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‘2.4km Imeko Road To Boost Business Activities With Oyo State’  

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The commissioning of a 2.4-kilometre Oke-Ola Road by in Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State last week by Governor Dapo Abiodun has been described as the needed tonic to boost commercial and farming activities in the area.


The road, which connects with neighbouring communities in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, was constructed by the Ogun State government to ease movement of farm produce, goods and services from farmlands to urban centres in the two states. 


Major communities that make up Imeko-Afon Local Government include, Imeko, Afon, Ilara, Okeagbede, Moriwi, Owode, Obada, Iwoye-Ketu, Okuta, Atapele, Idofa and a host of others.


Prince Abiodun, at the commissioning noted that the newly constructed road was a departure from the past as it leads and connects Oyo State which is aimed at boosting business activities in the area with consequent increase in revenue generation into the coffers of the government. 


Abiodun said that Imeko-Afon Local Government Area is endowed with abundant and vast land that is more suitable for growing farm produce and also with potential forest. 


Prided as an agriculture zone, it was learnt that the construction of the road will boost cotton production in the area, which has been described as the best in the country in terms of quality. 


A farmer and industrialist, Alhaji Ganiyu Elegbede said the Oke-Ola Road means a lot to traders and farmers because of its multi-purpose nature.
According to him, the road will boost farming and commercial activities, ensure smooth movement of agricultural produce from farmlands to towns, while also ensuring that industrial products reach intended markets without stress.


Alhaji Elegbede stressed that the rehabilitation of the road has come at the right time, even as he expressed gratitude to Prince Abiodun for the gesture.


“For the past 15 years of neglect, this road project is coming for commissioning as a testimonial of our administration’s commitment in keeping to our promises.


“Some deceived some people, because they had no good intention. We cannot do everything but we will do those ones that we promise and are of economic benefit to all and sundry. So, we are a promise-keeping administration,” the governor said


Another resident, Mr. Ebenezer Adekunle, who combines driving with farming expressed gratitude to the state government for reconstructing the road.


According to him, the effort has come as a big relief in his trade as a driver and farmer.


Also eulogizing the governor for keeping to his promise, Onimeko of Imeko, Oba Benjamin Olanite, described Abiodun as a care-giver, promise-keeper, a lover of people, a responsive and responsible leader who goes out all his way to bring smiles into the faces of the people.


A seasoned politician, Prince Gboyega Isiaka (aka GNI), while commending the governor for his intervention in bringing succour to residents of Imeko and its environs who are predominantly farmers, beckoned on Abiodun to take advantage of the vast forest in the area to enhance the economic potentials of the state. 


Isiaka, who is an indigene of Imeko and also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stressed that the community is endowed with vast forest but which now harbours all manners of people. 
 
 

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2023: We’ll Reproduce Burnt PVCs, Attacks Can’t Stop Elections, INEC Assures

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A former Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mike Igini says attacks on the offices of the electoral umpire are attacks on democracy but non-state actors can’t stop the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

He also said the electoral commission will reproduce all Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) burnt by hoodlums during attacks on its offices.

“I am very concerned about the attacks on INEC offices across the country particularly in the areas that have been identified,” Igini said on Channnels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Attacks on INEC offices have surged in recent times with at least three incidents recorded only in November. 65,699 uncollected PVCs were destroyed by hoodlums who attacked two of its offices in Ogun and Osun states while several PVCs and other electoral items were also burnt during an attack in Ebonyi State.

However, Igini said INEC has the information of all PVCs at state and national offices and it won’t take it days to reproduce them.

“INEC has the capacity to respond to these challenges, particular in respect to the PVCs that have been burnt. INEC has the number of all the PVCs…It is a matter of days, INEC will produce those PVCs,” he said.

He urged Nigerians not to be discouraged but to ensure they get their PVCs and exercise their franchise in the next general election.

The former REC also decried the inability of security agencies to bring perpetrators of violent attacks on INEC offices to book.

“Why should extra-constitutional actors, why should non-legitimise actors continue to attack INEC. It is an attack on democracy. My pain is that we have not been able to track anybody.

“It is a big challenge to all security agencies in this country that for these years, we have been unable to track those who attack our democracy.

“Look at what happened in the US, all those who attacked the Capitol Hill have been brought to book everyday but here we are in a state of anomie,” Igini stated.

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‘APC Made Nigeria, The Poverty Capital Of The World’, Charly Boy Fumes

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Nigerian entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy or Area Fada, has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of paying people to attend the party’s campaign rallies.

The popular activist shared a video which captured a man in a vehicle giving out N1,000 each to those on board who were wearing APC caps and T-shirts on his Twitter handle.

He also accused the ruling party of crippling the nation’s economy, saying APC made Nigeria the “Poverty Capital of the World”.

He wrote, “APC paying money to rent crowd for their rallies. What a shame. They first made the country the Poverty Capital of the World, and now they’re shamelessly renting crowds for their rallies openly.

“Anyways, collect your money but wake up
You should use your power to serve the people, not Oppress them!! Free Aminu!!!”

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Femi Kuti Frowns At Tinubu, APC Over Unauthorised Use Of Fela Song For Campaign

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The family of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti frowned at the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for the use of the late artiste’s song for the 2023 election campaign.

Femi Kuti in a “disclaimer and notice of use without consent” for the Fela Anikulapo-Kuti family said the use of Fela’s popular song “Eko Ile” during one of its campaign activities for their 2023 presidential campaign was unauthorised.

The Kuti family said it wished to continue to be politically neutral.

“We the administrators of the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti issue this disclaimer. We wish to state here for clarity, that the permission of the estate was not sought for the use of Fela’s music, Eko Ile, in the All Progressives Congress social media campaign currently making the rounds,” Fela Anikulapo-Kuti family said.

“We do not involve Fela’s music in any political campaign at home or abroad and choose to remain neutral.

“While we wish all candidates the best, we demand that the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are abided by and intellectual property rights are duly respected. Signed the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.”

Tinubu and the members of the APC presidential campaign council held a rally last Saturday at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State.

Fela’s popular song “Eko Ile” was used in a video recap of the rally by Tinubu on Twitter.

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