By Innocent Idajili
A one time Minister of state, Health, under the former President, late Umaru Musa Yar Adua, Architect Gabriel Yakubu Aduku, has linked the agitations by Nigerians for restructuring of the country to the systemic failure of leadership to address the needs of the citizenry at all segments of the federating units.
The former Minister who is also the Amana Ogohi Atta Igala, made the assertion in a Congratulatory Message to the Presidential flagbearer of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on his emergence as the presidential candidate of the party.
Arc Aduku who agrees with the PDP flagbearer’s postulations on restructuring, said leadership failure has led to disequilibrium in the distribution of the ‘common wealth,’ thereby giving rise to calls for restructuring.
He indicated that some parts of the country feel alienated in the scheme of things, thereby giving birth to the attendant calls for self-determination by such ethnic groups, who do not feel safe in some parts of the country.
This is moreso now that there is so much violence and insecurity in the land, and economic marginalisation of the majority.
The Septuagenarian whose political observations informed his stance, said he was fascinated by the bold stance of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on structuring Nigeria; an area considered to be one of the most controversial issues in this country.
Chief Aduku who do not believe in restructuring along geo- political or ethnic boundaries alone, said he agreed with those who have posited that mineral resources should not be the only, and real resources we should be trying to control but the real ownership of the resources as well.
Education, which the former minister said is critical and fundamental for development and enduring progress, said restructuring should start from this critical sector.
According to him, it’s through quality education that the country can lay the foundation for everyone to have equal opportunity to excel.
In addition, he said there should be conscious effort to enthrone moral values in the traditional society as it was in the past, during the oil boom era of the 70s and 80s.
From the religious perspective, Aduku indicated that Nigeria should remain a secular state while restructuring of the country should take into account the religious diversities with concerted effort by government to ensure neutrality in religious matters so as to bring about much desired development.
On devolution of power which he said was an absolute necessity, he said the present political arrangement whereby so much powers are concentrated in the state and federal levels, is unnecessary.
“There has to be conscious transfer of power from the centre/ state to local authorities for effective administration of all units”.
According to Chief Aduku since the party is blessed with men and women above seventy years of age, their wisdom should be harnessed and deployed to take the party to victory.
Akume inaugurates 15-man Committee for 63rd independence anniversary
The Federal Government has inaugurated a 15-man Inter-Ministerial Committee to organise the celebration of Nigeria’s 63nd Independence Day anniversary.
The committee is headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume with the special adviser to the President on Policy and coordination Hadiza Bala Usman.
Speaking during the inauguration, Akume said the committee was constituted to plan, organise and execute all approved activities befitting Nigeria’s 63nd Independence Anniversary celebration on October 1, 2023
While reading his address Akume said,
“The celebration of the 63° Independence Anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of our national heroes and heroines who fought for the independence of Nigeria from the colonial masters.
“The Celebration also affords the government an opportunity to showcase its achievements in dealing with myriads of challenges in social and economic sectors confronting the nation.
“Based on the foregoing, it Is expedient to note that time is of essence regarding the preparation for the 63° Independence Anniversary Celebratigh.
According to him, the proposed activities for the celebration would be subject to finalization by the Inter-Ministerial Committee and would Involve the following to be anchored by sub-committees: Worid Press Briefing 25″ September
and Church Service 1st October, Juma’at Service 29″ September, Symposium/Public Lecture 28″ September, Presidential Broadcast 1st October and Parade 2nd October
“The Terms of Reference of each Sub-Committee and list of members would be sent by the Secretariat while Sub-Committee Secretaries would present their budgets for consideration and approval as soon as possible.
Members of the committee includes, Minster of information and national orientation, Minister of interior, minister of foreign affairs, minister of FCT, inspector General of Police, the Commander Guards Brigade. The director of DSS, special adviser to the President Policy and Cordination, Permanent Secretary General services, permanent secretary Ecological project office, permanent secretary Ministry of Health, permanent secretary special services office, permanent secretaries political and economic affairs office.
Akpabio grieves over the demise of Akintola Williams
President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has expressed deep grieve over the death of Nigeria’s first indigenous chartered accountant, Chief Akintola Williams who died on Monday in Lagos at the age of 104.
Akpabio in a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Public Affairs and Communications, Rt. Hon. Eseme Eyiboh lamented that the nation has lost an icon, adding that the late Williams was an institution.
“I received the news of the loss of our first indigenous chartered accountant, Chief Akintola Williams with utmost sadness because there could not have been a better time than now that Nigeria needs to drink from his fountain of knowledge and savour his fatherly advice and wisdom.
“It is indisputable that no Nigerian has impacted the accounting profession as the late sage for his achievements are firmly entrenched on the sands of history and would remain indelible in the history of our country”, the Senate President stated.
According to Senator Akpabio, “Nigeria has indeed lost an icon, an institution and father of accountancy who stood for truth and honesty and proclaimed the principle of accuracy and integrity with passion.
“Chief Williams was a perfect gentleman, a professional to the core and a strict disciplinarian whose footprints will be difficult to be matched by any accountant in Nigeria. He symbolized hard work, resilience and determination.
“As the first indigenous chartered accountant, he played a significant role in etching Nigeria’s enviable place on the world map in the accounting profession. He was also a role model to many generations of accountants who took to the profession because of him.
“I join millions of well-wishers across the globe to condole his immediate family, the accounting profession and indeed the entire Nigerians on.the loss of this sage.
“May the Almighty God grant the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss and may He have mercy on the soul of Chief Akintola Williams and welcome him in His paradise, amen,” the statement stated.
Obi celebrates boy who won global Toyota dream car art contest
By John Akubo, Abuja
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has congratulated a 10-year-old Nigerian pupil, Oluwademilade Odumuboni, who won the global grand prize for the 2022/23 edition of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.
Odumuboni, pupil of Corona School, Gbagada, Lagos, achieved the feat after beating 782,852 other contestants from 90 countries. The contest is organised yearly by Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan for pupils worldwide, challenging them to draw their dream cars with an inspirational idea.
Odumuboni’s waste converter drawing, with the concept of helping countries, especially African communities, in food production and ensuring clean environment, was adjudged the best. He was on September 2 honoured and presented with a prize money of $5,000, a trophy, and a certificate. His school, Corona, was also given $10,000 prize money.
Obi who tweeted on his verified Twitter handle, wrote: “Oluwademilade Odumuboni has carved his name on the global map at such a young age after creatively presenting a unique and truly inspirational idea.
“His story, therefore, reinforces my ever-consistent message on the overwhelming importance of education, especially at the basic level, and the need to invest aggressively in it.
“With over 18 million out-of-school children in different parts of the country, Nigeria misses out on the great opportunity of raising creative kids like Odumuboni, who will bring honour to the nation and grow to be responsible citizens, contributing to national development.”
“We will not only prioritise investment in education but ensure that every Nigerian child has access to at least, basic education, to be productive in today’s fast-changing world.
“I congratulate Master Oluwademilade Odumuboni, once again, and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”
He said with a future built on such bright upcoming stars, a greater Nigeria is Possible.
Culled from the Guardian
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