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Obaseki earmarks N500m for Benin Royal Museum

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…as efforts on retrieval of stolen artefacts yielding results

Edo State government has proposed N500 million for the construction of the Benin Royal Museum, stating its intentions to make Benin the culture capital of West Africa with the planned return of the artefacts stolen from the state in the colonial era, which is yielding positive results.

Governor Godwin Obaseki said this while presenting the 2019 Budget proposal on Monday before a session of the House of Assembly.

Addressing the legislators, he said, “To fulfil our commitment towards making Edo the culture capital of West Africa, we have earmarked N500 million in 2019 proposed Budget, to commence the development and construction of the Benin Royal Museum. This will be done in collaboration with the Palace of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, Ogidigan”

Efforts by the Edo State Governor and the Benin Monarch, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, to retrieve artefacts stolen from the state in the colonial era are yielding results as European governments have set modalities in place for either permanent or temporary return of the artworks.

Oba of Benin, Eheneden Erediauwa Campaign for the return of the prized heritage objects has raged for decades, with Nigerian authorities mounting pressure on European governments and museums to return them, while the Europeans argue that holding the work was best for the preservation of the artefacts, as there were no structures in Africa to properly hold them.

The French government recently approved the return of 26 artefacts stolen from the Benin Republic after a report recommended the move, raising the prospect of more of such moves from the European country.

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DESOPADEC Board Chairman, Michael Diden in trouble as group institutes suit to nullify his appointment

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The Registered Trustees of Centre
for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (CHURAC) have instituted a lawsuit to nullify the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden (aka Ejele) as Chairman of the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission,  DESOPADEC.

This newspaper understands that the group, CHURAC and its registered trustees who are the claimants sought the nullification of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s appointment of Ejele as Chairman of the oil commission.

The suit which was filed against Governor of Delta State and 3 other persons has Suit No. W/154/2019.

Among other reliefs, the human rights body is seeking a declaration nullifying the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden as Chairman of the Board of DESOPADEC.

The matter is slated for hearing at the High Court of Delta State sitting in Warri on the 19th of August, 2019.

Details later…

Source: BIGPEN

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Gbenga Daniel honoured, coaches youth on leadership, self independence

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The celebrated former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has continued to be an inspiration to the younger generation through his intentional dedication of his time and resources with a true belief that they are indeed tomorrow’s future.

A typical example of this came to the fore when OGD, as popularly called, took a break and graced an event organised by the vibrant youths of University of Lagos to sensitise and empower their peers about leadership and entrepreneurship.

The event, third annual Young Leaders Entrepreneurship conference (YOLEC) for young leaders by producers of Sparklight Entrepreneurship Show, took place on Saturday, 3rd August, 2019 at the Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos as expected, with this year’s edition themed ‘An entrepreneurial mindset: A Solution to the high Unemployment Rate in Nigeria’.

The keynote address was delivered by Engr. Obed Ikem, a project manager with Exxon-mobil, while the CEO of Cars 45 also shared the experiment and risks his company took before becoming a foremost leader in the business community.

Dr.Sunday Adebisi, Associate Professor in the department of Business Administration and Acting Director Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Center University of Lagos who told the audience that the Senate of the University is serious about producing good products but with solid entrepreneur mindset.

The Chairman of the event, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, while appreciating the organisers’ efforts in putting the event together, mentored the youth on the importance of leadership training and how youth could be financially independent becoming entrepreneurs.

“Above all, if you look at the lives of successful entrepreneurs in the world, there is one thing that’s common to them all,” Daniel said.

“It’s perseverance. None of them gave up at any point in time.”

He, therefore, advised them to be tenacious in pursuing their dreams.

In appreciation, the students jointly presented the former governor with an award for his support and being a source of inspiration them.

The convener, Tosin Adesile, also thanked Otunba Gbenga Daniel for always being available to impact the next generation.

Participants which include students, corps members and unemployed graduates enjoyed several opportunities such as CV review, mentoring session and learnt digital skills and technologies like data science and analytics, cyber-security, cloud computing, block chain and more.

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Imo govt takes over Okorocha’s varsity, scraps new institutions

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The Imo State Government has taken over the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko and converted it to a campus of the Imo State University, Owerri.

The 8th Imo Assembly had passed a law allotting 90 per cent equity shares to trustees of Rochas Foundation and 10 per cent to Imo state government.

Chairman of the Committee on the Review of the newly-established Tertiary Institutions in Imo State, Prof. Jude Njoku, said at a press briefing in Owerri on Wednesday that the committee established a prima facie that the institution was established with state funds.

The committee also recommended that both the Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Aboh/Okpala and the University of Science and Technology, Umuna should remain campuses of Imo State University while Aboh/Okpala will be the campus for agriculture and veterinary medicine, and Umuna will be for engineering as earlier conceived.

He added that a judicial commission of inquiry would be set up to determine the sources of funding and ownership structure of the university.

He said that from the findings of the committee at the National Universities Commission (NUC), it was established that approval was given to EPU as the second University in Imo, 47th State University and 143 Nigerian university.

In addition, Njoku said that it was discovered that the land was purchased and paid for by the state government.

The committee also scrapped all polytechnics established by established towards the end of the Rochas Okorocha administration.

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