There appears to have been a breakthrough in the search for the next Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State as the heads of Akiogun Ruling House, community leaders, elders and youths of Iruland have picked a former commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development in the state, Prince Aremo Adesegun Abiodun Oniru as the next Oniru of Iruland.
Heads of Akiogun Ruling House, community leaders (baales) of some settlements in Iruland including Baale of Ilabare, Chief Ahmed Basorun, Baales of Oko Kuku, Ipewun, Osolu, Alakoto, Mosafejo, Falomo, Abule Ode amongst others unanimously agreed that Prince Adesegun Oniru should be installed as the next Oniru of Iruland.
Others including women, youths and several residents of the area, who were present at the venue of the declaration lent their voices to the choice of Prince Adesegun Oniru, son of the late Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abiodun Oniru, who died in September, 2019, as the next Oba of Iruland.
This declaration was however, preceded by a traditional rite, where kolanuts were thrown on the floor for a sign of approval or rejection.
The traditional rite was declared positive in favour of Prince Adesegun Oniru as the kolanuts turned to the positive side, an indication that his tenure as Oba would be peaceful and favourable to the town.
Prince Adesegun Oniru, an engineer, and administrator was born on March 11, 1965.
He attended Kafy Cross School, Lagos, St. Berriaden Private School, Ibara, Abeokuta, Hall School, Sussex, England, and Stafford House Tutorial College, England.
Adesegun Oniru also attended Waltham Forest College, U.K in 1989 and University of Westminster, U.K in 1991.
Prince Oniru was the Managing Director of Lagos State Waterfront and Tourism Development Corporation between 2003 and 2005, and Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure to Lagos State Governor in 2005.
He served as the Commissioner for Housing in Lagos State and later Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development in the state between 2007 and 2011.
It will be recalled that there had been wars amongst the various ruling houses in Iruland shortly after the demise of Oba Abiodun Oniru.
Just last week, a ruling house in the area, Abisogun Family described a report in a section of the media that the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to ex-governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Mr. Hakeem Ajasa has been picked as the next Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State as fake news.
According to the family, the selection of Ajasa, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) as the next Oniru of Iruland, is kangaroo and it was not known to the entire family.
The family said in a public notice titled; “Fake News By A Section of Abisogun Ruling House” that the “public and all interested parties are put on notice of the kangaroo selection of a person unknown to the entire Oniru Family to rule over their land and fill the currently vacant Oniru Chieftaincy stool.”
The family, who described themselves as Cheated Members of Abisogun Ruling House, alleged in the notice that was released to the media on Friday that being a policeman, they had information from reliable sources that Akeem Ajasa had harassed, intimidated and threatened other members of his ruling house.
The family insisted that from time immemorial, no member of any royal family could impose himself on the community. (First Weekly Magazine)
Nollywood filmmaker, Yomi Black has challenged OAP Toke Makinwa to come out to prove to the world how she is able to afford the expensive lifestyle she lives.
This was coming after the OAP blasted Nigerians over their support for what Cardi B was doing in the country when she was here.
According to Toke Makinwa, Nigerians stanned Cardi B just because she is an American celebrity, but they would rather pull down a Nigerian celebrity if they do the same.
But in his reaction, Yomi Black mentioned that Cardi B is real and she doesn’t deny being a stripper, unlike some people he knows who are motivational speakers on social media despite something questionable about them.
Yomi Black wrote:
“You see why people love someone like Cardi B? She owns her shit, just like the Kardashians. You get what you expect. She hasn’t denied being a stripper or enjoying showing her body. She doesn’t go around forming motivational speaker and quoting Bible passages on social media like some Saint.
Dear Toke, I dare you to openly show how you can afford your lifestyle. And don’t come with shit like you’re and actress or OAP because we all know how much both earn. Also don’t spew shit about endorsement deals because we are in marketing communications and know how much these deals are worth. This has got to be the most hypocritical post of 2019.”
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has ordered the suspension of the district Head of Fannami Ward, Lawan Mari in Bade Local Government of the state for alleged defiling a six year-old-boy.
According to a statement released by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Abdullahi Bego, the Governor has directed swift action against the district head.
The statement reads:
His Excellency has directed that appropriate administrative and legal measures be taken swiftly to investigate and prosecute the matter.
Consequently, the traditional ruler involved has been suspended indefinitely from his position as ward head of Fannami Ward, Gashu’a pending the outcome of police investigation into the matter.
A letter to that effect has already been served the ward head by Bade Local Government Council.”
As directed, a letter of suspension has already been issued to the district head.
More than 82 skilled technicians competed for honours in categories that include robotics, web and graphic design, plumbing, carpentry, shoemaking and fashion design during Africa’s biggest skills festival sponsored by Sterling Bank at the Landmark Events Centre in Lagos from December 4 -5.
At the end of the two-day skills festival organized by iCreate Africa Limited, 42 winners and 14 national champions emerged.
First of its kind on the African continent, the festival which promotes technical skills and vocational education had in attendance captains of industries, top government functionaries, 50 experts and judges, 200 volunteers and over 2500 local and international guests.
In his keynote address at the event, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank, disclosed that the bank is prepared to stand by skilled professionals who are out there solving the real problems of the country because their successes could inspire others as well as change the prevailing mindset about technical and vocational education.
Mr. Abubakar called for a change in mindset of stakeholders in the Labouré market such that people who are engaged in vocational skills could be respected and supported to earn decent living like their counterparts in white collar jobs. “Vocational skills have been reduced to a point where very few people are proud to say it is what they do for a living.”
He observed that the government alone cannot change the narrative and there was need for collaboration with the private sector. He commended iCreate Skills Africa Limited for working relentlessly to change the mindset of parents, teachers, students and the average person on the street concerning the value of acquiring vocational skills.
Also speaking, Minister of State for Education, Honourable Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, disclosed that the Federal Government has approved the establishment of new Federal Science and Technical Colleges in 16 states of the federation in an effort to reposition the nation’s educational system for self-reliance.
The minister noted that technical and vocational education and training hold the key to the development of the country’s industrial sector, adding that the challenges of youth unemployment could best be addressed through quality education that guarantees self-reliance.
Nwajiuba said entrepreneurship education and training is globally recognised as an important strategy for tackling youth unemployment. Consequently, the Federal Government has trained more than 500 science, vocational and mathematics teachers on the use of modern equipment and new approaches in schools, he said.
Pledging to continue to support iCreate in its future endeavours, Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment in Lagos State, Mrs. Solape Hammond, remarked that the ministry has trained more than 5,000 youths in different skills and empowered them with loans to start-up or upscale their various businesses.
The commissioner, who was represented by a senior official in the ministry, assured the audience that the Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment would not rest on its oars until it has achieved gainful employment for young people in the state.