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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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OAP SLEEKY DAMIAN SET TO HOSTS ‘PAD A PAL’ HUMANITARIAN/CHARITY EVENT AUGUST 6th  

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Award Winning on-Air personality and Celebrity MC, Sleeky Damian will host “PAD A PAL” Charity Ball at Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre on August 6, 2021 featuring performers, entertainers, speakers, attendees, philanthropists.
The Charity ball/humanitarian event will attract dignitaries from all walks of life. Tickets are not sold at the event as all entries at the ball are free. However, we encourage all attendees to give generously. For those who wish to support or donate before the event, the account number (0178850019, FCMB, Adebunmi Damian Adegoke) has been supplied for your input towards the event.

 

The Event is poised to raise a couple of millions of naira for the foundation network to be launched whose objective is aimed at solving reproductive health issues among female teens. Enlightenment campaigns and sensitization will be carried out across different secondary schools in Ibadan and its environs by a team of our medical experts.
All your contributions are worthy of the celebrations and joy at the Ball. If for some reason, you cannot attend, please send in your donations to the account number provided above. Also, someone can attend the ball instead of you with your pass.

 

Life becomes meaningful when the world unites to make it a better place for all; words of admonition from one of our attendees Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, Speaker, 9th Oyo Assembly.

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BREAKING: FBI INDICTMENT: IGP SUSPENDS DCP ABBA KYARI, INAUGURATES 4-MAN PANEL FOR INVESTIGATION

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Sequel to the level of the numerous allegation of corruption leveled against super cop DCP Abba Kyari by the FBI over his involvement in taking funds from Celebrity fraudster Abass Olorunwa known as Hushpuppi, The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation touching on him.

 

The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force. The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations leveled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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NAS tackles NBC over censorship of Media

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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has kicked against what it called “blatant assault on press freedom” by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The organisation declared that the directive by the regulatory body to Television and Radio stations not to “divulge” details of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists during Newspaper Reviews is unconstitutional as it violates freedom of expression of citizens and seeks to prevent the press from performing its duties enshrined in Section 22 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) to hold government accountable on behalf of the people.

The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje in a statement titled: “NBC’s Bullying of the Media Unacceptable” stated that the regulatory body by its latest action wants to suppress press freedom and restrict access of information to Nigerians.

According to Owoaje, NBC by the directive intends to criminalise journalism and prevents victims of terrorism, banditry and other associated crimes from getting justice.

“The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) notes with considerable concern the sudden brazenness, repressive instincts and open partisanship being exhibited by the NBC in the interpretation of its regulatory remit in recent times. We unequivocally condemn these unethical attempts by the NBC to browbeat radio and television stations, and other organs of the Press, in a desperate bid to cow the Press.
Besides, we cannot find any justification for the bizarre NBC
directive; even on the hackneyed excuse of a security necessity, other than to
keep Nigerians in the dark about the uncomfortable reality of the insurgency
and the seeming inability of the security agencies to halt the spate of
insecurity across the country,” he said.

Owoaje stated further that contrary to what the security agencies would want Nigerians to believe, ferocious attacks on insurgents, kidnappers, killer herdsmen and bandits continue unabated in the country.
“We implore the executive arm of government to rein in the NBC to desist from its overt clampdown on press freedom.

The NBC should withdraw its illegal directive as it is unhelpful and counterproductive to the fight against insecurity in the country. Rather than see the media as the enemy, the media should be seen as a patriotic partner that can rally Nigerians to support the efforts of the government in tackling the myriad of security challenges afflicting our country. A free and unfettered press makes democracy thrive and is not merely a liberal indulgence. This is what Nigerians need. This is what we demand. We reject the shackles the NBC wants to foist on the media,” the statement added.

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