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Crime / Idumuje-ugboko Crisis: Obi Albert Nwoko Iii’s Death Still Raises Dust! by Walecoy(m): 2:55pm On May 17
The question is now ringing louder and louder with the passing of each week. Was His Royal Majesty, Obi Albert Nwoko lll murdered ? What actually happened the day he died ? Was he sick ? Did anyone see him just before his death was suddenly announced ?

For the wives of the king, the answer to these questions is not anecdotal. Their husband was murdered in cold blood. And they want to unravel the mystery behind this cruel barbarity.

But how did this rustic village arrive at this tragic point where a king well over 90 years of age could be allegedly murdered ?

Before August, 2015, Idumuje-Ugboko, a village in Aniocha North Local Government Area, LGA, was a serene forestry settlement. It was indeed in an unusually gay mood in 2015. This was because a distinguished scion of the village was going to build a university and a golf course at the village. The king, His Royal Majesty, Obi Albert Nwoko lll, JP, MON, and his Obi-in-Council had given their approval. A meeting of the four federating villages known as Izu-Ani also attended by the community’s development union had also been held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 and endorsed this project.

Still, on Saturday, July 11, 2015, the Idumuje-Ugboko Development Union under the leadership of its President-General, Mr Bennet Odor plus former Presidents-General in attendance gave their nod to the University and golf course establishment in Idumuje-Ugboko after a presentation by Prince Ned as he is fondly called. These full approvals by all the important organs of the kingdom inspired HRM Obi Albert Nwoko lll to write Prince Ned Nwoko through his company, Linas International Ltd on Friday, April 10, 2015, to communicate the kingdom’s approval.

But on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Idumuje-Ugboko rumbled. A strange letter had been circulated all over the village and even read in church. The letter claimed HRM Obi Nwoko lll had repudiated the approval given for the establishment of the proposed university to be called Star University and the golf course. The whole village was jolted by this volte face.


Read more here: http://www.societygists.com/2020/05/idumuje-ugboko-crisis-obi-albert-nwoko-iiis-death-still-raises-dust-was-he-murdered-in-cold-blood/
Celebrities / Failed Journalist Turned Facebook Bully: A Peep Into Jebose’s Troubled Life by Walecoy(m): 3:55pm On Apr 14
Azuka Jebose started his journalism career as one of the league of young journalists that pioneered a special brand of entertainment reporting in the country.

Then, Azuka Jebose was regarded as a bundle of talents with a creative writing style, which he used to dazzle his numerous followers.

Some years after, Azuka Jebose found himself in the United States of America, when he traveled with the band of the late superstar, Evangelist Sony Okosuns and decided to stay back in the country. He currently lives in North Carolina.

In his days with Punch Newspaper, Azuka was amongst the young journalists who scouted around Lagos entertainment circuits for news, and he worked under Ladi Ayodeji, who was his editor at that time.

To state that Azuka Jebose was popular and preferred is to state the obvious, he hung around music celebrities in the 80s and those, who knew him then had no doubt that he was actually cut out for the job of a journalist as he was said to be passionate about the profession.

But all these appear to be in the past as Azuka Jebose has since derailed and fallen.

Those who follow his moves in recent years made it clear that Jebose has perfected the art of using his pen to blackmail his perceived enemies on Facebook, while also doing some hatchet jobs on behalf of his pay masters to hound and intimidate top Nigerians.

His style is to praise you, when he considers you to be an asset, while he resorts to blackmailing and character assassination once he sees you or gets the contract to label you as enemy of the people.

He is said to be in the business of disparaging other people, promoting unfounded rumours and concocting lies about them and attracting negative attention to people through his publication on Facebook.

To some people, Azuka Jebose is clueless; he has lost his relevance in the profession and his frustrations are obvious for anyone to see in his recent write-ups.

They believe that Azuka Jebose ought to take a break, reflect on his life and see if he could retrieve his rhythm “rather than making a mountain out of a mole hill as he appears to be suffering from dementia in recent times.”

“It will not be a bad idea if Azuka Jebose seeks other means of livelihood rather than using his pen to throw tantrums at others at a great cost.

“He shouldn’t be seen in such a bad habit after years of practicing as a journalist. It is time for his chicken to go home to roost,” said an analyst.

Jebose rarely travels to Nigeria from his base in the United States and he was once linked to a cocaine smuggling ring in the states.

Those who know much about this “once upon a time darling of readers” said he has not been able to hold on to any reasonable job since he got to the United States of America.

But like the proverbial fowl that excreted inside pot, Azuka Jebose used his Facebook page to embarrass the publisher of Thisday Newspapers, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena some years back.

He informed the whole world that Obaigbena was a slave driver and accused him of maltreating hundreds of his workers by denying them salaries for months.

The story did not only diminish Obaigbena, it raised a lot of posers about Thisday Newspaper and it took some time before the publication could find its feet again and people eventually saw through the lies of Azuka. while Nduka Obaigbena and the Thisday title continue to soar higher.

That seems to be the calling of Azuka Jebose, whose style is to open can of worms, paint people in bad light, come up with unproven allegations against them, explore all avenues to ruin his prey’s hard earned image.

Azuka is a destructive writer, he believes in breaking an egg that could be difficult to put together.

No wonder, he has lost quite a number of followers in recent times as people have now come realize that Azuka is an unprincipled writer, a character assassin, who is highly unguided by the ethics of the journalism profession.

Flashback to 2015, when his Facebook page came into the limelight. Then, he sang the praises of President Muhammadu Buhari to high heavens.

Buhari warmed his way into Jebose’s heart, when he appointed Ibe Kachiwku as the Minister of State for Petroleum.

But trust Azuka, his allegiance has since changed after Kachikwu was removed from office.

His page is now devoted to finding faults in Buhari’s government, leaving many to see him as a fair weather friend.

He is a master in destructive game, who sees opportunity in bringing people down once you are in his bad book.

His victims are as many as they come, he moves from one individual to another, and attacks respected celebrities including politicians of note, businessmen, and others as if he had personal scores to settle with them.

An observer informed that Azuka Jebose might see himself as a veteran journalist, but that “he is a crook, and a nonentity, who has outlived his relevance in the noble journalism profession.”

“He blackmails people through innuendoes, obvious lies, and all forms of character assassinations.

“His style is to force you into his side with frivolous accusations and unfounded rumours.

‘He has lost patronage from people and I can tell you that history will not be on the side of Azuka Jebose,” said a concerned Nigerian.

Now, the question is what does Azuka Jebose want?

That seems to be a simple one. He wants attention. He is a noisemaker just like the novel Coronavirus Pandemic that is ravaging the whole world.

Indeed, Coronavirus pandemic is milder, Azuka Jebose is worse. He sits in the comfort of his room and produces pieces of information that could destroy the image someone has built for 20, 30, 40 years.

Is the job paying off, only Azuka Jebose could answer. His past appears to be hunting him and nemesis is about to catch up with him.

That he is attacking some respected personalities in recent times is a manifestation of the truism in the statement that a drum that makes an unusual noise is about to burst.

Azuka Jebose is a spent force and he should be seen as such. He is totally on lockdown, and it might be difficult for him to find his feet again.

On what he wants, well time will tell as his dog might soon be in the belly of the lion. It is a matter of time

Culture / Idumuje-ugboko Kingship Tussle: Our Story, Our Case! by Walecoy(m): 10:58am On Apr 10
Historically, Idumuje people trace their roots to ancient Bini kingdom, just like most of the Enuani people that left Benin in the 18th century.
Idumuje Unor and Idumuje Ugboko are one people and members of Idumuje clan .They have no common land boundary and bear same cultural and traditional heritage.
Both communities went their separate ways though united by tradition and culture following an Odogwu title dispute . Those who felt aggrieved left and wandered farther into a nearby forest to their present location where they share boundaries with towns like Igbodo in Ika North East, Onicha Ugbo, Ugbodu, in Aniocha North and Ewohinmi in Edo State according the 1937 Intelligence Report by R.B. Karr.
Idumuje-Ugboko is the epicenter of this analysis and it must be said that to understand a people you must look at their history, their mores, social and interpersonal relationship, religion, culture and related values that shape their world view.
Hence the sage says that those who ignore the lessons of history, would repeat its tragedy. To understand the unfolding events, it is important to follow the historical trajectory of the hidden discontent and strictures in the Royal family and the Idumuje-Ugboko before the death of the immediate past king.
OBI NWOKO I’s SONS
Obi Nwoko I had nine (9) sons including: NWABUOKEI (first son), AMOJE, BIOSE, BIDOKWU, PAUL, ELUMELU, UJOMOR, NWAOBE and ESUZOR.Nwabuokei, Amoje and Ujomor are of the same mother whose name was Ehihor, one of the daughters of Oko-Onyimi Idumuzu, Ogbe-Ofu village, Idumuje-Ugboko. Biose and Elumelu shared same motherhood while Bidokwu and Paul had same mother.Esuzor was an only son and his mother another wife of Obi Nwoko I was from Atuma village, Idumuje-Ugboko. If Omorhusi was Nwoko’s son as claimed, who was her mother and where is she from?
NWOKO’S BROTHERS
Nwoko was the first son of Ologbo who gave birth to seven (7) sons also including: NWOKO, CHIMA, MOEMEKE (MEKE), OKOH, ODOR, ALIGBE, ANYAONICHA. Please not that Omorhusi was not Nwoko’s brother neither was he a member of Umu-Ologbo. He was a native doctor brought to the village .
Ogbeide the father of Ologbo and grandfather of Obi Nwoko I hailed from Uzebu quarters in old Bini kingdom. He first settled at Ashama in the present day Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State before he moved to Idmuje (Idumje-Uno) as one of the early settlers in the 17th century where he died and was buried.
Nwoko’s sons and brothers with their children made up the Umu-Ologbo family, but only Nwoko’s children known and referred to as Umu-Nwoko are the only members of the Royal Family of Idumuje-Ugboko.
When Obi Nwoko I, the first Obi of Idumuje-Ugboko died, his first son Nwabuokei whose mother was Ehihor the daughter of Oko-Onyimi being the Crown Prince, was to succeed him in accordance with the tradition and customs of Idumujes. That is under the primogeniture system of succession to the throne by most Anioma monarchies.

Continue reading here: http://www.societygists.com/2020/04/idumuje-ugboko-kigship-tussle-our-story-our-case/

Culture / Idumuje-ugboko Kigship Tussle: Our Story, Our Case! by Walecoy(m): 10:41am On Apr 10
Historically, Idumuje people trace their roots to ancient Bini kingdom, just like most of the Enuani people that left Benin in the 18th century.
Idumuje Unor and Idumuje Ugboko are one people and members of Idumuje clan .They have no common land boundary and bear same cultural and traditional heritage.
Both communities went their separate ways though united by tradition and culture following an Odogwu title dispute . Those who felt aggrieved left and wandered farther into a nearby forest to their present location where they share boundaries with towns like Igbodo in Ika North East, Onicha Ugbo, Ugbodu, in Aniocha North and Ewohinmi in Edo State according the 1937 Intelligence Report by R.B. Karr.
Idumuje-Ugboko is the epicenter of this analysis and it must be said that to understand a people you must look at their history, their mores, social and interpersonal relationship, religion, culture and related values that shape their world view.
Hence the sage says that those who ignore the lessons of history, would repeat its tragedy. To understand the unfolding events, it is important to follow the historical trajectory of the hidden discontent and strictures in the Royal family and the Idumuje-Ugboko before the death of the immediate past king.
OBI NWOKO I’s SONS
Obi Nwoko I had nine (9) sons including: NWABUOKEI (first son), AMOJE, BIOSE, BIDOKWU, PAUL, ELUMELU, UJOMOR, NWAOBE and ESUZOR.Nwabuokei, Amoje and Ujomor are of the same mother whose name was Ehihor, one of the daughters of Oko-Onyimi Idumuzu, Ogbe-Ofu village, Idumuje-Ugboko. Biose and Elumelu shared same motherhood while Bidokwu and Paul had same mother.Esuzor was an only son and his mother another wife of Obi Nwoko I was from Atuma village, Idumuje-Ugboko. If Omorhusi was Nwoko’s son as claimed, who was her mother and where is she from?
NWOKO’S BROTHERS
Nwoko was the first son of Ologbo who gave birth to seven (7) sons also including: NWOKO, CHIMA, MOEMEKE (MEKE), OKOH, ODOR, ALIGBE, ANYAONICHA. Please not that Omorhusi was not Nwoko’s brother neither was he a member of Umu-Ologbo. He was a native doctor brought to the village .
Ogbeide the father of Ologbo and grandfather of Obi Nwoko I hailed from Uzebu quarters in old Bini kingdom. He first settled at Ashama in the present day Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State before he moved to Idmuje (Idumje-Uno) as one of the early settlers in the 17th century where he died and was buried.
Nwoko’s sons and brothers with their children made up the Umu-Ologbo family, but only Nwoko’s children known and referred to as Umu-Nwoko are the only members of the Royal Family of Idumuje-Ugboko.
When Obi Nwoko I, the first Obi of Idumuje-Ugboko died, his first son Nwabuokei whose mother was Ehihor the daughter of Oko-Onyimi being the Crown Prince, was to succeed him in accordance with the tradition and customs of Idumujes. That is under the primogeniture system of succession to the throne by most Anioma monarchies.

Continue reading here: http://www.societygists.com/2020/04/idumuje-ugboko-kigship-tussle-our-story-our-case/

Politics / Covid-19 Lockdown: Dapo Abiodun Begins Massive Distribution Of Foods, Other Item by Walecoy(m): 8:29am On Apr 04
The Ogun State government has concluded plans to commence the distribution of stimulus package to homes across the state starting from tomorrow, Saturday, April 4.

Announcing the state government’s resolve to ensure that the Coronavirus pandemic is curbed, Governor Dapo Abiodun stated that the package would cushion the adverse socio-economic effects of the lockdown directive of the federal government on the people of the state.

The packages, according to the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, contain staple food and essential hygiene items.

Residents of the state will be given food items, anti-bacteria soap bars, detergents and hand sanitizers which were produced by the State Ministry of Health to the World Health Organisation’ standard.

The Governor emphasised that the distribution exercise would be monitored to ensure equitable access for the people.

The purpose of the initiative, the Governor emphasised, is to make sure that the people remain well during the lockdown.

The state government said it had finalised plans with all local government transition chairmen on the distribution process.



The packages would be delivered to 500,000 homes, with an average of four persons each.

According to a statement released by the state government, the transition chairmen were expected to “organise sensitisation programmes for people within their LGAs, where they will enlighten the people, as the state government has so far done, on the symptoms and preventive measures of the coronavirus”.

“The chairmen will also ensure that everyone is aware of the pattern of distribution so that all households will be reached effectively,” the statement read.

The state government urged compliance with the ban on large gatherings saying the package would not be distributed at gatherings.



On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory with effect from 11pm on Monday, March 30, as part of efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus.

However, Abiodun said he had convinced the president on shifting the lockdown in Ogun state to Friday, April 4, 2020.

Culture / Idumuje-ugboko: In A Time Of Misinformation, Facts Correct by Walecoy(m): 4:34pm On Mar 31
By Prince Walters Eziashi



It has become important that I let the world know the exact events in Idumuje-Ugboko, from 2015 to date, particularly due to the falsehoods the public had been fed with in the last few days through the social media particularly facebook. These falsehoods are the handiwork of certain individuals being recruited to smear the name of an illustrious son of Idumuje-Ugboko, Prince Ned Nwoko. The townsmen know that God has continued to use Ned Nwoko to put smiles on the faces of both the indigenes of Idumuje-Ugboko and mankind in general.

INTRODUCTION

Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom, in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, was founded by Nwoko and others who migrated from Idumuje-Uno. A chieftaincy tussle that erupted in the 18th Century AD brought about the migration. The kingdom shares borders with other villages, which are Ekpon, Ewohimi and Ohordua communities of Edo State in the north; Igbodo and Ummunede Communities, both located in Ika North-East L.G.A, in the west. On its south, the kingdom borders Onicha-Ugbo Community, in Aniocha North L.G.A, while sharing boundaries with Idumuje-Uno and Ugbodu communities in the east, both of which are in Aniocha North L.G.A, all in Delta State. Idumuje-Ugboko is made up of four (4) federating villages, namely Ogbe-Obi. Ogbe-Ofu, Atuma, and Onicha-Ukwu.

As regards its traditional institution, Idumuje-Ugboko is headed by a king, who is to supported by four traditional chiefs. These chiefs are Iyase-Onowu, from Atuma; Odogwu-Abi and Ozah-Okita, from Ogbe-Ofu; Isama-Akwe, from Ogbe-Obi, and Uwolo-Agba, from Onicha-Ukwu. Each of them representing the four villages earlier mentioned. Aside the chiefs, the king, in consultation with the royal family, may elect deserving individuals within or outside the kingdom to be part of his governing council.

The role of these principal chiefs are as follow: the Iyase is the traditional prime minister. He is also the mouthpiece of the Kingdom and head over the other chiefs. In this wise, the Iyase is the king’s second-in-command. On his part, the Odogwu is the traditional defense minister. The others, being Ozah, Isama, and Uwolo, hold their designated titles till their deaths, except they are found wanting and removed from their positions. And where they are accused of any misdeed, the chiefs are given a fair hearing to make a defence. Equally, Omu is regarded as the spiritual head of the all women in the town and she is usually addressed as Her Royal Highness. The holder of Omu traditional title is nominated by the people of Ogbe-Ofu subject to the approval of the king (obi). Aside this, the Omu has control over markets and resolves disputes among women in the town. The distribution of roles among the traditional title holders is to ensure smooth administration of the kingdom. More so, the town’s traditional institution has other coordinating structures and responsibilities assigned to them. One is the Onotu, (in charge of land and other related matters). Members of the Onotu include Iyase Odogwu, Ozah, Isama, Uwolo, and others who are nominated by chiefs and the Obi. Another is Dibie, which is headed by Eze-Dibie and saddled with the role of handling spiritual matters in the kingdom. The other is Ikpala, a group of red cap chiefs occupying privilege positions and being exempted from communal works. Also is the Development Union, which oversees developmental efforts in the community. The head of the union is addressed as President-General and has other members, who form the National Executive Committee. The union has branches anywhere indigenes of the kingdom reside around the world. These branches are headed by Branch Presidents. In addition, the town has a Land Allocation Committee, which is headed by the Iyase (traditional Prime Minister). He is assisted by other principal chiefs and representatives of the four federating villages. The committee allocates community land to anyone or corporate organisation that applies to build any structure for developmental purposes and upon verification of such application. The categories of projects allowed for this purpose include schools, factories, recreational facilities, hospitals.



As regards decision-making, the highest policy-making organ of the town is the Town General Assembly, otherwise known as Izu-Ani. This organ comprises the Obi, the five principal Chiefs, other chiefs, members and representatives of the four federating villages. While participation in the meetings of the assembly is open to everyone, only representatives of the federating villages are allowed to vote anytime a decision is to be taken. Furthermore, ad-hoc committees are set up for specific purposes, if the considered necessary. Also, the modus operandi within individual federating units is to appoint a head, known as Diokpa. He has the power to summon village meetings, after consulting with major chiefs from the village and also with the heads of Idumus (Quarters), known as Diokpala-Eboh.

In spite of its democratic structures, Idumuje-Ugboko has one king, whose heir apparent must not be seen nor heard while reign of his father-king lasts.


Read more here: http://www.societygists.com/2020/03/idumuje-ugboko-in-a-time-of-misinformation-facts-correct/[b][/b]

Travel / Pandemic Tourism Or The Death Of Tourism?, By Folorunsho Coker by Walecoy(m): 2:42pm On Mar 26
I have been recurrently asked of recent whether tourism will still be possible in an era of epidemics or the global pandemic, or whether we are not already witnessing the gradual lights out on an industry that has grown year-on-year in the past decades to contribute more than 15 per cent to the global GDP in contemporary times. Also, the possible demise of a sector that has been growing at almost 4 per cent per annum and which witnessed revenues in excess of $12 trillion dollars in 2017, while offering livelihoods to over three hundred million people, directly and indirectly, across the world.

Closer home, could this be the curtains drawing on a sector that has engaged our exertions, and which the National Bureau of Statistics values as a contributor of some 35 per cent to new GDP, yielding huge tax receipts and accounting for the jobs of over 20 per cent of newly employed Nigerians, formally and informally?

No doubt, our interconnectedness through time has been one of the greatest strengths and achievements in the human experience, which however now appears to be unravelling in this era of the pandemic as also a great source of vulnerability.

While the past few decades have seen humans build enduring communities across geographies – in no less our various Diasporas; across intellectual interests; and even within a virtual continuum enabled by cybernetics and disruptive technologies, yet we are now rudely confronted by the flip-side of having to find means of surviving the shared burden of infection and disease as a global community.

The past couple of weeks have no doubt been deeply troubling in the statistics that regularly assail us across all media – of infection, sickness and even deaths borne on the wings of the dark vector we have come to know as the coronavirus disease of 2019, otherwise referred to by its grim shorthand, COVID-19.


It is also the statistics of how systems are overwhelmed and crashing – whether as health care systems, systems of commerce, stock markets, and so forth. There is even prognosis that the world is about slipping into the abyss of economic recession and the emergence of a new global economic order.

Still, the other side of the story less referred to has been the marvellous capacity for human resilience, not only in terms of the determination to push back on the epidemic through the continuous research for antidotes. Or the increasing numbers of those who are surviving the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, in figures that are many multiples of the mortalities being recorded. But, equally, there is that relentless spirit of overcoming adversity that’s already looking into how to rebuild a post-pandemic world.

In the work that I do, which has now become a source of concern to many across geographies, local and international, we are experiencing one of the lowest periods ever, which a few cynics have unfortunately described as the death of tourism, as the notion of pandemic tourism appears almost as a contradiction in terms, since the human outreach quickly recoils in periods of any sort of upheaval. Even the tourism for remedies becomes more and more impossible as national borders are successively shut as part of strategies of containment.

But could this present circumstance foreshadow or signal the death of tourism? Just looking at the map of the territories that have been afflicted by the coronavirus infection, the rash of luminous red dots furiously populating the earth, calls to mind the situation for much of Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia in those long centuries of the Black Death that begun in the 14th Century when the Bubonic plague struck and wiped out over 70 per cent of the human population then, according to some estimates.

Yet, Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia recovered from those decades, to subsequently pursue a globalisation that has advanced the human experience many notches up till date. Certainly, the world we live in currently has more skills, technologies and capabilities to contain and shorten the run of tragic experiences, whether by natural disaster or biological infections.

Of course, epidemics and pandemics impact on tourism and its related ecosystems most severely, as the instinct for safety in humans leads to restrictions of movement that deeply whittle the businesses of airlines, hotels and restaurants, travel agents, tour operators, and other tourism stakeholders.

There is an increasingly vocal concert of opinion pointing to the fear that COVID-19 will very likely trigger a global economic recession in the very immediate future, and it is incontrovertible that tourism continues to be one of the industries most affected in this era of the pandemic, being that’s its forte is essentially anchored on the continually renewed human relationship with space, mostly requiring very physical acts that enable human connectivity, through transportation and the engagement with hospitality, entertainment, etc.

Now, revenues running into billions of naira and dollars are being lost, productivities are diminishing and so are jobs and livelihoods, with devastating impacts on nations, communities, and families. One needn’t crane far to witness how the states in the Middle East’s huge tourist corridors have been impacted at this time.

But then, is pandemic tourism possible, or have we entered into the age of the death of tourism, even while we have just been labouring strenuously for the rebirth of domestic tourism?

As diseases can now travel with ease, from the most affluent parts of the Far Eastern and Western Hemispheres to the poorest villages in Africa and Asia, with the speed of the Internet and on the back of economic routes, in a manner highlighting our interconnectedness and shared vulnerability, we need to urgently perfect a sturdy system of preparedness; a robust system of healthcare and health management, embedded in a strong capacity for response to and containment of epidemics and pandemics.

This will be a system that has a vigorous early warning and response component that can predict and respond to swiftly isolate and inhibit the outbreaks of local and global infections, while neutralising disease vectors. When this system is fully attained and comes into maturity – as the Federal Government has been missioning passionate after recently and will soon achieve – to serve as a secure buffer against the fears of health challenges or crises, either as epidemics or pandemics, the expediencies of having to shut down national borders in times of global health emergencies would no longer be as urgent.

Naturally, narrativesr aroundh level of preparedness would have to be communicated as widely as possible, as this is highly crucial in stemming the rampaging fear and panic that haemorrhages tourism to near or total death in periods of crises.

Pandemic tourism will and can be possible when our state of healthcare preparedness, and the narrative around it, have fully evolved, with institutions having the capacities to offer robust responses to healthcare needs, of both citizens, residents and visitors.

No doubt, when health or pandemic crises make landfall in one’s front yard, one gradually becomes isolated as a country, as conventional institutions and establishments start to fail as part of the burden of an unfortunate visitation, driving businesses to closure, and the economy into retraction or outright collapse. With tourism easily being one of the first victims, the picture then gets complicated by surges in the crime rate and the manifestation of other indices of human desperation. But with a renewed focus on preparedness, the corrosive edge of this is blunted, as travel advisories get more detailed and offer information on the national capacity for surviving raging exigencies, without the closure of borders.

Tourism in the age of the pandemic is about taking on the serious business of disaster preparedness, of which ground work has been done in areas such as the Federal Government’s efforts in improving the ease of doing business in Nigeria, coupled with the newer visa collection at the point of entry regime. With the strengthening of institutions to deal with emergencies like pandemics, and the altering of the narrative around a debilitating state of national affairs, there can be no death to tourism in the foreseeable future.

Importantly, in terms of the present situation and the on going ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic making an accelerating and vicious run through our country, our institutions have been demonstrating how greater multi-sectoral and multi-agency coordination can make that fundamental difference. This definitely also requires the private sector to keep layering on the efforts of the public sector, to allow for better emergency collaboration in managing and containing this crisis.

More so, data and evidence driven solutions must be increasingly employed to track, monitor, evaluate and grant therapy to the afflicted and needy. With these and the careful application of the knowledge and standards provided by multilateral agencies such as the United Nations, international organs like the World Health Organisation (WHO), and our extremely industrious Federal Ministry of Health, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Nigerian “can do, never carry last” spirit, we are on the course to a victorious pushback, if we keep acting responsibly in a collective manner.

Without an iota of doubt, I believe that for tourism in Nigeria, it is still a dawn that holds bountiful promise of the day that is unfolding.

Folorunsho Coker is the director-general of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation.

Politics / 10 Projects Of Gov. Dapo Abiodun That Got Ogun People Talking With Excitement by Walecoy(m): 6:34pm On Mar 14
Ogun State has seen remarkable changes in governance and development in the ten months of Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State being in office.

A 21st century political leader, and accomplished corporate player before his job, Governor Dapo Abiodun knows the underpinnings for a prosperous state. This explains the on-going revolution in infrastructure, health, education, and Information and Communications Technology.
Ten of such landmark projects captured during a recent media tour are as follow:
The Ogun Tech Hub and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre:
Built on expanse of land that once housed an abandoned school, the STEM Centre is the result of government-private sector partnership. In the words of Governor Abiodun, the centre is the one-stop-shop for technological innovations across Africa where start-up companies will conveniently be set up.” Knowing the world is on a quick drive into becoming a smart global village, Governor Abiodun is determined to give Ogun State a competitive edge in technology and innovations for the future that has come. Though this remarkable idea is set in Ogun State, the STEM centre achieving its full potentials will definitely revolutionise both the state and national economies, particularly in terms of wealth creation, inclusive growth and sustainable development.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) CENTRE
Commissioned in February, the ICT centre, located on the premises of the state-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, is a 3,000-capacity multi-purpose complex. The centre is provided with cutting-edge tech facilities and has 24-hour internet connectivity. Here, students receive hands-on training in various ICT courses from tech experts and do so in an ambience conducive to learning

Infrastructure: The Ijebu-Epe Road
The idea to reconstruct the Ijebu-Epe Road into a ten-lane highway has fetched Governor Dapo Abiodun torrent of plaudits from road users. For several years, the pothole-ridden road has been a nightmare to its users, posing hazards to lives and commercial goods, dwindling productivity, and unnecessarily elongating travel time.
With construction works being done by Craneburg Construction Ltd, the government is set to lock such hardship in the past. The new project, when completed, will have a toll plaza comprising 14 payment points. The road is expected to provide easy access to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway while aiding movement of goods as well.
On this, Governor Abiodun said: I made a promise that our administration will rehabilitate and reconstruct the Ogun end of the Ijebu-Ode-Epe road to bring succour to our people and engender the economic development of our state.
C OKO- OWO DAPO THE EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE THAT HAS BOOSTED SMES IN OGUN
Launched in September 2019, about four months into his administration, the Oko-owo Dapo is an empowerment initiative to provide funds to women who are involved in legitimate SMEs across the state. It also aims to enhance trade as well as micro, small and medium scale enterprises. 2000 women benefitted in the first phase of the initiative as it is envisaged to reach at least 100,000 women in the first year of the Abiodun-administration. Beneficiaries could be market women, politicians, members of women’s societies, religious associations or trade associations. The governor revealed that the initiative is a social intervention programme borne out of the passion to make life better for Ogun people.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: THE JOB PORTAL TRUMP CARD
One of the earliest initiatives that pleasantly amazed many in the state was the launch of the Ogun Job Portal, which aimed to tackle the scourge of unemployment by linking the states unemployed youths with matching job opportunities in the labour market. Describing the job portal as one of the initiatives that would take the good people of Ogun State out of unemployment while also bettering the career chances of the employed, Governor Abiodun said that the portal is particularly suited to prepare the people to fit into appropriate sectors while revitalising all the sectors of the state’s economy. To underscore his seriousness in this regard, one of the earliest appointments Governor Abiodun made was that of Olalekan Olude, an award-winning entrepreneur, co-founder of Jobberman Limited, the leading job site in sub-Saharan Africa and founding partner of the African Talents Company in South Africa. Olude is also the co-founder and Executive Director at Rovedana Limited, a business process outsourcing company that provides employment to more than 2000 Nigerians across different industries and specialises in upscaling and placing them into employment with over 100 companies.

ENHANCING SECURITY FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
Security is integral to the prosperity and growth of any state or nation. And Governor Abiodun is blithely aware of this. He did promise at the outset of his administration that he would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the state maximised its potential to the fullest by creating an enabling environment for residents and prospective investors. Firstly, he inaugurated the Security Trust Fund committee headed by Bolaji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer of Chapel Hill Denham, one of Nigeria’s pre-eminent investment banking firms, to source funds for the acquisition and deployment of security equipment, personnel gear and other resources necessary to prevent crime and preserve public peace in Ogun State.
The committee is also to promote the synergy of all security agencies in the state and mobilise support in cash or kind from public and private sources in a transparent and accountable manner. Secondly, the governor signed into law the State Security Trust Fund Bill. Thirdly, he procured 100 Patrol Vehicles and 200 Bikes to aid the activities of law enforcement agents in the state while reiterating his support for efforts and ideas that would make Ogun a crime-free state. Just recently, the governor also signed into law the creation of the Western Nigeria Security outfit, Operation Amotekun.

INFRASTRUCTURAL REJUVENATION AND REBUILDING: THE ESTABLISHMENT OF OGUN STATE PUBLIC WORKS AGENCY
To serve as a quick fix mechanism to address the deplorable condition of the township and rural roads in the state, Governor Abiodun established the Ogun State Public Works Agency because, Infrastructure, for us, is key to development. We have been able to demonstrate a commitment to the continued socio-economic development of our dear state, particularly in education, health, infrastructure and other key sectors that have a direct and positive impact on our people.
You will recall that we requested that our people should select roads that should attract immediate attention in each of the 236 wards across our dear state. These roads are receiving an immediate intervention. This is in addition to governments identified projects that will be spread across the three senatorial districts of our dear state.
As our team went around the state that Wednesday, it was evident that the agency is proving to be efficient and responsive in rehabilitating roads.

WATER FOR ALL IN OGUN

The bucolic community of Arakanga in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state is home to the Ogun State Water Corporation. Alas, even people in that community suffer from water scarcity as much as people in urban areas like the state capital, Abeokuta.
Governor Abiodun would discover on assumption of office that potable water was scarce in many homes around Abeokuta and beyond. For a governor who believes that water is not only an essential commodity but a right to which people should not be denied, he didnt see why the situation should persist regardless of the challenges. Thus, he embarked on an assessment tour of the water corporation where he was confronted with the state of disuse of the corporation, which has a pumping capacity of 103.68 million litres per day. There, the governor announced that water would not only be restored, he ordered the prompt repair and restoration of faulty transformers in the corporation.
As our team moved around the state, the story was different; availability of water was the song on virtually everybodys lips. What changed within months? Governor Abiodun!

HOW GOVERNOR ABIODUN IS COMBATTING THE CORONA-VIRUS SCOURGE A VISIT TO OLABISI ONABANJO UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL, SAGAMU
With the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, across the world; and the fears that Nigeria stands susceptible, Governor Abiodun has been widely praised for his proactive efforts in putting a rein on its outbreak in the state. Lagos is Africas most populous city and Ogun is its closest neighbour.
When the Italian index patient was discovered in Lagos and possible contacts traced to Ogun State, Governor Abiodun rose to the occasion by informing the public that the 28 people who had contact with the Italian have been identified and quarantined and that the firm where he visited in Ewekoro has also been shut down. The 28 people were identified after the state government conducted a contact tracing through the Disease Surveillance Notification Centres (DSNC) set up in all 20 local government areas of the state.
The OOUTH has been designated and empowered specifically to be a DSNC in the case of an outbreak. The plan was for our team to see if we could get within shouting distance of the DSNC but as it was running late, and with no one to take us there, we took our leave but not without being shown some ongoing projects within the hospital.

THE PEACEMAKER AND PACIFIST
Even when politicking was rife with hate and propaganda, Governor Abiodun never returned fire for fire or wavered in his adoption of soft power that sheer ability not to use force or coercion for political gain when you can shape the dissidents or oppositions long-term attitudes and preferences by tact and diplomacy. And it is working perfectly for him. Perhaps seeing the enviable and exciting direction Governor Abiodun is steering the ship of state, a coalition of opposition members formally declared for the All Progressives Congress, APC. Some of the notable defectors include Chief Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI), the gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the March 2019 governorship election in the state; Mrs Salmot Badru, a former deputy governor under the Otunba Gbenga Daniel administration; Joju Fadairo, former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Chief Iyabo Apampa, former PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) member; Hon. Ayo Odugbesan, former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly; and Hon. Dave Salami, a two-time member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the PDP, among others. Opposition members like Ladi Adebutu, former Governor Gbenga Daniel and Senator Buruji Kashamu have openly embraced the governor.

Politics / 10 Projects Of Gov Dapo Abiodun That Ogun People Are Talking About With Exciteme by Walecoy(m): 6:06pm On Mar 14
Revealed:

Ogun State has seen remarkable changes in governance and development in the ten months of Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State being in office.

A 21st century political leader, and accomplished corporate player before his job, Governor Dapo Abiodun knows the underpinnings for a prosperous state. This explains the on-going revolution in infrastructure, health, education, and Information and Communications Technology.
Ten of such landmark projects captured during a recent media tour are as follow:
The Ogun Tech Hub and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre:
Built on expanse of land that once housed an abandoned school, the STEM Centre is the result of government-private sector partnership. In the words of Governor Abiodun, the centre is the one-stop-shop for technological innovations across Africa where start-up companies will conveniently be set up.” Knowing the world is on a quick drive into becoming a smart global village, Governor Abiodun is determined to give Ogun State a competitive edge in technology and innovations for the future that has come. Though this remarkable idea is set in Ogun State, the STEM centre achieving its full potentials will definitely revolutionise both the state and national economies, particularly in terms of wealth creation, inclusive growth and sustainable development.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) CENTRE
Commissioned in February, the ICT centre, located on the premises of the state-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, is a 3,000-capacity multi-purpose complex. The centre is provided with cutting-edge tech facilities and has 24-hour internet connectivity. Here, students receive hands-on training in various ICT courses from tech experts and do so in an ambience conducive to learning

Infrastructure: The Ijebu-Epe Road
The idea to reconstruct the Ijebu-Epe Road into a ten-lane highway has fetched Governor Dapo Abiodun torrent of plaudits from road users. For several years, the pothole-ridden road has been a nightmare to its users, posing hazards to lives and commercial goods, dwindling productivity, and unnecessarily elongating travel time.
With construction works being done by Craneburg Construction Ltd, the government is set to lock such hardship in the past. The new project, when completed, will have a toll plaza comprising 14 payment points. The road is expected to provide easy access to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway while aiding movement of goods as well.
On this, Governor Abiodun said: I made a promise that our administration will rehabilitate and reconstruct the Ogun end of the Ijebu-Ode-Epe road to bring succour to our people and engender the economic development of our state.
C OKO- OWO DAPO THE EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE THAT HAS BOOSTED SMES IN OGUN
Launched in September 2019, about four months into his administration, the Oko-owo Dapo is an empowerment initiative to provide funds to women who are involved in legitimate SMEs across the state. It also aims to enhance trade as well as micro, small and medium scale enterprises. 2000 women benefitted in the first phase of the initiative as it is envisaged to reach at least 100,000 women in the first year of the Abiodun-administration. Beneficiaries could be market women, politicians, members of women’s societies, religious associations or trade associations. The governor revealed that the initiative is a social intervention programme borne out of the passion to make life better for Ogun people.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: THE JOB PORTAL TRUMP CARD
One of the earliest initiatives that pleasantly amazed many in the state was the launch of the Ogun Job Portal, which aimed to tackle the scourge of unemployment by linking the states unemployed youths with matching job opportunities in the labour market. Describing the job portal as one of the initiatives that would take the good people of Ogun State out of unemployment while also bettering the career chances of the employed, Governor Abiodun said that the portal is particularly suited to prepare the people to fit into appropriate sectors while revitalising all the sectors of the state’s economy. To underscore his seriousness in this regard, one of the earliest appointments Governor Abiodun made was that of Olalekan Olude, an award-winning entrepreneur, co-founder of Jobberman Limited, the leading job site in sub-Saharan Africa and founding partner of the African Talents Company in South Africa. Olude is also the co-founder and Executive Director at Rovedana Limited, a business process outsourcing company that provides employment to more than 2000 Nigerians across different industries and specialises in upscaling and placing them into employment with over 100 companies.

ENHANCING SECURITY FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
Security is integral to the prosperity and growth of any state or nation. And Governor Abiodun is blithely aware of this. He did promise at the outset of his administration that he would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the state maximised its potential to the fullest by creating an enabling environment for residents and prospective investors. Firstly, he inaugurated the Security Trust Fund committee headed by Bolaji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer of Chapel Hill Denham, one of Nigeria’s pre-eminent investment banking firms, to source funds for the acquisition and deployment of security equipment, personnel gear and other resources necessary to prevent crime and preserve public peace in Ogun State.
The committee is also to promote the synergy of all security agencies in the state and mobilise support in cash or kind from public and private sources in a transparent and accountable manner. Secondly, the governor signed into law the State Security Trust Fund Bill. Thirdly, he procured 100 Patrol Vehicles and 200 Bikes to aid the activities of law enforcement agents in the state while reiterating his support for efforts and ideas that would make Ogun a crime-free state. Just recently, the governor also signed into law the creation of the Western Nigeria Security outfit, Operation Amotekun.

INFRASTRUCTURAL REJUVENATION AND REBUILDING: THE ESTABLISHMENT OF OGUN STATE PUBLIC WORKS AGENCY
To serve as a quick fix mechanism to address the deplorable condition of the township and rural roads in the state, Governor Abiodun established the Ogun State Public Works Agency because, Infrastructure, for us, is key to development. We have been able to demonstrate a commitment to the continued socio-economic development of our dear state, particularly in education, health, infrastructure and other key sectors that have a direct and positive impact on our people.
You will recall that we requested that our people should select roads that should attract immediate attention in each of the 236 wards across our dear state. These roads are receiving an immediate intervention. This is in addition to governments identified projects that will be spread across the three senatorial districts of our dear state.
As our team went around the state that Wednesday, it was evident that the agency is proving to be efficient and responsive in rehabilitating roads.

WATER FOR ALL IN OGUN

The bucolic community of Arakanga in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state is home to the Ogun State Water Corporation. Alas, even people in that community suffer from water scarcity as much as people in urban areas like the state capital, Abeokuta.
Governor Abiodun would discover on assumption of office that potable water was scarce in many homes around Abeokuta and beyond. For a governor who believes that water is not only an essential commodity but a right to which people should not be denied, he didnt see why the situation should persist regardless of the challenges. Thus, he embarked on an assessment tour of the water corporation where he was confronted with the state of disuse of the corporation, which has a pumping capacity of 103.68 million litres per day. There, the governor announced that water would not only be restored, he ordered the prompt repair and restoration of faulty transformers in the corporation.
As our team moved around the state, the story was different; availability of water was the song on virtually everybodys lips. What changed within months? Governor Abiodun!

HOW GOVERNOR ABIODUN IS COMBATTING THE CORONA-VIRUS SCOURGE A VISIT TO OLABISI ONABANJO UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL, SAGAMU
With the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, across the world; and the fears that Nigeria stands susceptible, Governor Abiodun has been widely praised for his proactive efforts in putting a rein on its outbreak in the state. Lagos is Africas most populous city and Ogun is its closest neighbour.
When the Italian index patient was discovered in Lagos and possible contacts traced to Ogun State, Governor Abiodun rose to the occasion by informing the public that the 28 people who had contact with the Italian have been identified and quarantined and that the firm where he visited in Ewekoro has also been shut down. The 28 people were identified after the state government conducted a contact tracing through the Disease Surveillance Notification Centres (DSNC) set up in all 20 local government areas of the state.
The OOUTH has been designated and empowered specifically to be a DSNC in the case of an outbreak. The plan was for our team to see if we could get within shouting distance of the DSNC but as it was running late, and with no one to take us there, we took our leave but not without being shown some ongoing projects within the hospital.

THE PEACEMAKER AND PACIFIST
Even when politicking was rife with hate and propaganda, Governor Abiodun never returned fire for fire or wavered in his adoption of soft power that sheer ability not to use force or coercion for political gain when you can shape the dissidents or oppositions long-term attitudes and preferences by tact and diplomacy. And it is working perfectly for him. Perhaps seeing the enviable and exciting direction Governor Abiodun is steering the ship of state, a coalition of opposition members formally declared for the All Progressives Congress, APC. Some of the notable defectors include Chief Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI), the gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the March 2019 governorship election in the state; Mrs Salmot Badru, a former deputy governor under the Otunba Gbenga Daniel administration; Joju Fadairo, former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Chief Iyabo Apampa, former PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) member; Hon. Ayo Odugbesan, former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly; and Hon. Dave Salami, a two-time member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the PDP, among others. Opposition members like Ladi Adebutu, former Governor Gbenga Daniel and Senator Buruji Kashamu have openly embraced the governor.

Business / International Women’s Day: Peterside’s Strategy Lessons For Women & Successful B by Walecoy(m): 11:59am On Mar 04
In management and in life, a picture always speaks a thousand words. A few months ago, a curious photograph surfaced online. It was posted by the veteran investment banker himself to celebrate the institution he built. In the past four decades of reading autobiographies, I have learned that great men and women are defined by only three things – the indelible character they exude, the institutions they build and the quality of offspring or protégés they nurture. Atedo Peterside is one man who appears to have done well if anything, he has built a great institution and no one can reasonably argue with that!

In the monochrome photograph he posted about the founding team of three women and three men in the bank he founded in 1989, the bank that has now become the IBTC in today’s Stanbic IBTC, most of the viewers simply ‘liked’ it while a few others congratulated him and praised him for his business foresight.

 An interesting young lady, however, took a discerning view of the simple photograph and commented ‘this picture screams of equality’. Indeed, that view resonates with some of the recent and ongoing empirical findings that our team at The Diversity Initiative have been reaching consistently about successful African corporations. Businesses that respect diversity simply outperforms businesses that don’t.

Perhaps not in the short-term, but in the long-term they do even if not in strict financial measures. A few months before the curious release by the doyen of Nigerian investment banking himself, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in conjunction with the Swiss Confederation State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the Institute of Directors and ‘Women in Management and Business’ (WIMBIZ) released a working paper titled ‘Women on Boards in Nigeria’.

Apart from the generally low representation of women on boards in Nigeria, with the banking sector having one of the better performances, the other clear deduction from that report was that there wasn’t any direct positive linear relationship between women’s representation on boards and financial performance. Indeed, the correlation between women representation and financial performance is mixed based on many global and country empirical studies.

 The caveat though is that the IFC report used only a five-year horizon, probably due to limited data. The second explanation to many of the empirical findings of women on boards is that women are not a homogenous group so simply assuming that there would be a correlation or indeed a causation between having increased women representation and financial performance may be presumptuous if not simplistic. There is a technique to optimising diversity and making the most of women in senior management and on boards, and Mr. Peterside’s single photograph shows us the three secrets.

First, diversity should never be at the risk of meritocracy or excellence. In Mr. Peterside’s photograph of six persons, every single one of those persons who are still alive today are still actively working, or involved in financial services today. Indeed, the three women in the picture, Sola David-Borha, Angela Omo-Dare and Yewande Muoyo spent the next two or three decades working with Mr. Peterside. All of them spent the rest of their banking career at IBTC: Yewande Muoyo leaving after over twenty years to join the Ogun State Government as Commissioner of Finance, Angela Omo-Dare staying on as either company secretary or head of legal services for another thirty years till she retired only last year in 2019, and the tireless, indomitable Sola David-Borha still waxing strong in the parent company Standard Bank in South Africa.

The beauty of that photograph is therefore not only that it speaks to the diversity mentality of Atedo Peterside in having a balanced team, but the futuristic power and hidden messages. Simply put, how do you keep three young and very bright women working with you at the highest levels for almost three decades till they retire, when few other financial institutions have done so in modern-day Nigeria. While there may be a twist of providence and happenstance to the IBTC story, there is still a clear management lesson.

Lesson 1: Pick a diverse team when starting your business, and pick them very wisely and based on merit. Pick people with a genuine passion for what you do and not gamblers nor speculators in the industry for the short-run.

The second lesson from the iconic photograph is a bit cryptic. Even though all of the founding persons in the IBTC management team swore by investment banking till retirement, and those alive are all still primarily involved in financial services, it is more curious that none of the other merchant banks or investment banks that existed at the time that photograph was taken exists today, apart from FCMB. At least not by name. No other merchant bank or investment bank in the pre-1990 era, safe FCMB, still has its name as part of a registered regional, national, or international bank in Nigeria today. Simply put, IBTC was the only merchant or investment bank that survived the 2005 holocaust of Nigerian banks. This is recognising the fact that FCMB had already taken the universal banking route by the time of the 2005 banking holocaust. Does having largely the same teamwork with a CEO for sixteen years guarantee longevity as it did for IBTC or superior performance. Well, there is no statistical model that can be used to validate that hypothesis.

However, what our emerging knowledge of organisational behavior suggests is that organisations with a stable, high-performing team over the long haul free up the CEO to focus on more strategic issues while the senior lieutenants focus on the tactical issues and put out the fires. If nothing else, the fact that IBTC is one of two investment banks of the pre-1990 era (and that includes all the merchant banks that ever existed in Nigeria between 1960 and 1990) and indeed the pre-2004 era, that is still alive today speaks volumes.

 Indeed, evidence from the control banks, that is from other banks in our universe of banks, suggests that the banks that tended to have a lower tolerance for women in their senior management on the average have had a higher mortality rate or significantly higher rate of non-performing loans. While it may be invidious to mention the names of any financial institutions for reasons of prudence, a simple analysis of some of the larger banks in the pre-2004 era and their trajectory till date would provide the supporting evidence.

 Lesson 2: It has been empirically proven that women tend to have more balanced views in times of crisis. Having a diverse management team may contribute to managing the risk-appetite of your institution and in some instances may contribute to the survival or longevity of your organisation.

On the whole, perhaps the greatest lesson from the Peterside photograph is about Atedo Peterside himself. In the reminiscences posted by Yewande Sadiku, a one-time Executive Director of StanbicIBTC and the current Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, “At IBTC I found people whose private affairs and comments were consistent with their public statements. The Bank aspired not to be the most profitable bank, but an inspiration to the Nigerian youth”.Indeed, this public disclosure by Yewande who herself spent about two decades at the bank explains why a one-time CEO of Stanbic IBTC was once highlighted as the highest-paid CEO in Nigeria.

 Only a naïve person would, of course, believe that in absolute terms, as that disclosure only tells us about the level of transparency in the bank Atedo built. The corollary of this finding is what age-old truths and received wisdom tell us about women. Most women primarily seek security and emotional safety, even in the workplace, and if you provide those for your female colleagues, all other things would be added unto you. It is informative that both the current CEO of Stanbic IBTC Holdings and Stanbic IBTC Bank have approximately spent almost three decades each.

That is almost all of their working life!!! The ability to be able to retain and keep top talent through the season, business cycles and vicissitudes of business is a leadership skill that Atedo Peterside in his humility may be too self-conscious to admit.

Separately, even though Stanbic IBTC is not measured among the eleven banks surveyed in the IFC Women on Boards in Nigeria, it is not surprising to us that based on our research at The Diversity Initiative, Stanbic IBTC together with Access Bank (that ranked consistently highest in the IFC Report terms of women representation on boards) are among the most gender-friendly financial institutions in Nigeria.

Lesson 3: Transparency and respect is the greatest team bonding exercise. You can’t fool your staff even if you fool your customers. Build a culture of respect and trust for a diverse team to stay with you over the long-haul and they’d save you the costs of rehiring. If your staffs are not staying with you over the long-haul, why should your customers believe you.

Atedo Peterside may have only shared a black-and-white monochrome photograph, but the lessons would remain with us in colour for several years. It is called the beauty of a single photograph.

As we celebrate sixty years of women in corporate Nigeria, it is imperative we begin to clearly understand the influence women bring to organisations that stand the test of time, and how best to tap the power of loyal women on senior management and on boards.

Folarin Alayande

Dr Alayande, international strategy and growth consultant and convener of The Diversity Initiative, was coordinator/senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Economic Recovery from 2017-2019. He is author and producer of the forthcoming documentary, ‘Sixty Years of Nigerian Women’.

Sports / How Amaju Pinnik Is Changing The Face Of Nigeria Football by Walecoy(m): 12:18pm On Feb 29
Contemporary history in sports development in Nigeria, particularly football, is incomplete without a mention of Amaju Pinnick. His sterling records in the sports development and successes achieved in sports competitions, during and after his stint as Chairman of Delta State Commission, succinctly explains his climb to the hierarchy of national and international football administration.
As the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Pinnick places huge premium on excellence and never shirks from challenges. Rather, he throws himself into his tasks however challenging such may be until a solution is found.
Undaunted by the deep-seated and age-long issues debilitating football administration, Amaju Pinnik, in 2014, offered himself for service. He took up his job like a skilled mechanic, fixing knotty problems and tightening the loose bolts and nuts to get things working again. He would go ahead to win a re-election as the federations president, based on nothing but his sterling performance.
Before the advent of Amaju Pinnik, Nigeria football has always struggled to get private sector sponsorships. It would amaze watchers to see the NFF nicking sponsorship deals one after the other. The list includes AITEO Energy Resources Limited, Nigerias leading Energy Solutions Company becoming the Official Optimum Partner of the NFF. The company decided to sponsor the FA Cup, Challenge Cup and Federation Cup. Similarly, ZENITH International Bank has handled capacity building for administrators, youth development programme and payment of Super Eagles Head Coach. And on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, two partnership agreements were signed in one day with Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group as Official Food Sponsor of the Super Eagles, and PayPorte Global Systems Limited, as Official Online Store of the NFF. Coca-Cola also teamed up with Nigerian Football on a five-year agreement, which made Coca-Cola the Official Soft Drink of the National Teams. Months later, the NFF signed more endearing agreements; first with Nigerian Breweries PLC a five-year deal worth N2.2 Billion and which made Star Lager the Official Alcoholic Beverage of the Super Eagles; and Amstel Malta the Official Malt Drink of the NFF and the National Teams. There is also a partnership deal with Cadbury Nigeria PLC which makes Tom Tom the Official Candy of the Super Eagles. WAPIC Insurance PLC is the Official Insurance Company of the NFF and the National Team while Emzor Pharmaceuticals has been retained with another longterm contract.

In December 2017, a two-day workshop to fully connect the NFF to the FIFA Connect system of registration of football players and officials was held in Abuja. FIFA Connect is the centralized portal for the registration of football players and other stakeholders. Following its full integration, Nigeria became the first African country to be on FIFA Connect.
On the international stage, Amaju Pinnick has served as member of the strategic FIFA Organising Committee and as an executive member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2017. This enviable feats would be followed with his appointment as President, African Cup of Nations and, later, First Vice President of CAF, in September 2018. Hate or love him, one quality that cannot be taken away from Amaju Pinnick is integrity. Despite the avalanche of attacks from his rivals, Pinnick proudly wears a badge of honour as he does his well-trimmed beard. This underlies his passing various integrity test by continental and world football bodies.
Although, ambitious and determined, Pinnick would do nothing to undermine Africa and African football administrators. He would demonstrate this value to the admiration of the world when he stepped back to give opportunity to another African as the continents representative on the FIFA Council. Aside, amaju Pinnik has been pivotal in steadying the drifting ship of African football. To unclog Africa football from its entanglement, Pinnick vigorously saw to the retirement of former football grandee, Issa Hayatou, as CAF president after three decades of being in the saddle. This, he didnt do for personal gain or glory as rejected calls for him to succeed Hayatou. Instead, he prodded and supported the emergence of Malagasy football administrator, Ahmad Ahmad as CAF President.
The Pinnick administration has also concentrated on enhancing the capacity of administrators, referees and coaches. About two dozen referees went for refresher programs in the United Kingdom in December 2014, and about the same number took their turn in February 2015. Another capacity-enhancing program took nearly 30 administrators to London in December 2015. Some coaches were specially trained in the world-renowned Pro-Zone software to enhance the performance of Nigerian teams in international competitions. Thanks to Pinnick, too, there have been a range of FIFA-supported courses and workshops for coaches, referees and administrators in the country in the past four years. The CAF A coaching course for home-grown coaches was a first of its kind and benefitted over 80 coaches with highly-experienced resource persons in attendance.
Under Pinnick, former Nigeria football stars have been highly considered for coaching positions with the various National Teams. Pinnick had so much confidence in former Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh by appointing him Head Coach of the Super Eagles in July 2015 but the latter fell short of expectations by resigning abruptly. Former goalkeepers, Imama Amapakabo and Alloy Agu have been with the Super Eagles; Samson Siasia coached the U-23 boys; while Emmanuel Amuneke coached the U-17 and U-20 boys at different times. Manu Garba is the current coach of the U-17.
The women are not left out. Florence Omagbemi, Perpetua Nkwocha and Ann Chiejine worked with the Super Falcons at different times. According to Pinnick, The NFF recognizes and appreciates the great efforts of our footballers who have done well locally and internationally for the glory of our country. They are the most important aspect in the game because, without them, there will be no NFF, FIFA, sponsors, fans and others. The NFF will be putting in place the NFF Foundation principally to look into the welfare of players.
Not just that; he also set up the machinery to take care of retired footballers who are distressed. An example is Wilson Oruma who lost his fortune but has been assisted back to good health by Pinnicks Brownhill Foundation. The foundation is his way of giving back to society. Those who know say that five per cent of earnings from his businesses is channelled to the foundation. Several students have been awarded scholarships and ex-sports personalities with health challenges have also benefited from this foundation. The legendary Segun Odegbami had to applaud Pinnick because some of the beneficiaries of the Foundation went through the Segun Odegbamis Sports College in Ewekoro.
At the moment, Brownhill Foundation is rebuilding the football pitch, seating pavilions, classroom blocks, volleyball court and renovating the main administrative building in Hussey College, Warri, his alma mater.
Instructively, the Pinnick administration has already started the construction of mini-secretariats for the Football Associations in each of the 36 States and the FCT. The first round of the project has already been concluded in six states (selected from each of the countrys geo-political zones), and construction has commenced in the second tranche of six states. This was part of the significant add-ons agreed with AITEO.
When German giants, Adidas, refused to renew its agreement with the NFF following perceived failures of the previous administration to protect it from the ambush of rivals, and with Nigeria left with no choice than to be buying kits for its various National Teams, Pinnick reached out to his contacts and succeeded in bringing NIKE, another global player, into the fold. Following participation at the FIFA World Cup and the generally rising stock of Nigerian Football on and off the pitch, conversations moved to NIKE significantly improving the terms of the contract, and in November 2018, a robust, new contract was signed between the NFF and NIKE.
Typical of the Nigerian Pull-Him-Down syndrome, Pinnick would soon become a victim of his successes. At the early stage of his second tenure, his opponents, supported by the former sports minister, Solomon Dalung, attempted to forcibly gain control of the NFF but after the intervention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria was spared a worldwide ban by FIFA. Not satisfied, the opponents again wanted to use the retirement of the World Cup fund to cause more confusion but again the presidency stepped into the matter and a fresh crisis was averted. 
In May 2019, Nigerias Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property brought charges against Pinnick and other members of the NFF top brass over the alleged misappropriation of the $8.4 million (around R120 million) which FIFA paid Nigeria as a participation fee in the 2014 World Cup. 
Pinnick maintained his innocence, claiming victimisation. According to him, The motive for this media trial is purely destructive; its a deep-seated emotional, obsessional and delusional hatred. This is not the first time. We believe all the false allegations are aimed at destroying our credibility and what weve built. The charges were, however, withdrawn by the Federal Government who had taken over the case from the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).
It is interesting to note that despite all the allegations thrown against him and which have landed in court, Pinnick has always triumphed. Still, his detractors would not back off, preferring to distract him from his mission to put African football aright and in the right light. But Pinnick is seen by many as a child of destiny. And they have good grounds to believe so because he has survived both physical and spiritual attacks especially after his close shave with death after a firecracker accident that took out half of his face and had to be flown to London in an air ambulance in 2011 from Warri via Lagos. The legal attacks have also been unrelenting but he keeps surviving all.
A former Super Eagles player, Chikelue Iloenyeosi, recently advanced reasons why he believes Nigeria should celebrate Pinnick rather than pander to the orchestrated moves to bring his name into disrepute. Since his emergence as chairman, Iloenyeosi said Pinnick has been buffeted with allegations of all kinds in the media and public space, with some of the issues ending up in court. He has been the victim of high-grade envy, intense political schemes and vendetta. Before I came close to the NFF, I was like the other armchair critics who saw nothing good in the federation and thought all they were doing there was sharing money, the former defender said.
He added, Since I started working with Mr. Pinnick, the NFF has never received up to N1 billion as allocation from the government. The money that comes from FIFA is about $1.2million, of which $700,000 is for infrastructure, with the rest broken into subheads like women football, youth development and leagues.
When you place this side-by-side with the responsibilities of catering for 11 national teams, most of which are always competitively engaged, you begin to wonder where all the outlandish figures that some persons are bandying around town as having been embezzled came from.

Iloenyeosi declared further that Pinnick and his team deserve kudos for their resourcefulness in getting some state governments to take the burden of sponsorship of some matches of the national teams as the Federal Government does not give monies for every match but intervenes only for critical tournaments like the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup. He continued, For the 65 months that he has been NFF President, Mr. Pinnick has not received money for accommodation in Abuja, despite travelling to the city several times every month for official functions. His predecessor collected a tidy sum for this.
A successful businessman before his love and passion for football took over, he is the chairman of the Brownhill Group UK with subsidiaries like Brownhill Investments Company Ltd, A Marine and Offshore Support Services Co, the Brownhill Investment Company Ltd, Brownhill Construction and Engineering Ltd, Brownhill Properties LTD, Brownhill Coliseum, Brownhill Events Incorporated and BrownHill Marine and Offshore support services.

His journey to the NFF began after a four year-stint as Chairman, Delta State Football Association. Against all odds, he won the NFF election in 2014 despite being pitted against heavyweights like sports business mogul, Shehu Dikko, and former NFF Secretary-General, Taiwo Ogunjobi. Pinnick went on to name Dikko as second vice-president. The plan is to make genuine reconciliatory moves. I will personally go to Jos to see and speak to Chris Giwa because we all need to come together for the sake of our country and football, said Pinnick. It was the first sign that he was not at the NFF to wage petty wars against real or phantom enemies. He won re-election in September 2018 and has promised to focus on youth development programmes and reconciliation, build a sustainable football culture for Nigeria, and continue the great march towards ensuring financial independence for the NFF during his second tenure.

Politics / Lai Mohammed Partners NTDC To Grow Nigeria’s Tourism Industry by Walecoy(m): 7:14am On Feb 26
The Nigerian tourism industry is set for speedy development as the Ministry of Information and Culture, in synergy with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), is set to come up with a new tourism policy for the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed disclosed this during his working visit to the Corporation’s headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Alh. Mohammed explained that the policy portends great avenue for the development of the nation’s tourism industry, “and it will no doubt lead to an influx of foreigners into Nigeria to appreciate the potentials that abound in the country – our food, music, film, culture and fashion industries which are subsectors of the tourism network.”

Mohammed, who noted that Nigeria made $53 million from film and $51 million from the music industries respectively last year, described Tourism as the fastest-growing sector in Nigeria economy, which, according to him, employs more than one million people, though with the capacity of employing seven million people.

Alh. Mohammed while commending the NTDC’s TourNigeria initiative noted that the NTDC is sitting on a keg of unexplored potentialities. He added that the Corporation also can harness the huge potentials of Nigeria to attract people to Nigeria, “because there are many reasons people should come to Nigeria.

“Nigeria is a country of colours, with 250 ethnic groups, good culture and almost all-year-round good weather. We are blessed with a good music industry that has become global. Our fashion is celebrated globally. Nigeria also has good religious tourism, with lots of people coming to Nigeria every day for religious tourism.”

The Information and Culture minister while commenting on the visa-on-arrival policy for African nationals which began operation since the beginning of this year, said with the policy, the tourism industry will be better off, realise its full potentials and generate more revenue into government coffers and increase the fortune of operators in the industry.

While welcoming the minister, the Director-General of NTDC, Folorunsho Coker identified a paucity of funding as one of the critical problems besetting tourism development in Nigeria aside legislative framework to institutionalise the sector.

He promised not to rest on his oars until the ‘Tour Nigeria’ and ‘Nigerian Flavour’ twin programmes he conceived are driving to their full potentials and replicated in all states of the federation.

Tour Nigeria is a tourism brand, created by the NTDC in 2017, under the Coker-led administration, to promote domestic tourism in Nigeria.

Coker revealed that the Corporation is deploying digital platforms and strategies to revolutionise the sector, saying “We are embracing digital transformation tools to gain more mileage and penetration to sell the Nigerian flavours – music, film, fashion and food to the global world.”

The NTDC boss then reiterated his road map for the Nigerian Tourism, a five-point action plan – acronymic CHIEF (Corporate Governance & Regulations, Human Capital Development, Infrastructural Development, Events and Marketing, and Finance & Investment) – to promote and develop the tourism industry by promoting domestic tourism and encouraging ease of doing business in Nigeria.

Politics / TAC, NTDC Agree To Collaborate To Strengthen Tourism by Walecoy(m): 10:15pm On Feb 20
The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf has said that the state government was prepared to collaborate with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) to strengthen tourism in the state and in Nigeria.

Speaking during a visit to the Director-General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr Folorunsho Coker aka Folly Coker in Abuja on Wednesday, Akinbile-Yusuf said that her ministry would take advantage of the unique opportunity provided by NTDC to reach out to major tourism stakeholders in Africa.

“This collaboration will provide us with the opportunity to further market Lagos as a must-visit destination in Africa and the world.

“Lagos State is prepared to collaborate with NTDC in areas that will give recognition to creative arts and tourism development.

“Lagos is a preferred destination for business, leisure and entertainment,’’ she said.

Reacting, Mr Folorunsho Coker called on state governments to collaborate with the Federal Government in the joint efforts to boost tourism in their localities.

He said that the visit was necessitated by the need for states to collaborate with the Federal Government to effectively tap into tourism potential in their localities.

The Director-General urged other states in the federation to emulate Lagos in its rapprochement towards the Federal Government for mutual benefits of both levels of government.

“When the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government come together on a project, success is guaranteed. It is like saying when both parties clap, the whole of Africa will hear.

“Tourism has huge revenue-generating potential and it is good for the government at all levels to come together and tap optimum benefits of this potential,’’ Coker said.

He urged other states in the federation to emulate Lagos State by mapping out collaborative strategies with the federal government to develop tourism and other sectors of the economy.

Akinbile-Yusuf was accompanied on the visit by Mr Babatubnde Olaide-Mesewaku, Permanent Secretary, Lagos Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and other top officials of the ministry.

Politics / Tit For Tat: Jumoke Okoya-thomas Shuns Godmother, Kemi Nelson’s Birthday Party by Walecoy(m): 6:55pm On Feb 10
Former House of Representatives member, Jumoke Okoya-Thomas has also shunned the 64th birthday party of All Progressives Congress (APC) Southwest Women Leader, Chief Mrs. Kemi Nelson.

This latest development has been seen as social observers as retaliation to Kemi Nelson for shunning the 5th year remembrance of her dad, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas last weekend in Lagos.

Before now, many have seen Kemi Nelson as the godmother of Lagos APC Women Leader, Jumoke Okoya-Thomas as they remain inseparable before the unfortunate incident that tore them apart like a worn-out garment.

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Politics / Why Kemi Nelson Shunned Chief Molade Okoya-thomas’ 5th Year Remembrance Event by Walecoy(m): 5:19pm On Feb 05
The silent feud between All Progressive Party (APC) women leaders, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas and Chief Kemi Nelson are gradually generating into a family squabble as the latter shunned Chief Okoya Thomas 5th year remembrance.

The event which was held at the Oriental Hotels in Lekki witnessed some of the big wigs in the society and political landscape of Lagos, all present to honor the late Asoju Oba of Lagos.


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Business / Untold Story Of How Former Bank MD, Yemi Adeola Handed Over To His Protege by Walecoy(m): 10:44am On Dec 13, 2019
If Yemi Adeola wanted to prolong as the MD/CEO of Sterling Bank, he had no shortage of sit-tight leaders in the political arena and world of business to emulate.

But unlike those fatuous Emperors for life who have turned whole countries and organizations into their personal kingdoms, Yemi knows that maintaining the status quo for too long will lead to stagnation.

After 14 years of service as a founding director and 10 years as substantive chief executive officer of Sterling Bank, Yemi felt the time was right to move on to other adventures.

But unlike the situation with some other banks where the replacement of a CEO led to civil war among senior management, the process with Sterling Bank was smooth and gradual.

The net was cast wide in search of suitable candidates to replace the indefatigable Adeola, at the end of which Abubakar Suleiman emerged as the chosen one.

Rather than thrust him abruptly into the financial sector pond where he would be at risk of being eaten by sharks, Suleiman was gradually groomed into the role.

Yemi, no doubt, has made so much money for himself as the bank MD. While too many of his peers, gained from their wealth only the fear of losing it, Yemi gained from his wealth, comfort, contentment and a deep sense of purpose.

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Culture / ‘we Don’t Recognize Hakeem Ajasa As The Next Oniru Of Iruland’ – Abisogun Family by Walecoy(m): 2:01pm On Dec 07, 2019
Abisogun Family has described a report in a section of the media that the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to ex-governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Mr. Hakeem Ajasa has been picked as the next Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State as fake news.
According to the family, the selection of Ajasa, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) as the next Oniru of Iruland, is kangaroo and it is not known to the entire family.
The family said in a public notice titled; “Fake News By A Section of Abisogun Ruling House” that the “public and all interested parties are put on notice of the kangaroo selection of a person unknown to the entire Oniru Family to rule over their land and fill the currently vacant Oniru Chieftaincy stool.”
The family, who described themselves as Cheated Members of Abisogun Ruling House, alleged in the notice that was released to the media on Friday that being a policeman, they had information from reliable sources that Akeem Ajasa had harassed, intimidated and threatened other members of his ruling house.
“We also have information that under the table exchange of funds have taken place and the result of all these illegalities is the kangaroo selection.




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Crime / Crime: Man Caught With Dead Baby In A Suitcase In Abuja by Walecoy(m): 7:50am On Dec 03, 2019
Residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja were taken aback on Sunday September 16, 2012, when a suspected ritual killer, Mr. Usman Inuwa was caught with a dead baby stuffed in a suitcase at Tipper garage near Gwarimpa in Abuja

It was gathered that Inuwa was arrested on a tip-off, but another source said that the conductor of the bus he entered asked him to bring his suitcase so it could be stored properly and the man vehemently refused.

"Suspecting a foul play, the conductor asked him what was inside the suitcase, but he refused to reveal what was there.

"As the man tried to leave the bus, the conductor and others seized the suitcase from him and found the dead boy inside," said a source.

The source added that upon interrogation at the scene of the incident, the suspect was asked to name his accomplices, especially as they noticed that he was having discussions with one of the passengers in the bus, who had left to buy some items prior to when the vehicle would move.

A mob later reportedly gathered to deal with Usman Inuwa, and questioned him about how he came about the dead body and the whereabouts of the man they had seen with him earlier.

Sources said that the man, whose name was later given as Mr. Vincent Ovie Adjarho had to beat a retreat after buying the items he went for, when he overheard the mob shouting "where is that your friend, he must know about this dead boy."

Inuwa allegedly told the police, who arrived the scene of the incident later that the man they saw with him was a neighbour with whom he lived in the same compound and that he was not involved in the murder case of the three-year-old little boy.

A source revealed that Inuwa was forced to disclose his residential address to the police during interrogation and that the police insisted on arresting Vincent, who they said must know about the crime since they both sat together in the bus and were seen discussing.

Investigations revealed that Mr. Vincent Ovie Adjarho is nowhere to be found as he had to run for his dear life over a matter sources said he knew nothing about.

It was learnt that the F.C.T Police Area command Gwarimpa has arrested the mother of Vincent for questioning on the whereabouts of her son.

"The mother told the police in her statement that her son was missing as the family of the victim had promised to kill him if he is seen anywhere.

"But I can tell you that this is one of the ways Nigeria Police implicate innocent members of the public. They insisted that Inuwa must implicate the man the conductor said he was discussing with in the vehicle before the man left the scene to buy soft drink and snack," said a source.

The F.C.T Police Area Command has since declared Mr. Vincent Ovie Adjarho wanted for the murder of the three-year-old baby.

In the press release signed by the F.C.T Commissioner of Police, CP Sadiq Bello and dated 23rd September, 2012 the police stated that "this is to inform the general public that one Mr. Vincent Ovie Adjarho, a native of Urhobo, Delta State is wanted by the Nigerian Police Force for a case of the murder of a three (3) year old kid which took place on the 15th of September, 2012 in Bwari, Abuja."

It was added that Mr. Vincent is said to be among the gang "as confessed by a suspect Mr. Usman Inuwa who was found with the body parts of the kid in a briefcase at Tipper garage along Kubwa express.

"The Nigerian Police urges anyone who knows the whereabouts of Mr. Vincent to please report to the nearest police station."

Programming / United Nations Honours Sowemimo Abiodun In New York by Walecoy(m): 11:09pm On Nov 18, 2019
Sowemimo Abiodun won the world award for 2019 SDGs #9 achievement in Innovations, Industry & Infrastructure. On the occasion of the High-Level Segment of the 74th UN General Assembly, the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, in collaboration with the World Award Foundation & Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development (SV-NED).

The last must not have been heard about serial entrepreneur and ECOWAS Youth Council Ambassador, Dr Sowemimo Abiodun as he's recently honoured by the world award foundation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 25, 2019.





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Politics / Kemi Nelson Again! Throwing Stones From A Glass House!! by Walecoy(m): 3:02pm On Oct 25, 2019
A Lagos based socio-political group has accused the South West Women Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) of sponsoring media attacks against her perceived political enemies in the state. The group, known as Lagos Women of Action stated in a press statement signed by Alhaja Faderera Johnson, made available to our reporter stated that Mrs Nelson should desist from her inglorious and distasteful political games of pulling other women down or be forced to exposed her immoral ways to the public. Read the press statement below……..


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Politics / Ojolowo Insists On Mandate As Dep. Gov Noimot Salako Ask Him To Forgo Ambition by Walecoy(m): 2:33pm On Oct 25, 2019
Ado-Odo/Ota Caretaker Crisis Latest: Segun Ojolowo Insists On Mandate As Deputy Gov Noimot Salako Ask Him to Forgo Ambition

The controversy generated in Ado-Odo/Ota local government of Ogun State over the mini election held by the All Progressive Congress leaders to choose a Caretaker Chairman as requested for by governor Dapo Abiodun across the local government is getting interesting by the day.

It was reported two days ago that eight leaders of the party met at the Dolpin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos home of the state’s deputy governor, Alhaja Noimot Salako Oyedele where the leaders decided to cast their votes..........


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Politics / Revealed: How Ogun Transport Committee Deceived Governor Dapo Abiodun by Walecoy(m): 1:29pm On Oct 09, 2019
** +Their Many Lies, Fraud

Ogun And Oko’wo Dapo Initiative
After the exposition by the media on the interference and usurpation of duties of transport unions in Ogun State, which we gathered has been causing disaffections among the members of the unions, the 13-man Governor Dapo Abiodun’s Committee on Transportation led by Barrister Sunday Olufemi Adeniyi has come out to deny any wrongdoing, maintaining that it had nothing to do with the activities of the unions since they were suspended by the government in June this year.

In an unsigned press statement replete with inconsistencies and attempt to mislead members of the public, the Dapo Abiodun’s Transport Committee stated that “…….no transport union has been allowed to sell the union tickets, they were only selling the state Internal Revenue Service tickets as mandated by His Excellency, the Governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun.

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Politics / Aviation Expert Say Human Errors Cause Of Air Peace Crashes, Not Tyres! by Walecoy(m): 9:39am On Sep 27, 2019
What Caused 2006 ADC Airline Crash That Killed Sultan Of Sokoto

Contrary to some media reports that the recent crashes recorded by Air Peace, one of Nigeria’s leading airlines were caused by faulty and substandard tryes, experts have revealed that the crashes were caused by human errors and judgments.
Experts who spoke on the matter disclosed that tyres of airplanes are replaced as at when due and that saying that some crashes by Air Peace and some other crashes that have occurred in Nigeria in the past were due to faulty tyres supplied by Airline Management Support Limited were deliberately conjured up to tarnish the image of the company in the industry as there were no facts to substantiate the spurious allegations.
Airline Management Support Limited is a world class service company that is dedicated to providing Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Hawker, ATR, Embraer aircraft airframe families with Aircraft Tyres & Aerospace Fluid and providing maintenance solutions for its clients in Central and West Africa.
In an apparent campaign of calumny, the sponsored reports by some online media, had blamed the cause of the incessant problems in the aviation industry on sharp practices by the airline’s procurement department and the tyre supplier for the airline.


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Politics / Hammed Solomon Olamijuwon Congratulates Sen. Teslim Folarin For His 3rd Term Bid by Walecoy(m): 6:08pm On Jun 17, 2019
The amiable Chief Executive Officer of HSO Global Links Limited, Mr. Hammed Solomon Olamijuwon has congratulated the former senate leader and winner of the Oyo Central Senatorial District in the 2019 General Election, Sen. Teslim Folarin for his success in the last election.

HSO Global Links Limited is a consultant firm that centers its area of concentrations on Real Estate, Property Management and Development, Airline and Travel management services.

Mr. Hammed Solomon Olamijuwon who is a Member of All Progressive Congress expresses his happiness for the success of his candidate in the senatorial district election Senator Teslim Folarin who happens to be his Mentor and Political leader.

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Politics / AGURA STOOL: Ajiboso Ruling House Will Produce The New King by Walecoy(m): 4:47pm On May 21, 2019
The ongoing Kingship tussle presently in Gbagura Kingdom of Abeokuta has taken a new dimension as the Ajiboso ruling house is presently claiming the rightful mandate to the throne.

However an Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta has been asked to declare the appointment of Saburee Babajide Bakre to fill the vacant stool of Agura of Gbagura as null and void by the Ajiboso ruling house for the stool of Agura of Gbagura, in Abeokuta Ogun state, Prince Adetayo Mufutau Adedeji Lugboso.


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Business / Eroton, Midwestern Oil And Gas Enmeshed In Multiple Breach Of Contract Suits by Walecoy(m): 11:11pm On Apr 25, 2019
The business empire of Jite Okoloko, one of the alleged strong allies of former Delta State governor, James Ibori, and a big beneficiary of the nation’s economic patrimony under the sixteen years of the Peoples Democratic Party’s administration that ended in 2015, appears to be heading for difficult times, if the unsavoury news filtering out of Eroton, Midwestern Oil and Gas as well as Notore Chemicals, the three diamonds of the empire, is anything to go by.

Sources disclosed that Notore Chemicals has been battling with operational challenges in the aftermath of its largely undersubscribed attempt to raise fresh working capital from the Stock Exchange last year.

The firm, sources said, has had to review its ambitious expansion and diversification plans it hoped to fund with the expected fresh capital injection that did not materialize. It is also said to be battling with huge cash calls occasioned by its liabilities while several contract and junior non-contract staff are said to have been laid off between December 2018 and end of Q1 2019 due to poor returns.

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Travel / Buhari’s Massive Infrastructural Development Has Boosted Tourism In Nigeria by Walecoy(m): 10:07am On Jan 25, 2019
The Senate has passed the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) (Repeal renactment) Bill 2017 into law. The law, which was initiated to reposition NTDC, is awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari‘s assent. NTDC Director-General Folorunso Coker speaks with Assistant Editor (Arts) OZOLUA UHAKHEME on his expectations of the law and its relevance to global tourism objectives.

Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Director-General, Mr. Folorunso Coker, has described the new NTDC bill awaiting President Buhari’s assent as the needed legal framework to grow the nation’s tourism potential. He said the new bill when passed into law will prompt a financial framework that allows the agency to operate as a business entity capable of generating huge revenues for the economy.

He likened the NTDC’s legal framework to the required foundation (the financial framework inclusive) laid in the communication, banking, oil and gas sectors, which resulted in their huge revenue returns.

He lamented that most tourism operators are now unable to access loans from the banks because tourism does not generate individual returns, which may allow it to withstand 25 per cent interest rate. This, according to him, is because tourism is not seen as a serious business.

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Politics / Timi Olorunsaye Joins House Of Reps Race by Walecoy(m): 9:50am On Jan 25, 2019
Serial entrepreneur and grassroots mobilizer, Timi Olorunsaye has set his eyes on the Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency House of Representatives seat.

His decision to throw his hat in the ring as the African Democratic Congress (ADC) flag bearer is causing serious ripples among the major political parties in Ifako-Ijaiye because the enterprising young man is known to be grassroots politician and man of the people.
A serial entrepreneur with great business acumen and excellent managerial skills, Timi’s work experience spans many years in various sectors and he has a track record of successfully creating and running several small businesses to profitability. He currently sits on the board of several reputable Nigerian companies operating in diverse sectors such as information technology, oil and gas, food processing and printing & packaging.
His journey into politics started during his undergraduate years in Lagos State University when, as a student union activist, he was the honourable member representing his department at the Student Parliamentary Council (SPC), which is the legislative arm of the Student Union Government where he successfully led several agitations on behalf of his constituency.
Much later in life, he joined the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which later metamorphosed into All Progressive Congress (APC). However, he left the party due to some irreconcilable ideological differences and joined Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM). He later emerged as the chairman of the African Democratic Congress in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA after the CNM adopted ADC as a political platform.
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Investment / NTDC Has Recorded Landmark Achievements Despite Historical Debts- Folly Coker by Walecoy(m): 9:41am On Jan 25, 2019
The Senate has passed the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) (Repeal renactment) Bill 2017 into law. The law, which was initiated to reposition NTDC, is awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari‘s assent. NTDC Director-General Folorunso Coker speaks with Assistant Editor (Arts) OZOLUA UHAKHEME on his expectations of the law and its relevance to global tourism objectives.

Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Director-General, Mr. Folorunso Coker, has described the new NTDC bill awaiting President Buhari’s assent as the needed legal framework to grow the nation’s tourism potential. He said the new bill when passed into law will prompt a financial framework that allows the agency to operate as a business entity capable of generating huge revenues for the economy.

He likened the NTDC’s legal framework to the required foundation (the financial framework inclusive) laid in the communication, banking, oil and gas sectors, which resulted in their huge revenue returns.

He lamented that most tourism operators are now unable to access loans from the banks because tourism does not generate individual returns, which may allow it to withstand 25 per cent interest rate. This, according to him, is because tourism is not seen as a serious business.

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Celebrities / Idimu Sole Administrator Arrested By Task Force, Docked In Black Maria [PHOTOS by Walecoy(m): 4:44pm On Aug 09, 2016
Serious demolition of shops curently ongoing in Idimu Council bus stop, the exercise is been carried out by men of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, PorscheClassy Media is reporting.

PorscheClassy gathered exclusively that the the sole administrator who came to the rescue of the helpless citizens, Mr Adedoyin is currently locked In the black maria brought for the operation.


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Celebrities / EXCLUSIVE: Mohammed Babaginda And Rahama Indimi.the True Story by Walecoy(m): 7:00pm On Jul 30, 2016
+ Why Their 14-Year Old Marriage Crashed
+ How Rahama Frustrated His Second Wife, Umma Wali
+ Why Her Sex-inclined Line of Business Was A Source of Constant Feud
+How She Always Took To Social Media To Blackmail Him For Money


The 14-year old marriage between Mohammed Babangida, scion of the Babangida dynasty and his first wife and mother of his four children, Rahama Indimi, has crashed. Rahama has even moved out of the Babangidas’ palatial Hill Top mansion in Minna, Niger State. Since she packed out of her matrimonial home a few months ago, she has been putting up with her sister in Abuja, FCT.
Sources disclosed to The ELITES that the marriage between Mohammed and Rahama crashed as a result of myriad of problems, which was completely beyond the couple’s control. Somehow, the news of their crashed marriage was only known to just the couple’s families and close friends alone.
Until last weekend, when Rahama took to the social media and announced the crash of her marriage to the whole world.
This shocking disclosure set a lot of tongues wagging and it sparked various debates on what could have led to the crash and why a lady, who is supposedly well brought-up, could resort to using the social media to make such an announcement.


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