2023 Presidency: Performance under pressure, proven competence stand Tinubu out among other candidates, says Agbaje
2023 Presidency: Performance under pressure, proven competence stand Tinubu out among other candidates, says Agbaje
If ability to perform under intense pressure, proven ability to assemble the right team and innovative leadership are worth considering in electing a leader for Nigeria in 2023, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presents the most formidable candidate in person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says Barrister Akeem Agbaje, APC Oyo state governorship aspirant in the last primary election.
Agbaje said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Abuja on Saturday.
NAN reports that INEC has closed the window for the emergence of Presidential candidates ahead of 2023 election and Tinubu, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, Mr. Peter Obi and Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso are the leading candidates representing APC, PDP, LP and NNNP respectively.
According to him, all the major contestants have functioned in one elective post or the other, they will be voted based on their performance, saying Tinubu’s track record contributed immensely to his party’s emergence as a ruling party since 2015.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should be commended for saying let us pick somebody that is very popular and can give us victory in the coming election.
“And everybody knows that it was Tinubu that within the present crop of APC has the highest potential to achieve that. His record as Executive Governor of Lagos State is probably unmatched by any state as we speak today.
“What we need today is somebody who can manage our resources and be innovative. We have a lot of challenges we are facing today as a nation, we need somebody with requisite experience.
“Tinubu is not telling you what he can do, he has done it with great results and still ready to do it better in more challenging situations.
“As governor of Lagos state, Tinubu faced the most challenge, can any governor, as we speak today cope when federal allocation is not released to the state?
“But when Lagos state was not paid allocation for years, he made sure that the state did not only survived, but it excelled significantly,” he said.
Agbaje added that the APC national leader was also a technocrat and experienced politician.
” No contest that you situate Tinubu that he won’t fit into. You should look at his background, he worked with Mobil at a very high level in Mobil- Nigeria,that makes him a technocrat ” he said.
He noted other inbuilt qualities of leadership, needed to take the nation higher that re innate in Tinubu.
“Competence alone cannot take Nigeria out of its present challenge,
“Look at Tinubu at the presidential primary, people across the country stood for him, he has relationship with people across the country.
“He is a man who is suited to challenges and seen to excel under pressure, that is what we need in Nigeria of today. Not somebody who hasn’t faced challenges before.
“We need people who are tested and succeeded, you can’t rule Nigeria without managing our differences.
“Tinubu is not somebody that will get to a point and say “who do I know in Sokoto or in Ebonyi?”, he has relationship with people from all over the country. Such a personality builds confidence,” he said.
He lauded Tinubu’s commitment to Progressive politics and patience to follow through in his convinction from 1999 till date, unlike some politicians who moved from one party to another whenever they fail in their ambition.
On the development of electoral process in the country, the respected lawyer commanded INEC for building the trust of stakeholders in its conduct.
“If you look at INEC, the two successive chairmen, (Prof. Atahiru Jega and Prof. Mahmood Yakubu) have exhibited a very high level of integrity in the conduct of anything related to election.
“They have done that to the extent that you can hardly blame INEC for any election they conducted. INEC has been firm, it has been disciplined in their approach to electoral process,”
He also commended the National Assembly for the new electoral act that now removed some politcal appointees from the list of eligible delegates in an election.
Agbaje commended Nigerians, especially the youths for their massive turnout during the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) which had recorded huge increase in the number of registered voters in the coming elections.
He urged the electorate to re-elect APC into power in 2023, saying it presented the most qualified candidate the nation needed at this point in time, Asiwaju Tinubu.
THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS (A DIVISION OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS) PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS (NIStructE) ON THE COLLAPSE OF THE 21 STOREY BUILDING AT 44, GERARD ROAD, IKOYI, LAGOS.
Monday, 15 November, 2021
The tragic and most unfortunate event on Monday 1, November 2021, involving the sudden and total collapse of a 21-storey building (under construction), has become an event of national importance. We commiserate with the families that lost loved ones and pray that they will find God’s succour and consolation.
1. STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVE
That this incident is a structural engineering disaster is certainly not in doubt, however, events of this nature and structural engineering problems in general, require careful and painstaking analysis and assessment of all the evidence and information relating to the collapsed building and the site, including the resulting debris, eye-witness accounts, and all other available details before arriving at a definitive statement.
The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE) Engineers the Professional body entrusted with the responsibility for Structural Engineering practice in Nigeria, immediately assembled an investigation team to visit the site and carry out a Preliminary Assessment of the incidence, and prepare an appropriate preliminary report.
It is important to emphasise that the practice of structural engineering is an elaborate science involving the application of numerous scientific principles and it is therefore seldom likely that accurate conclusions can be rushed without first carrying out the prerequisite investigations, testing, and computations. Our institution refrained from making speculative comments until now when our findings from the preliminary investigation are available. We are now in a position to make factual statements and provide guidance to the general public that will hopefully be enlightening but also reassuring that structures once well designed and implemented with the use of the appropriate professionals should remain safe throughout their service life. As these findings remain preliminary until the recommended comprehensive investigation is carried out, and the outcome of the various Govermental and institutional panels have been determined, we and should not in any way jeopardize the outcomes of the more detailed investigations
being organized by various professional and regulatory bodies, it is our view that the outcome of our preliminary investigation will give a general indication of what likely led to the unfortunate incidence.
SUMMARY OF THE FINDINGS OF THE PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION
The following are the major preliminary findings:
There are clear indications of several design brief changes on the project and the engineering and management of these changes appear to have been seriously inadequate. The building that collapsed was initially designed for just six (6) floors, and later to Twelve (12) floors, before this was further changed to Fifteen (15) floors. It could not yet be established the adequacy of any properly designed and documented further revision to the eventual (and tragically, final) Twenty-One (21) floors that was being implemented and which collapsed.
There are also indications that more than two (2) structural engineering design firms worked on the project at different times.
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2.3 The preliminary investigation also revealed some evidence of structural inadequacy in the construction and that signs of some structural distress had already started to show within certain elements of the building. Some remedial measures were already being undertaken to address some of this. The method of implementation of this was not in accordance with sound Structural Engineering practices.
Lack of proper quality control and quality assurance measures and processes during the construction was evident becoming noticeable as seen in the poor- quality of concrete materials and workmanship observed during the examination of the collapse debris.
All the above findings, which are very significant from the structural engineering point of view, need to be investigated further during the detailed investigation stage so that all factors related to the cause or causes of the collapse can be truly established and the appropriate lessons identified and implemented.
We expect that the various committees that are being set up will have full access to much more information (such as all the structural drawings, the calculations, documents prepared and submitted for planning approval and for construction, material test results, site instructions and records, records of meetings, more eyewitness accounts, etc.).
3. APPRAISAL OF THE OTHER TWO BLOCKS ON THE SITE OF THE COLLAPSED BUILDING
In the light of the already gathered preliminary information about the observed inadequacies of the collapsed building, as well as the possible destabilizing effects of the collapse on the adjoining and nearby buildings, it is imperative that a thorough and comprehensive structural integrity appraisal be carried out on the other two (2) buildings (14 and 15 storeys Respectively) on the same site.
4. ADVICE ON STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY APPRAISALS AND ENGAGEMENT OF COMPETENT PROFESSIONALS
This sad, but usually preventable, event of yet another building collapse, has resulted in a sudden surge of many property owners and occupiers requesting for Structural Integrity Tests to be carried out on their properties. In this regard, The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE), in continuation of its advocacy efforts, wishes to advise the general public as follows:
Please engage only competent and capable registered professionals on your projects and for these assessments. Structural Integrity Appraisal is a specialist knowledge and experience-based aspect of Structural Engineering, and to be sure of the accuracy and applicability, it is extremely important that the appraisal is carried out by qualified and registered Structural Engineers who have the requisite experience.
• In recent times, the term ‘Structural Integrity test’ has become more of a common slang which is not in any way fully accurate for the desired purpose. There is no single test that can determine the structural stability of a building or structure. Instead a ‘Structural Integrity Appraisal’ is not just limited to carrying out some non-destructive tests to evaluate the properties of the
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concrete, but is a comprehensive and all-inclusive structural engineering evaluation of the entire structure which is tailored to suit the full objectives of the appraisal. It is only after this that a clean bill of health can be confirmed for the building.
The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE) maintains a register of its registered members and can be consulted on any matter of structural importance or concern.
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Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw.
You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.*
Many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack. Without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru has died in an air crash with some of his aides.
Military sources said Gen. Attahiru was on a trip to Kaduna.
Efforts were on to locate the remains of the plane and evacuate the bodies of the victims.
The Nigerian Air Force, has released official statement through its Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet to confirmed the crash.
The air crash involving a Nigerian airForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport.
The immediate cause of the crash is still being investigated.
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Take good care of yourself, May God help us with wisdom
The Oyo State Government stated on Monday that it was on the same page with the Justices of the Supreme Court in its May 7, 2021 ruling, which ordered the payment of salaries and allowances of the dissolved chairmen and councillors of local government councils in the state.
The state government in a statement made public in Ibadan said that as a believer in the rule of law and as a government with the utmost respect for the Supreme Court, it will comply with the ruling of the apex court.
n the statement endorsed by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, the government declared that it had showcased its commitment to paying off the dissolved chairmen and councillors as far back as February 2020, when its negotiation team, pursuant to the out-of-court order of the Oyo State High Court, offered the council chairmen and councillors the same condition which the Supreme Court just affirmed.
According to the statement, the Government of Oyo State will comply with the order of the apex court once the details of the ruling are made available.
The statement read: “We are on the same page with the Supreme Court of the land on the ruling which ordered the payment of salaries and allowances of the dissolved local governments.
Former Chairman Nigerian Bar Association, Ibadan branch and APC Governorship Aspirant during the 2019 general elections Barr. Akeem Agbaje has congratulated the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Oyo state chapter on the Supreme Court judgment.
Barr. Akeem Agbaje while thanking God for the victory, appreciated the judiciary for rising up to its solemn responsibility of ensuring that justice prevails, stressing that the judgment was a clear indication that the third arm of government is the last hope of the common man.
Agbaje describing it as a true reflection of the wishes of the people of the state, especially those at the grassroots. I sincerely appreciate the fighting spirit and the good leadership provided by the ALGON executives led by Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye. Your commitment to the fight to uphold true democracy at the local government level is highly commendable.
Barr. Akeem Agbaje also urged the executive chairmen and councilors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Oyo state chapter and all APC stakeholders in Oyo State to remain united with a view to dislodging the PDP government in the 2023 General elections.
He urged the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde to respect the rule of law and do the needful in the interest of peace and tranquility in the state.
God bless Oyo state. God bless Nigeria
BARR. AKEEM AGBAJE
The central council of Ibadan indigenes gave an award to the Algon chairman prince Abass Aleshinloye yesterday in recognition of his fight for democracy at the local government level among other things.
Aleshinloye who is also the chairman of Oluyole LG received the award from the Olubadan at a ceremony which was witnessed by all the LG/LCDA chairmen whose case before the Supreme Court will come up for hearing early next month and many other important dignitaries.
Conspicuously absent at the colorful event is the governor of Oyo State Engr Seyi Makinde who ordered that the LG be dissolved at the beginning of his tenure as governor of Oyo State. An action which is being challenged at the Supreme Court.
In a letter to prince Abass Aleshinloye the CCII noted that the Algon chairman is a hero and could be likened to ‘an Ibadan warrior’in his dogged fight for justice for the local government level
The ceremony which was witnessed by a throng of ‘well-wishers’ had the Olubadan in attendance and other notable personalities
In his speech Prince Abass Aleshinloye dedicated the award to his colleagues who are suffering the injustice of the state governor and to the memory of the former governor of Oyo State gov. Abiola Ajimobi who he claimed gave him the opportunity to serve.