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Aliu’s Death A Blow To Nigerian Theatre Industry – Ooni

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has described the death of the veteran nollywood giant, Pa Jimoh Aliu as a passage of one of Yoruba’s greatest heroes of culture and traditions, saying his death has dealt a blow to the theatre and film industry in Nigeria.

Ooni Ogunwusi, the Spiritual leader of the Oodua race worldwide in a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, described the late actor, producer and entertainer as a unique promoter of the prestigious Yoruba culture which he projected through his several works during his lifetime.

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“Like the late Hubbert Ogunde among other Yoruba’s cultural heroes, the whole world particularly the descendants of Oduduwa will never forget ‘Arelu’; one of Pa Aliu’s epical movies through which this great man taught countless moral lessons.

“Aside from being a movie maker, pa Jimoh Aliu during his lifetime was very close to the ancient throne of Oduduwa through which he played several active roles particularly by adding glamor and indeed colour to our festivals and other social activities.

“His return to his creator at 85 is a unique reminder that death remains a unique feature of all men and no matter how good or badly spent a life is, it must end.” A part of the statement read.

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The Co-chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) with Nigerian Theatre industry, Ekiti State, Oodua race and all members of of the deseased icon of cultural development praying the Almighty Olodumare will give them the fortitude to bear the loss the death of Chief Jimoh Aliu has caused.

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Group To Buhari: Prosecute Saboteurs Of FG’s Programmes In South East

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A group, Igbos For A Progressive Nigeria, IPAN, has called for a comprehensive investigation into the activities of those tasked with handling of various programmes of the federal government targeted at improving the lives of Nigerians, particularly those in the South East.

The group also urged the federal government to prosecute those found guilty of sabotaging such laudable programmes to serve as deterrent to other public servants.

In a statement on Friday issued by its President, Lawrence Onuzulike and National Secretary, Chijioke Nwankwo, the group said the call followed series of complaints from concerned and aggrieved Nigerians of exclusion from the programmes, even after meeting all the prerequisite requirements.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration for working tirelessly towards the reduction poverty in the Nigeria through the creation of numerous social investment programs, the group regretted that people of the South East were being denied their fair share.

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The statement partly read, “We’re calling your attention to the fact that many people in the South East may not be benefiting from your administration’s well-thought-out numerous programs aimed at improving the lives of Nigerians, including those of Ndigbo.

“Let us start by commending your administration for working tirelessly towards the reduction poverty in the Nigeria by creating numerous social investment programs such as: ‘The N-Power’ which provides young Nigerians with job training and education, as well as a monthly stipend of N30,000, ‘The Conditional Cash Transfer’ which provides no-strings-attached cash to the poor and vulnerable.

“The Government Enterprise and Empowerment Program (GEEP)’ which is a micro-lending investment program targeting entrepreneurs with a focus on young people and women, ‘The N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund’ which provides opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

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“The Survival Fund’ through which your government is paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small and medium enterprises, paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission, giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans, and guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

“However, it’s saddening that the various programs may not be reaching their intended targets, especially, in the South East. IPAN receives messages on a daily basis from concerned and aggrieved Igbo youths who complain bitterly of being excluded from benefiting from the programs, even when they have met all the prerequisite requirements.

“As a group that stand for equity, inclusiveness of all Nigerians and most importantly, a united and peaceful Nigeria, we cannot keep quiet in the face of such mounting complaints.

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“We, therefore, call on you, sir, to order an immediate investigation into the final destinations of the various government programs meant for the people of South East.

“It has become imperative that a comprehensive investigation is carried out into the activities of those tasked with handling of these programs in the South East, so that no one will stand as a cog-in-the-wheel of progress of your government’s policies.

“Without meaning to be preemptive, we urge the government to take every necessary measure, to prosecute anyone found guilty of sabotaging these programs and denying those in the South East their fair share and rights, like other Nigerians. We believe that if action is taken in this regard, it will serve as a deterrent to other public servants.” (The Nation)

 

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Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi  

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Following the massive looting and destruction of medical and agricultural equipments, the Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of medical equipment worth billions of naira at the Central Medical Store and Agricultural Development Project warehouse both situated in Lokoja, the State capital by hoodlums.

In a statement signed and issue on Friday,  by Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue, said the Minister described the hoodlums as enemies of the state, also called on the state government especially the Governor not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, but be focused in repositioning the health sector for efficient service delivery.

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Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the devastation of medical equipment in the state was quite enormous, she however expressed the hope that the state would bounce back better and stronger.

In her words; “My heart blends when I saw the wanton destruction of our essential drugs warehouse by hoodlums. I was particularly pained that these enemies of state and heartless looters came in at a time when the state government is taking steps to equip our health centres in view of the global health challenges.

“Nevertheless, I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that this trying period is just a phase, and Kogi state will come out better. Governor Yahaya Bello should not be deterred by this very sad development, but be focused in his health sector recovery efforts”.

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The minister also commended the state police command for the arrest of suspected looters of items at various warehouses in Lokoja, just as she called on the commissioner of police to get rid of criminals masquerading as protesters in the state. The statement added.

 

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FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems

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As parts of ongoing efforts to checkmate excesses in discharge of their official duties effectively and efficiently geared towards achieved set goal of the commission. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Wednesday signed an updated tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and United States foremost competition and consumer protection authority, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and jointly, (the Agencies’).

Barr. Babatunde Irukera

The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in addressing mutual cross-border consumer protection/fraud concerns and problems.

The updated MoU reaffirms the Agencies’ intention and willingness to deploy their capacities to work together, share information, and assist one another in relevant investigations. It also establishes a Joint Implementation Committee to develop joint training programmes and provide assistance with regards to specific investigations.

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The MOU also affirms the Agencies’ continuing support for econsumer.gov; a joint project of similar agencies from 40 countries for reporting international online scams. The MOU is a framework for voluntary cooperation that does not change existing laws in either country.

Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, FCCPC, Mohammed Umar Abba, Acting Executive Chairman, EFCC and, Joseph Simons, Chairman, FTC all signed the updated MoU on behalf of their respective agencies.

Commenting on the MoU, Babatunde Irukera, EVC/CEO, FCCPC said “this cross-border collaboration is perhaps one of the most vital tools for combating criminal conduct and consumer protection violations which now transcend territories. Indeed, criminals and exploiters specifically create arrangements and devices to exploit consumers globally from remote locations in order to escape justice and retribution. This framework strengthens our joint abilities and efforts to address this”.

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FCCPC discharges its mandate of protection by both preventive and remedial action including complaint resolution, investigations and enforcement action, while the EFCC investigates and prosecutes financial crimes including frauds perpetrated on consumers. The FTC is the United States government’s equivalent of the FCCPC with a mandate to regulate competition and enforce consumer protection laws.

This MoU is consistent with FCCPC’s mandate and strategy to cooperate with counterpart agencies and other regulators to protect consumers and promote market competition in Nigeria.

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