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Awolowo, Shagari’s Grandsons, Owonikoko, Others Bag African Youth Leadership Awards

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Seyi Awolowo and Bello Shagari, both Grandsons of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late Shehu Shagari, as well as  Founder of Project Enable Africa, and Executive Director of Stanforte Edge Ltd/Gte, Olusola Owonikoko topped the list of 100 outstanding young people recently recognized and celebrated by the Ooni of  Ife, Ojaja II, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.

The award was in recognition of their outstanding works and intervention towards development of the country, their immediate community as well as people with special needs. 

Owonikoko was recognized for the outstanding works he has been doing through his organisation, Project Enable Africa where he promotes digital and social inclusion for persons with disabilities. 

Project Enable Africa pioneered the first-ever Inclusion Hub in Nigeria; a disability-focused digital program that equips persons with disabilities with skills and opportunities in information and communication technologies, as well as access to assistive technologies.

Grandson of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Seyi Awolowo flanked by Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitayo Ogunmodede, and Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare at the Royal African Youth Leadership  Awards in Osun State.

Olusola Owonikoko holds a Master’s degree in Globalisation, Business and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. He also has a Certificates in Civic Leadership from Wagner College, New York and the West African Civil Society Institute, Accra. 

Owonikoko is a 2014 United States Carrington Youth Fellow; 2014 Fellow of the Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship; 2015 Fellow of the Civil Society Leadership Institute; 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow; 2016 Associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative; 2016 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur; a 2017 Scholar at the Institute of Development Studies; a 2017 United States Alumni Engagement Innovation Funds winner; 2018 Google Impact Challenge Funds winner; and 2019 IE University Africa Center Social Innovator, invited to the inaugural Social Innovators’ Retreat in Spain.

Grandson of Former President, Shehu Shagari, Bello Bala Shagari flanked by Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitayo Ogunmodede, and Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare at the Royal African Youth Leadership Awards in Osun State.

Other young Nigerians that received the Royal African Youth Leadership Awards of the Ooni of Ife includes Honourable Seun Fakorede, the Commissioner of Youth and Sport, Oyo State, Channels Tv Political Correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, among many others.

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BREAKING: FG Proposes Extension Of Fuel Subsidy Removal By 18 Months, Seeks To Amend PIA

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BREAKING: NNPC Increases Petrol Price, To Sell For N170/Litre

The Federal Government is proposing to extend the period for the implementation of the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, by 18 months.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, announced this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja.

He disclosed that the government has concluded plans to approach the National Assembly to amend the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

“We are proposing an 18-month extension but what the National Assembly is going to approve is up to them,” the minister said. “We would approve an 18-month extension and then it is up to the National Assembly to look at it and pass the amendment as they see it.

“With assent by the President on August 16, 2021, the PMS subsidy removal was therefore expected to take place effective February 16, 2022. However, following extensive consultations with all key stakeholders within and outside the government, it has been agreed that the implementation period for the removal of the subsidy should be extended.

“This extension will give all the stakeholders time to ensure that the implementation is carried out in a manner that ensures all necessary modalities are in place to cushion the effect of the PMS subsidy removal, in line with prevailing economic realities.

“The President assures that his administration will continue to put in place all necessary measures to protect the livelihoods of all Nigerians, especially the most vulnerable.”

Sylva, who chairs the PIA Implementation Committee, stressed that the decision of the executive arm of government to seek an amendment of the law was not politically motivated.

Rather, he explained that such a move has become necessary to halt the potential suffering of the vulnerable in the society.

The minister believes other measures such as the Dangote refinery, the Port Harcourt refinery, and other modular refineries will have significantly come on stream by the end of the year.

According to him, the new PIA provides for unrestricted market pricing for PMS from the effective date.

Sylva, however, stated that the PIA also envisaged the potential for supply disruption with its resultant effect on the economy.

“Consequently, it provides for a window of six months from the effective date for the government to request the services of NNPC Limited as the supplier of last resort.

“This is to forestall supply disruptions and guide market readiness preparatory to migration to the deregulated pricing regime,” he added.

President Muhammadu Buhari, he stated, has assured Nigerians that his administration would continue to put in place all necessary measures to protect the livelihoods of the citizens, especially the most vulnerable.

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Former Lagos SSG Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya Dies At 74

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Former Secretary to the Lagos State Government Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya has died after a brief illness.

It was learnt that Adeniran-Ogunsanya, who served as SSG under former Governor Babatunde Fashola, died on Tuesday.

She was reportedly in a comma for a few days at the Lagos State University (LASUTH) before her death.

The Ikorodu-born grassroots politician and daughter of chairman of the Nigerian People’s Party (NPN) in the Second Republic Chief Adeniran Ogunsanya was apex leader of the Lagos4Lagos movement which recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Her illness prevented her from attending the group’s official defection ceremony at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday, January 22.

Details later…

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Alleged Money Laundering: EFCC Amends Charge Against Fani-Kayode

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode on an amended 17-count charge of money laundering.

Fani-Kayode is standing trial alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Ltd.

The EFCC had earlier preferred a 17-count charge of N4.6 billion money laundering against the defendants before the former trial judge, Justice Mohammed Aikawa.

The defendants had each pleaded not guilty to the counts and were granted bail.

Hearing of the case had begun before Justice Aikawa and witnesses were being led in evidence before the trial judge was transferred out of the Lagos division of the court.

The case was subsequently assigned to a new trial judge, Justice Daniel Osaigor, and the defendants had to start the case from the beginning (de novo).

At Monday’s proceedings, the amended 17-count charge was read over to the defendants and they each pleaded not guilty.

After the plea, the prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo asked the court for a trial date.

The defence counsel, Ferdinard Orbih (SAN), however, asked the court to allow the defendants to continue on the existing bail conditions granted by the former trial judge.

In a short ruling, the court allowed the defendants to continue on their existing bail conditions. He adjourned the case to March 11, for trial.

In the charge, the defendants were alleged to have committed the offences between January and March 2015 in Lagos.

They were alleged to have at various times, unlawfully retained over N4.6 billion, which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of unlawful acts of stealing and corruption.

In counts 15 to 17, Fani-Kayode and one Olubode Oke, who is said to be at large, were alleged to have made cash payments of about N30 million to one Paste Poster Co (PPC) of No 125 Lewis St., Lagos.

The said payments were alleged to have been made in excess of amounts allowed by law without going through a financial institution.

The offences were said to have contravened the provisions of sections 15 (3) (4), 16 (2) (b), and 16 (5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.

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