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2023 Election: My Chances Are Brighter Now Than Ever Before – Yinka Kazeem ‘Esho’ – Naijanewsdirect

  His name rings bells in and outside the Mushin locality. Yinka Kazeem ‘Esho’ is a household name in the Mushin political firmament. His name came into political prominence and recognition in 2003, when he slugged it out with the now Apex Leader of Mushin Local Government, Distinguished Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon, (GOS,) for the chairmanship seat of Mushin LG during which the ‘GOS Again’ slogan was coined in the Mushin political terrain. A seasoned socialite, Yinka ‘Esho’ was between June 2016 and July 2017 Sole Administrator of Mushin Local Government. Prior to this appointment by erstwhile Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, the socialite-cum-politician, who is so passionate about what goes on in Mushin as a geographical expression, and its people in general was a Senior Special Assistant, (SSA,) on School Rehabilitation in 2007, and later the Special Assistant to Senator Ganiyu Solomon when the latter was Senate Minority Whip, between 2012 and 2015. Now he has his eyes on contesting for a seat in the vibrant hallowed chamber of the Lagos State House of Assembly, to represent Mushin Constituency 2. In this exclusive interview with Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Naijanewsdirect, TUNDE OGUNMOLA, Yinka Kazeem spoke vividly on his 2023 ambition, and his lifelong desire of making positive and appreciable impacts/changes in Mushin and the lives of its constituents. Excerpts…     You’re a household name in Mushin, born and bred in Mushin, what’s your perception of Mushin of then and now? There is no basis for comparison between Mushin of then and Mushin of now. There are now more developments in Mushin of today, just like the way we cannot compare Lagos of then to Lagos of now. Notwithstanding, people are still asking for more. Mushin is a work in progress.   I could recall vividly you once aspired for the chairmanship of Mushin LG in 2003 when

Lagos Govt Shuts Down All Chrisland Schools Amidst Minors’ Sex Tape Scandal – Naijanewsdirect

The Lagos State government announced on Monday the shutdown of all Chrisland Schools in the state following an alleged sexual violation involving some pupils during an international trip. The school has at least seven branches in the state. The development comes months after the state also shut down Dowen College, following the controversial death of Sylvester Oromoni. The alleged sexual violation happened when Chrisland School was in Dubai in March to take part in the World School Games, a four-day annual competition with schools from all over the world. The news of the alleged sexual violation came to the fore when Ubi Franklin, a talent manager, accused the school of complicity in the sexual violation involving the minor and another male pupil. “Just got off the phone with a friend of mine 💔💔💔💔 His 10-year-old daughter was selected to represent her school at the World School Games in Dubai,” he wrote on Sunday night via his Twitter handle. “His daughter was r**ped by fellow students, video tapped and posted on Instagram and the school concealed it for a month.” Chrisland is not new to sexual controversy. In 2018, a court convicted a 46-year-old teacher of the school, Adegboyega Adenekan, for raping a two-year-old female pupil. School closure “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to the alleged sexual violence case involving students of Chrisland school,” the statement reads. “It is pertinent to note that all allegations are being investigated by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including the Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State Domestic & Sexual Violence Agency, whilst the criminal allegations have been escalated to the Commissioner of Police.”     The government also warned those in possession or circulating the sex tape to desist from such acts or be ready to spend

Embattled KEDCO MD, Gwamma Gets Soft Landing, To Resign Amid Allegations of Improprieties – Naijanewsdirect

  The embattled Managing Director of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna has been asked by the top echelon of the distribution company to resign honourably amid allegations of graft and mismanagement levelled against him. The news of his sack was widely reported on Thursday which prompted a response from the Corporate Communication Head, Ibrahim Sani Shawai, denying that neither did he resigned his position from the Kano DisCo but currently preoccupied with political engagements in Gombe State. The top source who preferred anonymity has however insisted that he is to be subsequently replaced by Mr Abba Abubakar Aliyu. It has also been revealed that KEDCO has appointed a Financial Controller and external auditors to check the books over cases of misappropriation against the Governorship aspirant in Gombe State The extent of sleaze and the need to save the distribution company from further financial embarrassment has also prompted its take over by Fidelity Bank and the appointment of Aliyu. Despite the face saving measures, the leadership of the PDP in Gombe State are reportedly uncomfortable with the news of the sack and considers that the ruling All Progressives Congress APC in the state may use it against the party in their campaigns if Gwamna eventually secures the ticket to fly the party's flag, even though he is not a frontliner. Comments monitored on social media expressed disappointments at the news with a call on the party to ensure the party's ticket is given to individual with impeccable character with clear cut chances of winning the Governorship election in 2023. One of the commenters, Ibrahim Akko, stated that Gwamna's desperation to secure the ticket may have prompted him to indulge in misappropriation of the company's finances, which includes having ghost workers on the pay roll of KEDCO, payment of and owing hundreds of millions of hotels bills

Senator Olamilekan Adeola’s Ambition Tears Gov. Abiodun’s Camp Apart ***his 20 years of uninterrupted election as a lawmaker in Lagos state – Naijanewsdirect

  If information reaching Naijanewsdirect is anything to go by, then the plan of Senator Olamilekan Adeola popularly called Yayi in political circles to relocate from Lagos West Senatorial District to Ogun West Senatorial District as the 2023 general elections move closer has thrown Ogun state in a state of disarray. It will be recalled that Senator Olamilekan has declared his intention to return to the Senate, but this time, he wants to represent Ogun West Senatorial District in the Red Chamber, and this is a move not a few people have described as an aberration, especially the core indigenes of Ogun state. To say Senator Yayi as he is fondly called is one of the luckiest Nigerian politicians would not be an overstatement. By 2023, Senator Olamilekan would have successfully completed 20 years as an elected lawmaker in Lagos state. Prior to his election into the Nigerian Senate, he has spent eight years as a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, he represented Alimosho Constituency 2 from 2003 to 2011. He later moved up the political ladder in 2011 when he contested and won a seat in the House of Representatives to represent Alimosho Federal Constituency, he subsequently moved to the Senate in 2015. He’s currently spending his second term in the Red Chamber. However, in a frantic bid to continue his 'sit-tight syndrome' at the National Assembly, Senator Yayi has successfully transferred his Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) from Lagos state to Ogun state. His attempt in the past to become the Senator of Ogun West failed to come to fruition, and this made him return to Lagos West Senatorial District for his second term ticket. Also, in the build-up to the 2019 general elections, Senator Olamilekan made frantic efforts to contest for the governorship seat of Ogun state but to no avail

FirstBank Holds A Round Table As Cobhams Asuquo, Osas Ighodaro, Denola Grey and Others Share Their Experiences – Naijanewsdirect

  Did you miss FirstBank’s recent webinar on 8 March 2022, to commemorate the 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) - themed Breaking the Bias - and are yet to recover from the grumble of missing the event, following the experiences and excitement shared by participants?     Letting the cat out of the bag... By 11 am on Friday, 25 March 2022, FirstBank will hold a round table for the Gen Zs and Millennials to learn from the event speakers cutting across diverse experiences, socio-economic backgrounds and career paths.   The event themed "Discrimination, Bias, Stereotype. Still Walking Tall!" will have Cobhams Asuquo, award-winning music producer, songwriter and musician; Osas Ighodaro, Actress, Host, Producer & humanitarian; Ore Runsewe, the founder of Arami Essentials, a natural beauty brand and Foluso Gbadamosi, Executive Director, Junior Achievement Nigeria share their experiences with the event participants. Denola Grey, Actor, Model, Fashion Consultant, and on-air multimedia personality (OAP) will moderate the event. To attend the event, you will have to register via the link: From the roll call of speakers, it is one to look forward to - irrespective of environment, background or career path - as participants will be exposed to insights and shared experiences on the need to stand tall and forge ahead in the face of “Discrimination, Bias, Stereotype” This webinar is designed by FirstBank to amplify the voices of millennials and Gen Zs.  

FG Confirms Hadiza Bala Usman’s Removal, Affirms Mohammed Bello-Koko As Substantive NPA MD – Naijanewsdirect

In a move believed to have put an end to the various underhand dealings at Nigeria Ports Authority, the Federal Government has confirmed the appointment of Mohammed Bello-Koko as the substantive head of the Authority and by that token, removed Hadiza Bala Mohammed who had been on suspension. Recall that Bello Koko has been in acting capacity since May 2021 when Hadiza Bala Usman was suspended by the Federal Government. In a statement issued today, the Federal Ministry of Transport confirmed the appointment of Bello-Koko as the substantive head of the Authority by President Buhari. Hadiza Bala Usman, it was gathered was queried over issues relating to favouritism, underhand dealings and outright disregard of court order while she held sway as the Nigeria Ports Authority Managing Director. According to the sources, she revoked the lease of LADOL and gave same to Dangote’s friend a serving Senator, disregarding a Presidential directive. This move angered the Presidency because Ladol had invested over 300million Dollars and for a Federal Government appointee to display such show of disdain was unheard of. She also shut down the ports and terminals of the BUA Group for close to one year despite a court order to the contrary. Obviously, her intentions and moves favoured Dangote with a view to keeping BUA Group and other competitors out of business while granting mouthwatering concessions to Dangote Group to create a monopoly. This issue generated a lot of questions from industry watchers. Apart from this, there were issues relating to the dredging of Calabar port which was believed to have been dare to the Government’s heart, more so that of Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi. Sources claimed she claimed the project was not viable whereas findings by specialists disagreed with this. To cap it all, there were allegations that she was also indicted by the audit report set

Rail Line Projects: Lagos Assembly Applauds Sanwo-Olu – Naijanewsdirect

  ... Tasks Governor to ensure completion of project ... Expresses optimism on reduction of gridlocks across state The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, and his colleagues on Tuesday commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his efforts to complete the State's rail projects. The lawmakers also praised the governor for also expanding transportation through the waterways. According to them, the completion of the projects would ensure a substantial reduction in gridlocks across the state. Speaker Obasa, who presided over the sitting, said the governor deserved commendation just as he expressed optimism that the rail projects would be completed by the administration. "Traffic has become something else and people complain always. The projects are, thus, aimed at relieving people of the harrowing experiences they face on the roads. "The governor, therefore, deserves commendation," the Speaker said while further noting the importance of Opebi-Ojota bridge project that is to be embarked upon by the government. "This is what our people deserve and we are encouraging the governor to do more, particularly on this rail line issue. "We have been on this matter since the Jakande era. We wish he (Governor Sanwo-Olu) becomes the 'lucky boy' that would see to the completion of the rail projects," Obasa added. Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, the lawmaker representing Eti-Osa Constituency 2, while earlier presenting a report on the Governor's recent inspection of some trains in the United States of America, urged that the House continue to do all it takes including approving the necessary funds for the government to complete the Blue and Red Lines of the rail projects. Yishawu noted that on the average, people in the state spend up to five hours on the roads as a result of gridlocks. He added that the completion of the Red Line would reduce this challenge. "It is only a responsible government that would ensure

Bishop Tom Samson, Rev Sam Ogedengbe To Grace Primate Ayodele’s Annual Thanksgiving In February

  The general overseer of Christ Royal Church, Bishop Tom Samson and the national president of all Christian leaders, Reverend Sam Ogedengbe have joined the list of anointed men of God to minister at the annual thanksgiving ceremony of Primate Elijah Ayodele, the leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church.   The event which takes place annually on February 14 will no doubt be a memorable one with the arrays of personalities that have confirmed their attendance. The likes of Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Sultan Of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar, Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, newly added Bishop Tom Samson, Rev Sam Ogedengbe are expected at the highly anticipated thanksgiving.   As always, the event will feature a church service where Rev Sam Ogedengbe will minister in the morning while Bishop Tom Samson will lead the congregation in a spirit-filled sermon later in the afternoon.   The major reason behind this annual thanksgiving is philanthropic activities. In previous years, cars, scholarships, tricycles, JAMB forms, WAEC forms, cash gifts, house rents, have been given out by the man of God. February 14, 2022 will not be an exception, it will only be a continuation of what the man of God has always done annually for the needy and downtrodden.

InterswitchSPAK 3.0 Finalists To Contest For N12.5m University Scholarships – Naijanewsdirect

  The pressure continues to mount ahead of the grand finale of the InterswitchSPAK 3.0 National Science Competition, scheduled for Sunday, February 6, 2022, when nine finalists will compete for their share of N12.5million worth of scholarships.   Now in its third edition, the InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition is an Interswitch Group Switch-a-Future initiative focused on driving increased interest in the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects among senior secondary school students. The competition, which is targeted at SS2 (Year 11) students between the ages of 14 and 17 years was introduced to reward excellence in STEM among students in Africa.   At the start of the competition, over 18,000 students from various secondary schools across Nigeria participated in the national qualifying examination. Following various levels of the keenly contested competition, this large number has been pruned down to nine finalists who will be contesting for the bragging rights as the ‘Best Science Student in Nigeria’.   The student who claims this title will be rewarded with a N7.5 million scholarship spread over 5years, a monthly stipend for the duration of the scholarship and a brand-new laptop. The second-place winner will receive N4 million worth of scholarships spread over 3 years, a monthly stipend, and a brand-new laptop, while the third-place winner will be rewarded with a N1 million scholarship for one year and a brand-new laptop.   Speaking on the finals, Tomijogun Ogunlesi, Group Head, Brands, Communication, Content and CSR for Interswitch stated: “Over the years, InterswitchSPAK has continued to be a flagship platform for Nigeria’s next generation of leaders especially in the world of science and technology. Each edition, the finals have been the highpoint of the keen competition as some of Nigeria’s finest students battle for the exciting prizes. This year’s finale promises to be as exciting as usual. The finale is a must watch

Gospel Singer, Sammie Okposo Apologises To Wife Publicly For Cheating On Her, Suspends Self From Ministry Works – Naijanewsdirect

Nigerian gospel singer, Sammie Okposo has tendered a public apology to his wife, Ozioma for cheating on her with another lady during his trip to the US late last year. Sammie Okposo who is still married to Ozioma, his wife, took to his Instagram page this morning to release a statement where he confessed to getting intimate with a woman during a trip to the United States. Okposo said he will be suspending himself from “ministry activities”. His words; “I need to bring a very unfortunate incident to your attention as I am not proud of it but know that this is the right thing to do.   "On my recent trip to the USA (late 2021), I got intimately involved with a lady, knowing that this was not appropriate as a married man and a minister of the gospel.   “I am ashamed and regret my actions as it has caused a lot of pain to my dear wife, Ozioma, my family and I.   “As I work in making peace with God, repenting and asking for His forgiveness, I am suspending myself from all ministry work until full restoration as this is what is proper and what I know I owe God and His people.” Meanwhile, few days ago, a lady called him out for impregnating her, she also said he asked her to abort the baby.