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Former Kwara State Commissioner, Dr. Bola Olaosebikan (Oon), Joins Kwara Guber Race In 2019 Elections

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Nigeria’s pioneer health strategist and publisher of Healthcare Magazine, Dr. Bola Tajudeen Olaosebikan (OON) has
officially confirmed his intention to heed the clarion call of his people to join the gubernatorial race in the coming
elections 2019.
The former Kwara State Commissioner for Health, after due consultations with Kwarans both at home and in The
Diaspora is ecstatic in taking up the challenge of confronting the huge challenges of the State, which according to him
can only be achieved by experienced and visionary leaders with track records.
In a press release signed by his spokesman, Mr. Dele Aberuagba, the gubernatorial aspirant stated that, “We are all
aware Kwara is faced with acute water supply, bad road networks and dilapidated infrastructure amongst others, the
only way I can contribute to improving all these and more is to come out and bring my vast experience to bear in
serving my people. It cannot be a better time than now”.
According to Dr. Olaosebikan, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, hence I strongly believe my resolve
to join the race is a decision in the right direction to join my people in Kwara to restructure the State and bring about
structures that will improve the living standard of all Kwarans.
He went on, “As I make my intention known publicly, I therefore call on all Kwarans wherever they are all over the
world to join me in the vision of moving the state forward. Your unflinching support and prayers will go a long way in
restoring the hope of the ordinary man in Kwara, so we can take our place in the annals of Nigeria’s history”.
Dr. Olaosebikan however reflected that, “This is definitely not about me, but about our dear state and the in-coming
generation because we need to bequeath to them a good legacy that will stand the test of time”.
Mr. Aberuagba who has been a renowned journalist with the defunct Daily Times, Prime People, Today’s Choice, Punch,
Trumpet (UK) and lately Publisher of UK-based Empire Int’l Magazine/Safari News Online took cognizance of Dr.
Olasebikan’s passion for alleviating the numerous challenges of the State especially lack of average infrastructures
required by an ordinary Kwaran. “Dr. Olaosebikan feels the pains and thereby promises to serve the State with all his
vigour to bring about positive change by the special grace of God. The astute publisher and enviable administrator will
be coming on board based on the premise of his 30 years of wealth of vast experience from both private and public
sectors”.
He however sounded highly promising when he added, “I thereby promise to deliver laudable programmes, policies and
run an all inclusive government that will transform the State to another level, the way it has never been done before.”
As part of his massive awareness programmes towards the elections, Dr. Olaosebikan will be visiting all the Local
Government Areas in the State with a view to rubbing minds with all stakeholders and the populace in kwara. This is
indeed, One Kwara, One Nigeria Project!
Affirming the need for all that wants the best for Kwara State to join him, the aspirant noted, “though the journey
ahead is onerous and tedious but with God on our side, we shall triumph. If we do not do it together, no one will do it
for us. Let us join hands together in order to take our dear State to a new level, Kwara needs your unflinching support
this time around. Together we shall transform the State”. Join Dr. Bola Olaosebikan in taking over Kwara Government

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Sanwo-Olu Transmits Name Of Commissioners, Special Advisers To State Assembly For Screening

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In fulfilment of his election promise to accelerate his administration’s development agenda, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, transmitted a list of Commissioner-designates to the House of Assembly for ratification.

The list contained twenty five names, who are to assume duty as Commissioners and Special Advisers upon ratification by the legislature.

A statement by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said Sanwo-Olu carefully picked the nominees based on their cognate experience in their respective professions.

The list, Akosile said, comprised names of technocrats and politicians, who understand the challenges of the state, noting that the painstaking and laborious selection process was aimed at constituting the best team that will serve Lagos in line with the agenda of his administration vision of delivering a city-state that will rank among the top most liveable cities in the world.

The statement said: “We took our time to pick the best hands for the tough job Lagosians have elected us to do. The nominees for the twenty five Commissioner and Special Adviser positions include women and men who have made their mark and at the zenith of their professional callings.’’

Governor Sanwo-Olu’ media aide stated further that the current list is first batch, saying that consultation was going on with regard to the complete number of the cabinet members.

He further disclosed that the new cabinet would be unique, because of its diversity. Quoting Governor Sanwo-Olu, he said Lagos would continue to take the lead in innovation, gender-balance and youth inclusion in the administration of the State.

“We have a blend of youth who are under 40 among nominees for Commissioners and Special Advisers. Women too are well represented in the list. We believe Lagos deserves the best and we cannot give the people anything less than that,” the statement said.

Breaking down the list of nominees, there are 17 men and eight women that will be sworn in as members of the State Executive Council. Also in keeping his promise of millennial’s inclusion, Governor Sanwo-Olu included youths who are in their early and mid-thirties in the list of nominees.

The State House of Assembly is expected to carry out a screening of the nominees to set the machinery of governance in full swing.  

Below are names of the nominees:

1.     Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo

2.     Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo

3.     Prof. Akin Abayomi

4.     Dr. Idris Salako

5.     Mr. Tunji Bello

6.     Mr. Gbenga Omotoso

7.     Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka

8.     Mrs. Bolaji Dada

9.     Mr. Lere Odusote

10.   Dr. Frederic Oladeinde

11.   Mr. Gbolahan Lawal

12.   Ms. Adekemi Ajayi

13.   Mr. Femi George

14.   Dr. Wale Ahmed

15.   Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)

16.   Mr. Hakeem Fahm

17.   Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle

18.   Engr. Aramide Adeyoye

19.   Mr. Segun Dawodu

20.   Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf

21.   Mr. Sam Egube

22.   Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya

23.   Princess Aderemi Adebowale

24.   Mr. Tunbosun Alake

25.   Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo

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Tinubu, Akande, Osoba, Fayemi, Others Storm Ondo To Reconcile APC Feuding Members

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Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southwest were in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday to reconcile the party’s feuding members.

On the peace team were former Lagos, Ogun and Osun states governors Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Aremo Segun Osoba and Chief Bisi Akande as well as Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi.

They met with Governor Oluwarotimi Akredolu and other critical stakeholders of the local APC at the Heritage Hotel.

The meeting was at the instance of the host governor, it was learnt.

Other party stakeholders at the meeting were former Ondo Deputy Governor Alhaji Alli Olanusi; a governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the last governorship election, Chief Olusola Oke; former Osun State Regional Integration Commissioner Bola Ilori and Isaac Kekemeke, among others.

Akeredolu, it was learnt, will be seeking the APC ticket for a second term after the expiration of his four-year tenure next year. The governor has not made his ambition public.

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My government is not ‘come and chop’ – Governor Umahi

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Governor David Umahi has decried the move by different parties, jostling for  “juicy political appointments” in his government. 

The Ebonyi State Governor in his speech at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed head of service and senior special assistants at the government house, Abakaliki, on Thursday, maintained that his government is “come and work not come and chop” and those who performed below expectation will be dropped. 

“I am told that we have over 10,000 applications for commissioners, SAs, and SSAs. This is in fact troubling and doesn’t give me joy at all. What is trending in Ebonyi state is no longer I want to be coordinator, TA or STA. It is I want to be SSA or SA. Everybody wants to come as SA, as SSA. They don’t even know the meaning of SA or SSA and it is very unfortunate.

“But let me make this bad news, if I am making more SSAs and SAs, it may not be up to 10 percent of what I have appointed. It is my opinion that we should find something doing not just appointments.

“My commissioners will come last. I want to let them know that this job can be done without anybody. My former commissioners started a very bad trend. Everyday, they are discussing the governor, going from one office to the another. They were going about saying that there were not being given anything and not taken care of. If I get complaints again, I will get rid of that person.

“Anybody we will appoint now, we will tell the person, ‘this is not come and chop, it is come and work’. So, from day one, if you do not want to sacrifice to work for the people, you better go and look for another opportunity.

“If I get anybody complaining there is no money, I will get rid of the person. This is no longer going to be a gossip workshop; people are called to work. This is not the era of coming with files. You have to create wealth. Let’s look beyond the money we get” he said. 

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