By Sally Faithfulness and PETERS

updated 16th June, 2021


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured that government will continue to support Nigerian entrepreneurs towards producing goods and services for the people.
While unveiling the Nigeria @60 Expo in Abuja, Osinbajo said: “Time has come for our great nation to produce locally what they consume. The move will further help in creating jobs but more importantly increase our internally generated revenue base, in line with the economic diversification policy of government. This is not the time for us to continue to rely on a single commodity like oil to fund our financial needs.”

In his opening address, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, said: “It is not surprising that in celebrating 60 years of our nationhood, the fruits of the labour of our people to create products and services deserve to be celebrated and encouraged.”

He said activities drawn up for the five-day event include, exhibition of made-in-Nigeria products, live performances by cultural troupes from the six geo-political zones of the country, and an essay competition.

“Our tourism sector still remains largely unexploited. The celebration seeks to showcase the rich cultural heritage of our people to the whole world such that Nigeria can become a destination of choice for tourism,” he added.


3) Yoruba elders restate support for Tinubu’s presidential bid.

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), yesterday, said it was in support of power shift to the South-West in the 2023 presidential election, adding that if Tinubu gets the ticket of his party, it will support him.

Secretary-General of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, stated this in an interview with The Guardian in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He said: “We are in support of South-West producing the President in 2023. We have very many materials in the region. The Yoruba have been the most consistent patriotic section of Nigeria. If it is a consensus that the South-West should produce the next president, it is a welcome development.

‘’But nobody can say Mr. X or Y is the most qualified. We need the person that has the experience, wider reach and exposure. The door is open to all Yoruba sons and daughters.”

MEANWHILE, a group, the South-West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA 23), has restated that, the fact that the zone had produced the President in the past, won’t stop it from clinching the presidential ticket if the All Progressives Congress (APC) zones the ticket to the South.

The group insisted that former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, remained the best and right man to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 based on experience and political networks.

The former Minister of State for Works and National Chairman of SWAGA, Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, during the official launching of the forum, a political platform rooting for the presidential aspiration of Tinubu.

Adeyeye added that the APC leaders must respect the zoning of Presidency to the South in 2023 as a mark of respect for the silent agreement within the party at inception in 2013.

He said that Tinubu had helped a lot of people in the country, including Ekiti State, and “if the present government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi is sincere and grateful, they know Tinubu contributed to how they got to the office.”


4) Gunmen kill Plateau state assistant stadium manager.

The Assistant Stadium Sports General Manager at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Isa Garba was yesterday afternoon shot dead in his office at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium in Jos.

According to an eye witness, four young boys alighted from the Keke Napep, went straight to his office and shot him first at the stomach, and later his head and was left reeling in blood at close range.

It was gathered at the deceased was a no nonsense man, who arrested the cable thieves last Sunday while unhappy gang members allegedly promised to come back.

The deceased was shot at close range where his intestines bulged out while his head shattered by bullet.

Efforts to get the Public Relations Office (PPRO), ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogabah, proved abortive as he continued to cut calls put across to him.

When The Guardian visited the scene, the deceased’s blood was seen all over the place with holes of bullets on the wall.


5) APGA crisis deepens as splinter NWC sacks Oye, suspends six others.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Anambra State Chapter, was thrown into confusion yesterday following the alleged sack of the National Chairman, Chief Victor Oye, and suspension of six other executives of the party.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Ikechukwu Chinyere, who briefed journalists after the party’s 114th NEC meeting in Abuja, announced the name of Chief Jude Okeke as replacement for the National Chairman, as he listed other suspended members to include Chinedu Obidigwe, Hamman Ghide, Sylvester Ezeokenwa, Adamu Musa, Chief Okogbuo and Ifeanyi Mbaeri.

He said they were suspended indefinitely from the party for anti-party activities, gross misconduct and conduct capable of bringing the party’s image to disrepute, among others.

Reacting to the development, yesterday, Oye said that he remained the national chairman of the party, and directed members of the party to disregard the announcement, saying his purported sack is laughable and inconsequential.

In a telephone interview monitored in Awka, Oye said: “It has become a tradition in the party that at each electioneering period, some people would want to foment trouble to cause confusion for personal interests.

“It’s what we see in every primary election. So, no shaking. If this were in the civilised country, these people would have been arrested and jailed.”

He said there was a procedure that you have to give INEC a notice to be able to convene a National Working Committee, adding that the chairman convenes NWC.

“So, my purported removal is laughable and balderdash. These people do not exist and I am surprised that people are giving it publicity. What they did is media sack. Those people do not exist and they should be dealt with,” he noted.

MEANWHILE, one of the governorship aspirants of APGA, Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo, who was recently disqualified alongside four others by the party’s ad-hoc governorship screening panel, has appealed against the verdict.

His appeal, according to his media spokesman, Chuma Harris, was filed before the party’ appeal committee, yesterday.