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My album, “Jehovah”, lifts people going through challenges — Gospel songstress

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Nigerian-American gospel songstress, Tomi-Favoured Alesh, on Saturday said her recent single titled “Jehovah” was to encourage people going through challenges to trust solely in God.


The award winning musician, author, public speaker and wife to dynamic Saxophonist, Seyi Alesh, disclosed this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

She advised people to focus on God in time of adversity and desist from worry.

She noted that her life-goal and desire was to draw souls to Jesus for salvation and worship God unswervingly in spirit and truth.

“Jehovah’ was produced to bless the lives of people who are going through challenges at different points in their life; hopefully it encourages people to put their trust in Jehovah God.

“A difficult situation with a close family member that got me worried for them and praying to the Lord inspired the song.

“At the end of the situation, I realised that God is still God in spite of whatever happens, we all just need to give God the praise because He is great.

“Hopefully folks are advised to look away from problems and instead to God as they lift up hands and declare ‘Jehovah Idi Ebube,” she said.

The musician said she produced the initial version of ‘Jehovah’ while its remix was produced by Dmaster Utchay and live-recorded at Song23production Studios, Lagos.

Alesh said she released her first album, “I Am Tomi Favoured”, in 2012 and has been releasing songs ever since.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Alesh had featured alongside top gospel artistes like Nathaniel Bassey; Tope Alabi (Awamaridi); Pastor Olumide Iyun, (Jesus no higher name); TY Bello – (Passover (Tafi); Femi Okunuga (Your Love); Psalm Ebube (Chibuike); Moses Efret (Unlimited Grace); Gates Praise (Hope of Nations), among others.

She had also ministered during annual Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Marathon Messiah’s Praise concert in Lagos, Live it Loud, the Annual RCCG Canada National Youth Conference.

Likewise during the annual Bringing our Worship (BOW) Concert, in Houston Texas USA, Declare His Praise at RCCG the Throne Room, Abuja, and numerous churches across the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

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Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Lagos to transform  judiciary infrastructure

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The Lagos State Government on Saturday promised to transform the infrastructure of the judiciary sector of the state.


Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the promise during an inspection of Lagos High Court, Ikeja and Lagos High Court, Igbosere.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state government was committed to reforming the judicial sector and would change the face of court rooms across the state.

He said that adjudication would no longer take place in an unconducive environment.

The governor said that there would be total transformation of court rooms, buildings and other facilities for speedy dispensation of justice.

He said that the judicial officials, such as judges, lawyers and other workers in the court should operate in an ambiance environment for smooth justice delivery.

Sanwo-Olu said that his administration would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people of Lagos State, adding that the judiciary arm would not be left out.

He said the Lagos State Government would set up a joint committee between the judiciary and executive to work toward putting in place a rebranded and renewed physical infrastructure in the judiciary in the week, month and years ahead.

”The whole objective of the exercise (inspection to the courts) is for all us to continue our collaboration between executive and judiciary, understanding fully-well that we are all set up to serve our citizens.

”And the only way we can serve is to ensure that all of us have the right ambience and have the right environment for that service to continue to happen.

”Lagos State judiciary is prized as the foremost judiciary service in the country, not only with the number of judges that we have but the number of caliber of our judges.

”Beyond that, is also to look at both the physical infrastructure and welfare of our judges,” the governor said.

He said that as the infrastructure reformation begin, there would be a bit of displacement and inconveniences.

Sanwo-Olu pleaded with plaintiffs and complainants that come around the court premises, to understand and bear with the inconveniences of scaling up the physical infrastructure of the courts.

”The press should help push out the communication effectively so that the public will know that it is for a better service.

“At the end of the day, the people who come to use our court rooms must also have a feel of the new and refreshing atmosphere.

”We will also be seeing a rebranded, renewed physical infrastructure in the judiciary in the week, month and years ahead,” he said.

The governor was accompanied on the visit by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; the Secretary to the Government of Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Jaji; and the Chief Justice of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, among others.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
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Polaris Bank appoints Segun Opeke as Executive Director

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The Board of Directors of Polaris Bank Ltd and Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria has appointed Mr Segun Opeke as an Executive Director.


The bank’s Company Secretary, Mr Babatunde Osibodu, announced the appointment in a statement in Lagos.

Osibodu said the development was coming on the heels of the recent appointment of, Mr Innocent Ike, as the Acting Managing Director of the Bank.

He said that Opeke, until the appointment, was the Directorate Head, Lagos Business.

“Opeke has over 25 years of hands-on work experience acquired from leading Nigerian commercial banks with over 15 of these years in Senior and Executive Management roles.

“The Lagos Directorate under his leadership recorded outstanding growth and contributed significantly to the turnaround of the bank, evidenced by its impressive financial performance recorded in the 2019 financial year.

“By this appointment, he is expected to strengthen the bank’s leadership aspirations in the banking industry leveraging his wealth of experience and contributing greatly to its ongoing corporate transformation programme,” he said.

Osibodu said Opeke had occupied strategic roles in various institutions including FSB International Bank, Prudent Bank and Chartered Bank where he started his banking career.

“Following the emergence of Skye Bank in 2006, Segun worked as the Bank’s Treasurer and Regional Director for Victoria Island and Ikoyi.

“He was also the Group Head for Corporate Banking, Aviation and Maritime Group at various times.

“As a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee, he has remained a strong asset for the institution making insightful contributions and bringing real value on board,” Osibodu added.

He said that Opeke’s appointment as Executive Director, Lagos Business, would further strengthen the management and board in actualising the bank’s leadership aspirations.

“Opeke holds a BSc. (Banking and Finance) and an MBA from the University of Lagos.

“He is an alumnus of the Columbia Business School, New York.

“He has attended several professional, management and leadership programmes in world-class institutions including INSEAD and Euromoney, London.

“Opeke is credited with making immense contributions in change management, corporate finance/restructuring and digital transformation.

“Polaris  Bank is a future-determining bank committed to delivering industry-defining products, and services, across all sectors of the Nigerian economy,” Osibodu added.

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Wrap-up: An overview of Edo governorship election 

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The Edo governorship election on Saturday held across the 18 local government areas of the state with commendation for the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for a peaceful conduct of the election from observers.


Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN), who monitored  the exercise in the three senatorial  districts of the state, report that voters and election monitoring groups expressed satisfaction over the process in spite of the pre election apprehension of violence.

NAN observed high turnout of voters across the polling units, with substantial compliance with the COVID-19  safety protocol while INEC staff, who arrived early in most of the polling units with voting materials, provided hand washing buckets, sanitiser and thermometers.

The polling units witnessed visible presecence of security personnel in all the polling centres visited.

In Edo North, Mr John Atsegameh, an election observer,  with Centre for Democracy and Development CDD, described the election as peaceful devoid of any violence.

“From the reports am getting from other places the election is free and devoid of violence.

“The electorate conducted themselves properly; there was a strict adherance to COVID-19 safety protocols.

“So far, no form of violence, party agents conducted themselves and corporated with INEC personnel’” he said.

Similarly, the Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba and Sen. Francis Alimikhena (APC-Edo-North) expressed satisfaction on the conduct of the Edo governorship election.

Agba stated this shortly after casting his vote at Uzani, Ward 3, Unit 8 in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo.

The minister commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the process, saying that he was impressed with the exercise.

“I can only say here and if it is the reflection in other places then it is good” the minister said.

Sen. Alemikhena, APC Edo-North Senatorial District, said that he was impressed with the large turnout of voters.

“The turnout here today is totally unprecedented,” he said.

Alemikhena, however, expressed confidence that with the turnout and peaceful conduct of the poll, his party would win.

“This area is APC and we expect 100 per cent, I am very confident thst if everything goes well like this our party, APC is sure of victory,” he said.

In Edo Central district, aside the report of slight delay in one polling unit arising  from failed card reader, which was promptly replaced, the electorate and respondents applauded the conduct of the Governorship election.

There was large turnout of voters across all polling units in Esan West Local Government Area of the state.

 

Most of the voters arrived in the various polling units before officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

Some of the polling units visited by our correspondent included those in Ward 6 (Ogbomoide Primary School) with polling units 6, 7 & 8, and polling units 3, 4 & 5 (Central Primary School) all in Iruekpen, Esan West.

 

Others included polling Unit 2 in Ward 5 (Uhunmudumu Primary School) in Ekpoma which has six voting points.

 

Accreditation of voters and voting commenced on scheduled at these polling units.

 

While electoral materials and officials arrived on time at the polling units, security personnel were visible in all the polling units visited.

Also at the polling units were Policemen as well as personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). 

The situation was not different in Edo South as the only two cases of police authority dismissed the two alleged reported cases of gunshots at Oza in Orhionmwon LGA and Ologbo, a border town between Edo and Delta.

There was calm situation at Ugboko ward 5 unit 26, in Orhionmwon

and ward 5 Unit 19 in Oredo Local Government Area, where Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Godwin Obaseki, both governorship candidates of APC and PDP, respectively, voted.

Some of the electorate who spoke with NAN in separate interviews commended INEC for adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols during the electoral process.

Mr Benson Ibizugbe said that he was impressed that the process was going on peacefully and violence-free.

Ibizugbe said ”INEC did a good job by conducting a peaceful election here.

“There has not been issues of faulty equipment and they provided face masks for voters who don’t have to make them eligible to vote”.

An INEC observer, Ada Opkara, from Smile Africa, said that the voting process was seamless and commended the people of Ugboko ward for their peaceful conduct.

“I resumed here at 7: 18 a.m. before the INEC staff resumed activities, from that time till now, about three hours later, everywhere is calm.

“The electorate are cooperative and they are obeying the rules of COVID-19 and INEC officials,” he said.

She expressed optimism that the peaceful atmosphere at the polling unit would continue throughout the voting process going by the presence of security personnel.

Another electorate, Mr Monday Erhabor, said that he was happy that there was no violence at the voting centre.

“Everywhere is calm and peaceful, there is no violence, the security is tight and we are sure of a free and fair process,” he said..

Some of the electorate who spoke with NAN in separate interviews commended INEC for adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols during the electoral process.

Mr Benson Ibizugbe said that he was impressed that the process was going on peacefully and violence-free.

Ibizugbe said ”INEC did a good job by conducting a peaceful election here.

“There has not been issues of faulty equipment and they provided face masks for voters who don’t have to make them eligible to vote”.

An INEC observer, Ada Opkara, from Smile Africa, said that the voting process was seamless and commended the people of Ugboko ward for their peaceful conduct.

“I resumed here at 7: 18 a.m. before the INEC staff resumed activities, from that time till now, about three hours later, everywhere is calm.

“The electorate are cooperative and they are obeying the rules of COVID-19 and INEC officials,” he said.

She expressed optimism that the peaceful atmosphere at the polling unit would continue throughout the voting process going by the presence of security personnel.

Another electorate, Mr Monday Erhabor, said that he was happy that there was no violence at the voting centre.

“Everywhere is calm and peaceful, there is no violence, the security is tight and we are sure of a free and fair process,” he said..

Obaseki, however, expressed different opinion taking a swipe at INEC and security operatives on his noticed lapses on their parts.

The PDP governorship candidate said he expected better preparations from INEC for the Saturday’s governorship poll, after queueing for over an hour before voting.

He stated this, shortly after he cast his vote  at 11:48a.m, having joined the queue for hand washing at 10:24a.m.

According to him, to wait for one and half hours on the queue before exercising his franchise is a bit disappointing.

“Given that this is a sole day election, I expected a bit more planning and preparation, and resources should have been put into this election.

“During the last presidential election in my polling unit, there were two polling points which helped thep voters. You all are witnesses of how long this has taken.

“The card reader is working very slowly, and this is the situation in all the major voting centres in Oredo Local Government area of the state as I speak.

“In Garrick Memorial Secondary School, I understand that more than 500 voters are already stranded because they can’t vote because of the slow processing of the card readers.

“One would have expected that INEC will have deployed more card readers and more voting points in highly numbered polling centres,” he said.

On the issue of vote buying at polling units, the governor said that the security agencies were not doing what they assured Edo people and Nigerians of, before the election.

“The security agencies assured us that they won’t allow anybody who don’t have business of voting in a particular place to be there, but they are working on the contrary to what they promised us.

“You can see cars parked with a lot of cash being disbursed to people and it seems to be normal practice, but we are not perturbed. People know what to do; cash can’t buy their future,” he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, in charge of Edo governoship election, has said nobody who violated electoral laws would be above the law.

Oyebade spoke after inspecting INEC’s office where the final collation and results of the Edo governorship election would be announced.

He said that the security agencies had appealed to the electorate and major actors not to cross the line, but do the needful.

He explained that the inspection was to further strengthen what was on ground, adding that minor issues that had been brought before the security agencies were being handled.

He noted that every security agency in the state under the banner of Inter Agencies Consultative Committee on Election Security were all involved in the election security to ensure free, fair and acceptable results at the end of the poll.

He said that security agencies were committed to ensuring that the election was conducted peacefully, adding that nothing was too much to sacrifice for the success of the election.

On the allleged shooting of an electorate at Ologbo in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government area and the alleged shooting at Oza, in Orhiomwon Local Government Area, Oyebade said that there was nothing of such.

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Edited By: Kayode Olaitan
Source: NAN

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FG seeks collaboration with Agric stakeholders to curb post-harvest losses

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The Federal Government on Saturday urged stakeholders in the Agricultural Sector to collaborate with governments at all levels to minimise the incidence of post-harvest losses of farm produce being recorded in the country.


Dr Muazu AbdulKadir, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the call in llorin, the Kwara capital, when he paid a visit to the Nigerian Stored Products Research institute (NSPRl), llorin.

AbdulKadir, while addressing the management of NSPRl, noted that Nigeria was losing billions of naira annually to post harvest losses of various farm produce due to lack of well-equipped storage facilities.

“Over sixty per cent of tomatoes, onions, cashew, mangoes, oranges and water melon, among others harvested in Nigeria are lost after harvesting.

“The Federal Government is working round the clock to address the problem, to allow the country maintain food sufficiency.

“I, hereby, call on stakeholders in the Agricultural Sector to collaborate with the government by coming up with modern scientific approaches on curbing post-harvest losses.’’

AbdulKadir praised the foresight of NSPRl in the preservation of farm produce, fabrication of farm implements, storage facilities and ensuring reduction of post-harvest losses of farm produce, as a priority.

He said the Ministry would continue to give necessary assistance within the available resources to NSPRl, to meet its mandate in farm produce storage and other agricultural activities.

The Executive Director of NSPRl, Dr Patricia Pessu, in her remarks, told the permanent secretary of several interventions currently being embarked upon by the institute, aimed at curbing post-harvest losses of farm produce.

Pessu appealed to the Ministry to assist the institute in the realisation of its objective at curbing post-harvest losses, to create employment for the teeming unemployed, and further boost the national economy.

She called on the Federal Government to allow NSPRl be represented in the intervention committee related to food security.

The NSPRI boss requested that the Ministry give intellectual property rights to agricultural researchers, as a way of encouraging them to do more at ensuring food preservation.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the permanent secretary later inspected the laboratories of the institute and its fabricated farm implements with storage faculties.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN

 

 

 

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