Iyara Development Movement (IDM) has concluded plans to celebrate another “Iyara Day” on Saturday October 19th, 2019.
The event is scheduled to hold at Iyara Town Hall Premises, Iyara, Kogi State by 10 am.
A statement dated 5th September, 2019 and jointly signed by the President of IDM, Professor Mike Ikupolati and its Director General, Mr. Funso Fayomi, revealed that the 2019 Iyara Day, celebration is the 26th in the series and it will feature cultural activities by various groups to make the event memorable.
The theme of the celebration, according to the statement, which was made available to journalists, is “Operation Quench Thirst In Iyara Water Project” and the event would be marked with fanfare such as cultural dances, displays, and celebrations.
The water project is estimated to cost N100 Million.
Prof Ikupolati, Alh Gani Musa, Dayo Asaju and Chairman, with the chairman, Dotun sulaiman at the Iyaraday ’19
It will be recalled that the fund raising for the ambitious project started during the 25th Anniversary of “Iyara Day” in September last year.
Expected at the event, which had been endorsed in the past by former president Ibrahim Babangida and Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, are the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, who is the Special Guest, while the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Hon. (Mrs.) Ramatu Tijani Aliyu is the Special Guest of Honour.
Others that will add colour to the ceremony are the Board Chairman of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and a top management consultant, Mr. Dotun Sulaiman, who will serve as the Chairman of the event and the Chairman of Nigerian Insurance Association, who is also the Vice President of the African Insurance Organization and Managing Director of NEM Insurance PLC, Mr. Tope Smart, who is the Chief Launcher.
Ikupolati and Fayomi revealed in the statement that the water project was meant to provide potable water for the people of the community and put an end to years of suffering of the residents due to unavailability of potable water in the community.
“This year’s Iyara Day has been planned to be the best in recent times.
“We are happy that we are all alive to celebrate this special day and we look forward to seeing our people trooping to the town and joining us in this celebration and fund raising ceremony.
“We use this opportunity to invite all Okun sons and daughters to this special event and we assure them that they will be glad to be part of this year’s event that promises to be full of actions, colour and tradition,” they said in the statement.
It will be recalled that In 1993, a group of young persons identified the advantages of community day celebration they witnessed in their respective areas of domicile and were motivated to replicate same in Iyara, headquarters of Ijumu LGA, Kogi State.
The celebration was the first of its kind in Okunland and it has become an avenue to unite the people of the community.
Ikupolati and Fayomi revealed in the statement that the laudable idea of “Iyara Day” is the flagship of such celebrations in Okunland and that it has become a reference point, which others have since emulated.
The duo emphasized in the statement that “Iyara Day” has become an avenue to unite the people of the community and that it is getting better by the day.
They recalled that the jubilee celebration of “Iyara Day,” which they said held in September 2018, is still being talked about by the people of the community and others, adding that this year’s celebration would be far better.
“Iyara Community will always be grateful to God for what He has done for us and we will continue to showcase those things that unite us as a people.
“We are committed to the development of Iyara Town and its people and we are proud of the dreams of the founding fathers of Iyara Community and Iyara Development Movement (IDM) will continue to do its best to move the community and it’s people forward.
“2019 “Iyara Day” will surely mark a turnaround for the community and it will also be an avenue to socialise and make better plans for the development of the community and it’s people.
“May you be honoured and celebrated as you be a part of this event and we are sure that your efforts will not be in vain as you support our humble efforts of uplifting our common heritage,” the statement read.
Graphic: Young man allegedly stabbed to death by a masquerade in Imo state
A masquerade has allegedly killed a young man identified as Echezona, the son of one Theo Nwadi in Orsu-Ihiteukwa, Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State.
A Facebook user, who disclosed this on Wednesday, said the incident happened around the Udah/Ihiteukwa axis of Orsu.
“I have always said it and will continue to say it , I see no reason why masquerade should be roaming abt with weapons, guns, dagger, knife etc.This happened in orsu around the udah/ihiteukwa axis. Tradition will always be tradition BT it does not worth the life of anybody .. Our tradition need urgent measure cos its not the first time such an accident is happening. Houses have been burnt down BT the dead will never rise again. Evil guys hide under the name of tradition to carry out their evil deed.
Why dis now” he said.
A member of the community, who commented under a post by one Zanoti Kelvin, identified the masquerade as the son of Mr Boni Onuzor.
Odu, Union Bank Chairman, Passes On
The Board of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc has announced the passing of Mr. Cyril Odu, Chairman of the Bank’s Board.
The Bank, which gave this indication in a statement made available on Wednesday, said the seasoned banker died on Tuesday, September 17 after a brief illness. rubi
“Mr Odu was an outstanding leader who brought a wealth of experience and intellect to his role as Chairman,” the Bank said in the statement.
“The entire Union Bank family mourns his loss. Our deepest sympathies go to the Odu family, his friends and colleagues.”
It added that the deceased’s funeral arrangements will subsequently be announced by the family.
EKSU Student Allegedly Kills Lover Over N2500
A 20-year-old student of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Bukola Odeyemi, has allegedly stabbed her lover, John Iju, to death.
The 300-level student of the Department Of Biology Education allegedly stabbed Iju at Treasure Base Hostel, Iworoko-Ekiti, for refusing to give her N2,500 to make her hair.
According to a report by The Nation, residents rushed to the apartment following the cry for help by the deceased.
The incident was said to have occurred around 10:00pm.
An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, wondered why a girl would kill her boyfriend over money to make her hair.
He said, “Odeyemi had demanded N2,500 from her lover, also a student of EKSU, to make her hair but an argument ensued after the deceased refused to give her the money.
“During the altercation, Odeyemi stabbed Iju in the chest and his cry for help attracted us but he did not survive the injury.”
Spokesperson for the police in Ekiti, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect will be charged to court after investigation is concluded.
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