Sunday, 26 January 2020

Reports from the rerun of National Assembly Election in Ijebu-Ode/Ijebu North East/Odogbolu Federal Constituency revealed that members of the Peoples Democratic Party loyal to Hon. Ladi Adebutu did not participate in the rerun elections which could have resulted in the loss of the PDP candidate in the election Barr. Taiwo Shote to the APC candidate Hon. Kolapo Osunsanya.

According to a member of the Lado group who claimed anonymity said the Leaders of the Lado group had fixed Saturday, 24th January, 2020 for the group's meeting and new year celebration in the Federal Constituency since last December. 

The Lado group has been rated a strong force in Ogun East politics and even across Ogun State. This was also evident during the last Governorship elections in Ogun State when the group had an alliance with the APM in just three days to the election and the alliance had significant effect in the votes recorded for APM. The alliance came after the unfavourable court judgement against the group on the authenticity of the candidates list presented to INEC by the Lado faction of the party.

Efforts to speak with leaders of the Lado group proved abortive and to no avail as none of the Leaders was willing to talk to the press. Calls made to the Media aide of Hon. Ladi Adebutu were not answered up till the time of this report.

The rift and tussle for leadership of the PDP in Ogun State is suspected to be responsible for the disunity in the party. It is believed that the cracks in the party will be put to rest after the party congresses scheduled to hold in few months.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

The leader of INRI evangelical spiritual church, Primate Babatunde  Elijah Ayodele is set to host the United Nations for the official flag off ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the body.

The flag off ceremony is set to come on Friday, 14th of February 2020 at the church premises in Lagos state.

The event will also host several dignitaries who will be revealed later.

According to the man of God, the event won't just  be an official flag off, but will also be a moment to empower people.

" I will be empowering 1000 widows, 1000 youths and will be giving out JAMB and WAEC forms"

It would be recalled that late last year, Primate Elijah Ayodele was honoured with the United Nations Eminent Ambassador Of Peace award in Lagos for his relentless contributions to the society and global humanitarian services and, above all, for being a man of peace.

Primate Elijah Ayodele has also been known for his philanthropic act, his prophetic excellence and his many exploits in all walks of life.

Tupocracy is a socio-political culture or doctrine invented by Dr. Godwin Akpan Amaowoh, a Nigerian Clergyman, in 2006 as the brainchild of his doctoral dissertation at Nigeria’s foremost institution of higher Education, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Faculty of the Social Sciences.  The Dissertation Topic was An Understanding of Tupos in Pauline Letters on the Pastoral Ministry of the Church and its implication for Contemporary society.  The concept was recognized by the Board of Examiners with the Rev. Fr. Prof. Vincent Nyoyoko of the University of Port Harcourt as External Examiner/Chairman.  The Board scored him Distinction, being a huge contribution to knowledge and recommended that the concept be published as an acceptable political doctrine.  Hence, in 2007, Dr. Amaowoh published the book, Tupocracy:  Leadership by example for the Church and Civil society.   Subsequent editions, including the current one (4th edition, 2018) carried the name of his PhD Supervisor, the Rev. Prof. E. N. Chinwoku (formerly Onwu) as Co-author.  For inventing Tupocracy, Dr. Amaowoh was inducted into the Nigerian Books of Record, published by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture which saw it as a big honour to Nigeria and Africa at large.
Full definition of Tupocracy:  Tupocracy is a system of government involving people who lead by positive example based on transparency, integrity, altruism, patriotism and godly character which is worthy of emulation by their colleagues and followers.  Tupocracy is one word for leadership by example, coined from two Greek words, tupos (example, pattern, model which is worthy of emulation) and Krateia (government, leadership, rulership or administration), in the family of Democracy, Autocracy, Aristocracy, etc.

Tupocracy as a political doctrine:  One of the major challenges which the world is facing today is the absence of good leadership.  This has precipitated poverty, insecurity, instability, war, ethnic tensions, criminality, corruption in the land and dissatisfaction and despair among the citizenry in many nations.  People are looking for role models in politics, religion, civil service, the academia, business, the Private sector and even in the family but they are grossly in short supply.  The answer to this delima is found in Tupocracy which is rightly predicated on the age-old axiom that “example is better than precept.”  Based on this, the Tupocract says, “Emulate me in all things”; “Do as I do” and not “Do as I say.”  He does not contradict himself or what he says as a leader by negative example in conduct, ip so facto, he is a role model.  The beauty of Democracy, as a world acclaimed political doctrine, lies in Tupocracy.  Dr. Amaowoh has therefore recommended Tupocracy to be adopted as the handmaid of Democracy, without which Democracy becomes “Dem all cracy”, meaning, “Governance by insane people.”  

The Need and Importance of Tupocracy in Governance:  Tupocracy ensures transparency, integrity and moral rectitude in governance/leadership.  Governance or leadership should not be an all comer’s affair.  It should be for people whose lifestyles are worthy of emulation whether they are Presidents, Governors, Legislators, Judicial Officers, Ministers, Commissioners or Chairmen of Local Government Areas, Councilors, Mayors, Police Officers, Military or Paramilitary Officers, traditional Rulers, Heads of Schools, Managers of Industries or Religious Leaders.  Tupocracy earns leaders high reputation and respect because followers have nothing against them.  It will be a huge disappointment that those we address as “His Excellency”, “His Honour”, Distinguished”, “Honourable”, etc, go to jail for corrupt practices or they hide behind impunity privilege to commit heinous and atrocious crimes.

Furthermore, Tupocracy ensures equality before the law because those in governance will show example in obedience to the laws of the land.  So far, although leadership by example has been a household word, its impact has not been felt like Democracy and others.  With this invention, Tupocracy will become the vehicle to popularize the maxim.  Thus, Tupocratic institutions will be built alongside Democratic institutions and Politicians may say in their manifestoes that they will lead tupocratically because they are Tupocrats.  Wrong styles of leadership will be branded as untupocratic.  One can imagine the level of sanity, peace, prosperity, security, progress and stability that will be experienced under Tupocratic governments as there will be sanity in the electoral system, awards and executions of contracts, the independence of the Judiciary, being free from manipulation by the Executive and the Legistrature, etc.  

Admittedly, the fight against corruption in any nation can never be won unless their leaders lead by example in all matters, namely:  financial matters, award of contracts, electoral matters, patriotism and the Rule of Law.  Based on transparency, Tupocracy will checkmate greed, nepotism, personal aggrandizement, ethnic chauvinism, embezzlement of public funds and injustice in the process of governance.  Tupocracy will bring about the practice of the Golden Rule, “Do to others what you would want other people to do to you.”  Tupocrats are leaders who justify the saying that leaders should be above board.  The bane of any society is the preponderance of unscrupulous and unconscionable leaders who have thrown moral values to the winds in their leadership styles.

Hopefully, Tupocracy will take its seat with other systems of governments like Democracy, Autocracy, Oligarchy, Aristocracy, Bureaucracy, etc.  Tupocracy is a wake-up call as well as a moral guide for all leaders, whether in Religion or civil society, who need the respect, loyalty, welfare and co-operation of their followers.  There is a popular saying that when we take care of our character, our reputation will take care of itself.  Leaders should know that they are Mentors who should mentor followers by positive example in all walks of life.  Unfortunately, in most nations one bad leader will hand over to another bad leader to sustain the vicious circle of bad leadership and its attendant unpleasant consequences.

Biblical examples of Tupocrats and what they said.
1. Abraham:  When there was to be a conflict between Abraham and his nephew and mentee, Lot, Abraham as a man of peace said,  “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.  Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left."  (Gen 13:7-9)  
This is an example of making concessions to avoid conflict.
2. Joseph:  Joseph was not vindictive to punish or kill his brothers who maltreated him but he forgave them and provided a safe place for them in Egypt: “Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” (Gen 13:7-9) 

This is an example of non-vindictiveness and forgiveness by leaders.

3. Samuel:  As a judge and prophet in Israel, Samuel was just and transparent in all things and so he said in his valedictory speech, “ Now Samuel said to all Israel: "Indeed I have heeded your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you. And now here is the king, walking before you; and I am old and gray headed, and look, my sons are with you. I have walked before you from my childhood to this day.  Here I am. Witness against me before the Lord and before His anointed: Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I received any bribe with which to blind my eyes? I will restore it to you."  And they said, "You have not cheated us or oppressed us, nor have you taken anything from any man's hand."  Then he said to them, "The Lord is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand."( 1 Sam 12:1-5).  

Can the contemporary leader be bold to address his citizens and staff like this, including Asset declaration?

4. Jesus Christ:  The Lord Jesus Christ was exemplary in love, compassion, humility, obedience to God and the laws of the land, righteousness, forgiveness, mercy, goodness and in all good works.  He said, “Do you know what I have done to you?   You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.   Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.   If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (John 13:12-17):  

This is an example of love, humility and service to humanity which He urged His disciples to emulate.

The Lord also said this about loving one another as he loved them, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.   By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35).

5. Paul:  St. Paul taught in many passages of the Bible that people should emulate him, “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.”  

(I Cor. 4:15-16) He said again, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. (1 Cor. 11:1)

6. Peter:  St. Peter showed positive example as a pastoral leader and urged other leaders to do same and not lead as Dictators, “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Pet. 5:2-3).

Contemporary emphasis on Tupocracy

T. C. Oden in his book Classical Pastoral Care (2000:174) opined that the character and moral formation of those who provide spiritual care must be sound enough to elicit confidence in the care of receivers, that one cannot correct something in another when in oneself it has remained uncorrected.

Again, he says, quoting Baxter, that people should take heed to themselves, lest their example contradict their doctrine, lest they unsay with their lives what they say with their tongues.  They should do as they say.

In the same vein, Hurst (1955:38) in his book And He gave Teachers, quoted Emerson, “What you are thunders so loud I cannot hear what you say.”

Most of those who talk about leadership by example in the contemporary period are of the opinion that “the preceptor must keep the precept.”  This is the maxim of Tupocracy, whether in the religious or civil society.  In Tupocracy, the Character Ethic Paradigm supercedes the Personality Ethic Paradigm of leadership.  It will be absurd for one who is a thief to tell his followers to stop stealing.  It will be difficult for a proud leader to teach his followers humility.  It will be difficult for a corrupt leader to stop corruption in his government.  Even a leader who does not show example in punctuality will find it difficult to fight lateness to duty among his staff.  The world needs Tupocracy for peace, order and prosperity to reign.

Friday, 24 January 2020

As the world mark International Day of Education on January 24, Imeko-Afon Local Government Chairman charged youths to embrace Education as it is a panacea for poverty and insecurity.

The newly sworn in Council boss, Chief Olusola Oke marked the United Nations International Day of Education with pupils and students of Ansarudeen Primary School and Nazareth High School in Imeko.

He shared with the future leaders how Education is humanity's greatest renewable resource and also affirmed the role of Education as a viable means to empower people, preserve the planet, build shared prosperity and foster peace.

In his words, "quality education is goal number 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals and we remain committed to this" he said. Oke who was accompanied by other members of the Local Government Transition Committee reaffirmed Ogun State Governor's commitment to improving the standard of education to the teachers and students; a vision he claimed the Local Government has keyed into.

International Day of Education is celebrated globally today 24th January as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly.

*ImekoAfonLG* *Buildingourfuturetogether*SDG4 *teamDA* *UnitedNations* *Educationforall*

Monday, 20 January 2020

The Primate of the United Spiritual Church Worldwide, His Eminence Most Reverend Julius Olumuyiwa Ogunseye, ascends Mount Shalom with other eight disciples today, January 20, 2020.

Ascending of Mount Shalom is an annual tradition of the United Spiritual Church Worldwide. The Primate usually ascends the Mount with eight (8) disciples for fourteen days with fasting and prayers.

He will descend from Mount Shalom with the seven disciples while members of the Church worldwide and others assemble at the Mount to pray and hear the prophetic words for the year.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

The Peoples Democratic party in Ogun State organised a peaceful protest to frown at the supreme court judgement delivered on Tuesday 14th January, 2020 over the Imo State Governorship election.

The party unequivocally stated that the judgement was great setback for Nigeria's growing democracy. The party implored the federal government to set a Juducial panel to look into the activities of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and also advise the Supreme court to be objective in the other upcoming  judgements in Sokoto, Kano, Adamawa states.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

A frontline gaming company, Western Lotto Nigeria Limited, has reacted to the news of the purported prohibition of foreign lottery games in Nigeria by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), describing it as “ill-advised, counter-productive and null and void.

The company said the lottery commission cannot by a mere pronouncement confer on itself the powers that the enabling Act or the National Assembly did not confer on it; more so when the matter is before the court. 

Western Lotto, which recently became the sole rights owners of the Ghana Games in Nigeria, said the action of the Lanre Gbajabiamila-led Commission was “unreasonable and myopic as it was taken not in the interest of the public but that of a tiny clique and mafia in the lottery business in Nigeria who have always manipulated the Commission to do its bidding and continue short-changing the Federal Government of trillions of naira whereas only about N9 billion has been paid as taxes and remittances in twelve years.”

In a statement signed by its General Manager, Mr. Tajudeen Usman, Western Lotto said the Commission does not have the powers to stop stakers and private businesses from patronising foreign lottery games, just as it does not have the powers to stop stakers from betting on the outcomes of foreign leagues.

The statement reads in part, “We strongly believe that the unilateral decision of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) without recourse to the enabling Act and due consultations with stakeholders cannot stand in the face of the law. It is even more so that the Commission took this step after we have joined issues in court over the Ghana Games and other matters related to it.

“The unwholesome decision to stop the sales or promotion of foreign games gives the Commission and its leadership away as supporting the mafia in the gaming industry in order to continue to short-change the Federal Government. It is too obvious and not good for their reputation. They should be an advocates who will join hands with Western Lotto in the campaign to sanitise the gaming industry, recover all the trillions that the Federal Government has been deprived of and return same to the coffers of the Government. But, unfortunately, the reverse is the case. How can the DG be in support of this? 

“We recall that when the present Director-General of the Commission held sway at the Lagos State Lottery Board, he issued the state's licence and vigorously defended it for operators to use it to operate in Lagos State against the national licence. That allowed and still allows operators to play Ghana Games and indoor games with the state's licence. Other states also took a cue from Lagos State and did the same thing - they issued their own licences. Most lottery operators have licences from the states where they operate without recourse to the national licence. 

“You cannot stop other states or stop any operator from using the state licences to sell foreign lotteries, including Ghana games. We had hoped that the Commission will support Western Lotto to bring sanity and proper coordination into the industry by keying into its platform as the sole representatives of the Ghana Games in Nigeria. This will allow you to be able to see and transparently control the sales and help the Federal Government to realise huge revenue as the mafia will not be able to manipulate the system again." 

The company said no law could stop a private company from entering into a contract with another private foreign company in the course of doing its legitimate business.

“We wonder if the enabling Act that the NLRC is relying on to carry out the Machiavellian action prohibits Western Lotto from entering an agreement with LMC VAS Ghana Ltd? No express provision in the Act prohibit a private business from contracting with private foreign business with regards to lawful activities. The provision of the Act permitting Mr. President to enter into agreement other states is discretionary and does not limit the contractual power of a private business from entering into a contract regarding lottery. 

"As far as Western Lotto is concerned, these are now Nigerian-based games by reason of the valid acquisition of the intellectual property by a Nigerian licensed entity."

The firm described as "very suspicious" the time and manner the decision was taken.

"Why was the decision not taken before Western Lotto got the exclusive franchise of the Ghana games? Every industry player knows that the Ghana Games are the most credible. They are the most widely played games in Nigeria for over 20 years and generate between 60 to 70 per cent of the total sales of lottery operators. This action will drastically affect the Federal Government’s revenue while enriching the mafia even more. 

“It is true that the Commission has the powers to regulate the industry but can it stop the stakers from playing foreign games, such as Euro Millions, Powerball and the like? Can it also stop the sports betting companies from using the outcome of foreign matches and leagues? If it cannot, how then would it attempt to stop the playing of foreign lotteries in Nigeria, including the Ghana Games?” it asked.

The company also said the issue of credibility of the foreign lottery which was raised by the Commission holds no water, saying that a random sampling of stakers will show that they have more confidence in the results of the foreign lotteries than the indoor games of the respective lottery operators. 

“If we may ask: where are the complaints of non-payment of winnings in foreign lotteries in Nigeria? Who are those making the complaints?  We wish to invite the EFCC and other relevant agencies of the Federal Government to investigate Commission’s claims on the non-payment of winnings on foreign games. Assuming without conceding that there are complaints, is outright banning of foreign games the solution? Does the Commission not have internal mechanisms for resolving such issues as it did when Bet9ja had issues with the payment of winnings during the 2018 FIFA World Cup?”
Western Lotto said since Nigeria is a Federation where each state has its own lottery board, the NLRC cannot stop operators from selling the lotteries that they have been given licences to sell in the states.   

The company wondered why the Commission did not act with the same speed it did in banning the sale and promotion of foreign lotteries when it raised issues of the sharp practices and short-changing of the Federal Government by lottery and sports betting operators.

“It beggars belief why the Commission would want to stifle or kill one operator for the others in a free market economy even when grave allegations of sharp practices with proofs have been supplied against the same operators."

Western Lotto said it will be in the interest of the Commission, the gaming industry and the general public to reverse the alleged ban on foreign lottery games - in line with the economic and anti-corruption drive of the present administration.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Benin Film Academy, a brain child of veteran Nollywood movie maker, Ambassador Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen has won big at this year's Film in Edo Project Initiative.

Announcing the winners in the keenly contested talent development initiative of the Edo state government and Market Development in Niger Delta (MADE) funded filmmaking competition over weekend at the Edo Innovation Hub,  ICE Road, Benin city, Benin Film Academy trained Mr. Michael Eriyo, Miss Charlotte Ojeaga and Mr Joseph Okhomina won big.

Designed to stimulate the growth, development and sustainance of the art of filmmaking in Edo state, Pitch-Win And Shot Competition, very soon creative atmosphere will be charged with movie productions that has strong storyline, vibrant messages and powerful visual quality with the rich Edo cultural heritage on display.

Reacting to the achievements recorded by the BFA's students, Ambassador Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen who co-founded the academy in partnership with Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, said, 

"We of the Benin Film Academy feels very proud and elated by this mind blowing achievement by our students. This was the reason behind the establishment of the Film Academy here in Nigeria. So as to train and expose budding talents that abounds here in Edo State and beyond."

The visibly elated and impressed Chairman of Ovia North East Local Government Area, Mr Scott Ogbemudia, who is the Chairman of the host communities of these filmmakers said, " We promised to throw more weight behind the movie productions and also, I will like to encourage people of our community to show appreciation to these filmmakers. This will go a long way in stimulating economic growth and development in our domain."

Three selected movies will be shot on a location at Okada village.

Ten very creative producers were  presented prize money and amatching grant for ten different movie productions. As at the time of filing this report some of the producers has already gone on location and work has started on different movie productions.

Monday, 13 January 2020

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Monday told his cabinet members to brace up to the responsibilities and challenges of their new offices as they are under public scrutiny. 

According to the Governor, a lot of burden would be on them to live above board and be morally upright. 

He charged members of the newly constituted cabinet of the State to be role models, manage expectations and join him in advancing the goals of even development across the State, as they are now public servants and not mere representatives of their towns or local governments. 

He said they should not be found wanting in character, as they would come under intense public scrutiny and people would want to probe every of their actions and inactions.

Prince Dapo Abiodun, who made these remarks in his office, at the orientation programme organised for commissioners and special advisers.

Governor Abiodun reminded his appointees that their conduct and utterances would now be thoroughly looked at differently from when they were not commissioners and special advisers. 

He urged the cabinet members to join him as partners in progress like the civil servants who are the engine room of governance.

He stressed that as worthy partners and  anchors of the bureaucratic structures upon which the  programmes and policies of his administration would be built, cabinet members should forge a seamless cordial and work relationship with the civil servants which he described as dedicated, efficient and committed professionals. 
"You are now public servants and have joined the league of politically exposed people. Your conduct, utterances and public personality will now come under intense public scrutiny, so be guided accordingly.

"To achieve optimally, you will need to work with and regard the Ogun State public servants as partners and anchors of the bureaucratic structures required to deliver on our programmes and policies. You will find in Ogun State public servants the most dedicated, efficient and committed professionals. They are the inheritors of the proud legacies of the Ogun State Public Service. So, with the combination of political appointees, who are best breed and the public servants that rank top in the Country, the stage is now set for a new Ogun State of our collective dreams," he said.

The Governor, while describing the newly assembled Executive Council members as the most star-studded Council in the Country, said that he would provide the right leadership as the captain of the team.

"This administration has arguably the most star-studded cabinet in the Country: various expertise, different backgrounds, and even various but complementary flavours have been brought together. As the captain of this team, I want to assure you that I will provide the right leadership for you to blossom as individual stars and for our team to record achievements that are greater than the sum of individual  accomplishments," he said.

The helmsman added that each of the cabinet members was chosen based on their track records and on the basis that they would contribute immensely to building the future of the State.

He added that the new cabinet members must all come on board with a mindset of team work that would "generate a new and higher momentum."

The orientation program for the new cabinet members had retired Head of Service, Chief Dipo Odulate, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle and the Director, Code of Conduct Bureau in the State, Mr. Segun Rabiu as resource persons.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Sunday said those military officers who died in active service should be regarded as martyrs.

He enjoined the people of the State not to wait until the next Remembrance Day to support the wives and families of fallen soldiers.

Abiodun said that like the early Christians who died in the defence of their faith, these "military martyrs paid the supreme sacrifice for Nigeria to remain one and for us to sleep with our two eyes closed."

He urged fellow Nigerians to look around their neighbourhoods and stretch out their hands of fellowship to them.

Prince Dapo Abiodun said these at the Special Church Service held to mark the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, at the Cathedral Church of St. Peters, Ake, Abeokuta.

Abiodun said that his administration would continue to support the  Nigerian Legion and living heroes and also ensure that it improves the welfare of all retired service personnel. 

"I want to enjoin all of us that: let us not wait until the Remembrance Day of 2021. Let us look around us, let's find a widow; let's find a widower; let's find an orphan of a fallen soldier; let's reach out to them. May the labour of our heroes not be in vain.

"As an administration, we shall continue to support the Nigerian Legion. We shall continue to appreciate all our fallen heroes. We shall continue to support our living heroes with equipment. We will ensure they are better motivated and we will look after their welfare, so that you and I can sleep better at night," he said.

In his sermon, the Bishop of Yewa Diocese, Rt. Revd. Micheal Oluwarohunbi, said that the first thing that comes to mind when the day is mentioned is peace.

He commended the Governor for being a man of peace and for carrying everyone along.

Oluwarohunbi said that if the country keeps failing to learn from its past, it would continue to repeat the mistakes of the past.

He commended members of the a
Armed Forces for defending the territorial integrity of the Country.

The clergyman urged the Federal Government not to interfere with religious matters: "Be sensitive to the yearnings of the people, increase the financial support being given to the families of fallen heroes and give positive consideration to the restructuring of the Country."

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that not responding to various attacks by his opponents during the electioneering campaign in the run up to the 2019 gubernatorial election, gave him victory at the poll.

The Governor, who revealed this at this year's Universal Week of Prayer, with the theme: "Liberty Wherewith Christ," organised by the Iperu Branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), noted that anger could deny one his or her destiny, if not well managed.

"It is good not to be angry. I always pray to God not to allow me be angry. I know what God has done in my life. If you remember what happened at the Stadium the day the President came... We all went from Iperu, and they began to pursue us with cutlasses, booed us and did so many nasty things to us.

"But the spirit of God kept on telling me not to do or say anything but to sit down and watch. It got to a point that my wife tapped me from the back and whispered to me not to react. I must say that it is good not to be angry, because it is the vurtue of not getting angry that day that contributed to our victory at the poll," he explained.

Prince Abiodun, who also stressed the importance of forgiveness, said  he had forgiven those who offended him before, during and after the gubernatorial election in the State, adding that God used his adversaries for his upliftment.

The Governor said his experience during the electioneering campaign has thought him big lessons on why he should not be angry and also to forgive those who stepped on his toes, as commanded by God.

"It is natural for humans not to forgive. You will hear people say, 'over my dead body,' but God commanded us to forgive those who offend us. It is when we forgive others that God will also forgive us his children and lift us up," Abiodun said.

The Governor opined  that God has been kind to the people of Iperu, Remoland and the entire State, urging the people to have faith in God, as He is able to do whatever He promised, calling on them to be ready  for tests, as "there is no testimony without a test."

In his sermon titled, "Desist from Anger," Rev. Adekunle Taiwo, traced sources of anger to man and the devil, enjoining the people to run away from anger as it was capable of ruining lives and bringing destruction to even an entire city.

He said for man to live a life devoid of anger, he must learn to forgive, have a personal relationship with God and be at peace with every man, saying that a man with an unforgiving spirit could miss his destiny.

Friday, 10 January 2020

The entire membership of Yorùbá Council of Youths Worldwide Ogun State Council congratulates the newly sworn in Commissioners in Ogun State, the Commissioners and their portfolio are as follows:

1. Hon. Afolabi Afuape (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs) 

2. Hon Tunji Akinosi (Forestry) 

3. Prof. Sidi Osho (Education, Science and Technology ) 

4. Dr Adeola Odedina (Agriculture) 

5. Mr Olaolu Olabimtan (Budget and Planning) 

6. Barr. Gbolahan Adeniran (Justice) 

7. Dr Tomi Coker (Health) 

8. Barr. Femi Ogunbanwo (Special Duties)
9. Tpl. Tunji Odunlami (Urban and Physical Planning)
10. Hon. Abiodun Abudu-Balogun (Environment)

11. Mrs Kikelomo Longe (Commerce and Industry)
12. Mr Dapo Okubadejo (Finance) 

13. Hon. Oludotun Taiwo (Rural Development) 

14. Hon. Ganiyu Hamzat (Community Development and Cooperatives) 

15. Mrs Funmi Efuwape (Women Affairs) 

16. Mr Kehinde Oluwadare (Youth and Sports) 

17. Mr Jamiu Omoniyi (Housing) 

18. Mr Toyin Taiwo (Tourism)
19. Mr Ade Akinsanya (Works and Infrastructure)

We pray, God Almighty will grant into you the knowledge, wisdom and understanding to run the affairs of your Ministry successfully. Amen.

Comrade Seun Odunlami
Media and Publicity Secretary
YCYW Ogun State

Thursday, 9 January 2020

The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun will on Friday swear in the 19 commissioners recently screened and approved by the state Assembly.

The confirmed 19 commissioner-nominees would also be given their portfolios at the event slated to hold at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta at 11am prompt.

These commissioner-nominees include Mr Afolabi Afuape, a former Commissioner for Sports in the state and another former commissioner for Agriculture,  Mr Tunji Akinosi.

The others include the pioneer vice chancellor of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Prof. Sidi Osho and a former Rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta,  Dr Adeola Odedina as well as Mr Olaolu Olabimtan and Barr. Gbolahan Adeniran.

The rest are: Dr Tomi Coker, Barr. Femi Ogunbanwo, Tpl. Tunji Odunlami, Hon. Abudu Balogun, Mrs Kikelomo Longe, Mr Dapo Okubadejo, Oludotun Taiwo, Mr Ganiyu Hamzat, Mrs Funmi Efuwape, Mr Kehinde Oluwadare, Mr Jamiu Omoniyi, Mr Toyin Taiwo and Mr Ade Akinsanya.

Kunle Somorin 
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun

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