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No forest reserves were sold by Abiodun’s government – Odusile

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OGUN 2023: THE WAY FORWARD When candidates are seeking election into political offices, what they capitalise on for momentum and ultimate victory are popularity among the electorate, sound strategy, previous antecedents and the backing of some political heavyweights. In all, the task of winning an election into a particular political office is difficult and requires a combination of factors. On the other hand, seeking reelection into an office after a first term is much more straightforward, yet much more complicated. It is more straightforward because it boils down to just one major requirement and it could be complicated because many political officeholders seeking reelection often do not meet that singular requirement.  What is required of someone seeking reelection into a political office is simply their track record, because gunning for a second term in office is a clear referendum on a candidate’s first term in office. And if this premise is anything to go by, the incumbent Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, does tick the box in terms of track record, and deserves the vote of the good people of Ogun in his bid to return as governor come 2023 to continue the unprecedented value he and his team have added to governance in the state. If one’s first term in office is a referendum on whether they deserve a second term, then the coast is already clear for Prince Abiodun, especially when considering his interest in infrastructure, economic viability by creating an enabling environment, human development and harnessing the state’s potentials.          Anybody who is familiar with events in Ogun since May 29, 2019, will agree that the state’s rising investment profile does not owe to happenstance. It hasn’t also gone unnoticed, as Prince Abiodun was deservedly recognised with the Public Service Award  of Excellence in Industrial Revolution. The Dapo Abiodun administration’s systematic approach to governance, which saw him lay a solid foundation for the implementation of deliberate policies, programmes and projects within the first six months in office, has led to predictable yet unprecedented success in the socio-economic transformation of the state. He has delivered on a clear template and deliberate action plan on how he intended to transform the state by implementing the “Building Our Future Together” agenda, hinged on the five developmental columns of I-S-E-Y-A: Infrastructure; Social Development and Wellbeing; Education; Youth Development, and; Agriculture and Food Security. Since the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun came on board on May 29, 2019, he has prioritised construction and rehabilitation of roads. The governor made it known from the onset that infrastructure, especially good road network, was crucial to his administration’s investment drive. That is why roads across the state are being aggressively constructed and rehabilitated. This also led him to establishing the Ogun State Roads Maintenance Agency (OGROMA). Currently, the state government is working on roads (either rehabilitation or construction) in almost all its 20 local government areas. Also, early in the Governor Abiodun’s administration, it was clear that he was keen on exploring the opportunities presented by Ogun’s geo-location. To him, the state’s proximity to Lagos and its gateway status to the West African market through Benin Republic should propel the state into economic prosperity. He established investment agencies, such as the Ogun State Enterprise Development Agency (OGSEDA), to provide entrepreneurial literacy services, capacity development and access to start-up capital to support Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Credit to Governor Dapo Abiodun, the Gateway Cargo Airport, which is almost completed, is scheduled to commence operations by the beginning of 2023. With the siting of an agro testing firm at Sagamu to service the airport, the project is expected to facilitate export in agricultural products from Nigeria. The results of his commitment to making Ogun economically viable are so convincing that the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), in its 2021 second quarter report for investment announcement, put the estimated investment into Ogun State at $500 million, making the state the preferred investment destination representing 30 per cent of the total announcement in Q2. Curiously, the NIPC report showed that 14 projects were covered in the investment announcement in manufacturing, energy, information and communication, as well as real estate.   National Bureau of Statistics recently released the Internally Generated Revenue figures for Ogun State, confirming the efforts by the Dapo Abiodun-led administration to put the economy on a sound footing and make Ogun Nigeria’s top investment destination. The state, which grew its IGR from N50.6bn in 2020 to N100.7bn in 2021, performed excellently on its IGR index, being only out-performed by Lagos State, Nigeria’s economic capital (N753.3bn); the Federal Capital Territory (FCT N131.9bn) and Rivers State, a top oil-producing state (N123.3bn). Apart from the investment in infrastructure in the state, the governor is making conscious effort to advance Ogun’s reputation for attracting foreign investment and public private partnerships. Already, Abiodun has attracted some mouth-watering investments, including the OCP Africa investment. OCP Africa is a Moroccan-based multinational investing a total of N9Billion in fertilizer blending plant with a production capacity of over 600,000metric tons. Abiodun’s administration has also clinched an investment deal with Terratiga Limited, an investor from The Netherlands investing in animal feeds with a production capacity of 100 tons per day and 1.2million tones per annum. In his recent visit to Ogun State, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the Gateway City Gate and the 42km Sagamu-Abeokuta Interchange, before going ahead to commission three other projects:  the 14km Ijebu Ode-Mojoda-Epe Road, which was completed in record time and connects Ogun to the fast-growing Epe-Lekki axis of Lagos; Kobape Housing Estate, located along the Sagamu-Abeokuta Interchange under the Affordable Housing Scheme; and the upscale Kings Court Estate in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. After a busy yet exciting tour, the president gave this verdict about Prince Abiodun: “I am proud of what you have done for your state and your people. You have made our great party, the APC, proud too. You are a worthy example of promises made, promises kept. These lofty projects could not have materialised without your huge investment and commitment to security of lives and property. This has made Ogun State one of the safest and most peaceful States in the country and investors’ destination of choice. You have justified the mandate of the people of Ogun State. You have represented our party very well.”   These and many more have nullified all negative machinations against Dapo Abiodun’s second term bid. The same way he triumphed over evil in 2019, he will ride on his achievements and the mandate of the good people of Ogun to win reelection come 2023. Ayo Shomide, a politician and businessman wrote from Abeokuta .  

No forest reserves were sold by Abiodun’s government – Odusile

…says reserves concessioned by last administration

Abiodun

 

The Ogun State Government has refuted the rumours making the rounds that it has sold some forest reserves in the Ijebu axis of the state, to foreign investors.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Odusile, who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen on the protest by timber merchants made up of Timber Sellers Association, Plank Sellers and Ijebu Sawmillers, and Timber Contractors Association, said the forest reserves were concessioned by the immediate past administration in the state.

 

 

 

 

 

The Chairman, Board of Trustee, Timber and Saw millers Association, Ijebu-East, Mr. Taiwo Adeboye, Chairman, plank Sellers Association, Eyirin Chapter, Adesanya Sulaiman and Secretary, Ijebu Saw Millers and Timber Contractors Association, Akinukawe Funmileye, had led their members on a protest, accusing the state government of selling the only surviving forest reserves in the axis.

They called on the state government to rescind its decision as it would create unemployment and cause untold hardship on the people.

 

 

 

 

 

Odusile, however, insisted that the reserves were never sold by Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration, but were concessioned to two Nigerian companies for N800m per annum by the immediate past administration.

“Government is aware of their complaints. What they protested about is not the making of this present administration, but by the previous government. Since government is a continuum, we are looking into their complaints. The House of Assembly is also looking into the issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I want to state categorically that the forest reserves were concessioned to two Nigerian companies. And it is just a part that was concessioned; the larger parts are still there for people to use. I can assure you that we did not sell the forest and we will resolve all the issues amicably”, he said.

Odusile reiterated that the present administration would not do anything that would bring hardship to the people, pointing out that the state government would always take the interests of the people into consideration before taking any major decision.

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National Association of Polytechnic Students ( NAPS) appeal to Federal Government to Support Initiative that will reduce Housing deficit in Nigeria.

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National Association of Polytechnic Students ( NAPS) appeal to Federal Government to Support Initiative that will reduce Housing deficit in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEING THE WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE LEADERSHIP OF NAPS TO PARTNER WITH DOMAK GROUP INTERNATIONAL FOR LAND AND HOUSING INVESTMENT SCHEME.

 

 

 

Gentle Men of the Press…

 

 

 

Other Protocols are duly observed.

 

 

 

Today, being 17th July 2024, Sahara Weekly Reports That the leadership of NAPS brings a good news to all Nigerian Polytechnic students across the nation over our giant stride to enable our students to feel importance of been a Nigerian

 

 

 

 

National Association of Polytechnic Students ( NAPS) appeal to Federal Government to Support Initiative that will reduce Housing deficit in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

It’s not new to our great association, the challenges facing Nigerian students and Youths in terms of housing across the country, the rate and high cost of accommodation and occupancy of a house is worrisome and demoralizing.

 

Over the years, there have been significant shifts in home and land ownership patterns that have had a profound impact on society. Some parents’ generation benefited from economic prosperity and government programs that promoted home and land ownership in the past. In contrast, this generation, has faced several challenges in achieving home and land ownership due to factors such as rising housing costs, land disputes, access to affordable housing, mortgage rates, and income inequality have contributed to lower home and land ownership rates.

 

The increasing wealth gap has created barriers to owning a home, especially for those with limited financial resources. The availability of affordable housing is another critical factor influencing home and land ownership trends. In many urban areas, housing costs have skyrocketed, making it challenging for individuals with moderate incomes to afford a home. This lack of affordable housing options has forced many people to rent rather than purchase a home.

 

Haven X-rayed the whole situation and most of the challenges facing students and Youths in this country to own a land and house, we discovered that what people need is enlightenment, financial literacy programs and understanding the home and land buying process and available resources.

 

It’s on this note, that the leadership of NAPS is coming with an initiative ideas to partner with Domak Group International, where all interested students and Youths can own a piece of land in their respective state including FCT, furthermore the initiative was so easier for even the poorest among the poor can be a land owner with just 350 per day for just three(3) years.

 

In lieu of this, the leadership of NAPS is using this medium to call the attention of Polytechnics students and Youths generally to invest in their future by owning a piece of land from Domak Youths and students land and Housing Investment Scheme.

 

Aluta Continua! Victoria Ascerta!!

 

Signed:

 

Comrade Opeyemi Ridwan

NAPS President

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Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing Congratulates Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, on Her 57th Birthday

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Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing Congratulates Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, on Her 57th Birthday

Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing Congratulates Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, on Her 57th Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The chairman/CEO Adron Group, Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing, has extended warm felicitations to Her Excellency, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, the First Lady of Ogun State, on the occasion of her 57th birthday.

 

 

 

 

Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing Congratulates Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, on Her 57th Birthday

 

 

 

 

In his congratulatory message, Aare EmmanuelKing lauded Mrs. Abiodun’s unwavering dedication to the welfare of women and children in Ogun State, highlighting her numerous philanthropic activities and her pivotal role in community development. He commended her compassionate efforts in advocating for the rights and welfare of the less privileged, which have significantly impacted the lives of many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Your Excellency, your exemplary life and steadfast dedication to the betterment of Ogun State and its people have been a beacon of inspiration to many. Your leadership and passion have not only complemented the vision of His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, but have also played a crucial role in the continuous progress and transformation of Ogun State,” Aare EmmanuelKing stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He further praised Mrs. Abiodun for her support of initiatives aimed at enhancing health and education in the state, acknowledging her contributions to fostering a better and more inclusive society. Aare EmmanuelKing expressed his prayers for her continued good health, happiness, and the fulfillment of all her aspirations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Mrs. Abiodun celebrates this significant milestone, Aare EmmanuelKing joined her family, friends, and well-wishers in celebrating her remarkable achievements and contributions to Ogun State. He wished her a joyous birthday filled with peace, prosperity, and continued success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adron Homes and Properties Ltd., under the leadership of Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing, remains committed to supporting the growth and development of Ogun State and looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the government in achieving these goals.

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Simple Actions President Bola Tinubu Must Take Now by Olufemi Aduwo

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Simple Actions President Bola Tinubu Must Take Now

by Olufemi Aduwo

 

 

Simple Actions President Bola Tinubu Must Take Now by Olufemi Aduwo

 

 

 

Very Short Term:

 

 

The golden rule when you face a crisis of any sort is to allay fears of those concerned, including you, the leader. Fear kills more than bullets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. President, sir:

 

 

 

 

1. Get on the television and radio and reassure Nigerians that you are on top of the situation. It should not be a long speech at all but maximum of five minutes. Translate the speech into as many local languages as possible. Let the governors and parliamentarians do the same to percolate to the grassroots.

 

 

 

 

2. In that speech, plead for more understanding. Tell Nigerians you will address them again, in four weeks latest, on measures to address the situation. Reassure them that you will tackle the situation decisively. Take the advice I will give you here to your cabinet and the National Council of State so they can make inputs and perfect them.

 

 

 

 

3. Announce cuts in government expenditure especially the lifestyle of political leaders. Sir, don’t you wonder how Nigerians who bear these unbearable inflation survive? It’s not rocket science, Mr. President. The first rule under hyper-inflation is to go back to that rudimentary economics taught in the secondary school: Scarcity, Scale of Preference, Choices, Opportunity Cost.

This present crisis doesn’t need economic experts to solve. We only need to apply common sense!

 

 

(a) Prices are soaring because of scarcity.

(b) Our money can no longer buy all the things we used to buy.

(c) We now have to make a scale of preference. We need the things we need (not want) on a scale of preference. Non-essential things are off that list right away.

(d) We now make choices (priorities), purchases within that scale. This means that even not all the items that make that scale will make it in our Naira allocation.

(e) We now increase our earning to cover those items on that scale (remember they are essential) but even essential things vary in terms how essential. Some can tarry for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

When in hyperinflation, don’t panic. Panic will complicate the problem. And may even kill. Smile broadly. Then, Think. Plan. Be honest. Have that will power.

That is how we have been surviving. Every poor, even illiterate Nigerian family heads; this is what they have been doing, sir. They may not know any economic terms, but that’s what they do. And I am writing here, as a social crusader with common sense; it is for you as the head of the Nigerian household economy, just do the above. Expenditure saved is income earned. It starts from you, Mr. President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That moves us to the short term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Term (After one year)

 

 

1. Stop all new civil projects at the federal level for the rest of the year. Advice states to do the same. Divert money saved to agriculture. It takes between three to eight months for most food crops in Nigeria to be ripen for harvest. Thank God, the food crisis is happening at the very beginning of the agric season. And, sir, a farmer that doesn’t plant at the beginning of the farming season, won’t reap anything at harvest time. That’s what Adam Smith meant in his ‘Theory of Factors of Production’. It doesn’t need PhD to understand and apply, sir.

 

 

 

 

2. Continue funding of already approved civil projects so that real income will not shrink in the blue collar sector. Do mostly direct labour so income can circulate to Nigerians.

 

 

 

 

3. Import strategic food e.g. rice, beans, tomatoes, pepper, groundnut oil, etc. There is no shame in this, sir. It’s food first in the hierarchy of needs. Whatever it will take in the short run, make food available to Nigerians. Don’t go into who caused the food problem, for now. ‘Ebi kii wo inu, ki nkan mii o wobe’. (A hungry person will not listen to any other thing except you give him or her food). The dead don’t eat food.

 

 

 

 

4. NNPCL must start pushing locally refined petrol (and diesel for the real sector). Meanwhile, give NNPCL dollar at controlled rate to import fuel. Call it subsidy or whatever name, if you like. Peg the sales to control prices and monitor ruthlessly. We are in serious crisis. Be ruthless, sir. Some people have said you can fast track Dangote. Anyhow. Just make fuel available, sir. Again, Adam Smith! Production!

 

 

 

 

5. Identify growers of major foodstuff and support them directly through state governments.

 

 

 

 

6. Release CBN probe report and government white paper. Sir, you are wasting too much time on this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medium Term (12-18 months):

1. Probe the banking sector and follow up with an enabling law to jail culprits.

Trial should be through Tribunals, not courts. Trial should be statute barred so that in ten months, the Supreme Court can give final judgments. From Tribunal to Appeal Court, to Supreme Court!

I know many of them are your paddy. But they have had enough, sir. Tell them ‘O To Ge’ (It’s enough). They will understand, if they are honest. They have bled Nigeria for too long. Nigeria must not die in your hands. Sing Sonny Okosuns hit track to them; “Which way Nigeria”.

Let’s  save Nigeria. So Nigeria won’t die

 

 

 

 

2. Start Civil Servants Miscellaneous Offences Tribunal to jail corrupt civil servants. Like the bankers, the civil servants will also understand. Those doing the damage in the system are not more than two per cent of civil servants! You know this, Mr. President.

 

 

 

 

3. Rejig the National Food Policy to plan how we can be food sufficient. Sir, we have not been able to feed ourselves in Nigeria. Bible says a man not able to feed his family or household is not fit to head that family. It means if you are president and the nation is not self-sufficient in food production (not food importation), then you are not fit to be president, sir. I am not the one saying so, sir. It’s God. You are the Head of this household called Nigeria now by His grace. God has blessed us too much. What we cannot grow in Nigeria does not exist!

 

 

 

 

4. License new agric banks (at least 10 of them, facing agriculture funding squarely). They must be operational before the end of this year, nationwide.

To hell with all these criminal banks! License at least 50 small medium industry banks and 50 agriculture micro finance banks to start operations before December 2024. Commercial farming should be the goal here. They must be monitored to stay within their portfolios.

 

 

 

 

5. Make 40 modular refineries strategically located nationwide to be operational. State and local governments can save 50 per cent of their allocations for four months to own not more than 20 per cent equity in these small refineries within their states. This will not only solve the petrol problem on time but also serve as IGR for them in the near future.

 

 

 

 

Long Term (2 years and above):

1. Sustain medium-term policies highlighted above. In strategic road mapping, execution is key, sir.

(2.) Resume civil works in the public sector to create employment and incomes.

(3). Start agro processing for exports. No export of raw agriculture products again.

(4). Rejig all Federal Universities of Agric to face agriculture, or scrap them.  State governments should start Universities of Agric. A state like Ogun with excess varsities and polytechnics should convert quite a number of them to Agric varsities with emphasis on practical training. All polytechnics should be converted to technical universities to work out how to manufacture so many things that we import, preparatory to banning their importation. Local industries cannot survive if we don’t ban these imports.

 

 

 

 

(5.) Sir, Adam Smith is turning in his grave, cursing Nigeria. We are poor because we do not produce, our taste is strictly for what we don’t produce! We can never be rich like that, unless we go into banking, politics or religion! Each time Nigerian Customs says it has made billions of Naira, I cry. They should make income from excise income (exports) not imports. Imports increase the need for dollars! Exports bring in dollars! Common sense nah.

 

 

(6.) Ban frivolous imports. Notice should have been given right now that in 12 months, these useless imports ‘are gone’. They are the ‘subsidies’ that must be ‘gone’, not the one on petrol. In the real sense, Mr. President, you actually ‘subsidize’ these frivolous items; toothpick, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. name it. Enter any supermarket or market, 80 percent of goods there are bought with dollars. So, when dollar goes up, the prices must go up. Sir, ban them! Don’t follow Reno Omokri’s lame advice that Nigerians should boycott imported goods. Omokri lives abroad. We here can only buy what we see. Enabling laws are needed here, so that if you display banned commodities, you go to jail. Please expand this for effective implementation of these laws.

 

 

 

 

(7.) My President, I have not suggested Price Controls. They don’t work. I am a practical person. I am driven by theories driven by research. There is no economic theory bigger than the Theory of Demand and Supply. So, do not waste time and money setting up price controls? The moment supply exceeds demand, prices will crash. And when we have excess food, we store, process and export to countries like Niger, Mali. We export to USA and UK. Check out the foodstuff prices in the UK. They are high sir. We can make good dollars and pounds exporting food to them there sir.

 

 

 

 

Finally, sir, execution is important. Our problem has always been lack of executive will, not lack of ideas. I have never been scared of any crisis in my life. As the crisis is brewing, God is already giving me ideas to tackle it. And it’s so for most Nigerians at household levels.

 

 

See, Mr. President, this economic crisis is no big deal if you want to tackle it. I swear. There is no need for any economic wizardry. We need just common sense and discipline or willpower. It’s the same way we manage our household income. It’s the same way my students are managing their incomes and expenditures! My students are fine! They are not happy, but they are fine. They are still making their hairs and coming to classes! But many of them have reduced what they eat and how many times they eat daily.

Me too, I no longer fry eggs. I boil them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That way I save money on groundnut oil, salt, gas, onion and pepper. And if yam is not careful, I will ban it, like I did bread. No food is bigger than me in my household. I call the shots. Meat is only for my daughter now. At over 50, I don’t need meat. I take fish. Local fish. Not imported fish. It’s only our government and national assembly that have refused to change. They still use uncommon sense. Every household in Nigeria is applying the common sense!

 

 

 

 

Sir, economics is common sense made difficult!

 

 

 

 

Thank you for listening and being ready to take these actions, Mr. President.

 

 

 

 

Your patriotic subject,

 

 

 

 

Olufemi Samson Aduwo, Permanent Representative, CCDI to ECOSOC/United Nations.

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