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Ajimobi Sues Makinde Over Revocation Of Agodi GRA Property

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The instant previous Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has sued his successor, Governor Seyi Makinde over the revocation of his landed assets at Agodi Executive Reservation House (GRA), Ibadan.

Additionally sued along the governor are the State Lawyer Common, the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and City Building and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and City Building.

The previous governor may be claiming the sum of N15 million from the defendants being value of the motion, together with the bills incurred to document each and every of the circumstances, and his lawyer’s skilled charges.

Citynews collected that the the lawsuit used to be filed on Wednesday, 12th of February on the Prime Courtroom of Justice of Oyo State within the Ibadan Judicial Department, by way of a former Lawyer Common of the State, Mutalubi Ojo Adebayo.

The subject comes to the revocation of a assets owned by way of Ajimobi in Agodi, Executive Reservation House (GRA), Ibadan, to which the previous governor has filed 4 fits numbered; I/183/2020, I/184/2020, I/185/2020 and I/186/2020 on the State Prime Courtroom.

Ajimobi within the report prior to the courtroom, is contesting the root of the awareness which used to be despatched by way of the state executive at the 31st of January, 2020.

The letter entitled, “Realize of purpose to revoke passion on portion of state land at Agodi executive reservation space, Ibadan, used to be despatched by way of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and City Building at the instruction of Makinde.”

Ajimobi is looking for; an order of perpetual injunction, preventing the state executive from revoking the valuables with a Certificates of Proper of Occupancy dated sixth February 2019 and registered as No. 56 at Web page 56 in Quantity 3771 of the Lands Registry Place of job.

An order of injunction towards the defendants, their servants, brokers and privies, to forestall the indexed individuals from restraining any developmental paintings, or inflicting disturbance at the mentioned assets, describing the revocation as “unconstitutional, unlawful, null and void and one now not borne of fine purpose.”

In keeping with the paperwork filed by way of the prison recommend of the previous governor, the valuables to be revoked is now not existent in identify because it used to be merged with some other assets by way of the claimant with the “landed assets comprised within the Deed of Reward, dated March 17th, 2015 between the previous governor and Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola Alao, the overdue Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland. It’s registered as No. 17 at Web page 17 in Quantity 3714 of the Deeds Registry Place of job, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.”

In keeping with Ajimobi, the land in dispute used to be donated to him by way of Alhaji Alao, and used to be obtained by way of him by way of the distinctive feature of Statutory Proper of Occupancy dated February 10th, 2009 and registered as No. 35 at Web page 35 in Quantity 3556 of the Lands Registry Place of job, Ibadan. The donor used to be mentioned to have loved undisturbed ownership of the land prior to donating it to the claimant.

It used to be additionally merged with the valuables registered as No. 16 at Web page 16 in Quantity 3714 of the Lands Registry Place of job, Ibadan, and used to be fenced spherical for the advance of visitor chalets, church, mosque, game spaces and the rustic house of the previous Governor.
In keeping with the paperwork, the previous Governor has now not breached any of the covenant working at the land.

Within the lawsuit, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and City Building and Commissioner for Lands, Housing and City Building had been accused of forcibly coming into, trespassing and breaking into Ajimobi’s landed assets at the 17th of October 2019. The primary gate of the valuables used to be allegedly destroyed, the doorways of all of the rooms within the assets had been smashed, and several other treasured development fabrics within the assets had been additionally allegedly destroyed. A majority of these, consistent with the lawsuit had been perpetuated by way of officers of the ministry, armed Police males and suspected political thugs of the Oyo State Governor.

In what used to be described as an act of trespassing, the previous Governor has since lodged a grievance with the Police, and the people concerned are being investigated. The Police had additionally interrogated the Commissioner for Lands, who’s the third defendant, and his cohorts, and consistent with the lawsuit, used to be accompanied to Abuja by way of an reputable from the administrative center of the Lawyer Common.

The Commissioner and his cohorts have since been on bail however are nonetheless reporting in Abuja for investigations surrounding their alleged involvement within the trespass.

Ajimobi additionally accused Makinde of boasting somewhere else and on a number of fora that he would revoke each and every assets belonging to his predecessor any place within the state if he does now not discontinue the costs towards the Commissioner.

The 4th defendant – the Lawyer Common used to be additionally accused of failing to advise the Governor, the Ministry and the Commissioner throughout their revocation of the valuables.

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Disparaging Dangote Uncalled For, Creating Bad Waves For Nigeria – AFDB President, Adesina

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The president of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, has spoken out in defence of the Dangote Refinery, addressing concerns about potential monopolistic practices.

In a statement shared by businessman Femi Otedola on Tuesday via X, Adesina expressed his shock at the controversy surrounding Dangote’s operations, warning that it is “creating bad waves for Nigeria globally.”

According to Otedola’s post, Adesina argued that monopolies often arise in industries with high entry barriers or capital costs, citing railways and large-scale refineries as examples.

He was quoted as saying, “Monopoly often exists where there are high barriers to entry or high capital costs. How many individuals or companies can do railways? How many can do refineries of the scale of Dangote Refineries? In a nation that has been importing refined petroleum products for several decades, the abnormal simply became very normal.”

The AfDB President emphasised the significant investment made by Dangote, stating, “No smart investor would make a $19.5 billion investment and want it to be undermined by importers.”

He highlighted manufacturing challenges in Nigeria, describing the business environment as fraught with policy uncertainties and reversals.

“To manufacture is extremely expensive and risky. This is even more so in Nigeria, given the very challenging business and economic environment, fraught with policy uncertainties and policy reversals, and where the self-defeating default mode of “simply import it” is always so easily rationalized and chorused to solve any problem,” he said.

Addressing concerns about anti-competitive practices, Adesina said, “Competition is good for everyone. But is Dangote refineries anti-competitive? What is the evidence? Has Dangote Refineries prevented any other company from setting up refineries? Why have others not done so? How come they have not done so for several decades?

“Was it Dangote that held them back? But Dangote refineries surely cannot be asked to ‘compete’ with importers of petroleum products. That is not competition. Let the importers set up local refineries and compete by refining in Nigeria. That is fair and justified competition.”

Adesina stressed the broader economic implications of the refinery, stating, “We cannot and must not undermine, disparage or kill local industries, talk less of one that is of this scale — a jewel of industrialisation in Nigeria. It is more than simply delivering the cheapest product to the market.

“It is about domestic supply security, driving (and yes, protecting) globally competitive industries, maximising forward and backward linkages in the local economy, job creation, reducing forex expenses and shoring up the Naira. We must not be myopic.

“This whole disparaging of Dangote is uncalled for. It is self-defeating. And it is very bad for Nigeria. Who will want to come and invest in a country that disparages and undermines its own largest investor? Investing is tough. Pettiness is easy. It sadly sends a signal that the price for sacrificing for Nigeria is to get sacrificed.”

 

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BBC To Cut 500 Jobs As It Attempts To Save £200m For ‘Transformation’ Of The Corporation

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The BBC has announced plans to cut 500 jobs as it attempts to save £200 million to drive the “transformation” of the corporation.

Chief operating adviser, Leigh Tavaziva said it is making the changes to improve its premium video offering and digital capabilities.

It comes as the BBC is already attempting to save £500 million as part of a plan announced two years ago.

Tavaziva said “significant activity” is already underway to make the corporation “more flexible”.

She said: “In March this year we announced a requirement for an additional £200 million of savings and reinvestment plans to drive the continued transformation of the BBC.

“This will support greater investment into premium video content and further develop our digital capabilities.”

She added: “To further build our digital capabilities, whilst targeting efficiencies, over the next two years we will continue to close and transfer roles in some areas and create new roles in growth areas.

“This will result in a forecast net reduction of 500 roles in the public service by March 26, with further growth in targeted areas planned in our commercial group.

“To support these changes we will today be launching a new voluntary redundancy scheme for staff.

“Our priority remains to protect and champion the BBC’s fighting role as the UK’s public service broadcaster, for all our audiences both local and global.

“I would like to thank all colleagues for their continued efforts and commitments over the past 12 months.

“I am immensely proud of the exceptional content creativity, delivery, and innovation that our teams both provide and support every day.”

The BBC announced in March 2023 that it was to cut 1,000 hours of TV in order to save money, with half of that coming from sport.

In the same year, the corporation announced it was scrapping its in-house chamber choir, the BBC Singers, and reducing salaried orchestral posts across the BBC English Orchestras by around 20%.

In December 2022 it said that it was making £11m worth of cuts in local radio, which saw its 39 stations required to share content and broadcast less localised content.

Back in 2016, the BBC said it needed to cut £800m worth of costs, with £80m of that coming from news.

The move saw the Andrew Neil Show axed in 2020, along with 450 jobs in English regional TV news and current affairs, local radio and online news.

 

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I Have No Blending Plant Outside Nigeria, NNPC Boss Kyari Replies Dangote

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The Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari has said he does not own a blending plant outside Nigeria.

Kyari stated this on Tuesday, July 23, while reacting to claims that some officials of the NNPC have blending plants in Malta.

Reacting in a post on his X handle (formerly Twitter), Kyari said he had been inundated with calls from family members and friends, asking if he truly owns a blending plant in Malta.

Kyari stated that he does not own or operate any business directly or by proxy anywhere in the world except a local mini-agricultural venture.

He also said he is not aware of any employee of the NNPC that owns or operates a blending plant in Malta or anywhere else in the world.

“I am inundated by enquiries from family members, friends and associates on the public declaration by the President of Dangote Group that some NNPC workers have established a blending plant in Malta thereby impeding procurements from local production of Petroleum products.

“To clarify the allegations regarding the blending plant, I do not own or operate any business directly or by proxy anywhere in the world with the exception of a local mini Agric venture, neither am I aware of any employee of the NNPC, that owns or operates a blending plant in Malta or anywhere else in the world.

“A blending plant in Malta or any part of the world has no influence over NNPC’s business operations and strategic actions.”

The NNPC boss threatened to sanction any official of the NNPC involved in such acts if they truly exist.

 

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