Some media have carried a report extracted from yesterday’s meeting with His Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) and coalition of Security Chiefs delegated by President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the way forward in the current fight against banditry in the State
The reporting media quoted Governor Bello Mohammed as saying that he would give two cows to any bandit who surrender an AK 47 as compensation which is attracting a lot of criticisms from the general public.
Indeed, good and responsible Journalism is about being fair and just to every newsmaker, News source and those involved in the report. Quoting anyone out of context is not only unfair and unjust but also unprofessional. Governor Matawalle was grossly quoted out of context.
The peace initiative introduced by the administration of Bello Matawalle in the last one year brought the relative peace we are enjoying in the state without any monetary inducement or “trade by barter” with the bandits. All the over 1000 kidnapped victims released got their freedom without a kobo paid as ramsom. That is also true with the nearly 200 sophisticated weapons surrendered willingly by the ex bandits in the last one year.
The peace initiative has a clause where His Excellency promises to re-settle those who have willingly accepted to abandon crime and settle down as normal people. That is why the idea of constructing RUGA by the state Government came to being.
Hence, the cows promised by Governor Bello Mohammed are for those who accepted the peace accord and have re-integrated into the society to live a normal life because it is their cattle they sold to buy the sophisticated weapons which they have now surrendered.
It is true, practical and verifyable that the ex-bandits who have laid down their arms are now living a normal life in our communities and are even helping the security agencies in dealing with their recalcitrant colleagues who are still hiding in the bush unleashing terror on our local communities.
It is therefore, very uncharitable to allege a “trade – by – barter” between the bandits and the state Government instead seeing it as a genuine attempt to empower those remorseful and repentant bandits who have since joined the community to live a normal life.
Loyalty: Ooni Sets To Reward Princess Toyin Kolade
All her life, Princese Toyin Kolade with the moniker ‘Iyaalaje Apapa’ has dedicated all her life looking into the affairs of the downtrodden. She has vowed to keep touch lives regardless of the propaganda and hatred tied to it by naysayers.
Those close to the Fisolak Global Resource boss would attest to the fact that; she is an hardworking and supportive woman. She has been championing the revatilization of the Yoruba culture and tradition with the help of His Imperial Majesty, The Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, most especially, as the sole promoter of the annual Aje Festival (Festival of Wealth)in Ile-ife the cradle of Yoruba race.
Ever since the coronation of Oba Ogunwusi in 2015, the affable business woman has showed unflinching support and loyalty to him in all ramification. Like the popular axiom; There is reward for hardwork and loyalty; Sources disclosed that; the cosmopolitan business woman is getting set to be bestowed with the highly coveted Yoruba title as the ‘Iyaalaje Oodua’ (Head of market men and women in Yoruba land) by the Ooni of Ife.
Sources further gathered that; preparations are already in top gear as the ancient city of Ife will welcome top political officials, Captains of industries and socialites who will move in their large numbers to celebrate with the stylish Osun State born philanthropists. “The title coronation party will be a massive one. It will hold sometimes in the first week of March 2021 after the annual Aje Festival in February. The title for Princess Toyin is like putting a round peg in a round hold. She is sparing no cost to fete all invited guest that day. Those few who will be privileged to attend will never forget in a hurry.”
Stanbic IBTC Receives Outstanding Community Service Award
In recognition of its meritorious contributions to the development of Olambe Community in Ogun State, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has been honoured with the Outstanding Community Service Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category.
The award, organised by Ascend Hotels Limited, in conjunction with Rainbow Entertainment, was held recently. It was an avenue to recognise brands and personalities who positively impacted the community through their activities.
The selection process was based on wide consultation with various community leaders and endorsement letters that provided specific details about the reputation, dynamic growth and sustainable business achievements and award recipients’ qualifications. Expressing the Bank’s appreciation for the recognition, Wole Adeniyi, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, stated that the organisation is excited to reap the fruits of its various corporate social responsibility initiatives which is a testament of the hard work we put into supporting the underserved within the communities we operate. Adeniyi reiterated that the Bank, besides its business objectives, also strongly believes in giving back to the communities where it operates to create an enabling environment in society continually. “Through our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative, which is hinged on three major pillars, namely: Education, Health and Economic Empowerment, we consistently reach out to underserved communities and provide the assistance required to make the society a better place,” Adeniyi added.
Congratulating the leading financial institution on behalf of Olambe Community, Wale Olatunde, Chief Executive Officer, Ascend Hotels Limited, urged other corporate organisations to take a cue from Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC.
He stated that the development of the various communities in the nation was a collective responsibility. According to him: “We must be intentional in offering adequate support to the government and the people of our communities to achieve the desired growth.”
Speaking on the award won by Stanbic IBTC Bank, Olatunde said: “This is a well-deserved honour given to the organisation for being dependable and supportive over the years. We recognise and appreciate the positive impact and contributions of the organisation to Olambe Community.”
MC Ajele set for holiday in Dubai, recounts 2020 experiences
One of Nigeria’s foremost entertainer, comedian, actor and astute wedding compère, Adeyemi Ajele, popularly called MC Ajele has recounted the ugly, good and best experiences of the year 2020.
The versatile humour merchant, who has concluded plans to enjoy about 3 weeks holiday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, recounted that though 2020, started great, the year nosedived into a shadow of a year, when the pandemic shut all actives within the country for almost 4 months.
‘What a year in retrospect, 2020? We thank God we all made it into this brand new year. I just hope we won’t overhype this one too, as we did to 2020. I’m grateful to God, despite all the chaos of the year, I triumphed. At least, we did some major events, got some corporate deals, and I was able to use the forceful holiday around April, May and June, to concreting my emotional stability’.
The ace comedian who singled out the anchoring of Bishop David Oyedepo’s daughter, Joyce, as a great comeback described 2020 as a year that’s just greatly quintessential.
‘When we did the Joyce wedding, it was a great comeback. And after that many private events surfaced creating another good side for 2020’
‘I was privileged to anchor the Africa Digital Awards, 2020, the Olusoga 70th birthday, LASAA end of the year, even the first Ilaje Music Festival amidst others’
On plans in Dubai, he said its a time to plan for a greater 2021.
‘I just want to have time off work, be privately engaged with some developmental planning, like I want to find my feet in Agriculture and some stock market trading, maybe Forex. It will also afford me the opportunity to unwind after we did back to back in the last weeks of 2020’
MC Ajele, enjoined his fans to keep the love coming in, as he’s got lot in the bag for year 2021.
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