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I BURIED MY MOTHER IN-LAW AS MOTHER… AZIBAOLA ROBERT

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From Mike Tayese Yenagoa

It was a gathering of who is who in Nigeria over the weekend in Kolo Town in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state when a lawyer turned engineer, Barr. Azibaola Robert who is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zeetin Engineering bury his mother in-law who died at age of 81.

The burial turned carnival started on Thursday with Service Of Song at her residence while Friday was the burial service by New Life Baptist Church, Kolo 3 at the Kolo Primary School Field while interment followed at her residence and another Christian Wake-Keep followed that same evening.
On Saturday was a cultural Dance by the popular (Egbelegbele Dance of Amassoma) followed by what they called Oba( Storytelling) while on Sunday was open air Thanksgiving Service and was immediately followed by Tug-Of-War which had 16 Communities in participation.
In his tribute to his late mother in-law, Barr. Azibaola Robert described Mama Ego Emesua as a woman of faith, her faith was a guiding light in her life and a source of strength that influence everyone around her. Mama lived by the principle of kindness, compassion and forgiveness, reflecting the teaching she held dear. She had an unwavering trust in God that served as an inspiration to us all. Mama was a woman of extraordinary memory, she was a treasure trove of experiences with many vivid stories that she shared with warmth and enthusiasm. A bastion of tranquility within and without, with a soothing demeanour of calmness that brought peaceful atmosphere to us in every room she entered. There was never a moment of chaos  with her or in her presence. My family owed her everlasting gratitude for a testament of the peace she carried in her heart. Mama was a masterful storyteller. The art of storytelling was woven into the fabric of her being. Each tale she told was to serve a purpose, impacting wisdom, sharing joy, or simply connecting hearts. In a world that often measures  love by grand expectations, mama was a quiet, undemanding and unblemished. She showered us  with affection in the simplest acts, a warm smile, a comforting touch, or a kind words. Today, tomorrow and ever, reflect on the life of this extraordinary woman, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, unalloyed loving in-law. We now have a duty to carry forward the legacy of her love,peace of heart and faith. While thanking former president Goodluck Jonathan, Azibaola Robert said, Jonathan could be likened to God in Nigeria and the entire African continent.

Former president Jonathan was among top dignitaries that graced the occasion of the obsequious ceremonies of the late octogenarian mother-in-law, the late Ma. Egoyinbo Ayebatari Joyce Emesua. He described Jonathan as peaceful to a fault, noting that the ex-Nigerian leader was a pacesetter in peaceful transition of political power in Africa. Aziboala Robert a BAYELSA innovator is pioneering the manufacturing of Nigeria’s maiden electric cars and other automobile components in Africa through his Zeetin Engineering, a firm located in the nation’s seat of power, Abuja.The late ma. Egoyinbo Emesua  passed on at the age of 81. Shortly after the interment of the late octogenarian, Robert urged the people of Ogbia, the former President’s kinsmen to continually thank and appreciate God for enabling them produce and have Jonathan as a former President of the nation who is from their tribe, noting that the ex-President’s  name opens doors for people. He said: “Jonathan is like god to Nigeria and the entire African continent because of his peaceful and the enduring legacies he left behind as former president of this nation, especially pioneering peaceful transition of political power in Africa.”Goodluck Jonathan’s name opens doors for us as a people. If they don’t know us as a tribe in Nigeria, for example when you tell anyone that you’re from former President Jonathan’s tribe, ‘Ogbia’ doors are instantly opened for you.

“Even after leaving office he still continued to preach peace in Africa and beyond. I see God taking him to higher places in the future. Something tells me that God isn’t done yet with the former president Goodluck Jonathan”. Similarly, the Zeetin Engineering MD/CEO,  described his late mother-in-law as the best any son-in-law could have.

He noted that his late mother-in-law during her life time was contented with whatever she had, saying that her fear of God, humility and industrious lifestyle had specifically endeared her to him and all those who came in contact with her while alive. Am not buryring her as my Mother-In-Law but am buryring as Mother. Am the son she didn’t had because she had four Girls and my also gave me four girls. It doesn’t matter whether you have boy child or girl Child, the most important in life is to trained them and make them responsible in life. Women are great all over the world and they gradually taken over every field of discipline. Women are more trustworthy when you give them responsibility. In his exhortation, the officiating guest clergy, Rev. Nwosu C.A, of the Victory Baptist Church, Obinze, Owerri, Imo state taking his account from the book of Philippians 3:12-21 described the ‘living’ as strangers in the world.

He warned that people should be mindful of how they live and treat each other, saying that after death, all would give account of how their lives were spent in the  world they live in, hence people should be cautious of their behaviours while still alive to avoid the wrath of God at eternity.

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1 Dead, 15 Rescued as Lagos Boat Hits Submerged Shoreline Concrete

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The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has confirmed that one person died  on Wednesday when a passenger ferry  collided with a submerged shoreline concrete.

Mrs Wuraola Alake of the Public Affairs Unit of LASWA, made the disclosure  in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.

Alake said that the accident occurred around Power Line Corridor on the Lekki- Ikoyi Link Bridge.

She said that the mishap took place at 6.

50 p.m. when an Ibeshe-bound passenger ferry named T-Ben, which departed Addax Jetty,  had a collusion with the submerged shoreline concrete.

“Fifteen out of the 17 passengers said to be on board this boat have been rescued, with one casualty confirmed.

“Rescue effort is ongoing as at the time of issuing this statement.

“Officers from the Search and Rescue Unit of the Lagos State Waterways Authority and other volunteers are still at the location carrying out further rescue operations,” she said.

She said that officers from the Marine Unit of the Nigeria Police Force and  Lagos State Emergency Management Agency  were at  LASWA office to hand over the recovered female corpse to Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit.(NAN)

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Gowon Urges ECOWAS Leaders to Lift Sanctions on Mali, B’Faso, Others

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Former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has called on ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, to lift sanctions on Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic.

Gowon, who is one of the founding fathers of ECOWAS, made the call in an open letter to the Heads of State and the ECOWAS member states in Abuja on Wednesday evening.

The three countries, which were slammed with sanctions by the sub-regional politico-economic bloc following military takeovers in their respective countries, recently declared their decision to withdraw from the bloc.

Addressing a press conference at the ECOWAS Commission’s headquarters, Gowon, expressed concern that the decision by Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger Republic to exit ECOWAS threatened the unity of the bloc with far-reaching implications for ordinary citizens.

He said: “It saddens me to learn that ECOWAS is threatened with disunity following the announcement by Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – three important Member States, of their intention to leave the Community.

“The impact of such a decision will have far-reaching implications for the ordinary citizens who have been the major beneficiaries of regional integration.

“The ECOWAS authorities should immediately consider the implementation of the lifting of all sanctions that have been imposed on Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and Niger.”

Gen. Gowon also urged the West African leaders, including leaders of the three exiting countries, to re-unite for peace and stability in the region.

“Therefore, on behalf of all the founding fathers of the Community and myself, I urge the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, including the leaders of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, to put aside their differences and reunite for the peace, stability and prosperity of our sub-region,” he added.

Reports says that the former Nigerian leader also presented the open letter to the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Touray. (NAN)

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Senate to Investigate Cement Coys on Hike in Price

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The Senate has resolved to investigate the sudden hike in the price of cement by its producers in Nigeria.
The followed the adoption of a point of order by the Deputy Senate Leader, Sen. Lola Ashiru on the “Need to Urgently Address the Increase in Cement Price and other Building Materials in Nigeria,” at plenary on Wednesday.

Presenting the order, Ashiru urged the Senate to mandate its Committee on Industries to conduct an investigation into the activities of cement manufacturing industries operating in Nigeria.

This, he said was with a view to ascertain the reasons behind the price hike.

He also urged the Senate to mandate the Committee on Industries to ensure that cement manufacturing companies adhered strictly to fair market practice and desist from anti-competitive practice.

Ashiru said that the construction industry was vital to infrastructure development adding that the building industry heavily depended on cement and other building materials for its sustenance.

He said that the trend of a daily increase in the price of the product had hampered progress in various developmental endeavours across the country.

”This is because key building materials particularly cement and iron rod prices are now sold at prohibitive rates with cement and iron rod recently rising from N5, 500 per bag in Jan. 2024 to about N14, 000 and N8,500 to N17, 000 respectively,” he said.

He also said that the sudden price increase has had a detrimental impact on critical infrastructure, and housing in the country.
Ashiru said that the raw materials for cement were being sourced 100 per cent locally and not imported making the sudden surge in price suspicious and perplexing.

“Cognisant that affordable cement and other building materials are indispensable to national development, addressing the issue in time will be advantageous to the construction industry.

“This is because it will ensure the progress of constituency projects and strengthen national security by providing jobs and stability and improve the livelihood of Nigerians generally,” he said. (NAN)

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