AT INDEPENDENCE LECTURE:*
*YOUR SACRIFICES WON’T BE IN VAIN, VP SHETTIMA TELLS NIGERIANS
Sen. Shettima made the remarks on Thursday at a public lecture to commemorate Nigeria’s 63rd Independence anniversary at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja.
He said President Bola Tinubu’s administration is committed to building a country where the economic independence of each citizen is guaranteed, and where none of them has to depend on unspecified handouts to earn a living.
“Today, we gather to honour Nigeria’s journey to redefine its destiny. Today, we stand on the precipice of history to reflect upon a nation that has defied the predictions of doomsayers, a nation that has become the metaphor of resilience.
“Over the past 63 years, we have not only survived but thrived because of our collective resolve, our commitment to progress, and the enduring spirit of unity that binds us together from Aba, down through Ogbomosho to Zaria, despite the conspiracies of minor vested interests,” the Vice President said.
According to him, while this anniversary offers Nigeria another opportunity to acknowledge the cross-regional bonds that have kept the country standing as Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy, “we are here to remind ourselves that the future we promised Nigerians isn’t an empty performance for electoral favours.”
The Vice President noted that the future of a great nation is not determined by the occurrence of a socio-economic challenge, but by the intention, sincerity, and innovative ideas of its leaders, and their commitment to implementing them.
He said: “We cannot renew the hope of the nation unless we deliver on our promise to drive food security and eradicate poverty. We cannot foster economic growth and nurture job creation unless we facilitate access to capital, enhance national security, and optimize the business environment for our enterprises.
“We are going to uphold the rule of law and fight corruption to design the Nigeria of our dream. We can’t achieve any of these unless each citizen remains a strategic partner in pursuit of our ultimate national interests.”
Reflecting on the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Vice President Shettima pointed out that “the tragedy reminded us that viruses do not discriminate based on ethnicity or religion, and that our strength as a nation is driven by our collective faith in the ideals that define us and in the moral character of our leaders.”
The VP then emphasized the crucial role of leadership in shaping a nation’s destiny, stating that “the future of a great nation rests on the intention, sincerity, and innovative ideas of its leaders and their commitment to implementing them.”
The Vice President also recognized the sacrifices made by Nigerians over the years, noting that such solidarity has inspired the government to focus on diverse sectors, from agriculture to digital technology, from healthcare to education.
He said: “We knew from the starting point of this race to serve the people that the track would not be without its holes and thorns. We knew that challenges would arise, and obstacles would test our resolve. But, as our history has shown, Nigerians are too ambitious to be broken by a temporary setback. We are going to emerge from this phase of our reforms stronger, each of us with renewed hope.”
With unwavering determination, Sen. Shettima asserted, “at 63, we recognize that what has sustained us and propelled us forward is our collective belief that overcoming the challenges we’ve inherited necessitates sacrifices.”
He reiterated that these sacrifices are investments in a brighter future, one that will secure the well-being of current and future generations.
VP Shettima reminded the nation: “As we work together towards a future where opportunity knows no bounds, let’s remember that our most potent weapon is the overriding resolve of the majority to choose unity over chaos and democracy over anarchy.”
Earlier in his address, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, called on the Federal Government to consider increasing the salary of workers to mitigate the current economic situation in the country.
He advised the administration to build on the existing synergy among the different arms of government to provide the much needed democracy dividends to Nigerians.
Also speaking on Tinubu administration’s ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda in a lecture themed, “Actualizig the vision of Renewed Hope for socio-economic development through effective leadership”, the guest speaker, Dr Goke Adegoroye, commended President Tinubu for the steps taken so far in repositioning governance and resetting the economy.
He however urged the administration to prioritise key aspects of the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda with a view to ensuring that the impact is felt across different sectors of the economy.
Present at the event were Secretary to Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume; Chief of Staff to the President, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Esan; Ministers of Information, Mr Mohammed Idris; Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev; FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike; Budget and Economic Planning, Alh. Atiku Bagudu; Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar; Solid Minerals Development, Mr Dele Alake; Police Affairs, Alh Ibrahim Gaidam; Steel Development, Mr Shuaibu Audu, and Transportation, Sa’idu Alkali, among others.
Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as some members of the diplomatic community also attended the event.
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*(Office of the Vice President)*
*28th September, 2023*
Jimi Benson: X-raying An Ikorodu Boy In Parliament By Bolaji Akinmosu
Jimi Benson: X-raying An Ikorodu Boy In Parliament
By Bolaji Akinmosu
From the streets of Ikorodu, where dreams often collide with adversity, a young man has risen, defying the odds and carving his name into the annals of Nigerian politics. Babajimi Adegoke Benson, a native son of this vibrant Lagos suburb, has not only broken barriers but shattered them, proving that resilience and determination can propel an ordinary boy to extraordinary heights and not just that, but being able to achieve goals in that position.
Babajimi Adegoke Benson, born on March 30, 1972, hails from Ikorodu, Lagos State. His journey is labeled by a blend of legal expertise, corporate leadership, and public service.
Jimi Benson pursued his legal education at LASU, obtaining an LLB in 1994.
He continued his legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, earning a Bachelor of Law (Honors) in 1995.
In 1999, he added to his qualifications with an LLM in Comparative International Business Law.
Jimi Benson furthered his education by pursuing an MBA in Warwick Business School (UK)
After completing his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program in 1989, he embarked on a career that took him to international platforms.
He served as a Legal Officer at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
In Nigeria, he worked as an in-house Legal Counsel at Ecobank PLC and later as Deputy Manager (Legal) at Lead Bank PLC.
Jimi Benson entered electoral politics in 2015 under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the Nigerian House of Representatives, he has held various roles:
Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Finance, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Habitat, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Delegated Legislation, Member of Committees on Works, Justice, Housing, Environment, Treaties, and Protocol. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Defence.
Jimi Benson is an honorable member of the House of Representatives of Nigeria representing the Ikorodu Federal Constituency in Lagos State. Benson was first elected into the Nigerian House of Representatives in 2015 to represent the Ikorodu Federal Constituency in Lagos State. He was re-elected for a second term in 2019 and has since been re-elected for a third term during the 2023 Nigerian general election in Nigeria. Now, the current Chairman of House Committee on Defence. As Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, he shoulders the responsibility of safeguarding Nigeria’s territorial integrity.
His terms has brought about positive changes and improvement in his constituency.
Jimi Benson’s story is one of diligence and steadfast commitment. Born and raised in the heart of Ikorodu, he witnessed firsthand the struggles faced by his community—lack of infrastructure, unemployment, and limited access to quality education. Yet, rather than succumbing to despair, Jimi channelled his energy into effecting change.
Representing the Ikorodu Federal Constituency, he has become a voice for the people, advocating for their rights, welfare, and development.
As a young leader, Jimi Benson recognizes the power of youth. He has championed initiatives aimed at empowering young Nigerians through education, skills training, and job creation. His commitment to youth development is a beacon of hope for the next generation.
Jimi Benson has worked tirelessly to improve infrastructure in Ikorodu. From road rehabilitation to healthcare facilities, he has prioritized community needs. His efforts have transformed neighborhoods, enhancing the quality of life for residents.
Within the hallowed chambers of parliament, Jimi Benson has left an indelible mark. His contributions to debates, bills, and policy discussions reflect his dedication to effective governance. Whether advocating for education reform or economic empowerment, he remains steadfast.
His journey from Ikorodu to parliament underscores his commitment to marginalized communities. He amplifies their voices, ensuring that their concerns are heard at the highest levels of government. His empathy and accessibility set him apart.
Jimi Benson’s story resonates with young Nigerians who aspire to make a difference. His rise from humble beginnings inspires hope and reinforces the belief that anyone, regardless of background, can contribute to nation-building.
With all these, it is no doubt that he fits into the moniker of Mr. Constituency projects as he has properly executed projects in the Ikorodu Constituency.
Among these projects is the iCare food bank initiative which was launched to provide relief to vulnerable groups, including the elderly and widows, by distributing food items and necessities. Also, recognizing the need for communication, he established a community radio station, IKD FM. This platform serves as a voice for the local community, disseminating information, promoting cultural events, and fostering unity. He also contributed to improving access to healthcare in his constituency by donating an 80-bed Mother and Child Hospital.
These initiatives have impacted the lives of his constituents and have contributed to the development of the community.
Hon. Babajimi Adegoke Benson’s multifaceted career, spanning legal practice, public administration, and private sector expertise, reflects his dedication to serving both his constituency and the nation at large.
His legacy is one of authentic service as he is indeed a representative of the people and such a rare parliamentarian.
Akinmosu wrote this piece from Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Hon. Prince Taiwo Ajibade Oyekan: A Rare Breed Of Leader On Lagos Island • By Bolaji Israel
Hon. Prince Taiwo Ajibade Oyekan: A Rare Breed Of Leader On Lagos Island
• By Bolaji Israel
In a world where compassion and empathy are often scarce, Honourable Prince Taiwo Ajibade Oyekan stands out as a beacon of hope and support for the people of Lagos Island.
As a Philanthropist, he has dedicated himself to improving the lives of individuals through various Empowerment programmes and Initiatives.
At the heart of his Philanthropic efforts lies the Kolawole Ajibade Oyekan Foundation, established in memory Of his Dad, Aremo Kolawole Ajibade Oyekan, an organisation that has been instrumental in Uplifting and Transforming the lives of countless Individuals.
Through the foundation, Prince Taiwo has touched the lives of People from all walks of life in numerous ways leaving an indelible mark on their journey towards a Brighter future.
One of the key areas where Prince Oyekan has made a significant impact is in Healthcare. His foundation actively supports indigent individuals by covering their Hospital bills, ensuring that they receive the necessary Medical care they deserve.
Additionally, he has been a consistent presence at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, where he Presents Gift items and support to Babies and Nursing Mothers. This compassionate gesture not only provides much-needed assistance but also brings Joy and Jope to those in need.
Recognising the Importance of Education, Prince Taiwo has also focused on Initiatives aimed at enhancing the Educational Opportunities for Underprivileged Students. Through the Foundation, He provides Materials and Pays Examination fees for students who may otherwise struggle to afford them.
He offered Scholarships to Indigent Students and Learning Materials.
By investing in Education, Prince Taiwo is Empowering the Next Generation with the tools they need to Succeed and overcome the obstacles they face.
He also organised Skills Acquisition Trainings, and Built Community Development Projects including Borehole Water Systems, Trunk C Road Network, as well as Periodic Environmental Sanitation Exercises.
The Foundation has also donated Utility Bus To Lagos Community Security Outfit to improve Security in the Localities.
Moreover, Grants were given to Small scale Traders to promote Economy and Upscale Residents’ Standard of Living while Football Competitions were organised to develop Talents and foster Unity and Peaceful Coexistence among Youths.
Periodically, Assorted Food Items were Distributed to the Vulnerable, Elderly Citizens and Physically Challenged.
His Philanthropic efforts have also been extended to support Widows, recognising the challenges they face and offering a Helping hand during difficult times. By providing Financial Assistance and Emotional support, He aims to Alleviate their burdens and bring Comfort to their Lives.
What sets Prince Taiwo apart is not only his Dedication to Ohilanthropy but also his Genuine care for the Masses.
His Selfless acts of Kindness and Compassion are a Testament to his Noble Character.
As an accomplished Professional, he understands the importance of giving back to Society and making a Positive impact on the Lives of others.
Hailing from the esteemed Oyekan family of Lagos Island, Prince Taiwo’s royal lineage adds another layer of significance to his Philanthropic work.
With his wealth of Experience and Knowledge, he is fast carving a Niche for Himself as a Grassroots-Oriented Leader. His aim is to provide Oeople-oriented Leadership, Bringing about Positive change and benefiting the People of Lagos Island.
Honourable Prince Oyekan is a True Philanthropist, whose unwavering dedication to improving the lives of others sets him apart.
His commitment to Healthcare, Education, Sports, Security and Empowerment truly embodies the spirit of giving back to Society, and his impact will continue to be felt for Generations to come.
Why Chad President, Mahamat Idriss Deby Must Listen To Primate Ayodele Now
*Why Chad President, Mahamat Idriss Deby Must Listen To Primate Ayodele Now
‘’A man who does not listen after many strong words are spoken to him will be destroyed all at once and without help.’’ ( Proverbs 29 Vs 1)
The president of Chad, General Mahamat Idriss Deby may be walking into a dangerous zone if he doesn’t redirect his steps with the prophetic warnings which Primate Ayodele gave many months ago concerning his administration.
Primate Ayodele who foretold the death of his father, Idriss Deby Tuno, had warned the current head of state that he will singlehandedly cause issues which will turn him against the people during his administration.
In one of the many videos the prophet featured in, he revealed that Mahamat Deby would attempt to turn himself into a civilian president but it will be rejected by the people. He strongly advised him not to try it because it would plunge the country into crisis.
Primate Ayodele warned him to be very careful and watchful about his intention to become a civilian president because it would not be accepted.
These were his words
‘’A major crisis is coming up in Chad. The Chad president must restrategize. He will want to transform to civilian president but they will kick against it. He must not do this, he must be very careful about this, he must be very very watchful.’’
In fulfillment of Primate Ayodele’s warnings, Chad has come under heavy tensions in the last few days after the electoral commission made a surprise announcement Tuesday that presidential elections to end three years of military rule in the central African country will take place May 6, several months earlier than planned.
In making the announcement, the commission said the elections will mark a return to constitutional order and the end of General Mahamat Idriss Deby’s transitional period, now in its third year.
However, it is not yet known how many candidates will run in the May 6 polls. But last month, Chad’s former ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS party) said that Mahamat Idriss Deby will be the party’s nominee.
In Primate Ayodele’s prophetic warnings, three major things were mentioned which are Major crises coming up in Chad, the president will want to transform himself to a civilian government and lastly, his ambition will be kicked against. As we speak, the country is in serious crisis already, the president has also begun plans to turn his government to a civilian government as against the prophet’s advice; two out of the three prophetic warnings have come to pass.
General Mahamat Idriss Deby is currently on his way to fulfill the third warning which has to do with the rejection of his government by the people and if care isn’t taken, he may face the unexpected just as Primate Ayodele has warned.
In another interview with Independent Newspaper, Primate Ayodele warned Mahamat Deby to seek the face of God before attempting to transform himself into a civilian president.
‘’Chad: They will be attacked and their soldiers must be careful because a major terrorist disaster is coming that will shake their military. The democracy of Chad will be threatened. The head of state will want to transform into a civilian president. He must be careful and seek God’s face before doing it. The country must be careful to avoid entering a wrong agreement.’’
This further shows that the prophet has been constant with these warnings and it is more reason General Mahamat Deby should listen because if there is no reason, Primate Ayodele will not speak.
There is still time for him to retrace his steps because the message of the prophet shows there is serious danger ahead of him if he continues in his quest to become a civilian president.
‘’A man who does not listen after many strong words are spoken to him will be destroyed all at once and without help.’’ ( Proverbs 29 Vs 1)
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