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Seyi Bakare: How Dapo Abiodun turned Ogun to construction site



Gov. Abiodun appoints 5 new permanent secretaries

Seyi Bakare: How Dapo Abiodun turned Ogun to construction site


THERE is something phenomenal going on in Ogun State, and even critics and naysayers are beginning to realize the futility of their campaigns of calumny. In just three years, the Dapo Abiodun administration, maligned because of its embrace of a paradigm shift away from the practice of concentrating projects either in the state capital or in major cities, is beginning to receive due applause as the cloud of falsehood makes way for a true appreciation of the marked difference made in the lives of the Ogun people.

True, those unfamiliar with Ogun State may not know all that is happening: often, people coming from Lagos do not enter into the heart of Abeokuta. And if they pass through Ijebu-Ode or Shagamu, they take the expressway, enjoying the new lease of life infused into inter-state travel. But then many are beginning to see beyond the Shagamu Interchange and the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, realizing that so many things are happening across the three senatorial districts. As many a commentator has begun to acknowledge, one marked difference between the current administration and the immediate past one is that Governor Dapo Abiodun has distributed development evenly across the state. Previously, you only saw beautiful roads in major cities in the state while other areas were virtually left to rot. But now, it is a different situation entirely.





When he came on board, Governor Abiodun discovered that all the major roads within communities had become dilapidated. He initiated the direct labour agency which moved into all the 20 local government areas of the state simultaneously and started rehabilitating roads. That done, the governor then did something entirely different: he embraced the projects abandoned or half-executed by his predecessors. As Nigerians are well aware, uncompleted projects dot many of Nigeria’s 36 states as governors treat projects begun by their predecessors as anathema, creating a gory sight. The gentleman governor who leads the Gateway State never did that; witness, for instance, the massive Agro-allied Airport nearing completion in Ilishan, a project that was only a thought during the Gbenga Daniel administration. Built as an airport city to cater for both cargo and passenger purposes, it will go into operation in December after the first demonstration flight has taken place. It is Nigeria’s second largest airport. The massiveness, beauty and elegance of the project is a powerful testimony of the vision that inheres the Gateway State under Abiodun’s leadership. The Olokola Free Trade Zone abandoned for many years is now a reality.

During his tenure, Governor Ibikunle Amosun engaged in massive demolition of houses ostensibly to create six-lane, eight-lane roads across the state, and this created a burden for the Abiodun government. From Abeokuta in Ogun Central to Ilaro in Ogun West, the story was the same: houses were, as it were, “shaved” or “beheaded” on the excuse that multi-lane roads were coming. The people took the assault on their ancestral homes in their stride, cooperating with the government in the belief that the eight-lane roads promised were in their best interest. But it was all flight of fancy: the roads never came. Worse still, the demolitions were not required. And so when Abiodun came on board, he was confronted with a behemoth: assuaging the pains of the people by rehabilitating the roads they previously had and paying compensation to distraught home owners, all within the backdrop of paucity of funds created by the fissures in the national economy. Despite the challenges, he faced the work headlong. He attended to the Lagos-Abeokuta road, travelling through which took at least two hours previously. Vehicles breaking down on the road were a routine sight. But that soon became history as the government rehabilitated the road, making driving on it a pleasurable exercise.








In Ogun Central, the Abiodun government built the Obantoko road, Ikoritameje Adenrele/Olose Titun Vespa road, Idi Aba-Oke Lantoro road, the Abeokuta-Shagamu expressway, the Channels TV road in Isheri, Panseke-Adigbe road, the flyover bridge at Kuto, Lafenwa Rounder-Ayetoro road, Adatan Gbonagun road, Arepo road (for which members of the press had agitated for years), Somorin Kemta-Idi Aba road, Osoba-Toyin Agbado road, Itori junction road, Olomore Sani road and the Akute-Ishasi road. If you are familiar with places like Old Bank road-Oritameje Coker, Mowe Ofada, Siun, Sango Rounabout to Ijoke bridge and Oke Aro-Ojodu, you will have noticed the ongoing road projects there. For those in Ogun East, communities such as Oru-Awa Ilaporu, Molipa, Fusigboye, Ayegun, Ojofa, Asafa Oke and Asafa Isale know the difference that the Abiodun administration, which has also completed work on the Iregun-Ilisa road, Idarika street road, Olabisi Onajole road and Araromi Sokoto street road, has made in their lives.

Among others, the administration has completed the Esure-Ijebu Mushin road, Igan road, Ekinrin-Idowa-Ibefun-Itokin road, Awujale road, Ijebu Ode-Epe/Sagamu Benin interchange flyover bridge, Molusi College road, Ilishan market road, Iperu-Rounadbout Ode phase 2, Obafemi Awolowo Way-Mada Takete and the Molipa-Ibadan road, among others. Residents of Oyingbo, Olisa, Saka Ashiru, Togburin, Agodo, Tigara, among others, know the relief that building their roads has brought to their communities. They can attest to the work done in other areas, including the Sagamu Ode Lemo road and the Ikenne-Ilishan Ago Iwoye road. In Ogun West, it has been projects galore from Ikola to Osi Ikola, from Raypower road to Igbesa-Ejinla road; from Imshai-Igan to Ayetoro; and from the Ilaro-Owode road, the Oke Ola road in Imeko, the Ilashe Koko-Alari road and the Ado Odo-Ikoga road. The ongoing work in these communities are ennobling, as are the works in Atan-Lusada-Agbara-Marogbo, Singer to Toll Gate, among others. The Lusada-Atan agbara road, in particular, is crucially important to the South-West, Nigeria and indeed the West African sub-region: it hosts the biggest industrial complex in Nigeria.










Even federal roads are receiving attention. People in the area care less about the Federal Government: it is state government that they know. Everywhere you turn in Abiodun’s Ogun, you find projects. Indeed, many are wondering where, in the face of the national economic downturn, he has been getting money to execute the massive projects. He has a good Commissioner for Works, Ade Akinsanya, managing resources, eliminating wastage and reducing cost. Moving around Ogun State within five to ten kilometers, you find roads. And as Governor Abiodun builds roads, so does he build housing estates, rehabilitate schools and equip hospitals. He is maintaining peace and stability, preparing Ogun for the future. He aims to take advantage of the proximity between Ogun and Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, to make Ogun a place of prosperity.

Bakare contributes this piece through [email protected]


Simple Actions President Bola Tinubu Must Take Now by Olufemi Aduwo



Simple Actions President Bola Tinubu Must Take Now by Olufemi Aduwo

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.








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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Balami dumps Obi, LP, returns to APC



Balami dumps Obi, LP, returns to APC

Balami dumps Obi, LP, returns to APC








Sahara Weekly Reports That Aviation expert and youth activist, Comrade Isaac Balami, has dumped the Labour Party (LP) and returned to his former party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.






Balami dumps Obi, LP, returns to APC







Balami, a former National Deputy Campaign Manager for Obi/Datti in the 2023 presidential election, announced this at a media parley in Abuja on Wednesday.















Giving his reasons for dumping the LP, Balami recalled why he dumped APC ahead of the last presidential elections, stating that it was only reasonable to revisit his decisions after the mess he encountered in the LP compared to the one year of Tinubu’s administration.








He said Tinubu has shocked him in just one year in office with regard to the Muslim-Muslim ticket which he vehemently opposed.










He said the Muslim-Muslim ticket was the major reason he crossed to the LP but that he has now seen that it actually means nothing.







According to him: ” Tinubu has so far empowered more Christian northerners and other Muslim ethnic nationalities since Nigeria returned back to Democracy. There is nothing that trips me like equity and fairness.”












The former National President for Aircraft Pilots and Engineers said: “No president has ever worked with the middle belt like President Bola Tinubu,” highlighting areas the administration has done well, including appointing credible Nigerians with more emphasis on equity.












” That was not what I saw when I left. I now see a better party and a better government. I can see a Nigeria that in a few years will thrive and I think it is only important for us to work with APC in its effort to rescue this country.












“Consequently, after consulting widely with leaders across Nigeria, the middle-belt caucus, my parents and my immediate family, it becomes expedient that I resign from the Labour Party. I will now return back to the APC.”







Balami said he was happy with the level of inclusiveness under the current administration.










The former TUC spokesman, while moving to the LP a year ago, said he was sacrificing for the good of the country and thousands of youths who believed in him.








He said then: “In order to contribute to confronting the leadership challenges we face as a country as my commitment to save our fatherland, I have decided to sacrifice my entire investment and life’s work, to join the teeming Nigerian youths and indeed all Nigerians yearning for good governance.











“I have sold my majority stake in my aircraft hangar as well as my airline, to join my fellow Nigerians in the Obidient movement, just so I can more dedicatedly fight this struggle to rescue the soul of this great nation. This is my sacrifice! What is yours?”













The former number three man of Peter Obi’s campaign organisation said he had thought that LP had all it takes to take over Nigeria and restructure it on the path of progress but regretted that the leadership crisis in the party and some obvious leadership incompetence had destroyed the party.













“There is every indication that Nigeria cannot be redeemed through the Labour Party. As I move with my entire structure back to my former party, I urge them to join me in working with the APC to redeem our dear country,” Balami said.










He expressed optimism Tinubu will look into the food and energy crisis in the country, urging him not to relent in ensuring that a reasonable agreement is reached with the organized labour in order to assuage the hardship he inherited.











He thanked Obi and Sen. Datti, for giving him the opportunity to serve in his campaign team, and wishing him well in his future endeavors.

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Ogun APC felicitates Aremo Osoba @ 85…Says he’s an Icon



Ogun APC felicitates Aremo Osoba @ 85…Says he’s an Icon


Ahead of his 85th birthday celebration on the 15th of July, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has felicitated the national leader of the party and former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, describing him as “an iconic and commendable leader, who has raised generation of leaders across the globe”.

APC’s state publicity secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, quoted the State Chairman, Chief Yemi Sanusi, aa having described the former governor as one of the pillars and leading lights of the party, who continues to support the party with all his resources and from whom the party has benefitted immensely from his exemplary leadership.

The message reads further: “Another occasion of your birthday is an opportunity for us to thank God for your live and living. As someone who have impacted positively on countless number of people around the globe, we join others in wishing you continuous years in good health, vitality and prosperity. Thank you for raising generation of leaders. Many happy returns of the day sir


Ogun APC felicitates Aremo Osoba @ 85...Says he's an Icon

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