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Remains of Obakhedo, former NAN EIC, Laid to Rest in Edo

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Mr Peter Obakhedo, former Editor-in-Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who died in Lagos on June 15, was buried at Apana, Uzairue in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, on Saturday.

In a funeral sermon entitled “Compulsory Appointment”, the officiating priest, Pastor Taiye Taiwo, charged Christians and adherents of other religions to realise that every beginning had an end.

According to Taiwo, since it is compulsory that everybody will die, everyone should get ready to meet his or her maker at the appointed time.

“Make your decision while alive on where you want to be after death because the opportunity you have today is a gift from God; don’t waste it.

“Obakhedo came to this world and gave his best, through his profession, to humanity.

“Everyone has his or her date with the creator. Everyone must be ready for that day,” he said.

Mr Ephraims Sheyin, Head, Lagos Operations of NAN, who represented management at the burial ceremony, described the late EIC as a calm fellow and a colleague he enjoyed working with, especially in Kaduna.

“Obakhedo was hard-working and humble. He gave his best to the agency.

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Sheyin said that the news of Obakhedo’s demise shocked NAN’s Managing Director, Mr Buki Ponle,
and expressed NAN management’s condolences to the family.

He quoted Ponle as urging family members of the deceased to take solace in the fact that Obakhedo lived well and served his fatherland with all his strength.

“On behalf of the Managing Director and management of NAN who asked me to come and condole with the family of ObaKhedo, we pray the Almighty God to comfort the family and grant its members the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

The late EIC’s eldest son, Mr Emmanuel Obakhedo, described his father as “a man of integrity, who was not pretentious”.

“His yes was yes while his no was no. I am forever grateful for he remains a positive male role model in my life.

“His warm presence and discerning guidance will be  missed,” he said.

NAN reports that the burial ceremony will end on July 10 with a thanksgiving service at Redeemed Christian Church of God, Province 3, Apana, Uzairue.

Obakhedo was born in Auchi on Nov 22, 1960 to the family of late Pa Andrew Obakhedo and late Madam Beatrice of Apana, Uzairue.

He joined the services of NAN in December 1989 and rose to the position of a Director in January 2019.

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The deceased became NAN EIC in June 2020 and held the position until retirement in November same year.

He worked in various state offices of NAN as well as the Lagos Directorate of the agency, which he headed before becoming EIC.

Obakhedo, a 1984 graduate of University of Ibadan, who died at the age of 61, is survived by his wife, Catherine, three children and three siblings.(NAN)

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Stakeholders urge Nigerians to Vote for Politicians with Competence, Integrity

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Stakeholders have called on Nigerians to vote for candidates with integrity, competence, credibility and good character in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

They made the call at the Rainbow Entrepreneurship Conference Season 2 with the theme: `Good Leadership and Economic Sustainability’, in Ikoyi, Lagos State on Wednesday.

The Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, urged Nigerians to vote for the candidates that had character, courage and competence.

“Vote for people with competence, people that can promote peace, development, education and empowerment.

“If you are not educated, you cannot have a sustainable economy.

“The NNPP will provide free education at all levels.

“Nigeria has the resources but more brains are needed to utilise the resources.”

Kwankwaso, a former government of Kano State, who was represented by the Lagos State Governorship candidate of NNPP, Mr Olanrewaju Kamal, urged the government to be awake to its responsibility.

Pastor Mrs Folashade Olukoya of Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM) urged Nigerians to vote for a candidate that had the fear of God.

“Elections are coming. Let’s vote for a God-fearing person,” she said.

According to her, leadership entails imparting positively in the life of the people you encounter.

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“Any position you find yourself, impact on the lives of people.

“Some leaders have power but they did not put it in the right use.”

‘Until we start putting the right peg in the right hole, we will keep having problems in the country,” she said.

Olukoya urged Nigerians to have the fear of God and go back to Him if they want the economy to boom.

She advised Nigerians to pray for the leaders and nation so that the nation could surmount its present challenges.

Olukoya, who was represented by Pastor Gabriel Abayomi, said that most youths involved in crime were from broken homes.

The Publisher of Rainbow Magazine, Mr Olaniyi Johnson, spoke on the purpose of the conference. saying that with the current situation in the country, people needed to be more enlightened on leadership.

“It is necessary for our people to be more enlightened on leadership, governance and economic sustainability at the time the nation is preparing for 2023 elections,’’ he said. (NAN)

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Stakeholders Differ Over Plan to rebuild Jos main Market 

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Stakeholders in Jos-North Local Government Area of Plateau on Wednesday expressed mixed reaction to the move by the state government to rebuild the Jos main market that was burnt down over 20 years ago.

The stakeholders who met separately,  had one of the groups endorsing the decision of government to rebuild the market and the other group was against it.

Newsmen report that state government has agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jaiz Bank to rebuild the market at the cost of N10 billion.

However, some residents of the state kicked against the move and advised the state government to discontinue the arrangement.

The state government after an interaction with critical stakeholders, directed council chairmen and state lawmakers to consult and seek stakeholders’ opinions at the rural levels on the plan.

The group of stakeholders that endorsed government’s decision to rebuild the market met on Wednesday in Jos, at the instance of Mr Ibrahim Baba-Hassan, the member representing Jos North-North constituency of Plateau.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr Bitrus Pada of the Anaguta Community of the council, described  the move to rebuild the market as a ”good omen” for the state.

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Pada, who described the controversies surrounding the plan to rebuild the market as needles, insisting that the market, if reconstructed would boost the economy of the state.

”That we the people of Jos North are wholly and fully in support of the laudable move and efforts of this administration to rebuild the Jos main market as this is the desire and collective aspiration of our people.

”We agree that government’s efforts should be intensified toward the rebuilding of the market as it serves as symbol of unity, source of integration and a place for synergy and meaningful development.

”Rebuilding the market will further enhance and solidify the efforts toward enhancing mutual trust, peace, unity and reintegration of our people, as well as boost the business environment for which Jos is known for.

”The rebuilding of the market will bring sanity, discipline and organisation to the environment, thereby decreasing the indicidence of health hazards, and health insecurity in and around the city and environs,” he said.

Pada also said that his group support the reconstruction of the market in the same location and called on those rejecting the plan to reconsider their position.

He added that the terms contained in the MoU had been clearly and expressly spelled out, adding that the explanations were lucid enough.

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However, the stakeholders at the meeting conveyed by Mrs Esther Dusu,  the member representing Jos North-West constituency, on Monday, kicked against the move.

Her media aide, Mr John Kelly, in statement said that the stakeholders present at the meeting said that the move by government to allow Jaiz Bank to rebuild the market was not in the best interest of the state.

”Stakeholders in the meeting did not only kicked against the move, but also raised the observations like; what parameter did the government used in arriving at the 40-year plan?

”The safety of the current location and why is the government not considering the option of collecting loan instead of the partnership with Jaiz Bank?

”Why is government not considering the submission of the Plateau indigenes in diaspora on taking up the project and other concerns?

”So, in general, stakeholders of Jos North-West kicked against the move and advised government to suspend the plan,” he said.

Chairman of the Council, Mr Shehu Usaman, religious and community leaders, youth and women groups, among others, attended both meetings.(NAN)

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Plateau PDP appoints Former APC Chairman, as Governorship Campaign DG 

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The Plateau chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Chief Letep Dabang, former APC Chairman in the state, as Director-General of its governorship campaign team.

Mr John Akans, the Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Wednesday in Jos, said that the party’s State Chairman, Mr Christopher Hassan, would inaugurate the campaign team soon.

Newsmen report that Letep, former chairman of Pankshin Local Government, was the Chairman of the APC until few months ago when he fell out with Gov Simon Lalong and defected to the PDP.

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