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Group Condemns Radio Station for Disparaging Alaafin

An interest group, Oyo Youth Forum has condemned what it called a campaign of calumny allegedly being carried by an Ibadan – based private radio station, Splash FM and its proprietor, Chief Adebayo Akande against the person and personality of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.
In a statement issued in Oyo town, Chairman of the group, Mr. Lateef Faleti, said the smear campaign by the radio station was targeted at disparaging the exalted stool of the Alaafin of Oyo.
“It is unthinkable that a station founded by an Ibadan High Chief would make itself a ready and willing tool in the hands of enemies of progress and those who lack respect for the traditional institution to desecrate the exalted stool of the Alaafin of Oyo.
“It is even more disappointing that Chief Akande will allow a presenter who is a total stranger in Yorubaland to cause disaffection between the people of Oyo and their compatriots from Ibadan, both of whom have had a long history of sound relationship,’’ Faleti said.
The chairman of the group called on the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to impose stiffer sanction on the presenter of “Bull’s Eye’’, a popular programme on the station, Mr. Edmund Obilo and the proprietor, Chief Akande for broadcasting uncomplimentary language against Oba Adeyemi, which he said was totally against best practices in the broadcasting industry.


 
NFF, NTDC Signs Agreement

By Bayode Osakunrin, Abuja
 
    The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) recently sealed an agreement to promote and market Nigeria’s vast tourism products and potential within and outside the country.
    Under the terms of the agreement, the NTDC shall endorse NFF as a sports tourism partner for domestic and international sport tourism, grant NFF reasonable rights to branding of NTDC events and promote sport tourism at all local and international football matches, starting with 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.
    According to the Director-General of NTDC, Mrs Sally Mbanefo, ” Sports tourism is huge, and football is king of all sports. Nigeria football is presently high domestically and internationally, and we are happy to be at the mundial to cheer our team to success. We believe in our team and we are sure that we shall come back victorious. 
    Speaking on the reason for going to the World Cup with the dream team to market the nation and the domestic tourism, the NTDC boss said: ” As you are aware that 32 countries from 5 continents are represented at the Mundial in Brazil, what other better opportunity do we have to showcase our rich and unique culture and destination? 
    She stated that the aim is to achieve maximal growth in the nation’s domestic tourism, saying there was no other way to market the country than “tell the world our story, our fascinating story,” Mbanefo stressed.

 NISER DG Calls for Devolution of Powers 
 
Sunday Agboluaje, Ibadan.
 
    Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, NISER, Ibadan, Prof. Olufemi Taiwo has called for the devolution of powers on the nation’s political landscape. 
    Prof. Taiwo made the call on Tuesday while speaking at the research seminar series held at the institution’s conference centre, Ibadan, Oyo State capital. 
    The DG observed that the presidential system of government was good for Nigeria and that before the system could work, certain features must be imbibed. 
     He pointed out that power must be devolved to take care of ethnic groups and give each ethnic nationality a sense of belonging while ensuring citizens’ votes count in elections.
      “The presidential system can work for Nigeria. Before the system can work, certain features must be imbibed. First, we must take care of ethnic groups and power must be devolved so that each ethnic nationality will have a sense of belonging.
    Second, votes must count. We should embrace e-voting. With this, the cost of governance will be reduced. To make democracy work, the cost of governance must be reduced”, Prof. Taiwo declared. 
   In a paper titled: ”Making Politics Work for Nigeria: Presidentialism and Post-National Conference Institutional Innovation”, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Dr. Remi Aiyede urged Nigerians not to rush into a wholesale change of regime and systems but rather, an incremental approach that solves problems as they arise should be adopted.
     Dr. Aiyede asserted that debate and dialogue must not only continue but also be done with a sense of sobriety, vision, justice and responsibility, adding that the purpose of such changes must be to strengthen the state and empower real citizens. 
  The university don said increased cost of governance, executive-legislature gridlocks, the Third Term agenda, abuse of oversight functions and rubber stamp legislatures at the state level were some challenges of the Second and Fourth Republics.    
Group Condemns Radio Station for Disparaging Alaafin
 
    An interest group, Oyo Youth Forum has condemned what it called a campaign of calumny allegedly being carried by an Ibadan – based private radio station, Splash FM and its proprietor, Chief Adebayo Akande against the person and personality of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.
    In a statement issued in Oyo town on Monday, Chairman of the group, Mr. Lateef Faleti said the smear campaign by the radio station was targeted at disparaging the exalted stool of the Alaafin of Oyo.
    “It is unthinkable that a station founded by an Ibadan High Chief would make itself a ready and willing tool in the hands of enemies of progress and those who lack respect for the traditional institution to desecrate the exalted stool of the Alaafin of Oyo.
    “It is even more disappointing that Chief Akande will allow a presenter who is a total stranger in Yorubaland to cause disaffection between the people of Oyo and their compatriots from Ibadan, both of whom have had a long history of sound relationship,’’ Faleti said.
    The chairman of the group called on the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to impose stiffer sanction on the presenter of “Bull’s Eye’’, a popular programme on the station, Mr. Edmund Obilo and the proprietor, Chief Akande for broadcasting uncomplimentary language against Oba Adeyemi, which he said was totally against best practices in the broadcasting industry.
 

 

Kwara Poly Rector Gets Second Term

Sola Muyideen, Ilorin
 
    Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the re-appointment of the Rector of Kwara State Polytechnic, Alhaji Masud Elelu for a second term of five years.
    This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Aliyu
Opakunle and made available to WESTERN POST.
    According to the statement, the appointment was based on the track record of performance of the rector in the last five years.
 

Kwara Assembly Directs Works Ministry To Relocate Traffic Light

Sola Muyideen, Ilorin
 
    Kwara State Ministry of Works and Transport has been directed to relocate without further delay the traffic lights at the Gerin – Alimi roundabout in ilorin metropolis to a more suitable T- junction to check traffic congestion occasioned by the installation.
    The state House of Assembly gave the directive while considering the report of the House Committee on Energy, Works and Transport on a Matter of General public Importance raised by a Member representing Ilesha/Gwanara Constituency, Hon. Suleiman Idris on the hardship being faced by commuters as a result of the traffic lights at Gerin-Alimi in Ilorin.
    The Committee’s report presented by Hon. Hassan oyeleke noted that the traffic light at the Gerin-Alimi roundabout was not only creating confusion but increased the man-hour loss at the round about as motorists spend a lot of time trying to pass through the roundabout.

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