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Lagos kingship tussle: House of Assembly to decide issue soon




Lagos State House of Assembly has waded into the on-going crisis in Isheri-Oke Church town in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the state, over the kingship stool being contested for the past 18 years.
Recently some of the community leaders stormed the Governor’s Office and House of Assembly in Ikeja, to register their grievances over the controversy surrounding the kingship stool.
Members of the community, in their hundreds, had earlier marched to the House of Assembly and converged in front of the complex chanting solidarity songs.
They said they wanted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to use his good office to ensure that justice prevails.
However, four members of the State House of Assembly, namely Hon Bisi Yusuf representing Alimosho Constituency 01, Funmilayo Tejuosho, former House Whip, Ibrahim Layode representing Badagry Constituency 01 and Hon Solaja representing Ikorodu Constituency, were present to listen to the two parties contesting for the stool.
Lawyer to the Olofin family, who claims ownership of the throne, Lekan Odunsi, described the people’s struggle to have their king installed by the Lagos government as “long suffering and oppression”.
Odunsi said the state government, in the last 18 years, had consistently refused to consider the yearnings of Isheri-Oke Church notwithstanding intrinsic judicial and historical facts presented before the constituted authorities.
He alleged that a member of the state House of Assembly in connivance with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Musiliu Folami, was working round the clock in a bid to install a non-indigene of the community to become a king over them.
He stated that the community was neither desperate nor begging to have their son installed as the Oba but demanding what rightly belongs to them.

Meanwhile one Chief Albert Bankole, who is presently acting as the traditional ruler of Isheri Church, refuted the claims by Odunsi Royal family over ownership of the throne saying no king has even been installed in the land since inception.

The matter has been adjourned till further notice.

Addressing journalists after the hearing from both parties, leader of the fact finding team set up by the House of Assembly, Hon Bisi Yusuf said, the four-member team would report back to the House after which both parties would be summoned again to present their case before the full House which will be presided upon by the Speaker, Hon Mudashiru Obasa.

He, however, urged the parties to maintain peace within the community until their fate is decided by the House of Assembly.

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Scientists target sustainable cassava seed system in Nigeria



A Nigerian don, Dr Hemant Nitturkar, said on Friday that scientists and other experts in the agriculture sector are currently partnering on developing a sustainable cassava seed system to solve the problem of low productivity of the crop.


He said this at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan during the annual meeting of the project tagged: “Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Cassava Seed System (BASICS).”


Nitturkar, who is the Project Coordinator, noted that the initiative was to set up a sustainable cassava seed system where  improved seeds would be provided for farmers.


The system, he said, would benefit the full cassava seed value chain and farmers as well as communities while enhancing productivity and income.


According to him, the 2018 annual meeting with the theme is to develop shared understanding of the cross-cutting dependencies among breeders, foundation and commercial seed producers. as well as to agree on quantities of seed flows over the next three years.


The coordinator further said it was to socialise and strengthen the key building blocks of seed system being developed in the project and plan for sustainability of all the key project interventions.


“Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava but productivity is very low. “Nigeria loses about N1trillllion due to low productivity. “We hope that this project that will last between 2016 and 2019 will address low cassava productivity issue,” he said.


Also speaking, the Director- General of the National Agriculture Seeds Council, Dr Olusegun Ojo, said the council would do its best to ensure that farmers get improved cassava seed varieties.


“The project is going on well since its inception in 2016 and farmers are already excited with the contribution and provision of the seed council. “All stakeholders in this project are working perfectly to ensure that the goal is achieved,” Ojo said.

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2019: We need youths’ creativity, elders’ experience – Ambode




Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday advocated the combination of the experience of political elders and the creative and innovative ideas of young people as crucial to achieving good governance and sustainable development in the country.


Speaking at the second edition of the Bola Tinubu Youths Summit, organised as part of the activities to mark the 66th birthday celebration of the APC National Leader, which held at MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, Ambode noted that it is very imperative to create a platform in which the benefits of the experience of the elders would be effectively combined with the creative and innovative ideas of young people in order to align the nation’s desire for good governance and growth with global trends.


Ambode, who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, stated that his administration right from the inception believed in government of inclusion in which a level playing ground is provided for everyone including youths so as to contribute to the growth and development of the country.


While describing the theme of the summit entitled: “Making Nigeria Work- Synergy between Leadership and the New Generation” as very apt and timely, the governor noted that the summit was relevant as it came when political activities towards 2019 general elections was gathering momentum.



He noted that the summit could not be better organised than now when there was a general clamour for increased participation of the youths in governance which according to him is inspired by the ‘Not too young to run bill’ that is fast gaining ground at the National Assembly



The governor therefore challenged the youths across the country to be steadfast and continue to demonstrate good character in their quest to make positive difference in governance, urging them to “show strong determination and draw inspiration from leaders who are selfless and people centred in their ideas, policies and ideologies.”



Ambode while eulogizing Tinubu for his leadership quality noted that his numerous contributions to the evolution and sustenance of democratic governance/ideals in Nigeria is widely acknowledged not only by Nigerians but across the globe.



The governor, who vowed that his administration would continue to work hard to build on the legacies of the founding fathers of the state, further disclosed that the template for a new and modern Lagos which he said had made the state a referent point for good governance was developed by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, noting that his passion for good governance, selflessness, doggedness and ability to groom young leaders made him to stand tall among leaders across the world.

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Hate speeches constitute major challenge to national security, says IGP Idris




The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has described hate speeches as a major challenge to national security and stability in the country, saying Nigeria Police has an urgent responsibility to curtail hate speeches and to reduce all forms of crime and criminality to the barest Idris stated this yesterday during the Graduation of 78 Police Officers on Advanced Detective Course (ADC) 66/2018 held at the Nigeria Police Staff College Jos, Plateau State.


The IGP who was represented at the occasion by the Commandant Police Staff College Jos, AIG Dorothy Gimba said in spite of the effort of the Police and other security agencies, serious crimes such as hate speeches, insurgency, militancy, kidnapping, armed robbery, human trafficking and financial crimes have continued to constitute a major national security challenge.

“It is in this regard that training is considered to be very vital in raising a force driven by intelligence led policing that would enjoy the cooperation, appreciation and understanding of the citizenry,” he said


He disclosed that the Advanced Detective Course is designed for officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and their counterparts in the military and other sister agencies.
“The course is aimed at enhancing skills and capacities of the participants in the areas of intelligence gathering and sharing as well as the detective, investigation and prosecution of criminal cases”.


The Inspector General, however, tasked the graduands to allow the newly acquired skills to percolate down to their respective commands and formations.



Sunday Telegraph gather that the course which lasted for six weeks had 78 participants including 40 DSPs and 38 ASPs nominated from different commands, formations and departments of the Nigeria Police Force.

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