The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that anyone who attempts to register twice in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise will be caught.
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to replicate Songhai farms model in the state within nine months, in his quest to maximise opportunities of areas of comparative advantages, especially in agriculture.
He made the disclosure in Ibadan while receiving a delegation from Songhai farms led by its Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Godfrey Nzamujo in his office.
The visit was a follow up to the Governor’s earlier visit to Songhai farms, Port Norvo in Benin Republic to understudy the farms with the aim of establishing a partnership, likewise replicating such in the state.
The Governor said the agricultural sector of Oyo state would experience a total turn around sequel to a new partnership with Songhai farms.
Also, implementations have been made on one of the state farmlands with a further spread across different farm settlements within the state.
Governor Ajimobi said that they have been very much keen to take advantage of all areas where the state has comparative advantage, such as agriculture.
“Our state is well positioned as the food basket of Nigeria. The state is the largest in the south and with good climate.
“If you are talking about an integrated, well managed farm model, it is Songhai farms.
“I am confident that any state that replicates the model will be among the topmost in the comity of nations. Songhai has multiplier effects,” he said.
Governor Ajimobi added that the fastest way to development was through templating, adding that it was the reason for their visit to Songhai to understudy the template.
“I have no doubt in my mind that our efforts in replicating Songhai farms model in the state is a long lasting legacy which would begin to yield results in nine months,” he said.
Earlier, the founder and director of Songhai farm, Nzamujo Godfrey, hinged his visit to the state on the vision and inspiration exhibited by the Governor during his visit to the farms in Port Novo.
“Your excellency, we are here because you inspired us when you came to Port Novo. We are really impressed about your vision and determination to leave a lasting legacy in Oyo state.
“It is that inspiration that brought us down to the state and I am here with two of my leading assistants to help with the vision of replicating the farms here.
“I am sure that your vision will be carried out because we will give it all the necessary pushes,” he said.
He added that the replication of Songhai farms in the state would begin to yield results in nine months.
Several Nigerians have condemned the suspension of students of Covenant University, Sango-Ota, Ogun State for not attending the Easter Youth Alive Programme recently organised by the faith-based institution.
This is even as the university stressed that the need to build total students informed its discipline culture.
The concerned people have asked the university to rescind the decision and recall the students who have been sent home.
According to them, university education, whether in a faith-based or secular institutions, should allow freedom of worship and expression.
An economist, Mr. El Khalil , warned that if the punishment was allowed to take effect, those affected might never recover from the psychological and emotional impact of the action.
He said, “Yes, there are rules governing Covenant University, but there is also the existence of the rule of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees freedom of worship. The nation’s rules are more superior to the extant rules of Covenant University.
“I think it’s high time parents of these students challenged the excesses of this institution in court.”
Meanwhile, although efforts to speak with the university’s Public Relations Officer on whether or not the school will reconsider its stance, it stressed on its website that the vision it had for students made it imperative for it to pursue discipline vigorously.
It stated on its Students Affairs section of its website, “The high demand placed on discipline as a fundamental requirement for making a total graduate as embedded in the core values of Covenant University makes it imperative to pursue it with the required doggedness.”
It was a thrilling moment earlier today as NAAS AAUA inaugurated her 2nd set of student executive council members of the association.
The inauguration was chaired by the Chairman, NAAS electoral committee, in person of Dr. Oginni.
These set of executive executives will be the defendants and protectors of the interest of NAAS AAUA for the 2016/2017 academic session.
The members of the pioneer executives as well as other well minded NAASITES were present to grace the occasion.
The entire BAGIT team wishes the newly elected executive members a peaceful stay in office.
The entire BAGIT team uses this moment to celebrate one of the very best, finest and brightest lecturer, not only in faculty of Agriculture, but in Adekunle Ajasin University as a whole.
Mr Edamisan Ikueminsan is an Agricultural Economics Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.
We know you to be diligent, vibrant and amazingly concerned about the academic, social. physical, moral and general welfare of your students.
We wish you many more happy, prosperous and years ahead sir!
We LOVE YOU!
And Yes, We do miss you!
The Ogun state government has confirmed the availability of 20,000 tonnes of fertilizer at 5,500 Naira per bag, to farmers across the state to ensure a hitch free 2017 planting season.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo, mentioned this at a meeting with officials of the World Bank and members of the private sector in Abeokuta the state capital.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, also assured business owners in the state of right policies and programmes to support their investments.
“There is need to close the gap between the government and the private sector, which is very key and that is wha we are working on. You would see that you are our greatest asset.
“The Ogun state government wants to engage you, we want to know what your problems are. We will look at the issue of policy, where we have the wrong policies, you can come back to us and say this your policy is not moving business forward.”
While advising entrepreneurs not to leave everything to the government alone, he also noted that both the entrepreneurs and the government are partners in progress.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has commenced the continuous voter registration exercise across the country.
The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmud, said at a ceremony to mark the commencement of the exercise in Karu, Abuja that the exercise would afford eligible voters yet to register to do so before the 2019 general election.
He promised that the exercise will be taken to the ward level to allow for wider coverage.
INEC had on Tuesday said the continuous voter registration would run till few months to the 2019 general election.
The elections slated for 2019 will see voters elect their candidates for the presidential, states, legislative and council elections.
All those who were unable to vote in the last exercise and are now above eighteen years are expected to participate but not until they are registered to vote.
INEC is providing this opportunity through a nationwide voter exercise.
In the meantime, the electoral body is calling for cooperation from those participating in the registration and it is putting up a warning to prospective voters to avoid attempting to registers twice as the new electronic device procured for the ongoing exercise has a device that could disqualify anyone attempting to register twice.