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
AREMO OLUSIJI BALOGUN
A Man of Destiny
Oluwasijibomi Gideon Balogun was born on 8 September, 1972. He is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria among others. He is the Founder of Ase Youth Association, among 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.
He 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. 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. 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.
Born in Ondo town to the family of Samuel Olusegun Balogun and Mrs Grace Remilekun Balogun, both retired. He 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. Olusiji Balogun subsequently earned his West African Senior School Certificate in 1990 after attending Omoluorogbo Grammar School, Akure before proceeding to Ala Community Comprehensive High School, at Ala-Elefosan, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State. He also attended 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 Akure (FUTA) briefly in the Institute of Science Laboratory Technology. He also attended Akwa-Ibom Polytechnic, for his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration. He later proceeded to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. Edo State. for his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. He is an Associate Member of various professional bodies.
After he left school, he 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. 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 and 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, 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.
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.
FG trains unemployed graduates in Delta under GIS
The Federal Ministry of Finance, through its Graduate Internship Scheme has trained about 50 Graduates inDelta State at a training titled “Orientation and Employability Skills Training”.
Mr Dennis Chukwu, Director Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Federal Ministry Finance, on Monday said that the ministry would train over 50 unemployed graduates under the scheme in Delta State.
Mr. Chukwu said the GIS was developed to enhance the employability of up to 50,000 (by 2015) unemployed graduates in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT through internship programs in pre-selected institutions; reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates; build manpower base towards attaining national development operations and provide income supplement and a social safety net for unemployed graduates.
Mrs Ifejiako representing the Director GIS, while addressing the participants in Asaba during the opening ceremony, said that the programme was to train universities and polytechnics graduates on skills acquisition.
She said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country as he decried the current unemployment rate in the country, describing it as unacceptable.
Saying that in view of its prospect for skills building and job creation, the scheme has developed special programmes for non-oil sector. GIS has entered into special partnerships with government and non-governmental organisations to have graduates trained, mentored and supported in areas such as non-oil export trade, ICT, agriculture, community health, construction, financial inclusion, amongst others.
She reiterated that many of the interns are currently part of these partnerships and the Directorate is happy with the positive feedbacks it is receiving from some of the employers, as she maintained that the only key to solve unemployment problem could only be through concerted effort by all the stakeholders.
Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search. “The interns had been placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they were trained on various skills and paid monthly stipend of N30,000 and above.”
She said many graduates have used the GIS platofrom to distinguish themselves in their places of work. in the face of obvious challenges they have defied the odds against them to be true representatives of their families, their communities, the organization where they worked and the country at large.
She also said the objective of the Prepare interns exiting from scheme on opportunities for wealth creation in different sectors of the Nigerian economy; Guide them on strategies for enhanced job creation or employment; Expose interns to opportunities in cooperative system in mobilizing funds for business start-ups and sources of funding.
The programme is also designed to help interns in the place of networking and partnership; Enterprise establishment and development of business plans and Financial literacy and management.
Fundamentally, the training seeks to economically empower the unemployed graduates through conscious engagement and development of entrepreneurial capacities. In an attempt to rightly position the interns to take full advantage of the intervention, the Exit Training was held at the Conference Hall of Southgate Hotel, Asaba, Delta State.
The Lead Facilitator, Aremo Olusiji Balogun of Successory Nigeria Limited therefore, admonished participants to take the training very serious by following the instruction and the basic rules with a view to getting the best.
He said that nobody would give them what they wanted unless they worked towards their own set agenda and goals as he urged the participants to use the knowledge gained to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development.
A representative of one of the partnering firm Barr. Jude Itedjere also urged the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts towards making our graduates employable especially through the GIS Scheme as most employers are reluctant to employing green horns but those with qualities and skills. He praised the FG for the initiative and pray that the programme will be expanded to cater for more graduates.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala -Profile,about her,family and work.
Ngozi okonjo iweala A princess born into a family of well educated Nigerian Royals on 13th day of June 1954, she hails from Delta State of Nigeria,
and spent the early years of her life living with her grand parents while her parents studied abroad. Upon the return of her parents she moved with them to Ibadan, South west of Nigeria where her parents worked with the then University College of Ibadan now University of Ibadan. She latter attended the girls school in Enugu and add a long break due to the civil war in Nigeria. She completed her secondary education at St Annes College in Ibadan.
Though the civil war disrupted her education it did not slow her down, she passed her a levels in with good grades and got admitted into Harvard University to study Economics. Leaving the shores of the country Ngozi Okonjo Iweala performed expectionally well in school and Graduated with good grades. She has a PHD from MIT the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala at the World Bank
Her first experience in the World Bank came through her internship program where she got the first experience of the institution and upon graduation she applied for the young professionals program of the world bank and was absorbed to the team of the world bank elites.
She continued there with a 21-year career as a development economist at the World Bank, where she held the post of Vice President and Corporate Secretary. This included two tours of duty (six years) working in the East Asia Region, the last tour (1997-2000) as Country Director Malaysia, Mongolia, Laos and Cambodia during the East Asian financial crisis; two duty tours in the Middle East Region, the last (2000-2003) as Director, Operations (deputy vice-president) of the region. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also served as Director of Institutional Change and Strategy (1995-1997). In this post she assisted with the implementation of the Bank’s reform agenda. From 1989 to 1991 she was Special assistant to the Senior Vice President, Operations, an assignment that enabled participation in high level policy formulation and discussions for countries as diverse as China and Burkina Faso.
She left twice to serve as Finance Minister of Nigeria, under the dispensation of president Olusegun Obasanjo and president Goodluck Jonathan, came back in between the two presidents term in office to be the Managing Director of the World Bank. Currently she is been tipped to be the President of the World Bank, she received backing from South Africa, Brazil and Scholars like Harvard Professor Pritchett, there might be backing from China and India if they would vote based on merit.
She unsuccessfully ran for the World Bank Presidency, though she was the preferred and most qualified choice the US backed candidate won, she however sets precedence for other contestant to challenge the status quo.
As Finance Minister in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Following her role as Vice President in the World Bank the Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo asked her to be the Finance Minister of the country. The president was impressed with the brief on economic reforms he requested from her and asked her to serve as the Minister of Finance. The position she held between 2003 and 2006,during this period she had a short stint as the Minister of foreign affairs.
As a Minister of Finance she heads a team which is responsible for the economic reforms policy in Nigeria.
She initiated the practice of publishing allocations from to the Federal government to each states in the country.
She was instrumental to boosting Nigeria’s credit rating from Fitch and Standard and Poor’s to BB minus.
She headed a team that renegotiated the cancellation of US $18 billion about 60 percent of Nigeria’s external debt with the Paris Club which includes a juicy buyback to wipes the countries debt and reduces it indebtness to $5 Billion.
After her resignation as Minister of Finance she founded NOI Consulting and also co founded Makeda Funds with SEAF. The Fund was designed to help and support small business in emerging markets. She left NOI consulting to serve as Managing Director of the World Bank. After a while she was called to serve again has the Finance Minister of Nigeria by President Goodluck Jonathan a post she still holds till date.
Recently she has been tipped and nominated for the world bank presidency a position that has been held since inception by a US candidate. If elected she will be the first female president of the bank and also the first non-US candidate. Though she has declined interest she is the best candidate so far, having been a Finance Minister of Nigeria and also a Managing Director at the World bank.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s contribution and works
She brought to the forefront the issue of Corruption and need for transparency and accountability in African Countries. She Joined Brooks a private not for profit research and innovative policy solution organization as a distinguished visiting fellow, where she would be working on three key areas within the global economy and development program:
- The Wolfensohn Centre for Development, led by Johannes Linn
- The Global Health Financing Initiative, recently launched with a Gates Foundation grant
- The Transparency and Accountability Project. The health and transparency projects are led by Senior Fellow David de Ferranti.
She has an academic piece published by Africa World Press in 2003, The Debt Trap in Nigeria: Towards a Sustainable Debt Strategy. Co-edited with Charles C. Soludo and Mansur Muhtar.
A biography of renowned and respected author. Chinua Achebe: Teacher of Light: Co-authored with Tijan Sallah.
TIMES Europe –Hero 2004
Euromoney Magazine – Global Finance Minister of the year 2005
Financial Times/The Banker African Finance Minister 2005
Honorary Doctorate Degrees
Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
Colby College, Maine, USA.
Amherst College, Amherst, MA, USA.
Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.
Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Jamaica.
She is fond of her family, and has Four Children, three boys and a girl. Her Husband who is also her childhood sweetheart is a surgeon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is not only a professional who knows her onion but also a true ambassador of Africa. She is mostly seen wearing her traditional attires.
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