Good Government

  • The Precarious Situation

    Images 11Robertkiyosaki1Lawlessness is now the way of life in Nigeria, due to the lingering poverty and hunger in the land.

    A review of the economy and security architecture will unravel the untold story, only if a transparent probe is conducted in the days to come.
    A number of the crises in the last eight years have generated revenue for a few pockets, with millions of Nigerians always contending with the sufferings and hardships during such crises.
    Indeed, the interests of Nigerians have been undermined or destabilized based on ethnic, religious and gender considerations.
    Sadly, the political leaders in the states, have failed to convincingly ensure a conducive environment, but are in the nick of time, seeking direct investment.
    Investors can only develop confidence in the economy when there is regular electricity supply, free flow of potable water, good and motorable roads, security of lives and property, skilled and trained power and favorable incentives for startups.

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  • In Search of Good Government

                                                                                  

     

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    A good government ought to be able to muster enough strength to enforce obedience, in addition to carrying out the duties of governance efficiently.

    Justice, perhaps, will flourish when the people who are expected to obey the laws express their opinions on these laws.

    A rule of good government, revolves around the fact that the state, nobody else, should be equipped to secure obedience and conformity.

    In 1934, Austria was plunged into civil war, partly by the failure of its government to prevent political parties from recruiting armies.

    Political parties are already recruiting non-state actors.

    The prosperity of this country is under the overbearing influence of its natural resources, the politics of its neighbors and the conduct of those in government.

    Take note that the goodness of a government depends on its fitness to solve the myriad of problems confronting it.

    Sadly, those in government have set their personal interests against and above those of the people, shown undeserved favor to particular groups and refused to permit the people to attain their heart's desires.

    The foregoing goes against the principles of good government.

     

    FEED POOR NIGERIAN CHILDREN

    In Olorunsogo, Molete, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria, children who have been well groomed by their parents in the act of criminality, led by one Joshua, a child of a disabled white garment church-owner at No.1 Kehinde Aderibigbe street, (unpainted building by the junction), now burgle houses in the community. This is in addition to the disturbing activities of under-aged prostitutes, who operate with the consent of their parents

     

  • The Priority

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    The value of land in England had political, social and economic undertones.

    Land was a mandatory prerequisite for election into Parliament, while in the counties, there was a requirement for the right to vote.

    During this period, the landed class had political power and, interestingly, Parliament was controlled by landowners.

    Furthermore, in the local sphere, the Justice of Peace-the squire-was the most important personality. He was the largest landowner in the village.

    As Magistrate and leader of the local society, he combined political and social power.

    In addition, the owner of the land made profits by selling its produce or leasing the land for high rents to tenant farmers.

    The foregoing resulted in the emergence of wealthy traders, who bought land as investments which were converted as a means to political power and social ostentation.

    The House of Commons, influenced by a few big landowners, sponsored bills which became laws.

    These laws were against the wishes of many small farmers.

    Among those bills that were passed into law, was the Bill of Enclosure

    The economically marginalized landowners had inadequate means to off the desperation and determination of their more substantial neighbors to enclose the land.

    In Nigeria today, land grabbing and dubious estate development by all available means is an unwritten policy by Those-in-Charge at all levels of Government.

    The priority of those that call the shots is land annexation and estate development, at the expense of agriculture.

    Presently, there is hunger and poverty in ther land.

    Private properties have been annexed, structures demolished, and alternative ones erected in an amazing time frame.

    Indeed, looted funds and funds from doubtful and questionable sources are now channeled to land-grabbing and estate development.

    Sadly, the deliberate compromise of the legal and security system, indeed, encouraged this unwritten policy, while violent crimes have trailed events in the land and property sector.

     

  • The Corruption Impediment

    Nuhu ribadu and obasanjoAt a point in Nigeria's history, former President, Chief(Dr.)Olusegun Obasanjo stated ''it is a matter of regret that most public servants tend to subdue their political discipline in the face of personal aggrandizement''.

    When Chief(Dr.) Obasanjo was in the saddle as President, he set up the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to rein in fraudsters, money launderers, corrupt government officials and several others.

    At a point in Nigeria's history, former President, Chief(Dr.) Olusegun Obasanjo stated ''it is a matter for regret that most public servants tend to subdue their political discipline in the face of personal aggrandizement''.

    When Chief(Dr.) Obasanjo was in the saddle as President, he established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to rein in fraudsters, money launderers, corrupt government officials and several others

    Perhaps, the EFCC, was to strengthen the activities of the Nigeria Police Force, while the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission(ICPC) was established to boost the work of the Code of Conduct Bureau.

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    During this period, high profile personalities, like former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun showcased the fight against corruption.

    Sadly, happenings today, is a total and fierce departure from when Chief(Dr.) Obasanjo called the shots.

    Interestingly, in an interview in 2007, a prominent lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana(SAN), who was then a member of the National Conscience Party(NCP) had stated '' you in the media, you must challenge politicians, you must ask them for their programs for our people, as opposed to celebrating criminals. If somebody says he is a thief, you should ask him to resign''.

    Unfortunately, Nigerians have continuously asked ''thieves'' to resign in this present administration without positive results.

    Of worry, however, is the fact that the youth now have the impression that corrupt practices are the only reliable path to success.

     The young people readily make reference to the present administration's choice of Ministers as a source of inspiration to them. 

    Nigerians express anger over the claim of the powers that be, that they have fought corruption to a commendable extent, even when it is very glaring that several officials of the present administration have cases of corruption trailing through their daily lives.

    Everywhere within the borders of Nigeria, fraudsters, corrupt government officials and related categories of criminals are celebrated by their people, who believe these individuals are the heroes of this time.

    The EFCC is now a shadow of its old self, only barking but not biting those it ought to bite.

    If only the leadership had made transparency the guiding light to its activities, all the negatives trailing the country at home and abroad would never be the signposts of governance. 

    The removal of the subsidy on Premuim Motor Spirit(PMS) has been described as a kite flown by government officials to deny Nigerian workers a new national minimum wage.

     A former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze, opines that ''the government has a sinister agenda to strangulate the Nigerian workers and the generality of Nigerians. The question we ask is that even if the government had to take the increased salaries back from the workers, what about the unemployed, the retirees and all those who don't receive salaries from any source ? It means that the government would visit them with unprecedented agony and pain.''     

    Nigerians express sadness that despite the unconstitutional annexation of $1 Billion by the Federal Government for the procurement of all that is needed to checkmate the insecurity in the land, kidnappings, killings and other violent crimes are not abetting, even though the government has developed a new culture of commiseration and condolences to families who lost their loved ones to the reactionary approach by government to the disturbing insecurity in the country.

    Indeed, millions of Nigerians have been dehumanized, exploited and extorted to the extent that they have now resorted to pick-pocketing, ritual killings and homosexuality to make ends meet.

     

  • Insecurity and Hunger in Nigeria are Tests from God-Ladoja

    Images 1 1The spate of insecurity, economic hardships and hunger presently being experienced by Nigerians are all tests of God.

    This assertion was made on Sunday by the former governor of Oyo state and the otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja

    God will continue to test our faith and at the end of it all He will give us prosperity. In Nigeria today, God is using insecurity, the downturn of the economy and hunger to test Nigerians. After these challenges there will be prosperity,'' High Chief Ladoja stated.

  • Insecurity and Hunger in Nigeria are Tests from God-Ladoja

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    The spate of insecurity, economic hardships and hunger presently being experienced by Nigerians are all tests of God.

    This assertion was made on Sunday by the former governor of Oyo state and the otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja

    God will continue to test our faith and at the end of it all He will give us prosperity. In Nigeria today, God is using insecurity, the downturn of the economy and hunger to test Nigerians. After these challenges there will be prosperity,'' High Chief Ladoja stated.

  • Faulty Government Appointments Ridiculing Nigeria-Prof. Olagoke

    Download 2 2Download 1The Government at all levels can only succeed when competent hands are Appointed into Public Office.

    This assertion was made by the Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, in his lecture titled ''NIGERIA DEVELOPMENT REVIVAL NEED: THE WAY OUT, at the Shafudeen Annual Ishrat Grand Finale:Shafaudeen@41'', in Ibadan, Nigeria.

    ''No government can succeed unless it identifies the professionals and accepts their advice.

    The ruling class feed fat while the people suffer from kwashiorkor. Appointments even at the Federal level under this government attract international ridicule for the country where corruption has become endemic because of no control and deterrence! While the whole world is moving towards the total achievement of an inclusive society, we are experiencing in Nigeria poor and faulty appointments without due process! And less than a year in office too!

     

  • The Problems of Nigeria emanate from the Sins of the Leadership and Follower-ship-Rev.(Dr.) Oyekanmi

    8c1dcc95c559317aa3779997af4a64b6The sins  of the leadership and followership in Nigeria from the foundation of the myriad of problems  affecting the country.

    This assertion was made by Rev(Dr.) Olaolu Oyekanmi of the Amos World Outreach, the Christian Fellowship Evangelical Mission(CFEM), Moniya-Iseyin, Ijaiye-Orile, Ibadan, Nigeria.

    ''The major problem of the country revolves around the leadership and the followership. They have committed sins. If Nigerians can easily repent of their sins and change their behavior, activities and attitude, all will change for the better.''

    ''The problems are not the change of leadership or change of political parties, but have more to do with the change of mind. If Nigerians don't change, things will not change for the better. Those-in Authority and Those-in-Charge are from different homes. There must be a change,'' Rev(Dr.) Oyekanmi stated.

    He also disclosed that a three day crusade tagged ''The Only Way to Save you and Nigeria'' would hold from Sunday 14the January to Tuesday 16th January 2024 at the the Mapo hall, Ibadan, Nigeria from 5.00 pm each day.

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  • Inflation and Others-Signs of a Faulty Leadership-Comrade Emelieze

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    The strangulating inflation, prohibitive prices of goods and services and the poor performance of the Naira in the exchange market are all signposts of a faulty leadership foisted on Nigerians.

    This assertion was made by a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze.

    ''The inflation in the country has brought about untold hardships, sufferings and difficulties for millions of Nigerians, coupled with the poor showing of the Naira in the exchange market. All these are credible indicators that faulty leadership has been foisted on Nigerians and the World Bank knows this fact and is utilizing it to the fullest. It is very glaring in all sectors of the economy,''Comrade Emelieze stated.

  • For the Impact of Education to be felt in Nigeria

    Education 6The attitude, behavior and activities of millions of Nigerians are crucial to the visibility of the positive impact of education on their lives.

    Even when the whole annual budget, once the needful by Those-in-authority is not done, salvaging the deteriorated standard of education would just be an exercise in futility.

    The open display of lawlessness, indiscipline, criminality and evil in different parts of the country are pointers to the unwavering fact that education is yet to achieve its purpose in Nigeria.

  • Nigeria does not have a problem of unemployment but.....-Dr. Yemi-Esan

    UnemployThe Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Omlara Yemi-Esan has declared that the foundation of economic growth lies in the quality of products of educational institutions in Nigeria.

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    Dr. Yemi Esan made this declaration on Tuesday at the 2023 convocation lecture of the University of Ibadan titled Promoting the Culture of Meritocracy: A Panacea for National Development in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.

    ''We don't have a problem of unemployment, but most of our graduates are unemployable. The foundation of economic growth is from the students we produce. I know the University of Ibadan has maintained a high standard of meritocracy, past and present. But our educational system is bedeviled with a lot of problems: sex-for-marks, project mercenaries, and decaying infrastructure.''

    ''For the nation to produce the best brains, it is important for preference to be given to the most qualified. The Nigerian educational system should reflect quality and competence. Meritocracy is the distinctive factor between developed and underdeveloped countries. Additionally, a country that is governed by the best and the brightest has a higher rate of economic growth than those that do not. In Africa, we are yet to imbibe the culture of meritocracy and if we have, it has not been documented. In countries where promotions are politicized, civil servants focus on pleasing superiors. We are working with the Federal Civil Service Commission to reinstate examination before employment. The fact that there are no examinations has taken a toll on the civil service. Examinations bring out the best. We are committed to changing the narrative of who knows who. I always believe in doing things on merit,'' the Head of Service concluded.

  • Prosperity for selfish Interests

    Govt 17Presently, many parents are unable to take good care of their children in different parts of Nigeria.

    Prostitution, cultism, child and women trafficking, hard drug usage are among the several social maladies plaguing society.

    Sadly, a number of those in religion have not helped matters by focusing mainly on prosperity for selfish interests.

    Anointing and blessings for questionable characters  mouth-watering fees now dominate the space, just as doctrines are twisted to suit their diabolic design.

  • The Zamfara Situation

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    The leadership in Zamfara state must have taken active steps to address the major security challenge of banditry in villages, including Kwatar, Bungudu and Boko. 
    It is assumed that normalcy has returned to  Mada, Wonaka, Ruwan Bore  all in the Gusau Local Government Area, and other villages that are undereported.
    The people must be rested assured that the government is responsive and sensitive to their plight.

    Perhaps. The leadership has all it takes to restore peace in different parts of the state.

  • I Hope President Tinubu will sustain the way he has started the -Baale Apena Town Ibadan

    Leader 1The Baale of Apena town,Ibadan Oyo state, Chief Lateef Adegoke has expressed hopes that President Ahmed Tinubu would sustain the pace of its actions so far throughout the lifespan of the administration.
    This call was made on Wednesday by the Baale of Apena Town in the Ido Local Government Area of Ibadan Oyo state, Chief Lateef Adegoke
    '' I personally congratulate President Ahmed Tinubu on his victory. I believe he is going to do well. We have started seeing the signs. What was covered is now in the open. I hope he continues the way he has started. I would advise all political parties to let us cooperate with the present government so that poor Nigerians will benefit,'' Chief Adegoke stated.
    He also appealed to the Oyo state Government to facilitate the development of Apena town, saying,'' I appeal to the Oyo state Government to make the roads in the town motorable and also  to establish mechanized farming. This will encourage the youth to participate in farming  and also reduce unemployment.''

    Similarly, Mr. Ikechukuw Paul Okoli a food seller along Olu Ayoola street, challenge Ibadan, lamented the hardships Nigerians were going through saying, '' things are going from bad to worse everyday, something must be done. The labor unions have failed Nigerians. Government must do something. We are now hearing that electricity tariffs would be increased  by July 1. We are suffering, the suffering is too much. The President ought to have known the first things to do, Nigerians have no money to eat, transport fares have gone up,'' Mr. Okoli stated.

     

  • Assets Declaration-President and Others should become Role Models-Former TUC chairman

    Eco 1President Ahmed Tinubu, his Vice, state Governors and other elected political office holders in Nigeria have been called upon to become role models by immediately declaring their assets.

    This call was made by a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze.

    ''This is an opportunity for President Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima, state Governors and other elected representatives of the people to become role models through leading by example. They should immediately declare their assets for Nigerians to repose unwavering trust in them. By delaying declaring their assets, they are not setting a good example for others to follow. For them to enjoy the support and trust of Nigerians, let them make the declaration of their assets public. This would serve as a solid basis in their fight against corruption,'' Comrade Emelieze posited.

                                                                High Cost of PMS-We are Helpless-NASU UCH

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    Similarly, members of the Non Academic Staff Union and Associated Institutions(NASU) University College Hospital(UCH) branch, Ibadan, Nigeria have expressed helplessness over the prohibitive cost of the Premium Motor Spirit(PMS).

    The members made their position known through an Ex-Officio of the union, Comrade Emmanuel Olaleye.

    ''We don't have any power, both cash and kind. Manage,ment is yet to put any palliatives in place for workers, because the Federal Ministry of Health gives the directives. UCH does not have staff buses for its workers. We have only educated our members to reduce extravagant lifestyles. We hope the hardships will be temporary,'' Comrade Olaleye stated.

    However, in his view, the chairman of the branch, Comrade Kehinde Abiona disclosed that the national leadership of the union had taken a position on the matter, saying, ''''it is a welcome development, we are going to pass through it and get over it.''

     

  • Hike in Electricity Tariffs an attempt to Wipe out Nigerians-Labor Leader

    Hard 1The systematic increase in the pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit(PMS) and the recent increase in electricity tariffs by the electricity distribution companies has been described as premeditated attempts to exterminate Nigerians.

    This is the opinion of a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze.

    ''The systematic increase in the price of petrol and then now the increase in electricity tariffs are premeditated attempts to wipe out Nigerians by continuously ensuring that life is unbearable.''

    Note-Olorunsogo, Molete, Molusi, Oshodi, Aluko, Scout Camp and Felele among several other communities in Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria, where parents and guardians groom their children and wards to become future criminals.

    Of worry, is the high population of dropouts that has made it very difficult to justify the expenditure on education.

    Illiteracy, ignorance and idleness coupled with crime and all forms of criminality have now become norms and values. Sadly, the government of the day, at all levels may have proceeded on vacation or are complicit.

  • Approach the 2023 Elections with Justice Equity and Fairness

    Anozie 2Nigerians have been called upon to approach the 2023 general elections with the mindset of justice, equity and fairness.

    This call was made by the Ezendigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state, Eze(Dr.) Alex Anozie.

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    ''So, my own philosophy is that when I see any geo-political zone of the country being marginalized, I will say it is not good. Any marginalized geo-political zone, be it the South East, South South, North or South West, I will join to condemn it. I have said it all, so let us approach the 2023 general elections with justice, equity and fairness as we support and cast our votes for preferred candidates, '' Eze(DR.) Eze(Dr.) Anozie stated.

  • Resist Evil and Abnormalities-Pastor Ajayi to Nigerians

    Evil 4Nigerians have been called upon to resist all the evil and abnormalities that have characterized daily living by putting their hopes in God. 

    This call was made by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi in a chat with Poverty Line.

    ''Nigerians must be upright by resisting all the evil and abnormalities in everyday living. Don't join the abnormalities. Evil is increasing by the day, but we should not lose hope. No matter how the evil planters press on with evil and diabolism, there shall soon be a total cleansing. Nigerians should not despair,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.