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2024 Edo Governorship: Ken Imasuagbon Holds The Aces

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By Victor Osagie

IN the last two decades, Barrister Kenneth Imasuagbon, a Nigerian educationist, lawyer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and politician has remained altruistically consistent; stoutly focused and consciously people friendly, while ministering to the most basic needs of Edo people, regardless of his political setbacks at electioneering.

Early in 2007, Barrister Kenneth Imasuagbon stepped down for Mr Adams Oshiomhole to fly the ticket of the Action Congress when both of them contested the Governorship of the state because Edo North were Oshiomhole comes has never produced the Governor of Edo state. That is the typical Ken Imasuagbon with a sense of justice and fairness. A man who abhors desperation in politics.

Ever resilient Ken Imasuagbon activated his quest to govern Edo State when he defeated General Charles Airhiavbere in Benin speaking areas in the seven location government areas of the state but the General managed to win the keenly contested primary election with the help of the Chief Tony Anenih, Chief Dan Orbhi and a host of other political big wings.

The very recent of his political act of selflessness and magnanimity was demonstrated in 2020 when he willingly stand down his gubernatorial ambition for Governor Godwin Obaseki to fly the Peoples Democratic Party’s ticket when the pillaging Mr Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as then national chairman of the party pulled out the carpet from under Governor Obaseki’s feet.

It is only a personage of Barrister Kenneth Imasuagbon’s outstanding large heartedness that could subordinates his long time sought after ambition for another persons, considering the fact that himself is from Edo Central that has not been given opportunity to produce the Governor since 1999 at the debut of the present Fourth Republic.

Apart from being a household name in Edo State, Barr. Kenneth Imasuagbon’s biography, date of birth, age, early life, family, wife, education, political position, net worth, houses, are daily manual rehearsed by the citizens of the state who are jostling for a renewed Edo State that works.

Born on May 4th, 1966; educated at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, with a degree in Law, Kenneth Imasuagbon is one of the self-made Nigerian politicians and a humanist, as well as a thoroughbred advocate of equity and justice, as an equalist.

Barrister Imasuagbon is also the chairman of the Abuja based Pace Setters Group of Schools and a principal partner at Imansuagbon and Co. Company, a legal firm he founded. In the early 1980s, he worked as a technical assistant in training at the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

His household name is popularly known as “The Rice Man” as a result of his annual sharing of rice. Over the years, he has repeatedly visited and still visiting the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), with Rice and some Donations the hospital management for the payment of hospital bills of numerous patients who could not pay their medical bills, annually. This humanitarian gusture has earned him a ward named after his name “Kenneth Imansuagbon “ ward in UBTH.

Asides UBTH’s celebratory contribution and human solidarity efforts for the less privileged and the downtrodden, Irrua General Hospital has benefited and still benefiting immensely from Barrister Imasuagbon uncommon and unyielding commitments for Edo State that works. Often time he visited the hospital to share rice and make payment of medical bills to support family and patients that cannot offset their bills. And this has become a regular routine.

Barrister Kenneth Imasuagbon has been dubbed Sports Grand Patron in Nigeria for over a period of time. The Kenneth Imansuagbon’s All Secondary Football Competition is one of the football platforms where young and talented youths look forward to in Abuja for onward football carrier in the international communities.

The educationist has made the point time and again that investments in education is the best that has happened to humanity and Edo people, and that he would make education a priority once elected the Governor of Edo State, comes 2024.

Powerful Edo citizens like Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the late Prince Tony Momoh, and prominent Benin Chiefs and Professors were with him on several occasions University of Benin where he constantly give out iPads to students in the presence of other dignitaries as witnesses. Recipients are usually a thousand students yearly for a period of ten years in the State. At many other occasions, the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Benin, Prof Akenzua was also one of the special guests, and some traditional rulers across the states who graced the occasions, like the Onogie of Ewohimi, The Oba of Ayegunle Akokoedo- O’Hara Igara.

As the moves towards 2024 Governorship election generates traction, Edo people are not looking far between because Barrister Kenneth Imasuagbon who fits the bill, holds the aces. The people are eagerly waiting for his rainbow coalition mandate. With Barrister Kenneth Imasuagbon, it is Edo citizens’ turn to enjoy good governance!

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ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary

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The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

 He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

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Nigeria’s President Tinubu say’s country’s pilgrim who return $80,000 to owner in Saudi is a pride of all.

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President of Nigeria, Mr  Ahmed Bola Tinubu will honour Zamfara pilgrim Hajiya A’ishatu ‘Yan Guru Nahuce who found $80,000 in Saudi Arabia during the last Hajj exercise and return the money to it’s rightful owner. Chairman Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Musa Mallaha has revealed.

Mallaha disclosed that the president is overwhelmed by the act of honesty exhibited by the female pilgrim hence he directed the National Hajj Commission to organize a national press conference to interview the woman for record keeping while in Saudi.

When the directives was given by the president according to Mallaha, the woman was already airlifted back to Nigeria adding that arrangements are in top gear to ensure the presidential directives is implemented as soon as possible.

Mr. Mallaha who revealed that president Tinubu expressed delight and pointed out that Hajiya Nahuce has brought respect and honour to her country Nigeria said the commission’s preparation towards the national press conference in Nigeria now will include the State governor, Dauda Lawan keying into the activities.

Mallaha further said that her honesty is a pride to all Muslims accross the globe.

The woman during the last excise stumbled into the money while performing Tawaff at the Ka’abah, she said that she kick the bag of the money to a distance for fear of been trample upon if she bow down to pick it up because of the large crowd. An Arab Pilgrim who saw her action pick the bag and gave it to her thinking that it was hers.

Mrs. Nahuce who was sponsored to Hajj by her son’s revealed that it was her first trip to the holy land.

She further revealed in an interview that, she took the money to the officials of her local government Hajj commission and handed it over. The officials met Saudi Authorities and within few days the owner was found and the money was returned to him.

She commented that she was not aware of the magnitude of her action until she was back home to Nigeria where she understands that the news went viral before her arrival

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Nigerian Army neutralize 7 bandits, comb bush for others in Zamfara

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Nigerian Army neutralized seven Armed Bandits while several others flee with gunshots wounds in the late hours of Monday. 

The bandits in large number according to reliable source attempted to infiltrate and attack the troops at Kango Sabuwa. The gallant troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Wanke were steps ahead of them.

This was achieved by the troops in an ambush operation along the route suspected to be used by the Bandits.

The troops Shortly after the encounter proceeds in pursuit of other fleeing wounded bandits, recovered 1 Machine Gun, ammunition and 6 Motorcycles from the armed bandits.

The Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut commends the troops for their bravery and resilience in dealing with the Armed Bandits.

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