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African Development Bank (AfDB) President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has denied stepping down from office. Adesina, in a statement, said “the bank’s institutional framework is solid and efficient and he stands by it”. The statement reads: “In recent weeks and over the last few days especially, I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support received from around the world. I have absolute confidence in the integrity of the Bank that I lead and its governance systems, rules and procedures. “In spite of unprecedented attempts by some to tarnish my reputation and prejudice the Bank’s governance procedures, I maintain my innocence with…

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) is currently gearing up for another leadership election. The current President, Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, is already dealing with setbacks and a coup hell bent on removing him from office. This isn’t unexpected, considering the fact that Adesina is running for a second term in office as an unopposed candidate at an annual general meeting scheduled to hold later in August. A few months ago, an undercover ‘Group of Concerned Staff Members,’ said to have been hurriedly coupled together by some non-African shareholders filed a report against the bank’s president, demanding an investigation into his governance,…

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The president of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, told the bank’s ethics committee that allegations of impropriety and fraud against him were “frivolous and not based on objective and solid facts”, his defence obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES shows. On January 19, 2020, a group within the bank petitioned the committee, headed by Takuji Yano, the institution’s Japan Executive Director, to demand investigations into 16 allegations against Mr Adesina. In the petition, the group which has not revealed the identity of its members, alleged “breaches of the Code of Conduct of Elected Officers of the Bank” by Mr Adesina. On February…

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday presented the instrument of appointment and staff of office to the new Oore of Otun Ekiti, Oba Adekunle Adeayo Adeagbo, urging the monarch to foster peace and development of his kingdom. Fayemi who spoke at the brief ceremony held at the Conference Hall, Governor’s Office, Ado Ekiti urged the new Oore to see himself as a chief servant of his people and a force to reckon with in the development agenda of Otun Ekiti, Moba land and Ekiti State as a whole. Speaking through the Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Fayemi said…

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sanctioned three broadcast station for their reports on COVID-19 considered inappropriate. Another 25 stations were also sanctioned and fined for other various offences in the first quarter of 2020. The Acting Director General, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, announced this while briefing the media on the amendment to the broadcast code and other issues. The stations sanctioned on the account of their report on COVID-19 are Breeze FM and Adaba FM in Akure, Ondo state. Adaba station, it was also learnt, was sanctioned twice. They are to pay N250,000 for the offences. Ababa will pay twice.…

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Abia North Youths Vanguard (ANYV) yesterday called on the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, to declare vacant, the seat of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, following the expiration of the constitutional one third legislative days of absence from sitting. The group argued that since the embattled senator who has been in prison custody since December 5, 2019 following his conviction by a Lagos Federal High Court on a N7.2bn fraud charge, has been absent from the senate, his seat ought to have been declared vacant. According to a statement signed by Comrade Sunday Kalu and Uchechukwu Orji, President and Secretary of…

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Nigeria Community Excellence Awards is a celebration of excellence within the Nigerian Community in South Africa. It is an annual event of The Nigerian Voice Newspaper. The Nigerian Community Excellence Awards is the only platform that honors outstanding and upstanding Nigerians who excel in their chosen careers within the community. It represents the best of the best in the community. The standards are high and unmatched as it continues to set new benchmarks for excellence, innovation, and vision. The event is used as a platform to celebrate the Nigerian culture, tradition, heritage, food, music, and as well as create a…

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki says he is confident of returning to power as first man of the state because “power comes from God.” The governor who disclosed this on Wednesday, in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, noted that he is a man of peace, not an violent person. “I am not a violent person. But I am confident that the way I got into power is the same way I will return. “God gave me power. If he wants me to return I will continue. No man can stop me. Power comes from God,” he said. Obaseki…

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The security concern facing Nigeria, and by extension, Niger State has attracted varied reactions. While some have remained objective in their analysis of the situation, others have exhibited outright and malicious falsehood and misleading rhetoric. Without any doubt, the responsibility of the government is to secure the lives and property of its citizens. It is the fundamental leeway to human existence in general, hence, it is the foundation upon which every society and government rests on. What started like a mere Farmers/Herdsmen clashes in the country, has degenerated to what could be described as full blown war. From Zamfara to…

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His Excellency Zamfara State Executive Governor Hon Dr. Bello Mohammed MON (Matawallen Maradun) has said that his administration will not repatriate any Almajiri from the state and urged all those repatriated from other States to come to Zamfara and be accommodated. The governor made his position known when he received two leading Islamic scholars, Sheikh Abdullahi Dallah Dallah Chief Imam of Sambo Dan-Ashafa Jumaat Mosque, Gusau and Sheikh Bello Kanwa to a Sallah homage at his country home, Maradun. Governor Matawalle also announced the scrapping of the committee he earlier constituted for the repatriation of Almari from the State and…

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