Adieu C.O. Ilemobade JP

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My Mother, My Mother-in-law, My Teacher and the Grand Mother of my Children!!

 

Your efforts in All Saints’ Primary School (now Saidu LEA Primary School), Samaru Zaria Kaduna State Nigeria……

……. raised Generals, Professors, Engineers, Doctors, Clerics and Able Nigerians in various fields of endeavours.

Your spirit lives on, sleep well Mummy….

Violence begat violence?

A still small voice keeps telling me that vengeance is the Lord’s He will repay.  The sincere heart pains, grief and emotional pangs caused the myriad of innocent persons round the world should be a cause of concern for action and not just words.  But where do we start from?  It is more annoying for so many lay persons like me, when you see the same persons steering the wheels of conflict in regions, sitting on well decorated round tables with tea, coffee and snacks arguing heartlessly, where as the people they have engineered against each other are in pools of blood if not already in mass graves.  The sorry state of the gullible masses used, is the agitators will always have their families far away from the trouble’s spots and then come to use other peoples’ sons, daughters, mothers and fathers for a cause only the agitators are the true benefactors.

I stand to be corrected, the true culprits behind most genocides and crisis are always never called to book.  Oscar Arias, once told my class that the manufacturers, merchants and users of weapons of violence should all be held accountable for the atrocities, because if the warring parties are not armed the likelihood that the violence will escalate beyond proportions is not there.  True or false, is left for you to reason, but if you visit police station cells or prisons and see criminals worshipping God, you might end up more confused, as in, if these are the same persons convicted of their crimes. The the sponsors are surprisingly persons in very high societal palaces connected through several remote channels that even the best of conflict resolvers might be playing round their evil planned schemes.  You may get me wrong, forgive me, the opinion is personal, but most of battles are fought with the real merchants of war, selling the wares to both sides.  It is time to look at remote causes of crisis and see how nations can proactively halt or manage uneasy calm/peace transmuting to violence.  May we never resort to violence, leaving the laws of Kama to be in effect.

We all have issues, with ourselves, siblings, parent, spouses, families, neighbourhood and colleagues, but violence / ill actions should be a never mentioned thing.  In Nigeria, there is saying that, even the tongue and teeth, sometimes fight, but must stay and work together to survive.  As the year  comes to another close, may we see peace springing with the tides all around the world. 

May families displaced, migrating, in Camps or Homes / Shelters, be able to at least feel the current of Christmas with Santa Claus bringing gifts and tides of Peace. 

Ondo Elections 2016 –Now that APC has been declared winner.

The elections was relatively peaceful, gratitude to the Almighty and all that contributed to make it so.

Now is time for synergy to get the state forward and not at a stand still or backwards. I hope the Jimohs, Okes et al will join hands off party lines and see Ondo forward.

For the New Governor Elect, it is time to return to Owo and say Thank you.  It should extend to the Akungba – Ikare Axis and the whole of Ondo North. 

Owo is a Junction town and the busiest link the North and Middle Belt (Benin). 

I am kindly requesting for

1. Increased Security, especially between Owo and the Akure, we have been robbed thrice on that stretch.   At a time people started using the Ekiti link with Oshun, long but safer at that time.  Luxurious Buses were the major targets at night.

2. The link roads to

a -Sabon Gida Ora and Benin axis;

b – Road from Ibillo junction to Kabba, a very commercial road, especially with the Cement Factory in Kogi, the Dangote’s should join in making the road better.

c. – The Owo Akungba – Okene Link roads (security and pot hole repairs.

d. – Akure – Ilesha road – road repairs and maintenance

e. Start thinking of dualising Owo-Akure-Ondo-Owo-Okitipupa/Igbokoda roads and start even if on small scale a Lagos – Okitipupa/Igbokoda Water transport (luxury/business class).

should see some visitations.  Yes they may be Federal roads, as a member of the Centre Party, Fashola should be able to make it priority or you work on them and get refund.

3. The Issue of Kidnappings must stop or see a drastic reduction, even if it means upsetting some cabals.

4. Build a big Trailer park in Owo for decongesting of roads especially as there will increase of traffic with road repairs.

5. Start campaigning for the Ajaokuta rail line to Pass through Ondo to Lagos.  Ondo needs a direct Lagos – Abuja Link to unlock the state from the relegation by the western states.

6. Start looking at Diaspora, Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan and Kaduna/Kano for inputs to the state.  Ondo has a large cache of Highly placed resources that can be of benefit to the state in Oil and Gas, Cocoa, Timber, Cassava, Medicine, Water, ICT and name it.  The Kupolatis and Aruwajoyes, Famutimi et al are Egbons that must be used to get the Bitumen, Oil and Gas resources on your top front burner now the PIB is being pursued.

7. Tourism has suffered so much set back due to lack of care.  Religious Tourism was not cared for in the days of Obadare, now Ogun State has captured the Mountain of Fire, Redeem, Living Faiths et al.  The Government should see how the Sun Shine state can shine again with the Idanre’s and Oke Marias et al.

8. As a corper, I made sure I used only products from Oluwa Glass factory in my apartment, they sufficed, PPP with the Chinese if need be but lets start producing Glasswares.

9. Ondo should visit Ghana and see how they have silently started producing European Quality Chocolates, export product.  They avoided Nigeria, because we could still the market.   Get the Boyede’s and Ile Oluji start producing affordable Coco Products for Nigeria and Export again.

10. The Farmers of your area do not have a regulated market to sell their products at premium price, get the lebanese and gambaris give good deals, by getting a commodity board to give these farmers a reason to increase the production and get premium pricing for their goods. And you can do what your eastern counterpart is doing exporting vegetable to abroad.  The Farmers need better pricing.

11. The North East is being reconstructed, Ondo Furniture, wood workers can be enabled through your Government to be a major source for wood products for school, hospitals, churches, homes and establishments furniture and wood needs.

It is my prayer that the progress of Ondo State will be a continum.

God bless the people of the Sun Shine State and he blesses the State to truly shine.

Ondo Gubernatorial Elections 2016.

The last debate was truly insightful, you can see persons so passionate about a state I love so much.  Ondo State is in sorry state for any that knows the potentials it carries.  It is home to so many National and International brains that are contributing to the increase of so many spheres of this earth than you can imagine.  As a Youth in the late 80’s, I saw of vision of Africa tilted like a gun, with Ondo state as the trigger.  I asked what it was and the only answer that kept coming, was it holds the answer to Africa, not just Nigeria.  I believe and so will restate it that Ondo can get Africa out of the woods, but how?

First and foremost we most realise that this beloved state belongs to all of the contestants, (yes the 28 of them, debaters or not) and so it should not be a do or die stuff.  I like the Agunloye’s talk of an inclusive natured governance, I respect the hopeful invitations of each of the candidates and pray they will truly stand by each other at the end, when a Lead Candidate and followers are announced by INEC.  Let me try to state it rightly, I hope all the politicians, academicians, clergy, traditional houses, students, business persons and civil servants of Ondo State Origin, will for once lay down their differences and set a cause to place Ondo on the pedestal meant for it from time.

Ondo should not remain marginalised by the Federal Government, Western States and the South South Oil Producing states, no more.  But it is only together that such can be achieved.  Back to the issue of elections.  Bearing my mind, it is as a person to whom Ondo is second state.  

With all the politics of Abuja, Lagos Kaduna, Port Harcourt and yonder, I will beg Ondo people to please vote for an Ondo resident person.  What do I meant, a person residing in Ondo is in the pains all these years with you and sincerely knows where and how the roof is leaking.  My Egbons in Lagos and Abuja, will always rule from Abuja, Lagos or Port and visit intermittently to see how you are doing.  Ask your neighbours in some of the Nigerian states, the governors have planes on stand by to jet in, commission or open projects or meeting and jet back to abuja, especially when the state hot(salary wahala).

Agricultural and Forest Resources:  If cote d voire (Ivory Coast), is a global leader in Cocoa Export.  The Government of Ondo State should make it a priority to see that Ondo return to the basics and make Cocoa worth farming and trading not only for the Lebanese, but for the farmers and country at large.  The Ile-Oluji factories should be re-engineered to process and enhance valour to the product for both export and local consumption, (remembering Boyede now an export Guru).  The same is for the Wood Furniture industries, we can silently make Ondo the number 1 producer of semi / finished products for the Nigerian markets and diaspora.  I remember very much GOAMCO Furniture, he was my first Employer, he will not lower his standards on jobs we did in Abuja and years  after his counterparts works are gone bad, his stand to show a good workmanship.  Now that local content is being preached, Ondo can be a lead amongst equals.

Oil, Gas and Bitumen: Am told Ondo bitumen can tar the whole of African roads and still keep producing, what will the next Governor do to ensure the exploration of Oil in the North East is not the only priority of the Nigerian Government, Bitumen could be made to chart a cause for employment and increase revenue.  I am trying not to forget the Okitipupa Glass factory and so many otthers.

Road Connections:- Ondo is more Gateway State to the Mid West, Southern, Eastern Nigeria and the Middle Belt and Northern Nigeria.  The robberies and bad roads are a headache, with some little efforts from the local and Ondo State Government, Akure can be the leading connection to Benin, Lokoja, Kabba, Auchi, Enugu, Makurdi and enhance a 24/7 revenue accruing from land commuters.

The Lagos – Okitipupa water route can be re-engineered to enhance water transport out of lagos.  With the likes of Philip Emeagwalli, who speaks of Ondo, than his state of origin and the so many ICT brians, Ondo can be another Silicon Island (not Valley) for the region and Nation at large.

Sorry am talking elections and not economy, seriously speaking, Ondo needs somebody who has the mind of the people and can appreciatively rise to their yearnings for a better, greater state.  In all I see passion and ability to perform in one sphere or the other, but in One I see the heart of person that is genuinely ready for the people.  I hope he wins and pray the other Join him in moving the state forward.  Mimiko did his wonderful best, the next person should not destroy, but build from there.  I wish all the contestants the best, may the winner be graceful to remember the need for a collective governance; may the others be graceful to lay differences aside and join hands with the winner to build the Sun Shining State that is needed to illuminate Africa.  God bless the people of Ondo State to be glorious enough to have a very peaceful, free and fair elections, refusing any form of inducement for evil.