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.
Nigerian Attains American Diplomatic Status In Brazil
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.
DR TOLULOLA OLAJIBIKE BAYODE OPENS THE BIGGEST HOME FOR THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN AFRICA
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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Ishaku Samaila. NCE (Physics/Chemistry, COE Akwanga, 1992); BTech (Industrial Chemistry ATBU Bauchi, 1999); MBA (London Metropolitan University 2004); MSc (Information Systems, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2009) MD of two real estate firms from 2010 – 2017
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