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Get over celebration, deliver services to people, Obasa tells other Speakers



Obasa’s Press Officer, Ms Chioma Anifowose, in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, quoted the speaker as making the call at a gathering of speakers of state legislatures in Abuja.

The Lagos speaker is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria.

Obasa urged his colleagues to concentrate on ensuring leadership of all the state Houses of Assembly shares the same understanding of the vision of the Conference of Speakers.

He implored the speakers to make sure that the wellbeing of the people was paramount in their daily activities.

Obasa said the conference of speakers had agreed on a road map to move state parliaments forward toward achieving greater heights in service delivery.

“Evidently, this sitting will be an inaugural one for the new speakers as well as an avenue to intimate you all with what we have been doing, particularly concerning the issue of financial autonomy for the state legislatures and its implementation,” he said

Obasa said that the financial stability of state legislatures was sacrosanct, as it was the catalyst for good governance.

The speaker urged the speakers to be committed to uncommon developments in their various states, and by extension Nigeria.

“Let me remind us of some of the pending issues that are yet to be resolved, like the constitutional amendment that was ongoing during the 8th Assembly in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as State Police.

“We should all work together in the current assembly to continue with the process of constitutional amendment, which is geared toward enhancing the wellbeing and improved standard of living of our people,” he said.

Obasa also seized the opportunity to condemn the Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and foreign nationals in South Africa, saying it portends great danger to continental people.

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By Anietie John Ukpe

“The murky waters of politics?” This rhetorical question summed up Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang’s laconic response in 2013 to the information that there were plans for his son, Udom, to be appointed the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government. A few years earlier he had undertaken the painful duty of the internment of his beloved wife and the void created by her departure was still palpable. Then came the concerning news that his son was about to take a dip in what he considered to be murky waters. Politics was not his forte, as a matter of fact he  had grown to frown at it. Even more bothersome, his son stepping into politics meant stepping away from the comfort and security of his blue chip job as an Executive Director of Zenith Bank. A job which, by his estimation, did not pose as many challenges and vicissitudes as the one he was about to step into.

In retirement, God had blessed Nkanang with the fulfilling spectacle of watching his six children (four sons and two daughters) blossom like trees planted by the riverside. Even more pleasing to him was that they were flying the family banner of integrity and honor in their different careers and people spoke well of them. A man who gave his life, spirit and heart to teaching and to serving God, Teacher Nkanang believed that God had justified the scripture that the children of the righteous cannot beg for bread in his family situation. It was in consideration of this righteous heritage that he thought that stepping into the turbulent waters of politics was antithetical to the basic precepts and values of the family he had nurtured in righteousness as the patriarch.

Elder Nkanang, who passed on in December, 2019 at the ripe age of 90, need not have been worried. His son resolved his fears by explaining and promising him that he would maintain the family honour in his work as the Secretary to the State Government and in politics. He informed the septuagenarian that if the need were to arise, he would quit politics and return to his first love – banking. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel would go ahead to acquit himself creditably as the Secretary to the State Government and, thereafter, got elected the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. Elder Nkanang lived long enough to have his initial fears supplanted by pride in his son’s sterling performance as a governor.

What was his reaction when his son was elected governor in 2015? Ekerete Emmanuel, his fourth son and immediate younger brother of Udom, broke the news of Udom’s election to Elder Nkanang: “You are the proud father of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State!” Nkanang did not betray the kind of excitement you would expect of a father receiving such great news. He smiled and said that he had brought up his children to be leaders and he was not too surprised. He said there was a leadership gene passed on to his children from his bosom noting that in his life he was always sought after to lead and he expected his children to lead and lead so well that God will be glorified and man would be satisfied.

Nkanang turned the last page of his storied life of service to mankind by asking to be dressed up in his best cloth at bedtime. He did not wake up the next morning – or to adjust that slightly, he woke up on the other side of eternity. It was a surprise that he did not opt for his usual pajamas that fateful night. It appears that he dressed up to breath his last and make it easier for his remains to be handled. Taken holistically, Nkanang was a man who paid great attention to detail in his life – and he appeared to have also paid great attention to detail in his death. “He would  record the mileage of his motorcycle when leaving the house,” Gabriel, his first son, explained. So tucking himself into this best wear before embarking on an eternal journey to meet his Creator followed the pattern.

Nkanang was born on Monday, May 27, 1929, into a very pious Christian family. Six months after his birth, Nigeria suffered a national calamity when women in the eastern part of the country rose up in arms against the unfair Indirect Tax imposed by the British Colonial Administration. The uprising which is christened in history books as “the Aba Women Riot” claimed the lives of not less than 50 unarmed, hapless women. It actually occurred in the part of the world where Nkanang was born. As he woke up to his world, the rumbles of war shook the entire world as Hitler’s Germany began the preparation for another World War. When he was ten years old, the Second World War began in Europe and Nigeria joined the war on the side of the British Empire. But the strong Christian values of his family insulated him from the effects of war and crisis and he would remain a man of peace for the rest of his life. Not even the Nigerian Civil War which happened when he was in his 30’s could derail his peaceful disposition.

A brilliant student, he was offered instant employment as an auxiliary teacher after his Standard Six Examination. He set his sights on more academic accomplishments and obtained the Royals Society of Arts certificate.  He gained admission to the institution which later became the University of Ibadan but lost his father the same year. A man who placed family before all else he  sacrificed the admission for his family and, as the first born, stepped into the role of a father.

Teaching was not just work for him, it was a calling. He went out of his way to bring wayward children to his home and turn their lives around with prayers, instruction and counsel. “We used to have a lot of people in our house, it was more like a correctional centre. At a point we used to have about eight additional children in our house,” Gabriel, the first son, recalls.

The most dreaded school subject in those days was the almighty mathematics. But Nkanang had a way of teaching mathematics which simplified it and won it a lot of fans. “When my father teaches you mathematics, you cannot fail to like it,” Sylvia, his first daughter, enthuses. Others like Ekerete Udoh, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, and Aniefiok Udonquak, confirm how Teacher Nkanang’s approach to mathematics and his love for his pupils impacted on their lives. They described him as a quintessential teacher who was an inspiration to all his pupils. Udoh recalls how he used to insist that all pupils should come to the school assembly every morning prepared to share at short notice. “It kept us on our toes and he even asked me to share once and though I almost pissed in my pants, I ended up doing a pretty good job,” Udoh says with a laugh.

Teacher Nkanang was also a missionary who went about establishing churches and schools all over the country. Where it became imperative, he would sponsor and support the missions he had established. He had an obsession with bringing education to everyone. Confronted with a geographical barrier at Nkan Ide and Ikot Idem Udo communities where a stream separated the two communities, he single-handedly constructed a make-shift bridge so that children would not have any reason not to go to school.

Teacher and Elder Nkanang who now belongs to folklores, fables and legends exchanged banters and pleasantries with everyone and went to bed with a smile. Like the American musician and songwriter, Jordan Smith, says, “When you were born, you were crying and  everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.” This sums up the life and time of Teacher Nkanang who left the world smiling and everyone crying and praying that God will send to this world more men like this great and inspirational teacher.

(Pastor Ukpe is public affairs commentator based in Uyo.)

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Soapboxscience For Women in STEMM 2020 Holds In August



Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Soapbox Science Nigeria, held the first of it’s kind in Nigeria for women in STEMM on 22nd of August, 2019 at UBA Open Park, University of Lagos, Akoka.
The speakers were female scientists and professionals in the STEMM discipline as they showcased their research in simple ways.

The open air event was opened to all who were willing to learn from and interact with the speakers.

The nine Speakers were selected from a competitive pool of researchers as they shared their work in science, technology, medicine and engineering.

The speakers and their topic of discussions were:
Miss Aluh, Deborah Oyine (@debbilici0uss), Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Management, University of Nigeria Nsukka “Unmasking the Silent killer”,
Dr Oginni Adeyemi, Olaide, University of Lagos, Nigeria “Creativity and Me,::using Science as a Tool!!”,
Miss Egbedi Brakemi (@begbedi ), University of Lagos “Fish by-Products Utilization: A Path to Food Security”,
Dr. Oyeyemi Omodadepo Adebiyi (@biyi_dr), Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos “Beyond Sport Betting”,
Mrs Umeh, Chinenye Rosemary (@Nnajide Chinenye), Safety Molecular and Pathology Laboratory, Enugu, Nigeria “Tackling of Drug Resistance and Indiscriminate Use of Drugs”,
Mrs Esther Ifeoluwa Akinyemi, (@puffybabe), “GIS as a tool to Nation Security”.
Others are,
Mrs Aderinsola Airat Adio-Adepoju (@audioderyne), University of Lagos, Akoka “STEM Skills: The gateway to entrepreneurial science careers”
Ms Morakinyo Aderonke, Nigerian Defence Academy “Mentoring (An Effective tool for Future Modelling)”,
Dr Esther Oluwafunmilayo Makinde (@EstherMakinde1), University of Lagos, Akoka “Human Activities and their Impact on the Environment”
Sponsors: Canterbury Health Consult, BrainBox International,,, Arctic Spatials Limited and FlorescoMedia.

Soapbox Science 2020 will come up in August, 2020.For participation, you can contact the organiser on:

Twitter: @SoapboxscienceL
Instagram: @soapbox_science_lagos

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Celebrity Journal Publishers’ Association Of Nigeria Inducts Primate Ayodele as Patron with Certificate of Confirmation at 75th UN flag off ceremony in Lagos



Celebrity Journal Publishers’ Association Of Nigeria Inducts Primate Ayodele as Patron with Certificate of Confirmation at 75th UN flag off ceremony in Lagos

It was an atmosphere of peace and funfair when the most respected Nigerian Media Association, Celebrity Journal Publishers Association of Nigeria (CJPAN) recently, presented her Patronship Certificate to the exceptional international Prophet, Primate Ayodele Elijah during the flags off of the 75th United Nation ceremony.

The popular, Unforgettable event was held on the Friday, 14th day of February, 2020 in the Church Premises at INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church along Isolo-Ejigbo Egbe-Ikotun Road, Oke-Afa Mushin, Lagos

The executive council of the great association led by Mr.Joshua Uloko, Publisher of City Pride Magazine who doubles as the President, was accompanied by Mr. Tunde Bello, Publisher of Global Times Magazine- Vice President; Mr. Fabiyi Oluwaseun, Publisher of Trust Beth News- National Secretary; Mr. Akin Sokoya, Publisher of Giraffe Intl Magazine- Assistant PRO; Mr. Sunday Adeyemi, Publisher Society Herald Magazine-Provost; Mr. John Thompson, Publisher of Newsreel Intl Magazine- Financial Secretary; Miss Adaobi Enekwa, Publisher Blissful Affairs Magazine- Treasurer; Mr. Akintunde Akinpelu, Publisher Prime Events Intl Magazine-Welfare Officer; Mr. Tony Okpe Publisher African Custodian Magazine- Executive Member; Mr. Olarewaju Muhammed, Publisher of Islanders Intl Magazine Executive Member, sent in a representative; while Elder Sanya Ojo, Publisher of Veno Intl Magazine, Mrs Funmi Olowosegun, publisher of Buzz News were on hand to show solidarity.

According to the members of the Church and well-wishers, dignitaries including Maiyegun of Yorubaland K1 de ultimate who was on grand to grace the occasion, aptly described Primate Ayodele as an Icon, astute, great Oracle of God and philanthropist per excellence, worthy of the honour done him.

Primate Elijah Ayodele his acceptance speech to CJPAN’s presentation of the Certificate of Patronship, said;

“The press has promoted the genuineness in me, as I continue to promote peace in Nigeria and working in good relationship with our government because there’s no way politics can be separated from Religion” while promising to stand on the truth at all times, admonished CJPAN to live up to their slogan “pen is mightier” by fearlessly standing on the side of the people in our collective quest for a great Nation.

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