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JUST IN: Ogun State Governor Bags Good Governance Award In UK



Dapo Abiodun, the governor of Ogun State, received a good governance award. He accepted the award at Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary and Global Award Gala, which was held this past weekend in London, United Kingdom.

The FidelinfoNews reports that the event was presided over by dignitaries including the President of National Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) in ECOWAS, Segun Awolowo, and the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Amb. Sarafa Tunji Ishola, according to a statement released yesterday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin.

Speaking at the occasion, Abiodun pledged that his administration would work with people and businesses that had sincere investment interests to forward its development objectives aimed at raising the level of life and enhancing the welfare of the populace.

The governor, represented by his Special Adviser on Basic Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, said the aim of his administration was to open up the state for genuine investors and leverage on public-private partnership for the betterment of the people.

He said Ogun, because of its geographical location as closest to the busiest airports and seaports in the country, busy road networks to other states and unlimited potential for investors, holds the best atmosphere for investment in the country.

“Since the inception of our administration, our approach to governance was anchored on the theme of “Building Our Future Together”. Our vision remains to give Ogun State focused and qualitative governance and to create an enabling environment for a public-private sector partnership, which is fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity of the people of Ogun.

“In Nigeria today, our policies and programmes have become reference points to other states, for which we have been honoured by the government, non-government and independent agencies with awards,” Abiodun said.

He said his administration had been methodical, strategic and inclusive in its approach to governance, which ensured that no sector was less important than the other.

The governor said his administration had worked for even development of all areas and sectors and ensured that no section or sector of the state was developed at the expense of the other.

“Our dear state has witnessed a new vista in all sectors of our economy. Our words are our bond with the people of Ogun State,” the governor said.

He added that more road infrastructure that linked the industrial hubs, adjoining states, urban and rural areas would be given attention, noting that the building of the Agro Cargo International Airport was also part of the wholesome strategy towards developing air transport infrastructure, to boost the agricultural development agenda of his government.

“We are unfolding our power infrastructural project that will guarantee stable power to most of our cities and industrial clusters. Our approach towards a sustainable economic development, resulting in employment generation, poverty alleviation and food security, has continued to yield bountifully.

“We have continued to reposition the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as part of our industrial revolution. This we have achieved through the empowerment of small businesses in our state,” he said.

Abiodun, who dedicated the award to the people of the state for their support and cooperation, said: “We are happy that this award is in recognition of our modest efforts in our approach to governance, which has demonstrated in concrete terms, the commitment towards a wholesome and sustainable development of our dear Ogun State.

“Before today, we have had several awards in recognition of our contributions in areas of human endeavour since the inception of our administration on May 29, 2019.

“We have the awards as the Most Improved State on Security Infrastructure by Business Day Awards; Most Improved State on Agriculture and Economic Empowerment by Business Day Awards; Best State in ICT Penetration and Adoption; Best State in ICT Infrastructure Development by the National Council on Communication and Digital Economy; SMEs Most Supportive Governor by Association of Small Business Owners of Nigeria, ASBON.

“We have also won the 2020 Best Governor in Education in Nigeria by the National Parent-Teacher Association, PTA; Best Education-Friendly Governor by All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS; 2020 Governor of the Year Award by the Nigeria Agriculture Awards, NAA; Best Governor on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs); and so on,” the governor said.

He used the occasion to call on foreign and local investors to take advantage of the potential that abounded in the state, declaring that his administration was ready to give them assistance and cooperation.


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Imo State Labour Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Found Dead



Chief Humphrey Anumudu, a Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, has been found dead in his house.

Fidel Info reports that The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”

As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.

He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.

Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.

A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.

The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.

Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.

He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

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INEC Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators Of Violence In 2023 Elections



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just-concluded 2023 general elections.

Fidel Info reports that The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Oyekanmi said the prosecution of electoral offenders and their sponsors will curb the prevalence of violence in the nation’s elections.

He also called for the need for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal to prosecute such offenders and their sponsors.

The INEC boss spokesman noted that if the new commission was established, electoral offenders and their sponsors would reconsider their actions.

Oyekanmi, however, said the Commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched.

He said, “Electoral violence should not be tolerated. That is why the commission has been calling for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, specifically to try cases related to infractions associated with elections.

“In fact, stakeholders have also been calling for this tribunal for many years, especially after the 2011 general elections. I believe strongly that if perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors know that they will give account for their misdeeds, they will think twice.”

“The commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched. We need to change this.”

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JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend



As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.

Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)

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