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The Sorry State of the Nigeria Premier League

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I want to express my unhappiness and disgust on the sorry state of the Nigeria Premier League and this press release is made with a view to express how urgent it is for every concerned individual to take immediate measures of correction before the situation gets catastrophic.  It is painful when I read on the pages of News Papers, hear on the radio or watch on the television the present state of the Nigerian League; where millions of naira cannot be accounted for, cases of match-fixing has turned to be the order of the day, violence and molestations amongst clubs at match venues are so rampant, accusation of bias on the leadership of the League against clubs (even clubs representing the country) all these amongst other issues are very pathetic.

I can say categorically that the litany of court cases rocking Nigeria sports , most especially the football house stem mainly from the unfair and partial handling of issues affecting the Nigerian League and that all the negative happenings in the Nigeria Premier League cannot but be apportioned to the fraudulently installed leadership of  the NPL.

I have made several efforts to correct the injustices that have become prominent in Nigeria today in the last 14 months but, all my legitimate efforts have yielded no result due to certain unhealthy tendencies within the football system by a small cabal. Several appeals have been made by me against the questionable election that brought in the present leadership of the Nigeria Premier League and it is still a surprise that the Nigeria Premier League Appeals Committee have not been allowed to seat over the matter and adjudicate as stipulated by the NPL electoral guidelines in tandem with the NPL statutes.

It is very unfortunate and laughable that rather than allow the Nigeria Premier League Appeal Committee seat over the matter, the Nigeria Football Federation in its wisdom decided to constitute a committee headed by Barr. Eddy Mark (who is the personal Lawyer of Rumson Baribote, the illegal NPL Chairman). The issue becomes a matter of an interested party or the issue of a Judge sitting on his own case… just as Baribote minuted on my appeal which was not addressed to him being an interested party.

The above equally exposes the notion that the Nigeria Football Federation probably one way or the other is enjoying the crisis that is rocking the Nigeria Premier League. It is becoming obvious that the NFF as the superintending body has encouraged illegalities being perpetrated in the NPL. Apparently, one presupposes that it may not get fairness and justice from the present set up in the Nigeria Football administration. I don’t see any convincing reason, why the football house cannot encourage or empower crisis resolution mechanisms, embedded in the statutes and electoral guidelines for people to get justice.

However, as much as I find it very uncomfortable that today; the Nigeria Premier League is being audited for missing millions of naira, I take solace in the fact, that I am being vindicated because I raised the alarm when these unhealthy cases of missing funds started, unfortunately, only very few people cared to listen to me. In general, the Nigerian League scorecard has been very poor in the last season and I believe that it is as a result of the inept and visionless leadership of the NPL which points to the fact that when the head is sick, the body is sick as well.

The attempt to stand justice on its head has failed and its only a recipe for more confusion and crises. I therefore call on the concerned officials (Sports Minister) and draw the attention of the Premier League Clubs to address these:

  1. The Nigeria Premier League Appeals Committee should seat and address the issue of the questionable election that produced the present NPL embattled leadership in line with the NPL electoral guidelines and NPL statutes, as well as look into;

I.            Why the Rumson Baribote  (an interested party) will be the one to minute on my electoral petition and direct it to the Nigeria Football Federation, stating therein that there is no place for appeals in the Nigeria Premier League statutes (inspite of the fact that it is clearly provided for by the NPL statutes and electoral guidelines)

II.            Why will, in an attempt to satisfy Baribote, the Nigeria Football Federation constitute an Appeals Committee on a matter that is completely out of their area of jurisdiction when the NPL has a properly constituted Appeals Committee as clearly highlighted by the FIFA Standard Electoral Code.

III.            Why the NFF will make Barr. Eddy Mark that represented Rumson Baribote during the Election Arbitration case (between Baribote and Owumi) the one to sit as the NFF Appeals Committee Chairman on an electoral petition brought against his client by me.

IV.            Why the NFF will allow/encourage Baribote and his band of conspirators concurred an indefinite suspension on the only representative of South West Zone of Nigeria on the Premier League since last year (for no cogent reason other than victimization to undermine the legitimate petition against his very questionable election). It is unfortunate that the South West has been disallowed from having representation on the NPL and this has led to oppression and victimization of clubs from the South West in the last season.

 

  1. The present financial scandal rocking the Nigerian Premier League is quite unfortunate and I therefore charge:

I.            The Clubs to live up to their responsibilities and expectations as owners of the league and the controllers of the board. They should put aside fear and address the issues courageously. I am convinced that the clubs can call the board and Staff of the NPL to explain how the quantum amount of money declared missing disappeared. They can as well invite other respected Independent Audit Panel to look at all the issues of missing money and mismanaged funds.

II.            The Minister for Youth and Sports to take a bold step in line with his oath, dictates, demands and authority of his hallowed office to ensure that the cancerous situation of the Nigeria Premier League is looked into with a view to heal the injustices and reposition the league so much that tax paying Nigerians are not continually being ripped off.  Concerted monitored efforts should be geared at ensuring that the league can become an enviable league like we have in other climes. I also urge Hon. Bolaji Abdullahi to order, in writing, the Nigeria Football Federation to stop and correct their prejudices and perceived biased interruptions on this matter of my appeal about the Nigeria Premier League illegal election that took place on the 14th of September, 2011.

As heart-warming as it is that the Nations President recently called a sports summit with a view to engender Private Public Partnership in Sports Development in Nigeria, so as to motivate the Corporate and Business World for sponsorship and partnership, the question that begs is, which corporate organization will be ready to put money on the development of the Nigerian Premier League with all the leadership crisis and plethora accusations of fraudulent acts rocking the Nigerian League? Of a fact, the scandalous allegation of missing money will debar intending sponsors from making contributions thereby frustrating the laudable intentions of Mr. President which to my mind is one of the major ingredients that Nigeria needs for sporting growth, most especially football.

It is scientific that the darkest part of a night is at the point of dawn, the present situation demands that the Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports in conjunction with the Premier League Clubs take a radically bold step in ensuring that a new progressive dawn visits the Nigeria Premier League. I am also calling on the NFF to in line with the superintending role of their office re-adjust their stands and allow justice to prevail.

Members of the Press should also note that they have a big role to play in ensuring that the Nigerian Football Administration is put in the right perspective hinged on justice and equity with a view to condemn all corrupt and unrighteous intrigues and negative tendencies that destabilize the system. They should also make sustained efforts at highlighting the how and why the NFF and other concerned agencies should create an environment that encourages progress and development in the interest of the game and benefit of the Nation.

God bless Nigeria.

 

 

Akin Akinbobola

 

 

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Aremo Olusiji Balogun

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Aremo Olusiji Balogun

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.

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Nigerian Attains American Diplomatic Status In Brazil

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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.

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DR TOLULOLA OLAJIBIKE BAYODE OPENS THE BIGGEST HOME FOR THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN AFRICA

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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.

Vice President of Nigeria and Iyalaje Tolulola Olajibike Bayode

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.

Governor of Ondo state with Iyalaje Tolulola Olajibike Bayode

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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