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Traditional festival: Ondo govt stops Akure monarch from closing market




The Ondo State Government has reversed the order of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, to close the market over traditional festival celebrations.

The monarch, through his media aide, on Thursday, ordered the closure of markets to observe the annual Aheregbe Festival coming up on Friday, but the government frowned at the order, saying the monarch had infringed on the fundamental human rights of the residents of the community.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, said in a statement issued later on Thursday that the decision of the government was reached at the state Executive Council meeting.

The statement read, “On August 24, 2022, one of the decisions made by the Executive Council was that there shall be no closure of markets in any part of the state without the approval of the acting governor.

“The statement credited to Mr Michael Adeyeye, the Press Secretary of His Majesty, the Deji of Akure, constitutes a clear violation of an existing order of the government and an abridgement of the right of Akure residents to the pursuance of their livelihood.

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“The public should note that even if approval was sought, such closure would have been limited to Oja-Oba (Oba’s Market) in Akure.

“We urge our respected royal father, His Majesty, the Deji of Akure, to respect the government’s decision and refrain from any action that can inconvenience or inflict economic pain on Akure inhabitants. We also ask that the cordial relationship between the revered stool of the Deji not be drawn into an open confrontation with the government.”

The statement urged the Akure residents to go about their normal business on Friday and beyond, in pursuance of their freedoms.

“No market or shop shall be closed by anyone either by coercion or threat of force before, during, or after the Aheregbe Festival. Whoever flies in the face of this directive will draw the ire of the government. The government of Ondo State asks that everyone be law-abiding and move about freely in the pursuit of happiness,” the statement submitted.

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The PUNCH reported that the monarch in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Michael Adeyeye, on Thursday, ordered the closure of the market in the community to observe the annual Aheregbe Festival coming up on Friday.

However, the statement exempted pharmacy shops and patent medicine stores from the closure of their shops during the festival.

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President is not a magician, says Remi Tinubu





 The first lady, Oluremi Tinubu, says her husband, President Bola Tinubu, would not wave a magic wand and solve all of the country’s problems in a flash. 

The first lady said this on Sunday during an inter-denominational church service to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day.

She said her husband inherited the current challenges in the country, adding that the president is determined to fix them rather than blame past leaders.

“All we inherited are things that had happened many years ago. We are not here to put blame on any administration but to fix what has been damaged,” she said.

“My husband is not a magician. He is going to work and I believe and hope that we will have peace in this country. The best is yet to come to us.

“Good governance can only be impactful if the people follow the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who embodied the fruit of the spirit, including love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and forgiveness.

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“A Nigeria of abundance has begun, and to be part of the greatness that God has started in the nation, Nigerians must look beyond their current realities and embrace hope anew.”

Also speaking at the event, George Akume, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), urged Nigerians to remain patient, adding that measures are being put in place to provide solutions to the problems bedevilling the country.

“Solutions to Nigeria’s complex problems can never be as instant as expected. It will take some time, but measures are already being put in place to address them,” Akume said.


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Lagos to clampdown on illegal dredging operation, reads riot act





Determined to end illegal dredging activities in the state, the Lagos State government has vowed to stop all illegal dredging operations and flush out those operating without a government’s permit in the dredging sector from the state.

The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Dayo Bush-Alebiosu disclosed this during a meeting with the members of the executive council of the Dredgers’ Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter.

The meeting was called to seek the cooperation of the association in enforcing guidelines regulating dredging activities and to declare Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration’s zero tolerance for illegal dredging operations in the state.


According to the Commissioner, though the meeting is a familiarization forum to interact with members of the association and get first-hand information on how dredging activities could be improved upon with the view to maintaining the state’s waterfronts and prevent environmental degradation.

While soliciting their support in sanitizing dredging activities in the state, Bush-Alebiosu disclosed that the state would not condone the spate of illegal dredging activities being carried out in every nooks and crannies of the state.

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Bush-Alebiosu also expressed the readiness of government officials to begin enforcement activities soon and that anybody caught violating dredging laws and regulations of the state would be prosecuted.

He therefore urged them to obtain all necessary permits and regularize their operations immediately.

He assured them of the government’s readiness to stand by the association in carrying out their lawful activities and also support them in all they do to ensure good waterfronts in Lagos State.

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In his remarks, Mr Kehinde Gbajumo, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry expressed his delight that the state executive members of the association were present at the meeting, saying this would go a long way in conveying the views of the state government to their members.

Gbajumo noted that dredging activities in the state are “no longer business as usual,” adding that the ministry is now all out to enforce the laws regulating dredging activities, he also enjoined them to comply with the guidelines.

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In his response, the President of the Dredgers Association of Nigeria, Mr Bature Akpomejero pledged their support and cooperation to the state government in getting rid of illegal dredgers in the state.

He solicited the support of the ministry for proper regularization of dredging activities to curb the activities of illegal dredgers and their impact on the environment.

Akpomejero also urged the ministry to look into the issue of overloading of trucks by dredgers and those moving wet sand on the roads, which cause a lot of damage to our roads.

The secretary general of the association, Richard Ntan, also lent his voice; assuring the ministry of maximum cooperation and collaboration of the association, noting that they are ready to cooperate with the government.

Ntan called for more such meetings with the ministry to be able to iron out grey areas affecting their operations while fashioning out areas of mutual benefit between dredgers and the state government.

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The dredging operation terms and conditions were later distributed to the members of the association to further enlighten them on their obligations to the state.

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Nigeria@63: God will heal our land – Pastor Adeboye





Pastor Enoch Adeboye has prayed to God to heal Nigeria, asking citizens to also pray for the betterment of the nation.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said this on Sunday during the church’s October Thanksgiving Service and Nigeria’s 63rd Independent Day celebration.

Pastor Adeboye spoke on the topic ‘Freedom Indeed’ during the service.

“I pray in the name that is above every other name that God will heal our nation,” the preacher said.

“Independence is talking about freedom, that is why we would be talking about freedom indeed. You may be enjoying independence from the colonial master and still be a slave to sickness, poverty, terror, and forces of darkness,” he added.

“I am wishing you a very good celebration but more than anything else, I wish all of you who are in Christ freedom and freedom indeed.”

In many churches across the nation, the Christians marked Independence Day with praises and prayers for the country.

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