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Kwara State Government recently celebrated the states golden jubilee with a gala night and award ceremony.
The award celebration which was the high point of the one-week event had great and illustrious sons and daughters of Kwara State been celebrated with a special award of recognition.
Below is the full list of Awards categories and the awardees :
Category One: Special Recognition For Contribution to the Development of Kwara State
1. Late Chief J.S. Olawoyin
2. Late Alh. Haman Galadima Patigi
3. Late Prof. Shehu Jimoh
4. Late Prof. Albert Ogunshola
Category Two: Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment and Sports Development
1. Alh. Jaigbade Aminu Alao
2. Late Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade Love)
3. Mohammed Baku (Taku Polisi of Takai Dancers, Okuta)
4. Late Rashidi Yekini
5. Joe Lasisi
6. Late Alh. Yusuf Adebayo Salami (AbdulSalam Rocks)
7. Atanda Musa Abdul-Ganeey
8. Hameed Adisa Adio
9. Late Alh. Abubakar Sadaoki (Mark One One)
10. Coach Kasali Lasisi
Category Three: Accomplished Professional/Public Servant
1. Alh. Yusuf Amuda Gobir.
2. Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
3. Amb. Tunji Olagunju.
4. Late Justice Saidu Kawu (Rtd)
5. Justice Abdulkadir Orire (Rtd)
6. Justice T.A. Oyeyipo, OFR (Rtd)
7. Chief J.A. Aderibigbe
8. Elder Joshua Ogunlowo, OON
9. Late Alh. Yahaya Madawaki (MFR)
10. Barr. Abdulateef Fagbemi (SAN)
11. MallamYusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN)
12. Yusuf Oladimeji AbdulRahman
Category Four: Outstanding Contribution to the Educational Development of Kwara State
1. Late Sheik Muhammad Kamaldeen (M.F.C., O.F.R)
2. Late Sheik Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory
3. Bishop (Dr) David Oyedepo
4. Alh. (Dr.) AbdulRaheem Oladimeji, OFR
5. Late Rev. Dr. Chief David Olatayo
6. Late Chief Mrs. Felicia Adeola Adesiyun
7. Hajia Alimot Yusuf (OON)
Category Five: Outstanding Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
1. Alhaji (Dr) Kamarudeen Yusuf (Kam-wire)
2. Alhaji Jani Ibrahim, MNI (Lubcon Oil)
3. Prince (Dr.) Samuel Adedoyin (OFR)
4. Mr. Oluwole Awotuyi (Tuyil).
5. Alhaji Aliko Dangote (GCON)
6. Chief Emmanuel Olatunji Adesoye (OON)
7. His Royal Highness, Alh. Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II Oloffa of Offa.
Category Six: Significant Contribution to the Peace and Stability of Kwara State
1. HRH Alh. (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, CFR
Category Seven: Outstanding Contribution to National Development
1. Late Gen. Babatunde Idiagbon.
2. Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore. (Rtd)
3. Justice Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi, CFR (Rtd)
4. Late Dr. Abubakar Olushola Saraki
5. Justice Issa Ayo Salami, CFR (Rtd)
6. Justice Mahmud Babatunde Belgore (Rtd)
7. Admiral Ibrahim Ola Sa’ad (Rtd)
8. Vice Admiral Samuel Afolayan (Rtd)
9. Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye (Rtd)
Category Eight: Outstanding Leadership Award
1. Col. David Lasisi Bamigboye.
2. Colonel Ibrahim Taiwo.
3. George Agbazika Innih
4. Colonel Sunday Ifere
5. Late Alhaji Adamu Attah.
6. Chief Cornelius Olatunji Adebayo.
7. Group Capt. Salaudeen Latinwo (rtd.)
8. Wing Commander Muhammed Ndatsu Umar.
9. Lt. Col. Ahmed Abdullahi
10. Air Commodore Ibrahim Alkali.
11. Col. Alwali Kazir.
12. Senator Alhaji Sha’aba Lafiagi.
13. Police Commissioner Mustapha Ismail (rtd.)
14. Group Capt. Baba Adamu Iyam
15. Rtd. Colonel Peter A.M Ogar.
16. Rtd. Lt. Colonel Rasheed Alade Shekoni.
17. Late. Rear Admiral Mohammed Lawal.
18. Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
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GTBank Builds Nigeria’s First Digital Play Centre for Children




Banks only build branches, or so the story goes. Except for Guaranty Trust Bank Plc; the foremost African financial institution, which has been at the forefront of several innovative products and services, recently completed and opened the first digital playground for children in Nigeria.

Located in Lekki, Lagos State, the GTBank Play Centre is equipped with a wide range of interactive games that will give kids a fun and immersive digital experience whilst aiding their mental and intellectual development. Open from 10am to 3pm on Weekdays, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays, some of the features of the Play Centre include the Sketch Town, where kids can design cars, launch rockets, and bring all their sketches to life. At the playground, children can also use the wide range of bricks available to build whatever excites their curiosity and also express themselves creatively by scribbling, writing and drawing on a digital chalkboard.

GTBank is renowned for designing innovative and personalized products and services that are tailored to customers’ unique needs and which fit seamlessly with their lifestyles. Recently, the Bank launched Habari, a digital platform that gives customers unlimited access to local and international music, and at the same time, allows them to shop online, split bills with friends and take care of their everyday needs, in one place. Habari, like the GTBank Play Centre, is the first of its kind in Nigeria, reflecting the Bank’s digital drive as well as its focus on creating unique experiences for all segments of its customer base.

Commenting on the launch of the Play Centre, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr Segun Agbaje said; “How and where children play contributes significantly to their cognitive and intellectual development, helping them build better communication and problem-solving skills. Our new Play Centre will give children a tension-free space to build these critical developmental skills, expose them to new and emerging digital technologies, and, most importantly, give them a wonderful time out.”

He further stated that “At GTBank we are passionate about building the bank of the future, and for us, this means constantly leveraging the best of technology to create amazing digital experiences for all of our customers, in a way that adds real value to their lives.”

Guaranty Trust Bank is one of the best run African financial institutions and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. The Bank is also renowned for driving youth empowerment initiatives alongside its business, as seen with the GTCrea8 Account package, which doubles up as a platform for empowering young undergraduates with the resources and networking that they need to develop their skills and talents and build capacity in their careers of choice.

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RIGHT OF REPLY: Law Mefor’s Treachery To Truth




A few hours ago, Mr. Law Mefor penned an opinion piece on the decision of the former Governor of Ogun State and erstwhile Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) to quit politics and in the process erroneously equate that decision to joining the All Progressive Congress, alongside other unchecked assertions that ended up eroding the safe delivery of whatever message that piece could have contained.

As a self acclaimed teacher nay lecturer, Mr. Law Mefor could have perhaps spent a few minutes on something called “Google” before blatantly embarking on a voyage of falsehood.

His first error was the insinuation that OGD was unhappy with the appointment of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki as the Director General of the PDP campaign organization. For reason of information, OGD gracefully supported the appointment of Dr. Saraki and was part of the several meetings that were held before the entire Campaign Council was formed. He maintains over a decade relationship with Dr. Bukola Saraki and the entire Saraki family in general. There was no reason whatsoever to have resentment over a position that was freely given out by him.

Another outright fabrication was the insinuation that Otunba Gbenga Daniel was against the emergence of Dr. Peter Obi (PO) as the Vice Presidential candidate when obvious facts show that OGD was the one who independently issued the statement announcing the candidacy of PO even when other members of the campaign organization were foot dragging; this he won over more enemies for.

For the avoidance of doubt and as a correctional statement, Otunba Gbenga Daniel delivered his polling units, ward, constituency and district to Alhaji Atiku Abuabakar. A bit of online research could have guided Mr. Law Mefor from making such error.

While one would have expected Mr. Law Mefor to stick more to analysis and informed dissection of the outcome of the election, his decision to embark on emotion laden rhetorics and wild conjunction is a betrayal of the intellectual community which Mr. Law Mefor parades to belong to.

After the presidential primary and the appointment of Dr. Bukola Saraki, Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s work was done and all decisions, strategy and plan for the election was done solely by the Campaign Council in required isolation. How then does one divulge an information one is not privy to?

At moments like this, emotion runs deep and many, including Otunba Gbenga Daniel who first believed in the Atiku Project before most Nigerians did and made great sacrifice to ensuing it comes to reality will feel a sense of sharp pain and disappointment. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why he has lost interest in partisan politics and decide to hang his boot.

To create an impression of betrayal to a cause for a man who went round the country and did all within his power to land Atiku the presidential ticket yet still ensured that the Southwest vote counts greatly in spite of the region’s party challenges is in itself a betrayal of the cause the campaign stood for.

Otunba Gbenga Daniel has sacrificed greatly for the Peoples Democratic Party for the past 20 years and like every human, he is tired of the entire stress of partisan politics and even made commitment to support the ongoing legal battle in anyway required while still remaining dutifully loyal to Atiku Abubakar. Should we then deny him the right to private life?

I hope Mr. Law Mefor attend the next Contrition in Church. He has sinned before man and God. Otunba Gbenga Daniel has forgiven him, I am sure God will do the same should he ask truthfully. But will his conscience forgive him? That’s a burden he may have to carry for the rest of his life.

Ayo Giwa is the media aide to Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

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Olatoye Sugar’s Family Sues UCH N200m For Releasing Horrific Photo Lawmaker [PHOTO]

Peter Okunoren



For releasing the photograph, the Olatoye family is seeking N200 million damages.

C. C. Amedu of Ikeh Sunday Chambers in Ibadan filed the petition on behalf of the Olatoye family, which is accusing the hospital of allowing the gory photographs of the late lawmaker in his dying hours at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital to be circulated on social media, thereby causing members of his family a lot of grief.

The petition was also sent to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the Ibadan chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association.

It reads in part: “A cursory assessment of the attached photographs revealed that the deceased, as at the time the photographs were taken, was still at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital in a pool of blood. Therefore, it is reasonable and unarguable to believe that only your staff could access the unit at the material time.

“The above conduct of your staff suggested that instead of your personnel on duty to have acted in their full professional capacity, focusing on taking care of the deceased, which might have probably saved his life, they were busy taking his pictures, which perhaps for the purpose of selling same to social media operators as it can be seen trending online.”

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