- Kolade Urges S’West Governors to Sustain Odu’a Vision
Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, on Thursday called on governors of the six South-West states that own the Odu’a Investment Company Limited to shelve personal interests and party affiliation to ensure that the legacy of the founding fathers of the conglomerate was protected.
Kolade, who spoke at the 40th anniversary of the company and presentation of awards in Ibadan, said the regional conglomerate had the potential to be greater than its present status if the six governors met regularly and support the efforts of the firm’s management for its development.
At the event were the Chairman of Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Dr. Lekan Are; a former military governor of the old Oyo State, Gen. David Jemibewon; a former military governor of the old Ogun State, Maj.-Gen. Saidu Balogun (retd); and a former military governor of the old Ondo State, Group Captain Ita Ikpeme (retd).
The three former governors were presented with awards for their role in the formation of the conglomerate in 1976.
Representatives of the governors of Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun and Osun were also present at the event, while a former Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Wale Omole, was the guest lecturer.
Kolade said, “The Odu’a concept is the way to go for future investment. If this company does well, we are bound to do well. If it succeeds, that means we have done well as a people. We must ask ourselves, what is the basis of our confidence as a people? The vision of this initiative that we are celebrating today is flawless; the mission is good; it is the execution that betrays us.
“The question is what do we have now that will secure the future of this company? If we are united by one language, for anything we decide and agree to do, there will not be limit to its success or where we can go.
“All of us celebrating Odu’a today, it is because we are united by one language; and if we remain together with passion, there will not be any limit to what we can achieve. This is my confidence for the future we are talking about so that in the nearest future, the world will recognise Odu’a as a worthy international conglomerate.”
University Of Ibadan (UI) Goes Digital, Releases Timetable for Virtual Academic Session
University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday announced it is going ahead with resumption on February 20 despite the second wave of COVID-19.
In a statement released by the school, the First Semester of the 2020/2021 academic session will commence virtually on February 20, 2021.
The virtual academic session will last for 13 straight weeks and end on Friday May 12, 2021, while the matriculation ceremony will hold on Tuesday March 16, 2021.
The University of Ibadan also scheduled one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases has compelled the Senate to approve the virtual academic session in an effort to ensure the tertiary institution abides by the protocols established by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“It, therefore, agreed that the 2020/2021 First Semester lectures will be delivered online. In this regard, students will not be accommodated on campus,” a statement from the school said.
“Senate also approved the cancellation of the 2019/2020 session. The next session is, therefore, renamed 2020/2021 Academic Session. Consequently, students who have been admitted for the 2019/2020 session will now be regarded as the 2020/2021 intakes.
“Kindly note that online opening of Registration Portal and Orientation Programme for the 2020/2021 intakes may commence ahead of the Sat 20/02/21 date indicated above,” the statement said.
House of Representatives Impeached Trump Over Capitol Invasion
The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Trump for the second time after instigating the US Capitol invasion.
Led by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, 232 representatives, including 10 Republicans, voted to impeach the outgoing president against 197 that voted for him to remain in the office for the next six days when he would handover to the president-elect, Joe Biden.
The ten Republicans were Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.
Speaking before the vote, Pelosi said “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
Republicans, who unanimously stood behind president Trump in 2019 during his first impeachment, were divided this time over the attack on Capitol.
A Republican representative from California, Kevin McCarthy, said “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” Mr. McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
US Congress Declares Joe Biden as The 46th President of The United States After Trump Mob Left
The joint congress of the United States on Thursday, January 7, 2021 certified Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States following President Trump’s mob action that disrupted the congress joint proceeding on Wednesday.
After ordering his followers to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday, President Trump later announced that there will be an orderly transition on January 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Trump added.
While the certification was just a mere formality as Biden had secured enough electoral college votes (270) required to clinch the world’s most powerful seat, the refusal of Donald Trump to accept the results of the November 2020 election made the session a keenly watched, especially after Trump mob disrupted a joint session of the Senate.
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