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Ife Grand Resort: Ooni’s hub of culture, tourism, urban development



Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo

Under the reign of the current Ooni of Ile-Ife, the ancestral city is moving on the path of development and transformation through the various initiatives championed by the prominent monarch.

It is a known fact that Ile-Ife in Osun State is the ancestral and spiritual home of all bonafide Yorubas in Nigeria and beyond.

As part of the efforts to establish the city as the true source of civilisation, stemming from its history, culture, and tradition Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, is set to commission Ife Grand Resort & Industrial Park.

The Resort is strategically located beside the tollgate on the Ife-Ibadan expressway to serve as the hub for sustainable development.

The initiative is targeted at creating employment opportunities, empowering residents and citizens, while also projecting the cultural heritage of the ancestral home of the Yorubas.

A statement by the Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare had revealed that “The huge investment is a legacy project embarked upon by Ooni Ogunwusi for urban renewal and redevelopment into the current smart city global requirements in the selfless spirit of ‘Charity Begins At Home.’”

This move portrays the selflessness of the Ooni as well as his commitment to making Ile-Ife, a hub of growth, development, and global attraction.

The resort, which is planted on over 1000 acres of land, offers facilities for exquisite accommodation and houses volumes of industrial and agricultural parks.

Also situated within the Ife Grand Resort is a 3000-seats capacity Meeting, Incentives, Conference and Events(MICE) Centre which is branded ‘Ojaja Arena.’

The complex was brought to Ile-Ife to serve as the epicentre of MICE in Africa and it has been adorned with all the facilities that would promote invaluable, impactful, and insightful events in Ile-Ife.

Since one of the primary factors that drove this initiative was the quest for impacting the youths, the MICE will be a focal point of training and manpower development for Nigerian youths, thereby greatly reducing unemployment and social vices in the country.

In his usual compassionate manner, Ooni Ogunwusi had said, “The question on my lips has been, what will these young vibrant youths be doing after tertiary education. The best bet is to set up a hub that is technology-friendly to boost and drive small and medium scale industries within our country by creating a smart city for them to display whatever they can do to become employers of labour after graduation.”

When the youths are empowered and gainfully employed, this will not only eradicate criminal activities in Nigeria but will also create a haven for international investors. And when international investment is established, economic development will be guaranteed.

It was gathered that one of the industrial parks within the Grand Resort, the Adire hub has engaged 50 people, empowered over 150 others and is producing Adire in bales which are being exported to other countries.

In addition, one of the agricultural parks in the Ife Grand Resort concentrates on the rearing of Ostriches and has provided job opportunities for 40 staff members who are rearing Ostriches intending to produce ostrich hides and skin for export purposes.

Some of the industrial parks have also been receiving pledges and acknowledgement from Africans in the Diaspora who are prepared to equip and empower interested individuals in diverse sectors of the park.

Doing this will further advance the empowerment of Nigerian youths and mitigate the harsh consequences of post-COVID-19.

Without an iota of doubt, the Ife Grand Resort as well as other initiatives are parts of the legacies that will positively benefit the current and future generations of Nigerians.

Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi is skillfully and intentionally building the Ile-Ife of his dreams and propelling the ancestral city towards the path of economic and social emancipation by tapping into the potentials of the land.


Bush burning responsible for fire incident at FRCN, Kaduna — Official



The Kaduna State Fire Service has said bush burning was responsible for the fire incident at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Kaduna.

Assistant Commandant of the service, Ayuba Yohanna, made the confirmation on Sunday in a phone conversation in Kaduna.

According to him, the fire started from bush burning at the back of the procurement office. He said the officers on duty rushed to the scene after receiving the distress call at around 1:45 pm.

Yohanna said two offices at the procurement department were affected with no lives lost or injuries.

Recall that Mohammed Malagi, Minister of Information and National Orientation, visited the station on Friday where he promised to carry out reforms at both the radio station and  NTA.

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Doctors appeal to LASG on improved welfare, as 15 die within six months



The Medical Guild has appealed to the Lagos State Government to prioritise the health and lives of healthcare workers, saying 15 doctors died within six months in the state.

The Chairman of Guild, Dr Sa’eid Ahmad, made the disclosure during a news conference ahead of the guild’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference, on Sunday, in Lagos.

The Medical Guild is the association of medical doctors under the employment of the Lagos state government.

Ahmad noted that the past year has been particularly challenging for the guild due to ongoing co-morbidities exacerbated by manpower bleed and the attendant severe overwork among members at service points and a number of members’ deaths.

“The intensity of the attendant sense of loss was probably brought to its peak with the tragic event of collapsed elevator in the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos, which claimed the life of our young colleague, Late Dr Vwaere Diaso.

“This was to be followed by end-on-end demises of some additional colleagues, sometimes, multiple over a few days,” he said.

Ahmad stressed that the sad events serve as an inescapable wake-up call to intensify vigilance towards self-care, and deepen the level of engagement with the government to prioritise the health and lives of healthcare workers in the state.

“These, afterall, are the people in whose hands the health and lives of the people are entrusted,” he said.

To address the situation, Ahmad said that the guild, through a series of emergency General Assemblies and consultations, developed a comprehensive position paper.

He said the paper drew the attention of the state government to urgently take actions to salvage the spiraling health of the health workers.

Ahmad said that the document identified the roots of the welfare problems culminating in massive exodus, and proffered practical and workable solutions.

 ”We had demanded short, medium and long-term solution categories to these problems, including the basic need for healthcare workers to be able to obtain much needed care themselves within the system in which they work.

 ”This document has indeed formed the cornerstone of highest level policy discussions with the Government of Lagos state on behalf of our members.

“It is our hope that these discussions produce policy pronouncements and actionable directives at any moment,” he said.

He disclosed that the guild, through its Office of Social Welfare, spent N21.5 million in responding promptly to some of its sick members and support for families of bereaved members in times of loss.

The Chairman said the guild had embarked on housing mortgage and automobile facilities in a bid to provide members decent accommodation and mobility to ease their commuting to work.

Ahmad commended the government for resolving all issues of stagnation and demotion of In-service trained specialists and financial implementation of same since August 2023.

Speaking on the forthcoming AGM and Scientific Conference, Ahmad said that week-long activities, which began on Sunday, would feature medical outreach, cancer awareness campaign, lecture series, among others.

Ahmad noted that tapping into these intellectual reservoirs by health policy makers and other stakeholders would yield benefits.

 He said it would greatly enhance appropriate policy formulation and implementation strategies for the overall benefit of saving lives and improving wellbeing of the people.

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I will embark on constant raiding of black spots in Osun — CP Isyaku Mohammed



By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo

The New Commissioner Of Police, CP Isyaku Mohammed has said the State Command will embark on constant raiding of the black spots and criminals hideouts across the state.

The new CP disclosed this at the Police headquarters, Osogbo, State capital on Friday, said he has directed all formations to draw up action plans to actualise missions that will instantly arrest prevalent crimes in their areas to the barest minimum.

Mohammed stated that during his stay in the state as chief law enforcer he will provide credible leadership that is professional and accountable to the people through intelligence-led, community-oriented.

He noted that he is open to constructive criticisms and welcomes all manners of suggestions that will aid his administration in providing better police services to the good people of Osun State.

He urged the residents of the State to join forces with the State Command to make the State a peace-haven for all.

He said, “This occasion offers me an opportunity to meet with you, the Fourth Estate of the Realm, and invite you to share in my mission of making Osun state a safe haven and home of peace for all who live and carry-on legitimate businesses therein. Together we shall all chart a good course in policing the State; and I therefore, solicit for your generous cooperation in sustaining the already existing strong synergy and good working relationship between you and the officers of the Command.

“I want to clearly state that as the chief law enforcer of the state, my mission is to bring to reality the vision of the Inspector-General of Police of zero tolerance to corruption, a secured environment for citizens to thrive, policing with International best practices, upholding the Rule of Law, and Respect for fundamental Human Rights of all citizens.

“All these I shall strive hard to achieve, especially with the support of team-spirited Officers and men I met in the Command, together with the cooperation of other security agencies in the state and stakeholders such as the traditional rulers, religious leaders, public spirited associations, students and youth leaders etc; as security is a collective responsibility. I have no doubt that, together we shall fight all criminal elements in the State to a standstill and Osun State will not be a safe haven for criminals to breed.

“In arrival, I received briefings on the security state of the Command, especially with respect to pockets of prevalent crimes such as: Cultism, Rape/ Defilement, Land Grabbing, Communal clashes etc.

“This will be immediately followed by a tour of the formations for on the ground/spot assessment of every locality within the state to ascertain their peculiarities, as I lead this mission of keeping the state safe, from the front,” the CP added.

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