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THE STRIDES OF RT.HON. (PRINCE) SURAJ ISHOLA ADEKUNB

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By: Segun Lawal

Rt. Hon. (Prince) Suraj Ishola Adekubi was born on March 8, 1975 in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Govt. Area of Ogun State into the family of Alhaji Rahmon and Madam Elizabeth Adekunbi.
Young Prince Suraj Ishola Adekunbi began his academic career at St. Paul Anglican School, Ayetoro where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1986. His secondary education was at the prestigious Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro where he obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate in 1993. The following year, Prince Suraj was admitted into the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro to study Mechanical Engineering. On completion of his Ordinary National Diploma in 1996, Suraj proceeded to The Polytechnic, Ibadan for the Higher National Diploma which he achieved in the year 2000 with Upper Credit.,
Prince Suraj did his mandatory National Youth Service at the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of NNPC in Edo State in year 2000. After his Youth Service, Suraj wasted no time in applying knowledge and creating value taking a teaching job at the Government Technical College, Idi-Aba Abeokuta. He later had a stint with the Ogun State Civil Service with his appointment as Higher Technical Officer in Bureau of Transportation from year 2004 to 2006 before he voluntarily resigned. Unrelenting in his resolve to attain higher academic heights, Rt. Hon. (Prince) Suraj Ishola Adekubi proceeded to the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) for the Post-Graduate Diploma after which he progressed to the University of Ibadan (UI) and obtained Masters Degree in Project Development and Implementation (MPDI) in year 2011.
An astute businessman and administrator per excellence, Rt. Hon. (Prince) Suraj Ishola Adekubi sharpened his entrepreneurial teeth in Petroleum Products Marketing under the tutelage of his father who was then Chairman and CEO of Al-Rahman Oil & Gas Limited. Having attained a comfortable level of financial independence, Suraj decided to give himself to the service of humanity by offering to represent his Constituency of Yewa North at the Ogun State House of Assembly. Though unsuccessful at first attempt, Suraj never gave up, showing the resilience and other stuff champions are made of; re-launching his ambition in 2011 on the platform of the same Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN) winning and going ahead to represent Yewa North State Constituency. Subsequently, he was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly on July 6, 2011.

Mr. Speaker, as he is also called is a recipient of so many awards and commendations from both far and wide including Young Achievers Award as Young Speaker in year (2011). The National Society of Agricultural Students of College of Agriculture, Olabisi Onabanjo University conferred the award of Patron on him. He was also given an award of Excellence by the Rotary Club of Ojo. The Meritorious Award in Politics was presented to him by the National Association of Yewa/Awori students of Tai Solarin University of Education. His Alma-Mata, Comprehensive High school, also known as Compro gave Rt Hon. Suraj the Distinguished Compronian Award. Orona day committee of Ilaro also gave him the Award of Excellence. He received a Merit Award from National Association of Polytechnic Accountancy Students, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. Agent of Hope & Change awarded him A Pacesetter of Hope. National Association of Yewa/Awori Students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic also gave him an Award of Excellence while Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities presented him a commendation in appreciation of his support as a guest .
On the professional front, Rt. Hon. Suraj is a corporate member of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), a corporate member of Association of Project Development Practitioners, (APRODEP) and a registered member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, (COREN).

In all, Rt. Hon. (Prince) Suraj Ishola Adekunle Adekubi, also commonly called PAS in informal parlance has lived a vibrant, enviable, fruitful and commendable life.
He is happily married to an amiable, warm, hospitable, virtuous and quintessential woman of class and statement in the person of Mrs Oluwaseun Adekunbi and their union is blessed with children.

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Abia State: Orji Uzor Kalu should Stop Hallucinating – Group Advises

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An Umuahia-based socio-political association, Odinma Abia, has advised former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, to urgently seek medical and psychological attention to treat his worsening case of hallucination that continues to make him see Abia as his private estate that he must conquer once again and determine who governs the state and who does not.

In a statement signed by the group’s coordinator, Jude Ndukwe and the publicity secretary, Uchenna Okezie, respectively, the group said “Abia State has since outgrown the young state that was unfortunate to be governed by an unstable character like Orji Uzor Kalu who ran the state aground and left it for dead but for the urgent interventions of succeeding administrations especially that of the current governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu”.

The group was reacting to statements attributed to Orji Uzor Kalu when he held a zonal ward and state executive meeting of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in his Igbere home, wherein he was credited to have said among other things that the APC would “free Abia people from bondage and lies being fed them” by the PDP administration in the State.

Reacting further, Odinma Abia said “it is quite ironical how a man whose known profligacy as Abia governor threw the state into a near-perpetual financial slavery for which the former governor was only recently told by the courts that he has a case to answer and for allegedly looting the state’s funds through his companies and cronies, a situation that brought Abia to its comatose state before the intervention of Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu”.

Continuing, the group warned Orji Uzor Kalu to desist from seeing Abia State as his personal estate which he can dictate to at his whims and caprices. “Orji Uzor Kalu’s political career has since ended in 2007 after his governorship of Abia State. Abians saw through his deceit and roguish behavior and they have since rejected all his overtures to have them elect him into the senate since then. Even the Peoples Progressive Alliance, PPA, which he founded booted him out eventually for his well documented ignoble behaviours.

“When one thought that Kalu should be getting wiser with age, he seems to be degenerating by the day. How can a man of his status still be talking about fighting as an election strategy? How did such a man ever become our governor in the first place? For Orji Uzor Kalu’s information, Abia has since left him behind. We are a decent and peace loving people and we will never allow renegades like him to return us to his bestial era of violence. Abians will not allow the gangster-like violence which APC members visited upon themselves recently in the State to be taken to the government house.

“Is it not hypocritical that the APC meeting where Kalu poured out his invectives against the PDP and government of Abia State was only a faction of the APC in the State led by Donatus Nwakpa? A party that is divided among itself in the state, a party that can’t hold itself together, is talking about providing leadership in Abia. It is obvious Kalu’s APC wants to infect Abia with their spirit of division and destruction but Abians know better and they will never give Kalu, his party and their empty promises an inch of opportunity.

Continuing, the group said, “Orji Kalu in his usual manner of personalizing parties and ruling like an emperor even took the said meeting to his personal home in Igbere as if the APC has no secretariat where such meetings are supposed to hold. It was the same thing he did while he was governor when his mother reportedly took total control of governance in the state to the extent that “Mother Excellency” and “Mamacracy” became part of the State’s political lexicon. If Orji Uzor Kalu thinks Abians have forgotten, we shall remind him come 2019 when we, Abians, shall let him know that we will never trade the peace and progress we are enjoying under the current governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, who has in just three years achieved far more what Orji Uzor Kalu achieved in his entire 8-year two term tenure in Abia State. It is obvious that Kalu has been hallucinating on the possibility of he and his party returning to Abia State, in that case, he surely needs urgent medical and psychological attention to wean him of his vain ego trip”, the statement concluded.

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Rivers APC Hails Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi at 53

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The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has hailed the former governor of Rivers State and present Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on the occasion of his 53rd birthday anniversary today.

The party announced this through a press statement signed and released this morning (Sunday) by the newly-elected State Chairman of the APC, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree.

In the statement, the APC applauded Amaechi for providing focused and unwavering leadership for the party and its members in the State.

“It is a thing of joy that our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has provided the needed focused and purposeful leadership for our party and members in Rivers State. We couldn’t have gotten it better.”

The party thanked God for the gift of wisdom; good health and staying power which has seen the Minister traverse the delicate political terrain of our state and nation despite several natural and man-made obstacles.

“As you turn 53 today, we can only thank God Almighty for bestowing on you the needed wisdom, good health and resilience to confront the vicissitudes of life especially in the political arena in Rivers State and Nigeria. We have no doubt that the good Lord will continue to remain your bedrock of strength in the years ahead.”

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OGHA CALLS FOR INTER-AGENCY COLLABORATION ON STUDENTS’ INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE

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The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on all higher institutions of learning in the State to collaborate with the State Minsitry of Education, Science and Technology as well as corporate organisations and public sector on the placement of students for the mandatory students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) and Industrial Training (IT) in the State to facilitate ease placement of students for industrial training.

The passage of the resolution today at the plenary, presided over by Speaker Suraju Ishola Adekunbi , followed a motion moved by the Sponsor and member representing Abeokuta North State Constituency, Hon Olayiwola Ojodu, seconded by his counterpart representing Odogbolu State Constituency, Adebowale Ojuri and supported by the whole House through a voice vote.

Opening debate on the motion, Ojodu explained that the collaboration became imparative in fulfilment of the curricula requirements of some courses being offered by Polytechnics and universities to undergo industrial training in partial fufillment of awards of Diploma and Degree respectively.

He added that the placement when secured would provide an avenue for students to acquire industrial skills and experience in their course of study towards equipping them for the challenges in the highly competitive labour market.

Corroborating Ojodu’s view, lawmakers including, Ojuri, Tunde Sanusi, Victor Fasanya and Olusola Sonuga, called for the timely implementation of the resolution upon its passage to further complement the huge investment of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun -led administration in educational sector, pointing out tha such synergy among relevant stakeholders would ensure effective placement that would help expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their respective institutions.

They underscored the essence of technical and vocational education to the development of any nation, saying that the training would also make the transition from school to the world of work easier, thereby enhancing students’ contacts for future job placement.

In their separate submissions, Akanbi Bankole, Idowu Olowofuja, Ganiyu Oyedeji, Olujimi Otukoya and Akinpelu Aina, remarked that science and technology remained the bedrock of development in any nation’s, explaining the need for students to be provided with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real work situation so as to bridge the gap between theory and practice, just as they canvassed for effective monitoring to ensure strict compliance with the training on the part of the students.

The lawmakers admonished the prospective student trainees to shun financial gains while seeking industrial placements, adding that the inculcation of skills and more knowledge beyond the classroom would equip the youth for national development.

In a related development, the Assembly also passed another resolution admonishing the State Government to encourage all home owners and other structures in the State through their Community Development Associations (CDAs) to construct drainages in front of their Houses and structures with a view to addressing constant damage of Community roads by run-off water spilling from residential buildings.

The passage of the resolution was sequel to the motion moved by Ganiyu Oyedeji, seconded by Akinpelu Aina and supported by the whole House through a voice vote during a plenary presided over by Speaker Suraju Ishola Adekunbi.

Members who spoke in support of the resolution including Ganiyu Oyedeji, Akinpelu Aina, Victor Fasanya, Adebowale Ojuri, Tunde Sanusi, Olujimi Otukoya and Olayiwola Ojodu, called on stakeholders in the built profession, particularly town planners to ensure strict compliance with the standard measure in the construction of drainage channels to allow for free flow of water with a view to preventing flooding across the State.

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