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Fadirepo Pleads on continuous support for private school operators by govt

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The Federal and state governments have been urged to continue to support school operators in its commitment to the reduction in the population of out-of-school children. The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) had conservatively put the population of out-of-school children in Nigeria at over 10 million.

Speaking at the 13th graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony of Diamonds Mine Nursery and Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye, on Tuesday, a businessman Mr. Olasoji Isaac Fadirepo, said the government needs to make the sector attractive to investors. Fadirepo who was Chairman at the event said the federal government needs to continue to support private schools investors who are helping to bridge the gap and ensure more pupils are taken away from the streets and trained to become responsible citizens.

Fadirepo who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to increasing investment in the education sector by 50 percent, said the government must continue to provide an enabling environment to the private investors in the sector for the nation to succeed in the quest to make education available to all.
Addressing the graduands, Fadirepo said the graduands should continue to be good ambassadors of the school wherever they found themselves.
He praised the parents for investing their time and resources in their children, urging them to continue to do more as the secondary level of education to which the pupils aspire is more intensive and would demand more from both parents and pupils.

He commended the school for the quality of academic excellence imparted on the pupils, adding that as a parent himself, he can attest to the quality of sound training and teaching by the school.
“I can say authoritatively that any discerning parent who desires the best for their children needs to come to Diamonds Mine School. Within the short time that I have brought my children here, I have seen the difference in their academic lives. The school is trying and the children are proof of what they are doing in the school.”

Earlier in her speech, the school Proprietress, Mrs. Romoke Aderibigbe, said she is proud that all the graduating pupils can hold their own and compete favorably with their peers anywhere in the world.
She said just like their predecessors who from the reports from various schools where they continue to win accolades and top their classes, this set, who have been seasoned by the quality teachers, would continue to make the school proud.

She said during the session, the school competed in the Mathematics competition as well as the Lagos State Spelling Bee competition where they were rated 13 overall best schools in the state.
This is apart from the various extracurricular activities to which they belonged among them are the Indomitable Club by Indomie, the Little Champions Club by Milo drink and several others, adding that the school had been picked as a centre of excellence by Milo for teens champions club.

Mrs. Aderibigbe commended all the parents whose commitment to their children in the payment of school fees and appropriate textbooks have continued to make a difference in the lives of their wards. She urged them not to relent in investing in their children in spite of the trying times as nothing invested in the children is wasted.

“I can only urge you to continue to be a good parent to these kids. Continue to show them you care. Continue to show them that you are interested in their future. Continue to put their needs above yours and continue to find a way of paying their school fees.”

Addressing the graduands, the Proprietress urged them to continue to be good ambassadors of the school. “I want you to know that as you have graduated from here, you have become a member of the alumni of this school. You should know that it is not time to relax in your academics as the secondary school requires more and would tax you more. Continue to read your books because readers are leaders.

 

“Don’t join bad gangs. Don’t allow peer pressure to derail your glorious future. Continue to be good and dutiful children. Show more understanding to your parents. Be good, studious pupils and let us continue to hear good reports from you and your school.”

Parents were entertained to various presentations by the graduating and other pupils ranging from Bata dance, South African Dance, Ape Dance from Ijebu and a dance drama titled Courage in tough times.
There were other presentations like radio news broadcasts, kindergarten presentations and farewell presentations.
Highlights of the event were Prize Giving to selected pupils from kindergarten school and primary schools, as well as cash awards to the overall staff and two runners up.

Serial winner Mrs. Temitope Amos, who again emerged winner went home with a commendation letter and N10,000 cash, while the first and second runners up, Mr. Akeem Adetunji, (school driver) and Mrs. Blessing Alaafia (cleaner), won N5,000 and N3,000 respectively.

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Olugbo of Ugbo Set to Host Second edition of Turf Club Federation Tournament, Pledges to Nigeria Unity

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In a bid to foster continuous unity among Nigerians at a time Nigeria is struggling to remain united as an entity; members of the Turf Club Federation of Nigeria is doing everything within their capacity in line with its core values and mission statement in maintaining peace, stability and unity within Nigeria as they visited the Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Dr. Fredrick Enitiolorunda Akinrutan OON at his palatial palace in Ode-Ugbo; Ilaje Ondo state last week on a courtesy visit and to show appreciation for the pivotal role he played in the maiden edition of its Turf games held in Bida; Niger state recently.

Presentation of a brand new horse

The delegation’s visit was to further commend Olugbo for finding time out of his tight itinerary to attend the maiden edition of the Turf game dedicated for horse lovers across the country where they converge under one umbrella to display cultural aesthetics among other things to further solidify Nigerians beyond the tribal narrative that is used to weaken our unity.

In the cause of the courtesy visit; members of the turf club through the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sultan Muhammed Saad Abubakar III, disclosed their readiness to allow South-West Nigeria host the sophomore edition which would be hosted within the kingdom of Olugbo and Kabiyesi Akinrutan as the host. This information was contained via a duly signed letter, dated 10th of August which states that: “The federation has resolved to honor your majesty with the hosting rights of the 2nd edition of the prestigious National Horse Racing Derby in your kingdom; this will be the first of its kind to have horse lovers, jockeys owners and sports enthusiast hosted outside of Northern Nigeria”

Member of the Turf Nigeria Federation delivering the goodwill message

 

After the parley; Olugbo’s cultural team displayed the rich Ugbo cultural heritage via songs, dance and its menu. Thereafter, members of the Turf Federation gifted Olugbo a horse as a sign of appreciation for his immense support for the sport and how he has worked assiduously to foster unity and peace within the country. A substantial date for the second edition to be hosted in Ugbo is yet to be announced but Kabiyesi disclosed that; after due consultation with stakeholders and chiefs within the kingdom; an appropriate time will be fixed so the whole kingdom will be in top gear to host visitors who would be coming for the event. “We are willing to make the second edition an experience that would never be forgotten. We would make sure we put every necessary plan in place to make sure the event is successful. We will also make sure that everybody who attends will never forget in a hurry. We Ilaje people are accommodating and our sense of hospitality is unmatched. We are ready to host the tournament and I thank the members who found me worthy of such a great gesture. I appreciate you all. we will keep working creating a positive synergy to make sure Nigeria is stronger in Unity”. Oba Akinrutan disclosed.

 

Horse Gift to the Olugbo of Ugbo Land

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 Lawyer demands N40million from Lufthansa Airlines Over Breach of Contract

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     Lagos lawyer, Barrister Olumide Sofowora SAN, and his wife Mrs. Olapeju Sofowora have slammed N39,640,818.00 suit on Lufthansa German Airlines for breach of contract of carriage. In a renewed legal battle via an amended statement of claim, accompanied by an additional written statement on oath sworn to by Mr. Olumide Sofowora SAN and filed before a Federal high court in Lagos southwest Nigeria, the plaintiffs avered that by a contract between them and the defendant, the Airline agreed to carry them and their luggage for reward by air from London to Lagos via Frankfurt on 28th September 2019. The said carriage was an international carriage.

      After checking in online on the 27th of September,2019, and indicating the number of luggage they had for the journey to Lagos via Frankfurt on 28th September,2019, they departed for Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 at about 4:30 am on 28th September,2019and arrive at the Airport at 5:00 am in order to board their 6:30 am Lufthansa Airline flight to Lagos, Nigeria via Frankfurt Germany.
   The plaintiffs stood in line at the Luggage check-in queue to drop their 4 pieces of luggage at Desk B25 but could not get to their turn on the check-in desk before 5:30 am because of the long queue of passengers.
  Upon reaching their turn and after confirming from the plaintiffs’ passports that they had checked in online, the defendant’s agent who thereafter asked one of the bags be placed on the scale/ conveyor belt to be tagged, suddenly stopped and asked how many pieces of the luggage the plaintiffs had to drop, upon confirming to her that they had 4 pieces of luggage to drop, the agent refused to continue the final check-in process for the flight saying the facilities to load the luggage on the flight had closed since they close one hour before the flight.
    The plaintiffs pleaded with the defendant’s agent to allow the luggage to be checked in on the next flight from London to Frankfurt and thereafter connected to the flight from Frankfurt to Lagos, but the agent informed the plaintiffs that, it could not be done because of security reasons all items of luggage must fly with the passenger and the only option left was to purchase new tickets for the next flight.
      The airport manager of the defendant confirmed what his agent had stated and despite the plaintiff’s plea, the manager insisted that the plaintiffs purchase a new ticket for the next London to Frankfurt flight at 7:30 am. They complained that this was most unfair considering that they purchased Premium Economy tickets and already have confirmed seats for the connecting journey from Frankfurt to Lagos on the Premium Economy class. All their pleas fell on deaf ears as the manager insisted on their decision.
      The plaintiffs had no choice but contacted their travel agent to get them fresh tickets for the journey from London to Lagos via Frankfurt and they have to be downgraded from Premium Economy to Economy class on their new flight tickets for which they paid the sum of N359,182.00. The previous London to Lagos return ticket has to be forfeited.
      To the surprise of the plaintiffs’ they were check in on the flight at 6:50 am for the 7:30 am flight and they were not told that the luggage boarding facility had closed even though this was less than one hour to the take-off of the flight. The boarding Gate did not open until 7:05 am flight to Frankfurt. To the plaintiff’s further surprise, Upon boarding the flight to Lagos from Frankfurt, the flight was virtually empty and their original Premium Economy seats on the Frankfurt to Lagos leg of the flight were also empty.
     Upon arriving in Lagos,3 of the 4 pieces of their luggage did not arrive, thereafter the plaintiffs, like several other passengers whose luggage did not arrive had to be going to Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on a daily basis to retrieve their luggage and the plaintiffs were able to retrieve 3 pieces of the luggage five days after.
       The defendant later paid N72,000 as inconvenience fee and offer N84,520.00 as compensation for the items bought by the plaintiffs due to the delay of their Luggage thereafter the defendant refused and failed to agree to pay reasonable compensation for the purchased tickets and delay of luggage stating that it was not liable to pay any compensation.
    Consequently, Mr. Olumide Sofowora and his wife Olapeju Sofowora are claiming against Lufthansa German Airlines, N20 million as Special and general damages, N359,182:00 being the cost of new tickets, N824,798:00 being half-price tickets of the cost of a ticket from London to Lagos, General damages in the sum of N10 million for denying the plaintiffs boarding at the London Heathrow airport having check-in. N8,816,029:00 for inconveniencies suffered by the plaintiffs’ including loss of professional time in trying to retrieve their Luggage.
      Interest on the total sum at the rate of 20%per annum from 28th of September,2019 until Judgement and thereafter at the rate of 10%per annum.
Cost of this legal action.

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Synagogue Church of All Nations SCOAN Appoints Late T.B Joshua’s widow, Evelyn as New Leader

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The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) today officially announced Mrs. Evelyn, widow of late Prophet T.B Joshua as the new leader of the church. In a statement captured on its official verified Facebook page, SCOAN urged members and followers of the late prophet to pray for Mrs. Evelyn as she steps into the shoe of her late husband.

The statement averred that; “Good Morning. We thank you for all your prayers and your love for the ministry since the glorious home call of our dear father, servant of the Highest God, ProphetT.B. Joshua. We thank you for keeping the faith. It is now God’s appointed time, to the glory of God, for The SCOAN to soldier on with the divine assignment under the guidance of God and the human leadership of Mrs. Evelyn Joshua. We urge you all to join us in prayers as we wish for God’s guidance and divine wisdom in her new God-ordained role. Mrs. Evelyn Joshua will shortly address the teeming members of The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV Partners who have waited so long for this new phase in the Great Commission.”

This announcement was made amidst the recent declaration of the federal high court who recently added Mrs. Evelyn as a member of the board of trustees. Sources averred that; The 5 wise men trained by Prophet T.B Joshua have kicked against the development; after the Late, Prophet was said to have kept his wife away from his ministry while he was alive.

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