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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Imbalance in Revenue sharing Making Nigerians Poor – Aregbesola

The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has blamed imbalance in the nation’s revenue sharing formula as being responsible for the high poverty rate in the country.

The governor spoke in Osogbo while conducting members of the standing committee of Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, led by its president, Funke Egbemode, round some of the projects executed by his administration.
Aregbesola said more than 70 percent of the nation’s oil resources goes to less than one percent of the total population, thereby leaving large number of the populace living below poverty line.
According to him, huge resources concentrated in hands of the few was not even properly channeled to the development of the nation and if people do not cultivate the habit of working hard to add value to the economic activities, the country will continue to remain poor.
Aregbesola said: “The large chunk of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of few while majority wallow in abject poverty. And the resources are not utilized for any development.
“Sadly, work does not pay in Nigeria today as those who work very well are the most poor. Our inability to develop values out of nature brought us to this abysmal level of poverty.
“Therefore, for as long as we don’t work for this wealth, it will lead to lack of productivity. Work must be the major attraction for all of us rather than our heavy reliance on rent seeking oil economy of the present.”
Reacting, President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Funke Egbemode, attributed the development and progress of the state to the atmosphere of peace and security being enjoyed.
She said it was obvious that something had changed in Osun and there had been a significant improvement in terms of infrastructures in the state since the present administration came on board.
She expressed delight that state of Osun, especially Osogbo, the state capital is now looking more clean, developed and beautiful.
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Osun Set to Dominate Beef Market with O-Beef

The State of Osun is set to dominate the supply of beef to larger markets in Oyo, Lagos and other parts of the South West of Nigeria.

This was revealed during a tour of Oloba Farm Settlement, Iwo where 1,500 hectares of land have been acquired, and a 78-hectare cattle ranch established for the fattening of Cattle and Goats.
The ranch has the capacity to produce 10,000 Cattle amongst other animals being raised for meat production
Recall that the government of Osun sent 40 youth to Germany to acquire modern agricultural techniques in 2015.
Another set of 2,806 Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES cadet were also trained in modern agriculture practices at the OREAP Youth Academy, Odua farmers Academy and Leventis foundation.
Olumide Ojo, one of the German trainees who resides at the Oloba Cattle Ranch, said he and other trainees are in high spirits as they’ve begun the first batch of 45-day goat-fattening beef production.
Thousands of Cattle are also being raised in the ranch.
Other trainees who arrived from Germany in 2016 are also breeding Pigs using modern techniques at Leventis foundation fattening centre, Ilesa.
In addition to the above, the Osun government has secured 2,000 hectares of land for another Cattle ranch in Ede and Ejigbo local government areas.
A N40M loan support was also granted to registered Pig farmers’ cooperative society in the State to boost meat production.
The German trained farmers stated that in a week or two, the first batch of fattened Goats will be ready for sale in various markets across the South West.
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Ile-Ife clash: Police Parade Suspects

The police have paraded 20 suspects who were directly or indirectly involved in the killing and destruction of properties during the fracas in Ile-Ife.Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, while briefing journalists said at least 96 people were taken to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital for treatment.

“81 people were treated and discharged while 15 are still on admission and receiving treatment,” Moshood stated. Those paraded by the police are – Eluwole Akeem, Eluwole Kuburat, Ayoola Abimbola, Bello Wahab, Prophet Taiwo Fakuwajo, Oba Ademola Ademiluyu, Elufisan Akintoye, Peter Omisope, Adefisan Isaac and Adelekan Kehinde.
Others are – Elufisan Akintoye, Omisanmi Isaac, Olarewaju Daniel, Seyi Akinyombo, Adejube Monday, Olarewaju Adebayo, Akanbi Adeyinka, Obimakinde Samuel, Alhaji Zakariyau Abdulyekini, Bamidele Elusanmi, Jimoh Sakiru, Clement Kehinde, and Clement Kehinde.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects included knives and axes.
The Force spokesman added: ” The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, deployed Police Special Intervention Force, comprising five units of the Police Mobile Force, five Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Special Anti -Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD and Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), with their Headquarters in Ile-Ife, led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“The operation covered the entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other flash/trouble spots in Osun State, and was successfully executed leading to the arrest, detention and investigation of 38 suspects out of which 20 suspects were found culpable for direct and indirect participation in the killing of innocent people, maiming and destruction of properties of the victims worth millions of naira. They will be prosecuted on completion of investigation,
“The remaining 18 suspects have been released unconditionally for lack of prima facie evidence against them.”
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Ooni Of Ife To Address British House Of Commons On Tuesday

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is to address the British House of Commons in the United Kingdom on Tuesday alongside other guests and Members of Parliament (MPs) at BRITAFRIQUE- an international trade, investment and tourism symposium.
This was made known at the dinner and awards event which held on Saturday night at the Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel on Park Lane, London.
It was organised by the outgoing chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK), Tunde Loye, under the auspices of the Babatunde Loye – BL- Foundation, to honour Nigerians in the Diaspora and support charity works.
 The Guardian learnt that the dinner was oversubscribed, leading to minor skirmish, in which the Ooni and some MPs were almost denied access into the venue.
The security men at the March Arch based hotel were said to have locked the entrance, thus preventing a handful of guests who were just arriving from entering.
Besides, guests who were about stepping out for whatever reasons were told that once they left they would not be allowed back into the venue as it was full to capacity by 9pm.
Some guests could not get seats because the reception area was already crowded with exhibitors and some of the disappointed guests.
However, former Mayor of Lambeth, Councilor Ade Aminu, was sighted pleading with the security men to let the stranded guests in.
“I have four guests outside who paid £400 and there is even a Member of Parliament among those waiting outside. These are the people that made it possible for the Ooni to see Prince Charles a few days ago,” he told the security men.
But head of the security men replied: “I don’t care whether an MP is outside or not, the people who employed me to guard the King said we should not allow anyone in again.”
Loye was not available for comments when this reporter left around 10pm.
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