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Make Industrialization The Cardinal Goal Of Your Governance — Eleganza Chairman, Razaq Okoya To Tinubu



Eleganza Group of Companies, one of the most established and wholly owned indigenous manufacturing industries in Nigeria, has been in operation for over 60 years.

The Chairman and founder, Chief (Dr.) Rasaq Akanni Okoya CON., a veteran in the manufacturing sector and an elder citizen sends his hearty congratulations to our dear President-Elect, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President-Elect, His Excellency Kashim Shettima on a well-deserved victory. He prays for a peaceful and successful term.

It is the ernest hope of our Chairman that the President- elect makes the industrialization of the entire country a cardinal goal by helping promote manufacturing and the establishment of mid-sized cottage industries / factories during his tenure.

As a suggestion, this could be achieved through incubation centres that will be domiciled in warehouses of approximately 5000 sqm size per cluster (one unit).
These centres will be seen as special economic zones and will serve as Industrial infrastructure required for the conversion of raw agricultural materials into finished products, as well as that of other consumer products spread across all sectors of the economy which can also be manufactured in these clusters.
The President-elect can then invite various (Chinese) machine manufacturers and that of many other countries alike to come and train our graduates in vocational skills, while also providing much needed technology transfer through the sales of machineries, and equipments to facilitate the manufacturing of different products and components as opposed to the importation of finished products, to conserve our precious foreign exchange.
Each unit in adherence to the 21st century demands of ECO friendliness and nature, will thus prevent environmental degradation.
This will provide practical experience which would give our youths (citizens) a strong sense of belonging, and a promise of hope hence promoting urbanisation in rural areas of the county and stem rural to urban migration by providing wealth in the rural communities where they live. This essentially will prevent overcrowding in already established parts of the country and also keep youths off the streets which will instil a sense of pride and dignity of labour in these youths.

With 50,000 units in each state, in each of the 37 states spread across the federation, they can focus based on the comparative advantages and specialization due to locational advantages in raw materials as well as geographic considerations. The communities will be complemented with suitable living establishments and infrastructure such as good roads, health centres, recreational facilities that will aid the agglomeration of the RURAL economies and communities and spur them into mini vibrant cities.
Clusters can be powered through renewable energy as a backup to the national grid power supply.

All this can be achieved with the aid of public private sector investment through lease holds of 10 to 25 years that will unleash and enable patient capital required to catalyse economic growth, jobs and entrepreneurship for our youths.

If this is done well, it will improve the GDP of the country and leapfrog into a modern industrialized economic power house that can serve the entire African continent.

We believe this new administration would promote commerce and industry and we pray for the President-elect by God’s grace to consider this and add it to his laudable agenda and blue print for the rebirth of our great Nation Nigeria.

By the same token we appreciate the good works done by the Governor of Lagos state His Excellency Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his esteemed Deputy His Excellency Dr Obafemi Hamzat, who have continued to build on the foundation laid down by the President-elect in sustaining the transformational agenda of the state and making it a centre of excellence for Lagosians and many Nigerians at large.


God bless Nigeria and the Entire citizens of Lagos State. Amen.


Peter Obi  Is A Great Addition To Our Party, But I’ve Won Election Before In Abia Without Him —  Alex Otti



Abia state governor-elect, Alex Otti said he had won governorship election in the state in the past without Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.

Otti stated this in an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Thursday.

The Abia state governor-elect, however, acknowledged that Obi contributed to his election victory.

According to him, it’s on record that he won the 2015 governorship election in the state without Obi’s support.

Otti said, “In 2015 when I ran under APGA, there was no Peter Obi. And we have it on our record that I won that election. At the time we were joining Labour Party, Peter Obi had not joined.

“It took about a week before called me and said that he purchased the presidential nomination form and he was coming to Labour Party.

“We were prepared to fight the way we fought in 2015. The votes we garnered in Abia could have been had but maybe the margin could have been smaller. That is why it’s always good to acknowledge Peter Obi. He came to Abia about four times to campaign for us.

“I think he had done well for us. That is why even the first election out of the eight House of Representatives seats we took six and sent some people on permanent retirement.

“Peter Obi is a great addition to our campaign, but I can tell you that we won an election before in Abia without him.”

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday, declared Otti winner of the March 18 governorship poll in Abia state.

Otti polled a total of 175, 467 votes defeat his closest rival, Chief Okey Ahiwe of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party who scored 88,529 votes.

Enyinnaya Nwafor of the Young Peoples Party, YPP, came third with 28,972 votes.

Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Professor Nnenna Oti, subsequently declared Otti the Governor-elect having polled the highest number of votes and satisfied all necessary conditions.

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Runaway Nigerian Nurse Arrested In Lagos, Extradited To US For Trial Over Fraud



A convicted Nigerian fugitive, Florence Enwerim Onyegbu, was on Thursday, extradited to the United States of America, where she is wanted to answer to criminal charges bordering on the violation of the U.S. law involving the offer and payment of illegal remuneration in a health care matter.

Onyegbu‘s extradition was coordinated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following a request by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI,  seeking assistance for her apprehension.

The EFCC said its investigations revealed that she had changed her name from Florence E. Onyegbu to Janet Boi in an attempt to remain hidden.

But that she however ran out of luck when operatives of the EFCC swooped on her at her residence in the Ojodu area of Lagos on February 21, 2022.

The anti-graft agency said that upon her arrest, a national identity card with the name Janet Boi as well as a Texas driver’s license with the name Florence Enwerim Onyegbu were found on her.

The Commission, on March 22, 2023, handed over Onyegbu to the FBI, following an extradition order granted by Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on December 2, 2022.

It will be recalled that Onyegbu’s travails began after she was arrested on February 12, 2011 in the U.S. and subsequently sentenced to 46 months imprisonment, following a guilty plea , over the violation of the U.S. law bordering on the offer and payment of illegal remuneration in a health care matter.

Although she was ordered to report for service of her sentence on April 4, 2011, she failed to surrender on that date.

Consequently, she was further charged with failure to surrender for service of sentence in violation of U.S. Law on March 4, 2013.

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JUST IN: CBN Directs Banks To Open On Saturday, Sunday



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks across the country as part of a coordinated effort to ease the circulation of banknotes of various denominations.

The CBN has also directed all commercial banks to open for operation on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department of the CBN, Isa AbdulMumin, disclosed this in Abuja, on Friday, stating that a substantial amount of money, in various denominations, had been received by the commercial banks for onward circulation to their respective customers.

According to him, the CBN had directed all banks to load their Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) as well as conduct physical operations in the banking halls through the weekends.

“Branches of commercial banks will operate on Saturdays and Sundays to attend to customers’ cash needs,” he noted, adding that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, would personally lead teams to monitor the level of compliance by the banks in various locations across the country.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to be patient as the current situation would ease soon with the injection of more banknotes into circulation.

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