Connect with us


Ramadan: Lagos Deputy Governor seeks prayers for leaders



The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has called for continuous prayers for those in positions of authority in the country to enable them to succeed.

Hamzat made the appeal at the Annual Public Ramadan Lecture of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Council, held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

He said with prayers the leaders would be able to introduce policies that would impart positively on the citizens.

He noted that nobody would aspire for position of authority with the intention to fail and hence the need for prayers to prevent them from derailing.

He said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration would fulfill all the election promises it made to the citizens of the state by working harder.

“We will ensure that the citizenry get the dividends of democracy as the administration intends to focus more on education, infrastructure development, economy, among other issues.

“We will make sure that everybody gets dividends of democracy which include peace because without peace we cannot do anything,” he said.

Commenting on the level of moral decadence in the country, Hamzat tasked parents to take interest in the proper upbringing of their children and family units.

He said parents should be blamed for the increased level of vices witnessed in the nation, stressing that the family unit was the foundation of any society.

Earlier in his goodwill message, the National President of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Dr Abdulrafiu Sanni, described the month of Ramadan as one for forgiveness which every Muslim should take advantage of to seek forgiveness for their sins from Allah.

He said that whosoever allowed the month to pass away without having his sins forgiven had lost everything in life.

Sanni urged the Muslim faithful to move closer to Allah in order to enjoy the rewards of the holy month.

The National Missioner of the Society, Sheik  AbdurRahman Ahmad, in his lecture entitled “Towards the Ultimate Success: The Method, Map, Means and Compass” urged Muslims to be modest in their living.

He said: “Wealth comes with its own problems, rather than chasing after earthly and temporary things, people should always be mindful of the day of reckoning.”

The missioner advised that the people should chase after peace, joy and things that would enhance mental health, adding that the greatest source of joy is someone that had tasted faith in Allah and solely trust in God.

On his part, the occasion chairman, Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla (Rtd), urged parents not to abandon their duty of raising cultured children with high moral standards who would in turn become responsible leaders.

He also implored Muslims to always abide by rules and regulations of observing Ramadan as enshrined in the Holy Quran.


Abiodun mulls oil production in Tongeji Island, Olokola



The Ogun State Governor; Prince Dapo Abiodun has expressed optimism towards the exploration of oil in Tongeji Island and Olokola in Ipokia and Ogun Waterside local government areas of the state respectively.

The Governor noted that the state would soon be given frontier status and join the league of oil-producing states in the country.

Prince Abiodun stated this during the presentation of the year 2024 Appropriation Bill christiened “Budget of Sustained Growth and Development” at the Ogun State House of Assembly.

The Governor said, “Discussions are ongoing regarding the exploration of oil in Tongeji Island, Ipokia Local Government Area, and Olokola, in Ogun Water-Side Local Government Area, respectively. We are confident that very soon, we will be given frontier status and will soon join the league of oil-producing states.”

Abiodun also disclosed that his administration in preparation for its new status as an oil producing state has established the Ministry of Mineral Resources saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the general administration and operation of the natural resources that abound in the state.

He also disclosed that his administration has established the Ministry of Energy to take advantage of the constitutional amendment that allows sub-national governments to participate in the energy sector.

The Governor, who also disclosed that an Education Summit would be held in the first quarter of  2024, said that numerous challenges facing the sector would be considered with a view to repositioning education in the state.

Continue Reading


IGP launches inaugural NPF Open National Mixed Martial Arts Championship in Abuja



The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has officially launched the groundbreaking 1st NPF Open National Mixed Martial Arts Championship that held on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2023 in Abuja at the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium, Abuja.

In his address during the inauguration on Saturday, December 2, 2023, the IGP underscored the significance of this championship in not only enhancing policing services but also contributing to the broader development of sports in Nigeria. The event was poised to foster collaboration and mutual respect among participating agencies, showcasing the commitment of law enforcement to community policing.

As part of the preparation for this championship, the Force conducted a comprehensive 2-day seminar titled “Sensitisation on the Rules and Regulations of Mixed Martial Arts.” The seminar brought together athletes and officials from the Police, Para-military, and other law enforcement agencies, along with representatives from the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Development.

The IGP called on all participating athletes and agencies to showcase their best performances while adhering to the rules and maintaining the spirit of sportsmanship.

The competition will feature various categories, including the Beginners Mixed Martial Arts events, highlighting a combination of grappling, striking, and ground fighting.

Continue Reading


Environmental infractions: Ogun shuts three industrial companies



By Omobolaji Adekunle, Abeokuta

The Ogun State government has shut three companies in the state for various environmental infractions.

The companies shut down include Robust International PTE Limited, Ruili Recycling Limited, Mowe, also in Mowe and Star Pipe Limited, Sagamu.

Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya while announcing their closure said, “Ruili Recycling- pet bottles recycling company was found guilty of discharging its wastes and storm water into their immediate environment especially in the premises of Christopher University which exposed the students to avoidable danger as well as its refusal to obtain a drainage approval to properly channel the unwanted water to appropriate place.”

“Aside from this, the company was also discovered to be burning all its solid wastes within its premises contrary to the state’s Environmental Laws thereby exposing its workers and residents of its immediate communities to toxic and hazardous pollution as well as operating in a filthy environment,” the Commissioner said.

Oresanya stated that the company illegally demolished a fence bounding them with the same Christopher University so as to reclaim some portion of land and subsequently divert all storm water to the premises of the institution as well as their failure to heed government’s directives for proper remediation.

He emphasised that the state government will not fold its hands and watch the two industries expose the students of the institution and residents of their immediate communities suffer from their careless environmental infractions while they feel unconcerned.

For Star Pipe Limited, Sagamu, Oresanya said the company was shut after they refused entreaties to install effluent treatment plants into their facilities as they discharge raw and hydrochloric acid into their immediate environment.

This he said has led to contamination of ground water of these communities which has made the water unsafe and unhygienic.

The Commissioner added that the three companies will remain shut until they correct all the lapses detected as the state government is not interested in closing them down but for them to operate according to the best global environmental standards which the state government has adopted.

Continue Reading