Evacuation of Nigerians in Ukraine begins Wednesday as Gbajabiamila meets minister ~Ajasa-Info

The House Representatives said on Monday that it would give every needed support to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to begin the evacuation of Nigerians back from Ukraine.

The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, again re-enforced the position of the legislature when he invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama, to his office in Abuja on Monday for a meeting on the plight of Nigerians caught in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The first batch of the air-lifting is now scheduled to take place on Wednesday this week.

The evacuation, earlier planned for Monday (yesterday), was rescheduled for Wednesday to give enough room for the ministry, the House and the Nigerian foreign missions in Ukraine, Poland and Russia to complete the formalities of moving Nigerians from inside Ukraine to safe borders with neighbouring countries.

Gbajabiamila, while commending the ministry for the steps taken so far to ensure the safety of Nigerians, the majority of who are students, however, stated that the country must find ways to quicken its response time to emergencies.

He noted that response mechanisms, including funds, aeroplanes and other equipment, must readily be on standby to respond to life-threatening situations such as the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and how they affected Nigerians.

“We must be in a state of readiness at all times. We should have our own planes and necessary funding to respond quickly to such emergencies”, the Speaker stated.

He stated that measures the National Assembly would take included legislation to address such emergencies and supplementary appropriations among others.

Gbajabiamila recalled how the House was left with no choice but to pass a resolution on Thursday last week, mandating its Majority Leader, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, and the Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep.Yusuf Buba, to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and proceed to Ukraine by the weekend to facilitate the air-lifting of students home.

He added that this was the last resort as members were bombarded with telephone calls by their constituents, coupled with the viral videos and pictures of Nigerians caught in the conflict, appealing to the Nigerian Government to come to their aid urgently.

Onyeama, while giving the Speaker a situation report, reassured him that things were under control in Ukraine, as the Federal Government had put necessary arrangements in place to ensure the safe return of Nigerians.

He disclosed that in the last few days, the ministry in conjunction with the missions had completed formalities for Nigerians to move to safe border points from where they would be transported in buses to the airports in neighbouring countries.

He listed Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and even Russia, among the countries to be used as exit points.

The minister, who said there were about 5,600 Nigerian students in Ukraine, added that there were also non-students, some of whom might not have been legally documented.

He informed Gbajabiamila that working closely with the governments of those countries, the ministry had secured their cooperation to grant access to Nigerians into their territories, preparatory for the evaluation.

Onyeama dismissed reports that Africans, particularly Nigerians, were not allowed to leave Ukraine or granted access into the neighbouring countries, blaming the chaos at some of the borders on “panic” and the fact that so many people were rushing at the time on hearing the sound of bombs and artillery fire.

“Where we are now is the point of ascertaining the exact number we are dealing with and to agree on the location for the evaluation.

“We are thinking Bucharest; but all of this is being sorted out and we are constantly working to ensure that everything goes on very smoothly”, the minister added.

Onyeama also explained that the delay in evacuating Nigerians wasn’t because the government wasn’t ready or didn’t know what to do.

According to him, “80% to 90%” of countries and people did not believe that Russia would indeed invade Ukraine.

“I was in touch with our ambassador early enough and he assured us that there was no need for evacuation. The students even said there was no problem at all.

“Also, the Ukrainian government did not want people to leave, and especially because most of our people are students, who will not be able to go back to Ukraine again, should they leave”, Onyeama further stated.

ZIGS04 Elites honours February Celebrants in grand style ~Ajasa-Info

By Muhammad Adekunle

Zumratul Islamiyah Grammar School (ZIGS04) Elites Celebrates it’s annual February Celebrants with Prince Fatola Adesegun as it’s President.

The event which held on 26th February 2022 at De Kings Hotel Sabo, Ikorodu Lagos state witnessed a gathering of old school students of the above named school, Friends, relatives and well wishers in large numbers who came from wide and near to celebrate in the fun fare of the association.

It started on an amicable note where the President hosted his colleagues and executives of the association to a closed door meeting saddled with the responsibility of forward thinking, election updates, account of funds generated and deliberations in a bid to sustain the association.

Hereafter, was a reception programme which guest and members wine and dine to the sound of exotic Fuji music, hip-hop varieties and so on. the highlights of the day was the chanting of ancestral pedigree of each February celebrants which left the entire crowd in Awe. The Association in it’s well meaning practice consist it’s elite students o several tribes and location who came together to give the day it’s befitting honour.


It was chronology in the making at Oshodi Arts Gallery on the 22nd of February 2022, as delegates from the guild of Nigeria dance practitioners (Lagos State chapter) graced the 2nd largest art collection centre in Africa (based in Ikorodu)

The press conference of a meeting aimed at bringing a synergy between dance, theatre and visualisation, saw the Guild, ably led by its chairman (Mrs Ugo Obiayo Esq) bring to fruition the official partnership between the prestigious Art centre and the dance guild, thereby creating a coexisting niche for creative talents from both expanses

With dancers from different genres also present, the conference via the Guild, clearly enlightened both parties involved on the need to collaborate, bridging the gap and creating more futuristic opportunities for upcoming talents, giving them a sense of belongings
Also symbolising empowerment for youths, event/project execution, sensitisation agendas and enhanced training, the coalition according to GONDP’s chairman, is a step in the right direction to cement numerous crafts in the entertainment sector

Mrs Ugo Obiayo Esq continued, “Ikorodu as a waterbed region in Lagos state, is well known to house a lot of creative talents and celebrities, this region is special to us, and for a while now, GONDP has been making plans to establish a branch here”

“Having this collaboration with a masterpiece like Oshodi Arts Gallery, also making the institution our headquarters in Ikorodu, there would be no better form of a partnership than this to spearhead our productive course”
“From this startup point, we shall be spreading our tentacles across the local council development areas, reaching out to young and vibrant individuals and given them a sense of belongings through this platform” Mrs Ugo expanded

In his complimentary speech post-conference, Dr Oshodi Paul (CEO Oshodi Arts Gallery) thanked the Guild for making the partnership a reality (and for also conferring him as the grand patron of GONDP Ikorodu branch), affirming his commitment and support towards the progression of the alliance
Dr Oshodi Seyi Paul stated, “As a visionary art practitioner, I’ve always envisaged the connectivity between Arts and visual displays, which creative experts doesn’t marry during production, this has puzzled me for a long time”

“That’s why when the chairman of the Guild of Nigeria Dance Practitioners approached me earlier on, I saw it as a perfect opportunity for that synergy to come to life“
“With this partnership, there is nothing we cannot achieve in the world of creativity, Arts, theatre and visual production. Oshodi Arts gallery, measuring up to international standard will ensure we amass sophisticated scopes as we cultivate more works from our stable”

“In areas of empowerment, the gallery will ensure that while dancing, we’ll also expose the youths to other areas we can broaden their skill-sets and develop their craft to make them a total package, such as building their traditional costumes, understanding the art of painting and so on” Dr Oshodi Paul asserted
Selected coordinators were subsequently appointed by the Guild’s Lagos boss as a form of interim leadership to kick off the agreement and set the Ikorodu agenda in motion
Mr Hamzat Barshan and Mr Omolade Dalmas were also in attendance, representing the Guild to prep newly appointed leaders and members on the principles, essence and direction of GONDP


. . . the Group charges patriotic Nigerians to intensify support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s candidacy.

The pro-active grassroots mobilization group championing the laudable cause of the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria, the Indomitable Tinubu Support Organisation (ITSO) has charged patriotic Nigerians to intensify support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu candidacy and urged the electorates, both home and in the diaspora, to be prepared for the positive economic revolution and improvement in the human development index of the citizenry upon Tinubu’s ascendancy into the helm of affairs of the country within the next 363 days.

The assurance was made by the Director General of ITSO, Hon. Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun, immediately after the electoral umpire signalled the commencement of the 2023 political race with the publication of Election Notice, in compliance with the new amended Electoral Act assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari last friday.

“The vast support base, wide networks and ongoing extensive consultations by the numero uno Presidential hopeful, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reinforced the beliefs and confidence of many Nigerians that a secured and prosperous country is in the offing with Asiwaju Tinubu as the most suitable, competent and detribalized patriotic candidate for NOW”. he stated.

Balogun enjoined eligible voters to make use of the window created by INEC on the continuing registration exercise to ensure they register and get their PVCs.

While re-affirming the commitment of the group, whom are mainly drawn from group of grassroots mobilizers, savvy professionals and astute administrators across the federation and abroad, to the political ideology of the APC National Leader; Balogun stated that they would also be educating voters on their responsibilities during the pre-election period and on election day.

ITSO believe Tinubu is a sellable candidate for the party and we will be working to ensure he gets highest votes ever in the annals of presidential election to become the president in 363 days. To get this done, we are not only going to canvass and mobilise for votes for our leader, we are also going to engage in voter education to enable the electorates know and exercise their civic responsibilities”.

It would be recalled that the ITSO was formally inaugurated on the 22/2/22 as a new grassroots political movement galvanising support and mobilizing Nigerians for the realisation of presidential ambition of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Senator Abiru Meets LASCOTA, Urges Tradesmen To Take Advantage Of N300M Lagos East Business Loan ~Ajasa-Info

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has urged Tradesmen and Artisans in the Lagos East District to avail themselves of the 300 Million Naira Lagos East Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan at a very concessional *(6) six percent* per annum interest rate.

The Senator disclosed this when he met with the Lagos East leadership of the Lagos State Council of Tradesmen And Artisans (LASCOTA) at his constituency office in Ikorodu on Saturday.

Abiru, a retired bank Chief Executive and former Lagos State Commissioner of Finance said enabling affordable loans for businesses is the only sustainable way of promoting prosperity in the society. According to him , that is real empowerment.

The Senator urged LASCOTA, the umbrella body of Artisans and Tradesmen in Lagos with over fifty different Artisan Associations and Trades to encourage their members in the Lagos East District to apply for the loan when it comes live in April 2022.

The Lagos East Chairperson of LACOSTA, Mrs Funmilola David, thanked the Senator for the unprecedented achievements he has recorded in the last 13 months. She said LACOSTA is ready to work and collaborate with the Senator in the deepening of his interventions to the grassroots.

A former Lagos State lawmaker, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola and Otunba (Dr) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Special Adviser To Senator Constituency Matters who were also at the parley appreciated the LACOSTA leadership for acknowledging the great works of the Senator. They assured that greater things are underway.

The Senator conducted LASCOTA leadership around the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL ), a tech and Innovation space which is currently situated at the Constituency Office. Secondary School students between ages 12 and 18 were in class for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) training.


After over 130 students that applied for the jamb Aptitude test done last year during the ISU Week program of Imota students’ union the selected beneficiaries has been fully registered this year.

With hearts full of appreciation as the 2021 ISU Week Program finally reaches its totality after the registration of the Jamb form beneficiaries, the entire student body of Imota, including the Executives of *Imota Students’ Union (ISU)*, with utmost warmth appreciate the sponsors of the *2021 ISU WEEK JAMB FORM SCHOLARSHIP* who for the love of humanity and for improving the educational stand of the town. Whilst the climax of registration is reached, we hope that through the infinite mercies of the Almighty, your benevolence will be crowned by successes and blessings in all ramifications of your endeavours. Amen! said by comr. Ogunbowale Olatayo bodunrin, president imota Students’ Union.

He further make it know that after this registration, the union lool forward to subjecting them all to a rigorous *CBT Training/Practice* towards their examination and as well proper monitoring, and guidance through the period of the examination to ensure they all performance excellently well. We won’t relent on our oars as we will also ensure we render all possible assistance towards their admissions he added.

In conclusion he said, that the Executives look forward to having more support because all these wouldn’t have been possible without great and like minded people enormous support as he appreciated the sponsors extensively.


The Lagos Status Governance Builders Independent Group otherwise known as LASGOBIG has commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the remarkable achievements recorded since the inception of his administration.

According to the Founder of LASGOBIG, Mr Emmanuel Amuwo, the independent organisation engaged Lagos State MDAs twice in the year 2021 to evaluate the performance of the Sanwo-Olu led administration, and from its findings, the administration has done remarkably well and still doing so much.

The group noted that judging by the analysis of its engagement with the MDAs, without any form of prejudice, despite the throes of the pandemic and the aftermath of the EndSARS protests, the pace at which the state was able to move on could only be from a pragmatic and innovative government such as the Sanwo-Olu led administration in Lagos State.

Speaking about the need for the governor to seek re-election, Mr Amuwo stated that it is of utmost benefit to the state if Governor Sanwo-Olu is allowed to consolidate on his good works.

He said LASGOBIG, as a body with the mandate to bridge the gap in governance, would be willing to support Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu if he chooses to go for a second term citing his enviable performance and delivery of service.

“To show our support through our LASGOBIG REPORTS, we shall give exclusive performance report of each ministry to show the public that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has delivered on his promises and deserve another term.

“LASGOBIG is on a mission to create a strong synergy between the government and the people, therefore we owe it to the people of Lagos State to convince them through facts and not mere words of campaign,” he added.

Mr Amuwo also encouraged the MDAs to always showcase their projects and programs, saying this would, more than ever, restore public trust in the government.


Rep Babajimi Benson member house of representatives Ikorodu, flag off Agbala/Eyita roads, drafts contractor to site for the commencement of new eleven(11) roads connecting major roads in Ikorodu Federal Constituency on Saturday, February 26th, 2022.

The multiple road construction inaugurated for construction yesterday include; Oshin-ladega street Agbala, Amudat Jokomba street, Olokunola street, Oladunjoye oriola street.

Linking Eyita Ikorodu central, Oguntuga street, Igbeyin Adun street, Olaore oshikoya street, Ayodele Ayeni street, Giwa Efugbotu, Adeyiga street (benson estate linking munirat Aleje that connects benson bus stop)

Rep Jimi Benson who has in the past would not just build road, but facilitate and construct roads that link major express roads, assured that his administration will open up more roads that will pave way for the economic prosperity of Ikorodu division.

The Ikorodu-born Lawmaker while addressing the beneficiaries of the new roads said the ongoing Ikorodu-Sagamu road sited along Ikorodu North border was his first road construction job in the entire Ikorodu Division and assured more are in the offing.

Rep Babajimi Benson while giving statistical analysis of what accrues to Ikorodu Division as a Federal Constituency disclosed that insufficient constituency allowance can not this multiple projects but his office most times lobbied to get these projects coming to Ikorodu Division.

“So it is not that we earn more than our colleagues in the green chamber but these projects are culmination of extra efforts, lobbying, hard work, undivided commitment to bring these amenities to the doorsteps of Ikorodu Division.

Builder Deola Banjo the Executive Chairman of Ikorodu North LCDA in his welcome address labelled Honourable Jimi Benson the “Posterboy” of Ikorodu division noting that Ikorodu division never envisaged representation can be this good.

He said the roads upon completion would ease travel time and would make life more meaningful for the good people of Ikorodu North especially.

Speakers at the event took turns to thank JB for his superlative performance and giant strides scattered across Ikorodu division.

The link roads are expected to be completed in four months after which residents of Ikorodu would be able to connect Benson right from Agbala area of Ikorodu North.

For the purpose of this reportage, we say THANK YOU once again our James Bond, Julius Berger and the model of representation accross Nigeria, Honourable Babajimi Benson.

Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State Prince Abiodun Ogunleye commend “JB’s performance is phenomenal, he has continuously built on the extant standard of good governance. He is a pride to Lagos, a precious treasure to Ikorodu Division”.

Alhaji Oduborisha, President Oriwu Club while reeling out scorecards of Rep. Babajimi Benson on road construction submitted that “Politics apart, if you want progress for your community, you must identify with a good performer like JB irrespective of your political ideology or party. JB is a noble gentle man. He is a Party on his own and he will continue to enjoy my supports”

Notable personality at the roads flag off include Honourable Wasiu Adesina, Honourable Sulaimon Olanrewaju, Prince Kunle Ogunbela, Otunba Olasunkanmi Tijani, Mrs Toyin Salau, Alhaji Fayas, Alhaji Odidi, Past and incumbent Councillors, Supervisors, CDC Ikorodu North, Agbala Otuja CDA, Agbala Otuja Valley View CDA, Harmony Entity group and a host of others.


American company, Kimberly-Clark, which produces Huggies pampers has expanded operations in Nigeria with the opening of $100m plant in Ikorodu, Lagos.

For almost 150 years, Kimberly Clark has sought new and innovative ways to
make lives better for consumers across the globe. Operating in 175 countries and catering to billions of people around the world, they have strengthened resolve to continue to provide better care for a better world.

Since 2012, they have been warmly integrated into the Nigerian community and the lives of the consumers. With the range of quality diapers and feminine hygiene and sanitary products, we are meeting essential needs, throughout life, for every Nigerian, so they are free to experience more of what
is important to them.

$100 million invested in Nigeria to date
1.65 million mothers reached via the Huggies hospital outreach program 6,000 direct and indirect jobs in 5 years 500,000 girls educated annually on mensural hygiene and period stigma eradication through our SheSABI Initiative in secondary schools.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu promised to construct the roads within the Odogunyan Industrial Estate in partnership with the Federal Government within the next one year, which the Minister of State for Finance Chief Clement Egba earlier raised the issue by contributing a fair share by the state Government and the Federal Government.

The Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning Prince Clement Egba in his remarks.

“For Kimberly Clark to have invested over $100million in Nigeria speaks to their commitment to Nigeria. For them to have built the factory during the pandemic speaks to their resilience. For them to partner with various hospitals and schools speaks about the importance of giving back and caring for the community they operate in.”

“Kimberly-Clark’s presence in Nigeria has generated 1000 direct and indirect jobs since inception and will generate an additional 6000 jobs in the next 3-4 years.”

“Companies like Kimberly-Clark should inspire many other companies to think about Nigeria as an investment centre. We are so proud of the work Kimberly-Clark is doing and will continue to support their operations in Nigeria.”

Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen in her own remarks “everything revolve about this company is about women the ministry is proud of what kimberly are doing, my best wishes to the future of the company, I commend them for this laudable project.”

In the remarks of Rep. Babajimi Benson member federal house of representatives, Chairman House Committee on Defense.

“Kimberly clark was placed in the gender loved Community, for kimberly clark to have invested over a million dollars in nigeria, kimberly clark presennce in Nigeria has provide job opportunities for its citizens.”

“I am proud to associate with Kimberly-Clark as their existence will not only provide over one thousand direct and indirect jobs but significantly assist to transform Ikorodu Federal Constituency into the Miami of Africa.”

“My sincere appreciation to the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Taline, Minister of State for Budget and Planning, Prince Clem Agba, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adebayo, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Shotobi, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, Oba Semiu Orimadegun, Eweye of Isiwu, Oba Olukayode Raji, and host Chairman Ikorodu North LCDA, Hon. Adeola Banjo, amongst others for their presence at the historic event.”

In the remarks of the Executive Governor of Lagos State Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

‘It is a delight every time I see businesses doing well and expanding opportunities for our people in Lagos.”

“Kimberly-Clark has investment worth over $100 million in our State. The new factory will employ thousands of Lagosians directly and indirectly through sourcing, production, distribution and supply chain management of its flagship product, Huggies Baby Diapers.”

“Congratulations to the management and staff of the company for the growth of their business. “

“Lagos will continue to be a home for viable businesses and our administration will continously improve on the ease of doing business in the state.”

The Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo as the Special Guest of Honour, in his own remarks

“This plant, I am told would serve Nigerian consumers with affordable high-quality diapers and I am told it will produce something in the order of about 600 million diapers every year.

“I am also told that with our seven million babies born every year, we are just two million behind the Chinese, so we are really the largest possible market for diapers in the world, coming second only to the Chinese.

“So, I think Kimberly – Clark has chosen a very good place. We are told also that this will provide thousands of jobs and I believe that the first thousand are already in place and we expect a further couple of thousands in the next three years.”

The Vice President noted that for the federal government, “every new manufacturing plant is an important step toward our belief that it is private investment, but local and foreign that must be the pathway to rapid economic growth with jobs and prosperity.”

“And this commitment of the federal government is expressed in the strategic objectives of the plan which include establishing a strong foundation for a diversified economy, investing in critical infrastructure – roads, rails, power, and broadband; enabling human capital development and improving governance and strengthening security.”

He said further that the implementation of the plan is expected to be supported by a range of fiscal monitoring and trade measures including more intentionally promoting productivity and value addition.


On Monday, 21st of February, 2022 the NANS and NAUS Southwest leadership paid an unscheduled visit to the Asst. Commissioner of Police led by Comrade Giwa Temitope a stakeholder who introduced them, the ACP reminisced on the end SARS protest in 2020, and gave his total support to the security of students in the State, in response the both student union bodies assured the ACP of solidarity to the SCID after which they visited the Deputy Commissioner of Police who was the most senior ranking officer in the SCID, after they were introduced, the DCP gave a brief history of his close relationship with past student union leaders and he reiterated his commitment to keeping the relationship and assured them of an open door policy, Comrade Giwa requested for proper courtesy visit to the State Commissioner of Police in response the DCP told him how tight the CP’s schedule is but nevertheless asked that the request be made through a letter and once approved all principal officers of the State command would be there to receive them.

They later visited the Area C Area Commander who gladly received the student leaders and appreciated them for coming, after a brief intro, the AC advised them to put their academics as priority and give themselves to the obedience of the law, he counselled them to be peaceful and gave his total support to whatever they need around the security of students.

The leaders who visited were NANS Southwest Coordinator, Comrade Adegboye Olatunji, VP NAUS Southwest, Comrade Adesoji Oladimeji (SOJ), Comrade Giwa Temitope, Chairman NAUS CMC Lagos, Comrade Ifeoluwa, Vice Chairman NAUS CMC Lagos, Comrade Paul Olabode, NANS Lagos JCC PRO Comrade Timi and other stakeholders in the both unions.