DALE ROBERTSON FOR CREMATION SAYS FAMILY

Late Dale Robertson

Late Dale Robertson

Television and Movie star, Dale Robertson, a native of Oklahoma who died on Tuesday at the age of 89 will be cremated. His niece, Nancy Robertson told AP that her uncle will be cremated in a few weeks. Robertson died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness.

Dale Robertson would want to be remembered as a father, a grandfather and an Oklahoman, she said.”He came back a lot when he was in Hollywood, and he came back (to Oklahoma) after retiring,” she said. “I remember him as a larger-than-life fellow,” she said. “When he was in town it was always very exciting. It always meant something magical was going to happen,” such as another actor.

He was born in July 14, 1923 to Melvin and Vervel Robertson in Harrah. He attended Oklahoma Military College at 17. He joined the U.S. Army and fought in North Africa and Europe during World War II. Robertson was wounded twice and awarded the Bronze and Silver Stars and the Purple Heart.

A PRINCELY TOUCH IN A WIDOW’S PAIN

Widowhood may not be the best of time for married women, most especially when it comes at a time too early in life. For Adaeze, a home grown lady, it is more or less a tale of bitterness.

Patience Ozokwo

Patience Ozokwo

Though blessed with a son, an only one in a matrimonial home of three wives, she is forced to leave the home after the demise of her husband and settled down in her family home in another village. But soon, Prince Uche who lived abroad is forced to the village by his father to shoulder his responsibility in preparation to take over from his father as King. Details in new films.

GLOBAL MUSIC SALES HIT 16.5 BILLION DOLLARS

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

GLOBAL MUSIC SALES HAS HIT AN ALL TIME high from 0.3 percent to 16.5 billion Dollars by the end of the year 2012. International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents 1,400 record companies worldwide made the announcement during the week.

Chief Executive of the organisation,  Mr. Frances Moore described the development as a hard won success, adding that digital music downloads  from websites such as Apple’s ITunes as well as other source of revenue have finally grown enough to compensate for the decline in sales of compact disc.

LUGARD ONOYEMU BURIED IN LAGOS

The late Lugard Onoyemu

The late Lugard Onoyemu

LATE SECRETARY ACTORS GUILD OF NIGERIA, Lagos State Chapter, Mr. Lugard Onoyemu was buried on Monday at the Ikoyi Cemetery, Obalende, Lagos. He died on Valentine Day at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos, while training.

President Association of Movie Producers, Mr. Zik Zulu Okafor described Onoyemu as a good man who will be missed by all. In a related development, the afro pop singer, Oluwabimpe Susan Harvey better known as Goldie Harvey who also died on Valentine day was buried on Tuesday at the Ikoyi Cemetery, Obalende, Lagos. Among those present at the event were Manager of Kennis Music, Kenny Ogungbe and her colleague, Kenny Saint Brown.

MARKETERS CHURN OUT 39 FILMS DENOMINATED IN YORUBA LANGUAGE

Sample of new films in the market

Sample of new films in the market

NOT LESS than 39 films were churned out this week by the Yoruba Video Films Producers/Marketer Association of Nigeria (YOVIFPMAN) with effect from Monday 25th, 2013. The films are Tolase by Toymax Films Holdings , Omo Butty by NAJ Investment,  Ibidapo by Olasco films,  Omo Okunrin by Gemini Films, Kemi Azonto by Small World Productions.See new films for details.

 

AT LAST PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN SIGNS N4.987 TRILLION BUDGET

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan finally signed the N4.987trillion budget into law on Tuesday night. Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr. Ruben Abati made the revelation in a press statement after a closed door meeting by the President and principal members of the National Assembly at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Abati called on ministers and head of government agencies to work hard so as to be able to meet up with the expectation of the President on the budget.  The House of Representatives had slashed the recurrent expenditure by over N100billion and increased  capital projects allocation to  N100billion . The President originally set aside the sum of  N2.41trillion  for recurrent expenditure, but the lawmakers  slashed it to N2.38trillion. The house also raised capital vote to N1.62trillion, up from Jonathan’s N1.54trillion.

The sum of N591.7billion was earmarked for debt servicing, while N387.9billion was allocated to statutory transfers. The crude oil benchmark also increased from the Executive proposal of $75 to $79 per barrel. It will be recalled that these adjustment did not go down well with the President who then decided not to append his signature on the bill. It is however not clear if these adjustments were retained in the budget signed by the President.

 

CIVIL SERVANTS TO COMMENCE SATURDAY WORK IN MARCH

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola

With effect from March 1, 2013, public servants in Lagos State  will now be required to work on Saturdays in order to render essential services to members of the public.  The exercise will however start with officials in the Ministry of Transportation, Urban and Physical Planning and Land Bureau, whose services are required almost on a day to day basis.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola made the revelation yesterday at an occasion to mark his 2100 days in office.  ”Consequently, in response to demand, we have resolved to commence Saturday service in some pilot ministries, departments and agencies with effect from the first Saturday in March in 2013 excluding the last Saturday of every month reserved for sanitation day,” the governor said.The governor who spoke on a variety of issues said his government is both for the poor and for the rich and maintained that there has been a significant reduction in Okada-related accidents and deaths as a result of the impact of the traffic law.

”Our traffic law has also recorded increased acceptability and compliance, and it has most importantly delivered on its objective which is the safety of lives,” he said. Fashola explained the objective of the traffic law was to save lives and not to make money. ”Between November and December 2012, we recorded a 24.2 percent reduction in fines. This reinforces our position that this is about safety of human lives and not about money.

FASHOLA LIGHTS UP IKORODU ROAD

Moments after lights on Ikorodu were switched on by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Monday

Moments after lights on Ikorodu were switched on by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Monday

Ikorodu road literally came alive yesterday when the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola lighted up the area, illuminating the independence tunnel and the dark alley at Anthony, capable of putting criminal activity in check.

The Governor, who spoke at the brief but truly impressive said that safer roads, secured roads and crime free roads, are the hallmark of the kind of city state that the state wants to be.

“We are here tonight because most of the highways in Lagos now and the major traffic routes are lit up at night. The Ikorodu Road is the most strategic road, not only for Lagos alone but for the whole country. if you have driven on that road at night, you can only understand how impactful this service would be starting from tonight. The lights will improve visibility, safety of drivers and safety of pedestrians. That is one of the major reasons why this is a symbolic point for us to signify our commitment to the protection of life and property. To keep the citizens safe in their vehicles, to ensure reduction in road traffic accidents in the state that are caused by poor visibility at night. And also to ensure that residents across the state can get on with their life because security is enhanced”, he said, adding that over 40 streets are now fully lit at night and that more streets will be fitted with lights.

LAGOS SHUTS LADIPO MARKET OVER ENVIROMENTAL NUISANCE

One of the lagos market

One of the lagos market

Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, has ordered the closure of Ladipo Market, Mushin, after several meetings and warnings to the market leadership and traders about the deteriorating state of the market.

The Commissioner complained that the market was polluted and degraded with oil; surrounding canals were filled with full and half motor engines, spare parts and human waste while illegal structures were built along drainage just as all the canal setbacks had been converted to shops and trading points.

Other reasons adduced for the closure of the market was the takeover by street traders of the entire major inlet and outlet to the market, which had made residents to have on several occasions  petitioned the Ministry of the Environment over lack of access to their homes and property.

The traders were also said to have degraded all the major access roads to the market which now needs remediation and rehabilitation.

According to the State Government, some of the conditions  that could warrant  reopening of the market include: complete  removal of all illegal structures and attached structures built along canal paths, confinement of traders’ activities to the main markets removal of all shops attachments built  round the market/canals, removal of all  derelict and abandoned vehicles packed within the market up to the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, remediation of all forms of degradation on the roads and market area, sorting out of waste management issues with LAWMA and ensuring total cleaning of the entire market and adjoining streets, among others.

It would be recalled that the officials of the Ministry had visited the place repeatedly  recently to warn the traders. It was when no noticeable progress was made on the unhygienic state of the market that the State Government was left with no other option than to seal the market.

FASHOLA TO SWITCH ON LIGHTS ON IKORODU ROAD AT SUNDOWN

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola

The Lagos State Government will in less than two hours time switch on lights on the very busy Ikorodu Road, banish darkness and make driving easy and  stress-free  at night.

Governor of the state, Mr. Babatunde Fashola will lead members of the State Executive Council to the Anthony campus of the Lagos State University, where he will formerly switch on the light and bring night-time driving on the road comparable to what you find on Airport Road, from Maryland, Abeokuta/Oshodi Expressway and the Lagos Island, which is currently powered from the first Independent Power Project in Lagos State.

Already, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Alhaji Hakeem Belo has described the event as grand breaking as he invites all to join in the ceremony at sundown.