Ondo NSCDC impounds 37,100 litres of diesel

April 7, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ondo state command has impounded 37,100 litres of diesel at an illegal depot in Ore, Odigbo local government area of Ondo state. The commandant of the corps in the state, Edenabu Eweka, made this known in a statement signed by the public relations officer of the command, Mr Olufemi Omole, Tuesday in Read More

Breaking: Sister stabs elder brother to death

March 20, 2021 Editor 0

An 18 year-old-girl, Idowu Biletiri, on Saturday allegedly stabbed her elder brother, Kehinde Biletiri, to death at Igbokoda in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that trouble started when the suspect returned home after leaving the house for some days without any trace of her whereabouts. “Her deceased brother queried Read More

Nigeria’s nationhood: Shasa, food blockade and their lessons

March 17, 2021 Prof MK Othman 0

Right from pre-independence to date, the question of Nigeria’s unity has always been on the top agenda of our nationhood. As always, we play the ostrich instead of facing the painful reality of our existence as a nation and how to strengthen and reinforce the weak pillars supporting our nationhood. Our hypocrisy went beyond the bound when some years back; Read More

Akeredolu tasks new commissioners on loyalty

March 15, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has warned political appointees in the state that he will not tolerate disloyalty under any guise. Speaking at the swearing- in ceremony of four new commissioners held at the International Culture and Events Centre, Akure, Ondo state, he noted that he would not hesitate to sack any disloyal appointee. The new commissioners sworn in Read More

NDDC leadership: Ondo indigines demand justice, urge Buhari to stop ‘illegality’

March 7, 2021 Editorial II 0

A socio-cultural pressure group, Ilaje/Ese Odo Progressive Union has faulted succession arrangement of the position of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which has denied Ondo State the occupation of the highest seat of the intervention agency since it’s inception.  The group described the development as unacceptable and at variance with the extant laws establishing the Read More

Fire razes multi-million naira health project in Ondo

March 1, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The National Primary Health Centre in Ikare Akoko, headquarters of Akoko North East local government area of Ondo state has been gutted by fire. It was gathered that the inferno occurred at the early hours of Sunday and was caused by bush burning by some unknown persons. Some residents accused the federal government of abandoning the facility over a long Read More

Ondo guber tribunal: Akeredolu, Jegede to know fate in April

February 25, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The Ondo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has reserved judgment on the petition by Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Party (APC) for April 2021. Justice Umar Abubakar announced this after the parties had adopted their final written addresses before the tribunal sitting in Akure, the state Read More

In Ondo, Akeredolu dissolves cabinet

February 22, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Ahead of the second term inauguration, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has dissolved the state executive committee. Governor Akeredolu who announced this at the valedictory executive meeting in the state, thanked them for their support in the last four years and appreciated them for their dedication to duty in serving the state. Same vein, the Deputy Governor-elect ,Hon. Lucky Read More

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Farmers/herders crisis: Okechukwu backs Malami’s proposal for pastoral commission

February 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON)  and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu, has endorsed the proposal by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, for the establishment of a pastoral commission as a solution to the farmers-herders crisis in the country. Speaking with newsmen Sunday in Abuja on the Read More

Let peace reign in our country

February 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

It was on 19 of January 2021 that the governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state ordered the Fulani herdsmen to vacate the Ondo state forest reserve. The quit order had caused uproar across the country, some people have commended the governor’s action while others described the expulsion order of the governor as unconstitutional and illegal. We all believe every Nigerian Read More

Akeredolu’s precarious bid to register herders

February 9, 2021 Y. Y Sani 0

The recent directive by the Governor of Ondo state, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to Fulani herdsmen in the state to come out and specially get registered is shocking and should be considered by all well-meaning citizens as inappropriate, unacceptable and condemnable. The directive smacks of selectiveness and discriminatory use of executive powers that does not augur well for peace, harmony Read More

Nigeria’s volatile politics and the APC report on true federalism, by Salihu Moh. Lukman

January 30, 2021 Salihu Moh. Lukman 0

Background – Cries of Victimisation and Ethnic Profiling In the wake of the controversy around the purported eviction order to Fulani herdsmen by Ondo State government, in January 2021, Nigerian social media was full of messages with all manner of allegations of unfair victimisation against sections of the country. Choices of messages being shared depend on ethnic background, such that Read More

Govs, MACBAN Akure meeting fell short of expectations – Yoruba elders

January 28, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has declared that the Monday meeting in Akure between the Nigeria Governors  Forum and leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) fell short of expectations. YCE in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan signed by its Secretary General Dr Kunle Olajide stated that the Akure meeting was held without Read More

Breaking: Buhari meets Akeredolu, Makinde in Abuja (Pictures)

January 27, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state and that of Oyo state Seyi Makinde inside the presidential villa, Abuja. The President had met with Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi over Herdsmen crisis in parts of South West. Details loading…

Presidential faux pas, agents provocateur, peacemakers

January 27, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Without exception we all wished one another a happy new year, ‘Wishing you 12 months 52 weeks 365 days of success and joy’ reverberated throughout the land in exultation and expectation that 2021 will be better than last year, filled with happy memories, at least. But alas even before the ink with which we wrote those cheerful words had dried Read More

Buratai: The General who led from the front

January 27, 2021 Philip Agbese 0

Change is inevitable. But whenever it occurs, what comes to mind is how those exiting would be remembered.For the outgoing Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd), the answer is very simple; he would be remembered as the Army General who led his troops from the front.  That simple description sums up the difference between the outgoing Read More

Southwest’s lingering conflagration and its political undertone

January 26, 2021 Rotimi Akinbile 0

Finally, the missing link in the puzzle unfolding in Southwest Nigeria has been discovered with the recent  expose by no less a person than Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on political matters. Ojudu in a widely circulated piece he wrote, narrated how a meeting was arranged between Southwest political leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and leading Southwest political Read More

Ondo: AAUA postpones exams over students’ death

January 25, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Following a fatal accident in Akungba Akoko on Saturday which claimed students’ lives, the management of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA) has postponed the examination scheduled to begin today, January 25. Acting Registrar of the university Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, in a statement on Saturday night disclosed that the school’s main gate would be shut indefinitely to guide against incessant accidents. Read More

Akeredolu admonishes Nigerians on 2021, calls for greater hope

January 1, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has admonished Nigerians to be hopeful for a better country in all facets of life in Year 2021. Akeredolu, while playing host to the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Owo chapter in his office in Akure, said the prayers of Nigerians will definitely not go in vain on the nation. He used Read More

COVID-19: Ondo CAN adamant, insists on holding cross-over vigils

December 28, 2020 Blueprint 0

In what appears as the flagrant disobedience to the directive by the Ondo State Government banning the annual “cross- over” vigil across churches on the night of December 31, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo State has vowed to go ahead with the programme. The Chairman of CAN, Ayo Oladapo, who spoke to Premium Times, Monday, said the association Read More

Breaking: Ondo Assembly impeaches deputy speaker

November 24, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The deputy speaker of the Ondo state House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Ogundeji Iroju has been impeached. Rt. Hon. Aderoboye Samuel representing Odigbo Constituency 2 has been elected as his replacement. The former deputy speaker, Iroju, in a parliamentary resolution presented by Hom. Tomide Akinrogunde was accused of gross misconduct inimical to the progress of the House. The resolution which Read More

Rights activist emerges new AG in Ondo

November 23, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Monday, announced the sack of the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kolawole Olawoye. Akeredolu, in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, also announced Mr. Charles Titiloye as a replacement for the sacked cabinet member. Titiloye is a human rights activist and a renowned social critic. He was former secretary of Read More

Breaking: Akeredolu fires Ondo Attorney General

November 23, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has announced the sack of the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kolawole Olawoye. Akeredolu in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary on Monday also announced Mr. Charles Titiloye as a replacement for the sacked cabinet member. Titiloye is a human right activist and a renowned social critic. He was former Read More

Breaking: Anxiety as gunmen invade Ondo, kidnap 16 traders

November 7, 2020 Editor 0

The Ondo Police command has confirmed kidnap of up to 16 traders along the Akure-Owo expressway, in Ondo state. Police Public Relations Officer in the state Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident, but said 10 of the victims have been released. Blueprint gathered that the victims were coming from a monthly meeting of women market leaders in Akure when they Read More

ONDO resident doctors begin warning strike

November 2, 2020 Barnabas Olabisi 0

Resident Doctors at the Ondo state University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTH), Akure, have begun a warning strike over unpaid salaries. The protesting doctors Monday at the hospital complex, said they were being owed four months’ salary and threatened to embark on total and complete industrial action if government fail to pay their salary. Taiwo Olagbe, who spoke on Read More