Friday, April 21, 2017

Mr Deji Adeyanju Has Been Arrested at the Unity Fountain Abuja

Prince Deji Adeyanju, the Convener of a pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, was arrested this morning at the Unity Fountain in Abuja where he plans to protest along with the volunteered public on the attempt of the government to conduct a secret trial for the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

He had earlier made allegations of a threat against his life when he divulged the discussions he had with the Commissioner of Police FCT, Director of DSS and Brigade Commander of the Nigerian Army.

“Just got out of a 1-hour meeting with Commissioner of Police of FCT. In attendance was a Director of DSS and Brigade Commander of the Army. “They said there’s security concerns over our rallies: #SayNoToSecretTrial of Nnamdi Kanu #FreeZakZakky I asked what concern: No Answer. “Then threats and more threats. “I told them, rally will go on as planned tomorrow for #SayNoToSecretTrial and #FreeZakZakky on Wednesday. “Then threats and more threats. I told them, rally will go on as planned tomorrow for #SayNoToSecretTrial and #FreeZakZakky on Wednesday. “The DSS guy said: Deji, we have never disturbed you in all your rallies. Why ZakZakky and Kanu “They have a major issue with ZakZakky & Kanu.”

He tweeted immediately of his arrest and eye witnesses have attested to his arrest by the Police Department.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Football Fans Electrocuted at a Viewing Center in Calabar

According to news coming from Twitter and ChannelsTV, over 30 people are feared dead at a football viewing centre in Calabar, the Cross River State capital after being electrocuted by a high tension cable that reportedly fell on them.

The soccer fans are said to have assembled at a viewing centre to watch a UEFA Europa League quarter-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht on satellite television.

Channels Television correspondent in Calabar also reported that the live electricity cable broke from its mooring and fell on the viewers who assembled to watch their various team play on Thursday night.

More reports to follow

CBN Hands Over TechU Buildings to Oyo State Government

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reportedly handed over a Central Library, Blocks of Lecture and Administrative buildings to the Oyo State Government as part of its intervention programs towards the education sector in the state.

It was donated to TechU, Ibadan by the Apex bank. The buildings, constructed on about 1.455 hectares of land, includes; Central e-Library space for 500 students with 10nos of offices, 12nos of toilet facilities as well as block of 24 lectures room which has 11nos Administrative offices, furniture, borehole, Generating set, street lights, CCTV camera, air conditioners and additional toilets facilities for male and female students.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli, ably represented the State Governor, the Pro-Chancellor of TechU, Ibadan, Professor Oladapo Afolabi, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun and other top government functionaries were present to receive the building on behalf of the state government.

During the handover of the buildings, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli assured that the state will embark on additional developments on the two hundred-hectare university, adding that adequate security will be provided around the vicinity of the institution and the state as a whole.

The SSG, who appreciated the CBN for its intervention in TechU, Oyo state
“We appreciate the efforts of the Apex bank to support and develop our education sector. The CBN has showed that education is key to the development of country. We say thank you to the management and the entire staff of the bank for this gesture and assure that the building will be adequately put to use immediately,” he said.

Mr. Alli noted that the State Government is committed to the establishment of TechU as part of its transformation of the education sector in the state , and consequently expressed the firm belief that the first set of students will matriculate in September 2017.

In his closing remarks, the CBN Branch Controller, Lagos Branch, Mr. Omebere Iyari commended the Oyo State Government for the initiative of TechU, Ibadan, saying that the unique institution will revolutionize technical skills development and education in the country.

He further explained that the intervention has showed that CBN is beyond monetary and fiscal policies, stressing that the Apex bank has a lot of intervention in education, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Remembering 'Penkelemesi' Adegoke Adelabu by Oloye Lekan Alabi

On March 25, 1958, one of Nigeria’s irrepressible nationalists, politician, orator and mass mobiliser, Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu, alias ‘Penkelemesi’ died in a car accident in Ogere Remo area on the old Lagos-Ibadan Road, of the defunct Western Region of Nigeria.

The Adegoke Adelabu Foundation, founded on September 3, 2015 (Adelabu’s posthumous 100th birthday) and which I chair, successfully held the 2017 Adegoke Adelabu Annual Memorial Lecture on Saturday, March 25, this year.

The venue was Adelabu’s home, which he named the “Taj Mahal” at Oke Oluokun, Ibadan, Oyo State. And the Guest Speaker at the well-attended lecture was the erudite scholar, lecturer and Islamic leader, Professor (Engineer) Sabitu Olagoke JP. The topic of Professor Olagoke’s well researched lecture was “Roles of Youth in the promotion of communal peace and progress.”

Adegoke Adelabu hailed from a double aristocratic lineage. Born in Oke-Oluokun, Ibadan on September 3, 1915, to middle class parents, he had an enviable start in life relative to prevailing conditions of the time.
His father, Sanusi Ashiyanbi Adelabu, was a scion of the famous Oluokun Chieftaincy Ruling House of Ibadan, whose members in turn, were direct maternal descendants of the Alaafin Ruling House of Oyo. A talented cloth weaver of repute, Ashiyanbi was accustomed to royal treatment and was rich enough to possess and keep a stable with many horses for pleasure.

His mother, Awujoola Ajoke, was also linked by birth to the first king of Ibadan, who used the title Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Abass Okunola Aleshinloye (1930-1946) and like her husband, she too was a successful trader in dyed cloth.

To many people within and outside Nigeria, Adelabu is known as a firebrand politician with only political achievements to his credit. Little or nothing is known, or said, of his other attainments outside the realm of politics. One such area of unmatched distinction is the academic domain.

Adegoke Adelabu had his elementary education at St. David’s CMS Elementary School, Kudeti, Ibadan (1925-1929), and CMS Central School, Mapo, Ibadan (1930). He then attended Government College, Ibadan (1931-1933) before proceeding for further studies (1936) at the Higher College, Yaba, Lagos which was Nigeria’s only tertiary institution then in existence.

Right from the onset of his education career, Adelabu showed promise of academic excellence and later proved to be a child prodigy in classroom performance. For example, his exceptional brilliance earned him double promotions at each of the three tiers of learning; an uncommon feat that was appreciatively rewarded with enabling scholarship awards. Not only that, he had the unparalleled distinction of maintaining the first position in each class, beating his erstwhile seniors after each double promotion!

If this performance feat today appears most incredible, concrete personal testimonies abound to support Adelabu’s official school records. In his condolence remarks at Adelabu’s transition on Match 25, 1958, the late Professor Saburi Biobaku, historian, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, and a contemporary of Adelabu’s at Government College, Ibadan testified in part; “As one who was his contemporary in school, I have known him from his boyhood. At the Government College, Ibadan, he was known as Joseph Adegoke Sanusi and was undoubtedly the most brilliant boy to have passed through that school so far.”

Twenty-one years ago, I wrote a tribute to Adegoke Adelabu titled, “What a peculiar miss”, which was published in the Vanguard newspaper issue of Tuesday, April 9, 1996, and I wish to refresh my reader’s memories here with the said tribute.

“Having waited in vain since last Monday (March 25, 1996) for either a spoken or written word to commemorate the 38th Anniversary of the death of the ‘Lion of Ibadan Politics’ nay the old Western Region politics, Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu (he died in a motor accident on March 25, 1958), one is tempted to utter “What a peculiar miss” with equal amazement as he, Adelabu pooh-poohed the corruption charges against him in 1956, while serving as the Chairman of the defunct Ibadan District Council.

“Adelabu had described the charge of financial misdeeds as a “peculiar mess”, an expression, his devotees corrupted to “penkelemeesi” a sobriquet Adelabu eventually had to bear till death and even thereafter.

“A great nationalist in the genre of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello, Aminu Kano, Anthony Enahoro, Habib Raji Abdullah, Mbonu Ojike, etc, I grew up to know and meet the gifted orator, merchandise salesman, first African Manager (UAC), cooperative inspector, journalist, charismatic politician, council chairman, federal minister, and leader of opposition by virtue of my being the eldest grandchild of the late Mama Asma’u Odunola Alabi of Ekerin Ajengbe Clan Ibadan.

“Grandma, “Iya Ile-Ekerin” (Mother of Ekerin Clan) as she was popularly known, was the leader of the women wing of the defunct NCNC under Adelabu in Ibadan, while the late Alhaja Humuani Apampa, alias “Orababa”, her protégé, from Bashorun Apampa, Compound, Isale-Osi, Ibadan, was the deputy leader.

The many political meetings and rallies at our Isale Jebu-Oja’Ba-Isale Osi axis of the city still remain vivid in one’s memory with the multitude of followers and admirers. This treatise is, however, not aimed at the expansive and awe-inspiring political hue of Adelabu. Rather, it is aimed at recapturing some of his visionary thoughts on a wide range of subjects.

Education is the foundation of freedom; ignorance is the basis of slavery. If you would free a people, first and foremost, educate them. The illiterate man is only half a man. He is already slave enough to his unfounded fears, his uncurbed passion, his natural instincts.

I want a career open to talent. I want opportunities based on merit. I want the son of the Fulani herdsman in Sokoto, the son of the cocoa, plantain labourer in Ibadan, the son of a railway porter in Enugu, and the sons of their Highnesses the Emir of Katsina, the Ooni of Ife, and the Obi of Onitsha to stand an equal chance of succeeding Dr. Mellanby as the next Principal of Ibadan University College. Such a career is open to talents in America. Such a career is open to talents in England. Such a career is open to talents in Germany. We shall labour without respite until such a career is open to talents in our own Nigeria.

Our raw materials – tin, gold, bauxite, coal, petroleum, lignite, zinc, cocoa, palm oil, palm kernel, cotton, groundnut, rubber, coffee, hides an skins, shea butter, castor seed, tobacco, cattle, cereals, herbs, timber, and poultry, point the way of development. The power problem must be solved in a comprehensive way with the electricity generated form the Niger/Benue Valley Authority Project.

“Our land, rail, water, and air transport systems must be integrated into one efficient whole. Our labour manpower must be given requisite skilled technical training which will enable them to play their new role as the backbone of a new industrial civilisation. These tasks must be faced squarely and manly.

National Unity
The crux of the problem of unity is that sacrifices, great sacrifices, must be made by individual, groups, tribes, sections, bodies, classes, and religions, in order to usher in that unity which will secure for us freedom and independence. It is not that we do not love our tribe, religion, class, and region, but we love Nigeria more. We hereby implore all partisans and religionists to join us in the Great Adventure. The stake is well worth the sacrifice.”
A radical socialist and fanatical nationalist, Adelabu held managerial positions with the United Africa Company Limited (UAC) in its various departments, such as the first African Manager, UAC produce (1936-37); Merchandise salesman (1937-38); Inspector, Cooperative Department (1938-44); and Manager, UAC Haberdashery, Lagos (1945-46).

Before his election as a legislator for Ibadan Division in 1951, Adelabu had for five years been in business and journalism. He later became Chairman of Ibadan District Council, Federal Minister of Social and Welfare Development and Leader of Opposition in the Western Region House of Assembly.

On himself, Adelabu wrote: “There is running through my life an insatiable thirst for knowledge, a continuous quest in search of new adventure, an irresistible urge to taste life in all its delicious mixture and intriguing complexities. There is a coherent philosophy at the basis of this attitude to life, which I hope to live to propound and amplify in all its ramifications.”Though death cut short his dreams at just 43, the propagation and ramification of the ideals of geniuses like him don’t die with them.
• Alabi is Agba Akin of Ibadanland

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bayo Adelabu Foundation Empowers 430 Widows in Ibadan

It was a glorious Easter celebration for the widows in Ibadan on Saturday the 15th of April, 2017 as Bayo Adelabu Foundation (BAF) hosted the people to a wonderful Easter event for widows empowerment where he doled out a sum of #15,000 to 430 widows as a zero interest loan.

Bayo Adelabu Foundation in collaboration with SeedVest Micro Finance Bank Limited was able to make the scheme a reality.
It was a jam-packed event as the turnout was awesome with lots of attendees and well wishers present to grace the occasion.

Bayo Adelabu himself, the Chief philanthropist of the foundation was present with his youthful aura and commanding presence to turn up the event. Equally present were eminent personalities to liven up the event as well.

Tope Alabi, the gospel artist then entertained the crowd with her powerful and inspirational Christian songs to make the event an entertaining one.

The awardees spreads through the 33 Local Government in Oyo State
The recipients of the loan scheme also took their time out to express their profound appreciation to the principal Oloye Adebayo Adelabu who according to them, took the time to make sure the program was carefully harmonized, lacking of uncoordinated discrepancies which are usually synonymous with such programs. The widows also appreciated the fact that it was not hijacked by politician and partisan powers who would rather bend the program to their own advantage.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kemi Olunloyo Finally Granted #1M Bail

The controversial journalist and blogger, Kemi Olunloyo, was on Tuesday granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.

Kemi Olunloyo had been remanded in Port Harcourt prison for over a month, she was however granted bail in the sum of N1 million.

It will be recalled that the journalist/blogger was arrested by security operatives in Ibadan over material published online and believed to have offended a frontline Port Harcourt-based cleric, Pastor Ibiyeomie


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