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The Grand Ball Room of Oriental Hotel, Lagos, on Saturday, witnessed an exceptional gathering of personalities, who joined popular TV entrepreneur, Mo Abudu to celebrate her 50 birthday. The presence of these men and women of class gave credence to the popularity of Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, a station touted as Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network.

Some of the guests at the event are, governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, his wife Obioma Imoke and his predecessor, Mr. Donald Duke. Others are, The Govornor of her home State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Chief Dele Momodu, Hon. Abike Dabiri, Genevieve Nnaji, Tiwa Savage, Funke Akindele, Basketmouth, Tonye Cole, Mai Atafo, Julius Agwu, Iyanya, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Joseph Benjamin, Uti Nwachukwu, Bode Pedro, Uche Pedro, Niyola, Ebuka Obi Uchendu, Pastor Ituah and Olisa Adibua.

Celebrated as a success story of African women in general, Abudu used the occasion to further inspire her folks, whom she said have got more to offer the society in their personal lives and businesses. Tagged “Mo@ 50…Celebrating Sisterhood”, Abudu, through the black tie event , gave awards to 10 categories of people she described as unsung heroes for their quiet but extraordinary and exemplary achievements. The event also witnessed resounding performances from music artistes such as Tiwa Savage, Chidinma, Seyi Shay, Yinka Davies, Ara, Waje and Ghanaian singer, Efya among others.

No doubt, Abudu has created impact with her channel, which occupies the popular Tinapa Studios in Calabar, airing on DSTV Channel 165, as well as in the UK on the TalkTalk platform. The channel is known for providing premium home-grown programmes to its viewership. Abudu, for her outstanding work in the media and service to humanity, has been honoured with many laurels, including Forbes Media’s recognition as the first African woman to launch a Pan-African TV channel.

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The Grand Ball Room of Oriental Hotel, Lagos, on Saturday, witnessed an exceptional gathering of personalities, who joined popular TV entrepreneur, Mo Abudu to celebrate her 50 birthday. The presence of these men and women of class gave credence to the popularity of Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, a station touted as Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network.

Some of the guests at the event are, governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, his wife Obioma Imoke and his predecessor, Mr. Donald Duke. Others are, The Govornor of her home State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Chief Dele Momodu, Hon. Abike Dabiri, Genevieve Nnaji, Tiwa Savage, Funke Akindele, Basketmouth, Tonye Cole, Mai Atafo, Julius Agwu, Iyanya, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Joseph Benjamin, Uti Nwachukwu, Bode Pedro, Uche Pedro, Niyola, Ebuka Obi Uchendu, Pastor Ituah and Olisa Adibua.

Celebrated as a success story of African women in general, Abudu used the occasion to further inspire her folks, whom she said have got more to offer the society in their personal lives and businesses. Tagged “Mo@ 50…Celebrating Sisterhood”, Abudu, through the black tie event , gave awards to 10 categories of people she described as unsung heroes for their quiet but extraordinary and exemplary achievements. The event also witnessed resounding performances from music artistes such as Tiwa Savage, Chidinma, Seyi Shay, Yinka Davies, Ara, Waje and Ghanaian singer, Efya among others.

No doubt, Abudu has created impact with her channel, which occupies the popular Tinapa Studios in Calabar, airing on DSTV Channel 165, as well as in the UK on the TalkTalk platform. The channel is known for providing premium home-grown programmes to its viewership. Abudu, for her outstanding work in the media and service to humanity, has been honoured with many laurels, including Forbes Media’s recognition as the first African woman to launch a Pan-African TV channel.

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Dome Will  Make Ondo Preferred Event Destination - Governor Mimiko

ONDO State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has expressed the belief that the on-going International Event Centre otherwise known as The Dome, in Akure, the state capital, will make the state the preferred event destination when the centre becomes operational. Governor Mimiko mentioned this after an inspection visit to The Dome, in company of some members of his cabinet Saturday morning, saying that work would soon be completed on The Dome, even as he assured that the project will be commissioned before the end of the current year.

 Mimiko said “we have really gone far with the work here, what is left to be done basically now is to put finishing touches and I can assure you that The Dome will be commissioned before the end of the year.”

 He said as soon as The Dome is commissioned, the state will be the preferred event destination.  Mimiko also mentioned during the tour that work has commenced on the government initiative to have a 5-star hotel and a shopping mall opposite The Dome to complement it. , adding that the facilities would be ready at the state capital before the expiration of his tenure. He said the shopping mall in the city is expected to take over 2,000 people off the unemployment market.

 The shopping mall, which the hotel is also expected to complement, he offered, would be completed by November 2015. Giving details of the shopping mall, Mimiko said it is being constructed in partnership with Top Services Limited, through Public Private Partnership (PPP)  “The concept of the shopping mall is to transform Akure into a modern retail shopping city and an entertainment hub for Ondo State and its environ, while in the process, creating job opportunities for our teeming unemployed graduates and boosting revenue generation for the state.

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Posted by admin on September 12, 2014
Nigeria Emerges New Chairman Of Commonwealth Technology Organisation

Nigeria was on Thursday elected the new chair of the Council and Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, taking over from Kenya. The election took place during the organisation’s annual council meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “We are delighted and honoured to be elected to this position and we look forward to working with all members to continue to guide the management in its ICT4D efforts,” the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Eugene Juwah, said in a statement.

Juwah will assume this position on behalf of the country. He was previously first vice-chair of the CTO. Juwah has over 30 years experience in the Information Technology and telecommunications sectors, including over 20 years in top management level positions. He was appointed the executive vice chairman of the NCC in July 2010 and has championed the introduction of emergency communication services, mobile number portability, SIM card registration and broadband access expansion in Nigeria. He takes over as the chairman of the CTO from Juma Kandie, Director for Human Capital and Administration at the Communications Authority of Kenya.

“We are grateful for the trust members put in us over the past three years as chair and we will look forward to playing our role on the executive committee as immediate past chair to support Nigeria,” Kandie said. The seven-man executive committee of the CTO is elected for one year. Kenya remains on the committee as immediate past chair, together with Prof. Tim Unwin as Secretary-General, both as non-elected members.

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Posted by admin on September 10, 2014
Ebola - Gates Foundation Is Committing $50m  To Help Emergency Response In W/Africa

More money has been announced to help the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Gates Foundation is committing $50m to help step up efforts to tackle the deadly virus in the affected countries. This comes on top of other funds announced by the UK and US governments, as well as the European Union. But some aid charities say that the most urgent need in Africa is for expert teams in bio-hazard containment.

The Gates Foundation - set up by the Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda - says it will immediately release "flexible funds" to United Nations agencies and other organisations involved in the work against Ebola, so they can buy badly needed supplies. And it says it will work with partners to speed up the development of drugs and vaccines against the virus, which has claimed almost 2,300 lives so far. Nearly half of the deaths have been in Liberia. The country's defence minister has said it is facing a threat to its national existence.

And Sierra Leone's finance minister said the Ebola crisis had devastated the economy. The CEO of the Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, said: "We are working urgently with our partners to identify the most effective ways to help them save lives now."We also want to accelerate the development of treatments, vaccines and diagnostics that can help end this epidemic and prevent future outbreaks." Wednesday's announcement is the latest financial commitment from international donors. 'Lethally inadequate'

Britain has already committed support worth $40m. Earlier this week, the UK's Department for International Development said it would set up a 62-bed medical treatment centre in Sierra Leone, to open within eight weeks.

A street artist, Stephen Doe, paints an educational mural to inform people about the symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus in the Liberian capital Monrovia, 8 September 2014
A street artist paints a mural informing people of the symptoms of Ebola in the Liberian capital Monrovia

The European Union has announced funding worth $180m to help the governments in West Africa strengthen their health services - and to help local people by securing food and water supplies. The US government has spent more than $100m in response to the outbreak. This includes funding for more than 100 extra African health workers to help run treatment units in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

But the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned about a "lethally inadequate" international response, saying disaster response teams needed to be dispatched in collaboration with the affected African countries. Its international president, Dr Joanne Liu, said last week: "While funding announcements, roadmaps, and finding vaccines and treatments are welcome, they will not stop the epidemic today.

"It is imperative that states immediately deploy civilian and military assets with expertise in biohazard containment." According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, there have been more than 4,000 cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Nigeria, there have been 21 cases and 8 deaths. In Senegal, one case has been confirmed. An official in Senegal said on Wednesday that the 21-year-old student who arrived from neighbouring Guinea last month had recovered.

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Never one to understate things, Apple has promised its new Apple Watch will be "the best watch in the world." On stage in California on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the product will "redefine what people expect from a watch." Then there is Apple Pay, the new service which Cook said will "replace the wallet" in shops and online. And the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are apparently "bigger than bigger" - whatever that means. Apple has once again proved it can create hype like nobody else. But previous launches have shown features touted as "game changers" may stay firmly in a home screen folder marked "Other Stuff".

Siri

Apple's voice recognition feature was launched in 2011 as a personal assistant. Just hold down the home button and talk to send a text, schedule a meeting or check your emails. It does most of those things without too much trouble. Problems recognising certain accents and even claims Siri was anti-abortion are all in the past. But how many people do you see standing on a street corner asking their phone for directions? For some iPhone users, Siri seems to be a gimmick.

Passbook

Tickets for the game, your boarding pass for a flight or payment for a coffee. It's all "right there" on your phone. At least it could be. Apple released Passbook with iOS 6 in 2012 but the digital ticket system has had limited take-up. This is as much down to the number of companies integrating it into their booking and payment systems as anything. But with the introduction of Apple Pay in the US, which uses near field communication technology in the new iPhones to pay for goods, Passbook could yet come into its own. 

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Posted by admin on September 04, 2014
Governor Mimiko Orders Recruitment Of 2, 000 Qualified Teachers

The Ondo state Government has directed the immediate massive recruitment of 2,000 teachers into its teaching service. Briefing newsmen on the development on Tuesday, the State’s Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade said the Governor Olusegun Mimiko has directed the state’s Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to begin the recruitment exercise in earnest. The exercise, according to the Commissioner, is part of government’s efforts to create more gainful employment and improve the standard of education in the state. Giving details of the exercise, Akinmade said 1,300 University graduates with Teaching education qualification will be employed.

He added that 200 National Certificate of Education (NCE) graduates holders and 500 Non-teaching staff will also benefit from the exercise. Stressing that applicant must be of Ondo state origin, Akinmade noted further that quality control system will be adopted in the employment process. This according to him, will include computer based test (CBT), with General Paper, Core subjects and use of English as parameters, adding that qualified candidates will be interviewed by TESCOM which has also been saddled with the responsibility of final selection to be followed by one week induction course by successful candidates.

The government says the recruitment drive is to strengthen the educational sector at the secondary school level as it moves ahead to create a world class standard. Besides, the measure will provide jobs for the burgeoning population of unemployed youths in the state. Though the state government had since 2009 carried out teaching employment on the basis of consequential vacancies, it however said it embarked on this massive recruitment to mop up youths from the unemployment market, empower, as well as give them a future and a hope.

The present administration has since inception carried out a number of educational policy at all levels of education in the state from the primary to the tertiary, one of the recent being the heart warming free school bus shuttle which has not only provided succour for both parents and students but has also gone a long way in improving school attendance with the incidence of absenteeism and lateness checkmated.

With this new recruitment of 2000 teachers in one fell swoop, government says it has further demonstrated its determination to further raise the standard of education in the state having benchmarked primary education with the establishment of the first of its kind Mega schools, provision of Science and teaching equipment, conducive learning environment as well as highly motivated teachers. It will be recalled that the state’s tertiary institutions, the Ondo State Rufus Giwa Polythechnic, the Ondo state’s owned Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba, Akoko were adjudged the best state owned tertiary institutions in their different categories in Nigeria by the Transparency International Standard organisation in the United States of America.

The Ondo state government is prioritizing education at this time even against all odds in its believe that education empowerment of its citizenry is the number one antidote against poverty and in-equal distribution of wealth as well as the vision to achieve an egalitarian society.

 

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Posted by admin on September 04, 2014

The Committee led by Senator Atiku Bagudu, who represented the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, during a courtesy call on the Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko at the Government House in Akure, pointed out that the state has gone far ahead of other states in the country in the areas of educational development. According to Senator Bagudu, Ondo State is the only state among the thirty states in Nigeria where the State Government has provided free shuttle buses to convey school children from primary to secondary levels to and from schools on a daily basis, adding that this is a great relief to parents who will now convert the money they used to spend in transporting their children to schools on other things.

While saying that his committee was proud of the Ondo State Government for paying such attention to promote and develop the education sector, Bagudu noted that “this is what democracy is all about, that is doing what will affect the lives of the common man in the society.” In his response, the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, commended the Committee for their visit to the state and for their concern for the development of all levels of education in the country, describing his administration’s commitment to the development of basic and tertiary education in the state as unequivocal.

According to him, investment in human capital development is the greatest investment any government can make all over the world without regretting it. Governor Mimiko, who told the Committee that in spite of the fact that tertiary institutions in Ondo State are charging the lowest school fees of about twenty five thousand Naira (N25,000) per student, the state still remains the best in terms of giving the best education to its students, saying the products of the schools in the state can favourably compete with their peers in any part of the world.

He also stated that the Ondo state owned university and polytechnic have been adjudged the best state owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria by transparency international in the United States of America. The Governor said that his government is not just making education available, but a quality one with affordability ensured to give rooms for the children of the less privileged in the society who might back out of pursuing their education career as a result of exorbitant charges on education across the country.

He therefore assured that his administration would continue to partner with the Senate Committee on education for the development of the sector across the country.

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Governor Mimiko’s Return To PDP, A Well Deserved Homecoming – Senator  Mark

Senate President, David Mark, has described the decision of the Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a well deserved homecoming. He also commended Mimiko for initiating and executing massive developmental projects and programmes for the benefit of the people of the state, noting that the projects had improved the quality of lives of Ondo State residents.

Mark stated this on Tuesday night, at a Command Performance organised for him and his course mates, at the Nigerian Defence Academy, who were in the state to hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM). The senate president, who is also the Chairman of the 1967 Third Regular Course of the NDA, said the movement of Mimiko would usher in improved development for the state. Mark described as very impressive, the achievements of Mimiko in the areas of health, education, youth empowerment, security and poverty alleviation, among others.

He said the current administration in the state, would no doubt, leave behind, an enduring legacy of good governance and performance worthy of emulation. Recalling his last visit to the state, the Senate President said “the last time I visited, I went round and saw the Mother and Child Hospital, a unique hospital for women and children. “What disgusts me in a public hospital is the odour, but in the case of the Mother and Child Hospital, that disgusting odour associated with public hospitals is not there. If my food falls at the Mother and Child Hospital, I would pick it up and eat.”

He said: “I am leaving Ondo State with a better impression of the state. I want to congratulate Governor Mimiko for putting together, young men and women who are working with him to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Ondo State. “By the time my colleagues go round they will see the giant strides you have taken to build Ondo State to an enviable status. He said: “Governor Olusegun Mimiko is going to leave behind, a legacy of good governance in this state. I am not surprised because you are a child of the great party called, PDP.

“I want to warmly welcome you back home (PDP), because this is where you originally belong to and I want to congratulate you for coming back home. On behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Chairman of our party, I warmly welcome you home.”

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Akure To Become Another Modern Retail City As Mimiko Flags Off ₦1.651 Bn Shoprite Mall

Ondo State Governor Dr. Olusegun Mimiko Monday inaugurated the construction of a ₦1.651 billion shopping mall and car park being funded by Top Services Nigeria Limited under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) established by the administration. The projects scheduled to be completed within 15 months is located within the premises of the state owned Owena Motels on Igbatoro Road, Akure and close to the state’s multibillion naira event centre popularly called ‘Dome’.

Mimiko at the ceremony attended by top government officials, proprietors of the company, traditional rulers and other stakeholders, said the concept is to transform Akure into a Modern Retail Shopping City and an entertainment hub for Ondo State and its environ. Speaking at the ceremony , the MD of Top Services Ltd, Tokunbo Omisore who came with his other top functionaries of the organization made the revelation that the Mall alone, will have the capacity to employ at least 2000 people not to talk of the expected 5 Star Hotel that will take the place of the outdated Owena Motel in no distant time.

Top Services Ltd is a consortium of developers that has been in existence for close to 20 years. Similar projects completed by the company include; The Shopping Mall (Shoprite) at Adeniran Ogunsanya at Surulere, Apapa Mall both in Lagos, the Kwara Shopping Mall and the Shoprite by Cocoa House at Ibadan and many more.

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Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko And His wife Olukemi
And Others At The Presentation Of Relief Materials To
Flood Victims At Ilu-Agbo community, in Ese-Odo Local Government area,
On Tuesday 22-09-2014.

 

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Mimiko’s Caring Heart for Transformation of Ondo State

 

Vision: To make Ondo State the best-administered State in Nigeria and the  cynosure of all eyes, of which all its citizens shall be proud; where equity, justice and fairness shall be the  driving forces of governmental action.

 

Mission: To mobilize the people of Ondo State to harness all our God-given resources, create and use wealth for the ends of individual happiness, collective fulfillment and peaceful cohabitation in an environment of transparent and honest leadership.

 

Core Value:  “Ise Loogun Ise”

 

 

Key Goal:        A CARING HEART: ADVANCING THE FRONTIERS OF GOVERNANCE IN ONDO STATE

 

The 12-point developmental programme of the government is encapsulated in the acronym – A CARING HEART

 

        -   Agriculture and Food Security

        -   Community-driven City and Coastal Region Renewal and General Development Initiatives

        -   Aggressive Capitalization of our Land Resource

R         -   Roads and Infrastructure

        -  Industrialization

N         -  No-to-Poverty Programme

G         -  Gender Equality and Women Empowerment

        -  Health Care and Housing

        -  Education and Capacity Building

A         -  Artisanship Development and Empowerment Programme

        -  Rural Development

T         -  Tourism, Sports and Youth Development

 

 

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The Governor Mimiko’s administration aims to be the most accountable and transparent Government in Nigeria with a sense of purpose to serve the people of Ondo State. The Government aims to bring the dividends of Democracy to every household in the State. From one village to another and from one town to the other, the Government will do her best to listen to your views and contributions to make life better.

 

Ondo state Government encourages all her serving officers to put the obligations of public service above personal interests, the government encourages honesty, being truthful and open in delivering impartial services to the people of Ondo State at all times.

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