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Hon. Uche Ohia Has Kept His Promise, As Imo State Tourism Ministry Flags Off Tourism Identity Logo Contest



Imo Tourism Identity Logo

In a press release to journalists, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts said the following,  Read below ~

The Imo State Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts has flagged off the Imo State Tourism Identity Logo Design Contest. Speaking to newsmen during a brief ceremony to mark the flag off in his office at the State Secretariat, Owerri, at the weekend, the Hon. Commissioner for Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts, Mazi Uche Ohia, Ph.D said that the contest was in fulfilment of the promise he made at the 2022 World Creativity and Innovation Day Ceremony held at the International Exhibition Centre, Owerri on April 21, 2022 to throw the field open for Imolites to have an opportunity to create a Tourism brand identity logo for Imo State.

Honorable Uche Ohia PhD Imo State Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. 

He stated that the government is projecting and promoting Imo State as an irresistible tourism destination and that a bold and attractive tourism logo is required to make the job easier. He said that the Ministry is focused on creating a brand identity for Imo Tourism to facilitate smooth tourism marketing aimed at increasing visitor traffic to Imo State.

The Tourism Commissioner said that despite the prevailing insecurity in the country, Imo State still held the flag as the major hub of tourism and hospitality in Southern Nigeria and a safe place to relax and recreate in relative tranquility: “with a wide choice of exquisite hotels, eateries, lounges, shops, nightclubs, cinemas, travel agencies, event centres, etc Imo has the best places to stay, to wine and dine, to hangout and to hold conferences”. Also, he said, “Imo State is blessed with a natural location that is almost equidistant to all Southern Nigerian cities, numerous tertiary institutions, memorable tourist sites, the only surviving Zoo and wildlife park, breath-taking lakes and ecotourism sites and a tourism-friendly government that has prioritized security, infrastructure development and urban regeneration”.

The Tourism Commissioner declared that as the government was trying its best to create an enabling environment for Tourism to thrive, Imo people had a duty to complement the efforts of government by using every opportunity to promote the tourism potentials of the state and by desisting from demarketing the State in any form or manner especially on social media. He said that a brand identity reflective of the USP (unique selling point) of the state would help greatly in massive tourism promotion. That, he said, is the aim of the Tourism Logo Contest.

Mazi Uche Ohia stated that after wide research, consultations and considerations, the Ministry had settled for “endless hospitality” as the USP on which to anchor the logo of Imo State as a brand identity. He invited all Imo indigenes everywhere in the world with a flair for graphics or designing to take advantage of the contest to come up with a suitable tourism brand logo not only to help make Imo the travel destination of choice but also to take part of the credit by writing their name in gold for posterity. Prizes set aside for winners include N200,000 for the first prize, N100,000 for the second prize and N50,000 for the third prize. Certificates of participation will also be issued to contestants.The contest opens on June 1, 2022 and closes on June 30, 2022. Entry details are contained in the Tourism Logo Contest Publication released by the Ministry.

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Breaking News, Opec Secretary General, Muhammad Barkindo Dies @63 In Abuja



The death of the two term OPEC Secretary General has been announced in a tweet by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari.

In the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Kyari, on his verified Twitter handle, had written,

@MKKyari, “We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday, July 5 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly.”

The cause of his death was unknown at the time of filing this report.

Mr Barkindo’s term as secretary-general was to end on July 31. On Tuesday, he delivered a keynote address at the Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, which runs from July 4 to 7. Nigeria joined OPEC in 1971. The country marked its 50th Anniversary in OPEC last year.

Late Barkindo standing in the middle

He was born April 20th, 1959, and died on July 5th aged 63.

Following the announcement of his death by the NNPC GMD, a former senator Shehu Sani, tweeted,

“Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died 11pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”

On Tuesday,  Mr Barkindo met President Muhammadu Buhari along with some OPEC delegates in Abuja. In a statement by OPEC, the meeting took place mainly to honour Barkindo’s two-term tenure as secretary-general of OPEC.

In the meeting, President Buhari, Welcomed him back home and saying, “We are proud of your distinguished achievements at OPEC. You were able to successfully navigate the Organization through turbulent challenges.”

Responding, Barkindo said, “I and my colleagues from the OPEC Secretariat are deeply honoured by your audience, Mr President, as well as of the honourable Minister Sylva and other senior officials of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.”

He later briefed the President on oil market developments and the vital role the Declaration of Cooperation played in stabilising the global oil market over the duration of his tenure.

Muhammad Barkindo being honoured. 

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Herdsmen stabbed Man To Death For Killing Cow In Lagos



Killed Cow and Commercial bus involved.

There was commotion in the Agbo Malu Agemoowo area of Lagos-Badagry expressway as two suspected herdsmen stabbed a commercial bus driver to death.

The two people said to be the herders have been arrested in connection with the incident by the police in the state.

Benjamin Hundeyin, the image maker of the state police, confirmed the death but fail short to confirm the identity of the killed person.

A commercial LT bus was said to be on a high speed in the area when it crashed into one of the cows, crossing to the other side of the road.

An argument was said to have ensued between the commercial bus conductor and the herdsman which resulted in the herdsman stabbing the driver to death.

The incident created an instant reaction from residents of the area who blocked the expressway and threatened to avenge the death of the deceased man.

The situation caused serious traffic gridlock on the dilapidated road forcing many motorists to find alternative routes.

A resident of the area, George, said “It happened in the morning around 7 o’clock. I had just passed the area when my wife called me. I learnt that the driver was on a high speed when two herdsmen were trying to cross their cows to the other side of the road.”

He also added that “The vehicle was badly damaged and in the process, a fight ensued and the conductor was stabbed in the head and other parts of his body.”

The police image maker confirmed that “A commercial vehicle ran into two cows this morning at Agemowo, Badagry killing one of the herders’ cows.”

The Lagos police spokesperson also stated that “The cattle herders attacked someone they mistook for the vehicle conductor, resulting in his death. The DPO Morogbo division assisted by soldiers from 243 Battalion, Badagry successfully cleared the road and normalcy has since been restored to the area.”

The Lagos police image maker also denied that “It is entirely false that the deceased was turned back when he sought refuge in the police station. He did not make it off the accident scene, let alone, reach the station,” he added.

“Meanwhile the two herders have been arrested. An investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided subsequently,” the police image maker said.


Source Nigerian Tribune.

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Just In, President Muhammadu Buhari Swears-In New Acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria



President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN)

Justice Ariwoola was officially sworn by the president on Monday afternoon, following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad from the Judicial position.

Justice Muhammad, it was gathered, was forced to resign over the weekend, although the information in the public space is that he’s quitting on health grounds.

Recall that last week, a letter written 14 justices of the supreme court accusing him of abandoning his responsibility as the leader of the court leaked.

The judges further accused the CJN of going on foreign trips with his family while denying them the right to go on international trainings.

It was gathered that there was a memo from the judges to the presidency, highlighting all of the CJN’s financial dealings, and threatening that they would stop sitting from September if he is not removed.

Ariwoola, the new CJN was the next-highest ranking justice of the supreme court after Muhammad.

He is billed to leave the Judicial service in 2028.


Justice Ariwoola was born on 22 August 1958 and he is currently the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court.

He was formerly a Justice of the Court of Appeal and was elevated to the Supreme Court bench after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State.

Ariwoola started his educational career in his home town Iseyin at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole, in the Iseyin Local government of Oyo State between 1959 and 1967.

Until his elevation to the Supreme Court, Ariwoola served as Justice of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu, and Lagos divisions.

Justice Ariwoola has attended many International and National conferences and workshops in France, Atlanta Georgia, UK and Dubai, UAE, and he is married with offsprings.


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