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Festus Keyamo and His Brand Of Administrative Activism* By Philip Agbese

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*Festus Keyamo and His Brand Of Administrative Activism*

By Philip Agbese

 

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Festus Keyamo, the enigmatic figure at the helm of Nigeria’s aviation sector, has been a subject of both admiration and controversy. His unconventional approach to governance has polarised opinions, with some hailing him as a visionary leader and others questioning his methods. As the Aviation Minister, Keyamo has been unapologetically vocal about his commitment to reforming the industry, but his fervour for change has often been met with scepticism and resistance.

 

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Festus Keyamo and His Brand Of Administrative Activism*
By Philip Agbese

Of truth, one can not discuss Festus Keyamo without acknowledging his unyielding dedication to Nigeria. His admirable cockiness and unwavering patriotism and willingness to stand up for what he believes in are undeniable. Keyamo’s refusal to conform to the traditional norms of governance has earned him both admirers and detractors. Some argue that his zealousness is a breath of fresh air in a landscape rife with bureaucratic red tape, while others caution that his approach may be too radical for the delicate political ecosystem of Nigeria.

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Being a proponent of grassroots empowerment, he believes that the voices of ordinary citizens must be heard in the corridors of power. To this end, he has worked tirelessly to mobilise communities, educate citizens on their rights, and empower them to demand better governance. Keyamo’s grassroots activism has inspired many Nigerians to take a more active role in shaping the country’s political future.

Festus Keyamo’s brand of administrative activism is not for the faint of heart. His willingness to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of conventional governance is both commendable and disconcerting. While some laud his boldness, others fear that it may lead to unintended repercussions. Keyamo’s unapologetic stance has drawn comparisons to other historical figures who were willing to sacrifice everything for their ideals.

However, it is essential to consider the lessons from history. Keyamo’s determination to die for Nigeria, while admirable, should be tempered with caution. The case of Muammar Gaddafi serves as a cautionary tale. Gaddafi’s desire to die for Africa ultimately led to his downfall, as he was betrayed by his people.

Keyamo must be mindful of the potential consequences of such extreme rhetoric and ensure that his actions align with the best interests of the Nigerian people. It is crucial to tread carefully when treading such uncharted territory, especially in a country as complex and volatile as Nigeria.

Keyamo’s purported readiness to “die for Nigeria” is a testament to his unwavering commitment, but it also raises concerns about the potential consequences of such uncompromising dedication. History is replete with examples of individuals who staked everything on their convictions, only to face betrayal and disillusionment. It is a cautionary tale that should not be dismissed lightly.

Due to his fearlessness in the face of adversity, another facet of Keyamo’s administrative activism is his commitment to the rule of law, and this has earned him more political enemies than friends. He firmly believes that all individuals, regardless of their status or wealth, should be subject to the same legal standards. Throughout his career, he has faced numerous challenges and threats due to his outspokenness and activism.

Keyamo has been a vocal advocate for judicial reform in Nigeria, pushing for greater independence and efficiency in the country’s legal system. Despite these obstacles, Keyamo has remained steadfast in his commitment to social justice and human rights. His courage and determination have inspired many others to join him in the fight for a more just and equitable society. His efforts have helped to strengthen the rule of law and ensure that justice is served fairly and impartially.

The call for Keyamo to ”wake up” and recognise the realities of Nigeria is a poignant one. The complexities of the Nigerian political landscape can not be underestimated, and Keyamo needs to navigate these intricacies with prudence. While his passion for Nigeria is unquestionable, this fervour must be tempered with a deep understanding of the nuanced challenges facing the nation. An understanding of the fact that sources of progressive change and growth like his are mostly suffocated to die prematurely, or attacked ferociously till they fade into oblivion should be something he must have to consider seriously in his journey.

Setting aside the fervour surrounding Festus Keyamo’s zealousness, it is crucial to examine his impact as the Aviation Minister. His reforms in the sector have been both ambitious and divisive. Keyamo’s efforts to modernise and revitalise Nigeria’s aviation industry have been met with a mixed reception. While many applaud his bold initiatives, others express apprehension about the potential pitfalls of such rapid change. It’s not farfetched that the latter are people who have a penchant for the continuity of rascality and corruption, which have bedevilled the aviation sector for a long time.

Moving beyond Keyamo’s convictions, it is crucial to note that, during his tenure, Keyamo implemented several reforms aimed at improving the aviation sector in Nigeria. These reforms have had a significant impact on various aspects of the industry, including safety standards, infrastructure development, and operational efficiency.

One of Keyamo’s notable achievements was the introduction of stricter safety regulations. Under his leadership, the Aviation Ministry implemented measures to enhance safety protocols, ensuring that Nigerian airports and airlines adhere to international standards. This has not only improved the safety of air travel within the country but has also bolstered Nigeria’s reputation in the global aviation community.

Furthermore, Keyamo prioritised infrastructure development in the aviation sector. He spearheaded projects aimed at expanding and modernizing airports across the country, improving connectivity and facilitating economic growth. These infrastructure investments have not only enhanced the travel experience for passengers but have also attracted foreign investment and boosted tourism.

Keyamo’s reforms also focused on improving operational efficiency within the aviation sector. He introduced measures to streamline processes, reduce bureaucracy, and enhance transparency. These efforts have resulted in smoother operations, reduced delays, and improved customer service, benefiting both passengers and industry stakeholders.

It is important to acknowledge that Festus Keyamo’s vision for Nigeria’s aviation sector is driven by a genuine desire to propel the nation towards progress. His determination to address longstanding issues and overhaul outdated practices is a testament to his commitment to effect positive change. However, the path to reform is fraught with challenges, and Keyamo must navigate these obstacles with caution and foresight.

While his unwavering commitment to Nigeria is commendable, he must be cautious of the lessons from history and ensure that his actions align with the best interests of the Nigerian people. As the Aviation Minister, Keyamo has implemented significant reforms that have positively impacted the aviation sector. His focus on safety, infrastructure development, and operational efficiency has yielded tangible results, improving the travel experience and bolstering Nigeria’s reputation in the global aviation community.

Time will be kind to tell us how Festus Keyamo’s legacy will be one of the unyielding triumphs in the annals of Nigeria’s history. Generations will look back in time to remember that man who worked great wonders in the aviation sector, leaving so much for us to gain from his stewardship in the aviation sector.

As the nation continues to navigate its challenges, leaders like Keyamo must strike a delicate balance between passion and pragmatism, ensuring that their efforts lead to sustainable and inclusive development for all Nigerians.

Agbese MHR is the Deputy Spokesperson, 10th House of Representatives writing from Abuja.

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Travelers at Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2) can now enjoy a new level of comfort and convenience with the launch of Altclub by The Alternative Bank.

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The innovative premium space offers a luxurious retreat where passengers can relax and recharge before their flights, while also catering to their basic banking needs.

Altclub, an arm of The Alternative Bank’s digital travel financing product, Alttravel, is dedicated to enhancing travel accessibility and ease for Nigerians.

Alttravel operates a “Travel Now, Pay Later” system, eliminating the need for upfront payments and offering maximum flexibility. With zero initial deposit and impressively low mark-up rates over a flexible six-month tenor, travelers can achieve their travel goals with financial peace of mind.

Mohammed Yunusa, Director of Digital Business and Innovations at The Alternative Bank, highlighted the significance of Altclub at the launch event. “Altclub isn’t just a lounge; it’s a sanctuary of comfort and convenience,” Yunusa stated. “Gone are the days of sacrificing relaxation for travel formalities. Our lounge offers a luxurious space where travelers can unwind and rejuvenate before their flights, free from the typical travel stress.”

In addition to offering a tranquil environment for relaxation, Altclub provides a range of amenities to cater to travelers’ needs, including refreshments, high-speed Wi-Fi, and charging stations for electronic devices. Yunusa added that Concierge services are also available to assist with travel arrangements, ensuring guests have everything they need for a comfortable journey.

Joining Yunusa in addressing the guests, Korede Demola-Adeniyi, Executive Director of Sales at The Alternative Bank, elaborated on the lounge’s accessibility. ”

Altclub is exclusively available to The Alternative Bank customers, showcasing our commitment to their comfort and convenience. Present your boarding pass and proof of Altbank membership at the entrance, and our dedicated staff will ensure a seamless and enjoyable pre-flight experience.”

Korede emphasised the unique opportunity for travelers to plan their next trip directly from the lounge. “Through Alttravel, our digital travel financing product, customers can explore various destinations and book flights with flexible financing options. Altclub provides a convenient platform for travelers to access financing and make their travel aspirations a reality, reinforcing our dedication to enhancing the travel experience for our valued customers.”

Altclub is committed to offering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all travelers, whether on business or a leisure getaway.

The grand opening of Altclub on May 22, 2024, was attended by prominent figures from the travel industry and local dignitaries, highlighting the importance of this milestone in enhancing the travel experience for passengers at MMA2 Airport.

About The Alternative Bank:
The Alternative Bank commenced its journey in January 2014 with a vision to create a dynamic banking experience that respects individuality and speaks the language of its customers. In July 2023, the Central Bank of Nigeria issued a Banking License to The Alternative Bank, enabling it to operate as a fully-fledged, standalone bank. Guided by its Advisory Committee of Experts (ACE), The Alternative Bank ensures all its operations align with the ethics of Non-Interest Banking.

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PCRC Decorates Aare Adetola Emmanuelking and Wife Yeye Aderonke as Golden Grand National Patron/Matron, Marks 40th Anniversary

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The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has decorated Aare Adetola Emmanuelking, Chairman/CEO of Adron Homes, and his wife, Yeye Aderonke Emmanuelking, as the Golden Grand National Patron and Grand National Matron for women and youth committees of PCRC in Nigeria and diaspora. This prestigious honor was bestowed upon them during the PCRC’s 40th anniversary celebration, held in Lagos.

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The ceremony, which took place in Lagos, was attended by National PCRC chairman, Alhaji Mogaji Ibrahim-Olaniyan and other members of the committee, dignitaries, community leaders, and members of the Nigerian Police Force. The PCRC’s decision to honor the Emmanuelkings highlights their unwavering commitment to community development and their substantial support for initiatives aimed at enhancing public safety and fostering cooperation between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

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PCRC Decorates Aare Adetola Emmanuelking and Wife Yeye Aderonke as Golden Grand National Patron/Matron, Marks 40th Anniversary

 

In his acceptance speech, Aare Adetola Emmanuelking expressed his profound gratitude for the recognition, stating, “This honor is not just for me and my wife but for every Nigerian who believes in the power of community and the importance of working together with our police force to create a safer and more harmonious society.”

In her reaction to the honor, Yeye Aderonke Emmanuelking emphasized the role of women and families in fostering community spirit and resilience. She noted, “Our communities thrive when we all play our part. As National Grand Patrons, we are committed to promoting initiatives that bring the police and the people closer together, ensuring mutual trust and cooperation.”

It will be recalled that the PCRC, established in 1984, by the then IGP, Etim Inyang has played a crucial role in bridging the gap between the Nigerian Police Force and local communities. Over the past four decades, the committee has launched numerous programs aimed at improving communication, trust, and mutual respect. This 40th-anniversary celebration not only commemorated the PCRC’s achievements but also set the stage for future endeavors to strengthen community policing.

The National PCRC chairman, Alhaji Mogaji Ibrahim-Olaniyan, praised the Emmanuelkings for their exceptional support and dedication. He remarked, “The Emmanuelkings have shown exemplary commitment to the ideals of the PCRC. Their leadership and philanthropic efforts have significantly contributed to the enhancement of community policing in Nigeria. Their new roles as National Grand Patrons will undoubtedly inspire further progress in our collective efforts to maintain peace and security.”

The chairman further stated that the decoration of Aare Adetola Emmanuelking and Yeye Aderonke Emmanuelking as National Grand Patrons stands as a testament to the power of community partnership and the enduring impact of dedicated civic leadership.

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Economic hardship: Dangote Foundation distributes rice to host communities …shares 40,000 bags in Ogun

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The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF)’s N15 billion National Food Intervention programme has landed in Yewa land as the Foundation commenced distribution of 40,000 bags of rice in Ogun state.

Yesterday, the 17 host communities of the Dangote Cement, Ibese plant, along with Itori, Igbogila, and Ilaro, received their share. Beneficiaries in Ibese and Araromi were accredited and received one bag each at the palace of Aboro of Ibeseland, Oba Rotimi Mulero.

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Ijebu-Igbo, the host communities to Dangote Granite Mines will soon receive their allocation as the rice for the area has been delivered in preparation for distribution.

Chairman of ADF and President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, launched the food intervention programme in Kano in March, promising that the Foundation will distribute over one million 10kg bags across the 774 local government areas of the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, FCT in Nigeria at a cost of about N15 billion.

The Aboro of Ibeseland expressed gratitude on behalf of his communities to the Foundation for its benevolence in distributing rice at this time of economic challenge, saying the gesture would benefit many households where staple food like rice has become scarce.

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He likened Dangote’s initiative to Operation Feed the Nation (OFN), introduced by the military government of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo over 46 years ago to revitalize agriculture and ensure food availability for all Nigerians.

Oba Mulero stated, “we are grateful to Alhaji Aliko Dangote. The rice gift is very impressive given the current situation in the country. We really appreciate him. What he has done can be likened to Operation Feed the Nation of those days. That is what I will call it. He has done well to decide to feed the people. Everybody is vulnerable now in this country.”

He continued, “What Alhaji Dangote is doing is worthy of emulation by other well-meaning Nigerians. When food is out of the problem equation, the equation is easy to solve. We are using this opportunity to thank him for this gesture. You can see the way my people are happily receiving it. We pray to God to continue to uplift him.”

The Aboro of Ibese commended Dangote for his job creation efforts through investments. He said the rice distribution to the people of Ibese is like the icing on the cake as the Cement Plant sited in the community has absorbed some of the host communities’ indigenes and that the food palliative would go a long way to cushion the effect of the economic hardship.

He pledged the support of the people to the Dangote Cement, Ibese plant to ensure the company operates in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity so that the company can continue to benefit the host communities.

One of the beneficiaries, Odunfa Ayodele Adams, an indigene of Ibese on behalf of others expressed appreciation to the ADF. He said it was the first time such a programme would be brought to the Ibese community and prayed to God to give Alhaji Dangote long life to do more for the society.

It would be recalled that Alhaji Dangote while speaking during the flag-off ceremony of the programme explained that the initiative is a crucial step towards alleviating the ongoing economic challenges faced by the country.

He also emphasized the importance of compassion and generosity, stressing that all stakeholders must play a part in supporting the government to alleviate hunger in the land.

“Our distribution of rice symbolizes our commitment to upholding the values of compassion and solidarity, which are at the core of our humanity. ADF has decided to spearhead the food intervention programme,” he said.

On the modalities for distribution of the rice, Dangote said: “the modalities for the programme involve collaboration with state and local governments as well as local community partners to ensure effective delivery of the rice to the most vulnerable across the country, regardless of state, tribe, gender, religion, politics, or other attributes, “he added.

In her own remark then, the Chief Executive Officer of the ADF, Zouera Youssoufou said the rice distribution is in addition to the Foundation’s daily bread relief programme, that is producing and distributing over 32,000 family-size loaves of bread across Kano and Lagos States every day since 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

She said: “It is noteworthy that Dangote’s efforts in nutrition strengthening in Nigeria extend well beyond the foundation’s food relief programmes and nutrition activities. The Dangote Group has been actively investing in food fortification across the Nigerian food industry, with its iodized salt, vitamin A fortified sugar, while researches are on-going into micronutrient fortification of staples like rice, wheat, and bouillon cubes”.

Economic hardship: Dangote Foundation distributes rice to host communities
…shares 40,000 bags in Ogun

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