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Outpouring of Honours for Hakeem Alobo-Bakare

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Is anyone writing a book about the great personalities or big players in Nigeria’s construction sector ?

If yes, the book wouldn’t be complete without the name of Hakeem Alobo-Bakare, a socialite, businessman and a politician.

He is not your run-off the mill  businessman; he is an inspiration to many, as he has his hands in many sectors of the economy, apart from construction that has given him name and fame.

The Lagos  State-born construction  giant is also one of the country’s nouveau riche, with big wallets and even enviable social reputation.

Though Alobo-Bakare  has successfully etched his name in the minds of his compatriots, he does not make noise about his success.

His Ikoyi, Lagos homes  are usually a Mecca of sorts, as many besiege the places seeking  one favour or the other.

In retrospect, when he started many years ago, not many people gave him any chance of survival. But he  confronted the challenge with a resolve to succeed. And he is successful by all standards today.

Interestingly, his profile will receive a boost come January 2023 when he will be conferred with two chieftaincy titles: Otunba Bobajiro of Jogaland by His Royal Highness Oba (Dr.) Adeyemi Adekeye, JP as well as Bashorun of Orile Igbon by Oba of Orile-Igbon Oba Francis Olushola Alao and another big one from Alara of Ilara Kingdom, Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo.

In a letter made available to us, the Office of Oba of Jogaland stated that Alobo-Bakare was considered for the honour in recognition of his uncommon feats in life. 

The letter reads in part: “ In recognition of the outstanding success you have achieved in your vocation and in appreciation of your valuable contributions you have made and still making through selfless  public service for the benefit and welfare of humanity and also your excellent performance and contribution to our Community.

 “Furthermore, as a token of high esteem, I have selected you as my Otunba- Bobajiro of Jogaland with full power and authority to inform others of the

genuine hospitality and friendly atmosphere that prevail in Joga-Orile, Ogun State and of many advantages and unlimited opportunities that our great town has to offer.

 “Your letter of acceptance of this well-deserved honour is awaited.”

 Alobo-Bakare possesses a spirit that harbors deep disdain for doing things in half measures. 

For him, whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well. This probably explains why he is passionately committed to success and giving his all to whatever he sets out to do.  

His spirit of total commitment and determination to strive for excellence had propelled him to the limelight in his early days in his chosen career.

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Oando Clean Energy, Cross River State, Sign MoU on Renewable Energy Infrastructure

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Oando Clean Energy Chairman, Wale Tinubu

Oando Clean Energy (OCEL),  the renewable energy business subsidiary of Oando Energy Resources and the Cross River State Government have  signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the rollout of electric vehicles for mass transportation within the state at the ongoing 28th edition Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The move in setting up an electric vehicle (EV) assembly plant, is expected to create jobs for local indigenes as well as build a 100MW wind plant for power generation.

Representing the Governor of Cross River State, Bassey Otu at the MoU signing was the state’s Commissioner for Special Duties, Oden Ewa, saying the landmark agreement marked a significant step forward in the state’s journey toward a cleaner and more sustainable future. He said: “The MoU paves the way for the transitioning of our mass transit system to cleaner and less expensive fuels while also allowing for the use of our natural resource, wind, to provide electrification for our people.

“I commend Oando Clean Energy for their innovative solutions that address the impact of climate change in Nigeria and her citizens.”

According to Oando , it said,  as  a company, it has committed to ensuring that this journey to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future is as seamless and as easy as possible.

“This is by putting our confidence in, not only the technology but the partnership and ensuring that the Cross River State government and her people reap the benefits of generating power from sustainable sources”. The statement read.

 Oando’s Clean Energy’s scope spans the entire 35 states of the federation and the federal capital, promising to create a cleaner, more viable energy ecosystem for Nigeria and the  people of Cross River.

In attendance at the side event were amongst others, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Abubakar Momoh;  Minister of the Environment, Abbas Balarabe;  Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Kunle Salako; Commissioner for Special Duties, Cross River State, Mr. Oden Ewa, among others.

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Daniel brings succour as NEMA releases relief materials to Ogun flood victims

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Following the intervention of a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba (Engr.) Gbenga Daniel, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has released relief items for distribution to victims and persons recently ravaged by flood in the Remo and Ijebu areas of Ogun East Senatorial District.
Daniel, who currently represents Ogun East in the National Assembly, had moved a motion on the floor of the Senate on July 5, 2023 to draw attention to the plight of the victims, after which a resolution was passed for NEMA to embark on assessment visit to the erosion sites. 
In August, a team of NEMA officials visited and assessed the impact of the ecological damages that occurred in some local governments across Remo and Ijebu areas of the senatorial district. 
However, the agency has now concluded arrangement to distribute relief materials to over 2,000 flood victims already identified.
The relief items include 800 bags of rice (10kg), 800 bags of beans (10kg), 800 bags of garri (10kg), 40 kegs of vegetable oil (20 litres), 80 cartons of seasoning, 800 pieces of nylon mats, 400 pieces of blankets, 800 pieces of wax prints (6 yards) and 800 pieces of guinea brocade (5 yards).
Others are 400 pieces of plastic buckets (21 litres), 800 pieces of women’s wear, 800 pieces of men’s wear, 800 pieces of children’s wear (new), 100 cartons of toilet soaps and 300 bags of cement. 
“The process of distribution shall be communicated in accordance with the list of over 2,000 victims compiled by officials of NEMA assisted by the Ogun East Senatorial office during their visitation,” a statement from the OGD Media Office said on Wednesday.

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Abiodun was not part of President Tinubu’s team to India- says Ogun PDP

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The embarrassing postures of Mr. Dapo Abiodun, the outgoing Governor of Ogun State have assumed a reckless dimension. 𝙈𝙧. 𝘼𝙗𝙞𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙣 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙪𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙨, 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙥𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙘 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙘𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙮 𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙞𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙜𝙪𝙨𝙩. 
Few days ago, the Governor, in his usual character, boastfully went to town to announce his return to office as if he made any official communication to the State House of Assembly telling them about his Absence Without Leave (AWOL); nor of his wilful abandonment of his official responsibilities which has robbed the State of direction.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ogun State is persuaded that Mr. Abiodun is completely overwhelmed with a cloud of desperation to seek for support against his impending loss at the election petition tribunal where none exists. This explains his increasing penchant for jumping on every available flight to join the President and his entourage which he is not invited. 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙭𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙈𝙧. 𝘿𝙖𝙥𝙤 𝘼𝙗𝙞𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙣’𝙨 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙋𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝘽𝙤𝙡𝙖 𝙏𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙗𝙪’𝙨 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙥 𝙩𝙤 𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙖? From available information, 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣-𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜  𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙖𝙭𝙥𝙖𝙮𝙚𝙧𝙨’ 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙮. 
We challenge all relevant stakeholders to query 𝙬𝙝𝙮 𝙈𝙧. 𝘼𝙗𝙞𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙣 𝙙𝙞𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙖 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩’𝙨 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙢 or Mr. President’s Advance team. 𝙄𝙛 𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙞𝙣𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙, 𝙬𝙝𝙮 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙𝙡𝙮 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙈𝙧. 𝙋𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙖? 
Mr. Abiodun’s ill-fated India trip has once again, confirmed his ugly habit of always smuggling himself into Mr. President’s entourage uninvited for no tenable official reason(s) other than ego-massaging and attention seeking. 
Again, we are bold enough to ask Mr. Abiodun to tell his employers, the Ogun State taxpayers; the very people whose financial resources he has been recklessly throwing around, the kind of investment that has been attracted to the State since he started junketing all over while thousands of pensioners and workers are dying daily from hunger and penury resulting from non-release of their entitlements since 2012.
Ordinarily, the current revelations on how the Governor has been diverting Local Government statutory allocations and other funds are enough reasons for any sensible and sensitive public officer to sit back and reflect on the kind of enduring legacies he hopes to bequeath to the good people of Ogun State.
Therefore, our great party is 𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 to show more than a passing interest and beam their searchlights 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙤𝙧 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘿𝙖𝙥𝙤 𝘼𝙗𝙞𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙣-𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝘼𝙋𝘾 𝙜𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙚.
The Fraud units of all the security agencies should stand on the side of the Ogun State people in these trying times, by taking note of all these reckless expenditures that are in no way impacting the lives of the average citizens bearing in mind that the first line of security is the economic security and the welfare of the citizens. A spendrift leader has definitely compromised the economic prosperity of its citizens, and the people should and must be protected.
𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐰𝐚𝐣𝐮 𝐀𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐨𝐥𝐞𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘺𝘗𝘋𝘗 𝘖𝘨𝘶𝘯 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦.

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