Hon. Peretei, Ikantu Kennedy – Chairman,
Ese-Odo Local Government Area, Ondo State.
– A Miracle Worker in the Riverine
When his name was announced as the Chairman, Interim Management Committee, Ese-Odo Local Government Area, by His Excellency, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo State Governor, little did the people of the area knows that the desired Messiah has been delivered to them on a platter of gold. And on assumption of duty, tongues were wagging as to whether he would perform to expectation or not. But today, cynics and critics have been beaten to it. Hon. Peretei, Ikantu Kennedy performances which are unprecedented in the history of the area has earned him the appellation of “Miracle Worker” in the riverine and he has become a reference point in local government administration in Ondo State and beyond and also the talk of the town for Ese-Odo at home and in diaspora.
His achievements in Ese-Odo speaks volume and his style of administration is a reflection of his determinantion to serve his people. This must have been his reason to jettison his relationship with the People’s Democratic Party in the build up to the 2007 general election and pitch his tent with the Labour Party to the bewilderment of the ruling party then. The current jet pace of development in Ese-odo Local Government Area of Ondo State has turned to myth the erroneous belief by many in the past that the area is one of the most expensive and difficult area to develop, because of its riverine, peculiar geographical location.
Right now, in the local government, courtesy of Hon Kennedy Ikantu Peretei, Chairman of the Interim Management Committee, the unthinkable is happening, and the unlikely has become a reality, the impossible is now true. Since the advent of Labour Party, the inhabitants of these unique towns have developed themselves to withstand all the ecological, social, economical and political hazard common in the area.
The people of Ese-Odo now live happily and effective both on land and water. In fact, the area which used to depend on others now makes the people stronger and healthier right from the onset, Hon Kennedy Ikantu Peretei approach to upholding democratic concepts and value in administration and his commitments to the welfare of the staff and the people of the local government are manifestations of his vision and ideologies.
Hon Peretei is an embodiment of humility, a man of impeccable character, generous to the people and honest with government properties. He is a grassroots politician which probably accounts for his down to earth approach to issues. A man with penchant of excellence and never leaving anything to chances, he addresses all issues with the appropriate degree of attention and seriousness required.
As a committed hard working and enlightened manager of issues, his administration has restored the hope and confidence of workers by enhancing a free working relationship with the staff.
The people are delighted calling him “Government’’ “Ijoba” because he drives and serves the people with ease.
Hon. Peretei is happily married with children. He has also written many books and publications to include ‘Military Adventurism In Nigeria Politics’.
Hon. Peretei’s stewardship in Ese-Odo Local Government are;
ü Building of 10 blocks of 20 flats of one bedroom housing units for local government workers to ease accommodation problems according to him, “workers’ welfare of paramount importance to my administration.’’
ü Five blocks of 25 lock up shops at Agadagba-ogbon
ü Two blocks of ten lock-up shops at Igbobini.
ü Two blocks of ten lock-up shops at Sabone.
ü Solar power borehole at Ipoke
ü Solar power borehole at Ojuola
ü Construction of new Universal Basic Education Authority Secretariat at Igbekebo.
ü Six sides of 60 open wooden market stores at Ekpetonron,
ü Construction of boats to ease transportation for workers from Igbokoda to Igbekebo.
ü Construction of modern motor car park at local government secretariat Igbekebo.
ü Public toilet at Arogbo.
ü Purchase of lawn mowers.
ü Distribution of relief materials worth 2.5 million naira to victims of rain storm.
ü Renovation of chairman’s office.
ü Renovation of conference hall.
ü Renovation of chairman’s quarters at purchase of electronics.
ü Renovation of D.I.G.A’soffice and purchase of electronics and generator.
ü Renovation of treasurer’s office, and purchase of electronics and generator.
ü Payment, student’s bursary to the tune of 2.5 million naira
BRIEF ON ESE-ODO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, IGBEKEBO
Ese-Odo Local Government was created out of the defunct llaje-Ese Odo Local Government Area on 2nd January, 1997, with headquarters at lgbekebo, Ondo State by the General Sani Abacha Administration.
The Bitumen and oil-rich Local Government is made up of two major ethnic groups: the ljaw Apoi and Arogbo ljaw, who have similar historical antecedents.
The local government has a population of 154,978 with a large land mass and water. It consists of more than one hundred and twenty towns and villages covering an area of over 1,600 square kilometers. Ese-Odo local government has ten electoral wards, namely; Arogbo 1, Arogbo 2, Arogbo 3, Ukparamo 1, Ukparamo 2, Apoi 1, Apoi 2, Apoi 3, Apoi 4, and Apoi 5,. Some of the major towns include: Arogbo, Agadagba-obon, Ajapa, lgbekebo, lgbobini, kiribo, Sabome, lgbotu, lpoke, lnikorogha, Oboro, Awodikuro, lgangbo, Ebiaye, Dibigbini and other suburb villages.
Ese-Odo local government is located in the riverine area of southern Ondo State. It share boundaries in the south with the llaje Local Government, lrele Local Government Areas to the North East, Okitipupa Local Government Area to the North West. The local government also shares boundaries with Delta and Edo State to the South East. The Local Government is within the equatorial evergreen swampy forest which is drained by important rivers: Oluwa, Urogbo, Out, Oputoru and Opuakpatakubu etc which of transportation between the people and other area.
The Local Government has two major paramount rulers. These are: The Agadagba of Arogbo and the Kalasuwei of Apoi. Apart from these paramount rulers, there are also other important traditional rulers like the Tarabiritoru of Arogbo, Egbeghene of Akpata, Nein-abiri-Toru of Opuba, lginabou of Ajapa, Takunbe of lkpoke, Odogun of lgbekebo, The Niyon of Kiribo, The Jowe of lnikorogha, The Olu of lgbobini, lbini of Ojuala etc.
The main occupation of the people of Ese- Odo Local Governmet is fishing. However, subsistence farming is practiced by the kiribo people, others include: building, Gin Distillation, Timber felling and Lumbering, Palm wine tapping, mat weaving etc
ARTS AND CULTURE
Ese-Odo people are rich in culture which they ofter diplay at festivals. The people also have unique and peculiar indigenous music, such as Biripo, Owugiri and Adigidein genres of music.
For instance, the ljaws display most of their creative and artistic prowess through mat weaving, canoe carving walking sticks. The people have a distinct dress code which is quite different from the popularly known Agbada and Aso-Oke in the state. The men dress in a very unique way, they tie wrapper, reaching below the knees and specially sewn shirt reaching from the neck to the upper parts of the legs, which is usually designed at the front and back with golden or silver buttons and chains always matched with hat.
The Local Government is blessed with abundant mineral resources some to be exploited. These include bitumen, silica sand, kaolin etc.
The Local Government has abundant economic potentials.
A, Canoe carving
B, Ogogoro/Alcohol Distillation and palm wine tapping
C, Palm-Oil producing mill at lpoke and Ojuala.
Ese-Odo Local Government is administered by an interim management committee, headed by Mr. Kennedy lkantu Peretei, an Astute politician and pace setter. He is one of the leading lights of grassroot Journalism in Nigeria. He is supported by eight supervisor, all appointed by the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko. The civil Servants are headed by a Director of Loca Government Administrator (DLGA) who is the main link between the Politician and the Civil Servants.
A great part of Ese-Odo Local Government Area is approachable by water. All the Apoi towns are accessible both through land and water while the Arogbo Areas are only accessible by water.
The Local Government Area is very active in Sports, excelling in many tournaments. For instance, the council won twenty one gold medals, seventeen silver and eleven Bronze medal for the Okitipupa zone during the just concluded 9th Ondo State Sports Festival. The Local Government contingent also won 3 gold medals at the Ebosu swimming competition held in Lagos on September, 2009.
Before the advert of the Peretei administration, Ese-Odo Local Government was replete with cases of kidnapping and militancy, but peace finally came during this administration with the Federal Government Amnesty programme. Even before the surrender of arms by the militants, Mr Kennedy Peretei engaged them in meaningful discussion that brought about peace in the Area. During a tour of the troubled areas the militants made the suggestions as to the way forward and those thing they required to bring them out of the creeks. To a large extent the chairman rose to the occation and peace has returned since then,
THE WORKING TEAM
1. Mr. Kennedy Ikantu Peretei, Chairman
2. Mrs Olukemi Peretei, Chairperson
3. Hon. Stanley Elemi, Sup. For Special Duties
4. Hon. Felix George, Sup. For Political & Chieftanicy
5. Hon. M.A. Asogbo, Sup for Agriculture
6. Prince Juba A.A. H.P.M. Ese-Odo L.G.A
7. Olajide lsrael Oladipo, DLGA
8. Hon. lsreal Emokenighan Timi, Sup.for Works
9. Hon. Olatunbosun M.Odele, Sup. For Sports & Youth Affair
10. Hon. (Chief) E.l. Yanboh,Sup. For Health
11. Hon. Grace Adeyorinju, Sup. For Women Affairs & Youth Empowerment
12. Prince Olabode S.O (JP), TLG
13. Hon. Rufus Omotayo, Sup. For Education
14. Mr Success lkiyouleimo Odogbo, Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman Ese-Odo LGA
A Phenomenon at 50
Hitting the age of 50 is a landmark and a milestone to be celebrated. Fifty years and still counting, Aremo Olusiji Balogun, is a phenomenon and a case study in humanity.
He is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria among others. He is the Founder of Ase Youth Association and several other organisations.
His company Promec Innovative Concepts was a child of necessity when his attempt to register Prince Royal Media Concept (Promec) at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) met a brick wall.
Olusiji Balogun is a media guru and an organizational growth and business development expert with adaptable skills. He is able to use own initiative or work as part of a team. An efficient and effective Human Resources Manager, community worker, excellent communicator at all levels within and outside organizations; he has good problem solving and analytical skills with pioneering spirit.
Olusij’s specific interests include teaching and learning for new product development, business development, participatory social activities, keen insight into the needs of others and with high energy, initiative and focus, proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives.
An effective community and social worker, he is fluent with information technology and capable of handling executive assignments and leadership. His other qualities include being positive with potential ideas, he has the ability to work with anyone under any condition or situation and contribute greatly to achieving the best goals of the establishment.
Oluwasijibomi Gideon Balogun was born on the 8th September, 1972 in Ondo town to the family of Samuel Olusegun Balogun and Mrs Grace Remilekun Balogun of Ase Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State. Both parents are retired Civil Servants. Olusiji was raised up with strong Christian virtue.
He had his early education at St. Luke’s Primary School, Akure but finished at Muslim Primary School, Ikaram Akoko, all in Ondo State, where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate. He subsequently earned his West African Senior School Certificate in 1990 after attending Omoluorogbo Grammar School, Akure before proceeding to Ala Community Comprehensive High School, Ala-Elefosan, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State.
He also attended the Institute of Journalism and Nigerian Institute of Journalism, (NIJ), Akure Campus for his Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations, after a sojourn at Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) briefly in the Institute of Science Laboratory Technology. He also went to Akwa-Ibom State Polytechnic, for his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration.
He later proceeded to the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State for his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration.
He is a Member of various professional bodies.
After leaving school, Olusiji started working as a freelance Journalist and Printer. He started Eminent Leaders Magazine in 1996 and registered Prince Royal Media Concepts with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), in 1999 which he upgraded to Eminent Leaders World Communications Limited publisher of Eminent Leaders magazine.
He worked with several organisations where he left indelible footprints of punctuality, hard work and professionalism. He worked with Mentors Communications, Abuja in different capacities. At Mentors Communications, he was the pioneer Editor of Rootswatch Magazine. He was Technical Assistant to the Managing Director of Quarry Managers Company in Abuja, headed by the late Abdulhakeem Amao. He was Special Event Manager with ITAD/MotMacdonald/PWC in Calabar and Water Supply and Sanitation Reform Programme (WSSRP) in Abuja. Both projects under the Integrated Water Resource Management European Commission.
He also had a stint with Hatlab Delight as a Business Development Manager and Head of Administration, O.T. Otis Engineering Limited. He resigned his appointment with Successory Nigeria Limited, Abuja, as Head of Project Management, in year 2019 to move his outfit forward.
Olusiji Balogun experience in politics is vast. His team helped installed Olusegun Agagu and Olusegun Mimiko as Ondo State Governors. He was the nucleus of Olusegun Mimiko Campaign Organisation for his second term when he was Editor of Grassroots Vanguard Newspaper of Grassroots Network.
He attempted to contest for the coveted seat of Ondo State Governor in 2020.
His experience in administration is versed as he is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Full Member Institute of Professional Administrators and Managers (IPMA) and many other professional bodies. He is a partner in many companies and Chief Executive Officer of Promec Innovative Entrepreneurship and Science Academy (PIESA) and several other firms.
He currently has his hand in farming as he started Ase Farms Nigeria Limited, asefarms.com.ng.
His hobby includes travelling, reading, surfing the internet and adventures.
Ambassador Bayo Lawal Appointed American Diplomatic Representative in Brazil Ambassador Bayo Lawal, is truly a chip off the block. Born in Osogbo, Osun State of Nigeria, into the royal house of Olumodi Oyipiloye and Asuni Compound (Maternal) Osogbo. Bayo Lawal has become the first Nigerian to receive an American diplomatic status in Brazil. At a diplomatic ceremony held on the 17th of December, 2021 in the executive auditorium of the State Legislative Council, Saopaulo , Brazil, the American Government, through its Diplomatic Mission of International Relations (ADMIR) sworn In Ambassador Bayo Lukman Lawal as one of its appointed diplomatic representatives of the American diplomatic mission in Brazil. The humanitarian and diplomatic mission , which for the first time, included a Nigerian living in Brazil, inaugurated other important personalties in Brazil as members of its humanitarian project scheduled for Africa and Europe in the year 2022. Bayo Lawal is from a royal and polygamous house where hardwork is the hallmark. Though born by a successful business man popularly known as “Were Nise Oluwa”, Bayo Lawal has been a focused, hard-working and persevering youngman. His stint with the Osun State Board of Internal Revenue after his days at The Federal Polytechnic, Offa, set him in a progress pedestal. At the Board of Internal Revenue, his hardworking nature, made him a darling of all. Ambassador Bayo Lawal, before leaving the shores of Nigeria, originated the idea of honouring women in Nigerian society in 1999, tagged “Women Entrepreneur Merit Award” organised by Spotlight Media Ventures. He was then the PRO and Reporter for the firm. Ambassador Bayo Lawal and other personalities like the notable former Brazilian football captain, Capitão Cafu , the Saopaulo State First Lady, Mrs. Bia Doria, the Director of Federal Police, the Honorable speaker of the House of Assembly in Saopaulo , Representatives from several African and European countries witnessed the event. According to the President of the mission in Brazil, Dr. Fernando Navarro, the principal function of the American diplomatic mission of International relations is simple, it is humanitarian, it is helping to make the world a better place to live, he said the mission is to combat hunger and help the needy. Ambassador Bayo Lawal, who has lived in Brazil for over twenty years has worked in different functions in the international relations, he is an administrator who has led his team of excellent professionals within and outside Brazil. He is the presently the CEO of Mab Consulting Services, an International Trade and Business Development company with spread in the South America, Africa, China, USA, Europe and UAE. Bayo Lawal, who served as a Business Consultant at Grupo Empresarial Costa Negocios, taught courses in several English Schools in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was Business English Teacher For Executives between 1999 – 2014. He worked at the Costa Negocios Group, FGV Projetos, Bimex Comercial Ltda., and many others. In his interview with Heritage news, Ambassador Lawal said “I am dedicating my achievements in Brazil to the Almighty God and also to my late parents, Prince Yekeen Lawal and Mrs. Bolanle Lawal. I also owe this success to my family in Brazil , my friends and colleagues who are always by me.” Ambassador Bayo Lawal said he is ready to work with all humanitarian organizations in Nigeria and overseas, using his office as an ambassador to help better the standards of every Nigerian, African immigrants in Brazil and around the world. He promised to lead projects of housing estates to Osogbo and other necessary locals in Nigeria.Ambassador Bayo Lawal is married to an Italian descendant Brazilian, Mrs. Sara Guerino Lawal and blessed with three children; Nathalie Mariam Oyenike Lawal, Derick Afeez Oyewale Lawal and Allan Khalil Babatunde Lawal.
Iyalaje Tolulola Olajibike Bayode was born in Akure and hails from Oba-Ile. She’s the daughter of Chief Joseph Bayode and Pastor Mrs Bayode.
Tolulola Olajibike Bayode, RN, BSN, MD, is a trained medical professional but with an unusual passion for the well-being of the less privileged. Having travelled far and wide,Tolulola share an uncanny obsession of giving abandoned children and widows another shot at life,employing both her professional training and God given resources in assisting the less privileged at will leading her to initiating Dorian Home for Displaced Children & Mothers Initiative.
The African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council appointed this Akure born philanthropist Dr. Tolulola Bayode as Head, Social Affairs and Health Cluster Committee. The job description entails implementing the overall goals of the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063, Sets annual performance targets for the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development portfolio and report on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs.
In 2009, Dr.Bayode established Dorian Home for Charity and Social Development as a Non-governmental Organization (NGO). She’s the CEO/ President. Her personal encounter and experience in the course of discharging her professional duties, most especially in the Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) Camps, Community/Rural Medical Outreach programs, just to mention a few, afforded her a first-hand and comprehensive understanding of the plethora of unsavoury plights of women and children in our society.
Dorian Home is the biggest orphanage home in Africa, consisting of 700 homes for children,500-capacity skill acquisition centre for women, large hall for events, modern clinic and a worship centre. Dorian Home for Charity and Social Development is situated at Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Described as the biggest orphanage home in Africa, the ultramodern facility worth $5million and was finally commissioned on the 14th of October 2021.
Dorian Home is not limited to taking care of just abandoned babies and widows but also focused on research, training, empowerment and mobilize women towards self-emancipation. A glamorous persona imbued with the philosophy of giving hope to the hopeless, creating a better living condition for the abandoned, Tolulola is in the forefront of Safe Haven Law in Nigeria – the leaving of unharmed infants with statutorily designated private persons so that the child becomes a ward of the state with proper upbringing.
At the commissioning of the home, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President of Nigeria, called for the provision of adequate welfare for vulnerable children and women in the society. The vice president commended Bayode for making provision of the basic needs of homeless children and women her passion. He said that about nine per cent of Nigerian children were homeless; a figure Osinbajo said seems to be growing rapidly. The vice president, however, called on well meaning Nigerians to join hands with the government to provide adequate care for the homeless children, saying that government alone could not do it. Osinbajo described the laudable project as one that would stand the test of time for the less privileged and empowerment for women in society.
During her speech, the Founder and President of Dorian Home, Dr Tolulola Bayode, said that vision of the project was about leaving a legacy of hope for the orphaned children, widows and less privileged women in the society. According to Bayode, reality dawned on her after the shocking demise of her elder brother, the purpose of man on earth is to touch life and uplift humanity. Bayode said the covenant she had with God to have the home was based on her love for humanity, widow, indigent and displaced children to live a better life. She also appealed to the government to provide adequate security checkpoints along Akure/Idanre Road, adding that the future of any child should not be toiled with. She emphasised that not that she has the resources but has a heart of giving.
Represented at the ocassion, was the governor of Ondo State represented by his Deputy, Mr Lucky Ayadatiwa, who said that the project compliment the administration’s REDEEM agenda of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. He commended the Founder of the home for her initiative. Akeredolu described the project as unique because it focus on the neglected section of the society. Akeredolu said the project would receive the support and patronage of the state government. He said the state government would continue to support the social initiative programmes of the Dorian Home.
Also, speaking at the ocassion, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, urged people to emulate the kind gesture that counts for the good of humanity by trying to make the society a better place for humanity. Alasoadura said that Nigeria would be a better place, if everyone tried to provide a home like heaven on Earth, especially for the displaced and indigent children, just as the orphanage.
Tolulola Olajibike Bayode, as a natural social and talented care giver has continually provided training, education and health consultations in the non-profit entrepreneurial sector to youths in different parts of the world and has successfully maneuvered the delicate balance between dedication to mission in a wide range of settings. Aside her passion for the creating a better living for commoners, she has years of extensive managerial experience in the non-profit sector, with outstanding records in getting initiatives off the ground and flourishing.
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