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EU Parliament president David Sassoli dies at 65

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The President of the European Parliament David Sassoli has died at the age of 65.

Sassoli died early Tuesday morning in a hospital in the Italian municipality of Aviano, his spokesman Roberto Cuillo confirmed to dpa.

On Monday the EU parliament confirmed he had been admitted to hospital in Italy on December 26 “because of a serious complication due to a dysfunction of the immune system.”

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In September 2021, during a plenary session of the parliament, the 65-year-old came down with a bad case of pneumonia.

Sassoli had been president of the 705-seat EU parliament since 2019.

Tributes soon poured in for Sassoli, an Italian social democrat.

“What a big shock and a big loss. I am deeply saddened. He left us too early. My condolences to his family! Dear David, Rest In Peace,” tweeted German MEP Ismail Ertug.

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A former journalist, Sassoli was first elected at the European Parliament in 2009.

He won another term in 2014 and served as the Parliament’s vice-president.

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Gov. Bello, Gani Adams, others to grace 2022 Oodua Congress in Kogi State

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All arrangements have been concluded for the 2022 edition of the Oodua Progressives Union (OPU) annual World Congress in Kabba, Kogi state.

The two-day programme organized by the diaspora organization is slated between Friday January 28 and Saturday January 29 at Jonny Hotel Hall, Okene Road, Obajana, Junction, Kabba, Kogi state.

In a statement released by the Special Assistant Governor Bello on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, said the annual congress is the 8th edition.

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The congress, according to him, had been held in all the states in southwest, including  Lagos state, Ile-Ife,Osun state,Oyo town,Oyo state, Abeokuta,Ogun state,Akure, Ondo state,Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state and Offa in Kwara state.

Aderemi quoted Aareonakafo of Yoruba land, who is also the global Convener of OPU, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, as saying that the world congress offers great opportunity for the delegates to visit Nigeria after spending many years abroad, adding that It will also help them to know more about all the states that had played host to the OPU in the previous congresses.

“For instance, Kogi state is located at the extreme end of Yoruba land. About 30 or 35 percent of the Okun people of Kabba town are Yoruba”.

“As a result, this year congress will really help in extending our frontiers beyond the southwest. We have been to all the states in the south west, including Kwara, but now, Kogi is our next destination.That is the reason for this congress. It will also help to encourage many of our members to come back home and make remarkable impact in the are of nation-building”.

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Iba Adams added also that the delegates of the diaspora  group will pay courtesy visits to the Kogi state governor and the royal father of Kabba,stating that the visits are part of the programme lined up to make the  congress a success.

“Kogi state governor, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, will also be at the event,the Obaaro of Kabba, Oba Oladele Awoniyi,is the royal father of the day,Dr Oluwayomi Atte is the guest lecturer and Chairman Ijumu Local Government,Alhaji Taufiq Isa and other dignitaries are expected at the programme”

“Also the Okun Development Union (ODU) members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and other eminent Nigerians will also grace the event” the statement stated.

The congress with the theme:”A strategic Approach to Fulfilling the Destiny of Yoruba Race: The way Forward”, is focused at raising issues on the best approach to actualize the dreams of the Yoruba race.

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The Governor aide indicated; “Other activities for the programme include inauguration of community  borehole in Kabba,free health services,including eye test, treatment for other sundry health related ailments, presentation of wheel chairs to the aged and physically challenged people as well as empowerment programmes for the needy.

“We are expecting delegates and members of OPU from all the 96 countries across the six continents of the world.And the two-day event will feature courtesy visit to the governor of Kogi state and the royal father, inauguration of borehole for the people,free health facilities and climaxing with presentation of awards to some members and a dinner party where all participants will wine and dine together

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Sanwo-Olu suspends NURTW operations in Lagos Island over recent clash

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The government of Lagos state has suspended operations of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos Island over the recent clashes recorded in the area.

This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by media aide to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Jubril Gawat.

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Gawat said the decision to suspend the union activities was reached at a stakeholders’ meeting attended by the NURTW, Central Business District (CBD) and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya oloja general and iya oloja of Lagos Island).

Recall that there was a report on how factions of the union clashed over the control of motor parks in the area last week Thursday, leaving one person dead and several people injured.

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The police command in the state on Monday arrested two principal suspects – Adekunle Lawal alias Kunle Poly, and Mustapha Adekunle, popularly known as Sego.

Lawal is the Lagos Island branch chairman of the NURTW, while Adekunle is the treasurer of the state council of the union.

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According to the statement, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, special adviser to the governor on transportation, said the ban is to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota axis of the state.

Fayinka said operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will be stationed at strategic positions to ensure compliance with the ban and avoid further breakdown of peace.

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“Lagos State Govt has suspended the operations of the Transport Union (NURTW) in Lagos Island, particularly on Church Street, Eyin Eyo, and Idumota bridge indefinitely due to the recent clashes that crippled activities in Idumota axis of the state,” the statement reads.

“Oluwatoyin Fayinka meted out the ban to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota, adding that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume at Eyin Eyo.

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“Fayinka further stated that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will station an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations and to enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis.

“Also suspended are the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street, particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (korope).”

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Meanwhile, the leadership of the union has apologised to Sanwo-Olu over the incident and disassociated itself from the chaos.

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Tajudeen Baruwa, NURTW president, said the union is in support of the ongoing probe into the matter and that any of its members found wanting will be punished.

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