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Between Ogun Government And Political Pensioners

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IT’s a no-brainer that most working people eagerly await their retirement. They realize that they will leave their present office one day and begin to live a quieter life as senior citizens, enjoying the fruits of their long years of labour. In reality, retired workers are hardly idle; more often than not, they will find something doing.

Sadly, though, conflicts between state governments and pensioners are routine in this clime, caused in large part by the failure to pay the admittedly paltry pensions. In the case of Ogun State, there had naturally been conflicts between pensioners and the state government long before the advent of the present administration led by Prince Dapo Abiodun. Since the return to civil rule, governments had left outstanding pension bills, and the immediate past administration in the state was no exception.

However, since 2019 when he assumed office as the fifth democratically elected governor of Ogun State, Prince Abiodun, himself the son a government worker with a distinguished record of service, has sought to ensure that pensioners get the entitlements due to them so they can more easily navigate the challenges of daily existence.

 

 

In clearing the backlog of unpaid pensions when he assumed office, Governor Abiodun made a promise to release a specific sum every quarter to offset the arrears, and to this promise he has apparently kept fidelity. Statistics indicate that within the last three and a half years, he has paid the total sum of N78bn as arrears of gratuity and pensions to workers in the state. But, focused on his job though he may be, there will always be those who question his commitment and patriotism, including political pensioners whose stock in trade is rabble-rousing. Such “pensioners” are always at war with state governors and if you do not look closely enough, you would think that they are patriots fighting for the dignity of senior citizens. Hired pensioners are always available for political purposes, and in Ogun their method is to cast aspersions on the governor, claiming that he is the son of a teacher who does not pay teachers.

Indeed, nothing but crass politicking can explain the blatantly false statement credited to the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Ogun State this week that since 2019, Governor Abiodun had only paid N3bn as arrears of pension and gratuity.

 

 

He was reacting to the governor’s verifiable statement during the town hall meeting on the 2023- 2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and 2023 Budget for Ogun East Senatorial District held in Ijebu-Ode. A breakdown of the state’s monthly pension and gratuity payment shows that in the month of June 2019 alone, the state government paid the sum of N841,238,430.74 as state pension and N 790,588,053.50 as local government pension. In the same month, it paid the sum of N25,566,526.1 as state gratuity. That amounts to N1, 657, 393,010.41. For the month of July 2019, it paid N1,641,771,655.36. Thus, for the months of June 2019 and July 2019 alone, the Abiodun government paid N3,299,164,665.77. The fact is that between June 2019 and September 2022, the government paid a grand total of N78,567,913,997.48, which easily confirms Governor Abiodun’s statement that his administration had paid “over N70bn” as pensions and gratuities since assuming office. Surely, N78bn is “over N70bn.”

The NUP boss, who berated the increase in the quarterly payment of outstanding gratuities from N500m to N600m, should come clean and show anywhere in the world where years of outstanding arrears are paid in one fell swoop. Surely, the Abiodun administration has, despite the financial challenges facing the state, continued to give top priority to the welfare of senior citizens by ensuring the quarterly payment of gratuities and pensions. It is time we stopped playing politics with the lives of people in this country. Pensioners deserve their pay but a government fulfilling its pension obligations does not deserve to be maligned. If it is not appreciated for its noble efforts, at least it should not be castigated. It should be left alone by those who cannot appreciate anything good because it would upend their political positions, make their case untenable and render them completely redundant.

 

 

 

The political game being played by the so-called pensioners is not easy to disguise, yet one hastens to advice that elders should not allow themselves to be pawns in political game. Politicians who have lost out in the scheme of things within the Ogun APC would naturally clutch at straws, desperate to keep themselves relevant by any means. Pretending to be of the Ogun APC fold, they have announced their avowed mission to bring down the Abiodun government, speaking as if the future lies in their hands.

The politicians behind the pension politics played this week have done their level best to undermine Governor Abiodun and his administration in the last three and a half years and have failed spectacularly. They dropped the president’s name, saying they would deny him a second term ticket, and failed. They resuscitated allegations of lack of certificates already laid to rest at Nigeria’s apex court and failed. They claimed the party was going to stop him from running for a second term of office and wrote countless petitions against him, but it was all an exercise in futility. Instead of being sent packing, the man has become a rising star in the party. They cower with fright when he wins numerous awards, including the back-to-back honours in agriculture and the recent one on industrial revolution, knowing that discerning Nigerians have seen through their falsehood.

 

 

 

Happily, regardless of the mud thrown at him, Governor Abiodun has shown that he is sharply focused on his “Building Our Future Together” agenda.

And the people are behind him.

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Gov Abiodun Honours Adron Homes GMD Aare Adetola Emmanuelking For His Unrelenting Efforts To Promote Peace In Ogun

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The executive governor of Ogun state, His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun mfr. has honoured Aare Adetola Olaniyi EmmanuelKing, The Group Managing Director, Adron Homes and Properties for his unrlenting efforts to improve security architecture in Nigeria.

Gov Abiodun presented the awards to Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing during Nigeria Police Retreat held in the state to appreciate his kind gesture to his immediate environment and to charge others to participate in the uplifting and development of Ogun state.

The Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba was ably represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, IGP in charge of Zone 2 Onikan alongside the commissioner of police in Ogun, CP Lanre Bankole.

Meanwhile, Aare Adetola Emmanuelking in 2020 through Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC donated patrol vehicles to the police in Zone 2 Onikan, PCRC and divisional stations in Ilisan area to assist their movement towards quality service delivery.

Governor Abiodun described Aare Adetola Olaniyi EmmanuelKing as a rare breed in the country, saying it is not common among the rich people to support the Nigeria Police Force individually, through building of modern police station with sophisticated equipment to meet international standard.

He charged well meaning Nigerians to emulate Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing by contributing immensely towards the growth and development of Nigeria.

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IBIJOKE SANWOOLU TABLE TENNIS FINAL TO HOLD DECEMBER 3

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Sahara Weekly Reports That The final match of the Ibijoke Sanwoolu Street Table Tennis Challenge will come up this Saturday, December 3, 2022 at the council hall of the Igando/ Idimu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.

 

 

 

 

 

IBIJOKE SANWOOLU TABLE TENNIS FINAL TO HOLD DECEMBER 3

 

 

 

 

 

The table tennis tournament which kicked off on Friday, November 18, 2022 had players drawn from Alimosho area squaring up against themselves to determine the champion that will go on to represent the area in the state championship slated for the first quarter of 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the final match of the competition, Omotoyinbo Tolulope will be battling Joseph Jesubomi popularly called Atorise by his teeming supporters. While Tolulope had to go through a hard fought fixture against Raimi Saka, Atorise emerged winner in his semi final fixture by defeating Ameen Mustapha in straight sets.

 

 

 

 

 

IBIJOKE SANWOOLU TABLE TENNIS FINAL TO HOLD DECEMBER 3

 

 

 

 

 

The semi final matches had in attendance the chairman of Igando/ Idimu LCDA, Comrade Ayinde Akinsanya and the leader of the house in the council, Hon. Prince Dauda Gbadamosi along with other executive committee members of the council as well as the supporters of the players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final match, scheduled for 12pm on Saturday is expected to witness a large turnout of the supporters of the two gladiators who are pitched against each other for the ultimate honor in the game of table tennis in their zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ibijoke Sanwoolu Street Table Tennis Challenge is a competition being initiated to return the glory days of table tennis to Lagos and to discover and nurture the large number of talents we have in our great state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The competition is being supported by Peace ANYIAM-Osigwe’s Africa Film Academy, Rite Foods, Tecno Phones and some private individuals who have deep interest in the game of table tennis. According to the co-coordinator of the initiative, Mr. Victor Ganzallo, the next stop for the competition is Eti-Osa Local Government, and will be powered by King Saheed Elegushi Foundation.

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Power of Prayer as Apostle Suleman Raises Boy from Dead in Benin City

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Power of Prayer as Apostle Suleman Raises Boy from Dead in Benin City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Few days ago, another shocking testimony of God’s healing power was made in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Popular servant of God, Apostle Johnson Suleman, prayed life into the unconscious body of a five years old boy.

 

 

 

Power of Prayer as Apostle Suleman Raises Boy from Dead in Benin City

 

 

 

 

 

Judging from the two-day ‘Mighty Turnaround’ crusade, the manifestation inspired believers. Normally, when a person has been declared dead for half an hour, doctors give up. But, according to the Scriptures, that was just when Jeremiah was called to pray. Jeremiah prayed and the lifeless man’s heart began to beat and he came back from the dead. That was the lot of the lucky boy, whose life Apostle Suleman spoke to and revived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, how did he make that happen? ‘It is the power of prayer,” the ‘Restoration Apostle’ enthused in his sermon. He continued; “It’s really as simple as that. And we have a testimony that the miraculous experience is having great effects on believers, it has raised people’s faith levels.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources from the Benin City crusade said that the experience really raised people’s expectations “because they saw God move”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Apostle Suleman in one of his recorded prayer services, “the power of prayer seeking God’s intervention in human’s affairs was seen most dramatically when God raised Christ from the dead. The resurrection was something the earliest followers of Jesus experienced as a real, historical event. This shows that the very power that raised Jesus from the dead is still available to us and we get it when we ask God in prayer. We ask Him and He helps us with power that exceeds our comprehension and expectations.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Benin experience was not Apostle Suleman’s first, but it has continued to stay on the front burner, given the surge of testimonies that followed the service.

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