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Ogun Seeks Collaboration With NITP On Urban Development



Ogun Seeks Collaboration With NITP On Urban Development:
L-R: President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planning, TPL Toyin Ayinde exchanging gifts with Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun during the visit of the NITP leaders to the Governor's office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, ahead of the Institute's convention on Monday

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has called for a collaboration between the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and the state, in the area of proper town planning and urban development with a view to espousing good governance and socioeconomic development.

Abiodun made the call when he played host to the National President of the NITP and other members of the association who were in the state for the 52nd National Conference and Annual General meeting of the institute.

The governor, who identified proper town planning and urban development as catalyst for physical and environmental development of any society, hinted that his administration was working on modalities to correct what he described as “chaotic and haphazard” building of structures at Mowe and Ibafo towns.

He said the Lagos-Ogun Development Joint Commission was conceptualized and created with the aim of ensuring synergy between the two states in areas of planning, security, economic development among others.

Abiodun disclosed that his administration changed the name of the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning to the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, to ensure Ogun is not just better planned, but be equipped for better and efficient planning.

The governor added that his administration was able to unbundle the erstwhile Urban and Regional Planning Board and replaced it with the Ogun State Planning and Development Permit Authority, the Ogun State Slum Regeneration Authority and the Ogun State Building Production and Management Authority, adding “our administration was also able to put necessary legislation that will back up our restructuring plans”.

He, however, said plans were in top gear to have an Education and Medical Cities along the newly constructed Ijebu-Ode-Epe expressway corridor, noting that the cities would be resilient, modern and clean.

The governor said his administration decided to embark on the construction of the Ijebu-Ode-Epe expressway to look and develop an alternative route to evacuate people from Lagos to Ogun and other parts of Nigeria.

“If indeed we want to begin to re-correct the anomalies and what has happened in the past, we have to take the bull by the horn. So, we decided we are going to start with Epe-Ijebu-Ode Road because it is an evacuation road for people that would hitherto come from Lagos-Ibadan Road and then turn to the Sagamu-Benin expressway. That road now bypasses Lagos-Ibadan and you can go through Lekki and go to Benin,” he noted.

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Abiodun also noted that his administration had commenced plans to give the city of Abeokuta a new look so it can occupy its pride of place in the comity of capital cities in the world.

Earlier in his remarks, the National President of the NITP, Toyin Ayinde, said it had become imperative to make Nigerians understand the importance of town planning, adding that the institute has been able to find out that planning answers to good governance.

Ayinde added that it is the responsibility of government to plan and the responsibility of town planners to make it work.

While commending the Abiodun-led administration for making huge advancement in the area of urban development, he urged the governor to look at the 2005 Urban and Physical Planning Law with a view to ensuring its review.

According to him, the law ought to be reviewed on a five-year basis to measure the performance of the plan in the state, submitting “when the law is fully operational, it will help governor of a state to see all of the settlements in the state and how they are positioned.”


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Ooni Opens Up On Meeting With Buhari Over Igboho



Ooni Opens Up On Meeting With Buhari Over Igboho

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has disclosed what transpired during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

In an interview with BBC, the monarch said the agitator rejected advice offered him by monarchs sent to dialogue with him.

Ooni said that during the meeting, Buhari was informed of the reasons for Igboho’s agitation.

In his reaction, Buhari said Igboho needed to be “calm and patient”.

The president also asked monarchs in the South-West to advise Igboho against moves that were lawless.

The monarch, who said Igboho had a just cause to fight, said he should have been more diplomatic.

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He alleged that Igboho was misled by politicians, insisting that the activist deserved the support of monarchs in the region.

Ooni said he had forgiven Igboho and already working to get him freed from detention in Benin Republic.

He urged other Yoruba Nation agitators to consider dialogue.

He said: “I have always told the government to call the agitators for a dialogue. Sunday Igboho grew up in Ife. All that he has become today, started from Ife. He fought the Ife and Modakeke war and both lands belong to Ife. He is a son of the soil.

“He wanted to fight for his kinsmen. He stood up and fought for those killed in Oke Ogun. We thank God for preserving his life. He tried his best but he was overwhelmed by different pieces of advice from people.

“Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them.

“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm.

“After I left Buhari’s place, I called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but Igboho did not listen. He started abusing everyone, including the monarchs I sent to him.

“He hurled so many bad words but he is still our son. God owns forgiveness. We’ve forgiven him. If he had listened, he wouldn’t have found himself in his current travail.

“We are trying our best to secure his release.

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“It is better to fight together. We can only achieve our goal if we are united.

“No one can fight with the government alone. You’ve to be diplomatic.”


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Bandits Kill 17 In Mosque



Bandits Kill 17 In Mosque

Seventeen people were killed as bandits invaded a mosque in Maza Kuka village in Mashegu local government area of Niger State.

Also, 18 people were said to have been abducted during the attack on Monday morning.

The gunmen invaded the community on motorcycles while the residents were performing their morning prayers, shooting sporadically into the air.

Sources said that the gunmen shot at some victims, leaving 17 dead.
Some of the residents said on phone they were still in shock over the attack, which they said took them by surprise.

The Maza Kuka and Kulhu communities in Mashegu local government council of Niger State are bordering Kianji Lake Forest where most of the bandits are said to be taking refuge.

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The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, confirmed the attack to reporters.

He said that 16 people were killed in the mosque while one other was killed at Kaboji village by the gunmen.

Matane said that the State Government had sent a team of military personnel to the forest to fish out bandits hiding there.

The Chairman of Mashegu local government council, Alhaji Alhassan Isa Maza-Kuka also confirmed the incident, describing it as very devastating to the people.

He said that the attack was uncalled for especially as the people were in the mosque for prayers.

Alhassan disclosed that one of the injured people was in a critical condition and had been referred to the Minna General Hospital for medical attention.


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Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference



Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference

The Department of History and International Studies, Federal University, Lokoja will hold a national conference in honour of renowned historian Prof. Toyin Falola.

The theme of the conference is “Insurgency, Armed Banditry, And Ethno-religious Conflicts In Central Nigeria.”

The event billed for 10:00 a.m. on November 10, 2021 at the University Auditorium, Adankolo Campus, is one of the ceremonies of the fifth convocation of the university.

Falola is a Professor of African History and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin , U.S.A.

Prof. Falola’s research interest is African history and the geographic areas of interest include Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Falola’s thematic fields include Atlantic history, diaspora and migration, empire and globalization, intellectual history, international relations, religion and culture.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Falola who is author and editor of more than one hundred books, makes regular interventions in the simmering and overt socioeconomic and political crises of his country Nigeria and continent Africa.


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