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National Assembly Scrutinizes 2024 budget, beams light on President, VIPs Expenditure 

 

The 2024 Appropriation Bill is under scrutiny at the National Assembly, revealing a comprehensive breakdown of proposed expenditures for President Bola Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima, and their respective aides at the Nigerian Presidential Villa.

Report has it that the budget proposal earmarks a staggering sum of N15.961 billion for international and domestic travel if approved.
President Tinubu’s travel expenses stand out, totaling N7.630 billion, with a significant portion allocated for foreign trips amounting to N6.992 billion, while N638.535 million is designated for domestic travel.

Vice President Shettima’s proposed travel budget amounts to N1.847 billion, comprising N1.229 billion for foreign trips and N618.399 million for local travel. A substantial N6.484 billion is also allocated for Villa Headquarters’ international and local travels.

Within the overall budget, the Villa Headquarters receives a significant allocation of N40.616 billion. This includes provisions for routine maintenance of mechanical and electrical installations amounting to N9 billion and N4.5 billion allocated for Julius Berger liabilities related to maintenance from 2022/2023.

Further allocations encompass infrastructure development, with N3 billion dedicated to constructing offices for Special Advisers and Senior Special Advisers and an additional N3 billion set aside for the acquisition, renovation, rehabilitation, and furnishing of the State House Annex.

Senator Adeola Yayi Condole with Ifoyintedo Community over Monarch’s Death

 

Ogun West Senator, Solomon Adeola Yayi, has expressed his heartfelt condolences over the passing of the Olu of Ifoyintedo, His Royal Majesty Oba Isaac Olatunji Adesiyan (Atelugirijoye 1). The revered monarch passed away on Sunday, June 16, at the age of 95.

In a condolence message, Senator Adeola praised the late monarch as a visionary leader who made significant contributions to the development of his community during his reign.

He noted that Oba Adesiyan’s wisdom and guidance will be deeply missed not only by his subjects but also by the entire Yewa Traditional Council and Ogun State.

Senator Adeola, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, described the late monarch as a stabilizing influence and authority in Yewa affairs, whose institutional knowledge and experience will be greatly missed.

He prayed for the peaceful repose of Oba Adesiyan’s soul and for the strength and fortitude for his family and close associates to bear the irreparable loss.

Senator Adeola said, “The late Oba Adesiyan was a great leader who contributed immensely to the development of Ifoyintedo and Yewaland. His wise counsel and guidance will be deeply missed,” Senator Adeola said.

“I pray that God grants his family and loved ones the strength to bear this loss, and may his legacy continue to inspire and guide us all.”

“This is a great loss to the people of Yewaland, but we take solace in the fact that his contributions and impact will never be forgotten.”, Adeola added.

South-West Governors Address Food Shortages

 

South-West governors have opted to bolster security around farms in the area by establishing specialized units within the Western Nigeria Security Network, known as Amotekun.

This decision came about during a food security roundtable organized by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission in Ibadan on Wednesday.

The move aims to address the severe food shortages in the region caused by widespread insecurity.

Following a directive from the Southwest Governors’ Forum, the Commission organized the meeting to devise a regional agricultural strategy.

All six governors were represented by their respective Commissioners for Agriculture, and it was agreed that the resolutions from the meeting would be diligently implemented.

The meeting’s attendees included Commissioners for Agriculture from Ekiti (represented by Mr. Ebenezer Boluwade), Ogun (Bolu Owotomo), Ondo (Olayato Aribo), Osun (Babatola Faseru), and Oyo (Olasunkanmi Olaleye), with Mr. Emmanuel Audu, the Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, representing Lagos.

During the meeting, Dr. Seye Oyeleye, the Director General of the Commission, emphasized the need to dispel notions that the region has lost its agricultural capacity.

He urged participants to propose recommendations that state governors can readily implement in the coming months.

The resolutions from the meeting also included initiatives such as extensive land clearing, improved security measures, and the large-scale cultivation of short-term crops like maize, sweet potatoes, and vegetables.

Other plans involve revitalizing dormant dams for irrigation, enhancing mechanization throughout the agricultural value chain, adopting a cluster farming approach, expanding input distribution, and establishing an electronic agriculture database.

WHO sounds alarm on fake diabetes medication globally

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning about the global circulation of counterfeit diabetes medications since 2022, a problem affecting various regions worldwide.

Specifically citing instances in Britain, the U.S., and Brazil since October 2023, the health authority highlighted concerns regarding Ozempic, a medication containing the active ingredient semaglutide, approved in the EU for treating type 2 diabetes.

The counterfeit version closely resembles the genuine medicine and is increasingly being used for weight loss due to its appetite-suppressing properties.

However, these counterfeit drugs may lack the correct dosage of active ingredients, potentially leading to uncontrolled blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, the WHO cautioned. Additionally, they may contain other harmful substances.

The WHO urged doctors, pharmacists, regulatory bodies, and the public to remain vigilant. It emphasized the importance of obtaining medicines through prescriptions from pharmacies rather than online sources.

Users were advised to check for accurate dosage scales on insulin pens, verify the correctness of labels, and watch out for any spelling errors on the packaging.

Kunle Soname Celebrates Team’s Success with Cash Rewards

 

Beyond Limits Football Academy Chairman, Kunle Soname, has rewarded his players with a sum of ₦10 million for gaining promotion to the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).

The ceremony, held in Ikenne, also saw the coaching staff receive ₦5 million, management ₦2.5 million, Supporters Club ₦1.5 million, teachers ₦1 million, and the kitchen department ₦1 million.

Soname attributed the team’s success to meticulous planning, hard work, and preparation.

He emphasized the need to develop a sustainable football culture and highlighted the importance of education in achieving success.

The academy aims to develop individuals, not just footballers.

Former Super Eagles players Seyi Olofinjana, Oghenakaro Etebo, and Victor Ikpeba praised Soname’s efforts in developing young talent.

The event’s highlight was the presentation of awards to outstanding players and individuals, with Faruq Ogundare named Player of the Season.

Soname encouraged the players to remain focused and determined in their pursuit of greatness.

This gesture demonstrates his commitment to investing in the future of Nigerian football and building a sustainable football culture.

Journalists Set to Grill Ogun Reps, Senators on Stewardship

 

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Council, is set to host members of the House of Representatives and Senators from Ogun State in a dialogue with journalists.

The event, themed “Dialogue with Ogun Journalists,” will hold between June 24th and 29th, 2024, at the Iwe-Iroyin Press Center, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.

According to a letter signed by the Council Secretary, Comrade Bunmi Adigun, the event aims to hold the lawmakers accountable for their stewardship and impact in the last one year.

The dialogue will provide a platform for the nine House of Representative members and three Senators from Ogun State to engage with over 500 journalists and share their achievements and contributions to the state’s development.

The NUJ Ogun State Council congratulates the lawmakers on their successful completion of one year in office, acknowledging their contributions to the National Assembly and the positive impact on their constituents through various projects and meaningful development.

This dialogue aligns with the core values of the journalism profession, ensuring accountability, transparency, and promoting full-fledged democracy.

The event promises to be a robust and engaging platform for constructive criticism, feedback, and a comprehensive assessment of the lawmakers’ performance, ultimately fostering a more informed and engaged citizenry.

Gov Abiodun Mourns Towulade of Akinale, Oba Femi Ogunleye

 

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has described the late Towulade of Akinale, Oba Femi Ogunleye, as a great leader who lived an eventful life and put his community on the world map during his reign.

Oba Ogunleye, one of Nigeria’s topmost journalists, died in the United Kingdom on Wednesday at the age of 79.

Prince Abiodun, in a condolence message to the Ogun State Council of Obas and Akinale community, said the late monarch contributed his own quota to the development of Ogun State after an illustrious career as a journalist.

“It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Oba Femi Ogunleye, a revered journalist and traditional ruler who passed away in London on Wednesday at the age of 79.

“Oba Ogunleye was a titan in the media industry, known for his unwavering commitment to journalism and his quest for truth and accountability. As the Towulade of Akinale, he was a respected monarch who worked tirelessly to uplift his people and foster development in Ogun State.

“His distinguished career and selfless service have left an indelible mark on our society. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ogun State Council of Obas, his family, friends, and the entire Akinale community.

“May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire future generations,” the statement said.

Abiodun Allocates Farmland to Assembly Members to Boost Food Security

 

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has allocated farmlands to 25 members of the state House of Assembly as part of efforts to ensure food security and support the federal government’s agricultural resurgence initiative.

Presenting letters of allocation to the lawmakers at the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, Prince Abiodun urged them to contribute to making the state the food basket of the country.

This gesture, which coincides with the first anniversary of the 10th legislature, aims to empower lawmakers to become active participants in the state’s agricultural development and promote food self-sufficiency.

By allocating farmlands to Assembly members, Governor Abiodun demonstrates his commitment to fostering a partnership between the executive and legislative arms of government to drive economic growth and improve the well-being of Ogun State citizens.

He said: “I recall that I had promised to allocate agricultural land to all the Ogun State legislators as part of our food security and agricultural resurgence initiative, which is in line with the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Today, in fulfilment of the promise and in commemoration of your one year in office. I am glad to present to you the letters of allocation for the speaker and the 25 members of the House of Assembly, and I hope that you would take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that you begin to grow what you eat and eat what you grow. This will be your way of ensuring the fulfilment of our desire to make Ogun state the bread basket of the nation.”

Abiodun, who lauded the Assembly members for their commitment to the principles of democracy, good governance, and the welfare of the citizens, observed that their dedication to legislative excellence has been instrumental in driving the progress and development of the state

The lawmakers, the governor emphasized, has in the last one year, passed numerous bills and resolutions aimed at improving the lives of the people, noting that their tireless efforts, unwavering integrity, and collaborative spirit with the executive has made the state one of the best in the country.

“For each of us, whether in the Executive or Legislative branch, history has presented a rare opportunity to lead and serve the people who have placed their hopes and aspirations on our ability to deliver the much-needed dividends of democracy. In doing so, we must understand and decide which side of the divide we want to be and how we wish to be remembered,” he added.

Governor Abiodun assured the lawmakers that his administration is committed to working closely with them to advance key initiatives that would further drive the state’s development just as he pledged to prioritize investments in infrastructure, healthcare, and technology, to make the state remains competitive and prosperous.

“Together, we have a great task ahead. The expectation of our people is vast. We must strive to create an inclusive society where every citizen has the opportunity to thrive,” the noted.

Speaking earlier, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oludaisi Elemide described the last one year as turbulent and filled with tension but maintained that the desire to give the people a purposeful representation saw them through the turbulence period.

He lauded the governor for embarking on the complete renovation and restoration of the assembly complex, adding that 24 new toilets have been added while water supply has been restored in offices of the legislators in the complex.

Rt. Hon. Elemide while assuring the governor of the Assembly’s cooperation in making laws that would fast track the socio-economic development of the state, noted that members would be guided by the fact that they were in the Assembly to represent the interest of their constituents.

Ogun Assembly Marks One Year Anniversary, Pledges Continued Quality Representation

 

Abeokuta – The Ogun State House of Assembly yesterday marked its first year anniversary with a special plenary session, pledging to continue delivering people-oriented legislation and projects that will have a direct positive impact on the lives of the citizens.

Speaker Rt. Hon. Oludaisi Elemide, while addressing the session, expressed gratitude to God and Governor Dapo Abiodun for his support, noting that the Assembly has passed seven bills into laws and over 24 motions into resolutions.

Elemide highlighted some of the achievements of the Assembly, including the passage of the yearly appropriation bill, judiciary fund management, and legislative funds management, as well as amendments to the Magistrates’ Court and Local Government laws.

The Speaker commended Governor Abiodun for his efforts in turning around the fortunes of the State for better and urged his colleagues to continue working collectively for the success of the current administration.

Other lawmakers, in their remarks, commended the Governor for non-interference in their legislative oversight functions, especially in appraising budget performance, public accounts, and anti-corruption.

They also acknowledged the Governor’s efforts in creating an enabling environment for them to perform their duties, which has led to the ongoing renovation of the State House of Assembly Complex.

Former Assembly Speakers, including Basorun Muyiwa Oladipo, Titi Sodunke-Gomez, Tunji Egbetokun, and Suraju Adekunbi, commended the Governor for providing the necessary enablement for the lawmakers to perform their duties. They also praised the Speaker and members for their collective resolve to give quality representation to the people.

The session was attended by dignitaries, including former Speakers of the State House of Assembly, traditional rulers, and top government officials.

Timothy Shorunke Becomes ABEOCCIMA President, Promises Inclusive Leadership

 

Abeokuta, Ogun State – In a seamless transition, Mr. Timothy Erigbemi Shorunke, a seasoned tax expert and chartered accountant, has been inaugurated as the new President of the Abeokuta Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA).

The Investiture of Shorunke As President took place at Commerce House, Ibara, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital during the Chamber’s 48th Annual General Meeting and Inauguration of New Executives.

Shorunke, who served as 1st Deputy President in the immediate past cabinet, took over the reins of leadership from Otunba A. Babs Adesanya, the immediate past President.

In his acceptance speech, Shorunke pledged to build on the achievements of his predecessors, foster collaborations with institutions to promote members’ businesses, and explore opportunities locally and internationally.

He said, “I am overwhelmed with gratitude to be selected as the new President of ABEOCCIMA. I thank the Board of Trustees, the outgoing EXCO, members, and secretariat staff for this honor”.

“Since 1976, ABEOCCIMA has been renowned for corporate governance and best practices. We will continue this legacy, addressing challenges and turning them into strengths”.

“We will build on past achievements, collaborating with institutions to grow members’ businesses and open opportunities locally and internationally”.

“Our leadership is committed to serving members’ interests, anchored on inclusivity, innovation, and sustainability”.

“I encourage active participation and engagement from members. Your cooperation and input are valued”, he added.

The new executive council comprises experienced professionals, including Mr. Ibrahim Bada (1st Deputy President), Engr. Lekan Jiboku (2nd Deputy President), Mrs Jaiyeola Akinbo (Vice President), Engr. Oluyomi Olutoye (Vice President), Alhaji Moruf Popoola (Vice President), Prince Olumide Agbasi (Vice President), Alhaji Taiwo Raji (Vice President), and Mr. Solomon Enilolobo (Vice President).

Others include; Asiwaju Dapo Wahab as the new Treasurer, with Pharm. Aderemi Ogunyemi as Deputy Treasurer and Alhaji Nureni Odunmbaku as Financial Secretary.

The council members include Mr. David Ajayi, Prof. Adetoun Amubode, Dr. Oladele Abiodun, and representatives of Obasanjo Holdings and Tower Rolling & Galvanizing Limited.

Engr. Mike Akingbade, President of OGUNCCIMA, and Lion Niyi Osinyemi were also in attendance, among other Chamber leadership.

The inauguration ceremony also featured lecture presentation by Dr. Olubunmi Kole-Dawodu, Deputy Director and Head of SMEDAN, Lagos Office, on “Strategies for Accessing Funds for Business Development: Leveraging the Intervention Role of SMEDAN”.

Past Presidents, including Engr. S.A.O Adeyinka, Elder Moses Enilolobo, and Alhaji Wasiu Olaleye, attended the ceremony, which marked a new chapter in the history of ABEOCCIMA.

Shorunke’s leadership promises to prioritize inclusivity, innovation, and sustainability, with a commitment to serving members’ interests and driving economic growth in Abeokuta and Ogun State in general.

Former President Obasanjo Mourns Oba Olufemi Ogunleye, Describes Passing as “shocking”

 

Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has paid tribute to the late traditional ruler of Akinale Town, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye, describing his passing as a “shocking and great loss” to Owu land, Ogun State, and the nation.

Oba Ogunleye, 79, passed away on Wednesday in the United Kingdom after a brief illness, just two months shy of his 80th birthday.

Obasanjo, currently in South Africa for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration, expressed his shock and sadness upon learning of Oba Ogunleye’s demise, recalling their recent conversation about his travel plans.

The Owu Traditional Council also announced the monarch’s passing, remembering him as a “peace loving, progressive, and bridge builder.”

Oba Ogunleye is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren, including Bamidele Ogunleye of the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family.

Oba Olufemi Ogunleye, Towulade of Akinale, Passes On at 79

 

The Owu Kingdom in Abeokuta, Ogun State, is in mourning as its revered traditional ruler, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye, the Towulade of Akinale, has passed away at the age of 79.

His death occurred on Wednesday after a brief illness, surrounded by his family.

Oba Ogunleye was a distinguished journalist, lawyer, and mediator, known for his wisdom and conflict resolution expertise.

He leaves behind a legacy of selfless service to humanity, and his impact will be deeply felt in the journalism, legal, and royal communities.

The family has announced that a celebration of life ceremony will be held soon to honor his remarkable achievements.

Oba Ogunleye is survived by his wife, Olori Olanike Ogunleye, children, and grandchildren, including Mr. Bamidele Ogunleye of the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), Abeokuta.

May his soul rest in peace.

Tropic Reporters Felicitate with Shorunke on Investiture as ABEOCCIMA President

 

Tropic Reporters has congratulated Timothy Erigbemi Shorunke on his historic investiture as the President of the Abeokuta Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA).

In a congratulatory letter signed by Adejola Adeyemi Crown, Publisher of Tropic Reporters, the media outfit praised Shorunke’s dedication, expertise, and leadership qualities, which have earned him the respect and trust of his peers.

The letter reads, “We at Tropic Reporters wish to extend our warmest congratulations to you on your investiture as the President of Abeokuta Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA)”.

“Your appointment is a testament to your dedication, expertise, and leadership qualities, which have earned you the respect and trust of your peers”.

“We are confident that your tenure will be marked by growth, progress, and prosperity for the Chamber and its members. As a renowned Chartered Accountant and Tax Expert, we believe that your wealth of experience will be invaluable in shaping the Chamber’s policies and initiatives”.

“Your commitment to the development of commerce, industry, mines, and agriculture in Abeokuta will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the business community and the Ogun State as a whole”, it added.

Tropic Reporters wishes Shorunke a successful and fulfilling tenure as President of ABEOCCIMA, positively impacting the business community and Ogun State.

Congratulations, Mr. President!

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Proposes Talks with Nigerian Government

 

On Wednesday, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), expressed his willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government.

Kanu based his proposal for negotiations on section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) since 2021 following his re-arrest in Kenya and subsequent extradition to Nigeria, Kanu has been facing terrorism-related charges before an Abuja Federal High Court.

Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act stipulates that “In any Proceeding In the court, the court may promote reconciliation among parties thereto and encourage and facilitate the amicable settlement thereof.”

Kanu, through his lead counsel Alloy Ejimakor, informed the Abuja Federal High Court of his desire for negotiations while moving two applications before the court. The first application seeks to move for form 49, while the second objects to the court’s jurisdiction.

Ejimakor stated that if these applications are denied, they would invoke section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

In response, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, informed the court that he had previously told the defendant that he does not have the authority to negotiate on behalf of the Federal Government, as his mandate does not include such powers. He advised the defendant to approach the Attorney General of the Federation.

Justice Binta Nyako responded by clarifying that the court’s role is not that of a solicitor but to adjudicate cases.

Osimhen not banned from Super Eagles – NFF

 

 

The Nigeria Football Federation has denied reports it has banned Napoli forward Victor Osimhen from playing for the Super Eagles.

Osimhen’s ban from the national team was reported in some online publications on Wednesday.

NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi stated that the football house has not initiated any move to ban the powerful forward.

“The NFF hereby implores the media to join hands with the body to positively resolve issues and then focus on the big picture all the time, rather than needlessly escalate certain matters. There was no official communication from the NFF, yet some persons have gone to town to talk about a ban on Osimhen from the national team. This is not good at all,” he told thenff.com.

“Our focus presently is to resolve all matters around the Super Eagles and be able to look ahead with confidence to the 2025 AFCON qualifiers and the remaining six matches of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series.

“This is not the time to spread falsehood and foul the public space the more.”

Tapswap Indefinitely Postpones Token Allocation, Seeks Best Reward Strategy for Tap-2-Earn Gamers

 

Tapswap, a popular tap-2-earn app powered by TON Blockchain, has announced that the token allocation to users has been indefinitely postponed.

According to John Robbin, Head of Communications at Tapswap, the representatives are seeking the best ways to reward the tap-to-earn gamers.

The app, which has gained immense popularity among Nigerians, has amassed over 50 million users since its launch on February 15, 2024.

The token allocation method has not been ascertained, and the processes cannot be communicated before the allocation.

Robbin assured that a significant part of the tokens will be allocated to the community to retain the tappers.

He emphasized the importance of a fair token airdrop, stating that the team is communicating with various exchanges and platforms to ensure a successful allocation.

Robbin also addressed concerns about users abusing the game by farming taps, warning that such accounts will be banned.

He encouraged genuine tappers to continue using the app, promising that their patience will be rewarded.

Meanwhile, Tapswap’s popularity has led to widespread enthusiasm, with many users hoping to accumulate enough tokens to purchase cars and houses.

The app’s unique mechanism, which requires users to repeatedly tap a icon to mine coins, has become a sensation among Nigerians.

Despite the postponement of token allocation, users remain optimistic about the app’s potential and await further updates from the Tapswap team.

INTERVIEW: ABEOCCIMA’s Incoming President, Timothy Shorunke, Shares Vision for Business Growth, Development in Ogun

In this exclusive interview with Tropic Reporters’ Adejola Adeyemi Crown, Mr. Timothy Shorunke, FCA, FCTI, outlined his vision for the Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA) and the business community in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

As the incoming President of ABEOCCIMA, Shorunke emphasized the need for policy reforms, infrastructure development, and innovation to drive business growth and sustainability.

He also highlighted the importance of social responsibility and environmental considerations in business operations.

Shorunke, a seasoned Tax Expert and Chartered Accountant, plans to leverage his professional experience to support members and advocate for policies that enhance the business environment.

He emphasized the importance of collaboration with stakeholders, including OGUNCCIMA, to sustain the development of the Chamber movement in Ogun State.

The interview provided valuable insights into Shorunke’s vision for ABEOCCIMA and the business community in Abeokuta, making it a must-read for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders in the Ogun State.

Extracts… 

Congratulations on your upcoming investiture as President of ABEOCCIMA! What are your thoughts on the current state of Nigeria’s economy, and how do you think the Chamber of Commerce can contribute to its growth?

Thank you! I’m honored to take on this role. Nigeria’s economy faces challenges, including revenue dependence on oil, infrastructure deficits, and a fragile business environment.

However, I believe we have opportunities for growth in diversification, innovation, and SME development. As ABEOCCIMA President, I plan to work closely with stakeholders to advocate for policies that support business growth, facilitate trade and investment, and enhance the competitiveness of our members.

How do you plan to contribute to the development of the Chamber of Commerce in Abeokuta, and what specific initiatives do you intend to implement?

My vision is to make ABEOCCIMA a vibrant platform for business growth, advocacy, and networking. We’ll focus on capacity building through training and mentorship programs, trade missions to explore new markets, and policy engagement to enhance the business environment.

Specifically, we’ll establish a business resource center, ensure participation in trade fairs and exhibitions, and facilitate access to finance for MSMEs.

We’ll also strengthen our advocacy role, working closely with government agencies and stakeholders to address business concerns.

What strategies do you recommend for business development and sustainability in Nigeria, and how can businesses balance profitability with social responsibility?

Businesses must adopt innovative practices, invest in technology, and prioritize corporate governance. They should also focus on succession planning to ensure continuity beyond the proprietor.

To achieve sustainability, businesses must integrate social and environmental considerations into their operations, embracing responsible practices that benefit both the bottom line and the community.

How do you plan to engage with members, stakeholders, and the wider community to achieve your vision for ABEOCCIMA?

I plan to engage in regular meetings, member visits, and stakeholder forums to listen to concerns and ideas. We’ll establish a strong communication platform, leveraging digital media and traditional channels to keep members informed and involved.

We’ll also collaborate with other Chambers of Commerce, industry associations, and government agencies to amplify our voice and drive collective progress.

How do you balance your work as a Tax Expert and Chartered Accountant with your new role at ABEOCCIMA, and how will your professional experience inform your leadership?

My professional experience complements my role at ABEOCCIMA. As a Tax Expert and Chartered Accountant, I’ve worked closely with businesses, understanding their challenges and opportunities.

This expertise will enable me to provide practical support and guidance to our members, while my leadership role will allow me to advocate for policies and initiatives that benefit the business community.

How do you plan to work with OGUNCCIMA to sustain the development of the Chamber movement in Ogun State?

I believe collaboration is key. I plan to engage closely with OGUNCCIMA to align our objectives, share resources, and amplify our advocacy efforts.

We’ll work together to promote business growth, trade, and investment in Ogun State, ensuring a unified voice for the business community.

What are your thoughts on the ease of doing business in Ogun State, and how can the Chamber of Commerce contribute to improvements?

While progress has been made, there’s still room for improvement. I believe the Chamber of Commerce can play a crucial role in advocating for policy reforms, simplification of regulatory processes, and infrastructure development. We’ll work closely with the state government to ensure a more conducive business environment.

As a businessman, Chartered Accountant, and Tax Expert, what hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

I’m passionate about reading, particularly on topics related to business, economics, and leadership. I also enjoy traveling, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures. Additionally, I’m a socialite and I enjoy every bit of it.

How do you think businesses in Ogun State can leverage technology to enhance their operations and competitiveness?

Technology is a game-changer. Businesses must embrace digital transformation, invest in data analytics, and leverage e-commerce platforms to expand their reach. We’ll provide training and support to help our members adapt and thrive in this digital age.

What message do you have for young entrepreneurs and start-ups in Abeokuta?

I urge them to be innovative, resilient, and focused. We’ll provide mentorship, training, and resources to support their growth. Our goal is to create an ecosystem that fosters entrepreneurship and job creation, ensuring a brighter future for our youth.

Battle for Supremacy: Splash FM, Family FM Clash in SWAN Media Cup Final

 

The 2024 SWAN Media Cup, tagged SWAN/Oluwalogbon Electronics Media Cup, has reached its final stage.

Defending champions Splash FM defeated OGTV 3-1 in a penalty shootout after a stalemate, despite OGTV’s failed scoring chances in the first half.

Splash FM, who qualified as best losers in the group stage, struggled to beat Eagle FM 1-0 in the quarterfinals and OGTV, who beat Fresh FM 3-2.

Family FM continued their impressive run, edging out Fresh FM 6-2 on aggregate and Ogun State Information Officers 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

They proved their superiority over Consolidated Chapel of Ogun NUJ with a 2-0 win in the semifinals, setting up the final with Splash FM on Friday, June 21, 2024, at the MKO Abiola International Stadium.

SWAN Chairman, Comrade Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji, commended participating media stations for their support and teamwork, urging finalists to display good football and play safe.

He requested maximum publicity for the final ceremony, which will be graced by dignitaries including Hon. Wasiu Isiaka, Hon. Kayode Akinmade, Hon. Lukmon Adeleye, Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, Barr. Dip Ogunfowora, Hon. Adeshina Ogunsola, and Dr. Folashade Adeyemo.

The final ceremony promises to be an exciting event, with the Commissioner for Sports Development in the state, the Special Adviser to the Governor on information and strategy, and the Minority Leader of the Ogun State House of Assembly in attendance.

Other dignitaries expected to grace the occasion include the Head of Service in Ogun state, the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Service matters, and the Chairmen of Obafemi-Owode and Odeda local governments.

Investiture of Shorunke As ABEOCCIMA President Holds Thursday

 

The Investiture of Mr. Timothy Erigbemi Shorunke, FCA, FCTI as the President of Abeokuta Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA) and the inauguration of the Executive Committee for 2024 – 2026 will hold on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at Commerce House, Ibara, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Shorunke, a renowned Chartered Accountant and Tax Expert, has served the Chamber in various capacities and previously chaired the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Abeokuta Zone.

He will succeed Otunba A. Babs Adesanya as President, who assumed the position in June 2022.

Shorunke’s professional credentials include qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in November 1997 and joining CITN on September 17, 1999, becoming an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria since May 2000.

He completed his MBA, Marketing Management with Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho in 2000.

Shorunke also completed his BSc. Accounting at Olabisi Onabanjo University in 2011 with second class (upper division) and is presently undergoing his Accounting programme with Crescent University, Abeokuta.

He is also a graduate member of Nigeria Institute of Management, NIM since 2003.

Presently, he is the Managing Consultant at SETH Consulting, Abeokuta, a firm of Tax Practitioners and Consultants, with licensed No 602, on 21st April, 2011, to carry out Tax practices in Nigeria by The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN.

Also, the Managing Partner of Gbemi Shorunke & Co , (Chartered Accountants), Abeokuta, a firm of Chartered Accountants with licensed no PL 012921, dated March 14, 2016, to carry out a statutory audit in Nigeria by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN.

Shorunke is currently the 1st Deputy President of Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA).

Meanwhile, the Chamber’s 48th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will feature a lecture by Dr. Olubunmi Kole-Dawodu, Deputy Director/Head of SMEDAN Lagos Office, on “Strategies for Accessing Funds for Business Development: Leveraging the Intervention Roles of SMEDAN”.

Former ABEOCCIMA President, Taiwo Jiboku, to be Buried July 6

 

The Jiboku family has announced the burial arrangements of Elder Taiwo Olawumi Jiboku, former President of Abeokuta Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA).

Late Jiboku, who passed away on May 14, 2024, at the age of 76, will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 6, 2024, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The funeral service will hold at Exclusive Event Center, Agbeloba Quarry Road, Abeokuta, starting at 10:00 am, followed by interment and entertainment of guests at the same venue.

The family and friends of the deceased are invited to pay their last respects to a man who was widely admired for his grassroots mobilization efforts and his fearless and outspoken approach to leadership.

The late Jiboku, who hailed from Oke Ona Egba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, was a prominent figure in the business and political circles of Ogun State.

His contributions to the development of the state and the nation will be sorely missed.

May his soul rest in peace.

Ojude Oba Festival 2024: A Celebration of Rich Heritage and Cultural Splendor (Pictures)

 

The Ojude Oba Festival 2024, held in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, was a resounding success, showcasing the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Ijebu people.

The festival, which has grown from a local gathering to an international event, attracted visitors from across Nigeria and the world.

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, expressed his commitment to making the festival a global event, highlighting its significance as a symbol of unity and a rallying point for the Ijebu people.

He emphasized the importance of preserving cultural heritage and traditions for future generations.

The festival featured a range of cultural performances, traditional drumming, dancing, and music, as well as a grand procession of the Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona.

The event also showcased the state’s hospitality and rich traditions, promoting tourism and development in Ijebuland.

Governor Abiodun expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his support, including plans to include the festival in UNESCO’s world cultural heritage.

He emphasized the state government’s commitment to creating a conducive environment for business and fostering community development.

The festival served as a reminder of the importance of unity and harmony, with Governor Abiodun calling for the state’s people to come together to build a prosperous future.

The event also solicited support for the upcoming 20th National Sports Festival, Gateway Games 2024, which will be hosted in Ijebu-Ode.

He said, “We are poised to make the Ojude Oba festival a global event”.

“We are committed to making this festival a permanent fixture in the global tourism industry and expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his support, including plans to include the festival in UNESCO’s world cultural heritage.” Governor Abiodun said.

Overall, the Ojude Oba Festival 2024 was a celebration of cultural heritage, unity, and tradition, showcasing the best of Ijebu land and Ogun State to the world.