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Alaafin, Iyaloja & Akesan Market Traders Eulogize Seyi Makinde As He flagged off Construction of Utra-Modern Akesan Market Complex
Alaafin, Iyaloja & Akesan Market Traders eulogized Seyi Makinde, As he performed the flag -Off Ceremony of The Construction of An Utra-Modern Akesan Market Complex
August 12, 2020
It was an epoch Making event today where sons and daughters gathered today at the open space of the Akesan Market to witness the foundation laying ceremony of the New Utra-Modern Akesan Market.
It will be recalled that, earlier this year January, the inferno at Akesan Market destroyed properties worth Millions of Naira including the ancient structure of the entire Akesan Market.
The Governor had also directed the administration of Oyo East Local Government, led by Hon Arowosaye Saheed Adeyemi to Commence the process of Reconstructing the Utra-Modern Akesan Market through clearing of the burnt structures and inviting the Competent Contractor to handle the project.
Today, the Project awarded to an indigenous Contractor, MORTAYUS NIGERIA LIMITED and the flag-Off Ceremony was performed by the Executive Governor of the State, Engr Seyi Makinde.
In his welcome address, the Caretaker Chairman, Oyo East Local Government, appreciated the Governor for the support and trust reposed in him to handle this project and also applauded the Governor for the approval of many Masses oriented projects he has been embarked upon through his approval via Ministry of Local Government & Chieftancy Matters. He further appealed to the Governor to put all machinery in motion so that, the Silo Project in Oyo-Awe Road and other abandoned Projects of the last administration be completed in earnest.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, who received the Governor at the foundation laying ceremony, eulogized the Governor for fulfilling his promised as he always do and further described him as a politician with sound integrity.
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In another development, Arch Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, who Spoke on behalf of the Indigenes appreciated the Governor's determination to write his name in GOLD in the history of Oyo town on this laudable project that would eventually be one of the International Market Standard.
The Iyaloja of Oyo Alaafin, Alhaja(Chief) Adepeju Bakare, who represented all the Traders prayed for the Governor for the spirit of philanthropism and selfless services to humanity that God endowed him. She thanked the Governor for the release of Ten Million Naira(#10,000,000;00) earlier donated to all the Traders who lost valuable properties that cushion the harsh effect.
On a final note, The People's Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, during his speech urged the administration of AROSAD to be transparent in the allocation of shops when completed and those who still have interest can still apply. He mandated the Indigenous Contractor to do a quality and thorough job on this project, though, he refused to play politics with the Project as some notable people go against given the contract to u by linking you to the opposition.. the Governor said!
In the entourage of the Governor were the Deputy Governor, The Secretary to the State Government, The Chief of Staff, Commissioner for Energy, Commissioner for Commence, The Commissioner Designate for Environment and Natural Resources, Chairman, OYSTROMA, Chairman, OYCSDA and other Political Office holders.
Other dignitaries at the event includes, the OYOMESI, delegation of Oyo Global Forum (OGF) led by the Vice Chairman, Prince Ayo Sanda Ladigbolu, Engr A.K. Amodu (Amark), Chief Sunday Ogunlade, Alhaji Ademola Santos, Alhaji Isiaka Adebayo, Alhaji Ganiyu Alade, Alhaji Azeez Adeyemo and host of others.
All the Caretaker Chairmen and their members in Oyo Federal Constituency who played the host today were in joyful mood to be part of the history today.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Kashamu Buruji: Deconstructing Nigeria’s “grassroots” Politics - Seun Kolade | Southwest-frontier News
Kashamu Buruji: deconstructing Nigeria’s “grassroots” politics
By Seun Kolade
The death of Ogun state Senator, Kashamu Buruji, has generated a lot of comments and reactions in the Nigerian public space. Former President Obasanjo, in his reaction, did not pull punches when he denounced the deceased as one who, in his lifetime, “used the manoeuvre of law and politics to escape from facing (sic) justice on alleged criminal offense in Nigeria and outside Nigeria”. Many commentators have suggested, rightly in my view, that General Obasanjo’s intervention is driven more by personal animosity than any commitment to higher principles of ethical conduct and accountability. Nevertheless more and more people agree that death does not confer sainthood, and Obasanjo is entitled to his view. I will not belabour this.
Instead, I want to turn attention to the recent statement from former Lagos Governor Tinubu, who in his own reaction, described the late Buruji as “a notable leader in the country and a true grassroots politician.” The part that caught my particular attention is the phrase “grassroots politician”. On the face of it, this phrase describes a politician with close connection with ordinary people, and one whose activities are directed towards the interest and welfare of the masses of ordinary people. In Nigeria, it has a distinctive flavour and connotations.
In the aftermath of Kashamu’s death, multiple video clips have emerged of him spraying money in the streets. His funeral was attended with considerable fanfare, with a crowd of people defying all rules of social distancing in a chaotic frenzy. Unsurprisingly, some have taken this as further evidence of Kashamu’s “grassroots” credentials, even in death. I saw on one WhatsApp platform someone describing Kashamu as second only to Awolowo, at least in the politics of Ogun state!
It is not surprising that Tinubu hailed Kashamu as a “grassroots politician”. In many ways they are cut from the same cloth. The average Nigerian politician is heavily invested in poverty. It is the canvas from which they project paternal benevolence, and from which, for good measure, they can establish a structure of control. It is a simple and highly effective strategy. On the surface, handouts are the means by which the Nigerian politician endears himself to the masses of people. What is hardly considered, even if it is right in plain sight, is that handouts are also the means by which you debase a people by turning them into dependent beggarly spirits.
The tragic thing is that handouts, like drugs, are habit forming. People, after a while, become dependent on it. They embrace the illusion that hand outs are freebies, oblivious of the fact that it is at a huge cost to their dignity and agency as citizens. That is also why cheap populism, aka “stomach infrastructure”, is the modus operandi of the Nigerian politician. It is the effective “opium of the people”. That is how and why Tinubu has managed to control Lagos for so long. The people complaining and campaigning against the man’s hegemonic hold on Lagos are, by and large, long suffering tax payers who have had to pay more and more to, not the ones benefitting from “free” handouts.
It is easy, though, to focus attention on Tinubu and Kashamu. General Obasanjo himself is at least an admirer, if not a proponent, of this sort of “Amala” politics. It is why he not only eulogised the late Lamidi Adedibu, but also embraced and supported him as the kingsmaker in Oyo state. In one sense, we can’t entirely blame him, or any of these other politician. Until and unless a greater section of the populace see through Nigeria’s brand of grassroots politician for what it is, they will remain trapped under acquired dependency syndrome spearheaded by opportunistic politicians. And they will continue to be complicit in the country’s under-development.
Writer: Dr Seun Kolade
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