Gov. Abiodun wins Good Governance Award in London
…says Ogun doors open to genuine investors
The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has again won a good governance award.
The governor picked up the laurel at the Nigerian 62nd Independence Anniversary and Global Award Gala, held in London, the United Kingdom, on Saturday.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin said the event was presided over by the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Amb. Sarafa Tunji Ishola and the President of National Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) in ECOWAS, Segun Awolowo, among other dignitaries.
Speaking at the event, Gov Abiodun reiterated that his administration would continue to collaborate with individuals and corporate bodies with genuine investment interest to drive its development plans aimed at improving the standard of living and well-being of the people.
The governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Basic Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, stated that the aim of his administration was to open up the state for genuine investors and leverage on public-private partnership for the betterment of the people.
He noted that Ogun, because of its geographical location as closest to the busiest air and seaports in the country, busy road networks to other states and unlimited potentials for investors, holds the best atmosphere for investment in the country.
“Since the inception of our administration, our approach to governance was anchored on the theme of “Building Our Future Together”. Our vision remains to give Ogun State focused and qualitative governance and to create the enabling environment for a public-private sector partnership, which is fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity of the people of Ogun.
“In Nigeria today, our policies and programmes have become reference points to other States and for which we have been honoured by the government, non-government and independent agencies with numerous awards”, Abiodun stated.
He explained that his administration has been methodical, strategic and inclusive in its approach to governance, which ensures that no sector is less important than the other.
He emphasized that the state government has worked assiduously for even development of all areas and sectors and ensure that no section or sector of the state is developed at the expense of the other.
“Our dear state has witnessed a new vista in all sectors of our state’s economy. Our words are our bond with the people of Ogun State”, the governor pointed out.
He added that more road infrastructure that links the industrial hubs, adjoining states, urban and rural areas would be given all the needed attention, saying that the construction of the Agro Cargo International Airport was also part of the wholesome strategy towards developing air transport infrastructure, to boost the agricultural development agenda of his administration.
“We are unfolding our power infrastructural project that will guarantee stable power to most of our cities and industrial clusters. Our approach towards a sustainable economic development, resulting in
employment generation, poverty alleviation and food security has continued to yield bountifully.
“We have continued to reposition the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as part of our industrial revolution. This we have achieved through the empowerment of small businesses in our dear state”, he stated further.
Abiodun who dedicated the award to the people of the state for their support and cooperation, said “we are happy that this award is in recognition of our modest efforts in our approach to governance and which has continually demonstrated in concrete terms, the commitment towards a wholesome and sustainable development of our dear Ogun State”.
“Before today, we have had several awards in recognition of our contributions in different areas of human endeavour since the inception of our administration on 29th May, 2019.
“We have the awards as the Most Improved State on Security Infrastructure by Business Day Awards; Most Improved State on Agriculture and Economic Empowerment by Business Day Awards; Best State in ICT Penetration and Adoption; best State in ICT Infrastructure Development by the National Council on Communication and Digital Economy; SMEs Most Supportive Governor by Association of Small Business Owners of Nigeria, ASBON.
“We have also won the 2020 Best Governor on Education in Nigeria by the National Parent-Teacher Association, PTA; Best Education-Friendly Governor by All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS; 2020 Governor of the Year Award by the Nigeria Agriculture Awards, NAA; Best Governor on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs); and so on”. Abiodun added.
He, however, used the occasion to call on foreign and local investors to take advantage of the numerous potentials abound in the state, declaring that his administration was ready to give them necessary assistance and cooperation.
Tony Elumelu in Global Academic Limelight as the Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study becomes part of Harvard’s Curriculum
Tony Elumelu in Global Academic Limelight as the Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study becomes part of Harvard’s Curriculum
Sahara Weekly Reports That In an unprecedented move, the Harvard Business School, the graduate business school of Harvard University, is set to cast the spotlight on the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), recognising the Foundation’s extraordinary philanthropic achievement in a ground-breaking case study.
The case study, first of its kind on any philanthropic organisation in Africa, is to be launched on Thursday, February 29, 2024, before a class of graduate students in Boston, Massachusetts and will explore the Foundation’s unique approaches and transformative initiatives, showcasing how strategic philanthropy offered by TEF is driving positive change and elevating countries and communities.
This move by Harvard underscores the Foundation’s pivotal role in empowering young African entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries and places the Foundation at the forefront of global discussions on transformative and catalytic philanthropy, acknowledging its significant contributions towards fostering entrepreneurship in Africa.
In addition to delving into the foundation’s innovative approaches and the resultant impact it has garnered over the years, the event will also feature an exclusive acknowledgment of the Founder of TEF, Tony Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions the private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the African continent.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation is the leading philanthropy, empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, driving poverty eradication, catalysing job creation across all 54 African countries, and increasing inclusive economic empowerment.
Since the launch of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme in 2015, the Foundation has trained over 1.5 million young Africans on its digital hub, TEFConnect, and disbursed over USD$100 million in direct funding to 20,000 young African women and men, who have collectively created over 400,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Tony Elumelu who spoke on the impact of TEF on the African youth said, “TEF is creating economic hope and opportunity for African Entrepreneurs. We know that entrepreneurship is the antidote to poverty, youth unemployment and insecurity. Through the intervention of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, we are encouraging our young people, giving them hope through the seed capital we provide, capacitising them through the training and mentoring we provide and setting them up to create businesses that will succeed and create even more jobs. Collectively we are fixing the challenges that we have on the continent.
Continuing, he said, “the Tony Elumelu Foundation was set up to create more successful African business leaders. We want to replicate our own success and create entrepreneurs who will build more prosperity on the continent and for the continent. It’s all about transforming our society and making sure that we leave the society better than we met it. It is not about the money that we have in our bank accounts, it is about the legacy that we make and the impact we create. Prosperity for all is what will create the security, harmony and peace that we need.”
The Harvard Business School session will provide a platform for thought leaders, scholars, and business enthusiasts to engage in a meaningful discussion on the role of philanthropy in shaping sustainable and inclusive economies. As the world grapples with complex challenges, the Tony Elumelu Foundation stands as a beacon of hope, showcasing how strategic philanthropy can be a driving force for positive change.
Bring out the dollars you kept and use it to help your members prophet Ikuru tells fellow clergies
By Collins Nkwocha
The founder of Jehovah Eye Salvation Ministry, Lagos, prophet Godwin Ikuru has beckoned of fellow clergies to use their wealth to help their as the hardship and suffering in the country intensifies.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos,the clergy urged his fellow men of God help their members and stop blaming the government.He said “this is the Time we need to make impacts in the lives of our members by giving them at this critical and crucial period of lack, hardship and hunger,I do my own palliative and giving everyday, people that knows me can testify to this,let’s stop blaming the government,let the church support the government by helping the members that are in need,not flaunting private jets when your members are languishing in abject poverty and lack”
He maintained that Jesus Christ laid a perfect example in the Bible when he fed the multitude that had been following him for days because he knew that they were hungry,he maintained that the church can play a paramount role in helping the Nigerian nation “let’s bring out money to help our members,we must know that all these are vanity, when we die, nothing is going with US, it’s very important we touch lives positively especially those of our members because they pay us tithes,seeds and offerings”.
Lagosians rejoice as “HELP IN HARDSHIP INITIATIVE”comes alive today
The economic hardship and sufferings of Nigerians tends to increase on daily basis as prices of foodstuffs continue to soar.
The present administration is really perturbed with the situation of things in the country as the Bola Tinubu led administration is seeking for solution to the food crisis and scarcity in the country.
Archbishop Benjamin Samson Mustapha (Jehovah Sharp sharp) took a bold step today as he thrilled the people of Lagos with his “HELP IN HARDSHIP INITIATIVE” Which saw him visit Agboju market and paid for various foodstuffs that the masses bought in the market.He enunciated that this is the best time to show love to a neighbour, friend or someone you don’t even know as he reiterated the “spear a Naira” slogan.
Speaking after the gesture,he called on privileged Nigerians to emulate the act and help people around them.He said “let’s not sit back and blame the government because this government is a young government, what we are suffering is the result of accumulated wrong policies and probably corruption,I’m calling on privileged Nigerians to emulate this act and help their neighbours that are need, let’s stop lcomplaining and see how we can help the government to salvage the situation in our own little way, I’m calling on privileged Nigerians in every state to buy into this Initiative and save a soul today,I started this initiative today with Agboju market and we will touch every market in Lagos and this gesture will continue for as long as the hardship persist”.
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