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Dr. Onaolapo Soleye: Exit of a Remarkable Man – Daniel

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Former Ogun State Governor and Senator representing Ogun East, Gbenga Daniel, has expressed sadness over the demise of a former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Dr Onaolapo Soleye.

Soleye, who marked his 90th birthday last Saturday died on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.  His death was announced by his family in a statement.

In his heartfelt message personally signed by the senator, he described the former Finance minister as a great leader, and a mentor with impeccable principles.

 ‘’It is with a heavy heart that I mourn the passage of Dr. Onaolapo Soleye, a remarkable man whose unwavering dedication to acts of kindness and good deeds impacted greatly on a lot of people.

I bear true testimony to the facts about Dr. Soleye as a great leader, a mentor and a man of impeccable principles who inspired countless individuals. As an alumnus of the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, he was a great inspiration and mentor to many of us. 

As a former Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State and later as Minister for Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Soleye distinguished himself as a prudent financial manager, and acquitted himself as a first class economic administrator in the application of Nigeria’s resources. His commitment to a better Nigeria was unwavering.

The passage of Dr. Soleye is a personal loss to me because I share very deep relationships with him as a younger friend and confidant. I benefited immensely from his several unconditional supports during trying times.

My deepest condolences to members of his family; the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Matemilola; His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (who is also Dr. Soleye’s bosson friend); sons and Daughters of Owu Kingdom and Egbaland in general at this painful and trying times as I am consoled by the legacy of good deeds and forthrightness that Dr. Soleye left behind’’ the Senator added.

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” Why I celebrated my wife at 60”- OGD

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Former Governor of Ogun State and distinguished Senator representing Ogun East, His Excellency Senator Otunba Engr Gbenga Daniel, FNSE, FAEng, recently made headlines for hosting a glamorous 60th birthday party for his beloved wife, Yeye Olufunke Daniel, in Lagos.
Recall that the luxurious celebration, which took place at the prestigious Balmoral Hall, Sheraton Hotel, captured the essence of love, resilience, and unwavering support that has defined the couple’s journey together.
The former first lady’s society birthday bash became the talk of the town a few weeks ago, drawing esteemed guests from Nigeria’s social elite, top traditional rulers, and influential political figures who converged at the renowned venue from across the country and beyond.
During a sermon titled “The Test of Faith,” delivered at Rev Esther Ajayi’s Love of Christ Generation Church during a Family Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, April 21, 2024, Senator Daniel recounted his personal journey of resilience amidst adversity.
He reflected on his trials at the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the unwavering support of his wife throughout the ordeal.
In a powerful testimony, the senator highlighted the challenges faced by leaders in Nigeria’s political landscape, sharing his own experience of being declared wanted by the EFCC. Despite the adversity, he demonstrated accountability and integrity by surrendering himself to the authorities, setting an example of leadership accountability.
“Something is currently going on in Nigeria, and I’ve been seeing it on television. One of our governors is to be arrested, and all the apparatus of the government surrounded his house, but they were not able to arrest the governor.
“And I was wondering what has now happened to our world. Although I’m not justifying the police wanting to arrest him, I’m concerned about why it is difficult for him to surrender himself?
“Let me make myself an example. After serving my state for eight years, I can tell you that there is nothing else I knew how to do that I didn’t do to serve my people back then.
“I was going to attend a meeting in Ikenne when I was informed by the late Dr. Frederick Fasehun that EFCC had declared me wanted. So, I first went to Ikenne to tell them that I won’t be able to attend the meeting because I’ve been declared wanted.
“After which I went back to my office, and a few minutes later, my secretary came to inform me that some people are looking for me from EFCC.”
Otunba Daniel narrated that he told his secretary to allow them in, which they did and informed him that he has to follow them to Lagos.
“The point I’m trying to make is that between the time I heard the information, I can drive towards the border. But I went back and surrendered myself,” he explained.
Amidst the turmoil, Senator Daniel revealed the unwavering support of his wife, Yeye Olufunke Daniel.
He recounted the moment he informed her of his arrest, only to be met with her resolute response: “Wherever they’re taking you, we’re going together!”
According to the former governor, Yeye Daniel’s steadfast support and unwavering faith were evident throughout the eleven-year trial, during which she refused to celebrate her own birthday until her husband was acquitted of all charges.
“Yeye said, ‘I’ll not celebrate any birthday until you’re set free. We live together, I know you’ll not touch state money; unless you are spending your money for the state. So whatever they do, God will save you.’
“So for those eleven years until last year when I was discharged of any crime, Yeye refused to celebrate her birthday,” the former governor revealed.
The well-attended birthday celebration not only honored Yeye Daniel’s milestone but also served as a testament to the enduring love, resilience, and solidarity shared between the esteemed couple, Senator Gbenga Daniel and Yeye Olufunke Daniel.
In the same vein, the former governor has admonished political leaders to be cautious and not allow the positions they occupy to get into their heads.
While taking his lessons from the book of Daniel, Chapter 3, Otunba Daniel cited the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the three Jewish men thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar II, King of Babylon for refusing to bow to the king’s image.
“The Bible told us that those people who actually obeyed the king to do evil got burnt. But for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the fiery furnace didn’t touch them, which amazed Nebuchadnezzar. Even the king later agreed that there is a son of God that is powerful than any other human being,” he stated.
The senator reminded the public office holders that their terms are tenured for a maximum of 8 years so they should be circumspect while holding office because their own day of reckoning and judgment too shall come.
“For me, I have been tested in the crucible of fires and became stronger from that. I have no fears anymore because my own trials and tribulations had come and I passed the test,” Otunba Daniel said.


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Ex-EKEDC MD, Tinuade Sanda mires in certificate forgery allegation

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The jury is still out on how Ms. Tinuade Sanda, the immediate past managing director (MD) and chief executive officer of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) rose to the top in the private sector despite emergent allegations of certificate forgery.
Sanda was removed from her position in March and redeployed to WPG Ltd, the core investor that originally seconded her to the Eko Disco.
Despite the vehement pushback and media onslaught orchestrated by her supporters within the company, Sanda was successfully removed and replaced by Ms. Rekhiat Momoh.
In the wake of her removal, allegations have emerged that Sanda might have lied her way through to become EKO Disco CEO, which has seen her reportedly editing her educational profile on her LinkedIn page.
According to several media reports, Sanda’s educational achievements before it was edited include obtaining a Bachelor’s in Applied Science from the Harvard Business School, which does not offer Bachelor’s degrees.
The Harvard Business School is a graduate school whereby all applicants must have at least an undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. She has now edited her claim to read Harvard Business School – Executive Education.
Sanda also claimed to have an MBA in Strategic Planning from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland but has now changed it to MBA, Strategy, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, which raises serious posers about her moral rectitude and the veracity of her certificates.
“She knew the difference between the two institutions but decided to make it seem she attended the more recognised and prestigious one until the truth emerged,” said a source familiar with the story.
Another damning allegation is that Sanda parades a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Financial Management and Entrepreneurship from one Icon University of Management Science and Technology, Benin Republic, which claims to be “recognized by Ministry of Higher Education of Nigeria.” Nigeria does not have a Ministry of Higher Education and has never had one.
Over the years, the Benin Republic had gained notoriety for selling and awarding university degrees. In December 2023, an online medium published an investigative story of how a Nigerian undercover journalist bagged a Benin Republic university degree in six weeks and participated in the one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps programme. Consequently, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the accreditation and evaluation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo.
Could Ms Sanda have been a victim of the Benin Republic syndicate? Only time will tell.

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FCT Minister, Wike  Appoints Dr. Maureen Tamuno as GMD Managing Director of Abuja Investment Company Limited

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 The Minister for Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has appointed Ambassador Maureen Tamuno, as the new Group Managing Director for the Abuja Investment Company Limited.

A statement from the Minister’s Office released to the media in Abuja, Thursday, says that the appointment takes immediate effect.

The statement said Tamuno is an “experienced public officer, entrepreneur, and diplomat”, who was Nigerian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Belize, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Oftentimes,  the woman  Tamuno,  has proven her stewardship to the selfless cause, having served in different capacities.

Before her  position as an ambassador, Tamuno, has held several positions, including her tenure as a top lawmaker in the Rivers State House of Assembly. Her beautiful story as the representative of her people in the Ogubolo Constituency remains one still being told in glowing terms.

Following her appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Jamaica in 2021, Tamuno immediately hit the ground running by showcasing herself as a perfect embodiment of panache and progressive diplomacy. Since then, she has proved beyond any doubt that she knows her onion very well by taking her assignment seriously as if she was born for the job.

She was always in  the news for positive reasons and gradually established herself as a thoroughbred diplomat, while at the same time rewriting Nigeria’s diplomatic relationship with Jamaica in a positive note.

So, it is not surprising that her new appointment  from the FCT minister  has  received applause and commendations from those that know her worth. Deservedly,  she  has been   showered with  encomium from her fans and admirers that spoke about her in glowing terms.

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