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Why Dapo Abiodun Deserves Another Term In Ogun State By Femi Oyewale

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Why Dapo Abiodun Deserves Another Term In Ogun State By Femi Oyewale

 

 

To know the good from the bad, study a man or woman’s history of actions, not their record of intentions.

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Arguably,  the Ogun State Governor,  Prince Dapo Abiodun deserves another term in governance. His strategic intentional act about transforming Ogun state amidst scarce revenue is worthy of honour.

 

 

Why Dapo Abiodun Should Be Given Another Chance To Rule Ogun State By Femi Oyewale

 

Objectively, Governor Abiodun is a responsive and responsible first-class citizen of Ogun State. Despite the political and bureaucratic tentacles, entanglement, and traps surrounding him, he has been able to wriggle his way out in advancing the course of governance in the state.

 

 

 

Of a truth, many naysayers will not agree with the fact that he merited a second chance because, but the truth remains that for continuity,  performance, and advancement,  you can’t change a winning team. No leader is perfect and no leader can meet the needs of the citizens fully, but a performing governor needs more time to actualize his visionary agenda without politicking…

 

 

 

 

One thing you can’t take away from Dapo Abiodun is the fact that he is a responsive governor. For instance, the condition of St. Kizito’s High School, a secondary school in Iwopin, Ogun Waterside, Ogun State this year shook the internet. A video capturing this condition showed a classroom of students writing their promotion exams on the bare floor. The goal of the video was to shame Governor Abiodun as he prepares for the 2023 gubernatorial election, and turn the heart of the Ogun State people against him,

 

 

 

 

 

However, Governor Abiodun rose to the occasion and not in the manner anticipated by his detractors. Rather than point accusing fingers at his predecessor, which is what many other governors have done when faced with the same situation, Abiodun immediately sent furniture over to St. Kizito’s High School. Moreover, Abiodun’s constructive response came less than 12 hours after the video started making rounds, showing that he cares more about the students than about holding up the reputation they had attempted to ruin.

 

 

 

 

Moreover, even neutral onlookers have noted that although Abiodun could not have known about such a situation in his state, it is already quite amazing that he responded quickly and without submitting an excuse or counter-accusation.

 

 

 

 

With this achievement, Governor Abiodun continues to hold his position as one of the country’s more responsive, progressive, and visionary governors.

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Also, from the rebuilding of the Abeokuta-Sagamu interchange road to the Epe-Ijebu Ode Expressway, and the different infrastructural development, including improvement in Education and quality Health-care,  Governor Abiodun’s strategic intentions about transforming Ogun state into an industrial capital of the continent, particularly with the new Ogun state Agro-Cargo Airport which is dubbed to be the first truly International Cargo Airport in Nigeria and the fastest constructed airport in the continent. Cannot be contested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amidst distractions and limitations, He has been firing on all cylinders, ensuring that the ISEYA mantra comes to reality. From road infrastructure to housing, health, education, agriculture, and the digital sector, evidence abounds of policies and plans executed to change the development narrative and take the state to enviable heights. As described by Governor Dapo Abiodun himself, the projects executed by his administration “have the inputs and are informed by the needs of the people as expressed by them at different engagement fora.” This, he avers, “is because we anchor our Building our Future Together Agenda on inclusiveness, equity, fairness, transparency, accountability, justice, and obedience to the rule of law.”

 

 

 

 

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No less a personality than the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), attested to this vision when he inaugurated projects in the state, including the Ijebu-Ode-Epe road, a strategic arterial road that links the Lekki/Epe corridor of Lagos State to the eastern corridor of Ogun State at Ijebu-Ode, provides a ready alternative to the Lagos/Ibadan expressway for those going to Lekki and adjoining areas and provides a fillip for socio-economic activities in the South-East and South-South zones of Nigeria through the linkage of the road to Sagamu-Benin Expressway for easier access by motorists to Lagos, Nigeria’s largest economy. The president inaugurated the 42km Sagamu Interchange-Abeokuta Road, the main arterial road that leads to the state capital and which comes with a dual carriageway with streetlights, median and other road furniture vastly redesigned and reconstructed to address the daily challenges being experienced by commuters.

 

 

 

 

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The president lauded the Gateway City Gate, an architectural masterpiece made of composite materials towering to a height of 27m and warmly welcoming visitors to the state, and the two Housing Estates for low, medium, and high-income earners at Kobape and Oke-Mosan. Kobape has 300 units of one, two, and three-bedroom flats described as a “Smart City” where people can live, work and play, complete with solar streetlights, a sewage system, a primary health centre, drainage, water, electricity, tarred road, and a police post. And his verdict is quite instructive and ennobling: ‘‘When state governments deliver impactful projects, in consultations with stakeholders, as we have witnessed in Ogun State, the trajectory of our national development will be enhanced.” This verdict becomes extremely hard to contest when the series of fiscal and policy reforms initiated by the Abiodun administration, including the reinvigoration of the Security Trust Fund; establishment of the Public-Private Partnership Office; the Ogun Digital Economy Infrastructure Projects, and the Ogun State Land Revenue and Management Systems are considered together with the business reforms that have ensured that Ogun State is in now Nigeria’s top investment destination.

 

 

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Voice Of Influence Foundation Presents Christmas Outreach For widows, Elderly

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Voice Of Influence Foundation Presents Christmas Outreach For widows, Elderly

He who takes care of the widows and elderly is blessed! The voice of Influence Foundation has decided to put smiles on the faces of the widows and the elderly in Abule Egba, Lagos axis on the 22nd of December, 2022.

Voice Of Influence Foundation Presents Christmas Outreach For widows, Elderly

According to the founder of Voice Of Influence Foundation, Chief ( Mrs) Grace Adekanle, the move is to make comfort them and also to be a channel of joy to the widows and elderly ones who are mostly neglected by the society during the festive periods. She also stated that the foundation is a haven of love for the less privileged.

Olori Esther Benson, who is among the volunteers for the lofty project reaffirms their decision to make the Christmas outreach a merry hearts for widows and the Elderly. She urged everyone to support the foundation with gifts and cash for the project and be a blessing to the widows and elderly.

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Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon

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Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon

*Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon* By Mohammed Funsho Abdullahi.

I hate praise-singing or flattery because I believe they are traits and habits of sycophants. But every writer is also, by nature, a reporter; we always love to document our experiences, either good or bad. Hence, this piece is about my encounter with Seyi Tinubu, son of APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It is about what stood out for me and, of course, my general impression of the young, successful businessman.
Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon
Economist and author, Tope Fasua once narrated how Asiwaju Bola Tinubu sought him out after reading some of his commentaries on the article he (Asiwaju) had written about some economic policies. My path to Seyi followed a similar pattern. I had written an article in which I observed that Seyi was doing a good job of upholding his father’s legacy of human cultivation which, for me, has been the biggest secret of Asiwaju’s humongous political network and powerbase.
Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon
I sent a link to the writeup to one of the closest guys around Seyi Tinubu, who also happens to be a personal friend. He obviously shared the article with Seyi and requested him to see me when next he was in Abuja. He granted his request and when, on Tuesday, my friend confirmed that he was in town, he asked me to come with him to the ‘Youth House’ to meet a man I had always admired for his breathtaking and compelling entrepreneurial success in marketing communications, a sector I also happen to have more than a passing interest.
I am, by nature, an observer rather than a researcher. Most of my writings are personal commentaries on events and people. And having observed how deeply invested Seyi Tinubu had been in his father’s campaigns for the country’s topmost job, the Presidency, I had initially planned to write about how his active involvement in the electioneering process is changing the almost established narrative of children of politicians not joining political struggles.
With captions such as “Seyi Tinubu inaugurates youth campaign office in Kano,” “Seyi Tinubu leads one million man march for Tinubu,” “Seyi Tinubu plans youth engagement forum for Tinubu,” etc dominating newspaper headlines; then you know that when the story is written about those who make Asiwaju’s victory possible, none would arguably deserve more praises and commendation than his own son. Possibly for the first time in our nation’s political history, the biological son of a politician is joining the campaign fray, jettisoning  the ‘Ajebota’ practice of having children of political candidates hide away while others work their hearts out for the victory of their parents.
But beyond what is being reported in the media, what I saw on Tuesday at The Youth House clearly validated the claims Seyi made in some of his interviews, about working hard to be his own man, and how he was determined to create his own legacy and not tie himself to his “father’s apron.” I now know that those were not just mere talks. On that Tuesday, as I saw Seyi Tinubu working his hearts out, subjecting himself to a most hectic and grueling schedule and enjoying the thrill of the struggles of life which must have made his father into the accomplished political enigma he is today; I concluded that it would be most unfair for anyone to belittle the achievements of this hardworking man simply on account of his surname.
I am sure many of us must be familiar with stories of rich kids who are totally disinterested in their own progress, not to talk of those of others, parents or not. But Seyi is one of the few exceptions, he has shown that he has a large dose of fighting spirit in him, and he is working  hard to take charge of his life, fully secure in the knowledge that he is not responsible for what happened before he was born. He must have resolved not to let the judgements of others, about whether or not his success was a consequence of his family name, get him down.
In one of his recollections of the lessons he learnt from his parents, Seyi once told a reporter: “That’s how my dad raised us to be. We were all told from day one: once you are done with school, that’s all we can give you.” But in truth, Seyi did get more than a good education from his father, the Jagaban. He learnt the secret of loyalty cultivation and the benefit of investing in people.
As every good student of business and management should know, the best investment, one which yields the greatest return, is in people. This is the skill that is hardest to cultivate, but one which represents the greatest source of strength for every powerful individual; and one whose core foundation is the exclusive focus on what matters which, to most people, is their welfare and wellbeing.
It is said that for a leader to earn the loyalty of his followers, he must be able to show that if they (the followers) are ready to die for him, he would at least also be willing to faint for them. A leader focuses not so much on what matters to him as a person, but rather on what matters to those who follows him. By showing concern about the wellbeing of his followers, a leader is able to cultivate loyalty and dedication. This is one secret Seyi Tinubu has mastered.
I visited him the same day he arrived Abuja, so the crowd of people I saw was quite expected. There were quite a number of groups waiting to see him, aside those with individual appointments. The Youth House witnessed a beehive of activities on the day in question, and Seyi was obviously looking very tired and overworked. When it was my turn to see him, he first explained why the meeting would have to be brief, almost apologizing that he was filling sick. But in spite of the ‘crazy’ schedule he had ran for the day and the telling effect it was having on his physical appearance; Seyi still remember to ask me, after we were done talking, whether “everything was fine with me.” I couldn’t believe someone that stressed out, and who still had a lot of people waiting to see him, would care to know how someone was faring at that busy moment. I was impressed!
I left The Youth House with the impression that Seyi is, indeed, an unusual silver spoon kid. While most rich kids are brash and arrogant, Seyi is courteous, polite and friendly. He also has one of the strongest work ethics I have seen in any young man of my generation. No doubt, beyond his success as a politician, I believe Jagaban has done a wonderful job in the home front as well, raising a man like Seyi who treats every man with dignity while living a life of inspiration and meaning.

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SCOAN HOLDS FIRST THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICE ON SUNDAY

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SCOAN HOLDS FIRST THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICE ON SUNDAY.

 

SCOAN HOLDS FIRST THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICE ON SUNDAY.

 

 

 

The first thanksgiving church service commemorating the reopening of SCOAN for local and international members for worship after the passing of its founder, Senior Prophet TB Joshua holds on Sunday, December 4, 2022.

 

 

SCOAN HOLDS FIRST THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICE ON SUNDAY.

 

The founder passed on last year June 5, 2021 and the church did not reopen till December 5,2021 when the church commenced its usual Sunday services.

 

 

SCOAN HOLDS FIRST THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICE ON SUNDAY.

 

 

Though the church was not in operation as at the time the founder passed on, the man of God had insisted he would not reopen the church after the relaxation of Covid-19 pandemic insisting unlike other churches which started operating that he would wait for God’s directive regarding SCOAN reopening.

 

 

SCOAN HOLDS FIRST THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICE ON SUNDAY.

 

 

This Sunday, SCOAN members from different countries and continents are gathering to celebrate what the SCOAN leader Pastor Mrs Evelyn TB Joshua described as “God’s faithfulness, love, blessing, favour, mercy, salvation and triumph of His mission for mankind as given to His departed servant, Prophet TB Joshua.

 

 

 

 

Part of the activities lined up for the Thanksgiving Service, include a weeklong reaching out to the underprivileged, the sick, widows, disabled and motherless homes and the hungered in diverse forms being crowned with the Sunday Thanksgiving service.

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