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Akeredolu, Adebutu, Awofisayo flags off Ondo Red Gold Project

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In a quest to foster healthy partnership with private sectors on investment in Agric business, the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, on Thursday the 10th of June flagged off construction of Nigeria’s first privately owned Gas Inland LPG Terminal and Oil Palm Mills in Ore Industrial Park situated in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.

Akeredolu said the projects which are Public-Private Initiatives, are in furtherance of the commitment of his administration towards transforming the state to the economic and industrial hub of Nigeria.

The Projects, the 2,000 Megatonnes Alles Charis LPG Inland Terminal and the Red Gold Oil Palm Mills, were flagged off in commemoration of his 100 days in office as a second term Governor.

The LPG Inland Terminal and Red Gold Project is a Public-Private Partnership between the Ondo State Government and Private Investments. The Alles Charis LPG, aimed to deploy quantity 8 inland storage within the next 5 years, is the first Privately Owned and biggest LPG Inland Terminal in Nigeria while the Red Gold Project is a partnership between the Ondo State Government and the National Oil Palm Producing Association of Nigeria (NPPAN) with the objective of focusing on a large scale Palm Oil Cultivation and Production.

Speaking at the event, Akeredolu assured people of the State that his administration will continue to intensify conscious efforts to ensure the growth of existing industries in the State as well as creating an enabling environment to attract new investors.

He explained that upon the inception of his Government in the year 2017, the state could not boast of having any industry; however his government has now attracted numerous industries into the State.

According to him, “when we took over, the Ore Industrial Park was just a forest, however, within the space of 5 years, we have brought Linyi Hub which has 5 industries and three new ones to be added.”

 

Another key player in Nigeria’s oil palm industry, Mr Dapo Awofisayo, Group Executive Director of CPL Group, the proprietor of Ore Irele Oil palm co. Ltd, who was also present at the groundbreaking launch of the Red Gold project averred that; the project shows the seriousness of the Akeredolu administration towards his redeemed agenda in creating an atmosphere for private investment in the state. Ondo currently has the largest small holder farmers of oil palm in the country and this Red Gold Project has brought in big investors.

Awofisayo further added that; “So far, we gathered that over 60,000 hectares is to be unlocked for the project and this will create half a million jobs for Ondo residents. JB farms is now functional in Ondo, Sudit as well, these are also big investors like us. It’s a testament to how serious this administration is about the Oil palm sector and how easy it is to do business in the state. Governor Akeredolu has also made the state attractive. The Red Gold Project will further boost the oil palm sector as a whole and also increase the entire level of oil palm acreage and palm oil production in the country. It will ultimately reduce the supply gap in the industry and steer Nigeria in the right direction to redeeming its lost glory as the number one producer of palm oil in the world taking over from Malaysia.”

 

In conclusion, Governor Akeredolu also added that; the Ore Industrial Park will create over 120,000 job opportunities in the State. He also expressed high optimism that the LPG plant will catapult Ondo State as the nation’s LPG distribution nerve center. “Red Gold Project, has a comparative advantage in Palm Oil Cultivation over other states and nations across the world. Our government will ensure that we fully develop the facility that will bring in millions for the State with increase in IGR and other revenues. For both local and foreign investors, Ondo state is ready to provide the much-needed incentives for every business to thrive. Lagos which serves as the commercial headquarters of Nigeria is already congested for business. Investors should consider Ondo as a new home for business excellence.”

 

Present at the event were the Secretary to the State Government, Princes Oladuni Odu, Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr. Dare Aragbaiye, Commissioner for Information, Mr. Donald Ojogo, Managing Director of Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), Mr. Boye Oyewumi and the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Agribusiness, Pastor Akin Olotu,MD JB farm LTD;  Ajibola Adebutu, High Chief, Engineer Abiodun Adejo, Chairman Abbis Farms, Mr Ade Ayoola, Chairman Bambi Farms Ltd among others.

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IBEDC SECURES CONVICTION AGAINST ELECTRICITY EQUIPMENT VANDALS

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Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc. (IBEDC) secured convictions of a term of three (3) months and two (2) years imprisonments on vandalism of its transformer and electric cables at the Grade A, Customary Court of Appeal, Ibadan and Magistrate Court, Moniya, Ibadan on 15th October 2021 and 22nd November 2021 respectively.

The criminals, Yusuff Olatunji and Ademola Toheeb were charged to Court at different times on count charges of vandalism and theft. The convictions underscore our current stance of zero tolerance to all illegal activities within our network.

Furthermore, the Management of IBEDC hereby reiterates its commitment to sanitize its network from nefarious activities such as vandalism, energy theft and staff assault. To this end, we appeal to individuals and communities to collaborate with us to stall this menace, by reporting any of these illegal activities, via our Whistleblowing channels clearly communicated on our website, social media pages, TV and radio programmes etc. In addition, customers can support us by monitoring electricity installations within their communities.

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Kunbi Wuraola, Rufai Oseni, Nneka Itabor, others for JCI Victoria Island’s Leadership Colloquium, Investiture

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Director, Policy & Partnerships, Africa – New Globe Education, Dr. Kunbi Wuraola will be giving the keynote address at this year’s leadership colloquium and investiture of Victoria Island’s Chapter of Junior Chamber International JCI. Wuraola who has also served as the first female national president of the organization will be speaking on the theme of the colloquium that has been tagged, “Leadership Now and Then: Leading Through The JCI Creed”

The colloquium is an annual leadership event that prepares the new executives of the organization for effective leadership delivery in the coming year and also sensitizes the general public on effective leadership and governance.

 Along with Wuraola, Nigerian media personality, Rufai Oseni, Chair, Senate Association of JCI Nigeria, Nneka Itabor, and the Group Chairman of Oxford Holdings, Dr. Teni Adesanya will be discussing the theme of the colloquium at the event.

President of the Local Organisation, Seye Joseph said that the topic of the program was intentionally chosen to address leadership lacuna in the country, saying that leadership plays active roles in national development.

“We understand the roles leadership play in every facet of human existence, what it means, why we must have it, and how to effectively use it for the positive course of human growth and development.

Leadership’s ubiquitous roles make it relevant in every point of our life, be it in the past, now and in the future.  The reason why this colloquium and investiture has been tagged, “Leadership Now Then: Leading Through JCI Creed”

Joseph who is an outgoing president of the organization stated that the investiture section of the event will have the new executive of the organization to be sworn in at the event to take leadership baton for effective leadership delivery next year.

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NDLEA Arrests Drug Smuggling Cartels from Hideouts, Confiscate Marijuana ‘Loud’ and other Illicit Drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA said it has confiscated 12,385 kilograms of marijuana Loud variant smuggled into Lagos from a neighboring country through the waterways. This was made known by the Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, who disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, described the drug as a strong variant of marijuana. 

Babafemi said that; 12,385 pellets of the “Loud’’ marijuana were brought in through the Atlantic Ocean and ferried in boats to the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island. The weed would have been distributed from the beach to drugs hotspots such as Lagos Island, Peti Alagba and others across Lagos and other states, he added.

He stated also that over 50 narcotic officers stormed the beach on Saturday, Nov. 27 and recovered the consignments along with two trucks and arrested three suspects. Those arrested are Abdulkadri Zakari, 24, Ka’abu Sausu, 45 and Lawrence Adie, 27.

In another development, a 70-year-old woman, Beatrice Aigbedion was among the suspects arrested at Irrua, Edo in connection with the seizure of more than 5,000 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs.

“After days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, Nov. 24 stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo, where they recovered 4,261.5kg of Indian hemp and arrested a suspect, Ikong Stanley.

“On Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1,240kg of Indian hemp was also seized at a warehouse in Uzebba, in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo. At the point of her arrest last Wednesday, Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol and Rohypnol. Another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakpoba, Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg,’’ Babafemi stated.

Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 at Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol and Rohypnol.

Babafemi stated that; operatives raided Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam Road, Asaba, where Dobedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka were arrested with different quantities of psychoactive substances.

He added that another drug dealer, Emeka Ben, was nabbed with 4.7 grams of Methamphetamine on Asaba-Ibusa Road in Delta.

“Other suspects arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 in the state for dealing in Meth, Indian hemp, cocaine, and heroin were Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah, and Justice Obika. In Kano, a drug dealer, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested and 143 kilograms of Indian hemp recovered from him while 466kg of same drug was seized in the home of one Bashir Shuaibu, an indigene of Edo resident in Kano. On Thursday, Nov. 25, a drug dealer in Maiduguri, Chima Obi, was arrested in a follow-up operation. The follow-up operation took place after the seizure of his drug consignment of 73.2kg of codeine at an NDLEA checkpoint in Postiskum, Yobe, on the same day,’’ Babafemi stated.

He said that NDLEA Chairman retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, charged its officers and men to strive to record greater feats until the drug supply and drug demand reduction targets of the agency were fully achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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