Nda-Isaiah: Farewell to a maverick dream chaser By Danladi Ndayebo

My first encounter with Mr. Sam Ndanusa Isaiah, in the middle of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s first term as Nigeria’s President hardly left the impression that we were destined to develop a working professional relationship, or that we would come to know each other as well as we did, before his transition to the great beyond last Friday.   I was an avid reader of ‘Last Word,’ his Monday Column in the Daily Trust Newspapers and he came across as a clever, witty and intelligent writer. I was therefore excited to…

Gov Sani Bello pays tribute to late APC Nassarawa Chair,Philip Shekwo,visits deceased family

Chairman, North Central Governors Forum, NCGF and Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has described the late All Progressives Congress, APC Nassarawa State Chairman, Mr Philip Shekwo as a patriotic Nigerian and a politician per excellence who contributed greatly to the growth and development of Democracy and the Nation. Governor Sani Bello stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the deceased family residence and interacted with party faithful in Lafia, Nassarawa State Capital in company of other dignitaries. The NCGF Chairman noted that the increasing rate of insecurity…

The other sides of Oyetola: Tribute to my Principal @ 66 By Ismail Omipidan

Today, Tuesday, September 29, 2020, is the 66th birthday of my Principal, Adegboyega Oyetola. To celebrate him, I have elected to speak about a few of his attributes as a leader. Interestingly, those attributes, one of which is the fact that running a State in a depressed economy is possible, have not only changed my perception about taking up the job of a media aide to a complete stranger, but have further rekindled my hope about the future of our State and the country at large. I have said it…

TRIBUTE TO A FORTUITOUS  FLOURISHING ‘AMAZONIAN’ WOMAN By M.K. DADA

The Press Gallery had been deserted. For nearly three months it was devoid of the regular noise and bustles. Indeed, visits by our colleagues to the gallery had become irregular and infrequent because of the temporary absence of a head. It was an agonizing period filled with anxiety as Journalists await the appointment and announcement of a new Chief Press Secretary by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State. Governor Sani Bello had been a meticulous person when it comes to issues of selecting and or appointing political office holders.…

Tribute to Femi Oyetola on his birthday By Ismail Omipidan

I have encountered a few first families in my life. But my encounter with Mustapha Sule Lamido, son of former Jigawa State Governor, Alh. Sule Lamido, changed my perception about children of governors. Humble. Smart. Respectful. I had thought it would be my last close encounter with children of first families until August last year when providence brought me to Osun. I resumed on August 5, just a few days to Sallah. I was still trying to settle down, trying to know the family. One morning, on Sallah day, he…

Tribute To Late Comrade Ayodele Akele, By Hon. (Comrade) Joseph Akinlaja

For me personally, the death of Comrade Ayodele Akele has sent shock waves through the socio-political and trade unionism landscapes of Nigeria. I found it painful to recall that I have known him since 1973 when he was Secretary General of Bereck Nigeria Limited Workers’ Union and subsequently into active politics. He wielded spectacular ingenuity in all the positions he ever occupied and not without leaving behind legacies of integrity, patriotism, fight against socio and class imbalance as well as advocacy for good governance, justice, fairness and accountability in the…

Tribute To late Maj Gen E A Akpan Rtd

It was with deep sorrow that the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim DSS PhD MTRCN, Management and Staff of the Scheme received the shocking news of the transition of Maj Gen EA Akpan rtd. on Saturday, 16th May, 2020. Gen Akpan was the 4th Chief Executive of the Service Corps who sat in the saddle of leadership from 1984 to 1988. He was a consummate administrator who repositioned the Scheme on the path of growth during his tenure as National Director — the nomenclature of the…

A GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATOR PAR EXCELLENCE MARCHES ON : A TRIBUTE TO LATE MAJ GEN HB MOMOH RTD

It was with deep sadness that the Director – General, Brig Gen S Ibrahim, Management and Staff of the National Youth Service Corps received the shocking news of the transition of Maj Gen HB Momoh rtd., the 6th Chief Executive of the Scheme, who proceeded on the journey to eternity on Saturday, 25th April, 2020, and his remains interred, Sunday, 26th April, 2020. Gen Hafiz Momoh served as Director – General from January 1990 to January 1994. He will always be remembered as a dynamic and highly charismatic Officer who…

TRIBUTE TO HAMDALLAH DAMILOLA SHITTA

HAMDALLAH DAMILOLA SHITTA, born 24th July, 1996, died on 11th April, 2020. Last child of the fifteen children of father, ALHAJI SURAKAT OYEYIGA SHITTA of Imota, Lagos State and, the last child of the seven children of mother, ALHAJA JEMILAT ADUNNI SHITTA of Ikorodu, Lagos State. She came last but, returned first. Would the grieving cease ! Our loss is immeasurable. HAMDALLAH was in deed blessed with valuable qualities. She was Patience, intelligent, soft-spoken, calm, brilliant and enterprising. From Al- Hikma Nursery and Primary School, Otubu, Agege, Lagos to Ilham…

Tribute to deposed Emir of Kano, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by Prof Isa Alabi Abubakir

سَتَظَلُّ أَمِيرَ القُلُوبِ قصيدة تضامنية إلى أمير القلوب الحاج سنوسي لاميطو سنوسي حُزْنٌ شَدِيدٌ في الحَشَا يَتَلَهَّبُ والقَلْبُ مِنْ فَرْطِ الأسَى يَتَعَذّبُ دُنْيَا الخِيَانَةِ قد تَكَشّفَ أَمْرُها لِمُهَذَّبٍ إِغْرَائَها يَتَجَنَّبُ أَغْرَى أُنَاسًا مُلْكُها فَتَوَحَّشُوا في العالمين وفي النهايةِ تُعْطِبُ ماذا يَقُولُ الشعرُ بَعْدَ ضَلاَلِهم ويَرَى المُسَوَّدَ في البلاد يُعَذَّبُ ؟ إنَّ الدُّعَاءَ إلى الصَّوَابِ جَرِيمَةٌ عندَ الطُّغَاةِ وصالحٌ لا يُعْجِبُ جَعَلُوا النِّفاقَ فَضِيلَةً في دِينِهم فَتَرى عَظِيمًا لِلْحُطَامِ يُذَبْذِبُ قد خيَّبُوا آمَالَ شَعْبٍ مُنْهَكٍ طَلَبَ النَّجَاةَ فَخَانَهُ مُتَعَصِّبُ لا تَقْبَلُوا ما جَاءَ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِم فَوُعُودُهُم دَوْمًا سَحَابٌ يَخْلُبُ هَذِي البلادُ…