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    Ooni Charges Government On Constitutional Roles For Traditional Rulers Over Insecurity



    Ooni of Ife

    The Ooni of Ife and Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, CFR, Ojaja II, has charged the National Assembly to carry out legislation that will provide for the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria NCTRN with constitutional roles to enable them make more positive impacts in the security architecture of the country. Warning that failure to do so, the country may not effectively tackle emerging and contemporary security challenges bedeviling the country.

    The Ooni who doubles as Co-chairman of NCTRN which is the umbrella body of all the traditional rulers in Nigeria stated this in Kaduna on Monday as Guest Speaker/Royal Father during the 2023 Exercise Haski Hiyu Lecture organised by the Armed Forces Command And Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna state, attended by senior military officers drawn from various units and formations across the country for the lecture.

    In the lecture themed “Combating Internal Security Challenges Through Effective Utilisation Of Traditional Institution” the Natural Head of the entire Oduduwa race worldwide attributed the high rate of crimes and unending security challenges to the failure of government to assign specific constitutional roles to traditional rulers in the country.

    “Any Nation pushing traditional rulers aside may not prosper. We are the closest to the people and we must be constitutionally empowered to work together with government so as to take our country to another level especially on security matters.

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    “We were more relevant during pre independence struggle and post independence constitutional democracy up till the end of the first Republic in 1966.

    “When the colonial people came, they practiced indirect rule in some parts of this country and they could only rule over the citizens through their traditional rulers. In fact The First Governor of African origin was Ooni Adesoji Aderemi who simultaneously reigned as the King of Ile-Ife and same time governed the old Western Region alongside Late Obafemi Awolowo as the Premier. This was when traditional rulers had constitutional powers.

    “Palace is the focal point. Whenever there is a breakdown of law and order in town, people rush to the palace. To you the Nigerian gatekeepers, how do you want to do your jobs successfully without traditional instructions? Impossible!” Ooni said.

    The Ooni who only few days ago returned to Nigeria from a 2 week Pan-African trip to Brazil where he met with President Luiz Inácio LULA da Silva in Brasilia Brazil on Tuesday 21st before flying to Kenya where he was hosted by President William Ruto at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday 25th March, insisted that the traditional institution has a vital role to play in the fight against insurgency, banditry and other related crimes in the society due to their closeness to the people, and therefore expresses the need to enshrine roles of traditional rulers in the constitution.

    In his speech, Commandant of the Armed Forces Command And Staff College, JAJI Kaduna state, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Wunoh thanked the monarch for honouring their invitation and expressed satisfaction with the Ooni’s speech to the officers of the Nigerian military who were present at the lecture which is an annual exercise organised by the military training institution to cross-fertilize ideas and strengthen inter-agency collaboration between civil-military and paramilitary organisations to tackle emerging and contemporary security threats within their domains.

    The Commandant said he is in total agreement with the request of constitutional roles for Nigerian Traditional Rulers to effectively complement efforts of the security agencies made by the Ife monarch.

    The Ooni alongside his amiable queen, Olori Tobiloba Ogunwusi had on his arrival at the Kaduna International Airport on Sunday proceeded straight to the ancient city of Zaria on a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zauzau HRH Mallam Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, CFR as a mark of territorial honour. He was also joined by Yoruba indigenes residing in Zaria who had trooped out to welcome the number one king in Yorubaland.





    Gambia To Explore Tourism, Economic Opportunities With Nigeria



    A high-powered delega­tion from The Gambia, led by Mrs Isatou Dram­meh, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, recently visited Badagry, Lagos State, to explore potential partnership op­portunities in tourism, trade, and economic de­velopment.

    The delegation met with authorities in Badagry to discuss part­nerships in tourism devel­opment, cultural exchang­es, hospitality investment, and trade.

    The high-powered team from The Gambia acknowledged the simi­larities between the two countries in the areas of rich cultural heritage, his­torical sites, and beautiful coastlines.

    After the meeting and a tour of the ancient city, the facilitator, Hon. Apata Sam­son Nunayon, Chairman, Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria, (ATPN) Lagos Chapter and CEO of Eko Destination Ltd, briefed the delegation on the upcoming Destina­tion Lagos Awards.

    The delegation that showed enthusiasm about the upcoming event en­dorsed it and pledged full participation.

    The Destination Lagos Awards scheduled to hold later in the year aims to celebrate excellence in tourism, hospitality, and entertainment.

    It would also showcase Lagos State’s best offer­ings and create a strate­gic platform for regional tourism promotion and networking.

    The Gambia’s en­dorsement will, howev­er, strengthen the bond between the two nations and foster cooperation in tourism development and economic growth.

    “We are thrilled to support the Destination Lagos Awards and look forward to a fruitful part­nership with Eko Destina­tion Ltd,” said Mrs. Isatou Drammeh.

    According to the orga­nizers, the partnership signals a new era of co­operation and collabora­tion between The Gambia and Lagos State, driving growth and prosperity in both regions.

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    Federal University, Lokoja inaugurates zoo



    The Federal University, Lokoja on Thursday inaugurated a zoo to ease students’ practical learning in biodiversity, wildlife and recreation.

    Akonitv reports that the zoo and conservatory situated at the Field Main Campus of the institution, was inaugurated by the Conservator-General of the National Park Service, Ibrahim Goni.

    Some of the animals in the zoo include donkeys, snakes, ostriches, horses, monkey, among others.

    Akonitv reports that the zoo has a children amusement and recreational facilities to serve as a recreational and educational facility for the people of Lokoja and its environs.

    It is also expected to provide a space where families, tourists and wildlife enthusiasts could learn about Nigeria’s rich natural heritage.

    Mr Goni, while inaugurating the facility, described it as a centre with the potential to contribute to global conservation efforts that would benefit humanity.

    He said: “Nigeria, as a nation, is rich in natural and cultural diversity, so the protection of its natural resources will always be of utmost importance.

    “The role of zoos and conservatories in the preservation and protection of biodiversity cannot be overstated as they serve as living laboratories, fostering deep understanding and appreciation for the natural world.”

    He disclosed that about 180 million people visit Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos and aquariums each year, and contribute about $24 Billion to the U. S Economy.

    According to him, in Nigeria, travel and tourism contribute about 3.6 per cent to the country’s GDP annually.

    Mr Goni expressed the belief that through effective collaboration among the academia, conservationists and the government, the objectives of the centre would be achieved.

    The university’s vice chancellor, Prof. Akinwumi, described zoos as educational resources, providing a living laboratory for students and researchers in the fields of biology, environmental science and wildlife management.

    “For creating a safe haven for various animal species, we are not only contributing to global conservation efforts, but also raising awareness about the importance of protecting our natural world.”

    Earlier, the director of the centre, Prof. Jacqueline Badaki, had lamented the ever-changing wild landscape being ripped apart by climate change and habitat loss across the globe.

    Ms Badaki opined that captive breeding programmes were needed more than ever before to “assure the survival of some species that cannot survive on their own”.

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    Sanwo-Olu unveils Ashimolowo’s N6bn Makarios Aquatic Park



    Sanwo-Olu unveils Ashimolowo’s N6bn Makarios Aquatic Park

    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, unveiled Makarios Aquatic Park located in Aiyeteru, Ibeju along the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos.

    The N6bn project is celebrated as the first multi-sensory aquatic park in sub-Saharan Africa.

    The innovative park is expected to offer a unique recreational experience and serve as a major attraction, boosting tourism and the local economy in the area.

    The project, envisioned and developed by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, underscores a commitment to transforming the region into a premier destination for both residents and visitors.

    Ashimolowo is an entrepreneur and founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, and the Chairman of Makarios Luxury Properties Limited.

    Sanwo-Olu, who alongside many dignitaries was treated to a stunning view of jets of water moving in perfect harmony with musical rhythms, described his experience as that of “power of imagination and bringing imagination to reality”.

    He said, “With those things that we see in other parts of the world, the inspiring landscape we hear about, bringing them here, the least we can do is to acknowledge and appreciate it. As your governor, we are proud of this masterpiece this evening.

    “For us, it is about being an enabler of the greater things to happen. As Lagos continues to be home for all of us, it is also a future we all aspire to. Lagos is not only growing, but it is also a very resilient and forward-looking state.

    “When we see investments from our citizens or foreigners coming to the city, we are always very encouraged to support those investments. I assure you that this is the beginning of a lot of things that will be happening at the Makarios.”

    The governor commended Ashimolowo for the huge investment, noting that the Lekki corridor has been the fastest-growing corridor in Africa thus luxury living and properties will still come and differentiate the axis from others.

    “Putting this here to salivate the development that is to come here is very inspirational,” Sanwo-Olu added.

    Speaking on the inspiration behind the Makarios Aquatic Park, Ashimolowo, who revealed that his dream was to transform Lagos into a global hub of sophistication and leisure, said the concept was borne out of his experience in Dubai during the COVID-19.

    According to the preacher and author, he reimagined waterfront living, bringing the essence of Dubai’s iconic waterfront right to Lagos, Nigeria.

    Moreso, he observed that whenever he visits Nigeria with his grandchildren, they get easily bored as there are fewer places to take them to.

    “It became obvious to me that I could do something and be a part of the legacy. I wanted to be part of the solution and answer this question. People wanted to come to Nigeria but there are no tourist places to visit. That’s what gave birth to this place. I am very glad it has happened. I have lived in the United Kingdom for 40 years —and I still live there. I don’t want to be part of those Nigerians in the Diaspora who are always lamenting. That is what most of them do. I want to be part of solving problems,” said Ashimolowo.

    He described the Makarios Aquatic Park as an uncommon, unusual water display show. “A symphony of water, sound, and music, mesmerizing to the eyes, to the mind and the spirit. Firstly, you see water dancing, secondly, you see water responding to music, thirdly you see water mixed with laser light and fourthly you see water rise,” he stated.

    The Makarios Water Fountain is one of the few that has a water screen in the middle. It has 180 pumps that form a water screen and shoot about 12 meters with no building around, the wind can blow the water. As the water rises, it meets with the one cascading down to form a spectacular scene.

    The entire Makarios Ecosystem comprises both business and leisure districts. Built with the upper middle class and upwardly mobile people in mind, aside from the Aquatic Park, the entire Makarios Luxury Place will be a community where work, leisure, and luxury coexist harmoniously. Works are ongoing at the iconic shopping mall —sprawling across 8000 square meters—, a plush hotel as well as a 10-storey Imperial Towers with over 800 living spaces including chic apartments and elegant terraced and detached houses.

    “Makarios is designed to be more than just a residence; it’s an experience. Our vision is to offer a lifestyle that transcends boundaries, creating a world where dreams meet reality,” he said.

    The Makarios Aquatic Park opens to the public on Saturday, June 15, 2024.

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