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A group, the Ondo for Truth has urged the Founder of the Synagogue Church for All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet Temitope Joshua to consider relocating the headquarters of his missionary from Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria to Ondo state, South West Nigeria.

T.B. Joshua hails from Arigidi-Akoko in Akoko North East Area of Ondo state, reports.

Addressing some selected news men in Akure on Friday, the National Coordinator of Ondo for Truth, Mr. Festus Aladesanmi advised T.B. Joshua to shelve the Idea of relocating SCOAN to Israel as being widely reported.

The group said instead of relocating SCOAN to a foreign land that is playing host to millions of Christian pilgrimages every year, T.B Joshua should relocate to the Akoko area of Ondo state.

The group promised to facilitate the release of at least 200 acres of land in Akoko on a platter of gold to T.B Joshua if he could consider the offer.

“We read in the national dailies that due to some reasons which we are yet to be told officially, that one of the golden sons of our state, Prophet T.B Joshua is considering relocating the headquarters of his Church from Lagos to Jerusalem in Israel.

“While we respect the man of God’s rights to liberty and dignity, we however want to advise him to shelve the idea of relocating to a foreign land. One that is already congested by Christian pilgrims from all over the world. In the light of the foregoing, we hereby plead with him to relocate from Lagos to Ondo state, particularly, the Akoko axis where he hails from.

“We want to say that we mean business. We have started talking to traditional rulers from the four local government areas in Akoko land to see if they can facilitate the release of at least 200 acres of land to T.B Joshua if he chose to relocate to Ondo state and they agree. In fact, they are all looking ahead for T.B Joshua to make the announcement of the relocation.

Responding to questions on the major reasons the group was calling on T.B Joshua to relocate SCOAN to Ondo; Aladesanmi said the dwindling economy of Ondo state needs the Synagogue Church Of All Nations than any other Nigerian state or foreign country at the moment.

“I say expressly that the unemployed youths of Ondo state needs SCOAN. Our Airport in Akure needs SCOAN. The market men and women need SCOAN. The hotel owners and other vital commercial enterprises in Ondo state need SCOAN.

SCOAN’s presence is our metaphorical fish feeding the five thousand; The over five thousand direct and indirect jobs the Church’s presence can generate in Ondo state.

‘All of Supare to Akungba, Oka, Isua, Arigidi, Ikare, Okeagbe, Ogbagi, Irun and every other part of Akoko need T.B. Joshua. The Tourism industry of Ondo state needs SCOAN. Above all, the economy of Ondo state needs SCOAN than any other state of the federation or any country of the world.” the group said.

Prophet Temitope Joshua, fondly called T.B. Joshua by the general public, reportedly told his congregation few weeks ago that he would be relocating the headquarters of his mission from Lagos, Nigeria to Jerusalem in Israel due to some lingering issues which he did not disclose.

The church headquarters is currently situated at Ikotun in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Aside providing jobs opportunity for the people, 80% of hotel owners in Ikotun, Egbeda and Idimu areas of Lagos rely solely on patronage from worshipers, mostly foreigners at T.B. Joshua’s church.

SCOAN, according to the Lagos state Chapter of the Association of Hotel Owners of Nigeria, is responsible for 60% of every foreign tourist that visits Nigeria and 65% of income accrued to Lagos State Government through tourism per annum.

These tourists do visit Nigeria seeking for spiritual/divine healing from T.B. Joshua.

The Prophet is known for healing people from all sorts of terminal diseases which the best medical centres across the globe could not treat.

Numerous people have also been delivered from spiritual bondage by T.B. Joshua thereby turning his church to a tourist centre.

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Sacked PHCN Staff Electrocuted while doing illegal Connection



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A former staff of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company BEDC, in Agbor, Delta State, who was dismissed in 2009, was, on Tuesday, electrocuted in Agbor.

According to reports, the deceased, identified as Monday Ebor, was illegally working on high tension lines when electricity was restored.

Eboh who was wanted by BEDC for his illegal activities which destroyed many transformers, was said to be illegally diverting lines from one feeder to another when power was restored.

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United Kingdom Accepting Naira Payments from Nigerian Business Owners



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Former President of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)Dapo Adelegan, has announced that the British Government will henceforth begin accepting Nigerian currency from Nigerian business owners in the UK.

Adelegan made the assertion in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.

The British Government on February 9, through its export credit agency, UK Export Finance (UKEF), said it will accept Naira payments from Nigerian business owners trading with the UK.

Adelegan said that the initiative was a monumental step that will deepen trade, open more opportunities, expand patronage and market scope of products from both countries.

“If we look at the quality of manufactured equipment and technology; Made-in-Britain is number one.

“Through this, we will access technology transfer, boost the capacity of workforce and impact on our outputs of consumables and products in the market.

“It is a win-win situation that will go beyond procurement, as there are multiple layers of benefits that this will bring to the economy,’’ Adelegan said.

Joyce Akpata, Director-General, Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), also said the initiative will ease importation of goods from the UK to Nigeria and strengthen economic ties.

“The UK has the largest concentration of Nigerians in the diaspora and given cultural ties, it is something that should have happened before now,’’ Akpata said.

The director general said the initiative would improve knowledge sharing and technology transfer.

“We will see a lot of businesses in the UK supplying equipment and machinery backed by this finance to their Nigerian counterparts.

“This will enhance the activities of manufacturers, especially the growing SMEs that are into processing.

“It will also take off issues of foreign exchange challenges and instability in the market,’’ she said.

Akpata noted that the scheme would be a welcome opportunity for most Nigerian businesses that could not access financing locally.

She urged other countries, especially the United States, to take a cue from the UK to evolve initiatives that will assist businesses to maximise opportunities and strengthen trade ties.

Trade experts put the value of trade between Nigeria and the UK at about £8 billion, with oil and gas making up 60 per cent of the figure.

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South Africa’s Embattled President Jacob Zuma resigns



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The embattled President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has resigned his office with immediate effect.

Zuma made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.

Earlier, Mr Zuma’s governing ANC party told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.

The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader.

Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.

His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.

He said he did not fear a motion of no-confidence, adding: “I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability.”

According to President Zuma, violence and division within the ANC had influenced his decision to step down.

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