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Confusion in NASS over Bills on Sports University as Senate rejects House Version



By Lateef Taiwo

The Senate and the House of Representatives seem to be in state of confusion over the right piece of legislation to be given final passage for establishment of Federal University of Sports .

While the Senate through its Chairman on Sports and Youths Development , Senator Obinna Ogba ( PDP Ebonyi Central), sponsored a bill to that effect , considered and passed for third reading on December 7, 2021 , the House came up with a different version of the bill and sought for concurrence of the Senate .

Senator Obinna Ogba who sponsored the bill in the Senate , got it read for second time on May 19, 2021 and passed for third reading on 7th December , 2021.

The Senate in the Obinna Ogba sponsored bill , resolved for citing of the University in Nkalagu , Ebonyi State as against Afuze in Edo State proposed in the House of Representatives version .

Trouble for the bill came up when it was to be considered for concurrence by Senate during plenary on Tuesday.

Senator Obinna Ogba who earlier in the 8th National Assembly , sponsored and saw to the passage of the bill before repeating same in the 9th Senate , drew the attention of the Senate President , Ahmad Lawan to the bill already passed for third reading in the Senate .

” Mr President , out of the six bills forwarded to us from the House of Representatives for concurrence , the one listed as number four , seeking for establishment of Federal University of Sports , Afuze in Edo State , runs contrary to the earlier one passed in the Senate .

” This bill as sponsored by me , had been given the required legislative consideration by the Senate with second reading in May 2021 and third reading in December 2021.

” In the version considered and passed by the Senate , NKalagu in Ebonyi State is proposed as location for the University and not Afuze , proposed by the House version .

” It is the House that supposed to concur to what the Senate had earlier passed and not the other way round with this request which should be stepped down “, he said .

Consequently , the Senate President on the strength of Senator Ogba’s submission stepped down the bill from further consideration until required harmonization is carried out between the Senate and the House of Representatives .

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Erinmo To Hold Agidanyin Founder’s Day festival Saturday



By Richard Akintade, Osogbo

All is now set for this year edition of the annual Agidanyin Founder’s Day Festival in Erinmo Kingdom, Oriade Local Government area of Osun State.

According to the Elerinmo of Erinmo Kingdom, Oba Odunayo Ajayi, Arowotawaya II and the Chairman, Planning Committee for this year celebration, Chief Taiwo Agbonmagbe, the Obaloro of Erinmo in a press statement issued and made available to our Correspondent, Agidanyin festival is a traditional festival celebrated annually to remember the great progenitor of Erinmo who was Agidanyin the son of Obalufon Alayemore. 

The statement described Agidanyin as a great fearless warrior who participated active by in several wars especially the numerous inter-tribal wars at that time.
“Among the Kings who have joined the Elerinmo and the residents to celebrate Agidanyin festival in the past include, the Ooni of Ife, Alaaye of Efon Alaaye in EKiti state, Elegboro of Ijebu-Jesa and Ajalaiye of Ipetu-Ijesa”.

Oba Arowotawaya in the statement, harped on the importance of upholding cultural heritage in the nation saying Agidanyin festival is a medium to make the world realise the significance of upholding the strong heritage and culture of the land.
According to the culture and tradition loving monarch, “here in Erinmo Kingdom, we want to use this medium to make the world know that what we are doing is upholding the strong heritage and culture of the Yoruba race, to showcase our tradition and culture to the entire world and we want to keep it intact while we do not want anything to dilute our tradition and inheritance from our race”.

“We are calling on all our sons, daughters, friends and associates of Erinmo both at home and in diaspora to join us in celebrating this festival holding on Saturday December 10, 2022 at Elerinmo’s Palace Foyer by 9am”.

The Royal father of the day for this year event according to the statement is Kabiyesi Owa Oye of Imesi Ile, Oba Enoch Ademila Akinyemi Oyoyo II, while Hon Oluwole Oke, the House of Representatives member representing Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency will be the Chairman of the occasion as well as the Olobu of Ilobu in Irepodun local government area of Osun state, Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan, the Special Guest of Honour for the day.

Some of these traditional Chiefs of the ancient community, the Lebedo of Erinmo, Chief Joseph Osobu, Edinmo of Erinmo, Chief Joseph Agbesuyi and Loja of Afajigede Ijaregbe Ilesa, Chief Rotimi Oniyaomebi would join the Elerinmo to pray for Erinmo Kingdom, the residents, Osun state, friends and associates, saying the festival is not for merry making alone.

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