Owan West boss honours departed heroes

Executive Chairman of Owan West Local Government Council of Edo State, Hon. Frank Ilaboya, on Friday, January 15th, 2021, joined his counterparts in other local government areas in honouring fallen  heroes of war at 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration. The event, which took place at the Council Secretariat in Sabongidda Ora,  witnessed large numbers of legioners, religious leaders from both the christian & muslim communities, traditional leaders, security chiefs, party bigwigs and other key stakeholders in the local government area. Hon. Ilaboya, while saluting the sacrifices of the departed …

AAP chair outlines vision to reposition party in Edo State

By Iduozee Paul State Chairman of the Action Alliance Party(AAP), in Edo State, Engr. Israel Iyobosa Guobadia, has vowed that the party will participate in the forthcoming local government elections and begged the masses to come to work and build the party. Engr. Guobadia made the statement during an interactive chat with the Journalists at the party Secretariat in Benin City. He lamented that the party over the years in the state has not been able to show good record because of bad leadership of the previous executives. “Our vision…

Obaseki pays respect to fallen heroes, highlights role of ex-service men in addressing insecurity

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has harped on the need to take advantage of the experiences of ex-service men in addressing the security challenges confronting the country. The governor made the call after laying a wreath in honour of Nigerian fallen heroes during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration, in Benin City, the Edo State capital. He said, “In the last few years, the challenges facing our security men are on the increase as a result of the insurgency in the country. It is important to encourage the ex-service…

Ayeni: How not to show ingratitude to a benefactor

By Sumonu JacobsWhat could be more rewarding to a man, even in the face of defeat or victory than humility and the courage and wisdom to give up when the ovation is loudest?  This is a rare virtue among men of today. Many have fallen out of the way in their journey to the top because they allowed pride to take the better part of their sense of judgement.  Like in 2015 when the defunct Skye Bank (now Polaris Bank) was at the verge of collapsing, Mr Tunde Ayeni’s name…

Let Captain Hosa be – ex-militant leaders warn Tunde Ayeni

A coalition of former militant leaders involved in the anti-Pipeline Vandalization, Oil Theft and Illegal Bunkering activities along the waterways and creeks of the Niger Delta region have described as “pure blackmail” the allegations of mismanagement, stealing and diversion funds leveled against business tycoon, Captain Hosa Okunbor, the chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions(OMSL) Nigeria Ltd by a former business partner and ex- Managing Director of Skye Bank, Mr Olatunde John Ayeni. According to the former militants, though they have forwarded a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector…

Our objectives go beyond making life difficult for our female counterparts, says SMAN

Elders Stingy Men Association of Nigeria(SMAN) has assured that their concept, visions, goals and objectives go beyond making life difficult for their female counterparts.  In a statement signed by Cletus Opukeme, a national ex-officio member of the Abuja branch, the new group said: “Elders Stingy Men Association of Nigeria(SMAN) vision may be different from the youths. Although, we are both pursuing the same objectives, using different approaches. “Our SMAN agenda is to make future millionaires through entrepreneurial development resulting from financial prudence/management and zero tolerance to financial waste or profligacy. …

Obaseki inaugurates 18,000 Extended Special Public Jobs programme in Edo

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has inaugurated the Federal Government’s 18,000 Extended Special Public Works Programme (ESPWP) for youths in rural areas across the state. The Extended Special Public Works Programme is an initiative of the Federal Government to empower 774,000 unemployed youths across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country. The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Edo State Government House and Protocol, Mrs. Julie Olatunji, reiterated the commitment of the state government to support initiatives that would empower more youths in the state. Noting that…

Nigeria stronger together, says Osinbajo at Armed Forces Remembrance Service

Despite differences in religion, ethnicity, political affiliations, or other diversities, Nigerians of all generations and from all walks of life must endeavour to commit to ensuring Nigeria’s unity, because the nation is stronger together than apart, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The Vice President spoke at the Interdenominational Church Service for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, which held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday. According to Prof. Osinbajo, who was represented at the Church Service by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr.…

A painful ode to an exceptional Nigerian: Albert Okumagba (1964-2020)

By Dr. Godknows Igali  More poignantly, day-to-day, the crimson truth sinks deep, that “no man knows the day or the hour”. None! So the date 19th November, 2020, may not elapse nippily in the memory of many Nigerians of present day. If for nothing, for the fact that one of the nation’s most fanatical patriots, Albert Egbaroghene Okumagba, suddenly checked out of this realm. Born on the last year of baby-boomers (4th April, 1964), he was merely 56 years old at death; way too short from even the Biblical nethermost…