Buhari confers National Honour on Sen. Bamidele.
Award By Julius Toba-Jegede Abuja, Sept. 29, 2023 President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the conferment of a national honour on the Senator representing Ekiti Senatorial District, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidel.
A copy of the letter of award made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday indicated that the conferment inauguration will be don on Oct. 11 in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement released by Bamidele’s Media Office, stating that the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, is listed among the recipients of the 2022 National Honours Award of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).
NAN reports that Bamidele also doubles as the Chairman, Southern Senators’ Forum in the 9th Assembly.
The letter which conveyed the award was signed by the Honourable Minister of Special Duties and Inter-government Affairs, Sen. George Akume on Sept 16. The letter from the Minister reads thus: “I have the honour to formally inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the conferment of the National Honours on you, in the rank of CON, Commander of the Order of the Niger.
“The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on Tuesday, Oct.11,at 9am.
” NAN further reports that Bamidele was a member of the 7th House of Representatives between June 2011 to June 2015) where he served as the Chairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research.
He also served as Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State between July 2007 and February 2011. Before then, he had served as the Honourable Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Social Development in Lagos State from July 2003 to May 2007 as well as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Lagos State between July 2000 to May 2003. Bamidele obtained Bachelor of Arts (with honours) degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in 1986; Bachelor of Laws degree (with honours) from the University of Benin, Edo and graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1992. He thereafter proceeded to the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce Law Centre, USA where he bagged a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property Law and Licensing and Transfer of Technology in 1996. A lawyer without border.
Bamidele passed the New York Bar Exams and was called to the New York Bar as an Attorney and Counselor at Law of the State of New York in January 1999. He is a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Among the bills sponsored by himvis a Bill for the Establishment of the Federal University of Medical and Environmental Sciences, Iyin-Ekiti in Ekiti.
He also sponsored the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Establishment Act (Amendment) Bill of 2021, seeking to strengthen and extend the life of AMCON.
The AMCON Bill has already been assented to by President Buhari.
He also played a major role in the passage of thee Petroleum Industry Bill as well as the new Electoral Bill, both of which had been assented to by the President and which are already redefining the economic and political landscape of Nigeria respectively.
Bamidele is also a member of the prestigious Body of Benchers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Consultants as well as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria.
As a foremost political activist and human rights lawyer during the dark days of military dictatorship in Nigeria, Bamidele says he dedicates the National Honour to the slain and living legends of democracy in Nigeria and to our common humanity at large.
The management of University of Benin has fixed dates for its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry screenings for 20222023 session.
The university, in a notice by its Registrar, Mr Ademola Bobola on Wednesday in Benin, said that the exercise would hold between Nov. 14 and Nov. 25. Bobola said that the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode.
“Only candidates, who applied through JAMB for the 20222023 UTME and direct entry admission and chose University of Benin as first choice and scored 200 and above for UTME candidates, are eligible for this screening exercise,” the registrar said.
Bobola, however, referred admission seekers to the institution’s official website http:.
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The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CVCNU) has elected the Vice-Chancellor of University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami as its chairman.
This is contained in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, in Abuja on Thursday.
Ochefu said that the new chairman was unanimously elected at its meeting held at its secretariat in Abuja.
He said that the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Sagir Abbas was also elected as the Alternate Chairman.
Ochefu said that the secretariat wishes the two members of the Executive Board of the Committee success as they take over the mantle of leadership.
Recall that until the election of Salami, she was the Alternate Chairman to Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, who will be completing his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin on Oct. 15With the election, she becomes the second female Vice-Chancellor to head the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities.
Dr Babatunde Omotosho, an alumnus of the University of Ilorin (Unilorin), has won the 2021 Adam Smith Business School Prize for PhD Excellence in Economics.
This is contained in the Unilorin Bulletin Tuesday edition.
Omotosho, who is currently an Assistant Director in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), recently completed his PhD studies at the University of Glasgow under CBN sponsorship.
His winning thesis is titled: ‘Oil Price Shocks and Macroeconomic Policy in Resource-rich Emerging Economies’.
The prize is in memory of Adam Smith, fondly acknowledged as the father of modern economics.
Smith lectured at the University of Glasgow and was appointed a Professor in 1751. Omotosho won the prize based on the excellence of his PhD thesis and the significance of its contribution to the field of Economics.
Some of his findings have been published in high-ranking journals, including the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control published by Elsevier.
Others were in Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies published by Taylor and Francis, West African Journal of Monetary and Economic Integration, and the CBN Journal of Applied Statistics.
The University of Glasgow is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by Times Higher Education (THE).
In 2021, it ranked 92nd in the world and 11th in the United Kingdom.
Omotosho graduated from the Department of Economics, Unilorin, in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and was the best graduating student in his class.
Prizes he won at the university included Departmental Prizes 199899 Session; Madam Oluwafunmike Kolawole Memorial Prize in Economics 19981999 Session; and Victor Odozi Prize in Economics – 19981999 Session.
He later obtained a Master’s degree in Economics in 2008 from the University of Benin and completed a second Master’s degree in Applied Statistics and Datamining from the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom in 2011. Omotosho commended Unilorin for “giving him a solid foundation in Economics and being part of his success story”.
He expressed optimism that the award would encourage undergraduate students of the Department of Economics to imbibe the Unilorin’s values of excellence and hard work.
The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has held on to the corpse of a 12-year-old girl, Glory Ekeleyede, over the inability of her parents to offset the accumulated hospital bill.
Ekeleyede, the News Agency of Nigeria gathered, died in the hospital on July 15, 2022, during an illness.
NAN learnt that the cost of her treatment accumulated to N400,000. A source said the inability to pay forced the hospital to seize the remains of the deceased teenager.
The bereaved father, Mr Samson Ekeleyede, 66, lamented that his daughter’s ailment had jeopardised the family fortune.
He explained that the family borrowed to pay hospital bills and other sundry expenses.
The peasant farmer, whose wife is a petty trader, said that the family barely eats again as all their resources had be expended on the deceased while she was being taken care of.
“I learnt tailoring but that is not what I am doing.
I am doing small jobs outside to feed my children.
My wife sells tomatoes and pepper in the market and that is how we have been managing,” he said.
On the effort he had made since the death of the child, Ekeleyede said “the child died on the 15th of July and since then she has been in the mortuary.
“I went to plead with them; they said it’s not their making.
They said I have to pay.
They said they used oxygen and that is why the money is high.
You used oxygen; the oxygen did not work.
“If the child is alive now, it’s another thing.
But they said till I pay, they will not release her body to us to bury.
I have been going there but they refused.
“I told one of my fathers in the church.
He was very touched and he wrote a letter to the government.
He said I should take it to the office of the deputy governor.
“That time the governor was on leave; he was the one acting.
The day I took it there was when governor Obaseki even returned from his leave.
I gave it to the PRO.
“That is the person my father in the church said I should give it to.
I think he also mentioned it to the wife of the deputy governor.
Since then, we have been waiting, but nothing has happened”.
When contacted on the matter, the Public Relations Officer of UBTH, Mr Uwaila Joshua, said “There’s presumption that when you receive care, you are to pay for it.
Nasarawa Amazon FC of Lafia on Saturday walloped the Braveheart Ladies of Benin 10-1 to seal a spot in the quarter finals of the ongoing 2nd Betsey Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT) in Benin.
The Amazons, a Nigeria Women Football League team, proved their might against the Benin amateurs in one of the day 3 matches at the University of Benin Sports Complex.
The Lafia girls had earlier secured a 2-0 victory over Robo Queens FC of Lagos, thereby amassing the six maximum points to lead Group A.
Meanwhile, in a Group B match, Royal Queens FC of Warri recorded a 2-0 victory over the RoyalToms International.
With the victory, the Royal Queens have similarly zoomed to the next stage of the women event, joining the Edo Queens in Group B to book a place among the last eight.
Similarly, Heartland Queens of Owerri had a walk-over on the Osun Babes FC of Osogbo, due to their failure to turn up for the game.
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has challenged medical and dental consultants to urgently address the escalating incidences of brain drain in the country.
Salami made the call in a statement issued through the university ‘s Public Relations unit and obtained by newsmen on Saturday in Benin.
He gave the challenge at the opening of the 2022 National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), in the state.
The vice-chancellor, who was the chairman of the event, asserted that the incidences of brain drain had plagued the country’s health sector for too long.
The don frowned at the exodus of doctors, consultants and other health workers from the country.
Salami said, ”it is normal for people to seek greener pastures,” adding that there was the need for health care practitioners to take their professional oath of care for others, more seriously and make necessary sacrifices.
“The country is going through challenges and all hands must be on deck to make the society a better place for all.
“The university of Benin has made tremendous strides and contributed immensely to the development of quality education in Nigeria.
“This, it achieved, by training the needed manpower resources in the medical and other fields positioned to galvanise the advancement of the society,” she said.
Salami reiterated the university’s commitment to the provision of cutting edge facilities for research, teaching and learning.
This, she said, is in order to make the students to become competitive internationally and without any feeling of inadequacy.
Edo Queens FC of Benin have qualified for the quarter-finals of the ongoing Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT), topping Group B with six points.
The Benin ladies defeated Royal Queens FC of Warri by a lone goal in one of the day 2 matches decided at the Western Boys High School mini stadium, Benin.
Yemisi Samuel’s strike in the 81st minute was enough to put the game beyond the Warri girls, booking a place for the Benin ladies in the last eight matches of the event.
The Benin side consolidated on their opening day victory against the Royaltoms FC of Lagos to amass six maximum points in the group of three.
In Group C, the match between Naija Ratels FC of Abuja and Fortress Ladies of Benin at the University of Benin Sports Complex, ended in 2 – 0 in favour of Abuja giants.
Motunrayo Ezekiel of Naija Ratels opened scoring in the 20th minute, while Hope Emmanuel added the second goal in the 64th minute to seal the victory that earned the club the Group C leaders with 3 points.
Earlier in the day, FC Robo Queens locked horns with Nasarawa Amazons in Group A with the amazons triumphed with a goal by Dooshima Tarnum in the 86th minute.
Delta Queens also defeated Heartland Queens by 2-0 in a Group D match played at the Western Boys High School stadium.
The Edo State Government says it has concluded arrangement to revitalise the Ojirami Dam in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state to provide and supply portable water to residents of the locality.
Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, made the disclosure at the 25th coronation anniversary and birthday celebration of the Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Adeche Saiki II, held in Igarra Akoko Edo Local Government of Edo, on Saturday.
Obaseki, represented by the Commissioner for Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affair, Mr Bamidele Obaitan said the government was developing a tourism master plan aimed at creating job opportunities for the people of the state.
According to him, the Akoko Edo Local Government is part of the tourism master plan due to the huge tourism sites located in the council area and Edo North in general.
“We are working on a tourism master plan to develop the tourism potential in Edo. “Akoko Edo is abound with huge tourism potential and the local government is part of our tourism master plan due to various tourist sites in the area.
“With the development of the local government tourism potential, the area will bring more businesses and money to the people and the state,” Obaseki said.
Obaseki promised the people of the local government of establishing more health centres and construction of more roads to boost economic productivity in the council area as part of his mega project.
The governor congratulated the Otaru of Igarra on his 25 years on the throne, adding that the years had witness peaceful reign in Igarra.
“I must congratulate you on your 25th year as the Otaru of Igarra and your reign has brought valuable services to the people of Igarra.
“As you mark your 25th year coronation anniversary, may Almighty God grant you many more years on the throne, ” Obaseki said.
In his welcome address, the chairman of the Igarra community, Mr Tajudeen Alade said Igarra was celebrating over two decades of peaceful and successful reign on the royal throne of Otaru of Igarra.
“This is why with one voice, all members of Igarra community are praying that God in his infinite mercy continues to protect and guide him, give him good health, long life, wisdom and zeal.
We pray God to usher into his domain, greater unity, love, peace and accord him all necessary ingredients for the development of his immediate domain, ” he said.
The community chairman, however, appealed to the state government for the establishment of a processing or manufacturing industry to provide both manufactured materials due to different solid minerals that abound in the local government .
Earlier, the Otaru of Igarra, Adeche thanked the state government and the people of the community for the support and cooperation in the last 25 years as the traditional ruler of the area.
Adeche said that his 25 years as the paramount ruler of Igarra have brought meaningful development to the area.
“I am immensely grateful to Almighty God and our ancestors for the protection and guidance accorded me since Sept. 20, 1997 when officially I was installed as the 21th Otaru of Igarra.
“Since my coronation as the Otaru of Igarra and the paramount traditional ruler of Clan, I have been having the very best cooperation and wise counsel of the state government, Akoko Edo local council, traditional rulers council, palace chiefs, elders and the entire people of Igarra community.
“Their collective contributions have made governance in Igarra royal palace peaceful,” he said.
The Otaru, enjoined every Igarra person to have a new heart that exhibits love and a new spirit that must promote unity and and not division in the community.
He, however, appealed to the state government to create a higher institution in the local government for more development in the council area.
The highpoint of the event was the bestowing of a chieftaincy titleon the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami as the Oganete of Igarra and Dr Mariam Ibrahim, Deputy Director Admin Legal Aid Council of Nigeria as Otuonoguvo of Igarra.
A 93-year-old Benin Chief, David Edebiri, on Friday unveiled three titles in his Benin Historical Series to celebrate his birthday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this latest unveiling brings to 11 titles in the series, so far authored by the highly revered Esogban of Benin Kingdom.
Prof. Osarhieme Osadolor, former vice-chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, who reviewed two of the books, recommended them for knowledge on the biography of great men as well as history, tradition and culture of the Benin Kingdom.
In his review of “The Tripod of Life: Essence of Benin Tradition and Culture”, Osadolor said Edebiri identified three important aspects of a person’s life and on the tripod of birth, marriage and death according to the Benin tradition.
“In Benin tradition, the ceremonies of the tripod of life are Izomo (naming ceremony, Irioha (marriage ceremony) and Irorinmwin (funeral rites or ceremonies).
“He has also explained in this book that in Benin worldview, every person is entitled to 14 circles of life, thereafter the person goes home to settle for eternity with his or her Creator.
“It was not only in Benin tradition of 14 circles of life, the Germans and other European peoples held similar worldview,” he said.
The reviewer noted that Edebiri had pointed out in the book that in the process of reincarnation, the person’s earthly movements and activities were closely guided and moderated by Izomo and Irioha.
“To him, these two ceremonies are distinctively relevant and impactful on the life and times of an individual.
“The third ceremony, Irorinmwin comes after the exit of the person from the world.
The Irorinmwin has its procedures and number of days,” said the ex-vice-chancellor.
On the second title, which is “The Life and Times of lyase N’Ohenmwen”, Osadolor said it was a narrative exposition “that tells the vivid story of a legend in Benin kingdom.
“It is not a creative writing but a well thought out narrative in historical perspective.
“It steers the heart of the reader to see how through the voyage of destiny, fortune can smile on an individual.
“It details the importance of trust and hope and the integral moral aspect of the life that one has to live,” he said.
Reviewing the third book entitled ‘Immortalising Our Heroes Past: Nigeria Nationalists in Focus’, Prof. Eddy Erhagbe of the University of Benin, said the book succinctly but very ably captured the development of nationalist movement in Nigeria.
“This is done by putting in clear relief brief write-ups on some early nationalists, often referred to as the proto-nationalists, such as King Jaja of Opobo, Chief Nana of the Itsekiris and our own King Ovonrammwen of Benin Kingdom.
“Their heroic defence of their states against the British imperialists and colonisers are clearly stated as the foundations of the great consistent, and later agitations against colonialism.
“The author in this book, provides inside and refreshing information on the main features and dynamics of the development of the nationalist movement in Nigeria.