Number 12 Jimi Bewon Street in Ogudu GRA – the residence of the late lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Adebayo Sikiru Oshinowo – received a high-powered delegation from the State Government on Friday.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led members of the State’s Executive Council to commiserate with the widow and family of the late lawmaker, who died on Monday at the age of 64.
The Governor’s delegation was received by members of the House of Assembly and their colleagues representing Kosofe constituencies in the House of Representatives.
Sanwo-Olu described the late Sen. Oshinowo, fondly called Pepperito by his admirers, as “a patriotic and passionate nation builder”, noting that the deceased dedicated his adult life and energy to the service of Lagos and the nation.
While condoling his widow, Alhaja Mariam Oshinowo, the Governor painted a glowing memory of his personal meetings with Sen. Oshinowo, recalling that the deceased usually had abundance of advice to offer on good governance and how party unity could be entrenched.
The Governor described Oshinowo’s death as a “colossal loss” to Lagos and Nigeria; he urged his family members and political associates to take the circumstances surrounding his death as a will of God.
He said: “I am personally at a loss over the death of Senator Adebayo Oshinowo. I am yet to recover from the shock because of the good relationship I had with him, even before I became the Governor. His passing is also a huge loss to our nation and Lagos State in particular, because of his years of service.
“No doubt that Senator Oshinowo’s personality was larger than life. His death has left a void, not only in leadership, but also in the hearts of all of us, who are his associates. He was a detribalised Nigerian and a true Lagosian.*
Sanwo-Olu urged the deceased family members to take solace in the fact that the late lawmaker gave his all in the service of God and humanity.
The Governor also conveyed the condolence message of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to the deceased family.
Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, urged the deceased’s widow and children to keep their faith in Allah, noting that the lawmaker was a “good man” whose large-heart was felt beyond politics.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed, led prayers for the deceased.
The late Oshinowo’s son, Dr. Tunde, appreciated the Governor and members of the State’s cabinet for visit, saying the death left the family in shock.
He said: “On behalf of my mother and the rest of the family members, I express our gratitude to Gov. Sanwo-Olu and all members of his entourage for this visit to share in our grief. Spiritually, my dad had prepared us for this moment but we never prepared physically. This is a pain and burden the family would carry on for the rest of our lives. We have accepted Allah’s wish over the death of our father.”
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…absorbs new graduates into full time employment
For the second time in two months, Ecobank Nigeria has hosted another set of its trainees from its state of the art academy to a virtual graduation ceremony who were automatically absolved into full time employment. The Ecobank Nigeria Management Trainees Batch 2 (EMDP 2) comprises 53 graduates who were trained at the Ecobank Nigeria Academy for 21 months. Ecobank Nigeria had in May this year organised a virtual graduation ceremony for 57 graduate trainees, the first of its kind by any bank in the country.
In his comment, the Managing Director, Patrick Akinwuntan reiterated that the bank’s deliberate policy to train and equip its workforce is in line with its transformation drive to make the bank the most preferred financial institution in the country, adding that it is also targeted to better serve its customers in a convenient and accessible manner particularly as the nation rebounds from the COVID19 lockdown.
According to him, Ecobank has also invested in a robust technology-based model which positions the bank to cope with current and future challenges including the provision of convenient digital banking services to customers in a seamless manner across 33 countries on the African continent.
“Our Mobile Banking app is unique as it’s a single App for the entire continent and our USSD *326# is very convenient. We have Ecobank Online for individuals; Ecobank Omniplus and EcobankOmnilite for corporate and SME clients respectively. Our Agency banking Ecobank Xpresspoints brings banking to every neighbourhood. You can open an account in minutes on our Mobile platform while our POSs and ATMs are everywhere in the country”.
Speaking further, the Managing Director encouraged the graduands to remain ethical and diligent in the delivery of the vision of the bank to become the most preferred financial services payments brand in Nigeria to support the economic development of households and growth of trade, manufacturing and commerce in Nigeria and Africa.
“Your professional journey in this bank begins today. What you become in future in this bank depends on the goals you have set for your self. You now represent the Ecobank brand which is why you must be conscious of your actions and activities both at work and anywhere you find yourself. Let me also advise you that since you are privileged to work in this pan African and a multi- lingual financial institution, endeavour to learn at least another language. You also need to be digitally sound to fit in to the emerging global banking environment.”
Registrar/Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, ‘Seye Awojobi, described Ecobank as a trail blazer in the industry for hosting second digital graduation within two months. He lauded the high premium the bank places on training and building the competencies of its workforce, stressing that Ecobank has great foresight and well positioned for the new normal in the global banking arena.
Awojobi who spoke on ‘making a difference as a professional banker’ advised the graduands to have sound industry knowledge, focus on their vision, display resilience in a high pressure environment and possess entrepreneurial mind-set to excel in the banking profession. He also harped on integrity and excellence
While assuring them of the maximum support of the Institute to help them succeed in their chosen career, he enjoined them to put to good use the top notch training offered them at the Ecobank Academy for the good of the bank, the banking sector and the economy as a whole.
“I congratulate you for choosing banking as your career. To achieve your desired success, you should imbibe the right attitude, manage your time well and focus on what is of value to you, your bank and the industry.” “You should also read wide, surround yourself with like minds, choose mentors to guide you, be ethical and display integrity n all your dealings and always strive for excellence at all times.”
Welcoming the graduands formally to the bank, Acting Head, Human Resources, Ecobank Nigeria, Kunle Adewuyi said the bank is performance based that offers an enabling and conducive environment for staff to excel to the highest level. He noted that the bank’s reward system remains a motivating factor for high performance and productivity.
He explained that the intensive Management trainee program which ran for 21 months at the Ecobank Nigeria Academy is aimed at equipping the participants ( graduates) who may be coming from non-financial and banking related academic backgrounds with the necessary skill solutions. He disclosed that the trainees were exposed to different departments and functions of the bank.
Group Head, Talent, Learning and organizations Development, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Smon Rey who represented the Group Head, Human Resources, ETI advised the graduands on the need to aspire, strive for excellence to achieve their career goals and contribute meaningfully to the growth of the pan African bank.
He emphasized collaboration and team work to excel, urging them to brace up for the future financial system post COVID 19.
Keystone Bank has approved N500 million through the Central Bank of Nigeria to support the Nigerian Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS).
The National Coordinator of the group, Mr Retson Tedheke, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, expressing his delight over the development.
He said that Mr Akinsanmi Falaki, Divisional Head of the North and Public Sector Directorate of Keystone Bank had visited the NFGCS farm settlement at Ga’ate in Nasarawa State for final inspection.
According to the coordinator, Falaki has assured the group that the bank is also committed to increasing the loan offer, based on established values and the structure of the group.
He quoted Falaki as saying: “this is my third visit to a farm in my entire life but I have never seen anything like this considering the size of the infrastructure here.
“Unlike others, here you have a farming community where the key actors live in the farm to monitor the day to day operations of the farm.
“We have found a good partner in you and this has to do with the value you can bring on the table for mutual benefits.
“We will continue to work closely with you to increase the relationship we have built overtime”.
Tedheke said the support, coming at a time when the world, including Nigeria was being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, was a welcome development.
He said that with the dwindling price of crude oil in the international market, it was only wise for government and relevant stakeholders to help actualise the diversification effort.
He assured that the NFGCS would continue to work to change the narrative about agriculture, particularly among youths in Nigeria.
According to him, the belief that agriculture, particularly farming, is for the indigent and old is an erroneous one.
He added that great revolution was taking place in agriculture across the globe, noting that Nigeria could not afford not to key in.
It was reported that the over 3,000 hectres NFGCS farm centre at Ga’ate was established in 2017.
The farm settlement, which has different value chains, including production, processing, marketing and engineering, is into livestock and crops such as rice, yam, maize, soybean, among others.
Google on Friday, highlighted five YouTube channels for e-learning with schools in Nigeria closed, due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Communication Officer Google, West Africa, said in a statement that e-learning had become the new normal.
Kola-Ogunlade said that this had left many parents stressed as they had to juggle their own work and activities while serving as home teachers for their children.
He said to help parents out and give them the much-needed break, Google had compiled a list of five YouTube channels to help parents teach their children and keep them occupied.
“BinoandFino is a cartoon series about a brother and sister, duo named Bino and Fino who live with their family in Nigeria.
“The channel reveals exciting adventures that help children discover and learn about Africa and the rest of the world.
“The content is wide-ranging; so viewers can learn about things such as water creating electricity, the flags of some African countries or even how important it is to eat healthy fruit,” he said.
Açcording to him, Ogun Digi Class Channel is an Ogun State Government initiative with contents appealing to both primary and secondary school students.
He said that children could learn English, Mathematics, Basic Science, Computer Science, Arts and Commercial subjects.
Kola-Ogunlade said it was the first of its kind in Nigeria to feature experienced educators from Ogun State sharing their knowledge on different subjects.
He said that another was Akili and Me, an edutainment channel on fun educational preschool learning videos from across the African continent.
Kola-Ogunlade said that students joined Akili, Happy Hippo, Little Lion and Bush Baby to learn letters, numbers, art, reading, vocabulary skills and more.
According to him, the channel, which is dedicated to toddlers during the COVID-19 pandemic, has over 260, 000 subscribers and also features videos geared toward helping toddlers get a grip on their emotions.
He said that Simone’s Oasis channel is owned by Tonye Faloughi-Ekezie and it was created out of her experience, entertaining her own children – Ugo, a boy and Sim Sim, a girl.
Kola-Ogunlade said drawing on what she learned from raising a special-needs child living with Down syndrome, she shared content to help others on their journey.
Açcording to him, some of the entertaining sing-along-videos on the channel include, nursery rhyme mashups, Incy Wincy Spider, Nigeria 36 states, and Eko Bridge.
The communication officer said the fifth channel SokidzTV – is owned by Sceneonetv and it offered a variety of songs and nursery rhymes in English and Yoruba.
He said children could also learn about numbers, the alphabet, colours and other topics that helped with mental development.
“As parents adapt and become teachers to children at home, these YouTube channels help by relieving some of the stresses associated with home learning,’’ Kola-Ogunlade said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that YouTube is Google’s company and had become the world’s popular online video community.
Last week, we were thrilled at the return of live sports to our screens with LaLiga reminding us how much we missed watching our favourite players, and the exhilarating feeling of cheering on our team to be victorious in their matches.
Well, this week, we have more LIVE action to be excited about.
- GOtv football fans got to witness the resumption of Premier League this Wednesday, which kicked off with a catch-up fixture with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United in Birmingham. The match ended with a goalless draw, 0-0. Fans will also watch the first full round of Premier League from June 20th, with matches such as Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal airing this Saturday, 20th June at 3pm and Newcastle United vs Sheffield United this Sunday, 21st June at 2pm. Catch these matches on SuperSport Select 2 (channel 32), available on GOtv Max & Jolli.
- Live LaLiga matches featuring Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis and Atletico Madrid vs Real Valladolid will both air this Saturday, 20th June at 4pm and 9pm respectively. Catch these matches and more on SuperSport Select 4 (channel 34), available on GOtv Max.
- Viewers get to see one of Africa’s top footballing sons, Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action as Arsenal takes on Brighton & Hove Albion.
- Did you know Serie A Kicks off this Saturday, 20th June with Torino hosting Parma at 6:30pm on SuperSport Select 5? Well, now you do! This match will be the first of four postponed games on the opening weekend. After the catch-up games, the 27th round of action will be played with matches schedules from Monday to Wednesday, such as Bologna vs Juventus at 8:45pm on 22nd June, Verona vs Napoli at 6:30pm and Genoa vs Parma at 8:45pm, both on 23rd June. You can catch all these matches on SuperSport Select 5 (channel 36), available on GOtv Max.
- That’s not all! GOtv customers also get to watch other LIVE sports such as WWE SmackDown at 1am on Saturday, 20th June. You can catch other WWE live action on SuperSport Select 5 (channel 36).
For more details on these matches and other LIVE sporting action, visit www.supersport.com and follow the social media updates on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #LiveSportReturns.
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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He made the announcement on Friday at the Party’s Secretariat in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
His Deputy, Philip Shaibu, is expected to formally declare for the PDP in Auchi today.
Meanwhile, all things being equal, Governor Obaseki will appear before the PDP Screening Committee today, to be screened as one of the aspirants seeking the party ticket to contest the September 19 governorship election.
The PDP had shifted its primary election earlier scheduled for today, till June 23 and 24, ostensibly to accommodate Governor Obaseki.
The Hon. Kingsley Chinda led committee had earlier screened three aspirants. Two of the aspirants; Gideon Ikhine and Ogbeide Ihama were at the venue of the exercise but Mr Kenneth Imansuangbon was screened virtually.
Other members of the committee included Oladimeji Fabiyi, Senator Joy Emordi, Aishat Hasindu, and Boyele Debekeme (the secretary).
Then, the Chairman of the five-member Screening Committee, Kingsley Chinda, had told reporters before the commencement of the exercise which held behind closed doors that the PDP was determined to select its best candidate in order to regain control of Edo State.
Obaseki had defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC) after his disqualification by the party’s Screening Committee.
The disqualification was believed to have been engineered by the suspended chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Officials of the PDP had been engaged in negotiations with Obaseki and top officials of his government on power-sharing between the two blocs ahead of his defection in the last few days.
Though details and terms of the negotiations could not be ascertained at press time yesterday, it was gathered that part of the negotiation was to give him the party’s ticket but some of the aspirants are said to be resisting the move.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria free of wild polio, following the completion of documentation for the free status.
The UN health agency disclosed this on its regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, official twitter account @WHOAFRO.
“Today, Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus free status was accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC).
“It is a historic day for Nigeria, Africa and the Global Polio Programme,’’ WHO said.Meanwhile, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in a tweet at @drfaisalshuaib, described the documentation as historical.
“Amazing moment in history to have had our polio-eradication documentation accepted by (ARCC); the Nigeria team led by NPHCDA and partners demonstrated evidence of our polio-free status.
“Nigeria achieving a Wild Polio Virus-free status today, is significant on multiple fronts.
“I look back at the incredible leadership that has brought us here.
“Apart from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the two most important people who have made it possible due to their financial and technological contributions have been Mr Aliko Dangote and Mr Bill Gates.
“Thanks for this unquantifiable gift to Nigeria,’’ he said.
Nigeria has recorded 745 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 18,480.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Thursday through its official Twitter handle.
NCDC said that the 745 new confirmed cases were from 21 states, with six deaths as at June 18.
The health agency said that no new state reported a case in the last 24 hours.
The NCDC said that Lagos reported the highest number of cases with 280 new cases and Oyo was second with 103 new infections.
Amongst others were Ebonyi (72), FCT(60), Imo(46), Edo(34), Delta(33), Rivers(25), Kaduna(23), Ondo(16), Katsina(12), Kano(10), Bauchi(8), Borno(7), Kwara(5), Gombe(4), Sokoto(2), Enugu(2), Yobe(1), Osun(1), Nasarawa(1).
The NCDC said that till date, 18,480 cases have been confirmed; 11,698 active cases; 6,307 cases treated and discharged; 106,006 samples collected and 475 deaths recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The NCDC said a sudden loss of taste and smell with fever, headache or runny nose might be COVID-19.
It called on Nigerians not to ignore these symptoms, adding that they should call their state hotline immediately to arrange for a test.
The health agency said every treatment regiment to be used in Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 must be supported by science.
NCDC said that Nigerians should avoid sharing items at their place of worship including books, mats, microphones, kettles etc.
It, however, advised Nigerians that they should remember that it was better to worship at home and avoid mass gatherings to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19.