SURV. NIRAN AKINNIYI, (MNIS), CHAIRMAN, ILE-OLUJI/OKEIGBO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, ONDO STATE.
Living with a philosophy of life based on Yoruba proverb that “Money can only buy you a bed, it cannot buy you sleep”, Surveyor Niran Akinniyi started his political career from his school days as he played leadership roles as school prefect both in the primary and secondary schools. While at the UNN (Enugu Campus) – a predominantly Ibo students population, Niran contested and won election in 1980/81 as the P.R.O. of the Survey Students Association (SSA). He repeated the same feat and got elected as the President of the SSA in 1981/82.
In 1989/92, Niran was a youth activist in the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) at Okeigbo, when he first showed interest in becoming the Chairman of the then newly created Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government. He later became a founding member and frontline leader of the Congress for National Consensus (CNC) which contested the 1997 council elections and won in the local government area.
Surv. Akinniyi was also a founding member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1998. After the 1999 general elections and assumption of office of late chief Adebayo Adefarati as Governor of Ondo State in May 1999, Akinniyi was appointed in September 1999 to the Ondo State Capital and Urban Development Authority (CUDA) first as Part-Time Board Chairman and later in January 2002 as Executive Chairman. In that capacity, he initiated the Ore Urban Development Project (OUDP) and the Ondo State Community Based Urban Development Projects (OSCBUDP). The Phase 1 of the OUDP was a thirty million Naira (N30m) private sector financed multi facility project with more than 44 building components.
In 2003, Akinniyi voluntarily resigned his position as executive chairman of CUDA to contest the membership of Ondo State House of Assembly on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). After those elections, he retreated to his professional practice until when he was invited by the then Chairman of Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government and persuaded by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leadership, to serve as the Secretary to Local Government (SLG), a position he reluctantly accepted. Three months after, he again voluntarily resigned as SLG due to irreconcilable differences based on public interest.
In 2005/2006, he was actively involved in the founding of ACD and later the Action Congress (AC) in Ondo State. However, when the final decision on the political platform for Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was taken, he swiftly joined other progressives in Ondo State to found the Labour Party (LP), the platform on which Dr. Olusegun Mimiko contested and won the 2007 election as Ondo State Governor.
Surv. Akinniyi was leader of the Okeigbo Chapter of the Labour Party. In June 2009, four months into his administration, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko appointed Akinniyi as Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government. In that capacity, within one year, Akinniyi constructed:
24 lock-up shops at Odolua Market in Ile-Oluji
Office of Special Adviser to the Governor on Projects, ile-Oluji
Modern Motor Park at Oloruntele, Okeigbo
Information and Communication Centre at Surulere, Okeigbo
Ayegbaju – Market road, Okeigbo with drainage
Celestial road, Olorunsogo, Okeigbo with drainage
A borehole at Lipanu, Ile-Oluji
250 kilometres of rural roads (bulldozed and graded)
He also provided 26 laptops (and training) for topmost political functionaries and management staff. Within the same period too, Akinniyi financially assisted 55 physically challenged citizens of Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government on the occasion of the 55th birthday celebration of Mr. Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, on 3rd October, 2009 to the tune of N600,000.00. He had also distributed N2m to 1,000 students of the local government at N2,000 each as Book Allowances while about 250 very aged and poor persons receive monthly stipends from the LG.
As a Surveyor and member of the Boundary Committees at the Community, Local and State levels, Niran had made great contributions to the development of his hometown, his local government area and his state in the last twenty years. He had personally assisted many people from his immediate and larger constituencies with many survey and mapping consultancy services without any financial or other considerations whatsoever..
In 2002, during the final funeral rites for and in memory of his late mother, Akinniyi inaugurated a 15-Bed Female Ward at the Comprehensive Health Centre, Okeigbo.
Niran Akiniyi is a full member of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) and a member of the Association of Practicing Surveyors of Nigeria (APSN) and was registered by the Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria (SURCON) as a surveyor since 1989.
As a member of NIS, Akinniyi at various times, held the positions of State PRO (1990-1994); State Secretary (1994-1996); State Council Representative (1997-1998); Member, Editorial Board of the NIS Newsletter (1998-2000) and National Assistant Secretary General (1998-2000) – the first and only time an Ondo State indigene would be in the NIS national EXCO since inception.
Born about 52years ago, Akinniyi has attended numerous national and international conferences and is married to his childhood heartthrob, Ranti, and they are blessed with good children.
Biography and Profile of Haggai Gutap
Haggai GUTAP is a two time graduate of Economics and he holds a Bachelor of Science & Masters Degrees in Economics respectively both from University of Jos. Presently, he is a Phd. student of Development Economics at the Nigeria Defense Academy Kaduna.
Haggai is a Certified Business Development Service Provider; Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) & Certified Microfinance Technical Service Provider by the CBN & NDIC. He is a Member, Chartered institute of Stock Brokers and Associate Member, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria. He is presently the Managing Partner/Chief Executive of Fingertips Enterprise Development Partners International Limited.
Over the years, he has gathered practical experience in using Cutting Edge Training methodologies for efficient service delivery.
He is presently on the team of Certified Consultants for the past four years anchoring the Microfinance Certification Programme a Central Bank of Nigeria & Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) sponsored Programme.
He has facilitated Trainings and researches at different fora. Among others are: training for World Bank, African Development Bank, and International Fund for Agricultural Development sponsored projects under the FADAMA 2 &3 projects and Rural Finance Building Programme in Nigeria (RUFIN) & German International Corporation (GIZ) respectively.
His areas of core competencies include; Training, Macro Economics Analysis, Microfinance Development packages, Quantitative Analysis, Research, Investments & Portfolio Analysis, Business Development, Retirement Planning and other Pension related matters. He is an astute professional who is a member of different professional bodies in Nigeria which include the following; Institute of Chartered Economists in Nigeria (ICEN), Chartered Institute of Stock Brockers of Nigeria (CIS), Certified Microfinance Training Service Provider and has both foreign and Local training exposures; Microfinance Banking and Development at the Manila University Philipinnes and German International Corporation (GIZ), Business Development, Customer Service Excellence and the Defined Contributory Pension Scheme, Budget and Budgeting.
He is presently the Director General, Plateau State Microfinance, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (PLASMEDA)
Profile of Chuka Umunna,his career and work.
Chuka Umunna was born 17th of October, 1978 to a Nigerian Father and English-Irish Mother, he was educated at Hitherfield Primary School in Streatham, south London, at the voluntary aided Christ Church C of E Primary School (Cotherstone Road) in the Brixton Hill area of Streatham,and at the independent secondary school St. Dunstan’s College in Catford in south-east London. He obtained a 2:1 degree in English and French Law from the University of Manchester and then studied at the University of Burgundy in Dijon in France, and Nottingham Law School in Nottingham.
Education, equality, and community and youth engagement.
He trained at Herbert Smith the large “Magic Circle” City law firm: about his decision to join the firm he said “I wanted to join Herbert Smith because they were a big international firm, very much at the heart of the City, business and finance. Having entered thinking I wanted to be a hotshot corporate lawyer, I ended up wanting to become an employment lawyer because employment relates to people and their relationships. In 2006, he moved to the central London law firm, Rochman Landau, where he mainly acted for individuals and small and medium sized companies. As an employment lawyer, Umunna often spoke in the media on employment issues.
He is “Labour through and through” and says the Tories aren’t serious about equality, “despite what Cameron tries to say with his spin and presentation” and says the BSS is a very positive development, long overdue. But he warns that although Labour has traditionally represented Blacks: “We are in danger of falling behind on that if we don’t increase representation in the future. It’s not just about representation, it’s also about increasing out communities’ general participation in the political process. That’s something we must work on.”
Influence and motivation
At 27 Chuka Umunna has been in main street politics, Influenced by his father who is a died when he was 13. Chuka recalls moment with his father saying “It had a huge influence on my life. I had to grow up very, very quickly.” He added: “Politically my father had a big influence on me. He spoke out against the corruption in Nigeria, for better governance and got involved in politics in Anambra state. He narrowly missed out on winning the governorship of that state shortly before he died in a car crash. He lost because he refused to bribe anyone and was standing on an anti-corruption ticket.
Also motivating were his experiences while growing – In my youth I also often visited my father’s native Nigeria and came face to face with the extreme poverty one sees in Africa in the heart wrenching appeal videos produced by the likes of Oxfam and Comic Relief every year. I simply could not understand why some had so much, whilst others had so little. From there sprung a desire to do something about it and the other challenges we face.
he is presently a School Governor of Sunnyhill Primary School and sits on the Board of Sunnyhill Children’s Centre, both in Streatham Wells. He lives on Streatham High Road.
In addition, he sits on the Board of Generation Next, a not for profit social enterprise which provides activities for young people in London, and has been involved charitable youth work in Lambeth too.
He is a patron of Latimer Creative Media, a social enterprise which trains young people in digital media and a supporter of Cassandra Learning Centre, a charity raising awareness and working to stop domestic violence.
Prior to becoming Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Streatham, Chuka was Vice Chair of Streatham Labour Party from 2004 to 2008 and had held a variety of positions throughout the local party.
In the May 2010 general election, Chuka was elected to represent Streatham having received 20,037 votes, with the number of votes received by Labour rising from 18,950 in the previous general election in 2005. Turnout in Streatham increased by 11.5 percentage points at 62.8% compared with 51.3% in 2005.
He is a member of the GMB and Unite trade unions and sits on the Management Committee of progressive pressure group, Compass.
Since becoming an MP, he has been elected on to the Treasury select committee and become Ed Miliband’s parliamentary private secretary.
In October 2011, Chuka was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, replacing the Rt Hon John Denham MP who announced his resignation from Shadow Cabinet.
In this role, Mr Umunna leads the Opposition Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) team, leading for the opposition on a wide range of issues including business, enterprise, science and universities.
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Honourable Justice Folashade Aguda-Taiwo
President, Customary Court of Appeal, Ondo State
A chip off the old block
Hon. Justice Folashade Oluwatoyin Aguda-Taiwo was born in Ibadan on the 10th of April, 1954 to the family of the Late Eminent Jurist Hon. Justice Timothy Akinola Aguda and Late Chief (Mrs.)Grace Modupeore Aguda (a former Chief Matron of the University College Hospital, Ibadan).
Folashade attended St. Luke’s Demonstration School, Oke-Ado Ibadan between 1957 as aNursery School girl until 1965 when she completed her Primary School education. She attended St. Theresa’sCollege Oke-Ado, Ibadan between 1965 and 1970 where she sat for and passed the West African School Certificate Examinations. She laer proceeded to Olivet Baptist High School, Olivets Heights Oyo where she completed her Higher School Certificate Examinations in Englsh Literature, Geography, Economics and General Paper in December 1972. She was a Church Usher and Chapel Prefect while in Oyo.
Thereafter she worked briefly as a Clerical Officer at the Establishment Division of the Registry of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) between January and September 1973efore her admission to study Law in the same University between September, 1973 and June 1976. During the unversity holidays, Folashade worked in the Law Firmof Chief R.O. A. Akinjide (SAN) wh was a friend of her late dad.while in the unversity she was a chorister of the Anglican Church.
After graduating from Ife, Folashade attended the Ngeria Law schol, LagosCampus beteenseptember 1976 and June 1977 and was alled to the Nigeria Bar on the 2nd of July, 1977. For her NYSC she served at he Departmen of Pulic Prosecutions of the Ministry of Justice, ijebu-Ode, Ogun State as a Legal Officer.
After the successful completion of the NYSC progame,Folashade proceeded to the prestigiousUnversity of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) for her LL.M programme which she sat for and passed the following subjects in 1983, Company Law, Law of Insurance, Comparative Constitutional Law of the Commonwealth Countries and Comparative African.
After retuning back to Nigeria,she worked briefly as an Assistant Registrar in the Establishment Division of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State between 1983 and 1985. From there she joined the Nigeria Law School as Lecturer Grade 2 in May, 1985. Folashade worked her way up the academic ladder at the Law school until she became a Senior Lecturer in March 1991. She left the academic line in September 1992 to join the then booming Banking Industry where she was appointed as the Group Legal Adviser and Company Secretary to some subsidiary companies under the then Kapital Merchant Bank between 1992 and 1994.
With the collapse of the Merchant Banks then Shade joined her father’s (who was then a retired Judge) Legal Firm as an Associate of Akinola Aguda & Co between 1994 and 2001. While with her father she gathered tremendous experience in brief writing and did lots of research work with him. With encouragement from her father to go back to the teaching profession she was reabsorbed into the academic field of the Nigeria Law School in February 2001 as Deputy Director (Academics) and Head of Department of Legal Drafting and Conveyancing. She was at the same time made the Head of the Academic Unit of the Lagos Branch of the Nigeria Law School. She was in this position until she was appointed a Judge of the High Court in Ondo State on the 19th of July, 2002.
While on the Bench Hon. Justice Folashade Aguda-Taiwo worked at various Judicial Divisions of the High Court until her recent appointment as the First President of the Customary Court of Appeal Ondo State on the 14th of February, 2013.
During the judicial career of Her Lordship she attended several Local and International Conferences which include The International Association of Women Judge’s Conference in Sydney, Australia in April, 2006 and a similar conference held in South Korea in 2010. My Lord also attended the World Jurist Conference held in the Czech Republic in Prague in 2011 of which she is a member. She was between 2008 and 2010 the Assistant Secretary of the National Association of Women Judges. She is also a Member of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Management Group (NCMG).
Hon. Justice Folashade Aguda-Taiwo is an extemely hardworking, highly disciplined, dedicated and an incorruptible judge. She possesses the attribtes of honesty, frankness, courage, wisdom and integrity which were imbibed in her by her parents.
My Lord is of the Christian faith of the Anglican Communion and an active Member of the YWCA (Young Women Christian Association) as well as a Memer of the Christian Friendly Society o St. Thomas’s Anglican Church in Akure. She was also a Member o the Church Parochial Council between 2010 and 2011.
Hon. Justice Aguda-Taiwo is arried to Dr. Adetunji Taiwo a Consultant Surgeon and the union is blessed with 4 lovely children and two grandsons. She is lucky to have Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi as a son-in-law. She is also a motherto so many other children who adore her. She loves socializing and enjoys reading, singing and gardening.
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