The Oyo State Tourism Board said on Monday that the state government would soon build a tourism village as part of efforts to boost tourism in the state. Gabriel Asaolu, the General Manager of the board, said this in a recent interview. He said that the village would be sited at the premises of the board in order to attract people’s attention. Asaolu said that different types of cultural artifacts would be displayed at the village, adding that, anything that is cultural and natural will be there. “Different types of traditional games like ‘Ayo’ will also be at the village; there will be people to sell traditional foods and wine.Wears like Adire and the likes will all be sold there for people that visit to buy, rather than going to the market.By God’s grace, the place will be so fine that it will attract foreign investors; even foreigners will go there to relax.” he said. He added that the village would be built in 2014, and the state government would work hard to transform all aspects of the tourism sector in the state. Asaolu disclosed that government is also planning to renovate the tourist sites in the state, especially the Ado-Awaye suspended lake. “Very soon, the first phase of Agodi garden will be completed.Work will soon start on the Bower’s tower and other sites, while government has extended its transformation agenda to the board.” he said. “We have branded vehicle now, the road and gate to the board which was very bad is now motor able and tarred; the working environment is conducive for the workers.Our workers are happy to work, in fact, there is general transformation on tourism in the state, so let our people come to patronise us.”
The court of appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday dismissed a suit filed by a former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, to quash the N11.5 billion suit filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Alao-Akala, Senator Hosea Agboola and a business man, Olufemi Babalola, had appealed a December 12, 2012 ruling by Justice Akintunde Boade of the Oyo State High Court which held that they had a case to answer. The EFCC had arraigned the appellants before the court on an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy, contract awards without budgetary provisions, and obtaining by false pretence. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. Delivering judgment, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, held that the preliminary objection by Alao-Akala was premature. Dongban-Mensem held that Alao-Akala should have waited for the trial to go mid-way at the high court before appealing. She held that Alao-Akala did not provide enough evidence to warrant the court to quash the ruling of the lower court. The judge then ordered Alao-Akala to return to the high court for his trial.
By Bisi Oladele
Ibadan, the city of commerce and politics, is a unique place. This city of many hills, which used to be the largest in West Africa, is unique for its rich history, colourful political life and uniquely different residents. Interestingly, the city also has an exciting night life. From Oje, Ayeye and Inalende to Challenge, Alalubosa, Bodija and Akobo, residents bask in the ever changing but interesting night life. Before Governor Abiola Ajimobi started his urban renewal project in 2012, night life was poor due to security concern. Shop owners and residents closed early and withdrew to their homes to avoid falling victim of violence, rape, robbery and associated attacks. Even in the circumstance, densely populated remote communities still managed to enjoy a good night life. At major bus stops and popular locations, petty traders selling cooked food and liquour kept the areas bubbling till about midnight. Places such as Beere, Oje, Ojoo, Oke-Padre, Molete, Agodi/Gate, Sango, Ekotedo, Eleyele and Iwo Road interchange are still alive with such traders. They are hugely patronised by commercial drivers, commuters and local residents till about midnight daily, keeping the city aglow. Mokola, Ekotedo and Yemetu are three distinct areas which also enjoy this bubbling night life till date. With preponderance of such traders whose activities are strengthened by canteens, liquo-ur shops (popularly called beer palours), barbing salons and video club operators playing music in loud volume to passers-by and nearby revelers, such areas are pleasure haven for their customers. Hausa men keeping make-shift barbecue (Suya) shops with sex workers milling around close-by local brothels and liquour shops also add spices to the pleasure and the night’s hustle and bustle. For this reason, shop owners stay longer, commercial buses and motorcycles work for longer hours to meet the needs of night crawlers. The combination of these keeps the city alive till around midnight.
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The menace of area boys in Ibadan could be about to end as the chairman, Ibadan South-East Local Government Area, in the Oyo State capital, Alhaji Abass Bolaji Nojimdeen has initiated a rehabilitation and empowerment programme to take them off the streets. OSEHEYE OKWUOFU reports.
Ibadan South-East Local Government has within its territorial boundaries notable local areas including Mapo, Idi-Arare, Kudeti, Oja-Oba, Bere, Oje and other indigenous places located deep inside the heart of the city thickly populated by core indigenes of Ibadan. And here lies a large number of miscreant or area boys as they are called, the highest in all the local governments in the state. Visitors were usually welcome to the area by the intimidating presence of these boys who run after private vehicles especially posh cars. Even the locals who could afford a good car were not spared their harassment. They mill around the vehicles, even prostrating in front of moving ones, and soliciting for alms from the occupants. Looking unkempt, they are often dressed in shreds, dirty clothes, shouting after their targets “Baba re re baba ke , e sanu wa o…” (Please have mercy on us the good and wealthy one) as they pretend to serve as unsolicited body guards. In addition to begging, some do engage in acts of thuggery and other violent conducts which make them a danger not just to themselves but also the rest of the society. And this, has led to frequent embarrassment and intimidation of the unsuspecting visitors who were left to face the security challenges on their own. In Ibadan South-East Local Government Area, it was obvious from the bad image the miscreants are creating for the council and the state government that something urgent needed to be done to get them off the streets by engaging them in gainful employment that would help them become more useful to themselves and to the society. This, the council chairman, Alhaji Abass Bolaji Nojimdeen has recognised and has moved to achieve.
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Gospel artiste and creator of Tungba music, Yinka Ayefele, on Tuesday, survived an early morning inferno at his Ibadan, Oyo State home. The fire, which started about 6.00am at his sprawling residential building, was averted by men of the Oyo State Fire Service. Confirming the incident, David Ajiboye, publicist to the musician, said the fire incident started from one of the air conditioners at the pent house. It was, however, put out by the timely intervention of firefighters before it spread to other parts of the building. In a release, the popular singer said: “It could have been worse than this. I thank God almighty for His grace over my life, children and other members of the family. I particularly thank my staff, friends, neighbours and well wishers for their concern. I see this as a test of my faith. I know I serve a living God who will not leave me at any point in my life.” The gospel artiste also enjoined his fans not to blame the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company for the power surge that triggered the inferno, adding that the house was being powered by a generating set as at the time of the incident.
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has described the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 as a man of honour, who found favour before God to reach a landmark in his lifetime. President Jonathan made this remark on Tuesday when he paid the traditional ruler a visit as part of the centenary celebration, at the Monatan palace in Ibadan. Jonathan, who touched down at the Alakia Airport, Ibadan, around 3.16p.m. from Presidential jet 5N-FGT, was clad in white traditional attire with Yoruba cap to match. He was accompanied by the Senate President, Senator David Mark; Deputy Speaker, Honourable Ike Ihedioha, Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Hosea Ayoola Agboola, the National President of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu; Honourable Sallah Salley. The President was received at the airport by the Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and members of his executive, former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, Minister for FCT State, Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, Senator Teslim Folarin, Chief Hazeem Gbolarumi among others. All roads from the airport to the Monatan palace of the Olubadan was cordoned off as the president’s convoy drove through to the palace. The president who described himself as an Ibadan citizen because of his national youth service years in Ibadan, spoke glowingly of the monarch. He said “the Olubadan is a reputable man of honour and honesty, who God has favoured to reach a landmark. It’s a blessing to reach 100 years of age which is only given to special people.” He prayed that the traditional ruler will reach “100+1,+2+3 and many more years to come.”
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Properties worth thousands of naira were destroyed in an inferno that ravaged a six flat building at road 3A, house 2 NNPC depot road, Apata, Ibadan, on Monday night, destroying completely properties in three of the flats. The source of the fire according to an eyewitness, who informed the Nigerian Tribune cannot be ascertained, He added that the fire which started around 11.00pm on Monday night started from the front side of the flat upstairs. It was gathered that all properties in the three flats upstairs were totally burnt as no property was recovered from the scene after the incident. One of the occupants of the burnt flat who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune, Mr Clement Oladimeji said few minutes after listening to the news on Abuja bomb blast on Channels Television that he was alerted of the impending doom. According to Oladimeji “few minutes after I listened to the 10 o’clock news on the Abuja bomb blast on Channels Television, as I was relaxing on my bed I heard the shout of fire, fire, fire outside with people calling me to come outside. At first, I thought it was one of those distance calling, but when the voice was persistent I quickly ran outside naked because I was already on my bed. “It was my neighbours who gave me towel to wrap my body. The NNPC firefighters came to our rescue but there is a barrier by the side that restricted their operations. Though nobody died or was injured from the incident but all properties in all the three flats upstairs were burnt without sparing a pin,” he said
President Goodluck Jonathan has described the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, as a man of impeccable character whose reign has been peaceful. The president spoke yesterday at the monarch’s palace in Ibadan when he paid him a visit on his centenary birthday celebration. ”Oba Odulana is a man of impeccable character whose reign has witnessed peace and tranquility. “ To reach 100 years in life is a blessing,” the president said. Jonathan, who congratulated the monarch, wished him many more years of peaceful reign. NAN reports that the presidential jet 5N-FGT that conveyed the president landed at the airport in Ibadan at 3.12 p.m. while the jet that conveyed Senate President David Mark and his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha, landed at 2.55 p.m. Also on the president’s entourage were People Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu, the and presidential spokesman Dr Reuben Abati. The president was received at the Ibadan Airport by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Chief Jumoke Akinjide, the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as members of the Oyo State Executive Council. Others were a former governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, former Senate Leader, Chief Teslim Folarin, and other leading politicians. NAN also reports that the president was given a colourful reception at the airport.
President Jonathan with some top government officials visited the Olubadan of Ibadan yesterday to celebrate with the monarch on his centenary celebrations going on in the city right now. The visit was rescheduled due to the initial cancellation as a result of the recent bombing in Abuja.
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The Director-General, National Sports Commission, Mr. Gbenga Elegbeleye, on Monday said the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan, Oyo State, would soon be hosting international matches again. Elegbeleye told newsmen in Ibadan that this would be after the NSC was through with the ongoing rehabilitation of the stadium’s main pitch. He said the renovation work would end latest early next year at the former Liberty Stadium, which is renowned as the first international stadium in Nigeria. “Before the end of this year or early next year, the Super Eagles, Super Falcons and other national teams will be playing their matches here. “If the Eagles have been playing at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, why not here at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium?” he said. Elegbeleye, who recalled that the stadium last hosted an international competition in 1999, when Nigeria hosted the World Youth Championship, promised that everything would be done to realise the goal. On the National Stadium in Lagos, the NSC director-general said the facility was being privatised by government. “I cannot speak of the National Stadium in Lagos. But, as for the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, NSC is taking it over and everything will be done to make it functional,” he said. Elegbeleye said other facilities at the stadium would be renovated generally to pave the way for massive sports development. “NSC is not focusing on football development alone, but other sports as well. For instance, the hostels, which are being renovated, will be used for the camping of para-powerlifters ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that stadium was built in 1959, then as the Liberty Stadium, under the defunct Western Region Government. The government was led by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
The explosion that rocked the Nyanya Park in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, has forced the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan to cancel a trip to the South West city of Ibadan.
President Jonathan was at the scene of the blast with the Senate President, David Mark and Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu. “We have lost quite a number. We condole with our country men and women. The issue of Boko Haram is quite an ugly history within this period of our own development. Government is doing everything to make sure that we move our country forward. But these are the unnecessary distractions that are pushing us backward. But we will get over it”, he said. He also stated, “The issue of Boko Haram is temporary. Surely, we will get over it.” At least 71 people have been killed, and 124 injured in the blast that rocked the highly populated motor park in Nyanya, about 16km drive from the Abuja city centre. The incident is said to have occurred at about 6.45 am during the rush hour. NSCDC officials, Fire Service, NEMA, the DSS and Police have been on ground battling to contain the situation. The dead victims as well as the injured have been taken to various hospitals by ambulances and vans belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, the Police and the Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO.
By Joseph Ajayi
Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has hinted that Oyo State has the greatest potential for Agriculture in Nigeria with vast untapped, arable land running to 2.7 million hectares and farm settlements of about 18, 000 hectares. Senator Ajimobi, who made the disclosure yesterday while presenting Oyo State and its economic potentials to people and investors at the 2014 Oyo State Economic Summit, held at Ibadan Civic Centre, Idi-Ape, said the state, aside boasting of firsts in industrial estate and university in Nigeria and in skyscraper, television station and stadium in Africa, had the highest number of world class research institutes and was the largest producer of cassava in Nigeria. Ajimobi, who said the vision of his administration was to ensure full realisation of the economic and social potential of the state and sustain its pacesetter status, amply showcased the giant strides his administration had achieved in health, education, environment and physical infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and investment. While saluting the partnership the state was enjoying from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), especially as regards the Youth Employment Agriculture Programme of Oyo State (YEAP-O) whereby IITA had trained and empowered 5,000 youths in agriculture, the governor solicited more synergies from other foreign bodies in human, capital development of the state. In his goodwill message, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosu, commended the achievements of Ajimobi-led administration, saying in the South-West, there was support and co-operation among the governors to ensure holistic transformation of the zone “In our party, we look at what another person is doing so that we can learn. All I have seen here reveals a determined effort to serve our land in all sectors. However, there is still a lot to be done to attract investors”, Amosu said.
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Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has attributed the 100 years of existence of the Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, to “his pure heart, which is devoid of hatred”. Ajimobi spoke yesterday during a service at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Aremo, Ibadan, to mark the monarch’s centenary birthday. He said Oba Odulana harboured no bitterness against anyone, urging Nigerians to learn from him. Ajimobi said: “Those who knew him, even pre-his ascendancy to the throne, speak eloquently about a man who typifies honour and nobility. He has an attachment to the place of humanity in the scheme of things. Perhaps in the fact that Kabiyesi constantly ventilates his heart from the consuming fire of bitterness towards his fellow man and his sworn avowal to always do good to everyone can be found the secret of his longevity. We all have one lesson or the other to learn from this purification of the heart from the cancer of hatred.” Describing Oba Odulana as a gentleman, he said the monarch typified the Yoruba classification of an honourable man. Ajimobi said: “In the Olubadan is a demonstration of the elusive concept of Omoluabi. The Omoluabi, for the purpose of clarification, is that man who carries nobility, human goodness and trust around him like a pouch. With Kabiyesi, you know where you stand. “In him, you find the discipline of a trained soldier, the consummate nobility of a gentleman and the astuteness of a man of honour. His politics transcends the type found on the streets today; it was the politics of a statesman. To a statesman like him, politics cannot be worth its salt until it transforms the lives of the collective citizenry and repositions society on the path of transformation.” The governor said the Olubadan was one of the first people to acknowledge his administration’s urban renewal initiative.
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Ibadan was agog. The brightest stars in entrepreneurship music and entertainment were in town. Get Ready For Work a motivational and music concert was firing up young Nigerians. If you want to be an employee the event had people to motivate and guide you. Entrepreneurial desires? The CEO of Wakanow was on hand. Need help refining your resume? Jobberman was in the mix. Sterling Bank HR teams were also in town to sift through those potential team members to make the brand stronger. Sheyi Shay, Seyi Law, Yetunde Omo Ibadan and of course the man of the hour Sean Tizzle! LEAP AFRICA, WAKANOW FRANKLY SPEAKING WITH MUYIWA AFOLABI were all on hand to impart and impact a generation.
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TODAY, Monday, April 14, 2014, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Dr) Samuel Osundiran Odulana, CFR, MHR, JP, Odugade 1, is 100 years old. Long live, the King. May God continue to bless Kabiyesi’s reign over our dear Ibadanland. We, the indigenes, residents, friends and well-wishers of Ibadanland (comprising 11 Local Government Areas of the 33 LGAs in Oyo State) are in a festive mood. We will be celebrating Oba Odugade’s landmark birthday from today, Monday, April 14 till Saturday, April 19. Highlights of the Olubadan Centenary Birthday Celebration are the 100th birthday thanksgiving service today, which the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has promised to attend, as well as a Jumat service; honourary chieftaincy title awards will be given to the President of the Senate, Dr. David Mark; Nobel Laureate, Professor ‘Wole Soyinka, and an Ibadan scholar based in the United States of America, who is rated among the five leading historians in the world, Professor Toyin Faiola; there will also be a symposium on “Ageing, Longevity and God’s mercy,” to be moderated by the world-renowned physician, Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe, an honourary chief of Ibadanland. We will also be having a luncheon, where Adewale Barisoky, son of the late Fuji music creator, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, as well as two leading Juju and highlife artistes, will entertain. From the foregoing, it can be deduced that it is not only Ibadanland and Nigeria that are gearing up to celebrate a worthy King, but, indeed, the whole world. The Olubadan hails from the Ladunni Compound in the Oja Igbo Area of Ibadan metropolis. He was born at Igbo-Elerin in Lagelu Local Government Area of Ibadan on Thursday, April 14, 1914, to Pa Odulana Ayinla. He began his elementary education at Saint Andrew’s School, Bamigbola, in the present day Lagelu Local Government Area in January, 1922, and obtained a transfer to Saint Peter’s School, Aremo in 1929. He completed his middle school education at Mapo Central School in December 1936. He equally strengthened his education via correspondence college.
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A professor of Medicine at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan and Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Oyo State chapter, Professor Adefolarin Malomo, has called on Nigerians not to panic following the alarm raised on the Ebola fever. Professor Malomo stated this in a chat with some journalists in Ibadan, recently. He said there was no need for the public to panic “if the right approach is developed at every arm of government and by stakeholders concerned.” Professor Malomo said the news of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in some parts of Africa, particularly in the West East Africa, does not call for panic but a national reaction from the various authorities concerned. He said the alarm was not for us to panic as a nation but to develop a courageous and rational approach to prevention of the virus and support treatment of suspected Ebola virus anywhere in the country.” Reacting to a statement credited to Dr Dan Onwujekere, a senior researcher with the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, on the danger of the outbreak in the country, Malomo said “when a country is experiencing an outbreak of any disease, its neighbours must be on alert, in case of possible transfer of the disease.”
Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, is agog for the centenary birthday celebration of the Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1. The monarch turns 100 today. The week-long celebration was organised by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII). It begins today with a service at the famous St. Peter’s Cathedral, Aremo. President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Abiola Ajimobi are among eminent Nigerians expected at the service. After the service, Baales, Mogajis and the 11 local government chairmen in Ibadan will pay homage to the monarch. Senator Olufemi Lanlehin (Oyo South District) and former Abia State Governor Orji Kalu have felicitated with the Olubadan. In a statement by his media aide, Olawale Sadare, Lanlehin described the monarch as “the greatest living hero of contemporary Africa”. Lanlehin, who is the Ekarun Bamofin of Ibadanland, said: “This generation is, indeed, blessed with a legendary monarch in Oba Odulana, who has made indelible marks in many spheres of life as an upright individual and a courageous team player. It is on world record that Oba Odulana is a brave man, who fought gallantly as a soldier to restore global peace during the Second World War. “It is pertinent to re-emphasise that our Kabiyesi is a brilliant one, who impacted and still impacts knowledge on both old and young minds. He is a selfless man who served in politics to uplift the society; a blessed one who nurtured a generation of great minds and the revered one who leads a nation of warriors with success stories all the way.” Lanlehin lauded the Olubadan’s decision to confer the chieftaincy title of Aare Akogun of Ibadanland on Senate President David Mark as part of activities marking his Centenary birthday celebration. He said: “The Senate President deserves such honour, being a friend of Ibadan and a patriot.”
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The local government congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held yesterday in 31 out of 33 local councils in Oyo State. The election, which was well attended by party faithful, was generally peaceful though there were unconfirmed report of skirmishes in Iseyin and Ibarapa areas of the state. It was learnt that the congress could not hold in Atiba and Oyo West Local Government Areas where ward congress was disrupted last week. It was observed that the congress was over in most of the councils within 40 minutes, while majority of the candidates were elected by consensus. However, security was beefed up with regular police and members of the state security outfit, “Operation Burst”, strategically positioned in all the centres used for the congress. At the Ido Local Government Area, the 24-member executive for the party in the council were elected less than 30 minutes after their names were announced, the development which the council chairman, Professor Joseph Adeniyi Olowofela, attributed to the strategies put up by the party elders in the council to ensure that members of all the component political parties that merged to form APC were represented in the new executive.
Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan have explained that their seven recent recruits are aimed at facilitating the Oluyole Warriors’ quest to return to the premier league. The Ibadan side’s Team Manager, Dimeji Lawal in an interview with SportingLife said the players are focused on achieving the set target of elite division promotion. 3SC signed Yau Abdullahi from Kaduna United, Ajibola Otegbeye (ABS), Najeem Olakunle (Kwara United), Raphael Ademola(former Golden Eaglets star), Yemi Ogunseye and Lana Joseph(Union Bank). Lawal, an ex-international, pointed out that 3SC’s immediate goal is to halt the club’s unimpressive away form and that ahead of their visit to MFM of Lagos today they will ensure that they begin accumulating points on the road from the tie. “We have signed new players that we know will improve our squad,”Lawal told SportingLife. “We have not been doing well in our away game and we want to address this starting from our next away trip to Agege Stadium, Lagos against MFM. The newly signed seven players added with the ones we have since the beginning of the season will help our club to remain focused and poised for our return to the premier league at the end of the season,” he said. Shooting Stars are presently leading the pack in the National League Group B with 16 points from nine matches, same point with Gabros United but lead with superior goals difference.