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Governor of the Year Best Nationwide: His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun

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Prince Dapo Abiodun is an astute businessman and politician born into the into the royal family of Iperu on 29 May 1960. Dapo Abiodun was elected Governor of Ogun State on the ticket of the ruling All Progressive’s Congress in 2019.

Coming into government with his rich background in the private sector, Governor Dapo Abiodun has made the priority of his administration to increase Internally Generated Revenue of the state and to make a Ogun State a business hub.

As a leader who was fully prepared for governance, he initiated in his administration the innovative idea of seeking the inputs of  stakeholders into the budget preparation as a way of ensuring fiscal discipline, public confidence and accountability which promotes inclusive governance and citizen’s engagement.

In terms of infrastructure, the Dapo Abiodun led administration has constructed over 80 major roads and others (Federal roads inclusive) totalling 400km. As a promise keeper Governor, the year 2022 witnessed the commissioning of several road projects within the state. This includes 4.5km Molusi College Road, in Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu-North Local Government Area of the state, constructed Ilisan-Ago-Iwoye, unveiled 4-km Oba Erinwole Road in Sagamu Local Government, 2.35km Arepo-Journalists Estate Road, 2.4km Oke Ola road in Imeko Afon LG, Rehabilitation of Tollgate section of Lagos-Abeokuta, commencement of Ijoko-Alagbole road reconstruction divided into five sections, construction of Ilo-Awela road and Idi Iroko-Joju Road in Sango-Ota and Owode-Ilaro in Yewa. His administration also rebuilt the Abeokuta -Sagamu interchange road, to the Epe-Ijebu Ode Expressway which has now become an impeccable beauty for travellers entering into the gateway state.

DA as his supporters fondly call him, has also focused the activities of his administration on creating an enabling environment through the implementation of various business-friendly reforms like the establishment of the Ogun State Investment Promotion Agency, enactment of the Public Private Partnership Law and the establishment of the Public Private Partnership Office, to provide a robust regulatory framework for private sector engagement. This has resulted in the establishment of more industries like the Flex Films Africa PVT Limited, Coleman Wire and Cable fibre optic company (first fibre optic cable manufacturing factory in West Africa and the fifth in Africa), amongst others. It has also impacted positively on the state’s IGR making the 4th highest revenue state only after Lagos, the FCT and Rivers State.

In pursuit of his vision to make Ogun state an economic hub, he has  also kicked off the the Agro-Cargo Airport and the $800 million Special Agro-Processing Zone through PPP agreement.

It is also on record that during the year 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari decorated DA with the Distinguished Award for Industrial Revolution in recognition of his efforts to enhance rapid industrialisation, enhance the ease of doing business and make Ogun State Nigeria’s top investment destination.

In recognition of his commitment to good governance, Dapo Abiodun won the Good Governance Award in London during the celebration of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary and Global Award Gala, and several other awards have been received in recognition of his excellent performance as the Governor of Ogun State.

Taking into cognizance his commendable strides in infrastructural development and in making Ogun state an economic hub, the board and management of Nigerian NewsDirect bestows on Prince Dapo Abiodun the GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR (INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS) award.

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CBN disowns notice on cryptocurrency transactions

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The Central Bank of Nigeria says a notice circulating on social media about the risk of cryptocurrency is fake news.

The Apex disclosed this via its official X account, urging the public to disregard the purported notice for all Deposits Money Bank, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, and other Financial Institutions.

The notice reminded “Institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies and facilitating payments for cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited”.

However, CBN said the content doesn’t originate from it.

“This information does not originate from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“For authentic updates, please visit the official website,” CBN wrote.

Recall that the CBN governor, during the Bank’s 293rd Monetary Policy Committee meeting, said over $26 billion funnelled through Binance.

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, said the anti-graft agency froze about 300 accounts to ensure the safety of the foreign exchange market.

The Nigerian government had continued clamping down on Binance and other cryptocurrency platforms amid efforts to defend the Naira in the foreign exchange market.

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Biden says U.S. will begin sending weapons to Ukraine

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U.S. President Joe Biden wants to start delivering of weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week.
The president said this shortly after the U.S. Senate approved billions of dollars in new aid for the country under attack from Russia.
“I will sign this bill into law and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week,” Biden said.
By passing the legislative package, which also includes billions of dollars in aid for Israel and Taiwan, the U.S. Congress has demonstrated the power of American leadership in the world, Biden added.
“We stand resolutely for democracy and freedom, and against tyranny and oppression.”
There is an urgent need for support for Ukraine, which is being subjected to relentless bombardment from Russia, Biden said.
The bill also contains aid for Israel, which has recently faced unprecedented attacks from Iran.
“This critical legislation will make our nation and world more secure as we support our friends who are defending themselves against terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin,” Biden said.
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NSCDC deploys personnel to JAMB CBT centres in Anambra

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said it has deployed personnel to ensure a hitch-free 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Anambra.

The state Commandant, Olatunde Maku, stated this after monitoring the conduct of the exams across CBT centres in Awka, on Wednesday.

Some of the centres visited are, Integral Development Konsult on Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, White House in Awka, JAMB Centre located inside JAMB office in Amawbia and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Others are St. John of God ICT Hub, Awka and Kachukwu Ventures Staff Development Centre, behind Government House in Awka.

The examination centres take candidates in three batches: 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Maku said that the synergy between NSCDC and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had yielded positive results in reducing exam malpractice.

He said that the monitoring of the centres would continue till the end of the examination period, to ensure a seamless conduct of the exercise and promote transparency.

“We are firm in our determination to protect critical national assets and infrastructure including JAMB centres.

“Which was why the NSCDC deployed personnel to JAMB CBT centres in the state to ensure security and so far they have been professional in carrying out their mandate,” he said.

Maku advised candidates writing the 2024 UTME to be law abiding and avoid being in possession of prohibited or incriminating items during the examination.

He warned unauthorised persons against loitering around designated exam centre, adding that anyone found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted.

Also speaking, Mrs Jema Iheme, JAMB Coordinator, Anambra state, commended NSCDC for their support and for ensuring security of candidates and staff at the exam centres.

Iheme said that the swift response of NSCDC to emergencies and enforcement of exam rules and regulations was contributing to a smooth and secured exam process so far.

NAN also reports that about 1.9 million candidates are expected to write the JAMB UTME, which commenced on April 19 and would end on April 29.

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