Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the younger generation of leaders of failing Nigerians as they have not exhibited integrity, probity and selflessness in their dealings while discussing issues on the integrity of leadership in Africa and sustainable development.
In his keynote address titled “leadership in Africa’s quest for sustainable development “, at a summit in Ibadan organised by the centre for sustainable development, university of Ibadan in collaboration with African sustainable development network, the fomer president said they lack integrity and probity and have failed their people woefully, and that the country may have been cursed with poor and irresponsible leaders.
Listing some younger Nigerians who had been in leadership positions, the former president said Nigeria was not lucky even with them.
He added that if after 53 years of independence, Nigerians have not commended any of their leaders as outstanding, it means in his words “then we are jinxed and cursed; we should all go to hell.”
Also, the Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewole in his address, charged universities across Africa to play a leadership role in providing credible platform on national discuss on the future of the continent.
Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the former publicity secretary for ACN, Lagos has agreed that there was a mistake on the part of the Lagos state government in deporting some Igbo persons out of Lagos state.
He also blamed the agency that carried out the exercise adding that Governor Babatunde Fashola should have done a follow up on the exercise.
He expressed his views concerning the Lagos/Anambra feud on Channels television’s breakfast programme on Monday saying that “this deported people are abused, mentally abused people and are incoherent in speech and communication, they have been rehabilitated, and they were sent to be reunited with their families”.
During the programme, Mr Igbokwe maintained that lies have been told pertaining this issue on ground and it’s a big issue when similar events have occurred in the north and Ibadan.
On the news about dropping the people at 3am on a bridge, he regarded this as “a failure in duty and playing politics”.
“Every state including Anambra and Lagos have learnt lessons on responsibility of human beings from this peculiar situation”, he said.
He added that the Lagos state government has been meeting with the Anambra state government concerning this case since April this year, he blamed the Anambra state government for not being responsible for this people and responsive towards the move.
The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Mohammed Indabawa says he is committed to a peaceful state as the command has put measures in place to curtail criminal activities.
Mr. Indabawa said this in an interview with Channels Television in the Oyo State capital, Ibadan, shortly after parading the suspect who burgled former governor Alao Akala’s residence in the city on 5th May.
The suspect, Francise Kadibuwa, a Benenois and cleaner at Mr. Akala’s residence confessed that he burgled the house and stole jewelery, shoes and cash in foreign currency.
Mr. Indabawa revealed that he has reintroduced stop-and-search operations to make passage difficult for criminals who come into the state with stolen vehicles from neighbouring states.
He maintained that anyone caught with a tinted glass car without permit will be arrested no matter how highly placed.
While blaming the recent attack on the former governor of the state, Rasheed Ladoja, on the failure of the Accord Party to inform the Police Command of its intention, the state police chief said that no public event will hold in any part of the state henceforth without permission from the command.
He also appealed to the people to always volunteer information on any suspicious movement around them in order to rid the state of criminals.
Further hearing on the alleged financial misappropriation levelled against the former governor of Ogun state; Gbenga Daniel, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been stalled and adjourned till July.
The case was stalled, because of another case in the Appeal Court in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, seeking to determine the stay of execution on count 1 to 13 of the 30th count charge against the former governor sought by the defense counsel.
It will be recalled that on the 11th of April, the defense counsel had approached the appellant court in Ibadan to challenge count 1 to 13, saying that it bothered on allegation of illegal conversion of state landed property which had been presided over by the land commission of inquiry, set up by the Ogun state government.
Ruling on the application for an adjournment asked by defense counsel led by Mrs Titilola Okanlawon, the presiding judge, Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje of state high court four however adjourned sitting till 5th and 11th of July.
Not less than 20 communities in the capital of Oyo state, Ibadan, have been plunged into darkness following a 3-hour rainstorm that destroyed several Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) installations in the city, living some persons dead and many others injured and homeless.
The rainstorm which started around 11pm Sunday night and lasted about 3hours , caused monumental damage to homes, schools, markets, places of worship, and other business premises.
Several power lines installed by PHCN were also destroyed leaving about 20 communities without power in the ancient city.
The Assistant General Manager Public Affairs Ibadan Distribution Company, Mr. Jide Oyenuga, confirmed that areas like Apata , Mokola, Felele have been plunged into darkness as a result of the rainstorm and disclosed that inventory is still being taken for other affected areas within the city.
Some of the other areas affected include Felele, Eyin Grammar, Sanyo, Bashorun , Apata, Mokola, Ring Road, Olomi, Idi Ayunre, Molete, Oke Ado etc.
Residents who spoke to Channels Television explained that the whirlwind which preceded the rain started suddenly and lasted only 20 minutes before the rains came in torrents.
At one of the affected local government areas, the transition chairman of Oluyole local government, Honourable Ayodeji Abass Alesinloye sued for calm among residents and called on the federal and state governments to assist the displaced.
Though the magnitude of the storm is yet to determined, it has been described by many as the fiercest yet, as it hauled almost everything within its trajectory for 20 minutes and ushered in rain that poured for 3 hours unabated.
The Oyo state capital has in the last two years recorded massive flooding that has destroyed property and displaced a number of people.
The Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi has expressed his readiness to cooperate with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in ensuring better governance in the state.
Governor Ajimobi called on Nigerians to see the role of the ICPC as complimentary and supportive of good governance.
He made the call while receiving the Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta who paid him a courtesy call in his office in Ibadan.
Governor Ajimobi, while commending the performance of the ICPC in the areas of investigation, enforcement and prosecution of those involved in corrupt practices, said the agency had greatly assisted in improving system development and restructuring for effective and efficient performance in governance. Earlier in his address, the ICPC Chairman Mr. Ekpo Nta said his visit was aimed at opening up a wider corridor of collaboration with the Oyo state government to prevent corrupt practices among civil and public servants as the ICPC Act supports prevention, system review and studies.
Receiving the ICPC Chairman, the Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi was glad that Mr. Ekpo Nta remembered his Alma Mata and gave back valuable inputs to develop St. Anthony’s Primary School Ibadan.
Gov. Ajimobi expressed his government’s readiness to work closely with the commission in its efforts at preventing any form of corrupt practice in his administration. He said that his administration would also collaborate with ICPC, especially in the areas of operational audit and how to improve the system of administration in the state.
The ICPC Chairman pledged his commission’s readiness to partner with Oyo State Government in its efforts at preventing corruption in the system, stressing that 50 per cent of the ICPC mandate had to do with prevention, system review and studies.
Nta also disclosed that the anti-corruption war in schools is being strengthened as civic and social studies have been made compulsory at primary and secondary school levels across the country.
Nta added that ICPC had concluded arrangement to review the entire Nigerian university system in collaboration with the National Universities Commission (NUC) to make studies in culture, tradition and values mandatory.
The atmosphere of AOP Logistics Company at New Ife road, Ibadan where the wife of General Oluwole Olurotimi, was abducted by gunmen on Monday night is still submerged with so much fear with workers of the company praying for the release of their Managing Director, Titilayo Rotimi
The General Manager of the company, Omini Ikpi narrated what happened before his boss was abducted.
“Mrs Rotimi was about driving out of the gate but stopped to speak with one of the company’s driver, and that was how I walked away from her and bided her goodnight but on getting to the bus-stop to get a bus, I was called that the MD has been abducted by four gunmen who blocked her with a grey Nissan car, kidnapped her and immediately drove out of the company’s premises and started shooting sporadically to scare people away,” he said.
Mr Ikpi said his boss was kidnapped with her bag containing two BlackBerry phones, laptop, and other valuables, while her shoes dropped when she was being dragged away from her black Prado jeep.
“Immediately she was kidnapped, the Egbeda police station was contacted, and they brought a patrol van but they could not arrest the abductors,” the General Manager said.
He said the police suspected that there could be informant in the company working with the abductors of Mrs Rotimi and that so far, the police have arrested three suspects including a security guard and two staff.
The Chief Security Officer of the company, Usman Illiasu, explained that although he was not on duty when the incident occurred, he was told by the security guards on duty that the abductors came with sophisticated weapons and everybody took to their heels during the rampage.
Guessing it was one of the abductors who picked her call when Mrs Rotimi’s phone was dialled around 4pm on Tuesday, Mr Illiasu said the person threatened to kill his boss if her family refuse to pay N200 million ransom.
The Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi has disclosed that the first set of new markets to be constructed by his administration across the Ibadan metropolis would be ready within the next three months.
The governor, who made the disclosure while receiving the Chairman of Wemabod Estates Limited, Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi and other board members who were on a courtesy visit to his office said that the second phase would commence immediately after the completion of the first phase.
The move by the Ajimobi administration is to fullfill the governor’s promise to relocate displaced traders occupying illegal structures across the Ibadan metropolis, as he took a tour of the town to identify with the displaced traders and assure them that more befitting and safer shops would be given to them soon.
Within the Oyo state capital all illegal shops, kiosks and shanties are being demolished to give way for a planned and aesthetically befitting outlook, against the cries of discomfort and frustrations by the traders but Gov. Ajimobi led accompanied by all members of the executive during the tour empathise with the traders and give them hope of continued livelihood. He promised that every displaced trader would be given new shops at the neighbourhood market nearby within the next few months.
Gov. Ajimobi disclosed that the neighbourhood markets will be located at both sides of the old toll gate at the Ibadan end of Lagos-Ibadan Express Road; Temidire Market, New Ife Road; Scout Camp, Challenge; Samonda, adjacent to Oyo State Trade Fair Complex and Oke-Bola Area. He added that additional stalls would be fixed at Ibadan South West Local Government Area as well as rehabilitation of the popular Adamasingba Shopping Complex.
In a related development, the board of Wemabod Estates led by its chairman Dr. Ismael Adewusi promised to provide at least 500 low cost housing units to the people of Oyo state. Gov.Ajimobi lauded the initiative and charged Wemabod Estates to join in the construction of the markets on public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement across the entire state.
Ajimobi said the Oyo state government is willing and ready to partner with Wemabod Estates owned by the O’dua conglomerate in the planned construction of new motor parks and development of New GRA at Idi-Ishin area of Ibadan and the restructuring of the existing GRAs to accommodate more houses of different categories.
Meanwhile, the Rivers state governor and chairman Governor’s forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, commended the Oyo state governor for bringing further development to the state and changing the face of the state capital, Ibadan to a clean and comfortable place for the people.
Governor Amaechi stated this during a courtesy visit to Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the Governor’s office, shortly after commiserating with the families of late Justice Kayode Esho at his Ikolaba, Ibadan residence.
The rivers state governor said that contrary to widespread belief that Ibadan was extremely dirty without exception, he was actually impressed with what was on ground in the ancient city in terms of aesthetics and development.
He said further that he is hoping that the economy of the state would be repositioned through the transformation agenda of Governor Ajimobi.
Speaking on the position of the Governors’ Forum on the on-going constitution review, governor Amaechi said the forum believes that the practice of true federalism is germain to the development and political stability in Nigeria.
While reacting to the issue of the creation of state police, governor Amaechi said discussion is on-going with other members on the necessity of state police in reducing the rate of crimes in Nigeria, stating that the impression given by a section of the media that there was disagreement among the governors was not a true representation of the meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday.
Reacting, Governor Ajimobi described Amaechi as a man with special ability to manage human beings, as attested to in his handling of the governors in Nigeria, stating that Amaechi had encouraged public office holders to be honest and courageous, even as politicians.
While commending Amaechi for the development he had brought to Rivers State, Ajimobi expressed the willingness to take a cue from the developmental programmes of Rivers, stating that he was willing to benchmark on the best practises that had made Rivers state a model state in infrastructural development.
The late former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina, was on Sunday, buried at his Felele residence, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital according to Islamic rites.
He passed away early Sunday morning, aged 73 years old.
Alhaji Adesina, a national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the rallying point of ACN in Oyo State, died at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos after a protracted illness.
The late politician who was born, Lamidi Adesina in 1939, but fondly called Lam Adesina, has had his health deteriorating recently.
He was initially admitted at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan and later taken to the St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos.
He was elected the governor of Oyo state in 1999 and was defeated in 2003 by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Rashidi Ladoja.
Alhaji Lam, was a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly in the Second Republic.
He was laid to rest on Sunday.
He is survived by his wife and children.
Meanwhile, the state government has declared a seven-day mourning for the departed elder statesman during which all official state functions will be suspended and the national flag flown at half-mast.
Lam, an exemplary leader
President Goodluck Jonathan has also expressed his grief with the death of Alhaji Adeshina.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, stated that, the president is “deeply saddened by the passing away of elder statesman and former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina.”
The President, on behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, extended his heartfelt condolences to Alhaji Adesina’s family, the government and people of Oyo State.
According to President Jonathan “Alhaji Adesina’s indefatigability in political struggles as well as his honesty, integrity, sincere commitment and dedication to the service of his people before and during his tenure as governor have ensured that he will be honoured and remembered by present and future generations as an exemplary leader who did his utmost best to improve the lives of his people.”
The President prayed that “God Almighty will receive Alhaji Adesina’s soul and grant him eternal rest.”
An irrepressible voice of conscience
Also reacting to the death of Alhaji Adesina, his political party the ACN has described his demise as a “devastating blow to the party in particular and a big loss to the nation in general.”
In a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party stated that “with the demise of the former Governor, Nigeria has lost an irrepressible voice of conscience.”
”Lam Adesina has remained a constant fixture in the nation’s body polity for over three decades, either as a newspaper columnist, member of the House of Representatives, social and political critic, prisoner of conscience, state governor, or an elder statesman.”
”Though deceptively meek, he was a political lion who was ferociously effective. A perfect validation of the saying that all politics is local, Lam Adesina never lost control or confidence of his people. Even during the locust years when the PDP captured the body of Oyo State politics, the soul of the people remained with the former Governor,” the party said.
ACN said it was remarkable that even after he was rigged out of the state’s governorship, he remained in his Molete residence in Ibadan, right in the midst of his people, instead of migrating to the GRA or other elitist areas of the city as many in his class would have done.
”From that modest abode, he influenced political discourse and direction in Nigeria. There is no better attestation to this than the fact that he never lost touch with the ordinary people during his rich and purposeful lifetime,” the partyadded.
ACN prayed that God will grant repose to the soul of the departed, and give his family the strength to bear their irreplaceable loss.
A total of 25 companies have expressed interest to bid for 10 power distribution companies in the country.
Speaking at the opening of the bid in Abuja, a member of the National Council on Privatization (NCP), Mr. Atedo Peterside listed Jos Distribution Company, Kano, Portharcourt, Yola, Abuja, Benin, Enugu, Ibadan,Eko and Ikeja distribution company as the successor companies.
Mr. Peterside said that the interest of the companies will be subject to the ratification of the NCP.
The Minister of State for Power, Mr Darius Ishaku appealed to distribution companies, who emerged as winners of the successor companies, to ensure adequate power supply for all Nigerians.
Traders at Labaowo Market, Ogunpa, in Ibadan North West Local Government of Oyo State were on Wednesday thrown into confusion when a section of the market was razed by fire.
The market went up in flames at around 10am as an inflammable product (adhesive) allegedly caught fire destroying items worth millions of naira.
The President, Labaowo International Market, Alhaji Lukmon Alaka, said tragedy struck when a woman opened a can of gum near another woman who was cooking.
Alaka said, “A woman was cooking noodles beside her when the place went up in flames following an explosion. The shops went up in flames.”
He, however, stated that traders at the market had been warned against cooking in the market.
According to him, three people with five buildings were affected by the inferno. However, he said no life was lost in the incident.
Those injured were said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital where they were treated and discharged.
Recalling that it was the second time the market would be razed by fire, Alaka said close to one billion naira worth of property were destroyed.
The chairman, while calling on the state government to provide fire station in the market, solicited assistance for victims of the inferno.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Oyo State Command, Mr. Musa Kimo, who was at the scene, said they were expected to protect the people and ensure that hoodlums did not take advantage of the situation.