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Hon. Babajimi Benson (MHR) receives Best representative of the year award

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The representative of Ikorodu Federal constituency, Hon Babajimi Benson(MHR) has received an award of the best representative of the year from the association of local government vice chairmen in Nigeria.

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The award which was presented to him by the National deputy chairman of the association and the vice- chairman of Ikorodu Local government, Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba was earlier announced during the annual award/gala night of the association held at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja on Wednesday, 6th of November, 2019.

The Award presentation also had the accountant general of Lagos state, Dr. Shefiu Abiodun Muritala in attendance.

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It would be recalled that the association of Vice chairmen in Nigeria in a bid to honour those who have done well for the growth of the nation gave awards to a host of those who deserves it.

The awardees included Lagos state Governor, His Excellency, Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu ( Best Performing Governor, Infrastructure), Plateau state governor, His Excellency, RT. Hon Simon Bako Lalong ( Best Performing Governor, Manpower and Capacity Development), Nassarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule ( Best Performing Governor, Peace and security), Speaker, House of Reps, RT Hon Femi Gbajabiamila ( Distinguished advocate for legislative reports in Nigeria), Minister of Interior, His Excellecy, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Minister of the year, Probity and Accountability), Minister of Science and Technology, His excellency,Ogbonnaya Onu ( Minister of the year, Projects implementation), Former Governor of Zamfara state, His excellency, Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar ( Distinguished political personality of the year), His excellency, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau ( Distinguished Advocate of local government autonomy in Nigeria), Senator Muhammed Ali Ndume (Senator of the year), Senator Jibrin Barau ( Parliamentary Advocate For Good Governance in Nigeria), Hon. Babajimi Benson (Representative of the year), Hon Ahmed Aliyu Wadada ( Distinguished Personality of good governance), The executive chairman AMAC, Hon Abdullahi Adamu Candido ( Best performing local government chairman in Nigeria), Director, Department of State security, Alh. Ado Mu’Azu FSI ( Excellent Commitment to security service), Chairman/CEO, Chelsea Group Limited, Chief Patrick Tobechukwu C. ( Best Entrepreneur of the year, Hospitality), Chief Mrs. Folashade Tinubu (Ambassador Of Peace and Unity), Chief Mrs Kemi Nelson, APC National Southwest woman leader.

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THE PROPHETIC HALL OF FAME: A litre of fuel should be #250,a bag of rice should be 9k, Prophet Godwin Ikuru explodes

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By Collins Nkwocha

Today is the day of celebration for the Muslims,Eid al Fitr, the prophetic hall of fame,prophet Godwin Ikuru of Jehovah Eye Salvation Ministry and a member of the APC presidential council has called for the reduction of the prices of goods and services across the country.

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Speaking to newsmen today in Ikeja,the prophet emphasised on the need to reduce the prices of goods and services,he pointed out that those indiscriminate price increments were done in order to frustrate the government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.He said “things are very expensive in the country, Nigerians are suffering, that’s why the president didn’t celebrate his birthday on the 29th of March because he is not happy, because the president removed subsidy in order to save the nation from doom,oil marketers conspired and increased the price of fuel,fuel should be #250,a bag of rice should be 9000,a bag of cement should be 3000, flight should be 40k,not 250k that airlines are currently charging “.

He pointed out that the president is not the cause of our problems in Nigeria,he reiterated that those who wants to frustrate the reign of the president are behind what we are going through,he said “take a look at house rent, it’s very exorbitant how many Nigerians can afford to pay 2 million to live in a comfortable environment,in some areas, it’s around 15 million, school fees are very expensive, around 250k a term,how does someone that has five children survive,if your wife takes 50k to the market,she comes back with almost nothing because things are expensive,things have to change” .

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Shalina Recognizes Major Distributors as the Main Force behind its Business Growth – Arun Raj, Chief Commercial Officer

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A leading Afro-focus multinational company, Shalina Healthcare, has said it recognizes its major distributors as one of the driving force behind its success stories in the last one year in the face of the economic realities. This was in Lagos on Thursday at the meeting of the company with its business partners and major distributors across the country to mark the end of the financial year of the company with the main theme: “Driving Growth through Strong Business Partnerships.”

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In his welcome speech as well as his corporate presentation,  Arun Raj, the Chief Commercial Officer, Shalina Healthcare West Africa said through the efforts of the business partners ” Shalina is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in Africa. Though the last one year had shown to be one of the most difficult for business in the recent times, but were able to weather the storm through the support and resilience of our major distributors. The last one year had shown to be a very difficult time, especially for the industry, with a leading brand of about sixty years in Nigeria leaving the country, but we are assuring everyone that, despite all economic issues, Shalina continues to believe Nigeria. We are committed to providing available and affordable quality health products. It will interest many people that in the last financial year, the company had a 19% volume growth. Though it may be below our expectations, but considering the economic realities of the last one year, it is a good development.”

In the same vein, the Managing Director, Shalina Healthcare, Nigeria, Mrs. Opeyemi Akinyele, said “the purpose of the event is to refresh, appraise and evaluate the last financial year for us to forge ahead and make more impacts. The last one year has been the survival of the fittest in the business world , but here we are today with successful stories.”

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In his own remarks, the Corporate Marketing Head of the company, Folorunso Alaran while appreciating the business partners who are the major  distributors across the country said “the success stories of the company can’t be completed without the distributors.”

Meanwhile, in their various responses and feedbacks, some of the business partners commended  the company for the job well-done in the outgone financial year and also made recommendations and suggestions for the company to grow bigger and higher in the upcoming new financial year. In their responses, Alhaji Rasheed Adetoro of The Will of God Multipurpose Ventures,  Shaki, Oyo State and Tochukwu Agu of Atidam Pharmaceutical Limited, Lagos  among other business partners were unanimous in congratulating the company for a successful financial year saying ” the reward for a good job is more good jobs.”

One of the high points of the event was the presentation of “Distributor Excellence Award”  to its outstanding business partners.

 

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IS WIKE AN ASSET OR A LIABILITY TO TINUBU?

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Fact Check: Did Wike Order Demolition Of Jabi Motor Park

IS WIKE AN ASSET OR A LIABILITY TO TINUBU?

 

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By Rex Akindele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Politics, they say is a game of interest. No permanent friend, no permanent enemy but permanent interest. But in every sphere of life, there’s morality and a man is best respected by his principles and the values he stand for.

 

 

 

 

 

IS WIKE AN ASSET OR A LIABILITY TO TINUBU?

 

 

 

 

 

There’s this school of thought that says “if you don’t stand for anything, you fall for everything”. This is the crossroad where the former governor of Rivers State and incumbent Minister of the FCT, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike stands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loud, brutish and loquacious with a touch of arrogance, the APC as a political Party was always the butt of his not so funny jokes while he held sway as governor of Rivers State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wike rose from the ashes of the crisis that engulfed Rivers State in 2007 after the gubernatorial primaries of the PDP in the State which the then president, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo described as having a K-leg. The winner of that primaries, Rotimi Amaechi with a natural K-leg was not the preferred candidate of the powers that be and he was unceremoniously substituted with Sir Celestine Omeiha to fly the flag of the Party. What ensued after was a pre-election legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. After the general elections which Omeiha won and was inaugurated as governor, the heat became unbearable for Amaechi and he escaped to Ghana on a self-imposed exile. It was Barr. Wike, a former Council Chairman of Obior/Akpor Local Government and close ally of Amaechi that stayed behind to coordinate the legal team and supporters of Amaechi until the case was decided by the Apex Court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In appreciation of the job Wike did while he was away, Gov. Amaechi appointed him as his Chief of Staff during his first term in office. The Chief of Staff in the current system we practice wields a lot of powers and Amaechi, seeing how powerful and ambitious Wike was becoming, decided to cut him to size by not re-appointing him when he won his second term in 2011. Amaechi in one of his interviews, confessed that Wike was getting depressed and when an opportunity came to nominate a Minister from the State, a mutual friend of theirs pleaded with him to consider Wike in order to save him from a mental crisis. That was when Wike was nominated, and appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan as Minister of State for Education in his government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Governor Amaechi and President Jonathan fell apart, Wike took advantage of the crisis to build a parallel structure for Jonathan in Rivers and when Amaechi joined forces with 4 other PDP governors to create a faction within the PDP known as the New PDP, which later joined the APC, Wike, a cabinet Minister, took charge of PDP in Rivers State as the leader being the highest political office holder from the State. With the entire Party structure in his kitty and as the right hand man of President Jonathan who was contesting for a second term in office, the Governorship ticket of the PDP was an easy pick for Wike and despite the opposition from the then incumbent and his estranged friend, Rotimi Amaechi, Wike rode on the South-South sentiment and the popularity of President Jonathan in the region to clinch the governorship seat. This was Wike’s journey to limelight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have taken time to explain this to let you see that Wike is a crisispreneur and among active politicians in the country today, he has benefited from crisis the most. That’s why he rejoices whenever he sense a crisis anywhere as crisis to him is like the green grass to the green snake. His involvement with the APC during the last general election was as a result of the crisis that engulfed the PDP after their presidential primaries of 2022 in which he was an aspirant. His role in President Tinubu winning Rivers in 2023 can never be overemphasized but while he presented himself as someone fighting for the interest of Southern Nigeria, he lost what could have been a tremendous goodwill from such act by accepting a ministerial appointment from the president and the Party he had bad-mouthed for 8 years. It means it was all about his personal interest all along, which on its own is not bad if only he can swallow his pride and show some respect for others.

 

Mr Wike’s brazing use of his vantage position as a cabinet Minister in an opposition government to interfere with the governance of his home State of Rivers without reservation is becoming a moral burden for the Tinubu administration. Crisis of mistrust and disloyalty is common between successive governors and their predecessors in Nigeria since the inception of this democratic dispensation and on all occasions, the sitting governor always have the sympathy of the people.

At present, like Rivers, there’s a cold war in other States between governors and their benefactors, particularly in Benue State where Senator George Akume, a former governor of the State and incumbent Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and his anointed governor, a Catholic Priest turned politician, Fr. Hyacinth Alia are fighting for supremacy. Senator Akume has maintained a dignified silence and conducted himself in a manner befitting of a high profile government appointee while allowing his men to battle it out with the governor. In the case of Mr Wike, he talks at every given opportunity in a demeaning language directing his missiles not only to his State governor but also to any elder that dare to associate with the governor. Some of those words are not even good enough to be used on an opponent not to talk of members of the same political Party. His supporters continue to abandon him on daily basis as it seems the communities are now turning against those fighting the governor.

 

Rivers State is a very delicate State. One of the oil producing States in the country that has the privilege of serving as the operational base of most oil companies in the region. It used to be the hotbed of militant activities until the intervention of late President Umaru Yar’Adua who introduced an amnesty programme to appease aggrieved youths fighting many years of neglect and insensitivity to the plight of their people. Today, anything that threatens the peace of Rivers State is a threat to national security and it’s becoming obvious from the tone of Elders, traditional leaders and stakeholders of the region that the Minister of the FCT is seen more as a threat to peace in the State, a character unbecoming of someone who served as Chief Security Officer of the State for 8 years.

 

On the political side, Wike is lost between the devil and the deep blue sea. After the 2023 general election where the PDP failed woefully due to some decisions and miscalculations of her presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Wike was supposed to be the rallying point of aggrieved stakeholders and frustrated supporters of the Party. He was being looked upon, along side members of his G-5, to become the new face of the opposition in the country and give the Party new direction until he tumbled from his Olympia height. He had Governor Ortom, the former governor of Benue State who was a torn in the flesh of the Buhari led APC administration with him. But by choosing to serve as minister in an opposition government, he lost the trust of his fellow ‘comrades’ and the first to abandon him was the only remaining governor among them, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State. His appointment as Minister from Rivers, with Mr President not giving extra consideration to the State in order to accommodate someone from the original APC family, threw the APC into confusion. Today, while the national secretariat of the APC dissolved the State Working Committee and installed Wike’s loyalists in a caretaker capacity, Wike remained a PDP member in the day and APC at night thereby allowing both Parties to suffer in the State as he continue to play the double game. Lovers of multi-Party democracy will definitely question President Tinubu’s democratic credentials on the account of this. A virile democracy strives on the foundation of a strong and healthy opposition and the President will do his image in the international community a lot of good if he concentrate on strengthening his Party rather than being seen as destroying the opposition.

 

Regardless the number of State Assembly members standing with the minister, it’s a near impossibility to impeach the governor as the State will go up in flames. Seen as the first person to emerge as governor of the State from the riverine communities since the return of democracy in 1999, Gov Fubara has played the ethnic card very well to his advantage. He has also succeeded in harvesting all the other former governors who were also at the receiving end of Wike’s arrogance, vindictiveness and winner-takes-all approach to politics.

It has now come to the public that with all the noise from Rivers during his time as governor, Local Government workers were denied the statutory minimum wage of ₦30,000 and for 8 years, their promotion was stagnated. The national leadership of NULGE had to send a powerful delegation to governor Fubara to commend him for righting the wrongs of the past by implementing minimum wage for local government employees in the State and effecting their backlog of promotions. If these and more is been done to ingratiate himself to the people, Fubara has succeeded to a great extent as it continue to eat into any godwill left of Mr Wike as his former trusted allies throng the government house in Port Harcourt on daily basis to pay homage to the governor and pledge their allegiance.

 

If an election were to be conducted in Rivers State today, can Wike still be able to deliver for Mr President? The answer is a big NO and the situation will get worse with time.

It is therefore high time President Tinubu begin to see Wike as a political liability and social disaster by reaching out to other stakeholders and making new friends in Rivers State in order to safeguard his political future in the Niger Delta.

 

 

Akindele wrote this piece from Kubwa, FCT and can be reached at rexakindele2000@gmail.com

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