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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday received a Nigerian, Bayode Treasures-Olawunmi who set a new Guinness World Record in longest reading marathon.

Bayode, who was received by the Governor at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja alongside top government officials, had set the new record under the Read Aloud project co-sponsored by Lagos State Government, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Tagheuer, among others.

The new record was set at exactly 3:30 on Saturday at the YouRead Library in Yaba, Lagos State, after Bayode read for 120 hours non-stop over a period of five days to beat former record holder, Nepali Deepak Sharma, who read for 113 hours and 15 minutes in 2008.

Speaking to Government House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the State Government was delighted to host the new world record holder, and that the government is proud of the feat.

“The Governor met him (Bayode) to congratulate him and assured him that the whole of the State and the country is proud of his attempt to break the world record.

“All said and done, we are still waiting on the Guinness Book to get back to us to confirm and affirm the new record but regardless, what the Governor was trying to emphasize is the fact that his attempt was very commendable and it helps us to bring to the fore something we always talked about as a State to improve the reading culture, and the Governor is committed to supporting this in anyway,” Bank-Olemoh said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); new World Record Holder in Longest Reading Marathon, Mr. Bayode Treasures-Olawunmi (left); his wife, Tosin and children, Master Jedidiah; Miss Hephzibah and Master Jephthah during his visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Also speaking, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said the new world record was extra-ordinary and a different kind of endurance test with a lot of intellectualism, saying the development would spur a lot of Nigerian youths, students, pupils and adults to be interested in reading.

“I think Bayode is the ultimate dreamer who is sending a message to Lagosians, Nigerians and to Africans that they can do it and I think this will fit in perfectly well with the new concept that the Ministry of Education is coming up with known as Lagos Reads.

“I believe of course Bayode will be one of the ambassadors for Lagos Reads which is to encourage people to read and there is a lot of joy, fulfillment and value in reading and I believe this will be the beginning of new things from Bayode himself and from our young men and women,” Ayorinde said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); new World Record Holder in Longest Reading Marathon, Mr. Bayode Treasures-Olawunmi (3rd left); his wife, Tosin (3rd right); his children, Master Jedidiah; Miss Hephzibah; Master Jephthah (front row); Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan (2nd right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafele Bank-Olemoh (3rd right behind); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (3rd left behind) and others during the visit by new World Record Holder to the Governor at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

On his part, Bayode said he was overwhelmed and fulfilled to set the new world record, saying his intention of embarking on the project was to make reading popular and famous in Nigeria and Africa, as well as change the narrative that ‘if you want to hide anything from the black man, put it in the book.’

“The western world is not built on the back of entertainment and sports; it is built on the back of education, research, reading and intellectual exertion. That is my mission.

“I believe in a way it has been accomplished but it is a seed sown already and we are going to water it to ensure that there is harvest in the next five to ten years whereby there will be Africans that will arise with great intellectualism to move us forward in the continent,” Bayode said.

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Man Hangs Self In Lagos Police Barracks, Begs Uncle For Forgiveness In Suicide Note

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A 22-year-old man, simply identified as Nasiru, has hung himself in the barracks of the Mobile Police Squadron 20 in Ikeja, Lagos State.

The incident, which occurred on Saturday, saw the young man dangling from a ceiling fan in Block 3, Flat 1 around midday.

A suicide note was said to have been discovered in which Nasiru allegedly begged his uncle for forgiveness.

He said he was tired of the world and its attendant suffering, adding that it was time to go.

Nasiru’s uncle was said to be on a special duty when the incident occurred.

But his wife and children were asleep when Nasiru hung himself.

His dangling body was discovered by his uncle’s wife.

The police had yet to release any official statement on the development as at press time.

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Reps Approve June 12 As New Democracy Day

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House of Representatives on Thursday considered and passed a bill seeking to confer legal status on June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy from the known May 29.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in May this year conferred a posthumous award on Alhaji MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election upon which the new Democracy Day and also proposed the day as such.

Titled “A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public the Public Holidays Act, Cap. P40 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times and to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HBs.918 and 1529)”, the bill was sponsored by Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok and Hon. Kayode Oladele.

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Photos As Fayose Escapes Unhurt After Crash With G-Wagon On Third Mainland Bridge

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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has escaped unhurt after his G-Wagon Mercedes Benz was involved in an accident on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

The involvement of the ex-governor in the accident was made known by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Olayinka wrote in the early hours of Wednesday: “Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was involved in auto accident on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos few minutes ago.

“He is in stable condition as I write while he is receiving medical attention.”

About an hour after the first information was provided, Olayinka again wrote: “I am happy to inform members of the public that former Governor Ayodele Fayose is now fairly okay.

“The former governor thanked God for limiting the impact of the accident, particularly on occupants of the vehicle.

“As the Southwest Coordinator of the Atiku Presidential Campaign, who is committed to the task of enthroning a PDP government in 2019, Fayose has insisted on coming to Ibadan today, to prepare for tomorrow’s campaign rally and he is on his way to the ancient city.

“Thank you all.”

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