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‘If Politics Is Dirty, Let Us Be The Detergent’ – Akan Imoh, Aspirant, Lagos State House Of Assembly

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A very vibrant and smart young man, Akan Imoh is taking a plunge into the murky waters of Nigerian politics. He is coming in with new ideas, strategies and solutions, which has young people as a major target. He sat down with our reporter of recent to talk about his life, political ambitions and more.

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Can we meet you?

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My name is Akan Imoh. I was born on the 25th of December, 1990, which means I am currently 27 years old. I have lived in Lagos all my life, having schooled, worked and run a business here. I’m a graduate of the University of Lagos, where I studied Political Science and also the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, where I studied Mass Communication.

 

How was growing up like for you?

Growing up was fun for me. I grew up in a house that had lots of love. We were four kids, two girls and two boys. My parents were the best. They made sure we were trained excellently. Two things my parents did that shaped our lives was that we were introduced to God at a very early age and made sure we had the best form of education. I remember one thing my parents always said is ‘train up a child in the way of the Lord, and when he’s old, he’ll never depart from God.’ This helped a lot.

During my growing up age, I never missed church. Sundays and weekday services. My father would bundle us all in his car and take us to church. It became a part of me. Trust me, we all somehow grew up with a deep love for the things of God. Also, for education, my parents didn’t spare any dime. They weren’t so rich, but education wasn’t what they wanted to ration or manage. I went to the best of schools. Very good private schools which were also expensive. I remember several times, I was sent home because I hadn’t paid my school fees. It was a regular feature. I was always at home for a larger part of the school session. But, I always somehow still came out top of the class. These two factors during my growing up age helped shape me to be what I am today.

 

 

How did you discover your passion, what challenges did you face in becoming who you are today and how did you tackle them?

Discovering passion is a very serious business (laughs). Today, I am a Politician and a host of other things. How did I find myself doing all these? Simple. First, is understanding that your purpose is in God. It’s not about what you want to do with your life, but, more about what God wants to do with your life. Hence, there’s a need to connect with the father in your discovery stages. Also, there’s a need to experience life. To make sure you never sit at the edge and just watch life pass by. You must get into the thick of things. Some call it ‘trial and error’, I call it ‘trial and discovery’. This is because, the more you do things and get involved, you’ll begin to find out more about yourself and what you can do. For me, I made sure I got the best out of life. I didn’t let anyone tell me I couldn’t do something. I already understood that my life was going to somehow revolve around the media and public life, so, I kept on moving and pushing myself.

As for challenges, the major one was financial. Growing up was not smooth. I was away from school more times than I was in school. I was always sent out for defaulting in fees payment. I grew up experiencing what its like to be poor. This can be a major limitation in a young man’s life. I have come to realize that poverty has a way of messing up with a person’s thinking and reasoning pattern. And so, one thing I did was to begin to work on my psyche. I used to say that I broke out of poverty in my head first before I broke out of it in my pocket. But, its been an amazing ride. With hard work, determination and God on my side, I have been able to surmount any obstacle life has thrown at me.

 

What motivated you to go into politics?

Hmmm. Politics has always been in the picture for me. Before we even talk politics, lets talk leadership. I think I was born to lead. I have always been at the fore front of things. You put me in the midst of people and somehow, I will just come out as the leader. I have extraordinary organizational and people skills. I was the Head Boy in both my primary and Secondary schools, I was also a major Teen Leader all through my teen age at the Foursquare Gospel Church, Saabo in Ojodu-Berger. Leadership has always been my thing. Now, let’s bring it to politics. It is obvious that we’ve a huge leadership problem in our country. We keep complaining, yet, we don’t do anything about it. I remember when I told my mum I was going into active politics, she nearly had a heart attack. Its not rare to hear people say that politics is dirty and they would never go into it or advice their family or friends to go into it. Now, I ask ‘if we don’t go into politics, how is it ever going to be better?’. I am tired of people who sit back and complain. We have got to move into the system and effect the kind of change we want. Yes, not all of us will run for office, but, what we all need to do is to get involved. Firstly, if you’re above 18 years old and you don’t have a PVC, im sorry to say, you are part of the problem. We must rise and take actions. We must hold our elected leaders accountable. We must ask questions, we must not just allow these people do as they please. Those of us who have decided to contest need your support, and not only support, we need your criticism. Make sure you hold us accountable. If politics is dirty, lets be the detergent.

 

Tell us a bit about your political ambitions

Yes. So, I intend to contest elections next year. I am aspirating for a seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly, LSHA (Ikeja 1 Constituency. Ikeja 1 Constituency consists of Ojodu-Berger, Omole, Agidingbi, Ipodo, Alausa, Oregun, Olusosun, Onilekekere, Onipetesi & Seriki Aro. I’ve been told several times that I stand no chance, especially because I am not an indigene of Lagos State. When I hear this, I just have one statement as a reply – Development doesn’t have a state of origin. If I’ve lived in this city for 27 years of my life, I think I deserve to be involved in the decision making process of this area.

 

Now, let me say that I am doing this for all the young people in this country. I am taking a step to take our fight to the place that matters. We need to have a seat at the table. When I get to the State House, I will push aggressively for youth-related bills. By this, I don’t mean all these ones they do where they come and give us jotters and other useless things. I mean creative policies that will better the lives of young people. We have young people with big entrepreneurial dreams, walking around with laptops in their bags and great ideas in their heads. How can we do something to help these ones? Some of them just need a place to work from, can’t we have entrepreneurial hubs or coworking stations? Have we thought about sports and how we could leverage on it to get to foster communal unity, get people off the streets and give them a purpose to live for? Why can’t we work towards setting up a football club (Ikeja FC), which will be poised to begin to play in the Nigerian Football League within three years of creation. This is what governance is about? The people who are voted into the Legislature are supposed to be your representatives, yet, many of us don’t even know them. So, tell me, how are they representing you. I believe that a legislator is supposed to be close to the people, close to the grassroots. You are supposed to know what is going on in your constituency, feel the heartbeat and take the concerns to the center. But, no. we have legislators who are comfortable in agbadas and don’t care about you. When elections are close, they then come out, do one or two things and make people feel like they’ve been working. We are no longer going to be deceived. I leave you with this, accountability and transparency will be the hallmark of my leadership. The power actually belongs to the people, we have to give comprehensive reports to the people who voted us in. I am bringing an open feedback system. This is time for a new kind of governance.

 

 

You’ve done a lot for young people over the years, why are you so passionate about this demography of people?

I am a lover of Young people. For eleven years now, I have consistently worked directly with teenagers and youths. I have always had a deep desire to help shape and positively impact young people. In church, I have worked closely with the teenagers and youths for years. This has led me to be a regular Guest Speaker at several events for young people, trained hundreds of them, mentored and still mentors hundreds of young people. I run an NGO, ProjectLEAD, which specifically focuses on capacity development of teenagers. ProjectLEAD has been able to spread its impact wings reaching teenagers far and wide across the country. In 2016, I ran a Skill Acquisition Programme in Ojodu aimed at closing the skills gap for competent persons (target audience were Teenagers and Secondary School Leavers) who can handle Digital Media and Content Creation. This programme, in its first edition had forty teenagers who were being trained for free on courses such as Photography, Graphics Design, Front End Coding, Copy Writing, Social Media Marketing etc. I also founded The Boss Approach, a platform which is focused on Entrepreneurial Leadership and provides advice, opportunities and inspiration for African millennials in business. This platform has been able to reach out to thousands of young people providing content to aid them in their businesses, careers and life in general. I am passionate about this set of people because I believe in the future, and that is why my campaign is themed ‘Create Your Tomorrow’. To me, I believe that the choices we make today will affect our tomorrow. I believe that these young people are the ones who are going to inherit the Nigeria of tomorrow. If we don’t take a step, we wont even have a country to inherit in the first place. I believe that we need to be deliberate about building a kind of future we can be proud of and our children can inherit and be happy.

 

 

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years’ time, I see myself married to an awesome woman, the very best on earth. I see myself with kids, two or three. I see myself being a key figure in the economic development of Africa as a whole. I see myself being a role model to many young people. I see myself still in governance and politics, influencing key decisions and helping to make the world a better place. I see myself more and more devoted to God and leading a life taught by Jesus.

 

What’s your advice for youths?

Youths, we can’t afford to continue our siddon-look attitude. Wake up and smell the coffee. Its time to fight for our rights. Go and get your PVC.

 

How can people follow your campaign?

Its easy. I am @theAkanImoh on Twitter and Instagram. Follow me to read up on my ideas on governance, read about my bio and my political agenda.

 

 

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Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

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Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

 

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– bill will create comprehensive database of Lagos state

 

 

 

 

 

 

– will curb issues involved in land ownership

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That A new bill that seeks to harmonise all geographic information service projects of Lagos is under consideration at the State House of Assembly.

 

 

 

Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

 

 

 

 

 

The Lagos Geographic Information Service bill, which had stakeholders making contributions on Friday, is also aimed at establishing a computerised central database for all information relating to geospatial matters and related issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 4(2) of the bill says the agency’s responsibilities include introducing, implementing and sustaining best practices for all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the state as well as “develop and maintain an online platform that will contain all information and statistics on geospatial-related matters.”

 

 

 

 

 

Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

 

 

 

 

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the bill, when passed, would help in improving governance and boosting professionalism.

 

“It is targeted at integrating governance with advancements in technology. This is something we hope to always take advantage of so that our state can continue to be ahead in the area of development,” Dr. Obasa, represented by Hon. Stephen Ogundipe, a member of the House, said adding that the Assembly will always make the residents of the state its focal point.

 

Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester, said the bill “shows a commitment and sincere

sense of duty on the part of the legislators of the state to put people’s interest at heart.

 

“Today’s public hearing means a lot to the improvement of

information technology and computerised central database in Lagos State.”

 

Ogunkelu, who represents Epe Constituency 2 at the House, described it as a bill that will cover the database of Lagos just as he commended the Speaker for his passion for the progress of the State.

 

“The bill will guide the government to have a database of everything concerning Lagos and in this case, you could be in your house and apply for a certificate of ownership on your property and have it without even visiting the Ministry.

 

“It will also cut sharp practices and curb fraudulent sales of land. For land, the database will have details of owners including their photographs,” he said.

 

Rasheed Makinde, a former lawmaker, commended the House for its proactiveness while some of the stakeholders suggested the involvement of professional bodies in the proposed law.

 

Eromosele Ebhomele

Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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Go Back Home and Contest Proper Elections Again, APC Group Tells Former Rivers Lawmaker

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Frontier has advised the members of the Rivers State Assembly whose seats were recently declared vacant to go back and contest new elections.

Denouncing the lawmakers, the Lagos-based group in a statement on Tuesday said their defection from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is a betrayal of the trust and mandate given to them.

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Signed by its national president, Comrade Ajani Martins, the statement further described the defectors as political prostitutes who have no place in the APC.

According to Martins, their defection is not only morally wrong but a clear sign of their lack of principles and integrity.

Martins, therefore, said the ruling party doesn’t support such illegality and treachery, adding that those who voted for them deserve better.

“We have followed the political crisis in Rivers State and actions taken by major actors, including the assembly members,” the statement said.

“Our great party condemns in the strongest terms the treacherous defection of the 25 Parliamentarians. This act of political prostitution is a betrayal of the trust and mandate given to them by their party and the people.

“We reject and disown them and their selfish interests, which have led them to abandon the principles and values that their party stands for. It is clear that they lack commitment to any party’s ideals and have shown willingness to sacrifice the interests of their people for personal gain.

“We will not tolerate such treachery and will take all necessary steps to ensure that those who have betrayed the trust of the people are held accountable. We trust our party to continue to stand firm on our principles and values, and we will not be swayed by the selfish interests of a few individuals.

“To our loyal members and supporters, we urge you to remain steadfast and committed to our party’s cause. We will continue to work tirelessly to serve the interests of our people and to build a better future for our nation.

“We value loyalty, commitment, and dedication to our party’s principles and values, and we cannot guarantee that those who have abandoned their previous party affiliations share these qualities.

“We, therefore, advise the lawmakers to return home and re-contest. As it stands, they have lost their seats in the House. Our party doesn’t support illegality.“

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The Efficacy Of Primate Ayodele’s Prophetic Ministry Travels To Slovakia

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*The Efficacy Of Primate Ayodele’s Prophetic Ministry Travels To Slovakia*

 

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Unarguably, there’s virtually no continent or country in the world that the prophetic ministry of Primate Elijah Ayodele of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church hasn’t touched.

As Jesus Christ gave an instruction to His disciples to go into the world and preach the gospel to every part of the world, Primate Ayodele’s prophetic ministry which is rooted in Jesus Christ, has gone beyond his immediate environment to the uttermost part of the Earth.

Primate Ayodele practically runs a ministry without walls and boundaries; there is no limit to what he can prophecy about; God has placed in his hands a prophetic ministry that speaks to even the most unpopular nation as long as air reaches there.

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Interestingly, the value his prophecies donate to Earth has earned him the title of a leading prophet in the world; a prophetic icon whose prophecies never cease to come to pass. With about 15,000 fulfilled prophecies to his credit, Primate Ayodele has taken a permanent seat as the most influential and accurate prophet in the world.

To further cement his wide reach as a prophet for all nation, his 2024 prophecy regarding an assassination attempt on a serving prime ministry was fulfilled yesterday in Slovakia, a central Europe country.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico suffered life-threatening injuries when he was shot and wounded in an attempted assassination on Wednesday, the government office said.

Fico, 59, was shot five times in the central town of Handlova on Wednesday. He was in critical condition and underwent several hours of emergency surgery.

The incident shocked Slovakia, a small central European nation with little history of political violence.

Primate Ayodele in his 2024 prophecies regarding ‘The World At Large’ called for prayers against the assassination of a prime minister.

‘’The voice of the Lord whispered to me that in 2024 we must pray against the assassination of a sitting President, a former President, a Prime Minister and a former Prime Minister whose assassination will be successful. Let us pray against a coup in Africa or mounting pressure or uprising that can lead to the removal of a sitting President. The spirit of God says there will be a lot of financial crises globally’’

At the time he shared this prophecy, some critics even went as far as misquoting him to prove a pointless point but undoubtedly, now that it has happened in Slovakia, they will have no choice that to agree with the credibility of Primate Ayodele.

Furthermore on the international scene, Primate Ayodele’s prophecies on the Israel-Palestine war seem like a script of what is currently happening. Before the war started, the prophet warned world leaders to work against escalation that will lead to the death of people but they didn’t listen and just some months after the prophecy, the war began.

He had also said that Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanhyahu will not kowtow in his plans to attack Rafah, a Palestine city. In fulfillment of this, Rafah was attacked some weeks ago by the Israeli army. Additionally, the death of Alice Munro, a Nobel Laureate was foretold by him.

Continuing, the attack on Muslims while praying in a mosque in Kano yesterday is another fulfillment of Primate Ayodele’s prophecy. During an interview session towards the end of last year, the prophet asked Nigerians to pray against attacks of people in religious gatherings.

Summarily, Primate Ayodele’s prophetic ministry has added so much value to life and is worth every accolade given to him. As a Nigerian, he has continued to fulfill his ministerial obligation by frequently releasing prophecies and as a global icon, He has proven his credibility.

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