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Celebrating Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu At 70, By Rotimi Makinde

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Celebrating Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu At 70, By Rotimi Makinde

Celebrating Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu At 70, By Rotimi Makinde

I write to felicitate you, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) on the occasion of your 70th birthday anniversary, which took place today, Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

It is no mean feat in a country where the average life expectancy is below 50 years, for you to clock 70 years and still appear strong and look forward to the future with hopes. So congratulations, sir.

Without contradiction, there are many today whose journeys would have been different, maybe not glowingly as they are today without that Asiwaju quotient.

Today if we celebrate you for being a political warhorse, we will be correct, if we celebrate you for your political intuition, it will be justified, if we celebrate you for your political sagacity, we will be on point, but today the greatest basis for celebrating you is because your greatness is rooted in building people and taking them closer to their dreams and making them fulfilled souls.

At 70, Asiwaju Tinubu deserves all the accolades and encomiums being poured on him. Here is a man who, at the risk of his life, fought for the enthronement of democracy in the country.

He was forced into exile by the despotic Abacha regime. But that did not deter him. In exile, Asiwaju Tinubu was at the forefront of the opposition against military rule in the country and gave all he had to ensure that the military was sent back to the barracks.

Stories are told of how Asiwaju Tinubu provided a haven and financial assistance to all those forced to flee the country by the blood-thirsty Abacha regime.

On returning to the country, Asiwaju Tinubu joined other pro-democracy activists to usher in a civilian dispensation in 1999. He, along with others, formed the Alliance for Democracy, AD, which later metamorphosed into the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and now the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He was elected Governor of Lagos State in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. In the eight years that he served as Governor, Asiwaju Tinubu’s enduring accomplishments in Lagos are there for everyone to see.

Tinubu resisted ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s attempt to render Lagos comatose when the latter seized funds meant for the local governments in the state. He fought the matter up to the Supreme Court which ordered that the Federal Government has no power to withhold funds meant for local governments.

During his tenure, Lagos internally generated revenue shot up to more than N8 billion. With prudent management of the little money available to him, Asiwaju Tinubu initiated a lot of beneficial and legacy programs for Lagosians, including the prompt clearance of refuse in the state; construction and rehabilitation of roads; creation of local council development areas to complement the existing 20 local governments; introduction of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT), upgrading of primary health centers to full grade hospitals, initiating various Public-Private Partnership programs to make life more abundant and create employment opportunities among others.

Most of the projects executed by the administration of his successors like Babatunde Fashola, Akinwunmi Ambode, Babajide Sanwo-Olu were initiated during the Asiwaju Tinubu’s era.

Like the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, Asiwaju Tinubu believes in the welfare of the people and will do everything to improve a lot of the masses.

As Asiwaju Tinubu continues to bask in all the praises being showered on him, I pray to God to grant him long life and continued guidance to lead the progressives to victory in the country. The rest of his years will be the best of his life.

We also urge all politicians to emulate the selflessness and generosity of Asiwaju Tinubu in order to bring dividends of democracy to the people.

To a great man and defender of the masses, I say happy 70th birthday and I wish you victory at the APC primary and also success during the general election to succeed President Buhari in 2023.

Happy birthday to a legend. An icon, a great administrator, and a man of distinction. Once again congratulations sir.

Hon. Rotimi Makinde is a key member of SWAGA Agenda 2023, he represented Ife Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives in the 7th Assembly.

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MultiChoice is once again searching for 20 aspiring film and TV content creators to be part of the Class of 2023.

Think you’re made for film and TV? Then apply to join the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy Class of 2023!

Olushola Okunlade Writes

MultiChoice is once again searching for 20 aspiring film and TV content creators to be part of the Class of 2023.

Now approaching its fifth year, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy is excited to once again call for applications for its world-class film and TV training programme which kicks off in October this year! 

The call is open to all emerging filmmakers with either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification, to apply for this exciting opportunity to hone their television and film production skills. Our curriculum combines film studies such as directing, sound design, and the business of the film to name a few, with workplace experience in Africa Magic and SuperSport’s top productions.

The 12-month fully-funded program is open to candidates from Nigeria and Ghana for the West Africa Academy which is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

MultiChoice is once again searching for 20 aspiring film and TV content creators to be part of the Class of 2023.

“This couldn’t be a more exciting opportunity for African film and TV content creators,” says West Africa hub Academy Director, Atinuke Babatunde. “There are so many stories on our continent that need to be told and documented with a sense of skill and passion that only a programme such as the MTF Academy can train young people to do. I can’t wait to be a part of this journey,” she adds. Alongside her expert track record with M-Net through Africa Magic since 2014, Babatunde will lead the Class of 2023 with her over 20 years of experience.

In addition to the hands-on training that all students will receive as part of the programme, they will also get enhanced training experience from the Academy’s partnerships, which include the New York Film Academy (NYFA), the Henley Business School, Dolby and Canon, among others. Previous cohorts have also worked on United Nations’ Verified campaign, and pitched projects to Partners Against Piracy (PAP) and Creative Development on a climate change campaign. 

Think you’ve got what it takes? Then visit https://multichoicetalentfactory.com/ to find out more! Applications will be open from Monday, 9th May and close on Friday, 3rd June 2022, and have to be completed on https://cte.multichoicetalentfactory.com/ 

Applications made outside of this website will not be considered. 

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FRCN, NTA, DAAR, ASO Radio/TV Endorse The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards

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FRCN, NTA, DAAR, ASO Radio/TV Endorse The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Four major broadcast media establishments have endorsed The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards (TNBA) scheduled to hold in October 2022.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the Awards Steering Committee, whose members paid courtesy visits to the offices of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent Television/Ray Power FM; and Abuja Broadcasting Corporation, operators of ASO Radio and Television in Abuja.

The awards are being organized by the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) to recognize and reward excellence in the industry. At the FRCN, the BON delegation, led by Mr.Bayo Awosemo of Arise News, was received by Dr. Mansur Liman, the Director-General.

Speaking during the visit, Awosemo requested FRCN to support BON in its bid to deliver a high-caliber awards ceremony to celebrate professional accomplishments in the Nigerian broadcasting industry.

Responding, Liman, who is also the Vice-chairman of BON, commended the decision to celebrate stellar broadcasting industry professionals whose talents, for long, have not been formally recognized and rewarded. “The awards will recognize and reward the talents that abound in the Nigerian broadcasting industry, spur them to be better, and inspire up and coming professionals to excel in the knowledge that they will someday be recognized and celebrated,” said Liman.

At the NTA, members of the committee were received by the Director-General, Mallam Yakubu Ibn-Mohammed, who described The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards as an intervention necessary to raise practice standards in the industry. “We are delighted that this intervention is coming at this time. It is one that will bring about enormous professional improvement in the Nigerian broadcasting space,” said Ibn Mohammed.

The NTA Director-General also promised to ensure that the event is a successful one by putting the resources of the NTA at the disposal of the Steering Committee.

Earlier in the day, High Chief Tony Akiotu, Group Managing Director of DAAR Communications, delivered his organisation’s endorsement of the awards in addition to advising the BON delegation on the need to recognize and reward broadcasting superstars of yesteryears just as the current crop will be recognized. 

“Broadcasting in Nigeria has come a very long way and broadcasters have made a lot of sacrifices. It is time we started celebrating broadcasters for their sacrifices. While it is important to celebrate those who are currently excelling, it is equally important to celebrate those who excelled in the past,” Akiotu noted. 

Managing Director of Abuja Broadcasting Corporation, Mallam Ibrahim Damisa, also made the same appeal as his DAAR Communications counterpart. He enjoined the delegation to remember the sacrifices of previous stars of the industry. “We need to remember the sacrifices of our heroes past, some of whom are no longer with us but whose works we should never forget. The awards, which represent rewards for excellence, will lead to growth in the Nigerian broadcasting sector as excellence rewarded usually leads to more excellence,” he said.

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Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities

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Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities

…Holds Strategic Meeting With NDLEA, Other Stakeholders

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has pledged to work with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other critical stakeholders to reinvigorate the war against drug abuse especially in schools and in communities across the state.

The First Lady spoke on Wednesday at a strategic meeting held at Lagos House, Ikeja with the NDLEA and other critical stakeholders including the Wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, senior officials of the Ministries of Education, Health, Youths, and Social Development, wives of Local Government Chairmen, Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), school principals, market women and the Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Dr. Gbenga Owoeye.

According to her, drug addiction especially among the youths had become a worrisome menace in society that no one could pretend about its existence.

Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities.
Left-Right: Wife of Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat; First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; and State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Commander of NDLEA, Barr. Callys Alumona, during a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the First Lady to advance the war against drug abuse, held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities
Left-Right: Deputy State Commander, Drug Demand Reduction, NDLEA, Mrs. Chinyerem Eziaghighala; Wife of Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat; First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; and State Commander, NDLEA, Barr. Callys Alumona, during a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the First Lady to advance the war against drug abuse, held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

“The earlier we begin to tackle the daunting challenge, the better for our youths, ourselves, and the social health of our society. This strategic meeting is aimed at putting the menace of drug abuse and associated social vices on the front burner.

“We are truly and deeply concerned about the increase in the rate at which the younger ones are now getting addicted to illicit drugs, a development that brought about the need for all relevant stakeholders to embark on a campaign to fight the menace and enlighten victims on the dangers inherent in such lifestyle both now and in the future,” the First Lady said.

She added that the time was ripe for real action to tackle the war against drug abuse, and not just mere rhetoric, adding that in the coming weeks, she would be leading a series of initiatives to advance the fight against the menace in schools and in communities across the state.

“At the level of the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF), we are all concerned about this and we have resolved in our respective states to frontally confront the menace, looking at it from a holistic point of view.

“We have to be proactive and connect with the schools, the religious bodies, community leaders and associations, and others to cascade the message to all segments and sectors of the state,” she said.

On his part, Commander of NDLEA, Lagos State Command, Barr. Callys Alumona commended the First Lady for convening the meeting of relevant stakeholders to advance the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), just as he said that something urgent must be done to prevent the state from becoming a gateway for illicit and dangerous drugs, both within and outside Nigeria.  

He also urged the First Lady to organize a training workshop for women in government who are mothers themselves, as well as political and social leaders, to enable them to have a better understanding of the consequences of drug abuse and the signs to note when a child is engaging in drug abuse or illicit dealing in drugs. 

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