Respected Progressive youth and APC House of Representatives aspirant, Hon Chris Kohol, has congratulated his father, mentor and leader, Senator George Akume, on his appointment by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
In his congratulatory message to Senator Akume, Hon Kohol said, “With joy I congratulate my father, mentor, and leader, Senator Dr. George Akume over his recent appointment and inauguration as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.
“Sir, as a former Permanent Secretary, a two term Governor, three times Senator and Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, your appointment as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation is a reflection of your outstanding capabilities and the trust and confidence placed in you by our President Bola Ahmed Tinubu led Federal Government.”
“However, I have no doubt that you will bring your exceptional skills, vision, and unwavering integrity to this pivotal role. This remarkable achievement is a testament to your exceptional leadership, dedication, and unwavering commitment to public service. Sir George your tireless efforts in promoting excellence and fostering growth have left an indelible mark on our state, Benue and Nigeria at large.”
“I am very confident that you will continue to serve as a beacon of wisdom, integrity, and vision. Your unwavering commitment to public service and your ability to navigate complex challenges with grace and compassion will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the lives of countless citizens.”
“Once again, congratulations on this remarkable achievement. I have no doubt that you will excel in your new role as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. May your tenure be filled with success, fulfillment, and the satisfaction of making a difference on a national scale” Hon. Chris Kohol concluded.
Mo’Care Meranda Charity Foundation, a non-profit organization, has taken a step towards supporting petty traders in Apapa community with a recent financial assistance scheme. The foundation, which has been dedicated to providing aid to the less privileged in Apapa and its environs, has been recognized for its humanitarian efforts.
The removal of fuel subsidy has been an important issue in Nigeria’s economy. While this move has been necessary, it may have affected vulnerable low income earners, particularly petty traders who depend on transportation to carry out their daily businesses.
Recognizing the importance of protecting the low income earners amidst the removal of fuel subsidies, Mo’Care Meranda Charity Foundation has provided financial assistance to petty traders in the Apapa community.
Engr. John Paul, the Executive Director of the foundation, said “Mo’Care Meranda Charity foundation has been an advocate for the welfare of low income earners, has expressed his commitment to supporting the less privileged in the community.”
The foundation’s efforts towards assisting the petty traders in Apapa community and Nigeria at large is truly commendable, and with more organizations following this example, it can positively contribute to the welfare of the less privileged in Nigeria.
Junior Chamber International Nigeria Yaba College of Technology has successfully organized its annual Toyin Aluko Health Forum under the leadership of the local organization President Mustapha O. Adam. In his voice, he said their objective was to sensitize both genders on crucial issues surrounding their well-being, misconceptions about what the both gender have seen as normalcy, drug abuse, and the eradication of the stigma surrounding menstruation.
The organization commenced the 2023 Toyin Aluko Health Forum with a 30-day virtual health awareness campaign, which ran from April 7th to May 6th, 2023. The campaign was designed to engage a broad audience and disseminate essential health information. It successfully achieved its objectives by providing educational content and encouraging active participation from the online community.
Following the virtual campaign, on May 12th, 2023, they conducted the project’s second phase at Arch Deacon Adelaja Senior High School in Akoka, Lagos State, where the team spoke with over 250 students in order to sensitize the boy’s child about their puberty stages, guide them through this transitional period, and help them prepare for adulthood. Hence, following the accolades they received from the school principal and some of their teachers, the Project chairperson acclaimed that “it was a resounding success, as we left a lasting impression on the participants through our discussions and educational sessions, we were able to challenge stereotypes and encourage boys to embrace their individuality, fostering an environment that promotes inclusivity and self-acceptance.”
In addition to the Arch Deacon Adelaja Senior High School event, they also extended the reach to Greg Senior High School in Surulere, where the dedicated team of volunteers conducted an interactive session on menstrual hygiene and reproductive health education, encompassing both boys and girls. We must commend that this initiative aimed to combat the stigma surrounding menstrual health and the stereotyping of what both genders have seen as normal. In the spirit of impacting they also distributed over 250 pads to the girls and conducted a one-on-one interview with the students to further understand their experiences and provide personalized guidance and support. The positive response from the students and the gratitude expressed by the school administration further reaffirmed the impact of their efforts.
We must commend that the 2023 Toyin Aluko Health Forum has made a profound impact on the participants, equipping them with knowledge, resources, and renewed motivation. The overwhelmingly positive feedback received reinforces the significance of such platforms in addressing critical issues and raising awareness among young boys and girls. We firmly believe that arming both genders with the necessary tools for personal growth and success, we all will nurture a generation of responsible, compassionate, and well-informed individuals. Moving forward, The Local Organization Presdien said “we remain committed to expanding our impact and reach through collaborations with schools, community organizations, and relevant stakeholders.”
The chairperson of the project in person of Toyosi Adeoye extend her sincere gratitude to PP. Toyin Aluko for his unwavering support and collaboration, which played a crucial role in ensuring the success of the 2023 Toyin Aluko Health Forum. His support and commitment to this project have been invaluable, and we are truly grateful for their involvement.
Furthermore, she als expressed her appreciation for the presence and active participation of the Immediate Past President, Simbiat Oyindamola, and thier esteemed alumni, Tolulope Omoyeni. She said their presence and contributions greatly enriched the forum, and we are grateful for the valuable insights and experiences they shared with the students.
She also acknowledge and express her deep appreciation for the astute leadership, unwavering energy, and invaluable supervision provided by her very own 2023 Director of Programs and Projects, in person of Amb. Mahmud Seidu Babatunde. His guidance and support have been instrumental in the smooth execution of this project.
Additionally, she also extend her utmost respect and gratitude to the Local Organization President, the Executives, the Board of Directors, and all the members of JCIN Yabatech. Their intellectual drive and remarkable commitment to excellence have been vital in achieving the success of this project.
Once again, she says a thank you to everyone for their incredible contributions and support. She said It is through the team collective efforts that they have been able to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of their community.
Barr. Rekiyah Hassan, the Vice Chairman of Onigbongbo LCDA, has extended her warm congratulations to Mr. Tayo Ayinde on his reappointment as the Chief of Staff to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In her congratulatory message, Barr. Rekiyah Hassan described Mr. Tayo Ayinde’s appointment as well-deserved, as he has demonstrated competent and effective leadership skills in his previous role.
She further emphasized Mr. Ayinde’s invaluable contribution to the success of the Sanwo-Olu administration, particularly in the areas of policy formulation, strategic planning, and implementation of developmental projects across the state.
Barr. Rekiyah Hassan also lauded Mr. Tayo Ayinde’s dedication, hard work, and commitment to public service, stating that his reappointment would further strengthen the state’s efforts towards delivering on its vision of a more prosperous Lagos.
In conclusion, the Vice Chairman of Onigbongbo LCDA called on the public to support Mr. Tayo Ayinde and the Sanwo-Olu administration in their quest towards delivering quality service and rebuilding Lagos, as the state continues to evolve into a smart city of the future.
COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED BY THE NETWORK FOR DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT (NDD) ON FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL
Following the national debate that the recent removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government generated, the Network for Democracy and Development (NDD), a civil society organisation, embarked on extensive consultation among its stakeholders across the country. The following communiqué which was issued at the end of the consultation represents our position on the new policy.
Observations and Issues of Concern:
1. The decades-long debate about subsidy in the oil industry took a new twist with the decision of the administration of the former President Muhammadu Buhari to discontinue appropriation for fuel subsidy by the end of June 2023.
2. The leading candidates in the last presidential election made removal of fuel subsidy a key component of their manifestoes. However, Nigerians were not provided sufficient information about how the removal of fuel subsidy and its ramifications would be managed if they were given the mandate to lead the country.
3. Subsidy in one form or another is a universal reality. Even in developed economies across the world, essential services are largely subsidised.
4. There seems to be inadequate consultation with stakeholders prior to the declaration of the removal of fuel subsidy as one of the earliest decisions of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In the same vein, the root causes of the problem were not addressed while mitigating measures were not articulated.
5. Government narratives tend to criminalise fuel subsidy rather than corruption.
6. Government has not provided empirical data that links the removal of fuel subsidy to improved wellbeing of citizens.
7. NNPCL which is at the heart of the subsidy challenge is now given a lifeline as the saviour.
8. The poverty level in the country is unacceptable. It is a shame that, with more than 130 million Nigerians who are multi-dimensionally poor, nearly 12% of the world population in extreme poverty live in Nigeria.
Against this background, NDD wishes to make the following recommendations:
1. We call on the President to address the primary reason which made fuel subsidy a bitter pill to swallow, namely: corruption.
2. For this reason, we appeal to the President to set up a high-powered panel comprising accomplished and nationally respected professionals to probe the activities of NNPCL and its subsidiaries as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the alleged mismanagement of the subsidy regime. The probe should revisit past investigations in this regard, especially the Farouk Lawan subsidy panel.
3. In the same vein, the Federal Government should take bold steps to stem other criminal activities that are associated with the oil industry including oil theft, non-functioning refineries, unexecuted turnaround maintenance contracts and smuggling of fuel to neighbouring countries.
4. Government at all levels should work in concert to address in a decisive way the challenge of large-scale poverty in the country.
5. While the government continues to negotiate with organised labour on mitigating measures, steps should be taken to attend to the wellbeing of small businesses and the majority of Nigerians who are not salary earners.
6. It is important that the fund to be saved from the removal of fuel subsidy is judiciously utilised to develop public infrastructure and improve the living condition of the masses.
7. We appeal to public officials at all levels to lead by example by cutting down the cost of governance. At a time like this, those whose decisions would impose an austere lifestyle on the masses should not be seen to live ostentatiously.
8. In order to reduce pressure on fossil fuel, Federal and State Governments should invest more in alternative energy sources that are renewable, eco-friendly and more affordable.
9. Lastly, the Federal Government should be more deliberate and proactive with its management of stakeholder engagement and public communication.
1. NDD commends President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for demonstrating capacity as a shrewd negotiator by averting the industrial action that was planned by the organised labour.
2. We equally commend State Governments that have shown compassion in mitigating the effects of the new policy. Special commendation goes to Kwara and Edo State Governments in this regard.
NDD appeals to all Nigerians to join forces with the government as it addresses this nagging national challenge.
The National Coordinator and Founder, Tinubu Support Organization (TSO), Hon. Aminu Suleiman has rejoiced with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the immediate past Minister of Special Duties, Sen. George Akume as well as Sen. Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia on their new appointments by his Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR as the Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Deputy Chief of Staff respectively.
According to the National Coordinator all the new appointees are politicians of the highest repute, diehard associates of Mr President and had excellent records of public services hence their appointments did not come to him as a surprise.
He added that footing from above he had no doubt that their appointments were well deserved and would definitely add value to the renewed hope administration of His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The National Coordinator concluded by praying that the God Almighty would guide the new appointees throughout their tenures in their respective positions.
Today, the 7th of June, LASWA partners with NDLEA to fight the war against drug abuse
Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) understands drug abuse can have immense negative impacts on both the physical and mental health of an individual. Furthermore, it can lead to a wide range of serious social issues, such as increased crime rates, domestic violence, and even death. It is, therefore, crucial that they work towards eradicating drug abuse from our communities.
LASWA is committed to playing a pivotal role in the fight against drug abuse, primarily among our water transport workers. LASWA is initiating several campaigns with the setup of NDLEA post in two of the major hubs namely Ebute-ero Terminal and Falomo Terminal which we hope to expand in the future, and also educating these workers on the dangers of drug abuse and the long-term effects it can have on their lives and careers.
The Authority is working closely with law enforcement agencies to ensure that our water transport systems remain free from illegal drug trafficking.
The Authority encourages the commuters and all waterways users to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities that they come across during their commute.
Prince Gboyega Ishola Salvador Adebayo Chairman Wharf Landing Authority who started his Political journey as a ward Chairman, in an interview of his Asiwaju story he said “you can’t say anything about Asiwaju without talking about the NDP and NRC era and without discussing about Baba Tajudeen Olusi, Late Hon. Tajudeen Hamzat.”
“Asiwaju is a leader of all leaders, I have never wanted to get too close to him because I see him as a god. Asiwaju has impacted Lagos enormously. Those that have been councilors or Governor owe it to him, They couldn’t have done it without him.”
Hon. Mrs. Saidat Olayinka Oladunjoye the vice chairman (East ) APC Lagos State. In an interview of her Asiwaju story said that “Asiwaju is an iconic personality, a focused philanthropist, a mentor, a strategist. He is focused, identifies talents and trains them. He is someone who sees tomorrow, works towards things he place his mind on and he is like a father to all.”
“Since 1999, I have followed Asiwaju looking at the things he has done. As a bystander we look at the things he does and we adore him. He revolutionized the activities of Lagos state despite the fact there’s no money as at that time.”
Prince Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi said in an interview of his Asiwaju story, said , Asiwaju happens to be my Junior brother, we are both from Lagos Island and belong to the indigenous community of Lagos.
We had the opportunity to of being mothered by our late mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji of blessed memories who happens to be the mother of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a prominent market Woman Leader in Lagos.
Asiwaju is a very kind and considerate person, he loves to bring people up, raise the standard of living to a very appeciable height.