…As Ex-Head of State, Makinde harp on security
Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar on Thursday said that the private sector experience of the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde will help him in the governance of the state.
The ex-Head of State, who was on a brief visit to the Governor’s office, said that he was in Ibadan to attend an inaugural lecture of the University of Ibadan.
He congratulated Governor Makinde for his victory at the March 29 polls, adding that he was in the vanguard of encouraging the younger generation of Nigerians to take interest in politics.
According to him, Governor Makinde would bring to bear his wealth of experience from the private sector.
General Abdusalami said: “Let me congratulate you on your victory as the Governor of Oyo State. I commend the younger generation like you to go into governance.
“As somebody coming from the private sector into governance, you are coming with lots of experience in the private sector, so one can be sure that you will deploy that experience into governing Oyo state.”
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the courtesy visit, General Abdusalami stressed the need for government at all levels to provide an economic base for individuals with a view to tackling poverty and preventing many from engaging in criminal acts.
He said: “Each and everyone of us has a role to play in trying to pass any information that can be helpful to the security agencies. If you see any strange faces in your area, it’s your civic right to report that individual.
Governor Makinde in his remarks described Abdusalami as a father figure, adding that the visit was that of a father to his son.
Speaking to newsmen shortly before Abdusalami’s departure, Governor Makinde said that his administration was already taking security seriously adding that his government was already reviewing the security architecture of the state in order to draw up a formidable structure for peace and security.
He said: “Yesterday I visited the Oyo State Security Trust Fund Office because we are trying to have a deep appreciation of what we have on the ground; to know precisely how to go about the security of the state. We are in the phase where we are getting all the data to know the gaps. In a very short time, you will start seeing the changes in the security architecture of the state.”
According to the Governor, the incumbent government in Oyo state will not toy with the security of lives and property.
NDDC contractors fled with mobilisation fees, says lawmaker
Three Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) contractors absconded after collecting mobilisation fees in 2012, House of Representatives Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu said on Wednesday.
He urged the House to investigate Ninno Engineering Nigeria Limited, Petrogas Specialists Services Limited and Quintus Investment Company Nigeria Limited.
The lawmaker alleged that they abandoned the construction of Onicha-Uku/Idumuje and Onicha-Uku/Idumu-Ogo roads and Onicha-Uku civic centre after being mobilised.
The lawmaker said the NDDC awarded Ninno Engineering the construction of Onicha-Uku/Idumuye Unor link road.
The commission gave Quintus Investment Company the Onicha-Uku/Idumu-Ogo link road project, and awarded Petrogas Specialist the Onicha-Uku civic centre construction in 2012.
The contracts, he said, were to be executed within three months.
Elumelu said none of the contracts has been executed, even as the land allocated for the civic centre has been overgrown with weeds.
According to him, the failure to complete the projects has hampered the region’s socio-economic activities and brought hardship on the indigenes.
He said efforts to bring the contractors back to work were unsuccessful, while fees paid to them have not been refunded.
Elumelu said the contractors’ excuse was that they were not given sufficient funds to execute the projects.
The House, therefore, directed its Committee on NDDC to summon the agency’s management and the contractors.
It is to find out the level of work done vis-a-vis the amount released so far.
DESOPADEC Board Chairman, Michael Diden in trouble as group institutes suit to nullify his appointment
The Registered Trustees of Centre
for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (CHURAC) have instituted a lawsuit to nullify the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden (aka Ejele) as Chairman of the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
This newspaper understands that the group, CHURAC and its registered trustees who are the claimants sought the nullification of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s appointment of Ejele as Chairman of the oil commission.
The suit which was filed against Governor of Delta State and 3 other persons has Suit No. W/154/2019.
Among other reliefs, the human rights body is seeking a declaration nullifying the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden as Chairman of the Board of DESOPADEC.
The matter is slated for hearing at the High Court of Delta State sitting in Warri on the 19th of August, 2019.
Gbenga Daniel honoured, coaches youth on leadership, self independence
The celebrated former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has continued to be an inspiration to the younger generation through his intentional dedication of his time and resources with a true belief that they are indeed tomorrow’s future.
A typical example of this came to the fore when OGD, as popularly called, took a break and graced an event organised by the vibrant youths of University of Lagos to sensitise and empower their peers about leadership and entrepreneurship.
The event, third annual Young Leaders Entrepreneurship conference (YOLEC) for young leaders by producers of Sparklight Entrepreneurship Show, took place on Saturday, 3rd August, 2019 at the Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos as expected, with this year’s edition themed ‘An entrepreneurial mindset: A Solution to the high Unemployment Rate in Nigeria’.
The keynote address was delivered by Engr. Obed Ikem, a project manager with Exxon-mobil, while the CEO of Cars 45 also shared the experiment and risks his company took before becoming a foremost leader in the business community.
Dr.Sunday Adebisi, Associate Professor in the department of Business Administration and Acting Director Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Center University of Lagos who told the audience that the Senate of the University is serious about producing good products but with solid entrepreneur mindset.
The Chairman of the event, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, while appreciating the organisers’ efforts in putting the event together, mentored the youth on the importance of leadership training and how youth could be financially independent becoming entrepreneurs.
“Above all, if you look at the lives of successful entrepreneurs in the world, there is one thing that’s common to them all,” Daniel said.
“It’s perseverance. None of them gave up at any point in time.”
He, therefore, advised them to be tenacious in pursuing their dreams.
In appreciation, the students jointly presented the former governor with an award for his support and being a source of inspiration them.
The convener, Tosin Adesile, also thanked Otunba Gbenga Daniel for always being available to impact the next generation.
Participants which include students, corps members and unemployed graduates enjoyed several opportunities such as CV review, mentoring session and learnt digital skills and technologies like data science and analytics, cyber-security, cloud computing, block chain and more.