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The Oniru Stool: Aremo Adesegun Oniru Is Our Next King —– Baales, Chiefs Declares

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To dispel the murmurs and rumours in the media and around Lagos metropolis surrounding the ancient Oniru stool of Iruland, the respected chiefs and baales of the kingdom have in one accord chosen Aremo Adesegun Oniru as the next king.

The Odofin of Iruland, Chief Saliu Abisogun, made this disclosure when the stakeholders hosted members of the press to finally lay the issue to rest.

Chief Abisogun, who spoke on behalf of the royal blood and chiefs of Iruland, stated that the stool which was formally recognized in 1994 after more than 200years of robust history has only been sat on by one king, the late Oba Abiodun Idowu Oniru.

“Our recently translated king, Oba Abiodun Idowu Oniru was the first king to ascend the throne and ruled for 25years prosperous years,” he declared.

The chief also made know that after the former king translated, it became imperative to ensure the next in line is a prince, who is endowed with the capacity to provide needed leadership in consolidating the achievements of the departed king.

“In order to ensure continued progress and unhindered development, we, the chiefs and baales of Iruland have resolved to back the nomination of Aremo Adesegun Oniru as the next Oniru of Iruland,” he declared.

He said that Aremo Adesegun has also played a major role in the tremendous achievements recorded in Iruland under the deceased monarch.

“It was Aremo Adesegun Oniru that assisted in ensuring unprecedented infrastructural development in Iruland. He brought the whole family of Oniru together as one united force in the absence of which it would have been near impossible to make any visible progress in the land.”

Chief Abisogun stated that the indigenes can’t afford to truncate these progress and peace being enjoyed in Iruland by allowing some elements with foreign vassal interests to hijack the kingdom.

“That the late Oba was the father of Aremo Adesegun Oniru is not a sound argument to prevent the ascension of this noble son of the land as the prince can legitimately succeed his father if the development and peace of our land is of any meaning to all,” he argued.

The chief, however, didn’t forget to indicate that the principal members of Oniru family and all relevant chiefs have resolved to back Aremo Adesegun to ascend the throne of his father.

While appreciating the efforts of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the state governor and his deputy in their interests in the progress of the kingdom, Chief Abisogun enjoined all true sons of Iruland to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign by joining the chosen prince in ensuring the Iruland continues to develop.

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COVID-19: Bristow Helicopters Sacks 100 Pilots, Engineers

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The management of Bristow Helicopter has sacked over 100 pilots and engineers – both National and Expatriates.

This is coming on the second day of the industrial strike action embarked upon by its workers under the aegis of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers who were demanding equitable salary remuneration.

The airline blamed the sacking on the impact of COVID-19 in the sector.

A statement from management partly read, “The combined effects of these ‘arising’ has resulted in very significant reductions to our business particularly a reduction in the number of contracted aircraft in Nigeria. As a result, the company must now restructure all aspects of its business model (both Rotary & Fixed Wing), including an extensive review of its operations and we continue to drive efficiencies, but with zero compromises to safety and our core values.

“One of these measures includes the right-sizing of the business to ensure that the company has the optimal level of personnel to continue the safe delivery of its services to its clients, whilst allowing the appropriate capacity for future growth. Accordingly, and with much regret, the company has taken the very difficult decision to release over 100 pilots and engineers (both National and Expatriates) over the next couple of weeks.”

The development is coming in the midst of an ongoing face-off between the unions and the Bristow management over labour matters.

National Vice President, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, Capt. Yakubu Dukas confirmed the development, vowing to fight the management’s act.

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NIPOST, FIRS War Escalates Over Stamp Duty Collection

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The imbroglio between Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) over jurisdiction in respect of stamp duty collection worsened on Tuesday.

Director Communication and Liaison FIRS, Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, in a statement vowed the FIRS is determined to ensure all monies collected by NIPOST into its alleged illegally operated Stamp Duties Account are fully remitted into the Federation Account.

He also said but FIRS would make sure that any kobo not accounted for in that account is legally recovered.

But Chairman of the Nigeria Postal Service, Maimuna Abubakar, in a series of tweets on Sunday, lamented FIRS has stolen the mandate of NIPOST.

The NIPOST chairman said the FIRS, which is the agency responsible for assessing, collecting and accounting for tax accruing to the Federal Government, had begun printing stamps.

She alleged FIRS did not only steal NIPOST’s stamps but also its ideas.

Abubakar tweeted: “I am worried for NIPOST, having sleepless nights because of NIPOST. We need the general public to come to our aid; FIRS stole our mandate.

“FIRS are now selling stamps instead of buying from us. What is happening; are we expected to keep quiet and let FIRS kill and bury NIPOST?

“We need to get our mandate. NIPOST is the sole custodian of national stamps; another agency printing and selling stamps is against the law of the land.”

But, FIRS in a series of tweets on Tuesday, countered NIPOST and faulted claims of Maimuna Abubakar.

It said: “To be sure, NIPOST is a government parastatal established by Decree 41 of 1992 with the function to develop, promote and provide adequate and efficiently co-ordinated postal services at reasonable rates.

“This function is clearly contrary to the claim by NIPOST over the administration of stamp duties in Nigeria.

“On the other hand, the FIRS is the sole agency charged with the responsibility of assessing, collecting, and accounting for all tax types including Stamp Duties.”

There has been contention between FIRS and NIPOST over which agency is the custodian of stamp duty following the implementation of the Stamp Duty Act.

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WAEC Releases 2020 WASSCE Timetable, Exams To Start August 17

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The West African Examinations Council has released the timetable for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, The PUNCH is reporting.

The Federal Government had announced the resumption of graduating pupils beginning August 4, noting that WASSCE would begin effective August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020.

WAEC Nigeria in a statement on Tuesday signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, advised candidates to disregard other versions of the examination timetable in circulation.

The statement was titled, ‘WAEC Releases Timetable For The Conduct Of West African Senior School Certificate Examination For School Candidates, 2020’.

The statement read, “The West African Examinations Council, Nigeria wishes to inform its stakeholders-schools, parents and candidate-that the Final International Timetable for the conduct of WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020 has been released.

“The Council notes that several versions of the examination timetable have been in circulation and enjoins the general public to disregard them as they did not emanate from it.

“The examination which has been slated to begin on Monday, August 17, 2020, will end on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

“The Council hereby urges the candidates to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the examination by shunning all acts of malpractice and obeying all Covid-19 protocols that have been put in place at the examination centers.

“This is wishing the candidate’s success in the examination.”

Ojijeogu in a chat with our correspondent said details of the timetable would follow.

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