Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (OSUCCIMA), said it has become imperative for the state to organise a trade fair to re-awaken and stimulate business activities in the state and the geo-political zone.

Makanjuola said the chambers of commerce would be collaborating with Osun government for the success of the trade fair.

He said the event was aimed at bringing to the fore the value chain needed to be identified and developed.

Mr Owoyemi Olalekan, the Management Consultant of the Trade Fair, said in his address that the event was also expected to attract more than one million online shoppers.

Olalekan said the trade fair themed “Stimulating Value Addition Through Digital Economy for Nigeria’s Sustainable Development” would serve as a veritable platform for businesses, investors and decision makers.

He said they would be able to connect, network and hold business meetings for the socio-economic development of the state and the region.

He said the trade fair, also tagged “Aje Lawa” would hold at the Aje International Market in Osogbo, with six days for exhibition of agriculture and mineral resources and 13 days for general business-to-business deals.


Apathy mars PDP congress in Kwara, As Prominent Members Stay-off



There was low turnout of members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, during the state congress held in Kwara state, today, September 25th 2021.

The internecine war within the state chapter of the party may likely be responsible for this poor turnout of party members for the congress.

Prominent among the causes of this boycott is the power play between the former President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and a former Minister and current Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies , NILDS, Prof Abubakar Sulaiman.

A group loyal to Sulaiman had in press release prior to today’s congress stated that the current executives who were elected in 2018 are expected to spend four years tenure according to the Constitution of the party, vowing to drag the party to court.

Findings show that the former Kwara political lord has received the blessings of the national leadership of the party to change the executives of the party in Kwara state and take control, a development which surprisingly is being resisted by Sulaiman, a beneficiary of Saraki’s patronage, having been assisted with his present appointment during Saraki’s reign as President of the Senate.

According to an inside source, Sulaiman had been avoiding prior political interface with Saraki, choosing to offer excuses for his absence at pressing political engagements.

Many prominent members of the party also stayed away from the Congress in apparent support for the constitutional rights of the present executives across the 16 local government areas of the state.

With this face-off, there is the likelihood of a forced takeover of the Kwara PDP by Saraki, since he enjoins the support of the national secretariat of the party.

The fate of the executives and members loyal to Sulaiman is dangling, and may be determined at a meeting to hold sometime next week in Ilorin.

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AbdulRazaq Greets APC Spokesman On Birthday Anniversary



Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the State Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) Alhaji Folaranmi Tajudeen Aro, praying the Almighty God to grant him more fulfiiing years ahead.

The Governor described the politician as a committed, consistent and fearless democrat who promotes his beliefs wholeheartedly.

“I felicitate Alhaji Aro, as he is fondly called, on his birthday anniversary today. His service and commitment to party discipline and growth are beyond doubt. Alhaji Aro is a frontline advocate of this administration and its laudable pro-people programmes, as can be seen in his activities,” the Governor said in a statement.

“I pray the Almighty Allah to bless him with good health and long life, and grant him his aspirations in life.”

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Man Allegedly Kills Brother For Rituals In Kwara



The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested one lsmail Saliu, 25, for allegedly conspiring with a herbalist and one other, to slaughter his brother.

The NSCDC Command Spokesman in Kwara, Babawale Afolabi, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, in Ilorin.

Afolabi said that Saliu conspired with two others, and killed his 14-year-old younger brother, Azeez Saliu, with the intention of using him for money rituals.

The spokesman said that the incident happened on September 13, 2021 in Kosubosu, Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara.

“On Sept. 13, operatives of the NSCDC in Kosubosu Divisional Office got a distress call from a neighbourhood about suspicious movement of certain individuals in the area.

“Some officers from the divisional office, with operatives of the Anti-Vandal patrol team in the area, swung into action and subsequently arrested a herbalist Ahmed Nkwe 44, lsmail Saliu 25 and Saliu Ahmed 30,” Afolabi said.

The spokesman said that investigations revealed that the suspects lured the victim to the farm, where he was gruesomely murdered by his own brother, Saliu.

He said that the suspect and his accomplices were later arrested by operatives of the NSCDC on their way back from the farm.

Afolabi said that the prime suspect and brother to the deceased confessed to having personally slaughtered his brother with the help of the herbalist and one other person.

He said that the State Commandant, Ayinla Makinde, was briefed on the incident, and had ordered that the suspects should be handed over to the police, for further investigations and prosecution.

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