The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) has said President Muhammadu Buhari does not need to reshuffle his cabinet. Singling out the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola, as one minister who has performed creditably well in his ministry, he said it will be a setback for Nigeria if he is redeployed to another ministry.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria also mentioned Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance and Rotimi Amaechi as others who are on top of their job, adding that the president may have decided not to change his cabinet since he believed most of the ministers are round pegs in round holes.
Speaking with the Independent, Sagay said: “In my view, most of the ministers or shall I say a substantial members of his cabinet are doing very well. Take for example Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing. He is doing excellently well. It will be madness to change a man like that who is so much on top of the job and is really doing very well on all the arms of his ministry which are three.
“It will be a setback for this country if a man like that is taken to another ministry. He has to start learning afresh, learning the ropes afresh and to put another person in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to start learning afresh in such a critical ministry will be a grave mistake.
“Also, Kemi Adeosun the Minister of Finance is also doing extremely well. If you look at Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport he is doing very well. I have just mentioned three and there are others who are also doing very well”.“That is my impression that the president doesn’t want the status quo to be disturbed because he has got the best hands doing the best jobs to which they are posted.”
Rotary D9110 Performs Free Cataract Surgeries On 100 Residents Of Lagos and Ogun States
The Rotary District 9110 Committee on Blindness Prevention embarked on a 3-day “Save Our Sight” Mission to Ota, Ogun State, and performed free cataract surgeries on 100 Residents of Lagos and Ogun States. The surgeries took place at the Ace Medicare Clinics, Ota, Ogun State from January 14-17 2021.
The surgeries were sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Eko Atlantic (the Lead Sponsor); Gbagada; Agege and Ota. The project which cost over N4million naira is geared towards depicting the need for a Rotary Eye hospital in a community between both states.
According to the Committee Chair, PP Dr. Basirat Giwa said, “As an organization that is interested in humanitarian services; the District Committee on Blindness Prevention initiated the process of selecting beneficiaries of the project in November 2020. After series of medical screenings, those who benefitted were selected and notified that they have been scheduled for the surgery.”
While commending the committee, District Governor Bola Oyebade noted that the theme for the Rotary Year is Opportunities and he is delighted to see the partnering clubs collaborating to restore the sight of 100 persons. As a humanitarian organization noted for doing good, the beneficiaries will be grateful for the restoration of their sights and our charge to them is to reciprocate good deeds in various ways.
According to him, “The Committee has done a good job by giving in their talent, time and treasure to restore the hope of these Nigerians. They have made the District proud. The ultimate aim of this Mission is to establish a Rotary Eye Clinic that will provide all-year-round quality and affordable Ophthalmic Services to the poor and vulnerable.”
Speaking on the behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Folashade Alawode expressed her appreciation to the team for helping to restore their sights. She noted that the process of selecting the beneficiaries was devoid of any favouritism and they were well taken care of all through the period of being hospitalized. “After the surgery, my eye pads were removed, my eyes were dressed and I was given appropriate medications and instructions.”
Other members of the Committee include Rotns Dele Balogun; Abioye Giwa; Babatunde Awoyemi; Favour Madu; Airen Efosa and Fatai Oluyadi. Others are Rotns Dr. Wole Kukoyi; Niyi Adedokun; Sanjeev Tandon; Tunde Solu; Victor Edomwande and Toun Agbe Davies.
Other partnering institutions are Eye Institute of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital that assembled the team of Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic Nurses and other support staff, and Mouka Foam that donated 100 Hospital Mattresses.
“The Labour Of Our Heroes Past Shall Never Be In Vain” —-By Moyo Odunlami
This line from the Nigerian national anthem is a paradox in itself, especially when one takes a look at present-day Nigeria and realizes that the labour of the dead heroes who fought for the nation’s independence seems to be wasted. It has been sixty-one years since Nigeria gained her independence from Britain.
For the past sixty-one years, Nigerians have had to deal with the same regurgitated set of leaders. In fact, if Nnamdi Azikiwe and co. were to come back from the dead and take a field trip to Nigeria, they’d be shocked to find the same set of people, who were in power during the 80s, still ruling Nigeria.
As Nigerians, it is clear that we have a leadership problem. The old men who ruled when our fathers were half-naked, innocent children are still in power today. This brings us to the big question: why?
Why are youths not holding the reins of power? To any foreigner observing from outside Nigeria, two answers may seem correct. One, the nation is practicing gerontocracy. Two, the youths are too incompetent to handle power.
However, as Nigerians living in Nigeria, we all know that these answers are incorrect. The problem with Nigeria is that the country is run by a set of people whose hands are stuck to the reins of power. Young Nigerians are rarely given positions of power and in cases where youths are elected into power, they only end up being puppets to the ruling class.
So far, Nigerian youths have proven their mettle and resilience in handling leadership positions, from creating startup companies to organizing groundbreaking revolutions.
However, just one thing stands in their way: lack of opportunities. For young Nigerians living in today’s world, finding the right opportunity is almost as difficult as finding a unicorn.
To make matters worse, there is an uneasy wave of political apathy among the younger generation. Most youths who have the leadership skills required to turn this nation around are simply not interested as a result of the discouraging state of the political and socio-economic systems.
Fortunately, this problem seems to be coming to an end, thanks to one man, Hon. Shina Abiola Peller, the senator representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola and Iwajowa constituency in the Federal House of Representatives. In January 2020, Hon. Shina Peller alongside a few young Nigerians birthed the idea of Lead Generation Initiative (LGI), a youth-driven organization committed to creating opportunities for young people to achieve their dreams and channel their creativity towards developing the nation.
Under the leadership of the young senator, LGI has successfully carved a niche for itself as a frontline organization promoting youth participation and empowerment.
In 2020, it partnered with YIAGA Africa to create the Get Involved Leadership Training (GILT), a program aimed at training youths on core leadership skills such as strategic communication, active citizenship, and nation-building. The program kicked off in Ibadan, Oyo state with up to 68 participants drawn from the 33 local governments of the state.
Moyo Odunlami writes from Ikeja
Three Burnt To Death, Six Injured In Ogun Tanker Fire Accident
Three persons were burnt to death and six others critically injured on Tuesday morning in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, when a tanker fell on ever-busy Presidential Boulevard road, following an accident.
The tanker conveying petroleum product fell after suffering brake failure while descending the Kuto Bridge.
A commercial motorcycle operator was knocked down to death by the tanker while others struggled to flee from the raging fire.
It was learnt that the tanker fell on the road and bursts into flame after it knocked down the motorcycle operator and as a side -to – side collision with a Lexus jeep and one other car.
It also left a gory sight of the charred remains of the commercial motorcycle operator and carcasses of burnt vehicles on the road.
Operatives of the Ogun State Fire Service were sighted making frantic efforts to battle the inferno.
The Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the accident, said three persons, including the truck driver, were burnt to death while six others were critically injured.
Akinbiyi attributed the cause of the accident to brake failure experienced by the tanker driver, forcing the tanker to veer into the lane of vehicles coming in the opposite direction and back to its lane before landing on the road with a bang that ignited balls of fire.
According to him, seven vehicles and six motorcycles were also burnt in the ensuing inferno.
He said: “Three people, including the driver of the tanker, died in the explosion and six others were injured while seven vehicles and six motorcycles were also burnt.”
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