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Daniel Was An Angel Compared To Amosun – Chief Alani Bankole

Front line Nigerian politician and Egba businessman, High Chief Alani Bankole, has broken his silence on the installation of 75 Obas in one swoop by the administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, describing the action as “pure madness.”

Chief Bankole who is a traditional kingmaker in Egbaland, said a governor is not elected to disrupt the social and cultural system of a people, lamenting that even in a community where the residents were less than 200, Amosun, allegedly, appointed an Oba there, wondering the rationale behind such decision.

The father of former Speaker Dimeji Bankole, who spoke with reporters at his residence in Oluwo area of Abeokuta, the state capital, on Wednesday evening, said as a Kingmaker, he has a duty to promote, protect and defend the sanctity and sacredness of the culture and traditions of Egba people.

The Seriki Jagunmolu of Egbaland added that the traditional precept is that if a community begins to experience growth in population, the Baale in such community is usually recommended for upgrading to an Oba by the Alake to further drive development and enhance maintenance of peace, but noted that in the present circumstance, some of the people appointed as coronet Obas, were never Baales.

The Oluwo of Iporo Ake also cited the recent experience of Ogun state as a reason he would not support any call for restructuring that could confer enormous power to the States and Local Governments in the country, saying should that happened, nobody would be able to tame or hold state Governors and Local Government Chairmen accountable.

He lamented that in the last four or more years, the immediate past administration of Governor Amosun spent the state’s resources only on two Local Governments – apparently referring to Abeokuta North and Abeokuta South Local Government Areas (LGAs) respectively, to the grim neglect of the 18 other LGAs.

According to him, while these anomalies lasted, nobody could rein – in the hands of the Governor because he neither listens to others’ advice nor was there anybody known that could persuade him to adopt options different from his.

The 79 year old Bankole recalled that he was an ardent critics of Otunba Gbenga Daniel and his administration between 2003 and 2011, believing that he was the worst Governor to happen to the Gateway State, but said given the experience of the citizens in the last four years, “Daniel has turned out to be an angel in comparison with Amosun.”

The former Chairman of West African Aluminum Products(WAAP) expressed fears over what he considered as an emerging pattern in Ogun state where the incumbent end up worse than the predecessor at the exit gate, praying that Governor Adedapo Abiodun could learn from the history of his predecessors and “change the curve.”

“Can you imagine somebody upgrading and installing 75 Obas, Is that not madness? For instance, there is an Oba in my local government called the Oluga of Oluga, the population of that place is less than 200 and he installed an Oba there and we are talking about development.

“What we agreed in Egbaland was that, whenever we have a town developing and the Baale can no more effectively control them, then we would recommend that such baale be upgraded to an Oba.

“But the question again is that, Were many of these Oba-elect baales before they were installed as Obas?. In fact, so many of them do not live in the town, all they are interested in is to sell the lands in the communities to foreigners and farmers from other parts of the country. That is one of the abnormalities the politicians brought to the system,” Bankole said.

He, however, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to return the country to the parliamentary system of government if he meant business with his anti-corruption crusade, saying the Presidential system being practised today in the country has not only reversed the nation’s gains from the previous Parliamentary system but also choking since it is prone to an endemic corruption and wastage of resources.

16 Year Old Secondary School Student Crowned Traditional Ruler In Ondo State

A teenager has been enthroned as the new Ojima Arujale of Okeluse in Ose Local government area of Ondo state

16-year-old Oba Adeyeoba Oloyede Adekoya, Akinghare II, is a Senior Secondary School II student.

A source from the community confirmed that the young king is the only son of the late monarch, and that if the installation should be delayed till he is of age, manipulation could set in.

According to the source, the tradition of the community entails that if a King is dead, his younger brother would act as a Regent while the heir to the throne will be sent on exile for 90days to undergo traditional rites.

He however noted that the leaders of the community took precautions to avoid crisis and made the first daughter of the late king a Regent, first time such would happen in the history of the town, while the heir would go into seclusion.

His words: ” When an Okeluse Oba joins his ancestors, his immediate younger brother becomes the Eleki or a regent, who acts as a regent till the Oba “elect” returns from seclusion.

“But our late monarch had a son. The family thought it would be dangerous to have a man among the brothers of the late Oba as a regent because he may not want to relinquish power in the future.

“The regent or Eleki is Princess Aderonke Adeyeoba, the late king’s first daughter. So far, the transition has been very peaceful and smooth.

“In Okeluse, the Obaship title is from father to son. It is the Oba’s family who exclusively handles the installation of a new Oba in Okeluse.

“The young son will go back to school and by the grace of God to the university so that the institution will not tie him down”.

The new King who came out of 90 days seclusion, traditionally known as Mama Mebo’s house would be given a Staff of Office as soon as other coronation rites are completed.

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Clearing Up Of Apapa Port Access Road Gridlock Ordered By Nigeria’s Presidency

The Presidency has ordered the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock

This directive follows an emergency meeting convened by President Mohammadu Buhari and chaired by Vice President Prof Osinbajo on the 25th of April, 2019.

The meeting discussed and proffered lasting solutions to the gridlock around the Lagos Ports, as the traffic congestion has continued to restrict all operations and livelihood in the area.

The resolution order adopted at tge meeting was released in a statement posted on the Presidency’s official Twitter handle.

“NOTICE: A Presidential directive has been issued for the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks.

The directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.

To facilitate this important assignment, operators of trucks and tankers have also been directed to vacate the Port Access Roads within the next 72 hours.

At the meeting were key heads and representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, including the Honourable Minister of FMPWH, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola; Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamuu.

Also present were representatives of the Chief of NigerianNavy Staff, Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Salaam Taiwo Olufemi; and the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Nigerian Ports Authority Dr. Sokonte Davies.

Consequently, a Presidential Taskforce, chaired by Vice President Osinbajo was established to restore law and order to the area within 2 weeks.

The Taskforce, which will report directly to the President, has included on its Terms of Reference the development of an efficient and effective management plan for the entire port area traffic, including the cargo, fuel distribution and business district traffic; enforcing the permanent removal of all stationary trucks on the highway, and the development of an effective manual truck call-up system, pending the introduction of the electronic truck call-up system.

It also includes the implementation of a workable Empty Container Return and Export Container Truck Handling Policy, amongst others.

Members of the taskforce include Mr. Kayode Opeifa, former Commissioner of Transport in Lagos State, as the Executive Vice Chairman; a representative of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC); Nigerian Ports Authority, and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC).

Other members include a special unit of the Nigerian Police led by a Commissioner of Police, representatives of the Truck Transport Union, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, and other relevant MDAs.

The Nigerian Navy and all other military formations have also been mandated to withdraw from traffic management duties in and around the Apapa axis, while military and paramilitary checkpoints in front of the ports and environs are to be dismantled.

In addition, LASTMA has been authorised to move into Apapa as the lead traffic management agency, while Nigerian Ports is to commence the immediate use of the Lilypond Terminal and Trailer Park A as a truck transit park.

The directive further mandates compliance by all security personnel and MDAs, while heads of Nigerian Ports, Nigerian Customs, FMPWH, and all other security operatives are to ensure their officers’ adherence to the new directives.”

This is coming few days after the Lagos State governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said he will end the Apapa gridlock within the first 60 days of his administration.

3rd Year Medical Student Commits Suicide After Failing MBBS Exam

A 300 level medical student of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Nigeria has allegedly committed suicide in Bayelsa state.

Uzakah Timi Ebiweni took a plunge into a river close to the university campus, Amassoma located in the Southern Ijaw area of the state after being informed that he had failed his examination.

He was 1 of 50 students, out of the 169 who sat for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) exam, that failed the examination.

SaharaReporters contacted the police public relations officer in the state, SP. Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident.

Ndoni Ingezi, public relations officer of the university who spoke to SaharaReporters said: “Eniweni took his own life after news that he was part of 22 students shortlisted to be withdrawn from the college came out.

“You know it is a general practice that every student pass the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) exams before progressing to the next level of academic pursuit.

“But Ebiweni and 21 others failed beyond the level that they could be placed on academic probation.

When Ebiweni was counseled and informed about the fact that he will be withdrawn from college, on that day, he accepted the decision of the college in good fate and left.

“Only to for the University to hear afterwards that the young man took his own life.

“His body has been recovered and deposited at the Sabageria mortuary awaiting post mortem examination.

The police are yet to release an official statement regarding the unfortunate incident.


The Problem With Nigeria: We Are Addicted To Mediocrity

By the late Prof Pius Adesanmi.

Start at councillor?

That is why a man like former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore could have an undergraduate degree from the University of Lagos, a masters degree from a US Ivy League, Columbia University, teach as a contract lecturer and contract instructor in the same Ivy League University for more than 10 years, while building a global media brand, one of Africa’s first online media brands that CNN and Al Jazeera reference for Nigerian news, run a parallel career as a global social movement leader who is solicited annually by social movement organizations in South Africa, Canada, Europe, Senegal, etc, and be dismissed so casually by the youth as inexperienced and deserving only of starting as a Councillor.

If the youth think that all there is to Sowore is student unionism and Sahara Reporters (and what by the way is wrong with that?), it is of course Sowore’s fault and the fault of those who rolled out his candidacy. It is your responsibility to market your multifaceted self and cosmopolitan skills and experiences to the electorate.

I told a youth yesterday that Omoyele Sowore has been a contract lecturer at Columbia University for the past ten years and his jaw dropped. He had no idea Sowore combined an academic career with running Sahara Reporters.

So, somebody who does not have what it takes to stand before pupils at Okokomaiko Community Development Primary School will run to social media and dismiss a Columbia University lecturer as inexperienced.

What I am getting at is the mental block which has prevented the youth from even examining Sowore’s and other youth candidacies beyond knee-jerk and default setting rejection.

You are not experienced!
You are not ready!
Start as a local government councillor!

They are saying the same of Fela Durotoye and even Kingsley Moghalu who was born in 1963!

That is the rote, the cliche that Obasanjo and Babangida taught them to repeat like the colonial chant, apes obey, when the two generals were in the youth demonizing phase of their careers.

Nobody will help you, Nigerian youth, overcome this mental block. You have to overcome it yourself by thinking of other ways in which it affects you.

Consider this scenario:

If you hear that one of you, children of ordinary peeps, has an appointment somewhere in Nigeria’s technocracy or bureaucracy, you are up in arms screaming he is too young or inexperienced.

Then the elite will do the kind of corrupt hiring they have been doing recently in places like the Central Bank, etc. They will parachute in their 20 something year-old children who have only just graduated from Britain or America. In fact, you saw your Governor or Senator or Minister beaming at the graduation ceremony in London or Washington only yesterday because their aides posted the photos on Facebook and Twitter. You even congratulated your “amiable Governor” or “amiable Senator” and abused those asking if he traveled to his child’s graduation ceremony at public expense.

Then that same boy or girl who graduated yesterday is parachuted in and offered a senior position at CBN or any of the Federal parastatals like they have been doing with breathtaking intensity under Buhari.

You scream about nepotism.

You scream about favoritism.

I have never heard you scream that those appointed children are too young or inexperienced.

Why?

You have been conditioned to apply that cliche only to yourselves and fellow children of the poor.

Examine and scrutinize these youth candidacies.

Stop apes obey, default setting dismissal.


*Pius Adesanmi was a Nigerian-Canadian who died alongside 156 other passengers in the ill fated Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019. The article was written by him in 2018 before Nigeria’s recently held general elections

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Nigerian Government Declares State Of Emergency On Newborn And Child Dealth

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has declared a state of public health emmergency on newborn and child deaths occurring at primary health centres across the country.

Similar declaration is expected on state levels in the next few days to track maternal and child mortality.

Nigeria has one of the worst records in maternal and child mortality in the world. It is recorded that in Nigeria approximately 145 women under the age of 15-45 die annually from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth while 2300 children under five years old die mainly from preventable causes.

Consequently, the agency said it will establish a national coordination centre within the agency to provide oversight on the outlined activities.

The centre, according to the Executive Director of the agency, Dr. Fasal Shuaib shall be called the National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre. (NEMCHIC).

Already, the country has received support worth $1.3l million which is to be matched by the government’s $1.97 million for the next ten years. This fund is to support the country’s immunization programme as part of the effort to reduce maternal and child mortality in Nigeria.

The states also assured of their buy-in to ensure that the initiative achieves its purpose.

New Medical Doctor Stabbed To Death Day After His Graduation

Dr Stephen Urueye was among the 8000 students that graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria last Wednesday. Just a day after, he was stabbed to death by armed robbers.

He was attacked just outside the gates of Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH, where he worked as a House Officer.

His colleagues disclosed thay Dr Steven had just received his first salary the same day he was stabbed to death.

Steven was also the only child of his wofowrd mother

Two persons were on Friday arrested and charged with his murder.

Lagos State Police Command spokesperson Deputy Superintendent (DSP), Bala Elkana, a who described those arrested as “hoodlums,” said they were arrested at the spot where the Urueye was stabbed.

Bleeding heavily from the knife stab wound to his thigh, Steven managed to get to the Accident and Emergency Centre (A&E) from where he was later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

There, his fellow House Officers and senior doctors battled all through the night to save him but he sadly died around 3am on Friday.

The late Urueye’s remains have been deposited at the mortuary.

Meanwhile,

Emotions ran high in LUTH, Idi-Araba on Friday as soon as news of his death broke. Many medical students of LUTH embarked on a protest, calling for justice for the victim.

According to them, Idi-Araba has been overtaken by armed thugs. They called on the government and security agencies to beef up security in the area.

Some of his colleagues and other Nigerians took to Twitter to lament Urueye’s murder and also seek justice for him with the hashtag #JusticeForStephen.