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Mojoyinola Emerges President As NGIJ Elects New Executives

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Says NGIJ Election Is A Loud Statement That The Guild Has Come To Stay

The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) has elected new executive members to pilot the affairs of the association for another two years, as Mr. Ayoyemi Mojoyinola, a Co-Publisher, Thecitypulsenews.com emerges President of the Guild.

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The new President elect won the election with other executive members including Bashorun Israel Bolaji as Vice President Information & Strategy, Comrade James Ezema AS VP Investigations, and AbdulRahman Aliagan as the National Secretary with over 2/3 of total registered voters.

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Others are Oyewale Oyelola; Registrar, Rowland ‘Shuwa; Financial Secretary and Femi Oyewale emerged as Public Relations/Welfare Officer. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The election, which was organized sequel to the Investigators Guild Congress, was conducted via e-voting in compliance with NCDC and Presidential Taskforce in COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

The Election Committee Chairman, Tope Sunday while declaring the result said Ayoyemi Mojoyin led executive members will conduct bye-election to fill remaining vacant positions. Speaking after he was declared the winner, Mojoyinola noted that, “Today is indeed a historic day for all of us because, first and foremost, this is the very first election to be held by this noble association. This means that the new crop of leaders elected today are the very first democratically elected leaders for the Guild.

“Secondly, this election is a loud statement that this association has come to stay and with your support we shall build a very strong foundation for this nascent association.” Mojoyinola pointed out that, “We were to hold this election on Saturday but for developments beyond our control we had to move it a little bit forward. “For an association that has never conducted an election before now, I must say that Mr. Sunday and his team did a very great job and there might not be need for elections tribunals. “In all seriousness, I sincerely thank every member of this association for their commitments to the Guild.

I commend all of us for expending our resources, financial, intellectual, morally and otherwise to the success of this Guild. He however thanked the Co-founders of the Guild for giving the Investigators in the country the platform to express themselves.

“In the same vein I will like to show appreciation to the Co-founders of this association, Mr. Abdulrahman Aliagan, Bashorun Israel Bolaji and Mr. Olawale AbIdeen, for giving Investigators in the country this platform to express themselves. “While I will not like to dwell on the present misgivings of Abideen, suffice it to say that the Guild is not anybody’s personal property and should never be treated as such. I assure you that I shall, together with my new executives, treat this issue with the utmost importance it deserves so that we can forge ahead promptly. “I therefore use this opportunity to call on my friend, Olawale Abideen who is also the immediate past acting president of the Guild, to tow the path of peace and unity and join hands with this administration so that the dream of a virile and great platform for investigative journalists will be reinforced quickly.

According to Mojoyinola, “We are heartened by the progress we have made so far despite the seeming challenges and I am eager to help continue that progress but I want to assure us all that there will be more greater challenges ahead as our aim is towards a bigger goal but to succeed we must come together united. Remember, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

“As the first democratically elected president of this Guild, I assure you that we, my team and I will do everything within our powers to work for your welfare and wellbeing. We assure you that the interest of all members shall be protected as long as such member does not work against the interest of the Guild. “I also want to use this opportunity to allay fears in some quarters that this Guild is out to witch-hunt anybody.

“We are not out to witch-hunt any group, organization or individual rather we are guided by our motto, ‘rooting for the truth’ and that will be our guiding principle in all interactions. “While I understand the need for me to roll out programs and make promises to our members, permit me at this present time to make only two promises which I know we can keep. The first is that, starting from now your views and contributions will matter in NGIJ. This is because I will ask a lot of questions, some of them, undoubtedly, will be annoying. But I promise that I will carefully listen to your answers for the good of the Guild. “The second thing I can promise is that I will make mistakes. But I promise that my mistakes will not be from lethargy so if you agree with the Holy Books that Man is imperfection personified then you will pardon me for the honest mistakes that I might make in the cause of leading this association.”

Ayoyemi Mojoyinola, a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye Ogun State, has over 14 years working experience in various print, broadcast and Online media organisations both in Nigeria and international.

He is currently a Co-Publisher at Thecitypulsenews.com with head office in USA and Nigeria office in Lagos.

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Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday, June 14, Public Holiday

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The Federal Government has Thursday declared Monday,  June 14, as Public Holiday to mark 2021 Democracy Day.

This is contained in a statement released to journalists on Thursday in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore..

Belgore said the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government.Aregbesola congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and urged all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a united and prosperous nation.

The minister urged Nigerians to shun any form of agitation that could threaten the unity of the country for the good of all.

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He added that the space known as Nigeria would be a haven of peace, unity and progress if citizens love  their neighbours and  embrace the spirit of brotherliness.

“As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains one United and Indivisible Entity.

“We should all know that no meaningful development can take place in an acrimonious environment.“With the challenges we face in Nigeria today, I see an opportunity for us not to break up or break down but to break open; open up to ourselves in truth.

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“So that we may appreciate each other, understand each other, honour each other and live together in peace and prosperity,” he said.

He, however, assured that with the concerted efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to secure the lives and property of Nigerians and stabilise the economy, the nation would continue to get better.

“There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

The Minister, however,  wished all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day celebration.

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Prophet T. B Joshua: Akoko will not remain the same — BTO

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The member of the House of Representatives representing Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Sunday described as ‘great pain of unimaginable level’ the passing of Prophet Temitope Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations.

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This is contained in a released signed by his
Special Adviser on New Media, Also Babatunde

The Lawmaker noted that the Arigidi-born preacher died with a passion for the development of Akoko Land.

He added that he would be remembered for all his intervention in different communities in Akoko.

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“We have not just lost an illustrious son but one of our best. He was a spiritual father, a community developer and everything an Akoko man represents. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); ”

“Some men want to live forever, others want to live long while legends want to leave a legacy when they leave. Prophet T.B Joshua, your legacy lives on in our hearts”

“It’s a sad and dark day for us in Akoko especially in Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency,” he said.

BTO who expressed his condolence in a statement by his Special Adviser on New Media, Alao Babatunde, prayed God grants the people of Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria and members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

News had in the early hours of Sunday filtered in of the passing of the great evangelist at the age of 57.

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Constitutional Review: Sanwo-Olu Calls For Fiscal Federalism, Special Status for Lagos

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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that the issue of a Special Economic Status for Lagos, considering its place in the national economy and the special burdens the state bore by virtue of its large population and limited land mass, was paramount on the list.

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Sanwo-Olu said this while declaring open the South-West Zonal Public Hearing on the Review of the 1999 Constitution Review organized by the Senate in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu further said that issues of Special Status for Lagos, State Police and Fiscal Federalism were priorities for stakeholders in the state in the ongoing review process of the 1999 Constitution.

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According to him, the request for a Special Economic Status for Lagos was “by no means a selfish one, but one that is actually in the interest of every Nigerian and of Nigeria as a nation. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

”The progress and prosperity of Nigeria is inextricably linked to the progress and prosperity of Lagos State.

”A Special Status for Lagos State, therefore, must be a concern not only for the people of Lagos State alone, but for all Nigerians,” he said

He commended the National Assembly for responding to the concerns of Nigerians on the need to carry out a review the 1999 Constitution to reflect the current realities that we found ourselves as a nation.

”This is what true democracy is all about – the exercise of the sovereign will of the people, regarding how they are being governed and how they wish to be governed.

”The Constitution is the foundational body of principles defining our existence as a nation, and spelling out the rights and responsibilities of all elements and stakeholders.

”It is very necessary to subject that document to a constant process of review and updating, to ensure that it keeps up with changing times and contexts,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He noted that the need for the review of the 1999 Constitution had been a recurring subject of national conversation and clamour, with various groups of stakeholders desiring various particular outcomes.

Sanwo-Olu said that the constitutional amendment process would provide Nigerians the opportunity to express their minds on the issues that must be reflected in the Constitution.

He urged all to come to the exercise in the spirit of give-and-take, with a willingness to mutually compromise and avoid unnecessary tension and division along the way.

“This is what true democracy is all about, the exercise of the sovereign will of the people,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that this could be either by way of amendment to existing provisions or entirely a new provisions.

Earlier, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, Chairman, Senate Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution, represented by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, Chairman of the Southwest Zonal Committee, said that the Senate had decided to adopt a bottom-top approach to engage Nigerians in the process.

Omo-Agege said that the need to address topical issues like judicial and electoral reforms, local government autonomy and devolution of powers were sitting prominently on the agenda of constitutional amendment process.

“A constitution review represents a critical phase in our development and advancement as a nation,” he said.

He said that, as a living document, the constitution and to a large extent our constitutional democracy needed to be reviewed from time to time to take stock and plan for the future.

“We have a compelling duty to carefully address challenges to this nation and there is no better way to do it than through this constitutional amendment exercise,” he added.

He said that the Senate and its counterpart from the House of Representatives, had a herculean task of giving the people the constitution that would speak to the nation’s challenges.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day public hearing had in attendance senators from Ogun, Oyo and Lagos and various groups and workers’ unions, religious leaders, traditional leaders and civil society organisations, among others.

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