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Agbato’s death: Great loss to us – Gov. Abiodun

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Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Friday commiserated with the wife and family of the President of Animal Care Services Konsult Limited, Sir Olatunde Agbato, who died on Thursday, saying “this is a big blow to all of us in the state”.

The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, described the death of the agriprenuer as a personal loss.

“This is a huge loss for me and it would surely affect the public private partnership of our government in the agriculture sector, a major pillar of our government’s development agenda”, he said.

The governor said the loss of this illustrious son of Ogun State saddened him because Dr Agbato was an agriprenuer who always supported the state programme of “eating what you eat” and development of the sector in a manner that would encourage the youth in our state.

“No state would be happy to lose such an illustrious son like him. He was a private sector partner in our agriculture and building our future together agenda. He will be sorely missed”, the governor said.

Dr. Olatunde Aiyedun Agbato was a worthy and illustrious son of Ogere Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, a leading Agro Investor in Nigeria and one of Africa’s finest.

His voyage and leadership in the poultry, eggs and allied industry, which operates from Ogere Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, with offshoots across the country, the governor noted, is one of the models and successful Agricultural ventures that spans decades.

“His perseverance and determination to demonstrate profitability and ability of using Agriculture to drive job creation and industrialization, yielded evident results in his lifetime” Gov Abiodun remarked, adding that, his organization, Animal Care Services Konsult (Nig) Ltd, can be said to be the largest private employer of veterinarians in the country.

The governor observed that Dr Olatunde Agbato’s philanthropy, community development Initiatives, and capacity building cut across his business interests.

Gov Abiodun recalled that during the 2020 World Food Day held on 16th October 2020, the deceased donated 50 units of Eco-Pro Poultry Cages and other support that included training and linkage to birds, credit and market opportunities, to Ogun State Government, for young people under the Broiler and Poultry Projects in Ogun State.

The governor prayed for God’s protection on the family and the repose of the deceased soul, adding that: “We pray that God will grant him eternal rest and continue to spare the lives of his loved ones”, he concluded

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Double taxation: Ogun govt. moves to harmonise taxes, levies

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Ogun Government says it is working round the clock to ensure harmonisation of taxes and levies to reduce incidence of double taxation that may affect the revenue base of businesses in the state.

Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Adebola Sofela, said this during a visit to the Managing Director of Nestle Nigeria, Mr Wassim Elhusseini, on Friday.

Sofela said that his visit was occasioned by the need to boost the existing relationship between the state government and its various stakeholders and to further collaborate and share ideas on areas of common interest.

He expressed the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration’s commitment to capacity building at all levels.

As a practical demonstration of this, the commissioner said that that technical schools across the state were being upgraded to ensure companies that did not have any gap in power to fill the technical needs.

Sofela, who was accompanied by top management staff members of the ministry, stated that the present administration had improved land administration system to enable investors get title documents without delay in order to leverage for financing.

He said that government had been creating new industrial clusters to take care of the new influx of investors and prepare for the future.

The commissioner appealed to the various companies across the three senatorial districts to consider the qualified residents of the state for employment, as part of efforts to promote their relationship with host communities.

“We are working to ensure harmonisation of taxes and levies to reduce the incidence of double taxation.

“The governor is particularly interested in creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, considering government’s huge investments in security and infrastructure,” he said.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of the firm, said that 80 per cent of his company’s investments were domiciled in Ogun.

According to Elhusseini, the state government is in the right direction with its business-friendly policies.

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Reps committee to probes appointments of NASRDA, RMRDC DGs

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The House of Representatives on Friday unveiled plans to investigate the appointments of Director General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Prof. Martins Ike-Muonso.

The committee will also investigate the appointment of the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Dr Mathew Adepoju.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Olaide .

The committee chairman said that a six-member panel headed by Rep. Abiodun Akinlade had been inaugurated to carry out the probe.

He said both DGs were recently appointed by the Minister of Innovation Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnanji.

“The panel is to look at the procedure of the appointments qualification and the compliance with the relevant laws and regulations that established both agencies.

“The panel is to invite the Minister of Innovation Science and Technology, the Secretary to the Federal Government, Head of Service and both DGs amongst others.

“The panel has two weeks to within which to submit its report,” he said.

The chairman promised that the assignment will be free and fair saying that the aim is not to witch hunt anyone but to put the records straight.

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Tinubu to observe Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos

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President Bola Tinubu will depart Abuja for Lagos state on Friday ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, in Abuja.

The statement said the President would observe Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos, where he would also spend the Sallah holidays.

“The President will mark the occasion in prayers and reflection on advancing the transformation of Nigeria in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda,” said the statement.

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