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Obi consistent in building better society – Cleric

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The Hospital Administrator of St Philomena’s Catholic Hospital and College of Nursing Sciences, Benin City, Rev Fr Michael Oyanoafo, has spoken of the PDP’s former vice presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, as one very passionate about building a better society, saying that if given the chance, Obi will surely build a better nation.

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Oyanoafo spoke at St Philomena’s Catholic Hospital Complex, Benin City, when Obi visited the hospital and presented them a cheque of N2 million to enable the health facility to continue delivering good healthcare to the society.

The cleric said Obi had remained consistent in his true nature of generosity and kindness. He said Obi had always shown uncommon passion in contributing to a better society even before he assumed office as the governor of Anambra State, while he was in office and even now that he is not in any public office.

“It is rare in this part of the world to see people walk into a hospital with the sole aim of giving to the hospital and to the poor. We are really amazed by Obi’s kind gesture. It is obvious that when given the opportunity, he would transform our nation for better,” Oyanoafo said.

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For his part, Obi stated his resolve to continue contributing to nation building. He explained that he has always prioritized poverty eradication, education and health as avenues of investing in society, because they are the critical areas of national development.

Obi praised the proprietor of the hospital and Catholic Archbishop of Benin Archdiocese, Most Rev Augustine Obiora Akubueze and the hospital’s management, for their service to Nigerian society, through the hospital. He called on the government to support the hospital in rendering their very critical service to society.

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Akeredolu appoints chairmen, members for Ondo parastatals

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The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has approved the appointment of some members of the state All Progressives Congress to the state boards and parastatals.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Richard Olatunde, made this known in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, a former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Victor Olabimtan, was appointed the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board.

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The governor equally approved the appointment of Sam Erejuwa as the Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission .

Similarly, Olajide Akinroluyo has been appointed as the chairman of the Pool Betting and Lotteries Board.

“The appointments take immediate effect,” the statement read.

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The statement also noted that the governor has approved the appointment of Rafiu Akinkuolie as member of the Judicial Service Commission. His name has been forwarded to the Ondo State House of Assembly for screening.

Akeredolu congratulated the new appointees and charged them to justify the confidence reposed in them by performing excellently in their new offices.

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Google appeals $2.8bn shopping fine at EU court

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Google on Thursday appealed an EU court decision to uphold the bloc’s 2.4-billion-euro ($2.8-billion) fine for abusing its search engine dominance.

The tech giant said it would go to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, after the General Court confirmed in November a decision by the European Commission in 2017.

At the time, the fine was the European Union’s biggest ever. But it was later exceeded by a 4.3-billion-euro fine against Google over its Android smartphone operating system.

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“After careful consideration, we have decided to appeal the General Court’s decision because we feel there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice,” a short statement by the company said.

The case centres on Google’s shopping service and is one of three against the search engine giant currently moving through the EU’s drawn-out appeals system.

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The new appeal could take up to two years to reach an outcome, stretching the case out to well more than a decade after the commission launched its investigation in 2010.

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The court confirmation on Google Shopping was a win for the EU’s anti-trust supremo Margrethe Vestager, who burst onto the scene in Brussels by scrapping her predecessor’s more conciliatory approach to the US internet giant.

Vestager had lost in the same court in a different major case, against Apple and Ireland, in which her teams had ordered the iPhone maker to repay 13 billion euros plus interest to the Irish taxpayer. The EU has appealed that ruling.

The fine for Google came after seven years of investigation launched by complaints from other price-comparison services that saw traffic plummet against Google Shopping.

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