Gbajabiamila: Nigeria needs leaders with capacity, character to manage change ~Ajasa-Info

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• Speaker launches legislative mentorship initiative

House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has said Nigeria needs a leader who has the capacity and character to manage change.

He also stressed the need for youths to be included in governance in the country.

Gbajabiamila spoke on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI) with the theme: Youth Leadership and the Future of Democracy: Harnessing the Power of Young People in Nigeria.


The LMI is a programme the speaker initiated to build the next generation of Nigeria’s public sector leaders.

This initiative is in line with his long-lasting vision of mentoring the younger generation from his over twenty years’ experience in public service.

The programme, which will last three weeks, draws young participants from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Gbajabiamila noted that achieving the Nigeria of everybody’s dreams must depend on producing leaders with the right capacity and character to manage change by taking advantage of the technology-advancing world.


The Speaker explained that this would require building people, particularly young people, with knowledge of governance.

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He said: “Whatever happens, Nigeria desperately needs leaders with the capacity and character to manage change. The consequences of the changes happening in our world today will depend on how we respond, the decisions we make, and the ideas we choose to invest in.

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“The quality of our decision making in politics and governance will define the course of our country. Whether or not we achieve progress, prosperity, peace, and security for all our people depends entirely on the capacity and competence of our political leadership.

“The Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI) aims to identify and train the next generation of public sector leaders, particularly in legislature. The LMI mandate is to develop the leaders who will shape the future of our country and the world.“

“Many young people are eager to make a change; they cannot change anything if they don’t understand and participate in the political and governance process. We aim to involve more young people and direct their energies into tangible contributions to good governance and national development.”

Gbajabiamila stressed that investment must be made in building young people for leadership roles.

The Speaker noted that equipping youths and involving them in governance is the only way they would be committed to nation-building and sustain the development of democracy.

He recommended three actions to be taken immediately, including consistently including young people in the political and governance process.

“We do this by creating avenues for leadership development, as we are now trying to do with this Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI). It also requires creating opportunities for learning through actual practice in government policy-making and implementation.

“Nobody was born knowing how to manage a political party or run a government. You learn by being in the room, having a seat at the table and doing your best with every opportunity,” he said.

SANWO-OLU APPOINTS PROF. OLUMUYIWA ODUSANYA AS LASUSTECH NEW VC ~Ajasa-Info

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appointed a health expert, Prof. Olumuyiwa Odusanya, as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology, (LASUSTECH), Ikorodu.

As gathered, the decision to appoint the Don as pioneer VC for the institution was made to prevent any vacuum in the school’s leadership.

The governor was also said to have picked the health expert after a thorough examination, and consideration of his experience in academics as well as ability to maintain necessary stability required for the new varsity.

Odusanya would be taking over from Dr. Nurudeen Olaleye, who had been the Ag. Vice-Chancellor for the school, after its was upgraded from a polytechnic to varsity, increasing Lagos state-owned universities to three.

It was learnt, the appointment of the Don as the substantive Vice-Chancellor for the institution had been approved by the governor last month but was not made public.

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The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education , Tokunbo Wahab, confirmed the appointment through a statement released yesterday night by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adesoye Oyelami.

Wahab, while commending Olaleye, said that his wealth of experience and good managerial skills have assisted the government to set the new varsity on a good track.

He noted that posterity would judge him aright as one of the foundation head of management for the institution in the future.

The governor’s aide added that his efforts, while in office, would pave the way for the new administration to start on a good pedestal and move the school to an enviable height.

Meanwhile, Olaleye has therefore been directed by the state government to resume his duty post as the Rector for Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) and where he would be spending next three years and two months to complete his tenure with the institution.

He would be overseeing completion of the polytechnic system and exit with it while Odusanya would be expected to operate the varsity programmes going forward.

Until the appointment of Odusanya as the pioneer VC for LASUSTECH, he was a professor of Community and Primary Health in the Department of Community Health and Primary Health Care in the Faculty Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Lagos State University (LASU)

It would be recalled that at the take-off of the new institution, the governor approved the appointment of the then substantive Rector of LASPOTECH, Olaleye, as the Ag. Vice-Chancellor of the University, pending the selection and appointment of the substantive Vice-Chancellor.

The new and substantive LASUSTECH Vice- Chancellor was born on the 8th of February, 1965. He is a Professor of Public and Community Health and a Fellow of the Medical College in Public Health and Community Medicine ( FMCPH). He holds Master of Public Health from University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Source: The Guild

SANWO-OLU: PAY RISE COMING FOR LAGOS’ WORKERS ~Ajasa-Info

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•Govt to increase staff bus fleet, hand over 100 official vehicles to Directors

•‘Governor has met 80 per cent of promises to workers’ – Head of Service

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has surprised public servants with his announcement that a pay rise is coming.

The move, the Governor said, is to cushion the effects of inflation, high prices of commodities and rising cost of living being experienced across the globe.

Sanwo-Olu personally broke the news to the civil servants, who gathered on Tuesday to receive when he paid a surprise visit to the Secretariat in Alausa – the seat of the Government. His cabinet members joined the reception, which was led by Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

The Governor announced also, a 25 per cent salary increment for employees in the core establishment agencies.

Sanwo-Olu directed the Head of Service, Ministry of Establishment, Training and Pensions and the State Treasury Office (STO) to work out the modalities for upward review and statutory approvals, after which the implementation of the new pay would kick off.

The announcement elicited spontaneous jubilation from workers, as the news went round the Government Secretariat. The enthusiastic staff said the new salaries would boost productivity and scale up service delivery to residents.

Sanwo-Olu said the workers deserved encouraging welfare and benefits, given their unprecedented support and commitment to the core mandates of the State Government. The Governor added that the gesture would further motivate the State’s workforce and enhance its services to the people.


He said: “I have looked around, I know there is pressure and high level of inflation in the country. There is high cost of living everywhere. Last month at the cabinet meeting, I instructed the Office of Head of Service and Ministry of Establishment, Training and Pensions to start work on how we will increase the salaries of the entire workforce.

“I just don’t want to talk about it because we are Lagos; we reflect this decision in the lives of our people. I know the pressure of inflation is on you; we will not wait for the Federal Government before we take this decision. This is Lagos. We are going to review the salaries and ensure we take care of our public servants.

“When we do the pay rise, not only will we expect more from you, our citizens must also see the benefits of this important decision in the service delivery. We are a Government that is proactive, we don’t want the staff unions to hold us to ransom. We are responding to the yearnings of our people; I know you have not asked for it, but I am happy to tell you that a pay increase is on the way.”

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Sanwo-Olu also announced the plan to raise the fleet of staff buses deployed to carry workers from their homes to work and back. At the inception of his administration, the Governor raised the fleet from 10 buses to 35.

The additional buses, he said, would be deployed on new routes to assist those not captured in existing routes.

The Governor also said the first fleet of 100 vehicles would be given to employees on the Director cadre in the public service, while also approving discounts for workers interested in acquiring apartments in the Government-owned mass housing schemes. This, he said, will be followed by development of staff housing stocks only for Government workers.

He said: “Lagos has been the best in terms of payment of pension benefits to our retired workers. Our Government is committed to clearing the entire backlog; we are already close to clearing the 2021 liabilities. We are committed to ensuring that all our workers get paid their pensions upon retirement from service and this is the legacy we want to leave behind.

“I am one of you and I am part of you. It is really a homecoming for me. The support and the encouragement I have received from all of you has been unprecedented. On behalf of Lagosians, I thank all of you for the great service you are rendering, which has made the Lagos public service the best in the country. It is only when the public service is energised and properly motivated that the citizens can feel the best of governance.”

Muri-Okunola, on behalf of the civil servants, hailed the Governor for prioritising the workers’ welfare and benefits.

The Head of Service said Sanwo-Olu had fulfilled more than 80 per cent of his promises to the State’s workers, stressing that the welfare package of the State Government was second to none.

He added that 3,000 workers in the public service had benefited from the Governor’s retroactive approval for capacity building for staff, while the culture of prompt payment of salaries had been sustained.

Muri-Okunola said: “The Governor has ensured that the officers implementing his administration’s THEMES Agenda have adequate work tools and enabling environment for the actualisation of the programmes. A motivated workforce is what Lagos State public service is under the leadership of Gov. Sanwo-Olu and we will continue to get motivated to do more for Lagosians.”

Sanwo-Olu took a long walk around the secretariat. The Governor inspected the newly installed Data Centre for the State’s smart city project at the Ministry of Science and Technology.

YGSS TASKS YOUTH ON INVOLVEMENT IN GRASS ROOT POLITICS & GOVERNANCE ~Ajasa-Info

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Osogun Alapere area of Agboyi Ketu LCDA was agog as youth trooped out in their hundreds to participate at a youth summit tagged “Heralding Community Development Through Engagement and Involvement.” The event which was convened by the Special Adviser to Mayor Dele Osinowo on ICT & Infrastructure, Hon. Tosin Ogundipe was attended by passionate non political young men and women who are desirous to be active in the LCDA.


In his opening remark the convener of the summit, Hon. Tosin Ogundipe enthused on the necessities that fermented the hosting of the event, particularly at a critical time like this. He took out time to highlight his continuous grass root participation and involvement which he believes is the only way to achieve a better community.

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In the words of the president, Kayode Ojo he emphasized on the need to gather at a time like this to discuss community development vis à vis grassroot governance and the need to participate actively in governance. The keynote speaker, Adeyemi Thomas charged the audience to rise and fully engage in grass root governance. He backed his position with the provision for grass root governance as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the federation.


Agboyi Ketu Youth Leader, Toheeb Obafemi Durosinmi was not left out of the discussion. He, like other speakers provided explicit information on roles of local government administration in the development of the community and further enjoined the audience to consistently seek information on governance at the local level.

The questions and answers session provided opportunity for the participants to ask salient questions about governance at the local level. The event ended with a promise to convene the next meeting on quarterly basis.

MAYORESS SAMIAT BADA HOLDS ANNUAL CULTURAL CARNIVAL IN IKOSI ISHERI ~Ajasa-Info

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The Executive Chairman of Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Mayoress Samiat Abolanle Bada, urged the residents of Lagos State to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for President 2023, re-elect Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat for second terms.

She disclosed this while delivering her speech at the Ikosi-Isheri Ketu Magodo Annual Cultural Carnival 2022 edition, held at the cmd events centre, Magodo on September 30th, 2022.

She noted that those in attendance will testify that their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is bringing dividends of democracy to the masses at the local, state and federal levels.

While speaking on the theme of this year’s edition: OUR CULTURE, NOT OUR RELIGION, she said that as Nigerians and Africans, we have manifold cultures, some of which are intertwined with religion across the diverse tribes and ethnics in our country and continent.

In her words, “Our religious differences should not debar us from celebrating our lofty culture and traditions.

“All over the world, cultures are being celebrated not only because it unites and educates us, but because it’s a better way of celebrating our differences, as well as our common interests. We in Ikosi-isheri LCDA are proud to say that we are one Nigerian nation, living in peace and harmony; we are united in our diversity!”

According to her “the 2-day event gives us a better opportunity to celebrate our nation’s 62nd Independence Anniversary in style, as seen during the cultural parade we had earlier this morning from the Council Secretariat down to this venue.

“You would have witnessed carnival floats and pageantry of various cultures, and in addition to that, I am assuring you of maximum fun here today and tomorrow as we will be having loads of outstanding creative performers from various fields of display and socio-cultural groups such as Fuji Maestro – Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Marshal K1 de Ultimate, Sir Shina Peters, Obesere Omorapala, Pasuma, Qdot, Saheed Balogun, Koffi, MC Mallam Audu, Bella Shmurda, OT, SATO Dancers (from Badagry), Olaijo Art & Gallery (Ibadan), Ewi and several upcoming artistes to entertain us.”

She stated that as a responsible and proactive Government, their administration has decided to use this cultural carnival characterized by entertainment and tourism to enunciate the importance of our forgotten traditions, promote unity irrespective of our religious and ethnic differences, encourage investors to come and establish in Ikosi-isheri LCDA, and to promote the cultures and colors of various ethnic groups and communities in Ikosi-isheri LCDA, Lagos State, and Nigeria at large.

She further stated her campaign promises were kept, which were roads and infrastructure, education and youth empowerment, social welfare and tourism, and health and the environment.

She also urged the people of Lagos State to vote for Senator Adetokunbo Mukhail Abiru as Senator representing Lagos-East Senatorial District, Hon. Kafilat Adetola Ogbara as Member of the Federal House of Representatives, Kosofe Constituency, and Hon. Femi Saheed for LAHA Kosofe Constituency II for a greater Lagos State and a better Nigeria.

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The First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, commended the Chairman of Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Princess Samiat Abolanle Bada, for initiating and sustaining the Ikosi-Isheri Cultural Carnival, which has now become an annual festival that promotes peaceful co-existence and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the people of Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

She said it is commendable that this important festival has not only been sustained but also expanded to become bigger, better, and bolder.

In his words, “Festivals, such as today’s event, are usually instrumental in laying a solid foundation for unity, good neighborliness, and peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic groups in any given society.

“A cultural festival is also a veritable avenue to celebrate the diverse cultures and economic endeavors of the various socio-cultural groups within a defined location or jurisdiction.”

She noted that the Ikosi-Isheri/Ketu-Magodo Cultural Carnival has contributed in a big and outstanding fashion to setting the tone for tranquility and development being witnessed in the LCDA.

She stated that it is in convergence with the objective of the administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to uphold the cultural heritage of Lagos and Lagosians in line with the THEMES Agenda for a greater Lagos of our dreams.

She disclosed that we must continue to encourage initiatives such as this cultural festival to serve as a platform to galvanize the people for good causes, promote unity in the face of threats to national cohesion, and enhance the economic prosperity of the people.

She also urged politicians and the general public to follow the rules of engagement and avoid any action that could jeopardize the peace in Lagos State as the election campaign gets underway.

She admonished the populace in attendance to support the Lagos State Government towards sustaining the peaceful co-existence that the state has always experienced.

Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023 gets Lagos secretariat ~Ajasa-Info

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The erstwhile Senator of Lagos and Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musliu Obanikoro has donated his Former Senatorial campaign office situated at 39A Oba Akinjobi Way, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos to be used as the Lagos State Secretariat of Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023.

The secretariat will be another power house for the robust Presidential campaign activities of the All Progressive Congress’ presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shetima as well as other APC candidates in the state from the tireless Infrastructure Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu down to all state Assembly candidates of the party.

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Just as it National secretariat has been an avenue for critical consultation and collaboration, the Lagos secretariat promises to be as much proactive in delivering the mandate of our principal and all APC candidates across the LGAs and LCDAs in the state.

In a critical stakeholders meeting held yesterday, Tuesday, 27th September 2022, the group assumed the office for her official use with concrete efforts directed towards its branding for immediate use.

In the same vein, the group had resolved at the meeting to make the secretariat open for wide consultations, training, and other programs designed for the actualization of the Asiwaju Project 2023.

TRAFFIC RADIO INTRODUCES NEW PROGRAMME ON SANWO-OLU’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN TRANSPORT SECTOR ~Ajasa-Info

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Lagos Traffic Radio 96.1 Fm is set to unveil a new weekly Programme, tagged: “B.O.S Transportation Landmarks”.
A statement signed by the Station’s General Manager, Tayo Akanle, said the new weekly programme was conceived based on the need to enlighten residents on the giant strides of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration on Traffic Management and Transportation which represent the “T” pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Developmental Agenda.

Realising that transportation and traffic management play vital roles in the development of the State’s economy, Akanle said that the programme will focus more on testimonials from Lagosians on the impact of the administration’s policy and achievements in the transportation sector.

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The General Manager said the maiden edition of the programme would be aired on Monday, 3rd October 2022 at 9.15 a.m. with a focus on the achievements of the Lagos State Ferry Services Corporation (LAGFERRY) in water transportation

In his words: “BOS Transportation Landmarks” will also be aired in Yoruba on Wednesdays by 3.00 pm and in Pidgin on Tuesdays at 1.15 pm respectively”.

Akanle stated further that the Programme will also be showcased weekly on the Station’s Social Media Platforms: Facebook: Lagos Traffic Radio 96.1 Fm; Twitter: Lagostraffic961; Instagram: Lagostrafficradio961 and YouTube: trafficradio961.


He, therefore, enjoined all members of the public to watch out for the kick-off of the new programme. 

Nigeria @ 62: Senator Abiru Urges Nigerians To Keep Hope Alive ~Ajasa-Info

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has called on Nigerians not to give up on the country but keep hope alive. The #DoingGood Senator gave the admonition in his goodwill message in commemoration of the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence on Saturday.  
 
According to him, it is important for Nigerians to strengthen national unity and peaceful co-existence ahead of the 2023 general elections. Senator Abiru appealed to Nigerians to support and vote for all candidates on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC:  Presidential candidate , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,  Lagos State Governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, and all gubernatorial candidates, Senatorial, House of Representatives, State Houses of Assembly candidates in Lagos State in particular and Nigeria as a whole. 
 
The message read: “Like I have always maintained, our challenges , though daunting but not insurmountable. We can still salvage our dear nation and reposition her on the path of honour if we get leadership right.

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“As we all prepare for the 2023 general elections, I appeal to all Nigerians to support and vote for all candidates on the platform of the All Progressives Congress,in  particular the  Presidential candidate of the part, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his quest to provide visionary leadership that will rescue the Nation from the precipice.
 
“ Dear Nigerians, managing the complexities of the Nigerian state requires a great deal of experience and courage. We need a man with a proven track record of excellence in public service, and with a deep understanding of Nigeria’s body polity. No other person fits the bill among the presidential hopefuls than Asiwaju Tinubu”. 
 
“ As a product of Asiwaju’s political school of thought, we have spread the freedom of democracy through our  #DoingGood mantra by ensuring that we provide *#Greater Good To Larger Number of People.* 
 
“In the last 21 (twenty-one) months or so that I have held the people’s mandate, Ihave prioritized my focus and responsibilities on three (3) pillars:Legislative role; Empowerment, and Endowment. For us, it is all about service to the people. Today, our esteemed constituents are proud that we are genuinely serving their interests”.
 
“The Lagos East Senator assured that Nigeria will survive the current turbulent period and emerge stronger against the predictions of naysayers. The protracted national challenges will be overcome by  the collective will of all Nigerians, Abiru said.

HON. GANIYU ABIODUN JOHNSON GAJ CONFERRED ROTARY DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD ~Ajasa-Info

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Hon. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson GAJ who is currently representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency II at Federal House of Representatives has been conferred with Rotary Distinguished Community Service Award at the 35th investiture ceremony of Rotary Club of Okota.

The conferment came as a result of the legislators community development initiatives which has ignited good governance. The Honorable was ably represented by Amb. Abiodun Ajayi, while giving remarks after the award presentation on behalf of Hon. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson GAJ, he enlighted the audience with the good works of Engr. GAJ who is currently representing constituency. He said; Hon. GAJ has implemented numerous transformational and infrastructural projects ranging from Education, Health, Human Capital Development, Empowerment, Road Constructions, Solar Projects, Water projects etc.

Just recently, he facilitated the construction of Ejigbo-Isolo-Mushin Road to three (3) Lane apiece. This project will bring lasting smile to the face of good people of Oshodi-Isolo Constituency II.

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He also facilitated the constructions of other pressing roads in Isolo, Ejigbo and Okota. He is currently constructing 12 Blocks of classroom (A-storey building) inside Ifoshi Primary school, Ejigbo to accomplish his EduProject Agenda for the Constituency.

He acknowledged that these are life changing projects that every communities deserve and the good people of Oshodi-Isolo Constituency II have greatly enjoyed this dividend of democracy.

He congratulated his boss for Rotary Distinguished Community Service Award bestowed on him and also thanked Rotary Club of Okota for finding him worthy for the award. He call on good people to keep supporting Hon. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson GAJ because he has bigger plan for the Constituency.

APC YOUTH LEAGUE, SOUTHWEST ZONAL COORDINATE CONGRATULATES BLESSING AKINLOSOTU ON HIS APPOINTMENT BY PRESIDENT BUHARI ~Ajasa-Info

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On behalf of the APC Youth League, SouthWest Zonal Coordinate, we heartily congratulate our very own Comrade Blessing Akinlosotu, our immediate past Ondo State Coordinator, on his latest appointment as a member of National Climate Change Council, appointed by our President, Muhammad Buhari.

In a statement personally signed and released to the media in Òṣogbo, the Ọ̀ṣun State capital by its Zonal Coordinator, Hon. ‘Muyi Oyewale, the Zonal Chief Servant leader posited that, “we knew how you’ve worked hard to make National Youth Congress a better one since your election as it’s President, hence, we as a formidable Youth group in this Zone, are so happy, that once again, your hardwork, tirelessness and commitment to the development of humanity had again been recognized.”

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Your dedication and ability that got you here, will continue to serve you well, as you move along your path. You dreamed big, worked hard and you’ve earned the recognition that comes with your new appointment.

Surely, Success is Yours!

E Signed:

Comrade Adebayo Lawrence
SW Zonal Publicity Director