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Makinde To Review Sacking Of FIBAN Members From BCOS



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Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has declared that his administration will review the recent sacking of members of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) from the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS).

The governor, who stated this while receiving members of the association at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, added that his administration will continue to run an open government.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as saying that his government would continue to do the needful to ensure the uplifting of the state.

He added that his administration would continue to run an open government with a view to carrying all and sundry along.
The governor promised to look into lingering issues between BCOS and FIBAN members within the next four weeks, as according to him, he was aware of and grateful to them for their contributions towards his emergence as governor of the state.

He said: “When I was praying towards the 2019 election, I did not pray to become the governor, I was only emphasising that the will of God be done in Oyo State. So, I know for a fact that if it is the will of God, He would bring those that would make His will to be done, and one of them is Senator Monsurat Sunmonu.

“I am just hearing about all your complaints for the first time. If I had known this is what we would be discussing, I would have contacted Prince Dotun Oyelade to come join us in this meeting. I want to repeat that I don’t know it all. We make mistakes as humans, only God cannot make mistakes.

“Sometimes, where we think there is no way, God can create a way. So, I want to sincerely apologise to you.

“I have seen that most times in politics, it is someone that will work while another person will enjoy the labour of another person. And I have always said that no other person will enjoy the labour of another person under my watch. That is why I said I apologised sincerely, because you cannot suffer to install this government and you will eventually get something negative at the end of the day.

“So, I promise we will do the needful where necessary. And all the requests you have tendered will be addressed.”
Makinde also stated that his plan to govern the state was borne out of his desire to make life better for everyone in the state, adding that his ambition to become governor was like a calling.

He added that the essence of government is to take the dividends of democracy to the door steps of everyone.
Commenting further on the lingering issue between FIBAN and BCOS, the governor said: “Within the next week and a half, we will take certain steps to get to the bottom of the issue that cropped up in BCOS.

“And moving forward, I don’t want a situation whereby people will be saying I became non-accessible since I got to this position. And that is why I did not even change my phone number and I did not add another number . I believe that most of the things you requested will be looked into logically and we will bite at those we can do for now. And I want to assure you that we will do most of them before the end of this tenure.

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“I believe that position, power will come and go. So, the government I am running is for everyone. It is a government that even when it ends, one should still be able to do what God has sent one to do to affect society positively. Despite some constraints in governance, we still need to look inwards to see the things that are important to us and make sure we get them done.

“So, I want to thank the FIBAN, the leaders, the executives and everyone because you have said some certain things the way they are supposed to be said. The commissioner said 4+4, meaning two tenure but I want to say, let the will of God be done.

“I want progress for Oyo State. I want God to guide me to govern the people of the state. Power is transient and what is important is the legacy we are leaving behind.”

Earlier, the state chairman of FIBAN, Comrade Seun Awodele hinted that the association would do all within its capacity to give support to the current administration by supporting its programmes and policies with their broadcast contents.

He added that the body would equally support the government to achieve its mandate and projections in the areas of education, health, urban development and social welfare for the people, saying “we will use our different platforms to project the good works of Governor Makinde.

“Today is a very memorable day. We have deemed it fit to have this interactive session with you since 2019. Oyo State is a state of peace and we are a pacesetter state.

“As a professional body, we relate with the past governments in Oyo State and our constitution also lets us understand that any governor that comes on board should be our grand patron.

“Since 2014, Atiba FM has been something that the state government is meant to achieve and when you came on board, we traced all your efforts to have a station in Oyo but, till now, nothing is going on. The reason we are a professional body is for us to have a place to showcase our potential. As content providers, it is an opportunity for us to have Atiba FM, which I believe will be achieved by the special grace of God.

“Our members cover 85 per cent of those who present on air on different contents and we believe we can relate with the state-owned station. The duty of BCOS is to have the privilege to relate with the people in that state, which we believe if the governor can give us that grace, I am promising that we will bring back the glory of BCOS, because we have the content,” Awodele said.

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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor



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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



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Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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