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FINECOAT PAINT BOSS, REMI AWODE RECEIVES HONORIS CAUSA ALONGSIDE GBAJABIAMILA, OYETOLA, MAKINDE AND OBASA AT JABU

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When they say there is greatness in the fear of God, contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility, it always shows that we should never, no matter what it takes, give in except to convictions of honour and good sense because honour may not win power, but it wins respect, this, however might have brought such a glorious honour the owner of Finecoat Paints company, Dr. Aderemi Emmanuel Awode.

Joseph Ayo Babalola University on Friday, 17th of January, 2020 honoured Governor Gboyega Oyatola of Osun State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State (in absentia), Speaker house of Reps, Gbajabiamila (In Absentia) Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa, Dr. Emmanuel Aderemi Awode and others. It was indeed an impressive gathering as people from all walks of life throng to the school for the glorious event.

Any attempt at Introducing the businessman called Remi Awode, a noble business czar, is bound to leave the person behind the microphone or pen with a very challenging task of omitting some of his credentials as there are just so many first groundbreaking achievement, honours, awards and accolades that dots every available space in his cap of meritorious honour.

For anyone not to suffer the above mentioned daunting challenge, it is best to simply say Dr. Emmanuel Aderemi Awode, Chairman/CEO of Chemstar Group, makers of the widely accepted Finecoat and Shield brands of high quality paint products is a man whose heart is filled with passion for humanity.

While some people receive honour and commendation posthumously, for the success and achievement that trailed their path, the Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University, JABU, In Ikeji –Arakeji in Osun state rolled out the red carpet today January 17, 2020 to honour some living and very active selected Nigerian achievers during the 10th Convocation ceremony.

Among those presented by the private university to be one of its ambassadors is the philanthropist of repute, Dr. Emmanuel Aderemi Awode. At the colourful and well attended event, which had in attendance people from all walks of life, were other awardees, politicians and various captains of industry.

The reading of Dr. Awode’s citation left many people motivated to match his achievement going by the trail blazing records he has in his kitty, if not surpass his accomplishment but the least being to meet him half way, such was the intimidating resume that warranted an unforced standing ovation for the business man par excellence who left no one in doubt on why the school made no error in identifying with his success and why he needs to transmit that same success for the good and steady growth of the citadel of higher learning.

To say that Dr. Emmanuel Aderemi Awode was the envy of his co-awardees, staff and students of the institution is to put it mildly, yet, he had no airs about himself, as he humbly stood on the podium soaking in the acknowledgment shown to him.

After the long standing ovation, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Kola Sonaike robed and decorated the amiable pace setter and philanthropist with Business Administration Honourary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) of the Institution.

Osun State Gov. Gboyega Oyetola, Speaker Obasa, Remi Awode Honoured By JABU

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Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga

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Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.

 

 

The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.

 

 

In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:

“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.

 

 

“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.

 

 

“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.

 

 

A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.

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Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

 

 

The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.

 

 

PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.

 

 

According to a source, who spoke to  PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige;  a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu,  Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.

 

 

A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.

 

 

The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

 

The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

 

 

The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.

 

 

“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.

 

 

“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”

 

On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”

 

 

On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”

 

 

But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.

 

 

Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.

 

 

 

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NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital

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Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.

 

 

Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.

 

 

“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”

 

 

“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.

 

 

“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.

 

 

“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”

 

 

 

Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.

 

 

“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.

 

 

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.

 

 

He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.

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