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Ogun APC suspends ex-Deputy Speaker, Kadiri over anti-party

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Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

The former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Oludare Kadiri, fondly called Maba has been suspended indefinitely by the Ward 11 of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ijebu North local government area of the state.

According to a document sighted by our Correspondent and signed by the Ward Chairman of the party, Tajudeen, the Secretary, Abiodun Olanrewaju and 17 others executives, the decision to suspend Hon Oluwadare Kadiri was reached at their meeting held on Saturday, September 3 after the disciplinary committee submitted their report on the embattled lawmaker.

The statement disclosed that the general congress of the aforementioned Ward on Sunday, September 4 ratified the decision to suspend the lawmaker indefinitely.

The statement disclosed further that Hon Kadiri representing Ijebu North State constituency II comprising of Ago Iwoye, Oru, Awa and Ilaporu had been found guilty of gross anti party activities.

He was said to have hosted the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Hon Ladipupo Adebutu on August 21, 2022 pledging to rather work for his emergence as the next governor of Ogun State.

The lawmaker who had been in the eyes of the storm culminating into his impeachment as the Deputy Speaker last year, was also said to have openly vowed to work against the second term ambition of Gov Dapo Abiodun.

The party said it has found Hon Kadiri guilty of the allegation of anti party activities and is hereby indefinitely suspended.

The lawmaker is believed to be behind the current travails of the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon Olakunle Oluomo before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

The statement reads:
“After the report submitted by the disciplinary committee that investigated the anti party activities of Hon . Oluwadare Kadiri (MABA), a former deputy Speaker of Ogun state House of Assembly representing Ifelodun constituency, Ijebu North local government, Ogun state to the Ward Exco. The issue was extensively discussed.

Among the allegations leveled against him are listed below;
(1) That Hon. Oluwadare Kadiri (Maba) has been fraternizing with the Opposition party, on 21st of August 2022, Hon. Oluwadare Kadiri invited Hon. Ladi Adebutu , a PDP gubernatorial candidate and some other party leaders of PDP to his residence at Ago iwoye.

(2)At the said political meeting, the following utterances were made by Hon. Oluwadare Kadiri (Maba)

(a) That he would never work for the re election bid of His Excellency Governor Dapo Abiodun.

(b) That at this junction, the party does not matter and that he would work for his host , Hon . Ladi Adebutu a PDP Gubernatorial Candidate in the forth coming 2023 general election.

(3) Hon. Oluwadare Kadiri equally instructed his supporters to defect to other political parties.

All these allegations were considered as anti party activities which are capable of pulling the party down.C

onclusively, the nineteen out of the twenty seven Exco members unanimously agree and voted for the indefinite suspension of Hon. Oluwadare Kadiri (Maba) from ward 11 APC.

“The suspension of Hon. Oluwadare Kadiri has been ratified and affirmed by the General Assembly of ward 11 today the 4th September, 2022,” the statement concluded.

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Chess champion Tunde Onakoya meets Sanwo-Olu after record-breaking feat

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By Sodiq Adelakun

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, received a courtesy visit from Tunde Onakoya, the renowned chess champion, at the State Government House in Ikeja on Wednesday.

The meeting came after Onakoya’s remarkable achievement of setting a new Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest chess marathon.

Recall that on April 17, Onakoya embarked on a mission to break the world record, aiming to empower illiterate children across Africa through his feat.

He successfully achieved the record on April 20 at Times Square in New York City, playing for an impressive 58 hours and winning every match.

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated Onakoya on his outstanding achievement, acknowledging the inspiration he has brought to the youth and the state.

Sanwo-Olu, while sharing pictures of the visit on his X (formerly Twitter) page, described Onakoya as an embodiment of “the spirit of Lagos.”

“Powerful visions birth movements that change lives. Today, we welcomed back @Tunde_OD, our chess champion, to Lagos,” he wrote.

“His journey embodies the spirit of Lagos—resilient, ambitious, and driven to succeed. As we celebrate his achievements, we’re inspired by his vision for empowering our children and youth.

“Together with Tunde and the transformative power of chess, we’ll work towards a future where every child in Lagos has the opportunity to realise their full potential.

“The state proudly supports his mission, purposefully providing resources to fuel this noble cause now and in the future.”

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NASS to embark on legislative reforms to reform Judiciary

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The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio has disclosed that the National Assembly will embark on legislative reforms to reform the Judiciary.

The Senate President made this known at the opening ceremony of a two-day Summit on “Enhancing Justice Delivery in Nigeria” organised by the Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association and other international development partners in Abuja.

A statement by the Special Assistant on Media/Communication to the Senate President, Anietie Ekong quoted Senator Akpabio to have said that the collaborative efforts of stakeholders will shape the strategic direction of Nigeria’s justice system, making it more robust, accessible, and equitable.

Akpabio urged the Nigerian Judiciary to evolve a blueprint for the transformative changes needed to enhance judicial efficiency and ensure the fair administration of justice across the nation.

According to Senator Akpabio, “In the coming months, I will invite my colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives to deliberate on these proposals with the gravity and diligence they deserve.

“Together, with the insights and support of the judiciary, legal experts, and the Nigerian populace, we will embark on this legislative journey to enshrine these reforms into law.

“This is more than legislative duty; it is our moral imperative to fortify the foundation of our nation’s justice system for present and future generations. I look forward to productive discussions and to the eventual realization of these reforms, ensuring a just, equitable, and prosperous society for all.

“I will not be telling the truth if I say that we at the National Assembly are not aware of the delays and backlogs plaguing our courts, which not only deny timely justice but undermine faith in our judicial system.

“These delays harm our society’s most vulnerable and create an environment where justice is seen as inaccessible and inefficient. In an era where technology has transformed so many sectors, it is critical that we harness its potential within our judicial processes to enhance speed and transparency.

“We are committed to budgeting for the implementation of judicial reforms that will include the adoption of digital tools to manage cases more effectively and ensure that justice is neither delayed nor denied.

“This journey requires collective effort. I call upon all stakeholders, including my colleagues in both legislative and executive branches, as well as the judiciary itself, to support these vital reforms. Together, we can build a justice system that is fit for the 21st century,” he said.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who was represented by Vice-President Kashim Shetima said the administration has embarked upon far reaching reforms to enhance justice delivery including the appointment of the full complement of the Justices of the Supreme Court.

Other stakeholders who presented papers at the Summit included the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Kayode Ariwoola, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi SAN, President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau, SAN among others.

L-R: Deputy Senate President, Senator Barau Jibrin, Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Vice President of Nigeria, Senator Kashim Shettima and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola at the opening ceremony of a two-day Summit on “Enhancing Justice Delivery in Nigeria” organized by the Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association and other international development partners in Abuja

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LAUTECH introduces six new degree programmes, including Mass Comm.

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Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has announced the introduction of six new degree programmes to its academic work.

The acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Razaq Kalilu, made the announcement during the 16th convocation ceremony held at the university’s Great Hall on Tuesday.

According to Prof. Kalilu, the introduction of the new programmes is part of the institution’s efforts to rapidly change its academic outlook and fulfill its mandate, as well as the vision of its Visitor, Governor Seyi Makinde.

The new programmes are aimed at providing students with a wider range of academic options and equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an increasingly complex and competitive world.

The introduction of the new programmes is a significant development for LAUTECH, which has been working to enhance its academic reputation and provide students with a world-class education.

The university community and stakeholders have welcomed the development, which is seen as a positive step towards positioning LAUTECH as a leading institution of higher learning in Nigeria.

The VC said, “A year ago, the university established the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with four academic programmes. This year, we have introduced six additional new degree programmes into that Faculty namely Psychology, Mass Communication, Linguistics, Yoruba, Theatre Arts, and Political Science. A Faculty of Law has also been established to run a degree programme in law.

“All the seven newly introduced programmes have recently gone through Resource Verification, in March this year towards the National Universities Commission’s approval. We hope to admit students for these programmes in this current academic session as soon as we receive the clearance from the NUC,” he stated.

In his address, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, Prof Ayodeji Omole charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the university.

“As you receive your degrees, remember that you are not just graduates of LAUTECH, but ambassadors of knowledge, integrity, excellence, service and progress, all that your university stands for. Carry the torch of learning with pride and let your actions speak volumes about the calibre of education you have received,” Omole advised.

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