‘How David-West Died’

A family source has revealed how former Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Prof Tam David-West, died at a private suite at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State.

The source who pleaded anonymity said the octogenarian died around 11:05 am, Monday after spending about 11 days at the private suite of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan at age 83.
He added that the deceased was rushed to the hospital when he suddenly fell sick but did not disclose the cause of death.
As at the time of filing this report, the source said the children of the deceased, who mostly reside in Rivers state had been contacted and are already on the way to Ibadan, the Oyo state capital city.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of UCH, Mr. Toye Akinrinlola, who confirmed the death also gave the time the deceased breath his last to be around 11am, Monday.
He also declined comments on the cause or situation that led to the death of the deceased.

Professor David-West was a consultant virologist of national and international standing.
He served as Commissioner of Education in the old Rivers State, Minister of Petroleum and Energy under the Muhammadu Buhari military regime, and Minister of Mines, Power and Steel under Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime.

Excitement, Anxiety As Ize-Iyamu Plots To Dump PDP For APC

A former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the 2016 governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, may have concluded plans to dump the party for the All Progressives Congress(APC).

It was gathered that Pastor Ize-Iyamu may have finalised all arrangement with the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to formally announce his defection any moment from now.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu was Secretary to the Edo State Government during the administration of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion.He joined others to form the Grace Group, which metamorphosed into the defunct Action Congress.Ize-Iyamu left the ACN in 2015 after it dawned on him that Oshiomhole was not ready to support his governorship ambition.Already, supporters of Pastor Ize-Iyamu have taken to the social media to celebrate his planned exit from the PDP and entrance into the APC with the hashtag #POIiscoming.Sources close to Pastor Ize-Iyamu said he could join the APC to secure the party’s governorship ticket with the support of the Edo Peoples Movement, a pressure group whose aim is to unseat Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Other persons seeking EPM support for APC ticket are General Charles Airhiavbere, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi and Solomon Edebiri.Some Edo PDP members, who celebrated planned move of Pastor Ize-Iyamu to the APC, said the party’s plan for next year’s governorship poll does not favour him.
They said the failed plot to remove Chief Dan Orbih as the party state chairman before the primaries may have been part of the reason Ize-Iyamu opted to pitch tent with the APC.In an earlier interview, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said: “If you ask me my political direction I leave it in the hands of God because I’m not in any way desperate for power.“Everything I do I try to let God direct me. In my political life also I have made it a point of duty to put the people first.”When contacted on Monday, Ize-Iyamu said he would keep our reporter informed if he makes the decision to defect.Meanwhile, it was gathered that some EPM members are not happy with the plan to support Ize-Iyamu for the APC ticket.But the conveners of EPM, Barr. Henry Idahagbon, dismissed talks that Pastor Ize-Iyamu has caused a crack within the ranks of the group.Idahagbon said they would welcome the Ize-Iyamu with fanfare because he is an encyclopedia of Edo politics.Idahagbon urged Governor Obaseki to start packing out of the Edo Government House.He said: “We are celebrating his coming. He is a founding father of the defunct Action Congress. All the other aspirants are happy with his coming.”A former Speaker of Edo Assembly, Thomas Okosun, said the EPM are members of the APC and the coming of Ize-Iyamu would not divide them.Hon Ojo Asein said Governor Obaseki defeated Ize-Iyamu in previous elections and would defeat him again.He said Obaseki has achieved a lot to earn him a second term ticket.

Aisha Buhari Counsels Parents On Children’s Moral Upbringing

Wife of the president, Hajia Aisha Buhari, has challenged parents to take charge of their families by ensuring good moral upbringing of children so as to minimise the crime rates in the society.
Mrs Buhari gave the counsel at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday when she hosted a special prayer session for the nation.

The prayer session had the theme: “The importance of supplication for the nation’s guidance”.
Hajia Buhari said that the lack of moral upbringing of children and the total collapse of family values was largely responsible for the social crises facing Nigeria.
“Today, many of the nation’s woes are usually attributed to the collapse of family values which are primarily in the custody of parents because they are responsible for love, care and mutual respect.
“A family that is loved, cared for, and provided for stands a better chance of transferring these attributes horizontally across the society and vertically to the next generation to avoid cases like corruption, drug abuse, internet theft, kidnapping, robbery, among others.
“I, therefore, call on the heads of families to wake up to their responsibilities by providing enabling environment for our children to tackle the multitude of societal ills that are manifesting on daily basis,” she said.
She expressed the need for Nigerians to always seek for divine intervention in the affairs of their country.
“It is important that at regular intervals, we, as a nation, should remember our purpose in life, which is to worship our creator and open our communication with God Almighty.

“We need to do much better in terms of the welfare of our family, especially as the government is increasingly providing outlets, enabling environment and platforms that can be tapped into.
“The economy of the nation is being diversified into agriculture and other non-oil sectors; there are various welfare programmes and loan schemes that can be accessed by citizens to improve their lives,” she said.
Hajia Buhari urged the participants to emulate the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad in promoting peace, tolerance, love and harmony among people of different faiths in the country.
She stressed the need for Nigerians to always seek God’s intervention to address some of the socio-economic and security challenges facing the country.
The prayer session was attended by renowned Islamic scholars.

I Have Created 157,000 Out of 200,000 Jobs Promised – Obaseki

Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor says he has so far created 157,000 jobs out of the 200,000 he promised the state.
The governor disclosed this in his speech at the 2019 Alaghodaro Youth Summit in Benin on Monday.

“I have done what many politicians will not do; during my campaign, I promised to create a minimum 200,000 jobs within my first term, through the Edo Skills Development Agency (Edojobs).
“Politicians won’t give themselves such targets in case they don’t meet it.
“If the government gives the youths the needed support, you will see that 200,000 jobs will be a piece of cake.
“Today, I am glad and happy that at the last count, we have created 157,000 jobs in Edo,” he said.
The governor said that facts about the jobs were available for anyone to verify.
“It is not just me saying it; you can find this in a publication – Business Day.
“They undertook an independent evaluation and told me that the skills development agency was able to create 45, 000 through job tracking.

“From the records, 3,500 jobs were created through jobs matching and placement, 23,000 jobs through Edo Innovation Jobs, 1,300 jobs from Edo food and agriculture cluster, and 15,000 jobs from Edo Production Centre.
“We have also created 12,000 jobs from the National Social Investment Programme, 10,000 from the Ministry of Wealth Creation, and 32,000 indirect jobs. The data is all there and you can verify them,” he said.
The governor said that his administration was out to change the narrative and mindset that education was all about the certificate.
“The introduction of Edojobs was to help the youth to retrace their direction in life,” he said.
Obaseki assured the people that the government was keen on improving their standards of living, adding that human development had remained the focus because that was key to growth and prosperity.

Amosun’s Protege, Adekunle Akinlade Reaches Political Dead End

Adekunle Akinlade, governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and anointed candidate of former governor Ibikunle Amosun, reached a political dead-end Monday when the Appeal Court in Ibadan dismissed his appeal challenging Governor Dapo Abiodun’s victory.
Justice Muhammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma, who read the judgement said the appeal filed on 10 grounds lacked merit.

“There was no reason we should be in this appeal,”, said counsel to the APC and Abiodun, Habeeb Ajayi.
“But thank God the Court of Appeal has delivered its judgment in favour of the respondent and has equally confirmed that Prince Dapo Abiodun is the governor of Ogun State by lawful votes.
“ And That all the complaints about non-qualification as a result of delivering false affidavit are not applicable, in other words, those allegations are frivolous and the court has so passed.”

Otedola Gives Daughter, DJ Cuppy N5bn For Her Foundation

Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola has donated N5 billion for his daughter’s foundation.

Florence Otedola, popularly known as ‘DJ Cuppy,’   had on Sunday launched the Cuppy Foundation, with eminent dignitaries in attendance at the Gold Gala night.

At the event were Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo; the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Governor of Ogun State, Dr. Dapo Abiodun and many other dignitaries.

DJ Cuppy, Otedola, Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, Adams Oshiomhole, Dapo Abiodun at the event. Photo: TVC

Otedola said he made the N5 billion donation in support of the Cuppy Foundation.

Also, Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote donated N100 million for the foundation.

The primary aim of the foundation is to support and improve the lives of Nigerian children.

Osinbajo Commends Otedola Over N5bn Donation

Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo commended the generousity of the billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola who donated N5 billion at the launch of the Cuppy Foundation which held at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja last night.

Osinbajo said the donation to the Save the Children Foundation, is the single largest donation to philanthropy in the country.

Cuppy Foundation which is owned by DJ Cuppy, daughter of Femi Otedola, is working with the Save the Children Foundation, to bring succour to children in the North East. DJ Cuppy is a board ambassador for Save the Children and a member of the organisation’s Africa Advisory Board.

The Vice President was the Special Guest of Honor at the launch, said no one would ever remember the number of houses, or cash that one has, but the impact one made. According to the Vice President, the likes of Bill Gate, Dangote and now Femi Otedola, understand the importance of living an impactful life and that is why they have turned their wealth and resources to help people and solve huge problems.

He commended Otedola for donating the huge amount, adding that the kind gesture by the business mogul had further demonstrated his commitment to the poor and less privileged in the society.

He also thanked DJ Cuppy for spearheading the initiative, saying she was making an impact in a very important way.

Tam David-West Dies At 83

Professor Tamunoemi Sokari David-West a consultant virologist of national and international standing and lecturer at the University of Ibadan for decades, is dead.

He was aged 83.

News of his transition was conveyed in a tribute by President Muhammadu Buhari.

David-West was Petroleum minister when Buhari was a military head of state between 1984 and 1985, at a time oil prices slumped to about $10 a barrel. David-West and his boss came up with a policy of ‘counter-trade’, to sell Nigeria’s oil.

President Muhammadu Buhari expressed deep sorrow at the death of his ally and friend, a man he usually called “the indomitable Tam David-West.”

“He had an indomitable spirit, stood resolutely by whatever he believed in, and was in a class of his own,” said President Buhari of the academic, author of many books, and social critic.

He commiserated with the David-West family, the people of Buguma, Kalabari Kingdom of Rivers State, the academia, and all those who loved “the forthright Tam David-West.”

President Buhari prayed that God will rest the soul of the committed nationalist, urging all those who believe in the ideals he espoused to approximate same, for the betterment of Nigeria, and humanity in general.

Before he became a Federal minister in 1984, David-West served as Commissioner of Education in the old Rivers State. He also served as Minister of Mines, Power and Steel under Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime.

David-West was born in Buguma, Kalabari, in what is now Rivers State.

He received his higher education at the University of Ibadan (1956–1958) and earned a BSc degree at Michigan State University (1958–1960), an MSc degree at Yale University (1960–1962), and a PhD degree at McGill University.

Pope Francis Announces Cardinal Onaiyekan’s Retirement

The Holy Father, Pope Francis on Saturday officially announced the retirement of His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan as the Archbishop of Abuja Dioceses.
This was made known through a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), by Mr Josef Ishu, department of Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.

According to the letter from Rome, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.
Ishu, however, noted that the date for the installation of the new Archbishop would be communicated in due time.
Kaigama was the Archbishop of Jos from 2000 to 2019, when he became first Archbishop Coadjutor and then Archbishop of Abuja.
Speaking also in a Telephone interview with His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who confirmed his retirement, noted that it was long over due.
Onaiyekan said that it was time for transition and time for a new leader to come and continue where he had stopped.
John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan was born 29 January, 1944; he is a Nigerian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.
He was Archbishop of Abuja from 1994 to 2019 and was made a Cardinal in 2012.

The cleric has served as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria; President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria; and Bishop of Ilorin.

LASG Shuts Popular Lekki Hangouts Circa, Bay Rock Gentleman’s Club

News reaching us indicates that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has sealed two popular hangout  in Lekki , Circa and Bay Rock Gentlemans Club due to non-compliance with the environmental laws of the state.
For some time now,  residents of both Admiralty way and Fola Osibo road have been having a running battle with the clubs due to the noise pollution and security risks precipitated by their activities.
Sources said the State Government through LASEPA gave  warnings to both clubs but they failed to comply which ultimately led to sealing of both properties .
The source also added that the defaulters would be compelled to sign an undertaking or put in place an action plan to forestall a recurrence, before the facilities would be unsealed.