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eXp Realty nomme Leo Pareja au poste de PDG pour mener la prochaine ère de croissance et d’innovation de l’entreprise

Le fondateur Glenn Sanford reste président et PDG d’eXp World Holdings pour doper la performance globale de l’entreprise

BELLINGHAM, Wash, 06 avr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eXp Realty®, « la société de courtage immobilier la plus centrée au monde sur les agents™ » et une filiale principale d’eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq : EXPI), a annoncé aujourd’hui la nomination de Leo Pareja au poste de PDG, avec effet immédiat. Il succède à Glenn Sanford, qui se consacrera désormais pleinement à son poste de fondateur, président et PDG d’eXp World Holdings.

Dans ses précédentes fonctions de directeur de la stratégie, M. Pareja a contribué à consolider la position d’eXp Realty sur le marché concurrentiel de l’immobilier. Son leadership visionnaire et ses résultats remarquables ont considérablement enrichi la proposition de valeur de l’entreprise auprès de ses agents. Par exemple, le lancement réussi d’initiatives stratégiques telles que Exclusivités eXpRevenos et les améliorations significatives apportées aux Solutions eXp.

« Le leadership innovant et reconnu de Leo dans le secteur a permis d’améliorer notre proposition de valeur pour les agents en remodelant les références et la génération d’opportunités », a déclaré M. Sanford. « Sa grande expérience du secteur et son influence sur notre communauté ont été profondes, et je suis convaincu que sous sa direction, eXp Realty renforcera encore un peu plus son avantage concurrentiel et offrira une valeur inégalée à ses agents, consolidant ainsi notre position de leader révolutionnaire dans le secteur de l’immobilier. »

Cette annonce intervient alors qu’eXp Realty est reconnue aux premières places du podium des cinq catégories du très convoité rapport RealTrends 500 : « Transaction Sides », « 5 Year Top Movers (Sides) », « 5 Year Top Movers (Volume) », « Best Brokerages » et « Public Independent ». L’entreprise s’est également hissée à la troisième place dans deux catégories : « Volume » et « Billionaires’ Club ». L’entreprise continue de démontrer la pertinence de son modèle en gagnant des parts de marché et en accueillant les meilleurs agents du secteur.

« Alors que nous entamons l’écriture d’un nouveau chapitre chez eXp Realty, je suis honoré de diriger une entreprise qui a toujours placé l’innovation et la réussite des agents au premier plan de sa mission », a déclaré M. Pareja. « Ensemble, nous allons non seulement continuer à redéfinir le paysage immobilier grâce à la technologie et à un soutien inégalé aux agents, mais aussi donner à chaque membre de notre communauté les moyens de réaliser son plein potentiel. »

M. Pareja a rejoint les rangs d’eXp Realty en 2022 et apporte avec lui plus de deux décennies d’expérience dans l’immobilier, illustrées par de nombreuses récompenses, y compris la reconnaissance dans le rapport « The Thousand de RealTrends », en se classant en tête de la liste « Top 250 » de la National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (« NAHREP ») et en étant nommé ans la liste « 30 under 30 agent » par Realtor® Magazine. Son esprit d’entreprise est illustré par le fait qu’il a cofondé l’une des plus grandes sociétés de prêts privés de la côte est des États-Unis et un fournisseur de technologie MLS en pleine expansion. Il a également joué un rôle important au sein de la National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, en tant que président fondateur de la division de la région métropolitaine de Washington et, plus tard, en tant que président national.

À propos d’eXp World Holdings, Inc.
eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq : EXPI) est la société holding d’eXp Realty®, Virbela® et SUCCESS® Enterprises. eXp Realty est la plus grande société immobilière indépendante au monde. eXp Realty recense plus de 85 000 agents aux États-Unis, au Canada, au Royaume-Uni, en Australie, en France, en Inde, au Mexique, au Portugal, en Afrique du Sud, à Porto Rico, au Brésil, en Italie, à Hong Kong, en Colombie, en Espagne, en Israël, au Panama, en Allemagne, en République dominicaine, en Grèce, en Nouvelle-Zélande, au Chili, en Pologne et à Dubaï, et continue de se développer à l’échelle internationale. Cotée en Bourse, la société eXp World Holdings offre aux professionnels de l’immobilier l’opportunité unique de se voir attribuer des actions pour récompenser les objectifs de production et leurs contributions à la croissance globale de l’entreprise. eXp World Holdings et ses entités proposent une gamme complète de solutions technologiques de courtage et d’immobilier, notamment un modèle innovant de courtage résidentiel et commercial, des services aux entreprises, des outils de collaboration et du développement personnel. La société de courtage basée sur le cloud est alimentée par Virbela et les technologies Frame, offrant une plateforme 3D immersive profondément sociale et collaborative qui permet aux agents d’être plus connectés et plus productifs. Ancrée dans le paysage grâce à la notoriété du magazine SUCCESS® et de ses activités média connexes, la marque et publication SUCCESS® Enterprises, créée en 1897, se place en chef de file du développement personnel et professionnel.

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eXp Realty Nomeia Leo Pareja para CEO para Impulsionar a Próxima Era de Crescimento e Inovação

O fundador Glenn Sanford permanece como presidente e CEO da eXp World Holdings para impulsionar o desempenho geral da empresa

BELLINGHAM, Wash., April 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A eXp Realty®, “the most agent-centric real estate brokerage on the planet™” e a principal subsidiária da eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI), anunciou hoje a nomeação de Leo Pareja para novo Diretor Executivo (CEO), com efeito imediato. Ele sucede Glenn Sanford, que agora dedicará totalmente seus esforços ao cargo de Fundador, Presidente e CEO da eXp World Holdings.

Na sua função anterior de Diretor de Estratégia, Pareja foi fundamental para solidificar a posição da eXp Realty no competitivo mercado imobiliário. Sua liderança visionária e histórico notável enriqueceram muito a proposta de valor da empresa para seus agentes. Por exemplo, os lançamentos bem-sucedidos de iniciativas estratégicas como eXp Exclusives, Revenos e as melhorias significativas para eXp Solutions.

“A liderança inovadora e reconhecida de Leo no setor elevou nossa proposta de valor para os agentes, reformulando as referências e a geração de leads”, disse Sanford. “Sua profunda experiência no setor e influência na nossa comunidade são profundas, e confio que, sob sua direção, a eXp Realty fortalecerá ainda mais sua vantagem competitiva e oferecerá um valor incomparável aos nossos agentes, consolidando ainda mais nossa posição de líder inovador no setor imobiliário.”

Esta nomeação se dá no momento em que a eXp Realty está em primeiro lugar em cinco categorias do cobiçado relatório RealTrends 500: Transaction Sides, 5 Year Top Movers (Sides), 5 Year Top Movers (Volume), Best Brokerages e Public Independent. A empresa também subiu para o número 3 em duas categorias: Volume e Billionaires’ Club. A empresa continua a provar seu modelo à medida que ganha participação de mercado, recebendo os melhores agentes do setor.

“Ao entrarmos neste novo capítulo da eXp Realty, tenho a honra de liderar uma empresa que sempre colocou a inovação e o sucesso dos agentes na vanguarda da sua missão”, disse Pareja. “Juntos, além de continuarmos a redefinir o cenário imobiliário por meio da tecnologia e do suporte incomparável aos agentes, também capacitaremos todos os membros da nossa comunidade a atingir todo o seu potencial.”

Quando ingressou na eXp Realty em 2022, Pareja trouxe consigo mais de duas décadas de experiência imobiliária, destacada por inúmeras premiações, incluindo reconhecimento no relatório The Thousand da RealTrends, liderando a lista Top 250 da National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) e sendo nomeado um agente 30 abaixo de 30 pela Realtor® Magazine. Seu espírito empreendedor é evidenciado pela sua cofundação de uma das maiores empresas privadas de empréstimos na Costa Leste dos EUA e um fornecedor de tecnologia MLS em rápido crescimento. Ele também desempenhou papéis significativos na National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, atuando como presidente fundador da filial de Metro D.C. e mais tarde como presidente nacional.

Sobre a eXp World Holdings, Inc.
A eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI) é a holding da eXp Realty®, Virbela® e SUCCESS® Enterprises. eXp Realty é a maior empresa imobiliária independente do mundo, com mais de 85.000 agentes nos Estados Unidos, Canadá, Reino Unido, Austrália, França do, Índia, México, Portugal, África do Sul, Porto Rico, Brasil, Itália, Hong Kong, Colômbia, Espanha, Israel, Panamá, Alemanha, República Dominicana, Grécia, Nova Zelândia, Chile, Polônia e Dubai além de continuar a crescer em todo o mundo. Uma empresa de capital aberto, a eXp World Holdings oferece aos profissionais do setor imobiliário a oportunidade única de receber prêmios de capital por metas de produção e contribuições para o crescimento geral da Empresa. A eXp World Holdings e suas empresas oferecem um conjunto completo de soluções tecnológicas de corretagem e imobiliária, incluindo seu inovador modelo de corretagem residencial e comercial, serviços profissionais, ferramentas colaborativas e desenvolvimento pessoal. A corretora na nuvem tem por base as tecnologias Virbela e Frame, oferecendo plataformas 3D imersivas profundamente sociais e colaborativas, que permitem que os agentes sejam mais conectados e produtivos. A SUCCESS® Enterprises, ancorada pela revista SUCCESS® e seus ativos de mídia, foi fundada em 1897 e é uma marca e publicação líder em desenvolvimento pessoal e profissional.

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Zero Terrain s’associe au gouvernement estonien pour réaliser le premier projet de stockage d’énergie par pompage en Estonie et reçoit une subvention de 1,9 million d’euros

TALLINN, Estonie, 05 avr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le ministère estonien du Climat signe un protocole d’accord avec l’entreprise énergétique Zero Terrain pour aider le pays à atteindre son objectif 2030 de 100 % d’énergies renouvelables. Dans le cadre de cette alliance, Zero Terrain collabore étroitement avec le Gouvernement pour trouver des solutions permettant la concrétisation d’une centrale hydroélectrique visant le stockage d’énergie par pompage-turbinage (ou STEP), et recherche des fonds pour répondre aux enjeux du marché.

En outre, dans le cadre de son programme de recherche appliquée, l’État estonien lui accorde une subvention de 1,98 million d’euros pour accompagner le développement de son projet et en financer la technologie étrangère.

La centrale souterraine de stockage d’énergie de longue durée de 500 MW de Zero Terrain située à Paldiski représente une avancée significative par rapport à la technologie STEP conventionnelle, du fait de sa compatibilité tout-terrain.

À Paldiski, le projet envisagé par Zero Terrain constitue une étape marquante pour l’infrastructure énergétique du pays. La centrale de pompage-turbinage de Paldiski est également un projet d’intérêt commun de l’UE (ou PIC). Il s’agira de la seule centrale de stockage d’énergie par pompage située au nord de la Baltique, et la plus grande installation du pays.

Pour Peep Siitam, fondateur et PDG de Zero Terrain, « La signature du protocole d’accord est un jalon décisif dans l’orientation de Zero Terrain vers un avenir énergétique propre et sûr. Nous estimons que seul un système stockage d’énergie de longue durée et à grande échelle permet la transition vers les énergies renouvelables. Cette collaboration est placée sous le signe de la coopération et de l’engagement en faveur d’une évolution positive de l’infrastructure des énergies renouvelables en Estonie ».

La première centrale de stockage d’énergie de longue durée en Estonie conçue par Zero Terrain à Paldiski a obtenu les principaux permis de construire en décembre 2022, et le chantier de construction débutera en 2025. Au cours d’un cycle fonctionnel de 12 heures, la centrale Zero Terrain de Paldiski produit 6 GWh d’électricité pour le réseau, ce qui est légèrement supérieur à la consommation quotidienne moyenne de l’ensemble des ménages du pays.

Zero Terrain perçoit également une subvention de 1,98 million d’euros du programme de recherche appliquée de l’État. Selon Monsieur Siitam, cette aide sera investie dans le développement de la conception modulaire de Zero Terrain, et contribuera à initier des activités de développement dans d’autres pays mais aussi à susciter l’appétit de nouveaux investisseurs envers son projet de centrale à Paldiski.

« Zero Terrain développe une technologie de stockage d’énergie à grande échelle, qui favorise la transition de l’Estonie et d’autres pays vers les énergies renouvelables au moyen d’une avancée significative de la technologie STEP traditionnelle » observe Arbo Reino, expert en énergie de l’Agence estonienne pour les affaires et l’innovation.

« Le besoin mondial en matière de stockage énergétique de longue durée (ou LDES pour Long-Duration Energy Storage) est incontestable. D’après une étude menée en 2021 par McKinsey, une capacité mondiale à hauteur de 85 à 120 TWh sera nécessaire à l’échelle planétaire d’ici 2040. Notre technologie et notre projet suscitent ainsi un net intérêt, en particulier dans les régions qui n’ont pas pu installer une STEP traditionnelle en raison de contraintes géographiques » ajoute Monsieur Siitam.

Zero Terrain est détenue conjointement par la société énergétique estonienne AS Alexela, la société balto-polonaise d’énergie renouvelable Sunly AS, Vool OÜ, Combiwood Grupp OÜ, Warmeston OÜ et Ronnivara OÜ.

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Primeiro projeto de usina hidrelétrica reversível da Estônia, a empresa Zero Terrain firmou parceria com o governo da Estônia e recebeu um subsídio de € 1,9 milhão

TALLINN, Estônia, April 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Ministério do Clima da Estônia assina o Memorando de Entendimento (MoU) com a empresa de energia Zero Terrain para ajudar a Estônia a atingir sua meta de energia 100% renovável até 2030. Com essa cooperação, a Zero Terrain está colaborando diretamente com o governo para desenvolver soluções que viabilizem a execução do projeto de armazenamento de energia PHS [pumped-hydro energy storage (armazenamento de energia hidrelétrica por bombeamento)] na Estônia, incluindo o apoio à obtenção de capital e o enfrentamento dos desafios do mercado.

Além disso, a Zero Terrain conta com um subsídio de 1,98 milhão de euros do programa estatal de pesquisa aplicada para apoiar o desenvolvimento do projeto Zero Terrain na Estônia e a exportação de tecnologia.

A instalação subterrânea de armazenamento de energia de longa duração Zero Terrain Paldiski 500MW é um avanço significativo da tecnologia PHS convencional, possibilitando a construção em qualquer lugar, mesmo em terrenos planos.

A Zero Terrain Paldiski representa um marco notável no sistema de energia do país. A usina hidrelétrica reversível de Paldiski é um projeto de interesse comum da UE (projeto PCI). É o único projeto de área verde de armazenamento de energia hidrelétrica por bombeamento na região do norte do Báltico e também será a maior usina do país.

“A assinatura do MoU é um passo significativo na jornada da Zero Terrain rumo a um futuro com energia limpa e segura. Acreditamos que não pode haver um sistema de energia movido a energia renovável sem armazenamento de energia em larga escala e de longa duração. A parceria expressa a cooperação e o compromisso de promover mudanças positivas no cenário de energia renovável da Estônia”, afirma Peep Siitam, fundador e CEO da Zero Terrain.

O primeiro projeto de armazenamento de energia de longa duração da Estônia, a usina Zero Terrain Paldiski, obteve as principais licenças de construção em dezembro de 2022. A construção da primeira usina hidrelétrica reversível do país terá início em 2025. Durante o ciclo operacional nominal de 12 horas, a Zero Terrain Paldiski gera 6 GWh de energia na rede, o que é um pouco mais do que o consumo médio diário de todas as residências da Estônia.

A Zero Terrain também recebe um subsídio de 1,98 milhão de euros do programa estatal de pesquisa aplicada. De acordo com Siitam, o subsídio será usado para desenvolver o projeto modular da Zero Terrain, iniciar atividades de desenvolvimento em outros países e atrair novos investidores para a Zero Terrain Paldiski, na Estônia.

“A Zero Terrain está desenvolvendo uma tecnologia de armazenamento de energia em larga escala, permitindo que a Estônia e outros países migrem para a energia renovável de forma mais ampla com um avanço tão significativo da tecnologia PHS convencional”, afirma Arbo Reino, especialista em energia da Agência de Negócios e Inovação da Estônia.

“A demanda global por capacidade de armazenamento de energia de longa duração (LDES) é inegável. São necessários 85-120 TWh-horas de LDES globalmente até 2040 (McKinsey, 2021), portanto, o interesse em nossa tecnologia e em nosso projeto é grande, principalmente em regiões onde o PHS tradicional era impossível de ser implantado devido a limitações geográficas”, explica Siitam.

A Zero Terrain tem como sócios a empresa de energia estoniana AS Alexela, a empresa de energia renovável báltico-polonesa Sunly AS, a Vool OÜ, a Combiwood Grupp OÜ, a Warmeston OÜ e a Ronnivara OÜ.

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Woman gives birth, dumps baby in crop field

The Namibian Police Force in the Oshikoto Region have opened a case of concealment of birth against a 38-year-old woman after she allegedly gave birth to a baby boy and dumped him in crop fields.

According to the region’s crime investigations coordinator Deputy Commissioner Titus Ekandjo on Saturday, the incident happened on Friday around 12h00 at Oniimwandi village.

The suspect is admitted at Onandjokwe District Hospital.

‘It is alleged that the suspect gave birth to a baby boy in a Mahangu crop field on Friday and placed the baby in a plastic bag, tied it up, hid the plastic bag in a bucket and left it in the crop field,’ Ekandjo said.

He said the suspect’s housemates discovered some bloodstains in the house and started questioning the suspect, who then admitted to have given birth and dumping the baby body.

The baby body was taken to the Onandjokwe State Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem to be conducted.

The suspect is not arrested yet and investigations continue.

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Kogi community buries 25 victims of banditry


Twenty-five victims of Thursday’s banditry at Agojeju-Odo community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi were buried on Saturday.

Chief David Akpa, District Head and Ochala Onu-Ife Bagaji Odo, Omala, Kogi, told newsmen in his palace that those buried included two women and four children.

Akpa described the attack as barbaric and wicked given the way and manner the bandits unleashed mayhem on his people.

‘We are mourning our loved ones who were killed in cold blood. We have never had any misunderstanding either with bandits or with herdsmen before now.

‘As it is now, we are living in fear, more so that we heard that they are coming to Bagaji Odo, where surviving victims are taking refuge.

‘We are pleading with the federal and state governments to come to our aid and protect us from bandits,” he pleaded.

Akpa explained that Thursday’s attack was the second in the year sending serious fears into residents.

A community member had alleged on Thursday that a running battle between militia groups in parts
of Benue and some bandits led to the onslaught on the sleepy towns of Agojeju-Odo, Ajokpachi-Odo, Bagaji and environs.

‘They destroyed farm produce with ease in an attempt to draw the communities into the conflict,” he said.

Retired Commodore Jerry Omodara, Special Adviser on Security to Gov. Usman Ododo, said on Friday that the governor had ordered a thorough investigation of the incident.

‘The killing of innocent and harmless residents of the community by alleged hired militiamen is very callous, unacceptable and condemnable,” he said.

Omodara said property; especially houses, vehicles, and crops were destroyed in the attack.

He called on people of Agojeju-Odo and neighbouring communities to remain calm as government and security agencies were on top of the situation.

Police spokesman in Kogi, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, also confirmed the attack and assured that security operatives were keeping vigil over the community to forestall further attacks.

‘A tactical response team of the police, the military,
and members of vigilance groups has been deployed in the area. Normalcy has since returned to the troubled community.

‘Investigation into the incident has started to bring the perpetrators to book,” Ovye-Aya assured.

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Houses damaged by hailstorm and strong wind

Eleven houses where destroyed by strong winds and rain at Onderombapa in the Aminuis Constituency of the Omaheke Region on Thursday.

Families in the settlement were left destitute after the heavy rain left them with houses with roofs blown away, walls destroyed, crops destroyed and one vehicle wrecked.

Representing the Omaheke Regional Council, Aminuis Constituency councillor Peter Kazongominja affirmed that 11 houses were destroyed, saying the regional disaster risk management was tasked to assess the situation and will decide on the way forward. He urged the government to approach this situation differently than in other previous disasters.

‘We had the same problem at Otjongombe two years back and up to date nothing was done to assist our people, we did the same thing we are doing now assessing the situation. I am urging our government to act this time so that we assist our people,’ Kazongominja said.

Naomi Kandjii, the 72-year-old owner of the car smashed by a tree during the storm told this agency tha
t it was a great loss to her and others who were affected directly and indirectly by the storm.

‘As you can see that car is totally destroyed, I am stranded, I do not know what to do right now. No one sustained any injuries although some of those big trees fell on our roofs. I am pleading to our government to come to our aid, we need food as our food was destroyed too,’ she said.

Other villagers from that area claimed that the rain lasted only for half an hour and was accompanied by a very strong wind, something they said rarely happened there.

Terii Kanguvi, senior traditional councillor in the Ovaherero Traditional Authority said the rain came very fast and caused the damages, adding they received 80mm in just a few minutes.

‘We are busy now trying to assist where we can and we are also asking for anyone who can help during this difficult time to come forth, while we are waiting on the government to help our people with destroyed houses and properties,’ Kanguvi said.

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African Science/Tech University matriculates 102 students


The African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja on Saturday matriculated 102 new intakes for its 2023/24 academic session.

Prof. Azikiwe Onwualu, Acting President, AUST, in a speech at the ceremony, advised the new entrants to take advantage of Information Communication Technology (ICT), in tackling challenges bedeviling Nigeria.

Onwualu noted that ICT knowledge was being applied to every sector of the economy and called on the students as well as youths in the country to embrace it.

According to him, part of the reason Nigeria is still grappling with credibility of elections is the failure of youths to embrace ICT.

He opined that if ICT was properly utilised in the country’s elections, there won’t be credibility issues.

He said that governance was facing same fate of credibility because it was not technologically-driven.

‘If governance is technologically-driven, it will be easy to monitor what the politicians are doing.

‘Technology is the way to go. My happiness is that we have the oppo
rtunity to train these young ones for another three to four years from now. They are going to be leaders in the technology world.

‘We are expanding our facilities so that we have a new generation of technology entrepreneurs. No matter the field of science or engineering, business or whatever you want to do, it has to be technologically-driven.

‘We have even changed our curriculum in such a way that no matter the course you are studying at AUST, you have to be good with ICT, artificial intelligence and others,’ he said.

Similarly, Dr Usman-Bello Abdulmalik, Acting Dean, School of Science and Science Education, advised the matriculants to remain committed to academic excellence tin order to achieve their goals.

Abdulmalik, who is also the Chairman, Senate Ceremonial Committee, advised the students to be focused and avoid distractions.

He particularly cautioned them against joining bad groups as such evil gangs could derail their future.

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Student dies during emergency training

WINDHOEK: A 33-year-old male paramedic student from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) died on Thursday during a practical session at the City of Windhoek (CoW) Emergency Training Centre.

A media statement issued on Friday by CoW said the incident happened at about 15h00 when the student was participating in a practical component of confined space training, which is part of their second-year Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care training requirements.

‘This training session was conducted in collaboration with NUST, as per the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions,’ it reads.

The statement further noted that immediate basic life support measures were initiated, and the student was promptly transported to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital for further medical attention, however he succumbed despite the efforts.

‘An investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident is ongoing, and the City of Windhoek is fully cooperating with the relevant authorities,’ it ad
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LASG to develop Kotangowa Market into World-Class ICT Hub


Dr Olajide Babatunde, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on e-GIS and Urban Development, on Friday restated the commitment of the government to develop Kotangowa ICT market into a world class marketplace.

Babatunde disclosed this during an inspection of the area earmarked for the relocation of Ikeja computer village in the urban regeneration programme of the state government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls the Lagos government had announced that the Computer Village would be relocated before the end of 2017.

Babatunde said that the contract of Bridgeway Global Project Ltd., former consultant for the market project had been terminated over two years ago.

He said that the government had taken over control of the project from the company and assigned it to the Urban Development Department in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, headed by Mrs Bola Bello.

He said that Bridgeway had no right to continue to collect fees from traders at the market and urged them to desist
from doing so.

The special adviser said that the government would ensure that any money illegally collected from the traders or shop owners was refunded, after proper verification.

He said that anything that had to do with project control should be in line with Lagos State Building Control Agency’s guidelines and regulations.

‘Director from Urban Development, Mrs Bola Bello and her team will be the ones to represent the State Government on this market project till further notice and if you have anything to do on this market project, please liaise with her,’ Babatunde said.

The General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Mr Gbolahan Oki, urged traders and sellers in the market to keep the place clean.

He urged them to avoid littering and any other actions that could make the environment unclean.

Oki advised them to keep the access roads to the market clear, to avoid traffic congestion.

He urged them not to pay any money for anything that was related to the market until further instructions wer
e given, to prevent exploitation by unauthorised parties.

The general manager informed them that the government would be removing illegal structures built without proper permits to facilitate the proper development of the market.

Mr Ogunkelu Sylvester, Chairman of the State House of Assembly Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, said that the legislative branch was at the market to investigate issues raised by the market association in a petition.

He said that they would report their findings to the speaker for further decisions.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Tourism minister calls for preservation of Nigeria’s cultural heritage


The Minister of Tourism, Mrs Lola Ade-John, on Friday urged Nigerians to work unanimously in preserving the nation’s cultural heritage.

Ade-John made the call during her visit to La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Ikegun, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

The minister was received by the Founder of the beach resort, Chief Olawanle Akinboboye, who led her and her entourage on a tour of the vast 65 acres of the resort.

‘Through initiatives like La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, we harness tourism’s power to showcase Nigeria’s beauty and diversity while fostering economic growth and sustainable development.

‘I urge all stakeholders present to continue supporting endeavours that celebrate our Nigerian identity and promote our cultural heritage, ensuring places like La Campagne Tropicana serve as beacons of pride and inspiration.’

The minister said she would be deeply committed to promoting and preserving the Nigerian heritage for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

She described the tourism asset as a b
eacon of creativity and ingenuity.

She appreciated Akinboboye for allowing her team to immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of the Nigerian culture and heritage visible everywhere at the resort.

She also expressed her appreciation to the management of the beach resort for its unwavering commitment to excellence and dedication to showcasing the best of Nigeria.

She expressed optimism that her visit would mark the beginning of a new era, a renaissance of Nigerian culture and heritage shining brightly for generations to come.

‘La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort is a beacon of creativity and ingenuity, a testament to Nigeria’s richness and diversity.

‘Through its intricate presentation of architecture, cultural practices, cuisine, and entertainment, the resort encapsulates the essence of our unique identity, inviting visitors to discover and appreciate our heritage.

‘As we gather amidst the breathtaking beauty of this resort, let’s reflect on the significance of our shared cultural heritage.

‘Nigeria
, with its myriad traditions, languages, and customs, is a treasure trove of diversity, a mosaic of experiences waiting to be explored and celebrated.

‘This resort serves as more than a destination for leisure it is a platform for cultural exchange and dialogue, a space where people from all walks of life can come together to learn, share, and celebrate what makes us uniquely Nigerian.’

The Minister went on a boat cruise; inspected the holiday homes at the resort; and the Bolekaja bar- a heritage of transport scenario of the nation in the 60s, preserved at the resort for future generations.

She also went on tour to the founder’s camp, where Akinboboye first landed at age 26, to begin the actualisation of his dreams.

Then a tour of the houses with live trees strutting out of their roofs as well as the Oja Africa where all African nations have a stand, to sell their artefacts, arts and culture, and many other locations around the resort.

Ade-John also had the opportunity to witness a rare performance of Ar
a Thunder, one of the major stars of Atunda Entertainment, also founded by Akinboboye.

Earlier, Akinboboye appreciated the Minister for her visit.

He emphasised that tourism was not just about sites and destinations but also about the culture and traditions of the people.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Lai Mohammed urges African writers to explore indigenous languages


The immediate past Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on African writers to embrace the continent’s rich indigenous languages in their works.

The former minister made the call on Friday at the World Organisation of Writers Congress, held in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mohammed chaired one of the sessions at the congress with the theme, ‘Africa Meets the Writers of the World’.

Mohammed, the Managing Partner of Bruit Costard, a lobbyist and public relations firm, said in a global landscape dominated by dominant languages, the voices of indigenous communities should be heard and their stories told.

‘As writers, you have a unique opportunity and responsibility to amplify these voices, to breathe life into languages that are at risk of fading into obscurity.

‘Our pens, our keyboards are not just tools of expression; they are instruments of preservation and empowerment.

‘When we write in indigenous languages, we are not just creating literature; we ar
e reclaiming history, honouring tradition, and empowering communities.

‘We are also giving voice to those who have been silenced,’ he said.

Mohammed noted that from available statistics, about 90 per cent of those who won the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature, especially from the non-English-speaking countries, wrote their books in indigenous languages.

He said the statistics underscored the richness and depth of indigenous languages in shaping global literary landscapes.

‘It highlights the importance of preserving and promoting linguistic diversity, as well as the invaluable contributions of indigenous writers to the world of literature.

‘Let us seize this opportunity to amplify diverse voices, challenge prevailing narratives, and champion the transformative power of literature to shape hearts and minds,’ he said.

While commending the organiser of the event, Mohammed said the panel session provided a unique platform for writers from Africa and beyond to converge, collaborate, and celebrate the power o
f words to transcend borders and unite humanity.

He also seized the opportunity to commend some notable literary giants for putting Nigeria on the global map of literature.

Specifically, the former minister commended Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; Chinua Achebe; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Buchi Emecheta; Ben Okri; Abubakar Gimba, among others for their contributions.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria