NO AGREEMENT TO CHANGE PARTY,
WE ARE HAPPY WHERE WE ARE – MIMIKO
Against the accusation that he betrayed the Action Congress of Nigeria by not campaigning for the Party in the forthcoming general elections, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has declared that neither he nor his party had any agreement with anybody or party and also expressing his determination to serve the people more. This assertion was made during the monthly interactive programme, The Governor Speaks aired on media stations across the state and anchored by Ladi Akeredolu Ale, Director General, Ondo State Radiovision Corporation (OSRC). Excerpts:
On his administration’s achievements and celebration of 2 years in office:
Over the last three weeks or so of going round to commission projects, the reaction of our people is so exciting. The type of feelings I get from the people, I can’t exchange it for anything. I can see people who are joyful and happy, showing that their expectations of good governance and for responsive governance had not been dashed. People now see government as their own in terms of execution of projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people.
The other exciting part of my tour across the state is that we have also taken time to commission some local governments executed projects. It is exciting that there is a paradigm shift in quality of projects executed by these local governments. The local governments have keyed into our own new job efforts in terms of quality of job in the aspect of quality delivery. Projects executed by local governments in the state are now of international standards.
I give all glory to God that 2 years after, people are still excited with this administration the way they were at inauguration.
I cannot get tired working with the kind of response I get from the people. It energises me and keep me going on and on and on. You cannot imagine how much our people appreciate the little you do for them
Reasons why his administration is investing in market construction:
Markets in most Yoruba settings are next to the palace of traditional rulers. The market is the centre of commerce. It is central to the lives of our people. If there is any place that is being visited daily by everybody, it is the market. Then, why should we leave our market as if they are meant for animals and not humans? Why is it that during the raining season, you have to think twice to muster the courage to go to the market? Why is it that the woman that is more or less the engine room of the activities of the society are already disadvantaged by reason of their gender and financial economic control at home level? Why must we confine them to those so called dirty markets?
On efforts to revive ailing industries and creation of new ones:
The problem faced in the efforts to revive the industries is generating of power. Without electricity or power no industry can be competitive. Our poised to building our own gas plant to generate our own power as part of efforts to industrialise the state. We are already signing agreement with foreign companies to build our own gas plant to generate power for all the industries in the state to be competitive and not run on generators.
On the accusation by oppositions that projects executed are high in cost and amount to waste:
We are focusing on deliverables and we are deploying our resources very efficiently. I’m always on the street monitoring the projects. So, what we have is efficient management of resources.
Some people may have miniature or micro-vision but I have said it clearly, everything we are doing, we are benchmarking Ondo State for Africa. The Mother and Child hospital has been declared by the world body as the best practice adoptable, if maternal and infant mortality must be tackled. By the time our mega schools are ready, they would be like no other school in Nigeria. And when we must have leave the stage, no one will come and build anything less.
The people voted for me because of the vision I sold them. I said I want to run Ondo State as the ‘Best Run State’ in Nigeria. I want to make it the cynosure of all eyes. I don’t want the state to be a cynosure of all eyes by building bush rats schools. I want to build a new generation of schools and expand the horizon of our people.
On the forthcoming general elections:
For my party, Labour Party, the campaign has been made easy for us. The people of Ondo State are enlightened. You cannot deceive them. Our major opposition has been there for 6 years and placing us side by side with them, the people can judge themselves. The electorates are better and smarter than what most politicians think they were. Let your work speak for you.
You cannot cow our people anymore through brigandage. Let me appeal to politicians across party lines, ‘Let us have a free and fair election”. The people don’t want to go back to Egypt. We have had peace for the past two years in Ondo State and the people don’t want to go back to the old days of violence and thuggery. What they want is a free and fair election.
And on the role of money in politics, the more you have good governance the less the role of money. I speak for myself and for my party. If you go to NEPA market, will you bribe the women their to let them know their lives have changed? A woman that went to Mother and child and deliver safely in a healthy and safe environment cannot be bribed to think otherwise.
The more you have good governance, the more people see the nexus between their interest and governance, the less the role of money in politics. The role of money in Ondo State politics is diminishing over time.
On political alignment at State and national level and the accusation of betrayal:
Let me state it clearly that at no time, either as a party or an individual did I enter into agreement with anybody to change party. We are happy with the way we are.
I once moved from Alliance for Democracy (AD) to People’s Democratic Party (PDP), people moved with me because they understood the circumstances and why I had to move. When they shut the door on me and they shot it too arrogantly. People saw why we had to move.
Then I moved from PDP to Labour Party again when everybody knew the circumstances that the owners of the party, those I refer to ‘Emperors’, said on their dead body will I become governor and I say look, you can have your party, fortunately there are over 50 political parties. And now I’ll just wake up again and say I want to move. It is just like I’m taking the people for granted. We are happy where we are as Labour Party and we are not going anywhere.
Still on Election 2011 and voters:
It is absolutely clear that INEC has adopted the modified open ballot system. The procedure states that accreditation takes place between 8am and 12noon. At 12 after the last voter has been accredited, we all queue up and proceed to vote in secret. Secret meaning no other person will be able to see what you are marking but it will be in the open.
At the end of that exercise we all wait and the votes will be counted and result read out to us. And even a copy of the result is supposed to be posted on the wall. Then we can go home. Some may even decide, from a decent distance from INEC officials to escort the result to collation centre.
I also think it is ill advice that you cannot use camera phone on Election Day. That is an instrument of transparency. It is an anti-rigging device; and I’m sure this issue will be taking up with the Inspector General of Police. Even, information reaching me says that INEC is not happy about that pronouncement. It is not illegal to use camera phone. It will only promote transparency. And we have said it before, there should be a limit to the number of policemen attached to National assembly members or any public office holders on election day.
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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