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Engr. Oluyemi Oguntominiyi Conferred As 13th President Of Roots Club Of Ijesaland, Pledges Absolute Loyalty, Dedication To The Club

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Engr. Oluyemi Oguntominiyi Conferred As 13th President Of Roots Club Of Ijesaland, Pledges Absolute Loyalty, Dedication To The Club

…As HRM (Dr.) Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II, Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Governor Oyetola, and Others Graced the investiture ceremony event

…Roots Club of Ijesaland inducts new members

…Launch N250 million construction And equipping of accident and emergency centre at the General Hospital, Ilesa Osun State

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Engr. Oluyemi O. Oguntominiyi was conferred as the 13th President of Roots Club of Ijesaland after a two-year tenure of Root Samson Ataiyero.

The investiture ceremony was held at Zenababs Halfmoon Resort, Ilo-Aiyegunle Ilesa on Saturday, July 9, 2022.

The Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, HRM Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II during his remark lauded the Roots Club of Ijesaland and the unity among Ijesa indigenes who contribute to the community development and also commend the humanitarian services project, which will be beneficial to all and sundry.

While appreciating all that contributed generously to the launching of N250 million Accident and Emergency Centre, General Hospital Ilesa.

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Engr. Oluyemi Oladimeji Oguntominiyi, President Roots Club of Ijesaland during his acceptance speech.

The new President of Roots Club of Ijesaland, Engr. Oluyemi Oguntominiyi in his acceptance speech stated that: “Permit me to use this opportunity and unique medium to express my heartfelt and profound gratitude to God Almighty for the grace and privilege of life. You will recall that after my election on Saturday 4th December 2021 as the 13th President of our great club, I mentioned that nothing could give a man greater satisfaction than to be chosen to head a club such as the Roots Club of Ijesaland especially if the person has an inherent and identifiable zeal and strong desire for selfless service to humanity. The honour is, without doubt, a very moving challenge to me, given the array of worthy and resourceful individuals in the club. I feel greatly honoured to have been found worthy to lead our club at this moment.

“Roots Club of Ijesaland came into existence out of the conscious collective desire to protect and advance our interests as Ijesas and by so doing stimulate participation in the civic affairs of our community here in Ijesaland in the first instance. Permit me first of all to accept my election to lead a team of highly cerebral members of the club, as the 13th President of our great club. I, therefore, wish on behalf of the 13th Executive Council to pledge absolute loyalty and dedication to the club. We pledge to do our utmost in supporting the ideas for which the club was established. We shall ensure peaceful and harmonious co-existence among members throughout our tenure and beyond. Our ultimate goal is, therefore, to lead the Roots Club to more successes, growth, and accomplishment through the consistent display of fairness, competence, and tactfulness.”

Engr. Oluyemi Oladimeji Oguntominiyi, President Roots Club of Ijesaland.

Speaking further, Oguntominiyi said: “The project we are proposing to execute is borne out of our collective conviction that the more robust and sustainable the basic infrastructure available in our community, the better the development of that community. We are equally conscious of the fact there is nowhere in the world where only the government provides all of the basic infrastructures for all the communities under her jurisdiction. We were convinced that government alone cannot do it”

“This arouse our collective desire to grant our community and her inhabitants’ unhindered access to medical facilities and informed the decision of our club to launch N250 million Accident and Emergency Centre, fully furnished and equipped with up-to-date modern equipment and facilities at the State General Hospital, Ilesa for the use of all Ijesa indigenes and non-Ijesa indigenes.”

Hon. Folorunsho Bamisayemi, Osun State Commissioner for Education

In a statement, Governor Gboyega Oyetola ably represented by Hon. Folorunso Bamisayemi who delivered the Governor’s speech at the investiture ceremony of Engr. Oluyemi Oguntominiyi at the Roots Club of Ijesaland said: “I am delighted to be here to felicitate and identify with the Roots Club of Ijesaland on this very important occasion. I am particularly delighted to honor Engr. Oluyemi Oladimeji Oguntominiyi who is the new President of this club of distinguished Elites with my attendance at this event. Engr Oguntominiyi has been a strong partner in our effort to bridge the infrastructural gap in our state.”

Oyetola said: “We appreciate every eminent personality that is here and we are proud to identify with your club and the objectives of the club. I appreciate above all your communal sense of responsibility and passion for giving back to your root and beyond. My attendance at this event is a good opportunity to intimate you with our efforts to move your darling state forward. Our first task on the assumption of office was to restructure the finance of this state and bring to bear our experience and expertise in public and private finance management. It was an open secret that when I took over the state was reeling under a debilitating debt overhang that was so crippling to the extent that the state was unable to fully meet its obligations to workers, retirees, and service providers. We have not only paid over N80 billion out of the debt owed, but we have also consistently paid full salaries of workers as when due and we have regularly remitted deductions from workers’ salaries to PFAs.

Oyetola further stated that: “We have not allowed debt repayment which is deducted at source under ISPO arrangement, to stop our infrastructural development drive and social services provision, constructed over 500 km of roads using a novel Alternative Project Funding Approach without adding to the debt burden of the state and repositioned and reformed our education. Our tenure has demonstrated an act of uncommon courage to revert some Education policies that we inherited based on citizens’ and stakeholders’ demands, attracting over 3 billion naira intervention from stakeholders particularly Alumni of our secondary schools as a result of our friendly policies. We have eliminated hooliganism and reduced cultism in secondary schools carried out soft reforms in schools governance and classroom/ lesson management that have translated into improved standards, and also constructed over 200 blocks of classrooms in our primary and secondary schools across the state.”

Hon. Folorunsho Bamisayemi, Osun State Commissioner for Education delivered Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s speech at the Roots Club investiture ceremony on Saturday.

In the health sector, we have refurbished and reconstructed 332 primary health facilities on the basis of one per electoral ward across the state. We have renovated most of the general hospitals in the state and we have almost completed a state-of-the-art specialist hospital together with 32 flats doctors’ quarters at Asubiaro, Osogbo.

In the area of commerce and industry, we have improved the state’s ranking on the ladder of ease of doing business by removing multiple taxation and bottlenecks associated with the acquisition of C of O, marketed the potential of the state in Agriculture, Tourism, and Mining to interested and willing investors through a well attended and successful economic submit.
We have developed a youth policy to guide our engagement of youths through Education, Agriculture, and Talent development as part of our effort to reduce youth unemployment and restiveness.

In Sports Development, we have revived the hitherto rested Osun State sports festival and the Amateur athletic association sports competition in secondary schools. These and many more are some of the things we have done despite the time and resources lost to the uncertainties of the 9 months of gubernatorial litigation by the opposition party, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the EndSARS protest.

Governor Oyetola concluded by saying, “As elites and high stakeholders in the Osun state project, I plead for your support in the forthcoming elections so that we can firmly put our state on a sound footing in all spheres as I felicitate with you on this investiture event and a big congratulations to Engr Yemi Oguntominiyi. I wish you a successful and eventful tenure as the 13th president of the Roots Club of Ijesaland.”

The investiture ceremony hosted many dignitaries within and outside the State such as His Excellency, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, Osun State Governor, who was represented by the state’s Honourable Commissioner for Education, Hon. Folorunso Bamisayemi as Special Guest of Honour. The Royal Guest of Honour was His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II, CFR, LLD, Owa Obokun Adimula and Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland. The Guest Lecturer was Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa and the Chief Launcher Engr. Mayne David-West who also doubled as the Chairman of the Occasion was represented by Prof. Martins.

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Femi Omolade Private Schools Marks 27th Graduation Ceremony In Grand Style

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…as parents, and guardians extol the school’s virtues

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Femi Omolade Private Schools has marked the 27th graduation ceremony in grand style leaving parents, friends, and passersby in amazing surprise.

Friday, August 12, 2022, will remain memorable in the annals of the pupils and students of Femi Omolade Private Schools, Ajasa Command in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Government Area of Lagos State anchored by Mr. Makanjuola Segun.

The event held at the school premises at 25/27 Ajasa-Command Road, White House Bus Stop, was kick-started with praise and worship by Mrs. Augustina, which was witnessed by parents/guardians, among others.

Music Students display their talents.
Graduating Pupils and Students of Femi Omolade Private Schools.
Left-Right: Miss Kafilat Moyinoluwa Sulaiman and Mrs. Agunpopo Olayinka dancing at the graduation ceremony on Friday.

Rev. Mother Ajiboye during ministration and prayer urged parents to be prayerful, monitor their wards, and children, be close to their children and avoid negative statements, especially in the face of social media influence. According to her, there is a need for parents to step up efforts in inculcating the right moral values in their children, as the school cannot do it alone.

She prayed for God’s grace to nurture the children into growing up to be notable citizens in society.

Hon. Adesola E. Ajiboye, Principal of Femi Omolade Private Schools.

In his graduation speech during the event, the Principal of Femi Omolade Private Schools, Mr. Adesola E. Ajiboye, remarked that the school, established years ago, has produced many notable citizens spread across the country and in the diaspora was the best to be established in the environment and one of the top private schools established in Ajasa Command.

Mr. Ajiboye, who also displayed medals of different categories won by his pupils at various competitions (including Mathematics and sports competitions), also urged the graduating pupils, as well as college students in the schools, to aspire for the best in life, and assured that the school would do it’s best to ensure that the enviable standard set by the school’s founders is sustained.

He also commended the effort of the Lagos State government in providing a good road network linking the school to the urban places within the state.

He urged the government to provide adequate power supply, and an effective security network, among other social amenities, as factors that will enhance both private and public schools’ growth and proper development.

Igbo cultural dancers

While assuring that he would use his wealth of experience to make the schools one of the best in academic, sports, and vocational studies, Ajiboye further appealed to the government, Parents, NGOs, and well-to-do individuals to encourage Femi Omolade Private Schools pupils and students to achieve it set goals, by awarding a scholarship to indigent ones.

Speaking to BusinessEcho Magazine, Mrs. Osowo, a parent, who spoke on behalf of others, commended the management of the schools for setting a good standard of education for its pupils and students.

She said, “Since I enroll my children in Femi Omolade Private Schools. I didn’t regret bringing them to this school. “When they were brought here, everything changed for the better. Today, I am proud of my children in both learning and character. I am sure other parents will have similar testimony to share.

“I advise the school management to maintain the tempo. I will also urge parents and teachers in this school to cooperate with management to achieve its lofty goals.”

Also speaking, an alumnus of the school, who also witnessed the ceremony, commended the school management for maintaining a good standard of education since its inception.

A student of the college, Miss Kamilat Moninuola Sulaiman, who also spoke to BusinessEcho Magazine, rated the standard of education in the school very high. He commended teachers in the schools for their high dedication and urged other parents to consider bringing their wards to the school for quality education and development.

The ceremony featured students’ music department, Stepper’s dancers, Choreography, and cultural songs in Igbo, and Yoruba, the presentation of gifts to parents, pupils, and students at the college by the school’s management, display of medals won by the school at different competitions, among other things.

Enrol your students/wards into Femi Omolade Private School and Femi Omolade Private College at 25-27 Ajasa-Command Road, White-House Bus Stop Ajasa-Command and 5 Gbenga Alao Street Off YetKem Road Ajasa, Lagos State, or call 08084277215, 08064156615.

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BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa

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BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa

…BUA built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries during President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure

…BUA is now among the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa – Rabiu

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Leading Nigerian Businessman, Industrialist, and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja, to update him and thank him for creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, and also brief him on the strides BUA Group has made in the past few years.

Thereafter, Rabiu briefed the President on the activities of his foundation, The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) during which he also announced the donation of an N10billion Nigeria Security Support Fund from ASR Africa towards the provision of some security equipment, medical and other supplies, upgrade of health facilities and other infrastructure for families of those on the frontlines.

BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2nd Right) having a handshake with Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman, BUA Group (2nd Left) while Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director, BUA Group (Left) and Niyi Adebayo, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (Right) looks on during the visit of Abdul Samad Rabiu and BUA Group Management Team, to the State House in Abuja, on Friday.
BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (Middle) Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman, BUA Group (Left), and Niyi Adebayo, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (Right) during the visit of Abdul Samad Rabiu and BUA Group Management Team, to the State House in Abuja, on Friday.

According to Rabiu, the visit was in order to identify with President Muhammadu Buhari, during whose tenure BUA has built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries now amongst the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa, and to further support the efforts of his administration in business as well as in the security space.

In his response, President Buhari said it was heartwarming to see and hear of Nigerian companies doing so much within Nigeria, and Africa, especially in the area of production using locally available raw materials. He also expressed his elation at the achievements of BUA which had led to phenomenal growth within such a short time. “As a Government, we know we have done a lot in this regard, and we will continue to do more to support the aspirations of serious businesses, big and small, by providing an enabling environment as well as supporting value creation within Nigeria.”

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Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year

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Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As the world marks International Youth Day, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has announced the conclusion of a vocational skills training program reaching over 350 young Nigerians in Lagos and Kano States.

The training covered four skillsets – Solar panel installation, Graphics Design (Designs, social media, and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up, aromatherapy, and massage), which were delivered in collaboration with Whitefield Foundation.

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year
High flyers of the vocational skills training and recipients of start-up kits from the Alliance.

The vocational skills training is one of the projects of the Alliance designed in accordance with the Alliance’s objective of reaching 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to secure gainful employment or set up businesses of their own within 3 years. This objective, which was announced during the launch of the Alliance, is in line with their commitment to work together to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country with the associated social and economic impact.

Launched in August 2021, the Alliance is a business-driven movement of organizations passionate about working together to help young people around the country acquire the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work or create their own enterprise. Members of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria include Nestlé Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, Big Bottling Company, the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, U-Connect HR Limited, and Sterling One Foundation with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International as partner organizations.

Since its inception, the Alliance has reached over 11,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial training, internship and mentoring opportunities, and job placements. Projects delivered include:

• Soft skills training, covering personal effectiveness and time management, effective communication, business etiquette, employability skills, and emotional intelligence, for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 reaching 590.

• Soft and employability skills training, covering critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and idea generation, developing the right mindset for the world of work, effective communication, etc, in May and June 2022 reaching over 9,600 NYSC members in Lagos, Kano, Ogun, and FCT orientation camps.

• Employability training for fresh graduates in April and June 2022, covering career positioning, personal brand marketing, building winning resumes, developing interpersonal skills, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, etc, and reaching over 610

• Vocational skills training, covering solar panel installation, graphics design (designs, social media, and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up, aromatherapy, and massage), in Lagos and Kano states in August 2022 reaching over 350

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year
Left-Right: Ahmed Alaga, Program Manager, Jobberman Nigeria; Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect HR Limited; Tumi Onamade, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement & Programs, United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria; Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC, and ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, Big Bottling Company Limited.

The member and partner organizations have positioned themselves to invest in joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work experience, internships, readiness-for-work training, and mentoring opportunities and are committed to contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030.

Celebrating International Youth Day and first-year anniversary of the Alliance, high-flyers of the vocational skills training were gifted start-up kits to ensure the immediate take-off of their businesses. High-flyers from the graphics design training were provided laptops, and those from the Beauty, massage, and aromatherapy training were provided make-up tool kits and massage beds while high-flyers from the installation training were awarded complete toolboxes for their vocation.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC said, “Youth is the future of our world and Nestlé is determined and committed to working with stakeholders and likeminded organizations to help young people develop their skills so they can find jobs or create their own businesses.”

“We are delighted with the progress we have made as an Alliance in the past year, reaching 11,000 youth. Yes, we are still a long way from our target, but we have built the framework and alliances that will help us deliver on our objectives. The provision of start-up kits to young people who excelled in the vocational skills training is a significant step in the right direction”.

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect Human Resources Limited said, “Youths are the future of the nation. Every investment towards their employability, engagement and empowerment is very critical for the society’s good and sustainable progress”.

According to Innih Ikhide, Youth Engagement and Learning Manager Jobberman Nigeria, “Youth in every society have the potential to stimulate economic growth, social progress, and national development. The Alliance for Youth Nigeria is providing an ecosystem of learning where young Nigerians can upskill by acquiring 21st-century skills that will increase their chances of getting employed or becoming self-employed. The testimonials from beneficiaries will continue to motivate us to do more”.

For Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Nigeria, “Our one-year anniversary is proof that advancing decent work for youth requires unprecedented levels of collaboration between key partners. The Alliance serves as a catalyst for reducing unemployment and promoting youth independence in order to increase labour and economic productivity in Nigeria. We urge stakeholders to take collective action in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4, 8, and 9.”

In his comments, ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, The Big Bottling Company Limited, said, “Investment in young people supports the economic empowerment of the nation and world at large. The Big Bottling Company Limited, while congratulating Nigerian youths remains committed to supporting their aspirations for growth”.

In a statement on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, the Special Assistant to the Honorable Minister, Oluwakemi Areola, said, “In the next 10 years, jobs would have evolved from the traditional model we are familiar with now. It is imperative that Nigerian youth equip and upskill themselves with the necessary skills (digital and vocational) to give them an added advantage and keep them better positioned for the continuous benefit of decent work. The Ministry commends the effort and investment of the Alliance in promoting economic opportunities for young Nigerians”.

On behalf of other participants, Oluwakemi Olatunfe, who participated in the training in the Beauty category, commended the Alliance member companies for providing the unique opportunity for the training and upskilling of young Nigerians. Particularly delighted at the start-up kit awarded to her by the Alliance, she promised to fully utilize the training and the kit to start up her business, thereby adding value to herself and her family.

The International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international and national communities, raising awareness of major concerns that impact young people, particularly as related to health, education, and employment while celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

With over 13.9 million youths unemployed and millions in unstable employment and underemployed in Nigeria, young people need the right skills and experience to help them in a rapidly changing economic landscape and the Alliance for Youth Nigeria is committed to continued investment in young people for a better future.

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