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Oyo State has lost a Committed Public Servant and leader- Chief Sunday Dare

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Former Minister of Sports, Chief Sunday Dare Mourns Demise of former Chairman of First Bank, Afonja

Former Minister of Youth and Sports Development,Chief Sunday Dare, has commiserated with the government and people of Oyo state, particularly the immediate family, friends and associates of a former Minister of Labour and Productivity under the Interim National Government, Prince Ajibola Afonja over his sudden demise.

Prince Ajibola who served as a minister under the short-lived interim administration of late Chief Ernest Shonekan, died on Sunday night at the University College Hospital (UCH),Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Prince Ajibola also served as Chairman of First Bank and was at a time the senatorial candidate for Oyo Central Senatorial District under the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He was known in his country home(Oyo town) by his company’s name, Integrated Dimesional System – IDS.

Reacting to the unpalatable news, the Agbaakin of ogbomoso land, Chief Sunday Dare expressed sadness over the ex-minister’s passage.Adding that Nigeria had lost one of its most outstanding persons whose love and commitment to peace and development of the country is second to none. Chief Dare noted that the deceased was both respected and loved by his kinsmen and Nigerians at large.

“My heartfelt condolence to the people of oyo town, particularly the immediate family, friends and associates of Prince Ajibola Afonja on this great and irreparable loss.

Nigeria had lost one of its most outstanding persons whose love and commitment to peace and development of the country is second to none. He was both respected and loved by his kinsmen and Nigerians at large.

He was a decent politician and selfless philanthropist who served meritoriously in various capacities in the public and private sectors.


May God comfort the family,friends and associates he left behind, granting them strength to bear this irreplaceable loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace” .Chief Dare said

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Zobis Cable CEO, John Ezeobi Visits Alma Mater, Vows to Transform it in 2 Months

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Renowned Anambra industrialist and CEO of Zobis Cables Ltd, Engr. John Ezeobi, on Wednesday, 19th June,2024, paid a surprise visit to his alma mater, Ede Secondary School in Okoti, Odekpe, Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State, to assess the school’s infrastructure.

Ezeobi, who attended the school from 2001 to 2003 and served as the Senior Prefect, was touched by the decaying infrastructure, particularly the school’s vulnerability to flooding during the rainy season. He said he was approached by the school’s owners to buy the property, but he declined, wanting to preserve the institutional legacy. He equally stated that the school harbours some part of his childhood memories and most importantly shaped him into what he is today in the society.

Despite the school being a private school, Ezeobi was moved to intervene, as the deteriorating infrastructure and environmental challenges posed significant obstacles to learning.

He has planned a two-phase project, which includes rebuilding classroom blocks, constructing modern toilets, and implementing flood control measures.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed within two months, after which the company will move on to the second stage which is expected to gulp several million of naira.

The industrialist expressed optimism that the impact on the school’s 350 students and new enrollments will have a positive effect on the community.

The project is being carried out under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of Ezeobi’s company, Zobis Cables Industries Ltd.

The school’s administration has commended Ezeobi’s generosity, expressing excitement and a sense of rejuvenation as the institution returns to life through the efforts of one of its alumni.

Ede Secondary School was founded in 1994 by Chief Dr. Elder John Ugboma Okei (Ede 1 of Odekpe).

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