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Yoruba World Congress Holds Virtual Town Hall Meeting, Resolves to Focus on Unity for Prosperity

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Yoruba groups and people across the world have resolved to forge an active global alliance in pursuit of the defense and promotion of Yoruba culture and people all over the world as this is the best way to attain safety and prosperity of everything Yoruba.

The resolve was made on penultimate weekend during an online event hosted by the Yoruba World Congress. The event saw the largest ever gathering of Yoruba groups and leaders featuring over 1800 delegates from 27 countries in five continents.

Speaking at the event, Yoruba Leader Emeritus, Prof Banji Akintoye urged Yoruba people everywhere to rise and work for a Yoruba Renaissance in arts, business, science and technology, and to start being their brothers’ keepers all over the world.

The Yoruba Leader emphasized the need to revive the language, and announced that various initiatives were in the making for the revival of the Yoruba language.

Also speaking at the event, veteran columnist and member of the YWC Leaders Council, Chief Tola Adeniyi urged all Yoruba to focus on their capabilities and building of themselves. Chief Tola Adeniyi noted that, more than ever, Yoruba people need to rediscover their spirit of enterprise and self-reliance as the Nigerian country and government do not seem capable of solving modern problems any more.

Also present at the event was NADECO and Afenifere Chieftain, Dr. Amos Akingba, popularly known as Triple A.

Answering questions from participants from various parts of Nigeria and other Yoruba people in the Diaspora, Prof Akintoye noted that Yoruba and other nationalities currently incapacitated by the unworkable and debilitating unitary government will explore all peaceful and constitutional means to disengage themselves from the Nigerian contraption and assert their sovereignty within the shortest possible time.

Yoruba World Congress Secretary General Prof Anthony Kila, who moderated the Town Hall Meeting, explained that the YWC which now has chapters across the country, has consciously created roles for the Yoruba in the Diaspora and those not resident in Yorubaland.

Kila added that the YWC is working for a Yoruba Global Alliance towards peace and prosperity of Yoruba People and the key points of the YWC agenda are Education, Engagement and Empowerment.

While thanking all the Yoruba sons and daughters across the world that made the event possible, Prof Banji Akintoye announced that the YWC will soon be unveiling a series of activities around skills acquisition, entrepreneurship and investments to help alleviate poverty, and to engage Yoruba bright minds and idle hands.

The 2 -hour virtual Town Hall Meeting was broadcast live by Heritage TV and OdùduwàTVRadio, and was viewed by over 25,000 people from the comfort of their homes and offices.

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Court Revokes Marina’s Son’s Bail, Orders His Arrest

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The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday revoked the bail granted Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, and ordered his arrest for jumping bail in his trial on money laundering charges.

Justice Okon Abang also ordered that his trial on money laundering charges would proceed in absentia pending when the security agencies would be able to arrest and produce him in court.

The judge also summoned his surety, a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladima, representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, to appear in court to show cause why he should not forfeit the N60m bail bond which he signed for Faisal.

The order for Faisal’s arrest came barely six days after the same court, on November 18, issued a similar order against his father, Abdulrasheed Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, who is facing separate N2.1bn money laundering charges before the court.

On Monday, Justice Okon Abang, sent Maina’s surety, Senator Ali Ndume, to jail for his inability to produce the fleeing defendant in court.

Earlier on Tuesday, following the judge’s November 18 ruling, Maina’s trial held in his absence with three prosecution witnesses testifying behind him and his legal team.

At the resumed hearing of Faisal’s trial on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, said both the defendant and his surety had not attended court since June 24, 2020.

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FG, S’South Govs, Leaders Set to Meet in Rivers Tuesday

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A delegation from the Federal Government is expected to meet with Governors and leaders of the South-South geo-political zone in Government House, Port Harcourt today (Tuesday).

The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, is expected to lead the presidential delegation.

A Government House source in Port Harcourt, who confirmed the meeting to our correspondent, said Gambari is on his way to Port Harcourt.

The rescheduled meeting is coming on the heels of the botched stakeholders’ forum, which angered the Southern Governor, during which the South-South Governors’ Forum, demanded an apology from the presidency.

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Makinde Presents N266.6bn 2021 Budget to Assembly

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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Monday presented a budget of N266.6bn as the 2021 budget to the state Assembly.

While presenting the budget tagged, ‘Budget of continued consolidation’ Makinde announced that 53.2 per cent of the total budget was being proposed for capital expenditure.

He said, “The 2021 budget is N12bn above the 2020 budget and this is to further drive a consolidation effort that we started this year.

“We were able to achieve 50.2 per cent of the 2020 budget implementation and you will agree with me that it was due to causes beyond our control like the COVID-19 pandemic and other crisis that bedevilled the nation and the world at large.”

Makinde further explained that the recurrent expenditure is N136, 262,990 while the capital expenditure is N130. 381bn.

According to him, 21 per cent of the budget, amounting to N56.348 bn, is allocated to education while infrastructure is to gulp N46bn, representing 17.2per cent of the budget.

For health, a total of N13.2bn, representing 4.9per cent of the budget was set aside for the establishment of primary health centers across 351 wards in the state.

Makinde lauded the state lawmakers for their cooperation.

“So, it is pertinent that we appreciate the members of the state House of Assembly for their support.”

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