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The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has emerged the LEAD Project Africa ‘Man of the Year’ for 2017.

Governor Ahmed beat Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Governors Willie Obiano of Anambra State and Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State to emerge winner in the category at the 9th edition of the annual award and lecture series

The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alhaji Mahmud Ajeigbe received the award on behalf of the Governor at the awards ceremony held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Friday night.

LEAD Man of The Year is the highest category of award in the LEAD Project Africa which honors a trailblazing personality that has made the greatest impact to people through leadership excellence, enterprise initiatives, employment creations leading to advancement of industry and the development of Africa economy, according to the organisers.

Among the members of the panel of judges and advisory board of the award are Dr. Christopher Kolade (CON), former Nigerian High Commissioner to the U.K; Prof Tunde Samuel, World Bank Consultant on Development; Prof Oladapo Afolabi, Former Head of Service of Federation, and Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and Director of World Bank.

Others are Dr. Frank S. Udemba Jacobs (MON) – MAN, President; Mr Kyari Abba Bukar, Chairman, Nigeria Economic Summit Group; Prof Abigail Ogwuezzy, Unilag’s First Female Professor of Mass Communication; Alhaji G.B. Kankanrufi, DG Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye, DG, Unilag FM.

The organisers stated that Governor Ahmed was shortlisted for the award based on his Agricultural initiatives and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) reforms of his administration, which have contributed to the development of Kwara State.

“For your agricultural initiatives which established KAMP in Partnership with Cornell University, New York, University of Ilorin and Kwara State University to create an Agro-driven Economy for Kwara State to develop an Agricultural value chain.

“The Loan facility provided to famers and your empowerment program in the state also created wealth and increased the output of farmers within the state. Your IGR reforms has also positioned the state for greater wealth creation through provision of infrastructure to the people.”

In his reaction, Governor Ahmed appreciated the award organisers and committed to work harder to make Kwara State better.

He said that the award is a recognition of his administration’s efforts to transform the State and will serve as a catalyst for better performance and delivery of good governance in the State.

Alhaji Ahmed noted that in the face of the dwindling national economy, the IGR reform of his administration has enabled the State government to meet its obligations through provision of infrastructural facilities and regular payment of workers’ salaries

He added that the Offtakers Demand Driven Agriculture (ODDA) scheme was geared towards creating a new generation of youth farmers through its innovative approach to farming that ensures farmers get necessary assistance and have ready markets for their produce, thereby eliminating cost of storage and foiling post-harvest losses.

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Jimi Agbaje’s Campaign Lacks Ingenuity, Slave Story Angle Is Senseless — Victor Ganzallo

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Top media personality and cryptocurrency expert, Mr. Victor Ganzallo has thrown jibes at PDP Lagos Governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, over his campaign strategy.

Ganzallo faults Agbaje’s claim that Lagosians are in bondage and needs freedom, the digital currency trader describes the campaign strategy as weak and senseless.

Recall that Mr Agbaje had kickstart a #FreeLagos campaign where he declared readiness to set Lagosians free from bondage.

Below is Victor Ganzallo’s opinion:

Mr. Jimi Agbaje’s choice of campaign thrust is not just lacking in ingenuity and direction but also very unfortunate for a man who is a Lagosian and who should embody what we Lagosians stands for.

You are calling Lagos a slave enclave and all known indices used in determining such points directly to the opposite.

JK is in the pharmaceutical business and today his business can not compare to those of our brothers from the other side of the Niger, who now run some of the biggest pharmaceutical businesses in Lagos, are they all in this slave business with the man he has termed the slave master? It’s December again and many of them will travel to the east and return with one relative or the other, new apprentice and even wives, to the city called the center of excellence, the land of opportunities. Where people from diverse race and ethnicity daily throng to turn their fortunes around.

Jimi Agbaje wouldn’t mind giving his state of birth a bad name, that can be stamped on it forever just so he can achieve his perennial governorship ambition.

Lagos is the pride of Nigeria, whether JK and his band of co-travelers like it or not and will continue to be so, for a very long time to come. It is in Lagos that we have an Igbo man in the state House of assembly, if there is a Yoruba man in any of the state assembly in any other region of Nigeria, I honestly would like to know.

JK as now fallen from being perceived as a gentleman who wasn’t after power by all means to a desperate politician, who wouldn’t mind to sow a seed of discord and divisiveness in his state of birth, as long as it serves his political purpose. He took on this particular trend during the last general elections, in line with what was the narrow minded approach of the PDP back then, which fell flat on their faces and now he has returned to that inglorious path.

The facts ain’t so difficult to discern, it will take more than a campaign of divisiveness for the PDP to win Lagos, it will take a proper, well articulated and outlined plan and a candidate that is well above board, I cannot see that happening anytime soon.

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Ex-Skye Banker, Tunde Ayeni Not Detained By EFCC, Only Invited For Questioning Over Alleged Fraud

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Following recent reports published by a national daily, The Punch Newspapers that the anti-graft body, Economic and Financial Crimes CommissionEFCC, has detained a former Chairman of Skye Bank Plc., (now Polaris Bank,) Mr. Tunde Ayeni, for alleged fraud, it has been reliably discovered that Tunde Ayeni was only invited for questioning at the Abuja office of the commission hours ago.

Confirming the development, the acting spokesman for the EFCC, Mr.Tony Orilade, said Ayeni was only being grilled by detectives over some issues related to fraud and embezzlement allegedly committed by Ayeni when he was Chairman of the bank few years ago. “I can confirm that he is in our custody on an invitation, for questioning and interrogation. More information will be released tomorrow,” he said.

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had entered into an agreement with the Asset Management Corporation of NigeriaAMCON, to check out some banks and its officials, who facilitated the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio.

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Nigeria Police List Criteria For Having Sex In A Car [SEE LIST]

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The Nigeria Police Force has listed the criteria to have sex in a car for it not to be a crime.

The position of the police was made known by the Head of its Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, Abayomi Shogunle, who said having sex in a car is in itself not a crime.

Tweeting a response to a question on his Twitter handle, Shogunle said in response to if it is a crime to have sex in a car: “No.

“Sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria, provided the location is not a place of worship; both persons are 18 years and above; the act is consensual (agreed to by parties); parties are of opposite sex.

“If threatened with an arrest over above, please report to the Police.”

The issue came up after an incident last week during which a couple was harassed by a mob for having sex in a car.

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