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Bishop Raps Fayemi Over State Of Roads As Fayose, Others Join 3rd Anniversary Bash

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Dr. Kayode Fayemi

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been advised to do everything possible to protect the new roads that have just been constructed and inaugurated from being destroyed by influx of trailers.

The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Most Reverend Felix Ajakaye, who gave the charge, expressed dismay that the recent influx of articulated vehicles and luxurious buses in the state is already taking its toll on the new roads which are gradually being destroyed.

Speaking during the thanksgiving service to mark the third anniversary of the Fayemi Administration, the Bishop charged the Governor to put barriers on the newly constructed state roads to prevent a further damage by reckless trailers and luxurious bus drivers.

The service was attended by two former Governors, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Chief Ayodele Fayose; Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi; First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; former Deputy Governors, Chief Abiodun Aluko and Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; National and State Assembly members and traditional rulers.

The first lesson of the thanksgiving service drawn from Isaiah Chapter 53 Verses 10 and 11 was read by Governor Fayemi.

The Bishop also advocated competence as the best criterion to be considered in determining who succeeds Dr. Fayemi. He urged the people of the State to vote the right candidate into office and not to mortgage their future and that of their children through vote buying.

The Most Reverend Ajakaye urged interest groups including Ekiti Council of Elders, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Justice, Peace and Development Initiative (JPDI) to be actively involved in the process that will lead to emergence of the next Governor.

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Bishop Ajakaye said: “I pity you Your Excellency on the state of roads in Ekiti State and this has been through the influx of trucks and luxury buses. These roads are not inter-state roads but inter-town roads; lots of damages have been done on them already.

“Ilupeju-Ire-Ijan Road, I passed through the road recently, it has been destroyed; Agbado-Ode-Isinbode Road too has been destroyed and many of our roads have been damaged by the influx of trailers and luxurious buses and many of those drivers don’t know our terrain well.

“I want to suggest that we put barriers on our roads to avoid monumental damage on our roads. I fear for the new Ado-Iyin Road if we don’t do what we suppose to do.”

He added: “We need competent people on leadership positions. On the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti and 2023 election in Nigeria, let us stop vote selling and vote buying. People should stop it for the sake of their future and the future of their children.

“Vote selling has become a big business and after you have taken money to vote them in, you will be complaining of hardship. Ahead of the Ekiti governorship election, Ekiti Council of Elders, JDPI, NUJ must be actively involved to ensure that the best emerges.

“If any of the governorship candidates fails to show up at the debate, he must be blacklisted.”

The cleric charged President Muhammadu Buhari to look inwards and fish out alleged saboteurs working against the security agenda of his administration especially the fight against insurgency and also advocates for quality incentives for soldiers on the front line.

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He urged the President to unveil those behind the spate violence, killings and kidnappings in the country and ensure they face the full wrath of the law.

In his remarks at the service, Governor Fayemi who appreciated the people of the state for their support in the last three years said much still needed to be done for “Ekiti of our dream to become a reality.”

Dr. Fayemi said: “I am a product of grace, because we human beings delude ourselves often when we think it’s our talent, our merit, our capacity and our competence that has given us the place where we are. Whatever we are is unmerited because there thousands of others who are better than us but don’t have the grace to be there.

“That is why it is important for us to come for this thanksgiving mass for us. The challenges are there and what the Bible says is that not that we will not have challenges but they will not overcome us.

“The work is not yet done but we will continue to do our best the way our pathfinder, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo left with his head held high, former Governor Ayo Fayose did his best for our state. Ekiti of our dream will become a reality if we all keep building on it without subtracting from it.

“We are here to sacrifice. Leadership is not office, it’s not title, leadership is service, leadership is sacrifice and may God give us the grace to be of service to our people.

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HAVING A FIRSTBANK SALARY ACCOUNT CAN EASE YOUR MONEY PROBLEMS, FIND OUT HOW…

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He had just moved to a new location with his family and the bills seemed to be coming at such speed that he could hardly keep up.

 

Barely three weeks in the new apartment, the electricity bill had arrived. The new apartment was bigger than the last and their two double-seater cushions left too much space vacant in the seating room. They needed to get a couple more furniture to fill the space. His wife had not stopped reminding him of the car he promised to get, in order to ease mobility for the family.

 

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UBA Group Dominates the 2021 Banker Awards, Wins ‘African Bank of the Year’

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Breaks the Banker Magazine Record as it wins Best Bank in Nigeria and 12 of Its Subsidiaries Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc yet again, reaffirms its leadership position across Africa, as the bank has been globally recognised as the African Bank of the year 2021 by the Banker Magazine, a leading global finance news publication published by the Financial Times of London.

 

UBA’s solid financial performance, its excellent service delivery to customers and its continuous role of facilitating rapid economic growth across the African continent were some of the reasons that led to the bank being named best bank in 12 of its African subsidiaries and in Nigeria. UBA Nigeria Plc, UBA Benin, UBA Burkina Faso, UBA Cameroon, UBA Chad, UBA Congo Brazzaville, UBA Cote D’Ivoire, UBA Gabon, UBA Guinea, UBA Liberia, UBA Senegal, UBA Sierra Leone and UBA Zambia all came out top as the best banks in their respective countries.

 

This will not be a first for UBA. In 2020, six of its subsidiaries in Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Zambia were winners of the Best Bank award. This year, the UBA Group is breaking a record with its exceptional wins as African Bank of the Year and Bank of the year in 13 countries. The total 14 awards makes it the first time ever in the history of the almost 100 years of The banker, that any banking group will be clinching as many as 14 wins in a single year.

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At the Virtual award ceremony which was held on December 1st 2021, the Middle East and Africa Editor for The Banker, John Everington, explained at the event that a rigorous and highly analytical process is made annually to reach the decision for each Bank of the Year award and the institution’s reputation for independence, authority and integrity is thoroughly applied to each submission.

 

“While several African banks impressed the judges this year, there was no doubt as to the worthiest recipient of the Bank of the Year for Africa – UBA Group – a clear winner across a wide range of criteria. UBA has performed impressively across its footprint with a strong financial performance across most of its markets,” Everington said.

 

UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Uzoka, who expressed delight over the recognition from The Banker stated “Like I always say, at UBA, we must be doing something right. Winning 14 total awards in13 subsidiaries and the Bank of the Year on the African continent is a big achievement.’

 

Continuing, Uzoka said, “The recognitions come as a reassurance that we are on track in consolidating our leadership position in Africa, as we continue to create superior value for all our stakeholders. We have our millions of customers across the globe and our many thousands of staff to thank for this. They are the very reason why we keep winning’

 

Since1926, the Bank of the Year awards has been celebrating the best of global banking and is regarded as the industry standard for banking excellence. The 2021 edition highlights those institutions that have outshone their peers in terms of performance, strategic initiatives and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Banker Magazine is a publication of the Financial Times – a leading global finance news publication which has been in existence since 1888. The Banker magazine is the definitive reference in international banking for high level decision makers.

 

United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-five million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries.

 

With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services

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Crisis Rocks Ghana Parliament As Members Clash Over 2022 budget

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The 2022 budget of Ghana suffered another set back as the House could not reach concerts on its passage.

 

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta had presented the budget for the House to deliberate upon and possibly approve it for passage to the president to work with. But the House is in disagreement.

 

The Majority members had earlier hoped in easy passage but, they were shocked to witness a tie in the House. The ruling Party, New Patriotic Party ( NPP) has 137 members in the House, same to the main opposition party, The New Democratic Congress(NDC)

 

The Speaker who could have added one to the ruling NPP lacks the constitutional right, as the Constitution denies him voting right as the presiding officer.

 

The case will then be taken to the Supreme Court for intervention. The issue has been a major challenge threatening the smooth democracy in the country. The decision to go to Supreme Court is expected to be taken before or by Friday sitting.

 

By Moses Owopade,

Accra, Ghana.

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