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Exclusive: The Elegushi Royal Family Speaks Out On the Otedo Gbame Community Clash…….. + How The Lagos State Government Intervened!

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Recently, the Elegushi Royal family were engulfed in a controversy regarding the Otedo Gbame communal clash, where many lives and properties were destroyed. Otedo Gbame is a shanty area in the community, and the inhabitants of the community fought and destroyed many valuables there, until the police were called in to intervene in the clash. Interest in the situation was spurned the more when the Elegushi Royal family were mentioned as participants in the crisis, and so in a telephone conversation, the Elegushi family cleared themselves by stating the real situation and the current status of the whole clash.

SOCIETY REPORTERS NG gathered that the Elegushi Royal family has the legal possession to the land in a court ruling that they obtained from both Magistrate and Lagos State High Court in October and November 2016 respectively. They also have a C of O as proof of their ownership of the land, and have even been fined by the government for not taking possession of the land earlier.

The Elelgushi Royal family clearly states that neither their family nor the Lagos State Government has anything to do with the burning of the shanties, since they are the legal owners of the land and that even some of the current occupiers of the land can testify to. Though some inhabitants of Otdeo Gbame had filed a suit at the Federal High Court, the case was thrown out.

The Elegushi Royal family stopped the occupiers of Otedo Gbame from building shanties again and took possession of the land because of the health risk involved, and secondly because the area had become a security threat as robbers, kidnappers and various hoodlums have made that area their hideout.

The Elegushi Royal family are the owners of the land and not the government so there is no way the government would have had anything to do with the fight for the land, and besides, the Elegushi Royal family are law abiding citizens, and would rather address any issues concerning the land in the court of law than engage in violent activities which would cause death and destruction of properties. They had to take possession of the land when the internal fights between the inhabitants of the shanty became too much, and they are firm in their decision that shanty structures would not spring up in the area again.

The Elegushi Royal family states that they had to make this public statement to clarify that they are the legal owners of the land in question, with documents to prove it. As some of the previous inhabitants of the shanty who are conversant with the history of how they came to reside there can testify that they were allowed to stay there temporarily. And they also want to reiterate that the Elegushi Royal family had nothing to do with the unfortunate incident that claimed lives and destroyed properties.

The Elegushi Royal family also refers us to the New Teleghraph Newspaper report which showed the health hazard of Otedo Gbame and pointed out the fact that many innocent children who were not immunized died because of the deplorable condition of Otedo Gbame. So their intention is to ensure that Otedo Gbame is habitable and secure with the proper infrastructure for the citizens to live in, in line with the Governor’s vision of making Lagos State a city of the future…

We will update you with more details soon, once we lay our hands on more information.

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Union Bank, WACOT Rice Kick Off Financial Inclusion Drive for Smallholder Farmers in Kebbi

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As part of Union Bank’s commitment to driving financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Bank has partnered with WACOT Rice Limited – a rice processing company, to financially include 6,000 local farmers including youth and women in Kebbi State.
The Kebbi Financial Inclusion Drive (KFID) which will cover four Local Government Areas – Argungu, Augie, Suru, and Dandi – is a critical part of WACOT’s Argungu Outgrower Expansion Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Trade Hub. This program is set to resolve the overwhelming financial inclusion deficit within rural communities in Kebbi.
The financial inclusion initiative is being implemented with technical support from National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to help the farmers acquire the relevant documentation and identification required to open bank accounts.
Union Bank will facilitate account opening and expand its agency banking network to cover the areas while supporting its agents on ground with digital banking solutions to enable seamless transacting and account management.
Farouk Gumel, Chairman WACOT and Board Chair, Union Bank was on ground in Kebbi State to kick-off the drive and paid a visit to the Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to discuss expanding the programme state-wide.
In his recent keynote address at the recently concluded and  Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Conference, Mr. Gumel said:
 “As we work towards achieving financial inclusion to reach the unbanked, we must commit the same resources and investments to rural-local customers as we have done to urban-global clients to help create the growth that will lift us all to collective prosperity.”
WACOT Rice is a subsidiary of TGI Group. TGI Group, through another of its subsidiary Titan Trust Bank, recently acquired Union Bank in a landmark transaction which was announced in 2021.

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FIRSTBANK PARTNERS VERVE INTERNATIONAL, MAKES CUSTOMERS MILLIONAIRES IN THE FIRSTBANK VERVE CARD PROMO

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In partnership with FirstBank – Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider – Verve International, Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, has launched its third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with exciting gifts and cash prizes to appreciate their patronage and use of the card to carry-out their electronic banking transactions.

The ongoing 2-month promo will end on 30 October 2022 as 20 customers (10 customers per month) with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires, winning the sum of N1 million each. Also, N20,000 will be won by 25 customers monthly.

On the other hand, 2620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week, stand a chance to enjoy 10% cashback capped at N2,000 per customer.

Speaking on the promo Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, FirstBank said “we appreciate our partnership with Verve Card through the years; a partnership of empowerment and opportunities which include growing the economy, supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment. FirstBank verve card holders are encouraged to keep using their cards as it is a card offering that promotes safe, convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo.”

Verve card is a secure debit card that allows cardholders to conveniently meet their daily financial needs such as payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer, etc. Verve card is accepted across all ATMs, POS, Web and Mobile Platforms in Nigeria.

The promo is also opened to new verve cardholders as non-verve cardholders are encouraged to visit the nearest FirstBank branch today to pick up a Verve card and start getting rewarded!

Only recently, FirstBank – in partnership with Verve – rewarded over 2601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes; including N20,000 cash prize, N10,000 cash prize, N10,000 worth of airtime; power generating sets, refrigerator, cooking gas, smart TV and the grand prize of a brand-new car to a lucky winner.

 

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Federal Government Orders University Vice-Chancellors To Reopen Schools, Begin Lectures Amid 7 Months Lecturers’ Strike

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The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

The Nigerian government has directed vice-chancellors to re-open universities and allow students to resume lectures immediately.

The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

 

The letter which The PUNCH obtained on Monday, was reportedly addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

 

“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses,” the letter partly reads.

We had reported that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing nationwide strike.

 

It reported that the umbrella body of the lecturers in public universities had declared a warning strike on February 14, to force the Nigerian Government to implement agreements it earlier signed with the union.

 

The agreement stipulated how university education would be funded for better improvement.

 

The strike has since rolled over and is now in its seventh month following the government’s failure to implement all the agreements.

 

Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in a deadlock.

 

Consequently, the Federal Government went to court to challenge the strike.

 

The government through its counsel, James Igwe, prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining ASUU from taking further steps as regards the strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

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