A’Court Hearing on PDP Leadership Dispute Resumes Today

The Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, resumes today hearing on appeals relating to the leadership tussle between the Ali Modu Sheriff an‎d Ahmed Makarfi factions of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Parties to the appeals had been served with the hearing notices earlier.

The appeals were fallouts of the legal dispute over which of the candidates of the two factions was entitled to run the last Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State on the party’s platform.

About 48 hours to the election, the Saulawa-led panel of the appeal court ruled in favour of the candidate of the Makarfi faction in the state, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, removing the Sheriff faction’s candidate, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, who was earlier recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

King Sunny Ade Set to Join Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley in Hall of Fame

As part of activities to honour one of Nigeria’s finest music artistes, globally-known juju artiste, King Sunny Ade (KSA) on his 70th birthday, the legendary artiste will be inducted into the Hard Rock Café Music Memorabilia today.

With this induction, KSA will join other global music acts such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Elton John in the Hard Rock hall of fame.

KSA’s management company, Temple Management, said in a statement that he would donate “rare items from his collections including a vintage Fender Guitar, shoes and album cover” as part of the induction.

“With the induction, King Sunny Ade will now rank among other Hard Rock world greats whose music paraphernalia dots the walls of the franchise business across the world,” Temple management’s head of entertainment Mark Redguard said.

Fuel Subsidy Removal Saves FG $15.4bn – Ibe Kachikwu

Nigeria has saved $15.4bn as a result of the elimination of subsidy on petroleum products since May this year, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said.

Kachikwu disclosed this while hosting members of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

Kachikwu, who was represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Jemila Su’ara, also thanked the National Assembly for supporting the ministry and its agencies when the price modulation template was introduced in May.

In a statement issued by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Idang Alibi, the minister stated that the price modulation had eliminated subsidies and liberalised the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry.

Aregbesola Commissions Another Government Elementary School

Following the successful launch of the Adventist Government High School, Governor of the State ofOsun, Rauf Aregbesola has commissioned another government elementary school, the AUD Government Elementary School.
The Governor, dressed in a similar uniform to that of the elementary school pupils stressed that the commissioning of schools and other infrastructures across the state are in fulfilment of his government’s promise to provide functional basic education for the pupils in the state. See pictures after the cut.

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, addressing the crowd shortly before he commissioned AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo, Osogbo on Tuesday 29-11-2016.

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Newly inaugurated AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo, Osogbo. Inset is from left, Chairman State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prince Felix Awofisayo; Governor Aregbesola; his wife, Sherifat; Member State House of Assembly, Hon.Musibau Azeez and Permanent Secretary SUBEB, Mr Fatai Kolawole on Tuesday 29-11-2016


‎The A.U.D ‎Government Elementary Schoo in Sabo Osogbol‎ is ‎22 full classrooms, each capable of accommodating 50 pupils. It has a multipurpose function hall, a sick bay, computer room, a principal’s office and the secretary’s office.
‎There is a recreation centre, including a small playing field. The conveniences include six blocks of toilets for pupils and staff, each having three squat pans and WC, making a total of 24. The seventh block is designated for staff with four cubicles of WC. The principal’s office also has a private toilet.‎‎
Aregbesola stated that elementary school is the basis of the basic education, hence, any child with a good elementary school foundation will have no problem making progress educationally. He noted that A.U.D school is one of the 100 elementary schools his administration is building, out of which 20 are already completed.
The Governor added that government is also building 50 middle schools from which it has completed 22.
He held that his administration has also carried out renovations on 40 other schools which give a total of 1,694 standard classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools, providing accommodation for nearly 90,000 pupils.
Aregbesola said, “We have provided for them more than 100,000 desks and chairs, toilets and boreholes and made schools decent places to be. We have provided 50,000 eLearning tablets (Opon Imo) for grade 12 final year high school pupils in the state.
“This has benefitted three sets already while the fourth set, i.e. the current final year set are receiving the tablet as we speak. In addition to building schools, we have recruited more than 12,000 teachers to boost manpower in the school system. We are also motivating the teachers.
“We have put in place a policy that makes teachers in elementary and middle schools to rise to grade level 16. We have, in addition, appointed three Tutors General, equivalent of Permanent Secretary, in the three senatorial districts in the state.
“We have established the Osun Education Quality Assurance and Morality Enforcement Agency to assure education quality and enforce morality in our schools.

“Our overall vision is to develop the new man intellectually, socially and morally. This new man is placed in the centre of society who views his own development as part of and for the development of society”. The Governor told the gathering.
Speaking earlier, Chairman, State Universal Basic Education, SUBEB, Prince Felix Awofisayo commended Governor Aregbesola for prudently managing the scarce resources of the state especially on schools restructuring.
Deputy Governor Mrs Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori who described the new school as one of the series of the state-of-the-arts schools currently being constructed across the state, said efforts have also been put in place to sustain the new education policies and programmes for the betterment of all.

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Newly inaugurated AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo, Osogbo. Inset is from left, The School project contractor, Mr Sheu AbdulKadir; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun; his wife, Sherifat; Chief imam AUD Central Mosque, Alhaji Yunus Sanusi; the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun and others on Tuesday 29-11-2016

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Newly inaugurated AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo, Osogbo. Inset is from left, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun; his wife, Sherifat; and the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun and others on Tuesday 29-11-2016

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola rejoicing with pupils of the newly inaugurated AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo, Osogbo after the inauguration on Tuesday 29-11-2016

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left);testing one of the computer set provided for students of the newly inaugurated AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo in Osogbo. With him is his wife, Sherifat (Middle); Chairman State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prince Felix Awofisayo (2nd right); Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola (right) and others, after inauguration of the school on Tuesday 29-11-2016

Lagos Hold First Black Tie Gala

Lagos State has held its first black tie event. See pictures after.

Chief Bisi Akande, Gov. Ambode, Gov. Aregbesola

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (right), Governor Lagos
State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (middle),and Chiarman Tristate Heart
Foundation, Chief Bisi Akande (left),at the 1st Annual Black Tie Gala
organised by Tristate Heart Foundation in support of Cardiovascular
Care in Nigeria, at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos state, on 29/11/2016.

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (4th left), Chiarman
Tristate Heart Foundation, Chief Bisi Akande (4th right), Minister for
health Osun, Prof Isaac Adewole (3rd left), Board Member of Tristate
Heart Foundation, Prof. Kamar Adeleke (right), Oyo State Governor,
Senator Abiola Ajimobi (2nd left), Lagos State Governor, Mr, Akinwumi
Ambode (5th left), Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (3rd
right), Vice Chiarman Tristate Heart Foundation, Mr. John Momoh (2nd
right), and othersat the 1st Annual Black Tie Gala organised by
Tristate Heart Foundation in support of Cardiovascular Care in
Nigeria, at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos state, on 29/11/2016.

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (right), Governor Lagos
State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (middle),and Chiarman Tristate Heart
Foundation, Chief Bisi Akande (left),at the 1st Annual Black Tie Gala
organised by Tristate Heart Foundation in support of Cardiovascular
Care in Nigeria, at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos state, on 29/11/2016.

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (right) in a warmth
handshake with Board Member of Tristate Heart Foundation, Prof. Kamar
Adeleke, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (2nd right), Lagos
State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (2nd left) and Ogun State
Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (left), at the 1st Annual Black Tie
Gala organised by Tristate Heart Foundation in support of
Cardiovascular Care in Nigeria, at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos state,
on 29/11/2016.

OSPOLY Convocation; Olusola Praises Aregbesola

The rector of Osun state polytechnic, Iree Dr. Olusola Agboola has thanked the governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for helping the institution to attain its present enviable stage. He made this known on the school playing ground while delivering his speech at the fifth joint convocation of Osun state polytechnic, Iree today; 29 November 2016.

Agboola who expressed his deep appreciation to the Aregbesola led administration in the state on behalf of the entire management, said the state government has always been there for the institution and this has been the secret behind the success of the school. He said; “Osun state polytechnic, Iree is successful because the state government is highly sensitive.”

The governor been represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye Tomori congratulated the school on the convocation celebration while she enjoined the successful students to be good ambassadors of their various homes, the institution, Osun state and Nigeria at large. The governor however expressed the state’s commitment to giving qualitative education to everyone in the state which has made the government to embark on several educational policies which has now been yielding positive results in the state educational sector at all level.‎

135 Trained In Wealth Creation In Osun

No fewer than 135 youths have undergone entrepreneurship development training through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Southwest on wealth creation which is implemented by the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF).

For four weeks, the participants were exposed to modules such as mindset re-engineering to help them rethink business, money, and livelihood, enterprise development and idea generation, business and financial management, marketing and interpersonal relationship and writing individual business plans.

At the graduation ceremony held at the Teachers’ Co-operative House in Oshogbo were the Osun State Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Chief Otunba Grace Titi Laoye Tomori, CBN represented by Mrs. Oluyemisi Adebayo of the Development Finance Office; the Africa Leadership Forum was led by Dr. Olumide Ajayi, the Programme Director of the Centre, Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical and Vocational Education; Acting Head of Board for Technical Education, Mr. Owolabi; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Julius Olajide; General Manager/CEO of the Osun Micro-credit Agency, Mr. Dayo Babaranti; and Mr. Young, Head of Youth Empowerment.

In his address, Mr. Olajide, stated that the training was one of the integral plans of the state government and all the participants that underwent the training had said it was a life-changing experience.

“A second batch of the training will commence soon and other young people that heard about the training had been registering for it. This will develop the human resources of the state. It is meant to teach the people how to fish and not to give them fish,” he said.

Dr. Ajayi, the Programme Director of the CBN-EDC Southwest, commended the state for being enterprising and for being the first state in Southwest to sponsor individuals and create avenue for the training since its commencement in March last year.

Dr. Ajayi further said that of the 135 people that had undergone the training, 125 had submitted their business plans; hence, the State Micro-Credit Agency will start interacting with them henceforth.

He urged the participants not to waste the money they would receive for their businesses but to ensure that they create enterprises, employ other people in order to create more jobs.

Contributing, Mr. Babaranti also encouraged the trainees to persevere their ventures, noting that people can only take risks against waste but not uncertainty.

He revealed that the available interventions for funding of businesses included the Microcredit agency: N1, 000 to N1, 000,000; Bank of Industry (BOI) Fund, minimum of N5, 000,000; and commercial banks N10 million to N50 million, all at maximum 9 per cent interest rates. He urged the trainees to engage in businesses they are passionate about.

Mrs. Adebayo said the CBN is leveraging on research that has shown that economies thrive on the MSMEs, hence the CBN’s MSMSE’s development fund, YIEDP, Agric Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund, Financial Inclusion Programme. She added that the apex bank is looking forward to producing Osun rice in lieu of the current importation of rice.

In her remark, Otunba Laoye-Tomori, gave a wakeup call to the youth.

She emphasised that it is not right that artisans from neighbouring countries would be preferred to their Nigerian counterparts.

She said: “This should change and the CBN-EDC is one of the means of putting an end to this aberration. All the graduating trainees are expected to go and start businesses in order to end poverty and enhance employment rate. The era of oil boom is gone and we have to work with our hands.”

She further said that some of the business plans that were presented at the event indicate that things have changed to the better.

“This is not the first time that the CBN-EDC Southwest has partnered with the people of Osun State to provide entrepreneurship training and business development services. Seventy-five SMEs were trained through Co-operative groups that organised entrepreneurship training for her members in July this year”.

Obanikoro Returns N134m to EFCC, Promises to Repay N450m in 2017

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, on Monday returned N30m to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. This brings the total amount of money he has returned to the EFCC to N134m.

A source at the EFCC said, “Obanikoro came on Monday and presented a draft of about N30m. Initially we did not want to collect it because it is small compared to what he is supposed to have given us. However, the legal department advised us to collect it.”

Obanikoro had in October returned N104m to the commission. The ex-minister, who returned to Nigeria last month after spending about 15 months in the United States, was accused of receiving N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Obanikoro had said in his statement of oath at the EFCC that after receiving the money in 2014, he gave N1.219bn to the then governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, while N1.3bn was given to the PDP candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

He also confessed to giving Fayose a separate $5.377m at Spotless Hotel in Ekiti State in the presence of party leaders including the then PDP Secretary, Mr. Tope Aluko.

Obanikoro was said to have kept about N785m for himself, which he allegedly spent while campaigning ahead of the PDP governorship primary in Lagos State. Mr. Jimi Agbaje won the primary.

However, the EFCC asked Obanikoro to return about N584m out of which he had already returned N134m.

At the EFCC office on Monday, Obanikoro promised the detectives that he would return the remaining N450m in 2017.

The source said, “About N450m is remaining and Obanikoro has promised to pay the rest in 2017. He will also be reporting at our office every two weeks.”

At the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba last week, Mr. Alade Sunday, a manager at Zenith Bank, narrated how Obanikoro delivered about N1.219bn to Fayose’s aide, Abiodun Agbele, for onward transmission to his boss.

He had also said it took the cashiers about 10 days to count the money.

Sunday had said Obanikoro flew with the cash to Akure Airport and the money was loaded into bullion vans.

He had said, “When we got to the airport, we waited for some minutes before the aircraft arrived. When the aircraft offloaded its passengers, one of them appeared to me to be Senator Musliu Obanikoro and the other one appeared to be his ADC, Adewale.

“Agbele walked up to them and had a discussion with them. Thereafter, he signalled me to bring the van. Bags loaded with cash were loaded into the van and Obanikoro’s ADC, Agbele and I drove back to the bank.”

Meanwhile, it was learnt Omisore had appealed to the EFCC to return his passport to him to enable him to travel out of the country.

House of Reps Wants Petrol at N70/Litre

The House of Representatives has asked the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency and Ministry of Petroleum Resources (PPPRA) to review the current price template of PMS with a view to bringing down the price of the product

The House faulted the current pricing template for Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), saying that a realistic price should be about N70.04 per litre.

The landing cost of the product today is N119.74k, while the distribution margin and other costs add up to N18.37k, bringing the total to N138.11k.

However, marketers are allowed to sell petrol in the range of N140 and N145 per litre.

But, on Tuesday, the House, acting on a motion moved by Mr. Abubakar Hassan-Fulata, noted that 90 per cent of the current cost of PMS (N124.34k) was introduced by factors that were unnecessary.

It said the factors were related to transport charges, which were transferred to consumers by the marketers.

Lawmakers argued that removing such unnecessary charges would not affect the profit margin of the marketers if the Federal Government put all the needed infrastructure in place.

In his lead debate, Hassan-Fulata listed some of the charges as lightering expenses, N4.56k; bridging fund, N6.20k; freight, N109.01k; NPA charges, N0.84k; and transport allowance, N3.36k.

He also said the landing cost had inbuilt charges that when removed would not affect the profit margins of the importers and marketers.

The lawmaker cited jetty charges, NIMASA charges, storage charges and retailers’ margin, among others, as costs that could be removed without affecting the profit margin of the marketers.

For instance, he stated that the current bridging charge of N6.20k could be reduced to just N2.00 per litre if the pipelines linking the refineries and the depots across the country were not vandalised.

Hassan-Fulata, “Bridging is supposed to be an annual event only when the refineries are carrying out their turnaround maintenance, which does not exceed three months.

“However, due to the fact that the pipelines linking the various depots have been vandalised or are in a state of disrepair, bridging has remained a permanent feature of the oil industry in Nigeria.”

Similarly, he said the N2.00 built into the price for the maintenance of storage facilities was wasteful as it did not benefit any public-owned depot.

“The fund goes to enrich an ever-growing number of private depot owners, whose facilities have now become the official storage facilities for government products, while government facilities are allowed to decay,” he told the House.

Many lawmakers also faulted the N4.56 lightering charge on the ground that vessels conveying products into the country were not docking directly at the harbours.

The motion for the review of the pump price received unanimous endorsement of members at Tuesday’s plenary, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.

The House directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to ensure that the price review was done within eight weeks.

However, petroleum products’ marketers faulted the call for petrol to be sold at N70 per litre.

According to them, the landing cost alone is far higher than N70 at over N128 per litre.

The marketers stated that the challenge in accessing foreign exchange and the fall of the naira against the United States dollar were factors that would make it practically impossible to sell petrol below the regulated rate of N145 per litre.

They told one of our correspondents that the Federal Government still owed them subsidy claims as well as differentials as a result of accrued interests on the debt, running into several billions of naira.

A member of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria said, “What are their reasons for calling for N70 petrol price? Are they aware of the current economic realities and how the oil and gas sector operates? It is practically impossible at the moment, despite the huge debt being owed us, other factors show that it can’t happen.”

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said that the oil firm would not react to the demands of the House of Representatives.

This, he said, was because the corporation had yet to get any directive to that effect from the House.

PDP Breaks Apart Further, Suspends Members of Sheriff’s Faction

The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has announced the suspension of 22 members of the party, following their roles before and during last Saturday’s governorship election, which the party lost. Some of the suspended members belong to the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party.

The sanctioned members include Mr. Biyi Poroye, Denis Alonge, Ebenezer Alabi, Olabisi Johnson, Olu Ogunye, Omololu Meroyi, Yemi Ajonibode Musa Megida, Isaac Alase, Sola Ebiseni, Ademola Genty, Yemisi Akinyemiju, Dare Emiola, Yemisi Akinmade, Ade Adebawore, Bakita Bello and Adegboruwa Taiwo .

The party also suspended Mr. Omowole Oluwagbehinmi, Gbamila Ogunji, Abiye Ademoyegun, Johnson Alabi and Dara Akinbobola.

This was stated in a letter signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Banji Okunomo.

In the letter, the party said it carried out the punishment on the affected members “In line with Section 57 of the constitution of our party and the inherent powers conferred on the State Working Committee of the party.”

The party directed the affected members to appear before the disciplinary committee on Monday December 5, 2016 at the party secretariat in Akure, the state capital.

A Tribute to Rasheed Gbadamosi by Pat Utomi

 

Material achievement is overrated in the evaluation of life journies. But from time to time good fortune brings one into contact with a complete person; professionally, culturally and morally. One of the great gifts of my time of being has been the privilege of meeting the Icon Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, and discovering so many points at which our passions crossed. The recent news of his passing was therefore a combination of a jolt from a bolt out of the blue and the chance to elevate a spirit up to where it can light up the skies so tomorrow’s people can see clearly the preferred path.

In those heady new frontiers days of the ebbing months of first decade of independence, he was a refreshing star as a knowledgeable young Commissioner for Economic Development in the new Lagos State. We longed to be like him. And he would prove to be a role model for all seasons. His sharp Economics mind, his love of drama and Art made him good company. Our passions crossed on all those counts and for nearly four decades he featured in many high moments of my own journey into manhood, citizenship and simple humanity. Whether it be in working with policy for Nigeria, or promoting Art and Artists we shared many memorable moments.

One of those high moments when he spiced up my being was about a dozen years ago. I was being a citizen, helping the Tinubu administration, probono, on matters of tackling the challenges of administering a rapidly urbanizing Lagos. Yemi Cardoso, then Commissioner for Budget and Planning had been working with a World Bank Team on strategies for managing the development of blighted areas. I had been in Washington on other business and engaged the Team lead on the matter. She was pleasantly surprised as was preparing to suggest that I moderate the workshop in Lagos that Cardoso had come up with same. As Chief Gbadamosi walked into the workshop at the Sheraton he offered that familiar full – tooth hearty smile and said: Aburokonireeo. Roughly translated from Yoruba as Younger brother. More grease to your elbows. You will not know exhaustion. In the full context of that moment it was evidently one of the greatest compliments I had ever been offered.

A few years earlier when as cabinet member responsible for National Planning and was leader of Nigeria’s delegation to OPEC he was equally generous. In the years before we had spent much time together talking about Nigerian economy especially my points of comparison of Nigeria with Asia’s Tiger economies where a good part of my research, since I returned from industry to academia, concentrated. So when he got to the OPEC meeting in 1998, with oil prices down to single digit, he could not but observe closely the Indonesian delegation, watching out for those things I had been saying were responsible for a trading of places between Nigeria and Indonesia regarding development and progress. To his shock he found the Indonesian Oil Minister seemed uninterested, as Nigeria and others squabbled for enhanced quota to make up for price induced revenue losses.

At tea break he went up to the Indonesian Minister and asked why he seemed uninterested and mildly irritated by the struggle for quota review. His Indonesian colleague calmly told him there was no quota on gas and that Indonesia made more revenues from its LNG trains even though Nigeria was in a better position to go ahead on gas. Chief Gbadamosi could not wait to get to Lagos to call me and acknowledge evidence of what I had been saying. A year earlier, I had been in Jarkata as guest of a former Indonesian Oil minister, Professor Mohammed Sadli who sadly lamented how corruption had challenged Nigeria’s prospects.

The irony was that more than a decade earlier when the economy was in another dire strait in Nigeria, a group of us seeking light on where things were, gathered around the Dinning Table at the Victoria Island home of the Gbadamosis, to listen to a presentation by then Chief Economist at the World Bank Mission in Nigeria, Gianni Zanini. Our problems were so self-inflicted that I looked up at our host and said Nigeria against itself. I would get quite self-conscious about that line when shortly after I ran into Samuel Beer’s scathing critique of Britain before the Thatcher rescue: Britain Against itself: The Political Contradictions of Collectivism.

But Rasheed Gbadamosi was more than Economics. I had bought my first painting as an undergraduate at the University of Nigeria in 1975. The Artist whose strokes gave live to that canvas, Tayo Adenaike would go on to international acclaim. I stayed with that love affair. The community that collected artworks was relatively small. From Prince Yemisi Shyllon, to Mr. Sam Olagbaju, Odu Mbanefo and a few others and you had done the rounds. But the place of pilgrimage was the Ikorodu home of Gbadamosi, and I was pleased to go there. Just so were the days in the late 1980s and 1990s when I served as patron and Boards of Theatre Initiatives like Chuk Mike’s Performance Studio Workshop. We knew who the great champions of reviving Theatre were. The playwright Economist Rasheed Gbadamosi was up there.

I am much honored to have known such a huge bundle of talent, energy and pure humanity. Our times are much diminished for not having him around but our time of being was significantly impacted and enriched by having known this remarkable personage. His presence at CVL events placed an imprimatur of high value to our effort to show the next generation that there is a better way than the path we currently travel. But the true gift was the life of selfless service he lived which assures his immortality in the hearts of men. Farewell is so inappropriate to say. Auf Widosein as the Germans say is more like it.

Utomi, Political Economist and founder, Centre for Values in Leadership.